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10:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Spanish Court Orders Google To Delete App Used For Catalan Independence Vote
From a report: Catalonia's High Court on Friday ordered Google to delete an application that it said Catalan separatists were using to spread information about a disputed independence vote this Sunday...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot South Korea Bans Initial Coin Offerings
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: South Korea's financial regulator on Friday said it will ban raising money through all forms of virtual currencies, a move that follows similar restri...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Critical EFI Code in Millions of Macs Isn't Getting Apple's Updates
Andy Greenberg, writing for Wired:At today's Ekoparty security conference, security firm Duo plans to present research on how it delved into the guts of tens of thousands of computers to measure the r...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot What Isn't Telegram Saying About Its Connections To the Kremlin?
The supposedly secure messaging app Telegram has employees in St. Petersburg in the same building as Kremlin-influenced social network VK, news outlet the Outline reported on Friday citing multiple so...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Internet Activists Urge Congress to Fire Trump's FCC Chief Ajit Pai
Open internet advocates and Democratic lawmakers are mounting a last-ditch effort to remove Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai over his anti-net neutrality stance, just days before Pai i...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Proposes City-to-City Travel By Rocket, Right Here on Earth
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled revised plans to travel to the Moon and Mars at a space industry conference today, but he ended his talk with a pretty incredible promise: using that same interplanetary ...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Whatever Happened To the 'Year of Linux on Desktop'?
An anonymous reader writes: Investors, enthusiasts, and Linux distro makers have for more than a decade projected that the upcoming year will be the year of Linux on the desktop platform. But we just ...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Linux LTS Kernels To Now Be Maintained For Six Years
An anonymous reader writes: In a bid to help Android smartphone vendors the Linux LTS (Long Term Support) kernels will now be maintained for a period of six years. The Linux LTS initiative backed by t...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Equifax CEO Richard Smith Who Oversaw Breach To Collect $90 Million
An anonymous reader shares a report: The CEO of Equifax is retiring from the credit reporting bureau with a pay day worth as much as $90 million -- or roughly 63 cents for every customer whose data wa...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Chaos and Hackers Stalk Investors on Cryptocurrency Exchanges
From a report: Dan Wasyluk discovered the hard way that trading cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin happens in an online Wild West where sheriffs are largely absent. Wasyluk and his colleagues raised bit...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu To Stop Offering 32-Bit ISO Images, Joining Many Other Linux Distros
An anonymous reader writes: Canonical engineer Dimitri John Ledkov announced on Wednesday that Ubuntu does not plan to offer 32-bit ISO installation images for its new OS version starting with the nex...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot IBM Now Has More Employees In India Than In the US
New submitter Zorro shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Over the last decade, IBM has shifted its center of gravity halfway around the world...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot EU Gives Ultimatum To Facebook and Twitter: Obey Us Or We'll Start Regulating
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The EU Commission has fired a shot across Facebook and Twitter's bows, having issued a proclamation decreeing that "social media platforms" must ...
08:00 am - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Dubai Proposes Giant Simulated Mars City In the Desert
future guy shares a report from New Atlas: The UAE government has announced it is building the world's largest space simulation city, and to top it off it will be designed by one of the world's flashi...
04:00 am - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Researchers Correct Genetic Mutation In Embryos Using Base Editing
dryriver writes: Chinese researchers have taken tissue from a beta-thallasemia patient, created cloned embryos from that patient's cells, and used a genetic editing technique known as Base Editing to ...
04:00 am - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Seeks Supreme Court Review On Net Neutrality Rule
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: AT&T and other broadband providers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Obama-era "net neutrality" rule barring internet service provide...
02:00 am - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Comcast's New 'Xfinity Instant TV' Streaming Service Charges $18 For What Antennas Offer For Free
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Exstreamist: Comcast announced this week that they plan on rolling out their streaming service, "Xfinity Instant TV" as an option for broadband-only customers....
02:00 am - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Echo Spot Is a Sneaky Way To Get a Camera Into Your Bedroom
Yesterday, Amazon announced six new hardware products at a surprise event in Seattle. The one that everyone is talking about though is called the Echo Spot -- a little alarm clock with a camera that w...
02:00 am - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot California Considers Banning Internal Combustion Engines To Meet Emissions Goals
New submitter Rick Schumann writes about California considering a ban on internal combustion engines: The ban on internal-combustion engine automobiles would be at least 10 years away, and it's unclea...
12:00 am - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Linked To Russian Operatives
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Twitter says it found some 200 accounts linked to the same Russian groups that bought $100,000 worth of ads on Facebook to sow political unrest and ...
12:00 am - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Air Force Gives 10-Year-Old Orbiting Satellite To Ham Radio Operators
Longtime Slashdot reader Bruce Perens writes: The U.S. Air Force has transferred control of a 10-year-old orbiting satellite to AMSAT, a ham radio organization, which has enabled it for any licensed h...
12:00 am - Fri, September 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple Recommends Children Under 13, Twins and Siblings Do Not Use Face ID On iPhone X
According to a security guide published Wednesday, Apple recommends that children under the age of 13 do not use Face ID on the iPhone X due to the probability of a false match being significantly hig...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot More Than Half of American Workers Can't Sue Their Employer
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the past two years, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Oracle have faced various high-profile lawsuits related to their employment practices. And while t...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot FCC Chief Tells Apple To Turn on iPhone's FM Radio Chip
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pushed Apple on Friday to activate the FM radio chips in the iPhone. From a report: In the wake of three major hurricanes that have wiped out communications for millions of peopl...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot 'Amazon Effect' Hits Retailers Around the Globe
From a report: U.S. stores have been closing at a faster rate in 2017 than at any time since the recession, an American phenomenon being dubbed "retail apocalypse." Though this has so-far been largely...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot 'Lost Continent' Rises Again With New Expedition
Tens of millions of years after it disappeared under the waters of the Pacific Ocean, scientists have completed the first explorations of what some scientists are calling a hidden continent. From a re...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Google Quietly Discontinues NFC Smart Unlock Without Explanation
Mark Wilson writes: Android users have been slowly discovering that Google has killed off NFC Smart Unlock. The feature, which makes it possible to unlock a phone with an NFC device such as a ring or ...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot System76 Pop!_OS Beta Ubuntu-based Linux Distribution Now Available To Download
BrianFagioli writes: Next month, a new era of Ubuntu begins. Unity is dead, and GNOME 3 takes over as the default desktop environment. While this change was for the best, it was still shocking for man...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Ikea's Stuff is Tough To Assemble, So It Bought a Startup To Do It For You
One of the most popular jobs on TaskRabbit, a service that lets you hire workers for quick gigs, is assembling Ikea furniture. So perhaps it's no surprise that the Swedish retail giant has acquired th...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Companies Are Once Again Storing Data On Tape, Just in Case
An anonymous reader shares a report: To stay up to date in the battle against hackers, some companies are turning to a 1950s technology. Storing data on tape seems impossibly inconvenient in an age of...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Moscow Deploys Facial Recognition to Spy on Citizens in Streets
Moscow is adding facial-recognition technology to its network of 170,000 surveillance cameras across the city in a move to identify criminals and boost security. From a report: Since 2012, CCTV record...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Not Many People Are Buying Andy Rubin's iPhone-Killer Essential Phone, It Seems
An anonymous reader shares a report: Essential Products has sold an estimated 5,000 phones through Sprint since the gadget made its big retail debut in the United States earlier this month, according ...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Airlines Suffer Worldwide Delays After Global Booking System Fails
rastos1 writes: Airlines worldwide were forced to delay flights Thursday as a global flight-bookings system operated by Amadeus IT Group SA suffered what the company called a "network issue." Major ca...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Refresh Is Sacred
Several Slashdot readers share a blog post: There are two kinds of client applications: The first kind has a "refresh" or "reload" button to make sure your app's in sync with its server's view of the ...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot 5,000 People Are Working On Amazon's Digital Assistant Alexa
Amazon said this week at an event unveiling the next generation Echo device that it has the equivalent of a small town of people -- more than 5,000 -- working on the company's digital assistant, Alexa...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Rejects Trump Bias Claims
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed comments made by Donald Trump that the site has always been against him. From a report: The US president accused the social network of "collusion" on Twi...
10:00 am - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Will Offer Free Credit Locks for Life, New CEO Says
Equifax will debut a new service that will permanently give consumers the ability to lock and unlock their credit for free. From a report: The service will be introduced by Jan. 31, Chief Executive Of...
08:00 am - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Bell Canada Wants Pirate Websites Blocked For Canadians
New submitter wierzpio writes: According to Rob Malcolmson, Bell Canada's VP of regulatory affairs, Canada is a safe haven to internet pirates and the only solution is to create a federally mandated b...
06:00 am - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Homeland Security Plans To Collect Immigrants' Social Media Information
The Department of Homeland Security plans to expand the files it collects on immigrants, as well as some citizens, by including more online data -- most notably search results and social media informa...
04:00 am - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot A Fourth Gravitational Wave Has Been Detected
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Astronomers have made a new detection of gravitational waves and for the first time have been able to trace the shape of ripples sent through spa...
04:00 am - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Internet Explorer Bug Leaks Whatever You Type In the Address Bar
The latest version of Internet Explorer has a bug that leaks the addresses, search terms, or any other text typed into the address bar. The flaw was disclosed Tuesday by security researcher Manual Cab...
02:00 am - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot Vacuum Company Dyson To Build 'Radically Different' Electric Car
British inventor Sir James Dyson has announced plans to build an electric car that will be "radically different" from current models and go on sale in 2020. The Guardian reports: The billionaire who r...
02:00 am - Thu, September 28, 2017
Slashdot The World's First Blockchain Smartphone Is In Development
A company called Sirin Labs is developing an open-source smartphone that runs on a fee-less blockchain. "The Finney -- named in honor of bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney -- will be the only smartphone in th...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 27, 2017
Slashdot Russia Threatens To Shut Down Facebook Over Local Data Storage Laws
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Facebook Inc. will be shut down in Russia next year if it fails to comply with requirements to store user data locally, according to the head of Rus...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 27, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla's 'Firefox Quantum' Browser Challenges Chrome In Speed
The next version of Firefox, aptly named Firefox Quantum, is getting a big speed boost. "The idea, of course, is that the upcoming version 57 is a quantum leap over predecessors -- or, in the words of...
10:00 am - Wed, September 27, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Tests Doubling Character Limit For Tweets To 280
Twitter announced today that it has started testing 280-character tweets for select users. The new limit doubles the current 140-character limit, and is said to help users be more expressive. The Verg...
08:00 am - Wed, September 27, 2017
Slashdot Equifax CEO Steps Down Amid Hacking Scandal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Richard Smith, CEO and chairman of Equifax, abruptly retired Tuesday following a data breach at the credit-reporting service that affected the personal i...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot NSA Targeted 106,000 Foreigners In Spy Program Up For Renewal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. National Security Agency conducted targeted surveillance over the past year against 106,000 foreigners suspected of being involved in terro...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot Red Cross Asks For 50 Ham Radio Operators To Fly To Puerto Rico
Bruce Perens writes: The red cross has asked for 50 ham radio operators to fly to Puerto Rico and be deployed there for up to three weeks. This is unprecedented in the 75-year cooperation between Red ...
08:00 am - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot Star Trek: Discovery Nearly Cracks Pirate Bay's Top 10 In Less Than 24 Hours
Yesterday was the season premiere of the first new Star Trek TV series in 12 years. While the first episode aired on the CBS broadcast network Sunday night, the second episode -- and all the rest to c...
04:00 am - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot Russia Reportedly Bought Thousands of Facebook Ads Sought To Stress Racial Divisions
According to The Washington Post, Russia government actors bought Facebook advertisements during the 2016 election cycle that sought to exploit and divide based on hot-button racial issues. Some of th...
04:00 am - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot If Data Is the New Oil, Are Tech Companies Robbing Us Blind?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Data is the new oil, or so the saying goes. So why are we giving it away for nothing more than ostensibly free email, better movie recommendati...
02:00 am - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot Instagram Now Has 800 Million Monthly, 500 Million Daily Active Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Instagram said Monday that it's added another 100 million monthly users. That brings the photo-sharing app to 800 million monthly active users, up from 7...
02:00 am - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot Intel Launches 16 and 18-Core Core i9 Desktop Chips To Take On AMD Threadripper
MojoKid writes: Intel has officially launched its Skylake-X processor offering in response to AMD's Ryzen Threadripper series of desktop CPUs. The new Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X are 18 and 16-co...
02:00 am - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot Dubai Starts Tests in Bid To Become First City With Flying Taxis
Dubai staged a test flight on Monday for what it said would soon be the world's first drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates city to lead the Arab world in innovation. ...
12:00 am - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot Waymo Clarifies It Actually Wants $1.8 Billion From Uber
Last week, a lawyer for Uber said Waymo was seeking about $2.6 billion from the company for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars. Over the weekend, Way...
12:00 am - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot Is Project Management Killing Good Products, Teams and Software?
New submitter mikeatTB writes: "For software development, no significant developer activity is predictable or repetitive; if it were, the developers would have automated it already," writes Steven A. ...
12:00 am - Tue, September 26, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Owners Share More Info On Model
Owners at the Model 3 Owners Club compiled a list of over 80 different features of the Model 3 they're curious about, including questions about how the car operates (does the card unlock all the doors...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot DDoS Attacks Will Now Be 'Something You Only Read About In The History Books', Says Cloudflare CEO
Louise Matsakis, writing for Motherboard: Cloudflare, a major internet security firm, is on a mission to render distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks useless. The company announced Monday that ...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Deloitte Hit By Cyber-attack Revealing Clients' Secret Emails
Accounting firm Deloitte confirmed on Monday it had suffered a cyberattack. From a report: One of the world's "big four" accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised th...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot China Blocks WhatsApp
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: China has blocked WhatsApp, security experts confirmed today to The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled). Over the past few months, Wha...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple Replaces Bing With Google as Search Engine For Siri and Spotlight
Apple is ditching Bing and will now use Google to power the default search engine for Siri, Search within iOS (iOS search bar), and Spotlight on Mac. From a report: TechCrunch reported Monday that App...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Slashes Prices on 4K Content in Response To Apple TV 4K's Launch
An anonymous reader shares a report: One of the many announcements at Apple's keynote a couple weeks ago was that 4K movies would be added to iTunes at the same price as HD content. Previously purchas...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple Releases macOS High Sierra; Ex-NSA Hacker Publishes Zero-Day
Apple today released the newest version of its operating system for Macs, macOS High Sierra, to the public. macOS High Sierra is a free download, and offers a range of new features and improvements in...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Showtime Websites Are Mining Monero With Your CPU, Unclear If Hack Or Experiment
An anonymous reader writes: Two Showtime domains are currently loading and running Coinhive, a JavaScript library that mines Monero using the CPU resources of users visiting Showtime's websites. The t...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot iOS 11 Is Causing Massive Battery Drain Problems
Mark Wilson writes: A study conducted by security research firm Wandera shows that iOS 11 is causing iPhone and iPad batteries to drain faster than ever -- much faster. The difference between iOS 10 a...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot President Donald Trump and His Daughter Ivanka To Unveil a New Federal Computer Science Initiative With Major Tech Backers
From a report: President Donald Trump will issue a new directive Monday to supercharge the U.S. government's support for science, tech, engineering and mathematics, including coding education, three s...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot The Shorter Your Sleep, the Shorter Your Life: the New Sleep Science
An anonymous reader shares a report: A "catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic" is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, a leading expert has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Professor Matth...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Teams is Replacing Skype for Business To Put More Pressure on Slack
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft Teams isn't even a year old, but it's about to replace Skype for Business. At Microsoft's Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida today, the software giant...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Connects LinkedIn and Office 365 Via Profile Cards, Starting To Capitalize on $26B Deal
More than a year after Microsoft announced its plans to purchase LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, the technology giant is rolling out some of the first integrations with the business social network. From a...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Analyst: Enterprises Trust Red Hat Because It 'Makes Open Source Boring'
Tech analyst James Governor reports on what he learned from Red Hat's "Analyst Day":So it turns out Red Hat is pretty good at being Red Hat. By that I mean Red Hat sticks to the knitting, carries wate...
08:00 am - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Ray Kurzweil Explains Why Technology Won't Eliminate Human Jobs
Futurist Ray Kurzweil, now a director of engineering at Google, made an interesting argument in a new interview with Fortune:We have already eliminated all jobs several times in human history. How man...
06:00 am - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Australia Finally Creates Its Own National Space Agency
50 years after Australia became the third country to launch a satellite into space, they had another big announcement. An anonymous reader quotes AFP:Australia on Monday committed to creating a nation...
02:00 am - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot 'Banned Books Week' Recognizes 2016's Most-Censored Books (and Comic Books)
An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek:The American Library Association's yearly Banned Books Week, held this year between Sunday September 24 and Saturday September 30, is both a celebration of freedom ...
12:00 am - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Google AMP Flaw Exploited By Russian Hackers Targeting Journalists
An anonymous reader writes:Russian hacktivist group Fancy Bear (also referred to as APT28, Sofacy, and Strontium) has been using a flaw in Google's caching of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) to phish t...
12:00 am - Mon, September 25, 2017
Slashdot Chicago School Official: US IT Jobs Offshored Because 'We Weren't Making Our Own' Coders
theodp writes: In a slick new video, segments of which were apparently filmed looking out from Google's Chicago headquarters giving it a nice high-tech vibe, Chicago Public Schools' CS4ALL staffers no...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot 'Star Trek: Discovery' Premieres Tonight
An anonymous reader quotes EW.com:Tonight CBS will premiere the first new Star Trek TV series in 12 years at 8:30 p.m. on the company's regular broadcast network. Immediately afterward, the second epi...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Richard Stallman vs. Canonical's CEO: 'Will Microsoft Love Linux to Death?'
TechRepublic got different answers about Microsoft's new enthusiasm for Linux from Canonical's founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth, and from Richard Stallman. Stallman "believes that Microsoft's decisio...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Can We Reduce Cow Methane Emissions By Breeding Low-Emission Cattle?
An anonymous reader quotes Popular Science:Raising cattle contributes to global warming in a big way. The animals expel large amounts of methane when they burp and fart, a greenhouse gas many times mo...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Civilian Drone Crashes Into a US Army Helicopter
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post:It was nearly Black Hawk down over Staten Island -- when an Army chopper was struck by an illegally flying drone over a residential neighborhood, authoriti...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Hit With 'Dozens' of Lawsuits from Shareholders and Consumers -- Plus a Possible Class Action
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:Since it announced a massive data breach earlier this month, Equifax has been hit with dozens of lawsuits from shareholders, consumers and now one filed ...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Governments Turn Tables By Suing Public Records Requesters
schwit1 quotes the AP:Government bodies are increasingly turning the tables on citizens who seek public records that might be embarrassing or legally sensitive. Instead of granting or denying their re...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare Pays First $7,500 Bounties In War Against Patent Troll
Cloudflare declared war on a group of lawyers that files patent lawsuits against tech firms, by offering bounties for the discovery of patent-invalidating "prior art." Now an anonymous reader writes:O...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot ARM TrustZone Hacked By Abusing Power Management
"This is brilliant and terrifying in equal measure," writes the Morning Paper. Long-time Slashdot reader phantomfive writes: Many CPUs these days have DVFS (Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling), whi...
12:00 pm - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Are Companies Overhyping AI?
When it comes to artificial intelligence, "companies have been overselling the concept and otherwise normal people are taking the bait," writes Hackaday:Not to pick on Amazon, but all of the home assi...
08:00 am - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Saudi Arabian Textbook Shows Yoda Joining The UN
Long-time Slashdot reader Mikkeles quotes the BBC:Saudi Arabia's education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on...
04:00 am - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Experian Criticized Over Credit-Freeze PIN Security and 'Dark Web' Scans
Security researcher Brian Krebs complains that Experian's identity-protecting credit freezes are easily unfrozen online. An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:Experian makes it easy to undo a credit fr...
02:00 am - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Inside Amazon's Warehouses: Thousands of Senior Citizens and the Occasional Robot Mishap
Amazon aggressively recruited thousands of retirees living in mobile homes to migrate to Amazon's warehouses for seasonal work, according to a story shared by nightcats. Wired reports:From a hiring pe...
12:00 am - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot Spain's Crackdown on Catalonia Includes Internet Censorship
Spain's autonomous Catalonia region wants to hold a referendum on independence next weekend. Spain's Constitutional Court insists that that vote is illegal, and has taken control of Catalonia's police...
12:00 am - Sun, September 24, 2017
Slashdot 'Tetris' Recreated In Conway's 'Game of Life'
In 1970 mathematician John Conway created rules for the "Game of Life," a now famous "zero-player game" where a grid of cells evolves (following Conway's rules) from an initial state proposed by the p...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Starts Charging For Cloud Computing Resources By the Second
AmiMoJo writes: "Back in the old days, you needed to buy or lease a server if you needed access to compute power," remembers Amazon's AWS blog. "When Amazon launched EC2 back in 2006, the ability to u...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Do Strongly Typed Languages Reduce Bugs?
"Static vs dynamic typing is always one of those topics that attracts passionately held positions," writes the Morning Paper -- reporting on an "encouraging" study that attempted to empirically evalua...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Popular Chrome Extension Embedded A CPU-Draining Cryptocurrency Miner
An anonymous reader writes: SafeBrowse, a Chrome extension with more than 140,000 users, contains an embedded JavaScript library in the extension's code that mines for the Monero cryptocurrency using ...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft and Facebook Just Built a 4,000-Mile Cable Across the Pacfic Ocean
An anonymous reader quotes Popular Mechanics:Microsoft, Facebook and global telecommunication infrastructure company Telxius have completed the Marea subsea cable, the world's most technologically adv...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Relents, Switches React, Flow, Immuable.js and Jest To MIT License
An anonymous reader quotes the Register:Faced with growing dissatisfaction about licensing requirements for some of its open-source projects, Facebook said it will move React, Jest, Flow, and Immutabl...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Swift 4.0 Includes A Compatibility Mode For 'The Majority' Of Swift 3.x Code
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Swift 4.0 is now available. It's a major upgrade to Apple's Swift, the three-year old successor to the Objective-C language used for MacOS and iOS application deve...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot IBM Open Sources 'WebSphere Liberty' For Java Microservices and Cloud-Native Apps
An anonymous reader quotes TechRepublic:On Wednesday, IBM revealed the Open Liberty project, open sourcing its WebSphere Liberty code on GitHub to support Java microservices and cloud-native apps. The...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Memorial Set For 'Pi Day' Creator
"Three-point-one-four was more than a number to museum curator Larry Shaw," writes the San Francisco Chronicle. Long-time Slashdot reader linuxwrangler writes: In 1988 at a retreat for San Francisco E...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Would a T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Hurt Consumers?
Following a report from Reuters claiming T-Mobile is close to agreeing on a deal to merge with Sprint, an anonymous Slashdot reader shares a report from DSLReports arguing how such a merger would rema...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Apple: iPhones Are Too 'Complex' To Allow Unauthorized Repair
Jason Koebler writes: Apple's top environmental officer made the company's most extensive statements about the repairability of Apple hardware on Tuesday: "Our first thought is, 'You don't need to rep...
08:00 am - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Super-Accurate GPS Chips Coming To Smartphones In 2018
schwit1 writes about a new mass-market Broadcom chip designed for the next generation of smartphones: It'll know where you are to within 30 centimeters (11.8 inches), rather than five meters. At least...
04:00 am - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Using iCloud's Find My iPhone Feature To Remotely Lock Macs, Demand Ransom Payments
AmiMoJo shares a report from Mac Rumors: Over the last day or two, several Mac users appear to have been locked out of their machines after hackers signed into their iCloud accounts and initiated a re...
04:00 am - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot New Antibody Attacks 99% of HIV Strains
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts o...
02:00 am - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Google Experiment Tests Top 5 Browsers, Finds Safari Riddled With Security Bugs
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: The Project Zero team at Google has created a new tool for testing browser DOM engines and has unleashed it on today's top five browsers...
02:00 am - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft and Canonical Make Custom Linux Kernel
Billly Gates writes: Microsoft and Canonical's relationship is getting closer besides Ubuntu for Windows. Azure will soon be offering more customized Ubuntu containers with a MS optimized kernel. Unam...
02:00 am - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Court Rules That Imported Solar Panels Are Bad For US Manufacturing
The International Trade Commission has ruled that American companies are being hurt by cheap solar panels from overseas, providing an opportunity for President Donald Trump to tax imports from countri...
12:00 am - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Adobe Security Team Accidentally Posts Private PGP Key On Blog
A member of Adobe's Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) accidentally posted the PGP keys for PSIRT's email account -- both the public and the private keys. According to Ars Technica, "the ...
12:00 am - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Walmart Wants To Deliver Groceries Straight To Your Fridge
New submitter Rick Schumann writes: Walmart has a new marketing idea: "Going to the store? No one has time for that anymore," Walmart says. They want to partner with a company called August Home, who ...
12:00 am - Sat, September 23, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Backtracks Slightly In Plan To Kick Customers Off Network
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon Wireless is giving a reprieve to some rural customers who are scheduled to be booted off their service plans, but only in cases when cust...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Move Over Connected Cows, the Internet of Bees Is Here
A new project is aiming to bring bees online by putting them in tiny "backpacks" so that scientists can track the threatened insect's behaviour and help its survival. From a report: Bees in Manchester...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Announces Java SE 9 and Java EE 8
rastos1 writes: Oracle has announced the general availability of Java SE 9 (JDK 9), Java Platform Enterprise Edition 8 (Java EE 8) and the Java EE 8 Software Development Kit (SDK). JDK 9 is a producti...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Passwords For 540,000 Car Tracking Devices Leaked Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hacker News: Login credentials of more than half a million records belonging to vehicle tracking device company SVR Tracking have leaked online, potentiall...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Anatomy of a Moral Panic: Reports About Amazon Suggesting 'Bomb-Making Items' Were Highly Misleading
Maciej Ceglowski, a Polish-American web developer, has demolished a news story from earlier this week in which a British outlet Channel 4 suggested that Amazon's algorithm-driven suggestions were help...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Major Cyber-Attack Will Happen Soon, Warns UK's Security Boss
Alex Hern, writing for The Guardian: A "category one" cyber-attack, the most serious tier possible, will happen "sometime in the next few years", a director of the National Cybersecurity Centre has wa...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Nestle Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For
Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, has been bottling water since 1843 and has grown into the largest seller of bottled water. But a detailed report on Bloomberg uncovers the compan...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Latest Products Get Rare Mixed-Bag Reviews, Muted Reception
Mark Gurman, writing for Bloomberg: Despite the strength of its brand, Apple occasionally releases a product to mediocre reviews -- remember the original Apple TV or Apple Watch? But reviewers have ra...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Red Hat Pledges Patent Protection For 99 Percent of FOSS-ware
Red Hat says it has amassed over 2,000 patents and won't enforce them if the technologies they describe are used in properly-licensed open-source software. From a report: The company has made more or ...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot This Guy Is Digitizing the VHS History of Video Games
An anonymous reader shares a report: UK-based gaming journalist and blogger Chris Scullion is on a mission to preserve his collection -- and maybe your collection, too -- of these old video game VHS t...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot London Has Decided To Ban Uber
Johana Bhuiyan, writing for Recode: Transport for London, the taxi regulating service in London, announced today that it would not be renewing Uber's license to operate because of concerns over the co...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile, Sprint Close To Agreeing Deal Terms
From a report: T-Mobile US is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with peer Sprint Corp, people familiar with the matter said on Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the t...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot The Problem, Really, is This Thing Called 'Disruption'
New submitter mirandakatz writes: The word "disruption" is everywhere in tech -- and it's getting founders in trouble. Just look at what happened with Bodega last week: Had the startup not professed t...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Imitate Bill Gates If You Want To Be Rich
dryriver writes: BBC Capital has an article that debunks the idea of "simply doing what highly successful people have done to get rich," because many of those "outliers" got rich under special circums...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot A New Zealand Company Built An AI Baby That Plays the Piano
pacopico writes: A New Zealand company called Soul Machines has built a disturbingly lifelike virtual baby powered by artificial intelligence software. According to a Bloomberg story, the baby has lea...
08:00 am - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Most Powerful Cosmic Rays Come From Galaxies Far, Far Away
A new study finds the highest-energy cosmic rays to bombard Earth come from galaxies far, far away. Space.com reports: The sun emits relatively low-energy cosmic rays. However, for more than 50 years,...
04:00 am - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Fathers Pass On Four Times As Many New Genetic Mutations As Mothers, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Children inherit four times as many new mutations from their fathers than their mothers, according to research that suggests faults in the men's ...
02:00 am - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Ford Is Using Microsoft's HoloLens To Design Cars In Augmented Reality
Ford is using Microsoft's HoloLens headset to let designers quickly model out changes to cars, trucks, and SUVs in augmented reality. This allows designers to see the changes on top of an existing phy...
02:00 am - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Discontinues Its Most Affordable Model S
Tesla will be discontinuing its cheapest Model S option, the Model S 75, this Sunday. What that means is that the all-wheel-drive version -- the 75D -- will take its place as the low-end Model S sedan...
02:00 am - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot 'Dear Apple, The iPhone X and Face ID Are Orwellian and Creepy'
Trent Lapinski from Hacker Noon writes an informal letter to Apple, asking "who the hell actually asked for Face ID?" and calling the iPhone X and new face-scanning security measure "Orwellian" and "c...
12:00 am - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot Distrustful US Allies Force Spy Agency To Back Down In Encryption Fight
schwit1 shares a report from Reuters: An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as glob...
12:00 am - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot EU Paid For Report That Said Piracy Isn't Harmful -- And Tried To Hide Findings
According to Julia Reda's blog, the only Pirate in the EU Parliament, the European Commission in 2014 paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy...
12:00 am - Fri, September 22, 2017
Slashdot DC Court Rules Tracking Phones Without a Warrant Is Unconstitutional
An anonymous reader writes: Law enforcement use of one tracking tool, the cell-site simulator, to track a suspect's phone without a warrant violates the Constitution, the D.C. Court of Appeals said Th...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Security Researchers Warn that Third-Party GO Keyboard App is Spying on Millions of Android Users
An anonymous reader shares a report: Security researchers from Adguard have issued a warning that the popular GO Keyboard app is spying on users. Produced by Chinese developers GOMO Dev Team, GO Keybo...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Firefox For iOS Gets Tracking Protection, Firefox Focus For Android Gets Tabs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today released Firefox 9.0 for iOS and updated Firefox Focus for Android. The iOS browser is getting tracking protection, improved sync, a...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Judge Kills FTC Lawsuit Against D-Link for Flimsy Security
Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against network equipment vendor D-Link saying inadequate security in the company's wireless routers and internet cameras left consume...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Corporations Just Quietly Changed How the Web Works
Adrianne Jeffries, a reporter at The Outline, writes on W3C's announcement from earlier this week: The trouble with DRM is that it's sort of ineffective. It tends to make things inconvenient for peopl...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Will Share Copies of Political Ads Purchased by Russian Sources With the US Congress
An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook will turn over copies of political ads purchased by Russian sources to congressional lawmakers, who are investigating the country's potential interference...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot John McAfee Said Top Executives From the Major Bitcoin Exchanges Weren't Allowed To Leave China
An anonymous reader shares a report: China's widening crackdown on bitcoin trading resulted in a travel ban of sorts for two executives from the country's largest commercial bitcoin exchanges, which r...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot PC Gaming Is Back in Focus at Tokyo Game Show
After taking a back seat to consoles for the past few years, personal computers are enjoying a resurgence in gaming, thanks to the popularity of e-sports, customizable machines and faster software rel...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Futures-Based ETF Likely To Be Approved in the US
The race is on: who will be the first to launch a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund in the United States? From a report, shared by a reader: In Europe, there is already a Bitcoin exchange traded note (ETN)...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot The CCleaner Malware Fiasco Targeted at Least 20 Specific Tech Firms
An anonymous reader shares a report: Hundreds of thousands of computers getting penetrated by a corrupted version of an ultra-common piece of security software was never going to end well. But now it'...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot SEC Discloses Hackers Penetrated EDGAR, Profited in Trading
Chris Woodyard, writing for USA Today: Hackers made their way into the Security and Exchange Commission's EDGAR electronic filing system last year, retrieving private data that appear to have resulted...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot NVIDIA Drops the Basic Shield TV's Price To $180
An anonymous reader shares a report: NVIDIA's Shield TV promised to be an Android set-top box for gamers, and in that sense, it delivered. The company first released it in 2015, but its updated versio...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Is Working With AMD To Develop Its Own AI Chip For Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla is getting closer to having its own chip for handling autonomous driving tasks in its cars. The carmaker has received back samples of the first imp...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot How Flying Seriously Messes With Your Mind and Body
dryriver writes: BBC Future has an interesting piece about how traveling in an airliner does strange things to people's minds and bodies, such as far more people starting to cry while watching even mi...
08:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Create World's First 'Molecular Robot' Capable of Building Molecules
New submitter re385 shares a report from Science Magazine: Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first "molecular robot" that is capable of performing basic tasks includi...
06:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Buys Part of HTC's Smartphone Team For $1.1 Billion
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Today, a deal finally happens, but Google didn't buy HTC outright. Strangely, as the deal is laid out, the search giant has seemingly bought HTC employees. ...
04:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Democrats Ask FEC To Create New Rules To Keep Foreign Influence Off Social Media Ads
Cristina Marcos reports via The Hill: Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to establish new guidelines for online advertising platforms that would prevent fore...
04:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot E-Cigarettes With Nicotine Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Even after puffing on just one electronic cigarette with nicotine, healthy non-smokers were found to have a biological marker known to increase the ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot More Are Paying To Stream Music, But YouTube Still Holds the Value Gap
An anonymous reader shares a report: With Google's user-generated content loophole firmly in lawmaker's sights, global music trade body IFPI has published new research looking at demand for music stre...
02:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Computer Science Degrees Aren't Returning On Investment For Coders, Research Finds
According to a new survey, coders with a bachelor's degree in computer science only earn 3,000 British Pounds (BP) more a year than those who don't have one. The survey of 4,700 developers in the UK w...
02:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Customers Can Now Return Things For Free At Kohl's Or Whole Foods
In addition to any of the hundreds of Whole Foods supermarkets across the country, certain Kohl's stores will now accept returns of "eligible items" as part of a retail partnership between the two com...
02:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot China Arms Upgraded Tianhe-2A Hybrid Supercomputer
New submitter kipperstem77 shares an excerpt from a report via The Next Platform: The National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has, according to James Lin, vice director for the Center of High...
12:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot AMD Opteron Vs EPYC: How AMD Server Performance Evolved Over 10 Years
New submitter fstack writes: Phoronix has carried out tests comparing AMD's high-end EPYC 7601 CPU to AMD Opteron CPUs from about ten years ago, looking at the EPYC/Opteron Linux performance and power...
12:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Reportedly Working On Alexa-Enabled Smart Glasses
According to the Financial Times (Warning: source paywalled), Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant. The report also mentions a home security camera ...
12:00 am - Thu, September 21, 2017
Slashdot Bill Gates Says He's Sorry About Control-Alt-Delete
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum today, Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked Microsoft founder Bill Gates to account for one o...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Has Been Sending Consumers To a Fake Phishing Site for Almost Two Weeks
An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report (condensed for space): For nearly two weeks, the company's official Twitter account has been directing users to a fake lookalike website. After announcing t...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Mathematical Formula Predicts Global Mass Extinction Event in 2100
Kate Lunau, writing for Motherboard: A new paper in Science Advances finds that a mass extinction period mirroring ones from our planet's ancient past could be triggered when humanity adds a certain a...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Seismologist Explains Mexico's Back-To-Back Earthquakes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The second major earthquake to strike Mexico in less than two weeks has caused catastrophic damage in the country's capital. The magnitude 7.1 tembl...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center Doesn't Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're not using them on your smartphone has long been standard, common sense, advice. Unfortunately, with the iPh...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Waymo Wants Uber to Pay $2.6 Billion Over Alleged Trade Secret Theft
Alphabet's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday. From a rep...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Ransomware Hack Targeting 2 Million an Hour
New submitter Zorro writes: A ransomware attack sweeping the globe right now is launching about 8,000 different versions of the virus script at Barracuda's customers, Eugene Weiss, lead platform archi...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Hurricane Maria Knocks Out Power To Entire Island of Puerto Rico
An anonymous reader writes: Hurricane Maria's eye has left Puerto Rico, but the mammoth storm is still lashing the island with devastating winds. Maria weakened to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday aft...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Why Does Google Want To Purchase HTC?
Rumor has it Google is planning to purchase HTC -- or at least a portion of it. The speculation of this has been doing rounds for weeks now, and it reached a new high today after HTC said its stock wi...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot CEO Catches Stranger After Hours, Prompting Espionage Charges
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samuel Straface thought he was the last one out the door one recent evening at the medical-technology startup he leads in suburban Boston. But as he passed a glass...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot GNOME Partners With Purism On Librem 5 Linux-based Privacy-focused Smartphone
BrianFagioli writes: The Librem 5 smartphone by Purism has a long and difficult road ahead of it. Competing against the likes of Apple and Google on the mobile market has proven to be a death sentence...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Apple Admits To Apple Watch LTE Problems Just Before It Ships
Lauren Goode, reporting for The Verge: Apple's new Series 3 smartwatch starts shipping this Friday, and the biggest feature change between last year's model and this new Watch is that it has built-in ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Amazon 'Reviewing' Its Website After It Suggested Bomb-Making Items
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon said on Wednesday that it was reviewing its website after a British television report said the online retail giant's algorithms were automatically suggestin...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Oracle's Larry Ellison Pokes Amazon Again With New Cloud Pricing Plan
Oracle went on the offensive again versus Amazon.com this week with a new cloud pricing plan that gives discounts to Oracle database customers who move their databases to the cloud. From a report: Cha...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Consciousness Goes Deeper Than You Think
An anonymous reader shares a post from Scientific American, written by Bernardo Kastrup: An article on the neuroscience of infant consciousness, which attracted some interest a few years ago, asked: "...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Popular Steam Extension 'Inventory Helper' Spies On Users, Says Report
SmartAboutThings shares a report from Windows Report: If you installed the "Steam Inventory Helper" on your computer, you may want to uninstall it as soon as possible. Recent reports suggest that this...
08:00 am - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot NASA's Hubble Captures Blistering Pitch-Black Planet
schwit1 writes: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This ...
04:00 am - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Electric Bus Sets Record With 1,101-Mile Trip On a Single Charge
A startup called Proterra has set the world record for the furthest distance any electric vehicle has managed before recharging. The Catalyst E2 Max electric bus drove 1,101.2 miles on a single charge...
04:00 am - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Is the World Ready For Flying Cars?
An anonymous reader shares a report from TechCrunch, adding: "Is the world ready for flying cars? Sebastian Thrun, the supposed godfather of autonomous driving, and several other tech investors seem t...
02:00 am - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Pepe the Frog's Creator Is Sending Takedown Notices To Far-Right Sites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has made good on his threat to "aggressively enforce his intellectual property." The artist's lawyers have taken ...
02:00 am - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Google, Bing, Yahoo Data Retention Doesn't Improve Search Quality, Study Claims
A new paper released on Monday via the National Bureau of Economic Research claims that retaining search log data doesn't do much for search quality. "Data retention has implications in the debate ove...
02:00 am - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Suspends 300,000 Accounts Tied To Terrorism In 2017
According to a new transparency report, Twitter said it suspended nearly 300,000 accounts globally linked to terrorism in the first half of the year. The company is improving automation tools used to ...
12:00 am - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot China Orders Bitcoin Exchanges In Capital City To Close
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: China is moving forward with plans to shut down Bitcoin exchanges in the country, starting with trading platforms in key cities. All Bitcoin exchanges in ...
12:00 am - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot iOS 11 Released
Today, Apple released the final version of iOS 11, its latest mobile operating system. If you have an iPhone or iPad that was released within the last few years, you should be able to download the new...
12:00 am - Wed, September 20, 2017
Slashdot EFF Resigns From Web Consortium In Wake of EME DRM Standardization
New submitter Frobnicator writes: Four years ago, the W3C began standardizing Encrypted Media Extensions, or EME. Several organizations, including the EFF, have argued against DRM within web browsers....
10:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Google's AI Boss Blasts Musk's Scare Tactics on Machine Takeover
Mark Bergen, writing for Bloomberg: Elon Musk is the most-famous Cassandra of artificial intelligence. The Tesla chief routinely drums up the technology's risks in public and on Twitter, where he rece...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot What Comes After User-Friendly Design?
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, writing for FastCoDesign: "User-friendly" was coined in the late 1970s, when software developers were first designing interfaces that amateurs could use. In those early days...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot You Might Use AI, But That Doesn't Mean You're an AI Company, Says a Founder of Google Brain
As AI space gets crowded, there are a slew of businesses -- new and old -- looking to market themselves as "AI companies." But according to Andrew Ng, a founder of the Google Brain team and a luminary...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Cities Are Competing to Give Amazon the 'Mother of All Civic Giveaways'
Louise Matsakis, reporting for Motherboard: Amazon announced earlier this month that it was looking to build a second headquarters outside Seattle, where more than 40,000 of the company's more than 38...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Internet Is Having a Midlife Crisis
An anonymous reader shares a report: The rise of cyber-bullying and monopolistic business practices has damaged trust in the internet, pioneering entrepreneur Baroness Lane-Fox has told the BBC. The L...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot In a 'Plot Twist', Wikileaks Releases Documents It Claims Detail Russia Mass Surveillance Apparatus
WikiLeaks, believed by many to be a Kremlin front, surprised some observers Tuesday morning (Snowden called it a "plot twist") when it released documents linking a Russian tech company with access to ...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Sonos To Launch a Wireless Speaker That Would Support Multiple Voice Assistants
Sonos, a mid- to high-end speaker manufacturer, released an updated privacy policy for its speakers that almost certainly confirms that the company will release a speaker with Amazon's Alexa voice ass...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Apple File System in macOS High Sierra Won't Work With Fusion Drives
An anonymous reader shares a report: MacOS High Sierra will come out of beta and roll out to the public next week. If you have previously installed the beta version, you may need to take extra steps b...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Stack Overflow Launches Salary Calculator For Developers
An anonymous reader writes: Stack Overflow today launched Salary Calculator, a tool that lets developers check out typical salaries across the industry. The calculated results are based on five factor...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Google Chrome Most Resilient Against Attacks, Researchers Find
Between Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer, Chrome has been found to be the most resilient against attacks, an analysis by security researchers has found. Firefox, Safari, and Opera ...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Results of the Ubuntu Desktop Applications Survey
Ubuntu Product and Strategy head at Canonical, dustinkirkland writes: A few months ago, Slashdot readers were asked for feedback on the Ubuntu Desktop default applications. This blog post, by the auth...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Developer Marco Arment Shares Thoughts On iPhone X's Notch
Developer Marco Arment writes about the infamous notch on the iPhone X, which Apple has told developers to embrace rather than ignore: This is the new shape of the iPhone. As long as the notch is clea...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Use Texts For Two-Factor Authentication
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A demonstration video posted by Positive Technologies (and first reported by Forbes) shows how easy it is to hack into a bitcoin wallet by intercept...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Bacteria In Tumors Can Inactivate Common Chemotherapy Drugs, Study Suggests
Researchers caught the bacteria Mycoplasma hyorhinis hiding out among cancer cells, thwarting chemotherapy drugs intended to treat the tumors they reside in. The findings have been published this week...
08:00 am - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Ethereum Will Match Visa In Scale In a 'Couple of Years,' Says Founder
Ethereum's founder, Vitalik Buterin, believes that his cryptocurrency has the potential to replace things like credit card networks and gaming servers. He even goes as far to say that Ethereum will re...
06:00 am - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile To Increase Deprioritization Threshold To 50GB This Week
After raising its deprioritization threshold to 32GB in May, it looks like T-Mobile will bump it up to 50GB on September 20th, according to a TmoNews source. The move will widen the gap between T-Mobi...
04:00 am - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Diesel Cars Contribute To 5,000 Premature Deaths a Year In Europe, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Emissions from diesel cars rigged to appear eco-friendly may be responsible for 5,000 air pollution deaths per year in Europe alone, according to a s...
02:00 am - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Navy Plans To Use Xbox 360 Controllers For New Periscope Systems Aboard Its Submarines
According to ABC News, the U.S. Navy is planning to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate periscopes aboard its most advanced submarines. High-resolution cameras and large monitors are replacing the tra...
02:00 am - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Jeweler Forged Judge's Signature To Force Google To Kill Negative Reviews
A sapphire salesman is facing jail time for forging a judge's signature in a case involving Google. Kelly Weill from The Daily Beast reports: Michael Arnstein is the third-generation owner of the Natu...
02:00 am - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot AI Just Made Guessing Your Password a Whole Lot Easier
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: The Equifax breach is reason for concern, of course, but if a hacker wants to access your online data by simply guessing your password, you're proba...
12:00 am - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Finally Lets You Disable the Bixby Button Without a Third-Party App
Samsung has released an update to allow you to disable Bixby on the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8. The only problem is you can only disable the button and can't point it to another app. Android Police rep...
12:00 am - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Which IT Hiring Trends Are Hot, and Which Ones Are Going Cold?
snydeq writes: Recruiting and retaining tech talent remains IT's biggest challenge today, writes Paul Heltzel, in an article on what trends are heating up and what's cooling off when it comes to IT st...
12:00 am - Tue, September 19, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Suffered a Hack Almost Five Months Earlier Than the Date It Disclosed
Bloomberg is reporting that Equifax, the credit reporting company that recently reported a cybersecurity incident impacting roughly 143 million U.S. consumers, learned about a breach of its computer s...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Chrome To Force Domains Ending With Dev and Foo To HTTPS Via Preloaded HSTS
Developer Mattias Geniar writes (condensed and edited for clarity): One of the next versions of Chrome is going to force all domains ending with .dev and .foo to be redirected to HTTPs via a preloaded...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Offers To Treat Rivals Equally Via Auction
Google has offered to display rival comparison shopping sites via an auction, as it aims to stave off further EU antitrust fines, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. From a report: Goog...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Stock Sales Are the Focus of US Criminal Probe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether top officials at Equifax Inc. violated insider trading laws when they s...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Confirms Outlook Issues
Microsoft has confirmed that some users of its email service Outlook are unable to send email or access their accounts. From a report: Hundreds from around Europe have commented on the website Downdet...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Flush With Cash: Swiss Toilets Mysteriously Stuffed With 500-Euro Bills
Someone in the Swiss city of Geneva has been trying to flush tens of thousands of euros down toilets. From a report: The bathrooms at a branch of the UBS bank in Geneva, as well as in three nearby res...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot HTML5 DRM Standard Is a Go
Artem Tashkinov writes: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the industry body that oversees development of HTML and related Web standards, has today published the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) spe...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Google's New Payment App For India Transfers Money Via Ultrasound
Pranav Dixit, writing for BuzzFeed News: Google's goal for the brand-new payments app it launched in India on Monday is simple yet ambitious: to get in on the action each time someone sends or receive...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Meet the Font Detectives Who Ferret Out Fakery
New submitter rgh02 writes: Earlier this year, the former prime minister of Pakistan and his family came under scrutiny thanks to revelations in the Panama Papers. The smoking gun in the case of a for...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Avast's CCleaner Free Windows Application Infected With Malware
Reader Tinfoil writes: Cisco Talos announces that malware cleaning app, CCleaner, has been infected with malware for the past month. Version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between Augus...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would Happen If a Hyperloop Train Failed?
dryriver writes: I've been following Elon Musk's Hyperloop initiative with great interest. The idea of getting from one city to another at 700 MPH without having to suffer through an airport and all t...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Apple Officially Bans Scammy Antivirus Apps From iOS App Store
Fake "virus scanning" apps have plagued the iOS App Store for a while, and Apple seems to finally be banning them once and for all in updated developer guidelines it published last week. From a report...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Americans Plan Massive 'Net Neutrality' Protest Next Week
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:A coalition of activists, consumer groups and writers are calling on supporters to attend the next meeting of the Federal Communications Commission on September...
08:00 am - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Illinois Tests A Blockchain-Based Birth Registry/ID System
An anonymous reader quotes Government Technology:The state of Illinois, which has six blockchain pilots underway, will partner with Utah-based Evernym for a birth registry pilot meant to individualize...
04:00 am - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Can An Individual Still Resist The Spread of Technology?
schwit1 shares a column from the Chicago Tribune:When cellphones first appeared, they gave people one more means of communication, which they could accept or reject. But before long, most of us began ...
02:00 am - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Kids Praised for Being Smart are More Likely to Cheat
An anonymous reader quotes the University of California:An international team of researchers reports that when children are praised for being smart not only are they quicker to give up in the face of ...
12:00 am - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot There's a Logic To How Squirrels Bury Their Nuts
sandbagger shares an announcement from the University of California:Like trick-or-treaters sorting their Halloween candy haul, fox squirrels apparently organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quali...
12:00 am - Mon, September 18, 2017
Slashdot Typing By Brain Arrives: No Surgery Necessary
mirandakatz writes: 2017 has been a coming-out year of sorts for the brain-machine interface. But the main barrier to adoption is the potentially invasive nature of a BMI: Not many people are going to...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Idaho Wants To Establish America's First 'Dark Sky Preserve'
schwit1 shares a story from the AP:Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way. The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States would fill a ch...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Essential Phone Now Supported By All Four Major Carriers (Including Verizon)
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:Essential's debut smartphone has received approval to run on Verizon, meaning it's now supported by all four major US carriers. Sprint was the device's launch part...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Linux Foundation President Used MacOS For Presentation at Open Source Summit
Slashdot reader mschaffer writes:It appears that Jim Zemlin, President of the Linux Foundation, was using MacOS while declaring "2017 is officially the year of the Linux desktop!" at the Open Source S...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Scientists Are Developing A Vaccine Against Cavities
A vaccine against tooth decay "is urgently needed" writes Nature -- and a team of Chinese scientists is getting close. hackingbear writes:Scientists at Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of ...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot 'Bodega' CEO Apologizes, Insists They'll Create More Jobs
Remember those two ex-Googlers who started a company to replace mom-and-pop corner stores with automated vending kiosks? An anonymous reader writes:The company's CEO has now "apologized in the face of...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot 'Bashware' Attacks Exploit Windows 10's Subsystem for Linux
Mark Wilson quote BetaNews: While many people welcomed the arrival of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10, it has been found to be a potential security issue. A new technique known as a Ba...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Trump's Officials Suggest Re-Negotiating The Paris Climate Accord
Slashdot reader whh3 brings surprising news from the Wall Street Journal. "Trump administration officials said Saturday the U.S. wouldn't pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the ...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot IBM Open Sources Their Own JVM/JDK As Eclipse OpenJ9
IBM has open sourced a "high performance, scalable virtual machine" with "a great pedigree... [it's] at the core of many IBM enterprise software products." Slashdot reader dxb1230 writes: IBM has open...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Business Model for An Open Source Developer?
An anonymous reader writes:I'm interested in creating really good open source software. However, unless programmers have an incentive to work on their projects for long periods, many projects are be a...
12:00 pm - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot New Book Argues Silicon Valley Will Lead Us to Our Doom
Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro quotes the San Diego Union-Tribune:To many Americans, large technology firms embody much of what's good about the modern world. Franklin Foer has a different perspectiv...
08:00 am - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Will Linux Innovation Be Driven By Microsoft?
Adobe's VP of Mobile (and a former intellectual property lawyer) sees "a very possible future where Microsoft doesn't merely accept a peaceful coexistence with Linux, but instead enthusiastically embr...
06:00 am - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Python's Official Repository Included 10 'Malicious' Typo-Squatting Modules
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:The Slovak National Security Office (NBU) has identified ten malicious Python libraries uploaded on PyPI -- Python Package Index -- the official third-party...
02:00 am - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Is Online Advertising Worthless?
turkeydance shares a story from ZeroHedge:Category 1 storm clouds are gathering over what has traditionally been one of the most lucrative, and perhaps only profitable, sectors to come out of Silicon ...
12:00 am - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Explore A Light Bulb-Based Based 10Gbps Li-Fi/5G Home Network
Mark.JUK writes: Researchers at Brunel University in London have begun to develop a new 10 Gbps home wireless network using both Li-Fi (light fidelity) and 5G based mmWave technology, which will fit i...
12:00 am - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot NSA Launches 'Codebreaker Challenge' For Students: Stopping an Infrastructure Attack
Slashdot reader eatvegetables writes:The U.S. National Security Agency launched Codebreaker Challenge 2017 Friday night (Sept 15) at 9 p.m. EST. It started off as a reverse-engineering challenge a few...
12:00 am - Sun, September 17, 2017
Slashdot Sedentary Lifestyle Study Called 'A Raging Dumpster Fire'
Ars Technica's health reporter argues that a new study suggesting sitting will kill you "is kind of a raging dumpster fire. It's funded by Big Soda and riddled with weaknesses -- including not measuri...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot WordPress Ditches ReactJS Over Facebook's Patent Clause
An anonymous reader quote TechCrunch:Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of the popular open source web publishing software WordPress, has said the community will be pulling away from using Facebook's Reac...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot 2017 'Ig Nobel' Prizes Recognize Funny Research On Cats, Crocodiles, and Cheese
An anonymous reader writes:"The 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony" happened Thursday at Harvard's Sanders theatre, recognizing real (but unusual) research papers from all over the world "that ...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Shares Details Of Russia-Bought Ads With US Investigators
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are now in possession of Russian-linked ads run on Facebook during the presidential election, after they obtained a search wa...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Can The Pirate Bay Replace Ads With A Bitcoin Miner?
Mark Wilson writes: When it comes to the Pirate Bay, it's usually movie studios, music producers and software creators that get annoyed with the site — you know, copyright and all that. But in a...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Security.txt Standard Proposed, Similar To Robots.txt
An anonymous reader writes: Ed Foudil, a web developer and security researcher, has submitted a draft to the IETF — Internet Engineering Task Force — seeking the standardization of securit...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Equifax CSO 'Retires'. Known Bug Was Left Unpatched For Nearly Five Months
phalse phace quotes MarketWatch: Following on the heels of a story that revealed that Equifax hired a music major with no education related to technology or security as its Chief Security Officer, Equ...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot More Millennials Would Give Up Voting Than Texting
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post:As the staggering national student loan debt tally sits at an all-time high of $1.33 trillion, according to the Department of Education, many millennials s...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Poor Diet Is a Factor In One In Five Deaths, Global Disease Study Reveals
schwit1 shares a report from The Guardian: Millions of people are eating the wrong sorts of food for good health. Eating a diet that is low in whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds and fish oils and hig...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot There Will Be 22 Million Cord Cutters By 2018, Says Report
A new report by eMarketer predicts that 22.2 million U.S. adults will have cut the cord on cable, satellite or telco TV service by the end of 2017, which is up 33% over 2016. It also notes that ad inv...
08:00 am - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Releases Supercut of SpaceX Rocket Explosions
Eloking shares a report from HardOCP: Elon Musk is demonstrating how one should not land an orbital rocket booster: the video, currently trending on YouTube, is essentially a blooper reel of SpaceX ro...
04:00 am - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Mind-Altering Cat Parasite Linked To a Whole Lot of Neurological Disorders
schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: The brain-dwelling parasite Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to be hosted by at least 2 billion people around the world, and new evidence suggests the lodger c...
04:00 am - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Mystery of Sonic Weapon Attacks At US Embassy In Cuba Deepens
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He clim...
02:00 am - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot PewDiePie Is Inexcusable But DMCA Takedowns Are Not the Way To Fight Him
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is the most popular YouTuber in the world. He's gotten himself into another controversy, this time for...
02:00 am - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Credit Karma To Launch Free ID Monitoring Following Equifax Hack
Credit Karma is launching a new free service that will alert customers if their identity data has been compromised in hacks, the San Francisco-based fintech company said on Friday in the wake of massi...
02:00 am - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Google Chrome Will No Longer Autoplay Content With Sound In January 2018
Starting next year, Google Chrome will only autoplay a given piece of content when the media won't play sound or the user has indicated an interest in the media. The company was experimenting with suc...
12:00 am - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot 8,500 Verizon Customers Disconnected Because of 'Substantial' Data Use
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon is disconnecting another 8,500 rural customers from its wireless network, saying that roaming charges have made certain customer accounts...
12:00 am - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Says Almost 400,000 Britons Hit In Data Breach
MalachiK shares a report from the BBC: Data about British people "may potentially have been accessed" during the data breach at the U.S. credit rating firm Equifax. The UK arm of the organization said...
12:00 am - Sat, September 16, 2017
Slashdot Warning: 'MetalKettle' Repository For Kodi Becomes Vulnerable After GitHub Takeover
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Unfortunately, there can apparently be security issues with repositories when they shut down. For example, when the metalkettle repo ended, the developer de...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Says We Need To Start Over
Steve LeVine, writing for Axios: In 1986, Geoffrey Hinton co-authored a paper that, four decades later, is central to the explosion of artificial intelligence. But Hinton says his breakthrough method ...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot HP Users Complain About 10-Minute Login Lag During 'Win 10 Update'
A number of HP device owners are complaining of seeing black screens for around five to 10 minutes after entering their Windows login information. From a report: They appear to be pointing the finger ...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Social Media Site Gab Sues Google For Antitrust Violations Following Ban From Play Store
The social media site Gab.ai is accusing Google of violating federal antitrust laws when the tech giant booted Gab from the Google Play Store, according to lawsuit filed this week. From a report: The ...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot South Park's Season Premier Sets Off Everyone's Amazon Echo
SonicSpike writes: It's hard to believe that Trey Parker and Matt Stone didn't know exactly what they were doing with Wednesday night's season premiere of South Park. This episode marked the beginning...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Equifax CEO Hired a Music Major as the Company's Chief Security Officer
Susan Mauldin, the person in charge of the Equifax's data security, has a bachelor's degree and a master of fine arts degree in music composition from the University of Georgia, according to her Linke...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Many Machine Learning Studies Don't Actually Show Anything Meaningful, But They Spread Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
Michael Byrne, writing for the Outline: Here's what you need to know about every way-cool and-or way-creepy machine learning study that has ever been or will ever be published: Anything that can be re...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot The Father of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed
harrymcc writes: Starting in the late 1960s, Alan Kay envisioned a powerful portable computer that would be a revolutionary learning device, then built some of the necessary tech at Xerox PARC and els...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Google Allowed Advertisers To Target 'Jewish Parasite,' 'Black People Ruin Everything'
Alex Kantrowitz, reporting for BuzzFeed News: Google, the world's biggest advertising platform, allows advertisers to specifically target ads to people typing racist and bigoted terms into its search ...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Plummets Below $3,000 on Rising China Worries
Bitcoin dropped below $3,000 on Friday as the cryptocurrency extended a brutal eight-day sell-off that has reduced its value against the dollar by a third. Financial Times reports: The currency traded...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Cassini's Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory
An anonymous reader shares a report: Controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent a final command Friday morning to the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Not long after, accounting for the v...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Canada's Challenge Is Keeping Techies, BlackBerry Inventor Says
The former chief executive officer of BlackBerry added his voice to the chorus of people saying that Canada's main economic hurdle is keeping technology talent. From a report: "The biggest challenge a...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Trump Blocks China-Backed Takeover of US Chip Maker 'Lattice Semi'
MountainLogic shares a report from CNN: President Trump has stopped the takeover of an American chip maker by a private equity firm with ties to China. The deal, which would have seen China-backed Can...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot First Ever Malvertising Campaign Uses JavaScript To Mine Cryptocurrencies In Your Browser
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: Malware authors are using JavaScript code delivered via malvertising campaigns to mine different cryptocurrencies inside people's browse...
08:00 am - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Find Antidepressants Increase Risk of Death
Artem Tashkinov shares a report from Medical Xpress: Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by a M...
04:00 am - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Enabled Advertisers To Reach 'Jew Haters'
ProPublica is reporting that Facebook "enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of 'Jew hater,' 'How to burn jews,' or,...
02:00 am - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.11 Beta Released
JRiddell writes: The original and best linux desktop has a new version, KDE Plasma 5.11 beta is out. UI improvements include a redesigned System Settings and notification history. Privacy improvements...
02:00 am - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Spain Fines Facebook Over Tracking Users Without Consent
Spain's Data Protection Authority has issued a 1.2 million euro fine against Facebook after it found three instances when the company collected data without informing users, as required by European Un...
02:00 am - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Wisconsin State Legislature Signs Off On $3 Billion Foxconn Incentive Package
On Thursday, legislators in the state of Wisconsin approved a nearly $3 billion incentive package for the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, Foxconn, in exchange for it investing approximately $10 bi...
12:00 am - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot PSA: Google Will Delete Your Android Backups If Your Device Is Inactive For Two Months
New submitter Vernon Chan writes: It was discovered that Google will automatically schedule to delete your Android device backups if it is inactive for more than two months. The issue was discovered b...
12:00 am - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot Apple's A11 Bionic Chip In iPhone 8 and iPhone X Smokes Android Handsets In Early Benchmarks
MojoKid writes: Many of the new releases of Apple's iPhone bring with it a new A-series SoC (System on Chip) and Apple is keeping that tradition with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Each...
12:00 am - Fri, September 15, 2017
Slashdot ISPs Claim a Privacy Law Would Weaken Online Security, Increase Pop-Ups
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The country's biggest Internet service providers and advertising industry lobby groups are fighting to stop a proposed California law that would ...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Exchange BTCChina Says To Stop Trading, Sparking Further Slide
Several Slashdot readers have shared this Reuters story: Chinese bitcoin exchange BTCChina said on Thursday that it would stop all trading from Sept. 30, setting off a further slide in the value of th...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot You Are Already Living Inside a Computer
An anonymous reader shares a report: Think about the computing systems you use every day. All of them represent attempts to simulate something else. Like how Turing's original thinking machine (PDF) s...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Hyperloop One Reveals 10 Strongest Potential Hyperloop Routes In the World
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Hyperloop One wants to build a real, working Hyperloop -- but it'll need strong partners to make it a reality, across both industry and government....
08:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Every Major Advertising Group Is Blasting Apple for Blocking Cookies in the Safari Browser
The biggest advertising organizations say Apple will "sabotage" the current economic model of the internet with plans to integrate cookie-blocking technology into the new version of Safari. Marty Swan...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Google Hit With Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit
An anonymous reader shares a report: Three female former Google employees have filed a lawsuit against the search giant alleging gender-based pay discrimination, as the Associated Press reported. The ...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot We're Eating Plastics From Our Own Dirty Laundry
Every time you wash your fleece jacket or other synthetic clothing, microscopic synthetic fibres are released and end up in our food supply and drinking water. From a report: These microfibres are so ...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Union Power Is Putting Pressure on Silicon Valley's Tech Giants
An anonymous reader writes: Organized labor doesn't rack up a lot of wins these days, and Silicon Valley isn't most people's idea of a union hotbed. Nonetheless, in the past three years unions have or...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Cassini's Best Discoveries of Saturn and Its Moons
Loren Grush, writing for The Verge: Early tomorrow morning, NASA scientists will say goodbye to their Cassini spacecraft -- a hardy probe the size of a school bus that has been orbiting the Saturn sys...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Apple Explains Face ID On-stage Failure
Apple has explained why its new facial recognition feature failed to unlock a handset at an on-stage demo (see around the 1:35:58 mark here) at the iPhone X's launch on Tuesday. From a report: The com...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot FTP Resources Will Be Marked Not Secure in Chrome Starting Later This Year
Google engineer Mike West writes: As part of our ongoing effort to accurately communicate the transport security status of a given page, we're planning to label resources delivered over the FTP protoc...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot In a Highly Unusual Move, FTC Confirms It Is Investigating Equifax
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday confirmed it is investigating Equifax's handling of a data breach affecting 143m Americans. "The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Obsolete
Elizabeth Segran, writing for FastCompany: While it sometimes feels like we do all of our shopping on the internet, government data shows that actually less than 10% of all retail transactions happen ...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Bosses Are Globalists, Not Libertarians
From a report via The Economist: In a recently published survey of 600 entrepreneurs and executives in Silicon Valley, conducted by David Broockman and Neil Malhotra of Stanford University and Gregory...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot GNOME 3.26 Released
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Today, GNOME 3.26 codenamed "Manchester" sees release. It is chock full of improvements, such as a much-needed refreshed settings menu, enhanced search, and...
08:00 am - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Japan Trials Driverless Cars In Bid To Keep Rural Elderly On the Move
According to Reuters, Japan is starting to experiment with self-driving buses in rural communities such as Nishikata, 71 miles (115 km) north of the capital, Tokyo, where elderly residents struggle wi...
04:00 am - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Climate Change Could Wipe Out a Third of Parasite Species, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled, alternative source): Recently, scientists carried out the first large-scale study of what climate change ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot iPhone 8 and iPhone X Will Support Fast Charging, But Only If You Buy a New USB-C Charger
One little detail Apple didn't mention at its event in Cupertino, California yesterday was the fact that the new iPhones will support fast charging. According to the official tech specs page, the new ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Backdoor Found In WordPress Plugin With More Than 200,000 Installations
According to Bleeping Computer, a WordPress plug that goes by the name Display Widgets has been used to install a backdoor on WordPress sites across the internet for the past two and a half months. Wh...
02:00 am - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Target's Sales Floors Are Switching From Apple To Android Devices
After three years of Apple products, Target is moving to Android devices for stocking, pulling items, and other essential sales floor duties. Target first outfitted its employees with Apple products i...
12:00 am - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Apple's 'Shoddy' Beats Headphones Get Slammed In Lawsuit
A lawsuit (PDF) filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, recounts the frustrations of five plaintiffs who found that Apple's Powerbeats 2 and Powerbeats 3 headphones did not perfor...
12:00 am - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Ford Disguised a Man As a Car Seat To Research Self-Driving
According to TechCrunch, Ford put a man in a car seat disguise so that a Ford Transit could masquerade as a true self-driving vehicle in order to evaluate how passers-by, other drivers on the road and...
12:00 am - Thu, September 14, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Unveils New Electric Car Batteries For Up To 430 Miles of Range
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA Cars 2017) this week, Samsung's battery division, Samsung SDI, showcases a new "Multifunctional battery pack" soluti...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Software Banned From US Government Systems Over Concerns About Russia
Mark Wilson writes: The Department of Homeland Security has told US government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from their systems. The directive was issued because of concerns about influence ex...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot EU Set To Demand Internet Firms Act Faster To Remove Illegal Content
Companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter could face European Union laws forcing them to be more proactive in removing illegal content if they do not do more to police what is available on the ...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Study Finds That Banning Trolls Works, To Some Degree
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On October 5, 2015, facing mounting criticism about the hate groups proliferating on Reddit, the site banned a slew of offensive subreddits, inclu...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Trump Administration Sued Over Phone Searches at US Borders
The Trump administration has engaged in an unconstitutional practice of searching without a warrant the phones and laptops of Americans who are stopped at the border, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday alle...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Had 'Admin' as Login and Password in Argentina
Reader wired_parrot writes: The credit report provider Equifax has been accused of a fresh data security breach, this time affecting its Argentine operations. The breach was revealed after security re...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Soon Give Users More Control Over App Permissions
An anonymous reader shares a report: The software giant has revealed that you'll get much more control over what apps are allowed to do with your device. Where you previously only had control over loc...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot $782,000 Over Asking For a House in Sunnyvale
An anonymous reader shares a report: A house in Sunnyvale just sold for close to $800,000 over its listing price. Your eyes do not deceive you: The four-bed, two-bath house -- less than 2,000 square f...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot The Fake News Machine: Inside a Town Gearing Up for 2020
CNN has a story on Veles, riverside town in Macedonia, which back in the day was known to make porcelain for the whole of Yugoslavia. But now, as an investigation by the news outlet has found, it make...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are You Reading This Month?
An anonymous reader writes: Hey folks! Could you share what are some books (or book) you're reading this month? Maybe it's the book you've already started, or you intend to begin or resume later this ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Disney Is Lone Holdout From Apple's Plan to Sell 4K Movies for $20
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has signed new deals to sell movies in ultra high-definition with every major Hollywood studio except the one with which it has long been closest: Walt Disne...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Java EE Is Moving To the Eclipse Foundation
Oracle has chosen the Eclipse Foundation to be the new home of the Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the company announced this week. Oracle made the decision in collaboration with IBM and R...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot The iPhone Is Guaranteed To Last Only One Year, Apple Argues In Court
Reader Jason Koebler writes: Last month, Greg Joswiak, Apple's VP of iOS, iPad, and iPhone Marketing, told Buzzfeed that iPhones are "the highest quality and most durable devices. We do this because i...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot North Korea Is Dodging Sanctions With a Secret Bitcoin Stash
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: North Korea appears to be stepping up efforts to secure bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which could be used to avoid trade restrictions includin...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot French Company Plans To Heat Homes, Offices With AMD Ryzen Pro Processors
At its Ryzen Pro event in New York City last month, AMD invited a French company called Qarnot to discuss how they're using Ryzen Pro processors to heat homes and offices for free. The company uses th...
08:00 am - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot At Least 1.65 Million Computers Are Mining Cryptocurrency For Hackers So Far This Year
According to new statistics released on Tuesday by Kaspersky Lab, a prominent Russian information security firm, 2017 is on track to beat 2016 -- and every year since 2011 -- in terms of the sheer num...
04:00 am - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Department of Energy Invests $50 Million To Improve Critical Energy Infrastructure Security
Orome1 shares a report from Help Net Security: Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing awards of up to $50 million to DOE's National Laboratories to support early stage research and develo...
02:00 am - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Catch Microsoft Zero-Day Used To Install Government Spyware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Government hackers were using a previously-unknown vulnerability in Microsoft's .NET Framework, a development platform for building apps, to hack ...
02:00 am - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Why Bats Crash Into Windows
According to a new report published in the journal Science, Bats slam into vertical structures such as steel and glass buildings because they appear invisible to bats' echolocation system. Nature repo...
12:00 am - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot 'Operational Limitations' In Tesla Model S Played a 'Major Role' In Autopilot Crash, Says NTSB
Mr D from 63 writes from a report via Reuters: The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday "operational limitations" in the Tesla Model S played a "major role"...
12:00 am - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Releasing macOS High Sierra On September 25
After updating its website for the iPhone launch event, Apple has confirmed that macOS High Sierra will be released on September 25th. TechCrunch provides a brief rundown of the major changes, most of...
12:00 am - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot Intel Cuts Cord On Its Current Cord-Cutting WiGig Products
An anonymous reader shares a ZDNet report, which also has some clarification from Intel: It looks like you can add WiGig wireless docking to Intel's dustbin (along with IoT products axed earlier this ...
12:00 am - Wed, September 13, 2017
Slashdot J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars: Episode IX; Premiere Date Pushed To December 2019
A week after Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow was ousted from the Star Wars: Episode IX director's chair, a familiar face has stepped in to replace him: J.J. Abrams, the man responsible for successful...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Lobbied For Easier Regulation Before Data Breach
WSJ reports: Equifax was lobbying lawmakers and federal agencies to ease up on regulation of credit-reporting companies in the months before its massive data breach. Equifax spent at least $500,000 on...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot A New Way to Learn Economics
John Cassidy, writing for The New Yorker: With the new school year starting, there is good news for incoming students of economics -- and anybody else who wants to learn about issues like inequality, ...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot BlueBorne Vulnerabilities Impact Over 5 Billion Bluetooth-Enabled Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Security researchers have discovered eight vulnerabilities -- codenamed collectively as BlueBorne -- in the Bluetooth implementations used b...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Are Top US Startups Really Startups?
Veteran technology reporter and columnist Om Malik writes: Pitchbook, a data research company has come up with a list of top 14 most valuable startups in the United States. There are no real surprises...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Apple Announces iPhone X With Edge-To-Edge Display, Wireless Charging and No Home Button
At its event in Cupertino, California today, Apple unveiled the iPhone X to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. It brings several new features including an edge-to-edge screen, Qi wireless chargi...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Boffins Fear We Might Be Running Out of Ideas
Innovation, fetishized by Silicon Valley companies and celebrated by business boosters, no longer provides the economic jolt it once did. From a report: In order to maintain Moore's Law -- by which tr...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Rotten Tomatoes Scores Don't Correlate To Box Office Success or Woes, Research Shows
Depending on who you ask, Rotten Tomatoes is the reason some movies don't perform at the box office. From a report: Countless movie executives, including producers, have told Deadline and the New York...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Why Must You Pay Sales People Commissions?
An anonymous reader shares an article: Sales is highly competitive work. That word -- "competitive" -- is the key to a high-performing sales organization. In order to be great at sales, you must outse...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot The Only Safe Email is Text-Only Email
Sergey Bratus, Research Associate Professor of Computer Science, Dartmouth College, and Anna Shubina, Post-doctoral Associate in Computer Science, Dartmouth College write: The real issue is that today...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot The New Apple Watch Series 3 Has Cellular Built-In
The first big product unveiling at Apple's Event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California was the Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in support for cellular. TechCrunch reports: Wireless cellul...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Equifax's App Has Disappeared From Apple's App Store and Google Play
From a report: Equifax's mobile app has been removed from both the iOS and Google Play app stores. According to data from AppAnnie, the app was taken down the same day Equifax announced its massive se...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Android Always Beats the iPhone To New Features, Qualcomm Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: Qualcomm has published a somewhat self-congratulatory blog post that lauds the company and its Android partners for achieving a series of industry firsts that incl...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Google Rival Yelp Claims Search Giant Broke Promise Made to Regulators
Online-reviews firm Yelp alleged that Google is breaking a promise it made as part of a 2012 regulatory settlement to not scrape content from certain third-party sites including Yelp, escalating its y...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Whole Foods Price Cuts Brought 25 Percent Jump In Shoppers
According to Foursquare Labs, which compiled location information from shoppers' mobile devices during the first two days after Amazon completed its acquisition of Whole Foods and compared the data wi...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Google Publicly Releases Internal Developer Documentation Style Guide
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: The documentation aspect of any project is very important, as it can help people to both understand it and track changes. Unfortunately, many developers are...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Chatbot Lets You Sue Equifax For Up To $25,000 Without a Lawyer
Shannon Liao reports via The Verge: If you're one of the millions affected by the Equifax breach, a chatbot can now help you sue Equifax in small claims court, potentially letting you avoid hiring a l...
08:00 am - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Virginia Scraps Electronic Voting Machines Hackers Destroyed At DefCon
Following the DefCon demonstration in July that showed how quickly Direct Recording Electronic voting equipment could be hacked, Virginia's State Board of Elections has decided it wants to replace the...
04:00 am - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Moving Every Half Hour Could Help Limit Effects of Sedentary Lifestyle, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Moving your body at least every half an hour could help to limit the harmful effects of desk jobs and other sedentary lifestyles, research has re...
02:00 am - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Volkswagen To Build Electric Versions of All 300 Models By 2030
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller announced sweeping plans to build electric versions of all 300 models in the group's lineup a...
02:00 am - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot The New Corporate Recruitment Pool: Workers In Dead-End Jobs
New submitter cdreimer writes: According a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled, alternative source), corporations looking to hire new employees are opening offices in...
02:00 am - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Google Details Plan To Distrust Symantec Certificates
After deciding to distrust Symantec's certificates in March, Google has decided to release a more detailed plan for how that process will go. Tom's Hardware reports: Starting with Chrome 66 (we're now...
12:00 am - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Blames Open-Source Software For Its Record-Breaking Security Breach
The blame for the record-breaking cybersecurity breach that affects at least 143 million people falls on the open-source server framework, Apache Struts, according to an unsubstantiated report by equi...
12:00 am - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot California Bans Drones From Delivering Marijuana
In what will surely be disappointing news for a host of start-ups promising to deliver marijuana by drone like MDelivers and Eaze, California's Bureau of Cannabis Control has recently unveiled new reg...
12:00 am - Tue, September 12, 2017
Slashdot ShadowBrokers Releases NSA UNITEDRAKE Manual That Targets Windows Machines
AmiMoJo shares a report from Schneier on Security: The ShadowBrokers released the manual for UNITEDRAKE, a sophisticated NSA Trojan that targets Windows machines: "Able to compromise Windows PCs runni...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Torvalds Wants Attackers To Join Linux Before They Turn To the "Dark Side"
darthcamaro writes: People attack Linux everyday and Linus Torvalds is impressed by many of them. Speaking at the Open Source Summit in LA, Torvalds said he wants to seek out those that would attack L...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Google Accused of Trying To Patent Public Domain Technology
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Polish academic is accusing Google of trying to patent technology he invented and that he purposely released into the public domain so companies like Google coul...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot China Joins the Growing Movement To Ban Gasoline, Diesel Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: China has become the latest country to publicly discuss plans to ban the production and sale of gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles. In July, bo...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Avant-garde Have Turned To LSD in a Bid To Increase Their Productivity
Every three days Nathan (not his real name), a 27-year-old venture capitalist in San Francisco, ingests 15 micrograms of lysergic acid diethylamide (commonly known as LSD or acid). From a story on 184...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Apple Suffers 'Major iPhone X Leak'
Details of new iPhones and other forthcoming Apple devices have been revealed via an apparent leak. From a report: Two news sites were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operating...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Named Fastest US Mobile Carrier by New Wirefly Report
T-Mobile offered the fastest internet speed to subscribers between Q1 and Q2 of 2017 (which ended in June), according to the Wirefly Speed Test, which combed through thousands of test results made usi...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Hundreds of AT&T Wireless Workers and Supporters Plan To Protest at iPhone 8 Launch at Apple HQ
Hundreds of AT&T wireless workers and members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) will protest outside the launch of the iPhone 8 at Apple HQ on Tuesday, we were told. "Marking the star...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot How Techies Rescued Food Stamps
New submitter rgh02 writes: There is an endless variety of apps designed to manage life for the upper middle class, but most low-income Americans don't benefit from the same time-saving hacks. Thanks ...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Google Challenges Record EU Antitrust Fine in Court
Google appealed on Monday against a record 2.4-billion-euro ($2.9 billion) EU antitrust fine, with its chances of success boosted by Intel's partial victory last week against another EU sanction. From...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Price Falls Again On Reports that China is Shutting Down Local Exchanges
China's clampdown on cryptocurrencies has reportedly taken a new direction -- to close down local bitcoin exchanges. From a report: Initial reports from Chinese media that the government plans to clos...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot I Downloaded an App. Suddenly, I was a Rescue Dispatcher.
Holly Hartman, a journalism teacher for 22 years, writes an incredible story: After watching nonstop coverage of the hurricane and the incredible rescues that were taking place, I got in bed at 10:30 ...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News
An anonymous reader shares a report: One of the main reasons RSS is so beloved of news gatherers is that it catches everything a site publishes -- not just the articles that have proved popular with o...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Government Officials Begin Investigating Equifax Breach
An anonymous reader quotes the Hill:The massive breach of credit rating firm Equifax is attracting scrutiny from government officials across the country. Lawmakers from both parties have expressed con...
08:00 am - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot As Robots Move Into Amazon's Warehouses, What's Happening To Its Human Workers?
An anonymous reader writes:A 21-year-old Amazon warehouse worker has been replaced by "a giant, bright yellow mechanical arm" that stacks 25-pound bins. "Her new job at Amazon is to baby-sit several r...
06:00 am - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot The Washington Post Pans Apple-Sponsored School Reform TV Special
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: On Friday night, the Big Four Networks simultaneously aired EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live [YouTube], a commercial-free, one-hour TV special that champione...
02:00 am - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Temporarily Boosts Battery Capacity For Hurricane Irma
Slashdot reader mikeebbbd noticed this in the AP's Florida hurricane coverage: Electric car maker Tesla says it has temporarily increased the battery capacity of some of its cars to help drivers escap...
12:00 am - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot How Proprietary Software Lets Companies Cheat
"Proprietary software makes it possible to design products to cheat ordinary users..." writes Richard Stallman -- linking to a new essay by Cory Doctorow:Carriers adapted custom versions of Android to...
12:00 am - Mon, September 11, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Breach Provokes Calls For Serious Data Protection Reforms
Equifax's data breach was colossal -- but what should happen next? The Guardian writes: The problem is that companies like Equifax are able to accumulate -- essentially, without limit -- as much sensi...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Uber Gives Free Rides to Shelters During Hurricane Irma
One million households lost power in Florida, and at least three people died, after Hurricane Irma made landfall Sunday morning. Bloomberg reports how Uber tried to help:Uber Technologies Inc. is offe...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Google Chrome Will Soon Detect Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
An anonymous reader writes:Google Chrome 63 will include a new security feature that will detect when third-party software is performing a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack that hijacks the user's Inter...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Swarms Of Flying Robot Bees Could Monitor Weather, Collect Data
An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:Native honeybees, one of the most prolific pollinators in the animal kingdom, are dying off at an unprecedented rate from Colony Collapse Disorder and threatenin...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Can Blockchain Save The Music Industry?
An anonymous reader quotes Wired:Last fall, a group of music industry heavyweights gathered in New York City to do something they'd mostly failed to do up to that point: work together. Representatives...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot America's Data-Swamped Spy Agencies Pin Their Hopes On AI
An anonymous reader quotes Phys.org:Swamped by too much raw intel data to sift through, US spy agencies are pinning their hopes on artificial intelligence to crunch billions of digital bits and unders...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Neural Networks Can Auto-Generate Reviews That Fool Humans
Fake reviews used to be crowdsourced. Now they can be auto-generated by AI, according to a new research paper shared by AmiMoJo:In this paper, we identify a new class of attacks that leverage deep lea...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Four EU Countries Seek Higher Taxes On Google and Amazon
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:France, Germany, Italy and Spain want digital multinationals like Amazon and Google to be taxed in Europe based on their revenues, rather than only profits as now, t...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot What's Causing The Hurricanes?
An anonymous reader quotes AFP: Hurricane Irma, now taking aim at Florida, has stunned experts with its sheer size and strength, churning across the ocean with sustained Category 5 winds of 183 miles ...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Should British Hacker Lauri Love Be Tried In America?
A 31-year-old autistic man in the U.K. is suspected of hacking U.S. government computer systems in 2013 -- and he has one final chance to appeal his extradition. An anonymous reader quotes the Guardia...
12:00 pm - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Leaks Reveal New Features In Apple's Next iPhone
Though Apple officially unveils their newest iPhone on Tuesday, information is already leaking on the internet. Mashable: "Physically, it's expected to be about the same size as an iPhone 7, but with ...
08:00 am - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do With An Old Windows Phone?
Slashdot reader unixisc writes:While it's always been well known that Windows phones in the market have floundered, one saving grace has always been that one could at least use it for the barest minim...
06:00 am - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot TechCrunch: Equifax Hack-Checking Web Site Is Returning Random Results
An anonymous reader quotes security researcher Brian Krebs:The web site that Equifax advertised as the place where concerned Americans could go to find out whether they were impacted by this breach --...
02:00 am - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Is Python Really the Fastest-Growing Programming Language?
An anonymous reader quotes Stack Overflow Blog:In this post, we'll explore the extraordinary growth of the Python programming language in the last five years, as seen by Stack Overflow traffic within ...
12:00 am - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot Can We Surpass Moore's Law With Reversible Computing?
"It's not about an undo button," writes Slashdot reader marcle, sharing an article by a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories who's studying advanced technologies for co...
12:00 am - Sun, September 10, 2017
Slashdot The Teen Malware Career Of Marcus Hutchins
Slashdot reader troublemaker_23 writes, "A number of security researchers have dismissed an article by reporter Brian Krebs about Marcus Hutchins, the Briton who is awaiting trial in the US on charges...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Kodi Is Fighting Trademark Trolls
Friday the makers of an open source media player Kodi called out trademark trolls who they say have "attempted to register the Kodi name in various countries outside the United States with the goal of...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot China Builds World's Largest EV Charging Network With 167,000 Stations
"It soon will become easier to charge a Chevy Bolt or Tesla in China," reports 24/7 Wall Street, citing reports from China's official newspaper that they've built the highest number of electric-car ch...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot An Intelligent Speed Bump Uses Non-Newtonian Liquid
turkeydance quotes Business Insider: A Spanish company has designed a speed bump that won't hinder slow drivers but will still stop motorists driving too fast. The speed bump is filled with a non-Newt...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Should Congress Force Social Media To Investigate Foreign Propaganda Trolls?
"I fought foreign propaganda for the FBI," writes a former special agent from its Counterintelligence Division. Now an associate dean at Yale Law School, he's warning that "the tools we had won't work...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Linux Pioneer SUSE Marks 25 Years In the Field
troublemaker_23 shares an article from ITWire: The Germany-based SUSE Linux marked a milestone last week: on Friday, September 2, the company turned 25, a remarkable achievement in an industry where t...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot SciFi Author (and Byte Columnist) Jerry Pournelle Has Died
Long-time Slashdot reader BinBoy writes: Science fiction author and Byte magazine columnist Jerry Pournelle has died according to a statement by his son Alex posted to Jerry's web site. A well-wishing...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Linux.com Raves About New Snap-Centric 'Nitrux' Distro
An anonymous reader quotes Linux.com:What happens when you take Ubuntu 17.10, a new desktop interface (one that overlays on top of KDE), snap packages, and roll them all up into a pseudo rolling relea...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Firefox 57 Will Hide Search Bar and Use a Uni-Bar Approach, Like Chrome
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Mozilla will drop an iconic section of its UI -- the search bar -- and will use one singular input bar atop the browser, similar to the appr...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Hobbyist Gives iPhone 7 the Headphone Jack We've Always Wanted
intellitech shares a report from Engadget: For those of you who miss the iPhone headphone jack, you're definitely not alone. But Strange Parts creator Scotty Allen missed it so much that he decided to...
08:00 am - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot El Nino's Absence Is Causing An Active Hurricane Season
Dan Drollette writes: Contrary to some items making the rounds of the Twitterverse, El Nino's are "Kryptonite for hurricanes." The Mercury News reports: "Irma has ripped a path of misery through the C...
04:00 am - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot FDA Slams EpiPen Maker For Doing Nothing While Hundreds Failed, People Died
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The manufacturer of EpiPen devices failed to address known malfunctions in its epinephrine auto-injectors even as hundreds of customer complaints...
04:00 am - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot AI Can Detect Sexual Orientation Based On Person's Photo
ugen shares a report from CNBC: Artificial Intelligence (AI) can now accurately identify a person's sexual orientation by analyzing photos of their face, according to new research. The Stanford Univer...
02:00 am - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's a Practical Response To the Equifax Breach?
In response to the massive Equifax cybersecurity incident impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumer -- making it possibly the worst leak of personal info ever -- Slashdot reader AdamStarks ask...
02:00 am - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Best Buy Stops Selling Kaspersky Security Software
swschrad writes: Call it a stampede, call it a business decision, but Best Buy has pulled Kaspersky internet security software from its shelves and website. Some in the U.S. government suspect Russian...
02:00 am - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot India Aims To Put One Million Electric Vehicles On the Road By Mid-2019
gubol123 shares a report from The Economic Times: Six leading car makers are eyeing the government's plan to buy 10,000 electric vehicles while policy makers are considering generous fiscal incentives...
12:00 am - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Uber Faces FBI Probe Over Program Targeting Rival Lyft
cdreimer writes: According to a report in The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled, alternative source), Uber is under investigation by federal law-enforcement authorities for using a...
12:00 am - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Apple and Google Fix Browser Bug. Microsoft Does Not.
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Microsoft has declined to patch a security bug Cisco Talos researchers discovered in the Edge browser, claiming the reported issue is by design. Apple ...
12:00 am - Sat, September 9, 2017
Slashdot Galaxy Note 8 Sets New Pre-Order Record For Samsung Despite Last Year's Disaster
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Note brand is still going strong despite Samsung recalling and discontinuing Note 7 devices last year for battery explosions. The company today ...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Could 'Re-Engineering' Earth Help Ease the Hurricane Threat?
As hurricanes continue to increase in frequency and intensity, a $10-billion-a-year project proposes injecting sulfate into the atmosphere to cool down the Earth and reduce the number of hurricanes by...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Why It's So Hard To Trust Facebook
Brian Stelter, writing for CNN: Why won't Facebook show the public the propagandistic ads that a so-called Russian troll farm bought last year to target American voters? That lack of transparency is t...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot UN Aviation Agency To Call For Global Drone Registry
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The United Nations' aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry, as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot VR's Tough Demand: Your Undivided Attention
Ina Fried, writing for Axios: If you want to know why virtual reality hasn't taken off, you might want to blame our addiction to smartphones. Why? While the power of VR is to be transported into an im...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Are We Being Watched? Tens of Other Worlds Could Spot the Earth
A group of scientists from Queen's University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have turned exoplanet-hunting on its head, in a study that instead looks at how ...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Mexican Tax Refund Site Left 400GB of Sensitive Customer Info Wide Open
Mexican VAT refund site MoneyBack exposed sensitive customer information online as a result of a misconfigured database. From a report: A CouchDB database featuring half a million customers' passport ...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot At Burning Man While Your Startup Burns
There's a difference between clearing your head, and ditching your dying startup to do drugs in the desert. From a report: Whether you're going to Burning Man, Ibiza, SXSW, or some big international t...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Fake Facebook 'Like' Networks Exploited Code Flaw To Create Millions of Bogus 'Likes'
A thriving ecosystem of websites that allow users to automatically generate millions of fake "likes" and comments on Facebook has been documented by researchers at the University of Iowa. From a repor...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening To Topple Taxonomy
From a report: To study life on Earth, you need a system. Ours is Linnaean taxonomy, the model started by Swedish biologist Carl Linnaeus in 1735. Linnaeus's two-part species names, often Latin-based,...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Breach is Very Possibly the Worst Leak of Personal Info Ever
The breach Equifax reported Thursday is very possibly is the most severe of all for a simple reason: the breath-taking amount of highly sensitive data it handed over to criminals. Dan Goodin of ArsTec...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Mexico's Strongest Quake in Century Strikes Off Southern Coast
An earthquake described by Mexico's president as the country's strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least 33 people. From a report: The quake, which President Enrique P...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Seoul Is Reinventing Itself As a Techno-Utopia
mirandakatz writes: Seoul is struggling: Its birth rate is at an all-time low, college graduates are having enormous trouble finding jobs, and trust in government is not high. But South Korea is also,...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Apparently Ready To Buy Smartphone Maker HTC
According to a Taiwanese news outlet called Commercial Times, Google is in the final stages of acquiring all or part of smartphone maker HTC. CNBC reports: The report seems fishy, since Google has alr...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot IBM To Invest $240 Million To Develop AI Research Lab With MIT
IBM will spend $240 million over 10 years to develop an artificial intelligence research lab with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pooling the organizations' resources as competition intensi...
08:00 am - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Rocket Launches X-37B Space Plane On Secret Mission, Aces Landing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: The fifth mystery mission of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane is now underway. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the robotic X-37B lifted off ...
04:00 am - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Bug In Windows Kernel Could Prevent Security Software From Identifying Malware
An anonymous reader writes: "Malware developers can abuse a programming error in the Windows kernel to prevent security software from identifying if, and when, malicious modules have been loaded at ru...
02:00 am - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Following Cheating Scandals, Harvard Dean of Undergrad Ed Visits CS50 Class and Tells Students Not To Cheat
theodp writes: After a flood of cheating cases roiled Harvard's Computer Science 50: "Introduction to Computer Science I" last year, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay Harris implored students in the...
02:00 am - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot The Google Drive App For PC, Mac Is Being Shut Down In March
Google announced in a blog post today that the Google Drive app for desktop will be shut down. The Verge reports: Support will be cut off on December 11th and the app will shut down completely on Marc...
02:00 am - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Spinning Metal Sails Could Slash Fuel Consumption, Emissions On Cargo Ships
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: U.K. soccer star David Beckham was known for "bending" his free kicks over walls of defenders and around sprawling goal tenders, thanks to a physica...
12:00 am - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot VR Company Upload Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Upload, formerly UploadVR, the virtual reality startup at the center of a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit filed earlier this yea...
12:00 am - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Disney Is Pulling Star Wars and Marvel Films From Netflix
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on Thursday that his company will pull the full catalog of films from the Star Wars franchise and Marvel universe from Netflix after 2019. Last month, Disney announced it...
12:00 am - Fri, September 8, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Finds a New Service To Copy: Tinder
An anonymous reader shares a report from Motherboard, written by Jacob Dube: Facebook is trying out a new feature that connects users on its Messenger chat platform, but only if they both accept. It l...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot 'No Fire Risk' With New Lithium Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries that are resistant to exploding or catching fire have been developed by scientists. From a report: The devices produced sufficient energy for use in household electronics, but di...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot 67% of Americans Use Social Media To Get Some of their News
Shan Wang, writing for Neiman Lab: Sixty-seven percent of Americans report getting some of their news via social media at some point, according to a Pew Research survey of just under 5,000 U.S. adults...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Credit Reporting Firm Equifax Announces 'Cybersecurity Incident Impacting Approximately 143 Million US Consumers'
Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a cybersecurity incident discovered on July 29 could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in th...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot iPhone's Summer Production Glitches Create Holiday Jitters
Yoko Kubota, Tripp Mickle, and Takashi Mochizuki, reporting for WSJ: Apple's new iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled Tuesday, was plagued by production glitches early in the manufacturing process...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Was Tricked By a Fake Law Firm Into Removing a Popular Product, Costing the Seller $200,000
Eugene Kim, reporting for CNBC: Shortly before Amazon Prime Day in July, the owner of the Brushes4Less store on Amazon's marketplace received a suspension notice for his best-selling product, a toothb...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot AskSlashdot: How Do You See Your Life After Firefox 52 ESR?
Artem Tashkinov writes: Soon to be released Firefox 56 says that out of 35+ add-ons that I have installed only a single one is a proper WebExtension which means that Firefox 57 will disable over 95% o...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Google Drive Faces Outage, Users Report [Update]
Numerous Slashdot readers are reporting that they are facing issues access Google Drive, the productivity suite from the Mountain View-based company. Google's dashboard confirms that Drive is facing o...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot TV Turns 90
An anonymous reader shares a report: A live webcast today will celebrate the transmission of the first electronic TV signal on Sept. 7, 1927, and the man behind it, Philo T. Farnsworth, per AP: The we...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Tries To Snuff Out a Bunch of Kindle Publishing Scams
Amazon has been working for years to clean its sites of fake reviews and fake products. It's still got work to do. From a report: The online retailer on Wednesday filed five separate legal actions thr...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Software To Capture Votes in Upcoming National Election is Insecure
Hackers could have manipulated the results of the upcoming election in Germany by using "trivial" attacks against a program used to count and transmit voting results, researchers warned on Thursday. F...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Judge Dismisses 'Inventor of Email' Lawsuit Against Techdirt
A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed earlier this year against tech news website Techdirt. From a report: The claim was brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, who has controversia...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Speed Report Finds T-Mobile and Xfinity Providing Fastest Mobile and Broadband Internet in US
Mobile and fixed broadband internet speeds in the U.S. are improving, but not all carriers and providers are created equal and not all areas of the country are benefitting equally from fast speeds. Fr...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Google Drive Faces Outage, Users Report
Numerous Slashdot readers are reporting that they are facing issues access Google Drive, the productivity suite from the Mountain View-based company. Google's dashboard confirms that Drive is facing o...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Happy Music Boosts Brain's Creativity, Study Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: Need inspiration? Happy background music can help get the creative juices flowing. Simone Ritter, at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and ...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Android Oreo Bug Eats Up Mobile Data Even When On Wi-Fi
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: An apparent bug with Android Oreo has been discovered which means Google's mobile operating system could be munching its way through your data allowance, eve...
08:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Huawei Surpasses Apple As the World's Second Largest Smartphone Brand
According to analysis by consulting firm Counterpoint Research, China's leading smartphone marker, Huawei, surpassed Apple's global smartphone sales for the first time in June and July. The company is...
04:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Intel's $1.3 Billion Fine In Europe Requires Review, Court Says
cdreimer writes: According to a report in The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source), the Court of Justice in the European Union has ordered the lower courts to revisit ...
04:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Plastic Fibers Found In 83 Percent of World's Tap Water, Study Reveals
Robotron23 writes: Research published by Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism group, has revealed that microplastics have contaminated high proportions of drinking water and bottled water. Samples from t...
02:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Can Take Control of Siri and Alexa By Whispering To Them in Frequencies Humans Can't Hear
Chinese researchers have discovered a vulnerability in voice assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, and Huawei. It affects every iPhone and Macbook running Siri, any Galaxy phone, ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Google's Street View Cars Are Now Giant, Mobile 3D Scanners
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google's got a hot new ride. The company has a new Street View car with updated cameras, and -- surprisingly -- a set of Lidar (Light, Detection ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Google Fiber Cuts Kansas City Resident's Internet Access Over 12 Cent Dispute
New submitter twentysixV writes: Google Fiber offered a seven-year internet service if you pay upfront for connecting to your house, including taxes and fees. Victoria Tane signed this deal: $300 to c...
12:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Chrome 61 Arrives With JavaScript Modules, WebUSB Support
The latest version of Google Chrome has launched, bringing a host of new developer features like JavaScript modules and WebUSB support. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares a report from VentureBeat: G...
12:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Sold Ads To Russian-Linked Accounts During Election
Facebook announced on Wednesday that it sold $100,000 worth of ads to inauthentic accounts likely linked to Russia during the election. The ad spending spree took place between June of 2015 and May of...
12:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Twitter is Just Randomly Deleting People's Lists -- and No One Knows Why
Twitter has silently, and without warning, deleted reams of lists users have spent months curating. These lists are used by journalists, activists, and loads of other people, to organize and manage tw...
12:00 am - Thu, September 7, 2017
Slashdot Android Oreo's Rollback Protection Will Block OS Downgrades
jbernardo writes: Google is using the boiling frog method to exclude power users and custom ROMs from android. A new feature in Android 8.0 Oreo, called "Rollback Protection" and included in the "Veri...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Executives Say AI Will Change Business, But Aren't Doing Much About It
American business executives expect artificial intelligence to have a large impact on their companies, but few are actually doing anything with AI, according to a new MIT- Boston Consulting Group surv...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Essentially Has Been Telling Advertisers It Can Reach More People Than Actually Exist, Analyst Finds
Facebook claims its ads have the potential to reach more people than recent U.S. census data shows exist, and that's troublesome for one analyst, who thinks third-party measurement services stand to b...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Have Penetrated Energy Grid, Symantec Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Hackers have been burrowing their way inside the critical infrastructure of energy and other companies in the U.S. and elsewhere, warns cybersecurity ...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot India Just Might Be Getting a Hyperloop
California may have produced the horrorshow traffic that prompted Elon Musk to pitch the hyperloop, but it's hardly the only place eager to ditch cars for levitating pods hurtling through tubes at spe...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Like Netflix? T-Mobile Is Giving it Away For Free
Roger Cheng, writing for CNET: T-Mobile and Netflix are new BFFs. The primary beneficiaries of this new friendship will be subscribers to T-Mobile's "One" unlimited data plans, many of whom will get a...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot EU Presidency Calls For Massive Internet Filtering, Leaked Document Shows
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Council of the European Union document leaked by Statewatch on 30 August reveals that during the summer months, that Estonia (current EU Presidency) has been pus...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot House Passes Bill To Speed Deployment of Self-driving Cars
The House voted Wednesday to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World's Oldest Continuously Run Libraries
Saint Catherine's Monastery, a sacred Christian site nestled in the shadow of Mount Sinai, is home to one of the world's oldest continuously used libraries. Thousands of manuscripts and books are kept...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot IBM Pitched Its Watson Supercomputer as a Revolution in Cancer Care. It's Nowhere Close
IBM began selling Watson to recommend the best cancer treatments to doctors around the world three years ago. But is it really doing its job? Not so much. An investigation by Stat found that the super...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Find New Way To Build Quantum Computers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Researchers in Australia have found a new way to build quantum computers which they say would make them dramatically easier and cheaper to produce at scale. Quantu...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot TrustZone Downgrade Attack Opens Android Devices To Old Vulnerabilities
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: An attacker can downgrade components of the Android TrustZone technology -- a secure section of smartphone CPUs -- to older versions tha...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot A Powerful Solar Storm Is Bringing Hazards and Rare Auroras Our Way
tedlistens shares a report from Fast Company: The Space Weather Prediction Center has upgraded a geomagnetic storm watch for September 6 and 7 to a level only occasionally seen, but scientists say it'...
10:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Lenovo Looks To Commemorate 25th Anniversary of IBM's Notebook Brand With Thinkpad 25
New submitter Provocateur writes: Lenovo will be marking the 25th anniversary of IBM's well known notebook with the Thinkpad 25. Andrew Orlowski writes via The Register: "The long-awaited 'retro' Thin...
04:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot How One Writer Is Battling Tech-Induced Attention Disorder
New submitter mirandakatz writes: Katie Hafner has spent the last 23 days in rehab. Not for alcoholism or gambling, but for a self-inflicted case of episodic partial attention thanks to her iPhone. On...
02:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Only 13 Percent of Americans Are Scared Robots Will Take Their Jobs, Gallup Poll Shows
According to the results of a Gallup poll released mid-August, most employed U.S. adults aren't too worried about technology eliminating their jobs. Only 13 percent of Americans are fearful that tech ...
02:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Sci-Hub Faces $4.8 Million Piracy Damages and ISP Blocking
The American Chemical Society (ACS), a leading source of academic publications in the field of chemistry, accused Sci-Hub of mass copyright infringement and is demanding $4.8 million in piracy damages...
02:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches To Steal Hand Signals From Yankees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: Investigators for Major League Baseball believe the Boston Red Sox, currently in first place in the American League East, have used the Apple Watch...
12:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Workers: Fear Not the Robot Apocalypse
An anonymous reader shares a report: For retailers, the robot apocalypse isn't a science-fiction movie. As digital giants swallow a growing share of shoppers' spending, thousands of stores have closed...
12:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Two-Thirds of Tech Workers Now Use a VPN, Survey Finds
An anonymous reader shares a report: According to a survey, 65% of U.S. tech sector workers now use a virtual private network (VPN) on either work devices, personal ones or both. While much of that us...
12:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Hurricane Irma Reaches 185 MPH, Trailing Only Allen As Strongest Atlantic Storm On Record
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: We are quickly running out of adjectives to describe the destructive potential of Hurricane Irma. As of 2pm ET on Tuesday, the National Hurricane...
12:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Extends Free Windows 10 S-To-Pro Upgrade Deadline
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Windows 10 S is a really great idea in theory. By limiting the operating system to applications from the Windows Store, it could make users safer. After all...
12:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot Over 28 Million Records Stolen In Breach of Latin American Social Network Taringa
Taringa, also known as "The Latin American Reddit," has been compromised in a massive data breach that has resulted in the leaked login credentials of almost all of its over 28 million users. The Hack...
12:00 am - Wed, September 6, 2017
Slashdot A Critical Apache Struts Security Flaw Makes It 'Easy' To Hack Fortune 100 Firms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A critical security vulnerability in open-source server software enables hackers to easily take control of an affected server -- putting sensitive corpo...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot It's Official: Users Navigate Flat UI Designs 22 Percent Slower
Reader Zorro writes: The mania for "flat" user interfaces is costing publishers and e-commerce sites billions in lost revenue. A "flat" design removes the distinction between navigation controls and c...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Binge Watching TV Makes It Less Enjoyable, Study Says
According to new research by Jared Hovarth and his colleagues at the University of Melbourne, binging appears to diminish the quality of the television show for the viewer. From a report: This conclus...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Offers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Music Rights
Facebook is offering major record labels and music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars so the users of its social network can legally include songs in videos they upload, Bloomberg reported on ...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot The Trump Administration Has Announced the End of DACA -- Unless Congress Can Act To Save It
The Trump administration said on Tuesday it plans to scrap a program that allows about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to stay and work in the country, shrugging off cri...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.13 Officially Released
prisoninmate writes: As expected, the Linux 4.13 kernel series was made official this past weekend by none other than its creator, Linus Torvalds, which urges all Linux users to start migrating to thi...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Lenovo Won't Pay a Fine For Preinstalling Superfish Adware
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2014, Lenovo began bundling a third-party adware program called "Superfish" into its consumer PCs. Now, nearly three years later, the company is facing the cons...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Up Offers Rewards in Exchange For Customers' Personal Information
An anonymous reader shares a report: A new Verizon rewards program, Verizon Up, provides credits that wireless subscribers can use for concert tickets, movie premieres and phone upgrades. But it comes...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot European Court Rules Companies Must Tell Employees of Email Checks
Companies must tell employees in advance if their work email accounts are being monitored and such checks must not unduly infringe workers' privacy, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Man Jailed For Helping Net Users Evade State Blocks
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Chinese man has been given a nine-month jail sentence for helping people evade government controls on where they can go online. Deng Jiewei, from Guangdong, was ...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Android One Is Anything But Dead, Google Reaffirms With Xiaomi Mi A1
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google executives shared the stage with Xiaomi chiefs at a media event in New Delhi on Tuesday as the Chinese phone maker unveiled its "new flagship" Mi A1 smartph...
08:00 am - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Vulnerabilities Discovered In Mobile Bootloaders of Major Vendors
An anonymous reader writes: Android bootloader components from five major chipset vendors are affected by vulnerabilities that break the CoT (Chain of Trust) during the Android OS boot-up sequence, op...
04:00 am - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Staff Report Big Layoffs Across Solaris, SPARC Teams
Simon Sharwood, reporting for the Register: Soon-to-be-former Oracle staff report that the company made hundreds of layoffs last Friday, as predicted by El Reg, with workers on teams covering the Sola...
02:00 am - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot After Public Outcry From Customers, Britain's Biggest Bank HSBC Heads Off Complaints Over Small Business Account Closures
Julia Kollewe writing for The Guardian: HSBC has rushed to head off complaints from small businesses that found the bank had frozen or closed down their accounts as part of a crackdown on financial cr...
12:00 am - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot Fish Are Eating Lots of Plastic
Matthew Savoca, writing for the Washington Post: As you bite down into a delicious piece of fish, you probably don't think about what the fish itself ate -- but perhaps you should. More than 50 specie...
12:00 am - Tue, September 5, 2017
Slashdot 80% of UK Government IT Projects Suffer Delays Due To Tax Clampdown
An anonymous reader shares a report: The vast majority of UK government IT projects are suffering delays due to freelancers quitting over the IR35 tax clampdown, according to a survey of contractors. ...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot Demise of Yellow Pages Confirmed as Yell Aims For Digital Transformation
An anonymous reader shares a report: Yell, the parent company of Yellow Pages confirmed the demise of the long published listings directory as it plans to transition into a fully digital marketing ser...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot Creator of Opera Says Google Deliberately Undermined His New Vivaldi Web Browser
The latest allegation against Google? Jon von Tetzchner, creator of the web browser Opera, says the search giant deliberately undermined his new browser, Vivaldi. Rowland Manthorpe, writing for Wired:...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot Amid Crackdown On Torrent Websites, Some Users Move To Google Drive To Distribute Movies and Shows
An anonymous reader shares a report: As crackdown on torrent sites continues around the world, people who are pirating TV shows and movies are having to get a little more creative. Cloud storage servi...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues
An anonymous reader shares a report: One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely pop...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot AI Could Lead To Third World War, Elon Musk Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: Elon Musk has said again that artificial intelligence could be humanity's greatest existential threat, this time by starting a third world war. The prospect clearl...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot One of the World's Most Influential Math Texts is Getting a Beautiful, Minimalist Edition
An anonymous reader shares a report: A couple of years ago, a small publisher called Kroncker Wallis issued a handsome, minimalist take on Isaac Newton's Principia. Now, the publisher is embarking on ...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot Ethanol: A Lethal Injection For Tumors
Scientists have known for some time that ethanol can kill cancer cells, but several limitations held it back from becoming a broadly used treatment. A team at Duke University has recently developed a ...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot China Bans Companies From Raising Money Through ICOs
Regulators are about to begin scrutinizing China's initial coin offerings -- an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars. From a report: Local outlet Caixin reported that a notice, issued by a w...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot Jury Finds Nintendo Wii Infringes Dallas Inventor's Patent, Awards $10 Million
A jury has ruled that Nintendo must pay $10.1 million because its Wii and Wii U systems infringe a patent belonging to a Dallas medical motion-detection company. Ars Technica reports: iLife sued Ninte...
08:00 am - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot With Android Oreo, Google Is Introducing Linux Kernel Requirements
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: As is easy to tell by comparing versions of Android from different handset manufacturers, developers are -- broadly speaking -- free to do whatever they want...
06:00 am - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot Near Earth Asteroid 'Florence' Makes a Close Pass
kbahey writes: A big, bright, near-Earth asteroid, known as 3122 Florence, made a safe fly by Friday night. Florence is classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object. At its closest, it was about 7 mil...
02:00 am - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot Power Company Kills Nuclear Plant, Plans $6 Billion In Solar, Battery Investment
Socguy writes: After being unable to complete the Levy County Nuclear Plant a few years ago, Duke energy abandoned it, leaving rate payers on the hook. Duke is now in the process of settling legal act...
12:00 am - Mon, September 4, 2017
Slashdot Is Apple Copying Palm's WebOS?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Salon: Released in 2009 by Palm -- the same company that popularized the PDA in the 1990s -- WebOS pioneered a number of innovations, including multiple synchr...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Huawei Unveils AI Mobile Chipset Said To Rival A11 Processor In Upcoming iPhones
On Saturday, Chinese mobile maker Huawei unveiled its first artificial intelligence smartphone chipset, which it hopes will lure customers away from Apple's upcoming range of new iPhones and towards t...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot ReactOS 0.4.6 Released
OS News reports that the latest version of ReactOS has been released: 0.4.6 is a major step towards real hardware support. Several dual boot issues have been fixed and now partitions are managed in a ...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Some Instagram Employees Sell Verification For Thousands of Dollars
An anonymous reader shares a report from Mashable, written by Kerry Flynn: "I mean if Mashable wants to pay for it, I can get you a blue check over night," reads a recent Twitter direct message. This ...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot The Solar Eclipse of 2017 Destroyed Lots of Rental Camera Gear
Despite numerous warnings sent out to renters, a number of LensRental's camera equipment came back damaged and destroyed from the solar eclipse of 2017. PetaPixel provides pictures in a report that sh...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Thousands of Job Applicants Citing Top Secret US Government Work Exposed In Amazon Server Data Breach
According to Gizmodo, "Thousands of files containing the personal information and expertise of Americans with classified and up to Top Secret security clearances have been exposed by an unsecured Amaz...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Uverse Modems Found To Have Several Serious Security Vulnerabilities
dustman81 writes: AT&T Uverse modems were found to have several serious vulnerabilities, including a superuser account with hardcoded username/password exposed to the internet via SSH, a HTTP serv...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Finland To Introduce Law Next Year Phasing Out Coal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Finland will introduce legislation next year to phase out coal and increase carbon taxes, a top government official told Reuters, which would require ...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Google Conducted Hollywood 'Interventions' To Change Look of Computer Scientists
theodp writes: Most TV computer scientists are still white men," USA Today reports. "Google wants to change that. Google is calling on Hollywood to give equal screen time to women and minorities after...
12:00 pm - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Will Millennials Be Forced Out of Tech Jobs When They Turn 40?
dcblogs shared an interesting article from IEEE-USA's "Insight" newsletter:Millennials, which date from the 1980s to mid-2000s, are the largest generation. But what will happen to this generation's te...
08:00 am - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot TechRepublic: Mozilla 'Is Desperately Needed to Save the Web'
"I can't remember the last time I cared about Mozilla," writes Matt Asay at TechRepublic. "I also can't remember a time when we needed it more."An anonymous reader quotes TechRepublic:Mozilla's Firefo...
06:00 am - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Reddit's Main Code Is No Longer Open Source
An anonymous reader quotes an announcement from Reddit's founding engineer:When we open sourced Reddit back in 2008, Reddit Inc was a ragtag organization and the future of the company was very uncerta...
02:00 am - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Why Oracle Should Cede Control of Java SE
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Now that Oracle wants to turn over leadership of enterprise Java's (Java EE's) development to a still-unnamed open source foundation, might the same thing happen w...
12:00 am - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Hacking Group 'OurMine' Temporarily Redirected WikiLeaks DNS Service
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:WikiLeaks suffered an embarrassing cyber-attack when Saudi Arabian-based hacking group OurMine took over its web address. The attack saw visitors to WikiLeaks.o...
12:00 am - Sun, September 3, 2017
Slashdot Dozens Of Drones Surveil Houston For Damage After Hurricane Harvey
An anonymous reader quotes MIT Technology Review:AT&T is using drones to inspect its cellular towers for damage, while insurance companies like Allstate and Farmers are rolling out their own fleet...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Terry Pratchett's Hard Drive Destroyed By Steamroller
WheezyJoe writes: In accordance with his wishes, a hard drive formerly belonging to author Terry Pratchett has been crushed by steamroller. According to friend and fellow author Neil Gaiman, Pratchett...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Solve a 'Simple' Chess Puzzle, Win $1 Million
An anonymous reader brings an important announcement:Researchers at the University of St Andrews have thrown down the gauntlet to computer programmers to find a solution to a "simple" chess puzzle whi...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Prices Surge Past $5,000 Three Weeks After Passing $4,000
Less than three weeks after surging past $4,000, Bitcoin reached $5,000 on Asian exchanges Friday. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The idea of Bitcoin breaking the symbolic milestone of $5,000 wou...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot 'Pay With Your Face' Technology Tested in a KFC Store In China
An anonymous reader quotes Quartz:Ant Financial, the financial services spinoff of e-commerce giant Alibaba, announced Friday it has rolled out a service with a KFC branch in Hangzhou, in eastern Chin...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot 60,000 Germans Evacuate While Officials Try To Defuse a WWII Bomb
More than 70 years ago the UK's Royal Air Force dropped an 1,100-pound bomb on Germany. They just found it. An anonymous reader quotes ABC:Residents in two German cities are evacuating their homes as ...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Do Code Bootcamps Work?
"Computer programming is highly specialized work; it can't be effectively taught in an intensive program," writes Inc. magazine's contributing editor:Last month, two of the country's largest and most ...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Police Allegedly Arrest UK News Photographer For Standing In A Field
Long-time Slashdot reader Andy Smith, a Scotland-based news photographer, writes: I'm a press photographer. Slashdot has previously covered how the police used underhanded tactics to seize some of my ...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot US Cops Can't Keep License Plate Data Scans Secret Without Reason, Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Police departments cannot categorically deny access to data collected through automated license plate readers, California's Supreme Court said on...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Sharp Announces 8K Consumer TVs Now That We All Have 4K
Thuy Ong reports via The Verge: Now that you've upgraded to a shiny new 4K TV, Sharp has revealed its latest screen to stoke your fear of missing out: a 70-inch Aquos 8K TV. That 8K (7,680 x 4,320) re...
08:00 am - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Detect 15 Atypical Signals From Distant Galaxy
Freshly Exhumed writes: Researchers using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia have announced in the Astronomers Telegram that they have detected 15 fast radio bursts -- poorly understood phenome...
04:00 am - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Germany Unveils World's Most Powerful X-Ray Laser
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The world's most powerful X-ray laser has begun operating at a facility where scientists will attempt to recreate the conditions deep inside the ...
02:00 am - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How Do You Navigate Your Smartphone?
There are many different ways to navigate a smartphone. Some devices employ capacitive touch navigation buttons in favor of on-screen navigation buttons for the back, home and overview commands. Other...
02:00 am - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet Wraps Up Reorganization With a New Company Called XXVI
Alphabet is approaching its final form. After evolving from Google into a corporate parent with distinct arms in far-flung fields like health care and self-driving cars, it is now forming a new holdin...
02:00 am - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Discover Enzyme That Harnesses Light To Make Hydrocarbons
Researchers from the Biosciences and Biotechnologies Institute of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission have discovered a new light-driven enzyme, christened fatty acid photodec...
12:00 am - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot New Qualcomm Auto Chipset Advances Vehicle-To-Everything Communications
Qualcomm has introduced a new Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) chipset and reference design that aims to bring automakers one step closer to deploying the communications systems necessary for fu...
12:00 am - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Faces Labor Board Complaint Alleging Interference With Unionization
According to Ars Technica, a federal labor board on Thursday "filed a complaint against Tesla, alleging that the electric vehicle company had discouraged workers from distributing pro-union informatio...
12:00 am - Sat, September 2, 2017
Slashdot Nearly 3,000 Bitcoin Miners Exposed Online Via Telnet Ports, Without Passwords
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Dutch security researcher Victor Gevers has discovered 2,893 Bitcoin miners left exposed on the internet with no passwords on their Telnet p...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Petition Asks the Developers of Phoenix OS to Open Source the Kernel
An anonymous reader shares a report: Android is mainly considered an open source mobile operating system, but there are a number of closed source elements that hundreds of millions of people use every...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Agency Linked To Cyber-Espionage Operations Will Review Source Code of Foreign Firms
An anonymous reader shares a report: According to a new law voted in 2016 and which came into effect starting June 1, 2017, foreign companies activating in China could be forced to provide access to t...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Litecoin Prices Surge Above $70 As Crypto Market Tops $175 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CoinDesk: The cryptocurrency markets continued to rise today as the asset class observed strong gains, including most notably, perhaps, litecoin. The digital a...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Apple Acknowledges Siri Leadership Has Officially Moved From Eddy Cue To Craig Federighi
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has updated its executive leadership page to acknowledge that software engineering chief Craig Federighi now officially oversees development of Siri. The res...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Juicero, Maker of the Infamous $400 Juicer, Is Shutting Down
Beth Kowitt, reporting for Fortune: Juicero has run out of juice. The San Francisco-based maker of counter-top cold-press juicers said today that it is shutting down operations and suspending the sale...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Millions of Time Warner Cable Customer Records Exposed in Third-Party Data Leak
About four million Time Warner Cable records containing details of its customers were found unsecured on an Amazon server last month, tech website Gizmodo reported on Friday. From a report: The files,...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Has Mapped the Entire Human Population of Earth
Facebook doesn't only know what its 2 billion users "Like." It now knows where 7.5 billion humans live, everywhere on earth, to within 15 feet. From a report: The company has created a data map of the...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Linux Desktop Market Share Crosses 3%
Data for the month of August 2017 from reliable market analytics firm Net Applications is here, and it suggests that Linux has finally surpassed the three percent mark, quite possibly for the first ti...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot US Employers Struggle To Match Workers With Open Jobs
In the United States, there's a record number of jobs open: around 6 million. That's just about one job opening for every officially unemployed person in the country. From a report: Matching the unemp...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Finally Decides To Stop Prolonging the Inevitable, Begins Hardware Layoffs
Shaun Nichols, reporting for The Register: Oracle is starting layoffs that will hit its hardware division, The Register has learned. Current and some soon-to-be former staffers have whispered that the...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Google Abused Its Power By Quashing a Report Critical Of Its Service, Reporter Says
In the wake of claims that Google got a think-tank research team sacked for criticizing the company, a respected journalist is alleging other abuses by the search giant. Kashmir Hill, a reporter at Gi...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Arrive October 17
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft announced this morning that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be made available worldwide on October 17, in step with a new lineup of Windows Mixe...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Sues Vermont To Avoid Building 550 Miles of New Cable Lines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast has sued the state of Vermont to try to avoid a requirement to build 550 miles of new cable lines. Comcast's lawsuit against the Vermont ...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot The Oldest Known Human Remains In the Americas Have Been Found In a Mexican Cave
schwit1 shares a report from Seeker: An ice-free corridor between the Americas and Asia opened up about 12,500 years ago, allowing humans to cross over the Bering land bridge to settle what is now the...
08:00 am - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot India's Workhorse Rocket Fails For the First Time In Decades
India's premier rocket, known as the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, failed to put a navigation satellite into orbit earlier this morning, after some unknown malfunction prevented the satellite from l...
04:00 am - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Hacking Retail Gift Cards Remains Scarily Easy
Willium Caput, a researcher for the firm Evolve Security, examined a stack of gift cards he obtained from a major Mexican restaurant chain and noticed a pattern: aside from the final four digits of th...
04:00 am - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Stanford Study Finds New Dads In US Are Older Than Ever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Mercury News: American fathers keep getting older, raising the prospect of increased birth defects but also greater economic and emotional security for U.S...
02:00 am - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood is Suffering Its Worst-attended Summer Movie Season in 25 years
The number of movie tickets sold in the U.S. this summer (425 million) is likely to be the lowest level since 1992, the L.A. Times reports. "Theaters, studios hit by summer box-office blues." The reas...
02:00 am - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot SanDisk Breaks Storage Record With 400GB MicroSD Card
SanDisk has managed to cram 400GB into a microSD card, making it the largest microSD card currently on the market. The company said the capacity breakthrough was the result of Western Digital, the com...
02:00 am - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Gets Self-Driving Car Permit In California
Samsung on Wednesday has obtained a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous cars on the streets of California. Samsung joins a group of other tech companies already ...
12:00 am - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot LG Announces V30 Smartphone With 'FullVision' OLED Display, Dual Cameras
At a press conference in Berlin, LG announced their newest flagship smartphone, the LG V30. The V30 doesn't feature a removable battery or a secondary display like its predecessor, but it does feature...
12:00 am - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Postmates Lays Off All Its City Managers
According to TechCrunch, Postmates has let go of all of its city managers, as it centralizes some of its operations at its headquarters in San Francisco. "The total number of people affected by the mo...
12:00 am - Fri, September 1, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Sold Eclipse Glasses That Cause 'Permanent Blindness,' Alleges Lawsuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A South Carolina couple claims in a proposed federal class-action lawsuit (PDF) that Amazon sold defective eclipse-watching glasses that partiall...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot The FCC Website Lets You Upload Malware Using Its Own Public API Key
The FCC lets you upload any file to their website and make that file publicly accessible using the FCC.gov domain. Or rather they don't, but they have somehow not realized that they are letting people...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot A Canadian University Gave $11 Million To a Scammer
A Canadian university transferred more than $11 million CAD (around $9 million USD) to a scammer that university staff believed to be a vendor in a phishing attack, a university statement published on...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Apple Calls For FCC To Keep 'Strong, Enforceable' Net Neutrality Protections
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Apple Insider: Apple has written to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in support for the concept of net neutrality, with its four-page commentary argu...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Mathematician Who Claimed 'P Is Not Equal To NP' Says His Proof Is Wrong
Earlier this month, Norbert Blum, a German mathematician, had published a research paper in which he implied that P is not equal to NP. The abstract of the post read: Berg and Ulfberg and Amano and Ma...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Billionaire Brothers Want to Build a Cheaper Rival to Slack
Saritha Rai, writing for Bloomberg: A teenage entrepreneur who became a millionaire by 20 before sharing a billion-dollar fortune at 36, Bhavin Turakhia isn't afraid to think big. Now he's putting $45...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Traditional Radio Faces a Grim Future, New Study Says
In a 30-page report, Larry Miller, the head of New York University's Steinhart Music Business Program, argues that traditional radio has failed to engage with Generation Z -- people born after 1995 --...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Instagram Hack Targets Celebrities
Instagram has revealed a flaw in its systems revealed "a number of" stars' phone numbers and email addresses to cyber-attackers. From a report: The Facebook-owned social network has emailed verified m...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot How NASA Kept the ISS Flying While Harvey Hit Mission Control
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the days before Harvey hit Texas, flight controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center outside of Houston had a decision to make: should they evacuate or ride out ...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot AMD Releases Ryzen PRO Processors Worldwide, 8-Core Ryzen Threadripper 1900X
Today, AMD announced the global release and broad adoption of AMD Ryzen Pro desktop processors. At its launch event in New York City, the company touted three main pillars that define these chipsets: ...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Have Found the Stars Responsible For an Explosion Recorded By Korean Astronomers in 1437 AD
An anonymous reader shares a report: On the night of March 11, 1437 A.D., in what is now modern-day Seoul, a new star appeared in the sky, seemingly out of nowhere. The newcomer shone for 14 days befo...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Tech is the Most Lucrative Career: LinkedIn Study
An anonymous reader shares an article: LinkedIn's 2017 U.S. State of Salary report is out, and tech is on top as the most lucrative career. Computer science majors are paid the most, with a median sal...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Central Banks Can't Ignore the Cryptocurrency Boom
The boom in cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology is becoming too big for central banks, long the guardian of official money, to ignore. From a report: Until recently, officials at major ce...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Messaging-App Kik's Big Bet On Digital Coin Offering
cdreimer writes: According to a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled, alternative source), messaging app Kik is planning a $125 million coin offering to tap into the h...
12:00 pm - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Cummins Unveils Electric Semi Truck Before Tesla
Cummins has beat Tesla to the punch by unveiling its own electric semi truck. According to Forbes, the fully electric, class 7 day-cab urban hauler, called Aeos, gets 100 miles of range from its 140-k...
08:00 am - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Uber Says It'll Stop Tracking Riders After They're Dropped Off
Uber is revamping privacy settings that it rolled out last fall to allow iOS users the ability to deny Uber the right to track your whereabouts. Similar tweaks are reportedly coming to the Android ver...
04:00 am - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot New T-Shirt Sewing Robot Can Make As Many Shirts Per Hour As 17 Factory Workers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: In 2015, after years of research, SoftWear Automation introduced LOWRY, a sewing robot, or sewbot, that uses machine vision to spot and adjust to disto...
02:00 am - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Google Assistant Coming Soon To More Speakers, Appliances and Other Devices
Google announced today several new third-party speakers that will support the Assistant. Their blog post is a follow-up to a post in May where they announced the general availability of the Google Ass...
02:00 am - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Forces 'Patent Troll' To Pay Cash To End Case
In October, Kaspersky Labs was sued by a "do-nothing patent holder in East Texas who demanded a cash settlement before it would go away," reports Ars Technica. Today, founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky ...
02:00 am - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot FDA Approves First Cell-Based Therapy For Cancer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced what the agency calls a "historic action" -- the first approval of a cell-based gene therapy in th...
12:00 am - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Kansas City Was First To Embrace Google Fiber, Now Its Broadband Future Is 'TBD'
Five years after the opportunity arose in 2011 for Kansas City to become the first community to pilot Google Fiber, expansion of the gigabit per second service has come to a screeching halt. Kaleigh R...
12:00 am - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot China Plans 600 MPH Train To Rival Elon Musk's Hyperloop
In addition to relaunching the world's fastest bullet train, China is working on developing technology similar to Elon Musk's Hyperloop, which will allow passengers to travel at speeds up to 4,000 km/...
12:00 am - Thu, August 31, 2017
Slashdot Palm Devices Are Coming In 2018 Without WebOS, Says Report
According to a new report, TCL will be manufacturing palm-branded devices next year. SlashGear reports: The Palm brand has been in limbo for the past half-decade, moving in and out of HP-connected dev...