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10:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot iOS 9 'Wi-Fi Assist' Could Lead To Huge Wireless Bills
Dave Knott writes: One of the new features introduced in iOS9 is "Wi-Fi Assist." This enables your phone to automatically switch from Wi-Fi to a cellular connection when the Wi-Fi signal is poor. That...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Launches 'Flex,' a Crowdsourced Delivery Service
sckirklan writes: Amazon has rolled out a new service called Amazon Flex. It lets people sign up to deliver packages using their mobile phone and their car, earning $18-25/hr while doing so. Think Ube...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Google Shows Off 2 New Nexus Phones, a New Pixel, and More
Two of the products officially unveiled at Google's much-anticipated (at least much-hyped) release announcement were widely and correctly predicted: a pair of new Nexus phones. The flagship is the all...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Snowden Joins Twitter, Follows NSA
wiredmikey writes: Edward Snowden joined Twitter Tuesday, picking up more than a quarter of a million followers on the social network in just over two hours. Snowden followed a single Twitter account:...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Why Kickstarter Became a Public Benefit Corporation (Video)
Meet Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler. Timothy Lord asked Yancey about Kickstarter's recent move to become a Public Benefit Corporation, which is, according to Wikipedia, "a specific ty...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Newly Found TrueCrypt Flaw Allows Full System Compromise
itwbennett writes: James Forshaw, a member of Google's Project Zero team has found a pair of flaws in the discontinued encryption utility TrueCrypt that could allow attackers to obtain elevated privil...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Advertisers Already Using New iPhone Text Message Exploit
Andy Smith writes: The annoying App Store redirect issue has blighted iPhone users for years, but now there's a new annoyance and it's already being exploited: Visit a web page on your iPhone and any ...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Advanced KVM Switch?
jez9999 writes: I have a rather advanced use-case for my home work area that I need a KVM-type device for, and I was wondering whether such a thing even existed. I want a 3-PC setup; 2 desktops (PC1 a...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Retro Roundup: Old Computers Emulated Right In Your Browser
An anonymous reader writes: If you ever wanted to program an Altair, an Apple I, or a COSMAC ELF you may think you either have to buy one (expensive now) or load and configure simulation software. How...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Rogue Biohacking Is Not a Problem
Lasrick writes: Although biosecurity experts have long warned that biohackers will eventually engineer pathogens in the same way that computer enthusiasts in the 1970s developed viruses and adware, UC...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot ALS Patients Use a Brain Implant To Type 6 Words Per Minute
the_newsbeagle writes: With electrodes implanted in their neural tissue and a new brain-computer interface, two paralyzed people with ALS used their thoughts to control a computer cursor with unpreced...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot When Schools Overlook Introverts
Esther Schindler writes: A few years ago, Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking seemed to give the world a bit of enlightenment about getting the most ou...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot FBI and DEA Under Review For Misuse of NSA Mass Surveillance Data
Patrick O'Neill writes: The FBI and DEA were among the agencies fed information from a NSA surveillance program described as "staggering" by one judge who helped strike the program down. Now the two a...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot (Over-)Measuring the Working Man
HughPickens.com writes: Tyler Cowen writes in MIT Technology Review that the improved measurement of worker performance through information technology is beginning to allow employers to measure value ...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Raytheon Wins US Civilian Cyber Contract Worth $1 Billion
Tokolosh writes: Raytheon is a company well-known in military-industrial and political circles, but not so much for software, networking and cybersecurity. That has not stopped the DHS awarding it a $...
10:00 am - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot How the FBI Hacks Around Encryption
Advocatus Diaboli writes with this story at The Intercept about how little encryption slows down law enforcement despite claims to the contrary. To hear FBI Director James Comey tell it, strong encryp...
08:00 am - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot New Nanoparticle Sunblock Is Stronger and Safer, Scientists Say
sciencehabit writes: What's the best sunscreen? It's a question that troubles beachgoers, athletes, and scientists alike. Mark Saltzman, who falls into the last category, was so concerned by the time ...
06:00 am - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Are Enterprise Architects the "Miltons" of Their Organizations?
StewBeans writes: InfoWorld recently pointed out that the "architect" part of enterprise architect is a misnomer, because what they are building can't be a static, unmoving structure or it will fail. ...
04:00 am - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Study: $1.8 Billion In Reshipping Fraud With Stolen Cards Each Year
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and others studied the economy of how criminals monetize stolen credit cards by operating reshipping scams as m...
02:00 am - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot John Harrison: Inventor and Longitude Hero
szczys writes: Here's an interesting fact: when at sea you can't establish your longitude without a reliable clock. You can figure out latitude with a sextant, but not longitude. Early clocks used pen...
12:00 am - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot How Amazon's Robots Move Everything Around
dkatana writes: Amazon's drones have a long way to become reality, but the real magic of the Internet of Things (IoT) is already happening at Amazon's vast fulfillment warehouses in the US. Amazon run...
12:00 am - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Pay Launches In the United States
An anonymous reader writes: Ready to take on Apple Pay and Android Pay, Samsung Pay is now live in the United States. The service has already launched in South Korea, where it saw over $30 million in ...
12:00 am - Tue, September 29, 2015
Slashdot Doctors On Edge As Healthcare Gears Up For 70,000 Ways To Classify Ailments
HughPickens.com writes: Melinda Beck reports in the WSJ that doctors, hospitals and insurers are bracing for possible disruptions on October 1 when the U.S. health-care system switches to ICD-10, a ma...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Ditch Linux For Windows 10 On Your Raspberry Pi With Microsoft's IoT Kit
An anonymous reader writes: Partnering with Adafruit, Microsoft has announced the Windows IoT Core Starter Kit. The $75 kit comes comes with an SD card preloaded with Windows 10 IoT. According to the ...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Google AdSense Click Fraud Made Possible By Uncloaking Advertisers' Sites
An anonymous reader writes: A Spanish researcher claims to have uncovered a vulnerability in the security procedures of Google's AdSense program which would allow a third party to manipulate clicks on...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Europe Agrees To Agree With Everyone Except US What 5G Should Be
itwbennett writes: Following agreements signed by the EU with South Korea in June 2014 and with Japan in May 2015, the EU and China "have agreed to agree by the end of the year on a working definition...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Rosetta's Comet Is Actually 2 Comets Stuck Together
astroengine writes: Scientists have solved the mystery of why the comet being studied by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is shaped like a rubber duck — it started off as TWO separate comets, a new s...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Uber's Rivals Forming an International Alliance
jfruh writes: Didi Kuaidi is China's biggest native ride-sharing app, and it's using its cash hoard to build an alliance to take on global giant Uber. On the heels of a $100 million investment in Lyft...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Building a Software QA Framework?
New submitter DarkHorseman writes: I am looking into a new position with my employer and have the opportunity to work with the development and QA team to further the creation of a Quality Assurance Fr...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot iPhone 6s's A9 Processor Racks Up Impressive Benchmarks
MojoKid writes: Underneath the hood of Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models is a new custom designed System-on-Chip (SoC) that Apple has dubbed its A9 processor. It's a 64-bit chip that, ac...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot LibreOffice Turns Five
An anonymous reader writes: Italo Vignoli, founding member of The Document Foundation, reflects on the project's five-year mark in an article on Opensource.com: "LibreOffice was launched as a fork of ...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot EFF: DMCA Hinders Exposing More Software Cheats Like Volkswagen's
ideonexus writes: Automakers have argued that the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it unlawful for researchers to review the code controlling their vehicles without the manufacturer's permi...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Romance and Rebellion In Software Versioning
joabj writes: Most software releases more or less follow the routine convention of Major.Minor.Bugfix numbering (i.e. Linux 4.2.1). This gives administrators an idea of what updates are major ones and...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Have Spotted the Signs of Flowing Water On Mars
New submitter universe520 writes: Using neat imaging technology that allows them to determine the chemical compound of a substance by looking at the light reflected from it, scientists have spotted th...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Tardis Wars: The BBC Strikes Back
New submitter Elixon writes: Czech trademark monitoring service IP Defender reported that The British Broadcasting Corporation applied for a figurative trademark on the "POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX" for wi...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot ISRO Launches Astrosat, India's First Dedicated Space Observatory
vasanth writes with a link to the Hindu, which reports: A few days after it celebrated the successful completion of a year around the Red planet by its first inter-planetary mission — the Mars O...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Rare "Healthy" Smokers Lungs Explained
Bruce66423 writes: New research suggests that a portion of the population suffers few problems from smoking because their genes enable the smoke's effects to be overcome. The Medical Research Council ...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot UberX Runs Into Trouble In Australia With NSW Suspending Vehicle Registration
Harlequin80 writes: RMS (Roads & Maritime Service) the New South Wales' governing body for transport has begun suspending the vehicle registration of UberX drivers. After failing to deter drivers ...
10:00 am - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot The Man Who Invents Languages For a Living
An anonymous reader writes: David J. Peterson is fluent in eight languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Esperanto, Arabic and American Sign Language, but it is the languages he's create...
08:00 am - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Edward Snowden Promotes Global Treaty To Curtail Surveillance
An anonymous reader writes: in a video appearance Edward Snowden said Domestic digital spying on ordinary citizens is an international threat that will only be slowed with measures like a proposed int...
04:00 am - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Identify Newer and More Precise System For Genome Editing
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have identified a new advanced molecular system system for human genome editing with potential to increase power and precision of genome engineering. The team in...
02:00 am - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Hajj Pilgrimage Safety Challenges Crowd Simulator Technology
agent elevator writes: In 2010, Saudi Arabia hosted an international design competition aimed at safely accommodating more pilgrims at Mecca's Grand Mosque. One of the participants told IEEE Spectrum ...
12:00 am - Mon, September 28, 2015
Slashdot Jeff Atwood NY Daily News Op-Ed: Learning To Code Is Overrated
theodp writes: Responding to New York City's much-ballyhooed $81 million initiative to require all of the city's public schools to offer CS to all students, Coding Horror's Jeff Atwood has penned a gu...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Tonight's Dazzling 'Supermoon' Lunar Eclipse: What You'll See
An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers are gearing up to spot a rare phenomenon, as a lunar eclipse coincides with a so-called "supermoon". Whether you think it marks the beginning of the apocalypse ...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Reports: Volkswagen Was Warned of Emissions Cheating Years Ago
An anonymous reader writes: More fuel was thrown on the Volkswagen fire today after two German newspapers reported that Volkswagen's own staff and one of its suppliers warned years ago about software ...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot How Can NASA's Road To Mars Be Made More Affordable?
MarkWhittington writes: The Houston Chronicle's Eric Berger published a piece that touched on one of the most vexing issues surrounding NASA's "road to Mars," that being that of cost. How does one des...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Kids Prefer To Play Games On Mobile Devices Over Consoles
New submitter chloealsop writes: The NPD Group has published a report showing that more kids age 2-17 are playing games on phones and tablets than on consoles in the U.S.. 45 percent of kids use a hom...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Stop Taking All the Fun Out of Science
HughPickens.com writes: Heidi Stevens writes in the Chicago Tribune that according to NASA astronaut Mae Jemison schools treat science like the class where fun goes to die. "Kids come out of the chute...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Analysis: China-US Hacking Accord Is Tall On Rhetoric, Short On Substance
An anonymous reader writes: Ars takes a look at the cyberspying agreement between the U.S. and China. The article looks at what the accord does but more importantly, what it does not. "But even assumi...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot The Case Against Non-technical Managers
Kelerei writes: Lorraine Steyn, owner of a small software development company in Cape Town, has published an opinion piece that may hit too close to home for some: making a case against non-technical ...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Issues Call For Universal Internet Access
An anonymous reader writes: During the 70th annual U.N. General Assembly session, Zuckerberg discussed the "importance of connectivity in achieving the U.N.'s sustainable development goals. Connecting...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Make Windows Update Install Only Security Updates Automatically?
An anonymous reader writes: After the news earlier this month about Microsoft forcing the Windows 10 upgrade on people who don't want it, my sizeable extended family has been coming to me for a soluti...
10:00 am - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Government Finds New Emails Clinton Did Not Hand Over
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this Reuters report that The U.S. Defense Department has found an email chain that Hillary Clinton failed to turn over to the State Department despite her saying she had...
08:00 am - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Switch To Build Largest Data Center In the World In Reno
An anonymous reader writes: Data center provider Switch is planning to build a huge facility in Reno, Nevada, which it claims will be the largest data center campus in the world once completed. Switch...
04:00 am - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Study: Man-Made Global Warming First Became Evident In the Mid 20th Century
TapeCutter writes: In 1958 the US National Academies of Science (NAS) warned the US government that they had detected a robust Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) signal, they have not change their min...
02:00 am - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Light-Based Memory Chip Is First To Permanently Store Data
sciencehabit writes: Scientists have developed the first ever memory chip that’s entirely light-based and can store data permanently. Sciencemag reports: "Today's electronic computer chips work ...
12:00 am - Sun, September 27, 2015
Slashdot Edward SnowdenTalks Alien Communications With Neil deGrasse Tyson
An anonymous reader writes: Edward Snowden, the former contractor who leaked National Security Agency secrets publicly in 2013, is now getting attention for an odd subject: aliens. In a podcast interv...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot EPA To Overhaul Emissions Testing In the Wake of VW Cheating
New submitter kheldan writes with this snippet from The Consumerist: A week after ordering Volkswagen to recall 500,000 vehicles that contain "defeat devices" designed to cheat emissions tests, the En...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Don't Worry, That Blimp Isn't Watching You Much
According to the Baltimore Sun, and despite claims by its maker Raytheon that the system is "performing well right now," the expensive tethered-blimp observatory called JLENS (for "Joint Land Attack C...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Dr Who Detective Philip Morris Hints At More Rediscovered Episodes
BigBadBus writes: In late 2013, Philip Morris announced that he had found 9 missing episodes of 1960s Dr.Who, which completed the 1968 story "Enemy of the World" and most of "The Web of Fear." He has ...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Paralyzed Man Uses Own Brainwaves To Walk Again -- No Exoskeleton Required
Zothecula writes: A man suffering complete paralysis in both legs has regained the ability to walk again using electrical signals generated by his own brain. Unlike similar efforts that have seen para...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Recalc Or Die: Excel 1.0 Developers Celebrate Their Baby's 30th Birthday
theodp writes: This weekend, reports GeekWire, many of the original Excel team members are getting together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the software's release. "We certainly ripped some stuff...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot How To Clean the Cruft Left By a Windows 10 Upgrade
MojoKid writes: Microsoft may have given you a free Windows 10 upgrade but it's not without some left over file clutter that some folks don't realize is left on a system after migration. It's not rock...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot FTC Begins Investigating Google For Antitrust Violations Over "Home Screen Advantage"
The New York Times reports that the regulators of the Federal Trade Commission have a new target at Google: Android. Specifically, according to "two people involved in the [preliminary] inquiry," the ...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Brain-Controlled (Inflatable) Shark Attack
the_newsbeagle writes: This is a parlor trick, not neuroscience," writes this DIY brain hacker — but it sure is a nifty trick. The hacker put electrodes on his scalp, fed the resulting EEG data ...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Meet the Michael Jordan of Sport Coding
pacopico writes: Gennady Korotkevich — aka Tourist — has spent a decade ruling the world of sport coding. He dominates TopCoder, Codeforces and just about every tournament sponsored by the...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Fukushima: 1,600 Dead From Evacuation Stress
seven of five writes: The NYT reports that radiation-related hysteria and mistakes have cost the lives of nearly 1,600 Japanese since the Fukushima disaster. The panic to evacuate, not the radiation i...
08:00 am - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Intelligent System Hunts Out Malware Hidden In Shortened URLs
An anonymous reader writes: Computer scientists at a group of UK universities are developing a system to detect malicious code in shortened URLs on Twitter. The intelligent system will be stress-teste...
04:00 am - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Chrome For Android's Incognito Mode Saves Some of the Sites You Visit
An anonymous reader writes: A newly found bug in Google Chrome for Android means incognito mode really isn't as locked-down as it's designed to be. Some sites you visit while using the privacy feature...
02:00 am - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Why NASA's Road To Mars Plan Proves That It Should Return To the Moon First
MarkWhittington writes: NASASpaceFlight.com published the results of current NASA thinking concerning what needs to be launched and when to support a crewed mission to Phobos and two crewed missions t...
12:00 am - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot Tank Hack Ensured Farmland Didn't Thwart the Invasion of Europe
szczys writes: Ingenuity reigns supreme when trying to overcome obstacles standing in your way. So was the case during the Allied invasion of Europe during WWII. Land features in the Normandy bocage r...
12:00 am - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot How the Car Industry Has Hidden Its Software Behind the DMCA
Lucas123 writes: The DCMA has allowed carmakers to keep third parties from looking at the code in their electronic control modules. The effect has been that independent researchers are wary of probing...
12:00 am - Sat, September 26, 2015
Slashdot GCHQ Tried To Track Web Visits of "Every Visible User On Internet"
An anonymous reader writes with Ars Technica's story on the relevations reported today by The Intercept that the UK's GCHQ has been tracking World Wide Web users since 2007, with an operation called "...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot BlackBerry Launches Android Smartphone
wiredmikey writes: In an attempt to come back from the dead, BlackBerry announced plans to sell an Android-powered smartphone. The struggling Canadian smartphone maker said it would begin selling "Pri...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Saudi Arabia Almost Bought Hacking Team
itwbennett writes: If hacked emails posted by WikiLeaks are to be believed, the Saudi Arabian government came close to buying control of Italian surveillance software company Hacking Team, Philip Wila...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Nuclear Energy: The Good News and the Bad News In the EPA Clean Energy Plan
Lasrick writes: Peter Bradford explains what the EPA's new Clean Power Plan has in store for nuclear energy. He provides an excellent explanation of the details of the plan, and how the nuclear indust...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Car Industry "Buried Report Showing US Car Safety Flaws Over Fears For TTIP Deal"
schwit1 writes: The American auto industry has been accused of withholding a report that showed U.S. cars are substantially less safe than their European counterparts. It is alleged that releasing the...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot The Effort To Create an 'Iron Man' Type Exoskeleton
Nerval's Lobster writes: Tony Stark, as played by Robert Downey, Jr., is the epitome of suave wit—but without his metal shell, he's just another engineer who's made good. The exoskeleton is a te...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Curbing the For-Profit Cybercrime Food Chain
msm1267 writes: A new report coauthored by Google researchers and a host of academics explains that firewalls, two-factor authentication and other traditional defensive capabilities put security teams...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot The US and China Agree Not To Conduct Economic Espionage In Cyberspace
blottsie writes: The leaders of China and the United States agreed on Friday to take new steps to address cyberspying, vowing that neither country would conduct or knowingly support the theft of intel...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Speaker of the House Boehner Announces Resignation
halfEvilTech writes: House Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday morning that he will resign at the end of October. The Washington Post reports: "The resignation will end a nearly five-year reign a...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Russian Scientists Create Cockroach Spy Robot
An anonymous reader writes: A team of scientists at the Kaliningrad-based Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University has unveiled a small cockroach robot which will be tasked with hunting out victims tra...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Australian Workplace Tribunal Rules Facebook Unfriending Constitutes "Bullying"
An anonymous reader writes: Unfriending employees on Facebook and not saying good morning could constitute workplace bullying, an Australian workplace tribunal has ruled. Australia's Fair Work Commiss...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Oculus' Michael Abrash Explains What It'll Take For VR To Feel Real
redletterdave writes: At Oculus's annual developer conference on Thursday, Oculus' chief scientist Michael Abrash took the stage to offer a few anecdotes and a ton of information about the current sta...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot 'RipSec' Goes To Hollywood: How the iCloud Celeb Hack Happened
mask.of.sanity writes: The chief hacker behind the infamous iCloud celebrity hacks has revealed in a documentary how the group dubbed RipSec shook Hollywood by plundering thousands of naked photos and...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Police Program Aims to Pinpoint Those Most Likely to Commit Crimes
An anonymous reader writes: Using profiling algorithms police are tracking suspected criminals to prevent them from committing predicted crimes. We're one step from locking people up for what they mig...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Why All Boards Need a Technology Expert
New submitter ebonyygraham writes with an article at the Harvard Business Review about the dearth of IT savvy professionals in the boardroom. A few months ago I decided to look into the professional e...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen Diesel Scandal Spreads To Porsche and Audi
New submitter sumanareddyraval writes: The fallout from the Volkswagen diesel scandal is spreading fast to the company's other famous brands, including Porsche and Audi, and across the Atlantic to the...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot America Runs Out of IPv4 Internet Addresses
FireFury03 writes: The BBC is reporting that the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) ran out of spare IP addresses yesterday. "Companies in North America should now accelerate their move to ...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Court Rules Batmobile Is Entitled To Copyright Protection
schwit1 writes: The Batmobile's bat-like appearance and other distinct attributes, including its high-tech weaponry, make it a character that can't be replicated without permission from DC Comics, the...
10:00 am - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Battery Advance Could Lead To a Cleaner Way To Store Energy
sciencehabit writes: With the continuing rise of solar and wind power, the hunt is on for cheap batteries that are able to store large amounts of energy and deliver it when it's dark and the wind is s...
08:00 am - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Making Mining the Asteroids and the Moon Legal
MarkWhittington writes: Popular Science reported on a bill called the Space Act of 2015 that has passed the House and may soon pass the Senate that will allow private companies to own the natural reso...
06:00 am - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot EU May Forbid the Transfer of Personal Data To the US
An anonymous reader writes: As the Snowden revelations have shown, personal data stored in the United States of America is not protected from the US government, be it through warrantless eavesdropping...
04:00 am - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Apple Admits iCloud Problem Has Killed iOS 9 'App Slicing'
Mark Wilson writes: One of the key features of iOS 9 — and one of the reasons 16GB iPhones were not killed — is app slicing. This innocuous-sounding feature reduces the amount of space app...
02:00 am - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot The #NoEstimates Debate: An Unbiased Look At Origins, Arguments, and Leaders
New submitter MikeTechDude writes: Estimates have always been an integral part of the software development process. In recent years, however, developers, including Woody Zuill and Vasco Duarte, have b...
12:00 am - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot iOS Ad Blocker "Crystal" Will Let Companies Pay To Show You Ads
pdclarry writes: Apple's iOS 9 now supports ad blockers. The most popular of these, Peace, was withdrawn after only a couple of days because the developer thought "it just doesn't feel good." Crystal ...
12:00 am - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Samsung, Facebook's Oculus Plan November Launch For $99 Gear VR Headset
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has unveiled a new version of its virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, that it plans to sell starting in November for $99. The headset will be compatible with all ...
12:00 am - Fri, September 25, 2015
Slashdot Obama Administration Explored Ways To Bypass Smartphone Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: According to a story at The Washington Post, an Obama Administration working group considered four backdoors that tech companies could adopt to allow the government to brea...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Modern Browsers Are Undefended Against Cookie-based MITM Attacks Over HTTPS
An anonymous reader writes: An advisory from CERT warns that all web-browsers, including the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera, have 'implementation weaknesses' which facilitate att...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot US Rank Drops To 55th In 4G LTE Speeds
alphadogg writes: The U.S. has fallen to No. 55 in LTE performance as speeds rise rapidly in countries that have leapfrogged some early adopters of the popular cellular system. The average download sp...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Phone Passwords Protected By 5th Amendment, Says Federal Court
Ars Technica reports that a Federal court in Pennsylvania ruled Wednesday that the Fifth Amendment protects from compelled disclosure the passwords that two insider-trading suspects used on their mobi...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Fixed a 14-Year-Old Bug In Firefox, Now Adblock Plus Uses Less Memory
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla launched Firefox 41 yesterday. Today, Adblock Plus confirmed the update "massively improves" the memory usage of its Firefox add-on. This particular memory issue wa...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot 1000-key Emoji Keyboard Is As Crazy As It Sounds
hypnosec writes: A YouTuber named Tom Scott has built a 1,000-key keyboard with each key representing an emoji! Scott made the emoji keyboard using 14 keyboards and over 1,000 individually placed stic...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot An AI Hunts the Wild Animals Carrying Ebola
the_newsbeagle writes: Outbreaks of infectious diseases like Ebola follow a depressing pattern: People start to get sick, public health authorities get wind of the situation, and an all-out scramble b...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot ESA-JAXA Team Wins 'America's Cup of Rocket Science'
An anonymous reader writes: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory just announced the winners of the 8th edition of the Global Trajectory Optimization Competition, aka the America's Cup of Rocket Science. F...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot IBM's Watson Is Now Analyzing Your Vacation Photos
jfruh writes: IBM's Jeopardy-winning supercomputer Watson is now suite of cloud-based services that developers can use to add cognitive capabilities to applications, and one of its powers is visual an...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Fable Legends DX12 Benchmark Stressing High End GPUs
Vigile writes: In preparation for the release of the free-to-play Fable Legends game on both Xbox One and PC this winter, Microsoft and Lionhead Studios released a benchmark today that allows users to...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot How Did Volkswagen Cheat Emissions Tests, and Who Authorized It?
Lucas123 writes: The method by which Volkswagen diesel cars were able to thwart emissions tests and spew up to 40X the nitrogen oxide levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency was relatively s...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Bjarne Stroustrup Announces the C Core Guidelines
alphabetsoup writes: At CppCon this year, Bjarne Stroustrup announced the C++ Core Guidelines. The guidelines are designed to help programmers write safe-by-default C++ with no run-time overhead. Comp...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Who Will Pay For a Commercial Space Station After the End of the ISS?
MarkWhittington writes: While NASA is planning its road to Mars, a number of commercial interests and place policy experts are discussing what happens after the International Space Station ends its op...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Finally Delivers On the VRML Dream With Immersive Star Wars Video
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has launched its 360-degree video feature, with an eye to virtual reality and next year's release of the Oculus Rift. Among the showcase videos is a specially rend...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot What Ridley Scott Has To Say About the Science In "The Martian"
An anonymous reader writes: Sciencemag has an interview with the people behind the movie The Martian. Director Ridley Scott, author Andy Weir, and Jim Green, NASA's director of planetary science and a...
10:00 am - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Does It Make Sense To Hand Make Printed Circuit Boards?
An anonymous reader writes: A Hackaday author told the hackers that it isn't worth making your own PC boards anymore. Good tools, fast shipping, and cheap manufacturing capacity means that spending a ...
08:00 am - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Does IoT Data Need Special Regulation?
dkatana writes: As part of the UK's Smart Meter Implementation Programme, Spain's Telefonica is deploying a M2M solution, using its own proprietary network, to collect and transmit data from 53 millio...
06:00 am - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Google Launches Cloud Dataproc, a Managed Spark and Hadoop Big Data Service
An anonymous reader writes: Google has a new cloud service for running Hadoop and Spark called Cloud Dataproc, which is being launched in beta today. The platform supports real-time streaming, batch p...
04:00 am - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot British Movie Theater Staff To Wear Night-Vision Goggles To Combat Movie Piracy
Ewan Palmer writes: Movie theater across the UK will be required to don military-style night vision goggles in order to help crack down on movie piracy ahead of the release of potential box office sma...
02:00 am - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot The New Technique That Finds All Known Human Viruses In Your Blood
schwit1 writes with this story at the Atlantic that profiles Ian Lipkin and his new method for quickly detecting all known human viruses in a sample: Ian Lipkin, a virus hunter from Columbia Universit...
12:00 am - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Imgur Exploited To Channel Botnet Attacks At 4chan
An anonymous reader writes: Imgur has been compromised by attackers looking for an opportunity to direct large volumes of traffic 4chan. A Reddit thread explains that "when an Imgur image is loaded fr...
12:00 am - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Stem Cell-Derived Brain Mimics Predict Chemical Toxicity
MTorrice writes: Scientists in Wisconsin have grown three-dimensional brain-like tissue structures from human embryonic stem cells. These new structures are easy to grow and contain vascular cells and...
12:00 am - Thu, September 24, 2015
Slashdot Inside Amazon's Cloud Computing Infrastructure
1sockchuck writes: As Sunday's outage demonstrates, the Amazon Web Services cloud is critical to many of its more than 1 million customers. Data Center Frontier looks at Amazon's cloud infrastructure,...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Intel Launches SSD DC P3608 NVMe Solid State Drive With 5GB/Sec Performance
MojoKid writes: Intel just launched a new NVMe-based solid state drive today dubbed the SSD DC P3608. As the DC in the product name suggests, this drive is designed for the data center and enterprise ...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Security is an Important Coding Consideration Even When You Use Containers (Video)
Last month Tom Henderson wrote an article titled Container wars: Rocket vs. Odin vs. Docker. In that article he said, "All three are potentially very useful and also potentially very dangerous compare...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Google DeepMind's AI Beats Humans At Even More Computer Games
An anonymous reader writes: Google DeepMind's learning algorithm has trumped human performance in an even greater range of games from the Atari 2600. The system's performance in classic games for the ...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Startups Push 3D Printers As Industry Leaders Falter
gthuang88 writes: Given the hype around 3D printing, you'd never guess that established leaders like 3D Systems and Stratasys have seen their stock fall by 75 percent in the last year. Big companies l...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Russia's Plan To Crack Tor Crumbles
mspohr writes: It looks like Russia's effort to crack Tor was harder than they anticipated. The company that won the contract is now trying to get out of it. Bloomberg reports: "The Kremlin was willin...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot VW Fiasco Puts Ethics In Engineering Under the Spotlight, CEO Steps Down
szczys writes: By now you've heard that VW has been accused of doctoring the software in their small diesel models to sidestep emissions standards. The thing that hasn't been talked about is engineeri...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot OPM Says 5.6 million Fingerprints Stolen In Cyberattack
mschaffer writes: The Office of Personnel Management data breach that happened this summer just got a little worse. The OPM now says that 5.6 million people's fingerprints were stolen as part of the h...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Launch Manifest For NASA's "Road To Mars" Takes Shape But Questions Remain
MarkWhittington writes: NASASpaceFlight.com reported that NASA's so-called "Road to Mars" is starting to take shape. The deep space program that would conclude with human astronauts departing for the ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Misusing Ethernet To Kill Computer Infrastructure Dead
Some attacks on computers and networks are subtle; think Stuxnet. An anonymous reader writes with a report at Net Security of researcher Grigorios Fragkos's much more direct approach to compromising a...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Propose Using Fast Radio Bursts To Chart Universe In 3D
hypnosec writes: Using redshifts, fast radio bursts and state of the art technology, researchers at University of British Columbia have proposed a new method of calculating distance between celestial ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot What's New In GNOME 3.18
prisoninmate writes: In this release, GNOME improves the general user experience for users and new developers alike. GNOME 3.18 adds a feature called "Automatic Brightness," which, when enabled, it wi...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Push For Access To Confidential Government Records of the Public
schwit1 writes: Researchers in a number of fields want access to the vast amount of private government data that is routinely gathered from the public. Nature reports: "In the past few years, administ...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot "Happy Birthday To You" Now Public Domain
New submitter Duckman5 writes: As mentioned on multiple occasions, the popular song "Happy Birthday To You" has recently been the subject of a lawsuit between a couple of documentary filmmakers and Wa...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Selfies Kill More People Than Shark Attacks
HughPickens.com writes: The Independent reports that so far this year more people have died while trying to taking a 'selfie' than from shark attacks. So far, 12 people have lost their life while tryi...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Coke Discloses Millions in Grants for Health Research and Programs
New submitter erinrivers11 writes: Following criticism that Coke has supported research that plays down the role of soft drinks in the spread of obesity, the company released a list showing nearly $12...
10:00 am - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Study: People Emit a "Germ Cloud" of Bacteria As Unique As a Fingerprint
An anonymous reader writes: According to a new study, we are all surrounded by a personal "germ cloud" as unique as a fingerprint. Lead author of the study Dr James Meadow says: "We expected that we w...
08:00 am - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Groupon Is Closing Operations In 7 Countries, Laying Off 1,100
New submitter joesreviewss writes: Groupon is laying off about 10% of its workforce and is shutting down operations in seven countries. 1,100 people worldwide will be let go and the company will take ...
06:00 am - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Isolate the "Smell of Human Death"
sciencehabit writes: In the wake California's forest fires, cadaver dogs had to distinguish between burning homes, charred forest, and even other dead animals to pick up the unique scent of human vict...
04:00 am - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot CIA Details Agency's New Digital and Cyber Espionage Focus
coondoggie writes: It seems like it might be about 10 years too late to the party but come October 1, the Central Intelligence Agency will ad a new directorate that will focus on all things cyber and ...
02:00 am - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot IT Departments Try To Avoid Getting "Ubered"
StewBeans writes: Fortune 500 companies and longstanding corporate giants are losing to startups that are born digital because they can't keep up or they refuse to acknowledge the ways that technology...
12:00 am - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Nintendo Joins Khronos Group
jones_supa writes: Gamasutra reports that Nintendo has quietly joined Khronos Group, the consortium managing the OpenGL and Vulkan graphics APIs. The news was brought to Gamasutra's attention by a Neo...
12:00 am - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Cassandra Rewritten In C, Ten Times Faster
urdak writes: At Cassandra Summit opening today, Avi Kivity and Dor Laor (who had previously written KVM and OSv) announced ScyllaDB — an open-source C++ rewrite of Cassandra, the popular NoSQL ...
12:00 am - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot US Restarts Hunt For Gravitational Waves With Advanced LIGO
schwit1 writes: The hunt for gravitational waves began again for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)-the largest instrument of its kind. The restart follows a five-year-long...
12:00 am - Wed, September 23, 2015
Slashdot Another Pharma Company Recaptures a Generic Medication
Applehu Akbar writes: Daraprim, currently used as a niche AIDS medication, was developed and patented by Glaxo (now GlaxoSmithKlein) decades ago. Though Glaxo's patent has long since expired, a startu...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Morgan Stanley Employee Pleads Guilty In Data Breach Case
An anonymous reader writes: A former Morgan Stanley financial adviser who was fired in connection with a major breach of client information pleaded guilty to accessing client data and taking it home w...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Former GM and BMW Executive Warns Apple: Your Car Will Be a "Gigantic Money Pit"
An anonymous reader writes: With rumors that Apple is not only moving ahead on its electric car initiative, but trying to accelerate its development, a former GM and BMW exec is giving a few words of ...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 980 GPU For High-End Gaming Notebooks
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA is taking things is a slightly different direction today, at the ultra-high-end of their mobile graphics offering, introducing a "new" mobile GPU implementation, that's not real...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Google Launches Brotli, a New Open Source Compression Algorithm For the Web
Mark Wilson writes: As websites and online services become ever more demanding, the need for compression increases exponentially. Fans of Silicon Valley will be aware of the Pied Piper compression alg...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Lenovo Collects Usage Data On ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation PCs
New submitter LichtSpektren writes: Following up Lenovo's blunders regarding the Superfish malware and altered BIOS, Michael Horowitz at ComputerWorld reports that a refurbished ThinkPad he bought inc...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Apple XcodeGhost Malware More Malicious Than Originally Reported
An anonymous reader writes: Details were scant when Apple confirmed the XcodeGhost malware had infiltrated the iOS App Store. The company didn't say which specific iOS vulnerabilities were exposed and...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot NASA's Resource Prospector Mission Could Land On the Moon In 2020
MarkWhittington writes: Ever since President Obama foreswore interest in returning to the moon in his April 2010 speech at the Kennedy Space Center, lunar exploration has been on the back burner at NA...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot The Difficulty In Getting a Machine To Forget Anything
An anonymous reader writes: When personal information ends up in the analytical whirlpool of big data, it almost inevitably becomes orphaned from any permissions framework that the discloser granted f...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Under Public Pressure, India Withdraws Draft Encryption Policy
An anonymous reader writes: The government of India withdrew its draft policy on encryption owing to public responses just a day after releasing the document. The Communications and Information Techno...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Operator Pleads Guilty To $150M Fraud
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Bitcoin Savings & Trust founder Trendon Shavers pleaded guilty to fraud over his company's Ponzi scheme, whose victims believed they would earn one percent interest every...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Researchers Propose Tor-Inspired Overhaul of Bitcoin
Patrick O'Neill writes: Although Bitcoin was never designed to be anonymous, many of its users have used it as if it were. Now, two prominent Chinese researchers are proposing a system that encrypts a...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Number of XcodeGhost-Infected iOS Apps Rises
An anonymous reader writes: As the list of apps infected with the XcodeGhost malware keeps expanding, Apple, Amazon and Baidu are doing their best to purge their online properties of affected apps, ma...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Let's Not Go To Mars
HughPickens.com writes: Ed Regis write in the NYT that today we an witnessing an outburst of enthusiasm over the literally outlandish notion that in the relatively near future, some of us are going to...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Legislation Requiring Tech Industry To Report Terrorist Activity Dropped
itwbennett writes: John Ribeiro reports that 'the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has dropped a provision that would have required Internet companies to report on vaguely-defined terrorist activity...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Dislike Hype Exploited In Phishing Campaign
An anonymous reader writes: A new Facebook scam is quickly spreading across the social network which plays on the announcement of the highly-anticipated 'Dislike' button. A new scamming campaign is no...
10:00 am - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Girls-Only Computer Camps Formed At Behest of Top Google, Facebook Execs
theodp writes: Reporting on Google exec Susan Wojcicki's appearance at DreamForce, Inc.'s Tess Townsend writes: "The YouTube CEO said her daughter had stated point-blank that she did not like computer...
08:00 am - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot NASA Funded Project Could Mine Asteroids For Water With Sunlight
MarkWhittington writes: One of the more precious resources that asteroid miners are going after is water, something that is in abundance on Earth and, oddly enough, in space as well but not as easily ...
06:00 am - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot France Tells Google To Remove "Right To Be Forgotten" Search Results Worldwide
An anonymous reader writes: France's data protection authority rejected Google's appeal to limit how a European privacy ruling may be applied worldwide. Since the European Court ruling last year Googl...
02:00 am - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot What Hurricane Sandy Taught IT About Disaster Preparedness
StewBeans writes: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center is calling for calmer than normal storm activity this hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30. But ...
02:00 am - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Sci-Fi Author Joe Haldeman On the Future of War
merbs writes: Joe Haldeman wrote what is hailed by many as the best military science fiction novel ever written, 1974's The Forever War. In this interview, Haldeman discusses what's changed since he w...
12:00 am - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot General Atomics To Build Drone Pilot Training Academy In North Dakota
An anonymous reader writes: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems plans to build a drone pilot training academy in the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems park just outside of Grand Forks Air Force Base....
12:00 am - Tue, September 22, 2015
Slashdot Michigan Sues HP Over Decade Long, $49 Million Incomplete Project
itwbennett writes: On Friday, embattled HP was hit with a new lawsuit filed by the state of Michigan over a 10-year-old, $49 million project that called for HP to replace a legacy mainframe-based syst...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen CEO Issues Apology Over Emission-Cheating Software
cartechboy writes: Last Friday we learned that Volkswagen got caught cheating on emissions testing via software programming. The punishment? It could get slapped with up to $18 billion in fines. While...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot George W Bush Made Retroactive NSA 'Fix' After Hospital Room Showdown
circletimessquare writes: New details have emerged about the 2004 conflict between George W. Bush and his Attorney General, John Ashcroft, who was hospitalized when he forcefully disagreed with the pr...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For a Reliable Linux Laptop?
An anonymous reader writes: I will be looking for a new laptop soon and I'm mostly interested in high reliability and Linux friendliness. I have been using an MSI laptop (with Windows 7) for the last ...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Why Hardware Development Takes Longer in the West Than in China (Video)
This was originally going to be a second video about the Popup Factory Demo we talked about last Wednesday. But this section of Tim's lengthy interview with people from the Popup Factory seemed like i...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot The WWII-Era Inspired Plane Giving the F-35 a Run For Its Money
schwit1 writes: The US military almost adopted the A-29 Super Tucano, a $4 million turboprop airplane reminiscent of WWII-era designs that troops wanted, commanders said was "urgently needed," but Con...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot This Is What a Real Bomb Looks Like
szczys writes: You see them all the time in movies and TV shows, but is that what an actual bomb looks like? Probably not... here's what a real bomb looks like. This story stems from a millionaire gon...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot The WWII-Era Plane Giving the F-35 a Run For Its Money
schwit1 writes: The US military almost adopted the A-29 Super Tucano, a $4 million turboprop airplane reminiscent of WWII-era designs that troops wanted, commanders said was "urgently needed," but Con...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Moot Sells 4chan To 2channel Founder Hiroyuki Nishimura
An anonymous reader writes: A year after stepping down from the day-to-day running of the site following a mass user rebellion over moderation issues, Christopher 'moot' Poole has transferred ownershi...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Herding Cats, Aging Systems?
An anonymous reader writes: I've recently started a job at a medium-sized enterprise in the UK. They claimed to be an advocate of open-source. The job was advertised as a Linux sys-admin. I've been in...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Robots' Next Big Job: Trash Pickup
Nerval's Lobster writes: You've heard of self-driving cars, fast-moving robots, and automated homes. Now a research group led by Volvo, a waste-recycling company, and a trio of universities in the Uni...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Apple's iOS 9 Breaks VPNs
An anonymous reader writes with a report from The Stack that researchers have discovered a crucial security problem in the latest version of iOS 9: it breaks VPN connections to corporate servers. Acco...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot RIP: Tech Advocate and Obama Advisor Jake Brewer
SpaceGhost writes: The BBC reports that Jake Brewer, a 34-year-old senior policy advisor in the White House Chief Technology Office, has died while participating in a charity bike race on Saturday. So...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot The Forgotten Tale of Cartrivision's 1972 VCR
harrymcc writes: In 1972 -- years before Betamax and VHS -- a Silicon Valley startup called Cartrivision started selling VCRs built into color TVs. They offered movies for sale and rent -- everything ...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Pokemon Go: What Nintendo Needs To Learn From Ingress
An anonymous reader writes: Pokemon Go marks Nintendo's biggest move into mobile yet: the augmented reality mobile game makes use of your location as well as your phone's camera to let you interact wi...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Status Problems Break Skype For Many Users; Quick Fix Promised
Many Skype users have been affected this morning by a glitch which has rendered the service unusable or only semi-usable. The BBC says that problems have been reported in Japan, the UK, and Australia,...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot UK Man Gets Britain's First-Ever Conviction For Illegal Drone Use
jfruh writes: Nigel Wilson of Nottingham was quite a drone enthusiast: he flew a drone over a Champions League soccer match low enough to startle police horses, and at other times flew drones over iPr...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot India's Worrying Draft Encryption Policy
knwny writes: The government of India is working on a new National Encryption Policy the contents of which have raised a few alarms.Among other things, the policy states that citizens and businesses m...
10:00 am - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot 'Rose' Wins 2015 Loebner Contest, But Big Prize Remains Unclaimed
The Next Web reports that developer Bruce Wilcox created the most convincing bot entered in this year's annual Loebner Competition. His latest entry, a chatbot named Rose, passed itself (herself?) off...
08:00 am - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot South Korea's "Smart Sheriff" Nanny App Puts Children At Risk
Starting in April, the South Korean government required that cellphones sold to anyone below the age of 19 be equipped with approved monitoring software that would allow the user's parents to monitor ...
04:00 am - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Veteran FBI Employee Accused of Trying To Beat Polygraph, Suspended Without Pay
George Maschke writes: A mid-career veteran of the FBI has been suspended without pay and faces revocation of his/her security clearance (which would inevitably lead to termination) because the Bureau...
02:00 am - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot Apple Cleaning Up App Store After Its First Major Attack
Reuters reports that Apple is cleaning up hundreds of malicious iOS apps after what is described as the first major attack on its App Store. Hundreds of the stores apps were infected with malware call...
12:00 am - Mon, September 21, 2015
Slashdot AdBlock Plus Defends Ad Blocking, Applauds Marco Arment
Mark Wilson writes: Ad blockers have been much talked about since Apple opened up support for them in iOS 9. The now infamous Peace shot to the top of the download charts before it was pulled by its c...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Skype For Microsoft Edge Will Work From the Browser, No Plug-Ins Required
We mentioned a few months back Microsoft's beta of a browser-based intrerface to Skype. Now, reports Engadget, Skype will be able to work without a plug-in (as was required for the beta). However, it ...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen Could Face $18 Billion Fine Over Emission-Cheating Software
After getting caught cheating on emissions testing by means of software, Volkswagen could face up to $18 billion in fines, reports USA Today. That number is based on the company being assessed the max...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot A Wikipedia-Style Tree of Life Emerges
The Christian Science Monitor reports on the newly announced Open Tree of Life, a freely accessible unified interface to, and archive, of biological taxonomies. In the current version, data from nearl...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do I Recover From Doxxing?
An anonymous reader writes: I've been doxxed on a popular forum, by one of the moderators no less. The forum owner doesn't care, the hosting company doesn't care. I'm getting bombarded by email and so...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Delete, Dump and Destroy: Canada's Government Data Severely Compromised
sandbagger writes: Stories about government data and historical records being deleted, burned — even tossed into Dumpsters — have become so common in recent years that many Canadians may f...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Nintendo Nixes YouTube Videos of Super Mario Speedruns
The Boston Globe reports (based on Kotaku's story earlier this month) that Nintendo is cracking down on YouTube videos which show speedruns of its games -- computer-guided play that skips completely h...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Barbie Gets a Brain
minstrelmike writes: Mattel is coming out with a Talking Barbie designed by a huge team and pre-scripted with thousands of responses controlled by an AI, with designs to be your best friend. The desig...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Hardware Projects (and Pranks) That Have Scared Observers
In the wake of the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed in Irving, Texas, for carrying to school an electronics project believed by a teacher to look like a bomb, Make Magazine has a timely reminder that Ahmed's p...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot How Wind and Politics Pushed the Price of Texas Electricity Below Zero
Slate dissects the strange circumstances that led the price of electricity in Texas to briefly dip not just to zero, but into negative territory, reaching at one point negative $8.52 per megawatt hour...
10:00 am - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Invisibility Cloaking Takes a Big Stride At a Small Scale
jan_jes writes: Scientists have devised an ultra-thin invisibility "skin" cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light. Although this cloak is only...
08:00 am - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Image Doctoring Is Tough To Spot, Even When We're Looking For It
An anonymous reader writes with a link to The Stack's look at study that examines the human capacity to detect (or to overlook) manipulation in images. About 400 volunteers looked at images which had ...
04:00 am - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Private Medical Data of Over 1.5 Million People Exposed Through Amazon
Gizmodo reports that a wide variety of information about 1.5 million people -- everything from police injury reports, doctor's notes about their patients, and social security numbers -- "all were inex...
02:00 am - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Proposed Lapcat II Hypersonic Airliner: Brussels to Sydney in Less Than 3 Hours
New submitter AG_2011 writes: Could an airliner that flies anywhere in under 3 hours be in service by 2030? One estimate puts the cost one way at €5,000 (£3,700) per seat for a Brussels to ...
12:00 am - Sun, September 20, 2015
Slashdot Symantec Subsidiary Thawte Issues Rogue Google Certificates
New submitter jack_babylon writes: On September 14th, Symantec's subsidiary certificate authority Thawte accidentally released a "small number" of " "inappropriately issued" security certificates, app...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Google Releases Open Source Plans For Cardboard V2 Virtual Reality Viewer
An anonymous reader writes: After revealing an improved version of Cardboard, the super-low cost virtual reality smartphone adapter, Google has now also freely released the detailed design documents, ...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft and Others Mean Stiff Competition For Apple iPad Pro
MojoKid writes: When Microsoft first announced the Surface Pro back in 2012, many Apple fans snickered. Here was Microsoft, releasing a somewhat thick and heavy tablet that not only had a kickstand, b...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Android Malware?
An anonymous reader writes: What's your approach to detecting and dealing with Android malware? I have a fairly new, fairly fancy phone running Android Lollipop, the recently degraded performance of w...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot A Call To RICO Climate Change Science Deniers
GregLaden writes: The argument could be made that the organized effort to disrupt climate change science and the development of effective policies to address climate change is criminal, costing life a...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Spending $75M To Boost K-12 CS Education, Put TEALS In 4,000 Schools
theodp writes: An NSF-funded evaluation of the Microsoft TEALS program — which sends volunteer software engineers with no teaching experience into high schools to teach kids and their teachers c...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Crash Chrome With 16 Characters
An anonymous reader writes: Remember when it took just eight characters to crash Skype? Apparently it takes double that to take out Chrome: Typing in a 16-character link and hitting enter, clicking on...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Former NASA Mission Controller James Oberg Lauds 'The Martian'
At IEEE Spectrum, James Oberg gives high praise to the upcoming film The Martian (release date: October 2).Oberg doesn't have much to say about the acting; he concentrates on the physics and plausibil...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Thanks To Valve, More Than 1,500 Games Are Now On Linux
An anonymous reader writes: The Steam Store crossed the threshold this morning of having 1,500 games natively available for Linux. Timberman, a 0.99$ video game was the 1,500th title, but while there ...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Some Trump Donors Get Fleeced By 3rd-Party Payment System
According to an article in Maine's WMTW Channel 8, some Donald Trump supporters claim they've ended up giving more than they intended to this campaign, because a since-resolved "glitch" (according to ...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot UK Researcher Applies For Permission To Edit Embryo Genomes
sciencehabit writes with the news that developmental biologist Kathy Niakan, of the Francis Crick Institute in London, has applied for permission from the UK's Human Fertilization and Embryology Autho...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Club Concorde Wants To Put a Concorde Back In the Air
The Verge (relying on The Telegraph) reports that the Concorde, grounded since just a few years after the disastrous loss of flight 4590 in 2000, may yet fly again, with the help of a private coalitio...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot AVG Proudly Announces It Will Sell Your Browsing History To Online Advertisers
An anonymous reader writes: AVG, the Czech antivirus company, has announced a new privacy policy in which it boldly and openly admits it will collect user details and sell them to online advertisers f...
10:00 am - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot UK Govt's Expensive Mobile Coverage Project Builds Just 8 Masts In 4 Years
An anonymous reader points out a dismal report at The Register on a project intended by the UK government to connect lots of internet have-nots , but which has so far not accomplished as much as hoped...
08:00 am - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot U.K. Researcher Applies For Permission To Edit Embryo Genomes
sciencehabit writes with the news that developmental biologist Kathy Niakan, of the Francis Crick Institute in London, has applied for permission from the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Autho...
04:00 am - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot UrlHosted Experiment: Host Content Within the URL
New submitter graphicore writes to point out an experimental "unhosted" app that challenges the concept of the URL. By putting the post data after the # mark, the URL is (mis-)used as the data storage...
02:00 am - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot The Ethical Issues Surrounding OSU's Lab-Grown Brains
TheAlexKnapp writes: Last month, researchers at Ohio State University announced they'd created a "a nearly complete human brain in a dish that equals the brain maturity of a 5-week-old fetus." In the ...
12:00 am - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot AeroVelo Breaks Human-powered Land Speed Record
yyzmcleod sends news that AeroVelo, a Canadian team of engineers and students, has built a bike that successfully broke the human-powered land speed record. (This is the same group that built a human-...
12:00 am - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Ahmed Mohamed, His Clock, and the Curious Turn of Events
New submitter poity writes: After the news first broke of the 9th grader getting cuffed for scaring school officials with what turned out to be a digital clock, Ahmed Mohamed has experienced a surge o...
12:00 am - Sat, September 19, 2015
Slashdot Some Trump Donors Get Fleeced By 3d-Party Payment System
According to an article in Maine's WMTW Channel 8, some Donald Trump supporters claim they've ended up giving more than they intended to this campaign, because a since-resolved "glitch" (according to ...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Organize Your Virtual Desktops?
hyphenistic writes: As a programmer I find myself switching between multiple projects on a daily basis. Virtual desktops have been a big help in grouping my related programs together. I try to have a ...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot AT&T Says Malware Secretly Unlocked Hundreds of Thousands of Phones
alphadogg writes: AT&T said three of its employees secretly installed software on its network so a cellphone unlocking service could surreptitiously funnel hundreds of thousands of requests to its...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Creator of Top iOS Ad Blocker Pulls App After Two Days
An anonymous reader writes: One of the most important aspects of the iOS 9 launch was that ad blocking software is now allowed on the App Store. Ad blocking apps rocketed to the top of the store's ran...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot JetBrains Reconsiders Subscription Licensing Changes
craigtp writes: On 3rd September, JetBrains, maker of IDEs and other productivity software, announced big changes to the way they sell and license their software. The changes were not well received by...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Technology Colonialism
jrepin sends an editorial from Anjuan Simmons on how tech companies are behaving more and more in a manner that evokes colonialism. Quoting:Technology companies are increasingly being treated like sov...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot The Economics of Drug Sales On the Dark Web
HughPickens.com writes: Allison Schrager has an interesting article about howmarketplaces for contraband drugs have only existed for about four years on the dark web, but they've made inroads fast. Ab...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Tracking a Bluetooth ATM Skimming Gang In Mexico
tsu doh nimh writes: Brian Krebs has an interesting and entertaining three-part series this week on how he spent his summer vacation: driving around the Cancun area looking for ATMs beaconing out Blue...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen Ordered To Recall 500K Vehicles Over Its Own Malicious Programming
Etherwalk writes: The Obama Administration today ordered Volkswagen to recall 500,000 4-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi vehicles from model years 2009-15. The vehicles were programmed to turn on more tho...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Appeals Court Bans Features From Older Samsung Phones
walterbyrd writes with news that Apple has finally emerged victorious in a long-standing patent case against Samsung — though it's more of a moral victory than a practical one. Samsung is no lon...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Re-Analysis of Medical Study Reverses Conclusions -- Paxil Unsafe For Teenagers
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times is covering a new paper in the journal BMJ which re-analyzed data from a 2001 paper, coming to the opposite conclusions of the earlier study. The BMJ paper cov...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot 2015 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Bee Stings, Elephant Urination
sciencehabit writes: The Ig Nobel prizes award research that 'makes people laugh, and then think', and this year was no exception. At a ceremony at Harvard University Thursday night, awards were given...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Has Built a Linux Distro
jbernardo writes: Microsoft has built a Linux distro, and is using it for their Azure data centers. From their blog post: "It is a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking bu...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Investigation Finds Exxon Ignored Its Own Early Climate Change Warnings
New submitter jrmcferren writes: PBS Reports the Exxon ignored their own internal climate change warnings. Newly discovered documents show that the corporation's own research scientists warned top exe...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Bitcoin Is Officially a Commodity
Taco Cowboy writes: According to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Bitcoin and other all virtual currencies have been officially categorized as commodities, just like crude oil or wheat...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Heartbleed OpenSSL Flaw Still Affects 200,000 Devices
Mickeycaskill writes: Despite the rush by vendors and software developers to issue fixes for the notorious Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw, 200,000 connected devices have still not been patched — eighte...
10:00 am - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Inside the Pluto Public Relations Machine
An anonymous reader writes: They knew it was going to be huge, but even the communications team — which had spent months planning for the event — was surprised by the magical atmosphere an...
08:00 am - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Wasps Have Injected New Genes Into Butterflies
sciencehabit writes: If you're a caterpillar, you do not want to meet a parasitic wasp. The winged insect will inject you full of eggs, which will grow inside your body, develop into larvae, and hatch...
06:00 am - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Making Liquid Fuels From Sun and Air
GregLaden writes: There is promising research on converting atmospheric CO2 and water, using sunlight as a source of energy, into burnable liquid fuels. This is not a carbon capture technique because ...
06:00 am - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot NFL Commentators Still Calling Microsoft's Surface Tablets "iPads"
AmiMoJo writes: Back in 2013, Microsoft inked a $400 million deal with the NFL to promote the Surface. Unfortunately for Microsoft, commentators and even players couldn't help themselves from referrin...
04:00 am - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Forget Hashtag Activism: a Millennial's Guide To Nuclear Weapons Realism
Lasrick writes: Matthew Costlow is frustrated with his generation's tendency of "hashtag activism" and would like Millennials instead to get real on the issue of nuclear weapons. He writes: "Allow me ...
04:00 am - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Twitter's Tech Lead On Making Software Engineers More Efficient
Tekla Perry writes: "Engineering productivity is hard to measure," said Peter Seibel, the tech lead of Twitter's engineering effectiveness group. "But we certainly can harm it." Seibel spoke this week...
02:00 am - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Bitcoin Trader Agrees To Work For Police In Plea Agreement
An anonymous reader writes: Florida Bitcoin trader Pascal Reid who was arrested in a February 2014 sting operation as part of his plea agreement promised to carry out 20 sessions of law enforcement tr...
12:00 am - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Forget Hashtag Activism: a Millenials Guide To Nuclear Weapons Realism
Lasrick writes: Matthew Costlow is frustrated with his generation's tendency of "hashtag activism" and would like Millenials instead to get real on the issue of nuclear weapons. He writes: "Allow me t...
12:00 am - Fri, September 18, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft's Satya Nadella Shown Up By Confused Cortana Assistant
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was a little embarrassed at a Salesforce conference today when he tested the company's personal virtual assistant during a presentation. Slightl...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Fly 50 Autonomous Planes Simultaneously
New submitter MagicRuB writes: Researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA recently flew fifty small autonomous planes together in what they claim is a "record-breaking drone swarm". ...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Intel Kills a Top-of-the-Line Processor
itwbennett writes: In June of this year, Intel announced a processor branded as Broadwell-C. Now, the company has confirmed that the part was cancelled but would not give an official reason. Why did I...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot AMD Confirms Vulkan Driver For Linux, But To Start Off As Closed-Source
An anonymous reader writes: AMD has finally revealed some basic details concerning their support of Vulkan on Linux. AMD has a Vulkan driver but it will begin its life as closed-source, reports Phoron...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot One Day After iOS 9's Launch, Ad Blockers Top Apple's App Store
HughPickens.com writes: Sarah Perez reports at TechCrunch that only one day after the release of Apple's newly released version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 9, ad blockers are topping the c...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot D-Link Accidentally Publishes Private Code Signing Keys
New submitter bartvbl writes: As part of the GPL license, D-Link makes its firmware source code available for many of its devices. When looking through the files I accidentally stumbled upon 4 differe...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Book Review: Abusing the Internet of Things
New submitter sh0wstOpper writes: The topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining a lot of attention because we are seeing increasing amounts of "things", such as cars, door locks, baby monitors,...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Apple's First Android App, Move To iOS, Is Getting Killed With One-Star Reviews
An anonymous reader writes: Apple today launched Move to iOS, the company's first Android app built in-house. As we noted earlier, "It should surprise no one that the first app Apple built for Android...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot The Campaign To Get Every American Free Money, Every Year
merbs writes: Supporters of a basic income have finally organized a proper political movement. Basic Income Action is, according to co-founder Dan O'Sullivan, "the first national organization educatin...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot NASA Delays Orion's First Manned Flight Until 2023
The Verge reports that the first manned flight planned for the Orion crew capsule has been delayed, and is now slated to take place in 2023, rather than the previously hoped-for 2010. The delay is bas...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Android Lollipop Can Be Hacked With Very Long Password
Complex passwords are the way to beat some attacks, but for phones running the latest version of Android, that's not necessarily so: puddingebola writes with an excerpt from an article at CNN: Locked ...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot What's In Your Hand? This Malware Knows
An anonymous reader writes with the story that ESET researchers have uncovered spyware targeting online poker players, called Odlanor, which works by sending screenshots of a player's game (along with...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Finnish Diver Finds German WWII Submarine Near Estonia
jones_supa writes: A wreck of a German submarine, presumed lost more than 70 years ago, has been discovered near the Estonian coast. The submarine, which dates back to the Second World War, was found ...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot iPad Mini-Style Specs, On the Cheap, In Android-Based ASUS ZenPad S 8.0
MojoKid writes: The ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 is a well-designed Android tablet based on an Intel X86 platform that boasts better specs than the iPad mini 3 in many areas and is also less expensive. As config...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Apple's First Android App Makes It Easy To Move To iOS
Mark Wilson writes: Apple has released its first ever Android app. No, there's not an Android version of Safari or anything like that, but a tool designed to simplify the process of switching to iOS. ...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Backports Start Menu To Windows RT
jones_supa writes: Windows RT devices, such as the Surface RT and the Surface 2, won't get an upgrade to Windows 10, but instead Microsoft has been working on a platform update that brings the origina...
10:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Trademark Trolls Stops University Nicknames
chipperdog writes: Trademark and patent trolls have even found there way in complicating a university nickname selection, with people admitting to registering nicknames with the trademark office just ...
10:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Chemical Evidence Shows the Nazis Weren't At All Close To Having the Bomb
TheAlexKnapp writes: The Nazis winning World War II by getting the bomb first is a staple of alt-history and it's the reason why James T. Kirk lost the love of his life, Edith Keeler. Einstein also no...
08:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Apple's 16GB IPhone 6S Is a Serious Strategic Mistake
HughPickens.com writes: Matthew Yglesias writes at Vox that Apple's recent announcement of an entry level iPhone 6S is a serious strategic mistake because it contains just 16GB of storage — an a...
06:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot The Air Traffic Control Tower of the Future Doesn't Include Humans
CravenRaven76 writes: Sweden is testing the future of air traffic control at Ornskoldsvik Airport. An 80 foot tall unmanned tower at the airport houses 14 high-definition cameras to help controllers s...
04:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot The Answer To the High Cost of College: 42% Cut In Tuition
McGruber writes: Utica College, a small, private university in upstate NY, announced it is cutting its annual tuition by 42 percent. According to College President Todd Hutton, the change will reduce ...
04:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot A Powerful 8.3-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Chile's Coast
wooferhound writes: A powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile's coast on Wednesday, according to a preliminary assessment from the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake's epicenter was about 54...
02:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot US Navy Limits Use of Whale-Harming Sonar
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Navy has agreed to new limits on its use of sonar and explosives in certain areas of the Pacific. Sonar is known to be capable of disrupting communication between ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Compiling "Facebook" of US Government Employees
schwit1 writes: According to private security firm CrowdStrike's founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, the Chinese are compiling a massive 'Facebook' like database on American federal government employees for ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot XPRIZE's Jono Bacon On the Next Great Challenge
itwbennett writes: After just under 8 years at Canonical where he was Community Manager of Ubuntu, Jono Bacon left in search of a new challenge. Now, a year and a half into his tenure at the XPRIZE Fo...
12:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot Are Non-Technical Certifications Worth Earning?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Everybody knows that certain technical certifications can boost your career. For developers and others, though, is it worth earning non-technical certifications such as the PM...
12:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot DNA-Based Advertising Redefines Commercial "Ad-Targeting"
An anonymous reader writes: Hidden among the customary disclaimers about how the website intends to use the information it holds about you, ancestry.com states that it reserves the right to leverage t...
12:00 am - Thu, September 17, 2015
Slashdot XPRIZE's Jono Bacon On Leaving Open Source and the Next Great Challenge
itwbennett writes: After just under 8 years at Canonical where he was Community Manager of Ubuntu, Jono Bacon left in search of a new challenge. Now, a year and a half into his tenure at the XPRIZE Fo...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Popup Factory Demo at Solid Conference 2015 (Video 1 of 2)
With rapid, low-cost "maker" tools including 3-D printers, low-volume circuit board etching and populating equipment, and lots of outsourcing to independent designers and engineers rather than having ...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Obama Invites Texas Teen To White House After "Bomb" Clock Incident At School
The Grim Reefer writes: In a followup to this morning's story about the arrest of 14-year-old Akmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb, President Obama has in...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot AT&T Offers $250k Reward To Find the California Fiber-Optic Ripper
An anonymous reader writes: AT&T have offered a $250,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of what appears to be a serial disruptor of fiber-optic connect...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot More Time Outside Tied To Less Nearsightedness In Children
Bookworm09 writes: For primary school children in China, spending an extra 45 minutes per day outside in a school activity class may reduce the risk of myopia, according to a new study. In some parts ...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Researcher Trying To Teach Computer What Women He's Attracted To
jfruh writes: Harm de Vries, a post-doctoral researcher at the Université de Montréal, is trying to build an algorithm that will sort through pictures on Tinder and OKCupid and pick out wome...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot The Lessons Learned From Emergency Robot Deployments
aarondubrow writes: Robin Murphy, director of Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at Texas A&M University and one of the leading researchers in the field of disaster robotics, has used rob...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot America's First Video Game Museum Is Trying To Level Up
martiniturbide writes: Did you ever dreamed of a Museum where you can take your kid and show him/her what you used to play when young? This museum exists and it is called "The Museum of Art and Digita...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot When Does Software Start Becoming Malware?
New submitter Da w00t writes: Talos security researchers detected a malicious shockwave flash file that not only bypasses pop-up blockers, but also accurately fingerprints computers with the help of s...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Followup: Library Board Unanimously Supports TOR Relay
Wrath0fb0b writes: Last week, the administrators of the Kilton Public Library in New Hampshire suspended a project to host a Tor relay after the DHS sent them an email asking them to reconsider. At a ...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask John McAfee About His Presidential Run
samzenpus writes: He's run a multi-billion dollar company and hidden in the jungles of Central America while being chased by Belizean authorities, but John McAfee's presidential bid may be his most in...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Nine of World's Biggest Banks Create Blockchain Partnership
An anonymous reader writes: Nine major banks, including Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and JP Morgan have teamed up to bring Bitcoin's blockchain technology to financial markets. "Over the pa...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Advanced Civilizations Probably Don't Exist In Our Galactic Neighborhood
schwit1 writes: New observations of the best candidate galaxies now suggest that advanced civilizations are very rare or don't exist in the local universe. Researchers looked at several hundred nearby...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot A More Down-To-Earth Way To Bring the Internet To the Rest of the World
An anonymous reader writes: Elon Musk wants to bring the internet to less-developed countries using satellites. Facebook wants to use drones. Google's betting on balloons. These crazy high-tech soluti...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot 9th-Grader May Face Charges After Homemade Clock Mistaken For Bomb
New submitter bengoerz writes: 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was led away from MacArthur High School in handcuffs and faces possible charges after teachers, school administrators, and police in Irving, Te...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Is Building an 'Empathy Button'
jones_supa writes: The Dislike button has long been the most requested feature from Facebook users. So when Mark Zuckerberg said in a public Q&A session that the company was working on an alternat...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Bug In iOS, OS X Allows AirDrop To Write Files Anywhere On File System
Trailrunner7 writes: There is a major vulnerability in a library in iOS and OS X that allows an attacker to overwrite arbitrary files on a target device and, when used in conjunction with other techni...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot NYC Counting On Donations To Fund Required K-12 Computer Science Programs
theodp writes: "To ensure that every child can learn the skills required to work in New York City's fast-growing technology sector," reports the NY Times, "Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Wednes...
10:00 am - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Robotics Researcher Starts Campaign To Ban Development of Sexbots
Earthquake Retrofit writes: A robotics ethicist from the UK's De Montfort University has started a campaign to ban the development and use of sex robots. "She believes that they reinforce traditional ...
08:00 am - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Xerox Creates Printed Labels With Rewritable Memory
Lucas123 writes: Xerox has announced a line of printed labels that can store up to 36 bits of data that can be used to track shipped products, determine the authenticity and condition of products, and...
06:00 am - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Global Subsurface Ocean
An anonymous reader writes: NASA's Cassini probe has made another fascinating discovery: Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, has an underground ocean spanning its entire globe. Researchers were trying t...
04:00 am - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Sued For Scanning Direct Messages
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Twittter is facing a new possible class action suit that accuses the company of violating user privacy. The lawsuit states that the company has been "systematically intercept...
02:00 am - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot HP To Jettison Up To 30,000 Jobs As Part of Spinoff
An anonymous reader writes: Hewlett-Packard says its upcoming spinoff of its technology divisions focused on software, consulting and data analysis will eliminate up to 30,000 jobs. The cuts announced...
12:00 am - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot The Era of Open Source Cars
An anonymous reader writes: An article at Ars Technica details how open source is slowly but surely working its way into the automotive manufacturing industry. A company named StreetScooter is flatten...
12:00 am - Wed, September 16, 2015
Slashdot APIs, Not Apps: What the Future Will Be Like When Everyone Can Code
An anonymous reader writes: There's been a huge push over the last few years to make programming part of the core academic curriculum. Hype or not, software developer Al Sweigart takes a shot at predi...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Switch Neurons Off and On Using Noninvasive Ultrasound
Jason Koebler writes: Optogenetics, the ability to control neurons using bursts of light, has been one of the most promising breakthroughs in neurology of this decade. It's been a boon for researchers...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Drone Hobbyists Find Flaws In 'Close Call' Reports
An anonymous reader writes: The people and agencies pushing for strict drone regulation have no trouble coming up with a list of dangerous drone-related incidents. This includes not only the recent dr...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Federal Court Invalidates 11-Year-old FBI Gag Order On NSL Recipient
vivaoporto writes: The Calyx Institute reports that an 11-year-old gag order has been lifted from the recipient of a National Security Letter served by the FBI in 2004. A federal court found there was...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Porsche Unveils Its First Electric Car
An anonymous reader writes: German automaker Porsche has made its first foray into electric vehicles. On Monday at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it unveiled a concept car called the Porsche Mission E. Its ...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Report: Computers 'Do Not Improve' Pupil Results
An anonymous reader writes: A report issued by the UK's Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has evaluated how technology in classrooms affects test results, and found that the availa...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot What Congress' New Email-privacy Bill Means For Your Inbox
erier2003 writes: The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act has a simple and vital purpose: making it harder for the government to get your email, instant messages, and Facebook chats. ...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Blue Origin To Launch Big Rockets From Canaveral's Rechristened Complex 36
As reported by The Verge, Jeff Bezos's space venture Blue Origin today unveiled its new facility at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 36. Complex 36 was once the launching point for NASA and USAF Atlas ...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Introduce Kids In Rural India To Computers?
asto21 writes: A friend of mine wants to introduce school kids in rural India to computers and could use some advice. Key questions: What learning material to use and how to source? What programming l...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Damaged Spinal Cord "Rewires" Itself With Help of Electrical Stimulation
the_newsbeagle writes: Many prior experiments that tried to restore function after a spinal cord injury have used electrical stimulation to replace the signals from the brain, essentially implanting a...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot NYU Study: America's Voting Machines Are Rapidly Aging Out
Presto Vivace passes on a link to a report at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's law school which says that many of the vote-counting machines set to be used in the 2016 U.S. general election wil...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Italian Military To Switch To LibreOffice and ODF
jrepin writes: The Italian military is transitioning to LibreOffice and the Open Document Format (ODF). The Ministry of Defense will over the next year-and-a-half install this suite of office producti...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot YouTube 'Dancing Baby' Copyright Ruling Sets Pre-Trial Fair Use Guideline
Mr. Droopy Drawers writes with news that the famous "Dancing Baby" case will move forward to trial, after a pre-trial ruling Monday that's already unpopular with the copyright holders on one side of t...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Signs Renewed Cybersecurity Agreement With NATO
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft and NATO have renewed a cybersecurity partnership. The agreement is part of Microsoft's Government Security Program (GSP) which allows worldwide federal bodies co...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Northern California Wildfire Destroys American Telephony Museum
alphadogg writes: In this day of smartphones, cell towers and wearables, the American Museum of Telephony in the Mountain Ranch community of northern California preserved artifacts of a much different...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Attackers Install Highly Persistent Malware Implants On Cisco Routers
itwbennett writes: Researchers from Mandiant have detected a real-world attack that has installed rogue firmware on Cisco business routers in four countries. The router implant, dubbed SYNful Knock, i...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Law Professor: Genetic Engineering Is (Probably) Protected By the First Amendment
Jason Koebler writes: The dawn of cheap genome editing techniques such as CRISPR understandably have people across the political spectrum worried about what a future of designer babies, more pathogeni...
10:00 am - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot UK Labour Party's Support For Homeopathy Grows
An anonymous reader writes: The UK's Labour Party is currently led by Jeremy Corbyn, who has shown support for homeopathy in the past. So has Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. (So-called 'shadow' post...
08:00 am - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot India Mulls Using Nuclear Power For Its Chandrayaan-2 Mission To the Moon
MarkWhittington writes: India is preparing its second mission to the moon, the Chandrayaan-2, as Space Insider noted. The mission will consist or an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. It will be launched...
06:00 am - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot DARPA Working On Robotic Satellite Repair
jfruh writes: One of the aspects of the space age that sci-fi writers of the '50s couldn't predict was how much of our space activities are conducted by unmanned satellites rather than human beings. N...
04:00 am - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Broadband Users 'Need' At Least 10Mbps To Be Satisfied
Mickeycaskill writes: A new report says broadband users need at least 10Mbps speeds to be satisfied with their connection — especially with regards to online video which is now seen as a staple ...
02:00 am - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Man Receives a Prosthetic Hand That Allows Him To Feel
New submitter CravenRaven76 writes: A 28 year old man who has been paralyzed for almost a decade has recently received a prosthetic hand that allows for him to feel for the first time. While prostheti...
12:00 am - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Intel Establishes Automotive Security Review Board
An anonymous reader writes: To help mitigate the cyber-security risks in connected automobiles Intel has established the Automotive Security Review Board (ASRB). Intel says: "The board will encompass ...
12:00 am - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Neural Network Chess Computer Abandons Brute Force For "Human" Approach
An anonymous reader writes: A new chess AI utilizes a neural network to approach the millions of possible moves in the game without just throwing compute cycles at the problem the way that most chess ...
12:00 am - Tue, September 15, 2015
Slashdot Intelligence Start-Up Goes Behind Enemy Lines To Get Ahead of Hackers
anlashok writes: The Times profiles a company called ISight, which sells computer security intelligence gathered by professionals from the "dark web". From the article: "ISight's investors, who have p...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Arrangement With Science Publisher Raises Questions About Wikipedia's Commitment To Open Access
Applehu Akbar writes: Elsevier, the science publisher notorious for maintaining high-priced research journals in a time when web technology can accomplish the same tasks for a fraction of the price, h...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Google Found Guilty of "Abusing Dominant Market Position" In Russia
An anonymous reader writes: Russia's anti-monopoly regulator has ruled that Google has violated Russian antitrust laws by requiring that manufacturers pre-install its services on their devices. Stock ...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot How To Find Out If GCHQ and the NSA Spied On You, and How To Complain
Mark Wilson writes: Privacy International has create a platform through which individuals and organizations can file complaints with GCHQ about surveillance of phone calls and internet usage. The char...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot How Fine-Grained Will New Credentialism Get: Credit For Watching a TED Talk?
jyosim writes: In a sign of how willing some companies are to consider alternatives to higher education, services are popping up that allow employees to track their informal-learning activities so the...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot GameStart Uses Minecraft to Teach Kids Programming (Video 2)
As we said last week, "You can't teach all programming by using Minecraft to keep kids intrested, but yoi can use Minecraft, Java, and Eclipse to give them a good start." That's what Tyler Kilgore and...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Only Self-Awareness Can Keep Drones Out of Do Not Fly Zones
szczys writes: Chris Anderson is on the bleeding edge of the drone world, having founded 3D Robotics (drone manufacturer) and DIY Drones (enthusiast site). He takes on the issue of people flying drone...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Alabama Will Require Students To Learn About Evolution, Climate Change
An anonymous reader writes: For the first time, public school students in Alabama will be required to understand evolution, thanks to new curriculum rules behind implemented next year. Teachers in the...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Sen. Ron Wyden Says CISA Data Collection Could Put Americans At Risk
blottsie writes: In a new interview, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) says the Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) may put more Americans at risk because the U.S. government has failed to learn the ri...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Nintendo Names Tatsumi Kimishima As New President
RogueyWon writes: Following the death of Satoru Iwata in July, Nintendo has announced the appointment of Tatsumi Kimishima as its new president. The 65-year-old Mr. Kimishima has been serving as Ninte...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Mt. Gox CEO Charged With Stealing $2.7 Million
An anonymous reader writes: After being arrested six weeks ago in Japan, Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles has now been formally charged with the theft of $2.66 million worth of clients' money. "Tokyo-based M...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Philosophical Differences In Autonomous Car Tech
An anonymous reader writes: The Guardian has an in-depth article on the status of self-driving car development at BMW. The technology can handle the autobahn just fine, for the most part. But the arti...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Cancer Patient Receives 3D-Printed Titanium Sternum and Ribs
An anonymous reader writes: A Spanish cancer patient diagnosed with chest wall sarcoma has received the world's first 3D printed titanium sternum and rib cage. Anatomics, an Australian medical device ...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Vodafone Australia Employee Searched Journalist's Phone Records To Find Source
An anonymous reader writes: In 2011, a journalist named Natalie O'Brien published a series of stories on security problems in Vodafone's Siebel data system. "Customers' home addresses, driver's licens...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Big Pharma Hands Out Fitbits To Collect Better Personal Data
An anonymous reader writes: Since the dawn of modern medicine, there have really only been two ways to know what a medical patient is doing: A) keep them around and monitor them, or B) ask them. The f...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Google Partnering With Indian Railways To Provide Wi-Fi Hotspots
An anonymous reader writes: Google and Indian Railways have partnered together for 'Project Nilgiri' which aims to set up more than 400 Wi-fi hotspots. IBTimes reports: "Internet access will be free f...
10:00 am - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Australian Police Get McLaren and Aston Martin Supercars
An anonymous reader writes: Australia's New South Wales police department has added a pair of new cars to their fleet that are going to be very hard to outrun, a McLaren 650S and an Aston Martin Vanqu...
08:00 am - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot The Force Awakens With Devon's $28,500 Star Wars Limited Edition Watch
MojoKid writes: If the Force is strong in your bank account and you're looking for a new timepiece, luxury design firm Devon Works has come up with a limited edition watch that's perhaps more advanced...
04:00 am - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Country To Avoid Government Surveillance?
simpz writes: Which country is best to choose for hosting Internet services and locating VMs to avoid government surveillance (both NSA and local)? It should be a country with good connectivity to the...
02:00 am - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Resurrects the Title of President
theodp writes: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promoted General Counsel Brad Smith to president and chief legal officer Friday, the first time Microsoft has had a company-wide president since 2002. Smith ...
12:00 am - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot University Employees Suspended Due To Guest Worker Scandal
sethstorm writes: By sponsoring employees for use at an IT staffing firm, Wright State University may have broken new ground in guest worker fraud. According to the Dayton Daily News, 19 individuals w...
12:00 am - Mon, September 14, 2015
Slashdot Sharebeast, the Largest US-based Filesharing Service, Has Its Domain Seized
An anonymous reader writes: The RIAA says that the FBI has seized the domain of file-sharing service ShareBeast, shutting down what it said was responsible for the leaks of thousands of songs. The sit...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Sony Decides Its Waterproof Xperia Phones Are Not Actually Waterproof
Mark Wilson writes: Sony seems determined on confusing its customers by giving very conflicting advice about its Xperia smartphones. If you're familiar with the range, you'll no doubt be aware of the ...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Use Smartwatch To Spy What Users Are Typing On a Keyboard
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have created an app that follows the micro-movements of your smartwatch and is able to detect what keys you're pressing with your left hand, and guess what word...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot It Is Programmer Day - Why So Apathetic?
mikejuk writes: Programmers Day comes around every year and yet each year it seems to be increasingly ignored. Why, when we are trying to encourage children to take up all things computing, is Program...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Hackers' Latest Targets: Google's Webmaster Tools
jfruh writes: The latest attack vector hackers are taking advantage of: Google's Webmaster tools, which allow domain owners to index new pages for searching and react quickly to Google-detected malwar...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Linux 4.3 Bringing Stable Intel Skylake Support, Reworked NVIDIA Driver
An anonymous reader writes: Mr. Torvalds has released Linux 4.3-rc1 this weekend. He characterized the release as "not particularly small — pretty average in size, in fact. Everything looks fair...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Linux-Based Home Security
Grady Martin writes: I got a new job. Everything about it is perfect, except for one thing: The overwhelming majority of affordable housing within driving distance lies in an area known for its high c...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Why We're Looking For ET All Wrong
StartsWithABang writes: When you consider that there are definitely millions of planets in the habitable zones of their stars within our Milky Way galaxy alone, the possibility that there's intelligen...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Flash From the Past: Why an Apparent Israeli Nuclear Test In 1979 Matters Today
Lasrick writes: Stanford's Leonard Weiss writes about growing evidence that Israel and South Africa cooperated on nuclear weapons testing in the 1970s, and in fact conducted a test: "On September 22, ...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Honda To Test Self-Driving Cars In California
An anonymous reader writes: Reuters reports that Honda has received approval from the State of California to test their self-driving cars on public roads. They join not just Google and Tesla, but Merc...
12:00 pm - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Can We Trust Apple To Make a Good Games Console?
An anonymous reader writes: The Apple TV took center stage at the company's recent press event. It's getting its own operating system, better support for watching movies and listening to music, and fu...
10:00 am - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Hire a Developer, Watch Them Work In Real-Time
New submitter alphamore writes: Live Coding, which is like Twitch for developers, has added a service that allows viewers to actually hire someone they've been watching. The aptly named 'Hire a stream...
08:00 am - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot DNA From Neanderthal Relative May Shake Up Human Family Tree
sciencehabit writes: In a remarkable technical feat, researchers have sequenced DNA from fossils in Spain that are about 300,000 to 400,000 years old and have found an ancestor—or close relative...
04:00 am - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Epson's 'Empty' Professional-Grade Cartridges Can Have 20 Per Cent of Their Ink Remaining
sandbagger writes: Printer ink is expensive, so it's important that when a printer tells you a cartridge is running dry, the cartridge is actually running dry. Unfortunately, that's not always the cas...
02:00 am - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Finding Hope In Cryonics, Despite Glacial Progress
biobricks writes: The NY Times covers cryonics and destructive mind uploading, with some news on progress in brain preservation research. Quoting: "Dr. Fahy, a cryobiologist whose research focuses on ...
12:00 am - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Vint Cerf Wants Help Figuring Out the Future of the Internet and Communications
dkatana writes: Vint Cerf, one of the original creators of today's internet, wrote a letter asking everyone to participate to create the foundation of the next internet. He said, "As communication for...
12:00 am - Sun, September 13, 2015
Slashdot Purdue 'HUSH' Tool Promises 16% Battery Life Gain For Wasteful Android Phones
MojoKid writes: Researchers from Purdue University have developed a software tool for Android smartphones that purportedly slows down battery drain when handsets enter a sleep state. With the software...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot White House Green-lights Tech Apprenticeship Program
theodp writes: The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) says a $3.5 million U.S. Dept. of Labor grant will help it create a registered apprenticeship program that aims to train 600 people...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot OpenGL Library Mesa 11.0 Brings Open Source OpenGL 4
jj110888 writes: Mesa, the open source implementation of OpenGL, has just announced version 11.0. This adds support for the amdgpu driver, fixes for non-Windows platforms, new OpenGL ES extensions sup...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot EU Court: Commuting to Customer Sites Counts as Work
Joe_Dragon writes with news that the European Court of Justice has issued a ruling (PDF) saying that workers who have to commute to see customers, but don't have a "fixed or habitual place of work," m...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot Can High-Tech Academia Survive Silicon Valley's Talent Binge?
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year, Carnegie Mellon had one of the most capable robotics research centers in the world. Then, Uber hired away dozens of workers in a frantic push to jump sta...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot Dept. of Energy Compromised 159 Times Over Four-Year Period
An anonymous reader writes: USA TODAY obtained records through a Freedom of Information Act request indicating that the U.S. Department of Energy was targeted by over a thousand cyberattacks between O...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot What Ever Happened To Google Books?
An anonymous reader writes: Tim Wu at the New Yorker wonders about the present and future of Google Books. He calls it the most ambitious library project of our time — it seemed so promising whe...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot Ex-Ashley Madison CTO Threatens Libel Suit Against Journalist
An anonymous reader writes: Security reporter Brian Krebs, who has been instrumental in breaking news about the Ashley Madison hack, is now being threatened by the website's former CTO with a libel su...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot FBI and DOJ Drop Case Against Chinese-American Physicist
Required Snark writes: The FBI and Department of Justice have withdrawn their prosecution (or more accurately persecution) Dr. Xi Xiaoxing, former head of the Physics Department at Temple University, ...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot The Correlation Between Arts and Crafts and a Nobel Prize
An anonymous reader writes: The stereotype of the scientist or engineer is that he prefers facts, reason, and objectivity over more artistic pursuits. But the Priceonomics blog points out an interesti...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot PayPal, Visa, MasterCard Prepare To Block Payments To Pirate Sites In France
An anonymous reader writes: The French government is deciding whether to allow PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and other payments processors the right to refrain from executing transactions to pirate sites ...
10:00 am - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Definitive Password Management Best Practices Using OSS?
jmcbain writes: I am an software engineer for a client-server user account system handling both Web and smartphone clients. I have been searching for definitive and crystal-clear best practices for ma...
08:00 am - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot NASA Launching 4K TV Channel
An anonymous reader writes: NASA has announced that it's partnering with Harmonic to launch a new TV channel that delivers video at 4k resolution (4096x2160). The channel is called NASA TV UHD, and it...
06:00 am - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot 25 Years Ago, a Meeting Spawned Wi-Fi
alphadogg writes: It was retail remodeling that spurred NCR, a venerable cash-register company, to find out how it could use newly opened frequencies to link registers and mainframes without wires. It...
04:00 am - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot Open Source Router Firmware OpenWRT 15.05 Released
aglider writes: The newest stable iteration of the famous and glorious OpenWRT has just been released in the wild for all the supported architectures. The latest version is 15.05, codenamed "Chaos Cal...
02:00 am - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot 10 Major Automakers Agree To Include Automatic Emergency Braking On New Vehicles
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, and Institute for Highway Safety announced today a landmark agreement from 10 of the ...
12:00 am - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot Using a Smartphone As a Virtual Reality Controller
New submitter mutherhacker writes: A group from Osaka University in Japan and McMaster University in Canada have presented a method to control a virtual 3D object using a smartphone [video]. The metho...
12:00 am - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot Million-Square-Foot Data Center Being Built In Dallas
1sockchuck writes: RagingWire has begun building a 1 million square foot data center campus in the Telecom Corridor north of Dallas. Data centers have been growing in scale for years, but this project...
12:00 am - Sat, September 12, 2015
Slashdot New Tech Puts the Brakes On Bullets Fired From Police Sidearms
Zothecula writes: Police officers are trained to shoot for the center of mass, not necessarily to kill, but to stop – although the end result can often be one and the same. "The Alternative" is ...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot GameStart Uses Minecraft to Teach Kids Programming (Video 1)
You can't teach all programming by using Minecraft to keep kids intrested, but yoi can use Minecraft, Java, and Eclipse to give them a good start. That's what Tyler Kilgore and his colleagues at GameS...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Why the LHC May Mean the End of Experimental Particle Physics
StartsWithABang writes: At the end of the 19th century, Lord Kelvin famously said, "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement." He was...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Benchmark Battle, September 2015: Chrome Vs. Firefox Vs. Edge
An anonymous reader writes: The next browser battle is upon us. Edge has been out for more than a month, and its two biggest competitors have received significant updates: Chrome 45 and Firefox 40. Th...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Can The Martian Give NASA's Mars Efforts a Hollywood Bump?
Flash Modin writes: NASA has poured considerable time and resources into Ridley Scott's The Martian — perhaps more than any other movie in history — going so far as to time a Mars human la...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Spy Industry Leaders Befuddled Over 'Deep Cynicism' of American Public
New submitter autonomous_reader writes: Ars Technica has a story on this week's Intelligence & National Security Summit, where CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey had a lot to s...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot First Library To Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Halts Project After DHS Email
An anonymous reader writes with an update to the news we discussed in July that a small library in New Hampshire would be used as a Tor exit relay. Shortly after the project went live, the local polic...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Propose App That Detects Emotions Based On Walking Style
An anonymous reader writes: Chinese researchers claim to be able to deduce a person's emotional state using accelerometer data from mobile devices attached to the wrist and ankle. The study recorded b...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot The Handheld Analog Computer That Made the Atomic Bomb
szczys writes: When the physicists and mathematicians of the Manhattan Project began their work they needed to establish which substance was most likely to sustain vigorous fission. This is not trivia...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Tech Companies Hire 'Cheerleaders' To Motivate Programmers
HughPickens.com writes: Lauren O'Neil writes at CBC News that internet companies "across China" are hiring "pretty, talented girls that help create a fun work environment." Dubbed "programming cheerle...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot TSR's Lost 1980s Dungeons and Dragons Movie Script, Reviewed
An anonymous reader writes: Over at the Escapist, games historian Jon Peterson (of Playing at the World) reviews a recently-unearthed copy of James Goldman's 1982 script for a Dungeons & Dragons m...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Ellen Pao Drops Appeal of Gender Discrimination Suit
McGruber writes: Jeff Bezo's newspaper is reporting that Ellen Pao is dropping her appeal of the gender discrimination suit she lost against her former employer, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins C...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Xerox PARC Creates Self-Destructing Chip
angry tapir writes: Engineers at Xerox PARC have developed a chip that will self-destruct upon command, providing a potentially revolutionary tool for high-security applications. The chip, developed a...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Bitcoin Extortion Group DD4BC Now Targeting Financial Services
An anonymous reader writes: Akamai is detailing the activities of DD4BC, a cyber-extortionist group that has launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against numerous organizations and de...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Morphological Computation: The Hidden Superpower of Soft-Bodied Robots
Hallie Siegel writes: Ever wonder why most robots are built with hard bodies? It's because they are easier to control that way. But now researchers are embracing the complexities of soft bodies, by us...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot MIT Physicists Have Finally Cracked Overhand Knots
An anonymous reader writes: Knots are indeed a relatively ancient art, a technology developed across centuries of trial and error and some very old, intuitive notions of symmetry and elegance. (The mo...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Plex Is Coming To Apple TV
sfcrazy writes: Apple announced that it is turning Apple TV into a platform, opening it up for third party developers. They have already published the beta of tvOS and tvOS SDK, which developers can p...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot The First Talking, Artificially Intelligent Surveillance Camera
merbs writes: Two NYU AI researchers have created a surveillance camera that, when hooked up to a crude artificial intelligence, speaks aloud what it 'sees'. "Our idea was to raise awareness regarding...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot US Defense Secretary Mulls Rapid Grants For Tech Companies
itwbennett writes: The push for greater cooperation with tech companies has been a big theme for the DOD in the last year, but many big tech companies so far have been wary of the government's overtur...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Google's Android Pay Mobile Payments Service Arrives In US
An anonymous reader writes: Google is rolling out its digital payment system Android Pay in the U.S. today. The new system will allow users to make payments in stores using their phone. Existing users...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Synchronizing Sound With Video, Using Open Source?
An anonymous reader writes: I have a decent video camera, but it lacks a terminal for using an external mic. However, I have a comparatively good audio recorder. What I'd like to do is "automagically"...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot Elon Musk's Latest Idea: Let's Nuke Mars
KindMind writes: The Register reports that Elon Musk, in an appearance on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, said that to begin with, human residents on the red planet would need to live in "tran...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 11, 2015
Slashdot In Survey of American Universities, MIT Scores Worst In Cybersecurity
An anonymous reader writes: In a cybersecurity survey of 485 large colleges and universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in at the bottom of the list. In a report released today, S...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot FireEye Tries to Bury Keynote Reporting That It Ran Apache As Root On Security Servers
An anonymous reader writes: Leading network security company FireEye, which has customers in government and the Fortune 500 list, has caused a controversy at a London security conference today after i...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot New UK Security Guidelines: Password Re-Use OK, Frequent Changing a Waste
isoloisti writes: New UK government guidance on how to handle passwords (PDF) "advocates a dramatic simplification of the current approach." "Unlike previous guidance, this doesn't focus on trying to ...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot John McAfee On Why He's Running For President
Velcroman1 writes: Our government is in a dysfunctional state. It is also illiterate when it comes to technology. Technology is not a tool that should be used for a government to invade our privacy. T...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Rupert Murdoch Buys National Geographic Magazine
dywolf writes: In a move that has inspired "dread" among the publication's journalists, as well as long time readers, Rupert Murdoch has just bought a controlling interest in all of National Geographi...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Ashley Madison's Passwords Cracked, Soon To Be Released
New submitter JustAnotherOldGuy writes with some news that might worry anyone caught up in the Ashley Madison data breach. ("Uh-oh," he says.) Now, besides any other possible repercussions of having o...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Do Tech Firms Really Want Liberal Arts Majors?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Not too long ago, a Forbes writer declared that a liberal arts degree had "become tech's hottest ticket." At so-called 'disruptive juggernauts' such as Facebook and Uber, Geor...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot An Algorithm To Stop Joke Plagiarists
Bennett Haselton writes: The comedy world crucified Josh "Fat Jew" Ostrovsky for building his career on re-tweetingother people's jokes without attribution. But Twitter, or whichever company rises as ...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot GM Performs Stealth Update To Fix Security Bug In OnStar
An anonymous reader writes: Back in 2010, long before the Jeep Cherokee thing, some university researchers demonstrated remote car takeover via cellular (old story here). A new Wired article reveals t...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: RMS Answers Your Questions
The Free Software Foundation will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on Oct. 3rd. Recently, you had a chance to ask its founder Richard Stallman about GNU/Linux, free software, and other issues of pu...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Is Downloading Windows 10 Without Asking
New submitter christhedj writes with a story at The Inquirer, according to which: Microsoft, having learned nothing from Apple and the U2 album, have started downloading Windows 10 as part of Patch Tu...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot The Install Size of Every PS4 and Xbox One Game
SlappingOysters writes: One of the biggest challenges for gamers during this generation of consoles is ensuring you have enough hard drive space to hold the latest blockbuster. Given that every game n...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot California Overturns Uber's Appeal: Its Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors
An anonymous reader writes: Uber's third attempt to overturn a California court ruling stating that its drivers are employees and not contractors has ended in failure, with the appeal dismissed by the...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Say S. African Bones Are From Previously Unknown Human Relative
Ancient, but so far undated, remains found in a South African cave (more than 1500 pieces of bone and teeth) have been declared by the team which discovered them to represent a previously unknown kind...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Intel Drops Support For Science Talent Search
An anonymous reader writes: Started by Westinghouse Electric, the Science Talent Search (STS) has for 73 years been the nation's oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school student...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Why Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program Is a Bad Deal For Most
Mark Wilson writes: You may have heard that Apple had a little get together today. There were lots of big launches — the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus, and the iPad Pro. Those waiting for an iPh...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot AMD Radeon R9 Nano: 6 Inches Of High-Priced, High-Performance Graphics
Vigile writes: Back when AMD announced it would be producing an even smaller graphics card than the Fury X, but based on the same full-sized Fiji GPU, many people wondered just how they would be able ...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot .Onion Gets a Boost From IETF, IANA: Now It's a Special-Use Domain
An anonymous reader writes: As tweeted by Jacob Appelbaum, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority today listed .onion as a special-use domain, and the IETF approved a Draft RFC for the domain describ...
10:00 am - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Close-Up Images Show Ceres' Bright Spots In Great Detail
New submitter Actual_Alien writes: Since the Dawn probe arrived at Ceres, everybody has been wondering about the mysterious bright spots on an otherwise dark dwarf planet. New images sent back recentl...
08:00 am - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot UK Researchers Developing Influenza-Resistant Birds
New submitter ravensmith0821 writes: UK researchers are working on disease-resistant chickens, adding a gene to eggs before they hatch that renders the bird less susceptible to avian influenza. Reuter...
06:00 am - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Alienware's X51 R3, Revamped With Skylake and Maxwell, Tested and Torn Down
MojoKid writes: Alienware has been relatively quiet for the past 18 months or so with respect to their X51 small form factor gaming systems. However, Intel's recent Skylake processor launch and NVIDIA...
06:00 am - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot US-Appointed Egg Lobby Paid Food Blogs and Targeted Chef To Crush Vegan Startup
An anonymous reader writes: The American Egg Board targeted publications, popular food bloggers, and a celebrity chef as part of an effort to combat a perceived threat from Hampton Creek, an egg-repla...
04:00 am - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Plug In an Ethernet Cable, Take Your Datacenter Offline
New submitter jddj writes: The Next Web reports on a hilarious design failure built into Cisco's 3650 and 3850 Series switches, which TNW terms "A Network Engineer's Worst Nightmare". By plugging in a...
02:00 am - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Seeing 2.4 GHz Radio Waves
szczys writes: There was this art piece that circled the internet a few weeks ago which used a tablet to visualize WiFi and other signals and it was complete fake. It was cool, and it approximated whe...
12:00 am - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Software Takes On School Science Tests In Search For Common Sense
holy_calamity writes: Making software take school tests designed for human kids can help the quest for machines with common sense, says researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. ...
12:00 am - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Cryptographers Brace For Quantum Revolution
Tokolosh writes: An article in Scientific American discusses the actions needed to address the looming advent of quantum computing and its ability to crack current encryption schemes. Interesting tidb...
12:00 am - Thu, September 10, 2015
Slashdot Researcher: The US Owes the World $4 Trillion For Trashing the Climate
merbs writes: Climate change wasn't created equal. Rich, industrialized nations have contributed most of the pollution and gone way over their carbon budgets—while smaller, poorer, and more agra...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Vietnam's Tech Boom: a Look Inside Southeast Asia's Silicon Valley
rjmarvin writes: Vietnam is in the midst of a tech boom. The country's education system is graduating thousands of well-educated software engineers and IT professionals each year, recruited by interna...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Wikipedia's Viewing Statistics Could Provide Better Web-Trends Data Than Google
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers in Japan have established an almost 75% correlation between Google Trends data on keyword surges and equivalent Wikipedia page views. Since Google provides aggr...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Democratizing the Maker Movement
aarondubrow writes: To its advocates and participants, the Maker Movement resonates with those characteristics that we believe makes America great: independence and ingenuity, creativity and resourcef...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Adblock Plus Returns To Android and Arrives On iPhone For First Time
Mickeycaskill writes: Adblock Plus has returned to Android — two and a half years after ad blocking services were removed from Google Play — and has been released on iOS for the first time...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Apple Product Event Highlights
samzenpus writes: The Apple product event just finished, read below for the highlights. ...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft, Dell Aim To Sell Surfaces To Businesses
jfruh writes: Microsoft became an OS and PC behemoth in part by relentless focus on business sales, and is partnering with old friend Dell to try to recreate that success, trying to woo companies into...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Cheapest Functional Computer For Students?
An anonymous reader writes: I've started a second career, teaching English at a High School in a middle class area. While the large majority of students have a computer and internet access at home, ab...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot The Story of Oculus Rift
An anonymous reader writes: A lengthy new article details the history of the Oculus Rift, from the VR headset's stereotypical beginnings in a hacker's parents' garage to its $2 billion acquisition by ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Hackers Abuse Satellite Internet Links To Remain Anonymous
msm1267 writes: Poorly secured satellite-based Internet links are being abused by nation-state hackers, most notably by the Turla APT group, to hide command-and-control operations, researchers at Kasp...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot White House Petition To Let Foreign STEM Grads Work Longer In US Hits 100K Signatures
theodp writes: Computerworld reports that a petition urging the White House to act urgently on a court ruling that could force thousands of recent foreign STEM graduates working in the U.S. on OPT STE...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Continues To Resist US Warrant For Irish Data
Bruce66423 writes: Microsoft is back in court over the claim by the U.S. authorities that because it is a U.S.-based company, it can be ordered to ignore the rules of the countries it's operating in. ...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Genes and Ancient Remedies May Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance
szczys writes: We've been hearing about it for years; bacteria are developing resistance to antibiotics and evolving into what are called superbugs. Some forecast the end of our ability to combat infe...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot TSA Luggage Lock Master Keys Are Compromised
An anonymous reader writes: As the FBI demand encryption master keys for Apple, Microsoft and Google made devices, photographs of the master keys for the TSA Travel Sentry suitcases have now been publ...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot WSJ: We Need the Right To Repair Our Gadgets
An anonymous reader writes: An editorial in the Wall Street Journal rings a bell we've been ringing for years: "Who owns the knowledge required to take apart and repair TVs, phones and other electroni...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot What an IT Career Will Look Like 5 Years Out
snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Paul Heltzel reports on the impact that IT's increasing reliance on the cloud for IT infrastructure will have on your career in the years ahead. "[O]ne fact is clear: Organi...
10:00 am - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Announces VP9 Support For Edge
An anonymous reader writes: As noted by some a few days ago, Microsoft has started development on new multimedia container and codec support for Edge. Over on the Edge development blog, Microsoft has ...
08:00 am - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Hedgehog Rovers Hop and Tumble In Microgravity
New submitter rgreid writes: Prototypes of a new type of rover designed to explore the surface of comets and asteroids have been demonstrated recently by JPL and Stanford. Videos of the rovers in NASA...
06:00 am - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Stops Selling Fire Phone
An anonymous reader writes: Last June Amazon announced their Fire Phone, an Android device packed with interesting but questionably useful tech that left reviewers unimpressed. Now, just a few weeks a...
04:00 am - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Google To Deliver Groceries
An anonymous reader writes: Out of carrots? Fire up Google and search for some. They might just show up at your house. Bloomberg reports that the search giant will start testing a grocery delivery ser...
02:00 am - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Four Year Sentence For Running Piracy Streaming Site
An anonymous reader writes: A 29-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been sentenced to two years in jail and another two "on license" for running a website from his bedroom that streamed pirated co...
12:00 am - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Why Patent Law Shouldn't Block the Sale of Used Tech Products
An anonymous reader writes: Lexmark is best known for its printers, but even more important to its business is toner. Toner cartridges are Lexmark's lifeblood, and they've been battling hard in court ...
12:00 am - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Boston Tracks Vehicles, Lies About It, Leaves Data Exposed
An anonymous reader writes: License plate readers have been in the news a lot lately for the invasion of privacy they represent. Boston is the latest city to make mistakes with the technology. Two wee...
12:00 am - Wed, September 9, 2015
Slashdot Neocities Becomes the First Major Site To Implement the Distributed Web
An anonymous reader writes: HTTP has served us well for a long time, but will we continue to use HTTP forever? Since Brewster Kahle called for a distributed web, more people have been experimenting wi...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot John McAfee Pondering Presidential Bid
An anonymous reader writes: Since this U.S. presidential election cycle clearly isn't chaotic enough already, it seems John McAfee is now considering a campaign as well. Wired reports that McAfee hasn...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Testing Old Tapes To Save Them
JMarshall writes: Recordings on old audio tapes won't be worth much in another 20 years, and some are already too degraded to play. A team including members from the Library of Congress report that in...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Node.js v4.0.0 Released
New submitter TFlan91 writes: The first merge of the popular Node.js and io.js repositories has been released! From the announcement: "The collaborators of the Node.js project and the members of the N...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Touch Screen Released
An anonymous reader writes: The Raspberry Pi has been enormously successful, but one frequent request has been for the Foundation to create a simple touchscreen to go along with it. Gordon Hollingwort...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Software Is Hiring, But Manufacturing Is Bleeding
Nerval's Lobster writes: Which tech segment added the most jobs in August? According to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tech consulting gained 7,000 positions in August, (Dice link)...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot EU Parliament Votes To Ban Cloning of Farm Animals
sciencehabit writes: The European Parliament today voted to ban the cloning of all farm animals as well as the sale of cloned livestock, their offspring, and products derived from them. The measure, w...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Proposed MAC Sniffing Dongle Intended To Help Recover Stolen Electronics
An anonymous reader writes to say that an Iowa City police officer is developing a new concept to help police find more stolen property. The Gazette has a short report that officer David Schwindt, ins...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Windows-Only Apps Would You Most Like To See On Linux?
An anonymous reader writes: With all the recent brouhaha about Windows 10 privacy violations and forced updates, I'm one of those that wants to thank Microsoft very gently, while taking it by the hand...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot The Free Software Foundation: 30 Years In
An anonymous reader writes: The Free Software Foundation was founded in 1985. To paint a picture of what computing was like back then, the Amiga 1000 was released, C++ was becoming a dominant language...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Porn-themed Android Ransomware Takes Your Picture Before Asking For Money
An anonymous reader writes with a link to The Stack's report that researchers at security firm zScaler have spotted a clever new variety of Android-based ransomware, which takes advantage of phones' b...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Apple To FBI: Encryption Rules Out Handing Over iMessage Data In Real Time
Mark Wilson writes that Apple has balked at a court order ordering the company to provide to the FBI the contents of text messages among users of its iMessage service, claiming that the encryption it ...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Miami Installs Free Public Sunscreen Dispensers In Fight Against Cancer
HughPickens.com writes: If you walk along South Beach in Miami right now, you will notice something strange, even by Florida standards: Dotting the sandscapes are sky-blue boxes that supply free sunsc...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Vulnerabilities In WhatsApp Web Affect Millions of Users Globally
An anonymous reader writes with an alert for anyone who uses the WhatsApp Web application. Check Point researcher Kasif Dekel, according to NetSecurity.Org, has discovered that "to exploit the vulnera...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Reportedly Aiming For the Low End With a Loss-Leader $50 Tablet
Amazon has been dogged with criticism for its high-end, somewhat oddball phone, but done rather better with its high-end Fire tablets, and has mostly defined the market for e-ink book-reading devices ...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Law Professor: Tech Companies Are Our Best Hope At Resisting Surveillance
An anonymous reader writes: Fusion has an op-ed where Ryan Calo, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Washington, argues Google, Apple, and Microsoft pushing back against government surveil...
10:00 am - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Huge Ritual Arena Discovered Near Stonehenge
New submitter pabloApicco writes: A row of 90 megalithic stones has been found buried beneath a grassy bank only two miles from the world-famous site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. Believed to h...
08:00 am - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot New 3D Metal Printing Technique Combines Lasers and Advanced Robotics
An anonymous reader writes: A new alternative to rival other 3D metal printing techniques is being developed by a team of manufacturing researchers at the Southern Methodist University. Led by Profess...
04:00 am - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Whisky Aged On NASA's International Space Station Tastes "Different"
MarkWhittington writes: Back in October 2011 Ardbeg Distillery on Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, sent a vial of whisky to the International Space Station courtesy of...
02:00 am - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Xbox One Launch Woes Were Preventable, Next Console Likely Digital Download Only
MojoKid writes: Microsoft's Xbox One launch didn't go off exactly as planned in late 2013. Before the console's release, the company was dogged over DRM restrictions with the console and concerns over...
12:00 am - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Thinks Occlusion Is the Next Great Frontier For Image Recognition
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Facebook AI Research (FAIR) have published a paper contending that image recognition research is now advanced enough to consider the problem of occlusion, wh...
12:00 am - Tue, September 8, 2015
Slashdot Apple's Privacy Policies Are Keeping Data Scientists Away
An anonymous reader writes: The Cupertino-based global device giant is falling behind in the race to create 'predictive' services for smartphones because its privacy policies are too protective of the...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Steve Wozniak "Steve Jobs Played No Role In My Designs For the Apple I & II"
mikejuk writes: In a recent interview with very lucky 14-year old Sarina Khemchandani for her website, ReachAStudent, Steve Wozniak was more than precise about the role of Steve Jobs. "Steve Jobs play...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Backdoor Discovered Into Seagate NAS Drives
Mark Wilson writes: If you have not recently updated the firmware for your Seagate wireless NAS drives, now is the time to do so. Researchers at Tangible Security have discovered a series of vulnerabi...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Windows Telemetry Rolls Out
ihtoit writes: Last week came the warning, now comes the roll out. One of the most most controversial aspects of Windows 10 is coming to Windows 7 and 8. Microsoft has released upgrades which enable t...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot YouTube Reportedly Bypassing Ad Blockers On Google Chrome
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube users have lit up twitter today, angry about an apparent change of policy by Google, which now seems to be showing ads in front of videos on YouTube even when using...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Concern Over India PM's Silicon Valley Visit
New submitter SAsiaFaculty writes: India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will visit Silicon Valley on September 27, 2015 to promote his vision of "Digital India." Mr. Modi was denied the right to vis...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Why Biking Injuries and Deaths Are Spiking In the US
HughPickens.com writes: NPR reports that more and more adults across the U.S. are strapping on helmets and hopping on bikes to get to work. Unfortunately, between 1998 and 2013, the rate of bicycle-re...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Debian Working on Reproducible Builds To Make Binaries Trustable
An anonymous reader writes: Debian's Jérémy Bobbio, also known as Lunar, spoke at the Chaos Communication Camp about the distribution's efforts to reassert trustworthiness for open source bi...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Tablet In 2015?
An anonymous reader writes: My 2012 Nexus 7 tablet is showing its age. The battery drains quickly, the storage problem that plagued all the Nexus 7s persists even after rooting and re-imaging, and the...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot How To Fix Twitter
An anonymous reader writes: Dustin Curtis succinctly breaks down Twitter's biggest problems, and how they can be fixed. Some of the problems are technological — they way they've decided to handl...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot How Calvin Klein's Obsession Is Helping Big Cat Conservation
StartsWithABang writes: It's no secret that cats of all sizes rub their mouths and faces on many surfaces they come in contact with, both to deposit and pick up scents. But a combination of ingredient...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Brewing Better Charts and Maps
Frosty P writes: Cindy Brewer chairs the geography program at Penn State, and has devoted much of her career to helping other people make better maps. By bringing research on visual perception to bear...
10:00 am - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Researcher Hacks Self-Driving Car Sensors
An anonymous reader writes: Jonathan Petit, security researcher at Security Innovation has created an electronics kit that costs only $60, which can flood LiDAR sensors on self-driving cars with a las...
06:00 am - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Caltech Astronomers Discover Oldest Galaxy Yet Known
An anonymous reader writes: Caltech astronomers have discovered a galaxy believed to be the oldest and farthest ever observed. They estimate it to be 13.2 billion years old, making it only about 600,0...
04:00 am - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Ice-Age Fossils Unearthed At Construction Site In California
An anonymous reader writes: Constructions workers in Carlsbad, CA. have recently discovered Ice Age mammoth and prehistoric bison fossils during an excavation. The fossils were taken to the San Diego ...
12:00 am - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Why AltaVista Lost Ground To Google Sooner Than Expected
techtsp writes: Marcia J. Bates, UCLA Professor Emerita of Information Studies recently explained why Google's birth led to the downfall of AltaVista. According to Bates,early search engines including...
12:00 am - Mon, September 7, 2015
Slashdot Shuttleworth Says Snappy Won't Replace .deb Linux Package Files In Ubuntu 15.10
darthcamaro writes: Mark Shuttleworth, BDFL of Ubuntu is clearing the air about how Ubuntu will make use of .deb packages even in an era where it is moving to its own Snappy ('snaps') format of rapid ...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot Larry Lessig Reaches Funding Goal and Is Running For President
LetterRip writes: Lessig has met his funding goal of one million dollars, and thus is committed to run for President. ABC reports: "After exceeding his $1 million crowd-funding goal, Harvard Law Schoo...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot NASA's Ten-Year Mission To Study All the Ways the Arctic Is Doomed
Lasrick writes: NASA is kicking off the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, a decade-long effort to figure out just how bad things in northern US and Canada really are. The large-scale study will ...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot Get Big Fast: "500 Club" Delivers Teachers For Code.org
theodp writes: The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports that Ben Schafer, an associate CS prof at the Univ. of Northern Iowa, was recognized at Code.org's annual summit for training 570 K-12 teachers ...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot Commercial Space Crew Supporters Posit a Conspiracy Theory Involving Funding Shortages
MarkWhittington writes: The Space Access Society, a group that advocates for government funded, commercially operated spacecraft, examined the annual fight between supporters of the heavy lift Space L...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot Role Model Bhutan Takes Zen Approach To Climate Change
HughPickens.com writes: Matt McGrath writes at BBC that Bhutan, the strongly Buddhist country where up to three-quarters of the population follow the religion, is the only country in the world conside...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot DDoS-Style YouTube Dislikes For Sale
An anonymous reader writes: Dell's Joe Stewart chronicles the tale of the YouTube channel that came under attack in the form of an avalanche of 'dislikes' for any videos that touched upon a certain co...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot Why the Black Hole Information Paradox Is Such a Problem
New submitter TheAlexKnapp writes: Here's a really nice explanation of the Black Hole Information Paradox for those who are unfamiliar with it. The article lays out the basic gist — that right n...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot Four Men Arrested Over Million-Dollar MacBook Heist
An anonymous reader writes: In January of 2014, Anton Saljanin was hired to drive 1,195 Apple MacBooks, valued at over $1 million, from a vendor in Massachusetts to a pair of high schools in New Jerse...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot Google Donates €1 Million To Help Refugees In Need
Mark Wilson writes: The on-going refugee crisis in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East has grabbed hearts and headlines around the world. As European governments argue over who should take in the thou...
12:00 pm - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Killing Off Nokia's Windows Phone Apps
jfruh writes: As Nokia's smartphone division becomes more fully absorbed into Microsoft, the company is cleaning house and ending some apps and services that Nokia had developed specifically for Windo...
10:00 am - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot US Government's Pirate Movie Bootlegger Gets 24 Months Probation
Solandri writes: Ricardo Taylor, a former supervisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, ran a bootleg DVD operation for seven years, copying DVDs and selling them to other employees via the Department's...
08:00 am - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot New Release of the Trinity Desktop Environment
mescobal writes: A new release of the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) is out. TDE is "a computer desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems with a primary goal of retaining the function and...
04:00 am - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Unveils Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic Smartwatches Running Tizen
MojoKid writes: Samsung announced their latest smartwatches the other day, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. At a hands-on press event in New York this week, Samsung had the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic...
02:00 am - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot The Politics of Star Trek
smitty_one_each writes: Timothy Sandefur, a lawyer at the Pacific Legal Foundation has written a breezy overview of the politics of the little-known show Star Trek. His thesis: "...the key to Star Tre...
12:00 am - Sun, September 6, 2015
Slashdot PHP 7.0 Nearing Release, Performance Almost As Good As HHVM
An anonymous reader writes: PHP 7.0 RC2 was released on Friday. In addition to the new language features, PHP 7.0 is advertised as having twice the performance of PHP 5. Benchmarks of PHP 7.0 RC2 show...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot What Is Open Source Pharma (and Why Should You Care)?
Andy Updegrove writes: Humanity today is almost completely dependent on huge pharmaceutical companies to create the drugs we need. But these companies focus exclusively on drugs that can be sold at hi...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Facebook's Solution To 'One of Education's Biggest Problems' Is a Dashboard
theodp writes: Gushing in July that Facebook engineers had solved one of education's biggest problems, Melinda Gates perhaps set up Segway-like expectations for Facebook's education software. And whil...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Storing Family Videos and Pictures For Posterity?
New submitter jalvarez13 writes: I'm in my early 40's and I will become a dad in less than a month. Until now I've been quite happy with a Canon Powershot S110 for taking pictures and video, but now I...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Apple TV To Be Revamped
An anonymous reader writes: This Wednesday, Apple is hosting an event in San Francisco to announce updated versions of some of its products. One device getting a lot of the attention will be the Apple...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Alaska: The Only US State Where Everyone Gets Free Money
merbs writes: Alaska’s Permanent Fund was established in 1976, in the midst of a black gold rush; the massive Trans-Alaska pipeline was in the process of being built, and the state had reaped $9...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot JetBrains Moving Its Dev Tools To Subscription Model
esarjeant writes: For many Java developers, IntelliJ has been our predominant IDE. JetBrains is looking to make their tools easier easier to buy and use by switching to a subscription program. Their p...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot The Paris Climate Talks: Negotiating With the Atmosphere
Lasrick writes: The Paris climate change talks are in December, but what negotiators plan to propose will only be part of non-legally-binding pledges—and they represent only what is achievable w...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot TPP Scuttles Attempts To Fix Orphan Works
jsrjsr writes: David Post, writing at the Volokh Conspiracy blog, describes how the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty may prevent any changes to copyright law regarding orphan works. Quoting: "Big prob...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Robot Submarine Poisons Sea Stars To Save Coral Reefs
schwit1 writes: A 30-kilogram robotic yellow submarine is keeping sea stars in check with poison. The sea stars periodically have huge population booms, and a square kilometer of reef can be home to 1...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot An Algorithm To Randomly Generate Game Dungeons
An anonymous reader writes: Game developers frequently turn to procedural algorithms to generate some of their game's content. Sometimes it's to give the game more diverse environments, or to keep thi...
10:00 am - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Is There Too Much New Programming On TV?
HughPickens.com writes: John Koblin writes in the NY Times that there's a crisis in television programming felt among executives, viewers and critics, and it's the result of one thing: There is simply...
08:00 am - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Lack of Teacher Training Hampers UK Programming Education
An anonymous reader writes: The UK government recently introduced a new computer curriculum to the school system in order to get more kids into programming. Unfortunately, they're running into a serio...
06:00 am - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Persistent Cyber Spies Try To Impersonate Security Researchers
An anonymous reader writes: Rocket Kitten, a cyber espionage group that mostly targets individuals in the Middle East, has been spotted attempting to impersonate security researchers. "We feel fairly ...
04:00 am - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Dirty Farm Air May Ward Off Asthma In Children
sciencehabit writes: For researchers trying to untangle the roots of the current epidemic of asthma, one observation is especially intriguing: Children who grow up on dairy farms are much less likely ...
02:00 am - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Report: Google Will Return To China
An anonymous reader writes: Google famously withdrew from mainland China in 2010 after fending off a series of cyberattacks from local sources. Now, according to a (paywalled) report from The Informat...
12:00 am - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Snowden: Clinton's Private Email Server Is a 'Problem'
An anonymous reader points out comments from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in a new interview with Al Jazeera about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was the U.S. Secretary ...
12:00 am - Sat, September 5, 2015
Slashdot Toyota To Spend $50 Million On Self-Driving Car Tech
An anonymous reader writes: Toyota is the latest automaker to see which way the wind is blowing; they've committed $50 million over the next five years to build research centers for self-driving car t...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Brady Forrest Talks About Building a Hardware Startup (Video)
Brady Forrest is co-author of The Hardware Startup: Building Your Product, Business, and Brand. He has extensive experience building both products and startups, including staffing, financing, and mark...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Bugzilla Breached, Private Vulnerability Data Stolen
darthcamaro writes: Mozilla today publicly announced that secured areas of bugzilla, where non-public zero days are stored, were accessed by an attacker. The attacker got access to as many as 185 secu...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot In New Study, HIV Prevention Pill Truvada Is 100% Effective
An anonymous reader writes: A study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases details the recent trial of a drug named Truvada, which researchers think might excel at preventing HIV infect...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Solar Windows Could Help Power Buildings
Lucas123 writes: Several companies are now beginning to roll out translucent photovoltaic films or solar cells embedded in windows that can supplement a significant amount of energy in the buildings w...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot MIT Simplifies Design Process For 3D Printing
An anonymous reader writes: New software out of MIT and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel takes CAD files and automatically builds visual models that users can alter with simple, visual ...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot 20 Chinese Android Smartphones Models Come With Pre-Installed Malware
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers from G DATA have published research (PDF) into Android phones produced in China, which found that a large number of devices ship with pre-installed mal...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Some Uber Ride Data Publicly Accessible Through Google
itwbennett writes: On Thursday, ZDNet reported that Uber ride data had leaked into Google search results. Zach Minors confirms in this article that a "site-specific Google search for trip.uber.com pro...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot $415 Million Settlement Approved In Tech Worker Anti-Poaching Case
An anonymous reader writes: Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel have been embroiled in a high-profile court case accusing them of creating anti-poaching agreements in an attempt to keep tech industry sala...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Cheap Smartphones Quietly Becoming Popular In the US
An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg reports that ZTE and its cheap Android smartphones have been grabbing more and more of the market in the U.S. It's not that the phones are particularly good &mdas...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot An Idea For Software's Industrial Revolution
An anonymous reader writes: Tech company Code Valley makes the bold claim that a software industrial revolution may be imminent (PDF). They propose shifting developers from the coding domain (current ...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Pentagon Halts Work at Labs For Dangerous Pathogens After Anthrax Scare
An anonymous reader writes: The Pentagon announced yesterday it is issuing a moratorium on work at nine different biodefense labs after live anthrax was discovered outside containment at Dugway Provin...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot NASA To 'Lasso' a Comet To Hitchhike Across the Solar System
evilviper writes: Traveling around space can require a lot of fuel, to help fight the fuel bill NASA has a spacecraft concept that would hitch a free ride on one of the many comets and asteroids trave...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Science Teacher Arrested After Crashing Drone At US Open
An anonymous reader writes: We all had that science teacher growing up — the one who took his classroom experiments a little too far. The one with the potato cannon. The one who made you wonder ...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot ThinkGeek Opens First Physical Store In Orlando
New submitter Enderxeno writes with news that on September 25th, geek merchandise retailer ThinkGeek will open its first brick-and-mortar store in Orlando, Florida. The store will open in a mall, and ...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot New Cellphone Surveillance Safeguards Imposed On Federal Law Enforcement
Earthquake Retrofit writes: The NPR website has an interesting story that the Justice Department says it will beef up legal requirements for using cell-site simulators. It includes a rare picture of t...
10:00 am - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot For Future Wearable Devices, the Network Could Be You
angry tapir writes: Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way for wearable devices to communicate through a person's body instead of the air around it. Their work could ...
08:00 am - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Another Neurodegenerative Disease Linked To a Prion
MTorrice writes: A new study concludes that a brain protein causes the rare, Parkinson's-like disease called multiple systems atrophy (MSA) by acting like a prion, the misbehaving type of protein infa...
06:00 am - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Ada Lovelace and Her Legacy
nightcats writes: Nature has an extensive piece on the legacy of the "enchantress of abstraction," the extraordinary Victorian-era computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron. Her m...
04:00 am - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Pioneer Looks To Laserdisc Tech For Low-Cost LIDAR
itwbennett writes: Pioneer is developing a 3D LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor for use in autonomous vehicles that could be a fraction of the cost of current systems (the company envisions a...
02:00 am - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Copenhagen's New All-Electric Public Carsharing Programming
dkatana writes: Residents in Copenhagen have a new all-electric, free-floating, carsharing service. DriveNow is launching 400 brand new BMW i3 electric cars in the Danish city. The service is one-way,...
12:00 am - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Easy-To-Clean Membrane Separates Oil From Water
ckwu writes: A steel mesh with a novel self-cleaning coating can separate oil and water, easily lifting oil from an oil-water mixture and leaving the water behind. Unlike existing oil-water separation...
12:00 am - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Connecting the Unwired World With Balloons, Satellites, Lasers & Drones
1sockchuck writes: New projects are seeking to connect the unwired world using balloons, drones, lasers and satellites to deliver wireless Internet. There are dueling low-earth orbit satellite initiat...
12:00 am - Fri, September 4, 2015
Slashdot Congressional Testimony: A Surprising Consensus On Climate
Lasrick writes: Many legislators regularly deny that there is a scientific consensus, or even broad scientific support, for government action to address climate change. Researchers recently assessed t...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Slowing Wind Energy Production Suffers From Lack of Wind
HughPickens.com writes: Gregory Meyer reports at the Financial Times that electricity generated by U.S. wind farms fell 6 per cent in the first half of the year, even as the nation expanded wind gener...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Completely Paralyzed Man Walks In Robotic Exoskeleton
Zothecula writes: Working with a team of UCLA scientists, a man with protracted and complete paralysis has recovered sufficient voluntary control to take charge of a bionic exoskeleton and take many t...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot 14-Year-Old Boy Placed On Police Register After Sending Naked Picture To Classmate
Ewan Palmer reports: A teenage boy in the UK has had a crime of making and distributing indecent images recorded against him after he sent a naked picture of himself to one of his female classmates. T...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Sultan of Sound, Dr. James Flanagan, Passed Away Aged 89
An anonymous reader writes: A pioneer in the field of acoustics, Dr. James L. Flanagan provided "the technical foundation for speech recognition, teleconferencing, MP3 music files, and the more effici...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot How To Build With Delrin and a Laser Cutter
szczys writes: Laser cutters are awesome, but you have to bring your mechanical engineering A-game if you want to build resilient stuff using laser-cut parts. Joshua Vasquez has been building up his b...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Earth Home To 3 Trillion Trees, Half As Many As When Human Civilization Arose
sciencehabit writes: Earth today supports more than 3 trillion trees—eight times as many as we thought a decade ago. But that number is rapidly shrinking, according to a global tree survey relea...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Survey: More Women Are Going Into Programming
itwbennett writes: We've previously discussed the dearth of women in computing. Indeed, according to U.S. Bureau and Labor Statistics estimates, in 2014 four out of five programmers and software devel...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Brain-Eating Amoeba Scoffs At Chlorine In Water Pipes
An anonymous reader writes: The Naegleria fowleri amoeba typically feeds on bacteria in water and soil. Human digestive systems have no problem killing it, but inhaling water that carries the amoeba g...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Municipal ISP Makes 10Gbps Available To All Residents
An anonymous reader writes: Five years ago, the city of Salisbury, North Carolina began a project to roll out fiber across its territory. They decided to do so because the private ISPs in the area wer...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot The Speakularity, Where Everything You Say Is Transcribed and Searchable
An anonymous reader sends an article from Nautilus about the possible future of speech recognition software. Today, hundreds of millions of people are walking around with devices that can not only rec...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot WWII Bomb Shelter Becomes Hi-Tech Salad Farm
asjk points out a story of how a World War II bomb shelter, situated 33 meters beneath the streets of London, has been turned into a high-tech hydroponic farm. "The growing system uses energy-efficien...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot FTC: Machinima Took Secret Cash To Shill Xbox One
jfruh writes: The Machinima gaming video network took money from a marketing agency hired by Microsoft to pay "influencers" up to $45,000 to promote the Xbox One. Crucially, the video endorsers did no...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot 60,000 Antelope Died In 4 Days, and No One Knows Why
An anonymous reader writes: The Saiga antelope has been hunted to near extinction. They've been put on the endangered species list, and they play a vital role in the ecosystems around Russia, Mongolia...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Police Body Camera Business All About the Video Evidence Storage
Lucas123 writes: Body cameras are the fastest growing segment of the police video camera business. The two largest police body camera manufacturers today — Taser and VieVu — say they've sh...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Government Still Hasn't Notified Individuals Whose Personal Data Was Hacked
schwit1 writes: Months after the federal government admitted publicly that the personal data of more than 20 million government employees had been hacked they still have not sent notifications to thos...
10:00 am - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot New Russian Laboratory To Study Mammoth Cloning
An anonymous reader writes: While plans to clone a woolly mammoth are not new, a lab used in a joint effort by Russia and South Korea is. The new facility is devoted to studying extinct animal DNA in ...
08:00 am - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot UK Health Clinic Accidentally Publishes HIV Status of 800 Patients
An anonymous reader writes: A sexual health clinic in London accidentally disclosed the HIV positive status of almost 800 patients. The Guardian reports: "The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has ordere...
06:00 am - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Despite Reports of Hacking, Baby Monitors Remain Woefully Insecure
itwbennett writes: Researchers from security firm Rapid7 have found serious vulnerabilities in nine video baby monitors from various manufacturers. Among them: Hidden and hard-coded credentials provid...
04:00 am - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Check Point Introduces New CPU-Level Threat Prevention
An anonymous reader writes: After buying Israeli startup company Hyperwise earlier this year, Check Point Software Technologies (Nasdaq: CHKP) now unveils its newest solution for defeating malware. Th...
02:00 am - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot "Extremely Critical" OS X Keychain Vulnerability Steals Passwords Via SMS
Mark Wilson writes: Two security researchers have discovered a serious vulnerability in OS X that could allow an attacker to steal passwords and other credentials in an almost invisible way. Antoine V...
12:00 am - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot Second Gen Moto 360 Men's and Women's, Fitness-Oriented Moto 360 Sport Unveiled
MojoKid writes: Motorola's first generation Moto 360 smartwatch was one of the first Android Wear smartwatches to hit the market, and because of its round display, became the immediate flag bearer for...
12:00 am - Thu, September 3, 2015
Slashdot You Don't Have To Be Good At Math To Learn To Code
HughPickens.com writes: Olga Khazan writes in The Atlantic that learning to program involves a lot of Googling, logic, and trial-and-error—but almost nothing beyond fourth-grade arithmetic. Vict...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Netflix Open Sources Sleepy Puppy XSS Hunter
msm1267 writes: Netflix has released a tool it calls Sleepy Puppy. The tool injects cross-site scripting payloads into a target app that may not be vulnerable, but could be stored in a database and tr...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Why Do So Many Tech Workers Dislike Their Jobs?
Nerval's Lobster writes: So what if you work for a tech company that offers free lunch, in-house gym, and dry cleaning? A new survey suggests that a majority of software engineers, developers, and sys...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot How Open Film Project "Cosmos Laundromat" Made Blender Better
An anonymous reader writes: At the beginning of August the Blender Institute released Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle, its seventh open project. More than just a 10-minute short film, Cosmos Laundromat...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Mutt 1.5.24 Released
kthreadd writes: Version 1.5.24 of the Mutt email client has been released. New features in this release includes among other things terminal status-line (TS) support, a new color object 'prompt', the...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Hacking Medical Mannequins
An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers at the University of South Alabama is investigating potential breaches of medical devices used in training, taking the mannequin iStan as its prime ta...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Can Living In Total Darkness For 5 Days "Reset" the Visual System?
the_newsbeagle writes: That's what one neuroscientist is aiming to find out. He wants to put patients with a type of amblyopia, the vision problem commonly called lazy eye, into the dark for 5 days. H...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot China Preparing To Send Crewed Shenzhou 11 To Tiangong 2 Space Station In 2016
MarkWhittington writes: China has not sent people into space since the mission of the Shenzhou 10 to the prototype space station Tiangong 1 in June 2013. Since then the Chinese have accomplished the l...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Canadian Music Industry Faces Competition Complaint Over Public Domain Records
An anonymous reader writes: A Canadian record label specializing in public domain releases has filed a complaint with the Competition Tribunal over alleged anti-competitive conduct by Universal, Sony,...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot New FCC Rules Could Ban WiFi Router Firmware Modification
An anonymous reader writes: Hackaday reports that the FCC is introducing new rules which ban firmware modifications for the radio systems in WiFi routers and other wireless devices operating in the 5 ...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Google Changes Logo
An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday, Google announced a logo change that many on Slashdot have probably already encountered. The logo, according to the technology supergiant, was updated to reflect ...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Sony Unveils Smartphone With 4K Screen
An anonymous reader writes: Sony has taken the wraps off its new Xperia Z5 Premium smartphone, which has a 5.5" display that operates at 4k resolution. "The company acknowledged that there was still a...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Wikipedia Blocks Hundreds of Accounts Doing Paid Editing
jan_jes writes: After weeks of investigation, Wikipedia has blocked 381 user accounts for "black hat" editing. The reason for the ban is that the accounts were engaged in undisclosed paid advocacy &md...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Machine Learning Could Solve Economists' Math Problem
An anonymous reader writes: Noah Smith argues that the field of economics frequently uses math in an unhealthy way. He says many economists don't use math as a tool to describe reality, but rather as ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Self-Driving Golf Carts May Pave the Way For Autonomous Cars
itwbennett writes: Researchers from MIT and Singaporean universities are experimenting with self-driving golf carts that use less (and relatively cheap) gear than self-driving vehicles while relying o...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Shifu Banking Trojan Has an Antivirus Feature To Keep Other Malware At Bay
An anonymous reader writes: Shifu is a banking trojan that's currently attacking 14 Japanese banks. Once it has infected a victim's machine, it will install a special module that keeps other banking-r...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Soyuz Heads To Space Station With New Crew
An anonymous reader writes: Last night, a Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver three astronauts to the International Space Station. Russia's Sergey Volkov, De...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot How Autonomous Cars' Safety Features Clash With Normal Driving
An anonymous reader writes: Google's autonomous cars have a very good safety record so far — the accidents they've been involved in weren't the software's fault. But that doesn't mean the cars a...
10:00 am - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Browser Makers To End RC4 Support In Early 2016
msm1267 writes: Google, Microsoft and Mozilla today announced they've settled on an early 2016 timeframe to permanently deprecate the shaky RC4 encryption algorithm in their respective browsers. Mozil...
08:00 am - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Ashley Madison Source Code Shows Evidence They Created Bots To Message Men
An anonymous reader writes: Gizmodo's Annalee Newitz looked through the source code contained in the recent Ashley Madison data dump and found evidence that the company created tens of thousands of bo...
06:00 am - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Intel Launches Onslaught of Skylake CPUs For Laptops, Hybrids and Compute Stick
MojoKid writes: Intel is following up on its Skylake launch bonanza by opening the floodgates on at least two dozen SKUs mostly covering the mobile sector. The company is divvying up the range into fo...
04:00 am - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption
An anonymous reader sends news that three employees of Vice News were arrested in Turkey because one of them used an encryption system on his personal computer. That particular type of encryption has ...
02:00 am - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot More Popcorn Time Users Sued
An anonymous reader writes: The torrent-based video streaming software Popcorn Time has been in the news lately as multiple entities have initiated legal action over its use. Now, 16 Oregon-based Comc...
12:00 am - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Comcast To Charge $30 For Unlimited Data Over 300GB Cap
For some time, Comcast has been testing 300 GB monthly data caps in certain markets. An anonymous reader notes a policy change unveiled today that gives customers in those markets the ability to switc...
12:00 am - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot Chrome 45 Launches, Automatically Pauses Less Important Flash Content, Like Ads
An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched Chrome 45 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android with some expected changes and new developer tools. First and foremost, Chrome now automatically pauses...
12:00 am - Wed, September 2, 2015
Slashdot LLVM 3.7 Delivers OpenMP 3.1 Support, ORC JIT API, New Optimizations
An anonymous reader writes: LLVM 3.7 was released today as the newest six-month update. LLVM 3.7 has OpenMP 3.1 support via Clang, a new On-Request Compilation JIT API, the Berkeley Packet Filter back...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft's Telemetry Additions To Windows 7 and 8 Raise Privacy Concerns
WheezyJoe writes: ghacks and Ars Technica are providing more detail about Windows 10's telemetry and "privacy invasion" features being backported to Windows 7 and 8. The articles list and explain some...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Project Working on Immersive Displays (Video)
Yes, it's 3-D, and works with the Firefox browser. But that's not all. The MozVR virtual reality system is not just for Firefox, and it can incorporate infrared and other sensors to give a more comple...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Bugs In Belkin Routers Allow DNS Spoofing, Credential Theft
Trailrunner7 writes: The CERT/CC is warning users that some Belkin home routers contain a number of vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to spoof DNS responses, intercept credentials sent in c...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Others Form 'Alliance For Open Media'
BrianFagioli tips news that Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Intel, Amazon, and Netflix are teaming up to create the Alliance for Open Media, "an open-source project that will develop next-generatio...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Lack of Sleep Puts You At Higher Risk For Colds, First Experimental Study Finds
sciencehabit writes: Moms and sleep researchers alike have stressed the importance of solid shuteye for years, especially when it comes to fighting off the common cold. Their stance is a sensible one&...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Grabs 5.21% Market Share, Passing Windows Vista and Windows 8
An anonymous reader writes: The effects of a free upgrade to Windows 10 are starting to trickle in. Available for just over a month, Windows 10 has now captured more than 5 percent market share, accor...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Citi Report: Slowing Global Warming Could Save Tens of Trillions of Dollars
Layzej writes with news carried by The Guardian about a report published by the Global Perspectives & Solutions division of Citibank (America's third-largest bank) examining the costs and benefits...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can Any Wireless Tech Challenge Fiber To the Home?
New submitter danielmorrison writes: In Holland, MI (birthplace of Slashdot) we're working toward fiber to the home. A handful of people have asked why not go wireless instead? I know my reasons (spee...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Gaming Computers Offer Huge, Untapped Energy Savings Potential
Required Snark writes: According to Phys.org, a study by Evan Mills at Berkeley Lab shows that "gamers can achieve energy savings of more than 75 percent by changing some settings and swapping out som...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot FBI: Burning Man Testing Ground For Free Speech, Drugs ... and New Spy Gear
v3rgEz writes: The 29th annual Burning Man festival kicks off this week in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Among those paying close attention to the festivities will be the FBI's Special Events Management...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should I Publish My Collection of Email Spamming IP Addresses?
An anonymous reader writes: I have, for a while now, been collecting IP addresses from which email spam has been sent to, or attempted to be relayed through, my email server. I was wondering if I shou...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Smartphone Malware Planted In Popular Apps Pre-sale
An anonymous reader writes with news from The Stack that makes it a little harder to scoff at malware on phones as being largely the fruit of dodgy sideloaded software, game cracks, et cetera. They re...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot US Weighs Sanctioning Russia As Well As China In Cyber Attacks
New submitter lvbees7 writes with news that U.S. officials have warned that the government may impose sanctions against Russia and China following cyber attacks to commercial targets. According to the...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot LILO Bootloader Development To End
An anonymous reader writes: For any longtime Linux users, you probably remember the LILO bootloader from Linux distributions of many years ago. This bootloader has been in development since the 90's b...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Carbon Dating Shows Koran May Predate Muhammad
HughPickens.com writes: Brian Booker writes at Digital Journal that carbon dating suggests that the Koran, or at least portions of it, may actually be older than the prophet Muhammad himself, a findin...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Shape-Shifting Navigation Device Points You In the Right Direction
Zothecula writes: Developed by Yale engineer Adam Spiers, the Animotus is a wirelessly-connected, 3D printed cube that changes shape to help direct you like a haptic compass. Gizmag reports: " Spiers ...
10:00 am - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Secret Service Agent Pleads Guilty In Bitcoin Theft
An anonymous reader writes: A former Secret Service agent has pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of $800,000 worth of bitcoins during a high-profile investigation into the online drug mark...
08:00 am - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Six UK Teens Arrested For Being "Customers" of Lizard Squad's DDoS Service
An anonymous reader writes: UK officials have arrested six teenagers suspected of utilizing Lizard Squad's website attack tool called "Lizzard Stresser". Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the in...
06:00 am - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Sensor Predicts Which Donated Lungs Will Fail After Transplant
the_newsbeagle writes: A lung transplant can be a life-saving intervention—but sometimes the donated lung stops working inside the recipient's body. This "graft dysfunction" is the leading cause...
04:00 am - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Beyond Bitcoin: How Business Can Capitalize On Blockchains
snydeq writes: Bitcoin's widely trusted ledger offers intriguing possibilities for business use beyond cryptocurrency, writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner. "From the beginning, bitcoin has assumed a shado...
02:00 am - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Nearly Every Seabird May Be Eating Plastic By 2050
sciencehabit writes: According to a new study almost every ocean-foraging species of birds may be eating plastic by 2050. In the five large ocean areas known as "garbage patches," each square kilomete...
12:00 am - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot How Artificial Intelligence Can Fight Air Pollution In China
An anonymous reader writes: IBM is testing a new way to help fix Beijing's air pollution problem with artificial intelligence. Like many other cities across the country, the capital is surrounded by m...
12:00 am - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot World's Most Powerful Digital Camera Sees Construction Green Light
An anonymous reader writes: The Department of Energy has approved the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telecscope's 3.2-gigapixel digital camera, which will be the most advanced in the world....
12:00 am - Tue, September 1, 2015
Slashdot Apple Partners With Cisco To Boost Enterprise Business
An anonymous reader writes: Apple and Cisco announced a partnership aimed at helping Apple's devices work better for businesses. Cisco will provide services specially optimized for iOS devices across ...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot 3 Category 4 Hurricanes Develop In the Pacific At Once For the First Time
Kristine Lofgren writes: For the first time in recorded history, three Category 4 hurricanes were seen in the Pacific Ocean at the same time. Climatologists have been warning that climate change may p...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot The Long Reach of Windows 95
jfruh writes: I'm a Mac guy — have been ever since the '80s. When Windows 95 was released 20 years ago, I was among those who sneered that "Windows 95 is Macintosh 87." But now, as I type these ...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Netflix Is Becoming Just Another TV Channel
An anonymous reader writes: Netflix revealed in a blog post that it will not renew its contract with Epix, meaning you won't be able to watch movies like The Hunger Games and World War Z through the s...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Book Review: Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways To Write Better Python
MassDosage writes: If you are familiar with the "Effective" style of books then you probably already know how this book is structured. If not here's a quick primer: the book consists of a number of sm...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot The Most Important Obscure Languages?
Nerval's Lobster writes: If you're a programmer, you're knowledgeable about "big" languages such as Java and C++. But what about those little-known languages you only hear about occasionally? Which on...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Google Facing Fine of Up To $1.4 Billion In India Over Rigged Search Results
An anonymous reader writes: The Competition Commission of India has opened an investigation into Google to decide whether the company unfairly prioritized search results to its own services. Google co...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do If You Were Suddenly Wealthy?
An anonymous reader writes: There are a few articles floating around today about comments from Markus Persson, aka "Notch," the creator of Minecraft. He sold his game studio to Microsoft last year for...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Cities Wasting Millions of Taxpayer's Money In Failed IoT Pilots
dkatana writes: Two years ago at the Smart Cities Expo World Congress, Antoni Vives, then Barcelona's second deputy mayor, said he refused to have more technology pilots in the city: "I hate pilots, i...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Metal Gear Solid V PC Disc Contains Steam Installer, Nothing Else
dotarray writes: The boxed copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain reportedly contains nothing but a Steam installer. That's right, even if you fork out real-world money for a physical copy of th...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Where the Tech Industry's Political Donations Are Going
An anonymous reader writes: Early estimates suggest the 2016 U.S. presidential election will result in $5-10 billion in spending by candidates and organizations — much more than ever before. To ...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Plunging Battery Prices Expected To Spur Renewable Energy Adoption
Lucas123 writes: Lithium-ion (Li-on) and flow battery prices are expected to drop by as much as 60% by 2020, making them far more affordable for storing power from distributed renewable energy systems...
02:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot OnHub Router -- Google's Smart Home Trojan Horse?
An anonymous reader writes: A couple weeks ago, Google surprised everybody by announcing a new piece of hardware: the OnHub Wi-Fi router. It packs a ton of processing power and a bunch of wireless rad...
02:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Unearthed E.T. Atari Game Cartridges Score $108K At Auction
MojoKid writes: Hundreds of Atari 2600 cartridges of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial that were excavated last year from a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico collectively raked in nearly $108,000 through eB...
02:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Over 225,000 Apple Accounts Compromised Via iOS Malware
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech have unearthed a scheme that resulted in the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware. All in all, some 225,000 ...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot "McKinley" Since 1917, Alaska's Highest Peak Is Redesignated "Denali"
NPR reports that the Alaskan mountain which has for nearly a century been known officially as Mt. McKinley will revert to the name under which it's been known for a much longer time: Denali. President...
10:00 am - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot T-Mobile Starts Going After Heavy Users of Tethered Data
VentureBeat reports that T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced that T-Mobile will cut off (at least from "unlimited" data plans) customers who gloss over the fine print of their data-use agreement by...
06:00 am - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Brain Cancer Claims Horror Maestro Wes Craven At 76
New submitter JamesA writes: Wes Craven, the famed writer-director of horror films known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.Thou...
04:00 am - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot F-35 To Face Off Against A-10 In CAS Test
An anonymous reader writes: Lara Seligman from Defense News reports that the capabilities of the Joint Strike Fighter are to be evaluated for close-air support (CAS) missions. She writes, "To gauge th...
04:00 am - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot Assange Says Harrods Assisting Metro Police in 'Round-the-Clock Vigil'
The Daily Mail reports that Julian Assange seems to have yet another foe (or at least friend of a foe) watching persistently while he stays put in the Ecuadorean embassy in London: Harrod's Department...
12:00 am - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot NSF Makes It Rain: $722K Award To Evaluate Microsoft-Backed TEALS
theodp writes: Microsoft has $92 billion in cash parked offshore, so it's kind of surprising to see a $722K National Science Foundation award is going towards validating the efficacy of Microsoft TEAL...
12:00 am - Mon, August 31, 2015
Slashdot CenturyLink Takes $3B In Subsidies For Building Out Rural Broadband
New submitter club77er writes with a link to DSL Reports article outlining some hefty subsidies (about $3 billion, all told) that CenturyLink has signed up to receive, in exchange for expanding its co...