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10:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Indiana Is Purging Voters Using Software That's 99 Percent Inaccurate, Lawsuit Alleges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: More than 99 percent of voter fraud identified by a GOP-backed program is false, a study by Harvard, Yale, and Microsoft researchers found. No...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Lands the 13th Falcon 9 Rocket of the Year In Flames
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida this afternoon and, while the rocket successfully delivered the Koreasat-5A to its designated orbit, it managed to catch fire after landing on one of Spa...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot GameStop Is Launching An Unlimited Used Game Rental Subscription, Says Report
According to a leaked advertisement, GameStop is rolling out a used game rental subscription service. Subscribers will be able to pick any used game, play it, return it and get another as often as the...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot 2017: The Year That Horror Saved Hollywood
A reader shares a report: If there's a silver lining in any of that for America's film industry, it's that the horror genre is still plugging merrily along, seemingly immune to the financial troubles ...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Sprint Owner SoftBank Calls Off T-Mobile Merger Talks, Reports Say
Japan's conglomerate SoftBank, which owns Sprint, has pulled the plug on a proposed merger between the two carriers, several news outlets reported on Monday. From a report: SoftBank will reportedly pr...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot How Kodi Took Over Piracy
A reader shares a report: For years, piracy persisted mainly in the realm of torrents, with sites like The Pirate Bay and Demonoid connecting internet denizens to premium content gratis. But a conflue...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Carbon Pollution Touched 800,000 Year Record in 2016, WMO Says
Carbon dioxide levels surged to their highest level in at least 800,000 years because of pollution caused by humans and a strong El Nino event, according to the World Meteorological Organization. From...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Bug in Google's Bug Tracker Lets Researcher Access List of Company's Vulnerabilities
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: Google's platform to deal with bugs and unpatched vulnerabilities had a bug that allowed a security researcher to see a full list of known, unpa...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft is Killing Outlook.com Premium
Paul Thurrott, writing for Thurrott.com: A support document describing new premium Outlook.com features for Office 365 subscribers hides the real story today: Microsoft just killed Outlook.com Premium...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Firefox To Get a Better Password Manager
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Mozilla engineers have started work on a project named Lockbox that they describe as "a work-in-progress extension [...] to improve upon Firefox's buil...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Google Denies Demoting the Pirate Bay In Some Countries
An anonymous reader writes: Google and The Pirate Bay have had an interesting relationship over the years, to say the least. This week, users pointed out that The Pirate Bay can appear significantly l...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot The Meaning of AMP
Last week, Ethan Marcotte, an independent web designer, shared how Google describes AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages). People at Google says AMP "isn't a 'proprietary format'; it's an open standard that ...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Thousands of Videogame-Playing Soldiers Could Shape the Future of War
An anonymous reader quotes the Atlantic:As far as video games go, Operation Overmatch is rather unremarkable. Players command military vehicles in eight-on-eight matches against the backdrop of render...
08:00 am - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Interviews: Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst Answers Your Questions
You asked, he answered! For Slashdot's 20th anniversary -- and the 23rd anniversary of the first release of Red Hat Linux -- here's a special treat. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has responded to questio...
04:00 am - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Virtual Singer Uses Crowdsourced Songs To Become a Star In Japan
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg. [Alternate version here]:During her 10-year career, she's released more than 100,000 songs in a variety of languages and opened shows for Lady Gaga. And yet Hatsu...
02:00 am - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot How Data Science Powered the Search for MH370
"In the absence of physical evidence, scientists are employing powerful computational tools to attempt to solve the greatest aviation mystery of our time: the disappearance of flight MH370." Slashdot ...
12:00 am - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Hewlett-Packard Historical Archive Destroyed In California Fires
An anonymous reader quotes the Press Democrat:When deadly flames incinerated hundreds of homes in Santa Rosa's Fountaingrove neighborhood earlier this month, they also destroyed irreplaceable papers a...
12:00 am - Mon, October 30, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Devise 2FA System That Relies On Taking Photos of Ordinary Objects
An anonymous reader quotes Bleeping Computer: Scientists from Florida International University and Bloomberg have created a custom two-factor authentication (2FA) system that relies on users taking a ...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot Heathrow Airport Security Files Found on USB Stick In The Street
"The BBC is reporting a security probe after security data about Heathrow was discovered on a USB found on the street," writes long-time Slashdot readers Martin S. From the article:The Sunday Mirror r...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot John Mollo, Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Costume Designer, Dies At 86
schwit1 quotes the Hollywood Reporter: John Mollo, the costume designer who brought to life Ralph McQuarrie and George Lucas' conceptual vision for Star Wars, has died. He was 86... "We discussed a fe...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot 'Futurama' Stars Working On Kickstarter For Animated Webcomic Goblins
Long-time Slashdot reader wonkavader writes: Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, and Phil LaMarr from the Futurama cast are working on a Kickstarter campaign to animate the Goblins web-comic. Also involved ...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot While Equifax Victims Sue, Congress Limits Financial Class Actions
An anonymous reader quotes a local NBC news report:Stories are starting to pour in about those impacted by last month's massive Equifax data breach, which compromised the private information of more t...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot SLAC Uses Nobel Prize-Winning Technique To Investigate Battery Fires
An anonymous reader quotes an announcement from SLAC:Scientists from Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have captured the first atomic-level images...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot TechCrunch Argues Social Media News Feeds 'Need to Die'
"Feeds need to die because they distort our views and disconnect us from other human beings around us," argues TechCrunch's Romain Dillet:At first, I thought I was missing out on some Very Important C...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot Portuguese ISP Shows What The Net Looks Like Without Net Neutrality
"In Portugal, with no net neutrality, internet providers are starting to split the net into packages," argues a California congressman -- retweeting a stunning graphic. An anonymous reader quotes Boin...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot Purism Now Offers Laptops with Intel's 'Management Engine' Disabled
"San Francisco company Purism announced that they are now offering their Librem laptops with the Intel Management Engine disabled," writes Slashdot reader boudie2. Purism describes Management Engine a...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot Study Links Rapid Ice Sheet Melting With Distant Volcanic Eruptions
schwit1 quotes UPI:New research suggests volcanic eruptions can trigger periods of rapid ice sheet melting... "Over a time span of 1,000 years, we found that volcanic eruptions generally correspond wi...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot America's F-35s Can't Fly 22% of the Time, Repair Facilities Six Years Behind Schedule
"[N]early 200 F-35s might permanently remain unready for combat because the Pentagon would rather buy new aircraft than upgrade the ones the American people have already paid for," according to one de...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple Fires Engineer After His Daughter's iPhone X Video Goes Viral
"In a brutal reminder of the secrecy tech companies enforce on employees, Apple recently fired an employee after his daughter posted a video of the iPhone X," writes long-time Slashdot reader HockeyPu...
08:00 am - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot Why Do Web Developers Keep Making The Same Mistakes?
An anonymous reader quotes HPE Insights:Software developers and testers must be sick of hearing security nuts rant, "Beware SQL injection! Monitor for cross-site scripting! Watch for hijacked session ...
04:00 am - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot Captain Crunch (and Steve Wozniak) Write New Book: 'Beyond the Little Blue Box'
Slashdot reader blottsie shares a new article about the legendary Captain Crunch -- which includes Steve Wozniak's memory that Steve Jobs "started avoiding Crunch...afraid that it would put us too clo...
02:00 am - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot Did Amazon Really Lower Whole Foods' Prices?
While Whole Foods "strategically marked down select items like avocados and almond milk, overall prices have dropped very slightly -- about 1 percent -- since Amazon ownership, according to an analysi...
12:00 am - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot India, China, and Japan Are All Planning Moon Missions
schwit1 shares an article from UPI:India will make its second mission to the moon in 2018, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced this week. The Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft consists of a...
12:00 am - Sun, October 29, 2017
Slashdot Can Science Make Alcohol Safer?
Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro was the first to spot this story. Scientific American reports: Could there be a "liver-friendly" vodka? One company claims its proprietary blend of additives reduces st...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot Open Source Data Sets? Linux Foundation Introduces 'Community Data License Agreements'
"In open source philosophy, you share source code. Why not share data?" writes Slashdot reader princelobga. Linux Insider reports on the Linux Foundation's new Community Data License Agreement, "a new...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot Google To Remove Public Key Pinning (PKP) Support In Chrome
An anonymous reader writes: Late yesterday afternoon, Google announced plans to deprecate and eventually remove PKP support from the Chromium open-source browser, which indirectly means from Chrome......
08:00 pm - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot After 12 Years, Mozilla Kills 'Firebug' Dev Tool
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:The Firebug web development tool, an open source add-on to the Firefox browser, is being discontinued after 12 years, replaced by Firefox Developer Tools. Firebug ...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Ends 'Dark Posts' -- All Ads Will Be Visible To The Public
"Under pressure in advance of hearings on Russian election interference, Facebook is moving to increase transparency for everyone who sees and buys political advertising on its site," reports the Asso...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot MakerBot Launches New 'MakerBot Labs' Platform
"MakerBot just announced a new Open Source initiative called 'MakerBot Labs'," writes Slashdot reader szczys. "It is a small move, centering around some new APIs and a new extruder which is listed as ...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot Bill Gates Is No Longer The World's Richest Person After Amazon Stock Surge
"Jeff Bezos has leapfrogged Bill Gates again for the title of world's richest billionaire..." announced CNN Money. An anonymous reader quotes their report.Amazon stock jumped 13.5% on Friday after the...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot See a Random Slashdot Story From the Last 20 Years
An anonymous reader writes: Happy aniversary, Slashdot! To commemorate your 20th year, here's a special web project I created. Every time you reload the page, it pulls up another one of the 162,000 st...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Made a Bitcoin Mining Rig Out of 40 Old Galaxy S5s
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Samsung is starting a new "Upcycling" initiative that is designed to turn old smartphones and turn them into something brand new. Behold, for exam...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot NotPetya Outbreak Left Merck Short of HPV Vaccine Gardasil
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: The NotPetya malware infection shut down pharmaceutical giant Merck's production of the pediatric vaccine GARDASIL last June, forcing the company ...
08:00 am - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Eyes 19 Launches In 2017
SpaceX has managed to launch fifteen rockets this year as a result of its more efficient production flow over last year, a maturing Falcon 9 rocket, and an experienced workforce. On Monday, the compan...
04:00 am - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot Wall Street's Research Jobs Are the Most Likely To Be Upended By AI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Research analysts are the most likely employees on Wall Street to find themselves working with -- or being replaced by -- robots, according to a survey...
02:00 am - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot The New York Times Launches Tor Onion Service To Overcome Censorship, Ensure Privacy
Mark Wilson quotes a report from BetaNews: The New York Times has announced that it is launching a Tor Onion Service version of its website. The new, more secure way to access the site will open it up...
02:00 am - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Tries To Derail Fort Collins Community Broadband
Karl Bode reports of Comcast's efforts to "derail Fort Collins community broadband": Colorado is one of more than twenty states where incumbent broadband ISPs have quite literally written and purchase...
02:00 am - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Is Fighting the 'Adpocalypse' With a Less Trigger-Happy Flagging System
YouTube has rolled out a new algorithm that the company says will more accurately reflect YouTube's guidelines for ad-friendly material and result in fewer videos being flagged as advertiser-friendly....
12:00 am - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot Everything New In the Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview
On Wednesday, Google launched the Android 8.1 Developer Preview. The new version of Android is available for Pixel and Nexus devices, and features a number of under-the-hood changes. The new version t...
12:00 am - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot PSA: Apple's iPhone X Screen Repair Will Cost You $279
We already know the iPhone X is expensive: it starts at $999 for the 64GB variant. But what about the cost of a screen replacement? If you don't have the extended warranty, a screen replacement will c...
12:00 am - Sat, October 28, 2017
Slashdot EA Shuts Down Fan-Run Servers For Older Battlefield Games
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Since 2014, a group of volunteers going by the name Revive Network have been working to keep online game servers running for Battlefield 2, Battl...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky CEO Says Hack Claims Cutting US Cyber Security Sales
Eugene Kaspersky told news agency Reuters on Friday that his cyber security firm that bears his name would see a 'single digit' drop in U.S. sales this year as a result of suspicions about his company...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Time To Move on from DevOps and Continuous Delivery, Says Google Advocate
A reader shares a report: Continuous improvement and continuous delivery (CI/CD) and DevOps may be on many peoples' minds these days, but there's nothing particularly new about the concept -- software...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet's Waymo Will Test Self-Driving Cars In Snowy Detroit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Alphabet's Waymo, the vehicle arm of Google's parent, announced on Thursday that it will start testing its autonomous Chrysler minivans on roads in ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Exec: 'Just Not True' That We Listen To Your Phone's Mic
Adrianne Jeffries, writing for The Outline: Facebook executive stepped outside of official channels of communication last night by tweeting about a negative rumor that seems to keep resurfacing no mat...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot If You Type 123 Into Your iPhone's Calculator on iOS 11, You Probably Won't Get 6
A reader shares a report: If you've upgraded your iPhone's operating system to iOS 11, try this: Go to the calculator app and quickly type 1+2+3. You likely won't get 6. You might get 23, or 24, or 16...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot British Company Adds the Word 'Blockchain' to Its Name, Sees Its Shares Surge 394%
On-Line PLC, a British provider of stock market data, today saw its shares climb nearly 400% after changing its name to On-Line Blockchain PLC. From a report: "Blockchain technology and cryptocurrenci...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Bug in Mobile App Lets Hackers Take Control of LG Smart Devices
A reader shares a BleepingComputer report: LG Electronics has avoided a security disaster this summer after it worked with security researchers to patch a vulnerability in the mobile app that customer...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Einstein's Note On Happiness, Given To Bellboy In 1922, Fetches $1.6 Million
A note that Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo briefly describing his theory on happy living has sold at auction in Jerusalem for $1.56m, according to auctioneers. From a report: The winning b...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Catalonia Declares Independence; Spain Approves Central Takeover Of Region
Readers share a report: Lawmakers in Catalonia have declared independence from Spain in a historic vote that prompted protests and celebration. The government in Madrid, vowing to halt any would-be se...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Tops 540K Employees After Swallowing Whole Foods in $13.7B Deal
A reader shares a report: Amazon added a whopping 159,500 employees in the last quarter, pushing its total employment to 541,900 people worldwide, according to new numbers from the tech giant released...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot UK's NHS Could Have Avoided WannaCry Hack With 'Basic IT Security', Says Report
An anonymous reader shares a report: The NHS could have avoided the crippling effects of the "relatively unsophisticated" WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May with "basic IT security," according to an ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot India Overtakes the US To Become the World's Second Largest Smartphone Market
A reader shares a report: Move over America, India is now the world's second largest smartphone market. That's according to a new report from Canalys which claims smartphone shipments in India crossed...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Google Addresses Pixel 2 XL Display Issues, Pixel 2 Clicking Sounds With Software Updates
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PhoneDog: Google explains that it's been investigating reports about the Pixel 2 XL's display and that this has given it "confidence that [its] displays are as...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot First Extrasolar Object Observed Racing Through Our Solar System
Enigma2175 writes: For the first time, scientists have observed an object they believe came from outside our solar system. The object is in a hyperbolic orbit that will send it back into interstellar ...
08:00 am - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Working On a Foldable Device With a Focus On Pen and Digital Ink
Microsoft is reportedly working on a foldable device with an emphasis on pen and digital-ink functionality that runs Windows 10, and it could be here as soon as next year. The company is looking to cr...
04:00 am - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Critical Flaws In Maritime Communications System Could Endanger Entire Ships
Orome1 shares a report from Help Net Security: IOActive security consultant Mario Ballano has discovered two critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Stratos Global's AmosConnect communication...
04:00 am - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Reddit Conducts Wide-Ranging Purge of Offensive Subreddits
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, [Reddit] announced a new policy clarifying its rules against content that incites violence. "We will take action against any conten...
02:00 am - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Dicamba, an old weedkiller that is being used in new ways, has thrust Kevin Bradley, a professor of weed science at the University of Missouri, and a half...
02:00 am - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot US Voting Server At Heart of Russian Hack Probe Mysteriously Wiped
A computer at the center of a lawsuit digging into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election has been wiped. "The server in question is based in Georgia -- a state that narrowly backed Do...
02:00 am - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Find a Better Way To Wash Pesticides Off Your Apples
According to a new study, the best way to reduce pesticides from your supermarket apple is to use a baking soda solution. The discovery was made by a team of scientists from the University of Massachu...
12:00 am - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Says It Overstated Monthly-User Figures For 3 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Twitter said on Thursday that it had overstated its monthly-user figures since 2014 ...
12:00 am - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Hit With Labor Complaint On Behalf of Fired Factory Workers
On behalf of the hundreds of Tesla workers that were fired last week from the company's assembly plant, the United Auto Workers filed a complaint today to the National Relations Board. The UAW posted ...
12:00 am - Fri, October 27, 2017
Slashdot Walmart Tests Shelf-Scanning Robots In Over 50 Stores
Walmart is expanding a shelf-scanning robot trial to 50 additional stores, including some in its home state of Arkansas. "Machines from Bossa Nova Robotics will roam the aisles to check for stock leve...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Many Junior Scientists Need To Take a Hard Look at Their Job Prospects
In its careers section this week, science journal Nature surveyed more than 5,700 early-career scientists worldwide who are working on PhDs. Three-quarters of them, they told the journal, think it's l...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot This Machine Kills Captchas
New submitter dmoberhaus writes: It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an artificial intelligence has finally cracked a widely used tool that was literally made to differentiate humans fr...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot PCIe 4.0 Specs Revealed: 16GTps Rate and Not Just For Graphics Cards Anymore
Freshly Exhumed writes: PCI-SIG has released the specifications for version 4.0 of the PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) bus, which, according to Chairman Al Yanes, promises data transf...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot McAfee Says It No Longer Will Permit Government Source Code Reviews
Dustin Volz, Joel Schectman, and Jack Stubbs, reporting for Reuters: U.S.-based cyber firm McAfee said it will no longer permit foreign governments to scrutinize the source code of its products, halti...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot New Science Suggests the Ocean Could Rise More -- and Faster -- Than We Thought
Chris Mooney, writing for the Washington Post: Climate change could lead to sea level rises that are larger, and happen more rapidly, than previously thought, according to a trio of new studies that r...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot 'The Second Gilded Age Is Upon Us'
Robotron23 writes: Wealth inequality is at its highest since the turn of the 20th century -- the so-called 'Gilded Age' -- as the proportion of capital held by the world's 1,542 dollar billionaires sw...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot AMD Unveils Ryzen Mobile Processors Combining Zen Cores and Vega Graphics
MojoKid writes: AMD is officially launching a processor family today known by the code name Raven Ridge, but now referred to as Ryzen Mobile. The architecture combines AMD's new Zen CPU core architect...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Saudi Arabia Becomes First Nation To Grant Citizenship To Humanoid Robot
Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to offer citizenship to a humanoid robot, but Brad Keywell, CEO of Uptake, a predictive analytics technology company, told FOX Business on Thursday a...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot CERN Scientists Conclude that the Universe Should Not Exist
Scientists at CERN are bemused as to why the universe exists, according to a new study. From a report, shared by a reader: Recent discoveries suggest that there's a perfect symmetry between matter and...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Chipmaker Nvidia's CEO Sees Fully Autonomous Cars Within 4 Years
An anonymous reader shares a report: Nvidia chief executive Jensen Huang said on Thursday artificial intelligence would enable fully automated cars within 4 years, but sought to tamp down expectations...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot San Francisco Just Took a Huge Step Toward Internet Utopia
Susan Crawford, writing for Backchannel: Last week, San Francisco became the first major city in America to pledge to connect all of its homes and businesses to a fiber optic network. I urge you to re...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Was Warned
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Months before its catastrophic data breach, a security researcher warned Equifax that it was vulnerable to the kind of attack that later compr...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Uber Faces Engineers' Lawsuit Alleging Gender, Race Bias
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Uber was sued by three Latina engineers who claim the company pays women and people of color less than their peers and doesn't promote them as frequ...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot The Geometry of Islamic Art Becomes a Treasure of a Game
Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica reviews the game Engare, describing it as a "clever, deceptively simple, and beautiful rumination on geometry and Islamic art-making traditions." The game consists of ...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Linux Mint Is Killing the KDE Edition
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: While both the Cinnamon and Mate versions of Linux Mint are decent choices for computer users, there was one version that was always utterly bizarre -- the ...
08:00 am - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Roku Wants To Start Streaming To Third-Party Devices
According to Variety, Roku is looking to start streaming videos on devices made or controlled by competitors like Apple and Google. The company's first foray into streaming on third-party hardware wil...
04:00 am - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Electric Cars Emit 50 Percent Less Greenhouse Gas Than Diesel, Study Finds
entirely_fluffy shares a report from The Guardian: Electric cars emit significantly less greenhouse gases over their lifetimes than diesel engines even when they are powered by the most carbon intensi...
02:00 am - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot FCC To Loosen TV, Newspaper Ownership Rules
The FCC is planning to vote on rolling back landmark media ownership regulations that prohibit owning a television station and newspaper in the same market and making it easier to acquire additional T...
02:00 am - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Google's Sentiment Analyzer Thinks Being Gay Is Bad
gooddogsgotoheaven shares a report from Motherboard: In July 2016, Google announced the public beta launch of a new machine learning application program interface (API), called the Cloud Natural Langu...
02:00 am - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico
Elon Musk took to Instagram yesterday to announce the "first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico." Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electric...
12:00 am - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Engineer Talks of ZFS File System Possibly Still Being Upstreamed On Linux
New submitter fstack writes: Senior software architect Mark Maybee who has been working at Oracle/Sun since '98 says maybe we "could" still see ZFS be a first-class upstream Linux file-system. He spok...
12:00 am - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Where Do Old Programmers Go?
New submitter oort99 writes: Barreling towards my late 40s, I've enjoyed 25+ years of coding for a living, working in telecoms, government, and education. In recent years, it's been typical enterprise...
12:00 am - Thu, October 26, 2017
Slashdot Justice Department Demands Five Twitter Users' Personal Info Over an Emoji
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Techdirt: Back in May, the Justice Department -- apparently lacking anything better to do with its time -- sent a subpoena to Twitter, demanding a whole bunch ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot With Camera Permission, iPhone Apps Can Surreptitiously Take Pictures and Videos
An anonymous reader writes: Whenever you give iPhone apps permission to access your camera, the app can surreptitiously take pictures and videos of you as long as the app is in the foreground, a secur...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Key Puts Deliveries -- And Delivery People -- In Your Home
An anonymous reader shares a report: Rushing home to sign for a package can be a chore, and nothing craters a day like having a delivery stolen from your doorstep. The question Amazon asks with its ne...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Will Stop Throttling Video On Unlimited Plans If You Pay An Extra $10 Per Month
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Two months ago, Verizon implemented a change to all of its unlimited data plans that placed limits on the quality at which users could stream video....
08:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Honolulu Now Fines People Up To $99 For Texting While Crossing Road
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Hawaiian city of Honolulu has resorted to fining people up to $99 for staring at the devices, to try and force people to look up from their phones while crossi...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Tesla's Mass Firings Spread To SolarCity as Employees Say They Were Blindsided
Tesla has laid off over 200 employees from its SolarCity business for performance reasons, just over a week after firing hundreds more from its motor vehicle division. From a report: Employee dismissa...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Widespread Pollution Crackdown
Buildings in China are shrouded in smog. From a report: China has implemented an unprecedented pollution crackdown in recent months as the country shuts down tens of thousands of factories. The effort...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot North Korea Could Be Secretly Mining Cryptocurrency On Your Computer
An anonymous reader shares a report: North Korea has a cryptocurrency infatuation. Its government has been accused of unleashing a global ransomware attack to raise bitcoin, mining the cryptocurrency ...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Has Stopped Manufacturing The Kinect
Manufacturing of the Kinect has shut down, reports FastMagazine: Originally created for the Xbox 360, Microsoft's watershed depth camera and voice recognition microphone sold about 35 million units si...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple Reduced Face ID Accuracy To Ease Production, Bloomberg Reports
In order to speed up the production of iPhone X, which Apple plans to begin shipping starting November 3, the iPhone-maker told its suppliers that they could reduce the accuracy of the Face ID facial ...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Admits To Reaping Hacking Tools From NSA Employee PC
Kaspersky has acknowledged that code belonging to the US National Security Agency (NSA) was lifted from a PC for analysis but insists the theft was not intentional. From a report: In October, a report...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Dell Lost Control of Key Customer Support Domain for a Month in 2017
Brian Krebs reports: A web site set up by PC maker Dell to help customers recover from malicious software and other computer maladies may have been hijacked for a few weeks this summer by people who s...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot More Than Half of Emails Worldwide Are Now Opened in a Mobile Environment
A reader shares a research report: The world of email marketing has changed pretty significantly over the past five years. Where desktop clients like Outlook were once a more important delivery medium...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Why We Must Fight For the Right To Repair Our Electronics
Kyle Wiens and Gay Gordon-Byrne explain via IEEE Spectrum how people in the United States can preserve their right to repair electronics, and why people must fight for the right in the first place. He...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot DUHK Crypto Attack Recovers Encryption Keys, Exposes VPN Connections
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: After last week we had the KRACK and ROCA cryptographic attacks, this week has gotten off to a similarly "great" start with the publicat...
08:00 am - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Some Pixel 2 Users Are Complaining About A High-Pitched Whine and Clicking Noises
After dealing with all sorts of screen issues, another problem with Google's flagship smartphone is popping up. This time it's an audio issue: users on Google's official forums and elsewhere are repor...
04:00 am - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Italy Proposes Phasing Out Coal Power Plants By 2025
Italy is the next country to phase out coal. According to Reuters, the country has set its sights on phasing out coal power plants by 2025. From the report: Italy's biggest utility Enel has said it wi...
04:00 am - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot New York State Bans E-Cigarettes Everywhere Traditional Cigarettes Are Prohibited
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: New York state is banning electronic cigarettes indoors everywhere that traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, such as restaurants, bars and...
02:00 am - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Oracle, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook Blow Even More Cash on Lobbying
An anonymous reader shares a report: American tech giants have ramped up the amount of cash they spend on lobbying US lawmakers to get their own way, yet again. As congressmen consider regulating orga...
02:00 am - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot FCC Ends Decades-Old Rule Designed To Keep TV, Radio Under Local Control
The FCC on Tuesday voted to eliminate a rule that required broadcast station groups to maintain a physical presence in the community of their primary local coverage area, a move that critics say will ...
02:00 am - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot DirecTV to Launch Android TV-Based OTT Set-Top Box
Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: AT&T's DirecTV is getting ready to embrace internet-based content delivery beyond its DirecTV Now service: The company is about to introduce a new TV set-to...
12:00 am - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Sony Reportedly Announcing New Robot Dog Next Month
Zorro shares a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Sony Corp. is planning next spring to roll out a dog-shaped pet robot similar to its disconti...
12:00 am - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Anti-Aging Stem Cell Treatment Proves Successful In Early Human Trials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: The results of two human clinical trials into a stem cell therapy that can reverse symptoms of age-associated frailty have been published, and the i...
12:00 am - Wed, October 25, 2017
Slashdot Tech Companies Pledge To Use Artificial Intelligence Responsibly
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Information Technology Industry Council -- a DC-based group representing the likes of IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple -- is today releasing ...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Congress Opens Probe Into FBI's Handling of Clinton Email Investigation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Two House committees announced Tuesday that they would conduct a joint probe into the FBI's handling of the Clinton e-mail investigation. The Cli...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Legal Hack Back Lets You Go After Attackers In Your Network
itwbennett writes: Security startup Cymmetria has a new offering for customers: "legal hack back." The hack back tools have been added to the company's MazeHunter deception technology and will enable ...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Astronaut Paul Weitz Dies At 85; Veteran of Skylab and Shuttle Missions
NPR reports the death of NASA astronaut Paul Weitz, who spent nearly a month in orbit on the first manned Skylab mission in 1973 and flew a decade later as mission commander on the maiden voyage of th...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Google Launches Gmail Add-ons and Brings a Range of Business Tools To the Inbox
Google today launched Gmail Add-ons after a beta testing period as a developer preview earlier in the year. From a report: Gmail Add-ons are extensions that bring a number of big-name services -- such...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Why Did Ubuntu Drop Unity? Mark Shuttleworth Explains
Ubuntu's decision to ditch Unity took many of us by surprise earlier this year. Now Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth shares more details about why Ubuntu chose to drop Unity. From a report: Shuttlewor...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Pioneer Says New Coin To Work on Many Blockchains
A reader shares a Bloomberg report: Jeff Garzik, one of a handful of key developers who helped build the underlying software for bitcoin that is known as blockchain, has seen its shortcomings firsthan...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot 42% of Americans Under 8 Have Their Own Tablet
A reader shares an Axios report: A whopping 42% of children ages 0-8 have their own tablet device, up from less than 1% in 2011, according to Common Sense Media's newest national "Media Use by Kids" c...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot TV News 'Hack' Sees Bitcoins Swiped
Two French hackers used their computer skills to reconstruct a blurred-out code on TV and claim bitcoins worth $1,000. From a report: Michel Sassano and Clement Storck had seen an interview with entre...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Drop Lawsuit After US Government Revises Data Request Rules
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft said it will drop a lawsuit against the U.S. government after the Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot WeWork Employees Caught Spying on Competition
An anonymous reader shares a report: The battle in the red-hot co-working space business is heating up. WeWork, the No. 1 player in the sector, allegedly sent two spies to infiltrate rival Knotel -- t...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot New Cyber Attacks Hit Airport, Metro in Ukraine
Cyber attacks hit Ukraine's Odessa airport and the metro system in Kiev on Tuesday, with the state-run Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) saying a new wave of hacks was hitting the country and as...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Tech Firms Seek Washington's Prized Asset: Top-Secret Clearances
Major tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter are interested in hiring workers with top-secret security clearances as they deal with foreign meddling on their platforms and come under increased ri...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries For Scarce AI Talent
jmcbain writes: Machine learning and artificial intelligence skills are in hot demand right now, and it's driving up the already-high salaries in Silicon Valley. "Tech's biggest companies are placing ...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Toshiba Forecasts $1 Billion Loss
Toshiba has announced a forecast net loss of $970 million due to the tax impact of selling its memory chip business, which was itself sold to make up for losses incurred from its nuclear energy busine...
10:00 am - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Bird Feeders Might Be Changing Bird Beaks
An anonymous reader shares a report: Bird beaks might be evolving to better fit bird feeders. A study of great tits in the UK, where feeders are common, found the bird's beaks have grown over the last...
08:00 am - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Star Trek: Discovery Is Returning For a Second Season
Engaget reports that CBS' Star Trek: Discovery series is being renewed for a second season. The show has reportedly been enough of a success to justify a second season of episodes. From the report: Th...
04:00 am - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot High-Nicotine E-Cigarettes May Make Teens Vape More, Study Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Philly.com: Teens who vape e-cigarettes with higher nicotine levels are more likely to start smoking conventional cigarettes soon after, new research shows. E-...
02:00 am - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Why Xbox One Backward Compatibility Took So Long
A new report from IGN this morning explains why it took so long for backwards compatibility to be supported on the Xbox One. Microsoft veteran Kevin La Chapelle says the answer to the question can be ...
02:00 am - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Computer Parts Site Newegg Is Being Sued For Allegedly Engaging In Massive Fraud
schwit1 shares a report from Gizmodo: A suit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by four South Korean banks alleges "massive fraud" with an outstanding debt of at least $230 million...
12:00 am - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs
Chinese scientists have created low-fat pigs using new genetic engineering techniques. "In a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists report that t...
12:00 am - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Stephen Hawking's Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It's Posted Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Demand for Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis intermittently crashed part of Cambridge University's website as physics fans flocked to read his work. Prof Hawki...
12:00 am - Tue, October 24, 2017
Slashdot Snapchat Reportedly Stuck With 'Hundreds of Thousands' of Unsold Spectacles
According to The Information, Snapchat expected demand for its camera-equipped glasses known as Spectacles to continue after the holidays and ordered "hundreds of thousands" of additional units. But d...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Google Worked With Intel on a custom AI Chip For Its Pixel Phones
A special-purpose chip for artificial intelligence and other tasks in Google's new Pixel smartphones draws on Intel technology. From a report: In addition to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, the Google...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Apple, Samsung Face New iPhone Damages Trial
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California issued her order late on Sunday, 10 months after the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a $399 million ...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Tests Removing Publishers From News Feed -- Unless They Pay
According to a report via Mashable, Facebook is removing posts from Pages in the original News Feed and relegating them to another feed, forcing users to "pay to play" in order to have their content b...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot FBI Couldn't Access Nearly 7,000 Devices Because of Encryption
Michael Balsamo, writing for Associated Press: The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Wolf of Wall Street: Cryptocurrency ICOs Are 'the Biggest Scam Ever'
An anonymous reader shares an article: Jordan Belfort -- the real-life Wolf of Wall Street -- has warned that ICOs (or "token sales" or "coin sales") are "the biggest scam ever" and will "blow up in s...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Google Worked Eith Intel on a custom AI Chip For Its Pixel Phones
A special-purpose chip for artificial intelligence and other tasks in Google's new Pixel smartphones draws on Intel technology. From a report: In addition to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, the Google...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Runs On AI - But 70% of Its Engineers Who Use AI Aren't Experts
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a WSJ report: AI algorithms are inherently black boxes whose workings can be next to impossible to understand -- even by many Facebook engineers. "If you loo...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Google Might Need To Recall the Pixel 2 XL Because of Defective Screens
An anonymous reader shares a report: You might want to hold off on buying a Pixel 2 XL until Google addresses its screen issues. Now that Google's new flagship Android phone is officially out and in p...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Hong Kong Has No Space Left for the Dead
Justin Heifetz, writing for Motherboard: When Fung Wai-tsun's family carried their grandfather's ashes across the Hong Kong border to Mainland China in 2013, they worried Customs officers, thinking th...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab To Open Software To Review, Says Nothing To Hide
Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab will ask independent parties to review the security of its anti-virus software, which the U.S. government has said could jeopardize national security, citing concerns over K...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Singapore To Stop Adding Cars to City From February 2018
An anonymous reader shares a report: Singapore, among the world's most expensive places to own a vehicle, will stop increasing the total number of cars on its roads next year. The government will cut ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10's 'Controlled Folder Access' Anti-Ransomware Feature Is Now Live
A reader shares a BleepingComputer report: With the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update last week, the "Controlled Folder Access" that Microsoft touted in June is now live for millions of users...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Essential Announces $200 (29%) Discount on Phones -- Price Dropped To $499
An anonymous reader quote CNET:The heavily hyped, Andy Rubin-backed Essential phone launched late in August. Now, two months later, its price has been cut from $699 to $499. The news was announced in ...
08:00 am - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot When an AI Tries Writing Slashdot Headlines
For Slashdot's 20th anniversary, "What could be geekier than celebrating with the help of an open-source neural network?" Neural network hobbyist Janelle Shane has already used machine learning to gen...
06:00 am - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot The Factory Where Robots Build Robots
turkeydance shared Bloomberg's profile of Fanuc, a secretive Japanese company with 40,000-square-foot factories "where robots made other robots in the dark...stopping only when no storage space remain...
02:00 am - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers On 24-Hour Alert
DefenseOne reports on new preparations at Barksdale Air Force Base:The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended ...
12:00 am - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot Bill Gates Tries A(nother) Billion-Dollar Plan To Reform Education
theodp shared this article from the Washington Post:Bill Gates has a(nother) plan for K-12 public education. The others didn't go so well, but the man, if anything, is persistent. Gates announced Thur...
12:00 am - Mon, October 23, 2017
Slashdot The Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility: Where Spacecraft Go To Die
dryriver writes: Whether you launch a satellite into space or an entire space station like the Russian Mir, the Chinese Tiangong-1 or the International Space Station, what goes up must eventually come...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot Google Says It Hasn't Promised To Help News Sites By Sharing Money and User Data
UPDATE (2:53 PST): Google say it hasn't lined up any deals to share revenue and user data with online news sites, calling Sunday news reports "totally wrong." "We have not reached any conclusions on t...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley 'Divided Society and Made Everyone Raging Mad', Argues Newsweek
"Anyone who is pissed off can now automatically find other people that are similarly pissed off," argues author Jamie Bartlett, in a new essay shared by Slashdot reader schwit1 which calls the interne...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot Could Cryptocurrency Mining Kill Online Advertising?
"Could it turn out users actually prefer to trade a little CPU time to website owners in favor of them not showing ads?" writes phonewebcam, a long-time Slashdot reader.Slashdot covered the downside [...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot 30-Year-Old Operating System 'PC-MOS/386' Finally Open Sourced
PC-MOS/386 "was a multi-user, computer multitasking operating system...announced at COMDEX in November 1986," remembers Wikipedia, saying it runs many MS-DOS titles (though it's optimized for the Inte...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot Security Upgraded For NetBSD-amd64 with Kernel ASLR Support
24 years after its release, NetBSD is getting a security upgrade -- specifically, Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). An anonymous reader writes:Support for Kernel ASLR was added on NetBSD-amd6...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Plans Factory In China, Discounts Insurance For Self-Driving US Cars
Business Insider reports:Tesla has created a customized insurance package, InsureMyTesla, that is cheaper than traditional plans because it factors in the vehicles' Autopilot safety features and maint...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot With Rising Database Breaches, Two-Factor Authentication Also At Risk
Two-factor authentication "protects from an attacker listening in right now," writes Slashdot reader szczys, "but in many case a database breach will negate the protections of two-factor." Hackaday re...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot Canadian Government Teams With Facebook To Protect Election Integrity
An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:There are nearly as many Canadians who use Facebook daily as there are people in this country who are registered to vote -- which is why the federal government i...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot A 14-Year-Old Asks: When Should I Get a VPN?
"One of my students sent me this letter," writes Slashdot reader Hasaf. "I have a good idea how I will answer, but I wanted to put it before the Slashdot community." The letter reads:Right now I am 14...
08:00 am - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Chastises Google Over Chrome Security
An anonymous reader quotes PCMag:In a Wednesday blog post, Redmond examined Google's browser security and took the opportunity to throw some shade at Chrome's security philosophy, while also touting t...
06:00 am - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot For Under $1,000, Mobile Ads Can Track Your Location
"Researchers were able to use GPS data from an ad network to track a user to their actual location, and trace movements through town," writes phantomfive. Mashable reports:The idea is straightforward:...
02:00 am - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot Code Bootcamp Fined $375K Over Employment Claims and Licensing Issues
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:[O]ne of the most prominent institutions, New York's Flatiron School, will be shelling out $375,000 to settle charges brought by New York Attorney General Eric ...
02:00 am - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot US Government Warns Of 'Ongoing' Hacks Targeting Nuclear and Power Industries
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an i...
12:00 am - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Patents Drones That Recharge Electric Vehicles
slash.jit shared an article from Futurism:Amazon has been granted a patent for an ambitious new method of maintaining a charge in electric vehicles. The company wants to use drones to allow drivers to...
12:00 am - Sun, October 22, 2017
Slashdot NYT Op-Ed Argues Amazon 'Took Seattle's Soul'
New York Times columnist Timothy Egan was part of the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning team in 2001. Now he's written an op-ed arguing Amazon "took Seattle's soul." An anonymous reader writes:Since Amaz...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Suspends Account of Popular Chinese Dissident
schwit1 brings news about an exiled Chinese billionaire with 500,000 followers on YouTube. The Washington Free Beacon reports:YouTube has suspended the video account of popular Chinese dissident Guo W...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot See Giant Robots Fight. US vs Japan Match On YouTube
AmiMoJo writes: Suidobashi Heavy Industries and MegaBots agreed to test their piloted giant robots in combat a few years back, and the content is finally available on YouTube. It ended in a draw, with...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Data Science Meets Sports Gambling: How Researchers Beat the Bookies
"A trio of data scientists developed a betting strategy to beat bookmakers at football games," writes austro. [The game Americans call soccer.] New Scientist reports:The team studied 10 years' worth o...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot 2 Million IoT Devices Enslaved By Fast-Growing BotNet
An anonymous reader writes: Since mid-September, a new IoT botnet has grown to massive proportions. Codenamed IoT_reaper, researchers estimate its current size at nearly two million infected devices. ...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Why Are We Still Using Passwords?
Here's some surprising news from the Akamia Edge conference. chicksdaddy writes:[E]xecutives at some of the U.S.'s leading corporations agreed that the much maligned password won't be abandoned any ti...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Offers $1,000 Bounties For Hacking Dropbox, Tinder, Snapchat, and Others
An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:Google, in collaboration with bug bounty platform HackerOne, has launched the Google Play Security Reward Program, which promises $1,000 to anyone who can identify ...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Friendlier GPL-Enforcement Permission Proposed By Linux Kernel Developers
The former Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation -- and Slashdot user #41121 -- contacted Slashdot with this announcement. bkuhn -- now president of the Software Freedom Conservancy --wri...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Code School Fined $375K Over Employment Claims and Licensing Issues
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:[O]ne of the most prominent institutions, New York's Flatiron School, will be shelling out $375,000 to settle charges brought by New York Attorney General Eric ...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Tech Companies To Lobby For Immigrant 'Dreamers' To Remain In US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, i...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Tim Cook Confirms the Mac Mini Isn't Dead
Apple has refreshed just about every Mac product within the last couple of years -- except for the Mac Mini. Naturally, this has left many analysts questioning whether or not the company would be phas...
08:00 am - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot The US Government Keeps Spectacularly Underestimating Solar Energy Installation
Michael J. Coren reports via Quartz: Every two years, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), America's official source for energy statistics, issues 10-year projections about how much solar...
04:00 am - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Body Camera Study Shows No Effect On Police Use of Force Or Citizen Complaints
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers' use of force, at least in the nation's c...
02:00 am - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Vungle CEO Arrested For Child Rape and Attempted Murder
Freshly Exhumed writes: Axios is working to get details about a revelation on a government website that Vungle CEO Zain Jaffer is facing charges at the Maple Street Correctional Center in Redwood City...
02:00 am - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Begins Digging a Hyperloop Tunnel In Maryland
Elon Musk has been granted permission by Maryland to start digging tunnels for his hyperoop transit system that he wants to build between New York and Washington. "Hogan administration officials said ...
02:00 am - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Software Developer Creates Personal Cryptocurrency
mirandakatz writes: If you want to pick Evan Prodromou's brain -- as many people often do -- you'll have to pay him. And not just a consulting fee: You'll have to pay him in his own personal cryptocur...
12:00 am - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Body Camera Giant Wants Police To Collect Your Videos Too
tedlistens shares a report from Fast Company: Axon, the police supplier formerly known as Taser and now a leading maker of police body cameras, has also charged into police software with a service tha...
12:00 am - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Arkansas Will Pay Up To $1,000 Cash To Kids Who Pass AP Computer Science A Exam
theodp writes: The State of Arkansas will be handing out cash to high school students who pass an Advanced Placement test in computer science. "The purpose of the incentive program is to increase the ...
12:00 am - Sat, October 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Says 64 Percent of Chrome Traffic On Android Now Protected With HTTPS, 75 Percent On Mac, 66 Percent On Windows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google's push to make the web more secure by flagging sites using insecure HTTP connections appears to be working. The company announced today that...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Consumer Reports Refuses To Recommend Microsoft Surface Book 2
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier in the year, the review group said that problems with reliability meant that it was impossible for it to recommend any Microsoft laptop or tablet. Now Consumer Repo...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans
An anonymous reader shares a report: Now that AlphaGo's arguably got nothing left to learn from humans -- now that its continued progress takes the form of endless training games against itself -- wha...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Plans To End Revenge Porn Next Week, Hate Speech In Two
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the beginning of 2017, Twitter said it would take on harassment and hate speech. CEO Jack Dorsey said the company would embrace a "completely ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Smartwatches For Kids Are a Total Privacy Nightmare
An anonymous reader shares a report: Kids' smartwatches are usually intended to help parents feel at ease that their children are safe when they're not around. But as it turns out, a number of these d...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Laptops Could Be Banned From Checked Bags on Planes Due To Fire Risk
Readers share a report: Laptops could be banned from checked baggage on planes due to a fire risk under a proposal being recommended by an international air safety panel. According to a report, an ove...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Student Expelled After Using Hardware Keylogger to Hack School, Change Grades
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Kansas University (KU) officials have expelled a student for installing a hardware keylogger and using the data acquired from the device to hack into the...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot MasterCard Has Finally Realized That Signatures Are Obsolete and Stupid
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, credit card companies have relied on an illegible squiggly line as the frontline of defense against credit card fraud. Customers are forced to use a pen...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Japan's SoftBank Says It Could Invest as Much As $880 Billion in Tech
SoftBank could commit as much as $880 billion to tech investments in the coming years, a gargantuan, unprecedented amount of cash that would amount to a seismic shift in tech-sector finance. From a re...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot On the Google Book Scanning Project and the Library We Will Never See
For a decade, Google's enormous project to create a massive digital library of books was embroiled in litigation with a group of writers who say it was costing them a lot of money in lost revenue. Eve...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Market Value Hits a Dot-Com Era Milestone: $600 Billion
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft's value is returning to tech-bubble peaks. The software giant closed with a market value of $600 billion Thursday for the first time since January 2000, ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Nears $6,000 For the First Time
Bitcoin closed in on another milestone Friday, as the digital currency approached $6,000 for the first time to put its gain in 2017 to above 500 percent. From a report: The push higher comes just thre...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Hit With Another Lawsuit, This Time Alleging Anti-LGBT Harassment
Earlier this week, Tesla was hit with a lawsuit for racial harassment in its factories. Now, a newer lawsuit has been filed against the company alleging anti-LGBT harassment. An anonymous reader share...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Blue Origin Successfully Test Fires Game-Changing BE-4 Rocket Engine
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture has successfully test-fired its BE-4 rocket engine, marking a key step in the development of its own New Glenn rocket as well as United Launch Alliance's next-gen...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot First Mass-Produced Electric Truck Unveiled
AmiMoJo shares a report from NHK WORLD: Japan's Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has unveiled what it says is the world's first mass-produced electric truck, as automakers around the world go all out to ...
10:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Security Chief Says Its Corporate Network Is Run 'Like a College Campus'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Facebook's security chief has told employees that the social media giant needs to improve its internal security practices to be more akin to a defense c...
08:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Could VR Field Trips Replace the Real Thing?
turkeydance shares a report from RTV6, which cites a new editorial in the journal Science that explores the question, "Could VR field trips replace the real thing?" Virtual field trips have been aroun...
04:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Denuvo's DRM Now Being Cracked Within Hours of Release
Denuvo, an anti-tamper technology and digital rights management scheme, isn't doing a very good job preventing PC games from being copied. According to Ars Technica, Denuvo releases are being publicly...
04:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Senators Announce New Bill That Would Regulate Online Political Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: As tech companies face continued scrutiny over Russian activity on their ad platforms, Senators today announced legislation meant to regulate politi...
02:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Spends $350K On Seattle Mayor's Race
reifman writes: Until this summer, Amazon had never contributed more than $15,000 to a city political campaign in Seattle, but this year's different. The company is a lead funder in the Seattle Chambe...
02:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot How Google's Pixel 2 'Now Playing' Song Identification Works
An anonymous reader shares a report from VentureBeat, written by Emil Protalinski: The most interesting Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature, to me, is Now Playing. If you've ever used Shazam or Soun...
02:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Loses 18,000 Pay TV Subscribers, Signals Delay For Live TV Streaming Service
Verizon announced on Thursday that its FiOS video service lost 18,000 net pay TV subscribers in the third quarter, compared with the addition of 36,000 subscribers in the year-ago period and 15,000 su...
12:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Consumer Reports Expects Tesla's Model 3 To Have 'Average Reliability'
There may be only a few hundred Tesla Model 3s on the street, but Consumer Reports already has an opinion on the new car's dependability. From a report: "We are predicting that the Model 3 should have...
12:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet Invests $1 Billion In Lyft
Lyft announced Thursday that Google-parent Alphabet is leading a $1 billion financing round into the ride-hailing company. This ups Lyft's valuation from $7.5 billion to $11 billion. The funding is co...
12:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Almost Half of Tech Workers Worry About Losing Their Jobs Because of Ageism, Says Survey
An anonymous reader quotes a report from SiliconBeat: More than 40 percent of tech workers worry about losing their jobs because of age, a new survey shows. Jobs site Indeed also found that 18 percent...
12:00 am - Fri, October 20, 2017
Slashdot Apple Watch's LTE Suspended In China Possibly Due To Government Security Concerns
The Apple Watch Series 3's best new feature has been mysteriously blocked in China. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, China has cut off the Apple Watch's LTE connectivity on Sept. 28...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Doctors To Breathalyse Smokers Before Allowing Them NHS Surgery
Smokers in Hertfordshire, a county in southern England, are to be breathalysed to ensure they have kicked the habit before they are referred for non-urgent surgery. From a report, shared by several re...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Profile of William H. Alsup, a Judge Who Codes and Decides Tech's Biggest Cases
Sarah Jeong at The Verge has an interesting profile of William H. Alsup, the judge in Oracle v. Google case, who to many's surprise was able to comment on the technical issues that Oracle and Google w...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Canada's 'Super Secret Spy Agency' Is Releasing a Malware-Fighting Tool To the Public
Matthew Braga, reporting for CBC News: Canada's electronic spy agency says it is taking the "unprecedented step" of releasing one of its own cyber defence tools to the public, in a bid to help compani...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Japanese Metal Manufacturer Faked Specifications To Hundreds of Companies
schwit1 writes: Kobe Steel, a major Japanese supplier of steel and other metals worldwide, has admitted that it faked the specifications to metals shipped to hundreds of companies over the past decade...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Discovery of 50km Cave Raises Hopes For Human Colonisation of Moon
New submitter Zorro shares a report: Scientists have fantasised for centuries about humans colonising the moon. That day may have drawn a little closer after Japan's space agency said it had discovere...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Battles Google for Renewable Energy Crown
Readers share a report: Even in the age of coal enthusiast President Donald Trump, clean-energy developers are finding plenty of interest in wind and solar power from businesses with sustainability ta...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Google Engineers Explore Ways To Stop In-Browser Cryptocurrency Miners in Chrome
An anonymous reader writes: Google Chrome engineers are considering adding a special browser permission that will thwart the rising trend of in-browser cryptocurrency miners. Discussions on the topic ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Targeted Fuzzing Is Improving Linux Security, Linus Torvalds Says
On the sidelines of announcing the fifth release candidate for the Linux kernel version 4.14, Linus Torvalds said fuzzing, which involves stress testing a system by generating random code to induce er...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Turning the Optical Fiber Network Into a Giant Earthquake Sensor
Tekla Perry writes: Researchers at Stanford have demonstrated that they can use ordinary, underground fiber optic cables to monitor for earthquakes, by using innate impurities in the fiber as virtual ...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot's 20th Anniversary: History of Slashdot
Slashdot turned 20 this month, which is ancient in internet years. How far have we come? Also, we've set up a page to coordinate user meet-ups around the world to celebrate. Read on for the full 20-ye...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot New Law Bans California Employers From Asking Applicants Their Prior Salary
An anonymous reader shares a report: California employers can no longer ask job applicants about their prior salary and -- if applicants ask -- must give them a pay range for the job they are seeking,...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot EU: No Encryption Backdoors But, Let's Help Each Other Crack That Crypto
The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc. From a report: In an attempt to tackle the rise of citizens u...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Samsung To Let Proper Linux Distros Run on Galaxy Smartphones
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung has announced it will soon become possible to run actual proper Linux on its Note8, Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones -- and even Linux desktops. Yeah, yeah, w...
10:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Released
Canonical has made available the download links for Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark". It comes with a range of new features, changes, and improvements including GNOME as the default desktop, Wayland dis...
08:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Dodging Russian Spies, Customers Are Ripping Out Kaspersky
From a report: Multiple U.S. security consultants and other industry sources tell The Daily Beast customers are dropping their use of Kaspersky software all together, particularly in the financial sec...
04:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot First Floating Wind Farm Delivers Electricity
The world's first floating offshore wind farm began delivering electricity to the Scottish grid today. "The 30MW installation, situated 25km (15.5mi) from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, will de...
04:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Bankers Publicly Embracing Robots Are Privately Fearing Job Cuts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Within the upper echelons of many financial firms, there's a lot of soul searching as executives prepare to roll out a new generation of technology....
02:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Intelligent People More At Risk of Mental Illness, Study Finds
schwit1 shares a report from The Independent: The stereotype of a tortured genius may have a basis in reality after a new study found that people with higher IQs are more at risk of developing mental ...
02:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Flying Insects Have Been Disappearing Over the Past Few Decades, Study Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Insec...
02:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Amazon E-Book Buyers Receive Payment From Antitrust Lawsuit Settlement
If you bought a Kindle e-book between April 2010 and May 2012, you might see some Amazon credit coming your way. The company is reportedly distributing funds from an antitrust lawsuit that it levied a...
12:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Teases Multi-Day Battery Life For Upcoming ARM-Powered Windows Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechSpot: Microsoft late last year announced a partnership with Qualcomm to bring the full Windows 10 experience to ARM-powered devices. Terry Myerson, Executi...
12:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot CNN Gets a First-Of-Its-Kind Waiver To Fly Drones Over Crowds
The FAA has granted CNN a waiver that allows it to fly its Vantage Robotics Snap drone over open-air crowds of people at altitudes of up to 150 feet. "This is a new precedent in this kind of waiver: P...
12:00 am - Thu, October 19, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Ways To Get Companies To Actually Focus On Security?
New submitter ctilsie242 writes: Many years ago, it was said that we would have a "cyber 9/11," a security event so drastic that it fundamentally would change how companies and people thought about se...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot DeepMind's Go-Playing AI Doesn't Need Human Help To Beat Us Anymore
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind has unveiled the latest version of its Go-playing software, AlphaGo Zero. The new program is a significantly better ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Activision Patents Pay-To-Win Matchmaker
New submitter EndlessNameless writes: If you like fair play, you might not like future Activision games. They will cross the line to encourage microtransactions, specifically matching players to both ...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Faces Lawsuit For Racial Harassment In Its Factories
Three former Tesla factory workers have filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming they were subject to constant racial discrimination and harassment in the electric car company's factories. "The m...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla To Document Cross-Browser Web Dev Standards with Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and W3C
Mozilla has announced deeper partnerships with Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and web standards body W3C to create cross-browser documentation on MDN Web Docs, a web development documentation portal crea...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot The Internet Is Ripe With In-Browser Miners and It's Getting Worse Each Day
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Ever since mid-September, when Coinhive launched and the whole cryptojacking frenzy started, the Internet has gone crazy with in-browser cryptocurrency...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Chrome 62 Released With OpenType Variable Fonts, HTTP Warnings In Incognito Mode
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier today, Google released version 62 of its Chrome browser that comes with quite a few new features but also fixes for 35 security issues. The most interesting new fea...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Next Big Bet is Letting You Communicate Without a Smartphone, Says Alexa's Chief Scientist
An anonymous reader shares a report: The next big function to take off on Amazon's Echo devices will be voice or video calling -- which is a way Alexa can reduce the need to have your smartphone on yo...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot "Maybe It's a Piece of Dust"
An anonymous reader shares a report: I was in the Grand Central Station Apple Store for a third time in a year, watching a progress bar slowly creep across my computer's black screen as my Genius mult...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Tribal 'Sovereign Immunity' Patent Protection Could Be Outlawed
AnalogDiehard writes: The recent -- and questionable -- practice of technological and pharmaceutical companies selling their patents to U.S. native Indian tribes (where they enjoy "sovereign immunity"...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Over 30,000 Published Studies Could Be Wrong Due To Contaminated Cells
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Alert: Researchers warn that large parts of biomedical science could be invalid due to a cascading history of flawed data in a systemic failure going b...
08:00 am - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX's Reusable Rockets Win US Air Force General's Endorsement
As the military looks to drive down costs, the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command said he's "completely committed" to launching future missions with recycled rockets like those championed by SpaceX'...
04:00 am - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Peer Pressure Forced Whales and Dolphins To Evolve Big Brains Like Humans, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: The human brain has evolved and expanded over millennia to accommodate our ever-more-complex needs and those of our societies. This process is known as...
02:00 am - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot ZTE Launches Axon M, a Foldable, Dual-Screened Smartphone
ZTE's new Axon M is a full-featured smartphone with a hinge that connects two full-size displays, making the Axon M a flip phone of sorts. "Its front screen is a 5.2-inch, 1080p panel, it has last yea...
02:00 am - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot EA Shuts Down Visceral Games, Shifting Development On Its Star Wars Game
Visceral Games, the studio behind games like Battlefield Hardline and Dead Space, is being shut down by EA. The Star Wars game in development at Visceral will be revamped and moved to a different stud...
02:00 am - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Russian Troll Factory Paid US Activists To Fund Protests During Election
bestweasel writes: The Guardian reports on another story about Russian meddling, but interestingly, this one comes from a respected Russian news source, the RBC. From the report: "Russian trolls posin...
12:00 am - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Maps Ditches Walking Calorie Counter After Backlash
Following online backlash, Google is removing a planned feature in Maps that shows you how many calories you'd burn when in walking mode. Google's attempt to promote a healthy lifestyle caused a numbe...
12:00 am - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot Android Oreo Helps Google's Pixel 2 Smartphones Outperform Other Android Flagships
MojoKid highlights Hot Hardware's review of Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones: Google officially launched it's Pixel 2 phones today, taking the wraps off third-party reviews. Designed by...
12:00 am - Wed, October 18, 2017
Slashdot 'Significant' Number of Equifax Victims Already Had Info Stolen, Says IRS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The IRS does not expect the Equifax data breach to have a major effect on the upcoming tax filing season, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday, ad...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Traditional PC Sales Continue To Slide
Sales of traditional PCs continue to decline, although the overall PC market is likely to grow slightly next year. From a report: Traditional PC shipments are forecast to drop by nearly eight percent ...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Intel Aims To Take on Nvidia With a Processor Specially Designed for AI
An anonymous reader shares a report: In what looks like a repeat of its loss to Qualcomm on smartphones, Intel has lagged graphics chip (GPU) maker Nvidia in the artificial intelligence revolution. To...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Netflix, Amazon, Movie Studios Sue Over TickBox Streaming Device
Movies studios, Netflix, and Amazon have teamed up to file a lawsuit against a streaming media player called TickBox TV. The device in question runs Kodi on top of Android 6.0, and searches the intern...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Employees Detail How They Were Fired, Claim Dismissals Were Not Performance Related
New submitter joshtops shares a CNBC report: Tesla is trying to disguise layoffs by calling the widespread terminations performance related, allege several current and former employees. On Friday, the...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Companies Overlook Risks in Open Source Software, Survey Finds
An anonymous reader shares a report: Open source code helps software suppliers to be nimble and build products faster, but a new report reveals hidden software supply chain risks of open source that a...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Toronto To Be Home To Google Parent's Biggest Smart City Project Yet
Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google) with the stated goal of "reimagining cities from the Internet up," now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct it...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody's Counting
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, U.S. traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent. In 2016 alone, more than 100 peop...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot 'Google Just Made Gmail the Most Secure Email Provider on the Planet'
Google announced on Tuesday that it would offer stronger online security for "high risk" users who may be frequent targets of online attacks. The company said anyone with a personal Google account can...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Begins Rolling Out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Microsoft has started to roll out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka, "Redstone 3" to the general public. The company has been testing this new major update to its desktop operating system for over ...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Surface Book 2 Puts Desktop Brains in a Laptop Body
David Pierce, writing for Wired: As Microsoft went to create the Surface Book 2, the company once again tried to bust categories. The result is the most combinatory device Microsoft's made yet. It's a...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot The Impossible Dream of USB-C
Marco Arment, a prominent developer best known for co-founding Tumblr, explains things that are still crippling USB-C, despite being around for years and being used in mainstream products. Arment writ...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Responded Quietly After Detecting Secret Database Hack in 2013
Citing five former employees, Reuters reported on Tuesday that Microsoft's secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more t...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Mobile Phone Companies Appear To Be Selling Your Location To Almost Anyone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: You may remember that last year, Verizon (which owns Oath, which owns TechCrunch) was punished by the FCC for injecting information into its subscr...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Your Local Planets and Moons
Google has added three planets and nine moons to Google Maps. "The heavenly bodies include Saturn moons Dione, Enceladus, Iapetus, Mimas, Rhea and Titan, and Jupiter moons Europa, Ganymede and Io," re...
08:00 am - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Essential Is Getting Sued For Allegedly Stealing Wireless Connector Technology
"Keyssa, a wireless technology company backed by iPod creator and Nest founder Tony Fadell, filed a lawsuit against Essential on Monday, alleging that the company stole trade secrets and breached thei...
04:00 am - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Ophelia Became a Major Hurricane Where No Storm Had Before
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The system formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia is moving into Ireland on Monday, bringing "status red" weather throughout the day to the island. ...
02:00 am - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Fall Update With Redesigned Xbox Dashboard Is Now Available To All
Microsoft has released the next big "Fall" update for the Xbox One, which focuses on speed and simplicity. Engadget reports: The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which...
02:00 am - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Adds 5.3 Million Subs In Q3, Beating Forecasts
Netflix shows no signs of slowing down. The company announced its third quarter results, adding more subscribers in both the U.S. and abroad than expected. Variety reports: The company gained 850,000 ...
02:00 am - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Google Photos Now Recognizes Your Pets
Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its Photos app -- by allowing you to group all your pet's photos in one place, right beside the people Google Photos organize...
12:00 am - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $439.7 Million Loss
Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The ...
12:00 am - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept?
snydeq writes: "The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches -- IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks," wr...
12:00 am - Tue, October 17, 2017
Slashdot Every Patch For 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Vulnerability Available Right Now
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As reported previously by ZDNet, the bug, dubbed "KRACK" -- which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack -- is at heart a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-F...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot eBay Launches Authentication Service To Combat Counterfeit High-End Goods
Ecommerce giant eBay has launched a previously announced service designed to combat the scourge of fake goods on the platform. From a report: eBay has proven popular with fake goods' sellers for some ...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Finds Flash Vulnerability Through Microsoft Word
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Kaspersky Lab, which has been under fire by the U.S. government as possibly being an agent of the Russian government and spying on U.S. computers, has ...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Leave It To the Heat to Dull Autumn's Glory
It's autumn. Somebody tell the trees. From a report: Ordinarily, two signals alert deciduous trees that it's time to relinquish the green hues of summer in favor of autumn's yellows, oranges and reds....
08:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Google Chrome for Windows Gets Basic Antivirus Features
Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome for Windows users. From a report: At the heart of these changes is Chrome Cleanup. This feature detects unwanted software that might be bund...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose 'No Harmful Health Effect'
Readers share a report: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protect...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Has Already Fixed the Wi-Fi Attack Vulnerability; Android Will Be Patched Within Weeks
Microsoft says it has already fixed the problem for customers running supported versions of Windows. From a report: "We have released a security update to address this issue," says a Microsoft spokesp...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars
For the first time, scientists have caught two neutron stars in the act of colliding, revealing that these strange smash-ups are the source of heavy elements such as gold and platinum. From a report: ...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Millions of High-Security Crypto Keys Crippled by Newly Discovered Flaw
Slovak and Czech researchers have found a vulnerability that leaves government and corporate encryption cards vulnerable to hackers to impersonate key owners, inject malicious code into digitally sign...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot WPA2 Security Flaw Puts Almost Every Wi-Fi Device at Risk of Hijack, Eavesdropping
A security protocol at the heart of most modern Wi-Fi devices, including computers, phones, and routers, has been broken, putting almost every wireless-enabled device at risk of attack. From a report:...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot US Supreme Court To Decide Microsoft Email Privacy Dispute
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company serv...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Voice Assistants Will Be Difficult To Fire
mirandakatz writes: As voice assistants crop up left and right, consumers are facing a decision: Are you an Alexa? A Google Assistant? A Siri? Choose wisely -- because once you pick one voice assistan...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Blocks 322,000 Cheaters
The new anti-cheating system installed in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been banning more than 6,000 suspected cheaters every day. An anonymous reader quotes PC Gamer:That's according to BattlEye,...
08:00 am - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should Users Uninstall Kaspersky's Antivirus Software?
First, here's the opinion of two former NSA cybersecurity analysts (via Consumer Reports):"It's a big deal," says Blake Darche, a former NSA cybersecurity analyst and the founder of the cybersecurity ...
04:00 am - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Munich Plans New Vote on Dumping Linux For Windows 10
An anonymous reader quotes TechRepublic:The city of Munich has suggested it will cost too much to carry on using Linux alongside Windows, despite having spent millions of euros switching PCs to open-s...
02:00 am - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Nobel Prize Winner Argues Tech Companies Should Be Changing The World
An anonymous reader writes:Tech companies are competing to serve the wealthy, argues the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, complaining there's no "global vision," with big innovations instead "des...
12:00 am - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Dubai Police Get Hoverbikes
An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:The Dubai police, which already has luxury patrol cars, self-driving pursuit drones, and a robot officer, just announced it will soon have officers buzzing around o...
12:00 am - Mon, October 16, 2017
Slashdot Julian Assage Taunts US Government For Forcing Wikileaks To Invest In Bitcoin
Saturday's tweet from Julian Assange says it all:"My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, AmEx, Moneybookers, et al, into ere...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Pizza Hut Leaks Credit Card Info On 60,000 Customers
An anonymous reader quotes McClatchy:Pizza Hut told customers by email on Saturday that some of their personal information may have been compromised. Some of those customers are angry that it took alm...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Pentagon Turns To High-Speed Traders To Fortify Markets Against Cyberattack
Slashdot reader Templer421 quotes the Wall Street Journal's report [non-paywalled version here] on DARPA's "Financial Markets Vulnerabilities Project":Dozens of high-speed traders and others from Wall...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot China's Scientists Set New International Record -- For Faked Peer Reviews
China now has more laboratory scientists than any other country in the world, reports Amy Qin in the New York Times, and spends more on research than the entire European Union.But in its rush to domin...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Tim Cook Shares What He Learned From Steve Jobs
Speaking at Oxford, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a lesson learned from the "spectacular" commercial failure of the Power Mac G4 Cube in 2000 -- and from his mentor Steve Jobs. An anonymous reader quotes ...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Selectively Trigger Suicide In Cancer Cells
Long-time Slashdot reader Baron_Yam quotes SciTechDaily:A team of researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine reveals the first compound that directly makes cancer cells commit suicide whil...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Teases Reddit With Bad Answers About BFR Rocket
Long-time Slashdot reader Rei writes:On Saturday evening, Elon Musk took questions in a Reddit AMA (Ask-Me-Anything) concerning SpaceX's new design for the BFR (Big F* Rocket). But unlike the 2016 IAC...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Unpatched Exploit Lets You Clone Key Fobs and Open Subaru Cars
An anonymous reader writes:Tom Wimmenhove, a Dutch electronics designer, has discovered a flaw in the key fob system used by several Subaru models, a vulnerability the vendor has not patched and could...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot In a Cashless World, You'd Better Pray the Power Never Goes Out
schwit1 quotes the Mises Institue: When Hurricane Maria knocked out power in Puerto Rico, residents there realized they were going to need physical cash — and a lot of it. Bloomberg reported tha...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Edge Beats Chrome and Firefox in Malware-Blocking Tests
An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld:Microsoft's Edge easily beat rival browsers from Google and Mozilla in third-party tests of the behind-the-scenes services which power anti-malware warnings an...
08:00 am - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot SUSE Shares Linux-Themed Music Video Parodies
Long-time Slashdot reader troublemaker_23 quotes ITWire:German Linux company SUSE Linux is well-known for its Linux and other open source solutions. It is also known for producing videos for geeks and...
04:00 am - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can You Apply For A Job When Your Code Samples Suck?
An anonymous Slashdot reader ran into a problem when looking for a new employer: Most ask for links to "recent work" but the reason I'm leaving my current job is because this company doesn't produce g...
02:00 am - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Cord-Cutters Drive Cable TV Subscribers to a 17-Year Low
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:On Wednesday, AT&T told regulators that it expects to finish the quarter with about 90,000 fewer TV subscribers than it began with. AT&T blamed a...
12:00 am - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot 8.5-Ton Chinese Space Station Will Crash To Earth In a Few Months
dryriver writes:China launched a space laboratory named Tiangong 1 into orbit in 2011. The space laboratory was supposed to become a symbol of China's ambitious bid to become a space superpower. After...
12:00 am - Sun, October 15, 2017
Slashdot Not Just Equifax. Rival Site Transunion Served Malware Too -- and 1,000 More Sites
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Equifax isn't the only credit-reporting behemoth with a website redirecting visitors to fake Adobe Flash updates. A security researcher from AV provider Malware...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot What Will Replace Computer Keyboards?
Computer keyboards will be phased out over the next 20 years, and we should think carefully about what replaces them as the dominant mode of communicating with machines, argues Android co-founder Rich...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Ransomware Sales On the Dark Web Spike 2,502% In 2017
Slashdot reader rmurph04 writes:Ransomware is a $6.2 million industry, based on sales generated from a network of more than 6,300 Dark Web marketplaces that sell over 45,000 products, according to a r...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Startup Plans To Clean Up Cigarette Butts Using Crows
AmiMoJo writes: A startup in the Netherlands is developing the "Crowbar," a bird feeder that takes discarded cigarette butts as payment for dispensing food. A camera recognises cigarette filters and r...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot How Open Source Software Helps The Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Long-time Slashdot reader Esther Schindler quotes Hewlett Packard Enterprise:When you handle trillions of dollars a year in transactions and manage the largest known vault of gold in the world, securi...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Dutch Police Build a Pokemon Go-Style App For Hunting Wanted Criminals
"How can the police induce citizens to help investigate crime? By trying to make it 'cool' and turning it into a game that awards points for hits," reports CSO. mrwireless writes:Through their 'police...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Employees Can Now Work In Treehouses
Microsoft's campus now features three outdoor treehouses for its employees. An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:More than 12 feet off the ground, the treehouses feature charred-wood walls, skylights, at l...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Just Fired Hundreds Of Workers
An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup:Tesla fired hundreds of workers this week, including engineers, managers and factory workers, even as the company struggles to expand its manufacturin...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Toshiba's Fast-Charging Battery Could Triple the Range of Electric Vehicles
Big Hairy Ian quotes New Atlas: A key focus of electric vehicle (EV) makers is maximizing the range users can get from each charge, and for that reason new battery technologies are poised to play a hu...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Russia Reportedly Used Pokemon Go In an Effort To Inflame Racial Tensions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Russia's far-ranging campaign to promote dissension in the United States reportedly included an effort to weaponize Pokemon Go. CNN reported that in...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Google Slashes Prices of Its USB-C Headphone Dongle Following Minor Outrage
At its hardware event last week, Google unveiled its two new flagship smartphones: the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. While these devices feature high-end specifications and the latest version of Android, th...
08:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Microwave Tech Could Produce 40TB Hard Drives In the Near Future
Western Digital has announced a potential game changer that promises to expand the limits of traditional HDDs to up to 40TBs using a microwave-based write head, and the company says it will be able to...
04:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Latest iOS Update Shows Apple Can Use Software To Break Phones Repaired By Independent Shops
The latest version of iOS fixes several bugs, including one that caused a loss of touch functionality on a small subset of phones that had been repaired with certain third-party screens and had been u...
04:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Magic Mushrooms 'Reboot' Brain In Depressed People, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Magic mushrooms may effectively "reset" the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression, the latest study to highlight the ...
02:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Ditch Touch ID Altogether For All of Next Year's iPhones
Earlier this week, a report said that Apple is planning to equip next year's iPad Pro with the hardware necessary for Face ID. Now, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it appears the com...
02:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Steve Wozniak Announces Tech Education Platform 'Woz U'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Steve Wozniak, the Apple co-founder who changed the world alongside Steve Jobs, has today announced the launch of Woz U. According to the release, ...
02:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Electronics CEO Resigns Over 'Unprecedented Crisis'
According to BBC, Samsung Electronics chief executive Kwon Oh-hyun has resigned, saying the company is in an "unprecedented crisis." It's the latest management upheaval at the firm after the heir of t...
02:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Over 500 Million PCs Are Secretly Mining Cryptocurrency, Researchers Reveal
Ad blocking firm AdGuard has found that over 500 million people are inadvertently mining cryptocurrencies through their computers after visiting websites that are running background mining software. T...
12:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Woz Wants To Retrain You For a Career in Tech
Steve Wozniak wants you to work in tech, and he's going to help you do it. From a report: The Apple co-founder is launching Woz U, a digital institute aimed at helping folks not only figure out what t...
12:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot Dutch Privacy Regulator Says Windows 10 Breaks the Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The lack of clear information about what Microsoft does with the data that Windows 10 collects prevents consumers from giving their informed cons...
12:00 am - Sat, October 14, 2017
Slashdot IRS Suspends $7 Million Contract With Equifax After Malware Discovered
After malware was discovered on Equifax's website again, the IRS decided late Thursday that it would temporarily suspend the agency's $7.1 million data security contract with the company. CBS News rep...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot IT Admin Trashes Railroad Company's Network Before He Leaves
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A federal jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota found a local man guilty of intentionally damaging his former employer's network before leaving the company. The...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Why China is Winning the Clean Energy Race
An anonymous reader shares a report: U.S. politicians have been warning for years that America couldn't let China win the clean energy race. That's exactly what has happened, with the trends most star...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Google is Essentially Building an Anti-Amazon Alliance, and Target is the Latest To Join
Google and the country's biggest brick-and-mortar retailers have one main problem in common: Amazon. Now both sides are acting like they are serious about working together to do something about it. Fr...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot This Is the Week Wall Street Went Nuts Over Cryptocurrencies
Wall Street banks that weren't already on the bitcoin bandwagon appear to be piling on, or least eyeing seats, after the cryptocurrency surged to all-time highs this week on the way to $6,000. From a ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Seeks China iPhone Ban, Escalating Apple Legal Fight
Qualcomm filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country, the chipmaker's biggest shot at Apple so far in a sprawling and bitter legal fight. From a report: T...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot SWIFT Says Hackers Still Targeting Bank Messaging System
Hackers continue to target the SWIFT bank messaging system, though security controls instituted after last year's $81 million heist at Bangladesh's central bank have helped thwart many of those attemp...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Someone Is Trying to Knock the Dark Web Drug Trade Offline
Joseph Cox, reporting for the Daily Beast: The dark web -- a pack of websites that hides their physical location with special software -- is always a precarious place, with the FBI shutting down massi...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Google Bombs Are Our New Normal
mirandakatz writes: Tech companies' worst crises used to come in the form of pranks like Google bombs: Users figured out how to game search results, such as when a search for "miserable failure" turne...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Does the Rise of AI Precede the End of Code?
An anonymous reader shares an article: It's difficult to know what's in store for the future of AI but let's tackle the most looming question first: are engineering jobs threatened? As anticlimactic a...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Recordings of the Sounds Heard In the Cuban US Embassy Attacks Released
New submitter chrissfoot shares a report from The Associated Press: The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana in a series of unnerving incidents l...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Is Crawling With Bots and Lacks Incentive To Expel Them
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Wednesday, the exterior of Twitter's San Francisco headquarters bore an eerie message: "Ban Russian Bots." Someone -- the company doesn't know who -- projected ...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Real Moviegoers Don't Care About Rotten Tomatoes
In a recent essay published on the Hollywood Reporter, Martin Scorsese inveighs against two conjoined trends -- the widespread reporting of box-office results and the grading of movies by consumers on...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Researcher Turns HDD Into Rudimentary Microphone
An anonymous reader writes from Bleeping Computer: Speaking at a security conference, researcher Alfredo Ortega has revealed that you can use your hard disk drive (HDD) as a rudimentary microphone to ...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Octopuses Show Scientists How To Hide Machines in Plain Sight
If you want to learn the art of camouflage look no further than octopuses. Just watch thisfamous video that shows a diver slowly swimming up to a clump of rock and seaweed, only for part of that clump...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot World's First 'Negative Emissions' Plant Has Begun Operation
In an effort to reduce the 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide humans produce each year, three companies have been working to build machines that can capture the gas directly from the air. One such machi...
10:00 am - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot The Real Inside Story of How Commodore Failed
dryriver writes: Everybody who was into computers in the 1980s and 1990s remembers Commodore producing amazingly innovative, capable and popular multimedia and gaming computers one moment, and disappe...
08:00 am - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Here To Zero: The Real Inside Story of How Commodore Failed
dryriver writes: Everybody who was into computers in the 1980s and 1990s remembers Commodore producing amazingly innovative, capable and popular multimedia and gaming computers one moment, and disappe...
04:00 am - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot FDA Advisers Endorse Gene Therapy To Treat Form of Blindness
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: A panel of U.S. health advisers has endorsed an experimental approach to treating inherited blindness, setting the stage for the likely approval of a...
02:00 am - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet's Waymo Demanded $1 Billion In Settlement Talks With Uber
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Alphabet's Waymo sought at least $1 billion in damages and a public apology from Uber as conditions for settling its high-profile trade secret lawsuit...
02:00 am - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Driverless Cars Are Giving Engineers a Fuel Economy Headache
schwit1 shares a report from Bloomberg: Judging from General Motors' test cars and Elon Musk's predictions, the world is headed toward a future that's both driverless and all-electric. In reality, aut...
02:00 am - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Really Good At Design
Joshua Topolsky, writing for The Outline: The stuff Google showed off on October 4 was brazenly designed and strangely, invitingly touchable. These gadgets were soft, colorful... delightful? They look...
12:00 am - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Hyatt Hotels Discovers Card Data Breach At 41 Properties Across 11 Countries
Hyatt Hotels has suffered a second card data breach in two years. In the first breach, hackers had gained access to credit card systems at 250 properties in 50 different countries. This time, the brea...
12:00 am - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot DJI Unveils Technology To Identify and Track Airborne Drones
garymortimer shares a report from sUAS News: DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has unveiled AeroScope, its new solution to identify and monitor airborne drones ...
12:00 am - Fri, October 13, 2017
Slashdot Google Permanently Disables Touch Function On All Home Minis Due To Privacy Concerns
Big Hairy Ian shares a report from BBC: Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them. It permanently turned off the touch activation feature after it found that sensors p...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Learn To Code, It's More Important Than English as a Second Language, Says Apple CEO
Apple CEO Tim Cook says it is more important to learn how to code than it is to learn English as a second language. From a report: The tech executive made the remarks to French outlet Konbini while in...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Google Announces $1 Billion Job Training and Education Program
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was in Pittsburgh Wednesday to announce a new five-year, $1 billion program to help close the global education gap. From a report: Part of the program was a new "Grow with Goo...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot US Weapons Data Stolen During Raid of Australian Defense Contractor's Computers
phalse phace writes: Another day, another report of a major breach of sensitive U.S. military and intelligence data. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled;...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood Studios Join Disney To Launch Movies Anywhere Digital Locker Service
There may be a grand unifying service to make accumulating a large digital cinematic library feasible, or so is the hope anyway. From a report: For several years now, Disney has been the only Hollywoo...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot We're Too Wise For Robots To Take Our Jobs, Alibaba's Jack Ma Says
Have confidence in yourself -- technology will never replace human beings, insisted self-made billionaire Jack Ma in a keynote speech at Alibaba Cloud's Computing Conference in Hangzhou. From a report...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot 'Maybe Wikipedia Readers Shouldn't Need Science Degrees To Digest Articles About Basic Topics'
Wikipedia articles about "hard science" (physics, biology, chemistry) topics are really mostly written for other scientists, writes Michael Byrne, a reporter on Science beat at Vice's Motherboard news...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Legal Online Gambling Could Return To the US
A new report says legal online gambling may be coming back to the U.S., not from an casino magnate such as Steve Wynn or Sheldon Adelson, but rather a headphone industry executive. From a report: Now ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Takes Web Page Offline After Reports of New Cyber Attack
Equifax said on Thursday it was taking one of its web pages offline as its security team looks into reports of another potential cyber breach. From a report: The move came after an independent securit...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Down the Rabbit Hole With a BLU Phone Infection
msm1267 writes: BLU phones, marketed as affordable Android devices, have recently been pulled from Amazon and other retailers after allegations the devices were infected with spyware and posed a priva...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Pressures Local Cable Firms to Curb Low-Cost TV Packages
Gerry Smith, reporting for Bloomberg: Comcast is trying to restrict cable operators' sales of low-cost TV service to ensure its regional sports networks don't lose too many subscribers, according to a...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Richard Branson's Virgin Group Invests in Super-fast Hyperloop One Transport System
An anonymous reader shares a report: Richard Branson's Virgin Group is investing in Hyperloop One, a company developing the super-fast transport system originally conceptualized up by Elon Musk. Hyple...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot How Facebook Outs Sex Workers
An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report: Leila has two identities, but Facebook is only supposed to know about one of them. Leila is a sex worker. She goes to great lengths to keep separate identi...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Website Hacked Again, this Time To Redirect To Fake Flash Update
For several hours on Wednesday Equifax's website was compromised again, this time to deliver fraudulent Adobe Flash updates, which when clicked, infected visitors' computers with adware that was detec...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Evidence Suggests Updated Timeline Towards Yellowstone's Supervolcano Eruption
Camel Pilot writes: Geologist have been aware of fresh magma moving in the Yellowstone's super volcano system. Previously this was thought to precede an eruption by thousands of years. Recent evidence...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Discover Ring Around Dwarf Planet Haumea Beyond Neptune
A ring has been discovered around one of the dwarf planets that orbits the outer reaches of the solar system. Until now, ring-like structures had only been found around the four outer planets -- Jupit...
08:00 am - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Landed the 12th Falcon 9 Rocket of 2017
Shortly after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed on one of the company's drone ships in the ocean. "It marks the 12th time SpaceX has successfully lan...
04:00 am - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Google Will Hit 100 Percent Renewable Energy This Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Google has announced that after 10 years a carbon-neutral company, it will be able to brag running on entirely renewable energy at the end of 2017. Th...
02:00 am - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot US Government Has 'No Right To Rummage' Through Anti-Trump Protest Website Logs, Says Judge
A Washington D.C. judge has told the U.S. Department of Justice it "does not have the right to rummage" through the files of an anti-Trump protest website -- and has ordered the dot-org site's hosting...
12:00 am - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot PornHub Uses Computer Vision To ID Actors, Acts In Its Videos
Baron_Yam shares a report from TechCrunch, which details PornHub's use of machine learning to ID actors and acts in its videos: The computer vision system can identify specific actors in scenes and ev...
12:00 am - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Is the Chromebook the New Android Tablet?
An anonymous reader shares a report from Computerworld, where JR Raphael makes the case for why it's time to call the Chromebook the new Android tablet: What does a traditional Android tablet do that ...
12:00 am - Thu, October 12, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Fined Record $773 Million In Taiwan Antitrust Probe
According to Bloomberg, Qualcomm was fined a record NT$23.4 billion ($773 million) by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission in the latest blow from regulators over the way the U.S. company prices mobile phon...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Finally Makes a Waterproof Kindle
After 10 years of Kindles, Amazon has finally made a kindle e-reader with an IPX8 waterproof rating. The new Kindle Oasis features a 7-inch display and aluminum back. The Verge reports: Unlike last ye...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot FCC's Claim That One ISP Counts As 'Competition' Faces Scrutiny In Court
Jon Brodkin reports via Ars Technica: A Federal Communications Commission decision to eliminate price caps imposed on some business broadband providers should be struck down, advocacy groups told fede...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Breach Included 10 Million US Driving Licenses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: 10.9 million U.S. driver's licenses were stolen in the massive breach that Equifax suffered in mid-May, according to a new report by The Wall Street ...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Moscow Has Turned Kaspersky Antivirus Software Into a Global Spy Tool, Using It To Scan Computers For Secret US Data
WSJ has a major scoop today. From a report: The Russian government used a popular antivirus software to secretly scan computers around the world for classified U.S. government documents and top-secret...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Failed Palo Alto Startup Pivots From Trying To Be an 'Android Killer' To Self-driving Tech
A Palo Alto startup that stopped trying to be an "Android killer" last year after raising $185 million has apparently pivoted to developing autonomous vehicle technology. From a report: The company no...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Pirate Bay is Mining Cryptocurrency Again, No Opt Out
The Pirate Bay is mining cryptocurrency again, causing a spike in CPU usage among many visitors. From a report: For now, the notorious torrent site provides no option to disable it. The new mining exp...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Unsent Text On Mobile Counts As a Will, Australian Court Finds
A court in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message on a dead man's mobile phone as an official will. The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he ...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot California DMV Changes Rules To Allow Testing and Use of Fully Autonomous Vehicles
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is changing its rules to allow companies to test autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel -- and to let the public use autonomous vehicles. Fro...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Announces $199 Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset
Facebook is going to ship a standalone VR headset called Oculus Go next year. The headset, which won't require a PC or phone to run, will be available early next year for $199. From a report: Facebook...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Israeli Spies 'Watched Russian Agents Breach Kaspersky Software'
Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, according to reports. From a report: The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US in...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot This Company Is Crowdsourcing Maps For Self-Driving Cars
mirandakatz writes: If we want self-driving cars to become mainstream, we need maps -- and not just any maps. We need ridiculously detailed and constantly updated maps of the world's roads. And there'...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Despite Sanctions, Russian Organisations Acquire Microsoft Software
An anonymous reader shares a report: Software produced by Microsoft has been acquired by state organizations and firms in Russia and Crimea despite sanctions barring U.S-based companies from doing bus...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Justice Department To Be More Aggressive In Seeking Encrypted Data From Tech Companies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The Justice Department signaled Tuesday it intends to take a more aggressive po...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up In Antarctica
Scientists are perplexed over a giant hole that has opened up in Antarctica. According to Motherboard, the "gigantic, mysterious hole" is as large as Lake Superior or the state of Maine. From the repo...
08:00 am - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite William Gibson Novel?
dryriver writes: When I first read William Gibson's Neuromancer and then his other novels as a young man back in the 1990s, I was blown away by Gibson's work. Everything was so fresh and out of the or...
04:00 am - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot OxygenOS Telemetry Lets OnePlus Tie Phones To Individual Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: OxygenOS, a custom version of the Android operating system that comes installed on all OnePlus smartphones, is tracking users actions withou...
02:00 am - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Security, Privacy Focused Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Successfully Crowdfunded
prisoninmate shares a report from Softpedia: Believe it or not, Purism's Librem 5 security and privacy-focused smartphone has been successfully crowdfunded a few hours ago when it reached and even pas...
02:00 am - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Increases Number of Britons Affected By Data Breach To 700,000
phalse phace writes: You know those 400,000 Britons that were exposed in Equifax's data breach? Well, it turns out the number is actually closer to 700,000. The Telegraph reports: "Equifax has just ad...
02:00 am - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Symantec CEO: Source Code Reviews Pose Unacceptable Risk
In an exclusive report from Reuters, Symantec's CEO says it is no longer allowing governments to review the source code of its software because of fears the agreements would compromise the security of...
12:00 am - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.11 Released
jrepin writes: KDE publishes this autumn's Plasma feature release, KDE Plasma 5.11. Plasma 5.11 desktop environment brings a redesigned settings app, improved notifications, a more powerful task manag...
12:00 am - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Reportedly Building a Doorbell That Lets Drivers Into Your House
According to CNBC, Amazon is working with Phrame, a maker of smart license plates that allow items to be delivered to a car's trunk, to build a smart doorbell that would give delivery drivers one-time...
12:00 am - Wed, October 11, 2017
Slashdot Dutch Government Confirms Plan To Ban New Petrol, Diesel Cars By 2030
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Today, the new Dutch government presented its detailed plan for the coming years and it includes making all new cars emission-free by 2030 -- virtual...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot It's Illegal to Pirate Films in Iran, Unless You're the Government
An anonymous reader shares a report: While legal "pirating" exists in Iran, six administrators of the Iranian pirate movie site TinyMoviez have been arrested by Iranian authorities. This was a website...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot North Korean Hackers Stole U.S.-South Korean Military Plans, Lawmaker Says
North Korean hackers stole a vast cache of data, including classified wartime contingency plans jointly drawn by the United States and South Korea, when they breached the computer network of the South...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot How Does Microsoft Avoid Being the Next IBM?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For fans of the platform, the official confirmation that Windows on phones isn't under active development any longer -- security bugs will be fix...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Virtual Zuck Fails To Connect
Rory Cellan-Jones, writing for BBC: It must have seemed like a good idea. As a taster for a big announcement about Oculus VR on Wednesday, send Mark Zuckerberg on a little virtual reality trip, includ...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Website Allowed Hackers to Access Your Account Data With Just Your Phone Number
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Until last week, a bug on a T-Mobile website let hackers access personal data such as email address, a customer's T-Mobile account number, and...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot 'Sooty Birds' Reveal Hidden US Air Pollution
Soot trapped in the feathers of songbirds over the past 100 years is causing scientists to revise their records of air pollution. From a report: US researchers measured the black carbon found on 1,300...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Why Is 'Blade Runner' the Title of 'Blade Runner'?
Why is Blade Runner called Blade Runner? Though the viewer is told in the opening text of Ridley Scott's 1982 original that "special Blade Runner units" hunt renegade replicants -- and though the term...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Nvidia Introduces a Computer For Level 5 Autonomous Cars
From a report: At the center of many of the semi-autonomous cars currently on the road is NVIDIA hardware. Once automakers realized that GPUs could power their latest features, the chipmaker, best kno...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft May Have Price Increases in Store For Windows 10 Pro Workstation, Win 10 Downgrade Customers
Mary Jo Foley, reporting for ZDNet: Microsoft soon will be adding a new edition of Windows 10 to its lineup. That edition, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, may include more than just a new name and fe...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Security Researcher Finds a Fundamental Flaw in iOS
Felix Krause writes: Do you want a user's Apple ID password to get access to their Apple account or to try the same email/password combination on different web services? Just ask your users politely, ...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Russian Central Bank To Ban Websites Offering Crypto-currencies
An anonymous reader shares a report: Russia will block access to websites of exchanges that offer crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, Russian Central Bank First Deputy Governor Sergei Shvetsov said on ...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Google Paid $7.2 Billion Last Year To Partners, Including Apple, To Prominently Showcase Its Search Engine and Apps on Smartphones
A reader shares a Bloomberg report: There's a $19 billion black box inside Google. That's the yearly amount Google pays to companies that help generate its advertising sales, from the websites lined w...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot 'Staying Longer At Home' Was Key To Stone Age Technology Change 60,000 Years Ago
A new study by scientists at the University of the Witwatersrand suggests that at about 58,000 years ago, Stone Age humans began to settle down, staying in one area for longer periods. The research al...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot PSA: Microsoft Is Using Cortana To Read Your Private Skype Conversations
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: With Cortana's in-context assistance, it's easier to keep your conversations going by having Cortana suggest useful information based on your chat, like res...
08:00 am - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Tokyo Preparing For Floods 'Beyond Anything We've Seen'
In the face of an era of extreme weather brought on by climate change, global cities are working to improve their defenses. The New York Times reports (Warning: may be paywalled; alternative source) o...
04:00 am - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Made Salary, Work History Available To Anyone With Your SSN and DOB
An anonymous reader quotes a report from KrebsOnSecurity: In May, KrebsOnSecurity broke a story about lax security at a payroll division of big-three credit bureau Equifax that let identity thieves ac...
02:00 am - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Face ID Is Coming To the iPad Pro Next Year, Says Report
According to MacRumors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said iPad Pro models set to be released in 2018 will come equipped with a TrueDepth Camera and will support Face ID. Apple is believed to be...
02:00 am - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet's Waymo and Intel Are Launching Public Campaigns To Build Trust In Self-Driving Cars
Alphabet's Waymo and Intel announced plans today to sponsor ads about self-driving cars. "Alphabet's Waymo is launching a public education campaign today called "Let's Talk Self-Driving" aimed at addr...
12:00 am - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot OpenBSD 6.2 Released
basscomm writes: OpenBSD 6.2 has now been released. Check out the release notes if you're into that kind of thing. Some of the new features and systems include improved hardware support, vmm(4)/ vmd(8...
12:00 am - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot Hulu Lowers Prices After Netflix Raises Theirs
Coincidentally, as Netflix raised their prices last week, Hulu decided to lower theirs. The streaming service is now offering a plan, which includes commercials, for $5.99 per month for the first year...
12:00 am - Tue, October 10, 2017
Slashdot EPA Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source: The Trump administration announced Monday that it would take formal steps to repeal P...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Half the Universe's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found
An anonymous reader shares a report: The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe -- protons, neutro...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Uncovers Russia-Bought Ads On YouTube, Gmail and Other Platforms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to me...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Does the World Need a Third Mobile OS?
Now that it is evident that Microsoft doesn't see any future with Windows Phone (or Windows 10 Mobile), it has become clear that there is no real, or potential competitor left to fight Android and iOS...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot 'Blade Runner 2049' Isn't the Movie Denis Villeneuve Wanted to Make
Readers share a Motherboard article: There are seemingly two inescapable realities for big-budget filmmakers in 2017: you have to use existing intellectual property and you must provide spectacle that...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Update Removes Windows Media Player
Recently made available Windows 10 update KB4046355 for the Fall Creators Update disables Windows Media Player from the operating system. BetaNews reports: While it could be argued that Windows Media ...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Mondays Are the Worst, Data Science Proves
An anonymous shares a report: People who are miserable on Monday have lots of company. It's the worst day of the week for millions, according to researchers at the University of Vermont Complex System...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX's Mars Vision Puts Pressure on NASA's Manned Exploration Programs
An anonymous reader shares a report: Entrepreneur Elon Musk's announcement late last month accelerating plans for manned flights to Mars ratchets up political and public relations pressure on NASA's e...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Office Depot, Best Buy Pull Kaspersky Products From Shelves
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Both Office Depot and Best Buy have removed Kaspersky Lab products from shelves. The ban has been in effect since mid-September, and the two chains are...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Exec Says Windows 10 Mobile is No Longer a 'Focus'
From a report: Microsoft's Joe Belfiore informed Twitter users that new features and hardware for Windows 10 Mobile "aren't the focus" any more. There will be fixes and security patches, of course, bu...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Latest TVs Are Ready for Their Close-Ups
An anonymous share a WSJ article: The latest televisions have more pixels than ever. But can your eyes detect the difference? The answer is yes -- if you sit close enough. Old TVs had 349,920 pixels. ...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot How Comcast is Shortchanging Customers In Vermont
New submitter mirandakatz writes: Comcast is suing Vermont's Public Utility Commission, claiming -- among many other things -- that its First Amendment rights have been violated. But as Susan Crawford...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft 'Was Sick', CEO Satya Nadella Says In New Book
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has just published a new book called Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone. An anonymous reader quotes India Today:...
08:00 am - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Carbon-Emitting Soil Could Speed Global Warming, Warns 26-Year Study
An anonymous reader quote the Guardian:Warming soil releases more carbon into the atmosphere than previously thought, suggesting a potentially disastrous feedback mechanism whereby increases in global...
04:00 am - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Deliberately Misleading People On the Internet Free Speech?
Slashdot reader dryriver writes:Before anyone cries "free speech must always be free," let me qualify the question. Under a myriad of different internet sites and blogs are these click-through adverts...
02:00 am - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Linux Now Has its First Open Source RISC-V Processor
"SiFive has declared that 2018 will be the year of RISC V Linux processors," writes Design News. An anonymous reader quotes their report:When it released its first open-source system on a chip, the Fr...
12:00 am - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot Astronaut Scott Kelly Describes One Year In Space -- And Its After Effects
53-year-old astronaut Scott Kelly shared a dramatic excerpt from his new book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery in the Brisbane Times, describing his first 48 hours back on earth and...
12:00 am - Mon, October 9, 2017
Slashdot The Case Against Biometric IDs
"The White House and Equifax Agree: Social Security Numbers Should Go," reads a headline at Bloomberg. Securities lawyer Jerri-Lynn Scofield tears down one proposed alternative: a universal biometric ...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Develops New Programming Language For Quantum Computers
Microsoft's newest programming language will run on yet-to-be developed quantum computers. An anonymous reader quotes CIO Today:Microsoft said its new quantum computing language, which has yet to be n...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot 42 Solar-Powered Cars Race in 31st Annual 'Solar Challenge' Race
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:It's a special moment in the history of clean energy: the 30th anniversary World Solar Challenge has begun. A total of 42 solar-powered cars (the largest field to d...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot Is Amazon Lowering The Global Rate of Inflation?
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider:Another investment bank analyst has signed on to the idea that the internet is holding down the rate of inflation. Bilal Hafeez, the global head of G10 FX s...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot CNN Skeptical of Elon Musk's 'Big Promises'
An anonymous reader writes:Tesla's electric semi-truck will be launched three weeks later than planned, CNN reports. It's been bumped to November 16th because Tesla says it's "diverting resources" to ...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot Clever Hack Fakes A Sleep Timer For Google Home
Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein writes:I've long been bitching about Google Home's lack of a basic function that clock radios have had since at least the middle of the last century -- the classic "sl...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot Cyberstalking Suspect Arrested After VPN Providers Shared Logs With the FBI
An anonymous reader writes:"VPN providers often advertise their products as a method of surfing the web anonymously, claiming they never store logs of user activity," writes Bleeping Computer, "but a ...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot 100K Lose Power As America Faces Its Third Hurricane In Three Weeks
An anonymous reader writes: The good news: Hurricane Nate was eventually downgraded to "a tropical storm" at 4:30 Sunday morning (EST), moving north-northeast with maximum winds of 70 mph. The bad new...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot Parody 'Subgenius' Religion Wants to Crowdfund An Alien-Contacting Beacon
In 1979 the followers of J. R. "Bob" Dobbs founded a satirical religion called the Church of the Subgenius. (Slackware Linux reportedly drew its name from the "pursuit of Slack", a comfort-seeking ten...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot Third 'Nintendo World Championship' Ends With Three Unreleased Switch Game Levels
An anonymous reader writes:The Nintendo World Championships wrapped up in Manhattan Saturday with two finalists competing on three as-yet-unreleased levels from the upcoming Nintendo Switch game Super...
08:00 am - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Alters Algorithm To Promote News, Penalize Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theories
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:YouTube has changed its powerful search algorithm to promote videos from more mainstream news outlets in search results after people looking for details on the Las...
04:00 am - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot Google Accused of Racketeering. Lawsuit Claims 'Pattern' Of Trade Secret Thefts
schwit1 quotes the Mercury News:In an explosive new allegation, a renowned architect has accused Google of racketeering, saying in a lawsuit the company has a pattern of stealing trade secrets from pe...
02:00 am - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot New Video Peeks 'Inside the Head' of Perl Creator Larry Wall
"I was trained more as a linguist than a computer scientist," says Perl creator Larry Wall, "and some people would say it shows."An anonymous reader describes Wall's new video interview up on InfoQ: "...
12:00 am - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot HP Enterprise Let Russia Scrutinize The Pentagon's Cyberdefense Software
"A Russian defense agency was allowed to review the cyberdefense software used by the Pentagon to protect its computer networks," writes new submitter quonset. "This according to Russian regulatory re...
12:00 am - Sun, October 8, 2017
Slashdot Does Online Crowdfunding Actually Reward Innovation?
Slashdot reader Anirban Mukherjee is an assistant marketing professor at Singapore Management University who led a team analyzing every Kickstarter project ever launched in nine product-oriented categ...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet's Balloons Will Bring Cellphone Service To Puerto Rico
An anonymous reader writes:Hurricanes Irma and Maria wiped out more than 90 percent of the cellphone coverage on Puerto Rico. Now the FCC has given "Project Loon" permission to fly 30 balloons more th...
10:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Transactions Lead To Arrest of Major Drug Dealer
"Drug dealer caught because of BitCoin usage," writes Slashdot reader DogDude. TechSpot reports:38-year-old French national Gal Vallerius stands accused of acting as an administrator, senior moderator...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Can Cheap Android Tablets Bridge the Digital Divide?
It's now possible to buy a 7-inch Android tablet for under $50 -- for example, the Nook Tablet 7 or Amazon's cheapest Fire tablet. "Since the Fire can now easily install regular Android apps, it has b...
08:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Anticipating Samsung's AMOLED Mixed Reality Headset
Eloking quotes Windows Central:At an event in San Francisco, HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman outlined the future of Windows Mixed Reality, which Redmond seems to believe is the future of computing. Whet...
06:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot New Open Source 3D Printer Can Print Without Human Intervention
Slashdot reader mmiscool shares some videos about "the next step in 3D printing":Autodrop3d is an open source system that solves the problem of needing a human to remove a 3D print from its print bed....
06:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Tim O'Reilly: Don't Fear AI, Fear Ourselves
Tim O'Reilly, publisher of geeky books, "seizes on this singular moment in history" for a futuristic new book of his own, according to this interview with Steven Levy. An anonymous reader writes:When ...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Java Coders Are Getting Bad Security Advice From Stack Overflow
Slashdot reader Orome1 quotes Help Net Security:A group of Virginia Tech researchers has analyzed hundreds of posts on Stack Overflow, a popular developer forum/Q&A site, and found that many of th...
04:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot GM Exec Says Elon Musk's Self-Driving Car Claims Are 'Full of Crap'
An anonymous reader quotes the Sydney Morning Herald:Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's claims about the self-driving capabilities of his upcoming Tesla vehicles are "full of crap", General Motors' ...
02:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Publishers Take ResearchGate To Court, Seek Removal of Millions of Papers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Scholarly publishing giants Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have filed a lawsuit in Germany against ResearchGate, a popular ...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple Doesn't Deliberately Slow Down Older Devices According To Benchmark Analysis
According to software company Futuremark, Apple doesn't intentionally slow down older iPhones when it releases new software updates as a way to encourage its customers to buy new devices. MacRumors re...
08:00 am - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Neanderthal Ancestors May Be To Blame For Why You Can't Get a Tan
turkeydance shares a report from The Telegraph: If you struggle to get a tan, consider yourself a night owl or are plagued with arthritis, then your Neanderthal ancestors could be to blame, a new gene...
04:00 am - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Browsers Will Store Credit Card Details Similar To How They Save Passwords
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A new W3C standard is slowly creeping into current browser implementations, a standard that will simplify the way people make payments onlin...
02:00 am - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Disqus Confirms Over 17.5 Million Email Addresses Were Stolen In 2012 Hack of Its Comments Tool
Disqus, a company that builds and provides a web-based comment plugin for news websites, said Friday that hackers stole more than 17.5 million email addresses in a data breach in July 2012. "About a t...
02:00 am - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot White House Chief of Staff's Phone Was Reportedly Hacked Months Ago
93 Escort Wagon writes: The personal cellphone belonging to Trump's Chief of Staff, John Kelly, may have been compromised, Reuters reports in a story originating from Politico. This may have happened ...
02:00 am - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Massive 70-Mile-Wide Butterfly Swarm Shows Up On Denver Radar System
dryriver shares a report from BBC: A colorful, shimmering spectacle detected by weather radar over the U.S. state of Colorado has been identified as swarms of migrating butterflies. Scientists at the ...
12:00 am - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Chinese State Media Report Bloated Battery in Apple's iPhone 8
A fresh case of Apple's new iPhone popping open due to a swollen battery has been reported in state media in China, the world's biggest smartphone market where the U.S. firm is seeking to revive falte...
12:00 am - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot 'Our Addiction To Links is Making Good Journalism Harder To Read'
The building blocks of the web have become its intellectual Achilles' heel, Quartz reports. Links have turned against us, and they're making it impossible to read and learn. From a report: I know, you...
12:00 am - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Sprint, T-Mobile Could Announce a Merger By Month's End
Last month, it was reported that T-Mobile is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint. Now, it appears that negotiations between the two companies are almost complete. Android ...
12:00 am - Sat, October 7, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Removed References To Russia From Fake-News Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in April, Facebook published a report called "Information Operations and Facebook" that detailed the company's efforts to combat fake news a...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot The World's Oldest Scientific Satellite is Still in Orbit
walterbyrd writes: Nearly 60 years ago, the US Navy launched Vanguard-1 as a response to the Soviet Sputnik. Six decades on, it's still circling our planet. Conceived by the Naval Research Laboratory ...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Headed For the Prescription-Drug Market, Analysts Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon.com Inc. is almost certain to enter the business of selling prescription drugs by 2019, said two analysts at Leerink Partners, posing a direc...
10:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Regulate Facebook Like AIM
New submitter gooddogsgotoheaven shares a report from Motherboard arguing why the U.S. government should regulate Facebook like AIM: Sixteen years ago, the FCC approved a merger between American Onlin...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot E-commerce Is Concentrating Jobs, Not Killing Them
A reader shares a report: The growing popularity of online shopping has hit traditional retailers hard, culminating in a spate of retail bankruptcies and store closures in recent years. But according ...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Hello, Mobile Operators? This is Your Age of Disruption Calling
Analysts at McKinsey & Company write: For the better part of a decade, telecom companies have suffered through declining revenues, cash flow, and return on investment just as tech companies like G...
08:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot A Small But Growing Group Of Silicon Valley Heretics Are Disconnecting Themselves From the Internet
The Guardian reports: Decade after he stayed up all night coding a prototype of what was then called an "awesome" button, Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot iOS 11's Misleading 'Off-ish' Setting For Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is Bad for User Security
Last month, we covered a story about how turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center doesn't really turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. EFF has called the situation bad for user security. Fro...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot RIP AIM: AOL Instant Messenger Dies in December
It's the end of an era: as of December 15, AOL's Instant Messenger will no longer exist. From a report: In a statement from Oath, the new entity formed under Verizon combining AOL with the recently-ac...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Bluetooth Won't Replace the Headphone Jack -- Walled Gardens Will
Last year, when it was rumoured that the then upcoming iPhone models -- 7 and 7 Plus -- won't have the 3.5mm audio jack, The Verge's Nilay Patel wrote that if Apple does do it, it would be a user-host...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Denies Involvement in Russian Hack of NSA Contractor
Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has hit back at a report in the Wall Street Journal which accused it of being involved in a Russian government hack of an NSA contractor in 2015. From a r...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot US Jobs Dropped By 33,000 In September, Likely Due To Storms
An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent. Th...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Beijing Startup Offers Engineers $1M Salary Plus Options in Battle For Talent
An anonymous reader shares a Financial Post report: Beijing ByteDance Technology is the brainchild of entrepreneur Zhang Yiming. The company is best known for a mobile app called Jinri Toutiao, or Tod...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Why Is There No Nobel Prize In Technology?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: As the world focuses its attention on this year's recipients of the planet's most prestigious prize, the Nobel, it feels like something's missing from ...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Tesla Could Rebuild Puerto Rico's Power Grid With Batteries, Solar
After Puerto Rico was hit by hurricane Maria, Tesla quickly started shipping hundreds of its Powerwall batteries there to try and get power back on to some houses with solar arrays. Now, Tesla CEO Elo...
08:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Vice President Pence Vows US Astronauts Will Return To the Moon
Before astronauts go to Mars, they will return to the Moon, Vice President Mike Pence said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed yesterday and in a speech at the National Air and Space Museum today. He touts...
04:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Over Half of New Cancer Drugs 'Show No Benefits' For Survival Or Wellbeing
New research published in the British Medical Journal finds that most cancer drugs that have recently arrived on the market have come with little evidence that they boost the survival or wellbeing of ...
04:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Three-Quarters of All Honey On Earth Has Pesticides In It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: About three quarters of all honey worldwide is contaminated with pesticides known to harm bees, according to a new study. Though the pesticide level...
02:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Still On Top In US Electric Vehicle Sales, GM Close Behind
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Americans bought more electric vehicles in September than any other month this year. According to Inside EV's monthly sales report, 21,325 batter...
02:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Facebook To Build $1 Billion Data Center In Virginia
It's official: Facebook will be investing $1 billion in a new data center in Henrico County, which is just outside Richmond, Virginia. According to CNNMoney, Facebook is putting $750 million into cons...
02:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service To Rival FedEx, UPS
Longtime package delivery companies UPS and FedEx may have some new competition from Amazon. The company is experimenting with a new delivery service of its own intended to make more products availabl...
12:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Another Thing Amazon Is Disrupting: Business-School Recruiting
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon, disrupter of industries from book selling to grocery shopping, has found its latest sector to upend -- recruiting at the nation's elite business schools. T...
12:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Boeing-Backed, Hybrid-Electric Commuter Plane To Hit Market In 2022
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A Seattle-area startup, backed by the venture capital arms of Boeing and JetBlue announced plans on Thursday to bring a small hybrid-electric commuter...
12:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Nearly 4 Million People In US Still Subscribe To Netflix DVDs By Mail
The biggest Netflix-related news today is that the company is raising its streaming videos prices, from $9.99 a month to $10.99. But there is another interesting nugget of information to consider: Net...
12:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Race To Create Synthetic Blood in the Wake of Mass Tragedies
An anonymous reader shares a report: Scientists have been working on creating synthetic blood for years now. The hope is that this substance will have a longer shelf life than human blood -- which can...
12:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Uber's iOS App Had Secret Permissions That Allowed It to Copy Your Phone Screen, Researchers Say
To improve functionality between Uber's app and the Apple Watch, Apple allowed Uber to use a powerful tool that could record a user's iPhone screen, even if Uber's app was only running in the backgrou...
12:00 am - Fri, October 6, 2017
Slashdot Intel's Just Launched 8th Gen 'Coffee Lake' Processors Bring the Heat To AMD's Ryzen
bigwophh writes: The upheaval of the high-end desktop processor segment continues today with the official release of Intel's latest Coffee Lake-based 8th Generation Core processors. The flagship in th...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple Addresses a Bug That Caused Disk Utility in macOS High Sierra To Expose Passwords of Encrypted APFS Volumes
Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumours: Brazilian software developer Matheus Mariano appears to have discovered a significant Disk Utility bug that exposes the passwords of encrypted Apple File System ...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Hundreds of Printers Expose Backend Panels and Password Reset Functions Online
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A security researcher has found nearly 700 Brother printers left exposed online, allowing access to the password reset function to anyone who knows what ...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Toymaker Mattel Cancels AI Babysitter After Privacy Complaints
An anonymous reader shares a report: Toymaker Mattel has shelved plans to build an "all-in-one voice-controlled smart baby monitor," after complaints about the device were raised by privacy advocates ...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot The ThinkPad At 25
harrymcc writes: On October 5 1992, IBM released a laptop called the ThinkPad 700C. It sported an unusually good color screen, a pointing device called the TrackPoint II, and a distinctive black case....
06:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare Ditches Sites That Use Coinhive Mining "malware"
Mark Wilson writes: Bitcoin has been in the news for some time now as its value climbs and drops, but most recently interest turned to mining code embedded in websites. The Pirate Bay was one of the f...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Russian Hackers Exploited Kaspersky Antivirus To Steal NSA Data on US Cyber Defense: WSJ
An NSA contractor brought home highly classified documents that detailed how the U.S. penetrates foreign computer networks and defends against cyberattacks. The contractor used Kaspersky antivirus on ...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot 20 Years of Stuff That Matters
Today we're marking Slashdot's 20th birthday. 20 years is a long time on the internet. Many websites have come and gone over that time, and many that stuck around haven't had any interest in preservin...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Netflix is Raising Its Prices, Again
Jason Abbruzzese, writing for Mashable: Get ready to pay just a bit more for your Netflix subscription. The streaming video service will be raising prices on its middle and top tier plans in the U.S. ...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Brings Edge To Android and IOS
An anonymous reader writes: If you want more proof that Microsoft is embracing Android and iOS, boy, do we have it for you today. The company has launched Edge for iOS in preview, promised Edge for An...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Mattel's New Baby Monitor Uses AI To Soothe Babies and Lawmakers Aren't Happy About It
Mattel has a new kid-focused smart hub called Aristotle, which can switch on a night light if it hears a baby crying to soothe the child (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). The dev...
12:00 pm - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot The Google Clips Camera Puts AI Behind the Lens
The Verge's Dieter Bohn reviews Google's AI camera, dubbed "Clips," which was announced alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Here's an excerpt: You know what a digital camera is. It's a lens and a se...
08:00 am - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla To End All Firefox Support For XP, Vista In June 2018
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Mozilla announced today plans to stop all support for the Firefox browser on Windows XP and Vista in June 2018. Earlier this year, Mozilla a...
04:00 am - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Rice University Adds Asphalt To Speed Lithium Metal Battery Charging By 20 Times
schwit1 writes: The Rice lab of chemist James Tour developed anodes comprising porous carbon made from asphalt that showed exceptional stability after more than 500 charge-discharge cycles. A high-cur...
02:00 am - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Google Pixel Buds Are Wireless Earbuds That Translate Conversations In Real Time
At its hardware event today, Google debuted new wireless earbuds, dubbed "Pixel Buds." These are Google's first wireless earbuds that give users access to Google Translate so they can have conversatio...
02:00 am - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Fought Rules That Could Have Exposed Fake Russian Ads
According to Bloomberg, Facebook has for years fought to avoid being transparent about who's behind election-related ads online. "Since 2011, Facebook has asked the Federal Election Commission for bla...
02:00 am - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Nobel Prize In Chemistry Shared By 3 For Cryo-Electron Microscopy
Dave Knott writes: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to researchers who developed cryo-electron microscopy, which is described as a way to create detailed images of the molecules t...
12:00 am - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Google Debuts Its $400 Google Home Max Speaker To Rival Apple's HomePod
In addition to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google debuted a $400 speaker, called Home Max, that looks to compete directly with Apple's recently announced HomePod. The Home Max is a larger Google Home ...
12:00 am - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot US Congress Investigates Patent 'Gifts' That Evade Inter Partes Review
AnalogDiehard writes: Congress created the Inter Partes Review (IPR) in 2012 within the U.S. Patent Office Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB) as a faster and cheaper way to challenge and invalidat...
12:00 am - Thu, October 5, 2017
Slashdot Expert Says You're Deluding Yourself If You Think You're Productive On Six Hours of Sleep
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Chicago Tribune: Getting through the workday on little sleep is a point of pride for some. But skimping on shuteye could be shortening your life and making you...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot EU Takes Ireland To Court For Not Claiming Apple Tax Windfall
Philip Blenkinsop, reporting for Reuters: The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion euros ($15.3 bill...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Artificial Intelligence Has 'Great Potential, But We Need To Steer Carefully,' LinkedIn Co-founder Says
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman joined other tech moguls in voicing concern about artificial intelligence on Wednesday. From a report: "It has great potential, but we need to steer carefully," Hoffma...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot US Senate Panel Approves Self-Driving Car Legislation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill to speed self-driving cars to market without human controls and bar states...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Google Unveils Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL With No Headphone Jack
From a report: Google product chief Mario Queiroz today unveiled two new Android 8.1 Oreo smartphones at the company's annual hardware event: the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. The smaller Pixel 2 sports...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Share Your Security Review Tales
New submitter TreZ writes: If you write software, you are most likely subject to a "security review" at some point. A large portion of this is common sense like don't put plain text credentials into g...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Google Wants Its New Pixelbook to Win the Laptop and Tablet Battle
Google is once again trying to make a big splash with laptop computers, this time with its new Pixelbook. From a report: Google debuted its Pixelbook, a new laptop-tablet hybrid during its Pixel 2 eve...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Unselfish People Are More Likely to Wind Up With Depression
People with depression are more likely to feel bad in response to perceived inequality, according to a study published this week in Nature Human Behaviour. From a report: Simply, in experiments where ...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Steemit Is a Social Network That Pays You For Your Posts In Cryptocurrency
New submitter mirandakatz writes: Our relationships with most social media are sneakily transactional: We log onto Facebook or Instagram and wind up paying the platforms with our attention and ad clic...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Spies Hack. But the Best Spies Hack Other Spies.
Andrada Fiscutean, writing for BleepingComputer: When cyber spies known as NetTraveler were busy snooping on hundreds of government and military victims in 40 countries a few years ago, little did the...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science
An anonymous reader shares an article: Every year, when Nobel Prizes are awarded in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine, critics note that they are an absurd and anachronistic way of recogn...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Dawn of Solar Age Declared as PV Beats All Other Forms of Power
Solar power blossomed faster than for any other fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead....
04:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot HP's Spectre x360 13 Promises Up To 16 Hours of Battery Life in a Faster, Cooler Design
From a report: The HP Spectre x360 13 is already one of the most popular 360-degree convertible laptops, and it's about to get faster and cooler, thanks in part to Intel's latest 8th-generation Core C...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot IRS Awards $7 Million Fraud Prevention Contract To Equifax
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week, even as lawmake...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot According To Star Trek: Discovery, Starfleet Still Runs Microsoft Windows
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Verge: The third episode of Star Trek: Discovery aired this week, and at one point in the episode, Sonequa Martin-Green's Michael Burnham is tasked with reconciling tw...
08:00 am - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Skipping Breakfast May Be Linked To Poor Heart Health, Study Says
A new study says that skipping breakfast could be linked to poorer cardiovascular health. The findings reveal that, compared with those who wolfed down an energy-dense breakfast, those who missed the ...
04:00 am - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Judge Blasts Waymo V. Uber Lawyers, Delays Trial Until December
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The federal judge presiding in the Waymo v. Uber lawsuit has delayed trial for another two months after castigating lawyers on both sides of the ...
02:00 am - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Missouri Considers Hyperloop Route Between St. Louis and Kansas City
Missouri officials are forming a public-private partnership to study the feasibility of building a hyperloop route between St. Louis and Kansas City. The study is being supported by Hyperloop One, and...
02:00 am - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Former Equifax CEO Blames Breach On One Individual Who Failed To Deploy Patch
Equifax's recently departed CEO is blaming the largest data breach in history on a single person who failed to deploy a patch. TechCrunch reports: Hackers exposed the Social Security numbers, drivers ...
02:00 am - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Fully Driverless Cars Could Be Months Away
An anonymous reader shares a report: Real driverless cars could come to the Phoenix area this year, according to a Monday report from The Information's Amir Efrati. Two anonymous sources have told Efr...
02:00 am - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Latest Company To Ditch Headphone Jack In Its Newest Smartphones
When launching its original Pixel smartphone, Google mocked the iPhone 7's missing headphone jack in its marketing material. According to Cult of Mac, Google won't be doing the same for the Pixel 2. "...
02:00 am - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot More Than 80 Percent of All Net Neutrality Comments Were Sent By Bots, Researchers Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Trump administration and its embattled FCC commissioner are on a mission to roll back the pro-net neutrality rules approved during the Obama y...
02:00 am - Wed, October 4, 2017
Slashdot US Studying Ways To End Use of Social Security Numbers For ID
wiredmikey quotes a report from Security Week: U.S. officials are studying ways to end the use of social security numbers for identification following a series of data breaches compromising the data f...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini Dies At 66
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Paul Otellini, Intel's previous CEO, died in his sleep on Monday, the company announced this morning. He was 66. Otellini served as Intel's fifth chi...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot AMD Unveils E9170 Embedded GPU
AMD is releasing a new embedded Radeon GPU, the first to be based on the Polaris architecture. From a report: But this one isn't aimed at the desktop or laptop markets, but instead it expands AMD's of...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Yahoo Triples Estimate of Breached Accounts To 3 Billion
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously d...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Why Google Needs Gadgets
Google will tomorrow launch the next generation of its smartphone with the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. At the same time, the company will reportedly introduce a new Chrome OS-based laptop called the P...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Judge Recommends ISP and Search Engine Blocking of Sci-Hub in the US
Sci-Hub, which is regularly referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," faces one of the strongest anti-piracy injunctions we have seen in the US to date, reports TorrentFreak. From the article: Earli...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Google Chrome Will Block Tab-Under Behavior
An anonymous reader writes: Google is working on blocking tab-under behavior in Chrome, according to a document seen by Bleeping Computer. For users unfamiliar with the jargon, Google considers tab-un...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Slack Locks Down Oracle Partnership Targeting Enterprises
From a report: Slack Technologies has secured a partnership with Oracle to integrate the tech giant's enterprise software products into the popular workplace messaging app, the two companies told Reut...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Breast-Cancer Death Rate Drops Almost 40 Percent, Saving 322,000 Lives, Study Says
Breast cancer death rates declined almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015, averting 322,600 deaths, the American Cancer Society reported Tuesday. From a report: Breast cancer death rates increased by...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot UK Government Could Imprison People For Looking At Terrorist Content
Mark Wilson writes: Not content with trying to "combat" encryption, the UK government also wants to criminalize looking at terrorist content. The leading Conservative party has announced plans which t...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Google and Facebook Failed Us
The world's most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again. From a report: In the crucial early hours after the Las Vegas mass shooting, it happened again: Hoaxes, co...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot When You Split the Brain, Do You Split the Person?
An anonymous reader shares an article: The brain is perhaps the most complex machine in the Universe. It consists of two cerebral hemispheres, each with many different modules. Fortunately, all these ...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot The 2017 Nobel Prize For Physics Goes To Three Scientists Who Proved Einstein Right
An anonymous reader shares a report: The three physicists, Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish, won the coveted prize for the detection of gravitational waves -- the ripples in the fabric of sp...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot North Korea Gets Second Route To Internet Via Russia Link
Russia is providing North Korea another way to get on the internet, according to cybersecurity outfit FireEye. In an interview on Monday, FireEye's chief technology officer for the Asia-Pacific region...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot NASA Images of Puerto Rico Reveal How Maria Wiped Out Power On the Island
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Jalopnik: Hurricane Maria was the most devastating hurricane to make land in Puerto Rico in nearly 100 years and the country is still reeling in its wake. Much...
08:00 am - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded For Insights Into Internal Biological Clock
Dave Knott quotes a report from The Guardian: The Nobel prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded to a trio of American scientists for their discoveries on the molecular mechanisms controlling ...
06:00 am - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Says 10 Million US Users Saw Russia-linked Ads
Some 10 million people in the United States saw politically divisive ads on Facebook that the company said were purchased in Russia in the months before and after last year's U.S. presidential electio...
04:00 am - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Badly Misses Model 3 Production Goals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Tesla badly missed its goal of building 1,500 Model 3 cars in the third quarter...
02:00 am - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Says 2.5 Million More Americans May Be Affected By Hack
According to Reuters, Equifax said about 2.5 million additional U.S. consumers may have been impacted by a cyber attack at the company last month. Last month, the company disclosed that personal detai...
12:00 am - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Won't Stop Claiming Its Network Is Faster Than Verizon's
T-Mobile says it will continue to claim it has the country's fastest LTE network even after the National Advertising Division, a telecom industry watchdog group, "recommended" that it stop doing so in...
12:00 am - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot General Motors Plans 20 All-Electric Cars By 2023
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: General Motors joined a growing group of automakers promising an emissions-free future for cars by pledging to sell 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023...
12:00 am - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Ex-Verizon Lawyer Ajit Pai Confirmed To Second Term As FCC Chair
Congress late Monday approved Ajit Pai for a second term as chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Fast Company reports. "The Senate voted 52-41 (with almost all 'yea' votes coming from Repub...
12:00 am - Tue, October 3, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Businesses Will Go Away In the Next 10 Years?
AmiMoJo writes: Ten years ago NBC published a list of business types that it predicted would disappear in the following decade. Ten years later and we can see how good their fortune telling was. What ...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Is Shipping Hundreds of Powerwall Batteries To Puerto Rico
schwit1 quotes a report from Futurism: In a continued streak of goodwill during this year's devastating hurricane season, Tesla has been shipping hundreds of its Powerwall batteries to Puerto Rico in ...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Supreme Court Won't Hear Kim Dotcom's Civil Forfeiture Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Kim Dotcom's civil forfeiture case will not be heard before the Supreme Court this term, America's highest court ruled on Monday. The civil forfe...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Shutters Groove Music, Will Move Users To Spotify
Microsoft announced today that it will soon shutter both its Groove Music Pass streaming service and the ability to purchase songs and albums in the Windows Store. The biggest surprise isn't that the ...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Would Anyone Want To Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone?
Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the $1,000 sticker price for the base model of iPhone X, the latest flagship smartphone from the company which goes on sale next month, is "a value price for the te...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot High Sierra's Disk Utility Does Not Recognize Unformatted Disks
macOS 10.13's Disk Utility 17.0 (1626) does not recognize raw drives, reads a blog post, shared by several readers. From the post: Diskutil does recognize the drive. We'll use it to perform a quick, c...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Super Fast NVMe RAID Comes To Threadripper
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, writing for ZDNet: A week later than planned, AMD has released a free driver update for the X399 platform to support NVMe RAID. The driver allows X399 motherboards to combine m...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot We're Not Living in a Computer Simulation, New Research Shows
A reader shares a report: A team of theoretical physicists from Oxford University in the UK has shown that life and reality cannot be merely simulations generated by a massive extraterrestrial compute...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Goldman Sachs Explores a New World: Trading Bitcoin
Several readers share a report: Goldman Sachs is weighing a new trading operation dedicated to bitcoin and other digital currencies, the first blue-chip Wall Street firm preparing to deal directly in ...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot US Telco Fined $3 Million in Domain Renewal Blunder
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Sorenson Communications, a Utah-based telecommunications provider, received a whopping $3 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) l...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Code is Too Hard To Think About
From a longform piece on The Atlantic: What made programming so difficult was that it required you to think like a computer. The strangeness of it was in some sense more vivid in the early days of com...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Google Scraps Controversial Policy That Gave Free Access To Paywalled Articles Through Search
For years, Google has provided a nifty trick to get around subscriptions for newspapers and magazines. But the company is now doing away with it. From a report: Google is ending its controversial Firs...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Navy Returns to Compasses and Pencils To Help Avoid Collisions at Sea
An anonymous reader shares a report: Urgent new orders went out earlier this month for United States Navy warships that have been plagued by deadly mishaps this year. More sleep and no more 100-hour w...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Las Vegas Shooting Leaves at Least 50 Dead, More Than 200 Wounded
Readers share a report: At least 50 people are dead and more than 200 wounded after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alter...
12:00 pm - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot How Cisco Fixed An Undocumented SSH Support Tunnel In Umbrella
"Vulnerability due to always-on SSH Tunnel -- RESOLVED" reads a Cisco service update. An anonymous reader writes:Described by a recent security blog post, Cisco hid a SSH backdoor in its Cisco Umbrell...
08:00 am - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Will London Monetize Wifi Tracking Data From Its Tube Passengers?
New questions are arising about how much privacy you'll have on London's underground trains. "For a month at the end of last year, Wi-fi signals were used to track passenger journeys across the networ...
06:00 am - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Russian Defense Company Demos A One-Person Flying Car
An anonymous reader quotes Futurism:Russian defense company Kalashnikov has revealed their single-person flying car... As reported by Popular Mechanics, its body consists of a simple metal frame with ...
02:00 am - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Best Open Source Hardware to Tinker With?
This question comes from an anonymous Slashdot reader who just got an Arduino and started tinkering with electronics:I'm quite amazed at the quality of the hardware, software, and the available tutori...
12:00 am - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Donate Your Noise To Xiph/Mozilla's Deep-Learning Noise Suppression Project
Mozilla-backed researchers are working on a real-time noise suppression algorithm using a neural network -- and they want your noise! Long-time Slashdot reader jmv writes:The Mozilla Research RRNoise ...
12:00 am - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Laser Light Forges Graphene Into the Third Dimension
Big Hairy Ian quotes New Atlas: The wonder material graphene gets many of its handy quirks from the fact that it exists in two dimensions, as a sheet of carbon only one atom thick. But to actually mak...
12:00 am - Mon, October 2, 2017
Slashdot Bold Eagles: Angry Birds Are Ripping $80,000 Drones Out of the Sky
schwit1 found this story in the Wall Street Journal:Daniel Parfitt thought he'd found the perfect drone for a two-day mapping job in a remote patch of the Australian Outback. The roughly $80,000 machi...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Donate You Noise To Xiph/Mozilla's Deep-Learning Noise Suppression Project
Mozilla-backed researchers are working on a real-time noise suppression algorithm using a neural network -- and they want your noise! Long-time Slashdot reader jmv writes:The Mozilla Research RRNoise ...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Google Plans Upgrade of Two-Factor Authentication For Politicians and CEOs
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:Google plans on upgrading its two-factor authentication tool with an improved, physical security measure aimed at protecting high-profile users from politically mo...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Meet The Next Major Operating System: Amazon's Alexa
ZDNet's editor-in-chief warns that Amazon has ambitious plans for its new Echo Plus:Amazon is making an explicit play to be the home hub because it can automatically discover and set up lights, locks,...
08:00 pm - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot ICANN Delays KSK Rollover Because of Lazy ISPs, Technical Faults
ICANN had planned to change the master key used to sign secure Domain Name System records next week for the first time in history. But now an anonymous reader writes:Inattentive ISPs and technical fau...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Equifax CEO: All Companies Get Breached
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:There are two kinds of companies, according to a saying that former Equifax CEO Rick Smith shared in a speech at the University of Georgia on August 17. "There's tho...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Russia Suspected In GPS-Spoofing Attacks On Ships
How did a 37-ton tanker suddenly vanish from GPS off the coast of Russia? AmiMoJo shares a report from Wired:The ship's systems located it 25 to 30 miles away -- at Gelendzhik airport... The Atria was...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Britain Opens Its First Subsidy-Free Solar Power Farm
AmiMoJo quotes Reuters: Britain's first solar power farm to operate without a government subsidy is due to open in eastern England on Tuesday, as a sharp fall in costs has made renewable energy much m...
12:00 pm - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot US Prisons Have a Cellphone Smuggling Problem
An anonymous reader quotes NBC:Cellphones smuggled into prisons -- enabling inmates to order murders, plan escapes, deal drugs and extort money -- have become a scourge in a bloc of states where corre...
10:00 am - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Should Zambia Allow The Testing of Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes?
More than 400,000 lives are lost every year to malaria, reports the New York Post. But Thursday Science published two new studies on promisings ways to fight malaria -- with genetic engineering.The fi...
06:00 am - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot New 'Illusion Gap' Attack Bypasses Windows Defender Scans
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers have discovered a new technique that allows malware to bypass Windows Defender, the standard security software that comes included with all Windows ope...
02:00 am - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Squabble With Contractor Delayed Equifax's Response To Data Breach
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg's report on the contractor Equifax first hired to investigate their breach:Equifax and Mandiant got into a dispute just as the hackers were gaining a foothold in t...
12:00 am - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Best Open Source Software Identified By InfoWorld Listicles
An anonymous reader writes: InfoWorld announced the winners of this year's "Best of Open Source Software Awards" -- honoring 68 different projects, spread across five categories. Besides the 15 best s...
12:00 am - Sun, October 1, 2017
Slashdot Bill Gates Has An Android Phone. Has Microsoft Changed?
Bill Gates uses an Android phone now. "It may not be the most surprising revelation, given profits are sinking faster than a boat without a hull and big-name partners are jumping ship left and right, ...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Why Google's Gmail Phishing Warnings Give False Positives
Vortex.com is one of the oldest domains on the internet -- one of the first 40 ever registered, writes Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein. So why does Google sometimes block the email he sends?Here's wh...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot US Consumer Groups Warn 'Robot Car Bill' Threatens Safety
"If you don't place a Capable Engineering crew to oversee a project that involves lives, you're asking for trouble," writes Slashdot reader Neuronwelder. Consumer Reports writes:Congress is moving ahe...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Ancient Papyrus Finally Solves Egypt's 'Great Pyramid' Mystery
schwit1 was the first Slashdot reader to bring us the news. Newsweek reports:Archaeologists believe they have found the key to unlocking a mystery almost as old as the Great Pyramid itself: Who built ...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood's International War on Kodi Plugins And Video-Streaming Boxes
An anonymous reader quotes the EFF:In the past few years, the sale of pre-configured Kodi boxes, and the availability of a range of plugins providing access to streaming media, has seen the software's...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Explains Why Edge Has So Few Extensions
Mark Wilson writes: It's now a little more than a year since Microsoft first brought extensions to Edge. After so long you would expect the selection of addons to be overwhelming -- but that's far fro...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Google Investigates Facebook's Russian Political Operatives, Will Address Congressmen
An anonymous reader quotes Recode:Facebook has shared some details about the Russian-operated profiles it discovered on its platform with Google, as the search giant -- with the rest of the tech indus...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Solar Powered Smartwatch Successfully Crowdfunded on Kickstarter
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:Battery life on smartwatches is, in a word, bad. And while most of today's watches can more or less make it through a day without dying, they're still a far cry fr...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Steve Wozniak: Net Neutrality Rollback 'Will End the Internet As We Know It'
An anonymous reader quotes Silicon Beat:Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak penned an op-ed on Friday with a former Federal Communications Commission chairman, urging the current FCC to stop its proposed r...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Releases 'Next Generation' Preview of Skype For Linux
BrianFagioli writes: Friday, Microsoft released a refreshed preview of Skype for Linux. There are both DEB and RPM packages available, making it easy to install on, say, Ubuntu, Debian, or Fedora. In ...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Board Forms Panel To Review Executives' Stock Sales After Data Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Equifax's board of directors has formed a special committee to review the stock sales that top executives made days after the company found out it w...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Hawaii Approves Telescope On Volcano Sacred To Indigenous People
A new $1.4 billion telescope will be built atop a Hawaiian volcano indigenous people consider sacred. The team of scientists fighting for the telescope won approval from Hawaiian officials on Thursday...
08:00 am - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot FCC Silenced Puerto Rico Radio Station's Boosters In March 2017
An dochasac writes: WAPA (680 AM) is a radio station in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria took out power, phone lines, cell towers and internet, WAPA was the only Puerto Rican radio station...
06:00 am - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Apple is Really Bad At Design
Joshua Topolsky, writing for the Outline: Once upon a time, Apple could do little wrong. As one of the first mainstream computer companies to equally value design and technical simplicity, it upended ...
04:00 am - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Chip Reprograms Cells To Regenerate Damaged Tissue
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American about a device that delivers infusions of DNA and other molecules to restore injured limbs in mice, and maybe someday, humans: Cells are ty...
02:00 am - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Former Female Oracle Employees Sue Company For Alleged Pay Discrimination
Three female, former Oracle employees are suing Oracle for allegedly paying women less than men in similar jobs. Rong Jewett, Sophy Wang and Xian Murray filed a lawsuit August 28, seeking a class-acti...
02:00 am - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Apple Investigating Reports of iPhone 8 Plus Devices 'Splitting Open'
Apple is currently investigating reports of the iPhone 8 Plus splitting open while being charged with the included cable and plug adapter. The first claim comes from a Taiwanese iPhone 8 Plus owner, w...
02:00 am - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Radical Leftists Built Their Own FOSS Alternative To Reddit After It Banned Them
eeplox shares a report from VICE, adding: "Community-built sites like these are very much needed since Reddit announced they were going closed source": After r/LeftWithSharpEdge was taken down, ziq [o...
12:00 am - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot US Slashing Embassy Staff In Cuba Because of Apparent Sonic 'Attacks'
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from The Washington Post (Warning: may be paywalled; alternative source): The United States is yanking more than half its diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Ha...
12:00 am - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Department of Justice Demands Facebook Information From 'Anti-Administration Activists'
PopeRatzo shares a report from CNN: Trump administration lawyers are demanding the private account information of potentially thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants served on th...
12:00 am - Sat, September 30, 2017
Slashdot Apple Reports 400 Percent Rise In National Security Requests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: Apple received a record number of national security orders this year, according to its bi-annual report published this week. The company stated i...