Your Web News in One Place

Articles by Slashdot from April 2016

< Return to Slashdot details.
10:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your View On Benchmark Apps?
There's no doubt that benchmark apps help you evaluate different aspects of a product, but do they paint a complete picture? Should we utterly rely on benchmark apps to assess the performance and qual...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot FBI Bought $1M iPhone 5C Hack, But Doesn't Know How It Works
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has no idea how the hack used in unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5C works, but it paid a sum less than $1m for the mechanism, according to a report. R...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot One US Oil Field a Key Culprit In Global Ethane Gas Increase
An anonymous reader writes: According to scientists, a single U.S. shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade's increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage a...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Intel Cuts Atom Chips, Basically Giving Up On Smartphone and Tablet Market
Intel, the marquee PC chipmaker, has long struggled to get a foothold in the smartphone market. The company, which was late in joining the mobile platform, is still playing catchup with Qualcomm and M...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot GCHQ Has Disclosed Over 20 Vulnerabilities This Year
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: Earlier this week, it emerged that a section of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK's signal intelligence agency, had disclosed a serious vulne...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Flow -- An IFTTT Alternative -- Aims To Connect Your Online Apps
An anonymous user writes: Microsoft has unveiled a new product called Microsoft Flow, which is designed to better connect diverse services so that you could, if you were so inclined, put all your twee...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your View On Benchmark Tools?
There's no doubt that benchmark tools help you evaluate different aspects of a product, but do they paint a complete picture? Should we utterly rely on benchmark tools to assess the performance and qu...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider
New reader mjnhbg1088 cites an article on NPR: A small mammal has sabotaged the world's most powerful scientific instrument. The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile superconducting machine designed to sm...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Google AI Has Access To 1.6M People's NHS Records
Hal Hodson, reporting for New Scientist:It's no secret that Google has broad ambitions in healthcare. But a document obtained by New Scientist reveals that the tech giant's collaboration with the UK's...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Freshly Minted Unicorns Now a Rare Sighting In Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader shares a Quartz report: Unicorns, start-up companies valued at over $1 billion each, once a rare sighting for investors, have frolicked across Silicon Valley of late. Now the marke...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot US Calls Switzerland An Internet Piracy Haven
An anonymous reader writes: The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published its annual Special 301 Report calling out other nations for failing to live up to U.S. IP enforcement sta...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Supreme Court Gives FBI More Hacking Power
An anonymous reader cites an article on The Intercept (edited and condensed): The Supreme Court on Thursday approved changes that would make it easier for the FBI to hack into computers, many of them ...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Doctor Ready to Perform First Human Head Transplant
Ross Kenneth Urken, reporting for Newsweek (edited and condensed): Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero had his Dr. Strange moment when he announced he'd be able to do a human head transplant in a two...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot US Toy Maker Maisto's Website Pushes Ransomware
An anonymous reader shares a PCWorld article: Attackers are aggressively pushing a new file-encrypting ransomware program called CryptXXX by compromising websites, the latest victim being U.S. toy mak...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot The Critical Hole At the Heart Of Our Cell Phone Networks
An anonymous reader writes: Kim Zetter from WIRED writes an intriguing report about a vulnerability at the heart of our cell phone networks. It centers around Signaling System No. 7 (SS7), which refer...
12:00 pm - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Obesity 'Explosion' In Young Rural Chinese A Result Of Socioeconomic Changes, Study Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Obesity has rapidly increased in young rural Chinese, a study has warned, because of socioeconomic changes. Researchers found 17% of boys and 9% of girls ...
08:00 am - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot In Internet Age, Pirate Radio Arises As Surprising Challenge
K7DAN writes: Just as the demise of terrestrial radio has been greatly exaggerated, so has the assumed parallel death of pirate radio. Due to the failure of licensed stations to meet the needs of many...
04:00 am - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Dissension Grows Inside Anonymous Because Of Political Propaganda
An anonymous reader writes from a report on Softpedia: Political tensions relating to the U.S. presidential race are creating turmoil inside the Anonymous hacker collective, muddling waters even more ...
04:00 am - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot All Belgians To Be Given Iodine Pills In Case Of Nuclear Accident
mdsolar quotes a report from Phys.Org: Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the healt...
02:00 am - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Who's Downloading Pirated Scientifc Papers? Everyone
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: In increasing numbers, researchers around the world are turning to Sci-Hub, the controversial website that hosts 50 million pirated papers and count...
02:00 am - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Limits Cortana Search Box In Windows 10 To Bing and Edge Only
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Microsoft has announced a big change for how the Cortana search box in Windows 10 will work going forward: all searches will be powered by Bing an...
02:00 am - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Google's OnHub Is First WiFi Router To Support IFTTT
An anonymous reader writes: The first router to feature IFTTT support is Google OnHub. IFTTT is an abbreviation of "If This Then That," a free web-based service that can allow users to create "recipes...
12:00 am - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Launches Two Midrange Missiles, Both Tests Fail
An anonymous reader writes: According to South Korean Defense Ministry officials, North Korea fired two midrange Musudan missiles Thursday, and both missiles appear to have failed. The military cannot...
12:00 am - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot India Installs 'Laser Walls' At Border With Pakistan
schwit1 writes: After experimenting with barbed wire, surveillance cameras and even cowbells and camels, India has now reportedly introduced "laser walls" at its border with archenemy Pakistan. Both N...
12:00 am - Fri, April 29, 2016
Slashdot Top Security Experts Say Anti-Encryption Bill Authors Are 'Woefully Ignorant'
blottsie writes from a report on the Daily Dot: In a Wall Street Journal editorial titled "Encryption Without Tears," Sens. Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein pushed back on widespread condemnation of ...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Manufacturing Jobs On Decline Around the World
Reader Koreantoast writes: The New York Times posted an interesting thought piece (paywalled, this link could help) on the changing nature of manufacturing globally and the impact it has on modern pol...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Bernie Sanders' Second Life Headquarters Besieged by Trump-Supporting Swastikas
Wagner James Au, writing for Motherboard (edited and condensed):As Donald Trump continues to ride roughshod over much of the United States, there are multiple reports that Trumps' virtual fans are rid...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Almost Two-Thirds of Software Companies Contributing To Open Source, Says Survey
Reader alphadogg writes: Open source's march toward preeminence in business software continued over the past year, according to a survey released by open source management provider Black Duck Software...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Nvidia GPU-Powered Autonomous Car Teaches Itself To See And Steer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World discussing Nvidia's project called DAVE2, where their engineering team built a self-driving car with one camera, one Drive-PX embedded computer a...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Office 365 Flaw Allowed Anyone To Log In To Almost Any Business Account
Reader msm1267 writes: A severe vulnerability in the way Microsoft Office 365 handles federated identities via SAML put an attacker in a position to have access to any account and data, including emai...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Google CEO Predicts AI-Fueled Future
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the next big evolution for technology is AI. "Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the 'device' to fade away," Pichai wrote in Google'...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Almost Two-Third of Software Companies Contributing To Open Source, Says Survey
Reader alphadogg writes: Open source's march toward preeminence in business software continued over the past year, according to a survey released by open source management provider Black Duck Software...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Steam Computer Gaming Network Now Accepting Bitcoin
An anonymous reader shares an article on Fortune Magazine: The popular Steam computer game network has started accepting bitcoin in a move aimed at making it easier for players in countries like Brazi...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Atari Co-Founder: Mobile Games Make Me Want To Throw My Phone
Will Freeman, reporting for The Guardian (condensed): One industry veteran sees arcades and mobile gaming as almost indistinct. He is Nolan Bushnell, co-founder of Atari. Often referred to as the godf...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot iTunes Turns 13 Today -- Continues To Be 'Awful'
An anonymous reader points us to a link on Quartz: On April 28, 2003, Apple started up a revolution. Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digi...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot HP Announces All-Metal Chromebook 13: Thinner Than MacBook Pro, Costs $800 Less
On Thursday, HP unveiled a new Chromebook 13. Designed in collaboration with Google, the Chromebook 13 sports an all-metal body and is merely 13mm thick while weighing 1.29kg. It sports a 13-inch disp...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Finds Backdoor Installed On 12 Million PCs
Reader wiredmikey writes: Security researchers at Cisco have come across a piece of software that installed backdoors on 12 million computers around the world. Researchers determined that the applicat...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade Screen Interrupts Meteorologist's Live Forecast
Reader MojoKid writes: If you're a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user who hasn't yet upgraded to Windows 10, you've probably been bombarded at some point by Microsoft to upgrade, and not always at the most c...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Volvo Engineer Calls Out Tesla For Dangerous 'Wannabe' Autopilot System
An anonymous reader shares an article on Jalopnik: Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system has been impressing everyone from consumers to journalists, and even other industry experts and executives. ...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot American Samoa Domain Registry Was Exposing Client Data Since the Mid-1990s
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: A British security researcher that goes online only by the name of InfoSec Guy revealed today that American Samoa domain registry ASNIC was using an...
12:00 pm - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Intel Wants To Eliminate The Headphone Jack And Replace It With USB-C
An anonymous reader writes: With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a ...
08:00 am - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Child Porn Suspect Jailed Indefinitely For Refusing To Decrypt Hard Drives
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a co...
04:00 am - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Dyson Launches New 'Supersonic' Hair Dryer To Revolutionize Hair Care
An anonymous reader writes: Dyson has a launched a hair dryer with a design language similar to that of its bladeless fans. The $399 hair dryer is four years in the making, involving 103 engineers, ov...
02:00 am - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot With Carly Fiorina As Running Mate, Cruz's H-1B Stance Now In Question
dcblogs quotes a report from Computerworld: In 2013, Sen. Ted Cruz emerged as one of the Senate's top H-1B visa supporters, and argued for a 500% visa cap increase. But during his bid for the Republic...
02:00 am - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Buys Into DNA Data Storage
the_newsbeagle writes: More than 2.5 exabytes of data is created every day, and some experts estimate that 90% of all data in the world today was created in the last two years. Clearly, storing all th...
02:00 am - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Is Raising Its Data Caps From 300GB To 1TB
An anonymous reader writes: Comcast has announced today it will be raising its monthly data cap of 300GB to 1TB beginning June 1st. They will however charge more to customers who want unlimited data. ...
12:00 am - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot House Passes Email Privacy Act, Requiring Warrants For Obtaining Emails
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, sending it on to the Senate and from there, hopefully anyhow, to the ...
12:00 am - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot Former Tor Developer Created Malware To Hack Tor Users For The FBI
Patrick O'Neill writes: Matt Edman is a cybersecurity expert who worked as a part-time employee at Tor Project, the nonprofit that builds Tor software and maintains the network, almost a decade ago. S...
12:00 am - Thu, April 28, 2016
Slashdot There Will Be A Huge New 'Panama Papers' Data Dump
An anonymous reader writes: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists said in an email that on May 9 it would "publish what will likely be the largest-ever release of information about...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Half Of Americans Think Presidential Nominating System 'Rigged'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Huffington Post: More than half of American voters believe that the system U.S. political parties use to pick their candidates for the White House is "rigged" ...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Uber's New Policy Fines Riders Who Are Two Minutes Late
Uber says it has revised some of its policies to better compensate its drivers. As part of which, the company is testing charging customers a fee if they make a driver wait for more than two minutes (...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Intel Declares Independence From PC, Prioritizes Cloud, IoT and 5G Efforts
A week after announcing 12,000 job cuts, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has shared vision for the company, hinting a shift in its prime focus away from PC business. In a blog post, Krzanich said that the co...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot India Makes It Compulsory For Phones To Have a 'Panic Button'
Reader itwbennett writes: Starting in January 2017, all feature phones sold in India will need to have a panic button that will alert "police, designated friends and relatives, for immediate response ...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Smartphone Shipments Flat For the First Time, Says IDC
An anonymous reader writes: Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones worldwide last quarter. This figure is up just 0.2 percent from the 334.3 million units in Q1 2015, marking ...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot German Nuclear Plant Infected With Computer Virus
archatheist shares a Reuters report: A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility's operations becau...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Intends To Send a Red Dragon To Mars As Early As 2018
Reader MarkWhittington writes: SpaceX has announced that it intends to send a version of its Dragon spacecraft, called "Red Dragon," to Mars as early as 2018. The mission, to be launched on top of a F...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Security Robot Draws Dalek, Terminator Comparisons
An anonymous reader writes: China's first "intelligent security robot," which reportedly includes an "electrically charged riot control tool" and an SOS button for people to notify police, has been co...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Federal Judge Rules Amazon Must Refund Parents Duped By In-App Purchases
An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report: A federal judge has ruled Amazon is liable for billing unwitting parents after their children made unauthorized charges in apps. The court will decide exac...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Wikipedia Is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy, Says Study
Jennifer Ouellette, reporting for Gizmodo: Wikipedia is a voluntary organization dedicated to the noble goal of decentralized knowledge creation. But as the community has evolved over time, it has wan...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot After Netflix Crackdown On Border-Hopping, Canadians Ready To Return To Piracy
An anonymous reader shares an article on CBCNews: Many Canadians are enraged by Netflix's declared war on cross-border watchers, who skirt the company's rules by sneaking across virtual borders to str...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo's Mysterious 'NX' Gaming Platform To Be Launched In March 2017
Nintendo has announced that its next gaming platform -- codenamed NX -- will launch worldwide on March 2017. "For our dedicated video game platform, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform ...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Report: Comcast In Talks To Buy DreamWorks For $3 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Comcast is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation in a multi-billion-dollar deal, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are reporting. The cost of the...
12:00 pm - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot A Complete Guide To The New 'Crypto Wars'
blottsie writes: The latest debate over encryption did not begin with a court order demanding Apple help the FBI unlock a dead terrorist's iPhone. The new "Crypto Wars," chronicled in a comprehensive ...
08:00 am - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot A Majority Of Millennials Now Reject Capitalism, Poll Shows
A new poll shows that a majority of young people do not support capitalism. The study was conducted by Harvard University, which polled young adults ages 18-29. It found that 51 percent of those polle...
04:00 am - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Millions Of Waze Users Can Have Their Movements Tracked By Hackers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fusion: Researchers at the University of California-Santa Barbara recently discovered a Waze vulnerability that allowed them to create thousands of "ghost driv...
02:00 am - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot 2016 Hugo Awards Shortlist Dominated By Rightwing Campaign
Dave Knott quotes a report from The Guardian: The annual Hugo awards for the best science fiction of the year have once again been riven by controversy, as a concerted campaign by a conservative lobby...
02:00 am - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Zero Zero's Camera Drone Could Be A Robot Command Center In The Future
Tekla Perry writes: Zero Zero Robotics comes out of stealth today with the Hover Camera drone that uses face and body recognition to follow and photograph selected subjects. Company cofounder Meng Qiu...
02:00 am - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot HTC Announces $100 Million Fund For Virtual Reality Startups
An anonymous reader writes: HTC today announced the Vive X accelerator program through which the company will invest from it's newly created $100 million VR fund. The fund aims to kickstart the VR eco...
12:00 am - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot FBI Director Suggests iPhone Hacking Method May Remain Secret
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that his agency was still assessing whether a vulnerability used to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San...
12:00 am - Wed, April 27, 2016
Slashdot Inside 'Emojigeddon': The Fight Over The Future Of The Unicode Consortium
An anonymous reader quotes a report on Buzzfeed: There's trouble afoot inside the Emoji Council of Elders, or, at the very least, signs of a low-simmering schism that's being referred to by some of it...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot YouTube To Roll Out 6-Second Ads That You Can't Skip
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube announced on Tuesday that it will be introducing an unskippable, 6-second bumper ads before certain videos. The video juggernaut says that these ads are largely aim...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Node.js Version 6 Released With LTS
dmleonard618 writes: The JavaScript runtime Node.js has reached version 6.0, and unlike version 5.0 this version will receive Long Term Support (LTS). LTS is meant to provide the release with long-ter...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple Has First Earnings Decline In More Than A Decade
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has announced its first-ever decline in revenue in the past 13 years as its iPhone sales have slowed down. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarter...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Spotify Denies User Details Hacked After Passwords Show Up Online
Not long ago a list of hundreds of Spotify subscribers was dumped on Pastebin. The list included email addresses, usernames, passwords, account type, and plenty of other details. Also, TechCrunch inde...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is Outdated, Says Chinese Conglomerate LeEco CEO
An anonymous reader shares an article on CNBC: Apple is "outdated" and losing momentum in China, billionaire entrepreneur Jia Yueting told CNBC in his first international television interview. "Apple ...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Top Silicon Valley Execs and Others Urge Congress To Fund K-12 Computer Science Education
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report:Some of the biggest names in tech and corporate America, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Faceboo...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Open365 Is An Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Office 365
Martin Brinkmann, writing for Ghacks: Open365 is an open source Office 365 alternative that allows you to edit or create documents online, and to sync files with the cloud. The service is in beta curr...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Google, Ford, Volvo, Lyft and Uber Join Coalition To Further Self-Driving Cars
Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber, and Lyft are forming a coalition to help speed self-driving cars to the market. Until now, these five companies have all been working on their own driverless car initiatives...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved
Joshua Topolsky, co-founder of The Verge, and Vox Media, and formerly Editor-in-chief of Engadget, has published an article on Medium, wherein he analyzes the ongoing and long-term issues with digital...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Gmail For Android Gets Microsoft Exchange Support
An anonymous reader writes: Google has updated Gmail for Android with a very notable feature: support for Microsoft Exchange. You can download the latest version of the app from Google Play (if you do...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Over 7 Million Accounts for Minecraft Community Hacked
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: Over seven million user accounts belonging to members of Minecraft community "Lifeboat" have been hacked, according to security researcher Troy Hunt. Hunt said h...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Businesses Pay $100,000 To DDoS Extortionists Who Never DDoS Anyone
Dan Goodin, reporting for Ars Technica: In less than two months, online businesses have paid more than $100,000 to scammers who set up a fake distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) gang that has yet to ...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Mitsubishi: We've Been Cheating On Fuel Tests For 25 years
An anonymous reader cites an article on CNN:The situation at Mitsubishi Motors just went from bad to much, much worse. The Japanese automaker admitted Tuesday that it had falsified fuel efficiency tes...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot City Installs Traffic Lights In Sidewalks For Smartphone Users
tlhIngan writes: It's finally happened -- the smartphone zombies are here. The German city of Augsburg installed traffic lights in the sidewalks so smartphone users don't have to look up. Apparently p...
12:00 pm - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Will Install More Energy Storage With SolarCity In 2016 Than The US Installed In 2015
An anonymous reader writes: Tesla is scheduled to install more energy storage capacity in 2016 with SolarCity alone than all of the US installed in 2015. It was revealed in a recent filing with the U....
08:00 am - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Rise In CO2 Has 'Greened Planet Earth'
schwit1 quotes a report from BBC: Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants. A new study says that if the extra green leaves prompted by risi...
04:00 am - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Goldman Sachs Launches GS Bank, An Internet Bank With A $1 Minimum Deposit
An anonymous reader recaps a report from TechCrunch: Traditionally, Goldman Sachs has functioned like a run-of-the-mill investment bank with minimums to open an account in the range of $10 million, an...
02:00 am - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Symantec: Cruz and Kasich Campaign Apps May Expose Sensitive Data
An anonymous reader writes: Apps released by the campaigns of Republican presidential contenders Ted Cruz and John Kasich have the potential for hackers to access users' personal information. Accordin...
02:00 am - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Is Building A Standalone Camera App To Encourage Its 1.6 Billion Users To Share More
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Facebook engineers in London are working on a standalone camera app with a big live-streaming comp...
02:00 am - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Valve Inks Deal With Lionsgate Adding Over 100 Movie Titles To Steam Platform
MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: Valve took a major step in growing its Steam digital distribution platform today by adding movie rentals to the mix. The addition of movies to Steam's catalog...
12:00 am - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot Your Pay Is About To Go Up
The Department of Labor's overtime rule is expected to be updated some time later this summer, and when it does, you will soon be entitled to overtime pay if you make less than $50,000 per year. Accor...
12:00 am - Tue, April 26, 2016
Slashdot New 'Tunneling' State of Water Molecules Discovered by Scientists
MikeChino quotes a report from Inhabitat: Scientists just discovered a new state of water molecules that displays some pretty unexpected characteristics. This discovery, made by researchers at the U.S...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Swedish ISP Vows to Protect Users From a Piracy Witch Hunt
Ernesto Van der Sar, reporting for TorrentFreak: Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof says it will do everything in its power to prevent copyright holders from threatening its subscribers. The pr...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Seeks New Home For Email Client Thunderbird
Reader chefmonkey writes: In a report commissioned by Mozilla to explore the next home for Thunderbird, two potential new hosts have been offered: the Software Freedom Conservancy (host to git, boost,...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot US Justice Dept Approves Charter's Time Warner Cable Purchase With Conditions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Justice Department has approved Charter Communications Inc's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House networks, which woul...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Software Audits: How High-Tech Software Vendors Play Hardball
snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Dan Tynan offers an inside look at how high-tech software vendors such as Adobe, Oracle, and IBM play hardball over software licensing, pushing customers to "true up" to the...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot US Wants Its Own Secure and Self-Destructing Messaging App -- And It's Willing to Pay
Long time reader schwit1 writes: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency within the Department of Defense historically known for creating the Internet itself, has published a ...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot US Begins Dropping 'Cyberbombs' On ISIS
In what appears to be a significant shift in its tactic to battle against the terrorist organization, the U.S. has begun launching cyberattacks against ISIS (non-paywall link). The New York Times repo...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Does More Carbon Dioxide Mean Increased Crop Water Productivity?
An anonymous reader points us to an Ars Technica report: For the most part, we think of rising levels of carbon dioxide as an environmental problem. But atmospheric CO2 can also boost agricultural pro...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption By 7 Years
An anonymous reader cites an article on The Intercept: The director of national intelligence on Monday blamed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for advancing the development of user-friendly, widely av...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Active Drive-By Exploits Critical Android Bugs, Care Of Hacking Team
Dan Goodin, reporting for Ars Technica: An ongoing drive-by attack is forcing ransomware onto Android smartphones by exploiting critical vulnerabilities in older versions of Google's mobile operating ...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Over 1M BeautifulPeople Dating Site User Details Leak Online
An anonymous reader writes: Personal information of over one million users stored by popular dating site BeautifulPeople has leaked, and is now accessible online. We already knew that BeautifulPixel.c...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Suggests Black Holes Are Possible Portals To Another Universe
An anonymous reader shares an article on Science World Report: Stephen Hawking, in a recent lecture held at the Harvard University, claimed that black holes could be portals to a parallel universe. Th...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Nearly All New Diesel Cars Exceed Official Pollution Limits
An anonymous reader writes: The Guardian, citing a comprehensive set of data, reports that 97% of all modern diesel cars emit more toxic nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution on the road than the official li...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Over 1M BeautifulPeople Dating Site User Details Leak Online -- Including Gov Addresses
An anonymous reader writes: Personal information of over one million users stored by popular dating site BeautifulPeople has leaked, and is now accessible online. We already knew that BeautifulPixel.c...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Google Appears To Be Working On Bringing Android Apps to Chrome OS
The Wall Street Journal reported late last year that Google plans to merge Chrome OS and Android. The search giant, at the time, had refuted such claims while adding that it continues to work on "brin...
12:00 pm - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot U.S. Goverment Shames Texting Drivers on Twitter
An anonymous reader writes: "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the federal body tasked with automotive safety," reports the Verge, adding "If you look at NHTSA's Twitter feed right...
08:00 am - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Malaria Has Been Eliminated In Europe
An anonymous reader writes: Quartz reports that "Malaria cases in Europe have dropped from a peak of over 90,000 in 1995 to zero in 2015, according to the World Health Organization," who calls the "ex...
04:00 am - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot New Heating Technology Uses Seawater and Carbon Dioxide
Kenneth Stephen writes: While some enterprises have used sea-water for cooling, others are starting to use this for heating. and thereby cut back greatly on the carbon footprint of large facilities. W...
02:00 am - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Interview With Python Creator Guido Van Rossum
The online programming school Tech Rocket just published a new interview with Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python. "Looking back I don't think I ever really doubted Python, and I always had fun," ...
12:00 am - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Schools Are Helping Police Spy On Kids' Social Media Activity
schwit1 shares this excerpt from an article in The Washington Post: Schools in Florida are renewing a program that monitors their students' social media activity for criminal or threatening behavior, ...
12:00 am - Mon, April 25, 2016
Slashdot Report: Google Developing New 'Area 120' Corporate Incubator
An anonymous reader writes: The Information has released a new report about how Google is developing its own "startup incubator" called "Area 120." According to sources, the incubator will be helmed b...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot AIs vs Humans - Next Battle: Starcraft
braindrainbahrain writes: Having conquered checkers, chess, and more recently Go, artificial intelligence research now looks at the next frontier: the popular real-time strategy game of StarCraft. Bli...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot British Astronaut Competes in London Marathon from ISS
An anonymous reader writes:"British astronaut Tim Peake became the first man to complete a marathon in space on Sunday, running the classic 26.2 mile distance while strapped to a treadmill aboard the ...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Have You Experienced Ageism?
Friday the Huffington Post wrote that "Ageism runs rampant through Silicon Valley, where older workers are frequently overlooked for jobs." They ran tips from the man who recruited Tim Cook for Apple,...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot Oculus Rift Users Angered By Pre-Order Snafu
fluor2 writes: In April, Oculus announced that many of the Oculus Rift CV1 pre-orders were getting bumped from March to early May or even June...but they're still finding CV1's for supplying Rift+PC b...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot How Big Data Creates False Confidence
Mr D from 63 shares an article from Nautilus urging skepticism of big data: "The general idea is to find datasets so enormous that they can reveal patterns invisible to conventional inquiry... But the...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot This Battery-Free Computer Sucks Power Out Of Thin Air
An anonymous reader shares an article on Fast Co Design (edited and condensed for clarity): Researchers at University of Washington's Sensor Lab have created the WISP, or Wireless Identification and S...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot Fired Reddit Exec Launches Competing Site
An anonymous reader writes: "Dan McComas, the former second-in-command at Reddit -- and vocal critic of its more inflammatory groups -- wants to build a better Reddit, one that focuses on 'healthy, po...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot 40% of Silicon Valley's Profits (But Not Sales) Came from Apple
An anonymous reader writes:The San Jose Mercury News reports that last year 40% of Silicon Valley's profits came from one company -- Apple. "The iPhone maker accounted for 28 percent of the Bay Area t...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot ESA Offering Prizes For First Radio Reception From Satellite
An anonymous reader writes: The European Space Agency education office set up a contest to receive the radio signals from their new Cubesat satellites: AAUSAT4, [email protected] or OUFTI-1. Prizes will be re...
12:00 pm - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot Drone Fire-Fighting Tested in Nebraska
An anonymous reader writes: Friday Researchers at the University of Nebraska flew a drone over a prairie test site, dropping small containers the size of ping-pong balls to ignite controlled fires. "T...
08:00 am - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Collective Attacks KKK Sites
An anonymous reader writes: A KKK web site went offline for several hours Saturday, part of an ongoing attack campaign being attributed to "several hacker collectives, including Anonymous and BinarySe...
04:00 am - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot NASA Hackathon Expected to Draw Over 15,000 Coders
Saturday NASA began live-streaming footage of their "Space Apps Challenge" hackathon, which they're describing as one of the largest hackathons on earth. "Together, citizens like you have developed th...
02:00 am - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot 'I Hacked Facebook -- and Found Someone Had Beaten Me To It'
An anonymous reader shares an article on The Register: A bug bounty hunter compromises a Facebook staff server through a sloppy file-sharing webapp -- and finds someone's already beaten him to it by b...
12:00 am - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot Greece's Former Finance Minister Explains Why A Universal Basic Income Could Save Us
Charlie Sorrel, writing for FastCoExist: Next time you're having a fight with somebody who doesn't like the idea of a universal basic income, you might employ some of these arguments from Yanis Varouf...
12:00 am - Sun, April 24, 2016
Slashdot From Uber To Eric Schmidt, Tech Is Closer To the US Government Than You'd Think
An anonymous reader shares an article on The Guardian: Alphabet's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, recently joined a Department of Defense advisory panel. Facebook recently hired a former director at...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Conglomerate LeEco Wants To Give Away Its 'Tesla Killer' Electric Supercar For Free
Rishi Alwani, reporting for Gadgets 360 (edited and condensed for clarity): At an event in Beijing this week, Chinese technology conglomerate LeEco showed off its LeSEE self-driving electric supercar....
10:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Dutch Police Seize Encrypted Communication Network With 19,000 Users
An anonymous reader writes: Dutch police have seized and shut down Ennetcom, an encrypted communications network with 19,000 users, according to Reuters. The network's 36-year-old owner, Danny Manupas...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Bill Nye Slams Donald Trump, Republicans On Climate Change
An anonymous reader writes: On the eve of Earth Day, environmental activist Bill Nye told CNN that while everybody is more aware of climate change "than ever before," we still have a long way to go (a...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Wikipedia May Get Delivered To The Moon
A new Meta page on Wikimedia.org reports: "A group of science enthusiasts from Berlin, Germany, are planning to send their own custom-built rover to the Moon. And they want to take Wikipedia with them...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Jihadis Twice As Likely To Be Students of Science Than Of Sharia
Bruce66423 writes: Time to cancel all the encouragement of studying STEM subjects, obviously... The Telegraph is reporting that prominent jihadists "are twice as likely to have studied science at univ...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot The Android Administration: Google's Relationship With the Obama White House
theodp writes: The Intercept takes a look at Google's remarkably close relationship with the Obama White House, driving home its point with charts of When Google Visited the White House and how indivi...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Does It Matter That We've Reached Peak Smartphone?
Gizmodo, in its typical sensational voice, ran a story this week in which it argues that smartphones are in a "ridiculously boring place" right now. Alex Cranz with the publication expresses her disco...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot First Successful Gene Therapy Against Human Aging?
An anonymous reader writes: For the first time data may show that a human being has been successfully rejuvenated by gene therapy, claims Bioviva USA. "In September 2015, then 44 year-old CEO of Biovi...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Launches Missile From Submarine
schwit1 shares breaking news from CNN: North Korea has fired what is believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of ...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Consumer Complaints About Broadband Caps Are Soaring
Karl Bode, reporting for DSL Reports: Consumer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission about broadband data caps rose to 7,904 in the second half of 2015 from 863 in the first half, notes ...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Windows Phone Free-Fall May Force Microsoft To Push Harder On Windows 10
tripleevenfall quotes a report from PCWorld: Microsoft sold a minuscule 2.3 million Lumia phones last quarter, down from 8.6 million a year ago. Phone revenue declines will only "steepen" during the c...
12:00 pm - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Might Finally Kill Clickbait With New Algorithm Tweaks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: Facebook is bringing two additional tweaks to its News Feed algorithm: time spent viewing and page post diversity. The former is an effort to wee...
08:00 am - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot CERN Releases 300TB of Large Hadron Collider Data Into Open Access
An anonymous reader writes: The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, has released 300 terabytes of collider data to the public. "Once we've exhausted our exploration of the data,...
04:00 am - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Neil deGrasse Tyson Says It's 'Very Likely' The Universe Is A Simulation
mspohr quotes a report from ExtremeTech: At the most recent Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, [scientists gathered to address the question for the year: Is the universe a computer simulation? At the debat...
02:00 am - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Over 1 Million People Use Tor To Check Facebook Anonymously Each Month
An anonymous reader writes: More than one million people have used the Tor anonymizing browser to login to Facebook, according to Facebook. Facebook expanded its support for Tor earlier this year as i...
02:00 am - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot US Suicide Rate Surges To Highest Level In Almost Three Decades, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: The suicide rate in the U.S. has surged to its highest level in almost three decades, according to a new report from the CDC. There was no explanation for...
12:00 am - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Earth Day: 175 Nations Sign Historic Paris Climate Deal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: World leaders from 175 countries signed the historic Paris climate accord Friday, using Earth Day as a backdrop for the ceremonial inking of a long-...
12:00 am - Sat, April 23, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Build 14328 With Windows Ink, New UI
An anonymous reader writes: Windows Ink is one of the many new features rolling out to beta testers as part of Windows 10 Build 14328. The build includes the new Windows Ink Workspace, providing acces...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Spy Chief Pressed For Number Of Americans Ensnared In Data Espionage
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: U.S. lawmakers are pressing the nation's top intelligence official to estimate the number of Americans ensnared in email surveillance and other such spying on forei...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Uber Will Pay $100 Million To Settle Suits With Drivers Seeking Employee Status
An anonymous reader writes: Two lawsuits posing a threat to Uber's on-demand business model have been settled. Uber has agreed to pay up to $100 million to drivers who sought to be classified as emplo...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Apple Should Pay More Tax, Says Co-Founder Wozniak
mrspoonsi quotes a report from BCC: All companies, including Apple, should pay a 50% tax rate, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has told the BBC. He said he doesn't like the idea that Apple does not pay...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Won't Sell Non-Prime Members Certain Popular Movies and Video Games
An anonymous reader writes: If you're not an Amazon Prime subscriber, you will no longer be able to purchase certain popular game titles and movies, according to a report on game blog Videogamer. One ...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Why Movie Trailers Now Begin With Five-Second Ads For Themselves
Chris Plante, reporting for The Verge: Jason Bourne takes off his jacket, punches a man unconscious, looks forlornly off camera, and then a title card appears. The ad -- five seconds of action -- is a...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot MongoDB Config Error Exposed 93M Mexican Voter Records
An anonymous reader cites an article on CSOOnline: A 132 GB database, containing the personal information on 93.4 million Mexican voters has finally been taken offline. The database sat exposed to the...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot San Francisco Adopts Law Requiring Solar Panels On All New Buildings
San Francisco will soon become one of the first major cities in the U.S. to require solar power on new buildings. The rule, which received approval from San Francisco's Board of Supervisors this week,...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Drone Believed To Have Hit British Airways Flight 'May Have Been a Plastic Bag'
Reader schwit1 writes: The drone that reportedly hit a British Airways jet earlier this week may have actually been a plastic bag, a minister has said. Transport minister Robert Goodwill admitted auth...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Accidentally Make Batteries That Could Last A Lifetime
Reader Socguy writes: A typical Lithium-ion battery breaks down badly between 5000-7000 cycles. Researchers at the University of California may have discovered a simple way to build a Lithium battery ...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot $10 Router, No Firewall Blamed In $80M Bangladesh Bank Hack
Earlier this a year, a spelling mistake in an online bank transfer prevented nearly $1 billion heist at Bangladesh's central bank and the New York Fed. The hackers, however, still had managed to steal...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft, Google Agree To Stop Complaining To Regulators About Each Other
An anonymous reader shares an article on Recode: Microsoft and Google say they have recently reached an agreement under which they will drop pending regulatory complaints against one another across th...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot UK Intel Agencies Have Been Spying on Millions of People 'Of No Security Interest' Since 1990s
The UK's intelligence agencies such as MI5, MI6, and GCHQ have been collecting personal information from citizens who are "unlikely to be of intelligence or security interest" since the 1990s, a thous...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Core Windows Utility Can Be Used To Bypass Whitelisting
Reader msm1267 writes: A core Windows command-line utility, Regsvr32, used to register DLLs to the Windows Registry can be abused to run remote code from the Internet, bypassing whitelisting protectio...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Pro-Clinton Super PAC Caught Spending $1 Million On Social Media Trolls
An anonymous reader quotes a report from US Uncut: A Super PAC headed by a longtime Clinton operative is spending $1 million to hire online trolls to "correct" Bernie Sanders' supporters on social med...
12:00 pm - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Turns Out That Snaps Are Not Secure In Ubuntu With X11
prisoninmate quotes a report from Softpedia: According to Matthew Garrett, a renowned CoreOS security developer, and Linux kernel contributor, Canonical's new snap package format is not secure at all ...
08:00 am - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Photos Show The Lingering Radioactivity At Chernobyl And Fukushima
mdsolar quotes a report from Mashable: In areas of Russia and Japan that have been decontaminated by the government, allowing for people to move back, life has tried to continue but evidence of radiat...
06:00 am - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot NASA Gives Solar Ionic Propulsion A Monster Boost
coondoggie quotes a report from Network World: NASA this week took a giant step toward using solar electric power for future space missions by awarding a $67 million contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne to ...
02:00 am - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk Plans To Solve Traffic Congestion With Self-Driving Buses
An anonymous reader writes: Elon Musk believes self-driving buses are the answer to solving traffic congestion and mass transit in densely populated cities. Musk has teased the idea while at a transpo...
02:00 am - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot A New AMD Licensing Deal Could Create More x86 Rivals For Intel
angry tapir quotes a report from PCWorld: AMD has announced a plan to license the design of its top-of-the-line server processor to a newly formed Chinese company, creating a brand-new rival for Intel...
02:00 am - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Hearing Aid Business Under Pressure From Consumer Electronics
HughPickens.com writes: There's good news for aging Americans who may have damaged their hearing by attending one too many rock concerts when they were young. Andrew Pollack writes at the NYT that the...
12:00 am - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot RIP Prince, A Legendary Musician With A Complicated Internet History
alphadogg writes: Reflecting on the popular musician's uneasy relationship with the Internet and social media upon the 57-year-old surprising death. In 2010, Prince "famously shuttered his LotusFlow3r...
12:00 am - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Solar Impulse 2 Takes Off From Hawaii To California With No Fuel
An anonymous reader writes: After stalling on the island of Oahu for almost 10 months, the Solar Impulse 2 continues its journey to fly across the world with no fuel. Today, it took off from Hawaii to...
12:00 am - Fri, April 22, 2016
Slashdot Google Search Will Soon Include Live TV Listings
An anonymous reader writes: Google announced users will soon see live TV listings within their search results. Fortune writes, "Pretty soon, you will be able to Google the name of a television show or...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Is the $400 Billion F-35's 'Brain' Broken?
Zachary Cohen, reporting for CNN News: Almost 2,500 of the world's most advanced warplanes, with a total price tag of $400 billion, and they may not have a "brain" in the bunch? That's the fear of fed...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Available To Download; Mozilla To Offer 0-Day Firefox Releases Via Snaps
Reader prisoninmate writes: The latest, and hopefully, the greatest version of Ubuntu is now available to download. On the sidelines, Mozilla today announced the availability of future releases of its...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot FBI Paid More Than $1 Million For San Bernardino 'Hack'
An anonymous reader writes: FBI Director James Comey has indicated the bureau paid more than $1 million for the method used to hack into the iPhone 5c belonging to one of the San Bernadino shooters. H...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Is the Golden Era of Video-Game Console Sales Over?
Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has stopped producing Xbox 360, a gaming console it launched in 2005. According to estimations, the company sold more than 85 million Xbox 360 units worldwide....
08:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot China Plans To Reach Mars by 2020 and Eventually Build a Moon Base
Rebecca Harrington, writing for Tech Insider: China has plans to orbit the moon, land people on it, and eventually settle a moon colony. But that's just part of the nation's vision for space explorati...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot VC, Entrepreneur Says Basic Income Would Work Even If 90% People 'Smoked Pot' and Didn't Work
An anonymous reader cites a story on TI: The chief complaint people lodge at universal basic income -- a form of income distribution that gives people money to cover basic needs regardless of whether ...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Google's Ray Kurzweil Wants To Live Forever, and He Thinks It Includes Nanobots
Reader Esther Schindler writes: Whatever else he is (author, computer scientist, inventor, futurist, Google employee), Ray Kurzweil is undeniably fascinating, with intriguing predictions about the fut...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Choosing to Skip the Upgrade and Care for the Gadget You've Got
The New York Times has run a piece on its "Tech Fix" section, in which it argues, citing a user's experience, why skipping an upgrade might not be a bad idea, and how you could hold on to your existin...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Translator App For Android Can Now Translate Text In a Photo
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has updated its Translator app for Android to add the ability to recognize the text inside a photo. The photo, Microsoft explains, can be something that you have ...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot In a First, Judge Throws Out Evidence Obtained from FBI Malware
An anonymous reader cites an article on Motherboard: For the first time, a judge has thrown out evidence obtained via a piece of FBI malware. The move comes from a cased affected by the FBI's seizure ...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Opera Adds Free VPN-Client With Unlimited Usage To Its Desktop Browser
On Thursday, Opera announced that it is adding a free built-in virtual private network (VPN) client to its desktop browser. The feature, which isn't available on other popular Web browsers, will allow...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Child Porn Is Being Hidden on Legal Commercial Websites
People who visit porn websites or search for adult pornography on the Web are facing the risk of being arrested for accessing child abuse images. The Internet Watch Foundation is warning that vicious ...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Global Warming Has Made the Weather Better For Most In US -- For Now
An anonymous reader shares an article on LA Times: Since Americans first heard the term global warming in the 1970s, the weather has actually improved for most people living in the U.S.. But it won't ...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Changes Are Coming To the EU's Cookie Directive, But It's Not Going Away
An anonymous reader writes: The European Commission is listening to suggestions regarding EU laws on privacy and electronic communications (e-Privacy), among which is also the EU Cookie Directive that...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Lian-Li's Adjustable Motorized Standing Desk Is Also a High-End PC Chassis
MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: It looks as though Lian-Li took the term desktop computer a bit too literally with its new DK-04 system, which is literally a desk that doubles as an enclosur...
12:00 pm - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot World's Largest Commercial Aircraft Engine Fired Up For The First Time
schwit1 quotes a report from Gizmag: With a front fan spreading a full 11 ft (3.35 m), the GE9X is a world record holder and generates thrust in the order of 100,000 lb. To accommodate the aeronautica...
08:00 am - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Magic Leap Adds Virtual Reality Head-Tracking and Possibly Hand-Tracking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Networkworld: Magic Leap has made progress. A year ago, the MR apparatus wasn't really wearable. This may have been due to the sheer size of the prototype hard...
04:00 am - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot The 'Impossible' EM Drive Being Tested By NASA May Finally Be Explained
MarkWhittington writes: The EmDrive, the so-called "impossible" space drive that uses no propellant, has roiled the aerospace world for the past several years ever since it was proposed by British aer...
02:00 am - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Comcast To Allow TV Customers To Ditch Set-Top Box
An anonymous reader writes: In response to the FCC's efforts to open up the pay-TV set-top box market, Comcast said today it will allow some of its subscribers to watch TV without leasing a set-top bo...
02:00 am - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Prescription Meds Get Trapped In Disturbing Pee-To-Food-To-Pee Loop
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A study published Tuesday in Environmental Science and Technology is the first to validate the long-held suspicion that pharmaceuticals may get t...
12:00 am - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot EMV Technology In Credit and Debit Cards Reducing Counterfeit Fraud, Says Visa
An anonymous reader cites an article on USA Today: The new chip-enabled cards flowing into the U.S. marketplace have already made a dent in fraud, with some of the biggest merchants seeing a dip of mo...
12:00 am - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill To Develop New Technologies, Improve Cybersecurity
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: The U.S. Senate acted in a bipartisan fashion to pass a sweeping energy bill, touching on everything from cybersecurity for power plants to th...
12:00 am - Thu, April 21, 2016
Slashdot Google Records Over 750,000 'Hijacking' Breaches In One Year
An anonymous reader writes: A new study by Google and the University of California, Berkeley, claims over 700,000 websites were breached between June 2014 and June 2015. The research shows that "miscr...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Almost Nothing About the 'Apple Harvests Gold From iPhones' Story Is True
Jason Koebler, reporting for Motherboard: You may have seen a viral headline floating around over the last few days: Apple recycled $40 million worth of gold last year, which was extracted from iPhone...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot US Treasury To Feature Harriet Tubman On $20 Bill
An anonymous reader writes: Harriet Tubman will become the first African-American woman to be featured on the face of U.S. paper currency in more than a century. Tubman was born a slave and went on to...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Scientist Shrinks Arduino To Size Of An AA Battery
An anonymous reader writes: Johan Kanflo has managed to make the already small Tiny328 Arduino clone into an even smaller computing platform about the size of a single AA battery. Not only will it fit...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Patches 136 Flaws In 49 Products
An anonymous reader writes: Oracle has released the April 2016 Critical Patch Update, which provides fixes for 136 vulnerabilities in 49 products, including Java SE and MySQL, the company's Database S...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Can Switzerland Become a Safe Haven For the World's Data?
An anonymous reader shares an interesting article on Daily Dot which lists a number of reasons why Switzerland should be deemed as the nation for storing all of your data. The article reads: As United...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Canonical To Release Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS 'Xenial Xerus' Tomorrow
An anonymous reader writes: Canonical announced today that it will be releasing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Thursday, April 21. The sixth major release of Ubuntu Long-Term Support (LTS) features the new 'snap...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Mitsubishi Motors Pulls a Volkswagen; Shares Drop
Reader Zane C. writes: The president of Japan's sixth largest auto corporation has admitted to manipulating test data on fuel economy (mileage test data) for 625,000 total eK Wagon and eK Space models...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Ford Spent $200,000 To Dissect a Limited-Edition Tesla Model X
An anonymous reader writes: Ford Motor paid a sum of $199,950 ($55,000 more than the retail price) to buy one of the first sport utility vehicles made by Tesla Motors, reports Bloomberg, citing vehicl...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Stops Xbox 360 Production, Servers To Stay Online
Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has stopped manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. "Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft," wrote Phil Spencer, Xbox chief. "And while we've had an amazi...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Anders Behring Breivik, Norway Murderer, Wins Human Rights Case
An anonymous reader writes: To everyone's dismay, Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has won part of his lawsuit against the state over his solitary confinement in a high-security prison, ...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Europe Is Going After Google For Anti-Competitive Behavior With Android
Google now faces more competition charges in the European Union. The EU has accused Google of skewing the market against competitors with its Android mobile operating system. The 28-member state bloc'...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Data Center Management Darling Mesosphere Embraces Open Source
An anonymous reader writes: Cloud computing startup Mesosphere has opted to open-source its data center management platform. This move is backed by Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Cisco Systems...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot BT Funnels All Customers' Sent Emails Into One Guy's Inbox
Shaun Nichols, reporting for The Register: The UK's biggest broadband provider BT redirected its customers' outgoing emails to a single account for three hours on Tuesday. The telco said the flooded i...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Fry Urges Young To Flee 'Dystopian' Social Networks
An anonymous reader writes: English writer, presenter and activist Stephen Fry has urged his fans to abandon social networks, comparing such platforms to 'dystopian' forms of government seen in 1970s ...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Court Troubled By Surveillance Excesses At FBI, NSA
schwit1 quotes a report from Politico: In a just-released court opinion, a federal court judge overseeing government surveillance programs said he was "extremely concerned" about a series of incidents...
12:00 pm - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Utah Governor: 'Porn Is a Public Health Crisis'
An anonymous reader writes: Utah Governor Gary Herbert said on his Facebook page: "Pornography is a public health crisis. The problem is rampant, yet it thrives in secrecy and silence." He emitted thi...
08:00 am - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Warmest March In Global Recordkeeping
Layzej quotes a report from Weather Underground: March 2016 was by far the planet's warmest March since record keeping began in 1880. In the NOAA database, March 2016 came in a full 1.22C (2.20F) warm...
04:00 am - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Google Admits That Google.com Is Partially Dangerous
darthcamaro writes: For over a decade, Google's Safe Browsing technology has helped to alert users to dangerous sites, where malware and phishing exploits can be found. Apparently, one of those unsafe...
02:00 am - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Animated Simulation Lets You Watch the Titanic Sink In Real Time
An anonymous reader writes: You can watch the Titanic sink in real time thanks to an animated simulation created with Unreal Engine 4 to promote the upcoming game "Titanic: Honor and Glory." The Huffi...
02:00 am - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot EFF Sues DOJ For Access To Secret Court Orders On Decryption
An anonymous reader writes: TechCrunch reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice to reveal documents that "show whether DOJ has ever forced a com...
02:00 am - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Security Firm Discovers Secret Plan To Hack Numerous Websites and Forums
An anonymous reader writes: According to Softpedia, "Security researchers from SurfWatch Labs have shut down a secret plan to hack and infect hundreds or possibly thousands of forums and websites host...
12:00 am - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Intel Confirms Major Layoff: 12,000 Worldwide, 11 Percent of Workforce
Tekla Perry writes: It's all about the cloud and the Internet of Things, says Intel explaining the planned layoffs, which will affect some 12,000 employees. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich promises in an ema...
12:00 am - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot Viber Update Brings End-To-End Encryption and Hidden Chats
An anonymous reader writes: The new hip thing to do if you're a developer of a messaging app is to encrypt everyone's messages -- everyone's doing it! WhatsApp announced earlier this month all message...
12:00 am - Wed, April 20, 2016
Slashdot FBI Tells Congress It Needs Hackers To Keep Up With Tech Company Encryption
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed: A high ranking technology official with the FBI told members of Congress Tuesday that the agency is incapable of cracking locked phones and devices o...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Volkswagen 'Dieselgate' Software Developed At Audi In 1999, Says Report
An anonymous reader cites a report on Reuters: German carmaker Audi created so-called defeat devices which cut emissions in 1999, years before parent company Volkswagen used them to cheat diesel emiss...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot VPN Blockade Backlash Doesn't Hurt Us, Says Netflix
Ernesto Van der Sar, writing for TorrentFreak: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says that the recent crackdown on VPN and proxy users hasn't hurt the company's results. The VPN blockade only affects a small ...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Up To 35,000 Gallons of Nuclear Waste Leak At Washington State Storage Site
An anonymous reader writes: Over the weekend, thousands of gallons of radioactive waste have leaked at a nuclear storage tank in Washington State. One worker called the leak "catastrophic." RT writes,...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Cheaper Vizio 4K TVs With Built-in Google Cast Are Here
An anonymous reader cites a Mashable report: Cutting-edge technology always comes at a premium for early adopters, but it never stays premium for long. After launching its new P-Series 4K TVs with bui...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Solar Is Now Cheaper Than Coal, Says India Energy Minister
An anonymous reader cites a report on Climate Change News: India is on track to soar past a goal to deploy more than 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022, the country's energy minister Piyush Goyal sa...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Apple Refused China Request For Source Code In Last Two Years: Lawyer
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Apple has been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand over its source code but refused to do so, the company's top lawyer told U.S. lawmaker...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Google Scans 6B Apps, 400M Devices Each Day; Says 30% of Android Devices Don't Get Regular Patches
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: As part of the enhancements to Android security, Google scans more than 6 billion installed applications per day on users' devices. The company also scans more than 400 mil...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Popular Dark Web Market Disappears, Users Migrate In Panic
An anonymous reader cites an article on Motherboard: Like the changing of the seasons, a natural stage in the dark web marketplace life cycle has once again manifested. Nucleus market, which primarily...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Human Limbs Evolved From Shark Fins Thanks To Sonic Hedgehog Gene
An anonymous reader shares a report at Mirror: Scientists believe human limbs evolved from the gills of sharks -- thanks to a gene named after Sonic the Hedgehog. The discovery comes from analysis of ...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Can Identify You By Your Brain Waves With 100% Accuracy
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have developed a new system that can identify people using their brain waves or 'brainprint' with 100% accuracy, an advance that may be useful in high-security a...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Americans Abandoning Wired Home Internet, Shows Study
An anonymous reader writes: Americans as a whole are growing less likely than before to have residential broadband, according to new data on a sample of 53,000 Americans. In plain English, they're aba...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Apple Launches MacBook 2016 With Intel Skylake Processor, Longer Battery Life
Apple, on Tuesday, announced a refresh for its 12-inch MacBook laptop. The 2016 MacBook comes with an Intel Skylake processor -- sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M model, offering up to 1.3 GHz c...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Kindle Unlimited Scammers Gaming the System At the Expense of Real Authors
Reader saccade writes: Kindle Unlimited is Amazon's book service that lets customers "check out" any book from a large selection without paying for individual titles. Like most things on the Internet,...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot NASA Feed 'Goes Down As Horseshoe UFO Appears On ISS Live Cam'
schwit1 quotes a report from Mirror Online: NASA has been accused of an alien cover up after a live International Space Station feed appearing to show a horseshoe UFO suddenly went down. Conspiracy th...
12:00 pm - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Mysterious Gamma-Ray Burst May Be Linked To Gravitational Wave Find
mdsolar quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: After a decades-long search, scientists announced early this year that they had detected gravitational waves probably coming from the merger of two blac...
08:00 am - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Verizon and Hearst Team Up To Buy Complex Media
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Verizon Wireless and Hearst Corp. are set to jointly acquire Complex Media. The "video-first" lifestyle site, focused on pop-culture trends and gen...
04:00 am - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot NASA: Top 10 Space Junk Missions
coondoggie writes: NASA' s Orbital Debris Program Office said that by far the source of the greatest amount of orbital debris remains the Fengyun-1C spacecraft, which was the target of a People's Repu...
02:00 am - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Smart Mattress With Lover Detection System Will Track Your Partner's Infidelities
MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: Do you worry that your significant other is having mid-day romps in your bedroom while you're stuck at work banging out TPS reports? There's an app for that, ...
02:00 am - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You Prefer To Handwrite or Type Notes?
A study published by Psychological Science and transcribed on NPR explores the science behind note-taking. As technology becomes smaller, cheaper and more functional than ever before, it's not uncommo...
02:00 am - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Rogue Source Code Repos Can Compromise Mac Security Due To Old Git Version
An anonymous reader writes: Recent Mac versions come bundled with a very old version of Git (2.6.4) that is vulnerable to two security flaws that allow attackers to execute code on the device when the...
12:00 am - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Splits Prime Video Service To Compete Directly With Netflix
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Starting today, non-Prime members can subscribe to Amazon Prime Video for $8.99 per month. You can cancel any time, you don't have to subscribe to ...
12:00 am - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot GameStop Forms Publishing Program GameTrust To 'Revolutionize' the Process
An anonymous reader writes: GameStop has announced today a publishing label called "GameTrust," which includes developers like Insomniac Games, Ready at Dawn, Tequila Works, and Frozenbyte. Mark Stanl...
12:00 am - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Introduces Live 360 Video Streaming and Spatial Audio
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube's 360-degree videos are nothing new to the site as they were first introduced in March 2015. Today, YouTube has expanded on the feature by allowing select users to ...
12:00 am - Tue, April 19, 2016
Slashdot Blackmail: Obama Under Pressure To Declassify Secret 9/11 Report
An anonymous reader writes: Families of Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack victims are pressuring Obama to support legislation allowing them to sue the Saudi government. A recent "60 Minutes" investigation ...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Joking About Giving Money To ISIS Can Cost You Money
Reader rudy_wayne writes: A person who was using Venmo, an app that allows people to send money to each other via their phones, sent $42 to repay a friend, and jokingly labelled it "ISIS Beer Fund". H...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot IT Employees At EmblemHealth Fight To Save Jobs
Reader dcblogs writes: IT employees at EmblemHealth have united to stop the New York-based employer from outsourcing their jobs to offshore provider Cognizant. Employees say the insurer is on the verg...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Has Twice As Many US Subscribers As Comcast
An anonymous reader writes: You want to hear a staggering statistic? Netflix has more than twice as many U.S. subscribers as Comcast. Netflix USA writes, "According to [Comcast's] Q4 report, Comcast e...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Netherlands Looks To Ban All Non-Electric Cars By 2025
An anonymous reader writes: Politicians in the Netherlands have proposed a law which could put a ban on sales of diesel and petrol cars by 2025. A majority of the lower house in the Dutch parliament a...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Bill Gates Calls On the US Government To Invest More In Research and Development
An anonymous reader cites an article on Fortune: On Monday, Bill Gates attempted a commendable feat: to get politicians to focus on something other than the current election cycle and its partisan bic...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Comments on Canadian Police Eavesdropping Report
Last week, a report, citing court documents, claimed that Canadian police have had BlackBerry's global decryption key since 2010. Today BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially commented on the report. In ...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Appoints Chief In China With Former Chinese Military Ties
An anonymous reader writes: The Sinosphere blog at the NYT reports that Twitter has appointed Kathy Chen as Chief for the Greater China Region. Ms. Chen served as an engineer in the Chinese military i...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Silicon Valley's Legendary 'Coach' Bill Campbell Has Died
Kara Swisher, reporting for Recode: Bill Campbell, who garnered the name "The Coach" for the sage advice and counsel he gave numerous tech leaders from Apple's Steve Jobs to Google's Larry Page to Ama...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Google Books Can Proceed As Supreme Court Rejects Authors Guild Appeal
An anonymous reader writes: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Google's online book library -- Google Books -- from authors who complained that the project makes it harder for them to...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot How 'The Jungle Book' Made Its Animals Look So Real With Groundbreaking VFX
An anonymous reader shares an article on Inverse that looks into how The Jungle Book movie was made. Following are some of the interesting tidbits from the story: Directed by Jon Favreau, this version...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Music Industry Sees First Big Gains in 20 Years Thanks to Streaming Services
Thanks to subscription-based music streaming services, the music industry is seeing a significant growth for the first time in nearly two decades. According to International Federation of the Phonogra...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot MIT Reveals AI Platform Which Detects 85 Percent of Cyberattacks
An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) says that while many 'analyst-driven solutions' rely on rules created by human experts and therefore m...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Your Phone Number Is All a Hacker Needs To Read Texts, Listen To Calls and Track You
Samuel Gibbs, reporting for The Guardian: Hackers have again demonstrated that no matter how many security precautions someone takes, all a hacker needs to track their location and snoop on their phon...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot UK Hosting Provider 123-Reg Accidentally Deletes Customer Sites
Richard Chirgwin, writing for The Register: UK hosting and domains provider 123-Reg has been struck by a weekend issue that knocked an unspecified number of VPS customers offline. The company posted a...
10:00 am - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Sanders Campaign Accused of Trademark Bullying By Web Site
An anonymous reader writes: Buzzfeed is reporting that "An online merchant has accused the Bernie Sanders campaign of 'trademark bullying'. after a Bernie 2016, Inc. attorney sent him a cease and desi...
06:00 am - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Two-Year Delay for SpaceX's Private Spaceport
MarkWhittington writes: About a year and a half ago, with then Texas Governor Rick Perry and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in attendance, ground was broken on the first private spaceport designed to launch roc...
04:00 am - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Jet Strikes Drone Near Heathrow Airport
smooth wombat writes: "A British Airways flight Sunday appears to have collided with a drone on a flight bound for London's busy Heathrow Airport in what may be the first such incident involving a maj...
02:00 am - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Keurig Spends 10 Years Developing A Recyclable Coffee Cup
Last year Keurig Green Mountain sold over 9 billion single servings of its coffee in plastic "K-Cups" -- none of which could be recycled. "Placed end to end, the pods sold in a year would circle the g...
12:00 am - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Online Voters Name British Vessel 'Boaty McBoatface'
Britain's Natural Environment Research Council conducted an online poll to select the name for their new advanced polar research vessel. Though it cost more than 200 million pounds and represents thei...
12:00 am - Mon, April 18, 2016
Slashdot Viable Mammal Embryos In Space Demonstrated by Chinese Experiment
hackingbear writes: "The latest experiment results from China's SJ-10 recoverable satellite have been sent back with some groundbreaking news. For the first time in human history, it has been proven t...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Flying Jet-Powered Hoverboard Now a Reality
Zapata Racing has begun testing prototypes of a new jet-powered hoverboard called the "Flyboard Air". The Verge published a new interview with the company's CEO, who confirms that a backpack full of k...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot James Cameron Announces Four Sequels to 'Avatar'
An anonymous reader writes: In a surprise appearance at CinemaCon, James Cameron announced plans for "a truly massive cinematic process" -- four new sequels to his 2009 blockbuster Avatar, plus a Disn...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Why Are We So Bad at Predicting Earthquakes?
In the wake of major earthquakes in both Japan and Ecuador, one British newspaper asks: Why are we so bad at predicting earthquakes? In 2015 seismologists told Vice, "The more we study them, the harde...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Some Tumors Are Responding to A New Cancer Therapy
A new cancer therapy in an early-stage trial by the U.S. National Cancer Institute "continued to be safe and show durable responses against solid tumors for some patients," reports Bloomberg. "In a tr...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Google's Android N OS Will Support Pressure-Sensitive Screens
An anonymous reader writes: In the latest Developer Preview 2 of Android N, Google introduced new "Launcher shortcuts" to the beta OS. It allows developers to "define shortcuts which users can expose ...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Hacker's Account of How He Took Down Hacking Team's Servers
An anonymous reader writes: FinFisher, the hacker that broke into Italian firm Hacking Team, has published a step-by-step account of how he carried out the attacks, what tools he used, and what he lea...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Underwater Sonar Robot Discovers A Real Loch Ness Monster (Prop)
A Norwegian oil company is finally performing a sonar scan on the bottom of Loch Ness, creating a high-resolution map of the Scottish lake that's reputed to contain a mysterious lake monster. "Operati...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot US: North Korean Missile Launch a 'Catastrophic' Failure
An anonymous reader writes: North Korea failed to launch an intermediate-range missile on Friday, multiple news outlets, citing American and South Korean military officials, are reporting. The failure...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot EU Approves Strict New Privacy Rules
An anonymous reader writes: The EU just approved a new set of strict rules governing privacy and data protection, which include a right to be forgotten and to "clear and affirmative consent" for any p...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Open Source Headset Enables New Mind-Controlled Devices
An anonymous reader writes: "When DARPA funded research into a brain-computer interface, artist and engineer Joel Murphy and his former student Conor Russomanno built a working prototype," reports Pop...
10:00 am - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot MPAA Wants ISPs to Disconnect Persistent Pirates
Ernesto Van der Sar, reporting for TorrentFreak: The MPAA wants Internet providers and services to take stronger actions against persistent copyright infringers. Ideally, the most egregious pirates sh...
06:00 am - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Autonomous Robots Begin Testing For New Delivery Service
An anonymous reader writes: "In the future, your food or package could be delivered by a coordinated fleet of self-driving vehicles," writes CBS Marketwatch, reporting on an "autonomous delivery start...
04:00 am - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's New AI Mistakenly Identifies Photos, Ignores Hitler
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's newest online AI, CaptionBot, tries to identify what's in an uploaded photo, using two recognition APIs recently released by Microsoft Cognitive Services for ap...
02:00 am - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Six-Hour Meeting Friday Fails to End Oracle/Google Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes: Google and Oracle executives met for six hours Friday in an unsuccessful attempt to resolve an ongoing copyright lawsuit. "Because an agreement couldn't be made, the next p...
12:00 am - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Snowden Predicts Global iPhone Hack, Records Song
Edward Snowden criticized the FBI for leaving open security holes found in the iPhone, predicting the hack will now become globally available by the end of 2016. "Personally, I think we'll see it by t...
12:00 am - Sun, April 17, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Begins Housing Homeless In Seattle
reifman writes: Amazon announced that it will commit one of its buildings to housing 200 Seattle homeless people for the next year, allowing a nonprofit organization to oversee the facilities... With ...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your View On Speed Reading?
Wouldn't it be great if you could read a novel in an hour or two? Certainly, many people do that. The phenomenon of speed reading is nothing new with plenty of people claiming that they have grown hab...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Out-of-Date Apps Put 3 Million Servers At Risk of Crypto Ransomware Infections
An anonymous reader cites an article on Ars Technica: More than 3 million Internet-accessible servers are at risk of being infected with crypto ransomware because they're running vulnerable software, ...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Promises It Won't Mess With Voters' Minds
An anonymous reader writes: On Friday, Gizmodo reported on an internal discussion among Facebook employees in which they seem to be asking Mark Zuckerberg whether they should do something to "help pre...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot That Man Who 'Deleted His Entire Company' With a Line of Code? It Was a Hoax
An anonymous reader writes: As many Slashdot readers speculated, the story about a man deleting his entire company with a line of code was a hoax. Marco Marsala, the owner of a Web hosting company cla...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple Expects Users To Replace Their iPhone, Apple Watch After Three Years
Apple says it expects its users to replace their iPhone and Apple Watch after (more like, every) three years. The company adds that it expects a Mac user to replace their computer after four years. Th...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot 'Record Store Day' Creates Vinyl Logjam
An anonymous reader writes: Today is Record Store Day, an event which includes exclusive vinyl releases distributed only through record stores. But besides complaints about scalpers hoarding the limit...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Find Hybrid GozNym Malware, 24 Financial Institutions Already Affected
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers are warning about a new hybrid Trojan -- dubbed GozNym-- which is a combination of Nymaim dropper and the Gozi financial malware. IBM researchers say that the m...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Fossil Fuels Could Be Phased Out Worldwide In a Decade, Says Study
James Hakner, writing for Phys.org: The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank in t...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster Isn't a Real Religion, Court Rules
WheezyJoe writes: A court in Nebraska has officially ruled that Pastafarianism is not a real religion, and therefore a prison inmate with "several tattoos proclaiming his faith" will not get $5 millio...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot New Full Duplex Radio Chip Transmits and Receives Wireless Signals At Once
Wave723 writes: A new chip by Columbia University researchers uses a circulator made of silicon transistors to reroute signals and avoid interference from a transmitter and receiver that share the sam...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Drone-Shooting is Now a Federal Crime, FAA Confirms
An anonymous reader writes: At least 12 different drones have been shot from the sky in the United States, including drone shootings in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Virginia, Kentucky, and New Jersey. Now the ...
12:00 pm - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Google Fiber Wants To Beam Wireless Internet To Your Home
An anonymous reader writes: When Google Fiber first launched in Kansas, its main goal was to provide high-speed internet and cable services for reasonable prices. Now, Google wants to beam wireless br...
08:00 am - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Obama Urges Opening Cable TV Boxes To Competition
An anonymous reader writes: President Obama is publicly supporting the FCC's proposal to help viewers buy cable boxes to spur competition and help subscribers save money. Basically, the proposal would...
04:00 am - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Recycling Initiatives Recover $40 Million In Gold
An anonymous reader writes: Apple released its latest annual environmental report yesterday with numbers detailing how much the company has been able to recover from old devices. Business Insider note...
02:00 am - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot FBI May Be Hoarding a Firefox Zero-Day
An anonymous reader writes: Vice reported at the end of March that the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice are fighting tooth and nail to keep a Tor Browser exploit hidden from the public eye. Comp...
02:00 am - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot MIT Bug Finder Uncovers Flaws In Web Apps In 64 Seconds
itwbennett quotes a report from CSO: A new tool from MIT exploits some of the idiosyncrasies in the Ruby on Rails programming framework to quickly uncover new ones, writes Katherine Noyes. In tests on...
02:00 am - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Sharp Unveils Cute Robot Phone At A Not-So-Cute $1,800 Price
An anonymous reader writes: Japanese manufacturer Sharp officially launched a small robot named RoboHon that doubles as an Android smartphone. The foot-tall robot phone features a two-inch, QVGA displ...
12:00 am - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux Continues To Dominate OpenStack and Other Clouds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: One reason Ubuntu is increasing its lead is that Jujo, Canonical's application modeling and deployment DevOps tool, has been gaining in popularity. In t...
12:00 am - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Sarah Palin Says 'Bill Nye Is As Much A Scientist As I Am'
ClickOnThis quotes a report from CNN: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin mocked Bill Nye on Thursday, using the premier of a film that criticizes climate change scientists to call into question Nye's cred...
12:00 am - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks Stores Mysteriously Go Down In China
tedlistens writes: China-based customers of the iTunes movies and books stores reported network errors beginning on Thursday. Apple did not comment, but Apple Insider offers an unverified report that ...
12:00 am - Sat, April 16, 2016
Slashdot Mitel Buys Polycom For $1.96B In Enterprise Communications Consolidation Play
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Mitel announced that it would acquire Polycom in a cash-and-stock deal with a total value of $1.96 billion, creating a company with combined sales ...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Employees Ask Mark Zuckerberg If They Should Try To Stop a Donald Trump Presidency
An anonymous reader writes: Mark Zuckerberg didn't shy from condemning several of Trump's views at his company's developer conference earlier this week. Things are getting tenser now. Gizmodo's Michae...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Google Updates Chrome Web Store Policy, Requires Devs To Be More Transparent About User Data
An anonymous reader writes: On Friday, Google announced it is making changes to Chrome Web Store's User Data Policy to ensure developers are more transparent about how their extensions handle customer...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot US Anti-Encryption Law Is So 'Braindead' It Will Outlaw File Compression
An anonymous reader writes: The bill released Thursday by Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein to force U.S. companies to build backdoors into their encryption systems has been further dissected...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Google Play Music To Add Podcast Support on April 18, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes: Google Play Music could add a hub for podcasts on Monday, April 18. The speculation comes as news outlets spotted a leaked NPR email member-only newsletter which claims tha...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Apple Considering Google-Like 'Paid Search' On App Store
Apple is considering big changes to the App Store, according to a Bloomberg report. The publication claims that the iPhone maker has a team working on "paid searches" -- something similar to Google's ...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Build Smallest, Single Atom, Working Heat Engine
William Herkewitz, writing for Popular Mechanics: Physicists have just built the smallest working engine ever created. It's a heat-powered motor barely larger than the single atom it runs on. Designed...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Find Vulnerabilities In Microsoft's and Google's Short URL Services
An anonymous cites an article on Ars Technica: Two security researchers have published research exposing the potential privacy problems connected to using Web address shortening services. When used to...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot 'Blackhole' Exploit Kit Author Gets 7 Years
An anonymous reader writes: A Moscow court this week convicted and sentenced seven hackers for breaking into countless online bank accounts -- including "Paunch," the nickname used by the author of th...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot After 150 Years, the American Productivity Miracle Is 'Over'
An anonymous reader shares an article on Quartz: Economist Robert Gordon has spent his career studying what makes the US labor force one of the world's most productive. And he has some bad news. Ameri...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot AMC Drops 'Texting Friendly' Theaters Idea
netbuzz writes: Stung by a ferocious backlash on social media, AMC Entertainment this morning took to Twitter to announce that it will not be experimenting with "texting friendly" movie theaters, a tr...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot CIA Is Investing Heavily In Firms That Do Social Media Mining and Surveillance
Lee Fang, reporting for The Intercept, lists more than three-dozen companies that have received funding from CIA. In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital firm, the publication claims, has invested in 38 c...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Sending Minecraft To Summer School
Reader theodp writes: Four months after its one hour Minecraft "infomercial" ran in schools around the world as part of the Hour of Code, Microsoft announced the release of Minecraft: Education Editio...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Phorm, the Deep Packet Inspection Ad-Injector Company, Ceases Trading
Reader mccalli writes: Phorm, a controversial UK deep-packet inspection/ad-injection company discussed on Slashdot many times before, has ceased trading today. Phorm was controversial for, among other...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Alien 'Wow!' Signal Could Be Explained After Almost 40 Years
An anonymous reader cites a report on The Guardian: A former analyst with the US Department of Defence is on the trail of a 'cold case' -- an unexplained signal that some believe could have come from ...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot UC Davis Spent $175,000 To Bury Search Results After Cops Pepper-Sprayed Protestors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The University of California, Davis spent at least $175,000 to improve its reputation on the internet after images of campus police pepper-spraying ...
12:00 pm - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Feds: TVA Executive Traded Nuclear Information For Cash In Chinese Espionage Case
mdsolar quotes a report from Knoxville News Sentinel: An East Tennessean who served as a senior manager in the Tennessee Valley Authority's nuclear program swapped information with one of China's top ...
08:00 am - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Apple Deprecating Quicktime For Windows, Micro Trends Urges Users To Uninstall
harryjohnston writes: Usually when a vendor deprecates a software product and stops releasing security updates, they provide some sort of advance notice that they're intending to do so. The least we w...
04:00 am - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Shockwave Images Help NASA In Development of 'Quiet' Supersonic Jet
An anonymous reader writes: NASA is working on developing a next-generation supersonic jet that can break the sound barrier with a soft "thump" instead of a sonic boom. They are using a technique call...
02:00 am - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot GoPro Announces Third-Party Developer Program With Over 100 Partners
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: GoPro quietly announced its Developer Program on Thursday as it looks to incorporate its action sports cameras into third-party products. The GoPro Deve...
02:00 am - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Google Launches Customizable 'Live Cases' For Nexus Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google is launching a new service today that allows you to create $35 custom cases for its Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P phones. There are two variations of t...
02:00 am - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Report: US Government Worse Than All Major Industries On Cyber Security
schwit1 quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. federal, state and local government agencies rank in last place in cyber security when compared against 17 major private industries, including transportation...
12:00 am - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Whistleblowers Fear Prosecution Under New European Trade Secrets Law
An anonymous reader writes: The European Parliament is debating the Trade Secrets Protection Act critics say threatens to turn whistleblowers into criminals. The bill is aimed to protect European comp...
12:00 am - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Obama Forms Commission To Bolster US Cyber Security
An anonymous reader writes: President Obama unveiled a commission of private, public and academic experts to bolster the US cyber security sector. The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity wi...
12:00 am - Fri, April 15, 2016
Slashdot Report: Feds To Ban Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes For 2 Years
An anonymous reader writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, health regulators have proposed pulling the federal license for the company's California laboratory and banning its founder and CEO, E...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Phone-Friendly Movie Theaters For Millennials Could Be Reality Soon
An anonymous reader writes: AMC Entertainment realizes Millennials' increasingly growing love for and reliance on smartphones for things, which is why it says it is open to the idea of phone-friendly ...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot DARPA's Latest Chip Is Designed To Be Bad At Arithmetic
Reader holy_calamity writes: Pentagon research agency DARPA has funded the creation of a chip incapable of correct arithmetic, in the hope of making computers better at understanding the real world. A...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Dyson Airblades 'Spread Germs 1,300 Times More Than Paper Towels'
An anonymous reader writes: The Journal of Applied Microbiology published a report claiming Dyson Airblade hand-driers spread 60 times more germs than standard air dryers, and 1,300 times more than st...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Sues US Justice Department, Asks Court To Declare Secrecy Orders Unconstitutional
Todd Bishop, reporting for GeekWire: Microsoft is suing the U.S. Justice Department, asking a federal judge to declare unconstitutional a provision of U.S. law that lets the government keep Microsoft ...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Golden State and the Mathematical Magic of Seventy-Three
Charles Bethea has written a fascinating piece on the number '73' for The New Yorker. Below are some tidbits from the story but I urge you to hit the New Yorker link and read the story in entirety the...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Jobless Claims In US Decline To Match Lowest Since 1973
Sho Chandra, reporting for Bloomberg: The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly declined last week to match a more than 42-year low, indicating employers are u...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot FBI Tried To Defeat Encryption 10 Years Ago, Files Show
An anonymous reader shares a NYTimes article: In early 2003, F.B.I. agents hit a roadblock in a secret investigation, called Operation Trail Mix. For months, agents had been intercepting phone calls a...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Canadian Police Have Had BlackBerry's Global Decryption Key Since 2010
Justin Ling and Jordan Pearson, reporting for Vice News: A high-level surveillance probe of Montreal's criminal underworld shows that Canada's federal policing agency has had a global encryption key f...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Man Deletes His Entire Company With One Line of Bad Code
Reader JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Marco Marsala appears to have deleted his entire company with one mistaken piece of code. By accidentally telling his computer to delete everything in his servers, the...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Releases CentOS-Based 'Linux Data Science Virtual Machine' For Azure
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has announced a CentOS-based VM image for Azure called 'Linux Data Science Virtual Machine'. The VM has pre-installed tools such as Anaconda Python Distribution, ...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Obama Is Threatening To Veto the GOP's Latest Assault On Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader cites a Motherboard article: President Obama has long been a vocal supporter of net neutrality. In a "Statement of Administration Policy" (PDF) released Tuesday, Obama signaled tha...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot FBI Couldn't Tell Apple What Hack It Used, Even If It Wanted To
An anonymous reader writes: The US Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't own the technique used to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, so it can't reveal the method to Apple even if it wanted to, Reut...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Optional Windows Update Aims To Halt Wireless Mouse Hijacking
Reader itwbennett writes: An optional Windows patch released Tuesday protects against an attack, dubbed MouseJack that affects wireless mice and keyboards from many manufacturers, including Microsoft ...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot iOS 1970 Bug Is Back, Can Be Exploited Via Rogue WiFi Networks
An anonymous reader writes: Back in February iOS users noted that setting your phone/tablet's date to January 1, 1970 would permanently brick their devices. After Apple fixed the issue in iOS 9.3.1, t...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Chrome 50 Updates Push Notifications, Drops Support For Old Windows and OS X Versions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, adding the usual slew of developer features. You can update to the latest version now...
12:00 pm - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Zika Virus Officially Causes Rare Microcephaly Birth Defects, CDC Says
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday the Zika virus causes microcephaly and other birth defects. "This study marks a turning point in the Z...
08:00 am - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Burr-Feinstein Anti-Encryption Bill Is Officially Released
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein released the official version of their anti-encryption bill today after a draft appeared online last wee...
04:00 am - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Hires Google 'Moonshot' Exec For R&D
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook on Wednesday said it has hired Regina Dugan to head a search-and-product-development group considered vital to Facebook's 10-year technology road map. In the past,...
02:00 am - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot 'Neural Bypass' Links Brain To Hand To Get Around Paralysis
An anonymous reader writes: People who are paralyzed from a spinal cord injury still generate movement commands in their brains, but those commands can't travel down their spinal cords and peripheral ...
02:00 am - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Consensus On Consensus: Climate Experts Agree On Human-Caused Global Warming
mspohr quotes a report from The Guardian written by Dana Nuccitelli, environmental scientist and contributor to SkepticalScience.com: There is an overwhelming expert scientific consensus on human-caus...
12:00 am - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot About 40,000 Unionized Verizon Workers Walk Off the Job
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: In one of the largest U.S. strikes in recent years, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers walked off the job on Wednesday after contract talks hit an impasse....
12:00 am - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot Journalist Matthew Keys Sentenced To 24-Month Prison Term For Helping Anonymous
An anonymous reader writes: The former Reuters journalist convicted last year for aiding the hacker group Anonymous has been sentenced to 24 months in prison today. Matthew Keys faced up to a possible...
12:00 am - Thu, April 14, 2016
Slashdot World's Largest Private Coal Company Files For Bankruptcy
An anonymous reader writes: Peabody Energy Corp filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday after a sharp drop in coal prices left it unable to service debt of $10.1 billion, much of it incurred...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Piracy Fails To Prevent Another Box Office Record
An anonymous reader writes: The movie industry has reported global box office records reached $38.4 billion in 2015, up 5% on 2014's total, according to the MPAA's Theatrical Market Statistics report....
10:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Google Releases Android N Developer Preview 2
An anonymous reader writes: Google on Wednesday released the second developer preview of Android N. The update, which comes a month after the release of first Android N developer preview, brings with ...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Replacing Butter With Vegetable Oils Doesn't Decrease Risk of Heart Disease, Says Study
An anonymous reader writes: A research team led by scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health has unearthed more evidence that casts doubt on the traditional "heart...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Google Calendar Celebrates 10th Birthday With New Goals Feature
An anonymous reader writes: Google Calendar is now 10 years old. What better way to celebrate than by adding a new goals feature to the service? The new feature lets you set a personal goal in Google ...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Obama Is Forgiving the Student Loans of Nearly 400,000 Permanently Disabled People
An anonymous reader writes: Hundreds of thousands of student loan borrowers will now have an easier path to getting their loans discharged, the Obama administration has announced. The Department of Ed...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Sprint Quickly Pulls Video Ad Calling T-Mobile 'Ghetto'
An anonymous reader writes: Sprint has pulled an ad in which it was calling its competitor, T-Mobile, "ghetto." The ad featured company's CEO Marcelo Claure. "I'm going to tell you a carrier name and ...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot House Panel Approves Bill To Protect Older Email From Gov't Snooping
Erin Kelly, reporting for USA TODAY: A key House panel voted Wednesday to pass an email privacy bill that would stop the government from being able to read Americans' old emails without a warrant. The...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Sweden Secretly Blames Russian Hackers For Taking Out Air Traffic Control: Report
John Leyden, reporting for The Register: Sweden suspects a hacker group linked to Russian intelligence was responsible for an attack on its air traffic control systems last November, we're told. Air t...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot In the Age of Trump, Tech CEOs Cast Themselves As the New Statesmen
An anonymous reader shares an insightful story on Buzzfeed News: Mark Zuckerberg isn't running for president of the United States, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. On Tuesday morning,...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Sean Parker Announces $250 Million Grant To Fight Cancer
Robert Mclean, reporting for CNN: Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker announced a $250 million grant on Wednesday to establish the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which aims to increase ...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Bring Snap Packages For Up-To-Date, More Secure Apps
An anonymous reader points us to a report on Neowin: Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, has announced that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Long Term Support) will come with support for the snap packaging format an...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Kindle Oasis With 'Months' of Battery Life, Redesigned Body Launched
Amazon, on Wednesday, announced the Kindle Oasis, the company's latest addition to its ebook reader offering. The Kindle Oasis offers a range of improvements and changes over the Kindle Paperwhite. Ma...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot FBI Paid Professional Hackers One-Time Fee To Crack San Bernardino iPhone
There's another new wrinkle in the never-ending FBI vs Apple saga. The Washington Post is claiming that FBI did not require Cellebrite's assistance in hacking San Bernardino iPhone. Instead, the repor...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Free Software Will Help Detect Faulty and Malicious USB-C Cables
Reader Mickeycaskill writes: The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, of which HP, Intel and Microsoft are members, has developed authentication protocols for USB-C and will offer free software to detect faulty or...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Obama: The Word 'Classified' Means Whatever We Need It To Mean
An anonymous reader writes: During an interview with Fox News, President Obama said "There's classified, and then there's classified" when trying to answer questions about an ongoing investigation abo...
12:00 pm - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's Account Kit Login System Works Via Phone Numbers, No Passwords Needed
An anonymous reader writes: At this year's F8 developer conference, Facebook announced a new tool called Account Kit, which can be used by app developers to support phone number-based login systems. E...
08:00 am - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot EU Unveils Plan To Force Facebook, Google and Amazon To Pay Their Fair Share of Tax
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: The European Commission is bringing forward plans to make major multinationals such as Google, Amazon and Facebook disclose exactly where and ...
06:00 am - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot The Battle Between LTE and Wi-Fi May Have Left LTE-U Out In the Cold
alphadogg quotes a report from Networkworld: After more than a year of rancor over whether it would hurt Wi-Fi, a technology that lets LTE networks use unlicensed spectrum may have already missed its ...
02:00 am - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Updates Model S With New Front-End, Air Filtration System, Faster Charging
An anonymous reader writes: The Model S has received several new features and improvements to help it stay relevant with the newer Model X crossover and recently released Model 3 electric vehicles fro...
02:00 am - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot The Guardian Publishes Comment Abuse Stats, Invites Debate On Moderation
AmiMoJo writes: British newspaper The Guardian has published some stats on its popular comment sections attached to each story. So far the Guardian's site has received 70 million comments, of which ar...
12:00 am - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Jigsaw Ransomware Deletes Your Files If You Don't Pay Or When You Reboot Your PC
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers found a new ransomware yesterday called Jigsaw which will first lock your files and ask for a 0.4 Bitcoin ($150 USD) payment. If users don't pay, every hour the...
12:00 am - Wed, April 13, 2016
Slashdot Porn Giant xHamster Blocks North Carolina Users Who Support Anti-LGBT Law
An anonymous reader writes: Due to the state's law preventing cities from banning discrimination against the LGBT community, popular porn site xHamster.com is blocking some North Carolinians' access t...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot The Future of Firefox is Chrome
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla seems to think a new future for Firefox [lies in Chrome]. While they claim that it is only about new ways of browser design, it is also an open secret that they are...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Badlock Vulnerability Falls Flat Against Hype
msm1267 quotes a report from Threatpost: Weeks of anxiety and concern over the Badlock vulnerability ended today with an anticlimactic thud. Badlock was the security boogeyman since the appearance thr...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot FBI Offers $25K Reward For Andy Warhol Campbell's Soup Painting Heist
coondoggie quotes a report from Networkworld: The FBI today said it was offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the recovery of seven Andy Warhol paintings stolen from the Spring...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Architects Design a 65-Story Data Center
Reader dcblogs writes: Two Italian architects have designed a data center that challenges how the structures are built. Instead of constructing a flat, sprawling complex, they are proposing a 65-story...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Announces 'Surround 360' Open Source VR Camera
Facebook is getting even more serious about 360-degree videos and content. At its developer conference, the social juggernaut announced the Surround 360, a 17-lens 3D VR camera. It's not available com...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot US ISPs Refuse To Disconnect Persistent Pirates
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. broadband association USTelecom, a trade association representing many ISPs, is taking a stand against abusive takedown notices and a recent push to terminate the ...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Cybercriminals Are Adopting Corporate Best Practices
Orome1 writes: Cybercriminals are adopting corporate best practices and establishing professional businesses in order to increase the efficiency of their attacks against enterprises and consumers. Thi...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Zero-Days Doubled In 2015, More Companies Hiding Breach Data, Says Symantec
Reader itwbennett writes: According to a new report by security firm Symantec, 54 zero-day vulnerabilities were discovered in 2015, more than twice as many as in 2014, and the number of breaches -- 10...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Hawking Backs $100 Million Interstellar Travel Project to Send 'Nano-Craft' To Nearest Star
At a press conference on Tuesday, Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner, cosmologist Stephen Hawking and a group of scientists and philanthropists announced a $100 million research program to send robotic ...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Uber Releases First-Ever Transparency Report
An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, Uber released its first transparency report, an overview of the information that was requested by U.S. regulators and law enforcement in the second half of 2015...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Launches 'Agents On Messenger' Platform With Chatbots
Josh Constine, reporting for TechCrunch: Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, ecommerce guidance, content, and interactive experience through "Bots on Messenger", ...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Google Introduces Voice Access To Make Android More Accommodating For People With Disabilities
An anonymous reader writes: Google has launched a new beta app called Voice Access, which lets people control their Android phone with voice commands. The company took the wraps off Voice Access as an...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Medium, Twitter Founder on Media: We Put Junk Food In Front Of Them and They Eat It
An anonymous reader points us to an interview of Evan Williams, one of the co-founders of Twitter, and founder of publishing platform Medium: Ev Williams is not a fan of the increasingly homogenised m...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot BAE Systems Warns About Shape-Shifting Strain of Qbot Malware
Warwick Ashford, reporting for ComputerWeekly: Qbot malware will become a potent threat, facilitated by exploit kits for initial infection and automated to gain maximum victim count, warns BAE Systems...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot HTC 10 With 5.2-inch QHD Display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 12MP Camera Launched at $699
Dan Seifert, writing for The Verge: HTC is today formally announcing the 10, its flagship smartphone for 2016. The HTC 10 follows last year's M9 and blends the design of the M series with the A9 that ...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Insults No Developer Wants To Hear?
snydeq writes: Flame wars in the bug tracker might be exactly the right (harsh) feedback your code needs, writes Peter Wayner in his run-down of the insults no programmer wants to hear about their cod...
12:00 pm - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Genetic Studies Prove Cuckolded Fathers Are Rare In Human Populations
HughPickens.com writes: A common urban myth is that many fathers are cuckolded into raising children that genetically are not their own -- a fear fueled by the paternity tests that have become a stand...
08:00 am - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's BSOD Is Getting More Descriptive With QR Codes
itwbennett writes: Reddit user javelinnl posted a picture last week showing a new dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) featuring a QR code and a link that may appear in a future version of Windows 10. ...
06:00 am - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Recalls 2,700 Model X Cars, Highlighting Risk of Massive Model 3 Rollout
An anonymous reader writes: Tesla has recalled 2,700 Model X cars due to a design flaw affecting the vehicle's third row of seats. Specifically, a faulty locking hinge on the last row of seats could p...
02:00 am - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot How George W. Bush and NASA Saved SpaceX From Financial Ruin
MarkWhittington quotes a report from Blasting News: Elon Musk and the people at SpaceX are rightly basking in the afterglow of finally landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone barge i...
02:00 am - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Over 80 Percent of China's Well Water Is Polluted
An anonymous reader writes: 32.9 percent of the 2,103 underground wells tested in China received grade 4 for water quality -- meaning they're only fit for industrial use and are not safe for drinking ...
02:00 am - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Customers Sign Letter To Jeff Bezos To Dump Donald Trump
An anonymous reader writes: More than 13,000 Amazon customers (including upwards of 5,000 Amazon Prime subscribers), have signed a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calling for the company to stop selli...
12:00 am - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Cellebrite Is Developing Roadside Police 'Textalyzer' Device
An anonymous reader writes: Cellebrite, the company many believe helped the FBI crack into the iPhone 5c belonging to a San Bernardino terrorist, is developing a roadside "textalyzer" device to help l...
12:00 am - Tue, April 12, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Improves Efforts To Offer Equal Pay For Equal Work To Its Employees
An anonymous reader writes: One day before National Equal Pay Day, Microsoft has provided a new update on its efforts to provide equal pay for equal work for all of its employees. Kathleen Hogan, Micr...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Internet Mapping Glitch Turned a Random Kansas Farm Into a Digital Hell
An anonymous reader writes: Back in 2002, a company called MaxMind had an idea: Gather up as many unique computer or smartphone IP addresses as they can, match them to a map, and sell that data to adv...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Ford Tests Its Self-Driving Car In Total Darkness Using LiDAR Tech
An anonymous reader writes: Using a combination of radar, cameras, and light-sensitive radar called LiDAR, one of Ford's self-driving cars has successfully navigated a winding road at night and withou...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Apple Patent Filing Points To a Keyboard With No Keys
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Apple's patent, titled "Configurable Force-Sensitive Input Structure for Electronic Devices," was filed in September 2015 and was recently made...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Surveillance Cameras Sold On Amazon Found Infected With Malware
An anonymous reader shares a report on ZDNet: Security researcher Mike Olsen has warned that some products sold through the Amazon marketplace are harboring a dark secret -- malware. Olsen said in a b...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Developers Create API For Direct USB Access Via Web Pages
An anonymous reader writes: Two Google developers have uploaded an unofficial (for now) draft to the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Incubator Community Group (W3C WICG) that describes a method of int...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Life Expectancy Study: It's Not Just What You Make, It's Where You Live
An anonymous reader shares a report on NPR.org: Poor people who reside in expensive, well-educated cities such as San Francisco tend to live longer than low-income people in less affluent places, acco...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Experts Crack Petya Ransomware, Enable Hard Drive Decryption For Free
Reader itwbennett writes: Petya appeared on researchers' radar last month when criminals distributed it to companies through spam emails that masqueraded as job applications. It stood out from other f...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Hacked Swedish Military Servers Used In Attacks On US Banks
Reader wiredmikey writes: Swedish military computers were hacked and used in an attack targeting major U.S. banks in 2013, the armed forces said on Monday. The attack knocked out the web sites of as m...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Declares Wholehearted Support For Privacy Shield
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has declared its support for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The proposed legislation to govern data transmission between the EU and U.S. has been the subject of much...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Kepler Recovered from Emergency and Stable
Here's an exciting update on NASA's Kepler, which entered "emergency mode" last week. An anonymous reader points us to a press release on NASA's official website: Mission operations engineers have suc...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Tiger Numbers Rise For First Time In a Century
Brian Clark Howard, writing for National Geographic: At last -- some good news for tigers. Driven largely by conservation successes in India, Russia, and Nepal, the global population of tigers in the ...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Music Streaming Service Exclusives Make Pirating Tempting Again
The advent of online music streaming service has made it easier for millions of people worldwide to listen to all of their favorite songs, and convinced plenty to pay for music. But with the space of ...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot India's Audacious Plan to Bring Digital Banking to 1.2 Billion People
Saritha Rai, reporting for Bloomberg: India is trying to yank its cash-based economy into the 21st century. But how do you get 1.2 billion people, many of whom have never seen a bank or opened an acco...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Top Tech Firms Urged To Step Up Online Abuse Fightback
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Guardian: Top tech companies are talking to grassroots organisations across the globe to organise a fightback on their platforms against online abuse, hate s...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Syrian Government Hacked, 43GB of Data Spilled Online By Hacktivists
An anonymous reader writes: On April 6, a hacking outfit going by the name of Cyber Justice Team leaked data from multiple Syrian government and private websites. The leak includes the password file f...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: It's Been a Year Since Apple Watch Release, What's Your Thought On It?
In an op-ed, Quartz's Mike Murphy writes that Apple Watch, the Cupertino-based company's first wearable device, hasn't been the success the company was hoping it to be. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch ...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Director Brennan: CIA Won't Waterboard Again, Even If Ordered By Future President
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MSNBC: CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh "enhanced interrogation" practices, including...
10:00 am - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Academics Claim Google Android 2FA Is Breakable
totalcaos writes: Attackers who control the [browser on the] PC of a user consuming Google services (Gmail, Google+ etc) can surreptitiously push and activate apps on the user's mobile device, bypassi...
06:00 am - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Fiber Drops Free Basic Service In Its Original City
An anonymous reader writes: When Google Fiber first rolled out in Kansas City, it offered a free 5Mbps service if you were willing to pay a construction fee. As of recent, Google has quietly dropped t...
02:00 am - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Delivers World's First Inflatable Room For Astronauts
An anonymous reader writes: The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship which launched from Cape Canaveral on Friday delivered the world's first inflatable room for astronauts. It arrived at the ISS on Sunday after ...
12:00 am - Mon, April 11, 2016
Slashdot Seattle Police Raid Tor-Using Privacy Activists
Frosty Piss writes: Seattle police raided the home of two outspoken privacy activists early on March 30th. Jan Bultmann and David Robinson, a married couple and co-founders of the Seattle Privacy Coal...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft and HackerRank Add a Live Code Editor Into Bing
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's Bing search engine now includes a live code editor, allowing programmers to edit and execute snippets of example code and see the results in real-time. HackerRa...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot 3D Printers Create Sound-Wave Rings And A Wedding Dress
An anonymous reader writers: A Japanese company is using a 3D printer to generate unique rings shaped like the sound wave of each customer's voice. They generate the digital designs from three-second ...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot G-7 Leaders At Hiroshima To Urge More Visits to Nuclear Bombsites
An anonymous reader writes: Sunday leaders from the G-7 countries gathered in Hiroshima Sunday, a gesture which the Japanese government hopes will send a message of peace and nuclear nonproliferation....
08:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot All-Female Ridesharing To Debut In Boston
HughPickens.com writes: Scores of women have reported assaults by Uber drivers... Now Jenni Avins reports at Quartz that a ride-sharing service that only uses women as drivers, Chariot for Women, is s...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot Top US Undergraduate Computer Science Programs Skip Cybersecurity Classes
Kelly Jackson Higgins, reporting for Dark Reading: A new study reveals that none of the top 10 U.S. university computer science and engineering program degrees requires students take a cybersecurity c...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot PlayStation Employee Designs Custom Controller For Gamer With Cerebral Palsy
An anonymous reader writes: A Sony employee created a custom PlayStation controller for a 21-year-old gamer with cerebral palsy. "I honestly got choked up reading the letter..." gamer Peter Byrne told...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot New Bipedal Robot Demoed by Google X Company
SCHAFT, one of eight robotic companies in the Alphabet/Google X research facility, has unveiled a new armless bipedal robot which can climb stairs and carry up to 132 pounds, reports i-programmer.info...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot VR Tested by NFL To Confront Sexism and Racism
More than $8 billion a year is spent on diversity training which a Harvard professor believes is largely ineffective. So later this year the NFL will also try using new VR scenarios from Stanford's Vi...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot Website Attempts To Generate Every Possible Patentable Invention
An anonymous reader writes: All Prior Art is a project attempting to algorithmically create and publicly publish all possible new prior art, thereby making the published concepts not patent-able. The ...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Kepler Enters Emergency Mode 75 Million Miles From Earth
Loren Grush, writing for The Verge: NASA engineers have declared a mission emergency for the agency's planet-hunting spacecraft Kepler, which has somehow switched into emergency mode. Now that a missi...
12:00 pm - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot Free Lightsaber Event Now Battling Lucasfilm's Lawyers
For eight years the arts collective Newmindspace had been staging free lightsaber battles, and in December they set a world record with 9,951 "combatants" simultaneously participating in San Francisco...
08:00 am - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot Jet Pack Company Executive Crashes During A Test Flight
The Vice President of Jet Pack International was hospitalized Friday after crashing during a test flight in Denver, according to the Associated Press. Though he's successfully flown the company's hydr...
04:00 am - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot Childbirth Charity Hack Leaks 15,000 Expectant Parents Data
An anonymous reader writes: A data breach has been uncovered at the UK's National Childbirth Trust, with over 15,000 new and expectant parents' details compromised. The charity "has apologized to its ...
02:00 am - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot IBM's Watson AI Implanted Into a Robot, Evolves, Can Now Sense Emotions
bigwophh writes that IBM's Watson cognitive computing platform "is now more capable and human-like, especially when encapsulated in a robot body." An article from Hot Hardware reports that this week a...
12:00 am - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot Now Streaming: How To Do a Kidney Transplant
tedlistens writes: In January, hundreds of students enrolled in the University of Leiden Medical School's 'Clinical Kidney Transplantation.' But they weren't there: the class is completely virtual, th...
12:00 am - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot Despite Lean Space Budgets Russia Is Headed For the Moon
MarkWhittington writes: Thanks to the collapse of oil prices that has ravaged the Russian economy, dependent as it is on fossil fuel exports, Russia's space program is facing draconian budget cuts... ...
12:00 am - Sun, April 10, 2016
Slashdot How San Francisco Hazed a Tech Bro
An anonymous reader writes: In December 2013 San Francisco's tension with its surging tech class reached a breaking point. Protesters swarmed Google buses. They stood in front of Twitter carrying a co...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Popular Firefox Add-Ons Open Millions To New Attack
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers claim that NoScript and other popular Firefox add-on extensions are exposing millions of end users to a new type of vulnerability which, if exploited, ...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Help Shut Down Spam Botnet That Enslaved 4,000 Linux Machines
An anonymous reader shares an article on Ars Technica: A botnet that enslaved about 4,000 Linux computers and caused them to blast the Internet with spam for more than a year has finally been shut dow...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Sophisticated Bribe Scheme Gets Malware Onto Chinese Antivirus Whitelist
An anonymous reader writes "Malware operators have bribed employees of a gaming company to bundle malware with their mobile apps." Because the app-maker reportedly had a good-faith agreement with Chin...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Solar Panel Developed That Can Generate Electricity From Rain
Reader Socguy writes: Scientists in China have developed a prototype solar panel with a single atom-thick layer of graphene on the surface. This layer allows the panel to generate electricity, not jus...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot High Schoolers Use Homemade Nuclear Fusion Reactor To Dominate Science Fairs
An anonymous reader writes: 20 high school students gather every Friday night in a basement of a modest home in Federal Way, Washington to work on science experiments using a home-made nuclear fusion ...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Senate Bill Draft Would Prohibit Unbreakable Encryption
buck-yar quotes a report from the Associated Press: "A draft version of a Senate bill would effectively prohibit unbreakable encryption and require companies to help the government access data on a co...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam
Martin Kaste, reporting for NPR: FBI Director James Comey gave a speech this week about encryption and privacy, repeating his argument that "absolute privacy" hampers law enforcement. But it was an of...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Variation in Depiction of Same Emoji on Different Platforms Can Lead To Miscommunication
How your device depicts an emoji depends on the operating system it is running. The same "smiley face" emoticon, for instance, appears slightly different when viewed on an iPhone, an Android-powered h...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Donald Trump's 'Nuclear' Uncle
An anonymous reader writes:In 1936 a reporter watched Donald Trump's uncle John, an MIT professor of engineering, as he was struck by two high-voltage sparks while demonstrating the grounding of an ne...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Every Voter In The Philippines Exposed In Massive Data Breach
schwit1 writes: "The database of the Philippine Commission on Elections has been breached and the personal information of 55 million voters potentially exposed in what could rank as the worst ever gov...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot UbuntuBSD Is Looking To Become An Official Ubuntu Flavor
prisoninmate quotes a report from Softpedia: UbuntuBSD maintainer and lead developer Jon Boden is now looking for a way for his operating system to contribute to the Ubuntu community and, eventually, ...
10:00 am - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot New Metal Foam Armor Obliterates Bullets To Dust On Impact
HughPickens.com writes: Discovery Magazine reports that researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a super strong armor material that literally turns bullets to dust upon impact. Th...
06:00 am - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Over 135 Million Routers Vulnerable To Denial-of-service Flaw
schwit1 quotes a report from ZDNet: [More than 135 million modems are said to be vulnerable to a flaw that can leave users cut-off from the internet -- just by someone clicking on a trick link.] The p...
04:00 am - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Infographic: Ubuntu Linux Is Everywhere
prisoninmate writes: To celebrate the launch of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, due for release later this month, on April 21, Canonical put together an interesting infographic, showing the world how popular Ubuntu...
02:00 am - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Senator Al Franken Takes On Oculus Over VR Data Mining
An anonymous reader writes: Oculus says in its privacy policy it will track information about your location, physical movements, and how you're using the Oculus Rift headset. Senator Al Franken, a con...
02:00 am - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Apple Won't Sue FBI To Reveal Hack Used To Unlock Seized iPhone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Apple will not pursue legal action against the US government to discover how federal agents broke into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shoot...
02:00 am - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot CIA's Venture Capital Arm Is Funding Skin Care Products That Collect DNA
sittingnut writes: The Intercept reports that Skincential Sciences, whose main product line is Clearista, has attracted media coverage because its "innovative line of cosmetic products marketed as a w...
12:00 am - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Japan To Begin Testing Fingerprints As 'Currency'
schwit1 quotes a report from The Japan News: Starting this summer, the government will test a system in which foreign tourists will be able to verify their identities and buy things at stores using on...
12:00 am - Sat, April 9, 2016
Slashdot Clinton Campaign Chair: 'The American People Can Handle The Truth' On UFOs
An anonymous reader writes: In what seems like an April Fools' Day prank story but is surprisingly real, Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, John Podesta, says that he has convinced Hillary Clinton to d...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Lands Its Rocket On A Floating Drone Ship For The First Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It's the first time the...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Small and Heavy Arms Traded On Facebook By Libyan Militants
An anonymous reader writes: A report entitled "The Online Trade of Light Weapons in Libya" on Thursday revealed machine guns, grenade launchers and anti-tank missiles are being traded in Libya via Fac...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot NASA: Global Warming Is Now Changing How Earth Wobbles
An anonymous reader writes: A new study from NASA finds global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis. Melting ice sheets are changing the distribution of weight on Earth, whi...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Fight With US Over Privacy Enters a New Round
An anonymous reader shares a report on Bloomberg: Apple Inc.'s fight over privacy with the U.S. isn't over yet, even after the government dropped a demand for the company's help in accessing a Califor...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Verizon To Submit Bid For Yahoo
An anonymous reader writes: Sources close to the company have confirmed that Verizon will submit a first-round bid to purchase Yahoo's web business early next week, and that they may offer to take on ...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Opinion: DevOps Is Dead
Andrey Akselrod, CTO and a co-founder of Smartling, writes for TechCrunch: DevOps, as we know it, is dead. Perhaps not many people agree with me, but the age of DevOps is just about over. It's a "Perf...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot WordPress.com Enables HTTPS Encryption For All Websites
On Friday, WordPress announced that it is bringing free HTTPS to all -- "million-plus" -- custom domains, essentially ramping up security on every blog and website. The publishing platform says it par...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Most Netflix Customers Don't Realize Prices Will Increase Next Month
An anonymous reader writes: Millions of Netflix customers are about to start paying more to stream their favorite movies and TV shows -- and chances are, they don't even realize it. In May 2014, Netfl...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Putin Says Panama Papers Part of US Plot to Weaken Russia
An anonymous reader writes: Russia President Vladimir Putin says he has no links to offshore accounts unveiled in the Panama Papers. Moreover, Putin believes that these leaks are part of Western effor...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Dark Web Mapping Reveals That Half of the Content Is Legal
An anonymous reader writes: Cyber threat intelligence firm Intelliagg and dark net indexing company Darksum have released the results of their efforts to map the dark web (actually, only the Tor netwo...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Anywhere Computing Makes 2FA Insecure On iOS and Android
An anonymous reader writes: Academics from the VU University Amsterdam have identified a new class of vulnerabilities to two-factor authentication, commonly used to protect transactions involving fina...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Users Are Sharing Less and It's a Big Problem
Reader Colin Castro writes: Facebook is starting to see decline in original posts and people sharing their thoughts. "Facebook's decline in personal updates reflects a common growing pain for online c...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot The Next Hot Job in Silicon Valley Is For Poets
An anonymous reader shares an article on Washington Post: As tech behemoths and a wave of start-ups double down on virtual assistants that can chat with human beings, writing for AI is becoming a hot ...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Edge Will Start Automatically Pausing Less Important Flash Content
An anonymous reader cites an article on VentureBeat: Microsoft Edge will "intelligently auto-pause" Flash content that is "not central to the webpage." If you want to try this out now, you can take th...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Newspapers Try To Stop Ad-blocking Browser Brave From 'Stealing Content'
New reader DarkLordBelial writes: The newspaper Association of America (NAA) has sent a letter to Brave Software, makers of the Brave browser, detailing how little they think of Brave's proposed solut...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Uber To Pay Up To $25 Million For Misleading Advertising In California
Bruce66423 writes: Uber has agreed to a settlement of $10 million for misleading advertising about the quality of its background checks for drivers. One particular concern was its absence of fingerpri...
10:00 am - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Adobe Patches Flash Zero-Day Exploited By Magnitude Exploit Kit
wiredmikey writes: Adobe released a Flash Player update on Thursday night to patch a zero-day vulnerability that has been leveraged by cybercriminals to deliver malware via the Magnitude exploit kit. ...
08:00 am - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Jeff Bezos: AWS Will Break $10 Billion This Year
v3rgEz writes: Jeff Bezos is bullish on the cloud, pegging AWS' sales for this year at $10 billion in a recent letter to shareholders. But he said there was a surprising source of that success: The co...
04:00 am - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Fallout 4 Wins Best Game At Bafta Awards
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Fallout 4 has won the best game of the year at 2016's British Academy Games Awards. It marks the first time its US-based developer Bethesda has won the pr...
02:00 am - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Google Launches Android Studio 2.0 With Instant Run, Faster Android Emulator, and Cloud Test Lab
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Android Studio 2.0, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with a long list of new features. Yo...
02:00 am - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Siemens and Airbus To Push Electric Aviation Engines
coondoggie quotes a report from Networkworld: Siemens and Airbus teamed up today to develop electric and hybrid electric/combustion engines for commercial and private aircraft. The companies said they...
12:00 am - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Says Model 3 Had 'Biggest One-Week Launch of Any Product Ever'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Tesla announced Thursday that it has received 325,000 preorders for its recently unveiled Model 3. If it sells every car that's been reserved, the c...
12:00 am - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot Google May Adopt Apple's Swift Programming Language For Android, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes: Google has plans to make Apple's Swift object-oriented language a "first-class" language for Android, reports The Next Web. The publication, citing sources, adds that Googl...
12:00 am - Fri, April 8, 2016
Slashdot White House Declines To Support Bill That Would Let Judges Order Tech Companies To Break Encryption
kheldan quotes a report from Consumerist: Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein are expected to introduce a bill regarding phone encryption as soon as this week, according to Reuters. The draft t...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Blizzard Shuts Down Popular Fan-run 'Pirate' Server For Classic WoW
An anonymous reader writes: Blizzard is threatening legal action against the popular "pirate" servers for World of Warcraft. The Nostalrius servers have been operating for nearly a year, running versi...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot FBI Director Says Unlocking Method Won't Work On Newer iPhones
Even though the FBI was able to gain access to the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone without Apple's help, the Apple-FBI saga continues. It was reported yesterday the FBI is telling members of Congres...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot OpenStack Mitaka Aimed at Simplifying Cloud Operations
darthcamaro writes: The 13th release of OpenStack, codenamed Mitaka is now generally available with updates across all major projects. Among the biggest new capabilities in OpenStack Mitaka however is...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Bill Nye: Climate Change Denial Is 'Running Out of Steam,' Thanks To Millennials
An anonymous reader shares with us an article on Mic: Famed science educator Bill Nye has long been an outspoken critic of people who continue to doubt climate change, the main driver of freaky weathe...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot A Fleet of Trucks Just Drove Themselves Across Europe
An anonymous reader shares a report on Quartz: About a dozen trucks from major manufacturers like Volvo and Daimler just completed a week of largely autonomous driving across Europe, the first such ma...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Messenger Hits 900M Monthly Active Users; To Get Snapchat-Like Features
Facebook, on Thursday, announced that Messenger now has 900 million monthly active users. On the sidelines, the company also announced a couple of Snapchat-like features it is bringing to its messagin...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot The 'Human Computer' Behind the Moon Landing Was a Black Woman
Reader bricko writes: The 'Human Computer' Behind the Moon Landing Was a black woman (video). She calculated the trajectory of man's first trip to the moon by hand, and was such an accurate mathematic...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Government's Fake University Trap Results in 21 Visa Fraud Arrests
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. government set up a fake college called the University of Northern New Jersey as a trap to find and arrest 21 people on charges of visa fraud, reports Newsweek. Th...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Torvalds Hasn't Given Up On Linux Desktop Domination, Will 'Wear Them Down'
Reader itwbennett writes: Linus Torvalds told attendees at the Embedded Linux Conference that although Linux hasn't dominated the desktop like it 'has in many other areas,' he isn't particularly disap...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Architect of China's Great Firewall Embarrassed After Needing To Use VPN
An anonymous reader writes: Fan Binxing, architect of the China's infamous Great Firewall, was put in the embarrassing position of having to use a VPN in front of a live audience when trying to access...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Spies In The Skies: FBI Planes Are Circling US Cities
Peter Aldhous, and Charles Seife, reporting for BuzzFeed News: Each weekday, dozens of U.S. government aircraft take to the skies and slowly circle over American cities. Piloted by agents of the FBI a...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Google ReCAPTCHA Cracked In New Automated Attack
An anonymous reader writes: A trio of security researchers have devised a new automated attack that can break the CAPTCHA systems employed by Google and Facebook. On Google's reCAPTCHA system, researc...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot LG G5 Gets a High 8/10 Repairability Score
An anonymous reader shares an article from Geek.com: The one thing that makes LG's G5, the flagship smartphone it launched in February, stand out from the crowd is its modularity. As iFixit learned, t...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Reddit Launches New Block Tools To Help Temper Harassment
An anonymous reader writes: Reddit users can now use the new "block user" feature to better deal with harassment. The new feature was announced Wednesday and while the site has had [a "block user"] fe...
10:00 am - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Christie's Set To Auction Space Rocks For Out Of This World Prices
coondoggie quotes a report from Networkworld: It's not everyday you could have the opportunity to buy a piece of space -- but Christie's London auction house will on April 20 offer about 80 meteorite ...
08:00 am - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Monster Black Holes May Lurk All Around Us
Taco Cowboy quotes a report from Yahoo News: Astronomers have stumbled upon a supermassive black hole in an unexpected corner of the Universe, implying these galactic monsters are much more common tha...
04:00 am - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Mapping The Brain To Build Better Machines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quanta Magazine: An ambitious new program, funded by the federal government's intelligence arm, aims to bring artificial intelligence more in line with our own...
02:00 am - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Outdated and Vulnerable WordPress, Drupal Versions Contributed To Panama Papers Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from WordPress Tavern: Authorities have not yet identified the hacker behind the Panama Papers breach, nor have they isolated the exact attack vector. It is clear t...
02:00 am - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot FBI Telling Congress How It Hacked iPhone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: According to a new report in National Journal, the FBI has already briefed Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on the methods used to break into the iPho...
12:00 am - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Computer Created A 'New Rembrandt' After Analyzing Paintings
TechnoidNash quotes a report from Techie News: Rembrandt van Rijn was one of the most influential classical painters, and the world lost his amazing talent when he died nearly four centuries ago. And ...
12:00 am - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Rolls Out Major Live Video Update
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook Live was launched last year, allowing public figures and celebrities to live stream to their timeline. Today, Facebook has released a host of new features to its l...
12:00 am - Thu, April 7, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Receives Patent For Smart Contact Lenses
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has received a patent in South Korea for interactive contact lenses. The lenses will be formed of a transmitter, a camera, a display unit, and movement sensors. The...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot New Windows 10 Preview For PCs With Bash, Cross-Device Cortana Released
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs. The preview, dubbed build 14316, comes with a range of features including support for Bash, which Microsoft had ann...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Snowden Ridicules David Cameron For Defending 'Private' Matter of Panama Papers Leak
An anonymous reader writes: Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the NSA who worked with journalist to reveal a number of classified mass surveillance programs, has criticized the UK Prime Ministe...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot White House Redirects $589M In Funds To Fight Zika Virus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The White House said on Wednesday it will redirect $589 million in funds to prepare for the Zika virus before the mosquito that carries it begins to e...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Top FBI Attorney Worried About WhatsApp Encryption
An anonymous reader shares an article on USNews:WhatsApp on Tuesday announced that all types of messages on the latest version of its app are now automatically protected by end-to-end encryption, and ...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot A Lot of People Carelessly Plug In Random USB Drives Into Their Computers
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have proven that a lot of people will carelessly plug in a USB drive found on the ground, exposing themselves to potential infections from malware. The researche...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Google Reveals Own Security Regime Policy Trusts No Network, Ever
Darren Pauli, reporting for The Register: Google sees little distinction between boardrooms and bars, cubicles and coffee shops; all are untrusted under its perimeter-less security model detailed in a...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Twitter To Give All New Parents 20 Weeks of Paid Leave
Michal Lev-Ram, reporting for Fortune: May 1 will be a happy day for Twitter employees -- at least those expecting a baby. The social media site is the latest tech player to offer so-called "gender-ne...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Countries That Use Tor Most Are Either Highly Repressive or Highly Liberal
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: You might assume that people in the most oppressive regimes wouldn't use the Tor anonymity network because of severe restrictions on technology or communication....
06:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Opens Up the Software For Alexa-Controlled Smart Homes
An anonymous reader cites an article on CNET: Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has already grown into a viable platform for voice-activated smart home control. Now, Amazon is introducing new, open sof...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Phishing Email That Knows Your Address
An anonymous reader writes: BBC is reporting about a new type of phishing email that includes the recipient's home address. The publication, citing sources, claims that thousands of people have alread...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Nest Reminds Customers That Ownership Isn't What It Used To Be
Alphabet-owned Nest recently announced that it will be turning off Revolv Hub next month. An anonymous reader shares an article on EFF, a privacy rights group: Nest Labs, a home automation company acq...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Open Source Vulnerability Database Shuts Down
Reader StonyCreekBare writes: From the Blog at osvdb.org "As of today, a decision has been made to shut down the Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB), and will not return. We are not looking for...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot HackingTeam's Global Export License Revoked
An anonymous reader writes: You might remember HackingTeam from an epic data leak back in July 2015. Now, the Italian Ministry of Economical Progress has revoked HackingTeam's licence to export their ...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Opera's Ex-CEO Launches Vivaldi 1.0 For Power Users
Opera co-founder and former CEO Jon von Tetzchner on Wednesday launched the v1.0 of Vivaldi browser. Vivaldi v1.0, which is aimed at "power users", is available to download from the company's website ...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Quanta LTE Router May Be Most Unsecure Router Ever Made
An anonymous reader writes: LTE routers made by Quanta Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese hardware manufacturer, are plagued by over twenty major security flaws ranging from backdoor accounts to remot...
10:00 am - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Chat App Kik Beats Facebook To Launching a Bot Store
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: "Messengers are the new browsers and bots are the new websites," Kik's Mike Roberts told The Next Web. The messaging app that's big with America'...
08:00 am - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot People Feel Weird About Touching Robot Butts, Researchers Find
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: How would you feel if a robot asked you to touch its butt? Maybe it sounds like a silly question, but as robots proliferate and anthropomorphize, i...
04:00 am - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Gov't Researchers Develop Wireless Car Chargers That Are Faster Than Plug-ins
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Computerworld: The U.S. Department of Energy has demonstrated a 20,000 watt (20KW) wireless car-charging system that offers three times the efficiency of today...
02:00 am - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot HP's New Logo Is the Awesome One It Never Used
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier today, HP announced the Spectre 13, the world's thinnest laptop. One of the subtle changes HP is making with its recent global brand offensive is to its logo. HP ha...
02:00 am - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Keep Pig Heart Beating In Baboon Belly For 2 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Researchers report Tuesday that they were able to keep pig hearts alive and beating in the abdomens of five baboons for record amounts of time --...
02:00 am - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot PayPal Pulls North Carolina Plan After Transgender Bathroom Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: PayPal Holdings Inc on Tuesday canceled plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina and invest $3.6 million in the area afte...
12:00 am - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot GE's Move To Boston Could Revive Local Tech Business Ambitions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Networkworld: Two-hundred people will run General Electric from the company's new headquarters in the Fort Point part of the city and another 600 will work in ...
12:00 am - Wed, April 6, 2016
Slashdot Magic Kinder Android App Lets Strangers Send Images, Videos To Your Kids
An anonymous reader writes: The scenario which all parents hate seems to have materialized in the form of an Android app [called Magic Kinder] that lets strangers send texts, images, and videos to kid...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Intel Buys Yogitech, Aims To Improve Safety of Autonomous Cars and IoT Systems
An anonymous reader writes: Intel has acquired the Italian company Yogitech to improve upon Internet of Things (IoT) security and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Yogitech's flagship technology kno...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Starts Mass Producing Industry's First 10-Nanometer Class DRAM
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung is now mass producing the industry's first 10-nanometer class, 8Gb DDR4 DRAM chips, ahead of competitors SK Hynix and Micron. It will produce 10nm-class DDR4 DRAM m...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot HP Says It Made the World's Thinnest Laptop
An anonymous reader writes: HP claims that its Spectre laptop, unveiled April 5, is the world's thinnest laptop. It measures 10.4mm thick or 0.41 inches. That would mean that it's slimmer than the 12-...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA Creates a 15B-Transistor Chip With 16GB Bandwidth Memory For Deep Learning
An anonymous reader cites a report on VentureBeat: NVIDIA chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang announced that the company has created a new chip, the Tesla P100, with 15 billion transistors, 16GB high-bandw...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Cyber Commander Says It's 'Not Realistic' To Shut Down Internet
An anonymous reader links to a report on Washington Examiner: It simply would not be possible to shut down areas of the Internet that terrorists use to conduct malicious activity, the head of U.S. Cyb...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot We Live In The Dark Ages of Internet Security, Says Kaspersky Labs CEO
An anonymous reader cites a report on TheMerkle: It is never a positive sign when one of the world's leading security firms mentions how the world is currently in the "Dark Ages" of computer security....
08:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot New Website Lets Anyone Spy on Tinder Users
An anonymous reader cites an article on The Guardian: Tinder isn't as private as many of its users think, and a new website which aims to exploit that is causing concern among users of the dating app ...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Icelandic Prime Minister Resigns After Panama Data Leak
Omar Valdimarsson, reporting for Bloomberg: The Panama secrecy leak claimed its first scalp after Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned following revelations about his persona...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Scientists To Open Mass-Cloning Factory in China This Year To Clone Cows, Pets, Humans
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists in China are planning to open a mass-cloning factory by the end of the year. The ambitious and futuristic facility hopes to be mass-producing one million cows ev...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Tomorrow's PS4 Update To Add Game Streaming for PC and Mac, Privacy Features
An anonymous reader cites a report on Polygon: The PlayStation 4's newest software update will be out tomorrow, April 6, adding PC remote play capabilities, a new live streaming channel, and several i...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot WhatsApp Enables End-To-End Encryption For All Forms of Communications By Default
Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp, on Tuesday, announced that it is turning on end-to-end encryption for all its users by default. The company says that every call a user makes, every text messag...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Alphabet's Nest To Deliberately Brick Revolv Hubs
Nest, a Google-owned company, will deliberately break one of its own products come May 15. The company has announced plans to disable Revolv, a hub that allows customers to electronically control ligh...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: The feds warned that "a group of malicious cyber actors," whom security experts believe to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as ...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Guesses What's In Pictures To Help Visually Impaired
Reader itwbennett writes: Taking the issue of bad image metadata into its own hands, starting today, Facebook will tell users of screen readers what appears in the photos on their timeline. Jeremy Kir...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Aussie Pirates Have Another Year Not To Worry About Warnings
An anonymous reader shares an article on TorrentFreak: Internet pirates in Australia may now have at least another year, possibly longer, not to worry about a "three strikes" style system landing on t...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Budgie Could Be The New Flavor of Ubuntu Linux
prisoninmate writes: Budgie-Remix maintainer David Mohammed informs Softpedia about the progress made with the upcoming operating system, whose ultimate goal is to become an official Ubuntu Linux flav...
10:00 am - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot China Censors Online Discussion About Panama Papers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: China appears to be censoring social media posts on the Panama Papers document leak which has named several members of China's elite, including President ...
06:00 am - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Tech Firms Have An Obsession With 'Female' Digital Servants
An anonymous reader writes: Alexa, Tay, Siri, Cortana, Xiaoice, and Google Now. These technologies all have one thing in common -- they are digital servants aimed at a mass-market audience that featur...
04:00 am - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Toyota Teams With Microsoft On Connected Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA TODAY: Toyota announced an enhanced relationship with Microsoft on Monday aimed at delivering "connected car" services to drivers in ways they probably nev...
02:00 am - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Risks To Human Health Will Accelerate As Climate Changes, White House Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: More deaths from extreme heat. Longer allergy seasons. Increasingly polluted air and water. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks s...
02:00 am - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot US Army Hopes To Outfit Soldiers With Tiny Drones By 2018
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The U.S. Army has requested industry information on the feasibility of making tiny drones that would help infantry gather intelligence on a small sca...
12:00 am - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot TSA Paid $1.4 Million For Randomizer App That Chooses Left Or Right
An anonymous reader writes: For those of you who have traveled through U.S. airports in recent years, you may have noticed the Transport Security Administration (TSA) use a Randomizer app to randomly ...
12:00 am - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Turkish Citizenship Database Allegedly Leaked Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: The entire Turkish citizenship database has allegedly been hacked and leaked online. A website with purportedly leaked details of 49,611,709 ...
12:00 am - Tue, April 5, 2016
Slashdot Massachusetts AG Sues ITT Tech For Exploiting Computer Network Students
alphadogg quotes a report from Networkworld: Browsing through the latest news releases from ITT Technical Institute you'd never think the for-profit school would be capable of the things that Massachu...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Taliban App's Publication Points To Holes In Google's App Review Process
An anonymous reader writes: A propaganda app developed by the Taliban was live on the Google Play store for two days before being removed, raising questions about Google's app review process, which in...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Trials Outlook Premium For $4 Per Month, With No Ads and Custom Domains
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Microsoft is testing a premium version of Outlook.com that removes the ads and supports custom domains for email addresses. According to Brad Sams at ...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Says Amazon Will Unveil a New Kindle Next Week
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said on Monday that the next Kindle will be unveiled next week. Bezos posted on Twitter that an "all-new, top of the line Kindle is almost ready"....
08:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Chrome Extension Caught Hijacking Users' Browsers
An anonymous reader writes: Google has intervened and banned the Better History Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store after users reported that it started taking over their browsing experience an...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot People Often Deride Game Changing Technology as 'a Toy'
Steven Sinofsky, former President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, has cataloged how often game-changing technologies have been derided as toys. Some of the things he has included in the list inc...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot New State of Matter Detected in a Two-Dimensional Material
An anonymous reader cites a report on Phys.org: An international team of researchers have found evidence of a mysterious new state of matter, first predicted 40 years ago, in a real material. This sta...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Half of Scotland's Energy Consumption Came From Renewables Last Year
An anonymous reader quotes an article on Herald Scotland: Scotland has met a key target for renewable energy consumption, according to official figures. Statistics published by the UK Department of En...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Anti-Piracy Firm Rightscorp Will Hijack Pirates' Browsers Until a Fine is Paid
An anonymous reader writes: Anti-piracy firm Rightscorp says that it's working on a next-generation technology called Scalable Copyright, under which it plans to extract cash settlements from suspecte...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Makes Privacy and Control Subscription in BBM Free
BlackBerry, on Monday, announced it is making all the privacy features in BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) messaging app free to use. Prior to the announcement, the Canadian company charged $1 monthly premi...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot FCC's 'Nutrition Labels' For Broadband Show Speed, Caps, and Hidden Fees
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica article: The Federal Communications Commission today unveiled new broadband labels modeled after the nutrition labels commonly seen on food products. Home In...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot FBI Wants To Access Terror Suspect's Skype Records
Milton J. Valencia, reporting for BostonGlobe: The FBI is investigating whether a third, unknown person discussed an alleged terrorism plot with Alexander Ciccolo, the Western Massachusetts man accuse...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot The White House Finally Got Color Printers
An anonymous reader quotes an article on Gizmodo: Everyone loves an upgrade -- even POTUS. The New York Times reports that the White House has recently undergone a technological transformation, though...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot US Govt Commits To Publish Publicly Financed Software Under FOSS
An anonymous reader writes: The White House has published a draft (PDF) for a Source Code Policy. The policy requires every public agency to publish their custom-build software as Free Software for ot...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Australian Man Uses 1TB of Mobile Data in a Single Day
An anonymous reader cites an amusing article on Stuff: When Telstra offered its mobile customers unlimited data for two separate days this year as compensation for network outages, some customers took...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Mexico City Plans Car-Driving Ban To Fight Air Pollution
An anonymous reader writes: Mexico City plans to implement a car-driving ban from April 5 to June 30 in an effort to fight high air pollution levels. Under the city's new program, all privately owned ...
12:00 pm - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Electric Fork Simulates a Salty Flavor By Shocking Your Tongue
An anonymous reader writes: It's common knowledge that excess sodium can be detrimental to one's health. So researchers in Japan have built a prototype electric fork that uses electrical stimulation t...
08:00 am - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot There Are Some Super Shady Things In Oculus Rift's Terms of Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: While the [Oculus Rift] is cool, like any interesting gadget, it's worth looking through the Terms of Service, because there are some worrisome things...
06:00 am - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot MIT Develops Accurate System For Tracking People, Objects Via WiFi
An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has created a new system called Chronos that can accurately detect the position of electronic devices in a roo...
02:00 am - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Some Bees Are Addicted to Caffeine
mdsolar shares a new article about plants which produce caffeine to attract bees and encourage repeat visits to help with their pollination. "Scientists at the University of Sussex said they thought t...
12:00 am - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Canadian Startup Uses Trump to Lure Tech Workers
An anonymous reader writes: A Canadian startup "is using Republican front-runner Donald Trump in its latest campaign to recruit tech talent," reports Silicon Beat. The company's site claims that 31% o...
12:00 am - Mon, April 4, 2016
Slashdot Panama Papers Reveal $2 Billion Offshore Trail That Leads To Vladimir Putin
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2 billion has laid a trail to Russia's president, Vladimir Putin. An unprecedented leak ...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Panama Papers: Data Leak Exposes Massive Official Corruption
An anonymous reader writes: The hidden wealth of some of the world's most prominent leaders, politicians and celebrities has been revealed by an unprecedented leak of millions of documents that show t...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Tech Jobs Are Replacing Tech Jobs in Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader writes: More than 22% of the jobs in Silicon Valley are now in the technology sector, reports the San Jose Mercury News, while the area has lost nearly 156,000 factory jobs over th...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Tesla May Need Cash To Deliver On the Model 3, Says Analysts
An anonymous reader writes: After receiving more than 198,000 Model 3 preorders in the first 24 hours, Tesla may need more cash if it hopes to deliver their new electric vehicle to customers on time, ...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot 20th Anniversary of Unabomber's Arrest
theodp writes: Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the arrest of Theodore Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, at his cabin in rural Montana. Kaczynski, a brilliant mathematician turned recluse, spread dest...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Lasers Could Hide Us From Evil Aliens
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: Most of the time when we talk about silly scientific papers related to alien life, we're talking about crazy ideas for how to find aliens. But...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Quebec Bill Would Force Internet Firms To Block Access To Online Gaming Sites
New submitter rotoblobule writes that in order to help Quebec's lottery service fight against illegal gaming sites, "the Quebec government is currently passing bill 74, which will impose mandatory ban...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot FBI Tells Local Law Enforcement It Will Help Unlock Phones
Salvador Hernandez, reporting for BuzzFeed: Just days after breaking into a terroristâ(TM)s iPhone using a mysterious third-party technique, FBI officials on Friday told local law enforcement age...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot AP Style Alert: Don't Capitalize Internet and Web Anymore
Saturday the Associated Press announced they're changing the rules in their influential stylebook: the words "internet" and "web" should no longer be capitalized. "The changes reflect a growing trend ...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot The Spread of Ignorance
New submitter Eric Eikrem writes: BBC Future has just published an interesting article on Robert Proctor, a science historian from Stanford University, who studies how people or companies with vested ...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Head of Oracle Linux Moves To Microsoft
An anonymous reader writes: Wim Coekaerts, formerly Oracle's Senior VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, has left Oracle for Microsoft. Many of you may know of Coekaerts as "Mr. Linux" as he de...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Develop Cancer-Targetting Hybrid Molecule
New York researchers have developed a hybrid molecule that can target cancer cells, which they believe shows promise in the fight against breast cancer. The team created a composite nanoparticle that ...
12:00 pm - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Record-Setting Astronaut Retires from NASA
Record-setting NASA astronaut Scott Kelly retired from NASA on Friday, after spending more than 520 days in outer space, spread across four space missions â" two space shuttle flights and two rec...
08:00 am - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot MPAA Opposes Proposed Minnesota Revenge Porn Law, Saying It Limits Speech
New Minnesota legislation is "attempting to penalize those who post explicit photos or videos of ex-lovers on the Internet without permission," reports the Associated Press. But while 27 states across...
04:00 am - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Electric Bike Company Lets Users Create Replacement Parts with 3D Printers
The manufacturers of a new electric bike are sharing 3D-printable files that let users create their own replacement parts and accessories. "We want to help all our customers to personalize and get the...
02:00 am - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Co-Founder's Ad-blocking Brave Browser Will Pay You Bitcoin To See Ads
An anonymous reader writes: Brave, a new privacy and speed focused web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, backed by Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, will pay its users in bitcoin to wa...
12:00 am - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Free Wi-Fi Program in Los Angeles Fails to Provide Free Wi-Fi
The Los Angeles Time found no internet connectivity in 24 public locations, despite a three-year, $500,000 grant to provide them with free Wi-Fi service. Investigations both last year and again in Mar...
12:00 am - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Amateur Scientist Builds Thermite Grenade Cannon
YouTube personality Colin Furze has built a homemade cannon which he's filmed launching grenades filled with thermite, "an especially nasty chemical composition made of metal power and oxide that burn...
12:00 am - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Tech Billionaire Mark Cuban Argues Stock Regulators Hurt the Economy
Tech entrepreneur and investor Mark Cuban denounced America's stock-regulating agency on CNBC this week, arguing that they're reducing the number of companies going public with vague rules that are op...
12:00 am - Sun, April 3, 2016
Slashdot Oklahoma Video Vigilante Uses Drone To Wage War Against Prostitutes and Johns
HughPickens.com writes: Chris Baraniuk writes at BBC that Brian Bates, known in Oklahoma as the "Video Vigilante," is taking credit for Amanda Zolicoffer's conviction on a lewdness charge after being ...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Security Gaps Found in Massive Visa Database
Mike Levine and Justin Fishel, reporting for ABC News: Cyber-defense experts found security gaps in a State Department system that could have allowed hackers to doctor visa applications or pilfer sens...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot The Music Industry Is Begging the US Government To Change Its Copyright Laws
An anonymous reader shares an article on The Verge: Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, deadmau5, and dozens of other musicians are asking the U.S. government to revamp the Digital Millennium Copyright ac...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot How To Hack an Election
"For eight years, Andres Sepulveda, now 31, says he traveled the continent rigging major political campaigns..." writes Bloomberg, citing elections in Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombi...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Astronomers Find Rare Triple-Star Planet
Phys.org is reporting the discovery of a rare planet with three different stars in its sky, two distant stars orbiting each other and a closer third star which would appear 40 times as large as our su...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot UK Pharma Giant GSK Won't Patent Its Drugs in Poorer Countries
Glyn Moody, reporting for Ars Technica: The UK pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will not be routinely patenting its drugs around the world. Instead of applying for pate...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot US Military Invests in $320M 'Smart Fabric' Project
The U.S. Department of Defense is investing in a $320 million project to create "smart garments" that can protect soldiers while monitoring their environment -- for example, uniforms that can change c...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Refrigerator-Sized Machine Can Print Pills on Demand
MIT Researchers have created a new "Pharmacy on Demand" prototype that can produce 1,000 doses of medication every 24 hours. Their new system "can be easily transported in case of outbreaks, supply sh...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Anonymous's War on Trump Described as Successful and Disastrous
CitizensForTrump.com and the Trump Hotel Collection site reportedly went offline Friday, seeming to confirm threats made by the hacktivist collective Anonymous. But TechInsider is reporting that "The ...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Oculus 'Always On' Services and Privacy Policy May Be a Cause for Concern
Will Mason, reporting for Upload VR: It turns out when you install the software to run Facebook's Oculus Rift, it creates a process with full system permissions called "VRServer_x64.exe." This process...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot On Cybersecurity, Execs Are Burying Their Heads In the Sand
An anonymous reader writes shares a report on BizJournals: Despite increased spending on cybersecurity, most executives are unprepared, even willfully ignorant, of the threats that could damage their ...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Users Find Renting a Movie On iTunes Frees Up Space On IPhone, IPad
An anonymous reader writes: Many, if not all, believe that 16GB storage on their iPhone and iPad is not sufficient. Apple insists that users with 16GB variant iDevice can always save files to the clou...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Grieving Father is Begging Apple to Unlock His Dead Son's iPhone
"A grieving father is begging Apple to allow him access to the photos stored on his dead son's iPhone," reports Time. In September Leonardo Fabbretti's adopted son died of bone cancer at age 13, and t...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Uber CEO Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Price Fixing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will go to court over price fixing claims after he initially tried to get the lawsuit dismissed. U.S. district court judge i...
10:00 am - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Siri Now Responds Appropriately To Sexual Assaults
An anonymous reader writes: Confirmed in a report from ABC News, Apple has updated Siri to respond to statements involving sexual assault and abuse in a more appropriate and consistent manner. JAMA In...
08:00 am - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Launches Missile and Tries To Jam GPS Signals
An anonymous reader writes: Hours after North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea in retaliation for ongoing U.S. join military drills with South Korea, they started jamming GPS navigation ...
06:00 am - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot $40 Hardware Is Enough To Hack $28,000 Police Drones From 2km Away
mask.of.sanity writes: Thieves can hijack $28,000 professional drones used widely across the law enforcement, emergency, and private sectors using $40 worth of hardware. The quadcopters can be hijacke...
04:00 am - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Plans $20 Upgrade Fee Even If You Pay Full Price For a Phone
An anonymous reader writes: According to a memo leaked by MacRumors, Verizon is planning to introduce a new $20 upgrade fee starting next week. The new $20 flat rate charge will begin next Monday, Apr...
02:00 am - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Futuristic Suit Lets You Feel What It's Like To Be An Old Man
HughPickens.com writes: Andy Newman writes at the New York Times about an exhibit at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City that lets users walk a proverbial mile in their elders' orthopedic shoes and ...
12:00 am - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot US Won't Say How Many H-1B Workers Are Female
dcblogs quotes a report from Computerworld: When the U.S. begins accepting applications for new H-1B skilled-worker visas today, we can be certain that tech workers from India will make up a large por...
12:00 am - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Anniversary Update Will Bring Android Notifications To Your PC
An anonymous reader writes: In an Anniversary Update scheduled to launch this summer, Microsoft is bringing a new Action Center UI to Windows 10 PCs and Windows 10 Mobile. [According to WinBeta.org,] ...
12:00 am - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Launches Missile and Tries To Jams GPS Signals
An anonymous reader writes: Hours after North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea in retaliation for ongoing U.S. join military drills with South Korea, they started jamming GPS navigation ...
12:00 am - Sat, April 2, 2016
Slashdot Man Builds 'Scarlett Johansson' Robot From Scratch
An anonymous reader writes: 42-year-old product and graphic designer Ricky Ma has spent more than $50,000 building a replica Scarlett Johansson robot from scratch. The robot, named Mark 1, responds to...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot CIA Left Inert Explosives On School Bus After Exercise
An anonymous reader writes: Students were transported in a Virginia school bus carrying inert explosives left by the CIA, officials said. The explosives were discovered in the engine, only after the L...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot DJI Files Patent Lawsuit Against Yuneec, Marking Industry's First Legal Fight
An anonymous reader writes: The world's most successful consumer drone manufacturer, DJI, has filed a lawsuit in California claiming Yuneec has infringed on two of its patents. The claim centers on "s...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot At 40, There's Never Been a Tech Company Quite Like Apple
Mike Murphy, reporting for Quartz: Forty years ago today, two college dropouts decided to start selling cobbled-together computers out of a garage in California because they couldn't afford the ones o...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Officially Blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
An anonymous reader links to an Associated Press report: North Korea has officially announced it is blocking Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and South Korean websites in a move underscoring its concern wit...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat Expands Red Hat Developer Program With No-Cost Red Hat Enterprise Linux
An anonymous reader shares a report on BetaNews: Red Hat -- fresh from celebrating a historic $2 billion in annual revenue -- releases a developer-focused gift to the world. The Red Hat Enterprise Lin...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Steam Hacker Says More Vulnerabilities Will Be Found
An anonymous reader shares an article on Ars Technica: The teenager who grabbed headlines earlier this week for hacking a fake game listing on to Valve's Steam store says there are "definitely" more v...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Newly Discovered Star Has an Almost Pure Oxygen Atmosphere
William Herkewitz, reports for Popular Mechanics: A newly discovered star is unlike any ever found. With an outermost layer of 99.9 percent pure oxygen, its atmosphere is the most oxygen-rich in the k...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Months After Hacks, DHS Sends a Warning About Hospital Ransomware
An anonymous reader writes: Since February, at least a dozen hospitals have been affected by ransomware, malware that encrypts a victim's files until they cough up a bounty to the hackers. In response...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Egypt Blocked Facebook Free Basics For Not Letting It Spy On Users
Yasmeen Abutaleb and Joseph Menn, reporting for Reuters: Facebook wouldn't let the government circumvent the service's security to conduct surveillance. Egypt blocked Facebook's Free Basics Internet s...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Berlin Gets First Taste of In-Store Vertical Micro-Farms
An anonymous reader shares an article on RT: German shoppers now have the chance to buy fresh greens and herbs in supermarkets with tiny vertical farms which both grow and display the produce. The new...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot No Joke. April Fools' Day Has Been Banned In China
Reader schwit1 quotes an article by Simon Denyer, who heads The Washington Post's China bureau: The ancient tradition of hoaxing and playing practical jokes on the first day of April has fallen victim...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot MIT Demos Wi-Fi That's So High-Tech It Doesn't Need a Password
An anonymous reader shares an article on MIC: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology want to change how we connect to Wi-Fi. To avoid the cumbersome network login process, a team has...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Gmail's Mic Drop April Fool Backfires Horribly Costing People Their Jobs
An anonymous reader quotes a report on The Telegraph: Google is facing a fierce backlash after introducing a new tool for April Fools' Day that has cost some people potential jobs. The new Gmail Mic D...
12:00 pm - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Reddit Deletes Surveillance 'Warrant Canary' In Transparency Report
Arthur Dent '99 writes: Today, Reddit deleted wording in its transparency report that would normally indicate that they had not received any "national security letters" or "other classified requests f...
10:00 am - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Receives 115,000 Model 3 Preorders Worth $115 Million In 24 Hours
An anonymous reader writes: Over 115,000 reservations at $1,000 each were placed for the Model 3 in the first 24 hours. This gives Tesla a little extra operating cash.If each tech-savvy enthusiast who...
06:00 am - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk Announces $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Electric Car
Elon Musk has officially unveiled the Tesla Model 3 electric car at the company's facility in Hawthorne, California. The Model 3 is being dubbed as a "mass market affordable car." The base-model Model...
04:00 am - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot More People On Earth Now Obese Than Underweight, Says Study
An anonymous reader writes: According to a new study published in the Lancet, obese people now outnumber the underweight population for perhaps the first time in global history. Majid Ezzati, an envir...
02:00 am - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Could Consume As Much Electricity As Denmark By 2020
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: The numbers are very back-of-the-envelope and assume a worst case: widespread adoption of Bitcoin and not much improvement in Bitcoin mining activity, along with long replace...
02:00 am - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Denies Edge Is Getting A Native Ad Blocker
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: On top of the slew of news coming out of Microsoft's Build 2016 developer conference, a story broke yesterday that Microsoft was building an ad bl...
02:00 am - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot PHP, Python and Google Go Fail To Detect Revoked TLS Certificates
An anonymous reader writes: Four years after the release of a groundbreaking study on the state of SSL/TLS certificates in non-browser applications (APIs [to be exact]), some programming languages fai...
12:00 am - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot Intel Launches Xeon E5 v4 Family of Processors Based On Broadwell-EP
MojoKid writes: Intel is officially launching a brand new series of Xeon processors today, the Xeon Processor E5 v4. The Xeon Processor E5 v4 family is based on Broadwell, specifically Broadwell-EP, t...
12:00 am - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot California Bill AB 2867 Proposed To Allow You To Cancel Comcast With 'Click Of The Mouse'
An anonymous reader writes: Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto has introduced a bill that would allow Californians to cancel their internet or cable services online with 'one click.' The bill reads, '...
12:00 am - Fri, April 1, 2016
Slashdot FCC Proposes New Restrictions On How Broadband Providers Share Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In a 3-2 vote, the FCC agreed to propose new privacy rules for broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon, as part of the FCC's new powers under S...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Skype For Linux: Dead? Or Just Resting?
New submitter somebearouthere writes: Skype for Linux was updated in 2014 to v4.3 and has since sat there without an update while its counterpart on other platforms has been receiving updates. Sometim...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot 'Hack The Pentagon' Bug Bounty Program Opens For Registration
wiredmikey writes: Starting today, security researchers can register to test their hacking skills against the Department of Defense(DoD) through "Hack the Pentagon," a new bug bounty program that will...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Caps Are A Giant Con And An Attack On Cord-Cutters
An anonymous reader writes: Following a report from DSLReports that ATT would be imposing usage caps on the company's U-Verse broadband customers, ATT has announced it would now be following Comcast's...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Zaha Hadid, Groundbreaking Architect, Dies at 65
An anonymous reader quotes an article on The New York Times about the death of Zaha Hadid: Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-British architect whose curving, elongated structures left a mark on skylines around th...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Patch Out For 'Ridiculous' Trend Micro Command Execution Vulnerability
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: A bug in its software meant that Trend Micro accidentally left a remote debugging server running on customer machines. The flaw, discovered by Goog...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 9.3.1 With Fix For Unresponsive Links
An anonymous reader writes: Apple, on Thursday, rolled out a minor update to iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. The update, dubbed iOS 9.3.1, brings with it a fix for a software glitch that caused many a...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Toshiba Recalls More Than 100,000 Faulty Laptop Batteries
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for over 100,000 Toshiba laptop battery packs after several serious reports. Toshiba, which says it s...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot California's $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage May Spur Automation
An anonymous readers links to an article on ComputerWorld: For many California business groups, the state's decision to gradually raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2022 is a terrible thing. But for its...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Makes Xamarin Free In Visual Studio, Will Open Source Core Xamarin Tech
An anonymous reader cites a report on VentureBeat: Microsoft today announced that Xamarin is now available for free for every Visual Studio user. This includes all editions of Visual Studio, including...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Study Says People Who Continually Point Out Typos Are 'Jerks'
HughPickens.com writes: Sophie Kleeman, writes at Gizmodo that according to a study at the University of Michigan people who are more sensitive to written typos and grammatical errors are indeed the k...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot CloudFlare Wants Tor To Change Or Risk CAPTCHA Blockades
An anonymous reader writes: CloudFlare's co-founder Matthew Prince has publicly appealed to work with the Tor Project on implementing a solution that will stop the high incidence of Tor users being ch...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Endorsed by Major Tech Group
An anonymous reader shares a report on SiliconBeat: An industry group representing major tech firms including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, Twitter, Uber and eBay has endorsed the controversial Tra...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Netflix's Original Content Library Is Growing By 185% Each Year
An anonymous reader writes: From Q1 of 2012 to Q1 of 2016, Netflix has added an incredible 111 original series and films. The numbers translate to an average quarterly growth rate of 34.22% and an ave...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Scammers Take Mattel To the Bank, Phishing Them For $3 Million
itwbennett quotes a report from The Associated Press: Mattel, the popular toy maker behind Barbie and Hot Wheels, was the victim of a phishing attack last year that nearly cost them $3 million. On Apr...
10:00 am - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot 13-Year-Old Linux Dispute Returns As SCO Files New Appeal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from THE INQUIRER: Now-defunct Unix vendor, which claimed that Linux infringed its intellectual property and sought as much as $5 billion in compensation from IBM, ...
08:00 am - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Using Adblock Plus to Block Ads is Legal, Rules German Court -- For the Fifth Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Using Adblock Plus to block ads on websites is legal, a German regional court has ruled. The suit, brought by the company behind the leading Germ...
04:00 am - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Extends Its Windows Hello Login Security Features To Apps and the Web
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch regarding the beloved Windows Hello login security features: Microsoft is bringing to Windows apps (and even the web) some of the convenience and se...
02:00 am - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Feds Used 1789 Law To Force Apple, Google To Unlock Phones 63 Times
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has been citing a 1789 law, the All Writs Act, to compel Apple to assist the authorities in unlocking the iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino killer, Syed Farook....
02:00 am - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Cognitive Services Based On Project Oxford and Bing
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has announced updates to its portfolio of machine learning tools at its Build conference in San Francisco. Previously, they had fallen under the Project Oxford na...
02:00 am - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot TSA's Precheck Registration Program Causing Longer Security Lines
McGruber writes: The Associated Press is reporting that TSA's PreCheck program is causing maddening long security lines at U.S. airports. TSA's PreCheck security lanes can screen 300 passengers an hou...
12:00 am - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Launches HoloLens Emulator, No Headset Required
An anonymous reader writes: As promised, Microsoft started shipping its $3,000 HoloLens development kits today. In addition to sharing that bots are coming to the new platform, the company also releas...
12:00 am - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Should FBI Reveal to Apple How to Unlock Terrorist's iPhone?
After reports that the FBI managed to unlock an iPhone 5c belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters without the help of Apple, Apple is now the one that needs the FBI's assistance. "The responsi...
12:00 am - Thu, March 31, 2016
Slashdot Skype is Getting Cortana and Crazy Bot Messaging
An anonymous reader writes: During its Build conference, Microsoft demoed how Skype users would be able to book trips, shop, and plan their schedule, just by chatting with Cortana. "Cortana is brokeri...