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10:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot A Push To Ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?
Lasrick writes: Hugh Gusterson thinks a symposium sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department was the first sign that the Administration is readying a push to finally ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot US Army Tests Swarms of Drones In Major Exercise
itwbennett writes: The U.S. Army, curious about the potential threat and usefulness of off-the-shelf drones, brought consumer quadcopters and octocopters to the Network Integration Evaluation war game...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Twitch Viewers Will Try To Collaboratively Install Arch Linux
An anonymous reader writes: Early last year, an anonymous developer had the idea to try to crowd-source a game of Pokemon using Twitch.tv. 16 days of continuous play later, they were victorious, with ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Getting Small: Modular Data Center Designs Play Large Role In Edge Growth
1sockchuck writes: After years of focus on hyperscale server farms, there's new demand for data centers to serve edge content and the service provider market in smaller cities. How do you match the si...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot New Artificial Fingerprints Feel Texture, Hear Sound
sciencehabit writes: Fake fingerprints might sound like just another ploy to fool the feds. But the world's first artificial prints — reported today (abstract) — have even cooler applicati...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Innovative Operating Systems/Distros In 2015?
iamacat writes: Back in 90s, we used Linux not only because of open source, but also for innovative features not found in commercial operating systems — better multitasking, network power featur...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Mexican Senator Drafts One of the World's Worst Internet Laws
Kyusaku Natsume writes: This week, Mexican Senator Omar Fayad from ruling party PRI proposed a law to the Mexican Senate that would make it illegal to update your OS, disparage politicians, or become ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot SXSW Reinstates Panels On Harassment, Adds All-Day Harassment Summit
An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, the South by Southwest Festival announced that it had canceled a pair of panels about online harassment after receiving threats involving them. The cancellation...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot UK Plans To Allow Warrantless Searches of Internet History
whoever57 writes: The UK government plans to require ISPs and telcoms companies to maintain browsing and email history of UK residents for a period of 12 months and make the data available to police o...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Leap Second May Be On the Chopping Block
szotz writes: The days of 61-second minutes may be coming to an end. The World Radiocommunication Conference is meeting for nearly the entire month of November, and one of the hot-button issues is wha...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Lessons From a Decade of IT Failures
New submitter mixed_signal writes: IEEE Spectrum has an online set of articles, or "lessons," on why big IT projects have failed, including analysis of the impacts of failed systems and the life cycle...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Meet the Drone Registration Task Force
An anonymous reader writes: The FAA has named the 25-member task force that will make recommendations for drone registration. Amazon has 2 members in the group, joining Google, Walmart, DJI, 3D Roboti...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Report: Google To Fold Chrome OS Into Android
An anonymous reader writes: According to a report at the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) Google plans to merge its Chrome operating system into Android. Google engineers have already been working on t...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot University Reprimands Professor For Assigning Cheaper Textbook
schwit1 writes: California State University at Fullerton brought a grievance against associate professor Alain Bourget recently. It wasn't for poor results or questionable conduct — it happened ...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Google Wants To Monitor Your Mental Health
New submitter Alypius writes: Dr Tom Insel, the head of the NIH, will be joining Google Life Sciences to research how wearable technology, already used for monitoring physical activity and sleep, can ...
10:00 am - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Xen Patches 7-Year-Old Bug That Shattered Hypervisor Security
williamyf writes: ArsTechinca, The Register, and other outlets are reporting that today the XEN project patched a vulnerability in the ParaVirtualized VMs that allowed a guest to access the control OS...
08:00 am - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Apple Usurps Oracle As the Biggest Threat To PC Security
AmiMoJo writes: According to data from Secunia, Apple's software for Windows is now the biggest threat to PC security, surpassing previous long term champion Java. Among U.S. users, some 61 percent of...
06:00 am - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Fewer IPsec Connections At Risk From Weak Diffie-Hellman
msm1267 writes: A challenge has been made against one of the conclusions in an academic paper on cryptographic weaknesses that may be the open door through which intelligence agencies are breaking enc...
04:00 am - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Google Project Loon Balloons To Blanket Indonesia With Internet
An anonymous reader writes: Google's Project Loon is set to deliver high-speed internet access to more than 100 million Indonesians. The Project Loon program will fly clusters of balloons as high as 6...
02:00 am - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Junkyard Owner Saves Lunar Rover Prototype
An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, Slashdot users learned that a man in Alabama sold a lunar rover prototype for scrap metal. We now learn that the junkyard owner has saved this important piece o...
12:00 am - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot NASA's Bolden Claims NASA Is 'doomed' Unless It Stays the Course To Mars
MarkWhittington writes: According to a story in Space News, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made a speech at the Center for American Progress in which he declared that if the next president deviated...
12:00 am - Fri, October 30, 2015
Slashdot Robots Teach Each Other New Tricks
schwit1 writes with this story from the MIT Technology Review about a robot at Brown University who was taught to perform a task from another robot at Cornell. According to the article: "the ability t...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: An 'Ex Libris' For My Books In a Digital Age?
New submitter smalgin writes: While I cannot boast an extensive library, it keeps growing every week. I share the books I like the most with my friends and acquaintances. Unfortunately, some of them a...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Batman Demands 12GB RAM For Windows 10
An anonymous reader writes: Back in June, Warner Brothers removed Batman: Arkham Knight from sale after a lot of graphics and performance issues found on the PC version. Now, after spending five month...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Hackers Targeted Insurer To Learn About US Healthcare
hackingbear writes: When Anthem revealed a data breach that exposed the details of more than 80 million people, the incident raised a lot of questions: who would conduct such a hack against a health i...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Open-Source GPU Drivers Show Less Than Ideal Experience For SteamOS/Linux Gaming
An anonymous reader writes: Phoronix's recent 22-Way SteamOS Graphics Card Comparison showed that NVIDIA wins across the board when it comes to closed-source OpenGL driver performance. However, when i...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Non-Binding Resolution: EU States Should Protect Snowden
The New York Times reports that the European Parliament has voted to adopt "a nonbinding but nonetheless forceful resolution" urging the EU's member nations to recognize Edward Snowden as a whistleblo...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Solar Energy in Space is not Necessarily Easy to Harvest (Video)
The ARTEMIS Innovation web site says, "John C. Mankins, President of Artemis Innovation Management Solutions LLC, is an internationally recognized leader in space systems and technology innovation.......
06:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Google Threatens Action Against Symantec After Botched Investigation
itwbennett writes: Through its acquisition of Verisign's authentication business unit in 2010, Symantec became one of the largest certificate authorities (CAs) in the world. In September of this year,...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Hackers, Activists, Journos: How To Build a Secure Burner Laptop
sarahnaomi writes to describe a presentation by security researcher Georg Wicherski at the t2'15 infosec conference; Wicherski outlined in his talk several steps that could be taken to render an ordin...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Google Fiber Goes Down During World Series, Credits KC 2 Days of Service
kstatefan40 writes: Google Fiber went down in Kansas City during one of the most important times in the local market: Game 1 of the World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot China Ends One-Child Policy
jones_supa writes: China has scrapped its one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time since draconian family planning rules were introduced in 1979. The announcement...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Siri Won't Answer Some Questions If You're Not Subscribed To Apple Music
AmiMoJo writes: A tweet from Tom Conrad has highlighted an issue with Apple's Siri digital assistant. When asked certain questions about music, Siri refuses to answer unless you subscribe to Apple Mus...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Revisiting Why Johnny Can't Code: Have We "Made the Print Too Small"?
theodp writes: In What is Computer Science?, the kickoff video for Facebook's new TechPrep diversity initiative, FB product manager Adriel Frederick explains how he was hooked-on-coding after seeing t...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot How Tesla's Autopilot and Google's Car Are Entirely Different Animals
Hallie Siegel writes: Developers and futurologists have long talked of two paths to autonomous cars: the incremental path (where autonomous features such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous parking...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Tech Unemployment Rising In Some Categories
Nerval's Lobster writes: The technology industry's unemployment rate crept up to 3.0 percent in the third quarter of 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Although that represe...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Motorola Unveils Droid Turbo 2, Claims Shatterproof Display, 48 Hour Battery
MojoKid writes: We've seen leaks and teasers for Motorola's new Droid Turbo 2 Android flagship for weeks. However, the Lenovo-owned company officially announced the smartphone, and it offers two highl...
10:00 am - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot $600k Fine Over Data Center Death
judgecorp writes: UK contractors Balfour Beatty and Norland have been fined £380,000 ($580k) after an electrician was electrocuted while working on a data center owned by finance firm Morgan Sta...
08:00 am - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot UK Government Says App Developers Won't Be Forced To Implement Backdoors
Mark Wilson writes: The UK government is sending mixed messages about how it views privacy and security. Fears have been mounting since Prime Minister David Cameron wondered aloud 'in our country, do ...
06:00 am - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot CIOs Say New Talent and Old Tech Don't Mix
StewBeans writes: Usually when an article references "what keeps IT leaders up at night," it's a chance to talk about "shadow IT," losing control of tech spending, hackers, or some other overly-hyped ...
04:00 am - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot FDA Approves Drug That Uses Herpes Virus To Fight Cancer
An anonymous reader writes: U.S. regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind drug that uses the herpes virus to infiltrate and destroy melanoma. Nature reports: "With dozens of ongoing clinical trials ...
02:00 am - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot National Coalition Calls for Campus Censorship of "Offensive" Speech
schwit1 writes with this opinion piece from Eugene Volokh who teaches free speech law at UCLA School of Law, about the push to ban "offensive" speech and censor websites on campus. He writes: "A large...
12:00 am - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Revisiting the Infamous Sony BMG Rootkit Scandal 10 Years Later
alphadogg writes: Hackers really have had their way with Sony over the past year, taking down its Playstation Network last Christmas Day and creating an international incident by exposing confidential...
12:00 am - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Could the Volkswagen Cheating Scandal Improve Emissions Standards?
dkatana writes: An article in Cities of the Future suggests that the "automaker's emissions scandal could end up being a boon if it pushes governments and the industry to reassess diesel's impact more...
12:00 am - Thu, October 29, 2015
Slashdot Evolution Can Occur Much Faster Than Previously Thought
An anonymous reader writes: An Oxford study on chickens discovered that evolution can make significant changes to a genome in as little as 15 years. "For a long time scientists have believed that the ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Prime Now Delivery Drivers Sue Over Classification As Contractors
itwbennett writes: A proposed class-action suit filed by 4 delivery drivers for the app-based Amazon Prime Now service alleges that the company misclassifies its workers as contractors when the terms ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot IBM Acquires the Weather Company's Digital Business
An anonymous reader writes: The Times reports that IBM has agreed to acquire the Weather Company's data and digital properties including Weather.com and Weather Underground news sites. The deal does n...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Universities, Gov't Testing Magnetic Resonance Charging For EVs In Transit
Lucas123 writes: At least two universities are testing the use of magnetic resonance and mobile receivers to charge electric vehicles while they're on roadways. Partially funded by a multi-million dol...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Noriyoshi Ohrai, Illustrator of Many Hollywood Movie Posters, Has Died
AmiMoJo writes: While far from a household name, Noriyoshi Ohrai painted some of the most well known Hollywood movie posters, as well as numerous posters and covers for Western and Japanese media alik...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot MySQL Servers Hijacked With Malware To Perform DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes with news of a malware campaign using hijacked MySQL servers to launch DDoS attacks. Symantec reports: "Attackers are compromising MySQL servers with the Chikdos malware to ...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Military Blimp Breaks Free and Drifts Over the Mid-Atlantic Trailing Tether
McGruber writes: The Baltimore Sun reports that a military surveillance blimp has broken free of its mooring at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and was last seen drifting at 16,000 ft over Pennsyl...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Australian PLAID Crypto, ISO Conspiracies, and German Tanks
New submitter Gaglia writes: PLAID, the Australian 'unbreakable' smart card identification protocol has been recently analyzed in this scientific paper (disclaimer: I am one of the authors, and this i...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Investigating the Complexity of Academic Writing
biohack writes: While the general public might expect that researchers should want to maximize comprehension of their work, academic writing tends to follow an opaque style permeated with professional...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Alan Donovan and Brian Kernighan About Programming and Go
Alan Donovan is a member of Google’s Go team in New York and holds computer science degreesfrom Cambridge and MIT. Since 2005, he has worked at Google on infrastructure projects and was the co-d...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Oracle Bakes Security Into New Chips
An anonymous reader writes: Oracle's Larry Ellison gave a presentation yesterday at OpenWorld in which he detailed how the M7 chip's new Silicon Secured Memory system works. "On the M7, pointers and t...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Are Car Dealers a Business Worth Keeping?
schwit1 writes: An opinion piece at Vox argues that "car dealers are awful," and the efforts to protect them against direct sales from Tesla and other manufacturers are misguided. "Buying a car involv...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Debt Collectors Sneaking Robocall Exemptions Into Budget Bill
TCPALaw writes: Hate robocalls? In July, the FCC tightened the rules regarding robocalls to cell phones, especially debt collection calls (in particular limiting calls to wrong numbers or to anyone wh...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot The Chicago Suburb That's Trying To Kill the Car
HughPickens.com writes: T. R. Goldman writes at Politico that downtown Evanston, Illinois—a sturdy, tree-lined Victorian city wedged neatly between Lake Michigan and Chicago's northern border, i...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot China May Have Hacked International Hague Tribunal Over South China Sea Dispute
An anonymous reader writes: In July, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague conducted a hearing on the territorial dispute in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China. On the thi...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot $70k Salaries Didn't 'Backfire'; Gravity Payments' Profits Have Doubled
AmiMoJo writes: In April, Dan Price, CEO of the credit card payment processor Gravity Payments, announced that he will eventually raise minimum pay for all employees to at least $70,000 a year. The mo...
10:00 am - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Pentagon Picks Northrup Grumman For Next Gen Bomber
retroworks writes: The B-52s currently in use have been flown by three generations of American Air Force pilots. B1s and B-2 Bombers are also long in the tooth. The Pentagon has been looking for a new...
08:00 am - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Cassini Probe Will Dive Through Enceladus's Water Jets
An anonymous reader writes: NASA's Cassini probe has a daring mission tomorrow: dive through the water jets spraying from the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The probe will be a mere 30 miles a...
06:00 am - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Carriers Selling Your Data: a $24 Billion Business
An anonymous reader writes: It goes without saying that cellphone carriers have access to tons of data about their subscribers. They have data about who you call, what sites you visit, and even where ...
04:00 am - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot The International Space Station Is Home To Potentially Dangerous Bacteria
sciencehabit writes: There's a little known, dirty story about the International Space Station (ISS): It's filled with bacteria and fungi. A new study has found compelling evidence that microorganisms...
02:00 am - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot EU Passes Net Neutrality Rules, Fails To Close Loopholes
An anonymous reader writes: European MEPs have voted to bring EU-wide net neutrality rules into effect next April. The rules most notably will abolish data roaming charges, a significant problem when ...
12:00 am - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot US Senate Passes the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 74-21
blottsie writes with news that the U.S. Senate voted 74-21 in favor of CISA, a controversial cybersecurity bill. All five amendments submitted in an attempt to bolster privacy failed to pass. From The...
12:00 am - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot British Engineers Create Sonic Tractor Beam
An anonymous reader writes: According to the BBC, engineers in Bristol, England have created a system for remote manipulation of physical objects using sound holograms. The video shows pea-sized objec...
12:00 am - Wed, October 28, 2015
Slashdot Drone Carrying Drugs, Hacksaw Blades Crashes In Oklahoma Prison
itwbennett writes: A drone carrying drugs, a cell phone, hacksaw blades, cigarettes, glue, and other contraband was discovered crashed in an Oklahoma prison yard on Monday morning. The drone "apparent...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot F-Troop and the 'Internet of Thingies' (Video)
F-Troop? This is an interview with IT journalist Tom Henderson, who managed to get a mention of F-Troop into a serious(ish) discussion of "Internet of Things" insecurities. And, says Tom, the more thi...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Physicists Uncover Novel Phase of Matter
schwit1 writes: A team of physicists led by Caltech's David Hsieh has discovered an unusual form of matter — not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely d...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Alabama Man Sold a Priceless Apollo-Era Lunar Rover Protoype For Scrap Metal
Jason Koebler writes: An Alabama man allowed an Apollo-era lunar rover prototype to rot in his backyard before ultimately selling it to a junkyard for scrap metal last year, according to documents acq...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot DRM Circumvention Now Lawful For More Devices
BUL2294 writes: The U.S. Library of Congress' Copyright Office has published their newest rules regarding DRM circumvention. Much to the chagrin of car makers and agricultural vehicle manufacturers, D...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Study: Cutting Sugar From Diet Shows Immediate Health Benefits
turp182 writes: As reported in TIME and other news sources, a recent study found that reducing sugar intake in obese children caused several biological health markers to improve over a short period of...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot MAME Emulating a Sonic the Hedgehog Popcorn Machine
New submitter AmericaCounterweight writes: Polygon is reporting that the MAME development team has unearthed and emulated one of the most obscure pieces of Sonic heritage: a popcorn machine. MAME deve...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Immersion Cooling Drives Server Power Densities To Insane New Heights
1sockchuck writes: By immersing IT equipment in liquid coolant, a new data center is reaching extreme power densities of 250 kW per enclosure. At 40 megawatts, the data center is also taking immersion...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Univ. of New Haven Cyber Lab: WhatsApp Collects Phone Numbers, Call Duration, and More
An anonymous reader writes: A recent network forensic examination of popular messaging service WhatsApp at the University of New Haven's Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group is offering new ...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Open Source Code Isn't a Warranty
An anonymous reader writes: Automotive software issues such as the Jeep hack and Volkswagen cheating on emissions tests have made headlines this year, which means the public is thinking about software...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Two Radically Different Approaches to Private Access to Space
Zothecula writes: Commercial spaceflight company World View came a step closer to carrying tourists to the edge of space with a successful test flight last weekend. At Page, Arizona, a one-tenth scale...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot When Does School Life Begin? Zuckerberg's New School To Admit Fetuses
theodp writes: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan's latest initiative to tackle educational inequity is The Primary School, a "private, non-profit school" which will eventually p...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Lawsuit Claims Buck Rogers Is In the Public Domain
An anonymous reader writes: As reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a court will decide whether Buck Rogers is in the public domain. The Buck Rogers comic strip first appeared in 1929. Team Angry ...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Official, Customized Raspberry Pi Versions Coming Soon
DeviceGuru writes: The immensely popular Raspberry Pi will soon be offered in customized versions, through an exclusive arrangement between Raspberry Pi Trading and Element14. According to the compani...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot The Popular Over-The-Counter Cold Medicine That Science Says Doesn't Work
HughPickens.com writes: Back before methamphetamine cooks started buying up non-prescription decongestants to brew crank, all of us were able to buy effective decongestants right off the store shelf w...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Chase and MasterCard Jump Into Mobile Payments
itwbennett writes: JP Morgan Chase said Monday that it plans to launch its own smartphone payment platform in mid-2016. 'Chase Pay will be based on CurrentC, a retailer-led mobile payment system that ...
10:00 am - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Judge: Defendant 'Had a Right' To Shoot Down Drone
EzInKy writes: Back in July, Kentucky resident William Merideth was arrested after he shot down a drone flying near his property. The arrest wasn't because of the destroyed drone, but because Merideth...
08:00 am - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot US Military Websites Still Relying On SHA-1
An anonymous reader writes: Netcraft confirms many U.S. Department of Defense websites, including a remote access service used by the Missile Defense Agency, are more vulnerable to man-in-the-middle a...
06:00 am - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot SXSW Cancels Panels On Harassment Due To Harassment
New submitter rMortyH writes: Two panels on online harassment in gaming scheduled for the upcoming South by Southwest festival have been cancelled due to online harassment and threats. According to a ...
04:00 am - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Morocco's Solar Power Mega-Project
An anonymous reader writes: Morocco, located along the northwestern African coast, is in prime position to take advantage of solar technology, and they've committed to one of the biggest such projects...
02:00 am - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot Walmart Applies To Test Drone Use For Delivery and Inventory Checking
An anonymous reader writes: Retailing giant Walmart has submitted an application to the Federal Aviation Administration requesting permission to run drone trials. The tests are to include not only hom...
12:00 am - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot The Coming Tech Gig Economy
snydeq writes: The rise of contract and contingent work is shaking up the traditional IT career path, with the days of decades-long careers in corporate environments dwindling for many IT pros. "And i...
12:00 am - Tue, October 27, 2015
Slashdot The IRS Has Stingray Devices
An anonymous reader writes: The Guardian reports that the use of stingray technology — devices that simulate cell towers in order to gather phone data — is not limited to intelligence agen...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot eSports and Livestreaming Buoy PC Gaming
An anonymous reader writes: PC gaming seems to have fended off the threat from consoles, and it's due in no small part to livestreaming services and eSports. The PC gaming hardware industry is undergo...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot 15-Year-Old Boy Arrested In Connection With TalkTalk Hack
Phil Ronan writes: Scotland Yard says police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the recent hack on UK phone and internet provider TalkTalk. Authorities are in the process of questionin...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Paternal Stress Is Passed To Offspring
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have discovered that stress experienced by male mice can be passed on to their offspring. "In earlier work, these scientists exposed male mice to six weeks of a...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Australia Working On High-Tech Shark-Detection Systems
jfruh writes: Even if you're a frequent ocean swimmer, you're much more likely to die in a car accident than from a shark attack — and yet sharks strike fear into people's hearts in ways that di...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot ARM64 Vs ARM32 -- What's Different For Linux Programmers?
New submitter DebugN writes: When ARM introduced 64-bit support to its architecture, it aimed for Linux application compatibility with prior 32-bit software on its architecture. But for Linux programm...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot A Real-Life Space Botanist Comments On the Potato Garden In 'The Martian'
MarkWhittington writes: In the hit movie, The Martian, stranded astronaut Mark Watney famously survives on Mars by creating a potato garden using Martian soil mixed in with composted human excrement. ...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Is Buying Cuban Software Legal In the US? The Answer is Hazy
lpress writes: The Treasury Department recently issued new regulations authorizing "the importation of Cuban-origin mobile applications and the employment of Cuban nationals by persons subject to U.S....
06:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot How Nukes Were Almost Launched From Okinawa During Cuban Missile Crisis
Lasrick writes: Aaron Tovish is calling on the U.S. government to release documents pertaining to one of the scarier incidents of the Cuban Missile Crisis. According to an Air Force airman, the system...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Open Tools For Logbooks and Note-taking?
New submitter leonstr writes: I'm a sysadmin and I like to record my daily work in a logbook: technical notes, work progress, actions from meetings, etc. I started with the word processor on the vener...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot InFocus's New Kangaroo: a Screenless $99 Windows 10 Portable PC
An anonymous reader writes: InFocus today debuted the Kangaroo, a $99 Windows 10 portable PC that "goes anywhere and works with any screen." The term "mobile desktop" may seem like an oxymoron, but th...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Despite Takedown, the Dridex Botnet Is Running Again
itwbennett writes: Brad Duncan, a security researcher with Rackspace, on Friday wrote on the Internet Storm Center blog that 'the Dridex botnet administrator was arrested on 2015-08-28, and Palo Alto ...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot NY To Probe Broadband Providers Over Internet Speeds
An anonymous reader writes with a report from The Stack that New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has begun a probe into the state's three dominant ISPs to assess whether they are actually deli...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Russian Presence Near Undersea Cables Concerns US
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that the presence of Russian ships near important, undersea internet cables is raising concern with U.S. military and intelligence officials. From the ...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot W3C Sets Up Web Payments Standards Group To Improve Check-Out Security
campuscodi writes to note that the World Wide Web Consortium has launched a Working Group to help streamline the online "check-out" process and make payment by internet easier and more secure. The pro...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Despite $30M Tech Push, Half of US States Had Fewer Than 300 AP CS Test Takers
theodp writes: As President Obama was 'taught to code' last December, Politico reported that the $30 million tech-financed campaign to promote computer science education was a smash success. And indee...
10:00 am - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Why IoT Security Is So Critical
An anonymous reader writes: Software engineer Ben Dickson starts off an opinion piece about Internet of Things security with this amusing comment: "Twenty years ago, if you told me my phone could be u...
08:00 am - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Man Licenses His Video Footage To Sony, Sony Issues Copyright Claim Against Him
An anonymous reader writes: Mitch Martinez creates high-resolution stock video footage, and then licenses it out to people who need footage to go along with their creative projects. He has written an ...
04:00 am - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Judge: School's Facebook Post is a Campaign Contribution
schwit1 writes: A Colorado judge has ruled that a Facebook post by Liberty Common School amounts to an illegal campaign contribution to a Thompson School District board candidate. In August, the Fort ...
02:00 am - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot Study: Standardized Tests Overwhelming Public Schools
An anonymous reader writes: A new study examined the amount of time U.S. public schools spend on government-mandated standardized tests, and found that the requirements are detrimental to both student...
12:00 am - Mon, October 26, 2015
Slashdot First New US Nuclear Reactor In Two Decades Gets Permission To Begin Fueling
An anonymous reader writes: The Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear power plant began construction in 1973. The plant's first reactor was completed in 1996, and it began operation. Work on ...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Coding Academies -- Useful Or Nonsense?
An anonymous reader writes: Stephen Nichols, CEO of a platform that helps non-coders create simple video games, thinks that so-called coding academies are essentially snake oil. "In 20+ years of profe...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Does Government Science Funding Drive Innovation?
An anonymous reader writes: In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, British businessman and science journalist Matt Ridley argues that basic science research does not lead to technological innovation, a...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot California's $68 Billion Bullet Train Project Faces Major Hurdles
New submitter willworkforbeer writes: The proposed US$68B high speed rail project in California faces extraordinary hurdles, both in terms of budget and timeframe. Even Einstein (no, not that one; Her...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot What Might a $50 Tablet Inspire?
theodp writes: Surprisingly, says Ars Technica's review of Amazon's $50 Fire tablet, it doesn't suck. "There's simply very little reason to spend more when you can get 90 percent of the functionality ...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Drug Firm Offers $1 Version of $750 Daraprim Pill
An anonymous reader writes: We recently read about a U.S. company that bought the rights to a drug called Daraprim and then boosted the price over 5,000%. There was widespread outrage over this blatan...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Functioning Hoverboard Unveiled
An anonymous reader writes: Last year, a company called Arx Pax set up a Kickstarter campaign to develop a functioning hoverboard. Now, the company has demonstrated an updated version of the device, w...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Joomla SQL-Injection Flaw Affects Millions of Websites
An anonymous reader writes: Joomla has just issued a patch that fixes a SQL-injection vulnerability discovered by a researcher at Trustwave SpiderLabs. The flaw allowed malicious users to extract a br...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Russian Cyberspies Targeted MH17 Crash Investigation
itwbennett writes: Security researchers from Trend Micro have found evidence that the Pawn Storm cyberespionage group set up rogue VPN and SFTP servers to target Dutch Safety Board employees before an...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over iOS Wi-Fi Assist
An anonymous reader writes: A class-action suit has been filed against Apple in U.S. District Court over Wi-Fi Assist being turned on by default in iOS 9. Wi-Fi Assist is designed to switch to cellula...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Oklahoma Earthquakes Are a National Security Threat
An anonymous reader writes: A Bloomberg article makes the case that the U.S. must consider the earthquake situation in Oklahoma a national security threat. The town of Cushing, OK is small — few...
10:00 am - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Engineers Create the Blackest Material Yet
schwit1 writes: Researchers have created the least reflective material ever made, using as inspiration the scales on the all-white cyphochilus beetle. The result was an extremely tiny nanoparticle rod...
08:00 am - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot Comet Lovejoy Giving Away Alcohol
Thorfinn.au writes: Comet Lovejoy lived up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol as well as a type of sugar into space, according to new observations by an international team. The discover...
04:00 am - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot New Algorithm Provides Huge Speedups For Optimization Problems
An anonymous reader writes: MIT graduate students have developed a new "cutting-plane" algorithm, a general-purpose algorithm for solving optimization problems. They've also developed a new way to app...
12:00 am - Sun, October 25, 2015
Slashdot The Army Bug Bounty Program: a Critical Need In Defense
hypercard writes: It seems just about every major tech company and even a few other large non-tech corporations have bug bounty programs as part of an effort to improve security through a community ef...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot Mimic, the Evil Script That Will Drive Programmers To Insanity
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Mimic implements a devilishly sick idea floated on Twitter by Peter Ritchie: "Replace a semicolon (;) with a Greek question mark (;) in your friend's C# code and watch them p...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot Judge Tosses Wikimedia's Anti-NSA Lawsuit Because Wikipedia Isn't Big Enough
An anonymous reader writes: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Wikimedia Foundation, Amnesty International, and others against the NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies for their ...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot Do Not Call 911! The Life and Death of an Amazon Warehouse Temp
theodp writes: Earlier this week, Amazon sicced former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on the NY Times and the ex-Amazon employees that were interviewed for the NYT's brutal August 2015 article...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot You Can't Get Smarter, But You Can Slow How Fast You Get Dumber
An anonymous reader writes: An article at the NY Times summarizes the state of research on cognitive improvement. There are multiple industries — from big pharma to the makers of "brain-training...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot FBI Chief Links Video Scrutiny of Police To Rise In Violent Crime
HughPickens.com writes: This year, murders have spiked in major cities across America. According to FBI director James B. Comey the additional scrutiny and criticism of police officers that has come i...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot 'Zeno Effect' Verified: Atoms Won't Move While You Watch
An anonymous reader writes: One of the oddest predictions of quantum theory – that a system can't change while you're watching it – has been confirmed in an experiment by Cornell physicist...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot 3D Printing Soft Body Parts: a Hard Problem That Just Got Easier
sciencehabit writes: Humans are squishy. That's a problem for researchers trying to construct artificial tissues and organs, and one that two separate teams of engineers may have just solved. Using a ...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Giving $1 Million To Open Source Projects It Relies On
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has been a big part of the open source community for a long time, and their main projects rely heavily on independent open source work. They've now announced the Mo...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot European ISPs Exaggerate Performance; US ISPs Slower But More Honest
itwbennett writes: New studies of broadband Internet access across Europe and the U.S. published by the European Commission have found that European broadband Internet access providers advertised down...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot A Tower of Molten Salt Will Deliver Solar Power After Sunset
schwit1 sends this report from IEEE Spectrum: Solar power projects intended to turn solar heat into steam to generate electricity have struggled to compete amid tumbling prices for solar energy from s...
10:00 am - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot Hands-On WIth Dell's 4K Infinity Edge-Equipped Laptops
MojoKid writes: Dell's 2015 version of the XPS 13, the company's 13-inch premium ultrabook, is arguably one of the most acclaimed laptops of the year, with its "Infinity Edge" display that comes in re...
08:00 am - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot RIP: Prolific Amazon Customer Reviewer Harriet Klausner (1952-2015)
Robotech_Master writes: Prolific Amazon customer reviewer Harriet Klausner passed away last week at the age of 67. Klausner was a controversial figure: She never gave anything a negative review, her r...
04:00 am - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot Full Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Intellectual Property Chapter Analyzed
Dangerous_Minds writes: Freezenet seems to be the first website to publish a full run-down of the final draft of the Intellectual Property chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The leak was publis...
02:00 am - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot Patricia, Strongest Hurricane Ever Seen In Eastern Pacific, Strikes In Mexico
CNN reports that Hurricane Patricia has made landfall in Mexico; Patricia is notable for having the third-lowest barometer reading ever recorded, and as "the strongest hurricane ever observed in the e...
12:00 am - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot TalkTalk Customer Data At Risk After Cyber-attack On Company Website
An anonymous reader writes: Police are investigating a "significant and sustained" cyber-attack on the website of TalkTalk, an internet and TV provider, which could have compromised customers' credit ...
12:00 am - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx To Tour As Holograms
HughPickens.com writes: Dave Itzkoff writes in the NYT that years after their deaths Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx will be united in a most unlikely way as Hologram USA, a technology company that special...
12:00 am - Sat, October 24, 2015
Slashdot Affordable Care Act Exchanges Fail To Detect Counterfeit Documentation
Tulsa_Time writes with this excerpt of an account from the (unapologetically partisan) Americans for Tax Reform about a report released by the Government Accountability Office in which "application an...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot In Turnabout, SunTrust Removes Contentious Severance Clause
dcblogs writes: SunTrust has removed a controversial severance clause requiring laid-off employees to be 'reasonably available' to help without pay during the two years after their employment ends, th...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot 22-Way SteamOS Graphics Card Comparison: NVIDIA Wins Across the Board
An anonymous reader writes: A 22-way AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA GeForce graphics card comparison on SteamOS 2.0 "Brewmaster" was carried out with one month to go until Steam Machines begin to ship. The art...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Google 'Rethinking Everything' Around Machine Learning
itwbennett writes: Sundar Pichai took part in his first earnings call Thursday when Google's parent company Alphabet reported its quarterly results, and 'in between discussing the numbers he revealed ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Landfall Nears For Strongest Hurricane In Recorded History
An anonymous reader writes: Patricia — the strongest hurricane ever recorded — barreled closer and closer Friday to Mexico's Pacific coast, where residents have been told to brace for its ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Google, Facebook, Microsoft Deliver K-12 CS Demands To Congress
theodp writes: Politico reports that just one day after Facebook launched TechPrep, a highly-publicized initiative to attract more minorities and women to coding, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Code...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot An Algorithm For Better Password Checking
New submitter della writes: Password checkers — those things that tell you whether your password is strong or not — are good: various studies have found that they make users choose better ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot First Planet Known To Orbit a White Dwarf Is Falling Apart
schwit1 writes: It's virtually certain that some white dwarfs still have planets in orbit despite their violent histories, but seeing those planets has proven difficult... at least, until now. Astrono...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Compromised CCTV and NAS Devices Found Participating In DDoS Attacks
chicksdaddy writes: The parade of horribles continues on the Internet of Things, with a report from the security firm Incapsula that its researchers discovered compromised closed circuit cameras as we...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Ubuntu 15.10 'Wily Werewolf' Released
LichtSpektren writes: Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" is now released and available, along with its alternative desktop flavors (MATE, Xfce, LXDE, GNOME, KDE, Kylin). This release features Linux 4.2, GCC...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Walmart Plays Catch-Up With Amazon
HughPickens.com writes: According to James B. Stewart in the NY Times, for the past 16 years Walmart has often acted as though it hoped Amazon would just go away. When Walmart announced last week that...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Technology's Role In a Climate Solution
Lasrick writes: If the world is to avoid severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts (PDF), carbon emissions must decrease quickly. Achieving such cuts, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Cl...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Intel Pulling the Plug On McAfee/MX Logic Anti-Spam
New submitter d4nimal writes: Intel today announced that it is killing the MX Logic/McAfee/Intel Security spam protection service (PDF). The last date of service is January, 2017. This comes on the he...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot HP To Shut Down Its OpenStack Based Public Cloud
An anonymous reader writes: Hewlett-Packard, which has been backing off on ambitious public cloud plans for a year, is now calling it quits, sunsetting HP Helion Public cloud in January 2016. in a buz...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Is Too Much Choice Stressing Us Out?
An anonymous reader writes: In the decades following World War 2, there was a dramatic expansion in choices for consumers. Where before there were only a few brands of bread, now there were dozens. Ma...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Hands-On With the Fairphone 2 Modular Android Smartphone
An anonymous reader writes: In just a couple of months, the world's first consumer-ready modular smartphone will start shipping. It's called the Fairphone 2, and it will run Android 5.1. Ars Technica ...
10:00 am - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot New Hubble Release Puts Another Nail In the Coffin of Dark Matter's Competitors
StartsWithABang writes: When it comes to the structure of the Universe — forming the galaxies, clusters, and Universe as we see it — the normal matter we know of simply isn't enough. Given...
08:00 am - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Europe's 'Net Neutrality' Could Allow Throttling of Torrents and VPNs
An anonymous reader writes: TorrentFreak reports that the European Parliament is approaching a vote on new telecom regulations that aim to implement net neutrality throughout EU member states. Unfortu...
06:00 am - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Government Team Experiments With Paying For Small Open Source Tasks
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. General Services Administration has a team within it called 18F. They describe themselves as an open source, digital services delivery team. In other words, they c...
04:00 am - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Secret Service Allowed To Use Warrantless Cellphone Tracking
mi writes: A mere belief in there being a threat against the President or any other protected person is now sufficient for the U.S. Secret Service to use cell-site simulators (commonly known as "sting...
02:00 am - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot The Bizarre Reactor Scientists Hope Will Save Fusion Research
sciencehabit writes: In a gleaming research lab in Germany's northeastern corner, researchers are preparing to switch on a fusion device called a stellarator, the largest ever built. The €1-billi...
12:00 am - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Samsung 950 Pro Brings NVMe To M.2, Over 2.5GB/s
Vigile writes: Samsung just released its first non-OEM, consumer level NVMe enabled SSD, the 950 Pro series. This drive will ship in an M.2 form factor rather than a 2.5-in drive size that is the stan...
12:00 am - Fri, October 23, 2015
Slashdot Google Snapping Up Top Biomedical Talent
An anonymous reader writes: Google is expanding its scope once again. The company has been pushing hard to lure top physicians and researchers in the life sciences away from their prestigious academic...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Dutch Researchers Show Connected Cars Can Be Cheaply Tracked
schwit1 writes to point out an experiment undertaken on the campus of the Netherlands' University of Twente, in which two wireless sensing stations were able to cheaply pinpoint a target vehicle equip...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Reactions Split On What Canada's Liberal Majority Means For Tech Policy Future
Dangerous_Minds writes: Few could have predicted the Liberal majority win in Canada's recent election. Now that the Canadian government is in a state of transition, some have speculated what the new g...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Court Finds "Pinning" On the Internet To Be Fair Use
speedplane writes: Pinterest has always aggressively defended their trademarks, but in 2013, they launched a trademark lawsuit against Pintrips, a travel planning startup that allows users to "pin" an...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Sen. Ron Wyden Explains the Fight Ahead Over CISA
blottsie writes: Sen. Ron Wyden has led the fight against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which the Senate advanced on Thursday in a 84-14 vote. In a new interview with the Daily Dot...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Worthwhile Security Training Courses?
ageoffri writes: I'm going to be able to take one, or maybe two, training courses next year and starting to figure out what would be a good course to take. While I'm not 100% sold on the concept of ce...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Security Researchers Face Revenge of Spy Agencies
mask.of.sanity writes: Researchers tasked with revealing malware attack campaigns are being harassed, locked out of tenders, and in some cases deported. The retaliation by the unnamed spy agencies is ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Looking At the Hardware and Software of JAXA's Hayabusa-2
alexvoica writes: After interviewing the NASA New Horizons team (if you've missed the original story on Slashdot, you can find it here), it's time to get the views of another famous space agency (JAXA...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Square Enix To Concentrate On Remaking Their Back Catalog
An anonymous reader writes: You may remember that at E3, the major announcement from Square Enix and Sony wasn't a new game, but rather that Square Enix would be remaking Final Fantasy VII in HD and r...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot FCC Passes Landmark Reform of 'Egregious' Prison Phone Charges
derekmead writes: The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to crack down on exorbitant prison phone rates, in a landmark victory for criminal justice reform advocates who have long critici...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft To Pay Up To $15K For Bugs In Two Visual Studio Tools
itwbennett writes: Yesterday, Microsoft started a three-month bug bounty program for two open source tools that are part of Visual Studio 2015. The program applies to the beta versions of Core CLR, wh...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Warn Computer Clocks Can Be Easily Scrambled Via NTP Flaws
alphadogg writes: Researchers at Boston University said this week that they've found flaws in the Network Time Protocol (NTP), a 30-year-old Internet protocol whose security shortcomings could undermi...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Makers Compete To Produce US Army's Next Official Handgun
HughPickens.com writes: After 30 years in use, the US Army's official handgun, the Beretta M9 pistol, is being retired and AP reports that firearms manufacturers are competing for a rare chance to sel...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot 3D-Printed Teeth Can Kill 99% of Dental Bacteria
An anonymous reader writes: A research group in the Netherlands has developed a new plastic resin that can destroy most dental bacteria when used for the creation of dental appliances via 3D-printing....
02:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot EU Rules Bitcoin Is a Currency, Exchanges Are VAT-Exempt
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from The Stack: The European Union's Court of Justice (ECJ) has today ruled that Bitcoin is a currency, detailing exchanges that transfer traditional curre...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Not Just Paris: Community Activists Target Data Centers
1sockchuck writes: This week's case in which a Paris data center lost its license isn't an isolated incident, but the latest in a series of disputes in which community groups have fought data center p...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Experts Chime In To Explain Fukushima Thryoid Cancer Concerns
An anonymous reader writes: Experts and the lead author of the Fukushima study findings explain what the data really tells us and the flaws in claims that there is a link between the disaster and canc...
10:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Demos PCIe NVMe SSD At 5.6 GB Per Second, 1 Million IOPS
MojoKid writes: Samsung decided to show off their latest SSD wares at Dell World 2015 with two storage products that are sure to impress data center folks. Up and running on display, Samsung showcased...
08:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot DARPA Program Targets Image Doctoring
coondoggie writes: It isn't hard for just about anyone to change or alter an image these days — and that can be a problem. It's an issue researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Age...
06:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Oracle Fixes Java Vulnerability Used By Russian Cyberspies
itwbennett writes: Oracle said that it has fixed 154 security flaws in Java and a wide range of its other products, including one that Russian cyberespionage group Pawn Storm used to launch stealthy a...
04:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Should Japan Restart More Nuclear Power Plants?
Lasrick writes: Seth Baum, executive director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, writes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that Japan should restart more of its nuclear reactors (the Sen...
02:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Only 8% of the Universe's Habitable Worlds Have Formed So Far
sciencehabit writes: According to a new study, 92% of Earth-like planets haven't been born yet. Science reports: "Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers estimated the rates of past st...
02:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Nurses Use Makerspace To Invent Custom Health Care Solutions
New submitter wd5gnr writes: University of Texas Medical Branch and an MIT initiative have joined forces to create the first maker space in a hospital. Often nurses see things that would make their jo...
12:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Reviews
An anonymous reader writes: Anandtech posted reviews of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the Microsoft Surface Book today. They write: "After launching Surface Pro 3 with Haswell in 2014, Microsoft &md...
12:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2015
Slashdot Google Wants Online Ad Improvement Within Months, Not Years
An anonymous reader writes: Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's WSJD Live Conference, Google's senior vice president of adverts and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy has said (paywalled) that advertisers n...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Mythbusters Ending After Next Season
An anonymous reader writes: Entertainment Weekly is just one of many reporting that next season will be the last for the long-running show Mythbusters. EW reports: "The pioneering reality series, one ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot "YouTube Red" Offers Premium YouTube For $9.99 a Month, $12.99 For iOS Users
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube is launching a subscription plan in the U.S. called Red that combines ad-free videos, new original series and movies. The official blog post reads in part: "On Octo...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Quantum Theory Experiment Said to Prove "Spooky" Interactions
universe520 writes: Albert Einstein was troubled by how two particles can communicate with each other even if they are on opposite sides of the galaxy. Today researchers in the Netherlands have closed...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Google Makes Full-Disk Encryption Mandatory For Some Android 6.0 Devices
itwbennett writes: Google's plan to encrypt user data on Android devices by default will get a new push with Android 6.0, also known as Marshmallow. Devices with enough memory and decent cryptographic...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Launches Initiative To Attract More Minorities and Women To Coding
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has launched TechPrep, a new initiative to attract more minorities and women into coding. The project draws a very strong analogy between the learning of computer ...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Stanford's Autonomous DeLorean Can't Time Travel, But It Can Do Donuts
Zothecula jumps on the "Back To the Future Day" bandwagon with this news about Stanford's experimental DeLorean. Gizmag reports: "It doesn't have a flux capacitor and may not be able to travel through...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Noise Protests Close Paris Data Center
judgecorp writes: Data center firm Interxion has been ordered to close a data center in Paris over protests from residents. The local group complained about noise and large quantities of stored diesel...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's Your Media Setup?
An anonymous reader writes: There's no dearth of media technology today. Not only do modern console emulate set-top boxes, but there are dozens of tiny appliances that bring TV shows and movies to you...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot How Scientists Are Circumventing Journal Paywalls
Bruce66423 writes: Some academics are fighting back against publishers of academic journals by providing copies of papers to researchers who don't have access. For some reason, the publishers aren't h...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Western Digital To Buy SanDisk
An anonymous reader writes: Reuters reports that Western Digital will buy SanDisk in a deal worth roughly $19 billion. In a press release, WD said, "The combination is the next step in the transformat...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot NASA Picks Winners For 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Design Contest
schwit1 writes: NASA has picked the three winners in a design contest for 3D-printed habitats that could help future astronauts live on Mars. The $25,000 first prize in NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Chall...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Apple Tells US Judge It's 'Impossible' To Break Through Locks On New iPhones
An anonymous reader writes: Apple told a U.S. judge that accessing data stored on a locked iPhone would be "impossible" with devices using its latest operating system, but the company has the "technic...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot 'Clock Kid' Ahmed Mohamed and His Family To Leave US, Move To Qatar
theodp writes: The curious case of Ahmed Mohamed, the 9th grader who was cuffed for scaring school officials with what turned out to be a repackaged digital clock, has taken yet another twist with new...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot UK Government Proposes 'License To Hack' As Encryption Proves Hard To Defeat
An anonymous reader writes: The Times reports (paywalled) that the Investigatory Powers Bill promised by the UK government over the summer is likely to be presented to parliament next month, and that ...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot 'Geospeedometer' Confirms Super-eruptions Have Surprisingly Short Fuses
Science_afficionado writes: Super-eruptions – you know, those gigantic prehistoric volcanic outbursts that throw 100 times more superheated gas, ash and rock into the atmosphere than run-of-the-...
10:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Self-Encrypting Western Digital Hard Drives Easy To Crack
New submitter lesincompetent writes: Security researchers have found severe flaws in the encryption methods used in certain hard drives from Western Digital. Quoting the abstract should be enough to s...
08:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Nearly One-third of Consumers Would Give Up Their Car Before Their Smartphone
Lucas123 writes: A survey of 1,200 general consumers in four major countries by global tech design firm Frog found that 30% of respondents would give up their car before their smartphone. The online s...
06:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot The NYPD's X-Ray Vans
An anonymous reader writes: A few years ago, we heard tales of vans outfitted by the U.S. government to hold giant X-ray scanners, which they'd use to drive around and inspect vehicles. Now, it turns ...
04:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot First Cancer Case Confirmed From Fukushima Cleanup
AmiMoJo writes: Japan's labor ministry has confirmed the first cancer case related to work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Following on from reports of elevated levels of child cancer and 1,60...
02:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Tomorrow Is 'Back To the Future' Day
An anonymous reader writes: In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly travels from 1985 to tomorrow — October 21, 2015. The occasion is being noted in a couple of ways. A documentary called Bac...
12:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot US Will Clean Area In Spain Where Hydrogen Bombs Fell
HughPickens.com writes: Rafael Minder writes in the NY Times that almost 50 years after coming close to possibly provoking a nuclear disaster, Secretary of State John Kerry, following years of wrangli...
12:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot Intel Develops Linux 'Software GPU' That's ~29-51x Faster
An anonymous reader writes: Intel is open-sourcing their work on creating a high-performance graphics software rasterizer that originally was developed for scientific visualizations. Intel is planning...
12:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2015
Slashdot DHS To Extend OPT To 60 Months, Says Employers, Universities, Students Demand It
theodp writes: In August, Federal Judge Ellen Huvelle called BS on 'emergency' changes made by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security in 2008 to Optional Practical Training (OPT) that extended the amount...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Ultrasonic Power Transfer Investigated Using Data From uBeam Patent Filings
szczys writes: Transmitting power through the air using sound above the range of human hearing: that's the gist of ultrasonic power transfer. The promise is that you can sit in a coffee shop and use y...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Consumer Reports Withdraws Its Tesla Model S Recommendation
An anonymous reader sends news that Consumer Reports, after earlier giving the Tesla Model S a perfect road test score, has now withdrawn its recommendation for the electric car after investigating it...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Bad Programming Habits We Secretly Love
snydeq writes: Breaking the rules can bring a little thrill — and sometimes produce better, more efficient code. From the article: 'The rules are more often guidelines or stylistic suggestions, ...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot A Chat With the Author of 'Abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computing' (Video)
The last time we spoke with Evan Koblentz it was about a vintage computer festival. This time we talked about a book he's written written titled Abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and porta...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Publishes OpenSSH For Windows Code
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has published early source code for its OpenSSH-for-Windows port for developers to pick apart and improve. In a blog post on Monday, Steve Lee – the PowerSh...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot The Polymath: Lowell Wood Is America's New Top Inventor
pacopico writes: It's taken more than 80 years, but someone has finally overtaken Thomas Edison as America's top inventor. The dude is named Lowell Wood; he was once behind the infamous 'Star Wars' sp...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot The Google Employee Who Opted For a Truck Over Bay Area Rents
Nerval's Lobster writes: A little over a year ago, Google employees on a Quora thread announced they'd discovered an interesting way to live in the ultra-expensive Bay Area: Rather than pay for conven...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Tattling Kettles Help Researchers Crack WiFi Networks In London
New submitter campuscodi writes: Security researchers at Pen Test Partners have found a security vulnerability in the iKettle Wi-Fi Electric Kettle that allows attackers to crack the password of the W...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Wildflowers Give Bees a Dose of Pesticides
JMarshall writes: Wildflowers growing near fields sown with pesticide-treated seeds can be reservoirs of bee-harming neonicotinoid compounds, according to new research. The study suggests bees get mos...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Why Aren't There Better Cybersecurity Regulations For Medical Devices?
citadrianne writes with an excerpt from Motherboard about some of the factors behind the long-decried security problems that surround medical hardware, and that will only become more pressing as some ...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Criminals Hacked Chip-and-PIN System By Perfecting Point-of-Sale Attack
An anonymous reader writes: When in 2010 a team of computer scientists at Cambridge University demonstrated how the chip and PIN system used on many modern payment cards can be bypassed by making the ...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Irish Data Protection Commissioner Ordered To Investigate Facebook Data
New submitter bigtomrodney writes: Following last week's ruling by the European Court of Justice ruling on Safe Harbour, the Irish High Court has quashed the former decision of the Data Protection Com...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Scientists May Have Found the Earliest Evidence of Life On Earth
sciencehabit writes with news that UCLA scientists have found evidence that life likely existed on Earth at least 4.1 billion years ago, 300 million years earlier than previously thought. Science repo...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot eFast Malware Hijacks Browser With Chrome Clone
An anonymous reader writes with a report at The Stack that: eFast Browser, a new malicious adware which disguises itself as Google Chrome, has hijacked internet users' systems in an apparent effort to...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot UK's Largest Online Pharmacy Sold Patients' Personal Data To Fraudsters
Ewan Palmer writes: The UK's biggest online pharmacy has been fined $200,000 for selling thousands of patients' personal data to scammers who targeted the sick and vulnerable. Pharmacy2U (P2U) was fou...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Rovi and Michigan State University Establish Largest US Library Media Collection
New submitter dbosman writes: A donation from Rovi Corp. announced Monday is bringing a gigantic media collection to Michigan State University that includes more than 850,000 CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and v...
10:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Guy Creates Handheld Railgun With a 3D-Printer
turkeydance writes: Using a combination of 3D printing and widely available components, David Wirth built a functioning handheld railgun that houses six capacitors and delivers more than 1,800 joules ...
08:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Replacing Humans With CGI Animations To Protect Anonymity In Video Footage
An anonymous reader writes: New research from the University of Zagreb proposes the de-identification of innocent individuals in closed circuit footage by replacing them with CGI animations which eith...
06:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot A Scientist Is Selling the Right To Name His Newly-Discovered Moth On eBay
sarahnaomi writes: An entomologist has decided to use eBay to auction off the naming rights for a newly-discovered species of moth. When a new species is discovered, the honor of naming it goes to who...
04:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Bank's Severance Deal Requires IT Workers To Be Available For Two Years
dcblogs points out this story at Computerworld about a severance agreement that requires laid-off IT employees to be available to help out for two years. The article reads in part: "SunTrust Banks in ...
02:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot GA Tech Students Use Cell Phone Pings To Find Missing Person
McGruber writes: Georgia Authorities are giving kudos to technology – and the perseverance of Georgia Tech students – for the safe return of a fellow student who disappeared after a Friday...
12:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot PSP Oculus Rift Emulator Puts Players Inside of Virtual Reality PSP Games
An anonymous reader writes: PPSSPP VR is an emulator that specially adapts PSP games for use in the Oculus Rift VR headset. Going beyond merely showing a large screen view of the game in a virtual env...
12:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Former Governor On Holding the Department of Energy Accountable In Idaho
Lasrick writes: "I have been involved in government at the state and federal level for a long time and have had my share of political and legal run-ins with government agencies, but rarely in more tha...
12:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015
Slashdot Rod Logic Computers and Why We Don't Already Have Them
szczys writes: Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene breakthroughs pop up in the news often enough for them to be considered buzzwords. Most of the time it's the superconducting properties of graphene that ar...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot The Problem With Mandatory Drone Registration
An anonymous reader writes: Drone lawyer and commercial pilot Jonathan Rupprecht believes any drone registration plan is a necessary first step, but he's also doubtful that registering drones will be ...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Feds Looking Into Reports CIA Director's Email Was Hacked
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI and Secret Service are looking into reports that non-government personal accounts of CIA Director John Brennan and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Joh...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Study Questions Scientific Dating Method Used For Lunar Impacts
schwit1 writes: A new study has raised questions about the methods scientists have used to date the late heavy bombardment in the early solar system. According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison: ...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Doomsday Vault Opens To Give Seeds To Syria
pabloApicco sends word that the The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has opened up in order to give seeds to Syrian scientists who had to relocate their research due to the war. CNN reports: "Known as the '...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot LTE 4G Networks Put Androids At Risk of Overbilling and Phone Number Spoofing
An anonymous reader writes: Carnegie Mellon University's CERT security vulnerabilities database has issued an alert regarding the current status of LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile networks, which are...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Reviews Arrive
An anonymous reader writes: A few weeks ago, Google announced its new Nexus phones — the 5X built by LG, and the 6P built by Huawei. The phones are starting to ship, and reviews for both devices...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Despite Promises, China Still Targeting US Firms
itwbennett writes: Three weeks after the U.S. and China reached their first ever cybercrime and cyberespionage agreement, a new report from CrowdStrike details intrusions from hackers affiliated with ...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: John McAfee Answers Your Questions About His Presidential Bid
Recently you had a chance to ask John McAfee about his presidential run under the newly-formed Cyber Party. John covers a wide variety of topics from education and infrastructure, to gun control and d...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot The Hostile Email Landscape
An anonymous reader writes: As we consolidate on just a few major email services, it becomes more and more difficult to launch your own mail server. From the article: "Email perfectly embodies the spi...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Americans Show 'Surprising Willingness' To Accept Internet Surveillance
Researchers from BYU recently took a survey of internet users (PDF), mostly from the U.S., to determine how they balanced opinions of security and privacy. They found, perhaps surprisingly, that over ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Notifies Users of Potential Nation-State Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has announced its plans to notify users if they are under threat from state-sponsored cyberattacks. The social media giant proposes a notification system triggered...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot The Diversity Issue Silicon Valley Isn't Trying To Fix: Age Discrimination
An anonymous reader writes: The tech industry has recognized it isn't as welcoming to women or minorities as it should be, and is loudly taking steps to solve that issue. Major companies are now relea...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Europe and Russia Are Headed Back To the Moon Together
MarkWhittington writes: Russia is turning its attention to the moon again for the first time in about 40 years. The first Russian mission to the moon since long before the end of the Cold War will be ...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Wealth Therapy Tackles Woes of the Rich
HughPickens.com writes: Jana Kasperkevic writes in The Guardian that it can be very stressful to be rich. "It's really isolating to have a lot of money. It can be scary – people's reaction to yo...
10:00 am - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Another 'StarCraft' Cheating Scandal Rocks Korea
dotarray writes: "Five years ago, the professional StarCraft community was rocked by a massive cheating scandal – now it looks like history is repeating, as twelve StarCraft II gamers have been ...
08:00 am - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot An Algorithm That Can Predict Human Behavior Better Than Humans
Quartz describes an MIT study with the surprising conclusion that at least in some circumstances, an algorithm can not only sift numbers faster than humans (after all, that's what computers are best a...
04:00 am - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot New Plastic For Old Amigas and Commodores
Ichijo writes: Several years ago, Slashdot reported that the Amiga community had developed a way to restore old, yellowed ABS plastic to like-new condition, and they put the recipe for the gel, dubbed...
02:00 am - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Good Subscription-Based Solution For PC Tech Support?
New submitter byrddtrader writes: My parents are getting close to the their 70s and neither one of them is particularly tech savvy. Since my teenage years I have been tech support for the family, but ...
12:00 am - Mon, October 19, 2015
Slashdot Disruptive Bloodwork Startup May Offer Mostly Vaporware
dmr001 writes: As seen previously, Palo Alto startup Theranos planned to put the power of affordable lab work directly in the hands of patients with tiny fingerprick samples taken at Walgreen's, with ...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Space-Time: Scott Kelly Breaks Time-Aloft Record For US Astronauts
NASA astronaut -- and Commander of the International Space Station -- Scott Kelly on Friday broke the record for time in space -- for U.S. astronauts, at least; the overall longest flight of 437.7 day...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Sprint Will Start Throttling Customers Who Exceed 23GB Monthly
CNET reports (and CTO John Saw explains on the company's blog) that Sprint has decided to taper access to a slice of its "unlimited" wireless data customers, by throttling access (not curtailing it, a...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Deja Vu: Microsoft's 2015 Surface Book Ad and Apple's 2014 'Your Verse' iPad Ad
theodp writes: With its sweeping vistas and narration by the late Robin Williams, Apple's 2014 'Your Verse' ad dramatically showcased the many ways iPads might help people create, from making movies t...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Lawsuit Aims To Kill Fake Reviews
Mark Wilson writes with a story at Beta News (relying on this report at The Guardian) that Amazon is suing more than 1,000 fake reviewers for their misleading, paid-for reviews:The ability to read rev...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Celebrating 20 Years of OpenBSD With Release 5.8
badger.foo writes: 20 years to the day after the OpenBSD source tree was created for the new project, the project has released OpenBSD 5.8, the 38th release on CD-ROM (and 39th via FTP/HTTP). This rel...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Radio Waves Can Be Used To Hijack Androids and iPhones Via Siri and Google Now
An anonymous reader writes: Two French researchers have discovered a way to use the Siri and Google Now voice assistant software to relay malicious commands to smartphones without the user's consent o...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot The Box That Built the Modern World
HughPickens.com writes: Andrew Curry has an interesting article about how more than any other single innovation, the shipping container epitomizes the enormity, sophistication, and importance of our m...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Maybe You Don't Need 8 Hours of Sleep After All
schwit1 writes: You've heard of the Paleo diet, but the next big thing in health may well be the Paleo sleep schedule. A UCLA researcher studied three hunter-gatherer and hunter-farmer groups -- the H...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot "Father of the Space Shuttle" George Mueller Dies At 97
The Washington Post reports that long-time NASA engineer and administrator George Mueller died on October 12 of congestive heart failure, at 97. Mueller had a hand in NASA programs as Associate Admini...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Moscow State University Releases 10th HEVC Video Codec Comparison
An anonymous reader writes: The Graphics and Media Lab Video Group of Moscow State University has released its tenth video codecs comparison. This latest comparison focuses on HEVC codecs and includes...
10:00 am - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Google Drops Desktop Voice Search In Chrome
PC World reports that even as Microsoft is pushing voice input on the desktop (in the form of an expanded role for its Cortana digital assistant), Google is responding to user (dis)interest in searchi...
08:00 am - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Learning To Fly, With a Full-Size Cockpit Simulator
Make Zine features the story of Aidan Fay, a 17-year-old San Diego student who has constructed a full-size Cessna 172 cockpit simulator in his bedroom, controlled by Arduinos and using scavenged game-...
04:00 am - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Getting Over Getting Over Uber: Tim O'Reilly Does the Math
Susan Crawford yesterday published at Medium a critique of Uber and similar ride-coordinating services, in the form of a kind of paeon to the American taxicab.Though she didn't start out with negative...
02:00 am - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot "Father of the Space Shuttle" George Muller Dies At 97
The Washington Post reports that long-time NASA engineer and administrator George Muller died on October 12 of congestive heart failure, at 97. Muller had a hand in NASA programs as Associate Administ...
12:00 am - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Hurricane-Resistant SURE HOUSE Wins the 2015 Solar Decathalon
Kristine Lofgren writes: The SURE HOUSE, designed and built by the Stevens Institute of Technology, was announced today as the winner of the 2015 Solar Decathlon. The uber-efficient house exceeds Pass...
12:00 am - Sun, October 18, 2015
Slashdot Naval Academy Reinstates Teaching of Celestial Navigation
HughPickens.com writes: At the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, midshipmen studied celestial navigation for more than a century -- until 1998, after a decision that came after months of discussion that ...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot Browser Tests Show Edge Fastest, But Weak On Standards
MojoKid writes: The Internet and web browsers are an ever changing congruous mass of standards and design. Browser development is a delicate balance between features, security, compatibility and perfo...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot Beware: FBI, Other Agencies Might Go After Your Voluntary DNA Records
Kashmir Hill reports at Fusion that DNA results from companies like 23 and Me are being requested by law enforcement agencies, something that is likely to start happening more and more. From the artic...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot NASA Returns Images of Frozen Worlds Enceladus and Pluto
MarkWhittington writes: This past week, NASA provide a look at two frozen worlds far out into the solar system. Cassini, currently orbiting Saturn, flew by the frozen moon Enceladus and provided the c...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot BBC Begins Blocking VPN Access To iPlayer
nickweller points out Ars Technica's report (based on news initially on Torrent Freak) that The BBC has begun to block VPN users from its iPlayer video streaming service. From the article: Naturally, ...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot An Experiment Could Determine Whether Gravity Is Quantized
TheAlexKnapp writes: Physicist Brian Koberlein explains an experimental proposal by Großardt et al, which would attempt to determine whether gravity is quantized. "Their idea," explains Koberlein...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot Point-And-Shoot Weapon Stops Drones Without Destroying Them
An anonymous reader writes: Unmanned aerial vehicles — so-called drones — can be helpful, malicious, or simply disruptive, depending on the intentions of those who use them. But while regu...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot Yahoo Mail Moves From Passwords To Push Notification Sign-Ins
An anonymous reader writes: A revamp of Yahoo Mail includes a new feature which eliminates the password from the sign-in process on mobile platforms, instead relying on the user's phone number as a to...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot China Looks To Deep Space Missions, Including More Lunar Landings and Robot Ants
MarkWhittington writes: China has already landed a rover on the moon and has launched numerous crewed space missions in low-Earth orbit. It is looking ahead to building a space station and landing mor...
10:00 am - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot Data Centers Coming To a City Near You
1sockchuck writes: There are more wired businesses than ever in towns and cities across America. That's why the data center industry is coming to smaller cities you may not think of as technology hubs...
08:00 am - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot Fullstack Launches Coding School For Women
An anonymous reader writes: Fullstack is tackling technology's diversity problem in its latest venture. The coding schooling has announced a new coding school dedicated to women. Named after computer ...
04:00 am - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot NBC News Reports US Will Require Registration For Consumer Drones
Gizmodo and Engadget are both reporting (and both pointing to a report at NBC News) that the Department of Transportation is expected to announce Monday a plan to regulate drone use in the U.S., based...
02:00 am - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot Jefferson-Designed Chemistry Lab Discovered In UVA Rotunda
schwit1 writes: An ongoing two-year renovation of the University of Virginia's Rotunda has revealed a chemical lab designed by Thomas Jefferson that dates from the 19th century. Workers uncovered the ...
12:00 am - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot Nintendo's New System Likely a Console/Portable Hybrid
An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled) that Nintendo has begun issuing software development kits for its new console, codenamed NX. The company hasn't provided any det...
12:00 am - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot More Tech, STEM Workers Voluntarily Quitting Their Jobs
Nerval's Lobster writes: New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggests that more tech professionals are voluntarily quitting their jobs. In August, some 507,000 people in Profession...
12:00 am - Sat, October 17, 2015
Slashdot House of Representatives Proposal Aims To Regulate Car Privacy
itwbennett writes: Even though, as reported today on Slashdot, 'experts from government, industry, and academia say they have no confidence they'll develop a secure system that can protect users from ...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Appeals Court To Test How the Law Looks at Shared Accounts and Unauthorized Access
schwit1 writes: On Monday, the Ninth Circuit will hear arguments in United States v. Nosal on an interesting legal question: If a person shares access to a computer account with somebody else, under w...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Going To Mars Via the Moon
An anonymous reader writes: Getting anywhere in space is a difficult proposition — at least, if you want to get there in a timely manner. Rocket propulsion requires combustion mass. The more mas...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot UK High Court: Uber Is Lawful
An anonymous reader writes: The UK's High Court has been hearing a case brought against ridesharing service Uber by Transport for London, the government body in charge of public transport in London. T...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot October is the Most Open (Source) Month (Video)
Do you read OpenSource.com? If you're interested in Linux or Open Source, perhaps you should. Our interview guest today, Rikki Endsley, is an editor and community manager there. She says that while Re...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Google Books Wins Again
cpt kangarooski writes: After Google won a lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild alleging that Google's project to scan and provide a searchable index of books was copyright infringement, Google has no...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Is Amazon Harming the E-reader Category?
An anonymous reader sends a story from TeleRead which argues that Amazon doing harm to the e-reader category of devices it helped create. The company has been aggressively pushing adoption of its Kind...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot In Battle With Ad Blockers, Ad Industry Fesses Up To Alienating Users
itwbennett writes: In a post on the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) website Thursday, Scott Cunningham, senior vice president of technology of IAB and general manager of its Tech Lab, issued what am...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot How a Frozen Neutrino Observatory Grapples With Staggering Amounts of Data
citadrianne writes: Deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, sensors buried in a billion tons of ice—a cubic kilometer of frozen H2O—are searching for neutrinos. "We collect...one neutrino fr...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Why You Should Be Suspicious of Online Movie Ratings
An anonymous reader writes: Statistical news blog fivethirtyeight.com noticed some odd discrepancies in online movie ratings, which caused them to do some investigating. They found it was generally a ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot IBM Permits China To Review Source Code
An anonymous reader writes: IBM has permitted the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to review its proprietary source code in a 'controlled' environment, said IBM Senior Vice Pres...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot US Identifies ISIL Hacker Linked To Military Breaches
An anonymous reader writes: The Islamic State hacker detained at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur, has been identified as 20-year-old Kosovo student name Ardit Ferizi. The U.S. arrest warrant alleges that t...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Report: Red Hat Buying DevOps Startup Ansible
An anonymous reader writes: According to VentureBeat Red Hat Inc is about to buy the company behind the automation and orchestration software Ansible. The move is seen as a good acquisition, since Ans...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Experts Have No Confidence That We Can Protect Cars and Streets From Hackers
Patrick O'Neill writes: Cars and streets are now connecting to the Internet for a long list of transportation and safety benefits but the new tech has drawbacks. Experts from government, industry, and...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot FCC's WiFi Rule-Making: Making It Fair For Both Open Source and Proprietary
Bruce Perens writes: The FCC wants to be sure that WiFi drivers don't cause interference with airport weather radars, but their proposal to lock down WiFi firmware, won't fly. Many commenters in the p...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot The Most Disruptive Technology of the Last 100 Years Isn't What You Think
HughPickens.com writes: Ana Swanson writes in the Washington Post that when people talk about "disruptive technologies," they're usually thinking of the latest thing out of Silicon Valley but some of ...
10:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Documents Expose the Inner Workings of Obama's Drone Wars
An anonymous reader writes: A little over 2-years-ago Edward Snowden leaked a giant batch of NSA documents, Chelsea Manning handed Wikileaks a pile of government secrets in 2010, and now another sourc...
08:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot UK MPs Hold Emergency Debate After Court Makes It Legal For GCHQ To Spy On Them
An anonymous reader writes: After decades of a gentleman's agreement to exempt them surveillance, UK MPs have discovered that GCHQ now deems them as legitimate targets of surveillance. Consequently, m...
08:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot New iOS 9 Features Mean System-Wide Tor Is In the Works For the First Time
Patrick O'Neill writes: At a time when privacy and encryption on mobile devices are the subject of political storm, last month's iOS 9 release means that Apple devices will finally get what Android ha...
06:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Machine Learning Generates Clickbait Headlines That Will Shock You!
An anonymous reader writes: Norwegian developer and blogger Lars Eidnes has designed a clickbait generator using a neural network, which is able to create sensationalist headlines that play on human r...
04:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Local Navigation Assistance For the Elderly?
An anonymous reader writes: I have an older (90+) relative who is experiencing mental decline. He's still fairly functional (you can have a decent conversation with him, and he's amazingly positive fo...
02:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot How Some Creative Hacking Kept Skylab From Becoming Space Junk
szczys writes: Skylab was close to becoming space junk. You may remember it crashing back to earth as space junk but that was after it was used for several research missions. What you probably don't k...
12:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Walmart Open Sources Its Cloud Platform To Take On Amazon
Mickeycaskill writes: Walmart is effectively open sourcing its OneOps cloud platform, with the source code set to be uploaded to GitHub at the end of 2015. By making the cloud platform open source, Wa...
12:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Upgrades Are Being Forced On Some Users
grimmjeeper writes: According to Ars Technica the Windows 10 upgrade option is appearing chosen by default to some users updating there computers and a dialogue box is appearing that only permits them...
12:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2015
Slashdot China's Flash Consumption Grows To 30%; 8TB SSDs Are Coming
Lucas123 writes: Seven of the world's top 10 smartphone vendors hail from China as does PC giant Lenovo, which is driving up the amount of NAND flash and DRAM the country consumes. This year alone, Ch...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot How Is the NSA Breaking So Much Crypto?
schwit1 writes: There have been rumors for years that the NSA can decrypt a significant fraction of encrypted Internet traffic. In 2012, James Bamford published an article quoting anonymous former NSA...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Asteroid Impact Mission Sets Sights On New Laser Communications Record
Zothecula writes: Laser-based communications has the ability to beam enormous amounts of data at high speed, but the use of this technology in space is still in its infancy. To help push things along,...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Software Update Adds Autonomous Driving To Tesla's Bag of Tricks
An anonymous reader writes with the news that, as reported by the New York Times, that Tesla owners today found that their cars had been upgraded with the company's new autopilot feature: "That means ...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is it Practical To Replace C With Rust?
interval1066 writes: I've heard of rust from various sources around the net for a few years and never paid it much mind, there are so many new languages out now since my early days doing C programming...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Intel's Core i5 6500 Shines As a $199 Skylake Processor, Works With Linux
An anonymous reader writes: Intel has begun releasing more "Skylake" processors that are cheaper than the launch SKUs of the i5-6600K and i7-6700K. One of the new processors that is now widely availab...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Beware of Oracle's Licensing 'Traps,' Law Firm Warns
itwbennett writes: Slashdot readers are no strangers to Oracle's aggressive licensing practices, practices that have earned the notoriety over the years. This week, Texas law firm Scott & Scott wr...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Why Cybersecurity Experts Want Open Source Routers
derekmead writes: A coalition of 260 cybersecurity experts is taking advantage of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) public comment period to push for open source Wi-Fi router firmware. The cyb...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Why Paywalls Need To Be So Fragile
An anonymous reader writes: Despite the ferment that occurs when yet another digital publisher paywalls a news-site, most paywalls are absurdly easy to circumvent, even using no other software than a ...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Now Uses Windows 10's Start Menu To Display Ads
Mark Wilson writes: We've all become used to the idea of ads online — it's something that has become part and parcel of using the internet — but in Windows? If you've updated to build 1056...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Looking At the Hardware and Software of NASA's New Horizons
alexvoica writes: Last week we learnt that Pluto has blue skies and ice water thanks to a series of high-resolution images provided by the New Horizons probe. But how is the probe taking these photogr...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot UCF Researchers Perform World's First Automated Mass-Crowd Count
subh_arya writes: Automatic crowd counting has been an extremely challenging computer vision problem. However, researchers from UCF, seem to have found a reasonably accurate solution using sophisticat...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot New Concerns Over Earthquakes In Oklahoma Near Vast Oil-Storage Facility
HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reported on October 14, 2015 that a magnitude 4.5 quake struck Saturday afternoon about three miles northwest of the Cushing Hub, a sprawling tank farm that is among th...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Big Data Attempts To Find Meaning In 40 Years of UK Political Debate
An anonymous reader writes: International researchers have analyzed 40 years of political speeches from the UK Parliament in an effort to move the study of political theory from social science towards...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot USB Killer 2.0: a Harmless-Looking USB Stick That Destroys Computers
An anonymous reader writes: Plugging in random USB sticks in your computer has never been more dangerous, as a researcher who goes by the name Dark Purple has demonstrated his new device: USB Killer 2...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot KDE Turns 19
prisoninmate writes: Believe it or not, it has been 19 long years since Matthias Ettrich announced his new project, the Kool Desktop Environment (KDE). "Unix popularity grows thanks to the free varian...
10:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Teaching Kids Engineering By Building Cartoon Tech
szczys writes: If you're struggling to get your kids interested in electronics or other types of engineering, this is the way. Start young and focus on something they're already fascinated with. The t...
08:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Ukrainian Hacker Who Targeted Brian Krebs Extradited To US
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to frame cyber-security expert Brian Krebs has been extradited to the United States and is due in Newark federal court today, prosecutors ...
06:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Valve's "Room Scale VR Survey" Finds a Lot of People Play In Their Bedrooms
itwbennett writes: Earlier this week Valve published the results of a "Room Scale VR Survey" completed by 2008 members of its VR Community. The findings: 860 (~43%) of respondents said their gaming PC...
04:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot German Police Warn Parents To Stop Posting Photos of Kids On Facebook
An anonymous reader writes: A post on Facebook by German police advising parents not to post pictures of their children on the social media site has been shared more than 100,000 times and viewed by o...
02:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot If You're Not Paranoid About Your Privacy, You're Crazy
Muad'Dave writes: Here's an interesting article at The Atlantic about the prevalence of surveillance and the recent uptick in 'deja-vu' moments where devices seemingly hear your conversations and then...
12:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Why Developers Are Important To the Drone Industry
dmleonard618 writes: There is a new market that industry leaders think developers should take advantage of: Drones. While drones are becoming more and more popular, the industry is just opening up and...
12:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot Orange County Developer To Install Tesla Batteries In Two Dozen Buildings
Lucas123 writes: The Irvine Company, a Newport Beach-based real estate developer that is a dominant landlord in Orange County, plans to install Tesla commercial batteries in two dozen of its buildings...
12:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2015
Slashdot The United States and Israel Sign Space Cooperation Agreement
MarkWhittington writes: According to a story in Arutz Sheva, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Israel Space Agency Director General Menachem Kidron signed an agreement to further future space coop...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot FBI and Join UK Against Forces Against Spread of Dridex Banking Malware
An anonymous reader writes: The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has issued a warning to UK online banking consumers to guard against the possibility of having been infected by the Dridex malware, whi...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot A Fresh Take On Fake Meat
JMarshall writes: Impossible Foods, a Silicon Valley food start-up started by a Stanford professor who quit his job, just raised $108 million to pursue a plant-based burger that truly tastes like meat...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Terahertz Radiation To Enable Portable Particle Accelerators
Zothecula writes with this Gizmag story about an interdisciplinary team of researchers who have built the first prototype of a miniature particle accelerator that uses terahertz radiation. "Researcher...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot US Toddlers Involved In Shootings On a Weekly Basis
New submitter fremsley471 writes with this story by Christopher Ingraham about shooting accidents involving children 3 and under in The United States. There were at least 43 cases this year of shootin...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot How Putin Tried To Control the Internet
derekmead writes: In this excerpt from the recently published The Red Web, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan describe how the Kremlin has been trying to rewrite the rules for the internet to make it "...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot "Are Games Art?" and the Intellectual Value of Design
itwbennett writes: Tim Conkling is an independent game developer whose current project, Antihero, is a strategy game about running a thieves' guild in a Dickens-inspired Victorian city. Recently he ha...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Freeman Dyson Talks Interstellar Travel, Climate Change, and More
New submitter Tulsa_Time writes with this interview in The Register with Freeman Dyson. They cover a wide range of topics including climate change to which Dyson says Obama has picked the "wrong side"...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Google Is Removing the Desktop Notification Center From Chrome
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced it is removing the notification center from Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The reason the company is giving for the change is simple: "In practi...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot In 26 Hours, Sick Newborns Go From Genome Scan To Diagnosis
the_newsbeagle writes: Parsing the first human genome took a decade, but times have changed. Now, within 26 hours, doctors can scan a sick baby's entire genome and analyze the resulting list of mutati...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Mysteriously Variable Star Causes Speculation About Dyson Sphere
gurps_npc writes: Phil Plait just wrote an interesting article about a star that is extremely variable. We generally look for cyclical, minute (1%) variations in star light to detect planets. But we f...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Video Game Music Is Saving the Symphony Orchestra
An anonymous reader writes: As music distribution has flourished, the popularity of live performances in certain genres has begun to wane. Symphony orchestra attendance has been dropping for years. A ...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Forrest Mimms Has Done Much More Than Most Engineers Know
szczys writes: If you've been anywhere near the field of electronic design, the name Forrest Mimms (the 3rd) is familiar. He wrote the book on electronics, and is heavily associated with the publicati...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen Seeks To Repair Its Image By Focusing On Electric
An anonymous reader writes: The emissions scandal that's plagued Volkswagen over the past month will be tough to recover from. But they're trying. The company announced a number changes they're making...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Live-Streaming Florida Woman Charged With Drunken Driving
HughPickens.com writes: Christine Hauser writes in the NY Times that police in Lakeland, Florida say 911 dispatchers started receiving calls Saturday from viewers who were watching a woman broadcastin...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Kilogram Conflict Resolved At Last
An anonymous reader writes: As the capabilities of science and engineering expand, they rely more on the precision of measurements. It's vitally important, then, to make sure the standard units underp...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Apple Loses Patent Suit To University of Wisconsin, Faces Huge Damages
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has frequently been in the news for various patent battles, but it's usually against one of their competitors. This time, Apple is on the losing end, and they're losi...
10:00 am - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Fedora 23 Final May Release As Planned On October 27
An anonymous reader writes: Updating a full OS distribution is no small task so it is usually no surprise that even a 5-6 month schedule may tend to get pushed back to address issues. However, the Fed...
08:00 am - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot 802.11ac WiFi Router Round-Up Tests Broadcom XStream Platform Performance
MojoKid writes: Wireless routers are going through somewhat of a renaissance right now, thanks to the arrival of the 802.11ac standard that is "three times as fast as wireless-N" and the proliferation...
06:00 am - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Court: Lawsuit Over NYPD Surveillance of Muslims Can Proceed
PolygamousRanchKid sends this report from the Washington Post: A federal court said Tuesday that a civil rights lawsuit accusing police in New York City of improperly singling out Muslims for surveill...
04:00 am - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot DRM In JPEGs?
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Adding DRM to JPEG files is being considered by the Joint Photographic Expert Group (JPEG), which oversees the JPEG format. The JPEG met in Brussels today to discuss adding D...
12:00 am - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot The Life-Saving Gifts of the World's Most Venomous Animal
tedlistens writes: It was a terrible sting off the coast of Hawaii that inspired Angel Yanagihara, a biology researcher, to spend her life studying the bizarre culprit. Comprising some 50 species, box...
12:00 am - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot Tesla: Journalists Trespassed At Gigafactory, Assaulted Employees
An anonymous reader writes: Telsa Motors has published a blog post saying that a pair of journalists from the Reno Gazette Journal trespassed on the grounds of the company's new Gigafactory and attack...
12:00 am - Wed, October 14, 2015
Slashdot New Flash Vulnerability Being Exploited In the Wild
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Trend Micro report a new attack on fully-patched versions of Adobe Flash. The attacks originate from an espionage campaign run by the group known as Pawn S...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Clinton Home Servers Had Ports Open
Jim Efaw writes: Hillary Clinton's home servers had more than just the e-mail ports open directly to the Internet. The Associated Press discovered, by using scanning results from 2012 "widely availabl...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There Space For Open Hardware In Networking?
New submitter beda writes: Open hardware has got much attention with the advent of Raspberry Pi, Arduino and their respective clones. But most of the devices are focused either on tinkerers (Arduino) ...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Objective-C Use Falls Hard, Apple's Swift On the Rise
Nerval's Lobster writes: When Apple rolled out Swift last summer, it expected its new programming language to eventually replace Objective-C, which developers have used for years to build iOS and Mac ...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Antineutrino Detection Is About To Change the Game In Nuclear Verification
Lasrick writes: There may be a new option for the detection of illicit nuclear weapons programs worldwide: Antineutrino detection is an existing technology that, if political and diplomatic hurdles ar...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Happy Ada Lovelace Day
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a time to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM fields. Several publications have put together lists of notable women to commemorate the day, such as tech pioneers, ro...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Wayland Ported To DragonFlyBSD
An anonymous reader writes: Wayland 1.9 and the reference Weston compositor have been ported to DragonFlyBSD. Significant changes were made to get Wayland/Weston running, and you must either already b...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot DevOps: Threat or Menace? (Video)
The title above is a joke. Mostly. We've heard so much about DevOps -- good, bad, and indifferent -- from so many people who contradict each other, that we turned to Alan Zeichick, one of the world's ...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Playboy Drops Nudity As Internet Fills Demand
HughPickens.com writes: Ravi Somaiya reports in the NY Times that as part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy Magazine will still feature women in provocative ...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Why Self-Driving Cars Should Never Be Fully Autonomous
An anonymous reader writes: David Mindell, an MIT professor, says self-driving cars should never be fully autonomous. "There's an idea that progress in robotics leads to full autonomy. That may be a v...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot DARPA's ICARUS Program To Develop Self-Destructing Air Delivery Vehicles
Zothecula contributes this excerpt from Gizmag that illustrates the latest chapter in the long history of denying equipment of military technology to the makers' adversaries: Two years ago, DARPA star...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot 3 Open Source Projects For Modern COBOL Development
An anonymous reader writes: While Grace Hopper's contributions to computing are remembered, celebrated, and built upon by her successors, COBOL itself is often dismissed as a relic of earlier era of c...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Jamming Wi-Fi With a $15 Dongle
An anonymous reader writes with this report about just how easy it is to disrupt if not entirely kill modern consumer-grade networks -- not just Wi-Fi, but Bluetooth and Zigbee networks, too. Crucial ...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot "E-mailable" House Snaps Together Without Nails
MikeChino writes: Your next house could snap together like a jigsaw puzzle without the use of any power tools. Clemson University students designed and built Indigo Pine, a carbon-neutral house that e...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot German Publisher Axel Springer Bans Adblocking Users From Bild Website
An anonymous reader writes: Major European publishing house Axel Springer has instituted countermeasures against users who employ adblocking software on its Bild news outlet, which represents a daily ...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Treat Computer Science As a Science: It's the Law
theodp writes: Last week, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1020, the STEM Education Act of 2015, which expands the definition of STEM to include computer science for the purposes of carrying out e...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Australians Set To Pay 50% More For Apps After Apple Price Spike
SlappingOysters writes: Within 36-hours the price of Apple apps is set to increase in Australia, Sweden and Indonesia. It will bring the price of buying an app out of alignment with the value of the A...
10:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Japan Leads Push For AI-Based Anti-Cyberattack Solutions
An anonymous reader writes: Japanese firms NTT Communications and SoftBank are working to develop new artificial intelligence (AI) platforms, offering cyber-attack protection services to their custome...
08:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot First Legal Union of Illegal Street Vendors Created In Barcelona
dkatana writes: Street vendors across Barcelona's tourist districts last week created their own union to negotiate with city officials. Barcelona has a new mayor, and new policies dealing with the "To...
06:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Australian ISPs Not Ready For Mandatory Data Retention
ferrisoxide.com writes: October 13 marks the day Australian ISPs are required by law to track all web site visits and emails of their users, but according to an article on the Australian Broadcasting ...
04:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot NASA Chief Says Ban On Chinese Partnerships Is Temporary
An anonymous reader writes: Current head of NASA Charles Bolden has spoken out against the 4-year-old ban on collaborating with China. According to Bolden working with the Chinese is vital to the futu...
02:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot British Police Stop 24/7 Monitoring of Julian Assange At Ecuadorian Embassy
Ewan Palmer writes with news that police are no longer guarding the Ecuadorian Embassy where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been taking refuge for the past three years. According to IBTImes: "Lo...
12:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Google Releases Improved Cardboard SDK and Adds Street View
An anonymous reader writes: Google announced that its Cardboard VR app is now available in 39 languages and 100 countries for both iOS and Android. "With more than 15 million installs of Cardboard app...
12:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Hi-Tech Body Implants and the Biohacker Movement
szczys writes: Body modification has been growing in popularity. It's pretty common to see people with multiple piercings or stretched earlobes (called gauging). With this wider acceptance has risen a...
12:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2015
Slashdot Ion-Based Data Allows Atom-Sized Storage Cells Similar To Brain Structure
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers in Germany have developed a method of writing data with ions and retrieving it with electrons that opens the path for atom-sized storage devices which are simil...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Why NASA Rejected Lockheed Martin's Jupiter For Commercial Resupply Services 2
MarkWhittington writes: Recently, NASA rejected Lockheed Martin's bid for a contract for the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) program as being too expensive. CRS-2 is the follow-on to the curren...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Can a New Type of School Churn Out Developers Faster?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Demand for software engineering talent has become so acute, some denizens of Silicon Valley have contributed to a venture fund that promises to turn out qualified software eng...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Star Trek: New Voyages, The Fan-Based Star Trek Series
An anonymous reader writes: The New York Times has published an article on Star Trek: New Voyages, a fan production that's based on TOS. “People come from all over the world to take part in this...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Author Joris Luyendijk: Economics Is Not a Science
The Real Dr John writes: A Nobel prize in economics, awarded this year to Angus Deaton, implies that the human world operates much like the physical world: that it can be described and understood in n...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Bernie Sanders Comes Out Against CISA
erier2003 writes: Sen. Bernie Sanders' opposition to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act in its current form aligns him with privacy advocates and makes him the only presidential candidate to st...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot The Pepsi P1 Smartphone Takes Consumer Lock-In Beyond the App
An anonymous reader writes: On the 20th of October Pepsi will launch its own smartphone in China. The P1 is not just a cowling brand, but a custom-made device running Android 5.1 and costing approxima...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Why Many CSS Colors Have Goofy Names
An anonymous reader writes: Take a look at the list of named colors within the CSS Color Module Level 4. The usual suspects are there, like 'red,' 'cyan,' and 'gold,' as well as some slightly more des...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Fenno-German 'Sea Lion' Telecom Cable Laying Begins
jones_supa writes: A couple of years ago, details began to unfold of a government-backed high capacity data cable between Germany and Finland, which would be routed through the Baltic Sea. The cable h...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Electoral System That Lessig Hopes To Reform Is Keeping Him Out of the Debate
schwit1 writes: Lessig has raised a million dollars, which is nothing to sneeze at, but he's being given the cold shoulder by the Democrats when it comes to participating in the debates. I think he's ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Non-lethal Technology Has the Best Chance of Replacing the Gun?
Wycliffe writes: Most cops are not out to kill someone, but when someone reaches for a cellphone or their glovebox, the cop may assumes the worst and try to protect themselves from dying. Guns are use...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Facebook UK Paid £35m In Staff Bonuses, But Only £4,327 In Corporation Tax
New submitter Phil Ronan writes: After getting away with paying £0 corporate tax in 2013, Facebook UK has announced that its corporate tax payment for 2014 (total revenue: £105 million) is...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Charge Rage: Electric Cars Are Making People Meaner In California
HughPickens.com writes: Matt Richtel reports that the push to make the state greener with electric cars is having an unintended side effect: It is making some people meaner. The bad moods stem from th...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Dell To Buy EMC For $67 Billion
im_thatoneguy writes: After days of rumors, the NY Times is reporting that Dell will in fact be acquiring storage company (and VMWare parent) EMC in a record $67B deal being financed by a consortium o...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot The Payments World Really Wants To Know Who You Are
jhigh writes: The generation that brought us the obsession with snapping photos of their faces, uploading to social media channels, and terming it "selfies" has unknowingly encouraged the launch a new...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Can Star Trek's World With No Money Work In Real life?
The economics of the Star Trek universe were discussed at New York Comic Con on Sunday. Paul Krugman was among the panelists who debated whether a world without money could actually work. CNN reports:...
10:00 am - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Hope To Attract Millions To "DNA.LAND"
An anonymous reader writes: Started by computational geneticist Yaniv Erlich, and geneticist Joseph Pickrell at the New York Genome Center and Columbia University in New York, DNA.Land is a project wh...
08:00 am - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot The History of City-Building Games
An anonymous reader writes: If you ask most gamers, the first city-building game they played was SimCity, or some sequel thereof. Though SimCity ended up defining the genre for years, it was far from ...
04:00 am - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Will You Ever Be Able To Upload Your Brain?
An anonymous reader points out this piece in the Times by professor of neuroscience at Columbia and co-director of the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience Kenneth Miller, about what it would take to u...
02:00 am - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot The World of Luxury Bomb Shelters
An anonymous reader writes with this Vice profile of Robert Vicino, founder and CEO of survival prep company The Vivos Group. For a prepaid $35,000 entry fee, you may take shelter in one of his luxury...
12:00 am - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Hundreds of Southwest Flights Delayed By Online Booking Problems
An anonymous reader writes: A technology problem delayed hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights Sunday while the airline checked-in passengers manually at airports. Around 300 flights had been delayed...
12:00 am - Mon, October 12, 2015
Slashdot Cryptome Accidentally Leaks Its Own Visitor IP Addresses
An anonymous reader writes with this Daily Dot story about an accidental leak of user info from Cryptome. Cryptome, the Internet's oldest document-exposure site, inadvertently leaked months worth of i...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot Kaspersky Fixes Bug That Allowed Attackers To Block Windows Update & Others
An anonymous reader writes with this story at Softpedia about Google Project Zero security researcher Tavis Ormandy's latest find. A vulnerability that allowed abuse by attackers was discovered and qu...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot How To Enable Cortana On the Xbox One Experience Preview
MojoKid writes: Part of Microsoft's strategy to unite different devices to a single ecosystem means offering the same services and features across the board. One of those features is Cortana, Microsof...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot How Amazon's Monster Erotica Book Ban Shaped CloudFlare's Censorship Stance
An anonymous reader writes with news that CloudFlare chief executive Matthew Prince recently spoke about how Amazon's ban on "monster erotica" helped shape his position on censorship. ZDNet reports: "...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Selecting a Version Control System For an Inexperienced Team
An anonymous reader writes: I have been programming in Python for quite a while, but so far I have not used a version control system. For a new project, a lot more people (10-15) are expected to contr...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot 2016 Election Cycle Led By Billionaire Donors
Nicola Hahn writes: The pluralist stance of American politics contends that true power in the United States has been constitutionally vested in "the people" through mechanisms like the electoral proce...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot Another Drone Crashes Near White House
An anonymous reader writes: A man has been given a citation for flying a Drone near the Washington Monument and crashing on the Ellipse, a grassy area outside of the security perimeter near the White ...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot Wordpress Brute Force Attacks Using Multiple Passwords Per Login Via XML-RPC
An anonymous reader writes: Online security firm Sicuri note a vertical rise in brute force attacks against WordPress websites using Brute Force Amplification, where a thousand passwords can be submit...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot Apple Reportedly Disables Its News App In China
An anonymous reader writes: When Apple launched iOS 9, it replaced its Newsstand app with Apple News. The software has only been available to users in the U.S., but those who registered their phones i...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot The Top Secret Chinese Military Project That Led To a Nobel Prize
HughPickens.com writes: Jeff Guo reports at the Washington Post that development of qinghaosu — or artemisinin — is one of modern China's proudest accomplishments winning a Noble Prize in ...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot Cloud DDoS Mitigation Services Can Be Easily Bypassed
An anonymous reader writes: A recent research paper shows that most Cloud-Based Security Providers are ineffective in protecting websites from DDoS attacks, mainly because they cannot entirely hide th...
10:00 am - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot Cyberattacks: Do Motives and Attribution Matter?
An anonymous reader writes: Whenever people think of APTs and targeted attacks, they ask: who did it? What did they want? While those questions may well be of some interest, a potentially more useful ...
08:00 am - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot Replacement of Writers Leads Gartner's Predictions
dcblogs writes: Gartner's near-future predictions include: Writers will be replaced. By 2018, 20% of all business content, one in five of the documents you read, will be authored by a machine. By 2018...
04:00 am - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Company To Sell Genetically Modified Micro Pigs as Pets
An anonymous reader writes: Tyne McConnon from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that a research firm in China plans to"sell its 'micro pig' as a pet after it successfully edited the DNA...
02:00 am - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot NASA Releases 'Journey To Mars' Plan -- But Not a Budget
MarkWhittington writes: NASA released a document describing the steps involved in its Journey to Mars program (PDF). But, as the Wall Street Journal suggests, the "plan" has a conspicuous lack of spec...
12:00 am - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot China Arrests Hackers At Behest of US Government
An anonymous reader writes: For the first time, the Chinese government has arrested a group of hackers at the request of the United States. The hackers are suspected of having "stolen commercial secre...
12:00 am - Sun, October 11, 2015
Slashdot There Is No .bro In Brotli: Google/Mozilla Engineers Nix File Type As Offensive
theodp writes: Several weeks ago, Google launched Brotli, a new open source compression algorithm for the web. Since then, controversy broke out over the choice of 'bro' as the content encoding type. ...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot See the Sketches J.R.R. Tolkien Used To Build Middle-Earth
Esther Schindler writes: In addition to writing the story of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien drew it. The maps and sketches he made while drafting it "informed his storytelling, allowing him to test na...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Pushing the Limits of Network Traffic With Open Source
An anonymous reader writes: CloudFlare's content delivery network relies on their ability to shuffle data around. As they've scaled up, they've run into some interesting technical limits on how fast t...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot How Academia Still Struggles With Sexual Harassment
New submitter Dr. Scatterplot writes: Richard Feynman is celebrated as a brilliant scientist and idiosyncratic character. He is also someone who today might be accused of sexual harassment. That is, i...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot The Rise and Fall of NASA's Shuttle-Centaur
An anonymous reader writes: An article at Ars Technica tells the story of Shuttle-Centaur, a NASA project during the mid-1980s to carry a Centaur rocket to orbit within the cargo bay of a space shuttl...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Knowledge Management Systems?
Tom writes: Is there an enterprise level equivalent of Semantic MediaWiki, a Knowledge Management System that can store meaningful facts and allows queries on it? I'm involved in a pretty large IT pro...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Source Code On Trial In DNA Matching Case
An anonymous reader writes: While computer analysis by other programs was inconclusive in matching DNA evidence to a suspect, one program, TrueAllele, gave a match. As reported in the Pittsburgh Post-...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Twitter To Begin Layoffs
An anonymous reader writes: Just a few days ago, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to the company and took over the role of CEO. Now, the NY Times reports that the company will be facing layoffs...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Study Finds Higher Rates of Premature Birth Near Fracking Sites
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have published a study (abstract) noting that pregnant women are more likely to give birth prematurely ...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Linux Foundation: Security Problems Threaten 'Golden Age' of Open Source
Mickeycaskill writes: Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, has outlined the organization's plans to improve open source security. He says failing to do so could threaten a "golden a...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Firefox Support For NPAPI Plugins Ends Next Year
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla announced that it will follow the lead of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge in phasing out support for NPAPI plugins. They expect to have it done by the end of next ...
10:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Open-Source Doom 3 Advances With EAX Audio, 64-bit ARM/x86 Support
An anonymous reader writes: Dhewm3, one of the leading implementations of the Doom 3 engine built off the open-source id Tech 4 engine, has released a new version of the GPL-licensed engine that takes...
08:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot BBC Optimizing UHD Video Streaming Over IP
johnslater writes: A friend at the BBC has written a short description of his project to deliver UHD video over IP networks. The application bypasses the OS network stack, and constructs network packe...
06:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Over 10,000 Problems Fixed In Detroit Thanks To Cellphone App
An anonymous reader writes: Six months ago, Detroit's city officials launched a smartphone app called "Improve Detroit." The idea was to give residents a way to easily inform city hall of problems tha...
04:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Control a Fly's Heartbeat With a Laser
the_newsbeagle writes: Researchers have demonstrated a laser-based pacemaker in fruit flies, and say that a human version is "not impossible." The invention makes use of optogenetics, a technique in w...
02:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Say Fukushima Child Cancer Rates 20-50x Higher Than Expected
New submitter JackSpratts writes: According to the Associated Press, "A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 t...
02:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot EFF: the Final Leaked TPP Text Is All That We Feared
An anonymous reader writes: Wikileaks has released the finalized Intellectual Property text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which international negotiators agreed upon a few days ago. Unfortun...
12:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Disclosed Netgear Flaws Under Attack
msm1267 writes: A vulnerability in Netgear routers, already disclosed by two sets of researchers at different security companies, has been publicly exploited. Netgear, meanwhile, has yet to release pa...
12:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot Amazon: a Single Disaster Made Us Rethink Our Cloud Supply Chain
1sockchuck writes: At this week's AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services introduced new features and looked ahead to a future in which enterprise computing shifts to the cloud. But AWS also loo...
12:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2015
Slashdot ARM Processor On a Breadboard
An anonymous reader writes: A normal Arduino is easy to use and cheap, but it is a reasonably slow 8-bit processor with limited memory. Why do people use them? They are simple to use and set up. Hacka...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot NetBSD 7.0 Released
An anonymous reader writes: After three years of development and over a year in release engineering, NetBSD 7.0 has been released. Its improvements include added support for many new ARM boards includ...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft's Mission To Reignite the PC Sector
HughPickens.com writes: Sales of personal computers have been declining for so long — 14 consecutive quarters — that it's hard remember a time when PCs ruled the tech world. Now Nick Wingf...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Linus: '2016 Will Be the Year of the ARM Laptop'
jones_supa writes: Linus Torvalds took the stage at LinuxCon Europe in Dublin, Ireland, and talked about a number of things, including security and the future for Linux on ARM hardware. There is nothi...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Reserchers Say Fukushima Child Cancer Rates 20-50x Higher Than Expected
New submitter JackSpratts writes: According to the Associated Press, "A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 t...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Debian Dropping Linux Standard Base
basscomm writes: For years (as seen on Slashdot) the Linux Standard Base has been developed as an attempt to reduce the differences between Linux distributions in an effort significant effort. However...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot LogMeIn To Acquire LastPass For $125 Million
An anonymous reader writes: LogMeIn has agreed to acquire LastPass, the popular single-sign-on (SSO) and password management service. Under the terms of the transaction, LogMeIn will pay $110 million ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Chicago Mayor Calls For National Computer Coding Requirement In Schools
theodp writes: On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on the federal government to make computer coding classes a requirement of high-school graduation (video). Back in December 2013, Emanuel ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot US Government Will Not Force Companies To Decode Encrypted Data... For Now
Mark Wilson writes: The Obama administration has announced it will not require companies to decrypt encrypted messages for law enforcement agencies. This is being hailed as a "partial victory" by the ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Apple Approves, Then Removes In-App Ad Blocker
Mickeycaskill writes: Apple has pulled a number of applications from the App Store, most notably the "Been Choice" ad blocker, because of concerns the methods they employ to rid adverts could compromi...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Verizon Boosts Price of Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans By $20
nicholasjay writes: In November, Verizon Wireless is going to start charging its customers with the grandfathered "unlimited data" plans an extra $20 for the data. This is obviously an attempt to get ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot First Successful Collision Attack On the SHA-1 Hashing Algorithm
Artem Tashkinov writes: Researchers from Dutch and Singapore universities have successfully carried out an initial attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm by finding a collision at the SHA1 compression ...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Iran-Based Hacking Crew Uses Fake LinkedIn Profiles In Espionage Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: The Iranian hacker group Cleaver has been directing a cyber spying campaign at bodies in the Middle East across a network of fake LinkedIn accounts. It is thought that the ...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet
Dave Knott writes: A Tunisian democracy group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the T...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Emissions Scandal Expands: Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda, and Mitsubishi
An anonymous reader writes: Volkswagen has taken some serious heat for deliberately circumventing emissions tests with "defeat devices" in some of their vehicles. While no other cars have been found t...
10:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot World's First 5G Field Trial Delivers Speeds of 3.6Gbps Using Sub-6GHz
Mark.JUK writes: Global Chinese ICT firm Huawei and Japanese mobile giant NTT DOCOMO today claim to have conducted the world's first large-scale field trial of future 5th generation (5G) mobile broadb...
08:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Amazon To Offer Sneakernet Services: Data Upload By Mail
blueshift_1 writes: If you have 50TB of data that you'd like to put on the S3 cloud, Amazon is releasing Snowball. It's basically a large grey box full of hard drives that Amazon will mail to you. Sim...
04:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Barnes & Noble Has Been Quietly Refreshing Its Nook Hardware
itwbennett writes: Peter Smith writes that he 'had more or less written off the Nook when Barnes & Noble farmed hardware duties out to Samsung.' But now that Amazon is aiming for the low end with ...
02:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Google Helped Cause the Mysterious Increase In 911 Calls SF Asked It To Solve
theodp writes: Android users have long complained publicly that it's way too easy to accidentally dial 911. So it's pretty astonishing that it took a team of Google Researchers and San Francisco Depar...
12:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Sets Out Its Proposed Principles For Content Blocking
Mark Wilson writes: With Apple embracing ad blocking and the likes of AdBlock Plus proving more popular than ever, content blocking is making the headlines at the moment. There are many sides to the d...
12:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot SIgn Of the Times: Calif. Privacy Protections Signed Into Law
The EFF reports a spot of bright news from California: Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act. CalECPA, says the organization, "protects Califo...
12:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Dell Brings 4K InfinityEdge Display To XPS 15 Line, GeForce GPU, Under 4 Pounds
MojoKid writes: There's no doubt that Dell's new XPS 13 notebook, when it debuted earlier this year, was very well received. Dell managed to cram a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 QHD+ display into a 12-inch carb...
12:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2015
Slashdot Man Behind Week-Long Bitcoin Attacks Reveals Himself
An anonymous reader writes: A Russian man that calls himself "Alister Maclin" has been disrupting the Bitcoin network for over a week, creating duplicate transactions, and annoying users. According to...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot In Midst of a Tech Boom, Seattle Tries To Keep Its Soul
HughPickens.com writes: Nick Wingfield has an interesting article in the NYT about how Seattle, Austin, Boulder, Portland, and other tech hubs around the country are seeking not to emulate San Francis...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot How Analog Tide Predictors Changed Human History
szczys writes: You'd think Tide prediction would be quite easy, it comes in, it goes out. But of course it's driven by gravity between the moon and earth and there's a lot more to it. Today, computer ...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Complex Living Brain Simulation Replicates Sensory Rat Behaviour
New submitter physick writes: The Blue Brain project at EPFL, Switzerland today published the results of more than 10 years work in reconstructing a cellular model of a piece of the somatosensory cort...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Former Reuters Media Editor Found Guilty of Helping Anonymous Hack Into LA Times
An anonymous reader writes: Prolific tweeter and former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys, charged with computer hacking under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, was found guilty today on all ...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen Boss Blames Software Engineers For Scandal
hattig writes: Today VW's Michael Horn is testifying to Congress and has blamed the recent scandal on engineers saying: "It's the decision of a couple of software engineers, not the board members." Ho...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot University of Cape Town Team Breaks World Water Rocketry Record
New submitter Cycliclogic writes: A team of engineers based at the University of Cape Town recently had their record breaking flights of their water powered rocket Ascension III ratified by the Water ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot 'Voices From Chernobyl' Author Svetlana Alexievich Wins Lit Nobel
Lawrence Bottorff writes: The author of Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, Svetlana Alexievich, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. It's somewhat surprising, since she i...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Volvo Will Accept Liability For Self-Driving Car Crashes
An anonymous reader writes: Volvo has announced it will accept "full liability" for accidents when one of its cars is driving autonomously. It joins Mercedes and Google in this claim, hoping to convin...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot MIT Master's Program To Use MOOCs As 'Admissions Test'
jyosim writes: In what could usher a new way of doing college admissions at elite colleges, MIT is experimenting with weighing MOOC performance as proof that students should be accepted to on-campus p...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Enlightenment Mysteriously Drops Wayland Support
jones_supa writes: According to Enlightenment 0.19.12's release notes, it's an important release that fixes over 40 issues, which is quite something, considering that previous versions had only a few ...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Not All iPhone 6s Processors Are Created Equal
itwbennett writes: Apple is splitting the manufacture of the A9 processor for its iPhone 6s between TSMC (~60%) and rival Samsung (~40%) — "and they are not created equal," writes Andy Patrizio....
02:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Dell, EMC Said To Be In Merger Talks
itwbennett writes: According to a Wall Street Journal report (paywalled), Dell might buy some or all of storage giant EMC. (The grain of salt here is that the Journal's report cited unnamed sources, a...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot IP Address May Associate Lyft CTO With Uber Data Breach
An anonymous reader writes: According to two unnamed Reuters sources the IP address of Lyft CTO Chris Lambert has been revealed by Uber's investigations to be associated with the accessing of a securi...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot ESR On Why the FCC Shouldn't Lock Down Device Firmware
An anonymous reader writes: We've discussed some proposed FCC rules that could restrict modification of wireless routers in such a way that open source firmware would become banned. Eric S. Raymond ha...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot What Happened To the Martian Ocean and Magnetic Field?
schwit1 writes with this story at The Atlantic that explores what may have destroyed the Martian atmosphere and ocean. The question of whether there is life on Mars is woven into a much larger thatch ...
10:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot NSF Awards $74.5 Million To Support Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Research
aarondubrow writes: The National Science Foundation announced $74.5 million in grants for basic research in cybersecurity. Among the awards are projects to understand and offer reliability to cryptocu...
08:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot A Remarkable Number of People Think 'The Martian' Is Based On a True Story
MarkWhittington writes: The Martian is a smash hit movie that made $100 million worldwide during its first weekend. The science and engineering depicted was, with certain notable exceptions, near perf...
08:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot How To Make Messages Easy For an Alien Race To Understand
szczys writes: The screen on that new cellphone has amazing pixel density, color vibrance, and refresh rate. The high-end headphones you just picked up do an amazing job reproducing sound. These devic...
06:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Google's Effort To Speed Up the Mobile Web
An anonymous reader writes: Google has officially taken the wraps off its AMP project — Accelerated Mobile Pages — which aims to speed up the delivery of web content to mobile devices. The...
04:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Claims 110M Devices Now Run Windows 10
New submitter enterpriseITrocks writes: Computerworld reports that Windows 10 is running on 110 million devices, citing stats provided by Panos Panay, the chief of the Surface team. It's the first tim...
02:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Rookie Dongle Warns Parents When Their Kids Are Driving Too Fast
An anonymous reader writes: Dongle Apps, a Belgian tech company, has introduced a new system which alerts a car owner if the vehicle's driver is breaking the speed limit. Initially designed for parent...
12:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Wealth of Personal Data Found On Used Electronics Purchased Online
An anonymous reader writes: After examining 122 used mobile devices, hard disk drives and solid state drives purchased online, Blancco Technology Group and Kroll Ontrack found 48% contained residual d...
12:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Unable To Replicate Findings of Published Economics Studies
An anonymous reader writes: Federal Reserve economists Andrew Chang and Phillip Li looked at 67 papers in 13 reputable academic journals. Their findings were shocking. Without the help of the authors,...
12:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find "Nuts and Bolts" Info On Cookies & Tracking Mechanisms?
New submitter tanstaaf1 writes: I was thinking about the whole tracking and privacy train-wreck and I'm wondering why specific information on how it is done, and how it can be micromanaged or undone b...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Marijuana Growers Need Software, Too (Video)
Meet Kyle Sherman, founder and CEO of Flowhub, a company that makes software for marijuana growers. The company's website says Kyle "worked at a grow and experienced the problems with cannabis invento...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Yale Makes Available Online 170,000 Photographs From WWII Period
schwit1 writes: Yale University had posted online 170,000 Library of Congress photographs taken in the United States from 1935 to 1945. The photos come from all over the U.S., and can be accessed with...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Prison Debate Team Beats Harvard's National Title Winners
HughPickens.com writes: Lauren Gambino reports at The Guardian that months after winning this year's national debate championship, Harvard's debate team has fallen to a debate team of three inmates wi...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Privately Funded Lunar Mission Set a Launch Date For 2017
merbs writes: If all goes according to plan, the world's first private lunar mission will be launched just two years from now. SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit, has secured a launch contract with Califor...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Jimmy Wales and Former NSA Chief Ridicule Government Plans To Ban Encryption
Mickeycaskill writes: Jimmy Wales has said government leaders are "too late" to ban encryption which authorities say is thwarting attempts to protect the public from terrorism and other threats. The W...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot eSports Now a Part of College Athletics
jyosim writes: The University of Cincinnati hosted what was possibly the largest-ever collegiate video-game tournament last weekend. At the university, the League of Legends club has become an officia...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot 'First, Let's Get Rid of All the Bosses' -- the Zappos Management Experiment
schnell writes: The New Republic is running an in-depth look at online shoe retailer Zappos.com's experiment in a new "boss-less" corporate structure. Three years ago the company introduced a manageme...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Making Your Graphing Calculator a Musical Instrument
An anonymous reader writes: Thanks to a recently published open source music editor/sequencer, you can now create music on Texas Instruments graphing calculators. The complexity of the sound is impres...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Wind Power Now Cheapest Energy In UK and Germany; No Subsidies Needed
Socguy writes: Bloomberg reports wind power has now crossed the threshold to become the cheapest source of energy in both the UK and Germany. This is notable because it's the first time this has occur...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Europe Code Week 2015: Cocktails At Microsoft, 'Ode To Code' Robot Dancing
theodp writes: In case your invite to next week's Europe Code Week 2015 kickoff celebration at the Microsoft Centre in Brussels was lost in the e-mail, you can apparently still invite yourself. "Let's...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Danish Bank Leaves Server In Debug Mode, Exposes Sensitive Data In JS Comments
An anonymous reader writes: Dutch IT security expert Sijmen Ruwhof has found a pretty big blunder on the part of Danske Bank, Denmark's biggest bank, which exposed sensitive user session information i...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot 2015 Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To 3 For DNA Repair
An anonymous reader writes: Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar have earned the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discoveries about how DNA is repaired at the cellular level (PDF), and h...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death
An anonymous reader writes: Each year, 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park in California. Most bring back photos, postcards and an occasional sunburn. But two unlucky visitors this summer go...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Boarding Pass Barcodes Can Reveal Personal Data, Future Flights
An anonymous reader writes: Security experts have warned that barcodes contained on airplane boarding passes could offer a detailed stream of information to malicious individuals, including data on tr...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Endocannabinoids Contribute To Runner's High
MTorrice writes: After a nice long bout of aerobic exercise, some people experience what's known as a "runner's high" — a feeling of euphoria coupled with reduced anxiety and a lessened ability ...
10:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Fine For Unauthorized Drone Use
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has been under pressure to regulate the nascent drone industry. It's obvious they lack a clear idea of how to proceed — but t...
08:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot All Malibu Media Subpoenas In Eastern District NY Put On Hold
NewYorkCountryLawyer sends an update on the progress of Malibu Media, the company that filed subpoenas and copyright lawsuits over alleged BitTorrent piracy of pornography films: A federal Magistrate ...
06:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Windows Phone Store Increasingly Targeted With Fake Mobile Apps
An anonymous reader writes: A post by security company Avast says not only are a large amount of fake apps available from the third-party marketplace of the Windows Phone Store, but they also remain a...
04:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Create 'Habitability Index' For Exoplanets
hypnosec writes: The Kepler Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to detect and catalog thousands of exoplanets and exoplanet candidates. With more powerful telescopes like the James Webb Space Tele...
02:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot DARPA Jolts the Nervous System With Electricity, Lasers, Sound Waves, and Magnets
the_newsbeagle writes: DARPA is sinking some cash into the buzzy new research field of "electroceuticals," which involves stimulating nerves to control the activity of organs or bodily systems. The ne...
12:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Larry Wall Unveils Perl 6.0.0
An anonymous reader writes: Last night Larry Wall unveiled the first development release of Perl 6, joking that now a top priority was fixing bugs that could be mistaken for features. The new language...
12:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Getting More Women Coders Into Open Source
Nerval's Lobster writes: Diversity remains an issue in tech firms across the nation, with executives and project managers publicly upset over a lack of women in engineering and programming roles. Whil...
12:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2015
Slashdot Why Is RAM Suddenly So Cheap? It Might Be Windows
jfruh writes: The average price of a 4GB DDR3 memory DIMM at the moment $18.50 — a price that's far lower than at this time last year. Why is it so cheap? The memory business tends to go in boom...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Verizon Is Merging Its Cellphone Tracking Supercookie with AOL's Ad Tracking Network
schwit1 writes: ProPublica reports that Verizon is giving a new mission to its controversial hidden identifier that tracks users of mobile devices. Verizon said in a little-noticed announcement that i...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Ubuntu Plans To Make ZFS File-System Support Standard On Linux
An anonymous reader writes: Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth revealed today that they're planning to make ZFS standard on Ubuntu. They are planning to include ZFS file-system as "standard in due course,"...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Team Constructs Silicon 2-qubit Gate, Enabling Construction of Quantum Computers
monkeyzoo writes: A team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney has made a crucial advance in quantum computing. Their advance, appearing in the journal Nature (abstract), demonstrated ...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Scandal Erupts In Unregulated Online World of Fantasy Sports
HughPickens.com writes: Joe Drape and Jacqueline Williams report at the NYT that a major scandal is erupting in the multibillion-dollar industry of fantasy sports, the online and unregulated business ...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Porsche Chooses Apple Over Google Because Google Wants Too Much Data
countach44 writes: As reported in number 5 of this list from Motor Trend, Porsche went with Apple over Google for the infotainment system in its new 911. Apparently, Android Auto wants vehicle data (t...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Matthew Garrett Forks the Linux Kernel
jones_supa writes: Just like Sarah Sharp, Linux developer Matthew Garrett has gotten fed up with the unprofessional development culture surrounding the kernel. "I remember having to deal with intermin...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Worries Mount Over Upcoming LTE-U Deployments Hurting Wi-Fi
alphadogg writes: LTE-U is a technology developed by Qualcomm that lets a service provider broadcast and receive signals over unlicensed spectrum, which is usable by anybody – specifically, in t...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Cold Fusion Rears Ugly Head With Claims of Deuterium-Powered Homes
szczys writes: Ah, who can forget the cold-fusion fiasco of the early 1990s? Promises of room-temperature fusion machines in every home providing nearly-free energy for all. Relive those glory days of...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot International Exploit Kit Angler Thwarted By Cisco Security Team
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at a Cisco security unit have successfully interrupted the spread of a massive international exploit kit which is commonly used in ransomware attacks. The scien...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot From Microsoft, HoloLens VR Dev Kit, New Phones, Continuum
Ars Technica and scads of other tech hardware sites are reporting that the big news so far from this morning's Microsoft product launch event in New York is that the company's Hololens development kit...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Neutrino 'Flip' Discovery Earns Nobel For Japanese, Canadian Researchers
Dave Knott writes with news that the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to Takaaki Kajita (of the University of Tokyo in Japan) and Arthur McDonald (of Queens University in Canada), for disc...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot EU Court of Justice Declares US-EU Data Transfer Pact Invalid
Sique writes: Europe's highest court ruled on Tuesday that a widely used international agreement for moving people's digital data between the European Union and the United States was invalid. The deci...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot NY Times Passes 1M Digital Subscribers
HughPickens.com writes: Many news organizations, facing competition from digital outlets, have sharply reduced the size of their newsrooms and their investment in news gathering but less than four-and...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Software Defined Smart Battery Arrays Extend Laptop Life
An anonymous reader writes: A Microsoft research paper, titled 'Software Defined Batteries', outlines a radical charging alternative which uses a smart battery system to keep consumer-grade gadgets go...
10:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Disproving the Mythical Man-Month With DevOps
StewBeans writes: The Mythical Man-Month is a 40-year old theory on software development that many believe still holds true today. It states: "A project that requires five team members to work for fiv...
08:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot EFF Joins Nameless Coalition and Demands Facebook Kills Its Real Names Policy
Mark Wilson writes: Facebook has seen heavy criticism for its real names (or 'authentic identities' as they are known to the social network) policy. Over the last year, all manner of rights groups and...
06:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot London Mayor Boris Johnson Condemns Random Uber Pick-Ups
An anonymous reader writes: The mayor of London Boris Johnson has written a column in the Daily Telegraph condemning the way that Uber drivers in the UK capital can effectively circumvent black cabs' ...
04:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Space Travel For the 1%: Virgin Galactic's $250,000 Tickets Haunt New Mexico Town
The Real Dr John writes: The Guardian has an article about Virgin Galactic's proposed launch site, Spaceport America, which broke ground in southern New Mexico's high desert in 2009 with almost a quar...
02:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot What Effect Will VW's Scandal Have On Robocars?
pRobotika writes: It's looking bad for Volkswagen, German car manufacturers and possibly even car manufacturers as a whole. But the revelations that VW put software in their cars to deliberately cheat...
12:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot Study Finds Humans Are Worse Than Radiation For Chernobyl Animals
derekmead writes: A study published today in Current Biology shows that wildlife in the Chernobyl exclusion zone is actually more abundant than it was before the disaster. According to the authors, le...
12:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot DNA Vaccine Sterilizes Mice, Could Lead To One-Shot Birth Control For Cats, Dogs
sciencehabit writes: Animal birth control could soon be just a shot away. A new injection makes male and female mice infertile by tricking their muscles into producing hormone-blocking antibodies. If ...
12:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2015
Slashdot What Non-Geeks Hate About the Big Bang Theory
v3rgEz writes: It has been said that there is a lot to dislike about the Big Bang Theory, from the typical geek's point of view: It plays in stereotypes of geekdom for cheap laughs, makes non-sensical...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Most Awesome Hardware Hack?
An anonymous reader writes: Another Slashdotter once asked what kind of things someone can power with an external USB battery. I have a followup along those lines: what kind of modifications have you ...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Linux Kernel Dev Sarah Sharp Quits, Citing 'Brutal' Communications Style
JG0LD writes: A prominent Linux kernel developer announced today in a blog post that she would step down from her direct work in the kernel community. “My current work on userspace graphics enab...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Shuts Down JSON API and Names New CEO
An anonymous reader writes: This month Twitter is closing down the JSON endpoint API which thousands of third-party software and plugin developers have depended upon for years. The alternative Rest AP...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot On-Chip Liquid Cooling Permits Smaller Devices With No Heatsinks Or Fans
An anonymous reader writes: DARPA-funded research into on-chip liquid cooling has resulted in a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) liquid-cooled device that can operate at 24 degrees Celsius, versus...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot CodeWeavers To Release CrossOver For Android To Run Windows Programs
An anonymous reader writes: For the better part of three years there has been talk about running Wine on Android to bring Windows x86 programs to Android phones/tablets, and it's going to become a rea...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Nissan Creates the Ultimate Distracted Driving Machine
jfruh writes: More and more research is suggesting that it isn't safe to text or even talk on our phones hands-free while driving, but one brave car company is pushing full-speed in the other directio...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Review: The Martian
I was both pleased and disappointed, as always, when I heard that a book I enjoyed was being made into a movie. Andy Weir's The Martian was the best new book I'd read in years. It was written for nerd...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Sensor Network Makes Life Easier For Japan's Aging Rice Farmers
szczys writes: The average age of Japan's rice farmers is 65-70 years old. The work is difficult and even small changes to the way things are done can have a profound impact on these lives. The floode...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Advertising Malware Affects Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices
An anonymous reader writes: Malware called YiSpecter is infecting iOS devices belonging to Chinese and Taiwanese users, and is the first piece of malware that successfully targets both jailbroken and ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that negotiators have finally reached agreement over the Trans-Pacific Partnership from the U.S. and 11 other nations. The TPP has been in development ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot B612 Foundation Loses Partnership With NASA; Asteroids Not a Significant Risk
StartsWithABang writes: Yes, asteroids might be humanity's undoing in the worst-case scenario. It's how the dinosaurs went down, and it could happen to us, too. The B612 foundation has been working to...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot 3 Scientists Share Nobel For Parastic Disease Breakthroughs
The Australian reports that a trio of scientists (hailing from from Japan, China, and Ireland) has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work in treating parasitic diseases. Irish...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Majority of EU Nations Seek Opt-Out From Growing GM Crops
schwit1 writes: Nineteen EU member states have requested opt-outs for all or part of their territory from cultivation of a Monsanto genetically-modified crop, which is authorized to be grown in the Eu...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Sex, Drugs, and Transportation: How Politicians Tried To Keep Uber Out of Vegas
HughPickens.com writes: Johana Bhuiyan has written an interesting article about how the Las Vegas taxi industry used every political maneuver in its arsenal to keep Uber and Lyft off the strip. Vegas ...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot An Ice House Design Concept For Mars Bets Long On Liquid Water
The Times of India reports that NASA has awarded a $25,000 first prize to Space Exploration Architecture for their design, called "Mars Ice House," of a habitat suitable for Mars. The concept relies o...
10:00 am - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot TiVo's Latest Offering Detects and Skips Ads, Adds 4K Capability
As described by The Verge, the newest generation of TiVo is in some ways a step backward: it comes with fewer tuners than some earlier models, and less storage as well. However, two big features that ...
08:00 am - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Google Lets Advertisers Target By (Anonymized) Customer Data
An anonymous reader writes: Google's new advertising product, called Customer Match, lets advertisers upload their customer and promotional email address lists into AdWords. The new targeting capabili...
04:00 am - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot 4 Calif. Students Arrested For Alleged Mass-Killing Plot
The New York Times reports that four high school students in the small California town of Tuolumne, about 120 miles east of San Francisco, have been arrested, but yet charged, for planning an attack o...
02:00 am - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Daimler Tests a Self-Driving Truck On the Autobahn
Engadget reports that Daimler has tested an autonomous truck in one environment guaranteed to put stress on any car: the German Autobahn. While the Mercedes Actros truck was guided with a mix of "rada...
12:00 am - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Japan Display Squeezes 8K Resolution Into 17-inch LCD, Cracks 510 PPI At 120Hz
MojoKid writes: By any metric, 8K is an incredibly high resolution. In fact, given that most HD content is still published in 1080p, the same could be said about 4K. 4K packs in four times the pixels ...
12:00 am - Mon, October 5, 2015
Slashdot Desktop Turing-Welchman Bombe Build
An anonymous reader writes: I completed a months long project to build my own version of the Turing-Welchman Bombe. My machine uses a Raspberry Pi2 and an Arduino to drive stepper motors to turn the t...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot This is not F1 (or NASCAR): High-End Hybrids Race In Texas
Ars Technica takes an in-depth look at some of the tech side of the hybrid racing circuit, in particular the World Endurance Championship . From the article: Hybrid systems are allowed to deploy betwe...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot OpenIndiana Hipster 2015.10: Keeping an Open-Source Solaris Going
An anonymous reader writes: It's been five years since Oracle killed off OpenSolaris while the community of developers are letting it live on with the new OpenIndiana "Hipster" 15.10 release. OpenIndi...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Chrome AdBlock Joining Acceptable Ads Program (And Sold To Anonymous Company)
basscomm writes: Hot on the heels of the formation of the independent board to oversee "acceptable ads", users of the popular Chrome ad blocking extension, AdBlock, got notice that AdBlock is particip...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot When Fraud Detection Shuts Down Credit Cards Inappropriately
reifman writes: On Sunday, Capital One declined a $280 travel reservation I charged at India-based ClearTrip.com and immediately shut off my card for all transactions until I contacted them by phone. ...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Country For Secure Online Hosting?
An anonymous reader writes: I've recently discovered that my hosting company is sending all login credentials unencrypted, prompting me to change providers. Additionally, I'm finally being forced to p...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Vostochny Launch Building Built To the Wrong Size
schwit1 writes: The Russians have just discovered that their Soyuz 2 rocket does not fit in the building just finished at their new spaceport at Vostochny: "The cutting-edge facility was meant be read...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Stolen Patreon User Data Dumped On Internet
After the personal data breach at crowd-funding site Patreon reported a few days ago, there's some worse news: the information isn't just in limbo any more; Patreon reported Saturday that the compromi...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Legionnaires' Bacteria Reemerges In Previously Disinfected Cooling Towers
schwit1 writes with the New York Times' unsettling report that 15 water-cooling towers in the Bronx that this week tested positive for Legionnaires' disease had been disinfected less than two months a...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Hour of Code Kicks Off In Chile With Dog Poop-Themed CS Tutorial
theodp writes: In an interesting contrast to the Disney princess-themed Hour of Code tutorial that 'taught President Obama to code' last December, Chile is kicking off its 2015 Hora del Codigo this we...
10:00 am - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot 'Legacy' London Car Hire Companies Lawyer Up Against Uber
An anonymous reader writes with The Stack's report that: The London Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA) has engaged a major firm of lawyers to present its case against Uber in the UK capital, citing ...
08:00 am - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Michigan Mammoth May Have Been Butchered By Humans
Forbes reports that a mammoth recently unearthed in rural Michigan includes evidence that the animal was butchered for food: From the article: A small stone that could potentially be a cutting tool wa...
04:00 am - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Apollo-Era Photos Now Up at NASA's Flickr Account, In High-Res
Boing Boing reports that NASA has uploaded to its Flickr account 8400 photographs from the agency's Apollo days -- "just about every image captured by Apollo astronauts on lunar missions." The astrona...
02:00 am - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Inside the Spaceflight of 'The Martian'
benonemusic writes: Science writer Michael Greshko partnered with a team of scientists and engineers to explore the spacecraft and mission plans in The Martian (novel and movie), down to the rescue pl...
12:00 am - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot Selected Provisions: TPP, CETA, and TiSA Trade Agreements
While proponents suggest that international trade agreements increase economic prosperity, writes reader Dangerous_Minds, it's often hard to find much detail about their details. Here's an exception:F...
12:00 am - Sun, October 4, 2015
Slashdot The Decline of 'Big Soda': Is Drinking Soda the New Smoking?
HughPickens.com writes: Margot Sanger-Katz reports in the NYT that soda consumption is experiencing a serious and sustained decline as sales of full-calorie soda in the United States have plummeted by...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Google As Alphabet Subsidiary Drops "Don't Be Evil"
CNet, The Verge, and many other outlets are reporting that with the official transition of Google (as overarching company) to Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google's made another change that's caug...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Soon-to-Be US Ed Chief Was Almost FB CEO's Ed Chief
theodp writes: Before President Obama announced John B. King as his pick to replace outgoing U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan (who is returning to Chicago, where his kids now attend a $30K-a-year ...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot F-35 Ejection Seat Fears Ground Lightweight Pilots
An anonymous reader writes: Writing for Defense News, Lara Seligman and Aaron Mehta report that "[c]oncerns about increased risk of injury to F-35 pilots during low-speed ejections have prompted the U...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Cape Verde Boulders Indicate Massive Tsunami 73,000 Years Ago
TaleSlinger writes: Researchers from University of Bristol, UK found that boulders strewn 200m above sea level on Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, were ripped from cliffs below and washed up ...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Artists Create a 1000-Year GIF Loop
jovius writes: Finnish artists Juha van Ingen and Janne Särkelä have developed a monumental GIF called AS Long As Possible, which loops once per 1000 years. The 12 gigabyte GIF is made of 48...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot US Bombs Hit Doctors Without Borders Hospital
Prune writes: According to multiple news sources, U.S. airstrikes partially destroyed a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan, killing at least nine staff members and at least 50 overa...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen Diesel Scandal Logistics Imply Sizable Conspiracy
Guinnessy writes with an interesting analysis of the Volkswagen software cheating scandal: Physics Today's Charles Day takes a look at how diesel engines work, and why it's clear it's not just a lone ...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot DHS Detains Mayor of Stockton, CA, Forces Him To Hand Over His Passwords
schwit1 writes: Anthony Silva, the mayor of Stockton, California, recently went to China for a mayor's conference. On his return to San Francisco airport he was detained by Homeland Security, and then...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Some Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Smartphones Mysteriously Powering Down
MojoKid writes: Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were two of the most highly anticipated smartphones to launch so far this year. The excitement surrounding Apple's new refresh cycle flagships was so grea...
10:00 am - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Decides Not To Patch Kernel Vulnerabilities In Some S4 Smartphones
An anonymous reader writes: QuarksLAB, a security research company, has stumbled upon two kernel vulnerabilities for Samsung Galaxy S4 devices, which Samsung has decided to patch only for recent devic...
06:00 am - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot A Broke Fan Owes $5,400 For Pokemon-Themed Party Posters
Jason Koebler writes: A fan has been ordered by a Washington judge to pay the Pokémon Company International $5,400 for copyright infringement after attempting to throw a Pokemon-themed party earl...
04:00 am - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is the Gap Between Data Access Speeds Widening Or Narrowing?
New submitter DidgetMaster writes: Everyone knows that CPU registers are much faster than level1, level2, and level3 caches. Likewise, those caches are much faster than RAM; and RAM in turn is much fa...
12:00 am - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Motorola Marketed the Moto E 2015 On Promise of Updates, Stops After 219 Days
An anonymous reader writes: Over the past few years, Motorola has emerged as one of the best manufacturers for low-to-mid-range Android phones. Unlike many other major manufacturers, they keep their v...
12:00 am - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot Office 2016 Proving Unstable With Apple's El Capitan
An anonymous reader writes: Users of Microsoft Office on the Mac are reporting widespread instabilities and conflicts after upgrading to the latest version of the Apple desktop operating system, El Ca...
12:00 am - Sat, October 3, 2015
Slashdot How Steve Jobs Outsmarted Carly Fiorina
HughPickens.com writes: Carly Fiorina likes to boast about her friendship with Apple founder Steve Jobs but Fortune Magazine reports that it turns out Carly may have outfoxed of by Apple's late leader...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot Vigilante Malware Protects Routers Against Other Security Threats
Mickeycaskill writes: Researchers at Symantec have documented a piece of malware that infects routers and other connected devices, but instead of harming them, improves their security. Affected router...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot Sprint To Begin Layoffs, Cut $2.5 Billion In Expenses
An anonymous reader writes: Sprint's struggles to remain a major carrier continue. Just a few days after announcing that it is dropping out of a major low-band spectrum auction, the company now says i...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot SolarCity Says It Has Produced the World's Highest Efficiency Solar Panel
Lucas123 writes: SolarCity, one of the country's leading solar panel makers and installers, today said it has been able to create a product that has a 22.04% efficiency rating, topping its closest com...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot $50 Fire Tablet With High-capacity SDXC Slot Doesn't See E-books On the SD Card
Robotech_Master writes: For all that the $50 Fire tablet has a 128 GB capable SDXC card slot that outclasses every other tablet in its price range, and it evolved out of Amazon's flagship e-book reade...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot This Machine Produces the Largest Humanmade Waves In the World
sciencehabit writes: A new experimental facility at Deltares, a research institute in the Nethelands, has begun producing the largest humanmade waves in the world. Like kids building sandcastles below...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot DARPA Is Looking For Analog Approaches To Cyber Monitoring
chicksdaddy writes: Frustrated by adversaries continued success at circumventing or defeating cyber defense and monitoring technologies, DARPA is looking to fund new approaches, including the monitori...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot Moon Express Signs Launch Contract For Possible First Private Lunar Landing
MarkWhittington writes: According to a story in Space.com, Moon Express, one of the leading contestants in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, has made a giant leap toward its goal of being the firs...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot EPA Gave Volkswagen a Free Pass On Emissions Ten Years Ago Due To Lack of Budget
An anonymous reader writes: A new report suggests that continuing cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget contributed to Volkswagen being able to cheat on its emissions tests. When the te...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot American IT Workers Increasingly Alleging Discrimination
An anonymous reader writes: Some U.S. IT workers who have been replaced with H-1B contractors are alleging discrimination and are going to court. They are doing so in increasing numbers. There are at ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot NASA Targets Venus, Asteroids With Potential Missions
coondoggie writes: NASA this week picked five possible contenders for a relatively low-cost robotic mission to space. The five candidates from a batch of 27 –include Venus, near-Earth object and...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot FLIF: Free Lossless Image Format
nickweller sends a link to an informational post about FLIF, the Free, Lossless Image Format. It claims to outperform PNG, lossless WebP, and other popular formats on any kind of image. "On photograph...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot Experian Breached, 15 Million T-Mobile Customer's Data Exposed
New submitter Yuuki! writes: The Washington Post reports that T-Mobile's Credit Partner, Experian, has been breached revealing names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates and driver's licen...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Is Shipping
jones_supa writes: Microsoft's mail and calendar server package Exchange Server 2016 is being refreshed and is now out of preview, along with the 2016 revamp for other Office products. The new Exchang...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot GitHub's Next Move: Turn Everybody Into a Programmer
mattydread23 writes: This interview with GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath and product VP Kakul Srivastava explains a little more what GitHub is planning for the future — and how the company is trying ...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot Oculus Founder Explains Why the Rift VR Headset Will Cost "More Than $350"
An anonymous reader writes: When Oculus took to Kickstarter in 2012, the company sought to create the 'DK1', a development kit of the Rift which the company wanted to eventually become an affordable V...
10:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot China Beats US In Early Cuban Internet Infrastructure Investment
lpress writes: The US would like to sell Cuba Internet service and equipment, but we have had little success so far. China has won the first round — they financed and installed Cuba's undersea c...
10:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot NASA's New Horizons Shows Pluto's Moon Charon Is a Strange, New World
MarkWhittington writes: NASA's New Horizons has returned a stunning series of images of Pluto, the dwarf planet that resides on the edge of the solar system, revealing a strange new world of ice mount...
08:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot EU Probes TVs Over Energy Test Scores
joesreviewss writes: The European Commission says it will follow up on evidence that Samsung and another TV-maker use software that alters their screens' power use during tests. The BBC reports: "One ...
06:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot The FAA Has Missed Its Congressionally Mandated Deadline To Regulate Drones
derekmead writes: When Congress passed the FAA Modernization Act in 2012, it gave the agency until September 30, 2015 to fully regulate commercial drones for use in the United States. Well, it's Octob...
04:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot How Someone Acquired the Google.com Domain Name For a Single Minute
An anonymous reader writes with the story of how Sanmay Ved bought "Google.com" even though it only lasted a minute. BGR reports:We've all been there: It's nearly 2 in the morning and you're cruising ...
02:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot IBM Scientists Find New Way To Shrink Transistors
MarcAuslander writes that IBM scientists have discovered a way to replace silicon semiconductors with carbon nanotube transistors, an innovation the company hopes will dramatically improve chip perfor...
12:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot Patreon Hacked, Personal Data Accessed
AmiMoJo writes: In a blog post Jake Conte, CEO and co-founder of Patreon, writes: "There was unauthorized access to registered names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses. Additionally,...
12:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2015
Slashdot East Texas Judge Throws Out 168 Patent Cases
Earthquake Retrofit writes: Ars Technica is reporting that an East Texas judge has thrown out 168 patent cases in one fell swoop. The judge's order puts the most litigious patent troll of 2014, eDekka...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot 30 Years a Sysadmin
itwbennett writes: Sandra Henry-Stocker's love affair with Unix started in the early 1980s when she 'was quickly enamored of the command line and how much [she] could get done using pipes and commands...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Amazon To Cease Sale of Apple TV and Chromecast
Mark Wilson writes: As of 29 October, shoppers will no longer be able to buy Apple TV or Chromecast devices from Amazon. Citing compatibility issues with Prime Video, Amazon emailed marketplace seller...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot San Francisco Still Among Most Dangerous For Pedestrians
dkatana writes: The city of San Francisco averages 200 injuries per year and 30 deaths. This is almost double the number of Barcelona, Catalonia, which has about the same population. The city started ...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Simple, Cross-Platform Video Messaging?
DeathToBill writes: I spend a lot of time away from my kids (think months at a time) who are aged 3-8. I keep in touch with them by Skype, but the young ones are not really old enough to concentrate o...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot We Asked Doc Searls: Do Ad Blockers Cause Cancer? (Video)
A whimsical headline, but not much more of a shark-jumper than some of the talk we've heard lately from ad agencies, online publishers, and others who earn their living from online advertising. Doc Se...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot 10 Confirmed Dead In Shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College
CNN and other sources report that an attacker, now in custody, shot and killed areported ten people, and wounded another 20, at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, about three hours south of Portland, ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Yelp For People To Launch In November
HughPickens.com writes: Caitlin Dewey reports in the Washington Post that 'Peeple' — basically Yelp, but for humans will launch in November. Subtitled "character is destiny," Peeple is an upcomi...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Xiaomi Investigated For Using Superlatives In Advertising, Now Illegal In China
An anonymous reader writes: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is under investigation for using superlative messaging on its website, according to a leaked document from the Beijing Ministry of Industry ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot UK Gamers Can Now Get Their Money Back For Publishers' Broken Promises
An anonymous reader writes: An amendment to the UK Consumer Rights Act regarding digital-only purchases seems to give British videogamers redress towards publishing houses which deliver buggy code or ...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Stagefright 2.0 Vulnerabilities Affect 1 Billion Android Devices
msm1267 writes: Security researcher Joshua Drake today disclosed two more flaws in Stagefright, one that dates back to the first version of Android, and a second dependent vulnerability that was intro...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot First of 2 Australian NBN Satellites Launched Successfully
New submitter aduxorth writes: Sky Muster, the first of the two satellites that will comprise Australia's NBN's Long-Term Satellite Service, has been successfully launched from Guiana Space Centre in ...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Apple Bans iFixit Repair App From App Store After Apple TV Teardown
alphadogg writes: iFixit, the fix-it-yourself advocate for users of Apple, Google and other gear, has had its repair manual app banned from Apple's App Store after it conducted an unauthorized teardow...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Google and Microsoft Agree To Stand Down In Patent Wars
_0x783czar writes: Today Google and Microsoft have announced an end to litigious hostilities between themselves; signaling another step on the road to peace as the "global smartphone wars" wind down. ...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Reports: Telstra Customers Suffering Crippling Speeds To Any Apple Service
An anonymous reader writes: It appears a large number of customers of Telstra (one of Australia's largest telcos) have been suffering crippling speeds while attempting to connect to any Apple Service ...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot The Real Cost of Mobile Ads
New submitter cvdwl writes: A New York Times (mildly paywalled) article and associated analysis discuss the consumer cost of mobile ads, assuming a US$0.01/MB data plan. The article provides one of th...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Discover How To Get Kids To Eat Their Vegetables
HughPickens.com writes: Roberto Ferdman writes in the Washington Post that researchers at Texas A&M University, looking for patterns in food consumption among elementary school children, found an ...
10:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot The Case For Going To Phobos Before Going To Mars
MarkWhittington writes: The current NASA thinking concerning the Journey to Mars program envisions a visit to the Martian moon Phobos in the early 2030s before attempting a landing on the Martian surf...
08:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Foam-Eating Worms May Offer Solution To Mounting Waste
ckwu writes: Polystyrene foams—including products like Styrofoam—are rarely recycled, and the materials biodegrade so slowly that they can sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. But a pa...
06:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot South Korean Citizen IDs Vulnerable, Based On US Model
An anonymous reader writes: South Korea's Resident Registration Number (RRN) has been proven 'vulnerable to almost any adversary' by the 'Queen of re-identification', Harvard Professor Latanya Sweeney...
04:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Former Cisco CEO: China, India, UK Will Lead US In Tech Race Without Action
Mickeycaskill writes: Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says the US is the only major country without a proper digital agenda and laments the fact none of the prospective candidates for the US Presidenti...
02:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Researchers: Thousands of Medical Devices Are Vulnerable To Hacking
itwbennett writes: At the DerbyCon security conference, researchers Scott Erven and Mark Collao explained how they located Internet-connected medical devices by searching for terms like 'radiology' an...
12:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Legal Loophole Offers Volkswagen Criminal Immunity
An anonymous reader writes: According to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) a loophole in the 1970 Clean Air Act could make it impossible for U.S. prosecutors to subject Volkswagen to criminal charge...
12:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Virginia State Police Cars Hacked
ancientribe writes: Two models of Virginia State Police cruisers were hacked in an experiment to expose vulnerabilities in the vehicles and to come up with ways to protect the cars from hackers. Mitre...
12:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2015
Slashdot Dormant Virus Wakes Up In Some Patients With Lou Gehrig's Disease
MTorrice writes: Our chromosomes hold a partial record of prehistoric viral infections: About 8% of our genomes come from DNA that viruses incorporated into the cells of our ancestors. Over many mille...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Will 'Chip and Pin' Credit Card Technology Really Increase Security? (Video)
The answer seems to be: sort of, a little, but not a whole lot, according to Jerry Irvine, who is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity Leadership Council and CIO of Chicago-based Pre...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Mars Mission: How Hard? NASA Astronauts Weigh In
astroengine writes: In an interesting interview with Discovery News, retired NASA astronauts Clay Anderson (Expedition 15/16) and Steve Swanson (Expedition 39/40) discussed their views on how the US s...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA Launches GeForce NOW Game Streaming Service
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA has championed game streaming for a number of years now. Whether it be from a GeForce GTX-equipped PC to one of its SHIELD devices or from its cloud-based GRID gaming beta servi...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Nerves Rattled By Highly Suspicious Windows Update Delivered Worldwide
An anonymous reader writes: If you're using Windows 7 you might want to be careful about which updates you install. Users on Windows forums are worried about a new "important" update that looks a litt...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot AdBlock Plus To Introduce Independent Board To Oversee Acceptable Ads Program
Mark Wilson writes: Ad blocking has been in the news quite a lot recently, not least because of iOS 9's new support for advertising avoidance. Perhaps the most famous tool in the arena is Adblock Plus...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot 500 Million Users At Risk of Compromise Via Unpatched WinRAR Bug
An anonymous reader writes: A critical vulnerability has been found in the latest version of WinRAR, the popular file archiver and compressor utility for Windows, and can be exploited by remote attack...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Houston's Gifted Education Program Biased Against Blacks and Latinos
tiberus sends an NPR report investigating the fairness of gifted and talented programs in Houston schools. Analysts believe black and hispanic students are at put at a disadvantage because of the way ...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot The Global Struggle To Prevent Cyberwar
blottsie writes: What constitutes war in the 21st century? In an age of almost constant cyberattacks against major corporations and world governments, the consensus among international-law experts is ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Tesla Unveils the Model X
An anonymous reader writes with news that Tesla has officially unveiled its Model X SUV. It's their third vehicle, after the Roadster and Model S. Its 90kWh battery provides 250 miles of range, and th...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot New Attack Bypasses Mac OS X Gatekeeper
msm1267 writes: Mac OS X's Gatekeeper security service is supposed to protect Apple computers from executing code that's not signed by Apple or downloaded from its App Store. A researcher, however, ha...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Linux Foundation Puts the Cost of Replacing Its Open Source Projects At $5 Billion
chicksdaddy writes: Everybody recognizes that open source software incredibly valuable, by providing a way to streamline the creation of new applications and services. But how valuable, exactly? The L...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot NY Times: Temporary Visas To Import Talent Help Copycats Take Jobs Abroad
ErichTheRed writes: A new article from the NY Times surprised me. It describes what we in the IT industry see all the time — H-1B visas being used way outside of their original purpose. I think ...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Treefinder Revokes Software License For Users In Immigrant-Friendly Nations
dotancohen writes: The author of bioinformatics software Treefinder is revoking the license to his software for researchers working in eight European countries because he says those countries allow to...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Citadel Botnet Operator Gets 4.5 Years In Prison
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that Dimitry Belorossov, a.k.a. Rainerfox, an operator of the "Citadel" malware, has been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison foll...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Advance In Super/Ultra Capacitor Tech: High Voltage and High Capacity
fyngyrz writes: Ultracaps offer significantly faster charge and discharge rates as well as considerably longer life than batteries. Where they have uniformly fallen short is in the amount of energy th...
10:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Tracing the Limits of Computation
An anonymous reader writes: For more than 40 years, researchers had been trying to find a better way to compare two arbitrary strings of characters, such as the long strings of chemical letters within...
08:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Uber Raided By Dutch Authorities, Seen As 'Criminal Organization'
An anonymous reader writes: Uber offices in Amsterdam have been raided by Dutch authorities, as reported by several local media sources (Google translation of original in Dutch). This follows intimida...
06:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Talking Science and God With the Pope's New Chief Astronomer
sciencehabit writes: On 18 September, Pope Francis appointed Jesuit brother Guy Consolmagno as the new director of the Vatican Observatory, which employs a dozen astronomers to study asteroids, meteor...
04:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Apple, Microsoft Tout Their Privacy Policies To Get Positive PR
jfruh writes: Apple hasn't changed its privacy policy in more than a year — but that didn't stop the company from putting up a glossy website explaining it in layman's terms. Microsoft too has b...
02:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Elon Musk Predicts 1,000km EV Range In Two Years, Autonomous Cars In Three
An anonymous reader writes: Speaking with a Danish TV show, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made a couple of interesting statements about Tesla's future. The company's Model S sedan advertises a range ...
12:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Carly Fiorina: I Supplied HP Servers For NSA Snooping
MFingS writes: According to an article at Motherboard, shortly after 9/11, NSA director Michael Hayden requested extra computing power and Carly Fiorina, then CEO of HP, responded by re-routing truckl...
12:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot Targeting Tools Help Personalize TV Advertising
schwit1 writes: Surgical marketing messages are taken for granted on the Internet. Yet, they are just now finding their way onto television, where the audience is big though harder to target. As brand...
12:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2015
Slashdot $20 Million XPRIZE Takes On Carbon Emissions
An anonymous reader writes: XPRIZE has announced a new, $20 million competition that aims to tackle carbon emissions. They're not looking to reduce emissions, but rather to convert them into something...