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10:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Rubio, Cruz Try To Kill Neutrality On 1 Year Rule Anniversary
An anonymous reader writes: Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have joined six other Senators in pushing the new Restoring Internet Freedom Act, which would dismantle the rules, walk-back ...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Chinese ISPs Caught Injecting Ads And Malware In Their Network Traffic
Chinese Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been caught red-handed for injecting advertisements as well as malware through their network traffic. Three Israeli researchers uncovered that the major ...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Airbus Patents Adjustable Seats, In-Seat Storage For Aircarft
AmiMoJo writes: Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer, has recently applied for a pair of airplane seat patents that simultaneously look to increase customer comfort while stripping away what little...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Are CEOs Overpaid? Not Compared With College Presidents
schwit1 writes: For outrageous executive earnings, don't look to Wall Street -- look to academia. High pay for CEOs attracts annual attention and recitations about the immorality of capitalism, but wh...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Disney Asking Employees To Help Fund Copyright Lobbying
NormalVisual writes: Disney is now asking its employees to chip in to promote the company's copyright agenda via the company's political action committee, DisneyPAC. CEO Bob Iger has sent a letter to ...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Pentagon Research Could Make 'Brain Modem' A Reality
schwit1 writes: The Pentagon is attempting what was, until recently, an impossible technological feat -- developing a high-bandwidth neural interface that would allow people to beam data from their mi...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot John McAfee: NSA's Back Door Has Given Every US Secret To Enemies
John McAfee, American computer programmer and contributing editor of Business Insider, explains how the NSA's back door has given every U.S. secret to its enemies. He begins by mentioning the importan...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat And FCC CIOs On the Future Of Tech
StewBeans writes: At Evanta's recent CIO Executive Summit in Washington, D.C., two Enterprisers took the stage to discuss how CIOs can influence the future of business at the "tipping point" of techno...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Anonymous Goes After Miami Police Officer Who Doxed An Innocent Woman
An anonymous reader writes: After Miami resident, Claudia Castillo, noticed a cop speeding down the freeway without a siren, she pulled him over and told him to stop going so fast. The cop's police un...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple Lawyer Ted Olson: Creating Unlock Tool Would Lead To 'Orwellian' Society
Apple's lawyer, Ted Olson, explained in an interview with CNN that what the government is asking Apple to do is "limitless." Olson explained that if the tool that the government wants is created, any ...
12:00 pm - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Tackling The Future Of Digital Trust -- While It Still Exists
Tekla Perry writes: Last week at Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, cybersecurity mavens from the industry, academia, government, and media considered a futuristic scenario in which tradit...
08:00 am - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot 'Moth Eye' Graphene Breakthrough Could Create Indoor Solar Cells
A scientific breakthrough with the "wonder material" graphene has opened up the possibility of indoor solar cells that capture energy from indirect sunlight, as well as ambient energy from household d...
04:00 am - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot IBM Added 70,000 People To Its Ranks In 2015, And Lost That Many, Too
walterbyrd writes: IBM is very particular in hiring for the hot new skills where IBM is expanding like machine learning, big data, mobile, and security. However, even with adding 70,000 people to thei...
02:00 am - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Cloud Security Startup ProtectWise Creates Network DVR To Analyze Threats
MojoKid writes: A Denver-based security startup called ProtectWise has a rather interesting twist on a security as a service platform that also incorporates an innovative threat detection and manageme...
12:00 am - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Plot Sea Levels Using GPS Satellites
A team from the UK's National Oceanography Centre (NOC), University of Michigan and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have discovered a new way to accurately measure the sea level. The technique is cal...
12:00 am - Sun, February 28, 2016
Slashdot Google Unveils Neural Network With Ability To Determine Location of Any Image
schwit1 writes: Here's a tricky task. Pick a photograph from the web at random. Now try to work out where it was taken using only the image itself. If the image shows a famous building or landmark, su...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Valve's SteamOS Now Supports Vulkan, The Cross-Platform Alternative To DirectX 12
SteamOS just gained support for Vulkan, the cross-platform alternative to Microsoft's DirectX 12 and Apple's Metal. This should make it easier for developers to write and optimize games for SteamOS, c...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Breaks Its Own Promise, Allows Symantec To Issue Insecure Certificates
An anonymous reader writes: After researchers discovered that SHA-1 can be decrypted, Mozilla, together with Microsoft and Google, said they will no longer "trust" SHA-1-based certificates issued afte...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Confronts 'Hate Speech' In Germany And At Facebook
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday in Berlin that he recognized that Facebook needs to crack down more on "hate speech" against migrants. In September, Facebook announced that it wou...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Next-Gen Ultra HD Blu-Ray Discs Probably Won't Be Cracked For A While
DVDFab, a software tool for ripping and decrypting DVDs and Blu-ray discs, will not be upgraded to support newer Ultra HD (4K) Blu-ray discs. Fengtao Software, which makes DVDFab, said in a statement ...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot New "Super Battery" Energy Storage Breakthrough Aims At $54 Per KWh
mdsolar writes: BioSolar and the University of California, Santa Barbara, reinforced a previous international patent application by jointly filing applications in the US, Canada and Japan for somethin...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot San Bernardino Police: Reasonably Good Chance Nothing Of Value On Shooter's iPhone
San Bernardino police chief, Jarrod Burguan, who was part of the investigation into the two shooters who killed 14 during a mass shooting event last December, says there probably isn't any useful info...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Viral Con Foils Drug-Resistant Microbes, May Nix Need For Poop Transplants
schwit1 writes: The researchers, led by immunologists at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, got started on the idea of harnessing a viral decoy knowing that such germs normally manipulate and...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Ardupilot To Continue As Non-Profit
New submitter buck-yar writes: The open source unmanned aerial vehicle platform, Ardupilot, has announced its creation of a non-profit organization aimed to meet the needs of the diverse developer com...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot IRS Taxpayer Data Theft Seven Times Larger Than Originally Thought
An anonymous reader writes: For the second time, the IRS has revised the estimated damage of a criminal syndicate's massive theft of American taxpayer data. In May 2015, the government agency said cri...
04:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu 15.10 Kernel Regression That Broke Graphics Displays In VMWare Patched
prisoninmate writes: On Monday, February 22, 2016, Softpedia reported on the availability of new kernel updates for several of Canonical's supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 15...
04:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Raspberry Pi 3 Brings Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
mikejuk writes: Details of the next in the family of the successful Raspberry Pi family have become available as part of FCC testing documents. The Pi 3 finally includes WiFi and Bluetooth/LE. Compari...
02:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Former Disney IT Worker's Complaint To Congress: How Can You Allow This?
dcblogs writes: At a congressional hearing Thursday on the H-1B visa's impact on high-skilled workers, the first person to testify was Leo Perrero, a former Disney IT worker. He was overcome with emot...
12:00 pm - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot AI Bookworms Seek To Predict Human Behavior
An anonymous reader writes: Creating virtual assistants that can understand and anticipate human behavior and needs is one of the current lodestars of artificial intelligence research. Now, researcher...
10:00 am - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Released: First PC Based On Russia's Homegrown "Baikal" Processor
WheatGrass writes to note that the company T-Platforms has introduced the first mass production unit based upon the Russian Baikal-T1 processor, mentioned here last in 2014. The new Baikal-based works...
08:00 am - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Big Health Benefits To Small Weight Loss
schwit1 writes: Obese individuals who lose as little as 5 percent of their body weight can improve their metabolic function and reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, a new s...
04:00 am - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Norway Becomes First NATO Country To Accuse China of Stealing Military Secrets
An anonymous reader writes: A high-ranking general in the Norwegian Army and head of the Norwegian Intelligence Service E-tjenesten (Etterretningstjenesten) has made official statements accusing the C...
02:00 am - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Bloomberg Predicts EVs Cheaper than IC Engine Cars Within 10 Years
Lucas123 writes: With the price of lithium-ion batteries continuing to plummet, already dropping 65% since 2010, electric vehicles will become cheaper to own by the mid-2020s, according to a new repor...
02:00 am - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot A New Algorithm Could Protect Ships From 'Rogue Waves'
itwbennett writes: MIT researchers have developed a tool they say can predict so-called rogue waves, giant waves that seem to appear out of nowhere and can cause devastation to ships unlucky enough to...
12:00 am - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Did Twitter Exec Censor #WhichHillary In Advance of Sunday Fundraiser, Key Primary?
An anonymous reader writes with the key claim of a story at The Daily Kos: In a truly egregious move yesterday, Twitter suspended the account responsible for #WhichHillary, activist @GuerrillaDems. Tw...
12:00 am - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot Prosecutors Halt Vast, Likely Illegal DEA Wiretap Operation
schwit1 writes: Prosecutors in a Los Angeles suburb say they have dramatically scaled back a vast and legally questionable eavesdropping operation, built by federal drug agents, that once accounted fo...
12:00 am - Sat, February 27, 2016
Slashdot NYC's Nuclear Power Plant Leaking 'Uncontrollable Radioactive Flow' Into River
MikeChino writes: New samples taken from groundwater near New York's Indian Point nuclear plant show that contamination levels are 80% higher than previous samples, and experts say the leak is "a disa...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is Not Such a Freedom Fighter In China
mi writes: Though loudly resisting the American government's attempts to make it help break into the phone of a dead scumbag, Apple is very accommodating of the Chinese government's attempts to keep t...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot 90% of All SSL VPNs Use Insecure Or Outdated Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: 90% of all SSL-based VPNs use insecure or outdated encryption. According to research conducted by information security firm High-Tech Bridge, almost three-quarters of all S...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Leap Days May Be Going Away In the Not Too Distant Future
StartsWithABang writes: The need for a February 29th, once every four years, doesn't just give us an extra day this year, but it keeps the calendar from drifting and failing to align with the seasons....
08:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot How Donald Trump Uses Twitter As a Weapon of Fear
HughPickens.com writes: Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman write in the NYT that with his enormous online platform of six million followers, Donald Trump has used Twitter to badger and humiliate thos...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Tor Project Accuses CloudFlare of Mass Surveillance, Sabotaging Traffic
An anonymous reader writes: Tensions are rising between Tor Project administrators and CloudFlare, a CDN and DDoS mitigation service that's apparently making the life of Tor users a living hell. Tor a...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Linguistics Could Help Future Driverless Cars Cooperate Better
An anonymous reader writes: A team of swarm robotics researchers have applied a linguistics technique typically used in manufacturing to automatically program and control a 600-strong robot fleet. The...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot More Medical Devices Should Be Open Source, Like This ECG
isza writes: This is a follow-up to the Slashdot story about mobilECG, a 12-lead, clinical-grade ECG being open sourced. We have not given up on our goal to get rid of the high-profit-margin and disho...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Porn-Clicker Android Malware Hits Google Play Hard
An anonymous reader writes: In a little over seven months, cybercriminals using click-jacking mobile malware to earn affiliate income have managed to push over 340 instances of the malware into Google...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot America's Ten Most Oppressive Colleges
An anonymous reader writes: A new review of free speech on campuses across the United States has listed the country's ten most oppressive colleges, with examples of why they earned this odious status....
04:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Sues Louisville Over Google Fiber
An anonymous reader writes: Louisville was one of the cities identified in 2015 as a potential Google fiber location? Since then, Louisville has completed the pre-work Google requires and, most recent...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Turkish Gov't Retaliates After Hackers Release Police Data Via Twitter
New submitter NeonBible writes with this news from IB Times UK: The Turkish government has retaliated against a number of Twitter [users who] posted links to a compromised database stolen from a natio...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot NASA's New Horizons Returns Images of the Canyons of Pluto's North Pole
MarkWhittington writes: NASA's New Horizon space probe, which flew by Pluto last July, continues to send data and images that amaze and awe. The space agency released an image of Pluto's North Pole ta...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Obama Administration Set To Expand Sharing of Data That NSA Intercepts
schwit1 writes: The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies ...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Google Proposes New Hard Drive Format For Data Centers
An anonymous reader writes: In a new research paper the VP of Infrastructure at Google argues for hard drive manufacturers and data center provisioners to consider revisions to the current 3.5" form-f...
12:00 pm - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Why LIGO's Black Holes Probably Didn't Come From a Single Star
An anonymous reader writes: Ever since LIGO first announced the direct detection of gravitational waves from two merging black holes, the physics and astronomy community has been struggling to underst...
08:00 am - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Former NASA Chief On US Space Policy: "No Vision, No Plan, No Budget"
An anonymous reader writes: During a congressional hearing Thursday, former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin had harsh words for the space agency and the space policy crafted by President Obama's admin...
06:00 am - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Adblock Plus Comes (Somewhat) Clean About How Acceptable Ads Work
Mark Wilson writes: The Acceptable Ads program from Adblock Plus has proven slightly controversial. The company behind the ad blocking tool, Eyeo, has already revealed a little about how it makes mone...
04:00 am - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Rocket Launch Postponed Again
ClickOnThis writes with a CBC report that SpaceX has "called off a planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a communications satellite less than two minutes before blastoff from Florida on Thursda...
02:00 am - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot How Ugandans Overturned an Election-Day Blackout of Social Media Apps
tedlistens writes: When Ugandans went to the polls last Thursday in presidential and parliamentary elections, they participated in the most heavily-contested political battle since multiparty democrac...
02:00 am - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter To Back Apple With Legal Filing In FBI Case
An anonymous reader writes: Google plans to follow Microsoft in throwing its legal support behind Apple in its increasingly contentious dispute with the federal government around the iPhone connected ...
02:00 am - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Damage Report: LA Methane Leak Is One of the Worst Disasters In US History
MikeChino writes: A week after the ruptured natural gas well in Aliso Canyon was finally declared sealed, we have a full account of the damage — and it doesn't look good. In total, 97,100 metric...
12:00 am - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Shelved OSS Project Fixes?
New submitter superwiz writes: A company for which I worked for recently had a project which required debugging a few abandoned OSS projects. 2 of the projects ended up not being used in the company p...
12:00 am - Fri, February 26, 2016
Slashdot Google DeepMind Applies AI To Healthcare With NHS Partnership
An anonymous reader writes: Google's London-based AI group DeepMind has launched DeepMind Health, teaming up with the NHS to work on its first project. The 'neuroscience-inspired' company, bought by G...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot New Research Shows You Can Grow Sperm In a Dish
sciencehabit writes: How the male body produces sperm has long been hidden inside its genitalia. Trying to recreate the process in a lab for humans and other mammals has led to many failures - sperm d...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Donating 25 State Of The Art GPU Servers To AI Research In Europe
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has announced that it will donate 25 high-end GPU servers to institutions in the European Union which are engaged in research on artificial intelligence. The first...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot ISIS Makes Direct Threats Against Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey
wjcofkc writes: A group of ISIS supporters have threatened to take down Facebook and Twitter, as well as their leaders. In a 25-minute propaganda video released by a group calling itself "the sons of ...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Software Freedom Conservancy: Distributing Linux With ZFS Is Illegal
LichtSpektren writes: Phoronix reports that Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen M. Sandler at the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFS) have posted a blog post today arguing that Canonical's plan to distribute Ubu...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Lighting Up Dark Fiber All Over the Country
sarahnaomi writes: For years, San Francisco has had a robust fiber optic infrastructure laying dormant underneath its streets. Google announced Wednesday that it's going to start lighting some of thos...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Swedish Scientist Suggests That There Is Only One Earth
MarkWhittington writes: The conventional wisdom has been among scientists is that a myriad of Earth-like planets exist in the universe, some of which have to be the abode of life, even intelligent lif...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Many Surveys, About One In Five, May Contain Fraudulent Data
sciencehabit writes: How often do people conducting surveys simply fabricate some or all of the data? Several high-profile cases of fraud over the past few years have shone a spotlight on that questio...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Slysoft (of AnyDVD Fame) Closes After Increased International Pressure By AACS
jlp2097 writes: It looks like the recent activities by Hollywood studios and the AACS LA finally led to the closing of Slysoft Inc, creator of the popular AnyDVD HD tool for creating personal backups ...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Keylogger Authors Manage To Infect Themselves 16 Different Times
An anonymous reader writes: Last summer someone created and dumped the source code of a keylogger called KeyBase. Since then, hackers have been churning out their own versions, but as you'd expect, sk...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Carnegie Mellon University Attacked Tor, Was Subpoenaed By Feds
AmiMoJo writes: Back in November 2015 it was speculated that Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) helped the FBI attack the TOR network. Now, both the name of the university and the existence of a subpoen...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Chicago Public Schools Make Computer Science a Requirement For a HS Diploma
theodp writes: Less than 48 hours after the Chicago Public Schools hosted a three-hour "soiree" at Google's brand-new Chicago HQ, the CPS Board of Education voted unanimously to make computer science ...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Arizona County Attorney To Ditch IPhones Over Apple Dispute With FBI
alphadogg writes: Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock an iPhone 5c used by one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino, California attack on Dec. 2 has prompted the Maricopa County attorney's offic...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Patient Monitors Altered, Drug Dispensary Popped In Collosal Hospital Hack Test
It's not just hospital networks that are in danger; mask.of.sanity writes with this story at The Register: Security researchers have exploited notoriously porous hospital networks to gain access to, a...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Rubio and Kasich Are Living Out a Classic Game Theory Dilemma
HughPickens.com writes: Kevin Quealy writes in the NYT that the two remaining mainstream candidates for the GOP Presidential nomination — Marco Rubio and John Kasich — are living out an is...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Google Releases Project Shield To Fight Against DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: Google has launched a free tool to help all media sites and and other organisations protect themselves against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. The Project Shi...
12:00 pm - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Telemetry Collection, Explained
New submitter Poohsticks writes: There's a nice breakdown of the updated information from Microsoft about what they are doing with the telemetry data that Windows 10 is collecting (original Technet ar...
08:00 am - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Drones Under 2kg May Be Set Free Under Forthcoming FAA Rules
garymortimer writes: The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing an aviation rulemaking committee with industry stakeholders to develop recommendation...
06:00 am - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Claim Success In Removing HIV From Living Cells
ffkom writes: A recent publication from German researchers claims success in removing the HI-Virus from living cells, showing a way to completely cure AIDS rather than just suppressing its symptoms (b...
02:00 am - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Now Showing Full Screen Ads On Lock Screen
Striek writes: Several media outlets are reporting that Windows 10 has now started showing full screen ads on users' lock screens. They can be turned off, but how many people will actually bother with...
02:00 am - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is Said To Be Working On an iPhone Even It Can't Hack
An anonymous reader writes with this story at the New York Times: Apple engineers have already begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a l...
12:00 am - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot New Fast Radio Burst Discovery Finds 'Missing Matter' In the Universe
According to a study published today, an international team of scientists has for the first time managed to identify the location of a fast radio burst. FRBs are bright radio flashes that generally la...
12:00 am - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot Army Researchers Patent Self-destructing Bullet Designed To Save Lives
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center recently patented a new type of bullet capable of self-destructing after traveling over...
12:00 am - Thu, February 25, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Nominates New Librarian of Congress Who Supports Open Access
Dr. Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, is President Obama's nominee for Librarian of Congress. What a contrast t...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Acquire Xamarin
New submitter androlinuz writes: Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Xamarin, a leading platform provider for mobile app development. In conjunction with Visual Studio, Xamarin provides a ric...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot France Seeking $1.76 Billion In Back Taxes From Google
An anonymous reader writes: According to a Reuters insider, France is seeking 1.6 billion euros in back taxes from Google, dwarfing what the United Kingdom recently agreed to pay. France apparently ha...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Linux Mint Hack Is an Indicator of a Larger Problem
An anonymous reader writes: On February 20th, a hacker working under the handle 'Peace' took control of the website of Linux Mint, a popular Linux distribution derived from Ubuntu (and Debian) targete...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Nissan Leaf HVAC-Hack Vulnerability Disclosed
GWBasic writes: Some of Nissan's Leaf cars can be easily hacked, allowing their heating and air-conditioning systems to be hijacked, according to [Troy Hunt,] a prominent security researcher. .... Mr ...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Boston Dynamics' Next-Gen ATLAS Sheds the Tether
Boston Dynamics' ATLAS robot has been featured here a few times before. An anonymous reader points out that the company has just posted a video of the newest version of the ATLAS, "and it's absolutely...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Japan Considers Treating Bitcoin As Conventional Currency
An anonymous reader writes: Regulators in Japan are considering officially recognizing bitcoins and other digital currencies as valid methods of payment. The Japan Financial Services Agency (FSA) is i...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Baidu Browser Acts Like a Mildly Tempered Infostealer Virus
An anonymous reader writes: The Baidu Web browser for Windows and Android exhibits behavior that could easily be categorized by a security researcher as an infostealer virus because the browser collec...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot FTC Forces Asus To Improve Router Security
An anonymous reader writes: The FTC is actively trying to make sure that companies secure the software and devices that they provide to consumers, and a settlement with Taiwan-based hardware maker ASU...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot E-book Museum At the Library of Congress?
David Rothman writes: Back in 2003, Slashdot ran TeleRead's call for a brick-and-mortar international e-book museum at the Library of Congress. The proposed museum would focus on the devices and other...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Attackers Can Turn Microsoft's Exploit Defense Tool EMET Against Itself
itwbennett writes: FireEye researchers have found a way for exploits to trigger a specific function in EMET that disables all protections it enforces for other applications. The researchers believe th...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Make Low-power Wi-Fi Breakthrough
alphadogg writes: The biggest downside of Wi-Fi for most users might be that it can really drain your smartphone or tablet battery, but a research team at the University of Washington has come up with...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot New GitHub Upgrades Respond To Recent Complaints
destinyland writes: Last week GitHub announced the ability to create templates for Issues and Pull Requests, in an apparent response to an open letter signed by 600+ project maintainers. "This is the ...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Sorry, But Lasers Aren't Taking You To Mars Anytime Soon
An anonymous reader writes: It's long been a dream of humanity to travel interplanetary distances at great speeds, or to make it to another star system within a human lifetime. Until recently, technol...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Hacking Group Presents 'Long-Standing' Threat To Japan
An anonymous reader writes: Japanese energy, oil and gas, and transport industries have been among those targeted by a group of cyberattackers focusing its efforts on Japanese critical infrastructure....
12:00 pm - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot To Secure ATM Transactions: Ditch the Card
chicksdaddy writes: Security Ledger has a piece that looks at the efforts of a string of startups to secure ATM transactions from skimmers and malware-based attacks. Step 1: get rid of the ATM card. T...
08:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Will Still Back Internet.org Despite Indian Gov't Disdain For Free Basics
Mickeycaskill writes: Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will continue its Internet.org efforts in India, despite one of the initiative's programs – Free Basics – being banned by ...
08:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Big Test Coming Up For Kilogram Redefinition
szotz writes: Electromechanical balances have got to be better than an aged lump of platinum and iridium right? Teams are working to get kilograms measured and shipped to Paris in time for a test to s...
06:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Australia's Major Parties Vote Against Encryption In Wake of Apple FBI Case
daria42 writes: If you're counting on Apple to keep your digital information safe, you may want to think again ... at least if you live in Australia. Yesterday the country's two major political partie...
04:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Multimedia Powerhouse FFmpeg Hits 3.0
An anonymous reader writes: The milestone release FFmpeg 3.0 "Einstein" has been unleashed. For those who need a reminder, FFmpeg comprises several libraries and command-line tools (the main command-l...
04:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot World's First Modular Smart Phone Hits the Market
An anonymous reader writes: Out before the much anticipated Google Modular Phone Project ARA, is a new phone from Fairphone: The Fairphone 2. This phone is claimed to be the the worlds first real modu...
02:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Worlds First Modular Smart Phone Hits the Market
An anonymous reader writes: Out before the much anticipated Google Modular Phone Project ARA, is a new phone from Fairphone: The Fairphone 2. This phone is claimed to be the the worlds first real modu...
12:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Internet By Light Promises To Leave Wi-Fi Eating Dust
schwit1 writes: Connecting your smartphone to the web with just a lamp - that is the promise of Li-Fi, short for 'light fidelity,' which features Internet access that is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. F...
12:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Large-ish Meteor Hits Earth... But No One Notices
According to data released by the Fireball and Bolide Reports page of NASA's Near Earth Object Program, a large meteor exploded far off the coast of Brazil on February 6, 2016. The meteor was the larg...
12:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot CloudBees Releases Jenkins-based Platform For CDaaS
An anonymous reader writes: As a way to address the many challenges associated with supporting DevOps and adopting Continuous Delivery (CD), CloudBees has released a new Jenkins platform to help teams...
12:00 am - Wed, February 24, 2016
Slashdot Google, Yahoo Cry About Ad-Blocking
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Google and Yahoo have accused ad-blocking software Shine of "destroying the relationship" between advertisers and consumers, after an executive from the company called its so...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Cheap, High-Performance Green Battery Runs On Rotten Apples
Zothecula writes: Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have repurposed discarded apples to build cheap and high-performance sodium-ion batteries, making a green technology even g...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Linux's Open Mainframe Project Announces Areas of Focus
New submitter mmoorebz writes: The Linux Foundation is announcing new areas of focus for its Open Mainframe Project. The Open Mainframe Project is a collaborative effort launched six months ago as a f...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Cross-Site Scripting Enabled On 1000 Major Sites
An anonymous reader writes: A CloudFlare engineer has discovered that 1000 of the top one million websites, including bitcoin holding sites and trading sites, are running a default setting that enable...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Mousejack Attacks Exploit Wireless Keyboards and Mice
msm1267 writes: Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the USB devices that support wireless keyboards and mice that could put a countless number of devices at risk to attack. Seven manufactur...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Computer Engineer Wes Clark Dies at 88
An anonymous reader writes: Wesley Allison Clark, a revered computer engineer whose work from the 1950s through 1970s underpinned the revolutions in personal computing, computer graphics, and the inte...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot DoJ Wants Apple To Decrypt 12 More iPhones
tlhIngan writes: The Wall Street Journal (paywalled) is reporting that the Department of Justice is seeking Apple's help in decrypting 12 other iPhones that may contain crime-related evidence. The cas...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot NASA Announces WFIRST As a New Space Observatory
MarkWhittington writes: While NASA has been touting the impending launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018, the space agency is already discussing the space observatory due to take off after t...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Good Technical Guide To Windows 10?
An anonymous reader writes: Back 'in the day' you could easily find books on NT, Windows 2000, or Slackware that went into painstaking detail about every functional aspect of the operating system (thi...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Thanks To Encryption, UK Efforts To Block Torrent Sites Are Pointless
Mark Wilson writes: In the UK, ISPs are required to block access to a number of big-name torrent sites — the thinking being that sites such as The Pirate Bay are used primarily for (gasp!) downl...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot In Progress: Fastest Sea Rise In At Least 2800 Years
Layzej writes: A new study finds that sea levels on Earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years and are accelerating. Co-author Stefan Rahmstorf explains that the fact...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Bill Gates Sides With FBI In Apple Spat
Fudge Factor 3000 writes: Bill Gates has now publicly stated that Apple should cooperate with the FBI in the San Bernadino terrorist's phone unlocking case. He states that it is for this specific case...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Indoor LTE Wireless: Not To Be Overlooked At Mobile World Congress
alphadogg writes: Likely to get lost among the shiny new Android and Windows smartphones and tablets at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are demonstrations of technology that could bring...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot ARM: Mobile Graphics Will Surpass PlayStation 4, Xbox One In 2017
AmiMoJo writes with a report from Venturebeat on the state (and predicted future) of mobile-device graphics: ARM, the technology design company responsible for the popular ARM CPU architecture, is pre...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot German Police Allowed To Use Its Own "Federal Trojan"
An anonymous reader writes: The German Interior Ministry has approved for investigative use a spying Trojan developed by the German Federal Criminal Police (a so-called "federal Trojan"). In fact, it ...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot It's Time To Kill the $100 Bill, Says Larry Summers
HughPickens.com writes: The NYT has an interesting editorial on why getting rid of big bills will make it harder for criminals to do business and make it easier for law enforcement to detect illicit a...
12:00 pm - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Database Error Exposes Sensitive Information On 1,700 Kids
itwbennett writes: Researcher Chris Vickery discovered that the Arlington, Virginia based child monitoring service uKnowKids.com had a misconfigured MongoDB installation that left sensitive details on...
10:00 am - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot The Story Behind the Worst Computer Game In History
An anonymous reader writes with this story at the BBC about the famously bad video game based on Steven Spielberg's ET, a game "considered to be one of the worst of all time," and on which some have b...
06:00 am - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Ponder the Prospect of Contagious Cancer
Cancer causes many deaths each year, and anyone that's lost someone to cancer knows how painful and grueling it can be. The one saving grace is that it ultimately only kills the host. But is this chan...
04:00 am - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Airport Experiment Shows That People Recklessly Connect To Any Free Wi-Fi Spot
An anonymous reader writes: Avast carried out a curious experiment at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress. They've set up 3 public Wi-Fi spots at the local airport and waited to see how many users wou...
04:00 am - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Cops Are Asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe For Their Customers' DNA
An anonymous reader writes: When companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy advocates warned about th...
02:00 am - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Valve Releases SteamVR Perf Test To Measure Your PC
Vigile writes: Valve took another step to prepare the world for VR gaming by releasing the SteamVR Performance Test today. This application that is free to download through Steam, runs a portion of th...
12:00 am - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot More Than Half of Americans Think Apple Should Comply With FBI, Finds Pew Survey
An anonymous reader writes: Apple may not have the public's support in its legal fight with the FBI, according to a recently published Pew report. In a survey that reached 1,000 respondents by phone o...
12:00 am - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Telstra To Roll Out 1000Mbps 4G
An anonymous reader writes: After beginning support for LTE Category 9 last year on their 4Gx network (with it's theoretical max download speed of 450Mbps), Telstra has now announced that they will up...
12:00 am - Tue, February 23, 2016
Slashdot Drinking More Coffee May Undo Liver Damage From Booze
schwit1 writes: Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that's associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests. Researchers analyzed da...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Low-Cost "Paper Skin" Boasts Same Sensory Functions As the Real Thing
Zothecula writes: Multipurpose sensors that are both flexible and wearable could one day be used for everything from monitoring the body's vital signs to changing the way we interact with computers. W...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Cyanogen Tackles How Developers Interact With Mobile Devices
An anonymous reader writes: Cyanogen has announced a new integrated mobile platform designed to change the way users, developers, OEMs and MNOs build and interact with mobile devices. Their new platfo...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Urge American Geophysical Union To Cut Ties With Exxon
mdsolar writes: More than 100 geoscientists are calling on the American Geophysical Union to drop ExxonMobil as a sponsor of its annual earth science conference in response to the company's years of s...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot AT&T and Intel Team Up To Test Drone Technology
New submitter MitchRandall writes: Wireless provider AT&T Inc said on Monday it will partner with chipmaker Intel Corp to test the functionality of drones on its high-speed LTE wireless network. A...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Linux and the Home Recording Studio?
wjcofkc writes: Somewhere between IT jobs I found myself spending 2 1/2 years employed pretty deeply in the local music industry. It was a fantastic experience. Left and right I saw people using very ...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Israel Thwarts Attempt To Smuggle Commercial Drones Into Gaza
An anonymous reader writes: The Jerusalem Post reports that the Shin Bet intelligence agency recently foiled an attempt to smuggle commercial multicopter drones into Gaza, Israel authorities announced...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Unveils Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and Gear 360 VR Camera
MojoKid writes: Samsung held their annual Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress 2016, officially unveiling their next generation Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. The Galaxy S7 sports a 5.1-...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot What Happens When Google Doc Credentials Are Leaked On the Dark Web?
itwbennett writes: It only takes one day of online credentials being available on the Dark Web before login attempts will start, according to security company Bitglass, which set up a simulation using...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Apple's iPhone Already Has a Backdoor
Nicola Hahn writes: As the Department of Justice exerts legal pressure on Apple in an effort to recover data from the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, Apple's CEO has publicly stated that "the U.S. ...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Linux Virtual Ethernet Bug Delivers Corrupt TCP/IP Data
jones_supa writes: Vijay Pandurangan from Twitter warns about a Linux kernel bug that causes containers using Virtual Ethernet devices for network routing to not check TCP checksums. Examples of softw...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot MasterCard Rolls Out 'Selfie' Verification For Mobile Payments
An anonymous reader writes: MasterCard has announced plans to invest in facial recognition technology in the UK, in a push to reduce false decline transactions and increase security for mobile payment...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Pirated App Store Client For iOS Found On Apple's App Store
An anonymous reader writes: An app called "Happy Daily English", which has been offered for download via Apple's official App Store, has been revealed to be a fully functional third party App Store cl...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Snowden Would Return To US If Government Guarantees Fair Trial
An anonymous reader writes: Edward Snowden said if the government would guarantee him a fair trial, he would return to the United States. Snowden spoke via Skype from Russia on Saturday at the New Ham...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot HTTP GZIP Compression Leaks Data On the Location of Tor Web Servers
An anonymous reader writes: The GZIP compression format includes a field in its header that shows the Web server's local date, at which the data was gzipped. Almost all Web servers use "zeros" to pad ...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot 4Shared Wins Court Case To Overcome Piracy Blockade
Popular file-hosting service 4shared has won a court case against the South Korean authorities who placed the site on a national piracy blocklist. While 4shared's users occasionally host pirated files...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Yelp Employee Posts Open Letter About Cost Of Living And Low Wages, Gets Fired
whoever57 writes: Talia Jane was employed by Yelp in San Francisco but after posting in an open letter to Yelp's CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman, that her after tax income of $8.15 was insufficient to provide ...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Alleged Kalamazoo Shooter Picked Up Uber Fares During, After Killing Spree
theodp writes: Police allege that Uber driver Jason Dalton shot 8 people in three different locations, killing six people. But the story gets even crazier, Gizmodo reports, as Dalton allegedly not onl...
10:00 am - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot NASA Moves Forward With Mission Using Spy Satellite Telescope
NASA has formally approved plans -- a year ahead of schedule -- for an infrared space telescope launching around 2024 to record unique wide-angle views of the cosmos, seeking answers to questions abou...
06:00 am - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, Other Tech Companies Form New IoT Alliance
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next step toward technological advancement but it requires a huge effort on manufacturers' and developers' part to make different devices and operating systems to f...
04:00 am - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot US Banks To Test ATMs Which Accept Your Smartphone Instead Of Cards
Dozens of banks in the US are updating their ATMs, or installing new ones, in order to allow customers to withdraw cash without using bank cards. A new cardless system will be rolled out at around 2,0...
12:00 am - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Nvidia Pascal GP100 GPU To Rock 4 TFLOPS Double Precision, 12 TFLOPS Single Precision Processing Power
New information emerged regarding Nvidia's Pascal GPU, covering the total compute performance of the much-anticipated FinFET-based chip. Based on a number of slides from an independent researcher, the...
12:00 am - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot TPP Change Means Drastically Higher Penalties For Copyright "Infringement"
Mephistophocles writes: A sneaky and underhanded change to the TPP, spotted by the EFF and summarized here by Jeremy Malcolm, means much stiffer penalties for copyright "infringement:" Under the TPP's...
12:00 am - Mon, February 22, 2016
Slashdot Yelp Employee Posts Open Letter About Cost Of Living And Low Wages, Gets Fired.
whoever57 writes: Talia Jane was employed by Yelp in San Francisco but after posting in an open letter to Yelp's CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman, that her after tax income of $8.15 was insufficient to provide ...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot Feds Say There Isn't A Single Safe 'Hoverboard'
In the Consumer Product Safety Commission's letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers, it urged them to make sure the scooters they make and sell comply with the safety standards set by Underwr...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot US Asks VW For Electric Cars
US authorities have asked the German carmaker Volkswagen to produce electric vehicles in the United States as a way of making up for its rigging of emission tests. German newspaper Welt am Sonntag cla...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Forced Update Resets Default Apps To Microsoft Products
Freshly Exhumed writes: Microsoft has told The INQUIRER that it is aware of a bug which has been causing users' default programs to switch to the bundled Microsoft options. After deleting the update, ...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot Fungi From Guts Of Herbivores Could Help Us Make Biofuel
hypnosec writes: Researchers have revealed through a new study that fungi from the gut of herbivores like goats, horses and sheep could be used to make biofuel. According to researchers at University ...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot HTC Vive Is $799, Ships From April 1st
New submitter mobby_6kl writes: The HTC Vive VR headset, developed in partnership with Valve, has been announced ahead of schedule today to cost $799, with pre-orders opening on February 29th and ship...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot Russia's Moon And Mars Exploration Ambitions Hobbled By A Lack Of Money
MarkWhittington writes: Phys.Org reported that the ambitions of the Russian Space Agency continue to exceed its financial wherewithal to carry them out. A Russian rocket is due to launch the first ele...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot Timeline Of Events: Linux Mint Website Hack That Distributed Malicious ISOs
An anonymous reader writes: The Linux Mint website was hacked last night and was pointing to malicious ISOs that contained an IRC bot known as TSUNAMI, used as part of an IRC DDoSing botnet. While the...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot LG G5 Unveiled: 5.3" QHD Display, Snapdragon 820, Modular Magic Slot Expansion
MojoKid writes: Rather than just bring another smartphone update with the typical yearly iterative tweaks, the folks at LG have really done something transformative with their next generation G5 flags...
02:00 pm - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot High-Energy Laser Effector Tested On German Warship
Rheinmetall and the German armed forces have completed a recent test of their high-energy laser effector on a German warship. During the test, a 10-kilowatt high-energy laser, or HEL, was mounted on a...
10:00 am - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot NASA Aeronautics Budget Proposes Return Of X-Planes
If President Obama's recently released federal budget request is approved for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2016, next year will be the first in a bold 10-year plan by NASA Aeronautics to achieve ...
04:00 am - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Experimenting With Article Recommendations In Chrome
Google is working on a feature that would recommend articles directly in its browser. The suggestions would appear on the new tab page in Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. "We're alway...
02:00 am - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot Robots Could Learn Human Values By Reading Stories, Research Suggests
Mark Riedl and Brent Harrison from the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology have just unveiled Quixote, a prototype system that is able to learn social conventions fr...
02:00 am - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot Carole Adams, Mom Who Lost Son In San Bernardino Shooting, Sides With Apple
HughPickens.com writes: The Washington Times reports that Carole Adams, the mother of Robert Adams -- a 40-year-old environmental health specialist who was shot dead in the San Bernardino, Calif., mas...
02:00 am - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot Five-Dimensional Black Hole Could 'Break' General Relativity
The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and Queen Mary University of London, have successfully simulated a black hole shaped like a very thin ring, which gives rise to a series of 'bulges' c...
12:00 am - Sun, February 21, 2016
Slashdot FBI Must Reveal The Code It Used To Hack Dark Web Pedophiles
schwit1 writes: A judge has ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over the complete code it used to infiltrate a child pornography site on the Dark Web, Motherboard reports. The FBI seiz...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot A 19-Year-Old Made A Free Robot Lawyer That Has Appealed $3M In Parking Tickets
schwit1 writes: Hiring a lawyer for a parking-ticket appeal is not only a headache, but it can also cost more than the ticket itself. Depending on the case and the lawyer, an appeal -- a legal process...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Google Cleans Up Search Results By Ditching Sidebar Ads
Mark Wilson writes: Google generates a huge amount of revenue through advertising but it's not afraid to try mixing things up a little. Ads in search results have long-been controversial, but the late...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Tiny, Blurry Pictures Find the Limits of Computer Image Recognition
A new PNAS paper takes a look at just how different computer and human visual systems are. Humans can figure out that a mangled word "meant" something recognizable while a computer can't. Likewise wit...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Refugees Rely On Biometrics To Receive Aid, Even As Privacy Concerns Loom
New submitter Selena Larson writes: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) rolled out a pilot program for refugees this week that connects biometric data directly to points of sale and enables ...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Closes Lab - Among Other Things
mikejuk writes: In its recent earnings call, Yahoo revealed plans to cut its workforce by 15% -- around 1,600 employees by the end of the year. Yahoo Labs is another victim of the cuts as revealed in ...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot NASA Compared Pluto's Moon Charon To 'The Incredible Hulk'
MarkWhittington writes: NASA's New Horizon spacecraft has shown Pluto to be an active world that is far more interesting to scientists than anyone imagined when the probe was launched about ten years ...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot US School Agrees To Pay $8,500 To Get Rid Of Ransomware
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this week, the media was abuzz with the case of the Hollywood hospital that almost shut down its operations because of a ransomware infection, which it eventually p...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Global Wind Power Capacity Tops Nuclear Energy For First Time
mdsolar writes: The capacity of wind power generation worldwide reached 432.42 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2015, up 17 percent from a year earlier and surpassing nuclear energy for the first time, ac...
02:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Why Are Apple's Competitors Staying Silent On the iPhone Unlocking Fight?
erier2003 writes: A court order forcing Apple to help the FBI access a terrorism suspect's iPhone has drawn responses from leading tech companies, newspaper editorial boards, and security experts. But...
12:00 pm - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Comodo Antivirus Tech Support Feature Lets Anyone Connect To Your PC
An anonymous reader writes: Google Project Zero security researcher Tavis Ormandy has discovered that one of Comodo's tech support tools packed with many of the company's security products leaves the ...
10:00 am - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Unprecedented Spike In TOR .Onion Nodes
Martin S. writes: The Tor project is reporting an unprecedented rise in unique .Onion nodes, rising from around 40k to 60k in just a few days, says security researcher Professor Woodward. I wonder is ...
06:00 am - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Linux 4.3 Reached End of Life; Users Need To Move To Linux 4.4
prisoninmate writes: As some of you may know, Linux 4.3 was not an LTS (Long Term Support) release, so the last maintenance build is now Linux kernel 4.3.6, as announced earlier by Greg Kroah-Hartman,...
04:00 am - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Study: Mice Gain Weight In Cold Temperatures Due To Gut Changes
Beeftopia writes with the results of a study described in The Economist: Mice were separated into two groups, one temperature maintained at 6C, the other at 22C. Researchers expected the cold mice to ...
02:00 am - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Variable Instruction Computing: What Is Old Is New Again
szczys writes: Higher performance, lower power. One of the challenges with hitting both of those benchmarks is the need to adhere to established instruction sets like x86. One interesting development ...
02:00 am - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Apple: Terrorist's Apple ID Password Changed In Government Custody
An anonymous reader writes: The Apple ID password linked to the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists was changed less than 24 hours after the government took possession of the devi...
02:00 am - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Search For Astronauts Yields a Deluge of Applicants
NASA, notes Ars Technica, has just produced a bumper crop of applicants for the coveted job of astronaut. 18,300 would-be astronauts applied to be part of the 2017 hiring class. It would be good to ke...
12:00 am - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot Edward Snowden To Keynote This Weekend's Free State Project Liberty Forum
cold fjord writes: Nick Gillespie at Reason is heading to The Free State Project's annual Liberty Forum being held this weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire. One of the highlights and a big draw this ...
12:00 am - Sat, February 20, 2016
Slashdot DoJ Says Apple's Posture on iPhone Unlocking Is Just Marketing
New submitter kruug writes: The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion seeking to compel Apple Inc to comply with a judge's order for the company to unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the San Be...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Judge Slams Anthem, Rules That Breach Constitutes Harm To Customers
chicksdaddy writes: You would think that the "damages" caused by massive online thefts, like those leveled against Target, Home Depot and Anthem Healthcare are self evident. But companies are arguing ...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Opera Founder Opens Up About New Vivaldi Browser
alphadogg writes: Since the days of Mosaic in the early 1990s, Jon von Tetzchner has been working on web browsers. He is one of the creators of Opera, the alternative browser that's been a power-user ...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot The Heat Is On: Climate Change Causes Birds To Hatch Early
grrlscientist writes: A recently published study reveals that climate change can cause birds' eggs to hatch early. In addition to creating warmer temperatures that trigger early embryonic development ...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Even On eBay, Women Get Paid Less For Their Labor
sciencehabit writes: Women in the United States are paid only 79 cents on the dollar compared with men doing the same job. But at least gender melts away in the digital economy of the Internet, right?...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Virgin Galactic To Unveil New Version of SpaceShipTwo
New submitter Asep Saepuloh writes: Today, Virgin Galactic will unveil SpaceShipTwo, a vehicle the company hopes will one day take tourists to the edge of space. Just over a year since a test pilot wa...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot U.S. Army Testing 3D-Printed Mission-Specific Drones
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. army will conduct field experiments early in 2016 to test the feasibility of designing and 3D-printing military drones in direct response to specific operational c...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Neuroscientists Detail How Humans Are Able To Hurt Others When Given Orders
Ever wonder how seemingly normal people were able to become Nazis and commit such atrocities? A team of neuroscientists studied just that, following the Milgram experiment conducted in the 1960s. Publ...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Wearable Third Arm Gives Drummers Extra Robotic Rhythm
Zothecula writes: Thumping out as many drum beats in 60 seconds may get you a podium spot at the annual World's Fastest Drummer competition, but we'll take the full kit virtuoso playing of Cozy Powell...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Rio Has Given Up On Clean Water For Olympics
iONiUM writes: When bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Jaineiro promised the International Olympics Committee that it would eliminate 80 percent of the sewage found in the city's notorio...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot China Set To Ban All Foreign Media From Publishing Online
schwit1 writes: A new directive issued by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has said that companies which have foreign ownership (at least, in part) will be stopped from publishi...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot 3-in-1 Android Malware Acts As Ransomware, Banking Trojan and Info Thief
An anonymous reader writes: Why stop at asking ransom for encrypted files when you can also steal personal info, passwords, online banking credentials and credit card details, and sell it or use it to...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Original 1977 Star Wars 35mm Print Has Been Restored and Released Online
AmiMoJo writes: A restored HD version of the original Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 35mm print has appeared online. While this isn't the first time that attempts have been made to restore Star Wars...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot N. Carolina Senator Drafting Bill To Criminalize Apple's Refusal To Aid Decryption
Ars Technica reports that North Carolina senator Richard Burr says he plans to introduce legislation "to criminalize a companyâ(TM)s refusal to aid decryption efforts as part of a governmental in...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Mobile Giant Three Group To Block Online Advertising
An anonymous reader writes: Global mobile provider Three has announced that it will shortly begin to block online advertising on all of its six European networks, beginning with the UK and Italy. The ...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Good Riddance Payphones: NYC's Free Gigabit Wi-Fi Kiosks Go Live
alphadogg writes: New York City on Thursday officially launched its payphone booth replacements: shiny new 9-foot-plus-high kiosks, dubbed Links, that offer free Gigabit-speed Wi-Fi as well as free do...
12:00 pm - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Bad Karma: WISP Pares Back Its Monthly 4G Hotspot Plan, Again
Robotech_Master writes: The ongoing saga of the Neverstop plan shows that Karma Wireless just can't seem to catch a break as far as high-bandwidth plans are concerned. After starting out with a straig...
10:00 am - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Anonymous Hacker Gets Lost At Sea, Rescued, Then Arrested
An anonymous reader writes: Martin Gottesfeld, 31, from Somerville, Massachusetts, was arrested by FBI agents after being rescued at sea in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the FBI, Mr. Gottsfeld was ...
06:00 am - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Kanye West Is Reportedly Considering Legal Action Against the Pirate Bay
An anonymous reader writes: Kanye West apparently has a new mission: to sue The Pirate Bay. Last weekend, West announced that his new album, The Life of Pablo, would be sold exclusively as a download ...
04:00 am - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot PVS-Studio Analyzer Spots 40 Bugs In the FreeBSD Kernel
Andrey_Karpov writes: Svyatoslav Razmyslov from PVS-Studio Team published an article on the check of the FreeBSD kernel. PVS-Studio developers are known for analyzing various projects to show the abil...
02:00 am - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand On Encryption?
v3rgEz writes: In a divided election year, encryption brings parties together — against technology. That's the sobering finding based on transcripts from the remaining presidential candidates, a...
12:00 am - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS Officially Released
prisoninmate writes: Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) builds are available for download in the form of Live and Installable ISO images for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, on both 64-b...
12:00 am - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Apple Says Sorry For iPhone Error 53 and Issues IOS 9.2.1 Update To Fix It
Mark Wilson writes: Apple has a lot of support at the moment for its stance on encryption and refusing the FBI access to an iPhone's contents, but it's only a couple of weeks since the company was see...
12:00 am - Fri, February 19, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Find Method To Own VoIP Phones, Silently Listen To Any Call
Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers have uncovered a simple method for compromising some common VoIP phones, enabling them to listen to victims' calls covertly or use the phones to make expensive or frau...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Astronomers No Longer Need To Avoid the "Zone of Avoidance"
An anonymous reader writes: If you want to look out into the Universe, all you need to do is gather the light it gives off. Unless, of course, there's something in the way. For about 20% of the sky, t...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot John McAfee Offers To Decrypt San Bernardino iPhone For the FBI and Save America
MojoKid writes: Wondering what John McAfee is up to these days? It's not sniffing bath salts nor is he fleeing foreign countries as a person of interest in a murder investigation and faking heart atta...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Authorities Arrest Activists Instead of Those Responsible For CA Gas Leak
MikeChino writes: The California State Patrol has arrested two people in connection with the massive methane leak in Southern California's Aliso Canyon. Instead of busting company executives and engin...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot IRS Warns Of 400% Flood In Phishing and Malware This Tax Year Alone
coondoggie writes: There has been a 400% surge in phishing and malware incidents in this tax season alone, the Internal Revenue Service warned this week. According to the IRS, there have been thousand...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Apple Announces New Trade Up With Installments Program
Mark Wilson writes: Today, Apple launched a new program called Trade Up With Installments, which makes it possible to upgrade to the latest iPhone in a more affordable way. As the name suggests, this ...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot FCC Votes To Fight Cable's Reign Over Set-top Boxes
Last month, reports surfaced that the FCC planned to pry set-top boxes out of hands of cable and satellite companies. Today, the Commission passed the 'Unlock the Box' plan that would do just that. Th...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Meet Linux's Little Brother Zephyr, a Tiny Open Source IoT RTOS
DeviceGuru writes: The Linux Foundation has launched the Zephyr Project, to foster an open source, small footprint, modular, scalable, connected, real-time OS for IoT devices. The Zephyr Project's RTO...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Stealing Keys From a Laptop In Another Room — and Offline
Motherboard carries a report that with equipment valued at about $3,000, a group of Israeli researchers have been able to extract cryptographic keys from a laptop that is not only separated by a physi...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Google Submits Patent Application For Online Voting
An anonymous reader writes: Google has outlined a concept for real-time online voting in the Google home page in a patent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Entitled 'Social Voting-Based Campaig...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot TP-Link Begins Lockdown of Firmware In Response To FCC
An anonymous reader writes: In response to an FCC rule that requires manufacturers to lock down computing devices (routers, PCs, phones) to prevent modification if they have a "modular wireless radio,...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Magnitude of glibc Vulnerability Coming To Light
msm1267 writes: The glibc vulnerability disclosed this week has some experts on edge because of how DNS can leveraged in exploits. Dan Kaminsky said that while man-in-the-middle attacks are one vector...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Paris Attacks Would Not Have Happened Without Crypto
An anonymous reader writes with a story at Ars Technica, citing a Yahoo News interview, that National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers has explicitly blamed the terrorist attacks which struck P...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.04 LTS To Have Official Support For ZFS File System
LichtSpektren writes: Ubuntu developer Dustin Kirkland has posted on his blog that Canonical plans to officially support the ZFS file system for the next Ubuntu LTS release, 16.04 "Xenial Xerus." The ...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Russian POS Pickpocket Generates New Interest In RFID-Blocking Wallets
An anonymous reader writes: A Facebook post depicting a man apparently stealing from commuters by tapping a POS reader against them unobserved on public transport caused a sensation on Facebook before...
12:00 pm - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Radioactive Material Stolen In Iraq Raises Security Fears
mdsolar writes with a link to a Reuters report that begins: Iraq is searching for 'highly dangerous' radioactive material stolen last year, according to an environment ministry document and seven secu...
08:00 am - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Chief CETA Negotiator Says Treaty "Virtually Complete"
Dangerous_Minds writes: Steve Verheul, chief negotiator of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), is saying that the agreement is "virtually complete." He also says that translated ver...
06:00 am - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot L.A. Hospital Pays Off Ransomware Thieves To Reclaim Its Network
Los Angeles' Presbyterian Medical Center, the target of a successful ransomware attack (successful from the thieves' point of view, that is) has buckled under: to regain control of its network, the ho...
04:00 am - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Google CEO Finally Chimes In On FBI Encryption Case, Says He Agrees With Apple
An anonymous reader writes: After Tim Cook's eloquent letter explaining why Apple wouldn't help the FBI get encrypted data from the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, the internet looked to Google to ta...
02:00 am - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot UK Company Riversimple Plans a Fuel-Sipping Hydrogen Car
TechnoidNash writes: Riversimple has been developing a hydrogen car with the support of a 2 million grant from the Welsh government. The result of their efforts? The Riversimple Rasa. A hydrogen car w...
02:00 am - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Copyright Professor's Lecture Removed From YouTube Over Sony Content-ID Claim
ShaunC writes: William Fisher, a professor of intellectual property law at Harvard, posted to YouTube a lecture titled "The Subject Matter of Copyright: Music." In discussing the complexities of music...
12:00 am - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot Hard-Coded Password Exposes Video Surveillance DVRs To Hacking
itwbennett writes: Security researchers from vulnerability intelligence firm Risk Based Security (RBS) have found that DVRs from RaySharp and six other vendors have a basic vulnerability: They accept ...
12:00 am - Thu, February 18, 2016
Slashdot New Google Data Shows Dangers of Third-Party App Stores
Trailrunner7 writes: Google's position in the Internet world is a unique one. In one or another, the company controls or sees much of the traffic on the network and owns one of the larger computing ar...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Data Written With "Superman Memory Crystal" Could Last Billions of Years
Lucas123 writes: Researchers have demonstrated a method of femtosecond laser writing in self-assembled crystaline nanostructures that can withstand temperatures of up to 1,000 degree Celsius and last ...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Intel and Micron Partnership Soon To Launch 10TB SSD For Enterprise Market
MojoKid writes: Intel and Micron have been tag-teaming various storage and memory technologies and word on the web is that the fruits of that partnership is a 10-terebyte SSD that's right around the c...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Edward Snowden Calls For Google To Side With Apple On Encryption Debate
An anonymous reader writes: Edward Snowden, the most famous whistle blower in the world, is calling for Google to side with Apple and against the FBI in the "most important tech case in a decade." On ...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Surveillance Culture Brought To the Masses, Courtesy of Verizon
kheldan writes: Verizon is now offering a way to secretly track your family members' whereabouts and driving habits with your smartphone: "Do you have a teen driver in your household and want to know ...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot 3D-Printed Ear Comes To Life After Implantation In Mice
Zothecula writes: 3D printed tissues and organs have shown real potential in addressing shortages of available donor tissue for people in need of transplants, but having them take root and survive aft...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Rolls Out GIF Button
Twitter is rolling out a new GIF button on iOS, Android, and the Web so users can now search for GIFs by keyword. They can then insert them directly into their tweets and direct messages with a single...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Uber Losing $1 Billion a Year In China
An anonymous reader writes: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has revealed that the ride-sharing company is writing off $1 billion a year in order to consolidate its place in the Chinese ride-sharing app marke...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 To Be Installed On 4 Million US Department of Defense Computers
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft keeps shouting about the millions of users that have switched to Windows 10, and soon the company will have another 4 million to bray about. The U.S. Department of Defens...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Auschwitz Museum Releases Software To Rewrite Holocaust Nomenclature
An anonymous reader writes: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum has released software for Windows and Mac which is intended to catch and rewrite terms such as 'Polish death camps' and other phr...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Backblaze Dishes On Drive Reliability In their 50k Disk Data Center
Online backup provider Backblaze runs hard drives from several manufacturers in its data center (56,224, they say, by the end of 2015), and as you'd expect, the company keeps its eye on how well they ...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot ReactOS 0.4 Brings Open Source Windows Closer To Reality
jeditobe was one of several readers to point out the newest major release of Windows NT-inspired ReactOS, which has just hit version 0.4, brings open source Windows compatibility a little bit closer. ...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Returns To 2D, Releases 250GB 750 EVO For $75
Vigile writes: Even with Samsung pushing forward into 3D NAND with 32-layer technologies used in SSDs like the 850 Pro and the recently released M.2 PCIe NVMe 950 Pro, there is still plenty of traditi...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Ringing Bells' India-Only Android Phone To Run About $4
An anonymous reader writes: Freedom 251 is the name of a new affordable Android smartphone which is going on sale in India. It features an 4-core 1.3 Ghz Processor, with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memor...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Backdoor In MVPower DVR Firmware Sends CCTV Stills To an Email Address In China
An anonymous reader writes: An IoT security research company has discovered that a DVR model manufactured by MVPower includes a backdoor-like feature in its code that takes a screenshot of your CCTV f...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Congressman: Court Order To Decrypt iPhone Has Far-Reaching Implications
Patrick O'Neill writes: Hours after Apple was ordered to help the FBI access the San Bernardino Shooters' iPhone, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a Stanford University computer-science graduate, wondered wh...
12:00 pm - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Cox Stands Pat, Won't Spy On Customers To Appease Copyright Holders
MojoKid writes: Cox Communications is standing up for its subscribers by so far refusing to spy on their online activities and take legal action against those who download copyrighted material. That s...
10:00 am - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot New Study Shows Mystery 'Hobbits' Not Humans Like Us
According to a study published on Monday, diminutive humans that died out on an Indonesian island some 15,000 years ago were not homo sapiens, but rather a different species. The Homo floresiensis, kn...
08:00 am - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Propose Using Cold War Era Weapons To Deflect Asteroids
MarkWhittington writes: Many people are considering what to do if an asteroid was headed for a collision with Earth. One such collision wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Now, films such as...
06:00 am - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Lens-Free Flat Cameras Make Use of Pinhole Technology
RhubarbPye writes: As reported on NPR, "Engineers in Texas are building a camera that can make a sharp image with no lens at all." By incorporating millions of individual pinholes with photoreceptors ...
04:00 am - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Mattel Unveils $300 3D Printer
Lucas123 writes: Perhaps in an attempt to get out ahead of the consumer 3D printing market, which has allowed popular toys such as Legos to be replicated, Mattel today announced it would begin shippin...
02:00 am - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Gaga, Bowie, the Grammys, and the Internet of Augmented Things
v3rgEz writes: Want to see the future of interoffice communications? Lady Gaga might be a surprising muse, but her tribute to David Bowie last night at the Grammys showcased the increasing sophisticat...
02:00 am - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Pollen-Based Electrodes Could Boost Battery Storage
An anonymous reader writes: Bee pollen could hold the answer to next generation battery research, according to a new study led by scientists at Purdue University, Indiana. The team has been exploring ...
02:00 am - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Judge Tells Apple To Help FBI Access San Bernardino Shooters' iPhone
An anonymous reader writes: After a couple shot 14 people in San Bernardino, CA before being killed themselves on December 2nd, the authorities recovered a locked iPhone. Since then, the FBI has compl...
12:00 am - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Scribd To Change Its 'Unlimited' E-book Subscription Plan To Semi-Unlimited
Robotech_Master writes: Subscription service Scribd has announced that it will change its unlimited e-book and audiobook-reading plan to a hybrid limited/unlimited model starting next month. It will o...
12:00 am - Wed, February 17, 2016
Slashdot Camless Internal Combustion and the Digital Age
szczys writes: The internal combustion engine is amazing, and it continues to evolve. Carburetors gave way to fuel injection, and a computer now monitors all kinds of sensors to ensure these engines o...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot How Shari Steele Plans To Take Tor Mainstream
blottsie writes: Over her career, Shari Steel has taken on United States Department of Justice, the National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She built the Electronic Frontier...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Interviews: 'Ubuntu Unleashed' Author Matthew Helmke Responds
Last week you asked questions of Ubuntu Unleashed author Matthew Helmke, about everything from system D to the future of Ubuntu and Canonical; he's responded, at length. Read on for Matthew's answers....
10:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Year-Old Critical Magento Flaw Still Exploited, Payment Info Stolen
Orome1 writes: A whole year has passed since a critical e-shop hijacking flaw in the Magento CMS has been patched, but the vulnerability is still being exploited in attacks in the wild, warns Sucuri r...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Programming Languages For Coding the Physical World
snydeq writes: Stuffing bits in databases is boring, InfoWorld's Peter Wayner writes, so why not program everything around you? "The barrier between bits and atoms is disappearing, with programmers no...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot SnO: First Stable P-Type 2D Semiconductor Discovered
New submitter Namarrgon writes: Transistors made with Ashutosh Tiwari's new semiconducting material could lead to computers and smartphones that are more than 100 times faster than regular devices. Wh...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot What Gmail's New TLS Icon Really Means: Email Encryption Is Still Broken
An anonymous reader writes: On Safer Internet Day Google announced that Gmail will display warning signs for missing encryption and authentication, a great initiative indeed! Now that it's live we've ...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot New Energy Efficiency Standards Take Effect This Week In the US
AmiMoJo writes: Eagerly awaited national energy efficiency standards for the little black boxes on the cords that connect many of our electronics--such as smartphones, computer laptops and electric to...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Editing Genes In Human Embryos Doesn't Mean Designer Babies
TheAlexKnapp writes: Dr. Kathy Niakan, who is leading the scientific team that just got the go-ahead to edit genes in human embryos, explains why their work won't lead to designer babies. The genes th...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot End of an Era As Pioneering BBC3 Becomes an Online-Only Station
Mark Wilson writes: 13 years ago, BBC3 launched in the UK. Last night, the TV station broadcast over the airwaves for the last time. In a bid to slash expenditure, the youth-oriented channel that laun...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot IETF's Tips For Network Admins On How To Avoid Draining Smartphone Batteries
An anonymous reader writes: Two engineers from Cisco and Google have raised the problem of IPv6 networks that drain smartphone battery life and issued a series of tips for other network admins on why ...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat, Google Disclose Severe Glibc DNS Vulnerability; Patched But Widespread
An anonymous reader writes: Today Google's online security team publicly disclosed a severe vulnerability in the Gnu C Library's DNS client. Due to the ubiquity of Glibc, this affects an astounding nu...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple vs. the Right To Repair
retroworks writes: Bloomberg columnist Adam Minter takes on Apple's "Error 53 Code" and the precedents being challenged by the Right To Repair movement. Apple claims that bricking the phone if it's re...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Khronos Group Announces Release of Vulkan 1.0
An anonymous reader writes: Vulkan 1.0 was released this morning as a surprise for those looking towards a high-performance, cross-platform (everyone but Apple) API. In a lengthy overview of Vulkan 1....
04:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Malware Targets All Android Phones — Except Those In Russia
itwbennett writes: MazarBOT, a malware program that can take full control of Android phones, appears to be targeting online bank accounts. The malware has been seen advertised on Russian underground f...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Why Some Cities Get All the Good Jobs
New submitter Ericmesrr writes with a link to a Bloomberg story (as carried by the ChicagoTribune) about geographic trends in job creation in the U.S, from which he excerpts this quote from U.C Berkel...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot How To Defeat VPN Location-Spoofing By Mapping Network Delays
An anonymous reader writes: An interesting paper from a PhD student in Ontario outlines a system which in initial tests has proved 97% effective at unmasking geo-spoofing VPN users. The Client Presenc...
12:00 pm - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Australian Foreign Affairs Says UN Assange Ruling Not Binding
An anonymous reader writes: ZDNet reports, "The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs does not believe a United Nations panel's ruling that Julian Assange is being "arbitrarily detained" is legally...
10:00 am - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot UK Gov't Launches Public Consultation On Porn-Site Age Checks
An anonymous reader writes with news from the BBC that the UK government has launched a publc consultation regarding plans to mandate age checks on pornographic websites. According to the article, The...
06:00 am - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Nanostructured Glass Could Provide Highly Durable, Deeply Dense Data Storage
Namarrgon writes: Using nanostructured glass, scientists from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensi...
04:00 am - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot At X, Failure Is Not an Option: It's a Feature (Astro Teller's 2016 TED Talk)
New submitter Evan Hansen writes: Everyone likes to pays lip service to "fail fast," but when was the last time your boss gave you a bonus when your project was killed? In his 2016 TED Talk, concluded...
02:00 am - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Iranian App Helps Users Avoid Morality Police
An anonymous reader writes: Young people in Iran are using a new app called Gershad (a contraction of 'Gashte Ershad', or 'guidance patrol'), to avoid the 'morality police' by sharing the location of ...
12:00 am - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Break Into Ringo Starr's Twitter Account With Simple Password Reset
blottsie writes: Ringo Starr's account was compromised by a hacker operating under the username "af," who spoke to the Daily Dot about the breach. The hacker says he gained access to an email account ...
12:00 am - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Demand $3.6 Million From Hollywood Hospital Following Cyber-Attack
An anonymous reader writes: The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has been hit by a cyber-attack and its systems are now being held hostage by hackers that are demanding a ransom of 9,000 Bitcoin,...
12:00 am - Tue, February 16, 2016
Slashdot Last January Was the Hottest Global Temperature Anomaly In Recorded History
merbs writes: NASA has released its global temperature data for January 2016, and, once again, the record for the hottest month in recorded history has been shattered. At a time when these kinds of re...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Kotlin 1.0 Released
Qbertino writes: Kotlin, one of the challengers to Java's VM, has been released in version 1. Kotlin is object-oriented, statically typed and comes with professional IDE support by Jetbrains — w...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot UK Pilots' Union Calls For Laser Pointers To Be Classed As Offensive Weapons
An anonymous reader writes: The body that represents airline pilots in the UK has called for handheld laser pointers to be classed as offensive weapons, after a Virgin Atlantic flight to the U.S. was ...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot NASA Is Already Studying What Sort of Person Is Best Suited For Mars
MarkWhittington writes: The first crew to set forth to Mars are likely in Middle School or High School, but NASA is already delving into what criteria it should use to select the interplanetary explor...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Phone Hacking Group Is Trading Fake Bomb Threats For Bitcoin
An anonymous reader writes: French police arrested a suspect in connection to a group of hackers that are selling fake bomb threats for Bitcoin. The group has been terrorizing cities in France, UK, US...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Harvard: Prospective CS50 AP Teachers Must cc:Microsoft On Training Applications
theodp writes: Did you know that Microsoft has supported Harvard in creating a new version [of its wildly-popular CS50 course] called CS50 AP, designed specifically for secondary school educators?" as...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Americans' Evolution Knowledge Isn't That Bad, If You Ask About Elephants
sciencehabit writes: In 2014, a poll showed that just 49% of Americans agreed with the statement: "Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals." But it's difficult t...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Preserving Cuba's Classic Cars
szczys writes: Cuba is a wonderland of classic cars. These aren't sitting in showroom-like garages of wealthy collectors, they're on the road — about 60,000 of them. Most of these cards are 55-7...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot 'The Room Had Started To Smell. Really Quite Bad': Stephen Fry Exits Twitter
Mark Wilson writes: For a man so readily associated with words — and certainly for a wordsmith so enamored with technology — Twitter seems like something of a natural home for Stephen Fry....
06:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot The RIAA Says 1500 Streams = 1 Album Sale
AmiMoJo writes: The RIAA is modernizing its gold and platinum album certifications to include streaming. An album must reach 500,000 sales to go gold, 1,000,000 for platinum and 2,000,000 for multi-pl...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot VC Firm Y Combinator Launches an Experiment In Universal Basic Income
New submitter Gordon_Shure writes: Silicon Valley startup financer Y Combinator, remembered for successes like Airbnb and Dropbox, is launching an experiment to give people a Universal Basic Income. A...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot City of Austin Locked In Regulations Battle With Uber, Lyft
AcidPenguin9873 writes: This past fall, the Austin City Council drafted regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft requiring drivers to submit to fingerprint-based background checks, sim...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Supercapacitor-On-a-Chip Now One Step Closer
schwit1 writes: In 2010 Spectrum reported a new approach for creating chip-scale supercapacitors on silicon wafers, proposed by researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia and the Universite Paul...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Vulnerability In Font Processing Library Affects Linux, OpenOffice, Firefox
An anonymous reader writes: If an application can embed fonts with special characters, then it's probably using the Graphite font processing library. This library has several security issues which an ...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA Begins Providing Open-Source 3D Driver Support For GeForce GTX 900 Series
An anonymous reader writes: In late 2014 NVIDIA announced their GPUs would begin requiring signed firmware images before the open-source driver could enable hardware acceleration. That led the Nouveau...
12:00 pm - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Goldman Sachs: VR and AR "Will Be The Next Generation Computing Platform" Worth $80 Billion By 2025
An anonymous reader writes: As consumer VR headsets from major players like Facebook, Sony, HTC and Valve head to the market this year, the mainstream consumer market is beginning to catch sight of th...
10:00 am - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot UW Astronomers Find A Rare Supernova 'Imposter' In A Nearby Galaxy
After a star explodes as a supernova, it usually leaves behind either a black hole or what's called a neutron star -- the collapsed, high-density core of the former star. Neither should be visible to ...
08:00 am - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Have Discovered How To 'Delete' Unwanted Memories
A new documentary from PBS reveals how cutting edge science enables us to 'edit' memories and create new ones from scratch. "For much of human history, memory has been seen as a tape recorder that fai...
06:00 am - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot AT&T To Begin 5G Wireless Field Trials This Year
AT&T will begin field trials of its 5G wireless technologies later this summer after conducting extensive lab development and testing with several partners in the second quarter of 2016. The compa...
06:00 am - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot What Bell Labs Was Like C.1967
New submitter niittyniemi writes: There's a rather interesting photo-gallery over at The Guardianwhich gives an indication of what life was like at Bell Labs c.1967. This was the year that DennisRitch...
04:00 am - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Patents A Modular PC With Stackable Components
Microsoft has patented a "modular computing device" that would enable people to put together the exact PC components they want, allowing for replacement of certain parts rather than forcing people to ...
04:00 am - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Hollywood Escalates "DVD Ripping" Case To International Incident
A group of Hollywood studios and technology partners have asked the U.S. Government to assist in solving a long-running court battle against the Antique based software company SlySoft. Despite an earl...
02:00 am - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot The Linux Foundation Forms Open Source Effort To Advance IO Services
The Linux Foundation is announcing FD.io ("Fido"), a Linux Foundation Project. FD.io is an open source project to provide an IO services framework for the next wave of network and storage software. Ea...
12:00 am - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Warns Customers To Think Twice About What They Say Near Smart TVs
In a troubling new development in the domestic consumer surveillance debate, an investigation into Samsung Smart TVs has revealed that user voice commands are recorded, stored, and transmitted to a th...
12:00 am - Mon, February 15, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Plans To Make Windows 10, Xbox One Game "Crossbuys" A Habit
Gamers who preorder Remedy's upcoming Xbox One game, Quantum Break, will receive a free digital copy for Windows 10 PCs -- a "crossbuy" strategy that Microsoft's Xbox chief plans to make a "platform f...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot Amazon's IoT Hacking Contest Won By Voice-Controlled Drone
An anonymous reader writes: On Thursday, Amazon announced the winners of its first-ever "AWS IoT Mega Contest," a competitive hardware hacking event held in conjunction with Hackster last month which ...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot UK Scientists Designing Cement To Safely Store Nuclear Waste For 100,000 Years
An anonymous reader writes: A team of British scientists are working on designing a form of cement which could safely withstand the harmful effects of nuclear waste for thousands of years. The team at...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot New Shape-Shifting Polymer Holds 1,000 Times Its Own Mass - Watch Out Plastic Man!
University of Rochester researchers have announced the development of a new polymer, capable of supporting 1,000 times its own mass. Polymers that can change shape when heated have been developed in t...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot DARPA's Robot Ship Slated For April Unveiling
93 Escort Wagon writes: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to launch a 130-foot autonomous ship this year. The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel will be ...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot Best Way To Mine Bitcoins - Allow Errors!
An anonymous reader writes: A recent paper from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that bitcoin mining profits can be increased considerably if mining hardware is allowed to produce ...
04:00 am - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot 'Rogue Scientists' Could Exploit Gene Editing Technology, Experts Warn
A senior geneticist and a bioethicist warned on Friday that they fear "rogue scientists" operating outside the bounds of law, and agreed with a US intelligence chief's assertion this week that gene ed...
02:00 am - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died
clovis writes: US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died in his sleep while on a hunting trip near Marfa, Texas. Justice Scalia was a Constitutional originalist and textualist. He did not belie...
02:00 am - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot Apple And AT&T Sued For Infringement Over iPhone Haptic Patents
Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and carrier AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches. Immersion, which claims over 2,100 iss...
12:00 am - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot CERN Engineer Details AMD Zen Processor Confirming 32 Core Implementation, SMT
MojoKid writes: AMD is long overdue for a major architecture update, though one is coming later this year. Featuring the codename "Zen," AMD's already provided a few details, such as that it will be b...
12:00 am - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot Seeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook's Free Basics Fiasco
Facebook's Free Basics was an ill-conceived effort to bring Internet access to the poor in India. It created a walled garden in which Facebook and the Indian telecom providers selected which websites ...
12:00 am - Sun, February 14, 2016
Slashdot Reluctant Wikipedia Lifts Lid On $2.5M Internet Search Engine Project
The Wikimedia Foundation has finally disclosed details of its controversial Knowledge Engine grant -- and it confirms that Wikipedia is getting seriously into search, despite Jimmy Wales' categorical ...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'Could Leave Half Of World Unemployed'
Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence's threat to the economy ...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Brown CS Department Hiring Student Diversity, Inclusion Advocates
theodp writes: Brown University's Department of Computer Science is seeking to hire student advocates for diversity and inclusion as part of its new action plan to increase diversity. The new hires, w...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Potentially Deadly Drug Interactions Found Mining FDA Complaint Bin
Thousands of people are sent to the hospital each year from adverse drug-drug interactions that are difficult to predict and even trickier to track. To get around the problem, a team of researchers (w...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot A New Technique Makes GPS Accurate To An Inch
A team from the University of California, Riverside, has developed a technique that augments the regular GPS data with on-board inertial measurements from a sensor. Actually, that's been tried before,...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Hertz Is Pulling a Disney
New submitter wcrowe writes: Hertz is laying off over 200 IT employees, outsourcing the work to IBM India Private Limited, which has filed paperwork for H1-B visas to bring in replacements from overse...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Authorities Reportedly Question McAfee's Ex-girlfriend
netbuzz writes: While antivirus software pioneer John McAfee is in the media spotlight for his long-shot Libertarian presidential run, law enforcement authorities in Belize and the FBI have just this ...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Court Rules It Is Not Illegal For GCHQ To Hack Computers
Mark Wilson writes: Privacy International has lost a court case that questioned the legality of GCHQ's hacking operations. The UK-based privacy and human rights charity launched a legal campaign after...
04:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Sci-Hub, a Site With Open and Pirated Scientific Papers
lpress writes: Sci-Hub is a Russian site that seeks to remove barriers to science by providing access to pirated copies of scientific papers. It was established in 2011 by Russian neuroscientist Alexa...
02:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Even Einstein Doubted His Gravitational Waves
Flash Modin writes: In 1936, twenty years after Albert Einstein introduced the concept, the great physicist took another look at his math and came to a surprising conclusion. 'Together with a young co...
12:00 pm - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot BT Announces Free Service To Screen Nuisance Callers
An anonymous reader writes: British telco BT is launching a free landline service for UK customers which promises to divert millions of unwanted calls. A dedicated team at BT will monitor calls made t...
10:00 am - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Ransomware Hits UK Website, Defaces Homepage
An anonymous reader writes: The website of the British Association for Counseling & Psychotherapy has been hit by a variant of the CTB-Locker ransomware. While the ransomware proclaims itself to b...
08:00 am - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot New Metallic Glass Creates Potential For Smart Windows
frank249 writes: A B.C. engineering lab has created metal-coated glass that transmits up to 10 per cent more light than conventional glass and opens the door to windows that function as electronics. T...
04:00 am - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn Is Open Sourcing Their Testing Frameworks
destinyland writes: LinkedIn is open sourcing their testing frameworks, and sharing details of their revamped development process after their latest app required a year and over 250 engineers. Their n...
02:00 am - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Ubisoft Talks Splitscreen and the Division
SlappingOysters writes: Ubisoft's next entry in the Tom Clancy series is pushing at the boundaries of three genres, mixing the RPG, the squad-based shooter and the MMO into The Division. The game feat...
12:00 am - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Smartphones May Soon Provide Earthquake Warnings
sciencehabit writes: When it comes to an earthquake, just a few seconds' warning could make the difference between life and death. But many earthquake-prone countries lack the seismic networks that wo...
12:00 am - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Improve Efficiency of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles By Almost 12%
hypnosec writes: A new study has put forward claims that by working on and improving the energy management system (EMS) that decides when the switch from 'all-electric' mode to 'hybrid' mode in plug-i...
12:00 am - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot US Copyright Law Forces Wikimedia To Remove the Diary of Anne Frank
Today, the Wikimedia Foundation announced its removal of The Diary of Anne Frank from Wikisource, a digital library of free texts. According to the United States' Digital Millennium Copyright Act, wor...
12:00 am - Sat, February 13, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Shutting Down Picasa In Favor of Photos
Google has been steadily migrating its resources towards the Photos ecosystem since the company first announced it at last years I/O developers conference. Today, Google announced that it will shut do...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Fresh Wayland Experiences With Weston, GNOME, KDE and Enlightenment
jones_supa writes: Software developer Pavlo Rudyi has written a blog post about his experiences with the various desktop environments currently supporting Wayland. The results are not a big surprise, ...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Have a Pager? Do You Find It Useful?
New submitter Chance Callahan writes: I am starting a business, helping a friend with his own startup, and volunteering regularly with a major political campaign (#feelthebern). One thing I have notic...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot French Court Rules That Facebook Can Now Be Sued in France
An anonymous reader writes: A Paris court of appeal has ruled in favor of a French complainant whose account was suspended, because he linked to an image of the 1866 Gustav Courbet nude 'L'Origine du ...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Say Goodbye to Philae Comet Lander
Today, scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced that they are saying goodbye to Philae, the comet lander that is currently perched on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it races tow...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot UK GHCQ Is Allowed To Hack
An anonymous reader writes: A security tribunal has just decreed that hacking by the UK security agency GCHQ is legal. [The case was launched after revelations by Edward Snowden about the extent of US...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot iPhones Bricked By Setting Date To Jan 1, 1970
lightbox32 writes: Beware of a hoax circling the interwebs, which can be seen by setting your iPhone's date to January 1, 1970. Many people are reporting that doing so will brick the device. It's uncl...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Google Brain Researchers Make Significant Progress On Language Modeling
New submitter integralclosure writes: Using neural networks, Google Brain researchers have significantly improved a computer's ability to model English (achieving extremely low perplexity score on a l...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Hackers of Ukrainian Utilities Probably Hit Mining and Railroad Targets, Too
itwbennett writes: Trend Micro said Thursday that its latest technical research shows that the same malware — dubbed BlackEnergy and KillDisk — were likely used in attacks on a mining comp...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Did a Timer Error Change the Outcome of a Division I College Basketball Game?
New submitter javakah writes: Controversy has erupted from the February 10th basketball game between Boise State and Colorado State, and speculation is that a timer may have made an incorrect assumpti...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot OCZ Toshiba Breaks 30 Cents Per GB Barrier With New Trion 150 SSD
MojoKid writes: OCZ's Trion 150 SSD is an update to the company's Trion 100, which was the first drive from OCZ to feature TLC NAND and all in-house, Toshiba-built technology. As its branding suggests...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Indonesia Moves To Ban Same-Sex Emojis On Messaging Apps
An anonymous reader writes: The Indonesian government has this week demanded that instant messaging apps available in the country remove all same-sex emoticons from their platforms, or face heavy sanc...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot UCL Scientists Push 1.125Tbps Through a Single Coherent Optical Receiver
Mark.JUK writes: A team of researchers working in the Optical Networks Group at the University College London in England claim to have achieved the "greatest information rate ever recorded using a sin...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Pirate Bay Browser Streaming Technology Is a Security and Privacy Nightmare
An anonymous reader writes: Last week the Pirate Bay added support for streaming video torrents inside the browser in real-time. Kickass Torrents followed the next week. The technology they used is ca...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Austrian Minister Calls For a Constitutional Right To Pay In Cash
New submitter sittingnut writes: Bloomberg reports that Austrian Deputy Economy Minister Harald Mahrer has called for a constitutional right to use cash to protect their privacy. According to the repo...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Pwn2Own 2016 Won't Attack Firefox (Because It's Too Easy)
darthcamaro writes: For the last decade, the Pwn2own hacking competition has pitted the world's best hackers against web browsers to try and find zero-day vulnerabilities in a live event. The contest,...
12:00 pm - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Internet Archive Brings Classic Windows 3.1 Apps To Your Browser
The Internet Archive has made it possible for you to make a virtual visit to the wide, wide world of Windows 3.1 games (and other apps, too), via a collection of virtualized images. Jason Scott is the...
10:00 am - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Boeing Installs World's Largest 'Reversible' Renewable Energy Storage System
Lucas123 writes: Boeing announced that it has installed a first-of-its-kind 50MW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system on a naval base in Port Hueneme, Calif. The fuel cell system, which can scale to 40...
08:00 am - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Dallas Buyers Club LLC Abandons Fight Against Australian Pirates
New submitter aphelion_rock writes: It's a happy day for Aussie pirates: The Hollywood studio behind the film Dallas Buyers Club has abandoned its fight to extract huge sums of cash from alleged copyr...
06:00 am - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Debating a Ban On Autonomous Weapons
Lasrick writes: A pretty informative debate on banning autonomous weapons has just closed at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The debate looks at an open letter, published In July, 2015, in whic...
04:00 am - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Senate Passes Bill Making Internet Tax Ban Permanent
kheldan writes: Nearly two decades ago, Congress passed the first Internet Tax Freedom Act, establishing that — with a handful of grandfathered exceptions — local, state, and federal gover...
02:00 am - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Google Settles Decade-Long Tax Dispute In UK
An anonymous reader writes: Alphabet, Inc., parent company to Google, has agreed to pay $185 million to settle UK taxes going back to 2005. The company has also agreed to adopt a new approach to taxes...
12:00 am - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Time Inc. Buys MySpace Parent Company Viant
Today, in a surprising turn of events, Time Inc. went back in time 10 years and bought MySpace. Just kidding - there was no time travel. But Time did announce today that they acquired Viant, a company...
12:00 am - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Our Hidden Neanderthal DNA May Increase Risk of Allergies, Depression
sciencehabit writes: Depressed? Your inner Neanderthal may be to blame. Modern humans met and mated with these archaic people in Europe or Asia about 50,000 years ago, and researchers have long suspec...
12:00 am - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Kim Jong-Un Found To Be Mac User
jones_supa writes: He might hate the United States, but he sure digs those designed-in-California computers. You probably wouldn't take Kim Jong-un as a Mac user. Usually, in photos of him checking ou...
12:00 am - Fri, February 12, 2016
Slashdot Self-Propelling Microparticles Spot Ricin In Minutes
ckwu writes: Tiny rocketlike particles that move around on their own in a hydrogen peroxide solution can detect trace amounts of the lethal toxin ricin within minutes. The tube-shaped, microsized part...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Qualcomm Promises Gigabit LTE Speeds and New Chips to Power Smartwatches
Qualcomm may have been losing steam (and jobs and sales), but it looks like the major telecommunications corporation is back in the lead when it comes to pushing out new LTE technologies. Qualcomm ann...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Drivers Need To Forget Their GPS
HughPickens.com writes: Greg Milner writes in the NYT that an American tourist in Iceland directed the GPS unit in his rental car to guide him from Keflavik International Airport to a hotel in nearby ...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Htop 2.0 Released, Runs Natively On BSDs and Mac OSX
An anonymous reader writes: The popular Linux process viewer htop got a new major revision, and now runs natively on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Mac OS X. The author discussed the process of making the tool ...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot New Air Force Satellites Launched To Improve GPS
AmiMoJo writes: This morning, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Boeing-built satellite into orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS). This $131 mill...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Why Sarcasm Is Such a Problem In Artificial Intelligence
An anonymous reader writes: A new paper from researchers in India and Australia, "Automatic Sarcasm Detection: A Survey," highlights one of the strangest and ironically most humorous facets of the pro...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's 'Replacement' Surface Pro Charger Cable Is an Off-Brand, and Short
Carly Page writes with a story from The Inquirer, where: As part of its Surface Pro charger recall, Microsoft has chosen to replace the sleek, shapely matt[e] plastic original with a cable approximate...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Author and Programmer Andy Nicholls About R
Andy Nicholls has been an R programmer and consultant for Mango Solutions since 2011 (where he currently manages the R consultancy team), after a long stint as a statistician in the pharmaceutical ind...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot As Elections Approach, Iran Uses "Far More Advanced" Internet Censorship
Patrick O'Neill writes: Election time in Iran means increased censorship for the country's tens of millions of Internet users. But this months parliamentary election, experts say, comes with a new lev...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Cisco ASA Firewall Has a Wormable Problem — And a Million Installs
itwbennett writes: Cisco has published an advisory for a vulnerability with a CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) score of 10 that was discovered by researchers from Exodus Intelligence. Accord...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot IBM Bequeaths the Express Framework To the Node.js Foundation
campuscodi writes: The Node.js Foundation has taken the Express Node.js framework under its wing. Express will be a new incubation project for the Foundation. IBM, which purchased Express maintainer S...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot ZDNet Writer Downplays Windows 10's Phoning-Home Habits
jones_supa writes: Gordon F. Kelly of Forbes whipped up a frenzy over Windows 10 when a Voat user found out in a little experiment that the operating system phones home thousands of times a day. ZDNet...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot The Way VCs Think About Open Source: Mostly Wrong
An anonymous reader writes: In an epic smack-down, Simon Phipps examines a recent article by some VCs with an apparently strong track record in open source startups and finds the way they see the worl...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot US Encryption Ban Would Only Send the Market Overseas
Patrick O'Neill writes: A U.S. legislatures posture toward legally mandating backdoored encryption, a new Harvard study suggests that a ban would push the market overseas because most encryption produ...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Scientists In Japan Build 100Gbps Wireless Network Using Terahertz Transmitter
Mark.JUK writes: A group of Japanese scientists working on a project managed by Hiroshima University claim to have successfully built a Terahertz (THz) transmitter, which is implemented as a silicon C...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot It's Official: LIGO Scientists Make First-Ever Observation of Gravity Waves
A few days ago, we posted reports that a major finding -- the discovery of the long-predicted gravity waves -- was expected to be formally announced today, and reader universe520 is the first to note ...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Discover a Cheap Method of Breaking Bitcoin Wallet Passwords
An anonymous reader writes: Three researchers have published a paper that details a new method of cracking Bitcoin "brain wallet passwords," which is 2.5 times speedier than previous techniques and in...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Expands 'Right To Be Forgotten' To All Global Search Results
An anonymous reader writes: Google has confirmed that it will be updating its 'right to be forgotten' so that any hidden content under the ruling is removed from all versions of its search engine in c...
12:00 pm - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Restores Some Heft To Helvetica For Kindle E-Ink Readers
David Rothman writes: Props to Amazon. The Helvetica font will be restored to a more readable weight than the anorexic one in the latest update for E Ink Kindles. Let's hope that an all-bold switch&md...
10:00 am - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot France Launches Second Salvo Against Facebook
Eunuchswear writes: After Mondays decision by the French CNIL (National Center for Computers and Freedom) that Facebook must stop tracking non-users, the DGCCRF (General Direction for Competition, Con...
06:00 am - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Why Winners Become Cheaters
JoeyRox writes: A new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem reveals a paradoxical aspect of human behavior — people who win in competitive situations are more likely to cheat in the futu...
04:00 am - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Engineers Devise a Way To Harvest Wind Energy From Trees
derekmead writes: Harvesting electrical power from vibrations or other mechanical stress is pretty easy. Turns out all it really takes is a bit of crystal or ceramic material and a couple of wires and...
02:00 am - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot SCO vs. IBM Battle Over Linux May Finally Be Over
JG0LD writes with this news from Network World: A breach-of-contract and copyright lawsuit filed nearly 13 years ago by a successor company to business Linux vendor Caldera International against IBM m...
12:00 am - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot AWS Terms of Service Offer a Break If Zombie Apocalypse Occurs
v3rgEz writes: Running at over 50 sections and hundreds of subsections, Amazon AWS's terms of service are somewhat exhaustive, but there's one paragraph that might catch your eye. As of yesterday's up...
12:00 am - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot First Steps Towards Network Transparency For Wayland
munwin99 writes: For the longest time, when bringing up Wayland a recurring question was 'what about network transparency?!' Well, Samsung's Derek Foreman has today published the set of Wayland patche...
12:00 am - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot FAA Eases Drone Restrictions Around Washington, DC
An anonymous reader writes with a link to Robotics Trends, which reports that: After doubling the radius of the "no-drone zone" from 15 miles to 30 miles outside of Washington, D.C. in 2015, the FAA a...
12:00 am - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot LibreOffice 5.1 Officially Released
prisoninmate writes: After being in development for the last three months or so, LibreOffice 5.1 comes today to a desktop environment near you with some of the most attractive features you've ever see...
12:00 am - Thu, February 11, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Developing Radio Wave Mesh To Connect Offline Areas
An anonymous reader writes: As part of its wider Internet.org initiative to deliver connectivity to poor and rural communities, Facebook is actively developing a new network technology which uses mill...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Trane Takes 2 Years To Remove Hard-Coded Root Passwords From IoT Thermostat
An anonymous reader writes: It took 22 months for Trane to patch three security bugs in its ComfortLink II XL950 smart Wi-Fi thermostat product, the ComfortLink II XL950, a modern IoT device along the...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Women Get Pull Requests Accepted More (Except When You Know They're Women)
An anonymous reader writes: In the largest study of gender bias [in programming] to date, researchers found that women tend to have their pull requests accepted at a higher rate than men, across a var...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Carly Is Out
MouseTheLuckyDog writes: I don't like stories that are not nerd oriented, but given Carly Fiorina's disastrous time as HP's CEO, the second only to Stephen Elop's tenure at Nokia, I think it is approp...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Dell Packs Xeon and Quadro GPU In 4lb Laptop
MojoKid writes: To look at the Dell Precision 15 5510, you wouldn't know that it sits in the middle of Dell's workstation lineup. The laptop is thinner and sleeker than you might expect a workstation-...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Most IT Pros Have Seen Embarrassing Information About Their Colleagues
An anonymous reader writes: Often working in isolation, IT teams are still considered to be supporting players in many workplaces, yet the responsibility being placed on them is huge. In the event of ...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot North Korea's Satellite Tumbling In Orbit
schwit1 writes: U.S. Defense officials stated Tuesday that the satellite that North Korea launched on Sunday is now tumbling in orbit and is useless. Do not take comfort from this failure. North Korea...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Why Stack Overflow Doesn't Care About Ad Blockers
Press2ToContinue writes: Forging a bold step in the right direction, Stack Overflow announced today that they don't care if you use an ad blocker when you visit their site. "The truth is: we don't car...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Tech Group Offers To Buy Opera; Board Endorses
jones_supa writes: There's been plenty of speculation around the future of web browser maker Opera, and now that looks like it will soon be resolved. Today the Norway-headquartered company confirmed t...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Federal Bill Could Override State-Level Encryption Bans
An anonymous reader writes: A new bill has been proposed in Congress today by Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) which looks to put a stop to any pending state-level leg...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot NHTSA Gives Green Light To Self-Driving Cars
New submitter tyme writes: Reuters reports that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Google that it would recognize the artificial intelligence in a self-driving car as...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot World's Largest Solar Power Plant To Supply Enough Energy For 1.1 Million People
Lucas123 writes: The world's largest solar power plant is now live and will eventually provide 1.1 million people in Morocco with power and cut carbon emissions by 760,000 tons a year. Phase 1 of the ...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Update History Site To Share Update Release Notes
Mark Wilson writes: Keeping up to date with the latest updates for Windows 10 can be something of a full time job, particularly if you're signed up to get Insider builds. To make it easier to keep tra...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Putin's Internet Czar Wants To Ban Windows On Government PCs
SmartAboutThings writes: The Russian government is allegedly looking to ban Microsoft's Windows operating system, increase taxes on foreign technology companies, develop its homegrown OS and encourage...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Identity Thieves Obtain 100,000 Electronic Filing PINs From IRS System
itwbennett writes: In January attackers targeted an IRS Web application in an attempt to obtain E-file PINs corresponding to 464,000 previously stolen social security numbers (SSNs) and other taxpayer...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot DjangoCon 2016 To Be Held In Philadelphia In July
New submitter FlipperPA writes: It has just been announced that the 2016 vintage of DjangoCon US will be held in Philadelphia at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from July 17th thr...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Twitter's Timeline Option Puts Important Tweets Up Top
Twitter is doing its best to make sure you see the best content in your timeline (at least thats what its hoping its doing with today's announcement of a new timeline option). The new feature drops wh...
08:00 am - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Study Finds You Can Grow Brain Cells Through Exercise
phantomfive writes: Researchers have discovered that aerobic exercise may increase neurogenesis. Based on the results, rats that were put on a treadmill grew more brain cells than rats that didn't. Re...
06:00 am - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot French Gov't Gives Facebook 3 Months To Stop Tracking Non-User Browsers
Reader iamthecheese writes RT reports that France's National Commission of Information and Freedoms found Facebook tracking of non-user browsers to be illegal. Facebook has three months to stop doing ...
04:00 am - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot SourceForge Eliminates DevShare Program
SourceForge has officially eliminated its DevShare program. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a ...
04:00 am - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Turn Paper Waste Into Aerogel
Kristine Lofgren writes: A team of scientists have successfully turned paper waste into aerogel. Aerogels are used in insulation, and they are usually made out of polymers and silica. But a research t...
02:00 am - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Hearthstone Cheats and Tools Spiked With Malware
itwbennett writes: Cheating at the online card game Hearthstone (which is based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft) can get you banned from the game, but now it also puts you at risk of 'financial losses...
12:00 am - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot The Sexual Misconduct Case That Has Rocked Anthropology
sciencehabit writes: An investigative report in Science describes allegations of sexual misconduct against noted paleoanthropologist Brian Richmond, as well as the field's response. The story highligh...
12:00 am - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Jeep/Chrysler's New Gearshift Appears To Be Causing Accidents
bartle writes: The new gearshift design for the Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to be causing rollaway accidents: 121 crashes and 30 injuries so far. The gear shifter is designed to look and feel similar ...
12:00 am - Wed, February 10, 2016
Slashdot Uborne Children's Books Release For Free Computer Books From the '80s
martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of its children books from the '80s to learn how to code games. The books are avail...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot FBI Gripes "We Can't Read Everyone's Secrets"
New submitter rdukb writes: FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that investigators still can't access the phone contents of one of the San Bernadino killers. He went on to ...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Launches Trust and Safety Council To Help Put End To Trolling
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has announced a new trust and safety council to stamp out bullying and trolling on the microblogging site. The Twitter Trust & Safety Council will initially be ...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Google Display Ads Going All-HTML, Will Ban Flash In 2017
Google has announced its plan for display ads to go 100% HTML 5, in hopes of reaching the widest possible audience across screens. Starting on June 30, 2016, Google will no longer accept new Flash dis...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Raspberry Pi's Raspbian OS Finally Ships With Open-Source OpenGL Support
An anonymous reader writes: With this month's Raspbian OS update, the Debian-based operating system for the Raspberry Pi ships experimental OpenGL driver support. This driver has been developed over t...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot LIGO Will Make Gravitational Waves Announcement on Thursday
StartsWithABang writes: When we look out into the Universe, we normally gain information about it by gathering light of various wavelengths. However, there are other possibilities for astronomy, inclu...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Launches Free Game Engine Lumberyard
Dave Knott writes: Amazon has both announced and released a new, free game engine, Lumberyard, which offers deep integration with its Amazon Web Services server infrastructure to empower online play, ...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Windmill Blade Molds 3D Printed By National Labs
MountainLogic writes: Last year ORNL produced a 3D printed Shelby. This year, the National Labs are using the mother of all 3D printers to make windmill molds cheaper and faster to produce in the US. ...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Adblock Fast Returns To Google Play a Week After Being Pulled
An anonymous reader writes: A week ago, Google suddenly removed Adblock Fast from its Android app store. Today, the ad blocker has been reinstated, enabling Samsung users to download it once again fro...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Australia Cuts 110 Climate Scientist Jobs: "The Science is Settled."
An anonymous reader writes: With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia's federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left emplo...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Unveils $19 Billion Plan To Overhaul U.S. Cybersecurity
erier2003 writes: President Obama on Tuesday unveiled an expansive plan to bolster government and private-sector cybersecurity by establishing a federal coordinator for cyber efforts, proposing a comm...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot An Advanced Math Education Revolution Is Underway In the U.S.
AthanasiusKircher writes: The Atlantic has an >extended article on the recent surge in advanced math education at the primary and secondary levels in the U.S., arguing that last year's victory for ...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Wired To Block Ad-Blocking Users, Offer Subscription
AmiMoJo writes: In a blog post Wired has announced that it will begin to block users who block ads on its site: "On an average day, more than 20 percent of the traffic to WIRED.com comes from a reader...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Skylake Breaks 7GHz In Intel Overclocking World Record
MojoKid writes: Intel's latest generation of processors built on the Skylake architecture are efficient as well as seriously fast. The flagship, Core i7-6700K, is an interesting chip as it's clocked a...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Leak List of FBI Employees
puddingebola writes: The hackers responsible for the leaking of DHS employees made good on their threat to reveal the names of 20,000 FBI employees. From the article: "The hacker provided Motherboard ...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot The Internet of Broken Things
szczys writes: The Internet of Things is all the hype these days. On one side we have companies clamoring to sell you Internet-Connected-everything to replace all of the stuff you already have that is...
10:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Are Roads Safer With No Central White Lines?
Press2ToContinue writes: White lines along the center of roads have been removed in parts of the UK, with some experts saying it encourages motorists to slow down. So is it the beginning of the end fo...
08:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Google Working On Wireless Charging For Self-Driving Cars
MikeChino writes: New FCC filings suggest that Google is currently installing wireless charging systems for self-driving cars at its headquarters in Mountain View. The documents suggest that the syste...
06:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot China Just Made a Major Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion Research
New submitter TechnoidNash writes: China announced last week a major breakthrough in the realm of nuclear fusion research. The Chinese Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), was able to...
02:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Java Installer Flaw Shows Why You Should Clear Your Downloads Folder
itwbennett writes: On Friday, Oracle published a security advisory recommending that users delete all the Java installers they might have laying around on their computers and use new ones for versions...
02:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Wolves Howl In Different 'Dialects,' Machine Learning Finds
derekmead writes: Differentiating wolf howls with human ears can prove tricky, so researchers have turned to computer algorithms to suss out if different wolf species howl differently. They think that...
12:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Talos Secure Workstation Is Free-Software Centric — and $3100 [Updated]
jones_supa writes: These days, the motivation to use open source software for many people is to avoid backdoors placed by intelligence organizations and to avoid software that has hidden privacy-intru...
12:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Sen. Blumenthal Demands Lifting of IT 'Gag' Order
dcblogs writes: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the layoff and replacement of IT workers by foreign workers at a state energy utility. Bu...
12:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Launches Account Switching On iOS and Android
Today, Instagram announced that users will be able to switch between up to five different accounts when using the app on iOS and Android. This new feature will be available later this week, when users...
12:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot Carbon Dioxide From the Air Converted Into Methanol
Zothecula writes: The danger posed by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide has seen many schemes proposed to remove a proportion it from the air. Rather than simply capture this greenhouse gas ...
12:00 am - Tue, February 9, 2016
Slashdot How the Cloud Has Changed (Since Last You Looked)
snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at the new services and pricing models that are making cloud computing more powerful, complex, and cheaper than it was a few short years ago. 'We g...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot GitHub Open Sources Their Internal Testing Tool
destinyland writes: Last week GitHub released a new open source tool called Scientist, a Ruby-based library they've been using in-house for several years. "It's the most terrifying moment when you fli...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Anti-Piracy Group BREIN Demands Torrents Time Cease and Desist
An anonymous reader writes: Not even a week has gone by since Torrents Time appeared on the scene, and the site has already been served with a cease-and-desist letter. Anti-piracy group BREIN, based i...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Talos Secure Workstation Is FSF-Certified — and $3100
jones_supa writes: These days, the motivation to use open source software for many people is to avoid backdoors placed by intelligence organizations and to avoid software that has hidden privacy-intru...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot The Hyperloop Industrial Complex
Jason Koebler writes: Two and a half years after Elon Musk pitched the technology, actually traveling on a hyperloop is still theoretical, but its effect on business is not. There is a very real, bona...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Listen To Hawking's Second Reith Lecture On Black Holes, Illustrated
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has now put the second of Stephen Hawking's Reith Lectures up on their web site, with accompanying illustrations. It's not 'All you ever wanted to know about Black ...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Researcher Finds Tens of Software Products Vulnerable To Simple Bug
An anonymous reader writes: There's a German security researcher that is arduously testing the installers of tens of software products to see which of them are vulnerable to basic DLL hijacking. Surpr...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Meteorite Strike Kills Man In India
knwny writes: In what is believed to be the first such incident in modern times, a meteorite strike in India killed a man and injured three others. According to police sources, a loud blast was heard ...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot NAND Flash Density Surpasses HDDs', But Price Is Still a Sticking Point
Lucas123 writes: With the introduction of 3D or stacked NAND flash memory, non-volatile memory has for the first time surpassed that of hard disk drives in density. This year, Micron revealed it had d...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Metel Hackers Roll Back ATM Transactions, Steal Millions
msm1267 writes: Researchers from Kaspersky Lab's Global Research & Analysis Team today unveiled details on two new criminal operations that have borrowed heavily from targeted nation-state attacks...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot India Blocks Facebook's Free Basics Internet Service
An anonymous reader writes: India's leading telecom regulator, TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), has today voted against differential pricing, ruling with immediate effect that all data pr...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Where Are the Raspberry Pi Zeros?
mikejuk writes: The Pi Zero was supposed to be available from November 26, 2015. It is now the start of February and all of the stockists, including the Pi Swag Shop, are still showing out of stock. T...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Why Facebook Really Shut Down Parse
New submitter isisilik writes: For those working in the 'aaS' business the Parse shutdown was the main topic of conversation this weekend. So why did Facebook decide to shut down their developer platf...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Leak DHS Staff Directory, Claim FBI Is Next
itwbennett writes: On Sunday, the name, title, email address, and phone number of more than 9,000 DHS employees, with titles ranging from engineers, to security specialists, program analysts, InfoSec ...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Adblock Plus Maker Seeks Deal With Ad Industry Players
An anonymous reader writes with Yahoo's report that the makers of Adblock Plus are "looking to reach out to advertisers and identify an 'acceptable' level and form of advertising on the net." That inv...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Sets Feb. 24th Target Date For Next Launch
Rei writes: After some consternation about the pacing of Falcon 9 upgrades, SpaceX has announced that it plans to launch again from Cape Canaveral with a target date of February 24th. While the primar...
12:00 pm - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel Patch Hints At At 32-Core Support For AMD Zen Chips
New submitter Iamthecheese points to an article which says that a patch published on the Linux Kernel Mailing List indicates that AMD's forthcoming Zen processors will have as many as 32 cores per soc...
08:00 am - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot NASA Is Building a Virtual Mars For VR Viewing
An anonymous reader writes: NASA will release a free virtual reality program this year that will simulate exploring the surface of Mars. "Players will be able to walk on the Red Planet as well as driv...
06:00 am - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Video Gamers From the '90s Have Turned Out Mostly OK
A study reported on by Ars Technica indicates that video games, much ballyhooed (alleged) source of mental, physical and psycho-social ills for the kids who spent a lot of time playing them, don't see...
02:00 am - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Malware Targets Skype Users, Records Conversations
An anonymous reader writes: A new backdoor trojan is making the rounds, coming equipped with features that allow it to steal files, take screengrabs, and record Skype conversations. Currently detected...
12:00 am - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot Report: Google Will Go In Big For VR Hardware This Year
The Financial Times reports that Google isn't going to let the VR hardware wars fall to the likes of Samsung and Oculus; instead, it's working on a (cardboard-free) VR headset of its own, to be releas...
12:00 am - Mon, February 8, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Accused of Testing an ICBM With Missile Launch Into Space
MarkWhittington writes: Reuters reported that North Korea launched a long-range missile that is said to have placed a satellite into space. The launch happened much to the consternation of North Korea...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk's Next Great Idea? Electric Air Travel
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from BGR: Elon Musk is changing the world one idea at a time. First, with Tesla, the man so many people call the real life Tony Stark has done an incredibl...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's Cortana Doesn't Put Up With Sexual Harassment
MojoKid writes: Not long after Apple unveiled its Siri personal assistant to the world, it took very little time before people began asking her outrageous questions, sometimes inappropriate or just hu...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Meet the Soft, Cuddly Robots of the Future
turkeydance writes with a link to an article at Nature exploring the squishier side of robots research. Rather than conventional (and rigid) materials and architectures for robots, soft robot research...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Thirty Meter Telescope Likely Never Gets Built ... In Hawaii
An anonymous reader writes: After years of its backers of doing everything the state of Hawaii demanded in order to get permission to build the Thirty Meter Telescope, a state judge today ordered that...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot NASA Announces That Pluto Has Icebergs Floating On Glaciers of Nitrogen Ice
MarkWhittington writes: The most recent finding from New Horizons show that icebergs have broken off from the hills surrounding the Sputnik Planum, a glacier of nitrogen ice, and are floating slowly a...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Firefox Adopts a 6-8 Week Variable Release Schedule
AmiMoJo writes: Four years ago Mozilla moved to a fixed-schedule release model, otherwise known as the Train Model, in which we released Firefox every six weeks to get features and updates to users fa...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Massive Layoffs Hit University of Copenhagen
jones_supa writes: University of Copenhagen is cutting deep into its staff to cut operation costs. Even though a great deal of the savings are aimed at administration and service, they are expected to...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Surge Protection For International Travel?
New submitter gaiageek writes: As someone who has lost a laptop power supply (and thus use of the laptop) due to a late-night power surge while traveling in a developing country, I'm acutely aware of ...
02:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Drag-and-Drop "CS" Tutorials: the Emperor's New Code?
theodp writes: Teaching kids computer science is a great movement," writes HS senior David Yue, "however, to overly dilute the magnitude of the difficulty in regards to the subject area of coding and ...
12:00 pm - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Knocks "Six Degrees of Separation" Down a Few Notches
mikejuk writes: Six degrees of separation is the, already well established, idea that any individual is connected to any other via six network nodes. New research has discovered that the average betwe...
10:00 am - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Startup Uses Sensor Networks To Debug Science Experiments
gthuang88 writes: Environmental factors like temperature, humidity, or lighting often derail life science experiments. Now Elemental Machines, a startup from the founders of Misfit Wearables, is tryin...
04:00 am - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Study Finds Sleep Deprivation Increases Compulsive Facebook Usage
An anonymous reader writes: A study at UC Irvine has taken a reverse approach to the customary interest in the relationship between technology and tiredness, finding that people who make themselves ti...
04:00 am - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot World's Smallest Optical Switch Uses a Single Atom
Zothecula writes: The rapid and on-going development of micro-miniature optical electronic devices is helping to usher in a new era of photonic computers and light-based memories that promise super-fa...
12:00 am - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Unreal Engine Will Soon Allow Developers To Build Games Inside of VR
An anonymous reader writes: Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine, has been a longstanding supporter of VR. They were on board way back when Oculus sparked the VR industry in 2012 with a Kickstart...
12:00 am - Sun, February 7, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Gets Core Console Host Enhancements
x0n writes: As of Windows 10 TH2 (10.0.1058), the core console subsystem has support for a large number of ANSI and VT100 escape sequences. This is likely to prepare for full Open SSH server/client in...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Bethesda To Unleash the Hounds of Hell On May 13th: Doom Release Date Confirmed
MojoKid writes: Bethesda and id Software are in the process rebooting the Doom franchise and it seems like it's been in development for ages. When we last visited the upcoming Doom remake, Bethesda ha...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Time To Get Into Crypto-currency? If So, Which?
Qbertino writes: With the ever-looming cyberpunk future in close proximity, I'm starting to wonder if it isn't time to get myself familiar with crypto currency as a means of trade. Bitcoin is all the ...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot GitHub Is Undergoing a Full-Blown Overhaul As Execs and Employees Depart
mattydread23 writes: This is what happens when hot startups grow up. [GitHub] CEO Chris Wanstrath is imposing management structure where there wasn't much before, and execs are departing, partly becau...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Neutrino Exploit Kit Has a New Way To Detect Security Researchers
itwbennett writes: [The Neutrino exploit kit] is using passive OS fingerprinting to detect visiting Linux machines, according to Trustwave researchers who found that computers they were using for rese...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Even With Telemetry Disabled, Windows 10 Talks To Dozens of Microsoft Servers
An esteemed reader writes: Curious about the various telemetry and personal information being collected by Windows 10, one user installed Windows 10 Enterprise and disabled all of the telemetry and re...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Giant Magellan Telescope Set To Revolutionize Ground-Based Astronomy
StartsWithABang writes: If you want to see farther, deeper and at higher resolution than ever before into the Universe, you need four things: the largest aperture possible, the best-quality optical sy...
04:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Let Your Pupils Do the Typing
New submitter s.mathot writes: Researchers from France and the Netherlands have developed a way to—literally—write text by thinking of letters. (Academic paper [open access], non-technical...
04:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Tackles Terrorists In Targeted Takedown
Mark Wilson writes: Having previously battled trolls, Twitter has now turned its attention to terrorists and their supporters. The site has closed down more than 125,000 accounts associated with terro...
02:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Verizon's Mobile Video Won't Count Against Data Caps -- but Netflix Will
Earthquake Retrofit writes: Ars Technica has a story about how Verizon Wireless is testing the limits of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules; Verizon has announced that it wil...
12:00 pm - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Online Museum Displays Decades of Malware
An anonymous reader writes: archive.org has launched a Museum of Malware, which devotes itself to a historical look at DOS-based viruses of the 1980s and 1990s, and gives viewers the opportunity to ru...
10:00 am - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Docker Images To Be Based On Alpine Linux
New submitter Tenebrousedge writes: Docker container sizes continue a race to the bottom with a couple of environments weighing in at less than 10MB. Following on the heels of this week's story regard...
06:00 am - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Avast SafeZone Browser Lets Attackers Access Your Filesystem
An anonymous reader writes: Just two days after Comodo's Chromodo browser was publicly shamed by Google Project Zero security researcher Tavis Ormandy, it's now Avast's turn to be publicly scorned for...
04:00 am - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot The Pirate Bay Now Let You Stream Movies and TV, Not Just Download
An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, a new simple solution for streaming torrents directly in your browser showed up on the Web. By Friday, infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay had already adopted ...
02:00 am - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Man On the Moon, Dies At 85
MarkWhittington writes: According to a story in the Palm Beach Post, Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 85. He flew as lunar module pilot on board Apollo 14, whi...
12:00 am - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Some Reversible USB-C Cables/Adapters Could Cause Irreversible Damage
TheRealHocusLocus writes: Three Decembers ago I lauded the impending death of the trapezoid. Celebration of the rectangle might be premature however, because in the rush-to-market an appalling number ...
12:00 am - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines
msm1267 writes: A unique scareware campaign targeting Mac OS X machines has been discovered, and it's likely the developer behind the malware has been at it a while since the installer that drops the ...
12:00 am - Sat, February 6, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Hits Snooze On Sleep-Tracking Device
In October 2014, Nintendo announced a plan to develop a sleep-tracking app and device. This device would use microwave sensors to monitor important sleep data throughout the night, to optimize users' ...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Financial Advisers Disrupted By AI
schwit1 writes: Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that's one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year,...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Capitalist Opens Bounty For New Block Cipher
An anonymous reader writes: Bitcoin capitalist Mircea Popescu has opened a contest to find a new block cipher and is offering a 10 Bitcoin reward for a winning submission. The eccentric Popescu was pr...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Foxconn Set To Acquire Sharp Corporation For $5.6 Billion
Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturing/assembly company, is reported to be finalizing a deal to acquire Sharp Corporation for $5.6 billion, with the beleaguered company having finally...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Amazon's Thin Helvetica Syndrome: Font Anorexia vs. Kindle Readability
David Rothman writes: The Thin Helvetica Syndrome arises from the latest Kindle upgrade and has made e-books less readable for some. In the past, e-book-lovers who needed more perceived-contrast betwe...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Intel Says Chips To Become Slower But More Energy Efficient
An anonymous reader writes: William Holt, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group, has said at a conference that chips will become slower after indus...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot The Performance of Ubuntu Linux Over the Past 10 Years
An anonymous reader writes: Tests were carried out at Phoronix of all Ubuntu Long-Term Support releases from the 6.06 "Dapper Drake" release to 16.04 "Xenial Xerus," looking at the long-term performan...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Have Your iPhone 6 Repaired, Only To Get It Bricked By Apple
New submitter Nemosoft Unv. writes: In case you had a problem with the fingerprint sensor or some other small defect on your iPhone 6 and had it repaired by a non-official (read: cheaper) shop, you ma...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Reactor Produces Its First Flash of Hydrogen Plasma
Zothecula writes: Experimentation with Germany's newest fusion reactor is beginning to heat up, to temperatures of around 80 million degrees Celsius, to be precise. Having fired up the Wendelstein 7-X...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot A Bot That Drives Robocallers Insane
Trailrunner7 writes: Robocalls are among the more annoying modern inventions, and consumers and businesses have tried just about every strategy for defeating them over the years, with little success. ...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot CFQ In Linux Gets BFQ Characteristics
jones_supa writes: Paolo Valente from University of Modena has submitted a Linux kernel patchset which replaces CFQ (Completely Fair Queueing) I/O scheduler with the last version of BFQ (Budget Fair Q...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot In Japan, a Battle Brewing Over the Right To Record 4k and 8k Broadcasts
AmiMoJo writes: Japanese broadcasters have indicated that 4k and 8k broadcasts may have recording disabled via a 'do not copy' flag [via Google Translate], which receivers would be expected to obey. N...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot UK Wants Authority To Serve Warrants In U.S.
schwit1 writes with this news, as reported by USA Today: British and U.S. officials have been negotiating a plan that could allow British authorities to directly serve wiretap orders on U.S. communica...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Grandma's Phone, DSL, and the Copper They Share
szczys writes: DSL is high-speed Internet that uses the same twisted pair of copper wire that still works with your Grandmother's wall-mounted telephone. How is that possible? The short answer is that...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot MIT Reveals "Hack-Proof" RFID Chip
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: A group of researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments claim that they have developed a new radio frequency identification chip that may be impossible to hack. Traditional RFID ...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot K-12 CS Framework Draft: Kids Taught To 'Protect Original Ideas' In Early Grades
theodp writes: Remember that Code.org and ACM-bankrolled K-12 Computer Science Education Framework that Microsoft, Google, Apple, and others were working on? Well, a draft of the framework was made av...
12:00 pm - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Anti-Malware Maker Files Lawsuit Over Bad Review
itwbennett writes: In a lawsuit filed January 8, 2016, Enigma Software, maker of anti-malware software SpyHunter, accuses self-help portal Bleeping Computer of making 'false, disparaging, and defamato...
08:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Free State Project Reaches Goal of 20,000 Signups
Okian Warrior writes: As a followup to our recent story, at 11AM Tuesday, Free State Project president Carla Gericke announced the FSP had reached its goal of recruiting 20,000 participants. The 20,00...
06:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Porsche Builds Photovoltaic Pylon, Offsetting Luddite Position On Self-Drive
An anonymous reader writes: Porsche has just completed an impressive 25-meter high photovoltaic pylon. The construction, lonely in its current position and strongly resembling the monolith from 2001: ...
02:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Python 3 Is Coming To Scrapy
New submitter Valdir Stumm Junior writes: Scrapy with beta Python 3 support is finally here! Released through Scrapy 1.1.0rc1, this is the result of several months of hard work on the part of the Scra...
02:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Samsung's AdBlock Fast Removed From the Play Store
New submitter Alexander Maxham writes with the news reported at Android Headlines that Samsung's ad-blocking Android app called AdBlock Fast "was apparently ousted from the Play Store for violating se...
02:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Everything You Need To Know About the Big New Data-Privacy Bill In Congress
erier2003 writes with this excerpt from The Daily Dot: The United States and the European Union have agreed to a transatlantic data-sharing arrangement to protect U.S. companies' overseas activities a...
12:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Don't Hate Perky Morning People: It Might Be Their DNA's Fault.
New submitter Striek writes: Aggregated genome data from 23andme.com was analyzed and published in Nature magazine, and now further evidence has been added to the belief that being a morning person or...
12:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Marco Rubio Wants To Permanently Extend NSA Mass Surveillance
SonicSpike writes: Marco Rubio wants Congress to permanently extend the authorities governing several of the National Security Agency's controversial spying programs, including its mass surveillance o...
12:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Firefox 44 Deletes Fine-Grained Cookie Management
ewhac writes: Among its other desirable features, Firefox included a feature allowing very fine-grained cookie management. When enabled, every time a Web site asked to set a cookie, Firefox would rais...
12:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Uncover the Genetic Roots Behind Rare Vibration Allergy
derekmead writes: A team of National Health Institute researchers has for the first time uncovered the genetic roots of one of the strangest allergies: vibrations. The vibration allergy, which is just...
12:00 am - Fri, February 5, 2016
Slashdot DNA Makes Lifeless Materials Shapeshift
sciencehabit writes: Researchers have engineered tiny gold particles that can assemble into a variety of crystalline structures simply by adding a bit of DNA to the solution that surrounds them. Down ...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot CoreOS Launches Rkt 1.0
darthcamaro writes: Docker is about to get some real competition in the container runtime space, thanks to the lofficial aunch of rkt 1.0. CoreOS started building rkt in 2014 and after more than a yea...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot All 12 Member Countries Sign Off On the TPP
Dangerous_Minds writes: News is surfacing that the TPP has officially been signed by all 12 member countries. This marks the beginning of the final step towards ratification. Freezenet has a quick run...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Celebrates Turning 12 Today
12 years ago today, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook, and since then the site has grown at a nearly unbelievable pace. Now, with about 1.6 billion monthly active users, Facebook makes an average of $...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Interviews: Ask 'Ubuntu Unleashed' Author Matthew Helmke
Matthew Helmke (personal blog) is the author of the newly published 11th edition of Ubuntu Unleashed (published by Pearson); this updated edition of the book will cover the OS through Ubuntu's 15.10 a...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Google Targets Fake "Download" and "Play" Buttons
AmiMoJo writes: Google says it will go to war against the fake 'download' and 'play' buttons that attempt to deceive users on file-sharing and other popular sites. According to a new announcement from...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot To Respond To a Disease Outbreak, Bring In the Portable Genome Sequencers
the_newsbeagle writes: Epidemiologists working on Zika virus could benefit from portable genome sequencers, like these used during the Ebola outbreak. In spring 2015, researchers conducted the first e...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Canonical Reveals the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Tablet
LichtSpektren writes: Several tech sites have now broke the news that Canonical has revealed their BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Tablet. Joey-Elijah Sneddon builds the hype: "A stunning 10.1-inch IPS touch di...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Push To Hack: Reverse Engineering an IP Camera
New submitter tetraverse writes: For our most recent IoT adventure, we've examined an outdoor cloud security camera [the Motorola Focus 73] which like many devices of its generation a) has an associat...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Harnessing Artificial Intelligence To Build an Army of Virtual Analysts
An anonymous reader writes: PatternEx, a startup that gathered a team of AI researcher from MIT CSAIL as well as security and distributed systems experts, is poised to shake up things in the user and ...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Congressional Testimony Says NASA Has No Plan For the Journey To Mars
MarkWhittington writes: Testimony at a hearing before the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Space suggested that NASA's Journey to Mars lacks a plan to achieve the first human landing on the R...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot IRS Computer Problems Shut Down Tax Return E-file System
Mr.Intel writes: The IRS stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns Wednesday because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, but the agency said it doe...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Survey: Average Successful Hack Nets Less Than $15,000
itwbennett writes: According to a Ponemon Institute survey, hackers make less than $15,000 per successful attack and net, on average, less than $29,000 a year. The average attacker conducts eight atta...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Senators Blast Comcast, Other Cable Firms For "Unfair Billing Practices"
An anonymous reader writes: Six Democratic US senators [Wednesday] criticized Comcast and other TV and broadband providers for charging erroneous fees, such as cable modem rental fees billed to custom...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Cisco To Acquire IoT Company Jasper For $1.4 Billion
An anonymous reader writes: Cisco has announced its intention to spend $1.4 billion purchasing startup Jasper Technologies, Inc. which specialises in IoT connectivity. It's the most significant acquis...
12:00 pm - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Cheap At $40,000: Phoenix Exoskeleton Gives Paraplegics Legs to Walk With
Fast Company highlights the cheap-for-the-price Phoenix exoskeleton, created by University of California Berkeley professor (and Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory director) Homayoon K...
10:00 am - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Patent Troll VirnetX Awarded $626M In Damages From Apple
Tackhead writes: Having won a $200M judgement against Microsoft in 2010, lost a $258M appeal against Cisco in 2013, and having beaten Apple for $368M in 2012, only to see the verdict overturned in 201...
08:00 am - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Julian Assange May Surrender To British Police On Friday
bestweasel writes: As reported by The Guardian and others, Julian Assange has announced via Wikileaks that: "Should the UN announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Swe...
04:00 am - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Beyond the Liberator: A 3D-Printed Plastic 9mm Semi-Auto Pistol
Profiled at Ars Technica is the (mostly) 3D-printed semi-auto pistol design from a West Virginia maker known as Derwood. The PLA-based design, which Derwood calls the Shuty MP-1, isn't quite all-plast...
02:00 am - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Storing Very Large Files On Amazon's Unlimited Cloud Photo Storage
AmiMoJo writes: Last year Amazon started offering unlimited cloud storage for photos to customers who subscribed to its "Prime" service. Japanese user YDKK has developed a tool to store arbitrary data...
12:00 am - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot New Hack Shrinks Docker Containers
destinyland writes: Promising "uber tiny Docker images for all the things," Iron.io has released a new library of base images for every major language optimized to be as small as possible by using onl...
12:00 am - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Former DoE Employee Ensnared By Secret-Selling Sting Pleads Guilty
mdsolar writes: A former Energy Department employee accused of attempting to infiltrate the agency's computer system to steal nuclear secrets and sell them to a foreign government pleaded guilty Tuesd...
12:00 am - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Russia Begins Work On a Lunar Lander
MarkWhittington writes: Whether and when Russia will try to send cosmonauts to the moon is an open question. The Putin government has heavily slashed spending on the Russian space program, a measure b...
12:00 am - Thu, February 4, 2016
Slashdot Link Rot Rx: 'Amber' Add-on For WordPress and Drupal
David Rothman writes: If you run a WordPress or Drupal site, you can now fight link rot with Amber, a new open source add-on from Harvard's Berkman Center. If links are dead, visitors can still summon...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Fixing UVC Camera Issues Under Windows?
Khyber writes: I bought some cheap Chinese camera glasses with built-in microphones. These are (supposedly) UVC cameras manufactured in 2015. Under Windows XP, these cameras are seen perfectly fine an...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Ethics Panel Endorses Mitochondrial Therapy, But Says Start With Male Embryos
sciencehabit writes: An experimental assisted reproduction technique that could allow some families to avoid having children with certain types of heritable disease should be allowed to go forward in ...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot MIT Inches Closer To ARC Reactor Despite Losing Federal Funding
Lucas123 writes: Experimenting with a fusion device over the past 20 years has edged MIT researchers to their final goal, creating a small and relatively inexpensive ARC reactor, three of which would ...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Torrents Time Lets Anyone Launch Their Own Web Version of Popcorn Time
An anonymous reader writes: Popcorn Time, an app for streaming video torrents, just got its own web version: Popcorn Time Online. Unlike other attempts to bring Popcorn Time into the browser, this one...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Winner of the 2015 Underhanded C Contest Announced
Xcott Craver writes: The Underhanded C contest results have now been announced. This time the contest challenge was to cause a false match in a nuclear inspection scenario, allowing a country to remov...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Receiving Real-Time Imagery From Russia's Meteor-M N2 Satellite
An anonymous reader writes: The Meteor-M N2 is a low orbit Russian weather satellite which broadcasts live weather satellite images, similar to the APT images produced by the NOAA satellites. But Mete...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Low-Cost EEG Head-Sets Promise Virtual Reality Feedback Loops
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the University of Memphis have found that it's possible to use a low-cost EEG device such as the $300 Emotiv Epoc to understand how a user is feeling &mdas...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Open Source Pioneer Michael Tiemann On the Myth of the Average
StewBeans writes: In a recent article, Michael Tiemann, one of the world's first open source entrepreneurs and VP of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, highlights an example from the 1950s US Air Force w...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Duplicate Login Details Enabled Hack of More Than 20 Million Chinese Consumers
An anonymous reader writes: According to various Chinese sources including Techweb (Chinese language), police in Zhejiang held a conference on Monday announcing that 20.59 million users of the 'Chines...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk Cancels Stewart Alsop's Tesla Order Over Complaints About Launch Event
New submitter umafuckit writes: Blogger Stewart Alsop wrote an open letter to Elon Musk following a supposedly badly run launch event for the Model X. Alsop complained that the event started almost 2 ...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo To Fire Another 15% As Mayer Attempts To Hang On
New submitter xxxJonBoyxxx writes: Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has announced plans to cut the company's workforce by 15% and close five foreign offices by the end of 2016 after announcing a $4...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot John Cleese Warns Campus Political Correctness Leading Towards 1984
An anonymous reader writes: Ashe Schow writes at the Washington Examiner that, "The Monty Python co-founder, in a video for Internet forum Big Think, railed against the current wave of hypersensitivit...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Chromodo Browser Disables Key Web Security
An anonymous reader writes: A Google Security Research update has claimed that Comodo's internet browser Chromodo, based on the open-source project Chromium, contains significant security failings and...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Journalist Claims Secret US Flight 'To Capture Snowden' Overflew Scottish Airspace
schwit1 writes with a story in The National (a newspaper which makes no bones about it support for an independent Scotland) describing the charge laid by a Scottish journalist that in 2013 a secret U....
02:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Acquire SwiftKey Predictive Keyboard Technology Company For $250M
MojoKid writes: SwiftKey has been one of the more popular predictive keyboard offerings in the mobile space since it was first released in beta form on the Android market back in 2010. What made Swift...
12:00 pm - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Homemade Speed Trap Made By Former UVA CS Professor
An anonymous reader writes: Irritated by speeders in his neighborhood and frustrated with the City of Charlottesville's inability or unwillingness to enforce the speed limit, a former professor in the...
08:00 am - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Shopping Mall SMS Parking Notifications Could Be Used To Track Any Car
Bismillah writes: Westfield's Scentre Group has removed SMS notifications for its ticketless parking system after it was discovered they could be used to track other people's cars unnoticed. The syste...
02:00 am - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can We Improve Slashdot?
Hi all. Most of you are already aware that Slashdot was sold by DHI Group last week, and I very much enjoyed answering questions and reading feedback in the comments of that announcement story. There'...
02:00 am - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot How Uber Profits Even When Its Drivers Aren't Earning Money
tedlistens writes: Jay Cassano spoke to Uber drivers about "dead miles" and what work means when your boss is an algorithm, and considers a new frontier of labor concerns and big data. "Uber is the cl...
12:00 am - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Morgan, Maker of Classic Handmade Sports Cars, Is Going Electric
Ars Technica reports that Morgan, idiosyncratic maker of idiosyncratic cars, is about to make a move that might seem surprising, in light of the company's tradition of conservative design. "Yes," says...
12:00 am - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Severe and Unpatched eBay Vulnerability Allows Attackers To Distribute Malware
An anonymous reader writes: Check Point researchers have discovered a severe vulnerability in eBay's online sales platform, which allows criminals to distribute malware and do phishing campaigns. This...
12:00 am - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Magic Leap Raises $794 Million To Accelerate Adoption of Secretive AR Tech
An anonymous reader writes: A massive new $794 million Series C investment in secretive AR startup Magic Leap puts the company among the world's most valuable startups, now reportedly valued at $4.5 b...
12:00 am - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot EU Proposes End of Anonymity For Bitcoin and Prepaid Card Users
An anonymous reader writes: In June the European Commission will propose new legislation to effectively end the possibility of anonymous payment, by forcing users of virtual currencies like Bitcoin, a...
12:00 am - Wed, February 3, 2016
Slashdot Barracuda Copy Shutting Down
New submitter assaf07 writes: I received a notification [Monday] that Barracuda's excellent online storage option Copy will be shuttting down in May. A blog post by Rod Matthews, VP of Storage at Barr...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Utility Targets Bitcoin Miners With Power Rate Hike
1sockchuck writes: A public utility in Washington state wants to raise rates for high-density power users, citing a flood of requests for electricity to power bitcoin mining operations. Chelan County ...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Perfect Coin-Toss Record Broke 6 Clinton-Sanders Deadlocks In Iowa
schwit1 writes: While it was hard to call a winner between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders last night, it's easy to say who was luckier. The race between the Democrat presidential hopefuls was so t...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Socat Weak Crypto Draws Suspicions Of a Backdoor
msm1267 writes: Socat is the latest open source tool to come under suspicion that it is backdoored. A security advisory published Monday warned that the OpenSSL address implementation in Socat contain...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot World's First Robotic Farm To Produce 11 Million Heads of Lettuce Per Year
MikeChino writes: Japanese company SPREAD is preparing to open the world's first robot-controlled farm. The facility is designed to produce 11 million heads of lettuce each year, and it's expected to ...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Carbon Nanotube Films Stronger Than Kevlar
ckwu writes: Carbon nanotubes are exceptionally strong and stretchy. But so far, films made out of them have come nowhere close to having the mechanical strength of individual nanotubes. Researchers n...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot EasyJet May Trial Hydrogen Fuel Cells For Taxiing
An anonymous reader writes: Low-cost airline easyJet is discussing plans to install hydrogen batteries as part of a proposed zero emission fuel system, which would power its aircraft during taxiing. T...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Passes Windows XP In Market Share
An anonymous reader writes: Six months after its release, Windows 10 has finally passed 10 percent market share. Not only that, but the latest and greatest version from Microsoft has also overtaken Wi...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Video Game Cheaters Outed By Logic Bombs
Lirodon writes: A Reddit user decided to tackle the issue of cheaters within Valve's multiplayer shooter Counter Strike: Global Offensive in their own unique way: by luring them towards fake "multihac...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot 7 Swift 2 Enhancements iOS Devs Will Love
snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Paul Solt outlines how Apple has made good on Swift's emphasis on performance, approachability, and ease in its latest update, offering up seven worthwhile enhancements to S...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot AMD Launches Enthusiast A10-7860K APU, New Mainstream CPUs and Wraith Cooler
MojoKid writes: AMD apparently wasn't done making announcements back at CES 2016. Today the company has shared news of new APUs, processors, fansink coolers, and motherboard updates. The company has b...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Japanese Researchers Achieve Record 56Gbps Wireless Transmission
Mickeycaskill writes: Fujitsu and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have achieved a wireless transmission of 56Gbps over a 10cm distance using millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies located between 30-3...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot AnonSec Attempts To Crash $222m Drone, Releases Secret Flight Videos
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from IBTimes that says it's not just governments that have proven themselves capable of hacking into drones: Hackers from the AnonSec group who spent several...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot China's Chang'e 3 Lander and Yutu Rover Camera Data Released
AmiMoJo writes: Detailed high resolution images from the recent Chinese moon mission have been released. Links to the original Chinese sites hosting the images are available, but Emily Lakdawalla of t...
12:00 pm - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot How the Raspberry Pi Can Automatically Tweet Complaints About Your Slow Internet
An anonymous reader writes: Contacting your internet provider to complain about slow browsing speeds is a tiresome chore which none of us enjoy, but one man has found a solution. He has configured a R...
08:00 am - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Patches Authentication, Denial-of-Service, NTP Flaws In Many Products
itwbennett writes: Cisco Systems has released a new batch of security patches for flaws affecting a wide range of products, including for a critical vulnerability in its RV220W wireless network securi...
06:00 am - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Now a 'Recommended Update' For Windows 7 and 8.1 Users
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has been accused of pushing Windows 10 rather aggressively, and the company's latest move is going to do nothing to silence these accusations. For Windows 7 and Windows 8...
02:00 am - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Google To Take 'Apple-Like' Control Over Nexus Phones
Soulskill writes: According to a (paywalled) report in The Information, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wants the company to take greater control over development of their Nexus smartphones. When producing N...
02:00 am - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Fine Brothers File For Trademark On Word "React"
DewDude writes: You've probably seen them on YouTube: Fine Brothers are the two behind the video series Teens React, Kids React, and Elders React. Well, the two seem to feel they somehow invented this...
12:00 am - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Harvard: No, Crypto Isn't Making the FBI Go Dark
Trailrunner7 writes: The FBI and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have warned for years that the increased use of encryption by consumers is making surveillance and lawful interception ...
12:00 am - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot Jaguar Land Rover To Test Autonomous Cars In 'Living Lab'
An anonymous reader writes: British automaker Jaguar Land Rover has announced its £5.5 million investment in a 'living lab' for the testing and development of connected and self-driving car tech...
12:00 am - Tue, February 2, 2016
Slashdot One Hoss Shay and Our Society of Obsolescence
szczys writes: The last time you replaced your smart phone, was the entire thing shot or had just one part gone bad? Pretty much every time it's one thing; the screen has cracked, or the WiFi stopped ...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot The Feds' Freeway Font Flip-Flop
McGruber writes: Citylab has the news that the U.S. Federal Highway Administration is revoking its 2004 approval of the "Clearview" font for road signs. Clearview was made to improve upon its predeces...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Dutch Police Train Bald Eagles To Take Out Drones
Qbertino writes: Heise.de (German article) reports that the Dutch police is training raptor birds — bald eagles, too — to take down drones. There's a video (narrated and interviewed in Dut...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Former Yahoo Employee Challenges the Legality of Yahoo's Ranking System
whoever57 writes: A former employee of Yahoo is challenging Yahoo's performance review and termination process. The ranking system was introduced to Yahoo by Ms. Mayer on the recommendation of managem...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot U.K. Researcher Receives Permission To Edit Genes In Human Embryos
sciencehabit writes: Developmental biologist Kathy Niakan has received permission from U.K. authorities to modify human embryos using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology. Niakan, who works at the ...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do I Reduce Information Leakage From My Personal Devices?
Mattcelt writes: I find that using an ad-blocking hosts file has been one of the most effective way to secure my devices against malware for the past few years. But the sheer number of constantly-shif...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot After More Than a Decade, MSN Chat Authentication Is Documented
An anonymous reader writes: After MSN Chat closed in 2003, and then again in 2006, some guy has finally documented the authentication system used — over a decade later! Developer Joshua Davison ...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot How To Build a TimesMachine
necro81 writes: The NY Times has an archive, the TimesMachine, that allows users to find any article from any issue from 1851 to the present day. Most of it is shown in the original typeset context of...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot What Happened To Norse Corp.? Threat Intelligence Vendor Disappears
itwbennett writes: Over the weekend, Brian Krebs reported that Sam Glines, CEO of threat intelligence vendor Norse Corp., was asked to step down by the board of directors and employees were told that ...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Let's Tear Down a Kiva Bot!
Ben Einstein, writes new submitter Robofenix2, has torn down a Kiva bot -- a mobile ground-based warehouse delivery drone, aka Amazon's busiest employee. These robotic systems have revolutionised the ...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Triple M.2 NVMe RAID-0 Testing Proves Latency Reductions
Vigile writes: The gang over at PC Perspective just posted a story that looks at a set of three M.2 form factor Samsung 950 Pro NVMe PCIe SSDs in a RAID-0 array, courtesy of a new motherboard from Gig...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Serves Cloud From the Sea Bed
judgecorp writes: A Microsoft Research project to run a data center underwater was so successful the team actually delivered commercial Azure cloud services from the module, which was 1km off the US P...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Graphene Optical Lens a Billionth of a Meter Thick Breaks the Diffraction Limit
Zothecula writes: With the development of photonic chips and nano-optics, the old ground glass lenses can't keep up in the race toward miniaturization. In the search for a suitable replacement, a team...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Exploitable Backhole Accidentally Left In Some MediaTek-based Phones
Lirodon writes: MediaTek has confirmed findings by security researcher Justin Case, who discovered that some devices running Android KitKat on MediaTek processors (often used in lower-cost devices) ha...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot San Francisco Bay Area In Superbowl Surveillance Mode
An anonymous reader links to Wired's description of a surveillance society in miniature assembling right now in San Francisco: Super Bowl 50 will be big in every way. A hundred million people will wat...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Running "rm -rf /" Is Now Bricking Linux Systems
An anonymous reader writes: For newer systems utilizing UEFI, running rm -rf / is enough to permanently brick your system. While it's a trivial command to run on Linux systems, Windows and other opera...
12:00 pm - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Price Dispute Means 800k Customers Lose TV Channels In Sweden
Z00L00K writes: Due to a conflict between the cable operators and the channel providers, 800,000 to 900,000 customers will lose some of the most-viewed TV channels in Sweden, among them Eurosport, Dis...
10:00 am - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Big Satellite Systems, Simulated On Your Desktop
An anonymous reader writes: Big systems of hundreds of satellites are under development to provide wireless Internet globally, with Richard Branson's OneWeb and Thales' LeoSat aiming at consumers and ...
06:00 am - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot MIT Team Tops Hyperloop Design Competition
The Dallas Morning News reports that a team from MIT has topped competitors from around 100 universities around the world at a competition held on the campus of Texas A&M by presenting a workable ...
06:00 am - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Edge's Private Browsing Mode Isn't Actually Private
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: The forensic examination of most web browsers has proven that they don't have a provision for storing the details of privately browsed web sessions. However, in the case of M...
04:00 am - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot Israeli Vulture Suspected of Spying Returned
New submitter red crab writes: BBC reports that a griffon vulture with GPS tracking device attached to its leg that was part of conservation program at Tel Aviv University was captured in Lebanon afte...
12:00 am - Mon, February 1, 2016
Slashdot France To Pave 1000km of Road With Solar Panels
An anonymous reader writes: France is planning on a project to build 1000 kilometers of road with specially designed solar panels. This project will supply 5 million people in France with electricity ...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot First Hidden Electric Motor In Cycling World Championship
An anonymous reader writes with the story that the world championship cyclocross competition this weekend in Zolder (Belgium) was scandalized by the first case of "mechanical doping." European champio...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot LG G3 'Snap' Vulnerability Leaves Owners At Risk of Data Theft
Mark Wilson writes: Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in LG G3 smartphones which could be exploited to run arbitrary JavaScript to steal data. The issue has been named Snap, and was...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot Drone Races To Be Broadcast To VR Headsets
An anonymous reader writes: You just plug in the HDMI feed, and you're in the cockpit of the drone," the CEO of the new Drone Racing League tells Wired. "Everyone from Oculus on is expecting to have V...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot Apple Developing Wireless Charging For Mobile Devices
An anonymous reader writes: Apple is currently working with partners in the US and Asia to develop wireless charging for iPhone and iPad. Mobile devices with wireless charging capabilities could be re...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot GNU Hurd Begins Supporting Sound, Still Working On 64-bit & USB Support
An anonymous reader writes: GNU developer Samuel Thibault presented at this weekend's FOSDEM conference about the current state of GNU Hurd. He shared that over the past year they've started working o...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot FTDI Driver Breaks Hardware Again
janoc writes: It seems that the infamous FTDI driver that got famous by intentionally bricking counterfeit chips [NOTE: that driver was later removed] has got a new update that injects garbage data ('...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot NSA Hacker Chief Explains How To Keep Him Out of Your System
An anonymous reader writes: Rob Joyce, the nation's hacker-in-chief, took up the ironic task of telling a roomful of computer security professionals and academics how to keep people like him and his e...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot Tiny Pluto Big On Frozen Water Reserves
New submitter rmdingler writes that a new map created by NASA based on the New Horizons flyby of Pluto "shows much more frozen water than scientists initially expected." Using LEISA to photograph from...
02:00 pm - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot U.S. Forces Viewed Encrypted Israeli Drone Feeds
iceco2 links to The Intercept's report that the U.S. and UK intelligence forces have been (or at least were) intercepting positional data as well as imagery from Israeli drones and fighters, through a...
10:00 am - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot Apple: Losing Out On Talent and In Need of a Killer New Device
mspohr writes with a link to an interesting (and rather dour) take at The Guardian on the state of Apple, which holds that: "Despite its huge value, Silicon Valley developers are turned off by [Apple'...
08:00 am - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 2.6.32 LTS Reaches End of Life In February 2016
An anonymous reader writes: The oldest long-term supported Linux kernel branch finally reaches end of life next month, but before going into the deepest darkest corners of the Internet, it just droppe...
04:00 am - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot Asus ZenBook UX305CA Shows What Skylake Core M Is Capable Of
MojoKid writes: ASUS recently revamped their ZenBook UX305 family of ultralight notebooks with Intel's 6th generation Skylake Core m series, which brings with it not only improved graphics performance...
02:00 am - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot Air Force Firewall Now Designated a Weapons System
An anonymous reader writes with a report from the Colorado Springs Gazette that the U.S. Air Force Space Command has declared its first cyber "weapons system" operational. The weapon, deemed fully ope...
12:00 am - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot A Legal Name Change Puts 'None of the Above' On Canadian Ballot
PolygamousRanchKid writes: The ballot to fill a legislative seat in Canada next month includes none of the above—and it's a real person. Sheldon Bergson, 46, had his name legally changed to Abov...
12:00 am - Sun, January 31, 2016
Slashdot ACLU Sues Anaheim Police For Public Records On Cell Phone Surveillance
New submitter Lacey Waymire writes: The ACLU of Northern California is suing for a release of public records regarding Anaheim police's use of cell phone surveillance devices. "We don't think any surv...