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10:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Uber Crosses 5 Billion Rides
An anonymous reader shares a report: The ride-hailing company just reached a big milestone: 5 billion Uber rides around the world. With Uber's endless bad headlines, and Lyft gaining real momentum in ...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot 'Microsoft' Scam Callers Arrested After Years of Terrorising the Technically Challenged
An anonymous reader shares a report: Those shameless scammers that cold-call people pretending to be from Microsoft and demanding money after walking users through supposed problems with their compute...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Facebook May Finally Have To Compromise Its User Experience In Order To Keep Growing
Tony Haile, writing for Recode: Facebook has a problem. What has driven its growth for the last five years won't drive its growth for the next five. However, the options in front of the company involv...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot O'Reilly Media Has Stopped Retailing Books Directly On Its Ecommerce Store
An anonymous reader shares a press release: This week, O'Reilly Media stopped retailing books directly on our ecommerce store. You might say "what!?" Or you might say "what's the big deal?" Before I e...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Spanish Siesta Culture Lets Entrepreneur Turn Naps Into Gold
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: There's little that's more Spanish than the afternoon siesta. As the mid-day sun goes up, businesses in small-town Spain pull down their shutters for a t...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot The Biggest Windows 10 Shop? Microsoft Partner Accenture
Mary Zo Foley, reporting for ZDNet: Microsoft partner Accenture, a global consulting company, is on track to become "the largest consumer of Windows 10," say the two companies. By 2018, Accenture will...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Detects Riots Faster Than Police, Study Says
A new study by Cardiff University has determined that Twitter can be used to identify dangerous situations up to an hour faster than police reports. From a report: Researchers at Cardiff analyzed 1.6 ...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Tumblr's Unclear Future Shows That There's No Money in Internet Culture
Earlier this month as Verizon completed its acquisition, a number of Tumblr employees, as well as those at other Verizon-owned properties, like the Huffington Post, were laid off. This comes at an int...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Employee Denied Entry To the United States
Reader Artem Tashkinov writes: Daniel Stenberg, an employee at Mozilla and the author of the command-line tool curl, was not allowed to board his flight to the meeting from Sweden—despite the fa...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot US Senators Seek Military Ban on Kaspersky Lab Products Amid FBI Probe
An anonymous reader shares a report: U.S. senators sought on Wednesday to ban Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab's products from use by the military because of fears the company is vulnera...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Soon Protect Files and Folders From Ransomware
Microsoft is making some interesting security-related changes to Windows 10 with the next Fall Creators Update, expected to debut in September. From a report: Windows 10 testers can now access a previ...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot The iPhone Turns 10
"Every once in awhile a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything," said co-founder and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, as he kickstarted the iPhone keynote. Ten years ago, thousands of p...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Hacks Raise Fear Over NSA's Hold on Cyberweapons
Nicole Perlroth, and David Sanger, writing for The New York Times: Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyberweapons stolen from its arsenal have been turned against two very different pa...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Let's Encrypt Hits New Milestone: Over 100,000,000 Certificates Issued
Josh Aas, the executive director of Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) writing for Let's Encrypt: Let's Encrypt, a free, automated, and open certificate authority has reached a milestone: we've n...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Dump Reveals CIA Malware For Tracking Windows Devices Via WiFi Networks
WikiLeaks has published the documentation manual for an alleged CIA tool that can track users of Wi-Fi-capable Windows devices based on the Extended Service Set (ESS) data of nearby Wi-Fi networks. Ac...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
theodp writes: Noting that Apple CEO Tim Cook's advice for President Trump at last week's White House gathering of the Tech Titans was that "coding should be a requirement in every public school," the...
08:00 am - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Research Finds 1 In 3 American Cats and Dogs Are Overweight
After surveying 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats in the U.S. last year, a group of researchers found that about one in three were overweight or obese. "Looking over data from the last decade, the res...
04:00 am - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Mayors of 7,400 Cities Vow To Meet Obama's Climate Commitments
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Mayors of more than 7,400 cities across the world have vowed that Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord will spur greater loc...
02:00 am - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Create New Probiotic Beer That Boosts Immunity
randomErr writes: A new patent has been filed for a innovative brewing technique that incorporates a live strain of good bacteria into the brewing process. Researchers at NUS (National University of S...
02:00 am - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot London Metropolitan Police's 18,000 Windows XP PCs Is a Disaster Waiting To Happen
According to MSPoweruser, the London Metropolitan Police are still using around 18,000 PCs powered by Windows XP, an operating system Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014. What's more is that the poli...
12:00 am - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Plans To Open $380 Million Home Appliance Plant In US, Creating Almost 1,000 Jobs
Samsung Electronics has agreed to open a $380 million home appliance manufacturing plant in Newberry County, South Carolina. The new plant is expected to generate 954 local jobs by 2020. CNBC reports:...
12:00 am - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot Equal Rights Center Sues Uber For Denying Equal Access To People Who Use Wheelchairs
The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber, alleging that the company has chosen not to include wheelchair-accessible cars as an option in its standard UberX fleet of vehicles, and excludes people who use ...
12:00 am - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot US Imposes Stricter Security Screenings At Foreign Airports, But Won't Expand Laptop Ban Yet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The United States will require foreign airports to implement stricter security practices and screenings for any passengers headed to the U.S. John K...
12:00 am - Thu, June 29, 2017
Slashdot O'Reilly No Longer Selling Individual Books, Videos Online
dovf writes: Just got an email from O'Reilly Media that as of today, they are no longer selling individual books or videos online -- rather, they are encouraging people to sign up for Safari. They are...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage May Be Hurting Workers, Report Finds
As companies look for ways to cut costs, Seattle's $15 minimum wage law may be hurting hourly workers instead of helping them, according to a new report. From a USA Today article: A report (PDF) from ...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot The Petya Ransomware Is Starting To Look Like a Cyberattack in Disguise
Further research and investigation into Petya ransomware -- which has affected computers in over 60 countries -- suggest three interesting things: 1. Ukraine was the epicentre of the attack. According...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men From Hate Speech But Not Black Children
Sidney Fussell from Gizmodo summarizes a report from ProPublica, which brings to light dozens of training documents used by Facebook to train moderators on hate speech: As the trove of slides and quiz...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree
Steve Lohr, writing for the New York Times: A few years ago, Sean Bridges lived with his mother, Linda, in Wiley Ford, W.Va. Their only income was her monthly Social Security disability check. He appl...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Google Must Delete Search Results Worldwide, Supreme Court of Canada Rules
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Google on Wednesday in a closely-watched intellectual property case over whether judges can apply their own country's laws to all of the internet. From a repo...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot More Than 40 ISPs Across the Country Tell Chairman Pai to Not Repeal Network Neutrality
An anonymous reader shares a report: One excuse FCC Chairman Ajit Pai regularly offers to explain his effort to gut net neutrality protections is the claim that open Internet rules have harmed ISPs, e...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Toshiba Sues Western Digital For $1 Billion in Damages
Toshiba has raised the stakes in an embittered legal row with its joint venture partner, suing Western Digital for a $1bn in damages and hoping Japanese courts will quash the US firm's interference in...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Vulnerability Discovered In Latest Ubuntu Distributions, Users Advised To Update
Celarent Darii writes: There is a vulnerability in the latest ubuntu distributions due to the DNS resolver included in systemd. The inclusion of the dns resolver was lamented by many on the mailing li...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot FBI Interviews Employees of Russia-Linked Cyber Security Firm Kaspersky Lab
FBI agents on Tuesday paid visits to at least a dozen employees of Kaspersky Lab, a Russia-based cyber-security company, asking questions about that company's operations as part of a counter-intellige...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Telemetry Shows Petya Infections in 65 Countries Around the World
From a blog post by Microsoft: On June 27, 2017 reports of a ransomware infection began spreading across Europe. We saw the first infections in Ukraine, where more than 12,500 machines encountered the...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot The Guardian Backtracks On WhatsApp 'Backdoor' Report
Five months after The Guardian published an investigative report, in which it found a "backdoor" in the Facebook-owned service, the publication is finally making amendments. The January report immedia...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Defends Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
An anonymous reader writes: Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has absorbed blistering criticism for the way he handled allegations of sexual misconduct at the San Francisco riding-hailing service. But h...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot President Trump Attacks Amazon, Incorrectly Claiming That It Owns The Washington Post For Tax Purposes
The Washington Post, which has been critical of Donald Trump and his administration in its coverage, has become the latest victim in Trump's Twitter tirade. On Wednesday, he accused Amazon of not "pay...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Contractors Lose Jobs After Hacking CIA's In-House Vending Machines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechRepublic: Today's vending machines are likely to be bolted to the floor or each other and are much more sophisticated -- possibly containing machine intell...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Blue Origin To Build Its BE-4 Rocket Engine In Alabama, Creating Hundreds of Jobs
Blue Origin has recently announced its plans to manufacture the company's new rocket engine, the BE-4, at a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama. According to The Verge, the benefits for B...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Will Offer Prime Video At Half-Price In All New Markets For Six More Months
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon is leaving no stones unturned with its Prime Video, which it expanded to over 200 international markets last December. For the last six months, the company has been ...
08:00 am - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot August Solar Eclipse Could Disrupt Roads and Cellular Networks
GeoGreg writes: On August 21, 2017, the contiguous United States will experience its first total solar eclipse since 1979. According to GreatAmericanEclipse.com's Michael Zeiler, approximately 200 mil...
04:00 am - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot World's First Floating Windfarm To Take Shape Off Coast of Scotland
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The world's first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is...
04:00 am - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Vegan Mayonnaise Company Starts Growing Its Own Meat In Labs, Says It Will Get To Stores First
Chase Purdy reports via Quartz: The maker of vegan mayonnaise has been working on getting lab-made meat onto dinner tables everywhere. It's just that nobody knew about it. Hampton Creek -- a company t...
02:00 am - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Lawmakers Want To Move Fast On Self-Driving Car Legislation
An anonymous reader shares a report: Members of Congress said Tuesday that they hope to move forward with a package of self-driving car legislation by the end of July. "We've got to keep moving, becau...
02:00 am - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Britain's Newest Warship Runs Windows XP, Raising Cyber Attack Fears
Chrisq shares a report from The Telegraph: Fears have been raised that Britain's largest ever warship could be vulnerable to cyber attacks after it emerged it appears to be running the outdated Micros...
02:00 am - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Comcast and Charter In Talks With Sprint To Offer Wireless Service
According to The Wall Street Journal, Sprint's merger talks with T-Mobile are temporarily on hold while the carrier mulls over a number of potential deals with the United States' two biggest cable com...
12:00 am - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot NVIDIA To Launch Graphics Cards Specifically Designed For Digital Currency Mining
Digital currency mining is in high demand, causing GPU prices to skyrocket. Nvidia is planning to capitalize on this trend by releasing graphics cards specifically designed for cryptocurrency. From a ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Police Use Lyft As 'Trojan Horse' To Capture Suspect In Murder of Tech CEO
McGruber writes: On Friday, June 23, 2017, three men broke into the home of Albert Eugene DeMagnus, the CEO of Computer Management Services. The men stabbed DeMangus, who was pronounced dead after he ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 28, 2017
Slashdot Petya Ransomware Outbreak Originated In Ukraine Via Tainted Accounting Software
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Today's massive ransomware outbreak was caused by a malicious software update for M.E.Doc, a popular accounting software used by Ukrainian c...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion in Five Years
An anonymous reader shares a report: In five years, the app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a report released today by app measurement company App An...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Behind Massive Ransomware Outbreak Can't Get Emails From Victims Who Paid
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: On Tuesday, a new, worldwide ransomware outbreak took off, infecting targets in Ukraine, France, Spain, and elsewhere. The hackers hit everything from internatio...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Bringing EMET Back As a Built-In Part of Windows 10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will include EMET-like capabilities managed through a new feature called Windows Defender Exploit Guard. Micr...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Volvo's Driverless Cars 'Confused' by Kangaroos
An anonymous reader shares a report: Volvo's self-driving technology is struggling to identify kangaroos in the road. The Swedish car-maker's 2017 S90 and XC90 models use its Large Animal Detection sy...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Crosses 2 Billion Monthly Users
Facebook has announced that it now has over 2 billion monthly active users. From a report: That's up from the 1.94 billion total that the company cited as part of its most recent earnings report in Ma...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Heritage Valley Health System Target Of Cyber Attack
The Heritage Valley Health System says it has been hit with a cyber attack. From a report: A spokeswoman confirmed the attack Tuesday morning. "Heritage Valley Health System has been affected by a cyb...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Short of IT Workers At Home, Israeli Startups Recruit Elsewhere
New submitter Alex Wilson shares a Reuters report: Driven by startups, Israel's technology industry is the fastest growing part of the economy. It accounts for 14 percent of economic output and 50 per...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Samsung To Launch Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea On July 7
South Korean news agency Yonhap reports: Samsung plans to release the refurbished edition of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 smartphone next month, industry sources said Tuesday. According to the sources,...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot China's All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens' Faces
China's government is using facial-recognition technology to help promote good behavior and catch lawbreakers, reports the WSJ. From the article: Facial-recognition technology, once a specter of dysto...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Ukrainian Banks, Electricity Firm Hit by Fresh Cyber Attack; Reports Claim the Ransomware Is Quickly Spreading Across the World
A massive cyber attack has disrupted businesses and services in Ukraine on Tuesday, bringing down the government's website and sparking officials to warn that airline flights to and from the country's...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot The New iPad Pro Review
An anonymous reader writes: As tech reviewers across the United States and Europe sing praises of Apple's new iPad Pro, here's what Joshua Topolsky, former editor-in-chief of The Verge and Engadget (a...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Robots Poised To Revamp How Whole Foods Runs Warehouses
After Amazon announced it would buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion earlier this month, John Mackey, Whole Foods' chief executive officer, rejoiced and reportedly gushed about Amazon's technologi...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot New Study Confirms the Oceans Are Warming Rapidly
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Guardian, written by John Abraham, who discusses the rising ocean temperatures and the important factors that affect ocean-temperature accuracy: The most i...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Google Slapped With $2.7 Billion By EU For Skewing Searches
Google suffered a major regulatory blow on Tuesday after European antitrust officials fined the search giant 2.4 billion euros, or $2.7 billion, for unfairly favoring some of its own search services o...
08:00 am - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Physicists Have Created the Brightest Light Ever Recorded
Jason Koebler writes: A group of physicists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Extreme Light Laboratory announced Monday that they have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth using Di...
04:00 am - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot New Study Explains Why Trump's 'Sad' Tweets Are So Effective
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: During his campaign and presidency, Donald Trump has used Twitter to circumvent traditional media broadcasters and speak directly to the masses. He ...
04:00 am - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Social Media Giants Step Up Joint Fight Against Extremist Content
Social media giants Facebook, Google's YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft said on Monday they were forming a global working group to combine their efforts to remove terrorist content from their platforms....
02:00 am - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot 'Infarm' Startup Wants To Put a Farm In Every Grocery Store
Infarm, a 40-plus person startup based in Berlin, imagines a future where every grocery store has its own farm packed with herbs, vegetables and fruit. "The plants themselves are being monitored by mu...
02:00 am - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot China, Canada Vow Not To Conduct Cyberattacks On Private Sector
New submitter tychoS writes from a report via Reuters: China and Canada have signed an agreement vowing not to conduct state-sponsored cyberattacks against each other aimed at stealing trade secrets o...
02:00 am - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Zillow Threatens To Sue Blogger For Using Its Photos For Parody
Kate Wagner is facing potential legal charges by real estate Zillow for allegedly violating the site's terms of service by reproducing images from their site on her blog. Wagner's blog is called McMan...
12:00 am - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Fake Online Stores Reveal Gamblers' Shadow Banking System
randomErr shares an exclusive report from Reuters: A network of dummy online stores offering household goods has been used as a front for internet gambling payments. The seven sites in Europe to sell ...
12:00 am - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot 'I'm Suing New York City To Loosen Verizon's Iron Grip'
New submitter mirandakatz writes: New York City is lagging far behind when it comes to ensuring ubiquitous, reasonably priced fiber optic internet access for every resident. There's a jaw-dropping dig...
12:00 am - Tue, June 27, 2017
Slashdot Google Home Is 6 Times More Likely To Answer Your Question Than Amazon Alexa
According to software developed by New York-based 360i, Google Home is six times more likely to answer your question than Amazon Alexa -- its biggest competitor. Adweek reports: It's relatively surpri...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Apple Releases First Public Beta Of iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad
Zac Hall, writing for 9to5Mac: Apple has released the first macOS High Sierra public beta for Mac. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of macOS with new fe...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Judge Sentences Man To One Year In Prison For Hacking Smart Water Readers In Five US Cities
An anonymous reader writes: A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for hacking and disabling base stations belonging to water utility providers in five cities across the U....
08:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Google Replaces Gchat With Hangouts Today
An anonymous reader shares a report: The day dreaded by stubborn office workers around the country has finally arrived. At some point today, Google will replace its Google Talk feature in Gmail -- kno...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Indie Game Developer Shares Free Keys on The Pirate Bay
Jacob Janerka, developer of the popular indie adventure game 'Paradigm,' recently spotted a cracked copy of his title on The Pirate Bay. But, instead of being filled with anger and rage while running ...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot The Mere Presence of Your Smartphone Reduces Brain Power, Study Shows
An anonymous reader shares a study: Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach -- even if it's off. That's the takeaway finding from a new study from the McC...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Sorry, But Anonymous Has No Evidence That NASA Has Found Alien Life
From a Popular Science article: In a new video, the hacker group known as Anonymous claims that NASA has discovered alien life. But before you freak out, let's talk. Sadly, the group of activists and ...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot The High-Tech Jobs That Created India's Gilded Generation Are Disappearing
An anonymous reader shares a report: Information technology services account for 9.5 percent of the India's gross domestic product, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), but now, afte...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Super Nintendo Classic Coming in September
Rumors are true. Nintendo is gearing up to launch the SNES Classic, a miniaturized version of the glorious original Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The console will include 21 games when it launc...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Who Americans Spend Their Time With
Data scientist Henrik Lindberg has a series of fascinating charts based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics that show who people in the United States spend their time with over the course o...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Google Chrome Bests Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera In Independent Battery Life Tests
An anonymous reader shares a report: YouTuber Linus Tech Tips has pitted Microsoft Edge against Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera and discovered that it does not deliver as strong a performance...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Supreme Court Partially Revives Travel Ban, Will Hear Appeal
From a report: The U.S. Supreme Court partially revived President Donald Trump's travel ban and said the justices will hear arguments in the fall. The justices said the ban can apply for now only to p...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot 'Why I Decided To Disable AMP On My Site'
Web developer Alex Kras on Monday listed a number of reasons why he dislikes Google's AMP project, and why he pulled support for it on his website. From his post: Back in the day we used to have WAP p...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Twitch Announces Six-Day Marathon Of Classic MST3K Episodes
BrianFagioli quotes Beta News:Twitch was designed as a video game streaming service, but since Amazon bought it, it seems to be evolving into something more. While it is still primarily a platform for...
08:00 am - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot New Maglev Elevator Can Travel Horizontally, Vertically, and Diagonally
An elevator that can move in any direction has been successfully tested by a German company named ThyssenKrupp. An anonymous reader quotes Wired UK:The Multi is the first ropeless lift, built using th...
06:00 am - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Ohio Government Websites Hacked With Pro-Islamic State Messages
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:The websites of Ohio Governor John Kasich and other state government agencies were hacked on Sunday with a posting professing love for the jihadist group Islamic S...
02:00 am - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Roadside Cameras Infected with WannaCry Virus Invalidate 8,000 Traffic Tickets
Long-time Slashdot reader nri tipped us off to a developing story in Victoria, Australia. Yahoo News reports:Victoria Police officials announced on Saturday, June 24, they were withdrawing all speed c...
12:00 am - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Why So Many Top Hackers Come From Russia
Long-time Slashdot reader tsu doh nimh writes:Brian Krebs has an interesting piece this week on one reason that so many talented hackers (malicious and benign) seem to come from Russia and the former ...
12:00 am - Mon, June 26, 2017
Slashdot Australian Officials Want Encryption Laws To Fight 'Terrorist Messaging'
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Two top Australian government officials said Sunday that they will push for "thwarting the encryption of terrorist messaging" during an upcoming meeting next we...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot Anthem To Pay $115 Million In The Largest Data Breach Settlement Ever
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Anthem, the largest health insurance company in the U.S., has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over a 2015 data breach for a record $115 million, according to la...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot New HyperThreading Flaw Affects Intel 6th And 7th Generation Skylake and Kaby Lake-Based Processors
MojoKid writes: A new flaw has been discovered that impacts Intel 6th and 7th Generation Skylake and Kaby Lake-based processors that support HyperThreading. The issue affects all OS types and is detai...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot Ethereum Exchange Reimburses Customer Losses After 'Flash Crash'
An anonymous reader writes:"The price of ethereum crashed as low as 10 cents from around $319 in about a second on the GDAX cryptocurrency exchange on Wednesday," reports CNBC, calling it "a move that...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Livestreams Sunday's Rocket Launch
An anonymous reader quotes Space.com:A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the 10 satellites for Iridium Communications is scheduled to liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:25 p.m. PD...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars Are Safer When They Talk To Each Other
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:A University of Michigan public-private partnership called Mcity is testing V2V, or vehicle to vehicle communication, and has found that it makes their autonomous p...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot 90 Cities Install A Covert Technology That Listens For Gunshots
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider:In more than 90 cities across the US, including New York, microphones placed strategically around high-crime areas pick up the sounds of gunfire and alert p...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot Software Developer Explains Why The Ubuntu Phone Failed
troublemaker_23 quotes ITWire:A developer who worked with the Ubuntu Phone project has outlined the reasons for its failure, painting a picture of confusion, poor communication and lack of technical a...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot Los Angeles Tests Reflective 'Cool Pavement' On Streets
mikeebbbd writes: As reported in the Los Angeles Daily News, during the current heatwave various officials swooped down on streets coated with an experimental light-gray sealer that makes the old asph...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot How A Contractor Exploited A Vulnerability In The FCC Website
RendonWI writes: A Wisconsin wireless contractor discovered a flaw in the FCC's Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) database, and changed the ownership of more than 40 towers from multiple carriers a...
12:00 pm - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot What Happens When Geoengineers 'Hack The Planet'?
Dan Drollette shares an article by an Oxford physics professor who's concerned about the popularity of radical new proposals to fight global warming.The Christian Science Monitor wonders if it's time ...
08:00 am - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot Does US Have Right To Data On Overseas Servers? We're About To Find Out
Long-time Slashdot reader quotes Ars Technica:The Justice Department on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to step into an international legal thicket, one that asks whether US search warrants ext...
06:00 am - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot Account Registrations Enable 'Password Reset Man In The Middle' Attacks
"Attackers that have set up a malicious site can use users' account registration process to successfully perform a password reset process on a number of popular websites and messaging mobile applicati...
02:00 am - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot Germany Cracks Down On Illegal Speech On Social Media.
ArmoredDragon writes: German police have raided 36 homes of people accused of using illegal speech on Facebook and Twitter. Much of it was aimed at political speech. According to the article, "Most of...
12:00 am - Sun, June 25, 2017
Slashdot Linus Explains What Surprises Him After 25 Years Of Linux
Linus Torvalds appeared in a new "fireside chat" with VMware Head of Open Source Dirk Hohndel. An anonymous reader writes:Linus explained what still surprises him about Linux development. "Code that I...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot Survey Says: Raspberry Pi Still Rules, But X86 SBCs Have Made Gains
DeviceGuru writes: Results from LinuxGizmos.com's annual hacker-friendly single board computer survey are in, and not surprisingly, the Raspberry Pi 3 is the most desired maker SBC by a 4-to-1 margin....
10:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot State Legislators Want Surveillance Cameras To Catch Uninsured Drivers
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:A Rhode Island legislative committee has approved a bill that would greatly expand the surveillance state through the deployment of license plate readers. For t...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot Researcher Finds Critical OpenVPN Bug Using Fuzzing
"Guido Vranken recently published 4 security vulnerabilities in OpenVPN on his personal blog," writes long-time Slashdot reader randomErr -- one of which was a critical remote execution bug. Though pa...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot Should Your Company Switch To Microservices?
Walmart Canada claims that it was microservices that allowed them to replace hardware with virtual servers, reducing costs by somewhere between 20 and 50 percent. Now Slashdot reader snydeq shares an ...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot 'Stack Clash' Linux Flaw Enables Root Access. Patch Now
msm1267 writes: Linux, BSD, Solaris and other open source systems are vulnerable to a local privilege escalation vulnerability known as Stack Clash that allows an attacker to execute code at root. Maj...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot UK Parliament Emails Closed After 'Sustained And Determined' Cyber-Attack
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:Parliament has been hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber-attack by hackers attempting to gain access to MPs' and their staffers' email accounts. Both house...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot Phoronix Announces '2017 Linux Laptop Survey'
Phoronix is hosting a 2017 Linux Laptop Survey. From their site: While Linux laptop compatibility is much better than where it was years ago, it's still not too uncommon to run into display/hybrid iss...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot Former Slashdot Contributor Jon Katz Believes He Can Talk To Animals
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland got a surprise when he visited his local bookstore:Jon Katz turns 70 this August, and he's published a new book called Talking to Animals: How You Can Understand ...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot The People GoFundMe Leaves Behind
citadrianne shares a report from The Outline: President Donald Trump's proposed budget seeks to slash $54 billion from social services including programs like Medicaid and Meals on Wheels. As these re...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot Sci-Hub Ordered To Pay $15 Million In Piracy Damages
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Two years ago, academic publisher Elsevier filed a complaint (PDF) against Sci-Hub and several related "pirate" sites. It accused the websites of...
08:00 am - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot FCC Grants OneWeb Approval To Launch Over 700 Satellites For 'Space Internet'
OneWeb has been granted approval from the FCC to launch a network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement: "Humans have long sought inspiration from the st...
04:00 am - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot 32TB of Windows 10 Internal Builds, Core Source Code Leak Online
According to an exclusive report via The Register, "a massive trove of Microsoft's internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online." From the report: The...
04:00 am - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot Obama Authorized a Secret Cyber Operation Against Russia, Says Report
Jessica Conditt reports via Engadget: President Barack Obama learned of Russia's attempts to hack U.S. election systems in early August 2016, and as intelligence mounted over the following months, the...
02:00 am - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot 'Chiropractors Are Bullshit'
From an article on The Outline, submitted by two readers: If you're one of the approximately 80 percent of Americans who have suffered from back pain, you may have been referred to a chiropractor for ...
02:00 am - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Is 'In Talks' To Build a Factory In China
Tesla confirmed yesterday that it is "in talks" with the municipal government of Shanghai to manufacture its vehicles in the country. Tesla said in a statement: "Tesla is working with the Shanghai Mun...
02:00 am - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot 6 Female Founders Accuse VC Justin Caldbeck of Making Unwanted Advances
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Yesterday The Information reported on allegations made by half a dozen women working in the tech industry who say they have faced unwanted and inap...
12:00 am - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Doc Dump Reveals CIA Tools For Hacking Air-Gapped PCs
An anonymous reader writes: "WikiLeaks dumped today the manuals of several hacking utilities part of Brutal Kangaroo, a CIA malware toolkit for hacking into air-gapped (offline) networks using tainted...
12:00 am - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot IT Services Company Wipro Forces 600 Employees To Work In Bed Bug Infested Office
McGruber writes: Information Technology Services CorporationWipro's 600-employee call center in Chamblee, Georgia is in infected with bed bugs according to Atlanta television station 11Alive. The faci...
12:00 am - Sat, June 24, 2017
Slashdot Texting While Driving Now Legal In Colorado -- In Some Cases
Fines for texting and driving in Colorado have jumped to $300, but according to the fine print, the increased fine only applies to drivers who are texting in "a careless or imprudent manner." Therefor...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot If You Can Decentralize the Internet, Mozilla Has $2 Million For You
Mozilla and the National Science Foundation want a new internet. And they want it to be free and accessible for everybody. From a report: They'll pay $2 million for it. On Wednesday, the two organizat...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches and Lands a Used Rocket For the Second Time
SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 rocket for the second time. "The rocket's first stage -- the 14-story-tall core that houses the fuel and the rocket's main engines -- to...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Claims 1.5 Billion Monthly Users
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google's YouTube unit says it now reaches 1.5 billion viewers every month -- and its users watch more than an hour of mobile videos per day -- as it expands its vi...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop $120 'Bio-Frequency Healing' Sticker Packs Get Shot Down by NASA
From a report: Goop had claimed the costly "Body Vibes" stickers were "made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut's vitals during wear...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Including Cisco and IBM Bow To Russian Demands To Share Cyber Secrets
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a ...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Victims Aren't Reporting Ransomware Attacks, FBI Report Concludes
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Despite being an expanding threat, ransomware infections are rarely reported to law enforcement agencies, according to conclusions from the 2016 Internet...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Claims 'No Known Ransomware' Runs on Windows 10 S. Researcher Says 'Hold My Beer'
Earlier this month, Microsoft said "no Windows 10 customers were known to be compromised by the recent WannaCry (WannaCrypt) global cyberattack," addingthat "no known ransomware works against Windows ...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Says Linux Still Surprises and Motivates Him
Linus Torvalds: What I find interesting is code that I thought was stable continually gets improved. There are things we haven't touched for many years, then someone comes along and improves them or m...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails For Gmail Ads
Google will soon stop scanning emails received by some Gmail users, a practice that has allowed it to show them targeted advertising but which stirred privacy worries. From a report: The decision didn...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Begins Production For Its First Internet of Things-optimised Exynos Processor
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung Electronics has launched the Exynos i T200, its first processor optimised for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the company has announced. The South Korean...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument
Abstract of a study: The Chinese government has long been suspected of hiring as many as 2,000,000 people to surreptitiously insert huge numbers of pseudonymous and other deceptive writings into the s...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Google Will Now Hide Personal Medical Records From Search Results
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Google has updated its search policies without any sort of fanfare. The search engine now "may remove" -- in addition to existing categories of information -- "confi...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Trump Plans To Dismantle Obama-Era 'Startup Visa'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A regulation from the Obama administration that would have allowed foreign-born entrepreneurs who raise investor cash to build their startups in ...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Launches New 'Interactive Shows' That Let Viewers Dictate the Story
Netflix announced that it's launching an all-new interactive format that turns viewers in storytellers, letting them dictate each choice and direction the story takes. "In each interactive title, you ...
08:00 am - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot ESA Approves Gravitational-Wave Hunting Spacecraft For 2034
The European Space Agency has approved the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna mission designed to study gravitational waves in space. The spacecraft is slated for launch in in 2034. New Scientist repo...
04:00 am - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Home Improvement Chains Accused of False Advertising Over Lumber Dimensions
per unit analyzer writes: According to Consumerist, an attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit charging Home Depot (PDF) and Menards (PDF) with deceptive advertising practices by selling "lumber pro...
04:00 am - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Discover How To Stop Luggage From Toppling On the Race Through the Airport
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have worked out why suitcases tend to to rock violently from one wheel to the other until they overturn on the race through the airpor...
02:00 am - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Ron Howard Steps In To Direct Han Solo Movie
Two days after directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go in the middle of shooting the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff movie, the spot has been filled. Ron Howard has been named the new direct of Lu...
02:00 am - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot The US Government Wants To Permanently Legalize the Right To Repair
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In one of the biggest wins for the right to repair movement yet, the U.S. Copyright Office suggested Thursday that the U.S. government should take...
02:00 am - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot McDonald's Hits All-Time High As Wall Street Cheers Replacement of Cashiers With Kiosks
McDonald's is expected to increase its sales via new digital ordering kiosks that will replace cashiers in 2,500 restaurants. As a result, the company's shares hit an all-time high, rallying 26 percen...
12:00 am - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet Says Uber Knew About Stolen Self-Driving Car Files
In a Wednesday filing with a California court, Alphabet said a former self-driving executive Anthony Levandowski hatched a plan with Uber to steal more than 14,000 proprietary documents, including des...
12:00 am - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot FCC Proposes $120 Million Fine On Florida Robocall Scammer
The FCC on Thursday proposed a $120 million fine on a Florida resident alleged to have made almost 100 million spoofed robocalls to trick consumers with "exclusive" vacation deals from well-known trav...
12:00 am - Fri, June 23, 2017
Slashdot Wireless and Drone Execs Praised President Trump as He Pledged To Cut Down Regulations
U.S. President Donald Trump offered support for emerging technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and next-generation wireless networks in a meeting on Thursday with the chiefs of AT&T and ...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Fireball Browser Hijack Impact Revised After Microsoft Analysis
Sean Michael Kerner, writing for eWeek: A browser hijacking operation initially reported to have 250 million victims by security firm Check Point isn't quite that large, according to a new analysis by...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot BBC Technical Glitch Leaves TV Presenter In Silence
Viewers of BBC's News at Ten were entranced last night when a glitch in its system produced over four minutes of surreal beauty. Two readers share a report: Huw Edwards was left sitting in silence for...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Lawsuit Accuses Comcast of Cutting Competitor's Wires To Put It Out of Business
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A tiny Internet service provider has sued Comcast, alleging that the cable giant and its hired contractors cut the smaller company's wires in ord...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Has a New Mission: Bring the World Closer Together
Facebook CEO believes the company's primary purpose is a social one -- the same it has had for year -- but he's ready to update this mission for the first time. From a report: "We used to have a sense...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Is Talking To the Music Labels About Creating Its Own Streaming Service
An anonymous reader shares a Recode report: Music industry sources say the carmaker has had talks with all of the major labels about licensing a proprietary music service that would come bundled with ...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Chrome and Firefox Headless Modes May Spur New Adware & Clickfraud Tactics
From a report: During the past month, both Google and Mozilla developers have added support in their respective browsers for "headless mode," a mechanism that allows browsers to run silently in the OS...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot University of Missouri To Use Open Source And Other Cheaper Alternatives For General Education Textbook
Rudi Keller, writing for Columbia Tribune: The University of Missouri will move quickly to use open source and other cheaper alternatives for general education textbooks, building on initiatives alrea...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Fallen Tech Star Imagination Technologies Up For Sale After Apple Row Bites
UK chip designer Imagination Technologies -- which is in dispute with Apple, its largest customer -- has put itself up for sale. Shares in the company more than halved in April when Imagination said t...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Says He Is Convinced That Humans Need To Leave Earth
Reader dryriver writes: Back in May, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking made yet another doomsday prediction. He said that humanity has 100 years left on Earth, which knocked 900 years off the predict...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot With Her Blog Post About Toxic Bro-Culture at Uber, Susan Fowler Proved That One Person Can Make a Difference
Kara Swisher, writing for Recode: It was Lao Tzu who said that "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." In the case of complete and utter change reeling through Uber right now -- c...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot AMD Looks To 'Crush' Intel's Xeon With New Epyc Server Chips
AMD has unveiled the first generation of Epyc, its new range of server processors built around its Zen architecture. Processors will range from the Epyc 7251 -- an eight-core, 16-thread chip running a...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot 'Coal King' Is Suing John Oliver, Time Warner, and HBO
Reader Daetrin writes: Robert E. Murray, CEO of one of the largest coal mining companies in the US, is suing John Oliver, HBO, and Time Warner for defamation (alternative source) over a comedic report...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Is Killing Tumblr's Fight For Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In 2014, Tumblr was on the front lines of the battle for net neutrality. The company stood alongside Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Reddit, and N...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Domestic Appliances Guzzle Far More Energy Than Advertised, Says EU Survey
Chrisq writes: An EU study has found that many electronic devices and appliances use more energy in real-world conditions than in the standard EU tests. Often the real world figures are double those i...
08:00 am - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Curiosity Rover Decides, By Itself, What To Investigate On Mars
sciencehabit writes: NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012, in part to analyze rocks to see whether the Red Planet was ever habitable (or inhabited). But now the robot has gone off script, pic...
04:00 am - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Remember When You Called Someone and Heard a Song?
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard article: If you were youngish in the early 2000s, you probably remember this phenomenon -- calling a friend's cell phone, and instead of hearing the the standa...
04:00 am - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Admits Disabling Anti-Virus Software For Windows 10 Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following an competition complaint to the European Commiss...
02:00 am - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Isolate a Network And Allow Data Transfer?
Futurepower(R) writes: What is the best way to isolate a network from the internet and preventintrusion of malware, while allowing carefully examined data transferfrom internet-facing computers? An ex...
02:00 am - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot NSA Opens GitHub Account, Lists 32 Projects Developed By the Agency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hacker News: The National Security Agency (NSA) -- the United States intelligence agency which is known for its secrecy and working in the dark -- has fina...
02:00 am - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot eBay Will Now Price Match Amazon, Walmart and Others On Over 50,000 Items
eBay announced today a new Price Match Guarantee for over 50,000 items across its site -- promising that it will have the best deal online, or it will match the lowest price of a competitor. While onl...
12:00 am - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Virgin Mobile Becomes World's First iPhone-Exclusive Carrier, Offers Year of Service For $1
BrianFagioli quotes a report via BetaNews: Goodness gracious, Virgin Mobile USA has made quite the bold moves today. The cellular service provider has become the world's first iPhone-exclusive carrier...
12:00 am - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot Facial Recognition Is Coming To US Airports
Facial recognition systems will be coming to U.S. airports in the very near future. "Customs and Border Protection first started testing facial recognition systems at Dulles Airport in 2015, then expa...
12:00 am - Thu, June 22, 2017
Slashdot South Korea Signs On To Build Full-Scale Hyperloop System
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has partnered with the South Korean government and local universities to build the world's first full-scale Hyperloop system. "The agreement was actually si...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Even Telecom Workers Don't Want To Talk On the Phone
An anonymous reader shares a report: Of the 1,000 Americans surveyed by Fundera, more than half said they prefer email, even though an often overflowing inbox has been proven to hinder productivity. O...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot How Hollywood Got Hacked: Studio at Center of Netflix Leak Breaks Silence
Earlier this year, hackers obtained and leaked the episodes of TV show Orange Is the New Black. In a candid interview, Larson Studios' chief engineer David Dondorf explained how the audio post-product...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot California May Restore Broadband Privacy Rules Killed By Congress and Trump
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A proposed law in California would require Internet service providers to obtain customers' permission before they use, share, or sell the custome...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Honda Shuts Down Factory After Finding NSA-derived Wcry In Its Networks
A Honda factory near Tokyo was shuttered for over 24 hours this week after its computers became infected with WannaCry, the same ransomware virus responsible for crippling systems in dozens of countri...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Snapchat's New Snap Map Lets You Share Your Location With Friends
Snapchat is expanding into the world of mapping. A new feature announced on Wednesday called Snap Maps will let the app's 166 million users share their locations with each other, according to a compan...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Just 14 People Make 500,000 Tons of Steel a Year in Austria
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg Businessweek feature: The Austrian village of Donawitz has been an iron-smelting center since the 1400s, when ore was dug from mines carved out of the snow-cappe...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Jack Ma: In 30 Years People Will Work Four Hours a Day and Maybe Four Days a Week
There could be benefits from artificial intelligence, Self-made billionaire, Alibaba chairman Jack Ma said, as people are freed to work less and travel more. From a report: "I think in the next 30 yea...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Etsy Slashes Almost a Quarter Of Its Staff In Attempt To Refocus
Etsy, the online market for artisan and handmade goods, said on Wednesday that it will reduce its workforce by 15 per cent on top of another round of job cuts announced last month. From a report: CEO ...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Walmart to Vendors: Get Off Amazon's Cloud
Amazon vs. Waltmart saga continues. It turns out, Walmart isn't thrilled about its partners using Amazon's cloud, and it's telling them to get off it (alternative source). From a report: Walmart is te...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot The Best And Worst ISPs According To Consumer Reports
In the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, the nonprofit organization ranked internet service providers based off customer satisfaction. According to the report, many consumers still don't...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Has Resigned Due To Investor Pressure
Travis Kalanick has resigned as chief executive of Uber after pressure from investors, ending eight years of leading the ride-hailing company that has expanded round the globe but became mired in cont...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Chris Lattner, Poached From Apple To Become Tesla's Top Software Executive, Quits After 6 Months
Tesla said last night Chris Lattner, the vice president of Autopilot software, has left the company about six months after the electric car-maker hired him away from Apple. From a report: Lattner had ...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot If It Uses Electricity, It Will Connect To the Internet: F-Secure's CRO
New submitter evolutionary writes: According to F-Secure's Chief Research Officer "IoT is unavoidable. If it uses electricity, it will become a computer. If it uses electricity, it will be online. In ...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Trump Promises a Federal Technology Overhaul To Save $1 Trillion
New submitter threc shares a report from MIT Technology Review: The tech world descended on Washington, D.C. yesterday to attend a tech summit at the White House. According to MIT Technology Review as...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Star Wars' Han Solo Spinoff Directors Quit In the Middle of Shooting
hondo77 writes: Due to "different creative visions," Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo movie, despite filming having started in January. The film is still scheduled...
08:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Top UK Supermarket Laser Prints Labels On Avocados To Reduce Waste
One of the largest British retailers in London, M&S, is opting in for laser-printed barcodes to reduce paper waste. "The labels, which are etched onto fruit's skins with lasers instead of stickers...
04:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Study Finds Yoga Works As Well As Physical Therapy For Back Pain
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TIME: Another study is touting the benefits of yoga -- this time, for people with back problems. The new research put yoga head-to-head against physical therap...
02:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Opus 1.2 Released
jmv writes: The Opus audio codec, used in WebRTC and now included in all major web browsers, gets another major upgrade with the release of version 1.2. This release brings quality improvements to bot...
02:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Launches Privacy-Minded 'Firefox Focus' Browser For Android
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched a new browser for Android. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user p...
02:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot The Best And Worst ISP's According To Consumer Reports
In the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, the nonprofit organization ranked internet service providers based off customer satisfaction. According to the report, many consumers still don't...
02:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Sweden Passes Bill To Become Carbon Neutral By 2045
Sweden is the first country to significantly upgrade its carbon ambitions since the Paris accord in 2015. The country has passed a new bill committing to cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2045. ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Driver Killed In a Tesla Crash Using Autopilot Ignored At Least 7 Safety Warnings
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: U.S. investigators said a driver who was killed while using Tesla's partially self-driving car ignored repeated warnings to put his hands on the whe...
12:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Launches Its AI-Powered Jobs Search Engine
Now you can search for jobs across virtually all of the major online job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilders, Facebook and others -- directly from Google's search res...
12:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot Uber Finally Adds a Tipping Option To Its App
After years of complaints, Uber is rolling out a tipping option for drivers. "Tipping is available in Seattle, Minneapolis and Houston as of today. We're starting with only 3 cities so we can create t...
12:00 am - Wed, June 21, 2017
Slashdot It's Too Hot For Some Planes To Fly In Phoenix
In Phoenix on Tuesday, temperatures were forecast to climb as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit, causing more than 40 American Eagle regional flights out of Phoenix's international airport to be canceled...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot South Korean Web Hosting Provider Pays $1 Million In Ransomware Demand
An anonymous reader writes: Nayana, a web hosting provider based in South Korea, announced it is in the process of paying a three-tier ransom demand of nearly $1 million worth of Bitcoin, following a ...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot EFF Launches New AI Progress Measurement Project
Reader Peter Eckersley writes: There's a lot of real progress happening in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and also a lot of hype. These technologies already have serious po...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot 'Older Fathers Have Geekier Sons'
An anonymous reader shares a BBC article: Men who delay starting a family are more likely to have "geekier" sons, a study suggests. They were brighter, more focused and less bothered about fitting in ...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot 3D Printed Airliner Parts Face Regulatory Headwinds
Some aerospace suppliers are eager to start using 3-D printing technology to turn out large, high-volume structural parts for jetliners, but U.S. safety regulators are taking a go-slow approach toward...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Tim Cook Told Trump Tech Employees Are 'Nervous' About Immigration
Behind the scenes at the White House tech CEO meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook told President Donald Trump that technology employees are "nervous" about the administration's approach to immigration, CNBC r...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Web Services Quietly Forms a Mixed Reality Team, But What Is It Building?
Nat Levy, reporting for GeekWire: Amazon is building a new "two pizza team" within Amazon Web Services focused on mixed-reality technology, another sign that the cloud powerhouse is expanding its reac...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot NYTimes: Move Over, Bitcoin. Ether Is the Digital Currency of the Moment.
An anonymous reader shares a report: The price of Bitcoin has hit record highs in recent months, more than doubling in price since the start of the year. Despite these gains, Bitcoin is on the verge o...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Will Now Let You Try On Clothes Before You Buy Them
For many people, buying clothing online is not worth the hassle of getting a pair of pants or a shirt that does not fit. Many retailers have sought to eliminate that risk by offering free returns on c...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot OnePlus 5, 'The Best Sub-$500 Phone You Can Buy', Launched
From an ArsTechnica article: Smartphone companies don't seem to care about cultivating a true "lineup" of phones. If you aren't spending at least $650, most companies will offer you anonymous, second-...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Leaked Recording: Inside Apple's Global War On Leakers
Reader citadrianne writes: A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent ...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot A Third Of the Planet's Population Is Exposed To Deadly Heatwaves
An anonymous reader shares a report: Nearly a third of the world's population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosp...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Cisco Subdomain Private Key Found in Embedded Executable
Earlier this month, a developer accidentally discovered the private key of a Cisco subdomain. An anonymous reader shares the post: Last weekend, in an attempt to get Sky's NOW TV video player (for Mac...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Time Warner Will Spend $100 Million On Snapchat Original Shows, Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Time Warner and Snap Inc. have announced a new deal that will bring increased ad spending and the development of new made-for-Snapchat shows. Peopl...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Cats May Have Been Domesticated Twice
sciencehabit writes: Cats may have been domesticated twice, once in Turkey around 10,000 years ago, and again in Egypt, thousands of years later. That's the conclusion of a new genetic analysis of mor...
08:00 am - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Declare End to Global Coral Reef Bleaching Event
Scientists in the U.S. have announced Monday that a mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide has finally ended after three years. "About three-quarters of the world's delicate coral reefs were damaged ...
04:00 am - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Ethiopia's Coffee Is the Latest Victim of Climate Change
According to a study published today in Nature Plants, by the end of this century, increasing temperatures could make it impossible to grow coffee in about half of Ethiopia's coffee-growing regions. "...
04:00 am - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot The Behind-the-Scenes Changes Found In MacOS High Sierra
Apple officially announced macOS High Sierra at WWDC 2017 earlier this month. While the new OS doesn't feature a ton of user-visible improvements and is ultimately shaping up to be a low-key release, ...
02:00 am - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Steve Jobs Wanted the First iPhone To Have a Permanent Back Button Like Android
anderzole shares a report from BGR: Brian Merchant's new book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, provides a captivating and intriguing look at how the most revolutionary product of our...
02:00 am - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Cable Lobby Tries To Stop State Investigations Into Slow Broadband
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Broadband industry lobby groups want to stop individual states from investigating the speed claims made by Internet service providers, and they a...
02:00 am - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Now Lets Surface Laptop Owners Revert Back To Windows 10 S
Microsoft is kind enough to offer Surface Laptop users the option to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free until later this year if they don't like Windows 10 S, which is installed by default and is only...
12:00 am - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Supreme Court Rules Sex Offenders Can't Be Barred From Social Media
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: In a unanimous decision today, the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that prevents sex offenders from posting on social media where child...
12:00 am - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Equipment Already In Space Can Be Adapted For Extremely Secure Data Encryption
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: In a new study, researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Erlangen, demonstrate ground-based measurements of quantum states sent by a laser aboard a s...
12:00 am - Tue, June 20, 2017
Slashdot Swiss Supercomputer Edges US Out of Top Spot
There have only been two times in the last 24 years where the U.S. has been edged out of the top spot of the world's most powerful supercomputers. Now is one of those times. "An upgrade to a Swiss sup...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot NASA Finds Evidence Of 10 New Earth-sized Planets
NASA said Monday it has found new evidence of 219 planets outside our Solar System. Ten of those exoplanets appear to be similar to the size of the Earth and orbit their stars in the habitable zone. F...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Dropbox Is Rolling Out a Private Network to Speed Up File Access
Dropbox, the file storage company that last year moved 90 percent of its data out of Amazon Web Services cloud and into its own data centers, is at it again. From a report on Fortune: The San Francisc...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Fidget Spinners Are Over
Walt Hickey, writing for Five Thirty Eight: The toy craze that has swept the nation -- cheaply manufactured fidget spinners of dubious metallic constitution -- is probably on the way out, with the hig...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Offensive Trademarks Must Be Allowed, Rules Supreme Court
In a ruling that could have broad impact on how the First Amendment is applied in other trademark cases in future, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a federal prohibition on disparaging trade...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot 'The Unwillingness To Foresee The Future'
An anonymous reader shares a few excerpts from Ben Thompson's analysis: Back in 2006, when the iPhone was a mere rumor, Palm CEO Ed Colligan was asked if he was worried: "We've learned and struggled f...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot 'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets September Premiere Date On CBS & CBS All Access, Season 1 Split In Two
Nellie Andreeva, writing for Deadline: Star Trek: Discovery will debut Sunday, September 24, with a special broadcast premiere on the CBS TV network airing 8:30-9:30 PM. The first as well as the secon...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft, Accenture Team Up On Blockchain-based Digital ID Network
Accenture and Microsoft are teaming up to build a digital ID network using blockchain technology, as part of a United Nations-supported project to provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people wo...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Journalists and Their Families
Mexico's most prominent human rights lawyers, journalists and anti-corruption activists have been targeted by advanced spyware sold to the Mexican government on the condition that it be used only to i...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Intel Quietly Discontinues Galileo, Joule, and Edison Development Boards
Intel is discontinuing its Galileo, Joule, and Edison lineups of development boards. The chip-maker quietly made the announcement last week. From company's announcement: Intel Corporation will discont...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot As AI Explodes, Investors Pour Big Bucks Into Startups
Investment in AI startups is on a tear as venture capitalists and corporate investors scramble to stake out a leadership position in what could be the driving trend in technology for decades to come. ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Plans Cuts to Shed Whole Foods' Pricey Image
When Amazon completes its acquisition of Whole Foods Market, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will try to keep the grocer's reputation for premium fresh foods while cutting prices to shed its "Whole...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot 198 Million Americans Hit By 'Largest Ever' Voter Records Leak
Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly acces...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Is Coinbase Closing Accounts For Paying Ransoms With Bitcoins?
Even as some comparnies are stockpiling bitcoins so they can quickly pay ransom demands, security firms that try paying those ransoms may face losing their accounts on Coinbase. Slashdot reader Mosqui...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot E-Commerce's Biggest Obstacle May Be Slow Postal Services
Long-time Slashdot reader rudy_wayne writes:J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison recently said that e-commerce companies' biggest challenge is that they are all expanding their businesses and pushing for fa...
08:00 am - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Ia Coinbase Closing Accounts For Paying Ransoms With Bitcoins?
Even as some comparnies are stockpiling bitcoins so they can quickly pay ransom demands, security firms that try paying those ransoms may face losing their accounts on Coinbase. Slashdot reader Mosqui...
06:00 am - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot A Colorado Group Wants To Ban Smartphones For Kids
An anonymous reader quotes the AP:Colorado officials have cleared the language of a proposed ballot measure that would establish the nation's first legal limits on buying smartphones for children. Bac...
02:00 am - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Google Fights Bay Area Housing Prices With Pre-Fab Housing
An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup:With rental costs skyrocketing and homes out of reach for many, Google has hit on a solution that may help it attract workers to the crushingly expens...
12:00 am - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot Physicists Discover A Possible Break In the Standard Model of Physics
Slashdot reader freddienumber13 write:A series of experiments has shown that tau particles have decayed faster than predicted by the standard model. This has been observed at both CERN and SLAC. This ...
12:00 am - Mon, June 19, 2017
Slashdot How Can Businesses Close 'The Cybersecurity Gap'?
Companies can't find enough qualified security personnel, and fixing it requires "a fundamental shift in how businesses recruit, hire, and keep security talent," according to a VentureBeat article by ...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Announces New Measures To Fight Extremist YouTube Videos
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:YouTube will take new steps to combat extremist- and terrorist-related videos, parent company Google said Sunday. "While we and others have worked for years to identify...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Community Ports 'Visual Studio Code' To Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:A community build project led by developer Jay Rodgers is making Visual Studio Code, Microsoft's lightweight source code editor, available for Chromebooks, Raspber...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Louisville's Fiber Internet Expansion Opposed By Koch Brothers Group
Slashdot reader simkel shared an article from the Courier-Journal:A group affiliated with the Koch brothers' powerful political network is leading an online campaign against Mayor Greg Fischer's $5.4 ...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Auto Makers Threatened By Both Tech Company Autos And Ridesharing
An anonymous reader quotes Car and Driver:For automakers, the first bit of bad news is that people seem quite receptive to buying a vehicle from a tech brand such as Apple or Google, according to Capg...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Gaming Group Seeks Volunteers To Create Accessibility Guidelines For Tabletop Games
Meeple Like Us is a group of gaming academics, developers, hobbyists and enthusiasts with a keen interest in board games, tabletop games, video games, and all things in-between, co-founded by long-tim...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Garry Kasparov: The World Should Embrace Artificial Intelligence
"Chess champion Garry Kasparov was beaten at his game by a chess-playing AI," writes dryriver. "But he does not think that AI is a bad thing." From Kasparov's interview with the BBC:"We have to start ...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Tableau Software Drops Its 'Twitter Crowd Favorite' Data Viz Contests
theodp writes: As part of its 'Iron Viz' data visualization contests that lead up to its annual conferences, Tableau Software ($4.8B market cap) has awarded $500 gift cards to 'Twitter Crowd Favorites...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot New 'Lupin III' Commentary Track Celebrates The Glories Of Ignoring Copyrights
In 2004, film critic Roger Ebert "realized that auteurs weren't the only ones who had things to say about movies, and suggested that experts in other fields or even just fans of the movies could creat...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.14 Will Be An LTS Release
prisoninmate writes: Development of the Linux 4.14 kernel series did not even start, as the version that's being developed these days is Linux 4.12, which should be promoted to stable early next month...
12:00 pm - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot European Parliament Committee Endorses End-To-End Encryption
The civil liberties committee of the European Parliament has released a draft proposal "in direct contrast to the increasingly loud voices around the world to introduce regulations or weaken encryptio...
08:00 am - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prepare For The Theft Of Your PC?
A security-conscious Slashdot reader has theft insurance -- but worries whether it covers PC theft. And besides the hassles of recreating every customization after restoring from backups, there's also...
06:00 am - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot The Right To Repair Movement Is Forcing Apple To Change
The executive director of Repair.org says Apple has "decided to be nicer to consumers in order to stop them from demanding their right to repair," according to Motherboard. Slashdot reader Jason Koebl...
02:00 am - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Debian 9 (Stretch) Will Be Released Today
The Debian Project has been liveblogging today's release of Debian 9 (Stretch) using the Twitter hashtag #releasingstretch. Some of the announcements: The oldstable suite (wheezy) has now been renamed...
12:00 am - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot Venezuelans Flock To Cryptocoins Amid Spiralling Inflation
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg: Demand for digital coins is soaring in Venezuela amid an escalating political crisis that has protesters demanding that President Nicolas Maduro step down. Inflat...
12:00 am - Sun, June 18, 2017
Slashdot What Happens When Software Companies Are Liable For Security Vulnerabilities?
mikeatTB shares an article from TechRepublic: Software engineers have largely failed at security. Even with the move toward more agile development and DevOps, vulnerabilities continue to take off... T...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Announcing 'build', Auto-Configuration In 1000 Lines Of Makefile
Christophe de Dinechin created the XL programming language -- and as descubes he's also Slashdot reader #35,093. Today he shares his latest project, a simple makefile-based build system that he's spli...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Studio-Defying VidAngel Launches New Video-Filtering Platform
Last December VidAngel fought three Hollywood studios in court for the right to stream filtered versions of movies. Now fogez reports that "they have come up with a new tactic in their attempts to bri...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Will Disable WannaCry Attack Vector SMBv1 Starting This Fall
An anonymous reader writes: Starting this fall, with the public launch of the next major Windows 10 update — codenamed Redstone 3 -- Microsoft plans to disable SMBv1 in most versions of the Wind...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Original Colossal Cave Adventure Now Playable On Alexa
Last month Eric Raymond announced the open sourcing of the world's very first text adventure. Now Slashdot reader teri1337 brings news about their own special project:A few old-timers here may recall ...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Xerox Alto Designer, Co-Inventor Of Ethernet, Dies at 74
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Charles Thacker, one of the lead hardware designers on the Xerox Alto, the first modern personal computer, died of a brief illness on Monday. He was 74. The Alt...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Snowden's Former Employer Under Criminal Investigation For Fraudulent Billing
McGruber writes: Booz Allen Hamilton, the contracting firm that was Edward Snowden's employer when he leaked classified information from the NSA has announced that it is under a federal civil and crim...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Pentagon Cyberweapons 'Disappointing' Against ISIS
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:It has been more than a year since the Pentagon announced that it was opening a new line of combat against the Islamic State, directing Cyber Command, the...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Research Suggests Effects of Shift Work or Jet Lag On Our Body Clocks Can Be Reduced By Simply Changing Meal Times
Jonathan Johnston reports via Quartz: Around one in five people in Western countries could be putting their health at risk simply by going to work. This is because working shifts outside of the rest o...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Air Force Budget Reveals How Much SpaceX Undercuts Launch Prices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report on cost estimates for the U.S. Air Force's program to launch national security...
08:00 am - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Satellite Breaks Distance Record For Quantum-Key Exchange
slew writes: Science Magazine reports a team of physicists using the Chinese Micius satellite (launched back in August 2016) have sent quantum-entangled photons from a satellite to ground stations sep...
04:00 am - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Former CenturyLink Employee Accuses Company of Running a Wells Fargo-Like Scheme
A former CenturyLink employee has filed a lawsuit this week claiming she was fired for "blowing the whistle on the telecommunications company's high-pressure sales culture that left customers paying m...
02:00 am - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Alleged KickassTorrents Owner Considers 'Voluntary Surrender' To the US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Earlier this year a Polish court ruled that Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of the defunct torrent site KickassTorrents, can be extradited to the...
02:00 am - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Firm Responsible For Mirai-Infected Webcams Hires Software Firm To Make Its Products More Secure
chicksdaddy writes from a report via The Security Ledger: After seeding the globe with hackable DVRs and webcams, Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. of Hangzhou, China will be working with the U.S. f...
02:00 am - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Watchdog Report Finds Alarming 20 Percent of Baby Food Tested Contains Lead
According to an analysis released Thursday by the nonprofit advocacy group, the Environmental Defense Fund, twenty percent of 2,164 baby foods sampled between 2003 and 2013 by the Food and Drug Admini...
02:00 am - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot You Can Hack Some Mazda Cars With a USB Flash Drive
An anonymous reader writes: "Mazda cars with next-gen Mazda MZD Connect infotainment systems can be hacked just by plugging in a USB flash drive into their dashboard, thanks to a series of bugs that h...
12:00 am - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Samsung's Bixby Voice Assistant Is Finally Coming to the US -- But Only As a Preview
When the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ went on sale in the North American market, it was missing one of its most touted features -- the Bixby smart assistant. Technically, it was available on launch day b...
12:00 am - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Rolling Out 600 MHz Low-Band Wireless
s122604 quotes a report from Yahoo Finance: T-Mobile, the third largest U.S. national wireless operator, has decided to roll out 600 MHz wireless spectrum in its footprints by this summer. Low-band sp...
12:00 am - Sat, June 17, 2017
Slashdot Coal Market Set To Collapse Worldwide By 2040 As Solar, Wind Dominate
Jess Shankleman reports via Bloomberg: Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of busines...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Movie Piracy Cost Australian Network 'Hundreds of Millions of Dollars'
Film television piracy and illegal downloads are partly to blame for Australian broadcaster Ten Network's woes, according to Village Roadshow co-chief executive Graham Burke. From a report: He said pi...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Google Adds Android App Support To Additional Chromebooks
An anonymous reader shares an article: The list of Chromebooks that can officially run Android apps has been a bit limited, but that's changing. Google on Thursday updated its list of Chromebooks that...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot You Can't Open the Microsoft Surface Laptop Without Literally Destroying It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop may have earned glowing reviews from certain sections of the tech press, but don't tell that to iFixit. The comp...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Exposes Employee Data To Terrorists
An anonymous reader writes: The Guardian is reporting that Facebook accidentally exposed the personal information of the moderators that remove terrorist content to the groups that posted that very co...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Life On Mars: Elon Musk Reveals Details of His Colonisation Vision
Elon Musk has put his Mars-colonization vision to paper, and you can read it for free. SpaceX's billionaire founder and CEO published the plan, which he unveiled at a conference in Mexico in September...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Atari CEO Confirms the Company Is Working On a New Game Console
Dean Takahashi, reporting for VentureBeat: Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told GamesBeat in an exclusive interview that his fabled video game company is working on a new game console. In doing so, the New Yo...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Putin Claims Russia Proposed a Cyber War Treaty In 2015 But the Obama Admin Ignored Them
An anonymous reader writes: Russian president Vladimir Putin (who denies any Russian part in the hacking) claims the Obama administration ignored a proposal in 2015 that might have avoided all of this...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Bat-Signal Shines In LA In Honour of Batman Star Adam West
From a BBC report: LA's skyline has been lit up with the Bat-Signal to honour Batman star Adam West, who died last week. Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA Police chief Charlie Beck were expected to be at the...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot The Size of iPhone's Top Apps Has Increased by 1,000% in Four Years
Research firm Sensor Tower shares an analysis: As the minimum storage capacity of iPhone continues to increase -- it sits at 32 GB today on the iPhone 7, double the the iPhone 5S's 16 GB circa 2013 --...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Says It Won't Replace Whole Foods Cashiers With Computers... Yet
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon said it has no current plans to automate the jobs of cashiers in Whole Foods stores after it finishes acquiring the grocery chain. It also isn't planning an...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Amazon To Buy Whole Foods Market For $13.7 Billion
Amazon said Friday it would buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion as the giant internet retailer makes a deeper push into the grocery space. From a report: Amazon has dabbled in brick-and-mortar op...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot EU Poised To Fine Google More Than $1 Billion in Antitrust Case
Google is braced for a fine of potentially more than 1bn euro ($1.18 billion) as Brussels prepares to make the first of three antitrust decisions on the search group's practices, the first sanction by...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Mathematical Biology Is Our Secret Weapon In the Fight Against Disease
An anonymous reader shares excerpts from a Scientific American article: In recent years, increasingly detailed experimental procedures have lead to a huge influx in the biological data available to sc...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Granted a Patent That Prevents In-Store Shoppers From Online Price Checking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Amazon's long been a go-to for people to online price compare while shopping at brick-and-mortars. Now, a new patent granted to the company could pr...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot The Quirky Habits of Certified Science Geniuses
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: Celebrated inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises -- every night, he'd repeatedly "squish" his toes, 100 times for each foot, according to th...
08:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot New Evidence That All Stars Are Born In Pairs
InfiniteZero shares a report from Phys.Org: Did our sun have a twin when it was born 4.5 billion years ago? Almost certainly yes -- though not an identical twin. And so did every other sun-like star i...
04:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Arctic Climate Change Study Canceled Due to Climate Change
A Canadian expedition to study climate change in the Arctic has been canceled due to climate change. Specifically, the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen had to be cancelled "due to complications associated wit...
04:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Trump Orders Government To Stop Work On Y2K Bug, 17 Years Later
The federal government will finally stop preparing for the Y2K bug, seventeen years after it came and went. Yes, you read that right. Bloomberg reports: The Trump administration announced Thursday tha...
02:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot eBay Urges Customers To Oppose Washington Internet Tax
An anonymous reader quotes a report from KNKX: If you live in Washington state, you might have gotten the email from eBay. It begins: "The Washington State Legislature is threatening to impose new Int...
02:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Spotify Continues To Grow Faster Than Apple Music Thanks To Free Tier
Joe Rossignol reports via Mac Rumors: Spotify today announced it now has over 140 million subscribers worldwide, including users that only listen to the free ad-supported tier. Spotify last said it ha...
02:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot CIA Created 'CherryBlossom' Toolkit For Hacking Hundreds of Routers Models
An anonymous reader writes: After a two-week hiatus, WikiLeaks dumped new files as part of the Vault 7 series -- documents about a CIA tool named CherryBlossom, a multi-purpose framework developed for...
02:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Six Companies Awarded $258 Million From US Government To Build Exascale Supercomputers
The U.S. Department of Energy will be investing $258 million to help six leading technology firms -- AMD, Cray Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, and Nvidia -- research and build exascale s...
12:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Japan Passes Controversial 'Anti-Conspiracy' Bill
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Virtual Privacy Network Blog, News: Earlier today, after an intentionally rushed consideration process, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passed a new mass sur...
12:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot Dubai Airport Will Use Biometric Scanning By 2020 To Replace Entry With Passport
dryriver quotes a report from Gulf News: For visitors or residents coming in to Dubai, a new face-recognition software in the offing at the Dubai International Airport will enable them to walk straigh...
12:00 am - Fri, June 16, 2017
Slashdot GTA V Flooded With Negative Reviews On Steam After OpenIV Modding Tool Shuts Down
OpenIV, a popular modding tool used by tons of GTA V fans, is shutting down. After nearly 10 years of operation, the creators claim they have received a cease and desist from Take-Two Interactive -- t...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Team Collaboration App Slack, Valued at $9 Billion, Draws Attention of Amazon
Amazon is in the running among a handful of companies looking to acquire the popular chatroom startup, reports Bloomberg. From the article: San Francisco-based Slack could be valued at at least $9 bil...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Book Flights This Summer While Fuel Costs Stay Cheap
An anonymous reader shares an article: It's the best summer for jet setting in more than a decade. As jet fuel costs have sustained near 12-year lows after a global crude market crash in late 2014, ai...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Vivaldi 1.10 Released
Reader x_t0ken_407 writes: Vivaldi, the successor to Opera 12.16 (Presto) in spirit, admittedly has a long way to go but continues to steadily mature with the release of version 1.10: Releasing Vivald...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Advice For a Yahoo Mail Refugee
New submitter ma1wrbu5tr writes: Very shortly after the announcement of Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo, two things happened that caught my attention. First, I was sent an email that basically said "th...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Pirate Bay Is Infringing Copyright, European Court of Justice Rules
The European court of justice (ECJ) has ruled that BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay is directly infringing copyright, in a move that could lead to ISPs and governments blocking access to other torrent s...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Changes Course, Says It Will 'Never Outgrow' Fight For Net Neutrality
After a few months of wishy-washy statements on net neutrality indicating that the company had largely given up on it, Netflix is changing course. From a report: On July 12, the video streaming compan...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot US Intelligence Agencies Tried To Bribe Our Developers To Weaken Encryption, Says Telegram Founder
In a series of tweets, Pavel Durov, the Russian founder of the popular secure messaging app Telegram has revealed that U.S. intelligence agencies tried twice to bribe his company's developers to weake...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot EU Mobile Roaming Charges Scrapped
From now on, European Union holidaymakers should return home without that sense of high anxiety about their mobile phone bill: extra fees for using it abroad should have gone. From a report: The new r...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Green Party Leaders Don't Want Windows In Munich
Reader sqorbit writes: Munich spent a lot of time (9 years) and a lot of money in shifting some 15,000 staff to a Linux-based OS. The plan now is to move to Windows 10 by 2021. Munich's Green Party is...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook Shares His Experience Of Working With President Donald Trump
In a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about his experience of working with Donald Trump. He said: I feel a great responsibility as an American, as a CEO, to try to infl...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs
An anonymous reader writes: Do you use tabs or spaces for code indentation? This is a bit of a "holy war" among software developers; one that's been the subject of many debates and in-jokes. I use spa...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot CRTC Bans Locked Phones and Carrier Unlocking Fees
An anonymous reader shares a report: Canada's telecom regulator has announced that as of December 1st, 2017, all individual and small business wireless consumers will have the right to have their mobi...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot NSA Links WannaCry To North Korea
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: The National Security Agency has linked the North Korean government to the creation of the WannaCry computer worm that affected more than ...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot US Spy Satellite Buzzes ISS
The spy satellite that SpaceX launched about six weeks ago appears to have buzzed the International Space Station in early June. The fly-by was made by a dedicated group of ground-based observers who ...
08:00 am - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's AI Is the First to Reach a Perfect Ms. Pac-Man Score
Maluuba, a deep-learning team acquired by Microsoft in January, has created an AI system that has achieved the perfect score for Ms. Pac-Man. According to The Verge, the AI system "learned how to reac...
04:00 am - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot US Internet Company Refused To Participate In NSA Surveillance, Documents Reveal
Zack Whittaker reports via ZDNet: A U.S. company refused to comply with a top-secret order that compelled it to facilitate government surveillance, according to newly declassified documents. According...
04:00 am - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot We Could Have Had Cellphones Four Decades Earlier
_Sharp'r_ writes: Professor Thomas Hazlett of Clemson University analyzed the history of wireless spectrum and concluded the technology was known and available for cellphones in the 40s, but there was...
02:00 am - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Built an AI System That Learned To Lie To Get What It Wants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Humans are natural negotiators. We arrange dozens of tiny little details throughout our day to produce a desired outcome: What time a meeting should st...
02:00 am - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Has More American Subscribers Than Cable TV
According to Leichtman Research estimates from the first quarter of 2017, there are more Netflix subscribers in the U.S. (50.85 million) than there are customers for major cable TV networks (48.61 mil...
02:00 am - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Wind, Solar Surpassed 10 Percent of US Electricity In March, Says EIA
According to the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration, wind and solar produced 10 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. for the first time in March. The Hill reports: The E...
12:00 am - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Federal Regulators Are Investigating Uber Over Privacy Violations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: One of the U.S. government's most powerful consumer protection watchdogs appears to be quietly probing Uber and the company's privacy practices. The in...
12:00 am - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot The Next iPhone Will Have Wireless Charging, Says Apple Supplier
Robert Hwang, CEO of a large iPhone manufacturing company in India, has let slip that the upcoming iPhone will have wireless charging. Hwang told reporters after the company's shareholder's meeting: "...
12:00 am - Thu, June 15, 2017
Slashdot Konami Reportedly Blacklisting Ex-Employees Across Japanese Video Game Industry
The Nikkei Asian Review newspaper is reporting that the Japanese entertainment company Konami is blacklisting former employees in the Japanese video game industry. "The company is particularly targeti...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot More Than 80% of US Adults Get News On Their Phones
An anonymous reader shares a report: More than 80% of U.S. adults get news on their phones -- up from roughly half of Americans just four years ago, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center....
10:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Robots Are Coming For Our Ms. Pac-Man High Scores
A Microsoft-made AI system has achieved a perfect score of 999,990 points on the Atari 2600 version of the classic 'Ms. Pac-Man.' From a report: Researchers at the Microsoft-owned deep learning compan...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Left Millions Vulnerable To Hackers Because It Forgot To Renew a Domain
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung cellphones used to have a stock app called S Suggest. The company apparently discontinued the app recently, and then forgot to renew a domain that was used to contr...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Google Drive Will Soon Back Up Your Entire Computer
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google is turning Drive into a much more robust backup tool. Soon, instead of files having to live inside of the Drive folder, Google will be able to monitor and b...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Germany Plans To Fingerprint Children and Spy On Personal Messages
From a report: Germany is planning a new law giving authorities the right to look at private messages and fingerprint children as young as 6, the interior minister said on Wednesday after the last gov...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Your Favorite Subscription Services?
An anonymous reader writes: What are some subscriptions services that you are paying for and love to pay? Please include music/movie services, news outlets, software, and courses. ...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot US Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment In Artificial Intelligence
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S....
06:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Apple Issues $1 Billion Green Bond After Trump's Paris Climate Exit
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple offered a $1 billion bond dedicated to financing clean energy and environmental projects on Tuesday, the first corporate green bond offered since President D...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Oil Changes, Safety Recalls, and Software Patches
An anonymous reader shares a blog post: Every few months I get an email from my local mechanic reminding me that it's time to get my car's oil changed. I generally ignore these emails; it costs time a...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Indian Scientists Are Experimenting With Drone Seed-bombing To Plant a Forest
An anonymous reader shares an article: "I'm basically from that area (Gauribidanur in Indian state of Karnataka); son of a farmer, came to academia... keen to bring back my younger days, when the rive...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Ex-CEO, Says She's Looking 'Forward To Using Gmail Again'
Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who resigned on Tuesday after running the company for about five years, appeared at a conference in London today. At the conference, Mayer said one of the things she wa...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Congressman Steve Scalise Among 5 Shot at Baseball Field
From a New York Times report: A lone gunman opened fire on Republican members of the congressional baseball team at a practice field in a Washington suburb Wednesday, using a rifle to shower the field...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot A 12-Month Campaign of Fake News To Influence Elections Costs $400K, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A 77-page report released today by cyber-security firm Trend Micro explores the underground landscape of fake news, where anyone can buy inf...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Roomba Inventor Launches 'Tertill', a Weed-Killing Robot For Your Garden
mcpublic writes: iRobot veteran and Roomba co-inventor, Joe Jones is a modest man with a big mission: to create robots that make agriculture more efficient, less tedious, and yes, maybe even one day f...
08:00 am - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade Planned To Secure 'Failsafe' Arctic Seed Vault
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The Global Seed Vault, built in the Arctic as an impregnable deep freeze for the world's most precious food seeds, is to undergo a multi-million ...
04:00 am - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot HBO, Netflix, Other Hollywood Companies Join Forces To Fight Piracy
New submitter stikves writes: It looks like media and technology companies are forming a group to "fight piracy." The Verge reports: "A group of 30 entertainment companies, including power players lik...
04:00 am - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Google Searches Show That America Is Full of Racist and Selfish People
gollum123 shares a report by Sean Illing via Vox: "Google is a digital truth serum," Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of Everybody Lies , told me in a recent interview. "People tell Google things that...
02:00 am - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Play Store Downloads Show Google Pixel Sales Limited To 1 Million Units
While Google has yet to release official sales numbers for its flagship Google Pixel smartphone, a Play Store app may shed some light on roughly how many units are in circulation. The Pixel Launcher, ...
02:00 am - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot 11 States Sue Trump Administration's Energy Department After Weeks of No Movement On Efficiency Standards
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: New York, California and nine other states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its failure to finalize energy-use limits for portable air cond...
02:00 am - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Loses Latest Battle To Recover Seized Assets
The Justice Department wants to keep Kim Dotcom's millions of dollars worth of seized assets, citing the Megaupload founder's fugitive status. The department filed a brief on Friday, which cited his f...
12:00 am - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Model X the First SUV Ever To Achieve 5-Star Crash Rating in Every Category
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 2017 Tesla Model X five-star crash safety ratings in every category. From the company's blog: More than just resulting in a 5-star ra...
12:00 am - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Apple Mac Computers Are Being Targeted By Ransomware, Spyware
If you are a Mac user, you should be aware of new variants of malware that have been created specifically to target Apple computers; one is ransomware and the other is spyware. "The two programs were ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 14, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Some 'Best Practices' IT Should Avoid At All Costs?
snydeq writes: From telling everyone they're your customer to establishing a cloud strategy, Bob Lewis outlines 12 "industry best practices" that are sure to sink your company's chances of IT success:...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Hello's Sleep-tracking Kickstarter Hit, Which Raised Over $42M In Three Years, Collapses
Reader AmiMoJo writes: A sleep-tracking tech start-up founded by a Briton, which was one of Kickstarter's biggest success stories, has collapsed. Hello raised more than $2.4m (1.9m pound) for its Sens...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot The New York Times Is Expanding Comments With the Help of Google's AI
An anonymous reader shares a Recode report: The New York Times says it is going to expand the availability of online comments from 10 percent of articles to 80 percent by the end of the year, without ...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot FCC Can't Cap the Cost of Cross-State Prison Phone Calls, Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Federal Communications Commission does not have the authority to cap the cost of prison and jail phone calls within states, an appeals court rul...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Warns of 'Destructive Cyberattacks', Issues New Windows XP Patches
Ed Bott, reporting for ZDNet: Citing an "elevated risk for destructive cyberattacks," Microsoft today released an assortment of security updates designed to block attacks similar to those responsible ...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Firefox 54 Arrives With Multi-Process Support For All Users
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 54 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The new version includes the next major phase of multi-process support, which streamlines memory use...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Google Hires Key Apple Chip Architect To Build Custom Chips For Pixel Phones
A recent hire at Google indicates big changes are coming for future versions of the Google's Pixel phone. Manu Gulati, an Apple micro-architect who worked on the company's chip development for nearly ...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Closes $4.5B Acquisition of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer Resigns
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch article: After Yahoo shareholder approval last week, Verizon today announced that it has finally closed its acquisition of Yahoo, which it plans to combine with...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Intel Announces X299, Skylake-X, and Kaby Lake-X Release Schedule
Ian Cutress, writing for AnandTech: At Computex a couple of weeks ago, Intel announced its new Basin Falls platform, consisting of the X299 chipset with motherboards based on it, a pair of Kaby Lake-X...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Uber CEO To Take Leave, Diminished Role After Workplace Scandals
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will take a leave of absence from the world's most valuable privately held company, he announced in an email to employees Tuesday. From a report: Uber Chief Executive Officer ...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Russian Cyber Hacks On US Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg article: Russia's cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump's election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incu...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Chess.com Has Stopped Working On 32bit iPads After the Site Hit 2^31 Game Sessions
Apple's decision to go all in on 64bit-capable devices, OS and apps has caused some trouble for Chess.com, a popular online website where people go to play chess. Users with a 32bit iPad are unable to...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Cook Says Apple Is Focusing on Making an Autonomous Car System
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: After years toiling away in secret on its car project, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time laid out exactly what the company is...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Someone Built a Tool To Get Congress' Browser History
A software engineer in North Carolina has created a new plugin that lets website administrators monitor when someone accesses their site from an IP address associated with the federal government. It w...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Can Spoof Phone Numbers, Track Users Via 4G VoLTE Mobile Technology
An anonymous reader writes: "A team of researchers from French company P1 Security has detailed a long list of issues with the 4G VoLTE telephony, a protocol that has become quite popular all over the...
08:00 am - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Man Sentenced to Death For Blasphemous Facebook Comments In Pakistan
In what is believed to be "the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case related to social media," a 30-year-old man in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy in comments mad...
04:00 am - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Why Ethereum Is Outpacing Bitcoin
Even as Bitcoin hits its all-time high, it has waned people's interest in other cryptocurrency, especially Ethereum. But what makes Ethereum popular among some? From an article on VentureBeat: Despite...
04:00 am - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Wisconsin Speech Bill Might Allow Students To Challenge Science Professors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: There have been some well-publicized incidents in which student groups or other protesters have interfered with scheduled appearances by right-wi...
02:00 am - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot US Banks Launching Answer To Peer-To-Peer Payment App Venmo
The U.S. banking industry is about to launch its answer to the popular mobile payments app Venmo. "Over the next week, five of the largest U.S. banks will light up their segments of a new payments net...
02:00 am - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would Happen If You Were To Put a Computer Inside a Fridge?
dryriver writes: This is not asking what would happen if you were to place your iMac inside your kitchen fridge. Rather, what if a computer casing for a high-powered graphics workstation with multiple...
02:00 am - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Report Reveals In-App Purchase Scams In the App Store
In a Medium article titled How to Make $80,000 Per Month On the Apple App Store, Johnny Lin uncovers a scamming trend in which apps advertising fake services are making thousands of dollars a month fr...
12:00 am - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Logitech Reveals Mouse Mat That Is a Giant Wireless Charging Pad
Logitech has just revealed a new Powerplay technology that builds wireless charging directly into its mouse pad, allowing compatible wireless mice to charge constantly while on the pad. The Verge repo...
12:00 am - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Reveal Malware Designed To 'Power Down' Electric Grid
chicksdaddy writes: A sample of malicious software discovered at the site of a December, 2016 cyber attack on Ukraine's electrical grid is a previously unknown program that could be capable of causing...
12:00 am - Tue, June 13, 2017
Slashdot Wordpress Parent Automattic Is Closing Its San Francisco Office Because Its Employees Never Show Up
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Automattic, the technology company that owns WordPress.com, has a beautiful office in a converted San Francisco warehouse, with soaring ceilings, a lib...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Have Found a Way To Root Out Identity Thieves By Analyzing Their Mouse Movements With AI
An anonymous reader shares an article: In the study, published recently in PLoS One, the researchers quizzed 40 respondents about their personal details. Half of the respondents were asked to answer t...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Wins Xbox Class-Action Fight at US Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Microsoft in its bid to fend off class action claims by Xbox 360 owners who said the popular videogame console gouges discs because of a design defec...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot 'COVFEFE Act' Would Make Social Media a Presidential Record
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced legislation Monday to classify presidential social media posts -- including President Trump's much-discussed tw...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Apple's App Store Guidelines Now Allow Executable Code in Educational Apps and Developer Tools
An anonymous reader writes: Apple made several changes to the App Store Review Guidelines during WWDC last week, including an easing of the prohibition against downloading and executing code on an iOS...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Soon Let Podcast Creators and Advertisers See What Listeners Actually Like
Big changes are coming to the podcasting world: Apple is going to let the people who make podcasts learn what podcast listeners actually like -- and what they ignore. A new version of Apple's Podcasts...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot The Internet Of Things Is Becoming More Difficult To Escape
An anonymous reader writes: After a long day, many of us try to set down our technology and unplug from the world around us. But, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center and Elon Universi...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Sues Former AWS VP Over Non-Compete Deal
Reader joshtops shares a report: Amazon.com is alleging that one of its former high-ranking executives violated a non-compete agreement when he accepted a job at Bellevue-based Smartsheet, GeekWire ha...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web To Send Deadly Drugs by Mail
Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants -- many based in Asia -- quickly pop up. From a report on the New York Times: In a growing number of ...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot E-cigarettes 'Potentially As Harmful As Tobacco Cigarettes'
An anonymous reader shares a report: A study by chemists at the University of Connecticut offers new evidence that electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are potentially as harmful as tobacco cigaret...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Trump-Style Tactics Finally Stopped Working For Uber
BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith describes a three-year-old meeting that Uber held -- which saw several influencers including actor Ed Norton among attendees -- as the beginning of the ride-hailing ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Sharp To Americans: You Don't Want to Buy a Sharp-Brand TV
Sharp has sued China's Hisense Electric, which licensed the Sharp brand for televisions sold in the U.S., accusing Hisense of putting the Sharp name on poor-quality TVs and deceptively advertising the...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Artificial Intelligence Can Now Predict Suicide With Remarkable Accuracy
An anonymous reader writes: Colin Walsh, data scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and his colleagues have created machine-learning algorithms that predict, with unnerving accuracy, the ...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot US Tech Companies Start To Become Copycats of Chinese Peers
hackingbear quotes Dow Jones Newswire: Chinese technology companies have long had a reputation of being copycats of Western peers, but U.S. companies have recently begun to return the favor, said a pa...
08:00 am - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Will Python Become The Dominant Programming Language?
An anonymous reader shares their thoughts on language popuarity:In the PYPL index, which is based on Google searches and is supposed to be forward looking, the trend is unmistakable. Python is rising ...
04:00 am - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot How Lego Clicked: The Super Brand That Reinvented Itself
managerialslime shared an article about how Lego executed "the greatest turnaround in corporate history." The Guardian reports:By 2003 Lego was in big trouble. Sales were down 30% year-on-year and it ...
02:00 am - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Museum of Failure Opens In Sweden
Slashdot reader swellconvivialguy writes: A new museum in Helsingborg displays more than 70 failed products and objects, including the Apple Newton, Google Glass, Sony Betamax, Harley-Davidson perfume...
12:00 am - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils The Smallest Xbox Ever -- The Xbox One X
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:After months of speculation, Microsoft is unveiling its "Project Scorpio" games console today, and it's officially named Xbox One X. Microsoft's Xbox One X naming ...
12:00 am - Mon, June 12, 2017
Slashdot Former FBI Director Predicts Russian Hackers Will Interfere With More Elections
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:James B. Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testified that the Russians had not only intervened in last year's election, but would try to do it aga...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Entrepreneurs Fight Air Pollution With CO2-Reducing 'CityTrees'
CNN is reporting on "CityTree", a unique 10-foot tall mobile installation which removes pollutants from the air." An anonymous reader quotes their report:Berlin-based Green City Solutions claims its i...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot US Government Task Force Urges Cash Incentives For Ditching Insecure Medical Devices
chicksdaddy shares this report from The Security Ledger:The healthcare sector in the U.S. is in critical condition and in dire need of an overhaul to address widespread and systemic information securi...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Releases Ultra-HD 4K Footage Of Falcon 9 Landing
An anonymous reader quotes 4K.com:On June 3, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was placed into low-orbit for the sake of launching its Dragon spacecraft into their eleventh Commercial Resupply Services mission...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot New Malware Downloader Can Infect PCs Without A Mouse Click
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:You think you're safe from malware since you never click suspicious-looking links, then somebody finds a way to infect your PC anyway. Security researchers have dis...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can Programmers Move Into AI Jobs?
"I have the seriously growing suspicion that AI is coming for us programmers and IT experts faster than we might want to admit," writes long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino. So he's contemplating a care...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Real Estate Firm Identifies America's 'Top 25 Tech Cities'
Cushman & Wakefield, one of the world's largest real estate firms, launched a new report identifying America's top tech cities. An anonymous reader quotes their report: Washington, DC has emerged ...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Ex-Admin Deletes All Customer Data and Wipes Servers of Dutch Hosting Provider
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer: Verelox, a provider of dedicated KVM and VPS servers based in The Hague, Netherlands, suffered a catastrophic outage after a former administrator deleted a...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot The US Can't Leave The Paris Climate Deal Until 2020
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:Last week, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. But it will take more than one speech to pull...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Nutella Used An Algorithm To Design 7 Million Unique Labels
An anonymous reader quotes Inc.Millions of Italians can now say they own a one-of-a-kind Nutella jar. In February, 7 million jars appeared on shelves in Italy, all of them boasting a unique label desi...
12:00 pm - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Does Silicon Valley Need More Labor Unions?
Salon recently talked to Jeffrey Buchanan, who two years ago co-founded a labor rights group "that highlights the plight of security officers, food-service workers, janitors and shuttle-bus drivers in...
08:00 am - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Linux Malware Infects Raspberry Pi Devices And Makes Them Mine Cryptocurrency
An anonymous reader quotes Hot Hardware:If you're a Raspberry Pi user who's never changed the default password of the "pi" user, then heed this warning: change it. A brand new piece of malware has hit...
06:00 am - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Developer Accidentally Deletes Production Database On Their First Day On The Job
An anonymous reader quotes Quartz:"How screwed am I?" asked a recent user on Reddit, before sharing a mortifying story. On the first day as a junior software developer at a first salaried job out of c...
02:00 am - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Delays In Unlocking Cellphones Seized In Inauguration Day Protests?
Cellphone data may play a key role in prosecuting people arrested at inauguration day protests, according to an article shared by Slashdot reader Mosquito Bites. A U.S. attorney acknowledged that "the...
12:00 am - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot New iOS 11 Settings Will Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:Apple is giving users the option to enable much stricter location rules with iOS 11, according to MacRumors. The company began this effort last year by adding a ne...
12:00 am - Sun, June 11, 2017
Slashdot Has the 40-year Old Mystery of the 'Wow!' Signal Been Solved?
"Astronomers have confirmed that the Wow! signal, thought to be the most promising detection by SETI of alien life, was actually caused by a comet," writes schwit1. New Atlas reports:Last year, a grou...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot A Power Outage In Silicon Valley Was Caused By A Drone Crash
An anonymous reader quotes the San Jose Mercury News:A drone crashed into a high-voltage wire Thursday night, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage and knocking out power to roughly 1,600 peo...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Docker's LinuxKit Launches Kernel Security Efforts, Including Next-Generation VPN
darthcamaro writes: Back in April, when Docker announced its LinuxKit effort, the primary focus appeared to just be [tools for] building a container-optimized Linux distribution. As it turns out, secu...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot That Time Adam West, TV's 'Batman', Also Advocated For Videogames
Adam West, star of the 1960s TV series Batman, has died at age 88. An anonymous reader shares a memory of that time the 53-year-old actor wrote an op-ed for a 1982 issue of Videogame and Computer Gami...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot America's Five Biggest Tech Stocks Lost $97 Billion Friday
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:The so-called "big five" -- Apple , Alphabet Class A shares, Microsoft , Facebook and Amazon -- lost more than $97.5 billion in market value between the close on Thursd...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Cancer Drug Proves To Be Effective Against Multiple Tumors
An anonymous reader writes:86 cancer patients were enrolled in a trial of a drug that helps the immune system attack tumors. Though they had different kinds of tumor -- pancreas, prostate, uterus or b...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot British PM Seeks Ban On Encryption After Terror Attack
"British Prime Minister Theresa May has used last Saturday's terrorist attack to again push for a ban on encryption," according to ITWire. Slashdot reader troublemaker_23 shared their article, which q...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot No, Your Phone Didn't Ring. So Why Voice Mail From a Telemarketer?
Slashdot reader midwestsilentone tipped us off to a growing problem. Lifehacker reports:New technology allows telemarketers to leave ringless voicemail messages, and it's a method that's gaining tract...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Researcher Wants To Protect Whistleblowers Against Hidden Printer Dots
An anonymous reader writes: "Gabor Szathmari, a security researcher for CryptoAUSTRALIA, is working on a method of improving the security of leaked documents by removing hidden dots left behind by las...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Younger Millennials Don't Know What Networks Are Responsible For TV Shows, Unless It's Netflix
According to a new report from consulting firm Anatomy Media, millennials aren't able to identify the networks responsible for some of the most popular television shows, unless they're created by Netf...
08:00 am - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Apple's New iPhones May Miss Out On Higher-Speed Data Links
Due to Apple's complicated way of managing the supply of the components embedded in its flagship devices, the company's upcoming iPhones may miss out on the higher-speed data links that many rival sma...
04:00 am - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Plans To Disconnect 'Almost All' Superchargers From the Grid In Favor of Solar and Battery Power
Only half a dozen Supercharger stations or so out of the over 800 stations have solar arrays and batteries, but that may be about to change. Elon Musk said Tesla plans to deploy more battery and solar...
04:00 am - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Pirate Bay Founder: We've Lost the Internet, It's All About Damage Control Now
Mar Masson Maack reports via The Next Web: At its inception, the internet was a beautifully idealistic and equal place. But the world sucks and we've continuously made it more and more centralized, ta...
02:00 am - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Japan To Launch Self-Navigating Cargo Ships 'By 2025'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Japanese shipping companies are working with shipbuilders to develop self-piloting cargo ships. The "smart ships" will use artificial intelligence to plot...
02:00 am - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot DARPA Funds Development of New Type of Processor
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is funding a completely new kind of non-von-Neumann processor called a HIVE -- Hierarchical Identify Verify Exploit. According to EE Times, the fun...
02:00 am - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot App Store Now Requires Developers To Use Official API To Request App Ratings, Disallows Custom Prompts
One of the new App Store policy changes made this week is the addition of section 1.1.7, which requires developers to use the official in-app rating UI added in iOS 10.3 and states that they "will dis...
12:00 am - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Prosectors Say the Kansas Shooting of Garmin Engineers Was a Hate Crime
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Federal prosecutors have filed a hate crime charge against 51-year-old Kansas resident Adam Purinton, according to the Department of Justice. Purint...
12:00 am - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Types of Jobs Are Opening Up In the New Field of AI?
Qbertino writes: I'm about to move on in my career after having a "short rethink and regroup break" and was for quite some time now thinking about getting into perhaps a new programming language and t...
12:00 am - Sat, June 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Shut Down Its Docs.com File-Sharing Site December 15
Microsoft will close its file storage and sharing service Docs.com Dec. 15, it said today. As a result of its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, Microsoft also got SlideShare, a more popular place f...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot More Than 40 Percent of Companies Now Offer a 'Summer Friday' Perk
An anonymous reader shares a report: Leaving early on a Friday afternoon in June? There's a growing chance your boss has endorsed it. The percentage of companies that offer some kind of "summer Friday...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Why Does Microsoft Still Offer a 32-bit OS?
Brian Wilson, a founder of cloud storage service BackBlaze, writes in a blog post: Moving over to a 64-bit OS allows your laptop to run BOTH the old compatible 32-bit processes and also the new 64-bit...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Home Blood Pressure Monitors Are Wrong 70 Percent of the Time, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In a study out this week, about 70 percent of home blood-pressure devices tested were off by 5 mmHg or more. That's enough to throw off clinical ...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot 'Quit Your Day Job Is Garbage Advice'
An anonymous reader shares an article: While Daymond John was building his clothing line FUBU, which would evolve into a $6 billion brand, the entrepreneur was living on the tips he made waiting table...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Pepe Is Banned From the Apple App Store
An anonymous reader shares a report: The rarest pepe is one found on the iOS App Store, and now we know why: Apple has categorized the meme frog as "objectionable content" and has rejected an app call...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot The Hidden Ways That Architecture Affects How You Feel
"We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us," mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons. From a report: More than 70 years on,...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot For the First Time, a Video Game Trailer Is Eligible To Be Nominated For an Academy Award
For the first time in 90-year Oscar history, a video game is eligible for an Academy Award, specifically the recently-released game Everything. From a report: The 11-minute trailer for philosophical p...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Intel: Steer Clear Of Our Patents
An anonymous reader writes: Intel posted a long blog post yesterday touting the success and evolution of its 40-year-old x86 microprocessor -- the one that powered the first IBM personal computer in 1...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Tim Cook Takes Swipe at Windows During MIT Commencement
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Friday, and he couldn't help taking a swipe at a rival. In a sec...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Skype Retires Older Apps for Windows, Linux
An anonymous reader writes: The newest version of the Skype app takes a big hat-tip from social media platforms like Snapchat and Facebook's Messenger with its newest features, adding a Stories-like f...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Has Finally Found a Buyer For Its Scary Robot Companies Boston Dynamics and Schaft: SoftBank
Japan's SoftBank is buying robotics group Boston Dynamics -- the makers of the bipedal Atlas, the jumping Sand Flea and the animal-like BigDog, Spot and Wildcat robots -- from Alphabet, more than a ye...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot CEO of Defunct Silicon Valley Startup Indicted For Allegedly Tricking Employees Into Working For Free
The founder and CEO of a shuttered Silicon Valley startup has been indicted for tricking employees into working without pay and for lying about his credentials and financing. From a report: In an indi...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Uses Forced Arbitration To Overcharge Customers, Senators Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Five Democratic US senators allege that AT&T's use of forced arbitration clauses has helped the company charge higher prices than the ones it...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Intel Fires Warning Shot At Qualcomm and Microsoft Over Windows 10 ARM Emulation
MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: Qualcomm and Microsoft are on the verge of ushering in a new class of always-connected mobile devices that run full-blown Windows 10. The two are enabling ARM...
08:00 am - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Theresa May Loses Overall Majority In UK Parliament
Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain has lost her overall majority in Parliament on Thursday, plunging Britain into a period of renewed political chaos less than two weeks before it is scheduled to b...
06:00 am - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Teardown of New iMac Reveals Upgradable Processors, RAM
According to an iFixit teardown, Apple's new 4K 21.5-inch iMac has both removable RAM and a Kaby Lake processor that's not soldered onto the logic board. Whereas the previous models had soldered memor...
02:00 am - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Uber's Self-Driving Unit Gets New Head of Hardware After Levandowski Firing
A little more than a week ago, Uber 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 infor...
02:00 am - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Launches Android O Developer Preview 3 With Final APIs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched the third Android O developer preview, available for download now at developer.android.com and via the Android Beta Program....
02:00 am - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is Your View On Sloot Compression?
An anonymous reader writes: A Dutch electronics engineer named Jan Sloot spent 20 years of his life trying to compress broadcast quality video down to kilobytes -- not megabytes or gigabytes (the link...
12:00 am - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot EU Seeks New Powers To Obtain Data 'Directly' From Tech Firms
Zack Whittaker reports via ZDNet: European authorities are seeking new powers to allow police and intelligence agencies to directly obtain user data stored on the continent by U.S. tech companies. The...
12:00 am - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Kills Off Unlimited Cloud Storage Option For Amazon Drive
Coldeagle writes: It looks like Amazaon is killing off it's unlimited storage plan and replacing it with a 1 TB plan for the same monthly cost. USA Today reports: "Amazon had the best deal in online s...
12:00 am - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot No Known Ransomware Works Against Windows 10 S, Says Microsoft
An anonymous reader shares a report: According to Microsoft, "no Windows 10 customers were known to be compromised by the recent WannaCry (WannaCrypt) global cyberattack." That's great news for anyone...
12:00 am - Fri, June 9, 2017
Slashdot Boeing Studies Planes Without Pilots, Plans Experiments Next Year
"Boeing has begun researching the possibility of commercial-passenger jets that will fly without pilots, using artificial intelligence guiding automated controls to make decisions in flight," reports ...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Malware Uses Obscure Intel CPU Feature To Steal Data and Avoid Firewalls
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's security team has come across a malware family that uses Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) Serial-over-LAN (SOL) interface as a file transfer tool. The...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot It's Been So Windy in Europe That Electricity Prices Have Turned Negative
An anonymous reader writes: It's been very windy across Europe this week. So much so, in fact, that the high wind load on onshore and offshore wind turbines across much of the continent has helped set...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot US Ranks 28th In the World In Average Wireless Broadband Speeds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: The United States is 28th in terms of wireless broadband data speeds, according to the latest Akamai state of the internet report (pdf, hat tip ReC...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Former FBI Director Admitted He Was the Source Of At Least One Leak To the Press
Shortly after his dismissal as head of the FBI, James Comey authorized "a close friend" to leak the contents of his memos to the press in order to prompt a special counsel investigation, he said today...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Theresa May Says UK Will 'Tear Up' Human Rights Laws If Needed For Terror Fight
Hours ahead of the UK general election, the prime minister and Conservative party leader Theresa May proposed to "tear up" human rights law which, she asserts, stops her government dealing effectively...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot China Arrests Apple Distributors Who Made Millions on iPhone Data
An anonymous reader shares a report: Police in China's Zhejiang province have arrested 22 (apparently third-party) Apple distributors for allegedly selling iPhone user data. Officials say the workers ...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot What the Hell Is Happening To Cryptocurrency Valuations?
The investment category of cryptocurrencies hit a new milestone this week, one that would have been unfathomable just a couple of years ago: $100 billion in combined market capitalization. The break a...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Lent $1 Billion To Merchants To Boost Sales On Its Marketplace
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon.com Inc has stepped up lending to third-party sellers on its site who are looking to grow their business, a company executive said in an interview on Wednes...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Lowe's To Lay Off About 125 Workers, Move Jobs To India
An anonymous reader shares a report: Home improvement retailer Lowe's says it's laying off approximately 125 information technology workers, the third round of job cuts this year. Chief Information Of...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot 'I'm Not Sure I Understand' -- How Apple's Siri Lost Her Mojo
Apple has struggled to make Siri as smart as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa because of disagreements among its staff and its decisions to limit how long it stores user data, former Apple employees ...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot US Pays Farmers Billions To Save The Soil. But It's Blowing Away
An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: Soil has been blowing away from the Great Plains ever since farmers first plowed up the prairie. It reached crisis levels during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, w...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot With Essential, 'Already a Unicorn', Andy Rubin Wants To Disrupt the Apple-Samsung 'Duopoly'
Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Essential, Andy Rubin's new startup, has added $300 million to its war chest as it looks to break into the highly competitive field of consumer electronics. The fi...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Wants To Spy On People Using Their Phone's Camera and Analyze Facial Emotions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Sun: The social network applied for a patent to capture pictures of a user through their smartphone. The creepy designs, which date back to 2015, were disc...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Will Launch Secretive X-37B Spaceplane's Next Mission
schwit1 quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: SpaceX will launch the Air Force's X-37B experimental spaceplane later this year, in the military's latest vote of confidence in the Elon Musk-led space...
08:00 am - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Prove To Einstein That Stars Can Warp Light
Astronomers have observed for the first time ever a distant star warp the light of another star, "making it seem as though the object changed its position in the sky," reports The Verge. The discovery...
04:00 am - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Electric Vehicles Have Another Record Year, Reaching 2 Million Cars In 2016
An anonymous reader shares a report from the International Energy Agency: The number of electric cars on the roads around the world rose to 2 million in 2016, following a year of strong growth in 2015...
04:00 am - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot US Spy Chief Reverses Course, Will Not Say How Many Americans Caught in NSA Surveillance
Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet: US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has refused to say how many Americans have been caught up in the government's surveillance programs, reversing a confi...
02:00 am - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Force Users To 2FA On iOS 11, macOS High Sierra
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: With the upcoming releases of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra later this year, Apple is planning to force many users to adopt two-factor authentication for ...
02:00 am - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Expected To Cut Up To 1,000 Yahoo, AOL Jobs After Acquisition
Verizon's acquisition and merger of AOL and Yahoo will result in many job cuts. According to Recode, up to 1,000 AOL and Yahoo jobs are expected to take place across the two companies as the merger is...
02:00 am - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Airbnb Announces Its Plan To House 100,000 People In Need
New submitter mirandakatz writes: Airbnb has just unveiled its Open Homes Platform, a home-sharing site for hosts motivated by goodwill instead of profits -- and for guests motivated by need rather th...
12:00 am - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot TSA May Recommend Stowing Laptops In Cargo For US Domestic Flights
Matt.Battey writes: According to WJZ in Baltimore, the TSA may force passengers to check laptops on domestic U.S. flights. Based on the common fear, uncertainty and doubt that supports the TSA's secur...
12:00 am - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot Russian Malware Communicates Using Britney Spears's Instagram Account
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: A key weakness in malicious software is the "Command and Control" (C&C) system -- a central server that the malware-infected systems contact to receive updates and instru...
12:00 am - Thu, June 8, 2017
Slashdot The Public Is Growing Tired of Trump's Tweets, Says Voter Survey
President Donald Trump is the tweeting president. His @realDonaldTrump handle has 31.8 million followers and "35K" tweets. While the president claims to use Twitter to "get the honest and unfiltered m...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple Announces Support For WebRTC in Safari 11
Youenn Fablet, software engineer at Apple, writes: Today we are thrilled to announce WebKit support for WebRTC, available on Safari on macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, and Safari Technology Preview 32. [......
10:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot What Are Some Documentaries and TV Shows That You Recommend To Others?
Reader joshtops writes: Wow thanks for the overwhelming response on my previous post. I'm taking notes and intend to give all of the suggested books a go in the near future. If I may, and I hope the e...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Unveils New Tools To Help Elected Officials Reach Constituents
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook this year has launched a number of features that make it easier for people to reach their government representatives on its social network...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Books You Wish You Had Read Earlier?
Reader joshtops writes: Hey, community. Could you folks please name some books that you wish you had read earlier -- especially because these books presumbably had an impact on your life. The books co...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species
Carl Zimmer, writing for The New York Times: Fossils discovered in Morocco are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens, scientists reported on Wednesday. Dating back roughly 300,000 years, the bones ...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Americans From Both Political Parties Overwhelmingly Support Net Neutrality, Poll Shows
Mozilla conducted a survey in which it found that a majority of Americans do not trust the government to protect Internet access. From an article, shared by a reader: A recent public opinion poll carr...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Is Planning To Move WhatsApp Off IBM's Public Cloud
Jordan Novet, reporting for CNBC: Facebook's WhatsApp messaging service, which is used by 1.2 billion people across the globe, is planning to move off of IBM's cloud and into Facebook's own data cente...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Edward Snowden On Trump Administration's Recent Arrest of an Alleged Journalistic Source
Snowden writes: Winner is accused of serving as a journalistic source for a leading American news outlet about a matter of critical public importance. For this act, she has been charged with violating...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' Reality Show Is 'Bland, Tepid, Barely Competent Knock-off of 'Shark Tank'
On Tuesday, Apple made its debut into the world of original television programming with "Planet of the Apps," a reality show that brings app developers in a competition to try to get mentoring and ass...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Wikimedia Executives Receive Six-figure Golden Handshakes
Andreas Kolbe writes: The Wikimedia Foundation's (WMF) recently released Form 990 shows that the organisation has developed a practice of handing outgoing managers six-figure severance payments, The R...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple Makes iPhone Screen Fixes Easier as States Mull Repair Laws
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple customers will soon have more choices as the company looks to reduce long wait times for iPhone repairs at its retail stores. By the end of 2017, Apple will ...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Trump Nominates Lawyer To Lead FBI
President Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he has chosen a new FBI director. Trump says he's nominating Christopher A. Wray for the position. He described Wray as "a man of impecca...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Phase Out 32-Bit Mac Apps Starting In January 2018
Apple will be phasing out 32-bit apps with iOS 11, and soon the company will make the same changes on its macOS operating system. During its Platform State of the Union keynote at the Worldwide Develo...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Moderate Drinking Can Damage the Brain, Claim Researchers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol can damage the brain and impair cognitive function over time, researchers have claimed. Writing in the ...
08:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Google Maps Is Being Used To Track Air Pollution In Oakland and Other Cities
The functionality of Google Maps is expanding to include air pollution levels. Depending on where you live, you will soon be able to see the specific air quality in your neighborhood. Oakland, Califor...
04:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Steve Ballmer Says Tech Firms Should Be As Accountable As NBA Teams
New submitter mirandakatz writes: Steve Ballmer has worn many hats -- as the CEO of Microsoft and the owner of the LA Clippers, to start -- and his latest endeavor, launched earlier this year, is a co...
04:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Hyperloop One Reveals Its Plans For Connecting Europe
Hyperloop One has revealed its plans for connecting Europe via its Hyperloop transportation system that can move passengers/cargo at airlines speeds for a fraction of the cost of air travel. The compa...
02:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple 'Error 53' Sting Operation Caught Staff Misleading Customers, Court Documents Allege
AmiMoJo writes: "Australia's consumer watchdog carried out a sting operation against Apple which it says caught staff repeatedly misleading iPhone customers about their legal rights to a free repair o...
02:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do News Organizations Keep Track of So Much Information?
dryriver writes: Major news organizations from CNN, BBC, ABC to TIME magazine, the New York Times and the Economist publish a tremendous amount of information, especially now that almost everybody run...
02:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Malware Uses Router LEDs To Steal Data From Secure Networks
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel have developed malware that when installed on a router or a switch can take control over the device's LEDs...
12:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot GPU and Motherboard OEMs Readying Components Optimized For Cryptocurrency Mining
MojoKid writes: With the popularity of upstart cryptocurrencies like Ethereum on the rise and the value of well-established currencies like Bitcoin steadily increasing, there is new-found interest in ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot WannaCry Exploit Could Infect Windows 10
msm1267 writes: EternalBlue, the NSA-developed attack used by criminals to spread WannaCry ransomware last month, has been ported to Windows 10 by security researchers. The publicly available version ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple Adds Support For FLAC Lossless Audio In iOS 11
Reddit users who have installed copies of the developer beta of iOS 11 are reporting that Apple has finally added support for lossless FLAC audio files in their new mobile operating system. The Next W...
12:00 am - Wed, June 7, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu Works With GNOME To Improve HiDPI Support On Linux Desktop
An anonymous reader shares an article: Canonical is playing host to a 'fractional scaling hackfest' in its Taipei offices this week. Both GNOME developers and Ubuntu developers are in attendance, read...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Is Trump's Blocking of Some Twitter Users Unconstitutional?
An anonymous reader shares an article: Some Twitter users say President Trump should not be able to block them on the social network. The president makes unprecedented use of Twitter, having posted mo...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot At $75,560, Housing a Prisoner in California Now Costs More Than a Year at Harvard
The cost of imprisoning each of California's 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year, the AP reported. From the article: That's enough to cover the annual cost of attend...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Police In Oklahoma Have Cracked Hundreds of People's Cell Phones
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Motherboard: Mobile phone forensic extraction devices have been a law enforcement tool for years now, and the number of agencies using them is o...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills: WSJ
Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging. From a report: At...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot More Than 20 Employees Fired at Uber in Sexual Harassment Investigation
More than 20 employees have been fired from Uber as part of an ongoing sexual harassment investigation, according to Bloomberg. From a report: In an explosive blog post earlier this year, former Uber ...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker
On Monday, news outlet The Intercept released documents on election tampering from an NSA leaker. The documents revealed that a Russian intelligence operation sent spear-phishing emails to more than 1...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon, Mozilla, Kickstarter, and Reddit Are Staging a Net Neutrality Online Protest
An anonymous reader shares a report: Some of the Internet's biggest names are banding together for a "day of action" to oppose the Federal Communications Commission (alternative source), which is work...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Offering a Discount on Prime For People On Government Assistance
Amazon announced on Tuesday that it is offering a discount on Prime membership for US customers participating in a number of government assistance programs. From a report: Anyone with a valid Electron...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Was Tech Capital
New submitter artmancc writes: It was in New Jersey that Thomas Edison invented sound recording, motion pictures, and the light bulb in what is considered the first modern corporate R&D facility. ...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Price-gouging Maker of EpiPen Literally Said That Critics Can Go Fuck Themselves
Back in August of 2016, the pharmaceutical company Mylan came under fire for jacking up prices of the EpiPen from $57 in 2007 to roughly $600 in 2016. The public backlash has been significant. Gizmodo...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Files Antitrust Complaint Against Microsoft Over Disabling Its Antivirus Software
Russian security software maker Kaspersky Lab has filed antitrust complaints against Microsoft with the European Commission and the German federal cartel office, it said in a statement on Tuesday. Fro...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Google Releases Chrome 59
An anonymous reader writes: Google has launched Chrome 59 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Among the additions are native notifications on macOS, settings being revamped to follow Material Design, the Ima...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot DOJ Charges Federal Contractor With Leaking Classified Info To Media
schwit1 quotes a report from The Hill: The Department of Justice charged 25-year-old government contractor Reality Leigh Winner with sharing top secret material with a media outlet, prosecutors announ...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Why Women Devs Are Hard To Recruit and Even Harder To Keep
An anonymous reader writes: The results of a recent survey conducted by GitHub sheds light on the issue of why women developers are hard to recruit and keep in the business of tech. Windows IT Pro rep...
08:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Discover Alien World Hotter Than Most Stars
Science_afficionado writes: An international team of astronomers has discovered a planet like Jupiter zipping around its host star every day and a half, boiling at temperatures hotter than most stars ...
04:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Wall Street Journal's Google Traffic Drops 44% After Pulling Out of First Click Free
In February, the Wall Street Journal blocked Google users from reading free articles, resulting in a fourfold increase in the rate of visitors converting into paying customers. The tradeoff, as report...
04:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Dozens of Recent Clinical Trials May Contain Wrong or Falsified Data, Claims Study
John Carlisle, a consultant anesthetist at Torbay Hospital, used statistical tools to conduct a review of thousands of papers published in leading medical journals. While a vast majority of the clinic...
02:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Apple Announces New 10.5-Inch iPad Pro With Narrower Side Bezels, 120Hz Refresh Rate Display
At WWDC 2017 today, Apple unveiled a brand new iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch display and 40% narrower bezels. The new iPad features a 50% brighter True Tone display and "ProMotion" technology which increa...
02:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Cable TV 'Failing' As a Business, Cable Industry Lobbyist Says
According to a cable lobbyist group, cable TV is "failing" as a business due to rising programming costs and consumers switching from traditional TV subscriptions to online video streaming. "As a busi...
02:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot US Insurer Hikes Tesla Premiums Due To 'Higher-Than-Average' Claim Rates
An anonymous reader writes: "National insurer AAA is raising its prices for Tesla's Model S and Model X, citing higher-than-average claim rates and repair costs for the two cars," reports The Verge. "...
12:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Apple Announces Native HEVC Support In MacOS High Sierra and iOS 11
New submitter StreamingEagle writes: Apple massively improves the quality of photo and video experiences, including High Dynamic Range. High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) can double photo and video s...
12:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Leak Eight Episodes of An Unreleased ABC Show
The hacking entity TheDarkOverlord (TDO) has reportedly leaked Steve Harvey's Funderdome via The Pirate Bay. TDO said they approached ABC "with a most handsome business proposal" not to leak eight epi...
12:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Apple's New iOS File Manager Coming This Fall As Part of iOS 11
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple announced the new file manager today. A demo showed that the application will provide access to local files and files in cloud storage serv...
12:00 am - Tue, June 6, 2017
Slashdot Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election
Russian hacking groups played a larger role in the 2016 election than anyone realized, according to a highly-classified NSA document published today in The Intercept. The document reveals that a Russi...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot San Francisco Goes After Uber, Lyft For Data On City Trips, Driver Bonuses
Carolyn Said, reporting for San Francisco Chronicle: It's a San Francisco truism: Every other car on the streets these days seems to bear a logo for Uber or Lyft -- and many are double-parked as they ...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Videotapes Are Becoming Unwatchable As Archivists Work To Save Them
Most videotapes were recorded in the 1980s and '90s, when video cameras first became widely available to Americans. Most of those VHS cassettes have become unwatchable, and others are quickly dying, t...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Trump Wants To Modernize Air Travel By Turning Over Control To the Big Airlines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Today, President Donald Trump endorsed a plan to hand over oversight of the nation's airspace to a non-profit corporation that will likely be largel...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple Announces New iMacs With Better Screens And Modern Processors; Refreshes MacBook Lineup
Apple today announced updates to its iMac line and MacBook lineups at WWDC, giving its all-in-one desktop, and laptop series more powerful specifications and the latest Intel chips. From a report: App...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple Unveils What's Next For macOS Desktop OS: High Sierra
Apple's next big macOS update is coming this fall, the company announced at its developer conference Monday. Apple is improving macOS Sierra, fixing bugs and making existing features and components fa...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple Announces Its 'Next Breakthrough' Product: the HomePod
Apple unveiled its home speaker during WWDC 2017 on Monday. The device, called HomePod, will go toe-to-toe with existing competitors such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Apple said it wanted to co...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot IBM Research Alliance Has Figured Out How To Make 5nm Chips
IBM, GlobalFoundries, and Samsung said Monday that they have found a way to make thinner transistors, which should enable them to pack 30 billion switches onto a microprocessor chip the size of a fing...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Harvard Pulls Student Offers Over Online Comments
Reader joshtops shares a report: Harvard University's student newspaper says the school has revoked admission offers to at least 10 prospective freshmen over offensive online messages. The Harvard Cri...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Leak Reveals New Windows 10 Workstation Edition For Power Users
Upon close inspection of the Windows 10 build that Microsoft accidentally pushed to insiders last week, several users are reporting discovering the reference of a new Windows 10 SKU. From a report: In...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple Piles On the Features, and Users Say, 'Enough!'
In a few hours, Apple will kickstart its annual developer conference. At the event, the company is expected to announce new MacBook laptops, the next major updates for iOS and MacOS, new features of S...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Supreme Court Agrees To Decide Major Privacy Case On Cellphone Data
An anonymous reader shares a report: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a major case on privacy rights in the digital age that will determine whether police officers need warrants to acce...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Is Too Focused On Taking the Easy Path in Health Care
Silicon Valley investors are increasingly looking at health space, but they are mostly eyeing for opportunities on the fringes of the traditional health care system to avoid long and complicated regul...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Moving On From Fire Phone Turmoil, Amazon Plans New Android Smartphones: Report
Reader joshtops writes: Amazon plans to have another go at selling its own branded smartphones, according to a new report. The ecommerce giant, which killed off its Fire Phone in 2015, is working on a...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Can Twitter Survive By Becoming A User-Owned Co-Op?
What's going to happen now that Twitter's stock price has dropped from $66 a share to just $18? An anonymous reader quotes Salon:A small group of shrewd Twitter users and shareholders have come up wit...
08:00 am - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot WSJ: There's An 'Inexorable' Trend Towards Working Remotely
The Wall Street Journal reports that the trend towards remote working "is inexorable" in America's labor force, with 43% of workers now doing at least some of their work from home (up from 39% in 2012...
04:00 am - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Congressman Proposes Organizations Should Be Allowed To 'Hack Back'
Engadget reports:Representative Tom Graves, R-Ga., thinks that when anyone gets hacked -- individuals or companies -- they should be able to "fight back" and go "hunt for hackers outside of their own ...
02:00 am - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Google's Top Search Result For 'Target' Was A Tech Support Scam
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:Malicious ads displayed in Google search results for Target -- the US retailer -- redirected users to a tech support scam. The malvertising campaign was spo...
12:00 am - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Putin Now Argues Russia Could've Been Framed For Election Meddling By The CIA
In a news magazine show premiering tonight, Megyn Kelly reports that Russian president Vladimir Putin "has denied Russian involvement in the hacking and interference with our U.S. presidential eletion...
12:00 am - Mon, June 5, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Does Your Team Track And Manage Bugs In Your Software?
Slashdot reader jb373 is a senior software engineer whose team's bug-tracking methodology is making it hard to track bugs.My team uses agile software methodologies, specifically scrum with a Kanban bo...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of COBOL, Dies at 89
theodp writes:A NY Times obituary reports that early software engineer and co-designer of COBOL Jean Sammet died on May 20 in Maryland at age 89. "Sammet was a graduate student in math when she first ...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot A Lake On Mars May Once Have Teemed With Life
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:Once upon a time on Mars, there was a crater that had a massive lake that may have hosted life. Now researchers are saying that a whole variety of organisms could ...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot New Threat To Traditional Sports Leagues: Millennials Prefer Watching eSports
Professional sports leagues "officially have a millennial problem," writes VentureBeat, citing some interesting findings from L.E.K. Consulting. 40% of millennials prefer watching esports to tradition...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot SGI Desktop Clone Gets A New Version On Fedora
Silicon Graphics workstations used the IRIX Interactive Desktop (formerly called Indigo Magic Desktop) for its IRIX operating system (based on UNIX System V with BSD extensions). "Anyone who remembers...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot OpenELEC 8.0.4 Kodi-Focused Linux Distro Now Available
BrianFagioli writes: Unfortunately, Kodi is not its own operating system, meaning it has to be run on top of an OS. Sure, you could use Windows 10, but that is overkill if you only want to run Kodi. I...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu Touch Mobile OS Now Maintained By UBports
An anonymous reader quotes Phoronix:UBports continues to be the leading community project for trying to let Ubuntu Touch live on and evolve under their direction... Among their recent achievements wer...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot Insecure Hadoop Servers Expose Over 5 Petabytes of Data
An anonymous reader quotes the security news editor at Bleeping Computer:Improperly configured HDFS-based servers, mostly Hadoop installs, are exposing over five petabytes of information, according to...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot After London Attack, PM Calls For Internet Regulation To Fight Terrorists
CNN reports that "At least seven people were killed in a short but violent assault that unfolded late Saturday night in the heart of the capital, the third such attack to hit Britain this year." An an...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot What To Do If the Laptop Ban Goes Global
"The U.S. is reportedly seriously considering a greatly expanded ban on laptops in airplane cabins," writes Slashdot reader mirandakatz -- sharing some advice from Dan Gillmor. If the government still...
12:00 pm - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot When Sentencing Criminals, Should Judges Use Closed-Source Algorithms?
Some judges in America have recently started using a closed-source algorithm that predicts how likely convicts are to commit another crime. Mosquito Bites shared an article by law professor Frank Pasq...
08:00 am - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot ESR Shares A Forgotten 'Roots Of Open Source' Moment From 1984
Eric S. Raymond recently documented one of the first public calls for free software, which happened immediately after AT&T's fateful decision commercialize Unix:[I]n October 1984 I was in a crowd ...
06:00 am - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There a Way To Write Working Code By Drawing Flow Charts?
Slashdot reader dryriver writes:There appear to be two main ways to write code today. One is with text-based languages ranging from BASIC to Python to C++. The other is to use a flow-based or dataflow...
02:00 am - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot Bruce Perens Explains That 'GPL Is A Contract' Court Case
Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond -- and he's also Slashdot reader #3,872. Bruce Perens writes: There's been a lot of confusion about the recent Artifex v. Hancomcas...
12:00 am - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot Network Time Protocol Hardened To Protect Users From Spying, Increase Privacy
AmiMoJo quotes the Register: The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken another small step in protecting everybody's privacy... As the draft proposal explains, the RFCs that define NTP have what am...
12:00 am - Sun, June 4, 2017
Slashdot NASA Will Create Fake Red And Green Clouds Near Virginia
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:The early morning hours on the U.S. East Coast might be unusually colorful as NASA plans to produce artificial blue-green and red clouds that may be visible from New Yo...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Exchange Coinbase Reportedly Valued At $1 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Bitcoin exchange Coinbase Inc. is in talks with potential investors on a new round of funding at a valuation of more than $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reporte...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot 'Rime' Developer Keeps Promise, Removes Denuvo DRM After Game Gets Cracked
An anonymous reader quotes CinemaBlend: Tequila Works and Grey Box had previously announced that the DRM for the PC version of Rime would be removed if it were cracked. Well, in just five days the DRM...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Java 9 Delayed Due To Modularity Controversy
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Java 9 won't be released on July 27 after all. Oracle has proposed that Java 9 Standard Edition be delayed until September 21 so the open source community that is ...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Isn't Removing Enough Hate Speech, Complains The EU
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Twitter is not good enough at removing hate speech from its platform. That's the judgment of Europe's top regulator, which released data on Thursday showing that Twitter...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Toyota Demos A Flying Car. It Crashes.
thomst shares the AP's report on Toyota's latest venture. From the article:A startup backed by the Japanese automaker has developed a test model that engineers hope will eventually develop into a tiny...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Chrome To Deprecate PNaCl, Embrace New WebAssembly Standard
An anonymous reader quotes Tom's HardwareGoogle announced that its Portable Native Client (PNaCl) solution for making native code run inside the browser will be replaced by the new cross-browser web s...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Can Older IT Workers 'Navigate' Ageism?
Slashdot reader snydeq writes, "In an industry that favors youth over experience, the best defense against age discrimination may be avoiding becoming a victim in the first place, writes Bob Violino i...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Pioneering Link-Sharing Site Del.icio.us Shuts Down
Long-time Slashdot reader brentlaminack writes:One of the first and best social bookmarking platforms, Del.icio.us has changed hands about four times, one was to Yahoo for >$15M. Its most recent re...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot CIA Malware Can Switch Clean Files With Malware When You Download Them Via SMB
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: "After taking last week off, WikiLeaks came back today and released documentation on another CIA cyber weapon. Codenamed Pandemic, this is a...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Unveils World's Biggest Plane
Frosty Piss quotes a report from The Seattle Times: The huge Stratolaunch finally rolled out of its hangar in Mojave, Calif., Wednesday for the first time. Built by Paul Allen's Scaled Composites, the...
08:00 am - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot JRR Tolkien Book 'Beren and Luthien' Published After 100 Years
seoras quotes a report from BBC: A new book by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is going on sale -- 100 years after it was first conceived. Beren and Luthien has been described as a "very personal...
04:00 am - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot 'Our Streets Are Made For People': San Francisco Mulls Ban On Delivery Robots
Norman Yee, an American elected official in San Francisco, has recently proposed legislation that would prohibit autonomous delivery robots -- which includes those with a remote human operator -- on p...
04:00 am - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot FCC Seeks To Increase ISP Competition In Apartment Buildings
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Exclusive deals between broadband providers and landlords have long been a problem for Internet users, despite rules that are supposed to prevent...
02:00 am - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Chinese 'Fireball' Malware Infects Nearly 250 Million Computers Worldwide
Check Point researchers have discovered a massive malware campaign, dubbed Fireball, that has already infected more than 250 million computers across the world, including Windows and Mac OS. The Fireb...
02:00 am - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot 'Instantly Rechargeable' Battery Could Change the Future of Electric Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: A technology developed by Purdue researchers could provide an "instantly rechargeable" method that is safe, affordable and environmentally frien...
02:00 am - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Decipher the Neural Code For Faces
New submitter akakaak writes: In a new paper published in Cell, researchers Le Chang and Doris Tsao claim to have uncovered "The Code for Facial Identity in the Primate Brain." They develop a model re...
12:00 am - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Accidentally Released Internal Windows 10 Development Builds
Microsoft is apologizing for mistakenly releasing some confidential and internal Windows 10 builds to the public. "Builds from some of our internal branches were accidentally released for PC and Mobil...
12:00 am - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Google Could Face a $9 Billion EU Fine For Rigging Search Results In Its Favor
schwit1 quotes a report from The Independent: EU antitrust regulators aim to slap a hefty fine on Alphabet unit Google over its shopping service before the summer break in August, two people familiar ...
12:00 am - Sat, June 3, 2017
Slashdot Airbnb Hosts More Likely To Reject Guests With Disabilities, Study Finds
A study by Rutgers University has found that travelers with disabilities using the travel hosting service Airbnb are more likely to be rejected and less likely to be pre-approved. From a report: A Rut...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot VR Sports? It Can Be a Billion Dollar Business, Says Intel CEO
Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told Axios on Thursday that he sees virtual reality not only changing the face of sports, but also potentially being a multi-billion-dollar bus...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood Sees Illegal Streaming Devices as 'Piracy 3.0'
After hunting down torrent sites for more than a decade, Hollywood now has a more complex piracy threat to deal with. From a report: Piracy remains a major threat for the movie industry, MPA Stan McCo...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Clarifies 'Hate Speech' Definition and Which Videos Won't Be Monetized
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In a blog post, YouTube outlined more specific definitions of hate speech and what kinds of incendiary content wouldn't be eligible for monetizat...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Walmart Is Turning Its Employees Into Delivery Drivers To Compete With Amazon
Walmart, which is aggressively investing in e-commerce to better compete with Amazon, is unveiling a new strategy: turning its army of 1.5 million US employees into delivery drivers. From a report: Th...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Denmark Is Killing Tesla and Other Electric Cars
An anonymous shares an article: The electric car has dropped out of favor in the country that pioneered renewable energy. Sales in Denmark of Electrically Chargeable Vehicles (ECV), which include plug...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Hundreds of Walmart Employees Say They've Been Punished For Taking Sick Days
A new report from the workers advocacy group A Better Balance alleges that Walmart consistently punishes employees for taking sick days, even if they have proper documentation from doctors. From a rep...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot EU Commissioner Says No to Bill Gates' Robot Tax Idea
Andrus Ansip, the European Commissioner in charge of the Digital Single Market, has said that he does not support Bill Gates' idea of taxing robots that replace human workers. From a report: Microsoft...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Trump Misunderstood MIT Climate Research, University Officials Say
MIT officials said U.S. President Donald Trump badly misunderstood their research when he cited it on Thursday to justify withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. From a report:...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot After Bomb Threats, FCC Proposes Letting Police Unveil Anonymous Callers
Police should be allowed to unmask anonymous callers who have made serious threats over the phone, the Federal Communications Commission has proposed. From a report: The proposal would allow law enfor...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot British Airways IT Outage Caused By Contractor Who Accidentally Switched off Power
An anonymous reader shares a report: A contractor doing maintenance work at a British Airways data centre inadvertently switched off the power supply, knocking out the airline's computer systems and l...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Anti-Aging Start-Up Is Charging Thousands of Dollars for Teen Blood
An anonymous reader writes: A startup called Ambrosia is charging about $8,000 a pop for blood transfusions from people under 25, Jesse Karmazin said at Code Conference. Ambrosia, which buys its blood...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot LG Joins NFC Payment Party With LG Pay
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple and Samsung have been fattening their pockets with digital wallets for years, and now LG wants in. The company rolled out LG Pay in South Korea on Friday, it...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Intel Predicts a $7 Trillion Self-Driving Future Where Over a Million Lives Will Be Part of the 'Passenger Economy'
Intel has released a new study that predicts a $7 trillion annual revenue stream from the emerging passenger economy. In the report, Intel says that the companies that don't prepare for self-driving r...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Take-Two Acquires Kerbal Space Program
Eloking quotes a report from Polygon: Take-Two Interactive has purchased physics-based space simulation Kerbal Space Program, according to announcements from publisher Take-Two and developer Squad. "W...
08:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Third Gravitational Wave Detected From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away
sycodon quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source): Astronomers said Thursday that they had felt space-time vibrations known as gravitational waves from the ...
04:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot 61 Mayors Commit To Adopt, Honor and Uphold Paris Climate Accord After US Pulls Out
After President Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, 61 mayors across the country have pledged to adopt the historic agreement themselves. The group of mayors...
04:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot A New Report Finds No Evidence That People Will Work Less Under a Universal Basic Income
Economists Djavad Salehi-Isfahani and Mohammad H. Mostafavi-Dehzooeifrom for the Economic Research Forum have released a new report on the results of a basic income scheme launched in Iran in 2011. "I...
04:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Trump Administration Approves Tougher Visa Vetting, Including Social Media Checks
The Trump administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 yea...
02:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Google Unveils Design For 1 Million Squarefoot London Headquarters
dryriver quotes a report from CNN: Google has released designs for a new 11-story, 1 million-square-foot headquarters in London near King's Cross railway station, complete with a sprawling, landscaped...
02:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot China's Unprecedented Cyber Law Signals Its Intent To Protect a Precious Commodity: Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: An aggressive new cybersecurity and data protection law in China that goes into effect today will have global ripple effects, and could ...
02:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Fires Female Engineer Who Alleged Sexual Harassment
Tesla has fired a female engineer who accused the company of ignoring her complaints of sexual harassment and paying her less than her male counterparts. AJ Vandermeyden, who went public with her disc...
12:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Man Sentenced To 180 Days In Jail For Refusing To Give Police His iPhone Passcode
schwit1 quotes a report from Miami Herald: A Hollywood man must serve 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his iPhone password to police, a Broward judge ruled Tuesday -- the latest salvo in inten...
12:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot Google Quadruples Top Reward For Hacking Android To $200,000
Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google has paid security researchers millions of dollars since launching its bug bounty program in 2010. The company today expanded its Android Security Rewa...
12:00 am - Fri, June 2, 2017
Slashdot IBM Says Watson Health's AI Is Getting Really Good at Diagnosing Cancer
An anonymous reader shares a report: In deciding on cancer treatment, doctors often get together in a "tumor board" to go over the options. IBM's Watson now sits in on those meetings in a few hospital...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot A NASA Spacecraft Will Head Straight For the Sun -- Farther Than Any Probe Before It
A US spacecraft will swoop inside the Sun's corona, its superheated outer atmosphere, on a pathfinding mission to learn more about how stars work. Nasa's $1.5bn Parker Solar Probe, which will be prote...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 4 Standard That's 15 Percent Faster Than Quick Charge 4
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Just a mere six months after announcing Quick Charge 4, which boosted charging times and safety considerably over its predecessors, Qualcomm is intr...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Germany Detects Emissions Cheat Software In Audi Models
The German government has accused Audi of cheating emissions tests with its top-end models, marking the first time the company has been accused of such wrongdoing in its home country. Reuters reports:...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Skype Announces Big Makeover Focused on Messaging and Social Sharing, But Will That Drive Its Popularity?
Skype on Thursday became the latest app in the growing list of services that are copying features straight from Snapchat. Microsoft-owned service announced a major redesign of its mobile app, which no...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot OneLogin Says Breach Exposed Ability To Decrypt Customer Data
Reader tsu doh nimh writes: OneLogin, an online service that lets users manage logins to sites and apps from a single platform, says it has suffered a security breach in which customer data was compro...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Trump Announces US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord
It's official. President Donald Trump announced today that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, following through on a pledge he made during the presidential campaign. Tru...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Putin Hints At US Election Meddling By 'Patriotically Minded' Russians
Two anonymous readers share a report: Shifting from his previous blanket denials, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Thursday that "patriotically minded" private Russian hackers could have ...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Your Face or Fingerprint Could Soon Replace Your Plane Ticket
Headed on a trip? You may soon be able to ditch your boarding pass in favor of your fingers or face. From a report: Delta announced, on Wednesday, a new biometric identification pilot program that wil...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Movie Studios Are Blaming Rotten Tomatoes For Killing Movies No One Wants To See
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Baywatch were never going to be critical darlings. Both movies led the domestic box office to its worst Memorial Day weekend showing in nearly 20 y...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Hillary Clinton Rips 'Bankrupt' DNC Data Operation
An anonymous reader shares an article: Hillary Clinton slammed the DNC's 2016 campaign data operation Wednesday, saying she had "nothing" to work from once she won the nomination. She lamented that Do...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot The US Is the Biggest Carbon Polluter in History
Justin Gillis, and Nadja Popovich, writing for The New York Times: The United States, with its love of big cars, big houses and blasting air-conditioners, has contributed more than any other country t...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot App Store Earnings For Developers Exceed $70 Billion; App Downloads Up 70% YoY
Apple announced today that since it launched in 2008, developers have earned over $70 billion from the App Store. From an article: "People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them i...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX To Refly a Dragon Cargo Spacecraft
Thelasko writes: Tomorrow's scheduled resupply mission to the International Space Station will mark the second time its Dragon capsule has visited the station. Ars Technica reports: "This particular D...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Democrats Ask FBI To Probe Reported FCC Cyberattack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A group of Democratic senators is asking the FBI to investigate an alleged cyberattack on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website earlier...
08:00 am - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Oregon Man Fined For Writing 'I Am An Engineer' Temporarily Wins Right To Call Himself An 'Engineer'
Mats Jarlstrom, an electrical engineer fined by the Oregon engineering board for calling himself an "engineer" and talking about traffic lights, has been granted the temporary right by a judge to both...
04:00 am - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot EFF Sues FBI For Records About Paid Best Buy Geek Squad Informants
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the FBI for records "about the extent to which it directs and trains Best Buy employees to conduct warrantless searches of people's devices." The lawsuit st...
04:00 am - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Technology Is Making the World More Unequal; Only Technology Can Fix This
mspohr shares an excerpt from an article written by Cory Doctorow via The Guardian: The inequality of badly-run or corrupt states is boosted by the power of technology -- but it's also easier than eve...
02:00 am - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Motorcycle Gang Busted For Hacking and Stealing Over 150 Jeep Wranglers
An anonymous reader writes: "The FBI has arrested members of a motorcycle gang accused to have hacked and stolen over 150 Jeep Wranglers from Southern California, which they later crossed the border i...
02:00 am - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm, Microsoft Announce Snapdragon 835 PCs With Gigabit LTE
Microsoft and Qualcomm have announced that Windows 10 is coming to devices made by Asus, HP and Lenovo that will run on the Snapdragon 835 platform. "The Snapdragon 835 chip, incorporating Qualcomm's ...
02:00 am - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Refunding Up To $70 Million In-App Purchases Made By Kids
The Federal Trade Commission announced that refunds are now available for parents whose children made in-app purchases without their knowledge. Amazon dropped its appeal of last year's ruling by a fed...
12:00 am - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Manufacturing a Siri Speaker To Compete Against Google Home, Amazon Echo
According to Bloomberg, Apple is manufacturing a Siri-controlled smart speaker that could debut as soon as its annual developer conference in June. "The device will differ from Amazon's Echo and Alpha...
12:00 am - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Silk Road Founder Loses Appeal and Will Serve Life
OutOnARock quotes a report from Yahoo: Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the darknet marketplace known as Silk Road, has lost his appeal of a 2015 conviction that has him serving a life sentence on drug t...
12:00 am - Thu, June 1, 2017
Slashdot Man Fined $4,000 For 'Liking' Defamatory Posts on Facebook
In what appears to be a first, a court in Switzerland has fined a man the equivalent of over $4,000 just for clicking the "like" button on what a judge said were defamatory Facebook comments. From a r...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Joins CEOs Calling For US To Stay in Paris Climate Deal
Billionaire Elon Musk said on Wednesday he would leave President Trump's Business Advisory Council if the White House withdraws from an international agreement aimed at curbing climate change. From a ...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Netflix CEO Says Net Neutrality Is 'Not Our Primary Battle'
Speaking with Recode's Peter Kafka at the Code Conference today, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explained his position on the current net neutrality debate that's happening at the FCC. Or, more to the poin...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Parents Have No Right To Dead Child's Facebook Account, German Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A German court rejected a mother's demand on Wednesday that Facebook grant her access to her deceased daughter's account. In the ruling, which overtur...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Top Defense Contractor Left Sensitive Pentagon Files on Amazon Server With No Password
Sensitive files linked to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency -- which works with the nation's intelligence agencies to analyze aerial data -- were apparently left on a public Amazon server by...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Ethiopia Turns Off Internet Nationwide as Students Sit Exams
Ethiopia shut down the internet yesterday ahead of a scheduled national examination that is underway in the country today. Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from aroun...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Bill Simmons Says ESPN Blew It By Not Embracing Tech
An anonymous reader shares an article: ESPN's problem isn't competition over content: They didn't position themselves for a future where cord cutting was a reality, according to former ESPN personalit...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot British Airways Says IT Collapse Came After Servers Damaged By Power Problem
A huge IT failure that stranded 75,000 British Airways passengers followed damage to servers that were overwhelmed when the power returned after an outage, the airline said on Wednesday. From a report...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood Is Fighting Billionaire Sean Parker's Plan To Let You Rent Movies Still in Theaters For $50
Billionaire Sean Parker's plans to bring movies to your home as soon as they release in theatres has hit new roadblocks. After receiving praises for "Screening Room" from directors and producers Steve...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Mary Meeker's 2017 Internet Trends Report
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker delivered her annual rapid-fire internet trends report at Code Conference. Here's the summary: 1. Global smartphone growth is slowing: Smartpho...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Trump Is Pulling US Out of Paris Climate Deal: Sources
An anonymous reader shares a report: President Trump has made his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision. Details on how the...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Andy Rubin Says Essential's Ambient OS Will Be Open Source, Hints at Better Update Cycle
An anonymous reader shares a report: Playground CEO Andy Rubin, whose new company Essential unveiled a new premium Android smartphone and Amazon Echo competitor yesterday, says his company's Ambient O...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars Will Boost the Job Market, Says Marc Andreessen
A future with self-driving cars has induced a lot of anxiety about a resulting loss of jobs, but in fact, they'll create tons more jobs, Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen (Wikipedia) said at Rec...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot DNA From Ancient Egyptian Mummies Reveals Their Ancestry
HanzoSpam quotes a report from Washington Post: Ancient Egyptians were an archaeologist's dream. They left behind intricate coffins, massive pyramids and gorgeous hieroglyphs, the pictorial writing co...
12:00 pm - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot AI Could Get Smarter By Copying the Neural Structure of a Rat Brain
the_newsbeagle writes: Many of today's fanciest artificial intelligence systems are some type of artificial neural network, but they bear only the roughest resemblance to a biological brain's real net...
08:00 am - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Sony Ships Its Last Ever PlayStation 3 In Japan
After 11 years, Sony has stopped shipping the PlayStation 3 to retailers in Japan. The country stopped production on the 500GB model in December last year, but now a recent update on PlayStation Japan...
04:00 am - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Experts Call For Preserving Copper, Pneumatic Systems As Hedge For Cyber Risk
chicksdaddy quotes a report from The Security Ledger: The United States should invest resources in preserving aging, analog infrastructure including telecommunications networks that use copper wire an...
02:00 am - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a News Source?
Obfiscator writes: Journalism has long had potential to change the world. The latest elections in the United States demonstrated new dimensions of this, with the rise of "fake news" and "echo chambers...
02:00 am - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Conch Shells Inspire Next Generation Helmets, Body Armor
New submitter omaha393 writes: Researchers at MIT used a 3D printing approach to develop a biomimetic composite capable of withstanding 70-85% more resistance than typical helmet designs. The material...
02:00 am - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Lobby Against Texas 'Bathroom' Bill
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Executives from some of the globe's leading technology firms are demanding that Texas not adopt "discriminatory" bathroom legislation. On the tab...
12:00 am - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Intel's Super Portable Compute Card Could Be Your Real Pocket PC
An anonymous reader writes (edited and condensed for length): Smartphones are already computers in our pockets, but Intel's new Compute Card turns an actual PC into something you can take with you whe...
12:00 am - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Windows XP Computers Were Mostly Immune To WannaCry
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Windows XP isn't as vulnerable to the WannaCry ransomware as many assumed, according to a new report from Kryptos research. The company's researcher...
12:00 am - Wed, May 31, 2017
Slashdot Google Chrome Bug Lets Sites Record Audio and Video Without a Visual Indicator
New submitter aafrn writes: "Ran Bar-Zik, a web developer at AOL, has discovered and reported a bug in Google Chrome that allows websites to record audio and video without showing a visual indicator,"...