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10:00 pm - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot Petition Asks Adobe To Open-Source Flash To Preserve Internet History
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:A petition is asking Adobe to release Flash into the hands of the open-source community. Finnish developer Juha Lindstedt started the petition a day after A...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot It Will Take Fedora More Releases To Switch Off Python 2
An anonymous reader quotes Phoronix:Finalizing Fedora's switch from Python 2 to Python 3 by default is still going to take several more Fedora release cycles and should be done by the 2020 date when P...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot Microbe New To Science Found In Self-Fermented Beer
sciencehabit writes: In May 2014, a group of scientists took a field trip to a small brewery in an old warehouse in Seattle, Washington -- and came away with a microbe scientists have never seen befor...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot Should The Government Fix Slow Internet Access?
An anonymous reader quotes a story from Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight site about "the worst internet in America":FiveThirtyEight analyzed every county's broadband usage using data from researchers at ...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot Unpaid Internships Lead To Lower-Paying Jobs, Study Finds
The Guardian reports:Almost every graduate taking an unpaid internship can expect to be worse off three years later than if they had gone straight into work. That is the shock finding of the first sur...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot CNET Pranked By Web Site's Fake 'All Out War' Hack During DEFCON
In a piece describing the paranoid vibe in Las Vegas during the DEFCON convention, CNET reported Friday that the Wet Republic web site "had two images vandalized" with digital graffiti. But their repo...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Further Pledges Linux Loyalty, Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation
BrianFagioli quotes BetaNews: Today, Microsoft further pledges its loyalty to Linux and open source by becoming a platinum member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. If you aren't familiar, the ...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot Honolulu Targets 'Smartphone Zombies' With Crosswalk Ban
Templer421 shares news from Reuters:A ban on pedestrians looking at mobile phones or texting while crossing the street will take effect in Hawaii's largest city in late October, as Honolulu becomes th...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do With Old Coaxial Cable?
Long-time Slashdot reader Theaetetus writes:I recently bought a house and the previous owner left some coax (mostly RG59) running between rooms for cable distribution. I'm a cord cutter and don't need...
08:00 am - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot After Emissions Scandal, Volkswagen Pledges Charging Stations Across The US
Here's how the Volkswagen emissions scandal ends in California -- and the rest of America. An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area News Group:In a decision with lasting implications for the growth of ...
06:00 am - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot Will 'Smart Cities' Violate Our Privacy?
An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld's article on the implications of New York City's plan to blanket the city with "smart" kiosks offering ultrafast Wi-Fi.The existence of smart-city implementati...
02:00 am - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot US Voting Machines Cracked In 90 Minutes At DEFCON
An anonymous reader quotes The Hill:Hackers at at a competition in Las Vegas were able to successfully breach the software of U.S. voting machines in just 90 minutes on Friday, illuminating glaring se...
12:00 am - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot P&G Cuts More Than $100 Million In 'Largely Ineffective' Digital Ads
schwit1 quotes the Wall Street Journal: Procter & Gamble said that its move to cut more than $100 million in digital marketing spend in the June quarter had little impact on its business, proving ...
12:00 am - Sun, July 30, 2017
Slashdot Apple Pulls Anti-Censorship Apps from China's App Store
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Services helping Chinese users circumvent the "Great Firewall of China" have been pulled from Apple's Chinese App Store en masse. On Saturday morning, at least some ...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot 100x Faster, 10x Cheaper: 3D Metal Printing Is About To Go Mainstream
Big Hairy Ian shares an article from New Atlas: Desktop Metal -- remember the name. This Massachussetts company is preparing to turn manufacturing on its head, with a 3D metal printing system that's s...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Do Kill Switches Deter Cellphone Theft?
evolutionary shares an article from Ars Technica:San Francisco's district attorney says that a California state law mandating "theft-deterring technological solutions" for smartphones has resulted in ...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot The US Congress Is Investigating Government Use Of Kaspersky Software
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:A U.S. congressional panel this week asked 22 government agencies to share documents on Moscow-based cyber firm Kaspersky Lab, saying its products could be used to c...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Stealthy Google Play Apps Recorded Calls and Stole Emails
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Google has expelled 20 Android apps from its Play marketplace after finding they contained code for monitoring and extracting users' e-mail, text messages, loca...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot How Rust Can Replace C In Python Libraries
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Proponents of Rust, the language engineered by Mozilla to give developers both speed and memory safety, are stumping for the language as a long-term replacement fo...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Systemd Named 'Lamest Vendor' At Pwnie Security Awards
Long-time Slashdot reader darkpixel2k shares a highlight from the Black Hat USA security conference. The Register reports:The annual Pwnie Awards for serious security screw-ups saw hardly anyone colle...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Genetically Engineer the World's First Blue Chrysanthemum
sciencehabit shares an article from Science magazine: True blue flowers are a rarity in nature -- they occur only in select species like morning glories and delphiniums. Now, researchers have created ...
02:54 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's 'Windows Subsystem For Linux' Finally Leaves Beta
An anonymous reader quotes Microsoft's Developer blog:Early adopters on the Windows Insider program will notice that Windows Subsystem for Linux is no longer marked as a beta feature as of Insider bui...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot LibreOffice 5.4 Adds More New Features, Improves Office File Format Compatibility
The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.4. Again, it's on time, arriving six months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3. From a report: LibreOffice 5.4 is "the last major release of the Li...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot OpenMoko: Ten Years After
Michael Lauer, member of the core team at OpenMoko, a project that sought to create a family of open source mobile phones -- which included the hardware specs and the Linux-based OS -- has shared the ...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Crooks Reused Passwords On the Dark Web So Dutch Police Took Over Their Accounts
An anonymous reader writes: Dutch Police is aggressively going after Dark Web vendors using data they collected from the recently seized Hansa Market. According to reports, police is using the Hansa l...
10:00 am - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Bad News If You Make $150,000 to $300,000: Higher Taxes for Many
From a WSJ report: If President Donald Trump sticks to what he has said, Americans earning between $149,400 and $307,900 are most likely to see an increase in their taxes as a result of tax reform (Ed...
10:00 am - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should Average Consumers Install More Than One Antivirus Program On Their System?
Even though you would assume that people would know better, an anonymous reader writes, in my experience, I have found many who think installing more than one antivirus program on their computer is th...
08:00 am - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Test Drive: Car Has Bite and Simple Interior
An anonymous reader shares a WSJ article: A first peek inside Tesla's new Model 3 compact car revealed a starker, cozier interior than the more spacious and luxurious Model S. But as the sedan sped of...
04:00 am - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Roomba Is No Spy: CEO Says iRobot Will Never Sell Your Data
It's been a challenging week for iRobot, the company behind the popular Roomba robotic vacuums. From a report: It started with an interview in Reuters, in which the company's chief executive Colin Ang...
04:00 am - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple Paid Nokia $2 Billion To Escape Fight Over Old Patents
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple's latest patent spat with Nokia resulted in a $2 billion up-front payment from the iPhone maker, a colossal sum that seems to indicate Apple was eager to avo...
02:00 am - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Congress Asks US Agencies For Kaspersky Lab Cyber Documents
Reuters reports: A U.S. congressional panel this week asked 22 government agencies to share documents on Moscow-based cyber firm Kaspersky Lab, saying its products could be used to carry out "nefariou...
02:00 am - Sat, July 29, 2017
Slashdot Appocalypse Now - How iOS11 Will Kill Some Of Your Favourite iPhone Apps
Ronan Price, writing for Independent: The app-ocalypse is coming and almost no one knows it. Apologies for the dreadful pun but, in about six to eight weeks' time, hundreds of thousands of older apps ...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Laurene Powell Jobs's Organization to Take Majority Stake in The Atlantic
Emerson Collective, the organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in The Atlantic magazine, with full ownership possible in the coming years. From a report: D...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Ends Intel's 2-decade-plus Reign in Microchips
Intel has lost its long-held title as the world's top computer chip makerâ"at least by one important yardstick. From an Associated Press report: Intel's more than two decade reign as king of the ...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Cracks Smart Gun Security To Shoot It Without Approval
An anonymous reader shares a CNN report:Smart guns are supposed to be safer than traditional weapons. They're designed to only fire when paired with a second piece of technology that identifies the sh...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Former webOS, Pebble Design Lead, Who Just Left Andy Rubin's Essential, Heads To Google
Janko Roettgers, writing for Variety: Google has hired a former lead Pebble and webOS designer Liron Damir as the new head of user experience of its Google Home group, which works on products such as ...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Top Established and Emerging Tech Companies Prefer To Hire Highly Educated Candidates, Not Dropouts
An anonymous reader shares a report:It may seem like Silicon Valley is populated entirely with celebrity college dropouts, but in fact, they're the exception to the rule. Going to college pays off, an...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Vandalize Vegas Pool Party Club in 'All Out War'
From a CNET report: Next to DJ Tiesto's loud image on Wet Republic's website sits a photo of a bikini model with a beard and an eye patch, with a simple message: "It's all out war." Not exactly the ty...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot India is Betting On Compulsory Internships To Improve Its Unemployable Engineers
India has come up with a solution to improve the quality of the engineers it churns out. From a report: Over 60 percent of the 800,000 engineering graduates that India produces annually remain unemplo...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Flush Times For Hackers in Booming Cyber Security Job Market
The surge in far-flung and destructive cyber attacks is not good for national security, but for an increasing number of hackers and researchers, it is great for job security. From a report: The new re...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Calibri Font Plays Its Role: Pakistan Now Sans Sharif as Prime Minister is Disqualified
Usama Jawad, writing for Neowin: A few weeks ago, we reported that Microsoft's Calibri font has been used as evidence against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in a corruption case. Today, Sh...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot An End To Phone Pranking
An anonymous reader shares a report: A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University has developed an intelligent system that is helping the U.S. Coast Guard to distinguish and weed out prank mayday calls ...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Intelligence Chairman Accuses Obama Aids of Hundreds of Unmasking Requests
mi writes: When American spies capture our communications with foreigners, the identities of Americans on the other side of the conversation are generally protected -- if not by bona-fide laws, then c...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Is Now One of the World's Most Valuable Privately Held Companies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Elon Musk's aerospace company SpaceX is now valued at $21.2 billion, knocking off WeWork as the fourth most valuable privately held tech company in ...
08:00 am - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Solar-Eclipse Glasses On Amazon May Not Meet NASA's Safety Requirements
For those planning to watch the solar eclipse on August 21st, you're going to want to make sure you have some specialized, ultra-dark glasses to see safely, especially if you're not in the "path of to...
04:00 am - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Discover Critical Security Flaws Found In Nuke Plant Radiation Monitors
wiredmikey writes from a report via Security Week: Researchers have discovered multiple unpatched vulnerabilities in radiation monitoring devices that could be leveraged by attackers to reduce personn...
02:00 am - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot US Indicts Suspected Russian 'Mastermind' of $4 Billion Bitcoin Laundering Scheme
schwit1 shares a report from Reuters: A U.S. jury indicted a Russian man on Wednesday as the operator of a digital currency exchange he allegedly used to launder more than $4 billion for people involv...
02:00 am - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Red and Google Play Music Will Merge To Create a New Service
YouTube's head of music, Lyor Cohen, confirmed that the company is planning on merging its Google Play Music service with YouTube Red to create a new streaming offering. "The important thing is combin...
02:00 am - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Heavier Rainfall Will Increase Water Pollution In the Future
An anonymous reader shares a report from National Geographic: If climate change continues to progress, increased precipitation could mean detrimental outcomes for water quality in the United States, a...
12:00 am - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot First Human Embryos Edited In US
randomErr shares a report from MIT Technology Review: The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portl...
12:00 am - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot FreeBSD 11.1 Released
Billly Gates writes: Linux is not the only free open-source operating system. FreeBSD, which is based off of the historical BSD Unix in which TCP/IP was developed on from the University of California ...
12:00 am - Fri, July 28, 2017
Slashdot Subscription Journals Are Doomed Because of Sci-Hub's Big Cache of Pirated Papers, Suggests Data Analyst
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous -- and, according to a U.S. court, illegal -- online repository of pirated research papers, is e...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Why Your Call Center is Only Getting Noisier
From a report by research firm McKinsey & Company: Organizations have been investing in all manner of customer-facing technology solutions to replace live calls. Of all operational call-center tec...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Where's All My CPU and Memory Gone? The Answer: $5B Worth Slack App
Slack, valued at $5 billion, has received buyout pitches from several companies including Amazon and Microsoft. But the team collaborations service, which has over 5 million active users, continues to...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot German Court Rules Bosses Can't Use Keyboard-Tracking Software To Spy On Workers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Local: The Federal Labour Court ruled on Thursday that evidence collected by a company through keystroke-tracking software could not be used to fire an emp...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot 'Apple's Refusal To Support Progressive Web Apps is a Detriment To Future of the Web'
From a blog post: Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) are one of the most exciting and innovative things happening in web development right now. PWAs enable you to use JavaScript to create a "Service ...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot AMD Launches Ryzen 3 Series Low Cost Processors Starting At $109
Reader MojoKid writes: AMD is launching a new series of Ryzen processors today, the affordably priced Ryzen 3. Ryzen 3 will complement the previously launched Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series of desktop pro...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Added Zero New Users Last Quarter Despite Trump Tweets
Twitter did not add any new users in Q2, a disappointing follow-up to what had been a promising start to 2017. Twitter reported earnings Thursday morning, claiming 328 million total users -- the same ...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Employees Living in a Garage Hope Zuckerberg Will Learn What's Happening in His Own City
At the beginning of the year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg set a goal to visit every state in the U.S. so he could learn more about the millions of people who use the social network every day. But two...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot More Than One Billion People Use Facebook's WhatsApp Service Every Day
Facebook has announced that more than one billion people use its instant messages and voice calling app WhatsApp every day. To put that in perspective, there are 7.5 billion people on this planet. And...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Apple Discontinues iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle
From a report: Apple today removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its website and online store around the world, suggesting the iconic portable media players may be discontinued. Apple continues ...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Said To Open Its Pay Service, Could Make It Available On Rival Companies' Smartphones
Samsung Pay, the second most OEM-Pay mobile payments service (only second to Apple Pay), may be available on smartphones from other manufacturers, according to a report. From an article: Samsung is in...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Employees Living in a Garage Hope Zuckerberg Will Learn What's Happening' in His Own City
At the beginning of the year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg set a goal to visit every state in the U.S. so he could learn more about the millions of people who use the social network every day. But two...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Surpasses Bill Gates as World's Richest Person
An anonymous reader shares a report: A surge in Amazon shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer's earnings report has propelled founder Jeff Bezos past Bill Gates as the world's riche...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Not Made in America, Wal-Mart Looks Overseas For Online Vendors
Walmart.com, trailing Amazon.com in the number of goods for sale on its website, is recruiting vendors in China and other countries to boost its online offerings in a pivot away from Wal-Mart's Made-i...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot FCC Is Not Complying With Freedom of Information Act Requests, Alleges Lawsuit
burtosis writes: The FCC is being sued for failure to turn over documents related to "correspondence, e-mails, telephone call logs, calendar entries, meeting agendas," between chairman Ajit or his sta...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot E-Cigarettes Linked To Helping People Quit Smoking, Says Study
According to a new study, electronic cigarettes help people trying to quit smoking. The Verge reports: For the study, published today in the journal BMJ, researchers analyzed survey data from over 160...
08:00 am - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot The Inside Story of the Lily Drone's Collapse
New submitter mirandakatz writes: Lily Robotics had everything: Two charismatic young founders; millions in funding; and a product that promised to change the world -- or, at the very least, transform...
04:00 am - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Stem Cell Brain Implants Could 'Slow Aging and Extend Life,' Study Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have slowed down the aging process by implanting stem cells into the brains of animals, raising hopes for new strategies to combat age...
02:00 am - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Feds Crack Trump Protesters' Phones To Charge Them With Felony Rioting
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: Officials seized Trump protesters' cell phones, cracked their passwords, and are now attempting to use the contents to convict them of conspir...
02:00 am - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot SEC Rules That ICO Tokens Are Securities
schwit1 shares a report from Business Insider: On Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that "ICOs" (Initial Coin Offerings) can sometimes be considered securities -- and as such ...
02:00 am - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Propose To Raise the Standards For Statistical Significance In Research Studies
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: A megateam of reproducibility-minded scientists is renewing a controversial proposal to raise the standard for statistical significance in research ...
12:00 am - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Testing Autoplay Videos Directly In Search Results
For a select group of individuals, Google has enabled autoplay videos in Search. "We are constantly experimenting with ways to improve the search experience for our users, but have no plans to announc...
12:00 am - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Opens Its Mobile Chip Deep Learning Framework To All
randomErr shares a report from TechCrunch: Mobile chip maker Qualcomm wants to enable deep learning-based software development on all kinds of devices, which is why it created the Neural Processing En...
12:00 am - Thu, July 27, 2017
Slashdot Apple Ordered To Pay $506 Million In Damages For Processor Patent Infringement
MojoKid writes from a report via Hot Hardware: Apple has been ordered to feed a recognized patent troll hundreds of millions of dollars for infringing on a patent that has to do with technology built ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Tech Leaders Speak Out Against Trump Ban on Transgender Troops
Technology executives, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai took to social media to voice their displeasure over President Donald Trump's latest stance on transgendered ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot The Quitting Economy
From an essay on Aeon magazing: [...] The CEO of Me, Inc is a job-quitter for a good reason -- the business world has come to realize that market value is the best measure of value. As a consequence, ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Travelers' Electronics At US Airports To Get Enhanced Screening, TSA Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Aviation security officials will begin enhanced screening measures of passengers' electronics at US airports, the Transportation Security Adminis...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Some Low-Cost Android Phones Come at a Price -- Your Privacy
Cheap phones are coming at the price of your privacy, security analysts discovered. From a report: At $60, the BLU R1 HD is the top-selling phone on Amazon. Last November, researchers caught it secret...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Windows Bug Bounty Program With Rewards Ranging From $500 To $250,000
Microsoft on Wednesday announced the Windows Bounty Program. Rewards start at a minimum of $500 and can go up to as high as $250,000. From a report: To be clear, Microsoft already offers many bug boun...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot One Man's Two-Year Quest Not to Finish Final Fantasy VII
Simon Parkin, writing for The New Yorker: In 2012, David Curry, a thirty-four-year-old cashier from Southern California, came across a post on an online forum by someone who went by the handle Dick Tr...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Launches Its Free Antivirus Software Worldwide
Kaspersky has finally launched its free antivirus software after a year-and-a-half of testing it in select regions. From a report: While the software was only available in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Ch...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot New Diesel and Petrol Vehicles To Be Banned From 2040 In UK
New submitter puenktli writes: The UK is joining the list of the countries which are making a commitment towards diesel and petrol free vehicles. Other countries might be more progressive with such a ...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Apple-Supplier Foxconn To Announce New Factory in Wisconsin in Much-needed Win For Trump and Scott Walker
An anonymous reader shares a Washington Post report: Foxconn, one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers, will unveil plans Wednesday evening to build a new factory in southeastern Wisconsin...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Donald Trump Says US Military Will Not Allow Transgender People To Serve
Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the US military in any capacity. From a report: The US president tweeted: "After consultation with my Generals and...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Having a Woman On Your Team Ruins Your Chances For VC Funding
Laura June, writing for The Outline: It's a well-known, well-documented fact that women entrepreneurs face an uphill battle in the fight to get funding for their businesses. But a new study suggests t...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot How Jony Ive Masterminded Apple's New Headquarters
Reader cdreimer writes: As reported by The Wall Street Journal (paywalled, summary by Apple Insider), Jony Ive explains how he brought forth Steve Jobs' final design, Apple Park, Apple's newest campus...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot US Is Slipping Toward Measles Being Endemic Once Again, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: With firm vaccination campaigns, the US eliminated measles in 2000. The highly infectious virus was no longer constantly present in the country -...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Upcoming USB 3.2 Specification Will Double Data Rates Using Existing Cables
A new USB specification has been introduced today by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is comprised of Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies. The new USB 3.2 specification will replace the ...
08:00 am - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot US Defense Budget May Help Fund 'Hacking For Defense' Classes At Universities
According to an instructor at Stanford, eight universities in addition to Stanford will offer a Hacking for Defense class this year: Boise State, Columbia, Georgetown, James Madison, the University of...
04:00 am - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Degenerative Brain Disease Found In Nearly All Donated NFL Player Brains, Says Study
A new study published Tuesday in the journal American Medical Association found that 110 out of 111 brains of those who played in the NFL had degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopath...
04:00 am - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Google Enters Race For Nuclear Fusion Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Google and a leading nuclear fusion company have developed a new computer algorithm which has significantly speeded up experiments on plasmas, th...
02:00 am - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot China Forces Muslim Minority To Install Spyware On Their Phones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Chinese authorities in the province of Xinjiang are forcing locals of the Uyghur Muslim minority to install an app on their phones that will...
02:00 am - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Toyota's New Solid-State Battery Could Make Its Way To Cars By 2020
According to the Wall Street Journal, Toyota is in production engineering for a solid state battery, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today's lith...
02:00 am - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Loses Record Number of Traditional TV Subscribers In Q2, Drops 156,000 DirecTV Satellite Customers
According to Variety, AT&T's pay-TV business has lost a record 351,000 traditional video customers in the second quarter, with the internet-delivered DirecTV Now service failing to fully offset th...
12:00 am - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Motorola Unveils the Moto Z2 Force, a Smartphone With Double the Cameras and a Shatterproof Screen
Motorola has announced a new flagship smartphone that will be available on every major U.S. carrier. Some of the noteworthy specifications include a nearly indestructible screen and dual rear-facing c...
12:00 am - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare Wants to Eliminate 'Moot' Pirate Site Blocking Threat
Cloudflare is not happy with the RIAA's efforts to hold the company liable for pirate websites on its network. From a report: Representing various major record labels, the RIAA filed a lawsuit against...
12:00 am - Wed, July 26, 2017
Slashdot Sperm Counts Among Western Men Have Halved In Last 40 Years, Says Study
New submitter flote shares a report from The Guardian: Sperm counts among men have more than halved in the last 40 years, research suggests, although the drivers behind the decline remain unclear. The...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Tech Jobs Are Surging in Seattle, Declining in Silicon Valley
The number of posted tech jobs rose by 10.7 percent in the first half of the year from 2016 in the Seattle area, as eight tech hubs continue to dominate the U.S. technology industry, according to a ne...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Trump Says Apple's Tim Cook Has Promised Him He'd Build Three US Factories: 'Big, Big, Big'
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the U.S., a surprising statement that would help fulfill his administration's econo...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot India's Transport Minister Vows To Ban Self-Driving Cars To Save Jobs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Companies in the United States, Germany, Japan, and other countries are racing to develop self-driving cars. But India's top transportation regul...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot House Panel Wants Google, Facebook, AT&T CEOs To Testify On Internet Rules
The chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday asked the chief executives of Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon.com, AT&T, Verizon Communications and other companies to testify at...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot NASA Has a Way to Cut Your Flight Time in Half
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg Businessweek article: For almost a half-century there's been a clear speed limit on most commercial air travel: 660 miles per hour, the rate at which a typical-s...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder
The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum, iRobot -- which we have talked about several times in the past -- has found itself embroiled in a privacy row after its chief executive suggested it may begin s...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot It Looks Like Facebook Is Also Building a Smart Speaker With Touch Screen
From a report: Facebook may launch its own smart home gadget to get you messaging more friends and looking at more photos. DigiTimes reports from Taiwan that Facebook is building a 15-inch touch scree...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Adobe Announces that in 2020, Flash Player Will Reach Its 'End-of-Life' in Light of Newer Technologies
Adobe said on Tuesday it will stop distributing and updating Flash Player at the end of 2020 and is encouraging web developers to migrate any existing Flash content to open standards. Apple is working...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot People Are Complaining That Their New DJI Drones Are Falling Out of the Sky
An anonymous reader shares a report on Quartz: The DJI Spark, the smallest and most affordable consumer drone that the Chinese manufacturer has released, seems to be having flight problems that could ...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg's Understanding of AI Is Limited
An anonymous reader shares a report: Elon Musk is a man of many characteristics, one of which apparently is not shying away from calling out big names when they are not informed about a subject. A day...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Jacked Up Prime Day Prices, Misleading Consumers, Says Vendor
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Charlotte-based startup says e-commerce king Amazon jacked up their suggested retail price during the company's annual discount event -- Prime Day -- to deceive ...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Intel Exits the Maker Movement
Reader szczys writes: Intel just killed off its last "maker movement" hardware offering without fanfare by quietly releasing a Product Change Notification PDF. The Arduino 101 is halting production on...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot German Automakers Formed a Secret Cartel In the '90s To Collude On Diesel Emissions, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Last week, Der Spiegel published an explosive report alleging that the major German automakers formed a secret cartel in the 1990s to collude on die...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot iOS 11 Will Prevent Your iPhone From Automatically Connecting To Unreliable Wi-Fi Networks
A new feature spotted in iOS 11 beta 2 intelligently manages wireless networks based on their reliability, learning to ignore those that are too far away to provide a consistent experience. TrustedRev...
10:00 am - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Confirms It's Not Killing Off Paint After Outpouring of Support
Microsoft said late Monday that it will not be killing off its Paint app in the next update of Windows 10. It will be made available via the Windows Store for free and will not be completely removed. ...
08:00 am - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot A New Study Shows the Moon's Interior Could Contain Water
A new study from Brown University shows the moon might be flowing with more water than we thought, thanks to ancient volcanic deposits. NPR reports: Using satellite data, scientists from Brown Univers...
04:00 am - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Global Network of Labs Will Test Security of Medical Devices
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Amid increasing concerns about cyber threats to healthcare environments, a global network of labs will test the security of medical devices, accor...
02:00 am - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Fourth Ethereum Platform Hacked This Month: Hacker Steals $8.4 Million From Veritaseum Platform
An anonymous reader writes: "Veritaseum has confirmed today that a hacker stole $8.4 million from the platform's ICO on Sunday, July 23," reports Bleeping Computer. "This is the second ICO hack in the...
02:00 am - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot World's First Floating Wind Farm Emerges Off Coast of Scotland
AmiMoJo writes: The world's first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in wa...
12:00 am - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot United Airlines Claims TSA Banned Comic Books In Checked Luggage For Comic-Con, TSA Denies It
schwit1 shares a report: San Diego Comic-Con has become so much more than just a comic book convention. But comic books remain the heart and soul of Comic-Con. In addition to attendees being there to ...
12:00 am - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Democrats Propose New Competition Laws That Would 'Break Up Big Companies If They're Hurting Consumers'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Senate and House Democratic leaders today proposed new antitrust laws that could prevent many of the biggest mergers and break up monopolies in b...
12:00 am - Tue, July 25, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Option For a Touring Band With Mobile Data?
New submitter SEMLogistics writes: I'm working with a well-known rock band, that is not based in the U.S., and has an upcoming U.S. tour this fall. The issue they always run into, however, is when ren...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Sweden Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly All Citizens
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hacker News: Swedish media is reporting of a massive data breach in the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) after the agency mishandled an outsou...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Wisconsin Company Will Let Employees Use Microchip Implants To Buy Snacks, Open Doors
A Wisconsin company called Three Square Market will soon offer employees implantable chips to open doors, buy snacks, log in to computers, and use office equipment like copy machines. The chips use ne...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Unemployment in the UK is Now So Low It's in Danger of Exposing the Lie Used To Create the Numbers
Unemployment in Britain is now just 4.5 percent. There are only 1.49 million unemployed people in the UK, versus 32 million people with jobs. This is almost unheard of. Unemployment was most recently ...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Push Notifications From Popular Apps Are Becoming Increasingly Useless And Annoying
David Pierce, writing for Wired: Push notifications are ruining my life. Yours too, I bet. Download more than a few apps and the notifications become a non-stop, cacophonous waterfall of nonsense. Her...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Fact-checking and Rumor-dispelling Site Snopes.com Held Hostage By vendor
Snopes.com, which began as a small one-person effort in 1994 and has since become one of the Internet's oldest and most popular fact-checking sites, is in danger of closing its doors. From a report: S...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot DNS Lib Underscore Bug Bites Everyone's Favorite Init Tool, Blanks Netflix
Reader OneHundredAndTen writes and shares a report: Systemd doing what it does best. From a report on The Register: A few Penguinistas spent a weekend working out why they can't get through to Netflix...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Uber Takes Inspiration From Its Indian Rival, Plans To Introduce an Infotainment System in Its Cars In the Country
Reader manishs writes: Uber is taking a page out of Ola's playbook as it pushes to expand business in India, its largest overseas market. Months after its Indian rival introduced its 'connected platfo...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here fi...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Mysterious Mac Malware Has Infected Hundreds of Victims For Years
An anonymous reader shares a report: A mysterious piece of malware has been infecting hundreds of Mac computers for years -- and no one noticed until a few months ago. The malware is called "FruitFly,...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Paint To Be Killed Off After 32 Years
Microsoft's next Windows 10 update, called the Fall Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows experience has been put on the chopping block: ...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot How a VC-Funded Company Is Undermining the Open-Source Community
Adrianne Jeffries, reporting for The Outline: Is a $4 million venture capital-funded startup stealthily taking over popular coding tools and injecting ads and spyware into them? That's what some progr...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Quest for AI Leadership Pushes Microsoft Further Into Chip Development
From a Bloomberg report: Tech companies are keen to bring cool artificial intelligence features to phones and augmented reality goggles -- the ability to show mechanics how to fix an engine, say, or t...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Top US General Warns Against Rogue Killer Robots
Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro quotes The Hill:The second-highest-ranking general in the U.S. military last Tuesday warned lawmakers against equipping the armed forces with autonomous weapons systems...
08:00 am - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can You Avoid Routers With Locked Firmware?
thejynxed writes:Awhile ago the FCC in the USA implemented a rule that required manufacturers to restrict end-users from tampering with the radio outputs on wi-fi routers. It was predicted that manufa...
06:00 am - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot US Agency Revokes All State Discounts For Kaspersky Products
The U.S. General Services Administration has removed Kapersky Lab from its list of approved vendors for federal systems, which also eliminates the discounts it previously offered to state governments....
02:00 am - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Report Predicts Pet Translation Devices By 2027
An anonymous reader writes: Devices that can talk to our pet dogs and cats could be less than 10 years away, according to a report Amazon commissioned that was co-authored by futurist William Higham. ...
12:00 am - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot How NASA Glimpsed The Mysterious Object 'New Horizons' Will Reach In 2019
necro81 writes: After its successful flyby of Pluto in July 2015, the New Horizons probe received a mission extension to fly past a Kuiper Belt object -- named 2014 MU69 -- in January 2019. However, w...
12:00 am - Mon, July 24, 2017
Slashdot Company Gets 45,000 Bad Facebook Reviews After Teenaged Hacker's Unjust Arrest
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:Over 45,000 users have left one-star reviews on a company's Facebook page after the business reported a security researcher to police and had him arrested i...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot Debian 'Stretch' Updated With 9.1 Release
An anonymous reader quotes Debian.org:The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename "stretch"). This point release mainly adds corrections fo...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot Apple Sued By State Farm Over Alleged iPhone Fire
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Insurer State Farm and one of its customers, Wisconsin resident Xai Thao, allege that one of Apple's older iPhones had a defective battery that led to a fire last year....
08:00 pm - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot Predatory Journals Hit By "Star Wars" Sting
intellitech quotes an article from Discover's Neuroskeptic blog:A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper...an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism an...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot UK To Require Drone Registration And Safety Exams
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg: Drones will have to be registered and their users required to pass safety tests under new rules to be announced by the U.K.'s Department for Transport... Registra...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot Disastrous 'Pokemon Go' Event Leads To Mass Refunds
thegarbz writes: A Pokemon Go Fest hosted in Chicago and attended by between 15-20,000 people has ended in disaster. The event was plagued by logistical issues resulting in 3+ hour long delays getting...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot Quantum Particles In Motion Can Still Travel Backwards
Quantum particles have a unique ability to travel in the opposite direction from their momentum. Or, as slew (Slashdot reader #2,918) puts it, "When pushed, quantum particles can fight back." slew wri...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot College Students Are Flocking To Computer Science Majors
Slashdot reader dcblogs writes:Enrollments in Computer Science are on a hockey stick trajectory and show no signs of slowing down. Stanford University declared computer science enrollments, for instan...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot The US Army Wants Distributed Bot Swarms And An 'Internet of Battlefield Things'
turkeydance shares a new report about the U.S. Army Research Lab:In the coming months, the Lab will fund new programs related to highly (but not fully) autonomous drones and robots that can withstand ...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot SoundCloud Halts Volunteer Archiving Project
Slashdot reader nielo tipped us off to more SoundCloud news. Motherboard reports:Last week, a group of volunteer digital preservationists known as The Archive Team announced they would be attempting t...
08:00 am - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Launches A Counterattack Against Russia's 'Fancy Bear' Hackers
Kevin Poulsen writes on the Daily Beast:It turns out Microsoft has something even more formidable than Moscow's malware: Lawyers. Last year attorneys for the software maker quietly sued the hacker gro...
06:00 am - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot Are Nondisparagement Agreements Silencing Employee Complaints?
cdreimer writes, "According to a report in the New York Times, 'nondisparagement agreements are increasingly included in employment contracts and legal settlements' to hide abuses that would otherwise...
02:00 am - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot IEEE Spectrum Declares Python The #1 Programming Language
An anonymous reader quotes IEEE Spectrum's annual report on the top programming languages:As with all attempts to rank the usage of different languages, we have to rely on various proxies for populari...
12:00 am - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla's New Open Source Voice-Recognition Project Wants Your Voice
An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:Mozilla is building a massive repository of voice recordings for the voice apps of the future -- and it wants you to add yours to the collection. The organization b...
12:00 am - Sun, July 23, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Someone Else Is Using My Email Address
periklisv writes:I daily receive emails from adult dating sites, loan services, government agencies, online retailers etc, all of them either asking me to verify my account, or, even worse, having sig...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Kickstarter Campaign Launched To Save NASA's Mission Control
Long-time Slashdot reader yzf750 shares sad news about the facility where NASA conducted the Apollo moon landing in 1969:Mission Control at Johnson Space Center is a wreck and this Kickstarter project...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Debian, Gnome Patched 'Bad Taste' VBScript-Injection Vulnerabilities
Slashdot reader KiloByte warned us about new exploit for .MSI files named "bad taste". Neowin reports:A now-patched vulnerability in the "GNOME Files" file manager was recently discovered which allowe...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Let's Encrypt Criticized Over Speedy HTTPS Certifications
100 million HTTPS certificates were issued in the last year by Let's Encrypt -- a free certificate authority founded by Mozilla, Cisco and the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- and they're now issuing...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Steve Jobs' Life Is Now An Opera
An anonymous reader quotes CNN's report on a new project from Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell:"The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" is set to open on Saturday night at the Santa Fe Opera, h...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot The US And Australia Are Testing Hypersonic Missiles
schwit1 quotes Engadget:Both the U.S. and Australia have confirmed that they recently completed a series of mysterious hypersonic missile tests. All the countries will say is that the flights were suc...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot A New Sampling Algorithm Could Eliminate Sensor Saturation
Baron_Yam shared an article from Science Daily:Researchers from MIT and the Technical University of Munich have developed a new technique that could lead to cameras that can handle light of any intens...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Petitioned To Change License For ReactJS
mpol writes:The Apache Software Foundation issued a notice last weekend indicating that it has added Facebook's BSD+Patents [ROCKSDB] license to its Category X list of disallowed licenses for Apache P...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Now Reviews Gadgets On Google
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:If you know anything about Linus Torvalds, you know he's the mastermind and overlord of Linux. If you know him at all well, you know he's also an enthusiastic scuba di...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot For Seattle Women Called Alexa, Frustrating To Share Name With Amazon Device
Reader reifman writes: Since Amazon introduced the Alexa-enabled Echo device in 2014, the jokes have become so omnipresent that Alexa Philbeck, 29, briefly considered changing, or at least obscuring, ...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Nolan's Cinematic Vision in 'Dunkirk' is Hollywood's Best Defense Against Netflix
There's nothing quite like filming a movie on film, according to the director Christopher Nolan. His new WWII film, Dunkirk, was shot entirely on epic 65mm, as opposed to digital. And it's receiving t...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Norway, the Country Where No Salaries Are Secret
In Norway, there are no such secrets. Anyone can find out how much anyone else is paid -- and it rarely causes problems. From a report: In the past, your salary was published in a book. A list of ever...
08:00 am - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Kodi Magazine 'Directs Readers To Pirate Content'
An anonymous reader writes: A British magazine is directing readers to copyright-infringing software, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has said. Kodi is a free, legal media player for com...
06:00 am - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Slackware, Oldest Linux Distro Still In Active Development, Turns 24
sombragris writes: July 17 marked the 24th anniversary of Slackware Linux, the oldest GNU/Linux still in active development, being created in 1993 by Patrick Volkerding, who still serves as its BDFL. ...
04:00 am - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Intel Accuses Qualcomm of Trying To Kill Mobile Chip Competition
Intel has jumped into the fray surrounding the Apple-Qualcomm patent spat by accusing the world's biggest maker of mobile phone chips of trying to use the courts to snuff out competition. From a repor...
04:00 am - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot The New Firefox and Ridiculous Numbers of Tabs
An anonymous reader shares a blog post: I've got a Firefox profile with 1691 tabs. As you would expect, Firefox handled this profile quite poorly for a long time. I got used to multi-minute startup ti...
04:00 am - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Accused of Throttling Netflix and YouTube, Admits To 'Video Optimization'
New submitter dgatwood writes: According to an Ars Technica article, Verizon recently began experimenting with throttling of video traffic. The remarkable part of this story is not that a wireless ISP...
04:00 am - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Drupal Developers Still Rebelling Against Drupal Leadership
New submitter cornholed writes: In an update to previous posts on Slashdot, prominent Drupal and PHP Developer Larry Garfield is still defending his reputation against allegations by Drupal leadership...
04:00 am - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Millennials Only Have a 5 To 6 Second Attention Span For Ads
Reader schwit1 writes: If you're an advertiser who wants to market a product to millennials, you're going to have to make it quick. A new study by comScore revealed online ads targeted toward millenni...
02:00 am - Sat, July 22, 2017
Slashdot Senator Doesn't Buy FCC Justification For Killing Net Neutrality
From a report: Senator Edward Markey this week questioned FCC boss Ajit Pai's justifications for killing popular net neutrality rules in a hearing in Washington. We've noted repeatedly that while larg...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Google, Apple, Amazon Hit Record Lobbying Highs
An anonymous reader shares a report: The last three months brought record-high lobbying spending from four major tech companies: Google spent $5.93 million, Apple spent $2.2 million, Amazon spent $3.2...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Beijing Wants AI To Be Made In China By 2030
Reader cdreimer writes: According to a report on The New York Times (may be paywalled, alternative story here): "If Beijing has its way, the future of artificial intelligence will be made in China. Th...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot NASA Uploads Hundreds of Rare Aircraft Films to YouTube
An anonymous reader shares an article: NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently in the process of uploading hundreds of extremely rare films to YouTube. And I'd advise you to stop reading ...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Lyft Launches a New Self-driving Division and Will Develop Its Own Autonomous Ride-hailing Technology
An anonymous reader shares a report: Lyft is betting the future of the road centers on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the forefront of that technology with a new self-driving division a...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary After Objecting To Scaramucci Hire
CNBC reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday after opposing President Donald Trump's appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. The president asked...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop Default Application Survey
Dustin Kirkland, Ubuntu Product and Strategy at Canonical, writes: Howdy all- Back in March, we asked the HackerNews community, "What do you want to see in Ubuntu 17.10?": https://ubu.one/AskHN. A pas...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Disney Facing VFX Firm's Injunction Bid on Three Blockbuster Films
From a report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and 'Beauty and the Beast' are now under the microscope for use of facial capture technology. Upping the stakes over a technology ca...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot For the First Time, Microsoft Got More Revenue From Office 365 Subscriptions Than From Traditional Office Software Licensing
Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: Shares of Microsoft hit record territory in after-hours trading on Thursday, topping $75 a share, after the software giant's better-than-expected financial results. As ...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot FTC Probing Allegations of Amazon's Deceptive Discounting
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: As part of its review of Amazon's agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customer...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot AlphaBay Owner Used Email Address For Both AlphaBay and LinkedIn Profile.
BarbaraHudson writes: The Register is reporting that Alexandre Cazes, the 25-year-old Canadian running the dark web site AlphaBay, was using a hotmail address easily connected to him via his Linkdin p...
10:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot IBM's AI Can Predict Schizophrenia With 74 Percent Accuracy By Looking at the Brain's Blood Flow
Andrew Tarantola reports via Engadget: Schizophrenia is not a particularly common mental health disorder in America, affecting just 1.2 percent of the population or around 3.2 million people, but its ...
08:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot The Proton Is Lighter Than We Thought
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: You can't weigh the universe's smallest particles on a bathroom scale. But in a clever new experiment, physicists have found one such particle -...
04:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Sony Using Copyright Requests To Remove Leaked PS4 SDK From the Web
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Sony appears to be using copyright law in an attempt to remove all traces of a leaked PlayStation 4 Software Development Kit (PS4 SDK) from the W...
02:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To Lobby Against Proposed Encryption Laws
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Patently Apple: Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Australia proposed new Laws Compelling Companies like Facebook & Apple to Provide Access t...
02:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Judge Rules That Government Can Force Glassdoor To Unmask Anonymous Users Online
pogopop77 shares a report from Ars Technica: An appeals court will soon decide whether the U.S. government can unmask anonymous users of Glassdoor -- and the entire proceeding is set to happen in secr...
02:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Swedish Rail Firm Approves Trainy McTrainface As Name Following Online Poll
Those disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for a polar research ship should find joy in the name of a new train in Sweden. After a public vote, a Swedish rail operator has vowe...
02:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.10 Reaches End of Life
prisoninmate shares a report from Softpedia: Today, July 20, 2017, is the last day when the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) was supported by Canonical as the operating system now reached end of life, and i...
12:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Authorities Take Down Hansa Dark Web Market, Confirm AlphaBay Takedown
An anonymous reader writes via Bleeping Computer: Today, in coordinated press releases, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Europol announced the takedown of two Dark Web marketplaces -- AlphaBay...
12:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Coding School 'The Iron Yard' Announces Closure of All 15 Campuses
McGruber writes: The Iron Yard, a South Carolina-based coding school with 15 locations, announced that it plans to close all of its campuses. The four-old company posted a message on its website deliv...
12:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Will Now Redirect Searches For Extremist Videos To Anti-Terrorist Playlists
YouTube will return anti-terrorist playlists when users search for hateful content on the site using certain keywords pertaining to terrorism. Tubefilter.com reports: The new feature, dubbed The Redir...
12:00 am - Fri, July 21, 2017
Slashdot Alleged Dark Web Kingpin Doxed Himself With His Personal Hotmail Address
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: On Thursday, US authorities announced the seizure of the largest dark web marketplace AlphaBay. Europol and Dutch police also claimed seizure of Hansa, another p...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Intel Launches Movidius Neural Compute Stick: 'Deep Learning and AI' On a $79 USB Stick
Nate Oh, writing for AnandTech: Today Intel subsidiary Movidius is launching their Neural Compute Stick (NCS), a version of which was showcased earlier this year at CES 2017. The Movidius NCS adds to ...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Public Service Announcement: You Should Not Force Quit Apps on iOS
John Gruber, writing for DaringFireball: The single biggest misconception about iOS is that it's good digital hygiene to force quit apps that you aren't using. The idea is that apps in the background ...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot FCC Says It Has No Documentation of Cyberattack That It Claims Happened
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declined to reveal analysis proving that it was the victim of a cyberattack in May. The agency claimed at...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Google To Add 'News Feed' To Website and App
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google is adding a personalised Facebook-style news feed to its homepage -- Google.com -- to show users content they may be interested in before they search. It wi...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Say Goodbye To Spain's Glorious Three-Hour Lunch Break
An anonymous reader shares a report: Is the typical Spanish daily schedule about to change forever? For decades, campaigners in the country have complained that the average Spaniard's habit of keeping...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Chromium To Get Support For MP3
An anonymous reader shares a post: Chromium, the open source project behind Google Chrome, Opera and several other browsers, is going to support MP3. This would enable users and websites to play MP3 f...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Russia Says in Talks With US To Create Cyber Security Working Group
An anonymous reader shares a brief report on Reuters: Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Russia's special e...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Says He Has a Green Light To Build a NY-Philly-Baltimore-DC Hyperloop
An anonymous reader shares a report:Elon Musk just tweeted that his Boring Company tunnel project has just received "verbal [government] approval" to build a hyperloop connecting New York City, Philad...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Apple, Google and Microsoft Are Hoarding $464 Billion In Cash
Apple, Google and Microsoft are sitting on a mountain of cash -- and most of it is stashed far away from the taxman. Those three tech behemoths held a total of $464 billion in cash at the end of last ...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot US Ends Controversial Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East
The United States has ended a four-month ban on passengers carrying laptops onboard US-bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing to an end one of the controvers...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Intel Has Axed the Group Working on Fitness Trackers and Health Wearables
Intel has axed the division that worked on health wearables, including fitness trackers, CNBC is reporting citing a source. From the report: The company has been slowly de-emphasizing its own line of ...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Cut Off Devices With Older CPUs
Reader Baron_Yam shares a PCWorld report: No Windows 10 Creators Update for you, Microsoft says -- at least, not if you happen to be the unlucky owner of certain older Atom-based Windows devices, and ...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot US House Panel Approves Broad Proposal On Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A U.S. House panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping proposal by voice vote to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without m...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot World's First Double Hand Transplant Involving a Child Declared a Success
randomErr shares a report from CTV News: The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant is now able to write, feed and dress himself, doctors said Tuesday, declaring the ground-break...
08:00 am - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Pulls the Plug On Its Red Dragon Plans
SpaceX has largely confirmed the rumors that the company is no longer planning to send an uncrewed version of its Dragon spacecraft to Mars in 2020, or later. Ars Technica reports: The company had pla...
04:00 am - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Have Figured Out How To Fake News Video With AI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: A team of computer scientists at the University of Washington have used artificial intelligence to render visually convincing videos of Barack Obama sa...
04:00 am - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Dadbot: How a Son Made a Chatbot of His Dying Dad
theodp writes: In A Son's Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source), James Vlahos recounts his efforts to turn the story of his father's life -...
02:00 am - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Samsung's 'Bixby' Voice Assistant Finally Launches In US
After 3 months, Samsung announced that the voice capabilities of its digital assistant are now rolling out to U.S. Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners. Now, if you happen to own a Galaxy S8 or S8+, the physical ...
02:00 am - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Ethereum Co-Founder Says Cryptocurrencies Are 'a Ticking Time Bomb'
randomErr writes from a report via Business Insider (alternate source): Ethereum, the rival to bitcoin, has been on a tear. Its founders said the latest trend in the cryptocurrency space may not be as...
02:00 am - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Game of Thrones Pirates Being Monitored By HBO, Warnings On The Way
HBO is leaving no stones unturned in keeping Game of Thrones' piracy under control. The company is monitoring various popular torrent swarms and sending thousands of warnings targeted at internet subs...
12:00 am - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Is Looking Into Allowing Paywall For Selected Media Stories
New submitter sarbonn writes: Facebook is testing whether or not it can start charging for stories by placing a paywall that appears after ten stories have been viewed from one of its media sources. A...
12:00 am - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Navy Unveils First Active Laser Weapon In Persian Gulf
schwit1 shares a report from CNN: In the sometimes hostile waters of the Persian Gulf looms the U.S. Navy's first -- in fact, the world's first -- active laser weapon. The LaWS, an acronym for Laser W...
12:00 am - Thu, July 20, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Steals $30 Million Worth of Ethereum From Parity Multi-Sig Wallets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: An unknown hacker has used a vulnerability in an Ethereum wallet client to steal over 153,000 Ether, worth over $30 million dollars. The hac...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Telecom Lobbyists Downplayed 'Theoretical' Security Flaws in Mobile Data Backbone
An anonymous reader shares a report: According to a confidential document obtained by Motherboard, wireless communications lobby group CTIA took issue with an in-depth report by the Department of Home...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Russia Is Investigating Fidget Spinners After Reports Claim They 'Zombify' Youth
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In a recent report, Russia-24, a state-owned news channel, suggests that fidget spinners are being used by Russian opposition parties in order to re...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Many Firms Are 'AI Washing' Claims of Intelligent Products
Software companies are seeking to exploit the current artificial intelligence craze by "AI washing" -- exaggerating the role of AI in their products, according to a new report by Gartner, the research...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot EU Court to Rule On 'Right to Be Forgotten' Outside Europe
The European Union's top court is set to decide whether the bloc's "right to be forgotten" policy stretches beyond Europe's borders, a test of how far national laws can -- or should -- stretch when re...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Why is Comcast Using Self-driving Cars To Justify Abolishing Net Neutrality?
Earlier this week, Comcast filed its comments in favor of the FCC's plan to eliminate the 2015 net neutrality rules. While much of the document was devoted to arguments we've heard before -- Comcast b...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Intel's Big Bet On Baseball
Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: Intel has been traveling the country this year, broadcasting one major league game a week in virtual reality. On Tuesday, the company's crew was close to home as the Sa...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot India is Rolling Out Trains With Solar-powered Coaches That'll Save Thousands of Litres of Diesel
An anonymous reader shares a report: India's massive diesel-guzzling railway network is getting serious about its experiments with solar. On July 14, Indian Railways rolled out its first train with ro...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Wilsonville Jobs Are Going To China, Underscoring Travails of Domestic Tech Manufacturing
An anonymous reader tips us a story: Just two years ago, Microsoft cast its Wilsonville factory as the harbinger of a new era in American technology manufacturing. The tech giant stamped, "Manufacture...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot iPhones Are Priced 'High in the Extreme' But They're Worth It, Says Apple Co-founder Wozniak
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple's iPhone has been losing ground to domestic competitors in China. That is because Chinese smartphone makers offer sophisticated functions at reasonable price...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Avast Now Owns CCleaner After Acquiring Piriform
An anonymous reader writes: Security firm Avast has acquired software firm Piriform. Not only does the acquired company make CCleaner, but many other solid programs too. In fact, the rest of Piriform'...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot AMD Has No Plans To Release PSP Code
AMD has faced calls from Edward Snowden, Libreboot and the Reddit community to release the source code to the AMD Secure Processor (PSP), a network-capable co-processor which some believe has the capa...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Android Backdoor 'GhostCtrl' Can Silently Record Your Audio, Video and More
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: A new strain of malware designed for Android devices has recently been discovered, which not only can silently record audio and video, but can also mon...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Michigan Will Build 25 Self-Driving Trolleys In 2017
French trolley-maker Navya announced its first manufacturing facility in North America. The company will build a 20,000 square foot facility for the construction of its self-driving trolley, the Arma....
08:00 am - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot New Research Shows Humans Could Outrun T. Rex
bongey writes: T-Rex would have a hard time even catching an average human running, much less Usain Bolt or Jeeps, without shattering their legs into pieces. New research based on simulations that inc...
04:00 am - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates
schwit1 shares a report from ProPublica: Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and poten...
02:00 am - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Password Masking On Its Way Out?
New submitter thegreatbob writes: Perhaps you've noticed in the last 5 years or so, progressively more entities have been providing the ability to reveal the contents of a password field. While this a...
02:00 am - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Some OnePlus 5s Are Reportedly Rebooting After Dialing 911
The OnePlus 5, dubbed "the best sub-$500 phone you can buy" when it launched, is having a few problems. Earlier this month, some owners of the new device complained about a weird jelly-like effect tha...
02:00 am - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Oregon Passes First Statewide Bicycle Tax In Nation
turkeydance writes: In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state legislature's approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders. Democratic Gov. Kate Brow...
12:00 am - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Flaw In IoT Security Cameras Leaves Millions of Devices Open To Hackers
New submitter Aliciadivo writes: A nasty vulnerability found in Axis security cameras could allow hackers to take full control of several types of Internet of Things devices, and in some cases, softwa...
12:00 am - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot Should We Ignore the South Carolina Election Hacking Story?
chicksdaddy provides five (or more) "good" reasons why we should ignore the South Carolina election hacking story that was reported yesterday. According to yesterday's reports, South Carolina's voter-...
12:00 am - Wed, July 19, 2017
Slashdot FCC Refuses To Release Text of More Than 40,000 Net Neutrality Complaints
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission has denied a request to extend the deadline for filing public comments on its plan to overturn net neutrali...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot California Lawsuit Wants To Weaken Noncompetes
An anonymous reader shares a report: California already prohibits companies from enforcing noncompetes within the state, but a Bay Area life sciences company is asking a state court to go even further...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Nearly 90,000 Sex Bots Invaded Twitter in 'One of the Largest Malicious Campaigns Ever Recorded on a Social Network'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last week, Twitter's security team purged nearly 90,000 fake accounts after outside researchers discovered a massive botnet peddling links to fake "dating" and "ro...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot US Increases Number of H-2B Visas By 15,000
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: President Donald Trump has said he's going to set more limits on the H-1B visa program, which allows tens of thousands of technology workers into...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Negative Free Cash Flow Will Be an Indicator of Enormous Success For Netflix, Says CEO
During Netflix's quarterly earnings call, in which it noted it had added more than five million subscribers in the last three months, CEO Red Hastings was also asked about the millions of dollars it b...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Mesh Networking Comes To Bluetooth, Which Could Set Off a New Wave of Smart Buildings
One of the most widely used technologies in mobile computing is getting an important upgrade that could accelerate the development of the smart home and industrial internet. From a report: The Bluetoo...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Bolsters Security To Prevent Another Google Docs Phishing Attack
Google is adding a set of features to its security roster to prevent a second run of last month's massive phishing attack. From a report: The company is adding warnings and interstitial screens to war...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Hacks 'Probably Compromised' UK Industry
Some industrial software companies in the UK are "likely to have been compromised" by hackers, according to a document reportedly produced by British spy agency GCHQ. A copy of the document from the N...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot China's Censors Can Now Erase Images Mid-Transmission
Eva Dou, reporting for WSJ: China's already formidable internet censors have demonstrated a new strength -- the ability to delete images in one-on-one chats as they are being transmitted, making them ...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Risky Balancing Act With the Next iPhone
Long time columnist Jason Snell: As there always are at this time of year, there are lots of rumors out there about what the next iPhone will be. This year we're hearing that Apple is going to release...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Fiber Is Losing Its Second CEO in Less Than a Year
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google Fiber, the high-speed internet service operated by Alphabet, has lost its second CEO in less than a year. Gregory McCray is stepping down from the CEO job o...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Glass Makes an Official Return
Alphabet's Google has officially launched the "Enterprise Edition" of its smart glasses hardware, which is now available to a network of Google partners. From a report: The company's developer partner...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot End of the Line For Remix OS as Jide Shifts Its Energy Towards the Enterprise
An anonymous reader shares a report: It was only in July last year that Remix OS, an Android-based operating system for PCs, was bumped up to Version 3.0, which featured Android 6.0 Marshmallow under ...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Exploit Derived From EternalSynergy Upgraded To Target Newer Windows Versions
An anonymous reader writes: "Thai security researcher Worawit Wang has put together an exploit based on ETERNALSYNERGY that can also target newer versions of the Windows operating system," reports Ble...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Facial Recognition Could Be Coming To Police Body Cameras
schwit1 quotes a report from Defense One: Even if the cop who pulls you over doesn't recognize you, the body camera on his chest eventually just might. Device-maker Motorola will work with artificial ...
08:00 am - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Long Working Days Can Cause Heart Problems, Study Says
According to a major new study, long days at the office can be bad for your heart. While the risk of stroke is increased from working too many hours in the office, it seems that working more than 55 h...
04:00 am - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Artificial Sweeteners Associated With Weight Gain, Heart Problems In Analysis of Data From 37 Studies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The theory behind artificial sweeteners is simple: If you use them instead of sugar, you get the joy of sweet-tasting beverages and foods without the down...
02:00 am - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Developer Secrets That Could Sink Your Business?
snydeq writes: In today's tech world, the developer is king -- and we know it. But if you're letting us reign over your app dev strategy, you might be in for some surprises, thanks to what we aren't s...
02:00 am - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Creators Upgrade Cuts Support For Some Intel PCs Early
Windows PCs with Intel's Clover Trail Atom chips will not upgrade to the Windows 10 Creators Update, which could wind up being trouble in the future. PCWorld reports: Owners of some Windows 10 laptops...
02:00 am - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot $12 Billion In Private Student Loan Debt May Be Wiped Away By Missing Paperwork
New submitter cdreimer shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternate source): Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have ...
12:00 am - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Man Blames Tesla Autopilot System For Rollover Crash, Then Recants
According to AutoGuide, the driver of a Tesla is blaming the Autopilot system for a recent crash in Minnesota. "58-year old David Clark was approaching an intersection when he turned the Autopilot sys...
12:00 am - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Trademarks Shows Amazon Has Sights On Meal-Kits, 'Single Cow Burgers' and Other Fast Food Options
The latest business Amazon may expand into is the business of meal-kits. According to TechCrunch, Amazon recently filed a trademark (serial number 87517760) for "We do the prep. You be the chef," whic...
12:00 am - Tue, July 18, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Says Should Be Able To Create Internet Fast Lanes For Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Comcast filed comments in support of the FCC's plan to kill the 2015 net neutrality rules today. And while pretty much everything in them is expecte...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Here's Elon Musk's Plan To Power the US on Solar Energy
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from Musk's keynote speech: Tesla CEO Elon Musk -- whose company makes electric cars and has a new solar roof panel division -- reminded more than 30 state govern...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Allegedly Steals $7.4 Million In Ethereum After Hijacking ICO
An anonymous reader writes: An unknown hacker allegedly took over the website of an ethereum startup called Coindash, directing investors to send money to his or her own ethereum digital wallet, inste...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot US To Create the Independent US Cyber Command, Split Off From NSA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PBS: After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations i...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot It's Trivially Easy to Hack into Anybody's Myspace Account
If you are one of the almost half a billion people who at some point used to be on Myspace, the hottest social network of the early 2000s, you should know that almost anyone can hack into your account...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Porn Websites in UK Ordered To Introduce Age Checks From Next Year
Reader dryriver shares an article: A nine-month countdown to the introduction of compulsory age checks on online pornography seen from the UK has begun. The April 2018 goal to protect under-18s was re...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot US Appeals Court Upholds Nondisclosure Rules For Surveillance Orders
An anonymous reader shares a report: A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday upheld nondisclosure rules that allow the FBI to secretly issue surveillance orders for customer data to communications firm...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Atari Is Back In the Hardware Business, Unveils Ataribox
Reader MojoKid writes: Atari CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed the company was working on a brand new console back in June this year at E3, but today the company has officially unveiled the product. The new...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot 'Windows 10 Is Failing Us'
Reader BrianFagioli writes: While Windows 10 is arguably successful from a market share perspective, it is still failing in one big way -- the user experience. Windows 8.x was an absolute disaster, an...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Chipmakers Nvidia, AMD Ride Cryptocurrency Wave -- For Now
During California's Gold Rush, it was often the sellers of pickaxes and shovels who made the most money. In the frenzy to get rich quick from cryptocurrencies, some investors are calling computer chip...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Amazon May Unveil Its Own Messaging App
The messaging app field is as hot as ever with Apple, Facebook and Google (among others) slugging it out... and Amazon appears to want in on the action. From a report: AFTVnews claims to have customer...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot HTC Keyboard Ads Likely an Error, But Damage is Already Done
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ads in the stock keyboard app on a flagship smartphone added quietly via an app update, which then asks you to pay to remove them. You'd be hard pressed to come up...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC) for Windows Pushes What Could Be Its Last Update
Popular open-source media player for Windows, Media Player Classic Home Cinema -- or MPC-HC, has issued what it says could be the last update the app ever receives. The team writes: v1.7.13, the lates...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot American ISPS Are Now Fighting State Broadband Privacy Proposals
The EFF complains that "the very companies who spent millions of dollars lobbying in D.C. to repeal our federal broadband privacy rights are now fighting state attempts to protect consumers because th...
10:00 am - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot New Interactive Basic Electronics Textbook Launched Online
Long-time Slashdot reader compumike writes: The group that first brought schematics and circuit simulation to the browser has now released the first few chapters of Ultimate Electronics: Practical Cir...
08:00 am - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are The Lesser-Known Roles Of The IT Department?
chadenright writes:On the same day that I was hired into a new IT position, my new employer also bought a pair of $1,500 conference phones from a third-party vendor, which turned out to be defective; ...
06:00 am - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot George A. Romero, Martin Landau Both Died This Weekend
This weekend the world lost two familiar faces from the world of fantasy, horror and science fiction films -- director George A. Romero and actor Martin Landau. An anonymous reader writes: Bronx-born ...
04:00 am - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot The Aurora Borealis May Be Visible Tonight In The Northern US
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:A geomagnetic storm could bring a spectacular show to skies across the northern United States on Sunday night. The Aurora Borealis phenomenon -- also known as the Northe...
02:00 am - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Yanks Three Bad Patches Of Their Last Outlook Patch
An anonymous reader quotes ComputerWorld's Woody Leonhard:I just received word from Gunter Born that Microsoft has pulled three of its Outlook patches... There's no specific recommendation that you un...
12:00 am - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Y Combinator Announces Funding For UBI-Supporting Political Candidates
Most people "feel like they have great potential that is being wasted," argues Y Combinator president Sam Altman -- a Stanford dropout whose company's investments are now worth $65 billion, including ...
12:00 am - Mon, July 17, 2017
Slashdot Crypto-Bashing Prime Minister Argues The Laws Of Mathematics Don't Apply In Australia
An anonymous reader quotes the Independent:Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the laws of mathematics come second to the law of the land in a row over privacy and encryption... When c...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Tech Companies Capture A Third Of This Year's Emmy Nominations
"Streaming companies like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu snagged nearly 1/3 of Emmy nominations this year, the most ever awarded to tech companies," reports Axios, adding that streaming companies "are pouri...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Free Speech vs Billionaires: Netflix Streams A New Documentary About The Gawker Verdict
Speaking of Netflix, last month they began streaming "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press" -- a new documentary by Brian Knappenberger about the Gawker verdict. An anonymous reader shares this desc...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord Announced: Actress Jodie Whittaker
Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor Who, had said that he wanted to see a woman replace him in the Tardis, and so did former Doctor Who stars Billie Piper and Karen Gillan. And today it's official: "the 13...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's AI Keeps Inventing Languages That Humans Can't Understand
"Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language," writes Fast Company's Co.Design. "Then they stopped it." An anonymous reader summarizes their report:Facebook -- as wel...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Is Homeland Security's Face-Scanning At Airports An Unreasonable Search?
schwit1 shares an article from MIT's Technology Review:Facial-recognition systems may indeed speed up the boarding process, as the airlines rolling them out promise. But the real reason they are cropp...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot TechCrunch Urges Developers: Replace C Code With Rust
Software engineer and TechCrunch columnist Jon Evans writes that the C programming language "gives its users far too much artillery with which to shoot their feet off" and is "no longer suitable for t...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Are America's Non-Compete Laws Too Strict?
Slashdot reader cdreimer shared an article from the New York Times:Idaho achieved a notable distinction last year: It became one of the hardest places in America for someone to quit a job for a better...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Vintage SciFi Magazine 'Galaxy' Preserved Online - And Hopefully Also SoundCloud
Long-time Slashdot reader Paul Fernhout writes: Archive.org has made available 355 issues of Galaxy Magazine for free access. Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazin...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Warns Governors: Regulate AI Before It's 'Too Late'
turkeydance shared a new article from Recode about Elon Musk:He's been warning people about AI for years, and today called it the "biggest risk we face as a civilization" when he spoke at the National...
08:00 am - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Software (Or Hardware) Glitch Makes You Angry?
This question was inspired when Slashdot reader TheRealHocusLocus found their laptop "in the throes of a Windows 10 Update," where "progress has rolled past 100% several times and started over."I push...
06:00 am - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot EU Sides With RIAA, Says YouTube Underpays For Music Streaming
Profits from both CD sales and digital downloads are declining, while online streaming now accounts for the majority of the $7.7 billion U.S. music market, according to a new article. And the music in...
02:00 am - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot White House Releases Sensitive Personal Info From Voters Concerned About Privacy
Huge_UID shares an article from Vox:The White House just responded to concerns it would release voters' sensitive personal information by releasing a bunch of voters' sensitive personal information. L...
12:00 am - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot UK Wifi Provider Tricks Customers Into Agreeing To Clean Sewers
An anonymous reader quotes UPI:Unwitting customers in the United Kingdom who didn't read the terms and conditions for use of a public WiFi hotspot agreed to perform 1,000 hours of community service, i...
12:00 am - Sun, July 16, 2017
Slashdot Open Source Contributions More Important Than Tabs Vs Spaces For Salary
Jason Baker, a Red Hat data analyst, doesn't believe developers who use spaces make more money than those who use tabs. An anonymous reader quotes Baker's blog post:After reading the study one data sc...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot WSJ Op-Ed: The Post Office Is Delivering Amazon's Packages Below Cost
schwit1 shares a pay-walled op-ed from the Wall Street Journal (also excerpted at the URL below):The U.S. Postal Service delivers the company's boxes well below its own costs. Like an accelerant added...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft 'Cuts The Cord' With A Local Power Utility To Pursue Greener Energy
Frosty Piss summarizes the Seattle Times:Microsoft will bypass Puget Sound Energy to secure carbon-free power on wholesale markets under an agreement with state regulators. In 2015, 60 percent of PSE ...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot Can AI Replace Hospital Radiologists?
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Radiologists, who receive years of training and are some of the highest paid doctors, are among the first physicians who will have to adapt as artificial intelligence ex...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot Scrap Dealer Finds Apollo-Era NASA Computers In Dead Engineer's Basement
Long-time Slashdot reader Joe_NoOne quotes Ars Technica:A pair of Apollo-era NASA computers and hundreds of mysterious tape reels have been discovered in a deceased engineer's basement in Pittsburgh.....
06:00 pm - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot NATO Providing Cybersecurity Equipment To Ukraine
wiredmikey"Ukraine is an area of great geopolitical significance -- a sort of buffer zone between NATO and Russia -- that both sides seek to influence," reports SecurityWeek. "Crimea aside, neither si...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot EternalBlue Vulnerability Scanner Finds Exposed Hosts Worldwide
Orome1 quotes Help Net Security:After the recent massive WannaCry ransomware campaign, Elad Erez, Director of Innovation at Imperva, was shocked at the number of systems that still sported the Microso...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot In America, Most Republicans Think Colleges Are Bad for the Country
An anonymous reader quotes the Chronicle of Higher Education:A majority of Republicans and right-leaning independents think higher education has a negative effect on the country, according to a new st...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot In Which Linus Torvalds Makes An 'Init' Joke
Long-time Slashdot reader jawtheshark writes:In a recent Linux Kernel Mailing List post, Linux Torvalds finishes his mail with a little poke towards a certain init system. It is a very faint criticism...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot Ashley Madison Parent in $11.2 Million Settlement Over Data Breach
From a report: The owner of the Ashley Madison adultery website said on Friday it will pay $11.2 million to settle U.S. litigation brought on behalf of roughly 37 million users whose personal details ...
10:00 am - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot US Government Crackdown Threatens Kaspersky's American Dream
Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of the Russian cybersecurity software firm that bears his name, had a big American dream. From a report: He wanted his company to go beyond selling anti-virus software to con...
06:00 am - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Pitch To Indian Developers: Think Local, Stay Up To Date, and Aim For Design Awards
An anonymous reader shares an article: With just under half-a-million registered Apple developers in the country, India is among the most active markets when it comes to making apps for Apple's platfo...
04:00 am - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot Afghan Girls Robotics Team Allowed To Enter U.S. For Competition
An anonymous reader writes: A team of Afghan girls are on their way to compete in an academic robotics competition in the United States after American officials agreed to allow them to enter the count...
04:00 am - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot BetterWorks and CEO Sued By Ex-employee For Alleged Sexually Suggestive Assault
From a report: Beatrice Kim is suing her former employer, BetterWorks, and its CEO Kris Duggan for allegedly assaulting her in a sexual manner during a company retreat. The lawsuit also implicates the...
04:00 am - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Web Services Drops Controversial Patent Clause From Standard User Agreement
Amazon Web Services has quietly dropped a controversial provision from its user agreement that essentially forced customers to agree that they could never file a patent infringement lawsuit against th...
04:00 am - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot AMD Threadripper 1950X Trounces Core I9-7900X In Multithreading Benchmark
dryriver writes: The Cinebench R15 benchmark is a popular tool for measuring how well CPUs cope with multithreaded compute loads. AMD's Threadripper 1950X 16 core CPU, priced at $999 according to AMD,...
04:00 am - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot Google's Life Sciences Unit Is Releasing 20 Million Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes in Fresno
Earlier this week, a white Mercedes Sprinter van began a delivery route along the streets of Fancher Creek, a residential neighborhood on the southeastern edge of Fresno, California. Its cargo? 100,00...
04:00 am - Sat, July 15, 2017
Slashdot Uber Backers Discuss Stock Sale to SoftBank, Others
Eric Newcomer , Olivia Zaleski , Dinesh Nair , and Alex Sherman, reporting for Bloomberg: Uber shareholders and its board, led by early backer Benchmark, have discussed selling some of their shares to...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Google To Replace SMS Codes With Mobile Prompts in 2-Step-Verification Procedure
Starting next week Google will overhaul its two-step verification (2SV) procedure and replace one-time codes sent via SMS with prompts shown on the user's smartphone. From a report: This change in the...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Popular Chrome Extension Sold To New Dev Who Immediately Turns It Into Adware
An anonymous reader writes: A company is going around buying abandoned Chrome extensions from their original developers and converting these add-ons into adware. The latest case is the Particle for Yo...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Visa Considers Extending 'War on Cash' Business Incentives Outside US
Visa is hoping to extend its "war on cash" agenda to businesses in the U.K. after announcing new incentives for U.S. businesses to go cashless. From a report: The payment technology company revealed o...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Reddit Is Testing Country-Specific Home Pages That Highlight 'Geo Popular' Content
Reader joshtops writes: Reddit is exploring a new way to make its front page more relevant to its readers. The social aggregation and discussion website is testing tailored home pages based on a reade...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Dark Web Marketplace AlphaBay Shuts For Good After Police Raids
Dark web marketplace AlphaBay's closure last week followed an international law enforcement operation and multiple raids, it has emerged. It has also been reported that a key suspect who was arrested ...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Work From Home People Earn More, Quit Less, and Are Happier Than Their Office-bound Counterparts
An anonymous reader shares a report: Working from home gets a bad rap. Google the phrase and examine the results -- you'll see scams or low-level jobs, followed by links calling out "legitimate" virtu...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Australia To Compel Technology Firms To Provide Access To Encrypted Missives
Australia on Friday proposed new laws to compel companies such as U.S. social media giant Facebook and device manufacturer Apple to provide security agencies access to encrypted messages. From a repor...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Shows Are All Worldwide Hits -- Until They're Not
An anonymous reader shares a report: On a conference call last October, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos described the hip-hop drama "The Get Down" as a success, like the booming streaming s...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Prime Is a Blessing and a Curse For Remote Towns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: If access to Prime is reduced, or in some cases, cut off, it can leave many remote towns in the lurch. One dozen five-gallon barrels of hydraulic ...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Biologists Use Gene Editing To Store Movies In DNA
New submitter elmohound writes: A recent paper in Nature describes how gene editing was used to store a digital movie into a bacterial population. The choice of subject is a nice hommage to Muybridge'...
08:00 am - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Automakers Are Asking China To Slow Down Electric Car Quotas
New submitter Kant shares a report from Electrek: The auto industry is once again attempting to slow down the rollout of electric vehicles. Virtually all automakers, except for Tesla of course, have s...
04:00 am - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Congress Seeks To Outlaw Cyber Intel Sharing With Russia
Trailrunner7 shares a report from On the Wire: A group of House Democrats has introduced a bill that would formalize a policy of the United States not sharing cyber intelligence with Russia. The propo...
02:00 am - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Vaccines May Soon Be Mandatory For Children In France
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Last week, the French Health Ministry announced plans to make 11 vaccines mandatory for young children by 2018. French law currently mandates three ...
02:00 am - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Insider Trader Arrested After He Googled 'Insider Trading,' Authorities Allege
Spy Handler writes: Fei Yan, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 31-year-old Chinese citizen, was arrested by federal authorities on Wednesday on insider trading char...
02:00 am - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Border Patrol Says It's Barred From Searching Cloud Data On Phones
According to a letter obtained by NBC News, U.S. border officers aren't allowed to look at any data stored only in the "cloud" -- including social media data -- when they search U.S. travelers' phones...
12:00 am - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot SoundCloud Has Enough Money To Survive Only 80 Days, Report Claims
Last week, SoundCloud announced it is cutting about 40 percent of its staff and closing two offices. Now, a report from TechCrunch claims "the layoffs only saved the company enough money to have runwa...
12:00 am - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Do So Many of You Think Carrying Cash Is 'Dangerous'?
An anonymous reader writes: Recently, I asked Slashdot what you thought about paying for things online using plastic, and the security of using plastic in general; thank you all for your many and vari...
12:00 am - Fri, July 14, 2017
Slashdot Former Astronaut Julie Payette To Be Canada's Next Governor General
MightyMartian shares a report from CBC.ca: Former astronaut Julie Payette will be the Queen's new representative in Canada, CBC News has confirmed. The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Early 'Coding School' Dev Bootcamp Is Shutting Down
Dev Bootcamp, the original "coding bootcamp," is shutting down, the company announced on Wednesday. The company's last cohort of students, who begin the program next week, will graduate in December an...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot PC Shipments Hit the Lowest Level In a Decade
PC shipments are at the lowest levels since 2007. From a report: Gartner said this week that the PC market declined 4.3 percent during the second quarter. The research company said that shipments were...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Getting Too Big and the Government Is Talking About It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MarketWatch: Fresh off its biggest Prime Day yet, the Whole Foods Market bid, and a slew of announcements including Amazon Wardrobe, Amazon.com Inc. was the su...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Luxury Phone-maker Vertu Collapses
A British-based company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed. From a report: Vertu was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets, ...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Artificial Intelligence Has Race, Gender Biases
An anonymous reader shares a report: The ACLU has begun to worry that artificial intelligence is discriminatory based on race, gender and age. So it teamed up with computer science researchers to laun...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot AMD Unveils Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16-Core and 1920X 12-Core Specs and Pricing
MojoKid writes: AMD first teased its Ryzen Threadripper series of high-end desktop (HEDT) processors back in mid-May, but is now sharing additional details on the first two products in the family. Bot...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Europe Says Employers Must Warn Job Applicants Before Checking Them Out on Social Media
Europe has a message for employers: Think twice before you check the social media profiles of job applicants. From a report: European officials have issued new guidelines that warn bosses about the le...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T Want Congress To Make a Net Neutrality Law Because They Will Write It
From a report on The Verge: Companies and organizations that rely on an open internet rallied on Wednesday for a "day of action" on net neutrality, and America's biggest internet service providers hav...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Swedish Security Company Boss Declared 'Bankrupt' After Identity Stolen
The man running Sweden's biggest security firm was declared bankrupt this week after his identity was hacked. Though the sub-optimal branding implications were hard to miss, Securitas AB was able to p...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot EFF Officially Appeals Tim Berners-Lee Decision On DRM In HTML
Last week, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) decided to officially recommend the use of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) for protecting copyrighted video on the internet. This will enable web surfer...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot NASA Finally Admits It Doesn't Have the Funding To Land Humans on Mars
For years, NASA has been chalking out and expanding its plans to go to Mars. The agency's Journey to Mars project aims to land humans on the red planet during the 2030s. For years, the agency has been...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot 'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing The Immune System Clears Key Hurdle
An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: A new kind of cancer treatment that uses genetically engineered cells from a patient's immune system to attack their cancer easily cleared a crucial hurdle We...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot 3 ISPs Have Spent $572 Million To Kill Net Neutrality Since 2008
An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: A study by Maplight indicates that for every one comment submitted to the FCC on net neutrality (and there have been roughly 5 million so far), the...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot NASA Releases Juno's First Stunning Close-Ups of Jupiter's Giant Storm
NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent back the first photos from its close flyby over Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot. These images offer the closest ever view of the massive storm. The Verge reports: Juno ...
08:00 am - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Private Company Plans To Bring Moon Rocks Back To Earth In Three Years
mi writes: Moon Express, founded in 2010 to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, says it is self-funded to begin bringing kilograms of lunar rocks back to Earth within about three years. "We absolutely intend...
04:00 am - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Era of 'Biological Annihilation' Is Underway, Scientists Warn
Tatiana Schlossberg reports via The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled, alternate source): From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipit...
02:00 am - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Amazon May Give Developers Your Private Alexa Transcripts
According to The Information, Amazon may give developers access to your private Alexa audio recordings. Until now, Amazon has not given third-party developers access to what you say to the voice assis...
02:00 am - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot The Audi A8: First Production Car To Achieve Level 3 Autonomy
schwit1 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: The 2018 Audi A8, just unveiled in Barcelona, counts as the world's first production car to offer Level 3 autonomy. Level 3 means the driver needn't supervi...
12:00 am - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Hyperloop One Conducts First Full Systems Test But Only Traveled 70MPH
Thelasko shares a report from Jalopnik about Hyperloop One's first full systems Hyperloop test: In the test, Hyperloop says its vehicle traveled the first portion of a track using magnetic levitation ...
12:00 am - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Read Code?
New submitter Gornkleschnitzer writes: The majority of humans read silently by rendering a simulation of the printed words as if they were being spoken. By reading that sentence, chances are you're no...
12:00 am - Thu, July 13, 2017
Slashdot Radio Station Hijacked Eight Times In the Past Month To Play 'I'm a Wanker' Song
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: An unknown hacker has hijacked the radio frequency of a UK radio station to play an obscene song eight times during the past month, accordin...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Google Spared $1.3 Billion Tax Bill With Victory In French Court
New submitter Zorro shares a report from Bloomberg: Google won its fight against a 1.12 billion-euro ($1.3 billion) French tax bill after a court rejected claims the search-engine giant abused loophol...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot 'World's First Robot Lawyer' Now Available In All 50 States
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A chatbot that provides free legal counsel using AI is now available in all 50 states starting today. This is following its success in New York, Sea...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Millions of Verizon Customer Records Exposed in Security Lapse
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: An Israeli technology company has exposed millions of Verizon customer records, ZDNet has learned. As many as 14 million records of subscribers who called the phon...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality is Not a Pirates' Fight Anymore
Today millions of people are standing up for net neutrality and an open internet. The "Battle for the Net," backed by companies including Amazon, Google, and Netflix, hopes to stop a looming repeal of...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Hits the Road To Meet Regular Folks -- With a Few Conditions
Mark Zuckerberg is trying to understand America, so he's embarked on a journey to meet people like hockey moms and steelworkers who don't typically cross his path. But there are rules to abide by if y...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Iceberg the Size of Delaware, Among Biggest Ever Recorded, Snaps Off Antarctica
A giant iceberg about the size of Delaware that had been under scientists' watch has broken off from an ice shelf on the Antarctica Peninsula and is now adrift in the Weddell Sea. From a report: The 2...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Apple Sets Up China Data Center To Meet New Cybersecurity Rules
Apple on Wednesday said it is setting up its first data center in China, in partnership with a local internet services company, to comply with tougher cybersecurity laws introduced last month. From a ...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Symantec Explores Selling Web Certificates Business
Cybersecurity firm Symantec is considering selling its website certification business, in a deal that could fetch more than $1 billion and extricate it from a feud with Alphabet's Google, people famil...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Tech Giants Rally Today in Support of Net Neutrality
From a report: Technology giants like Amazon, Spotify, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Twitter and many others are rallying today in a so-called "day of action" in support of net neutrality, five days ahead...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Says It Has Become Pawn in US-Russia Geopolitical Game
Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, reacting to a U.S. government move restricting its activities, said on Wednesday it had fallen victim to U.S.-Russia global sparring while the Kremlin critic...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot After Go, Developers Are Now Building AI To Beat Us at Soccer
After Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence bested our best Go player, South Korea is now setting its sights on making AI that can play soccer. From a report: Hosted by the Korea Advanced Institute...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Students Are Better Off Without a Laptop In the Classroom
Cindi May writes via Scientific American about new research that "suggests that laptops do not enhance classroom learning, and in fact students would be better off leaving their laptops in the dorm du...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Plants Can Turn Caterpillars Into Cannibals To Avoid Getting Eaten
An anonymous reader quotes a report from National Geographic: A new study published in the Nature Ecology and Evolution journal found that when some plants are under attack from hungry herbivores, the...
08:00 am - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Coffee Cuts Risk of Dying From Stroke and Heart Disease, Study Suggests
Research suggests that people who drink coffee have a lower risk of dying from a host of causes, including heart disease, stroke and liver disease. "The connection, revealed in two large studies, was ...
04:00 am - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Prime Will Soon Be More Popular Than Cable TV
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Someday soon, more U.S. households will be subscribers of Amazon Prime than cable or satellite TV, according to recent estimates of Amazon's popular sh...
04:00 am - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot We Need To Reboot the Culture of View Source
theodp writes: Back in ye olde days of the information superhighway," begins Clive Thompson in It's Time to Make Code More Tinker-Friendly, "curious newbies had an easy way to see how websites worked:...
02:00 am - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot 24 Cores and the Mouse Won't Move: Engineer Diagnoses Windows 10 Bug
Longtime Slashdot reader ewhac writes: Bruce Dawson recently posted a deep-dive into an annoyance that Windows 10 was inflicting on him -- namely, every time he built Chrome, his extremely beefy 24-co...
02:00 am - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Western Digital Gets US Court Order To Access Toshiba Databases, Chip Samples
Western Digital won a temporary U.S. court order on Tuesday saying that Toshiba must allow Western Digital's employees to access databases and chip samples as part of a joint venture with Toshiba arou...
02:00 am - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot 41 Percent of Adults In the US Have Been Harassed Online, Says Pew Study
According to a new Pew Research Center study, 41 percent of adults said they have experienced harassment online, and 66 percent of people said they've seen it happen to others. What's the most common ...
12:00 am - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Intel Launches Xeon Scalable CPUs: Dual Xeon Platinum 8176, 112 Threads Tested
MojoKid writes: Intel announced its new Xeon Scalable processor family based on the 14nm Skylake-SP microarchitecture a few weeks back, though today marks the official launch of the platform. Not only...
12:00 am - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot NASA Is Studying the Fungus Among Us Before Humans Take It To a New Planet
From a new report: As humanity starts packing for a trip to Mars, NASA scientists are studying what not to bring along for the journey. In short, leave the fungus at home. NASA researchers created a c...
12:00 am - Wed, July 12, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Has Been Working With Russian Intelligence
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Internal company emails obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek show that Kaspersky Lab has maintained a much closer working relationship with Russia's m...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot EFF's Latest Privacy Report Criticizes Amazon and WhatsApp Over Policies That 'Fall Short'
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published the latest edition of its "Who has your back" privacy report. This is the seventh report from the digital rights g...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Google Has Been Paying Academic Researchers Who Write Favorable Papers: Report
Google has paid researchers and academics who have worked on projects that support the company's positions in battles with regulators, a report in The Wall Street Journal (paywalled) said on Tuesday. ...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Users Blocked By Trump Sue, Claim @realDonaldTrump Is Public Forum
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A handful of Twitter users, backed by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, sued President Donald Trump on Tuesday, claimi...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Default Font Is at the Center Of a Government Corruption Case
Calibri, a font that was created in 2004 and made default option on PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and WordPad by Microsoft in 2007, is currently sitting at the center of a corruption investigation invol...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Messenger Globally Tests Injecting Display Ads Into Inbox
From a TechCrunch report: Messaging is the center of mobile, and Facebook wants ads in front of all those eyes. After seeing "promising results from Australia and Thailand," Facebook Messenger is expa...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Pretends To Love Net Neutrality, Joins Tomorrow's Protest With A Straight Face
Karl Bode, writing for TechDirt: You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger enemy of net neutrality than the fine folks at AT&T. The company has a history of all manner of anti-competitive assaults on...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Ebay 'Millionaire' Sellers in Germany and UK Grow 50 Percent in Four Years
"Millionaire" online businesses selling on ecommerce site Ebay have jumped 50 percent in key international markets Britain and Germany in the last four years, despite currency swings that have slowed ...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Windows Phone Dies Today
From a report: Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone 8.1 support today, more than three years after the company first introduced the update. The end of support marks an end to the Windows Phone era, ...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Fedora 26 Linux Distro Released
Reader BrianFagioli writes: Today, Fedora 26 sheds its pre-release status and becomes available for download as a stable release. GNOME fans are in for a big treat, as version 3.24 is default. If you ...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Pledges To Bring Better Broadband To Two Million Rural Americans in the Next Five Years
Microsoft on Tuesday announced a new campaign to try to "eliminate" the gap in high-speed internet access in the country's hardest-to-reach areas -- an effort called the Rural Airband Initiative, whic...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot First Object Teleported From Earth To Orbit
Researchers in China have teleported a photon from the ground to a satellite orbiting more than 500 kilometers above. From a report: Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satelli...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Tech Boss Attacks 'Whiners' in Angry Email
An anonymous reader shares a report: The co-founder of a Silicon Valley investment firm said it is "not my job to make you all feel good" in a long email to staff and investors. Jonathan Teo from Bina...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Newspapers To Bid For Antitrust Exemption To Tackle Google and Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The news industry is to band together to seek a limited antitrust exemption from Congress in an effort to fend off growing competition from Facebook and ...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot British Judge Uses Personal Email To Send Details of Sensitive Court Case
New submitter evolutionary shares a report from The Register: Concerns have been raised over a British judge's use of his personal email address to send out a ruling in a family court case, which cont...
08:00 am - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Would You Buy the iPhone 8 If It Cost $1,200?
As we near the launch of the next iPhone, rumors are swirling about what it may feature. One of the most recent reports comes from developer and blogger John Gruber, who claims the iPhone 8 will have ...
04:00 am - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Trump Proposes Joint 'Cyber Security Unit' With Russia, Then Quickly Backs Away From It
In a series of tweets yesterday, President Trump proposed "an impenetrable Cyber Security unit" with Putin "so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe." The n...
02:00 am - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Russians Now Need a Passport To Watch Pornhub
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE News: Pornhub, the world's biggest porn site, now requires users in Russia to log in using social media accounts linked to their passports and cell phones...
02:00 am - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves Income Tax For the Rich
reifman writes: Amazon, tech employees and those making $250,000 or more annually in Seattle will now pay a 2.25 percent income tax. "The Seattle City Council estimates that the tax would bring in an ...
02:00 am - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Spotify Denies Allegations It's Putting Fake Artists On Popular Playlists To Cut Costs
Last year, music industry publication Music Business Worldwide (MBW) claimed Spotify was putting fake artists in some of its popular playlists. The publication listed 50 artists it claimed were not re...
02:00 am - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Only 100 Companies Are Responsible For 71 Percent of Global Emissions, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. The Carbo...
12:00 am - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot The Oculus Rift Still Isn't Selling, In a Worrying Sign For VR
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Despite Mark Zuckerberg's early enthusiasm for virtual reality, the technology has stubbornly remained a hard sell for Facebook. Now, in...
12:00 am - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu Is Now Available On the Windows Store
Ubuntu is now available for download on the Windows Store. "Initially spotted by Rafael Rivera and Necrosoft Core on Twitter, Ubuntu on the Windows Store will let you install and run the Ubuntu termin...
12:00 am - Tue, July 11, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There a Way To Experience the Chinese Internet From Outside?
dryriver writes: In 2008, a bunch of crafty developers created a Firefox plugin called China Channel. It apparently allowed you to connect to a proxy server in China, and experience the -- heavily cen...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Nokia 'Regrets' Withings Health App Backlash
Nokia says it is "regrettable" that problems with its Health Mate fitness-tracking app have frustrated users. From a report: Nokia took over health tech firm Withings in 2016 and recently replaced the...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Sales in Hong Kong Dry Up After Gov't Drops Tax Break
Tesla couldn't sell a single car in Hong Kong in April after the government dropped a tax break for electric cars on April 1, the Wall St Journal reports citing government data. From the report: "as a...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Google Guillotine Falls on Certificate Authorities WoSign, StartCom
Google has warned that all certificates issued by Chinese company WoSign and subsidiary StartCom will be distrusted with the release of Chrome 61. From a report: According to a Google Groups post publ...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Offer Local Version of Azure Cloud Service
Microsoft on Monday unveiled a new service that allows customers to use its cloud technology on their own servers, part of the company's efforts to refocus its product line to compete more effectively...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Company Accused of Selling User Data Shuts Down After $104 Million Settlement
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: The Federal Trade Commission has shut down the operator of a large network of online loan sites that promised to find people the loans with the lowest ...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot At Least $1.48 Billion in VC Funding Has Gone Up in Smoke This Year as the List of Dead Startups Grows
An anonymous reader shares a report: We're halfway through 2017 and already a group of startups that together raised $1.48 billion have shut down. Some of these startups are: Beepi, the website that b...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Benchmarking Utility Shows AMD Ryzen Rapidly Stealing Market Share From Intel
According to PassMark, which publishes a benchmarking utility called PerformanceTest, the launch of Ryzen chips has resulted in a surge in AMD's share of its CPUs being tested. From a report: In the f...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot China Tells Carriers To Block Access to Personal VPNs By February
China's government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals' access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Trump Administration Officially Delays 'Startup Visa' Rule
Trisha Thadani, reporting for SFChronicle: The Trump administration has officially delayed a rule that would allow some foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. and build their companies. During this...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Will Sell Office, Windows as a Bundle
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft announced plans on Monday to start offering Windows 10 and Office together in a single subscription service. Microsoft 365, as the service is known, will...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Umbrella-sharing Startup Loses Nearly All of Its 300,000 Umbrellas In a Matter of Weeks
With bike-sharing companies like Mobike becoming incredibly successful in Chinese cities, a few startups have decided to mimic the concept with shareable umbrellas. The only problem: most of the umbre...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot On-Demand Audio Streaming Hits Record High, Is Up 62.4% Over Last Year
An anonymous reader shares a report: A new report from Nielsen out this week paints a picture of the booming on-demand audio streaming business, pointing to a significant increase in consumers' use of...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot State Prison Officials Blame An Escape On Drones And Cellphones
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:A fugitive South Carolina inmate recaptured in Texas this week had chopped his way through a prison fence using wire cutters apparently dropped by a drone, prison ...
08:00 am - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot EU Prepares 'Right To Repair' Legislation To Fight Short Product Lifespans
An anonymous reader writes: The EU is preparing legislation that would legalize a customer's "right to repair," and would force vendors to design products for longer life and easier maintenance, in an...
06:00 am - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Could Technology Companies Solve Traffic Congestion?
As the Indian city of Bangalore "grapples with inadequate roads, unprecedented growth and overpopulation," can technology companies find a solution? randomErr writes:Tech giants and startups are turni...
02:00 am - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot World's Cheapest Energy Source Will Be Renewables Within Three Years
Morgan Stanley researchers predict renewable energy will become the world's cheapest form of power within three years. An anonymous reader quotes Qz:Renewable energy is simply becoming the cheapest op...
12:00 am - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot New Sharpened Images From Hubble Telescope Contradict Post-Big Bang Theories
An anonymous reader quotes NASA:By applying a new computational analysis to a galaxy magnified by a gravitational lens, astronomers have obtained images 10 times sharper than what Hubble could achieve...
12:00 am - Mon, July 10, 2017
Slashdot Google Home Ends A Domestic Dispute By Calling The Police
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:According to ABC News, officers were called to a home outside Albuquerque, New Mexico this week when a Google Home called 911 and the operator heard a confrontation ...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Congressmen Propose a New Military Branch: The 'US Space Corps'
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:This week, the House Armed Services Committee voted 60 to 1 in favor of the creation of a new military branch to be called the United States Space Corps... The Unite...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Former Oculus Exec Predicts Telepathy Within 10 Years
Mary Lou Jepsen is a former MIT professor with 100 patents and a former engineering executive at Facebook, Oculus, Intel, and Google[x] (now called X) -- and "she hopes to make communicating telepathi...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Bruce Perens Warns Grsecurity Breaches the Linux Kernel's GPL License
Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond. Now he's sharing a "strong opinion" that companies should avoid the Grsecurity security patch for the Linux kernel "because it pre...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Have Developed A Battery-Free Mobile Phone
An anonymous reader quotes HotHardware:Researchers from the University of Washington are looking to make batteries a thing of the past when it comes to mobile phones. The team has developed a phone th...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Waymo Drops All But One Patent Claim Against Uber
Google's Waymo has dismissed three of its four patent-infringement claims against Uber. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:This comes after Waymo was encouraged to drop the claims following U.S. Distr...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Survey Finds Most Popular Linux Laptop Distros: Ubuntu and Arch
After collating 30,171 responses, Phoronixhas released some results from their first Linux Laptop Survey. An anonymous reader quotes their report: To little surprise, Ubuntu was the most popular Linux...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Group Files FCC Motion To Delay Net Neutrality Proceedings
"A public interest group wants the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on its proposal to kill net neutrality regulations," according to The Hill. An anonymous reader quotes their report:The...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley's Latest Desperate Housing Idea: On A Landfill
An anonymous reader writes:Silicon Valley real estate developers want to construct a $6.7 billion housing complex over a former landfill with 5.5 million tons of municipal waste from the last 25 years...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot FSF Sees Hopeful Signs Before Sunday's 'Day Against DRM'
The Free Software Foundation's anti-DRM initiative "Defective By Design" argues that since last year's annual Day Against DRM, "we've seen cracks appearing in the foundation of the DRM status quo."The...
08:00 am - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Google's New Startup Heats Your Home With Energy From Your Lawn
WindBourne shares an article about Google's plans for "an extremely cheap form of HVAC." CNN reports:A new startup called Dandelion, born from the secretive and futuristic lab "X" of Google's parent c...
06:00 am - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot 48-Year-Old Multics Operating System Resurrected
"The seminal operating system Multics has been reborn," writes Slashdot reader doon386:The last native Multics system was shut down in 2000. After more than a dozen years in hibernation a simulator fo...
02:00 am - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Safe, Really, Is Paying For Things Online?
An anonymous reader writes:Due to the rash of intrusions into electronic payment systems lately, I've decided to go back to paying cash for everyday purchases, groceries, fuel, and anything else I pay...
12:00 am - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot John McAfee Can Finally Use His Own Name Again
An anonymous reader quotes Fossbytes:It was last year when, John McAfee, the co-founder of an antivirus company that's now owned by Intel, took Intel to the court over the right to use his name for co...
12:00 am - Sun, July 9, 2017
Slashdot Nest Founder 'Wakes Up In Cold Sweats' Fearing The Impact Of Mobile Technology
theodp writes: Fast Company's Co.Design reports that Tony Fadell, who founded Nest and was instrumental in the creation of the iPod and iPhone, spoke with a mix of pride and regret about his role in m...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Google Funds A Team Of Robot Journalists
Darren Sharp brings news about the arrival of robot journalists. The Guardian reports:Robots will help a national news agency to create up to 30,000 local news stories a month, with the help of human ...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Last 'Bug Bash' Before Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Mark Wilson quotes BetaNews:With the launch of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Build 16237 to the Fast Ring yesterday, Microsoft wheeled in numerous fixes and new features. At the same time, the compa...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Envisions New Campus With Affordable Housing Units
An anonymous reader writes:"In a few years, families could be living at Facebook," quips CNET. The Bay Area Newsgroup reports that Facebook is proposing a new campus with facilities open to the public...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Enthusiast Resurrects IBM's Legendary 'Model F' Keyboard
An anonymous reader quotes Popular Mechanics: You may not know the Model F by name, but you know it by sound -- the musical thwacking of flippers slapping away. The sound of the '80s office. The IBM M...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot The EFF's 'Let's Encrypt' Plans Wildcard Certificates For Subdomains
Long-time Slashdot reader jawtheshark shares an announcement from the EFF's free, automated, and open TLS certificate authority at LetsEncrypt.org:Let's Encrypt will begin issuing [free] wildcard cert...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Makes 'Visual Studio Code Extension for Arduino' Open Source
BrianFagioli quotes BetaNews:Thursday, Microsoft released yet another open source tool on GitHub -- Visual Studio Code Extension for Arduino. This MIT-licensed code should greatly help developers that...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Elderly Drivers In Japan Could Be Limited To Vehicles With Automatic Braking
AmiMoJo writes:Japan's National Police Agency has proposed several new rules to regulate elderly drivers, including limiting them to vehicles with automatic braking systems to increase public safety. ...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Airport Security Fails 17 Times Out of 18 In Minneapolis
Bruce66423 writes, "It appears that that the security theatre at Minnesota airport failed to spot 17 security violations out of 18 last week." A local Minneapolis news station reports:Last Thursday, w...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Author of Original Petya Ransomware Publishes Master Decryption Key
An anonymous reader writes: The author of the original Petya ransomware -- a person/group going by the name of Janus Cybercrime Solutions -- has released the master decryption key of all past Petya ve...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Ola, India's Largest Ride-Hailing Service, Plans International Expansion
Reader joshtops writes: Indian ride-hailing company Ola, which operates in over 100 cities in the local country, is eyeing international expansion, according to a report, which cites multiple sources....
10:00 am - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Oregon Raises the Smoking Age
From a report: Some 95 percent of lifetime smokers pick up the habit before their 21st birthday, so Oregon lawmakers yesterday passed a law making it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase...
08:00 am - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Federal Appeals Court: You Have a Constitutional Right to Film Police Officers in Public
On Friday, a panel of judges for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the First Amendment protects individuals' right to film police officers performing their official duties. ...
04:00 am - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Google and Facebook Give Net Neutrality Campaign a Boost
The fight over net neutrality just got more interesting as two tech giants said they will step off the sidelines and join a so-called "day of action" on July 12, which aims to preserve rules that forb...
02:00 am - Sat, July 8, 2017
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee Approves Web DRM, But W3C Members Have Two Weeks To Appeal
Reader Atticus Rex writes: A high controversial Web standard has received a seal of approval from Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web and its chief technical decision-maker. Opponents like the Fr...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Reality Bytes: A Highflying Tech Entrepreneur Crashes Back To Earth
An anonymous reader shares a WSJ article: Entrepreneur Jia Yueting likes to say that Apple is outdated, China's big technology companies are innovation-killing monopolies and his company, LeEco, is th...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are We Living In the Golden Age of Bailing?
An anonymous reader shares a report that makes a case of us living in an era where bailing has become just too common: It's clear we're living in a golden age of bailing. All across America people are...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Joan Lee, Stan's Wife of 69 Years, Passed Away At Age 95
Reader McGruber writes: The Hollywood Reporter has the sad news that Joan Lee, the wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 95. In an earlier story, Stan described ...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Threatened To Kill Its Whole Foods Deal if the Grocer Started a Bidding War
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon has long had a reputation as a hard-ball negotiator. It turns out its negotiations with Whole Foods leading up to its $13.7 billion acquisition agreement we...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Germany Says Cyber Threat Greater Than Expected, More Firms Affected
From a Reuters report, shared by a few readers on Twitter: Germany's BSI federal cyber agency said on Friday that the threat posed to German firms by recent cyber attacks launched via a Ukrainian audi...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot A Year After 'Pokemon Go', Where Are the Augmented-Reality Hits?
A year after "Pokemon Go" prompted throngs of people to scour parks and streets for monsters visible only through smartphones, hit games made with augmented reality are rarer than a Snorlax. From a re...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Targeting US Nuclear Power Plants, Report Finds
For the past couple of months, hackers have breached the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power facilities in the US, according to a new report from federal law enforcement official...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Seeks To Ban Imports And Sales of Apple iPhones in New Lawsuit
Chipmaker Qualcomm is asking U.S. trade regulators to ban iPhone imports, according to a new lawsuit. From a report: Apple has allegedly infringed on six of Qualcomm's patents, including technology th...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Stream-ripping Is 'Fastest Growing' Music Piracy
Stream-ripping is now the fastest-growing form of music piracy in the UK, new research has suggested. From a report: Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other ...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot The Pentagon Says It Will Start Encrypting Soldiers' Emails Next Year
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Basic decade-old encryption technology is finally coming to Pentagon email servers next year. For years, major online email providers such as Google an...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot 222,000 Jobs Added To US Payrolls In June; Unemployment Rate Rises To 4.4 Percent
From an NPR report: An estimated 222,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June, according to the monthly employment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. "The job gains were ...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Once Valued at $3.2B, Wearable Company Jawbone Shuts Down, CEO Launches New Startup: Report
Consumer hardware company Jawbone is being liquidated, according to The Information. From a report: The San Francisco-based company, which once was valued at $3.2 billion by private investors, has hir...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot White House Could Use AT&T/Time Warner Deal As 'Leverage' Against CNN
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: AT&T seems to be on track to close its purchase of Time Warner Inc., but President Donald Trump's hatred of Time Warner proper...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Personalized Cancer Vaccines Safely Fight, Kill Tumors In Early Human Trials
Emily Mullin reports via MIT Technology Review: Now two personalized cancer vaccine approaches appear to have safely prevented cancer relapse in a dozen patients with late-stage skin cancer. In recent...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Promises World's Biggest Lithium Ion Battery To Australia
Elon Musk is following through on his promise to solve an energy crisis in Australia. From a report: His electric car company, Tesla, has teamed up with a French renewable energy firm and an Australia...
08:00 am - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Have Detected a New Particle At the Large Hadron Collider At CERN
New submitter ag144 writes: First time witnessed, the Large Hadron Collider finds predicted double-heavy particle. BBC reports: "Nearly all the matter that we see around us is made of neutrons and pro...
04:00 am - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Getting Rid of Carpool Lanes Could Double Travel Times
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Eliminating carpool lanes could almost double drivers' traveling times, according to a new study. The findings come thanks to an unusual deci...
02:00 am - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot RED Launches a $1,200 Smartphone With a 'Hydrogen Holographic Display'
RED, a company known for its high-end $10,000+ cameras, is launching a smartphone called the RED Hydrogen One. Some of the features include a 5.7-inch "Hydrogen holographic display" capable of viewing...
02:00 am - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Space Data Lawsuit Has Alphabet's Project Loon In Jeopardy
mirandakatz writes: When a small company called Space Data sued Alphabet's Project Loon last summer, not much came of it. But last month, Space Data scored a major win: It got the U.S. Patent and Trad...
02:00 am - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot SoundCloud Lays Off Nearly Half Its Staff, Closes Two Offices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: SoundCloud is cutting about 40 percent of its staff in a cost-cutting move the digital music service says will give it a better financial footing to...
02:00 am - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot France Set To Ban Sale of Petrol and Diesel Vehicles By 2040
France is planning to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040. The planned ban on fossil fuel vehicles is part of a renewed commitment to the Paris climate deal, reports BBC. F...
12:00 am - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Stars Defend Net Neutrality In Open Letter To the FCC
More than 100 YouTube creators from the Internet Creators Guild have signed an open letter to the FCC calling on the agency to keep strong net neutrality protections. "Our rapidly growing industry emp...
12:00 am - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Model S Fails To Get Top IIHS Crash Rating
mrspoonsi writes: Shares in Tesla have plummeted more than 13 percent this week after lower than expected deliveries and the Model S only attaining an acceptable result in recent crash tests. The Insu...
12:00 am - Fri, July 7, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Unveils CIA Implants That Steal SSH Credentials From Windows, Linux PCs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hacker News: WikiLeaks has today published the 15th batch of its ongoing Vault 7 leak, this time detailing two alleged CIA implants that allowed the agency...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot TV Networks Hide Bad Ratings With Typos, Report Says
A report Thursday in The Wall Street Journal details how networks are taking advantage of that fact to disguise airings that underperform with viewers. From a report: It's described as a common practi...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot OneDrive Has Stopped Working On Non-NTFS Drives
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: OneDrive users around the world have been upset to discover that with its latest update, Microsoft's cloud file syncing and storage system no lon...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Russia Jails Hacker For Spilling Top Government Officials' Secrets
A Russian court sentenced a prominent hacker to two years in jail on Thursday after a secret trial which heard how he had accessed and leaked the email accounts of top government officials, Russian ne...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot New Attack Can Now Decrypt Satellite Phone Calls in 'Real Time'
Chinese researchers have discovered a way to rapidly decrypt satellite phone communications -- within a fraction of a second in some cases. From a report on ZDNet: The paper, published this week, expa...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Skype Users Slam Microsoft's Attempt To Infuse App With Social Media Magic
Last month Skype announced a major update to its messaging and video calling app. The update brought a visual revamp, as well as "social features" such as Highlights that were first introduced by Snap...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot iPhone Bugs Are Too Valuable To Report To Apple
An anonymous reader writes: Last year, Apple launched a long-awaited bug bounty program to reward friendly hackers who report flaws in the iPhone to the company. Despite inviting some of the best hack...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Plans Up To 3,000 Job Cuts In a Sales Staff Overhaul To Fuel Cloud Growth
Microsoft announced a major reorganization on Wednesday that will include thousands of layoffs, largely in sales. From a report: The job cuts amount to less that 10 percent of the company's total sale...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot HBO and Cinemax Come To Hulu, But You'll Need the New App To Watch
An anonymous reader shares a report: Hulu this morning announced it's finally adding HBO as an optional add-on for subscribers, as well as HBO-owned Cinemax. The premium networks will be offered to th...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Canada's Play For Immigrant Tech Talent
An anonymous reader shares an Axios report: When it comes to high-skilled immigration, the U.S.'s loss could be Canada's gain. Canada recently launched a Global Skills Strategy visa program to make it...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot 'In the Knowledge Economy, We Need a Netflix of Education'
An anonymous reader shares a report: When we want to acquire useful knowledge, we have to search the web broadly, find experts by word-of-mouth and troll through various poorly designed internal docum...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Privacy Watchdog Sues Trump's Election Committee Over Voter Data
From a report: When the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to all 50 states seeking personal, identifying information on all voters in the US, at least 44 states refu...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Google May Face Another Record EU Fine, This Time Over Android
troublemaker_23 shares a report from ITWire: The EU is contemplating another record fine against Google over how it pays and limits mobile phone providers who use the search company's Android mobile o...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot OpenBSD Will Get Unique Kernels On Each Reboot
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A new feature added in test snapshots for the upcoming OpenBSD 6.2 release will create a unique kernel every time an OpenBSD user reboots or...
08:00 am - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot NASA Seeks Nuclear Power For Mars
New submitter joshtops shares a report from Scientific American: As NASA makes plans to one day send humans to Mars, one of the key technical gaps the agency is working to fill is how to provide enoug...
04:00 am - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Japan's Population Falls At Fastest Rate Since 1968
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Japan's population, excluding resident foreigners, fell at the beginning of this year at its fastest pace since comparable figures were kept in 1968, ...
02:00 am - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Chicago To Make Future Plans a Graduation Requirement
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual's recently approved plan will require high school students show their plans for the future before obtaining their diploma. "Students will soon have to show that they've secu...
12:00 am - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Your Favorite Ride-Sharing App?
There are many ride-sharing applications on the market but only two get all the media attention: Uber and Lyft. As many of you know, Uber has had a tumultuous year marked by a high-stakes legal fight ...
12:00 am - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Petya Ransomware Authors Demand $250,000 In First Public Statement Since Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The group responsible for last week's globe-spanning ransomware attack has made their first public statement. Motherboard first spotted the post, wh...
12:00 am - Thu, July 6, 2017
Slashdot Linux Is Not As Safe As You Think
BrianFagioli writes via BetaNews: Would you be surprised if I told you that threat methods for Linux increased an astonishing 300 percent in 2016, while Microsoft's operating systems saw a decrease? W...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Cox Expands Home Internet Data Caps, While CenturyLink Abandons Them
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cox, the third largest U.S. cable company, last week started charging overage fees to customers in four more states. Internet provider CenturyLin...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot CNN Warns It May Expose An Anonymous Critic If He Ever Again Publishes Bad Content
New submitter evolutionary writes: CNN appears to be giving veiled threats at a Reddit user who posted critical comments about the media giant. After an apology was given by the Reddit user (possibly ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Doubles Down On Universal Basic Income, Calls It a 'Bipartisan Issue'
Mark Zuckerberg praised the Alaska Permanent Fund and used it as another platform to lobby for universal basic income, as he did during his commencement address to Harvard in May. The Alaska Permanent...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot NASA Is Going To Crash a Satellite Into an Asteroid
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is moving ahead with plans to try out deflection techniques on a passing asteroid to prepare for future, threatening space matter. From a repor...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot The XHamster Wikipedia Page Is Suddenly Immensely Popular, and No One Knows Why
An anonymous reader shares a report: At the beginning of June I started to notice that XHamster, the third most popular adult website after Pornhub and XVideos, had one of the most viewed Wikipedia pa...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Factory Reportedly Described As a 'Predator Zone' By Female Employees
An anonymous reader shares a report: Tesla's Fremont factory was described by a female employee as a "predator zone" of harassment in a meeting attended by dozens of employees, according to a bombshel...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot EU Parliament Calls For Longer Lifetime For Products
An anonymous reader shares a report: Europe's Parliament called on the Commission, Member States and producers Tuesday to take measures to ensure consumers can enjoy durable, high-quality products tha...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Volvo Says It Will Only Make Electric and Hybrid Cars Starting in 2019
Volvo has announced that starting in 2019, all of the new models it produces will be electric or hybrid. From a report: "This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car," s...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Ukraine Scrambles To Contain New Cyber Threat After NotPetya Attack
The Ukrainian software firm used as part of last week's global cyber attack warned on Wednesday that all computers sharing a network with its infected accounting software had been compromised by hacke...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa Passes 15,000 skills, Up From 10,000 in February
As more and more companies get into the smart speaker game, a new report shows just how much ground they have to make up to catch Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa. From a report: Amazon's Alexa voice...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Afghan Girl Roboticists Denied US Visas
Three anonymous readers share a similar report: An all-girl team of roboticists will watch their creations compete in a US competition via Skype after being denied visas to enter the country. Presiden...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Court Seizes Millions in Assets of LeEco Founder as Conglomerate's Troubles Grow
Chinese Internet tycoon and LeEco founder Jia Yueting's ambition to challenge the likes of Apple and Tesla looks even more in doubt after $182 million of his assets were frozen by a Shanghai court fol...
10:00 am - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Raspberry Pi's Smaller, Cheaper Rival: NanoPi Neo Plus2 Weighs in at $25
FriendlyARM, the maker of compact NanoPi developer boards, has released the NanoPi Neo Plus2 for $25. From a report: This board is an update to the recently released NanoPi Neo 2, a $15 cookie-sized d...
08:00 am - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot 'Call For a Ban On Child Sex Robots'
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: There should be a ban on the import of sex robots designed to look like children, the author of a new report into the phenomenon has said. Prof Noel Sharkey sa...
04:00 am - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Sci-Hub 'Pirate Bay For Scientists' Sued by American Chemical Society Over Cloned Site
The American Chemistry Society (ACS) is now suing Sci-Hub, the so-called "Pirate Bay for Scientists," over copyright infringement and counterfeiting, and is asking the courts to grant an injunction ag...
02:00 am - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Broadcom Gets Green Light From Feds To Buy San Jose's Brocade For $5.9 billion
Chipmaker Broadcom on Monday won approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to purchase San Jose-based Brocade Communications Systems for $5.9 billion. From a report: To land U.S. approval, Broad...
02:00 am - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Texting On the Move Makes You Walk Weird, Study Finds
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University put a mobile eye tracker and motion analysis sensors on participants who walked and crossed a curb-like obstacle on the ground while...
02:00 am - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot US Government Seeks To Intervene in Apple's EU Tax Appeal
The U.S. government has sought to intervene in Apple's appeal against an EU order to pay back up to 13 billion euros ($14.8 billion) in Irish taxes, Reuters is reporting. From a report: iPhone maker A...
02:00 am - Wed, July 5, 2017
Slashdot Customer's 20-Year-Old Email Account Shut Down Over Unusual Address
A Halifax man is facing the daunting task of going through almost two decades of email messages after his email provider served notice it was deactivating his account in 30 days because of his email a...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Reportedly Developing a Voice-Controlled Speaker To Compete With Amazon Echo
Samsung may be working on a smart speaker of its own. The company is developing a smart speaker powered by its Bixby voice assistant, according to The Wall Street Journal. From a report: A new report ...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Hulu Joins Netflix and Amazon In Promoting Royalty-free Video Codec AV1
theweatherelectric writes: Hulu has joined the Alliance for Open Media, which is developing an open, royalty-free video format called AV1. AV1 is targeting better performance than H.265 and, unlike H....
06:00 pm - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Amazon and eBay Images Broken By Photobucket's 'Ransom Demand'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Thousands of images promoting goods sold on Amazon and other shopping sites have been removed after a photo-sharing service changed its terms. Ebay and Etsy have a...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Hanoi Plan To Ban Motorbikes By 2030 To Combat Pollution
Hanoi -- a city of five million motorbikes -- is planning to ban the popular two-wheeled transport by 2030. From a report: The city council voted for the ban almost unanimously, hoping to unclog roads...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Data Glitch Sets Tech Company Stock Prices At $123.47
For one moment on Monday evening, the prices of several stocks on Nasdaq -- including those of Amazon, Apple, eBay, Google, and Microsoft -- were all priced exactly the same, $123.47. From a report: I...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Intel To Cut IoT Jobs
An anonymous reader shares a report: Intel is laying off people in its IoT group following its recent cuts to three of its IoT products -- the Joule, Edison and Galileo boards. 97 jobs are to be lost ...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Forced Arbitration Isn't 'Forced' Because No One Has To Buy Service, Says AT&T
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T is denying that its contracts include "forced arbitration" clauses, even though customers must agree to the clauses in order to obtain I...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Build American Eels an 'Eelevator'
randomErr writes: Bad pun aside, Cornell researchers have built a solution to help migrating eels bypass dams on their journey upstream. They call their solution the "eelevator." "Dams are one of the ...
08:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Men Are Affected By the Biological Clock As Well, Researchers Find
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A new study reveals that a couple's chances of having a baby fall with the man's age, to the point that it can have a substantial impact on their...
04:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Now Any Florida Resident Can Challenge What Is Taught In Public Florida Schools
New submitter zantafio shares a report from Orlando Sentinel: Any resident in Florida can now challenge what kids learn in public schools, thanks to a new law that science education advocates worry wi...
04:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Court Blocks EPA Effort To Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule
Michael Biesecker reports via PBS: A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Monday that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation o...
02:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Kanye West Is Leaving Tidal Because the Company Owes Him Money
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Kanye West has terminated his contract with Tidal, TMZ reports. West claims that Jay Z's streaming service owes him upwards of $3 million and is in ...
02:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot China Suspects Its 'Car-Eating,' Traffic-Straddling Bus Is a Total Scam
China's "Transit Elevated Bus" or TEB-1 made headlines last year for its futuristic design that let it straddle two lanes of traffic, allowing cars to pass under it. Now, that very bus is the focus of...
02:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Norway To Ban the Use of Oil For Heating Buildings By 2020
Norway, which is the largest producer of oil and natural gas outside of the Middle East, is set to become the first country in the world to ban the use of gas to heat buildings. The country plans to p...
02:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot 65 Percent of Major US Banks Have Failed Web Security Testing, Says Report
According to IBS Intelligence, websites run by some of the largest banks in the U.S. have scored the poorest in a new security and privacy analysis audit. "The non-profit Online Trust Alliance (OTA) a...
12:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Warner Bros., Tolkien Estate Settle $80 Million 'Hobbit' Lawsuit
Five years later and it appears Warner Bros. and the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien have settled their lawsuit over the digital exploitation of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. "The Tolkien Esta...
12:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot PBS Bets $3 Million That Monkeys Are Better CS Preschool Teachers Than Rabbits
theodp writes: EdSurge reports that a new PBS show will teach preschoolers how to think like computers. Marisa Wolsky, an executive producer at WGBH Boston, believes television can be a way to teach C...
12:00 am - Tue, July 4, 2017
Slashdot Apple Tests 3-D Face Scanning To Unlock Next iPhone: Bloomberg
Five years ago, Apple made fingerprint scanners on smartphones popular. Now the company may have found a better technology to replace it. According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the Cupertino-based com...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Young Men Are Working Less. Some Economists Think It's Because They're Home Playing Video Games.
Video games are instrumental in understanding why younger men are working fewer hours, according to a paper published Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research. From an article: By 2015, Amer...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Can Track Your Browsing Even After You've Logged Out, Judge Says
A U.S. judge has dismissed nationwide litigation accusing Facebook of tracking users' internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website. From a report: The plaintiffs alleged th...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Germany's Federal Cartel Office Claims Facebook 'Extorts' Personal Data From Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Germany's Federal Cartel Office is examining whether Facebook essentially takes advantage of its popularity to bully users into agreeing to te...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Colombian Airline Wants To Make Passengers Stand
An anonymous reader writes Budget airline VivaColombia is considering plans to remove all seats from its planes and make passengers stand. They hope the move will drive down fares by allowing them to ...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Logging Long Hours a Recipe For Burnout or the Only Way To Get Ahead?
An anonymous reader writes: Over the weekend, I came across this story on Bloomberg that illustrates a common dilemma that many of us face ourselves: are we sure we're working enough? From the article...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Yelp's Six-Year Grudge Against Google
Yelp has become Google's most tenacious pest, and despite the public outcries the crowd-sourced reviews website has seen little mercy over the years. From an NYTimes article: For six years, Jeremy Sto...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Google's DeepMind and UK Hospitals Made Illegal Deal For Health Data, Says Watchdog
A deal between UK hospitals and Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind "failed to comply with data protection law," according to the UK's data watchdog. From a report: The Information Commissioner's Office (...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Russia Behind Cyber-attack, Says Ukraine's Security Service
Ukraine says it has discovered who the perpetrators of last week's destructive ransomware attack are. From a report: Ukraine says it has proof that Russian security services were involved in the cyber...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Laying off 'Thousands' of Staff in a Major Global Sales Reorganization
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft is poised to layoff thousands of employees worldwide in a move to reorganize its salesforce. A source with knowledge of the planned downsizing told TechC...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot US Lifts Laptop Restriction For Flights From Abu Dhabi
The United States has lifted a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States, saying Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures. From a report: Etihad...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Downsizes Workforce For First Time in 7 Years Amid Global Restructuring
Samsung witnessed a reduction in the number of employees last year in its first manpower cut in seven years due mainly to its restructuring in China, South Korean newspaper Herald reports citing figur...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Says Its Model 3 Car Will Go On Sale On Friday
Electric car maker Tesla says its keenly awaited Model 3 car for the masses will go on sale on Friday. From a AP report: CEO Elon Musk made the announcement Monday on Twitter. The car is to start arou...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Seattle Minimum Wage Study Has Serious Flaws
"Remember the story from last week about how the new Seattle minimum wage law was hurting workers?" writes Slashdot reader PopeRatzo. "Well, it turns out that there are some problems with the study's ...
08:00 am - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot 'Severe' Systemd Bug Allowed Remote Code Execution For Two Years
ITWire reports:A flaw in systemd, the init system used on many Linux systems, can be exploited using a malicious DNS query to either crash a system or to run code remotely. The vulnerability resides i...
06:00 am - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.12 Officially Released
prisoninmate quotes Softpedia:After seven weeks of announcing release candidate versions, Linus Torvalds today informs the Linux community through a mailing list announcement about the general availab...
02:00 am - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot 23 Years Of The Open Source 'FreeDOS' Project
Jim Hall is celebrating the 23rd birthday of the FreeDOS Project, calling it "a major milestone for any free software or open-source software project," and remembering how it all started. An anonymous...
12:00 am - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot New Research Explodes Myths About Ada Lovelace
Two mathematics historians investigated the Lovelace-Byron family archives (which are available online) to confirm the early mathematical prowess of Ada Lovelace for two scholarly journals. Slashdot r...
12:00 am - Mon, July 3, 2017
Slashdot Should Kaspersky Lab Show Its Source Code To The US Government?
Today the CEO of Kaspersky Lab said he's willing to show the company's source code to the U.S. government, testify before Congress, and even move part of his research work to the U.S. to dispel suspic...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot 15 Devices (Including 6 Laptops) Awarded FSF's 'Respects Your Freedom' Certification
This week the Free Software Foundation awarded its coveted 'Respects Your Freedom' certification to 15 products -- more than doubling the number of certified products (from 12 to 27) since the program...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot The US Considers A Remote Identification System For Drones
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:The FAA is still trying to figure out the best way to regulate drones to ensure safety. Last week, a committee tasked with tackling the issue met for the first time...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot Seeking YouTube Fame, A Teenager Kills Her Boyfriend
Last Monday a 19-year-old woman named Monalisa Perez gave the police a strange reason for why her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, was dead. An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:A Minnesota woman has bee...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot China's Rocket Fails After Liftoff
An anonymous reader quotes CNN: The second launch of China's new-generation Long March-5 carrier rocket failed Sunday -- dealing a blow to the country's ambitious space aspirations. Carrying an experi...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot Modularity Finally Approved For Java 9
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:With a new round of voting completed this week, the Java Community Process Executive Committee passed by a 24-0 vote the Java Platform Module System public review ...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot Rocket Lab Inaugurates The Era Of Even Cheaper Rocket Launches
pacopico writes: Elon Musk and SpaceX kicked off the New Space era with low-cost, reusable rockets. But now there's something just as dramatic brewing with really, really cheap rockets and really, rea...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot California Has So Much Solar Power That Other States Are Paid To Take It
"On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power," reported the Los Angeles Times. Mic reports:California is generating so much solar energy that it is resortin...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot Tylenol May Kill Kindness
Long-time Slashdot reader randomErr writes: In research published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience scientists describe the results of two experiments conducted involving more...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot HP Answers The Question: Moore's Law Is Ending. Now What?
Long-time Slashdot reader Paul Fernhout writes:R. Stanley Williams, of Hewlett Packard Labs, wrote a report exploring the end of Moore's Law, saying it "could be the best thing that has happened in co...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot Central Bankers Warned Of Possible Economic 'Robocalypse'
An anonymous reader quotes the Seattle Times:At an exclusive gathering at a golf resort near Lisbon, the big minds of monetary policy were seriously discussing the risk that artificial intelligence co...
08:00 am - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot While Chrome Dominates, Microsoft Edge Struggles To Attract New Users
An anonymous reader quotes Neowin's report on the newest browser-usage figures from NetMarketShare:Microsoft Edge only commands a market share of 5.65% -- which is an increase of only 0.02 percentage ...
06:00 am - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu Disputes 'Ads In MOTD' Claims
Thursday Lproven (Slashdot reader #6030) wrote:It appears that Ubuntu is using a feature it has added -- intended to insert headlines of breaking tech news (security alerts and so on) into the Message...
02:00 am - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot Is Ruby's Decline In Popularity Permanent?
An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld:Ruby has had a reputation as a user-friendly language for building web applications. But its slippage in this month's RedMonk Programming Language Rankings has...
12:00 am - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot Large-Scale Study 'Shows Neonic Pesticides Harm Bees'
Long-time Slashdot reader walterbyrd shared an article from the BBC:The most extensive study to date on neonicotinoid pesticides concludes that they harm both honeybees and wild bees. Researchers said...
12:00 am - Sun, July 2, 2017
Slashdot Something Big Is Warping Our Outer Solar System
schwit1 quotes Futurity:The plane of our solar system is warped in the outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt, suggesting the presence of an unknown Mars-to-Earth-mass planetary object far beyond Pluto -- b...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot GitHub Urges Companies To Participate In 'Open Source Fridays'
An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:GitHub wants to help more people become open source contributors with a new initiative called Open Source Friday. As the name implies, the program encourages com...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot The White House Now Has Zero Science Advisors
DogDude shares an article from CBS News:The science division of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy was unstaffed as of Friday as the three remaining employees departed this week...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot New Google Project Lets You Collaborate On Doodles With A Neural Network
Long-time Slashdot reader Giant Robot writes:Google Brain's latest experiment is a neural network that allows you to collaboratively draw with it inside of your web browser in real-time. The neural ne...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot Study Claims Discarded Solar Panels Create More Toxic Waste Than Nuclear Plants
Templer421 shares an article from National Review:A new study by Environmental Progress warns that toxic waste from used solar panels now poses a global environmental threat. The Berkeley-based group ...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot New Fidget Spinners Are Catching On Fire
An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek's latest story about fidget spinners: In a development that now seems like it was inevitable, the three-pronged toys are starting to catch on fire. Gizmodo on Thurs...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot 24 Women Allege Sexual Harassment By Investors, and Another VC Gets Demoted
An anonymous reader writes: Friday technology investor Dave McClure tweeted a link to a statement from the new CEO of the start-up incubator he co-founded which announces his demotion after engaging i...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot NSA 'Traffic Shaping' Can Divert US Internet Traffic For Easier Monitoring
schwit1 shares an article from ZDNet:A new analysis of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden details a highly classified technique that allows the National Security Agency to "deliberately ...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot Uber, Airbnb Lead the Way as Sharing Economy Expands
As trust and familiarity with sharing economy services continues to grow, so too will the number of users, estimates marketing research firm eMarketer. From the article: Over a quarter (26.0%) of US a...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot 'You're Doing Your Weekend Wrong'
"If you don't feel rejuvenated and keen to face Monday after two work-free days, there might be a reason: You're doing your weekend wrong," an anonymous reader writes, citing a Quartz article. From th...
08:00 am - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot Nike Thought It Didn't Need Amazon -- Then the Ground Shifted
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, Nike was one of the biggest holdouts against Amazon.com, refusing to provide its sneakers and athletic clothing for sale on the hulking e-commerce site....
04:00 am - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot Investors Who Back VC Funds Are Worried About Valley Culture
An anonymous reader shares a report: Limited partners in venture capital funds are having conversations about how to prevent themselves from investing in the next Binary Capital, the Silicon Valley fi...
04:00 am - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot Germany Approves Plans To Fine Social Media Firms Up To $57M
Social media companies face fines of up to 50m Euro ($57m) if they persistently fail to remove illegal content from their sites under a new law passed in Germany. From a report: The German parliament ...
02:00 am - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot Japan Wants To Put a Man On the Moon, Accelerating Asian Space Race
Japan plans to put a man on the moon around 2030, according to a new proposal by the government's Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). From a report: It is the first time JAXA has revealed an in...
02:00 am - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Inches Closer To Its Goal of Beaming Internet to World's Remotest Places
Facebook has completed a second test of a solar-powered drone -- called Aquila -- designed to bring internet access to remote parts of the world. From a report: Facebook plans to develop a fleet of dr...
02:00 am - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot With a Single Wiretap Order, US Authorities Listened In on 3.3 Million Phone Calls
US authorities intercepted and recorded millions of phone calls last year under a single wiretap order, authorized as part of a narcotics investigation, ZDNet's Zack Whittaker reports. From the articl...
12:00 am - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot A Million Bottles a Minute: World's Plastic Binge 'As Dangerous as Climate Change'
Should you ever travel to one of the many uninhibited islands that dot the most remote reaches of Earth's oceans, chances are you'll find plastic bottles littering the shore. The Guardian reports: A m...
12:00 am - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot Ends, Means, and Antitrust
Analyst Ben Thompson on the European Commission's $2.7 billion fine levied on Google for anti-competitive behavior: The United States and European Union have, at least since the Reagan Administration,...
12:00 am - Sat, July 1, 2017
Slashdot The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking
From a Motherboard article: Jailbreaking is the art of hacking into Apple's ultra-secure iOS operating system and unlocking it -- and thus allowing users to customize the phone, and write or install a...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot The Age of Distributed Truth
Eugene Wei, head of video at Oculus (Formerly with Flipboard, Hulu, and Amazon) writes about how information gets distributed now, and things that were commonly known in specific circles are becoming ...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot You're Thinking About the Dictionary All Wrong, Lexicographers Say
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Outline: It seems like ever since "bootylicious" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in 2004, dictionaries have been trying to play catch up to ...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Vertu, Phone-Maker To the Rich, Says It's Broke
A British-based luxury phone maker which made its name selling $50,000 smartphones decked out in alligator leather and titanium and fitted with sapphire screens, has applied to the courts to be placed...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot France Drops Windows 10 Privacy Case After Microsoft Changes Telemetry Settings
Reader Mark Wilson writes: There have been lots of complaints about invasion of privacy since the release of Windows 10. Microsoft's telemetry lead to several lawsuits, including one from France's Nat...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Sony Will Start Pressing Vinyl Records After 28-Year Hiatus
Sony said this week it will begin pressing vinyl records again, ending an almost three-decade hiatus. A dramatic increase in demand for vinyl music in recent years prompted the move, the company said....
08:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot AMD Launches Ryzen PRO CPUs: Enhanced Security, Longer Warranty, Better Quality
Reader harrisonweber shares a report: This morning AMD introduced their Ryzen PRO processors for business and commercial desktop PCs. The new lineup of CPUs includes the Ryzen 3 PRO, Ryzen 5 PRO and R...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Despite Hacking Charges, US Tech Industry Fought To Keep Ties To Russia Spy Service
The U.S. tech sector pushed the government to keep ties with Russia's spy agency, despite reports that Moscow meddled in the U.S. presidential election, Reuters reported Friday. The sanctions imposed ...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Sony Suspends Thousands Of PlayStation Network Accounts in UK, Allegedly Because Of Issue With PayPal
An anonymous reader writes: PlayStation Network (PSN) users in the UK who've paid via PayPal have had their accounts suspended. 'Thousands' of users this week received an automatic refund for purchase...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot India Presses Microsoft For Windows Discount in Wake of Cyber Attacks
India is pressing Microsoft to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in t...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Wall Street Journal To Cut Back Print Outside the US
The Wall Street Journal plans to discontinue production of print edition outside the United States in what is the latest testament that popularity of print is waning and it is no longer as lucrative f...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Iranian City Soars To Record 129F Degrees: Near Hottest On Earth in Modern Measurements
A city in southwest Iran posted the country's hottest temperature ever recorded Thursday afternoon, and may have tied the world record for the most extreme high temperature. From a report on The Washi...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Wins UK's Top Engineering Award
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: The team behind the device was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering's MacRobert Prize at a ceremony in London last night. The tiny computer launched in 201...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Tom Wheeler Defends Title II Rules, Accuses Pai of Helping Monopolists
simkel shares a report from Ars Technica: Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler spoke out against the FCC's proposed repeal of net neutrality rules this week, saying the repeal...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art
Dthief shares a report from New Scientist: Now and then, a painter like Claude Monet or Pablo Picasso comes along and turns the art world on its head. They invent new aesthetic styles, forging movemen...
08:00 am - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot New Study Finds How Much Sleep Fitbit Users Really Get
Fitbit has published the results of a study that uses their longitudinal sleep database to analyze millions of nights of Sleep Stages data to determine how age, gender, and duration affect sleep quali...
04:00 am - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot $7.5 Billion Kemper Power Plant Suspends Coal Gasification
romanval writes: A coal gasification plant in Mississippi is iswitching to natural gas after 5 years of delays and $4 billion cost overrun. Megan Geuss writes via Ars Technica: "The Kemper County plan...
04:00 am - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot There Is a Point At Which It Will Make Economical Sense To Defect From the Electrical Grid
Michael J. Coren reports via Quartz: More than 1 million U.S. homes have solar systems installed on their rooftops. Batteries are set to join many of them, giving homeowners the ability to not only ge...
02:00 am - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Opinion: Google Unleashes Terrible New Update For Google News Upon the Net
Rei shares their opinion of Google's redesign of Google News: Google unveiled a "new look" for Google News, describing it as a "clean and uncluttered look." New design features include a mostly empty ...
02:00 am - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Zillow Drops Complaint Against Blogger After Backlash Over Copyright Claim
The blog "McMansion Hell" is back up and running days after Zillow threatened the site's creator, Kate Wagner, into taking it down. Zillow's decision to withdraw their complaint came soon after the El...
02:00 am - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Google Photos 3.0 Released, Bringing Smarter Sharing, Suggestions and Shared Libraries
Google is rolling out Google Photos 3.0, which features an AI-powered Suggested Sharing feature along with Shared Libraries, "both of which are designed to make the Google Photos app a more social exp...
12:00 am - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Trump Picks Republican To Fill Empty Commissioner Seat At FCC
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission's empty slots are about to be filled. President Donald Trump will nominate Republican Brendan Carr to the F...
12:00 am - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk's Boring Machine Completes the First Section of An LA Tunnel
New submitter simkel shares a report from The Verge: Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk says his ambitious tunnel-boring endeavor, aptly named The Boring Company, has officially started digging underneath ...
12:00 am - Fri, June 30, 2017
Slashdot System76 Unveils Its Own Ubuntu-Based Linux Distribution Called 'Pop!_OS'
BrianFagioli writes: Not content with simply following Canonical and embracing vanilla GNOME, System76 has decided to take its future into its own hands. Today, the company releases the first alpha of...