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10:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Uber Fires Executive Accused of Stealing Google's Self-Driving Car Secrets
According to The New York Times, Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the former head of its self-driving car project who is accused of stealing some 14,000 documents from Google's Waymo and using that...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Essential Home is an Amazon Echo Competitor That 'Puts Privacy First'
In its bid to take on Apple, Google and Amazon, Essential has unveiled "Home," a new intelligent assistant that it hopes owners will be proud to show off. From a report: Essential Home is the new inte...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot US Interceptor Missile Successfully Intercepts Test ICBM, Says Pentagon
An anonymous reader writes: The Pentagon has confirmed that the U.S. interceptor missile it launched has successfully intercepted the test ICBM fired from the Marshall Islands. From an ABC News report...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot How Facebook Praises and Pressures a Country's Leader To Get Exactly What It Wants
The Irish Independent has published correspondence between Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Irish prime minister Enda Kenny, obtained through a freedom of information law request. ...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot European Union Will Fund Public Wifi
An anonymous reader writes: The European Union is moving towards getting free public wifi into unconnected locations around the bloc. A new agreement will provide 120 million euros to "fund equipment ...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Hotels Now See Online Travel Sites as Rivals
Major hotel chains are engaging in an online turf war with the very travel sites that have helped drive their businesses. From a report: Marriott, Hilton and InterContinental are using extensive marke...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Looking To Reboot Mobile with New Software and Hardware: Sources
Long time Microsoft watcher Brad Sams, reporting today: Two independent sources inside of Microsoft have told me that there is a new hardware device being tested internally and that there is also a se...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot For Video Soundtracks, Computers Are the New Composers
Reader jader3rd writes: NPR has a story about computer composed soundtracks being used for small video projects. Ed Newton-Rex, the company's founder, is a composer who studied computer programming, a...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Instagram CEO On Allegations That His App Has Copied Snapchat
It's no secret that Facebook has taken inspiration from Snapchat, an app it couldn't purchase. The flagship features of Snapchat are now available across all of Facebook's owned services. But how do F...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot As Computer Coding Classes Swell, So Does Cheating
An anonymous reader shares a report: College students have flooded into computer science courses across the country, recognizing them as an entree to coveted jobs at companies like Facebook and Google...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot US Supreme Court Protects Consumers' Right To Refill Ink Cartridges In Precedent-Setting Lexmark vs Impression Case
The U.S. Supreme Court said on Tuesday companies give up their patent rights when they sell an item, in a ruling that puts new limits on businesses' ability to prevent their products from being resold...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot PC Market Could Return To Growth in 2019
IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker offers new insight as to why the firm believes the PC market is set for a growth period a few years from now. From a report: Detachab...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Intel's Massive 18-core Core i9 Chip Starts a Bloody Battle For Enthusiast PCs
With Core i9, the Intel vs. AMD battle rages anew. Announced Tuesday at Computex in Taipei, Intel's answer to AMD's 16-core, 32-thread Threadripper is an 18-core, 36-thread monster microprocessor of i...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Podcast App Breaker Adds Support For JSON Feed, Believes the RSS Alternative Could Benefit Podcast Ecosystem
Erik Michaels-Ober, the creator of popular podcast app Breaker: The decentralized structure of podcasts creates a chicken-and-egg problem for JSON Feed to gain adoption. There's no incentive for podca...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot More Than Half of US Workers Didn't Use Up Their Time Off Last Year
An anonymous reader shares an article: Americans, famously, take far less vacation time than their European counterparts: less than 17 days, on average, compared to 30 days in France, for example. But...
12:00 pm - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Android Creator Andy Rubin Launches Top-of-the-line Essential Phone
The much-anticipated smartphone from Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, is here. It's called the Essential Phone, and it runs a custom version of Android. Priced at $699, the Essential Phone offers t...
08:00 am - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Get Real, Microsoft: If the New Surface Pro Is a Laptop, Bundle It With a Type Cover
An anonymous reader shares an article: If Microsoft sold cars like it's trying to sell its Surface Pro (2017), it would charge extra for wheels -- and would be laughed out of the market. But Microsoft...
06:00 am - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot China To Implement Cyber Security Law From Thursday
China, battling increased threats from cyber-terrorism and hacking, will adopt from Thursday a controversial law that mandates strict data surveillance and storage for firms working in the country, th...
02:00 am - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Wikipedia's Switch To HTTPS Has Successfully Fought Government Censorship
Determining how to prevent acts of censorship has long been a priority for the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, and thanks to new research from the Harvard Center for Internet and Society, the foundat...
12:00 am - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot Startup Uses AI To Create Programs From Simple Screenshots
An anonymous reader shares an article: A new neural network being built by a Danish startup called UIzard Technologies IVS has created an application that can transform raw designs of graphical user i...
12:00 am - Tue, May 30, 2017
Slashdot India's Ethical Hackers Rewarded Abroad, Ignored at Home
An anonymous reader shares an article: Kanishk Sajnani did not receive so much as a thank you from a major Indian airline when he contacted them with alarming news -- he had hacked their website and c...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot ARM's New Processors Are Designed To Power the Machine-Learning Machines
An anonymous reader shares an article: Official today, the ARM Cortex-A75 is the new flagship-tier mobile processor design, with a claimed 22 percent improvement in performance over the incumbent A73....
10:00 pm - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot Is China Outsmarting America in AI?
An anonymous reader shares an NYTimes article: Beijing is backing its artificial intelligence push with vast sums of money. Having already spent billions on research programs, China is readying a new ...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple Co-founder Thinks Apple Is Now Too Big a Company To Come Up With the Next Big Thing
When it comes to the next great tech breakthroughs, Steve Wozniak isn't betting on the company he founded. Instead, he believes Tesla is at the forefront of anticipating the world to come. From a repo...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot India Tech Giant Warns Trump's 'Radical Shift' to Hurt Industry
The vice chairman at Tech Mahindra, one of India's largest technology services companies warned that U.S. President Donald Trump's visa policies will damage the industry as his company reported weak e...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot Asus Goes Big On Slim Laptops at Computex
At Computex, Asus announced a range of new laptops. From a report: The new ZenBook Pro takes center stage, featuring powerful hardware in a slim form factor -- an Intel Core i7-7700HQ as well as a Nvi...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot UK Tech Visas Quadruple After Applications Soar
James Timcomb, writing for The Telegraph: Technology industry demands for special measures to let companies hire foreign workers after Brexit have been boosted by a surge in demand for technology visa...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot US Might Ban Laptops On All Flights Into And Out of the Country
The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, U.S. Homeland Security ...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot British Airways CEO Won't Resign, Says Outsourcing Not To Blame For IT Failure
British Airways CEO Alex Cruz insisted he would not resign on Monday as he sought to draw a line under three days of chaos at the UK flag carrier after IT problems left tens of thousands of passenger ...
12:00 pm - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot Are There More Developers Than We Think?
JavaScript's npm package manager reports 4 million users, doubling every year, leading to an interesting question from tech industry analyst James Governor:Just how many developers are there out there...
08:00 am - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot ESR Announces The Open Sourcing Of The World's First Text Adventure
An anonymous reader writes:Open source guru Eric S. Raymond added something special to his GitHub page: an open source version of the world's first text adventure. "Colossal Cave Adventure" was first ...
06:00 am - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot US Senators Propose Bug Bounties For Hacking Homeland Security
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:U.S. senators want people to hack the Department of Homeland Security. On Thursday, Senators Maggie Hassan, a Democrat and Republican Rob Portman introduced the Hack DHS...
02:00 am - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot Walt Mossberg's Last Column Calls For Privacy and Security Laws
70-year-old Walt Mossberg wrote his last weekly column Thursday, looking back on how "we've all had a hell of a ride for the last few decades" and revisiting his famous 1991 pronouncement that "Person...
12:00 am - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot Seven Science Journals Have A Dog On Their Editorial Board
An anonymous reader writes:A professor of health policy at Australia's Curtin University got seven different science journals to put his dog on their editorial board. The dog is now associate editor f...
12:00 am - Mon, May 29, 2017
Slashdot Leaked 'Standing Rock' Documents Reveal Invasive Counterterrorism Measures
An anonymous reader writes:"A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism meas...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot New Privacy Vulnerability In IOT Devices: Traffic Rate Metadata
Orome1 quotes Help Net Security: Even though many IoT devices for smart homes encrypt their traffic, a passive network observer -- e.g. an ISP, or a neighborhood WiFi eavesdropper -- can infer consume...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Malicious Apps Brought Ad-Clicking 'Judy' Malware To Millions Of Android Phones
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:The security firm Checkpoint on Thursday uncovered dozens of Android applications that infected users' devices with malicious ad-click software. In at least one case...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Found Perfect Contraceptives In Traditional Chinese Medicine
hackingbear writes: Researchers at U.C. Berkeley found a birth control that was hormone-free, 100 percent natural, resulted in no side effects, didn't harm either eggs nor sperm, could be used in the ...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Continues To Explore Universal Basic Incomes
A Silicon Valley Congressman "is pushing for a plan that has been described as a first step toward universal basic income...a long-shot $1 trillion expansion to the earned income tax credit that is al...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot New Details On Sergey Brin's Plan For The World's Largest Aircraft
An anonymous reader shares The Guardian's report on plans for a new aircraft that's two-and-a-half times the size of a 747.Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a hi-tech airship in Silicon Valley...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Is Amazon's AWS Hiring 'Demolishing The Cult Of Youth'?
Tech analyst James Governor argues that Amazon's cloud business is "demolishing the cult of youth."It just announced it is hiring James Gosling, one of the original inventors of Java... Meanwhile Jame...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Working Theory In Jet Crash: IPhone In Cockpit Is To Blame
Apple Insider reports:Apple on Friday said that it's open to cooperation with French authorities, who are exploring the possibility that two of the company's devices were linked to the crash of EgyptA...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Even For Businesses, Chrome Is The Top Browser
An anonymous reader shares Computerworld's interview with David Michael Smith of Gartner. "Most enterprises still have a 'standard' browser, and most of the time, that's something from Microsoft. Thes...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Google Go-Playing A.I. Retires To Focus On Energy Conservation And Medicine
After "narrowly" beating the world's top Go player, what's left for Google's AlphaGo AI? Engadget reports:Now that it has nothing left to prove, the AI is hanging up its boots and leaving the world of...
10:00 am - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Creative Commons Staff Members Release New Free eBook
ChristianVillum writes: Creative Commons staff-members Sarah Hinchliff Pearson and Paul Stacey have now published Made With Creative Commons, the awaited book they successfully funded on Kickstarter i...
06:00 am - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Security Analyst Concludes Windows 10 Enterprise 'Tracks Too Much'
A viral Twitter rant about Windows 10 Enterprise supposedly ignoring users' privacy settings has since been clarified. "I made mistakes on my original testing and therefore saw more connections than I...
04:00 am - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There A Screen-Less, Keyboard-Less, Battery-Powered Computer?
Long-time Slashdot reader Wycliffe writes:So I have a travel keyboard that I love. I can carry my OS on a USB flash drive. There are several options for portable battery powered monitors. The only thi...
02:00 am - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot Opera Says Their iOS Updates Are Still Coming - Just Slowly
Slashdot reader BrianFagioli has posted an update about his communication with Opera over their plans for iOS. They'd originally tweeted Thursday that "at this moment we don't have a team working on I...
12:00 am - Sun, May 28, 2017
Slashdot New Solar Plane Plans Non-Stop Flight Around The World
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:[A] Russian tycoon and his Renova Group plan a record-breaking effort to send a plane around the world nonstop using only the power of the sun. If all goes well, a...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot The Lawyer Who Founded Prenda Law Just Got Disbarred
Long-time Slashdot reader lactose99 writes:One of the original copyright trolls finally got their comeuppance. From TFA: "John L. Steele, a Chicago lawyer who pled guilty to perjury, fraud and money l...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot SSD Drives Vulnerable To Rowhammer-Like Attacks That Corrupt User Data
An anonymous reader writes: NAND flash memory chips, the building blocks of solid-state drives (SSDs), include what could be called "programming vulnerabilities" that can be exploited to alter stored ...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Have Targeted Both the Trump Organization And Democrat Election Data
An anonymous reader writes: Two recent news stories give new prominence to politically-motivated data breaches. Friday the Wall Street Journal reported that last year Guccifer 2.0 sent 2.5 gigabytes o...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Alpine Linux 3.6.0 Released
An anonymous reader quotes DistroWatch:Natanael Copa has announced the release of Alpine Linux 3.6.0. Alpine Linux is an independent, minimal operating system that is well suited to running servers, r...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot IT Crash Causes British Airways To Cancel All Flights
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday as a global IT failure upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of peo...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Wormable Code-Execution Bug Lurked In Samba For 7 Years
Long-time Slashdot reader williamyf was the first to share news of "a wormable bug [that] has remained undetected for seven years in Samba verions 3.5.0 onwards." Ars Technica reports:Researchers with...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Others Ante Up Another $30 Million To Change.org the World
theodp writes: Fortune reports that LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is "leading a $30 million funding round in Change.org, a for-profit petition and fundraising website focused on social and politica...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Investigation Demanded Over Fake FCC Comments Submitted By Dead People
An anonymous reader writes:Fight for the Future has found another issue with the fake comments submitted to the FCC opposing net neutrality. "The campaign group says that some of the comments were pos...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot New Zealand Joins Space Race With Successful Launch Of Lightweight 'Electron' Rocket
"Rocket Lab: We have lift-off!" wrote long-time Slashdot reader ClarkMills on Wednesday. "History made as Electron launches successfully from Mahia." The New Zealand Herald reports:Rocket Lab engineer...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Accused of Underpaying Women, Google Says It's Too Expensive To Get Wage Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Google argued that it was too financially burdensome and logistically challenging to compile and hand over salary records that the government has...
12:00 pm - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot A New Amiga Arrives On the Scene -- the A-EON Amiga X5000
dryriver writes: It is 2017 and the long dead Amiga platform has suddenly been resurrected. The new Amiga X5000 costs about $1,800 and is an exotic mix of PC parts and completely new custom chips, inc...
08:00 am - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Have Targetted Both the Trump Organization And Democrat Election Data
An anonymous reader writes: Two recent news stories give new prominence to politically-motivated data breaches. Friday the Wall Street Journal reported that last year Guccifer 2.0 sent 2.5 gigabytes o...
04:00 am - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot UCF Research Could Bring 'Drastically' Higher Resolution To Your Phone and TV
New submitter cinemetek quotes a report from University of Central Florida: Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a new color changing surface tunable through electrical volt...
04:00 am - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot A Third of the Nation's Honeybee Colonies Died Last Year
A third of the honeybees in the United States were lost over the last year, part of a decade-long die-off experts said may threaten our food supply. USA Today reports: The annual survey of roughly 5,0...
02:00 am - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Two Different Studies Find Thousands of Bugs In Pacemakers, Insulin Pumps and Other Medical Devices
Two studies are warning of thousands of vulnerabilities found in pacemakers, insulin pumps and other medical devices. "One study solely on pacemakers found more than 8,000 known vulnerabilities in cod...
02:00 am - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Bans Sale of Piracy-Enabling Set-Top Boxes
Lirodon quotes a report from Variety: Facebook has joined the fight against illegal video-streaming devices. The social behemoth recently added a new category to products it prohibits users to sell un...
02:00 am - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot 10 Years Later: FileZilla Adds Support For Master Password That Encrypts Your Logins
An anonymous reader writes: "Following years of criticism and user requests, the FileZilla FTP client is finally adding support for a master password that will act as a key for storing FTP login crede...
12:00 am - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Chipotle Says 'Most' of Its Restaurants Were Infected With Credit Card Stealing Malware
Earlier this year, Chipotle announced that the their payment processing system was hacked. Today, the company has released more information about the hack, identifying the malware that was responsible...
12:00 am - Sat, May 27, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Working On a Dedicated Chip To Power AI On Devices
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks. "The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company's devices ha...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Music Streaming Service Tidal Loses Third CEO In Two Years
An anonymous reader shares an article: The music-streaming service Tidal is saying goodbye to yet another CEO. Jefffrey Toig, who became the company's CEO in December 2015, is leaving the company. Thi...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot NASA To Make Announcement About First Mission To Touch Sun
NASA published the following media advisory moments ago: NASA will make an announcement about the agency's first mission to fly directly into our sun's atmosphere during an event at 11 a.m. EDT Wednes...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Sean Parker Is Going To Great Lengths To Ensure 'Screening Room' Is Piracy Free, Patents Reveal
Napster co-founder Sean Parker has been working on his new service called Screening Room, which when becomes reality, could allow people to watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters in their living room...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Customer Satisfaction Drops 6% After TV Price Hikes, ACSI Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast's customer satisfaction score for subscription TV service fell 6 percent in a new survey, putting the company near the bottom of rankings...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot With Nothing Left To Sell, RadioShack Is Selling Itself To People
RadioShack, an almost 100-year-old American chain of wireless and electronics stores, had a hell of ride at retail. The cradle of building your own electronics at home, and an early participant in the...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot The Gig Economy Workforce Will Double In Four Years
The number of workers in the so-called gig economy will grow substantially in the coming years, according to a study by Intuit and Emergent Research. By 2021, the study finds, 9.2 million people are g...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot 80% of Millennials Say They Want To Buy a Home -- But Most Have Less Than $1,000
An anonymous reader writes: Millennials aren't buying homes in the same numbers as previous and older generations, but it's not because they don't want to. The vast majority of millennials do indeed a...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot In a Throwback To the '90s, NTFS Bug Lets Anyone Hang Or Crash Windows 7, 8.1
Windows 7 and 8.1 (and also Windows Vista) have a bug that is reminiscent of Windows 98 age, when a certain specially crafted filename could make the operating system crash (think of file:///c:/con/co...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Major US Tech Firms Press Congress For Internet Surveillance Reforms
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying the...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Disney Chief Bob Iger Doesn't Believe Movie Hack Threat Was Real
You may remember Disney's boss revealing that hackers had threatened to leak one of the studio's new films unless it paid a ransom. Bob Iger didn't name the film, but it was thought to be "Pirates of ...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Calls for Universal Basic Income in His Harvard Commencement Speech
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become the latest major tech figure to call for universal basic income as a solution for inequality, joining a growing chorus from Silicon Valley. From a report: "Ever...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Opera Abandons iOS Platform
Reader BrianFagioli writes: After searching for Opera in the Apple App Store, I noticed something odd -- none of the company's iOS browsers (Opera Mini and Opera Coast) had been updated in 2017. Since...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Former Mozilla CTO: 'Chrome Won'
Responding to Firefox marketing head Eric Petitt's blog post from earlier this week, Andreas Gal, former chief technology officer of Mozilla (who spent seven years at the company) offers his insights....
02:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Messenger App Kik Debuts Its Own Digital Currency
The messaging app Kik Interactive has decided to create its own digital currency. Kik's plans are for an "initial coin offering," a process by which it sells tokens that can be used to buy services on...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Develop Technology That Burns Natural Gas With No CO2 Emissions
New submitter Ben Sullivan writes: Researchers and engineers in Vienna have developed a way to burn natural gas without releasing CO2 into the air through a combustion method called chemical looping c...
08:00 am - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles
Joe Palca reports via NPR: NASA's Juno spacecraft has spotted giant cyclones swirling at Jupiter's north and south poles. That's just one of the unexpected and puzzling findings being reported by the ...
04:00 am - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Company Offers Free Training For US Coal Miners To Become Wind Farmers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: If you want to truly understand what's happening in the energy industry, the best thing to do is to travel deep into the heart of American coal country...
02:00 am - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's Instant Articles Platform To Support Google AMP, Apple News
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: One of the problems publishers face today in making their content more readable on mobile devices is that there are multiple, competing formats ava...
02:00 am - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot More Than Half of Streaming Users In US Are Sharing Their Passwords, Says Report
A new study conducted by Fluent shows a majority of Americans are sharing passwords to their streaming video services. While millennials lead the pack, non-millennials are doing the same. Streaming Ob...
02:00 am - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Drive-Up Grocery Stores Are Now Open To the Public In Seattle
Amazon has opened two drive-up grocery stores to the public that will allow Amazon Prime subscribers to place an online order and choose a two-hour pickup window for when they'd like to drive over and...
02:00 am - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot US Senator Introduces the First Bill To Give Gig Workers Benefits
Virginia Senator Mark Warner has introduced a bill that will give basic benefits to gig workers. "Warner has just proposed the first-ever piece of national legislation aimed at helping on-demand and o...
12:00 am - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile's 'Digits' Program Revamps the Phone Number
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: T-Mobile has announced the launch of its "Digits" program, coming May 31. Digits is a revamp of how T-Mobile phone numbers work, virtualizing cus...
12:00 am - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Proposed Active-Defense Bill Would Allow Destruction of Data, Use of Beacon Tech
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: A bill that would allow victims of cybercrime to use active defense techniques to stop attacks and identify attackers has been amended to require victims...
12:00 am - Fri, May 26, 2017
Slashdot Devuan Jessie 1.0 Officially Released
prisoninmate quotes a report from Softpedia: Announced for the first time back in November 2014, Devuan is a Debian fork that doesn't use systemd as init system. It took more than two and a half years...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Jonathan Ive Says Immigration Vital For UK Firms
The UK must keep its doors open to top talent from around the world if its technology firms are to thrive, Apple's chief designer has told the BBC. An anonymous reader shares the article: Sir Jonathan...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Firefox Marketing Head Expresses Concerns Over Google's Apparent 'Only Be On Chrome' Push
Eric Petitt, head up Firefox marketing, writing in a blog: I use Chrome every day. Works fine. Easy to use. There are multiple things that bug me about the Chrome product, for sure, but I'm OK with Ch...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot 83 Percent Of Security Staff Waste Time Fixing Other IT Problems
An anonymous reader shares a report: A new survey of security professionals reveals that 83 percent say colleagues in other departments turn to them to fix personal computer problems. The study by sec...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Newly Discovered Vulnerability Raises Fears Of Another WannaCry
A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by WannaCry, which infected more than 300,000 com...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Egypt Blocks 21 Websites For 'Terrorism' And 'Fake News'
Ahmed Aboulenein, reporting for Reuters: Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and prominent local independent news site Mada Masr, accusing the...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot It's Time For Academics To Take Back Control Of Research Journals
Stephen Curry, a professor of structural biology at Imperial College London, has a piece on The Guardian today in which he outlines the history of the relationship between commercial interests, academ...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot The Cable TV Industry Is Getting Even Less Popular
Aaron Pressman, writing for Fortune: It seems nobody loves their cable TV or home Internet provider. Wireless carriers, however, are on the upswing.That's the news from the huge annual survey of 43 in...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot And Now, a Brief Definition of the Web
Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge: Traditionally, we think of the web as a combination of a set of specific technologies paired with some core philosophical principles. The problem -- the reason this...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Cord-Cutters Are Ditching Their Cable Packages At the Fastest Rate Ever
Sara Fischer, writing for Axios: Cord-cutters are ditching their cable packages at the fastest rate ever, opting instead for cheaper, bundled digital TV options, according to the latest Magid Broadcas...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Surges 10% To All-Time High Above $2,700, Has Now Doubled in May
An anonymous reader writes: In another intraday jump of more than $200, bitcoin surged to a record Thursday on strong Asian demand overnight. Bitcoin jumped more than 10 percent to an all-time high of...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot US Intelligence Community Has Lost Credibility Due To Leaks
Two anonymous readers and Mi share an article: U.K. police investigating the Manchester terror attack say they have stopped sharing information with the U.S. after a series of leaks that have so anger...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Google AI AlphaGo Wins Again, Leaves Humans In the Dust
Google's AlphaGo has defeated the world's best Go player in the second out of three games, scoring an overall win for the artificial intelligence algorithm in the fiendishly complex board game. CNET a...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot How Facebook Flouts Holocaust Denial Laws Except Where It Fears Being Sued
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Facebook's policies on Holocaust denial will come under fresh scrutiny following the leak of documents that show moderators are being told not to...
12:00 pm - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot 8 In 10 People Now See Climate Change As a 'Catastrophic Risk,' Says Survey
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Thomas Reuters Foundation: Nearly nine in 10 people say they are ready to make changes to their standard of living if it would prevent future climate catas...
08:00 am - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Boeing Will Make the Military's New Hypersonic Spaceplane
The Department of Defense has selected Boeing to make a new hypersonic spaceplane that can be reused frequently over a short period of time to deliver multiple satellites into orbit. "DARPA, the agenc...
04:00 am - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Manchester Attack Could Lead To Internet Crackdown
New submitter boundary writes: The UK government looks to be about to put the most egregious parts of the Investigative Powers Act into force "soon after the election" (which is in a couple of weeks) ...
02:00 am - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Study Finds Magic Mushrooms Are the Safest Recreational Drug
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Mushrooms are the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally, according to this year's Global Drug Survey. Of the more than 12,000 people...
02:00 am - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Signs BuzzFeed, Vox, Others For Original Video Shows
Facebook has signed deals with Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks. The s...
02:00 am - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Vermont DMV Caught Using Illegal Facial Recognition Program
schwit1 quotes a report from Vocativ: The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has been caught using facial recognition software -- despite a state law preventing it. Documents obtained by the America...
12:00 am - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Airbnb Is Running Its Own Internal University To Teach Data Science
In an effort to fill the demand for trained data scientists, Airbnb will be running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system. Since traditional online programs ...
12:00 am - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Consumers Trust Robots For Surgery Over Savings, Research Finds
An anonymous reader shares an article: Andy Maguire faces a challenge: tasked with upgrading HSBC's digital-banking systems, he has discovered that customers are twice as likely to trust a robot for h...
12:00 am - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Windows Switch To Git Almost Complete: 8,500 Commits and 1,760 Builds Each Day
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in February, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that the Windows development team was going to move to using the open source Git ver...
12:00 am - Thu, May 25, 2017
Slashdot Robot Police Officer Goes On Duty In Dubai
The first robot officer has joined the Dubai Police force tasked with patrolling the city's malls and tourist attractions. "People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get informatio...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot The Trump Administration Wants To Be Able To Track and Hack Your Drone
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Trump administration wants federal agencies to be able to track, hack, or even destroy drones that pose a threat to law enforcement and public safety operation...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Fitness Trackers Out of Step When Measuring Calories, Research Shows
Fitness devices can help monitor heart rate but are unreliable at keeping tabs on calories burned, research has revealed. From a report on The Guardian: Scientists put seven consumer devices through t...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Intel Drops Thunderbolt 3 Royalty, Adds CPU Integration and Works Closely With Microsoft
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Windows Central: Over the last few days, Thunderbolt 3 has been a hot topic amongst Windows users especially with its notable absence with the new Surface Pro ...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Imzy, the Kinder and Gentler Reddit By Ex Employee, Is Shutting Down
Imzy, a social media site led by ex-Reddit employee Dan McComas, announced on Wednesday that it will be closing its doors next month. The site was launched last year with much fanfare. Imzy sought to ...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Are Using Gene Editing To Create the Perfect Tomato For Your Salad
An anonymous reader shares an article: Geneticists are now using technology to isolate the precise genes responsible for excessive branching and flowering, characteristics which lead to less fruit and...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Apple Wants To Turn Community College Students Into App Developers
Ina Fried, writing for Axios: Apple already offers a variety of tools to help school kids learn the basics of coding. Now, it aims to give older students what they need to become full-fledged app deve...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot US International Tourism Market Share Is Falling Under Trump
An anonymous reader writes: The United States' slice of the international tourism pie is declining, according to a new report from Foursquare that looks at data from millions of phones worldwide. The ...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot JSON Feed Announced As Alternative To RSS
Reader Anubis IV writes: With Slashdot recently asking whether we still use RSS, it may come as a surprise that something interesting has happened in the world of news feeds this week. JSON Feed was l...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Launch Its Netflix-Style Game Pass On June 1; Live Gold Subscribers Get Early Access
Microsoft announced today that Xbox Game Pass, a new subscription service that would allow Xbox One owners to download and play a selection of games for a flat monthly fee, will launch on June 1. From...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Malicious Subtitles Threaten VLC, Kodi and Popcorn Time Users, Researchers Warn
Millions of people risk having their devices and systems compromised by malicious subtitles, according to a new research published by security firm Check Point. The threat comes from a previously undo...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Brings Its Physical Bookstore To New York
Amazon's first New York City bookstore, Amazon Books, will open to the general public on Thursday morning, marking Amazon's highest-profile move into bricks-and-mortar retail to date. Even as the book...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot China Censored Google's AlphaGo Match Against World's Best Go Player
DeepMind's board game-playing AI, AlphaGo, may well have won its first game against the Go world number one, Ke Jie, from China -- but most Chinese viewers could not watch the match live. From a repor...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Wikimedia Is Clear To Sue the NSA Over Its Use of Warrantless Surveillance Tools
The Wikimedia Foundation has the right to sue the National Security Agency over its use of warrantless surveillance tools, a federal appeals court ruled. "A district judge shot down Wikimedia's case i...
12:00 pm - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot DEFCON Conference To Target Voting Machines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: Hackers will target American voting machines -- as a public service, to prove how vulnerable they are. When over 25,000 of them descend on Caesar's P...
08:00 am - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Renewable Energy Powers Jobs For Almost 10 Million People
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) annual report, the renewable energy industry employed 9.8 million people last year, which is up 1.1 percent from 2015. The strongest gr...
04:00 am - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Find Dozens of Genes Associated With Measures of Intelligence
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: We don't know a lot about the biological basis of our mental abilities -- we can't even consistently agree on how best to test them -- but a few ...
02:00 am - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Google Following Your Offline Credit Card Spending To Tell Advertisers If Their Ads Work
One of the new tools Google has announced for its advertisers today promises to tie your offline credit card data together with all your online viewing to tell advertisers exactly what's working as th...
02:00 am - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Open19 Launches Open Hardware Project Targeting Edge Computing
miller60 writes: The Open19 Foundation launched today, positioning its open hardware designs as a platform for edge computing, and an alternative to the Open Compute Project and hyperscale designs. Th...
02:00 am - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Republicans Want To Leave You Voicemail -- Without Ever Ringing Your Cellphone
bricko quotes a report from Recode: The GOP's leading campaign and fundraising arm, the Republican National Committee, has quietly thrown its support behind a proposal at the Federal Communications Co...
02:00 am - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot When AI Botches Your Medical Diagnosis, Who's To Blame?
Robert Hart has posed an interested question in his report on Quartz: When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who's to blame? Do you blame the AI, designer or organization? It's j...
12:00 am - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot DJI Threatens To 'Brick' Its Copters Unless Owners Agree To Share Their Details
schwit1 quotes a report from The Sun: A top drone manufacturer has warned that customers' expensive gadgets will be crippled if they don't register their details on its website. DJI drones -- which co...
12:00 am - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot FCC Won't Punish Stephen Colbert For Controversial Trump Insult
Earlier this month, the FCC said it would look into complaints made against The Late Show host Stephen Colbert over a homophobic joke he made about President Donald Trump. Well, it turns out the FCC i...
12:00 am - Wed, May 24, 2017
Slashdot Uber Plans Millions In Back Pay After Shorting NYC Drivers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Uber Technologies Inc. said it underpaid its New York City drivers by improperly calculating the company's share of passenger fares, and will pay ou...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot 'Sony Needs a Fresh Hit'
Even as Sony's CEO Kazuo Hirai has done a remarkable job over the past five years -- taking bold decisions on the areas the company should be focusing on, and cutting efforts on those that aren't work...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Engineer At Boeing Admits Trying To Sell Space Secrets To Russians
An anonymous reader shares an ArsTechnica report: Gregory Allen Justice, a 49-year-old engineer living in Culver City, Calif., has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted economic espionage and attempt...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot President Trump's Budget Includes a $2 Trillion Math Error
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TIME: President Trump's budget includes a simple accounting error that adds up to a $2 trillion oversight. Under the proposed budget released Tuesday, the Trum...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot 'Coding Is Not Fun, It's Technically and Ethically Complex'
An anonymous reader shares an article: For starters, the profile of a programmer's mind is pretty uncommon. As well as being highly analytical and creative, software developers need almost superhuman ...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Proves Need For Net Neutrality By Trying To Censor Advocacy Website
Reader mrchaotica writes: As most Slashdot readers are probably aware, the FCC, under the direction of Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, is trying to undo its 2015 decision to protect Net Neutrality ...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot At Google, an Employee-Run Email List Tracks Harassment and Bias Complaints
A group of Google employees have begun a message board for employees to submit worker complaints that's then emailed weekly as a digest, according to a report on Bloomberg. The email list -- called "Y...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: ISPs That Respect Your Online Privacy?
New submitter Rick Schumann writes: According to this story just posted here on Slashdot, Comcast is playing about as dirty as they can get. This is just about the last straw for me; are there any ISP...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Nokia Uses Lawsuit To Make Apple Its Friend
Apple has settled a patent dispute with Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia and agreed to buy more of its network products and services. The deal means Nokia will get bigger royalties from Apple for...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Giant Huawei Gets Serious About PC Business, Announces Plans For Global Expansion
Speaking of new laptops, Chinese conglomerate Huawei plans a global expansion into computers, it said on Tuesday, posing a fresh challenge to established PC players in a market that has suffered two y...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Unlock Samsung Galaxy S8 With Fake Iris
From a Motherboard report: Despite Samsung stating that a user's irises are pretty much impossible to copy, a team of hackers has done just that. Using a bare-bones selection of equipment, researchers...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Announces 'Windows 10 China Government Edition', Lets Country Use Its Own Encryption
At an event in China on Tuesday, Microsoft announced yet another new version of Windows 10. Called Windows 10 China Government Edition, the new edition is meant to be used by the Chinese government an...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's New Surface Pro Features Faster Intel Kaby Lake Processor, 13.5 Hours of Battery Life
On the sidelines of Windows 10 China Government Edition release, Microsoft also announced a new Surface two-in-one laptop. The latest addition to company's hybrid computing line up, the "new Surface P...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Google's AlphaGo AI Defeats the World's Best Human Go Player
It isn't looking good for humanity. Google's AI AlphaGo on Tuesday defeated Ke Jie, the world's number one Go player, in the first game of a three-part match. The new win comes a year after AlphaGo be...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot LeEco Said To Lay Off Over 80 Percent of US Workforce
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: LeEco, a Chinese company that made a big splash in the U.S. last fall, is preparing for a round of layoffs that may happen as soon as Tuesday, according ...
12:00 pm - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Could Giant Alien Structures Be Dimming a Far Away Star?
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: Astronomers and alien life enthusiasts alike are buzzing over the sudden dimming of an otherwise unremarkable star 1300 light-years away in the cons...
08:00 am - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Resident Evil Getting Rebooted Into a Six-Film Franchise
Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at Constantin Film, confirmed to Variety at the Cannes Film Festival that the "Resident Evil" movie franchise is getting rebooted into a six-film franchise. Fr...
04:00 am - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Sperm Stored In Space Produces Healthy Baby Mice On Earth
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Reproduction may be possible in space, Japanese researchers have said, after freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station for nin...
02:00 am - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Remote Pacific Island Is the Most Plastic-Contaminated Spot Yet Surveyed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Plastic is durable -- very, very durable -- which is why we like it. Since it started being mass-produced in the 1950s, annual production has inc...
02:00 am - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot PayPal Sues Pandora Over 'Patently Unlawful' Logo
PayPal has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Pandora, arguing that the company's minimalist logo "dilutes the distinctiveness" of its own branding. "Element by element and in overall impr...
02:00 am - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active Looks Like a Rugged LG G6
The Wireless Power Consortium has released a leaked image of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. While it's only one photo, the image shows a smartphone greatly resembling LG's G6. The Verge report...
02:00 am - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Java Creator James Gosling Joins Amazon Web Services
The legendary computer scientist and founder of Java, James Gosling, is joining forces with Amazon Web Services. Gosling made the announcement today on Facebook saying that he's "starting a new Advent...
12:00 am - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Ethereum Could Be Worth More Than Bitcoin Very Soon
Ethereum is an open software platform based on blockchain technology that enables developers to build and deploy decentralized applications, according to Blockgeeks. It is currently the second most va...
12:00 am - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Use DNA For Cloud Data Storage
Last July, researchers from Microsoft and the University of Washington said that they had successfully encoded about 200 megabytes of data onto synthetic DNA molecules. The company is now planning to ...
12:00 am - Tue, May 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Says a Chinese 'Gaming Service' Company Is Hacking Xbox Accounts
An anonymous reader shares a report: Since 2015, a Chinese gaming website has been hacking Xbox accounts and selling the proceeds on the open market, according to a complaint filed by Microsoft in fed...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot How Fonts Are Fueling the Culture Wars
Reader mirandakatz writes: Typography is having a bit of a moment: Suddenly, tons of people who don't work in design have all sorts of opinions about it, and are taking every opportunity to point out ...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars Could Cost America's Professional Drivers Up To 25,000 Jobs a Month
The full impact of self-driving cars on society is several decades away -- but when it hits, the job losses will be substantial for American truck drivers, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's 1.7 Million Free Bananas 'Disrupting' Local Fruit Economy
Amazon has transformed businesses including retailing, filmmaking and data storage. But no one anticipated the bananas. It started with a brainstorm from founder and CEO Jeff Bezos that Amazon should ...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Baking Soda Shortage Has Hospitals Frantic, Delaying Treatments and Surgeries
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Amid a national shortage of a critical medicine, US hospitals are hoarding vials, delaying surgeries, and turning away patients, The New York Tim...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Is Working On a Way To Connect You To People You 'Should' Know
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday shared some of what he has learned from his early trips around the country. Recode adds: The actual crux of the post comes later when Zuckerberg writes why he's ...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Pittsburgh Is Falling Out of Love With Uber's Self-Driving Cars
A worn-out welcome: The city rolled out the red carpet as a host to Uber's driverless car experiments, but nine months later its mayor and residents have built up a list of grievances with the public-...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Tech-Savvy Workers Increasingly Common in Non-IT Roles
An anonymous reader shares an article: IT professionals are becoming an increasingly common presence outside of the traditional IT departments, new research has found. According to CompTIA, it seems e...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot The Supreme Court Is Cracking Down on Patent Trolls
The Supreme Court on Monday limited the ability of patent holders to bring infringement lawsuits in courts that have plaintiff friendly reputations, a notable decision that could provide a boost to co...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Flooded With 'Sextortion' and Revenge Porn, Files Reveal
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook had to assess nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge pornography and "sextortion" on the site in a single month, according to a leaked document. Figures shared w...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Ford Ousted Its CEO And Is Doubling Down On Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader shares a report: At a press conference today, Ford announced that it had replaced CEO Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, director of the company's autonomous-car research. Previously th...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Price Hits Fresh Record High Above $2,200
An anonymous reader writes: Monday marks the seven-year anniversary of Bitcoin Pizza Day -- the moment a programmer named Laszlo Hanyecz spent 10,000 bitcoin on two Papa John's pizzas. More important ...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Hit Russian Bank Customers, Planned International Cyber Raids
Russian cyber criminals used malware planted on Android mobile devices to steal from domestic bank customers and were planning to target European lenders before their arrest, investigators and sources...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot 'Science Must Clean Up Its Act'
Our science community still struggles with diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, including systemic bias, harassment, and discrimination among other things, writes Heather Metcalf, mathematician, c...
12:00 pm - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Privacy-Focused Debian-Based Tails 3.0 Reaches RC Status
BrianFagioli quotes BetaNews: Today, Tails achieves an important milestone. Version 3.0 reaches RC status -- meaning the first release candidate (RC1). In other words, it may soon be ready for a stabl...
10:00 am - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Linux 4.10 Kernel Reaches End of Life
prisoninmate quotes Softpedia: As it's not an LTS (Long Term Support) branch, the Linux 4.10 kernel series was doomed to reach end of life sooner or later, and it happened this weekend with the releas...
08:00 am - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Switzerland Votes To Abandon Nuclear Power In Favor of Renewables
Slashdot reader bsolar writes: Swiss voters approved a new energy strategy proposed by the government. Under this new policy no new nuclear power plant will be built and the five existing nuclear powe...
06:00 am - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Julian Assange Still Faces Legal Jeopardy In Three Countries
Though Sweden dropped an investigation into rape allegations against Julian Assange, "I can conclude, based on the evidence, that probable cause for this crime still exists," chief prosecutor Marianne...
02:00 am - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Why The US Government Open Sources Its Code
He's been the White House technology advisor since 2015, and this month Alvand Salehi delivered a keynote address at OSCON about the U.S. government's commitment to open source software. An anonymous ...
12:00 am - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Ex-IBM Employee Guilty of Stealing Secrets For China
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: A former developer for IBM pled guilty on Friday to economic espionage and to stealing trade secrets related to a type of software known as a clustered file system,...
12:00 am - Mon, May 22, 2017
Slashdot Did China Hack The CIA In A Massive Intelligence Breach From 2010 To 2012?
schwit1 quotes the International Business Times:Both the CIA and the FBI declined to comment on reports saying the Chinese government killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012 and di...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot Vint Cerf Reflects On The Last 60 Years
Computerworld celebrated its 50th anniversary by interviewing Vinton Cerf. The 73-year-old "father of the internet" remembers reading the early issues of the magazine, and reflects on how much things ...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot How AI Can Infer Human Emotions
An anonymous reader quotes OReilly.com's interview with the CEO of Affectiva, an emotion-measurement technology company that grew out of MIT's Media Lab. We can mine Twitter, for example, on text sent...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot Soon You'll Be Able To Build Your Own 4G Network Over Wi-Fi Frequencies
Long-time Slashdot reader Esther Schindler writes: An industry consortium called MulteFire wants to help you build your own LTE-like network that uses the Wi-Fi spectrum, with no need for carriers or ...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot FCC Won't Release DDoS Logs, And Will Probably Honor Fake Comments
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet on the alleged denial of service attack which blocked comments supporting net neutrality.In a ZDNet interview, FCC chief information officer David Bray said that the a...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot Movie Piracy Blackmail Plot Fails In India, Six Arrested
An anonymous reader quote's TorrentFreak's report about "a plot against Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, a record-breaking movie taking India by storm."Someone posing as a "film anti-piracy activist" told...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot Texas Legislature Clears Road For Uber and Lyft To Return To Austin
schwit1 shared this article from the Austin Monitor:The Texas Legislature has cleared the road for Uber and Lyft to return to Austin on their own terms. On Wednesday, the state Senate overwhelmingly a...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot Indian Election Officials Challenges Critics To Hack Electronic Voting Machine
Slashdot reader erodep writes: Following the recent elections in India, there have been multiple allegations of electoral fraud by hacking of Electronic Voting Machines... Two weeks ago, a party even ...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot New Battery Technology Draws Energy Directly From The Human Body
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:A team of eleven scientists from UCLA and the University of Connecticut has created a new energy-storing device that can draw electrical power from the huma...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot Endless OS Now Ships With Steam And Slack FlatPak Applications
An anonymous reader writes: Steam and Slack are now both included as Flatpak applications on the Endless OS, a free Linux distribution built upon the decades of evolution of the Linux operating system...
12:00 pm - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot Netgear Adds Support For "Collecting Analytics Data" To Popular R7000 Router
An anonymous reader writes: Netgear's latest firmware update for the R7000 includes new support for collecting analytics data. The update release notes include this caution: NOTE:It is strongly recomm...
08:00 am - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot The Working Dead: Which IT Jobs Are Bound For Extinction?
Slashdot reader snydeq shares an InfoWorld article identifying "The Working Dead: IT Jobs Bound For Extinction." Here's some of its predictions. The president of one job leadership consultancy argues ...
06:00 am - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot Attackers DDoS WannaCry Kill Switch
An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:As of late Friday, after many of the deadlines threatening data deletion had passed, few victims had paid ransoms. According to Elliptic Enterprises, only about ...
02:00 am - Sun, May 21, 2017
Slashdot Possible Radioactive Leak Investigated At Washington Nuclear Site
Authorities are investigating radioactive material found on a worker's clothing one week after a tunnel collapse at the waste nuclear waste site in the state of Washington. Around 7 p.m. Thursday, Was...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot New Evidence of a Decline In Electricity Use By U.S. Households
There's some surprising news from the Energy Institute at the University of California's business school. America's households are using less electricity than they did five years ago.So what is differ...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot EU Passes 'Content Portability' Rules Banning Geofencing
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo writes: The European Parliament has passed draft rules mandating 'content portability', i.e. the ability to take your purchased content and services across borders wi...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot New SMB Worm Uses Seven NSA Hacking Tools. WannaCry Used Just Two
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have detected a new worm that is spreading via SMB, but unlike the worm component of the WannaCry ransomware, this one is using seven NSA tools instead of two. ...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Stealing Windows Credentials Using Google Chrome
Orome1 writes:A default setting in Google Chrome, which allows it to download files that it deems safe without prompting the user for a download location, can be exploited by attackers to mount a Wind...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Groups War Over Resources For DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader quotes CSO:As more groups get into the denial-of-service attack business they're starting to get in each other's way, according to a report released Thursday... There are only so m...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Aftermath From The Net Neutrality Vote: A Mass Movement To Protect The Open Internet?
After Thursday's net neutrality vote, two security guards pinned a reporter against a wall until FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly had left the room, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Writers Guild o...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Is Russia Conducting A Social Media War On America?
An anonymous reader writes: Time magazine ran a cover story about "a dangerous new route for antidemocratic forces" -- social media. "Using these technologies, it is possible to undermine democratic g...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot New OS/2 Warp Operating System 'ArcaOS' 5.0 Released
The long-awaited modern OS/2 distribution from Arca Noae was released Monday. martiniturbide writes: ArcaOS 5.0 is an OEM distribution of IBM's discontinued OS/2 Warp operating system. ArcaOS offers a...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Delta Airlines Tests Facial Recognition To Speed Up Baggage Check-In
Would you let Delta airlines scan your face if it meant you could skip the line to check-in your baggage? An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Delta is testing a face-scanning kiosk for baggage check... It ...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Arctic Stronghold of World's Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world's most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity's food supp...
12:00 pm - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Chemists May Be Zeroing In On Chemical Reactions That Sparked the First Life
sciencehabit quotes a report from Scientific Magazine: DNA is better known, but many researchers today believe that life on Earth got started with its cousin RNA, since that nucleic acid can act as bo...
08:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Claim 'Cold Spot' In Space Could Offer Evidence of a Parallel Universe
New submitter LCooke writes: A international research team led by the University of Durham thinks a mysterious cold spot in the universe could offer evidence of a parallel universe. The cold spot coul...
04:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Robots Could Wipe Out Another 6 Million Retail Jobs
According to a new study this week from financial services firm Cornerstone Capital Group, between 6 million and 7.5 million retail jobs are at risk of being replaced over the course of the next 10 ye...
02:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot BlackBerry Working With Automakers On Antivirus Tool For Your Car
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: BlackBerry is working with at least two automakers to develop a security service that would remotely scan vehicles for computer viruses and tell drive...
02:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot UK Conservatives Pledge To Create Government-Controlled Internet
Martin S. writes: Theresa May, the leader of the UK Conservative Party has pledged to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government on re-election. An early lead in the poll...
02:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Uber Starts Charging What It Thinks You're Willing To Pay
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Uber drivers have been complaining that the gap between the fare a rider pays and what the driver receives is getting wider. After months of unsat...
12:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Almost All WannaCry Victims Were Running Windows 7
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: According to data released today by Kaspersky Lab, roughly 98 percent of the computers affected by the ransomware were running some version of Windo...
12:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot About 37,000 AT&T Workers Go On Three-Day Strike
Roughly 37,000 AT&T workers -- less than 14 percent of the company's total workforce -- began a three-day strike on Friday after failing to reach an agreement with the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier ...
12:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Uber Threatens To Fire Engineer Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From Waymo
Uber's general counsel Salle Yoo has warned Anthony Levandowski that if he doesn't return the files he's accused of stealing from Google's self-driving car unit and using them to develop similar techn...
12:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Investigation
rmdingler writes: "Sweden is dropping its investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on rape allegations, according to a prosecution statement released Friday," reports CNN. "Assange, who has...
12:00 am - Sat, May 20, 2017
Slashdot London City First In UK To Get Remote Air Traffic Control
New submitter lifeisshort writes: "Instead of sitting in a tower overlooking the runway, controllers will be 80 miles away, watching live footage from high-definition cameras," reports BBC. "The new s...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Linux Distros Won't Run On Microsoft's Education-Focused Windows 10 S OS
Reader BrianFagioli writes: I was sort of hopeful for Windows 10 S when Microsoft made a shocking announcement at Build 2017 that it is bringing Linux distributions to the Windows Store. This gave the...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot A Bug in Twitter's Old Vine App May Have Exposed Your Email
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you had a Vine account, there's an alert you may want to know about. The video app, which Twitter bought in 2012 and shut down last year after its six-second vi...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Federal Agents Used a Stingray To Track an Immigrant's Phone
An anonymous reader shares a report: Investigators from Immigration and Custom Enforcement as well as the FBI have been using controversial cell-spoofing devices to secretly track down undocumented im...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot 'Without Action on Antibiotics, Medicine Will Return To the Dark Ages'
Four years ago professor Sally Davies, England's chief medical officer, gave the world a sombre warning of the growing threat posed by bacteria evolving resistance to life-saving antibiotics. If this ...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot CIA Co-Developed 'Athena' Windows Malware With US Cyber Security Company, WikiLeaks Reveals
An anonymous reader writes: Today, WikiLeaks leaked documentation about a tool called Athena. According to leaked documents, which WikiLeaks previously claimed it received from hackers and CIA insider...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Americans No Longer Have To Register Non-Commercial Drones With the FAA
A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a federal rule that required owners of recreational drones and other model aircraft to register the devices with the Federal Aviation Administration. The ...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Facebook and Twitter 'Harm Young People's Mental Health'
Instagram and Snapchat are really bad for young people's mental health, according to research by two health organisations. Virtually all major social media platforms have a negative impact on the well...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot IBM is Telling Remote Workers To Get Back in the Office Or Leave
For the last few years, IBM has built up a remote work program for its 380,000 employees. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that IBM is "quietly dismantling" this option, and has told its employees ...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot A Tip for Apple in China: Your Hunger for Revenue May Cost You
Li Yuan, writing for the WSJ: Apple's latest predicament centers on its App Store. Last month, Apple told several Chinese social-networking apps, including the wildly popular messaging platform WeChat...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot 2B Pages On Web Now Use Google's AMP, Pages Now Load Twice As Fast
At its developer conference I/O 2017 this week, Google also shared an update on its fast-loading Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). The company says that over 900,000 domains on the web have enabled AMP,...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot America's Cars Are Suddenly Getting Faster and More Efficient
Kyle Stock and David Ingold, writing for Bloomberg: Sometime in the next couple of months, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and its 808 horsepower will show up in dealership windows like some kind of ti...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot French Researchers Find Last-ditch Cure To Unlock WannaCry Files
French researchers said on Friday they had found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking u...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot ReactOS 0.4.5 Released
An anonymous reader shares Colin Finck's forum post announcing ReactOS version 0.4.5: The ReactOS Project is pleased to release version 0.4.5 as a continuation of its three month cadence. Beyond the u...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot China Successfully Mines Gas From Methane Hydrate In Production Run
hackingbear writes from a report via OilPrice.com: In a world's first, China has successfully extracted gas from gas hydrates in production run in the northern part of the South China Sea. According t...
08:00 am - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Rising Seas Set To Double Coastal Flooding By 2050, Says Study
Coastal flooding is about to get dramatically more frequent around the world as sea levels rise from global warming, researchers said Thursday. Phys.Org reports, "A 10-to-20 centimeter (four-to-eight ...
04:00 am - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right To Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Lobbying records in New York state show that Apple, Verizon, and the tech industry's largest trade organizations are opposing a bill that would ma...
02:00 am - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Firefox 55: Flash Will Become 'Ask To Activate' For Everyone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Starting with the release of Firefox 55, the Adobe Flash plugin for Firefox will be set to "Ask to Activate" by default for all users. This m...
02:00 am - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Steals 17 Million Zomato Users' Data, Briefly Puts It On Dark Web
Waqas reports via Hack Read: Recently, HackRead found out a vendor going by the online handle of âoenclayâ is claiming to have hacked Zomato and selling the data of its 17 million registered...
02:00 am - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Elsevier Wants $15 Million In 'Piracy' Damages From Sci-Hub and Libgen
lbalbalba writes: Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers, is demanding $15 million in damages from Sci-Hub and LibGen, who make paywalled scientific research papers freely available to the p...
02:00 am - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Create a T-Shirt That Monitors the Wearer's Breathing Rate In Real Time
"Researchers at Universite Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and its Center for Optics, Photonics, and Lasers have created a smart T-shirt that monitors the wearer's respiratory rate in real ...
12:00 am - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Font Sharing Site DaFont Has Been Hacked, Exposing Thousands of Accounts
A popular font sharing site DaFont.com has been hacked, resulting in usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords of 699,464 user accounts being stolen. ZDNet reports: The passwords were scrambled...
12:00 am - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Climate Change is Turning Antarctica Green, Say Researchers
Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent's northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts ...
12:00 am - Fri, May 19, 2017
Slashdot Google To Launch a Jobs Search Engine In the US
At its I/O 2017 conference, Google announced that it's launching a jobs search engine in the U.S. that will focus on a wide variety of jobs -- from entry-level and service industry positions to high-e...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Factory Workers Reveal Pain, Injury and Stress: 'Everything Feels Like the Future But Us'
Workers at Tesla's California car factory have been passing out and requiring rides in ambulances, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. The conditions at the factory suggest the lengths the co...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot A Quarter of IT Pros Find Their Job Very Stressful
An anonymous reader writes: A new report from Spiceworks, entitled A Portrait of IT Workers, says 41 per cent of IT pros in the UK consider themselves "accidental" -- and that they ended up in their c...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Windows XP PCs Infected By WannaCry Can Be Decrypted Without Paying Ransom
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Owners of some Windows XP computers infected by the WCry ransomware may be able to decrypt their data without making the $300 to $600 payment dem...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Launches Google Assistant On the iPhone
At its I/O 2017 developer conference, Google announced the Google Assistant is coming to iOS as a standalone app. Previously, the only way for iOS users to get access to the Assistant was through Allo...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Now Battles Clickbait On a Post-by-Post Basis
Facebook is taking further steps to decrease the reach and prevalence of clickbait headlines on its social network. Facebook says it will target clickbait on an individual post level and not just by a...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Cisco To Cut 1,100 More Jobs Amid a Worse-Than-Expected Business Outlook
Cisco said this week that it will cut an additional 1,100 employees as part of an expanded restructuring plan. From a report: The cuts come on top of the 5,500 job cuts, or 7 percent of its workforce,...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Families Will Spend More Than a Third of Summer Staring At Screens
Reader BrianFagioli writes: A new survey reveals that families will spend more than a third of the 2017 summer season with their eyes glued to some sort of screen. To make matters worse, parents say t...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot 'WannaCry Makes an Easy Case For Linux'
An anonymous reader writes: The thing is, WannaCry isn't the first of its kind. In fact, ransomware has been exploiting Windows vulnerabilities for a while. The first known ransomware attack was calle...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot App Maker's Code Stolen in Malware Attack
Mac and iOS software developer Panic has had the source code for several of its apps stolen. An anonymous reader writes: Panic founder Steven Frank said in a blog post that it happened after he downlo...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality Goes Down in Flames as FCC Votes To Kill Title II Rules
As we feared yesterday, the rollback of net neutrality rules officially began today. The FCC voted along party lines today to formally consider Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to scrap the legal foundation f...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot More Than 35,000 AT&T Workers Threaten Weekend Strike
More than 35,000 AT&T workers plan to go on strike on Friday if they don't reach an agreement with the company for new contracts. From a report: The Communications Workers of America union said ab...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot US and EU Reject Expanding Laptop Ban To Flights From Europe
An anonymous reader writes: US and EU officials have decided against a ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe. But after a four-hour meeting in Brussels to discuss the thre...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot EU Fines Facebook $122 Million Over Misleading Information On WhatsApp Deal
On Thursday, the European Union's powerful antitrust chief fined Facebook 110 million euros, or about $122 million, for giving misleading statements during the company's $19 billion acquisition of the...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Humans Accidentally Made a Space Cocoon For Ourselves Out of Radio Waves
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard article: Humans have accidentally created a protective bubble around Earth by using very low frequency (VLF) radio transmissions to contact submarines in the o...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago
MrCreosote writes: Properties owned and run by the Trump Organization, including places where Trump spends much of his time and has hosted foreign leaders, are a network security nightmare. From a rep...
12:00 pm - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Star Trek Discovery's First Trailer Brings a New Ship, New Characters, and Old Conflicts
nyquil superstar writes: Hey all, the Star Trek: Discovery trailer is out. Looks entertaining! From a report via Vox: "The trailer features Sonequa Martin-Green, fresh from The Walking Dead, as Michae...
08:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Drone Pilots In China Have to Register With the Government
China's Civil Aviation Authority has announced that drone pilots will be required to register any unmanned aerial vehicle heavier than 0.55 pounds with the government starting on June 1st. "Online reg...
04:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot How the Lights Have Gone Out For the People of Syria
dryriver shares an excerpt from a report via the BBC that shows what the impact of the Syrian war looks like from space: Six years of war in Syria have had a devastating effect on millions of its peop...
04:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot The Older the Doctor, the Higher the Patient Mortality Rate, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The age of your doctor may impact the quality of the care you receive -- and even cut your chances of survival -- researchers report in the Briti...
02:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Comcast's New Wireless Service Goes Live For Current Xfinity Subscribers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Comcast already pipes internet into millions of homes, and now it wants to take its service to the airwaves. In April, the media giant announce...
02:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Home Gets Notifications, Hands-Free Calling, a TV Interface and More
Google has announced several news features for Google Home to help it better compete against the Amazon Echo. The six new features coming to Google Home include: notifications, free calling to phones ...
12:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Justice Department Appoints Former FBI Director Robert Mueller As Special Counsel For Russia Investigation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's involvement in the U.S. election. ...
12:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Apple Starts Assembling iPhones In India
Apple has successfully completed its first trial run assembly of the iPhone SE in India, reports The Wall Street Journal. "We are beginning initial production of a small number of iPhone SE in Bengalu...
12:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Android Now Supports the Kotlin Programming Language
In addition to Java and C++, Google announced at its I/O 2017 conference today that Android is gaining official support for the Kotlin programming language. VentureBeat reports: Kotlin is developed by...
12:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot The Republican Push To Repeal Net Neutrality Will Get Underway This Week
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: Federal regulators will move to roll back one of the Obama administration's signature Internet policies this week, launching a process to repe...
12:00 am - Thu, May 18, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Refreshes Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 Tablets
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: Amazon's tablets have needed a refresh for a while now, and today it happened. The company announced two newly updated models -- the Fire 7 ($49) and the Fi...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Where Have All the Insects Gone?
Entomologists have been assessing diversity and abundance across western Germany and have found that between 1989 and 2013 the biomass of invertebrates caught had fallen by nearly 80 percent. From an ...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Google's Balloons Connect Flood-hit Peru
An anonymous reader writes: "Tens of thousands" of Peruvians have been getting online using Project Loon, the ambitious connectivity project from Google's parent company, Alphabet. Project Loon uses t...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Google Takes Another Shot At Making Android Great On Low-Budget Smartphones
At its developer conference, Google unveiled Android Go, a project wherein Google will offer a version of Android that runs swiftly on budget, low-specced smartphones. With the new strategy, Google ho...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Can You Copyright a Joke?
Reader AnalogDiehard writes: Writer Alex Kaseburg has filed a lawsuit against TBS and Time Warner alleging that jokes recited on the Conan O'Brien show were stolen from his blog shortly after they wer...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Popular Torrent Site ExtraTorrent Permanently Shuts Down
ExtraTorrent, the world's second largest torrent index, on Wednesday said it is permanently shutting its doors. The site, which launched in 2006, had steadily climbed the ranks in the piracy world to ...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Google Will Soon Add Job Listings To Search Results
Google's mission is to steer people to the information they need in their daily lives. One crucial area the Internet giant says could use some work: Jobs. USA Today adds: So Google is launching a new ...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Software Is Eating the World, But AI Is Going To Eat Software, Nvidia CEO Says
An anonymous reader writes: Nvidia's revenues have started to climb in the recent quarters as it looks at making hardware customized for machine-learning algorithms and use cases such as autonomous ca...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Region-Locked Content Drives UK Users To Try a VPN
An anonymous reader writes: A new report has revealed that VPN usage in the UK has increased with almost one in six people now using a VPN alongside their internet connection. According to YouGov's 'I...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Google's Android Now Powers More Than 2 Billion Devices
At Google's developer conference IO 2017, CEO Sundar Pichai said Android is now running on more than two billion active devices. The milestone, Pichai said, Google achieved this month. CNET adds: It t...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Sues Apple Contract Manufacturers
Qualcomm on Wednesday sued the manufacturers that make iPhones for Apple for failing to pay royalties on the chip maker's technology, widening its legal battle with the world's most valuable company. ...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Many Nations Pin Climate Hopes On China, India As Hopes For Trump Fade
Twelve readers share a Reuters report: Many countries are pinning their hopes on China and India to lead efforts to slow climate change amid a growing sense of resignation that U.S. President Donald T...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Chinese State Media Says US Should Take Some Blame For Cyberattack
An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: Chinese state media on Wednesday criticized the United States for hindering efforts to stop global cyber threats in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Chelsea Manning Set To Be Released From Prison, 28 Years Early
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is set to walk out of prison Wednesday -- but she won't be entirely free. Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking a...
12:00 pm - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Apple Receives Patents For Bezel-Free Display, Touch ID Button Embedded In Screen
Apple has just been granted patents for two of the biggest features expected from the iPhone 8: an edge-to-edge display, and a Touch ID button embedded into the screen. 9to5Mac reports: The edge-to-ed...
08:00 am - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot AMD Unveils 'EPYC' Server CPUs, Ryzen Mobile, Threadripper CPU and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPU
MojoKid writes: Today, at its financial analyst day, AMD lifted the veil on a number of new products based on the company's Zen CPU architecture and next generation Vega GPU architecture. AMD CEO Lisa...
04:00 am - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Scientists 3D-Print Ovaries To Allow Infertile Mice To Mate and Give Birth
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Infertile mice have given birth to healthy pups after having their fertility restored with ovary implants made with a 3D printer. Researchers cre...
02:00 am - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Is Returning to the Company
After leaving Twitter in 2011 to pursue new projects, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has announced that he's returning to the company to "guide company culture." Stone said in a statement: "It's importa...
02:00 am - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot The Tech Sector Is Leaving the Rest of the US Economy In Its Dust
Yesterday afternoon, the S&P 500 closed at a record high, and is up over $1.5 trillion since the start of 2017. "And the companies doing the most to drive that rally are all tech firms," reports T...
12:00 am - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot HTC Launches 'U11' Squeezable Smartphone With Snapdragon 835 CPU, No Headphone Jack
HTC has officially launched its newest flagship smartphone today, the U11. While it has competitive specifications for a flagship smartphone of 2017, such as a 5.5-inch, Quad HD display, and Snapdrago...
12:00 am - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot All Fossil-Fuel Vehicles Will Vanish In 8 Years, Says Stanford Study
Stanford University economist Tony Seba forecasts in his new report that petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will no longer be sold anywhere in the world within the next eight years. As a result, ...
12:00 am - Wed, May 17, 2017
Slashdot HPE Unveils The Machine, a Single-Memory Computer Capable of Addressing 160 Terabytes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced what it is calling a big breakthrough -- creating a prototype of a computer with a single bank of memory that...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Ford To Cut North America, Asia Salaried Workers By 10 Percent
Ford is planning a major round of layoffs that will cut up to 20,000 jobs around the world, according to reports published Monday. From a report: Ford plans to shrink its salaried workforce in North A...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Commits $5 Million To 'Landmark' United Nations Technology Partnership
Microsoft and the United Nations (UN) have announced a five-year "landmark" partnership to develop technology to "better predict, analyze and respond to critical human rights situations," according to...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Targets Cord Cutters With First-Ever Integrated Fire TV Sets
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon is going to start shipping TV sets powered by the company's own smart TV operating system soon: The company began listing Element's Fire TV Edition TV sets for pre-o...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot European Privacy Regulators Take Coordinated Action Against Facebook
An anonymous reader writes: European privacy regulators from as number of countries has made a coordinated action against Facebook for violating data protection laws. The French CNIL has sanctioned Fa...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot US Law Allows Low H-1B Wages; Just Look At Apple
An anonymous reader writes: If you work at Apple's One Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino as a computer programmer on an H-1B visa, you can can be paid as little as $52,229. That's peanuts in Sil...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Refresh Entire MacBook Lineup Next Month, Air and Pro To Feature Kaby Lake
Apple will unveil new laptops during its annual developer conference, known as WWDC, next month, reports Bloomberg. The company is going to refresh the MacBook Pro (as well as Air and just the 'MacBoo...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Big Banks Will Fall First To AI, China's Most Famous VC Predicts
An anonymous reader writes: Wall Street will be one of the first and largest industries to be automated by artificial intelligence, predicts Kai-Fu Lee, China's most famous venture capitalist and form...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Group Linked To NSA Spy Leaks Threatens Sale of New Tech Secrets
Hacker group Shadow Brokers, which has taken credit for leaking NSA cyber spying tools -- including ones used in the WannaCry global ransomware attack -- has said it plans to sell code that can be use...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Our Obsession With Trailers Is Making Movies Worse
An anonymous reader shares an article: Our increasing obsession with trailers is changing how we watch movies. We're becoming audiences afraid of surprise, audiences that would rather watch movies we'...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot 1.9 Million Bell Customer Email Addresses Stolen By 'Anonymous Hacker'
Bell, Canada's largest telecommunications company, said a hacker had accessed customer information containing about 1.9 million active email addresses and about 1,700 names and active phone numbers. T...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot MP3 Is Not Dead, It's Finally Free
The commentary around IIS Fraunhofer and Technicolor terminating their MP3 licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software has been amusing. While some are interpreting this development...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Breach at DocuSign Led To Targeted Email Malware Campaign
Digital signature service DocuSign said Monday that an unnamed third-party had got access to email addresses of its users after hacking into its systems. From a report: DocuSign, a major provider of e...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Aligned With Vietnam Government Are Attacking Foreign Companies
A hacker group "aligned with Vietnamese government interests" carried out attacks on corporate companies, journalists and overseas governments over the past three years, according to a report from cyb...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot UploadVR Had a 'Kink Room,' Pressured Female Employees To 'Microdose,' Alleges Lawsuit
The virtual-reality company UploadVR is being sued by the company's former Director of Digital and Social Media for rampant sexual harassment. According to Gizmodo, "the lawsuit alleges that the compa...
12:00 pm - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Dump Reveals CIA Malware That Can Sabotage User Software
An anonymous reader writes: "While the world was busy dealing with the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, last Friday, about the time when we were first seeing a surge in WannaCry attacks, WikiLeaks dumped...
10:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Access Codes For United Cockpit Doors Accidentally Posted Online
According to the Wall Street Journal, the access codes to United's cockpit doors were accidentally posted on a public website by a flight attendant. "[United Continental Holdings], which owns United A...
08:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Launches Super-Heavy Satellite Atop Falcon 9 Rocket
SpaceX has successfully launched a heavy commercial communications satellite atop one of its Falcon 9 rockets today. "Weighing in at nearly 13,500 pounds atop the rocket, the fourth Inmarsat-5 satelli...
04:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot 38,000 People a Year Die Early Because of Diesel Emissions Testing Failures
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Diesel cars, trucks, and other vehicles in more than 10 countries around the world produce 50 percent more nitrogen oxide emissions than lab tests s...
02:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Disney Chief Bob Iger Says Hackers Claim To Have Stolen Upcoming Movie
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hollywood Reporter: Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed Monday that hackers claiming to have access to a Disney movie threatened to release it unless the studio ...
02:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot WannaCry Ransomware Shares Code With North Korean Malware, Says Researchers
New submitter unarmed8 quotes a report from CyberScoop: The ransomware known as WannaCry that spread rapidly to 300,000 machines in 150 countries over the past few days shares code with malware writte...
02:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot ZeniMax Is Suing Samsung After Winning Its Case Against Oculus
Games company ZeniMax successfully sued Facebook-owned Oculus for $500 million earlier this year, and now it has a new target in sight: Samsung. The company has filed a new lawsuit over Samsung's Gear...
12:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Apple Releases macOS 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1
On Monday, Apple released point updates to all its operating systems. Starting with the desktop, the macOS 10.12.5 update for Sierra is the fifth major update since the operating system was released i...
12:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot A Lowe's Hardware Store Is Trialling Exoskeletons To Give Workers a Helping Hand
slew writes: Okay, this isn't Aliens 2, but hardware chain Lowe's is "outfitting employees with a simple exoskeleton to help them on the job," reports The Verge. "The company has partnered with Virgin...
12:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Should You Leave Google Chrome For the Opera Browser?
mspohr shares a report written by Jason Koebler via Motherboard who makes the case for why you should break up with Chrome and switch to the Opera browser: Over the last few years, I have grown endles...
12:00 am - Tue, May 16, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Job Posting Hints At VR MMO
sqorbit writes: Microsoft has posted a job opening for a Senior Design Manager for a mixed-reality team. The posting states they are "looking to build a massively social gaming and entertainment exper...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot The Reign of the $100 Graphing Calculator Required By Every US Math Class Is Finally Ending
If you took a math class at some point in the US, there is likely a bulky $100 calculator gathering dust somewhere in your closet. Fast forward to today, and the Texas Instruments 84 -- or the TI 84-P...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot UK Tabloids Doxxed the 'Hero' Hacker Who Stopped a Global Cyberattack
The UK-based security researcher, who "accidentally" halted the spread of the ransomware Wanna Decryptor over the weekend, has been doxxed by UK tabloids. From a report: [...] Journalists have publish...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Judge's Order Bars Uber Engineer From LiDAR Work, Demands Returns of Stolen Files
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A U.S. federal judge has ordered Uber to bar its top self-driving car engineer from any work on LiDAR, and return stolen files to Google's self-d...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot 'Don't Tell People To Turn Off Windows Update, Just Don't'
Security researchers Troy Hunt, writing on his blog: Often, the updates these products deliver patch some pretty nasty security flaws. If you had any version of Windows since Vista running the default...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Motorola Looks at Dirt-Cheap Smartphones Again, Launches Moto C and Moto C Plus
We have seen over hundreds of manufacturers launch over thousands of smartphone models in the past three years. One of the remarkable smartphones, aimed at those who aren't planning to break a bank fo...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot 'U Can't Talk to Ur Professor Like This'
Millennial college students have become far too casual when they talk with their professors, reads an opinion piece on The New York Times. Addressing professors by their first names and sending misspe...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Gizmodo Went Phishing With the Trump Team -- Will They Catch a Charge?
Earlier this month, technology publication Gizmodo published a report on how it "phished" members of the administration and campaign teams of President Donald Trump. The blog said it identified 15 pro...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot How Australia Bungled Its $36 Billion High-Speed Internet Rollout
Not very pleased with your internet speeds? Think about the people Down Under. Australia's "bungled" National Broadband Network (NBN) has been used as a "cautionary tale" for other countries to take n...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Google Owns the Classroom
An anonymous reader writes: The NYT's Natasha Singer has a fascinating, provocative look at "How Google Conquered The American Classroom." "[M]ore than half the nation's primary- and secondary-school ...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Cyberattacks From WannaCry Ransomware Slow But Fears Remain
WannaCry ransomware, which has spread across 150 countries, appears to be slowing down with few reports of fresh attacks in Asia and Europe on Monday. A report on BBC adds: However staff beginning the...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: In the Wake Of Ransomware Attacks, Should Tech Companies Change Policies To Support Older OSs Indefinitely?
In the aftermath of ransomware spread over the weekend, Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, writes an opinion p...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Says No To Unlocked Android Smartphones
An anonymous reader writes: Last week Netflix app started showing up as "incompatible" on the Play Store for rooted and unlocked Android devices. However, the app itself continued to work fine, leadin...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Researcher Hacks Nine Sleep-Tracking Devices To Test Their Accuracy
A determined researcher at Brown University extracted "the previously irretrievable sleep tracking data from the Hello Sense, from the Microsoft Band, and nine other popular devices," according to an ...
12:00 pm - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Open Source Educators 'OpenHatch' Close, Leaving Void For Campus Events
Long-time Slashdot reader paulproteus writes:OpenHatch was a non-profit that organized free tutorials with college computer science groups to learn how to teach how to get involved in open source, cov...
08:00 am - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot UK Group Fights Arrest Over Refusing To Surrender Passwords At The Border
An anonymous reader quotes The Guardian:The human rights group Cage is preparing to mount a legal challenge to UK anti-terrorism legislation over a refusal to hand over mobile and laptop passwords to ...
06:00 am - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Lyft And Waymo Announce They'll Collaborate On Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes NBC:In the race to the self-driving future, Lyft has agreed to work with Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google's parent company, to bring autonomous vehicles t...
04:00 am - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot PCs Connected To the Internet Will Get Infected With WanaDecrypt0r In Minutes
An anonymous reader writes: "The Wana Decrypt0r ransomware -- also known as WCry, WannaCry, WannaCrypt, and WanaCrypt0r -- infected a honeypot server made to look like a vulnerable Windows computer si...
04:00 am - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot FCC Suspends Net Neutrality Comments, As Chairman Pai Mocks 'Mean Tweets'
An anonymous reader writes:Thursday the FCC stopped accepting comments as part of long-standing rules "to provide FCC decision-makers with a period of repose during which they can reflect on the upcom...
02:00 am - Mon, May 15, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Blasts Spy Agencies For Leaked Exploits Used By WanaDecrypt0r
An anonymous reader shares Engadget's report about Microsoft's response to the massive WanaDecrypt0r ransomware attack:Company president Brad Smith has posted a response to the attack that roasts the ...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot EFF Warns Most Of Intel's Chipsets Contain 'A Security Hazard'
The EFF is issuing a warning about the "tiny homunculus computer" in most of Intel's chipsets -- the largely-undocumented "Management Engine" which houses more than just the AMT module. An anonymous r...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Streaming Services Will Pay Writers More Under New Writers Guild Pact
An anonymous reader quotes Deadline: Netflix, Amazon and Hulu will be paying a lot more in writers' residuals under the new WGA film and TV contract. New details, outlined by WGA West, reveal that hig...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time
schwit1 shares an article from ScienceAlert:Quantum communication is a strange beast, but one of the weirdest proposed forms of it is called counterfactual communication -- a type of quantum communica...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Nuclear Experts Form International 'Nuclear Crisis Group'
Slashdot reader Dan Drollette shares an article by the executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:On Friday, an elite group of the world's nuclear experts and advisers l...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Developer Creates An Experimental Perl 5 To Java Compiler
An anonymous reader writes:Saturday night saw the announcement of an experimental Perl 5 to Java compiler. "This is the first release," posted developer FlÃvio S. Glock -- after 100 weeks of deve...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot WSJ Columnist: Robots Aren't Destroying Enough Jobs
An anonymous reader writes:Will millions be unemployed after a job-destroying robot apocalypse? That's "starkly at odds with the evidence," argues a Wall Street Journal columnist, who says the real pr...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Monitor Your Workplace With AI, Computer Vision and the Cloud
"If you're an employee under the heel of a giant corporation you should probably be terrified by the vision of the future of connected gadgets that Microsoft just revealed at its Build developer confe...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Open Source SQL Database CockroachDB Hits 1.0
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:CockroachDB, an open source, fault-tolerant SQL database with horizontal scaling and strong consistency across nodes -- and a name few people will likely forget --...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot British PM Candidate Promises Social Media Crackdown
Theresa May's party "is expected to win a majority at the June 8 election," reports Reuters -- and she's promising they'll pass new social media laws. An anonymous reader quotes Politico:They want to ...
12:00 pm - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot WanaDecrypt0r Ransomware Earns Just $26,000 In Ransom Payments
An anonymous reader quotes Krebs On Security:As thousands of organizations work to contain and clean up the mess from this week's devastating Wana ransomware attack, the fraudsters responsible for rel...
08:00 am - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Should Businesses Switch To Biometric Passwords?
This question was inspired by a recent article in Harvard Business Review:It's become abundantly clear that passwords are an untenable way to secure our data online. And asking your customers to keep ...
06:00 am - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Why Amanda Palmer Left the Music 'Industry' For Crowdfunding
Amanda Palmer says abandoning the commercial music industry for a subscription model made it possible to take more chances, like a new album with psychedelia artist Edward Ka-Spel. An anonymous reader...
02:00 am - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Up To 1.4M More Fake Wells Fargo Accounts Possible
An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup: Wells Fargo may have opened as many as 3.5 million bogus bank accounts without its customers' permission, attorneys for customers suing the bank have...
12:00 am - Sun, May 14, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Find New Version Of WanaDecrypt0r Ransomware Without A Kill Switch
Remember that "kill switch" which shut down the WannCry ransomware? An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:Over Friday and Saturday, samples of the malware emerged without that debilitating feature, m...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot French President-Elect Macron Urges Action On Climate Change
After Sunday's election in France, Macron's victory "is likely to be a boon for the French digital economy and its startup scene," writes a foreign policy think tank blog, "but the country's frosty re...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Did The UK Police Hire Foreigners To Hack Hundreds of Activists?
Big Hairy Ian shared this story from the BBC:Undercover counter-extremism officers used hackers in India to access the emails of journalists and environmental activists, it has been claimed... The Ind...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Google's 'Project Treble' Could Lead To Faster Android Updates
Thelasko quotes a report from Ars Technica: Ahead of Google I/O, Google has just dropped a bombshell of a blog post that promises, for real this time, that it is finally doing something about Android'...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Finally Bans SHA-1 Certificates In Its Browsers
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:With this week's monthly Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has also rolled out a new policy for Edge and Internet Explorer that prevents sites that use a SHA-1-signed HTTPS cer...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot HBO's 'Silicon Valley' Joins The Push For A Decentralized Web
Tekla Perry writes:HBO's fictional Silicon Valley character Richard Hendricks sets out to reinvent the Internet into something decentralized. ["What if we used all those phones to build a massive netw...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot As World Reacts To WanaDecrypt0r, Microsoft Issues Patch For Old Windows Systems
An anonymous reader quotes the AP: Teams of technicians worked "round the clock" Saturday to restore hospital computer systems in Britain and check bank or transport services in other nations after a ...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot The Woman Who Saved Manhattan From a Freeway Running Through It
dryriver quotes a report from BBC: A massive freeway project dreamed up by city planner Robert Moses would have destroyed Greenwich Village and altered much of Lower Manhattan if not for one woman's e...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Google Found Over 1,000 Bugs In 47 Open Source Projects
Orome1 writes:In the last five months, Google's OSS-Fuzz program has unearthed over 1,000 bugs in 47 open source software projects... So far, OSS-Fuzz has found a total of 264 potential security vulne...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot FSF Supports Today's Boston March Against DRM In HTML5
Atticus Rex writes:A small artist-led group called Ethics in Tech is joining the long-simmering struggle between streaming video giants and Internet freedom activists over whether the Web should inclu...
12:00 pm - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot NASA Won't Fly Astronauts On First Orion-SLS Test Flight Around the Moon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: The first flight of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), is now scheduled for 2019 and will not include a human ...
08:00 am - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot 'Accidental Hero' Finds Kill Switch To Stop Wana Decrypt0r Ransomware
"An 'accidental hero' has halted the global spread of the WannaCry ransomware that has wreaked havoc on organizations..." writes The Guardian. An anonymous reader quotes their report:A cybersecurity r...
04:00 am - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot China Is On Track To Fully Phase Out Cash
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Motherboard: Experts believe it won't be long before China, the first country to introduce paper money, becomes the first to go totally cashless...
02:00 am - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Google Maps Now Uses Street View To Show You Exactly Where To Make Turns
Google Maps has received a small design update that will show Street View images of every road you're supposed to turn onto. "If you tap the image, Street View will open up to that location, showing a...
02:00 am - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Cable Lobby Survey Backfires; Most Americans Support Net Neutrality
New submitter Rick Schumann writes from a report via Consumerist: The NCTA hired polling firm Morning Consult to survey people about their attitudes toward net neutrality. In the results and a blog po...
02:00 am - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Human Sense of Smell Rivals That of Dogs, Says Study
One scientific analysis is arguing that the human sense of smell has not only been underestimated over the years, but that it may rival that of dogs and rodents. John McGann, a neuroscientist at Rutge...
12:00 am - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Posts New Video of 'Boring' Equipment and Company's First Tunnel
Elon Musk has posted a new video and several pictures of equipment that will be used to start digging tunnels beneath Los Angeles. There's a picture of boring machine segments that are being lowered i...
12:00 am - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Wana Decryptor Ransomware Using NSA Exploit Leaked By Shadow Brokers To Spread Ransomware Worldwide
msm1267 quotes a report from Threatpost: A ransomware attack running rampant through Europe today is spreading via an exploit leaked in the most recent Shadow Brokers dump. Researchers said the attack...
12:00 am - Sat, May 13, 2017
Slashdot Gorilla Glass Maker Corning Gets $200 Million From Apple's US Manufacturing Investment Fund
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Apple made news and scored some positive PR earlier this month when the company announced a $1 billion fund aimed at investing in U.S.-based manufa...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Intel's Itanium CPUs, Once a Play For 64-bit Servers And Desktops, Are Dead
Reader WheezyJoe writes: Four new 9700-series Itanium CPUs will be the last and final Itaniums Intel will ship. For those who might have forgotten, Itanium and its IA-64 architecture was intended to b...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Going After Netflix, Cannes Bans Streaming-Only Movies From Competition Slots
An anonymous reader writes: The Cannes Film Festival is taking a stand against Netflix. Responding to a rumor that the streaming service's Okja, directed by Bong Joon Ho, and The Meyerowitz Stories, d...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.3 Million Ram Pickups For Fatal Software Problem
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.3 million pickup trucks because of a software problem that may be tied to at least one death and two injuries. The probl...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Blocked From US Tech Investing, China Goes To Israel Instead
Struggling to seal deals in the United States as regulatory scrutiny tightens, Chinese companies looking to invest in promising technology are finding a warmer welcome for their cash in Israel. From a...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Sprint Sues FCC For 'Capricious' Deregulation of Business Data Services
An anonymous reader writes: Sprint and another wireless company have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission for the agency's recent decision on business data services. Overland ...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot The Failed Experiment of the Digital Album Booklet
An anonymous reader writes: Before the ubiquity of MP3s and streaming platforms, one of the many small joys of buying a new album on CD was slipping the booklet out of the jewel case and reading the l...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Cyberattack Hits England's National Health Service With Ransom Demands
Hospitals across England have been hit by a large-scale cyber-attack, the NHS has confirmed, which has locked staff out of their computers and forced many trusts to divert emergency patients. The IT s...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot New Ransomware 'Jaff' Spotted; Malware Groups Pushing 5M Emails Per Hour To Circulate It
An anonymous reader writes: The Necurs botnet has been harnessed to fling a new strain of ransomware dubbed "Jaff". Jaff spreads in a similar way to the infamous file-encrypting malware Locky and even...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Google Releases Study Defending YouTube's Value To Music Biz; Trade Bodies Hit Back
The ongoing tussle between YouTube and the music industry took a new turn this week when Google assured everyone that its video platform doesn't have any negative impact on the other streaming music s...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot HP Issues Fix For Keylogger Found On Several Laptop Models
HP says it has a fix for a flaw that caused a number of its PC models to keep a log of each keystroke a customer was entering. The issue, caused by problematic code in an audio driver, affected PC mod...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Surprisingly Comfortable With Its New Place In a Mobile, Apple, and Android World
An anonymous reader writes: The company that once held a mock funeral for the iPhone -- complete with dedicated "iPhone trashcans" -- now has a very different attitude about the company of Jobs. The M...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Nuisance Call Firm Keurboom Hit With Record Fine
An anonymous reader writes: A cold-calling firm has been fined a record $515,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for making almost 100 million nuisance calls. Keurboom Communications ca...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Waymo's Case Against Uber Sent By Judge To US Prosecutors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The judge presiding over Waymo's trade-secrets theft lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. asked federal prosecutors to investigate the claims in t...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Star Trek Bridge Crew Gets IBM Watson-Powered Voice Commands
PolygamousRanchKid writes: Star Trek Bridge Crew -- the VR game that puts you in the slip-on space shoes of a Starfleet officer -- already emphasizes vocal communication when you're playing with real ...
08:00 am - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Germany Sets New National Record With 85 Percent of Its Electricity Sourced From Renewables
Germany was able to set a new national record for the last weekend of April with 85 percent of all electricity consumed in the country being produced from renewables -- wind, solar, biomass, and hydro...
04:00 am - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Trump Signs Executive Order On Cybersecurity
President Trump on Thursday signed a long-delayed executive order on cybersecurity that "makes clear that agency heads will be held accountable for protecting their networks, and calls on government a...
02:00 am - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 On ARM Will Support x86 Apps From Outside the Store
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Liliputing: First announced last year, Microsoft provided an update on Windows 10 ARM at the MS Build developer conference today. And the company confirmed tha...
02:00 am - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Outbids AT&T For Nationwide 5G Wireless Spectrum
Verizon has agreed to pay $3.1 billion for wireless spectrum holder Straight Path Communications, beating out rival AT&T, which had offered to buy Straight Path for $1.6 billion in stock. Verizon'...
02:00 am - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Why Doesn't Harvard Want To Talk About Its Mystery Microsoft Azure Project?
theodp writes: GeekWire's Tom Krazit reports, "Microsoft Azure appears to have scored a high-profile customer: Harvard University's prestigious CS50 computer science class, not that anybody wants to t...
02:00 am - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Apple Watch Can Detect An Abnormal Heart Rhythm With 97 Percent Accuracy, UCSF Study Says
According to a study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco, the Apple Watch is 97 percent accurate in detecting the most common abnorma...
12:00 am - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare Declares War On a Patent Troll With a $50,000 Bounty
Internet security company Cloudflare has declared war on a company called Blackbird that consists of a group of lawyers who file patent lawsuits against tech and retail firms. In a blog post titled "S...
12:00 am - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot German Publishers' Lawsuit Against Google May Backfire
jowifi writes: VG Media, a German publishing company, filed a lawsuit against Google claiming Google's use of snippets in their search results infringed the publishers' copyrights. However, the suit m...
12:00 am - Fri, May 12, 2017
Slashdot Expiring Section 702 of FISA Helped US Conclude Russia Hacked Election To Help Trump, NSA Chief Says
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: A top U.S. intelligence official said Thursday a controversial surveillance law that allows the broad electronic spying of foreigners played a major role in underst...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot 'The Traditional Lecture Is Dead'
Rhett Allain, an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, writing for Wired: What is the traditional lecture? It is a model of learning in which a teacher possesses the kno...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Director of National Intelligence Warns of IoT Security Threats
According to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, IoT devices may be used to shut down US intelligence operations in the future. From a report: At an open hearing today, the Senate Select C...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot New Windows Look and Feel, Neon, Is Officially the 'Microsoft Fluent Design System'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Earlier this year, pictures of a new Windows look and feel leaked. Codenamed Project Neon, the new look builds on Microsoft Design Language 2 (MD...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project To Entire Internet
An anonymous reader writes: A confidential computer project designed to break military codes was accidentally made public by New York University engineers. An anonymous digital security researcher ide...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Man To Pay $300,000 In Damages For Hacking Employer
An anonymous reader writes: A former private security officer in California must pay nearly $319,000 in damages for attacking his employer's computer systems. Yovan Garcia accessed payroll records at ...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is the 2nd Most Popular App Among Teens, Says Study
An anonymous reader writes: When it comes to apps they're using these days, teens and millennials say Snapchat is king -- no surprise there. But second place? It's not Instagram: It's Amazon. This is ...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the Next Major Update To Desktop OS
At its developer conference on Thursday, Microsoft announced that the next major update to its desktop operating system will be called Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It will be made available in Sep...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Snap CEO Evan Spiegel Is Not Afraid of Facebook
An anonymous reader writes: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel addressed on Wednesday what many have been hoping he would address for months: What he thinks about Facebook and the fact the social giant is copying ...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Apple is Bringing iTunes To the Windows Store
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Apple is planning to bring its iTunes desktop app to the Windows Store. In a surprise announcement at the Build developer event today, Microsoft revealed it has been...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Keylogger Found in Audio Driver of HP Laptops, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes: The audio driver installed on some HP laptops includes a feature that could best be described as a keylogger, which records all the user's keystrokes and saves the informat...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu Arrives in the Windows Store, Suse and Fedora Are Coming To the Windows Subsystem For Linux
At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft announced that Ubuntu has arrived in the Windows Store. From a report: The company also revealed that it is working with Fedora and Suse to bring the...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Amazon To Build Homeless Shelter In Its New Seattle Headquarters
Amazon is trying to do its part to help the homelessness problem in its hometown of Seattle. The company announced on Wednesday that it would donate more than 47,000 square feet of space within its ne...
12:00 pm - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot New IoT Malware Targets 100,000 IP Cameras Via Known Flaw
Researcher Pierre Kim has found a new malware, called Persirai, that has been infecting over 100,000 Chinese-made, internet-connected cameras. According to Trend Micro, the malware has been active sin...
08:00 am - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Buzz Aldrin To NASA: Retire the International Space Station ASAP To Reach Mars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: If NASA and its partner agencies are serious about putting boots on Mars in the near future, they should pull the plug on the International Space St...
04:00 am - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot A Baffling Brain Defect Is Linked to Gut Bacteria, Scientists Say
Gina Kolata from The New York Times writes about a baffling brain disorder that is linked to a particular type of bacteria living in the gut (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternate source) The ne...
02:00 am - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot NVIDIA Unveils Tesla V100 AI Accelerator Powered By 5120 CUDA Core Volta GPU
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang just offered the first public unveiling of a product based on the company's next generation GPU architecture, codenamed Volta. NVIDIA just announced its new T...
02:00 am - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Zillow Faces Lawsuit Over 'Zestimate' Tool That Calculates a House's Worth
According to The Washington Post, "a homeowner has filed suit against online reality giant Zillow, claiming the company's controversial 'Zestimate' tool repeatedly undervalued her house, creating a 't...
02:00 am - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Call Center Operator and His Cousin Steal $645,000 From UK Water Supplier
An anonymous reader writes: "An unnamed UK-based regional water supply company lost over $645,000 in a sophisticated scam that involved social engineering, an inside man, and international bank transf...
12:00 am - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Tesla's Highly-Anticipated Solar Roofs Go Up For Pre-Order Today
Kristine Lofgren writes: Get ready: Tesla's ground-breaking Solar Roof tiles are available for order in the U.S. starting today. In typical fashion, CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter that the antici...
12:00 am - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Downranks News Feed Links To Crappy Sites Smothered In Ads
Facebook's New Feed algorithm is targeting links that send people to crappy websites filled with advertisements. According to their blog post, Facebook defines a "low-quality site" as one "containing ...
12:00 am - Thu, May 11, 2017
Slashdot Azure Goes Database Crazy With One New NoSQL, Two New SQL Services
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In its continued efforts to make Azure a platform that appeals to the widest range of developers possible, Microsoft announced a range of new fea...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot US To Ban Laptops in All Cabins of Flights From Europe
An anonymous reader shares an article: The Department of Homeland Security will ban laptops in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States, European security officials told The Daily Be...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot How One Little Cable Company Exposed Telecom's Achilles' Heel
Reader mirandakatz writes: Forget net neutrality -- the real fight is over controlling price-gouging monopolies. As Susan Crawford writes at Backchannel, a little-known cable company, Cable One, just ...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot New York Begins Taking Applications For Self-Driving Car Tests
An anonymous reader writes: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is now taking applications to test self-driving cars on public roadways. The program requires licensees to have a $5 million i...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot 'Google Is As Close To a Natural Monopoly As the Bell System Was In 1956'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ProMarket: In terms of market share and profit margins, the big digital platforms, particularly Google and Facebook, enjoy an astounding level of dominance. Go...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Came, But the French Were Prepared
Adam Nossiter, David E. Sanger, and Nicole Perlroth, reporting for the New York Times: Everyone saw the hackers coming. The National Security Agency in Washington picked up the signs. So did Emmanuel ...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Devise New Printing Technique To Produce High-Resolution Color Images Without Using Ink
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have taken inspiration from creatures like butterflies and peacocks, whose wings and feathers create bright, iridescent c...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Emma Watch Is a Game-Changer For People With Parkinson's
An anonymous reader writes: Called "Emma," it is a wrist wearable that can help people suffering with Parkinson's disease. The device is named after the Parkinson's sufferer that helped Haiyan Zhang, ...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Draft Horses Are Helping Upgrade Cell Towers In Wisconsin
Companies that provide cell phone service are constantly racing to provide the most reliable signal. In Wisconsin, one of the providers has turned to a surprising option to get the job done: draft hor...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot A Bot Is Flooding the FCC's Website With Fake Anti-net Neutrality Comments
An anonymous reader writes: A bot is thought to be behind the posting of thousands of messages to the FCC's website, in an apparent attempt to influence the results of a public solicitation for feedba...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Now On 500 Million Devices, Up By 200 Million in a Year
At Build developer conference in Seattle today, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is now running on 500 million monthly active devices. From a report: Little over a year ago, the company said that t...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Opera Rethinks What a Browser In 2017 Should Do: Adds Quick Access To WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger in v45
Opera says it has been working on a complete redesign of its desktop browser for a few months. Codenamed "Reborn", the new version of the browser focuses on one feature that it thinks many people desi...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Police To Test App That Assesses Suspects
An anonymous reader writes: Police in Durham are preparing to go live with an artificial intelligence (AI) system designed to help officers decide whether or not a suspect should be kept in custody, B...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Which Tech Giant You Can't Live Without?
In this week's column of NYTimes, Farhad Manjoo writes about the five largest technology companies in the world: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google. As he no...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot The Intelligent Intersection Could Banish Traffic Lights Forever
Jonathan M. Gitlin reports via Ars Technica: With a degree of coordination -- between vehicles, and with traffic infrastructure -- traffic chaos should theoretically be banished, and less congestion m...
12:00 pm - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon 630, 660 Midrange Chips
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ExtremeTech: Qualcomm's new upper-midrange and midrange Snapdragon 600 refreshes were announced today, and both parts are a solid improvement over their predec...
08:00 am - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot FCC Should Prove DDoS Attacks Stopped Net Neutrality Comments
New submitter Michelle Davidson writes: After John Oliver urged viewers of HBO's Last Week Tonight to fight again for net neutrality and post comments in support of it, people hit a wall — the F...
04:00 am - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot The Vatican Invites World's Leading Scientists To Discuss Cosmology
In 2014, Pope Francis declared that God is not "a magician with a magic wand" and that evolution and the Big Bang theory are real. Now, the Vatican has sent an invitation to the world's leading scient...
02:00 am - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Only 36 Percent of Indian Engineers Can Write Compilable Code, Says Study
New submitter troublemaker_23 quotes a report from ITWire: Only 36% of software engineers in India can write compilable code based on measurements by an automated tool that is used across the world, t...
02:00 am - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Apple Becomes First US Company To Top $800 Billion Value
According to Bloomberg, "Apple became the first U.S. company with a market value of more than $800 billion as investors bet the next iPhone will spur a resurgence in sales." From the report: The stock...
02:00 am - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Thinks USB-C Isn't Ready For the Mainstream
When Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop last week, it left many customers and members of the press scratching their heads over its lack of a USB Type-C port. According to general manager of Surface...
02:00 am - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot IT Worker Who Trained H-1B-Visa-Holding Replacement Aims For Congress
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Computerworld: Craig Diangelo was an IT worker at Northeast Utilities in Connecticut until he completed training his H-1B-visa-holding replacement. He was one ...
12:00 am - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Why Do Gas Station Prices Constantly Change? Blame the Algorithm
Retailers are using artificial-intelligence software to set optimal prices, testing textbook theories of competition, says a WSJ report. An anonymous reader shares the article: One recent afternoon at...
12:00 am - Wed, May 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Wants You To Care For Your Surface Like a 'Luxury' Handbag
sqorbit writes: Microsoft has some fancy Alcantara fabric on its Surface keyboard. How well does it hold up to the use and sometimes abuse that portal devices go through? Well, Microsoft wants you to ...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Officials Fear Russia Could Try To Target United States Through Kaspersky AV
Russia's growing aggression toward the United States has deepened concerns among U.S. officials that Russian spies might try to exploit one of the world's most respected cybersecurity firms to snoop o...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Tunnel Collapses At Nuclear Facility Once Called 'An Underground Chernobyl Waiting To Happen'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Managers at the Hanford Site in Washington State told workers to "take cover" Tuesday morning after a tunnel leading to a massive plutonium finishing ...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot 'Silicon Valley Is Missing Unicorns Because It Doesn't Understand Poor People'
An anonymous reader writes: Silicon Valley might be hunting unicorns in the wrong places. According to one top federal health official, entrepreneurs and investors are overlooking one massive populati...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey
The White House said today that President Trump has fired FBI director James Comey. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement: "President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that h...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Repair Shops Are Stoked That the Samsung Galaxy S8 Is the Most Fragile Phone Ever Made
Smartphone repair companies are expecting to fix a lot of those beautiful, cracked Infinity Screens, the headline feature of the Samsung Galaxy S8. From a report on Motherboard: The Samsung Galaxy S8 ...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Planning To Turn Windows 10 PCs Into Amazon Echo Competitors
Speaking of Amazon's Echo devices, it appears Microsoft also wants a slice of this nascent market. The Verge's Tom Warren claims that Microsoft has been working on a feature for Windows 10 that would ...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Spotify Used 'Pirate' MP3 Files In Its Early Days: Report
According to Rasmus Fleischer, one of the early The Pirate Bay figures, Spotify used unlicensed music in its early days. From a report: "Spotify's beta version was originally a pirate service. It was ...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot NIST's Draft To Remove Periodic Password Change Requirements Gets Vendors' Approval
An anonymous reader writes: A recently released draft of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's digital identity guidelines has met with approval by vendors. The draft guidelines revise ...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Canonical Founder Says Recent Changes In Ubuntu Were Necessary To Prepare the Company For an IPO
An anonymous reader writes: Canonical was doing well with Ubuntu and cloud and container-related technologies, such as Juju, LXD, and Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS). In addition, its OpenStack and Kubernet...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Just Announced the Touchscreen Echo Nobody Asked For
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon just announced a new grandmaster Echo gadget with the company's voice-assistant technology built in. It's called the Echo Show. It's got a touchscreen. It's got wi-f...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Email Client Thunderbird To Stay With The Mozilla Foundation, Sort Of
Philipp Kewisch, writing for Mozilla: The investigations on Thunderbird's future home have concluded. The Mozilla Foundation has agreed to serve as the legal and fiscal home for the Thunderbird projec...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Opinion: Even if You Hate the Idea, Windows Users Should Want Windows 10 S To Succeed
Last week, Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 S, a new variant of its desktop operating system aimed largely at the education space. While time will tell how this new edition of Windows fares, if early rea...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Improve At Work When You're Not Getting Feedback?
An anonymous reader writes: Too many managers avoid giving any kind of feedback, regardless of whether it's positive or negative. If you work for a boss who doesn't provide feedback, it's easy to feel...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Must Delete Hate Postings Worldwide, Rules Austrian Court
An Austrian court has ruled that Facebook must delete hate speech postings worldwide. "The case -- brought by Austria's Green party over insults to its leader -- has international ramifications as the...
12:00 pm - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Startup Infervision Emerges From Stealth With An AI Tool For Diagnosing Lung Cancer
Jonathan Shieber from TechCrunch writes of a Chinese company called Infervision that aims to help lower the number of people in China who die from lung cancer ever year. The company has created a tool...
08:00 am - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot ISPs Could Take Down Large Parts of Bitcoin Ecosystem If They Wanted To
An anonymous reader writes: A rogue ISP could take down large parts of the Bitcoin ecosystem, according to new research that will be presented in two weeks at the 38th IEEE Symposium on Security and P...
04:00 am - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot US Life Expectancy Can Vary By 20 Years Depending On Where You Live
After analyzing records from every U.S. county between 1980 and 2014, Christopher Murray, head of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, and his team found th...
02:00 am - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Create Touchpads With a Can of Spray Paint
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have figured out a way to turn any surface into a touchpad using none other than spray paint. "Walls, furniture, steering wheels, toys and even Jell-O can be ...
02:00 am - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile No Longer Offering 'Free Data For Life' Offer For New Tablets
T-Mobile has quietly killed off its "free data for life" offer for new tablets. In a statement provided to TmoNews, T-Mobile said: "When we launched Free Data For Life in 2013, 200MB of high-speed dat...
02:00 am - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Chrome For Android Now Lets You Save Web Pages For Reading Later
Today, Google has introduced a series of improvements to Chrome for Android to make it easier to save content for offline access. The improvements will be made to the "Downloads" feature rolled out in...
12:00 am - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Comcast and Charter Agree Not To Compete Against Each Other In Wireless
Comcast and Charter announced an agreement to cooperate in their plans to sell mobile phone service, an agreement that also forbids each company from making wireless mergers and acquisitions without t...
12:00 am - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot FCC Says It Was Victim of Cyberattack After John Oliver Show
On Sunday night, John Oliver urged his viewers to visit a website called "GoFCCYourself," which redirects users to a section of the FCC site where people can comment on the net neutrality proceeding. ...
12:00 am - Tue, May 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Researchers Find Wormable 'Crazy Bad' Windows Exploit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Two Google security experts have found a severe remote code execution (RCE) bug in the Windows OS, which they've described as "crazy bad." Th...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Should Be the Attributes of an Ideal Programming Language If Computers Were Infinitely Fast?
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier today, Tim Sweeney, the founder of Epic Games, asked his Twitter followers an interesting question: "What are the attributes of an ideal programming language if com...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Google's Upcoming 'Fuchsia' Smartphone OS Dumps Linux, Has a Wild New UI
More details have emerged about Fuchsia, the new mobile OS Google has been working on. ArsTechnica reports that Fuchsia is not based on Linux (unlike Android and Chrome OS). Instead, the OS uses a new...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Pepe the Frog Is Dead
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The creator of Pepe the Frog has symbolically killed off the cartoon frog, effectively surrendering control of the character to the far right. Ma...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot AI Is in a 'Golden Age' and Solving Problems That Were Once Sci-fi, Amazon CEO Says
An anonymous reader writes: Artificial intelligence (AI) development has seen an "amazing renaissance" and is beginning to solve problems that were once seen as science fiction, according to Amazon CE...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Internet Giants Like Apple and Google 'Abuse Their Privileged Position', Says Spotify CEO
Giant companies like Apple and Alphabet's Google "can and do abuse their privileged positions," according to a letter sent to the European Commission by music streaming service Spotify, rival firm Dee...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot EPA Dismisses Half the Scientists on Its Major Review Board
An anonymous reader shares a report: A few weeks after the election, pro-Trump commentator Scottie Nell Hughes heralded the dawn of a new era when she declared, "There's no such thing, unfortunately, ...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Takes Out Full-page Newspaper Ads To Help UK Citizens Detect Fake New
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has today taken out full-page ads in U.K. newspapers ahead of the general election that's scheduled to take place next month. These ads are designed to educate the...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Your Boss Is Not More Stressed Out Than You, Science Says
An anonymous reader writes: Work under capitalism is a brutal psychological gauntlet -- low pay, long hours, and little to no safety net. But bosses usually expect you to take some solace in the fact ...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot IBM: Remote Working Is Great! (For Everyone Except Us)
An anonymous reader writes: IBM, the company that just weeks ago said it was doing away with its work-from-home policy, is now preaching the benefits of telecommuting to customers. Big Blue's Smarter ...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Inside Germany's Plan To Kill Online Registrations
An anonymous reader writes: Germany's corporate giants are promising a brave new future in the form of a single account -- one that will let you do your online shopping, get a flight and rent a car, a...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Support For a Universal Basic Income Is Inching Up In Europe
An anonymous reader writes: Finland and the Netherlands are running modest pilots, and others are being considered by governments in France, Switzerland, and the UK, and by a host of nonprofits. To ga...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Artificial Intelligence Closes In On the Work of Junior Lawyers
An anonymous reader shares a Financial Times article: After more than five years at a leading City law firm, Daniel van Binsbergen quit his job as a solicitor to found Lexoo, a digital start-up for le...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot John Oliver Gets Fired Up Over Net Neutrality, Causes FCC's Site To Temporarily Crash
Three years ago, late night comedian John Oliver propelled an arcane telecom topic into the national debate by spurring millions of ordinary Americans to file comments with the Federal Communications ...
12:00 pm - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Did A Billionaire Harvest Big Data From Facebook To 'Hijack' Democracy?
Long-time Slashdot readers walterbyrd and whoever57 both submitted the same article about the mysterious data analytics company Cambridge Analytica and its activities with SCL Group, a 25-year-old mil...
08:00 am - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How Do You Handle Interruptions At Work?
This question was inspired by this anonymous submission:Analysis of programming sessions and surveys note that programmers take 10-15 minutes to resume editing code after being interrupted. Computer s...
06:00 am - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Patents Flagging Technology For 'Repeat Offenders' Of Pirated Content
An anonymous reader quotes TorrentFreak's report on Microsoft's newest patent:Titled: "Disabling prohibited content and identifying repeat offenders in service provider storage systems," the patent de...
04:00 am - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Oracle And Cisco Both Support The FCC's Rollback Of Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes The Hill:Oracle voiced support on Friday for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's controversial plan to roll back the agency's net neutrality rules. In a letter addressed to the FCC, the...
02:00 am - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot Court Allows Case Over Violating Open Source License
Slashdot reader destinyland writes: The District Court for the Northern District of California recently issued an opinion that is being hailed as a victory for open source software. In this case, the ...
12:00 am - Mon, May 8, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Reveals A CIA LAN-Attacking Tool From 'Vault 7'
An anonymous reader quotes BetaNews:WikiLeaks continues to release revealing documents from its Vault 7 cache. This time around the organization introduces us to a CIA tool called Archimedes -- previo...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Intel's Remote Hijacking Flaw Was 'Worse Than Anyone Thought'
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:A remote hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips for seven years was more severe than many people imagined, because it allowed hackers to remotely gain admini...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot After Almost Two Years, The Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Lands
An anonymous reader quotes Space.com: The record-shattering mission of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane is finally over. After circling Earth for an unprecedented 718 days, the X-37B tou...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Le Pen Concedes Defeat To Macron In France's Post-Hack Election
"France has voted for continuity," candidate Marine Le Pen said in the wake of her defeat in France's presidential election, conceding that Emmanuel Macron had a decisive lead. Reuters has ongoing cov...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot How Psychology Today Sees Richard Stallman
After our article about Richard Stallman's new video interview, Slashdot reader silverjacket shared this recent profile from Psychology Today that describes Richard Stallman's quest "to save us from a...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Should The Government Pay For Veterans To Attend Code Schools?
mirandakatz writes: David Molina was finishing up his 12-year time in the army when he started teaching himself to code, and started to think that he might like to pursue it professionally once his se...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot What NASA Found Beyond The Rings Of Saturn
NASA's Cassini spacecraft explored the inner edge of the rings of Saturn for the first time, and Phys.org reports that it made a surprising discovery: nothing. "Scientists have been surprised to find ...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Glaring Vulnerabilities Make Many Commercial Drones 'Insecure by Design'
Slashdot reader msm1267 quotes ThreatPost:Drones, many readily available on ecommerce shops such as Amazon, are plagued by vulnerabilities that could give attackers full root access, read or delete fi...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Social Media Giants Sued For Helping ISIS
Long-time Slashdot reader nnet quotes the Toronto Sun: Social media giants Twitter, Google and Facebook are being sued by the families of victims of the San Bernardino terror attacks. The lawsuit clai...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot A New Use For Browser Fingerprints: Defeating Spoofing
AnonymousCube writes: Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found a new use for browser fingerprints: uncovering and defeating spoofing by web browsers. By using machine learning on browser f...
12:00 pm - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot The FBI Defends Deploying Malware From A Tor Child Porn Site
An anonymous reader writes:The FBI issued a press release about the 30-year prison sentence for a 58-year-old Florida man running "the world's largest child pornography website, with more than 150,000...
10:00 am - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot HandBrake Urges Mac Users To Verify Recent Download, Says Mirror Server Was Compromised
HandBrake team, writing on their forum: Anyone who has downloaded HandBrake on Mac between [02/May/2017 14:30 UTC] and [06/May/2017 11:00 UTC] needs to verify the SHA1 / 256 sum of the file before run...
10:00 am - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is ReactOS A Serious Alternative To Windows?
dryriver writes: So I just discovered the ReactOS 0.4.4 Alpha... It seems like this is basically a free, open source Windows replacement in the making. Does anyone have serious experience with ReactOS...
08:00 am - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot HandBrake Urges Mac Users To Verify Recent Dowload, Says Mirror Server Was Compromised
HandBrake team, writing on their forum: Anyone who has downloaded HandBrake on Mac between [02/May/2017 14:30 UTC] and [06/May/2017 11:00 UTC] needs to verify the SHA1 / 256 sum of the file before run...
04:00 am - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Swarm AI Spectacularly Fails To Predict Kentucky Derby Winners A Second Time
Thursday TechRepublic described the big prediction: In May 2016, a relatively unknown startup called Unanimous A.I. made big headlines when its AI-based platform used collective intelligence to create...
02:00 am - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Closes Its Oculus VR Studio
puddingebola writes: Facebook has closed Oculus VR Studio. The studio was a maker of original VR films, but now will only assist other studios. This makes it official, as the studio had been shuttered...
02:00 am - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Debian 8.8 Released
prisoninmate quotes Softpedia:The Debian Project announced today Debian GNU/Linux 8.8, the most advanced stable version of the Jessie series, which brings corrections for numerous packages and various...
12:00 am - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot Startup Offers A Chip Based On The Open Source RISC-V Architecture
angry tapir shared this news from Computerworld:An open-source chip project is out to break the dominance of proprietary chips offered by Intel, AMD, and ARM... A startup called SiFive is the first to...
12:00 am - Sun, May 7, 2017
Slashdot 'Weaponized' Twitter Bots Spread Info From French Campaign Hack
"The French media and public have been warned not to spread details about a hacking attack on presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron," writes Slashdot reader schwit1, with the election commission thre...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot Red Hat And IBM Will Vote Against Java's Next Release
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:The next edition of standard Java had been proceeding toward its planned July 27 release after earlier bumps in the road over modularity. But now Red Hat and IBM h...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot After 19 Years CMU Discontinues Cyrus IMAP In Favor Of Microsoft Exchange And Gmail
Long-time Slashdot reader Hobart writes: The Cyrus IMAP server, created by and for Carnegie Mellon University, has lost support of its founding institution. As of last fall, they announced that studen...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot New Shodan Tool Tracks Down Botnet Command-And-Control Servers
An anonymous reader quotes The Stack:Search engine Shodan has announced a tool to help businesses hunt out and block traffic from malware command-and-control servers. The new Malware Hunter service, w...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot How The 1997 'NESticle' Emulator Redefined Retro Gaming
Slashdot reader martiniturbide writes: For those who lived the console emulator and retrogaming boom on the late 90's there is this interesting article about the story of NESticle posted at Motherboar...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot Fedora Will Get Full Mp3 Support, As IIS Fraunhofer Terminates Mp3 Licensing Program
An anonymous reader quotes Fedora Magazine:Both MP3 encoding and decoding will soon be officially supported in Fedora. Last November the patents covering MP3 decoding expired and Fedora Workstation en...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot 39 Years Ago The World's First Spam Was Sent
An anonymous reader write:Wednesday was the 39th anniversary of the world's first spam, sent by Gary Thuerk, a marketer for Massachusetts' Digital Equipment Corporation in 1978 to over 300 users on Ar...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot Systemd-Free Devuan Linux Announces A Second Release Candidate
An anonymous reader quotes The Register:Devuan Linux has released its second release candidate... A 1.0.0 release candidate emerged just under a fortnight ago and today the developers announced Devuan...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot Today is 'Free Comic Book Day'
An anonymous reader writes:"Walk into a comic shop this Saturday, May 6, and you'll get some free comic books," reports NPR. "You can find your closest shop by typing your ZIP code into the Comics Sho...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot US To Seek Social Media Details From Certain Visa Applicants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: The State Department wants to review social media, email addresses and phone numbers from some foreigners seeking U.S. visas, as part of the Trump ad...
10:00 am - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Leak Exposes Echo AI Device With Touch Display and FireOS
MojoKid writes: Today, an image of what could be a touch-screen Amazon Echo device has emerged. Like the earlier Echo Look leak, the image of the device was found on Amazon's servers, just waiting to ...
06:00 am - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot UAE To Drag Iceberg From Antarctica To Solve Water Shortage Set To Last 25 Years
schwit1 quotes a report from Daily Express: The UAE, which is among the top 10 water-scarce countries in the world, hopes to help ease the stress of a drinking water shortage by towing an iceberg from...
04:00 am - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot Aspirin May Prevent Cancer From Spreading, New Research Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: In recent years scientists have discovered another possible use for aspirin: stopping the spread of cancer cells in the body after an init...
04:00 am - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot FCC Considers Fining Stephen Colbert Over Controversial Trump Joke
FCC chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday his agency will be looking into complaints made against Late Show host Stephen Colbert for what some labeled a homophobic joke about President Donald Trump. From a...
02:00 am - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot BlackBerry KeyOne Review By The Verge: Part Productivity, Part Nostalgia
Dan Seifert reviews the new BlackBerry KeyOne flagship smartphone via The Verge. Here's an excerpt from the report: It was in about the third hour of using the new BlackBerry KeyOne, available this mo...
02:00 am - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot The Apple Watch Outsold Every Other Wearable Last Quarter
According to Strategy Analytics, Apple has shipped 3.5 million wearables in the first quarter of 2017, which is 59 percent higher than the 2.2 million devices it did in the same period last year. Enga...
12:00 am - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot Walmart Wants To Put Sensors On Everything So It Can Automatically Order You Stuff
According to a recently published patent spotted by CB Insights, Walmart "describes a system of connected sensors that could monitor customers' product consumption," reports The Verge. "The sensors wo...
12:00 am - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot 10 Percent of Harvard's Popular 'Introduction To Computer Science' Class Accused of Cheating
theodp writes: The Harvard Crimson reports that more than 60 of the 636 students enrolled in last fall's CS50: "Introduction to Computer Science I" course appeared before the College's Honor Council i...
12:00 am - Sat, May 6, 2017
Slashdot Days Before Election: Macron Campaign Says It Is the Victim of Massive, Coordinated Hacking Campaign
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: A large trove of emails from the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was posted online late on Friday, a little more than a day bef...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot In Oracle's Cloud Pitch To Enterprises, an Echo of a Bygone Tech Era
An anonymous reader writes: Oracle sought to position itself once again this week as the best place for everything companies need to move to cloud computing. On Thursday, executives at the database an...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot More Than Half of People Believe Using Spyware To Snoop On Family Members Is Legal, Study Finds
An anonymous reader writes: A new study shows that 53 percent of people believe it's legal to install a program on a family member's phone to snoop on their activity. The survey of more than 2,000 peo...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Cop Fakes Body Cam Footage, Prosecutors Drop Drug Charges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Prosecutors in Pueblo, Colorado are dropping felony drug and weapon-possession charges after an officer involved in the case said he staged body ...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Tests a Secured Edge Browser For Business
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is in the testing stage of a new feature in its Edge browser for Windows 10 that is malware-proof as it partitions the browser window from the rest of the compute...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot How Scratch Is Feeding Hacker Values into Young Minds
Reader mirandakatz writes: It's the 10th anniversary of Scratch, the kids programming language that's become a popular tool for training the next generation of minds in computer science. But as Steven...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Seattle Restored ISP Privacy Rules in the First Local Blow To Trump's Rollback
An anonymous reader shares a report: A majority of Americans from both parties objected to a law passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in April that gives internet service providers the go-...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot The World's Most Valuable Resource is No Longer Oil, But Data
An oil refinery is an industrial cathedral, a place of power, drama and dark recesses: ornate cracking towers are its gothic pinnacles, flaring gas its stained glass, the stench of hydrocarbons its he...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot EU Leader Says English Is Losing Importance
An anonymous reader writes: Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, opted to deliver a speech in French on Friday morning because he said "English is losing importance" in Europe. He g...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Leaked Document Reveals UK Plans For Wider Internet Surveillance
The UK government is planning to push greater surveillance powers that would force internet providers to monitor communications in near-realtime and install backdoor equipment to break encryption, acc...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Global App Usage Still Rising, and Users in the US Spend 135 Minutes a Day in Them
An anonymous reader shares a report: There's a reason that everyone you look at it is looking at a smartphone. According to the folks whose job it is to track such things, people can't get enough of a...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Justice Department Opens Criminal Probe Into Uber
parallel_prankster quotes a report from Washington Post: The Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into Uber's use of a secret software that was used to evade authorities in plac...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot April Jobs Report: 211,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment At 4.4 Percent
An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: The U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. Both the unemployment rate, at 4.4 percent, and the num...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot A New Instance of Android Malware is Discovered Every 10 Seconds, Say Researchers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Security firm G Data says that a new piece of Android malware is discovered every 10 seconds. At this rate, the company is predicting that there will be 3,500,000 ...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Digital Economy Act: Illegal Kodi Streams Could Now Land Users In Prison For 10 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: The Digital Economy Act has passed into law, meaning people could now face ten-year prison sentences for illegally streaming copyrighted conte...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot AMD and Nvidia Silicon Manufacturing Secrets Allegedly Stolen, Sold To China
According to a report on DigiTimes, a former TSMC engineer has been accused of stealing the secrets of their 28nm manufacturing process and taking them across the Taiwan Straits to Chinese rival, HLMC...
08:00 am - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot The World Video Game Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees
Dave Knott writes: The 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The Hall Of Fame "recognizes individual electronic games of all types -- arcade, console, computer, handheld, a...
04:00 am - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot California Seeks To Tax Rocket Launches, Which Are Already Taxed
The state of California is looking into taxing its thriving rocket industry. The Franchise Tax Board has issued a proposed regulation for public comment that would require companies that launch spacec...
02:00 am - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Google Was Warned About This Week's Mass Phishing Email Attack Six Years Ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: For almost six years, Google knew about the exact technique that someone used to trick around one million people into giving away access to their ...
02:00 am - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Intel Announces Xeon Scalable Processor Family
MojoKid writes: Intel unveiled information regarding a new Xeon processor family today, some of which will be based on the company's Skylake-SP architecture. Intel will have four levels of Xeon proces...
02:00 am - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Dormant Diseases Frozen In the Ice Are Waking Up
boley1 writes: Like a plot from a Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) movie, evil is waking up as permafrost melts due to weather or natural, man-made, local, and/or global climate change. (Take your...
12:00 am - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Billboards Target Lawmakers Who Voted To Let ISPs Sell User Information
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: When Congress voted in March to block FCC privacy rules and let internet service providers sell users' personal data, it was a coup for the telecom ...
12:00 am - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Google Releases DIY Open Source Raspberry Pi Voice Kit Hardware
BrianFagioli writes: Google has decided to take artificial intelligence to the maker community with a new initiative called AIY. This initiative will introduce open source AI projects to the public th...
12:00 am - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Cord-Cutting Spikes Fivefold In Cable TV's Worst Quarter Ever
schwit1 quotes a report from Fast Company: Cable's day of reckoning has come. With all the major cable and satellite companies having reported their quarterly numbers, analyst firm MoffettNathanson pu...
12:00 am - Fri, May 5, 2017
Slashdot Majority of US Households Now Cellphone-Only, Government Says
The National Center for Health Statistics has released a report that says, for the first time in history, U.S. households with landlines are now in the minority. Network World reports: The second 6 mo...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Known Flaws in Mobile Data Backbone Allow Hackers To Trick 2FA
A known security hole in the networking protocol used by cellphone providers around the world played a key role in a recent string of attacks that drained bank customer accounts, according to a report...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare Helps Serve Up Hate Online: Report
An anonymous reader writes: f you've been wondering how hate has proliferated online, especially since the 2016 election, ProPublica has some answers. According to ProPublica, Cloudflare -- a major Sa...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot How Not to Make a Movie About Tech
'The Circle' (a techno-thriller movie starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson) is a dated, far-fetched parable about an imaginary villain -- and far less scary than its television counterpart, says Alyssa ...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot 'This Isn't AI'
The Amazon Echo, a 'smart' speaker developed by Amazon.com, gets many things right. You can ask it to for weather updates, check news, and to play music, and Alexa, the AI powering the device, won't d...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot User Expresses Privacy Concerns After Software Update Replaces Default Phone App
An anonymous reader writes: Since I am not living in my home country, I frequently use two different SIM cards and prefer having a phone with dual-sim support. This limits your choice significantly wh...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot No More FTP At Debian
New submitter Gary Perkins writes: It looks like anonymous FTP is officially on its way out. While many public repositories have deprecated it in favor of HTTP, I was rather surprised to see Debian co...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Managers Should Start Texting Job Candidates, Says Study
From a report: A new survey by Yello, a talent recruiting software company, has found that there are some aspects of the hiring process that companies could stand to improve. The report, taken from a ...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot NASA Runs Competition To Help Make Old Fortran Code Faster
NASA is seeking help from coders to speed up the software it uses to design experimental aircraft. From a report on BBC: It is running a competition that will share $55,000 between the top two people ...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Plans To Send the First of Its 4,425 Super-Fast Internet Satellites Into Space in 2019
Elon Musk's SpaceX has laid out a plan to create a network of internet-providing satellites around Earth. The company hopes to start launching satellites into space in 2019, and will continue to send ...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot How Good is Antivirus Software at Protecting Itself?
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this week, AV-TEST evaluated 19 security suites and found that only three of them seemed to be well protected from savvy potential hackers. First, some context abou...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Will Change Its Ebook Contracts With Publishers as EU Ends Antitrust Probe
The EU has reached an agreement with Amazon following an antitrust investigation into the company's ebook business. From a report: In 2015, the European Commission began a probe into the licensing dea...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Over 200 Android Apps Are Currently Using Ultrasonic Beacons To Track Users
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A team of researchers from the Brunswick Technical University in Germany has discovered an alarming number of Android apps (234, to be exact) that employ...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Splitting Up With Apple is a Chipmaker's Nightmare
Apple is such a powerful company that, for third-party suppliers, it's hard not to become reliant on the cash that it pays you. Engadget adds: But when Apple says that it's done, choosing to move what...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot The Parts of America Most Susceptible To Automation
Alana Semuels writes via The Atlantic about the parts of America most susceptible to automation: Much of the focus regarding automation has been on the Rust Belt. There, many workers have been replace...
10:00 am - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot 'First Pirated Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disk' Appears Online
Has AACS 2.0 encryption used to protect UHD Blu-ray discs been cracked? While the details are scarce, a cracked copy of a UHD Blu-ray disc surfaced on the HD-focused BitTorrent tracker UltraHDclub. To...
06:00 am - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot 'Exercise-In-A-Pill' Boosts Athletic Endurance By 70 Percent, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: Salk Institute scientists, building on earlier work that identified a gene pathway triggered by running, have discovered how to fully activate t...
04:00 am - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Apple Pledges $1 Billion Toward Creating Manufacturing Jobs In US
Apple announced today plans to create a $1 billion fund to promote creation of advanced manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Cook told CNBC in an interview that Apple will announce the first investment late...
02:00 am - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Samsung May Overtake Intel As World's Largest Chip Maker In 2017
According to U.S. semiconductor market research firm IC Insights, Samsung is likely to overtake Intel as the world's largest chip maker later this year. Bill McClean, president of IC Insights, explain...
02:00 am - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Is Seeking US Import Ban For iPhones
Qualcomm is seeking to block the sale of iPhones in the U.S. after Apple decided to stop paying them billions of dollars in licensing fees for smartphone chips. Bloomberg reports: Qualcomm is preparin...
12:00 am - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot China Makes Quantum Leap In Developing Quantum Computer
hackingbear writes: Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China created a quantum device, called a boson sampling machine, that can now carry out calculations for five photons, bu...
12:00 am - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot IT Contractors In Australia Are Not Being Paid Due To Dispute With Payroll Service
New submitter evolutionary writes: Plutus Payroll, an Australian payroll company, is refusing to pay contractors due to a dispute with companies using their services. Around 1,000 IT workers are unabl...
12:00 am - Thu, May 4, 2017
Slashdot Court Rules In 'Sextortion' Case That Phone PINs Are Not Protected By Fifth Amendment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Can authorities access potentially incriminating information on your phone by compelling you to reveal your passcode? Or is access to your phone's secrets...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Gmail, Google Docs Users Hit By Massive Email Phishing Scam
New submitter reyahtbor warns of a "massive" phishing attack sweeping the web: Multiple media sources are now reporting on a massive Gmail/Google Docs phishing attack. The Independent is among the top...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Hulu Launches Its Live TV Streaming Service
Hulu has officially unveiled its $40-a-month live-television streaming service to help it better compete against larger rivals like Netflix. Fortune reports: On Wednesday morning, Hulu announced the l...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot WhatsApp Users Are Reporting Outages Worldwide
sombragris writes: WhatsApp, a proprietary instant messaging platform owned by Facebook and used by millions of users, is currently down according to user reports from various parts of the world. Ther...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Hiring 3,000 To Monitor Videos After Murders, Violence Shown Live
Facebook will add 3,000 more people to its community team to review videos on the social network, says CEO Mark Zuckerberg, after several surfaced in recent weeks including a father livestreaming the ...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Waymo: Uber Plotted With Former Exec Before He Left Google
Ina Fried, writing for Axios: Lawyers for Google's former self-driving car unit showed internal Uber emails Wednesday that it says bolster its case that former executive Anthony Levandowski was conspi...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Nadella Says Company Will Make More Phones, But They Won't Look Like Today's Devices
As he told the Make Me Smart podcast, Microsoft is looking for something far more transformative, like an entirely new category of smartphone that's so original and appealing that OEMs won't be able t...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Interns at Facebook, Google Out-Earn the Average American
Alayna Treene, writing for Axios: Long gone are the days of unpaid internships, at least at these 25 companies who are paying interns more than what the average American earns. Tech and finance intern...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Surface Laptop Can Be Switched To Windows 10 Pro For Free Until 2018
An anonymous reader shares a report: Don't let the new Windows 10 S operating system stop you from buying a Surface Laptop this year. The streamlined OS limits you to using applications that are in Mi...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Google To Auto-Migrate Some Users To 64-bit Chrome
Google says it will automatically upgrade the version of Chrome that some Windows users are running, in what it describes as a bet to improve stability, performance, and security. From a report on ZDN...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot IBM Admits It Sent Malware-infected USB Sticks To Customers
IBM accidentally shipped USB drives infected with malware to some customers, the company noted in a support advisory post. The drives contained an initialization tool for some of its Storwize systems,...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot NSA Collected Americans' Phone Records Despite Law Change, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records of Americans' phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability...
12:00 pm - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot You Can't Change the Default Browser or Switch To Google Search In Windows 10 S
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: If developers do start leveraging the Windows Store, the Windows 10 S experiment could take off, as users won't find a need to install legacy programs. This...
08:00 am - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot CRISPR Eliminates HIV In Live Animals
Researchers from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh show that HIV-1 infections can be eliminated from the genomes of living animals. Findings from ...
04:00 am - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Nutrition Standards For School Lunches
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Just a week into his position, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Monday a rollback of nutrition standards for school meals, pr...
02:00 am - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Executives Linked To Investment In a Startup That Focuses On 'Materials Recycling'
According to CNBC, "Two Tesla executives have been named as directors of a company called Redwood Materials, which appears to focus on technology to recycle and reuse manufacturing materials." From th...
02:00 am - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot 18-Year-Old Mexican Student Designs Bra That Can Detect Breast Cancer
An 18-year-old student from Mexico has won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for his invention of a bra that can help in the early detection of breast cancer. "The bra, ot...
12:00 am - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Colleges Are Starting Varsity Programs For Video Games
An anonymous reader shares an article: Professional esports -- competitive video game playing as a spectator sport -- is surging in the U.S., with revenues in the hundreds of millions and growing fast...
12:00 am - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Apple Q2 Earnings: iPhone Sales Fall Flat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Apple Inc reported a surprise fall in iPhone sales for the second quarter on Tuesday, indicating that customers had held back purchases in anticipatio...
12:00 am - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Rejects Female Engineers' Code More Often Than Male Counterparts, Analysis Finds
According to The Wall Street Journal, female engineers who work at Facebook may face gender bias that prevents their code from being accepted at the same rate as male counterparts. "For Facebook, thes...
12:00 am - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Etsy Announces Its CEO Is Stepping Down; Plans To Cut 8% of Workforce
Etsy is saying goodbye to CEO Chad Dickerson and CTO John Allspaw, and hello to former Skype and Evite CEO Josh Silverman and VP of Engineering Mike Brittain. "The Board decided that it was time for n...
12:00 am - Wed, May 3, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Bringing Office to the Windows Store
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: At its Microsoft EDU event in New York City today, the company announced it is bringing Microsoft Office to the Windows Store. We're talking about...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Apple AirPods Customers 'Satisfied' With the Product
Columnist Ben Bajarin, writing for TechPinions: The big story is customer satisfaction with AirPods is extremely high. 98% of AirPod owners said they were very satisfied or satisfied. Remarkably, 82% ...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot San Francisco Politician Jane Kim Is Exploring a Tax On Robots
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: In San Francisco, where robots already run food deliveries for Yelp's Eat24 and make lattes at a mall coffee kiosk, one politician is working...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Supercomputers Assist In Search For New, Better Cancer Drugs
aarondubrow writes: Finding new drugs that can more effectively kill cancer cells or disrupt the growth of tumors is one way to improve survival rates for ailing patients. Researchers are using superc...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Says It Will Launch Nationwide 5G Network In Three Years
T-Mobile announced today its plans for launching a "true" nationwide LTE beginning in 2019, with a complete rollout by 2020. From a report: The nation's third-largest carrier on Tuesday unveiled plans...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Finally Embraces Google's Material Design, Puts Focus On Content
Google's Material Design specs are finally coming to the YouTube desktop site, the company said on Tuesday. The feature isn't rolling out to all just yet, but you can test drive it here. My initial im...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the 'Special Appeal' of Apple Products?
Reader dryriver writes: As someone who comes from MS-DOS/Windows PCs background, I've never quite understood the appeal of Apple's products. I don't think Apple's products are terrible or anything, bu...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Credit Suisse Deploys 20 Robots Within Bank
Credit Suisse has deployed 20 robots within the bank, some of which are helping employees answer basic compliance questions, the Swiss bank's global markets chief executive, Brian Chin, said on Monday...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Carbon Intensity is Falling in Industrial, Electric Power Sectors
Over the last seven years, the electrical power sector has gone from being one of the most carbon-emitting sectors of the American economy per unit of fuel consumed to one of the least carbon-emitting...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Studios, Writers Guild Avert Strike With Last-Minute Deal
Jonathan Handel, writing for The Hollywood Reporter: Talks between the Writers Guild of America and AMPTP studio alliance went down to the wire Monday night but ultimately resulted in a three-year dea...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 S, an Education Edition Limited To Windows Store Apps
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new edition of its latest operating system: Windows 10 S. Available on first-party and third-party hardware -- Microsoft will be releasing its own Windows 10 S device...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot India's Infosys To Hire 10,000 American Workers After Trump Criticism
India's Infosys said it plans to hire 10,000 Americans in the next two years, following criticism from the Trump administration that the company and other outsourcing firms are unfairly taking jobs aw...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Linux Mint 18.2 Ubuntu-based OS is Named 'Sonya'
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: The uncertainty about Ubuntu has not deterred the Linux Mint team, however, as they are moving ahead with plans for version 18.2. While details about the upcoming ...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils the Surface Laptop, a Traditional Notebook That Is 'Better' Than MacBook Pro
On the sidelines of Windows 10 S and affordable Chromebook-like laptops announcements, Microsoft also announced the newest addition to its Surface computing lineup. Dubbed the Surface Laptop, the lapt...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Senate Republicans Introduce Anti-Net Neutrality Legislation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a bill Monday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. "Few areas of our economy ha...
12:00 pm - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Surface Laptop With Windows 10 S Leaks Ahead of New York Unveil
MojoKid writes: Microsoft is holding an event in New York City tomorrow, the core theme of which is "Microsoft in Education." It's widely expected that the company will be unveiling a new Surface Lapt...
08:00 am - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot UK's Newest Tokamak Fusion Reactor Has Created Its First Plasma
After being switched on for the first time last Friday, the UK's newest fusion reactor has successfully generated a molten mass of electrically-charged gas, or plasma, inside its core. Futurism report...
04:00 am - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Security Researcher and Alleged Spam Operator To Square Off In Court In Ugly Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes: River City Media, the company accused of running a huge spam operation, has filed a lawsuit against the security researcher and the journalist who exposed their activities....
02:00 am - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Intel Patches Remote Execution Hole That's Been Hidden In Its Chips Since 2008
Chris Williams reports via The Register: Intel processor chipsets have, for roughly the past nine years, harbored a security flaw that can be exploited to remotely control and infect vulnerable system...
02:00 am - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Sets Record As Fastest-Selling Game In the Franchise
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the fastest-selling Mario Kart title ever, selling nearly half a million copies stateside when it went on sale last Friday. Polygon reports: Nintendo announced that the game bea...
02:00 am - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Computer Scientists Have Created the Most Accurate Digital Model of a Human Face
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: If you've used the smartphone application Snapchat, you may have turned a photo of yourself into a disco bear or melded your face with someone else'...
12:00 am - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Taser Will Use Police Body Camera Videos 'To Anticipate Criminal Activity'
Presto Vivace quotes a report from The Intercept: With an estimated one-third of departments using body cameras, police officers have been generating millions of hours of video footage. Taser stores t...
12:00 am - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot India Aims To Make Every Car Electric By 2030 In Bid To Tackle Pollution
India's energy minister has unveiled plans for every car sold in the country to be powered by electricity by the year 2030. "The move is intended to lower the cost of importing fuel and lower costs fo...
12:00 am - Tue, May 2, 2017
Slashdot Apple Has a Record $250 Billion In Cash, 90% of It Is Banked Overseas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phone Arena: On Tuesday, Apple is expected to report its fiscal second quarter earnings. In that report, the tech titan will reportedly announce that it is hol...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot US Adults Will Spend More Than Half the Day Consuming Media, Study Says
An anonymous reader shares a report from marketing research firm eMarketer: Thanks to multitasking, US adults' average daily time spent with major media will slightly exceed 12 hours this year, accord...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot China is Recruiting 20,000 People To Write Its Own Wikipedia
The Chinese government is recruiting 20,000 people to create an online encyclopedia that will be the country's own, China-centric version of Wikipedia, or as one official put it, like "a Great Wall of...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot Modern 'Hackintoshes' Show That Apple Should Probably Just Build a Mac Tower
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report written by Andrew Cunningham via Ars Technica: Apple is working on new desktop Macs, including a ground-up redesign of the tiny-but-controversial 20...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You Still Use RSS?
Real Site Syndication, or RSS has been around for over a decade but it never really managed to lure regular web users (though maybe it wasn't built to serve everyone). So much so that even Google cite...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot US Appeals Court Won't Rehear 'Net Neutrality' Challenge
A federal appeals court on Monday declined to rehear a challenge to the Obama administration's landmark "net neutrality" rules requiring internet providers to guarantee equal access to all websites. F...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Lets Advertisers Target Insecure Teens, Says Report
An anonymous reader shares a report: Leaked documents from Facebook's team in Australia allegedly show the social giant's ability to help advertisers target teens who feel "worthless." The documents, ...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot 'There's No Good Way To Kill a Bad Idea'
The world is filled with bad, baseless, factually inaccurate ideas that refuse to die. From an article: Philosopher Russell Blackford, a lecturer at the University of Newcastle in Australia, tweeted a...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot Trump is Launching a New Tech Group To 'Transform and Modernize' the US Govt
President Donald Trump announced on Monday he has signed an executive order creating a new technology council to "transfer and modernize" the U.S. government's IT systems. From a report: The gathering...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot UEFI Secure Boot Booted From Debian 9 'Stretch'
Debian's release team has decided to postpone its implementation of Secure Boot. From a report: In a release update from last week, release team member Jonathan Wiltshire wrote that "At a recent team ...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches Its First Spy Satellite
SpaceX successfully launched NROL-76, a classified U.S. intelligence mission, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center Monday. Sunday's launch attempt was scrubbed due to a sensor issue. From a report: Not mu...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot Trump Has Grand Plan For Mission To Mars But Nasa Advises: Cool Your Jets
Donald Trump would like to see Americans walk on Mars during his presidency. Nasa would love to get there that quickly, too. The reality of space travel is slightly more complicated, however. From a r...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot Power of Modern Programming Languages is That They Are Expressive, Readable, Concise, Precise, and Executable
An anonymous reader shares a Scientific American article: Programming has changed. In first generation languages like FORTRAN and C, the burden was on programmers to translate high-level concepts into...
12:00 pm - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot DRM Will Be Gone By 2025, Predicts Cory Doctorow
An anonymous reader writes:It's been two years since Cory Doctorow joined the EFF's campaign to eliminate DRM within 8 years -- and he still believes it'll happen. "Farmers and the Digital Right To Re...
08:00 am - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.11 Officially Released
prisoninmate quotes Softpedia: Linux kernel 4.11 has been in development for the past two months, since very early March, when the first Release Candidate arrived for public testing. Eight RCs later, ...
06:00 am - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot A Sophisticated Grey Hat Vigilante Protects Insecure IoT Devices
Ars Technica reports on Hajime, a sophisticated "vigilante botnet that infects IoT devices before blackhats can hijack them."Once Hajime infects an Internet-connected camera, DVR, and other Internet-o...
02:00 am - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot VC Founder Predicts AI Will Take 50% Of All Human Jobs Within 10 Years
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC: Robots are likely to replace 50 percent of all jobs in the next decade, according to Kai-Fu Lee, founder of venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures and a top voice on...
12:00 am - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Leaks 'Orange Is the New Black' Episodes After Failing To Extort Netflix
An anonymous reader writes:"A hacker (or hacker group) known as The Dark Overlord (TDO) has leaked the first ten episodes of season 5 of the "Orange Is The New Black" show after two failed blackmail a...
12:00 am - Mon, May 1, 2017
Slashdot Neowin: Microsoft's Windows Phone Business 'Is Dead'
An anonymous reader quote Neowin:If you've been expecting Microsoft to issue a press release formally announcing the end of its Windows phone business, you're probably hoping for a bit too much. But m...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Developer Hacks Together Object-Oriented HTML
An anonymous reader writes: Ever since I started coding, I have always loved object-oriented design patterns. I built an HTML preprocessor that adds inheritance, polymorphism, and public methods to th...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Massive Tinder Photo Scrape Has Users Upset
Images of Tinder users "were swept up in a massive grab of some 40,000 photos from the dating app by a dataset collector who plans to use the selfies in artificial intelligence training," writes Slash...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft And Apple Target Schools In War With Chromebook
An anonymous reader writes:"Google [is] commanding 58% of U.S. K-12 schools. Windows is in second with around 22% and the combined impact of MacOS and iOS are close behind at 19%," reports TechCrunch,...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot E-Commerce Is Clogging City Streets With Delivery Trucks
The Atlantic's CityLab describes "a massive surge in deliveries to residential dwellings...creating a traffic nightmare." An anonymous reader quotes their report:While truck traffic currently represen...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot How To Delete Your Data From Google's 'My Activity'
Last summer Google revealed personalized data dashboards for every Google account, letting users edit (or delete) items from their search history as well as their viewing history on YouTube. Now Slash...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Australia Wants ISPs To Protect Customers From Viruses
An anonymous reader quotes Sopho's Naked Security blog:In a column in The West Australian, Dan Tehan, Australia's cybersecurity minister, wrote: "Just as we trust banks to hold our money, just as we t...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Why Elon Musk Doesn't Like Flying Cars
boley1 quotes Business Insider: According to Elon Musk, the main challenges with flying cars are that they'll be noisy and generate lots of wind because of the downward force required to keep them in ...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot As Print Surges, Ebook Sales Plunge Nearly 20%
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% in the U.K. in 2016, according to the Publishers Association. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same perio...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Intel-Powered Broadband Modems Highly Vulnerable To DoS Attack
"It's being reported by users from the DSLReports forum that the Puma 6 Intel cable modem variants are highly susceptible to a very low-bandwidth denial-of-service attack," writes Slashdot reader Idis...
12:00 pm - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Advertisers Are Still Boycotting YouTube Over Offensive Videos
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:The fallout from the YouTube boycott is likely to be felt through the rest of this year. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending until they a...
08:00 am - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Humans Are Already Harassing Security Robots
An anonymous reader quotes CNN: As robots begin to appear on sidewalks and streets, they're being hazed and bullied. Last week, a drunken man allegedly tipped over a 300-pound security robot in Mounta...
06:00 am - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Debian Developer Imprisoned In Russia Over Alleged Role In Riots
An anonymous reader writes:"Dmitry Bogatov, Debian developer and Tor node admin, is still being held in a Moscow jail," tweeted the EFF Saturday. IT Wire reports that the 25-year-old math teacher was ...
02:00 am - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Wired Founding Editor Now Challenges 'The Myth of A Superhuman AI'
Wired's founding executive editor Kevin Kelly wrote a 5,000-word takedown on "the myth of a superhuman AI," challenging dire warnings from Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk about the potentia...
12:00 am - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot NASA Launches Super Balloon To Detect Cosmic Particles From Near Space
"After seven unsuccessful attempts NASA has launched a stadium-sized balloon in Wanaka," reports the New Zealand Herald, adding that the super-pressure balloon will collect data from "near space" over...
12:00 am - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Developer Shares A Recoverable Container Format That's File System Agnostic
Long-time Slashdot reader MarcoPon writes: I created a thing: SeqBox. It's an archive/container format (and corresponding suite of tools) with some interesting and unique features. Basically an SBX fi...
12:00 am - Sun, April 30, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could We Build A Global Wireless Mesh Network?
An anonymous reader wants to start a grassroots effort to build a self-organizing global radio mesh network where every device can communicate with every other device -- and without any central author...