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10:00 pm - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Surface Revenue Drops By $285M (26%)
An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld:Revenue generated by Microsoft's Surface hardware during the March quarter was down 26% from the same period the year before, the company said yesterday as it ...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Some Of The Pentagon's Critical Infrastructure Still Runs Windows 95 And 98
SmartAboutThings writes:The Pentagon is set to complete its Windows 10 transition by the end of this year, but nearly 75% of its control system devices still run Windows XP or other older versions, in...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Russian-Controlled Telecom Hijacks Traffic For Mastercard, Visa, And 22 Other Services
An anonymous reader quotes the security editor at Ars Technica:On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies w...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Encrypted WhatsApp Message Recovered From Westminster Terrorist's Phone
Bruce66423 brings word that a terrorist's WhatsApp message has been decrypted "using techniques that 'cannot be disclosed for security reasons', though 'sources said they now have the technical expert...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Startups Struggle For Survival As Investors Turn 'Picky'
An anonymous reader quotes The Wall Street Journal:Eighteen months ago, Beepi Inc. was rapidly expanding its online used-car business to 16 U.S. cities where people could buy cut-rate vehicles adorned...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Computer Pioneer Harry Huskey Dies At Age 101
Big Hairy Ian quotes the BBC:Engineer Harry Huskey, who helped build many of the first ever computers, has died aged 101. Dr. Huskey was a key member of the team that built the Electronic Numerical In...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Wikipedia Is Being Blocked In Turkey
Nine hours ago, Ilgaz wrote:The Turkey Blocks monitoring network has verified restrictions affecting the Wikipedia online encyclopedia in Turkey. A block affecting all language editions of the website...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Italian Police Say Amazon Has Evaded $142 Million of Taxes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Milan tax police have told Amazon they believe the world's largest online retailer has evaded around 130 million euros ($142 million) of taxes in Ital...
12:00 pm - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Stray WiFi Signals Could Let Spies See Inside Closed Rooms
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: Your wireless router may be giving you away in a manner you never dreamed of. For the first time, physicists have used radio waves from a Wi-Fi tran...
08:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Surgeon Plans To 'Reawaken' Cryogenically Frozen Brains, Transplant Them Into Someone Else's Skull
Sergio Canavero, the Italian surgeon who plans to perform the world's first human head transplant within the next year, says he is preparing to reawaken cryogenically frozen brains and transplant them...
08:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot EPA Website Removes Climate Science Site From Public View After Two Decades
Last week there were reports that the EPA climate change website was set to be taken down, though later the EPA denied that. On Friday evening, however, the Environmental Protection Agency announced i...
04:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot MIT Creates 3D-Printing Robot That Can Construct a Home Off-Grid In 14 Hours
Kristine Lofgren writes: Home building hasn't changed much over the years, but leave it to MIT to take things to the next level. A new technology built at MIT can construct a simple dome structure in ...
04:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Trump Order Helps Offshore Drilling, Stops Marine Sanctuary Expansion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In an executive order signed on Friday, President Trump directed his secretary of the interior to review current rules on offshore drilling and e...
02:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Washington State Orchard Owners Look To Robots As Labor Shortage Worsens
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Seattle Times: Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United Sta...
02:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Airbnb Gives In To Regulator's Demand To Test For Racial Discrimination By Hosts
As part of an agreement with California regulators, Airbnb will allow the government to test for racial discrimination by hosts. The Guardian reports: The California Department of Fair Employment and ...
02:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Open Ports Create Backdoors In Millions of Smartphones
An anonymous reader writes: "Mobile applications that open ports on Android smartphones are opening those devices to remote hacking, claims a team of researchers from the University of Michigan," repo...
12:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa Can Now Whisper, Bleep Out Swear Words, and Change Its Pitch
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Amazon is trying to make its Alexa voice assistant sound more humanlike. Up until now, the female-sounding voice maintained an even, monotone cadenc...
12:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Reveals the 'Snowden Stopper': CIA Tool To Track Whistleblowers
schwit1 quotes a report from Zero Hedge: As the latest installment of it's "Vault 7" series, WikiLeaks has just dropped a user manual describing a CIA project known as "Scribbles" (a.k.a. the "Snowden...
12:00 am - Sat, April 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple, Tesla Ask California To Change Its Proposed Policies On Self-Driving Car Testing
Tesla and Apple have asked the state of California to change its proposed policies on self-driving cars to allow companies to test vehicles without traditional steering wheels and controls or human ba...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Outlines His 'Boring' Vision For Traffic-Avoiding Tunnels
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed new details about his futuristic tunnel-boring project during his TED talk on Friday. Ina Fried, writing for Axios: In an appearance at the TED conference in Vancouver, Mu...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot IT Leaders Will Struggle To Meet Future Demands, Study Says
When it comes to meeting future demands, IT leaders in the UK are lagging behind those in Germany and the US. From a report: This is according to a new report by Brocade, entitled Global Digital Trans...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot A Database of Thousands of Credit Cards Was Left Exposed on the Open Internet
A US online pet store has exposed the details of more than 110,400 credit cards used to make purchases through its website, researchers have found. From a report on ZDNet: In a stunning show of poor s...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Report Shows Another Diversity Challenge: Retaining Employees
An anonymous reader shares a report: Women, blacks and Latinos are far more likely to quit jobs in tech than white or Asian men, according to a new report by the Kapor Center for Social Impact. The Oa...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot We're Getting Closer To Mass Production of Bones, Organs, and Implants
Medical researchers have been able to create certain kinds of living cells with 3D printers for more than a decade. Now a few companies are getting closer to mass production of higher-order tissues (b...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot NSA Halts Collection of Americans' Emails About Foreign Targets
The NSA is stopping one of the most disputed forms of its warrantless surveillance program (alternative source), one in which it collects Americans' emails and texts to and from people overseas and th...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Should an Employee Be Fired For Working On Personal Side Projects During Office Hours?
An anonymous reader writes: I found this article that talks about whether an engineer should be fired if s/he is working on a side project. Several people who have commented in the thread say that the...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot An Open Letter on DRM To the Inventor of the Web, From the Inventor of Net Neutrality
Tim Wu, a law professor at the Colombia University, and best known for coining the term "net neutrality," has published an open letter to Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web and director of the Wo...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Says Apple To Stop Paying Royalties
Apple has decided to withhold royalty payments to its contract manufacturers that are owed to Qualcomm, until a legal dispute between the companies is resolved, the chipmaker said on Friday. From a re...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot The Internet-of-Things is Maturing
An anonymous reader shares a report: The "Internet of Things" (IoT) category is starting to mature in terms of startup investments, according to a new report from Silicon Valley venture capital firm W...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Announces 2DS XL
The future for Nintendo is the Switch, or is it? Nintendo continues to keep things interesting. From a report: The ever-unpredictable hardware veteran has announced the Nintendo 2DS XL, a new version ...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot BitTorrent is Shutting Down Its Live TV Streaming Service
Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: San Francisco-based BitTorrent Inc. is set to shut down its P2P-powered live TV streaming service BitTorrent Live in the coming weeks, Variety has learned. Most...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Confirms Advertising Will Become a 'Meaningful' Part of Its Business
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon's advertising business has loomed quietly in the digital media space for some time but the online behemoth has given the clearest indication yet that it wil...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Lawsuit: Fox News Group Hacked, Surveilled, and Stalked Ex-Host Andrea Tantaros
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comparing their actions to the plot this season on the Showtime series Homeland, an attorney for former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has filed a...
12:00 pm - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Apple Patent Hints At Wirelessly Charging Your iPhone Via Wi-Fi Routers
According to AppleInsider, "Apple is experimenting with medium- to long-distance wireless charging technologies that could one day allow users to charge up their iPhones with nothing more than a Wi-Fi...
08:00 am - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot NASA Delays First Flight of New SLS Rocket Until 2019
schwit1 writes: Despite spending almost $19 billion and more than thirteen years of development, NASA today admitted that it will have to delay the first test flight of the SLS rocket from late 2018 t...
04:00 am - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Kill Net Neutrality and You'll Kill Us, Say 800 US Startups
A group of more than 800 startups has sent a letter to the FCC chairman Ajit Pai saying they are "deeply concerned" about his decision to kill net neutrality -- reversing the Title II classification o...
02:00 am - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot University of California IT Workers Replaced By Offshore Outsourcing Firm To File Discrimination Lawsuit
The IT workers from the University of California's San Francisco campus who were replaced by an offshore outsourcing firm late last year intend to file a lawsuit challenging their dismissal. "It will ...
02:00 am - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot AT&T To Roll Out 5G Network That's Not Actually 5G
AT&T announced plans to deliver what it's calling the "5G Evolution" network to more than 20 markets by the end of the year. While the company is "using some wordsmithing to deliver to you faster ...
02:00 am - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot DNA-Based Test Can Spot Cancer Recurrence a Year Before Conventional Scans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A revolutionary blood test has been shown to diagnose the recurrence of cancer up to a year in advance of conventional scans in a major lung canc...
12:00 am - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Should Banks Let Ancient Programming Language COBOL Die?
COBOL is a programming language invented by Hopper from 1959 to 1961, and while it is several decades old, it's still largely used by the financial sector, major corporations and part of the federal g...
12:00 am - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Tesla's German Automation Expert Klaus Grohmann Ousted After Clash With CEO Musk
According to Reuters, "Tesla executive Klaus Grohmann was ousted last month after a clash with CEO Elon Musk over the strategy of Grohmann's firm, which Tesla had acquired in November." Grohmann Engin...
12:00 am - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Backdoor Could Allow Company To Shut Down 70% of All Bitcoin Mining Operations
An anonymous reader writes: "An anonymous security researcher has published details on a vulnerability named "Antbleed," which the author claims is a remote backdoor affecting Bitcoin mining equipment...
12:00 am - Fri, April 28, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Favorite Books On Entrepreneurship?
An anonymous reader writes: There are excellent well-known books like Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, but I find some of the lesser-known books about tech entrepreneurship v...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Pledges To Crack Down on Government-led Misinformation Campaigns
Facebook is pressing its enforcement against what it calls "information operations" -- bad actors who use the platform to spread fake news and false propaganda. From a report: The company, which publi...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Chrome Will Start Marking HTTP Sites In Incognito Mode As Non-Secure In October
Reader Krystalo writes: Google today announced the second step in its plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure in Chrome. Starting in October 2017, Chrome will mark HTTP sites with entered data and H...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Google Loses Top Hardware Executive
randomErr writes: David Foster, who joined Alphabet Inc.'s Google in October as part of its aggressive hardware effort, has left the company. As the vice president of hardware product development he w...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is In Talks To Launch Its Own Venmo
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: The company has recently held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing its own Venmo competitor, according to multiple sources fam...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot 'World's Most Secure' Email Service Is Easily Hackable
Nomx, a startup that offers an email client by the same name, bills itself as the maker of the "world's most secure email service." The startup goes on to suggest that "everything else is insecure." S...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Facebook and Google Were Victims of $100M Payment Scam
Employees of Facebook and Google were the victims of an elaborate $100 million phishing attack, according to a new report on Fortune, which further adds that the employees were tricked into sending mo...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot US Space Firms Tell Washington: China Will Take Over the Moon if You're Not Careful
The US space industry is prodding the US government into refreshing its outdated laws on commercial activity beyond earth: scare it with talk of Chinese galactic domination. A report adds: At a Senate...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Exploited Word Flaw For Months While Microsoft Investigated
An anonymous reader writes: To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199. The...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Xbox Chief: We Need To Create a Netflix of Video Games
Phil Spencer, the man who heads up Microsoft's Xbox division, says that if the video game sector is to grow both creatively and economically it needs to start thinking along the lines of a video-games...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Early Nintendo Programmer Worked Without a Keyboard
Much like IT guys, every programmer has a horror story about the extreme work environments that forced them to hack together things. But as ArsTechnica points out, not many of them can beat the keyboa...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Co-founder Pledges $30 Million To House Seattle's Homeless
Paul Allen, a founder of Microsoft has pledged $30 million to house Seattle's homeless. From a report: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday the city was partnering with Paul G. Allen's family founda...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Apple Wants To Turn Its Music App Into a One-Stop Shop For Pop Culture
Jimmy Iovine, one of the heads of Apple Music, has long expressed desires to make Apple Music "an entire pop cultural experience." The company, he has previously said, will do so partly by including o...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot What Happens To Summer TV Binges If Hollywood Writers Strike
An anonymous reader shares a report: There also should be plenty of new video fare if Hollywood's writers and studios can't agree on a new contract by Monday. The beautiful thing about a contract is e...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Computer Program Prevents 116-Year-Old Woman From Getting Pension
Bruce66423 quotes a report from The Guardian: Born at the turn of the past century, Maria Felix is old enough to remember the Mexican Revolution -- but too old to get the bank card needed to collect h...
12:00 pm - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot LinkedIn Testing 1970's-Style No-CS-Degree-Required Software Apprenticeships
theodp writes: The Mercury News reports on REACH, a new software apprenticeship program that LinkedIn's engineering team started piloting this month, which offers people without Computer Science degre...
10:00 am - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot NASA Inspector Says Agency Wasted $80 Million On An Inferior Spacesuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When NASA began developing a rocket and spacecraft to return humans to the Moon a decade ago as part of the Constellation Program, the space agen...
08:00 am - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Chinese, European Space Agencies In Talks To Build a Moon Base
ESA's Pal Hvistendahl has confirmed via Bloomberg that Chinese and European space agencies are talking with one another about plans to build a base on the moon. The discussions "involve working togeth...
04:00 am - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Popular Belief That Saturated Fat Clogs Up Arteries Is a Myth, Experts Say
schwit1 quotes a report from Irish Independent: The authors, led by Dr Aseem Malhotra, from Lister Hospital, Stevenage, wrote: "Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual mode...
02:00 am - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Will the High-Tech Cities of the Future Be Utterly Lonely?
adeelarshad82 writes from a report via The Week: The prospect of cities becoming sentient is "fast becoming the new reality," according to one paper. Take Tel Aviv for example, where everyone over the...
02:00 am - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Hacking Group Is Charging German Companies $275 For 'DDoS Tests'
An anonymous reader writes: "A group calling itself XMR Squad has spent all last week launching DDoS attacks against German businesses and then contacting the same companies to inform them they had to...
02:00 am - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot New Study Suggests Humans Lived In North America 130,000 Years Ago
An anonymous reader writes: In 1992, archaeologists working a highway construction site in San Diego County found the partial skeleton of a mastodon, an elephant-like animal now extinct. Mastodon skel...
12:00 am - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Pirate Site Blockades Violate Free Speech, Mexico's Supreme Court Rules
New submitter happyfeet2000 quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Broad pirate sites blockades are disproportional, Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice has ruled. The government can't order ISPs to block w...
12:00 am - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot British Cops Will Scan Every Fan's Face At the Champions League Final
Using a new facial recognition surveillance system, British police will scan every fan's face at the UEFA Champions League on June 3rd and compare them to a police database of some 500,000 "persons of...
12:00 am - Thu, April 27, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are Accurate Software Development Time Predictions a Myth?
New submitter DuroSoft writes: For myself and the vast majority of people I have talked to, this is the case. Any attempts we make to estimate the amount of time software development tasks will take i...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Most Millennials Have an Unrealistic View of Their Retirement Prospects, Analysts Say
From a blog post on research firm HSBC: HSBC calls for millennials to wake up to living and working longer, as research finds only 1 in 10 expects to work past 65. Most millennials have an unrealistic...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot FCC Announces Plan To Reverse Title II Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Federal Communications Commission is cracking open the net neutrality debate again with a proposal to undo the 2015 rules that implemented net n...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block
Appliance manufacturers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., today to celebrate a popular energy efficiency program, even as it's slated for elimination in President Trump's proposed budget. NPR...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Adidas Creates Trainers Made From Plastic Ocean Debris in Bid To End Pollution
Adidas is building on its previous commitment to turn plastic pollution into high-performance products. Next month, the German sportswear will begin selling three new editions of its popular UltraBoos...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot GE Fixing Bug in Software After Warning About Power Grid Hacks
General Electric said on Wednesday it is fixing a bug in software used to control the flow of electricity in a utility's power systems after researchers found that hackers could shut down parts of an ...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Wants To Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom
On Wednesday, Amazon announced the Echo Look, the latest gadget in the company's new Echo-powered hardware lineup. Motherboard explains: The newly announced Echo Look is a virtual assistant with a mic...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot The Cheap Energy Revolution Is Here, and Coal Won't Cut It
An anonymous reader shares a report: Wind and solar are about to become unstoppable, natural gas and oil production are approaching their peak, and electric cars and batteries for the grid are waiting...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Mylan's Epic EpiPen Price Hike Wasn't About Greed -- It's Worse, Lawsuit Claims
Mylan engaged in a campaign to squash a rival to its EpiPen allergy treatment and artificially inflate the price of the drug to maintain a market monopoly, French drugmaker Sanofi said in a lawsuit. F...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Suicide of an Uber Engineer: Widow Blames Job Stress
An anonymous reader shares a report: Joseph Thomas thought he had it made when he landed a $170,000 job as a software engineer at Uber's San Francisco headquarters last year. [...] But his time at Ube...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Windows is Bloated, Thanks to Adobe's Extensible Metadata Platform
An anonymous reader shares a report: Over the weekend, I put together a little tool that scans executable files for PNG images containing useless Adobe Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) metadata. I r...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Maybe Don't Manually Install Windows 10 Creators Update, Says Microsoft
Two weeks after Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 Creators Update, the company has asked the users to avoid manually installing the major update. A report adds: But why? Because the update is c...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Five Years Later, Legal Megaupload Data Is Still Trapped On Dead Servers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: It's been more than five years since the government accused Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom of criminal copyright infringement. While Dotco...
12:00 pm - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Sergey Brin Is Reportedly Building 'Massive Airship' In NASA Research Center
Google co-founder Sergey Brin is secretly building a "massive airship" inside of Hangar 2 at the NASA Ames Research Center, according to a report from Bloomberg. "It's unclear whether the craft, which...
08:00 am - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Uber Must Provide Waymo With Data Regarding Its Otto Acquisition, Rules Court
An appeals court today has ruled that Anthony Levandowski, the Uber executive accused of taking documents from Google's Waymo, can't use the Fifth Amendment to prevent Uber from turning over documents...
04:00 am - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot An Artificial Womb Successfully Grew Baby Sheep -- and Humans Could Be Next
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop -- much like they would ha...
02:00 am - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Shows Related Articles and Fact Checkers Before You Open Links
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article. In its next ...
02:00 am - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot US ISP Goes Down As Two Malware Families Go To War Over Its Modems
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: Two malware families battling for turf are most likely the cause of an outage suffered by Californian ISP Sierra Tel at the beginning of...
02:00 am - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Oregon Fines Man For Writing a Complaint Email Stating 'I Am An Engineer'
pogopop77 quotes a report from Motherboard: In September 2014, Mats Jarlstrom, an electronics engineer living in Beaverton, Oregon, sent an email to the state's engineering board. The email claimed th...
12:00 am - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot EU Lawmakers Include Spotify and iTunes In Geoblocking Ban
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: European Union lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban online retailers from treating consumers differently depending on where they live and expanded their ...
12:00 am - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Murdered Woman's Fitbit Nails Cheating Husband
BarbaraHudson writes: A murdered woman's Fitbit data shows she was still alive an hour after her husband claims she was murdered and he was tied up, contradicting her husband's description of events. ...
12:00 am - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Is Now In China Via a Deal With iQiyi
randomErr writes: Last year, Netflix tried to go into China but ran into regulatory issues. So Netflix has entered into a licensing deal with iQiyi. iQiyi was founded in 2010 by Baidu in a very simila...
12:00 am - Wed, April 26, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Brings Fiber To Rich Areas While the Rest Are Stuck On DSL, Study Finds
According to a new study from UC Berkeley's Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, AT&T has been focused on deploying fiber-to-the-home in the higher-income neighborhoods of California, ...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot In Costly Bay Area, Even Six-Figure Salaries Are Considered 'Low Income'
An anonymous reader shares an article: In the high-priced Bay Area, even some households that bring in six figures a year can now be considered "low income." That's according to the U.S. Department of...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot IBM Watson Now Being Used To Catch Rogue Traders
IBM is piloting its Jeopardy-winning Watson technology as a tool for catching rogue traders at large financial institutions, executives said in an interview Monday. From a report: Referred to as Watso...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Streaming Services Help Global Music Industry To Fastest Growth in Nearly 20 Years
The global music industry grew by 5.9 percent in 2016, its fastest rate of growth since 1997, as revenue generated by streaming services surged 60 percent. From a report: The IFPI's Global Music Repor...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet's Self-Driving Cars To Get Their First Real Riders
After almost a decade of research, Google's autonomous car project is close to becoming a real service. From a report on Bloomberg: Now known as Waymo, the Alphabet self-driving car unit is letting re...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Uber is Getting Serious About Building Real, Honest-To-God Flying Taxis
An anonymous reader shares an article: When Uber first announced its crazy-sounding plan to explore "on-demand urban aviation" -- essentially a network of flying taxis that could be hailed via a smart...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot China To Boost Non-Fossil Fuel Use To 20 Percent By 2030
An anonymous reader shares a report: China aims for non-fossil fuels to account for about 20 percent of total energy consumption by 2030, increasing to more than half of demand by 2050, its state plan...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Antivirus Webroot Deletes Windows Files, Causes Serious Problems For Users
Users of Webroot's endpoint security product, consumers and businesses alike, had a nasty surprise Monday when the program started flagging Windows files as malicious. From a report: The reports quick...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Google Looks at People As it Pledges To Fight Fake News and 'Offensive' Content
Google said today it is taking its first attempt to combat the circulation of "fake news" on its search engine. The company is offering new tools that will allow users to report misleading or offensiv...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot BitTorrent Inventor Bram Cohen Will Start His Own Cryptocurrency
Bram Cohen, the creator of BitTorrent, has showed deep interest in cryptocurrency in the past, and now it looks like he is going to start his own. From a report: Without going into technical details, ...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Marissa Mayer Will Make $186 Million on Yahoo's Sale To Verizon
Vindu Goel, reporting for the NYTimes: Yahoo shareholders will vote June 8 on whether to sell the company's internet businesses to Verizon Communications for $4.48 billion. A yes vote, which is widely...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Gamers in Hawaii Can't Compete... Because of Latency
Sometimes it's very important to know that the servers of the web services you're using are situated somewhere in your neighbourhood. And it's not just because of privacy concerns. The Outline has a s...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales is Launching an Online Publication To Fight Fake News
Jimmy Wales, a founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors. The n...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot BrickerBot, the Permanent Denial-of-Service Botnet, Is Back With a Vengeance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: BrickerBot, the botnet that permanently incapacitates poorly secured Internet of Things devices before they can be conscripted into Internet-crip...
12:00 pm - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Intel Launches Optane Memory That Makes Standard Hard Drives Perform Like SSDs
MojoKid writes: Intel has officially launched its Optane Memory line of Solid State Drives today, lifting embargo on performance benchmark results as well. Optane Memory is designed to accelerate the ...
08:00 am - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot In Preparation For Model 3, Tesla Plans To Double the Size of Its Supercharger Network This Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Tesla says it will double the number of electric vehicle chargers in its network this year as the automaker prepares for the production of its mass-ma...
04:00 am - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All
Thelasko shares an excerpt from a report via The Atlantic, which describes how price discrimination is used in online shopping and how businesses like Amazon try to extract consumer surplus: Will you ...
02:00 am - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Which Wireless Carrier Do You Prefer?
Earlier this year, telecommunications giants like T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint were battling to see who could release the best unlimited data plan(s). T-Mobile started the domino chain react...
02:00 am - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Square Said To Acquire Team From Struggling Social App Yik Yak
According to Bloomberg, Square has acquired the engineering team of Yik Yak for "less than $3 million." From the report: The payments processor paid less than $3 million for between five and ten of Yi...
02:00 am - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Uber Gets Sued Over Alleged 'Hell' Program To Track Lyft Drivers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Uber has another lawsuit on its hands. This time, it's about Uber's alleged use of a program called "Hell." The plaintiff, Michael Gonzales, drove ...
02:00 am - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot A Caterpillar May Lead To a 'Plastic Pollution' Solution
New submitter FatdogHaiku quotes a report from BBC: Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic. Experiments ...
12:00 am - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Verizon's $70 Gigabit Internet Is Half the Price of Older 750Mbps Tier
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon is now selling what it calls "FiOS Gigabit Connection" for $69.99 a month in a change that boosts top broadband speeds and makes lower pr...
12:00 am - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot Lyrebird Claims It Can Recreate Anyone's Voice Based On Just a 1 Minute Sample
Artem Tashkinov writes: Today, a Canadian artificial intelligence startup named Lyrebird unveiled its voice imitation deep learning algorithm that can mimic a person's voice and have it read any text ...
12:00 am - Tue, April 25, 2017
Slashdot NSA's DoublePulsar Kernel Exploit a 'Bloodbath'
msm1267 quotes a report from Threatpost: A little more than two weeks after the latest ShadowBrokers leak of NSA hacking tools, experts are certain that the DoublePulsar post-exploitation Windows kern...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Ontario Launches Universal Basic Income Pilot
Reader epiphani writes: The Ontario Government will pilot universal basic income in a $50M program supporting 4,000 households over a 3 year period. While Slashdot has vigorously debated universal bas...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Linux 4.11 Delayed For a Week
Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds said over the weekend that v4.11 version of Linux has hit a speed bump in the form of "NVMe power management that apparently causes problems on some machines." The ...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Apple Cuts Affiliate Commissions on Apps and In-App Purchases
From a report on Mac Stories: Today, Apple announced that it is reducing the commissions it pays on apps and In-App Purchases from 7 percent to 2.5 percent effective May 1st. The iTunes Affiliate Prog...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Nadella Banks On LinkedIn Data To Challenge Salesforce
Microsoft is rolling out upgrades to its sales software that integrates data from LinkedIn, an initiative that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Reuters was central to the company's long-term strategy ...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot World's First Vaccine Against Malaria To Arrive Next Year, Says WHO
An anonymous reader shares a report: The world's first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries -- Ghana, Kenya and Malawi -- starting in 2018. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Might Be Planning To Use Driverless Cars for Delivery
Amazon could be eyeing driverless car technology as a way to get items to people's doors faster, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. From an article: It seems nearly every tech and...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot The EPA Won't Be Shutting Down Its Open Data Website After All
An anonymous reader shares an article: Scientists and data experts are closely tracking the websites of federal agencies, noting changes to pages dealing with climate change and energy since President...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car
Last year, Bloomberg reported that Google co-founder Larry Page had put money in two "flying car" companies. One of those companies, Kitty Hawk, has published the first video of its prototype aircraft...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Some of the Biggest Economies Aren't a Big User Of Social Media
From a report: Only 37 percent of Germans use social media, according to a new Pew survey, a surprising figure given the fact that Germany is the world's fourth-largest economy by GDP, according to th...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot The Linux Foundation Launches IoT-focused Open Source EdgeX Foundry
Reader BrianFagioli writes: Today, The Linux Foundation launches the open source EdgeX Foundry -- an attempt to unify and simplify the Internet of Things. The Linux Foundation says, "EdgeX Foundry is ...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Unroll.me 'Heartbroken' After Being Caught Selling User Data To Uber
The chief executive of email unsubscription service Unroll.me has said he is "heartbroken" that users felt betrayed by the fact that his company monetises the contents of their inbox by selling their ...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Launches Marketplace For Digital Subscriptions
Amazon said on Monday it is launching a platform for companies with subscription services -- from newspapers, magazines to TV streaming. The "Subscribe with Amazon" marketplace allows consumers to buy...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Billionaire Jack Ma Says CEOs Could Be Robots in 30 Years, Warns of Decades of 'Pain' From AI
Self-made billionaire, Alibaba chairman Jack Ma warned on Monday that society could see decades of pain thanks to disruption caused by the internet and new technologies to different areas of the econo...
12:00 pm - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Aurora Enthusiasts Discover A Strange New Light In The Sky And Named It Steve
An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve. Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary in Canada spotted the f...
08:00 am - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Richard Stallman Interviewed By Bryan Lunduke
Many Slashdot readers know Bryan Lunduke as the creator of the humorous "Linux Sucks" presentations at the annual Southern California Linux Exposition. He's now also a member of the OpenSUSE project b...
06:00 am - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Wall Street IT Engineer Hacks Employer To See If He'll Be Fired
An anonymous reader writes:A Wall Street engineer was arrested for planting credentials-logging malware on his company's servers. According to an FBI affidavit, the engineer used these credentials to ...
02:00 am - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do You Like Functional Programming?
An anonymous reader writes:Functional programming seems to be all the rage these days. Efforts are being made to highlight its use in Java, JavaScript, C# and elsewhere. Lots of claims are being made ...
12:00 am - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Is Social Media Making Us Hate Each Other?
Nicholas Carr's book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Now an anonymous Slashdot reader reports on Carr's newest warning:It seems obvio...
12:00 am - Mon, April 24, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Consider 'Cloud Brightening' To Preserve Australia's Great Barrier Reef
An anonymous reader quotes MIT Technology Review:A group of Australian marine scientists believe that altering clouds might offer one of the best hopes for saving the Great Barrier Reef. For the last ...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Companies Are Paying Millions For White Hat Hacking
White hat hackers "are in very high demand," says PwC's director of cyber investigation and breach response, in a New York Post article titled "Companies are paying millions to get hacked -- on purpos...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Uber Tried To Hide Its Secret IPhone Fingerprinting From Apple
theodp quotes today's New York Times profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick:For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot America's Most-Hated ISP Is Now Hated By Fewer People
"Comcast's customer service may actually be improving," writes an Oregon newspaper. An anonymous reader quotes their report:In the second year of Comcast's broad customer service overhaul, complaints ...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Startup Still Working On 'Immortal Avatars' That Will Live Forever
Startup Eternime, founded by MIT fellow Marius Ursache, is still working on "immortal avatars" that, after your death, will continue interacting with your loves ones from beyond the grave. An anonymou...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot 'Detergent' Hydroxl Molecules May Affect Methane Levels In The Atmosphere
An anonymous reader quotes Caltech's announcement about the results of a study funded by NASA and the Department of Energy:During the early 2000s, environmental scientists studying methane emissions n...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Flawed Online Tutorials Led To Vulnerabilities In Software
An anonymous reader quotes Help Net Security:Researchers from several German universities have checked the PHP codebases of over 64,000 projects on GitHub, and found 117 vulnerabilities that they beli...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot CIA, FBI Launch Manhunt For WikiLeaks Source
An anonymous reader quotes CBS:CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of th...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Pioneering Researchers Track Sudden Learning 'Epiphanies'
wisebabo quotes Science Daily:Until now, researchers had not had a good way to study how people actually experienced what is called "epiphany learning." In new research, scientists at The Ohio State U...
12:00 pm - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Was Your First Programming Language?
This question was inspired by news that Stanford's computer science professor Eric Roberts will try JavaScript instead of Java in a new version of the college's introductory computer programming cours...
10:00 am - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Should Archive.org Ignore Robots.txt Directives And Cache Everything?
Archive.org argues robots.txt files are geared toward search engines, and now plans instead to represent the web "as it really was, and is, from a user's perspective."We have also seen an upsurge of t...
06:00 am - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Linux PC Maker System76 Plans To Design And Manufacture Its Own Hardware
An anonymous reader quotes Liliputing:System76 is one of only a handful of PC vendors that exclusively sells computers with Linux-based software. Up until now, that's meant the company has chosen hard...
04:00 am - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Will Block Desktop 'Office' Apps From 'Office 365' Services In 2020
An anonymous reader writes:Microsoft is still encouraging businesses to rent their Office software, according to TechRadar. "In a bid to further persuade users of the standalone versions of Office to ...
12:00 am - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Steve Case On How To Get Funded Outside Tech Corridors
Long-time reader Esther Schindler writes:Innovation occurs outside the Bay Area, New York, Boston, and Austin. So why is it so hard for a startup to get attention and acquire venture capital? Steve Ca...
12:00 am - Sun, April 23, 2017
Slashdot Can Geoengineering Drones Fight Global Warming?
MIT Technology Review reports:David Mitchell, a lanky, soft-spoken atmospheric physicist, believes frigid clouds in the upper troposphere may offer one of our best fallback plans for combating climate...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Anbox Can Run Android Apps Natively On Linux (In A Container)
Slashdot user #1083, downwa, writes:Canonical engineer Simon Fels has publicly released an Alpha version of Anbox. Similar to the method employed for Android apps on ChromeOS, Anbox runs an entire And...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Verizon.net 'Gets Out Of The Email Business'
"We have decided to close down our email business," Verizon has announced -- in a move which affects 4.5 million accounts. Slashdot reader tomservo84 writes:Strangely enough, I didn't find out about t...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Systemd-Free Devuan Announces Its First Stable Release Candidate 'Jessie' 1.0.0
Long-time reader jaromil writes: Devuan 1.0.0-RC is announced, following its beta 2 release last year. The Debian fork that spawned over systemd controversy is reaching stability and plans long-term s...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Waymo Is Using Grand Theft Auto V To Help Teach Its Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to dri...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Can Parents Sue If Their Kid Is Born With the 'Wrong' DNA?
Long-time reader randomErr quotes Gizmodo:It's a nightmare scenario straight out of a primetime drama: a child-seeking couple visits a fertility clinic to try their luck with in-vitro fertilization, o...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Stack Overflow Reveals Which Programming Languages Are Most Used At Night
Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson recently calculated when people visit the popular programming question-and-answer site, but then also calculated whether those results differed by programm...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Releases New CIA Secret: Tapping Microphones On Some Samsung TVs
FossBytes reports:The whistleblower website Wikileaks has published another set of hacking tools belonging to the American intelligence agency CIA. The latest revelation includes a user guide for CIA'...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Will Support Python In SQL Server 2017
There was a surprise in the latest Community Technology Preview release of SQL Server 2017. An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Python can now be used within SQL Server to perform analytics, run mac...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot 107 Cancer Papers Retracted Due To Peer Review Fraud
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The journal Tumor Biology is retracting 107 research papers after discovering that the authors faked the peer review process. This isn't the jour...
12:00 pm - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Light Sail Propulsion Could Reach Sirius Sooner Than Alpha Centauri
RockDoctor writes: A recent proposition to launch probes to other star systems driven by lasers which remain in the Solar system has garnered considerable attention. But recently published work sugges...
08:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot EFF Says Google Chromebooks Are Still Spying On Students
schwit1 quotes a report from Softpedia: In the past two years since a formal complaint was made against Google, not much has changed in the way they handle this. Google still hasn't shed its "bad guy"...
04:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Britain Set For First Coal-Free Day Since Industrial Revolution
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid. T...
02:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Apple Hires Top Google Satellite Executives For New Hardware Team
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The iPhone maker has recruited a pair of top Google satellite executives for a new hardware team, according to people familiar with the matter. John...
02:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Cycling To Work Can Cut Cancer and Heart Disease
randomErr quotes a report from BBC: Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work, say scientists. The five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters also showed walk...
02:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Developer of BrickerBot Malware Claims He Destroyed Over Two Million Devices
An anonymous reader writes: In an interview today, the author of BrickerBot, a malware that bricks IoT and networking devices, claimed he destroyed over 2 million devices, but he never intended to do ...
02:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot All-Electric 'Flying Car' Takes Its First Test Flight In Germany
Today, Munich-based Lilium Aviation conducted the first test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. "In a video provided by the Munich-based startup, t...
12:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Theranos Used Shell Company To Secretly Buy Outside Lab Equipment, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the company "allegedly misled company directors" regarding its lab tests and used a shell compan...
12:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot DOJ: Russian 'Superhacker' Gets 27 Years In Prison
According to the Justice Department, a 32-year-old Russian "superhacker" has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for stealing and selling millions of credit-card numbers, causing more than $169 milli...
12:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Will Fix the Galaxy S8 Red Tint Issue With a Software Update
When the Galaxy S8 and S8+ first launched, several users reported a red tint to the displays. But then a few days passed and more reports emerged about the issue being widespread, especially in South ...
12:00 am - Sat, April 22, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Explain 'Don't Improve My Software Syndrome' Or DIMSS?
dryriver writes: I am someone who likes to post improvement suggestions for different software tools I use on the internet. If I see a function in a software that doesn't work well for me or could wor...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot LinkedIn Apologizes For Trying To Connect Everyone In Real Life
LinkedIn has apologized for a vague new update that told some iPhone users its app would begin sharing their data with nearby users without further explanation. From a report: The update prompted outr...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Teenage Hackers Motivated By Morality Not Money, Study Finds
Teenage hackers are motivated by idealism and impressing their mates rather than money, according to a study by the National Crime Agency. From a report: The law enforcement organisation interviewed t...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Improves Gmail Experience For Windows 10 Insiders, But There Are Privacy Concerns
Reader BrianFagioli writes: Today, Microsoft announced a new Gmail experience for Windows 10. While only available for Windows Insiders as of today, it uses the same concept as the Outlook mobile app,...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Developer Publishes Patch To Enable Windows 7 and 8.1 Updates On New Hardware
Earlier this month, Microsoft locked Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs running on select Intel and AMD processors from receiving future security updates. Now, a developer has found a workaround. From a re...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Ocean Currents Are Sweeping Billions of Tiny Plastic Bits to the Arctic
The world's oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic -- bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles -- and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arc...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Court Rules Fan Subtitles On TV and Movies Are Illegal
A court has just ruled that making fan subtitles or translations is not protected by the law. From a report: A Dutch group called the Free Subtitles Foundation took anti-piracy group BREIN to court ov...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Louisiana's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Disappearing Coastline
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency over the state's rapidly eroding coastline. From a report on NPR: It's an effort to bring nationwide attention to the issue and speed ...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Red Hat Suffers Massive Data Center Network Outage
An anonymous reader writes: According to multiple reports on Twitter, the Fedora Infrastructure Status page, and the #fedora-admin Freenode IRC channel, Red Hat is suffering a massive network outage a...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Leaked Document Sheds Light On Microsoft's Chromebook Rival
Microsoft has announced plans to host an event next month where it is expected to unveil Windows 10 Cloud operating system. Microsoft will be positioning the new OS as a competitor to Chrome OS, accor...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Diet Sodas May Be Tied To Stroke, Dementia Risk
Gulping down an artificially sweetened beverage not only may be associated with health risks for your body, but also possibly your brain, a new study suggests. From a report: Artificially sweetened dr...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Inside Elon Musk's New Company Neuralink Which Aims To Fight Brain Conditions And Help Humanity Survive in the Age of AI
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp, revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so ...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Trump's FCC Votes To Allow Broadband Rate Hikes Will Deprive More Public Schools From Getting Internet Access
The FCC voted on Thursday to approve a controversial plan to deregulate the $45 billion market for business-to-business broadband, also known as Business Data Services (BDS), by eliminating price caps...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot In The First Months of Trump Era, Facebook And Apple Spent More On Lobbying Than They Ever Have
An anonymous reader shares a report: According to federal lobbying disclosures filed Thursday, Facebook and Apple set their all-time record high for spending in a single quarter. Facebook spent $3.2 m...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot US Prepares Charges To Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: U.S. authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell CNN. The Justi...
12:00 pm - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Neuroscientists Offer a Reality Check On Facebook's 'Typing By Brain' Project
the_newsbeagle writes: Yesterday, Facebook announced that it's working on a "typing by brain" project, promising a non-invasive technology that can decode signals from the brain's speech center and tr...
08:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot CEO of Silicon Valley's $400 Juicer Promises Refunds After Hand-Squeezing Demonstration
Anthony Ha writes via TechCrunch: Jeff Dunn, the former Coca-Cola executive who became CEO of Juicero last year, has responded to a wave of coverage suggesting that the company's juice press isn't all...
06:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Ambient Light Sensors Can Be Used To Steal Browser Data
An anonymous reader writes: "Over the past decade, ambient light sensors have become quite common in smartphones, tablets, and laptops, where they are used to detect the level of surrounding light and...
04:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Canada Rules To Uphold Net Neutrality
According to a new ruling by Canada's telecommunications regulator, internet service providers should not be able to exempt certain types of content, such as streaming music or video, from counting to...
04:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Plastc Swiped $9 Million From Backers, Now It Plans To File For Bankruptcy and Shut Down
Plastc announced today that it is planning to file for bankruptcy and will shut down on April 20, 2017, after raising more than $9 million through preorders and shipping to no backers. "Plastc launche...
02:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Recalls 53,000 Model S, Model X Cars For Stuck Parking Brakes
Tesla has issued a voluntary recall for approximately 53,000 Model S and Model X cars, which may be susceptible to having stuck parking brakes. The company hasn't received any reports of the parking b...
02:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Subway Sues Canada Network Over Claim Its Chicken Is 50 Percent Soy
jenningsthecat writes: As reported here back in February, the CBC, (Canada's national broadcaster), revealed DNA test results which indicated the chicken used in Subway Restaurants' sandwiches only co...
02:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Apple Forces Recyclers To Shred All iPhones and MacBooks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Apple released its Environmental Responsibility Report Wednesday, an annual grandstanding effort that the company uses to position itself as a pro...
12:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Airbnb Fires Back, Accuses Hotel Industry Of Punishing the Middle-Class
According to a legal documents, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (lobbying group for hotels in the U.S.) kicked off a plan last year to fight back Airbnb and other home-sharing services with...
12:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot FCC Takes First Step Toward Allowing More Broadcast TV Mergers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In a divided vote today, the Federal Communications Commission took steps that could lead to more consolidation among TV broadcasters, reducing the ...
12:00 am - Fri, April 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Home Now Recognizes Specific Users' Voices, Gains Support For Multiple Accounts
Google has issued a long-awaited feature for Google Home: support for multiple users. In an update rolling out today, up to six people will be able to connect their Google account to a Google Home, an...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot File System Improvements To the Windows Subsystem for Linux
An anonymous reader shares a new article published on MSDN: In the latest Windows Insider build, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) now allows you to manually mount Windows drives using the DrvFs f...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot China's First Cargo Spacecraft Launch a 'Crucial Step' To Space Station
Earlier today, China launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft on a mission to dock with the country's space station, marking further progress in the ambitious Chinese space program. Chinese state ...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot CC'ing the Boss on Email Makes Employees Feel Less Trusted, Study Finds
Do you ever loop your boss when having a conversation with a colleague when his or her presence in the thread wasn't really necessary? Turns out, many people do this, and your colleague doesn't find i...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Says It Will Release Two Feature Updates Per Year For Windows 10, Office
Microsoft is making a few changes to how it will service Windows, Office 365 ProPlus and System Center Configuration Manager. From a report: Announced today, Microsoft will be releasing two feature up...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Mastercard is Building Fingerprint Scanners Directly Into Its Cards
Mastercard said on Thursday it's beginning trials of its "next-generation biometric card" in South Africa. In addition to the standard chip and pin, the new cards have a built-in fingerprint reader th...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Cloud Chief Jabs Oracle: 'Customers Are Sick of It'
It's no secret that Amazon and Oracle don't see eye to eye. But things are far from improving, it appears. From a report: On Wednesday, two months after Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd called Amazon's cloud i...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Wikipedia's 'Ban' of 'The Daily Mail' Didn't Really Happen
Earlier this year, The Guardian reported that editors at Wikipedia had "voted to ban the Daily Mail as a source for the website," calling the publication "generally unreliable." Two months later, not ...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Discovery May Help Decipher Ancient Inca String Code
A discovery made in a remote mountain village high in the Peruvian Andes suggests that the ancient Inca used accounting devices made of knotted, colored strings for more than accounting. From a report...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot President Trump Misses 90-Day Deadline To Appoint a Cybersecurity Team After Alleged Russian Hacking
From a report: President-elect Donald Trump was very clear: "I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office," he said in January, after getting a U.S. intelligence assessment ...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Physicists Observe 'Negative Mass'
Physicists have created a fluid with "negative mass," which accelerates towards you when pushed. From a report on BBC: In the everyday world, when an object is pushed, it accelerates in the same direc...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Shut Down Wunderlist, an App It Acquired Two Years Ago, In Favor Of Homegrown App To-Do
From a report on TechCrunch: Microsoft acquired the popular mobile to do list application Wunderlist back in 2015, and now it's preparing users for its eventual demise with the release of its new appl...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot MIT No Longer Owns 18.0.0.0/8
An anonymous reader shares: MIT no longer owns 18.0.0.0/8. That's a very big block of scarce IPv4 addresses that have become available again. One block inside this /8, more specifically 18.145.0.0/16,...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot The Biggest Time Suck at the Office Might Be Your Computer
Sharing personal anecdotes and recent studies, a new report on Bloomberg blames outdated computers, decade-old operating systems and ageing equipments for being one of the biggest hurdles that prevent...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot No, Millennials Aren't a Bunch of Job-Hopping Flakes
From a report: Today, Pew researchers published findings that refute yet another stereotype about millennials that actual millennials find infuriating: the idea that they're job-hopping more often tha...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot 95% Engineers in India Unfit For Software Development Jobs: Report
An anonymous reader shares a report: Talent shortage is acute in the IT and data science ecosystem in India with a survey claiming that 95 percent of engineers in the country are not fit to take up so...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot China To Question Apple About Live-Streaming Apps On App Store That Violate Internet Regulations
Three Chinese government agencies are planning to tell Apple to "tighten up checks" on live-streaming software offered on its app store, which can be used to violate internet regulation in the country...
12:00 pm - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Collected Partial iPhone Royalties Despite Legal Battle With Apple
From a report: Qualcomm continued to collect some royalties for Apple's use of its wireless technology in iPhones last year despite dueling lawsuits between the two mobile giants, cheering Qualcomm in...
08:00 am - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot South Indian Frog Oozes Molecule That Inexplicably Decimates Flu Viruses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: From the slimy backs of a South Indian frog comes a new way to blast influenza viruses. A compound in the frog's mucus -- long known to have germ...
04:00 am - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot States Are Moving To Cut College Costs By Introducing Open-Source Textbooks
In an effort to curb the rising cost of textbooks, which went up by 88% between 2006 and 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland and New York have announced initiatives that a...
02:00 am - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot First Evidence For Higher State of Consciousness Found
New submitter baalcat quotes a report from Neuroscience News: Neuroscientists observed a sustained increase in neural signal diversity -- a measure of the complexity of brain activity -- of people und...
12:00 am - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Toyota Unveils Plan For Hydrogen Powered Semi Truck
New submitter omaha393 quotes a report from R&D Magazine: Toyota announced a new initiative on Wednesday aimed at advancing its work in vehicles powered by alternative energy sources. The automake...
12:00 am - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Good Books On Inventing, Innovating and Doing R&D?
dryriver writes: I've signed up to a project that involves inventing new ways to do things and also performing the technology R&D required to make these new ways a reality. So, dear Slashdotters, ...
12:00 am - Thu, April 20, 2017
Slashdot Navy, Marines Prohibit Sharing Nude Photos In Wake of a Facebook Scandal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: The Navy and Marine Corps issued new regulations that ban members from sharing nude photographs following a scandal involving military personnel shari...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Former Pirate Bay spokesperson and co-founder Peter Sunde has just announced his latest venture. Keeping up his fight for privacy on the Internet...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Skype Is Most Used Messaging Service For Cyber Criminals, Study Finds
chicksdaddy quotes a report from The Security Ledger: Cyber criminals lurk in the dark recesses of the internet, striking at random and then disappearing into the virtual ether. But when they want to ...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Settles Lawsuit Against Former Autopilot Program Director Accused of Stealing Info, Engineers
Earlier this year, Tesla filed a lawsuit against its former director of Autopilot Programs, Sterling Anderson, for stealing proprietary information about the Autopilot program and recruiting fellow Te...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu Is Switching to Wayland
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ubuntu is to ship Wayland in place of X.Org Server by default. Mir, Canonical's home-spun alternative to Wayland, had been billed as the future of Ubuntu's converg...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Newest Firefox Browser Bashes Crashes
Nobody likes it when a web browser bombs instead of opening up a website. Mozilla is addressing that in the newly released v53 of its Firefox browser, which it claims crashes 10 percent fewer times. C...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Facebook is Working On a Way To Let You Type With Your Brain
From a report: Facebook today unveiled a project from its secretive Building 8 research group that's working to create a brain-computer interface that lets you type with your thoughts. Regina Dugan, a...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley's $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: One of the most lavishly funded gadget startups in Silicon Valley last year was Juicero Inc. It makes a juice machine. The product was an unlikely pick f...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo To Launch SNES Mini This Year, Reports Eurogamer
Nintendo plans to release another console this year aimed at nostalgia-seekers. The iconic game company is working on a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) classic version that would launch in ...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot TED Wants To Remind Us That Ideas -- Not Politicians -- Shape the Future
An anonymous reader shares a Quartz report: Amid global political upheavals, TED curator Chris Anderson argues that ideas have never mattered more. "Ideas changes how people act and [shape] their long...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Owns Four Out of the Five Most Downloaded Apps Worldwide
An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook continues to storm the numbers as the company has claimed four out of the five spots for the most downloaded apps across the globe during the last quarter...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Bose Headphones Secretly Collected User Data, Lawsuit Reveals
The audio maker Bose, whose wireless headphones sell for up to $350, uses an app to collect the listening habits of its customers and provide that information to third parties -- all without the knowl...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot The Slashdot Interview With Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor John B. Goodenough
You asked, he answered! Lithium-ion battery inventor John B. Goodenough has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers. ...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Baidu Announces New Open Platform To Help Speed Up Development of Self-Driving Cars
Chinese tech giant Baidu has announced a new autonomous vehicle platform called Project Apollo, which aims to help speed up the development of self-driving cars. "Baidu says the platform encompasses b...
12:00 pm - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Invent Ultrasonic Dryer That Uses Sound To Dry Your Clothes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Yahoo: Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have developed a dryer that could make doing laundry much quicker. Called the ultrasonic dryer,...
08:00 am - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Broadband Expansion Could Trigger Dangerous Surge In Space Junk
A new study from the University of Southampton warns that expanding broadband networks via launching "mega constellations" of thousands of communications satellites could increase catastrophic crashes...
04:00 am - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Physicists Detect Whiff of New Particle At the Large Hadron Collider
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: For decades, particle physicists have yearned for physics beyond their tried-and-true standard model. Now, they are finding signs of something unexp...
02:00 am - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Benchmarks Show Galaxy S8 With Snapdragon 835 Is a Much Faster Android Handset
MojoKid writes: Samsung recently launched the Galaxy S8 series of Android smartphones to much fanfare but only recently did the handsets begin to arrive in market for testing and review. Though the hi...
02:00 am - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Discover New Species of Giant Spider
adeelarshad82 writes: Califorctenus cacachilensis, recently named by researchers at the San Diego Natural History Museum, was first located in 2013 in a mountain range in Baja California Sur, Mexico. ...
02:00 am - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot How Tilt Went From Hot $375 Million Startup To Fire Sale
tedlistens writes: Not long ago, social payments company Tilt seemed to have it all -- a hot idea; cool, young founders with Y Combinator pedigrees; and $67 million in funding -- not to mention a $375...
12:00 am - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Salt Makes You Hungry, Not Thirsty, Study Says
wisebabo writes: Salty diet makes you hungry, not thirsty. Science Daily reports: "In a study carried out during a simulated mission to Mars, an international group of scientists has found exactly the...
12:00 am - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Cool Quantum Computing Plan Embraces Cryogenic Memory
An anonymous reader shares a PCWorld report: Microsoft has crazy quantum computing plans: first, it built hardware based on a particle that hasn't even been discovered. Now, it's hoping to co-design s...
12:00 am - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot Boeing To Lay Off Hundreds of Engineers Amid Sales Slowdown
According to Reuters, Boeing has warned its employees that it "planned another round of involuntary layoffs that would affect hundreds of engineers at its commercial airplanes unit." From the report: ...
12:00 am - Wed, April 19, 2017
Slashdot StarCraft Is Now Free, Nearly 20 Years After Its Release
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Nearly two decades after its 1998 release, StarCraft is now free. Legally! Blizzard has just released the original game -- plus the Brood War expan...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Malaysia Air Is First Airline to Track Fleet With Satellites
From a report: Malaysia Air, which lost a wide-body jet with 239 people aboard three years ago in one of history's most enduring aviation mysteries, has become the first airline to sign an agreement f...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot User-Made Patch Lets Owners of Next-Gen CPUs Install Updates On Windows 7 & 8.1
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: GitHub user Zeffy has created a patch that removes a limitation that Microsoft imposed on users of 7th generation processors, a limit that pr...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Launch Three New iPhones This Year: Bloomberg
Apple is reportedly building three new iPhones, though the one with the most new features might not launch until a couple of months after the others. According to a report on Bloomberg, Apple is testi...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Adds a Login Shortcut To Other Android Apps
An anonymous reader shares a report: Today at F8, Facebook announced it's giving the developers of third-party Android apps the ability to recognize if you've already linked a service with the social ...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users
Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free. From a report: iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devic...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Despite Well Known Risks, Survey Finds Most People Use Smartphones While Driving
From a report: Everyone knows it's dangerous, but a lot of people are still doing it -- driving while distracted. In a survey of 3-million motorists, almost 9 out of 10 admitted to using their smartph...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot AMD Launches Higher Performance Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 Polaris Graphics Cards
Reader MojoKid writes: In preparation for the impending launch of AMD's next-generation Vega GPU architecture, which will eventually reside at the top of the company's graphics product stack, the comp...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Launches Augmented Reality Camera Effects Developer Platform
From a report: Facebook will rely on an army of outside developers to contribute augmented reality image filters and interactive experiences to its new Camera Effects platform. Later today the first e...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Steve Ballmer's New Project: Find Out How the Government Spends Your Money
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't satisfied with owning the Los Angeles Clippers and teaching at Stanford and USC. On Tuesday, the billionaire announced USAFacts, his new startup that aims to i...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Google's Featured Snippets Are Damaging To Small Businesses that Depend On Search Traffic
The Outline tells the story of CelebrityNetWorth.com, a website launched in 2008 that tells you how much a celebrity is worth. The site was an instant success, but things have turned sore in the last ...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Earth Gets a New Home On the Web
To celebrate the Earth Day, Google says it is rolling out what was a two-year in the making major update to Google Earth. From a report: V9 is designed to run in a Web browser (just Chrome for now), b...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Trump To Overhaul H-1B Visa Program To Encourage Hiring Americans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In a bid to court working class voters, Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to revamp a temporary visa program used to bring for...
12:00 pm - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Agrees To Open Android To Other Search Engines In Russia
Google has reached a $7.8 million antitrust settlement with Russian watchdog group FAS. According to BGR, the company will loosen restrictions on Android's built-in search engines to allow for Russian...
08:00 am - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Nears 100 Million Subscribers
With the release of its first-quarter earnings, Netflix predicted it will surpass 100 million global subscribers this weekend. "The service added nearly 5 million subscribers during the first three mo...
04:00 am - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot New Approach To Virtual Reality Shocks You Into Believing Walls Are Real
A team of researchers from Germany's Hasso-Plattner Institute is trying to find an effective way to trick the mind into thinking a virtual object or wall is real. They have developed a new device that...
04:00 am - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Scientists from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom have managed to develop an algorithm that outperforms medical doctors when i...
02:00 am - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot For the First Time On Record, Human-Caused Climate Change Has Rerouted an Entire River
A team of scientists on Monday documented what they're describing as the first case of large-scale river reorganization as a result of human-caused climate change (Editor's note: could be paywalled; a...
02:00 am - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Dingo Wins The World's Most Interesting Genome Competition
An anonymous reader shares a report: It sounds like an argument scientists might have during a night of drinking: Which creature has the most interesting genome in the world? But the question is more ...
02:00 am - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Warehouse Cut Labor Costs In Half With a Fleet of Tiny Robots
Many people around the world fear their job will eventually be replaced by a machine, including many Slashdotters. But workers in China may be the most fearful as Asia produces more robots than the re...
12:00 am - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money
An anonymous reader shares a report: In February, after almost two years worth of six-hour workdays, nurses at the Svartedalens elderly care facility in Gothenburg, Sweden went back to eight hour shif...
12:00 am - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Blocks Ability To Remap Galaxy S8's Bixby Button
A Samsung representative confirmed today via Twitter that the company has blocked the ability for users to remap the Bixby hardware button on the Galaxy S8. For soon-to-be Galaxy S8 owners, the news w...
12:00 am - Tue, April 18, 2017
Slashdot New York Plans To Force Uber To Add Tipping Option
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission announced a proposal today that could force Uber to finally allow riders to tip drivers within its a...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Trump Administration Kills Open.Gov, Will Not Release White House Visitor Logs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Techdirt: It will never be said that the Trump presidency began with a presumption of openness. His pre-election refusal to release his tax returns set a bit o...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Cylance Accused of Distributing Fake Malware Samples To Customers To Close Deals
New submitter nyman19 writes: Ars Technica reports how security vendor Cylance has been distributing non-functioning malware samples to prospective customers in order to "close the sale[s] by providin...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Leaked Documents Reveal the Hotel Lobby's Aggressive Plan To Undermine Airbnb
The New York Times has obtained a document revealing the hotel lobby's aggressive plan to undermine Airbnb's business "by pushing for bills to regulate the company at every level of government," repor...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood Is Losing the Battle Against Online Trolls
An anonymous reader shares a Hollywood Reporter article: It had taken years -- and the passionate support of Kirk Kerkorian, who financed the film's $100 million budget without expecting to ever make ...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Kills Firefox Aurora Channel, Builds Will Move Directly From Nightly To Beta
Mozilla said today it is killing the Firefox Aurora channel, six years after it was first introduced in April 2011. The move comes as, Aurora failed to live up to the company's expectations as a "firs...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Says Previous Windows Patches Fixed Newly Leaked NSA Exploits
Microsoft said it has already patched vulnerabilities revealed in last week's high-profile leak of suspected U.S. National Security Agency spying tools, meaning customers should be protected if they'v...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot The Woman Whose Phone 'Misdiagnosed HIV'
An anonymous reader shares a report on BBC about a woman in Kenya, who downloaded a prank app that noted that she has HIV simply by "analyzing her fingerprint." While many people would have not truste...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Intel Discontinues the Intel Developer Forum; IDF17 Cancelled
From a report on AnandTech: In a bit of breaking news this morning, it appears that Intel has decided to cancel their Intel Developer Forum tradeshow going forward, including this summer's expected ID...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Internet Archive Adds Early Macintosh OS and App Emulators
An anonymous reader writes: The Internet Archive has added a curated collection of Mac operating system and software emulators from 1984 through 1989. The Internet Archive already hosts browser-based ...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Rumored CloudBook Could Be Your Next Cheap Computer
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a few weeks, at its education-oriented software and hardware event in New York, Microsoft could unveil a sub-premium laptop -- something more robust than a Surf...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Chrome 59 To Address Punycode Phishing Attack
Google says it will be rolling out a patch to Chrome in v59 to address a decade-old unicode vulnerability called Punycode that allowed attackers to fool people into clicking on compromised links. Enga...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Sci-Fi Movie?
Many say it's the golden age of science fiction cinema. And rightly so, every month, we have a couple of movies that bend the rules of science to explore possibilities that sometimes make us seriously...
12:00 pm - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot 'Breakthrough' LI-RAM Material Can Store Data With Light
A Vancouver researcher has patented a new material that uses light instead of electricity to store data. An anonymous reader writes: LI-RAM -- that's light induced magnetoresistive random-access memor...
08:00 am - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Russia Wants To Send A Gun-Shooting Robot To The ISS
"Just in time for the rise in global military tensions, Russian officials have released video that's sure to calm fears all around: a death dealing humanoid robot that shoots handguns." An anonymous r...
04:00 am - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop The Deployment Of Unapproved Code Changes?
Over a million lines of code -- in existence for over 10 years -- gets updates in six-week "sprints" using source control and bug-tracking systems. But now an anonymous reader writes:In theory users r...
02:00 am - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Uber Face Fines Over Drunk Driving Complaints -- And Lost $2.8 Billion Last Year
While Uber's bookings doubled last year, the company still showed a net lost of $2.8 billion. And now, "California regulators are recommending that Uber pay a $1.13 million fine for not investigating ...
12:00 am - Mon, April 17, 2017
Slashdot Maryland Awards 21 Grants To Prepare 'Open Source' Textbooks
"The University System of Maryland has awarded 21 "mini grants" to university faculty to "help them expand open education resources," reports OpenSource.com. Recipients of the grants are also given ti...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Geek Builds His Own NES Classic With A Raspberry Pi
"It turns out that the NES Classic Edition is just a little Linux-powered board inside a cute case," writes Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica, "and it's totally possible to build your own tiny Linux-p...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Supercomputers Help Researchers Find Two New Kinds Of Magnets
"Predicting magnets is a heck of a job, and their discovery is very rare," said a mechanical engineering professor at Duke University. But after years of work synthesizing various predictions, materia...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Steve Wozniak Predicts The Future
USA Today asked Steve Wozniak to predict what the world will look like in 2075 -- one hundred years after the founding of Apple. An anonymous reader writes:"He's convinced Apple, Google and Facebook w...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Find 25,000 Domains Used In Tech Support Scams
An anonymous reader writes:Three doctoral students at Stony Brook University spent eight months analyzing internet scammers who pose as remote tech support workers (usually pretending to be from Micro...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Disruptive AI Bots Are Aleady Delivering Radical Leaps In Productivity
The CTO of Textio is describing the "already happening" AI disruption that no one's noticed, arguing that voice-activated assistants are "just one small part of what AI is about -- and not the part th...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Religion Meets Virtual Reality: Christianity-Themed VR Demo Scheduled For Easter
"Anyone looking to experience God in a brand new way will soon have his or her chance -- virtually," writes NBC News, reporting on "a new immersive faith-based virtual reality experience...part of a l...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot 88% Of Medical 'Second Opinions' Give A Different Diagnosis - And So Do Some AI
First, "A new study finds that nearly 9 in 10 people who go for a second opinion after seeing a doctor are likely to leave with a refined or new diagnosis from what they were first told," according to...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Charged $293M In South Korean Back Taxes
An anonymous reader quotes The Stack: Multinational tech giant Oracle has been charged $293 million USD for corporate tax evasion in South Korea. The $293 million charge is made up of back taxes, as w...
12:00 pm - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Embarrassing Ex-Employee Complaint Against Snapchat Unsealed
"Saying it had 'nothing to hide,' the company behind Snapchat released an unredacted version of a lawsuit filed against it by a former employee that claims investors and advertisers were misled about ...
08:00 am - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Determine What Makes Software Developers Unhappy
Researchers recently surveyed 2,200 software developers to calculate the distribution of unhappiness throughout the profession, and to identify its top causes, "incorporating a psychometrically valida...
04:00 am - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Was Your First Home Computer?
We've recently seen stories about old computers and sys-ops resurrecting 1980s BBS's, but now an anonymous reader has a question for all Slashdot readers:Whenever I meet geeks, there's one question th...
02:00 am - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Should Burger King Be Prosecuted For Their Google Home-Triggering Ads?
Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein thinks Burger King should be prosecuted forsuccessfully running an alternate version of its advertisement to trigger Google Home devices again Wednesday:Someone -- or ...
02:00 am - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot North Korea Parades Hybrid 'Frankenmissile', Then Fails Yet Another Missile Launch Test
First, an anonymous reader quotes Inverse:On Saturday, the North Korean military paraded an unprecedented array of weapons through Kim Il-sung Square in the center of Pyongyang... "We're totally floor...
12:00 am - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Cadillac's Hands-Free Driving Option Also Nags Inattentive Drivers
Using LIDAR sensors, Cadillac mapped 160,000 miles of U.S. highways "within five centimeters of accuracy" to give its hands-free-on-the-highway cars the ability to better anticipate the roads ahead --...
12:00 am - Sun, April 16, 2017
Slashdot Burger King Won't Take Hint, Updates Ad To Trigger Google Home Devices Again
Burger King "successfully ran an alternate version of its advertisement designed to trigger Google Home devices late Wednesday," according to the Washington Post. Long-time Slashdot reader ewhac write...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Unpatched Magento Zero Day Leaves 200,000 Merchants Vulnerable
An anonymous reader quotes ThreatPost:A popular version of the open source Magento ecommerce platform is vulnerable to a zero-day remote code execution vulnerability, putting as many as 200,000 online...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot GOP Congressman Defending Privacy Vote: 'Nobody's Got To Use The Internet'
Wisconsin congressman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. defended his decision to help repeal broadband privacy rules by telling a constituent, "Nobody's got to use the Internet." An anonymous reader quotes t...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot RIP, Robert Taylor, The Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing
"Any way you look at it, from kick-starting the Internet to launching the personal computer revolution, Bob Taylor was a key architect of our modern world," says a historian at Stanford's Silicon Vall...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot 'Pragmatic Programmer' Author Andy Hunt Loves Arduino, Hates JavaScript
Andy Hunt is one of the 17 software developers who wrote the Agile Manifesto, and he co-authored The Pragmatic Programmer. Now Slashdot reader cerberusss writes:In an interview with Best Programming B...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Tiny Changes Can Cause An AI To Fail
Luthair writes:According to the BBC there is growing concern in the machine learning community that as their algorithms are deployed in the real world they can be easily confused by knowledgeable atta...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Troll With 'Stupid Patent' Sues EFF. EFF Sues Them Back
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued an Australian company that it previously dubbed as a 'classic patent troll' in a June 2016 blog post entitled: Stupid Patent of the Month: Storage Cabinets...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Remote-Access Router Exploit Finally Revealed
"Back in the days, Cisco fixed the vulnerability, but we are not sure about all other router vendors and models because there are too many of them," writes the DefenseCode team. Orome1 quotes a new re...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot 17 Years Later, A New Season Of MST3K Premiers On Netflix
Launched in 1988, Mystery Science Theater 3000 ran for ten seasons on Comedy Central and The Sci-Fi Channel, with its last episode airing in August of 1999. But now Slashdot reader #5844 ewhac writes:...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Targets 30,000 Fake France Accounts Before Election
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Facebook says it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country's presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort again...
12:00 pm - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot G.SKILL Hits 4500MHz With All-New Trident Z DDR4-4333MHz 16GB Memory Kit
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: G.SKILL is a respected RAM maker, and the company is constantly pushing the envelope. Today, it announced a new DDR4-4333MHz 16GB Memory Kit (2x8GB) -- the ...
08:00 am - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Win $2.6 Million For Star Trek Tricorder Device
The Qualcomm Foundation, along with the XPRIZE Foundation, "announced the winning team of its nearly four-year-long global competition to develop a functional, easily usable tricorder," reports Vocati...
06:00 am - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot FriendELEC Releases $40 NanoPi K2 Board That Competes With ODROID-C2, Raspberry Pi 3
DeathByLlama writes: The single board computer market, broken wide-open just a few years ago by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, continues to flourish today as FriendELEC releases their $40 NanoPi K2 boar...
04:00 am - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Children As Young As 13 Attending 'Smartphone Rehab' As Concerns Grow Over Screen Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Children refusing to put down their phones is a common flashpoint in many homes, with a third of British children aged 12 to 15 admitting they...
02:00 am - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Zelda: Breath of the Wild Is Now the Fastest-Selling Nintendo Launch Title of All Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: It's no surprise that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best-selling game on the Nintendo Switch, a console that just had its strongest...
02:00 am - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot FriendlyElec Releases $40 NanoPi K2 Board That Competes With ODROID-C2, Raspberry Pi 3
DeathByLlama writes: The single board computer market, broken wide-open just a few years ago by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, continues to flourish today as FriendELEC releases their $40 NanoPi K2 boar...
02:00 am - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot US Navy Bans Vaping On Ships
The U.S. Navy announced today that it will no longer allow sailors to use electronic cigarettes on ships, following several reports of explosives and injuries. ABC News reports: Naval commanders said ...
12:00 am - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot FDA Slams St. Jude Medical For Ignoring Security Flaws In Medical Devices
chicksdaddy quotes a report from The Security Ledger: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a letter of warning to medical device maker Abbott on Wednesday, slamming the company for what it sai...
12:00 am - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Confirms Only a Handful of Windows Phones Will Receive Windows 10 Creators Update
Windows Phone has less than a 1 percent market share in the mobile industry, but it is not completely dead, yet. In fact, if you own a relatively new Windows Phone, it may receive a new update that wi...
12:00 am - Sat, April 15, 2017
Slashdot Burger King Won't Take a Hint; Alters TV Ad To Evade Google's Block
ewhac writes: Earlier this week, Burger King released a broadcast television ad that opened with an actor saying, "Ok, Google, what is the Whopper?" thereby triggering any Google Home device in hearin...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot A New Survey Shows Consumers Are Not That Freaked Out By Tech
Lippincott, a global creative consultancy, asked 2,000 "leading edge" consumers in the U.S. whether they were excited to welcome our robot overlords or terrified of them. A report on FastCompany adds:...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot The Great Japan Potato-Chip Crisis: Panic Buying, $12 Bags
Demand for potato chips has surged in Japan this week, with products on offer for 6 times their retail price online after Japanese snack company Calbee halted the sale of some of its most popular chip...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot NSA-Leaking Shadow Brokers Just Dumped Its Most Damaging Release Yet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Shadow Brokers -- the mysterious person or group that over the past eight months has leaked a gigabyte worth of the National Security Agency'...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot It's Official: Apple is Testing Self-Driving Cars
Apple has been granted a license for testing autonomous vehicles in California, marking the formal launch of its race with the likes of Uber, Alphabet and Tesla to define the future of driverless tran...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Google Kills Off Octane JavaScript Benchmark Due To 'Diminishing Returns and Over-Optimization'
Google has announced that its widely used Octane JavaScript benchmark is being retired, with Google saying that it's no longer a useful way for browser developers to determine how best to optimize the...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Working On a Tool For Managing Job Applicants
Google is quietly testing "Google Hire," a job applicant tracking system that appears to rival services like Greenhouse and Lever, Axios is reporting. From the report: The service lets employers post ...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Virgin Media Starts Turning Customer Routers Into Public Wi-Fi Hotspots
UK ISP Virgin Media is expanding its public Wi-Fi network by co-opting customers' home routers as hotspots. Only the most recent router design (the SuperHub v3) will be recruited at first, and custome...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Has a Secret 'Dark Mode'
It appears Google has quietly introduced a new "dark mode" for its video portal YouTube, several people are reporting. Here's how to activate it, via The Next Web: 1. Open the Chrome developer tools t...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Experimenting Tabs Experience On File Explorer, Other Apps On Windows 10
Microsoft has begun experimenting with browser tabbing experience on all apps in Windows 10, including File Explorer. From a report on WindowsCentral: According to sources familiar with the matter, Mi...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Apple May Invest Billions of Dollars In Toshiba's Memory Chip Business
Toshiba shares recovered after Japan's national broadcaster reported that Apple is considering an investment of several billion dollars in its semiconductor unit, raising the prospect that the struggl...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Says US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Requests More Than Doubled
Microsoft Corp says it received at least a thousand surveillance requests from the U.S. government that sought user content for foreign intelligence purposes during the first half of 2016. From a repo...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare Doesn't Want To Become the 'Piracy Police'
Cloudflare is warning that far-reaching cooperation between copyright holders and internet services may put innovation in danger. From a report: As one of the leading CDN and DDoS protection services,...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Google Photos Can Now Stabilize All Your Shaky Phone Camera Videos
In early August, Google announced a feature for the Google Photos mobile app that would automatically stabilize videos in your camera roll. That feature is now rolling out via Photos v2.13 on Android....
12:00 pm - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot New Solar-Powered Device Can Pull Water Straight From the Desert Air
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: You can't squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight t...
08:00 am - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Drupal Developers Threaten To Quit Drupal Unless Larry Garfield Is Reinstated
An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot previously covered the story of Larry Garfield, a Drupal developer who was allegedly banned from the community for his BDSM/Gorean lifestyle, after he was outed by...
04:00 am - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Apple Has a Secret Team Working On Non-Invasive Diabetes Sensors
schwit1 quotes a report from CNBC: Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, miles from corporate headquarters. They are part of a super secret...
02:00 am - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Roku-Enabled TVs Will Soon 'Listen' To Programs You're Watching To Suggest Streaming Content
Roku-enabled TVs will be receiving a new OS update that will listen to what show or movie you're watching via your cable or satellite set-top or over-the-air antenna, in order to suggest internet-stre...
02:00 am - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Used Tesla Model S Sedans Sell Faster Than Any Other High-End Used Vehicle
According to a survey conducted by Autolist, "used Tesla Model S sedans sell faster than luxury-car competitors do, and faster than other top-selling used vehicles from Motor Co. and General Motors Co...
02:00 am - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionized the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit strikin...
12:00 am - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Discontinues the NES Classic Edition
A Nintendo representative has confirmed today that the company will be discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, "a plug-and-play console that became popular with collectors as soon as it launched last f...
12:00 am - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot More Americans Now Work Full-Time From Home Than Walk and Bike To Office Jobs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: In the United States, the past decade has been marked by booming cities, soaring rents, and a crush of young workers flocking to job-rich downtowns. Al...
12:00 am - Fri, April 14, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Develop Master Fingerprints That Can Break Into Smartphones
Researchers at New York University and Michigan State University have recently found that the fingerprint sensor on your phone is not as safe as you think. "The team has developed a set of fake finger...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Nearby Ocean Worlds Could Be Best Bet For Life Beyond Earth, Says NASA
NASA has new evidence that the most likely places to find life beyond Earth are Jupiter's moon Europa or Saturn's moon Enceladus. In terms of potential habitability, Enceladus particularly has almost ...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Former Sysadmin Accused of Planting 'Time Bomb' In Company's Database
An anonymous reader writes: Allegro MicroSystems LLC is suing a former IT employee for sabotaging its database using a "time bomb" that deleted crucial financial data in the first week of the new fisc...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot New Processors Are Now Blocked From Receiving Updates On Old Windows
halfEvilTech writes: Last year, Microsoft announced they were planning on blocking OS updates on newer Intel CPU's, namely the 7th Generation Kaby Lake processors. Ars Technica reports: "Now, the answ...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Spends $8 Billion as Big Winner of FCC Auction
T-Mobile, Dish Network and cable giant Comcast emerged as the big winners in the government's wireless spectrum auction. From a report: The Federal Communications Commission announced the winners of i...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot New Research Says Starting University Classes at 11am or Later Would Improve Learning
Using a sample of first- and second-year college students at the University of Nevada-Reno in the US and Britain's Open University, a group of researchers analyzed students' cognitive performance thro...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Will Reveal Its Electric Semi Truck in September
From a report: Elon Musk just let us know when we'll get a look at the electric semi truck that he's teased in the past: The Tesla transport vehicle will be revealed in September, the CEO said on Twit...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Instagram's Snapchat Clone Is Now More Popular Than Snapchat -- and It's Only 8 Months Old
Facebook's top Snapchat clone Instagram Stories has hit 200 million daily active users, surpassing the last count of 161 million that Snapchat announced alongside its IPO. Instagram Stories launched i...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Offer Digital Refunds in Xbox and Windows Stores
Microsoft is finally planning to introduce refunds for digital content purchased from the Xbox Games Store and Windows Store, bringing those storefronts in line with popular digital retailers for PC g...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot No More IP Addresses For Countries That Shut Down Internet Access
Governments that cut off internet access to their citizens could find themselves refused new IP addresses under a proposal put forward by one of the five global IP allocation organizations. From a rep...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Pirate Bay Founder: 'I Have Given Up'
The future of illegal torrent websites doesn't look good. As torrent websites continue to disappear, the founder of The Pirate Bay believes the trend is the just the beginning. From an article: While ...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Uber's 'Hell' Program Tracked and Targeted Lyft Drivers
In its quest to ensure Lyft remains in second place, Uber reportedly ran a program that exploited a vulnerability in its rival's system. From a report: According to The Information, the ride-hailing c...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus', Featuring Unity, Now Available To Download
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" is available for download. No, this is not an Alpha or Beta, but an official stable version of the Linux-based operating system. Unfortu...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot West Point Researchers Demonstrate Passive Netflix Traffic Analysis Attack
hypercard writes: Researchers from West Point recently presented research on a real-time passive analysis of Netflix traffic. The paper, entitled "Identifying HTTPS-Protected Netflix Videos in Real-Ti...
10:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot The Surprising Rise of China As IP Powerhouse
hackingbear quotes a report from TechCrunch: China is not only taking the spotlight in strong defense of global markets and free trade, filling a vacuum left by retreating Western capitalist democraci...
06:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Capture First Image of Dark Matter Web
Kristine Lofgren writes: Scientists have long suspected that the universe is woven together by a vast cosmic connector but, until now, they couldn't prove it. Now, for the first time ever, scientists ...
04:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Neuroscientists Weigh In On Elon Musk's Mysterious 'Neural Lace' Company
the_newsbeagle writes: Elon Musk has set out to change the world with SpaceX's reusable rockets and Tesla's electric cars, and now he plans to change your brain. His new company, Neuralink, will repor...
04:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot The Dark Secret At the Heart of AI
schwit1 shares an excerpt from a report via MIT Technology Review: No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem. Last year, a strange self-driving car ...
02:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Kills Off Security Bulletins
Microsoft has officially retired the security bulletins this week, which were issued to detail "each month's slate of vulnerabilities and accompanying patches for customers -- especially administrator...
02:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot VPN Providers Report Huge Increase In Downloads, Usage Since Privacy Rules Were Repealed
An anonymous reader writes: A number of major VPN providers reported a significant increase in subscriptions, downloads, and traffic from Americans since the U.S. Congress voted to repeal the Broadban...
02:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Burger King Runs Ad Triggering Google Home Devices; Google Shuts It Down
Burger King unveiled a new advertisement earlier today designed to trigger users' Google Home devices. The ad specifically used the Google Home trigger phrase "Okay, Google" to ask "What is the Whoppe...
02:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Portland Commits To 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2050
City of Portland and Multnomah County officials have announced this week that they are committed to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050. "Getting our community to 100 percent renewable energy is...
12:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Is Delaying the 'Voice' Part of Its New Bixby Voice Assistant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: A much-touted feature of Samsung's next smartphones isn't going to work as advertised when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launch April 21. Samsu...
12:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Broadcasters Put New Ad-Skipping Restrictions On YouTube TV
YouTube launched its new "YouTube TV" service last week for select markets. One of the biggest features for the service is its DVR functionality, which would in theory allow users to record shows and ...
12:00 am - Thu, April 13, 2017
Slashdot Air Force Converts F-16 Jets Into Wingman Drones
New submitter Zmobie writes: In a new program, the U.S. Air Force has converted and tested F-16 planes as drones that are able to fly with complex mission parameters. The program is designed to use re...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Employees in the Dark About Data Retention Policy
An anonymous reader shares a BetaNews article: A new study reveals that over half of office-based employees say their companies don't have written policies on data retention or personal use of work de...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Japan Automakers Look To Robots To Keep Elderly On the Move
Japanese automakers are looking beyond the industry trend to develop self-driving cars and turning their attention to robots to help keep the country's rapidly graying society on the move. From a repo...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot AI Wins $290,000 in Chinese Poker Competition
An AI program has beaten a team of six poker players at a series of exhibition matches in China. From a report on BBC: The AI system, called Lengpudashi, won a landslide victory and $290,000 in the fi...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot For Programmers, the Ultimate Office Perk is Avoiding the Office Entirely
From a report on Quartz: Over the past decade, designers and engineers have invented dozens of new tools to keep us connected to the office without actually going there. Unsurprisingly, those same eng...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Dozens Of Canonical Employees Resign As Ubuntu Switches To GNOME, Shuttleworth Returns As CEO
Alexander J Martin, reporting for The Register: More than 80 Canonical workers are facing the axe as founder Mark Shuttleworth has taken back the role of chief executive officer. The number, revealed ...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Edge Beats Chrome By Over Three Hours In New Battery Usage Test
An anonymous reader writes: With the launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update and Edge 40 (EdgeHTML 15), Microsoft has released a new battery usage test that, naturally, trashes the company's competit...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot The First Manned Space Flight Was the Rocket Designer's Victory as Much as Yuri Gagarin's
From an article on the Smithsonian magazine: On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. And given the risks inherent to early spaceflight, he certainly deserves his place in h...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot We Tracked Every Dollar 235 US Households Spent for a Year, and Found Widespread Financial Vulnerability
Income inequality in the United States is growing, but the most common economic statistics hide a significant portion of Americans' financial instability by drawing on annual aggregates of income and ...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Kicks Off Fight On Net Neutrality
Web companies met with FCC Ajit Pai on Tuesday and urged him not to gut the net neutrality rules that protect their traffic, a week after he met with broadband providers that have tried to kill the Ob...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Are Chromebooks Responsible For PC Market Growth?
From a report on The Verge: IDC claims the PC market is "up slightly," recording its first growth in five years. It's a tiny growth of just 0.6 percent, but it's a flattening of the market that Micros...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot BlackBerry Awarded $815 Million in Arbitration Case Against Qualcomm
BlackBerry, the former smartphone maker, was awarded $814.9m in an arbitration decision against Qualcomm over a dispute relating to royalty payments. The two companies entered into arbitration talks i...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot How Google Book Search Got Lost
Google Books was the company's first moonshot. But 15 years later, the project is stuck in low-Earth orbit, argues an article on Backchannel. From the article: When Google Books started almost 15 year...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Tennessee Could Give Taxpayers America's Fastest Internet For Free, But It Gave Comcast and AT&T $45 Million Instead
Chattanooga, Tennessee is home to some of the fastest internet speeds in the United States, offering city dwellers Gbps and 10 Gpbs connections. Instead of voting to expand those connections to the ru...
12:00 pm - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Investigation Finds Inmates Built Computers, Hid Them In Prison Ceiling
An anonymous reader quotes a report from WRGB: The discovery of two working computers hidden in a ceiling at the Marion Correctional Institution prompted an investigation by the state into how inmates...
08:00 am - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Glowing Bacteria Detect Buried Landmines
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: More than 100 million landmines lay hidden in the ground around the world, but glowing bacteria may help us find them, according to a new study. The...
04:00 am - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot US Dismantles Forensic Science Commission
hondo77 writes a report via Washington Post: Thought the Trump Administration's war on science was just about climate change? Think again. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions will end a Justice Department...
02:00 am - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet Wants Its Lawsuit Against Uber To Play Out Publicly
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: The company filed an opposition request late last night to Uber's motion for arbitration. If the case went to arbitration, an alternate form for disput...
02:00 am - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Prove Your Phone's PIN Can Be Stolen Using Its Gyroscope Data
A team of scientists at Newcastle University in the UK managed to reveal a user's phone PIN code using its gyroscope data. "In one test, the team cracked a passcode with 70 percent accuracy," reports ...
02:00 am - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Firefox To Let Users Control Memory Usage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Mozilla engineers are working on a new section in the browser's preferences that will let users control the browser's performance. Work on th...
12:00 am - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Canada Hid the Konami Code In Its Commemorative $10 Bill Launch
The Bank of Canada has hid a "Konami Code" Easter egg on its website celebrating their new $10 bank note. The Konami Code is a cheat code that appears in many Konami video games, allowing players to p...
12:00 am - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Allegedly Deleting Negative Tweets About United Airlines' Passenger Abuse
New submitter dooode writes: As you would have read, United just had another Nazi moment where they had to "re-accommodate" a customer using some (not so gentle) force. The social web seems to have be...
12:00 am - Wed, April 12, 2017
Slashdot Chrome Now Uses Scroll Anchoring To Prevent Those Annoying Page Jumps
Google has updated its Chrome browser to fix the annoying page jumps that occur when pages are loading. While developers want pages to load the actual content of a page before additional ads and image...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Has Reached Its Microsoft Bing Moment -- History Shows the Results Won't Be Pretty
As we noted recently, Facebook continues to duplicate every core feature that rival app Snapchat adds to its service. A new report, which cites multiple Facebook employees, sheds more light into how F...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Sir Tim Berners-Lee Lays Out Nightmare Scenario Where AI Runs the Financial World
The architect of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee has talked about some of his concerns for the internet over the coming years, including a nightmarish scenario where artificial intelligence (AI...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Google Ruins the Assistant's Shopping List, Turns It Into a Big Google Express Ad
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Google Assistant, Google's voice assistant that powers the Google app on Android phones, tablets, and Google Home, has just gotten a major do...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot TV's Golden Age Is Anything But, Say Writers Preparing To Strike
The world's largest media companies returned to the negotiating table Monday with Hollywood screenwriters, seeking to avert a strike that could cost the entertainment industry billions of dollars and ...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot As Streaming Booms, Songs Are Getting Faster and Shorter
An anonymous reader shares a report: A new study finds that pop songs are getting faster as listeners' attention spans diminish. Instrumental openings to songs have shrunk dramatically over the past t...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot The Kodi Development Team Wants To Be Legitimate and Bring DRM To the Platform.
New submitter pecosdave writes: The XBMC/ Kodi development team has taken a lot of heat over the years, mostly due to third-party developers introducing piracy plugins to the platform. In many cases, ...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Ends Support For Windows Vista; Begins To Roll Out Windows 10 Creators Update
On Tuesday, Microsoft began the roll out of Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest update of the company's desktop operating system. Incidentally, today is also the day Windows Vista, a decade-old OS ...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Sorry America, Your Taxes Aren't High
Americans generally feel they're being over-taxed, especially around this time of the year. But is that really true? An article on Bloomberg investigates: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Says Apple Broke Contract, Hindered Performance of Its Chipsets
Qualcomm has filed a 139-page rebuttal of a lawsuit lodged by Apple in January in which the US chipmaker counterclaimed that the iPhone giant was "misrepresenting facts and making false statements." F...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Google Schools US Government About Gender Pay Gap
Google wants the US government to know that it takes gender pay equity very seriously -- and is baffled by the contention that a gap exists at the tech giant. From a report: In responding to allegatio...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Why Do Airlines Overbook?
From a report on BBC: A common overbooking problem on a United Airlines flight on Sunday ended with a man being bloodied and dragged from his seat and an already troubled airline earning more bad pres...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Fitbit's New Smartwatch Has Been Plagued By Production Mishaps
JP Mangalindan, reporting for Yahoo Finance: Fitbit's first "proper" smartwatch and first-ever pair of bluetooth headphones are due out this fall after a series of production mishaps delayed the proje...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot A Big Problem With AI: Even Its Creators Can't Explain How It Works
Last year an experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General Motors. The car didn't follow a single instruction pr...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot 25 Percent of US Driving Could Be Done By Self-Driving Cars By 2030, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Self-driving still seems to be a ways off from active public use on regular roads, but once it arrives, it could ramp very quickly, according to a ...
12:00 pm - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Boeing Expects To Save Millions In Dreamliner Costs Using 3D-Printed Titanium Parts
According to Reuters, Boeing has hired Norsk Titanium AS to print titanium parts for its 787 Dreamliner, paving the way to cost savings of $2 million to $3 million for each plane. The 3D-printed metal...
08:00 am - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Large Near-Earth Astroid Will Fly Past Earth On April 19
William Robinson quotes a report from Phys.Org: A relatively large (650 meters) near-Earth asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will fly safely past Earth on April 19 at a distance of about 1.1 ...
04:00 am - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Identify Parts of Brain Involved In Dreaming
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the pur...
02:00 am - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot DMCA 'Safe Harbor' Up In the Air For Online Sites That Use Moderators
"The Digital Millennium Copyright Act's so-called 'safe harbor' defense to infringement is under fire from a paparazzi photo agency," reports Ars Technica. "A new court ruling says the defense may not...
02:00 am - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot McDonald's Is Now Accepting Snapchats As Job Applications
McDonald's Australian subsidiary is now accepting job applications via Snapchat. Specifically, McDonald's wants potential candidates to send the company a 10-second video using a filter that shows the...
12:00 am - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Minecraft Set To Launch Its Own Currency
Minecraft's popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Microsoft, which acquired the game's maker, Mojang, in 2014, has recently launched the game in China and continues to market it well in the U.S. ...
12:00 am - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Thousands of Fake Google Maps Listings Redirect Users To Fraudulent Sites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Tens of thousands of fake listings are added to Google Maps each month, redirecting users to fraudulent websites selling phony or overpriced ...
12:00 am - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot 'Drawable' Electronic Circuit Technology Creates Radical Possibilities For Flexible Gadgets
drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: Who said pen and paper was dead? German scientists have developed a new type of ink that allows fully-functioning electronic circuits to b...
12:00 am - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Acquires Container Platform Deis From Engine Yard
According to an announcement made earlier today, Microsoft has acquired Deis, "the company behind some of the most popular tools for building and managing applications on top of the Google-incubated K...
12:00 am - Tue, April 11, 2017
Slashdot Americans Support Letting Cities Build Their Own Broadband Networks, Pew Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Most Americans want to let local governments build out internet service if the internet providers in their area aren't any good, according to the Pe...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Google's AlphaGo Will Face Its Biggest Challenge Yet Next Month -- But Why Is It Still Playing?
From a report on The Guardian: A year on from its victory over Go star Lee Sedol, Google DeepMind is preparing a "festival" of exhibition matches for its board game-playing AI, AlphaGo, to see how far...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot NASA Puts the Earth Up For Adoption
An anonymous reader shares a report: Wondering how to show that special planet some affection this Earth Day? Adopt it. NASA has sectioned off 64,000 individual pieces of Earth to be "adopted" by supp...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot FCC Kills Plan To Allow Mobile Phone Conversations On Flights
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: On Monday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission killed a plan to allow mobile phone calls during commercial airline flights. Since 2013, the FCC...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Russian Arrested in Spain 'Over US Election Hacking'
Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in "hacking" the US election, BBC reported Monday, citing local press reports From the report: Pyotr Levashov, arrested on 7 A...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot China's LeEco Calls Off Its $2 Billion Purchase of TV Maker Vizio
Last year, China's conglomerate LeEco announced it would be acquiring TV maker Vizio for a sum of $2 billion. The move would have given LeEco, which is increasingly expanding its business beyond Chine...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Third-Party Sellers Hit By Hackers
Hackers are targeting the growing population of third-party sellers on Amazon.com using stolen credentials to post fake deals and steal cash. From a report: In recent weeks, attackers have changed the...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Major Banks and Parts of Federal Gov't Still Rely On COBOL, Now Scrambling To Find IT 'Cowboys' To Keep Things Afloat
From a report on Reuters: Bill Hinshaw is not a typical 75-year-old. He divides his time between his family -- he has 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren -- and helping U.S. companies avert cripp...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot If Humble People Make the Best Leaders, Why Do We Fall for Charismatic Narcissists?
Numerous studies and real-life examples show humble, unassuming people as leaders improve the performance of a company in the long run. The humity, exuded by these leaders, can be contagious. Yet, ins...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Sleep Is the New Status Symbol
The New York Times has a good story on how sleep is increasingly becoming a big business -- and the tech industry is rushing in to tweak our natural rhythms. From the article: At M.I.T.'s Media Lab, t...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Tops GM by Market Value as Investors See Musk as Future
Tesla became the largest U.S. auto maker by market value on Monday, overtaking General Motors -- a feat that would have seemed highly improbable 13 years ago when the electric-car maker first began ti...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Spyware Firms in Breach of Global Sanctions
From a report on Al Jazeera: Spy equipment producers are breaking laws and circumventing international sanctions by agreeing to sell stock to countries known for human rights abuses, and to clients wh...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Airlines Make More Money Selling Miles Than Seats
An anonymous reader shares a report: Does your wallet contain an airline-branded credit card? If so, your daily Starbucks visits, iTunes selections and dining habits serve a critical role in keeping t...
12:00 pm - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot American Farmers Are Still Fighting Tractor Software Locks
Manufacturers lock consumers into restrictive "user agreements," and inside "there's things like you won't open the case, you won't repair," complains a U.S. advocacy group called The Repair Associati...
08:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot 'Unprecedented' Bleaching Damages Two-Thirds Of Australia's Great Barrier Reef
An anonymous reader writes: Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown. The bleaching — or loss of alg...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot McAfee: Big Spike In Mac OS Malware In 2016, Mostly From Adware Bundling
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Security firm McAfee released a report this week that showed a big jump in 2016 regarding malware hitting the Mac operating system. The McAfee report said there were...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot A Huge Trove of Patient Data Leaks, Thanks To Telemarketers' Bad Security
"A trove of records containing personal and health information on close to a million people was exposed after a former developer working at a telemarketing company uploaded a backup of its database to...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot New 'Spray-On' Memory Could Turn Everyday Items Into Digital Storage Devices
Researchers at Duke University have developed "spray-on" digital memory using only an aerosol jet printer and nanoparticle inks. An anonymous reader quotes Duke Today:The device, which is analogous to...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Canonical Founder Criticizes Free Software Developers Who 'Hate On Whatever's Mainstream'
Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth said Saturday that "I came to be disgusted with the hate" on Canonical's display server Mir, saying it "changed my opinion of the free software community." After an...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Exchange Sues Wells Fargo Over Massive Wire Transfer Suspension
An anonymous reader quotes this report from the cryptocurrency news site Bitcoin.com:Bitfinex, on Wednesday, filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo for suspending its outgoing U.S. dollars wire transfers...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Should You Launch A Software Startup?
Slashdot reader ben-hnb is a developer who loves the idea of running a startup, or being one of the ones who got in early. But how exactly does he get there?I've got no "business" experience. Everyone...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Claims Windows 10 Saves Enterprises 28% More Than They Claimed Last Year
"Microsoft this week boosted by 28% its claim of how much enterprises can save by deploying Windows 10," writes Computerworld. An anonymous reader quotes their report:The revised estimate came from a ...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot DeepMind Open Sources 'Sonnet' Library For Easier Creation Of Neural Networks
"We are very excited about contributions from the community," announced Alphabet's DeepMind, open sourcing a new library to make it easier to build complex TensorFlow neural networks. An anonymous rea...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Celebrating '21 Things We Miss About Old Computers'
"Today, we look back at the classic era of home computing that existed alongside the dreariness of business computing and the heart-pounding noise and colour of the arcades," writes the site Den of Ge...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot Spotify Executive Chris Bevington Dies In Stockholm Attack
"On Friday, four people were killed and about 15 more were injured when a truck plowed through a shopping area in the heart of Sweden's capital," reports Variety. One of the four victims was Chris Bev...
04:00 am - Mon, April 10, 2017
Slashdot OpenELEC 8.0 Linux Distro Released For PC, Raspberry Pi, WeTek Hub
BrianFagioli writes: Today, popular Linux distro OpenELEC reaches version 8.0 stable. This operating system leverages Kodi to provide a well-rounded media center experience. Not only are there images ...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 9, 2017
Slashdot Electric Vertical Take-Off Aircraft Successfully Tested By DARPA
Slashdot reader drunkdrone tipped us off to some big aviation news:After several years of development DARPA has successfully completed flight-testing of one of the most novel, and odd-looking, aircraf...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 9, 2017
Slashdot McAfee: Big Spike In Mac OS Malware In 2016, Mostly From Adware Bunding
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Security firm McAfee released a report this week that showed a big jump in 2016 regarding malware hitting the Mac operating system. The McAfee report said there were...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 9, 2017
Slashdot Tunnelled IPv6 Attacks Bypass Network Intrusion Detection Systems
"The transition to internet protocol version 6 has opened up a whole new range of threat vectors that allow attackers to set up undetectable communications channels across networks, researchers have f...
12:00 pm - Sun, April 9, 2017
Slashdot Eric S. Raymond Unveils New List Of 'Hacker Archetypes'
An anonymous reader writes:Open source guru Eric S. Raymond has announced public brainstorming on a "gallery of hacker archetypes to help motivate newbies" by defining several different psychologies c...
08:00 am - Sun, April 9, 2017
Slashdot Server Snafu Exposes Ask.com User Search Queries Via Internal Status Page
"The Ask.com search engine went through some sort of technical issue late Friday night, as its servers were exposing the internal Apache server status page, revealing recently processed search queries...
06:00 am - Sun, April 9, 2017
Slashdot US Hacker Sets Off 156 Sirens At Midnight
"I had the displeasure of being awoken at midnight to the sounds of civil-defense/air-raid sirens," writes very-long-time Slashdot reader SigIO, blaming "some schmuck with a twisted sense of humor." T...
04:00 am - Sun, April 9, 2017
Slashdot Die-Hard Sysops Are Resurrecting BBS's From The 1980s
Ars Technica reports on vintage computing hobbyists "resurrecting digital communities that were once thought lost to time...some still running on original 8-bit hardware." Sometimes using modern techn...
12:00 am - Sun, April 9, 2017
Slashdot Hyperloop One Announces 11 Possible US Routes, Completes Vegas Test Track
An anonymous reader writes:Thursday Hyperloop One executives announced that they've finished constructing their 1,640-foot-long "DevLoop" test track in the desert outside Las Vegas. But they also reve...
12:00 am - Sun, April 9, 2017
Slashdot Staples Tries Co-Working Spaces To Court Millennials And Entrepreneurs
Are there any Slashdot readers who are doing their work in co-working spaces? An anonymous reader writes:Staples office-supply stores is aggressively repositioning its brand to entice new customers li...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should I Move From Java To Scala?
"Scala is one of the JVM languages that manages to maintain a hip and professional vibe at the same time," writes long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino -- building up to a big question:One reason for thi...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Google Announces Android Cross-Licensing Program 'PAX' -- But Why?
"Linux and open-source software have had to contend with intellectual property legal challenges for years," writes ZDNet. "Now, Google has started a new effort to bring peace to potential Android IP s...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot IRS Warns Tax Info Leaked By US Financial Aid Site
"Hackers accessed the data of up to 100,000 people through a tool that helps students get financial aid," writes CNN. An anonymous reader quotes their report:IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified b...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Group Leaks 'NSA's Top Secret Arsenal of Digital Weapons'
From a report on Motherboard: On Saturday, The Shadow Brokers, a hacker or group of hackers that has previously dumped NSA hacking tools, released more alleged exploits. The group published a password...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot ARCA Plans 2018 Launch For Revolutionary Single-Stage Rocket
An aerospace company is building a cheap, simple, lightweight rocket that they hope will redefine the microsatellite industry. Eloking quotes New Atlas:New Mexico-based ARCA Space Corporation has anno...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot After 25 Years, 'Lost' OS/2 2.0 Build 6.605 Finally Re-Discovered
"In a fascinating example of poor timing, disk images of OS/2 2.0 pre-release level 6.605 from July/September 1991 were missing for over 25 years, only to show up literally one day after after the 25t...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Belgian Scientists Inhibit Protein Responsible For Allergic Reactions
lhunath writes: Scientists at the University of Gent exposed the TSLP protein's function in triggering allergic reactions such as asthma and eczema. The team then developed a protein-based inhibitor u...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Should The FBI Have Arrested 'The Hacker Who Hacked No One'?
Last week The Daily Beast ran an article about the FBI's arrest of "the hacker who hacked no one." In December they'd arrested 26-year-old Taylor Huddleston, "the author of a remote administration too...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Ransomware Asks For High Score Instead of Money
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Rensenware" forces players to get a high score in a difficult PC shoot-em-up to decrypt their files. As Malware Hunter Team noted yesterday, user...
12:00 pm - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Wolves May Be 'Re-Domesticating' Into Dogs
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: It happened thousands of years ago, and it may be happening again: Wolves in various parts of the world may have started on the path to becoming dog...
08:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot There's an Earth-like Planet With an Atmosphere Just 39 Light-years Away
Artem Tashkinov quotes a report from Washington Post: There are a lot of good reasons to be captivated by the exoplanet GJ 1132b. Located in the constellation Vela, it's a mere 39 light-years from Ear...
04:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Google Accused of 'Extreme' Gender Pay Discrimination By US Labor Department
The U.S. Department of Labor is accusing Google of discriminating against its female employees and violating federal employment laws with its salaries for women. "We found systemic compensation dispar...
04:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot RightHand Robotics Automates a New Type of Warehouse Work: Recognizing, Picking Up Items From Boxes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: A startup called RightHand robotics recently began piloting technology that automates a task robots have previously struggled to master: recognizing an...
02:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Over 90% of College Students Today Regularly Use Netflix, But Only 34% Are Actually Paying For Their Own Account
According to a new survey from LendEDU, more than 90% of today's college students have access to a Netflix account they regularly use, while only 8% who responded to the survey said they don't have a ...
02:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Italy Bans Uber
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: A court just banned Uber from using its apps in Italy -- yes, all of Italy. The court ruled in favor of the country's taxi drivers -- who filed t...
02:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Adidas Plans To Mass-Produce Its First 3D-Printed Shoe
Adidas has revealed that it will be mass-producing its first 3D-printed shoe, dubbed the Futurecraft 4D. "The mid-sole of the shoe is created using a process known as Continuous Liquid Interface Produ...
12:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Canonical Founder Talks About Ubuntu Desktop Switching From Unity To GNOME, And Focus On Cloud
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth on Friday talked about the move to switch Ubuntu's desktop user interface from Unity to GNOME, and putting a stop to development of Ubuntu software for phones and t...
12:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Reveals Grasshopper, the CIA's Windows Hacking Tool
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: In case you haven't had your dose of paranoia fuel today, WikiLeaks released new information concerning a CIA malware program called "Grasshopper...
12:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Surface Pro 5 Said To Move To Intel Kaby Lake Processors
Windows watcher Paul Thurrott has revealed the first credible details about Microsoft's Surface Pro 5. TechCrunch reports: The Surface Pro 5 will have the same power connector currently used on the Su...
12:00 am - Sat, April 8, 2017
Slashdot Walt Mossberg Is Retiring
Walt Mossberg, a well-respected and long-time tech journalist, announced via The Verge that he will be retiring in June of this year. In his announcement post, he starts by reflecting on where it all ...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot GNOME Dev Schaller Assures Ubuntu Users the Move To Step Away From Unity Will Bring Consistency Across Linux Distros
Earlier this week, Canonical announced that Ubuntu will be ditching Unity as the default user interface on desktops to go back to GNOME next year. The company also said that it will be ending developm...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Formally Bans Emulators On Xbox, Windows 10 Download Shops
Microsoft is officially banning emulators from Windows Store. The company has updated the Windows Store policy to announce the changes. The new rules bar any applications that emulate pre-existing gam...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch To Supreme Court
halfEvilTech quotes a report from Washington Post: The U.S. Senate confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday. On a vote of 54 to 45, senators confirmed Gorsuch, 49, a Denv...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot The iPhone 7 Has Arbitrary Software Locks That Prevent Repair
Jason Koebler, reporting for Motherboard: Apple has taken new and extreme measures to make the iPhone unrepairable. The company is now using software locks to prevent independent repair of specific pa...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot The Trump Administration No Longer Wants Twitter To Reveal the Owner of an Anti-Trump Account
From a report on Recode: The Trump administration informed Twitter on Friday that it would withdraw its demand that the social media company unmask an account critical of the president -- a move that ...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot NYC Poised to Ban Firms From Asking Job Candidates About Pay
In a vote this week, the New York City approved legislation that will ban employers from asking job applicants about what they make in their current or past job and could have far-reaching consequence...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Google Tackles Fake News With Global Fact-Checking Rollout
Google is calling on fact-checking organizations to help it bust fake news -- but it's starting in a small way. From a report: Google's Fact Check feature is not new, but today the search giant is rol...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Tearing Down Science's Citation Paywall, One Link at a Time
Citations play an incredibly important role in academia. To scientists, citations are currency. Citations establish credibility, and determine the impact of a given paper, researcher, and institution....
06:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot The Cost of Drugs For Rare Diseases Is Threatening the US Health Care System
An anonymous reader shares an article: There are 7,000 rare diseases affecting 25 million to 30 million Americans. The average drug approved under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983 (ODA), which governs rare...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Employers Added Just 98,000 Jobs in March Below Expectations of 180,000
Employers slowed their pace of hiring while the unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in almost a decade in March, highlighting steady but sometimes mixed progress across the labor market. From a...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Earth-Sized Telescope Set To Snap First Picture of a Black Hole
An anonymous reader writes from a New Scientist report: This week, we will have our first chance to take a picture of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. The image could teach us ...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Books Are You Reading This Month?
An anonymous reader writes: Hey fellow Slashdot readers, what are some books you're reading right now, and intend to pick up later this month? Also if you would be so kind, what are some good new-ish ...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Plans Fast-Track Repeal of Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is moving quickly to replace the Obama administration's landmark net neutrality rules and w...
12:00 pm - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot China Court Orders Samsung Units To Pay $11.6 Million To Huawei Over Patent Case
A Chinese court has ordered Samsung Electronics's mainland subsidiaries to pay 80 million yuan ($11.60 million) to Huawei Technologies for patent infringement, the China firm's first victory against S...
08:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Public Crowd-sourcing Finds New Exoplanets
brindafella writes: A participant in a TV program "Stargazing Live" on Australia's ABC TV channel has found four planets closely orbiting a star, using an online database. Astrophysicist Dr Chris Lint...
06:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot US Strikes Syrian Base With Over 50 Tomahawk Missiles
mi writes: Two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target -- Shayrat Airfield in Homs province in western Syria, the Defense Department said. That's...
04:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Ancient Cannibals Didn't Turn To Cannibalism Just For the Calories, Study Suggests
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: A new, slightly morbid study based on the calorie counts of average humans suggests that man-eating was mostly ritualistic, not dietary, in nature a...
02:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Uber Contract 'Gibberish', Says MP Investigating Gig Economy
A committee of MPs has lambasted Uber's contracts with drivers as "gibberish" and "almost unintelligible" as the company attempts to ensure its drivers remain self-employed. From a report: Frank Field...
02:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Facebook To Use Photo-Matching To Block Repeat 'Revenge Porn'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AOL: Facebook is adding tools to make it easier for users to report so-called "revenge porn" and to automatically prevent the images from being shared again on...
02:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Alcohol-Related Car Accidents Declined In New York After Introduction of Uber, Analysis Finds
According to a new paper from Jessica Lynn Peck of the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, ride-hailing services may have helped reduce alcohol-related traffic accidents by 25-30% in N...
12:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Co-Founder Ev Williams Is Selling 30 Percent of His Stock For 'Personal' Reasons
The co-founder and current board member of Twitter, Ev Williams, said today that he plans to sell a "minority of [his] TWTR" stock over the next year, and doesn't plan to sell "more than 30 percent" o...
12:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot New Destructive Malware Intentionally Bricks IoT Devices
An anonymous reader writes: "A new malware strain called BrickerBot is intentionally bricking Internet of Things (IoT) devices around the world by corrupting their flash storage capability and reconfi...
12:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot London Police Ink Shadowy Deal With Industry On Website Takedowns
AmiMoJo writes: The EFF is warning about unregulated activity against websites by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) of the City of London Police. A program called RogueBlock accepts ...
12:00 am - Fri, April 7, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Now Requires Channels To Have More Than 10K Views To Make Money Off Ads
YouTube is getting a little pickier about who can make money there. From a report on CNET: Google's massive video site said Thursday that channels must reach 10,000 total views before they qualify to ...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Sues US Government Over Attempt To Unmask Anti-Trump Account
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: According to Twitter's suit, filed today in Northern California District Court, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has attempted to use a "limited-p...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Uber Said To Use 'Sophisticated' Software To Defraud Drivers, Passengers
A class-action lawsuit against Uber alleges that Uber has "devised a 'clever and sophisticated' scheme in which it manipulates navigation data used to determine 'upfront' rider fare prices while secre...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Looks to Hire 30,000 Part-Time Employees in US
Amazon's hiring spree is in full force. From a report: The online retailer on Thursday announced plans to hire 30,000 part-time workers in the U.S. over the next year, including 5,000 positions that w...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Apple Taken To Court For Refusing To Fix Devices
Australia's consumer watchdog has begun legal action against Apple over claims it refused to repair iPads and iPhones previously serviced by third parties. From a report on BBC: It alleges that Apple ...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Messenger Now Analyzes Your Chats To Give You Recommendations
Facebook's messaging platform, which reports 1 billion monthly active users, announced on Thursday that it is rolling out its experimental virtual assistant "M" to all Messenger users in the United St...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Will Refund Millions of Unauthorized In-App Purchases Made By Kids
Amazon will refund millions of dollars worth of unauthorized in-app purchased made by kids, having dropped its appeal of last year's ruling by a federal judge who sided with the Federal Trade Commissi...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Android Devices Can Be Fatally Hacked By Malicious Wi-Fi Networks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A broad array of Android phones is vulnerable to attacks that use booby-trapped Wi-Fi signals to achieve full device takeover, a researcher has d...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Begins Its Final Mission Before Plunging Into Saturn
NASA has announced that their Cassini spacecraft will begin its final mission before slamming into Saturn on April 23rd. The "final mission" consists of a series of dives through a 1,500-mile-wide gap...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Two Studies Suggesting a Link Between Violent Video Games, Real-Life Behavior Have Been Retracted
Keith Collins reports via Quartz: In the first three months of 2017, academic journals retracted two papers that suggested a link between violent video games and real-life behavior. The first, entitle...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Why More Tech Companies Are Hiring People Without Degrees
An anonymous reader writes: According to a recent article on Fast Company, tech companies are looking to hire people without degrees. From the report: "For years, the tech pipeline has been fed mostly...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Xbox Project Scorpio's Full Specs Revealed
Microsoft unveiled last year that it will be launching a super-specced Xbox One variant -- codenamed Project Scorpio -- soon. Now the company has shared what those hardware modules look like. Accordin...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Launches New Wireless Service, Xfinity Mobile
Comcast announced Xfinity Mobile on Thursday, a new wireless service that will be available for its nearly 25 million broadband customers. From a report on CNBC: The company is hoping the new service ...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Roku Has Hired a Team of Lobbyists As it Gears Up For a Net Neutrality Fight
Roku appears to be arming itself for the coming net neutrality war. From a report on Recode: The web video streaming and hardware company has plenty at stake as the Federal Communications Commission p...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Twitter To Developers: Please Love Us Again
Twitter wants to fix its relationship with developers, it said Thursday. The company, which sold its developer platform to Google earlier this year, said moving forward it intends to be more transpare...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Nvidia Titan Xp Introduced as 'the World's Most Powerful Graphics Card'
Nvidia has unveiled its new Titan, the Xp. It features 3840 Cuda cores running at 1.6GHz, and 12GB of DDR5X memory. The card runs on Nvidia's Pascal architecture and comes with a suitably titanic pric...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Employee Burnout Is a Problem with the Company, Not the Person
Employee burnout is a common phenomenon, but it is one that companies tend to treat as a talent management or personal issue rather than a broader organizational challenge. That's a mistake, reads an ...
02:00 am - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Canada's RCMP National Police Force Reveals Use of Secretive Cellphone Surveillance Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada -- but at the same time says ...
02:00 am - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot JetBlue and Boeing Are Betting Big On Electric Jet Startup 'Zunem Aero'
A new startup called Zunum Aero is aiming to reinvent how users travel short distances, such as from San Francisco to Los Angeles. "The Kirkland, Washington-based company [...] plans to build a fleet ...
12:00 am - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Forget Apple. Xiaomi CEO Now Wants to Be More Like Costco
Xiaomi says it's misunderstood. Once compared with Apple for its sleek smartphones and charismatic leadership, the Chinese startup is seeking an image makeover as it tries to recover from a sales-grow...
12:00 am - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot The Windows 10 Creators Update Is Now Available
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Microsoft will officially release Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11, the same day it will retire Windows Vista, but users unwilling to w...
12:00 am - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Launches 'YouTube TV' In Select Markets
In late February, YouTube unveiled its live TV service called YouTube TV, which offers live TV streaming over the internet for $35 per month with no long-term contract required. The company has offici...
12:00 am - Thu, April 6, 2017
Slashdot Electric Car Ferries Enter Service In Norway
AmiMoJo writes from a report via BBC: Following two years of trials of the world's first electric car ferry, named Ampere, Norwegian ferry operators are busy making the transition from diesel. It is t...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Phony VPN Services Are Cashing In On America's War On Privacy
Reader Freshly Exhumed writes: Nicholas Deleon at Motherboard reveals a run-in with scammers who are already hard at work taking advantage of newly signed legislation that allows Internet Service Prov...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Uber Finds One Allegedly Stolen Waymo File -- On An Employee's Personal Device
Uber said today that it had found one of the documents Waymo alleges was stolen by a former employee -- who left its self-driving car effort to join Uber's -- on the employee's personal computer. From...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Taser Offers Free Body Cameras To All US Police
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Taser, the company whose electronic stun guns have become a household name, is now offering a groundbreaking deal to all American law enforcement...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot In Tech, Wage Gender Gap Worsens For Women Over Time, and It's Worst For Black Women
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: According to a new study involving more than 120,000 job offers transacted on Hired, a jobs marketplace for tech workers, the average female candidate i...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Canonical Killing Unity For Ubuntu Linux, Will Switch To the Superior GNOME
Reader BrianFagioli writes: Today, the company admits that it is throwing in the towel on Unity, as well as its vision for convergence with devices like phones and tablets. Starting with Ubuntu 18.04,...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Google's Custom Machine Learning Chips Are 15-30x Faster Than GPUs and CPUs
Four years ago, Google was faced with a conundrum: if all its users hit its voice recognition services for three minutes a day, the company would need to double the number of data centers just to hand...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Announces New Bitcoin Venture For Content Uploaders To Earn Money
Infamous New Zealand-based internet mogul Kim Dotcom plans to launch a Bitcoin payments system for users to sell files and video streaming as he fights extradition to the United States for criminal co...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Bannon Loses National Security Council Role in Trump Shakeup
Top presidential strategist Steve Bannon has been booted from the National Security Council amid a reshuffling of the key panel, Bloomberg reports Wednesday morning. President Donald Trump reorganized...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot FCC's Ajit Pai Says Broadband Market Too Competitive For Strict Privacy Rules
In an op-ed published on the Washington Post, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his counterpart at the FTC have argued that strict privacy rules for ISPs aren't necessary in part because the broadband market ...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Electronics Spent $10.2 Billion On Marketing Last Year
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung and LG, South Korea's two leading tech giants, expanded their spending on marketing last year amid increased competition, data showed Wednesday. According ...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot We're Creating a Perfect Storm of Unprecedented Global Warming
An anonymous reader shares a report: If we do nothing to reduce our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, by the end of this century the Earth will be as hot as it was 50 million years ago in the early Eoce...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Finally Reveals What Data Windows 10 Really Collects
Starting today, Microsoft is updating its privacy statement and publishing information about the data it collects as part of Windows 10. From a report: "For the first time, we have published a complet...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Canadian Town Picks Uber For Public Transit
Stephen Shankland reports via CNET: Innisfil, population 32,727 as of 2014, concluded in a March council meeting that subsidizing the car-hailing service was a better deal than paying for a bus line. ...
12:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot How the IBM 1403 Printer Hammered Out 1,100 Lines Per Minute
schwit1 quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: The IBM 1460, which went on sale in 1963, was an upgrade of the 1401 [which was one of the first transistorized computers ever sold commercially]. Twice as ...
12:00 pm - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Spotify Premium Users Will Get Some Albums Two Weeks Before Free Users
Spotify has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Universal Music Group, allowing new albums from Universal artists to be restricted to its premium service for up to two weeks. The Verge reports...
08:00 am - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot 'Arctic World Archive' Will Keep the World's Data Safe In an Arctic Mineshaft
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Norway's famous doomsday seed vault is getting a new neighbor. It's called the Arctic World Archive, and it aims to do for data what the Svalbard Gl...
04:00 am - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Invent Smartphone Screen Material That Can Repair Its Own Scratches
drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: Researchers say they have developed a new material that could pave the way for self-repairing smartphones, robots and other electronic dev...
02:00 am - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Former Snapchat Employee Presses To Unseal Allegedly Doctored Usage Statistics
In early January, a former Snapchat employee named Anthony Pompliano filed a lawsuit against the company claiming they reported false growth numbers to investors in an effort to inflate its valuation....
02:00 am - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Utah Supreme Court Ruling Bars Direct Sales of Teslas Through a Subsidiary
The Utah Supreme court has ruled on Monday that the state's regulators could prohibit an auto manufacturer from having ownership interest in a dealer. "In what the court called 'a narrow, legal decisi...
02:00 am - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot GM Hooking 30,000 Robots To Internet To Keep Factories Humming
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: General Motors has connected about a quarter of its 30,000 factory robots to the internet, and the largest U.S. automaker already is reaping the ben...
12:00 am - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot 'Extreme Vetting' Would Require Visitors To US To Share Contacts, Passwords
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration is considering whether or not to deploy "extreme vetting" practices at airports around the world, which could force tourists from Britain...
12:00 am - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Security Researcher Says Samsung's Tizen OS Is The Worst Code He's Ever Seen
Samsung has been working on its Tizen operating system for several years now, implementing it into its various televisions and smartwatches. According to a report from Motherboard, the OS isn't receiv...
12:00 am - Wed, April 5, 2017
Slashdot Gigabyte Firmware Bugs Allow the Installation of BIOS/UEFI Ransomware
An anonymous reader writes from a report via BleepingComputer: Last week, at the BlackHat Asia 2017 security conference, researchers from cyber-security firm Cylance disclosed two vulnerabilities in t...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Web Inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee Slams UK and US Net Plans
The web's creator has attacked any UK plans to weaken encryption and promised to battle any moves by the Trump administration to weaken net neutrality. From a report on BBC: Sir Tim Berners-Lee was sp...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot People Think Smart Home Tech is Too Expensive
According to new research commissioned by smart home software and hardware brand Wink, 34 percent of Americans believe it would cost $5,000 or more to turn their home into a smart home. An article on ...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot IoT Garage Door Opener Maker Bricks Customer's Product After Bad Review
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Denis Grisak, the man behind the Internet-connected garage opener Garadget, is having a very bad week. Grisak and his Colorado-based company Soft...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Bill Would Stop Warrantless Border Device Searches of US Citizens
Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul as well as Reps. Jared Polis and Blake Farenthold have introduced legislation that would require law enforcement to first obtain a warrant before they can search our e...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot A Case For Why Movie-Theater Experience Is Still Worth the Effort
It's all but confirmed that major Hollywood studios are chalking out plans to make movies available in the home mere weeks after their theatrical debuts. Some director and producers, including Christo...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot More Than a Hoodie: How We Talk About Developers
An anonymous reader shares an article: For generations, movies, video games, and tv shows have portrayed the developer as either an awkward hoodie-wearing nerd, or an insane and menacing basement dwel...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Student Loan Debt Has Nearly Tripled
An anonymous reader shares a report: Recent college graduates who borrow are leaving school with an average of $34,000 in student loans. That's up from $20,000 just 10 years ago, according to a new an...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Why Intel Insists Rumors Of The Demise Of Moore's Law Are Greatly Exaggerated
From an article on FastCompany: Intel hasn't lost its zeal for big leaps in computing, even as it changes the way it introduces new chips, and branches beyond the PC processor into other areas like co...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Some Hackathon Hustlers Make Their Living From Corporate Coding Contests
Some coders go from one marathon hacking session to another, subsisting on prize money and schwag. From a feature article on Bloomberg: Peter Ma looked around his San Francisco condo and realized he'd...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot The Mac Pro Is Getting a Major Do-Over
Apple is moving away from the current, cylinder-shaped design used on its Mac Pro desktop, but that replacement will take until next year to hit shelves. From a report: "The Mac Pro, the current vinta...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Teenagers Think Google is Cool, Study By Google Finds
Today's teenagers think Google and Google brands are cool, research funded by Google has found. From a report: Google published "It's Lit: A guide to what teens think is cool", a "magazine" compiling ...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Companies Start Implanting Microchips Into Workers' Bodies
A Swedish start-up called Epicenter is offering to implant its employees and start-up members with microchips that function as swipe cards, allowing them to open doors, operate equipment or buy food a...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Apple Will Ship A Pro iMac Later This Year, It Won't Feature Touchscreen
Apple's expected update to its iMac line will arrive later this year with some previously unexpected additions: pro models. From a report: "We have big plans for the iMac," Phil Schiller, Apple's SVP ...
12:00 pm - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Consoles Are Reportedly Warping When Docked
When the Nintendo Switch was launched in early March, some users complained about dead or stuck pixels, which Nintendo later dismissed as being "normal." We're now approaching the one-month mark and s...
08:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Graphene-Based Sieve Turns Seawater Into Drinking Water
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater. The sought-after development could aid the milli...
08:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot WhatsApp To Foray Into Digital Payments With India's Controversial Aadhaar
Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is mulling a foray into digital payment services in India (Editor's note: the link is paywalled; alternate source), its first such offering globally, and ...
04:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot An Unexpected Relationship Between Nuclear Power and Low Birth Weight
Applehu Akbar writes: Ars Technica reports on a Carnegie-Mellon study of an unexpected side effect of the slowdown in nuclear plant construction after Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. The pollution as...
02:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With a Terrible Tech Manager?
snydeq writes: From the Know It All to the Overwhelmer, succeeding beneath a bad manager takes strategy and finesse, writes Paul Heltzel in his round-up of bad IT bosses and how to keep them from dera...
02:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Becomes Legal Payment Option In Japan, Prices Spike
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Investopedia: A bill to amend Japan's Banking Act has finally come to fruition, recognizing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as legal tender. The bill has fa...
02:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Google X Worked An Older Employee Until He Was Hospitalized, Then Laid Him Off
Julie188 writes: When Google shows up to buy your startup and trade out your relatively worthless startup stock for Google stock, and offers you a high paying job, too, it seems like a dream come true...
12:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Launches Amazon Cash, a Way To Shop Its Site Without a Bank Card
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Amazon this morning announced the launch of Amazon Cash, a new service that allows consumers to add cash to their Amazon.com balance by showing a b...
12:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Is Rebranding Yahoo, AOL As 'Oath'
Nathan Ingraham reports via Engadget: Somewhere along the way, Verizon's planned purchase of Yahoo got real complicated. Thanks to security breaches of gargantuan proportions, Yahoo has lost a ton of ...
12:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot AIG Is Now Selling Cyber Insurance, But Only To High Net Worth Individuals
chicksdaddy writes from a report via Security Ledger: It turns out that the rich really aren't like everyone else -- they have more cyber insurance. That, after insurance giant AIG announced Monday th...
12:00 am - Tue, April 4, 2017
Slashdot FCC Limits Order On Charter Extending Broadband Service
According to Reuters, the FCC has voted on Monday to reverse a requirement imposed under the Obama administration that Charter extend broadband service to 1 million households already served by a comp...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Musk Trolls Shorts as Tesla's Value Hits Record, Passes Ford
Tesla's Elon Musk poked fun at short sellers as his electric-car maker's stock surged to a record, vaulting its market value past century-old rival Ford. From a report on Bloomberg: "Stormy weather in...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Now Lets You Download Videos Onto Your PC
Netflix now offers offline streaming via its Windows 10 PC application, meaning you'll have even more options wherever you're stuck without Internet access. From a report: Netflix added the offline vi...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Was Sucking in Quidsi's Inventory Over a Year Before Shutdown
Amazon's explanation last week that it was closing Quidsi because the unit was unprofitable didn't sound much like Jeff Bezos. The Amazon founder is famous for operating retail businesses at such slim...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Computer Programmers May No Longer Be Eligible For H-1B Visas [Update]
Two anonymous readers share a report: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services quietly over the weekend released new guidance that computer programmers are no longer presumed to be eligible for H-1B ...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Apple Wants To Sell Premium TV Channels in a Bundle
Apple isn't done trying to sell you pay TV. From a report on Recode: Here's Apple's latest proposal: It wants to sell consumers a premium TV bundle, which combines HBO, Showtime and Starz. Apple alrea...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Bidding Website Rentberry May Be the Startup of Your Nightmares
Renting is already fraught with pain, from annual rent hikes to extortionate lettings fees. But if a new service called Rentberry takes off, it could be about to get a lot worse. From a report: Rentbe...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Android Overtakes Windows as the Internet's Most Used Operating System
As expected last month, Android has surpassed Windows to become the world's most used operating system, according to the web analytics firm StatCounter. From a report: Usage figures published by StatC...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot 'Grammar Vigilante' Secretly Corrects Bristol Street Signs
An anonymous reader shares a report: A self-confessed "grammar vigilante" has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts in Bristol for more than a decade. The anonymous ...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Drone Complaints Soar in the UK
Drones are stirring up public annoyance in the U.K. as the number of complaints to police are said to have soared twelvefold over the past two years -- including allegations of snooping neighbors, bur...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Computer Programmers May No Longer Be Eligible For H-1B Visas
Two anonymous readers share a report: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services quietly over the weekend released new guidance that computer programmers are no longer presumed to be eligible for H-1B ...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Develop Its Own GPU, UK Chip Designer Imagination Reveals In 'Bombshell' PR
From a report on AnandTech: In a bombshell of a press release issued this morning, Imagination has announced that Apple has informed their long-time GPU partner that they will be winding down their us...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Norway's Doomsday Vault Will Now Store and Protect the World's Data
Doomsday may be closer than ever, but thanks to the Arctic World Archive, at least your data could survive the looming apocalypse. From a report: Norway is already the home to the Global Seed Vault, a...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Why Bargain Travel Sites May No Longer Be Bargains
Aggregators like Expedia have made us lazy -- and we may be missing out on the best deals. From a report on Backchannel: Most of us rely on metasearch engines, like Priceline, Expedia, or Travelocity,...
12:00 pm - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot GitHub Repository Owners Targeted By Data-Stealing Malware
"Phishing emails zeroing in on developers who own Github repositories were infecting victims with malware capable of stealing data through keyloggers and modules that would snag screenshots," writes T...
08:00 am - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Salary-Comparing Survey Identifies Top-Paid Developers, Discovers North America Pays Better
21,000 developers were surveyed for this year's annual survey by VisionMobile -- and for the first time, they were asked about their salaries. An anonymous reader quotes Linux.com:[S]killed cloud and ...
04:00 am - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Tor Browser Will Feature More Rust Code
An anonymous reader writes:"The Tor Browser, a heavily modified version of the Firefox browser with many privacy-enhancing features, will include more code written in the Rust programming language," r...
02:00 am - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Will Streaming Media Lead To A Massive Writer's Strike?
"A decade ago, Hollywood writers brought the entertainment industry to a standstill when they walked off the job for three months in a dispute over pay for movies and TV shows distributed online," wri...
12:00 am - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Five US Navy SEAL Units Are Now Testing Brain-Zappers
Five different Navy SEAL units are testing "transcranial electrical stimulation," reports Military.com, with one command's spokesperson saying the early results "show promising signs... we are encoura...
12:00 am - Mon, April 3, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can Linux Run a GPU-Computing Application Written For Windows?
dryriver writes:I have been told that Linux can run Windows software using Wine or perhaps a VM. What happens if that Windows software is a GPU-computing application -- accessing the GPU through HLSL/...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot The US May Finally See Widespread 'Super Wi-Fi' Deployment
The end of the FCC's spectrum auction last week "should give a clear indication of how much space will be available in each TV market for Super Wi-Fi," according to the Bay Area Newsgroup. An anonymou...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot California Company Plans Tests For Airfreight-Carrying Cargo Drones
Their ultimate goal is "a cargo drone the size of a jetliner" built with sturdy, light-weight carbon fiber composites and supplemental electric engines to reduce fuel consumption. Long-time Slashdot r...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot This Year's H-1B Visa Applications Look A Lot Like Last Year's
"This year's round of H-1B visa program applications was scheduled to launch Monday, and it was largely absent of President Donald Trump's proposed policy changes," writes Newsweek. An anonymous reade...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot Can Robots Help Children With Autism?
An anonymous reader writes: Sunday is World Autism Awareness Day, and landmarks around the world will "light it up blue" as a show of support, including New York's Rockefeller Center and the White Hou...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Detect A Mysterious Flash Of X-Rays From A Faraway Galaxy
"It was a spark in the night. A flash of X-rays from a galaxy hovering nearly invisibly on the edge of infinity. Astronomers say they do not know what caused it." Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes the Ne...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot How To Protect Your Privacy Online
Though the U.S. Congress voted to roll back privacy rules, broadband customers can still opt-out of targeted advertising from Comcast, Charter, AT&T, and T-Mobile. But an anonymous reader explains...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot Trump Extends Obama Executive Order On Cyberattacks
"U.S. President Donald Trump is extending by one year special powers introduced by former President Barack Obama that allow the government to issue sanctions against people and organizations engaged i...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot Manatee No Longer An Endangered Species
An anonymous reader quotes the Miami Herald:The manatee -- for decades the poster mammal for environmental decline in Florida -- is officially no longer an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildli...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot FSF Activists Want You To Call Tim Berners-Lee About DRM
"The Free Software Foundation is calling on netizens to make calls to the W3C demanding they not include DRM in Web standards," an anonymous reader writes. Cory Doctorow reports: There's only two week...
12:00 pm - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Drone-Delivery Dreams Are No Joke
Backchannel's Steven Levy reports that Amazon "has a site at an undisclosed semi-rural location where it attempts to simulate the possible obstacles that drones will face in real-world deliveries." Am...
08:00 am - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot HTC Introduces Eye-Tracking 'VR Ad Service'
We all knew this day would come: HTC has introduced a "VR Ad Service" that knows when viewers are actively looking at ads. "Ads that appear in immersive VR environments can not only provide more effec...
06:00 am - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot New CGI Script Shows Random Slashdot Stories
An anonymous reader writes: I wrote a CGI script that displays a random Slashdot story! Every time you refresh the page, it displays a different story from the year 2016. And you can also just load st...
06:00 am - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Seen Any Good April Fool's Pranks Today?
An anonymous reader writes:It's that special time of year where sites around the net celebrate April Fool's Day with parodies of their own product offerings. Google Home announces a new companion serv...
04:00 am - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot Jetpack Entrepreneur Creates Iron Man-Style Human Flying Suit
"British aeronautic engineering startup Gravity unveiled a new human flying suit Friday," writes VentureBeat. An anonymous reader quotes their report.It's a six-engine jet-propelled personal flying ap...
02:00 am - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot EFF Issues April Fool's Day Newsletter
An anonymous reader writes:There were some surprises in today's edition of the EFF's "EFFector" newsletter. Noting that it's their sqrt(-1)th issue, they report that the EU will protect the privacy of...
12:00 am - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot Connecticut May Become First US State To Allow Deadly Police Drones
According to Reuters, Connecticut lawmakers are considering a new bill that would allow police to equip drones with potentially lethal weapons. The bill, which was approved overwhelmingly by the state...
12:00 am - Sun, April 2, 2017
Slashdot Steve Wozniak's Biographer Pranked By Woz's Mom?
An anonymous reader writes: Gina Smith is the co-author of Steve Wozniak's 2006 biography. On the day that Steve Jobs died, she posted a poignant story Woz had shared about their early days in Silicon...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Flatbed Scanners Used As Relay Point For Controlling Malware
An anonymous reader writes:"Scientists from two Israeli universities have come up with a way to use flatbed scanners as relay points when sending commands to malware installed on an air-gapped compute...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Trump Extends Obama Executive Order On Cyberattacks [Flagged]
"U.S. President Donald Trump is extending by one year special powers introduced by former President Barack Obama that allow the government to issue sanctions against people and organizations engaged i...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Ask SN: Seen Any Good April Fool's Pranks Today?
An anonymous reader writes:It's that special time of year where sites around the net celebrate April Fool's Day with parodies of their own product offerings. Google Home announces a new companion serv...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Google Maps Adds 'Ms. Pac-Man' Feature
An anonymous reader quotes a blog post by Google Maps:Starting now until April 4, you can chomp fruit, avoid ghosts, and collect PAC-Dots along city streets in Google Maps worldwide -- all as Ms. PAC-...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Robots Could Solve the Lionfish Ecological Disaster
"Lionfish are an invasive species that are destroying our coral reefs and fisheries," writes SkinnyGuy. "The non-profit RISE (from iRobot's Colin Angle) has a plan to use robots to fish these Lionfish...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Someone on Medium Just Said C Was Better Than C
Developer David Timothy Strauss is publishing a call to code "straightforward, easy-to-reason-about approaches" -- in an essay titled "Choosing 'Some C++' Over C". (Alternate title: "C++ for Lovers of...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot OS/2-Based 'Arcanos 5.0' Has Finally Been Releas -- Oh Wait, No It Wasn't. Never Mind.
"Because we want ArcaOS 5.0 to be the best that it can be, Arca Noae has made the difficult decision to delay release two weeks, with a new projected delivery date of April 15, 2017," reads a new anno...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot There's A New New JavaScript Framework
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Mithril, an open source JavaScript framework for single-page applications, is looking to best Facebook's React, Google's Angular, and Vue JavaScript tools in perf...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Telcos Gear Up To Fight Facebook and Google Over How You Log Into Websites
Mashable has an interesting article that talks about the penetration of "social authentication" services: There are two ways to log in on websites: try to recall the email address and password you reg...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Show SN: I Wrote A CGI Script
An anonymous reader writes: I wrote a CGI script that displays a random Slashdot story! Every time you refresh the page, it displays a different story from the year 2016. And you can also just load st...
12:00 pm - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Simulation Suggests 68 Percent of the Universe May Not Actually Exist
boley1 quotes a report from New Atlas: According to the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model, which is the current accepted standard for how the universe began and evolved, the ordinary matter w...
08:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot New UBI Program Launches In Canada To 'Define Our Future'
As automation continues to replace human workers, a universal basic income program will begin paying $1,689 per month to select Ontario residents later this year, as Canada joins other countries testi...
06:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality Is Trump's Next Target, Administration Says [Flagged]
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fierce Telecom: During a press event yesterday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that next up on President Trump's telecom agenda is to roll back the FCC...
04:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality Is Trump's Next Target, Administration Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fierce Telecom: During a press event yesterday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that next up on President Trump's telecom agenda is to roll back the FCC...
04:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Y Combinator-Funded Startup To Do Quantum Computing -- Only Better
An anonymous reader writes:A "spaceshot" company that emerged from Y Combinator three summers ago and is targeting a revolutionary change in the way computers work has landed $64 million to help it in...
02:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot USB Canary Sends An SMS When Someone Tinkers With Your USB Ports
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: A new tool released on GitHub last week can help paranoid sysadmins keep track of whenever someone plugs in or disconnects an USB-based devic...
02:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Study Shows Laptop Batteries Often Don't Last As Long As They Say
A new study conducted by Which? magazine has found that "the battery life claimed by laptop manufacturers rarely lives up to reality. "Although Apple's battery life claims were the closest to reality,...
12:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Shutting Down CodePlex
Microsoft corporate vice president Brian Harry announced in a blog post today that they are shutting down CodePlex, its service for hosting repositories of open source software. "As of this post, we'v...
12:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Next-Generation DDR5 RAM Will Double the Speed of DDR4 In 2018
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: You may have just upgraded your computer to use DDR4 recently or you may still be using DDR3, but in either case, nothing stays new forever. JEDE...
12:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Rogue System Administrator Faces 10 Years In Prison For Shutting Down Servers, Deleting Core Files On the Day He Was Fired
Joe Venzor, a former employee at boot manufacturer Lucchese, had a near total meltdown after he got fired from his IT system administrator position. According to TechSpot, he shut down the company's e...
12:00 am - Sat, April 1, 2017
Slashdot Oculus Co-Founder and Rift Creator Palmer Luckey Leaves Facebook
bongey writes: Palmer Lucky has left Facebook, which bought Oculus for $2 billion. The anti-Hillary memes controversy led to the resignation. UploadVR reports: "According to Oculus, this will be Palme...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Verizon, AT&T, Comcast Say They Will Not Sell Customer Browsing Histories
Comcast, Verizon, AT&T Inc said Friday they would not sell customers' individual internet browsing information, days after the U.S. Congress approved legislation reversing Obama administration era...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Bans Sales of Media Player Boxes That Promote Piracy
Amazon is taking a tough stance against vendors who sell fully-loaded Kodi boxes and other "pirate" media players through its platform. From a report: The store now explicitly bans media players that ...
10:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot This is Why Australia Hasn't Had a Recession in Over 25 Years
Australia is close to seizing the global crown for the longest streak of economic growth thanks to a mixture of policy guile and outrageous fortune. From a report: While growth is being underpinned by...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot More Compulsory Math Lessons Do Not Encourage Women To Pursue STEM Careers, Study Finds
An anonymous reader shares a report: The demand for employees in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math) is particularly high, as corporations compete to attract skilled professionals...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot CIA Tricked Antivirus Programs, Claims WikiLeaks
Reader Mark Wilson writes: Today, WikiLeaks published the third installment of its Vault 7 CIA leaks. We've already had the Year Zero files which revealed a number of exploits for popular hardware and...
08:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Fear of Robots Taking Jobs in the Short Term is Overblown, Says General Electric CEO
An anonymous reader shares a report: "I think before we go to the phase where it's only robots at every bench, we are going to go through a phase of smarter workers," General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt ...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot US College Grads See Slim-to-Nothing Wage Gains Since Recession
The worth of a college degree is losing its luster in the US job market. From a report on Bloomberg: Wages for college graduates across many majors have fallen since the 2007-09 recession, according t...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Is Ditching the Egg
Long time reader and journalist harrymcc writes: In 2010, Twitter started representing new users with an icon of an egg. It was playful at the time, but the image has come to represent the worst of Tw...
06:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They're Not Really Into It
From a report: ESPN has lost more than 12 million subscribers since 2011, according to Nielsen, and the viewership erosion seems to be accelerating. Last fall, ESPN lost 621,000 subscribers in a singl...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot 'Verified' Is Now a Derogatory Term on Twitter
From an article on The Outline: Since 2009, Twitter has added a blue checkmark symbol to certain accounts that have been deemed "verified," which means "that an account of public interest is authentic...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Mobile Needs To Be Put Out of Its Misery
From a column on BetaNews: It's time for Microsoft to pull the plug. Windows 10 Mobile has been on life support for a long time, and the software giant is only making things worse by not giving it the...
04:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Millions of Websites Affected By Unpatched Flaw in Microsoft IIS 6 Web Server
A proof-of-concept exploit has been published for an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0, a version of the web server that's no longer supported but still widely use...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Minnesota Senate Votes To Bar Selling ISP Data
Kagato quotes a report from St. Paul Pioneer Press: In a surprise move, the Minnesota Senate on Wednesday voted to bar internet service providers from selling their users' personal data without expres...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot AMD Ryzen Game Patch Optimizations Show Significant Gains On Zen Architecture
MojoKid writes: AMD got the attention of PC performance enthusiasts everywhere with the recent launch of its Ryzen 7 series processors. The trio of 8-core chips competitively take on Intel's Core i7 s...
10:00 am - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Apple Opens App Accelerator in Bangalore, India To Foster iOS App Development
From a report: Apple is taking further steps to foster the developer ecosystem in the world's fastest growing smartphone market. The Cupertino-based company said it has opened a new App Accelerator in...
08:00 am - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Smartphones May Be To Blame For Unprecedented Spike In Pedestrian Deaths, Says Report
According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, the United States saw its largest annual increase in pedestrian fatalities since such record keeping began 40 years ago. "The [asso...
04:00 am - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Amazon and Walmart Are In An All-Out Price War That Is Terrifying Big Brands
gollum123 quotes a report from Recode: Last month, Walmart gathered some of America's biggest household brands near its Arkansas headquarters for a tough talk. For years, Walmart had dominated the ret...
02:00 am - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Makes Aerospace History With Successful Launch, Landing of a Used Rocket
Eloking quotes a report from The Verge: After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Cana...
02:00 am - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Your Save Data Is Not Safe On the Nintendo Switch
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In a post-launch update to our initial Nintendo Switch review, we noted that there is no way to externally back up game save data stored on the s...
02:00 am - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot House Approves Bill To Force Public Release of EPA Science
schwit1 quotes a report from Associated Press: House Republicans are taking aim at the Environmental Protection Agency, targeting the way officials use science to develop new regulations. A bill appro...
12:00 am - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot Publish Georgia's State Laws, You'll Get Sued For Copyright and Lose
Presto Vivace writes: If you want to read the official laws of the state of Georgia, it will cost you more than $1,000. Open-records activist Carl Malamud bought a hard copy, and it cost him $1,207.02...
12:00 am - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Receives $6.5 Billion To Build Wireless Network For First Responders
The First Responder Network, FirstNet, an independent arm of the Department of Commerce, has awarded a contract to AT&T to build a nationwide wireless broadband network to better equip first respo...
12:00 am - Fri, March 31, 2017
Slashdot IBM Technology Creates Smart Wingman For Self-Driving Cars
coondoggie quotes a report from Network World: IBM said that it has patented a machine learning technology that defines how to shift control of an autonomous vehicle between a human driver and a vehic...