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10:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's New Captcha Test: 'Upload A Clear Photo of Your Face'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook may soon ask you to "upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face," to prove you're not a bot. The company is using a new kind of captcha to ve...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Tumbles From Record High After Exchanges Confirm Outage
Fearful of missing out on the frenzy in the Bitcoin world, several people were left disappointed on Wednesday noon after they were unable to buy some cryptocurrency because the websites of Coinbase an...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Now on 600 Million Active Devices
Windows 10 has found its way onto 600 million active devices, says CEO Satya Nadella. From a report: CEO Satya Nadella referenced the new number for the first time moments ago at the company's annual ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Review Software Practices After Patching Serious Mac Bug
Apple said on Wednesday it would review its software development process after scrambling to patch a serious bug it learned of on Tuesday in its macOS operating system for desktop and laptop computers...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Sensitive Personal Information of 246,000 DHS Employees Found on Home Computer
The sensitive personal information of 246,000 Department of Homeland Security employees was found on the home computer server of a DHS employee in May, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY. Fr...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot FCC Chairman Keeps Up Assault on Social Media
Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is doubling down on his critique of tech companies, asking whether social media is "a net benefit to American society" in remarks at the Media Institute on Wednesday. ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot 66 Percent of Popular Android Cryptocurrency Apps Don't Use Encryption
An anonymous reader shares a report: High-Tech Bridge used its free mobile app analysis software, called Mobile X-Ray, to peek under the hood of the top 30 cryptocurrency apps in the Google Play store...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot This Impenetrable Program Is Transforming How Courts Treat DNA Evidence
mirandakatz writes: Probabilistic genotyping is a type of DNA testing that's becoming increasingly popular in courtrooms: It uses complex mathematical formulas to examine the statistical likelihood th...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Launches Web Browser For Fire TV
An anonymous reader shares a report: You'll never convince me that using an internet browser on a television set is anything but awkward and bad, but if for whatever reason you've been waiting to brow...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Andy Rubin Takes Leave From Essential as Probe Into 'Inappropriate' Google Relationship Goes Public, Report Claims
An anonymous reader shares a report: Essential founder and CEO Andy Rubin has taken a leave of absence from his new company for "personal reasons" following a report on the circumstances of his 2014 d...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple Accuses Qualcomm of Patent Infringement in Countersuit
From a report: Apple on Wednesday filed a countersuit against Qualcomm, alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile phone chips that power a wide variety of Android-based devices infringe on Apple's pa...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Recent Blu Update Locks Users out of Their Phones
An Android update that Blu shipped to Blu One Life X2 smartphones yesterday, November 28, has locked people out of their phones. From a report: On forums, Reddit, and Blu's official Facebook page, use...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot HDMI 2.1 Is Here With 10K and Dynamic HDR Support
Swapna Krishna reports via Engadget: Back in January, the HDMI Forum unveiled its new specifications for the HDMI connector, called HDMI 2.1. Now, that HDMI specification is available to all HDMI 2.0 ...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Develops 'Graphene Ball' Battery With 5x Faster Charging Speed
Heart44 writes: A number of outlets are reporting a Samsung laboratory breakthrough allowing smaller and faster charging lithium-ion batteries using three-dimensional graphene. Digital Trends reports:...
08:00 am - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Will Let Alexa Developers Use Voice Recognition To Personalize Apps
Amazon today announced that third-party developers will be able to make use of the Alexa assistant's voice recognition feature to personalize apps for its line of Echo speakers. The news builds on the...
04:00 am - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot 'Break Up Google and Facebook If You Ever Want Innovation Again'
Hal_Porter shares a report from The Register: If the tech industry wants another wave of innovation to match the PC or the internet, Google and Facebook must be broken up, journalist and film producer...
04:00 am - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot AI Goes Bilingual -- Without a Dictionary
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Automatic language translation has come a long way, thanks to neural networks -- computer algorithms that take inspiration from the human brain. But...
02:00 am - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot PSA: Comcast Doesn't Really Support Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Slate: Anyone who has ever paid a bill to or waited for customer service from Comcast knows why it is one of America's most detested companies, its recent effo...
02:00 am - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot A Supreme Court Case This Week Could Change US Digital Privacy Standards
On November 29th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Carpenter v. US, a case essentially asking whether or not authorities need a warrant based on probable cause and signed by a judge ...
02:00 am - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Three Quarters of Android Apps Track Users With Third Party Tools, Says Study
A study by French research organization Exodus Privacy and Yale University's Privacy Lab analyzed the mobile apps for the signatures of 25 known trackers and found that more than three in four Android...
12:00 am - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot MacOS High Sierra Bug Allows Login As Root With No Password
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: A trivial-to-exploit flaw in macOS High Sierra, aka macOS 10.13, allows users to gain admin rights, or log in as root, without a password. The se...
12:00 am - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot After Two Months of Quiet, North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile
South Korean and U.S. officials have confirmed that North Korea has launched another ballistic missile into the sea of Japan. The ballistic missile test -- launched just after 3am Wednesday local time...
12:00 am - Wed, November 29, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Owners Are Mining Bitcoins With Free Power From Charging Stations
dmoberhaus writes: Someone claimed to use their Tesla to power a cryptocurrency mine to take advantage of the free energy given to Tesla owners. But even with free energy, does this scheme make sense?...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Criticizes Companies That Oppose His Efforts To Repeal Net Neutrality Rules
Tony Romm, writing for Recode: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai thinks everyone from Cher to Twitter has it wrong when they say that his efforts to roll back the U.S. government's existing net neutrality rules w...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot 'You Had to Be There': As Technologies Change Ever Faster, the Knowledge of Obsolete Things Becomes Ever Sweeter
Alexis C. Madrigal, writing for The Atlantic: There's a question going around on Twitter, courtesy of the writer Matt Whitlock: "Without revealing your actual age, what's something you remember that i...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Uber Trained Employees on How To 'Impede, Obstruct or Influence' Ongoing Legal Investigations, Ex-employee Says
From a report on CNBC: Uber faced fresh allegations on Tuesday that it deliberately took steps to keep " unlawful schemes from seeing the light of day." Hours of testimony on Tuesday centered around a...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Sees the Future of Windows 10 as Sets, Ditching Windows For a Tabbed App Interface
Microsoft said Tuesday that it plans to overhaul Windows 10, with a browser-like, tabbed application view dubbed "Sets" that groups apps and files by project. From a report: Think of Sets as a mashup ...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot New NSA Leak Exposes Red Disk, the Army's Failed Intelligence System
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: The contents of a highly sensitive hard drive belonging to a division of the National Security Agency have been left online. The virtual disk image contains over 1...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Hits $10,000 Because Ceilings Are Just a Construct, Man
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Tuesday, the trading price of the most prominent cryptocurrency hit $10,000 for the first time. And that nice round number will almost certainly have the kind o...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Identify 44 Trackers in More Than 300 Android Apps
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A collaborative effort between the Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy has shed light on dozens of invasive trackers that are embedded within Android a...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot HP Quietly Installs System-Slowing Spyware On Its PCs, Users Say
It hasn't been long since Lenovo settled a massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without users' consent, and it appears HP is on to the same route already. According to numerou...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Google Can Tell if Someone Is Looking at Your Phone Over Your Shoulder
Dave Gershgorn, writing for Quartz: At the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Long Beach, California, next week, Google researchers Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff will present a pro...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot India's Telecom Regulator Backs Net Neutrality
From a report on Reuters: India's telecom regulator has made recommendations to ensure an open internet in the country and prevent any discrimination in internet access in a long-awaited report (PDF),...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Firms Team Up On Hybrid Electric Plane Technology
An anonymous reader shares a report: Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens are to develop hybrid electric engine plane technology as part of a push towards cleaner aviation. The E-Fan X programme will first...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Says He Is Not Bitcoin's Satoshi Nakamoto
An anonymous reader writes: Not only does Elon Musk deny being the mysterious creator of bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto, but he's also forgotten where he keeps his cryptocurrency. Musk's assertions came in ...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Destiny 2 Misrepresented XP Gains To Its Players Until the Developers Got Caught
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Destiny 2, like its predecessor, depends largely on an open-ended "end game" system. Once you beat the game's primary "quest" content, you can re...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Office Now Available On All Chromebooks
Microsoft has reportedly finished testing out its Office apps on Chromebooks as a number of Chromebooks are now seeing the Office apps in the Google Play Store. Samsung's Chromebook Pro, Acer's Chrome...
08:00 am - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Tom Baker Returns To Finish Shelved Doctor Who Episodes Penned By Douglas Adams
Zorro shares a report from The Register: The fourth and finest Doctor, Tom Baker, has reprised the role to finish a Who serial scuppered in 1979 by strike action at the BBC. Shada, penned by Hitchhike...
04:00 am - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot The Pixel 2's Dormant 'Visual Core' Chip Gets Activated In Latest Android Developer Preview
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both feature a custom Intel "Visual Core" co-processor, which is meant to improve speed and battery life when shooting photos with Google's HDR+ technology. The chip ...
04:00 am - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Have Built Robot Muscles That Can Lift 1,000 Times Their Own Weight
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) announced today (Nov. 27) that they'v...
02:00 am - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot iPhone Users Complain About the Word 'It' Autocorrecting To 'I.T' On iOS 11 and Later
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: At least a few hundred iPhone users and counting have complained about the word "it" autocorrecting to "I.T" on iOS 11 and later. When affected user...
02:00 am - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Pokemon Go Led To Increase In Traffic Deaths and Accidents, Says Study
A new study from Purdue University uses detailed local traffic accident reports to suggest that Pokemon Go caused a marked increase in vehicle damages, injuries, and even deaths due to people playing ...
02:00 am - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Rolls Out AI To Detect Suicidal Posts Before They're Reported
Facebook is rolling out "proactive detection" artificial intelligence technology that will scan all posts on the site for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources...
12:00 am - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Hints At Plan For Paid Fast Lanes After Net Neutrality Repeal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For years, Comcast has been promising that it won't violate the principles of net neutrality, regardless of whether the government imposes any ne...
12:00 am - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot Plex's DVR Can Now Automatically Remove Commercials For You
Plex has updated its DVR, adding a new feature to automatically remove commercials. According to Digital Trends, "The feature was added in an update the Plex team pushed out over the weekend. You'll n...
12:00 am - Tue, November 28, 2017
Slashdot White House Weighs Personal Mobile Phone Ban For Staff
The White House is considering banning its employees from using personal mobile phones while at work. While President Trump has been vocal about press leaks since taking office, one official said the ...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot 'Complicit' Is The Word Of The Year In 2017, Dictionary.com Says
Dictionary.com has selected "complicit" as its word of the year for 2017, citing the term's renewed relevance in U.S. culture and politics -- and noting that a refusal to be complicit has also been "a...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Reddit, Twitter, and 200 Others Say Ending Net Neutrality Could Ruin Cyber Monday
An anonymous reader shares a report: More than 200 businesses and trade organizations have signed a letter to the FCC asking that the agency reconsider its plan to end net neutrality. The letter is si...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Computer Science GCSE in Disarray After Tasks Leaked Online
An anonymous reader shares a report: The new computer science GCSE has been thrown into disarray after programming tasks worth a fifth of the total marks were leaked repeatedly online. Exams regulator...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Justices Ponder Need For Warrant For Cellphone Tower Data
An anonymous reader shares a report: Like almost everyone else in America, thieves tend to carry their cellphones with them to work. When they use their phones on the job, police find it easier to do ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Two Major Cydia Hosts Shut Down as Jailbreaking Fades in Popularity
Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors: ModMy last week announced it has archived its default ModMyi repository on Cydia, which is essentially an alternative App Store for downloading apps, themes, twea...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Tumblr Is Tumbling
Alex Barredo, a technology writer, shares his observation on Tumblr's popularity over the past few years: Tumblr is the home of some of the most creative online personas, and now it is dying. Or so it...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Intel Core i9 Mobile And 9th Gen Coffee Lake Processors Detailed In AIDA64 Update
Paul Lilly, writing for HotHardware: Looking at the release notes for the latest AIDA64 system diagnostics and benchmarking utility, there are several unannounced Intel processors on tap, including a ...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Yahoo Groups Plagued by Downtime, Technical Issues for Almost a Week
Yahoo Groups were nonfunctional all last week, according to customers complaining on the company's support forum and Twitter. From a report: Yahoo Groups, which is a hybrid between a classic discussio...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Google Seeks To Defuse Row With Russia Over Website Rankings
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google does not change its search algorithm to re-rank individual websites, it said in a letter to Russia's communications watchdog, after Moscow expressed concern...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot YouTube's Search Autofill Surfaced Disturbing Child Sex Results
Several users are reporting that they found YouTube autocompleting search queries starting with 'how to have' with disturbing suggestions, including 's*x with your kids' over the weekend. From a repor...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Tim Wu: Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality
Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia who first coined the term "net neutrality," writes for the New York Times: Allowing such censorship is anathema to the internet's (and America's) founding spirit. A...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Nearly 4 Million Bitcoins Lost Forever, New Study Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: According to new research from Chainalysis, a digital forensics firm that studies the bitcoin blockchain, 3.79 million bitcoins are already gone for good based on ...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Petition Calls for Ouster of FCC Chairman Pai
Long-time Slashdot reader speedplane writes:Yes, we've all heard that net neutrality is on its way out, and it seems NPR was able to snag one of the few (the only?) interview's of Ajit Pai on its effe...
10:00 am - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Why ESR Hates C, Respects Java, and Thinks Go (But Not Rust) Will Replace C
Open source guru Eric S. Raymond followed up his post on alternatives to C by explaining why he won't touch C++ any more, calling the story "a launch point for a disquisition on the economics of compu...
06:00 am - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Could Collapsing Antarctic Glaciers Raise Sea Levels Sooner Than Expected?
"We may be headed for an ice apocalypse which could result in the flooding of coastal cities before the end of this century," writes long-time Slashdot reader whoever57. Grist reports on two of the la...
04:00 am - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Clear Linux Beats CentOS, openSUSE, and Ubuntu in (Enterprise) Benchmark Tests
An anonymous reader writes: Recently completed Linux distro benchmarks by Phoronix show Intel's Clear Linux is the most powerful on x86 hardware. A six-way, enterprise-focused Linux distro comparison ...
02:00 am - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Amazon: Heat From Data Centers Will Be Used as a Furnace
Vox reports on Amazon's recent push for "corporate sustainability":It plans to have 15 rooftop solar systems, with a total capacity of around 41 MW, deployed atop fulfillment centers by the end of thi...
12:00 am - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Did Elon Musk Create Bitcoin?
An anonymous reader quotes CryptoCoinsNews:It should be no surprise that the elusive hunt for Satoshi, often referred to as the father of Bitcoin, has led to the theory that Elon Musk has been hiding ...
12:00 am - Mon, November 27, 2017
Slashdot Big Tobacco Loses 11-Year Fight, Forced To Broadcast 'Dangers of Smoking' Ads
An anonymous reader quotes NBC News: Smoking kills 1,200 people a day. The tobacco companies worked to make them as addictive as possible. There is no such thing as a safer cigarette. Ads with these s...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Motorola Ad Mocks Samsung Ad Mocking Apple
An anonymous reader quotes BGR:A few days after the iPhone X launched in stores, Samsung came out with an anti-iPhone campaign... I actually did not expect Samsung to pull off cheap tricks like that, ...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot FBI Failed To Notify 70 US Officials Targeted By Russian Hackers
An anonymous reader quotes the AP:The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a ...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Russia and The US Fight Over Who Gets To Extradite A Hacker
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:A young Russian alleged to have masterminded a massive hacking of social networks including LinkedIn and Dropbox is now at the center of an extradition struggle between ...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Computer Pioneer Geoff Tootill Passed Away
"Computer pioneer Geoff Tootill passed away in October," writes long-time Slashdot reader tigersha. Born in 1922, Tootill began his career troubleshooting airborne radar systems during World War II, l...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Patent Trolls Are Losing More. Will America's Supreme Court Change That?
jespada writes:New York Times has an article warning that the Patent Appeal and Trial Board is being challenged on the basis that patents represent real property and that a government agency is not em...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Famous Robot from 1956 Movie Auctioned For $5.3 Million
schwit1 tells us that "Robby the Robot" -- a prop from the 1956 movie Forbidden Planet -- has just been auctioned for $5.3 million, making it the second most-expensive movie prop in history. New Atlas...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot There's A Cluster of 750 Raspberry Pi's at Los Alamos National Lab
Slashdot reader overheardinpdx shares a video from the SC17 supercomputing conference where Bruce Tulloch from BitScope "describes a low-cost Rasberry Pi cluster that Los Alamos National Lab is using ...
12:00 pm - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Taking The Profit Out Of Killing 'Net Neutrality'
Robert Cringely has a plan to ensure that internet providers will never profit from the end of net neutrality:We are being depended upon to act like sheep -- Internet browsing sheep, if such exist -- ...
10:00 am - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Firefox Quantum Is 'Better, Faster, Smarter than Chrome', Says Wired
Wired's senior staff writer David Pierce says Firefox Quantum "feels like a bunch of power users got together and built a browser that fixed all the little things that annoyed them about other browser...
06:00 am - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Yesterday Americans Spent $5 Billion Online
An anonymous reader quotes CNN Money:Black Friday 2017 was all about digital sales. American shoppers spent a record $5 billion in 24 hours. That marks a 16.9% increase in dollars spent online compare...
04:00 am - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin and Ethereum Prices Are Surging Again
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:Bitcoin is getting a Black Friday boost. The digital currency climbed above $8,700 to a record high Saturday following increased investor interest around the U.S. Thank...
02:00 am - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot After Bankrupting Gawker, Peter Thiel Demands a Chance to Buy Them
An anonymous reader quotes BuzzFeed:In a federal bankruptcy court filing on Wednesday, lawyers for venture capitalist Peter Thiel objected to the ongoing sale process of Gawker.com, arguing that the b...
12:00 am - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Flat Earther's Homemade Rocket Launcher Breaks Down in His Driveway
The Desert Sun has an update on the progress of 61-year-old self-taught rocket scientist 'Mad' Mike Hughes:A man who believes Earth is flat, and was ready to launch himself from a rocket in California...
12:00 am - Sun, November 26, 2017
Slashdot Is Elon Musk Greatly Exaggerating Tesla's Battery Technology?
"Tesla's newest promises break the laws of batteries," writes Bloomberg. Long-time Slashdot reader rudy_wayne summarizes their report. "Elon Musk knows how to make promises. Even by his own standards,...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Google Flagged Its Own Chromebook Ad As Spam On YouTube
AmiMoJo quotes The Verge: It's no secret that YouTube's algorithm for automatically flagging videos can be troublesome -- recent issues have seen content creators getting their videos demonetized for ...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Should Brokers Use 'Voice Prints' For Stock Transactions?
Fidelity and Charles Schwab now allow traders to use "voice prints" to authorize stock transactions. But there's more to the story, argues long-time Slashdot reader maiden_taiwan:Fidelity Investments ...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Bloomberg Op-Ed: The Internet 'Already Lost Its Neutrality'
An anonymous reader quotes a new Bloomberg opinion piece on net neutrality:The internet will be filled today with denunciations of this move, threats of a dark future in which our access to content wi...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Why Do Employers Require College Degrees That Aren't Necessary?
Slashdot reader pefisher writes:A lot of us on Slashdot have noticed that potential employers advertise for things they don't need. To the point that sometimes they even ask for things that don't exis...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot DC Fans Angry Over Rotten Tomatoes 'Justice League' Ratings
Rotten Tomatoes launched a new movie-review series called See It/Skip It last week -- but it just made some people hate the site even more. An anonymous reader quotes Wired:Rotten Tomatoes, the review...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Is Sharp's Robot Vacuum Cleaner Vulnerable To Remote Take-over?
Slashdot reader AmiMoJo reports: Sharp's COCOROBO (heart-bot) vacuum cleaners can not just clean your house. They have cameras that can be viewed from a smart phone, and automatically take pictures of...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Bipartisan US Election Group Issues Security Tips
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:A bipartisan Harvard University project aimed at protecting elections from hacking and propaganda will release its first set of recommendations today on how U.S. ele...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Imgur Confirms Email Addresses, Passwords Stolen In 2014 Hack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Imgur, one of the world's most visited websites, has confirmed a hack dating back to 2014. The company confirmed to ZDNet that hackers stole 1.7 million...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Lightning Can Trigger Nuclear Reactions, Creating Rare Atomic Isotopes
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Rare forms of atoms, like carbon-13, carbon-14, and nitrogen-15, have long been used to figure out the ages of ancient artifacts and probe the nuanc...
08:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot First AMD Ryzen Mobile Laptop Tested Shows Strong Zen-Vega Performance
MojoKid writes: AMD Ryzen Mobile processors are arriving now in retail laptops from the likes of HP, Lenovo and Acer. With the first CPUs to hit the market, AMD took quad-core Ryzen and coupled it wit...
04:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot More Than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments Were Likely Faked
Jeff Kao from Hacker Noon used natural language processing techniques to analyze net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC from April-October 2017 and found that at least 1.3 million pro-repeal net...
04:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Living In Nuclear Disaster Fallout Zone Would Be No Worse Than Living In London, Research Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from University of Bristol, England: New research suggests that few people, if any, should be asked to leave their homes after a big nuclear accident, which is what...
02:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Jeff Bezos Surpasses $100 Billion Net Worth
Amid optimism for Amazon's Black Friday sales, Jeff Bezos' net worth jumped above $100 billion on Friday. The Amazon CEO's fortune reportedly surged $2.4 billion to $100.3 billion, after the retailer'...
02:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Completes World's Largest Battery Project In Half the Time Promised
Rei writes: Tesla announced the completion of the world's largest battery -- a 100 MW/129 MWh wind-power backup system for 30,000 homes in South Australia. Three times more powerful than any other bat...
02:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot AT&T, Comcast Lawsuit Has Nullified a City's Broadband Competition Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T and Comcast have convinced a federal judge to nullify an ordinance that was designed to bring more broadband competition to Nashville, T...
02:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Tesla's Electric Semi Trucks Are Priced To Compete At $150,000
Last week, Tesla unveiled its new four-motor electric Semi but left out one key detail -- the price. "Now that's changed: the regular versions of the 300-mile and the 500-mile trucks will cost $150,00...
12:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot How Coral Researchers Are Coping With the Death of Reefs
Ed Yong, writing for The Atlantic: The continuing desecration has taken an immense toll on the mental health of people like Colton, a director at Coral Reef Alliance, who have devoted their lives to s...
12:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Pornhub Owner May Become the UK's Gatekeeper of Online Porn
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Yahoo News: Mindgeek may be the most powerful company that you've never heard of, or at least, a company you'll claim never to have heard about in polite compa...
12:00 am - Sat, November 25, 2017
Slashdot Legislators Take Aim At Star Wars Battlefront II, EA Over 'Gambling In Games'
dryriver writes: A number of pay-to-win microtransaction FPS games, including Dirty Bomb and the $60 Star Wars Battlefront II, have drawn the ire of legislators in countries like Belgium and the Unite...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Regulators Question Google Over Location Data
Sherisse Pham and Taehoon Lee, writing for CNN Tech: Google is facing scrutiny for reportedly collecting data about the location of smartphone users without their knowledge. Regulators in South Korea ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Linux Pioneer Munich Confirms Switch To Windows 10
The German city of Munich, once seen as a open-source pioneer, has decided to return to Windows. Windows 10 will be rolled out to about 29,000 PCs at the city council, a major shift for an authority t...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Data Breach Hits Australia's Department of Social Services Credit Card System
Paul Karp, reporting for The Guardian: The Department of Social Services has written to 8,500 current and former employees warning them their personal data held by a contractor has been breached. In l...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Mobile Homes Are So Expensive Now, Hurricane Victims Can't Afford Them
An anonymous reader shares a report: Hurricane victims emerging from ravaged trailer parks are discovering that the U.S. mobile-home market has left them behind. In Florida and Texas, dealerships are ...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Google and Apple Order Telegram To Nuke Channel Over Taylor Swift Piracy
An anonymous reader writes: Instant messaging client Telegram has for the first time blocked access to an entire channel following pressure from Google and Apple. A channel, called Any Suitable Pop, w...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Black Friday Panic at Macy's: People Report Credit Card System Outage
An anonymous reader shares a report: Macy's might have celebrated an increase in share price on Black Friday, but it seems like the retailer will end the day with a lot of lost sales. Many of its cust...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot There's Some Intense Web Scans Going on for Bitcoin and Ethereum Wallets
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: With both Bitcoin and Ethereum price hitting all-time highs in the past seven days, cyber-criminals have stepped up efforts to search and steal funds sto...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot A Third of Americans Still Buy and Rent Videos
An anonymous reader writes: One-third of Americans still buy and rent videos, in addition to using streaming services like Netflix and YouTube, NPD Group found in its annual Entertainment Trends in Am...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot There's Now a Dark Web Version of Wikipedia
An anonymous reader shares a report: In many parts of the world, like North America, using Wikipedia is taken for granted; hell, there are even Twitter accounts to track government employees editing t...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Brands Pull YouTube Ads Over Images of Children
An anonymous reader shares a report: Lidl, Cadbury maker Mondelez, Mars and other companies have pulled advertising from YouTube after the Times newspaper found the video sharing site was showing clip...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Thank You, Phish Fans, For Caring About Net Neutrality
If you venture over to Battle For the Net, which encourages internet users to call Congress to advocate for the preservation of net neutrality rules, you'll find something peculiar: Several of the top...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot More Young People Are Becoming Farmers
An anonymous reader shares a report: "For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest Cen...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Belgium Denounces Loot Boxes as Gambling; Hawaiian Legislator Calls Them 'Predatory'
Peter Bright, writing for ArsTechnica: Belgium's Gaming Commission has ruled that loot boxes -- in-game purchases where what you receive is randomized and only known once you open the box -- are gambl...
10:00 am - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot EU Lawmakers Back Exports Control on Spying Technology
An anonymous reader shares a report: EU lawmakers overwhelmingly backed plans on Thursday to control exports of devices to intercept mobile phone calls, hack computers or circumvent passwords that cou...
08:00 am - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot New Uber CEO Knew of Hack for Months
Greg Bensinger and Robert McMillan, reporting for the WSJ: While the massive data breach at Uber didn't happen under the watch of its new chief executive, more than two months elapsed before he notifi...
04:00 am - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot Broadband Firms in UK Must Ditch 'Misleading' Speed Ads
An anonymous reader shares a report: Broadband firms will no longer be able to advertise their fast net services based on the speeds just a few customers get, from May next year. Currently ISPs are al...
12:00 am - Fri, November 24, 2017
Slashdot More Than Half of GitHub Is Duplicate Code, Researchers Find
Richard Chirgwin, writing for The Register: Given that code sharing is a big part of the GitHub mission, it should come at no surprise that the platform stores a lot of duplicated code: 70 per cent, a...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Devs Working To Stop Go Math Error Bugging Crypto Software
Richard Chirgwin, writing for The Register: Consider this an item for the watch-list, rather than a reason to hit the panic button: a math error in the Go language could potentially affect cryptograph...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Ajit Pai and the FCC Want It To Be Legal for Comcast To Block BitTorrent
Nilay Patel, reporting for The Verge: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released his proposal to kill net neutrality this week, and while there's a lot to be unhappy with, it's hard not to be taken with the braze...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Justin Trudeau Is 'Very Concerned' With FCC's Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality
Justin Ling, reporting for Motherboard: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says President Donald Trump's plan to roll back net neutrality protections for the internet "does not make sense" and tha...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Uber Hackers May Have Been Russian
Mark Bridge, reporting for The Times: Thousands of Uber customers are believed to have had their accounts hacked by Russians after users of the app (Editor's note: the link is paywalled; alternative s...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Why Do Left-Handers Excel at Certain Elite Sports But Not Others?
Nicola Davis, writing for The Guardian: From cricketer Wasim Akram to baseball pitcher Clayton Kershaw and table tennis star Ding Ning, the world of sport has no shortage of left-handed players. But n...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Singapore To Use Driverless Buses 'From 2022'
Singapore plans to introduce driverless buses on its public roads by 2022. From a report: The government says they will be piloted in three new neighbourhoods which will have less-crowded roads design...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Google's Eric Schmidt Says People Want Dish-Washing Robots To Clean Up the Kitchen More Than Any Other Kind
There is nothing that people want robots to be able to do more than to wash the dishes, according to Alphabet Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt. From a report: "When you ask a person what they woul...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare Might Be Exploring a Way To Slow Down FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Home Internet Speeds
Late Wednesday night, TechCrunch reporter Josh Constine pleaded to tech billionaires to purchase local ISPs near FCC chairman Ajit Pai's home and slow down his Internet speeds. One of the responders t...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Firefox Will Warn Users When Visiting Sites That Suffered a Data Breach
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla engineers are working on a notifications system for Firefox that shows a security warning to users visiting sites that have suffered data breaches. The notification...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Workers at Amazon's Main Italian Site To Hold First Strike on Black Friday
An anonymous reader shares a report: Workers at Amazon's main distribution hub in Italy are planning their first ever strike for Friday, trade unions said, threatening to disrupt one of the busiest sh...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot 'We Are Disappointed': Tech Companies Speak Up Against the FCC's Plan To Kill Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader shares a report from Business Insider: The FCC is planning to kill net neutrality -- and some tech companies are starting to speak out. Pro-net neutrality activists, who argue the ...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot YouTube To Implement New Guidelines To Protect Minors From Disturbing Content
YouTube will be implementing five new rules to protect minors from disturbing content. They include removing ads from inappropriate videos and blocking predatory comments from videos that feature mino...
08:00 am - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Flowing Water On Mars' Surface May Just Be Rolling Sand Instead
Two years ago, NASA made a big splash when it announced the discovery of flowing water on the surface of Mars. Unfortunately, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey, the surface fea...
04:00 am - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Google Wipes 786 Pirate Sites From Search Results
Google and several leading Russian search engines have completely wiped 786 "pirate" sites from their search results. That's according to telecoms watch Rozcomnadzor, which reports that the search pro...
04:00 am - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Study Finds Different Types of Alcohol Can Determine Different Moods
A new study published in the journal BMJ Open says different types of alcoholic drinks change and shape your mood in different ways. For example, spirits may make you feel angry, sexy or tearful, whil...
02:00 am - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy S9 Will Appear At CES In January, Says Report
According to VentureBeat, Samsung is planning to show off its next-generation Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones at January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some of the information about the devic...
02:00 am - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Uber Is Under Investigation By Multiple States Over a 2016 Data Breach
Yesterday, it was reported that Uber concealed a massive cyberattack that exposed 57 million people's data. Recode reports that at least five states -- Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York and ...
02:00 am - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot We'll Never Legalize Bitcoin, Says Russian Minister
An anonymous reader shares a report: In yet another backflip worthy of the Moscow Circus, a Russian minister has said that the country will never legalize bitcoin, just seven months after another gove...
12:00 am - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Apple Scientists Disclose Self-Driving Car Research
Apple's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles has been posted online by the company's computer scientists. The research describes a new software approach called "VoxelNet" that helps c...
12:00 am - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Greatest Successes and Weaknesses With Wine (Software)?
wjcofkc writes: As a distraction, I decided to get the video-editing software Filmora up and running on my Ubuntu box. After some tinkering, I was able to get it installed, only to have the first stag...
12:00 am - Thu, November 23, 2017
Slashdot FCC Ignored Your Net Neutrality Comment, Unless You Made a 'Serious' Legal Argument
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The FCC received a record-breaking 22 million comments chiming in on the net neutrality debate, but from the sound of it, it's ignoring the vast maj...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality Advocates Plan Protests For December 7 at Verizon Stores
Jordan Crook, writing for TechCrunch: During yesterday's announcement of the upcoming vote, the FCC neglected to mention the historic 22 million comments on the issue, the majority of which were oppos...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Night Being 'Lost' To Artificial Light
An anonymous reader shares a report: A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year. Between 2012 and 2016, the planet's art...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Facebook To Show Users Which Russian Propaganda They Followed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Facebook will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they've followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Television's Most Infamous Hack Is Still a Mystery 30 Years Later
It has been 30 years since the Max Headroom hack, arguably the creepiest hack in the television history took place. Caroline Haskins, writes about the incident for Motherboard: It was a few minutes af...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot The Feds Are Officially Cracking Down on Basement Biohackers
Kristen Brown, reporting for Gizmodo: The Food and Drug Agency has issued a stern warning to anyone who might be crazy enough to undertake gene therapy in the do-it-yourself fashion. Definitely don't ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot 'The Death of the MBA'
An anonymous reader shares a report: U.S. graduate business schools -- once magnets for American and international students seeking a certain route to a high income -- are in an existential crisis. Th...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot China's Tencent Breaks Through $500bn Stock Market Capitalisation
An anonymous reader shares a report: The value of China's biggest social network company -- Tencent Holdings -- has overtaken that of Facebook. The company owns WeChat, an enormously popular messaging...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Turkeys Are Twice as Big as They Were in 1960
Alexis Madrigal, writing for The Atlantic: A turkey today is not the turkey of yesteryear. For decades, animal breeders have been transforming the genomes of turkeys to make them grow larger. Since 19...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Apple Only Wants To Put Its Stores Where White People Live, Investigation Reveals
Brian Josephs, writing for The Outline: New York's northernmost borough is the city's most diverse, has the lowest income per household, and is the only borough without an Apple Store after one opened...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot EU Agrees To End Country-Specific Limits For Online Retailers
An anonymous reader shares a report: The European Union has agreed a plan obliging online retailers operating in the bloc to make electrical goods, concert tickets or car rental available to all EU co...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Still Lets Housing Advertisers Exclude Users By Race
AmiMoJo writes: In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcement of its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment, or credit. Last week, ProPublica bought dozens...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs
Tatyana Shumsky, reporting for WSJ: Adobe's finance chief Mark Garrett says his team struggles keeping track of which jobs have been filled at the software company. The process can take days and requi...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot How a Wi-Fi Pineapple Can Steal Your Data (And How To Protect Yourself From It)
An anonymous reader writes: The Wi-Fi Pineapple is a cheap modified wireless router enables anyone to execute sophisticated exploits on Wi-Fi networks with little to no networking expertise. A report ...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Russia Detects a Significant Radiation Spike In Mountains Close To Soviet-Era Nuclear Plant
According to a report via The New York Times, Russia said that it had detected a significant radiation spike in the Ural Mountains, close to a sprawling Soviet-era nuclear plant still remembered as th...
08:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Confirms Surface Book 2 Can't Stay Charged During Gaming Sessions
The Verge mentioned in their review that the Surface Book 2's power supply can't charge the battery fast enough to prevent it from draining in some cases. Microsoft has since confirmed that "in some i...
04:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot $31 Million In Tokens Stolen From Dollar-Pegged Cryptocurrency Tether
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: All eyes may be on the meteoric rise of Bitcoin at the moment, but it's far from being the only cryptocurrency on the block. Startup Tether issued a critical...
04:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot How the Sugar Industry Tried To Hide Health Effects of Its Product 50 Years Ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: About 50 years ago, the sugar industry stopped funding research that began to show something they wanted to hide: that eating lots of sugar is linke...
02:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot FCC Will Also Order States To Scrap Plans For Their Own Net Neutrality Laws
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In addition to ditching its own net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission also plans to tell state and local governments that t...
02:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Sacramento Regional Transit Systems Hit By Hacker
Zorro shares a report from CBS Local: Sacramento Regional Transit is the one being taken for a ride on this night, by a computer hacker. That hacker forced RT to halt its operating systems that take c...
02:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Are So Many Security Vulnerabilities Possible?
dryriver writes: It seems like not a day goes by on Slashdot and elsewhere on the intertubes that you don't read a story headline reading "Company_Name Product_Name Has Critical Vulnerability That All...
12:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Russia To Act Against Google if Sputnik, RT Get Lower Search Rankings
Paresh Dave and Jack Stubbs, reporting for Reuters: The Kremlin will take action against Alphabet's Google if articles from Russian news websites Sputnik and Russia Today are placed lower in search re...
12:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People's Data
According to Bloomberg, hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber. The massive breach was reportedly concealed by the company for more than a year. From the report:...
12:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman To Step Down
Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Meg Whitman is stepping down as chief executive officer. Reuters reports: Whitman engineered the biggest breakup in corporate history during her 6 year tenure at the helm,...
12:00 am - Wed, November 22, 2017
Slashdot Uber Fined $8.9 Million In Colorado For Allowing Drivers With Felonies, Motor Violations To Work
Uber has been fined by a Colorado regulator on Monday for nearly $9 million, after an investigation revealed that 57 people with criminal and motor vehicle offenses were allowed to drive with the ride...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Offering Free Windows 10 Development Environment VM for a Limited Time
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft is providing a free virtual machine that comes preloaded with Windows 10 Enterprise, Visual Studio 2017, and various utilities in order to promote the de...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Why Apple's HomePod Is Three Years Behind Amazon's Echo
Apple unveiled the HomePod, its first smart speaker to take on market-leading Amazon's Echo lineup of speakers, in June this year. Despite being three years late to the party, the HomePod has largely ...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot New Windows Search Interface Borrows Heavily From MacOS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Press clover-space on a Mac (aka apple-space or command-space to Apple users) and you get a search box slap bang in the middle of the screen; typ...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Hitler Quote Controversy In the BSD Community
New submitter Seven Spirals writes: Recently, the FreeBSD folks have removed Fortune with a fairly predictable far right 4chan condemnation. Then last weekend saw a lively debate on NetBSD's current-u...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Iranian 'Game of Thrones' Hacker Demanded $6 Million Bitcoin Ransom From HBO, Feds Say
Anonymous readers share a report: The Department of Justice on Tuesday charged an Iranian national with allegedly hacking into HBO, dumping a selection stolen files, and attempting to extort the compa...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot FCC Announces Plan To Repeal Net Neutrality
FCC on Tuesday said it plans to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block access to some websites. From a report ...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Skype Vanishes From App Stores in China
Skype, Microsoft's Internet phone call and messaging service, has been unavailable for download from a number of app stores in China, including Apple's, for almost a month (Editor's note: the link cou...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot To Save Net Neutrality, We Must Build Our Own Internet
In light of reports that FCC plans to announce a full repeal of net neutrality protections later this week, Jason Koebler, editor-in-chief of Motherboard, suggests that it is time we cut our reliance ...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Apple's New iPhone Built With Illegal Overtime Teen Labor
Apple's main supplier in Asia has been employing high-school students working illegal overtime to assemble the iPhone X in an effort to catch up with demand after facing production delays, the Financi...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Flat Earther Plans To Launch Homemade Manned Rocket
walterbyrd shares an Associated Press report: Self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage ...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Intel: We've Found Severe Bugs in Secretive Management Engine, Affecting Millions
Liam Tung, writing for ZDNet: Thanks to an investigation by third-party researchers into Intel's hidden firmware in certain chips, Intel decided to audit its firmware and on Monday confirmed it had fo...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Trump Administration Tightens Scrutiny of Skilled Worker Visa Applicants
wyattstorch516 writes: The Trump administration is tightening the scrutiny on the H-1B visa program (Warning: paywalled; alternative source). Changes would undo actions by the Obama administration. Th...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Collects Android Users' Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled
Google has been collecting Android phones' locations even when location services are turned off, and even when there is no carrier SIM card installed on the device, an investigation has found. Keith C...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Cloud Platform Cuts the Price of GPUs By Up To 36 Percent
In a blog post, Google's Product Manager, Chris Kleban, announced that the company is cutting the price of using Nvidia's Tesla GPUs through its Compute Engine by up to 36 percent. The older K80 GPUs ...
08:00 am - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Study of Recent Interstellar Asteroid Reveals Bizarre Shape
JoeRobe writes: A few weeks ago an interstellar asteroid, now named "Oumuamua," was discovered passing through our solar system. Being the first interstellar asteroid to ever be observed, a flurry of ...
04:00 am - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot UCLA Researchers Use Solar To Create and Store Hydrogen
UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel...
04:00 am - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Over 400 of the World's Most Popular Websites Record Your Every Keystroke
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The idea of websites tracking users isn't new, but research from Princeton University released last week indicates that online tracking is far mor...
02:00 am - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Working On Fuchsia OS Support For Apple's Swift Programming Language
An anonymous reader shares a report from Android Police: Google's in-development operating system, named "Fuchsia," first appeared over a year ago. It's quite different from Android and Chrome OS, as ...
02:00 am - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot iMac Pro Will Have An A10 Fusion Coprocessor For 'Hey, Siri' Support and More Secure Booting, Says Report
According to Apple firmware gurus Steven Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo, the upcoming iMac Pro will feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor to enable two interesting new features. "The first is the abi...
02:00 am - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Uber Expands Driverless-Car Push With Deal For 24,000 Volvos
Uber agreed to buy 24,000 sport utility vehicles from Volvo to form a fleet of driverless autos. According to Bloomberg, "The XC90s, priced from $46,900 at U.S. dealers, will be delivered from 2019 to...
12:00 am - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot An Ethereum Startup Just Vanished After People Invested $374K
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A startup on the Ethereum platform vanished from the internet on Sunday after raising $374,000 USD from investors in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO...
12:00 am - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot US Sues To Block AT&T Purchase of Time Warner
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing AT&T to block its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. "The legal challenge was expected after AT&T rejected a demand by the Justice Department ear...
12:00 am - Tue, November 21, 2017
Slashdot Why Hackers Reuse Malware
Orome1 shares a report from Help Net Security: Software developers love to reuse code wherever possible, and hackers are no exception. While we often think of different malware strains as separate ent...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Eric Schmidt Says Google News Will 'Engineer' Russian Propaganda Out of the Feed
Justin Ling, writing for Motherboard: Eric Schmidt, Executive Chariman of Alphabet, says the company is working to ferret out Russian propaganda from Google News after facing criticism that Kremlin-ow...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Apple Could Have Brought a Big iPhone X Feature To Older iPhone But Didn't, Developer Says
Steven Troughton-Smith, a prominent iOS developer best known for combing new software codes for references for upcoming features, over the weekend indicated that portrait mode lighting effects, a majo...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Launches a Cloud Service For US Intelligence Agencies
Amazon Web Services on Monday introduced cloud service for the CIA and other members of the U.S. intelligence community. From a report: The launch of the so-called AWS Secret Region comes six years af...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Deep Learning Is Eating Software
Pete Warden, engineer and CTO of Jetpac, shares his view on how deep learning is already starting to change some of the programming is done. From a blog post, shared by a reader last week: The pattern...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Another Tor Browser Feature Makes It Into Firefox: First-Party Isolation
An anonymous reader writes: Unbeknown to most users, Mozilla added a privacy-enhancing feature to the Firefox browser over the summer that can help users block online advertisers from tracking them ac...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Dark Side of Gig Economy: Some Instacart Workers Go On Strike Over Pay That Can Be as Low as $1 Per Hour
From a report: Instacart shoppers and drivers -- the people who gather your groceries and deliver them to you after you order via the Instacart app -- are on strike. While independent contractors can'...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Stock Music Artists Aren't Always Happy About How Their Music Is Used
mirandakatz writes: If you're a stock music composer, you sign over the rights to whatever music you put up on a variety of hosting sites. That can get complicated -- especially when your music winds ...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Spam Is Back
Jon Christian, writing for The Outline: For a while, spam -- unsolicited bulk messages sent for commercial or fraudulent purposes -- seemed to be fading away. The 2003 CAN-SPAM Act mandated unsubscrib...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot The Secret to Tech's Next Big Breakthroughs? Stacking Chips
Christopher Mims, writing for the Wall Street Journal: A funny thing is happening to the most basic building blocks of nearly all our devices. Microchips, which are usually thin and flat, are being st...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Intel Planning To End Legacy BIOS Support By 2020, Report Says
Michael Larabel, writing for Phoronix: Intel is planning to end "legacy BIOS" support in their new platforms by 2020 in requiring UEFI Class 3 or higher. Making rounds this weekend is a slide deck fro...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot We Can't Trust Facebook To Regulate Itself, Says Former Operations Manager
schwit1 shares an op-ed on the New York Times by Sandy Parakilas, a former operations manager on the platform team at Facebook: Sandy Parakilas led Facebook's efforts to fix privacy problems on its de...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Security Problems Are Primarily Just Bugs, Linus Torvalds Says
Linus Torvalds, in his signature voice: Some security people have scoffed at me when I say that security problems are primarily "just bugs." Those security people are f*cking morons. Because honestly,...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Critics Debate Autism's Role in James Damore's Google Memo
James Damore "wants you to know he isn't using autism as an excuse," reports a Silicon Valley newspaper, commenting on the fired Google engineer's new interview with the Guardian. But they also note t...
10:00 am - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot 10-Year-Old Boy Cracks the Face ID On Both Parents' IPhone X
An anonymous reader writes: A 10-year-old boy discovered he could unlock his father's phone just by looking at it. And his mother's phone too. Both parents had just purchased a new $999 iPhone X, and ...
06:00 am - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Upsurge in Big Earthquakes Predicted for 2018
hcs_$reboot writes:"Scientists say the number of severe quakes is likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth's rotation," reports the Guardian. "They believe variatio...
04:00 am - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality is Essentially Unassailable, Argues Billionaire Barry Diller
An anonymous reader quotes Yahoo Finance:The billionaire media mogul behind such popular sites as Expedia, Match.com and HomeAdvisor has a one-word forecast for traditional media conglomerates concern...
02:00 am - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot First Ever Anti-Aging Gene Discovered In a Secluded Amish Community
"This is one of the first clear-cut genetic mutations in human beings that acts upon aging and aging-related disease," Dr. Douglas Vaughan, a medical researcher at Northwestern University, told Newswe...
12:00 am - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Prices Surge 26% in November, Pass $8000
Bitcoin's value has increased more than 26% in less than three weeks, writes Bloomberg. An anonymous reader quotes their report: Bitcoin topped $8,000 for the first time, as investors set aside techno...
12:00 am - Mon, November 20, 2017
Slashdot What They Don't Tell You About Climate Change
Countries are scrambling to limit the rise in the earth's temperature to just two degrees by the end of this century. But Slashdot reader dryriver shares an article titled "What They Don't Tell You Ab...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot Firefox vs Chrome: Speed and Memory
Mashable aleady reported Firefox Quantum performs better than Chrome on web applications (based on BrowserBench's JetStream tests), but that Chrome performed better on other benchmarks. Now Laptop Mag...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Its Reactors' Melted Uranium Fuel
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:Earlier this year, remotely piloted robots transmitted what officials believe was a direct view of melted radioactive fuel inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Pla...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot Cringely: Amazon Is Starting To Act Like 'Bad Microsoft'
An anonymous reader quotes Cringely.com:My last column was about the recent tipping point signifying that cloud computing is guaranteed to replace personal computing over the next three years. This co...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot In Defense of Project Management For Software Teams
mikeatTB writes: Many Slashdotters weighed in on Steven A. Lowe's post, "Is Project Management Killing Good Products, Teams and Software?", where he slammed project management and called for product-c...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot 'Lazy' Hackers Exploit Microsoft RDP To Install Ransomware
An anonymous reader writes:An investigation by Sophos has uncovered a new, lazy but effective ransomware attack where hackers brute force passwords on computers with [Microsoft's] Remote Desktop Proto...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot 46% of Americans Now Have High Blood Pressure
"Millions more Americans will now be diagnosed with high blood pressure," reports NBC News, which describes the condition as "one of the leading killers around the world."Anyone with blood pressure hi...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot Apple Fixes the iPhone X 'Unresponsive When It's Cold' Bug
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads Thursday afternoon. It's a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acqui...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Develop Kill Switches In Case Bioengineered Microbes Go Rogue
schwit1 quotes UPI:Scientists at Harvard have developed a pair of new kill switches that can be used to thwart bioengineered microbes that go rogue. Researchers have been testing the use of bioenginee...
10:00 am - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot 'I See Things Differently': James Damore on his Autism and the Google Memo
"James Damore opens up about his regrets -- and how autism may have shaped his experience of the world," writes the west coast bureau chief for the Guardian. An anonymous reader quotes their report:Th...
06:00 am - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot CNBC: Google's New 'Pixel Buds' Suck
Google's new Pixel Buds "are really bad" and "not worth buying," according to CNBC's technology products editor:The stand-out feature of Google Pixel Buds is that they're supposed to be able to transl...
04:00 am - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot Musk-Backed 'Slaughterbots' Video Will Warn the UN About Killer Microdrones
An anonymous reader quotes Space.com: A graphic new video posits a very scary future in which swarms of killer microdrones are dispatched to kill political activists and U.S. lawmakers. Armed with exp...
02:00 am - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot DJI Threatens Researcher Who Reported Exposed Cert Key, Credentials, and Customer Data
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:DJI, the Chinese company that manufactures the popular Phantom brand of consumer quadcopter drones, was informed in September that developers had left the priva...
12:00 am - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Debuts Minecraft-Themed Coding Tutorial
theodp writes: In a few weeks, writes Microsoft Corporate VP Mary Snapp, "millions of kids and others will participate in an Hour of Code, a global call to action to spend an hour learning the basics ...
12:00 am - Sun, November 19, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Served A Search Warrant To Unlock Texas Church Gunman's iPhone
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Daily News:Authorities in Texas served Apple with a search warrant in order to gain access to the Sutherland Springs church shooter's cellphone files. Texas Ran...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Could a Helium-Resistant Material Usher In an Age of Nuclear Fusion?
Researchers working with a team at the Los Alamos National Lab tested a new way to build material for nuclear fusion reactors, "and found that it could eliminate one of the obstacles preventing humani...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Tech Companies Try Apprenticeships To Fill The Tech Skills Gap
Slashdot reader jonyen writes: For generations, apprenticeships have been the way of working life; master craftsmen taking apprentices under their wing, teaching them the tools of the trade. This decl...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot EFF Beats 'Stupid' Patent Troll In Court
An Australian court can't make a California advocacy group take down a web page, a U.S. federal judge just ruled on Friday. Even if that web page calls a company's patents "stupid." Courthouse News re...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Open Sources Its Network Routing Platform Open/R
Facebook will open source its modular network routing software Open/R, currently used in its backbone and data center networks, which "provides a platform to disseminate state across the network and a...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Is Firefox 57 Faster Than Chrome?
An anonymous reader quotes TechNewsWorld:Firefox is not only fast on startup -- it remains zippy even when taxed by multitudes of tabs. "We have a better balance of memory to performance than all the ...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot FOSS Community Criticizes SFLC over SFC Trademark War
Earlier this month Bruce Perens notified us that "the Software Freedom Law Center, a Linux-Foundation supported organization, has asked USPTO to cancel the trademark of the name of the Software Freedo...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Study of 500,000 Teens Suggests Association Between Excessive Screen Time and Depression
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade -- doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls -- and the trend suspiciously...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot iPhone X Owners Experience 'Crackling' or 'Buzzing' Sounds From Earpiece Speaker
MacRumors reports:A limited but increasing number of iPhone X owners claim to be experiencing so-called "crackling" or "buzzing" sounds emanating from the device's front-facing earpiece speaker at hig...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Walmart Says It's Preordered 15 of Tesla' New Semi Trucks
Soon after Tesla unveiled its new electric Semi Truck and Roadster 2.0, Walmart says it has preordered 15 of the trucks. The Verge notes that the deal was "likely in the works before Tesla unveiled it...
08:00 am - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot A Stable Plasma Ring Has Been Created In Open Air For the First Time Ever
New submitter mrcoder83 shares a report from Futurism: Engineers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have been able to create a stable plasma ring without a container. According to t...
04:00 am - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot 'Robots Are Not Taking Over,' Says Head of UN Body of Autonomous Weapons
An anonymous reader writes: Robots are not taking over the world," the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured on Friday, seeking to head off criticism over slow progre...
04:00 am - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot The House's Tax Bill Levies a Tax On Graduate Student Tuition Waivers
Camel Pilot writes: The new GOP tax plan -- which just passed the House -- will tax tuition waivers as income. Graduate students working as research assistants on meager stipends would have to declare...
02:00 am - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Massive US Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open In AWS S3 Buckets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts a...
02:00 am - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot NVIDIA Launches Modded Collector's Edition Star Wars Titan Xp Graphics Card
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA just launched its fastest graphics card yet and this GPU is targeted at Star Wars fans. In concert with EA's official launch today of Star Wars Battlefront II, NVIDIA unveiled t...
02:00 am - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Verizon: No 4G-Level Data Caps For 5G Home Service
Verizon recently announced that its upcoming 5G home internet service will not have the kinds of data limits you expect from current wireless services. It will reportedly be able to handle the average...
12:00 am - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft and GitHub Team Up To Take Git Virtual File System To MacOS, Linux
An anonymous reader writes: One of the more surprising stories of the past year was Microsoft's announcement that it was going to use the Git version control system for Windows development. Microsoft ...
12:00 am - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot Apple's HomePod Gets Delayed Until 2018
Apple has reportedly delayed the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. In a statement to The Verge, Apple says that it needs more time to work on the device. "We can't wait for people to ex...
12:00 am - Sat, November 18, 2017
Slashdot FCC Approves Next-Gen ATSC 3.0 TV Standard
New submitter mikeebbbd writes: "U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Y Combinator Cuts Ties With Peter Thiel After Ending Part-Time Partner Program
An anonymous reader shares a report: Billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with startup accelerator Y Combinator, according to an edited company ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Windows 8 and Later Fail To Properly Apply ASLR
An anonymous reader writes: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and subsequent Windows 10 variations fail to properly apply ASLR, rendering this crucial Windows security feature useless. The bug appeared when Mic...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Even New Phones Are No Longer Guaranteed To Have the Latest Version of Android
Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge: The OnePlus 5T and Razer Phone are two fundamentally different devices, which are nonetheless united by one unfortunate downside: both of them are going on sale this...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Proprietary Software is the Driver of Unprecedented Surveillance: Richard Stallman
From a wide-ranging interview of Richard Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation, programming legend and recipient of at least 15 honorary doctorates and professorships: "The reason that w...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot A Hacker 'Hero' Has Been Banned From Cyber Conferences After Decades Of Inappropriate Behavior
Several readers share a report: John Draper, a prankster hero to an early generation of hackers, used his status at cybersecurity conferences to arrange private meetings with teenage fans and a report...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'The System is Failing'
Olivia Solon, writing for The Guardian: The inventor of the world wide web always maintained his creation was a reflection of humanity -- the good, the bad and the ugly. But Berners-Lee's vision for a...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Germany Bans Children's Smartwatches
A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. From a report: It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla,...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Volkswagen To Spend Over $40 Billion on Electric and Self-Driving Cars
Volkswagen plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies, it said on Friday. "With the pla...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot MoviePass Reveals Annual Subscription For $6.95 a Month
An anonymous reader shares a report: MoviePass seemed like the deal of the century: $10 a month to see one movie a day at the theaters? No contest. But in the three months since the start-up company s...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Thinks It Invented Roommates. They Call It 'Co-living'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Have you heard of this cool new trend called co-living? It's a bit like co-working, except instead of sharing an office with a bunch of randoms you share a home wi...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Why is this Company Tracking Where You Are on Thanksgiving?
Earlier this week, several publications published a holiday-themed data study about how families that voted for opposite parties spent less time together on Thanksgiving, especially in areas that saw ...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot iOS 11 'Is Still Just Buggy as Hell'
It is becoming increasingly apparent that iOS 11, the current generation of Apple's mobile operating system, is riddled with more issues than any previous iOS version in the recent years. Two months a...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Is Rethinking the Rest Stop For California Road Trips
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: In-N-Out Burgers has some new competition for attracting drivers on two heavily traveled stretches of California freeways that help link Los Angeles...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Unveils 500-Mile Range Semi Truck, 620-Mile Range Roadster 2.0
Rei writes: During a live reveal on Thursday, Tesla unveiled its new electric Class 8 Heavy Duty vehicle. As most people familiar with Tesla products would expect, the day cab truck features staggerin...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Stanford Trains AI To Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than a Radiologist In Just Two Months
A new paper from Stanford University reveals how artificial intelligence algorithms can be quickly trained to diagnose pneumonia better than a radiologist. "Using 100,000 x-ray images released by the ...
08:00 am - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Google Will Stop Letting Sites Use AMP Format To Bait and Switch Readers
"Google today announced a forthcoming update to its Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, web format that aims to discourage website owners from misusing the service," reports The Verge. "The company says...
04:00 am - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Report Claims That 18 Nation's Elections Were Impacted By Social Engineering Last Year
sqorbit writes: Independent watchdog group Freedom House released a report that claims that 18 nation's elections were "hacked." Of the 65 countries that Freedom House monitors, 30 appear to be using ...
04:00 am - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Detroit's Marginalized Communities Are Building Their Own Internet
An anonymous reader writes: Motherboard has a report that discusses how some of Detroit's communities are building their own internet to help close the gap between the roughly 60 percent of Detroiters...
02:00 am - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot FCC Repeals Decades-Old Rules Blocking Broadcast Media Mergers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Federal regulators rolled back decades-old rules on Thursday, making it far easier ...
02:00 am - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Virgin Hyperloop One Eyes India For Possible High-Speed Routes
India is officially being added to the list of nations that have expressed interest in near-supersonic, tube-based travel. Virgin Hyperloop One "signed agreements with the governments of Maharashtra a...
02:00 am - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Bluetooth Hack Affects 20 Million Amazon Echo, Google Home Devices
In September, security researchers discovered eight vulnerabilities -- codenamed collectively as BlueBorne -- in the Bluetooth implementations used by over 5.3 billion devices. We have now learned tha...
12:00 am - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot New EU Consumer Protection Law Contains a Vague Website Blocking Clause
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: The European Union (EU) has voted on Tuesday, November 14, to pass the new Consumer Protection Cooperation regulation, a new EU-wide applica...
12:00 am - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot Jack Dorsey Responds To Serial Killer Who Found His Victims Through Suicidal Twitter Posts
AmiMoJo shares a report from NHK WORLD: Twitter's CEO is reacting to a grisly case in Japan where a suspected serial killer allegedly found his victims through their suicidal posts on the social media...
12:00 am - Fri, November 17, 2017
Slashdot China Builds World's Fastest Hypersonic Wind Tunnel To Simulate Flight At 27,000 MPH
schwit1 quotes a report from South China Morning Post: China is building the world's fastest wind tunnel to simulate hypersonic flight at speeds of up to 12 kilometers per second (~27,000 miles per ho...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Firefox Will Block Navigational Data URIs as Part of an Anti-Phishing Feature
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Mozilla will soon block the loading of data URIs in the Firefox navigation bar as part of a crackdown on phishing sites that abuse this protocol. The dat...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Federal Extreme Vetting Plan Castigated By Tech Experts
An anonymous reader shares an Associated Press report: Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Key Flaw Could Let Rogue Deliverymen Disable Your Camera
Security researchers claim to have discovered a flaw in Amazon's Key Service, which if exploited, could let a driver re-enter your house after dropping off a delivery. From a report: When Amazon launc...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Apology After Japanese Train Departs 20 Seconds Early
Several readers share a BBC report: A rail company in Japan has apologised after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early. Management on the Tsukuba Express line between Tokyo and the city of Tsuku...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood Strikes Back Against Illegal Streaming Kodi Add-ons
An anonymous reader shares a report: An anti-piracy alliance supported by many major US and UK movie studios, broadcasters and content providers has dealt a blow to the third-party Kodi add-on scene a...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Internal Kaspersky Investigation Says NSA Worker's Computer Was Infested with Malware
A reader shares a report: The personal computer of an NSA worker who took government hacking tools and classified documents home with him was infected with a backdoor trojan, unrelated to these tools,...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Phone Companies Get New Tools To Block Spam Calls
An anonymous reader shares a report: Phone companies will have greater authority to block questionable calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known ...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot OnePlus 5T Featuring 6-inch AMOLED Display, 3.5mm Headphone Jack Launched
Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus, which has been lauded by consumers for offering phones with top-of-the-line specs at a reasonably affordable price range, on Thursday at an event in New York announce...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Foreign Students Have Begun To Shun the United States
In a potential threat to future U.S. innovation, new international enrollment at U.S. colleges is down for the first time in more than a decade, according to a new report. From the report: It is the f...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot 37% of Netflix Subscribers Say They Binge-Watch While at Work
On-demand video streaming service Netflix has found that more people than ever are watching video outside their homes. About 67% of people now watch movies and TV shows in public, according to an onli...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot China Cyber Watchdog Rejects Censorship Critics, Says Internet Must Be 'Orderly'
China's top cyber authority on Thursday rejected a recent report ranking it last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be "orderly" and the international community should joi...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot The Brutal Fight To Mine Your Data and Sell It To Your Boss
An anonymous reader shares a report from Bloomberg, explaining how Silicon Valley makes billions of dollars peddling personal information, supported by an ecosystem of bit players. Editor Drake Bennet...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Consumers Are Holding Off On Buying Smart-Home Gadgets Due To Security, Privacy Fears
According to a new survey from consulting firm Deloitte, consumers are uneasy about being watched, listened to, or tracked by devices they place in their homes. The firm found that consumer interest i...
08:00 am - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Find An Earth-Size World Just 11 Light Years Away
Astronomers have discovered a planet 35 percent more massive than Earth in orbit around a red dwarf star just 11 light years from the Sun. "The planet, Ross 128 b, likely exists at the edge of the sma...
04:00 am - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Bans, Removes Verified Status of White Supremacists
After updating the rules of its verification program on Wednesday, Twitter has begun banning and removing verified check marks from white supremacist accounts. For example, white supremacists Richard ...
04:00 am - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Analyze DNA From 'Supercentenarians' Aged 110 To Discover Secret To Longevity
biobricks writes: Scientists looking for clues to healthy longevity in people in their 90s and 100s haven't turned up a whole lot. It is thought that the DNA of the very old may be a good place to loo...
02:00 am - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Walmart Is Raising Prices Online To Increase In-Store Traffic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Walmart is taking a bit of an nontraditional approach to boost sales ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events by raising prices for pr...
02:00 am - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Have You Switched To Firefox 57?
Yesterday, Mozilla launched Firefox 57 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. It brings massive performance improvements as it incorporates the company's next-generation browser engine called Proj...
02:00 am - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot League of Legends Rank Predicts IQ, Study Finds
limbicsystem writes: A new publication in the journal PLOS ONE shows that your rank in League of Legends (LoL) correlates with your intelligence quotient (IQ). Games like LoL and DOTA II apparently de...
12:00 am - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot FCC Plans December Vote To Kill Net Neutrality Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission under its Republican chairman plans to vote in December to kill the net neutrality rules passed during th...
12:00 am - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot TechShop Announces Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; Closes All Locations
ewhac writes: To the shock and dismay of many, TechShop today announced the immediate closure of all of its U.S. locations and is entering Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. Their homepage has been rep...
12:00 am - Thu, November 16, 2017
Slashdot Russia Posts Video Game Screenshot As 'Irrefutable Proof' of US Helping IS
Plus1Entropy shares a report from BBC, adding: "But when I asked Putin, he said they didn't do it": Russia's Ministry of Defense has posted what it called "irrefutable proof" of the U.S. aiding so-cal...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Cutting Prices at Whole Foods Again
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon is giving Whole Foods shoppers an early gift for the holidays. The grocer announced Wednesday it's slashing prices again, this time on several "holiday stap...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Hoverboards Recalled For Fire and Explosion Risks -- Again
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled hoverboards from several companies over concerns the devices could catch fire or explode. The series of recalls aff...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Companies Wake Up To the Problem of Bullies At Work
Reader cdreimer writes: According to a report in The Wall Street Journal (possibly paywalled), two-thirds of Americans have reported being bullied in the workplace in the last year (up from half in 19...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Technology Invading Nearly All US Jobs, Even Lower Skilled, Study Finds
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: Forget robots. The real transformation taking place in nearly every workplace is the invasion of digital tools. The use of digital tools has increased, oft...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk's 'Scientific Method'
From a new wide-ranging interview of Elon Musk: An unfortunate fact of human nature is that when people make up their mind about something, they tend not to change it -- even when confronted with fact...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot US Scientists Try 1st Gene Editing in the Body
Marilynn Marchione, reporting for Associated Press: Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to cure a disease. Th...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Forbes '30 Under 30' Conference Website Exposed Attendees' Personal Information
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Every year, Forbes' 30 Under 30 list recognizes people blessed with both youth and exceptional talent in their field -- including celebrities, startup ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot What Did 17th Century Food Taste Like?
Benjamin Breen, an assistant professor of history at UC Santa Cruz, looks at art history to figure out what people cooked in the 1600s, and wonders whether it is possible to ascertain the taste of foo...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot An Inside Look At the First Church of Artificial Intelligence
mirandakatz writes: This summer, Backchannel reported that Anthony Levandowski, the controversial engineer at the heart of the Uber/Waymo lawsuit, had filed paperwork for a new religion called the Way...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Is Making An Animated Super Mario Bros. Movie, Says Report
According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has made a deal with Illumination Entertainment -- the animation studio that makes the Despicable Me movies -- to make an animated Super Mario Bros. movi...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot 'Black Friday Is Dying'
A reader shares a report: For years, Black Friday signaled the beginning of Christmas shopping. The day after Thanksgiving was a frantic day of driving to the store at the crack of dawn to fight off o...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Is American English Going To Take Over British English Completely?
Paul Baker, writing for The Conversation: Brits can get rather sniffy about the English language -- after all, they originated it. But a Google search of the word "Americanisms" turns up claims that t...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Boeing 757 Testing Shows Airplanes Vulnerable To Hacking, DHS Says
schwit1 shares a report from Aviation Today: A team of government, industry and academic officials successfully demonstrated that a commercial aircraft could be remotely hacked in a non-laboratory set...
10:00 am - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot UC Browser Mobile App Disappears From Google Play Store
UC Browser, a popular mobile web browser owned by China's Alibaba Group, has mysteriously disappeared from the Google Play Store. The app was pulled from the Google Play Store on November 12, accordin...
08:00 am - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Google Returns As Default Search Engine In Firefox
Mozilla today launched Firefox Quantum, which the company is calling "the biggest update since Firefox 1.0 in 2004." It brings massive performance improvements and a visual redesign. It also sets Goog...
04:00 am - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Why Google Should Be Afraid of a Missouri Republican's Google Probe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Republican attorney general of Missouri has launched an investigation into Google's business practices. Josh Hawley wants to know how Google ...
02:00 am - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Back To Being the World's Top Wearable Maker
Apple is once again the biggest selling producer of wearables after its third-generation Apple Watch, released in September, helped it pip China's Xiaomi to the post. TechCrunch reports: The new devic...
02:00 am - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Yelp Ordered To Identify User Accused of Defaming a Tax Preparer
mi writes: California State Appeals Court ruled this week that Yelp can't shield the identify of an anonymous reviewer who posted allegedly defamatory statements about a tax preparer. "The three-judge...
02:00 am - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot All 500 of the World's Top 500 Supercomputers Are Running Linux
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from ZDnet: Linux rules supercomputing. This day has been coming since 1998, when Linux first appeared on the TOP500 Supercomputer list. Today, it finally happened: All...
12:00 am - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Is a 'Hotbed For Racist Behavior,' Worker Claims In Lawsuit
An African-American employee has filed a lawsuit against Tesla, claiming their production floor is a "hotbed for racist behavior" and that black workers at the electric carmaker suffer severe and perv...
12:00 am - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot Pentagon To Make a Big Push Toward Open-Source Software Next Year
"Open-source software" is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone...
12:00 am - Wed, November 15, 2017
Slashdot FDA Approves Digital Pill That Tracks If Patients Have Ingested Their Medication
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill -- ...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid
Christopher Mims, writing for WSJ: The internet giants that tout their AI bona fides have tried to make their algorithms as human-free as possible, and that's been a problem. It has become increasingl...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Thirty Countries Use 'Armies of Opinion Shapers' To Manipulate Democracy
The governments of 30 countries around the globe are using armies of so called opinion shapers to meddle in elections, advance anti-democratic agendas and repress their citizens, a new report shows. F...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Investigation Finds Security Flaws In 'Connected' Toys
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A consumer group is urging major retailers to withdraw a number of "connected" or "intelligent" toys likely to be popular at Christmas, after fin...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Ads May Soon Stalk You on TV Like They Do on Your Facebook Feed
Targeted ads that seem to follow us everywhere online may soon be doing the same on our TV. From a report: The Federal Communications Commission is poised to approve a new broadcast standard that will...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Germany Is Burning Too Much Coal
Several readers share a report: Germany is widely seen as a world leader in the fight against climate change. Thanks to its investments in renewable power, wind and solar energy provide a third of its...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot About 15 Percent of US Agencies Detected Kaspersky Software on Networks
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: About 15 percent of U.S. federal agencies have reported some trace of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab software on their systems, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Fedora 27 Released
The Fedora Project has announced the general availability of Fedora 27 Workstation and Fedora 27 Atomic editions. Fedora 27 brings with it "thousands of improvements" from both the Fedora Community an...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot The Strange Art of Writing Release Notes
Reader necro81 writes: IEEE Spectrum has an amusing piece on how App Stores, and the frequent updates to those apps, have given release notes new prominence to average users. Unfortunately, most relea...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot CompuServe's Forums Are Closing On December 15
harrymcc writes: In the era before the web, the forums on CompuServe were indispensable for everything from getting tech questions answered to chatting about movies. They still exist, albeit in dimini...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot OnePlus Phones Come Preinstalled With a Factory App That Can Root Devices
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Some OnePlus devices, if not all, come preinstalled with an application named EngineerMode that can be used to root the device and may be converted into ...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Firefox Quantum Arrives With Faster Browser Engine, Major Visual Overhaul
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 57, branded Firefox Quantum, for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The new version, which Mozilla calls "by far the biggest update since...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot EA's 'Star Wars' PR Disaster Finally Pushed Gamers Into Open Revolt Against Loot Boxes
Gaming company Electronic Arts is not having a good week. Bowing to pressure from early players of Star Wars Battlefront II and the historically negative reaction over the weekend to the company's res...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Digital Technology Can Help Reinvent Basic Education In Africa
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: African countries have worked hard to improve children's access to basic education, but there's still significant work to be done. Today, 32,6 million ...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Study Finds SpaceX Investment Saved NASA Hundreds of Millions
schwit1 shares a report from Popular Mechanics: When a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft connected with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, it made history as the first privately-built spacecraft ...
08:00 am - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Apple Could Launch Two New Full-Screen iPhones Next Year
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects to see two new full-screen iPhones next year: one will have a 6.5-inch OLED display, essentially making it a Plus version of the iPhone X; and the other wil...
04:00 am - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Gold, the Latest Bitcoin Fork, Explained
Timothy B. Lee via Ars Technica explains Bitcoin Gold: A new cryptocurrency called Bitcoin Gold is now live on the Internet. It aims to correct what its backers see as a serious flaw in the design of ...
04:00 am - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot All Major Browsers Now Support WebAssembly
An anonymous reader writes: "It took only two years for all browser vendors to get on the same page regarding the new WebAssembly standard, and as of October 2017, all major browsers support it," repo...
02:00 am - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot China Overtakes US In Latest Top 500 Supercomputer List
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Enterprise Cloud News: The release of the semiannual Top 500 Supercomputer List is a chance to gauge the who's who of countries that are pushing the boundaries...
02:00 am - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Software/Devices Are Unusable Without Connecting to the Internet?
New submitter AlejandroTejadaC writes: Currently, most commercial software and hardware manufactures rely on an internet connection for registering or activating their products and providing additiona...
02:00 am - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Uber Drivers In Lagos Are Using a Fake GPS App To Inflate Rider Fares
According to Quartz, some Uber drivers in Lagos have been using a fake GPS itinerary app called Lockito to illicitly bump up fares for local drivers. The app was initially created for developers to "t...
12:00 am - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Making a 'Lord of the Rings' Prequel Series
Amazon is making a Lord of the Rings prequel TV series for its Amazon Instant streaming service. The show, which already carries a multi-season commitment, will "explore new storylines preceding J.R.R...
12:00 am - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Solar Companies Are Scrambling to Find a Critical Raw Material
Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins, after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material. From a report, shared by an anonymous reader: Prices of polysilicon...
12:00 am - Tue, November 14, 2017
Slashdot Google To Kill a Bunch of Useful Android Apps That Rely On Accessibility Services
Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein writes from a blog: My inbox has been filling today with questions regarding Google's new warning to Android application developers that they will no longer be able to...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Firefox 57 Brings Better Sandboxing on Linux
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Firefox 57, set to be released tomorrow, will ship with improvements to the browser's sandbox security feature for Linux users. The Firefox sandboxing fe...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Google Subpoenaed Over Data Privacy, Antitrust in Missouri
Google is facing a new front in its regulatory battles after Missouri's attorney general on Monday launched a broad investigation into whether the company's business practices violate the state's cons...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot More Than 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Issue 'Warning To Humanity'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: More than 15,000 scientists around the world have issued a global warning: there needs to be change in order to save Earth. It comes 25 years after the...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Payphones Still Make Millions of Dollars
From a report on Motherboard: Disruption-y tech companies like Uber and Twitter are a big part of "the discourse" and our daily lives, but neither of them make any profit. You know what once-groundbre...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Verizon, AT&T Announce Plans To Build and Share Hundreds of New Cell Towers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Verizon and AT&T announced a joint venture with Tillman Infrastructure to build and share hundreds of cell towers in more in a move that is sure to be seen as ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Not Every Article Needs a Picture
An anonymous reader shares an article: Pictures and text often pair nicely together. You have an article about a thing, and the picture illustrates that thing, which in many cases helps you understand...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Developing a Free, Ad-Supported Version of Prime Video: Report
Amazon is developing a free, ad-supported complement to its Prime streaming video service, AdAge reported on Monday, citing people familiar with Amazon's plans. From the report: The company is talking...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Huddle's 'Highly Secure' Work Tool Exposed KPMG And BBC Files
Chris Foxx, reporting for BBC: The BBC has discovered a security flaw in the office collaboration tool Huddle that led to private documents being exposed to unauthorised parties. A BBC journalist was ...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Munich Council: To Hell With Linux, We're Going Full Windows in 2020
The German city of Munich, which received much popularity back in the day when it first ditched Microsoft's services in favor of open-source software, has now agreed to stop using Linux and switch bac...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Say They've Broken Face ID a Week After iPhone X Release
Andy Greenberg, writing for Wired: When Apple released the iPhone X on November 3, it touched off an immediate race among hackers around the world to be the first to fool the company's futuristic new ...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Board of Directors Unanimously Rejects Broadcom's Unsolicited Proposal
U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm on Monday rejected rival Broadcom's $103 billion bid to purchase the company, stating that Broadcom's proposal "dramatically undervalues" Qualcomm and comes with "significant r...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Bill Gates Pledges $100 Million To Find an Alzheimer's Cure, His First Commitment To a Non-communicable Disease
At present, there is no treatment to stop the Alzheimer's. Bill Gates wants to make a sizeable attempt to change that. From a report:He is to invest $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund, a ventu...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot New Study Suggests We Don't Understand Supervolcanoes
Better microsampling (and analysis) are revealing "previously obscured" clues about how super-hot molten lava behaves, according to a Science Alert article shared by schwit1:"The older view is that th...
10:00 am - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Asgardia Becomes the First Nation Deployed in Space
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:An Orbital ATK Antares rocket carrying a cubesat named Asgardia-1 launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia early Sunday. The milk carton-sized satellite...
06:00 am - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Laptop Has The Best Keyboard?
Slashdot reader Rock21k is thinking of replacing an old laptop. But...All newer laptops seem to have wide spacing between the keyboard keys, which I hate... At one time, this used to be for consumer l...
04:00 am - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot North Korean Hackers Are Targeting US Defense Contractors
chicksdaddy quotes Security Ledger:North Korean hackers have stepped up their attacks on U.S. defense contractors in an apparent effort to gain intelligence on weapon systems and other assets that mig...
02:00 am - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot New Samsung Video Demos Linux on Galaxy Smartphones
Slashdot reader boudie2 tipped us off to some Linux news. Liliputing reports:Samsung's DeX dock lets you connect one of the company's recent phones to an external display, mouse, and keyboard to use y...
12:00 am - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot Linux 4.14 Has Been Released
diegocg quotes Kernel Newbies: Linux 4.11 has been released. This release adds support for bigger memory limits in x86 hardware (128PiB of virtual address space, 4PiB of physical address space); suppo...
12:00 am - Mon, November 13, 2017
Slashdot NASA Funds Designs for a Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Rocket
"Dangerous radiation. Overstuffed pantries. Cabin fever. NASA could sidestep many of the impediments to a Mars mission if they could just get there faster," writes Space.com, which reports NASA is now...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot The iPhone X Becomes Unresponsive When It Gets Cold
sqorbit writes: Apple is working on a fix for the newly release iPhone X. It appears that the touch screen can become unresponsive when the iPhone is subjected to cold weather. Users are reporting tha...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot US Airports Still Fail New Security Tests
schwit1 quotes ABC News:In recent undercover tests of multiple airport security checkpoints by the Department of Homeland Security, inspectors said screeners, their equipment or their procedures faile...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence?
What if alien life were so advanced that its powers were indistinguishable from physics? It's the one-year anniversary of a startling article which appeared in Nautilus magazine. Long-time Slashdot re...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot What Happens to Open Source Code After Its Developer Dies?
An anonymous reader writes:The late Jim Weirich "was a seminal member of the western world's Ruby community," according to Ruby developer Justin Searls, who at the age of 30 took over Weirich's tools ...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot CopperheadOS Fights Unlicensed Installations On Nexus Phones
An anonymous reader writes:Earlier this week security-hardened Android build CopperheadOS temporarily blocked Nexus updates on its servers after finding out that other companies have been flashing the...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot Your Visual Skills Are Not Correlated To Your IQ
Science_afficionado writes:Psychologists at Vanderbilt University have conducted the first study of individual variation in visual ability. They have discovered that there is a broad range of differen...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot Lockheed Martin To Build High-Energy Airborne Laser For Fighter Planes
Slashdot reader Big Hairy Ian quotes New Atlas: In a move that could revolutionize aerial combat, the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin a US$26.3 million contract to design,...
12:00 pm - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can You Convert Old iPods Into A Home Music-Streaming Solution?
Slashdot reader zhennian wants to stream music throughout his entire house, "and was hoping that with three old iPods I might be able to put together a centrally managed house-wide audio system."Ideal...
10:00 am - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot Bill Gates Just Bought 25,000 Acres in the Arizona Desert
What's the world's second-richest man up to now? A Phoenix news station reports:One of Bill Gates' investment firms has spent $80 million to kickstart the development of a brand-new community in Arizo...
06:00 am - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Tells Investors They Could Be Breached Again - And That They're Still Profitable
"Equifax executives will forgo their 2017 bonuses," reports CNBC. But according to the New York Post, the company "hasn't lost any significant business customers... Equifax largely does business with ...
04:00 am - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot ESR Sees Three Viable Alternatives To C
An anonymous reader writes:After 35 years of programming in C, Eric S. Raymond believes that we're finally seeing viable alternatives to the language. "We went thirty years -- most of my time in the f...
02:00 am - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot iPhone Encryption Hampers Investigation of Texas Shooter, Says FBI
"FBI officials said Tuesday they have been stymied in their efforts to unlock the cellphone of the man who shot and killed at least 26 people at a church here on Sunday," reports the Houston Chronicle...
12:00 am - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot Magazine For Museums Publishes Its 2040 Issue -- 23 Years Early
A nonprofit founded in 1906 is now offering a glimpse at 2040, according to an anonymous reader:The Alliance of American Museums has just published an ambitious Nov/Dec 2040 issue of Museum, the Allia...
12:00 am - Sun, November 12, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Run Unsigned Code on Intel ME By Exploiting USB Ports
Slashdot bongey writes: A pair of security researchers in Russia are claiming to have compromised the Intel Management Engine just using one of the computer's USB ports. The researchers gained access ...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot 'Starcraft II' Goes Free-to-Play on Tuesday
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:It was only in April that Blizzard made the original StarCraft free to play, and now the company has done the same for its sequel. StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, ...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot Study Finds Robot Surgeons Are Actually Slower and More Expensive
"Robot-assisted surgery costs more time and money than traditional methods, but isn't more effective, for certain types of operations," reports the Register, in an article shared by schwit1:In a study...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot Crowdfunded 'PowerWatch' Runs on Body Heat, Never Needs Charging
Engadget reports on a new watch that suggests the possibility of a future without chargers:This thermal-powered wearable doesn't need one -- it gets energy by converting your body heat into electricit...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot H1-B Administrators Are Challenging An Unusually Large Number of Applications
Long-time Slashdot reader decaffeinated quotes Bloomberg: Starting this summer, employers began noticing that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was challenging an unusually large number of H-1...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses As Much Energy As Your House In a Week
Long-time Slashdot reader SlaveToTheGrind quotes Motherboard:Bitcoin's incredible price run to break over $7,000 this year has sent its overall electricity consumption soaring, as people worldwide bri...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot Text Adventure Competition Reports A 36% Spike In Entries
There's just four days left to vote for the winner of the 23rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. An anonymous reader writes:This year's contest set a record, drawing 79 new text adventures -- 36...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Voting With Paper
Geoffrey.landis writes: The Atlantic profiles a computer scientist: Barbara Simons, who has been on the forefront of the pushback against electronic voting as a technology susceptible to fraud and hac...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot How Two Scientists Accurately Predicted Global Warming in 1967
Slashdot reader Layzej shares an article from this spring marking the 50th anniversary of the first accurate climate model: Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel looks at a climate model (MW67) published in 196...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Reportedly Plans To Double Switch Production In 2018
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The Switch, Nintendo's latest hybrid console is doing pretty well for the company, which expects it to outdo the Wii U's lifetime sales within a year...
08:00 am - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot NASA Discovers Mantle Plume That's Melting Antarctica From Below
schwit1 shares a report from Newsweek: Researchers at NASA have discovered a huge upwelling of hot rock under Marie Byrd Land, which lies between the Ross Ice Shelf and the Ross Sea, is creating vast ...
04:00 am - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot Sex Toy Company Admits To Recording Users' Remote Sex Sessions, Calls It a 'Minor Bug'
According to Reddit user jolioshmolio, Hong Kong-based sex toy company Lovense's remote control vibrator app (Lovense Remote) recorded a use session without their knowledge. "An audio file lasting six...
04:00 am - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot Ford Pilots a New Exoskeleton To Lessen Worker Fatigue
Ford is partnering with California-based exoskeleton maker Ekso Bionics to trial a non-powered upper body exoskeletal tool called EksoVest in two of the carmaker's U.S. plants. The goal is to lessen t...
04:00 am - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot Paradise Papers Expose Canadian Scalper's Multimillion-Dollar StubHub Scheme
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: When Adele fans went online to buy tickets to the pop superstar's world tour last year, they had no idea what exactly they were up against. An army of ...
02:00 am - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot China Says Foreign Firms Won't Be Forced To Turn Over Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A top Communist Party official said Friday that China won't force foreign companies to turn over technology secrets to gain market access, signaling...
02:00 am - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot This Time, Facebook Is Sharing Its Employees' Data
tedlistens writes from a report via Fast Company: "Facebook routinely shares the sensitive income and employment data of its U.S.-based employees with the Work Number database, owned by Equifax Workfo...
02:00 am - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot Some iPhone X Displays Plagued By Mysterious 'Green Line of Death'
Some iPhone X owners are reporting a random green line appearing on their displays. According to The Next Web, "the defect has already started to take on the endearing 'Green Line of Death' moniker." ...
12:00 am - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Drops Over $1,000 In Value Over 48 Hours
sqorbit writes: Bitcoin dropped below $7,000 after hitting an all-time high. After the so-called "fork" was suspended, Bitcoin reached a peak of $7,888 around 1800 GMT on Wednesday before dropping dow...
12:00 am - Sat, November 11, 2017
Slashdot EA Buys Out a Game Studio After Shutting Another One Down 3 Weeks Ago
EA has acquired the video game studio Respawn Entertainment. "The studio, co-founded by former Infinity Ward chiefs and Call of Duty co-creators in the wake of their departure from Activision, has bee...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Man Who Sent GIF of Laughing Mouse To Employer After DDoS Attack Is Now Arrested
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has arrested and charged a man for launching DDoS attacks against a wide range of targets, including his former employer, a Minnesota-based PoS repair shop. The man...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Here Comes the World's Biggest Shopping Spree -- Again
A reader shares a report: On Nov. 11, China celebrates Singles Day, a holiday dedicated to the nation's unattached. It's also the world's largest shopping festival -- and a bonanza for internet giant ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Following Equifax Breach, CEO Doesn't Know If Data Is Encrypted
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechTarget: Equifax alerted the public in September 2017 to a massive data breach that exposed the personal and financial information -- including names, birth...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Uber Drivers Have Rights on Wages and Time Off, UK Panel Rules
Uber suffered a blow on Friday to its operations in its biggest market outside the United States when a British panel ruled in London rejected the company's argument that its drivers were self employe...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Exit Interview: Scott Kelly
An excerpt from a new interview of Scott Kelly, now a retired astronaut, who spent 11 months and three days at the International Space Station in one stretch: Q: What does space smell like? It smells ...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Programming Language Go Turns 8
On this day, eight years ago, a group of programmers at Google released Go, a brand-new open-source programming language that they hoped would solve some of the problems they faced with Java, C++ and ...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Many Books Do You Read a Month?
joshtops writes: Hi fellow readers. I wanted to ask you how many books do you read in a month on average? Also wanted to understand if that number has changed over the last five years. Also, what are ...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot IBM Raises the Bar with a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer
IBM said on Friday it has created a prototype 50 qubit quantum computer as it further increases the pressure on Google in the battle to commercialize quantum computing technology. The company is also ...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot The Booming Japanese Rent-a-Friend Business
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Atlantic which talks about a growing business in Japan wherein you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintan...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot How AV Can Open You To Attacks That Otherwise Wouldn't Be Possible
Antivirus suites expose a user's system to attacks that otherwise wouldn't be possible, a security researcher reported on Friday. From a report: On Friday, a researcher documented a vulnerability he h...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot After Outrage, Logitech Gives Free Upgrade To Owners of Soon To Be Obsolete Device
It looks like Logitech didn't anticipate the barrage of criticism it received after announcing this week that it would be intentionally bricking its Harmony Link hub next March. The company is now rev...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Security Firm Creates Chatbot To Respond To Scam Emails On Your Behalf
An anonymous reader shares a report: Chatbots. They're usually a waste of your time, so why not have them waste someone else's instead? Better yet: why not have them waste an email scammer's time. Tha...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet's Project Loon Delivers Internet To 100,000 People In Puerto Rico
Google announced that its Project Loon internet balloons have delivered internet service to over 100,000 Puerto Ricans who were knocked offline by Hurricane Maria. Engadget reports: It's not a total s...
08:00 am - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Star Trek: Discovery Will Return On January 7th, 2018
CBS announced that Star Trek: Discovery will return for the second half of the split season on Sunday, November 12th. There will be roughly a two month gap between the last episode of the first half o...
04:00 am - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Human Mini-Brains Growing Inside Rat Bodies Are Starting To Integrate
At the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience starting November 11 in Washington D.C., two teams of scientists plan to present previously unpublished research on the unexpected interaction bet...
02:00 am - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Should A Mac User Know Before Buying a Windows Laptop?
New submitter Brentyl writes: Hello Slashdotters, longtime Mac user here faced with a challenge: Our 14-year-old wants a Windows laptop. He will use it for school and life, but the primary reason he w...
02:00 am - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Says It Will Crack Down On Bizarre Videos Targeting Children
"Earlier this week, a report in The New York Times and a blog post on Medium drew a lot of attention to a world of strange and sometimes disturbing YouTube videos aimed at young children," reports The...
02:00 am - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot DOJ: Strong Encryption That We Don't Have Access To Is 'Unreasonable'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Just two days after the FBI said it could not get into the Sutherland Springs shooter's seized iPhone, Politico Pro published a lengthy interview...
12:00 am - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Self-Driving Shuttle Involved In Crash Two Hours After Debut
New submitter Northern Pike writes: Las Vegas roll out of new driver-less shuttle spoiled by human error. It sounds like the shuttle did what it was designed to do but the human semi driver wasn't as ...
12:00 am - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Monopoly Critics Decry 'Amazon Amendment'
schwit1 shares a report from The Hill: The amendment, Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would help Amazon establish a tight grip on the lucrative, $53 billion government ac...
12:00 am - Fri, November 10, 2017
Slashdot Google Working To Remove MINIX-Based ME From Intel Platforms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tom's Hardware: Intel's Management Engine (ME) technology is built into almost all modern Intel CPUs. At the Embedded Linux Conference, a Google engineer named...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Eyes Intel With Centriq 2400 Arm Server Chip
Qualcomm is now challenging rival Intel in the rapidly changing data center market. From a report: The company is now selling its long-awaited Centriq 2400 Arm-based server processor that is aimed at ...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Says Hackers Steal Almost 250,000 Logins Each Week
Google is digging into the dark corners of the web to better secure people's accounts. From a report: For one year, Google researchers investigated the different ways hackers steal personal informatio...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Starts Releasing Source Code For Alleged CIA Spying Tools
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: WikiLeaks published new alleged material from the CIA on Thursday, releasing source code from a tool called Hive, which allows its operators to co...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Cities Are Scolding Countries at UN Climate Conference To Cut Emissions
A reader shares a report: An alliance of major cities including New York, Toronto, and London challenged nation states attending the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany this week "to kick di...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot IBM's Quest To Design The 'New Helvetica'
IBM released its new bespoke typeface IBM Plex in beta this week. The company is hoping that the new typeface would become just as iconic as Helvetica in the years to come. From a Fast Co Design story...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot iPhone X Costs Apple $370 in Materials: IHS Markit
Engineers at marketing research firm IHS Markit cracked open the base version iPhone X, which Apple is selling at $999, this week. After preliminary physical dissection, the firm estimated that the iP...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Philippine Outsourcing Industry Braces For AI
The outsourcing industry in the Philippines, which has dethroned India as the country with the most call centers in the world, is worried that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will eat into th...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Sean Parker Unloads on Facebook 'Exploiting' Human Psychology
Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, spoke to news outlet Axios about the ways social networks have made hundreds of millions of users addicted to their platforms. He said, from the interv...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Indian Capital Declares Emergency as Toxic Smog Thickens By the Hour
New Delhi, the Indian capital declared a pollution emergency on Thursday as toxic smog hung over the city for a third day and air quality worsened by the hour. From a report: Illegal crop burning in t...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10's Version of AirDrop Lets You Quickly Share Files Between PCs
Microsoft is testing its "Near Share" feature of Windows 10 in the latest Insider build (17035) today, which will let Windows 10 PCs share documents or photos to PCs nearby via Bluetooth. The Verge re...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot The Bitcoin Bubble
A reader shares an Economist article: More people will trade in Bitcoin and that means more demand, and thus the price should go up. But what is the appeal of Bitcoin? There are really three strands; ...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot NASA: We're Not Building Flying Taxi Software For Uber
News outlets reported on Wednesday that Uber had signed a contract with NASA to develop software for the ride-hailing company's autonomous "flying taxis." A day later, the space agency has clarified i...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Integrate 3rd-party Security Info Into Its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Service
Microsoft is partnering with other security vendors to integrate their macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android security wares with its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service From a report: M...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot America's 'Retail Apocalypse' Is Really Just Beginning
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The so-called retail apocalypse has become so ingrained in the U.S. that it now has the distinction of its own Wikipedia entry. The industry's respo...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10's Version ofd AirDrop Lets You Quickly Share Files Between PCs
Microsoft is testing its "Near Share" feature of Windows 10 in the latest Insider build (17035) today, which will let Windows 10 PCs share documents or photos to PCs nearby via Bluetooth. The Verge re...
08:00 am - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Intel Recruits AMD RTG Exec Raja Koduri To Head New Visual Computing Group
MojoKid writes: Intel just announced that former AMD Radeon Technologies Group SVP, Raja Koduri, would be joining its team to head up a newly formed Core and Visual Computing Group, and as a general m...
04:00 am - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Save Child's Life By Growing Him New Skin
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: The German doctors realized they had to do something drastic or their seven-year-old patient would die. The boy had escaped war-ravaged Sy...
02:00 am - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Nearly a Third of Millennials Say They'd Rather Own Bitcoin Than Stocks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A survey by venture capital firm Blockchain Capital found that about 30 percent of those in the 18-to-34 age range would rather own $1,000 worth of ...
02:00 am - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Rocket Engine Explodes During Test
According to The Washington Post, a SpaceX rocket engine exploded Sunday (Nov. 5) at the company's test facility in McGregor, Texas. The explosion reportedly occurred during a "qualification test" of ...
02:00 am - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Federal Prosecutors Charge Man With Hiring Hackers To Sabotage Former Employer
According to the Associated Press, federal prosecutors have charged a man with paying computer hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employer. From the report: The FBI says the case ...
02:00 am - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Chrome Update Kills Annoying Redirects and Trick-To-Click Popups
Google is releasing updates to Chrome 64 and Chrome 65 to put a halt to page redirects and trick-to-click popups. The update is coming to both the desktop and Android apps. Android Central reports: Wi...
12:00 am - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Justice Department Tells Time Warner It Must Sell CNN Or DirecTV To Approve Its AT&T Merger
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The Justice Department has called on AT&T and Time Warner to sell Turner Broadca...
12:00 am - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Nearly Half of Colorado Counties Have Rejected a Comcast-Backed Law Restricting City-Run Internet
bumblebaetuna shares a report from Motherboard: In Tuesday's Coordinated Election, two Colorado counties voted on ballot measures to exempt themselves from a state law prohibiting city-run internet se...
12:00 am - Thu, November 9, 2017
Slashdot Logitech To Shut Down 'Service and Support' For Harmony Link Devices In 2018
Logitech recently informed customers that it will be discontinuing service for its popular Harmony Link remote system, which allows users to control home theater and sound equipment from a mobile app....
10:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Linux Has a USB Driver Security Problem
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: USB drivers included in the Linux kernel are rife with security flaws that in some cases can be exploited to run untrusted code and take over users' co...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot The Inside Story of Venture Capital's Messiest Breakup
mirandakatz writes: The Xfund started with a bold idea and ended with one of its founders banished from the country. At Backchannel, Jessi Hempel has the definitive story of what really happened after...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Chrome Will Whack Website Bait-and-Switch Tactics
Starting next year, Google's Chrome browser will stamp out some shenanigans that send you to a website you didn't expect. From a report: You probably don't like it when you navigate to a particular we...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot 2x Called Off: Bitcoin Hard Fork Suspended for Lack of Consensus
Alyssa Hertig, writing for CoinDesk: The organizers of a controversial bitcoin scaling proposal are suspending an attempt to increase the block size by way of a software upgrade. Known for its strong ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot China Spreads Propaganda to U.S. on Facebook, a Platform it Bans at Home
Paul Mozur, reporting for the New York Times: China does not allow its people to gain access to Facebook, a powerful tool for disseminating information and influencing opinion. As if to demonstrate th...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Apple Plans To Start Selling Its AR Headset By 2020, Bloomberg Says
Apple plans to have an augmented-reality headset complete by 2019, and begin selling it by 2020, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. The report claims tha...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Apologizes For Data Breach, Blames Russians
Former Yahoo chief executive officer Marissa Mayer apologized today for a pair of massive data breaches at Yahoo and blamed Russian agents on the growing number of incidents involving major U.S. compa...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot NASA Is Working With Uber on Its Flying Taxi Project
Ride-hailing service Uber on Wednesday took a step forward in its plan to make autonomous "flying taxis" a reality, signing a contract with NASA to develop the software to manage them. From a report: ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Google Wants Google Doodles Taught In Public School, Warns Kids They Best Behave
theodp writes: Well, this year's Hour of Code is almost upon us, and if Google has its way, K-12 schoolchildren across the nation will be learning computer science by creating Google Doodles with Scra...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Nearly All of Wikipedia Is Written By Just 1 Percent of Its Editors
From a report on Motherboard: According to the results of a recent study that looked at the 250 million edits made on Wikipedia during its first ten years, only about 1 percent of Wikipedia's editors ...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Raja Koduri, AMD's Radeon Tech Group Leader, Resigns
Ryan Smith, writing for AnandTech: On the day following what's perhaps one of the greatest (and oddest) product design wins for AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, a second bit of surprising news is comi...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot 'How Chrome Broke the Web'
Reader Tablizer writes (edited and condensed): The Chrome team "broke the web" to make Chrome perform better, according to Nikita Prokopov, a software engineer. So the story goes like this: there's a ...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot iOS 11 Passes 50 Percent Adoption In Under 2 Months
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: After a longer wait than usual, Apple today finally released the first official numbers for iOS 11. The various figures and estimates released by ...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Google To Add Restaurant Wait Times To Google Search, Maps
Google Search and Maps already show you the peak traffic times for your favorite restaurants, but it will soon show you the wait times as well. Google says the feature begins rolling out today, and wi...
10:00 am - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot NASA Astronaut Dick Gordon, Pilot of Gemini and Apollo 12, Dies At 88
sconeu writes: Dick Gordon, pilot of Gemini 11 and command module pilot of Apollo 12, has died at the age of 88. Gordon was also slated to command the cancelled Apollo 18 mission. "Dick Gordon is an A...
08:00 am - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot EPA Approves Release of Bacteria-Carrying Mosquitoes To 20 States
schwit1 writes: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of a common bacterium to kill wild mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as dengue, yellow fever and Zika, Nature's ...
04:00 am - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Flaw Crippling Millions of Crypto Keys Is Worse Than First Disclosed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A crippling flaw affecting millions -- and possibly hundreds of millions -- of encryption keys used in some of the highest-stakes security settin...
02:00 am - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Israeli Company Sues Apple Over Dual-Lens Cameras In iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus
Corephotonics, an Israeli maker of dual-lens camera technologies for smartphones, has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week alleging that the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus infringe upon four of it...
02:00 am - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot A Huge Redesign Is Coming To Snapchat
One of the more interesting tidbits from today's earnings letter to Snap investors is the development of a new user-interface for Snapchat. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said: "One thing we have heard over th...
02:00 am - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot 'Quark Fusion' Produces Eight Times More Energy Than Nuclear Fusion
walterbyrd shares a report from Futurism: This new source of energy, according to researchers Marek Karliner and Jonathan Rosner, comes from the fusion of subatomic particles known as quarks. These pa...
12:00 am - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot The US Is Now the Only Country In the World To Reject the Paris Climate Deal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Today, Syria announced that it would sign the Paris climate agreement -- a landmark deal that commits almost 200 countries to reducing greenhouse ga...
12:00 am - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Officially Expands Its Character Count To 280 Starting Today
Twitter is rolling out an update around the world to allow users to post 280-character tweets. The company first announced the controversial plan to move beyond its traditional 140 characters back in ...
12:00 am - Wed, November 8, 2017
Slashdot New Technology Should Be Neither Feared Nor Trusted
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: How should we think about new and future technologies? The two main stances seem to be extreme optimism and extreme pessimism. A better approach wou...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet Is Finally Taking the Driver Out of Some of Its Driverless Cars
An anonymous reader shares a report: After almost a decade, Google's parent company Alphabet is getting closer to fulfilling its promise of rolling out cars that can take anyone anywhere without a dri...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Apache OpenOffice: We're OK With Not Being Super Cool
The Register's Thomas Claburn, interviews Jim Jagielski, Apache Software Foundation President and Apache OpenOffice project mentor. From the story: Despite being the subject of a deathwatch -- perhaps...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot How Cloudflare Uses Lava Lamps To Encrypt the Internet
YouTuber Tom Scott was invited to visit Cloudflare's San Francisco headquarters to check out the company's wall of lava lamps. These decorative novelty items -- while neat to look at -- serve a specia...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Hawking: AI Could Be 'Worst Event in the History of Our Civilization'
An anonymous reader shares a USA Today report: Elon Musk isn't the only high-profile figure concerned about the rise of artificial intelligence. Scientist Stephen Hawking warned AI could serve as the ...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Andrew Ng Wants a New 'New Deal' To Combat Job Automation
Andrew Ng, formerly the head of AI for Chinese search giant Baidu and, before that, creator of Google's deep-learning Brain project, knows as well as anyone that artificial intelligence is coming for ...
08:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Facebook To Fight Revenge Porn by Letting Potential Victims Upload Nudes in Advance
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Facebook is testing new technology that is designed to help victims of revenge porn acts. It works on a database of file hashes, a cryptographic signatur...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Farmers In India Are Using AI To Increase Crop Yields
Reader joshtops shares an incredible story about how thousands of farmers in India are making use of AI and other technologies provided by Microsoft to ensure that they plow the field and sow the seed...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met
"I deleted Facebook after it recommended as People You May Know a man who was defense counsel on one of my cases. We had only communicated through my work email, which is not connected to my Facebook,...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Someone 'Accidentally' Locked Away $300M Worth of Other People's Ethereum Funds
On Tuesday, a single user "permanently" locked down dozens of digital wallets containing nearly $300 million dollars worth of ether, the unit of exchange on the Ethereum platform, allegedly by acciden...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot MINIX: Intel's Hidden In-chip Operating System
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writing for ZDNet: Matthew Garrett, the well-known Linux and security developer who works for Google, explained recently that, "Intel chipsets for some years have included a...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Many Employers Are Using Tools To Monitor Their Staff's Web-browsing Patterns, Keystrokes, Social Media Posts
Olivia Solon, reporting for The Guardian: How can an employer make sure its remote workers aren't slacking off? In the case of talent management company Crossover, the answer is to take photos of them...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot The Crisis in Local News
Sara Fischer, writing for Axios: The economic strains on local news have forced local outlets to close, shutter their print editions or consolidate into major holding groups, often headquartered in fa...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Toyota Is Uneasy About the Handoff Between Automated Systems and Drivers
schwit1 shares a report from Car and Driver: Toyota has not yet decided whether it will bring a car to market that is capable of automated driving in some situations yet still requires a human driver ...
12:00 pm - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Uber Commits $5 Million To Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Prevention
Uber announced on Sunday that it's taking new steps toward preventing sexual assault and domestic violence, starting with a $5 million donation to its partners -- Raliance, National Network to End Dom...
08:00 am - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Florida Attempts the Largest Hydraulic Restoration Project In the World To Save the Everglades
New submitter ar2286 shares a report from Motherboard: Florida is defined by its water -- the water flowing around it, through it, increasingly over it. But throughout the twentieth century, its major...
04:00 am - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Standards For Highly Secure Windows 10 Devices
An anonymous reader writes from a report via BleepingComputer: Yesterday, Microsoft released new standards that consumers should follow in order to have a highly secure Windows 10 device. These standa...
04:00 am - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Sleep Deprivation Disrupts Brain-Cell Communication, Study Finds
A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that sleep deprivation causes the bursts of electrical activity that brain cells use to communicate to become slower and weaker. "The finding...
02:00 am - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Should Private Companies Be Allowed To Hit Back At Hackers?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The former director of the NSA and the U.S. military's cybersecurity branch doesn't believe private companies should be allowed to hit back at hac...
02:00 am - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot iPhone X Has the 'Most Innovative and High Performance' Smartphone Display Ever Tested
The display in the iPhone X is produced by Samsung and improved by Apple, says screen technology analysis firm DisplayMate. The company has released a display shoot-out for the iPhone X, praising Appl...
02:00 am - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot US Court Grants ISPs and Search Engine Blockade of Sci-Hub
Sci-Hub, a scientific research piracy site home to thousands of research papers, has suffered another blow in a U.S. federal court. According to TorrentFreak, "The American Chemical Society has won a ...
12:00 am - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Paradise Papers Leak Reveals Apple's Secret Tax Bolthole
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: The world's most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show. They...
12:00 am - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple Wins $120 Million From Samsung In Slide-To-Unlock Patent Battle
Apple has finally claimed victory over Samsung to the count of $120 million. "The Supreme Court said today that it wouldn't hear an appeal of the patent infringement case, first decided in 2014, which...
12:00 am - Tue, November 7, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Exploit Let Two Pranksters Post 30,000-Character Tweet
sqorbit writes: Two German twitter users were able to post a 30,000-character tweet, blowing way past the 280-character limit it is testing for select users. The accounts were banned for a brief perio...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Comcast's Xfinity Internet Service Is Down Across the US [Update]
Readers share a report: Comcast's internet service, Xfinity, appears to be suffering an outage across the country. DownDetector.com shows it being down around the United States, including in large cit...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot 'Something Is Wrong On the Internet'
"Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatize, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my ...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Popular Firefox Bookmark Syncing Add-On Starts Losing... Bookmarks
A popular Firefox browser add-on that saves and syncs bookmarks has started to lose those bookmarks instead, users are complaining. From a report: According to user reports -- and your reporter's own ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Most Amazon Prime Subscribers Say They Don't Want To Buy the Amazon Key That Lets Delivery People Into Their Homes
A reader shares a report: Next week, Amazon will start delivering packages straight into Americans' homes, using a smart lock and camera device called Amazon Key. But will anyone bother paying for wha...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot One in Four UK Workers Maliciously Leaks Business Data Via Email, Study Says
From a report: New research into insider threats reveals that 24 percent of UK employees have deliberately shared confidential business information outside their company. The study from privacy and ri...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot China is Finally Going After Click Farms and Fake Online Sales
China enacted sweeping changes to a business competition law to address fraud in the e-commerce industry, which is plagued by malfeasance ranging from fake positive reviews to merchants goosing sales ...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Comcast's Xfinity Internet Service Is Down Across the US
Readers share a report: Comcast's internet service, Xfinity, appears to be suffering an outage across the country. DownDetector.com shows it being down around the United States, including in large cit...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Afghanistan Clarifies It Will Not Block WhatsApp, Telegram
The Afghan government will not block the instant messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram, a spokesman told news agency Reuters on Monday, following days of controversy after reports the services woul...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Set To Reject $130bn Bid From Broadcom
Tim Bradshaw, reporting for Financial Times: Chipmaker Broadcom officially unveiled a $130bn offer, including net debt, for Qualcomm on Monday, in what could be the largest tech deal in history. Under...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Discounts Other Sellers' Products as Retail Competition Stiffens
Amazon is slashing prices of products from third-party sellers on its website, moving beyond its more typical method of discounts on items it sells directly. From a report: The "discount provided by A...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot The Disappearing American Grad Student
There are two very different pictures of the students roaming the hallways and labs at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering. At the undergraduate level, 80 percent of the students are Un...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot A Global Shortage of Magnetic Tape Leaves Cassette Fans Reeling
A reader shares a report: Steve Stepp and his team of septuagenarian engineers are using a bag of rust, a kitchen mixer larger than a man and a 62-foot-long contraption that used to make magnetic stri...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Arch-rivals Intel and AMD Team Up on PC Chips To Battle Nvidia
Intel and AMD, arch-rivals for decades, are teaming up to thwart a common competitor, Nvidia. On Monday, the two companies said they are co-designing an Intel Core microprocessor with a custom AMD Rad...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot The US Has Destroyed A Critical Sea Ice-Measuring Satellite
"A key polar satellite used to measure the Arctic ice cap failed a few days ago, leaving the U.S. with only three others, and those have lived well beyond their shelf lives," writes long-time Slashdot...
10:00 am - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can Smart TVs Insert Ads Into Your Movies?
dryriver writes:Back in 2015, the owners of some Samsung smart TVs complained about their viewing of films and other content being constantly interrupted by a recurring Pepsi ad. It turned out that ye...
06:00 am - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Apple Watches Were Crashing When Asked About the Weather
Yesterday MacRumor reported that "Asking Siri something like 'What's the temperature?' or 'What's the weather?' or 'Is it raining?' causes the Apple Watch to crash."The issue has been documented in se...
04:00 am - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon (and Netflix) Pursue a 'Lord of The Rings' TV Series
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:Amazon Studios has been looking for a way to duplicate HBO's success with Game of Thrones, and the company may have found a solution: adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's The...
02:00 am - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot 'Panama Papers' Group Strikes Again with 'Paradise Papers'
Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed tipped us off to a new document leak that's just revealed massive tax havens used by the world's most wealthy and powerful people. An anonymous reader quotes ...
12:00 am - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot Humans Are Still Better Than AI at StarCraft
29-year-old professional StarCraft player Song Byung-gu won 4-0 in the world's first contest between AI systems and professional human players, writes MIT Technology Review. An anonymous reader quotes...
12:00 am - Mon, November 6, 2017
Slashdot China Plans to Also Launch Reusable Spaceplanes by 2020
Slashdot reader hackingbear writes: According to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China's reusable spaceplane will launch in 2020. The spaceplane will be launched v...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot No, the Linux Desktop Hasn't Jumped in Popularity
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Stories have been circulating that the Linux desktop had jumped in popularity and was used more than macOS. Alas, it's not so... These reports have been based on NetMa...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Failure of Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Means a Missed Chance To Save $30B
UPDATE (11/5/17): Sprint and T-Mobile confirmed Saturday that they've ended their merger talks, saying they were "unable to find mutually agreeable terms." The Kansas City Star reports that the failur...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Hole In The Ozone Layer Smallest In 29 Years
An anonymous reader quotes the Weather Channel:The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is the smallest it's been since 1988, NASA said. According to a press release, the hole in the Earth's ozone ...
08:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Might Distrust Dutch Government Certs Over 'False Keys'
Long-time Slashdot reader Artem Tashkinov quotes BleepingComputer:Mozilla engineers are discussing plans to remove support for a state-operated Dutch TLS/HTTPS provider after the Dutch government has ...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Just Sold $1.1 Billion in Amazon Stock
An anonymous reader quotes CNN Money:Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the newly minted richest person in the world, just sold more than $1 billion worth of his stock. The sale was made public in a filing posted...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Pandora Loses 7 Million Listeners
An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup:So many listeners have turned off Pandora that Friday could have been called the day the music died for the internet radio streaming pioneer. Late Thu...
06:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot New Victims in the 'Billionaire War on Journalism'
Newsweek offers a new reminder that internet journalism can vanish in a corporate shutdown or be "sued out of existence" -- so it certainly isn't permanent.Writers at the local New York City news site...
04:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot An iOS 11.1 Glitch Is Replacing Vowels
An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:We became privy to a new iPhone keyboard glitch after a few Mashable staffers recently started having issues with their iPhone keyboards, specifically with vowels. ...
02:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Jeff Bezos's Just Sold $1.1 Billion in Amazon Stock
An anonymous reader quotes CNN Money:Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the newly minted richest person in the world, just sold more than $1 billion worth of his stock. The sale was made public in a filing posted...
12:00 pm - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should I Allow A 'Smart TV' To Connect To The Internet?
Slashdot reader GovCheese has a question:I use Roku and also the client apps on my gaming consoles for Amazon and Netflix. But it seems less prudent to allow my television, a Samsung, to connect to th...
08:00 am - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Many US States Consider Abandoning Daylight Savings Time
A special Massachusetts commission recommends the state stop observing Daylight Savings TIme "if a majority of other northeast states, also possibly including New York, also do so." After a 9-to-1 vot...
04:00 am - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Should Developers Do All Their Own QA?
An anonymous reader quotes IT News:Fashion retailer The Iconic is no longer running quality assurance as a separate function within its software development process, having shifted QA responsibilities...
02:00 am - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Newspaper Obtains James Damore's Complaint Against Google
A Silicon Valley newspaper brings this update on fired Google engineer James Damore:California law allows employers to fire workers for virtually any reason -- and the Constitutional protection of fre...
12:00 am - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot 9.6% of Facebook's Users 'May Be Fakes'
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:Facebook estimates that about 200 million of its more than 2.07 billion users may be fakes... [Non-paywalled article here.] Colin Stretch, the general cou...
12:00 am - Sun, November 5, 2017
Slashdot Fake WhatsApp App Downloaded 1 Million Times
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Reddit users yesterday spotted an extremely convincing spoofed copy of the popular WhatsApp messenger on Google Play. The fake was downloaded by more than 1 million ...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Peter Thiel Could End Up Owning Gawker
An anonymous reader writes: Gawker's assets are now up for sale, and Page Six reports that they could be sold to a Hollywood movie studio which is "seriously interested" in adapting the site's stories...
10:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Advice To Twitter Worker Who Deactivated Trump's Account: 'Get A Lawyer'
An anonymous reader quotes The Hill:A prominent attorney for cybersecurity issues has this advice to the unnamed Twitter worker said to have pulled the plug on President Trump's Twitter account: "Don'...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Appeals Court Rules: SCO v. IBM Case Can Continue
Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed quotes Ars Technica:A federal appeals court has now partially ruled in favor of the SCO Group, breathing new life into a lawsuit and a company (now bankrupt a...
08:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot A Third of the Internet Experienced DoS Attacks in the Last Two Years
Long-time Slashdot reader doom writes: Over a two year period, a third of the IPv4 address space have experienced some sort of DoS attack, though the researchers who've ascertained this suspect this i...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Are You OK With Google Reading Your Data?
Remember when Google randomly flagged files in Google Docs for violating its terms of service? An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Many people worried that Google was scanning users' documents in rea...
06:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot 3D Printing Doubles the Strength of Stainless Steel
sciencehabit writes:Researchers have come up with a way to 3D print tough and flexible stainless steel, an advance that could lead to faster and cheaper ways to make everything from rocket engines to ...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Software Freedom Law Center Launches Trademark War Against Software Freedom Conservancy
Long-time Slashdot reader Bruce Perens writes: The Software Freedom Law Center, a Linux-Foundation supported organization, has asked USPTO to cancel the trademark of the name of the Software Freedom C...
04:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Firefox Borrows From Tor Browser Again, Blocks Canvas Fingerprinting
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla engineers have borrowed yet another feature from the Tor Browser and starting with version 58 Firefox will block attempts to fingerprint users using the HTML5 canva...
02:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Experts Propose Standard For IoT Firmware Updates
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Security experts have filed a proposal with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) that defines a secure framework for delivering firmwa...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Laika, the Pioneering Space Dog, Was Launched 60 Years Ago Today
sqorbit writes: Sixty years ago, the space race was in full swing. Russia had sent Sputnik into space with much success. In an effort to push farther, they rushed sending a dog into space in a re-purp...
12:00 pm - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Audacity 2.2.0 Released
Popular open-source audio editing software, Audacity, has received a significant update. The new version, dubbed Audacity 2.2.0, adds a range of features and options such as additional user interface ...
08:00 am - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot CBS To Reboot 'The Twilight Zone'
phalse phace writes: During CBS's Thursday evenings conference call for their 3rd quarter earnings, CEO Leslie Moonves revealed that CBS was planning to reboot the classic fantasy science-fiction tele...
04:00 am - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Chelsea Manning Archivist Excludes Hacktivist Jailed By Carmen Ortiz From Aaron Swartz Day
New submitter Danngggg writes: As you may recall from Slashdot last year, alleged Anonymous hacktivist Martin Gottesfeld has been imprisoned without bail since federal agents arrested him on board a D...
04:00 am - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Equifax Investigation Clears Execs Who Dumped Stock Before Hack Announcement
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Equifax discovered on July 29th that it had been hacked, losing the Social Security numbers and other personal information of 143 million Americans --...
02:00 am - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Some iPhone X Buyers Are Having Problems Activating Their Phones
Apple has started to ship the iPhone X across the United States, but some new iPhone X owners say they aren't able to start using their new phones due to carrier activation issues and congestion. From...
02:00 am - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Alphabet Loses Another Trade Secret Claim In Its Lawsuit Against Uber
In a new order dated Nov. 2, Judge William Alsup said that Alphabet's self-driving arm Waymo cannot pursue one of the nine trade secrets it had accused Uber of misappropriating. The company had alread...
02:00 am - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot TorMoil Vulnerability Leaks Real IP Address From Tor Browser Users; Security Update Released
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: The Tor Project has released a security update for the Tor Browser on Mac and Linux to fix a vulnerability that leaks users' real IP addresses. The vul...
12:00 am - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Mining Heats Home For Free In Siberia
Quartz has published a video on YouTube about two entrepreneurs who have figured out how to heat their homes for free by mining bitcoin. The "miner" -- that is, the machine mining the bitcoins -- warm...
12:00 am - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot Four Automakers Team Up To Create an Electric Car Charging Network Across Europe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A group of automakers has created a new company to build a network of 400 fast chargers across Europe ahead of the wave of new electric cars they've...
12:00 am - Sat, November 4, 2017
Slashdot iFixit's iPhone X Teardown Reveals Two Battery Cells, 'Unprecedented' Logic Board
iFixit has posted its teardown of the iPhone X, revealing a new TrueDepth camera system, stacked logic board, L-shaped two-cell battery pack, and Qi-based inductive charging coil. Mac Rumors reports: ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Shoppers More Likely To Return Items Bought Online Than in Store
From a report: Almost a third of all online orders are returned compared to only 9% of purchases made in a brick-and-mortar store, according to Bloomberg. This is largely due to free shipping offered ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Republican Tax Plan Kills Electric Vehicle Credit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The nascent market for electric cars will suffer a big setback if the Republican tax plan released on Thursday enters into law. Among the changes...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Broadcom Explores Buying Qualcomm
phalse phace writes: Bloomberg news is reporting that Broadcom may be planning to make an offer to buy Qualcomm. From the report: "Broadcom Ltd. is considering a bid of more than $100 billion for Qual...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Quietly Announces End of Last Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer
Ed Bott, writing for ZDNet: If you've been waiting to claim your free Windows 10 upgrade using the "assistive technologies" exception, you need to act soon. In a quiet change to an obscure web page, M...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Google Wins Ruling to Block Global Censorship Order
A U.S. judge has partially blocked a recent decision by Canada's Supreme Court that requires Google to delete search results not just in Canada, but in every other country too. From a report: Citing t...
08:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Tech Companies Have a History of Giving Low-Level Employees High-Level Access
A reader shares a report (condensed for space): In the summer of 2010, Google fired a 27-year-old site reliability engineer named David Barksdale after it discovered that Barksdale had been accessing ...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot BMW Recalling One Million Vehicles in North America
Several readers share a report: BMW said Friday it is recalling about 1 million vehicles in North America for two separate issues involving fire risks and said it may expand the recalls to other count...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Xbox One X is the Perfect Representation of the Tech Industry's Existential Crisis
A reader shares commentary on the newly launched Xbox One X gaming console: Fundamentally, Xbox One X is the same machine that Microsoft released in 2013. It plays the same games, runs the same apps, ...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot CNN Plans To Offer Subscriptions for Digital News Next Year
Benjamin Mullin, writing for WSJ: After investing in digital verticals focused on business and politics and acquiring an online-video startup, CNN is gearing up for another big step: It plans to launc...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Australia Cockatoos Chew Billion-Dollar Broadband
Australia's multimillion dollar broadband network is under attack -- from cockatoos. From a report: The National Broadband Network (NBN) company said it has spent tens of thousands of dollars so far f...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Employee Blamed For Deleting President Donald Trump's Account
A reader shares an NPR report: With the push of a button, an employee at Twitter accomplished for a brief few minutes on Thursday what President Trump's closest advisors have reportedly been trying un...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Do We Still Commute?
An anonymous reader writes: Over the last year, many companies have ended their liberal work-from-home policies. Firms like IBM, Honeywell, and Aetna joined a long list of others that have deemed it m...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Some Google Pixel 2 XL Units Shipped Without an Operating System
Corbin Davenport, writing for AndroidPolice: Some Pixel 2 XL units are being shipped without Android properly installed. Obviously, the phone can't boot without the OS. It may be possible to flash a f...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Malware Developer Who Used Spam Botnet To Pay For College Gets No Prison Time
An anonymous reader writes: The operator of a 77,000-strong spam botnet was sentenced to two years probation and no prison time after admitting his crime and completely reforming his life. The former ...
12:00 pm - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Five New Asteroids Surprise Astronomers In Hubble Images
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Five previously unknown asteroids in our solar system have photobombed new Hubble Space Telescope images. Astronomers spotted the space rocks -- plu...
08:00 am - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Eric Schmidt and Bob Work: Our AI 'Sputnik Moment' Is Now
schwit1 shares a report from Breaking Defense: China's just announced an AI strategy designed to assure it will be dominant in the host of technologies by 2030. "If you believe this is important, as I...
04:00 am - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming and Humans Are the Cause
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: It is "extremely likely" that human activities are the "dominant cause" of global warming, according to the the most comprehensive study ever of climate s...
02:00 am - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Another Million Subscribers Cut the Pay TV Cord Last Quarter
A report from FierceCable says that a million more U.S. pay TV subscribers cut the TV cord last quarter. "Only five of the seven biggest pay TV providers have released their third quarter subscriber d...
02:00 am - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Apple Crushes Expectations, Sees Record Holiday Quarter
Apple on Thursday reported sales and earnings well ahead of projections, and said holiday sales should be a record and ahead of many analysts' expectations. The company sold 46.6 million iPhones last ...
02:00 am - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Hilton Paid a $700K Fine For 2015 Breach; Under GDPR, It Would Be $420 Million
chicksdaddy writes from a report via Digital Guardian: If you want to understand the ground shaking change that the EU's General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) will have when it comes into force in May o...
12:00 am - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Google Explains Tuesday's Drive, Docs Bug That Marked Some Files As Violating Terms of Service
On Tuesday, Google's cloud-based word processing software was randomly flagging files for supposedly "violating" Google's Terms of Service, resulting in some users not being able to access or share th...
12:00 am - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot The Fourth US Navy Collision of the Year Was Ultimately Caused By UI Confusion
Yesterday, the U.S. Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer, which was the fourth U.S. Navy collision this year. "The Navy's investigation fou...
12:00 am - Fri, November 3, 2017
Slashdot Department of Justice Considers Blocking AT&T Deal For Time Warner
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: AT&T and the U.S. Department of Justice are discussing conditions the No. 2 wireless carrier needs to meet in order for its acquisition of Time Wa...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot The Mobile Internet Is the Internet
A reader shares a Quartz report: Think back to the mobile phone you had in 2010. It could access the internet, but it wasn't such a great experience. On average, people only spent 20% of their time on...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot SEC Warns Famous Crypto-currency Backers
A reader shares a report: Celebrities, sports figures and social media stars have been warned by US regulators about endorsing crypto-currencies. Paris Hilton, boxer Floyd Mayweather and others have a...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Trump Says Broadcom Is Moving Headquarters To US From Singapore
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: President Donald Trump said semiconductor company Broadcom Ltd. is returning its headquarters to the U.S. from Singapore. Broadcom Chief Executive O...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Timber Towers Are On the Rise in France
A reader shares a report: Spurred by concerns over climate change and the negative impacts of concrete manufacturing, architects and developers in France are increasingly turning to wood for their off...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Sues Apple For Contract Breach
Qualcomm has sued Apple, again, this time alleging that it violated a software license contract to benefit rival chipmaker Intel for making broadband modems, the latest salvo in a longstanding dispute...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Pirate TV Services Are Taking a Bite Out of Cable Company Revenue
TV piracy services are being used by about 6.5 percent of North American households with broadband access, potentially costing legitimate TV providers billions of dollars a year, a new analysis found....
06:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot App Developer Access To iPhone X Face Data Spooks Some Privacy Experts
A reader shares a report: Apple won accolades from privacy experts in September for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on the phone itself. But Apple's ...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin and Blockchain Are Among the Fastest-Growing Skills Online
As cryptocurrencies explode in popularity, employers are clamoring for workers with expertise in the emerging field. From a report: Demand for online freelancers who specialize in blockchain and bitco...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot 'Discovery of the Century': Mysterious Void Discovered In Egypt's Great Pyramid
New submitter klgds writes: The cavity is the first major inner structure discovered in the pyramid since the 1800s. Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza -- one of the wonders of the ancient world, and a daz...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Smashes Past $7,000 For the First Time
A reader shares a report: Bitcoin hit another all-time high Thursday morning, surpassing $7,000 for the first time. The cryptocurrency has had a bullish streak throughout the week following the CME's ...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot The International Space Station Is Getting Its First Printer Upgrade in 17 Years
Lance Ulanoff, writing for Mashable: Somewhere, 254 miles above us, an astronaut is probably printing something. Ever since the International Space Station (ISS) welcomed its first residents in Novemb...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Russia Hackers Had Targets Worldwide, Beyond US Election
Raphael Satter, Jeff Donn, and Justin Myers, reporting for Associated Press: The hackers who disrupted the U.S. presidential election had ambitions well beyond Hillary Clinton's campaign, targeting th...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Have Mathematical Proof That It's Impossible To Stop Aging
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Alert: Mathematically speaking, multicellular organisms like us will always have to deal with a cellular competition where only one side will win. And ...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot The Asteroid That Wiped Out Dinosaurs Plunged Earth Into Catastrophic Winter
The asteroid impact roughly 66 million years ago that wiped out three-quarters of plant and animal species, including the dinosaurs, dropped temperatures globally below freezing for several years. The...
08:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot NASA Wants Private Company To Take Over Spitzer Space Telescope
schwit1 writes: NASA has issued a request for proposals from private companies or organizations to take over the operation of the Spitzer Space Telescope after 2019. SpaceNews reports: "NASA's current...
04:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Admits Defeat In Lawsuit It Filed To Stall Google Fiber
According to Ars Technica, AT&T is reportedly abandoning its attempt to stop a Louisville ordinance that helped draw Google Fiber into the city. The telecommunications giant sued Louisville and Je...
04:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Can Japan Burn Flammable Ice For Energy?
dryriver writes: Japan is a country that currently has to import 90% of its fuels for energy generation, having very little in the way of oil, coal or natural gas reserves in the country. Since the Fu...
04:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Every Other Summer Will Shatter Heat Records Within a Decade
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Think of the stickiest, record-hot summer you've ever experienced, whether you're 30 or 60 years old. In 10 years or less, that miserable summer w...
02:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Posts Biggest Quarterly Loss, Slashes Production of Model X and Model S
Tesla has reported the largest quarterly loss in its history, and said it was cutting production of its Model S and Model X vehicles. Here are the key third-quarter numbers with expectations via Bloom...
02:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Prove Emoticons Are Not Universally Understood
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: The most recent such study, published Oct. 24 in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, examined how emotions expressed in symbols and pictures are ...
02:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Razer Unveils Gaming Smartphone With 120Hz UltraMotion Display, 8GB RAM and No Headphone Jack
Computer hardware company Razer has unveiled its first smartphone. While the design doesn't appear to be up to par with the competition, it does pack some impressive specifications under the hood. The...
12:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Government Won't Pursue Talking Car Mandate
An anonymous reader shares an AP report: The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizin...
12:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot CIA Releases 321GB of Bin Laden's Digital Library
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today, the Central Intelligence Agency posted a cache of files obtained from Osama Bin Laden's personal computer and other devices recovered from...
12:00 am - Thu, November 2, 2017
Slashdot Ambitious Augmented Reality Startup Doppler Labs Shuts Down
Wired reports that Doppler Labs, the company behind Here One smart earbuds, has announced that it's shutting down all operations today. The Verge reports: Founded in 2013, Doppler Labs debuted the pro...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot LastPass Reveals the Threats Posed By Passwords in the Workplace
A reader shares a BetaNews report: A new report by LastPass -- The Password Expose -- reveals the threats posed, and the opportunities presented, by employee passwords. The report starts by pointing o...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot A Japanese Company Is Giving Nonsmokers Longer Vacations
An anonymous reader shares a report: Marketing firm Piala introduced the new policy in September after nonsmokers complained that they were working more than their colleagues who smoked. The company's...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot CBS Sues Man For Copyright Over Screenshots of 59-year-old TV Show
CBS has sued a photographer for copyright infringement for publishing a still image from a 59-year-old television show. From a report: The lawsuit against New York photojournalist Jon Tannen, filed on...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Student Charged By FBI For Hacking His Grades More Than 90 times
An anonymous reader shares a report: In college, you can use your time to study. Or then again, you could perhaps rely on the Hand of God. And when I say "Hand of God," what I really mean is "keylogge...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Google Shuts Off Airline Booking Tool in Search
Google is pulling a software tool that let small companies access search information on airfares, a potential blow to online travel newcomers. From a report: Google's tool was opened in 2011 after its...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Facebook, Twitter and Google Berated by Senators on Russia
From a BBC report: Russian operatives, likely working from St Petersburg, provoked angry Americans to take to the streets, a US Senate committee heard on Wednesday. The May 2016 protest, arranged by a...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Android Oreo Bug Sends Thousands of Phones Into Infinite Boot Loops
An anonymous reader writes: A bug in the new "Adaptive Icons" feature introduced in Android Oreo has sent thousands of phones into infinite boot loops, forcing some users to reset their devices to fac...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Rise of the Machines Must Be Monitored, Say Global Finance Regulators
A reader shares a report: Replacing bank and insurance workers with machines risks creating a dependency on outside technology companies beyond the reach of regulators, the global Financial Stability ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Fewer Than 1 in 100,000 New Surface Devices Go Wrong, Microsoft Says
A reader shares a ZDNet report: Microsoft has shaken off claims that its Surface range is unreliable and said that fewer than 1 in 100,000 of new Surface devices have gone wrong. The ratings service C...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Perl is the Most Hated Programming Language, Developers Say
Thomas Claburn, writing for The Register: Developers really dislike Perl, and projects associated with Microsoft, at least among those who volunteer their views through Stack Overflow. The community c...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Estonia Is Enhancing the Security of Its Digital Identities
Estonia is upgrading the security of ID cards and digital IDs used by citizens, residents and e-residents. A new certificates update has been developed based on advanced elliptic-curve cryptography, w...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot 'We Can't Compete': Universities Are Losing Their Best AI Scientists
The Guardian shares the story of a PhD student at Imperial College London who abruptly stopped coming to the facility, even as he had one-year of studies left. From the story: Eventually, the professo...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Russia's Anti-VPN Law Goes Into Effect
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: A Russian law that bans the use or provision of virtual private networks (VPNs) will come into effect Wednesday. The legislation will require ISP...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot NVIDIA-Powered Neural Network Produces Freakishly Natural Fake Human Photos
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA released a paper recently detailing a new machine learning methodology for generating unique and realistic looking faces using a generative adversarial network (GAN). The result...
08:00 am - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Entrepreneurial Space Age Began In 2009, Says Report
"In July 2009, SpaceX launched its first commercial payload -- a 50kg Earth observation satellite for Malaysia -- which flew into space aboard a privately developed rocket," reports Ars Technica. "Acc...
04:00 am - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot MIT Researchers Trained AI To Write Horror Stories Based On 140,000 Reddit Posts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Shelley is an AI program that generates the beginnings of horror stories, and it's trained by original horror fiction posted to Reddit. Designed by res...
02:00 am - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Colorado Taking Steps To Get Its Own Hyperloop
According to USA Today, Colorado's transportation department is looking at the possibility of a Rocky Mountain hyperloop to curb traffic woes. You could travel from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, a...
02:00 am - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot We May Not Have Enough Minerals To Even Meet Electric Car Demand
Citing two reports from Reuters and Bloomberg, Jalopnik reports on the scarcity of metals necessary for electric cars. From the report: [W]hile demand for nickel keeps increasing, half the world's nic...
12:00 am - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Apple Uses Machine Learning To Chronicle All the Bra Pics On Your iPhone
New submitter bumblebaetuna shares a report from Motherboard: It's already well known that iOS 11 included some advanced updates to the phone's artificial intelligence, and this includes improving the...
12:00 am - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot AMD, Which Lost Over $2.8 Billion In 5 Years, Takes a Hit After New Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Monday, AMD's stock price plunged nearly 9 percent after a report by Morgan Stanley, a major investment bank, which found that "microprocessor...
12:00 am - Wed, November 1, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Wants To Ban States From Protecting Your Privacy
DSLReports that Verizon sent a letter and white paper last week to the FCC, insisting that "the FCC has ample authority to pre-empt state efforts to protect consumer privacy, and should act to prevent...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Vendor Tracks LinkedIn Profile Changes To Alert Client Employers
dcblogs shares a report from TechTarget: IT managers have long had the ability and right to monitor employee behavior on internal networks. Now, HR managers are getting similar capabilities thanks to ...
09:08 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot New VibWrite System Uses Finger Vibrations To Authenticate Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Rutgers engineers have created a new authentication system called VibWrite. The system relies on placing an inexpensive vibration motor and ...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Apple Limits Lengthy iPhone X Testing for Most Reviewers
Tripp Mickle, reporting for the Wall Street Journal: Apple departed from its traditional preview strategy for what it bills as its most important new iPhone in years, prioritizing early access to the ...
07:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot The Future of Work Might Not Be So Bleak
From a report, shared by readers: That said, technology can also favor standard salaried employment. The economists George Baker and Thomas Hubbard, for example, have noted how onboard computers could...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Jimmy Wales' WikiTribune is Already Biased
Earlier this year, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, said he would be launching a neutral news service with "no other agenda than this: the ultimate arbiter of the truth is the facts of reality."...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Three Women Suing Microsoft for Bias Want To Add 8,630 Peers
A reader shares a report: A lawsuit accusing Microsoft of discriminating against women in technical and engineering roles is poised to grow a lot bigger if it wins class-action status. With the techno...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Game Studio CCP Scales Back Virtual Reality Development
Developer CCP Games has significantly cut the time and money it is investing in virtual-reality based games. From a report: The Iceland-based studio is best known for sci-fi title Eve Online but has a...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Google Docs Is Randomly Flagging Files for Violating Its Terms of Service
Louise Matsakis, writing for Motherboard: Google Docs, the collaborative, cloud-based word processing software, appears to be randomly flagging files for supposedly "violating" Google's Terms of Servi...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot HTTP 103 - An HTTP Status Code for Indicating Hints
The Internet Task Engineering Group (IETF) has approved the new HTTP status code 103. The new status code is intended to "minimize perceived latency." From the circular: It is common for HTTP response...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot 'Daylight Savings' Is Grammatically Incorrect
A reader shares a report: We talk about time like it's money, and that may explain why we say "Daylight Savings Time," capitalizing the concept to emphasize its awesomeness. After all, who wouldn't wa...
04:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Engineer Installs Google Chrome During Presentation After Edge Freezes
A reader shares a report: We've seen lots of blunders on stage, and still happen occasionally, but this must be the best of all. A Microsoft engineer downloaded, installed, and started using Google Ch...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Designing iPhones, iPads That Would Drop Qualcomm Components
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Apple, locked in an intensifying legal fight with Qualcomm, is designing iPhone...
12:00 pm - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Google Has a New Plan for China (and It's Not About Search)
An anonymous reader shares a report: More than seven years after exiting China, Google is taking the boldest steps yet to come back. And it's not with a search engine. Instead, Google's ingress is cen...
08:00 am - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Is the Optical Cable Dying?
Geoffrey Morrison from CNET explains how the optical cable is "dying a very slow death": The official term for optical audio cable is "Toslink," short for Toshiba Link. Developed in the early '80s to ...
04:00 am - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Algorithm Can Identify Suicidal People Using Brain Scans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from WIRED: In a study published today in Nature Human Behavior, researchers at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh analyzed how suicidal individuals t...
02:00 am - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Calgary Police Cellphone Surveillance Device Must Remain Top Secret, Judge Rules
Freshly Exhumed writes from a report via CBC.ca: To protect police investigative techniques that may or may not have been used in a Calgary Police Service investigation, their controversial cellphone ...
02:00 am - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Says 126 Million Americans May Have Seen Russia-Linked Political Posts
Facebook said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two-year period in an effort to sway U.S. politics and that about 126 million Americans m...
12:00 am - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot BlackBerry CEO Promises To Try To Break Customers' Encryption If the US Government Asks Him To
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Techdirt that claims the company has "chosen to proclaim its willingness to hack into its own customers' devices if the government asks." From the report: ...
12:00 am - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot Seagate's New 'SkyHawk AI' Disk Drive Is Just a Slightly Higher Speced Version of Its Predecessor
ourlovecanlastforeve shares a report from The Register, where Chris Mellor takes a look at Seagate's recently launched "SkyHawk" and "SkyHawk AI" HDDs. After closer inspection, Mellor concludes that t...
12:00 am - Tue, October 31, 2017
Slashdot A Surge of Sites and Apps Are Exhausting Your CPU To Mine Cryptocurrency
Dan Goodin, writing for ArsTechnica: The Internet is awash with covert crypto currency miners that bog down computers and even smartphones with computationally intensive math problems called by hacked...