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10:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Pirate Party Gains Seats In Iceland's Election
The BBC reports that Iceland's Pirate Party "has tripled its seats in the 63-seat parliament, election results show. It is in joint second place with the Left-Greens -- with 10 seats each."An anonymou...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot 'Armies' of Twitter Bots Bolster Both The Trump And Clinton Campaigns
An anonymous reader writes:During the first U.S. presidential debate, "automated accounts were tweeting messages with hashtags associated with the candidates. For example, #makeamericagreatagain or #d...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Family Sues Amazon After Counterfeit Hoverboard Catches Fire, Destroys Home
Three weeks after unboxing a hoverboard, it burst into flames. But is Amazon partly to blame?tripleevenfall quotes The Tennessean: A Nashville family whose $1 million home was destroyed earlier this y...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Serious Hacks Possible Through Inaudible Ultrasound
An anonymous reader writes:"High-frequency audio 'beacons' are embedded into TV commercials or browser ads," reports New Scientist. "These sounds, which are inaudible to the human ear, can be picked u...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat CEO: Linux Is Now The 'Default Choice' For The Cloud
Speaking at the "All Things Open" conference, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst remembered when Linux "was just a 'bunch of geeks' getting together figuring it all out on an 8286 chip" 25 years ago. An anony...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Air Force Says F-35 Glitches Mean the A-10 Will Keep Flying 'Indefinitely'
The A-10 aircraft "is just too effective to get rid of," wrote one defense blogger -- especially in light of ongoing issues with the F-35.schwit1 quotes Jalopnik:Strategists have feared that the jet w...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot 'Robocall Strike Force' Proposal Could Stop Caller ID Spoofing
This summer the FCC convened a "Robocall Task Force" to help consumers fight unwanted automated telemarketers, and Wednesday the coalition finally delivered a report recommending a "Do Not Originate" ...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Mines May Eliminate More Than Half Their Human Workers Within 10 Years
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes ComputerWorld:In the next decade, the mining industry may lose more than half of its jobs to automation, according to a new report... This industry is adopting self...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot New Attack Can Seize Control of Drones
A new radio transmitter "seizes complete control of nearby drones as they're in mid-flight," reports Ars Technica:From then on, the drones are under the full control of the person with the hijacking d...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Police Used Cell Tower Logs To Text 7,500 Possible Crime Witnesses
"Investigators are calling it a 'digital canvass' -- the high-tech equivalent of knocking on thousands of doors for information," reports the CBC, describing how an Ontario police department sent text...
08:00 am - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot How Linux Saved A School's Failing Windows Laptop Program
OpenSource.com reports on a Minnesota school's 1:1 program -- one device per child -- where "Lots of the Windows laptops were in very poor condition and needed to be replaced."An anonymous reader writ...
04:00 am - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Apple Shared User Data With Governments, Says WikiLeaks Email
"Please know that Apple will continue its work with law enforcement," reads an email from Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, who reports directly to CEO Tim Cook, ac...
02:00 am - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Best Cheap Linux-Friendly Netbook?
Seems like a good time to revisit this question -- assuming anyone's still using a netbook. Long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino writes:I'm looking for a cheap lightweight netbook that is Linux-friendly...
12:00 am - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot NetBSD Project Releases NetBSD 7.0.2
An anonymous reader writes:"After spending six months in development, the NetBSD 7.0.2 release is now available for those running NetBSD 7.0 or NetBSD 7.0.1," reports Softpedia, "but also for those wh...
12:00 am - Sun, October 30, 2016
Slashdot Bad Code May Have Crashed Schiaparelli Mars Lander
cadogan west writes "In the accordance with the longstanding tradition of bad software wrecking space probes (See Mariner 1), it appears a coding bug crashed the ESA's latest attempt to land on Mars."...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Is Microsoft Mainstreaming Machine Learning?
Tuesday Microsoft updated their open source Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK), adding support for both C++ and Python. "This announcement is more than a point release..." argues Network World. "It's ...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Google's 'Project Zero' Hid A Major Vulnerability in Apple's OS and iOS Cores
In June Google's task-force against zero day exploits "identified a coding exploit in the underlying kernel of Apple's OSX and it's mobile operating system iOS, which could allow for root-level escala...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Archive.org Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
20 years ago this week, Archive.org started with just 500,000 sites. An anonymous reader quotes the San Francisco Chronicle:Now, the nonprofit San Francisco organization -- which celebrated the milest...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Mysterious Star Pulses May Be Alien Signals, Study Claims
"Strange pulses of cosmic light might be signals from hundreds of different alien civilizations -- or just the latest false alarm in the tortuous search for E.T.," reports Space.com. Slashdot reader O...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Offers $650 To MacBook Users Who Switch To A Surface Tablet
After Wednesday's announcement of their new Surface Studio tablet, Microsoft launched a campaign to entice MacBook users to try Surface tablets. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes TechCrunch:Essentia...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Teenager Accidentally Launches DDoS Attack On 911 Systems
A Phoenix teenager mistakenly tweeted a link to JavaScript exploit which forced iOS devices to automatically dial and re-dial 911. An anonymous reader quotes Softpedia:The teenager created several wea...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Payback? Russia Gets Hacked, Revealing Putin Aide's Secrets
Ukrainian activists have compromised 2,337 messages in the Microsoft Outlook accounts of two assistants to a top aide of Vladimir Putin. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes NBC News:A Ukrainian group ...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Service Outages Hit The Midwest Friday
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes WGN:Customers using AT&T for phone and Internet reported widespread outages across Chicago and the Midwest Friday starting around 3 p.m. and going into the even...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot US Bank Regulator Notifies Congress of Major Data Security Breach
A U.S. banking regulator says an employee was found to have downloaded a large number of files onto thumb drives a week before he retired. When the former employee was contacted, the Office of the Com...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Sends Back Last Bit of Data From 2015 Pluto Flyby
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the last bit of data from its 2015 flyby of Pluto. The picture -- one of a sequence of shots of Pluto a...
06:00 am - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Unveils Residential 'Solar Roof' With Updated Battery Storage System
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk today unveiled the "residential roof" -- pegged as a roofing replacement -- with solar energy gathering powers. Unlike other solar systems which must be mounted on top ...
04:00 am - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Harvard Scientists Invent Cigarette-Smoking Robot For Better Lung Disease Research
the_newsbeagle writes: Harvard scientists have invented a nifty lab robot that can smoke 10 cigarettes at a time, lighting up for the benefit of medical research on chronic obstructive pulmonary disea...
04:00 am - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Why Apple and Microsoft Are Using Last Year's Skylake Processors In Their New Computers
Apple released new MacBook Pros yesterday that feature Intel's year-old Skylake microarchitcure, as opposed to the newer Kaby Lake architecture. Two days earlier, Microsoft did the same thing when it ...
02:00 am - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Launches Prime In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Amazon is bringing its popular Prime service to China. Chinese Prime is different from that available in other nations, with no video offering but i...
02:00 am - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Apple Says It's Out of the Standalone Display Business
The launch and marketing push of the 27-inch 5K UltraFine Display made in partnership with LG all but confirms that Apple is out of the standalone display business. Previously, it was rumored Apple wa...
02:00 am - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Says Helium Loading Issue May Have Caused Falcon 9 Explosion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nearly two months after a September 1 accident on the launch pad, SpaceX says it is nearing the conclusion of its investigation. Although the com...
12:00 am - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot City ISP Makes Broadband Free Because State Law Prohibits Selling Access
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A municipal ISP that was on the verge of shutting off Internet service outside its city boundaries to comply with a state law has come up with a ...
12:00 am - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot New MacBook Pros Max Out At 16GB RAM Due To Battery Life Concerns
The new MacBooks Pros have been improved in nearly every way -- except when it comes to RAM capacity. With faster, more energy efficient Skylake processors, faster SSDs, and better GPUs, one would thi...
12:00 am - Sat, October 29, 2016
Slashdot Uber Loses Right To Classify UK Drivers as Self-Employed
Uber drivers are not self-employed and should be paid the "national living wage," a UK employment court has ruled in a landmark case which could affect tens of thousands of workers in the gig economy....
10:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Linux Marketshare is Above 2-Percent For Third Month in a Row
For the third month in a row the share of worldwide desktop computer users running Linux has been above two percent -- up from one percent -- according to data from web analytics company Net Market Sh...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users By Race
schwit1 quotes a report from ProPublica: Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers. That's basically what...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Let Researchers Try New Paths
Writing for Nature journal, scientists and professors Tolu Oni, Fabio Sciarrino, Gerardo Adesso, and Rob Knight, discuss an issue researchers have been facing a lot lately. The scientific enterprise i...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot WhatsApp-Facebook Privacy U-Turn Now Being Probed by EU Data Watchdog
European privacy regulators have fired a warning shot to Facebookâ(TM)s WhatsApp and Yahoo, saying they sent letters to the companies expressing concerns about possible violations of the bloc's d...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot FBI Probes Newly Discovered Hillary Clinton Emails and Reopens Investigation
The FBI said Friday it is reviewing newly discovered emails related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to determine whether she properly handled classified emails. The reopening of the...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Crushable Runway Technology Saved Mike Pence's Plane
Mike Pence, Donald Trump's running mate said Friday he is "fine" following his plane skidding off the runway at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday night, adding there were about 10 seconds of "uncertainty....
06:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Can Be Bought With Cash At Swiss Railway Ticket Machines
In what is seen as a move that could help boost the spread of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency will be available to purchase from Swiss railway ticket machines starting next month. Reader Mickeycaskill wri...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Comma.ai Shelves Self-Driving Device After Regulatory Warning
Comma.ai founder George Hotz, who has spent the good part of his past year criticizing competitors and their technologies, sent out a series of tweets Friday, saying that Comma.ai, a startup that aime...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Announces Quantum, a New Browser Engine For Firefox
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla is currently working on a new browser engine called Quantum, which will take parts from the Servo project and create a new core for the Firefox browser. The new eng...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Red Cross Blood Service Admits To Personal Data Breach Affecting Half a Million Donors
The personal data of 550,000 blood donors that includes information about "at-risk sexual behaviour" has been leaked from the Red Cross Blood Service in what has been described as Australia's largest ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Seoul Considers Messaging Ban After Work Hours
An anonymous reader writes: The city legislature of Seoul, South Korea, is considering implementing a law that would ban after work messaging to employees, in an effort to reduce work-related stress a...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Google's AI Created Its Own Form of Encryption
An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: Researchers from the Google Brain deep learning project have already taught AI systems to make trippy works of art, but now they're moving on to somethin...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Pornhub Offers To Buy Vine Because 'Six Seconds Is More Than Enough'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Earlier on Thursday Twitter announced it was ending Vine's short run, and the adult site was quick to come to the rescue -- maybe. In a letter from Pornh...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot First-Ever Dinosaur Brain Tissue Found Preserved In a Pebble
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: A decade ago, a fossil hunter was combing the beach in southeastern England when he found a strange, brown pebble. The surface of it caught his eye:...
08:00 am - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Star Trek Discovery Gets Delayed After Losing Showrunner Bryan Fuller
It looks like we're going to have to wait even longer for CBS's upcoming Star Trek Discovery series, as the production's showrunner, Bryan Fuller, is stepping back. He will however still remain the sh...
04:00 am - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Climate Change Rate To Turn Southern Spain To Desert By 2100, Report Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Southern Spain will be reduced to desert by the end of the century if the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, researcher...
02:00 am - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Lawsuit Seeks To Block New York Ban On 'Ballot Selfies'
You have have the right to vote, but should you have the right to take a selfie at a ballot? According to ABC News, a federal lawsuit is challenging a New York state law that makes it a misdemeanor to...
02:00 am - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple's New MacBook Pro Requires a $25 Dongle To Charge Your iOS Device
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World: As Phil Schiller explained during today's event, Apple's new MacBook Pros feature four Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports, and conveniently, each of...
02:00 am - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Feds Charge 61 People In Indian-Based IRS Phone Scam Case
BUL2294 writes: Following the arrests earlier this month in India of call center employees posing as IRS or immigration agents, USA Today and Consumerist are reporting that the U.S. Department of Just...
12:00 am - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot A Radiologist Has the Fastest Home Internet In the US
An anonymous reader writes: Jason Koebler via Motherboard has interviewed James Busch -- a radiologist and owner of "the first 10 Gbps residential connection in the United States" -- at a coffee shop ...
12:00 am - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'We're Going To Kill Cash'
At a media event on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Touch ID on the new MacBook Pros will make it incredibly easy for people to do online money transactions. After the event, speaking to re...
12:00 am - Fri, October 28, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Will Officially Appeal Its 'Fair Use' Loss Against Google
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The massive Oracle v. Google litigation has entered a new phase, as Oracle filed papers (PDF) yesterday saying it will appeal its loss on "fair u...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot No New MacBook Airs as Apple Instead Makes Lower-End, $1,500 MacBook Pro
Alongside the two new MacBook Pros, Apple also unveiled a refresh for its popular MacBook Air lineup. The company is calling this: the MacBook Pro, same branding as the other two MacBook Pros. It's a ...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot FCC Imposes ISP Privacy Rules and Takes Aim At Mandatory Arbitration
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission today imposed new privacy rules on Internet service providers, and the Commission said it has begun working...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Apple Debuts New 'TV' Guide and Watchlist App For Apple TV, iPhone and iPad
Even though the Apple TV news was considered "boring" by many livestream viewers waiting to catch a glimpse of the new MacBook Pros, there were several big announcements worth mentioning. For starters...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Twitter is Shutting Down Its Video App Vine
Twitter's plan to refocus on its core business consists of laying off 9 percent of its staff, and also killing off Vine. The company announced today that it will shut down Vine's video app in the comi...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro Featuring OLED Touch Bar, Touch ID - Powered By Intel Skylake Processor
At an event on Thursday, Apple unveiled the new 2016 MacBook Pro. The redesigned MacBook Pro comes with "incredible extreme" all-metal body. The main attraction of the new MacBook Pro is an OLED touch...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Wikipedia Community and Internet Archive Partner To Fix One Million Broken Links on Wikipedia
More than one million formerly broken links in the English Wikipedia have been updated to archived versions from the Wayback Machine, thanks to a partnership between the Internet Archive, and voluntee...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Qualcomm To Buy NXP Semiconductors in $47 Billion Deal
Qualcomm, the largest maker of mobile-phone chips, will acquire NXP Semiconductors NV in a transaction valued at $47 billion, aiming to speed an expansion into new industries and reduce its dependence...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Sales, Profits Dive on Note 7 Recall
Samsung's smartphone division struggled to breakeven between July and September as sales plunged due to the recall of its high-end Note 7. The smartphone giant said quarterly sales in its IT and Mobil...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Web Bluetooth Opens New Abusive Channels
An anonymous reader writes: Recently, browsers are starting to ship Web Bluetooth API, soon to become a component of Web of Things. Web Bluetooth will allow to connect local user devices with remote w...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot World Wildlife Falls By 58% in 40 years
Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, BBC reports citing The Living Planet assessment by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF. The report adds that if the trend continue...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Is Cutting 9% of Its Global Workforce
Twitter is planning to lay off 9 percent of its global workforce, as the ailing San Francisco tech giant struggles to please Wall Street despite beating earnings expectations. The company officially a...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Uber's 'Elevate' Project Aims To Bring Flying Electric Cars To Cities By 2026
Uber has revealed a new project through which it aims to bring flying cars to commuters by 2026. The company published a white paper today outlining its plans for Uber Elevate, a network of on-demand ...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Hotel CEO Openly Celebrates Higher Prices After Anti-Airbnb Law Passes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: A hotel executive said a recently-passed New York law cracking down on Airbnb hosts will enable the company to raise prices for New York City ...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot WhatsApp Is Rolling Out Video Calls On Its Android App
WhatsApp appears to be rolling out its video calling feature for beta users of the Android app. The arrival of the feature was first spotted by Android Police, which found that an updated app interfac...
08:00 am - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Rich People Pay Less Attention To Other People, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: In a small recent study, researchers from New York University found that those who considered themselves in higher classes looked at people w...
04:00 am - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot New Study Shows HIV Epidemic Started Spreading In New York In 1970, Clears the Name of 'Patient Zero'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: A new genetic study confirms theories that the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS started in New York around 1970, and it also clears the name of a gay ...
02:00 am - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot AI-Powered Body Scanners Could Soon Speed Up Your Airport Check-in
An anonymous reader shares a report on the Guardian:A startup bankrolled by Bill Gates is about to conduct the first public trials of high-speed body scanners powered by artificial intelligence (AI), ...
02:00 am - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Posts Second Profitable Quarter Ever
anderzole writes from a report via BGR: Tesla on Wednesday posted its earnings report for the quarter gone by and investors will have a lot to cheer about. While analysts on Wall St. were expecting Te...
02:00 am - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Apple Delays AirPods Beyond Original 'Late October' Window
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple's new wireless, $180 AirPods have less than a week to meet their original shipping target of "late October," and now the company has confir...
02:00 am - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Delta Now Lets You Track Your Baggage In Real-Time
Let's face it, tracking down a lost bag at the airport is a pain-in-the-ass. While airlines will often compensate you with money and new clothes for your troubles, the experience is certainly not plea...
12:00 am - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot How Vigilante Hackers Could Stop the Internet of Things Botnet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Some have put forth a perhaps desperate -- and certainly illegal -- solution to stop massive internet outages, like the one on Friday, from happen...
12:00 am - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot Canadian Police Are Texting Potential Murder Witnesses
On Thursday, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will send text messages to anybody who was in the vicinity of a murder in the hopes that one of them will have information that can help catch the culp...
12:00 am - Thu, October 27, 2016
Slashdot 176 Original Emojis Join Van Gogh and Picasso At Museum of Modern Art
If you happen to walk through the Museum of Modern Art in New York between December to March of next year, you may see 176 emoji on display next to Van Gogh and Picasso. On Wednesday, the museum annou...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Dyn DNS DDoS Likely The Work of Script Kiddies, Says FlashPoint
While nobody knows exactly who was responsible for the internet outrage last Friday, business risk intelligence firm FlashPoint released a preliminary analysis of the attack agains Dyn DNS, and found ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Says Yahoo Name Isn't Going Away
Verizon is treading carefully with Yahoo, but still wants to seal the deal. From a CNET report: "The deal makes strategic sense," said Marni Walden, the executive vice president of business innovation...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Sues Nashville To Halt Rules That Give Google Fiber Faster Access To Utility Poles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast yesterday sued the Nashville metro government and mayor to stop a new ordinance designed to give Google Fiber faster access to utility po...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Help Viewers Discover TV Shows Through an App
Apple plans to announce a new way for viewers to discover TV shows through an app, according to a report on USA Today. The app will release as soon as this week, the report adds. From the article: Des...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Repeat Infringers Can Be Mere Downloaders, Court Rules
A 10-year-old copyright case has prompted an interesting opinion from a US appeals court. In determining the nature of a "repeat infringer" (which service providers must terminate to retain safe harbo...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Noisy Coworkers And Other Sounds Are Top Distraction in Workplace, Study Says
Sounds, especially those made by other humans, have ranked as the top distraction in the workplace, according to design expert Alan Hedge of Cornell. A staggering 74 percent of workers say they face "...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 Creators Update, Coming in Early 2017
Microsoft today announced Creators Update for Windows 10. The company said Creators Update will release with a slew of new features at no charge in early 2017. From a report on Fortune: The Windows 10...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot In China, Some Apple Users Opt For iPhone Makeover Rather Than Buy New
Instead of buying a new iPhone model, some Chinese iPhone owners are giving their old models a makeover to look like the latest version -- a trend that could dent Apple's efforts to boost sales in wha...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Ultra-Thin, Pixel-Dense Surface Studio Touchscreen PC
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's first Surface-branded desktop PC now exists, and it is called the Surface Studio. The PC features a 28" display with 13.5 million pixels, which means the displa...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Intel Announces Atom E3900 Series - Goldmont for the Internet of Things
Intel has announced the Atom E3900 series. Based upon the company's latest generation Goldmont Atom CPU core, the E3900 series will be Intel's most serious and dedicated project yet for the IoT market...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Paint 3D, the Biggest Update Ever To the Classic App
Microsoft is releasing a revamped and modernized Paint app for Windows 10 that let people draw and convert things in 3D. The company announced the app at its keynote today where it stressed the future...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Those Facebook Live Videos From Space That Are Going Viral Are Fake, NASA Confirms
Earlier this morning, a Facebook Live video allegedly showed a live feed of the International Space Station (ISS). The video has gone viral on the internet, with more than 17 million views, two millio...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Google Fiber Pauses Operations, CEO Leaves, and About 9 Percent of Staff Is Being Let Go
The future of Google Fiber has been shaky ever since Google's parent company, Alphabet, was founded. The original plan was to expand Fiber's blazing fast internet service to more than 20 cities, with ...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Russia Unveils 'Satan 2' Missile Powerful Enough To 'Wipe Out UK, France Or Texas'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Telegraph: Russia has released the first image of its new nuclear missile, a weapon so powerful that it could wipe out nearly all of the United Kingdom or ...
08:00 am - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Nuclear Plants Leak Critical Alerts In Unencrypted Pager Messages
mdsolar quotes a report from Ars Technica: A surprisingly large number of critical infrastructure participants -- including chemical manufacturers, nuclear and electric plants, defense contractors, bu...
04:00 am - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Renewables Overtake Coal As World's Largest Source of Power Capacity
The world's largest source of power capacity is now renewables, as roughly half a million solar panels were installed every single day last year. In addition, two wind turbines were erected every hour...
02:00 am - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple Has Created 'Detailed Mockups' of iMessage For Android
One of the biggest features on iOS that isn't available on Android is iMessage, an instant messaging service that allows users to send information over Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and other forms of internet acces...
02:00 am - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Create AI Program That Can Predict Human Rights Trials With 79 Percent Accuracy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Computer scientists have created an AI program capable of predicting the outcome of human rights trials. The program was trained on data from nearly...
02:00 am - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Annual Sales Fall For First Time Since 2001
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: Apple just posted its first annual sales decline since 2001, the year it launched the iPod and kicked off a tremendous run of groundbreaking products...
12:00 am - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Largest Auto-Scandal Settlement In US History: Judge Approves $15 Billion Volkswagen Settlement
A federal just has approved the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history, a $14.7 billion settlement concerning Volkswagen Group's diesel car emissions scandal. USA Today reports: U.S. District...
12:00 am - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Benchmark Battle October 2016: Chrome Vs. Firefox Vs. Edge
Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: It's been more than a year since our last browser benchmark battle, and the competition remains fierce. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge ha...
12:00 am - Wed, October 26, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Scanning Order Unlikely To Be Made Public: Reuters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Obama administration officials briefed key congressional staffers last week about a secret court order to Yahoo that prompted it to search all users' ...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot It Looks Like Apple is Killing the Physical Esc and Power Keys On New MacBook Pro
Curious minds on the internet have uncovered an image file on their Mac, which was added by Apple in the latest macOS update. The image reveals a new laptop that fully fits the description of rumored ...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot The Phone Hackers At Cellebrite Have Had Their Firmware Leaked Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Cellebrite, an Israeli company that specializes in digital forensics, has dominated the market in helping law enforcement access mobile phones. Bu...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Warner Bros Claims Agency Ran Its Own Pirate Movie Site
Warner Bros Entertainment has sued talent agency Innovative Artists, claiming that the agency ran its own pirate site when it ripped DVD screeners and streamed them to associates via Google servers. T...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Is Spying on Americans For Profit, New Documents Reveal
AT&T has been secretly spying on its own customers, the Daily Beast reports. The revelation comes days after the top carrier announced plans to purchase Time Warner. The report claims that AT&...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Snapchat, Skype Put Users' 'Human Rights at Risk', Amnesty Int'l Reports
Shanika Gunaratna, writing for CBS News: Snapchat and Skype are falling short in protecting users' privacy -- a failure that puts users' "human rights at risk," according to a report by the organizati...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot AT&T CEO: DirecTV Now Streaming Service Will Cost $35 a Month
AT&T's upcoming DirecTV Now streaming service is going to cost $35 a month, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said during a panel at the Wall Street Journal's WSJD Live conference. The package wlll ...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Wi-Fi Alliance Begins Certification Process For Short-Range Wireless Standard WiGig (802.11ad)
The stars have finally aligned for WiGig, an ultra-fast, short-range wireless network. The Wi-Fi Alliance has launched a certification process for WiGig products, which it claims, can go as fast as 8G...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Uber's Self-Driving Truck Went on a 120-Mile Beer Run To Make History
An anonymous reader writes: In the arms race to build self-driving vehicles, Uber-owned Otto just reached a landmark milestone by completing the first-ever commercial cargo run for a self-driving truc...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Samsung is Hoping To Rekindle Note Brand Name Next Year
Samsung is stepping up its brand damage limitation efforts in the wake of the flaming battery disaster of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone by offering owners of the recalled device in South Korea the abil...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Satya Nadella: 'We Clearly Missed the Mobile Phone'
At the Wall Street Journal's WSJD Live conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admitted that Microsoft has largely failed in making a dent in the mobile hardware business. Nadella, who took over the c...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Global CO2 Concentration Passes Threshold of 400 ppm -- and That's Bad for the Climate
The average concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere hit the symbolic level of 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 2015 and has continued to surge in 2016, according to the World Meteorolo...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Curious Tilt of the Sun Traced To Undiscovered Planet
An anonymous reader writes: Planet Nine - the undiscovered planet at the edge of the solar system that was predicted by the work of Caltech's Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown in January 2016 -- appea...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Latest WikiLeaks Reveal Suggests Facebook Is Too Close For Comfort With Clinton
MojoKid writes: As we quickly approach the November 8th elections, email leaks from the Clinton camp continue to loom over the presidential candidate. The latest data dump from WikiLeaks shines a ligh...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Rowhammer Attack Can Now Root Android Devices
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Researchers have discovered a method to use the Rowhammer RAM attack for rooting Android devices. For their research paper, called Drammer: Dete...
08:00 am - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Harvard Researchers Print World's First Heart-On-A-Chip
Harvard University researchers have successfully 3D printed the first heart-on-a-chip with integrated sensors that are capable of measuring the beating of the heart. Gizmodo reports: The printed organ...
04:00 am - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Consumer Reports Ranks Tesla Model X Near Bottom For Reliability
Last year, Consumer Reports withdrew its recommendation for the Tesla Model S after investigating its reliability. Today, the nonprofit organization released its 2016 Car Reliability Survey and found ...
04:00 am - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Study Finds Little Lies Lead To Bigger Ones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Telling little fibs leads down a slippery slope to bigger lies -- and our brains adapt to escalating dishonesty, which makes deceit easier, a new stu...
02:00 am - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot People Like Netflix's Original Content More Than Its Other Content: AllFlicks
According to a study by IHS Markit this month, in the last two years Netflix's spending on original content rose from $2.38 billion to $4.91 billion. The company has invested big in original programmi...
02:00 am - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Alibaba Founder To Chinese Government: Use Big Data To Stop Criminals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Chinese billionaire Jack Ma proposed that the nation's top security bureau use big data to prevent crime, endorsing the country's nascent effort to ...
02:00 am - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Plans To Cut About 300 Jobs As Soon As This Week: Bloomberg
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Twitter Inc. is planning widespread job cuts, to be announced as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter. The company may cu...
12:00 am - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Seth's Blog: Hardware is Sexy, But It's Software that Matters
American author and entrepreneur Seth Godin argues that though hardware is nice and dandy, it is the software that matters. And not just software that runs on a computer, "but the metaphorical idea of...
12:00 am - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot Electronic Surveillance Up 500% In DC Area Since 2011, Almost All Sealed Cases
schwit1 quotes a report from Washington Post: Secret law enforcement requests to conduct electronic surveillance in domestic criminal cases have surged in federal courts for Northern Virginia and the ...
12:00 am - Tue, October 25, 2016
Slashdot No One Is Buying Smartwatches Anymore
An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report: Remember how smartwatches were supposed to be the next big thing? About that... The market intelligence firm IDC reported on Monday that smartwatch shipmen...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot XPrize's New Challenge: Turn Air Into Water, Make More Than a Million Dollars
An anonymous reader shares a CNET report: If you can turn thin air into water, there may be more than $1 million in it for you. XPrize, which creates challenges that pit the brightest minds against on...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot New York Times Buys The Wirecutter For $30 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter, a five-year-old online consumer guide. The Times will pay more than $30 million, including retention bonus...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 10.1 With New Portrait Mode For iPhone 7 Plus
Apple has released iOS 10.1 to the public today for all iOS 10 users, and with it comes several new features, a long list of bug fixes, and various other under-the-hood improvements. One of the bigges...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Internet is Becoming Unreadable Because of a Trend Towards Lighter, Thinner Fonts
An anonymous reader writes: The internet is becoming unreadable because of a trend towards lighter and thinner fonts, making it difficult for the elderly or visually-impaired to see words clearly, a w...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Climate Change Could Cross Key Threshold in a Decade, Scientists Say
The planet could pass a key target on world temperature rise in about a decade, prompting accelerating loss of glaciers, steep declines in water availability, worsening land conflicts and deepening po...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Raises UK Cloud, Software Prices 22% After Brexit-Fuelled Pound Drop
Reader Mickeycaskill writes: Microsoft is to substantially increase its prices for software and cloud services prices offered in British pounds in order to accommodate the sharp drop in the currency a...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot AT&T's $85B US Bid For Time Warner Sparks Antitrust Fears in Washington
An anonymous reader writes: The two top members of the Senate's antitrust subcommittee said Sunday that they plan to probe a colossal deal between AT&T and Time Warner. In a statement, Mike Lee, R...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Swedish Administrative Court Bans Drones With Cameras
An anonymous reader writes: The ruling of the Swedish administrative courts forbids anyone to fly a drone equipped with a camera as long as its not "... to document crime or prevent accidents...". The...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot PayPal Payments and Notifications Are Coming To Facebook Messenger
PayPal has announced that it's rolling out as an additional payment option within Facebook Messenger, which currently supports payments via debit cards. From a VentureBeat article: PayPal has been pus...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot China Electronics Firm To Recall Some US Products After Hacking Attack
An anonymous reader writes:Chinese firm Hangzhou Xiongmai said it will recall some of its products sold in the United States after it was identified by security researchers as having made parts for de...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk's Mars Colony Would Have a Horde of Mining Robots
An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: If it wasn't already clear that Elon Musk has considered virtually every aspect of what it would take to colonize Mars, it is now. As part of his Reddit ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Women in Computing To Decline To 22% by 2025, Study Warns
New research warns that at the rate we're going, the number of women in the computing workforce will decline to 22% from 24% by 2025 if nothing is done to encourage more of them to study computer scie...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.7 Reaches End of Life, Users Urged To Move To Linux 4.8
prisoninmate writes: The Linux 4.7 kernel branch officially reached end of life, and it has already been marked as EOL on the kernel.org website, which means that the Linux kernel 4.7.10 maintenance u...
08:00 am - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How Can We Prevent Packet-Flooding DDOS Attacks?
Just last month Brian Krebs wrote "What appears to be missing is any sense of urgency to address the DDoS threat on a coordinated, global scale," warning that countless ISPs still weren't implementing...
04:00 am - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot Fedora 25 Beta Linux Distro Now Available For Raspberry Pi
Slashdot reader BrianFagioli writes: Fedora 25 Beta Workstation is now available for both the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3. In addition to the Workstation image, Fedora 25 Beta Server is availabl...
04:00 am - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot A New Attack Allows Intercepting Or Blocking Of Every LTE Phone Call And Text
All LTE networks and devices are vulnerable to a new attack demonstrated at the Ruxon security conference in Melbourne. mask.of.sanity shared this article from The Register:It exploits LTE fall-back m...
02:00 am - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot US Police Consider Flying Drones Armed With Stun Guns
Slashdot reader Presto Vivace tipped us off to news reports that U.S. police officials are considering the use of flying drones to taser their suspects. From Digital Trends:Talks have recently taken p...
12:00 am - Mon, October 24, 2016
Slashdot More NFL Players Attack Microsoft's $400M Surface Deal With The NFL
An anonymous reader writes;"These tablets always malfunction," complained one NFL offensive lineman in January, foreshadowing a growing backlash to Microsoft's $400 million deal with the NFL to use Su...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot Photographer Glimpses Larry Page's Flying Car Hovering In California (Maybe)
From Hollister, California -- population 40,000 -- comes a good update from the Mercury News on Larry Page's efforts to fund a flying car:Even from a few hundred yards away, the aircraft made a noise ...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot Who Should We Blame For Friday's DDOS Attack?
"Wondering which IoT device types are part of the Mirai botnet causing trouble today? Brian Krebs has the list, tweeted Trend Micro's Eric Skinner Friday, sharing an early October link which identifie...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Predict Next-Gen Batteries Will Last 10 Times Longer
Lithium-metal electrodes could increase the storage capacity of batteries 10-fold, predict researchers at the University of Michigan, allowing electric cars to drive from New York to Denver without re...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot 'Picat' Programming Language Creators Surprised With A $10,000 Prize
An anonymous reader writes:"I didn't even know they gave out prizes," said a Brooklyn College CS professor, remembering how he'd learned that a demo of the Picat programming language won a $10,000 gra...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot "Splat" of Schiaparelli Mars Lander Likely Found
Long-time Slashdot reader Tablizer quotes Space Flight Now: Views from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter released Friday show the crash site where Europe's experimental Schiaparelli lander fell to th...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Buys Time Warner For $85B. Is The Mass Media Consolidating?
Though regulators may not agree, "Time Warner and AT&T reps claim this is necessary just to compete," warns Mr D from 63. Reuters reports: The tie-up of AT&T Inc and Time Warner Inc, bringing ...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot Amazon May Handle 30% Of All US Retail Sales
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:Amazon's yearly sales account for about 15% of total U.S. consumer online sales, according to the company's statements and the Department of Commerce. But the Seat...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot A British Supercomputer Can Predict Winter Weather a Year In Advance
The national weather service of the U.K. claims it can now predict the weather up to a year in advance.An anonymous reader quotes The Stack: The development has been made possible thanks to supercompu...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot VeraCrypt Security Audit Reveals Many Flaws, Some Already Patched
Orome1 quotes Help Net Security: VeraCrypt, the free, open source disk encryption software based on TrueCrypt, has been audited by experts from cybersecurity company Quarkslab. The researchers found 8...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot American 'Vigilante Hacker' Defaces Russian Ministry's Website
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes CNN Money:An American vigilante hacker -- who calls himself "The Jester" -- has defaced the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in retaliation for at...
08:00 am - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot Dyn Executive Responds To Friday's DDOS Attack
"It is said that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty...We must continue to work together to make the internet a more resilient place to work, play and communicate," wrote Dyn's Chief Strategy Of...
04:00 am - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot Feds Walk Into a Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the Daily Herald:Investigators in Lancaster, California, were granted a search warrant last May with a scope that allowed them to force anyone inside the premises a...
02:00 am - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot Quantum Researchers Achieve 10-Fold Boost In Superposition Stability
An anonymous reader quotes The Stack: A team of Australian researchers has developed a qubit offering ten times the stability of existing technologies. The computer scientists claim that the new innov...
12:00 am - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot New Text Adventures Compete In 22nd 'Interactive Fiction Competition'
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:58 brand-new text adventures are now available free online for the 22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. The public is encouraged to play the games, and on N...
12:00 am - Sun, October 23, 2016
Slashdot Should Journalists Ignore Some Leaked Emails?
Tuesday Lawrence Lessig issued a comment about a leaked email which showed complaints about his smugness from a Clinton campaign staffer: "I'm a big believer in leaks for the public interest... But I ...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Journalist Cleared of Riot Charges in South Dakota
Her video went viral, viewed more than 14 million times, and triggering concerns online when she was threatened with prison. But a North Dakota judge "refused to authorize riot charges against award-w...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot New Smart Guns Will Have Fingerprint Readers
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal described the International San Francisco Smart Gun Symposium, and the "Mark Zuckerberg of guns," a Colorado 18-year-old who's developing a gun which only f...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot John McAfee Thinks North Korea Hacked Dyn, and Iran Hacked the DNC
"The Dark Web is rife with speculation that North Korea is responsible for the Dyn hack" says John McAfee, according to a new article on CSO: McAfee said they certainly have the capability and if it's...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Canonical Names Ubuntu Linux 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'
"Linux distributions and silly names go together like peanut butter and jelly," notes BetaNews. BrianFagioli writes:One of the most well-known Linux distributions to use funny names is Ubuntu. It famo...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Rust Implements An IDE Protocol From Red Hat's Collaboration With Microsoft and Codenvy
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Developers of Mozilla's Rust language, devised for fast and safe system-level programming, have unveiled the first release of the Rust Language Service, a project ...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Super Mario 'Speed Runners' Are Setting New World Records
Virginia software engineer Brad Myers has played Super Mario 22,000 times, and just set a new speed record earlier this month -- 4 minutes and 56.878 seconds. An anonymous Slashdot reader summarizes a...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot 'Anonymous' Hacker Indicted As His Hunger Strike Continues
Eight months after being rescued at sea near Cuba and then arrested, Anonymous hacker Martin Gottesfeld now faces prosecution as well as death by hunger. Newsweek reports:A member of Anonymous has bee...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Will Tesla Install Home Solar Panels To Charge Cars?
Earlier this week, Tesla signed a non-binding agreement to buy solar cells from a new Panasonic factory in Buffalo, New York -- but it's part of a much bigger maneuver. An anonymous Slashdot reader wr...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban On Personally Identifiable Web Tracking
Fudge Factor 3000 writes: Google has quietly changed its privacy policy to allow it to associate web tracking, which is supposed to remain anonymous, with personally identifiable user data. This compl...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Develops System To Automatically Cut-Off Pirate Video Streams
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Pirate services obtain content by capturing and restreaming feeds obtained from official sources, often from something as humble as a regular sub...
08:00 am - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Russians Seek Answers To Central Moscow GPS Anomaly
stevegee58 writes: Russians have been noticing that their GPS doesn't work in Moscow near the Kremlin. Everyone from taxi drivers to Pokemon Go players suddenly notice that they're transported 18 mile...
04:00 am - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Chemical-Releasing Bike Lock Causes Vomiting To Deter Thieves
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: The "Skunklock" is a U-shaped steel bicycle lock with a pressurized, stinking gas inside. The gas escapes in a cloud if someone attempts to cut the lock. ...
02:00 am - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Mirai and Bashlight Join Forces Against DNS Provider Dyn
A second wave of attacks has hit dynamic domain name service provider Dyn, affecting a larger number of providers. As researchers and government officials race to figure out what is causing the outage...
02:00 am - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot AI Platform Assesses Trump's and Clinton's Emotional Intelligence
FastCompany got an exclusive look at how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stacked up in terms of their emotional intelligence when analyzed by HireVue's artificial intelligence platform. The platform ...
02:00 am - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks To Its Supporters: 'Stop Taking Down the US Internet, You Proved Your Point'
MojoKid writes: The Internet took a turn for the worst this morning, when large parts of the DNS network were brought down by a massive distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) targeting DNS provid...
12:00 am - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Employees Tried To Remove Trump Posts As Hate Speech
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Facebook employees pushed to remove some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's Facebook posts -- such as one proposing the ban of Musl...
12:00 am - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Prosecutors Say NSA Contractor Could Flee To Foreign Power
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The NSA contractor accused of stealing a gargantuan amount of sensitive and classified data from the U.S. government was studying Russian before he w...
12:00 am - Sat, October 22, 2016
Slashdot Governor Cuomo Bans Airbnb From Listing Short-Term Rentals In New York
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New York Post: Gov. Cuomo on Friday bowed to pressure from the hotel industry and signed into law one of the nation's toughest restrictions on Airbnb -- includ...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Schiaparelli Mars Lander May Have Exploded On Impact, European Agency Says
Instead of drifting gently onto Mars' surface, the Schiaparelli Mars lander hit the planet hard -- and possibly exploded, the European Space Agency said today. NPR adds: The NASA images, taken on Oct....
10:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Amid Major Internet Outages, Affected Websites Have Lessons To Learn
Earlier today, Dyn, an internet infrastructure company, was hit by several DDoS attacks, which interestingly affected several popular websites including The New York Times, Reddit, Spotify, and Twitte...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot 43 Million Weebly and 22 Million Foursquare Accounts Stolen
LeakedSource is reporting that the web design platform Weebly was hacked in February, affecting more than 43 million accounts. They have also reported a smaller hack involving 22.5 million Foursquare ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot UK Government Proposes Minimum 10Mbps Broadband For Poor
An anonymous reader writes: The UK's Local Government Association (LGA) is proposing a social tariff to ensure that minimum broadband access of at least 10 Mbps is available to all UK citizens at an a...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Several Sites Including Twitter, GitHub, Spotify, PayPal, NYTimes Suffering Outage -- Dyn DNS Under DDoS Attack [Update]
Several popular websites and services are down right now for many users. The affected sites include Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, and PayPal among others. The cause appears to be a sweeping outage of ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Hawking: AI Will Be Either the Best or the Worst Thing To Humanity
At the opening of the new Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (LCFI) at Cambridge University, Stephen Hawking offered his insight into the positive and negative implications of creating a...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Most 'Genuine' Apple Chargers and Cables Sold on Amazon Are Fake, Apple Says
Apple says it bought Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on Amazon.com and found that nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit. The revelation comes in a federal lawsuit the company filed ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Steve Ballmer Says Microsoft Tried To Buy Facebook For $24 Billion
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told CNBC on Friday that his company tried to buy Facebook when it was "itsy-bitsy" for $24 billion. BusinessInsider adds: Facebook fielded a lot of offers in its ea...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Several Sites Including Twitter, Spotify, PayPal, NYTimes Suffering Outage -- Dyn DNS Under DDoS Attack [Update]
Several popular websites and services are down right now for many users. The affected sites include Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, and PayPal among others. The cause appears to be a sweeping outage of ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Macs End Up Costing 3 Times Less Than Windows PCs Because of Fewer Tech Support Expense, Says IBM's IT Guy
An anonymous reader shares a report on Yahoo (edited): Last year, Fletcher Previn became a cult figure of sorts in the world of enterprise IT. As IBM's VP of Workplace as a Service, Previn is the guy ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot 'Most Serious' Linux Privilege-Escalation Bug Ever Is Under Active Exploit
Reader operator_error shares an ArsTechnica report: A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years in virtually all versions of the Linux operating system is under active exploit, accord...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Several Sites Including Twitter, Spotify, PayPal, SoundCloud Suffering Outage -- Dyn DNS Under DDoS Attack [Update]
Several popular websites and services are down right now for many users. The affected sites include Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, and PayPal among others. The cause appears to be a sweeping outage of ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Considers Buying Time Warner
In what would likely be one of the largest telecommunications takeovers in American history, Bloomberg is reporting that ATT has discussed the idea of a possible merger or other partnership with Time ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot 'Adding a Phone Number To Your Google Account Can Make it Less Secure'
You may think that adding a backup phone number to your account will make it prone to hack, but that is not always the case. Vijay Pandurangan, EIR at Benchmark (and formerly with Eng Site Lead at Twi...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot HackerOne CEO: Every Computer System is Subject To Vulnerabilities
An anonymous reader writes: Every computer system in the world is vulnerable to hackers and criminals, according to Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne. That's nothing new with major data breaches at Yaho...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Shares Hit All-Time High As Company Strengthens Its Cloud Grip
Marco della Cava, reporting for USA Today: Microsoft shares surged 5% in early trading Friday, and passed a high set in 1999, helped by enthusiasm for progress in its cloud business. The stock was at ...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Bans Animated Breast Cancer Awareness Video Showing Circle-Shaped Breasts
Last month, Facebook deleted a historic Vietnam war photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, claiming it violated Facebook's restrictions on nudity. Now it appears that the company has removed a...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Several Sites Including Twitter, Spotify, PayPal, SoundCloud Suffering Outage -- Dyn DNS Under DDoS Attack
Several popular websites and services are down right now for many users. The affected sites include Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, and PayPal among others. The cause appears to be a sweeping outage of ...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Nurses In Australia Face Punishment For Promoting Anti-Vaccination Messages Via Social Media
HughPickens.com writes: Medical Express reports that nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination messages in Australia could face punishment including being slapped with a caution and having their ...
08:00 am - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Thinks Space Can Be the New Internet
Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said space is essentially a new internet, as it is the next frontier that needs new infrastructure to...
04:00 am - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot iPhone 7 Plus Qualcomm LTE Modem Significantly Outperforms Intel LTE Modem, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: With the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple elected to use LTE modems from two different sources, Qualcomm and Intel. The A1778 and A1784 iPhone...
04:00 am - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot First New US Nuclear Reactor In 20 Years Goes Live
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: The Tennessee Valley Authority is celebrating an event 43 years in the making: the completion of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. In 1973, the TVA, one of the...
02:00 am - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Mark Cerny, Chief PlayStation Architect, Explains the PS4 Pro
Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, which launches next month on November 10th, is the company's most powerful console that will be capable of outputting 4K and HDR content, including movies, TV shows and games...
02:00 am - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Target Passes Walmart As Top US Corporate Installer of Solar Power
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Target is the top corporate installer of solar power in the USA with 147MW installed on 300 stores. Walmart is close behind with 140MW, while Ikea ha...
02:00 am - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Higher-End Smartphones Make You Happier, Says JD Power Study
A new J.D. Power study published Thursday found that users who pay more for their smartphones report higher satisfaction than those who pay less for their smartphones. The study also found that among ...
12:00 am - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot US Army 'Will Have More Robot Soldiers Than Humans' By 2025, Says Former British Spy
John Bassett, a British spy who worked for the agency GCHQ for nearly two decades, has told Daily Express that the U.S. was considering plans to employ thousands of robots by 2025. At a meeting with p...
12:00 am - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot Hotspot Vigilantes Are Trying to Beam the Internet To Julian Assange
Ecuadorian government said earlier this week that it did cut off Julian Assange's internet connection. They noted that Assange's continued interference in the U.S. election campaign was the reason why...
12:00 am - Fri, October 21, 2016
Slashdot KickassTorrents Lawyer: 'Torrent Sites Do Not Violate Criminal Copyright Laws'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Lawyers representing Artem Vaulin have filed their formal legal response to prosecutors' allegations of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright i...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Prosecutors Say Contractor Stole 50 Terabytes of NSA Data
An NSA contractor siphoned off dozens of hard drives' worth of data from government computers over two decades, prosecutors will allege on Friday. From a ZDNet report: The contractor, Harold T. Martin...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Television Needs To Be Reinvented, Says Apple SVP
Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Service at Apple, isn't happy with the current state of how people watch TV. He said we currently live with a "glorified VCR," the interface of...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot How Hackers Broke Into John Podesta and Colin Powell's Gmail Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On March 19 of this year, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta received an alarming email that appeared to come from Google. The email...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot All the Good Netflix Movies Are in Canada and Brazil
Netflix's movie library has declined over the last two years when cross referenced with IMDB's 250 movies list. Earlier this month, we learned that if you were in the United States, Netflix only had 3...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Blockchain Platform Developed by Banks To Be Open-Source
A blockchain platform developed by a group that includes more than 70 of the world's biggest financial institutions is making its code publicly available, in what could become the industry standard fo...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk: Negative Media Coverage of Autonomous Vehicles Could be 'Killing people'
On the sidelines of the Tesla announcements, CEO Elon Musk accused media of "killing people" by dissuading consumers from using an autonomous vehicle. Musk said that media is aggressively reporting on...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot China Overtakes the US in iOS App Store Revenue
Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch: China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the largest market in the world for App Store revenue, according to a new report out this morning from app intelligence ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot India's Biggest ATM Breach? 3.2 Million Debit Cards Across 19 Banks May Have Been Compromised
A total of 32 lakh (3.2 million) debit cards across 19 banks could have been compromised on account of a purported fraud, the National Payment Corporation of India said in a statement. BloombergQuint ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Bans Customers From Using Autonomous Cars To Earn Money Ride-Sharing
Late Wednesday, Tesla announced the Model X and Model S electric vehicles, boasting that they will come with the necessary hardware to drive completely autonomously at some point in the future. Natura...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Schiaparelli Mars Probe's Parachute 'Jettisoned Too Early', Whereabouts Still Unknown
An anonymous reader writes: Europe's Schiaparelli lander did not behave as expected as it headed down to the surface of Mars on Wednesday. Telemetry data recovered from the probe during its descent in...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Unveils 'Switch', Its New Gaming Console and Tablet Hybrid
And finally, we know what's Nintendo's next gaming console will look like. The company today released a "preview trailer" of the Nintendo Switch, or "Project NX" as we liked to call it before today. E...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Wants To Know If FBI Ordered Yahoo To Scan Emails
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: In an odd twist to an already odd story, Yahoo officials have asked the Director of National Intelligence to confirm whether the federal government ordered the company to s...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Forced YouTube To Pull GTA 5 Mod Video Because It Showed Galaxy Note 7 As Bomb
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Redmond Pie: The Galaxy Note 7 wasn't just recalled, it was cancelled. For good. And that makes Samsung very cranky indeed. So when YouTube user HitmanNiko cre...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Stanford Researchers Release Virtual-Reality Simulation That Transports Users To Ocean of the Future
Tekla Perry writes: Stanford's Jeremy Bailenson and his Virtual Human Interaction Lab have for more than a decade been testing whether experiences from virtual reality can change real-world behavior. ...
08:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot 32GB iPhone 7 Has 8 Times Slower Storage Performance Than 128GB Model
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: Apple isn't telling you everything about its phones. Few weeks back, GSMArena reported that the 32GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus had significantly slower...
06:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo NX Will Be Officially Revealed Tomorrow
An anonymous reader quotes a report from GameSpot: Nintendo confirmed this evening that it will broadcast new details about the company's next big console on Thursday, October 20 at 7am PT | 10am ET. ...
04:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Hillary Clinton's Campaign Creates Way To Make Money From Donald Trump's Tweets
Hillary Clinton's campaign has created a new fundraising tool called Troll Trump that lets supporters sign up to automatically donate money to the campaign when Donald Trump tweets. Adweek reports: Th...
04:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Bypass ASLR Protection On Intel Haswell CPUs
An anonymous reader writes: "A team of scientists from two U.S. universities has devised a method of bypassing ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) protection by taking advantage of the BTB (Bran...
02:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Czechs Arrest Russian Hacker Wanted By FBI
Bookworm09 quotes a report from New York Times (paywalled, alternate source): A man identified as a Russian hacker suspected of pursuing targets in the United States has been arrested in the Czech Rep...
02:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot All Tesla Vehicles Being Produced Now Have Full Self-Driving Hardware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Jalopnik: All current Tesla models that will be produced in its Fremont, California factory will come with self-driving hardware built-in capable of Level 5 au...
02:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot BBC Micro Bit Mini-Computer To Expand Internationally With New Hardware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: The Micro Bit mini-computer is to be sold across the world and enthusiasts are to be offered blueprints showing how to build their own versions. The annou...
12:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot OMGUbuntu: 'Why Use Linux?' Answered in 3 Short Words
Linux-focused blog OMGUbuntu's Joey-Elijah Sneddon shared a post today in which he is trying to explain why people should Linux. He stumbled upon the question when he typed "Why use" and Google sugges...
12:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Google To Launch Streaming TV Service In Early 2017
It looks like the internet search giant is expected to beat Apple to the punch by releasing its streaming TV service early next year. The Wall Street Journal notes that CBS has agreed to bring content...
12:00 am - Thu, October 20, 2016
Slashdot Donald Trump Running Insecure Email Servers
Donald Trump has slammed Hillary Clinton for using private email servers numerous times, but it turns out his inboxes aren't that secure either. From a report on The Register: Security researcher Kevi...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Apple Announces a Mac Event On October 27, Says 'Hello Again'
Apple announced on Wednesday that it will be holding an event on October 27. The tagline of the invite is, "hello again." This suggests that the rumors are true and that the company will indeed announ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Apple Rumored To Remove Old-School USB Ports On Next MacBook Pro
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: First the headphone jack, now the USB port? Rumor has it that Apple may get rid of the USB 3.0 port and the Magsafe port (where the charger plugs ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Defends Peter Thiel's Trump Ties In Internal Memo
Soon after it was announced that Project Include, a community for building meaningful, enduring diversity and inclusion into tech companies, would no longer work with Y Combinator startups, Facebook C...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn Promises To Bring Order and Meaning To Your Useless Endorsements
Oliver Staley, reporting for Quartz: LinkedIn's endorsement feature has never felt like the most trustworthy of sources. Rather than a panel of star witnesses who can honestly vouch for you, it more o...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Your Dynamic IP Address Is Now Protected Personal Data Under EU Law
Europe's top court has ruled that dynamic IP addresses can constitute "personal data," just like static IP addresses, affording them some protection under EU law against being collected and stored by ...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot LeEco Who? Chinese Tech Giant Tries Its Luck In the US With 'More Products Than You've Ever Seen'
LeEco is often called the Netflix of China. Which is funny for two reasons: LeEco is bigger than Netflix, and it has been around for longer than the American on-demand movies and TV shows streaming se...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot RIP, David Bunnell, Founder of More Major Computer Magazines Than Anyone
Reader harrymcc writes: David Bunnell has passed away. He stumbled into a job at PC pioneer MITS in the 1970s and went on to create the first PC magazine and first PC conference -- and, later on, PC M...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile Fined $48 Million By FCC For Mischaracterizing 'Unlimited' Plan and Throttling Users' Data
T-Mobile will have to pay $48 million in fines after reaching a settlement with the FCC over the way it promoted its unlimited data plans. T-Mobile's unlimited data plans don't charge you for going ov...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot ESA Lander's Signal Cut Out Just Before It Was Supposed To Land on Mars
An anonymous reader shares an ArsTechnica report: On Wednesday, the European Space Agency sought to become the second entity to successfully land a spacecraft on Mars with its Schiaparelli lander. And...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Traditional Keyboard Sounds Can be Decoded By Listening Over a VoIP Connection, Researchers Say
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers have known for a long time that acoustic signals from keyboards can be intercepted and used to spy on users, but those attacks rely on grabbing the electronic e...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot DNA Testing For Jobs May Be On Its Way, Warns Gartner
Reader dcblogs writes: It is illegal today to use DNA testing for employment, but as science advances its understanding of genes that correlate to certain desirable traits -- such as leadership and in...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Spanish Police Arrest Their First Ever eBook Pirate
An anonymous reader writes: Spain's Ministry of the Interior has announced the first ever arrest of an eBook pirate. The suspect is said to have uploaded more than 11,000 literary works online, many o...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Japan's Manga-Ready Kindle Has 8 Times the Storage
Amazon Japan has an unusual challenge with the Kindle: it not only has to cater to your typical bookworm, but to a local fondness for image-heavy (and thus storage-intensive) manga books. What it's go...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Ecuador Acknowledges Limiting Julian Assange's Web Access
Alexandra Valencia, reporting for Reuters: Ecuador's government acknowledged on Tuesday it had partly restricted internet access for Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks who has...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Tried to Bribe Chinese Man To Keep Exploding Phone Video Private
An anonymous reader writes: When a Galaxy Note 7 caught fire in China, its owner started filming the damage. That's to be expected. What was less expected was how Samsung reacted to news that one of i...
08:00 am - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Chrome For Android Gets Its Own Canary Channel
Google is bringing bleeding-edge Canary channel for Chrome to Android. Through Canary channel, the company introduces early versions of Chrome upgrades to the early adopter and developers, and seeks f...
04:00 am - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Why Your Devices Are Probably Eroding Your Productivity
University of California, San Francisco neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and California State University, Dominguez Hills professor emeritus Larry Rosen explain in their book "The Distracted Mind: Ancient...
02:00 am - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot 'Cultlike' Devotion: Apple Once Refused To Join Open Compute Project, So Their Entire Networking Team Quit
mattydread23 writes: Great story about the Open Compute Project from Business Insider's Julie Bort here, including this fun tidbit: "'OCP has a cultlike following,' one person with knowledge of the si...
12:00 am - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Exploding Galaxy Note 7
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 troubles are continuing -- the company was just hit with a class action lawsuit in New Jersey focused on recovering cell p...
12:00 am - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Patriots Coach Bill Belichick on Microsoft Surface: 'I Just Can't Take It Anymore'
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is not happy with the Surface tablet provided to him via a deal between Microsoft and the NFL. Not only has he physically thrown the tablets at things, b...
12:00 am - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot Report: Apple To Unveil New Macs At An October 27th Event In Cupertino
According to Recode's sources, Apple's updated Macs will be unveiled at an event in Cupertino on October 27th. Recode reports: The move had been long expected, given that the company released MacOS Si...
12:00 am - Wed, October 19, 2016
Slashdot CIA-Backed Surveillance Tool 'Geofeedia' Was Marketed To Public Schools
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Dot: An online surveillance tool that enabled hundreds of U.S. law enforcement agencies to track and collect information on social media users was al...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Clinton Campaign Considered Bill Gates, Tim Cook For Vice President
WikiLeaks has been releasing thousands of emails over the past couple of weeks belonging to Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta. One of the more interesting tidbits revealed from the email d...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Half of American Adults Are In a Face-Recognition Database
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Half of American adults are in a face-recognition database, according to a Georgetown University study released Wednesday. That means there's abo...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Plaintiffs From Seven States Sue Comcast For Misleading, Hidden Fees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: Back in 2013 Comcast began charging customers what it called the "Broadcast TV Fee." The fee, which began at $1.25 per month, has jumped to $6.50 (...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Claims Its Speech Transcription AI is Now Better Than Human Professionals
Microsoft announced today a system that can transcribe the content of a phone call with "the same or fewer errors" than real actual human professionals trained in transcription -- even when the human ...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Apple is 'Intransigent, Closed and Controlling' Say Banks
Apple is increasingly trying to get banks to implement its Apple Pay mobile payments solutions, but some banks are avoiding Cupertino giant's offer, saying that the company is "closed and controlling"...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot CO2 To Ethanol In One Step With Cheap Catalyst
Reader networkBoy writes: Boffins at ORNL (Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory) have discovered a simple and cheap catalyst that can take CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) dissolved in solution wi...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Windows is the Most Open Platform There is, Says Satya Nadella
On Tuesday in a conversation with Gartner analysts, Satya Nadella talked about the future of AI, the cloud, Windows, and what his company plans to do with LinkedIn. But the most notable remark from Na...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Netflix's Big Bet on Original Shows Finally Seen Paying Off
Netflix shares jumped as much as 20 percent on Tuesday, after the company added 50 percent more subscribers than expected in the third quarter. Reuters adds: At least 10 brokerages, including Goldman ...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Samsung is Setting Up Note 7 Exchange Booths at Airports Around the World
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung is setting up Galaxy Note 7 exchange booths in airports around the world, hoping to stop customers taking the dangerous device onto flights at the last minute. The ...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Millimeter-wave 5G Modem Coming Mid-2018 With 5Gbps Peak Download
Qualcomm is promising to launch its first 5G modem in 2018, even though basic standards for 5G have yet to be established, nor even which part of the radio spectrum it will use. From an ArsTechnica re...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Say Hello To Branded Internet Addresses
On September 29, Google published a new blog which uses .google domain rather the standard .com. It seems the company may have inspired other companies to tout their brand names in the digital realm a...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Americans Work 25% More Than Europeans, Study Finds
Americans are addicted to their jobs. U.S. workers not only put in more hours than workers do almost anywhere else. They're also increasingly retiring later and taking fewer vacation days, reports Blo...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot 1 In 2 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Owners To Switch To iPhone 7, Says Analyst
Branding Brand recently conducted a post-recall study asking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users which smartphones they would consider upgrading to. While 40 percent of them said they are ready to jump ship t...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Venus May Have Been the First Habitable Planet In Our Solar System, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Venus is often referred to as Earth's evil twin, but conditions on the planet were not always so hellish, according to research that suggests it ...
08:00 am - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Orbital ATK Returns To Flight With Successful Antares Launch To Space Station
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The Orbital ATK Antares rocket -- the same rocket that exploded on its way to the International Space Station two years ago -- returned to flight t...
04:00 am - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Project Include Drops Y Combinator As Peter Thiel Pledges $1.25 Million To Trump
Peter Thiel's support for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has given Silicon Valley a headache. This past weekend, Thiel donated $1.25 million to his campaign, which is driving away...
04:00 am - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Anti-Defamation League and Pepe the Frog's Creator Are Teaming Up To Save Pepe From Hate-Symbol Status
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: Matt Furie, the creator of the widely known "Pepe the Frog" meme, is joining forces with the Anti-Defamation League to reclaim the symbol fro...
02:00 am - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot It's Entirely Reasonable For Police To Swipe a Suspicious Gift Card, Says Court
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: A U.S. federal appeals court has found that law enforcement can, without a warrant, swipe credit cards and gift cards to reveal the information encoded on the ...
02:00 am - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot The Linux Foundation Helps Launch the JS Foundation
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Today, the Linux Foundation announced the creation of a new entity named the JS Foundation that will serve as an umbrella project and guiding fo...
02:00 am - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Razer Acquires THX, the Audio Pioneer That George Lucas Started
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Most of us know THX as the logo that comes up when we hear that zooming sound at the start of a film in a surround-sound movie theater. The compan...
12:00 am - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Steal Credit Card Data From Visitors of US Senate GOP Committee Website
pdclarry writes: While all of the recent news has been about hacking the Democratic National Committee, apparently the Republicans have also been hacked over many months (since March 2016). This was n...
12:00 am - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Tomorrow's Wars Will Be Livestreamed
Something unique and (in some way) unprecedented happened earlier today. The start of the invasion of Mosul, a city held by ISIS in Iraq, was live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and thousands of pe...
12:00 am - Tue, October 18, 2016
Slashdot Ethiopia's State of Emergency Makes Posting To Facebook a Crime
Due to anti-government protests occurring in the country, Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency that, among other things, makes it a crime to post updates on Facebook about the current status of ...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Announces 10nm SoC In Mass-Production
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AnandTech: Today Samsung announced mass production of a SoC built on its third-generation 10nm "10LPE" manufacturing node. It was only this January that Samsun...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks: Ecuador Cut Off Assange's Internet Access
Following a report from WikiLeaks claiming that its co-founder's internet service was intentionally cut off by a state actor, the anti-secrecy organization released a statement confirming the state ac...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do We Need To Plan For a Future Without Jobs And Should We Resort To Universal Basic Income?
Andy Stern (former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which today represents close to 2 million workers in the United States and Canada) has spent his career organizing wor...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot UK Police Begins Deployment of 22,000 Police Body Cameras
An anonymous reader writes: London's Metropolitan Police Service has begun a roll-out of 22,000 Body Worn Video (BWV) cameras to officers over the city's 32 boroughs after ten years of country-wide tr...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Russia Today: NatWest To Close Russian Channel's UK Bank Accounts
According to the editor-in-chief of state-run broadcaster Russia Today (RT), NatWest bank froze its account. Margarita Simonyan said, "They've closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. 'The de...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot FTC Says It May Be Unable To Regulate Comcast, Google, and Verizon
The Federal Trade Commission is worried that it may no longer be able to regulate companies such as Comcast, Google, and Verizon unless a recent court ruling is overturned, ArsTechnica reports. From t...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Apple and Other Tech Companies Have Registered Their IP in Jamaica, Tonga, and Elsewhere For Years
Apple's product launches are notoriously secretive, but the Cupertino, California tech giant is sure to do one thing ahead of a big reveal: file trademark paperwork in Jamaica. From a Quartz report: I...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot UK Security Agencies Unlawfully Collected Data For 17 Years, Court Rules
British security agencies have secretly and unlawfully collected massive volumes of confidential personal data, including financial information, on citizens for more than a decade, top judges have rul...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Google's AI Can Now Learn From Its Own Memory Independently
The DeepMind artificial intelligence (AI) being developed by Google's parent company, Alphabet, can now intelligently build on what's already inside its memory, the system's programmers have announced...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Journalists Face Jail Time After Reporting on North Dakota Pipeline Protest
Investigative reporter and co-founder of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman, is now facing riot charges in the state of North Dakota after her report on a Native American-led pipeline protest there went vira...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot More Unblocking Companies Give Up Their Fight Against Netflix
Earlier this year, Netflix announced it was going to block the VPN services that were circumventing the streaming service's geoblocking technology, and it seems in the months since many of the top VPN...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot London Insists on English Requirement For Private Hire Drivers
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: London's transport bosses said on Monday that all drivers of private hire vehicles must speak, listen to, read and write English to a set level, intensifyi...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Assange Internet Link Cut By State Actor, Claims Wikileaks
An anonymous reader shares a report by RussianToday: WikiLeaks has activated "contingency plans" after its co-founder's internet service was intentionally cut off by a state actor, the media organizat...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot More Performers Are Demanding Audiences Lock Up Their Phones
More performers -- and other venues -- are discovering a new anti-piracy technology called Yondr -- including comedian Dave Chappelle. Slashdot reader HughPickens.com quotes the New York Times:Fans ar...
08:00 am - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Showcases Twitch With a Massive Free Videogame
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:"Amazon.com's first big-budget video game is like street basketball, except played in a mythological world where athletes are armed," reports the Los Angeles Times,...
04:00 am - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Report: Russian Hackers Phished The DNC And Clinton Campaign Using Fake Gmail Forms
Citing a report from SecureWorks, BuzzFeed is reporting that Russian hackers "used emails disguised to look as Gmail security updates to hack into the computers of the Democratic National Committee an...
02:00 am - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot China Just Launched Two Astronauts Into Orbit
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the BBC: China has launched two men into orbit in a project designed to develop its ability to explore space. The astronauts took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Lau...
12:00 am - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Cyber Attackers Have Successfully Hit A Nuclear Power Plant And A Lab
Slashdot reader zootsewt1 quotes a rundown by Security Taco of two unrelated breaches at nuclear-related facilities that were recently disclosed -- one "disruptive" and the other involving the remote ...
12:00 am - Mon, October 17, 2016
Slashdot Google's Go Language Surges In Popularity
2016 saw a big spike in the popularity of Go, attributed to the rising importance of Docker and Kubernetes. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes InfoWorld:Ranked 65th a year ago in the Tiobe Index of l...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot There's Bugs In The Windows 10 Implementation of Bash
First-time submitter Big O Notation shares "an honest review about the new Ubuntu Bash" that shipped with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. While it's still officially beta, most of the commands work...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot More Lithium Battery Product Recalls Predicted
While "the vast majority" of lithium-ion batteries will never malfunction, lithium itself "is highly combustible and batteries made with it are subject to 'thermal runaway'," which can be triggered by...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot Will The iPhone 8 Include Augmented Reality?
Earlier this month Mashable wrote "it's now even more obvious what [Apple] is working to bring to the masses, and it's probably not, as some rumors have indicated, virtual reality." They cited CEO Tim...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot Germany Tells Tesla To Not Advertise Autopilot Feature, Fears Drivers Will Become Less Attentive
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has asked Tesla to stop advertising its electric vehicles as having an Autopilot function, as this might suggest drivers' attention is not needed, his mini...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot Firefox Users Reach HTTPS Encryption Milestone
For the first time ever, secure HTTPS encryption was used for over half the pageloads served to Mozilla users, representing a big milestone for encryption. TechCrunch reports on the telemetry data twe...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot Accused British 'Flash Crash' Stock Trader To Be Extradited To The US
Slashdot reader whoever57 writes: Navinder Sarao has lost his appeal and is set to be extradited to the USA, where he faces charges with a possible maximum sentence of 380 years. He is accused of caus...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Obsolete iPhone 4 and Late 2010 MacBook Air On October 31
Apple will make all iPhone 4 models, the late 2010 13-inch MacBook Air, third-generation AirPort Extreme, and mid-2009 AirPort Time Capsule obsolete come October 31, MacRumor claims, citing a differen...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot When Mercedes-Benz Starts Selling Self-Driving Cars, It Will Prioritize Driver's Safety Over Pedestrian's
From a report on Inverse: When Mercedes-Benz starts selling self-driving cars, it will choose to prioritize driver safety over pedestrians', a company manager has confirmed. The ethical conundrum of h...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot Greenland Is Very Mad About the Toxic Waste the US Left Buried Under Its Ice
Kate Lunau, reporting Motherboard:Greenland isn't happy about being treated as a dumping ground for abandoned US military bases established at the height of the Cold War -- and in a newspaper editoria...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot 5-Year-Old Hosting Service AllMyVideos, No Longer Profitable, To Shut Down
Founder five years ago, AllMyVideos.net is one of the most popular video hosting services out there, but it will be shutting store this month. Though millions of users visit the website every month, t...
10:00 am - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Plan To Put Juno Closer To Jupiter Delayed
An anonymous reader shares an IANS report: Mission managers for the Juno probe to Jupiter have decided to delay the upcoming burn of its main rocket motor -- designed to put the spacecraft closer to t...
08:00 am - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot No One Wants To Buy Twitter
At one point, it seemed that many were interested in purchasing the micro-blogging social platform (which now calls itself a news service) Twitter, but its fate is quickly drying up. Salesforce (which...
06:00 am - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot Transcripts of Clinton's Wall Street Talks Released in New Wikileaks Dump
Emily Stephenson and Luciana Lopez, reporting for Reuters: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's full remarks to several Wall Street audiences appeared to become public on Saturday ...
04:00 am - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot China Has Now Eclipsed The US in AI Research
Earlier this week, the Obama administration discussed a new strategic plan aimed at fostering the development of AI-centered technologies in the United States. What's striking about it is, the Washing...
02:00 am - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot CIA Prepping For Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia
Slashdot reader schwit1 reports that the Obama administration "is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American pres...
12:00 am - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot Maths Becomes Biology's Magic Number
In the middle of a discussion about the pros and cons of statins, Sir Rory Collins, the head of clinical trials at Oxford University, noted that If you want a career in medicine these days you're bett...
12:00 am - Sun, October 16, 2016
Slashdot Uber's Ad-Toting Drones Are Heckling Drivers Stuck in Traffic
Drivers stuck in traffic in Mexico city are lately seeing a fleet of sign-toting drones buzzing at them, saying (in Spanish) "Driving by yourself? This is why you can never see the volcanoes." (It's a...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Instacart Reverses Course After Backlash From Shoppers Over Plans To Eliminate Tips
Instacart says it is adjusting planned changes to its pay structure for full-service shoppers. The change of heart comes after independent contractors threatened to boycott the grocery delivery startu...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Silicon Valley Big Data Startup Palantir Responds To Labor Department's Discrimination Lawsuit
Silicon Valley's big data startup Palantir, founded by tech billionaire Peter Thiel, has filed a response to the Department of Labor after the agency sued the company for discriminating against Asian ...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot The White House Open Sources President Obama's Facebook Messenger Bot To 'Bring the Gov't To You'
The White House has open sourced the code for President Obama's Facebook Messenger bot in a hope that this will help other governments and developers build similar services. These services will ideall...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot The Slashdot Interview With Security Expert Mikko Hypponen: 'Backupception'
You asked, he answered! Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at security firm F-Secure, has answered a range of your questions. Read on to find his insight on the kind of security awareness training...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot EFF Co-Founder Announces Benefit Concert to Pay His Medical Bills
An anoymous Slashdot reader reports:"I was dead for about 8 mins. on Wed. eve," EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow posted last year on Facebook. "total cardiac arrest...sad to report, no Ascending Light...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Proud Cyborg Athletes Compete In The World's First Cybathlon
IEEE Spectrum reports: Last Saturday, in a sold-out stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, the world's first cyborg Olympics showed the world a new science-fiction version of sports. At the Cybathlon, people...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot California City Converts Its Street Lights Into A High-Speed IoT Backbone
Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford describes how the city of Santa Monica installed its own high-speed IoT backbone on its street lights and traffic signals -- and why it's important.Neutral "micro"...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Scientific Breakthrough Increases Plant Yields By One Third
Slashdot reader schwit1 writes, "Plant scientists have found a way to encourage plants to better use atmospheric nitrogen, thus increasing yields by more than one third. The technique not only produce...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Google Reveals It Received Secret FBI Subpoena
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Google revealed Wednesday it had been released from an FBI gag order that came with a secret demand for its customers' personal information. The...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Is 12x As Popular As Its Streaming Competitors Among Younger Viewers, Says Survey
Investment bank Piper Jaffray released a survey Friday that reveals just how much U.S. teens love Netflix. Out of the 10,000 U.S. teens surveyed, 37% of them watched Netflix every single day, while on...
08:00 am - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot NASA Has No Plans To Buy More Soyuz Seats
schwit1 writes: Both Boeing and SpaceX better get their manned capsules working by 2019, because NASA at this point has no plans to buy more seats on Russian Soyuz capsules after the present contract ...
04:00 am - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Smartphones Are 'Contaminating' Family Life, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets can be distracting from child-rearing, upending family routines and fueling stress in the home, a small, ...
04:00 am - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Non-Cable Internet Providers Offer Faster Speeds To the Wealthy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When non-cable Internet providers -- outlets like ATT or Verizon -- choose which communities to offer the fastest connections, they don't juice u...
02:00 am - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Top Democrats Request FBI Investigation of Trump Campaign Ties To Russia Over Hacking
As the Trump campaign refuses to point blame at Russia for the DNC hacks, top democrats on four House committees are questioning possible connections between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and R...
02:00 am - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Is Now Selling Unlimited Data In 30-Minute Increments
Verizon has unveiled a new pay-as-you-go unlimited mobile data offering yesterday called PopData that has some significant strings attached. The option charges you $2 for 30 minutes or $3 for 60 minut...
02:00 am - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Hit 6,000 Sites On Active 18-Month Carding Spree
mask.of.sanity writes from a report via The Register: Hackers have installed skimming scripts on more than 6,000 online stores and are adding 85 each day in a wide-scale active operation that may have...
12:00 am - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Android Trojan Asks Victims To Submit a Selfie Holding Their ID Card
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Untrained and gullible Android users are now the target of an Android banking trojan that asks them to send a selfie holding their ID card. The ...
12:00 am - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Shadow Warrior 2 Developers Say DRM Is a Waste of Time
zarmanto writes: Ars Technica reports that one particular game studio might finally get it, when it comes to DRM'ed game content. They're publishing their latest game, Shadow Warrior 2, with no DRM pr...
12:00 am - Sat, October 15, 2016
Slashdot Billionaire Tech Investors Support Divisive Plan To Ban San Francisco's Homeless Camps
An anonymous reader shares a USA Today report: The images are startling: Homeless men, women and children huddled on the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area -- often in the shadows of start-ups and ...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot US Issues Emergency Ban On Flying With Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Offenders May Face Criminal Prosecution
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone will be banned from aircraft in the United States starting at noon EDT (1600 GMT) under an emergency order, regulators said on Friday. Among other penalties, those who...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Redesigned London Store Has Untethered iPhones
Apple is putting a lot of faith into its customers' hands. The company is stopping the practice of tethering iPhones to demo desks. (It's a common practice, and pretty much everyone does it for their ...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Dodges Questions On Hacking, Verizon Deal By Canceling Earnings Call
Verizon has been growing wary of their pending $4.83 billion acquisition deal of Yahoo ever since the technology company revealed a massive data breach affecting at least 500 million of its users. Tod...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot In Samsung's Town in Vietnam, Workers Confident of Riding Out Note 7 Storm
As Samsung Electronics struggles to salvage its reputation after the safety problems that have beset its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the South Korean company can at least bank on an army of Vie...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot 2016 Has Been an Ugly Year For Tech Layoffs, and It's Going To Get Worse, Says Analyst
IEEE Spectrum writer Tekla Perry writes: Early this year, analyst Trip Chowdhry from Global Equities Research predicted that the tech world was going to see big layoffs in 2016 -- some 330,000 in all ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Russia Builds Microwave Weapon To Take Down Enemy Drones
An anonymous reader writes: The Russian government is backing a military research project to develop a powerful microwave-based weapon designed to take out unmanned enemy drones from up to half a mile...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Explains Why It Recently Disable Automatic Forwarding On Yahoo Mail; Reinstates the Feature
Earlier this month, Yahoo disabled the auto-forwarding feature from its Yahoo Mail email service, leaving people with little choice but to use Yahoo Mail client to check the emails their received on t...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot It's Time For Laptop Companies To Switch To Precision Touchpad
A new Windows 10 insider build (version 14946) comes with a new interface for configuring touchpad gestures. In the recent months, Microsoft has also improved the detection of two-finger gestures and ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Images Show Further Damage To Great Barrier Reef, But Scientists Assure It's Not Dead
New images of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living thing on Earth, are alarming and show the extent of the damage climate change has caused to the coral. But it's not dead yet, scientists have a...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Google To Divide Its Index, Giving Mobile Users Better and Fresher Content
Desktop Google searches could soon feel slightly out of touch compared to those done via smartphones as the company begins to push mobile search. Google has said it is fully splitting its search index...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot OpenCAPI: Google and IBM Lead Tech Consortium To Speed Data Centre Performance
An anonymous reader writes: IBM is leading a prestigious consortium of tech players in the open development of a new framework that, the company says, can speed data centre performance by a factor of ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook On Virtual Reality: There's No Substitute For Human Contact
As major tech companies ramp up their efforts to develop new technologies to make sense of virtual and augmented reality spaces, one company is noticeably off the game. We're talking about Apple. And ...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot DHS Warns of Mirai Botnet Threat To Cellular Modems
chicksdaddy writes from a report via The Security Ledger: The Mirai malware that is behind massive denial of service attacks involving hundreds of thousands of "Internet of Things" devices may also af...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Now Lets You Use Google Cast or AirPlay To Stream Video On Your TV
Facebook has made it a high priority over the years to improve its video platform so that it can better compete with the monolithic video service that is YouTube. Today, the company has added another ...
10:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot KDE Turns 20, Happy Birthday!
prisoninmate writes from Softpedia: Can you believe it's been 20 years since the KDE (Kool Desktop Environment) was announced on the 14th of October, 1996, by project founder Matthias Ettrich? Well, i...
08:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Orders Government To Plan For 'Space Weather'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World: President Barack Obama today issued an Executive Order that defines what the nation's response should be to a catastrophic space weather event t...
04:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Google Creates AI Program That Uses Reasoning To Navigate the London Tube
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Google scientists have created a computer program that uses basic reasoning to learn to navigate the London Underground system by itself. Deep le...
02:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot HP Plans To Cut Up To 4,000 Jobs Over Next 3 Years Amid PC Slump
Yesterday, it was reported that the PC industry is on a two-year downslide as PC shipments have declined for eight consecution quarters. Today, HP announced it will cut between 3,000 and 4,000 jobs ov...
02:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Ken Bone May Have Violated FTC Guidelines With Uber Tweet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE News: In a lot of ways, unlikely presidential debate star Ken Bone is a marketer's dream. He is undecided on his political leanings (for now), inoffensive...
02:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Google News Introduces Fact Check Feature -- Just In Time For the US Election
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: Google today introduced a new feature that will tag and help find "fact checking in large news stories." Tagged articles will show up in the new ...
02:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Will Credit You $100 If You Exchange Your Note 7 For Another Samsung Phone
In an effort to presumably stop customers from jumping ship to the iPhone 7 or other non-Samsung device, Samsung is offering up to $100 in credit to every customer who exchanges their Note 7 for anoth...
12:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Believes Yahoo Email Hacking 'Material,' Could Affect Deal
In the aftermath of disclosure of a mega-breach at Yahoo which affects over 500 million users, Verizon may be looking at a way out of Yahoo's $4.83 billion acquisition deal. From a Reuters report: The...
12:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Evernote Confirms a Serious Bug Caused Data Loss For Some Mac Users
Evernote has sent an email to users warning of a serious bug "in some versions of Evernote for Mac that can cause images and other attachments to be deleted from a note under specific conditions." The...
12:00 am - Fri, October 14, 2016
Slashdot Android Devices That Contain Foxconn Firmware May Have a Secret Backdoor
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Some Android devices that contain firmware created by Foxconn may be vulnerable via a debugging feature left inside the bootloader, which acts a...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot The Universe Has 20 Times More Galaxies Than We Thought
A new study by a team of international astronomers has produced some astounding results: they concluded that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies -- as much as 20 times more than previ...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot You Can Now Claim Your Cash In the PS3 'Other PS3' Settlement
If you've purchased a "fat" PlayStation 3 before April of 2010, you can now claim up to $55 as part of the settlement over the removal of the console's "Other OS" feature. PS3 owners with proof of pur...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot 4Chan Hackers Claim To Have Remotely Wiped John Podesta's iPhone and iPad
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Gizmodo: For the past several days, WikiLeaks has been publishing thousands of emails belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta -- and the leaks ...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Beijing Said Facebook and Google Are Welcome Back To China as Long as They 'Respect China's Laws'
Will Facebook and Google come back to China? The Chinese government says they can, as long as they "respect China's laws." From a Quartz report: Yesterday at a press conference held in preparation for...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.10 Released, Ready to Download
After six months of development, Ubuntu 16.10, the latest stable release of the world's most popular desktop Linux distro, is now available to download. The ISO image file of Ubuntu 16.10 is a little ...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot GlobalSign Error Causes Widespread Internet Issues
An anonymous reader writes: GlobalSign, one of the root CAs globally, has 'inadvertently revoked its intermediary certificates while updating a special cross-certificate. This smashed the chain of tru...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Inventor of C Dennis Ritchie Honored With Second Death
An anonymous reader writes: Dennis Ritchie invented the "C" programming language, so a second round of honors comes as no surprise. Although five years ago he passed away, some confusion over a tweet ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Amazon To Hire 20% More Holiday Workers To Meet Growing Demand
Amazon.com is hiring 20 percent more seasonal workers this year, suggesting it anticipates a strong holiday season. Bloomberg reports: The e-commerce giant will add 120,000 seasonal positions, up from...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot RIAA Seizes Wrong MP3Skull Domain
Reader AmiMoJo writes: In its continued quest to keep the Internet piracy-free, the RIAA has seized the domain name of yet another MP3Skull site. However, it appears that their most recent target has ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot English Man Spends 11 Hours Trying To Make Cup of Tea With Wi-Fi Kettle
All data specialist Mark Rittman wanted was a cup of tea from his all new Wi-Fi kettle. Little did he know that the thing would take 11 hours for that. The issue, in the case of Rittman was, that the ...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Foreign Investors Sue Toshiba Over Accounting Scandal
A group of investors, mostly foreign institutions, are suing Toshiba in a Tokyo court for 16.7 billion yen ($162.3 million) in damages, over a $1.3 billion accounting scandal uncovered last year. Reut...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Soylent Halts Sale of Bars; Investigation Into Illnesses Continues
Beth Mole, reporting for ArsTechnica:Following online reports of customers becoming ill after eating Soylent's new snack bars, the company announced this afternoon that it has decided to halt all sale...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Dutch Net Neutrality Law Goes Too Far Say Critics
An anonymous reader writes: The Dutch Senate has passed the revised Net Neutrality Law as part of an amendment to the country's Telecommunications Act. The strict new law seeks to ensure that telcos a...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Chrome 54 Arrives With YouTube Flash Embed Rewriting To HTML5
Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 54 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This release is mainly focused on developers, but the improvements to how the browser handles Yo...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Apple MacBook Refresh Could Bring E-Ink Enabled Keyboard
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: Apparently Apple has been working on some unique upgrades to its MacBook line, and not just underneath the hood. One of the bigger feature upgrades could ...
08:00 am - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Unveil Plans For First Space Nation 'Asgardia,' Open Citizenship Applications
Scientists and legal experts have unveiled plans for the "first nation state in space." The state is called "Asgardia" after one of the mythical worlds inhabited by the Norse gods, and it will eventua...
04:00 am - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Doctors Perform Better Than Internet Or App-Based Symptoms Checkers, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: Increasingly powerful computers using ever-more sophisticated programs are challenging human supremacy in areas as diverse as playing chess and ...
02:00 am - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot ISIS Is Using Exploding Consumer Drones To Kill Enemy Fighters
According to The New York Times, the Islamic State is using small consumer drones rigged with explosions to fight Kurdish forces in Iraq. As a result, American commanders in Iraq have issued a warning...
02:00 am - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Patents Smart Billboard That Would Deliver Targeted Ads To Passersby or Motorists
An anonymous reader writes: Yahoo has filed a patent for advertising billboards outfitted with a wide array of sensors -- including drone-based cameras -- which would use facial and vehicle recognitio...
12:00 am - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Star Wars Production Company Fined Almost $2 Million For Harrison Ford's Injury
New submitter Shimbo writes: Foodles Production (UK) Ltd was fined 1.6 million British pounds (almost $2 million) at Aylesbury Crown Court today after pleading guilty to two charges under the Health a...
12:00 am - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Launches New 'Music Unlimited' Service, Starts At $4/Month For Use On Just One Echo
Speaking of giant ecommerce companies, Amazon has launched a streaming music service dubbed, Amazon Music Unlimited, that starts at $3.99 (cheaper than Spotify or Apple Music) and has tens of millions...
12:00 am - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Senator Wants Nationwide, All-Mail Voting To Counter Election Hacks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the wake of the Obama administration's announcement that the Russian government directed hacks on the Democratic National Committee and other ...
12:00 am - Thu, October 13, 2016
Slashdot Ford's Buggy Infotainment System Referred To By Engineers As 'Polished Turd' and 'Unsaleable'
Lucas123 writes: A class-action lawsuit against Ford and its MyFord Touch in-vehicle infotainment system -- originally based on a Microsoft platform -- has brought to light corporate documents that sh...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Now Only Has 31 Movies From IMDB's Top 250 List
According to Streaming Observer News, the quality and quantity of Netflix's movie library has declined over the last two years when cross-referenced with IMDB's Top 250 movies list. From the report: W...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Most Drivers Who Own Cars With Built-in GPS Systems Use Phones For Directions - Mostly Out of Frustration
According to a new survey, many new car owners use their phones for directions despite their cars coming with built-in navigation systems. These users do it out of frustration, the survey added. CNN a...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot China's Alibaba Has a New Payment System That Lets Virtual Reality Shoppers Pay By Nodding
If providing your credit card details (or a few clicks) is too much a hassle for you, China's Alibaba may have a solution. The company today demonstrated a payment service called VR Pay, that allows v...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot The Washington Post Tracked Facebook's Trending Topics For 3 Weeks, Found 5 Fake Stories and 3 Inaccurate Articles
An alarming number of people rely on social media, including and especially Facebook, for news. Over the past few months, we have seen how Facebook's Trending Topics feature is often biased, and moreo...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 Recall Is an Environmental Travesty
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Lost in the hype about Samsung permanently pulling the plug on its exploding phone is this: The failure of the Galaxy Note 7 is an environmental t...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Google and Facebook Are Building the Fastest Trans-Pacific Cable Yet
Google and Facebook are working together to lay a nearly 8,000-mile fiber-optic cable between Los Angeles and Hong Kong. The cable will have a bandwidth of 120 terabits per second, Google said, adding...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot AVTECH Shuns Security Firm and Leaves All Products Vulnerable Without a Patch
An anonymous reader writes: AVTECH, a Taiwanese CCTV equipment manufacturer, has failed to respond to Search-Lab, a Hungarian security firm, who spent more than a year trying to inform the company abo...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Most Businesses Haven't Inspected Cloud Services For Malware
Ian Barker, reporting for BetaNews: Echoing the findings we reported earlier that companies leave cloud protection to third-parties, a new study from cloud security company Netskope reveals most compa...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Verizon, AT&T Made $600 Million in Overage Fees Alone in 2016
A new study claims that Verizon and AT&T made $600 million alone in 2016 just on overage fees. And while both telcos unveiled new plans that let you avoid $15 per gigabyte overages in exchange for...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Wells Fargo Employee Informed the Bank of Fake Customer Accounts in 2006
Wells Fargo recently paid fines totaling $185 million for the creation of 2 million unauthorized accounts since 2011. But the international banking and financial institution could be committing this f...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot France Adds Source Code To List of Documents Covered by Freedom of Information Laws
An anonymous reader writes: French freedom of information law now treats source code as disclosable in the same way as other government records. The new "Digital Republic" law took effect Saturday, wi...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Outsourced IT Workers Ask Sen Feinstein For Help, Get Form Letter in Return
Reader dcblogs writes: A University of California IT employee whose job is being outsourced to India recently wrote Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for help. Feinstein's office sent back a letter add...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot White House: AI Holds the Potential To Be a Major Driver of Economic Growth and Social Progress
A day after the Obama administration outlined its vision and plans to send people to Mars by 2030s, it has now concluded the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on economic growth, transp...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Uber and Didi Face Regulatory Challenges Throughout China
hackingbear writes: Contrary to the central government's wish to boost employment from peer-to-peer economy, the Chinese cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing, who have invested big interest in tr...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Go Could Add 2.83 Million Years To Users' Lives, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: A new study from Microsoft Research found that the most interested Pokemon Go players took 26% more steps than before using the app. The largest beha...
08:00 am - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot NASA To Allow Private Companies To Hook Up Modules To ISS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Private space companies may soon get the opportunity to add their own habitat modules to the outside of the International Space Station. That's acco...
04:00 am - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Baby Boomers Don't Have a Stronger Work Ethic Than Later Generations, Says Study
A team of U.S. researchers from Wayne State University in Detroit have published research in Springer's Journal of Business and Psychology that dispels the popular belief that baby boomers have a grea...
02:00 am - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot PC Industry Is Now On a Two-Year Downslide
According to analyst firm Gartner, PC shipments have declined for eight consecutive quarters -- "the longest duration of decline in the history of the PC industry." The company found that worldwide PC...
02:00 am - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Ships Flameproof Boxes For Note 7 Returns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Samsung has been forced to cease production of its disastrous Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones because they keep catching fire, but it still has to addr...
02:00 am - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Viewers Only Watch 10% of Pay-TV Channels: Nielsen
Chances are if you have cable, satellite or telco-delivered TV service, you aren't watching all the channels in your package. Heck, you probably aren't even watching half of the channels you pay for. ...
12:00 am - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Court Rejects Massive Torrent Damages Claim, Admin Avoids Jail
A former torrent site operator has largely avoided the goals of an aggressive movie industry prosecution in Sweden. Against a backdrop of demands for years in prison and millions in damages, the 25-ye...
12:00 am - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Android 7.1 To Roll Out To Nexus Devices in December; Preview Goes Out This Month
Google said today it will roll out Android 7.1 to a range of Nexus devices -- including Nexus 6 -- later this year (December). A developer preview of Android 7.1 will be available to enthusiasts later...
12:00 am - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot Toyota Raises Concerns About California Self-Driving Oversight, Calls It 'Preposterous'
A Toyota official on Tuesday raised concerns about California's plans to require compliance with a planned U.S. autonomous vehicle safety check list, calling it "preposterous." Reuters reports:Hilary ...
12:00 am - Wed, October 12, 2016
Slashdot US Military Is Looking At Blockchain Technology To Secure Nuclear Weapons
Lasrick quotes a report from Quartz: Blockchain technology has been slow to gain adoption in non-financial contexts, but it could turn out to have invaluable military applications. DARPA, the storied ...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot How a Video Game About Sheep Exposes the FBI's Broken FOIA System
blottsie writes from a report via Daily Dot: Earlier this year, the FBI released a free, online video game featuring sheep in its attempts to fight terrorism recruitment efforts. The game is called Th...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Mobile VR Is 'Coasting On Novelty', Says John Carmack
John Carmack, chief technology officer at Oculus, says mobile VR is currently "coasting on novelty." Speaking during the Oculus Connect event, Carmack urged developers to "be harder" on themselves and...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot White House Vows 'Proportional' Response For Russian DNC Hack
After the Director of National Intelligence and Department of Homeland Security publicly blamed Russia for stealing and publishing archived emails from the Democratic National Committee on Friday, Whi...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Fined $2.3 Million by FCC For 'Negative Option Billing' Practices
An anonymous reader shares an ArsTechnica report:The FCC announced a $2.3 million fine against Comcast on Tuesday after confirming that the company had been billing customers for products and services...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot 'StrongPity' Malware Infects Users Through Legitimate WinRAR and TrueCrypt Installers
Kaspersky Labs has revealed a new strain of malware -- named 'StrongPity' which targets users looking for two popular applications - WinRaR and TrueCrypt. The malware contains components that not only...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Sprint To Provide 1 Million Students With Free Internet, Mobile Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Wireless carrier Sprint Corp on Tuesday pledged to provide 1 million U.S. high school students with free mobile devices and internet access as part of...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Eyes Its Own Convenience Stores In Addition To Drive-Up Grocery Sites
Amazon's next push into the grocery business could be convenience stores as well as curbside pickup locations, reports WSJ. The Seattle-based company aims to build small brick and mortar stores that w...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Research Promotes Equality In Machine Learning, Doesn't Mention Age
An anonymous reader writes: New research from Google Brain examines the problem of 'prejudice by inference' in supervised learning -- the syndrome by which 'fairness through unawareness' can fail; for...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Facebook, Instagram, Twitter Block Tool For Cops To Surveil You On Social Media
On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California announced that, after the organization obtained revealing documents through public records access requests, Facebook and Instagram h...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Second Hacker Group Targets SWIFT Users, Symantec Warns
A second hacking group has sought to rob banks using fraudulent SWIFT messages, cyber security firm Symantec said on Tuesday. The group is said to be using the same approach that resulted in $81 milli...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Barack Obama: America Will Take the Giant Leap To Mars, To Send People There by the 2030s
The United States President Barack Obama said Tuesday the country will send Americans to Mars by the 2030s and return them "safely to Earth." This is all part of a longer-term goal of making it possib...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Fedora 25 Beta Released With GNOME 3.22 and Linux Kernel 4.8.1
Reader prisoninmate writes: Fedora Project released of the Beta milestone of the upcoming Fedora 25 Linux operating system, due for release in mid-November. Powered by Linux kernel 4.8.1, the Fedora 2...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Nokia Crawls Towards Comeback With New Phones Announcement
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: The "new Nokia" appears going for volume rather than margins as it makes a comeback into phones. A new venture called HMD Global has licensed the r...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks Publishes Cryptic UFO Emails Sent To Clinton Campaign From Former Blink 182 Singer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The former lead singer of Blink 182, Tom DeLonge, has publicly admitted to his obsession with UFOs -- but that still doesn't explain why he was sendin...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Dozens of Suspicious Court Cases Aim At Getting Web Pages Taken Down Or Deindexed
schwit1 quotes a report written by Eugene Volokh via Washington Post: There are about 25 court cases throughout the country that have a suspicious profile: All involve allegedly self-represented plain...
10:00 am - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Permanently Discontinues Galaxy Note 7
After the replacement units of Galaxy Note 7 also started to catch fire, Samsung is now permanently discontinuing its latest flagship smartphone (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternate ...
08:00 am - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot 'Space Brain': Mars Explorers May Risk Neural Damage, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Astronauts making a years-long voyage to Mars may get bombarded with enough cosmic radiation to seriously damage their brains, researchers reported M...
04:00 am - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Climate Change Doubled the Size of Forest Fires In Western US, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TIME: Man-made climate change has doubled the total area burned by forest fires in the Western U.S. in the past three decades, according to new research. Damag...
02:00 am - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Orders the Global Shutdown of Both Sales and Exchanges of Galaxy Note 7
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BetaNews: Sigh. The Galaxy Note 7. What should have been a wildly popular and successful smartphone has become a synonymous with failure, and fodder for jokes....
02:00 am - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot UK Is Banning Apple Watch From Cabinet Meetings Over Russian Hacking Fears
Mickeycaskill quotes a report from TechWeekEurope UK: Ministers have been forbidden to wear the Apple Watch during cabinet meetings due to the risk they could be hacked by Russian agents, according to...
02:00 am - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Disables Automatic Email Forwarding Feature, Making It Difficult For Users To Leave
After it was revealed that Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence agencies, now's as good of time as any to leave Yahoo Mail. However, the company has made it more difficult to l...
12:00 am - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Hires Joke Writers From Pixar and The Onion To Make Assistant More Personable
One of the biggest announcements made at Google I/O earlier this year and at Google's hardware launch event this past week was Google Home, an always-listening wireless speaker that features the Googl...
12:00 am - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Launches 'Workplace' So You Can Use Facebook At Work For Work
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Facebook's business platform will get an official pricing structure and a new name, Workplace by Facebook, on Monday. The service, a Facebook-hos...
12:00 am - Tue, October 11, 2016
Slashdot Cyanogen Gets a New CEO, Shifts Away From Selling a Full Mobile Operating System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Cyanogen, a startup behind its own, alternative version of the Android operating system, now has a new CEO. In the wake of reports that the company...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Physically-Secure 'ORWL' Computer Expands Its Open Source Policy
Last month DESIGN Shift successfully crowdfunded their physically-secure (and open source) ORWL computer. But this week long-time Slashdot reader Dr. Crash raised concerns that "releasing only the equ...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks Posts 2,000 More Emails From John Podesta
WikiLeaks has released an additional 2,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta -- the second leak in four days. The first leak contained thousands of emails from Podesta, inc...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Talking 'Sofia' Robot Tells 60 Minutes That It's Sentient And Has A Soul
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes Motherboard:On his 60 Minutes report on artificial intelligence, Charlie Rose interviewed Sophia, who is made by David Hanson, head of Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong....
08:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot As Contradictions Mount, Experts Call For Declassification of Yahoo's Email-Scanning Order
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Look at this contradiction in the government's story about their secret scans on hundreds of millions of Yahoo emails. "Intelligence officials told Reuters that all...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Tesla's Sales Increase - But Next Will We Need Smart Roads?
Elon Musk says Tesla's autopilot has now driven over 222 million miles, and the company is now selling twice as many electric cars as it did in 2015. (Despite complaints from a coal-mining CEO that Te...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot FreeBSD 11.0 Released
Long-time Slashdot reader basscomm writes, "After a couple of delays, FreeBSD 11 has been released. Check out the release notes here."The FreeBSD Foundation writes: The latest release continues to pio...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot UK's Chief Troll Hunter Targets Doxxing, Virtual Mobbing, and Nasty Images
Some bad news for trollers on the internet who use sophisticated techniques to hurl abuses at others. The UK's top prosecutor has warned that they are introducing new regulations to take these matters...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Is Britain Secretly Funding Its Nuclear Submarine Program?
Why is the U.K. funding a risky $22 billion joint project with China to produce electricity at twice the cost? mdsolar quotes a nuclear specialist from the University of Oxford:...it only makes sense ...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Skype For Linux Adds 'Experimental' Video Calls, Disables Some Alpha Versions
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:This morning Skype released version 1.10 of Skype for Linux which includes an "experimental version" of video calls. "We are not quite there. The 1-on-1 video calls...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Milo Yiannopoulos Wants To Buy 4Chan, Promises Free Speech Haven
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes The Hollywood Reporter:Milo Yiannopoulos, an alt-right hero known for his banishment from Twitter, is preparing a bid to acquire his own social media firm: 4chan......
04:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Google Chrome 55 May Use Less Memory
Slashdot reader justthinkit writes: Google Chrome is arguably the best browser and the biggest memory hog. Presently. But the Google engineers are hard at work, optimizing the next version of Chrome. ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Dilbert Creator Scott Adams Endorses Gary Johnson For President
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike writes: Scott Adams, creator of the popular comic, Dilbert, has decided to endorseLibertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson for President. He writes at his blog:"Clin...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Sean Parker Contributes $9 Million As States Push To Legalize Marijuana
Sean Parker has now donated nearly $9 million in his effort to legalize marijuana in California. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes Billboard:Whether it's founding Napster, guiding Facebook or invest...
08:00 am - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Halts Galaxy Note 7 Production Temporarily
Samsung is halting production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after the replacement units -- the second batch of Note 7 produced -- by Samsung also seemed to be riddled with a similar issue, with near...
06:00 am - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Clinton Responds To WikiLeaks During Debate, And Blames Russian Hackers
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:During Sunday night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, moderators asked a question based on WikiLeaks documents released Friday -- to which both can...
02:00 am - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot Google Releases An Open Source Font That Supports 800 Languages
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes Hot Hardware:It's been working on the project over the past five years in collaboration with Monotype in hopes of eradicating so-called "tofu" -- the blank boxes yo...
12:00 am - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot A Spotify Ad Slipped Malware Onto PCs and Macs
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes TechHive:Spotify's ads crossed from nuisance over to outright nasty this week, after the music service's advertising started serving up malware to users on Wednesda...
12:00 am - Mon, October 10, 2016
Slashdot O'Reilly Gives Away Free Programming Ebooks
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:There's now a section on OReilly.com offering free ebooks about computer programming. There's four free Java ebooks and seven about Python, as well as an "Other" se...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Germany Calls For a Ban On Combustion Engine Cars By 2030
Germany gave the world the internal combustion engine, and now it is prepping to ban the amazing invention in the country. The country's federal council has passed a resolution to ban the ICE starting...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Why Linus Torvalds Prefers x86 Over ARM
Linus Torvalds answered a question about his favorite chip architecture at the Linaro Connect conference. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes PCWorld:People are too fixated with the instruction set an...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Dropbox, Google Drive, GitHub and Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Services Blocked In Turkey
An anonymous reader quotes the censorship-monitoring site Turkey Blocks: Turkey has blocked access to Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and partially restricted Google Drive cloud file sharing services foll...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Melinda Gates Was Encouraged To Use an Apple and BASIC. Her Daughters Were Not.
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In August, Melinda Gates penned Computers Are For Girls, Too, in which she lamented that her daughters "are half as likely to major in computer science as I wa...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Why Is Science Fiction Snubbed By Literary Awards?
Slashdot reader bowman9991 quotes an essay from GalacticBrain:Science fiction authors have long been outcasts from the literary world, critics using the worst examples of the genre as ammunition again...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Knew a Third Replacement Note 7 Caught Fire On Tuesday and Said Nothing
If you had started to feel sympathetic for Samsung, or safer with the Note 7, its latest flagship smartphone, don't be. Another replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has caught fire, making it three of su...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot One U.S. Election-System Vendor Is Using Developers in Serbia
The Open Source Election Technology Foundation is trying to move U.S. voting machines from "proprietary, vendor-owned systems to ones that are owned 'by the people of the United States.'" But in the m...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Are Tech Firms Liable For What Their Users Post?
Thursday Texas police officers arrested the CEO of Backpage.com, a web site allowing escorts to post classified ads, on a felony charge accusing him of pimping. Slashdot reader whoever57 writes:It is ...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot More Software Engineers Over Age 40 May Join a Lawsuit Against Google
More trouble for tech giants and how they are dealing with people. Google suffered a setback in an age discrimination suit this week. A judge ruled that other software engineers over age 40 who interv...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot When Her Best Friend Died, She Rebuilt Him Using Artificial Intelligence
When Roman Mazurenko died, his friend Eugenia Kuyda created a digital monument to him: an artificial intelligent bot that could "speak" as Roman using thousands of lines of texts sent to friends and f...
08:00 am - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot After 22 Years, 386BSD Gets An Update
386BSD was last released back in 1994 with a series of articles in Dr. Dobb's Journal -- but then developers for this BSD-based operating system started migrating to both FreeBSD and NetBSD. An anonym...
04:00 am - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Class Action Lawsuit Grows Over iPhone 6 Plus 'Touch Disease'
Nearly 10,000 people have joined a class action lawsuit against Apple over the screen-freezing "touch disease" afflicting many iPhone Six Plus phones. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes Motherboard:L...
02:00 am - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Emacs and Vim Combined In New 'Spacemacs' Distro
Long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino brings news of a new text editor offering what he calls "a modern, hipster-compliant makeover" of both Emacs and Vim:As a classic, perhaps the classic GNU project, E...
12:00 am - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot Baidu's Voice Recognition Software Is More Accurate Than Typing
The massive Chinese web services company Baidu haslaunched their sophisticated new TalkType 'keyboard' which defaults to voice recognition app. An anonymous reader quotes The Stack: Baidu claims that ...
12:00 am - Sun, October 9, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks Releases Paid Clinton Speech Excerpts, And Threatens To Expose Google
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the Independent:Wikileaks has dumped thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, which includes apparent excerpts from Ms Clinton's paid, ...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot The Real Reasons Companies Won't Hire Telecommuters
Long-time Slashdot reader Esther Schindler points us to a new article at OReilly.com: Those of us who telecommute cannot quite fathom the reasons companies give for refusing to let people work from ho...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Machine Logic: Our Lives Are Ruled By Big Tech's 'Decisions By Data'
With the advent of artificial intelligence and machine learning, we are increasingly moving to a world where many decisions around us are shaped by calculations rather than traditional human judgement...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Can We Really Stop Climate Change By 'Capturing' Carbon?
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: The recently-ratified Paris Climate Accord calls on countries to keep the rise in average global temperatures under 2 degrees Celsius (a threshold which would brin...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot MuckRock Identifies The Oldest US Government Computer Still in Use
Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes:When MuckRock started using public records to find the oldest computer in use by the U.S. government, they scoured the country -- but it wasn't until a few tipsters that ...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Linux Foundation Shares LinuxCon Highlights
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:The Linux Foundation held its "LinuxCon Europe" this week, "where developers, sys admins, architects and all types and levels of technical talent gather together un...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot How Tech Companies Are Responding To Hurricane Matthew
South Carolina was hit by Hurricane Matthew at 11 a.m. EST, after the hurricane killed at least 300 people in Haiti (with Reuters estimating Haiti's death toll over 800). But as the U.S. declares a st...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot MITRE Dangles $50,000 Prize For Spotting Rogue Internet of Things Devices
Long-time Slashdot reader chicksdaddy quotes Security Ledger:MITRE Corporation, the non-profit corporation that helps tackle some of the trickiest technical and security challenges out there, is dangl...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Feds Convinced Police To Use License Plate-Scanning Tech At Gun Shows
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes the Wall Street Journal: Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government ema...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Considers Stopping All Samsung Note 7 Sales
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: ATT Inc. is considering stopping all sales of Samsung Electronics Co.'s flagship Galaxy Note 7 over concerns about the smartphone's safety, accordin...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Teens' Penchant For Risk-Taking May Help Them Learn Faster, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The teenage brain has been characterized as a risk-taking machine, looking for quick rewards and thrills instead of acting responsibly. But these behavior...
08:00 am - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Is Redesigning the Paint App For Windows 10
Microsoft is redesigning the Paint app with Windows 10 in mind. As mentioned in the leaked video posted by Twitter user WalkingCat, the "ability to create in 3D" is one of the biggest new features in ...
04:00 am - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot CIA 'Siren Servers' Can Predict Social Uprisings Several Days Before They Happen
Through a combination of machine learning and deep learning, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is using powerful supercomputers, dubbed "Siren Servers" by computer philosophy writer Jaron Lanier, ...
02:00 am - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Baltimore Police Took 1 Million Surveillance Photos of City
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Baltimore Police on Friday released data showing that a surveillance plane secretly flew over the city roughly 100 times, taking more than 1 million ...
02:00 am - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Appeals Court Reinstates Apple's $120 Million Slide-To-Unlock Patent Win Over Samsung
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple Inc. won an appeals court ruling that reinstates a patent-infringement verdict it won against Samsung Electronics Co., including for its slide...
02:00 am - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Poland Builds a Solar-Powered Bike Path That Glows Blue At Night
Poland recently unveiled a new solar-powered bike path in the town of Pruszkow that is built with "light-emitting material" that gets its power from the sun. While the bike path has the potential to g...
12:00 am - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot FBI Looks Into Unlocking Minnesota Mall Stabber's iPhone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: The Minnesota man suspected of stabbing 10 people in a mall before police fatally shot him left behind his iPhone. Now, FBI agents are looking into unloc...
12:00 am - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot A French Company is Suing Apple To Open the iPhone To Rival Browsing Engines
A French maker of open-source software said Friday it is suing Apple in an effort to get the company to make iOS more supportive of Web standards. Nexedi is suing Apple under French law in hopes it ca...
12:00 am - Sat, October 8, 2016
Slashdot Law-Defying Transistor Smashes Industry 'Limit', Measures Just 1nm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: U.S. researchers have unveiled the world's smallest transistor reported to date, combining a new mix of materials, which makes even the tiniest sili...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Wins 'Big Brother' Award in Belgium After Being Declared Worst Privacy Villain
Facebook won the "Big Brother" award in Belgium on Thursday, after people in the nation reached a conclusion that the social juggernaut is the ultimate privacy villain. "Facebook is a multi-billion do...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot US Intel Officially Blames the Russian Government For Hacking DNC
It's official, the Director of National Intelligence and Department of Homeland Security has blamed Russia for stealing and publishing archived emails from the Democratic National Committee in July. W...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Sharp Unveils 27-inch 8K 120Hz IGZO Monitor With HDR
Sharp has unveiled a next-gen monitor that is an absolute mouthful. It measures in at 27-inches and features a 8K resolution (7,680 x 4,320), HDR (high dynamic range), and a 120Hz refresh rate. Monito...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo's Government Email Scanner Was Not A Modified Spam Filter, But a Secret Hacking Tool: Motherboard
The spy tool that the US government ordered Yahoo to install on its systems last year at the behest of the NSA or the FBI was a "poorly designed" and "buggy" piece of malware, according to two sources...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Likely To Launch All-in-One Surface At its October 26 Event
Microsoft today sent out invitations to an event on October 26 in which it will discuss "what's next for Windows 10." The invitations follow months of rumors that a Microsoft Surface all-in-one PC, so...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Bruce Schneier: We Need To Save the Internet From the Internet of Things
Bruce Schneier, writing for Motherboard:What was new about the Krebs attack was both the massive scale and the particular devices the attackers recruited. Instead of using traditional computers for th...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Judge: Lawsuits Now Can Be Served Using Twitter
Reader schwit1 writes: A Kuwaiti religious leader who allegedly raised money for jihadist rebels in Syria appears poised to become the first foreigner served a U.S. lawsuit via Twitter. Hajjaj bin Fah...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Led Illegal Purge of Male Employees, Lawsuit Charges
A prominent local media executive fired from Yahoo last year has filed a lawsuit accusing CEO Marissa Mayer of leading a campaign to purge male employees. "Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of (an...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Sony To Return Image Sensors To Full Capacity On Smartphone Pickup
Sony's image sensor production will return to full capacity in the October-March half-year due to a pickup in smartphone demand, having spent part of the past year running just under full strength, th...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Fake Call Centers in India Scam Americans Of Millions
An anonymous reader writes:Indian police have arrested 70 people and are questioning hundreds more after uncovering a massive scam to cheat thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars by posing ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Could Face Second Recall As US Probes Burnt Phone
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are investigating Wednesday's incident, when a passenger's phone emitted smoke on a Southwest Airlines plane readying for...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Netflix CEO: Movie Theaters Are 'Strangling the Movie Business''
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings thinks the state of film is a "real tragedy" and that movie theaters are "strangling the movie business," he said at The New Yorker's Tech Fest on Friday. From a Business Ins...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Wants $1 Billion Discount On Yahoo Deal After Reports of Hacking, Email Scanning
As if Yahoo's reputation couldn't get any worse after the company revealed a massive data breach that occurred in 2014, compromising at least 500 million accounts, Reuters issued a report claiming the...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Prominent Pro-Patent Judge Issues Opinion Declaring All Software Patents Bad
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Techdirt: A lawsuit brought by the world's largest patent troll, Intellectual Ventures, and handled on appeal (as are all patent cases), by the notoriously awf...
08:00 am - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Kennedy Space Center Braces For Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful storms to hit Florida's Space Coast in the last 50 years, is expected to pummel the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday n...
04:00 am - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Apes Can Guess What Others Are Thinking -- Just Like Humans, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Apes have a human-like ability to guess what others are thinking, even in cases when someone holds a mistaken belief, according to research that ...
02:00 am - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot New York To Test Facial Recognition Cameras At 'Crossing Points'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vocativ: In a 35-minute speech detailing a landmark $100 billion investment into state infrastructure, largely focused on New York City and Long Island, Govern...
02:00 am - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot 12-Year-Old Boy Gets $100K Bill From Google After Confusing Adwords With Adsense
The names Google gives to its services can be a bit confusing at times, especially since there are so many of them. For example, Adwords and Adsense look and sound very similar but they deal with two ...
02:00 am - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Rolls Out Nationwide 1TB Data Cap
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Comcast's home internet data caps are going live for a majority of customers starting November 1st, the company announced today. Called the "Xfinity...
02:00 am - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot FCC Proposal: Internet Providers Must Ask To Share Your Data
The FCC has unveiled a new privacy proposal Thursday that is sure to appeal to millions of internet users. Internet service providers? Not so much. The proposal would require ISPs like Verizon and Com...
12:00 am - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Upcoming Blade Runner Sequel Gets a Title: Blade Runner 2049
The sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" is officially titled "Blade Runner 2049." Harris Ford is confirmed to be returning as Rick Deckard. Other stars include Ryan Gosling, Ja...
12:00 am - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Chrome and Firefox Flag The Pirate Bay As a 'Phishing' Site...Again
The Pirate Bay's download pages are being blocked by Chrome and Firefox. These pages have been flagged as "deceptive," by Google's safe browsing program. TorrentFreak reports that "millions" of Pirate...
12:00 am - Fri, October 7, 2016
Slashdot Two 19-Year-Olds Charged With Running Phone Harassment, Hack-For-Hire Sites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal prosecutors have charged two 19-year-old men with running "hacking-for-hire" websites that attacked companies worldwide and did business ...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Apple Has Removed Dash from the App Store
Popular API documentation browser Dash was pulled from the App Store this week after a routine migration request, its developer Bogdan Popescu wrote in a blog post. He said the migration was successfu...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Zuckerberg Teases An 'Affordable' Standalone Oculus VR Headset
At the Oculus Connect developers conference today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased a standalone Oculus VR headset that fits somewhere imbetween the Gear VR consumer headset for Samsung Galaxy user...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot BitTorrent Fires CEOs, Closes Los Angeles Studio, Shutters BitTorrent Now
Things are not looking good at BitTorrent. Citing multiple sources, Variety reports today that the company has fired two former CEOs -- Robert Delamar and Jeremy Johnson -- and let go an unknown numbe...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Is Talking To the White House About Giving You 'Free' Internet
Facebook is in talks with the government and wireless carriers to bring its 'Free Basics' internet service to the United States, reports Washington Post, citing sources. If everything goes as planned ...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Unity 8 Desktop Session Arrives in Ubuntu 16.10
The latest updates to Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak add a Unity8 desktop session to the Ubuntu login screen. OMGUbuntu adds: Added to the Ubuntu meta package, the new Unity 8 desktop session will be availa...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Gigabit Internet Coming To 11 More US Regions
AT&T is bringing its gigabit Internet service to 11 new metro areas. Currently available in parts of 29 cities around the country, the ultra-fast network -- which the company is now calling AT&...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Allows Users To Remove Some System Applications in Windows 10 Insider Preview 14936
Until now, Microsoft restricted users from deleting many of the system applications on Windows 10. But it is finally giving users that option in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview -- 14936. From an...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Bigfoot Spotted Sneaking Around Below Bald Eagle Nest, Multiple Outlets Report
Take it with a pinch of salt. Maybe some more. Eric Mack, writing for CNET:Bigfoot, that mysteriously unkempt and anti-social gentlemen of the woodlands, has again made an appearance on camera in his ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Google Canceled the Launch of a Robotic Arm After it Failed the 'Toothbrush Test'
Mark Bergen, reporting for Bloomberg: Google published research this week detailing how its software enables robots to learn from one another. To demonstrate, the company's scientists showed videos fe...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Tech Billionaires Are Asking Scientists For Help To Break Humans Out of Computer Simulation
Many believe that we live in a computer simulation. But it takes a billionaire and his money to ask scientists to help break us out of the simulation. The New Yorker recently did a profile about Y Com...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Smartphone Reseller Cheated Customers Out of Millions, Feds Say
An anonymous reader writes:The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued a Nevada-based company called Laptop & Desktop Repair LLC (LDR) for allegedly bilking thousands of customers out of millio...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn Now Lets You Look For New Job Without Your Existing Boss Finding Out
A new feature on LinkedIn can come in handy to thousands. An anonymous reader writes: LinkedIn has removed an obstacle preventing some members from using the professional social network from finding t...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot New Study Suggests There's a Limit To How Long People Can Live
Life expectancies have risen in many countries around the world thanks to breakthroughs in medical treatment and sanitation in the last century. The maximum age of death has also increased. But as the...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Scan By US Fell Under Foreign Spy Law Expiring Next Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A Yahoo operation in 2015 to scan the incoming email of its customers for specific information requested by the U.S. government was authorized under a...
10:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot 'Nano-Machines' Win European Trio Chemistry Nobel Prize
Dave Knott writes from a report via The Guardian: Sir Fraser Stoddart, from Scotland, Bernard Feringa, from the Netherlands, and Jean-Pierre Sauvage, from France have won the Nobel prize in chemistry ...
08:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Blue Origin Lands Rocket During Launch Escape Test
SpaceX isn't the only private company interested in reusable rockets. Blue Origin, an American privately-funded aerospace manufacturer established by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, surprised everyone,...
04:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot 53% of DDoS Attacks Result In Additional Compromise, Says Neustar
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: DDoS attack volume has remained consistently high and these attacks cause real damage to organizations, according to Neustar. The global response also af...
04:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Theranos To Shut Down Its Blood-Testing Facilities, Shrink Workforce By 40%
tripleevenfall quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Theranos Inc. said it will shut down its blood-testing facilities and shrink its workforce by more than 40% (Warning: may be paywalled; alt...
02:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook Remembers Steve Jobs On Fifth Anniversary of His Death
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: As he has done over the past four years, Apple CEO Tim Cook has shared a tribute to the late Steve Jobs, touching on the importance of remembering t...
02:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Google Releases Open Source 'Cartographer'
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: Machine learning and vision are essential technologies for the advancement of robotics. When sensors come together, they can enable a computer or robot to c...
02:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Partners With iPic To Release Its Original Movies In Theaters, NATO Urges To 'Tread Lightly'
turkeydance quotes a report from Variety: The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is sounding the alarm over a recent deal between Netflix and iPic, in which the luxury-theater chain will sc...
12:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Says 'Buggy Crap' Made It Into Linux 4.8
Two days after Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.8, he began apologizing for a bug fix gone bad. The Register reports: "I'm really sorry I applied that last series from Andrew just befor...
12:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot Android 7.1 Nougat's Changelog Reveals Pixel-Exclusive Features Not Available To Nexus Devices
With the launch of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL yesterday, Google failed to mention the fact that vanilla Android is dead. The Pixel and Pixel XL run Android 7.1 Nougat, custom software made solely f...
12:00 am - Thu, October 6, 2016
Slashdot New AI Is Capable of Beating Humans At Doom
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Den of Geek UK: Two students at Carnegie Mellon University have designed an artificial intelligence program that is capable of beating human players in a death...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot There's Even More Evidence That Fitness Trackers Don't Work
Turns out it's really hard to persuade people to exercise -- even when they have access to how many steps they've taken, and even when they get paid for it. A staggering 90 percent of people stop wear...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Nokia Makes a Play For 5G With Purchase of US Startup Eta Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nokia has signaled fresh commitment towards 5G infrastructure with the acquisition of Eta Devices -- a small U.S.-based startup that specializes ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Judge Allows Small Businesses To Sue Credit Card Giants For Forcing Them To Adopt Chip Readers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Computerworld: A federal judge has ruled it is plausible that four national credit-card companies improperly conspired "in lockstep" to set a deadline of Oct. ...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Piles On the Prime Benefits With New 'Prime Reading' Perk
Amazon today unveiled the latest perk for Prime members in the United States: Prime Reading. With this, the company is offering access to "over a thousand" Kindle books, comics, magazines and more. Th...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phone Catches Fire on Southwest Plane
After learning about faulty battery issues in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, Samsung said it will offer its existing customers a safe, replacement unit. It appears the replacement unit also suffers fro...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Google's Autonomous Car Passes 2 Million Miles
Google said today it recently reached a huge milestone with its autonomous cars. Its cars have logged its two-millionth mile. To put into perspective, Google's self-driving cars have travelled roughly...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot New Project Lets You Install Arch Linux In the Windows Subsystem For Linux
prisoninmate writes: Softpedia reports that there's a new project on GitHub, called alwsl, which promises to let you install the Arch Linux operating system on Windows 10's new WSL (Windows Subsystem ...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot NSA Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets
The New York Times, citing senior law enforcement and intelligence officials, reports today that the FBI secretly arrested a National Security Agency contractor in recent weeks (Editor's note: the lin...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Workers Can Now Be Fired If They Fix Copper Phone Lines
Verizon has told its field technicians in Pennsylvania that they can be fired if they try to fix broken copper phone lines. Instead, employees must try to replace copper lines with a device that conne...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot BuzzFeed Hacked By OurMine As Group Accuses Site of Publishing 'Fake News'
BuzzFeed has become the latest website to be compromised by hackers. A number of stories on the website have been vandalized by hackers in what appears a retaliation for a story that claimed to expose...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Use Of 'Sapphire' in iPhone Camera Lens Questioned in New Tests
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has been using sapphire on its iPhone camera lenses for a few years now since the launch of the iPhone 5S, but it might not be as scratch resistant as you'd expect. A...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Martin Shkreli a Question
Martin Shkreli has agreed to answer your questions. Shkreli is the co-founder of the hedge fund MSMB Capital Management, the co-founder and former chief executive officer (CEO) of the biotechnology fi...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Offers Non-Denial Denial of Bombshell Spy Report
Reuters reported on Tuesday that Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officia...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot BadKernel Vulnerability Affects One In 16 Android Smartphones
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: A security bug in Google's V8 JavaScript engine is indirectly affecting around one in 16 Android devices, impacting smartphone models from all m...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Indonesia Wants To Criminalize Memes
While the United States has the First Amendment to justify the spread of memes that may ridicule political figures for example, the Indonesian government doesn't. In fact, it is looking to criminalize...
08:00 am - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Boeing CEO Vows To Beat Elon Musk To Mars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg sketched out a Jetsons-like future at a conference Tuesday, envisioning a commercial space-travel m...
04:00 am - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' Far Bigger Than Imagined, Aerial Survey Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The vast patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean is far worse than previously thought, with an aerial survey finding a much larger mass of...
02:00 am - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot British Trio Wins Nobel Prize In Physics For Study of Exotic Matter
Dave Knott writes: David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for discoveries in condensed-matter physics that have transforme...
02:00 am - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Apple, Google, Microsoft: We Have No Government Email Scanning Program Like Yahoo's
Apple, Google and Microsoft -- three of the largest technology companies in the U.S. -- have each said they don't scan all incoming messages for the U.S. government, which is exactly what Yahoo does. ...
02:00 am - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Encryption App Signal Wins Fight Against FBI Subpoena and Gag Order
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Dot: Signal, widely considered the gold standard of encrypted messaging apps, was put to the test earlier this year when a FBI subpoena and gag order...
12:00 am - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Guccifer 2.0 Dumps a Bunch of Clinton Foundation Donor Data
The hacker Guccifer 2.0 today released a large database of information reportedly stolen from the Clinton Foundation. The dump, Engadget reports, includes names, addresses, and emails of both individu...
12:00 am - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Johnson & Johnson Discloses That Its Insulin Pump Is Hackable
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Johnson and Johnson has revealed that its JJ Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump is vulnerable to hackers, who could potentially force the device to o...
12:00 am - Wed, October 5, 2016
Slashdot Google Gets Serious About Home Automation: Unveils Google Home, Actions on Google and Google Wifi
At its hardware launch event earlier today, Google launched Google Home, a voice-activated speaker that aims to give Amazon's Echo a run for its money. The speaker is always-listening and uses Google'...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Secretly Scanned Customer Emails For US Intelligence
An anonymous reader shares with us an exclusive report from Reuters: Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific informati...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Desktop Officially Released
prisoninmate writes from a report via Softpedia: KDE will celebrate 20 years of activity on October 14, 2016, and they've just released the first LTS (Long Term Support) version of the KDE Plasma desk...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Google Refreshes Its Streaming Dongle: Unveils $69 Chromecast Ultra With 4K and HDR Capabilities
On the sidelines of Pixel smartphones announcement and $79 Daydream View VR headset, Google also announced a refresh for its streaming dongle. Called the Chromecast Ultra, the dongle offers 4K and HDR...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot High-Tech Card Rolled Out By French Banks Replaces CSC Number Every Sixty Minutes To Prevent Fraud
French digital security firm Oberthur Technologies has come up with a method for making stolen cards useless after an hour. Called the Motion Code, the card replaces the fixed, three-digit Card Securi...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Outage Knocks Out All Major Phone Providers On the East Coast
Every major phone carrier experience outages on United States' east coast this morning at around 11am local time. The outage lasted for about 45 minutes. DownDetector, which monitors outages of servic...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot A Self-Driving Uber Car Went the Wrong Way On a One-Way Street in Pittsburgh
An anonymous reader writes: Uber driver Nathan Stachelek was pulled off to the side of the road when he saw the self-driving car turn the wrong way. It was the night of Sept. 26 and the car he had spo...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Google Unveils $79 Daydream View VR Headset, Attempts To Reduce VR's Complexity
With its Cardboard, Google showed the world (and other companies) how people can experience VR without spending a premium for it. Today, on the sidelines of Pixel announcements, Google outlined its ne...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Says a 'Technical Issue' Caused Drugs, Animals and Other Illegal Listings To Flood Its New Craigslist Competitor
On Monday, Facebook launched Marketplace, its own take on eBay and Craigslist to offer users a platform to buy and sell things. Less than a day later, the company said there was a "technical issue" th...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Google Unveils Pixel and Pixel XL, the First Phones It 'Designed Inside and Out'
At an event on Tuesday, Google unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the first phones "designed inside and out by Google." Focusing less on the hardware, the company says the biggest selling po...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Police Complaints Drop 93 Percent After Deploying Body Cameras
An anonymous reader writes:A study from Cambridge University documents an immense drop in complaints against police officers when their departments began using body cameras. But even more surprising i...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Julian Assange: All That Malware On Wikileaks Isn't a Big Deal
WikiLeaks celebrates its 10th anniversary today. At a press conference, its editor Julian Assange hinted that Wikileaks could soon disclose more things about the U.S. election. Making use of the occas...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot CloudFlare Working On New System That Removes CAPTCHAs For Tor Users
Tor users have long criticized CloudFlare for annoying CAPTCHAs, but it appears the CDN provider is finally working on a fix. An anonymous reader writes: CloudFlare is working on a new system called "...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Amazon's Kindle Unlimited Is a Victim of Its Success in Japan
You really need to understand the market before you start operating there. Take Amazon's case for instance, which has found itself in the middle of a backlash with publishers in Japan. When Amazon lau...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan Wins Nobel Prize In Medicine For Study of Cell Recycling
Dave Knott writes from a report via The Guardian: The 2016 Nobel prize in medicine has been awarded to Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi for discoveries on how cells break down and recycle thei...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Restore the First Recording of Computer-Generated Music
BoxRec writes: Alan Turing was part of a team who created the earliest known recording of music produced by a computer. It starts with a few bars of God Save the Queen, a snippet of Baa Baa Black Shee...
08:00 am - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Toyota's Kirobo Mini Companion Robot To Sell For $400
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Three years ago a small robot called Kirobo blasted into space, headed for the International Space Station. When it arrived, the 34-cm-tall, To...
04:00 am - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot 4chan Is Running Out of Money and Martin Shkreli Wants To Buy It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The infamous message board 4chan is struggling to stay afloat and will have to make changes to reduce costs, the site's owner wrote in a post on Sun...
04:00 am - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Develop System To Send Passwords, Keys Through Users' Bodies
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: Credential theft is one of the more persistent and troubling threats in security, and researchers have been trying to come up with answers to it for deca...
02:00 am - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot 'If KickassTorrents is a Criminal Operation, Google Should Start Worrying'
An anonymous reader writes: Polish authorities have extended the arrest of Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents. His defense team is currently preparing to fight the U.S. extradition req...
02:00 am - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Google Fiber Is Now a Fiber and Wireless ISP
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google Fiber today said it has completed its acquisition of Webpass, a wireless Internet service provider that will figure prominently into its p...
02:00 am - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Samsung's Next Flagship Smartphone May Not Feature a Headphone Jack
Samsung's next flagship smartphone, which may be released sooner than later due to the Note 7 fiasco, may not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. In fact, Samsung may be one of many manufacturers to make ...
12:00 am - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Bans Incentivized Reviews Tied To Free Or Discounted Products
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Amazon is making a significant change to its Community Guidelines, announced today, which will eliminate any incentivized reviews, except for those...
12:00 am - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot FBI Agreed To Destroy Laptops of Clinton Aides With Immunity Deal, Sources Say
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from Fox News: Immunity deals for two top Hillary Clinton aides included a side arrangement obliging the FBI to destroy their laptops after reviewing the d...
12:00 am - Tue, October 4, 2016
Slashdot The Microsoft Band Is Dead
Microsoft's fitness-band line of devices have not be very well adopted over the years. Last month it was reported that Microsoft will be killing off the Lumia brand in favor of a new Surface Phone bra...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Make macOS Sierra Available As Automatic Download Beginning Today
Remember how Microsoft was pushing Windows 10 updates to your computers? That surely made a lot of people furious. Today, Apple told The Loop that it will also begin automatic download of its latest d...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Sandpoint Town Square Home To First Public Solar Roadways Panel Installation
Two years after the Idaho-based company Solar Roadways exceeded its crowdfunding goal of $1 million for constructing roads that gather solar power, the company has completed its first public installat...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot In Canada's North, a Single Satellite Outage Means Losing Basic Services
Jordan Pearson, writing for Motherboard: Around 5 PM Eastern time on Sunday, a satellite providing internet services to most of North America went offline due to a technical glitch, the CBC reported. ...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Google, Lagging Amazon, Races Across the Threshold Into the Home
Google will unveil its answer to Amazon's Echo at an event on Tuesday, the New York Times reports. The Google Home device, which looks like an "air freshener," is expected to go on sale later this mon...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.04 Available in Latest Insider Update To Windows 10
The latest Windows 10 Insider preview -- build 14936 -- features Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. When a user enables the 'Bash on Ubuntu on Windows' feature for the first time, OMGUbuntu reports, Windows 10 now ins...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Source Code For IoT Botnet 'Mirai' Which Took Down Krebs On Security Website With DDoS Attack Released
As if the state of security wasn't already a headache worldwide, we now may have one more reason to worry about: a hacker has made available the source code that could allow more people to wage the ki...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Says It's Taking Some Time Off For Thinking and Waiting To See How the VR Market Shapes Up
Samsung says it is taking some time off to think before creating the next-generation VR headsets. The company said it wants to see the direction the market takes over the next few months and years. Th...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Launches Marketplace On App, Takes On eBay and Craigslist
Facebook today also announced the launch of "Marketplace," allowing users to buy and sell items on the social media platform. The company says more than 450 million people already visit buying and sel...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Releases Messenger Lite For People On Slower Networks and With Old and Basic Android Phones
Facebook has launched a slimmed-down version of its popular Messenger app in an effort to appeal to its users in countries with slower internet access. The app is called Messenger Lite, and it is also...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Expands Azure Data Centers To France, Launches Trust Offensive vs AWS, Google
Microsoft announced on Monday that it plans to build its first Azure data center in France this year as part of its $3 billion investment for building cloud services in Europe. The company today also ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Tim Cook Defends Apple's Approach To Security: 'Encryption is Inherently Great'
Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again defended his company's hardline approach to security. At Utah Tech Tour event while taking questions from the audience, Cook said, (via BusinessInsider):"This is one ...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Vint Cerf Warns About the Perishability Of Human Knowledge
Vint Cerf "worries about the decreasing longevity of our media, and, thus, about our ability as a civilization to self-document -- to have a historical record that one day far in the future might be r...
08:00 am - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot India Ratifies The Paris Climate Change Agreement
"India just ratified the Paris climate deal -- bringing it extremely close to taking effect," reports the Washington Post, calling India the world's fourth-largest producer of greenhouse gas. An anony...
04:00 am - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Officially Announces the Release of Linux Kernel 4.8
Slashdot reader prisoninmate brings news from Softpedia:Today, Linus Torvalds proudly announced the release and availability for download of the Linux 4.8 kernel branch, which is now the latest stable...
02:00 am - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks' Big Tuesday Announcement Will Now Take Place Via Video
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike writes that media outlets including Fox News were reporting WikiLeaks cancelled a big announcement scheduled for Tuesday and expected to reveal damaging informatio...
12:00 am - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot iPhone 7 Finishes Last In New Test of Battery Life
"Pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and LG G5, Apple's latest handset came in last place... and by some distance," reports BetaNews. Here's the results of a new test from the U.K. consumer a...
12:00 am - Mon, October 3, 2016
Slashdot Splunk CTO Urges Collaboration Against Cyberattacks - And 'Shapeshifting' Networks
"The cost of cyber attacks is 1/10th to 1/100th the cost of cyber defense," says the CTO of Splunk -- because the labor is cheap, the tools are free, and the resources are stolen. "He says what's need...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Krebs Warns Source Code Leaked From Massive IoT Botnet Attack
Remember that historically massive denial-of-service attack last month against security researcher Brian Krebs? The source code's just been leaked, Krebs reports, "virtually guaranteeing that the Inte...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot No One's Bidding on The Shadow Brokers' Stolen NSA Hacking Tools
That group auctioning the NSA's hacking tools is "very upset" no one's bidding on them. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes Motherboard:"TheShadowBrokers" authored another bizarre rant expressing thei...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot As ICANN Gains Full Oversight Of Domain Name System, Some Wonder If It Means the US Has Given Away The Internet
The U.S. has given up its remaining control over the Internet. The formal handover, which took effect on Saturday, followed a last-ditch attempt by a group of Republicans to block the move. They had a...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot French Banks Offer Credit Card Numbers That Change Every Hour
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes The Memo:What if the numbers on your card changed every hour so that, even if a fraudster copied them, they'd quickly be out of date? That's exactly what two French bank...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Apple Loses Patent Retrial To VirnetX, Owes $302.4 Million
Slashdot reader chasm22 quotes Reuters:A federal jury in Texas on Friday night ordered Apple Inc to pay more than $302 million in damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp's patented internet security te...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Identify Another Source of Dangerous Greenhouse Gases: Reservoirs
A team of researchers from Canada, Holland, China, the U.S. and Brazil "found that greenhouse gas emissions from man-made reservoirs were likely equal to the equivalent of one gigaton of carbon dioxid...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot With HDDs On The Ropes, Samsung Predicts SSD Price Collisions As NVMe Takes Over
At its Global SSD Summit, Samsung shared its vision of the current state of SSD market and also outlined the future trends. The company noted that SSDs are steadily displacing HDDs in more application...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Could Bring Windows Hello To Android, iPhone
Microsoft may have plans to bring Windows Hello, one of the headline features of Microsoft's current operating system, to Android and iOS. Windows Hello is a feature that lets people unlock their PC w...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Google Tells Home Audio Vendors To Ditch Competing Smart Assistants If They Want To Use Google Cast: Variety
Google is telling its home audio vendors that they won't be allowed to add support for smart assistants by rivals such as Amazon's Alexa if they want to continue to use Google Cast, according to Varie...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Are Flawed Languages Creating Bad Software?
"Most software, even critical system software, is insecure Swiss cheese held together with duct tape, bubble wrap, and bobby pins..." writes TechCrunch. An anonymous reader quotes their article:Everyt...
08:00 am - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should An Open Source Hardware Project Support Clones?
Long-time Slashdot reader Ichijohas a question about "(not quite) open source hardware":One hardware project that calls itself "open source" doesn't want to make its hardware design source files publi...
04:00 am - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Online Journalists Launch An Onslaught Against Donald Trump
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Online journalists at Buzzfeed are publicizing two controversial videos featuring Donald Trump. First the site "filed court motions seeking the release" of Trump's ...
02:00 am - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Revolutionary Ion Thruster To Be Tested On International Space Station
Three Australian researchers have developed "an ion thruster that could replace the current chemical-based rocket propulsion technology, which requires huge volumes of fuel to be loaded onto a spacecr...
12:00 am - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Fake Cellphone Emergency Alerts About Zombies and Nuclear Attacks Predicted
"No matter how solid the system is, history reveals that false alarms -- of zombies, nuclear attacks, missing children -- are inevitable," warns an essay at Medium. An anonymous Slashdot reader summar...
12:00 am - Sun, October 2, 2016
Slashdot Multiple Linux Distributions Affected By Crippling Bug In Systemd
An anonymous reader writes: System administrator Andrew Ayer has discovered a potentially critical bug in systemd which can bring a vulnerable Linux server to its knees with one command. "After runnin...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot The Arduino Split is Over, New Non-Profit Formed
"Today is one of the best days in Arduino history," announced Massimo Banzi, Co-Founder of Arduino LLC, calling it "a new beginning" for Ardunio. Slashdot reader ruhri reports:Massimo Banzi and Federi...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Federal Prosecutors Actually Prosecute H1-B Fraud
Slashdot reader McGruber reports that federal prosecutors "have filed conspiracy charges against a part-owner of two information technology firms and an employee for fraudulently using the H-1B progra...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Goes Down, People Freak Out and Discover Real Life
Facing issues with Netflix? You're not alone. Beginning at 3pm ET, users worldwide started to report connectivity issues with the on-demand movie and TV shows streaming service. Downdetector, a websit...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Pennsylvania's Voting Machines Are Running Windows XP
Slashdot reader rmurph04 writes: As reported by CBS News, the battleground state of Pennsylvania might as well have a target on its back as Election Day nears, the cybersecurity company Carbon Black w...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Senator Questions The Declassification Policies of America's National Intelligence Office
America spent $16 billion on classifying documents last year, and Senator Wyden argues the process is now "too unwieldy to be truly secure... over-classification prevents effective information sharing...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Arduino Split Is Over
"Today is one of the best days in Arduino history," announced Massimo Banzi, Co-Founder of Arduino LLC, calling it "a new beginning" for Ardunio. Slashdot reader ruhri reports:Massimo Banzi and Federi...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Bungles This Week's Windows 10 Anniversary Update
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes ZDNet:Microsoft rolled out this week the seventh Cumulative Update of fixes to Windows 10 Anniversary Update since the Anniversary version of Windows 10 began going...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Formally Proposes That Java Adopt Ahead-of-Time Compilation
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes InfoWorld: Java applications will get faster startup times thanks to a formal proposal to include ahead-of-time compilation in the platform. The draft Java Developm...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot FAA Sued Over Federal Drone Registry
"Last December, the FAA rushed an arbitrary and ineffectual recreational drone-owners' registry into effect, mere days before Christmas and just in time to criminalize the flying of toys by thousands ...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Linux Mint Unveils New 'Mintbox Mini Pro' Desktop
It's been 18 months since the original Mintbox Mini launched, and this week saw the release of the new Mintbox Mini Pro (which costs just $100 more). BrianFagioli quotes BetaNews:That extra money gets...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Insiders Believe Hackers Could Have Stolen Over 1 Billion Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: The actual tally of stolen user accounts from the hack Yahoo experienced could be much larger than 500 million, according to a former Yahoo e...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Implication of Sabotage Adds Intrigue To SpaceX Investigation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: The long-running feud between Elon Musk's space company and its fierce competitor United Launch Alliance took a bizarre twist this month w...
08:00 am - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Rosetta's 12-Year Mission Ends With Landing On Comet
sciencehabit writes: It was an unusual grand finale. The crowded European Space Agency (ESA) operations center in Darmstadt, Germany, waited in silence and then the signal from the descending Rosetta ...
04:00 am - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Feds Go After Mylan For Scamming Medicaid Out of Millions On EpiPen Pricing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Over the nine or so years that Mylan, Inc. has been selling -- and hiking the price -- of EpiPens, the drug company has been misclassifying the l...
02:00 am - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Facebook 'Messenger Day' Is the Chat App's New Snapchat Stories Clone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook is stealing the Stories format and invading countries where Snapchat isn't popular yet. Today in Poland it launched "Messenger Day," which...
02:00 am - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot New California Law Allows Test of Autonomous Shuttle With No Driver
If you live in California, you may soon start to see self-driving cars on the road with no operators to be seen. California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Thursday a bill that allows a self-d...
02:00 am - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Print-On-Demand Bone Could Quickly Mend Major Injuries
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: If you shatter a bone in the future, a 3D printer and some special ink could be your best medicine. Researchers have created what they call "hyperel...
12:00 am - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot Newsweek Website Attacked After Report On Trump, Cuban Embargo
After Newsweek published a report titled "How Donald Trump's Company Violated The United States Embargo Against Cuba," the site found itself on the receiving end of a "massive" denial-of-service attac...
12:00 am - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot USB-IF Publishes Audio Over USB Type-C Specifications
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AnandTech: The USB Implementers Forum this week published the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 (direct download) specification, which standardizes audio over USB Typ...
12:00 am - Sat, October 1, 2016
Slashdot New US 'Secret' Clearance Unit Hires Firm Linked To 2014 Hacks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A U.S. government bureau set up to do "secret" and "top secret" security clearance investigations has turned for help to a private company whose login...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Marketplace Shoppers Slam the Spam
Spammy follow-up email messages are turning off Amazon Marketplace shoppers. Shoppers who buy from Amazon's Marketplace typically like the convenience and prices. But many are also unhappy about the b...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Open Sources a Deep Learning Model For Classifying Pornographic Images
New submitter OWCareers writes: Yahoo today announced its latest open-source release: a model that can figure out if images are specifically pornographic in nature. The system uses a type of artificia...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Ask Federal Court To Unseal Years of Surveillance Records
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Two lawyers and legal researchers based at Stanford University have formally asked a federal court in San Francisco to unseal numerous records of...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot The Smog-Sucking Tower Has Arrived in China
Jamie Fullerton, reporting for Motherboard:Daan Roosegaarde reached into the pocket of his suit jacket, pulled out a plastic bag filled with black powder, and waved it around. "This is Beijing smog," ...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Hack iOS 10, Get $1.5 Million
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: The stakes in the vulnerability acquisition and bug bounty game have just gone up several notches, with a well-known security startup now offering $1.5 million for a remote...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Salesforce Pushes Regulators To Block Microsoft's LinkedIn Deal
Salesforce is urging the European Union to take a closer look at Microsoft's takeover of LinkedIn as EU regulators ask questions on how the software giant could use AI to exploit data from LinkedIn's ...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Saudi Arabian Teen Arrested For Online Videos With American Blogger
Mazin Sidahmed and Nicky Woolf, reporting for The Guardian: A male Saudi Arabian teenager has been arrested in Riyadh over a series of online videos of conversations between him and a female Californi...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Author Says Going Offline For 24 Hours a Week Has Significantly Improved His Health, Sanity and Happiness
You don't need someone to point out to you that you probably spend too many hours on the internet. Maybe it's your job, maybe it's a growing habit, maybe it's both of them. An anonymous reader shared ...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Chromification Continues: Firefox May Use Chrome's PDF and Flash Plugins
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla announced today Project Mortar, an initiative to explore the possibility of deploying alternative technologies in Firefox to replace its internal implementations. T...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Avast Not Done With Deal-Making After AVG Buy, But No Rush
Avast Software, maker of the world's most popular computer antivirus program, will need a year to absorb its $1.3 billion buy of rival AVG but may seek further acquisitions before an expected flotatio...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Launches $2.5 Million Alexa Prize For College Students Building Bots
Amazon has announced the Alexa Prize, a $2.5 million award for college students who develop technology to make it more natural to talk with company's Alexa virtual assistant. Amazon said it hopes to b...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot AT&T To End Targeted Ads Program, Give All Users Lowest Available Price
AT&T has confirmed to ArsTechnica that it is getting rid of Internet Preferences, a controversial program that analyzed home internet customers' web browsing habits in order to serve some targeted...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot New iPhone 7 Case Brings Back the Headphone Jack
Apple removed the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, forcing users to use either Bluetooth, the Lightning port or included Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor in order to listen t...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Oscar Winners, Sports Stars and Bill Gates Are Building Lavish Bunkers
turkeydance quotes a report from Hollywood Reporter: Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it's no...
08:00 am - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Rosetta Spacecraft Prepares To Land On Comet, Solve Lingering Mysteries
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: All good things must come to an end, and so it will be tomorrow when the Rosetta spacecraft makes its planned soft landing onto the surface of c...
04:00 am - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot The Americas Are Now Officially 'Measles-Free'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Americas are now free of measles and we have vaccines to thank, the Pan American Health Organization said earlier this week. This is the first r...
02:00 am - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot The Yahoo Hackers Weren't State-Sponsored, Security Firm Says
itwbennett writes from a report via CSO Online: After Yahoo raised eyebrows in the security community with its claim that state-sponsored hackers were responsible for the history-making breach, securi...
02:00 am - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Google Rebrands 'Apps for Work' To 'G Suite,' Adds New Features
Google has renamed "Apps for Work" to "G Suite" to "help people everywhere work and innovate together, so businesses can move faster and go bigger." They have also added a bunch of new features, such ...
02:00 am - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot IBM Buys Promontory Financial Group
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: IBM said Thursday it plans to acquire compliance consulting firm Promontory Financial Group to bring more financial regulatory expertise to Watson's cog...
02:00 am - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot The Psychological Reasons Behind Risky Password Practices
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: Despite high-profile, large-scale data breaches dominating the news cycle -- and repeated recommendations from experts to use strong passwords -- consume...
12:00 am - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Forms New AI Research Group Led By Harry Shum
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A day after announcing a new artificial intelligence partnership with IBM, Google, Facebook and Amazon, Microsoft is upping the ante within its own...
12:00 am - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot FCC Votes To Upgrade Emergency Smartphone Alerts
After recent bombings, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to update the four-year-old emergency smartphone alerts system, which is used by officials to ping smartphones to alert people of...
12:00 am - Fri, September 30, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: The Washington Post Says It Publishes Something Every Minute -- How Much Is Too Much?
Media outlets are increasingly vying for your attention. But they are also feeding Google's algorithm. Some of them churn hundreds of news articles every day, hoping to offer a diverse range of articl...