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10:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Sell Customized Edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Smartphones
Done with selling its own phones, Microsoft is getting back at the smartphone business. This time, selling Samsung's Android powered flagship S8 and S8 Plus smartphone. From a report: Microsoft says i...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Streaming Services Generated More Than 50% of All US Music Industry Revenue in 2016
Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: Streaming music services were for the first time ever responsible for more than 50 percent of all U.S. music industry revenue in 2016, according to new numbers ...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Will No Longer Count Usernames Against a Tweet's 140-Character Limit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PhoneDog: Last year, Twitter updated its service so that photos, videos, and other media wouldn't count against your 140-character limit. Now it's excluding an...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Launches Contract-Free Xfinity Prepaid Internet Service
Comcast has been testing its Xfinity prepaid internet service for several years and now it appears to be ready for the masses. "The package allows consumers to pay for internet service on a pay-as-you...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Announces Crowdfunding Service To Back Causes Such As Medical Needs
Facebook said today it is introducing a crowdfunding feature to help users back causes such as education, medical needs, pet medical, crisis relief, personal emergencies and funerals. The new tool, wh...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Safe Harbor Cost the US Music Industry Up To $1B in Lost Royalties Per Year, Study Finds
An anonymous reader shares a report: For the first time, researchers have quantified the "value gap" and its impact on the US recorded music industry. A study published yesterday (March 29) by Washing...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Google Plans To Alter JavaScript Popups After Abuse From Tech Support Scammers
An anonymous reader writes: Chromium engineers are discussing plans to change how JavaScript popups work inside Chrome and other similar browsers. In a proposal published on the Google Developers port...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Airline Fined For Sending 3.3 Million Unwanted Emails
The airline Flybe has been fined 70,000 pound ($87,000) for sending more than 3.3 million marketing emails to people who had opted out of receiving them. From a report on BBC: The emails, sent in Augu...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Christopher Nolan and Sofia Coppola Urge Fans To Watch Films in Cinemas, Not On Netflix
Christopher Nolan and Sofia Coppola have urged audiences to see their films in the cinema at a time when the movie industry is reckoning with the growing popularity of video on demand and streaming pl...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Britain Wants Tech Firms to Tackle Extremism
Britain will tell Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft on Thursday to do more to stop extremists posting content on their platforms and using encrypted messaging services to plan attacks. From a r...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Cisco Developing Standalone Networking OS, Report Says
Cisco has built a new network operating system that will allow users to run its most sophisticated networking features on older and lower-cost Cisco routers and switches, according to a report. From a...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Trolling Will Get Worse Before it Gets Better, Study Says
If you thought that the internet had a chance of becoming a nicer place at any point in the near future, it might be time to give up hope. From a report: "Harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of gr...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Will VPNs Protect Your Privacy? It's Complicated
From a CNET report: A VPN redirects your internet traffic, disguising where your computer, phone or other device is when it makes contact with websites. It also encrypts information you send across th...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot UW Professor: The Information War Is Real, and We're Losing It
An anonymous reader writes: It started with the Boston marathon bombing, four years ago. University of Washington professor Kate Starbird was sifting through thousands of tweets sent in the aftermath ...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Ivanka Trump To Take Coding Class With 5-Year-Old Daughter
theodp writes: Speaking about women in STEM at a Women's History Month event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, new [unpaid] federal employee Ivanka Trump revealed she'll be taking a co...
08:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot The Guardian Interviews Valentina Tereshkova, the First Woman In Space
Oxygen99 writes: The Guardian published an interview today with the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, ahead of her forthcoming exhibition at the London Science Museum. An interesting and inf...
04:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot FCC To Halt Expansion of Broadband Subsidies For Poor People
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that the FCC will be "dropping its legal defense of a new system for expanding broadband subsidies for poor people, and will not approve applications from compani...
04:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Discover Way To Transmit Taste of Lemonade Over Internet
schwit1 quotes a report from VICE: With the use of electrodes and sensors -- and zero lemons -- a group of researchers at the University of Singapore have announced that they can convince you that you...
02:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Hobbyist Turns Nintendo 64 Console Into Nintendo Switch Dock
adosch writes: Polygon reports that a Reddit user "modified a broken Nintendo 64 and transformed it into a functioning Switch dock." The modder, who goes by the handle "Tettzan Zone," has "been keepin...
02:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Westinghouse Files For Bankruptcy, In Blow To Nuclear Power
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Westinghouse Electric Co, a unit of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, hit by billions of dollars of cost overruns...
02:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Verizon To Force 'AppFlash' Spyware On Android Phones
saccade.com writes: Verizon is joining with the creators of a tool called "Evie Launcher" to make a new app search/launcher tool called AppFlash, which will be installed on all Verizon phones running ...
12:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot About 90% of Smart TVs Vulnerable To Remote Hacking Via Rogue TV Signals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A new attack on smart TVs allows a malicious actor to take over devices using rogue DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting -- Terrestrial) signal...
12:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Two Activists Who Secretly Recorded Planned Parenthood Face 15 Felony Charges
mi writes: California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two activists who made undercover videos of themselves interacting with officials of a taxpayer-supported organization with 15 felonies, saying the...
12:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Is Now the World's Second Richest Person
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Jeff Bezos has leapt past Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the world's second-richest person. Bezos, 53, added $1.5 billion to his fortun...
12:00 am - Thu, March 30, 2017
Slashdot 'Samsung Dex' Is a Galaxy S8 Dock That Turns Your Phone Into a Desktop
Samsung has officially launched their new Galaxy S8 smartphone today, along with several different accessories. One of the accessories is the Samsung Dex, a dock that aims to replace your desktop comp...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot The Story of the First Human Head Transplant Won't Die
Stories about the first human head transplant operation, supposedly coming in December 2017, are circulating again. From a report on the Outline: But despite what you might have read or seen, humanity...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot More Than Ever, Employees Want a Say in How Their Companies Are Run
Two readers share a report: While workers have traditionally looked to unions to address their grievances, a new generation is trusting in the power of petitions to force changes. At the Wall Street J...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot App Store Sales For Android To Overtake Apple's iOS, Research Firm Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, Apple's App Store, the place where people download apps for games and social networking services on their iPhones, has generated far more revenue worldw...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot One in Five Mobile Phones Shipped Abroad Are Phoney
Nearly one-fifth of mobile phones and one-quarter of video game consoles shipped abroad are fake, according to a report by the the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Re...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Playing Tetris Can Reduce Onset of PTSD After Trauma, Study Finds
Reader dryriver writes (slightly edited and condensed): CNN, citing a new study, reports that playing Tetris within hours of a traumatic event can reduce the onset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Xbox One's Faster, Simpler Interface is Now Available To Everyone
Microsoft today announced it is releasing a major update to the Xbox One gaming console. The much-awaited update comes with a few new features and improvements such as Beam, the company's livestreamin...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot 'No Turning Back' on Brexit as Article 50 Triggered
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Britain's departure from the European Union is "an historic moment from which there can be no turning back," Theresa May has told MPs. The prime minister said ...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Yes, You've Still Got Mail
Veteran technology columnist Walt Mossberg, writes: Like radio, email isn't dying, it's just changing. Over the past decade or so it's become much more like postal mail. It's not the place you expect ...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Activist Starts a Campaign To Buy and Publish Browsing Histories of Politicians Who Passed Anti-Privacy Law
On Tuesday, Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump that wipes away landmark online privacy protections. In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as ...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Windows 10 Creators Update Goes Live On April 11, Will You Upgrade?
Microsoft said today it will start rolling out Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest major update to its current desktop operating system, starting April 11. The company says Windows 10 Creators Upda...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot What Killed Adobe Flash?
An employee, who claims to have worked on the development of Flash, writes: Apparently, the world settled on the "One True Cause" for why Flash "died". Take for example this blogpost by John Gruber ab...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Launches Galaxy S8 Smartphone
Samsung on Wednesday unveiled the Galaxy S8, its latest flagship smartphone boasting a new voice assistant and larger display as the technology titan looks to steal a march on Apple and regain ground ...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Hires Global Specialists To Explore Feasibility of Buying Accenture
Paul Kunert writes in an exclusive report via The Register: Oracle has hired global specialists to explore the feasibility of buying multi-billion dollar consultancy Accenture, sources have told us. T...
12:00 pm - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot World's Largest Dinosaur Footprints Discovered In Western Australia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The largest known dinosaur footprints have been discovered in Western Australia, including 1.7 meter prints left by gigantic herbivores. Until no...
08:00 am - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot NASA Launches Massive Digital Library For Space Video, Photos and Audio
earlytime quotes a report from Space.com: NASA on Tuesday (March 28) unveiled a new online library that assembles the agency's amazing space photos, videos and audio files into a single searchable lib...
04:00 am - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Turn Mammalian Cells Into Complex Biocomputers
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: Computer hardware is getting a softer side. A research team has come up with a way of genetically engineering the DNA of mammalian cells to carry ou...
02:00 am - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Lies Programmers Tell Themselves?
snydeq writes: "Confidence in our power over machines also makes us guilty of hoping to bend reality to our code," writes Peter Wayner, in a discussion of nine lies programmers tell themselves about t...
02:00 am - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Bay Area Tech Executives Indicted For H-1B Visa Fraud
New submitter s.petry quotes a report from The Mercury News: Two Bay Area tech executives are accused of filing false visa documents through a staffing agency in a scheme to illegally bring a pool of ...
12:00 am - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Hong Kong Government Loses Laptops Containing Personal Data of 3.7 Million Voters
New submitter fatp writes: Hong Kong Free Press reports that the Registration and Electoral Office (REO) has lost two laptops containing the personal data of all 3.7 million voters after the chief exe...
12:00 am - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot DJI Proposes New Electronic 'License Plate' For Drones
linuxwrangler writes: Chinese drone maker DJI proposed that drones be required to transmit a unique identifier to assist law enforcement to identify operators where necessary. Anyone with an appropria...
12:00 am - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot Google Launches New Website To Showcase Its Open Source Projects and Processes
BrianFagioli writes: Google is an essential member of the open source community. The search giant contributes some really great projects, offering code to be used many -- it claims more than 2,000 suc...
12:00 am - Wed, March 29, 2017
Slashdot The Galaxy S8 Will Be Samsung's Biggest Test Ever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: You know what's coming tomorrow, you've known and waited for it for months now. Samsung's 2017 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, will be officiall...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot BitTorrent To Refocus On What Made It Rich - uTorrent
Best known for its uTorrent client, BitTorrent Inc has been focusing more on other projects for a while. But now, with another shake-up imminent, the company has made a fresh commitment to focus on uT...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot US Congress Votes To Shred ISP Privacy Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The U.S. House of Representatives has just approved a "congressional disapproval" vote of privacy rules, which gives your ISP the right to sell y...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot China's ZTE Removed From US Trade Blacklist
From a report: The U.S. Commerce Department will remove Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp from a trade blacklist after the company admitted to violating sanctions on Iran, the Commerce Departme...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot The Best and Worst Cities To Live in For Tech Workers, Based on Rent and Commute
An anonymous reader shares a report: Most cities with a cluster of tech companies can offer those workers either a short commute or low rents -- but not both, according to a study by property consulta...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Deal Boosts Chinese Presence in US Auto Tech
From a Reuters report:China's Tencent has bought a 5 percent stake in U.S. electric car maker Tesla for $1.78 billion, the latest investment by a Chinese internet company in the potentially lucrative ...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Copied Snapchat a Fourth Time, and Now All Its Apps Look the Same
Facebook is copying Snapchat again. From a report on Recode: Today it launched Stories, the 24-hour photo and video montages that ultimately disappear, inside of its core Facebook app. This is the fou...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member
From a press release: The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced that AT&T has become a Platinum member. This follows...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans? Last year, two leading economists described a future in which humans come out ahead. But now they've declared a different winner: the robots...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot 'Sightings' of Extinct Tasmanian Tiger Prompt Search in Queensland
Elle Hunt, writing for The Guardian: "Plausible" possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in northern Queensland have prompted scientists to undertake a search for the species thought to have died out ...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot 10 Million Insiders Test And Use Windows 10 Every Day, Says Microsoft
When Microsoft made Windows 10 publicly available to all users in 2015, it said about five million people had signed up for Windows Insider program, and were using the OS every day. That number has gr...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot 'Brainstorming Doesn't Work'
People aren't necessarily more creative in groups than alone, or vice versa, according to numerous studies. An anonymous reader shares an article: In fact, creativity needs both conditions; our perfor...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot A Lawsuit Over Costco Golf Balls Shows Why We Can't Have Nice Things For Cheap
Ephrat Livni, writing for Quartz: Unless you're a golfer, you probably don't think about golf balls. But a new US lawsuit about these little-dimpled spheres has an economics lesson for all shoppers, s...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Web Services Jumps Into Call-Center Market With New 'Amazon Connect' Service
Amazon Web Services just unveiled a new service for running call centers, dubbed Amazon Connect, leveraging the same technology used by Amazon.com's own customer service system to route and manage cal...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Dutch Scientist Proposes Circular Runways For Airport Efficiency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: While airport terminal architecture has a solid history of style and innovation, rarely is a proposal put forth to utterly redesign the runway. B...
12:00 pm - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot GameStop To Close At Least 150 Stores Due To Poor Q4 Sales
GameStop announced last week that it will be closing more than 150 of its stores globally due to "weak sales of certain AAA titles and aggressive console promotions by other retailers." The chain also...
08:00 am - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot NASA Spends 72 Cents of Every SLS Dollar On Overhead Costs, Says Report
A new report published by the nonpartisan think tank Center for a New American Security shows us where a lot of NASA's money is being spent. The space agency has reportedly spent $19 billion on rocket...
04:00 am - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Climate Change Is Altering Global Air Currents
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: One of the scientists who demonstrated conclusively that global warming was an unnatural event with the famous "hockey stick" graph is now war...
02:00 am - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Working Environment For a Developer?
New submitter Dorgendubal writes: I work for a company with more than a thousand developers and I'm participating in activities aimed at improving the work experience of developers. Our developers rec...
02:00 am - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Launches 'Town Hall' For Contacting Government Reps, Adds Local Election Reminders
Facebook has officially launched their "Town Hall" feature that allows users to locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. The social media company also anno...
02:00 am - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic
"Computer scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a new intelligent routing algorithm that attempts to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams -- those s...
12:00 am - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Stylebooks Finally Embrace the Single 'They'
Two major style manuals are now allowing the singular use of "they" in certain circumstances. While this is a victory for common sense, the paths taken are unusual in the evolution of usage. From a re...
12:00 am - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Prominent Drupal, PHP Developer Kicked From the Drupal Project Over Unconventional Sex Life
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Last week the Drupal community erupted in anger after its leader, Dries Buytaert, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the ...
12:00 am - Tue, March 28, 2017
Slashdot Facial Recognition Database Used By FBI Is Out of Control, House Committee Hears
The House oversight committee claims the FBI's facial recognition database is out of control, noting that "no federal law controls this technology" and "no court decision limits it." At last week's Ho...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Launches Neuralink To Connect Brains With Computers
At Recode's conference last year, Elon Musk said he would love to see someone do something about linking human brains with computers. With no other human being volunteering, Mr. Musk -- who founded Pa...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Four Years Later, Xbox Exec Admits How Microsoft Screwed Up Disc Resale Plan
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: We're now approaching the four-year anniversary of Microsoft's rollout (and subsequent reversal) of a controversial plan to let game publishers l...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor John Goodenough a Question
John B. Goodenough is a solid-state physicist and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at The University of Texas at Austin. While he is most famous for identifying and developing...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot With Optane Memory, Intel Claims To Make Hard Drives Faster Than SSDs
SSDs are generally faster than hard drives. However, they are also usually more expensive. Intel wants to change that with its new Optane Memory lineup, which it claims is faster and better performing...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Apple is Upgrading Millions of iOS Devices To a New Modern File System Today
Apple today began rolling out iOS 10.3, the latest point update to its mobile operating system. iOS 10.3 brings with it several new features, chief among which is a new file system -- called the Apple...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot US Top Court Considers Changing Where Patent Cases May Be Filed
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday grappled over whether to upend a quarter-century of practice and limit where patent-infringement lawsuits can be filed. From a report on Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Cour...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot No One Knows What To Do With the International Space Station
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2024 the clock will run out on the International Space Station. Maybe. That's the arbitrary deadline that Congress imposed back in 2014, at which point they'll ...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot India's Silicon Valley Offers the Cheapest Engineers, But the Quality of Their Talent is Another Story
Ananya Bhattacharya, writing for Quartz: Bengaluru's startup ecosystem is what it is because of its engineers. With an average annual salary of $8,600, engineers in India's tech hub cost 13 times less...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Enemy Number One is Netflix: The Monster That's Eating Hollywood
From a WSJ report: Tara Flynn, a rising star at a TV production unit of 21st Century Fox, walked into her boss's office last August and told him she was quitting and joining streaming-video giant Netf...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot 'Pirate' Movie Streaming Sites Declared Legal By Italian Court
A Court of Appeal in Rome has overturned a 600,000 euro ruling against four unlicensed sites that offered streaming movies to the public. From a report: When it comes to passing judgment on so-called ...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Laptop Ban on Planes Came After Plot To Put Explosives in iPad
Last week, United States and United Kingdom officials announced new restrictions for airline passengers from eight Middle Eastern countries, forbidding passengers to carry electronics larger than a sm...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Galaxy Note 7 Is Not Dead, Samsung Says It Will Sell Refurbished Units
Samsung announced on Monday it plans to sell refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, months after the handset was pulled from the markets due to fire-prone batteries. The company says it is...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Yanks Docs.com Search After Complaints of Exposed Sensitive Files
Microsoft has quietly removed a feature on its document sharing site Docs.com that allowed anyone to search through millions of files for sensitive and personal information. From a report on ZDNet: Us...
12:00 pm - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Singapore Wants To Test Flying Taxi Drones
An anonymous reader writes: Commuters in Singapore might soon be able to ride a flying taxi home at the end of the day," writes the New York Post. "The country's Minister of Transport is in negotiatio...
08:00 am - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Easiest Linux Distro For A Newbie?
joseph Kramer -- a long-time user of both Windows and MacOS -- comes to Slashdot with the ultimate question:I've been lurking here for years and seen many recommendations for a Linux flavor that works...
06:00 am - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot After 20 Years, OpenSSL Will Change To Apache License 2.0, Seeks Past Contributors
After nearly 20 years and 31,000 commits, OpenSSL wants to change to Apache License v2.0. They're now tracking down all 400 contributors to sign new license agreements, a process expected to take seve...
06:00 am - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Discover A Surprising New Role for Lungs: Making Blood
schwit1 quotes ScienceAlert:In experiments involving mice, the team found that lungs produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood cells) per hour, equating to the majority of platelets in the an...
04:00 am - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot New Release Of StarCraft In 4K Ultra High Definition Announced
The classic 90s-era videogames StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War will be re-released this summer -- remastered in 4K Ultra High Definition. An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:It will also include a...
04:00 am - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Is Australia Becoming A Cashless Society?
Australia's Reserve Bank will roll out an instantaneous money-transferring technology later this year, "which will push Australia even further towards being a cashless society," according to ABC. An a...
02:00 am - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot Class Action Lawsuit Launched Over Forced Windows 10 Upgrades
Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes The Register:Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers. The c...
12:00 am - Mon, March 27, 2017
Slashdot After 20 Years, OpenSSL Will Change To Apache License 2.0, Seeks Pasts Contributors
After nearly 20 years and 31,000 commits, OpenSSL wants to change to Apache License v2.0. They're now tracking down all 400 contributors to sign new license agreements, a process expected to take seve...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot London Terrorist Used WhatsApp, UK Calls For Backdoors
Wednesday 52-year-old Khalid Masood "drove a rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before smashing it into Parliament's gates and rushing onto the grounds, where he fatally stabbed a polic...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot Is Microsoft Building A Foldable 'Surface' Phone?
"This past week, Microsoft received a new patent for a foldable handset, and once again there are rumors that it is related to the long awaited, mythical Surface Phone," writes HardOCP, noting Samsung...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot 17-Year-Old Corrects NASA Mistake In Data From The ISS
"A British teenager has contacted scientists at NASA to point out an error in a set of their own data," writes the BBC. An anonymous reader quotes their report.A-level student Miles Soloman found that...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot New Release Of StarCraft In 4K Ultra High Definition Annouonced
The classic 90s-era videogames StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War will be re-released this summer -- remastered in 4K Ultra High Definition. An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:It will also include a...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot Theranos To Investors: Please Don't Sue! Here, Have Some More Shares
Theranos "plans to give additional shares to investors who pledge not to sue," reports the Wall Street Journal. An anonymous reader quotes Silicon Beat:The deal, which hasn't been disclosed publicly, ...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot Aerospace Startup Will Build A Supersonic Mach 2.2 Aircraft
A new commercial aircraft will fly more than twice the speed of sound, traveling from New York to London in 3.4 hours. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Colorado-based startup Boom Supersonic is one ...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot A 21st-Century Version Of OS/2 Warp May Be Released Soon
dryriver writes: A company named Arca Noae is working on a new release of the X86 OS/2 operating system code named "Blue Lion" and likely called ArcaOS 5 in its final release. Blue Lion wants to be a ...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot Over 14K 'Let's Encrypt' SSL Certificates Issued To PayPal Phishing Sites
BleepingComputer reports:During the past year, Let's Encrypt has issued a total of 15,270 SSL certificates that contained the word 'PayPal' in the domain name or the certificate identity. Of these, ap...
02:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot UK Broadband Customers Set To Receive Millions In Compensation For Bad Service
An anonymous reader quotes The Stack: British telecoms regulator Ofcom has revealed new plans which would see consumers who experience poor service automatically compensated, in cash or credit, by the...
12:00 pm - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot US Workers Face A Higher Risk Of Being Replaced By Robots
There's a surprising prediction for the next 15 years from the world's second largest professional services firm. An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Millions of workers around the world are at risk of los...
08:00 am - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot Terrifying Anti-Riot Vehicle Created To Quash Any Urban Disturbance
"Are you an urban police force thinking about how to control your fellow humans?" jokes Cory Doctorow. "Look no farther! Your pals at Bozena have an all-new RIOT system, a crowd-control killdozer for ...
06:00 am - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot Still More Advertisers Pull Google Ads Over YouTube Hate Videos
"A week after Google apologized for running customers' advertisements alongside objectionable videos, triggering a change in policy, its YouTube site is still rife with examples that are angering more...
02:00 am - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot SAS Mocked For Recommending 60% Proprietary Software, 40% Open Source
This week SAS wrote that open source technology "has its own, often unexpected costs," recommending organizations maintain a balance of 60% proprietary software to 40% open software. An anonymous read...
12:00 am - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux 17.04 'Zesty Zapus' Final Beta Now Available For Download
BrianFagioli writes: The final beta of Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus' became available for download Thursday. While it is never a good idea to run pre-release software on production machines, Canonical is...
12:00 am - Sun, March 26, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Launches New 24/7 Workplace Surveillance Service
America's largest ISP just rolled out a new service that allows small and medium-sized business owners "to oversee their organization" with continuous video surveillance footage that's stored in the c...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot 'Why The US Senate's Vote To Throw Out ISP Privacy Laws Isn't All Bad'
"Nobody wants their data spread far and wide," write two associate editors at MIT Technology Review, "but the FCC's rules were an inconsistent solution to a much larger problem." An anonymous reader w...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Apache Hadoop Has Failed Us, Tech Experts Say
It was the first widely-adopted open source distributed computing platform. But some geeks running it are telling Datanami that Hadoop "is great if you're a data scientist who knows how to code in Map...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Anti-Virus Vendors Scramble To Patch Hijacking Exploit Involving Microsoft Tool
"A zero-day attack called Double Agent can take over antivirus software on Windows machines," Network World reported Wednesday. wiredmikey writes:The attack involves the Microsoft Application Verifier...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Uber Halts Self-Driving Car Tests in Arizona After Friday Night Collision
"Given that the Uber vehicle has flipped onto its side it looks to be a high speed crash," writes TechCrunch, though Business Insider reports that no one was seriously injured. An anonymous reader quo...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Teach Self-Driving Cars To 'See' Better At Night
Researchers may have developed a way for self-driving cars to continue navigating at night (or on rainy days) by performing an AI analysis to identify traffic signs by their relative reflectiveness. S...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot After Healthcare Defeat, Can The Trump Administration Fix America's H-1B Visa Program?
Friday the Trump administration suffered a political setback when divisions in the president's party halted a move to repeal healthcare policies passed in 2010. But if Trump hopes to turn his attentio...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Steve Wozniak Invests In Robot-Powered Paper-Digitizing Startup
Steve Wozniak -- along with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer -- have invested in an automated paper-digitization company named Ripcord, which formally launched on Thursday. An anonymous reader quot...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Stack Overflow Reveals Results From 'Largest Developer Survey Ever Conducted'
More than 64,000 developers from 213 countries participated in this year's annual survey by Stack Overflow -- the largest number ever -- giving a glimpse into the collective psyche of programmers arou...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Indiana's Inmates Could Soon Have Access To Tablets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC57 News in South Bend, Indiana: Indiana is looking to help offenders who are behind bars. Soon, each inmate in the Hoosier state could have their own tablet...
12:00 pm - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Name 11 New Cloud Types
The increased use of technology capable of photographing and sharing images has prompted the World Meteorological Organization to add 11 new cloud classifications to their International Cloud Atlas. "...
08:00 am - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Supermassive Black Hole Rocketing Out of Distant Galaxy At 5 Million MPH
The Bad Astronomer writes: Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole barreling out of its home galaxy at 5 million miles per hour. The 3 billion solar mass behemoth formed from the merger of tw...
04:00 am - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot 'Moore's Law' For Carbon Would Defeat Global Warming
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: A streamlined set of goals for reducing carbon emissions could simplify the way nations approach the quest to reduce human impact on the...
04:00 am - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Why You Should Care About the Supreme Court Case On Toner Cartridges
rmdingler quotes a report from Consumerist: A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn't sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase "patent exhaustion" is probably already causing your...
02:00 am - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Venezuelan Developers Are Using Bitcoin, Rare Pepe Trading Cards To Fight Against a Dismal Economy
According to Crypto Insider, Venezuelan developers have been selling "rare pepes" -- trading cards that contain unique illustrations and photoshops of the character Pepe the Frog. While the trading ca...
02:00 am - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot US Scientists Launch World's Biggest Solar Geoengineering Study
In what will be the world's biggest solar geoengineering program to date, U.S. scientists part of the $20 million Harvard University project are going to send aerosol injections 20km (~12.4 miles) int...
02:00 am - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Delivers Secure China-Only Cut of Windows 10
Earlier this week, CEO of Microsoft Greater China, Alain Crozier, told China Daily that the company is ready to roll out a version of Windows 10 with extra security features demanded by China's govern...
12:00 am - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot Judge: eBay Can't Be Sued Over Seller Accused of Patent Infringement
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: It's game over for an Alabama man who claims his patent on "Carpenter Bee Traps" is being infringed by competing products on eBay. Robert Blazer ...
12:00 am - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot FedEx Will Pay You $5 To Install Flash
FedEx's Office Print department is offering customers $5 to enable Adobe Flash in their browsers. Why would they do such a thing you may ask? It's because they want customers to design posters, signs,...
12:00 am - Sat, March 25, 2017
Slashdot South Korea Finds Qualcomm Prevented Samsung From Selling Its Exynos Processors
According to the South Korea Trade Commission (SKTC), Qualcomm prevented Samsung from selling its Exynos processors to various third-party phone manufacturers. "The Commission's report claims that Qua...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Kicks Off Industry Robocall War With Network-Level Blocking and ID Tools
T-Mobile is among the first U.S. telecom companies to announce plans to thwart pesky robocallers. From a report on VentureBeat: The move represents part of an industry-wide Robocall Strike Force set u...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Uber Manager Told Female Engineer That 'Sexism is Systemic in Tech'
Sam Levin, writing for The Guardian: Uber is facing yet another discrimination scandal after a manager who was recruiting a female engineer defended the company by saying "sexism is systemic in tech."...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot AMC Plans Ad-Free Streaming Service
An anonymous reader shares a Fortune report: AMC Networks, whose shows include The Walking Dead, is planning to launch a commercial-free online video streaming service aimed at millennial TV subscribe...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot How Noisy Is Your Neighborhood? Now There's A Map For That
An anonymous reader share an NPR article: There's no denying it: Los Angeles isn't exactly gentle on the ears. That's one lesson, at least, from a comprehensive noise map created by the U.S. Bureau of...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Some Of Hacker Group's Claims Of Having Access To 250M iCloud Accounts Aren't False
Earlier this week, a hacker group claimed that it had access to 250 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, who called themselves part of Turkish Crime Family group, threatened to reset passwords of all...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Blinking Cursor Devours CPU Cycles in Visual Studio Code Editor
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: Microsoft describes Visual Studio Code as a source code editor that's "optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications." In ...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Samsung's Calls For Industry To Embrace Its Battery Check Process as a New Standard Have Been Ignored
Months after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the topic remains too hot for the rest of the wireless industry to handle. From a report on CNET: With Samsung's Galaxy S8 to launch next week, a renewed discus...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot The Days of Google Talk Are Over
The days of Google Talk are quickly coming to an end. An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: As the company announced today, the messaging service that allowed Gmail users to talk to each oth...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Americans' Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year
Jed Kolko, writing for FiveThirtyEight: The suburbanization of America marches on. Population growth in big cities slowed for the fifth-straight year in 2016, according to new census data, while popul...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot App That Lets People Make Personalized Emojis Is the Fastest Growing App In Past Two Years
From a report on Axios: Bitmoji is the fastest-growing app in America, per comScore, with a more than 5000 percent increase in monthly unique visitors over the past two years. E-commerce apps OfferUp ...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Alcohol Is Good for Your Heart -- Most of the Time
Alcohol, in moderation, has a reputation for being healthy for the heart. Drinking about a glass of wine for women per day, and two glasses for men, is linked to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke a...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood Producer Blames Rotten Tomatoes For Convincing People Not To See His Movie
An anonymous reader shares a VanityFair report: These days, it takes less than 60 seconds to know what the general consensus on a new movie is -- thanks to Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregator site ...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Wins $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute Over IRS
Amazon.com on Thursday won a more than $1.5 billion tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over transactions involving a Luxembourg unit more than a decade ago. From a report: Judge Albert Laub...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Some Of Hacker Group's Claim Of Having Access To 250M iCloud Account Aren't False
Earlier this week, a hacker group claimed that it had access to 250 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, who called themselves part of Turkish Crime Family group, threatened to reset passwords of all...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Sea Ice Extent Sinks To Record Lows At Both Poles
According to NASA, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent. On the opposite side of the planet, Antartica ice hit its lowest extent ever recorded by sa...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Molecule Kills Elderly Cells, Reduces Signs of Aging In Mice
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a Science Magazine report: Even if you aren't elderly, your body is home to agents of senility -- frail and damaged cells that age us and promote disease. No...
08:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Red-Light Camera Grace Period Goes From 0.1 To 0.3 Seconds, Chicago To Lose $17 Million
The Chicago Department of Transportation announced a new policy earlier this week that will increase the "grace period" -- the time between when a traffic light turns red to when a ticket is automatic...
04:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot US Ordered 'Mandatory Social Media Check' For Visa Applicants Who Visited ISIS Territory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has ordered a "mandatory social media check" on all visa applicants who have ever visited ISIS-controlled terr...
02:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Loses Major Advertisers Over Offensive Videos
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Rolling Stone: Verizon, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and other major companies have pulled advertisements from YouTube after learning they were paired with ...
02:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Apple Explores Using An iPhone, iPad To Power a Laptop
According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple has filed a patent for an "Electronic accessory device." It describes a "thin" accessory that contains traditional laptop hardware like a large...
02:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Considers Premium Version After 11 Years As a Free Service
Twitter is considering whether or not to build a premium version of its site for select users. It's unclear what the cost would be at this time, but it's very possible it could be in the form of a sub...
02:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Google Reducing Trust In Symantec Certificates Following Numerous Slip-Ups
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes from a report via BleepingComputer: Google Chrome engineers announced plans to gradually remove trust in old Symantec SSL certificates and intent to reduce the acce...
12:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Massive Ukraine Munitions Blasts May Have Been Caused By a Drone
dryriver writes: The BBC reports that 20,000 people are being evacuated from the immediate area around a munition dump in Ukraine that has gone up in flames. The 350 hectare munition dump near Kharkiv...
12:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot The Compulsive Patent Hoarding Disorder
An anonymous reader shares an article: It takes money to make money. CSIR-Tech, the commercialisation arm of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), realised this the hard way when i...
12:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot SixXS IPv6 Tunnel Provider Is Shutting Down
yakatz writes: SixXS started providing IPv6 tunnels in 1999 to try to break the "chicken-and-egg" problem of IPv6 adoption. After 18 years, the service is shutting down. The cited reasons are: 1) grow...
12:00 am - Fri, March 24, 2017
Slashdot Canada To Tax Ride-Sharing Providers Like Uber
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government announced plans to tax ride-sharing providers like Uber for the first time. According to CBC, the latest consumer tax changes included in Wedn...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Intel Creates AI Group, Aims For More Focus
Intel's artificial intelligence efforts have been scattered over many different units but are now being united into a single operating group. The Artificial Intelligence Products Group will focus on t...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's OneDrive Web App Crippled With Performance Issues On Linux and Chrome OS
Iain Thomson, reporting for The Register: Plenty of Linux users are up in arms about the performance of the OneDrive web app. They say that when accessing Microsoft's cloudy storage system in a browse...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Feds: We're Pulling Data From 100 Phones Seized During Trump Inauguration
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In new filings, prosecutors told a court in Washington, DC that within the coming weeks, they expect to extract all data from the seized cellphon...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot 71 Percent of Android Phones On Major US Carriers Have Out of Date Security Patches
Ian Barker, writing for BetaNews: Slow patching of security flaws is leaving many US mobile users at risk of falling victim to data breaches according to the findings of a new report. The study from m...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot 'New' Clouds Earn Atlas Recognition
Twelve "new" types of cloud -- including the rare, wave-like asperitas cloud -- have been recognized for the first time by the International Cloud Atlas. From a report: The atlas, which dates back to ...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Boy, 4, Uses Siri To Help Save Mum's Life
A four-year-old boy saved his mother's life by using her thumb to unlock her iPhone and then asking it to call 999. From a report: Roman, who lives in Kenley, Croydon, south London, used the phone's v...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks' New Dump Shows How The CIA Allegedly Hacked Macs and iPhones Almost a Decade Ago
WikiLeaks said on Thursday morning it will release new documents it claims are from the Central Intelligence Agency which show the CIA had the capability to bug iPhones and Macs even if their operatin...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Studios Flirt With Offering Movies Early in Home for $30
It looks like Hollywood studios are not kidding around the concept of making the movies available in the home mere weeks after their theatrical debuts. Variety has a new report this week that claims t...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Australia Shelves Copyright Safe Harbor For Google, Facebook
In a surprise setback for companies such as Google and Facebook that leverage user-generated content, Australia has dropped plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions. From a report: In a bl...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Senate Votes To Kill FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules
The Senate voted 50-48 along party lines Thursday to repeal an Obama-era law that requires internet service providers to obtain permission before tracking what customers look at online and selling tha...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death
Writing for The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino documents stories of several people -- a nine-month pregnant Lyft driver, for instance -- who contribute to companies that work on the model of gig economy. T...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot 18 To 24-Year-Olds Are Hitting the Big Screen at Lower Rates
An anonymous reader shares a report: For data and movie geeks, the MPAA's latest "Theatrical Market Statistics" report is a wealth of information about the health of the movie business. The big pictur...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Let There Be Light: Germans Switch on 'Largest Artificial Sun'
German scientists are switching on "the world's largest artificial sun" in the hope that intense light sources can be used to generate climate-friendly fuel. From a report: The Synlight experiment in ...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Develop App That Accurately Determines Sperm Quality
New submitter omaha393 writes: A team of researchers at Harvard Medical School have developed a point-of-care microfluidic detector capable of determining sperm quality using the simple device and a s...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Disappointed In Lack of NASA Mars Funding; Starts Looking For Landing Sites For Its Own Mars Missions
frank249 writes: Elon Musk says that the new NASA authorization legislation "changes almost nothing about what NASA is doing. Existing programs stay in place and there is no added funding for Mars." F...
08:00 am - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Mars Rover Spots Clouds Shaped By Gravity Waves
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: NASA's Curiosity rover has shot more than 500 movies of the clouds above Mars, including the first ground-based view of martian clouds shaped by...
04:00 am - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot A Lithuanian Phisher Tricked Two Big US Tech Companies Into Wiring Him $100 Million
According to a recent indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice, a 48-year-old Lithuanian scammer named Evaldas Rimasauskas managed to trick two American technology companies into wiring him $100...
02:00 am - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot W3C Erects DRM As Web Standard
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has formally put forward highly controversial digital rights management as a new web standard. "Dubbed Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), this anti-piracy mechanism ...
02:00 am - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot LastPass Bugs Allow Malicious Websites To Steal Passwords
Earlier this month, a Slashdot reader asked fellow Slashdotters what they recommended regarding the use of password managers. In their post, they voiced their uncertainty with password managers as the...
02:00 am - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Japanese Company Develops a Solar Cell With Record-Breaking 26% Efficiency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The silicon-based cells that make up a solar panel have a theoretical efficiency limit of 29 percent, but so far that number has proven elusive. ...
12:00 am - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot GNOME 3.24 Released
prisoninmate quotes a report from Softpedia: GNOME 3.24 just finished its six-month development cycle, and it's now the most advanced stable version of the modern and popular desktop environment used ...
12:00 am - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Claim Access To 300 Million iCloud Accounts, Demand $75,000 From Apple To Delete the Cache of Data
A hacker or group of hackers calling themselves the "Turkish Crime Family" claim they have access to at least 300 million iCloud accounts, and will delete the alleged cache of data if Apple pays a ran...
12:00 am - Thu, March 23, 2017
Slashdot 'Dig Once' Bill Could Bring Fiber Internet To Much of the US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If the U.S. adopts a "dig once" policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upg...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Plans For London-Paris Electric Flight in 'Next Decade' Unveiled
A start-up has unveiled ambitious plans to offer an electric-powered commercial flight between London and Paris in the next ten years. From a report: Wright Electric believes the proposed low-emission...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Is Repairing Left Joy-Cons With ... a Piece of Foam?
While Nintendo remains silent on the issue of some left Joy-Con controllers becoming desynced from the Switch console, it appears it has a solution for those affected. No, it's not avoidance of aquari...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot 17,000 AT&T Workers Go On Strike In California and Nevada
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Approximately 17,000 workers in AT&T's traditional wired telephone business in California and Nevada walked out on strike on Wednesday, marking th...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Cord-Cutting Isn't Nearly as Significant as Cable Providers Make It Out To Be
From a report on CNBC: Despite legacy media's anxieties about cord-cutting, data suggest that the phenomenon isn't nearly as significant as cable providers make it out to be. In its 11th annual "Digit...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot 'Extreme and Unusual' Climate Trends Continue After Record 2016
From a report on BBC: In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth. That's according to a detailed global analysis from the World...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Ebay Asks Users To Downgrade Security
Ebay has started to inform customers who use a hardware key fob when logging into the site to switch to receiving a one-time code sent via text message. The move from the company, which at one time wa...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Performance Bugs, 'the Dark Matter of Programming Bugs', Are Out There Lurking and Unseen
Several Slashdot readers have shared an article by programmer Nicholas Chapman, who talks about a class of bugs that he calls "performance bugs". From the article: A performance bug is when the code c...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Firefox for Linux is Now Netflix Compatible
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: For a while, Netflix was not available for traditional Linux-based operating systems, meaning users were unable to enjoy the popular streaming service without boot...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Google Contemplating Removing Chrome 'Close Other Tabs' and 'Close Tabs to the Right' Options
An anonymous reader shares a report: Chrome engineers are planning to remove two options from Chrome that allow users to quickly close a large number of tabs with just a few clicks. The options, named...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Amazon To Expand Counterfeit Removal Program in Overture To Sellers
Amazon.com is expanding a program to remove counterfeit goods from its website this spring as part of a broader push to assure brand owners that the online retailer is an ally rather than a threat. Fr...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Patents Are A Big Part Of Why We Can't Own Nice Things
An anonymous reader shares an EFF article: Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could allow companies to keep a dead hand of control over their products, even after you buy them. Th...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot No, We Probably Don't Live in a Computer Simulation, Says Physicist
Science doesn't have all the answers. There are plenty of things it may never prove, like whether there's a God. Or whether we're living in a computer simulation, something proposed by Swedish philoso...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Reddit To Transform Into a Social Network With New Profile Pages
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Journal: Reddit has announced it has begun trialling a radical new profile page design that's reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter. It will evolve the d...
12:00 pm - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware
Tractor owners across the country are reportedly hacking their John Deere tractors using firmware that's cracked in Easter Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. The reason is because J...
08:00 am - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot A New Definition Would Add 102 Planets To Our Solar System -- Including Pluto
The Grim Reefer quotes a report from The Washington Post: Is Pluto a planet? It's not a question scientists ask in polite company. "It's like religion and politics," said Kirby Runyon, a planetary sci...
04:00 am - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Satellite Navigation 'Switches Off' Parts of Brain Used For Navigation, Study Finds
A new study published today in the journal Nature Communications reveals some of the drawbacks of using satellite navigation (SatNav) technology. After scanning the brains of 24 volunteers as they exp...
02:00 am - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Walmart Unveils 'Store No. 8' Tech Incubator In Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is creating a technology-startup incubator in Silicon Valley to identify changes that will reshape the retail experience, inclu...
02:00 am - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Edge Was Most Hacked Browser At Pwn2Own 2017, While Chrome Remained Unhackable
At the Pwn2Own 2017 hacking event, Microsoft's Edge browser proved itself to be the least secure browser at the event, after it was hacked no less than five times. Google's Chrome browser, on the othe...
02:00 am - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Spider Venom Might Protect Us From Deadly Strokes
New submitter evolutionary writes: Apparently the Australian funnel-web spider's venom has amazing properties, if you can use it within 4.5 hours. From a report via Ars Technica: "Venom from the Austr...
12:00 am - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Wells Fargo: All ATMs Will Take Phone Codes, Not Just Cards
Given the prevalence of smartphones nowadays, Wells Fargo has announced plans to upgrade all 13,000 of its ATMs next week to allow customers to access their money using their cellphones instead of tra...
12:00 am - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Burglars Can Easily Make Google Nest Security Cameras Stop Recording
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: Google Nest's Dropcam, Dropcam Pro, Nest Cam Outdoor and Nest Cam Indoor security cameras can be easily disabled by an attacker that's in their Bluetooth...
12:00 am - Wed, March 22, 2017
Slashdot Google Wants To Create Promotions That Aren't Ads For Its Voice-Controlled Assistant
Earlier this month, some Google Home users noticed what appeared to be audio ads for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" movie. After some intense backlash, the company released a statement claiming that ...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot AMD Confirms It's Issuing a Fix To Stop New Ryzen Processors From Crashing Desktops
AMD says the company has been able to figure out why FMA3 code is causing system hangs on PCs using a new Ryzen desktop processor. From a report: Although AMD didn't provide a detailed report on the p...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Who's Liable For Decisions AI and Robotics Make?
An anonymous reader shares a BetaNews article: Reuters news agency reported on February 16 that "European lawmakers called [...] for EU-wide legislation to regulate the rise of robots, including an et...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Trump Adds To NASA Budget, Approves Crewed Mission To Mars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: President Donald Trump signed a law on Tuesday authorizing funding for a crewed NASA mission to Mars. The new bill (S.442) adds a crewed mission to t...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Suspended Hundreds of Thousands of Accounts Amid 'Violent Extremism'
Twitter said on Tuesday it had suspended more than half a million accounts since the middle of 2015 as the company steps up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform. From a ...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Android O First Developer Preview Featuring Notification Channels, Background Limits Now Available
A year after Google released the Android N Developer Preview, the company has made available the developer preview of the next major version of Android, "Android O." You will not want to put it on you...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Outlook, Skype, OneDrive Hit By Another Authentication Issue
Two weeks after a widespread authentication issue hit Outlook, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox and other Microsoft services, it's happening again. From a report: On March 21, users across the world began report...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot UK Flight Ban On Devices To Be Announced
The UK is due to announce a cabin baggage ban on laptops, tablets and DVD players on certain passenger flights, after a similar US move. From a report on BBC: It is understood the UK restrictions may ...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot IBM, Remote-Work Pioneer, is Calling Thousands Of Employees Back To the Office
An anonymous reader shares a report: Less than a year into her tenure as IBM's chief marketing officer, Michelle Peluso prepared to make an announcement that she knew would excite some of her 5,500 ne...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Just Showed Off Exactly What Salesforce Was Worried About
Microsoft just took a direct swipe at Salesforce with a new enterprise-ready version of LinkedIn's customer relationship management product called Sales Navigator. From a report on CNBC: "Today's anno...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Apple iPad is a Faster, Cheaper iPad Air 2
Say good-bye to the iPad Air, it's just the iPad now. From a report on CNET: Apple announced on Tuesday morning that it will be dropping the price of the 9.7-inch iPad by $70. The tablet's A8X process...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Google To Revamp Policies, Hire Staff After UK Ad Scandal
Google vowed on Tuesday to police its websites better by ramping up staff numbers and overhauling its policies after several companies deserted the internet giant for failing to keep their adverts off...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot GitHub Now Lets Its Workers Keep the IP When They Use Company Resources For Personal Projects
If it's on company time, it's the company's dime. That's the usual rule in the tech industry -- that if employees use company resources to work on projects unrelated to their jobs, their employer can ...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot John Goodenough's Colleagues Are Skeptical of His New Battery Technology
Earlier this month, a research team led by John Goodenough announced that they had created a new fast charging solid-state battery that can operate in extreme temperatures and store five to ten times ...
12:00 pm - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot New Technology Combines Lip Motion and Passwords For User Authentication
An anonymous reader writes: "Scientists from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have developed a new user authentication system that relies on reading lip motions while the user speaks a password...
08:00 am - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Norway Plans to Build the World's First Ship Tunnel
Norway is planning to build the world's first ship tunnel through the country's Stad peninsula, which is home to harsh weather conditions that often delay shipments and cause dangerous conditions for ...
04:00 am - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Announces Bixby, Its New Digital Assistant Launching With the Galaxy S8
Samsung has taken the wraps off its new digital assistant that will be launching with the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones. Called "Bixby," the new assistant will use artificial intelligence...
04:00 am - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Most Teens Who Abuse Opioids First Got Them From a Doctor
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Live Science: Most American teenagers who abuse opioid drugs first received the drugs from a doctor, a new study finds. Researchers looked at trends in the use...
02:00 am - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot After Years Waiting For Google Fiber, KC Residents Get Cancellation Emails
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Some Kansas City residents who have been waiting years for Google Fiber to install service at their homes recently received e-mails canceling the...
02:00 am - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Does One Freely Use Bitcoin In the Land of the Free?
New submitter devrtm writes: It appears that Bitcoin, a currency designed with anonymity in mind, can be effectively used almost anywhere in the world, except in a few countries where it is regulated,...
02:00 am - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot IBM Unveils Blockchain As a Service Based On Open Source Hyperledger Fabric Technology
IBM has unveiled its "Blockchain as a Service," which is based on the open source Hyperledger Fabric, version 1.0 from The Linux Foundation. "IBM Blockchain is a public cloud service that customers ca...
12:00 am - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Will Travel To Space
Professor Stephen Hawking says he is planning to travel into space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. From a report: The physicist and cosmologist, 75, said he had not expected to have the opportun...
12:00 am - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Intel Unveils Optane SSD DC P4800X Drive That Can Act As Cache Or Storage
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: Intel unveiled its first SSD product that will leverage 3D Xpoint memory technology, the new Optane SSD DC P4800X. The Intel SSD DC P4800X resembles some ...
12:00 am - Tue, March 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Maps Lets You Record Your Parking Location, Time Left At the Meter
Google Maps has received a neat feature that will help users remember where they parked. "This appears as a new menu option when you tap the blue dot, and will place a 'P' icon on the map so you can f...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Hundreds of Cisco Switches Vulnerable To Flaw Found in WikiLeaks Files
Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet: Cisco is warning that the software used in hundreds of its products are vulnerable to a "critical"-rated security flaw, which can be easily and remotely exploited wi...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Royal Jordanian Airlines Bans Use of Electronics After US Voices Security 'Concerns'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Royal Jordanian airlines banned the use of electronics on flights servicing the U.S. after government officials here expressed concerns. Details are...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot 'Sorry, I've Forgotten My Decryption Password' is Contempt Of Court, Pal - US Appeal Judges
Thomas Claburn, reporting for The Register: The US Third Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling of contempt against a chap who claimed he couldn't remember the password to decrypt ...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Happiness is on the Wane in the US, UN Global Report Finds
From a report on The Guardian, shared by five anonymous readers: Happiness in the US is declining and is expected to continue on a downward path, with Donald Trump's policies forecast to deepen the co...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm's New Processor Brings 4G To Feature Phones As Company Eyes Growth in Developing Markets
With smartphone growth tapped out in many developed countries, the biggest opportunities remaining are in markets where consumers have considerably less disposable income. Qualcomm moved Monday to add...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Next Big Thing: Augmented Reality
Apple is beefing up its staff with acquisitions and some big hires to help design augmented reality glasses and iPhone features, according to Bloomberg. From a report: Apple is working on "digital spe...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Popular Open-Source Audio Editor Audacity Adds Windows 10 Support, More Improvements
Audacity, a popular open-source and cross-platform audio editor, has received a "maintenance" update that brings several improvements. Dubbed v2.1.3, the biggest new addition appears to be support for...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Android Creator Lost Out On a Big Investment, and Apple May Be To Blame
Earlier this year, we learned that Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system, has built a new company called Essential. The company was reportedly working on a "high-end smartphone with a la...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Ebay: Yes, Speedy Shipping Really Is a Thing With Us
Fast shipping is -- finally -- no longer all about Amazon. From a report on CNET: On Monday, eBay announced it will offer a new guaranteed-delivery program in the US starting this summer, pledging del...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Boston Public Schools Map Switch Aims To Amend 500 Years of Distortion
Students attending Boston public schools are now getting a more accurate depiction of the world after the school district rolled out a new standard map of the world that show North America and Europe ...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot In 18 Years, A College Degree Could Cost About $500,000
An anonymous reader shares a report: People worried about college affordability today can at least take this to heart: it could get much, much worse. Tuition has been rising by about 6% annually, acco...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Download Some Updates Even Over a Metered Connection
Reader AmiMoJo writes: Until now Windows 10 has allowed users to avoid downloading updates over metered (pay-per-byte) connections, to avoid racking up huge bills. Some users were setting their ethern...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot FBI Director Comey Confirms Investigation Into Trump Campaign
FBI Director James Comey confirmed during testimony before Congress Monday that the FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with a covert Russian campaign to interfere with the electi...
12:00 pm - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Indiana Considers Prohibiting Cities From Banning Airbnb
"Indiana's cities and towns wouldn't be allowed to put their own restrictions on companies such as Airbnb under a proposal state lawmakers are considering," reports the Associated Press. Slashdot read...
08:00 am - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Canonical Helps Launch A Snap Store For The Orange Pi Community
"Developers can distribute their applications packaged as snaps to Orange Pi owners," explains a new blog post from Canonical, bragging that "hackers and tinkerers can install complex IoT and server p...
06:00 am - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Two More Executives Are Leaving Uber, Drivers May Unionize
First the resignations. "The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber," the company's former president told Recode on Sund...
02:00 am - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Apple Paid $0 In Taxes To New Zealand, Despite Sales of $4.2 Billion
Apple paid no income tax to New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department for the last 10 years, according to an article shared by sit1963nz, prompting calls for the company to "do the right thing" even fro...
12:00 am - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot Maryland Legislator Wants To Keep State University Patents Away From Trolls
The EFF's "Reclaim Invention" campaign provided the template for a patent troll-fighting bill recently introduced in the Maryland legislature to guide public universities. An anonymous reader writes:T...
12:00 am - Mon, March 20, 2017
Slashdot O'Reilly Site Lists 165 Things Every Programmer Should Know
97 Things Every Programmer Should Know was published seven years ago by O'Reilly Media, and was described as "pearls of wisdom for programmers collected from leading practitioners." Today an anonymous...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Won't Tell Tech Companies How To Patch CIA Zero-Days Until Demands Are Met
"WikiLeaks has made initial contact with us via [email protected]," a Microsoft spokesperson told Motherboard -- but then things apparently stalled. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Wikileaks thi...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot America's Most Affordable Cities For Tech Workers: Seattle, Austin, and Pittsburgh
"Seattle tech workers who own their homes can expect to have about $2,000 more in disposable income each month than tech workers in the Bay Area," according to a new study from LinkedIn and Zillow. An...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot Your Hotel Room Photos Could Help Catch Sex Traffickers
100,000 people people have already downloaded an app that helps fight human trafficking. dryriver summarizes a report from CNN:Police find an ad for paid sex online. It's an illegally trafficked under...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot NY Bill Would Require Removal of Inaccurate, Irrelevant Or Excessive Statements
schwit1 writes: In a bill aimed at securing a "right to be forgotten," introduced by Assemblyman David I. Weprin and (as Senate Bill 4561 by state Sen. Tony Avella), New York politicians would require...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot 1.6 Billion-Year-Old Plant Fossil Found In India
Complex multicellular life began 400 million years earlier than we thought, according to a Phys.org article shared by Slashdot reader William Robinson:Scientists found two kinds of fossils resembling ...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot The First Practical Use For Quantum Computers: Chemistry
"The first quantum computer to start paying its way with useful work in the real world looks likely to do so by helping chemists," writes MIT Technology Review, "trying to do things like improve batte...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot The US Army Finally Gets The World's Largest Laser Weapon System
It's been successfully tested on trucks, as well as UAVs and small rockets, according to a video from Lockheed Martin, which is now shipping the first 60kW-class "beam combined" fiber laser for use by...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot Company's Former IT Admin Accused of Accessing Backdoor Account 700 Times
An anonymous reader writes:"An Oregon sportswear company is suing its former IT administrator, alleging he left backdoor accounts on their network and used them more than 700 times to search for infor...
12:00 pm - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Implement Site-Wide File Encryption?
Recently-leaked CIA documents prove that encryption works, according to the Associated Press. But how should sys-admins implement site-wide file encryption? Very-long-time Slashdot reader Pig Hogger w...
08:00 am - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot Edge, VMWare, Safari, And Ubuntu Linux Hacked at Pwn2Own 2017
The 10th annual Pwn2Own hacking competition ended Friday in Vancouver. Some of the highlights: Ars Technica reports one team "compromised Microsoft's heavily fortified Edge browser in a way that escap...
06:00 am - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot RedMonk Identifies 2017's Most Popular Languages: JavaScript, Java, And Python
Twice a year the tech analysts at RedMonk attempt to gauge adoption trends for programing languages based on data from both GitHub and Stack Overflow. Here's their top 10 list for 2017: JavaScript, Ja...
02:00 am - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot Google Glass Enters The Manufacturing Sector
NPR recently profiled one of the 100 factory workers now using Google Glass at the agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO. An anonymous reader quotes their report:Google Glass tells her what to do s...
12:00 am - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot Court Fines Canadian $26,500 For 'Unconscionably Stupid' Balloon-Chair Flight
In 2015, 27-year-old Daniel Boria tied over 100 helium balloons to a lawn chair and floated 2.5 miles above Calgary, "getting in the way of commercial aircraft and putting hundreds of lives at risk," ...
12:00 am - Sun, March 19, 2017
Slashdot CBS Reports 'Suspicious' Cell Phone Tower Activity In Washington DC
"An unusually high amount of suspicious cell phone activity in the nation's capital has caught the attention of the Department of Homeland Security, raising concerns that U.S. officials are being moni...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Tech Billionaires Invest In Linking Brains To Computers
"To many in Silicon Valley, the brain looks like an unconquered frontier whose importance dwarfs any achievement made in computing or the Web," including Bryan Johnson, the founder of Braintree online...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot China's Police Will Shoot Illegal Drones With Radio-Jamming Rifles
"Police in China are being equipped with new high-tech weaponry to help them fight back against illegal drone use," writes new submitter drunkdrone. Mashable reports:A Chinese city's police department...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Google's New Campus Will Open Its Restaurants To The Public
Google's new 18-acre campus will feature a 595,000-square foot building for 2,400 employees, most of them engineers -- and its bottom floor will be open to the public. An anonymous reader quotes Recod...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Bruce Schneier Calls for IoT Legislation, Argues The Internet Is Becoming One Giant Robot
"We're building a world-size robot, and we don't even realize it," security expert Bruce Schneier warned the Open Source Leadership Summit. As mobile computing and always-on devices combine with the v...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Physicists Find That As Clocks Get More Precise, Time Gets More Fuzzy
Physicists "have combined two grand theories of physics to conclude not only is time not universally consistent, any clock we use to measure it will blur the flow of time in its surrounding space." An...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Build An AI That's Better At Reading Lips Than Humans
An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:Scientists at Oxford say they've invented an artificial intelligence system that can lip-read better than humans. The system, which has been trained on thousands of ...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Could We Eliminate Spam With DMARC?
An anonymous reader writes: "The spam problem would not only be significantly reduced, it'd probably almost go away," argues Paul Edmunds, the head of technology from the cybercrimes division of the U...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Some HTTPS Inspection Tools Actually Weaken Security
America's Department of Homeland Security issued a new warning this week. An anonymous reader quotes IT World:Companies that use security products to inspect HTTPS traffic might inadvertently make the...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Virtual Reality Headsets?
Quantus347 writes: Straightforward question: I held off for a year to let the various manufacturers shake out the bugs, but now it's down to either a virtual-reality system or a new generation console...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot US Lawmakers Propose Minimum Seat Sizes For Airlines
The size of each passenger's seat on an airplane -- as well as the distance between rows of seats -- should be standardized, according to legislation proposed by two American lawmakers. Slashdot reade...
12:00 pm - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Southwest Airlines Is Doing Away With Pneumatic Tubes, Paper Tickets
As part of Southwest's biggest tech upgrade in its 45 years of existence, the company will doing away with several of its antiquated practices, including paper tickets and the use of pneumatic tubes t...
08:00 am - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Climate Shaped the Human Nose, Researchers Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Human noses have been shaped by climate, according to research probing variation in the human snout. Researchers say their findings back up the t...
04:00 am - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 UAC Bypass Uses Backup and Restore Utility
An anonymous reader writes: "A new User Access Control (UAC) bypass technique relies on altering Windows registry app paths and using the Backup and Restore utility to load malicious code without any ...
04:00 am - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Sent a Rocket To Mars For Less Than It Cost To Make 'The Martian'
Ipsita Agarwal via Backchannel retells the story of how India's underfunded space organization, ISRO, managed to send a rocket to Mars for less than it cost to make the movie "The Martian," starring M...
02:00 am - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Discontinuing Model S With 60 KWh Battery
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: April 16th, 2017 will be the last day to order the Model S 60 and 60D. The vehicles were the least expensive models that customers could purchase fro...
02:00 am - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Becomes Third Best-Selling General Purpose Computer of All Time, Beating Commodore 64
The Raspberry Pi has outsold the Commodore 64 by selling north of 12.5 million boards in five years, becoming the world's third best-selling general purpose computer. "The Commodore 64, had, until rec...
02:00 am - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Insurance Startup Uses Behavioral Science To Keep Customers Honest
tedlistens quotes a report from Fast Company: Insurance startup Lemonade won itself headlines in January with the boast that it had successfully approved a claim in just three seconds. In that time, L...
12:00 am - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Replacing Star Ratings With Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Variety: Get ready to say goodbye to star ratings on Netflix: The company is getting ready to replace stars with Pandora-like thumbs ups and thumbs downs in th...
12:00 am - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot Judge Grants Search Warrant For Everyone Who Searched a Crime Victim's Name On Google
Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson has issued a search warrant to Edina, Minnesota police to collect information on people who searched for variations of a crime victim's name on Google from D...
12:00 am - Sat, March 18, 2017
Slashdot YouTube To Discontinue Video Annotations Because They Never Worked On Mobile
You know those notes found plastered on many YouTube videos, often asking for you to "CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE?" Well, they're called annotations and they're being replaced with what YouTube calls "End Scre...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot FBI Arrests Alleged Attacker Who Tweeted Seizure-Inducing Strobe at a Writer
From a report on The Verge: An arrest has been made three months after someone tweeted a seizure-inducing strobe at writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald. The Dallas FBI confirmed...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Movie Theaters Haven't Innovated Beyond Popcorn, Says Netflix CEO
Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: Asked about his company's relationship with major theater chains, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings didn't pull any punches on Thursday. "How did distribution innovate ...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Uber Nowhere Close to Having a Fully Autonomous Vehicle, Its Self-Driving Cars Need a Lot of Human Help
Uber may see self-driving cars as "existential" to its future, but the company is nowhere close to having a fully autonomous vehicle. According to internal documents obtained by Recode, during the wee...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Firefox Goes PulseAudio Only, Leaves ALSA Users With No Sound
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you're a Linux user who upgraded to Firefox 52 only to find that the browser no longer plays sound, you're not alone. Firefox 52 saw release last week and it ma...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot What If You Could Eat Chicken Without Killing a Chicken?
From a report on The Outline: San Francisco-based startup Memphis Meats announced this week that it had grown chicken in a lab -- chicken strips, to be precise. The strips, which were grown using self...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot IBM To Hire 2,000 More Veterans, Expand Tech Training Schools
Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is among the tech leaders meeting Friday with President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Axios has learned. They'll discuss worker train...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Elderly 'Hit by Line Rental Charges'
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Recent increases in line rental charges have hit elderly people the hardest, according to an Ofcom report. Between December 2009 and December 2016, line rental...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Google's Allo App Can Reveal To Your Friends What You've Searched
Google's new messaging app Allo can reveal your search history and other personal information when you include the Google Assistant bot in chats, according to a report. From the article: My friend dir...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Miniature Lab Begins Science Experiments in Outer Space
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: Orbiting the earth at more than 500 kilometers (300 miles), a tiny satellite with a laboratory shrunk to the size of a tissue box is helping scientists car...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute
Daniel VIctor, writing for The New York Times: A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot A US Ally Shot Down a $200 Drone With a $3 Million Patriot Missile
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Verge: Earlier this week, General David Perkins, the commander of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) spoke at the Association of the US Army'...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Ebook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds
A new study has found that people who illegally download ebooks are older and wealthier than most people's perception of the average pirate. From a report on TorrentFreak: Commissioned by anti-piracy ...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Horrible IT Boss Story?
snydeq writes: Good-bye, programming peers; hello, power to abuse at your whim, writes Bob Lewis in a send-up of an all-too-familiar situation: The engineering colleague who transforms into a greasy p...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Physicist Declassifies Rescued Nuclear Test Films
Eloking quotes a report from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 ...
08:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Find Star Orbiting a Black Hole At 1 Percent the Speed of Light
schwit1 writes: Astronomers have spotted a star whizzing around a vast black hole at about 2.5 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, and it takes only half an hour to complete one orbit. To p...
04:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot US Federal Budget Proposal Cuts Science Funding
hey! writes: The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has released a budget "blueprint" which outlines substantial cuts in both basic research and applied technology funding. The proposal includes a w...
04:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Unproven Stem Cell Treatments Blind 3 Women
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Scientists have long hoped that stem cells might have the power to treat diseases. But it's always been clear that they could be dangerous too, especially...
02:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Math Teacher Solves Adobe Semaphore Puzzle
linuxwrangler writes: For over 4 years, lights atop Adobe's office building in San Jose have flashed out a secret message. This week, the puzzle was solved by Tennessee math teacher Jimmy Waters. As p...
02:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Class-Action Lawsuit Targets LG Over Legendary G4, V10 Bootloop Issues
For those affected by LG's infamous bootloop issue with the G4 and V10, you might find some joy in this: several (upset) owners of these devices have lodged a proposed class-action lawsuit in a Califo...
02:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Sony Patent Could Let You Wirelessly Charge Your Phone From Another Device
One of the biggest downsides to wireless charging is the wire necessary to actually charge your device. You generally need to place your wireless charging-enabled device on a compatible charger, which...
02:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Google Releases Open Source 'Guetzli' JPEG Encoder
BrianFagioli writes: Today, Google released yet another open source project. Called "Guetzli," it is a JPEG encoder that aims to produce even smaller image file sizes. In fact, the search giant claims...
12:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot That Laptop-Bricking USB Stick Just Got Even More Dangerous
From a report on ZDNet: Remember that USB stick that would destroy almost anything in its path, from laptops, photo booths, kiosks, to even cars? The makers of the USB Kill stick have created a more p...
12:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Ray Kurzweil On How We'll End Up Merging With Our Technology
Mr.Intel quotes a report from Fox News: "By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence," Kurzweil said in an interview at the SXSW Conference with Shira Lazar and Amy Kurzweil Comix. Known as ...
12:00 am - Fri, March 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Locks Ryzen, Kaby Lake Users Out of Updates On Windows 7, 8.1
Artem Tashkinov writes: In a move that will shock a lot of people, someone at Microsoft decided to deny Windows 7/8.1 updates to the users of the following CPU architectures: Intel seventh (7th)-gener...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot BMW Says Self-Driving Car To Be Level 5 Capable In Five Years
German carmaker BMW is on track to deliver a self-driving car by 2021, the company's senior vice president for Autonomous Driving, Elmar Frickenstein, said on Thursday. From a report: "We are on the w...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot 20,000 Worldclass University Lectures Made Illegal, So We Irrevocably Mirrored Them
An anonymous reader shares an article: Today, the University of California at Berkeley has deleted 20,000 college lectures from its YouTube channel. Berkeley removed the videos because of a lawsuit br...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot DirecTV Admits Screwing Up Regional Sports Fees, Starts Issuing Credits
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T this week acknowledged that DirecTV has been charging the wrong regional sports fees to some customers and is now issuing bill credits t...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Buying a Samsung TV Online Could Jeopardize Your Data
An anonymous reader shares a CNET report: If you buy a product from Samsung's online store, your name, address, order information and other data may be accessible to anyone who cares to look. Matt Met...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Judge Rejects Google Deal Over Email Scanning
A federal judge in San Francisco slammed a legal settlement that proposed to pay $2.2 million to lawyers, but nothing to consumers who had the contents of their email scanned by Google without their k...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Google Home Gets 'Beauty & The Beast' Promo But Google Says It's Not an Ad
Danny Sullivan, reporting for MarketingLand: Ask Google Home what your day is like today, and it will remind you that Disney's Beauty and the Beast is opening today. Google says this isn't an ad. But ...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Is the Internet Killing Old and New Art Forms or Helping Them Grow?
The thing about the internet is that as it gained traction and started to become part of our lives, it caused a lot of pain -- bloodbath, many say -- to several major industries. The music industry wa...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot The Last Days of Club Penguin
Club Penguin, a decade-old tween-focused social network by Disney is shutting down. From a report on The Outline: Club Penguin, which launched in 2005, will shutter on March 29, ending an 11-year run ...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Swatch Takes on Google, Apple With Watch Operating System
Corinne Gretler, reporting for Bloomberg: Swatch said it's developing an alternative to the iOS and Android operating systems for smartwatches as Switzerland's largest maker of timepieces vies with Si...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Tesla To Raise Over $1.15 Billion To Help Offset Risk For Model 3 Production
Tesla is looking to raise a total of around $1.15 billion from stock and convertible senior notes as a way to help "further reduce any risks" that it'll incur as it scales its business to handle its a...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To End Support For Windows Vista In Less Than a Month
In less than a month's time, Microsoft will put Windows Vista to rest once and for all. If you're one of the few people still using it, you have just a few weeks to find another option before time run...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Will Explore Mobile-Specific Cuts of Its Original Series
An anonymous reader shares an article: Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt said in a briefing today with journalists in San Francisco that the company plans to explore streaming mobile-specific cu...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Teach Generic Engineers Coding, Networking, and Computing?
davegravy writes: I work at a small but quickly growing acoustic consulting engineering firm, consisting of a mix of mechanical, electrical, civil, and other engineering backgrounds. When I joined alm...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Psychopathic CEOs Are Rife In Silicon Valley, Experts Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: There is a high proportion of psychopathic CEOs in Silicon Valley, enabled by protective investors and weak human resources departments, accordin...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Dungeons and Dragons Goes Digital
An anonymous reader writes: Seems like a new digital Dungeons and Dragons will soon be offered. It's not a game in the Baldur's Gate style but rather seems to be about using apps to complement the exp...
08:00 am - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot AMD Announces Ryzen 5 Processors With 4 and 6-Core Chips Starting At $169
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: Today, AMD unveiled additional details with respect to the entire Ryzen 5 processor line-up. Unlike the Ryzen 7 series, which consists entirely of 8-core/...
04:00 am - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Brain Aging Gene Discovered
New submitter baalcat quotes a report from Neuroscience News: Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have discovered a common genetic variant that greatly impacts normal brain aging, st...
04:00 am - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot America May Miss Out On the Next Industrial Revolution
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Robots are inevitably going to automate millions of jobs in the U.S. and around the world, but there's an even more complex scenario on the horizon,...
02:00 am - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot GitLab Acquires Software Chat Startup Gitter, Will Open-Source the Code
According to VentureBeat, "GitLab, a startup that provides open source and premium source code repository software that people use to collaborate on software, is announcing today that it has acquired ...
02:00 am - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Australia To Ban Unvaccinated Children From Preschool
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: No-jab, no play. So says the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has announced that unvaccinated children will be barred from atten...
02:00 am - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot NSA, DOE Say China's Supercomputing Advances Put US At Risk
dcblogs quotes a report from Computerworld: Advanced computing experts at the National Security Agency and the Department of Energy are warning that China is "extremely likely" to take leadership in s...
12:00 am - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Court Orders ISP To Hand Identities Behind 5,300 IP Addresses To Copyright Trolls
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: An initiative, fronted by Danish law firm Njord and backed by known international copyright trolls Guardaley, made headlines when it began target...
12:00 am - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot Inside a Phishing Gang That Targets Victims of iPhone Theft
tsu doh nimh writes: Brian Krebs has a readable and ironic story about a phishing-as-a-service product that iPhone thieves can use to phish the Apple iCloud credentials from people who have recently h...
12:00 am - Thu, March 16, 2017
Slashdot NetBSD 7.1 Released
New submitter fisted writes: The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.1, the first feature update of the NetBSD 7 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important fo...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot 'The Matrix' Reboot: It's Finally Happened. Hollywood Has Run Out of All the Ideas
An anonymous reader shares a Quartz report: In our hearts, we all knew this day would come. Warner Bros. is planning a reboot of The Matrix just 18 years after the iconic sci-fi action film dazzled au...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Women Still Underrepresented in Information Security
An anonymous reader shares a report: Women make up only 11 percent of the cyber security workforce according to the latest report from the Center for Cyber Safety and Education and the Executive Women...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot If American Robots Had Their Own Economy, It'd Be Bigger Than Switzerland
From a report: The total value of all the robots in the United States, from Roombas to auto-manufacturing plants to those that fold laundry, and everything in between, is $732 billion, a number that, ...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Canonical Preps Security Lifeboat, Yells: Ubuntu 12.04 Hold-Outs, Get In
Gavin Clarke, writing for The Register: Canonical is extending the deadline for security updates for paying users of its five-year-old Ubuntu 12.04 LTS -- a first. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will become the fir...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Millions of Records Leaked From Huge US Corporate Database
Millions of records from a commercial corporate database have been leaked. ZDNet reports: The database, about 52 gigabytes in size, contains just under 33.7 million unique email addresses and other co...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot 58% of High-Performance Employees Say They Need More Quiet Work Spaces
An anonymous reader shares a CNBC article: Behold the open industrial office space. At one moment, it feels like such a hip environment, bustling with easy communication and collaboration, innovation ...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Apple Found Guilty of Russian Price-Fixing
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Russia's competition watchdog has found that Apple fixed the prices of certain iPhone models sold in the country. The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (Fas) said ...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Cooling To Absolute Zero Mathematically Outlawed After a Century
After more than 100 years of debate -- which at one point even elicited interest from Albert Einstein and Max Planck, physicists have finally offered up mathematical proof of the third law of thermody...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Google Tells Army of 'Quality Raters' To Flag Holocaust Denial
Google is using a 10,000-strong army of independent contractors to flag "offensive or upsetting" content, in order to ensure that queries like "did the Holocaust happen" don't push users to misinforma...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Justice Department Charging Russian Spies and Criminal Hackers in Yahoo Intrusion
The Justice Department is set to announce Wednesday, reports the Washington Post, the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user a...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Many Smartphone Owners Don't Take Steps To Secure Their Devices
From Pew Research's new report: More than a quarter (28%) of smartphone owners say they do not use a screen lock or other security features to access their phone. And while a majority of smartphone us...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Hacking Victim Can't Sue Foreign Government For Hacking Him On US Soil, Says Court
According to Motherboard, a court of appeals in Washington D.C. ruled that an American citizen can't sue the Ethiopian government for hacking into his computer and monitoring him with spyware. "The de...
12:00 pm - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Parenthood Can Help You Live Longer In Older Age, Research Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Parenthood could boost your chances of living longer in your later years, according researchers who believe the effect could be down to children ...
10:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Hundreds of Verified Twitter Accounts Compromised, Post Swastikas, Pro-Erdogan Content
From a report on Bloomberg: At least 25 verified international Twitter accounts (Editor's note: other outlets are saying the number is in hundreds) have posted content supporting Turkish President Rec...
08:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Convert Biomass To Hydrogen Using Sunlight
New submitter omaha393 writes: Cambridge chemists have developed a new catalytic approach capable of converting biomass into hydrogen gas using only sunlight as an energy source. The method converts l...
04:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot West African Village Weighs Using Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Malaria Fight
New submitter omaha393 writes: A public engagement campaign is underway in the hopes of convincing Burkina Faso residents to allow the release of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat deadly mosqu...
04:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Kickstarter Campaign Aims To Add a Full Android Device To the Back of Your iPhone
A new Kickstarter campaign aims to expand the iPhone's functionality with its "Eye Smart iPhone Case," which features a fully functional Android device built into the case itself. The campaign was lau...
02:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Chrome 57 Limits Background Tabs Usage To 1% Per CPU Core
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Starting with Chrome 57, released last week, Google has put a muzzle on the amount of resources background tabs can use. According to Google ...
02:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Uber Is Using In-App Podcasts To Dissuade Seattle Drivers From Unionizing
Uber doesn't like unionization, like many corporations. In January, the company sued the city of Seattle to challenge the city's authority to implement a law that would allow ride-share drivers to uni...
02:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Most People Would Give Lab-Grown Meat a Try, New Survey Reveals
Clive Phillips and Matti Wilks report via ScienceAlert: In a recent survey, published this month in PLOS One, we investigated the views of people in the United States, a country with one of the larges...
12:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Vibrator Maker To Pay Millions Over Claims It Secretly Tracked Use
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The makers of the We-Vibe, a line of vibrators that can be paired with an app for remote-controlled use, have reached a $3.75 million class action settlem...
12:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Allegedly Used Email Alias As Exxon CEO
According to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Rex Tillerson used an email alias of "Wayne Tracker" to communicate with other Exxon executives about climate change while serving as CEO of E...
12:00 am - Wed, March 15, 2017
Slashdot You Can Now Send, Request Money In Gmail On Android
While Google Wallet has been integrated into Gmail on the web since 2013, it has yet to be available for mobile users. Today, Google is officially rolling out the new integration so that users of the ...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Questions Linger After ISP Blocks TeamViewer Over Fraud Fears
Last Wednesday, for no apparent reason, the TeamViewer remote desktop application stopped working on the network of one of the UK's largest ISPs, TalkTalk. The apparent reason, as the investigation ha...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Arctic Ice Loss Driven By Natural Swings, Not Just Mankind, Says Study
Alister Doyle, reporting for Reuters: Natural swings in the Arctic climate have caused up to half the precipitous losses of sea ice around the North Pole in recent decades, with the rest driven by man...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot It's Possible To Hack a Smartphone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show
A security loophole that would allow someone to add extra steps to the counter on your Fitbit monitor might seem harmless. But researchers say it points to the broader risks that come with technology'...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Why Samsung Ditched On-Screen Fingerprint Scanning For Galaxy S8
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung Electronics' upcoming Galaxy S8 is unlikely to feature on-screen fingerprint scanning after its touch sensor partner Synaptics ran out of time for developi...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Admits Flaw in Image Moderation After BBC Report
From a report on BBC: A Facebook executive has admitted to MPs its moderating process "was not working" following a BBC investigation. BBC News reported 100 posts featuring sexualised images and comme...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Germany Plans To Fine Social Media Sites Over Hate Speech
Germany plans a new law calling for social networks like Facebook to remove slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 mln). From a report: "This (d...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet's Jigsaw Wants To Explain Tech Jargon To You, Launches Sideways Dictionary
It might sound obvious, but the thing about tech is that sometimes it can get really, well, technical. From a report on CNET: So Alphabet wants to help make nitty-gritty tech jargon simpler to explain...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot 82% of Kids in 'Netflix Only' Homes Have No Idea What Commercials Are
Two anonymous readers share a report: We decided to survey parents of young children (below 10 years old) to see how many kids in "Netflix only" homes knew what commercials are, compared to those home...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Australia Copyright Safe Harbour Provision Backed By Prime Minister
Moves to introduce a copyright "safe harbor" provision for platforms such as Google and Facebook have received a boost in Australia after receiving backing from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. From a...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft Are Helping Google Fight an Order To Hand Over Foreign Emails
Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Cisco have filed an amicus brief in support of Google, after a Pennsylvania court ruled that the company had to hand over emails stored overseas in response to an FBI war...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot FBI Says It Can't Release iPhone Hacking Tool Because It Might Still Be Useful
Justice Dept. officials say that details of a hacking tool used to access a terrorist's iPhone should not be released because it may still be "useful" to federal investigators. From a report: The gove...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot This Is How the Number 3.14 Got the Name 'Pi'
An anonymous reader shares a Time article: Ancient research on real numbers likely "didn't get improved upon until the age of Newton," says John Conway, mathematics professor emeritus at Princeton Uni...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot A Rogue Robot Is Blamed For a Human Colleague's Gruesome Death
A new lawsuit has emerged claiming a robot is responsible for killing a human colleague, reports Quartz. It all started in July 2015, when Wanda Holbrook, "a maintenance technician performing routine ...
12:00 pm - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Ships With Unpatched 6-Month-Old WebKit Vulnerabilities
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nintendo's Switch has been out for almost two weeks, which of course means that efforts to hack it are well underway. One developer, who goes by ...
08:00 am - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Work-Life Balance: Cryptographer Fired By BAE Systems For Taking Care of Dying Wife
mdecerbo writes: A new lawsuit by cryptographer Don Davis against multinational defense giant BAE Systems highlights the fact that companies are free to have their boasts about "work-life balance" amo...
04:00 am - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot NYC Sues Verizon For Breaking Promise To Make FiOS Available To All Residents
New submitter erickessler writes: 1 million NYC homes can't get Verizon FiOS, so the city just sued Verizon. Verizon wants another four years to cover remaining 1 million households. Washington Post r...
02:00 am - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Project Scorpio Will Pack Internal PSU, 4K Game DVR Capture
According to an exclusive report from Windows Central, Microsoft's upcoming "Project Scorpio" gaming console will feature an internal power supply unit (PSU), similar to the Xbox One S, and 4K game DV...
02:00 am - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Facebook and Instagram Ban Developers From Using Data For Surveillance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Facebook and Instagram have banned developers from using their data for surveillance with a new privacy policy that civil rights activists have l...
02:00 am - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Laptop SSD Capacity To Remain Flat As NAND Flash Dearth Causes Prices To Rise
Lucas123 writes from a report via Computerworld: Laptop manufacturers aren't likely to offer higher capacity standard SSDs in their machines this year as a shortage of NAND flash is pushing prices hig...
12:00 am - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Lloyds To 'Offshore' 2,000 Jobs In IBM Data Center Outsourcing Deal
In early January, IBM announced a roughly $1.6 billion outsourcing deal with Lloyds Banking Group. IBM would pay Lloyds for its data center assets and in return will charge the bank for ongoing manage...
12:00 am - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Online Job Sites May Block Older Workers
Joe_Dragon quotes a report from CNBC: Older Americans struggling to overcome age discrimination while looking for work face a new enemy: their computers. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recentl...
12:00 am - Tue, March 14, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Solve the Instant Messaging Problem?
Artem Tashkinov writes: The XKCD comics has posted a wonderful and exceptionally relevant post in regard to the today's situation with various instant messaging solutions. E-mail has served us well in...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Google Wants To Use AI To Cut the UK's Electric Bill By 10 Percent
The Google-owned firm artificial intelligence company DeepMind is in talks with the National Grid about a potential partnership, with the possibility of using the technology to make the supply of ener...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Boaty McBoatface To Go On Its First Antarctic Mission
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A small yellow robot submarine, called Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired, is being sent on its fir...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot PlayStation Now Will Bring PS4 Games to your PC
You could soon play PlayStation 4 exclusives like Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us Remastered on your PC. From a report on Engadget: Sony is bringing the PS4 catalog to its streaming game service PlaySt...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Pandora Debuts Premium On-Demand Music Tier
Pandora will now let you listen to whatever you want, for a price. The internet radio firm today announced Pandora Premium, for which it will charge customers $9.99 a month. From a report on USA Today...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot The Most Striking Thing About the WikiLeaks CIA Data Dump Is How Little Most People Cared
Last week, WikiLeaks released a trove of web pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the C.I.A to break into smartphones, computers, and IoT devices including smart TVs. D...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot It's About Time Astronauts Got Healthcare For Life
Miriam Kramer, reporting for Mashable: NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria flew to space four times for the space agency between 1995 and 2007. While in space, his eyesight deteriorated, a well-docum...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Why Is the Vatican at a Tech Conference?
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: As Bishop Paul Tighe sat down for our interview, he joked that not only is he probably the only priest at South by Southwest, but also the only person with gre...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot 'We Didn't Lose Control Of Our Personal Data -- It Was Stolen From Us By People Farmers'
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the worldwide web, wrote an open-letter over the weekend to mark the 28th anniversary of his invention. In his letter, he shared three worrisome things that happen...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Could Get $23M Exit Payment, Ex-IAC Executive Will Become CEO
Yahoo has named a replacement for CEO Marissa Mayer once the merger with Verizon becomes official. The next leader of the Sunnyvale-based tech giant will be Thomas J. McInerney, a former chief financi...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Commentary On How To Make Novice Programmers More Professional
Over the weekend, my colleague David ran a story that sought people's suggestion on how to make (force, encourage, advice) a novice programmer to be more professional. Several people have shared their...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Typo In IP Address Led To an Innocent Father's Arrest For Paedophilia
An anonymous reader has shared a shocking story about the arrest of Nigel Lang by the British police for a crime he didn't commit. It all happened because of a typo, according to a report. From the re...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot ShatChat: How Facebook's Bizarre Obsession With Snapchat Is Ruining User Experience On Messenger
Columnist MG Siegler writes: "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." I often find myself pointing to this quote from Dr. Ian Mal...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Intel Confirms $15 Billion Mobileye Deal
Intel is paying $15.3 billion to acquire Israeli computer vision company Mobileye in an effort to boost the chipmaker's position in the autonomous car market. From a report on Axios: Intel is tapping ...
12:00 pm - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot What The CIA WikiLeaks Dump Tells Us: Encryption Works
"If the tech industry is drawing one lesson from the latest WikiLeaks disclosures, it's that data-scrambling encryption works," writes the Associated Press, "and the industry should use more of it." A...
08:00 am - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Is Just 'A Vehicle For Advertisements', Argues Tech Columnist
A new editorial by BetaNews columnist Mark Wilson argues that Windows 10 isn't an operating system -- it's "a vehicle for ads". An anonymous reader quotes their report:They appear in the Start menu, i...
06:00 am - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee Warns About the Web's Three Biggest Threats
Sunday was the 28th anniversary of the day that 33-year-old Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for the World Wide Web -- and the father of the web published a new letter today about "how the web h...
02:00 am - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Canadian Millennials Struggle As College Degrees Don't Guarantee Jobs
"CBC News is reporting on how millennials are finding that education only guarantees debt, not a stable job. Not even in STEM," writes Slashdot reader BarbaraHudson, adding "The irony -- one of the te...
12:00 am - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Debian Update: Stretch Frozen, Bug-Squashing Parties Planned
"Debian project leader Mehdi Dogguy has written a status update concerning the work going on for the first two months of 2017," reports Phoronix. An anonymous reader quotes their report:So far this ye...
12:00 am - Mon, March 13, 2017
Slashdot Millions of Smart Meters May Over-Inflate Readings by up to 600%
"Lab tests carried out by Dutch scientists have shown that some of today's 'smart' electrical meters may give out false readings that in some cases can be 582% higher than actual energy consumption," ...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Nick Denton Predicts 'The Good Internet' Will Rise Again
Gawker founder Nick Denton argued today that the future will be rooted in sites like Reddit which involve their reader community -- even if there's only a handful of subtopics each user is interested ...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Can Crowdfunding Bring Back The Netbook?
"The mini-laptop's market niche got swamped by the iPad and the phablet," writes Salon, since the stripped-down hardware of tablets made them cheaper to produce. But now netbooks could be making a gra...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Australian Farmers Switch To Diesel Power As Electricity Prices Soar
"As power prices rise, some farmers have been forced to turn off the pumps," reports the Australian Broadcast Corporation. Long-time Slashdot reader connect4 shared their report from the coast of Quee...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Notepad Update Fixes 'CIA Hacking' Issue
Free software Notepad++ (released under the GNU General Public License) received a new update this week which was announced under the headline "Fix CIA Hacking Notepad++ Issue". The CIA documents in W...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Hyperloop One Reveals Test Track Progress
Hyperloop One has released the first photographs of its "proof of concept" test track near Las Vegas, Nevada, and there's now also a couple short videos online.Slashdot reader angry tapir quotes Compu...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Volkwagen Finally Pleads Guilty On 'Dieselgate' Charges
Friday Volkswagen admitted in court that they'd committed fraud in their diesel emissions tests, also pleading guilty to falsifying statements and obstruction of justice. An anonymous reader quotes CN...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot How Seven Movie Studios Forced A Pirated Movie Site Offline
A major pirated movie site went offline last month after seven Hollywood studios won a preliminary court injunction. An anonymous reader quotes the Hollywood Reporter:The MPAA-member studios sued the ...
02:00 pm - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Proof Daylight Saving Time Is Dumb, Dangerous, and Costly
From a report on Bloomberg: The case for daylight saving time has been shaky for a while. The biannual time change was originally implemented to save energy. Yet dozens of studies around the world hav...
12:00 pm - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Backlash Builds Against Bill Gates' Call For A Robot Tax
Bill Gates argued governments should tax companies that use replace humans with robots, which "provoked enough negative feedback to fry a motherboard," according to CBS News. Here's how they summarize...
10:00 am - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot How The FBI Used Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance
In 2011 a gynecology doctor took his computer for repairs at Best Buy's Geek Squad. But the repair technician was a paid FBI informant -- one of several working at Geek Squad -- and the doctor was ult...
06:00 am - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Linux Foundation Chief: Businesses 'Will Fail' If They Don't Use Open Source Code
The luminaries speaking at the Google Cloud Next conference had some strong words about the importance of openness, innovation, and a rich developer community. An anonymous reader writes:First Vint Ce...
04:00 am - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Make Novice Programmers More Professional?
Slashdot reader peetm describes himself as a software engineer, programmer, lecturer, and old man. But how can he teach the next generation how to code more professionally?I have to put together a thr...
02:00 am - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Will Montana Become America's Third State To Ditch Daylight Savings Time?
"Okay...twice every year Slashdot disses Daylight savings time," writes turkeydance, bringing a story from Montana, where lawmakers are proposing that the state should stop setting their clocks forwar...
12:00 am - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot A Prenda Copyright Troll Finally Pleaded Guilty
"One of the attorneys behind the Prenda Law 'copyright trolling' scheme has pleaded guilty to federal charges of fraud and money laundering," reports Ars Technica. Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Ex...
12:00 am - Sun, March 12, 2017
Slashdot Munich's IT Lead: 'No Compelling Reason' To Switch Back To Windows From Linux
"The man who runs Munich's central IT says there is no practical reason for the city to write off millions of euros and years of work to ditch its Linux-based OS for Windows," reports TechRepublic. Lo...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Will WebAssembly Replace JavaScript?
On Tuesday Firefox 52 became the first browser to support WebAssembly, a new standard "to enable near-native performance for web applications" without a plug-in by pre-compiling code into low-level, m...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot New 'USG' Firewalls Protect USB Drives From Malicious Attacks
A developer has created the USG, "a small, portable hardware USB firewall...to prevent malicious USB sticks and devices laden with malware from infecting your computer." An anonymous reader quotes ZDN...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Report: Up To 15% Of Twitter Accounts Are Bots
A team of researchers claim they can identify Twitter account activity that's posted by bots through their new web portal -- "Bot or Not?" -- leveraging "more than a thousand features extracted from p...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Jeff Bezos' Spaceflight Company Blue Origin Gets Its First Paying Customer
Long-time Slashdot reader nickovs writes: Blue Origin was started as a "moon shot" company by Jeff Bezos and recently claimed that it would be offering an "Amazon-like" delivery service to the moon by...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Continues Porting Visual C To Linux
Long-time Slashdot reader Billly Gates shared some news from Microsoft's Visual C++ blog: Visual Studio 2017 now lets developers write C++ code for Linux desktops, servers, and other devices without a...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot IEEE-USA Criticizes Failure To Reform The H-!B Program
Slashdot reader Tekla Perry writes: IEEE USA says H-1B visas are a tool used to avoid paying U.S. wages. "For every visa used by Google to hire a talented non-American for $126,000, ten Americans are ...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Police Allegedly Threaten A UK Photographer With Seizure Of All His Computers
Andy Smith is a Scotland-based news photographer (and a long-time reader of Slashdot). He writesRecently the police wanted to seize some of my work photos to use as evidence in a prosecution... Rather...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot California Says Autonomous Cars Don't Need Human Drivers
Currently, California law requires that all self-driving cars used for testing purposes be done with a human behind the wheel, so that they can take control if necessary. While California has been fai...
12:00 pm - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Malware Found Preinstalled On 38 Android Phones Used By 2 Companies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An assortment of malware was found on 38 Android devices belonging to two unidentified companies. This is according to a blog post published Frid...
08:00 am - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot US Army Unveils 3D-Printed Grenade Launcher Called RAMBO
New submitter drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: The U.S. Military has a new firearm in its itinerary: Meet RAMBO, the 3D printed grenade launcher that could revolutionize t...
06:00 am - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Pay Could Come To More Non-Premium Smartphones
Gordon Gottsegen, writing for CNET: Samsung Pay could end up on even more devices, starting with the Galaxy J series phones in India, Mashable reports. Samsung Pay lets you save credit cards, gift car...
04:00 am - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot New Bill Would Allow Employers To Demand Genetic Testing From Workers
capedgirardeau quotes a report from Business Insider: A little-noticed bill moving through the U.S. Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a pena...
02:00 am - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Intel Security Releases Detection Tool For EFI Rootkits After CIA Leak
After WikiLeaks revealed data exposing information about the CIA's arsenal of hacking tools, Intel Security has released a tool that allows users to check if their computer's low-level system firmware...
02:00 am - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot 3D-Printed House Constructed On-Site In One Day
Heffenfeffer writes: Russian company Apis Cor has manufactured a 3D printed concrete house on-site in 24 hours in Stupino Town, Russia. Using a tower crane-shaped concrete extruder that can rotate 360...
02:00 am - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Create 'Designer Yeast' In Major Step Toward Synthetic Life
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: In a significant advance toward creating the first "designer" complex cell, scientists say they are one-third of the way to synthesizing the c...
12:00 am - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Blogger Wins Libel Damages Over Columnist's Tweets
eionmac shares a report that details a legal battle in which a food blogger won thousands of dollars in libel damages "after a row over two tweets." BBC reports: Food blogger Jack Monroe has won 24,00...
12:00 am - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot Message For AMD: Open PSP Will Improve Security, Hinder Intel
futuristicrabbit writes: AMD has faced calls from Edward Snowden, Libreboot and the Reddit community to release the source code to the AMD Secure Processor (PSP), a network-capable co-processor which ...
12:00 am - Sat, March 11, 2017
Slashdot MAC Address Randomization Flaws Leave Android and iOS Phones Open To Tracking
New submitter cryptizard writes: Modern Android and iOS versions include a technology called MAC address randomization to prevent passive tracking of users as they move from location to location. Unfo...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet's Waymo Asks Judge To Block Uber From Using Self-Driving Car Secrets
Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving spinoff from Google, is formally asking a judge to block Uber from operating its autonomous vehicles, according to new documents filed in Waymo's lawsuit against Uber. F...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Admits Mistake, Pulls Problematic Windows 10 Driver
Wayne Williams, writing for BetaNews: Microsoft pushed out a mysterious driver to Windows users on Wednesday that caused big problems for some. The driver, listed as "Microsoft -- WPD -- 2/22/2016 12:...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Oculus CTO John Carmack Is Suing ZeniMax For $22.5 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The feud between Oculus and ZeniMax Media is opening up once again, this time with the CTO of Oculus, John Carmack, suing his former employer for e...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot The SEC Just Handed Bitcoin a Huge Setback
The SEC has decided to deny an application for the first exchange-traded product that tracks the price of bitcoin, according to an order posted on the regulator's website. From a report: In an order t...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot How Many Snapchat Clones Does It Take For Facebook To Lose Its Self-Respect?
Alex Hern, writing for The Guardian: Over the past year, Facebook has shown an almost monomaniacal dedication to taking on Snapchat by importing its defining features wholesale into the company's own ...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Africa Gets Its Own Web Address
Africa now has the unique web address .africa, equivalent to the more familiar .com, following its official launch by the African Union. From a report on BBC: AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlami...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Pennsylvania Sues IBM Over Jobless Claims System Upgrade
Pennsylvania has sued IBM for $170 million, claiming the company failed to deliver a promised upgrade to its outdated system of processing unemployment claims. From a report: IBM did not immediately r...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk: I Can Fix South Australia Power Network in 100 Days Or It's Free
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Guardian: Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot NASA Finds Lunar Spacecraft That Vanished 8 Years Ago
An anonymous reader shares a CNN report: It made history as India's first unmanned lunar spacecraft. Then it vanished. Nearly a decade later, NASA has located two unmanned spacecraft orbiting the moon...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot U.S. Jobs, Pay Show Solid Gains in Trump's First Full Month
Two anonymous reader share a Bloomberg report: U.S. employers added jobs at an above-average pace for a second month on outsized gains in construction and manufacturing while wage growth picked up, as...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Are Password Rules Bullshit?
Here's what Jeff Atwood, a founder of Stack Overflow thinks: Password rules are bullshit. They don't work. They heavily penalize your ideal audience, people that use real random password generators. H...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Chrome 57 Arrives With CSS Grid Layout and API Improvements
Google has launched Chrome 57 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. From a report on VentureBeat: Among the additions is CSS Grid Layout, API improvements, and other new features for developers. You can update...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Google Launches Official Gmail Add-On Program
Google is making it possible for developers to bring their services into Gmail using new integrations called Add-ons. From a report on PCWorld: It's built so that developers can write one set of code ...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Wireless Wades Right Back Into the Net Neutrality Debate With Fios Deal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Verizon is taking a page out of AT&T's book by zero rating its Fios cable TV service for all Verizon Wireless customers. That means that if you ...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Stunning Close-up of Saturn's Moon, Pan, Reveals a Space Empanada
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: Astronomers have long known that Pan, one of Saturn's innermost moons, has an odd look. Based on images taken from a distance, researchers have said...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Apache Servers Under Attack Through Easily Exploitable Struts 2 Flaw
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: A critical vulnerability in Apache Struts 2 is being actively and heavily exploited, even though the patch for it has been released on Monday. The vulner...
08:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot NVIDIA Lifts Veil On GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Performance Reviews, Which Show Faster Speeds Than Titan X
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: NVIDIA is officially launching its most powerful gaming graphics card today, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. It was announced last week at the Game Developers Co...
04:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Google's reCAPTCHA Turns 'Invisible,' Will Separate Bots From People Without Challenges
Google is making CAPTCHAs invisible using "a combination of machine learning and advanced risk analysis that adapts to new and emerging threats." Ars Technica reports: The old reCAPTCHA system was pre...
04:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Ancient Technique Can Dramatically Improve Memory, Research Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: After spending six weeks cultivating an internal "memory palace," people more than doubled the number of words they could retain in a short time ...
02:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot The Promise of Blockchain Is a World Without Middlemen
dryriver writes: The Harvard Business Review has an interesting article about how Blockchain technology may bring down the cost of business transactions and enable new ways of doing things: "Consider ...
02:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Project Scorpio Next-Generation Xbox Gaming Console Debuts In Microsoft Store
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: Microsoft's next generation of video game console is currently called "Project Scorpio." This will be a truly new console, although it will be backwards com...
02:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Nearly 200,000 Wi-Fi Cameras Are Open To Hacking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: What started as an analysis of a simple security flaw in a random wireless IP camera turned into seven vulnerabilities that affect over 1,250...
02:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot EU Court Sets Limit On 'Right To Be Forgotten' In Company Registers
The European Union's top court ruled in May 2014 that people could ask search engines, such as Google or Microsoft's Bing, to remove inadequate or irrelevant information from the web results produced ...
12:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot PlayStation 4.5 Update Brings HDD Support, PS4 Pro 'Boost Mode'
Sony has officially pushed out the PlayStation 4.5 System Update, codenamed "Susuke," which brings a new Boost Mode for PS4 Pro owners and lets PS4 owners download and install games directly to USB 3....
12:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Filmmakers Take Dutch State To Court Over Lost Piracy Revenue
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: A coalition of Dutch film and TV producers is following through on their threat to file a lawsuit against the local Government. The filmmakers ho...
12:00 am - Fri, March 10, 2017
Slashdot Google's Compute Engine Now Offers Machines With Up To 64 CPU Cores, 416GB of RAM
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: Google is doubling the maximum number of CPU cores developers can use with a single virtual machine on its Compute Engine service from 32 to 64. These h...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Says It's Open To Pushing Content Through Cable Boxes
Amazon, the e-commerce giant that's shaking up the entertainment industry, says it's open to pursuing deals to stream content through cable operators' set-top boxes, much like Netflix has done in the ...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Seattle Tech Engineers Are More Loyal Than Those in San Francisco, Data Shows
An anonymous reader shares a report: Software engineers in Seattle stay at companies an average of six months longer than do their counterparts in San Francisco, according to data from online job sear...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Raises Deprioritization Threshold To 30GB
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TmoNews: T-Mobile's new deprioritization threshold is 30GB of usage in a single billing cycle. While T-Mo didn't make an official announcement about the change...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Indiegogo Halted Retro Computer Campaign
An anonymous reader shares a report on BBC: Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo intervened to stop a handheld retro computer console campaign from acquiring further funding, the BBC has learned. The Spect...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Despite Netflix and Amazon Prime, Most of the World Watches Pirated Content
An anonymous reader shares a TechInAsia report: More than half of the people surveyed across the world still watch pirated movies and TV shows, a new survey shows. The study, conducted by digital secu...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Hangouts' New Features Make Work Meetings Slightly Less Annoying
Google is rolling out two new features in its communication and messaging app, Hangouts. From a report: (Unfortunately, neither tools help decrease the utterances of such phrases like "How will this s...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot How Wiretaps Actually Work
David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security from 2009 to 2011, has responded to the recent accusations made by president Donald Trump. On Saturday, Trump accused former president Obam...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Confirms Small Number of Pixel Phones Have Broken Microphones
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Verge: Google says that a small number of Pixel phones have broken microphones that need to be sent back for replacement. The issue is seemingly not that wid...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot China Developing Manned Space Mission To the Moon
China is building a manned spacecraft capable of sending astronauts to the moon as well as near-Earth orbit flight, according to Chinese state media. From a report on CNBC: The official newspaper of t...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Uber Admits Its Ghost Driver 'Greyball' Tool Was Used To Thwart Regulators, Vows To Stop
Uber has admitted it used a tool to thwart city regulators, and announced a review of its controversial Greyball technology. From a report on USA Today: Greyballing, a play on blackballing, was a way ...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot China Expresses Concern at Revelations in Wikileaks Dump of Hacked CIA Data
China has expressed concern over revelations in a trove of data released by Wikileaks purporting to show that the CIA can hack all manner of devices, including those made by Chinese companies. From a ...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Group Chief Denies All Charges as 'Trial of the Century' Begins
An anonymous reader shares a Fortune report: The head of South Korea's Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, denies all charges against him, his lawyer said on Thursday, at the start of what the special prosecut...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Spamming Windows 10 File Explorer With Ads For OneDrive Storage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: While Microsoft is addressing some other complaints about Windows 10 in the upcoming Creators Update -- such as privacy concerns over the data ...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Study Suggests Potatoes Can Grow On Mars
The International Potato Center (CIP) has launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars' atmospheric conditions, as well as under extreme conditions on Earth. The CIP pl...
08:00 am - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot FCC Investigating Coast-To-Coast 911 Outage For AT&T Wireless Users
AT&T says it has fixed a nationwide outage that prevented its wireless customers from making 911 emergency calls. "Service has been restored for wireless customers affected by an issue connecting ...
04:00 am - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Quantum Computer Learns To 'See' Trees
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: Scientists have trained a quantum computer to recognize trees. That may not seem like a big deal, but the result means that researchers are a st...
02:00 am - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should You Use Password Managers?
New submitter informaticsDude writes: What do Slashdot users recommend regarding the use of password managers? The recent election underscored the hackability of many personal accounts. One solution i...
02:00 am - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Tesla's New Solar Energy Station On Kauai Will Power Hawaii At Night
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The Kapaia project is a combination 13MW SolarCity solar farm and 53MWh Tesla Powerpack station on the island of Kauai. In partnership with the KIUC ...
02:00 am - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot IBM Researchers Prove It Is Possible To Store Data In a Single Atom
In an experiment published today in Nature, IBM researchers have managed to read and write data to a single atom. A previous atomic storage technique, as mentioned by TechCrunch, doesn't actually stor...
12:00 am - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Apple Says It's Already Fixed Many WikiLeaks Security Issues
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Apple says many of the vulnerabilities to its devices and software that came to light in WikiLeaks' revelations of CIA cyber weapons were already fi...
12:00 am - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Norway Says Half of New Cars Now Electric Or Hybrid
AmiMoJo quotes a report from Phys.Org: Norway, which already boasts the world's highest number of electric cars per capita, said Monday that electric or hybrid cars represented half of new registratio...
12:00 am - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot Malta's Azure Window Collapses Into the Sea
New submitter Duvzo writes: Sadly, our famous [Azure Window] landmark disappeared today, and not just the arch but the whole offshore stack has vanished. Strong gale force winds hit Malta yesterday, u...
12:00 am - Thu, March 9, 2017
Slashdot GOP Senators' New Bill Would Let ISPs Sell Your Web Browsing Data
Yesterday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and 23 Republican co-sponsors introduced a resolution that would overturn new privacy rules for internet service providers. "If the Federal Communications Commissi...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot The Quest To Crystallize Time - Previously Considered Impossible, Researchers Create Time Crystals
New submitter omaha393 writes: Researchers have addressed a perplexing issue in physics: the existence of time crystals. Time crystals, previously only hypothetical in nature, are structures that osci...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Hyperloop Firm Eyes Indonesia For Ultra-Fast Transport System
An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), one of the companies developing the futuristic transport service dreamed up by billionaire Elon Musk, said it was...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Google Can Now Recognize Objects in Videos Using Machine Learning
Google has found a new way to allow software to parse video. On Wednesday, the company announced "Video Intelligence API", which is able to identify objects in a video. From a report: By playing a sho...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Federal Criminal Probe Being Opened Into WikiLeaks' Publication of CIA Documents
A federal criminal investigation is being opened into WikiLeaks' publication of documents detailing alleged CIA hacking operations, CNN reports citing several U.S. officials. From the report: The offi...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Windows Server on ARM Is Finally Happening, And It Should Worry Intel
Mary Jo Foley, writing for ZDNet: There have been rumors for the past several years that Windows Server would be coming to ARM. Today, March 8, that rumor became an acknowledged reality. Microsoft off...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Tech's Ruling Class Casts a Big Shadow
Veteran technology columnist Walt Mossberg believes that Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, or Gang of Five -- as he likes to call them, are casting a big shadow over how today's startups...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Firefox 52 Is The Last Version of Firefox For Windows XP and Vista
Mozilla has confirmed that Firefox 52, the new version of its browser it made available earlier this week, will be the last major version to support two legacy operating systems - Windows XP and Windo...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot IT Executives Believe Service Management Is Key To Digital Transformation
Ian Barker, writing for BetaNews: A new survey reveals that a majority of IT executives believe investment in IT service management (ITSM) is important to gain the agility needed to compete in an era ...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Big Tech Lobbying Is On the Verge of Killing Right To Repair Legislation In Minnesota
Jason Koebler, writing for Motherboard: Statehouse employees in Minnesota say that lobbying efforts by big tech companies and John Deere are on the verge of killing right to repair legislation in the ...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Closing the Social Network You Forgot It Ever Launched
So.cl, the little-known and probably much-forgotten social network project from Microsoft Research's FUSE Labs division, is closing down. From a report on TechCrunch: The service was launched in late ...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Hey CIA, You Held On To Security Flaw Information -- But Now It's Out. That's Not How It Should Work
Cindy Cohn, writing for EFF: The dark side of this story is that the documents confirm that the CIA holds on to security vulnerabilities in software and devices -- including Android phones, iPhones, a...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Apple Begins Rejecting Apps With 'Hot Code Push' Feature
Apple has long permitted "hot code push", a feature that allows developers to continuously deploy changes to their mobile apps and have those changes reflect in their apps instantly. This allowed deve...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Google AMP Is Rolling Out For 1 Billion People In Asia-Pacific Region
meshrepublic shares a report: As per the latest announcement, Google AMP is rolling out for 1 billion people in Asia Pacific. Baidu and Sogou, which account for around 90% of the search market in Chin...
12:00 pm - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot The Dark Web Has Shrunk By 85%
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: The number of Dark web services has gone down significantly following the Freedom Hosting II hack that took place at the start of February, a...
08:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Airbus Reveals a Modular, Self-Piloting Flying Car Concept
At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Airbus has revealed a concept design created in partnership with Italdesign. "The demonstration vehicle offers modular functionality, meaning it can operate both on t...
04:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Developer Proclaims Death of Cyberfox Web Browser
In a forum entitled "Cyberfox and its future direction," the lead developer of Cyberfox proclaimed the death of their web browser. The lead developer, Toady, writes: "Over the years the Cyberfox proje...
04:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot AMD Offers Full Details and Performance of Zen-Based Naples Server Platform
MojoKid writes: AMD lifted the veil this morning on architecture details and performance expectations of its next generation Zen-based server platform, codenamed Naples. Naples is an up to 32-core, 64...
04:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Americans Are Having Less Sex Than 20 Years Ago, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: American adults reported having nine fewer romps a year in the early 2010s than they did in the late 1990s -- dropping from an average of about 6...
02:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Best Protect Client Files From Wireless Hacking?
dryriver writes: A client has given you confidential digital files containing a design for a not-yet-public consumer product. You need to work on those files on a Windows 10 PC that has a wireless chi...
02:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks CIA Files: The 6 Biggest Spying Secrets Revealed By the Release of 'Vault 7'
Earlier today, WikiLeaks unleashed a cache of thousands of files it calls "Year Zero," which is part one of the release associated with "Vault 7." Since there are over 8,000 pages in this release, it ...
02:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Cyberfox Developer Proclaims Death of Web Browser
In a forum entitled "Cyberfox and its future direction," the lead developer of Cyberfox proclaimed the death of the web browser. "Cyberfox is a Firefox-based browser that is available as processor-spe...
12:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot RadioShack Is Preparing to File For Bankruptcy Again
BarbaraHudson writes: Bloomberg is reporting that the "new" RadioShack is preparing to file for bankruptcy. From the report: "General Wireless Operations, the RadioShack successor created by a partner...
12:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot Trump Renominates Ajit Pai For Five More Years at the FCC
According to Axios, Bloomberg, and several other publications, President Trump has nominated FCC chairman Ajit Pai for a second five-year term at the commission. "Pai's current term ended last June, t...
12:00 am - Wed, March 8, 2017
Slashdot How To Close the Gender Pay Gap By 2044
An anonymous reader shares an article on FastCompany: The wage gap in developing countries could be reduced by 35% by 2030 and eliminated by 2044, according to a new report from consultancy Accenture....
10:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Payments Giant Verifone Investigating Breach
Verifone is investigating a breach of its internal networks that appears to have impacted a number of companies running its point-of-sale card terminals, security reporter Brian Krebs reports. From th...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Dell Doubles Down On High-End Ubuntu Linux Laptops
Dell became the first major OEM to offer a laptop with Linux pre-installed in it in 2007. Ten years later, the company says it is more committed than ever to offering Linux-powered machines to users. ...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot China's ZTE Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $1.19 Billion For Violating US Trade Sanctions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp will plead guilty and pay $1.19 billion ($892 million in the Iran case) to settle allegations it violated U.S...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Android is About To Eclipse Windows as the World's Most-Used Operating System
John Falcone, writing for CNET: Android is poised to overtake Windows as the world's most-used operating system. That's the word from web analytics service StatCounter, which monitors worldwide web tr...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2017
Reader Anon E. Muss writes: Microsoft on Tuesday released Visual Studio 2017. The latest version of the venerable Integrated Development Environment supports a variety of languages (C/C++, C#, VB.net,...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Music Charts No Longer Make Sense
American rapper Future's back to back new albums have created a stir among music enthusiasts and the studios alike. Billboard today refreshed its weekly US Top 200 chart, and the American rapper offic...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Says It Is Working On Fix After Users Report Skype, Outlook, Xbox Live Outages
An anonymous reader shares a report: A huge outage hit Microsoft services Tuesday morning, with users across the globe experiencing problems accessing Outlook, Xbox and Skype. Users were unable to log...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Chatbot that Overturned 160,000 Parking Fines Now Helping Refugees Claim Asylum
Elena Cresci, writing for The Guardian: The creator of a chatbot which overturned more than 160,000 parking fines and helped vulnerable people apply for emergency housing is now turning the bot to hel...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot For the First Time, More US Households Have Netflix Than a DVR
For the first time, U.S. households with the Netflix video-streaming service outnumber those that own a digital video recorder (DVR), a dramatic rise from just five years ago, according to new data. F...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Reports BBC To Police Following Publication's 'Sexualized Images' Investigation
"Grave doubts" have emerged about the effectiveness of Facebook's moderation system after an investigation by the BBC last year revealed the social network was failing to remove sexualised images of c...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Reveals CIA's Secret Hacking Tools and Spy Operations
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: WikiLeaks has unleashed a treasure trove of data to the internet, exposing information about the CIA's arsenal of hacking tools. Code-named Vault 7, the first data i...
04:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Robots in Warehouses To Jump 15X Over Next 4 Years
The worldwide warehouse and logistics robot unit shipments will increase from 40,000 robots in 2016 to 620,000 robots annually by 2021, according to highly reliable numbers from Tractica, which adds t...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Firefox 52 Released As ESR Branch, Will Receive Security Updates Until 2018
prisoninmate quotes a report from Softpedia: Back in January, we told you that the development of the Mozilla Firefox 52.0 kicked off with the first Beta release and promised to let users send and ope...
12:00 pm - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot New Sponge Can Soak Up and Release Spilled Oil Hundreds of Times
Seth Darling and his colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have created a new material that can absorb up to 90 times its own weight in spilled oil and then be squeezed out like a spon...
08:00 am - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot NASA Proposes a Magnetic Shield To Protect Mars' Atmosphere
New submitter Baron_Yam writes: Apparently it is no longer necessarily science fiction to consider terraforming the red planet in a human lifetime. NASA scientists have proposed putting a magnetic shi...
04:00 am - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Shares Data With Arkansas Prosecutor In Murder Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Associated Press: Amazon dropped its fight against a subpoena issued in an Arkansas murder case after the defendant said he wouldn't mind if the technology gia...
04:00 am - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Owners Complain About Dead Pixels, Nintendo Says They're 'Normal'
Nintendo says the dead or stuck pixels Switch owners are complaining about are "normal" and not defects. "New Switch players have taken to online discussion boards, including a 2,000-comment strong Re...
02:00 am - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot US Wind Capacity Surpasses Hydro, Overall Generation To Follow
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Wind power is now the largest source of renewable energy generating capacity, passing hydroelectric power in 2016. And since the two sources prod...
02:00 am - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Toronto Start-Up Will Send a Mechanic To Your Driveway To Repair Your Car On Demand
Toronto-based startup Fiix, part of Y Combinator's Winter 2017 class, has built a platform to send a mechanic to your home to fix your car within hours of being requested. TechCrunch reports: Customer...
02:00 am - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Poachers Are Trying To Hack Animal Tracking Systems
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: Animal tracking through electronic tagging has helped researchers gain insight into the lives of many wild animal species, but can also be misused by wil...
12:00 am - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot University of California, Berkeley, To Delete Publicly Available Educational Content
In response to a U.S. Justice Department order that requires colleges and universities make website content accessible for citizens with disabilities and impairments, the University of California, Ber...
12:00 am - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best File System For the Ages?
New submitter Kormoran writes: After many, many years of internet, I have accumulated terabyte HDDs full of software, photos, videos, eBooks, articles, PDFs, music, etc. that I'd like to save forever....
12:00 am - Tue, March 7, 2017
Slashdot Waze and Other Traffic Dodging Apps Prompt Cities To Game the Algorithms
KindMind writes: USA today reports that Waze and others are causing traffic planners to try to figure out how to gain control back. From the article: "While traffic savvy GPS apps like Waze and Google...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Streaming Pirate Content Isn't Illegal, UK Trading Standards Says
Every day millions of people use PCs, tablets, phones and Kodi-style devices to stream pirated content, but is it illegal? According to Trading Standards, local UK authorities tasked with investigatin...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Consumer Reports To Consider Cyber Security in Product Reviews
Consumer Reports, an influential U.S. non-profit group that conducts extensive reviews of electronic products, cars, kitchen appliances and other goods, is gearing up to start considering cyber securi...
10:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Sprint 'Betting Big On Trump,' Could Merge With T-Mobile Or Comcast
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Speculation that Sprint will merge with T-Mobile USA or another competitor has ramped up since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. That c...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Pollution Responsible For a Quarter of Deaths of Young Children, Says WHO
More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks -- such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, uns...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Huge Database Leak Reveals 1.37 Billion Email Addresses and Exposes Illegal Spam Operation
One of the largest spam operations in the world has exposed its entire operation to the public, leaking its database of 1.37bn email addresses thanks to a faulty backup. From a report: A faulty backup...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot New York State To Launch Electric Vehicle Rebate
An anonymous reader shares an AP report: New York state will soon launch a rebate intended to make electric vehicles more price competitive with traditional cars. Officials said they'll launch the ini...
08:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot VMware Affirms Open Source Commitment By Becoming Gold Linux Foundation Member
Reader BrianFagioli writes: Today, VMware showed its commitment to the open source community by becoming a Linux Foundation Gold Member. The company joins many other successful companies at that level...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot What the Death of CRT Display Means For Classic Arcade Machines
An anonymous reader shares a VentureBeat report:The cathode-ray-tube technology that powered the monitors for nearly every classic arcade game in the twentieth century is defunct. Sony, Samsung, and o...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Uber's Silicon Valley Employees May Be Looking to Jump Ship
Some San Francisco-based recruiters and executives at Uber's rival companies told the Financial Times in a Monday article that the number of Uber employees looking to leave the ride-sharing company ha...
06:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Social Media 'Increases Loneliness', Says Study
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are causing more people to feel alone, according to US psychologists. A report suggests that more than ...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Google's Featured Snippets Are Worse Than Fake News
Adrianne Jeffries, reporting for The Outline: Peter Shulman, an associate history professor at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, was lecturing on the reemergence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot IBM Will Sell 50-Qubit Universal Quantum Computer In the Next Few Years
Months after laying the groundwork for offerings in emerging tech categories such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, IBM sees quantum computers as a big, if nascent, business opportunity. From...
04:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Exploit that Caused iPhones To Repeatedly Dial 911 Reveals Grave Cybersecurity Threat, Say Experts
Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9to5Mac: We reported back in October on an iOS exploit that caused iPhones to repeatedly dial 911 without user intervention. It was said then that the volume of calls meant on...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Suggest Using Blockchain For Electronic Health Records
The CIO at a Boston teaching hospital and two MIT researchers write in the Harvard Business Review that blockchain "has the potential to enable secure lifetime medical record sharing across providers,...
10:00 am - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would Happen If All Software Ran On All Platforms?
Slashdot reader dryriver writes:We live in a computing world where the OS you use -- Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, others -- often determines what software can and cannot be run on a given elect...
06:00 am - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot The US Waged A Secret Cyber War Against North Korean Missiles
Early Monday morning North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea of Japan, lending a new urgency to Saturday's revelation from the New York Times of America's "secret cyberwar" with North K...
04:00 am - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Sprint Wins $140M Verdict Against Time Warner Cable For Infringing VoIP Patents
Sprint "may have just scored its biggest payout yet," reports Ars Technica, pointing out that Sprint's been filing lawsuits over its VoIP patents for more than a decade. An anonymous reader quotes the...
02:00 am - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot Litebook Launches A $249 Linux Laptop
An anonymous reader writes:It's "like a Chromebook for Linux users on a budget," reports ZDNet. The new 2.9-pound Litebook uses Intel's Celeron N3150 processor and ships with a 14.1-inch display and a...
12:00 am - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot What Happens When Robots Can Deliver Your Groceries?
"What if you could get groceries in less than two minutes without even leaving your apartment?" asks VentureBeat. "Another beer...? Think guacamole would go extremely well with those Doritos you just ...
12:00 am - Mon, March 6, 2017
Slashdot FBI Dismisses Child Porn Case Rather Than Reveal Their Tor Browser Exploit
An anonymous reader writes:Federal prosecutors just dropped charges against a child pornography suspect rather than reveal the source code for their Tor exploit. Of the 200 cases they're prosecuting n...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Browser Usage Drops 50% As Chrome Soars
An anonymous reader quotes Network World's report about new statistics from analytics vendor Net Applications:From March 2015 to February 2017, the use of Microsoft's IE and Edge on Windows personal c...
10:00 pm - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Build 15048 Has a Windows Mixed Reality Demo You Can Try
Microsoft's big push into mixed reality involves headsets from multiple manufacturers (including ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo), and developer kits with Acer's headset will begin a phased rollout this month....
08:00 pm - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Underwater Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Project Completes Its First Practical Test
What if you built massive concrete spheres -- 98 feet in diameter, with 10-foot walls -- under the ocean to help generate electricity during peak periods? Slashdot reader nachtkap reports that German ...
08:00 pm - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Hidden Backdoor Discovered In Chinese IoT Devices
"A backdoor has been found in devices made by a Chinese tech firm specializing in VoIP products," reports TechRadar. An anonymous reader quotes their article:Security outfit Trustwave made the discove...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot More Fast Food Restaurants Are Now Automating
An anonymous reader writes:Wendy's is adding self-service ordering kiosks "to at least 1,000 restaurants, or about 15% of its stores," reports the Los Angeles Times, while McDonald's and Panera Bread ...
06:00 pm - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Third-Party Vendor Issues Temporary Patch For Windows Vulnerability
An anonymous reader writes: "A vulnerability discovered by Google Project Zero security researchers and left without a patch by Microsoft received a temporary fix from third-party security vendor ACRO...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Local Police Departments Are Building Their Own DNA Databases
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes the Associated Press: Dozens of police departments around the U.S. are amassing their own DNA databases to track criminals, a move critics say is a way around regulation...
04:00 pm - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Streaming TV Sites Now Have More Subscribers Than Cable TV
Nielsen reported this week that millennials "spend about 27% less time watching traditional TV than viewers over the age of 35," possibly threatening the dominance of cable TV. An anonymous reader quo...
12:00 pm - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Handle A Bogus Copyright Infringement Notice?
Very long-time Slashdot reader Andy Smith writes:Yesterday I received an email from my ISP telling me that I had illegally downloaded an animated film called Cubo and the Two Strings. I'd never heard ...
10:00 am - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Strange New Social Media Trend: Licking Nintendo Switch Cartridges
Now that the Nintendo Switch has launched, "lots of people are just licking their video games," reports McClatchy.According to IGN, the tech company coated the cartridges, which are roughly the size o...
06:00 am - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot The City of Munich Might Stick With Linux
Munich's "LiMux" project brought FOSS software to their city's IT administration -- until a vote last month on whether to abandon Linux and return to Windows. "Since this decision was reached, the maj...
04:00 am - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot After 19 Years, DMOZ Will Close, Announces AOL
Its volunteer-edited web directory formed the basis for early search offerings from Netscape, AOL, and Google. But 19 years later, there's some bad news. koavfwrites:As posted on the DMOZ homepage, th...
02:00 am - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Which Linux Browser Is The Fastest?
ZDNet's Networking blog calls Firefox "the default web browser for most Linux distributions" and "easily the most popular Linux web browser" (with 51.7% of the vote in a recent survey by LinuxQuestion...
12:00 am - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot New Technique Turns Random Objects Into FM Radio Stations
"A new technology is enabling everyday objects, such as posters and clothing, to be transformed into FM radio stations," reports The Stack, citing research from the University of Washington. An anonym...
12:00 am - Sun, March 5, 2017
Slashdot Douglas Crockford Envisions A Post-JavaScript World
JavaScript developer (and JSON proponent) Douglas Crockford recently described "a theoretical post-JavaScript World," according to InfoWorld. Crockford "believes the web development staple needs a suc...
10:00 pm - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot US Suspends 'Expedited' H-1B Visas
"Starting April 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions," read Friday's announcement, which says the suspension "may last ...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Jolla Sailfish Will Build A Google-Free Mobile OS For China
Jolla released their Android-free mobile Linux OS (Sailfish) on their own smartphones, "but has always intended to offer it to other manufacturers," according to Silicon. The next Sailfish smartphone ...
08:00 pm - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Begins Marking 'Fake News' As 'Disputed'
An anonymous reader writes:Facebook is now marking fake news as "disputed," several sites reported today. "According to Facebook's Help Center, news stories that are reported as fake by people on Face...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Google Open Sources Encrypted Email Extension For Chrome
Last week Google released E2EMail, "a Gmail client that exchanges OpenPGP mail." Google's documentation promises that "Any email sent from the app is also automatically signed and encrypted... The tar...
06:00 pm - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Finally Releases A Beta Version of Skype For Linux
"We want to create a Linux version of Skype that is as feature rich as the existing Skype on desktop and mobile platforms," read Thursday's announcement from Microsoft's Skype team. "Today, we're plea...
04:00 pm - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Free Software Foundation Challenges Tim Berners-Lee On DRM
Slashdot reader Atticus Rex writes: On Monday, W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) director Tim Berners-Lee released a post defending his decision to allow Netflix, Microsoft, Apple and Google to enshrine...
02:00 pm - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot FCC Chair Wants Carriers To Block Robocalls From Spoofed Numbers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The FCC in 2015 made it clear that voice service providers can offer call blocking tools to customers, but commissioners said at the time that mo...
12:00 pm - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Curated Advertising Is Coming To Highway Billboards
Curated advertising may be coming to a highway near you. "A startup called Synaps Labs has brought it to the physical world by combining high-speed cameras set up a distance ahead of the billboard (ab...
08:00 am - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot New Research Suggests Earth's Mantle Might Be Hotter Than Anyone Expected
schwit1 quotes a report from ScienceAlert: New data suggests that the upper parts of Earth's mantle are around 60C (108F) hotter than previously expected. The mantle is the layer between our planet's ...
04:00 am - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Snapchat Wanted $150K To Not Run NRA Ads On Gun Control Group Videos
New submitter bababoris writes: It appears that Snapchat's Rob Saliterman attempted to "encourage" Everytown for Gun Safety to advertise with Snapchat or risk having National Rifle Association (NRA) a...
04:00 am - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Create New Form of Matter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: MIT physicists have created a new form of matter, a supersolid, which combines the properties of solids with those of superfluids. By using lasers to...
02:00 am - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Pledges To Cover 15 Massive Warehouse Rooftops With Solar Panels
Amazon announced earlier this week that it would install solar panels on 15 of its fulfillment and sorting centers around the U.S. in 2017. "Depending on the specific project, time of year, and other ...
02:00 am - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Are There No Huge Leaps Forward In CPU/GPU Power?
dryriver writes: We all know that CPUs and GPUs and other electronic chips get a little faster with each generation produced. But one thing never seems to happen -- a CPU/GPU manufacturer suddenly ann...
02:00 am - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Bill Would Legalize Active Defense Against Hacks
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: A new bill intended to update the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would allow victims of computer attacks to engage in active defense measures to identify t...
12:00 am - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot California Government On the Dangers of Cellphones
mi quotes a report from CBS Local: After keeping it hidden for years, California's Department of Public Health has released a draft document outlining health officials' concerns about cellphone radiat...
12:00 am - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Canadian DMCA In Action: Court Awards Massive Damages In Modchip Case
New submitter google20000 shares a report from Michael Geist: The Federal Court of Canada has issued a massive damage award in the first majorCanadian digital lock copyright ruling involving circumven...
12:00 am - Sat, March 4, 2017
Slashdot Uber Has Been Using a Secretive Program To Identify Enforcement Officers And Prevent Them From Hailing Cars
Uber has been using a secretive program to evade authorities for years, particularly at times when city regulators were trying to block the ride-hailing service, according to a new report by the New Y...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Apple Cracks Down Further On Cobalt Supplier in Congo as Child Labor Persists
Last year, a Washington Post investigation found several instances of miners -- including children -- labored in hazardous, even deadly, conditions at Congo's artisanal cobalt supply chain. Amnesty In...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin To Offer 'Amazon-Like' Moon Delivery By 2020
Less than a week after Elon Musk's SpaceX announced it would soon offer space tourists a cruise around the moon, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos has announced that he would be launching an Amazon-like ...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Agrees To Hold Contest For Fan-Made Tesla Ads, At the Urging of a 5th Grader
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Adweek: Elon Musk is well aware that Tesla's superfans love to make unauthorized commercials for the brand, given that Tesla doesn't make its own (and, given t...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Expanding Its War With Qualcomm
Apple has opened a new front in its global patent war with Qualcomm. From a report: The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has sued Qualcomm in a U.K. court, accusing the chipmaker of violating patents a...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot HP Top Level Executive On Life After the Split
An anonymous reader shares a ZDNet report: George Brasher is a 26-year HP veteran who has worked in a variety of roles in the company's printer and PC divisions over the years and is now HP Inc's mana...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Razer Wants To Build the Best Linux Laptop, And It Needs Your Help
Min-Liang Tan, a founder, CEO and creative director of gaming hardware company Razer, has assured enthusiasts that the company is looking into developing good -- the "best" he says -- Linux notebook. ...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Apple Losing Out To Microsoft and Google in US Classrooms
Apple is losing its grip on American classrooms, which technology companies have long used to hook students on their brands for life. From a report on MacRumors: According to research company Futureso...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Why Typography Matters -- Especially At The Oscars
An anonymous reader shares a blog post: There's one thing the Academy possibly didn't consider, or forgot, for this year's winner cards: typography. First, it's legible, you can tell all the letters a...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot An 81-Year-Old Woman Just Created Her Own iPhone App
After 43 years working in one of Japan's leading banks, 81-year-old Masako Wakamiya has launched an iPhone app called "Hinadan" that shows users how to stage traditional dolls for the Hinamatsuri fest...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Google Will Release a New Pixel Phone this Year
An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: The Pixel represents Google's first proper foray into the smartphone market, allowing the search giant to directly compete with Apple and cement Android'...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Uber Loses Legal Test Case Over Language
Ride-hailing service Uber lost a court battle on Friday to stop a London regulator from forcing private hire drivers to prove their reading and writing skills in English, the latest setback for the fi...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Outage Cost S&P 500 Companies $150M
From a report on Axios: Cyence, an economic modeling platform, shared some data with Axios that show the ramifications: Losses of $150 million for S&P 500 companies. Losses of $160 million for U.S...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Mike Pence Used His AOL Email For Indiana State Business -- and It Got Hacked
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Vice President Mike Pence used a personal AOL email account to conduct sensitive state business -- including issues related to homeland security -- ...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot GameStop Stock Price Tanks After Microsoft Announces New Digital-Gaming Service
After Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass earlier this week -- a monthly service coming this spring that will give you a selection of games you can download and play on your Xbox One for $9.99 a month,...
08:00 am - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot NASA Releases 2017-2018 Catalog of Software For Free
mspohr writes: Eureka Magazine has a story about the latest NASA 2017-2018 software catalog. From the report: "NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalogue free of charge to the public, without ...
04:00 am - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Li-Ion Battery Inventor Creates Breakthrough Solid-State Battery, Holds 3X Charge
A research team led by John Goodenough at the Cockrell School of Engineering (Yes, this is a legitimate story) has created a new fast charging solid-state battery. Decades ago, American physicist John...
04:00 am - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Have Found a Way To Rapidly Thaw Cryopreserved Tissue Without Damage
schwit1 quotes a report from ScienceAlert: Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to rapidly thaw cryopreserved human and pig samples without damaging the tissue -- a development that...
02:00 am - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Store Computer OS, Short Movie On DNA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: In a new study published in the journal Science, a pair of researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center (NYGC) show that an algo...
02:00 am - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot AMD Ryzen 7 Series Processor Reviews Go Live, Zen Looks Strong Vs Intel
MojoKid writes: AMD has finally lifted the veil on independent reviews of its new Ryzen series of desktop processors that bring the company's CPU architecture back more on competitive footing versus i...
02:00 am - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Uber Says It Will Apply For Self-Driving Permit In California
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Mercury News: Uber will apply for a state permit to test its self-driving cars on public roads [in California], the company said Thursday, more than a mont...
12:00 am - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot One Bitcoin Is Now Worth More Than One Ounce of Gold
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: For the first time ever, the price of one bitcoin has surpassed the price of one ounce of gold. While today's swap can be attributed to a good day ...
12:00 am - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review By Ars Technica
Kyle Orland writes via Ars Technica: At this point, the Legend of Zelda series operates on a rhythm so predictable you can practically set your watch to it. In a Zelda game, after an extremely slow-pa...
12:00 am - Fri, March 3, 2017
Slashdot Virginia Becomes First State To Legalize Delivery Robots
According to Recode, Virginia is the first state to pass legislation allowing delivery robots to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks across the state. The law (HB 2016) was signed by the governor last...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Google Increases Gmail Attachment Limit To 50MB For Recipients
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: With Gmail you can now receive attachments up to 50MB in size. It's important to note that the new attachment limit only applies to incoming email. Google would much...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot AI Scientists Gather to Plot Doomsday Scenarios
Dina Bass, reporting for Bloomberg: Artificial intelligence boosters predict a brave new world of flying cars and cancer cures. Detractors worry about a future where humans are enslaved to an evil rac...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Uber Ex-engineer Who Alleged Sexism Retains Lawyer
Marco della Cava and Jessica Guynn, writing for USA Today: The former Uber engineer whose critical blog post has stirred a storm of controversy for the ride-hailing giant has retained an attorney, cha...
10:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot NASA's Scott Kelly Shares What He Discovered After a Year In Space
Kelly, who returned to Earth after 340 days in space last year, is working on a memoir about his experience in the space since, and how he has been seeing the planet since. Two excerpts from his artic...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Skin deep? Robots To Wear Real Human Tissue
Scientists are already growing muscles, bones, and mini-organs in the lab. But these tissues are generally small and simple. That's why two scientists from Oxford University are proposing that we use ...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot An Incorrect Command Entered By Employee Triggered Disruptions To S3 Storage Service, Knocking Down Dozens of Websites, Amazon Says
Amazon is apologizing for the disruptions to its S3 storage service that knocked down and -- in some cases affected -- dozens of websites earlier this week. The company also outlined what caused the i...
08:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Instant Messaging App Snapchat-Maker Snap's IPO Opened Trading At $24 a Share, Making the Company Worth $33 Billion
Snap, the company behind instant messaging app Snapchat, went public this morning at price that values the loss-making tech company at $33 billion. Here's how the investors are valuing the company: At...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Fed Up Indian IT Professionals Want To Be Able To Leave Their Jobs Sooner
An anonymous reader shares a report: India's major IT firms have long required their employees to give a three-month, "non-negotiable" notice before leaving the company, but they could be soon forced ...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot 'Robots Won't Just Take Our Jobs -- They'll Make the Rich Even Richer'
Robotics and artificial intelligence will continue to improve -- but without political change such as a tax, the outcome will range from bad to apocalyptic, writes technology and politics journalist B...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Chevrolet To Offer Unlimited Data Plan With Cars
Chevrolet has become the first carmaker to offer an unlimited data plan with its cars. From a report on BBC: The deal, for a 4G LTE data plan, applies to cars sold in the US from 3 March and will cost...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Uses AI in Its New Codec To Compress Video Scene By Scene
An anonymous reader shares a Quartz report: Annoying pauses in your streaming movies are going to become less common, thanks to a new trick Netflix is rolling out. It's using artificial intelligence t...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot A Norwegian Website Is Making Readers Pass a Quiz Before Commenting
Joseph Lichterman, writing for Nieman Lab: Two weeks ago, NRKbeta, the tech vertical of the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, published an explainer about a proposed new digital surveillance law in th...
04:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Laid-Off IT Workers Worry US Is Losing Tech Jobs To Outsourcing
An anonymous reader shares a CIO article: Sixty-three-year-old Bob Zhang is worried about the future of tech jobs in the U.S. Will the high-paying positions be a thing of the past? Zhang thinks it's a...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Sorry, Apple, the Headphone Jack Isn't Going Anywhere
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Rob Pegoraro via Yahoo Finance: Two things unite almost every phone on display here at Mobile World Congress 2017: Android and a headphone jack. Apple doesn't ...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Google Chrome Users On Apple MacOS Get Enhanced Safe Browsing Protection
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: As more and more consumers buy Mac computers, evildoers will have increased incentive to write malware for macOS. Luckily, users of Apple's operating system...
08:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Can Technology Prevent Cops From Forgetting To Turn On Their Body Cameras?
tedlistens writes from a report via Fast Company: Axon, Taser's growing police camera division, has announced a new wireless sensor for gun and Taser holsters that can detect when a weapon is drawn an...
04:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Court Throws Out $533 Million Verdict Against Apple Over Data Storage Patent
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit made a decision today to throw out the verdict of a two-year old legal case against Apple based on d...
04:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Marissa Mayer Is Giving Yahoo Employees Her Annual Bonus To Make Up For Massive Hacks
Following two separate security breaches revealed last year that compromised the personal information of more than 1.5 billion users, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced today via her Tumblr page that s...
04:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot New Scientific Test Finds Up To 75 Liters of Urine In Public Pools
Scientists have developed a test designed to estimate how much urine has been covertly added to a large volume of water. "The test works by measuring the concentration of an artificial sweetener, aces...
02:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Researcher Breaks ReCAPTCHA Using Google's Speech Recognition API
An anonymous reader writes: "A researcher has discovered what he calls a "logic vulnerability" that allowed him to create a Python script that is fully capable of bypassing Google's reCAPTCHA fields u...
02:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot UK: New Drivers Caught Using a Phone Will Lose Their License
Under new rules in England, Scotland and Wales, drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their test will have their license revoked. BBC reports: Penalties for using a phone at the whe...
02:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Yahoo Says Forged Cookie Attack Accessed About 32 Million Accounts
It looks like Yahoo has yet to reach its lowest point. The company revealed today via a regulatory filing that about 32 million user accounts were accessed by hackers in the past two years using forge...
12:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot 3.77-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Found, Could be Earliest Evidence of Life On Earth
An anonymous reader shares The Guadian report: Scientists say they have found the world's oldest fossils, thought to have formed between 3.77bn and 4.28bn years ago. Comprised of tiny tubes and filame...
12:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot Oculus Cuts Price On Rift Goggles and Touch Controllers
Oculus said Wednesday it is cutting the price of its Rift headset and Touch motion controllers by $100 each, dropping the cost of a complete system to $598. From a report: The Rift and Touch combinati...
12:00 am - Thu, March 2, 2017
Slashdot IBM Gets a Patent On 'Out-of-Office' Email Messages -- In 2017
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued IBM a -- what the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls -- "stupefyingly mundane" patent on e-mail technology. U.S. Patent No. 9,547,842, "Out-of-office ...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot White House Supports Renewal of Spy Law Without Reforms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The Trump administration does not want to reform an internet surveillance law to address privacy concerns, a White House official told Reuters on Wedn...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Software Engineer Detained At JFK, Given Test To Prove He's An Engineer
New submitter mendred quotes a report from Mashable: Celestine Omin, a software engineer at Andela -- a tech startup that connects developers in Africa with U.S employers -- had a particularly unwelco...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft is Making It Easy To Stop Windows 10 Rebooting Your PC Randomly For Updates
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Microsoft is unveiling some changes to the way Windows Updates are applied to Windows 10 PCs with the upcoming Creators Update. The software giant has long been crit...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Spotify Is Testing a Lossless Subscription Tier For $15 to $20 Per Month
Spotify is seemingly preparing to launch a lossless audio version of its streaming service. The offering, which is currently called Spotify Hi-Fi, will offer lossless CD-quality audio to users -- simi...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot New Zealand Will Give You a Free Trip If You Agree To a Job Interview
An anonymous reader shares an Esquire article: If New Zealand is on your bucket list, it's time to fill out a job application. You see, the tech industry in Wellington, New Zealand is trying to recrui...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Anthem's Historic Data Breach: What We Still Don't Know 2 Years Later
In February 2015, health insurer Anthem said its database had been compromised, exposing personal information for 78.8 million people, including 60 million to 70 million of its current and former cust...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Programmers Are Confessing Their Coding Sins To Protest a Broken Job Interview Process
A number of programmers have taken it Twitter to bring it to everyone's, but particularly recruiter's, attention about the grueling interview process in their field that relies heavily on technical qu...
06:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Nobody Likes Uber Anymore, Recent Reviews and Ratings On App Store Suggest
Alison Griswold, writing for Quartz: The public is not happy with Uber. Incensed by allegations of sexism and harassment in the company's corporate halls, people are once again #deleting Uber, while o...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Mobile Search Engine Baidu Goes Dark For Nearly 20 Minutes
Zoey Chong, writing for CNET: Baidu is China's equivalent of Google, but hundreds of millions of questions went unanswered when the mobile version of the search engine broke down for 18 minutes last n...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot NSA Risks Talent Exodus Amid Morale Slump, Trump Fears
Dustin Volz and Warren Strobel, writing for Reuters: The National Security Agency risks a brain-drain of hackers and cyber spies due to a tumultuous reorganization and worries about the acrimonious re...
04:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Twitter To Get Even Harsher On Trolls
Twitter is cracking down even harder against trolls, including temporarily barring accounts that are harassing other users. From a report: In a blog posted Wednesday, Twitter's vice president of engin...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot AOL Is Cutting Off Third-Party App Access To AIM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: AOL announced today that it is starting to cut off third-party app access to its Instant Messenger service. As first noticed by ArsTechnica, AOL began...
12:00 pm - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Congressional Candidate Brianna Wu Claims Moon-Colonizing Companies Could Destroy Cities By Dropping Rocks
Applehu Akbar quotes a report from Washington Times: A transgender-issues activist and Democratic candidate for Congress says the advent of the space tourism industry could give private corporations a...
08:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot NVIDIA Unveils Its $700 Top of the Line GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: NVIDIA just lifted the veil on its latest monster graphics card for gamers -- the long-rumored GeForce GTX 1080 Ti -- at an event this evening in San Fran...
04:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot A New Video Shows Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Arguing With a Driver Over Fares
A new video published by Bloomberg shows Uber CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver over fares. It all started when one of Kalanick's "companions" appears to say that she's heard that Uber i...
04:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Americans Have Fewer TVs On Average Than They Did In 2009
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Americans went from having an average of 2.6 TVs per household in 2009 to having 2.3 TVs in 2015, according to survey data from the U.S. Energy I...
02:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Chief Charged With Bribery and Embezzlement
After a three-month investigation, the acting head of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, has been charged with bribery and embezzlement in connection with the corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of Sou...
02:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Google Pulls the Plug On Its Pixel Laptops
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Although its new flagship phones have been doing brisk sales, Google's high-end, $1,299 Pixel-branded Chromebooks won't be seeing much love from the ...
02:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Severe SQL Injection Flaw Discovered In WordPress Plugin With Over 1 Million Installs
According to BleepingComputer, "A WordPress plugin installed on over one million sites has just fixed a severe SQL injection vulnerability that can allow attackers to steal data from a website's datab...
02:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Why Your Boss Will Crush Your Innovative Ideas
dryriver writes: BBC Capital explores why good ideas people have in the workplace almost never reach the top decision-makers in a company. From the report: "Surely you've heard the plea from on high a...
12:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Unveils YouTube TV, Its Live TV Streaming Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: After a year of rumors, YouTube is finally drawing back the curtain on its latest play for entertainment industry domination -- a live TV service. ...
12:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot DNA Test Shows Subway's 'Chicken' Only Contains 50 Percent Chicken
According to an investigation by Canadian media outlet, CBC, the chicken in Subway Restaurants' chicken sandwiches may only contain around 50 percent chicken -- the rest of it is soy, spices and prese...
12:00 am - Wed, March 1, 2017
Slashdot Moto, Huawei Are Replacing the Android Keys With a Touchpad
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report written by Vlad Savov via The Verge: Huawei and Moto have both moved to a new type of home button, which isn't really a button but rather just a tou...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Killing Off Skype WiFi Service
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue its Skype WiFi service as of March 31. The global retirement of the service is to allow the company to focus on "cor...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Radio Is the Worst Place To Listen To Music, Says Jay Z
An anonymous reader shares a Quartz report: In a candid interview between Frank Ocean and Jay Z that aired on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station last week, the latter spent a good portion mourning th...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot PayPal's Donation Tools Stiff Some Charities, New Class Action Lawsuit Alleges
Charitable donations made through PayPal's Giving Fund platform may never reach their intended recipients, a federal class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chicago has alleged. From a report on CNBC: W...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot FCC Chairman Calls Net Neutrality a 'Mistake'
FCC chairman Ajit Pai said today that net neutrality was "a mistake" and that the commission is now "on track" to return to a much lighter style of regulation. The Verge adds: "Our new approach inject...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Female Engineer Sues Tesla, Describing a Culture Of 'Pervasive Harassment'
A female engineer has spoken out about a discrimination lawsuit against Tesla that she filed last year. AJ Vandermeyden, 33, has accused Tesla of ignoring her claims of "pervasive harassment" and says...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Cloud Service Has Outage, Disrupting Sites
An anonymous reader shares a report on USA Today: Portions of Amazon Web Services, the nation's largest cloud computing company, went offline Tuesday afternoon, affected multiple companies across the ...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Pass, Netflix-Style Gaming For the Xbox One
Microsoft today announced it is moving into the world of Netflix-style game subscriptions with Xbox Game Pass, a monthly service coming this spring that will give you a selection of games you can down...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot BlackBerry Returns With 3 Possible New Phones in 2017, But Do You Care?
The BlackBerry KeyOne, which the company unveiled at MWC, may soon see some siblings. From a report on CNET: TCL isn't wasting time building up its portfolio of phones using the BlackBerry name. The c...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Uber Says Thousands of London Drivers Threatened By English Language Test
Costas Pitas, writing for Reuters: Tens of thousands of London private hire drivers could lose their licenses due to new English reading and writing requirements, taxi app Uber said on Tuesday at the ...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot For This Year's iPhone, Apple Is Ditching Lightning Connector and Home Button, But Embracing USB Type-C and Curved Display
Apple has decided to adopt a flexible display for at least one model of the new iPhone, reports WSJ. From the report: People with direct knowledge of Apple's production plans said the Cupertino, Calif...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Zero W is a $10 Computer With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
On the fifth birthday of the original Raspberry Pi, the foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi Zero W, a slightly more capable variant of the miniature computer. From a report on BetaNews: It's ess...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Netflix CEO Predicts Mobile Operators Will Soon Offer Unlimited Video
An anonymous reader shares an AFP report: Netflix head Reed Hastings predicted Monday that mobile carriers will soon offer data plans that give users unlimited video streaming to meet the rising popul...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot CloudPets IoT Toys Leaked and Ransomed, Exposing Kids' Voice Messages
"According to security researcher Troy Hunt, a series of web-connected, app-enabled toys called CloudPets have been hacked," reports Android Police. "The manufacturer's central database was reportedly...
12:00 pm - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot One Billion Hours of YouTube Are Watched Every Day
YouTube announced in a blog post that people around the world are now watching a billion hours of YouTube videos every single day. According to YouTube, "If you were to sit and watch a billion hours o...
08:00 am - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Man Gets 30 Days In Jail For Drone Crash That Knocked Woman Unconscious
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The operator of a drone that knocked a woman unconscious was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail, Seattle prosecutors said. The woman was attendi...
04:00 am - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot First Signs of Obesity In Some Arctic Groups Have Been Linked To Instant Noodles
schwit1 quotes a report from ScienceAlert: Researchers have noted the first signs of obesity in the native ethnic groups of the Yamalo-Nenets region -- an autonomous district that sits on the coast of...
02:00 am - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Boston Dynamics Reveals Handle, A Robot That Is 6 Feet Tall, Lifts 100 Pounds, and Jumps Up To 4 Feet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: Back at the beginning of February, a leaked video showed the newest creation from Boston Dynamics -- a wheeled humanoid robot called "Handle...
02:00 am - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot FCC Chairman Says His Agency Won't Review AT&T's Time Warner Purchase
Today, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai confirmed that his agency would not review AT&T's Time Warner purchase, clearing the way for the Justice Department to likely approve the deal. Engadget reports: L...
02:00 am - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot WHO Issues a List of 12 Most Worrying Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Artem Tashkinov quotes a report from Medical Xpress: The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of tr...
12:00 am - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Plans To Send Two People Around the Moon In 2018
Today, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that in 2018, the company will fly two private citizens around the Moon in its Dragon 2 spacecraft, carried by its Falcon Heavy rocket. "While the voyagers' n...
12:00 am - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot Battle of the Carriers: T-Mobile's New Promotion Offers Three Unlimited Data Lines For $100
A battle is raging between telecommunications giants and the public is benefiting from it. In response to T-Mobile's "One" unlimited data plan announced in August, Verizon introduced unlimited data pl...
12:00 am - Tue, February 28, 2017
Slashdot LG Unveils G6 Android Nougat Smartphone With a Compact 5.7-Inch QHD 18:9 Display
MojoKid writes: LG recently unveiled the new G6 smartphone, going completely back to the drawing board versus its predecessor -- the not so well-received G5. In its place is a very compact aluminum un...