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10:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX To Test Recovered First Stage, Then Put It On Display
schwit1 writes: Rather than re-fly it, Elon Musk suggested that, after some testing, SpaceX will likely put its first recovered Falcon 9 first stage on display instead. '"[We will] do a static fire at...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Paramount and CBS File Lawsuit Against Crowdfunded, Indie Star Trek Movie
An anonymous reader writes: Back in August, an Indiegogo campaign raised $566,023 to produce Axanar, a Star Trek movie in development by an independent group of fans, who also happen to be film profes...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Bans 'Hateful Conduct'
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has updated their site rules to prohibit "behavior intended to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence another user's voice." According to the new rules, "You ma...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot List of Major Linux Desktop Problems Updated For 2016
An anonymous reader writes: Phoronix reports that Artem S. Tashkinov's Major Linux Problems on the Desktop has been updated for 2016. It is a comprehensive list of various papercut issues and other in...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Debian Founder Ian Murdock Has Died
Unknown Lamer writes: It has been confirmed that Debian founder Ian Murdock has died. From the Docker blog: "It is with great sadness that we inform you that Ian Murdock passed away on Monday night. T...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Open Source Roles: Starters vs. Maintainers
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla developer James Long has posted a sort of internal monologue on the difficulties of being a hobbyist open source project maintainer. He says, "I hugely admire peopl...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Posture Affects Standing, and Not Just the Physical Kind
An anonymous reader writes: As somebody who sits in front of a computer most of the day, and has for a number of years, this article at the NY Times struck a bit close to home. It compiles a list of t...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Physicists Figure Out How To Make Cleaner Fuel Cells
Mal-2 writes: An international group of scientists from Russia, France, and Germany have developed ion-exchange synthetic membranes based on amphiphilic compounds that are able to convert the energy o...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Coding Styles Survive Binary Compilation, Could Lead Investigators Back To Programmers
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have created an algorithm that can accurately detect code written by different programmers (PDF), even if the code has been compiled into an executable binary. ...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Apple Settles a $348M Fine With Italian Authorities For Tax Evasion
jaromil writes: Apple Italy, a subsidiary of Apple Sales International based in Ireland, has for years managed the company's sales on the Italian Peninsula. As Italian tax authorities noticed the comp...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot CFR China Expert: US Tech Firms Should Worry About Beijing's New Anti-Terror Law
blottsie writes: In an interview with the Daily Dot on Tuesday, Adam Segal, director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program explained what China's new anti-terroris...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Chrome Extension Offers Trump-Free Browsing
Earthquake Retrofit writes: A new Google Chrome extension lets you remove mentions of Donald Trump from your browsing experience. Trump Filter scans websites for references to the Republican president...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Emergency Room Visits From Distracted Walking Skyrocket
schwit1 writes: An estimated ten percent of pedestrian injuries that land people in emergency rooms are due to distracted walking, a recent study found. That's thousands of people injured — some...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Oracle Asked To Help Low-Income Residents Evicted For Its New Cloud Campus
itwbennett writes: Roughly 100 low-income families were evicted from an apartment complex on the land in Austin, Texas where Oracle plans to build a new 560,000 sq. foot cloud-computing campus. Some o...
10:00 am - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot The Paradox of Grey Hat Hackers
v3rgEz writes: Troy Hunt, a security researcher who tracked breached websites, reflects on the recent "grey hat" hacking of VTech, in which a hacker downloaded millions of kids' photos, chat logs, and...
06:00 am - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Publisher Is Pretty Sure Google Could End Piracy
An anonymous reader writes: Techdirt is running a story about Square One Publishers Rudy Shur, and his confusion over the DMCA process, and exactly what Google has control over. The story goes: "After...
04:00 am - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Drone Registration Is FAA's Way of Getting You To Read Their "EULA"
szczys writes: There is little to complain about when it comes to the new FAA rules regarding drones (unless perhaps you live in DC). The regulations are basically an End User Licensing Agreement and ...
02:00 am - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Patents a Slider, Earning EFF's "Stupid Patent of the Month" Award
An anonymous reader writes with news that the EFF has given Microsoft a dubious award this month for their slider patent. According to Ars: "The Electronic Frontier Foundation's 'Stupid Patent of the ...
02:00 am - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Google Confirms Next Android Version Won't Use Oracle's Proprietary Java APIs
An anonymous reader writes: Google is ditching the Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in Android and moving to only OpenJDK. The news first came by a "mysterious Android codebase commit" f...
12:00 am - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot CFR China Expert: US Tech Firms Should Worry About Bejing's New Anti-Terror Law
blottsie writes: In an interview with the Daily Dot on Tuesday, Adam Segal, director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program explained what China's new anti-terroris...
12:00 am - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot AVG Forces Chrome Extension On Users, Extension Is Woefully Insecure
An anonymous reader writes: The AVG Web TuneUp Chrome extension, forcibly added to Google Chrome browsers when users were installing the AVG antivirus, had a serious flaw that allowed attackers to get...
12:00 am - Wed, December 30, 2015
Slashdot Brazil's Biggest City Wants To Charge Fees For Uber Rides
An anonymous reader sends word that Sao Paulo's city hall has proposed levying fees on Uber to operate in the city. Engadget reports: "Many cities try to limit or ban ridesharing services like Uber, b...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Robot Mule Put Out To Pasture By Marine Corps
An anonymous reader sends word that the Marines have decided that Boston Dynamics' robotic pack mules are too noisy to use. NBC reports: The massive robotic mule developed by Alphabet-owned Boston Dyn...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Russia Cancels All Moon Missions Till 2025
schwit1 writes: Faced with a shrinking budget and poor economic conditions, Russia has once again trimmed back its proposed ten-year space plan for the next decade in space, canceling all Moon mission...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Discogs Turns Record Collectors' Obsessions Into Big Business
HughPickens.com writes: Ben Sisario writes at the NYT that Discogs has built one of the most exhaustive collections of discographical information in the world, and with 24 million items for sale, (eBa...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Rail Gun Controller Lets You Pack the Heat of Your Air Soft Gun In Any FPS Game
MojoKid writes: The cool thing about playing Duck Hunt on the NES back in the day, was that you got to point a plastic gun at the television and shoot directly at fowl or clay discs. It offered a deep...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Drone Ban Extends 30 Miles Around DC, Per FAA
DewDude writes: If you thought done registration was bad enough; it just got worse for anyone living in the nation's capital. On Christmas Day (of all days); the FAA put into effect a rule that bans t...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot European Payment Card Protocols Wide Open To Fraud
Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers have discovered serious security vulnerabilities in a pair of protocols used by software in some point-of-sale terminals, bugs that could lead to easy theft of money f...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil a question
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading authors, inventors, and futurists. Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recogni...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot NASA Uncertain How To Proceed In Developing Deep Space Module
MarkWhittington writes: One of the provisions of the new NASA spending bill, which provided a hefty $1.3 billion boost to the space agency's budget, is a mandate to build a prototype habitation module...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Tech Segments Facing Turbulence In 2016
Nerval's Lobster writes: David Foote, an analyst who accurately predicted the tech industry's job growth in 2015, is back with some new predictions about which segments will do well in 2016 (Dice link...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Astronaut Tim Peake Calls the Wrong Number From Space
An anonymous reader writes: British astronaut Tim Peake was trying to call his parents to wish them a Merry Christmas from the International Space Station and dialed the wrong number giving a retired ...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Has Your Encryption Key If You Use Windows 10
An anonymous reader writes with this bit of news from the Intercept. If you login to Windows 10 using your Microsoft account, your computer automatically uploads a copy of your recovery key to a Micro...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot The Fan HD Remakes Yet To Be Banned
An anonymous reader writes: While companies like Valve have given their seal of approval to HD fan remakes and re-imaginings of their classic games, many more are all too eager to wield the ban hammer...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot US Dept. of Ed: English, History, and Civics Teachers Good Enough For CS Class
theodp writes: In A New Chapter for Computer Science Education, the U.S. Department of Education explained earlier this month that the federal STEM Education Act of 2015 'provides an unprecedented opp...
10:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Dutch City To Experiment With Paying Citizens a "Basic Income"
BarbaraHudson writes: The Guardian is the latest to report about experiments with a basic income, in this case in Utrecht. The idea has been around for more than 2 centuries, and has become a bit of a...
06:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Verizon Offering $650 To Switch To Their Network
An anonymous reader writes: Verizon is offering up to $650 to customers who switch to their network. PC reports: "To get the discount, you'll need to port your number to Verizon, trade in your current...
04:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot ProxyBack Malware Turns Infected Computers into Internet Proxies
An anonymous reader writes: A new malware family called ProxyBack infects PCs and transforms them into a Web proxy. ProxyBack malware works by infecting a PC, establishing a connection with a proxy se...
02:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot The Reason a Surface Phone Won't Fix Microsoft's Mobile Problem
Ammalgam writes: Microsoft's CMO recently admitted that Microsoft was behind in the mobile arena and needed time to build a competitive phone. In the Windows community however, some feel that the Wind...
02:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Can Web Standards Make Mobile Apps Obsolete?
nerdyalien writes: There's a litany of problems with apps. There is the platform lock-in and the space the apps take up on the device. Updating apps is a pain that users often ignore, leaving broken o...
12:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Google Glass For Work Is Sleeker, Tougher and Foldable
An anonymous reader writes: FCC filings published today are offering a glimpse of the "Enterprise Edition" of Google Glass. According to Engadget: "...The work-focused eyepiece touts a much slicker (a...
12:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot Database of 191 Million US Voters Exposed On Internet
An anonymous reader writes: Researcher Chris Vickery has discovered an incorrectly configured database that exposes the details of 191 million U.S. voters. Reuters reports: "While voter data is typica...
12:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2015
Slashdot TSA Moves Closer To Rejecting Some State Driver's Licenses For Airline Travel
HughPickens.com writes: Jad Mouawad writes at the NYT that a driver's license may no longer be enough for airline passengers to clear security in some states, if the Department of Homeland Security ha...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Ashley Madison Says It Added 4 Million Members Since the Hack
New submitter fardindany writes with news that the months-old Ashley Madison hack seems to have had little impact on new users joining up. CNN reports: "Despite the infamous hack that exposed millions...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Reluctance To Go Mobile Inhibiting Innovation In Financial Services
Lemeowski writes: Compliance concerns have long prevented financial services businesses from adopting mobile capabilities as quickly as other industries. But Yvette Jackson of Thomson Reuters argues t...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot On the Coming Chatbot Revolution
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are all pursuing AI-powered chatbots — an intersection between several popular technologies: personal assistant software, search engin...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Get Into Machine Learning?
An anonymous reader writes: I know this is a vague question, but hoping to get some useful feedback anyway. I'm an experienced SW Engineer/Developer who is looking to get into the Machine Learning are...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Fixing JavaScript's Broken Random Number Generator
szczys writes: It is surprising to learn how broken the JavaScript Random Number Generator has been for the past six years. The problem is compounded by the fact that Node.js uses the same broken Math...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot HAMR Hard Disk Drives Postponed To 2018
An anonymous reader writes: Unfortunately the hard disk drive industry is not ready to go live with Heat-assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR). The technology is yet not reliable enough for mass producti...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Zuckerberg Defends 'Free Basics' App With Comparison To Hospitals, Education
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has been under heavy criticism for distributing its "Free Basics" app in areas of the world that have less-developed communications infrastructure. The app essenti...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Allegations of Data Manipulation At Theranos
An anonymous reader writes: A lengthy report at the Wall Street Journal brings allegations of data manipulation against blood-testing startup Theranos. The company raised hundreds of millions of dolla...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot FAA's Drone Laws Clash With Local Regulations
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has finally started to roll out its new rules for small drones. The agency was notably slow to do so — slow enough that many ...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot The AI Anxiety
An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post has an article about current and near-future AI research while managing to keep a level head about it: "The machines are not on the verge of taking over...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Giant Squid Filmed At Japanese Marina
overThruster writes: The Wall Street Journal reports: "The rare sight of a giant squid swimming inside a marina was captured on video on the coast of the Sea of Japan. According to a manager at the Mi...
12:00 pm - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Four Factors That Will Push VR Forward in 2016
At MIT Technology Review, Rachel Metz lists four factors that she believes will mean great advancements for virtual reality in the next year. More and better games; wider adoption of specialized camer...
10:00 am - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Star Wars Pulls In $1 Billion At Record Speed
New submitter henrydan798 writes to note that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set a new record for ticket sales, becoming the fastest movie ever to earn a billion dollars at the till. As the L.A. Tim...
08:00 am - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Core Bitcoin Devs Leave Project, Create New Currency Called Decred
An anonymous reader writes: Core developers in the Bitcoin project have left and started a new currency called Decred. Developers are citing a lack of transparency and a conflict of interests between ...
04:00 am - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Giant Methane Leak in California Won't Be Capped For Months
Motherboard takes a look at the ongoing leak from a deep well in Southern California, and the engineering challenges that mean it won't be stopped for a while. From Motherboard's report:An enormous am...
02:00 am - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft CMO Confirms Development of 'Spiritual Equivalent' of Surface Phone
MojoKid writes: We all know what Microsoft wants to do with Windows 10. It's supposedly the last monolithic release of Windows and the ultimate plan is to unite hardware from different device categori...
12:00 am - Mon, December 28, 2015
Slashdot China Passes Law Requiring Tech Firms To Hand Over Encryption Keys
Mark Wilson writes: Apple may have said that it opposes the idea of weakening encryption and providing governments with backdoors into products, but things are rather different in China. The Chinese p...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Sweden's Cash-Free Future Looms -- and Not Everyone Is Happy About It
HughPickens.com writes: Liz Alderman writes in the NYT that bills and coins now represent just 2 percent of Sweden's economy, compared with 7.7 percent in the United States and 10 percent in the euro ...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Switzerland Moves Toward a Universal Phone Charger Standard
Press2ToContinue writes: Apple's Lightning cable cartel be damned: Switzerland is moving forward with a plan for a single, universal phone charger across the country, standardizing phone chargers acro...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot North Korea's Operating System Analyzed
Bruce66423 points out an analysis at The Guardian of North Korea's Red Star Linux-based OS, based on a presentation Sunday to the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin : The features of their Fedora ...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: State-of-the-Art In Amateur Book Scanning?
An anonymous reader writes: I have a shelf full of books and other book-like things ranging from old to very old that I would like to turn into PDFs (or other similarly portable format), and have been...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Bruce Schneier: IoT DMCA = More Monopolies, Limits On Consumer Choice
New submitter OldMan17 writes: On Dec 24 while many of us were busy in frenzy of commercial excess and socially-conditioned good cheer, The Atlantic published an article by Bruce Schneier predicting t...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Kindle or Not, a Resurgence In Used Bookstores
The growing availability of books via internet (whether instant, in the form of downloads from Amazon's Kindle store or the Google Play store, or in physical form by post) puts pressure on conventiona...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Mesa's Highlights Reel: An Impressive Year For Open Source 3-D Drivers
Michael Larabel at Phoronix has been assiduously reporting on some of the small advancements in open source 3-D graphics; in aggregate, those small advancements make for big improvements in hardware (...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot The Problem With Self Driving Cars: Who Controls the Code?
schwit1 writes with Corey Doctorow's story at the Guardian diving into the questions of applied ethics that autonomous cars raise, especially in a world where avoiding accidents or mitigating their da...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot How a Young IRS Agent Identified the Man Behind Silk Road
circletimessquare writes: Dread Pirate Roberts, who ran Silk Road, was identified as Ross Ulbricht by one agent googling, off work hours, in just two weekends in 2013. Many agents had been working on ...
10:00 am - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot How Big Was the Universe When It Was First Born?
StartsWithABang writes: Looking out at the distant stars, galaxies and radiation in the Universe today, we've been able to determine not only what it's made out of, but how long it's been since the Bi...
06:00 am - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Sci-Fi Screenwriter and Author George Clayton Johnson Dead At 86
George Clayton Johnson, writer of the first-aired episode of Star Trek, and co-author of Logan's Run, died on Christmas Day of cancer, at the age of 86. Johnson was a prolific television writer, penni...
04:00 am - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Says It's Beating the Trolls
Mark Wilson writes: After making it easier to report abusive tweets and increasing the size of its anti-troll team, Twitter believes it is getting 'bad behavior' under control. As well as bullying of ...
12:00 am - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Justice Department Shuts Down Huge Asset Forfeiture Program
HughPickens.com writes: Christopher Ingraham reports at the Washington Post that the Department of Justice has announced that it's suspending a controversial asset forfeiture program that allows local...
12:00 am - Sun, December 27, 2015
Slashdot Dissecting a $231 Million High-Tech Boondoggle
The L.A. Times takes to task the U.S. Congress, the Obama administration, and various military agencies for their combined role in supporting the expenditure of vast amount of money on a system called...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Steam: No "Unauthorized Actions" On Exposed Accounts
The Steam bug that allowed users to see other users' account details may not have been as harmful as it first appeared. Valve said in a statement (reported on Mashable) that while cached data showed u...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Any Dishwasher Hackers Out There?
New submitter writes: I just replaced my dishwasher with a basic, inexpensive Sears model. It works fine, but only has 3 different wash cycles. I'm betting that the code to manage more cycles (as in m...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot APT Speed For Incremental Updates Gets a Massive Performance Boost
jones_supa writes: Developer Julian Andres Klode has this week made some improvements to significantly increase the speed of incremental updates with Debian GNU/Linux's APT update system. His optimiza...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Star Wars Fans and Video Game Geeks 'More Likely To Be Narcissists,' Study Finds
schwit1 writes: Those who take part in "geeky events" are more likely to have an "elevated grandiose" level of narcissism, according to a study conducted by the University of Georgia. Psychologists ex...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Vice: Internet Freedom Is Actively Dissolving In America
An anonymous reader points out Vice's rather dark view of the state of Internet freedom, the author of which posits that "one fact about the internet is quickly becoming clear this year: Americans' fr...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot NASA and China's Yutu Rover Are Still Making Discoveries On the Moon
MarkWhittington writes: The last time men walked on the moon was during the flight of Apollo 17, 43 Decembers ago. According to a story in Forbes, lunar soil and rock samples returned by the last moon...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Seattle's Behemoth Boring Machine, Idle Since 2013, Makes Some Progress
After being blocked by an obstruction ("the object") which left it idle just over two years ago, repair work has continued on Bertha, Seattle's enormous tunnel-boring machine. Now, reports KOMO News a...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Arca Space Corp Unveils Functional Turbine Powered Hoverboard
MojoKid writes: If you're a fan of the Back to the Future series, the past few months have been fun to watch. We've seen Lexus unveil its take on the "hoverboard" with a maglev-based creation and toda...
10:00 am - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Pwnd Aethra Routers Used To Brute-Force WordPress Sites
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers found around 8,000 Aethra routers (with no admin passwords) as part of a botnet that attacked WordPress sites, trying to brute-force admin accounts. Mo...
06:00 am - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Perl 6 Released
Earlier this month, we noted the Perl 6 advent celendar, Now, an anonymous reader writes to note that, right on schedule, and after 15 years of work, Perl 6 has been released. The top two bullet point...
04:00 am - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Merry Christmas - Be an Erector Engineer!
theodp writes: More than 50 years ago, lucky kids found an Automatic Conveyor Erector Set under the Xmas tree. And while President Obama lamented last year that kids — including his own — ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Fujitsu Spins Off Its PC and Mobile Divisions
An anonymous reader writes: Back in February, Sony unloaded the part of its business that built PCs. Now, a year later, competitor Fujitsu is doing the same. The company announced it would be spinning...
12:00 am - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Ruby 2.3.0 Released
An anonymous reader writes: Ruby developers have announced the official release of Ruby 2.3.0. This release introduces a frozen string literal pragma, which is "a new magic comment and command line op...
12:00 am - Sat, December 26, 2015
Slashdot Marc Andreessen Describes Vision of 'Ambient Computing'
An anonymous reader writes: Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape, is one of the biggest investors in technology. In an interview with The Telegraph, he spoke about how he envisions the future of co...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: We've Had Online Voting; Why Not Continuous Voting?
periegetes writes: This idea has been bugging me for a while. It takes months to organize a physical election, and several days to count the results, so it makes sense that we don't organize elections...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Steam Bug Shows You Other Users' Account Details
An anonymous reader writes: The Steam game distribution platform is suffering from a particularly bad bug right now. If you log in and try to look at your account details, you're shown the details of ...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Why String Theory Is Not Science
StartsWithABang writes: Earlier this month, a conference was held devoted to the question of whether untestable scientific ideas like string theory and the multiverse are actually science or not. Whil...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Somebody Tried To Convince a Raspberry Pi Exec To Install Malware On Its Devices
An anonymous reader writes: Liz Upton, Director of Communications for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, has just published an email where someone was asking how much would it cost them for the Foundation t...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot UCLA Creates Super-Strong, Super-Light Metal
An anonymous reader writes: Engineers working on planes, rockets, and other vehicles are always looking for new metals to make their creations lighter and stronger. A new invention from UCLA demonstra...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Does the Internet Spur Social Change, Or Lazy Activism?
An anonymous reader writes: If you participate in social media, you've probably noticed the flood of posts that happen any time a social issue becomes prominent in the news. Whether it's sharing a sup...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot A Silicon Valley For Drones, In North Dakota
An anonymous reader writes: Commercial drone development has come a long way in the past five years or so, but (as evidenced by the near miss in Italy) they still aren't something you'd want to see cr...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Estimating SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Cost Savings
An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket after launching a group of satellites into orbit. It's a huge breakthrough for the commercial space industry, beca...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot For a Missouri Cassette Tape Factory, Obsolesence is Just a 12-Letter Word
The Missouri-based National Audio Company, reports Ars Technica, is sweeping up in a category that our future-looking selves might twenty years ago have imagined would be dead and buried in the year 2...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Makes It Almost Impossible To Calculate Their "Virtual CPU" Equivalent
dkatana writes: AWS started out defining its virtual CPUs as being composed of EC2 compute units, or ECUs, which it defined as an equivalent to a physical Xeon processor. However, a virtual CPU now lo...
10:00 am - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot HTC Wants To Bring Vive VR Headset To 100M Chinese Internet Cafe Users
An anonymous reader writes: While the Western vision of an internet café includes a shoddy WiFi hotspot and a few old desktops running Windows XP, the Chinese counterpart is more closely related ...
08:00 am - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Australian Government Tells Citizens To Turn Off Two-factor Authentication
An anonymous reader writes with this news from Ars Technica: The Australian government has repeatedly called for citizens to turn off two-factor authentication (2FA) at its main digital government por...
04:00 am - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot NASA Rings Out 2015 With Close Looks At Ceres and Enceladus
MarkWhittington writes: 2015 was a historical year for NASA with its close flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto last July. But the space agency rings out the year with some close looks at two divergent wor...
02:00 am - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Analyzing the US Air Force's New "Portable Hobby Drone Disruptors" Solicitation
Lauren Weinstein writes: The U.S. Air Force has just issued a solicitation for a radio-based 'Portable Anti Drone Defense' system — essentially a remote drone disruption device that can be easil...
12:00 am - Fri, December 25, 2015
Slashdot Forrest Mimms On Modern Air Travel With a Bag Full of Electronics
Evidently even Forrest Mimms isn't famous enough to fly without hassle when carrying a briefcase full of electronics; he writes at Make about his experiences, both before and after 2001. A relevant sl...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Drone Crashes, Missing Champion Skier By Inches
HughPickens.com writes: NBC reports that defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher, who won silver in the slalom at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, had a lucky escape after he narrowly avoided bein...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot PhantomSquad Hackers Begin Their Xmas DDoS Attacks By Taking Down EA Servers
An anonymous reader writes: The hacking crew was not kidding about their Christmas DDoS attacks on Xbox & PSN. This morning the group started warmup attacks on the EA network, taking it down for 3...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Motion Filed In 1st Circuit To Enjoin TSA's New Mandatory "AIT" Screening
New submitter saizai writes: TSA has made electronic strip search mandatory whenever they feel like it. "TSA is updating the AIT PIA to reflect a change to the operating protocol regarding the ability...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Document Shows Firefox OS Tablet, TV Stick, Router, Keyboard Computer
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this month, Mozilla announced that Firefox OS smartphones would no longer be sold via carriers. Because the company refused to talk about what's next for Firefox OS...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Pirate Bay Cofounder Utterly Bankrupts the Music Industry
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Peter "brokep" Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, has built a machine that makes 100 copies per second of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," storing them in /dev/null (which is of c...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Using a Reputation Engine To Rate Information?
GrantRobertson writes: For my graduate project, I am considering developing a web engine designed around sharing and organizing actual information in a way that people would actually like to and easil...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Did Google and the Hour of Code Get "Left" and "Right" Wrong?
theodp writes: Command the dancers to "point left" in Google's dance-themed Code Boogie learn-to-code tutorial on the Santa Tracker website, and the dancers actually point to their own right. The less...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Apollo 17 Soil Matches Ancient Earth's Ocean Ridges In Water Content
StartsWithABang writes: They say that one of the most exciting phrases to hear in science is not "eureka!" but "that's funny," and the Apollo 17 astronauts, just over 43 years ago, certainly got such ...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Hyatt Hotels Payment-Processing Systems Hit By Malware
itwbennett writes: Hyatt Hotels said Wednesday that it recently identified malware on the computers that run its payment-processing systems. And while Hyatt didn't provide more details on the breach, ...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Ubuntu User Count Pegged At Over One Billion
An anonymous reader writes: In response to an article claiming Ubuntu didn't reach its goal of 200 million users this year — a goal set out by Mark Shuttleworth in 2011 to surpass 200 million us...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Wyndham Settlement: No Fine, But More Power To the FTC
itwbennett writes: Earlier this month, Wyndham settled a lawsuit with the FTC over weak security practices that resulted in 3 major data breaches in 2008 and 2009 that compromised the credit card info...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot ASUS To Include AdBlock Plus On All Phones and Tablets In 2016
JoeyRox writes: Starting in 2016 Asus will ship all phones and tablets with AdBlock Plus integrated into their mobile browser. The ad-blocking software will not only be pre-installed but enabled by de...
10:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot NORAD's Amazing 60-Year Santa Tracking History
coondoggie writes: The National Archive blog takes a look at the background of the nation's premier defense unit's 60 years of tracking of Santa as he travels around the globe delivering his Christmas...
06:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Physicists Theorize Out How To Retrieve Information From a Black Hole
sciencehabit writes: Black holes earn their name because their gravity is so strong not even light can escape from them. Oddly, though, physicists have come up with a bit of theoretical sleight of han...
04:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Drone Crashes Missing Champion Skier By Inches
HughPickens.com writes: NBC reports that defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher, who won silver in the slalom at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, had a lucky escape after he narrowly avoided bein...
02:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot FTC Issues New Rules for Native Advertising on the Internet
popo writes: Native Advertising, or advertorial content that's camouflaged to mimic a site's original content is all the rage among web publishers these days particularly as ad-blocking takes a bigger...
02:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Federal Circuit Overturns Prohibition On "Disparaging" Trademarks
New submitter flopsquad writes: On December 22, the Federal Circuit released a decision overturning, on First Amendment grounds, the part of US trademark law that prohibits registration of "disparragi...
12:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot USPTO Power Outage Damages Equipment and Shuts Down IT Systems
An anonymous reader sends word that many online systems at the United States Patent and Trademark Office are down due to damaged equipment after a power outage. A statement from the USPTO reads in par...
12:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Man Arrested For Hacking 130 Celebrities
An anonymous reader writes: A man was arrested after trying to sell Hollywood movie scripts and social security numbers to an undercover DHS agent. The hacker known online as Jeff Moxey managed to hac...
12:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2015
Slashdot Now NASA Wants To Grow Potatoes On Mars For Real
MarkWhittington writes: In the hit movie, "The Martian", NASA astronaut Mark Watney survives by planting potatoes in one of the modules of the Mars base who is stranded at. The plot device received a ...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Investigation Into Security Director Who Hacked the Lottery Expands
An anonymous reader sends the latest update on Eddie Tipton, the man who worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association who was convicted of rigging a lottery game so he could win a $14 million jackpo...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Facebook's Free Basics App Has Been Temporarily Banned in India
An anonymous reader writes that Facebook's plan to provide Indians with free access to a number of chosen internet services has run into some big trouble. FC reports: "Indian telecom regulators have r...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot College Board Mainstreams AP Computer Science
New submitter Pollux writes: In the Fall of 2016, the College Board will begin a new course titled "AP Computer Science Principles," designed to "introduce students to the central ideas of computer sc...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Before Google There Was the Chemical Rubber Company
szczys writes: The CRC Handbook is one great example of how access to information has changed over the years. Now, you open up Google and find your answers. In decades past, hard data needed to solve ...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot The Juniper VPN Backdoor: Buggy Code With a Dose of Shady NSA Crypto
itwbennett writes: Security researchers and crypto experts now believe that a combination of likely malicious third-party modifications and Juniper's own crypto failures are responsible for the recent...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot The Trials and Tribulations of America's Chief Internet Defender
erier2003 writes: Amid a torrent of cyberattacks and seemingly endless data breaches, the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team, the government's premier cybersecurity monitoring unit, has never been ...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Schneier: We Need a Better Way of Regulating New Technologies
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, when a Brazilian judge shut down WhatsApp, it affected roughly half of the country's ~200 million residents. It's not the first time — or the second, or th...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Cold War Nuclear Target Lists Declassified For First Time
HughPickens.com writes: Scott Shane writes in the NY Times that the National Archives and Records Administration has released a detailed list of the United States' potential targets for atomic bombers...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Software Error Releases Up To 3,200 Inmates Early
An anonymous reader writes: Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that software used by the Washington Department of Corrections has been making mistakes in calculating sentences since 2002, resulting...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot German Court Orders Man To Destroy Naked Images of Ex-Partner
AmiMoJo sends this report from the BBC: Germany's highest court has ordered a man to destroy intimate photos and videos of his ex-partner because they violate her right to privacy. The Federal Court s...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Google Planning New Messaging App With AI Chatbots
An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is testing a new mobile messaging service. They say one of the defining new features of the service is the inclusion of AI-drive...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot TSA Body Scanner Opt-out No Longer Guaranteed
codguy writes: Up to now, airline passengers have been able opt out of the TSA's Advanced Imaging Technologies (AIT) whole body scanners, and request a physical pat-down for their security check. But ...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot US Stops British Muslim Family From Boarding Flight To Visit Disneyland
An anonymous reader writes: U.S. authorities blocked a British Muslim family from boarding a plane at London's Gatwick airport. They were flying to Los Angeles on a trip to visit Disneyworld. "U.S. De...
08:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With a Persistent and Incessant Port Scanner?
jetkins writes: What would you do if your firewall was being persistently targeted by port scans from a specific group of machines from one particular company? I run a Sophos UTM9 software firewall ap...
06:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Loses Extradition Case
BitterOak writes: Kim Dotcom has lost his extradition case in New Zealand, and will now (probably) have to face trial in the U.S. on charges of money laundering, racketeering, and copyright violation....
04:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot ORNL Restores US Capability To Produce Plutonium-238
hypnosec writes: Oak Ridge National Laboratory has successfully produced 50 grams of plutonium-238, an isotope that produces heat without a lot of other, problematic radiation. This makes it suitable ...
02:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Tesla Will Have Self-driving Cars In Just Two Years, Elon Musk Boldly Declares
An anonymous reader writes: In a new interview with Fortune, outspoken Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric automaker is just two years away from developing fully autonomous vehicles that can operate...
02:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Nicolas Cage To Return Rare Stolen Dinosaur Skull To Mongolia
HughPickens.com writes: Nicholas Cage is known as an avid collector, with interests that include real estate, rare cars and comic books: In 2011, he sold a like-new copy of Action Comics No. 1, which ...
12:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Porting Ubuntu For Raspberry Pi 2 Just Got a Lot Easier
prisoninmate writes: Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker is an open source tool, a shell script that lets anyone port any of the official or unofficial Ubuntu Linux flavors for the Raspberry Pi 2. Ubuntu Pi Flavo...
12:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Poverty Stunts IQ In the US But Not In Other Developed Countries
An anonymous reader writes: New research published in the journal Psychological Science (abstract) found that children who grow up in poverty within the United States tend to have lower IQs than peers...
12:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2015
Slashdot Google Tests Signing Into Accounts Using Your Phone, No Password Required
An anonymous reader writes: Google's battle against poor passwords continues. The company is now testing a new Google Account option that lets users login using their phone, skipping the part where yo...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Sketchable, Stretchable Circuits
JMarshall writes: A new, elastic silver ink allows stretchy circuits to be drawn using a regular pen. Unlike previous inks, which have been made with silver nanoparticles and are prone to clog pens ov...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot The Science Behind the Paris Climate Accords
Lasrick writes: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists offers a pretty thorough run-down of the pros and cons of the Paris climate accords. William Sweet examines not only the political machinations be...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Cold Fusion and the Reputation Trap
An anonymous reader writes: Huw Price, the Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge, has written an article about how the scientific community regards research into cold fusion, and those...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot NASA Has Suspended Its Next Mission To Mars
sciencehabit writes: NASA has suspended its next mission to Mars after problems with a French-built seismological instrument could not be fixed in time for the scheduled launch. The mission, a lander ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Report: Google Partners With Ford To Make Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader writes: A new report from Yahoo Autos says Google and Ford plan to announce a partnership to build self-driving cars. "By pairing with Google, Ford gets a massive boost in self-dri...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot DOE Launches Nuclear Waste Disposal Initiative
mdsolar writes: The Department of Energy is formally launching its initiative aimed at establishing a disposal site for spent nuclear fuel. The department said Monday that it is accepting input on the...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Programmer Jobs Will Decline 8%
theodp writes: Two weeks ago, as the nation's schools 'taught kids to program' with an Hour of Code, Microsoft and others celebrated a 6-year lobbying effort that culminated in the passage of legislat...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot DHS's Ongoing Drone Boondoggle
schwit1 writes: Spoofing is far from the only problem facing Department of Homeland Security and the way it gets drones to the border. In addition to giving grants to law enforcement agencies to purch...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot HIV Dating Company Accuses Researchers of Hacking Database
itwbennett writes: Slashdot readers will recall the story posted last week about the misconfiguration of the MongoDB database that powers Hzone, a dating app for the HIV-positive, and the ensuing thre...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Another Internet Griswold's Controllable Christmas Lights
An anonymous reader writes: For over a decade, Alek's Controllable Christmas Lights have been a festive online holiday tradition for millions of Internet users world-wide, so it was sadly the end of a...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Cisco Systems Will Be Auditing Their Code For Backdoors
An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the discovery of two backdoors on Juniper's NetScreen firewall devices, Cisco Systems has announced that they will be reviewing the software running on their...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot A Proposal For Dealing With Terrorist Videos On the Internet
Lauren Weinstein writes: Recent claims by some (mostly nontechnical) observers that it would be "simple" for services like YouTube to automatically block "terrorist" videos, in the manner that various...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Google Joins Mozilla, Microsoft In Pushing For Early SHA-1 Crypto Cutoff
itwbennett writes: Due to recent research showing that SHA-1 is weaker than previously believed, Mozilla, Microsoft and now Google are all considering bringing the deadline forward by six months to Ju...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Oracle Settles FTC Charges Regarding Deceptive Java Security Updates
An anonymous reader writes: The FTC and Oracle have come to an agreement regarding Oracle's deceptive Java security updates, which only removed recent versions of vulnerable Java SE, but left behind o...
10:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot ZFS Replication To the Cloud Is Finally Here and It's Fast
New submitter kozubik writes: Jim Salter at arstechnica provides a detailed, technical rundown of ZFS send and receive and compares it to traditional remote syncing and backup tools such as rsync. He ...
08:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Super Mario Inspired SuperTux Issues Its First Official Release In 10 Years
An anonymous reader writes: SuperTux, the free software game inspired by Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers, has put out its first stable release in a decade. SuperTux 0.4 rewrites the game engine to mak...
06:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Javascript User Prohibitions Are Like Content DRM, But Even Less Effective
Robotech_Master writes: It always puzzles me whenever I run across a post somewhere that uses Javascript to try to prevent me from copying and pasting text, or even viewing the source. These measures ...
04:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 Rocket At Cape Canaveral
Rei writes: At 8:40 PM today, SpaceX successfully launched and relanded the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral, as well as delivering to orbit the last portion of ORBCOMM's communica...
02:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Drug Case In Ireland Has Fingerprints of Carnegie Mellon's Attack On Tor
blottsie writes: Newly released evidence shows that Irish detectives who worked the case of two convicted drug dealers may have also used data obtained through CMU's Software Engineering Institute's m...
02:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Buys Talko, Another Ray Ozzie Company
alphadogg writes: Every decade or so Microsoft seems to feel the need to buy a Ray Ozzie company. This time it's Talko, a Boston-based startup dedicated to helping workgroups (or families or other set...
12:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot Can Electric Signals In Earth's Atmosphere Predict Earthquakes?
sciencehabit writes with interesting news about a possible new avenue for earthquake prediction. Sciencemag reports: "Ask seismologists when they'll be able to predict earthquakes, and the answer is g...
12:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot BBC Launches Machine-Translated Synthetic Voiceovers
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC News service is trialling a tool which provides synthesized journalist voice-overs in different languages, with translation provided by unspecified established onli...
12:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2015
Slashdot NASA Is Creating a Virtual Reality Mission To Mars
An anonymous reader writes: The Mars 2030 Experience' is part of NASA's ongoing efforts to build public support in a real manned mission to the Red Planet. Partnering with FUSION to produce the experi...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Vivendi Takes Over Radionomy, Winamp Relaunch Now Possible
SmartAboutThings writes: Winamp could once again be brought back to life after Vivendi Group took over the majority stake in Radionomy, the previous owner of the app who purchased it from AOL in early...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Apple To Pay Ericsson Patent Royalties On iPhones and iPads
itwbennett writes: In settlement of a long-standing dispute over patents that Ericsson considers essential to the implementation of a number of mobile communications standards, including GSM, the 3G s...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Deadline for Better Encryption on Payment Systems Pushed Back Two Years
An anonymous reader writes: The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has announced that it will push back the mandatory implementation of TLS 1.1+ encryption, over the very insec...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Software-Defined Vehicles Will Dominate At CES
Lucas123 writes: Carmakers and their tier 1 parts suppliers at CES in January are expected to launch an unprecedented number of software advances centered around cloud services and over-the-air update...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot FAA Drone Rules May Already Be Outlawed By Congress
szczys writes: New FAA rules about drone registration and operation are now in effect. So far the talk has centered around registering your aircraft, and about the weight restriction. But all of this ...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot US Predicts Zero Job Growth For Electrical Engineers
dcblogs writes: An occupation long associated with innovation, electrical and electronics engineering, has stopped growing, according to the U.S. government. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in an upda...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot HTTP Error Code 451 Approved For Censored Web Pages
An anonymous reader writes: The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) has finally approved the new 451 status code for HTTP error messages involving web pages which have been repressed or removed...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Why Is So Much Reported Science Wrong
An anonymous reader writes: An article from Berkeley's California Magazine explains some of the reasons science reporting is often at odds with actual science. Quoting: "Where journalism favors neat s...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Hackers Have Infiltrated the US Power Grid's Control Networks
davidwr writes: A security researcher and the Associated Press are reporting that hackers have infiltrated many of the United States' power grid networks. "About a dozen times in the last decade, soph...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Resources For Explaining Statistics For the Very First Time?
theodp writes: Teaching multivariate statistics to college students, writes AnnMaria De Mars, was a piece of cake compared to her current project — making a game to teach statistics to middle sc...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Disney Is Making a Fortune and Safeguarding Its Future By Buying Childhood
An anonymous reader writes: Disney has been successful for the better part of a century. But they haven't always had to work as hard to do it. Over the past couple of decades, they've been facing more...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Fails Windows Phone Fans Again By Delaying Windows 10 Mobile
An anonymous reader writes that Microsoft says the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin early next year. The company had previously promised a roll out this month. Venturebeat reports: "Windows Phone ...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Currency Exchange Website Accused of Cyber Terrorism By Venezuelan Government
braindrainbahrain writes: A U.S.-based website that covers the unofficial exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Bolivar, the Venezuelan currency, has been accused of cyber terrorism in a civil...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Juniper's Backdoor Password Disclosed, Likely Added In Late 2013
itwbennett writes: In a blog post on Rapid7's community portal Sunday, HD Moore posted some notes on the Juniper ScreenOS incident, notably that his team discovered the backdoor password that enables ...
12:00 pm - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Meet the Scientist Who Injected Himself With 3.5 Million-Year-Old Bacteria
Press2ToContinue writes with this profile of Anatoli Brouchkov, a scientist who isn't afraid to take an extremely hands-on approach to science. Vice reports: "Anatoli Brouchkov is a soft-spoken guy wi...
08:00 am - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Replaces Flash With HTML5 For Videos
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook announced that it officially replaced Flash with HTML5 for its video player. They made the change because of security reasons, but developers also found it easier ...
06:00 am - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Programmers Share 188 Computer-Generated Novels On GitHub
An anonymous reader writes: Last month 188 entries turned up on GitHub in an event challenging programmers to write computer code to generate 50,000-word novels. "The 'novel' is defined however you wa...
02:00 am - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Smallest Color Picture Ever Printed Fits Inside a Human Hair
Zothecula sends news about the tiniest color picture ever printed. Gizmag reports: "Scientists have created a picture that only fleas could truly appreciate. That's because the inkjet-printed image ta...
02:00 am - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Database Leak Exposes 3.3 Million Hello Kitty Fans
itwbennett writes: A database for sanriotown.com, the official online community for Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters, has been discovered online by researcher Chris Vickery,' writes CSO's Steve...
12:00 am - Mon, December 21, 2015
Slashdot Facebook, Google Top Year-End App List
Nerval's Lobster writes: New data from research firm Nielsen shows that — surprise, surprise — Facebook, Google, and Apple dominated the list of most-used mobile apps. Facebook's core app ...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot Improving UI and UX: Changing the "Open Source Is Ugly" Perception
jones_supa writes: For four years, Garth Braithwaite has been working at Adobe on open source projects as a design and code contributor. In addition to his work at the company, he also speaks at confe...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot FAA Admits Names & Addresses In Drone Registry Will Be Publicly Available
Lauren Weinstein sends word about this admission by the FAA that has led many to have concerns about privacy. Forbes reports: "The FAA finally confirmed this afternoon that model aircraft registrants&...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot Mobile Gaming Giant Calls For Longer Product Life Cycles
An anonymous reader writes: South Korean gaming firm Nexon has vowed to release mobile games with longer life cycles, focusing on attracting users for at least 10 years rather than relying on fad sale...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot ICANN's Ex CEO Fronts Chinese Initiative On Running the Internet
Earthquake Retrofit points out this story at the Register which could mean some big changes in the future of the internet. "On the last day of the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, the conference o...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot Femto Fairy Lights - Touchable Holograms
mikejuk writes with this story about a Japanese team working on creating touchable holograms. I Programmer reports: "One method of creating a volumetric, i.e. true 3D, display, is to use a high power ...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot Israeli Firm Creates a Device That Can Hack Any Nearby Phone
An anonymous reader writes: Israeli startup Rayzone created a device that can hack any smartphone that has its WiFi connection open. The device can steal passwords, files, contact lists, photos, and v...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot AdBlock Plus Updates Acceptable Ads Policy
AmiMoJo writes: By default the popular AdBlock Plus plug-in allows some "acceptable" ads to be displayed. A blog post announcing updates to policy describes the goals of the update: easier to understa...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot UK Police Busts Karaoke 'Gang' For Sharing Songs You Can't Buy
An anonymous reader writes: The London Police have an Intellectual Property Crime Unit. They just issued a press release bragging about "dismantling" a "gang" running "commercial-scale copyright infri...
12:00 pm - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot Tim Cook Calls Apple's Tax Questions 'Political Crap'
nerdyalien writes: Apple CEO Tim Cook dismissed as "total political crap" the notion that the tech giant was avoiding taxes. Cook's remarks, made on CBS' 60 Minutes show, come amid a debate in the Uni...
08:00 am - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot The Data Center Density Debate: Generational Change Brings Higher Densities
1sockchuck writes: Over the past decade, there have been repeated predictions of the imminent arrival of higher rack power densities. Yet extreme densities have remained focused in high performance co...
06:00 am - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot Should a Mars Colony Be Independent?
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has an article about a recent essay (PDF) from researcher Jacob Haqq-Misra, who argues that any future colonies established on Mars should be independent from natio...
02:00 am - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot Games Involving Candy Stimulate Kids' Appetites
An anonymous reader writes: Most of us are aware by now of the myriad internet games created not for their own sake, but as a marketing tool for another product. But we're not the target audience for ...
02:00 am - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot Musk, Others Want Volkswagen To Go Electric Instead of Fixing Diesels
An anonymous reader writes: Volkswagen has put itself in a tough spot. After cheating emissions standards, the company faces billions in fines and repair costs to bring those vehicles into spec and ma...
12:00 am - Sun, December 20, 2015
Slashdot Internet Archive Hosts 24-Hour Fund-Raising Telethon
martiniturbide writes: The Internet Archive, the online non-profit library that stores almost everything that is digital, the same one that hosts a lot of classic games , hosts a massive collection of...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Degradation of Lithium Batteries Shown In Real-time
hypnosec writes: High-Speed Operando Tomography and Digital Volume Correlation have been used by a University College London-led team to show in real-time how lithium batteries degrade as they are use...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Andy Weir, Author of 'The Martian,' Is Writing a Novel Set On the Moon
MarkWhittington writes: Readers wondering where Andy Weir, whose book The Martian featured a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars, will take us next need wonder no longer. According to a story in the Huffi...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Wine 1.8 Released
An anonymous reader writes: Wine 1.8.0 is now the latest stable release of Wine Is Not An Emulator and available from WineHQ.org. Wine 1.8 features include support for DirectWrite, Direct2D support, v...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot ISRO Launches Six Singaporean Satellites
vasanth writes: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched six Singapore satellites on Wednesday. The agency also tested the fourth stage of its PSLV rocket, a four stage/engi...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Physicists Find New Evidence For Helium 'Rain' On Saturn
sciencehabit writes: Using one of the world's most powerful lasers, physicists have found experimental evidence for Saturn's helium 'rain,' a phenomenon in which a mixture of liquid hydrogen and heliu...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot US Budget Bill Passes With CISA Surveillance Intact
An anonymous reader writes: Early on Friday, the U.S. Senate approved the 2,000 page 'omnibus' budget bill that allocated $1.15 trillion in government funding. Later in the day, President Obama signed...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Miniature Flying Car Receives US Airspace Approval For Testing
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has this month approved test flights for Terrafugia's flying car. The team behind TF-X, patented in 2011, will see a two-foot...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot White House Expected To Announce Big Computer Science Push
theodp writes: Politico reports that the White House is talking to groups about a push for computer science education in the coming weeks, possibly in mid-January, which could involve commitments from...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Astronomers Successfully Predict Appearance of Supernova
schwit1 writes: For the first time ever astronomers have been able to predict and photograph the appearance of a supernova, its light focused by the gravitational lensing caused by a galaxy and the da...
10:00 am - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot New Outlook Bug Doesn't Require Users To Interact With Emails To Be Compromised
An anonymous reader writes: A new bug in Outlook allows attackers only to send you an email, and without clicking or downloading attachments, a user's computer can be compromised. The bug [PDF] is bec...
06:00 am - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Street Fighter V Announced For Linux and SteamOS
An anonymous reader writes: Capcom has announced that their upcoming Street Fighter V game, one of the most anticipated games for 2016, will also be available for SteamOS and Linux. Already in place i...
04:00 am - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Phantom Squad Hacking Group Claims Credit For Three-Hour Xbox Live Outage
An anonymous reader writes: The Phantom Squad hacking group appears to have anticipated its own Christmas schedule for attacks on the Xbox and PlayStation networks by taking credit for a three-hour ou...
02:00 am - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Khronos Delays Vulkan Graphics API To 2016 Release
An anonymous reader writes: The Khronos Group has announced that the Vulkan specification is complete and undergoing legal review and final polishing, but it means that Vulkan will not be published th...
02:00 am - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Sony Creating Sulfur-Based Batteries With 40% More Capacity Than Li-Ion
MojoKid writes: Since the original iPhone was released in 2007, we have seen some incredible advances in smartphone processing power along with a wealth of feature improvements like faster Wi-Fi and c...
12:00 am - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot Swedish Researchers Break 'Unbreakable' Quantum Cryptography
New submitter etnoy writes: Quantum key distribution is supposed to be a perfectly secure method for encrypting information. Even with access to an infinitely fast computer, an attacker cannot eavesdr...
12:00 am - Sat, December 19, 2015
Slashdot 12-Year-Old Sikh Boy Arrested In Texas After Bringing a Power Bag To School
AaronW writes: A 12-year-old Sikh boy in Dallas, Texas was accused by another student of bringing a bomb to school. Apparently he had a powerbag; a backpack with a built-in phone charger. Rather than ...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot NSF and Federal Partners Award $37M To Advance Nation's Co-robots
aarondubrow writes: Today, the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the DoD, NASA, NIH, and USDA, announced $37 million in new awards to spur the development and use of co-robots — r...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Contradicting Previous Study, Cancer Risk Has Strong Environmental Component
The Real Dr John writes: A new study published in the journal Nature provides evidence that intrinsic risk factors contribute only modestly (less than ~10–30% of lifetime risk) to cancer develop...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot How Long Until the Cyborg Olympics Are Better Than the Traditional Games?
the_newsbeagle writes: In October 2016, a stadium in Zurich will host the world's first cyborg Olympics. During this event, more officially called the Cybathlon, people with disabilities will use adva...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Replacement For Mozilla Thunderbird?
maxcelcat writes: I've used Thunderbird for about a decade, and Netscape Mail before that (I have an email from 1998 from Marc Andreessen, welcoming me to Netscape Email, telling me different fonts ca...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Strict New Security Measures Put In Place For CES 2016 Attendees
CIStud writes: Due to the recent terror events, the Consumer Technology Association is instituting drastic new security measures for attendees coming to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CE...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Extends SmartScreen To Foil Malvertising and Exploit Kits
itwbennett writes: With the latest update for Windows 10, Microsoft has extended SmartScreen to block drive-by attacks in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11, the Microsoft Edge Team said Wednesda...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Bernie Sanders Campaign Blocked From DNC Voter Info After Improper Access
PolygamousRanchKid writes with news that staffers for the Bernie Sanders campaign improperly viewed the voter data gathered by Hillary Clinton's campaign by exploiting a software error. "The discovery...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot How Brain Architecture Leads To Abstract Thought
catchblue22 writes: UMass Amherst scientists have analyzed fMRI data to link brain architecture with consciousness and abstract thought. "We momentarily thought our research failed when we saw that ea...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Pre-Crime in the UK: Businesses Crowdsource a Watch List
Press2ToContinue writes: In the film Minority Report, people are rounded up by the Precrime police agency before they actually commit the crime. In the movie, this pre-crime information is provided by...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot The Humans Crashing Into Driverless Cars are Exposing a Key Flaw
schwit1 sends in a story from Bloomberg pointing out that the rigid adherence to traffic laws and overcautious programming have caused self-driving cars to rack up a crash rate twice that of an averag...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot EFF Launches Panopticlick 2.0
Peter Eckersley writes: The EFF has launched Panopticlick 2.0. In addition to measuring whether your browser exposes unique — and therefore trackable — settings and configuration to websit...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot 'Unauthorized Code' In Juniper Firewalls Could Decrypt VPN Traffic
m2pc writes: Ars Technica reports that Juniper Networks firewalls have been discovered to include "unauthorized code" inserted into their ScreenOS software. Juniper has has published an advisory addre...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot LifeLock Agrees To Pay $100 Million Fine In Settlement With FTC
New submitter dasgoober writes: Lifelock has agreed to pay $100 million to settle charges that it failed to properly protect user data, the F.T.C. announced on Thursday. This is the second settlement ...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Netflix Creates DIY Smart Socks That Pause Your Show When You Fall Asleep
HughPickens.com writes: We've all said "just one more episode before bed" to ourselves only to fall asleep halfway through while Netflix kept playing. It's frustrating to try to put the pieces back to...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Catalogue of Government Gear For Cellphone Spying
Advocatus Diaboli sends word that The Intercept has obtained a secret catalog of surveillance gear used by the U.S. from a concerned intelligence official. They report: "The intercept has obtained a s...
10:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Facebook, Researcher Spar Over Instagram Flaw Disclosure
msm1267 writes: A security researcher is in a bit of a scrum with Facebook over vulnerability disclosures that not only tested the boundaries of the social network's bug bounty program, but he said, a...
08:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Canonical Patches the Raspberry Pi 2 Kernel of Ubuntu 15.10
prisoninmate writes: Canonical released a patch for the Raspberry Pi 2 Linux kernel 4.2 packages of the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system, fixing four critical security issues. Canonical u...
06:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Do Tax Breaks For Data Centers Make Sense?
1sockchuck writes: Does it make sense for state to offer tax incentives to lure huge data center projects? After an extended debate, legislators in Michigan have approved tax breaks for a $5 billion d...
04:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Tacoma Goes All In To Support Municipal Fiber
Peterus7 writes: The Tacoma city council just voted unanimously to invest and upgrade their Click! fiber network as a municipal ISP, which likely means gigabit speeds. This decision was made in light ...
02:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Cox Is Liable For Pirating Subscribers, Ordered To Pay $25 Million
An anonymous reader writes: A federal jury reached a verdict that Cox Communications must pay $25 million to BMG Rights Management for failing to disconnect subscribers accused of online piracy. Torre...
02:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot "Most Hated Man In America" Martin Shkreli Arrested On Suspicion of Fraud
Ewan Palmer writes that everyone's least favorite medication price gouger, Martin Shkreli, has run into some legal problems. According to the article "Pharmaceutical start-up owner Martin Shkreli, dub...
02:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot China Launches Dark Matter Space Probe
hackingbear writes: China's Dark Matter Particle Explorer Satellite Wukong, named after the fictional character Monkey King, was successfully launched at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu p...
12:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Landlords Want a Share of Renters' Airbnb Revenue
An anonymous reader writes: A group of leading U.S. property owners, including AvalonBay Communities and Camden Property Trust, have met with lodging rental site Airbnb to discuss ways that they can g...
12:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot New WTO Trade Deal Will Exempt IT-Related Products From Import Tariffs
itwbennett writes: Under an agreement finalized Wednesday that applies to all 192 member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO), tariffs on imports of consumer electronics will be phased out ...
12:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2015
Slashdot Economists Discuss the Financial Repercussions of the Destruction of the Death Stars
szczys writes: What would the Galactic Economy look like following the destruction of two Death Stars? This is the informed Star Wars debate taking shape between to people who know their economics. El...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Keeping My Data Mine? (2015 Edition)
New submitter schklerg writes: Like many, I am tired of being the product of the corporate "cloud" overlords. To that end, I've got my own Linux server running Tiny Tiny RSS (RSS — Feedly replac...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Comcast Typo Penalizes Wrong Customer For Data Usage
ShaunC writes: Soon after Comcast implemented its data caps in Tennessee, one customer began getting calls warning that he was approaching his monthly usage limit. The company's data cap meter was tic...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Unity Benchmarks Browser WebGL Performance
An anonymous reader writes: Jonas Echterhoff from Unity has posted the latest Unity WebGL benchmark results on the Unity blog. He writes, "A bit over a year ago, we released a blog post with performan...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot 'Hybrid' Logic Gate For Quantum Computers Demonstrated
hypnosec writes: Researchers at Oxford University have demonstrated a 'hybrid' logic gate using two isotopes of calcium, the abundant isotope calcium-40 and the rare isotope calcium-43. One of the lea...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot VLC Launches On Chrome OS Thanks To Android Port
An anonymous reader writes: VideoLAN today launched VLC, the world's most used media player, for Chrome OS. You can download the new app, which is a port of the VLC version for Android, from the Chrom...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot CA DMV Releases Draft Requirements For Autonomous Vehicles On Public Streets
kheldan writes: The California DMV will be allowing so-called 'autonomous cars' on the roads — with some restrictions. Namely: There must be a licensed driver behind the wheel at all times, aler...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.04 Will Not Send Local Searches Over the Web By Default
jones_supa writes: Canonical introduced Amazon Product Results as part of Ubuntu 12.10, which meant that local searches performed by a user in Dash were also sent online. This made many Ubuntu users s...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot IBM and Linux Foundation To Create Blockchain For Major Financial Institutions
An anonymous reader writes: Following initial news of the project in March, IBM, under the supervision of the Linux Foundation and in partnership with several major tech interests including Fujitsu, h...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Why Won't T-Mobile Let Us Binge On All Of It?
Bennett Haselton writes:T-Mobile has been accused of violating Net Neutrality by providing "Binge On" plans that come with unlimited data, but only from select streaming websites such as Hulu and Netf...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Reddit Is Banning Users That Post Star Wars 7 Spoilers
An anonymous reader writes: A few naughty users have started spamming Reddit with Star Wars 7 spoilers, but also hoaxes. Some known Star Wars fans with Reddit accounts were even bombarded with PMs abo...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot EE Recalls All Power Bar Chargers Over Fire Safety Risk
An anonymous reader writes: British mobile network EE is recalling every one of its promotional Power Bar smartphone chargers amid safety fears that they may overheat and blow up. The portable blue ch...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Over 650 Tb of Data Up For Grabs From Publicly Exposed Mongodb Database
itwbennett writes: A scan performed over the past few days by John Matherly, the creator of the Shodan search engine, has found that there are at least 35,000 publicly accessible and insecure MongoDB ...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot As Sea Levels Rise, Are Coastal Nuclear Plants Ready?
mdsolar writes with this National Geographic story about the danger of rising sea levels to low-lying power plants across the country. According to the story: "Just east of the Homestead-Miami Speedwa...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Brazilian Judge Shuts Down WhatsApp In Brazil
New submitter rafaelj writes: Apparently, Tim Berners Lee was not aware of the real impact on internet freedom in Brazil when he supported the Marco Civil to pass in the Brazilian congress last year. ...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Dallas Buyers Club Case Struck Down By Federal Court
thegarbz writes: After a previous court ruling covered on Slashdot where Dallas Buyers Club was forced to post a $600,000AU bond and accused of speculative invoicing, it appears they have once again f...
10:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot PRESTON: The UK's "Big Brother" Comprehensive National Database System
gb7djk writes: The investigative journalist Duncan Campbell has written an article at The Register claiming that the UK Government has been secretly creating a database of all telephone calls, financi...
06:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot FOIA'd Documents Give Tour of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
v3rgEz writes: In the 1990s, during our nuclear disarmament initiative, the Congress preserved two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silos as historic sites. The Minuteman Missile National His...
04:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Why President Obama Was Held Back a Year Before Starting Code School
theodp writes: Microsoft is boasting that UK Prime Minister David Cameron learned to code during this year's Hour of Code thanks to its Minecraft-themed tutorial, much like US President Barack Obama l...
02:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Study Claims Lettuce Is "Three Times Worse Than Bacon" For GHG Emissions
davidshenba writes: Sticking to a vegetarian diet may not the best for environment — in fact, it might be harmful to it. According to new research from Carnegie Mellon University, following the ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Geneticists Push For Databases Over Journals As Main Source of Information
neoritter writes: The issues of reproducibility in journals continues to present problems. This time in the world of clinical geneticists where a misleading or incorrect journal on the effect of a gen...
12:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot LizardSquad Copycats Planning DDoS Attacks On Xbox & PSN For Christmas
An anonymous reader writes: Last year on Christmas, the LizardSquad hacking group took down PSN and Xbox Live for many hours via DDoS attacks. This year another group, called Phantom Squad, is plannin...
12:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Rubber Tanks and Sonic Trucks: the Ghost Army of World War II
szczys writes: While you may have heard of the Ghost Army that was used to fake troop movements during WWII, it's unlikely that you truly grasp the level of skill and success these elite groups achiev...
12:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Tweaks Its "Real Names" Policy
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has announced a US-based trial of minor changes to its controversial process of name verification, apparently in response to last year's controversy over LGBT and ...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot The FAA To Facilitate American Commercial Participation In the ESA Moon Village
MarkWhittington writes: While NASA remains fixated on its Journey to Mars, quietly, the FAA is positioning itself as the lead United States Government agency for a return to the moon. According to a s...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Philips Won't Block Third-party Bulbs After All
An anonymous reader writes: A day after Philips announced that it would drop support for third-party Hue bulbs the company has reversed its decision. An announcement reads is part: "We recently upgrad...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot British Court Rejects Donald Trump's Attempt To Block Wind Farm
HughPickens.com writes: Sewell Chan reports at the NYT that Britain's highest court has unanimously rejected an attempt by Donald J. Trump to block the construction of a wind farm near his luxury golf...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot iPhone Hacker Geohot Builds Self-Driving Car AI
An anonymous reader writes: George Hotz, known for unlocking early iPhones and the PlayStation 3, has developed an autonomous driving system in his garage. "Hotz's approach isn't simply a low-cost kno...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot CISA Surveillance Bill Hidden Inside Last Night's Budget Bill
An anonymous reader writes that the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) was inserted into the omnibus budget deal passed by the House of Representatives late last night. Engadget reports: "La...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot North Carolina Town That Defeated Solar Plan Talks Back
mdsolar writes with news that city officials in Woodland, North Carolina have taken issue with being ridiculed by the internet and want to set the record straight. According to the article: "Usually w...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Budget Agreement Boosts US Science
sciencehabit writes: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) leads the way among U.S science agencies getting increases in the final 2016 spending bill released today. NIH is the winner in absolute do...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Biggest Open Source Project of 2015?
An anonymous reader writes: Several major tech and open source sites—including Opensource.com and Infoworld—have published lists of the top open source projects of the year. What's your pi...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Facebook, Google and Twitter Agree To Delete Hate Speech In Germany
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook, Google, and Twitter have agreed to remove hateful posts from their platforms within 24 hours in Germany, officials announced yesterday. The web companies committe...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Go To Jail For Visiting a Web Site? Top Law Prof Talks Up the Idea
David Rothman writes: Eric Posner, the fourth most-cited law professor in the U.S., says the government may need to jail you if you even visit an ISIS site after enough warnings. He says, "Never befor...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Hype In Science Papers On the Rise
schwit1 writes: In the past forty years the use of descriptive words by scientists to positively hype their results in papers has increased steadily. "Researchers at the University Medical Center Utre...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Starts Its Own Charity Organization: Microsoft Philanthropies
SmartAboutThings writes: Bill Gates is known as a big philanthropist, and now his own company will commit to even more charity work by launching a new organization, Microsoft Philanthropies. Microsoft...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Marco Rubio and Other Senators Move To Block Municipal Broadband
New submitter h33t l4x0r writes: Presidential candidate Marco Rubio recently "fired off a letter (PDF) to the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to allow states to block municipal bro...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot 0-Day GRUB2 Authentication Bypass Hits Linux
prisoninmate writes: A zero-day security flaw was discovered by developers Ismael Ripoll and Hector Marco in the upstream GRUB2 packages. GRUB2 did not correctly handle the backspace key when the boot...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot The Astronaut Hopeful's Manifesto
StartsWithABang writes: Many of us dreamed of becoming astronauts as a child, but gave up on that dream for a number of reasons — the seemingly impossible odds, the demands of daily life, the ri...
08:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot EU Rules Would Ban Kids Under 16 From Social Media
An anonymous reader sends word of new data protection rules up for vote in the European Parliament which would make it illegal for companies to handle the data of children aged 15 and younger. Current...
06:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Breakthrough In Automatic Handwritten Character Recognition Sans Deep Learning
subh_arya writes: Researchers from NYU, UToronto and MIT have come up with a technique that captures human learning abilities for a large class of simple visual concepts to recognize handwritten chara...
04:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Following Data Leak, HIV Dating App's Developers Threaten Infection
itwbennett writes: Sometime before November 29, the MongoDB housing the data of Hzone, a dating app for HIV-positive singles, was exposed to the Internet. The company, displeased with having the secur...
02:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot MacKeeper Discloses 13 Million Mac Users' Details With Poor Hash Protection
An anonymous reader writes: Mac security software suite MacKeeper is recovering after a hack leaked millions of users' personal information. Kromtech, the software developer, confirmed that it had rec...
02:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Mars Colonies and Class Warfare
MarkWhittington writes: An argument about class warfare has broken out over the notion of a commercial Mars colony. It started when Elon Musk, who is said to be planning to retire on the Red Planet, m...
12:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Galloping Gertie, Engineering's Most Misunderstood Failure
tedlistens writes: Generations of physics teachers, textbooks, and articles have taught that the spectacular collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 75 years ago, in November 1940, was caused by resona...
12:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot WeMedia's Andrew Nachison Discusses the Future of Online Journalism
WeMedia is partly a think tank and partly a consulting firm that advises news organizations on how to deal with the ever-changing world of online journalism. Andrew Nachison cofounded WeMedia with Dal...
12:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2015
Slashdot Firefox 43 Arrives With 64-bit Version For Windows, Android Tab Audio Indicators
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 43 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Notable additions to the browser include a 64-bit version for Windows (finally!), a new strict block...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Is OpenAI Solving the Wrong Problem?
hype7 writes: The Harvard Business Review is running an article looking at the recently announced OpenAI initiative, and its decision to structure the venture as a non-profit. It goes on to ask some p...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot 'Do Not Track' Bill Aims To Let Consumers Reject Online Tracking
kheldan writes: A newly introduced piece of federal legislation aims to give consumers more choices about when their browsing behavior is being tracked. Today, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Ed Mar...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Flint, Michigan Declares State of Emergency Over Lead In Children's Blood
schwit1 writes: The Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan released a study in September that confirmed what many Flint parents had feared for over a year: The proportion of infants and children wit...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Universal Remote Desktop Coming To Windows 10 Soon
jones_supa writes: For those using the Continuum feature of Windows and who work from home or in the office, you'll be pleased to know that the Remote Desktop Universal app is not only happening but w...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best (or Better) Ways To Archive Email?
An anonymous reader writes: I've been using email since the early '90s and have probably half a million emails in various places and accounts. Some of them are currently in .tar files, others in the o...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Collabora and OwnCloud Announce LibreOffice Online
sfcrazy writes: Collabora Productivity, a UK-based consulting company, has collaborated with ownCloud Inc. to release a developer edition of online LibreOffice, which they call CODE (Collabora Online ...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Seattle Passes First Uber Drivers' Union Into Law
An anonymous reader writes: The city council of Seattle has unanimously voted in favour of a proposal which will require Uber — and driving-related companies which operate on the same principle ...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot "Credible" Bomb Threat Closes, Evacuates All Los Angeles Public Schools
The Washington Post reports that all Los Angeles public schools have been closed for the day after a "'credible threat' of violence to students at numerous schools in the sprawling district, and a sch...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Netflix To Re-Encode Entire 1 Petabyte Video Catalogue In 2016 To Save Bandwidth
An anonymous reader writes: Netflix has spent four years developing a new and more efficient video-encoding process that can shave off 20% in terms of space and bandwidth without reducing the quality ...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot 21-Year-Old British Man Arrested In Connection With VTech Hack
Ewan Palmer writes: A man has been arrested in connection with the alleged hacking of electronic toy manufacturer VTech which affected millions worldwide. The 21-year-old was arrested in Berkshire, So...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot AMD Goes Open Source, Announces GPUOpen Initiative, Linux Compiler, Drivers
MojoKid writes: AMD announced today that the company is releasing a slew of open-source software and tools to give game developers, heterogeneous applications, and HPC applications deeper access to th...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Writer: Why Watching the Original Star Wars Again Was a Bad Idea
An anonymous reader writes: CNET's Michael Franco recently sat down and watched "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" again in preparation for the release of "The Force Awakens" later this week. His advi...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Carly Fiorina Says Government Needs a Way To "Work Around" Encryption
Patrick O'Neill writes: Carly Fiorina wants the government to be able to "work around" encryption to aid intelligence agencies and law enforcement in their investigations, she said on Monday. The Repu...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Boeing 787 "Blacklisted" From Some Air Traffic Control Services
An anonymous reader writes: A software glitch causes the Boeing 787 to report its position incorrectly, which has led Australia and Canada to 'blacklist' the aircraft from using ADB-S and until it is ...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration In DirectTV Case
An anonymous reader sends word that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 6-3 decision that DirecTV’s service agreement barring mass arbitration by its customers must be enforced. The NYTimes re...
10:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Now Can Perform Marriages In New Zealand
New submitter scrote-ma-hote writes: From stuff.co.nz, news comes that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is now able to solemnize marriages. The registration was listed in the NZ gazette yest...
06:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Oculus Founder Says Rift Can Match Valve's 'Room-Scale' VR
An anonymous reader writes: Valve and HTC have touted 'room-scale' VR—a large tracking volume for virtual reality experiences—as a major advantage of SteamVR and the Vive headset. But Ocul...
04:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Hedge Fund Manager Criticizes Yahoo for Wasting $3 Billion On Poor Acquisitions
mrspoonsi writes: On Monday morning, Eric Jackson, manager of hedge fund SpringOwl, sent a brutal 99-page presentation to Yahoo's board, outlining his case for why the company should drop Marissa Maye...
04:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot What the Mites On Your Face Say About Where You Came From
sciencehabit writes with news about how the hair mites you carry can be used to determine your ancestry. "Right now, deep in your hair follicles and sweat glands, tiny mites are feeding on dead skin c...
02:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Yahoo Burned Through $3B On M&A, Which Are All Worthless
mrspoonsi writes: On Monday morning, Eric Jackson, manager of hedge fund SpringOwl, sent a brutal 99-page presentation to Yahoo's board, outlining his case for why the company should drop Marissa Maye...
02:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Texas Plumber Sues Car Dealer After His Truck Ends Up In Videos of Syria's Front Lines
New submitter hydrodog writes: A Texas plumber traded in his truck, which ended up in ISIS videos showing his logo and phone number. Now he is getting hundreds of harassing phone calls for 'supporting...
12:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Bangladesh Extends Social Media Ban, Blocking Twitter and Skype
An anonymous reader writes: A month after temporarily blocking social media sites including Facebook and WhatsApp, the Bangladeshi government has now taken steps to take down online chat software Skyp...
12:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Tor Hires Former EFF Chief As Executive Director
itwbennett writes: Shari Steele, a 20-year veteran of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has been hired as executive director of the Tor Project, the widely used anonymity tool that frequently ...
12:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2015
Slashdot Lightbulb DRM: Philips Locks Purchasers Out of 3rd-Party Bulbs With New Firmware
sandbagger writes: Purchasers of the Philips Hue 'smart' ambient lighting system are finding out that the new firmware pushed out by the manufacturer has cut off access to previously-supported lightbu...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Attackers Can Hijack Joomla Sites Via User-Agent Strings
An anonymous reader writes: Joomla just issued a emergency security patch after Sucuri observed a large number of attacks on Joomla sites using malicious user-agent strings. Attackers were adding mali...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot NY Attorney General Wants Public To Report Broadband Speeds
An anonymous reader writes: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating ISP speed and service claims. He's asked consumers to help by testing their broadband speeds and reporting the ...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Developer Claims 'PS4 Officially Jailbroken'
colinneagle sends word that a developer has claimed to have achieved a jailbreak of the PlayStation 4. Networkworld reports: "If you have a PS4 and want to run homebrew content, then you might be happ...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot $7 Million Xprize For Deep Ocean Exploration
An anonymous reader writes: Peter Diamandis announced today the launch of a new Xprize competition. $7 million is available for teams who are capable of pushing the boundaries of ocean exploration. "O...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot NASA Looks To PlayStation VR To Train Space Robot Operators
An anonymous reader writes: Humanoid robots in space are attractive because their emulation of the human form makes them capable of a huge range of tasks. But remotely controlling such bots is a very ...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Leaded Gas, CFCs, and the Dark Side of Progress
szczys writes: Leaded Gas did a great job of keeping engines from knocking thanks to tetraethyl lead. Unfortunately the fumes from the chemical are highly poisonous. R-12 is a refrigerant that revolut...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot A Typo Almost Derailed Paris Climate Deal
An anonymous reader writes: On Saturday, world leaders completed an ambitious international agreement to address climate change. But when the officials received the first copy of what was supposed to ...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot FAA: Small Drones Must Be Registered By February
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has finally unveiled its new drone registration rules. Starting on 21 December, all newly-purchased drones between 250 grams (.55 l...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Clouds May Hide Water On Alien Worlds
sciencehabit writes: Astronomers have discovered about 2000 planets around other stars, but they have few hard facts about what they are like, such as the contents of their atmospheres. Now, a team of...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Google Favors Less-Regulated UK For Self-Driving Car Development
An anonymous reader writes: According to documents obtained by The Telegraph, Google considers the UK a key market for development of its self-driving car program. In one of the five meetings the docu...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot European Space Agency Records Leaked For Amusement, Attackers Say
itwbennett writes: A weekend data breach at the European Space Agency (ESA) by hackers calling themselves "Anonymous" has resulted in the release of 8,107 names, email addresses, and passwords of ESA ...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace
theodp writes: To commemorate the 200th birthday of Ada Lovelace, Google's CS Education in Media Program partnered with YouTube Kids on Happy Birthday Ada! for Computer Science Education Week. For tho...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Users Warned About Being Targeted By State-Sponsored Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has sent out unexpected warning notices to a number of users, informing them that their account might have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers. This is the fir...
12:00 pm - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot North Carolina Town Defeats Big Solar's Plan To Suck Up the Sun
mdsolar writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: The citizens of Woodland, N.C. have spoken loud and clear: They don't want none of them highfalutin solar panels in their good town. They scare off ...
08:00 am - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Vandals Deface Facebook's Hamburg Offices
Reuters reports that 15 to 20 vandals dressed in black this weekend defaced Facebook's Hamburg offices, spray-painting "Facebook dislike" on a wall, and causing some minor property damage. From the st...
06:00 am - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Google Hosts Special Demo Day For Female Entrepreneurs
An anonymous reader writes: Wednesday Google hosted a special edition of their annual "Demo Day" event featuring 11 early-stage startup companies founded by women from eight different countries. More ...
02:00 am - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Persistent Storm Detected On Low-Mass Star
The L.A. Times reports that researchers using the Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have discovered an astronomical first: a low-mass star with a huge, persistent, swirling surface feature akin to t...
12:00 am - Mon, December 14, 2015
Slashdot Why Governments Lie About Encryption Backdoors
Lauren Weinstein says there are smart people in government, "who fully understand the technical realities of modern strong encryption systems and how backdoors would catastrophically weaken them," but...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Asteroid Impact Helped Create the Birds We Know Today
sciencehabit writes: Every bird alive today can trace its ancestry to creatures that lived about 95 million years ago on a chunk of land that split off from the supercontinent Gondwana, a new study su...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Steel Treatment Paves the Way For Radically Lighter, Stronger, Cheaper Cars
Zothecula writes: Radically cheaper, quicker and less energy-intensive to produce than regular steel, Flash Bainite is stronger than titanium by weight, and ductile enough to be pressed into shape whi...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Security Monitoring Company That Accepts VPN Video Feeds?
mache writes: My cousin is finishing up a major remodel of his home in Houston and has installed video cameras for added security. At my suggestion, he wired up all the cameras to be on a separate VLA...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Looking Back At Apollo 17, and Why We Stopped Going To the Moon
MarkWhittington writes: The 43rd anniversary of the mission of Apollo 17, the last time men walked on the moon, has elicited a strange kind of nostalgia, and no little melancholia in some parts of the...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Create Your Favorite Actor From Nothing But Photos
mikejuk writes: If you always wanted to see John Wayne play the lead in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, you might not have to wait much longer. A University of Washington team has essentially reversed...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Elon Musk, Others Fund $1B Non-Profit To Advance AI Research, Ethics
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, The Verge, and many others (including this widely run Reuters story), a heavily backed non-profit group called OpenAI on Friday introduced itself and its utopia...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot MIT Creates Tor Alternative That Floods Networks With Fake Data
An anonymous reader writes with word that MIT researchers "created an alternative to Tor, a network messaging system called Vuvuzela that pollutes the network with dummy data so the NSA won't know who...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot WSJ: New Education Bill To Get More Coding In Classrooms
theodp writes: The WSJ's Yoree Koh reports that computer science has been recognized as important an academic subject as math and English in the new Every Student Succeeds Act, putting it on equal foo...
12:00 pm - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot In Nevada, the World's First "Droneport"
Fast Company takes a brief look at the Aerodrome, a facility open (though not yet complete) in Boulder City, Nevada, which bills itself as the world's first droneport." From the article:There are othe...
10:00 am - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Why Haven't the Arms of Spiral Galaxies Wound Up After All This Time?
StartsWithABang writes: When you take a look at a spiral galaxy in the night sky, it seems obvious that the stars on the inner parts of the galaxy are going to orbit in less time than the stars in the...
08:00 am - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Cable Providers Still Have No Answer For Netflix As Cord-cutting Accelerates
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from BGR about the rapidly shifting roles of cable companies and streaming media providers: While cable providers over the past few decades have grown fat ...
04:00 am - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot FBI: Just Don't Call Them Backdoors
sandbagger writes: The FBI still wants backdoors into encrypted communications, it just doesn't want to call them backdoors, and it doesn't want to dictate what they should look like. Tech companies [...
02:00 am - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Chipotle Plans To DNA Test Produce After E-Coli Outbreaks In Nine States
HughPickens.com writes: Lisa Jenning reports at Restaurant News that Chipotle plans to do DNA-based tests of all fresh produce before it is shipped to restaurants. The Centers for Disease Control and ...
02:00 am - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot How Much Is That Click, Clack Worth?
An anonymous reader writes: Most of us are now drowning in digital media, and the flood of information has robbed [us] of the ability to focus and concentrate—or do much of anything, uninterrupt...
12:00 am - Sun, December 13, 2015
Slashdot Google Bans Symantec Root Certificates
An anonymous reader writes: After in September Google discovered SSL certificates issued in its name by Symantec, and after in October the company discovered over 2,500 more certificates issued for no...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot DHS Deployed Plane Above San Bernardino To Scoop Up All Phone Calls After Attack
schwit1 writes: Federal investigators looking into the San Bernardino massacre deployed a spy plane overhead after the attacks in an apparent attempt to find additional suspects. The Department of Hom...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot Looking For Jupiter-Class Planets Indicates Solar Systems Like Ours Are Rare
An anonymous reader writes: A high school senior from New York analyzed data for more than 1,100 stars and pinpointed the frequency of Jupiter analogs (planets with similar mass and orbital period to ...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot MST3K Breaks Kickstarter Record
the_Bionic_lemming writes: Raising over 6.3 million dollars in just one month MST3K fans helped push the new 14 episode series past the Official Kickstarter Veronica Mars total of $5,702,153 by raisin...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot Paris Climate Deal Adopted
jones_supa writes: 195 countries have adopted the first global pact to fight climate change by reducing emissions. Countries will have to publish greenhouse gas reduction targets and revise them upwar...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Cost Effective Way To Soundproof My Home?
An anonymous reader writes: As more and more people live closer together in tightly packed subdivisions, the mental stress of noise becomes a serious issue. Noise nuisance complaints are on the rise, ...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot UK Citizens May Soon Need License To Photograph Stuff They Already Own
An anonymous reader writes with this story from Ars Technica UK: Changes to UK copyright law will soon mean that you may need to take out a licence to photograph classic designer objects, even if you ...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot Anonymous Goes After Donald Trump
HughPickens.com writes: CBS reports that hot on the heels of its campaign against ISIS, the shadowy hackers' collective known as Anonymous is going after a new target: Donald Trump. The latest Anonymo...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot FTTH Coming To Lincoln, Nebraska
andyring writes: Lincoln, Neb., in the heart of silicon prairie is getting gigabit fiber to every home and business in the next four years. It's a wet dream for anyone in the tech world. No install fe...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot No More QA: Yahoo's Tech Leaders Say Engineers Are Better Off Coding With No Net
Tekla Perry writes: A year ago Yahoo eliminated its test and quality assurance team, as part of project Warp Drive, its move to continuous delivery of code. The shift wasn't easy, Yahoo tech execs say...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Backs Down, Lets OneDrive Users Keep Their Free 15GB of Storage
New submitter Farfetched619 writes: In November, Microsoft revealed that they would be reducing free OneDrive storage from 15GB to 5GB for all users, current and new. Microsoft mentioned that some sub...
10:00 am - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot HHVM Beats Stable Version of PHP 7.0 In Recent Benchmark
campuscodi writes: PHP7 and HHVM have been exchanging punches for a while via benchmarks. While the PHP supporters were always saying, just wait until the stable version comes out, well... the stable ...
08:00 am - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot Why Is Gravity the Weakest Force?
StartsWithABang writes: If you calculate the forces between two fundamental particles separated by subatomic distances, you find that the strong, electromagnetic or weak nuclear force could all be the...
04:00 am - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot Lenovo ThinkPad Stack, a New Take On Modular Mobile Peripherals
MojoKid with word of The Stack, a new peripheral product from Lenovo that has a ThinkPad logo emblazoned on each component, writingIn a nutshell, this is Lenovo's take on a line of peripherals that al...
02:00 am - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot LionsGate Wants Pirate Sites To Pay For 'Expendables' 3 Leak
An anonymous reader writes: During the summer of 2014, the movie studio LionsGate suffered a major setback when a high quality leak of the then-unreleased Expendables 3 film appeared online. Fearing a...
12:00 am - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot The Real Star Raiders II
New submitter Maury Markowitz writes: Star Raiders was the Atari 8-bit home computer's killer app, inspiring Ted Nelson to claim that "The Atari machine is the most extraordinary computer graphics box...
12:00 am - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Hands Out Open Source Awards
An anonymous reader writes: A couple months ago, we discussed news that Mozilla was planning to give back to the open source projects they rely on, to the tune of $1 million. Now, Mozilla has announce...
12:00 am - Sat, December 12, 2015
Slashdot Write the Docs Helps Create FLOSS Software Documentation (Video #2)
Say hello once again to David Smatlak, who works with Write the Docs -- a group that started some years back as Read the Docs.They have conferences in the U.S.and Europe, and Meetups in over a dozen c...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Ted Cruz Wants Minimum H-1B Wage of $110,000
dcblogs writes: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, has morphed from a vocal supporter of the H-1B program to a leading critic of it. He has done so in...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Seymour Cray and the Development of Supercomputers
An anonymous reader writes: Linux Voice has a nice retrospective on the development of the Cray supercomputer. Quoting: "Firstly, within the CPU, there were multiple functional units (execution units ...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Dow Chemical and DuPont Plan Huge Merger Followed By a Split
An anonymous reader writes: Two of the largest and oldest chemical companies, Dow and DuPont, have planned a merger. Dow's 53,000 employees will join forces with DuPont's 63,000 employees, which will ...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot SHA-1 Cutoff Could Block Millions of Users From Encrypted Websites
itwbennett writes: As previously reported on Slashdot, browser makers are considering an accelerated retirement of the older and increasingly vulnerable SHA-1 function. But Facebook and CloudFlare are...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot US Navy's $700 Million Mine-drone Won't Hunt
New submitter ripvlan writes: CNN reports that a $700 million mine hunting system created by Lockheed Martin doesn't perform as expected. From the article: "The Remote Minehunting System, or RMS, was ...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Huge, Jupiter-Like Storm Rages On Cool 'Failed Star'
astroengine writes: Jupiter's Big Red Spot is the largest example of a long-lived storm in the solar system, but now it has some pretty stiff competition in another star system. However, this "exo-sto...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Gigster Wants To Be the Uber of Software Development
HughPickens.com writes: Josh Constine writes at TechCrunch that a company named Gigster is trying to bring the Uber business model to software development. Simply: a user sends them an idea, Gigster p...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Locked Intel Skylake CPUs Can Be Overclocked After BIOS Update
jjslash writes: For a few years now, Intel CPU overclocking has been limited to more expensive Core i5 and Core i7 'K' processors. Skylake launched this year with the rumor of strong non-K processor o...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Torrent Sites Earned $70M After Dropping Malware On Visitors
jones_supa writes: One in three torrent sites is spreading malware, claims a recent joint report (PDF) from Digital Citizens Alliance and RiskIQ, which compiled data from over 800 sites. Most of the t...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Steam Escrow System Drives Impatient Users To Fake Trading Sites Serving Malware
An anonymous reader writes: On Wednesday, Valve introduced a new "trade hold" system that should prevent scammers from stealing items from Steam users' hijacked account, or at least minimize the occur...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Rodent Neural Activity Has a Geometric Structure
TheAlexKnapp writes: In a recent paper (abstract), a team used techniques from computational topology to look at the neural activity in the rat hippocampus as it solved a maze. Mathematician Kevin Knu...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Faraday Future Selects Las Vegas As Home For $1B Electric Car Factory
An anonymous reader writes: Faraday Future, the newest and most unknown player in the electric car game, has selected North Las Vegas as the home for their billion dollar factory. The 3 million square...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Obama Administration To Offer Full Position On Encryption By End of Year
blottsie writes with this story from The Daily Dot that the President met with encryption advocates on Thursday and is expected to make a statement on his official stance before the end of the year. F...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot AT&T Building Massive Fiber Network That Barely Exists
An anonymous reader writes: An article at TechDirt points out that AT&T's big fiber deployment project isn't yet adding up to much. They posted a press release last week saying how they've launche...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Deputy Secretary of DHS On Agency's Role In Cybersecurity
itwbennett writes: In an interview with CSO's Ira Winkler, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas discusses the agency's cybersecurity role, breaking it down into 2 broad categori...
08:00 am - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft (Briefly) Reveals New Extensions For Edge, Including Reddit and Pinterest
An anonymous reader writes: A now-inactive page at a Microsoft Azure development sites shows a page that reveals the first two extensions for the Microsoft Edge browser to be Pinterest and a port of t...
06:00 am - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Study: Happiness Won't Extend Your Life After All
schwit1 writes with good news for fans of living a long and ultimately unfulfilling life. Happy people live longer, a relationship that's been documented in a variety of research studies. But a new pa...
04:00 am - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Enters Auto Industry To Make Electronics For Autonomous Cars
Lucas123 writes: Samsung has become the latest electronics company to create a division specifically for manufacturing parts for the automotive industry. South Korea's largest smartphone maker said it...
02:00 am - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Physicists (String Theorists) and Philosophers Debate the Scientific Method
StartsWithABang writes: One of the most damning, albeit accurate, condemnations of String Theory that has been leveled at it is that it's untestable, non-empirical, and offers no concrete predictions ...
02:00 am - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Open Sources AI Hardware Design
UnknowingFool writes: Facebook has released specifications on their newest Open Rack-compatible hardware server they named Big Sur. It is for AI computing at a large scale. Using eight 300W GPU slots ...
12:00 am - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Germany Fires Up Bizarre New Fusion Reactor
New submitter insitus writes: On 10 December, Germany's new Wendelstein 7-X stellarator was fired up for the first time, rounding off a construction effort that took nearly 2 decades and cost €1 ...
12:00 am - Fri, December 11, 2015
Slashdot Airbnb Dethrones Google As the Best Tech Company To Work For In the US
An anonymous reader writes: Career website Glassdoor today released its eighth annual Employees' Choice Awards, a list of the 50 best companies to work for in the coming year. Airbnb was picked as the...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Quantum Computer Security? NASA Doesn't Want To Talk About It
itwbennett writes: At a press event at NASA's Advanced Supercomputer Facility in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, the agency was keen to talk about the capabilities of its D-Wave 2X quantum computer. 'Engin...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Low Redundancy Data Centers? Providers Adapt As Tenants Seek Options
1sockchuck writes: Data center providers are offering space with less power infrastructure than traditional mission-critical facilities, citing demand from customers looking to forego extra UPS and ge...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot "Happy Birthday To You" Set To Finally Reach the Public Domain
schnell writes: The New York Times reports that "the world's most popular song" is at last poised to be released into the public domain. From the story: "In September, a federal judge ruled that Warne...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Attorney and Author Mike Godwin a Question
Mike Godwin worked as the first staff counsel of the EFF and served as general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation. He has been a contributing editor of Reason magazine and was elected to the Open So...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot AVG, McAfee, Kaspersky Antiviruses All Had a Common Bug
An anonymous reader writes: Basic ASLR was not implemented in 3 major antivirus makers, allowing attackers to use the antivirus itself towards attacking Windows PCs. The bug, in layman terms, is: the ...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Offers Linux Certification. Yes, Really.
Nerval's Lobster writes: Former CEO Steve Ballmer once publicly referred to Linux as a 'cancer.' Not content to just let Ballmer blow up about it, company also spent a good deal of money and legal eff...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot France Will Not Ban Wi-Fi Or Tor, Prime Minister Says
Patrick O'Neill writes: Despite requests from police following the deadly Paris attacks, France will not ban the Tor anonymity network or public Wi-Fi, Prime Minister Manual Valls said on Wednesday."A...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Chubb To Offer UK 'Troll Insurance' Policy
An anonymous reader writes: Insurance group Chubb will start offering the UK's first cyber-bullying policy – 'troll insurance' – through which it will accept claims of up to £50,000 ...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot 1 in 3 Patients Will Have Their Healthcare Records Compromised
Lucas123 writes: A legacy of lackluster electronic security in healthcare and an increase in the amount of online patient data will lead to an increase in the number of consumers who will have their h...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Baidu Speeds Up Driverless Race With First Full Test On Beijing Roads
An anonymous reader writes: Chinese web giant Baidu has successfully completed a driverless car test route on a variety of road types near the company's Beijing headquarters. The self-driving BMW 3 Se...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Bruce Perens On Problems With the Open Hardware Model
Bruce Perens writes: At the TAPR conference this year, I did a talk on why Open Hardware licenses don't actually work, and how it would actually hurt us if they did. I'm not saying you should stop mak...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot WordPress 4.4 Arrives
An anonymous reader with news of the newest release of open source WordPress, which adds a slew of new features to the blog management tool that will "make your site more connected and responsive." Yo...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Stephen Wolfram's Free Book Teaches the Wolfram Language To Kids
theodp writes: Stephen Wolfram received a PhD in particle physics at age 20 (his thesis committee included Richard Feynman). So it's probably not too surprising that Wolfram's new book, An Elementary ...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Report: Apple To Suspend Effort To Develop Live TV Service
schwit1 sends word that Apple has reportedly suspended plans to offer a live internet-based television service and will focus on being a platform for media companies to sell directly to customers thro...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Open Sources and Forks Windows Live Writer Into Open Live Writer
SmartAboutThings writes: Windows Live Writer is a blogging tool that Microsoft originally released back in 2006, and it still remains popular today, which has prompted Microsoft to promise that it wil...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Musk Announces Return-to-Flight Date For Falcon 9 Rocket
Rei writes: After being grounded for six months after a strut failure doomed the launch vehicle, Elon Musk has confirmed rumors that SpaceX plans to try for launch again on December 19th, with a stati...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot FBI Admits It Uses Stingrays, Zero-Day Exploits
An anonymous reader writes: Amy Hess, the head of the FBI's science and technology division has admitted that the FBI sometimes exploits zero-day vulnerabilities and uses stingrays to catch bad guys. ...
08:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot 1-in-3 Patients Will Have Their Healthcare Records Compromised
Lucas123 writes: A legacy of lackluster electronic security in healthcare and an increase in the amount of online patient data will lead to an increase in the number of consumers who will have their h...
06:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Elementary OS 0.3.2 "Freya" Released
linuxscreenshot writes: Just in time for the holidays, it's a new release of elementary OS. Freya 0.3.2 is a minor release, mostly focused around solving some issues folks have had with UEFI & Sec...
06:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Simulation Pinpoints the Most Likely Spots For Life In the Milky Way
sciencehabit writes: Our home galaxy isn't as hospitable to life as you might think. Cosmic radiation, supernova explosions, and collisions with small galaxies make much of the Milky Way too hellish f...
04:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Ex-US State Dept. Worker Pleads Guilty To Extensive Sextortion Case
coondoggie writes: The former U.S. Department of State man accused of hacking into hundreds of victims' e-mail and social media accounts, stealing thousands of sexually explicit photographs, and threa...
02:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot NHTSA Toughens Crash Test Rating Standards
mrspoonsi sends word that the U.S. government wants to toughen crash tests to measure pedestrian impact and evaluate driver assisting technology. USA Today reports: "U.S. regulators are overhauling th...
02:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Dell, Toshiba and Lenovo Utilities Expose PCs To More Attacks
jones_supa writes: It turns out that OEM helper software is still often quite fragile and can expose systems wide open to attack. Currently Lenovo, Dell and Toshiba all have unpatched vulnerabilities ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Japan Releases AKATSUKI's Pictures of Venus
astroengine writes: The Japanese space agency JAXA has released a confirmation that their Venus mission Akatsuki did indeed enter orbit at Venus on Dec. 7 (JST) — releasing unprocessed images of...
12:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot The Ups and Downs of AMD
szczys writes: In 2003 AMD was on top of the world. Now they're not, but they're also still in business. AMD continues to produce inexpensive, well-engineered semiconductors. The fall over the last 10...
12:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2015
Slashdot Disease-Resistant Pigs Latest Win For Gene Editing Technology
schwit1 writes with news that using gene editing technology researchers have bred pigs that do not produce a protein necessary for the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus to spr...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot $5 Raspberry Pi Zero Compared To Intel's NetBurst CPUs & Newer
An anonymous reader writes: Curious about the performance of a Raspberry Pi Zero, Phoronix has published a number of Raspberry Pi 2 + Pi Zero performance benchmarks with paired power consumption data....
10:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot How the Thirty Meter Telescope Ruling Will Impact Future Astronomy Projects
StartsWithABang writes: If you want to explore the Universe, you need a telescope with good light gathering power, a high-quality camera to make the most out of each photon, and a superior observing l...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Write the Docs Helps Create FLOSS Software Documentation (Video)
Say hello to David Smatlak, who works with Write the Docs -- a group that started some years back as Read the Docs.They have conferences in the U.S.and Europe, and Meetups in over a dozen cities. It's...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Launches Business Unit To Focus On Driverless Cars
An anonymous reader writes: South Korean electronics giant Samsung has announced a new focus on developing driverless cars and infotainment systems in its attempt to compete with domestic rival LG in ...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Kills Many Critical Flaws, Some 0-Days, Un-Trusts One Wildcard Cert
An anonymous reader writes: For this December Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has released twelve security bulletins, eight of which have been rated critical. Those refer to the cumulative security updates f...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Top Democratic Senator Will Seek Legislation To "Pierce" Through Encryption
Patrick O'Neill writes: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will seek legislation requiring the ability to "pierce" through encryption to allow American law enforcement to read protected communications w...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Tech Giant SAP Seeks To Hire More Autistic Adults
itwbennett writes: In May 2013, SAP launched its Autism at Work program, with the goal of recruiting and hiring 'hundreds of people' with autism worldwide. Now the company is expanding the program, an...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen Says Carbon Deviations Much Smaller Than Suspected
An anonymous reader writes: Back in November, shortly after the Volkswagen emissions scandal broke, the company voluntarily disclosed the results of a quick internal probe which found that 800,000 mor...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot UK's National Crime Agency Publishes Crazy Cyber-Crime Warning Signs
Blacklaw writes: The UK's National Crime Agency, formerly known as the Serious and Organized Crime Agency, has published a list of warning signs that supposedly indicate a child may be heading toward ...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Spike TV Is Turning Red Mars Into a TV Series
An anonymous reader writes: Kim Stanley Robinson's popular trilogy Red/Green/Blue Mars is going to see its first book turn into a TV series produced by Spike TV and is slated for release in 2017. The ...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Yahoo To Spin Off Everything That Makes It Yahoo
An anonymous reader writes: Yahoo has confirmed reports from last week by saying it plans to spin off all of its assets aside from its $31 billion stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. "In the ...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Alleged Bitcoin Creator Raided By Australian Authorities
wbr1 writes: As reported yesterday, Wired and Gizmodo think Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto is actually Australian businessman Craig Wright Now, Craig Wright has been raided by Australian police. Cu...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot MIT Researchers Develop Triple Helix MicroRNA Cancer Treatment
Eloking sends a report on new research from MIT, where scientists have developed a promising technique to shrink cancerous tumors. By "twisting RNA strands into a triple helix and embedding them in a ...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot XSS Can Take Down Your IoT Wind Turbine
An anonymous reader writes: ISC-CERT is warning of a critical vulnerability (score 9.8 out of 10) in Internet-enabled XZERES 442SR wind turbines. According to CERT, the Web administration portal of th...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Google Fiber Targets Chicago and Los Angeles
An anonymous reader writes: Google announced that they have invited Chicago and Los Angeles to investigate whether the company's Fiber internet service would work there. If it works out, they would be...
08:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Prolonged Sitting and Poor Sleep Can Work Together To Shorten Your Life
schwit1 sends word that a new study published in PLOS Medicine has examined how lifestyle risk factors can affect mortality rates, both alone and in combination with each other. Having a single major ...
06:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Signs You're Doing Devops Wrong
snydeq writes: Misconceptions and flawed implementations may have many organizations missing the true upsides of devops, writes Adam Bertram in his article on devops practices gone wrong. "Saying that...
04:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot HTC Delays Vive VR Launch Until April 2016
New submitter Will Mason writes: The HTC Vive VR headset, originally planned to launch by the end of this year, has been pushed back until April 2016. HTC plans to unveil a second developer kit for th...
02:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Will Stop Developing and Selling Firefox OS Smartphones
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla announced today at its developer event in Orlando that the company is ending its smartphone experiment. Mozilla will stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartpho...
02:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Wired Thinks It Knows Who Satoshi Nakamoto Is
An anonymous reader writes: In a lengthy exposé, Wired lays out its case that Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto is actually Australian businessman Craig Wright. As evidence, Wired cites leaked co...
12:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Qualcomm Faces Antitrust Charges In Europe
An anonymous reader writes: Chipmaker Qualcomm is on the receiving end of an antitrust investigation in Europe, where officials say the company has abused its market dominance by offering financial in...
12:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Cybercriminals Learning To Filter Out Undercover Cops
An anonymous reader writes: Credit card numbers are constantly being stolen, but the people who take them don't usually use them. Instead, they sell them to others who will. Many cards are traded at o...
12:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2015
Slashdot Google Finds D-Wave Machine To Be 10^8 Times Faster Than Simulated Annealing
An anonymous reader sends this report form the Google Research blog on the effectiveness of D-Wave's 2X quantum computer: We found that for problem instances involving nearly 1000 binary variables, qu...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Eric Schmidt Proposes 'Hate Spell-Checker' For Radical and Terrorist Content
An anonymous reader writes: In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has proposed the creation of 'tools' to stop or limit the spread of messages and content ...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot What If Someone Uses This DIY CRISPR Kit To Make Mutant Bacteria?
Josiah Zayner, a research fellow at NASA Ames Research Center, is running an Indiegogo campaign to make DIY gene editing kits that use the CRISPR technique to modify DNA. The campaign has already exce...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot IT Leaders Now Expected To Be Open To Open Source
StewBeans writes: Typically it's developers — not senior IT executives — who have been pushing their IT departments to adopt open source software, but the tide is beginning to turn. The We...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Testing Non-Chronological Timelines
sarahnaomi writes with this excerpt from Motherboard: Brace yourself, because your favorite social media platform might get turned on its head: Twitter is experimenting with a new way of sorting your ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Launches Focus By Firefox, a Content Blocker For iOS 9
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched an iOS content blocker called Focus by Firefox. It's a "content blocker" because although Focus is capable of blocking some ads, this latest project ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot NetHack 3.6.0 Released After a 12-Year Wait
An anonymous reader writes: For the past 12 years, NetHack 3.4.3 has been the most recent version of the classic roguelike dungeon exploration game. On 7 December 2015, the official NetHack DevTeam an...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot First Ever EU Rules On Cybersecurity
An anonymous reader writes: Transport and energy companies will have to ensure that the digital infrastructure that they use to deliver essential services, such as traffic control or electricity grid ...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot GunTV Aims To Premier 24-Hour Shopping Channel For Firearms
HughPickens.com writes: Mike McPhate reports in the NY Times that two home shopping industry veterans, Valerie Castle and Doug Bornstein, are set to premier GunTV, a new 24-Hour shopping channel for g...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Radeon Graphics Cards To Support HDR Displays and FreeSync Over HDMI In 2016
MojoKid writes: AMD's Radeon Technologies Group has announced a couple of new features for Radeon graphics support in 2016. FreeSync over HDMI support will be coming to all Radeons that currently supp...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot In Kazakhstan, the Internet Backdoors You
itwbennett writes: Kazakhstan passed a law that would require citizens to install a certificate on their personal computers and mobile devices that would allow the government to snoop and capture web ...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Theremin's Bug Let Soviets Spy On USA For More Than 7 Years
szczys writes: Theremin, yes the same Theremin who built the instrument that made the Star Trek theme song famous, had a hand in espionage as well. Albeit not a willing one. Turns out his life is actu...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Spotting And Culling Terrorist Groups On Social Media: Pipe Dream, or Possibility?
An anonymous reader writes: Can Twitter Spot Terrorists and Put Them In Jail? Hany Farid, the chairman of the Computer Science department at Dartmouth University, thinks so. He told the New York Times...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Donald Trump: America Should Consider "Closing the Internet Up In Some Way"
Patrick O'Neill writes: Hours after Donald Trump suggested the U.S. ban Muslims from entering the United States, the leading Republican presidential candidate said America should also consider "closin...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot B-52s: The Plane That Refuses To Die
HughPickens.com writes: Dave Phillipps has an interesting article in the NY Times about B-52's and why the Air Force's largest bomber, now in its 60th year of active service and scheduled to fly until...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Deep Learning Identifies Wet Road Hazards From Sound Input
An anonymous reader writes: Researches have used recurrent neural network architecture to develop an audio-interpretation system that can understand how wet a road is, using techniques more commonly e...
10:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Japan Defends Scientific Value of New Plan To Kill 333 Minke Whales
sciencehabit writes with news that Japan plans on killing 333 minke whales this year as part of their whale research program in the Antarctic Ocean. "We did our best to try to meet the criteria establ...
06:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Streaming Video Is 70 Percent of Broadband Use
An anonymous reader writes: Streaming entertainment is now the dominant form of broadband usage in North America. A new report from Sandvine says streaming accounts for roughly 70% of downstream traff...
04:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot A New Technique For Creating Diamonds Discovered
schwit1 writes: In discovering a new solid state for carbon scientists have also discovered that it is a relatively inexpensive way to produce diamonds. The researchers have found that, depending on t...
02:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Developing In C/C? Why You Should Consider Clang Over GCC
Nerval's Lobster writes: The idea with Clang, a compiler front-end for C, C++, Objective-C++, and Objective-C, and LLVM (a compiler infrastructure) is that you can mix the compiler front-end with a ta...
02:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Hit-and-Run Suspect Arrested After Her Own Car Calls Cops
Trachman writes: This is a fascinating article about hit and run suspect arrested after her own car reported the crash to authorities. The crash system activates when sensors on the car detect a sudde...
12:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot The Death of Electronic Surplus
szczys writes: For hardware developers, electronic surplus stores feel like being a kid in a candy shop. It's hard to walk down an aisle packed floor to ceiling with bins of seemingly-random component...
12:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Largest Destroyer Built For Navy Headed To Sea For Testing
An anonymous reader writes: The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, the largest ever built for the U.S. Navy headed out to sea today. Departing from shipbuilder Bath Iron Works, the ship l...
12:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Shuts Down Creative Labs
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has shut down Creative Labs and has pulled several apps developed there, namely Slingshot, Riff, and Rooms, from the app store. Creative labs was launched two year...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot US Cyber Criminal Underground a Shopping Free-For-All
itwbennett writes: According to a new report by Trend Micro, the North American cyber criminal underground has " [essentially] become a gun show for everyone as long as they can participate and are wi...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Senators: Has Uncle Sam Paid Off Ransomware Criminals?
chicksdaddy writes: Just a month after an FBI official admitted that his agency sometimes advised companies stricken with ransomware to pay the ransom, two U.S. Senators are requesting information abo...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Japanese Space Probe Akatsuki Enters Orbit Around Venus Five Years Late
MarkWhittington writes: On May 17, 2010, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Venus Climate Orbiter probe or as it is now called Akatsuki lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center. It was supp...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot NASA 'Moving On' From Low-Earth Orbit
An anonymous reader writes: NASA has issued a warning to private space companies: the agency is moving on from its focus on low-Earth orbit. William Gerstenmaier, chief of human spaceflight, said, "We...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Apple's Legal Fight With Samsung Revealed a Gold Mine of Top-Secret Information
An anonymous reader writes with this story about how the Apple vs. Samsung battle brought to light the inner workings of Apple product development. BGR reports: "Following a contentious patent battle ...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Verizon Creates Minecraft Mod To Let Players Video Chat On an In-Game Smartphone
Deathspawner writes: There's never a lack of stuff to be impressed by in Minecraft, but rarely does that impressive stuff involve a corporation. Recently, Verizon teamed up with some prolific Minecraf...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Will Resume Pushing Windows 10 To Machines With Win7, 8.1
LichtSpektren writes: After previously apologizing on October 16th for forcing Windows 10 on some users of Windows 7 and 8.1 via the Windows Update mechanism, Microsoft disabled the default update opt...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Will You Be Programming In a Decade?
An anonymous reader writes: Programmer Dave Cheney raised an interesting question today: How will you be programming in a decade? If you look back to a decade ago, you can see some huge shifts in the ...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Beijing Issues 'Red Alert' Over Smog
An anonymous reader writes: The Chinese capital of Beijing has issued a "red alert" for air quality within the city, the first time the city has reached the level of caution where it's deemed "unhealt...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Fan Lists Himself As a Band's Family Member On Wikipedia To Sneak Backstage
AmiMoJo writes: A music fan in Melbourne managed to sneak his way backstage at a gig this week by editing a band's Wikipedia page on his phone. David Spargo was attending a show by Australian duo Peki...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Movies of Cold War Bomb Tests Hold Nuclear Secrets
An anonymous reader writes: Nuclear weapons specialists are limited in their research today. Prudence and international treaties prevent them from setting off any nuclear weapons, so they have to run ...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Paris Climate Change Talks Yield First Draft
An anonymous reader writes: Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Paris released a draft of an agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. No part of the draft has been finalized as many points rem...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot French Legislation Would Block Tor and Restrict Free Wi-Fi
Several readers sent word that French newspaper Le Monde got its hands on documents showing the French government is debating two new pieces of legislation that are unfriendly to internet users. The f...
12:00 pm - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot TAG Heuer Increasing Weekly Production To Meet Demand For Its Smartwatch
An anonymous reader writes: According to reports TAG Heuer is struggling to keep up with the high demand for its $1,500 TAG Heuer Connected Android Wear-powered smartwatch. Since its launch in Novembe...
08:00 am - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Remix Mini Review: a $70 Android Desktop PC
walterbyrd writes: Earlier this year, Jide released a 2-in-1 tablet called the Remix Ultra, which shipped with a custom version of Android called Remix OS. The software features a taskbar, a desktop, ...
06:00 am - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Google Santa Tracker Is Back
theodp writes: Google Santa Tracker is back, notes the Official Google Blog, and kids can brush up on their computer skills there with new coding games throughout the month. If they want to explore mo...
02:00 am - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Cygnus Launches In First Mission Since Antares Rocket Explosion
An anonymous reader writes: An Atlas V rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station has lifted off from Cape Canaveral. This is the first flight of the Cygnus ...
02:00 am - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Hillary Clinton Urges Silicon Valley To 'Disrupt' ISIS
HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports that Hillary Clinton spoke at the Brookings Institution's annual Saban Forum on Sunday and said that the Islamic State had become "the most effective recruiter ...
12:00 am - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Zuckerberg Answers Critics of His Move To Give Away His Facebook Stock
An anonymous reader writes: Mark Zuckerberg's announcement of donating $45 billion of Facebook stock garnered a lot of praise a fair bit of criticism. The Facebook CEO answered some of the apprehensio...
12:00 am - Mon, December 7, 2015
Slashdot Google 360 VR Patriots Experience Puts You In the Pocket With Brady
MojoKid writes: There's little question that VR and AR technologies have the potential to make a major impact across a seemingly endless number of applications and industries. Google has teamed up wit...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot Congress Joins Battle Against Ticket Bots
itwbennett writes: A pair of companion bills now pending in the House and Senate would define the use of bots to buy tickets as an 'unfair and deceptive practice' under the Federal Trade Commission (F...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot Report Claims Microsoft Beat Apple in Online Tablet Sales for October
Eloking writes: Apple's iPad tablet ushered in the modern tablet era when it was introduced in 2010, and it's dominated tablet sales ever since. iPad sales have stagnated recently, but nevertheless Ap...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot How To Lead a Nation That's About To Be Swallowed By the Sea
merbs writes: Anote Tong, the president of low-lying Kiribati, has spent nearly a decade trying to save his people from rising sea levels. There's a good chance he will not succeed. This is how he lea...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot Hackers Get Lazy, Build Trojan On Top of Android Rooting Utility
An anonymous reader writes: Instead of creating their own exploits, some lazy Chinese hackers took the Root Assistant Android rooting toolkit and remodeled it into a trojan, which they packed inside c...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Are Developing Cure for Human Pain
transporter_ii writes: Scientists from University College London seem to have come up with a two-pronged treatment regiment that they believe would help patients suffering from chronic pain. And in a ...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot Google Proposes 'Needle-less' System For Drawing Blood
An anonymous reader writes: Google has published a patent for a needle-free blood draw technology which could be incorporated into a wrist wearable or hand-held device. The patent filing explained tha...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot India Wins Contract To Launch Private Weather Satellites
schwit1 writes: The first two satellites in the first private weather satellite constellation will be launched on India's PSLV rocket. This project is a win-win for aerospace. Not only will this weath...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot California Attack Has US Rethinking Strategy On Homegrown Terror
JoeyRox writes: The recent terror attack in California reflects "an evolution of the terrorist threat that Mr. Obama and federal officials have long dreaded: homegrown, self-radicalized individuals op...
12:00 pm - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot Disease Threatens 99% of the Banana Market
An anonymous reader writes: In the 1950s, Panama Disease wiped out the dominant type of banana that was imported worldwide. Banana-growers had to switch to a different strain, the Cavendish banana, at...
08:00 am - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot To Fight Pollution, New Delhi Restricts When Residents Can Drive
GillBates0 sent word that New Delhi, the capital of India, is growing increasingly bold with its attempts to fight air quality problems around the city. The metro area is home to over 21 million peopl...
06:00 am - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot FTC Appoints EFF Board Member Lorrie Cranor As Chief Technologist
itwbennett writes: The US Federal Trade Commission has appointed Lorrie Faith Cranor as Chief Technologist. Cranor is the director of the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory and a m...
02:00 am - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot Porsche Is Building a Tesla Competitor
An anonymous reader writes: Back in September, Porsche unveiled a prototype for an electric vehicle. They were trying to gauge interest and figure out if they have the technical know-how to build one....
02:00 am - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Moving To Per-Core Licensing
rbrandis writes: Windows Server 2012 has two main editions, Standard and Datacenter. They had identical features, and differed only in terms of the number of virtual operating system instances they su...
12:00 am - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot New Software Puts License Plate Scanners Into Citizens' Hands
An anonymous reader writes: Automated license plate readers have become a serious point of contention between law enforcement and privacy-minded citizens. But the advance of technology might make it a...
12:00 am - Sun, December 6, 2015
Slashdot Astronomers Spot Baby Galaxies Cradled In Dark Matter
An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers discovered a nest of monstrous baby galaxies 11.5 billion light-years away using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The young galaxies see...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Science-Fictional Shibboleths
An anonymous reader writes: SF author Charlie Stross has put together a short list of what he considers to be shibboleths for implausible science fiction. (If you're unfamiliar with the term, read the...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Iran's Military Nuclear Program Lasted Longer Than We Thought
Lasrick writes: Two articles in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists analyze the IAEA's December 2nd report (PDF) on the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program. Ariane Tabatabai goes ...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot How Much Will Autonomous Cars Really Help?
An anonymous reader writes: An opinion piece at The Conversation questions the common belief that autonomous vehicles will easily solve a host of problems with road-based travel, including safety and ...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft To Open Source Chakra, the JavaScript Engine In Its Edge Browser
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft announced today that it will soon open source the "Chakra" JavaScript engine used inside its Edge browser and Internet Explorer. The company plans to publish the ...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Graphene Shows Promise For Super Strong Dental Fillings
Zothecula writes: A team of researchers from four institutions located in Romania and St. Kitts have worked together to determine whether graphene could be used to create more durable dental materials...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Linux Mint 17.3 Officially Released
prisoninmate sends news that Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" has been officially released. Following a few technical problems with their website, the Mint developers posted release announcements for both the C...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Nokia Completes Sale of HERE Mapping Services
jones_supa writes: Nokia announced on Friday that it has completed the sale of its HERE digital mapping and location services business to a group of German car manufacturers made up of Audi, BMW and D...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Copyright Troll's Property Seized To Pay Bankruptcy Debts
ktetch-pirate writes: Copyright troll firm Prenda may be gone, but one of its principals — Paul Hansmeier — is starting to feel Karma's burn. In a bankruptcy hearing on the 3rd, Judge Sanb...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Canadian Cable Company Shames Non-Paying Customers Publicly On Facebook
MojoKid writes: If you've ever been late on paying a bill, it's unlikely that you ever thought that you were running the risk of being publicly shamed about your shortcomings. However, for a few unfor...
10:00 am - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot No More Security Fixes For Older OpenSSL Branches
itwbennett writes: The OpenSSL Software Foundation has released new patches for the popular open-source cryptographic library, but for two of its older branches, OpenSSL 1.0.0t and 0.9.8zh, they will ...
08:00 am - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot New Horizons' First Ultra High Resolution Photos of Pluto Released
StartsWithABang writes: After a 9 year journey to Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto this past July, taking so much data that it will take a full 16 months to sen...
04:00 am - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Take a Visual Tour of CyberKnife Radiosurgery
reifman writes: On June 3rd, I had brain surgery to treat a benign tumor called a meningioma. I knew ahead of time that the surgeon wouldn't be able to remove the entire tumor – its geography ex...
02:00 am - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Perl 6 Gets Beta Compiler, Modules and an Advent Calendar
An anonymous reader writes: A "useful and usable distribution of Perl 6" was released Saturday, a new beta version of the Rakudo compiler to support the coming production release this Christmas. And t...
12:00 am - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Programming Education: Selling People a Lie?
An anonymous reader writes: It's hard to exist in the tech world today without hearing the constant refrain about learning to code: "it's easy, we desperately need programmers, and everyone should lea...
12:00 am - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Ends the Advertisements In Firefox's New Tab Tiles
An anonymous reader writes: For some time, Mozilla has been experimenting with advertisements in the "suggested tiles" on new Firefox tabs. They received a lot of criticism from the community for it, ...
12:00 am - Sat, December 5, 2015
Slashdot DragonFlyBSD 4.4 Switches To the Gold Linker By Default
An anonymous reader writes: DragonFlyBSD 4.4 is now available for download (x86_64 ISO) and is a feature release that presents many improvements and new features. DragonFlyBSD now uses the Gold Linker...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Providing Addresses for 4 Billion People Using Three Words
HughPickens.com writes: 75% of the Earth's population, i.e. four billion people, effectively "don't exist" to modern computer systems because they have no physical address. The "unaddressed" can't ope...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Choose a Better Train With Web Scraping
szczys writes: Tired of his trains being constantly late, Eric Evenchick headed to the Via Rail (Canada's communter train service) website to find which trains had a better on-time rate. Unfortunately...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Court: 'Repugnant' Online Discussions Aren't Thoughtcrime
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling in favor of former NYPD officer Gilberto Valle — the so-called "cannibal cop." In 2012, Valle was fired and ...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Intel Skylake CPUs Are Warping Under Mounting Pressure From Third-Party Coolers
MojoKid writes: It's been discovered that some third-party heat sinks can physically damage Intel's new Skylake CPUs, along with the pins in the accompanying motherboard socket. The problem has prompt...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Patriot Act Author Warns EU Against Dragnet Response To Terror
schwit1 writes: Jim Sensenbrenner, former chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, was one of the driving forces behind the Patriot Act. He introduced the legislation a month and a half after t...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft, Law Enforcement Disrupt Dorkbot Botnet
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft said in a blog post Thursday that it aided law enforcement agencies in several regions to disrupt a 4-year-old botnet called Dorkbot. The botnet aims to steal log...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Working To Extend Lifespan of Pets
sciencehabit writes: Scientists have explored the mysteries of aging in humans for hundreds of years, but now they're beginning to turn their attention to our pets. Why do cats live longer than dogs? ...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Racing a Real Car While Wearing an Oculus VR Headset
pbahra writes: In a race that fuses video-game technology and real world driving skill, two professional drivers, on two separate but identical tracks, have raced against each other — effectivel...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Millions of Smart TVs, Phones and Routers At Risk From Old Vulnerability
itwbennett writes: Adding fuel to the growing concern over how manufacturers of devices such as routers and smart TVs deal with security vulnerabilities that emerge in their products, Trend Micro foun...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot The Top Programming Languages That Spawn the Most Security Bugs
An anonymous reader writes: Veracode has put together a report after static analysis of over 200,000 apps, and its results show that Classic ASP, ColdFusion, and PHP generated the most security bugs i...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Apollo 16 Booster Impact Site Found
NormalVisual writes: After decades of mystery, the lunar impact site for the Apollo 16 S-IVB third stage has finally been found. These boosters were directed to impact on the Moon beginning with Apoll...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Controversial Experiment Sees No Evidence That the Universe Is a Hologram
sciencehabit writes in with bad news for Holographic Universe fans. From Sciencemag: "It's a classic underdog story: Working in a disused tunnel with a couple of lasers and a few mirrors, a plucky ban...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Why Electronic Health Records Aren't More Usable
itwbennett writes: There are plenty of things wrong with Electronic Health Records (EHRs), writes Ken Terry. Among them: 'The records are hard to read because they're full of irrelevant boilerplates.....
02:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Agrees To Pay Apple $548 Million Over Smartphone Patents
An anonymous reader writes: After years of legal wrangling over smartphone patents, Apple and Samsung appear to have reached an agreement. The two companies released a joint statement (PDF) saying Sam...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Keep Two Bank Accounts To Beat Cyber Attacks, Says Bank of England Adviser
An anonymous reader writes: Everyone should keep two bank accounts so they can still access their money if one bank is hit by a cyber attack, a former Bank of England adviser has warned. "I'd certainl...
10:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot How Mark Zuckerberg's Altruism Helps Himself
HughPickens.com writes: Jesse Eisinger writes in the NYT that if you heard that Mark Zuckerberg donated $45 billion to charity, you are wrong. Here's what really happened: Zuckerberg did not set up a ...
06:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Ballmer: Microsoft Mobile Should Focus On Android Apps Not Universal Apps
UnknowingFool writes: Former CEO Steve Ballmer had some strong opinions about the direction of Microsoft's mobile strategy. As reported last month, Microsoft's Project Astoria has not been received we...
04:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot IT Worker Fired After Massive Georgia Data Breach Speaks Out
McGruber writes: On November 17, two Georgia women filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp had released the Social Security numbers, birthdates, Drivers Licens...
02:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot If Climate Change Is a Problem Then Lunar Helium-3 Fueled Fusion Is the Solution
MarkWhittington writes: With the Paris Climate Conference apparently ending in failure and experts such as Matt Ridley suggesting that, in any case, global warming is not a cause for immediate concern...
02:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Greener Colo: Service Providers Get Serious About Renewable Energy
1sockchuck writes: This week's Slashdot poll shows a strong preference for renewable energy to power data centers, with solar energy leading the pack. But until recently, only a few colocation provide...
12:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Google Calls Out EFF Over Claims That It Snoops On Students With Chromebooks
MojoKid writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) caused quite a stir this week when it alleged that Google is using its Chromebook platform, which has made a significant impact in education ma...
12:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot The FSF's Donald Robertson Talks About Secretive Trade Negotiations (Video)
Donald Robertson, is the Free Software Foundation (FSF) copyright administrator (and wearer of several other hats as well), so he's the FSF person to turn to when you want to discuss trade agreements,...
12:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Approach Big Companies With Your Product?
New submitter ily2013 writes: My family have invented a product that will prevent electrical related fires for homes and businesses. A patent has been filed and approved worldwide, which includes the ...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Let's Encrypt Is Now In Public Beta
Peter Eckersley writes: As of today, Let's Encrypt is in Public Beta. If you're comfortable running beta software that may have a few bugs and rough edges, you can use it to instantly obtain and insta...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Why Legal Experts Are Up In Arms Over a Trade-Secrets Bill Microsoft Loves
itwbennett writes: At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, lawmakers heard arguments over the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015. The proposed legislation would allow companies to pursue t...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Begin Another Attempt To Drill Through the Earth's Crust
schwit1 writes: An expedition to the Indian Ocean is about to begin an effort to drill a core down through the Earth's crust and into its mantle. Geologists have been trying to drill through the conta...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Nokia's $60,000 Virtual Reality Camera Goes On a Drone Test Flight
An anonymous reader writes: After selling off its phone business to Microsoft in 2013, Nokia began an internal reboot which would see the company focusing on the upcoming virtual reality market. The c...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Why To Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL, MariaDB
Nerval's Lobster writes: PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MariaDB are the three "main" open-source relational databases available today (there are four if you count FireBird, but for brevity we're excluding it)...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Wih Messenger Revamp, Yahoo Joins the 'Unsend' Trend
An anonymous reader writes: Yahoo have announced a new version of its almost-mothballed Messenger app, which, in addition to new integration with Flickr and Tumblr images, now permits users to 'unsend...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot 15,000 Hoverboards Seized As Unsafe In United Kingdom
puddingebola writes: National Trading Standards and trading standards services in Scotland have released figures that 15,000 of 17,000 hoverboards have been seized at ports of entry in the UK because ...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Apple Releases Swift As an Open-Source Project
jcr writes with the news that Apple's Swift has gone open source: From Apple's press release: "We are excited by this new chapter in the story of Swift. After Apple unveiled the Swift programming lang...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot More Than Half of Kepler's Giant Exoplanets Were False Positives
StartsWithABang writes: By surveying an area of the sky containing over 150,000 stars visible to it, the Kepler satellite monitored each one over a multi-year period looking for periodic changes in br...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Cellphones Really Are Not As Good As They Were 10 Years Ago At Making Calls
whoever57 writes: If you ever thought that your cellphone does not make calls as well as the cellphone you had 10 years ago, you may be right. The UK's Ofcom (roughly equivalent to the FCC) tested cel...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot After Demanding $3 Million Ransom, Hacker Dumps Massive Customer Financial Data
Patrick O'Neill writes: Just over week after a hacker breached a United Arab Emirates Bank, demanding a $3 million ransom to stop tweeting customers' information, he appears to have dumped tens of tho...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Is AI Development Moving In the Wrong Direction?
szczys writes: Artificial Intelligence is always just around the corner, right? We often see reports that promise near breakthroughs, but time and again they don't come to fruition. The cause of this ...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Giant Telescope Project Stalled By Hawaiian Natives
Fudge Factor 3000 writes: The Hawaiian Supreme Court has pulled a construction permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope project. A vocal minority of Hawaiians has vehemently protested the construction of...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Harvard Prof. Says Cure For Aging Could Emerge Within 5 Years
trbdavies writes: Reporting from the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) gene-editing summit in D.C., the Washington Post quotes Harvard genetics professor George Church...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot New Scientific Journal To Publish "Discrete Observations Rather Than Complete Stories"
sciencehabit writes: Is the pressure to publish tempting scientists to improperly tweak their findings in order to create more cohesive stories? If researchers could report just the one finding they f...
10:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Airbus Patent Shows Modular, Removable Aircraft Cabins
Zothecula writes: According to a recently-granted patent, Airbus is exploring the potential of creating a new breed of versatile, modular aircraft that would see detachable passenger cabins slot into ...
06:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Scammy Tech Support Sites Now Serving Up Ransomware
itwbennett writes: One holds your files hostage, the other overcharges to fix nonexistent computer problems. And now they may be working together. On one scammy tech support site seen by Symantec, an ...
04:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot The Story of the CEO Paying Everyone $70k Gets Complicated
ranton writes: Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, made news last April when he raised all employee salaries to at least $70,000. He claimed his motive was based on research that shows increased wages...
02:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot PHP 7 Ready For Release
An anonymous reader writes: After a long wait web developers can finally start migrating their code to PHP 7. The new version comes with minimal syntax modifications, and is more focused on improving ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot DOJ Cracking Down On Profit-Driven Policing, Audit Looks At How Far It's Spread
v3rgEz writes: Federal civil rights officials at the Department of Justice are launching an effort to combat widespread constitutional abuses in U.S. courts in the hope of ending budget-driven policie...
02:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot City Sued Over Smart Meter-Related Patent
New submitter wb8nbs writes: Florida patent troll Atlas LLC has filed a suit against the municipality of Naperville, Illinois (paywalled). Atlas claims infringement of their patent on wireless communi...
12:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Congress Votes to Scrap Obama's Clean Power Plan
sciencehabit writes with news that the House voted 242-180 to repeal the EPA's Clean Power Plan, and 235-188 to block EPA rules governing emissions from new power plants. Science reports: "Congress ha...
12:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot Mass Shooting In San Bernardino Kills At Least 14
An anonymous reader writes: Authorities say 14 people were killed and 14 others were injured in a mass shooting in San Bernardino today. Police have mounted an intense manhunt for the gunmen who fired...
12:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2015
Slashdot PHP 7 Released
An anonymous reader writes: After a long wait web developers can finally start migrating their code to PHP 7. The new version comes with minimal syntax modifications, and is more focused on improving ...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot The FSF's Donald Robertson Talks About Copyrights, Patents, and the TPP (Video)
We all know (or know about) Richard M. Stallmann, founder of and vociferous spokesman for the Free Software Foundation. But the organization is far from a one-man band, and Donald Robertson, their cop...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Promotes New Trade Secrets Bill
An anonymous reader writes: A Microsoft lawyer has put forward the company's conviction that the Defend Trade Secrets Act 2015, currently being debated at the United States Senate Judiciary Committee,...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Museum of Political Corruption Planned For New York
McGruber writes: In Albany, NY, Bruce Roter has secured approval to build the Museum of Political Corruption, dedicated to the state's long history of scandal. In the last decade alone, more than 30 s...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Chrome 47 Released
LichtSpektren writes: Google Chrome version 47 is now available for download. This release features 41 security fixes, very tiny UI changes (except for the built-in PDF viewer, which was redone entire...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Zero-Day Bugs In Numerous Modems/Routers Could Compromise Millions of Users
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have discovered a large number of zero-day flaws in 8 routers/modems from 4 manufacturers (ZTE, Huawei, Gemtek, Quanta) that would allow attackers to build a hu...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Why the Raspberry Pi Zero Isn't a Practical Tool For Teaching Students
An anonymous reader writes: This article criticizes the Raspberry PI Foundation's new computer the Zero. It points out that the Foundation says the purpose of the new Pi is to reach students but with ...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Mother Blames Wi-Fi Allergy For Daughter's Suicide
An anonymous reader sends news that a UK woman named Debra Fry has begun a campaign to raise awareness for "electro-hypersensitivity" (EHS) after the suicide of her daughter, Jenny, earlier this year....
06:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Wikipedia Creates AI System To Filter Out Bad Edits
An anonymous reader writes: Wikipedia has developed a new artificial intelligence system aimed at improving the quality of its entries and detecting both mistakes and damaging edits made to its articl...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Western Digital Announces World's First 10TB Helium-Filled Hard Drive
Deathspawner writes: Western Digital today announced a new, helium-filled enterprise HDD that allows for 10TB capacities without using the SMR method, sticking to industry standard PMR. SMR, or Shingl...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Google Accused of Tracking School Kids After Promising Not To
itwbennett writes: In a complaint (PDF) filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claims that "despite publicly promising not to, Google mines students'...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot China Blamed For Attack On Australian Bureau of Meteorology
New submitter ElectronF sends news that officials within the Australian government are blaming China for an attack on computer systems at the Bureau of Meteorology. "The bureau owns one of Australia's...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot The Race To Create a Hyperloop Heats Up
An anonymous reader writes: When Elon Musk unveiled his idea for the"Hyperloop" transportation system based on capsules zipping through depressurized tubes, much was made about the enormous technical ...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot SSDs Approaching Price Parity With HDDs
Lucas123 writes: Hard disk drive per-gigabyte pricing has remained relatively stagnant over the past three years, and prices are expected to be completely flat over at least the next two, allowing SSD...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Yahoo Discussing Sale of Internet Business
An anonymous reader writes: According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal (paywalled), Yahoo!'s board of directors is considering the sale of their internet business in a series of meetings s...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Why Some People Think Total Nonsense Is Really Deep
Earthquake Retrofit writes: The Washington Post has a story about Gordon Pennycook, a doctorate student at the University of Waterloo who studies why some people are more easily duped than others. "Wh...
10:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Father of Robotics, Joseph F. Engelberger, Dies At Age 90
An anonymous reader writes: Today the robotics industry is a multi-billion dollar business — but it all started with Joe Engelberger and Georges Devol, who formed Unimation in 1956, the world's ...
08:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Canonical Patches Two Kernel Vulnerabilities In Ubuntu 14.04
jones_supa writes: Canonical has announced that a new kernel update is now live in the default software repositories for the Ubuntu 14.04 operating system. According to the security notice, two Linux ...
06:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot IRS: We Used Stingray Devices To Track 37 Phones
An anonymous reader writes: In October, we discussed the troubling revelation that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service had its own stingray devices, which are commonly used by law enforcement to interce...
04:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Zuckerberg To Give Away 99% of His Facebook Stock
An anonymous reader writes: The Facebook stock currently held by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan is worth roughly $45 billion. Today, the couple posted a letter addressed to their newborn ...
02:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Greek Banks Under Cyberattack, Face Ransom Demands
An anonymous reader writes: Hackers have targeted three Greek banks for a third time in five days, demanding a ransom from each lender of 20,000 bitcoin (€7m), according to Greek police and the c...
02:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Los Angeles Flirts With Pre-Crime
An anonymous reader writes: The city of Los Angeles is considering a new plan to fight prostitution: sending letters to men who solicit prostitutes in the hopes that the letters are seen by family mem...
12:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Skip the Picks; Expert Uses Hammer To Open a Master Lock
itwbennett writes: Buyer beware. If it's security you're looking for, the #3 Master Lock might not be for you. In a video, locksport enthusiast Bosnian Bill demonstrates how to open a new #3 Master Lo...
12:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Software Engineer Liz Bennett Talks About Being a Woman in a Nearly All Male Workplace (Video)
This conversation was generated by a post Eric S. Raymond published on his "Armed and Dangerous" blog that said, "...if you are any kind of open-source leader or senior figure who is male, do not be a...
12:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2015
Slashdot Air Asia Pilot Response Leads To Plane Crashing
hcs_$reboot writes: The investigation took a year, but we finally know why Air Asia Flight QZ8501, en route to Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya on December 28 last year, crashed into the...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Xbox Kinect Technology Helps Create Higher-Quality X-Rays
An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, has adapted a gaming system to help radiographers improve the quality of X-rays. The technology...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot NSF Antes Up $200K For Spin-off of Microsoft-Funded 'Code Trip' TV Show
theodp writes: The Microsoft-sponsored PBS 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark partnered to send three students across the U.S. on a "transformative journey int...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot The Brains of Men and Women Aren't Really That Different, Study Finds
sciencehabit writes: In the mid-19th century, researchers claimed they could tell the sex of an individual just by looking at their disembodied brain. But a new study (abstract) finds that human brain...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla May Separate Itself From Thunderbird Email Client
An anonymous reader writes: A company-wide memo distributed throughout the Mozilla Foundation by chairperson Mitchell Baker argues that the organization should disentangle itself from the Thunderbird ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Washington Hosts Summit On Gene Editing and 'Designer Babies'
An anonymous reader sends word that a three-day summit has begun in Washington to discuss the future of genetic engineering. It has a particular focus on the CRISPR technique, which has made gene edit...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Phishing Blast Uses Dropbox To Target Hong Kong Journalists
itwbennett writes: Researchers at FireEye have disclosed an ongoing Phishing campaign targeting pro-democracy media organizations in Hong Kong that's using Dropbox storage services as a command and co...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Experimental Study of 29 Polyhedral Dice Using Rolling Machine, OpenCV Analysis
enFi writes: All dice are slightly unfair; automating 3k rolls x 29 dice allows detailed exploration. For example: GameScience claims their d20s are fairest, and actually has the fairest die in the st...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot DHS Offering Free Vulnerability Scans, Penetration Tests
tsu doh nimh writes: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been quietly launching stealthy cyber attacks against a range of private U.S. companies -- mostly banks and energy firms. These ...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Revealed: What Info the FBI Can Collect With a National Security Letter
An anonymous reader writes with this lead from Help Net Security's story on a topic we've touched on here many times: the broad powers arrogated by the Federal government in the form of National Secur...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot After Twenty Years of Flash, Adobe Kills the Name
An anonymous reader writes: From January 2016, Adobe Flash will be renamed to 'Adobe Animate CC', killing one of the most unfortunate names in web security as the company pushes the product further an...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Enlightenment E20 Released With Full Wayland Support
An anonymous reader writes: Enlightenment DR 0.20 has been released. The most significant change is full Wayland support where E20 can act as its own Wayland compositor and the whole shebang. Enlighte...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Google To Drop Chrome Support For 32-bit Linux
prisoninmate writes: Google announces that its Google Chrome web browser will no longer be available for 32-bit hardware platforms. Additionally, Google Chrome will no longer be supported on the Ubunt...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Arkansas Has a Growing Population of "Climate Change Refugees"
HughPickens.com writes: Located between Hawaii and Australia, the Marshall Islands are made up of 29 atolls and five islands with a population of about 70,000, all of whom live about six feet above se...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Patton Oswalt Recruited For New MST3K Cast
An anonymous reader writes: Joel Hodgson has announced that actor and comedian Patton Oswalt will join the MST3K cast as "TV's Son of TV's Frank". "I first became aware of Patton around fourteen years...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Italy Invests 150 Million Euros In Surveillance, With Emphasis On PS4 Chats
An anonymous reader sends word that Italy will spend 150 million Euros on reforming information and security services. Part of this reform will be monitoring communication among users of the "chat" fe...
10:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Sued For Using HTTPS: Companies In Crypto Patent Fight
yoink! writes: According to an article in The Register, corporations big and small are coming under legal fire from CryptoPeak. The Company holds U.S. Patent 6,202,150, which describes "auto-escrowabl...
06:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot The Hidden Costs of Going Freelance
snydeq writes: IT pros lend firsthand advice on the challenges of going solo in Bob Violino's report on the hidden costs of going freelance in IT. 'The life of an independent IT contractor sounds attr...
04:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Sony Unlocks PlayStation 4's Previously Reserved Seventh CPU Core For Devs
MojoKid writes: Toward the beginning of the year, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to "unlock" the seventh core on the Xbox One's processor, enabling developers to eke just a bit more performa...
02:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot Russian Moon Landing May Take As Many As Six Launches
MarkWhittington writes: Russia has made no secret of its desire to land cosmonauts on the lunar surface sometime in the late 2020s. As the United States, at least for the current administration, has d...
02:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot HTTP/2.0 Opens Every New Connection It Makes With the Word 'PRISM'
An anonymous reader writes: British programmer and writer John Graham-Cumming has spotted what appears to be a 'code-protest' in the next generation of the hypertext protocol. Each new connection forg...
12:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot VTech Hack Gets Worse: Chat Logs, Kids' Photos Taken In Breach
An anonymous reader writes: The VTech hack just got a little worse. Reports say that in addition to the 4.8 million records with parents' names, home addresses, passwords and the identities of 227k ki...
12:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot AT&T Will Raise Cost of Old Unlimited Data Plans By $5 In February
An anonymous reader writes: AT&T customers trying to hold on to their old unlimited-data plans will have to pay a little more starting in February. AT&T's legacy plans for unlimited data will ...
12:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2015
Slashdot US Marshals Jump Into 'Cyber Monday' Mania
coondoggie writes: "Cyber Monday is generally thought to be the start of the online holiday shopping season. We would like to encourage shoppers who are already online in search of bargains to conside...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Create Sodium Battery In Industry Standard "18650" Format
Zothecula sends word that French team has developed a battery using sodium ions in the usual "18650" format. Gizmag reports: "A team of researchers in France has taken a major step towards powering ou...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Swallow the Doctor: The Present and Future of Robots Inside Us
szczys writes: Feynman predicted that we would some day "swallow the doctor" and to some extent that is already happening. There are cameras in pill-form that the patient swallows to monitor the diges...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Young Climate Activists Sue Obama Over Climate Change Inaction
EmagGeek writes A recent lawsuit against Obama alleges he has a legal duty to act against climate change, and young climate activists, including 15-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh, are taking him to tas...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot IoT Home Alarm System Can Be Easily Hacked and Spoofed
An anonymous reader writes: In the never-ending series of hackable, improperly protected IoT devices, today we hear about an IoT smart home alarm system that works over IP. Made by RSI Videofied, the ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Stack Overflow Co-Founder Jeff Atwood Answers Your Questions
A few weeks ago you had a chance to ask author, entrepreneur, and software developer Jeff Atwood about founding Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange Network, as well as his new endeavor, the Discours...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Book Review: Security Operations Center
benrothke writes: Large enterprises have numerous information security challenges. Aside from the external threats; there's the onslaught of security data from disparate systems, platforms and applica...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot New Campaign Features Internet Trolls On Roadside Billboards
An anonymous reader writes: A campaign taking shape in Brazil seeks to fight online harassment in an unusual way: by posting the abusive comments on real billboards. "The group collects comments from ...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Rikers Inmates Learn How To Code Without Internet Access
An anonymous reader sends the story of another prison where inmates are learning the basics of programming, despite having no access to the vast educational resources on the internet. Instructors from...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Hardware For a Cheap Linux Desktop
An anonymous reader writes: Outside of the limelight of Intel's Core "Skylake" processors is the cheapest model, a $60 Intel Pentium G4400 dual-core processor that runs at 3.3Gz and has built-in HD Gr...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot It's Getting Harder To Reside Anonymously In a Modern City
dkatana writes: In a panel on 'Privacy in the Smart City' during this month's Smart City World Congress, Dr. Carmela Troncoso, a researcher from Spain, argued that data anonymization itself is almost ...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Companies Want To Insert Ads Into Unicode
AmiMoJo writes: Food company Nestle has started a petition to get a KitKat emoji into the Unicode standard. They aren't alone, Taco Bell wants a taco emoji added, and Durex suggested adding a condom. ...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot BlackBerry Exits Pakistan Amid User Privacy Concerns
An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry has announced that it will pull its operations in Pakistan from today, quoting a recent government notice which read that the company would not be permitted to c...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot How Technology Is Increasing the Number of Jobs We Have
An anonymous reader writes: An article at The Guardian takes a look at the way in which we hold jobs as technology as changes. Its central thesis is this: "My father had one job in his life, I've had ...
12:00 pm - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot MST3K Kickstarter Poised To Break Kickstarter Record
New submitter the_Bionic_lemming writes: Recently Joel Hodgson, the creator of Mystery Science 3000 -- which had a successful run of over 197 shows -- has after 15 years launched a kickstarter to rela...
08:00 am - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Diamond Nanothreads Could Support Space Elevator
Taco Cowboy writes with news that Penn State researchers have discovered a way to produce ultra-thin diamond nanothreads that could be ideal for a space elevator. According to the report at Space.com,...
06:00 am - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot VW Officials Knew Since Last Year of Misleading Fuel Economy Claims
It's not just CO2 levels that Volkswagen manipulated; according to a wire story, Volkswagen officials knew at least a year ago that some of the company's officially-reported fuel-efficiency claims wer...
02:00 am - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Israel Meets With Google and YouTube To Discuss Censoring Videos
An anonymous reader writes: Various sources report Israel's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely meeting with representatives of Google and YouTube to discuss censoring Palestinian video...
12:00 am - Mon, November 30, 2015
Slashdot Contractors or Not, Seattle Uber Drivers Might Get Collective Bargaining
The Seattle Times reports on a development in Seattle that might have implications for other cities with contentious relationships with transportation coordinating services like Uber. Seattle councilm...