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10:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Leaked Emails Reveal Widespread Corruption in Global Oil Industry
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard, and Daniel Quinlan report on a widespread corruption in the global oil industry for The Huffington Post: In the list of the world's great companies, Un...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Unlocks the Ability To Turn Xbox One Consoles Into 'Development Kits'
Dave Knott writes: Today, Microsoft made good on a nearly three-year-old promise, unlocking the ability for all retail Xbox One consoles to become development kits. This mode will allow anyone to buil...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Looks To Sell Cyanogen-Powered ZTE Phone To Snub Google
An anonymous reader writes: According to a report out of The Information, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, ATT, is looking into partnering with Cyanogen because it thinks it could make a compelling An...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Apple's New Safari Technology Preview Browser Is Aimed At Web Developers
Sarah Perez reports for TechCrunch: Apple today announced it's expanding its efforts in the area of web development, with the launch of a new version of its Safari web browser, designed specifically f...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Bot Framework To Let Developers Build Their Own Chatbots
An anonymous reader shares a report on VentureBeat: Microsoft today is introducing the Bot Framework, a new tool in preview to help developers build their own chatbots for their applications. Using th...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot ACLU Shows How the Apple-FBI Fight Was About Much More Than One Phone
Russell Brandom reports for The Verge: Apple's San Bernardino fight may be over, but the government is still seeking both Apple and Google's help in unlocking phones. New research from the American Ci...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Confirmed: Microsoft and Canonical Partner To Bring Ubuntu To Windows 10
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports for ZDNet: According to sources at Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, and Microsoft, you'll soon be able to run Ubuntu on Windows 10. This will be more than ju...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Amazon.com Now Bans USB Type-C Cables That Aren't Up To Spec
Google engineer, Benson Leung has been on a mission to get rid of USB Type-C cables that aren't compliant with Type-C 1.1 spec. He reminds us that these cables could potentially lead to damage. Over t...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Now Runs On 270 Million Monthly Active Devices
At its developer conference, Build 2016, Microsoft announced on Wednesday that Windows 10, the latest version of its desktop version which it released on July 29 last year, is now being used on over 2...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot MIT Media Lab Defaults To Free and Open Source Software
Reader alphadogg cites a report on NetworkWorld: MIT Media Lab, that 30-year-old tech innovation factory that has had a huge hand in churning out everything from LEGO MindStorms to the Guitar Hero vid...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Repeated DDoS Attacks Force Coinkite Bitcoin Wallet To Close Down Web Service
An anonymous reader writes: Coinkite, one of the earliest Web-based Bitcoin wallet services, has announced plans to discontinue its service and focus on a hardware-based Bitcoin products, all because ...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Over 1,400 Vulnerabilities Found In Automated Medical Supply System
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers have discovered 1,418 vulnerabilities in CareFusion's Pyxis SupplyStation system -- automated cabinets used to dispense medical supplies -- that are st...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Police Unlikely To Win Wider Access To Smartphones Despite FBI Success In San Bernardino Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: The successful hack of a phone linked to the San Bernardino terror attacks is unlikely to help police win greater access to encrypted data c...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft and Canonical Partner To Bring Ubuntu To Windows 10, Says Report
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports for ZDNet: According to sources at Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, and Microsoft, you'll soon be able to run Ubuntu on Windows 10. This will be more than ju...
10:00 am - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot CNBC Just Collected Your Password and Shared It With Marketers
SpacemanukBEJY.53u writes: An article published by CNBC on Tuesday offered tips on how to create a secure password, complete with a form that tested submitted passwords. While well-intended, security ...
06:00 am - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Torvalds' Secret Sauce For Linux: Willing To Be Wrong
An anonymous reader writes: Linux turns 25 this year(!!). To mark the event, IEEE Spectrum has a piece on the history of Linux and why it succeeded where others failed. In an accompanying question and...
04:00 am - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Valve Loses Australian Court Battle Over Steam
angry tapir writes: Valve Software has lost court action launched against it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The Australian court case centered on the refund policies of Valve S...
02:00 am - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Company Creates Gun That Looks Like a Cellphone
Earthquake Retrofit writes: Sometimes you want to carry your gun in peace, but people keep drawing attention to your piece. This very issue plagued Kirk Kjellberg, the creator of Ideal Conceal, a [.38...
02:00 am - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Internet of Seals: Vodafone Connects Marine Mammals To IoT
Mickeycaskill writes: Researchers in Scotland claim to be the first to connect marine mammals to the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of a study into declining populations of harbor seals in the north...
02:00 am - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot The World's Largest Renewable Energy Developer Could Go Broke
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Huffington Post: There is a "substantial risk" that SunEdison may file for bankruptcy, the world's largest renewable energy developer said in a regulatory ...
12:00 am - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Global Majority Backs a Ban On 'Dark Net,' Poll Says
Alastair Sharp reports for Reuters: Seven in 10 people say the 'dark net' -- an anonymous online home to both criminals and activists fearful of government surveillance -- should be shut down, accordi...
12:00 am - Wed, March 30, 2016
Slashdot Why ISIS Is Winning The Online Propaganda War
blottsie writes: The U.S. government has been unable to fight the Islamic State on the one battlefield it currently commands: the Internet. Exemplified by an August 2014 video produced by the State De...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Researcher Uses Valve Security Bug To Upload Paint Drying Game On Steam
An anonymous reader writes: A security researcher found two bypasses in Valve's game review process that eventually allowed him to publish Steam Trading Cards and a full game on the Steam Store called...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot US Federal Court: This Year's Scams More Aggressive and Sophisticated Than Years Past
coondoggie quotes a report from Network World: The fraud and scam war rages. This week the Federal Courts warned of swindles involving people posing as federal court officials and U.S. Marshals target...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Preterm Births Linked To Air Pollution Cost Billions In The US
mdsolar quotes a report from TIME: Air pollution leads to 16,000 premature births in the United States each year, leading to billions of dollars in economic costs, according to new research. Researche...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot US Says It Would Use 'Court System' Again To Defeat Encryption
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: U.S. government officials from the FBI director down have said repeatedly that the FBI-Apple legal brouhaha was just about a single phone -- the seiz...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Google Announces Fiber Phone, a $10/Month Home Telephone Service
Google on Tuesday announced Fiber Phone, a home phone service for Fiber subscribers. For $10 a month, Fiber Phone offers unlimited local and nationwide calling, and "the same affordable rates as Googl...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Sony's Ultra 4K Streaming Service Launching On April 4; Titles Priced At $30
Janko Roettgers reports for Variety: Sony is launching its 4K movie streaming service called Ultra next month: Consumers will be able to buy movies from the service, and stream to supported Sony 4K TV...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Virus Hits MedStar Health Hospital Network
An anonymous reader writes: IT staff at multiple hospitals have been forced to stop all routine and net new operations and perform an all hands on deck emergency malware control effort in the last sev...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot The Arctic Sets Yet Another Record Low Maximum Extent
Layzej writes: Arctic sea ice was at a record low maximum extent for the second straight year, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA. This year's maximum ex...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Mass Surveillance Silences Minority Opinions: Study
Reader sittingnut writes: According to a study by Elizabeth Stoycheff from Wayne State University -- which was also referred to in the Washington Post, "knowing one is subject to surveillance and acce...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot China Proposes Foreign Domain Name Censorship
An anonymous reader writes: A new draft law in China could potentially increase domain name restrictions, limiting domestic access to foreign websites. The measures outlined in the 'Internet Domain Na...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot 'My Heroic and Lazy Stand Against IFTTT'
Like many of you, I use IFTTT. It's one of the handiest tools on the internet to get your work done. Want a text alert for weather? Want a notification on your Android smartphone whenever someone you ...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Chinese QQ Browser Caught Sending User Data To Its Servers
An anonymous reader writes: A report from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto reveals that the popular QQ Browser is collecting sensitive user information and sending it in an insecure manner...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Clicking on Links in iOS 9.3 Can Crash Your iPhone and iPad
Reader lxrocks writes: Many users are experiencing an issue with their iPhone and iPad wherein trying to open a link on Safari, Mail, Chrome or any other app causes it to freeze and crash. The issue r...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Ocean Temps Predict US Heat Waves 50 Days Out, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from UCAR.edu: The formation of a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summertim...
10:00 am - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot New NASA Launch Control Software Late, Millions Over Budget
schwit1 writes: The launch control software NASA is writing from scratch for its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is way behind schedule and way over budget. According to ABC News, "Development of thi...
08:00 am - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Git 2.8 Officially Released
prisoninmate quotes a report from Softpedia: Git 2.8 has been released on March 28, and we have to admit that it comes as a huge surprise to us all. Prominent features of Git 2.8 include parallel fetc...
06:00 am - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Finally Ships $8,999 Surface Hub
An anonymous reader quotes a report from eWeek: Surface Hub, originally slated to ship last September and later missing its January 2016 release deadline, is finally being delivered to Microsoft's bus...
02:00 am - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Fredkin Gate Breakthrough Brings Quantum Computing Within Closer Reach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Quantum computers are based on atomic-scale quantum bits, or qubits, that can represent both 0 and 1 simultaneously. Realizing that potential, however...
02:00 am - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Weev Admits To Hacking Printers To Spew Racist and Anti-Semitic Messages
An anonymous reader writes: Andrew Auernheimer, a black hat hacker known as "Weev," has admitted to hacking thousands of Internet-connected printers and making them print-out racist and anti-semitic m...
02:00 am - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot DARPA's Latest Grand Challenge Takes On The Radio Spectrum
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmag: One of the most hotly contested bits of real estate today is one you can't see. As we move into an increasingly wireless-connected world, staking out a...
12:00 am - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Japan's $273 Million Satellite Has Broken Up Into 'Multiple Pieces'
An anonymous reader writes: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that it has lost contact with its "Hitomi" satellite -- a state-of-the-art X-ray observatory, developed in conjuncti...
12:00 am - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot FBI Unlocks iPhone Without Apple's Help In San Bernadino Case
New submitter A_Mang writes: After asking for a delay last week, today the FBI revealed that a third party has succeeded in unlocking the iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernadino attack. They've ...
12:00 am - Tue, March 29, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Seeks $9.3 Billion For Google's Use Of Java In Android
angry tapir quotes a report from Computerworld: Oracle is seeking as much as $9.3 billion in damages in a long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, court filings s...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Dell Sells IT Services Unit For $3 Billion
An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, March 28, Dell has publicly announced it is selling its IT services unit to NTT Data of Japan for more than $3 billion. The sale of Dell's IT services marks the ...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Volvo Wants You To Ditch Car Keys For Its New Smartphone App
An anonymous reader quotes an article on DailyDot: Lending your car to a friend could be as easy as sending a text. That's the future Volvo is imaging with its smartphone app that enables keyless entr...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Wants $100 Million From California Taxpayers For Aging DSL
An anonymous reader quotes an article on DSLReports: AT&T is asking California taxpayers to give them $100 million so that it can provide several parts of the state with unreliable, slow and expen...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Behind the Scenes of NASA's Orbital ATK ISS Resupply Mission
Reader MojoKid sheds more light on NASA's unmanned cargo ship: The Orbital ATK CRS-6 mission that launched last week at NASA Cape Canaveral, Florida not only delivered supplies to the International Sp...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot One of Silicon Valley's Most Esteemed VCs Says Startups Are 'Mostly Crap'
An anonymous reader cites an article on VanityFair: Former Facebook employee Chamath Palihapitiya won't pull punches when it comes to lame tech companies. Palihapitiya's firm, Social Capital, has back...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple Re-posts iOS 9.3 Build For Older Devices Affected By Activation Lock Bug
An anonymous reader cites an article on MacRumors: Just a few days after releasing the iOS 9.3 update, Apple stopped offering it to a selection of older devices including the iPad Air and earlier and ...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Security Flaw In Truecaller Android App Exposes Data of Millions of Users
An anonymous reader writes about a newly found vulnerability in Truecaller: Security researchers have found a flaw in Truecaller, a popular service that indexes phone numbers and helps users block spa...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Sony's More Powerful PS4 To Be Announced Before PlayStation VR Launch
An anonymous reader quotes a report on Polygon about Sony's alleged PlayStation 4K, which Kotaku reported about earlier: Sony's more powerful version of the PlayStation 4 -- also known as the "PlaySta...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Oculus Rift Review: Virtual Reality is Almost Here
In what can be seen as a major milestone in the nascent, but fast-evolving virtual reality technology space, Facebook-owned Oculus on Monday began shipping the commercial version of the Rift. Several ...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Popular Transmission BitTorrent Client Released For Windows
An anonymous reader quotes an article on The Next Web: Transmission, one of the most popular BitTorrent clients for OS X and Linux, has finally arrived on Windows after roughly a decade in existence. ...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Why BART Is Falling Apart
HughPickens.com writes: Matthias Gafni writes in the San Jose Mercury News that the engineers who built BART, the rapid transit system serving the San Francisco Bay Area that started operation in 1972...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Zero-Rating Harms Poor People, Public Interest Groups Tell FCC
An anonymous reader links to an article on Motherboard: The nation's largest internet service providers are undermining US open internet rules, threatening free speech, and disproportionately harming ...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Google Scales the Great Firewall, Falls Off 105 Minutes Later
An anonymous reader writes: Citizens of mainland China unexpectedly found themselves with unfettered access to Google search late last night, commencing a golden age of censorship-free searching that ...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Tablet Now Available For Pre-Order
prisoninmate writes: During last month's MWC 2016 event, Canonical had the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet on display at their huge booth, along with the superb Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartph...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Glare On Cellphones?
An anonymous reader writes: As far as I know, I am not particularly sensitive to glare; I've used CRTs in offices full of overhead fluorescent lights, and just ignored the terrible reflections, and I'...
10:00 am - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Slaughter At The Bridge: Uncovering A Colossal Bronze Age Battle
schwit1 quotes a report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science via Sciencemag.org: About 3200 years ago, two armies clashed at a river crossing near the Baltic Sea. The confronta...
08:00 am - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Volcano Erupts In Southwest Alaska, Sending Ash 20,000 Feet
USA Today reports that according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pavlov Volcano, "about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted at 4:18 p.m. local time. The agency says the eruption also led to t...
06:00 am - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Redbox Plans To Launch New Streaming Service 'Redbox Digital'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Consumer Reports: Redbox, the movie and game-rental kiosk service, might be getting back into the streaming game a few years after its digital streaming servic...
06:00 am - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Japan's Space Agency Loses Contact With New X-Ray Telescope Satellite "Hitomi"
As carried here by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Associated Press reports that Japanese space agency JAXA reports that it has lost contact with its new satellite "Hitomi," deployed last month and d...
04:00 am - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Japan's Loses Contact With New X-Ray Telescope Satellite "Hitomi"
As carried here by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Associated Press reports that Japanese space agency JAXA reports that it has lost contact with its new satellite "Hitomi," deployed last month and d...
02:00 am - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Releases a Version of Windows 10 For the Chinese Government
Tech In Asia reports that Microsoft has completed their Windows 10 Chinese Government Edition, citing Caixin magazine's interview with Microsoft China's CEO. "Haupter told Caixin that it features fewe...
02:00 am - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Researcher Measures Brain Reactions To Donald Trump
An anonymous reader writes: Sam Barnett "has been strapping electrode caps on focus group participants and showing them primary season debates," reports CNN, and there's one clear conclusion. "Seeing ...
12:00 am - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot University of Illinois Transmits Record 57Gbps Through Fiber Optic Lines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Engineers at the University of Illinois have set a new record for fiber-optic data transmission, breaking previous theories that fiber optics h...
12:00 am - Mon, March 28, 2016
Slashdot Court Stops FCC's Latest Attempt To Lower Prison Phone Rates
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Prison phone companies have convinced a court to halt new rate caps on inmate calling for the second time this month. The first stay was issued M...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Romania Jails Ex-Minister Over Microsoft Licenses
"A former minister and three others have been handed jail sentences for corruption in Romania in a case linked to Microsoft software licenses," reports Balkan Insight. Prosecutors said the officials h...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Unmanned Cargo Ship Reaches ISS On Resupply Mission
An anonymous reader writes: NASA partner Orbital ATK reports an unmanned cargo shipped has successfully docked at the ISS, delivering 7,900 lbs (3.6 metric tons) worth of supplies for the crew of six ...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot 33,000 Sign Online Petition Promoting Guns At Republican Convention
An anonymous reader writes: "An online petition on Change.org claims that constitutional rights are being denied to those who want to bring a gun to the fight for the Republican Party's future," repor...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Easter Egg?
One year ago, Easter Sunday was greeted with the news that many companies were increasingly cracking down on "Easter Eggs," like the harmless snippets of vanity code playfully hidden by developers. "A...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot iPhone 7s May Sport Curved Glass and AMOLED Display
anderzole quotes a report from BGR: With calls for Apple's upcoming iPhone models to be "spectacular," it appears that pundits and those who have been quick to proclaim that we've reached "peak iPhone...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot NJ Legislator Proposes Fine For Walking While Phone-Distracted
schwit1 writes: A bill proposed this week by Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D., Camden) would impose a fine of up to $50 and possibly 15 days in jail for pedestrians caught using their cellphones wi...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot New Attack Discovered On Node.js Package Manager npm
An anonymous reader writes: A Google researcher has discovered a way in which he could exploit some npm registry design flaws to propagate a malicious package to other packages, and in the projects th...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Fruit Drinks Aren't Much Better For You Than Soda: Study
An anonymous reader cites a study on Vox: One of the biggest public health wins of recent decades has been America's slow shift away from soda. But there's pretty good evidence that Americans are stil...
02:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Messaging Giant Line Becomes a Phone Carrier in Japan
Popular instant messaging service, Line, is entering the mobile carrier business in Japan. The company says that its carrier will utilise telecommunications infrastructure of major Japanese carrier NT...
02:00 pm - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Tribeca Film Festival, Robert De Niro Pull Anti-Vaccination Film
theodp writes: USA Today reports that one day after defending the scheduled screening of a controversial documentary linking vaccinations to autism, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro ann...
10:00 am - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Sony Fixes Flubbed Dash Download
New submitter FourG writes: Not much fanfare (which is to be expected given the niche of the device now) but it looks like Sony posted a fix for the much maligned "can't download dashboard" error. It ...
08:00 am - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot How To Solve VR Simulation Sickness: Strap People Into Rollercoasters
An anonymous reader writes: Theme park owners are trying to breathe new life into old rides by adding VR headsets, according to IEEE Spectrum. In the latest such ride from the UK's Alton Towers, senso...
04:00 am - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Linux 4.6 Brings NVIDIA GTX 900 Support, OrangeFS, Better Power Management
An anonymous reader writes: The Linux 4.6-rc1 kernel has been released. New to the Linux 4.6 kernel are a significant number of new features including NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 open-source 3D support whe...
04:00 am - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Yellowstone Supervolcano Eruptions Even Bigger Than Originally Thought
schwit1 writes: A recent study published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin identifies an area of great volcanic activity along the Snake River Plain between Oregon and Yellowstone. While s...
02:00 am - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot FAA Predicts 7 Million Drones By 2020
An anonymous reader writes: The FAA is predicting that the number of drones in the U.S. will increase to 7 million by 2020, though they're still prohibited within 15 miles of Washington D.C. Earlier t...
02:00 am - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Prove Shakespeare's Skull Probably Isn't In His Grave
An anonymous reader writes: 400 years after Shakespeare's interment in Stratford-upon-Avon, archaeological researchers scanned his grave with a ground-penetrating radar to confirm a legend that his sk...
12:00 am - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Are Communications Records of Americans Retained Forever?
An Illinois prosecutor announced Friday that a Seattle man was wrongly convicted in 2012 of the abduction and murder of a 7-year-old girl in 1957, reports the Seattle Times. It was believed to be the ...
12:00 am - Sun, March 27, 2016
Slashdot Atari Vault Hits Steam, Play 100 Classic Games On PC
An anonymous reader quotes an article on SlashGear: Classic and retro video game fans will be eager to hear that Atari Vault has just landed on PC via Steam, making it the easiest way possible to enjo...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You Support Nuclear Energy?
Reader mdsolar writes that for the first time a majority of Americans have told Gallup they oppose nuclear energy. Support peaked at 62% in 2010, but "as Americans have paid less at the pump, their le...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Names That Break Computers
Reader Thelasko writes: The BBC has a story about people with names that break computer databases. "When Jennifer Null tries to buy a plane ticket, she gets an error message on most websites. The site...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Six Charged For Hacking Lottery Terminals To Spew Only Winning Tickets
An anonymous reader cites an article on The Register: Six people have been charged with exploiting a bug in lottery terminals to print off winning tickets on demand. Connecticut prosecutors say the gr...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot IBM Researchers Propose Device To Dramatically Speed Up Neural-Net Learning
skywire writes: We've all followed the recent story of AlphaGo beating a top Go master. Now IBM researchers Tayfun Gokmen and Yurii Vlasov have described what could be a game changer for machine learn...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot India Aims To Become 100% Electric Vehicle Nation By 2030
An anonymous reader quotes a report on NDTV: The Indian government is working on a scheme to provide electric cars on zero down payment for which people can pay out of their savings on expensive fossi...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Heavy Social Media Users Trapped In Endless Cycle of Depression
An anonymous reader quotes an article on The Independent: The more time young adults spend on social media, the more likely they are to become depressed, a study has found. Of the 19- to 32-year-olds ...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Canada and USA Feds Unite To Fight Spammers and Telemarketers
Reader Freshly Exhumed writes: Telemarketers in Canada and the USA have essentially been bypassing each nation's do-not-call registry by basing their efforts from the other or from off-shore locations...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot You'll Soon Be Able To 'Holoport' Anywhere In the World With Microsoft VR Tech
An anonymous reader cites an article on The Next Web: Microsoft research manager Shahram Izadi is showing off the company's latest innovation using HoloLens: 'holoportation,' enabling him to appear as...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Patent That Cost Microsoft Millions Gets Invalidated
An anonymous reader links to a report on Ars Technica: One of the oldest and most profitable patent trolls, Uniloc, has been shot down. Its US Patent No. 5,490,216, which claims to own the concept of ...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Why Learning To Code Won't Save Your Job
Over the years, several governments and organizations have become increasingly focused on teaching kids how to code. It has given rise to startups such as Codecademy, KhanAcademy and Code.org that are...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Uber Recruiting Engineers By Randomly Sending Coding Game To Play During Rides
An anonymous reader links to a Business Insider report: Uber has found a new way to lure engineers to work for the fast-growing startup. The taxi-aggregator service tests coding skills of select rider...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Layoffs Reflect New Turbulence At High-Flying 3D Robotics
BVBigelow quotes a report from Xconomy: 3D Robotics, the drone maker that began life in Tijuana and San Diego, has been consolidating its operations after stumbling in its bid to go head-to-head again...
10:00 am - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Is Old Tech Putting Banks Under Threat Of Extinction?
Matthew Wall from the BBC has written a fascinating piece detailing our reliance on banks in today's connected and ever-changing world of technology. The premise: "You put your card in the cash machin...
06:00 am - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Saturn's Moons and Rings May Be Younger Than The Dinosaurs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: Some of Saturn's icy moons may have been formed after many dinosaurs roamed the Earth. New computer modeling of the Saturnian system suggests the ri...
04:00 am - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Amazon's Raspberry Pi Guide Lets Coders Build An Echo
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Amazon has published an online guide explaining how to access its virtual assistant Alexa via a Raspberry Pi. The walkthrough includes access to the neces...
02:00 am - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Night Shift May Have Zero Effect On Sleep
eggboard writes: While blue light emitted by monitors and mobile displays has been widely cited as a cause in disrupting people's circadian rhythm, the evidence is thin: a narrow range of blue spectra...
02:00 am - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Report: Intel May Dump Nvidia, Turn To AMD For Radeon Graphics Licensing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Intel could dump Nvidia for a licensing deal with AMD as the chip giant tries to prop up its patent portfolio. Currently, Intel is under a $1.5 billio...
12:00 am - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Snapchat Reportedly Acquires Bitmoji Maker Bitstrips For $100 Million
An anonymous reader writes: According to a report from Fortune, Snapchat, the messaging platform which has recently become the number one free app on the App Store, has agreed to acquire Bitstrips, th...
12:00 am - Sat, March 26, 2016
Slashdot Bill Introduced To Require ID When Purchasing "Burner Phones"
insitus quotes a report from Speier.House.Gov: Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced the Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016, which would require p...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Petya Ransomware Uses DOS-Level Lock Screen, Prevents OS Boot Up
An anonymous reader writes: A new type of ransomware was discovered that crashes your PC into a BSOD, restarts your computer, and then prevents your OS from starting by altering the hard drive's maste...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Wrecking Crew Demolishes Wrong Housing Duplex Following Google Maps Error
An anonymous reader writes: A demolition company has leveled the wrong housing duplex after one of its employees was misled by a Google Maps error. Instead of bringing down a house destroyed by a torn...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot 1.5 Million Verizon Customer Records Put Up For Sale
An anonymous reader writes: A customer database as well as information about Verizon security flaws were reportedly put up for sale by criminals this week after a data breach at Verizon Enterprise Sol...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Fish Walks, Climbs Waterfalls Like a Salamander
An anonymous reader links us to an article on Discovery News: A species of cavefish in Thailand has been documented walking and climbing waterfalls in a manner similar to four-footed creatures such as...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Scientist Claims There's Even More Evidence of Planet Nine's Existence
An anonymous reader cites an article on The Verge: More evidence is pointing toward a mysterious Neptune-sized planet lurking at the outer edges of our Solar System. One of the scientists who claimed ...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Gmail's Encryption Warning Spurs 25% Increase In Encrypted Inbound Emails
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google's efforts to keep users safe might be forcing other email providers to make better security decisions. In February, the company started flagg...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Heavy Social Media Users 'Trapped In Endless Cycle of Depression'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: The more time young adults spend on social media, the more likely they are to become depressed, a study has found. Of the 19 to 32-year-olds w...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Google's $149 Nik Photo Editing Suite Goes Free
Google has announced that it is making its $149 Nik Collection photo editing suite available for free of charge. The move, which should make plenty of amateur and professional photographers happy, com...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Netflix's US Catalog Has Shrunk by More Than 2,500 Titles in Less Than 2.5 Years
According to a report on AllFlicks, a website that lists and categorizes Netflix content, the streaming service's library for American subscribers has shrunk by a third since 2014. The report claims t...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Brain Implant Can Automatically Adjust Dopamine Levels
Reader Wave723 writes about an implantable chip that is able to detect and adjust dopamine levels in mice brains. Created by researchers at Case Western Reserve University, the chip, unlike other brai...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft May Help Finance Yahoo Buyout, Says Report
Microsoft is in talks with equity firms that are considering making bids for purchasing Yahoo. The company says that it is willing to offer a significant financing for their efforts, reports Kara Swis...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Have a Political Bumper Sticker? The FBI Might Be Snapping Photos of You
v3rgEz writes: Tomorrow marks the 35th anniversary of Food Not Bombs, the peace organization that seeks to democratically divert military spending into free food for the needy. But as documents recent...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Former Bush Official Lawrence Wilkerson Says Snowden Has Done a 'Service'
An anonymous reader cites an article on Salon: Lawrence "Larry" Wilkerson, former Bush official finds the revelations made by Edward Snowden a service. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a former contractor wit...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot K-12 CS Framework Calls For Teaching Kids Responsible Use of Avatars and Emoji
theodp writes: If you're wondering what corporate-backed Computer Science for All might look like, check out the new Framework for K-12 CS Education draft, the handiwork of educators, Microsoft, Googl...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Chromium Being Ported To VC, Scrubbed of Compiler Bugs
jones_supa writes: Moving a big software project to a new compiler can be a lot of work, and few projects are bigger than the Chromium web browser. In addition to the main Chromium repository, which i...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Final Beta Released
prisoninmate writes: Canonical pushed the first-ever public Beta ISO images of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), which the company calls "Final Beta" builds, and it looks like they ship with Linux kern...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft and HP Enterprise Invest $73.5 Million In Mesosphere Startup
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Mesosphere, creator of the world's first data center operating system, has confirmed significant strategic investment from Microsoft and Hewlett Pac...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Admits To Capping Video Streams On Wireless Networks
An anonymous reader cites a story on Variety: Company says it plans to launch feature to give users control over mobile-video usage in May. Netflix has enforced a maximum limit on the quality of video...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Area Around Chernobyl Plant To Become a Nuclear Dump
mdsolar quotes a report from The Japan Times: A heavily contaminated area within a 10-kilometer radius of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine will be used to store nuclear waste materials, th...
08:00 am - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Pebble Lays Off 25% of Its Staff, Smartwatch Bubble Set To Burst?
tripleevenfall writes: Pebble is laying off 25% of its employees -- that's 40 pink slips -- taking it down to just 80 people. It seems indicative of the smartwatch market's terrible state. Previously ...
06:00 am - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Guiding Eyes Moves To IBM Cloud To Continue Mission Of Serving The Blind
mmoorebz writes: Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a nonprofit organization, announced that it is adopting the IBM Cloud to improve access and analysis of canine data. Some people rely on their service dogs...
02:00 am - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Trump Gives Displaced IT Workers Attention, and He's Not Alone
dcblogs writes: The H-1B visa issue is getting more attention than it has ever received before. Donald Trump has invited laid-off Disney workers to speak at his rallies, and has posed in photos with t...
02:00 am - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Supercomputers Help Researchers Improve Severe Hail Storm Forecasts
aarondubrow writes: Researchers working on the Severe Hail Analysis, Representation and Prediction (SHARP) project at the University of Oklahoma used the Stampede supercomputer to gain a better unders...
12:00 am - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot U.S. Indicts 7 Iranians Accused of Hacking U.S. Financial Institutions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted seven Iranians with intelligence links over a series of crippling cyberattacks against 46 U.S. financial insti...
12:00 am - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot NASA Competition Could Net You $1.5 Million For Next Great Airship
coondoggie quotes a report from NetworkWorld: NASA this week said it was considering a new Centennial Challenge: Build an airship capable of long-duration flight for scientific missions. The agency is...
12:00 am - Fri, March 25, 2016
Slashdot Brussels Bombers Filmed Nuclear Researchers, Hoped To Build A "Dirty Bomb," Expert Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: The brothers behind this week's Brussels bombings also spied on a top nuclear researcher and hoped to build a so-called "dirty bomb," an expert invol...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Should NPR Stop Promoting Its Own Podcasts and NPR One App On Air?
A new "ethics" policy from NPR details new rules to stop promoting NPR One and its podcasts on the air, to ultimately please local station managers who pay the largest share of NPR's bills. Chris Turp...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot USB Trojan Hides In Portable Applications, Targets Air-Gapped Systems
Reader itwbennett writes: A Trojan program, dubbed USB Thief by researchers at security firm ESET, infects USB drives that contain portable installations of popular applications such as Firefox, NoteP...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Kentucky Hospital Calls State of Emergency In Hack Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: A Kentucky hospital is operating in an internal state of emergency following an attack by cybercriminals on its computer network, Krebs on Security repor...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Starboard Launches Proxy Fight To Remove Entire Yahoo Board
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP moved on Thursday to overthrow the entire board of Yahoo Inc, including Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, who has ...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Sony Is Bringing PlayStation Games To iOS and Android Devices
An anonymous reader points us to Bryan Lufkin's report on Gizmodo: A year ago, Nintendo announced its long-overdue plans to bring its games to smartphones. Now, Sony's doing the same thing. You'll soo...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Female Computer Programmers Make $0.72 For Every Dollar Made By Male: Study
An anonymous reader cites an article on The Mercury News' Silicon Beat tech blog: Female computer programmers make 72 cents for every dollar earned by male programmers. That difference is after resear...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Jason Bradbury Believes Coding Lessons In Schools Are a Waste of Time
An anonymous reader writes: Famous TV personality Jason Bradbury, who hosts The Gadget Show, believes that the UK government is wasting its time trying to teach kids learn how to code. In a recent int...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Plans To Give Up Authoritarian Ways, Act Like a Startup
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung on Thursday announced that it plans to reform its internal culture to act like a startup. Se Young Lee reports for Reuters, "Samsung's executives will sign a pledge...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Lack of Bug Bounty Program May Explain Why Hackers Would Help FBI
On Wednesday, it was reported that FBI has contracted Cellebrite, an Israeli software provider specializing in mobile phone forensics, for $15,000 to break into the iPhone. It is believed that Cellebr...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Japanese AI Program Wrote a Short Novel, Almost Won a Literary Prize
An anonymous reader cites a Digital Trends article: A Japanese AI program has co-authored a short-form novel that passed the first round of screening for a national literary prize. The robot-written n...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's 'Teen Girl' AI Experiment Becomes a 'Neo-Nazi Sex Robot'
Reader Penguinisto writes: Recently, Microsoft put an AI experiment onto Twitter, naming it "Tay". The bot was built to be fully aware of the latest adolescent fixations (e.g. celebrities and similar)...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot AMOLED Displays Are Now Cheaper To Produce Than LCD
An anonymous reader quotes an article on AndroidAuthority: Optics pundits have been crowing about AMOLED destroying LCD for a while now: they are thinner, brighter, more energy efficient and arguably ...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Company Behind Badlock Disclosure Says Pre-Patch Hype Is Good Marketing
itwbennett writes: A new vulnerability in Windows and Samba, called Badlock, is set for disclosure on April 12, according to Badlock.org. Yes, this vulnerability has its own website and logo and there...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot AMD Releases Open-Source Driver Support For Next-Gen Polaris GPUs
An anonymous reader writes: For the first time ever, AMD has provided open-source support for next-generation discrete GPUs ahead of the product's launch. AMD developers published initial open-source ...
10:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot UK Man Faces Prison For Circumventing UK's Pirate Site Blockade
An anonymous reader writes with news from TorrenFreak that a Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in the UK has charged a man for operating proxy sites and services that let fellow Internet users i...
06:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot CCTV DVR Vulnerabilities Traced To Chinese OEM Which Spurned Researchers' Advice
An anonymous reader writes: RSA security researcher Rotem Kerner has identified a common vulnerability in the firmware of 70 different CCTV DVR vendors, which allows crooks to execute code and gain ro...
04:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot 'Flash Crash' Trader Navinder Sarao Faces US Extradition
mrspoonsi writes with this excerpt from the BBC: Navinder Sarao, the trader accused of helping to trigger the U.S. "flash crash," can be extradited to face trial, a court has ruled. Mr Sarao traded on...
04:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Google Opens Access To Its Speech Recognition API, Going Head To Head With Nuance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google is planning to compete with Nuance and other voice recognition companies head on by opening up its speech recognition API to third-party dev...
02:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat Becomes First $2 Billion Open-Source Company
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Red Hat just became the first open-source company to make a cool 2 billion bucks. Not bad considering Red Hat became the first billion dollar Linux comp...
02:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Apple Worries Spy Technology Has Been Secretly Added To Computer Servers It Buys
An anonymous reader writes: According to Business Insider, "[Apple] worries that some of the equipment and cloud services it buys has been compromised by vendors who have agreed to put "back door" tec...
02:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot D.C. Regulators Approve Exelon's $7 Billion Takeover Of Pepco
An anonymous reader quotes a report from WashingtonPost: District regulators approved a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon on Wednesday, creating the largest publicly-held utility i...
12:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Pornhub Unveils Free VR Porn Channel
An anonymous reader writes from an article on PCWorld: Big-name pornography website Pornhub has partnered with BadoinkVR, an early mover and shaker in VR porn, to launch a new section dedicated to imm...
12:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot OLO, World's First Portable 3D Printer Prints On Top Of Smartphones
MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: The OLO 3D Printer was first announced in October at the World Maker Faire in New York, where it earned itself an Editor's Choice award and accolades. The dev...
12:00 am - Thu, March 24, 2016
Slashdot Apple Worries That Spy Technology Has Been Secretly Added To The Computer Servers It Buys
An anonymous reader writes: According to Business Insider, "[Apple] worries that some of the equipment and cloud services it buys has been compromised by vendors who have agreed to put "back door" tec...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Rockefeller Fund Dumping Fossil Fuels, Hits Exxon On Climate Issues
mdsolar quotes a report from Reuters: The Rockefeller Family Fund said on Wednesday it will divest from fossil fuels as quickly as possible and "eliminate holdings" of Exxon Mobil, chiding the oil com...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot FBI Hires Cellebrite To Crack San Bernadino iPhone
tlhIngan writes: Earlier this week, the FBI asked the court for a continuance so it could do some research into a proposed method of cracking the [iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, Califo...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot GNOME 3.20 Officially Released
prisoninmate writes: After yet another six months of hard work, the highly anticipated GNOME 3.20 desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems has been officially released on March 23, 2016. Re...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot How One Dev Broke Node and Thousands of Projects In 11 Lines of JavaScript
An anonymous reader quotes an article written by Chris Williams for The Register: Programmers were left staring at broken builds and failed installations on Tuesday after someone toppled the Jenga tow...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Whistleblower: NSA Is So Overwhelmed With Data, It's No Longer Effective
An anonymous reader cites ZDNet's Zack Whittaker report: William Binney, a former NSA official who spent more than three decades at the agency, said the US government's mass surveillance programs have...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Computer Use Could Help Predict Early-Stage Alzheimer's
An anonymous reader cites an article on The Stack: Infrequent use of a computer in later life could be an early sign of reduced cognitive ability, according to research from Oregon Health and Science ...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat Becomes First $2B Open-Source Company
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Red Hat just became the first open-source company to make a cool 2 billion bucks. Not bad considering Red Hat became the first billion dollar Linux comp...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot China Is On an Epic Solar Power Binge
An anonymous reader links to an article on MIT Technology Review: It's worth taking a minute to appreciate the sheer scale of what China is doing in solar right now. In 2015, the country added more th...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot That Awkward Moment When 'Apple Mocked Good Hardware and Poor People'
An anonymous reader quotes a DailyDot article: Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, took the stage in Cupertino, California, earlier this week to explain some of the ne...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Angola's Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing Loopholes in Zero Rating
Reader Jason Koebler quotes a Motherboard article: Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their respective websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans hav...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA Announces New Quadro M6000 With 24GB Memory Buffer For Heavy Workloads
Reader MojoKid writes: Some might say there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to computing, and that's especially true for workstation graphics professionals who need varyi...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Intel Says It Will Move Away From 'Tick-Tock' Development Cycle
An anonymous reader writes: In its latest annual report, Intel says that it will be moving away from its decade-old "tick-tock" strategy (PDF) for developing new chips. From the company's 10-K filing,...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot How One Dev Broke Node, and Thousands of Projects In 11 Lines of JavaScript
An anonymous reader quotes an article written by Chris Williams for The Register: Programmers were left staring at broken builds and failed installations on Tuesday after someone toppled the Jenga tow...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Can NASA's Gryphon-X Project Save America?
An anonymous reader writes: The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, which advises both government and industry, has released an unusually fervent paper calling for NASA to push harder fo...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot US Army Creates Virtual Reality Dome To Assess Soldier Thinking During Combat
HughPickens.com writes: Bryant Jordan reports at Defense Tech that the Cognitive Science and Applications Team at the US Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is creating ...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Music Streaming Sales Outstrip Digital Downloads For First Time
An anonymous reader writes with this news, which might worry you if you'd like your music (or videos, or books) to be safely stored on your local PC, phone, or offline storage: Music streaming has sur...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Unofficial Answers: Why Does YouTube Seem So Biased?
Lauren Weinstein writes with some insight on an frustrating aspect of YouTube's video hosting service: "Why does Google's YouTube seem so biased against ordinary users who upload videos? I've unfairly...
12:00 pm - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot After Decades of Abuse, Microsoft Adds an Anti-Macro-Malware Feature To Office
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is finally addressing the elephant in the room in terms of security for Office users and has announced a new feature in the Office 2016 suite that will make it ha...
08:00 am - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot In Major Cloud Expansion, Google To Open 12 More Data Centers
Mickeycaskill writes: Google is to open 12 new data centers in the latest stage of a bitter war with rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The first two facilities to open will be in O...
06:00 am - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Sets April 8 For Next Dragon Launch
schwit1 writes: SpaceX has scheduled April 8 for the next Falcon 9 launch, set to carry its first Dragon capsule since the launch failure last year. Though this is the most important news contained by...
06:00 am - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Apache PDFBox Hits 2.0
mmoorebz writes: After three years of development and with over 150 contributors to the code, Apache PDFBox 2.0 has been released. With this release comes enhancements and improvements. The Apache PDF...
04:00 am - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Propose Neural Network To Assess Your State of Mind From Your Voice
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers in Australia have proposed a system to analyse a user's voice and recognise how they are feeling, long term. The system uses a Deep Neural Network (DNN) to comp...
02:00 am - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Google Will Kill Its Chrome App Launcher For Windows, Mac, and Linux In July
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced plans to kill off the Chrome app launcher for Windows, Mac, and Linux in July. The tool, which lets users launch Chrome apps even if the browser is n...
02:00 am - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot PlayStation VR Pre-Orders Sell Out In Minutes At Amazon
An anonymous reader writes: Once seen as the underdog, Sony's PlayStation VR headset continues to hold its own against PC-based competitors Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The company announced last week th...
12:00 am - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot FBI Grows "Cyber Most Wanted" List With Syrian Electronic Army Members
coondoggie quotes a report from NetworkWorld: The FBI today added two members of a Syrian hacker group to its Cyber Most Wanted list, offering a reward of up to $100,000 each for information that lead...
12:00 am - Wed, March 23, 2016
Slashdot Why We Should Fear A Cashless World
An anonymous reader writes: Dominic Frisby writes with a very interesting, albeit heavily opinionated, article from The Guardian discussing why we should all fear a cashless world. He argues "it will ...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot New Microhotels Fight Airbnb With 65 Square Foot Rooms
HughPickens.com writes: Amy Zipkin writes in the [New York Times] that a growing number of so-called microhotels are taking a smaller-is-better approach to fight Airbnb, offering rooms in New York Cit...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Major US Carriers Open Free Calls And Texts To Brussels
An anonymous reader quotes from a report on AndroidHeadlines: Following the attacks at Brussels International Airport and the Maelbeek Subway Station in Brussels, Belgium earlier this morning, all fou...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Is Apple's Last Chance To Save the iPad Line
An anonymous reader writes from an article written by Yoni Heisler on BGR: The iPad occupies a unique place in the annals of tech history. Upon its release in 2010, Apple's first stab at a tablet quic...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Bob Ebeling, Challenger Engineer Who Forewarned of Shuttle Disaster, Dead At 89
An anonymous reader quotes a report from HuffingtonPost: For three decades, retired NASA engineer Bob Ebeling blamed himself for being unable to stop the 1986 launch of space shuttle Challenger. He ha...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Ending Wii U Production Later This Year, Says Report
An anonymous reader cites a Polygon article: Nintendo will end production on its Wii U console sometime in 2016. The console, which has sold poorly compared to its wildly successful predecessor, debut...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot A Look Inside Apple's User Data Utilization Wars
tlhIngan writes: It's no secret Apple [is] on a privacy bent as of late. But that extends inside of Apple as well with various internal groups fighting for access to user data and often being denied b...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot You Can Now Get Comcast TV and Internet Service Through Amazon
An anonymous reader writes from a Fortune article: Comcast has struck a big online retail partnership. The media conglomerate has begun selling its Xfinity TV, phone, and Internet services through Ama...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot We Had All Better Hope These Scientists Are Wrong About the Planet's Future
Less than 24 hours since we read this dire climate study, an anonymous reader writes from a Washington Post report about several more concerning things: James Hansen, a former NASA scientist, says his...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Modify Water Treatment Parameters By Accident
An anonymous reader writes: Verizon's RISK security team has revealed details on a data breach they investigated where some hackers (previously tied to hacktivism campaigns) breached a payments applic...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Radio Attack Lets Hackers Steal 24 Different Car Models
An anonymous reader writes from a Wired article: A group of German vehicle security researchers has released new findings about the extent of a wireless key hack, and their work ought to convince hund...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot The Irish Not of Celtic Origin?
schwit1 writes: The discovery of a burial site in Ireland has thrown into doubt all theories concerning the Celtic origins of the Irish. "'The DNA evidence based on those bones completely upends the t...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Wine Makes It Possible To Run Vulkan Windows Programs On Linux
The cool Wine-related news of the week isn't just for Android Remix; an anonymous reader writes with some news applicable to a wider set of users: While no Windows-only Vulkan games have yet to be rel...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Vizio's New TVs Sport Google Cast, HDR and Android Tablets
An anonymous reader writes from an Engadget article: Vizio's latest P-Series 4K HDTVs are more than just an annual upgrade -- they also completely redefine how you'll be accessing media. The TVs, whic...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Uber Announces Bug Bounty Program, To Pay Up To $10,000 To Friendly Hackers
An anonymous reader writes about Uber's newly announced bug bounty program: Taxi aggregator service says it is willing to pay security researchers thousands of dollars if they are able to find vulnera...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code
itwbennett writes: The Tor Project, which provides more anonymous browsing across the Internet using a customized Firefox Web browser. is fortifying its software so that it can quickly detect if its n...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Terrorist Attack In Brussels Airport and Metro Station: At Least 34 Dead
SomeoneFromBelgium writes: This morning there was a double bomb explosion in Brussels, Belgium. In the National Airport entrance hall an estimated 13 people were killed by a big explosion; around the ...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Encryption Securing Mobile Money Transfers Can Be Broken
An anonymous reader writes: A group of researchers has proved that it is possible to break the encryption used by many mobile payment apps by simply measuring and analyzing the electromagnetic radiati...
12:00 pm - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot MuckRock Launches March Madness -- For FOIA
v3rgEz writes: Looking for a new office pool to get in on, but can't tell a layup from a low post? MuckRock has launched a FOIA bracket that pits 64 agencies against each other in a single-elimination...
08:00 am - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot One Million School Children To Get Free BBC Micro:bit Computers
Mickeycaskill writes with this news from TechWeek Europe: Every Year 7 student in England and Wales, Year 8 student in Northern Ireland and S1 student in Scotland will be handed, for free, a BBC micro...
06:00 am - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot CodeWeavers CrossOver Can Now Run Steam On Android Remix
twickline writes: James Ramey, the President of CodeWeavers, has posted a short video showing CrossOver running Steam on Android Remix at this years GDC 2016 (Game Developers Conference), which was re...
04:00 am - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot How Uber Turned Carnegie Mellon Into a Minor Nursery For Its Research Division
An anonymous reader writes: A year after Uber announced a collaboration with the Robotics Department of Carnegie Mellon University, not a single project has been developed. The ride-sharing company se...
02:00 am - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot FBI Delays Case Against Apple; May Have Way To Break Phone
msm1267 writes: The FBI has delayed its case against Apple less than a day before a scheduled court hearing and showdown over its demands that Apple help unlock a terrorist's iPhone. The government la...
02:00 am - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Intel's Former CEO (and First Hire) Andy Grove Dead at 79
The Verge reports the death at age 79 of former Intel CEO, Andy Grove, one of the best-known names in Silicon Valley, and in fact one of the people who are behind the fecund technological and business...
12:00 am - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Scientists: What We're Doing To The Earth Has No Parallel In 66 Million Years
mspohr writes from an article on The Washington Post: We haven't seen this much CO2 added to the atmosphere in 66 million years: "If you look over the entire Cenozoic, the last 66 million years, the o...
12:00 am - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Asks If You'd Be Happy With Selling Back Digital Xbox One Games For 10%
An anonymous reader writes: A recent survey from Microsoft has asked the community whether or not they would want a feature allowing them to sell back their digital games, just like you would a physic...
12:00 am - Tue, March 22, 2016
Slashdot Paris Terrorists Used Burner Phones, Not Encryption, To Evade Detection
An anonymous reader writes from an article on Ars Technica: New details of the Paris attacks carried out last November reveal that it was the consistent use of prepaid burner phones, not encryption, t...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Apple Unveils Liam, An iPhone Recycling Robot That Salvages Parts
MikeChino writes from an article on Inhabitat: There are around one billion Apple devices in use, and with that comes "significant responsibility," according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. That's why Apple ju...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Obama Lands In Cuba As First US President To Visit In Nearly A Century
An anonymous reader writes: Barack Obama descended on Cuba with a pomp unmatched by the Pope on Sunday, becoming the first American president to visit Cuba in nearly a century, and the first since a r...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Boom Aerospace Company Wants To Bring Back Supersonic Civilian Travel
pacopico writes: A startup out of Denver called Boom Technology has just come out of stealth mode [by] talking-up their supersonic jet. It would carry 40 passengers and travel at Mach 2.2. The company...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Apple Unveils Smaller iPhone SE, Starting At $399
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has officially unveiled a smaller, cheaper iPhone designed to make a splash in the budget-friendly smartphone market. The new device, called the iPhone SE, looks near...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Millionaires: Raise Our Taxes to Address Poverty, Fix Roads
jones_supa writes from an article on ABCNews: More than 40 millionaires, including members of the Rockefeller and Disney families, are asking to have their taxes raised to help address poverty and reb...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot The Internet of Things Is a Surveillance Nightmare
An anonymous reader writes from a DailyDot's Kernel Mag article: Welcome to the Internet of Things, what Schneier calls "the World Size Web," already growing around you as we speak, which creates such...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Apple Pay Has a Siri Problem
An anonymous reader writes: Katherine Boehret of The Verge reports multiple issues -- systematic, as well as general unawareness among vendors -- with Apple Pay. Citing instances from her own experien...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Join Forces To Create New Encrypted Email Protocol
An anonymous reader writes: A group of independent security researchers and major Silicon Valley tech giants have submitted a proposal for a new email protocol called SMTP STS (Strict Transport Securi...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Rust-Based Redox OS Devs Slam Linux, Unix, GPL
Freshly Exhumed writes: Redox OS, a project on GitHub aimed at creating an alternative OS able to run almost all Linux executables with only minimal modifications, is to feature a pure Rust ecosystem,...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot iMessage Bug Allows Attackers to Decrypt Photos and Videos
Researchers at John Hopkins University have found a bug in the instant messaging client iMessage which, if exploited, could allow an attacker to decrypt photos and videos sent as secured messages. "Ev...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver Adds Support For Wayland, Mir
An anonymous reader writes: After being desired by NVIDIA Linux users for years, the proprietary GeForce graphics driver natively supports Wayland and Mir as an alternative to an X.Org Server. It's be...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Old Kindles Will Be Disconnected Unless You Update By Tuesday
An anonymous reader writes: If you have a Kindle device, you must update it before March 22 or else it's going to lose internet connectivity. Losing access to the internet means that you won't be able...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Propose Biodiversity Lab To Redeem Guantanamo Prison Camp
HughPickens.com writes: The American presence at the Guantanamo Prison Camp has been deeply contentious since even before terrorism suspects began to be housed there beginning in 2002. Now as Presiden...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are You Excited About Upcoming 4-inch iPhone or 9.7-inch iPad Pro?
If rumors are to be believed, at its 'Let Us Loop You In' event on Monday, Apple will launch a new smartphone dubbed "iPhone SE," and a new tablet dubbed "iPad Pro." According to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Australia Promises To Remove Tax On Bitcoin, Support FinTech Innovation
An anonymous reader writes: The Australian government has announced that Bitcoin and other digital currencies would no longer be subject to Goods and Services Tax, and regulations would become more le...
10:00 am - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Students' Experiments To Fly By Glider To the Edge of Space
techmage writes: In 2002 Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson set the altitude record for a glider climbing to 42,000 feet in the Perlan I. This year the Perlan II glider will attempt to reach over 90,0...
08:00 am - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Unprecedented DDoS Attack At Swedish Government, Media Outlets
Flu writes: Yesterday, at 19:30 CET, an unprecedented DDOS attack shut down both Swedish government sites and all major news outlets, including www.aftonbladet.se, www.expressen.se, www.svd.se, www.dn...
04:00 am - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Meet UbuntuBSD, UNIX For Human Beings
prisoninmate writes: What's ubuntuBSD? Well, it's not that hard to figure out yourself, but just in case you're not sure, we can tell you that ubuntuBSD promises to bring the power of the FreeBSD kern...
02:00 am - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Autism Associated With Shorter Lifespan, According To UK Charity Study
Cognitive Dissident writes: It's only one study, but the results are disturbing. An article in The Guardian describes a study by the UK charity Autistica showing that all people on the autism spectrum...
02:00 am - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot How Space-Based Solar Power Plants Could Be Built By Robots On the Moon
MarkWhittington writes: The concept of space based solar power has been around for decades. The late Gerard K. O'Neill proposed building them as a way to finance space colonies in the 1970s. Recently ...
12:00 am - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Employees Launch Matchmaking Startup For Coworkers
reifman writes: As posted earlier, Amazon's growth and predominantly male hiring has made dating in Seattle incredibly difficult for everyone. Two Amazon employees, Becca Goldman and Mahvish Gazipura,...
12:00 am - Mon, March 21, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is It Time To Shrink the Ethernet Connector?
New submitter jimwelch writes: HDMI has shrunk to mini, then micro. USB has shrunk to mini, then micro. The wired Ethernet connector has not changed since 1988! On the Raspberry PI, it is the largest ...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Exec Explains Why Technical Skills Aren't Enough To Be a Great Engineer
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook's Regina Wallace-Jones, who is in charge of protecting 1.6 billion people on the social network, says math and science skills aren't enough to tackle challenges at...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Infamous French Hacker Calls Internet a "Digital Shantytown"
An anonymous reader writes: French hacker and security expert Anthony Zboralski calls social media networks a "digital shantytown" in his most recent blogpost. While fellow members of hacker collectiv...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Research Suggests 'CS For All' May Mean Lower Pay For All
theodp writes: The NY Times reports that new research suggests as women take over a male-dominated field, the pay drops. "A striking example," writes Claire Cain Miller, "is to be found in the field o...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Trading Platform Announces Huge Downtime Following Cyber-Attack
An anonymous reader writes: BitQuick, a US-based Bitcoin trader has announced that it will shut down its platform for up to 2 to 4 weeks following a cyber-attack this week. The platform took this step...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Facebook and Whatsapp Discontinue Support For Blackberry
Meshach writes with a link to news that as of yesterday, Facebook and WhatsApp have both discontinued support for Blackberry smartphones including BlackBerry 10 and BBOS platforms. Apparently Blackber...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Snowden: What Happened In 2013 Couldn't Have Happened Without Free Software
An anonymous reader writes from a NetworkWorld article: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden spoke at Free Software Foundation's LibrePlanet 2016 on free software, privacy, and security. He credited free ...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Say Smart People Are Better Off With Fewer Friends
HughPickens.com writes: Christopher Ingraham writes in the Washington Post that a new study finds that when smart people spend more time with their friends, it makes them less happy. "The findings in ...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Studio Ghibli Animation Software Going "Open Source"; Details Pending
Michael Tiemann writes: Digital Video, the makers of TOONZ, and DWANGO, a Japanese publisher, announced today they have signed an agreement for the acquisition by Dwango of Toonz, an animation softwar...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Facebook and Whatapp Discontinue Support For Blackberry
Meshach writes with a link to news that as of yesterday, Facebook and WhatApp have both discontinued support for Blackberry smartphones including BlackBerry 10 and BBOS platforms. Apparently Blackberr...
02:00 pm - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Canonical Finally Lets Users Move The Unity Launcher To Bottom In Ubuntu 16.04
prisoninmate writes from an article on Softpedia: It is official, the packages needed to move the Unity Launcher of Ubuntu Linux to the bottom of the screen have finally landed in the main repositorie...
10:00 am - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Building A Global Network Of Open Source SDR Receivers
hamster_nz writes: A fellow Kiwi is attempting to crowdfund a world-wide network of open-source, software-defined, radio receivers. Once in place, this will allow anybody anywhere in the world to scan...
06:00 am - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Tiny Vermont Brings Food Industry To Its Knees On GMO Labels
schwit1 writes: General Mills' announcement on Friday that it will start labeling products that contain genetically modified ingredients to comply with a Vermont law shows food companies might be thro...
04:00 am - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Pale Moon Devs Ponder Dropping Current Codebase And Starting From Scratch
An anonymous reader writes: The developers of the Palo Moon browser are thinking of scratching their current codebase due to the fact that it doesn't support many of today's current Web standards, and...
12:00 am - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Rumor: Broadcom Phasing Out WiFi Chip Business
jones_supa writes: According to sources in Taiwan at the heart of the electronics industry, Broadcom is looking to phase out its WiFi chip business in a move to streamline its workforce and product of...
12:00 am - Sun, March 20, 2016
Slashdot Apple Hires Corporate Security Chief Amid Legal Battle With FBI
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has hired a new security executive to oversee its corporate digital defenses as a result of the ongoing battle with the U.S. government over law enforcement's desire ...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Could You Fall In Love With This Robot?
Hanson Robotics and Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories are working on developing the most humanlike robots on the planet. While they may appear creepy, many roboticists believe they are key for humans and ...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Stealthy Drone Can Hide Underwater For Months, Then Float To Surface To Take-Off
An anonymous reader writes from an article on DigitalTrends: After months of analysis and experimentation, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab announced the succe...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot MIT Study Shows Stop Lights Won't Be Necessary In The Future
Lucas123 writes: An MIT [Senseable City Lab] study based on mathematical modeling demonstrated a likely scenario in which high-tech vehicles, using sensors to remain at a safe distance from each other...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Netflix CEO Says Blocking Proxy Services Is Maturation of Internet TV
An anonymous reader writes: During a recent round table discussion, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings commented on the company's controversial move to begin blocking the use of proxy VPN/DNS services. "We hav...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Jury Orders Gawker To Pay $115 Million To Hulk Hogan In Sex Tape Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes: [Hogan's attorneys told jurors this is the core of the case:] "Gawker took a secretly recorded sex tape and put it on the Internet." And now they are paying for it, dearly....
08:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Workers In China, India, USA Believe AI and Robots Will Replace Them
An anonymous reader cites a Quartz article: Chinese workers have seen the future, and it involves artificial intelligence, robots, and other forms of automation replacing them, at least for repetitive...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot How Many Digits of Pi Does NASA Use?
An anonymous reader quotes an article on Kottke.org: Mathematicians have calculated pi out to more than 13 trillion decimal places, a calculation that took 208 days. NASA's Marc Rayman explains that i...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Once Thought Safe, DDR4 Memory Shown To Be Vulnerable To 'Rowhammer'
An anonymous reader writes from an Ars Technica article: Physical weaknesses in memory chips that make computers and servers susceptible to hack attacks dubbed "Rowhammer" are more exploitable than pr...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars Should Be Legal Because They Pass Safety Tests, Argues Google
An anonymous reader quotes an article on The Verge: Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving car project, has sent a letter to US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today with a plan for sel...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Working on Tool to Port Chrome Extensions to Edge
Earlier this week, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build for Insiders that, among other things, brings support for extensions to Microsoft Edge. There aren't many extensions to play with currently...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Are Developing the World's Biggest Wind Turbine With 656-Ft. Long Blades
An anonymous reader writes from an LATimes article: Efforts to increase wind power mean that turbine blades are getting bigger and bigger. But a new design in the works takes the idea to levels most p...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Cinema-Quality Unity Engine 'Adam' Demo Claims To Run Real-Time On GeForce GTX 980
MojoKid writes: This week at GDC 2016 the team at Unity revealed their stable release of the Unity 5.3.4 game engine along with a beta of Unity 5.4. There are a number of upgrades included with Unity ...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Is $699 Too Much For a 13.3-inch Android E-ink Reader?
Robotech_Master writes: GoodEReader editor Michael Kozlowski is running an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to sell a $699 13.3" Android e-ink tablet. The campaign seeks $42,000--enough to fund the 60-...
12:00 pm - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Laid-Off Abbott IT Workers Won't Have To Train Their Replacements
dcblogs writes: An angry letter from Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) protesting Abbott Labs' IT employee layoff may be having an impact, but not the way the senator wanted. The layoffs are part of plan by A...
10:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot What Lies Beneath: The First Transatlantic Communications Cables
szczys writes: Our global information networks are connected by many many fibre optic cables sitting on the the ocean floor. The precursor to this technology goes all the way back to 1858 when the fir...
06:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Security Researcher Goes Missing After Investigating Bangladesh Bank Cyber-Heist
An anonymous reader writes: Tanvir Hassan Zoha, 34, security researcher, has gone missing just days after accusing Bangladesh's central bank officials of negligence, which facilitated the theft of ove...
04:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot FTC Warns Android App Developers About Use of Audio-Tracking Code
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: The Federal Trade Commission is warning dozens of developers about some code they've included in their apps that can surreptitiously listen to unique audio signals from TVs...
04:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot AMD Publishes Preview Linux Hybrid Driver With Vulkan, OpenGL 4.5 Support
An anonymous reader writes: AMD has finally published the previously talked about closed-source Radeon Vulkan driver for Linux. Announced by AMD via the Phoronix Forums is the new hybrid driver dubbed...
02:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot South Korea Commits $863 Million To AI Research After AlphaGo 'Shock'
schwit1 writes: In reaction to the recent Go victory by a computer program over a human, the government of South Korea has quickly accelerated its plans to back research into the field of artificial i...
02:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot More Devs Now Use OS X Than Linux, Says Survey
An anonymous reader writes from an article on 9to5Mac: Stack Overflow reports that more developers now use OS X than Linux as their primary OS, and that if the trend continues, fewer than half of all ...
02:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: the 140-Character Limit 'Is Staying'
An anonymous reader writes: The rumor that Twitter will scrap its 140-character limit for tweets just won't die. In an interview with NBC this morning, CEO Jack Dorsey has gone on record to say that t...
12:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Sexism Is Still a Thing At Microsoft's GDC Party
An anonymous reader writes from an article on TechCrunch: Microsoft hired a bunch of women wearing very little clothing to dance and socialize with people at the company's official Game Developers Con...
12:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot NSA Suggested Clinton Use A $4,750 Windows CE PDA
An anonymous reader writes from an article on Ars Technica: When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pushing to get a waiver allowing her to use a BlackBerry like President Barack Obama back...
12:00 am - Sat, March 19, 2016
Slashdot Neural Mechanisms In Mouse Brains Indicate We Actively Forget As We Learn
An anonymous reader writes from an article on MedicalXpress: They say that once you've learned to ride a bicycle, you never forget how to do it. But new research suggests that while learning, the brai...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Sony Working on 'PlayStation 4.5' With Enhanced VR and 4K Support
An anonymous reader writes: Citing multiple sources, Kotaku says that Sony is working on a 'PlayStation 4.5.' The gaming console will supposedly have an upgraded GPU which will support high-end 4K res...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Uber Seeking To Buy Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader writes from an article on Reuters: In order to save money from hiring drivers, ride-hailing service Uber has shown interest in placing a large order for self-driving cars, an auto ...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Bank of England Teams With New UK Cybersecurity Body
An anonymous reader writes: In its first project the UK's new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will work with the Bank of England to produce guidelines for Britain's financial sector. The partner...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Pwn2Own 2016 Recap: Hackers Earn $460,000 For 21 Hacks
wiredmikey writes from an article on SecurityWeek: Pwn2Own 2016 has come to an end, with researchers earning a total of $460,000 in cash for disclosing 21 new vulnerabilities in Windows, OS X, Flash, ...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Revises Windows 7, 8 On Skylake Cut-Off Date To 2018
An anonymous reader writes from a ZDNet story: Microsoft is softening its stance on how long and how completely it will continue to support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users running Skylake-based device...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Is Now Sending Postcards To Remind Kindle Owners To Update Their Devices
Reader Nate the greatest writes: Amazon's getting serious about a recent required firmware update. Last month Amazon sent out emails, asking everyone to update, and this week they stepped up their gam...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Standing Desks May Not Be Healthier Than Sitting All Day, Say Scientists
An anonymous reader writes from a Fortune article: Standing desks are the fashionable furniture of choice at the moment, but they may not really be the healthier alternative to, well, a chair. A revie...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot FTC Warns Android App Developers About Use of Audio Tracking Code
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: The Federal Trade Commission is warning a dozen of developers about some code they've included in their apps that can surreptitiously listen to unique audio signals from TV...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot FBI Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are voicing their concerns about the potential risk of cars being hacked. In an advisory note, they urge...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Journey To Mars May Use Nuclear Rockets
MarkWhittington writes: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has been making the rounds of congressional committees, defending the indefensible, that being the latest Obama space agency budget proposal. ...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot NY Bill Would Provide Tax Credit For Open Source Contributors
An anonymous reader writes: For many years, the open source software community has made the distinction between "free as in freedom" (the software can be used or modified as the user sees fit) and "fr...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Apple Employees, If Ordered To Unlock iPhone, Might Quit
An anonymous reader quotes an NYTimes article: Apple employees are already discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot US Government Pushed Many Tech Firms To Hand Over Source Code
An anonymous reader writes: Apple isn't the only company that has been asked to hand over the source code of its operating system. In an effort to find security flaws that could be used for surveillan...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Why Buses Need To Be More Dangerous
HughPickens.com writes: Is there such a thing as being too safe? Jeff Kaufman writes that buses are much safer than cars, by about a factor of 67 but buses are not very popular and one of the main rea...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Tries Hard To Play Nice With Open Source, But There's an Elephant In the Room
Esther Schindler writes: They're trying, honest they are. In 2016 alone, writes Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Microsoft announced SQL Server on Linux; integrated Eclipse and Visual Studio, launched anopen-s...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Gov't Accidentally Publishes Target of Lavabit Probe: It's Snowden
AmiMoJo writes: In the summer of 2013, secure e-mail service Lavabit was ordered by a federal judge to provide real-time e-mail monitoring of one of its users. Rather than comply with the order, Levis...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Fast-Food CEO Invests In Machines Because Regulation Makes Them Cheaper Than Employees
An anonymous reader writes: The CEO of Carl's Jr., Andy Puzder, has been inspired by the 100-percent automated restaurant, Eatsa, as he looks for ways to deal with rising minimum wages. "With governme...
10:00 am - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Dozens of Russian Banks Phished By Crooks Pretending To Be FinCERT
itwbennett writes: CSO Online's Steve Ragan reports that dozens of Russian banks were targeted this week by meticulous attackers who formatted a Word document 'to look like a legitimate FinCERT bullet...
06:00 am - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Failed To Install Internet, Then Demanded $60,000 In Fees
Earthquake Retrofit writes: A Silicon Valley startup called SmartCar in Mountain View, California signed up for Comcast Internet service. After hearing Comcast excuses for months, company owner Katta ...
04:00 am - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Anonymous Doxes Trump, But Leaked Info Underwhelms
Mic.com reports that the "total war" declared by Anonymous against presidential candidate Donald Trump has resulted in a grandly presented leak of some personal information. Items alleged to be person...
02:00 am - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot What's Frying the Electrical Systems On BART Trains?
Tekla Perry writes: Earlier this month, BART engineers shut down a substation in hopes that the closure would quiet the power surges that were frying the electrical propulsion equipment on BART cars -...
02:00 am - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Emails Show NSA Rejected Hillary Clinton's Request For Secure Smartphone
An anonymous reader writes from an article on CBSNews: Newly released emails show a 2009 request to issue a secure government smartphone to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was denied by the Na...
02:00 am - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot N. Korea Launches Ballistic Missile
The BBC reports that North Korea's military today launched a ballistic missile from that country's east coast; the missile fell into the water after a flight of about 500 miles.Reuters adds some more ...
12:00 am - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Nike's Self-Lacing Shoes Will Go On Sale This Year
An anonymous reader writes: The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 self-lacing shoes have been officially unveiled. We know they will go on sale later this year, but we do not know the price. "When you step in, your...
12:00 am - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's Messenger Bot Store Could Be Most Important Launch Since App Store
An anonymous reader writes from an opinionated article on TechCrunch by Tom Hadfield: If Facebook announces the "Messenger Bot Store" at F8, as many predict, it would be arguably the most consequentia...
12:00 am - Fri, March 18, 2016
Slashdot Asteroid Impacts Make Tiny Diamonds
The Bad Astronomer writes: It's long been thought that asteroid impacts create pressures high enough to form diamonds. Now, using high-energy lasers and X-ray crystallography, researchers have confirm...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot 'Chilling Effect' of Mass Surveillance Is Silencing Dissent Online, Study Says
An anonymous reader quotes a Motherboard article: Research suggests that widespread awareness of mass surveillance could undermine democracy by making citizens fearful of voicing dissenting opinions i...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Finally Rolls Out Windows 10 Mobile To Older Phones
An anonymous reader writes: One year after Windows 10 Mobile was announced, Microsoft is finally rolling out their new OS to older mobile devices, specifically devices running Windows Phone 8.1. Here'...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Apple Stores iCloud Data With Google
An anonymous reader writes: Alphabet's Google has quietly scored a major coup in its campaign to become an enterprise cloud computing powerhouse, landing Apple as a customer for the Google Cloud Platf...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot SeaWorld To End Orca Breeding Program
An anonymous reader writes: Amusement park operator SeaWorld Entertainment announced on Thursday that it is ending its orca breeding program. The announcement comes amid growing pressure from activist...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Keyfiles Secure, But Still Accessible?
New submitter castionsosa writes: With various utilities like borgbackup, NetBackup, zbackup, and others, one uses a keyfile on the client as the way to encrypt and decrypt data. Similar with PGP, Gnu...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up For Sale In Robotics Retreat
An anonymous reader writes from an article on Bloomberg: Executives at Google parent Alphabet Inc., absorbed with making sure all the various companies under its corporate umbrella have plans to gener...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Millions of Android Devices Vulnerable To New Stagefright Exploit
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers have found yet another flaw in Android's Stagefright. The researchers were able to remotely hack an Android phone by exploiting the bugs. According to ...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Tim Cook Talks About Encryption, Right to Privacy, Public Safety, and DOJ
TIME reporters sat down with Apple CEO, Tim Cook, to talk about encryption, public safety, and right to privacy among other subjects. The wide-ranging interview captures Cook's discomfort with how his...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile Adds YouTube To Its Zero-Rated Binge On Program
An anonymous reader writes: T-Mobile is expanding its Binge On program. The wireless carrier on Thursday announced that it is adding YouTube and seven other video services including Discovery Go, Goog...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot McAfee Uses Web Beacons That Can Be Used To Track Users, Serve Advertising
An anonymous reader writes: A test of seven OEM laptops running Windows has shown consistent privacy and security issues, including an interesting revelation that the McAfee Antivirus running on six o...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot FCC Set To Approve Charter, Time Warner Cable Merger
insitus writes: The FCC is getting close to approving Charter's $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. According to a (paywalled) report in the Wall Street Journal, FC...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Intel Teases Skull Canyon Gaming NUC: Core i7, Iris Pro Graphics, Thunderbolt 3
MojoKid writes: Intel first hinted at their upcoming Skull Canyon NUC small form factor PC at CES 2016 in January, but the company is now ready to give this slightly bigger, badder NUC its official de...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot The Law Is Clear: the FBI Cannot Make Apple Rewrite Its OS
An anonymous reader cites a post by Susan Crawford, Harvard Law Professor and former Obama Special Assistant: From her column at Backchannel, "Barack Obama has a fine legal mind. But he may not have b...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Silicon Valley's Tech Employees Are Getting Nervous
An anonymous reader quotes an article on Vanity Fair: Private tech companies are feeling a contraction in Silicon Valley. The funding that venture capitalists have thrown at start-ups is dwindling, in...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Algorithm Deduces Drunk Tweets From Geolocation, Behavioral Data
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have devised an algorithm for identifying people who post on Twitter while drunk at home, using both geolocation tags and behavioral data. The researchers analy...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Pwn2Own Day 1: Hackers Earn $280k For Hacking Chrome, Flash, Safari
wiredmikey writes: Pwn2Own 2016 contestants hacked Apple's Safari Web Browser, Adobe Flash Player and Google Chrome, and earned more than $280,000 on the first day of the competition taking place this...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Sony Outage Disables DASH Devices, No ETA On a Fix
New submitter Jack Greenbaum writes: In 2012 Sony closed the developer site for the DASH, their version of the Chumby platform. Sony never officially killed off the product, and they kept the back end...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot EU Court Says Hotspot Owners Aren't Liable For 3rd-Party Piracy
Mickeycaskill writes: A preliminary ruling from a European Court of Justice Advocate General has said it is not reasonable for owners of public Wi-Fi hotspots to be held liable for copyright infringem...
08:00 am - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Within 6 Years, Most Vehicles Will Allow OTA Software Updates
Lucas123 writes: By 2022, using a thumb drive or taking your vehicle to the location you bought it for a software update will seem as strange as it would be for a smartphone or laptop today. By 2022, ...
06:00 am - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot US Army Developing Encrypted Radar Waveform
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. army is working on an innovative technology for masking radar emissions in contested territory and environments with heavily congested radio bands. Effective radar...
04:00 am - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Reports: NVIDIA Launching a Distro of Its Own
An anonymous reader writes: There are unconfirmed reports that NVIDIA is working on its own Linux distribution dubbed "NLINUX." This NLINUX is supposedly a Linux platform optimized for gamers and simi...
04:00 am - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot American Express Warns Customers About Breach -- From 2013
itwbennett writes: In a notification letter dated March 10, American Express warned cardholders that their account information might've been exposed after a third-party service provider suffered a dat...
02:00 am - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot Obama Nominates Merrick Garland For Supreme Court
According to the New York Times, President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick B. Garland as the nation's 113th Supreme Court justice, choosing a centrist appeals court judge for the lifetime appointme...
02:00 am - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot NASA Will Intentionally Burn Unmanned Orbiting Craft In Space
An anonymous reader writes from an article on Phys.org: NASA said it will test the effects of a large fire in space by setting off a blaze inside an orbiting unmanned space craft. NASA has set off tin...
12:00 am - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot CyanogenMod 13.0 Release 1 Released
An anonymous reader writes: CyanogenMod 13.0 Release 1 is now available as the Android community's first release based off Google's 6.0 Marshmallow. [...] Not long after Google released the code for A...
12:00 am - Thu, March 17, 2016
Slashdot 5 Major Hospital Hacks: Horror Stories From the Cybersecurity Frontlines
the_newsbeagle writes: We don't often get insider accounts of hacks against major institutions like hospitals because they immediately go into damage control mode. But at a SXSW talk, a couple of expe...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Odroid C2 Challenges Raspberry Pi 3 On Hardware But Not Ecosystem
szczys writes: We are surely in the age of single-board computers as the words "Raspberry Pi" sneak into the ranks of [a] household name. Many would have thought this impossible, but for hardware enth...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Your Data Footprint Is Affecting Your Life In Ways You Can't Even Imagine
An anonymous reader cites the following excerpts from a FastCoExist article: Innocently clicking on a link results in ad targeting that's hard to shake and our purchases quickly reveal more informatio...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot AT&T, Comcast Kill Local Gigabit Expansion Plans In Tennessee
An anonymous reader writes from an article on DSLRReports: For some time now municipal broadband operator EPB Broadband has been saying that a state law written by ATT and Comcast lobbyists have preve...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Meet the Guy Whose Software Keeps the World's Digital Clocks In Sync
New submitter Wave723 quotes a story on IEEE: In many cases, the internal clock that ticks away in a laptop or desktop computer is synchronized to an official time service maintained by the U.S. Natio...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Find iOS Malware That Infects Non-Jailbroken Devices
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Palo Alto Networks are reporting about a new iOS malware that could infect non-jailbroken devices without a user's consent. Dubbed "AceDeceiver," the iOS mal...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot How Far Have We Come With HTTPS? Google Turns On the Spotlight
alphadogg writes: HTTPS is widely considered one of the keys to a safer Internet, but only if it's broadly implemented. Aiming to shed some light on how much progress has been made so far, Google on T...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple Files Final Response In San Bernardino iPhone Case
An anonymous reader writes: In its final briefing before a court showdown next week, Apple said, "The court must consider the national debate surrounding the issue of mandating a backdoor or the dange...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Denies Rogue Windows 10 Upgrades, Says Users Remain Fully In Control
MojoKid writes: Despite significant user outcry that Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade mechanism has gone rogue, installing on customers' Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines when their backs were turned or ...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's 'Closed Silos' Pose Challenges To Open Web
An anonymous reader writes: The growing trend of closed content silos -- publishing platforms that require a login in order to view the content is a step away from a more open web. Back in December of...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Former LulzSec Hacker Gets a Job As Security Adviser At Big UK Firm
An anonymous reader writes: Mustafa Al-Bassam, co-founder and former member of LulzSec under the alias tFlow, has announced he'll be joining Secure Trading, a UK-based online payments firm, assuming t...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot DC Metro Closes For Emergency Safety Inspection
McGruber writes with NBC's report that Washington, DC's Metrorail system has been completely shut down for at least 29 hours, so crews can check 600 underground jumper cables:A problem with those jump...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot RBS Cuts Hundreds of Jobs As FCA Approves 'Robo-Advisers'
An anonymous reader writes: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced that it will be switching customer advice services over to automated 'robo-advisers' as it cuts 220 face-to-face positions. Given...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot How 'Assassin's Creed' Or 'Fallout 4' Might Help Make AI Smarter
moon_unit2 writes: Apparently, playing computer games might provide a shortcut to greater intelligence. MIT Technology Review has a story about researchers using virtual game environments to train dee...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Malvertising Campaign Hits MSN, NY Times, BBC, AOL
An anonymous reader quotes an article on Help Net Security: In the last couple of days, visitors of a number of highly popular media outlets including the NY Times, the BBC, and Newsweek have been tar...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Security Firms Say Chinese Hackers Behind US Ransomware Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: According to four leading security firms, some of the recent ransomware attacks against U.S. companies have been performed by hacking groups working at the behest of China'...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot During Sunshine Week, MuckRock Looks At Some of the All-Time Greatest Redactions
v3rgEz writes: It's currently Sunshine Week, a chance to celebrate government transparency, or, this year, the lack thereof, as it came out that the Obama administration secretly undermined Congressio...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Sea Rise Could Force Millions In Florida To Adapt Or Flee
mdsolar writes: For the first time, a team of researchers looked at ongoing population growth in areas where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has created flood maps that more accura...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot India Scans a Billion Irises In Interest of National Security
An anonymous reader writes: The Indian government is using a loophole to fast-track legislation to allow federal agencies access to its database of 1 billion individuals' finger prints and iris scans....
10:00 am - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Tavis Ormandy Criticizes Meaningless Antivirus Excellence Awards
An anonymous reader writes: A Google security expert (Tavis Ormandy) has become annoyed with antivirus products receiving awards a week after he finds huge security holes in their software. He's talki...
08:00 am - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Elop New Chief Innovator For Australia's Telstra
Freshly Exhumed writes: The former Microsoft executive excoriated by some industry watchers for the collapse of Nokia Mobile Phones, Stephen Elop, has re-emerged down under. Telstra says Elop is being...
06:00 am - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Alibaba To Train a Million Youngsters In E-commerce
An anonymous reader writes: Alibaba has announced its plans to train a million teenagers and graduates living in rural areas of China to kick-start their own businesses. The Chinese e-commerce giant r...
04:00 am - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Provides Uncapped 1 Gb Service To 1 Customer -- of 22.4 Million
McGruber writes: A month after it suffered a nationwide outage, Comcast announced that a Dunwoody, Georgia resident is the first customer in the nation to get Comcast's new $80/month uncapped 1-gigabi...
02:00 am - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Study: Drones Present Minimal Threat To Aircraft
itwbennett writes: A study from George Mason University, which estimates danger from consumer drones, suggests that rules around private drone use could be relaxed without endangering general aviation...
02:00 am - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot What Apple Can Learn From BlackBerry Not To Do
dkatana writes: There is no shortage of news about the fight between Apple and the Justice Department to unlock the iPhone of a suspect in the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist case. Apple can take a ...
12:00 am - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot Obama Rejects New Atlantic Ocean Oil Drilling
mdsolar writes: The Obama administration will abandon its plan to allow new offshore oil drilling on the U.S. southeast coast, dealing a blow to petroleum companies that had hopes of tapping new reser...
12:00 am - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot How Much Do Tech Bosses Really Earn?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Everybody knows that tech's top figures, such as Google CEO Larry Page or Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, are worth billions of dollars thanks to stock options. But how m...
12:00 am - Wed, March 16, 2016
Slashdot GM, Lyft Working Toward Creating Autonomous Vehicle Ride-Sharing Network
Lucas123 writes: GM today announced a short-term vehicle rental program exclusive to the Lyft ride-sharing service, but it also made clear a longer-term goal to create a fleet of autonomous vehicles t...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Steam Stealer Malware Becomes Extremely Sophisticated, Remains Very Cheap
An anonymous reader writes: During the past years, malware aimed at stealing game inventory items from Steam accounts and logging Steam login credentials has become extremely sophisticated, but [has] ...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot DOJ Threatens To Seize IOS Source Code
An anonymous reader writes from an article posted on iDownloadBlog: The DoJ is demanding that Apple create a special version of iOS with removed security features that would permit the FBI to run brut...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Opens Up Azure Cloud in Germany Even It Can't Access
Reader v3rgEz writes: International customers are becoming increasingly concerned about the U.S.'s data snooping practices, and it appears Microsoft has devised a solution to make them happy: Set up A...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot The State of Slashdot: Https, Poll Changes, Auto-Refresh, Videos, and More
As of yesterday, Slashdot now serves over https. In addition, the polls have been moved exclusively to the right rail, and will not show up with the other stories any longer. We've also disabled auto-...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Once Pro-Microsoft, Here Maps Drops Support For Windows 10, Windows Phone
An anonymous reader points us to a blog post at Here website: Here Maps has announced that it will be pulling its mapping and navigation service from the Windows 10 store on March 29, 2016. The parent...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Security Firms Say Chinese Hackers Behind U.S. Ransomware Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: According to four leading security firms, some of the recent ransomware attacks against U.S. companies have been performed by hacking groups working at the behest of China'...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Peter Jackson and JJ Abrams 'Back' Sean Parker's Screening Room
An anonymous reader writes: Reports claim that Napster founder, Sean Parker, is working on a new service, called Screening Room, which would make major blockbusters available at home on the same day a...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Should All Research Papers Be Free?
An anonymous reader points us to an article at The New York Times: There's a battle raging over whether all academic research papers should be made free to all. These academic papers are typically loc...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC Vulnerability Could Compromise IoT Security
Reader Mark Wilson writes: One of the greatest concerns surrounding the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is its security, and it seems that some people's worst fears have just been realized. Sec...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Major Browsers Add Experimental Support For WebAssembly
An anonymous reader writes: Four major web browsers have announced support for the near-native compiling technology WebAssembly, and collaborated to bring an initial common game demo of Angry Bots, ru...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Still Accepts Bitcoin, Apologizes For 'Inaccurate Information'
An anonymous reader writes: In December 2014, Microsoft added Bitcoin as a payment option, courtesy of Bitcoin processor BitPay, for a variety of its gaming and mobile content. On Saturday, a simple m...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Hack Chromebook In Guest Mode, Win $100,000
An anonymous reader writes: Google has once again upped the ante for bug hunters concentrating on Chrome, and is now offering $100,000 to anyone capable of achieving a compromise of a Chromebook or Ch...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla's New Servo Browser Will Hit Alpha In June 2016
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has announced it is releasing the first alpha versions of its Servo browser this upcoming June. The project uses browser.html for the browser's UI and Rust for the ...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Wants To Replace Passwords With Selfies and Videos
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has filed a patent application for a technology which would allow consumers to authenticate transactions via selfie or video. As part of the verification process, th...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Study Finds That Humidity Has More Effect On Drive Failures Than Temperature
AmiMoJo writes: A study by Rutgers University and Microsoft has found that hard drives are more prone to failure due to high levels of humidity [PDF] than high temperature. With a view to 'free coolin...
12:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot US Projected To Lead the World In New Solar Installations This Year
Lucas123 writes: The U.S. solar market is expected to grow 120% this year, with 16GW of new solar power, more than double the record-breaking 7.3GW installed in 2015. The total operating solar PV capa...
12:00 pm - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot AMD Announces 16 TFLOP Radeon Pro Duo
MojoKid writes: Remember that Radeon R9 Fury X2 graphics card that AMD CEO Lisa Su showed off months ago? We were previously lead to believe that the dual-GPU graphics card would deliver performance o...
10:00 am - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Preps Its Infrastructure For a Virtual Reality Future
1sockchuck writes: Facebook is building a new generation of open hardware, part of its vision for powerful data centers that will use artificial intelligence and virtual reality to deliver experiences...
10:00 am - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Google's AlphaGo AI Beats Lee Se-dol Again, Wins Go Series 4-1
An anonymous reader quotes an article at The Verge about Korean grandmaster's fifth and final game with Google's AlphaGo AI: After suffering its first defeat in the Google DeepMind Challenge Match on ...
06:00 am - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Autonomous Cars? How About Autonomous Bikes?
R3d M3rcury writes: So we've all heard about the brave new world of autonomous cars which will be at our beck-and-call. But how about an autonomous bike? The i-Bike (not to be confused with the iBike ...
04:00 am - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot 16 US Ships That Aided In Operation Tomodachi Still Contaminated With Radiation
mdsolar writes: Sixteen U.S. ships that participated in relief efforts after Japan's nuclear disaster five years ago remain contaminated with low levels of radiation from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ic...
02:00 am - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Typosquatters Running .om Domain Scam To Push Mac Malware
msm1267 writes from an article on Threatpost: Typosquatters are targeting Apple computer users with malware in a recent campaign that snares clumsy web surfers who mistakenly type .om instead of .com ...
02:00 am - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Xbox Live Now Supports Cross-Platform Multiplayer With PS4
An anonymous reader writes from an article on TechCrunch: Microsoft just announced that game developers can now create cross-platform multiplayer modes that work with other consoles and operating syst...
12:00 am - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Alternatives To "Atomic" Clocks?
Tony Isaac writes: "Atomic" clocks that you can buy in stores synchronize time using the WWVB shortwave band from NIST in Boulder. The problem is, this signal is notoriously weak, making these clocks ...
12:00 am - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot Docs With Malicious Macros Deliver Fileless Malware
itwbennett writes: Researchers from Palo Alto Networks warn that attackers are using Word documents with malicious macros and PowerShell to infect computers with fileless malware. The rogue PowerShell...
12:00 am - Tue, March 15, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Defeats Class Action In Unlimited Data Throttling Case
An anonymous reader writes from an Ars Technica article: Customers who sued ATT over its practice of throttling unlimited data plans will not be able to pursue a class-action lawsuit against the compa...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Anonymous Declare 'Total War' On Donald Trump, Threaten To 'Dismantle His Campaign'
An anonymous reader writes from Business Insider's article: Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous hacktivist collective have vowed to relaunch cyber-operations against US presidential candidate Donald...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Hyperloop to Feature 'Augmented' and 'Interactive' Windows
An anonymous reader writes about the much-anticipated Hyperloop transportation system: Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, took to the stage at SXSW to announce that the Hyperl...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot LG Releases First Smartphone With DAB Chip
An anonymous reader writes: LG have released the first smartphone with built-in DAB+ circuitry,allowing users to listen to digital radio without consuming mobile data bandwidth. The LG Stylus 2 will i...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Hacker GhostShell Doxes Himself So He Could Get a Job In the Industry
An anonymous reader writes: One of the most notorious hackers around has decided to dox himself after getting tired of hacking companies and failing to find a legitimate job in the infosec community. ...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Dropbox Moves Users' Data Off Amazon S3 to Its Own Infrastructure
Reader Richard_at_work writes: Dropbox today announced that it has been working on a "top secret" project called Magic Pocket for the past two and a half years to get data of more than 500 million use...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Google Loses Anti-Monopoly Appeal In Russia Over Android Bundling
An anonymous reader shares an update on Google's ongoing battle with Russian regulators: Google suffered a major blow in Russia on Monday, after the Moscow Arbitration court sided with an earlier ruli...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Gets Affordable, Power Efficient 314GB Hard Drive On Pi Day
Mickeycaskill writes: Western Digital has released a had drive optimized for the Raspberry Pi. The 314GB drive, released on Pi Day (3/14), costs $31.42 for a limited time and promises to be more relia...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and Others To Beef Up Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: Tech giants including Google, Facebook, Whatsapp and Snapchat are looking to increase the privacy of user data by expanding their encryption features. The recent reports ma...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft to Open Source Minecraft-Based Project AIX
Microsoft has found a new use of its insanely popular title Minecraft. The company on Monday announced Project AIX, a platform that will let computer scientists experiment with artificial intelligence...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot 6 Tiny Robotic Ants, Weighing 3.5 Oz. In Total, Pull a 3900-lb. Car
Reader schwit1 writes about MicroTug, a team of six microrobots that weigh just 3.5 ounces (99 grams), and can move a car: Researchers at Standford University's Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation ...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Store No Longer Accepts Bitcoins As Payment
westlake writes: It may come as a surprise to many here [but not all! -- Ed.], but back in December 2014, Microsoft began accepting Bitcoin.as payments for apps, games, and music purchased through the...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot China Criticizes Subsidized Ride-Hailing Apps As Anti-Competitive
An anonymous reader writes: China's minister of transport Yang Chuantang has warned that the current round of ferocious price-wars among China's leading ride-sharing app providers, including Didi Dach...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot The Case Against Ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership
An anonymous reader writes: For the past two and a half months, Canadian law professor MichaelGeist has been writing a daily series on the trouble with theTrans Pacific Partnership. The 50 part series...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Microfluidic Cooling Turns Down the Heat On High-Tech Equipment
An anonymous reader writes with a snippet from HelpNet Security about a technology that sounds promising down the road for consumer equipment, but may land a lot sooner than that in high-end applicati...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.5 Officially Released
prisoninmate writes: Yes, you're reading it right, after being in development for the past two months, Linux kernel 4.5 is finally here in its final production version. It is internally dubbed "Blurry...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy
An anonymous reader writes with an intriguing story at Quanta Magazine, which begins: Two mathematicians have uncovered a simple, previously unnoticed property of prime numbers — those numbers t...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Israeli 10th-Grader Discovers Elegant Geometry Theorem
An anonymous reader writes with a report that: Tamar Barbi, a 10th grade student living in Hod Hasharon, Israel, discovered that the theorem she was using to solve one of the problems on her geometry ...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Report: Science Can Now Link Climate Change To (Some) Extreme Weather
mdsolar writes: Extreme weather events like floods, heat waves and droughts can devastate communities and populations worldwide. Recent scientific advances have enabled researchers to confidently say ...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 2.6.32 LTS Has Reached End of Life
prisoninmate writes: At the end of January we reported the fact that the oldest long-term supported kernel branch, Linux 2.6.32, is about to reached its end of life in February 2016, as announced by W...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot NASA Begins Planning the First Human Mission To Cislunar Space
MarkWhittington writes: With the first launch of the heavy-lift Space Launch System drawing nigh (for no later than November 2018), NASA is already trying to plan the first crewed space mission beyond...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Dell's Next Rev for Project Sputnik: Ubuntu 14.04 On XPS 13 Developer Edition
MojoKid writes: Also known as "Project Sputnik," Dell came up with the idea of offering developers a variant of their XPS 13 notebook running Linux and launched its first models over three years ago. ...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Valve Is Bringing Steam's Game Library Into VR With Desktop Theater Mode
An anonymous reader writes: From characters sprinting around levels at inhuman speeds to the player's view being forcibly moved when a game takes control of the camera during a cutscene, it isn't as e...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Shows Adblock Plus Users an Error Message Instead of Ads
An anonymous reader writes: Do you use YouTube with Adblock Plus? Some users have been getting the following message instead of ads: "An error occurred. Please try again later." The error message is o...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Sorry, Indie Devs -- Pop Apps Are the Future of App Store
An anonymous reader points us to an opinion piece by Apple blogger Rene Ritchie on the dim prospects for indie app developers, in the face of mass-market, big-name competition. From his piece: Big app...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Steal Bank's Crypto Credentials, But Are Foiled By Their Own Typo
New submitter tlambert writes: Unknown persons stole Bangladesh Bank transfer credentials for payments via the international banking system, and then proceeded to start moving money to the Philippines...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot ESA's ExoMars Successfuly Lifts Off From Baikonur
vikingpower writes: The European Space Agency's second mission to Mars, Exomars, was successfully launched from the Baikonur launch pad today. Exomars will search for traces of life, either past or pr...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Personalized Learning: the Best Education Or the Worst?
theodp writes: In an exclusive interview with Education Week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about why he is shifting his K-12 giving priorities to personalized learning. While acknowledging that...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 14, 2016
Slashdot Obama Administration Supports Recycling Code and Open Source
jones_supa writes: The Obama administration is seeking public comments on its open source policy. They have released for public comment a draft Federal Source Code policy to support improved access to...
04:00 am - Sun, March 13, 2016
Slashdot Google Chrome Extension Caught Stealing Bitcoin From Users
An anonymous reader writes: Bitcoin exchange portal Bitstamp is warning users of a Google Chrome extension that steals their Bitcoin when making a transfer. According to Bitstamp, this extension conta...
04:00 am - Sun, March 13, 2016
Slashdot Code.org Hacked, Emails and Locations Data of Volunteers Compromised
An anonymous reader allegedly quoting an email from Code.org, claims that the database of the non-profit organization has been breached: Some personal data was accessed on our web site by a firm explo...
02:00 am - Sun, March 13, 2016
Slashdot Children To Parents: 'Don't Post About Me On Facebook Without Asking Me'
HughPickens.com writes: Sites like Facebook and Instagram are now baked into the world of today's families. Many, if not most, new parents post images of their newborn online within an hour of birth, ...
02:00 am - Sun, March 13, 2016
Slashdot Study Finds 3 Laws Could Reduce Firearm Deaths By 90%
An anonymous reader writes: The study, published in The Lancet, used a cross-sectional, state-level dataset relating to a host of topics associated with firearm mortality including gun ownership and e...
12:00 am - Sun, March 13, 2016
Slashdot VPN Provider's No-Logging Claims Tested In FBI Case
An anonymous reader writes from an article published on TorrentFreak: [A] criminal complaint details the FBI's suspicions that 25-year-old Preston McWaters had conveyed "false or misleading informatio...
12:00 am - Sun, March 13, 2016
Slashdot U.S. Says North Korean Submarine Missing
An anonymous reader writes: The North Korean regime lost contact with one of its submarines earlier this week, three U.S. officials familiar with the latest information told CNN. According to CNN, the...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Upgrade Reportedly Starting Automatically On Windows 7 PCs
An anonymous reader writes: Many users have confirmed in the comment section of a popular reddit post that "Windows 7 computers are being reported as automatically starting the Windows 10 upgrade with...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Hotel Experience With Android Lightswitches
jones_supa writes: The hotel in which Matthew Garrett was staying at, had decided that light switches are unfashionable and replaced them with a series of Android tablets. In his tour to the system, o...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Working On Education Platform To Offer Free Learning Materials
An anonymous reader writes: E-commerce giant Amazon is planning to launch a new education platform which would enable educators to upload, manage, share, and discover open education resources. Earlier...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot TP-Link Blocks Open Source Router Firmware To Comply With FCC Rules
An anonymous reader points to an official announcement made by TP-Link, which confirms a report from last month that it is blocking open source firmware: The FCC requires all manufacturers to prevent ...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Wi-Fi Hotspot Blocking Persists Despite FCC Crackdown
An anonymous reader writes: An examination of consumer complaints to the FCC over the past year and a half shows that the practice of Wi-Fi hotspot device blocking continues even though the agency has...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot The Source of All Major Android Banking Trojans Just Got Updated To V2
An anonymous reader writes: Apparently, during the past months it has started coming to the surface the fact that most top-tier Android malware was actually related, coming from a common malware varia...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Intel's Optane SSD Compatible With NVMe; Could Boost MacBook Storage Speeds By 1000x
More details have emerged about Intel's Optane, a new kind of memory and SSD that utilizes 3D Xpoint. The upcoming 3D Xpoint technology, which is supposedly 10 times denser than DRAM and 1,000 times f...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Hertz Had Sheriffs On Hand the Day It Cut IT
dcblogs writes: About 300 Hertz IT employees, most located in Oklahoma City, are being impacted [by] a decision to expand its outsourcing to IBM. About 75 will be hired by IBM and those workers [are e...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Qubes OS 3.1 Has Been Released
Burz writes: Invisible Things Labs has released Qubes OS 3.1. Some of the features recently introduced into this secure concept, single-user desktop OS are Salt management, the Odyssey abstraction lay...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Alpha Go Takes the Match, 3-0
mikejuk writes: Google's AlphaGo has won the Deep Mind Challenge, by winning the third match in a row of five against the 18-time world champion Lee Se-dol. AlphaGo is now the number three Go player i...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot 600,000 TFTP Servers Can Be Abused For Reflection DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have discovered that improperly configured TFTP servers can be easily abused to carry out reflection DDoS attacks that can sometimes have an amplification facto...
12:00 pm - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Critical Bug In Libotr Opens Users of ChatSecure, Adium, Pidgin To Compromise
An anonymous reader writes with a report at HelpNet Security that A vulnerability in "libotr," the C code implementation of the Off-the-Record (OTR) protocol that is used in many secure instant messen...
10:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Help Clean Up Waste
Kristine Lofgren writes: Japanese researchers have discovered a microorganism that literally devours ocean-clogging plastic. The bacterium Ideonella sakaiensis can completely break down polyethylene t...
06:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Leaked Islamic State Documents Identify Thousands of Jihadis
itwbennett writes: Sky News reports that it was handed a USB stick with 'tens of thousands of documents' detailing phone numbers and family contacts of Islamic State members by 'a disillusioned conver...
06:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Can Predict Hurricane Damage As Well As Emergency Agencies
sciencehabit quotes an article from ScienceMag.com: In October 2012, meteorologists noticed a massive low-pressure system forming over the waters south of Cuba. In just 5 days, it spun into one of the...
04:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot 2 Years Later, Java Security Still Broken By Faulty Oracle Patch
An anonymous reader writes: A faulty security patch has left Java users vulnerable to attacks in the past two years, researchers from Polish security firm Security Explorations are claiming. The issue...
04:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot FDA Approves Indego Exoskeleton For Clinical And Personal Use
Science_afficionado writes to note that the FDA "has approved a powered lower-limb exoskeleton created by a team of Vanderbilt engineers and commercialized by the Parker Hannifin Corporation for both ...
02:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Skype Co-Founder Launches End-To-End Encrypted 'Wire' App
An anonymous reader writes: A group of former Skype technologists, backed by the co-founder of the messaging platform, has introduced a new version of its own messaging service that promises end-to-en...
02:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Obama: Government Can't Let Smartphones Be 'Black Boxes'
JoeyRox writes: President Obama said Friday that smartphones -- like the iPhone the FBI is trying to force Apple to help it hack -- can't be allowed to be "black boxes," inaccessible to the government...
02:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot An Inside Look At How Netflix Builds Code
mmoorebz writes: Netflix is known as a place to binge watch television, but behind the scenes, there's a lot that goes on before everyone's favorite show can be streamed. The first step to deploying a...
12:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot HPE's Haven OnDemand Offers 'Machine Learning As a Service'
An anonymous reader writes: Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced its HPE Haven OnDemand machine learning service to bring Big Data analytics to mainstream developers. "HPE Haven OnDemand democrati...
12:00 am - Sat, March 12, 2016
Slashdot Surprise Nuclear Strike? Here's How We'll Figure Out Who Did It
sciencehabit writes: Many experts believe that a nuclear attack on U.S. soil is more likely than ever; a bomb set off in a city street is seen as the most likely scenario. The conceivable need to unma...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot DARPA Wants Ideas On Weaponizing Off-the-Shelf Tech
An anonymous reader writes: The good news is that some of today's most advanced technologies are cheap and easy to find, both online and on the shelves of major chain stores. That's also the bad news,...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot 'Serious Sam 1' Engine Released As Open Source
jones_supa writes: id Software is well known for publicly releasing the source code of its old first-person-shooter games. Now Croteam is joining the club by releasing the source code of the engine of...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot GM Buys Driverless Software Startup Cruise Automation
An anonymous reader writes: General Motors has confirmed its acquisition of autonomous software company Cruise Automation. The Silicon Valley-based firm, set up by former Twitch co-founder Kyle Vogt i...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Russian Bitcoin Issuers Will Risk 7 Years In Prison
An anonymous reader writes: The Russian Ministry of Finance has announced an amendment to the country's criminal code which will impose prison sentences of up to seven years for the issuing of Bitcoin...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Apple Might Be Forced to Hand Over iOS Source Code to the FBI
Bruce66423 writes: In its latest filing, the FBI implies that, if the burden on Apple programmers of their alternative approach is too great, then Apple should release the whole source code to the FBI...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Completely Shut Down DDoS Protection Firm Staminus
An anonymous reader writes: Hackers have breached DDoS protection firm Staminus, a US-based company that offers protection against a range of network security attacks including, well, DDoS. The frauds...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Fukushima Cleanup, 5 Years On
AmiMoJo writes: Today is five years since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami, leading to a series of meltdowns. Nearly half a million people were evacuated at...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot AMD's XConnect Brings Native Driver Support For Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Cards
AnandTech writes about AMD's XConnect technology: Last night AMD issued a driver update that brought support for a new technology, XConnect. In a nutshell, XConnect is AMD's trade name for running ext...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Some Root For a Tech Comeuppance In San Francisco
HughPickens.com writes: David Streitfeld writes in the NYT that cities do not usually cheer the downfall or even the diminishment of the hometown industry, but the relationship between San Francisco a...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Hawking and 150 Royal Society Scientists: Brexit Disaster For UK
cold fjord writes: Steven Hawking, 150 fellows of the Royal Society (three Nobel laureates among them), and the Astronomer Royal, are warning that exit from the EU by the UK could be a disaster for sc...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot One Solution to MITRE's Overworked CVE System: Build a New One
An anonymous reader writes: For the last 17 years, the American not-for-profit MITRE Corporation has been editing and maintaining the list of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs). According to ...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot A California Jury Finds Copyright Infringement In an Interface
whoever57 writes: A California jury in one of the cases between Synopsys and Atoptech found copyright infringement in Atoptech's use of the "Primetime commands". These companies compete in the field o...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Chicagoan Arrested For Using Cell-phone Jammer To Make Subway Commute Tolerable
McGruber writes with this story from the Chicago Tribune: Last Fall, certified public accountant Dennis Nicholl boarded a Chicago subway train while carrying a plastic bag of Old Style beer. Nicholl p...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Research Establishes 13-Hour Gap Between Viral Misinformation and Correction
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers in China and America will soon launch a platform called Hoaxy, designed to identify and analyze what happens when misinformed news goes viral, and the processes...
10:00 am - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Android Banking Trojan Masquerades As Flash Player, Circumvents 2FA
A newly found Android trojan is targeting customers of large banks in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. The banking malware, flagged as Android/Spy.Agent.SI by ESET security firm, disguises itself as...
08:00 am - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Software Bug in F-35 Radar Causes Mid-Flight System Reboot
Reader Lisandro writes: The F-35 Fighter jet can't seem to catch a break. An advanced AN/APG-81 AESA F35 radar system has been found riddled with a software bug that causes it to degrade and stop work...
06:00 am - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Apple Announces 'Let Us Loop You In' Event For March 21st
An anonymous reader writes: The official Apple Events page has been updated in advance of the newly announced media event. Invitations were sent out earlier Thursday inviting members of the press to "...
04:00 am - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Tor Users Can Be Tracked Based On Their Mouse Movements
An anonymous reader writes: The way you move your mouse is unique, like fingerprints, and can be used by dark forces to track you on supposedly anonymous and secure networks like Tor, according to a B...
02:00 am - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Miniature Fuel Cell To Keep Drones Aloft For Over An Hour
Zothecula writes: Drones are being utilized in everything from parcel delivery to search and rescue, but their limited flight times are restricting their ability to travel great distances or stay for ...
02:00 am - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Federal Judge Admits Existence Of NSA's PRISM Program
An anonymous reader writes: A U.S. judge has just admitted the existence of the NSA's infamous PRISM program by name, apparently the first time any federal judge has done so. PRISM has been an open se...
12:00 am - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Apple Executive Confirms: Manually Quitting Apps Doesn't Improve Battery Life
An anonymous reader writes: Apple software engineering VP Craig Federighi recently dispelled one of the more long-standing myths about iPhone battery life. In short, if you spend a few minutes every d...
12:00 am - Fri, March 11, 2016
Slashdot Report Finds OpenStack Still Being Debated In The Industry
mmoorebz writes: Talligent, a provider of cost- and capacity-management solutions for OpenStack and hybrid clouds, announced its 2016 State of OpenStack Report yesterday. In the report, it identified ...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Samsung Has the Upper-Hand, For Now
MojoKid writes: To look at Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, on the surface, one might mistake them for only a modest uplift of bells and whistles, and perhaps a light rebuffing of the ...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot New Tool Offers Look At Performance of UWP Games On Windows
Vigile writes: One of the concerns surrounding the recent debate of the Unified Windows Platform and games being released on it, such as the recent Gears of War Ultimate Edition, was the inability for...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Patches Serious Flaws In Cable Modems and Home Gateways
itwbennett writes: Cisco Systems has patched high-impact vulnerabilities in several of its cable modem and residential gateway devices that are distributed by some ISPs to their customers, and said in...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Bank of England Looks Into 'Centralized' Bitcoin Alternative, RSCoin
An anonymous reader writes: The Bank of England is working with researchers at University College London to design a Bitcoin clone of its own that can be centrally controlled. It was recently found th...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot 9 Open Source Alternatives To Picasa
An anonymous reader writes: After over a decade of ownership of the product, Google announced just a few weeks ago that it will be closing the shutters for good on Picasa, a cross-platform photo viewe...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Cautious Steps Toward Seabed Mining
mdsolar writes: The deep ocean was once assumed to be lifeless and barren. Today we know that even the deepest waters teem with living creatures, some of them thought to be little changed from when li...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Human Go Champion 'Speechless' After 2nd Loss To Machine
Reader chasm22 points to a Phys.org report about the second straight loss of Lee Sedol to AlphaGo, the program developed by Google's DeepMind unit. The human Go champion, Sedol found himself "speechle...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Dutch Researchers Grow Crops In Simulated Lunar and Martian Soil
MarkWhittington writes: When people start living on the moon and Mars on a permanent basis, they are going to need to grow their own crops to produce food to eat. Indeed, in the recent hit movie, "The...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Patch Tuesday Brought Windows 10 Ad Generator
jones_supa writes: Microsoft has been very aggressive on getting Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10. The company has introduced a "Get Windows 10" system tray icon, moved the upgrade to "r...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot In Brazil, Police Overstep Court Order To Sieze Former President's Email
New submitter MythicalMan writes: During the search and seizure in the Lula Institute last Friday, [Brazil's] Federal Police threatened a computer technician with being taken under arrest, forcing him...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Mars InSight Mission To Launch In 2018, After $150M Failure and Delay
Reader wbr1 points to Ars Technica's Wednesday report that NASA has announced a 2018 launch date for its InSight mission to Mars, two years after its original launch date; the date slip gives engineer...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Contradictory Understandings of "Robot" Sow Confusion In US Law
Hallie Siegel writes: A new paper covering 60 years of robotics in American case law shows that a growing mismatch between how judges think about robots and what contemporary robots can actually do is...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Opera Introduces Native Adblocking, 45% Faster Than Chrome With Adblock Plus
An anonymous reader writes: A new version of the Opera desktop web browser introduces fully-featured native adblocking which is able to load adblocked pages significantly faster than rivals running th...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Laser System Set To Revolutionize Future Aircraft, Satellite Data Links
An anonymous reader writes: A new laser system, dubbed HYPERION, promises to improve the transmission of data from aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and orbiting satellites to ground stations....
02:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Biometric Tech Uses Sound To Distinguish Ear Cavity Shape
Orome1 writes: NEC is developing a new biometric personal identification technology that uses the resonation of sound determined by the shape of human ear cavities to distinguish individuals. The new ...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Thanks For the Memories: Touring the Awesome Random Access of Old
szczys writes: The RAM we use today is truly amazing in all respects: performance, reliability, price; all have been optimized to the point you can consider memory a solved problem. Equally fascinatin...
10:00 am - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Oculus Co-Founder's New Venture: Long-Range Virtual Reality Tracking System
An anonymous reader writes: Jack McCauley was among Oculus' founding members and played a seminal role in the development of the Rift DK1 and DK2 VR headsets as the company's VP of Engineering. After ...
06:00 am - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot No More Public Access To Google PageRank Scores
campuscodi writes: Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that it is removing PageRank scores from the IE Google toolbar, which was the last place where someone could check their site's PageRank...
04:00 am - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot How Astronomers Used the First Concorde Prototype To Chase a Total Eclipse
tedlistens writes: On Wednesday, a solar eclipse gave people across a swath of Indonesia and the South Pacific the chance to see a generous 4 minutes and 9 seconds of totality: the awe-inspiring sight...
02:00 am - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Court: Make Comcast Give Us Windows-Pirating Subscriber's Info
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is using the IP address 'voluntarily' collected during its software activation process to sue a Comcast subscriber for pirating thousands of copies of Windows and...
02:00 am - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot First Bionic Fingertip Implant Delivers Sensational Results
Zothecula writes: Dennis Aabo Sorensen may be missing a hand, but he nonetheless recently felt rough and smooth textures using a fingertip on that arm. The fingertip was electronic, and was surgically...
02:00 am - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Google Joins Facebook's Open Compute Project
judgecorp writes: Google has elected to open up some of its data center designs, which it has -- until now -- kept to itself. Google has joined the Open Compute Project, which was set up by Facebook t...
12:00 am - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot Snowden: FBI's Claim It Can't Unlock The San Bernardino iPhone Is 'Bullshit'
An anonymous reader writes: Edward Snowden, the whistleblower whose NSA revelations sparked a debate on mass surveillance, has waded into the arguments over the FBI's attempt to force Apple to help it...
12:00 am - Thu, March 10, 2016
Slashdot MIT Creates Algorithm That Speeds Up Page Load Time By 34%
An anonymous reader writes: MIT researchers have created an algorithm that analyzes web pages and creates dependency graphs for all network resources that need to be loaded (CSS, JS, images, etc.). Th...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Drops Support For AMD's Catalyst GPU Driver
An anonymous reader writes: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and newer will no longer be supporting AMD's widely-used Catalyst Linux (fglrx) driver. AMD has dropped support for this proprietary AMD driver in favor of...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot What Airbnb's Blockchain Authentication Proposal Means For Online Privacy
An anonymous reader writes: Nathan Blecharcyzk, one of the co-founders at home rental platform Airbnb, has detailed the company's interest in blockchain technologies to help establish user reputation ...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot How Sliced Meat May Have Driven Human Evolution
sciencehabit writes: The most tedious part of a chimpanzee's life is chewing. Our primate cousins spend six hours a day gnashing fruits and the occasional monkey carcass — all made possible by t...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Google Launches Android N Developer Preview And Beta Program
Google is releasing Android N Preview to developers today. The early release is meant to collect feedback sooner than usual, and even includes a new way to download the update. Instead of installing a...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Pentagon Admits Deploying Spy Drones Over US, Claims All Were 'Lawful'
lightbox32 writes with this excerpt from MSN News confirming what many people suspected with the proliferation of military and law-enforcement drones would happen, already has: A report by a Pentagon ...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot There's No End In Sight For Data Storage Capacity
Lucas123 writes: Several key technologies are coming to market in the next three years that will ensure data storage will not only keep up with but exceed demand. Heat-assisted magnetic recording and ...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Releases First Public Preview of RTVS Under MIT and GPLv2 Licenses
shutdown -p now writes: Microsoft has released the first public preview of RTVS (R Tools for Visual Studio), an extension for Visual Studio that adds support for the R (GNU S) programming language. Th...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Home Depot Will Pay Up To $19.5 Million For Massive 2014 Data Breach
itwbennett writes: In remedy for the 2014 data breach that included the theft of data pertaining to about 56 million payment cards, as well as 53 million email addresses, Home Depot has reportedly agr...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Pentagon Office Planning 'Avatar' Fighters and Fighter-Launched Drone Swarms
schwit1 writes: High over Alaska last summer, the Pentagon experimented with new, secret prototypes: Micro-drones that can be launched from the flare dispensers of moving F-16s and F/A-18 fighter jets...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Hacking Internet-Connected Trucks and Buses
An anonymous reader writes: Among the things one can find with Shodan, the search engine for the Internet of Things, are trucks, buses and delivery vans that have been equipped with the Telematics Gat...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot China Car-Tracking Scheme Could Allow Higher Fuel Prices For Gas-Guzzling Cars
An anonymous reader writes: In the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, traditionally a test-bed for nationwide infrastructure and technology schemes, 200,000 vehicles have been experimentally hooked in...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Former NSA, CIA Director Michael Hayden Sides With Apple Over FBI
cold fjord writes: General Michael Hayden (Retired), who served as head of both the NSA and CIA, has taken a position supporting Apple in its conflict with the FBI. Apple is fighting a court order to ...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot 2015's Electricity Retirements: 80 Percent Coal Plants
AmiMoJo writes: In the US, electricity demand is growing very slowly, which means that capacity additions don't have to exceed retirements by much in order to keep the grid functioning. Tracking the c...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Google's AlphaGo Beats Lee Se-dol In the First Match
New submitter Fref writes with news from The Verge that "A huge milestone has just been reached in the field of artificial intelligence: AlphaGo, the program developed by Google's DeepMind unit, has d...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Why Japan Is Facing Pressure To Return To Military Research
An anonymous reader writes: China's growing nation status has Japan reconsidering its 70-year old ban on military research projects, as Japanese defense circles actively seek to take advantage of the ...
12:00 pm - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot BMW Showcases Self-Driving Concept Car
SmartAboutThings writes: We've just been given a glimpse of what the future of motoring could look like, with BMW showing off its latest concept car, and it's self-driving. The Vision Next 100 was unv...
10:00 am - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Job Posting Hints At New VR Platform
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon is looking to expand its business into the realms of virtual reality (VR), according to a recent job site posting looking for someone to lead the new project. The ad...
08:00 am - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot KeRanger Mac Ransomware Based On Linux Forebear, Not Windows
An anonymous reader writes: It appears that the KeRanger ransomware that's been tormenting Mac users for the past days is actually based on a ransomware variant that targets Linux servers, and not on ...
04:00 am - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Simple Method Yields A Wrinkly, Durable, Water-Repellent Coating
ckwu writes: Superhydrophobic coatings that make water droplets dance and roll off of a surface show promise for applications such as self-cleaning cars, buildings, and food processing equipment. A ne...
04:00 am - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot ScummVM, Update With a Bang
KingofGnG writes: The developers of ScummVM have announced a new version for the virtual machine preferred by graphic adventure fans: also known as "Lost with Sherlock," ScummVM 1.8.0 is hailed as one...
02:00 am - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot 1 in 3 Developers Fear AI Will Replace Them
dcblogs writes: Evans Data Corp., in a survey of 550 software developers, asked them about the most worrisome thing in their careers. A plurality, 29%, chose this answer: "I and my development efforts...
02:00 am - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot Feds: Brink's Employee Makes Off With $196,000 In Quarters
dfsmith writes: CNN is reporting today on the prosecution of a man who stole $196,000 worth of quarters from his employer in Alabama. Apparently the Brinks facility kept large bags of the coins for th...
12:00 am - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot OwnCloud Server 9.0 Officially Released
prisoninmate writes: OwnCloud Server 9.0 is without any doubt the biggest release of the world's leading file sharing and sync solution, which is used by over 8 million users around the globe. It prom...
12:00 am - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot This Was America's Warmest Winter On Record
hondo77 writes: On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its official assessment of December, January, and February's temperatures across the United States, and the res...
12:00 am - Wed, March 9, 2016
Slashdot FBI Quietly Changes Its Privacy Rules For Accessing NSA Data On Americans
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has quietly revised its privacy rules for searching data involving Americans' international communications that was collected by the NSA, US officials have confirme...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot FTC Demands Info From PCI Auditors On Breached Companies' Compliance
Trailrunner7 writes: The Federal Trade Commission has sent an order to nine of the larger companies that do PCI DSS assessments, demanding that the organizations turn over detailed information on how ...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Reason Excoriates Paper On "Glaciers, Gender, and Science"
An anonymous reader writes: Reason.com's Robby Soave criticizes an article published in the journal Progress in Human Geography, for being "utterly incomprehensible," and "the least essential paper ev...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Dell Open Sources DCEPT, a Honeypot Tool For Detecting Network Intrusions
An anonymous reader writes: Dell SecureWorks researchers have developed a tool that allows Windows system administrators to detect network intrusion attempts and pinpoint them to the original source (...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Open Source-happy Microsoft Joins Eclipse Foundation
alphadogg writes to note that just a day after announcing it would be bringing SQL Server to Linux, "Microsoft has announced that it is joining the Eclipse Foundation, an open source community for dev...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot New Smartwatches Allow Students To Cheat On Exams
HughPickens.com writes: The Independent reports that smartwatches that allow students to cheat on exams are being openly sold on Amazon. An advert for one such watch, called a "New 2016 Student 8GB ch...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot A New Reality For IT: the 18-Month Org Chart
StewBeans writes: Finding and keeping IT talent is getting increasingly competitive and expensive. A recruiter for Bay Area and Seattle tech companies said in a >recent New York Times article about...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Seagate Debuts World's Fastest NVMe SSD With 10GBps Throughput
MojoKid writes: Seagate has just unveiled what it is calling "the world's fastest SSD," and the performance differential between it and the next closest competitive offering is significant, if their c...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Stretchy Squid-Inspired Skin Glows In Different Colors
Zothecula writes: Besides having tentacles, squid and octopi are also both known for their color-changing skin. Well, soft-bodied robots may soon also share that attribute, thanks to research being ca...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Using Kexec Allows Starting Linux In PlayStation 4
jones_supa writes: Team fail0verflow, the hacker group who made Sony PlayStation 4, has introduced another method to start Linux in the game console. Instead of the previous exploit which was based on...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Firefox 45 Will Remove Tab Groups Today, Get This Add-on To Replace It
An anonymous reader writes: Firefox 45, set to be released today, will remove the Tab Groups feature, a feature that many people used, but Mozilla decided to ask due to buggy code. The good news is th...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Dutch Companies Not Allowed To Fitness-Track Their Employees
An anonymous reader writes: The Dutch Privacy Authority made it known today that companies are not allowed to gather their employees' health data from wearable devices [original, in Dutch] such as the...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Fan-Made 'Metal Gear Solid' Remake Cancelled; Gamers Blame Konami
MojoKid writes: Fans of the popular Metal Gear Solid series are ticked off at Konami over the cancellation of an unofficial, fan-built remake of the very first title that shipped for the original Play...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Google Docs Can Now Export EPUB
An anonymous reader writes: The EPUB format is now available as an export option from Google Docs. Tests show that the feature can very accurately translate Word-style hyperlinked indexes into EPUB si...
12:00 pm - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Pow! With Supreme Court Rebuff, DC Comics Wins Batmobile Copyright Case
New submitter Mr. Competence writes: The U.S. Supreme court has declined to review a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court declaring that 'the Batmobile is a character that qualifies for copyright protectio...
08:00 am - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Brazilian Coders Are Pioneering the First Cross-OS Malware Using JAR Files
An anonymous reader writes: Criminal gangs in Brazil are experimenting with the first malware families that are packaged as JAR files, capable of being deployed to Windows, Linux, Mac, and even Androi...
06:00 am - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Forget "Bottom-up" Reporting of Emissions; Try an Atmospheric Monitoring System
Lasrick writes: Ray Weiss at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography describes how countries report greenhouse gas emissions -- a 'bottom-up' approach that can result in inventories that differ from t...
04:00 am - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Hacker 'Guccifer,' Who Uncovered Clinton's Private Emails, To Be Extradited To US
schwit1 writes: Guccifer, the infamous Romanian hacker who accessed emails of celebrities and top US officials, will be extradited to the United States after losing a case in his home country's top co...
04:00 am - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Boeing's Self-Cleaning Aircraft Bathroom Lets You Use Loo Without Touching Anything
coondoggie writes: With barely enough space to um, sit, and with high capacity usage, the commercial airline toilet perhaps is an engineering marvel but little else. Boeing however is looking to that ...
02:00 am - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot U.S. Military Spending Millions To Make Cyborgs A Reality
mmell writes: The U.S. military is spending millions on an advanced implant that would allow a human brain to communicate directly with computers. If it succeeds, cyborgs will be a reality. The goal o...
02:00 am - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot 4chan Founder Chris Poole Will Try To Fix Social At Google
An anonymous reader writes: Google never "got" social. For all the resources thrown at it, Google+ just never quite felt human. But luckily Google just hired the guy behind 4chan -- a site that epitom...
12:00 am - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Hacker May Have Discovered Plans For A Tesla P100D
One computer wiz claims to have hacked into Tesla's firmware and discovered a reference to a juicier battery. Self-proclaimed white hat hacker, Jason Hughes, says he discovered a secret in Tesla's fir...
12:00 am - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Brings SQL Server To Linux
Mark Wilson writes: The new Microsoft has place an increased importance on the cloud, and with other companies following suit, reliance on server solutions has increased. Today the company announces t...
12:00 am - Tue, March 8, 2016
Slashdot Supreme Court Rejects Apple eBooks Price-Fixing Appeal
chasm22 writes: The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Apple Inc's challenge to an appellate court decision that it conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, meaning it will have...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Fighting Food Poisoning In Las Vegas With Machine Learning
aarondubrow writes: Computer science researchers from the University of Rochester developed an app for health departments that uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to identify ...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Valve Announces New Portal Content For Virtual Reality
An anonymous reader writes: Although I'm sure we'd all love to see Half-Life in virtual reality, Valve has been focusing on its Portal universe for SteamVR. The company announced today a "compilation ...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Verizon To Pay $1.35 Million Fine To Settle U.S. Privacy Probe
chasm22 writes: Verizon Communications Inc agreed to pay a $1.35 million fine after the Federal Communications Commission said on Monday it found the company's wireless unit violated the privacy of it...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Fixes Bug That Allowed Users To Set Other Users' Passwords
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has paid $15,000 (€13,600) to an independent security researcher who discovered a simple way of resetting passwords for other people's Facebook accounts, sett...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot 32,000 Workers At Fukushima No. 1 Got High Radiation Dose, Tepco Data Show
mdsolar writes: A total of 32,760 workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant had an annual radiation dose exceeding 5 millisieverts as of the end of January, according to an analysis of Tokyo Electr...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Apple Has Shut Down the First Fully-Functional Mac OS X Ransomware
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has shut down what appears to have been the first, fully-functional ransomware targeting Mac computers. This particular form of cyber threat involves malware that enc...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot McAfee Says He Lied About iPhone Hacking Method To Get Public Attention
blottsie writes: McAfee, who founded of one of the first companies to offer antivirus software, claimed on CNN and Russia Today, as well as in a Business Insider column, that he could bypass the advan...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Anonymous Claims Twitter Is Suspending 'OpISIS' Member Accounts
An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous has claimed that Twitter mistakenly shut down several of its activist accounts in a widespread cull of pages belonging to terrorist supporters. In an effort to ri...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Sweeping Changes At Microsoft Studios Kill Lionhead Studios and Fable
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has announced sweeping changes at Microsoft Studios, affecting development teams in the UK and Denmark. In sad news for gamers, development of Fable Legends has been brou...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Google Challenge Results In Astoundingly Efficient Inverters
AmiMoJo writes: A few summers ago, Google and IEEE announced a one million dollar prize to build the most efficient and compact DC to AC inverter. It was called the Little Box Challenge, with the goal...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Seagate Hit By Targeted Phishing Attacks Seeking W2 Data
itwbennett writes: You can add Seagate to the growing list (now up to 7) of companies hit by malware seeking W2 data on employees. As reported on Slashdot, Snapchat disclosed the last weekend of Febru...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Testing Self-Promotion Ads On Search Results
An anonymous reader writes: Google Inc. is testing a new feature to allow local businesses, celebrities, and organizations to post self-promoting information and ads on the company's search results. T...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot MIT's Eyebrowse To Rank and Review Internet Sites, While Retaining Privacy
An anonymous reader writes: MIT has launched a new scheme whereby participating users can voluntarily share data on their website viewing habits, via the use of a Google Chrome extension and by signin...
10:00 am - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot France's Oldest Nuclear Plant To Close This Year
mdsolar writes: France is to close down its oldest nuclear power plant, at the center of a row with neighboring Germany and Switzerland, by the end of this year, a green minister said Sunday. "The tim...
08:00 am - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Raspberry Pi 3 Is a Nice Upgrade, But Alternatives Exist With Faster Performance
An anonymous reader writes: With the Raspberry Pi 3 now available, benchmarks have been done comparing the Raspberry Pi 3 to other ARM SBCs. The Raspberry Pi 3 was found to be a faster upgrade compare...
06:00 am - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot High-Tech 'Bazooka' Fires a Net To Take Down Drones
An anonymous reader writes: The brainchild of U.K.-based OpenWorks Engineering, SkyWall 100 uses a compressed air launcher to fire smart projectiles at targeted drones. The system, which has a range o...
02:00 am - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Transmission BitTorrent App Contained Malware
An anonymous reader writes: Apple users were targeted in the first known Mac ransomware campaign. Hackers targeted Transmission, which is one of the most popular Mac applications used to download soft...
02:00 am - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Hit With FCC Complaint Over Net Neutrality Violations
An anonymous reader writes: Non-profit public interest group Public Knowledge has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission regarding Comcast's Stream TV service. The complaint says...
12:00 am - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Eric Schmidt Gets A Job At The Pentagon
An anonymous reader writes: Alphabet Chairman and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is heading up a new effort to make the Pentagon more tech savvy. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carton on Wednesday appoin...
12:00 am - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot Scuba Diver Survives Being Sucked Into Nuclear Plant
mdsolar writes: A man scuba diving in Florida somehow survived being sucked into a nuclear power plant in a terrifying log flume ride. Christopher Le Cun was boating off the coast of Hutchinson Island...
12:00 am - Mon, March 7, 2016
Slashdot MIT's New 5-Atom Quantum Computer Could Make Today's Encryption Obsolete
An anonymous reader writes: In traditional computing, numbers are represented by either 0s or 1s, but quantum computing relies on atomic-scale units, or "quibits," that can be simultaneously 0 and 1 -...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot How Common Is Your PIN?
phantomfive writes: We've seen password frequency lists, here is an analysis of PIN frequency with a nice heatmap towards the bottom. There is a line for numbers starting with 19*, which is the year o...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Crossword Database Analysis Spots What Looks Like Plagiarism
Seattle software developer Saul Pwanson has a hobby of developing crossword puzzles, but another related hobby, too: analyzing the way that existing puzzles have been constructed. He created a databas...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot No, Turning On Your Phone Is Not Consenting To Being Tracked By Police
An anonymous reader writes: The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Wednesday upheld a historic decision by a state trial court that the warrantless use of cell-site simulators, or Stingrays, violate...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy S7's Moisture Warning Prevents Charging When Wet
MojoKid writes: The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge don't officially launch for a few more days, but some carriers appear to have shipped pre-orders early and some phones are already in consumers' hands...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Email Inventor Ray Tomlinson Dies At 74
vikingpower writes: ARPAnet pioneer and networking legend Ray Tomlinson, who is best known for his contributions in developing email standards, has died at 74. Tomlinson was best known for choosing th...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Oregon Set To Become First Coal-Free State
New submitter daubney writes: Oregon lawmakers have approved legislation to eliminate coal from the state's electrical supply by 2035, the first U.S. state to do so. The bill, called the Clean Electri...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot BorgBackup 1.0.0 Released
An anonymous reader writes: After almost a year of development, bug fixing and cleanup, BorgBackup 1.0.0 has been released. BorgBackup is a fork of the Attic-Backup project — a deduplicating, co...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dead At 94
An anonymous reader writes: Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died, according to a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library. She was 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her r...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot It Turns Out the F-35 Can Dogfight
An anonymous reader writes: Writing for Defense News Lara Seligman reports, "For the first time since a controversial report detailing how the F-35 performs in a dogfight emerged last summer, an F-35 ...
02:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Backpedals On Encryption, But Fire "Still Sucks"
Just a day after it made headlines for announcing that it would remove encryption from its line of FireOS devices, reports Ars Technica, the company has reverted the change, and says that encryption w...
12:00 pm - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Kremlin Falls For Its Own Fake Satellite Imagery
An anonymous reader writes: The Turkish downing of the Russian SU-24 jet last November saw a predictable series of statements from each side claiming complete innocence and blaming the other entirely....
08:00 am - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Fingerprint-Protected Phones Vulnerable To Inkjet Attack
An anonymous reader writes: Two researchers have come up with a new method of hacking smartphones that use fingerprint biometrics to protect and lock the user's data. Their method only needs a regular...
06:00 am - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot San Bernadino D.A. Says Shooter's Phone Could Harbor "Cyber Pathogen"
Mr.Intel writes with the Guardian's report that : San Bernadino D.A. has a novel argument for why Apple should be forced to provide the FBI with tools to decrypt the iPhone once used by mass-shooter S...
04:00 am - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot A Phone App Helps Day Laborers Attack Wage Theft
An anonymous reader writes with this story from the New York Times, excerpting "After three years of planning, an immigrant rights group in Jackson Heights is set to start a smartphone app for day lab...
02:00 am - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Hundreds of Hackers Celebrate Open Data Day
An anonymous reader writes: Hundreds of different data-hacking events are being held around the globe this weekend to celebrate International Open Data Day. It's the fifth installment of an annual eve...
12:00 am - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Record-Breaking 11000ft Flight Sparks Criticism In Pilot Community
An anonymous reader writes: In an attempt to break the world 'how high can you fly a consumer drone' record, an anonymous person from the Netherlands flew a Phantom 2 Quadcopter to a height of up to 3...
12:00 am - Sun, March 6, 2016
Slashdot Scientists To Drill Into 'Ground Zero' of the Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs
sciencehabit writes: This month, a drilling platform will rise in the Gulf of Mexico, but it won't be aiming for oil. Scientists will try to sink a diamond-tipped bit into the heart of Chicxulub crate...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Anonymous Hacks Donald Trump's Voicemail and Leaks the Messages
Mark Wilson writes: In the run-up to the presidential election, few days go by when Donald Trump isn't hitting the headlines for something he's said or done. The bombastic billionaire looks set to bec...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Another Windows 10 Update Causing Problems
New submitter sexconker writes: The recently-released cumulative update for Windows 10 (KB3140743) is reportedly causing problems. Symptoms include crashes, BSODs, and the inability to boot, even in s...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Why You May Not Like Ted Cruz's Face, According To Science
An anonymous reader writes: Ted Cruz pitches himself as an overcomer, an underdog, an outsider who beats the odds. While the Republic candidate has won four states in this nomination race so far, a ne...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Join the Hunt For the Government's Oldest Computer
v3rgEz writes: As the saying goes, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' If a machine is doing its job, reliably and without error, then common sense dictates that you just shouldn't mess with it. This i...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot New Ransomware-as-a-Service Speaks To Victims
itwbennett writes: Cerber, a new file-encrypting ransom ware, has a couple of interesting features. First, according to cyber intelligence outfit SenseCy, it is available for sale 'as a service' on a ...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot NASA's New Horizons Shows Methane Ice-Capped Mountains On Pluto
Last week, it was ice canyons; now, as an anonymous reader writes: The latest images to come from NASA's New Horizons space probe's encounter with Pluto last July 2015 is of a methane snow-capped moun...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX's Latest Launch Successful, But Ends With a "Hard Landing"
Eloking writes with this news from The Verge: SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space this afternoon, but — as expected — failed to land the vehicle on a drone ship at ...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Paperless Statements Not Always Best Choice, Says New Report
HughPickens.com writes: Ann Carrns reports at the NYT that despite a push by financial institutions to switch customers to digital statements from paper, the traditional hard-copy version may work bet...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Wayland Isn't Ready For the Fedora 24 Desktop
An anonymous reader writes: There was much hope that Fedora 24 would be the first major Linux distribution using Wayland by default in place of an X.Org Server, that didn't pan out with Fedora 24 Work...
12:00 pm - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot WordPress Plugin Comes With a Backdoor, Steals Admin Credentials In Cleartext
An anonymous reader writes that a WordPress plugin for managing custom post types has apparently been forcibly taken over by an Indian developer who has added a backdoor to the code which lets him ins...
10:00 am - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Eavesdropping On 3D Printers Allows Reverse Engineering of Designs
Zothecula writes: 3D printers have opened up all kinds of possibilities when it comes to turning digital blueprints into real word objects, but might they also enable new ways to pilfer intellectual p...
06:00 am - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Server Snafu Makes Microsoft Beg For CA Audit Data From Its Partners
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft, just like Google, Apple, and Mozilla, is part of the CA/BForum, an organization of web browser vendors and certification authorities (CAs). As a browser vendor, ...
04:00 am - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Jumps On IoT Bandwagon
mikejuk writes: Mozilla has been clarifying some of its plans to convert the Firefox OS project into four IoT based projects. At a casual glance, this seems like a naive move that is doomed to failure...
02:00 am - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot BMW To Compete With Google To Build Software For Self-Driving Cars
SmartAboutThings writes: Google is about to get some serious competition in the self-driving car race from none other than BMW, one of the most prominent names in the car industry. Speaking to Reuters...
02:00 am - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Oculus Founder: Rift Will Come To Mac If Apple "Ever Releases a Good Computer"
An anonymous reader writes: It's been almost a year now since Oculus announced that the consumer version of the Rift virtual-reality headset would only support Windows PCs at launch -- a turnaround fr...
12:00 am - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot DARPA Moves Ahead With Radical Vertical Take-Off Aircraft
coondoggie writes: DARPA took one step further in building a radically different VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft that can fly fast and carry a big load. Specifically, DARPA awarded Auror...
12:00 am - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot New Legislation Would Ban US Government From Purchasing Apple Products
HughPickens.com writes: Cyrus Farivar reports at ArsTechnica that Congressman David Jolly has introduced the "No Taxpayer Support for Apple Act," a bill that would forbid federal agencies from purchas...
12:00 am - Sat, March 5, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Have Created Batteries Using Carbon Dioxide From Atmosphere
An anonymous reader writes: While climate change talks progress on how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, an interdisciplinary team of scientists have worked out a way to reduce carbon dioxide alread...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot China Tries Its Hand At Pre-Crime
schwit1 writes: China's effort to flush out threats to stability is expanding into an area that used to exist only in dystopian sci-fi: pre-crime. The Communist Party has directed one of the country's...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Open Compute Hardware Makes Its Way Into Colo Data Centers
1sockchuck writes: As the Open Compute Project turns five, it is growing beyond its roots in hyperscale data centers. The path to a larger market ran through a Rackspace data center in northern Virgin...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot NRC Engineers Urge Shutdown of Nuclear Plants If Design Flaw Not Fixed
mdsolar writes: A group of engineers in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they have identified a design flaw in nearly all nuclear reactors in the country that should result in their mandator...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot EFF On Why FBI Can't Force Apple To Sign Code
New submitter Kurast writes with this article at Boing Boing: Code is speech: critical court rulings from the early history of the Electronic Frontier Foundation held that code was a form of expressiv...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot AMD Wants To Standardize the External GPU
Soulskill writes: In a recent Facebook post, AMD's Robert Hallock hinted that the company is working on a standardized solution for external GPUs. When people are looking to buy laptops, they often wa...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Losing Ground On Windows Store and UWP For Gaming
Vigile writes: Microsoft has big plans to try and merge the experiences of the Xbox One and Windows for gaming but the push back from the community and from major developers and personalities is mount...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Drupal Creator Floats an "FDA For Data and Algorithms"
jeffengel writes: When Facebook's news feed and Google's search bar have the power to influence voter decisions, is it time for government oversight? That's what Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal and ...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Tracking Caucusgoers By Their Cell Phones
Okian Warrior writes: Dstillery gets information from people's phones via ad networks. When you open an app or look at a browser page, there's a very fast auction that happens where different advertis...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot DNA 'Knockouts' Reveal Genes Humans Don't Need
sciencehabit writes: Although humans have about 20,000 genes, exactly what most of them do inside our body's cells is still murky. One way to learn more is to find people who lack a working copy of a ...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Ted Cruz Proposes Reviving SDI To Counter N. Korean Nuclear Threat
MarkWhittington writes: One of the more substantive issues that was discussed during the Republican presidential debate in Detroit concerned the latest threat to come out of North Korea. That country'...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Google Building a 100kW Transmitter at Spaceport America
szczys writes: Google is building a 100kW transmitter at Spaceport America. As is becoming the regular source of early info, this comes via an FCC filing in which Google has asked the agency to keep t...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Government To Bring Forward Law To Close BBC 'iPlayer Loophole'
An anonymous reader notes an effort in the UK, as reported by the Guardian, to clamp down on the so-called "iPlayer loophole" which allows BBC programs to be time shifted in a way that avoids paying t...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin's Nightmare Scenario Has Come To Pass
HughPickens.com writes: Ben Popper writes at The Verge that bitcoin's nightmare scenario has come to pass as the bitcoin network reached its capacity, causing transactions around the world to be massi...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot MAME Released Under OSI-Compliant, FSF-Approved License
New submitter _merlin writes: MAMEdev just announced that MAME (formerly Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is now entirely available under OSI-comliant, FSF-approved licenses. The project as a whole i...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot CRTC Enforced $25/mo Cable TV Is Now Available To Canadians, But With Caveats
Deathspawner writes: Last March, Canada's regulatory agency for all things broadcasting, CRTC, ruled that cable TV providers would soon be forced to offer $25/mo packages. With enforcement having kick...
10:00 am - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Hubble Shatters the Cosmic Distance Record
An anonymous reader writes: One of the holy grails of cosmology is to measure, directly, exactly when the first stars and galaxies formed in our Universe. The Hubble Space Telescope has been pushing t...
06:00 am - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Bans Popular Firefox Add-On That Tampered With Security Settings
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has banned the popular (250,000+ installs) YouTube Unblock add-on that allowed users to view YouTube clips blocked in their country. The reason for this move is bec...
04:00 am - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Kim To N. Korean Military: Be Ready To Use Nuclear Weapons At Any Time
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this story from Reuters, excerpting: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and to turn its military post...
02:00 am - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Aging Indian Point Reactor Shut Down By Bird Droppings
mdsolar writes: A gloop of bird poop was responsible for shutting down the Indian Point nuclear plant for a few hours last December, according to a state-commissioned report into the incident. The Wes...
02:00 am - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot French Bill Carries 5-Year Jail Sentence For Company Refusals To Decrypt Data For Police
Patrick O'Neill writes: Employees of companies in France that refuse to decrypt data for police can go to prison for five years under new legislation from conservative legislators, Agence France-Press...
02:00 am - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Godfather Of Encryption Explains Why Apple Should Help The FBI
An anonymous reader writes: Famed cryptographer and Turing Award winner, Adi Shamir, has an interesting if not surprising take on Apple's current legal tussle with the FBI. While speaking on a panel a...
12:00 am - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Issues Patch For Nexus Switches To Remove Hardcoded Credentials
itwbennett writes: Cisco Systems has released critical software updates for its Nexus 3000 and 3500 switches to remove a default administrative account with static credentials that could allow remote ...
12:00 am - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot IBM Sues Groupon Over 1990s Patents Related To Prodigy
An anonymous reader writes: IBM is pushing big internet companies to pay patent licensing fees in part because IBM invented the Prodigy service, a precursor to the modern web. Yesterday, Big Blue file...
12:00 am - Fri, March 4, 2016
Slashdot Viral 'Fossils' In Our DNA May Help Us Fight Infection
sciencehabit writes: In a new study, researchers led by Edward Chuong, a computational biologist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, explored whether endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) help us fe...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot U8 Smartwatch Engages In Covert Traffic With Chinese IP Behind Your Back
An anonymous reader writes: In a presentation at the BSides security conferences in San Francisco, Michael Raggo from MobileIron, has revealed that he discovered a cheap smartwatch engaging in covert ...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Hopkins Study Finds Popular Blood Pressure App Wildly Inaccurate
An anonymous reader writes to point out a software review of the kind you can't generally find in an app store. A group from Johns Hopkins checked the accuracy of the Instant Blood Pressure app, which...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Windows RT Could Make a Comeback
SmartAboutThings writes: Windows RT has been a terrible flop for Microsoft, but it seems the company isn't yet ready to totally abandon the concept. There's now speculation that Microsoft is working o...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Robots May Soon Put Surgery Into the Hands of Non-Surgeons
Lucas123 writes: By 2020, surgical robotics sales are expected to almost double to $6.4 billion, at the same time robots are becoming easier to use. One new robot is so easy to use that even med stude...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Just Removed Encryption From the Software Powering Kindles, Smartphones, Tablets
Patrick O'Neill writes: While Apple continues to resist a court order requiring it to help the FBI access a terrorist's phone, another major tech company took a strange and unexpected step away from e...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot $500K NSF Grant Boosted Girls' CS Participation At Obama Daughters' $37K/Yr HS
theodp writes: On Friday, a paper entitled Creative Computation in High School will be presented at SIGCSE '16. "In this paper," explain the paper's authors, "we describe the success of bringing Creat...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Justice Dept. Grants Immunity To Staffer Who Set Up Clinton Email Server
schwit1 writes with this news from the Washington Post: The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server, ...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Buffer Sees Clear Benefits To Transparent Employee Salary Policy
An anonymous reader writes: At social media startup Buffer, a single leadership decision eliminated salary negotiation for new employees, preempted gender-based salary discrimination, and prompted a f...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot FREAK, Logjam, DROWN All a Result of Weaknesses Demanded By US Gov't
itwbennett writes: You need look no further than the FREAK and Logjam attacks in 2015 and the DROWN attack announced just this week to get a sense of 'the dangers of deliberately weakening security pr...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Maryland Public Buses Record Passengers' Conversations
mi writes: You may not have heard of it yet, but Maryland Transit Administration began recording passengers' conversations in 2012 — on its own initiative. Legislative efforts to put an end to t...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Dell Bringing Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Support To Linux
Freshly Exhumed writes: A series of posts on the Project Sputnik developers' forum at Dell indicate that hardware on a soon to be released XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop will support Thunderbolt 3 US...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Skydio's Forthcoming Consumer Drones Can Sense and Avoid Obstacles
moon_unit2 writes: DJI's new Phantom 4 drone may be able to stop if there's an obstacles directly in front of it, but MIT Technology Review has a story about a much more sophisticated self-flying dron...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Ships 15.38TB SSD With Up To 1,200MBps Performance
Lucas123 writes: Samsung announced it is now shipping the world's highest capacity 2.5-in SSD, the 15.38TB PM1633a. The new SSD uses a 12Gbps SAS interface and is being marketed for use in enterprise-...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot The Case Against Algebra
HughPickens.com writes: Dana Goldstein writes at Slate that political scientist Andrew Hacker proposes replacing algebra II and calculus in the high school and college with a practical course in stati...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Incident Raises Concerns About a More Formal Spec For Bitcoin
An anonymous reader writes: Aberrant treatment of transactions by Bitcoin miners has renewed concerns that Bitcoin as a protocol may need a stronger specification. OpenBSD savior and Bitcoin entrepren...
08:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Iraq's Mosul Dam Could Burst At Any Time
MarkWhittington writes: The Mosul Dam, located near the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq, was started by Saddam Hussein in 1981 as a way to bolster his regime and provide power to the surrounding area. ...
06:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Guix Gets Grafts: Timely Delivery of Security Updates
paroneayea writes: GNU Guix, the functional package manager (and with GuixSD, distribution) got a nice feature yesterday: timely delivery of security updates with grafts. Guix's new grafts feature rec...
06:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Pirates Hacked Shipping Firm's CMS To Plan Attacks, Find Valuable Cargo
An anonymous reader writes: Verizon's most recent Data Breach Digest includes a curious hacking case. Apparently a group of sea pirates have hired a hacker who uploaded a Web shell to a shipping compa...
04:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Two Astronauts Return To Earth After Record 340 Days In ISS
An anonymous reader writes: U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian astronaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Wednesday after spending a year aboard the ISS, conducting experiments for future missi...
02:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Windows' Built-In PDF Reader Exposes Edge Browser To Hacking
An anonymous reader writes: Edge, Microsoft's new browser, uses the WinRT PDF library to automatically embed and present PDF files while navigating the web. This is what Java does with applets, and Fl...
02:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot New DisplayPort 1.4 Standard Can Drive 8K Monitors Over A USB Type-C Cable
AmiMoJo writes: VESA has finalized and released the DisplayPort 1.4 spec, which can drive 60Hz 8K displays and supports HDR color modes at 5K and 8K. The physical interface used to carry DisplayPort d...
02:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot FBI May Be Opening A Security Hole To Federal Agencies
Lucas123 writes: In its rush to gather information, the FBI blew its chance to retrieve data from the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists when it ordered his iCloud passcode to be reset sho...
02:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Scientists May Have Found Molecular Gatekeeper Of Long-Term Memory
hackingbear writes: While the general steps of forming a long-term memory are clear, the details, such as how exactly the molecular signals get shuttled to the command center, which generally has tigh...
12:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Reports Coming In Of Mass IBM Layoffs Underway In The U.S.
Tekla Perry writes: Last week, IBM reported to investors that its workforce at the end of 2015 was almost as big as its workforce at the end of 2014 (within less than 1 percent), in spite of a year in...
12:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Windows Built-In PDF Reader Exposes Edge Browser To Hacking
An anonymous reader writes: Edge, Microsoft's new browser, uses the WinRT PDF library to automatically embed and present PDF files while navigating the web. This is what Java does with applets, and Fl...
12:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Testing Voice-Activated Payment App, Hands Free
New submitter eedwardsjr writes: If you've ever wanted to pay just by saying something out loud, then Hands Free is the way to go. Google has released to the public a new app called Hands Free, which ...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Hit By German Antitrust Probe Over User Data
Regulators in Germany wonder whether the social network may be abusing market power by not being clear with consumers about how its using their data. Privacy advocates have argued that Facebook, along...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot New Findings Deepen the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, it was reported that the mystery of fast radio bursts were solved, and that they were due to the merger of a neutron star with another collapsed object, well out...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot South Korea Breaks Filibuster Record Fighting New Surveillance Bill
An anonymous reader writes: Lawmakers in South Korea's National Assembly have broken the global collective filibuster record in its determination to defeat a new anti-terrorism bill which they believe...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Google Says Angular 2 Will Support Python, Java
An anonymous reader writes: Google will release a faster beta version of Angular 2 in about two weeks, with a smaller version targeted for April. "We're improving our ability to handle different langu...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot FCC Complaints For the 2016 Primary Debates
v3rgEz writes: Wish that you could have tuned into all the primary debates without a cable subscription? You're not alone. According to MuckRock analysis of primary-related FCC complaints, that was on...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot DoD Announces New Bug Bounty Program Called Hack the Pentagon
Quince alPillan writes: Announcing what it calls "the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government," the Department of Defense says it's inviting vetted hackers to test the ...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot iOS 9.3 Will Tell You If Your Employer Is Monitoring Your IPhone
An anonymous reader writes: Nobody likes being monitored. But even if you suspected your company is following your activities on the iPhone, would you know where to check? In the next iteration of its...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot ISIS Supporters Abandon U.S. Encryption Tools As Apple-FBI Fight Rages
blottsie writes: Islamic State militants and supporters are promoting strong encryption tools from outside the United States that the American government cannot touch with legislation. In the last mon...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Hacking a Professional Drone
New submitter ricardinho writes: Research done at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, shows that paying thousands of dollars for a professional drone does not guarantee that the device will ...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot LibreSSL Unaffected By DROWN
serviscope_minor writes: The OpenBSD people forked and heavily cleaned up OpenSSL to create LibreSSL due to dissatisfaction with the maintainance of OpenSSL, culminating in the heartbleed bug. The emp...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot UK Gov't Launches Anti-Adblocking Initiative, Compares It To Piracy
An anonymous reader writes: UK culture secretary John Whittingdale has announced that the British government will set up a 'round-table' between online publishers and adblocking companies to discuss t...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Australia Deploys Shark-Spotting Drones To Keep Watch Over Beachgoers
Zothecula writes: With tens of thousands of miles of coastline and a recent spike in shark attacks, Australia is exploring some pretty imaginative approaches to ensuring the safety of its beachgoers. ...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot ITU Give Consent To New 40Gbps Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Standard
Mark.JUK writes: The International Telecommunication Union has just granted first-stage approval ("consent") to two new ultrafast Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) optical broadband standards. The first (NG-PO...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot FBI Should Try To Unlock iPhone Without Apple's Help, Lawmaker Says
itwbennett writes: Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican and former car-alarm entrepreneur, has suggested that the FBI try unlocking mass shooter Syed Rizwan Farook by copying the hard ...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Security Talent Shortage Hits Cybercrime Groups, Too
itwbennett writes: A report released today by Digital Shadows finds that cybercrime organizations "face many of the same hiring problems as defending security organizations, but with their own particu...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot New P2P Torrent Site 'Play' Has No Single Point of Failure
An anonymous reader writes: Play, a new peer-to-peer (P2P) site for downloading torrents, is practically impossible to shut down and promises to be the latest technology to revolutionise online downlo...
12:00 pm - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Unify PC and Xbox One Platforms
New submitter Serzen writes: According to The Guardian, Microsoft is planning to end fixed console hardware for the Xbox One as a move towards one ecosystem running Unified Windows Applications. The h...
08:00 am - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Draconian Aussie Science Censorship Law Takes Effect Next Month
An anonymous reader writes: The Conversation reports that beginning next month Australian scientists and engineers face 10 years imprisonment for communicating without a government permit on biotech, ...
06:00 am - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Brazil Facebook Head Arrested For Refusing To Share WhatsApp Data
An anonymous reader writes: Diego Dzodan, an Argentine national and Facebook's vice president for Latin America, has repeatedly refused to comply with court orders to hand over data for use in a crimi...
04:00 am - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Renewable Energy Shows Strong Gain In U.S.
WheezyJoe writes: According to the US Energy Information Administration, solar, wind, and gas dominate new US generating capacity in 2016. This year is notable because it will see the first new nuclea...
04:00 am - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot AAA: 75% Of Drivers Say They Wouldn't Feel Safe In An Autonomous Vehicle
kheldan writes: While technology companies and car manufacturers alike are rushing to test their own autonomous vehicles, the average American driver doesn't feel quite comfortable with the idea of ri...
02:00 am - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Brings Post-Breach Detection To Windows 10
mmoorebz writes: Microsoft is recognizing the increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks on enterprises, which is why it is taking a new approach to protect its customers. Today it announced its new pos...
02:00 am - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Promises Changes To Copyright Claim Policy
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube has set up a new team dedicated to weeding out false copyright claims and subsequent erroneous takedowns, responding to community criticism. Complaints have accused...
12:00 am - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Mindfulness Meditators Are Less Affected By Virtual Reality
vrml writes: People often enroll in mindfulness meditation courses to pursue better health, but can such practices have unintended consequences on how they are engaged by emerging technologies such as...
12:00 am - Wed, March 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Brings Post Breach Detection To Windows 10
mmoorebz writes: Microsoft is recognizing the increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks on enterprises, which is why it is taking a new approach to protect its customers. Today it announced its new pos...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot OpenSource.com Releases First Ever Open Source Yearbook
Community manager Rikki Endsley writes: The open source label was created back in 1998, not long after I got my start in tech publishing. Fast forward to late 2014, when I was thinking about how much ...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Crypto Gurus Diffie, Hellman Win 2015 Turing Award
alphadogg writes: Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, whose names have been linked since their seminal paper introduced the concepts of public key encryption and digital signatures some 40 years ago,...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Israeli Troops Who Relied On Waze Blundered Into Deadly Palestinian Firefight
An anonymous reader writes: Israeli forces mounted a rescue mission in a Palestinian neighborhood after gun battles erupted when two soldiers mistakenly entered the area because of an error on a satel...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Microcasting Color TV By Abusing a Wi-Fi Chip
szczys writes: The NTSC standard has effectively been replaced by newer digital standards, but most televisions still work with these signals. This can be done through a composite video connection, bu...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot MIT Develops Ultra Thin, Light Weight, Efficient Solar Cells
MarkWhittington writes: Researchers at MIT have developed a gossamer thin solar cell that is made of layers of flexible polymers. The cell is so light that it can rest on a soap bubble without breakin...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Mars Rover Code Used For Cyber-Espionage Malware
An anonymous reader writes: Two open-source libraries used in the Mars Rover software have been integrated in the source code of a malware family (nicknamed Rover) used as part of a cyber-espionage ca...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot UK Snooper's Charter To Extend Police Access To Phone and Internet Data
An anonymous reader writes with this news from the Guardian about a proposed expansion of UK government agencies' power to eavesdrop under the so-called "snooper's charter": Powers for the police to a...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot People Will Follow a Robot In an Emergency - Even If It's Wrong
An anonymous reader writes: Imagine a future where instead of siting through fire alarms with your fingers in your ears, a robot come comes to greet you and guide you out of the building. Researchers ...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Japanese Court Demands 'Right To Be Forgotten' For Sex Offender
An anonymous reader writes: A Tokyo court has ordered that Google remove any results linked to the arrest of a sex offender, after a judge ruled that he deserves to rebuild his life 'unhindered' by on...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot A Third of All HTTPS Websites Vulnerable To DROWN Attack
An anonymous reader writes: The OpenSSL project has released versions 1.0.2g and 1.0.1s to address a high severity security issue known as the DROWN attack (CVE-2016-0800) which allows attackers to br...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot EFF's Cindy Cohn On Why 'Code Is Speech' Is Key To Apple vs. FBI
blottsie writes: In a series of court battles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Cindy Cohn represented plaintiffs challenging restrictions on DVD copying and the publication of cryptographic code. In...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot People Will Follow a Robot In an Emergency – Even If It's Wrong
An anonymous reader writes: Imagine a future where instead of siting through fire alarms with your fingers in your ears, a robot come comes to greet you and guide you out of the building. Researchers ...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot SCO Is Undeniably, Reliably Dead
An anonymous reader writes: On Friday, IBM and SCO filed an agreement with the US district court in Utah to accept a ruling of dismissal of the last remaining claims by SCO against IBM. Says the linke...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Google-Backed SSD Endurance Research Shows MLC Flash As Reliable As SLC
MojoKid writes: Even for mainstream users, it's easy to feel the differences between using a PC that has an OS installed on a solid state drive versus a mechanical hard drive. Also, with SSD pricing w...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Laid-Off Disney IT Workers Decry Offshoring At Trump Rally
dcblogs writes: Two former Disney IT workers spoke at a Donald Trump campaign rally on Sunday, telling about the shock of having to train their foreign replacements. Speaking at the large rally in Mad...
12:00 pm - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot FujiFilm Discontinues Last Film For Millions of Polaroid Cameras
harrymcc writes: Polaroid stopped making film for its instant cameras in 2008. Thanks to Polaroid-compatible film from FujiFilm, many fans of instant photography kept on shooting with classic models s...
10:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Documents Reveal Details of EU-US Privacy Shield Data Sharing Deal
Mark Wilson writes: Details of the data sharing arrangements agreed between the US and EU earlier in the month have been revealed in newly published documents. The EU-US Privacy Shield transatlantic d...
08:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Censorware Failure: Kiddle's "Child-Safe" Search Engine
An anonymous reader writes: In a bid to protect young internet users from inappropriate content, a new visual search engine designed for children has launched this week. Kiddle.co filters its results ...
06:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot As of Tonight, 1900 Steam Games For Linux
New submitter KGIII writes: "After a recent Steam change, there were more than 1,900 Steam Linux games listed as Valve ended up including yet-to-be-released Linux game ports. That total including unre...
04:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Judge Favors Apple In iPhone Unlocking Case In New York
The Washington Post reports that Apple has prevailed for the moment in its fight with the FBI over the agency's demand that Apple help them break the security of an iPhone — but not in the Calif...
04:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Achieve Perfect Efficiency For Water-Splitting Half-Reaction
Dthief writes: Splitting water is a two-step process, and in a new study, researchers have performed one of these steps (reduction) with 100% efficiency. The results shatter the previous record of 60%...
02:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot NASA Wants To Get Supersonic With New Passenger Jet
coondoggie writes: NASA wants to put a supersonic passenger jet back in the sky that promises to a soft thump or supersonic heartbeat as the agency called it - rather than the disruptive boom currentl...
02:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Judge Favors Apple In iPhone Unlocking Case — In New York
The Washington Post reports that Apple has prevailed for the moment in its fight with the FBI over the agency's demand that Apple help them break the security of an iPhone — but not in the Calif...
02:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot CompuLab Rolls out Fanless, High-End PCs With Unique Design
An anonymous reader writes: Israeli PC maker CompuLab has begun shipping the Airtop PC that allows assembling high-end PC components into a completely fanless design. Phoronix's initial testing of the...
12:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Surge Pricing Arrives In Disney's Magic Kingdom Just in Time for Star Wars Opening
HughPickens.com writes: Taking a page from the Uber playbook, Christopher Palmeri writes that Disney's six parks in Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, are raising the cost to visit its theme p...
12:00 am - Tue, March 1, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Find That Conditions For Life May Hinge On How Fast the Universe Is Expanding
sciencehabit writes: Scientists have known for several years now that stars, galaxies, and almost everything in the universe is moving away from us (and from everything else) at a faster and faster pa...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Fined 100,000 Euros In German Intellectual Property Dispute
An anonymous reader writes: A regional court in Berlin found that Facebook had not changed their terms and conditions statement to adequately address intellectual property concerns. The court fined Fa...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot New Report Cites Dangers of Autonomous Weapons
HughPickens.com writes: A new report written by a former Pentagon official who helped establish United States policy on autonomous weapons argues that autonomous weapons could be uncontrollable in rea...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Establishing Procurement Policies Regarding Secure Boot?
New submitter Firx writes: My university department has a tradition of selling its used computers and/or repurposing them with Linux for graduate students and science computer labs. With Windows no lo...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Google Self-Driving Car Might Have Caused First Crash In Autonomous Mode
An anonymous reader writes: While driving in autonomous mode, a Google self-driving car was involved in an accident with a public bus in California on Valentine's Day, according to an accident report ...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot South Korea Plans Moon Landing By 2020
MarkWhittington writes: The Korean Herald has reported that the South Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has started a lunar exploration program, allocating funding to place a probe i...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Snapchat Employee Data Leaked Following Phishing Scam
An anonymous reader writes: Snapchat suffered a huge data breach over the weekend after an employee fell victim to a phishing email scam which impersonated co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel requesting p...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 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 ...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Autonomous Cars Could Be Worse For Carbon Emissions
HughPickens.com writes: David Roberts writes at VOX that it stands to reason that vehicle automation could save energy and reduce emissions in some ways. Cars will be able to chain together more aerod...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Sony Patents Power Glove-Like Motion Controller For PlayStation VR
MojoKid writes: With so much of the VR buzz revolving around Oculus, HTC and Google lately, it would be easy to forget that Sony has its own competitor coming, called PlayStation VR. And now, as new p...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot HoloLens For Developers Available For Pre-Order
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's HoloLens, touted as the world's 'first and only fully untethered holographic computer' is available today for pre-order and will ship on March 30. The HoloLens ...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Raspberry Pi 3 Rolls Out With Faster CPU, On-Board Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth
An anonymous reader writes: The original Raspberry Pi went on sale four years ago, and more than 8,000,000 units have shipped since then. Raspberry Pi computers are used in schools and universities, i...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot WhatsApp To End Support For BlackBerry, Nokia, and Other Older Operating Systems
nerdyalien writes: While everybody is immersed in the Apple vs. FBI case, WhatsApp has posted a blog entry that could potentially alter the mobile landscape as we know it today. By the end of 2016, Wh...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Ebay Shop Scrapes Thingiverse, Sells Designs In Violation of Creative Commons
He Who Has No Name writes: A little over a week ago, Thingiverse user Loubie posted Sad Face! to Thingiverse, protesting the use — without permission — of their designs and those of others...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot 107 Games Revealed Ahead of HTC Vive Preorder Launch
SlappingOysters writes: Preorders open today for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset and while the device has been well-received by critics, little is known about the games coming to the device. We k...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Mercedes-Benz Swaps Robots For People On Assembly Lines
The usual narrative in the last few years is that robots relentlessly displace humans in today's highly mechanized workplaces (like factories and mines), but sometimes robots' speed and dexterity can'...
12:00 pm - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot NASA's IBEX Observations Pin Down Interstellar Magnetic Field
An anonymous reader writes: Immediately after its 2008 launch, NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spotted a curiosity in a thin slice of space: more particles streamed in through a long, ski...
08:00 am - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Discover Major Jurassic Fossil Site In Argentina
Paleontologists in Argentina have announced the discovery of a major Jurassic-era fossil site four years after it was first discovered. The site, which spans 23,000 square miles (60,000 square kilomet...
04:00 am - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Biological Supercomputers Powered By ATP Could Be A Reality Some Day
hypnosec writes: Our cells are powered by Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and according to a new study, they could be a power source for the next generation of biological supercomputers capable of proces...
12:00 am - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot IoT Devices Are Secretly Phoning Home
An anonymous reader writes: A popular internet-enabled security camera "secretly and constantly connects into a vast peer-to-peer network run by the Chinese manufacturer of the hardware," according to...
12:00 am - Mon, February 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Unhappy With Beta Testers, Demands Answers
Freshly Exhumed writes: Microsoft has mandated that the feedback functionality built into Windows Insider Preview beta be switched on -- a change from earlier when testers could block questions from t...