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10:00 pm - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Purdue Experiments With Income-Contingent Student Loans
HughPickens.com writes: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel writes in the Washington Post that Purdue University is partnering with Vemo Education, a Reston-based financial services firm, to create income-share ...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Reveals New Delivery Drone Design With Range of 15 Miles
reifman writes: Amazon released new video of its futuristic drones (honestly the though of them buzzing around is the only thing that makes me want to join the NRA) but there's some hopefulness here. ...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Ethics: A Good Reason To Sit Further Away From Your Boss
schwit1 writes to point out an interesting finding about ethics in the workplace, but one that might not surprise anyone in the vast majority of workplaces: namely, that sitting far from your boss has...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Expands Parental Leave Policy For All Employees Globally
Reuters reports that Mark Zuckerberg's not the only Facebook employee who will enjoy a nice chunk of time off to spend with a new baby; the company is expanding its parental leave policy (and posting ...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Canadian, UK Law Professors Condemn Space Mining Provisions of Commercial Space Act
MarkWhittington writes: The Commercial Space Launch Act, which includes provisions allowing American companies the right to keep resources that they mine in space, was recently signed into law by Pres...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Cortana Coming To iOS, For 2000 Beta Testers
TechCrunch, InformationWeek, PC World, and other sources report that Microsoft's voice-recognition based personal assistant app Cortana is coming to iOS for a small group of beta testers.From TechCrun...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot New Type of 'Flow Battery' Can Store 10 Times the Energy of the Next Best Device
sciencehabit writes: Industrial-scale batteries, known as flow batteries, could one day usher in widespread use of renewable energy—but only if the devices can store large amounts of energy chea...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Swedish Court Says ISPs Can't Be Forced To Block Pirate Bay
The Next Web reports that a district court in Sweden has ruled that it cannot simply force ISPs to block The Pirate Bay, despite its role in large-scale copyright violation. A coalition of copyright h...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Driverless Cars Will Compete -- But Only With Each Other -- In Formula E Races
Formula E racing pits single-seat electric cars against each other in high-speed track competition, but the cars -- aside from their powertrain -- are conventional enough, complete with a steering whe...
10:00 am - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Pursuit of Slenderness May Mean No More Headphone Jack In iPhone 7
An intriguing rumor reported by PC Mag (and initially reported in this Japanese blog) holds that Apple may drop from its iPhone 7 the standard mini-jack plug on the phone, in favor of Bluetooth and Li...
08:00 am - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot 2 Planets Can Share the Same Orbit, In 3 Different Ways
StartsWithABang writes: One of the most important characteristics of a planet, at least according to the IAU definition, is that it clear its orbit of all other bodies. But if we allowed for a special...
04:00 am - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Pwned Barbies Spying On Children? Toytalk CEO Downplays Hacking Reports
McGruber writes: Earlier this year Mattel unveiled "Hello Barbie," a $74.99 wi-fi equipped interactive doll. Users press a button on Barbie's belt to start a conversation and the recorded audio is pro...
02:00 am - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Swarm Robotics Breakthrough Brings Pheromone Communication To AI
An anonymous reader writes: Computer scientists at the University of Lincoln have invented a reliable, low-cost system which replicates in robots the pheromone-based communication behind insect swarms...
12:00 am - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Bill Gates To Headline Paris Climate Talks
theodp writes: The NY Times and others report that Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of the two-week long Paris Climate Change C...
12:00 am - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot NASA Prepares To Launch an Orion and 3 Cubesats To Deep Space: 3 Years To Go
MarkWhittington writes: As NASA has noted, the space agency and its contractors are working diligently on the first launch of the heavy-lift Space Launch System. The launch, officially called EM-1, or...
12:00 am - Sun, November 29, 2015
Slashdot Creator of Relay On BITNET, Predecessor of IRC, Dies
tmjva writes: Jeff Kell passed away on November 25 as reported here in the 3000newswire. He was inventor of BITNET Relay, a predecessor of Internet Relay Chat using the REXX programming language. In 1...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot How Bad of a World Are We Really Living In Right Now?
New submitter Y.A.A.P. writes: Slate has a surprisingly relevant article of the state of the world today. A reasonable number of graphs and statistical comparisons show that our world is more peaceful...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot What USB Has Replaced (And What it Hasn't)
An anonymous reader writes with a story at Ars Technica about the evolution thus far of USB as an enabling technology: Like all technology, USB has evolved over time. Despite being a 'Universal' Seria...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Buy Or Build a High End Gaming PC?
An anonymous reader writes: Looking at some Black Friday ads, I'm seeing some good deals on Alienware and other gaming rigs that would be cheaper than building them from scratch. If you built or were ...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot DecryptorMax/CryptInfinite Ransomware Decrypted, No Need To Pay Ransom
An anonymous reader writes: Emsisoft has launched a new tool capable of decrypting files compromised by the DecryptorMax (CryptInfinite) ransomware. The tool is quite easy to use, and will generate a ...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot Peter Thiel: We Need a New Atomic Age
HughPickens.com writes: Peter Thiel writes in the NYT that what's especially strange about the failed push for renewables is that we already had a practical plan back in the 1960s to become fully carb...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot Air Force Hires Civilian Drone Pilots For Combat Patrols
schwit1 writes: For the first time, civilian pilots and crews now operate what the Air Force calls "combat air patrols," daily round-the-clock flights above areas of military operations to provide vid...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot C.H.I.P. vs Pi Zero: Which Sub-$10 Computer Is Better?
Make Magazine weighs in on a issue that's suddenly relevant in a world where less thn $10 can buy a new, (nominally) complete computer. Which one makes most sense? Both the $9 C.H.I.P and the newest, ...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot Parts of Falcon 9 Launcher Wash Ashore In England
RockDoctor writes with news as reported by the BBC that parts of a Falcon 9 launcher have washed ashore on the Scilly Islands off the SW coast of Britain. Early impressions are that the pieces are fro...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot Hacker Cracks Lumia Bootloader, Offers Tool For Root Access and Custom ROMs
MojoKid writes: Microsoft and Nokia have worked hard making Lumia smartphones difficult to break into at a low-level, but software hacker Heathcliff has just proven that it's not impossible. He's just...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot Finnish IT Retailer Reveals Most Returned Products
jones_supa writes: The largest computer gear retailer in Finland, Verkkokauppa.com, has unveiled top 20 lists of most returned and most serviced equipment in 2015 (Google translation). To offer an alt...
08:00 am - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot Celebrating ARM's 25th Anniversary With the Visual ARM1
In a slow-burn series of posts going back to 2010, the Visual6502.org has presented diagrams and commentary on "ancient microchips," mosly based on painstaking microphotography after just-as-painstaki...
06:00 am - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot France Using Emergency Powers To Prevent Climate Change Protests
Bruce66423 writes: Following the Paris massacre, the French government declared a state of emergency. One of the regulations this introduced was control of large scale gatherings, and one of the event...
02:00 am - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot Privacy Vulnerability Exposes VPN Users' Real IP Addresses
An anonymous reader writes: A major security flaw which reveals VPN users' real IP addresses has been discovered by Perfect Privacy (PP). The researchers suggest that the problem affects all VPN proto...
02:00 am - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There a Bookmark Manager That Actually Manages Bookmarks?
hackwrench writes: Most reviews of so-called bookmark managers focus on the fact that they can share bookmarks across browsers and devices and whether or not they can make your bookmarks public or not...
12:00 am - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot LinkedIn's Own CSS Abused For Clickjacking Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: LinkedIn has fixed a security bug that allowed attackers to use its own CSS code for clickjacking attacks. Basically attackers can create blog posts and load CSS classes fr...
12:00 am - Sat, November 28, 2015
Slashdot NSA To End Bulk Phone Surveillance By Sunday
An anonymous reader writes: The White House announced today that the NSA will be shutting down the program responsible for the bulk collection of phone records by the end of tomorrow. The program will...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot The First Online Purchase Was a Sting CD (Or Possibly Weed)
tedlistens writes: On August 11, 1994, 21-year-old Dan Kohn, founder of a pioneering, online commerce site, made his first web sale. His customer, a friend of his in Philadelphia, spent $12.48, plus s...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot 'No Such Thing As a Free Gift' Casts a Critical Eye At Gates Foundation
theodp writes: The Intercept's Michael Massing takes a look at "How the Gates Foundation Reflects the Good and the Bad of 'Hacker Philanthropy." He writes, "Despite its impact, few book-length assessm...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot Swedish Court: ISPs Can't Be Forced To Ban the Pirate Bay
An anonymous reader writes: After years of rulings against The Pirate Bay around Europe, a Swedish court has now ruled that the country's ISPs can't be forced to block access to the torrent indexer. T...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot VTech Hack Exposes Data On 4.8 Million Adults, 200,000 Kids
New submitter lorenzofb writes: A hacker broke into the site of the popular toy company VTech and was able to easily get 4.8 million credentials, and 227k kids' identities using SQL injection. The com...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot Montana Newspaper Plans To Out Anonymous Commenters Retroactively
HughPickens.com writes: Eugene Volokh reports at the Washington Post that in a stunning policy shift, The Montana Standard, a daily newspaper in Butte, Montana, has decided to replace commenters' pseu...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Turn Gold Into Foam That's Nearly As Light As Air
Zothecula writes: Along with its use in jewelry, gold also has numerous applications in fields such as electronics and scientific research. It's a handy material, but – of course – it's al...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot LSD Microdosing Gaining Popularity For Silicon Valley Professionals
An anonymous reader writes: Rolling Stone reports that an unusual new trend is popping up around the offices of Silicon Valley companies: taking tiny doses of LSD or other psychedelic drugs to increas...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot Parts of the SpaceX Falcon-9 Rocket Found Off the Isles of Scilly
New submitter AppleHoshi writes: The BBC is reporting that a large chunk of the SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, which exploded shortly after take-off from Cape Canaveral earlier this year, has been found 4,00...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot Lenovo Patches Serious Vulnerabilities In PC System Update Tool
itwbennett writes: "For the third time in less than six months security issues have forced Lenovo to update one of the tools preloaded on its PCs," writes Lucian Constantin. Last week, the company rel...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot UK Prisons To Crack Down On Inmate Internet and Mobile Phone Use
An anonymous reader writes: UK prisons will roll out enhanced internet and mobile phone blocking technologies, according to new measures announced yesterday by Chancellor George Osborne in the Autumn ...
08:00 am - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot London's Deputy Mayor On Ditching Diesel
dkatana writes: During an interview in Barcelona last week, at the Smart Cities Congress, London's Deputy Mayor Matthew Pencharz said that he doesn't believe diesel cars belong in cities. He said, "I ...
06:00 am - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot NASA Concludes That Comets, Not Alien Megastructures Orbit KIC 8462852
MarkWhittington writes: Back in October, findings from the Kepler Space Telescope suggested that something strange was going on around a star called KIC 8462852. Kepler was built to detect exoplanets ...
02:00 am - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot Greenwald: Why the CIA Is Smearing Edward Snowden After Paris Attacks
JoeyRox points out that Glenn Greenwald has some harsh words for the CIA in an op-ed piece for the LA Times. From the article: "Decent people see tragedy and barbarism when viewing a terrorism attack....
02:00 am - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot Apple Looks To Introduce OLED Displays In iPhone Models From 2018
An anonymous reader writes: Apple is expected to integrate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology in its iPhone handsets from 2018. The Cupertino-based giant will jump from liquid crys...
12:00 am - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot Japanese Company Makes Low-Calorie Noodles Out of Wood
AmiMoJo writes: Omikenshi Co, an Osaka based cloth manufacturer best known for rayon, a fibre made from tree pulp, is expanding into the health food business. Using a similar process, Omikenshi is tur...
12:00 am - Fri, November 27, 2015
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Ship With Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS
prisoninmate writes: The current daily build of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) remains based on the Linux 4.2 kernel packages of the stable Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system, while th...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot 900 Embedded Devices Share Hard-Coded Certs, SSH Host Keys
An anonymous reader writes: Embedded devices of some 50 manufacturers has been found sharing the same hard-coded X.509 certificates (for HTTPS) and SSH host keys, a fact that can be exploited by a rem...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Free Pascal Compiler 3.0.0 Is Out; Adds Support For 16-Bit MS-DOS, 64-Bit iOS
Halo1 writes: Twenty-three years ago, development started on the first version of the Turbo Pascal and later also Delphi-compatible Free Pascal Compiler, for OS/2 no less. Two decades and change later...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Russians Build Nuclear-Powered Data Center
judgecorp writes: The government-owned Russian energy company Rosenergoatom is building Russia's largest data center at its giant Kalinin nuclear power station. Most of the space will be available to ...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Software Freedom Conservancy Asks For Supporters
paroneayea writes: Software Freedom Conservancy is asking people to join as supporters to save both their basic work and GPL enforcement. Conservancy is the steward of projects like Samba, Wine, BusyB...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Richard Dawkins Opposes UK Cinemas Censoring Church's Advert Before Star Wars
An anonymous reader writes: A controversy has erupted in the United Kingdom following the decision of the three theatre chains that control 80% of the movie screens in the country to refuse to show an...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Czech Judge Cuts Deal With Software Pirate: Get 200K YouTube Views Or Pay Huge Fine
An anonymous reader writes: A judge allowed a software pirate to make a anti-piracy PSA and get away from paying a $373,000 / €351,000 fine he owed Microsoft and other software manufacturers. The...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Pressure From Uber Forces London Taxis To Finally Accept Cards
An anonymous reader writes: Following a public consultation that compared the service unfavorably with Uber, London's 21,000 black cabs will finally accept card payment from October of 2016, with a po...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Tesla's NOx Problem: Model X Delay Explained?
An anonymous reader writes: It may not have come as a surprise that the NOx emissions violations discovered in some of Volkswagen's diesel engines have led to similar findings in cars from several oth...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Unveils New $5 Mini-computer
An anonymous reader writes: The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled the Pi Zero, a new $5 mini-computer, Thursday morning. The board is the smallest Raspberry Pi yet, containing the first-gen Raspberry P...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot AMD's Crimson Radeon Driver For Linux Barely Changes Anything
An anonymous reader writes: AMD Windows customers were greeted this week to the new "Crimson" Radeon Software that brought many bug fixes, performance improvements, and brand new control panel. While ...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Google Scours 1.2 Million URLs To Conform With EU's "Right To Be Forgotten" Law
An anonymous reader writes: According to a Google report the company has evaluated 1,234,092 URLs from 348,085 requests since the EU's May 2014 "right to be forgotten" ruling, and has removed 42% of t...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot How Sports Commentaries Can Speed Up AI Development
An anonymous reader writes: In an effort to shorten the annotation phase prior to neural network learning, Indian researchers are using commentaries intended for human viewers to help machines underst...
08:00 am - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot IT Execs On Their Dream Dinner Guests
StewBeans writes: In this lighthearted article for the holiday, IT executives were asked, if they could invite any technologist living or deceased to their Thanksgiving dinner, who would they invite a...
06:00 am - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Japanese Rocket Launches Its First Commercial Satellite
schwit1 writes: Using its H-IIA rocket, upgraded to lower cost, Japan launched its first commercial payload today, putting Canada's Telestar 12V into geosynchronous orbit. UPI reports: "Japan's Aerosp...
02:00 am - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Critical Zen Cart Vulnerability Could Spell Black Friday Disaster For Shoppers
Mark Wilson writes: It's around this time of year, with Black Friday looming and Christmas just around the corner, that online sales boom. Today security firm High-Tech Bridge has issued a warning to ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Why Car Salesmen Don't Want To Sell Electric Cars
HughPickens.com writes: Matt Richtel writes in the NYT that one big reason there are only about 330,000 electric vehicles on the road is that car dealers show little enthusiasm for putting consumers i...
12:00 am - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Produce Graphene 100 Times Cheaper Than Ever Before
Zothecula writes that researchers at the University of Glasgow have found a way to produce large sheets of graphene 100 times more cheaply than previous methods. Gizmag reports: "Since first being syn...
12:00 am - Thu, November 26, 2015
Slashdot Insurer Refuses To Cover Cox In Massive Piracy Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes with news that Cox Communications' insurer, Lloyds Of London underwriter Beazley, is refusing to cover legal costs and any liabilities from the case brought against it by BM...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot This Gizmo Knows Your Amex Card Number Before You've Received It
itwbennett writes: A small device built by legendary hacker Samy Kamkar can predict what new American Express card numbers will be and trick point-of-sale devices into accepting cards without a securi...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot New Wearable Tech Translates Sign Language Into Text
An anonymous reader writes: A new wearable technology developed by a team of biomedical engineers at Texas A&M University seeks to aid seamless communication between deaf people who use sign langu...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot The Quest For the Ultimate Vacuum Tube
An anonymous reader writes: IEEE Spectrum reports on progress in the development of vacuum tube technology, which remains surprisingly relevant in 2015. "In the six decades since vacuum tubes lost out...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot Will You Be Able To Run a Modern Desktop Environment In 2016 Without Systemd?
New submitter yeupou writes: Early this year, David Edmundson from KDE, concluded that "In many cases [systemd] allows us to throw away large amounts of code whilst at the same time providing a better...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot Neil deGrasse Tyson Touches Off Debate With Remarks On Commercial Space
MarkWhittington writes: In an interview published in The Verge, celebrity astrophysicist and media personality Neil deGrasse Tyson touched off a firestorm when he suggested that commercial space was n...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot What Is the Future of the Television?
An anonymous reader writes: Benedict Evans has an interesting post about where television hardware is headed. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the tech industry made a huge push to invade the living room...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot KGB Software Almost Triggered War In 1983
An anonymous reader writes: Who here remembers WarGames? As it turns out, the film was a lot closer to reality than we knew. Newly-released documents show that the Soviet Union's KGB developed softwar...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot Engineers Nine Times More Likely Than Expected To Become Terrorists
HughPickens.com writes: Henry Farrel writes in the Washington Post that there's a group of people who appear to be somewhat prone to violent extremism: Engineers. They are nine times more likely to be...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot Even the Dumbest Ransomware Is Almost Unremovable On Smart TVs
An anonymous reader writes: Apparently even the easiest-to-remove ransomware is painfully hard to uninstall from smart TVs, if they're running on the Android TV platform, and many are. This didn't hap...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot AMD's 'Crimson' Driver Software Released
An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday marked the launch of AMD's 'Crimson' driver software. It replaces the old Catalyst driver software, and represents a change in how AMD develops bug fixes, improve...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot Another Giant xkcd Comics Experiment
Dave Knott writes: XKCD creator Randall Munroe has decided to celebrate the release of his new book, Thing Explainer, by creating a "small game" called Hoverboard. In actuality, it is a gigantic scrol...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot Dark Matter Grows Hair Around Stars and Planets
StartsWithABang writes: Dark matter may make up 27% of the Universe's energy density, compared to just 5% of normal (atomic) matter, but in our Solar System, it's notoriously sparse. In particular, th...
08:00 am - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Fall Update Uninstalls Desktop Software Without Informing Users
ourlovecanlastforeve sends this report from Martin Brinkmann of gHacks: Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system may uninstall programs — desktop programs that is — from the computer after ...
06:00 am - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot The Tamagochi Singularity Made Real: Infinite Tamagochi Living On the Internet
szczys writes: Everyone loves Tamagochi, the little electronic keychains spawned in the '90s that let you raise digital pets. Some time ago, XKCD made a quip about an internet-based matrix of thousand...
04:00 am - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot On iFixit and the Right To Repair
Jason Koebler writes: Motherboard sent a reporter to the Electronics Reuse Convention in New Orleans to investigate the important but threatened world of smartphone and electronics repair. As manufact...
02:00 am - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot 2015 'Dance Your PhD' Winner Announced
sciencehabit writes: Jargon seems unavoidable in science. When you try to explain your work, it becomes a minefield of technical concepts and abstract reasoning. But what if we just want the gist of w...
02:00 am - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot How Computer Scientists Cracked a 50-Year-Old Math Problem
An anonymous reader writes: Over the decades, the Kadison-Singer problem had wormed its way into a dozen distant areas of mathematics and engineering, but no one seemed to be able to crack it. The que...
12:00 am - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot Hospitals Can 3D Print a Patient's Vasculature For Aneurysm Pre-Op Practice
Lucas123 writes: University of Buffalo physicians and researchers from two institutes working with 3D printer maker Stratasys have successfully 3D-printed anatomically correct models of patients' vasc...
12:00 am - Wed, November 25, 2015
Slashdot Green Light Or No, Nest Cam Never Stops Watching
chicksdaddy writes: How do you know when the Nest Cam monitoring your house is "on" or "off"? It's simple: just look at the little power indicator light on the front of the device — and totally ...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Lori Garver Claims That NASA Is 'Wary' of Elon Musk's Mars Plans
MarkWhittington writes: Ars Technica reports that former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver claimed, during a panel discussion at the Council for Foreign Relations, that many at NASA are "wary" of ...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot High-Security, Open-Source Router is a Hit on Indiegogo (Video)
The device is called the Turris Omnia, and its Indiegogo page says it's a "hi-performance & open-source router." Their fundraising goal is $100,000. So far, 1,191 backers have pledged $248,446 (as...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot UK Mobile Operator Could Block Ads At Network Level
Mickeycaskill writes: UK network operator EE says it is investigating the possibility of blocking adverts at a network level, allowing customers to limit the types and frequency of adverts they see in...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Judge Wipes Out Safe Harbor Provision In DMCA, Makes Cox Accomplice of Piracy
SysKoll writes: The DMCA is well-known for giving exorbitant powers to copyright holders, such as taking down a page or a whole web site without a court order. Media companies buy services from vendor...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot How Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Losing Their Meaning
HughPickens.com writes: Brad Tuttle reports at Money Magazine that while the terms "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" are more ubiquitous than ever, the importance of the can't-miss shopping days is un...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot One Family Suffering Through Years-Long Trolling Campaign
blottsie writes: Since 2010, the Straters have been under assault from an online campaign of ever-increasing harassment — prank deliveries, smear attacks, high-profile hacks, and threats of viol...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Blue Origin "New Shepherd" Makes It To Space... and Back Again
Geoffrey.landis writes: Blue Origin's "New Shepherd" suborbital vehicle made its first flight into space (defined as 100 km altitude)... and successfully landed both the capsule (by parachute) and the...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Second Root Cert-Private Key Pair Found On Dell Computer
msm1267 writes: A second root certificate and private key, similar to eDellRoot [mentioned here yesterday], along with an expired Atheros Authenticode cert and private key used to sign Bluetooth drive...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Blames Layoffs For Drop In Female Employees
itwbennett writes: This year, women made up 26.8 percent of Microsoft's total workforce, down from 29 percent in 2014, the company reported Monday. In a blog post discussing the numbers, Gwen Houston,...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot High Level Coding Language Used To Create New POS Malware
An anonymous reader writes: A new malware framework called ModPOS is reported to pose a threat to U.S. retailers, and has some of the highest-quality coding work ever put into a ill-intentioned softwa...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Pearson Credential Manager System Used By Cisco, IBM, F5 Has Been Breached
An anonymous reader writes with a report from Help Net Security that the credential management system used by Pearson VUE (part of education company and publisher Pearson) has been breached "by an una...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Blue Origin "New Shepherd" Makes It To Space ... and Back Again
Geoffrey.landis writes: Blue Origin's "New Shepherd" suborbital vehicle made its first flight into space (defined as 100 km altitude)... and successfully landed both the capsule (by parachute) and the...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Yahoo Denies Ad-blocking Users Access To Email
JoeyRox writes: Yahoo is running an A/B test that blocks access to Yahoo email if the site detects that the user is running an Ad Blocker. Yahoo says that this a trial rather than a new policy, effect...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Disney IT Workers Prepare To Sue Over Foreign Replacements
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: At least 23 former Disney IT workers have filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over the loss of their jobs to foreign replacements...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Turkey Downs Allegedly Intruding Russian Fighter Near Syria Border
jones_supa writes: Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 fighter near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over airspace violations. Moscow said it could prove the jet ...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot BBC World Service To Provide Radio For North Korea and Eritrea
Ewan Palmer writes: The BBC World service has announced it will expand to serve the worst countries for press freedom as part of a plan to reach a global audience of 500 million. The British governmen...
10:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Gene Drive Turns Mosquitoes Into Malaria Fighters
sciencehabit writes: The war against malaria has a new ally: a controversial technology for spreading genes throughout a population of animals. Researchers report today that they have harnessed a so-c...
06:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Axel Springer Goes After iOS 9 Ad Blockers In New Legal Battlle
An anonymous reader writes: Germany's Axel Springer, owner of newspapers like Bild and Die Welt, is pursuing legal action against the developers of Blockr, an ad blocker for iOS 9. Techcrunch reports:...
04:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Cuban Talks Trash At Intel Extreme Masters, Drops $30K of F-Bombs For Charity
MojoKid writes: Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban isn't known for holding his tongue, even when their are fines involved. If you thought that might change in the eSports arena, you...
04:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Understanding the Antikythera Mechanism
szczys writes: We attribute great thinking to ancient Greece. This is exemplified by the Antikythera Mechanism. Fragments of the mechanism were found in a shipwreck first discovered in 1900 and visite...
02:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Fake Bomb Detector, Blamed For Hundreds of Deaths, Is Still In Use
HughPickens.com writes: Murtaza Hussain writes at The Intercept that although it remains in use at sensitive security areas throughout the world, the ADE 651 is a complete fraud and the ADE-651's manu...
02:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Patreon Users Threatened By Ashley Madison Scammers
itwbennett writes: "Over the last few days, the group responsible for extortion attempts and death threats against Ashley Madison users has turned to a new set of targets – Patreon users," write...
12:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot FAA To Drone Owners: Get Ready To Register To Fly
coondoggie writes: While an actual rule could be months away, drones weighing about 9 ounces or more will apparently need to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration going forward. The r...
12:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot Can Full-Time Tech Workers Survive the Gig Economy?
Nerval's Lobster writes: By some measures, more than 40 percent of U.S. workers will be independent in 2020. Today, that number stands at 34 percent, according to the Freelancer's Union. By all accoun...
12:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2015
Slashdot With $160 Billion Merger, Pfizer Moves To Ireland and Dodges Taxes
ourlovecanlastforeve writes: In a $160 billion dollar acquisition, drug company Allergan, a small company based in Ireland, "purchased" Pfizer, allowing the drug producing giant to move to Ireland and...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Dell Accused of Installing 'Superfish-Like' Rogue Certificates On Laptops
Mickeycaskill writes: Dell has been accused of pre-installing rogue self-signing root certificate authentications on its laptops. A number of users discovered the 'eDellRoot' certificate on their mach...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot "Clock Boy" Ahmed Mohamed Seeking $15 Million In Damages
phrackthat writes: The family of Ahmed Mohamed, the boy who was arrested in Irving, Texas has threatened to sue the school and the city of Irving if they do not pay him $15 million as compensation for...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot NASA Contracting Development of New Ion/Nuclear Engines
schwit1 writes: NASA has awarded three different companies contracts to develop advanced ion and nuclear propulsion systems for future interplanetary missions, both manned and unmanned. These are deve...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Single Change Would You Make To a Tech Product?
An anonymous reader writes: We live in an age of sorcery. The supercomputers in our pockets are capable of doing things it took armies of humans to accomplish even a hundred years ago. But let's face ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Google Previews Android Studio 2.0
dmleonard618 writes: Google is gearing up to release Android Studio 2.0 with three key features. The company has released the preview version of the release, and says it focuses on speed of delivery a...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot What the Sony Hack Looked Like To Employees
An anonymous reader writes: The cyber attack on Sony was one of the highest profile hacks in the past several years. Slate tracked down two dozen people who worked there at the time, and asked them wh...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot New IBM Tech Lets Apps Authenticate You Without Personal Data
itwbennett writes: IBM's Identity Mixer allows developers to build apps that can authenticate users' identities without collecting personal data. Specifically, Identity Mixer authenticates users by as...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Stack Overflow and the Zeitgeist of Computer Programming
An anonymous reader writes: Stack Overflow remains one of the most widely-used resources in the developer community. Around 400,000 questions are posted there every month. The Priceonomics blog is usi...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Sabotage Blacks Out Millions In Crimea
HughPickens.com writes: In a preview of what the U.S. may one day face with cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid, Ivan Nechepurenko reports at the NY Times that power lines in southern Ukraine that sup...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Ransomware Expected To Hit 'Lifesaving' Medical Devices In 2016
An anonymous reader writes: A surge in ransomware campaigns is expected to hit the medical sector in 2016, according to a recent report published by forecasters at Forrester Research. The paper 'Predi...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Nearly 35,000 Comment On New Federal STEM OPT Extension Rule
theodp writes: Computerworld reports that the comments are in on the Department of Homeland Security's new proposed rule to extend OPT for international STEM students from 29 months to at least 36 mon...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 November Update (1511) ISOs
AmiMoJo writes: When Microsoft released Windows 10 version 1511 earlier this month, the company also updated the installer files it delivers via a free, downloadable media creation tool (MCT). That up...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Australian State Bans Possession of Blueprints For 3D Printing Firearms
angry tapir writes: Possessing files that can be used to 3D print firearms will soon be illegal in the Australian state of New South Wales after new legislation, passed last week by state parliament, ...
12:00 pm - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot How Anonymous' War With Isis Is Actually Harming Counter-Terrorism
retroworks writes: According to a recent tweet from the #OpParis account, Anonymous are delivering on their threat to hack Isis, and are now flooding all pro-Isis hastags with the grandfather of all 2...
08:00 am - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot How Close Are We To a Mars Mission?
destinyland writes: NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s," reads the official NASA web site. But National Geographic points out that "...
04:00 am - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Telemedicine: The State of Telepresence In Healthcare
Hallie Siegel writes: Telemedicine can let doctors and nurses check in on patients who might be recovering at home, or monitor people in remote locations where it's hard to access physician services. ...
02:00 am - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Intel Broadwell-E, Apollo Lake, and Kaby Lake Details Emerge In Leaked Roadmap
bigwophh writes: In Q4 2016, Intel will release a follow up to its Skylake processors named Kaby Lake, which will mark yet another 14nm release that's a bit odd, for a couple of reasons. The big one i...
02:00 am - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot CIOs Spend a Third of Their Time On Security
StewBeans writes: Much has been discussed about the potential security risks of an Internet of Things future in which billions of devices and machines are all talking to each other automatically. But ...
12:00 am - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot The Moon's Two Sides Look So Different Thanks To 4.5 Billion-Year-Old Physics
StartsWithABang writes: 4.5 billion years ago, a giant object collided with our proto-Earth, kicking up debris that eventually coalesced into the Moon. While the near side contains dark maria and luna...
12:00 am - Mon, November 23, 2015
Slashdot Pesticides Turn Bumblebees Into Poor Pollinators
MTorrice writes about a new study that suggests neonicotinoids, one of the most widely used insecticides in the world, turn bumblebees into poor pollinators, leading to lower yields of apples and othe...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot 20 Years of GIMP
jones_supa writes: Back in 1995, University of California students Peter Mattis and Kimball Spencer were members of the eXperimental Computing Facility, a Berkeley campus organization. In June of that...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot The History of SQL Injection, the Hack That Will Never Go Away
An anonymous reader writes with this history of SQL injection attacks. From the Motherboard article: "SQL injection (SQLi) is where hackers typically enter malicious commands into forms on a website t...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot George Lucas: "I'm Done With Star Wars"
HughPickens.com writes: Entertainment Weekly reports that George Lucas has compared his retirement from Star Wars to a break-up – a mutual one, maybe, but one that nonetheless comes with hard fe...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot Randall Munroe Interviewed: Answers In Comic Form
requerdanos writes: Randall Munroe, the former NASA roboticist and author of the web comic xkcd, spoke with Time magazine after the release of his latest book, Thing Explainer. Sort of. Time asked que...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Screenplay-Writing Software Submits Work To Amazon Studios
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has released new screenplay-writing software aimed to help connect new writing talent to its original content production company, Amazon Studios. Storywriter contain...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot US and China Setting Up "Space Hotline"
Taco Cowboy writes: Washington and Beijing have established an emergency 'space hotline' to reduce the risk of accidental conflict. Several international initiatives are already in train to seal a spa...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot Whistleblowers: How NSA Created the 'Largest Failure' In Its History
An anonymous reader writes: Former NSA whistleblowers contend that the agency shut down a program that could have "absolutely prevented" some of the worst terror attacks in memory. According to the ZD...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot Zuckerberg To Take 2 Months Paternity Leave To Give His Kid a Better Outcome
theodp writes: TechCrunch reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take two months off from Facebook for paternity leave. Why? "Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their ...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot A Post-Antibiotic Future Is Looming
New submitter radaos writes: A gene enabling resistance to polymyxins, the antibiotics of last resort, has been found to be widespread in pigs and already present in some hospital patients. The resear...
12:00 pm - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Is Removing Tab Groups and Complete Themes From Firefox
An anonymous reader writes: As part of Mozilla's "Go Faster" initiative for Firefox, the company is removing features that aren't used by many and require a lot of technical effort to continually impr...
08:00 am - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot New Spectroscope Perfect For Asteroid Mining, Planetary Research
Science_afficionado writes: Scientists at Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities are developing a new generation of gamma-ray spectroscope that is light weight, compact and don't require much power but have...
06:00 am - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot Blackberry Offers 'Lawful Device Interception Capabilities'
An anonymous reader writes: Apple and Google have been vocal in their opposition to any kind of government regulation of cell phone encryption. BlackBerry, however, is taking a different stance, sayin...
02:00 am - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot Netflix Remaking Lost In Space
An anonymous reader writes: Classic sci-fi show Lost in Space is making a comeback. Netflix is developing a new version of the series, according to Kevin Burns, the executive producer in charge of the...
02:00 am - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot Florida Group Wants To Make Space a 2016 Presidential Campaign Issue
MarkWhittington writes: According to a story on News 13, an Orlando TV station, Space Florida is working to make space a political issue in the 2016 presidential election. Thus far the campaign for th...
12:00 am - Sun, November 22, 2015
Slashdot MST3K Successfully Crowdsources Its Comeback
An anonymous reader writes: At least three new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be filmed, thanks to over $2 million in online contributions from fans. Responding to a Kickstarter plea by...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Satellite Wars
schwit1 writes: Sixty years after the space race began, an orbital arms race is again in development. Military officials from the U.S., Europe and Asia confirm in private what the Kettering Group and ...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Xbox One Or PlayStation 4?
An anonymous reader writes: I'm looking at getting the kids a new gaming console for Christmas this year. I'm stuck trying to decide between getting an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. I'm really wary on ...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Sued Freelancer Allegedly Turns Over Contractee Source Code In Settlement
FriendlySolipsist writes: Blizzard Entertainment has been fighting World of Warcraft bots for years. TorrentFreak reports that Bossland, a German company that operates "buddy" bots, alleges Blizzard s...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Now We Know Why the Hobbit Movies Were So Awful
HughPickens.com writes: Everyone seems to agree that the key to the success of Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy was years of careful planning before production ever began. Now Bryan Bishop wr...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot How Apple Is Giving Design a Bad Name
ColdWetDog writes: Co.Design has an article by two early Apple designers on how the company has lost its way, and quite frankly, lost its marbles when it comes to user interface design. In the search ...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot And the Pulitzer Prize For SQL Reporting Goes To...
theodp writes: Over at the Stanford Computational Journalism Lab, Dan Nguyen's Exploring the Wall Street Journal's Pulitzer-Winning Medicare Investigation with SQL is a pretty epic post on how one can...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Create Plant-Circuit Hybrid
sciencehabit writes: Researchers have crafted flexible electronic circuits inside a rose. Eventually such circuitry may help farmers eavesdrop on their crops and even control when they ripen. The adva...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot TrueCrypt Safer Than Previously Thought
An anonymous reader writes: Back in September, members of Google's Project Zero team found a pair of flaws in the TrueCrypt disk encryption software that could lead to a system compromise. Their disco...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi Discloses Customer Names and Addresses
itwbennett writes: Despite assurances that only business listings and not customer names and home addresses would appear in the public search results when someone searches for an Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot FTC Amends Telemarketing Rule To Ban Payment Methods Used By Scammers
An anonymous reader writes: The Federal Trade Commission has approved final amendments to its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including a change that will help protect consumers from fraud by prohibit...
08:00 am - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Ex-CIA Director Says Snowden Should Be 'Hanged' For Paris Attacks
SonicSpike writes with this excerpt from The HIll: A former CIA director says leaker Edward Snowden should be convicted of treason and given the death penalty in the wake of the terrorist attack on Pa...
06:00 am - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot 600,000 Arris Cable Modems Have 'Backdoors In Backdoors,' Researcher Claims
An anonymous reader writes: A security researcher using Shodan to probe Arris cable modems for vulnerabilities has found that 600,000 of the company's modems not only have a backdoor, but that the bac...
02:00 am - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Donald Trump Obliquely Backs a Federal Database To Track Muslims
HughPickens.com writes: Philip Bump reports at the Washington Post that Donald Trump confirmed to NBC on Thursday evening that he supports a database to track Muslims in the United States. The databas...
12:00 am - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Meet Mårten Mickos, Serial Open Source CEO (Video)
Marten was the MySQL CEO who built the company from a small-time free software database developer into a worldwide software juggernaut he sold to Sun Microsystems. Next, he became CEO of Eucalyptus Sy...
12:00 am - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot NASA Orders SpaceX Crew Mission To International Space Station
An anonymous reader writes: NASA has placed its first mission order for SpaceX to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. SpaceX is now in a race with Boeing, who received...
12:00 am - Sat, November 21, 2015
Slashdot Happy 30th Birthday, Windows!
v3rgEz writes: And what a ride it's been. Today marks the 30th anniversary since the debut of Windows 1.01, the first commercial release of Windows. At the time, it was derided as being slow, buggy, a...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Coinbase Issues Bitcoin-Based Debit Card
An anonymous reader writes: Coinbase, one of the largest bitcoin exchanges, introduced a "Shift Card" today, which is a Visa debit card that allows users to spend bitcoin wherever Visa is accepted wit...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Tesla To Voluntarily Recall Every Model S Because One Seat Belt Came Apart
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this month, a passenger in a Tesla Model S turned to talk to people in the back seat, and her seat belt somehow disconnected itself from the front seat. According t...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Hands-On With the Voltera V-One PCB Printer
szczys writes: Eric Evenchick was one of the first backers of the Voltera V-One PCB Printer and just received the 6th device shipped so far. He ran it through its paces and published a review that giv...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Jolla Goes For Debt Restructuring
jones_supa writes: Months after the smartphone company Jolla announced its split and intent to focus on Sailfish OS licensing, its financial situation has not improved. Jolla's latest financing round ...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Investigation Reveals How Easy It Is To Hijack a Science Journal Website
sciencehabit writes: With 20,000 journal websites producing millions of articles — and billions of dollars — it was probably inevitable that online criminals would take notice. An investig...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Judge: Stingrays Are 'Simply Too Powerful' Without Adequate Oversight
New submitter managerialslime sends news that an Illinois judge has issued new requirements the government must meet before it can use cell-site simulators, a.k.a. "stingrays," to monitor the communic...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot First Images Ever Taken of a Planet Being Formed, 450 Light-Years From Earth
Zothecula writes: Of the many new exoplanets discovered over the past two decades, all have been identified as established, older planets – none have been acknowledged as newly-forming protoplan...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot File Says NSA Found Way To Replace Email Program
schwit1 writes: Newly disclosed documents show that the NSA had found a way to create the functional equivalent of programs that had been shut down. The shift has permitted the agency to continue anal...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot You Can Look Forward To 8 More Years of Leap Second Problems
itwbennett writes: As previously discussed here, the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) met "for nearly the entire month of November, and one of the hot-button issues [was] what to do about the...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot TGV Accident Caused By Excessive Speed
Cochonou writes: Analysis of the black boxes of the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) which derailed on Saturday revealed that the accident resulted from excessive speed and late braking. The test tra...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Sony Quietly Adds PS2 Emulation To the PS4
An anonymous reader writes: The Digital Foundry blog reports that Sony has added functionality to the PlayStation 4 that allows it to act as an emulator for some PlayStation 2 games. Surprisingly, the...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot EU Set To Crack Down On Bitcoin and Anonymous Payments After Paris Attack
An anonymous reader writes: Home affairs ministers from the European Union are set to gather in Brussels for crisis talks in the wake of the Paris attacks, and a crackdown on Bitcoin, pre-paid credit ...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Exploit Vendor Publishes Prices For Zero-Day Vulnerabilities
An anonymous reader writes: An exploit vendor published a price list for the zero-day bugs it's willing to buy. The highest paid bugs are for remote jailbreaks for iOS. Second is Android and Windows P...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Controversy Over High-Tech Brooms Sweeps Through Sport of Curling
HughPickens.com writes: Billy Witz reports at the NYT that the friendly sport of curling suddenly has become roiled in controversy over — what else? — the brooms. The crux of the debate is...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Nation-backed Hackers Using Evercookie and Web Analytics To Profile Targets
chicksdaddy writes: There's such a fine line between clever and criminal. That's the unmistakable subtext of the latest FireEye report on a new "APT" style campaign that's using methods and tools that...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot French ITER Fusion Project To Take At Least 6 Years Longer Than Planned
sciencehabit writes: The multibillion dollar ITER fusion project under construction in France will take at least an additional 6 years to complete, compared with the current schedule, a meeting of the...
10:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot EU Set To Crackdown On Bitcoin and Anonymous Payments After Paris Attack
An anonymous reader writes: Home affairs ministers from the European Union are set to gather in Brussels for crisis talks in the wake of the Paris attacks, and a crackdown on Bitcoin, pre-paid credit ...
06:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot The Information Theory of Life
An anonymous reader writes with this story about Michigan State University Professor Cristop Adami and his quest to answer how life arose with mathematics. From the Quanta story: "Christoph Adami does...
04:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot FDA Signs Off On Genetically Modified Salmon Without Labeling
kheldan writes: Today in a historic decision, the FDA approved the marketing of genetically-engineered salmon for sale to to the general public, without any sort of labeling to indicate to consumers t...
02:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot EFF launches Site To Track Censored Content On Social Media
Mark Wilson writes: There are many problems with the censoring of online content, not least that it can limit free speech. But there is also the question of transparency. By the very nature of censors...
02:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot ISIS's Hunt For a Bogus Superweapon
schnell writes: The New York Times Magazine has a fascinating story about ISIS efforts to get their hands on a mysterious and powerful superweapon called Red Mercury. The problem is that by consensus ...
12:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot YouTube Defending Select Videos Against DMCA Abuse
Galaga88 writes: It's not a complete solution, but YouTube is going to begin stepping up to defend select videos in court on fair use terms, including covering court costs. Will this help stem the tid...
12:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Silent Ear and Tongue-Tracking Tech Can Control Wearables
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists at Georgia Tech are developing silent speech systems that can enable fast and hands-free communication with wearable devices, controlled by the user's tongue and...
12:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2015
Slashdot Reuters Bans RAW Photo Format
grcumb writes: Reuters is the latest agency to join the ranks of the technically clueless who think that ethical problems can be solved using technical means. They recently issued a circular to their ...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Docker Turns To Minecraft For Server Ops
dmleonard618 writes: A new GitHub project is allowing software teams to construct software like Legos. DockerCraft is a Minecraft mod that lets administrators handle and deploy servers within Minecraf...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Convincing a Team To Undertake UX Enhancements On a Large Codebase?
unteer writes: I work at a enterprise software company that builds an ERP system for a niche industry (i.e. not Salesforce or SAP size). Our product has been continuously developed for 10 years, and i...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot ISIS Help Desk Assists In Covering Tracks
An anonymous reader writes: The ISIS terror group appears to have 5 to 6 members offering 24-hour support on how to encrypt communications, hide personal details and use apps like Twitter while avoidi...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Survey: Tech Pros Ignoring Work-Life Balance Is a Myth
Nerval's Lobster writes: Are tech professionals really willing to live on energy drinks, and sleep on office couches, in order to get the job done? For many, the answer is "no." In response to a new D...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot NASA Selects Universities To Develop Humanoid Robot Astronauts
MarkWhittington writes: NASA announced that it is sending copies of its R5 Valkyrie humanoid robot to two universities for software upgrades and other research and development. The effort is part of a...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Animal Rights Group Targets NIH Director's Home
sciencehabit writes: Late last month, hundreds of people in two Washington, D.C., suburbs received a letter in the mail claiming that one of their neighbors was tied to animal abuse at a government la...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Volvo Unveils Autonomous Concept Car, WIth Retracting Wheel, 25" Display
Lucas123 writes: Volvo has revealed what is sees as the future of self-driving vehicles, a car that has three autonomous driving options, one of which includes a retracting steering wheel, reclining s...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Chicago Sends More Than 100,000 "Bogus" Camera-Based Speeding Tickets
Ars Technica, based on an in-depth report (paywalled) at the Chicago Tribune, says that the city of Chicago has been misusing traffic cameras to trigger automated speeding tickets. In particular, thes...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot AMD Launches Radeon R9 380X, Fastest GPU Under $250
MojoKid writes: Although AMD's mid-range GPU line-up has been relatively strong for a while now, the company is launching the new Radeon R9 380X today with the goal of taking down competing graphics c...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot New Anti-Piracy Law In Australia Already Being Abused
Gumbercules!! writes: A small Australian ISP has received a demand that it block access to an overseas website or face legal action in the Federal Court, in a case in which a building company is deman...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Georgia Gives Personal Data of 6 Million Voters To Georgia GunOwner Magazine
McGruber writes: A class action lawsuit alleges that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office released the personal identifying information of Georgia voters to twelve organizations, "including ...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Texas Narrowly Rejects Allowing Academics To Fact-Check Public School Textbooks
jriding writes with news that in a 8-7 vote the Texa State Board of Education rejected a plan to create a group of state university professors to fact-check textbooks approved for the state's 5.2 mill...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Manhattan DA Pressures Google and Apple To Kill Zero Knowledge Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: In a speech to the 6th Annual Financial Crimes and Cybersecurity Symposium, New York County District Attorney for Manhattan Cyrus Vance Jr. has appealed to the tech communi...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot The War On Campus Sexual Assault Goes Digital
HughPickens.com writes: According to a recent study of 27 schools, about one-quarter of female undergraduates said they had experienced nonconsensual sex or touching since entering college, but most o...
10:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot UK's Gigaclear Launches 5 Gbps Fiber Broadband Service
An anonymous reader writes: Broadband service provider Gigaclear announced it will offer 5 Gbps internet service beginning next year. Most homes would be hard-pressed to consume data at this rate toda...
06:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Citrix Spinning Off GoTo Collaboration Business, Laying Off 1,000 People
itwbennett writes: In addition to the decision to spin off the GoTo collaboration products business into a new company, the initial results of Citrix's operations review, also involves a 'realignment ...
04:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot MIT Helping NASA Build Valkyrie Robots For Space Missions
An anonymous reader writes: NASA announced that MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is one of just two institutions that will receive "R5," a six-foot, 290-pound huma...
02:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Taxi Owners Sue NYC Over Uber, While Court Overrules Class-Action Appeal
An anonymous reader writes: Taxi owners in New York have filed a lawsuit against cab-hailing app giant Uber, citing damaged revenues and a hefty fall in value of NYC's 'medallion' business. The case a...
02:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Grow Working Vocal Cord Tissue In the Lab
sciencehabit writes that tissue engineers have for the first time grown vocal cords from human cells. Science reports: "For the first time, scientists have created vocal cord tissue starting with cell...
02:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Carnegie Mellon Denies FBI Paid For Tor-Breaking Research
New submitter webdesignerdudes writes with news that Carnegie Mellon University now implies it may have been subpoenaed to give up its anonymity-stripping technique, and that it was not paid $1 millio...
12:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Structural Engineer On the Fallacies of Movie Bridge Destruction
szczys writes: Suspension bridges like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are favorite victims for movie makers but are almost always shown to perform in violation of the laws of physics. ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2015
Slashdot Police Find Paris Attackers Coordinate Via Unencrypted SMS
schwit1 writes: In the wake of the tragic events in Paris last week encryption has continued to be a useful bogeyman for those with a voracious appetite for surveillance expansion. Like clockwork, num...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Can Block Content Without Explanation, Says US Court
An anonymous reader writes: A U.S. court has ruled that Facebook can block any content posted to its site without explanation, after a Sikh group legally challenged the company for taking its page off...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Julia Programming Language Receives $600k Donation
jones_supa writes: The Julia programming language has received a $600k donation from Moore Foundation. The foundation wants to get the language into a production version. This has a goal to create mor...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot How Bill Nye Insulted NASCAR Fans About the Sport Being the "Anti-NASA"
MarkWhittington writes: Bill Nye, the former science guy and current head of the Planetary Society, is very depressed about NASA and NASCAR, according to a story in Business Insider. He believes that ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Another Crowd-funded Drone Project Collapses
An anonymous reader writes: Less than two weeks after we heard about the "robotic dragonfly" project failing, the BBC brings news that an even bigger crowd-funded drone project has given up developmen...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Alan Donovan and Brian Kernighan Answer Your Questions
A few weeks ago you had the chance to ask Alan Donovan and Brian Kernighan about programming and their upcoming book, The Go Programming Language (available as an eBook Friday the 20th). Below you'll ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot How Cisco Is Trying To Prove It Can Keep NSA Spies Out of Its Gear
itwbennett writes: A now infamous photo [leaked by Edward Snowden] showed NSA employees around a box labeled Cisco during a so-called 'interdiction' operation, one of the spy agency's most productive ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot First Liquid-Cooling Laser Could Advance Biological Research
Zothecula writes: In a world where lasers are sci-fi's weapon of choice for melting away an enemy spaceship, researchers at the University of Washington have swum against the current and produced the ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Open-Sources Visual Studio Code
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today unleashed a torrent of news at its Connect(); 2015 developer event in New York City. The company open-sourced code editing software Visual Studio Code, laun...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 Is an Emoji
AmiMoJo writes: For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph (that Slashdot is unable to reproduce), officially called the 'Face with Tears of Joy' emoji (U+1F602)...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot UK's Coal Plants To Be Phased Out Within 10 Years
AmiMoJo writes: The UK's remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has announced. They will mostly be replaced with gas. Currently, coal provides 28% of the...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot US Rep. Joe Barton Has a Plan To Stop Terrorists: Shut Down Websites
Earthquake Retrofit writes: In an FCC oversight hearing, U.S. Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) asked Chairman Tom Wheeler if it's possible to shut down websites used by ISIS and other terrorist groups...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Star Wars Battlefront Released
An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday marked the release of Star Wars Battlefront, EA DICE's attempt to resurrect a Star Wars video game series that had great success a decade ago, but gradually peter...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot ULA Concedes GPS Launch Competition To SpaceX
schwit1 writes: ULA has decided against bidding on a military GPS launch contract, leaving the field clear for SpaceX. "ULA, which for the past decade has launched nearly every U.S. national security ...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot AMA Calls For Ban On Direct-To-Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs
HughPickens.com writes: The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has called for a ban on direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs and implantable medical devices, saying...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Terrorism Case Challenges FISA Spying
An anonymous reader writes: As we've come to terms with revelations of U.S. surveillance over the past couple years, we've started to see lawsuits spring up challenging the constitutionality of the sp...
08:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Drone Makers Add Geofencing To Keep Drones Out of Restricted Airspace
An anonymous reader writes: Two of the biggest drone manufacturers, DJI and 3D Robotics, are adding geofencing systems to their products to keep them out of restricted airspace. DJI's Geospatial Envir...
06:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Adding Eye Control To Wheelchairs for Quadriplegics
szczys writes: The inventor of the Eyedriveomatic has ALS. This prevents him from controlling his electric wheelchair, but it didn't prevent him from teaming up with two other people (one also a quadr...
04:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Python Is On the Rise, While PHP Falls
Nerval's Lobster writes: While this month's lists of the top programming languages uniformly put Java in the top spot, that's not the only detail of interest to developers. Which language has gained t...
02:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot DoJ Going After Makers of Dietary Supplement
schwit1 writes: Several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, have announced criminal and civil actions related to unlawful advertising and sale of dietary supplements. "Six exec...
02:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot The Next Gold Rush Will Be 5,000 Feet Under the Sea, With Robot Drones
merbs writes: In Papua New Guinea, one well-financed, first-mover company is about to pioneer deep sea mining. And that will mean dispatching a fleet of giant remote-operated robotic miners 5,000 feet...
12:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Daimler Builds Massive Industrial Energy Storage Systems From Used EV Batteries
Lucas123 writes: German carmaker Daimler AG is building large battery storage systems for industrial use from the used lithium-ion batteries of its all-electric and hybrid vehicles. The first of Daiml...
12:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Google Redesigned
An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced that its Google+ social network has received a major overhaul, which is rolling out today to users who opt in. The company says the new design focuses ...
12:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2015
Slashdot Tape Disintegration Threatens Historical Records, But Chemistry Can Help
An anonymous reader writes: Modern storage methods are designed with longevity in mind. But we haven't always had the scientific knowledge or the foresight to do so. From the late 60s to the late 80s,...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Could a Change In Wording Attract More Women To Infosec?
itwbennett writes: "Information security is an endeavor that is frequently described in terms of war," writes Lysa Myers. "But what would the gender balance of this industry be like if we used more te...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Inside the Mission To Europa
An anonymous reader writes: Ars Technica details the political and engineering battles being waged to make it possible for NASA to land a probe on Jupiter's moon Europa. They have new information abou...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Invests $1 Billion In 'Holistic' Security Strategy
ancientribe writes: Microsoft has invested $1 billion over the past year in security and doubled its number of security executives, according to company's CISO Bret Arsenault. In an address today (web...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Google's Chromebit Micro-Computer Launches
An anonymous reader writes: Back in March, Google announced the Chromebit, a small computer crammed into an HDMI stick that runs Chrome OS. The device, built by Asus, has now launched for $85. It weig...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Anonymous Takes Down Thousands of ISIS-Related Twitter Accounts In a Day
BarbaraHudson writes: Softpedia is reporting that Anonymous, along with social media users, have identified several thousand Twitter accounts allegedly linked to ISIS members. "Besides scanning for IS...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft's Plan To Port Android Apps To Windows Proves Too Complex
An anonymous reader writes: The Astoria project at Microsoft has failed because a breakthrough was needed to overcome the complexity of the software development challenge. Microsoft tried to automate ...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Fire Takes Azerbaijan Offline
judgecorp writes: On Monday, 90 percent of Azerbaijan lost Internet access, due to a fire at one data center in Baku, the capital of the former Soviet Republic. Cables caught fire at the Delta Telecom...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Being Effective and Having Fun at Your Company's Trade Show Booth (video)
No, working your company's trade show or conference booth isn't your job. But sooner or later, an awful lot of people (including me) get tagged for booth duty whether we want it or not. Fine. At least...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Brings Its Embrace-Extend-Extinguish Game To K-12 Schools?
theodp writes: A year after it paid $2.5 billion to buy Minecraft, Microsoft has announced a partnership with Code.org that makes a Minecraft-themed introduction to programming a signature tutorial of...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot NYT Quietly Pulls Article Blaming Encryption In Paris Attacks
HughPickens.com writes: Inside Sources reports that the New York Times has quietly pulled a story from its website alleging the attackers used encrypted technology. The original piece which has since ...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot This October Was the Hottest Ever Measured
GregLaden writes: Scientists track the global surface temperature, an average of readings from thermometers at approximately head height, and an estimate of sea surface temperatures, in order to track...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Is Scrum Still Relevant?
An anonymous reader writes: In an article titled "Scrum is dead: breaking down the new open development method," Ahmad Nassri writes: "Among the most 'oversold as a cure' methodologies introduced to b...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Snowden Says It's Your Duty To Use an Ad Blocker (for Security)
AmiMoJo writes: In a long interview about reclaiming your privacy online, ex-NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden states that it's not just a good idea to use ad blocking software, it's your duty: "Everyb...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot US Navy Is Planning To Launch a Squadron of Underwater Drones By 2020
Hallie Siegel writes: According to the non-profit Autonomous Undersea Vehicle Applications Center, there are over 250 different configurations of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) in service today. Th...
10:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Journalist: NASA Administrator Has Short Memory on Changing Space Policy
MarkWhittington writes: Recently, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden stated that NASA would be "doomed" if the next president were to deviate in any way from the current Journey to Mars program. Space ...
06:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot UK PM Wants To Speed Up Controversial Internet Bill After Paris Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: Less than three days after the attacks in Paris, UK prime minister David Cameron has suggested that the process of review for the controversial Draft Investigatory Powers B...
04:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Intel Launches 72-Core Knight's Landing Xeon Phi Supercomputer Chip
MojoKid writes: Intel announced a new version of their Xeon Phi line-up today, otherwise known as Knight's Landing. Whatever you want to call it, the pre-production chip is a 72-core coprocessor solut...
02:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot How Hollywood's Hedy Helped Heighten Handhelds
szczys writes: Hedy Lamarr is a household name for the wrong reason. Her name is known as a Hollywood actress, but her legacy is in your pocket and reaches far more people than her movies. She was a b...
02:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Value of University Degree Continues To Decline
BarbaraHudson writes: Following up from an earlier report from Statistics Canada (pdf), the Parliamentary Budget Officer warns that an increasing number of university graduates are overqualified for t...
12:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft To Provide New Encryption Algorithm For the Healthcare Sector
An anonymous reader writes: The healthcare sector gets a hand from Microsoft, who will release a new encryption algorithm which will allow developers to handle genomic data in encrypted format, withou...
12:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Grow Your Daily Protein At Home With an Edible Insect Desktop Hive
HughPickens.com writes: Fast Coexist reports on the Edible Insect Desktop Hive, a kitchen gadget designed to raise mealworms (beetle larva), a food that has the protein content of beef without the env...
12:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2015
Slashdot Pandora To Buy Rdio Assets For $75M In Cash
An anonymous reader writes: Pandora is acquiring music subscription service Rdio for $75 million in cash. "The transaction is contingent upon Rdio seeking protection in the United States Bankruptcy Co...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot After Paris, ISIS Moves Propaganda Machine To Darknet
itwbennett writes: Over the weekend, researcher Scot Terban came across the new website of Al-Hayat Media Center, the media division of Daesh (aka ISIS/ISIL), in a post on Shamikh forum (a known jihad...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot The Next Big IT Projects From the University Labs
snydeq writes: From unstructured data mining to visual microphones, academic labs are bringing future breakthrough possibilities to light, writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner in his overview of nine unive...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot World's First "Porous Liquid" Could Be Used For CO2 Sequestration
Zothecula sends word that scientists have developed the world's first "porous" liquid that can potentially be used to capture carbon emissions. Gizmag reports: "The Italians have a colorful expression...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot 737 'Tailstrike' Caused By Typo On a Tablet
An anonymous reader writes: In August of last year, a Boeing 737 operated by Qantas experienced a tailstrike while taking off — the thrust wasn't great enough for the tail to clear the runway, s...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Dungeons & Dragons Tabletop Comes To VR Through Partnership With AltspaceVR
An anonymous reader writes: Wizards of the Coast today announced an official partnership with virtual reality firm AltspaceVR to bring the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game to virtual r...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Performance Shines For GPU Computing
An anonymous reader writes: Following last week's announcement of the Jetson TX1 development board, NVIDIA is now allowing independent reports of performance for their $599 USD 64-bit ARM development ...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot 'Shrinking Bull's-eye' Algorithm Speeds Up Complex Modeling From Days To Hours
rtoz sends word of the discovery of a new algorithm that dramatically reduces the computation time for complex processes. Scientists from MIT say it conceptually resembles a shrinking bull's eye, incr...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Leaked Documents Confirm Polygraph Operators Can't Detect Countermeasures
George Maschke writes: AntiPolygraph.org has published a document (14 MB PDF) on polygraph countermeasures that is allegedly derived from classified information. The document suggests techniques that ...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Social Media and the Age of Microcomplaints
An anonymous reader writes: "Name an inequity, and it is highly likely that social media has helped call meaningful attention to it, if not started and hashtagged a movement," claims the NY Times. The...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot ISP To Court: BitTorrent Usage Doesn't Equal Piracy
An anonymous reader writes: The music industry has long argued that evidence of BitTorrent is evidence of piracy, and ISPs have generally gone along with them. But now, ISP Cox Communications is pushi...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Tim Cook: Apple Won't Create 'Converged' MacBook and iPad
LichtSpektren writes: In an interview with Independent.ie, Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated that Apple is currently not looking to create an iPad that runs Mac OS X. "We feel strongly that customers are ...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Democrat Drops MN State House Run After Tweeting 'ISIS Isn't Necessarily Evil'
An anonymous reader writes: Dan Kimmel, who works for U.S. Bank in its technology and operations section, dropped out of the race for a Minnesota House seat after unleashing a firestorm of criticism. ...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot China To Spend $47 Billion In Bid To Become 3rd-Largest Global Chip Manufacturer
An anonymous reader writes: In an interview with Reuters, the head of China's Tsinghua Unigroup has revealed they will invest 300 billion yuan ($47bn) over the next five years with the ambition of bec...
12:00 pm - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Louis Friedman Says Humans Will Never Venture Beyond Mars
MarkWhittington writes: Dr. Louis Friedman, one of the co-founders of the Planetary Society, is coming out with a new book, "Human Spaceflight: From Mars to the Stars," an excerpt of which was publish...
10:00 am - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Researchers Reveal Active Stealthy Material
hackingbear writes: Even after billions and billions of dollars spent on the stealthy skin used on F-22, F-35 and B-2, the material has weaknesses, and one of those is ultra-high-frequency (UHF) radar...
06:00 am - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Linux 4.4 Kernel To Bring Raspberry Pi Graphics Driver, Open-Channel SSD Support
An anonymous reader writes: Linux 4.4-rc1 has been released. New features of Linux 4.4 include a Raspberry Pi kernel mode-setting driver, support for 3D acceleration by QEMU guest virtual machines, AM...
04:00 am - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Experimental Drug Targeting Alzheimer's Disease Shows Anti-Aging Effects
schwit1 writes with news that researchers at the Salk Institute have found that an experimental drug candidate aimed at combating Alzheimer's disease has a host of unexpected anti-aging effects in ani...
02:00 am - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Averaging Inanimate Objects Together Produces a Very Human Face
StartsWithABang writes: It's well known that by aligning and averaging a wide variety of human faces together, an eerie "average" human face can be arrived at. But we see faces in things all the time,...
12:00 am - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot The Intel 4004 Microprocessor Turns 44
mcpublic writes: Today is the 44th anniversary of the Intel 4004, the pioneering 4-bit microprocessor that powered the first electronic taxi meters. According to the unaffiliated (and newly renamed) I...
12:00 am - Mon, November 16, 2015
Slashdot Anonymous Vows Revenge For ISIS Paris Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: As usual, Anonymous members are quicker to respond to threats than investigators and have announced #OpParis as revenge for the Paris attacks. Their action is similar to #O...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot Why Free Services From Telecoms Can Be a Problem On the Internet
HughPickens.com writes: T-Mobile said last week that it would let customers watch as many movies as they wanted on services like Netflix and HBO as well as all other kinds of video, without having it ...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Kills Off Zune Music Service
alphadogg writes: It's one of those "You mean it was still alive?" moments: Microsoft today officially has killed off its Zune music streaming and download service. The company notified users in Septe...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot Spaghetti Strainer Helmet Driver's License Photo Approved On Religious Grounds
PolygamousRanchKid writes with the news (widely reported, here an excerpt from the story as carried by Immortal News) that [i]n the Massachusetts city of Lowell, a woman identifying herself as a follo...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot Intel Flagship Core I7-6950X Broadwell-E To Offer 10-Cores, 20-Threads, 25MB L3
MojoKid writes: Intel has made a habit of launching enthusiast versions of previous generations processors after it releases it a new architecture. As was the case with Intel's Haswell architecture, h...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot FCC Clarifies: It's Legal To Hack Your Router
Mark Wilson writes with an update to an earlier report that the wording of new FCC regulations could mean that it would be illegal to modfiy the software running on wireless routers by installing alte...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot Police Body Cameras Come With Pre-Installed Malware
An anonymous reader writes: The old Conficker worm was found on new police body cameras that were taken out of the box by security researchers from iPower Technologies. The worm is detected by almost ...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot GPS Always Overestimates Distances
mikejuk writes: Have you had a suspicion that your GPS app is overestimating the distance traveled? It is something that runners and walkers complain about a lot. If so, you are probably correct -- bu...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot 'Twas the Week Before the Week of Black Friday
theodp writes: It's almost time for America's answer to the Running of the Bulls (YouTube), kids. So, if you're dreaming of a cheap tech Christmas, it's time to peruse the 2015 Black Friday ads and ma...
10:00 am - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot Quantum Entanglement Survives, Even Across an Event Horizon
StartsWithABang writes: One of the more puzzling phenomena in our quantum Universe is that of entanglement: two particles remain in mutually indeterminate states until one is measured, and then the ot...
08:00 am - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot Huawei Battery Upgrade Means Dramatically Faster Charging For Mobile Devices
Computerworld reports a welcome development for everyone with battery powered portable electronics, which might just have applications further afield, too (like electric cars): Huawei has developed a ...
04:00 am - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot An Algorithm To Facilitate Uber-Style Dynamic Phone Tariffs
An anonymous reader writes: A new paper proposes an algorithm to help network providers furnish 'surge' pricing for mobile data and other network communications, citing a 50% shortfall between demand ...
04:00 am - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot Belgian Home Affairs Minister: Terrorists CommunIcate Via Playstation 4
bricko writes with story at Quartz reporting the words of Belgium's home affairs minister Jan Jambon, who says that ISIL operators communicate using their PlayStation 4s; "which allows terrorists to c...
12:00 am - Sun, November 15, 2015
Slashdot Chrome V8 JavaScript Exploit Leaves All Android Devices Ripe For Attack
MojoKid writes: If you're an Android user that makes heavy use of Google's Chrome web browser (and what Android user doesn't?), you'll want to pay close attention to a new exploit that has the capabil...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Undervalued, Livable American Tech Towns?
An anonymous reader writes: I've been working in tech as a software developer for about 15 years. As I've gotten older I'm starting to see the appeal of living in a city that's not crazily blown out a...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Experiment On Public Pre-reviewing and Discussion of Workshop Paper Submissions
An anonymous reader writes: The ADAPT workshop (6th international workshop on adaptive, self-tuning computing systems) is trying a new publication model: all papers have been submitted via Arxiv, are ...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Neurons Can Be Changed From One Type To Another, Communication Paths Rewired
schwit1 writes: A newly published study from Harvard biologists [here's a link to the paywalled paper's summary] shows how neurons can be dramatically changed from one type into another from within th...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot In France, TGV Test Train Catches Fire, Derails, Killing 10
McGruber writes with the Mirror's report that: Earlier today in Eckwersheim, France, TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) 2369 Test Train caught fire, derailed and overturned. Two carriages were partiall...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Dubai Buys Commercial Jetpacks For Firefighters
_Sharp'r_ writes: Want to fly a jetpack? Join the fire department in Dubai. In a skyscraper filled city where cops drive Ferraris and Lamborghinis, it was actually cheaper to buy twenty $150K jetpacks...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Brazilian Army Gets Hacked After Allegations of Cheating In Security Cyber-Games
An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous hackers breached the servers of the Brazilian Army, and later leaked the personal details of around 7,000 officers. The incident seems to stem from CTF games wher...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Paris Attacks; Death Toll At 127
The L.A. Times reports that Islamic State, the group variously known as ISIL, ISIS, and Daesh, has claimed responsibility for the multi-pronged terror attack yesterday in Paris which left at least 128...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Freeciv Founded 20 Years Ago Today
Andreas(R) writes to note that the Freeciv project today turns 20. The GPL'd project "was founded on November 14 1995, by Peter Joachim Unold, Claus Leth Gregersen and Allan Ove Kjeldbjerg. The three ...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Beats Music To Shut Down November 30
UnknowingFool writes: After November 30, Beats Music subscriptions will be cancelled and no longer work, according to Apple. Subscribers can use Apple Music, which has many of the same features. This ...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Open Sources Its Machine Learning Toolkit
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has this week made its Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit (DMTK) openly available to the developer community. Researchers at the Microsoft Asia lab have release...
10:00 am - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Earth May Have Kept Its Own Water Rather Than Getting It From Asteroids
sciencehabit writes: Carl Sagan famously dubbed Earth the 'pale blue dot' for our planet's abundant water. But where this water came from—and when it arrived—has been a longstanding debate...
08:00 am - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Ad Networks Using Inaudible Sound To Link Phones, Tablets and Other Devices
ourlovecanlastforeve writes with a link to Ars Technica's report of a new way for ads to narrow in on their target: high-pitched sounds that can make ad tracking cross devices and contexts. From the a...
04:00 am - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot BadBarcode Attack Forces Host System To Carry Out Commands
msm1267 writes: Researchers at this week's PacSec 2015 conference in Tokyo demonstrated how they were able to inject special control characters into a barcode, so that a barcode reader will 'press' ho...
02:00 am - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Lunar Scientist Proposes Dozens of Impact Probes To Map Moon's Water
MarkWhittington writes: Water ice believed by scientists to reside at the lunar poles is the key to opening up the solar system to human activity. The water could help sustain a lunar settlement. It c...
12:00 am - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Explosions and Multiple Shootings In Paris, Possible Hostages
An anonymous reader writes: Multiple sources are reporting that at least 18 people are dead across three shootings in central Paris. The Associated Press reports as many as 26, as of this writing. Som...
12:00 am - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Rolls Out Major Fall Update To Windows 10
Ammalgam writes: Microsoft has rolled out a major update to Windows 10 called the Fall Update, November Update or Threshold 2. The update is now publicly available for everyone to download. Microsoft ...
12:00 am - Sat, November 14, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Has 'No Plans' To Offer Firefox Without Pocket
An anonymous reader writes: In June, Mozilla integrated Pocket into Firefox, garnering a mixed response from the browser's community. This week, VentureBeat stumbled upon a Bugzilla ticket (bug 121569...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Star Trek: Renegades Working On Episodes 2 and 3
JoSch1337 writes: The last time Star Trek: Renegades was on Slashdot was in 2013. It's an independent, canon-faithful Trek series with high production values and some of the actors from the TV shows. ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Space Exploration Politics -- and an Explanation of the Apollo Flag 'Mystery' (Video)
Meet Tom Moser. And here's another NASA oral history interview with him. And we interviewed him last week ourselves. Tom has been involved, one way or another, as engineer or manager, with every Ameri...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Laser Strikes On Aircraft Increasing In Frequency
puddingebola writes: The FAA is reporting a record number of laser strikes on aircraft for 2015. From the article: "The Federal Aviation Administration recorded 5,352 laser strikes through Oct. 16, up...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Terminal Emulator Do You Use?
An anonymous reader writes: Although I spend a considerable amount of my time at work using shell commands and other text-based applications, I've never really given much thought to what terminal emul...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Hour of Code 2015 Star Wars Tutorial: Spare the IF Statement, Spoil the Child?
theodp writes: Teaching U.S. K-12 kids their programming fundamentals in past Hours of Code were an IF-fy Bill Gates and a LOOP-y Mark Zuckerberg. Interestingly, the new signature tutorial — Sta...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot SteamOS Gaming Performance Lags Well Behind Windows
New submitter NotDrWho writes: As reported by Ars Technica: "With this week's official launch of Valve's Linux-based Steam Machine line (for non-pre-orders), we decided to see if the new OS could stan...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Windows 3.1 Glitch Causes Problems At French Airport -- Wait, 3.1?
OakDragon writes: Microsoft has tamped down the earth on XP's grave, steered Internet Explorer toward the nursing home, and is trying to convince everyone Windows 10 is a bright up-and-comer. But in t...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Quebec Introduces Bill To Mandate ISP Website Blocking
An anonymous reader writes: The Government of Quebec has introduced new legislation that requires Internet service providers to block access to unlicensed online gambling sites. The provisions are con...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Self-Encrypting Drives Hardly Any Better Than Software-Based Encryption
itwbennett writes: The main security benefit of Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) is that the encryption key is not stored in the OS memory, but on the disk itself, which makes it less exposed to theft. H...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot UK May Blacklist Homeopathy
New submitter Maritz writes: Vindication may be on the horizon for people who defer to reality in matters of health — UK ministers are considering whether homeopathy should be put on a blacklist...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Gene Amdahl, Pioneer of Mainframe Computing, Dies At 92
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that Dr. Gene Amdahl, who played a crucial role in developing the IBM System/360 series mainframes and formulated Amdahl's law, has died at the age of ...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's Out There For Poor Vision?
hackwrench writes: I like to read on my computer, but when I resize text to be comfortably big, web pages and browsers handle it badly, and some applications don't offer an option to enlarge. Some app...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Quantum Dots Made From Fool's Gold Boost Battery Performance
Science_afficionado writes: A lot of attempts have been made to use nanocrystals to improve battery performance, but the results have been disappointing. The problem is that when the size of the cryst...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot It's Way Too Easy To Hack the Hospital
schwit1 sends along a lengthy piece from Bloomberg about the chaos currently surrounding medical device security: The Mayo Clinic had assembled an all-star team of about a dozen computer jocks, invest...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Bank of England's Andy Haldane Warns Smart Machines Could Take 15M UK Jobs
New submitter Colin Robotenomics writes In an important new paper based on a speech at the trade union congress in London, Andy Haldane Chief Economist at the Bank of England and Executive Director of...
10:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Mac App Store Apps 'Damaged' Following Security Certificate Bug
An anonymous reader writes: A slew of complaints are emerging against Apple after users were forced to delete and re-install Mac App Store apps in the wake of a major security management error. The pr...
06:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Google Car Pulled Over For Driving Too Slow, Doesn't Get a Ticket
New submitter slickwillie writes: A Google self-driving car was pulled over for going too slow. A photo uploaded to Facebook by Zandr Milewski shows one of Google's self-driving cars being pulled over...
06:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Boot Camps Introducing More Women To Tech
Nerval's Lobster writes: A new study from Course Report suggests that boot camps are introducing more women to the tech-employment pipeline. Data for the study came from 769 graduates from 43 qualifyi...
04:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Same Birthday, Same Social Security Number, Same Mess For Two Florida Women
itwbennett writes: After 25 years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has fessed up to giving two Florida women who shared a name and a birthday the same social security number. The women only r...
02:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Usernames Reveal the Age and Psychology of Game Players
limbicsystem writes: Your online name can reveal a lot about you. Researchers from the University of York and Riot Games have shown that information harvested from the usernames of players who signed ...
02:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Hacked Amazon Echo Controls a Wheelchair
An anonymous reader writes with a cool hack for making an electric wheelchair voice activated. Robotics Trends reports: "Amazon Echo, which is designed around your voice, answers to 'Alexa' and can te...
12:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot Apple Apparently Planning Mobile Peer-To-Peer Payment Service
An anonymous reader writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning peer-to-peer services (paywalled) as an adjunct to its Apple Pay system. The company is said to be in talks with maj...
12:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2015
Slashdot PostgreSQL Getting Parallel Query
New submitter iamvego writes: A major feature PostgreSQL users have requested for some time now is to have the query planner "parallelize" a query. Now, thanks to Robert Haas and Amit Kapila, this has...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Automated Verification For Uploaded Files?
VernonNemitz writes: There are a lot of ways for hackers to abuse a web site, but it seems to me that one of them is receiving less attention than it deserves. This is the simple uploading of a malwar...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot New Android Phones Hijackable With Chrome Exploit
mask.of.sanity writes: Google's Chrome for Android has been popped with a single exploit that could lead to the compromise of any handset. The exploit, showcased at MobilePwn2Own at the PacSec confere...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Plans To Remove Support For Firefox Complete Themes
AmiMoJo writes: Mozilla's engineers have announced the removal of Firefox complete themes as a way to lighten the browser core and remove a feature they don't see as heavily used any more. "Personas",...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Determine If One Is On a Watchlist?
An anonymous reader writes: On Slashdot, we joke about it all the time: 'I did a Google search for 'pressure cooker' and I connected a bunch of times to the Tor network to download some Linux distribu...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Paper Retracted After Anti-Immigrant Scientist Bans Use of His Software
sciencehabit writes: An 11-year-old research paper describing Treefinder, a computer program used by evolutionary biologists, has been retracted after the program's developer banned its use in Europea...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Google's New About Me Tool Is the Anti-Google
An anonymous reader writes: Google has launched a new tool called About me that lets you see, edit, and remove the personal information that the company's services show to other users. Google confirme...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot How Rocket League Brought Psyonix Back From the Brink
An anonymous reader writes: Rocket League has proved to be the surprise hit of the year, but a new interview with Dave Hagewood, CEO of developer Psyonix reveals that it almost didn't happen at all. A...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot New Ransomware Business Cashing In On CryptoLocker's Name
itwbennett writes: A new service launched this week on a standalone Darknet website offering ransomware called CryptoLocker Service to anyone willing to pay a small fee and 10% of the collected ransom...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Getting Started With GNU Radio
An anonymous reader writes: Software Defined Radio must be hard to create, right? Tools like GNU Radio and GNU Radio Companion make it much easier to build radios that can tune AM, FM, and even many d...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Prison Hack Shows Attorney-Client Privilege Violation
Advocatus Diaboli writes with this excerpt from The Intercept: An enormous cache of phone records obtained by The Intercept reveals a major breach of security at Securus Technologies, a leading provid...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Launches Firefox For IOS
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox for iOS worldwide. You can download the new browser for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch now directly from Apple's App Store (iOS 8.2 or later re...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Bluetooth 2016 Roadmap Brings Fourfold Range Increase and Mesh Networking
An anonymous reader writes: The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced its roadmap for Bluetooth Smart in 2016, promising a fourfold range increase in the low-energy, IoT-oriented versio...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Broadband Bills Will Have To Increase To Pay For Snooper's Charter, MPs Warned
An anonymous reader writes that the UK's Science and Technology Select Committee has been told that ISP's will have huge problems implementing the so-called snooper's charter, and may be forced to rai...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Backwards Compatibility For Xbox One Launches
SlappingOysters writes: What is old is new again as backwards compatibility arrives on the Xbox One as part of a dashboard update. Finder has the full list of 104 launch games for the service, and has...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Tor Project Claims FBI Paid University Researchers $1m To Unmask Tor Users
An anonymous reader writes: Have Carnegie Mellon University researchers been paid by the FBI to unmask a subset of Tor users so that the agents could discover who operated Silk Road 2.0 and other crim...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Comet Catalina To Pass By Earth For the Final Time
StartsWithABang writes: Originating from the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud, comets are generally thought of as periodic objects, with their initial trajectories having been perturbed by either Neptun...
10:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Head of Indonesia's Anti-Drug Agency Proposes Using Crocodiles To Guard Prisons
HughPickens.com writes: BBC reports that Budi Waseso, the head of Indonesia's anti-drugs agency has proposed building a prison island guarded by crocodiles to house death-row drug convicts and says cr...
06:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Uber South Africa Launches $500 a Month Car Lease Which Includes Replacing Tires
An anonymous reader writes: Taxi hailing platform Uber has experimented with vehicle financing schemes around the world this year: it launched a pilot program for car loans in three US towns in the su...
04:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook: "Microsoft Surface Book Tries Too Hard To Do Too Much"
MojoKid writes: Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't making any friends on the PC side of the aisle this week. Cook took to the interview circuit this week to heavily promote the release of the new 12.9-inch iPad...
02:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Justice Officials Fear Nation's Biggest Wiretap Operation May Not Be Legal
schwit1 writes with news about a vast wiretapping program and questions about it's legality. USA Today reports: "Federal drug agents have built a massive wiretapping operation in the Los Angeles subur...
02:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Linux Ransomware Has Predictable Key, Automated Decryption Tool Released
itwbennett writes: Last week a new piece of ransomware was discovered that targets Linux servers. Yesterday, researchers at Bitdefender discovered a critical flaw in how the ransomware (dubbed Linux.E...
12:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Ivan Ristic and SSL Labs: How One Man Changed the Way We Understand SSL
An anonymous reader writes: Ivan Ristic is well-known in the information security world, and his name has become almost a synonym for SSL Labs, a project he started in early 2009. Before that, he was ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot MST3K Is Kickstarting Back To Life
New submitter kevin lyda writes: The creator of MST3K wants to bring it back. Anywhere from just three episodes up to a full season. Joel is also including options to make it DRM-free. Wired reports: ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2015
Slashdot Tech Pros' Struggle For Work-Life Balance Continues
Nerval's Lobster writes: Work-life balance among technology professionals is very much in the news following a much-discussed New York Times article about workday conditions at Amazon. That piece pain...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot New Algorithm Recognizes Both Good and Bad Fake Reviews
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the university of Sao Paolo have developed an algorithm able to identify both good and bad online reviews in the massive daily chatter of millions of peer-...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Even the CEO's Job Is Susceptible To Automation, McKinsey Report Says
colinneagle sends word that according to anew report it's not just blue collar workers who need to be concerned about being replaced with a robot, top execs should be worried too. According to Network...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Classified Report On the CIA's Secret Prisons Is Caught In Limbo
sandbagger writes: A 6,700-page report that cost $40 million to produce is being blocked from circulation by the US Department of Justice by relabeling it as a Congressional Record, even though it isn...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Google Will Retire Chrome Support For XP, Vista, OS X 10.6-8 In April 2016
An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced it is extending Chrome support for Windows XP until April 2016. The company will also end Chrome support for Windows Vista, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, OS ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Stack Overflow Co-Founder Jeff Atwood a Question
Jeff Atwood is an author, entrepreneur, and software developer. He runs the popular programming blog Coding Horror and is the co-founder of Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange Network. In early 2012...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot New Book Sold Out Offers a Look At the H-1B Debate
theodp writes: The New York Post has published an excerpt from Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires and Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America's Best and Brightest Workers, a new book on ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Webmail Services Struggling Against DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago, privacy-oriented webmail service ProtonMail was hit by a massive DDoS attack, which was accompanied by extortion. It turns out they're not the only ones. Fa...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot App Companies Propose New Model For Worker Benefits
itwbennett writes: In late October, four delivery drivers for the app-based Amazon Prime Now service filed a class-action lawsuit alleging the company misclassifies its workers as contractors. In June...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot TV Networks Cutting Back On Commercials
An anonymous reader writes: Cable providers aren't the only ones feeling pressure from cord cutters. The TV networks themselves are losing viewers the same way. A lot of those viewers are going to Net...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Massive Hacking Ring Stole Data From 100 Million Bank Customers
An anonymous reader writes: Court documents unsealed yesterday tie together cybersecurity breaches at several different banks and financial institutions as being caused by the same group of criminals....
04:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Putting Servers In Germany To Keep User Data Away From US Intelligence
An anonymous reader writes: Ever since the Snowden leaks, people and businesses in foreign countries have been wary about hosting sensitive data on U.S. soil for fear intelligence agencies would be ab...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Bill Confirming Property Rights For Asteroid Miners Passes the Senate
MarkWhittington writes: The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee announced the passage of a bill called H.R.2262 — SPACE Act of 2015, which is designed to facilitate commercial...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Astronomers Spot Most Distant Object In the Solar System
sciencehabit writes: Astronomers have found the most distant known object in our solar system, three times farther away than Pluto. The dwarf planet, which has been designated v774104, is between 500 ...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Viewing Data Harvested From Smart TVs Used To Push Ads To Other Screens?
chicksdaddy writes: In the latest episode of EULA overreach, electronics maker Vizio Holdings has been called out by the non profit investigative reporting outfit ProPublica for an on-by-default featu...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot With Respect To Gaming, Android Still Lags Behind iOS
An anonymous reader writes: No matter what you think about the Android/iOS divide from either a hardware or software perspective, there's simply no getting around the fact that many developers still t...
08:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA Releases JTX1 ARM Board That Competes With Intel's Skylake i7-6700K
An anonymous reader writes: NVIDIA has unveiled the Jetson TX1 development board powered by their Tegra X1 SoC. The Jetson TX1 has a Maxwell GPU capable of 1 TFLOP/s, four 64-bit ARM A57 processors, 4...
06:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot DARPA Is About To Start Testing an Autonomous, Submarine-Hunting Drone
merbs writes: Early next year, DARPA will begin testing a 132-foot unmanned submarine-hunting ocean drone in San Diego. Slapped with the cumbersome title of Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unm...
04:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Fantasy Sports Sites Ordered To Stop Taking Bets In New York State
HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports that in a major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans, the New York State attorney general ...
02:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot DNA Data From California Newborn Blood Samples Stored, Sold To 3rd Parties
schwit1 writes: "This might come as a surprise to California natives in their 20s and early 30s: The state owns your DNA. Every year about four million newborns in the U.S. get a heel prick at birth, ...
02:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot 2016 Presidential Candidate Security Investigation
New submitter Fryan writes: InfoSec Institute has assessed the security posture of 16 of the presidential candidates' websites. This is an indicator of the level of security awareness the candidate an...
12:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 820 With Adreno 530 Graphics For Mobile Devices
MojoKid writes: Qualcomm held an event in New York City today to demonstrate for the first time its highly anticipated Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (SoC). More than just a speed bump and refresh of t...
12:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot The Two Modern Space Races
MarkWhittington writes: Observers of the current state of the space program like to maintain that a space race, such as occurred in the 1960s, will never happen again. They cannot be farther from the ...
12:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2015
Slashdot Unhashable: Why Fingerprints Are Weaker Security Than Passwords
szczys writes: Fingerprints aren't terribly secure; you leave them on almost everything you touch. Many people won't realize that fingerprints can be captured and reproduced from casual photographs. I...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Stanford Creates Tricorder-Like Devices For Detecting Cancer and Explosives
An anonymous reader writes: A new technology has promise to safely find buried plastic explosives and maybe even spot fast-growing tumors. The technique involves the clever interplay of microwaves and...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot With TensorFlow, Google Open Sources Its Machine Learning Resources
smaxp writes: Google has announced the open source release of TensorFlow, its machine learning software library. "TensorFlow has extensive built-in support for deep learning, but is far more general t...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Harnessing Conflict in the Workplace (video)
Nigel Dessau has written a book titled Become a 21st Century Executive: Breaking Away from the Pack. One thing he mentions both in his book and in conversation is that you should harness conflict in t...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Open Source Anniversaries: 6 Years of Go, 11 of Firefox
digitalPhant0m writes: Six years ago today the Go language was released as an open source project. Since then, more than 780 contributors have made over 30,000 commits to the project's 22 repositories...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot How Outsourcing Companies Are Gaming the H-1B Visa System
New submitter shakah writes: The NY Times has a straightforward summary of how the H-1B Visa system is being gamed by companies inside and outside of the United States. Particularly interesting for me...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Proof-of-Concept Ransomware Affects Macs
sarahnaomi writes: Ransomware, the devilish family of malware that locks down a victim's files until he or she coughs up a hefty bounty, may soon be coming to Mac. Last week, a Brazilian security rese...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Symbolic vs. Mnemonic Relational Operators: Is "GT" Greater Than ">"?
theodp writes: Mnemonic operators," writes SAS's Rick Wicklin as he weighs the pros-and-cons of Symbolic Versus Mnemonic Logical Operators, "tend to appear in older languages like FORTRAN, whereas sym...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot The Dark Net Drug Market That Survived Ukraine's Civil War
Patrick O'Neill writes: As Ukraine holds on to an increasingly delicate peace, the country remains divided by armed troops. There is, however, at least one thing that moves reliably through the cities...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot "Fallout 4" Release Raises Questions About Reviews of Buggy Games
RogueyWon writes: Fallout 4, the latest instalment in the long-running video-game series and one of the most hyped titles of the year, was released on 10 November. The game has generally been reviewin...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot In Ireland, All RC and Drones Over 1kg To Be Registered
New submitter charliehotel writes: The Irish Aviation Authority announced that it will have its drone registry up and running by December 21st this year. This registry will be the first of its kind in...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Dorms For Grownups: a Solution For Lonely Millennials?
HughPickens.com writes: Alana Semuels writes in The Atlantic that Millennials want the chance to be alone in their own bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, but they also want to be social and never lone...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Sony To End Sales of Betamax Tapes Next Year
AmiMoJo writes: In March 2016 Sony will finally end sales of its Betamax video tapes. The firm revealed on its website that it will also stop shipping the Micro MV cassette, used in video cameras. Son...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot ProtonMail Restores Services After Epic DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: After several days of intense work, Switzerland-based end-to-end encrypted e-mail provider ProtonMail has largely mitigated the DDoS attacks that made it unavailable for fo...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Open Source Back-Up Tool For Business?
New submitter xerkot writes: I am looking for a tool to make backups of PCs in a big company. We want to replace the one that we are using at this moment for this new one. The tool will be used to do ...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Gambling Could Reveal Which Scientific Studies Are Worth Their Salt
sciencehabit writes with this interesting story about using prediction markets to weed out false positives in scientific experiments. From the article: "Gambling is frowned upon in many circles. But w...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Icy Volcanoes May Erupt On Pluto
An anonymous reader writes: The New Horizons probe may have discovered two possible ice volcanoes on the surface of Pluto. "These are two really extraordinary features. Nothing like this has ever been...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot UK Gov't Can Demand Backdoors, Give Prison Sentences For Disclosing Them
An anonymous reader writes with some of the latest news about the draft Investigatory Powers Bill. Ars reports: "Buried in the 300 pages of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill (aka the Snooper's Chart...
10:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot The Dawn of the Robotic Chef
pRobotika writes: When Moley announced its robotic kitchen back in April, the media jumped on the story as a promising glimpse into the future. But how realistic are robot chefs? Robotics' professiona...
08:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot 8 of the 10 Top Security Flaws Used By Cyber-Criminals This Year Were Flash Bugs
An anonymous reader writes: Adobe Flash Player provided eight of the top 10 vulnerabilities used by exploit kits in 2015. Angler is currently the most popular exploit kit, regularly tied to malware in...
06:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot The UK Will Police the Dark Web With a New Task Force
An anonymous reader writes with news that the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and its top police counterpart, the National Crime Agency have formed a new unit to take on onli...
04:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot Fury and Fear In Ohio As IT Jobs Go To India
ErichTheRed writes: A company called Cengage Learning now joins the Toys 'R Us, Disney and Southern California Edison IT offshoring club. Apparently, even IT workers in low-cost parts of the country a...
02:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot TAG Heuer Launches "Connected" Android Wear Smartwatch With Intel Inside
MojoKid writes: Today, TAG Heuer officially announced its Connected Watch, which is its fist watch to run Google's Android Wear operating system. $1,500 may sound like a lot to spend on a smartwatch, ...
02:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot The Sophisticated Business of Today's Most Nasty Phishing Attacks
snydeq writes: Forget Nigerian princes — today's spearphishing is sophisticated business, fooling even the most seasoned security pros, writes InfoWorld's Roger A. Grimes, in a look at what sets...
12:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot What Happened To Passenger Hovercraft?
An anonymous reader writes: Although much has been written about hoverboards lately, hovercraft have largely faded from public imagination, BBC News reports. The Bond-esque 1960's sensation proved too...
12:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot China, Russia Try To Hack Australia's Upcoming Submarine Plans
An anonymous reader writes: Chinese and Russian spies have attempted to hack into the top secret details of Australia's future submarines (paywalled), with both Beijing and Moscow believed to have mou...
12:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot SETI Fails To Detect Signals Coming From KIC 8462852
MarkWhittington writes: Rare excitement spread through the scientific community and the media when data from the Kepler Space Telescope indicated something strange going on around a star 1,500 light y...
12:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2015
Slashdot The Internet Falls For Rumblr, a Fake "Tinder For Fighting" App
HughPickens.com writes: Caitlin Dewey writes at the Washington Post that Rumblr, a "Tinder for fighting," promises to bring fight club straight to your smartphone that lets users schedule consensual, ...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Baidu Data Research Reveals China's Ghost Cities
An anonymous reader writes: Chinese web services giant, Baidu, has embarked on a new study in which it uses location information from users' mobile devices, as well as mapping and building data, to id...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot US Judge Rules Against NSA In Phone Spying Case
An anonymous reader writes with news that a federal judge ordered the NSA to immediately end its collection of call records associated with a California lawyer and his law firm. Reuters reports: "Oppo...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Comcast Resets Nearly 200,000 Passwords After Customer List Goes On Sale
itwbennett writes: Over the weekend a Dark Web marketplace had 590,000 Comcast email addresses and passwords for sale, offering the entire list for $1,000, writes CSO's Steve Ragan. Saturday evening R...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Global Temperature Set To Reach 1 Degree C Over Pre-Industrial Levels
Layzej writes: Based on data from January to September, the HadCRUT dataset shows 2015 global mean temperature at 1.02 degrees C (±0.11 degrees C) above pre-industrial levels for the first time. ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Mathematician Neil Sloane a Question
Considered by many to be one of the most influential mathematicians alive today, Neil Sloane has made major contributions to the fields of sphere packing, combinatorics, and error-correcting codes. He...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot US Spends $1bn Over a Decade Trying To Digitize Immigration Forms, Just 1 Is Online
Bruce66423 writes: A government project to digitize immigration forms succeeded in enabling exactly one application to be completed and submitted after 10 years of work because of the botched software...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot How One Company Is Bringing Old Video Games Back From the Dead
harrymcc writes: Night Dive Studios is successfully reviving old video games — not the highest-profile best-sellers of the past, but cult classics such as System Shock 2, The 7th Guest, Strife, ...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot No Such Thing As 'Unlimited' Data
An anonymous reader writes: According to an article at Wired, the era of 'unlimited' data services is coming to an end. Carriers don't give them out anymore unless they're hobbled, and they're even in...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Coming Set-top Box Mandate May Help Break Pay TV Firms' Hold Over Viewers
Joe_Dragon sends a report from the LA Times about proposed regulations that could disrupt the cable industry's hold on consumers by targeting set-top boxes. These boxes are required to view most pay-T...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Google's Robotics Group Lacks Leadership
An anonymous reader writes: Google has been snapping up promising robotics companies for the past several years, placing them in a division internally called "Replicant." But the division itself is st...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Tiny PCs To Drive Dozens of NOC Monitors?
mushero writes: We are building out a new NOC with dozens of LCD monitors and need ideas for what PCs to use to drive all those monitors. What is small and easy to stack, rack, power, manage, replace,...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot The Neuroscientist Who Tested a Brain Implant On Himself
An anonymous reader writes: Our understanding of the brain has come a long way in the past thirty years, but most brain-related medical procedures remain incredibly complicated and dangerous. Neurolog...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Science's "Breakthrough" Winners Earn Over $21 Million In Prizes
An anonymous reader writes: Founded by Sergey Brin of Google, Anne Wojcicki of 23andme, Mark Zuckerberg and others, the Breakthrough Prize Awards honor the world's greatest scientists and their discov...
12:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Persian Gulf Temperatures May Be At the Edge of Human Tolerance In 30 Years
An anonymous reader writes: According to a new climate study the Persian Gulf may become so hot and humid in the next 30 years that it will reach the threshold of human survivability. Ars reports: "Ex...
08:00 am - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot ABC's 'BattleBots' Reboot Will Come Back For a Second Season
An anonymous reader writes: Good news if you're a fan of watching robots fight or just flail around in a corner. ABC has renewed BattleBots for a second season. According to The Wrap: "Following the s...
06:00 am - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot WordPress Now Powers 25% of the Web
An anonymous reader writes: According to data from W3Techs one in four websites is now powered by WordPress. According to the report: "WordPress is used by 58.7% of all the websites whose content mana...
02:00 am - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Intel Skylake-U For Laptops Posts Solid Gains In Testing, Especially Graphics
MojoKid writes: Intel's 6th Generation Skylake family of Core processors has been available for some time now for desktops. However, the mobile variant of Skylake is perhaps Intel's most potent incarn...
02:00 am - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Electric-Car Startup Faraday Future Building a $1 Billion Factory In California
An anonymous reader writes: Faraday Future, an electric car startup based in California, wants to take on Tesla and is building a $1 billion factory in the California. Business Insider reports: "The s...
12:00 am - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot Rural Mississippi: The Land That the Internet Era Forgot
New submitter lesedeuezghe writes with this Wired story by W. Ralph Eubanks about the efforts of the Extension Service to broaden its scope from mostly agricultural information to bringing broadband t...
12:00 am - Mon, November 9, 2015
Slashdot British Spaceplane Skylon Could Revolutionize Space Travel
MarkWhittington writes: The problem of lowering the cost of sending people and cargo into low Earth orbit has vexed engineers since the dawn of the space age. Currently, the only way to go into space ...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Nominated For Nobel Prize
HughPickens.com writes: Nobel Prizes are given for making important — preferably fundamental — breakthroughs in the realm of ideas and that just what Satoshi Nakamoto has done according to...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Badly-Coded Ransomware Locks User Files and Throws Away Encryption Key
An anonymous reader writes: A new ransomware family was not tested by its developer and is encrypting user files and then throwing away the encryption key because of an error in its programming. The r...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Going Dark Crypto Debate Going Nowhere
msm1267 writes: FBI general counsel James Baker reiterated a theme his boss James Comey started months ago, that Silicon Valley needs to find a solution to the "Going Dark" encryption problem. Two cry...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot The FCC Says It Can't Force Google and Facebook To Stop Tracking Their Users
An anonymous reader writes: The FCC announced that it will not prevent Facebook, Google, and other websites from not honoring users' Do Not Track requests that make it difficult for them to track onli...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Interactive Fiction Competition Enters Its Third Decade
An anonymous reader writes: Voting is concluding this week for the 21st Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. All the games are available free online, and on November 15th the contest's organizers w...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot VW Engineers Have Admitted Manipulating CO2 Emissions Data
An anonymous reader writes: According to a report in German newspaper Bild am Sonntag several Volkswagen engineers have come forward and admitted manipulating carbon dioxide emissions data, blaming th...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot AMD Sued Over Allegedly Misleading Bulldozer Core Count
An anonymous reader writes: A class action suit accuses AMD of misleading buyers about the number of cores in its Bulldozer-based CPUs. The complaint claims that the chips effectively had only four co...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Another $1 Million Crowdfunded Gadget Company Collapses
An anonymous reader writes: In 2012, a company raised over a million dollars on Indiegogo to build a robotic dragonfly. It was originally supposed to be delivered in 2013. Unfortunately for backers, t...
12:00 pm - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Vulnerability In Java Commons Library Leads To Hundreds of Insecure Applications
An anonymous reader writes: Stephen Breen from the FoxGlove Security team is calling attention to what he calls the "most underrated, underhyped vulnerability of 2015." It's a remote code execution ex...
08:00 am - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Fast Broadband To Be Classed a Fundamental Right in the UK
Mark Wilson writes: Every home and business in the UK will have access to "fast broadband" by 2020. This is the latest pledge from Prime Minister David Cameron, who said access to the internet "should...
06:00 am - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Israel 'To Review' Top Appointment After Facebook Controversy
HughPickens.com writes: BBC reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will "review" the appointment of his new communications director, Ran Baratz, over comments Baratz made on Facebook a...
02:00 am - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Hackers Who Hit CIA Director Break Into Law Enforcement Tools
An anonymous reader writes: The same group of hackers who hacked into the personal email account of CIA director John Brennan have now exploited a vulnerability to gain access to a private law enforce...
02:00 am - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot Corporations and OSS Do Not Mix
An anonymous reader writes: Ian Cordasco, a prolific open source developer, wrote a lengthy post about his experiences working on code that gets used by companies as part of their business. His basic ...
12:00 am - Sun, November 8, 2015
Slashdot $1 Bid Wins Government Open Source Software Purchasing Experiment
An anonymous reader writes: A couple weeks ago we discussed a project from a software team within the U.S. General Services Administration. Its goal was to set up a portal to let developers bid on the...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Before Barbie's Brainy Makeover, Mattel Execs Met With White House, Google
theodp writes: Mattel came under fire last November over its portrayal of Computer Engineer Barbie as incompetent. But the toymaker is now drawing kudos for its new Imagine the Possibilities Barbie ad...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Ransomware Found Targeting Linux Servers, MySQL, Git, Other Development Files
An anonymous reader writes: A new piece of ransomware has been discovered that targets Linux servers, looking to encrypt only files that are related to Web hosting, Web servers, MySQL, Subversion, Git...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot The European Commission Is Preparing a Frontal Attack On the Hyperlink
An anonymous reader writes: Julia Reda, a member of the European parliament, is sounding the alarm on new copyright legislation under development. She says the European Commission is considering copyr...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Hands-On With the Nintendo PlayStation
An anonymous reader writes: Several months ago, we got a look at a weird bit of technology: a Nintendo PlayStation prototype made in the late '80s during an unusual partnership between Sony and Ninten...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Steam Has Brought 1,600 Games To Linux In the Past Three Years
An anonymous reader writes: Today marks three years since Valve's Steam client went into beta on Linux. In that time over 1,600 games have become natively available for Linux. Going beyond having many...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot NSA Uses Vulnerabilities Before It Discloses Them, Keeps Some To Itself
An anonymous reader writes: The NSA, perhaps seeking to repair its reputation, has started talking about how it handles vulnerabilities in computer software. But in doing so, they've only confirmed th...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Muzzled Canadian Scientists Can Now Speak Freely With Public
Layzej writes: Over the last 10 years, policies were put in place to prevent Canadian scientists from freely discussing taxpayer-funded science with the public. "media relations contacts" were enliste...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline
An anonymous reader writes: The Keystone XL pipeline controversy is finally coming to a close. On Friday, President Obama denied a construction permit for the pipeline, ending a seven-year political f...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Autonomous Cars Aren't As Smart as They're Cracked Up To Be
Gill Pratt, executive technical adviser at Toyota, offers a note of caution, even as more car companies start putting AI elements into their cars. Speaking in Tokyo at the announcement of a Silicon Va...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Controversial Company Offers a New Way To Make a Baby
sciencehabit writes: A controversial fertility company called OvaScience is preoccupied by an enduring mystery in human biology--why eggs fail--and the palpable hope that we can do something about it....
10:00 am - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Scan a Book In Five Minutes With a $199 Scanner?
New submitter David Rothman writes: Scan a 300-page book in just five minutes or so? For a mere $199 and shipping — the current price on Indiegogo — a Chinese company says you can buy a de...
08:00 am - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot How a Mobile App Firm Found the XcodeGhost In the Machine
SpacemanukBEJY.53u writes: A Denver-based mobile app development company, Possible Mobile, had a tough time figuring out why Apple recently rejected its app from the App Store. After a lot of head scr...
04:00 am - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Jack McCauley's Next Challenge: the Perfect Head-Tracker For VR
Tekla Perry writes: He used a webcam and LEDs to do position tracking for the Oculus DK2, but Jack McCauley, co-founder of Oculus and now working independently, says that's the wrong approach. He like...
02:00 am - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot New vs. Old: a Comparison of 23andMe's Health Reports and the Raw Data
"With much fanfare," writes an anonymous reader, "last month 23andMe returned to reporting health information to their genetic service customers. How does their new service stack up?" According to the...
12:00 am - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Report: Google Wants To Design Its Own Smartphone Chips
An anonymous reader writes: Google has been stepping up its efforts to build higher quality Android phones, and one thing holding it back is Qualcomm's SoC technology. According to two reports in The ...
12:00 am - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot Pro-Privacy Webmail ProtonMail Pays Ransom, But Hit By DDoS Attack Anyway
An anonymous reader writes: The new pro-privacy, pro-encryption webmail service ProtonMail has been under a sustained DDoS attack since November 3. They received a ransom demand a few days ago, along ...
12:00 am - Sat, November 7, 2015
Slashdot TalkTalk Hack: 4% of Customers' Data Accessed In Cyber Security Breach
Amanda Parker writes: TalkTalk has announced that 156,959 customers had their personal details accessed as a result of the recent attack on its website, of which 15,656 bank account numbers and sort c...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Why New Antibiotics Never Come To Market
citadrianne writes: New antibiotics are generated naturally over time by bacteria, as weapons in their ongoing chemical warfare against other microbes. Predicting where and when they can be found reli...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Surry Nuclear Reactors To Extend Lifespan To 80 Years
QuantumPion writes: Dominion Virginia Power today will formally seek a second license extension for its Surry nuclear power plant, becoming the first utility in the U.S. to try to push the operating r...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Veteran Spaceflight Engineer Talks About Governance for Space Exploration (Video)
Meet Tom Moser. (And if that piece of oral spaceflight history wasn't enough, here's a second one.) He's been involved, one way or another, as engineer or manager, with every American manned space fli...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Breakthrough Algorithm Reported For Graph Isomorphsim
JoshuaZ writes: A major open problem in graph theory is how efficiently one can tell, given two graphs, whether or not they are isomorphic — that is, whether they're the same graph with just the...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Finland Releases National Emoji Collection
jones_supa writes: Finland has rolled out images of a couple in a sauna, a legendary Nokia phone (the 3310) and a heavy metal music fan as part of a set of official national emojis to be used in commu...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot The 'Trick' To Algorithmic Coding Interview Questions
Nerval's Lobster writes: Ah, the famous "Google-style" algorithmic coding interview. If you've never had one of these interviews before, the idea is to see if you can write code that's not only correc...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot 3D Printed Objects Found Toxic To Fish Embryos
itwbennett writes: Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have found that the parts of two common types of 3D printers are toxic to zebrafish embryos. The researchers made this discove...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Comcast Expanding Data Cap Locations, Training Reps To Avoid Subject
An anonymous reader sends news that Comcast is about to expand its 300GB data cap to more cities in the Southeastern U.S. "Newly capped areas include Little Rock, Arkansas; Houma, LaPlace, and Shrevep...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot LA's Smart LED Street Lights Boost Wireless Connectivity
An anonymous reader writes: Los Angeles will introduce a smart street lighting system, featuring connected LEDs and fully-integrated 4G LTE wireless technology. In a collaboration between Dutch tech f...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Linus's Thoughts on Linux Security
Rick Zeman writes: The Washington Post has a lengthy article on Linus Torvalds and his thoughts on Linux security. Quoting: "...while Linux is fast, flexible and free, a growing chorus of critics warn...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Should Programmers Be Called Engineers?
New submitter nervouscat writes: Game designer Ian Bogost argues that programmers shouldn't use the term "engineer" to describe themselves. He says the tech industry has "cheapened" the title, and tha...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Senators Attempting To Remove Robocall Loophole
New submitter bearded_yak writes: Last week, it was reported here that a loophole for debt collection robocalls had found its way into the budget bill. In the end, the loophole survived. Now, several ...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Canada Reinstates Mandatory Census, To Delight of Social Scientists
Eloking writes with news that the government of Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be reinstating the mandatory long-form census that the outgoing government had ended. Science report...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot MI5 'Secretly Collected Phone Data' For Decade
An anonymous reader writes: The UK's controversial Investigatory Powers draft legislation has acknowledged for the first time that British intelligence agency MI5 has been collecting huge amounts of d...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Y Combinator, the X Factor of Tech
universe520 writes: Since 2005 YC has taken on batches of promising founders, and this month will celebrate the funding of its 1,000th startup. Though about half of its startups have failed, which is ...
10:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Paris Data Center Not Too Noisy, After All
judgecorp writes: A Paris court has ruled that a suburban data center can continue to operate, reversing an earlier decision to close it down after protests from residents. The data center's owner, In...
06:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Follows Mozilla In Considering Early Ban On SHA-1 Certificates
itwbennett writes: Following the first successful collision attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm last month, Mozilla said that it was considering a cut-off of July 1, 2016 to start rejecting all SHA-...
06:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Apple Wages Battle To Keep App Store Malware-Free
alphadogg writes: Apple is facing growing challenges keeping suspicious mobile applications out of its App Store marketplace. Over the last two months, researchers have found thousands of apps that co...
04:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot When Slide Rules Were Like Cellphones
szczys writes: Slide Rules and Pocket Protectors are the go-to items when making fun of old-time geeks. Forget the pocket protectors. Slide Rules were the first personal computers and a status symbol ...
02:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot NASA's Maven Mission Solves the Mystery of Mars' Lost Atmosphere
StartsWithABang writes: If you came to the Solar System some 500 million years after its formation, you would've found two world with oceans of liquid water, continents and all the conditions we know ...
02:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Android App Mutates Source Code, Spreads Virally and Enables Mesh Networks
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the Delft University of Technology have developed a self-replicating, mutating Android app which can create on-the-fly mesh networks in the event of an inf...
12:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Ocean-Mapping Robots Could Help Uncover Mysteries of the Deep Blue
An anonymous reader writes: A swarm of pumpkin-shaped robots is being developed to map oceans, gathering maritime data for use in tourism, reef monitoring and anti-terrorism among other applications. ...
12:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot "Unsecured Memory Card" Prompts Election Fraud Investigation In Georgia
McGruber writes: On Tuesday, there was an election in Dekalb County, Georgia. An area of the county known as LaVista Hills voted on a referendum on whether they should incorporate into a brand-new cit...
12:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2015
Slashdot Sony PlayStation 4 Hits 500 Games Milestone
SlappingOysters writes: Finder is reporting that the catalogue of Sony PlayStation 4 games has just passed the 500 mark. The website has been tracking the install sizes of every PS4 game and in doing ...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Google Engineer Warns Against Perils of Buying Cheap, Third-Party USB-C Cables
MojoKid writes: A USB-C cable is just a cable. Or is it? Google engineer Benson Leung noted today that it's definitely not the case. Leung and his teammates at Google work inside of the Chromebook eco...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Crypto-Ransomware Encrypts Files "Offline"
An anonymous reader writes: Ransomware comes in various forms, and not all ransomware encrypts files — some just block computers until the ransom is paid. When the file encryption feature is inc...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Warns Employees About 'Million Mask March' On Seattle HQ Today
reifman writes: Amazon is warning employees not to wear clothing with company logos, and telling them to keep their badges out of sight as hundreds of people loyal to the hacktivist group Anonymous pl...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Secure, Yet Accessible E-mail Archive Storage?
New submitter mlts writes: As of now, I just leave E-mail in a 'received-2015' subfolder on my provider's server, adding a new folder yearly. With the rise of E-mail account intrusions (where even tho...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot First Remote-Access Trojan That Can Target Android, Linux, Mac and Windows
An anonymous reader writes: Hackers have put on sale OmniRAT, a remote access trojan that can target Androids, Linux, Mac, and Windows PCs. The tool costs $25-$50, which is only a fraction of $200-$30...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Sprint Faces Backlash For Adding MDM Software To Devices
itwbennett writes: On Wednesday, Sprint customer Johnny Kim discovered an in-store technician adding MDM software to his personal iPhone 6 without prior notice or permission. Kim took to Twitter with ...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Celebrating 30th Anniversary of the First C Compiler: Let's Find Bugs In It
New submitter Andrey_Karpov writes: Cfront is a C++ compiler which came into existence in 1983 and was developed by Bjarne Stroustrup ("30 YEARS OF C++"). At that time it was known as "C with Classes"...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot The $6,000 Computer Desk That Lets You Lie Down While You Work
HughPickens.com writes: We've all read about standing desks and treadmill desks but now Rachel Gillet reports at Business Insider about the Altwork Station, a workstation that allows users to sit, sta...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Lytro Announces World's First Light Field VR Camera
An anonymous reader writes: VR is easy for video games, but hard for live action: you don't know where the viewer will be in the virtual world, so you can't put the camera in the right place in the re...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership Released (Officially, This Time)
EmagGeek writes: The full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, has been officially released, and is available for the public to see. According to CNN, The TPP is a 12-nation deal that touche...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot BBC Lets Viewers Buy Shows and Episodes Permanently, But No 'Extras'
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has opened a new online store which lets viewers purchase TV programs that do not expire in its iPlayer streaming outlet after thirty days, but which apparently rem...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot UK and US Suspect That ISIS Bomb Took Down Flight 9268
An anonymous reader writes with a report from CNN that U.S. and UK intelligence agencies believe it is more likely than not that the destruction on October 31st of a Russian A321 jetliner in Sinai "wa...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Google-Supported CodeGirl Documentary Makes "Exclusive YouTube Premiere"
theodp writes: As part of our Made with Code and media perception initiatives," wrote YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki over at the Official Google Blog, "I'm excited that we're supporting award-winning docu...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Deep Magma Chambers Seen Beneath Mount St. Helens
sciencehabit writes with news that scientists have imaged the magma chambers responsible for the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. From the Science story: "Geoscientists have for the first time revealed...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot NASA's Cassini Discovers Hydrocarbon Dunes On Titan
MarkWhittington writes: NASA made an announcement that Titan, a moon of Saturn and the largest moon in the solar system, has hydrocarbon dunes. The discovery has highlighted the entirely alien nature ...
10:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Controversial New UK Internet Powers Bill Makes No Mention of VPNs
An anonymous reader writes: The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill presented by the UK Home Secretary Theresa May to Parliament today has caused controversy because it proposes new legislation to force U...
10:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 Released
MasterPatricko writes: In what they're calling the first "hybrid" distribution release, the openSUSE project have announced the availability of openSUSE Leap 42.1. Built on a core of SUSE Linux Enterp...
06:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Cloud Growth Spurs Data Center Land Grab In Northern Virginia
1sockchuck writes: Data center developers are buying up land in northern Virginia, preparing for explosive growth of cloud computing infrastructure. Digital Realty just bought land in Ashburn, Virgini...
04:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Latest EMET Bypass Targets WoW64 Windows Subsystem
msm1267 writes: Backwards compatibility, a necessary evil for Microsoft and its need to support so many legacy applications on Windows, may be its undoing as researchers have found a way to exploit th...
04:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Emerging Technologies and the Future of Humanity
Lasrick writes: Brad Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics and founding chair of the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security at Arizona State Uni...
02:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Smart Electronics For a Marathoner?
New submitter IMightB writes: My question is basically what is the best smart watch style device for runners. Must have features GPS, bluetooth and music storage for roughly 5 hours of use during a ma...
02:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot FireEye: Many Companies Still Running XcodeGhost-Infected Apple Apps
itwbennett writes: In September, more than 4,000 applications were found to have been modified with a counterfeit version of Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost. On Tuesday, FireEye said in a blog post that it h...
12:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Nine Out of Ten of the Internet's Top Websites Are Leaking Your Data
merbs writes: The vast majority of websites you visit are sending your data to third-party sources, usually without your permission or knowledge. That's not exactly breaking news, but the sheer scale ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Federal Prison System Wants Anti-Drone Technology
coondoggie writes: Looking to counter the threat unmanned aircraft might bring to Federal prison guards and prisoners, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is looking at what types of technology could be use...
12:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2015
Slashdot Experimental Air Force Rocket Launch Fails
schwit1 writes: An experimental Air Force rocket, dubbed Super Strypi, failed seconds after launch. The launch was part of the Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-4 mission which aims to ...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Dungeons & Dragons and the Ethics of Imaginary Violence
An anonymous reader writes: Are people just naturally inclined to be destructive when there aren't any real consequences? Should we be worried about people who imagine such violence? Writer Clem Basto...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot How California Police Are Tracking Your Biometric Data In the Field
v3rgEz writes: EFF and MuckRock teamed up in August to reveal how state and local law enforcement agencies are using mobile biometric technology in the field by filing public records requests around t...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot That "Unbreakable" Glass That's "As Strong As Steel" Isn't Either
TheAlexKnapp writes: A number of stories about a new paper in Scientific Reports claim that it describes an "unbreakable" glass that's as "strong as steel." In a report about the paper for Forbes, Car...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Huge Mechanical Computers Used To Calculate Horse Racing Odds
szczys writes: The Pari-Mutuel system revolutionized how wagers were made on horse races starting in the late 1800s. It moved away from gambling against the house, and adjusted the odds based on how m...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Intel Offers More Insight On Its 3D Memory
itwbennett writes: When Intel and Micron Technology first announced the 3D XPoint memory in July, they promised about 1,000 times the performance of NAND flash, 1,000 times the endurance of NAND flash...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Can the Cloud Be More Secure Than Your Own Servers? (Video)
Sarah Lahav, CEO of Sysaid, believes "the cloud" can be more secure than keeping your software and data behind your firewall and administering it yourself, especially for small and medium-sized firms....
06:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot How Apple Is Preventing the Apple TV From Becoming a Console Rival
An anonymous reader writes: Apple's new set top box is on sale now, and has launched with several high profile games in the new tvOS App Store, including Guitar Hero Live and PS4 hit Transistor. Howev...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Reverse-Engineering GTA V
An anonymous reader writes: Software engineer Adrian Courrèges posted on his blog a breakdown of the rendering of a frame in Grand Theft Auto: V. Each rendering pass is explained in detail, with ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot TSA Screeners Can't Detect Weapons (and They Never Could)
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: TSA screeners' ability to detect weapons in luggage is "pitiful," according to classified reports on the security administration's ongoing story of failure and fear. "In look...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Why the Snowden Situation Shows 'Protected Disclosure' Is Critical
An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of NSA leaks debacle, New Zealand's Inspector General of Security and Intelligence has developed a process to enable whistleblowers to act safely. "The Edward S...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot TV Networks Open Neuroscience Labs To Improve Their Shows and Ads
An anonymous reader writes: NBCUniversal's recently-opened Orlando neuroscience lab is trying to develop methods of delivering advertisements related to the scene in the show preceding them, such as d...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Red Hat and Microsoft Partner On Azure
An anonymous reader writes: Satya Nadella has made some interesting reforms to Microsoft. Today, Red Hat and Microsoft announced that they will partner to deliver Red Hat's product suite in Azure. Red...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Leading Theory of Solar System's Formation Just Disproven
StartsWithABang writes: In 2005, scientists put forth the Nice Model to explain the configuration of the Solar System's planets. It was thought that the outer planets, Jupiter in particular, migrated ...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen Emissions Issues Spread To Gasoline Cars
schwit1 writes: Just a day after news broke that Volkswagen's emissions scandal had expanded to its Porsche unit and Audi SUVs, the company has disclosed yet another problem, this time affecting carbo...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Huge Survey Shows Correlation Between Autistic Traits and STEM Jobs
Bruce66423 writes: A survey of more than 450,000 people in the UK has shown there is a significant correlation between a higher score on the Autism Quotient and being a scientist or engineer. AQ score...
08:00 am - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Google Hackers Expose 11 Major Security Flaws In Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
MojoKid writes: Going on a bug hunt might not sound like the most exciting thing in the world, but for Project Zero, the name for a team of security analysts tasked by Google with finding zero-day exp...
06:00 am - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Saying "Wasted" On Facebook Can Affect Your Credit Score
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: According to a recent report by the Financial Times (paywalled), some of the top credit rating companies are now using people's social media accounts to assess their ability ...
04:00 am - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Self-Driving Delivery Robots To Hit Sidewalks of London In 2016
An anonymous reader writes: Estonian start-up Starship Technologies is taking a different approach to automated delivery with a ground-based self-driving robot. Headquartered in London and launched by...
02:00 am - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Activision Buys Candy Crush Developer For $5.9B
ForgedArtificer writes: Activision Blizzard purchased Candy Crush Saga developer King Interactive Entertainment last night for a cool $5.9 billion USD; about 20% above market value. The move likely le...
12:00 am - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Fedora 23 Released
An anonymous reader writes: Today marks the release of Fedora 23 for all three main editions: Workstation, Cloud, and Server. This release brings GNOME 3.18, Libre Office 5.0, and Fedora Spins —...
12:00 am - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot Analog Still Big In Japan
An anonymous reader writes: BBC News reports that Japan, the island nation famous for robotics, 4G phones, bullet trains and corporate tech giants, is actually run by fax machines, human traffic light...
12:00 am - Wed, November 4, 2015
Slashdot How DMCA Rulemaking Has a Chilling Effect On Security Research
citadrianne writes: Jay Radcliffe is a security researcher with diabetes. In 2011, he gave a talk at Black Hat, showing how his personal insulin pump could be hacked—with potentially deadly cons...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Why Avast Won't Show Source Code To the Government, But Others Do
An anonymous reader writes: Avast, a security and antivirus company based in Prague, says they refuse to share their source code, and that the U.S. government hasn't even asked them. This is not neces...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Google Tries To Guess Your Email Responses
An anonymous reader writes: Google's research blog today announced a new feature for their Inbox email app: a neural network that composes short responses to emails you receive. For example, if somebo...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot How the FBI Can Detain, Render and Threaten Without Risk
schwit1 writes: Patrick Eddington has a disturbing article in the NY Times about a court decision that seems to give U.S. law enforcement agencies the ability to have an American citizen sent from one...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Firefox 42 Arrives With Tracking Protection, Tab Audio Indicators
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 42 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Notable additions to the browser include tracking protection, tab audio indicators, and background l...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Andrew Tanenbaum Announces MINIXcon
LichtSpektren writes: Andrew Tanenbaum, author of MINIX, writes: 'MINIX has been around now for about 30 years so it is (finally) time for the MINIXers to have a conference to get together, just as Li...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Cuts OneDrive Storage Limits, Citing Abuse
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft previously offered Office 365 subscribers unlimited space on their OneDrive cloud storage platform. Now, the company has announced that it's reducing the limit to...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot 'Game of Drones' -- a Live War Game About Drone Combat Strategy
derekmead writes: A national security think tank just ran a two-day war game designed to explore the different ways that drones could be used for tactical and strategic effect in a conflict. The parti...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Anonymous Says US Senators Were 'Incorrectly Outed' As KKK Members
Dave Knott writes: Nine names, 23 email addresses and 57 unlabelled phone numbers were published by hackers last weekend as part of an Anonymous-organized effort to "unhood" members of the Ku Klux Kla...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Stanford Identifies Potential Security Hole In Genomic Data-Sharing Network
An anonymous reader writes: Sharing genomic information among researchers is critical to the advance of biomedical research. Yet genomic data contains identifiable information and, in the wrong hands,...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot What Your Photos Know About You
itwbennett writes: Sandra Henry-Stocker became curious about how much more complex the jpg format had become since she first did a deep dive into it more than twenty years ago, so she dug into how muc...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot FCC Fines Another Large Firm For Blocking WiFi
AmiMoJo writes: Another company is learning about the fine points of Section 333 of the Communications Act, which prohibits willful interference with any licensed or authorized radio communications. T...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot The Return of OS/2 Warp Set For 2016
An anonymous reader writes: We all known the ill-fated history of IBM's OS/2 Warp, while some others may not know about the first OS/2-OEM distribution called eComStation. Now a new company called Arc...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Vivaldi Hits Its First Beta
An anonymous reader writes: Following well over 50 developer snapshots and 4 technical previews (Alpha), the new browser upstart has hit its first Beta release today. Following almost a year of work o...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot App To Hold Police Instantly Accountable In Stop and Search
An anonymous reader writes: A collective of London-based youth clubs and organizations has released an app called Y-Stop to help encourage those involved in unfair police encounters to instantly recor...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot EPA Finds More VW Cheating Software, Including In a Porsche
schwit1 writes with this news from the Times that Volkswagen's emissions scandal just expanded to include more expensive vehicles with larger diesel engines, including Porsche, and Audi sport-utility ...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot FCC Fines Another Large Fine For Blocking WiFi
AmiMoJo writes: Another company is learning about the fine points of Section 333 of the Communications Act, which prohibits willful interference with any licensed or authorized radio communications. T...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Internet Firms To Be Banned From Offering Unbreakable Encryption Under New UK Laws
Retron writes: Despite statements from the minister for internet safety and security Baroness Shields last week that the UK government would not require software developers to build backdoors into the...
10:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot NASA Eagleworks Has Tested an Upgraded EM Drive
An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers at NASA's Eagleworks Laboratories recently completed yet another round of testing on Engineer Roger Shawyer's controversial EM Drive. While no peer re...
10:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot MIT Drone Autonomously Avoids Obstacles At 30 MPH
An anonymous reader writes: Traditional obstacle-avoidance software uses images from each camera, and search through the depth-field at multiple distances to determine if an object is in the drone's p...
06:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Larry Lessig Ends Presidential Campaign, Citing Unfair Debate Rules
An anonymous reader writes: Harvard law professor Larry Lessig is ending his run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Lessig blames the demise of his campaign on party rules that have left him ...
04:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Why Gravity Is the Ultimate Space Telescope
TheAlexKnapp writes: Ethan Siegel has written a nice overview of gravitational lensing, and how taking advantage of it has enabled to study parts of the universe that otherwise would've require the co...
02:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot The International Space Station Turns 15
An anonymous reader writes: Today marks the 15th birthday of the International Space Station (ISS). Since Nov. 2, 2000 the ISS has hosted more than 220 people from more than a dozen countries. Time re...
02:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot GE CTO On Moving 9,000 Apps To the Public Cloud
StewBeans writes: The Wall Street Journal recently published a special report on the staggering growth of the hybrid cloud, citing research from multiple sources, including survey results from Gartner...
12:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Google Patches More Stagefright Vulnerabilities In Android
msm1267 writes: The Stagefright vulnerabilities are the gifts that keep on giving. Months after the potentially devastating security flaws in the mobile OS were publicly disclosed, Google continues to...
12:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Sprint Signs First Direct Roaming Agreement With Cuba
An anonymous reader writes: Sprint is now the first U.S. wireless carrier to sign a direct roaming agreement with Cuba. Sprint already has a direct long-distance interconnection agreement with the Tel...
12:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Somebody Just Claimed a $1 Million Bounty For Hacking the iPhone
citadrianne writes with news that security startup Zerodium has just paid a group of hackers $1 million for finding a remote jailbreak of an iPhone running iOS 9. Vice reports: "Over the weekend, some...
12:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2015
Slashdot Gateway Computer Co-Founder Mike Hammond Dead At 53
damn_registrars writes: Mike Hammond, one of the three men who co-founded Gateway Computer, died over the weekend at the age of 53. Gateway started in an Iowa farmhouse in 1985 and shipped PCs straigh...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Anonymous Begins Publishing Ku Klux Klan Member Details Online
An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous has begun releasing the personal details of members of the Ku Klux Klan, escalating its cyberwar against the white supremacist group. Last week the hacktivist gro...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Virginia Radio Station Broadcasting Chinese Propaganda
An anonymous reader writes: An investigation by Reuters has uncovered a radio station located just outside Washington, D.C. that broadcasts dedicated Chinese propaganda to the U.S. capital and the sur...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Tor Releases Messenger Beta For Secure Chat
An anonymous reader writes: The anonymous community Tor Project has released a beta version of its Tor Messenger app – a chat platform which it intends to promote among users concerned with digi...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can My Code Help?
An anonymous reader writes: The story will probably be familiar. My non-profit organization had a particular need (we want to communicate with government officials by offering anecdotes and stories of...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Book Review: the Network Security Test Lab: a Step-by-Step Guide
benrothke writes: It wasn't that long ago that building a full network security test lab was an expensive prospect. In The Network Security Test Lab: A Step-by-Step Guide, author Michael Gregg has wri...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Forecasting the Economic Impact of a Changing Climate
An anonymous reader writes: Academic research has been busily trying to pin down how a changing climate will affect our planet over the long- and short-term. But a new study in the journal Nature atte...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot New Star Trek TV Series Coming In 2017
An anonymous reader writes: Star Trek is returning to television. In January, 2017, a new series will begin. The first episode will air on CBS, and subsequent episodes will appear on CBS's online plat...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot US Government IT Outsourcing Is Poorly Managed
itwbennett writes: The U.S. government is spending way more than it has to on IT outsourcing. That's the finding of a report released in September by the Government Accountability Office that studied ...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot All Editors Quit Top Linguistics Journal To Protest Elsevier's Pricing
An anonymous reader writes: All six editors and all 31 editorial board members of Lingua, one of the top journals in linguistics, have resigned. They quit to protest Elsevier's policies on pricing and...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot The Rise of Political Doxing
An anonymous reader writes: Security guru Bruce Schneier predicts a new trend in hacking: political doxing. He points to the recent hack of CIA director Jack Brennan's personal email account and notes...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot AMD To Retire Catalyst Control Center Drivers, Rolling Out New Crimson Platform
MojoKid writes: AMD has gone through significant changes as a company over the last few months. Recently, we've seen them enter into a joint venture with Nantong Fujitsu for final assembly and test op...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Could Go Community's Threat of Public Shaming, Lifetime Bans Make Go a No-Go?
theodp writes: At first glance, the proposal for A Code of Conduct for the Go Community (attributed to Google's Andrew Gerrand) seems reasonable enough. How can you argue with the goal of treating eve...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Linus Rants About C Programming Semantics
jones_supa writes: "Christ people. This is just sh*t," begins Linus Torvalds in his message on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Torvalds is grumpy because some new code added to the IPv6 subsystem has c...
12:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot US Law Can't Keep Up With Technology -- and Why That's a Good Thing
HughPickens.com writes: In the 1910s, the number of cars in the US exploded from 200,000 to 2.5 million. The newfangled machines scared horses and ran over pedestrians, but by the time government coul...
08:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot How GoDaddy's Quest For Respect Led To an Improbable Partnership With MIT
harrymcc writes: GoDaddy, the world's biggest domain registrar, remains most famous for its tacky Super Bowl ads and controversial founder, Bob Parsons. But in recent years, the company was sold, hire...
06:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Botnet Takes Over Twitch Install and Partially Installs Gentoo
WarJolt writes: The plug was pulled on the attempt to crowd-source an Arch Linux install after a botnet threatened to take over the process. Twitch Installs has been rebooted by the twitchintheshell c...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Celebrate the 200th Birthday of George Boole With Logic
mikejuk writes: November 2nd 2015 is the bicentenary of George Boole, dubbed the forefather of modern information technology. To mark the event 55,000 school students globally will be learning about B...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot EU Parliament: Citizens' Rights Still Endangered By Mass Surveillance
New submitter hughankers writes with this slice of a press release from the European Parliament:: Too little has been done to safeguard citizens' fundamental rights following revelations of electronic...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot GNU Hurd 0.7 and GNU Mach 1.6 Released
jones_supa writes: Halloween brought us GNU Hurd 0.7, GNU Mach 1.6, and GNU MIG 1.6. The new Hurd comes with filesystem driver improvements, provides a new rpcscan utility, and the Hurd code has been ...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot EFF Asks Appeals Court To "Shut Down the Eastern District of Texas"
An anonymous reader writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge have asked a federal appeals court to make big changes to the rules governing venue in patent cases. The two public ...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot NASA Study Shows Net Gains For Antarctic Ice
A widely circulated NASA study published in the Journal of Glaciology, and reported by UPI, says that Antarctic ice has measurably thickened in recent decades, a conclusion at odds with earlier findin...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Vodafone Attack Hits Nearly 2000 Customer Accounts
Bloomberg reports that "about 1800" customers of UK telecoms company Vodaphone had their account information compromised by attacks this weekend: "Hackers may have potentially gained access to Vodafon...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Real-World Roadblocks To Implementing CISA
An anonymous reader writes: The recent approval of CISA (the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act) by the US Congress and Senate is paving the way for broader security collaboration. If and when CISA...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Notes For Next Hallowe'en?
There are 364 more shopping days until next year's Hallowe'en. But while this year's is still fresh in the memory, I'd like to start gathering ideas for next year in the hopes of actually making my ne...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Bumblebees Used For Targeted Pesticide Deliveries
Zothecula writes: Chemical pesticides are generally a bad thing for the environment and pollinators like bees that our agriculture relies on. Now a company out of Vancouver, Canada, called Bee Vectori...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Greenland Ice Sheet Not Covered In Soot
An anonymous reader writes with word of a a new study of the Greenland ice sheet led by Dartmouth adjunct assistant professor Chris Polashenski, which maintains that the darkening sensed there by sate...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot HP Is Now Two Companies. How Did It Get Here?
New submitter joshroberts3388 writes: If Hollywood wanted a script about the inexorable decline of a corporate icon, it might look to Hewlett-Packard for inspiration. Once one of Silicon Valley's most...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot How a Group of Rural Washington Neighbors Created Their Own Internet Service
An anonymous reader writes with a story that might warm the hearts of anyone just outside the service area of a decent internet provider: Faced with a local ISP that couldn't provide modern broadband,...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Feds Have a Plan For Catastrophic Solar Flares
New submitter Steve Sacco, referencing the newly released National Space Weather Strategy and the National Space Weather Action Plan, written in anticipation of large-scale disruptions from a solar fl...
02:00 am - Mon, November 2, 2015
Slashdot Linux 4.3 Released As Stable; Improves On Open-Source Graphics, SMP Performance
An anonymous reader writes: The Linux 4.3 kernel was released as stable today. The Linux 4.3 kernel brings Intel Skylake support, reworked NVIDIA open-source graphics support, and many other changes w...
08:00 am - Sun, November 1, 2015
Slashdot Hacking Jules Coaxes Android Wear To Run Nintendo 64 and PSP Emulators
Espectr0 writes: YouTube user Hacking Jules would like you to see his collection of game emulators running on Android Wear. He manages to play classic 3D Mario and Zelda games running in a Nintendo 64...
04:00 am - Sun, November 1, 2015
Slashdot Busybox Deletes Systemd Support
ewhac writes: On 22 October, in a very terse commit message, Busybox removed its support for the controversial 'systemd' system management framework. The commit was made by Denys Vlasenko, and passed ...
02:00 am - Sun, November 1, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Follows Through: Drops Apple TV, Chromecast
Hot Hardware notes that Amazon has stopped selling two pieces of hardware -- Apple TV and Google's Chromecast -- that compete with Amazon's own streaming business. (They promised to drop them a while ...
12:00 am - Sun, November 1, 2015
Slashdot UK Police Make Third Arrest Over TalkTalk Cyber Attack
An anonymous reader writes: British police have made a third arrest in connection with a cyber attack this month on telecoms company TalkTalk, in which the company said bank details of more than 20,00...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Securing a Journalist's Laptop Against a Police Search?
Bruce66423 writes: In the light of the British police's seizure of a BBC laptop what is the right configuration and practices to ensure that such a seizure provides zero information to the cops? This ...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Finland Begins To Shape Basic Income Proposal
jones_supa writes: The Finnish social insurance institution is to begin drawing up plans for a citizens' basic income model. If eventually deployed after an experimental phase, the model could revolut...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Cambridge Researchers Present Lithium-Air Battery Breakthrough
Reuters reports on a tantalizing advance in battery technology described this week by Cambridge researchers, who have made large enough steps toward a practical lithium-oxygen battery to give a labora...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot NASA Releases First Images of Cassini's Dive Through the Geyser of Enceladus
MarkWhittington writes: NASA released the first images from Cassini's dive two days earlier into the geyser that is erupting water and ice particles through fissures in the icy crust of Saturn's moon ...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Harvard Project Aims To Put Every Court Decision Online, For Free
Techdirt comments approvingly on a new project from Harvard Law School, called Free the Law, which in a joint effort with a company called Ravel to scan and post in nicely searchable format all federa...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot US Tech Giants Increasingly Partner With Military-Connected Chinese Companies
theodp writes: The New York Times reports that analysts and officials in the American military community are increasingly examining a recent trend among U.S. tech companies of forming new partnerships...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Studio Behind 'Little Big Planet' Confirms Next Title Coming To PlayStation VR
An anonymous reader writes: As the company's first title, Little Big Planet was a breakout hit for the studio Media Molecule. The franchise saw three major games across the PS3 and PS4, two mobile ver...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot CoinVault and Bitcryptor Ransomware Victims Can Now Recover Their Files For Free
itwbennett writes: Researchers from Kaspersky Lab and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service have obtained the last set of encryption keys from command-and-control servers that were used by CoinVault an...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Crime Lab Scandals Just Keep Getting Worse
Many people are convicted in American courts on the basis of drug lab analysis. Just how accurate or accountable are the people and labs? schwit1 writes with an excerpt that gives a good reminder of h...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Mother of All Apes May Have Been Surprisingly Small
sciencehabit writes: From sturdy chimpanzees to massive gorillas to humans themselves, the living great apes are all large-bodied, weighing between 30 and 180 kilograms. So for years most researchers ...
08:00 am - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Farmer Coalition Offers $250K Prize For Blueberry Picking Robot
Hallie Siegel writes: Having spent many a back breaking hour in deep woods Ontario picking wild blueberries in summer time, I can only imagine the challenge of farming and harvesting these awesome lit...
06:00 am - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Atom 1.1 Is Out, With Lots of Graphic Improvements
yathosho writes with some good news for GitHub developers: GitHub's new Atom editor sees a first big update in version 1.1. Character measurement has been improved, fonts with ligatures and variable w...
02:00 am - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Cuba's Internet Routing Is Messed Up
Internet access in Cuba has gotten far better in the last year, thanks in large part to thawing relations between Cuba's government and the U.S. In the case of a censorship-heavy, technology-impaired ...
12:00 am - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot IMDb Hits 25
An anonymous reader writes: The year 2015 heralded a number of notable Internet milestones — the humble .com domain name reached 30 years of age, while both eBay and Amazon reached the grand old...
12:00 am - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Harnessing EVE Online For Science
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists and the developers of space MMORPG EVE Online are working on a project to harness the power of the game's huge playerbase to do useful scientific work. The Human...
12:00 am - Sat, October 31, 2015
Slashdot Bug Bounties Are Bonanza, For a Few Persistent Hackers
chicksdaddy writes: Bug bounty programs are all the rage these days, with companies from Asana to Zendesk (https://bugsheet.com/directory) offering cash rewards for finding holes in their web sites. B...