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10:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot The Internet Archive Is Building a Canadian Copy To Protect Itself From Trump
The Internet Archive, a digital library nonprofit that preserves billions of webpages for the historical record, is building a backup archive in Canada after the election of Donald Trump. The Verge ad...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Jolla's Sailfish OS Now Certified as Russian Government's First 'Android Alternative'
The future for one of the few remaining alternative mobile OS platforms, Jolla's Sailfish OS, looks to be taking clearer shape. Today the Finnish company which develops and maintains the core code, wi...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Brings Collaborative Editing To PowerPoint On Desktop
Microsoft today said that it has enhanced certain versions of its PowerPoint presentation-building program with real-time collaborative editing. VentureBeat adds: This feature came to Word on desktop ...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot It's Not Just You, iCloud Calendar Spam is On the Rise
New submitter petersike writes: If you're using iCloud to sync your calendar across your devices, chances are you just received a bunch of spammy invites over the last few days. Many users are reporti...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot The UK Is About to Legalize Mass Surveillance [Update]
From a report on Motherboard: On Tuesday, the UK is due to pass its controversial new surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act, according to the Home Office. The Act, which has received overwhel...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Electronics Considers Split as Investor Pressure Builds
Tech giant Samsung Electronics, under pressure from shareholders to improve investor returns, said on Tuesday it will consider creating a holding company in what would be the biggest shake-up in its 4...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Boot Camp Might Damage Speakers on 2016 MacBook Pro
An anonymous reader writes:One of the things an Apple Mac can do that Windows 10 machines can't do -- at least easily and completely legally -- is run both Windows and MacOS. Interestingly, it's Apple...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot This Cyber Monday Was the Biggest Online Shopping Day, Ever
Cyber Monday is likely to have been the biggest online shopping day in history, according to an analysis of visits to US retail websites. Online spending in the US yesterday hit a new record with $3.3...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Uber Drivers Demand Higher Pay in Nationwide Protest
Uber drivers will join forces with fast food, home care and airport workers in a nationwide protest on Tuesday. Their demand: higher pay. From a report on CNET: Calling it the "Day of Disruption," dri...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Russia Falls Behind In Annual Space Launches For First Time Ever
From a report on the Moscow Times: This year, for the first time in history, Russia has fallen behind the United States and China as the world's leading launcher of space rockets. Russia will finish 2...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Said to Plan Premium Alexa Speaker With Large Screen
Amazon's Echo speakers have garnered a lot of interest over the past few months. Many people believe that they like Amazon Echo because of how easy it's to operate -- there is no display, you talk wit...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot The UK Is About to Legalize Mass Surveillance
From a report on Motherboard: On Tuesday, the UK is due to pass its controversial new surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act, according to the Home Office. The Act, which has received overwhel...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Worker Jumps Off Company Building After Email Note
An anonymous reader writes: An Amazon employee was injured when he leaped off a building at the company's Seattle headquarters in what police characterized as a suicide attempt. The man, who wasn't id...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot CNN Acquires Social-Video Startup Beme, Co-Founded By YouTube Star Casey Neistat
CNN announced Monday that it has purchased video-sharing app Beme, and will work with its founder, Casey Neistat, to build a new media brand next year focused on storytelling for a younger audience. C...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Spinal Fluid Changes In Space May Impair Astronauts' Vision, Study Finds
A condition called visual impairment inter cranial pressure syndrome (VIIP) that has been impairing astronauts' vision on the International Space Station is believed to be caused by a build up of cere...
10:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Microbiome Changes Drive the Dieting Yo-Yo Effect, Study Finds
wheelbarrio writes: We've known for a long time that diet-induced weight loss is rarely permanent but until now what has been a frustration for dieters has also been largely a mystery to scientists. A...
08:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot NASA X-Ray Tech Could Enable Superfast Communication In Deep Space
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: New technology could use X-rays to transmit data at high rates over vast distances in outer space, as well as enable communications with hypersonic ...
04:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Japan Fukushima Nuclear Plant 'Clean-Up Costs Double,' Approaching $200 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Japan's government estimates the cost of cleaning up radioactive contamination and compensating victims of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has more th...
04:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Great Barrier Reef Has Worst Coral Die-Off Ever, Report Finds
Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered from its worst coral die-off ever recorded, according to a new study from the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies based ...
02:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot 'DroneGun' Can Take Down Aircraft From Over 1.2 Miles Away
The more drones being sold around the world increases the likelihood of them being used as part of a criminal act. For example, ISIS has been using drones in Iraq to carry and drop explosives. In an e...
02:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Morgan Stanley: Pixel Phone Will Generate Google Almost $4 Billion In Revenue Next Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: With initial Pixel pre-orders exceeding expectations and promising activation numbers from Verizon, Google is on track to sell three million phones...
02:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Turn Nuclear Waste Into Diamond Batteries
Scientists at the University of Bristol have found a way to convert thousands of tons of nuclear waste into man-made diamond batteries that can generate a small electric current for thousands of years...
12:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot EPA Increases Amount of Renewable Fuel To Be Blended Into Gasoline
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final renewable fuel standards for 2017, requiring that fuel suppliers blend an...
12:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Unveils DirecTV Now Streaming TV Service With Over 100 Channels
ATT has officially unveiled its DirecTV Now internet TV streaming service, which launches Wednesday, November 30th, in the U.S. on iPhone, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and PC/Mac, starting at ...
12:00 am - Tue, November 29, 2016
Slashdot EU's Law Enforcement Agency Closes 4,500 Websites Peddling Fake Brands
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: In a massive crackdown, police and law enforcement agencies across Europe have seized more than 4,500 website domains trading in counterfeit goods, o...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Amazon and eBay Sellers' VAT Fraud Rife Despite Crackdown
Huge numbers of VAT fraudsters are illegally selling goods tax-free to British shoppers on Amazon and eBay, despite new government efforts to crack down on this ballooning 1bn pound VAT evasion crisis...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Confirms Its Chinese-Language Chatbot Filters Certain Topics
Microsoft's Chinese-language AI chat bot filters certain topics, the company confirmed Monday, although it did not clarify whether that included interactions deemed politically sensitive. From a repor...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini Models Will Become Obsolete Next Month, Lose Apple Repair Support
An anonymous reader writes: Apple will add certain MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini models to its list of vintage and obsolete products starting next month, which means the products will lose of...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Google Asked to Remove a Billion 'Pirate' Search Results in a Year
Copyright holders asked Google to remove more than 1,000,000,000 allegedly infringing links from its search engine over the past twelve months, TorrentFreak reports. According to stats provided in Goo...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Update Servers Left All Azure RHEL Instances Hackable
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: Microsoft has patched flaws that attackers could exploit to compromise all Azure Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) instances. Software engineer Ian D...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Exec Urges Linux Developers To Try Windows 10
An anonymous reader shares a Softpedia article: Microsoft has finally acknowledged the potential that the open-source world in general, and Linux in particular, boasts, so the company is exploring its...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Fearing Tighter US Visa Regime, Indian IT Firms Rush To Hire
From a report on Reuters: Anticipating a more protectionist US technology visa programme under a Donald Trump administration, India's $150 billion IT services sector will speed up acquisitions in the ...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Buying Stuff On Your Phone Still Sucks
Despite all the advancements smartphone companies have made on the phone, desktop platforms continue to be their preferred way to buy stuff online. CNET spoke with a number of people who not only conf...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Puts New Limit On Customer Reviews: No More Than 5 a Week Except For Verified Purchases
Amazon says it will start capping the number of product reviews any customer can submit in a given week, limiting each person to five/week except for products that have been verified by the company as...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Next iPhone Could Have a Curved Screen, Says WSJ
Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup might include a model with a curved screen similar to Samsung's Edge devices, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke with the Wall Street Journal (paywalled)...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot iOS 10.1.1 Is Causing Battery Issues For Many iPhone Users
An anonymous reader writes: A recent iOS update to 10.1.1 fix Apple's Health application has had unintended consequences for many users -- shutdown at 30% battery remaining and lack of audio using App...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Deutsche Telekom Says 900,000 Fixed-Line Customers Suffer Outages
About 900,000 Deutsche Telekom fixed-line customers have been hit by network outages, the carries said on Monday, and it could not rule out "targeted external factors" as the reason. From a Reuters re...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams
Over the years, Apple may have improved security, filters, and screening process of apps for its Mac's App Store, but even today things the quality of fraudulent apps continue to not only seep through...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Newest Skype For Linux Enables SMS Text Messages From The Desktop
BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft has delivered an incredible feature to Linux-based desktop operating systems by way of the latest Alpha version of its Skype client... The newly-released Skype for Linux...
10:00 am - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot 48 Organizations Now Have Access To Every Brit's Browsing Hstory
schwit1 quotes a report from Zero Hedge on Great Britain's newly-enacted "snoopers' charter":For those who missed our original reports, here is the new law in a nutshell: it requires telecom companies...
06:00 am - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Has Your Team Ever Succumbed To Hype Driven Development?
marekkirejczyk, the VP of Engineering at development shop Daftcode, shares a warning about hype-driven development:Someone reads a blog post, it's trending on Twitter, and we just came back from a con...
04:00 am - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Ron Glass, Firefly's Shepherd Book, Has Died
Slashdot reader tiqui tells us that Emmy-nominated actor Ron Glass has died.The actor was 71 and the family has not released more details of his death, but Firefly/Serenity fans can follow this link t...
02:00 am - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Online Pranksters Mock Trump's $149 Christmas Ornament, Rename Trump Tower on Google Maps
An anonymous reader quotes a Digital Trends story about a suspicious malfunction on Google Maps:At some point yesterday, Donald Trump's Fifth Avenue home was given a rather unceremonious rechristening...
12:00 am - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot You Can Now Rent A Mirai Botnet Of 400,000 Bots
An anonymous reader writes: Two hackers are renting access to a massive Mirai botnet, which they claim has more than 400,000 infected bots, ready to carry out DDoS attacks at anyone's behest. The hack...
12:00 am - Mon, November 28, 2016
Slashdot Julian Assange Could Be Time's 'Person Of The Year', And Is Also Still Not Dead
Long-time Slashdot reader cstacy noticed Saturday that Julian Assange hadn't made any communications or public appearances in six weeks. But today an anonymous reader writes:Julian Assange is still no...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Sugar-Free Products Might Actually Stop Us From Getting Slimmer
Nutritionists suspected that artificial sweeteners weren't really helping people lose weight, according to a new article submitted by schwit1. Now there's hints of proof in a new aspartame study by th...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Self-Driving Trucks Begin Real-World Tests on Ohio's Highways
An anonymous reader writes:"A vehicle from self-driving truck maker Otto will travel a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 on Monday in central Ohio..." reports the Associated Press. The truck "will trav...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Ransomware Compromises San Francisco's Mass Transit System
Buses and light rail cars make San Francisco's "Muni" fleet the seventh largest mass transit system in America. But yesterday its arrival-time screens just displayed the message "You Hacked, ALL Data ...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Successfully Achieve Suspended Animation With Mouse Embryos
"It was completely surprising. We were standing around in the tissue culture room, scratching our heads, and saying 'Wow, what do we make of this?'" An anonymous reader quotes Engadget's report on new...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Will Trump Protect America's IT Workers From H-1B Visa Abuses?
Monday president-elect Donald Trump sent "the strongest signal yet that the H-1B visa program is going get real scrutiny once he takes office," according to CIO.Slashdot reader OverTheGeicoE summarize...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot 'No Man's Sky' Releases Huge New 'Foundation' Update
"No Man's Sky changed a great deal this morning, getting new modes and a ton of gameplay tweaks thanks to update 1.1, the largest one yet," reports Kotaku. Calling it "the first of many free updates,"...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Places A Big Bet on Quantum-Dot TV, Acquires QD Vision
Quantum-dot televisions promise "better picture quality and are also cheaper to manufacture than organic light-emitting diode sets," ZDNet reports. And now Samsung has confirmed their acquisition of M...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Brain Cancer Patients Live Longer By Sending Electric Fields Through Their Heads
IEEE Spectrum reports on a "radical new weapon" against brain tumors -- only available since 2015. They profile a typical patient who "wears electrodes on her head all day and night to send an electri...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot New 'Doom 3' Mod Successfully Ports It Into Virtual Reality
When it comes to VR ports of popular games, "Doom 3's fluid weapon handling, interactivity, and general creepiness put it in a different class entirely," writes Motherboard. An anonymous reader quotes...
10:00 am - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Crowdsourced Volunteers Search For Solutions To Fake News
Upworthy co-founder Eli Pariser is leading a group of online volunteers hunting for ways to respond to the spread of fake news. An anonymous reader quotes Wired UK:Inside a Google Doc, volunteers are ...
06:00 am - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Believe There's Finally A Cure For The Common Cold
schwit1 writes:After decades of research, the fabled cure for the common cold could be on its way in the form of a nasal spray called SynGEM, the brainchild of a Dutch biotechnology company. After suc...
04:00 am - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Black Friday Protest Sites Included An Amazon Warehouse
An anonymous reader writes:Friday a group of protesters picketed Amazon's warehouse in Dunfermline, Scotland, alleging workers there face "up to 60 hours per week for little more than the minimum wage...
02:00 am - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Lawrence Lessig Calls For The Electoral College to Choose Clinton Over Trump
Lawrence Lessig's new op-ed in the Washington Post argues against the idea "that the person who lost the popular vote this year must nonetheless become our president." (Paywalled version here, free ve...
12:00 am - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Schools Funded By Gates and Zuckerberg Ordered Closed In Uganda
Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are two investors in Bridge International Academies. But in Uganda, the group's 63 schools have been "ordered to shut down in a matter of weeks, leaving the lives of tho...
12:00 am - Sun, November 27, 2016
Slashdot Own An Open Source RISC-V Microcontroller
"Did you ever think it would be great if hardware was open to the transistor level, not just the chip level?" writes hamster_nz, pointing to a new Crowd Supply campaign for the OnChip Open-V microcont...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Open-Source Hardware Makers Unite To Start Certifying Products
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld on the new certifications from the Open Source Hardware Association:The goal of certification is to clearly identify open-source hardware separate from the mish-ma...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Yesterday Saw $3.3 Billion In Online Purchases
Friday humanity set a new record for the most money ever spent online in a single day -- and the most ever purchased on mobile devices. An anonymous reader writes: Online sales reached $3.34 billion y...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Fidel Castro Is Dead
Striek quotes the New York Times: Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century a...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Delete Yourself From Many Internet Sites By Pressing This Button
Two Swedish developers have created a site offering a way to wipe your entire existence off the internet in a few clicks. schwit1 quotes The Next Web: When logging into the website with a Google accou...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Science Journals Caught Publishing Fake Research For Cash
Tuesday a Canadian journalist described his newest victory in his war on fake-science journals. An anonymous reader writes:In 2014, journalist Tom Spears intentionally wrote "the world's worst science...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot O'Reilly Discounts Every eBook By 50%
On Friday, O'Reilly Media announced "Our Cyber Monday sale starts now."An anonymous reader writes: They're offering a 50% discount on every ebook they publish -- over 14,000 titles from O'Reilly, No S...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot False Porn-on-CNN Report Shows How Quickly Fake News Spreads
Slashdot reader xtsigs writes: "No, despite what you read, CNN did not run porn for 30 minutes Thursday, as was reported by Fox News, the New York Post, Variety and other news organizations, several o...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Has The 'Hour of Code' Turned Into a Giant Corporate Infomercial?
It happens every December. During "Computer Science Education Week," schools around the world dedicate a special hour towards getting kids excited about programming. But theodp writes: With Microsoft,...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Advertising Company AppNexus Bans Breitbart News Over Hate Speech
Mark Wilson quotes a report from BetaNews: Right-wing website Breitbart -- the darling of the so-called alt-right movement (which it defines as being "younger people who are anti-globalists, very nati...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is Working With LG On Next-Gen 3D Camera For 2017 iPhone, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: A brief report in The Korea Economic Daily claims that Apple is working with LG on a new dual camera module "which enables 3D photographing." LG alrea...
08:00 am - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot An Underground Ice Deposit On Mars Is Bigger Than New Mexico
schwit1 quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: A single underground deposit of ice on Mars contains about as much water as there is in Michigan's Lake Superior, according to new research from NASA. T...
04:00 am - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Consumer Reports: Tesla's Model X Is 'Fast and Flawed'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MarketWatch: Tesla Motors Inc. was dealt a blow earlier this week as Consumer Reports magazine called the Model X, its much-awaited and much-feted SUV, a "flaw...
04:00 am - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot 6 Major Countries Have Recently Announced Plans To Phase-Out All Coal-Fired Power Plants
At least 6 major countries, including Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland, have all recently -- several within the past few weeks -- announced the imminent phase-out of all c...
02:00 am - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread 'Fake News' During Election, Experts Say
According to the Washington Post (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternate source), the "fake news" phenomenon that circulated thousands of phony stories during the election was aided by a sophisti...
02:00 am - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Is Working On a New Design Language For Windows 10 Codenamed Project NEON
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Windows Central: Microsoft has made several adjustments to its design language over the last few years, starting with Windows 8 and evolving into what we now k...
02:00 am - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Had 'Forbidden' Internet Connection At the Pentagon, Says Report
According to The New Yorker, President-elect Donald Trump's national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, installed a secret internet connection into his office at the Pentagon even thoug...
12:00 am - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Edward Snowden Loses Norway Safe Passage Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Edward Snowden's bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the U.S. if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court. The f...
12:00 am - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Green Party Calls For Recount, Wants To Push For Open-Source Voting Machines
The Green party candidate in the U.S. presidential election, Jill Stein, has raised over $5 million in donations to fund a recount in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which are the states key to...
12:00 am - Sat, November 26, 2016
Slashdot Locky Ransomware Uses Decoy Image Files To Ambush Facebook, LinkedIn Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A low-tech but cunning malware program is worrying security researchers after it started spreading rapidly in the past week through a new attack ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Japan Eyes World's Fastest-Known Supercomputer, To Spend Over $150M On It
Japan plans to build the world's fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country's manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Toyota's Battery 'Breakthrough' Can Lead To More Range, Longer Life
Toyota thinks it's found a way to create more efficient EV batteries. The car company is calling its method, which allows a free flow of lithium ions from the cathode to the anode, the "world's first ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Uber Is About to Face a Landmark Battle in Europe
In a case which could affect other app-based startups, Uber will seek to convince Europe's top court next week that it is a digital service, not a transport company. The outcome could determine whethe...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Iceland is Suing a Supermarket That's Using Its Name
In a case which could puzzle copyright, trademark, and intellectual property offices, Iceland (the country) is not happy with a Britain supermarket chain, which is also called Iceland. From a CNN repo...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot For the First Time, Living Cells Have Formed Carbon-Silicon Bonds
From a ScienceDaily alert: Scientists have managed to coax living cells into making carbon-silicon bonds, demonstrating for the first time that nature can incorporate silicon -- one of the most abunda...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot $1 Billion Getty Images Public Domain Photograph Dispute is Over
Earlier this year, photographer Carol Highsmith received a $120 settlement demand from Getty Images after she used one of her own public domain images on her website (which is she had donated to the L...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot UK Revises Safe Flying Drone Code
The UK's drone code has been revised and updated to help pilots of the unmanned craft ensure they fly the gadgets safely. From a BBC report: The revised code turns the five main safety tips into a mne...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Police in UK Warn About Dating Apps After Serial Killer Conviction
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Police are warning people who use dating sites and dating apps to take extra precautions to ensure their safety. The advice comes after serial killer Stephen Port wh...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot VLC Media Player Previews 360-degree Video Support
VideoLAN has released a technical preview of VLC Media Player 3.0 with 360-degree video support. The new build handles videos following the Spatial Video format, and photos and panoramas following the...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Shares Windows 10 Telemetry Data With Third Parties
An anonymous reader shares a report: To help with the smooth running of Windows 10, and to get an idea of how users interact with the operating system, Microsoft collects telemetry data, which include...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Google's DeepMind Made an AI Watch Close To 5000 Videos So That It Surpasses Humans in Lip-Reading
A new AI tool created by Google and Oxford University researchers could significantly improve the success of lip-reading and understanding for the hearing impaired. In a recently released paper on the...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot China Travel Firm Ctrip To Buy Skyscanner For $2.5 Billion
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ctrip.com International will buy British flight price-checking site Skyscanner for about S$ 2.5 billion, as China's largest online travel firm explores ways to exp...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot IBM To Pay More Than $30 Million in Compensation For Census Fail
IBM will pay more than $30 million in compensation for its role in the bungled census, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has indicated. From a report: The Prime Minister described the four Di...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Android Malware Used To Hack and Steal Tesla Car
An anonymous reader writes: By leveraging security flaws in the Tesla Android app, an attacker can steal Tesla cars. The only hard part is tricking Tesla owners into installing an Android app on their...
10:00 am - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Virtual Reality is Pushing Gaming Into Another 'Golden Age': Xbox Co-founder
From a CNBC report:The Xbox and PS2 were two of the most popular consoles ever and now gaming is entering "another golden age," according to Otto Berkes (a pioneer of the gaming industry), driven by v...
06:00 am - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Will Farming Be Fully Automated in the Future?
BBC has a report today in which, citing several financial institutions and analysts, it claims that in the not-too-distant future, our fields could be tilled, sown, tended and harvested entirely by fl...
04:00 am - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Right-Wing and Fake News Writers Are Now Going After Elon Musk
Fake news galvanized US president-elect Donald Trump's supporters, and sullied his enemies. Now it may be Elon Musk's turn. Quartz adds: The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has his fair share of detractors, b...
02:00 am - Fri, November 25, 2016
Slashdot Finland Set To Become First Country To Ban Coal Use For Energy
Finland could become the first country to ditch coal for good. As part of a new energy and climate strategy due to be announced tomorrow, the government is considering banning the burning of coal for ...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Set To Win EU Approval for LinkedIn Buy
Microsoft is set to gain EU approval for its $26 billion buy of professional social network LinkedIn with tweaks to concessions aimed at addressing competition concerns, three people close to the matt...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Faraday Future's Factory Construction Paused; Shipping Timelines at Risk
Electric vehicle maker Faraday Future may not be able to make its first cars in time to hits its 2017 shipping deadlines, according to a new report by the Financial Times. From a report on TechCrunch:...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Russian Hacker Conspiracy Theory is Weak, But the Case For Paper Ballots is Strong
On Wednesday, J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan's Center for Computer Security & Society and a respected voice in computer science and information society, said that th...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Apple Releases macOS 10.12 Sierra Open Source Darwin Code
An anonymous reader writes:Apple has released the open source Darwin code for macOS 10.12 Sierra. The code, located on Apple's open source website, can be accessed via direct link now, although it doe...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Reddit CEO Admits To Editing User Comments Amid Pizzagate Malarkey
Steve Huffman, CEO of Reddit, today admitted to editing several comments that criticized him on the site. He made the admission on Reddit, where he posts under the username Spez. CNET adds: Huffman go...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Makes Good On Its Promise To Delete 'Incentivized' Reviews
Amazon is making good on its promise to ban "incentivized" reviews from its website, according to a new analysis of over 32,000 products and around 65 million reviews. From a TechCrunch article: The b...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Google Sends State-Sponsored Hack Warnings To Journalists and Professors
An anonymous reader shares an IBTimes report: Numerous journalists and professors are taking to social media to report that they have received an alarming message regarding state-sponsored hacking whe...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Personal Data For More Than 130,000 Sailors Hacked: U.S. Navy
Hackers gained access to sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, for 134,386 current and former U.S. sailors, the U.S. Navy has said. According to Reuters: It said a laptop used by a...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Security Researchers Can Turn Headphones Into Microphones
As if we don't already have enough devices that can listen in on our conversations, security researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University have created malware that will turn your headphones into micr...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Nearly 40% of Americans Would Give Up Sex For Better Online Security, Survey Finds
A recent survey of over 2,000 adults conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Dashlane, a "leader in online identity and password management," found that nearly 40 percent of Americans would give up sex ...
08:00 am - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot ESA: European Mars Lander Crash Caused By 1-Second Glitch
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: The European Space Agency (ESA) on Nov. 23 said its Schiaparelli lander's crash landing on Mars on Oct. 19 followed an unexplained saturation of its...
04:00 am - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Create Battery That Charges In Seconds and Lasts For Days
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Telegraph: A new type of battery that lasts for days with only a few seconds' charge has been created by researchers at the University of Central Florida. ...
04:00 am - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Trump To Scrap NASA Climate Research In Crackdown On 'Politicized Science'
dryriver quotes a report from The Guardian: Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by NASA as part of a crackdown on "politicized science," his senior adviser on iss...
02:00 am - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Solitaire Collection From Windows 10 Now Available For Android and iOS
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: Back in the the mid-1990's, everyone thought they needed a computer. After all, Windows 95 made using one particularly easy, and the internet was a very att...
02:00 am - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Google's AI Translation Tool Creates Its Own Secret Language
After a little over a month of learning more languages to translate beyond Spanish, Google's recently announced Neural Machine Translation system has used deep learning to develop its own internal lan...
02:00 am - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Telegram Launches Telegraph, An Anonymous Blogging Platform
Telegram has unveiled a new blogging platform called Telegraph, which offers fast publishing and anonymous posting without requiring you to sign up or sign in via social media. The Verge reports: The ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Group Offices Raided By Korean Prosecutors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: South Korean prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Group on Wednesday, a prosecution official said, after media reports of alleged links with a co...
12:00 am - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Office 365 in 10 New Markets, Eyes Expansion in Nearly 100 New Markets By Next Year
Microsoft is bringing Office 365 to 10 new markets. The company today announced that people in Bhutan, Cambodia, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Laos, Maldives, Martinique, Mozambique, Myanmar, and Vatican Cit...
12:00 am - Thu, November 24, 2016
Slashdot Snowden Can Be Asked To Testify In Person In Germany NSA Probe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Whistleblower Edward Snowden can be asked to give evidence in person by a German committee probing the NSA's spying activities, the country's Fed...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot UK Plans To Censor Online Videos Of 'Non-Conventional' Sex Acts
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: The UK government's relationship with the web is something of a checkered one. Keen to pander to the fear of concerned hand-wringers, we've seen torrent sites blocke...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Google Quietly Phases Out 'Google Cast' Branding for TVs, Speakers
Google can't seem to settle for a good name for its media-streaming device. The company is changing Google Cast branding to Chromecast, it subtly announced this week on Twitter. The tech giant has bee...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot China Breaks Patent Application Record
China-based inventors applied for a record-setting number of patents last year. The country accounted for more than a million submissions, according to an annual report by the World Intellectual Prope...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Trump Says He's Going To 'Get Apple To Build a Big Plant In the United States'
In a Tuesday interview with The New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said that he would incentivize Apple to "build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States." ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot BBC Planning 'Netflix of the Spoken Word' to Take Radio Content Global
Georg Szalai, reporting for Hollywood Reporter: "The BBC makes the best radio in the world," says director general Tony Hall. British public broadcaster BBC plans to launch a "Netflix of the spoken wo...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot FBI Hacked Over 8,000 Computers In 120 Countries Based on One Warrant
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: In January, Motherboard reported on the FBI's "unprecedented" hacking operation, in which the agency, using a single warrant, deployed malware to over one thousa...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Sony Accused of Censoring Negative Feedback On Its Bravia TVs Ahead of Black Fri
An anonymous reader writes: Disgruntled owners of Sony's Bravia televisions have accused the company of "censoring" its community forums by preventing users from reporting technical issues. Several us...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Clinton Urged To Challenge Election Results Due To Possible Hacking [Update]
Reader Bruha writes: After examining results in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin computer scientists have discovered Clinton averaged 7% worse in counties with e voting machines vs. counties with...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot China's NextEV NIO EP9 Claims To Be 'World's Fastest' Electric Supercar
Brandon Hill, writing for HotHardware: NextEV, a Chinese manufacturer that fields a team in Formula E, is looking to take the world by storm with its EP9. Launching under the NIO sub-brand, the EP9 is...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Apple Captures Record 91 Percent of Global Smartphone Profits: Research
Apple has captured a record share of profits in the global smartphone industry in the third quarter, according to new research, despite grappling with falling iPhone sales. From a report on CNBC:Third...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Opera Browser Asked to Blacklist Pirate Sites in 'Turbo Mode'
Opera web browser's 'Turbo Mode' is designed to speed up browsing. As a side effect, it also bypasses website blocks, something popular with pirates. However, it appears that the company has been in t...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Tech Firms Seek To Frustrate Internet History Log Law
Plans to keep a record of UK citizens' online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people's browser histories. Internet providers will soon be required to record w...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot US Regulators Seek To Reduce Road Deaths With Smartphone 'Driving Mode'
US regulators are seeking to reduce smartphone-related vehicle deaths with a new driving-safe mode that would block or modify apps to prevent them being a distraction while on the road. From a report ...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Clinton Urged To Challenge Election Results Due To Possible Hacking
Reader Bruha writes: After examining results in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin computer scientists have discovered Clinton averaged 7% worse in counties with e voting machines vs. counties with...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot WordPress Auto-Update Server Had Flaw Allowing Persistent Backdoors In Websites
mask.of.sanity quotes a report from The Register: Up to a quarter of all websites on the internet could have been breached through a since-patched vulnerability that allowed WordPress' core update ser...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot US Navy's High-Tech Ship Loses Power In Panama Canal
bsharma writes: USS Zumwalt suffered engine failure and collided with lock walls while transiting the Panama Canal. The ship lost propulsion in its port shaft during the transit and the crew saw water...
08:00 am - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot American Computer Scientists Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton Receive Presidential Medals of Freedom
An anonymous reader quotes a report from FedScoop: President Barack Obama awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom to two storied women in tech -- one posthumously to Grace Hopper, known as the "first l...
04:00 am - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Google Will Tell You How Crowded Places Are In Real Time
Google is updating their "Popular Times" feature in Search and Maps with real-time data that will be able to tell you how busy a place is in real time. PC Magazine reports: "Just in time for the Black...
02:00 am - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Said To Create Censorship Tool To Get Back Into China
The New York Times is reporting (Warning: may be paywalled, alternate source) that Facebook has created a censorship tool to automatically suppress certain posts in specific geographic areas of China,...
02:00 am - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Malicious Video Link Can Cause Any iOS Device To Freeze
A new bug in iOS has surfaced that will cause any iOS device to freeze when trying to view a certain .mp4 video in Safari. YouTube channel EverythingApplePro explains the bug in a video titled "This V...
02:00 am - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Trump Admits 'Some Connectivity' Between Climate Change and Human Activity
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: President-elect Donald Trump conceded Tuesday there is "some connectivity" between human activity and climate change and wavered on whether he would pull ...
12:00 am - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Surveillance Firm 'Geofeedia' Cuts Half of Staff After Losing Access To Twitter, Facebook
In mid-October, an American Civil Liberties Union issued a report accusing police of using Geofeedia -- a CIA-backed social-media monitoring platform -- to track protests and other large gatherings. A...
12:00 am - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Tor-Enabled Smartphone Is Antidote To Google 'Hostility' Over Android, Says Developer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Tor Project recently announced the release of its prototype for a Tor-enabled smartphone -- an Android phone beefed up with privacy and secur...
12:00 am - Wed, November 23, 2016
Slashdot Google Search Results Have Liberal Bias, Study Finds
According to a new study reported by The Wall Street Journal, Google's search results tend to lean liberal. "An analysis by online-search marketer CanIRank.com found that 50 recent searches for politi...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Runs an Entire Island on Solar Power
Jon Fingas, writing for Engadget:Now that Tesla has officially acquired SolarCity, it's not wasting any time showing what the combined entity can do. Tesla has revealed that it's running the island of...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot No Evidence of Aloe Vera Found in the Aloe Vera at Wal-Mart, CVS
From a Bloomberg report:The aloe vera gel many Americans buy to soothe damaged skin contains no evidence of aloe vera at all. Samples of store-brand aloe gel purchased at national retailers Wal-Mart, ...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Explains How He Hacked Into Tel Aviv's Public Wi-Fi Network In Three Days
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Israeli hacker Amihai Neiderman needed three days to hack into Tel Aviv's free public Wi-Fi. He only worked during the evenings, after he came hom...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Study: Most Students Can't Spot Fake News
Even those who think that the U.S. Presidential election wasn't affected by the swath of fake news articles swirling on Facebook and other social media networks, they tend to agree that there is a lot...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Fedora 25 Now Available -- Makes It Easier To Switch From Windows 10 Or Mac
Reader BrianFagioli writes: After the release of both alpha and beta versions, Fedora 25 is officially here and ready for production machines. If you aren't familiar with the popular Linux-based opera...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's Latest Experiment: Helping You Find Free Wi-Fi Hotspots
Users of the social network's iOS app report seeing a new feature in the More section that lets them find nearby public Wi-Fi access points. From a MacWorld story: The feature does not appear to be wi...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Aussie Internet Pirates Are The Best Customers
A report commissioned by the Australian government has found a drop in piracy rates for 2016. The fall is being attributed to improved availability of legal streaming alternatives, but as TorrentFreak...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Trump: I'll Ditch TPP Trade Deal on Day One of My Presidency
US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that the U.S. will pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- a trade deal involving 12 Pacific Rim nations -- "on day one" of his presidency. Fro...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot ATM Hacks in 'More Than a Dozen' European Countries in 2016
Cybercriminals have hacked ATMs in more than a dozen countries in Europe this year using software that forces the machines to spit out cash, according to Russian cybersecurity firm Group IB. ZDNet add...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Almost Half the World Will be Online by End of 2016
By the end of this year, almost half of the world's population will be using the internet, partly because of growth of mobile networks and internet access becoming affordable to many, a United Nations...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's Solar-Powered Drone Under Investigation After 'Accident'
Facebook has hit a hitch in its plans to use a solar-powered unmanned drone to provide internet access to developing nations, after it was revealed the American National Transportation Safety Board (N...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Wants To Include Live Sports as Part of Prime Membership
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon's next Prime membership benefit could be the ability to stream live sports. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Amazon is in talks with leagues like the NFL...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Are You Ashamed of Your Code?
Programmer and teacher Bill Sourour wrote a post last week called "Code I'm Still Ashamed Of," where he recounts a story in which he was hired to write code for a pharmaceutical company. Little did he...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot 'ClickClickClick' Site Reveals How Much Browsers Know About Your Online Behavior
mi writes: The site called ClickClickClick annotates your every move on its one and only page. Turn on the sound to listen to verbal annotations in addition to reading them. The same is possible for, ...
08:00 am - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot US Dementia Rates Drop 24%, New Study Finds
A new study involving more than 21,000 people across the country finds that dementia rates in people over age 65 fell from 11.6 percent in 2000 to 8.8 percent in 2012 -- a decline of 24 percent. CNN r...
04:00 am - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Sea Ice In Arctic and Antarctic Is At Record Low Levels This Year
dryriver quotes a report from CNN: For what appears to be the first time since scientists began keeping track, sea ice in the Arctic and the Antarctic are at record lows this time of year. "It looks l...
04:00 am - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot China To Build a Solar Plant In Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Two Chinese firms plan to build a solar power plant in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, which has been off limits since a deva...
02:00 am - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Canada Plans To Phase Out Coal-Powered Electricity By 2030
Last week, French president Francois Hollande announced that France will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2023. This week, Canada's environment minister, Kathleen McKenna, announced that C...
02:00 am - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Trump Names Two Opponents of Net Neutrality To Oversee FCC Transition Team
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: President-elect Donald Trump has appointed two new advisers to his transition team that will oversee his FCC and telecommunications policy agenda. Bot...
02:00 am - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot US Sets Plan To Build Two Exascale Supercomputers
dcblogs quotes a report from Computerworld: The U.S. believes it will be ready to seek vendor proposals to build two exascale supercomputers -- costing roughly $200 to $300 million each -- by 2019. Th...
12:00 am - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot 4K Netflix Arrives On Windows 10, But Only Via Microsoft's Edge Browser
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Netflix 4K streaming is finally heading to Windows PCs this week. While a number of TVs and set-top-boxes already support 4K Netflix streams, the PC...
12:00 am - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Launches Disappearing Live Video and Messages
Instagram is continuing to add features to its service to woo Snapchat and Periscope users. Today, the company will be rolling out two big new features to Instagram Stories on iOS and Android: live vi...
12:00 am - Tue, November 22, 2016
Slashdot Panasonic Invests $60 Million In World's First Laundry-Folding Robot
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Telegraph.co.uk: Panasonic has invested tens of millions of dollars in a robot that can reduce the time it takes to wash clothes by sorting clean items and fol...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Samsung and Panasonic Accused Over Supply Chain Labour Abuses in Malaysia
Samsung and Panasonic, two of the world's leading electronics brands, are facing allegations that workers in their supply chains are being duped, exploited and underpaid in Malaysia. From a report on ...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot China Says Terrorism, Fake News Impel Greater Global Internet Curbs
China's ambitions to tighten up regulation of the Internet have found a second wind in old fears -- terrorism and fake news. Chinese officials and business leaders speaking at the third World Internet...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Symantec To Acquire LifeLock for $2.3B
Symantec is acquiring identity-theft protection firm LifeLock for $2.3 billion, the companies announced today. It's the company's latest move to branch out from malware protection into cybersecurity, ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's x86 on ARM64 Emulation: A Windows 10 Redstone 3 Fall 2017 Feature
Mary Jo Foley, reporting for ZDNet:Since January 2016 (and maybe before), there's been talk that Microsoft was working on bringing x86 emulation to ARM processors. Sources of mine are now saying that ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Says He Can't Pardon Snowden
Joe Mullin, writing for Ars Technica:A campaign to pardon NSA leaker Edward Snowden, launched in combination with a fawning Oliver Stone film about him, hasn't made any headway. The request spurred th...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Google Plans To Remove 'In the News' Section From Its Desktop Search Following 'Fake News' Criticism
Nathan McAlone, reporting for BusinessInsider: Following criticism over fake news on its platform, Google plans to remove its "In the news" section from the top of desktop search results in a matter o...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Swap Faulty iPhone 6S Batteries
Apple is offering to replace the batteries of a "small number" of iPhone 6S phones with a fault that makes them unexpectedly shut down. The phones with this fault were manufactured between September a...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Acquires SolarCity: Little Can Stand in Elon Musk's Way When He Wants Something
An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: You have to hand it to Elon Musk. He didn't just sell the deal of his life last week when shareholders of Tesla and SolarCity agreed to a merger. He pulled of...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot 'Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.'
The New York Times ran a strong opinion piece that talks about one critical reason why everyone should quit social media: your career is dependent on it. The other argues that by spending time on soci...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Apple Abandons Development of Wireless Routers, To Focus On Products That Return More Profit
Apple has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers in a move that further sharpens the company's focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue, Bloomberg reports. From ...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Buys Dyn DNS Provider
Oracle announced today it is buying DNS provider Dyn, a company that was in the press lately after it was hit by a large-scale DDoS attack in October that resulted in many popular websites becoming in...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Partners With D-Link To Deliver Speedier Wi-Fi in Rural Regions
Microsoft has partnered with networking equipment manufacturer D-Link to deliver speedier Wi-Fi to rural communities around the world. From a report on ZDNet:Dubbed "Super Wi-Fi", the wireless infrast...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Walmart Tests Blockchain For Use In Food Recalls
An anonymous reader quotes a Bloomberg article about Walmart:Like most merchants, the world's largest retailer struggles to identify and remove food that's been recalled. When a customer becomes ill, ...
10:00 am - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot EFF Report Finds 74% Of Censorship News Stories Are About Facebook
An anonymous reader writes:OnlineCensorship.org just released a new report "to provide an objective, data-driven voice in the conversation around commercial content moderation." They're collecting med...
06:00 am - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Android User Locked Out Of Google Accounts After Moving To A New City
Slashdot reader troublemaker_23 shares a post from ITWireAn Android user has been locked out of his Google account apparently because he moved... The explanation offered by Google support staff was th...
04:00 am - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot 2016 Winners Announced For Interactive Fiction Competition
An anonymous reader writes:This week IFComp 2016 announced the winners in their 22nd annual interactive fiction competition. After a seven-week play period, the entry with the highest average rating w...
02:00 am - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could A 'Smart Firewall' Protect IoT Devices?
To protect our home networks from IoT cracking, Ceaus wants to see a smart firewall:It's a small box (the size of a Raspberry Pi) with two ethernet ports you put in front of your ISP router. This fire...
12:00 am - Mon, November 21, 2016
Slashdot One Third of California's Trees Are Dead
"There are about 21 million acres of trees spread across California's 18 national forests, and the latest figures show 7.7 million of them -- more than one-third -- are dead." An anonymous reader quot...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Humble Bundle Supports The EFF With A LEGO eBook Sale
The EFF is describing it as "a break for your brain." An anonymous reader writes:Humble Bundle has announced a special "pay what you want" sale for four ebooks about LEGO from No Starch Press, with pr...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Google Opens Real-World 'Google Shops' in Canada
Streetlight writes:Google is moving towards a physical presence in Best Buy stores...mimicking what Samsung has done. Hopefully the "stores" are staffed with competent professionals that know what the...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot London's Mayor Wants Volkswagen To Pay $3 Million In Lost Tolls
dkatana writes: Since the U.K. government has done nothing to make Volkswagen pay for Dieselgate, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, is asking VW to come up with 2.5 million pounds ($3 million) to compe...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Spammers Compromised Popular Twitter Accounts Including Viacom And Microsoft Xbox
"A number of popular Twitter accounts suddenly wanted to help you add more followers," joked Engadget. An anonymous reader writes:Early Saturday morning, due to a breach of the Twitter Counter analyti...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Google Bans Hundreds Of Pixel Phone Resellers From Their Google Accounts
Hundreds of Google users just lost access to their emails, photos, documents, "and anything else linked to their Google identity," writes the Guardian, reporting on "hundreds of people who took advant...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot A Windows 10 Alternative: Ubuntu-Based Zorin OS Linux Distro
"With a click of a button, you can change the desktop layout to match that of Windows versions and Gnome 3. The Ultimate edition...also features Ubuntu, Gnome 2 and macOS-like layouts." BrianFagioli s...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat CEO Predicts Open Source Infrastructures With Proprietary Business Functionality
An anonymous reader summarizes the highlights of Fortune's new interview with Red Hat CEO James Whitehurst:A recruiter told Whitehurst the culture at Red Hat was "a little bit like that Blues Brothers...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Flying Robot Ambulance Finally Takes Its First Flight
What weighs 2,400 pounds, flies 100 miles per hour, and doesn't haven't a pilot? An anonymous reader writes:This week Popular Science remembers a 2007 article which discovered "an amazing machine of t...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Why Automation Won't Displace Human Workers
"There was never a job opening for a drone pilot until there was something to fly," writes the founder of market research firm Beagle Research Group, arguing that automation won't inevitably lead soci...
10:00 am - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Snopes.com Editor on Fake News: Social Media Is Not the Problem
"Honestly, most of the fake news is incredibly easy to debunk because it's such obvious bullshit..." says Brooke Binkowski, the managing editor of the fact-checking at Snopes.com. "It's not social med...
06:00 am - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Feeding Seaweed To Cows Eliminates Methane Emissions
Dave Knott writes:A Canadian farmer has "helped lead to a researcher's discovery of an unlikely weapon in the battle against global warming: a seaweed that nearly eliminates the destructive methane co...
06:00 am - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Second Chinese Firm In a Week Found Hiding a Backdoor In Android Firmware
An anonymous reader quotes Bleeping Computer:Security researchers have discovered that third-party firmware included with over 2.8 million low-end Android smartphones allows attackers to compromise Ov...
02:00 am - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Commercial-Mining Drones Keep Getting Attacked By Eagles
An anonymous reader summarizes an article from ABC News:The world's seventh-biggest gold producer has lost more than nine drones because of eagle attacks. "People couldn't believe I was able to get su...
12:00 am - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Dutch Science Academy Plans A Women-Only Election
greg65535 writes: In order to reduce its gender imbalance, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam will hold special election rounds, one in 2017 and one in 2018, for wh...
12:00 am - Sun, November 20, 2016
Slashdot Should Domain-Name Registrations Require A Verifiable Real Name?
lpress writes:The Internet was a major source of news -- fake and real -- during the election campaign. The operators of fake sites, whether motivated by politics or greed, are often anonymous. We avo...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Is Google's AI-Driven Image-Resizing Algorithm Dishonest?
The Stack reports on Google's "new research into upscaling low-resolution images using machine learning to 'fill in' the missing details," arguing this is "a questionable stance...continuing to propag...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot cURL Author Is Getting Tech Support Emails From Car Owners
AmiMoJo writes:The author of the popular cURL utility has been receiving requests for help from frustrated car owners having difficulty with their infotainment systems... [B]ecause his email address i...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Announces Facebook Will Fight Fake News -- Next To An Ad With Fake News
An anonymous reader writes:"We take misinformation seriously," Facebook's CEO announced in a late-night status update Friday. "Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful,...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Intel's 4004 Microprocessor Turns 45
mcpublic writes: Tuesday marked the 45th anniversary of the 4004, Intel's first microprocessor chip, announced to the world in the November 15, 1971 issue of Electronic News . It seems that everyone (...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot MongoDB CEO Claims They're Luring Customers From Oracle
"MongoDB is increasingly encroaching on Oracle's database lead -- with enterprises becoming more and more confident with the maturing NoSQL technology," according to Diginomica, citing this new interv...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Barnes & Noble Announces A New $50 Android Tablet
Next Friday Barnes & Noble will release a $50 Android tablet, competing against Amazon's tablets with a more-open version of Android.Long-time Slashdot reader Robotech_Master writes: The specs are...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Privacy Group Sues The FBI, Demanding Details About Biometric Database Sharing
Trailrunner7 writes: A major privacy group has filed a lawsuit against the FBI to force the bureau to release all relevant documents about its plan to share a huge amount of biometric information with...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot New York's District Attorney: Roll Back Apple's iPhone Encryption
An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Thursday that he wants Apple's encryption to go back to how it was in early 2014. Back then, police could basically ext...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot The Next iPhone Will Feature An OLED Display, Says Bloomberg
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple Inc. has big plans to outfit its next iPhone with vibrant, energy-sipping organic LED displays, seeking to entice consumers with new technolog...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Intel Lays Roadmap For 100-Fold AI Performance Boost With Nervana and Knights
MojoKid writes: Intel is laying out its roadmap to advance artificial intelligence performance across the board. Nervana Systems, a company that Intel acquired just a few months ago, will play a pivot...
08:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Final NASA Eagleworks Paper Confirms Promising EM Drive Results
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hacked: Earlier this month Hacked reported that a draft version of the much expected EmDrive paper by the NASA Eagleworks team, had been leaked. Now, the final...
04:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Discover Antibody That Neutralizes 98% of HIV Strains
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Inquisitr: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced this week that a "remarkable" breakthrough has been made in the stud...
04:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot WHO: Zika No Longer a World Health Emergency
The mosquito-borne Zika virus that causes microcephaly and other birth defects is no longer a world health emergency, according to the World Health Organization. It is a virus that requires a long-ter...
02:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Which Windows Laptop Could Replace a MacBook Pro?
Last month, Apple unveiled new MacBook Pros, featuring an OLED Touch Bar, Touch ID, and all-new form factor that shaves off roughly 3mm in thickness. There are three base versions of the 13-inch MacBo...
02:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Major Cyberlocker EX.UA To Shut Down Amid Police Crackdown
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Earlier this week, news broke that following a complaint from the MPAA, local piracy giant FS.to was raided by police, with more than 60 servers ...
02:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Now Sells Cars
Fiat Chrysler said it has teamed up with Amazon to sell its cars via the e-commerce company's site. Not only will you be able to order a car with a simple click online, but doing so will earn you an a...
12:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Not a Bad Quarter To Be a GPU Vendor
Jeremy Hellstrom, writing for PC Perspective (edited):Compared to Q2 2016, total GPU shipments including discrete and integral chips in the mobile and desktop markets increased by 20%; good but not en...
12:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot Internet of Things Set To Change the Face of Dementia Care
The internet of things, also known as connected things, have been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons, but that doesn't mean they are utterly rubbish. Smart bottles that dispense the correct ...
12:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot When a City Has Gigabit Internet, Prices For Slower Speed Tiers Drop: Study
A new industry-funded research study, titled "Broadband competition helps to lower prices and faster download speeds for U.S. residential consumers," analyzed DSL, cable, and fiber broadband plans fro...
12:00 am - Sat, November 19, 2016
Slashdot IRS Demands Identities of All US Coinbase Traders Over Three Year Period
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In bitcoin-related investigations, authorities will often follow the digital trail of an illegal transaction or suspicious user back to a specific...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Informs Chrome and Firefox Users That Edge is 'Safer'
An anonymous reader shares a VentureBeat report:Microsoft has turned on a new set of Windows Tips that inform Chrome and Firefox users on Windows 10 that Edge is a "safer" browser. We reached out to M...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot The US Government is Finally Telling People that Homeopathy is a Sham
Not a good news for people who trust homeopathic drugs. The Federal Trade Commission has issued an enforcement policy statement that requires over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic drugs and products make...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Antivirus Firm Kaspersky Launches Its Own Hackproof OS, Based On Microkernel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fossbytes: Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity and antivirus company, has announced their new operating system which was in development for the last 14 year...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot President Obama On Fake News Problem: 'We Won't Know What To Fight For'
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch article: President Barack Obama spoke in Berlin Thursday during a visit to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and during his remarks he addressed concerns about f...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn-Russia: US Says Concerned Over Decision to Block Professional Networking Site
The US government said on Friday it was deeply concerned over Russia's decision to block public access to networking site LinkedIn, saying it created a precedent that could be used to justify blocking...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Chip Choices May Leave Some iPhone Users in Slow Lane
Not all iPhone 7s are created equal, it turns out. The latest flagship smartphones from Apple that run on Verizon's network are technically capable of downloading data faster than those from AT&T....
06:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot The Grand Tour Show To Be Streamed In Over 200 Markets as Amazon Prime Video Goes Global
For years, Amazon's Prime Video on-demand streaming service has been available in limited regions, such as the United States and United Kingdom (along with a handful of other markets), but that's chan...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Is Paperless Office a Dream?
A new report by Danwood, which surveyed 1,000 office workers, almost half said that they print something every day and 84 percent said printing things on paper at work was an "important aspect of work...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Data Breach at Three Mobile, Customer Details of Millions Exposed
Cara McGoogan, writing for Telegraph: Three has suffered a massive data breach in which the personal information and contact details of millions of customers could have been accessed. It is believed t...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Replaces Command Prompt with PowerShell in Latest Windows 10 Build
Bogdan Popa, writing for Softpedia:The latest Windows 10 insider build brings a change that puts the Windows PowerShell in the spotlight, as it replaces the super-popular Command Prompt in some essent...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Volkswagen Plans 30,000 Job Cuts Worldwide
Volkswagen has announced plans to cut 30,000 jobs worldwide with about 23,000 of the losses borne in Germany. From a report on BBC:VW, still dealing with the aftermath of the emissions-cheating scanda...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Terminally Ill Teen Won Historic Ruling To Preserve Body
A teenage girl has been cryogenically frozen in the hope of being revived at a time when her cancer might be cured. The terminally ill 14-year-old girl from London won a legal fight to be frozen after...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk: Tesla's Solar Roof Will Cost Less Than a Traditional Roof
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: After Tesla shareholders approved the acquisition of SolarCity, the new company is now an unequivocal sun-to-vehicle energy firm. And Chief Executiv...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot iOS Devices Failed More Often Than Android Units During Q3, Says Report
A report from Blannco Technology Group has revealed that iOS devices failed more often than Android devices in the third quarter. Specifically, 62% of Apple iPhone and Apple iPad units suffered failur...
08:00 am - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot ESA Launches Four Galileo Satellites
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched four additional Galileo satellites in to orbit on Thursday -- the first time the ESA has sent up so many satellites at once. The satellites will be used to...
04:00 am - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot France To Shut Down All Coal-Fired Power Plants By 2023
French president Francois Hollande announced at an annual UN climate change conference on Wednesday that France will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2023. He also "vowed to beat by two ye...
02:00 am - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot New Chrome Extension Automatically Negotiates With Comcast For Rate Discounts
A technology company called Trim aims to take away the stress and displeasure associated with talking to Comcast service representatives. They have created a bot via a Google Chrome extension that neg...
02:00 am - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Apple Launches 'Touch Disease' Repair Program For iPhone 6 Plus
Apple has ignored one of the biggest problems plaguing iPhone 6 Plus devices -- until now. The company today launched a new "Touch Disease" repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus, finally addressing com...
12:00 am - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot AOL To Cut 500 Workers To Narrow Focus On Mobile, Video
According to a report from Bloomberg, AOL is firing as many as 500 employees as part of a restructuring plan to focus on mobile, video and data. The move comes a year after Verizon acquired the compan...
12:00 am - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Launches Firefox Focus, a Stripped-Down Private Browser For iOS
Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched a new browser for iOS. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by ...
12:00 am - Fri, November 18, 2016
Slashdot Music Torrent Site What.CD Has Been Shut Down
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: What.cd, an invite-only music torrent website first launched in 2007, has been shut down after a raid by French authorities. The private tracker off...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot James Clapper, US Director of National Intelligence, Has Resigned
Reader cold fjord writes: James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, resigned last night. Clapper spent 30 years in military intelligence at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. He was sele...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot NSA Chief: Nation-State Made 'Conscious Effort' To Sway US Presidential Election
The head of the US National Security Agency has said that a "nation-state" consciously targeted presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, in order to affect the US election. From...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot German Minister: Facebook Should Be Treated Like a Media Company Rather Than a Technology Platform
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Germany's Justice Minister says he believes Facebook should be treated like a media company rather than a technology platform, suggesting he favors mo...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Tesla and SolarCity Merger Gets Approval From Shareholders
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Shareholders for SolarCity and Tesla voted Thursday to approve merging the two companies. "Tesla's shareholders have overwhelmingly approved our acquisit...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Stops Collecting WhatsApp User Data in Europe After Government Pressure
Facebook has stopped collecting WhatsApp user data across Europe, bowing to pressure from privacy watchdogs across the continent. The shift in policy means that European users of the messaging app wil...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn Blocked By Russian Government
LinkedIn's network just got a little smaller: Russia's communications regulator ordered ISPs to block access to the business networking company on Thursday. From a report on PCWorld: Roskomnadzor made...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 is Its First 10-Nanometer SoC
An anonymous reader writes: Chipset maker Qualcomm has unveiled its next-gen Snapdragon 835 flagship SOC and confirmed rumors that it will be built by Samsung using its 10-nanometer FinFET process. Co...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Apple Explores Making iPhones in the US, Finds 'the Cost Will More Than Double': Nikkei
Apple is exploring the idea of making iPhones in the United States. But the company has realized that it will cost more than double to make the shiny new gadgets at home, according to a report on Japa...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Britain Has Passed the 'Most Extreme Surveillance Law Ever Passed in a Democracy'
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: The UK has just passed a massive expansion in surveillance powers, which critics have called "terrifying" and "dangerous." The new law, dubbed the "snoopers' chart...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Hawking: We Might Have 1,000 Years Left on Earth
Stephen Hawking says the only way humankind can escape mass extinction is to find another planet. And the clock is ticking. From a report on USA Today:During a speech at Britain's Oxford University Un...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Google Security Engineer Urges Hackers To Focus Less on Anti-Virus and Intrusion Products
Google senior security engineer Darren Bilby has asked fellow hackers to expend less effort on tools like antivirus and intrusion detection and instead focus on more meaningful defenses such as whitel...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Tesla 'Easter Egg' Makes the World's Fastest Car Even Faster
The world's fastest-accelerating car is about to get even faster. Tesla's high-end Model S will soon be able to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds, following a software enhancement ...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot iPhones Secretly Send Call History To Apple, Security Firm Says
Russian digital forensics Elcomsoft says iPhones send near real-time logs to Apple servers even when iCloud backup is switched off. The firm adds that these logs are stored for up to four months. From...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Thanks To the Princess, Han Wasn't Always Solo
rmdingler writes: It seems the chemistry was strong with these two. It is interesting to note how long it took this to emerge, as by today's standards, it doesn't rise to nearly the same level of scut...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Files FCC Application For Internet Access Network With 4,425 Satellites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from GeekWire: SpaceX has laid out further details about a 4,425-satellite communications network that's expected to provide global broadband internet access, with ...
08:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Pluto's 'Icy Heart' May Have Tilted the Dwarf Planet Over
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Pluto's most iconic feature -- its "icy heart" -- may have been responsible for tipping the dwarf planet over. Scientists believe the 600-mile-wide ...
04:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Royal Navy Giving Up Anti-Ship Missiles, Will Rely On Cannons For Naval Combat
cold fjord writes: It will soon be a bit more difficult for Britain's Royal Navy to rule the waves as it gives up anti-ship missiles as a result of budget cuts. That will force the Royal Navy to go "o...
04:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Steve Bannon Suggests Having Too Many Asian Tech CEOs Undermines 'Civic Society'
In an interview last year with Donald Trump -- that The Washington Post resurfaced yesterday -- Breitbart News Network's executive chairman, Steve Bannon, suggested that there are too many asian CEOs ...
04:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot A $5 Tool Called PoisonTap Can Hack Your Locked Computer In One Minute
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A new tool makes it almost trivial for criminals to log onto websites as if they were you, and get access to your network router, allowing them to...
02:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Police Raid Pirate Site, Seize 60 Servers Following MPAA Complaint
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: When it comes to shutting down pirate sites, few groups have a longer history than the Motion Picture Association of America. The Hollywood organ...
02:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Google Launches Earth VR For Free On HTC Vive
An anonymous reader writes: Google today revealed Earth VR, a virtual-reality version of the company's famous Google Earth program that's built for the HTC Vive. The application packs the rich Google ...
02:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot FCC Abides By GOP Request To Stop What It's Doing, Deletes Everything From Meeting Agenda
One day after republicans from the house and senate sent letters to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging him to avoid passing regulations before Donald Trump's inauguration as president, Wheeler appears t...
12:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Offers Concessions To EU Regulators Eyeing Its $26.2 Billion LinkedIn Bid
Microsoft has offered concessions to EC competition regulators in the hopes of smoothing the way for its planned acquisition of LinkedIn. From an article on TechCrunch, submitted by an anonymous reade...
12:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Office Depot Allegedly Diagnosing Computers With Nonexistent Viruses To Meet Sales Goals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Consumerist: A new report claims that some Office Depot employees are falsely claiming computers are infected with viruses in order to meet sales goals. Accord...
12:00 am - Thu, November 17, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Users Interacted Most With Articles From Fox News, CNN and Breitbart In Month Leading Up To Nov 10
Quartz's charts and visualization service The Atlas, has released an insightful chart that shows the "total reader interactions with articles on Facebook" between October 11, 2016 and November 10, 201...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Visual Studio For Mac
On the sidelines of major announcements such as Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation, and Google joining the .NET Foundation, at its Connect(); 2016 developer conference, Microsoft also announced th...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot China Tells Trump Climate Change Isn't a Hoax it Invented
China couldn't have invented global warming as a hoax to harm U.S. competitiveness because it was Donald Trump's Republican predecessors who started climate negotiations in the 1980s, China's Vice For...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Schneier: We Need a New Agency For IoT Security
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: The recent DDoS attacks by the Mirai botnet against various targets, including DNS provider Dyn, have drawn the attention of congressional leaders, who say there may be a n...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Maths Zeroes in on Perfect Cup of Coffee
One coffee drinker's perfect brew may be another drinker's battery acid. For this reason, and presumably others, mathematicians are zeroing in on the equations behind the taste of drip coffee. From a ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Google Cloud Will Add GPU Services in Early 2017
Google Cloud will add GPUs as a service early next year, the company has said. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM's Bluemix all already offer GPU as a service. From a report on GeekWire: Goo...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Smaller ISPs Have Happier Customers, UK Based Study Says
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: If you have eschewed the big names and opted for a smaller ISP, you probably have a happier broadband experience. These are the findings of a report which says the b...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Joins the Linux Foundation
Microsoft today said it is joining the Linux Foundation as a high-paying Platinum member. Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin said, "This may come as a surprise to you, but they were not bi...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Google Joins Microsoft's .NET Foundation
Emil Protalinski, writing for VentureBeat:As part of its slew of announcements at its Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft unveiled that Google is joining the .NET Foundat...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Suspends American Far-Right Activists' Accounts
Twitter has suspended the accounts of a number of American "alt-right" activists hours after announcing a renewed push to crack down on hate speech. From a report on The Guardian:Among the accounts re...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Takes Counterfeit Sellers To Court For First Time
For the first time, Amazon is taking counterfeit sellers to court. The move comes after several sellers expressed strong concerns about their businesses getting ripped off by Amazon, which is not doin...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Finds More Ad-Metric Errors, Vows Clarity About Fixes
Facebook said today it has uncovered more miscalculated metrics related to how consumers interact with content from publishers. From an article on Bloomberg, submitted by an anonymous reader: The soci...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot In 5 Years, Games Experience Will Move From Discrete To Indiscrete, Says EA CEO
The Verge has an insightful interview of Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. In the wide-ranging interview, Wilson has talked about how the landscape of video games have changed over the years, and...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot 'Stranger In a Strange Land' Coming To TV
HughPickens.com writes: EW reports that Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions are teaming up to develop Robert A. Heinlein's classic 'Stranger in a Strange Land' into a TV series on Syfy. The 1...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Launches SSD 960 EVO NVMe Drive At 3GB/Sec and Under .50 Per Gigabyte
MojoKid writes: When Samsung announced the SSD 960 PRO and SSD 960 EVO NVMe drives a few months back, their specifications, which included transfer speeds in excess of 3.2GB/s, were among the fastest ...
08:00 am - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Richard Branson Reveals Prototype For Supersonic Passenger Aircraft
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Sir Richard Branson on Tuesday heralded the rebirth of supersonic passenger flights with the unveiling of a prototype aircraft promising 3.5-hour...
04:00 am - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Snapchat Files For IPO
According to sources familiar with the matter, Snapchat has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) that could value the company at $25 billion, making it the largest IPO since Chinese e-commerce g...
04:00 am - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Scientists Become First To Use CRISPR Gene-Editing On Humans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: A team of Chinese scientists from Sichuan University in Chengdu have become the first to inject a person with cells modified with the gene-e...
02:00 am - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Cybersecurity CEO Gets Fired After Threatening To Kill Trump On Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: A San Diego CEO was fired after saying on Facebook that he would get a "sniper rifle" and "kill the president-elect." Matt Harrigan, CEO of the cyber...
02:00 am - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple's New 15-Inch MacBook Pros Have Storage Soldered To the Logic Board
yoink! writes: The integration loop is complete. Apple's, admittedly very fast, PCIe storage modules are now built right into the main boards of their 15-inch, Touch Bar-equipped, Retina-screened, Thu...
02:00 am - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Takes $70 Gigabit Offer Away From Cities Near Chicago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When Comcast brought its gigabit cable Internet service to the Chicago area in August, it gave customers in some parts of Chicago and nearby town...
12:00 am - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot DJI Unveils Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 Drones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The Inspire wasn't the only DJI line to get a refresh at today's intimate event in Los Angeles. The company's Phantom line is also getting a bump, ...
12:00 am - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple Releases $300 Book Containing 450 Photos of Apple Products
Apple has a reputation for releasing "revolutionary" products that carry higher price tags than competing products. Today, the company hasn't made that reputation any better as it has released a "$299...
12:00 am - Wed, November 16, 2016
Slashdot Cryptsetup Vulnerability Grants Root Shell Access On Some Linux Systems
msm1267 quotes a report from Threatpost: A vulnerability in cryptsetup, a utility used to set up encrypted filesystems on Linux distributions, could allow an attacker to retrieve a root rescue shell o...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot OnePlus 3T Smartphone Featuring Snapdragon 821 Launched
OnePlus today announced the OnePlus 3T, an upgrade to the OnePlus 3 it had launched earlier this year. Both the phones are quite similar, the company says, save for a more powerful processor -- Qualco...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Releases Firefox 50
Mozilla has begun seeding the binary and source packages of the final release of Firefox 50 web browser on all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux and macOS. From a report on Softpedia: We have t...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot 2016 Will Be the Hottest Year On Record, UN Says
2016 will very likely be the hottest year on record and a new high for the third year in a row, according to the UN. It means 16 of the 17 hottest years on record will have been this century. From an ...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Experts Say Internet 'Mega' Attacks Are on the Rise
An anonymous reader shares a Fortune report:The phenomenon of hackers knocking websites offline with massive floods of Internet traffic is nothing new. But the pattern of these so-called DDoS attacks ...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot The FBI Got Its Hands on Data That Twitter Wouldn't Give the CIA
The FBI is using a tool called Dataminr to track criminals and terrorist groups on Twitter, according to documents spotted by The Verge. In a contract document, the agency says Dataminr's Advanced Ale...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Consumer Group Has Asked Apple To Investigate 'a Considerable Number' of iPhone Shutdowns
An anonymous reader writes:The China Consumers Association (CCA) has asked Apple to investigate "a considerable number" of reports by users of iPhone 6 and 6s phones that the devices have been shuttin...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Secret Backdoor in Some US Phones Sent Data To China
Security contractors have warned that many Android smartphones ship with preinstalled software that has a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. (Editor's note: the link c...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot IDG, Owner of PCWorld and Research Firm IDC, in Advanced Talks To Sell Itself To Chinese Buyout Group: Reuters
International Data Group, a pioneer in technology publishing and owner of such venerable names as PCWorld and the market research firm IDC, is in talks to sell itself for more than $1 billion to a Chi...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Charged With Fraud After 'Stealing' In-game FIFA Currency
The FBI said it believes a group of hackers made millions off a scam to defraud publisher Electronic Arts. From a report on CNET: A US man is facing felony wire fraud charges for the theft of digital ...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Says It's Cracking Down on Hate Speech
With public backlash growing, Twitter says it's taking steps to crack down on hate speech, from making it easier to report alleged incidents on the social media service to educating moderators on what...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot WhatsApp, Used By Over One Billion People, Gets Video Calling Feature
After disrupting how people text in many regions of the world, and changing how people make voice calls, Facebook-owned instant app WhatsApp today announced it is bringing "fully encrypted" video call...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot US Navy Denies Pirating Software on 550K Computers, Says It Had Bought Licenses For 38 Machines
Earlier this year, the U.S. Navy was accused of pirating 3D software after testing a software package offered by Germany company Bitmanagement Software GmbH. The company had sued the United States of ...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot US Internet Firms Ask Trump To Support Encryption, Ease Regulations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. internet companies including Facebook Inc and Amazon Inc have sent President-elect Donald Trump a detailed list of their policy priorities, which...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Patent Describes Holographic TV Technology
Patently Mobile is reporting about a new patent application filed by Samsung that lays out new holographic TV technology. Slashdot reader Rick Schumann writes via Consumerist: Holographic displays as ...
08:00 am - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Chemical Traces On Your Phone Reveal Your Lifestyle, Scientists Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists say they can deduce the lifestyle of an individual, down to the kind of grooming products they use, food they eat and medications they...
04:00 am - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Apple Considering Expansion Into Wearable Glasses, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple is weighing an expansion into digital glasses, a risky but potentially lucrative area of wearable computing, according to people familiar with...
04:00 am - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Google To Prohibit Fake News Websites From Using Its Ad-Selling Software
According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is working on a policy update that will prohibit fake news websites from using its ad-selling software. The move would ultimately make it more challenging ...
02:00 am - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot US Finalizes Rules That Require Quiet Hyrbid and Electric Cars To Make Noise At Low Speeds
In an effort to prevent injuries among pedestrians, the U.S. government has finalized rules that require quiet hybrid and electric vehicles to emit alert sounds when they are traveling at low speeds. ...
02:00 am - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Shazam Keeps Your Mac's Microphone Always On, Even When You Turn It Off
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: What's that song? On your cellphone, the popular app Shazam is able to answer that question by listening for just a few seconds, as if it were mag...
02:00 am - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot VW Admits Audi Automatic Transmission Software Can Change Test Behavior
In response to a report via Bild am Sonntag last week, which found a new type of defeat device hidden inside an Audi automatic transmission, Volkswagen finally came around to admitting the findings. "...
12:00 am - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Disputes Gizmodo Report, Says It Never Built and Withheld Any News Feed Changes Based on Their Political Impact
Tech news site Gizmodo reported Monday that Facebook planned a News Feed update that would have identified fake or hoax news stories, but "disproportionately impacted right-wing news sites by downgrad...
12:00 am - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot New MacBook Pro's Dedicated AMD Graphics Chips Are 'Significantly' Faster and Support Dual 5K Displays
Whereas Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pros feature integrated Iris Pro graphics, the 15-inch MacBook Pros feature dedicated AMD graphics, resulting in significant performance improvements over previous ...
12:00 am - Tue, November 15, 2016
Slashdot Charter Customer Sues Over Hidden Fees, Claims 'Massive Billing Fraud'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Charter customer has sued the cable company, alleging that it falsely advertises a lower price than it actually charges and falsely tells custo...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Internet Freedom Wanes As Governments Target Messaging, Social Apps
Roughly two-thirds of the world's internet users live under regimes of government censorship, according to a report from Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank. The report adds that internet freedo...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Online Bullying Counselling on Increase, Says Childline
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report:The number of children and young people needing counseling about online bullying has increased by 88 percent over five yearst, according to a helpline. The NSPC...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Google Surfaces Fake News About Election Results
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Last week, Facebook faced criticism that the platform's habit for surfacing fake news contributed to the election of Donald Trump -- a claim Mark Zu...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's Fight Against Fake News Was Undercut by Fear of Conservative Backlash
Facebook has been concerned about fake news stories that circulate on its social platform and how often such incidents occur. The company has had high-level internal debates over the matter since May,...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Really, Really Wants Developers To Build Tizen Apps
Samsung wants developers to build apps for its homegrown Tizen mobile operating system, and it is offering cash prizes to do so. From a report on The Inquirer:The firm has launched the Tizen Mobile Ap...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Expands Home Services To 20 New Cities, Seeks 'Home Assistants'
Amazon today said it has expanded its Home Services business to 20 new cities across the country. Home Services is an under-the-radar offering from Amazon that lets customers hire professionals for th...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Samsung To Acquire Connected Car Firm Harman For $8 Billion
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has announced its plans to buy car tech company Harman International for $8 billion, marking the largest ever overseas deal by a South Korean firm. The electronics ...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot SteamVR To Get Linux and Mac OSX Support Within 'a Few Months'
Valve is planning to introduce beta versions of its SteamVR platform for Mac OSX and Linux users within a few months, RoadToVr reports citing an executive. From the report:One thing's for sure, if you...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Bangladesh Hopes To Recover $30 Million More From Cyber Heist
In February, Bangladesh's central bank was thrown under the bus after hackers stole a whopping $81 million from it. The central bank has now said it hopes to retrieve $30 million more of the stolen am...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot China Threatens To Cut Sales of iPhones and US Cars if 'Naive' Trump Pursues Trade War
US president-elect Donald Trump would be a "naive" fool to launch an all-out trade war against China, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has claimed. From a report on The Guardian:During the acrim...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft is Bringing Visual Studio To Mac
Microsoft will finally bring Visual Studio, a "true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#," to Mac later this month, the company has said. From a report on TechCrunch:The IDE is v...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot The NHS's 1.2 Million Employees Are Trapped in a 'Reply-All' Email Thread
An anonymous reader shares a Business Insider report:The NHS's 1.2 million employees are currently trapped in a "reply-all" email hell. A "test" email was accidentally sent to everyone who works at th...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Says Windows 10 Version 1607 is The Most Secure Windows Ever
A new white paper from Microsoft claims that "devices running Windows 10 are 58% less likely to encounter ransomware than when running Windows 7". But an anonymous reader brings more news from Windows...
10:00 am - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Another Study Finds Earth's CO2 Emissions Have Flattened Over The Last Three Years
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:Worldwide emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide have flattened out in the past three years, a new study showed Monday, raising hopes that the world ...
06:00 am - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Is Technology A Bigger Story Than Donald Trump?
Steven Levy writes at Backchannel that "Technology and science is a bigger story than Donald Trump," arguing that regardless of who's president, future generations "will primarily regard these times a...
04:00 am - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Las Vegas Gets "Kinetic Tiles" That Power Lights With Foot Traffic
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: A New York-based startup called EnGoPlanet has installed four streetlights in a plaza off the Las Vegas Strip that are powered exclusively by solar and kinetic...
04:00 am - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Debian GNU/Linux 9 'Stretch' Installer Gets GNU Screen, Linux Kernel 4.7 Support
"Debian developer Cyril Brulebois was pleased to announce this past weekend the release and immediate availability of the eighth Alpha development snapshot of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 'Stretch' installe...
02:00 am - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot 'Radioactive Boy Scout' Reportedly Passes Away At Age 39
A funeral notice quietly appeared on Tributes.com recently, announcing the death of David Charles Hahn. Though no cause of death was provided, when he was 17 Hahn "achieved some notoriety as a teenage...
12:00 am - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot Are Tesla Crashes Balanced Out By The Lives That They Save?
Friday EE Times shared the story of a Tesla crash that occurred during a test drive. "The salesperson suggested that my friend not brake, letting the system do the work. It didn't..." One Oregon news ...
12:00 am - Mon, November 14, 2016
Slashdot More Code In Movies: Nmap Meets Snowden
After Saturday's story about the code samples in the new movie Arrival, an anonymous reader reminded us of this classic essay at Nmap.org:For reasons unknown, Hollywood has decided that Nmap is the to...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot Hack Exposes 412 Million Accounts on AdultFriendFinder Sites
"Almost every account password was cracked, thanks to the company's poor security practices," reports ZDNet -- even for "deleted" accounts. An anonymous reader quotes their article:The hack includes 3...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot US Drought Brings A Surprise Benefit: No Tornados
Slashdot reader turkeydance tipped us off to news that America hasn't had a single tornado in November, even though last year it experienced 99, and averages 58 every November. CNN reports:Drought is ...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat Announces Fedora Will Support MP3 Playback
Long-time Slashdot reader jrincayc shares news from Red Hat's Fedora Engineering Manager, Tom Callaway. On the Fedora-legal mailing list, Callaway announced:Red Hat has determined that it is now accep...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Gives Up On The Trans-Pacific Partnership
An anonymous reader quotes The Guardian:White House officials conceded on Friday that the president's hard-fought-for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would not pass Congress, as lawmakers there p...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot Java's Open Sourcing Still Controversial Ten Years Later
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Sun Microsystems officially open-sourced Java on November 13, 2006... "The source code for Java was available to all from the first day it was released in 1995," s...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Survey Shows Negative Online Interactions Affect People In Real Life
"Preliminary results of a new Microsoft survey show nearly two-thirds of people surveyed had at least one negative online experience that had an impact on them in the real world, ranging from a loss o...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot Smartphone WiFi Signals Can Leak Your Keystrokes, Passwords, and PINs
Bleeping Computer warns that "The way users move fingers across a phone's touchscreen alters the WiFi signals transmitted by a mobile phone, causing interruptions that an attacker can intercept, analy...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot Will Trump's Presidency Bring More Surveillance To The US?
An anonymous reader reports that Donald Trump's upcoming presidency raises a few concerns for the security industry:"Some of his statements that industry professionals find troubling are his calls for...
10:00 am - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot How Stephen Wolfram Devised Interstellar Travel (And Code Samples) For 'Arrival'
The new movie "Arrival" depicts first contact with aliens, and its producers faced the question of how interstellar spacecraft would actually work. They turned to futurist Stephen Wolfram, who came up...
06:00 am - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot Children Can Now Sue The US Government Over Climate Change
"America's children have officially won the right to sue their government over global warming," reports Motherboard. An anonymous reader quotes their article:Thursday, a lawsuit filed by 21 youth plai...
04:00 am - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot 1 Billion Mobile Apps Exposed To Account Hijacking Through OAuth 2.0 Flaw
Threatpost, the security news service of Kaspersky Lab, is reporting a new exploit which allows hijacking of third-party apps that support single sign-on from Google or Facebook (and support the OAuth...
02:00 am - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot German Police Mock 'Not Very Clever' ATM Robbers
An anonymous reader quotes Bleeping Computer:German police mocked a group of bungling crooks that tried to rob an ATM, but instead of malware they chose explosives, which they unwittingly placed near ...
12:00 am - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set Version 3.0 Released
Need a new set of generic attack detection rules for your web application firewall? Try the new OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set version 3.0.0! Long-time Slashdot reader dune73 writes: The OWASP CRS is...
12:00 am - Sun, November 13, 2016
Slashdot Ethernet Consortia Wants To Unlock a More Time-Sensitive Network
Does Ethernet need new features like "stream reservation" and time synchronization to make sure time-sensitive data isn't delayed on the network? coondoggie quotes Network World: The demand from Inter...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot 'Flash Crash' Trader Pleads Guilty, Facing Up To 30 Years In Prison
Slashdot reader whoever57 writes;Navinder Sarao, the British trader who was accused of causing the "flash crash" in 2010 and was extradited to the U.S. this week has pleaded guilty to one count of wir...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot 'Here Be Dragons': The Seven Most Vexing Problems In Programming
InfoWorld has identified "seven of the gnarliest corners of the programming world," which Slashdot reader snydeq describes as "worthy of large markers reading, 'Here be dragons.'" Some examples: Multi...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot Uranium-Filled 'Lost Nuke' Missing Since 1950 May Have Been Found
Although the U.S. government "does not believe the bomb contains active nuclear material," schwit1 shares this report from the BBC:A commercial diver may have discovered a lost decommissioned U.S. nuc...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot Scammers Bite Chrome Users With Forgotten 2014 Bug
"Tech support scammers have started exploiting a two-year-old bug in Google Chrome to trick victims into believing their PC is infected with malware," reports security researcher Sophos. It begins by ...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks Calls for Pardons From President Obama -- Or President Trump
"President Obama has a political moment to pardon Manning & Snowden," WikiLeaks tweeted on Friday, adding "If not, he hands a Trump presidency the freedom to take his prize." And a new online peti...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot 'Lurking Malice' Study Finds Malware Hiding In The Cloud
"Cloud repositories have become the hub of malicious web activities," warns one computer engineering professor. An anonymous reader quotes SC magazine:A recent study detected more than 600 cloud repos...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot Re-Discovering The 'Lost Civilization' of Dial-Up BBS's
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Two new articles take a look at "social media's dial-up ancestor" from back in the 20th century. First a new article in IEEE Spectrum remembers a time when tens of ...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot HTC Vive Goes Wireless
One of the biggest cons with premium virtual-reality headsets is the fact that they need to be tethered to a powerful gaming PC or game console via annoying wires. In early September, HTC announced it...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot A Computer Program Has Ranked the Most Influential Brain Scientists of the Modern Era
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: A computer program has parsed the content of 2.5 million neuroscience articles, mapped all of the citations between them, and calculated a score...
08:00 am - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot Atlas V Rocket Launches Sharp-Eyed Earth-Observing Satellite
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: A super-powerful Earth-observing spacecraft has finally taken to the skies, nearly two months after a wildfire nixed its first launch attempt. The W...
04:00 am - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot Earth's Plants Are Countering Some of the Effects of Climate Change
A new study published in Nature Communications has found that Earth's plant life between 2002 and 2014 has absorbed so much carbon dioxide that the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere has slowed down, de...
04:00 am - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot Peter Thiel Is Joining Donald Trump's Transition Team
Peter Thiel's time spent campaigning for Donald Trump during the election season has paid off. According to a statement released today, Donald Trump has named Thiel to the executive committee of his p...
02:00 am - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Bug Tells Users They Are Dead
On Friday afternoon, many Facebook users logged into their accounts to see that the social media site declared them to be dead. Fortune's Jeff John Roberts reports that the bug has impacted their edit...
02:00 am - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot Robot Solves Rubik's Cube In Less Than a Second
An anonymous reader quotes a report from LiveScience: In just over half of a second (0.637 seconds), the Sub1 Reloaded robot made each side of the Rubik's Cube show a single color. This breaks the pre...
02:00 am - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot A USB Stick Can Show HIV Test Results In Under 30 Minutes
Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a USB stick that can measure the presence and amount of HIV in a person's blood in under 30 minutes and with 95% accuracy. The USB stick should he...
12:00 am - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot IMDb Sues California To Overturn Law Forcing Them To Remove Actors' Ages
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is suing California over a law forcing the website to remove the ages of actors on request, saying it is uncon...
12:00 am - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Set To Work On Malware-Detecting CPUs
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: Adding hardware protections to software ones in order to block the ever increasing onslaught of computer malware seems like a solid idea, and a group of ...
12:00 am - Sat, November 12, 2016
Slashdot FBI Operated 23 Tor-Hidden Child Porn Sites, Deployed Malware From Them
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal investigators temporarily seized a Tor-hidden site known as Playpen in 2015 and operated it for 13 days before shutting it down. The agen...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Computer Issue Affecting Some Airlines Resolved: American Airlines
American Airlines said Friday Sabre had faced a brief technical issue that impacted multiple carriers. The issue has, however, been resolved. From a report on NBC Chicago: A technical issue at with a ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry's Keyboard is Coming Back for One Last Dance
BlackBerry has officially stopped making its own phones, but the company has one last treat for die-hard fans: a new phone sporting its trademark physical keyboard. According to Bloomberg: Chief Execu...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Judge Orders Amazon Refunds for Children's In-app Purchases
A federal judge has directed Amazon to set up a year-long process to reimburse parents whose children made in-app purchases without permission, but rejected a U.S. regulator's request for a $26.5 mill...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot University Bans BitTorrent To Stop Flood of Infringement Notices
A university in Canada has taken sweeping action in an effort to stem the tide of piracy notices. Following changes to Canada's copyright law in early 2015, ISPs are now required to forward copyright ...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot UK Bookstores Found Selling Banned US Bomb-Making Handbooks
Three major online retailers in the UK have been listing a number of bomb-making manuals on their websites. Engadget adds:These books were originally made back in the 1960s for US military personnel a...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Alibaba Breaks Records, Sells $17.7 Billion on Singles' Day
Alibaba broke its Singles' Day sales record with room to spare, offering assurances about the strength of the Chinese consumer despite the nation's economic slowdown. From a report on Tech in Asia:As ...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Tells Germany that 98% of Drivers Don't Find the Term 'Autopilot' Misleading
An anonymous reader writes:Tesla has responded to Germany's request to stop using the word "autopilot" in its advertising, due to safety concerns, by carrying out a survey of Tesla-owners in Germany. ...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Will Offer a Lower-Quality Video Option But Without a Discount
After T-Mobile and Sprint introduced lower-cost wireless plans in return for customers accepting lower quality video streaming, AT&T is following suit. An anonymous reader shares a Fortune report:...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Facebook To Stop Ads that Target, Exclude Races
An anonymous reader shares a USA Today report: Facebook says it will no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups when placing ads related to housing, credit or employment....
04:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Says Fake News on Facebook Affecting the Election Is a 'Crazy Idea'
A lot of questions are emerging about Facebook's role in this year's election cycle, especially given the proliferation of sensationalistic and even outright fake news stories, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Russian Banks Floored by Withering DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: At least five Russian banks weathered days-long DDoS attacks this week. A wave of assaults began on Tuesday afternoon and continued over the next t...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Spotify Is Writing Massive Amounts of Junk Data To Storage Drives
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For almost five months -- possibly longer -- the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users' storage devices with enough data to poten...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Files Complaint Against Microsoft for Giving Unfair Advantage To Windows Defender
Russian antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab has asked antitrust regulators in various countries (including the European Union and Russia) to make Microsoft stop giving an unfair advantage to Windows Defend...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Dungeons & Dragons Inducted Into Toy Hall of Fame
Snowgen writes: NPR reports that Dungeons and Dragons has been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY: "The nomination process for the Toy Hall of Fa...
08:00 am - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot China Launches World's First Pulsar Navigation Satellite
hackingbear writes: After launching the world's first quantum communication satellite this year, China today successfully launched the world's first pulsar-based navigation satellite (Warning: may be ...
04:00 am - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic To Lead EPA Transition
Billly Gates writes: Trump's transition team is steamrolling ahead to transition the government. Trump chose Myron Ebell to oversee environmental policies. Myron Ebell is chairman of the Cooler Heads ...
02:00 am - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Pro Video Editor Says MacBook Pro Beats Out Superior Spec'd Windows Machines In Real-World
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: Reviews for Apple's new MacBook Pro have yet to officially go live, despite a couple false starts earlier this week. Those should arrive any day now a...
02:00 am - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot November 14th Supermoon Will Be Biggest In 68 Years
On Monday, November 14th, you may be able to see the biggest and closest supermoon Earth has seen since 1948. A "supermoon" is a full moon that "coincides with the lunar orb's closest approach to Eart...
02:00 am - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Drinking a Can of Sugary Soda Every Day Can Boost a Person's Risk For Prediabetes, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from UPI: Drinking a can of sugary soda every day can dramatically heighten a person's risk of developing prediabetes, a "warning sign" condition that precedes full...
12:00 am - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Brings Mentions, Links, and Boomerang To Stories
Instagram Stories will soon be receiving several big new features that will help users build "deeper connections" and "tell a richer story." An update rolling out Thursday will bring mentions, links a...
12:00 am - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot How President Trump Could Destroy Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Donald Trump's presidential election victory could have dire consequences for U.S. internet freedom and openness, according to several tech policy...
12:00 am - Fri, November 11, 2016
Slashdot Browser Use On Mobile Devices Exceeds PC Browsing Worldwide: StatCounter
Google is only expected to push the mobile web further now that there are 2 billion active Chrome installs. At the Chrome Dev Summit, Google's vice president of Chrome engineering and the conference's...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Russian Hackers Launch Targeted Cyberattacks Hours After Trump's Win
Hours after Donald Trump won the Presidential Election, a group of hackers that is widely believed to be Russian and was involved in the breach of the Democratic National Committee launched a wave of ...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Google Says There Are Now 2 Billion Active Chrome Installs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google is hosting its Chrome Dev Summit today. There hasn't been a lot of news out of the event, but one number that stood out in today's keynote b...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Just in Time for Daydream, YouTube Launches Its Standalone VR App
An anonymous reader writes: Coinciding with the debut of Google's new Daydream View VR headset, YouTube this morning announced the launch of its YouTube VR app, which is available first on Daydream. T...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Facebook on its Fake News Problem: 'There's So Much More We Need To Do'
In the aftermath of election, news outlets are counting Facebook as one of the major reasons that drove Trump to victory. NYMag, for instance, had an essay Wednesday titled "Donald Trump Won Because o...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Alibaba Posts $1 Billion in Sales in 5 Minutes on Singles' Day
Alibaba Group posted $1 billion (6.81 billion yuan) of sales within the first five minutes of its Singles' Day sales, a 24-hour event that may offer clues on the health of the Chinese economy and its ...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Russia To Block LinkedIn After Court Ruling on User Data
Social network for professionals LinkedIn faces being blocked in Russia after a court ruled it broke a law on data storage. From a report on AP:Moscow city court spokeswoman Ulyana Solopova tells The ...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Google Hits Back at EU Claim Over Android Abuses
Google has rejected EU allegations that it abused its market dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system. "Android hasn't hurt competition, it's expanded it," said Kent Walker, general coun...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Achieves 20Gbps Data Rate Over MMW Radio Spectrum
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook's Connectivity Lab has announced that it has achieved data transmission rates of 20Gbps over the millimetre-wave (MMW) section of the radio spectrum; however, the ...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Some Within Yahoo Knew of Massive Breach in 2014
Some within Yahoo knew of a massive data breach that compromised its network when it occurred in 2014, not in late September, when it was first disclosed. From a report on USA Today: An independent co...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Trump Victory Clouds Outlook for Time Warner-AT&T, Other Mergers
U.S. corporate dealmakers were likely to put major merger plans on hold as they assess whether U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will follow through on his populist promises and a threat to block AT&a...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Russia Says it Was in Touch With Trump Campaign During Election
An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: The Russian government was in touch with members of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign staff during the U.S. election campaign, Russian Deputy Foreign Mi...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot iOS WebView Bug Can Force iPhones To Make Calls While UI Freezes
An anonymous reader writes: "A bug in the iOS WebView component allows an attacker to force someone's iPhone to dial any number, while also locking the user's interface for a few moments, preventing h...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Google 'Strongly' Recommends Against Third-Party Fast Charging Technology On Android
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Everyone, it seems, is going the fast charging route these days. Thanks to the nearing ubiquity of USB-C on flagship devices, the feature is quickl...
08:00 am - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Increased Smartphone Screen-Time Is Associated With Lower Sleep Quality, Says Study
A new study from the University of California is the latest to show that increased smartphone screen-time can lower one's quality of sleep, which can lead to various negative health conditions such as...
04:00 am - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Fake Fingerprint Stickers Let You Access a Protected Phone While Wearing Gloves
A new Kickstarter campaign aims to sell you fingerprint stickers that, when applied to a pair of gloves, allow you to unlock a mobile device that's protected with a fingerprint scanner. The sticker is...
04:00 am - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Silicon Valley Investors Call For California To Secede From the US After Trump Win
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: As Donald Trump's shock election victory reverberated around Silicon Valley late on Tuesday night, some high-profile technologists were already c...
02:00 am - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot New MacBook Pro Has Already Outsold All Other Laptops This Year
New submitter TheFakeTimCook writes: An article on MacRumors has revealed that Apple's latest MacBook Pro has already outsold all competing laptops this year, according to new data shared by research ...
02:00 am - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Donald Trump Won Because of Facebook
Max Read makes his case via New York Magazine for how Facebook was the reason for Donald Trump's surprise victory on November 8th. Though, to be fair, "Facebook" is called out specifically due to its ...
02:00 am - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Brain Implants Allow Paralyzed Monkeys To Walk
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: For more than a decade, neuroscientist Gregoire Courtine has been flying every few months from his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Google Safe Browsing Adds 'Repeat Offender' Category
An anonymous reader writes: Google's Safe Browsing service will now brand sites which fall victim to malware repeatedly as "repeat offenders." When a site is identified as serving malware -- which usu...
12:00 am - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Should The US Abolish The Electoral College?
Last night as votes were still being counted, statistician and editor-in-chief for FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver pointed out that while Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States, "it'...
12:00 am - Thu, November 10, 2016
Slashdot Samsung's Latest Patent Is a Foldable Phone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A recent patent application (PDF) shows that Samsung has ambitious ideas for future phone-design experimentation, although the South Korean manufact...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot IBM's Project Intu brings Watson's Capabilities To Any Device
IBM has launched a new system-agnostic platform called Project Intu with which it aims to bring "embodied cognition" to a range of devices. From a report on SiliconAngle: In IBM's parlance, "cognitive...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot General Motors To Lay Off 2,000 Workers at Two US Plants
General Motors plans to lay off 2,000 employees at two U.S. auto plants in early 2017, the automaker said on Wednesday. From a Reuters report:GM said it will furlough the employees when it cuts the th...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Open Source Pioneer Munich Debates Report That Suggests Abandoning Linux for Windows 10
As an open-source software pioneer, Munich spent years moving away from Windows, but now politicians are debating a report that suggests the city could eventually abandon Linux. A report on TechRepubl...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Automakers, Dependent on Mexico, Face a Rougher Road with Trump
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president puts new pressure on automakers and other manufacturers that have become dependent on open trade with Mexico...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Telco CEO: Consumers Have 'Double Standards' Over Data Privacy
An anonymous reader writes: Despite consumers continuing to criticize corporate attempts at monetising data, they are happily handing over data to major tech companies such as Facebook, according to t...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft is Adding a Virtual Trackpad To Windows 10
Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 build 14965 to Windows Insiders. Among other noticeable inclusions, the new build comes with a virtual trackpad for users with a touch-capable Window...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Android's Latest Update Doesn't Patch Major Security Flaw 'Dirty COW'
The November Android security update is live and it fixes 15 critical vulnerabilities, but it doesn't patch a major Linux kernel exploit that can give hackers quick and complete access to devices runn...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot GoPro Recalls Karma Drone
Wearable camera maker GoPro is recalling about 2,500 of its recently introduced Karma drones because they low power during use, the company said Tuesday. From a report on USA Today: GoPro said a "very...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Google Searches For 'President Impeachment', 'Canada Immigration', 'Nuclear Shelter' Skyrocket After Trump's Victory
As people celebrate Trump's victory in the United States (and many come to terms with it), the search trend on Google illustrates what's going on in many's minds. Searches for "how to impeach a presid...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Boosted by Safe-Haven Demand After Trump Victory
Donald Trump's historic victory in the U.S. presidential elections has pushed up prices for the digital currency bitcoin. As the results for the election began to trickle in, the cryptocurrency quickl...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot What the Trump Win Means For Tech and Science
Republican nominee Donald Trump has won the US Presidential election to become the country's 45th president. Now that he is going to run the government, it's a good time to look back on the kind of po...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Australia To Play Strategic Role in Biggest Ever Search For Extra-Terrestrial Life
Australia's role in the biggest ever search for alien life has officially begun, with the Parkes Telescope in central west NSW set to play a strategic part in the 10-year journey. From a report on ABC...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Making Android Auto Available In Any Car
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Earlier this year, Google announced its plans to bring Android Auto, its phone-centric in-car infotainment platform, "to every car" by launching it...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Apple Now Sells Refurbished iPhones
In the past, Apple has only sold refurbished Macs, iPads and various niche devices on its refurb store. Now the company is officially selling refurbished iPhones, offering the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s ...
08:00 am - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot New Theory of Gravity Might Explain Dark Matter
vikingpower writes: Dutch prodigy and Amsterdam University Professor Erik Verlinde published a paper on arXiv yesterday, November 7, titled "Emergent Gravity and the Dark Universe." In the paper, Verl...
08:00 am - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Donald Trump Wins US Presidency
It's official: Donald Trump has won the 2016 presidential election. Slashdot reader Xenographic writes: Google's map of results is now calling the race for Donald J. Trump. This is something that Nate...
04:00 am - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Sea Levels Will Rise Faster Than Ever If Earth's Warming Continues, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Sea levels across the globe will rise faster than at any time throughout human history if the Earth's warming continues beyond 2 degrees C...
02:00 am - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Budgie Is Now An Official Ubuntu Flavor
prisoninmate writes from a report via Softpedia: After two successful major releases, budgie-remix has finally been accepted as an official Ubuntu flavor, earlier today during a meeting where four Can...
02:00 am - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Alphabet's 'Project Wing' Drone Service Nixes Starbucks Partnership
Bloomberg is reporting that Google's parent company Alphabet is tightening the reigns on Project Wing, a unit of Alphabet's X research lab, by "trimming headcount and shelving initiatives." What's mor...
02:00 am - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Hack Philips Hue Smart Bulbs Using a Drone
schwit1 quotes a report from PCWorld: "Researchers were able to take control of some Philips Hue lights using a drone. Based on an exploit for the ZigBee Light Link Touchlink system, white hat hackers...
12:00 am - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot Ireland Will Bring the Fight Over Apple Taxes To the EU Court
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: The tax debate between Apple, Ireland, and the European Union may escalate in the next few months. According to recent reports, the Irish Finan...
12:00 am - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot The First Hyperloop System Will Connect Passengers From Dubai To Abu Dhabi In Twelve Minutes
Hyperloop One has announced today that it would build the first commercial hyperloop transportation system from Dubai to Abu Dhabi -- a trip that would take only twelve minutes. TechCrunch reports: Th...
12:00 am - Wed, November 9, 2016
Slashdot 4chan May Have Brought Down Pro-Clinton Phone Lines Before Election Day
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Yesterday, as groups across the country hit the final stretch of their get-out-the-vote campaigns, workers at NextGen Climate noticed some problems ...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot CBC Threatens Podcast App Makers, Argues that RSS Readers Violate Copyright
Cory Doctorow, writing for BoingBoing (condensed):The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) publishes several excellent podcasts, and like every podcast in the world, these podcasts are available vi...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should Web Browsers Have 'Fact Checking' Capability Built-In?
Reader dryriver writes: There is no shortage of internet websites these days that peddle "information", "knowledge", "analysis", "explanations" or even supposed "facts" that don't hold up to even the ...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot After Protest, Lenovo Releases BIOS For Loading Linux on Yoga 900, IdeaPad 710S
Lenovo received a lot of heat in September when it said the Yoga 900 and Yoga 900S hybrids would only support Windows, and not Linux. The company has now changed its stance, though there is still a ca...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Crash Won't Stop Driverless Car Progress: Renault-Nissan CEO
Problems Issues with Tesla's self-driving software that were linked to the death of a driver this year would not block the development of autonomous vehicles, Carlos Ghosn, the chief executive of Rena...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Teachers 'Unwittingly' Spying On School Children With Surveillance Software
An anonymous reader writes: A thousand schools across the UK are monitoring children's classroom activities through surveillance software, according to a new report released by privacy advocate group ...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Web of Trust, Downloaded 140M Times, Pulled From Extension Stores After Revelations That It Sells Users' Data
According to multiple reports, Web of Trust, one of the top privacy and security extensions for web browsers with over 140 million downloads, collects and sells some of the data of its users -- and it...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Puts Deep Learning in the Palm of Your Hand
Facebook has built a simple-looking video tool to show off a sophisticated use of artificial intelligence on cell phones. From a report on Fortune: During an event at its office in Menlo Park, Calif.,...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot DRM is Used to Lock in, Control and Spy on Users, Says Free Software Foundation
In a scathing critique, the Free Software Foundation is urging the U.S. Government to drop the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions which protect DRM. From a report on TorrentFreak:Late last year the ...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Takes Out Full-page Ads on WSJ, NYTimes, and WaPo To Apologize For Note 7 Defects
Samsung has taken out a full-page advert in multiple US newspapers to apologise for the faulty Note 7 phone, which has now been subject to a worldwide recall. From a report on the Guardian, shared by ...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot US President Barack Obama Criticizes Facebook of Spreading Fake Stories
An anonymous reader writes:Concerned over the spread of fake news on the social networking giant, US President Barack Obama has criticized Facebook, saying fake stories on social networks are spreadin...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot DDoS Attack Halts Heating in Finland Amidst Winter
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack halted heating distribution at least in two properties in the city of Lappeenranta, located in Eastern Finland. In both of these events, the attacks disab...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Twitter May Save Vine by Selling it
Internet products come and go. Twitter announced late last month that it will be shutting down its micro-video platform Vine. But the fate of Vine, which has since received a lot of support, could cha...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Is It Time To Dump Time Zones In Favor of Coordinated Universal Time?
Last Sunday, those of us in North America, Europe and some areas of the Middle East rolled back the clock an hour in accordance with Daylight Savings Time (DST). The tradition -- first imposed in Germ...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Long-Range Projectiles For Navy's Newest Ship Too Expensive To Shoot
An anonymous reader writes: The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is the U.S. Navy's latest warship, commissioned just last month -- and it comes with the biggest guns the Navy has deployed since the twilight of...
08:00 am - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot The Sega Genesis Is Officially Back In Production
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Daily Dot: Sega may be done making the Genesis (known as the Mega Drive outside of the U.S.), but that doesn't mean people aren't still buying them. In Brazil,...
04:00 am - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Threatens LinkedIn With Job Opening Features
Facebook is looking to compete with LinkedIn by allowing business Pages to promote job listings. "The new Jobs features could give companies another reason to drive traffic to their Facebook Page beyo...
04:00 am - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Leaked NASA Paper Suggests The 'Impossible' EM Drive Really Does Work
A source close to NASA Eagleworks has leaked the test results of the 'impossible' EM Drive. While it's important to note that the results that have been leaked haven't been published in an academic jo...
02:00 am - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Gmail's iPhone App Now Has 'Undo Send' and Faster Search
Google has updated its Gmail app for iOS today, which includes a handful of much-welcomed features and improvements. There is now an "Undo Send" button for mobile, a fresh new look, and faster search....
02:00 am - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Uber, Lyft, Zipcar Offer Free Or Discounted Rides To Polls On Election Day
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Consumerist: Lyft, Uber, Zipcar, and Maven have unveiled a variety of discounts and promotions aimed at enabling voters to get to the polls on Tuesday. The rid...
02:00 am - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Unsealed Court Docs Show FBI Used Malware Like 'A Grenade'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In 2013, the FBI received permission to hack over 300 specific users of dark web email service TorMail. But now, after the warrants and their appl...
12:00 am - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Google Will Display Election Results As Soon As Polls Close
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google has been highly involved with connecting U.S. voters to timely information throughout this election cycle, by offering everything from voter...
12:00 am - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot New Tesla Buyers Will Have To Pay To Use Superchargers
Tesla has updated its Supercharging Network of free fast-charging stations. Customers who purchase Teslas after January 1st, 2017, will be required to pay "a small fee to Supercharge." The fee itself ...
12:00 am - Tue, November 8, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Users Sue Over Alleged Racial Discrimination In Housing, Job Ads
In response to a report from ProPublica alleging that Facebook gives advertisers the ability to exclude specific groups it calls "Ethnic Affinities," three Facebook users have filed a lawsuit against ...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot UK Privacy Watchdog Says Facebook Agrees To Suspend Using WhatsApp Users' Data
Facebook's decision to change WhatsApp's privacy policy hasn't gone down well with many. While Facebook didn't even flinch when several people requested that the company shouldn't break its original p...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot India's New Delhi Now Most Polluted City on Earth, Air Quality Well Beyond 'Hazardous' Level
New Delhi residents are suffocating only to find little to no relief. The city, as well as much of Northern India, home of over 400 million people, is blanketed by a thick layer of smog. The air quali...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy J5 Catches Fire and Explodes in France, Says AP
A Samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded. The model is different from the Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide. From a report on Associated Press...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Fake Shopping Apps Are Invading the iPhone
An anonymous reader shares a NYPost report: For tech-focused scammers, knocking off sneakers and handbags is so last decade. Thieves in the digital age are slamming consumers right in the app. A slew ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot DirecTV Now Leak Reveals Channels, Promotions of AT&T's Upcoming TV Service
It seems AT&T won't leave any stone unturned for its upcoming DirecTV Now streaming service. According to a new report, the company is planning to offer a free Apple TV set-top box or an Amazon Fi...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Edward Snowden Kills Team Trump's Conspiracy Theory By Explaining How The FBI Can Quickly Comb Through Email
FBI director James Comey told Congress Sunday that the further investigation of emails related to Hillary Clinton didn't turn up anything that would cause the bureau to recommend charges against her. ...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot China Adopts Controversial Cybersecurity Law; Experts Say It Will Hurt Businesses
The Chinese government today passed new cybersecurity regulations that will put stringent new requirements on technology companies operating in the country. The proposed Cybersecurity Law comes with d...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Samsung To Launch AI Digital Assistant Service For Galaxy S8
Samsung plans to launch an "artificial intelligence" digital assistant with its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, it told Reuters. The announcement comes a month after the company acquired AI startup Viv...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot British Retail Tesco Bank: 20,000 Customers Lose Money
An anonymous reader writes:Tesco Bank has halted online payments for current account customers after money was taken from 20,000 accounts. The bank's chief executive Benny Higgins told the BBC he was ...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot LeEco's CEO Jia Yueting Says Company Overstretched, Now Running Out of Cash
LeEco is a giant conglomerate in China. The company offers a range of services -- from online streaming service, to smartphones, to TV, to electric cars. On top of that, the company has been aggressiv...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Nvidia Adds Telemetry To Latest Drivers
An anonymous reader shares a report on Ghack: Telemetry -- read tracking -- seems to be everywhere these days. Microsoft pushes it on Windows, and web and software companies use it as well. While ther...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Wikipedia's Not as Biased as You Might Think, Say Harvard Researchers
An anonymous reader shares a report on Quartz:In a sea of biased content, Wikipedia is one of the few online outlets that strives for neutrality. After 15 years in operation, it's starting to see resu...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Security Firm Shows How To Hack a US Voting Machine
An anonymous reader writes: "Three days before the US Presidential Election takes place, California-based security firm Cylance showed the world how easy it is to hack one of the many [electronic] vot...
10:00 am - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk Predicts Automation Will Lead To A Universal Basic Income
An anonymous reader quotes Mashable's new article about Tesla/SpaceX founder Elon Musk:Tech innovators in the self-driving car and AI industries talk a lot about how many human jobs will be innovated ...
06:00 am - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Are American Tech Workers Paid So Well?
Slashdot reader davidwr is "an American-born, American-educated mid-career IT professional." But he's still curious about why American geeks earn more than their IT counterparts overseas:If I'm a mid-...
04:00 am - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Gawker Pays $750,000 To That Guy Who Didn't Invent Email
Shiva Ayyadurai still claims he invented email -- rather than the late ARPANET pioneer Ray Tomlinson. Now Gizmodo reports that Ayyadurai "will receive a $750,000 settlement from Gawker Media, the bank...
02:00 am - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Promises To Defend World Chess Champion From Russian Hackers
"World chess champion Magnus Carlsen has asked Microsoft to protect him against Russian hackers, as he expects to become the target of cyber attacks launched before the match with grandmaster Sergey K...
12:00 am - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot New Paper Explores The Prospects For Life Around M-Class Stars
Long-time Slashdot reader RockDoctor summarizes the significance of a new paper describing "The Habitability of Planets Orbiting M-Dwarf Stars":Although Star Trek had a minor smattering of "M-class pl...
12:00 am - Mon, November 7, 2016
Slashdot Scientists at De Beers Fight the Growing Threat of Man-Made Diamonds
"In the past few years, lab-grown diamonds have become indistinguishable from natural diamonds to the naked eye..." reports the Wall Street Journal. This creates a problem for diamond-mining company D...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot How I Freed My Android Tablet: A Journey in Reverse Engineering
An embedded software engineer at the European Space Agency shares the story of the quest to "dominate" his new tablet:Just like it's predecessor, I wanted to run a Debian chroot inside it -- that woul...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot FBI: Review of New Emails Doesn't Change Conclusion on Clinton
FBI director James Comey told Congress Sunday that the new scrutiny of emails related to Hillary Clinton has turned up nothing that would cause the bureau to recommend charges against her. The conclus...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot User Forks FileZilla FTP Client After Getting Hacked
Slashdot reader Entropy98 writes: A frustrated FileZilla user took matters into his own hands after getting hacked due to the fact that his saved passwords were being saved in plain text files. Despit...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10's Store Locks 'Call of Duty' Purchasers Into Windows-10-Only Battles
An anonymous reader writes:Two Call of Duty games have been remastered for Windows 10, but if you buy them through the Windows 10 Store there's a problem. "Windows 10 Store players will be isolated fr...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot Remembering The Creator of Marvel's Doctor Strange, Steve Ditko
An anonymous reader writes: As Marvel publicizes its Doctor Strange movie, "there's one key figure you won't be hearing from: the person who created the Sorcerer Supreme." Steve Ditko (who also co-cre...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot Chrome Now Accounts For 55% of All Web Browsing
Google's Chrome browser "now accounts for more than half of all desktop browser usage and has nearly double the market share of Edge and Internet Explorer combined," reports Hot Hardware:Market resear...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot Mythbuntu Linux Has Been Discontinued
"Mythbuntu as a separate distribution will cease to exist. We will take the necessary steps to pull Mythbuntu specific packages from the repositories unless someone steps up to take these packages ove...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Create An Undetectable Rootkit That Targets Industrial Equipment
An anonymous reader quotes Bleeping Computer: "Two researchers presenting at the Black Hat Europe security conference in London revealed a method of infecting industrial equipment with an undetectable...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot Blizzard Launches A Professional Sports League For 'Overwatch'
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:One of Blizzard Entertainment's hottest video games is making the jump into a professional sports league. [Blizzard] announced Friday the launch of Overwatch Leagu...
12:00 pm - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot Steve Ballmer Says Smartphones Came Between Him and Bill Gates
Steve Ballmer once said Apple's iPhone would flop because it cost too much -- though he now admits that he failed to anticipate carriers subsidizing the cost of the phone. But that was only the beginn...
08:00 am - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot IT Workers Facing Layoffs Jolted By CEO's Message
HCSC recently announced layoffs for more than 500 IT workers, and expects them to train their replacements from an India-based contractor. But a few days earlier, CEO Paula Steiner said, "As full-time...
04:00 am - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot Secret Service, DHS Scramble To Secure America's Election
Secret service agents rushed Donald Trump off a stage in Nevada Saturday night, CNN reports. "A scuffle could be seen breaking out in the audience, but it was not immediately clear what happened... Se...
02:00 am - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way to Browse the Web Anonymously?
An anonymous reader asks: In an age of evercookies, zombie cookies, and always expanding efforts to track browsers, devices, and people -- is there any way to browse totally anonymous to the sites you...
12:00 am - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot First Color Images Produced By an Electron Microscope
Slashdot reader sciencehabit quotes Science magazine: Imagine spending your whole life seeing the world in black and white, and then seeing a vase of roses in full color for the first time. That's kin...
12:00 am - Sun, November 6, 2016
Slashdot The FBI Spent Two Years Investigating An Online Cult That Didn't Exist
A two-year FBI investigation apparently centered on the satirical web site "GodHatesGoths". Long-time Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes:In 2005, the FBI launched an investigation into the "Church of the H...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot A Powerful New Android Spyware Targets Business Executives
Orome1 quotes HelpNetSecurity: "Researchers from mobile security outfit Skycure have recently analyzed a malicious app they found on an Android 6.0.1 device owned by a vice president at a global techn...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Will The New 'Starship Troopers' Reboot Stay Faithful To The Book?
HughPickens.com shares news from the Hollywood Reporter:"Columbia Pictures is rebooting Starship Troopers, the 1997 sci-fi film directed by Paul Verhoeven... The studio is not remaking the film but is...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot A New Process Turns Sewage Into Crude Oil
Big Hairy Ian shares this report from New Atlas:The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has found a way to potentially produce 30 million barrels of biocrude oil per year...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot The NES Classic is a $60 Single Board Computer Running Linux
"Nintendo's accurate NES emulator apparently needs no less than a quad-core CPU," joked Ars Technica. "The next step, of course, is unscrewing of the nostalgic little box to see how it ticks -- and wh...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Two Critical MySQL Bugs Discovered
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Two critical privilege escalation vulnerabilities in MySQL, MariaDB, and PerconaDB can help take control of the whole server, which is very bad for shared environ...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot New Software Remembers Everything Your Computer Has Ever Displayed
A Napster co-founder launched a new software this week which lets you search for anything you've ever looked at on your computer. schwit1 shared this report from CNNMoney:Atlas Informatics Founder and...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Aaron Swartz Remembered With Annual Hackathon In San Francisco
"This weekend you have the chance to add to Aaron Swartz's legacy by boosting tools for whistleblowers," the EFF writes. An anonymous reader quotes their report. The 2016 Aaron Swartz International Ha...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Teenagers In Macedonia Launch Fake Pro-Trump Sites To Earn Money
"In Macedonia the economy is very weak and teenagers are not allowed to work, so we need to find creative ways to make some money," one 17-year-old told BuzzFeed News, which reports on a "strange hub"...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew In Virtual Reality
walterbyrd quotes a report from New Scientist: Experiments with "virtual food" use electronics to emulate the taste and feel of the real thing, even when there's nothing in your mouth. This tech could...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Google's DeepMind AI Plans To Take On StarCraft II
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google and Blizzard are opening up StarCraft II to anyone who wants to teach artificial intelligence systems how to conduct warfare. Researchers c...
08:00 am - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot A Naked Black Hole Is Screaming Through the Universe
New submitter PongoX11 writes: Millions of years ago, B3 1715+425 was just an ordinary supermassive black hole. It had a comfortable life, of devouring stars and belching deadly x-rays, at the center ...
04:00 am - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Health Anxiety May Increase Risk of Heart Disease, Research Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Fit and healthy people who worry about developing an illness may be increasing their risk of heart disease by unnecessarily fretting over their h...
04:00 am - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Why a Theoretical Physicist Wants All State Bills To Be Online Before Final Vote
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Among a slew on ballot propositions that Californians will be asked to consider on Election Day (Nov. 8) is Proposition 54, a proposed constituti...
02:00 am - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Intel Wants To Replace Fireworks With Drones
Intel has announced a drone called the "Shooting Star" that has the potential to augment or replace fireworks. The drone weighs about as much as a volleyball and can light up in 4 billion color combin...
02:00 am - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Turkey Doubles Down On Censorship With Block On VPNs, Tor
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In what's a significant escalation in its censorship efforts, the Turkish government now wants to block the very same tools that tech-savvy citize...
02:00 am - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Adds An All-Glass Roof Option For Its Model S
Elon Musk has had roofs on his mind lately. Last week, Musk unveiled the residential "solar roof," consisting of glass roof tiles with integrated solar panels. Today, he announced that customers will ...
12:00 am - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Is Cutting the Note 7's Access To Mobile Networks In New Zealand
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: No one can claim there hasn't been ample warning. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 saga dragged out over multiple months, encompassing two recalls, severa...
12:00 am - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Apple Cuts USB-C Adapter Prices In Response To MacBook Pro Complaints
One of the biggest complaints with the new MacBook Pros is the lack of ports. There are between two and four USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) ports depending on the model you select -- that's it. If you need a S...
12:00 am - Sat, November 5, 2016
Slashdot Munich Court To Try Facebook's Zuckerberg For Inciting Hatred
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Deutsche Welle: A Munich court has opened a lawsuit against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, German media reported on Friday. News outlet "der Spiegel" wrote ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Apple Takes 104 Percent of All Smartphone Profits Following Galaxy Note 7 Recall
Apple accounted for over 100 percent of smartphone industry profits in the third quarter of this year, according to estimates published by BMO Capital Markets on Thursday. From a report on MacRumors: ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Cloudflare Slams MPAA and RIAA's 'Distorted' Piracy Claims
Cloudflare has hit back at the entertainment industry's anti-piracy groups, RIAA and MPAA, which accused the service of helping pirate sites to hide. From a TorrentFreak report:Cloudflare was not plea...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Self-Drive Delivery Van Can Be 'Built in Four Hours'
A self-drive electric delivery van, that could be on UK streets next year, has been unveiled at the Wired 2016 conference in London. From a report on BBC:The vehicle's stripped-back design and lightwe...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot US Government Launches Code.gov To Showcase Its Open Source Software
An anonymous reader shares a VentureBeat report: The White House has announced the launch of Code.gov, a website that shows off U.S. government open-source projects and offers relevant resources for g...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot More Than 50 Percent of All Pages In Chrome Are Loaded Over HTTPS Now
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: After years of encouraging site owners to transition to HTTPS by default, Google officials say that the effort has begun to pay off. The company's data now shows that more ...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Man Who Named His Wi-Fi SSID 'Daesh 21' Prosecuted Under French Anti-Terror Law
An 18-year-old man from Dijon was convicted for "praising terrorism" and was given a suspended sentence of three months in prison because the SSID of his Wi-Fi network was "Daesh 21." From an article ...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Meet VoCore2 Lite, a $4 Coin-Sized, Open Source Linux Computer
An anonymous reader shares a report on ZDNet:Four bucks buys a lot of hardware these days, and nothing highlights this more than a project like the VoCore2 Lite. VoCore2 is an open source Linux comput...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Here We Go Again: Microsoft's Popping Up Ads From the Windows 10 Toolbar
Mark Hachman, reporting for PCWorld: When Microsoft's Windows 10 deadline passed, many heaved a sigh of relief, thinking that Microsoft's obnoxious popup reminders had finally been laid to rest. Surpr...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot China Internet Authority Formalizes Regulations For Live-Streaming Industry
Chinese internet authorities have formalized controversial rules regulating the country's fast-growing live-streaming video industry, in a move that strips out smaller competitors and places hard-line...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Washing Machines Recalled For Risk of 'Impact Injuries'
The Galaxy Note7 smartphone is not the only Samsung product consumers need to worry about. On Friday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of 2.8 million top-loading was...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Paris Climate Change Agreement Enters Into Force
The Paris agreement on climate change enters into force on Friday, marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises. From a report on The Guardian...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Turkey Blocks Access To Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook
Turkey has blocked Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube, according to censorship monitoring site, Turkey Blocks. From a report on IT Pro: The group broke the news today around 1am local time, sayin...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Adobe Is Working On 'Photoshop For Audio' That Will Let You Add Words Someone Never Said
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Adobe is working on a new piece of software that would act like a Photoshop for audio, according to Adobe developer Zeyu Jin, who spoke at the Adobe...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Windows 7 and 8.1 Are Gaining More New Users Than Windows 10
New submitter TroII writes: After Microsoft ended its year-long "free" Windows 10 offer, new installations have slowed predictably. But in an unexpected turn, October saw more new installs of both Win...
08:00 am - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot China Launches New Heavy-Lift Long March 5 Rocket For First Time
hackingbear writes from a report via Space.com: China launched its second new rocket in the year. The Long March 5 rocket, lifted off from the Wenchang launch center on Hainan Island, off China's sout...
04:00 am - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Study Links Human Actions To Specific Arctic Ice Melt
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: Since at least the 1960s, the shrinkage of the ice cap over the Arctic Ocean has advanced in lockstep with the amount of greenhouse gases humans...
04:00 am - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Develop Magnetic Ink That Can Self-Heal Gadgets When They Break
Scientists from the University of California discuss how they plan on fixing broken devices with magnetic ink particles. "Just like the human skin is stretchable and self-healing, we wanted to impart ...
02:00 am - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Judge Refuses To Block New York 'Ballot Selfie' Law
Last week, we wrote about a federal lawsuit that is challenging a New York state law that makes it a misdemeanor to show a marked election ballot to others. Today, we learn that a federal judge has re...
02:00 am - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Every Year of Smoking Causes About 150 New DNA Mutations That Can Make Cancer More Likely, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: For every year that you continue your pack-a-day habit, the DNA in every cell in your lungs acquires about 150 new mutations. Some of those ...
02:00 am - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup 'Magic Leap' Is Gearing Up To Release A Consumer Version of Its Tech
Magic Leap is an incredibly secretive company based in Florida that develops "mixed reality" technology. While the company was valued at $4.5 billion in its latest round of financing, Magic Leap has n...
12:00 am - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Future iPhones Could Fold In Half
Apple has just received a patent, titled "electronic devices with carbon nanotube printing circuits," that suggests future iPhones may be foldable -- at least to some degree. Geek reports: Based on th...
12:00 am - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot White House, 35 States To Boost Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The White House said on Thursday it will establish 48 national electric-vehicle (EV) charging networks on nearly 25,000 miles of highways in 35 U.S. stat...
12:00 am - Fri, November 4, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Extends EMET End of Life Date
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft will continue to support and provide security patches for its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit security software for Windows until July 31 2018, after takin...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Updates Are About To Get a Lot Smaller To Download as Microsoft Switches To Differential Patching
Microsoft currently distributes major Windows 10 updates -- Anniversary Update, for instance -- as essentially full operating system installs, going as much 4GB in size. But that is changing starting ...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot App Developers Spend Too Much Time Debugging Errors in Production Systems
According to a new study, 43 percent of app developers spend between 10 and 25 percent of their time debugging application errors discovered in production. BetaNews adds: The survey carried out by Clu...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Ukraine's Military Wants To Use the HoloLens For Its Tanks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ubergizmo: Microsoft's HoloLens has so far been positioned as a device for gaming. However it seems that over in the Ukraine, they believe that the technology ...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Design For the Present
Technology critic Marco Arment, who co-hosts an Apple-centric podcast called ATP with John Siracusa and Casey Liss, has shared his take on the design of the recently launched MacBook Pro models. Apple...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot FBI Launches Internal Investigation Into Its Own Twitter Account
An anonymous reader shares a report on ThinkProgress: The FBI has launched an internal investigation into one of its own Twitter accounts. The account at issue, @FBIRecordsVault, had been dormant for ...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot UK Government Wants Prisons Geoblocked By Drone Manufacturers
An anonymous reader writes: A new report from the UK's Ministry of Justice promises to work with drone manufacturers to get prison locations geoblocked as a native feature of the drone, in the face of...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Google Moves To Upgrade App Store, Aims To Help Developers Bolster Revenue
Google plans to double down on its efforts to help developers of Android apps build their businesses as concerns mount that the app economy has reached saturation. The company is sharpening Google Pla...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Why America Needs India's Rockets
Since 2005, U.S. satellite manufacturers have been prohibited from hiring India's space agency to launch their equipment. Private American launch companies, such as SpaceX, are quite happy with this a...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Mirai Botnet Attackers Are Trying To Knock Liberia Offline
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: One of the largest distributed denial-of-service attacks happened this week and almost nobody noticed. Since the cyberattack on Dyn two weeks ago, the internet has...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot UK's Brexit Cannot Pass Without Parliament Approval
Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court ruled on Thursday. This means the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty -- beginning ...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn, Glassdoor Add Tools To Reveal Your Pay Potential
Money isn't everything, but it counts for a lot at work. That's why work-related websites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor are adding new online tools to help professionals understand their salary potentia...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Google Rejects EU Antitrust Charges, Says Evidence is Lacking
Google said Thursday it is rejecting accusations made by European Union that it abuses its dominant position with its shopping and advertising services, ramping up its fight back against the bloc's re...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot US Government Sues AT&T/DirecTV, Calls It 'Ringleader' of Collusion Scheme
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Department of Justice today sued DirecTV and its owner, ATT, saying the satellite TV company colluded with competitors during contentious neg...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy S8 Screen-To-Body Ratio Could Surpass 90%, Near Bezel-Less Design
MojoKid writes: There aren't many phones on the market currently that can boast an edge-to-edge display with minimal or no bezel on top and bottom, save for perhaps Xiaomi's recently unveiled Mi MIX. ...
08:00 am - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot World's Largest Space Telescope Is Complete, Expected To Launch In 2018
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: After more than 20 years of construction, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is complete and, following in-depth testing, the largest-ever space ...
04:00 am - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Make a High-Performance Battery From Junkyard Scraps
Science_afficionado writes: A team of engineers and materials scientists at Vanderbilt University have discovered how to make high-performance batteries using scraps of metal from the junkyard and com...
02:00 am - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Nearly 9 Out of 10 Smartphones Shipped Run On Android
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Google's Android operating system was the big winner in a big time for worldwide phone shipments, market researcher Strategy Analytics reported Wednesday...
02:00 am - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Study Finds That Athletes Perform Better When Reminded of Their Impending Death
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Basketball players that were grimly reminded of their own inevitable demise before playing took more shots and scored more points in a study publ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Chipmaker Broadcom To Buy Network Gear Maker Brocade For $5.5 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Chipmaker Broadcom Ltd said it would buy Brocade Communications Systems Inc for $5.5 billion, pushing deeper into the fast-growing market for network ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Deletes Music Piracy Groups Following Complaints
Back in the early days of the internet, users would post links to pirated content on dedicated file-sharing sites. But that trend has died down significantly over the past several years in favor of so...
12:00 am - Thu, November 3, 2016
Slashdot Newly Published WikiLeaks Emails Show Clinton Campaign Communicated With State Department
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: A State Department official appeared to coordinate with Hillary Clinton's nascent presidential campaign hours before the former secretary of state's ...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Another Internet Outage Takes Down Services in US and UK
Reader Archangel Michael writes: Parts of the internet were down across the U.S. and in the U.K. Wednesday morning, as service provider Level 3 Communications reported an outage. Level 3, which provid...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot On Wall Street, a High-Ranking Few Still Avoid Email
The world may be increasingly becoming digital, but a small group of the Wall Street elite refuses to say anything substantive in an email, text, or chat, and some will not communicate digitally at al...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Computer Virus Attack Forces Hospitals To Cancel Operations, Shut Down Systems
A hospital system in the United Kingdom has canceled all planned operations and diverted major trauma cases to neighboring facilities citing a computer virus outbreak. From a report on ZDNet: The Nort...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee Warns of Danger of Chaos in Unprotected Public Data
Hackers could use open data such as the information that powers transport apps to create chaos, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has said. An anonymous reader shares a report o...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot UK Auto Insurer Will Use Facebook Data To Set Premium
An anonymous reader writes: Major UK insurer Admiral has announced that it will use data garnered from Facebook profiles to help set insurance premiums for first-time drivers. The company intends to e...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Hulk Hogan Settles With Gawker For $31 Million
Gawker Media, which filed for bankruptcy after losing a lawsuit brought by the former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, has settled the case. The settlement, which court documents indicate is for $31 ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Interviews: Ask American Author and Entrepreneur Seth Godin a Question
Seth Godin is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker. He is just about as nerdy as it gets, receiving degrees in computer science and philosophy from Tufts University, followed...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Phil Schiller Says the MacBook Pro Doesn't Need an SD Card Slot
Apple's new MacBook Pro models have upset many people for many different reasons. Some are unhappy with the inability to get more than 16GB of RAM, some are upset with the high-price, some are unhappy...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Teams Launches To Take on Slack in the Workplace
Microsoft today launched its team collaboration app called Microsoft Teams. The app, which competes with Slack, is available in beta starting today. Microsoft describes the app as a "chat-based worksp...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot YouTube's Seven-Year Stand-off Ends
YouTube has resolved a long-running dispute that prevented many of its clips being accessible in Germany. The Google-owned video service had been at odds with Gema - a German rights body representing ...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot LastPass Makes Password Management Free Across All Of Your PCs, Tablets and Smartphones
LastPass on Wednesday announced that its popular password manager will now be free for all to use. LastPass previously charged a fee of $12 per year to sync passwords across multiple devices, such as ...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot AWS Releases Amazon Linux Container Image For Use in On-Premises Data Centers
Amazon Web Services, a division of Amazon that offers cloud computing and storage services, has released a container image of its Amazon Linux operating system -- which has, until now, only been acces...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Officially Announces Gameroom, Its PC Steam Competitor
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: After losing mobile gaming to iOS and Android, Facebook is making a big push into playing on PC with today's developer launch of its Gameroom Windo...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot National Geographic Releases Alarming Climate Change Movie 'Before the Flood' On YouTube
dryriver writes: National Geographic's Climate Change movie "Before The Flood," featuring actor-activist Leonardo DiCaprio, can now be viewed freely on Youtube. One of the most interesting points in t...
08:00 am - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot NASA Signals Interest In Extending Commercial Spaceflight To the Moon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: NASA on Tuesday took a tentative step toward contracting with private companies to send scientific payloads to the surface of the Moon, beginning...
04:00 am - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Google Security Engineer Claims Android Is Now As Secure As the iPhone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: It's a common assumption among tech geeks, and even cybersecurity experts, that if you are really paranoid, you should probably use an iPhone, and...
04:00 am - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Why Tesla's New Solar Roof Tiles and Home Battery Are Such a Big Deal
On October 28th, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the residential "solar roof," consisting of glass roof tiles with integrated solar panels. Not only are they more durable than traditional roo...
02:00 am - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Google Joins Mozilla and Apple In Distrusting WoSign and StartCom Certificates
itwbennett quotes a report from CSO Online: Following similar decisions by Mozilla and Apple, Google plans to reject new digital certificates issued by certificate authorities WoSign and StartCom beca...
02:00 am - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot New, More-Powerful IoT Botnet Infects 3,500 Devices In 5 Days
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: There's a new, more powerful Internet-of-things botnet in town, and it has managed to infect almost 3,500 devices in just five days, according to...
02:00 am - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Trump Organization Owns More Than 3,600 Domain Names, Many of Which Bash Trump
With the presidential election just days away, research firm DomainIQ decided to track down the number of domains registered under Donald Trump's organization and Hillary Clinton's campaign. They foun...
12:00 am - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Says Russia-Linked Hackers Are Exploiting Newly Discovered Flaw In Windows OS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday that a hacking group previously linked to the Russian government and U.S. political hacks is behind recent cyber attack...
12:00 am - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Montreal Police Monitored iPhone of La Presse Journalist Patrick Lagace
Montreal police have reportedly spied on La Presse journalist Patrick Lagace, tracking his cellphone calls, texts, and locations. According to Legace, the police department "obtained the court-authori...
12:00 am - Wed, November 2, 2016
Slashdot Instagram's New Shoppable Photos Are a Glimpse At Its E-Commerce Future
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Instagram influencers have long tried to hack the app to make money by putting "purchase link in bio" when they photograph something you can buy. Th...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Firefox Disables Loophole that Allows Sites To Track Users Via Battery Status
New submitter xogg writes: Battery Status API allows web sites to read the battery level of user's system. The API was found to bring privacy risks and abuse potential and a number of implementation b...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Mobile Browsing Just Overtook the Desktop For the First Time
More users around the world are accessing the internet from mobile devices than from desktop computers for the first time, according to internet monitoring firm StatCounter. The combined traffic from ...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Plan To Fuel Rockets With People Aboard Raises Alarm Bells
Several space industry experts that advise NASA have told the US space agency there are safety risks in a proposal by Elon Musk's SpaceX to fuel its rockets while astronauts are on board. From a repor...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot You Can Legally Hack Your Own Car, Pacemaker, or Smartphone Now
Earlier this year, we ran a story about how even possessions as personal as one's car or tractor, or insulin pump could not be legally hacked by the owner, but those constraints are things of the past...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Despite Its Nefarious Reputation, New Report Finds Majority of Activity On Dark Web is Totally Legal and Mundane
According to a study published by dark web data intelligence provider Terbium Labs, the bulk of activity appearing on the dark web is much like the content and commerce found on the clear web. In fact...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Stops Selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 To Computer Makers
An anonymous reader shares a report on VentureBeat: Out with the old, and in with the new. Microsoft yesterday stopped providing Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 licenses to original equipment m...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Must Be Stopped
New submitter mirandakatz writes: AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner is evidence that AT&T doesn't ever plan to invest in fiber to the home, writes Susan Crawford at Backchannel -- and th...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Announces Semiconductor Industry Working Group To Review US Competitiveness
The Obama administration has announced the formation of a working group to study issues affecting the US semiconductor industry, especially as they pertain to the nation's economic and security intere...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Needs To Protect Human Rights Issue, Civil Groups Say
Facebook needs to be more forthcoming about the kinds of content it takes down. That's according to 73 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Black Lives Matter, SumOfUs and more...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot UK Government Vows To Sink $2.3 Billion Into New Cybersecurity Plan
The UK government has promised to spend nearly $2.3 billion over the next five years to try to tackle the growing problem of cyber attacks in the country. An anonymous reader writes: Recent research s...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Opera Max Turns To Nagware, Now Prompts Users To Re-enable It Every 12 Hours
Opera has long advertised its free VPN service Opera Max to customers. But it looks like, the company isn't pleased with users keeping its servers at work at all times. Over the last few days, accordi...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot CloudFlare Can Be Ordered To Disclose Science Piracy Website Owner Details
An anonymous reader writes: A New York judge has ruled that CDN provider Cloudflare can be compelled to disclose customer details for the domains libgen.io and bookfi.org, both of which are alleged to...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Google's Schmidt Drew Up Draft Plan For Clinton In 2014
New submitter troublemaker_23 writes: Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, submitted a detailed draft to a key Clinton aide on April 15, 2014, outlining his ideas for a poss...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Physicists Induce Superconductivity In Non-Superconducting Materials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers at the University of Houston have reported a new method for inducing superconductivity in non-superconducting materials, demonstrating a ...
08:00 am - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot NASA: We're Not Racing SpaceX To Mars
astroengine writes: According to NASA's new science chief Thomas Zurbuchen, the U.S. space agency doesn't see SpaceX as a competitor in a race to Mars and that if any private company gets there before...
04:00 am - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Computer Scientists Believe a Trump Server Was Communicating With a Russian Bank
In light of the Democratic National Committee hack by the Russians earlier this year, a "tightly knit community of computer scientists" working in a variety of fields came up with the hypothesis, "whi...
04:00 am - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Deadly 1933 Long Beach Earthquake May Have Been Caused By Oil Drilling, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: A new study suggests that the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, the deadliest seismic event in recorded Southern California history, may have been...
02:00 am - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Tablet Shipments Decline For Eighth Straight Quarter, No Company Surpassed 10 Million Units
Similar to the smartwatch market, the tablet market is in rough shape. According to estimates provided by IDC, the tablet market has been in decline for eight quarters in a row, and no company managed...
02:00 am - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot People Who Use Facebook Live Longer, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: Study after study has demonstrated a link between strong social connections and reduced mortality risk. But does that hold true as our social interacti...
02:00 am - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Uber Drivers Are Company Employees Not Self-Employed Contractors, Rules British Court
A British court has ruled that Uber drivers have the same employment rights as other full-time employees in the country, which makes them entitled to a wide array of benefits. Ars Technica reports: Th...
12:00 am - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Falsely Claimed Pro-Google Fiber Rule Is Invalid, FCC Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission has given a helping hand to Louisville, Kentucky, in the city's attempt to enforce local rules that would m...
12:00 am - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Foxconn Testing Wireless Charging For iPhone 8
One of the first big secrets regarding Apple's upcoming smartphone has been spilled. According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Foxconn, the firm responsible for assembling iPhones, is testing wi...
12:00 am - Tue, November 1, 2016
Slashdot Cable TV Price Increases Have Beaten Inflation Every Single Year For 20 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: The pay TV industry is losing customers, but prices continue to climb. In fact, for U.S. cable TV in particular, price increases have outpace...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot Over 10,000 Facebook Users Worldwide Falsely Check in at Standing Rock To Confuse Police
More than 100,000 people from around the world have checked in on Facebook at the site of Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota, in an effort they hope will help protesters avoid detection b...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot 86-Year Old Grandma Accused of Pirating a Zombie Game
An 86-year-old woman named Christine McMillan from Ontario, Canada has been accused of downloading a zombie game she's never heard of. She faces $5,000 in potential damages. From a report on TorrentFr...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot It's Harder To Get an Uber or Lyft If You're Black, Study Says
Black riders have to wait "significantly longer" for their Uber cabs and experience "double" the cancellation rates of white passengers, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Ec...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot China's New Policing Computer Is Frontend Cattle Prod, Backend Supercomputer
Earlier this year, we learned about China's first "intelligent security robot," which was said to include "electrically charged riot control tool." We now know what this robot is up to, and what its d...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot Google Discloses Exploited Windows Vulnerability 10 Days After Telling Microsoft
An anonymous reader writes: Google today shared details about a security flaw in Windows, just 10 days after disclosing it to Microsoft on October 21. To make matters worse, Google says it is aware th...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot The Next President Will Face a Cybercrisis Within 100 Days, Predicts Report
The next president of the United States will face a cybercrisis within 100 days, predicts report from analysts at Forrester. The crisis could come as a result of hostile actions from another country o...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot MacBook Pro (2016) Disappointment Pushes Some Apple Loyalists To Ubuntu Linux
Linux distributions have emerged as one of the beneficiaries in the aftermath of the MacBook Pros launch. Many people aren't pleased with the offering and prices of Apple's three new laptops and some ...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot CenturyLink To Buy Level 3 For $34 Billion, Create a More Formidable Competitor To AT&T
In what is seen as a move to build a more formidable competitor to AT&T, rival CenturyLink today announced it is buying Level 3 Communications for about $34 billion in cash and stock. From a repor...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot Where Does Jeff Bezos Foresee Putting Space Colonists? Inside O'Neill Cylinders
Elon Musk of SpaceX wants to settle humans on Mars. Some talk about taking the Moon Village route. But Jeff Bezos has a different kind of off-Earth home in mind when he talks about having millions of ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot NASA Scientists Suggest We've Been Underestimating Sea Level Rise
Our current estimate about the global sea level is "way off" according to a new study. The study published in Geophysical Research Letters this month suggests that our historial sea level records have...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Tried To Buy Asian Snapchat Clone Snow
Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch:Here's fuel to the fire for those who believe that Facebook will buy anything that looks, smells or moves like Snapchat. The U.S. social networking giant this sum...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot NSA Hackers The Shadow Brokers Dump More Files
The hacker (or a group of hackers) who call themselves The Shadow Brokers today published more files. From an article on Motherboard: This latest release comes while Hal Martin, an NSA contractor and,...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot EFF Suggests Halloween Costume To Protest Facial Recognition Databases
An anonymous reader writes:EFF's list of costume ideas for digital rights activists include a Stingray costume, dressing up like a Privacy Badger (or a patent troll), and using facepaint to simulate t...
08:00 am - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot Male Birth Control Shot Found Effective
An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:A hormone injection has been shown to be a safe and effective method of contraception -- for men. U.S. researchers say the jab was almost 96% effective in tests on a...
04:00 am - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Training Helps Older Programmers Most?
brown.dragon is an older programmer moving to Australia. He writes:I want to start an online solution that other programmers find helpful, and right now I'm wondering if I should go with "learning new...
02:00 am - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot EA Blocks 'Origin' Access In Six Countries, Citing US Embargoes
An anonymous reader writes: "In compliance with US embargoes and sanctions laws, Origin is not available in Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine (Crimea region)," a community ma...
12:00 am - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot CETA Signed Off As Wallonia Folds Under Pressure
Dangerous_Minds writes: The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been signed off. The government of Wallonia appeared to be holding off on the agreement, but has since folded under th...
12:00 am - Mon, October 31, 2016
Slashdot Wordpress Founder Accuses Wix Of Stealing Code
An anonymous reader writes: "Wow, dude I did not even know we were fighting," Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami posted on the company's blog Saturday -- responding to Wordpress creator Matt Mullenweg, who on F...