Your Web News in One Place

Articles by Slashdot from December 2017

< Return to Slashdot details.
10:00 pm - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Could We Reduce Data Breaches With Better Open Source Funding?
The CEO of Wireline -- a cloud application marketplace and serverless architecture platform -- is pushing for an open source development fund to help sustain projects, funded by an initial coin offeri...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot In a Declining Comics Market, DC Beats Marvel
An anonymous reader quotes the Hollywood Reporter:Looking at the most-ordered comic books in the North American comic market, DC Entertainment had a particularly strong year, with seven of the top 10 ...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Blockchain Brings Business Boom To IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune's new report on blockchain:Demand for the technology, best known for supporting bitcoin, is growing so much that it will be one of the largest users of capacity next...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Neuro, Cyber, Slaughter: Emerging Technological Threats In 2017
"Wouldn't it be nice if advances in technology stopped throwing new problems at the world? No such luck," writes Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. "Several emerging technological threats could -- soo...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot How Big Tech is Getting Involved in Your Health Care
Apple's financing a study to see whether irregular heart rhythms can be detected with an Apple Watch. But that's just the beginning, according to a New York Times article shared by Templer421:As consu...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Math Says You're Driving Wrong and It's Slowing Us All Down
A new study in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems mathematically suggests that if you and everyone else on the road kept an equal distance between the cars ahead and behind, traff...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Call of Duty Gaming Community Points To 'Swatting' In Wichita Police Shooting
schwit1 shares a report from The Daily Dot: A man was killed by police Thursday night in Wichita, Kansas, when officers responded to a false report of a hostage situation. The online gaming community ...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Kodi Media Player Arrives On the Xbox One
The Kodi media player is now available to download on your Xbox One, making it one of the best Xbox One exclusives of the year. The Verge reports: Kodi is a very capable player that's highly expandabl...
08:00 am - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Germany Orders Amazon To Stop Taking Advantage of People Who Can't Spell 'Birkenstock'
Germany has barred Amazon from drawing in online shoppers who misspell iconic German sandal maker Birkenstock in their Google searchers. "Amazon reportedly won business for common Birkenstock misspell...
04:00 am - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Dutch Utility Plans Massive Wind Farm Island In North Sea
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Britain's homes could be lit and powered by wind farms surrounding an artificial island deep out in the North Sea, under advanced plans by a Dutc...
02:00 am - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot 300,000 Users Exposed In Ancestry.com Data Leak
Dangerous_Minds shares a report from ThreatPost: Ancestry.com said it closed portions of its community-driven genealogy site RootsWeb as it investigated a leaky server that exposed 300,000 passwords, ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's Uneven Enforcement of Hate Speech Rules Allows Vile Posts To Stay Up
ProPublica has found inconsistent rulings on hate speech after analyzing more than 900 Facebook posts submitted to them as part of a crowd-sourced investigation into how the world's largest social net...
02:00 am - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot 'Star Wars' Franchise Crosses $4 Billion, Eclipsing Disney's Lucasfilm Price
Combined, Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Force Awakens have surpassed $4.06 billion in ticket sales at the worldwide box office. That'...
12:00 am - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot Trump Wants Postal Service To Charge 'Much More' For Amazon Shipments
President Donald Trump said the U.S. Postal Service should charge Amazon more to deliver packages, the latest in a series of public criticisms of the online retailer and its billionaire founder. From ...
12:00 am - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot How Climate Change Deniers Rise To the Top in Google Searches
If you searched for the words "climate change" into Google, until earlier this week, you could have gotten an unexpected result: ads that call global warming a hoax. "Scientists blast climate alarm," ...
12:00 am - Sat, December 30, 2017
Slashdot How Hotmail Changed Microsoft (and Email) Forever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Twenty years ago this week, on December 29, 1997, Bill Gates bought Microsoft a $450 million late Christmas present: a Sunnyvale-based outfit cal...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Trump's Website Is Coded With a Broken Server Error Message That Blames Obama
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: If you're a fan of Easter eggs hidden in source code, this is a pretty good one. Apparently, as Washington Post data reporter Christopher Ingraham ...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Sheds Thousands of Employees After Touting GOP Tax Plan, Giving Out Bonuses
Prior to Christmas, AT&T and DirecTV gave layoff notices to a large number of landline, legacy service, and home installers spanning the country. "It is not clear if the firings relate to the pend...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How Should Apple Have Responded To the Battery Controversy?
Yesterday, Apple officially apologized for slowing down older phones in order to compensate for degrading batteries. In a letter to customers, Apple said, "We apologize," offering anyone with an iPhon...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Fall Creators Update Already on More Than Half of All Windows 10 PCs
Wayne Williams, writing for BetaNews: Microsoft releases two big feature updates a year for Windows 10. 2017 saw the arrival of the Creators Update in April, followed by the Fall Creators Update in Oc...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot The Biggest Rocket Launches and Space Missions We're Looking Forward To in 2018
Loren Grush, writing for The Verge: Next year is already overflowing with exciting missions to space. NASA is launching a new lander to Mars, as well as a spacecraft that will get closer to the Sun th...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple's MacBook Air-like Store Roof Wasn't Designed To Handle Snow... in Chicago
An anonymous reader shares a report Apple opened its new flagship retail store in Chicago earlier this year to much acclaim, but as the weather turns from fall to winter, a design oversight is causing...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot A Glitch Stole Christmas: S.C. Lottery Says Error Caused Winning Tickets
An anonymous reader shares a report: The South Carolina lottery game is called Holiday Cash Add-A-Play, and the rules are pretty simple: Get three Christmas tree symbols in any vertical, horizontal or...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You're Watching on TV
Rick Zeman writes: The New York Times (may be paywalled) has an article describing how some apps track TV and movie viewing even when the loaded app isn't currently active. These seemingly innocuous g...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Chrome Extension with 100,000 Users Caught Pushing Cryptocurrency Miner
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A Chrome extension with over 105,000 users has been deploying an in-browser cryptocurrency miner to unsuspecting users for the past few weeks. The exte...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Two Romanians Charged With Hacking Washington DC Police Surveillance Cameras Days Before Trump's Inauguration
US prosecutors have charged two Romanians with hacking Washington DC police computers linked to surveillance cameras just days before President Donald Trump's inauguration. From a report on BBC: The p...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Filmmakers Want The Right To Break DRM and Rip Blu-Rays
An anonymous reader shares a report: Breaking DRM or ripping Blu-Rays discs is a crime In the United States. While there are fair use exemptions, these don't apply to the public at large. Interestingl...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Kodi 18 'Leia' 64-Bit For Windows Is Finally Ready To Replace the 32-bit Version
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Earlier this year, we shared with you that a pre-release version of Kodi 18 "Leia" 64-bit for Windows was available. There was a big catch, however -- it wa...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot A Manager of the Exmo Bitcoin Exchange Has Been Kidnapped In Ukraine
CaptainDork shares a report from BBC: A manager of the Exmo Bitcoin exchange has been kidnapped in Ukraine. According to Russian and Ukrainian media reports Pavel Lerner, 40, was kidnapped while leavi...
08:00 am - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Russia Lost a $45 Million Satellite Because 'They Didn't Get the Coordinates Right'
Last month, Russia lost contact with a 6,062-pound, $45 million satellite. Turns out, that happened because the Meteor-M weather satellite was programmed with the wrong coordinates. Gizmodo reports: O...
04:00 am - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot There's No Evidence Comcast's New 'Network Investment' Is Because of Net Neutrality Repeal or Tax Cuts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Comcast issued a statement last week claiming that the government's new tax plan and the end of net neutrality will directly result in a dramatic ...
02:00 am - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Italian Clothing Company Defeats Apple, Wins the Right To Use Steve Jobs' Name
An Italian clothing company that uses the name "Steve Jobs" as its brand will be able to continue using the moniker after winning a multi-year legal battle, reports Italian site la Repubblica Napoli. ...
02:00 am - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Visits To US Government Sites Surpass Windows 7 For the First Time
In what may be a signal of changing attitudes for Windows 10, visits to U.S. government sites via Windows 10 have surpassed Windows 7 for the first time. On MSFT reports: This United States government...
12:00 am - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot How Pirates Of The Caribbean Hijacked America's Metric System
If the United States were more like the rest of the world, a McDonald's Quarter Pounder might be known as the McDonald's 113-Grammer, John Henry's 9-pound hammer would be 4.08 kilograms, and any 800-p...
12:00 am - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Google Stops Selling the Pixel C Android Tablet
Google is no longer selling the Pixel C, its flagship Android tablet released about two years ago. "Google's commitment to Android on tablets wasn't strong even then, and now the Pixel C is gone from ...
12:00 am - Fri, December 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple Apologizes For iPhone Slowdown Drama, Will Offer $29 Battery Replacements
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Apple just published a letter to customers apologizing for the "misunderstanding" around older iPhones being slowed down, following its recent admis...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Leaving the House Linked To Longevity in Older Adults
Researchers in Israel have found that leaving the house regularly can "contribute to a longer life" for elderly people. From a report: For study participants in their 70s, 80s and 90s, the frequency w...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot People Who Know How the News Is Made Resist Conspiratorial Thinking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Conspiracy theories, like the world being flat or the Moon landings faked, have proven notoriously difficult to stomp out. Add a partisan twist t...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot SoftBank Acquires Big Stake In Uber In a Major Victory For Both Companies
According to Recode, "Softbank and its co-investors have successfully acquired at least 13 percent of Uber, a major victory for Uber's new CEO and one that will give billions of dollars in cash to som...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot HTC, Motorola Say They Don't Slow Old Phones Like Apple Does
After Apple confirmed last week that it reduces the performance of older iPhones to improve battery life, it has left many wondering whether or not other smartphone manufacturers do the same. HTC and ...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot MoviePass Adds a Million Subscribers, Even if Theaters Aren't Sold on It
From a report: As streaming services like Netflix and Hulu surge in popularity, movie theaters have been trying to compete by rethinking the concession counter and installing seats that resemble beds....
08:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot UK Enjoyed 'Greenest Year For Electricity Ever' in 2017
The UK has achieved its greenest year ever in terms of how the nation's electricity is generated, National Grid figures reveal. From a report: The rise of renewable energy helped break 13 clean energy...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's YouTube App on Fire TV Stops Working Ahead of Schedule
Amazon has already deactivated its YouTube app on Fire TV devices, four days before a planned blockade by Google. Instead of opening YouTube directly, the app now encourages users to install Silk or F...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Chrome OS Will Finally Run Android Apps in the Background
An anonymous reader shares a report: While it's no longer a novelty to run Android apps on your Chromebook, that doesn't mean they run well. To date, most of those apps pause when you switch away -- f...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot The Year in Crowdfunded PCs: Who Succeeded? Who Failed?
Sean Portnoy, writing for ZDNet: The ever-maturing PC industry hasn't deterred manufacturers large and small from embracing crowdfunding as a method of bringing new systems to market, whether they nee...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Postcard From Pyongyang: The Airport Now Has Wi-Fi, Sort of
Eric Talmadge, writing for AP: North Korea is one of the least Wi-Fi-friendly countries in the world. Having a device that emits Wi-Fi signals can result in detention and a major fine. Worse, if you a...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg's Real Campaign: Save Facebook
From an Axios report: Mark Zuckerberg started 2017 scoffing at the idea of Russia election manipulation on Facebook, and looked like he was contemplating his own possible run for the presidency. Faceb...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Where Did WikiLeaks' $25 Million Bitcoin Fortune Go?
Everyone from early investors to cybercriminals has benefited from the huge spike in the value of bitcoin in the past few weeks. It's a boon for one other outfit that has likely racked up tens of mill...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Google Works With Hotels To Hurt Travel Competition
An anonymous reader shares a WSJ report: More than 100 million Americans are expected to travel during the holidays, and many will search for lodging online. But travelers may unknowingly pay more and...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Carlsberg Turns To AI To Help Develop Beers
From a report: One of the reasons it takes so long to develop new beers is because brewers have to rely on actual humans -- and techniques like chromatography and spectrometry -- to test liquids and d...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Web Trackers Exploit Flaw In Browser Login Managers To Steal Usernames
An anonymous reader writes: Princeton privacy experts are warning that advertising and analytics firms can secretly extract site usernames from browsers using hidden login fields and tie non-authentic...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot The WHO May Recognize Excessive Video Gaming As Mental Health Disorder
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: The World Health Organization is poised to classify "gaming disorder" as a mental health problem in its 2018 update of the International Classificati...
08:00 am - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot A Reporter Built a Bot To Find Nazi Sock Puppet Accounts. Twitter Banned the Bot and Kept the Nazis
Yair Rosenberg, writing for the New York Times: I asked my own Twitter followers whether it might be possible to create a bot that would reply to these impostors and expose their true nature to any us...
04:00 am - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot FBI Software For Analyzing Fingerprints Contains Russian-Made Code, Whistleblowers Say
schwit1 shares an exclusive report via BuzzFeed: The fingerprint-analysis software used by the FBI and more than 18,000 other U.S. law enforcement agencies contains code created by a Russian firm with...
02:00 am - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Release Lisa OS For Free As Open Source In 2018
New submitter Jose Deras writes: Nearly 35 years ago, Apple released its first computer with a graphical user interface, called the Lisa. Starting next year, the Computer History Museum will release t...
02:00 am - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Delaying 64GB Game Cards For Switch Until 2019, Says Report
According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is pushing back the introduction of larger 64GB game cards for the Switch. Nintendo had planned to make them available during the second half of 2018, bu...
02:00 am - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Empirical Research Reveals Three Big Problems With How Patents Are Vetted
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If you've read our coverage of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Stupid Patent of the Month" series, you know America has a patent quality pr...
12:00 am - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Human Go Champion Backtracks On Vow To Never Face An AI Opponent Again
Back in May, Google's AlphaGo AI defeated the human world champion Ke Jie in a three-part match. After it was over, Jie vowed never to play a computer again. But apparently something has changed his m...
12:00 am - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Russia Is Accusing the US of 'Direct Interference' In Its Elections
schwit1 shares a report from Business Insider (alternative source): Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Tuesday accused the U.S. of a "direct interference in our electoral process ...
12:00 am - Thu, December 28, 2017
Slashdot Some Sonos and Bose Speakers Are Being Hijacked To Play Ghostly Sounds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Researchers at Trend Micro have found that certain models of Sonos and Bose speakers have vulnerabilities that leave them open to hijacking, as repo...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot That '70s Show: the Conference That Predicted the Future of Work
theodp writes: Over at Wired, Leslie Berlin writes about Futures Day at the 1977 Xerox World Conference, an invitation-only demonstration of the Alto personal computer system developed at Xerox PARC. ...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot 56,000 Layoffs and Counting: India's IT Bloodbath This Year May Just Be the Start
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: For Indian techies, 2017 was the stuff of nightmares. One of the top employment generators until a few years ago, India's $160 billion IT industry laid...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot The Last Man on Earth To Speak His Language
From a report: An elderly man in Peru named Amadeo Garcia Garcia is the last person on earth to speak his native language, Taushiro, the NY Times' Nicholas Casey reports in a remarkable long-read. A c...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot If Dogs Can Smell Cancer, Why Don't They Screen People?
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a Scientific American report: Dogs can be trained to be cancer-sniffing wizards, using their sensitive noses to detect cancerous fumes wafting from diseased ...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Acoustic Attacks on HDDs Can Sabotage PCs, CCTV Systems, ATMs, More
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Attackers can use sound waves to interfere with a hard drive's normal mode of operation, creating a temporary or permanent denial of state (DoS) that cou...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Vietnam Deploys 10,000 Cyber Warriors to Fight 'Wrongful Views'
Vietnam is deploying a 10,000-member military cyber warfare unit to combat what the government sees as a growing threat of "wrongful views" proliferating on the internet, Bloomberg reported on Wednesd...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Piracy Notices Can Mess With Your Thermostat, ISP Warns
U.S. Internet provider Armstrong has warned persistent pirates on its network of limiting their access to the thermostats if they didn't play by its rules. From a report: Our attention was caught by a...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Patches Critical Bug in Thunderbird
Mozilla has issued a critical security update to its popular open-source Thunderbird email client. From a report The patch was part of a December release of five fixes that included two bugs rated hig...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Obama Warns Against Irresponsible Social Media Use
In his first interview since leaving the White House in January, former President Barack Obama spoke about the dangers of irresponsible use of social media. From a report on BBC: He warned that such a...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot The Link Between Polygamy and War
Is there a link between polygamy and war? The Economist explores (might be paywalled): Men in South Sudan typically marry as often as their wealth -- often measured in cattle -- will allow. Perhaps 40...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Google's Voice-Generating AI Is Now Indistinguishable From Humans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: A research paper published by Google this month -- which has not been peer reviewed -- details a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2, which claims ...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot FCC Approves First Wireless 'Power-At-A-Distance' Charging System
The FCC has approved the first wireless charger that works from up to three feet away. Engadget reports: San Jose-based startup, Energous, announced on Tuesday that it has received the first such FCC ...
08:00 am - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot WeChat To Become China's Official Electronic ID System
The popular mobile application WeChat is poised to become China's official electronic personal identification system. "The government of Guangzhou, capital of the southern coastal province of Guangdon...
04:00 am - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Consumers In Germany Were Paid To Use Electricity This Holiday Season
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inhabitat: The cost of electricity in Germany has decreased so dramatically in the past few days that major consumers have actually been paid to use power from...
02:00 am - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Beware: 'Digmine' Cryptocurrency Bot Is Spreading Via Facebook Messenger
Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has discovered a cryptocurrency bot that is being spread through Facebook Messenger. The bot, dubbed Digmine, was discovered in South Korea and has since been found in V...
02:00 am - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Confirms Tesla Pickup Truck Coming 'After Model Y'
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that a Tesla pickup truck is coming "right after Model Y." He said that he already has "the core design/engineering elements" in his mind and wants to bring it to mar...
12:00 am - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Uber Is Selling Its Money-Losing Car Lease Business
According to The Wall Street Journal, Uber is selling its Xchange Leasing unit to the car marketplace Fair.com. "It reportedly won't be a clean break," reports Engadget. "Uber will both take a stake i...
12:00 am - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Recovers Some Losses After Its Worst Week Since 2013
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Bitcoin fell nearly 30 percent at one stage on Friday to $11,159.93. At 3:09 p.m. (2009 GMT) on Tuesday, bitcoin BTC=BTSP was up 15 percent at $16,030...
12:00 am - Wed, December 27, 2017
Slashdot Analysts Cut iPhone X Shipment Forecasts, Citing Lukewarm Demand
According to Bloomberg, analysts have lowered iPhone X shipment projections for the first quarter of next year, citing signs of lackluster demand at the end of the holiday shopping season. From the re...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot The Library of Congress Will Stop Archiving Every Public Tweet On January 1st
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: In 2010, the Library of Congress started archiving every single public tweet that was published on Twitter. It even retroactively acquired all tweets ...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot Is Google Home Fit For Elderly and Disabled Users?
Chances are either you or someone you know received a Google Home over the holidays. Not only are they being marketed heavily by Google but they seem to have appeared in almost every "Holiday Gift Gui...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality Complaints Rise Amid FCC Repeal
An anonymous reader shares a report: Internet users are complaining more about net neutrality-related issues since the FCC voted to repeal the existing net neutrality rules earlier this month, accordi...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot Flying in Airplanes Exposes People To More Radiation Than Standing Next To a Nuclear Reactor
Traveling the skies by jet lifts us far from the hustle and bustle of the world below. From a report: But many flyers don't know that soaring miles above Earth also takes us out of a vital protective ...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot Thunderbird Will Phase Out Legacy Add-Ons, Will Support WebExtensions
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Mozilla announced last week plans to modernize Thunderbird's codebase, plans that include fixing some "technical debt" by incorporating the recent change...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot What Amazon's Alexa Economy Pays the People Building Its Skills
From a report on CNET: On a lark, Joel Wilson started developing skills for Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant, this past January. After a few weeks of coding, he launched two skills -- Amazon's term for...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot China's Shanghai Sets Population at 25 Million To Avoid 'Big City Disease'
An anonymous reader shares a report: China's financial hub of Shanghai will limit its population to 25 million people by 2035 as part of a quest to manage "big city disease," authorities have said. Th...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot Cities With Uber Have Lower Rates Of Ambulance Usage
An anonymous reader shares a report: Many potential emergency room patients are too sick to drive themselves to a hospital. But an ambulance can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars without insurance...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot Cash Might Be King, but They Don't Care
In Midtown and some other neighborhoods across New York City, cashless is fast on its way to becoming normal, The New York Times reports, sharing anecdotes where merchants have refused to accept bills...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Fooled a Google AI Into Thinking a Rifle Was a Helicopter
An anonymous reader shares a Wired report: Algorithms, unlike humans, are susceptible to a specific type of problem called an "adversarial example." These are specially designed optical illusions that...
08:00 am - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot Movie Theaters Were Already in Trouble. With Disney's Fox Deal, It's Double
Disney's acquisition of Fox's film studio will unite some of the most lucrative movie franchises, from Disney's Star Wars and Marvel series to Fox's X-Men and Avatar. With control of more blockbusters...
06:00 am - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot People Still Aren't Buying Smartwatches -- and It's Only Going To Get Worse
An anonymous reader shares a report: Wearable technology still isn't catching up. Despite a year full of exciting new smartwatches, tech-enabled clothing or jewelry, and fitness activity trackers galo...
02:00 am - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot China Closes More Than 13,000 Websites in Past Three Years
China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news...
12:00 am - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot Estimates of Bitcoin's Soaring Energy Use Are Likely Overstating the Electric Power Required To Mine the Cryptocurrency
From a report: The computer process that generates each coin is said to be on pace to require more electricity than the United States consumes in a year. This bitcoin "mining" allegedly consumes more ...
12:00 am - Tue, December 26, 2017
Slashdot UK Companies Facing Cyber Security Staff Shortage
Bruce66423 writes: According to a recent survey of recruitment agencies, 81% expect a rise in demand for digital security staff, but only 16% saw that the demand would be met." Resorting to 'neuro-div...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot Russia's Putin Calls For Web Activities of Some Firms To Be Monitored
President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the Russian authorities should monitor the activity of "some companies" on social media during next year's presidential election and assess the extent of their ...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot Established Players in Tech Industry Are Displaced By New Technologies and Companies Often When They Are Operating At Their Peak
In a column, Steven Sinofsky, former President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, cites various examples from the past to suggest that it is often when incumbents in technology space have establish...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot UFO Existence 'Proven Beyond Reasonable Doubt', Says Former Head of Pentagon Alien Program
An anonymous reader shares a Newsweek report: The existence of UFOs had been "proved beyond reasonable doubt," according the head of the secret Pentagon program that analyzed the mysterious aircrafts....
08:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot How Many Books Will You Read in a Lifetime? Around 4600, If You Read Fast
I once sneered at lifetime reading plans. Two decades later, I'm more aware that reading time, like all time, is precious, writes journalist Nilanjana Roy. From her column on the Financial Times (migh...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot The Majority of Americans Prefer To Be Greeted With 'Merry Christmas' Over 'Happy Holidays', a Poll Finds
"Merry Christmas" is the preferred greeting of a strong majority of Americans. A survey carried in conjunction by news outlet Axios and SurveyMonkey found that 65 percent of the participants wish to b...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Books, Movies, Documentaries and Shows From This Year That You Liked and Recommend To Others?
As we prepare to end the year, several readers have suggested we asked one another about the things we liked. We encourage everyone to participate.Read more of this story at Slashdot....
06:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot Man Threatened Company With Cyber Attack To Fire Employee and Hire Him Instead
An anonymous reader writes: A North Carolina judge sentenced a Washington man this week to 37 months in prison for threatening a company with attacks unless they fire one of their employees and hire h...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot Should Regulators Force Facebook To Ship a 'Start Over' Button For Users?
Hunter Walk: I don't really understand most of the proposals to "regulate" Facebook. There are some concrete proposals on the table regarding political ads and updating antitrust for the data age, but...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot Opera 50 Web Browser Will Offer Anti-Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Mining Feature
BrianFagioli writes: The upcoming version 50 of the Opera web browser will offer an integrated anti-Bitcoin mining feature. Besides Bitcoin, it will also block the mining of other cryptocurrencies suc...
12:00 pm - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot NASA Begins Planning For An Interstellar Mission In 2069
Long-time Slashdot reader cold fjord writes:During the 2017 Geophysical Union Conference, scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory revealed that they are planning an interstellar exploration m...
10:00 am - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot Tesla's Newest Holiday Update Includes an Easter Egg: 'Santa Mode'
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:Dive into the Easter egg section on your EV and you'll discover a reindeer button that invokes a Santa Mode. To say it brings a Christmas vibe to your car would be ...
06:00 am - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot DMCA Exemption Sought to Save 'Abandoned' Online Games
An anonymous reader quotes TechSpot:Every three years the US Copyright Office reviews and renews the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions at which time it considers exemptions to the law. It is curren...
04:00 am - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot Should Plant-Based Meat Replace Beef Completely?
Long-time Slashdot reader tcd004 writes: Is beef still "what's for dinner?" Plant-based meat substitute startups say they could provide enough protein to feed the world using only 2% of the land on Ea...
02:00 am - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot Resuming Its Annual PR Mission, NORAD Tracks Santa Claus
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:The U.S. military command that is charged with protecting the airspace for North America is on alert this Christmas weekend for a man with a white beard and a red suit. ...
12:00 am - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot More Unix Tools Coming To Windows 10
Long-time Slashdot reader Billly Gates brings news about beta 4 of Redstone (the Spring version of Windows 10's Creators Update for 2018):- Beta 4 of Redstone aka Build 17063 includes BSD utilities bs...
12:00 am - Mon, December 25, 2017
Slashdot CMU Researchers Reveal How Their AI Beat The World's Top Poker Players
2017 began with an AI named "Libratus" defeating four of the world's best poker players. Now the AI's creators reveal how exactly they did it. An anonymous reader quotes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Some Telcos and ISPs are Frustrating IPv6 Adoption
An anonymous reader writes:"There are indications that telecommunications operators and traditional ISPs in the country are frustrating adoption of Internet Protocol version six (IPv6) by other networ...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Wired Publishes Fake Christmas Letter By Elon Musk
Wired's transportation editor just published what he's calling "Elon Musk's Christmas letter" touting the accomplishments of Musk's "family" of companies, "thanks to an anonymous tipster." (Though the...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot How Harvard Teaches CS Students How To Code
Harvard computer science professor David J. Malan "is pretty amazing!" says long-time education-watcher theodp. And he's sharing a link to the online version of Malan's famous CS50 class, "if you can'...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot 36,744 People Are Watching Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan Sit Motionless With A Yule Log
An anonymous reader quotes Kotaku:He's been this way for over an hour, and as word's gotten out the audience has swelled to over 30,000... The Twitch stream opened a couple hours ago on an empty chair...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Days Before Christmas, Theranos Secures $100 Million in New Funding
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: Call it a Christmas miracle -- albeit of a rather perverse sort. Theranos, the digraced medical-technology startup that infamously inflated the capabilities of its ...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Project Maven Brings AI To the Fight Against ISIS
Dog of the South writes: When the Pentagon -- famous for its painful procurement process and its penchant for producing tech systems that are obsolete before they're fielded -- decided to develop and ...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot FSF Adds PureOS To List of Endorsed GNU/Linux Distributions
Long-time Slashdot reader donaldrobertson writes: The Free Software Foundation on Thursday announced PureOS as an endorsed GNU/Linux distro. PureOS is an operating system focused on privacy, security ...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot 12 Days In Xinjiang - China's Surveillance State
Long-time Slashdot reader b0s0z0ku writes: China has turned Xinjiang, the Northwestern part of the country surrounding Urumqi, into one of the most advanced surveillance states in the world. Officiall...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Republican's 'Net Neutrality' Proposal Called 'Bait and Switch'
Remember that net neutrality legislation introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)? TechCrunch is calling it "half-hearted" -- and suspect.It's not going to happen, it wouldn't help if it did and ...
10:00 am - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Could 2018 Be The Year of the Linux Desktop?
Suren Enfiajyan writes: Red Hat worker and GNOME blogger Christian F.K. Schaller wrote why GNU/Linux failed to become a mainstream desktop OS... "My thesis is that there really isn't one reason, but r...
06:00 am - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Ask: Are People Better Off Than 50 Years Ago?
Long-time Slashdot reader gollum123 quotes MarketWatch:Are you doing better than the previous generation? The Pew Research Center, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C., asked nearly 43,000 peopl...
04:00 am - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Fleeing Google's Apps and iOS, Mandrake Linux Creator Launches 'eelo' Project
Open-source veteran Gaël Duval created Mandrake Linux in 1998. But in a new essay, he writes that "I realized that I had become lazy. Not only wasn't I using Linux anymore as my main operating sy...
02:00 am - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Avoid 'Information Overload'
As we approach a holiday weekend and a brand new year, do we need to start carving out more time away from the internet? "I'm convinced the Internet (as in Slashdot) is making many people more lonely ...
12:00 am - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Court Throws Out Grsecurity Libel Lawsuit Against Bruce Perens
Long-time Slashdot reader SlaveToTheGrind writes: As previously discussed on Slashdot, Grsecurity developer Open Source Security sued Bruce Perens for allegedly defamatory statements about Grsecurity'...
12:00 am - Sun, December 24, 2017
Slashdot Russian Submarines are 'Prowling Around' Undersea Internet Cables
An anonymous reader quotes The Hill:Russian submarine activity around undersea cables that provide internet and other communications connections to North America and Europe has raised concerns among N...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Can We Get Global Broadband From Low-Earth Orbit Satellites?
"The internet is unavailable to and/or unaffordable by about 50% of the world population," writes Larry Press (formerly of IBM), who's now an information systems professor at California State Universi...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot UK Police's Porn-Spotting AI Keeps Mistaking Desert Pics for Nudes
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:London's Metropolitan Police believes that its artificial intelligence software will be up to the task of detecting images of child abuse in the next "two to three y...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Firefox 57's Speed Secret? Delaying Requests from Tracking Domains
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:A Mozilla engineer has revealed one of the hidden techniques that Firefox 57 -- known as Quantum -- is using to improve page load times... It delays scripts from track...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Rust Blog Touts 'What We Achieved' in 2017
An anonymous reader quotes the official Rust blog: Rust's development in 2017 fit into a single overarching theme: increasing productivity, especially for newcomers to Rust. From tooling to libraries ...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot 65% of Washington DC's Outdoor Surveillance Cameras Infiltrated by Romanian Hackers
An anonymous reader quotes The Hill:Two Romanian hackers stand accused of hacking more than 100 outdoor police security cameras in the D.C. area during the days leading up to President Trump's inaugur...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Can the FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Decision Be Overturned in Congress?
"Cancel the funeral and get ready to fight: Net neutrality is far from dead," argues Evan Greer, the campaign director for the pro-net neutrality group Fight for the Future in Newsweek:Our elected off...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Experts Cast Doubt on 'Alien Alloys' in the New York Times' UFO Story
What to make of a Las Vegas building full of unidentified alloys? The New York Times published a stunning story last week revealing that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) had, between 2007 and 2012...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot The Lower Your Social Class, the 'Wiser' You Are, Suggests New Study
Wisdom -- the ability to take the perspectives of others into account and aim for compromise -- comes much more naturally to those who grow up poor or working class, according to a new study by social...
10:00 am - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Rocket Stuns Californians As It Carries 10 Satellites Into Space
A reused SpaceX rocket carried 10 satellites into orbit from California on Friday, leaving behind a trail of mystery and wonder as it soared into space. Elon Musk jokingly tweeted a video of the rocke...
08:00 am - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot China Is Building a Solar Power Highway
China is building roadways with solar panels underneath that may soon have the ability to charge cars wirelessly and digitally assist automated vehicles. "This second solar roadway project -- part of ...
04:00 am - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Lithuania Calls On EU To Stop Adjusting Clocks For Daylight Savings
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian: Lithuania has said that it would push the European Union to abolish its law on daylight saving time, claiming that most people find it annoying to have to ad...
02:00 am - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Acquires Connected Camera and Doorbell Startup 'Blink'
In an effort to push further into smart home and connected security products, Amazon has acquired Blink -- a wireless security camera company that launched back in 2014 and then subsequently closed a ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot How To Check If You Interacted With Russian Propaganda On Facebook During the 2016 Election
Facebook has rolled out a new tool to help some users figure out if they interacted with Russian propaganda during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "The social giant's tool -- available here, thro...
02:00 am - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Could Make $22 Billion Off Next Year's iPhones
According to a report by Korean outlet ETnews (via The Investor), Apple placed an order for 180 million to 200 million OLED displays from Samsung's manufacturing branch, Samsung Display, for the next ...
12:00 am - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Thoughts On Star Wars: The Last Jedi One Week Later? [Spoilers]
AmiMoJo writes: After what feels like an eternity of waiting, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally reached cinemas, scoring a whopping $450 million opening weekend worldwide. While reviews have been u...
12:00 am - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Shows Off the Tesla Roadster That SpaceX Will Send Beyond Mars
Elon Musk has released photos of the Tesla Roadster he plans to send to space via a Falcon Heavy rocket. "The series of photos, posted to Instagram, show the Roadster attached to a fitting and placed ...
12:00 am - Sat, December 23, 2017
Slashdot Airlines With the Best In-Flight Wi-Fi
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: In the heated competition between airlines in the U.S., JetBlue Airways offers an extra perk that is pretty alluring to most travelers: Free...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Driverless Cars Could Make Transportation Free for Everyone -- With a Catch
Want a gratis ride? You'll just have to stop at some stores along the way. The Atlantic explores a possible future with autonomous cars: In a world full of autonomous autos, transportation will become...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Nvidia To Cease Producing New Drivers For 32-Bit Systems
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: While most people have probably made the switch by now, yet another reason to drop 32-bit operating systems and move to 64-bits is coming. Versio...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Number of Births in Japan To Hit Record Low in 2017
An anonymous reader shares a report: The number of births in Japan this year has fallen to is lowest since records began more than a century ago with about 941,000 new babies, the health ministry said...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Man in China Sentenced To Five Years' Jail For Running VPN
A Chinese entrepreneur has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for selling VPN service, a government newspaper said, as Beijing tries to stamp out use of technology that evades its inter...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin's Value Plummeted Overnight and No One Knows Why
Jacob Brogan, writing for Slate: While the Western Hemisphere slept, Bitcoin plummeted. Just after midnight Eastern Time on Friday, the cryptocurrency was valued at a little over $15,000, on the digit...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Comcast May Have Enrolled Thousands in a Near-Worthless Protection Program Without Their Consent
Comcast has been embroiled in a legal battle since 2016 regarding potentially deceptive business practices surrounding its "Service Protection Plan" -- a $6 a month program which covered almost nothin...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Faced With Rising Temperatures, People May Seek Asylum
Europe is already struggling to absorb an influx of refugees from war-torn Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. Germany alone has taken in more than a million people since 2015. This wave of immigrat...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot 'Username or Password is Incorrect' Security Defense is a Weak Practice
Travis Jeffery, writing for HackerNoon: There's a security best practice where sign ins aren't supposed to say "password is incorrect." Instead they're supposed to say the "username or password is inc...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Snowden's New App Haven Uses Your Smartphone To Physically Guard Your Laptop
An anonymous reader shares a report: The NSA whistleblower and a team of collaborators have been working on a new open source Android app called Haven that you install on a spare smartphone, turning t...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Russian Hackers Targeted More Than 200 Journalists Globally
The Associated Press: Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been p...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Wind Power Is Now The Cheapest Energy In India
An anonymous reader shares a report: Wind power prices fell to its lowest and below the cheapest solar tariffs in the fourth round of auctions, putting more pressure on turbine makers as developers ar...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit After Admitting To Slowing Down Old iPhones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Apple Insider: A day after Apple acknowledged slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries, a Los Angeles man is pursuing a class action lawsuit in the matter....
12:00 pm - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Firefox Is Now Available On Amazon's Fire TV, Bringing YouTube Access With It
Mozilla has announced that its Firefox web browser is now available on all Fire TV devices. While navigating web browsers on televisions isn't the most user-friendly experience, it could be the only w...
08:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Shows Off Near-Complete Falcon Heavy Rocket
Eloking quotes a report from New Atlas: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been a long time coming. The successor to its Falcon 9 and the vehicle hoped to carry humans to Mars, this booster will be one ...
04:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot AnyDVD Supports UHD Blu-Ray Ripping, While Devices Patch Security Holes
The controversial ripping tool AnyDVD has released a new beta version that allows users to decrypt and copy UHD Blu-Ray discs. The software makes use of the leaked keys that came out recently and appe...
04:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot California Poised To Hit 50 Percent Renewable Target a Full Decade Ahead of Schedule
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CleanTechnica: Every year, the California Energy Commission releases its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) report, which gives details about the mix of energy...
02:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Goldman Sachs Is Setting Up a Cryptocurrency Trading Desk
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Goldman Sachs is setting up a trading desk to make markets in digital currencies such as bitcoin, according to people with knowledge of the strategy...
02:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Apple Says Apps Must Now Disclose Odds For Loot Boxes
Apple has revised the guidelines for its App Store, including a provision that loot boxes must be transparent about their odds. "Apps offering 'loot boxes' or other mechanisms that provide randomized ...
02:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot US Drugmaker Raises Price of Vitamins By More Than 800%
David Crow, reporting for the Financial Times: A US drugmaker is charging almost $300 for a bottle of prescription vitamins that can be bought online for less than $5, in the latest attempt at price g...
12:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Kids In 'Netflix Only' Homes Are Being Saved From 230 Hours of Commercials a Year, Says Report
With more kids than ever using streaming services like Netflix for their entertainment, Exstreamist wanted to see what this means for the advertising industry. They were able to determine that kids in...
12:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Eric Schmidt Is Stepping Down As Executive Chairman of Alphabet
Eric Schmidt will be stepping down as the executive chairman of Alphabet's board of directors and transitioning to a technical adviser, the company announced. He will continue to serve on the company'...
12:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Apple's iPhone Throttling Will Reinvigorate the Push for Right To Repair Laws
Jason Koebler, writing for Motherboard: The news that Apple throttles iPhones that have old batteries will reinvigorate the right to repair debate as the movement enters a crucial year. Third party re...
12:00 am - Fri, December 22, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Files For 'AmazonTube' and 'OpenTube' Trademarks As Fight With YouTube Gets Pettier
"Amazon applied for an 'AmazonTube' trademark earlier this week, according to a filing found by TV Answer Man, as the company's public feud with Google over accessing YouTube content on Amazon's devic...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot FCC Hits Sinclair With $13 Million Fine Over Ads
An anonymous reader shares a report: The FCC plans to fine Sinclair Broadcasting group more than $13 million for failing to make the required disclosures related to programming sponsored by a third pa...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot How Facebook's Political Unit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Under fire for Facebook Inc.'s role as a platform for political propaganda, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has punched back, saying his mission is above...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Should Tech Companies End the One-Year Software Update Cycle?
Software giants Google, Microsoft, Apple and others release a major software update to their desktop and mobile operating system (and OS for other platforms they have) each year. This model seemed via...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: When Is the Right Time To Discuss Retirement With Your Employer?
An anonymous reader writes: As I am sliding down the far side of 60, retirement is something coming up in two or three years. The usual notice time is two weeks, but I'm one of two people (maybe three...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Ice Tea Company Rebrands as 'Long Blockchain' and Stock Price Triples
The Long Island Ice Tea Corporation is exactly what it sounds like: a company that sells people bottled iced tea and lemonade. But today the company announced a significant change of strategy that wou...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Wearables Still Slow To Catch On in the United States
An anonymous reader shares a report: The use of wearable technology devices -- like watches, glasses and fitness tracking bracelets -- will grow 11.9 percent next year, eMarketer predicts, with the gr...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Facial Scans at US Airports Violate Americans' Privacy, Report Says
Ron Nixon, writing for The New York Times: A new report concludes that a Department of Homeland Security pilot program improperly gathers data on Americans when it requires passengers embarking on for...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Music Ending Cloud MP3 Storage, Streaming Option
Amazon is planning to retire its Music storage subscription service, the plan that enabled Amazon customers to upload their own music to the company's servers. From a report: Amazon Music Storage subs...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Facial Recognition Feature Can Be Bypassed with a Photo
Windows Hello, the face scanning security feature in Windows 10, has been defeated with the use of a printed out picture. From a report: In a report published yesterday, German pen-testing company SyS...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Where in the World is Mars' Water?
An anonymous reader shares an Axios report: In the beginning, Mars was a water world. But at some point in Mars' distant past, much of that water disappeared, leaving behind polar ice caps and a compl...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Security Firm Keeper Sues News Reporter Over Vulnerability Story
Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet: Keeper, a password manager software maker, has filed a lawsuit against a news reporter and its publication after a story was posted reporting a vulnerability disclos...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook To Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ProPublica: Verizon is among dozens of the nation's leading employers -- including Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Target and Facebook itself -- that placed recruitment...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Walmart Is Planning a Store Without Cashiers
According to Recode, Walmart's startup incubator is experimenting with a cashier-less store concept called Project Kepler, which "aims to reimagine the in-store shopping experience with the help of te...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot FDA Approves First-Ever Gene Therapy For Inherited Form of Blindness
schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: In a historic move, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a pioneering gene therapy for a rare form of childhood blindness, the first such tre...
08:00 am - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Tries To Figure Out the Packaging Box Problem It Created
Have you noticed that your tiniest ecommerce items, which used to be shipped in a box, are now arriving in a padded envelope? WSJ reports: Amazon is trying to ship each order in one correctly sized pa...
04:00 am - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot NASA Advances Missions To Land a Flying Robot on Titan or Snatch a Piece of a Comet
Sarah Kaplan, writing for the Washington Post: NASA's newest mission will either land a quadcopter-like spacecraft on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan or collect a sample from the nucleus of a comet...
04:00 am - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot A Federal Ban On Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted
schwit1 shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Federal officials on Tuesday ended a moratorium imposed three years ago on funding research that...
02:00 am - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Magic Leap Finally Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles
Joosy writes: After raising $1.9 billion dollars, Magic Leap finally shows off it's "mixed-reality" goggles. Was the wait worth it? Rolling Stone gets a look: "The revelation, the first real look at w...
02:00 am - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot The People Who Read Your Airline Tweets
From a piece on The Atlantic: At first, the idea of a company directly tweeting at its customers was very strange. Nowadays, people have gotten used to having back-and-forths with customer service rep...
02:00 am - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Youbit Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Exchange After Second Hack, Files For Bankruptcy
phalse phace writes: After experiencing another hack, South Korean crypto-currency exchange Youbit has closed their doors and is filing for bankruptcy. BBC reports: "Youbit, which lets people buy and ...
12:00 am - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do You Print Too Little?
shanen writes: How many of you don't print much these days? What is the best solution to only printing a few pages every once in a while? Here are some dimensions of the problem... Inexpensive printer...
12:00 am - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Firefox Prepares To Mark All HTTP Sites 'Not Secure' After HTTPS Adoption Rises
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: The increased adoption of HTTPS among website operators will soon lead to browsers marking HTTP pages as "Not Secure" by default, and Mozill...
12:00 am - Thu, December 21, 2017
Slashdot Cable TV's Password-Sharing Crackdown Is Coming
Charter Communications' CEO, Tom Rutledge, is leading an industrywide effort to crack down on password sharing. It's a growing problem that could cost pay-TV companies millions of subscribers -- and b...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Apple Confirms iPhone With Older Batteries Will Take Hits On Performance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Reddit users have noticed that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. While many iPhone users have experienc...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot PSA: Spotify Now Available As a Snap For Linux
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Speaking of Spotify, the most popular streaming music service in the world has long supported Linux-based operating systems. Installing the official app was...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu 17.10 Temporarily Pulled Due To A BIOS Corrupting Problem
An anonymous reader writes: Canonical has temporarily pulled the download links for Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" from the Ubuntu website due to ongoing reports of some laptops finding their BIOS cor...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Apple Plans Combined iPhone, iPad and Mac Apps To Create One User Experience
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Apple's iPhone and iPad introduced a novel way of interacting with computers: via easy-to-use applications, accessible in the highly curated App Store. T...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot The UK Decides 10 Mbps Broadband Should Be a Legal Right
British homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband by 2020, the government said Wednesday, dismissing calls from the network provider BT that it should be a voluntary rather ...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin's Rise May Reflect a Monumental Transfer of Trust From Human Institutions Backed By Gov't To Systems Reliant on Well-Tested Code, Says Tim Wu
Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia, writing for the New York Times: Yet as Bitcoin continues to grow, there's reason to think something deeper and more important is going on. Bitcoin's rise may refle...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot EU's Top Court Rules That Uber Is a Transportation Company
Uber is a taxi company, according to a landmark ruling from Europe's highest court. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that the U.S. ride-hailing app is a transportation firm and not ...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Google Maps's Moat: How Far Ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?
An anonymous reader shares a report: Over the past year, we've been comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps in New York, San Francisco, and London -- but some of the biggest differences are outside of la...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Intel CEO Tells Employees: 'We Are Going To Take More Risks'
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told employees on Tuesday that the company will take more risks going forward and he said change will be the "new normal." From a report: In an internal memo that was sent to ...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Republican Lawmaker Introduces Net Neutrality Legislation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Variety: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced net neutrality legislation on Tuesday that prohibits internet providers from blocking and throttling conten...
10:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Coinbase Adds Support For Bitcoin Cash [Update: Disabled]
Popular digital exchange Coinbase has announced support for Bitcoin Cash. "Bitcoin Cash was created by a fork on August 1st, 2017," a blog post reads. "All customers who held a Bitcoin balance on Coin...
08:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua' Appears To Be Wrapped In An Organic Insulation Layer
dryriver writes: Oumuamua is the cigar-shaped object -- about 400 meters long and only 40 meters in the other dimensions -- that originated from somewhere else in the Galaxy and visited our Solar syst...
04:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Russia-Linked Twitter Accounts 'Tried To Divide UK' After Terrorist Attacks
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian: Fake social media accounts linked to Russia were used to influence and interfere with public debate in the aftermath of four terrorist attacks in the UK this...
04:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot France Passes Law To Ban All Oil, Gas Production By 2040
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: France's parliament has approved a law banning all exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 2040 within the country and its overseas terr...
02:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot The White House Is Temporarily Shutting Down Its Petition Website
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: We The People, the petition section of the White House's website, is shutting down for a promised January relaunch. First launched in 2011 under then-...
02:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Cloud-Based Repository Leak Exposes 123 Million American Households
"An Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 cloud storage bucket containing information from data analytics firm Alteryx has been found publicly exposed, comprising the personal information of 123 million U.S. h...
02:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Coinbase Adds Support For Bitcoin Cash
Popular digital exchange Coinbase has announced support for Bitcoin Cash. "Bitcoin Cash was created by a fork on August 1st, 2017," a blog post reads. "All customers who held a Bitcoin balance on Coin...
02:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Alternatives To Android Or iOS?
An anonymous Slashdot reader is asking whether or not there are any alternatives to Android or iOS smartphones: Like most of us, I've owned a few smartphones over time, ranging from a Nokia E71 to a S...
12:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot 'Loapi' Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Is Causing Phone Batteries To Bulge
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Newsweek: Security researchers have discovered a new form of powerful malware that secretly mines cryptocurrency on a person's smartphone, which can physically...
12:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Removes Google's Chrome Installer From the Windows Store
Not too long after Google published a Chrome app in the Windows Store, Microsoft removed it, claiming it "violates our Microsoft Store policies." The Verge reports: Citing the need to ensure apps "pro...
12:00 am - Wed, December 20, 2017
Slashdot Your Phone May Send You 'Blue Alerts' To Warn You When Local Police Are In Danger
The FCC recently announced a new alert program called "Blue Alert" that will notify the public of threats to law enforcement in real time. "With the creation of a dedicated Blue Alert event code in th...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Big Battery Outsmarts Lumbering Coal Units After Loy Yang Trips
The Tesla big battery is having a crucial impact on Australia's electricity market, far beyond the South Australia grid where it was expected to time shift a small amount of wind energy and provide ne...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot 'Productivity Is Dangerous'
Vincent Bevins, writing for The Outline: So every morning, I get messages asking me to click through to articles like "How I Optimized My Morning Routine To Get More Done Than ever -- before 8 a.m.!" ...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Backdoor Still Active on Many Android Devices
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Many Android users may still have a backdoor on their device, according to new revelations made today by the Malwarebytes' mobile security research team....
08:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Will Use Facial Recognition To Tell You When People Upload Your Picture
If someone uploads a photo of your face to Facebook, the company usually knows that it's you thanks to facial recognition technology. Now Facebook won't just know it's you -- it'll tell you about the ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Geekbench Results Visualize Possible Link Between iPhone Slowdowns and Degraded Batteries
Earlier this month a post on social media which suggested that Apple might be deliberately downgrading performance on iPhone models with degraded battery was widely circulated. Benchmark Primate Labs'...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Apple Seems To Have Forgotten About the Whole 'It Just Works' Thing
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, writing for ZDNet: "It just works." This is the phrase that Steve Jobs trotted out year after year to describe products or services that he was unveiling. Well, Steve is now lo...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot A Small Fintech Stock Surged 2,600 Percent in a Week After Announcing It's a Crypto Company
An anonymous reader shares a report: Fintech plus cryptocurrency equals about $7 billion. That's how much the value of LongFin surged to after the microcap's stock rocketed by as much as 2,600 percent...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Belgium Ends 19th-Century Telegram Service
Belgium's telegram service is about to stop. From a report: One hundred and seventy-one years after the first electrical message was transmitted down a line running alongside the railway between Bruss...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot New York City Moves To Create Accountability For Algorithms
The algorithms that play increasingly central roles in our lives often emanate from Silicon Valley, but the effort to hold them accountable may have another epicenter: New York City. From a report: La...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Think Twice About Buying Internet-connected Devices Off Ebay
If you're thinking about buying gadgets from auction sites such as Ebay, you will want to consider the potential risks. From a report: When you're buying from a third-party seller, it's a lot more dif...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot US Says North Korea 'Directly Responsible' For WannaCry Ransomware Attack
The White House has publicly blamed North Korea for a ransomware attack in May that locked more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries. From a report: In an opinion piece published in The Wall Street...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Backs Bill To Give Harassment Cases Their Day in Court, Waives Its Own Arbitration Clauses
Microsoft is throwing its weight behind a Senate bill that aims to ensure victims of workplace sexual harassment can make their case in court. In doing so, Microsoft has become the first Fortune 100 c...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Internal FCC Report Shows Republican Net Neutrality Narrative Is False
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A core Republican talking point during the net neutrality battle was that, in 2015, President Obama led a government takeover of the internet, and...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Venezuela Will Force Bitcoin Miners To Register With the Government
schwit1 shares a report from The Merkle: No one will be surprised to hear the Venezuelan government isn't too keen on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Since Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can't...
08:00 am - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Confirm There Was Life On Earth 3.5 Billion Years Ago
Paleobiologists have confirmed today that life forms existed some 3.5 billion years ago. The new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses the latest techni...
04:00 am - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Older Adults' Forgetfulness Tied To Faulty Brain Rhythms In Sleep, Study Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Older brains may forget more because they lose their rhythm at night. During deep sleep, older people have less coordination between two brain waves that ...
02:00 am - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Plexamp, Plex's Spin on the Classic Winamp Player, Is the First Project From New Incubator Plex Labs
Media software maker Plex today announced a new incubator and community resource called Plex Labs. "The idea here is to help the company's internal passion projects gain exposure, along with those fro...
02:00 am - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot WhatsApp Ordered To Stop Sharing User Data With Facebook
France's privacy watchdog CNIL has ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing user data with its parent company Facebook. According to a public notice posted on the French website, WhatsApp has a month to compl...
12:00 am - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Two Major ISPs Are Suffering Outages, Making the Internet Really Slow Right Now
Freshly Exhumed writes: Two major backbone internet service providers -- Level 3 and Cogent -- appear to be suffering from massive outages and downgraded service, according to ISP monitoring service D...
12:00 am - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot CDC Director Says No Words Are Actually Banned At the CDC
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PBS: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald on Sunday addressed a report that President Donald Trump's administration h...
12:00 am - Tue, December 19, 2017
Slashdot Facebook To Demote Posts That Ask For 'Likes' Or Shares
Facebook is cracking down on a new type of clickbait: Posts that ask people to "Like" or share or comment to goose engagement numbers, what Facebook is calling "engagement bait." Their solution? Demot...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot 'There Will Be a [Senate] Vote' To Reinstate Net Neutrality, Schumer Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he will force a vote on a bill that would reinstate the Federal Communications Commission...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Is Prohibiting Commercial Drivers From Using Its Supercharger Stations
Tesla has issued a new policy called Supercharger Fair Use, which prohibits new commercial drivers from using the red-and-white charging ports. The reason behind this new policy is to help alleviate c...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Google's Record Fine of $2.8 Billion Was a 'Deterrent,' EU Says
The European Union was aiming for a "deterrent effect" on Google and other technology giants when it ordered the Android-maker to pay 2.4 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for breaching antitrust law over ...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Sues Trump Administration Over Software Ban
Moscow-based anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab sued the Trump administration in U.S. federal court on Monday, arguing that the American government has deprived it of due process rights by banning its s...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot 'The Year That Software Bugs Ate the World'
FastCompany's harrymcc writes: It's not like there's ever a year that isn't rife with stories about buggy software. But 2017 seems to have had an unusually rich supply of software flaws that fouled up...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot China Blocks Foreign Companies From Mapping Its Roads for Self-Driving Cars
The Chinese government is blocking foreign companies from mapping its roads in great detail, according to a Financial Times (paywalled) report. The restrictions, which reportedly do not apply to Chine...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Japan Opens First Drive-through Funeral Service
A funeral home with a drive-thru window opened in Nagano Prefecture on Sunday, allowing mourners to pay their respects without getting out of the car. From a report: The operator of the Aishoden funer...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Ban Sale of Mini Mobiles, Says Justice Minister
Online retail companies should ban the sale of mini mobile phones designed to be smuggled into prisons, said justice secretary David Lidington on Monday. From a report: Often marketed as "Beat the Bos...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Disables Word DDE Feature To Prevent Further Malware Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: As part of the December 2017 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has shipped an Office update that disables the DDE feature in Word applications, after several malware campaigns have ...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Opera Software Changes Name To Otello Corporation
Opera Software has changed its name to Otello Corporation, it said in a statement on Monday. From a report: Otello owns companies that develop software for advertising, telecoms, games and other onlin...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Rolls Out Stricter Rules On Abusive Content
Twitter has begun enforcing stricter policies on violent and abusive content like hateful images or symbols, including those attached to user profiles. From a report: The new guidelines, which were fi...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot America's 'Rent Crisis' May Be Ending
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:A new study suggests that nearly a decade of housing shortages and rising rents in the U.S. may be reversing course... From 2010 to 2016, America added nearly a mill...
10:00 am - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Worst IT-Related Joke You've Ever Heard?
dryriver writes:In just about any field of employment -- whether you're a 3D artist, a pastry chef or a lawyer -- there's an abundance of jokes related to the profession, or to situations commonly enc...
06:00 am - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Ajit Pai Taunts Net Neutrality Critics. Mark Hamill Taunts Ajit Pai
An anonymous reader writes:Just days before voting to repeal net neutrality regulations, FCC chairman Ajit Pai introduced a comedy video at the annual gathering of the Federal Communications Bar Assoc...
04:00 am - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Can Intel's 'Management Engine' Be Repurposed?
Long-time Slashdot reader iamacat writes:Not a day goes by without a story about another Intel Management Engine vulnerability. What I get is that a lot of consumer PCs can access network and run x86 ...
02:00 am - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot A Book Recommendation for Bill Gates: The Story of PLATO
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: This holiday season, many Slashdot readers are likely to find gifts under the tree because of Bill Gates' book picks. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
12:00 am - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Reveals the Most-Trending Searches of 2017
"Google's annual list of the most popular searches is here, offering a peek into what people are really thinking about," writes CNN. An anonymous reader quotes their report:This year, you wanted to kn...
12:00 am - Mon, December 18, 2017
Slashdot Power Outage Strands Thousands at US Airport. 600 Flights Cancelled
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:A power outage at the world's busiest airport left thousands of passengers stranded in dark terminals and in planes sitting on the tarmac, amid a nationwide ground stop....
10:00 pm - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot What's The Best TV Show About Working in Tech?
An anonymous reader writes:Recently Gizmodo hailed "the best show ever made about Silicon Valley", asking its readers one question: why didn't you watch it? They're talking about AMC's Halt and Catch ...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Stolen Car Recovered With 11,000 More Miles -- and Lyft Stickers
The San Francisco Bay Area has more car thefts than any region in America, according to SFGate.com. A National Insurance Crime Bureau report found that between 2012 and 2014, there were an average of ...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Flat Earther Now Wants To Launch His Homemade Rocket From a Balloon
A Maine alternative newsweekly just interviewed self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes, who still believes that the earth is a flat, Frisbee-shaped disc. ("Think about this. Australia -- which...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Former Exec Who Said Facebook Was 'Destroying Society' Still Loves Facebook
Remember that former Facebook exec who felt "tremendous guilt" about creating tools "that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works"? He's now walking back his criticism -- at least som...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Trump Administration Prohibits CDC Policy Analysts From Using the Words 'Science-Based'
Long-time Slashdot reader hey! writes: On Friday the Washington Post reported that the Trump Administration has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control from using seven terms in certain documents: "...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Releases a Preview of OpenSSH Client and Server For Windows 10
kriston (Slashdot user #7,886) writes: Microsoft released a preview of the OpenSSH server and client for Windows 10. Go to Settings, Apps & Features, and click "Manage optional features" to instal...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Bundled a Password Manager with a Security Flaw
An anonymous reader writes: A Google security researcher has found and helped patch a severe vulnerability in Keeper, a password manager application that Microsoft has been bundling with some Windows ...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Do More People Use Firefox Than Edge and IE Combined?
A funny thing happened when Net Applications' statistics began excluding fake traffic from ad-defrauding bots. Computerworld reports:Microsoft's Edge browser is less popular with Windows 10 users than...
10:00 am - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp On Reality
rickih02 writes: In 2018, we will enter a new era of machine learning -- one in which AI-generated media looks and sounds completely real. The technologies underlying this shift will push us into new ...
06:00 am - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can Programmers Explain Their Work To Non-Programmers?
Slashdot reader Grady Martin writes:I disrespect people who describe their work in highfalutin terms... However, describing my own work as "programming solutions to problems" is little more than codif...
04:00 am - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Jumps Another 10% in 24 Hours, Sets New Record at $19,000
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Bitcoin's price set a new record on Saturday as the virtual currency rose above $19,000 for the first time on the Bitstamp exchange. The gains came just hours a...
02:00 am - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot 'State of JavaScript' Survey Results: Good News for React and TypeScript
"The JavaScript world is richer and messier than ever," reports this year's annual "State of JavaScript" survey, which collected data from over 28,000 developers on everything from favorite frameworks...
12:00 am - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot Predictive Keyboard Tries To Write a New Harry Potter Chapter
Long-time Slashdot reader Baron_Yam writes, "Some AI news items are amusing. This is one of those." ProKras reports:What do you get when a predictive keyboard app tries to write a new Harry Potter sto...
12:00 am - Sun, December 17, 2017
Slashdot The US Military Admits It Spent $22 Million Investigating UFOs
Long-time Slashdot reader Joosy writes, "Until 2012 the Pentagon had a program, the 'Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program', that tracked unidentified flying objects." An anonymous reader w...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Facial Recognition Algorithms -- Plus 1.8 Billion Photos -- Leads to 567 Arrests in China
"Our machines can very easily recognise you among at least 2 billion people in a matter of seconds," says the chief executive and co-founder of Yitu. The South China Morning Post reports: Yitu's Drago...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Google News Will Purge Sites Masking Their Country of Origin
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin or intentionally mislead readers, a further step to curb the spre...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot China Will Spend $3.3 Billion to Research Molten Salt Nuclear-Powered Drones
Long-time Slashdot reader WindBourne tipped us off to some news from The South China Morning Post:China is to spend 22 billion yuan (US$3.3 billion) trying to perfect a form of technology largely disc...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Why Linux HDCP Isn't the End of the World
"There is no reason for the open-source community to worry..." writes Daniel Stone, who heads the graphics team at open-source consultancy Collabora. mfilion quotes Collabora.com:Recently, Sean Paul f...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot 'The Gawker Foundation' is Crowdfunding a Bid To Re-Launch Gawker.com
"Gawker may soon return from the dead," reports TechCrunch.While Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot NASA Uses Its First Recycled SpaceX Rocket For a Re-Supply Mission
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post:SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Here's the Letter Alleging Uber Spied on Individuals For Competitive Intelligence
The judge in the $1.9 billion civil suit between Google-parent company Alphabet's self-driving car unit Waymo and Uber released the letter of a disgruntled former employee -- former Uber security offi...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot An Anonymous Bitcoin Millionaire Is Donating Their Fortune To Charities
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Tis the season for giving, and one Bitcoin investor claims to be giving away the majority of their cryptocurrency holdings after experiencing an incre...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Don't Keep Cellphones Next To Your Body, California Health Department Warns
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. They are asking people to decrease their use of these devices and suggest keepi...
08:00 am - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Chrome 64 Beta Adds Sitewide Audio Muting, Pop-Up Blocker, Windows 10 HDR Video
Chrome 64 is now in beta and it has several new features over version 63. In addition to a stronger pop-up blocker and support for HDR video playback when Windows 10 is in HDR mode, Chrome 64 features...
04:00 am - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot The Science That's Never Been Cited
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: One widely repeated estimate, reported in a controversial article in Science in 1990, suggests that more than half of all academic articles remain unci...
02:00 am - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Shutting Down Project Tango
Google announced that it is ending support for Project Tango, the company's first attempt to bring a solid augmented-reality experience to the average user. The project used an array of cameras and se...
02:00 am - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Slipped a 'Mr. Robot'-Promo Plugin Into Firefox and Users Are Pissed
MarcAuslander shares a report from Gizmodo: Mozilla sneaked a browser plugin that promotes Mr. Robot into Firefox -- and managed to piss off a bunch of its privacy-conscious users in the process. The ...
12:00 am - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot ISPs Won't Promise To Treat All Traffic Equally After Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader writes: The FCC voted to put an end to net neutrality, giving internet providers free rein to deliver service at their own discretion. There's really only one condition here: inter...
12:00 am - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Coinbase Wants Wall Street To Resolve Its Bitcoin Trust Issues
In an effort to use digital money to reinvent finance, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is trying to legitimize itself by convincing big money managers to trust it enough to trade on its exchange. The...
12:00 am - Sat, December 16, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Admits that Some Social Media Use Can Be Harmful
In a new installment of its "Hard Questions" series, Facebook acknowledged on Friday that social media can have negative effects on people, depending on how they use it. From a report: This might be t...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Canadian Cellphone Bills Are Some of the Highest In the World, Says Report
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from Straight: A report released this week by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) confirms that Canada ranks among the top three most c...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Norway Becomes First Country To Switch Off FM Radio
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Local Norway: Norway on Wednesday completed its transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of it...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot NVIDIA Titan V Benchmarks Show Volta GPU Compute, Mining and Gaming Strength
MojoKid shares a report from Hot Hardware: Although NVIDIA officially unveiled its Volta-based GV100 GPU a few months ago, the NVIDIA TITAN V featuring the GV100 began shipping just this past week. Th...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot China's Top Phone Makers Huawei and Xiaomi In Talks With Carriers To Expand To US Market
From a report: Huawei and Xiaomi are in talks with U.S. wireless operators about selling flagship smartphones to American consumers as soon as next year, according to people familiar with the matter. ...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Feds Moving Quickly To Cash in on Seized Bitcoin, Now Worth $8.4 Million
A federal judge in Utah has agreed to let the US government sell off a seized cache of over 513 bitcoins (BTC) and 512 Bitcoin Cash (BCH). At current prices, that would yield approximately $8.4 millio...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Lock Out: the Austrian Hotel That Was Hacked Four Times
AmiMoJo shares a BBC report: Christoph Brandstatter is managing director of the four-star Seehotel, Jagerwirt, in Austria's Alps. His hotel's electronic door locks and other systems were hacked for ra...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Considers Adding Python As an Official Scripting Language in Excel
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is considering adding Python as one of the official Excel scripting languages, according to a topic on Excel's feedback hub opened last month. Since it was opened...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Contact Lens Startup Hubble Sold Lenses With a Fake Prescription From a Made-up Doctor
Alison Griswold, reporting for Quartz: The Hubble contacts sitting in front of me are everything the ads promised: two weeks' worth of soft, daily lenses in robin's-egg-blue packaging. They arrived pr...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot One of Australia's Richest Men Lost $1 Million To Email Scam
Kaye Wiggins, reporting for Bloomberg: The multi-millionaire founder of Twynam Agricultural Group lost $1 million in an email fraud, a London court heard Thursday. The British man who facilitated the ...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Motherboard and VICE Are Building a Community Internet Network
In order to preserve net neutrality and the free and open internet, we must end our reliance on monopolistic corporations and build something fundamentally different: internet infrastructure that is l...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Targets First Half of 2018 for Smart Speaker
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung is aiming to introduce a smart speaker in the first half of 2018, entering a crowded field of voice-controlled devices from Amazon, Apple and Alphabet, peo...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Using Light Beam Tech To Connect Rural India To the Internet
Google is preparing to use light beams to bring rural areas of the planet online after it announced to a planned rollout in India. From a report: The firm is working with a telecom operator in Indian ...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot CIA Captured Putin's 'Specific Instructions' To Hack the 2016 Election, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: When Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James B. Comey all went to see Donald ...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot What Disney's Acquisition of Fox Means For the Future of Film and TV
Disney announced on Thursday it had reached a $52 billion deal to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox. It is "the biggest and most consequential media merger in an era of big and consequential ...
08:00 am - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Have Come Up With a Better Way To Weigh Millions of Solitary Stars
Science_afficionado writes: By measuring the flicker pattern of light from distant stars, astronomers have developed a new and improved method for measuring the masses of millions of solitary stars, e...
04:00 am - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot A Cryptocurrency Without a Blockchain Has Been Built To Outperform Bitcoin
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Bitcoin isn't the only cryptocurrency on a hot streak -- plenty of alternative currencies have enjoyed rallies alongside the Epic Bitcoi...
02:00 am - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Will Introduce Ads As Videos Start Playing
Facebook is going to start running pre-roll ads on its "Watch" videos next year. While you won't see your News Feed full of video ads, you will start to see pre-rolls, which will run for up to six sec...
02:00 am - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot DOJ Confirms Uber Is Being Investigated For Criminal Behavior
A newly released letter from the Department of Justice has formally acknowledged that federal prosecutors have an open criminal investigation into Uber. Ars Technica reports: Late last month, as part ...
02:00 am - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Noninvasive Radiation Therapy Halts Deadly Heart Rhythm
schwit1 shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The patients were gravely ill, their hearts scarred by infections or heart attacks. In each, the...
12:00 am - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot PSA: AIM Will Be Discontinued Tomorrow
Cutting_Crew writes: Along with Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and ICQ, I used AIM extensively (without an AOL subscription of course). AIM will finally come to a halt on December 15th, 2017, as repor...
12:00 am - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Attackers Deploy 'Triton' Malware Against Industrial Safety Equipment
wiredmikey writes: A new piece of malware designed to target industrial control systems (ICS) has been used in an attack aimed at a critical infrastructure organization, FireEye said on Thursday. The ...
12:00 am - Fri, December 15, 2017
Slashdot Lawmakers Are Fighting For Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Lawmakers and public officials are responding to the FCC's decision to gut net neutrality with promises of action. In the hours following the FCC he...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Will Resume Selling Apple TV, Google's Chromecast
Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: Amazon confirmed Thursday that it will again sell the Apple TV set-top box and Google Chromecast dongle. The company had stopped selling the devices amid disputes with ...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot NASA, Google Spot Eighth Planet in Solar System Rivaling Ours
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google isn't just good for finding cat videos on the internet. The search giant's machine learning technology is also helping search the universe for planets outsi...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot EFF: Accessing Publicly Available Information On the Internet Is Not a Crime
An anonymous reader quotes a report from EFF: EFF is fighting another attempt by a giant corporation to take advantage of our poorly drafted federal computer crime statute for commercial advantage -- ...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Space Is Not a Void
An anonymous reader shares an article: When President Kennedy announced the Apollo Program, he famously argued that we should go to the moon because it is hard. Solving the technical challenges of spa...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot The Trump Administration Just Voted To Repeal the US Government's Net Neutrality Rules
The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies power to potentially ...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Fortinet VPN Client Exposes VPN Creds; Palo Alto Firewalls Allow Remote Attacks
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's been a bad week for two of the world's biggest vendors of enterprise hardware and software -- Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. The worst of the bunch is a cre...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Google and Facebook 'Must Pay For News' From Which They Make Billions
Internet giants such as Google and Facebook must pay copyright charges for using news content on their platforms, nine European press agencies said. These giant platforms, news agencies said, make vas...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Wine Glasses Are Seven Times Larger Than They Used To Be
An anonymous reader shares a report: Our Georgian and Victorian ancestors may have enjoyed a Christmas tipple but -- judging by the size of the glasses they used -- they probably drank less wine than ...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Internet Traffic To Major Tech Firms Mysteriously Rerouted To Russia
wiredmikey writes: Internet traffic to some of the world's largest tech firms was briefly rerouted to Russia earlier this week in what appeared to be a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) attack. Internet m...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot FCC's Own Chief Technology Officer Warned About Net Neutrality Repeal
Margaret Harding McGill, reporting for Politico: The Federal Communications Commission's own chief technology officer expressed concern Wednesday about Republican Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to repeal th...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils Improved AI-powered Search Features for Bing
Microsoft unveiled a handful of new intelligent search features for Bing at an event held in San Francisco this week. From a report: Powered by AI, the search updates are meant to provide more thoroug...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Almost 100 Million People a Year 'Forced To Choose Between Food and Healthcare'
Almost 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of debts accrued through healthcare expenses. From a report: A report, published by the World Health Organization and the Wo...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Disney Makes Deal for 21st Century Fox, Reshaping Entertainment Landscape
Disney is going all in for its upcoming fight with Netflix and other streaming giants. The Walt Disney Company said Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox, t...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Star Wars: The Last Jedi Has Critics In Raptures
gollum123 shares a report from BBC: "Rousing." "Thrilling." "Addictively bold." Just a few of the superlatives the critics are using to describe the latest film in the Star Wars saga. The Last Jedi, w...
08:00 am - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Solar Power and Batteries Are Encroaching On Natural Gas In Energy Production
Socguy writes: The relentless downward march in cost of both solar and battery storage is poised to displace 10GW worth of natural gas peaker plant electricity production in the U.S. by 2027. Already ...
04:00 am - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Trump Administration Calls For Government IT To Adopt Cloud Services
According to Reuters, The White House said Wednesday the U.S. government needs a major overhaul of information technology systems and should take steps to better protect data and accelerate efforts to...
04:00 am - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Author of BrickerBot Malware Retires, Says He Bricked 10 Million IoT Devices
An anonymous reader writes: The author of BrickerBot -- the malware that bricks IoT devices -- has announced his retirement in an email to Bleeping Computer, also claiming to have bricked over 10 mill...
02:00 am - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Robots Are Being Used To Shoo Away Homeless People In San Francisco
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: San Francisco's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been ordered by the city to stop using a robot to patrol the sidewalks outs...
02:00 am - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Is Becoming a Cable Company
T-Mobile has revealed that it's launching a TV service in 2018, and that is has acquired Layer3 TV (a company that integrates TV, streaming and social networking) to make this happen. The company thin...
02:00 am - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Avast Launches Open-Source Decompiler For Machine Code
Greg Synek reports via TechSpot: To help with the reverse engineering of malware, Avast has released an open-source version of its machine-code decompiler, RetDec, that has been under development for ...
12:00 am - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Google To Open AI Center In China Despite Search Ban
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Google is deepening its push into artificial intelligence (AI) by opening a research center in China, even though its search services remain blocked in th...
12:00 am - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot Patreon Scraps New Service Fee, Apologizes To Users
Patreon has decided to halt its plans to add a service fee to patrons' pledges, a proposed update that angered many users. "We're going to press pause," CEO Jack Conte tells The Verge. "Folks have bee...
12:00 am - Thu, December 14, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Begins Testing High-Speed Internet Over Power Lines
AT&T has started trials to deliver high-speed internet over power lines. The company announced the news on Wednesday and said that trials have started in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location. Reu...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Universities Spend Millions on Accessing Results of Publicly Funded Research
Mark C. Wilson, a senior lecturer at Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, writing for The Conversation: University research is generally funded from the public purse. The results, h...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Maker of Sneaky Mac Adware Sends Security Researcher Cease-and-Desist Letters
Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet: The maker of a sneaky adware that hijacks a user's browser to serve ads is back with a new, more advanced version -- one that can gain root privileges and spy on the...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot The Environmental Cost of Internet Porn
An anonymous reader shares a report (condensed for space): Online streaming is a win for the environment. Streaming music eliminates all that physical material -- CDs, jewel cases, cellophane, shippin...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Uber's Massive Scraping Program Collected Data About Competitors Around The World
Kate Conger, reporting for Gizmodo: For years, Uber systemically scraped data from competing ride-hailing companies all over the world, harvesting information about their technology, drivers, and exec...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Mirai IoT Botnet Co-Authors Plead Guilty
Three hackers responsible for creating the massive Mirai botnet that knocked large swathes of the internet offline last year have pleaded guilty. Brian Krebs reports: The U.S. Justice Department on Tu...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Someone Used Wet String To Get a Broadband Connection
dmoberhaus shares a Motherboard report: A UK techie with a sense of humor may have found an alternative to expensive corporate broadband cables: some wet string. It's an old joke among network technic...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Russia-Linked Accounts Were Active on Facebook Ahead of Brexit
The Russia-linked troll farm that used Facebook to target Americans during last year's election was also active in the UK ahead of the Brexit vote (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternativ...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Almost 45 Million Tons of E-waste Discarded Last Year
A new study claims 44.7 million metric tons (49.3 million tons) of TV sets, refrigerators, cellphones and other electrical good were discarded last year, with only a fifth recycled to recover the valu...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Old Crypto Vulnerability Hits Major Tech Firms
wiredmikey writes: A team of researchers has revived an old crypto vulnerability and determined that it affects the products of several major vendors and a significant number of the world's top websit...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot No Matter What Happens With Net Neutrality, an Open Internet Isn't Going Anywhere, Says Former FCC Chairman
Michael K. Powell, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, writing for Recode: With an ounce of reflection, one knows that none of this will come to pass, and the imagined doom wil...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality Protests Move Online, Yet Big Tech Is Quiet
The New York Times: Protests to preserve net neutrality, or rules that ensure equal access to the internet, migrated online on Tuesday, with numerous online companies posting calls on their sites for ...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Andy Rubin's Essential Phone Considered Anything But
An anonymous reader shares a report: Andy Rubin's ambitions to create a new consumer electronics ecosystem are floundering at base camp. Sales of Essential's phone, which forms a key part of the strat...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot What Does Artificial Intelligence Actually Mean?
An anonymous reader writes: A new bill (pdf) drafted by senator Maria Cantwell asks the Department of Commerce to establish a committee on artificial intelligence to advise the federal government on h...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot AMD Is Open-Sourcing Their Official Vulkan Linux Driver
An anonymous reader writes: While many of you have likely heard of the "RADV" open-source Vulkan driver, it's been a community-written driver up to this point in the absence of AMD's official, cross-p...
08:00 am - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Why Meteoroids Explode Before Hitting the Earth
According to a new study from Purdue University, scientists have figured out why meteoroids explode before hitting the Earth. "The research, published in the December issue of the journal Meteoritics ...
04:00 am - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot The Silicon Valley Paradox: One In Four People Are At Risk of Hunger
Zorro shares a report from The Guardian: One in four people in Silicon Valley are at risk of hunger, researchers at the Second Harvest food bank have found. Using hundreds of community interviews and ...
02:00 am - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Instagram Will Now Let You Follow Hashtags In Your Main Feed
"Up until now, there were two ways to interact with a hashtag," reports The Verge. "You could click through a hashtag on a post, or you could search for a specific tag in the Explore section of the ap...
02:00 am - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Trump Signs Law Forcing Drone Users To Register With Government
President Trump signed a sweeping defense policy bill into law on Tuesday that will allow the government to require recreational drone users to register their model aircraft.This comes after a federal...
12:00 am - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Searchable Database of 1.4 Billion Stolen Credentials Found On Dark Web
YVRGeek shares a report from IT World Canada: A security vendor has discovered a huge list of easily searchable stolen credentials in cleartext on the dark web, which it fears could lead to a new wave...
12:00 am - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Former Uber Employees Have Gone Into Debt To Hang Onto Shares They Can't Sell
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Uber employees are lining up to sell their stock to Japanese technology giant SoftBank, which will buy up to 17% of outstanding shares for $33 each. Th...
12:00 am - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Officially Launches 'Threads,' a New Feature For Easily Posting Tweetstorms
New submitter FatdogHaiku writes: For those people that must use multiple tweets to rant (or educate) on Twitter, a feature called "Threads" is being rolled out to aid in creating "tweetstorms" (i.e. ...
12:00 am - Wed, December 13, 2017
Slashdot Trump Signs Into Law US Government Ban on Kaspersky Lab Software
President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from ...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Tech Support Scammers Invade Spotify Forums To Rank in Search Engines
Tech support scammers have been aggressively posting on Spotify forums to inject their phone numbers in a bid to vastly improve their odds of showing up on Google and Bing search results, a new report...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Ajit Pai Offers No Data For Latest Claim That Net Neutrality Hurt Small ISPs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: With days to go before his repeal of net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a press release about five small ISPs that he says were h...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot SEC Shuts Down Munchee ICO
The Securities and Exchange Commission has shut down Munchee, a company that built a $15 million token sale. According to TechCrunch, "The Munchee ICO aimed to fund the MUN coin, a payment system for ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Why Is Anime Obsessed With Power Lines?
An anonymous reader shares a report: Why are there so many shots of power lines in Japanese anime cartoons? The Tumblr Power Lines in Anime is dedicated to appreciating the truly lovely and surprising...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Paris Summit Finds New Money, Tech To Fight Climate Change
An anonymous reader shares an Associated Press report: World leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised Tuesday to devote new money and technology to slow global warming at a summit in Par...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Sales Hit 10 Million Units, Could Outdo the Wii
Nintendo's big bet on a hybrid portable and home game system is paying off, with 10 million Nintendo Switch units sold in nine months. From a report: Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime tol...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Inside Faraday Future's Financial House of Cards
Sean O'Kane, reporting for The Verge: When Faraday Future emerged from stealth mode in 2015, it promised to transform the car industry with an American-made luxury electric vehicle that would someday ...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot SEC Warns 'Extreme Caution' Over Cryptocurrency Investments As Many People Take Out Mortgages To Buy Bitcoin
The head of the US Securities and Exchange Commission has warned bitcoin and other cryptocurrency investors to beware of scams and criminal activity in the sector. In the financial regulator's stronge...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot We've Toned Down the 'Destroying Society' Shtick, Facebook Insists
Facebook has taken the unusual step of responding to comments by former VP Chamath Palihapitiya that the social media giant was "destroying how society works." Palihapitiya said that executives ignore...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Alleged Throttling of Older iPhones With Degraded Batteries Causes Controversy
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Reddit post over the weekend has drawn a flurry of interest after an iPhone 6s owner reported that a battery replacement significantly increased the device's per...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Apple iMac Pro Goes on Sale December 14th
Apple vowed to ship the iMac Pro in December, and it's making good on that promise. From a report: The company has confirmed that its workstation-grade all-in-one will be available on December 14th. I...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Why Google and Amazon Are Hypocrites
Amazon earlier this month responded to Google's decision to remove YouTube from all Fire TV products and the Echo Show. Google says it's taking this extreme step because of Amazon's recent delisting o...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot 129 Million Americans Can Only Get Internet Service From Companies That Have Violated Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Based on the Federal Communications Commission's own data, the Institute for Local Self Reliance found that 129 million Americans only have one op...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot France To Ban Mobile Phones In Schools
The French government is planning to ban students from using mobile phones in the country's primary, junior and middle schools. While children will be permitted to bring their phones to school, they w...
08:00 am - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is Your View On UFO Sightings?
dryriver writes: UFOs sightings have been reported in the tens of thousands over the last decades. In the past, some have seen flying cigar-shaped craft (blimps?), some flying triangles, some more rou...
04:00 am - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Synthetic DNA-Based Drug Is First To Slow Progress of Huntington's Disease
John.Banister writes: The Guardian reports of early success in the trial of a synthetic DNA based drug, Ionis-HTTRx, at University College London's Huntington's Disease Center. Bionews explains that t...
02:00 am - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot FCC Explains How Net Neutrality Will Be Protected Without Net Neutrality Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission is still on track to eliminate net neutrality rules this Thursday, but the commission said today that it ha...
02:00 am - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Free Preview of Its Quantum Development Kit
Microsoft is releasing a free preview version of its Quantum Development Kit. "The kit includes the Q# programming language and compiler and a local quantum computing simulator, and is fully integrate...
02:00 am - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Biggest IT Management Mistakes?
snydeq writes: Sure, nobody's perfect. But for those in charge of enterprise technology, the fallout from a strategic gaffe, bad hire, or weak spine can be disastrous, writes Dan Tynan, in an article ...
02:00 am - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Fees Are Skyrocketing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The cost to complete a Bitcoin transaction has skyrocketed in recent days. A week ago, it cost around $6 on average to get a transaction accepted...
12:00 am - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot Apple Buys Shazam To Boost Apple Music
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple agreed to acquire music-identification service Shazam, taking ownership of one of the first apps to demonstrate the power of the iPhone, recog...
12:00 am - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot AI-Assisted Fake Porn Is Here and We're All Screwed
New submitter samleecole shares a report from Motherboard: There's a video of Gal Gadot having sex with her stepbrother on the internet. But it's not really Gadot's body, and it's barely her own face....
12:00 am - Tue, December 12, 2017
Slashdot In-Store WiFi Provider Used Starbucks Website To Generate Monero Coins
hjf writes: On December 2nd, Twitter user Noah Dinkin tweeted a screenshot that showed that Starbucks' in-store "free WiFi" is using their captive portal to briefly mine the Monero cryptocurrency duri...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot LinkedIn Bro Poetry Pretty Much Sums Up 2017
An anonymous reader shares an article: It starts out like this: I was homeless. I was fired yesterday. I was walking home. I took an Uber. Someone stopped me on the street. My boss told me not to take...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot The First Women in Tech Didn't Leave -- Men Pushed Them Out
An anonymous reader writes: A column on the Wall Street Journal argues that sexism in the tech industry is as old as the tech industry itself. At its genesis, computer programming faced a double stigm...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon
President Trump has formally told NASA to send U.S. astronauts back to the moon. From a report: "The directive I'm signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Google Releases Tool To Help iPhone Hackers
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: Google has released a powerful tool that can help security researchers hack and find bugs in iOS 11.1.2, a very recent version of the iPhone ope...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality: 'Father Of Internet' Joins Tech Leaders in Condemning Repeal Plan
More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the "father of the internet", Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have urged the...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web
Brian Merchant, writing for Wired: There are some 269 billion emails sent and received daily. That's roughly 35 emails for every person on the planet, every day. Over 40 percent of those emails are tr...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media is Ripping Apart Society
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Verge: Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, w...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Futures Surge In First Day Of Trading
On their first day of trading, bitcoin futures surged past $18,000, adding to a streak for the digital currency that began the year at just $1,000 and has nearly tripled in value over the past month a...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot The Case that Bitcoin Is a Bubble
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the Economist: It seems that every day, Bitcoin seems to hit a new high. But the reported price can move up and down by $1,000 or so within a few hours. This...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Fired Tech Workers Turn To Chatbots for Counseling
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: For months Lovkesh Joshi was quietly terrified of losing his job as a manager at a top Indian tech services company. Joshi didn't want to burden his wife...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot German Intelligence Warns of Increased Chinese Cyberspying
The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has warned that China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources. From a report: Hans-Georg Maas...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot HP Laptops Found To Have Hidden Keylogger
Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models, BBC reported on Monday citing the findings of a security re...
12:00 pm - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way to Retrain Old IT Workers?
A medium-sized company just hired a new IT manager who wants advice from the Slashdot community about their two remaining IT "gofers":These people have literally been here their entire "careers" and a...
10:00 am - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Google's Machine Learning Is Analyzing Data From NASA's Kepler Space Telescope
NASA writes:NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The discovery was made by researc...
06:00 am - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Does Systemd Makes Linux Complex, Error-Prone, and Unstable?
"Systemd developers split the community over a tiny detail that decreases stability significantly and increases complexity for not much real value." So argues Nico Schottelius, talking about his exper...
04:00 am - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot After Automating Order-Taking, Fast Food Chains Had to Hire More Workers
An anonymous reader quotes the Atlantic:Blaine Hurst, the CEO and president of Panera, told me that because of its new [self-service] kiosks, and an app that allows online ordering, the chain is now p...
02:00 am - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Say Human Lifespans Have Already Hit Their Peak
An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek:We have reached our peak in terms of lifespan, athletic performance and height, according to a new survey of research and historical records... "These traits no lon...
12:00 am - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Top iOS Apps of 2017: Bitmoji Beats Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook Messenger
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Apple has unveiled its list of most downloaded iOS apps of the year, and topping the list is free custom emoji app Bitmoji... Bitmoji soared to the top of the list, than...
12:00 am - Mon, December 11, 2017
Slashdot Launch of Bitcoin Futures Trading Crashes CBOE Site
"5PM CT is the start of Bitcoin futures trading and the $CBOE website appears to be down," one market watcher posted on Twitter (and his observation was quickly confirmed by other cryptocurrency-watch...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot Exhausted Amazon Drivers Are Working 11-Hour Shifts For Less Than Minimum Wage
schwit1 quotes the Daily Mirror:Drivers are being asked to deliver up to 200 parcels a day for Amazon while earning less than the minimum wage, a Sunday Mirror investigation reveals today... Many rout...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot Coinbase Warns During Times of High Volatility, Access Could Become 'Unavailable'
An anonymous reader quotes City AM:A leading bitcoin exchange has warned that customers may be unable to get their money out quickly in the event of a crash in the cryptocurrency's price. Writing in a...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot FCC Refuses Records For Investigation Into Fake Net Neutrality Comments
"FCC general counsel Tom Johnson has told the New York State attorney general that the FCC is not providing information for his investigation into fake net-neutrality comments, saying those comments d...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot Did Programming Language Flaws Create Insecure Apps?
Several popular interpreted programming languages are affected by severe vulnerabilities that expose apps built on these languages to attacks, according to research presented at the Black Hat Europe 2...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's 'Malware Protection Engine' Had A Remote Code Execution Flaw
Slashdot reader Trax3001BBS shares an article from The Register:Microsoft posted an out-of-band security update Thursday to address a remote code execution flaw in its Malware Protection Engine. Redmo...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot Touting Government/Industry 'Partnership' on Security Practices, NIST Drafts Cybersecurity Framework Update
Remember NIST, the non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce? Their mission expanded over the years to protecting businesses from cyberthreats, including a "Cybersecurty Framework" firs...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot New Satellite Experiment Helps Confirm Einstein's Equivalence Principle
Part of Einstein's theory of general relativity posits that gravity equals inertial mass -- and for the first time in 10 years, there's new evidence that he's right. Slashdot reader orsayman reports:M...
12:00 pm - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Smartwatches Or Fitness Trackers?
"What's your opinion on the current state of smartwatches?" asks long-time Slashdot reader rodrigoandrade. He's been researching both smartwatches and fitness trackers, and shares his own opinions:- M...
10:00 am - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot 'Cards Against Humanity' Gives Out $1000 Checks
An anonymous reader writes: In November "Cards Against Humanity" announced "a complicated holiday promotion" where people paid $15 for six surprises in December. (For the first surprise in the Cards A...
06:00 am - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot Intel's ME May Be Massively Infringing on Minix3's Free Software License
Software engineer (and IP Watchdog contributor) Fredrik Ohrstrom (a.k.a. Slashdot reader anjara) writes:Almost all Free Software licenses (BSD, MIT, GPL...) require some sort of legal notice (legal at...
04:00 am - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot San Diego Comic-Con Wins Trademark Suit Against 'Salt Lake Comic Con'
The Deseret News reports:A jury has found that Salt Lake Comic Con founders Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg, along with their company, violated a trademark when they named their fan convention a "comic...
02:00 am - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot Autocratic Governments Can Now 'Buy Their Own NSA'
Citizen Lab has been studying information controls since 2001, and this week their director -- a Toronto political science professor -- revealed how governments (including Ethiopia's) are using powerf...
12:00 am - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot Emotion Recognition Systems Could Be Used In Job Interviews
dcblogs writes:Emotion recognition software identifies micro-expressions through video analysis. These are expressions that may be as fast as 1/25 of a second and invisible to the human eye, but a clo...
12:00 am - Sun, December 10, 2017
Slashdot China Has Launched the World's First All-Electric Cargo Ship
slash.jit writes:China has launched the world's first all-electric cargo ship. It can travel 80 kilometers (approximately 50 miles) after being charged for 2 hours. As noted by Clean Technica, 2 hours...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Updated Debian Linux 9.3 and 8.10 Released
An anonymous reader writes: The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename stretch). This point release mainly adds corrections for security i...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Glitch Took Thousands of Chromebooks Offline
Slashdot reader Bismillah was the first to notice stories about Chromebooks going offline. GeekWire reports:Tens of thousands, perhaps millions, of Google Chromebooks, widely prized by schools due to ...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot What Mistakes Can Stall An IT Career?
Quoting snydeq:"In the fast-paced world of technology, complacency can be a career killer," Paul Heltzel writes in an article on 20 ways to kill your IT career without knowing it. "So too can any numb...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot "The FCC Still Doesn't Know How the Internet Works"
An anonymous reader writes:The EFF describes the FCC's official plan to kill net neutrality as "riddled with technical errors and factual inaccuracies," including, for example, a false distinction bet...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Patreon Hits Donors With New Fees, Angering Creators
Patreon's changing their fee structure to make donors cover payment-processing fees (standardized to 2.9%) -- plus an additional 35 cents for every pledge. Long-time Slashdot reader NewtonsLaw reports...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Reporter Regrets Letting Amazon's Delivery People Into His House
An anonymous reader writes:Washington Post reporter Geoffrey A. Fowler describes his short-lived experience with "Amazon Key", a $250 smart lock system with a security camera that grants Amazon's deli...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot People Keep Finding Hidden Cameras in Their Airbnbs
"Airbnb has a scary problem on their hands: People keep finding hidden cameras in their rental homes," reports the New York Post. "Another host was busted last month trying to film guests without thei...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Sexual Harassment In Tech Is As Old As the Computer Age
Tekla Perry writes: Historian Marie Hicks, speaking at the Computer History Museum talks about how women computer operators and programmers were driven out of the industry, gives examples of sexual ha...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Reading Information Aloud To Yourself Improves Memory
According to a study in the journal Memory, reading aloud works by creating a "production effect" which cements information in your memory. Meanwhile, hearing words said in your own voice personalizes...
08:00 am - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Toyota's New Power Plant Will Create Clean Energy From Manure
schwit1 shares a report from Futurism: Japanese automobile giant Toyota is making some exciting moves in the realm of renewable, clean energy. The company is planning to build a power plant in Califor...
04:00 am - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot People Who Can't Remember Their Bitcoin Passwords Are Really Freaking Out Now
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Slate: Bitcoin has had quite a week. On Thursday, the cryptocurrency surged past $19,000 a coin before dropping down to $15,600 by Friday midday. The price of ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot 'Process Doppelganging' Attack Bypasses Most Security Products, Works On All Windows Versions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Yesterday, at the Black Hat Europe 2017 security conference in London, two security researchers from cyber-security firm enSilo have describ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Zero-Day iOS HomeKit Vulnerability Allowed Remote Access To Smart Accessories Including Locks
Apple has issued a fix to a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized control of accessories, including smart locks and garage door openers. "Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Insurers Are Rewarding Tesla Owners For Using Autopilot
Britain's largest auto insurance company Direct Line is testing out an idea to let Tesla owners receive a 5% discount for switching on the car's autopilot system, seeking to encourage use of a system ...
12:00 am - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Chrome 63 Offers Even More Protection From Malicious Sites, Using Even More Memory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: To further increase its enterprise appeal, Chrome 63 -- which hit the browser's stable release channel yesterday -- includes a couple of new secu...
12:00 am - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Reportedly Buying Shazam For Nearly Half a Billion Dollars
Apple is close to acquiring Shazam, one of the most recognized services for music recognition. While the exact amount is unknown, the service may be purchased by Apple for around $400 million. PhoneDo...
12:00 am - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Tesla Is Building Dedicated Chips For Autopilot
Elon Musk says Tesla is developing its own chip to run the Autopilot system in future vehicles from the firm. The news was revealed at a Tesla party that took place at the intelligence conference NIPS...
12:00 am - Sat, December 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Puts Android Accessibility Crackdown On Hold
Last month, Google issued a warning to Android app developers that they will no longer be able to access Android accessibility service functions in their apps, unless they can demonstrate that those f...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Says It Accidentally Banned A Bunch Of Accounts
An anonymous reader shares a report: Over the past 24 hours, some Twitter users had their profiles replaced with a notice saying their accounts were now being "withheld in: Worldwide." The "country wi...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Jony Ive Returns To Apple Design Management Role After Two Years
Zac Hall, writing for 9to5Mac: Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple's design group after handing off managerial duties in 2015. 9to5Mac noted that I...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot The Neon Glow of Tokyo Modified Car Culture
Jason Kottke: New Zealand drift racer Mike Whiddett recently travelled to Japan to explore Tokyo's "extraordinary after-dark modified auto scene." He found people making California-style lowriders, De...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Zimbabwe's Internet Went Down for About Five Hours. The Culprit Was Reportedly a Tractor.
Zimbabweans lost internet access en masse on Tuesday when a tractor reportedly cut through key fiber-optic cables in South Africa and another internet provider experienced simultaneous issues with its...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot 'Nature' Editorial Juxtaposes FOIA Email Release With Illegal Hacking
Jason Koebler and Sarah Emerson, reporting for Motherboard: Private emails between scientists working on a controversial genetic technology called "gene drive" were released last week. Obtained throug...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot YouTube to Launch New Music Subscription Service in March
An anonymous reader shares a report: YouTube plans to introduce a paid music service in March, according to people familiar with the matter, a third attempt by parent company Alphabet Inc. to catch up...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot 'Face Reality! We Need Net Neutrality!' Crowd Chants Across the Country
ArsTechnica staff took to the streets in Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco to capture rallies in support for net neutrality, a week before the FCC is scheduled to take a historic vote rolling...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Bringing Echo and Alexa To 80 Additional Countries in Major Global Expansion
Amazon is launching three of its Echo devices with Alexa in 80 additional countries starting today -- a major international expansion for the company's smart speakers and voice-based assistant. From a...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Bangladesh Bank, NY Fed Discuss Suing Manila Bank For Heist Damages
An anonymous reader shares a report: Bangladesh's central bank has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to join a lawsuit it plans to file against a Philippines bank for its role in one of the w...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot November Jobs Report: Economy Adds 228,000 Jobs; Unemployment Steady
An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November, according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate remained stea...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot About 40 Percent of Bitcoin Is Held By 1,000 Users. If a Few of Them Want To Sell, That Could Tank Values
On Nov. 12, someone moved almost 25,000 bitcoins, worth about $159 million at the time, to an online exchange. The news soon rippled through online forums, with bitcoin traders arguing about whether i...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Nvidia Announces 'Nvidia Titan V' Video Card: GV100 for $3000
Nvidia has announced the Titan V, the "world's most powerful PC GPU." It's based on Nvidia's Volta, the same architecture as the Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs behind Amazon Web Service's recently launched to...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Almost All Bronze Age Artifacts Were Made From Meteorite Iron
dryriver shares a report from Science Alert: According to a new study, it's possible that all iron-based weapons and tools of the Bronze Age were forged using metal salvaged from meteorites. The findi...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot GE Cuts 12,000 Jobs In Response To Falling Demand For Fossil Fuel Energy
In response to the drop in demand for fossil fuel energy, General Electric -- the world's largest maker of gas turbines -- announced plans to cut 12,000 jobs. Quartz reports: Those cuts will mostly co...
08:00 am - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Boeing CEO Says Boeing Will Beat SpaceX To Mars
Boeing's CEO says the megarocket his company is helping to build for NASA will deliver astronauts to the Red Planet before billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX. Space.com reports: According to Fortune, Boei...
04:00 am - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot The US Is Testing a Microwave Weapon To Stop North Korea's Missiles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: According to an NBC News report, the weapon -- which is still under development -- could be put on a cruise missile and shot at an enemy country from a B-...
02:00 am - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot What It Looks Like When You Fry Your Eye In An Eclipse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Doctors in New York say a woman in her 20s came in three days after looking at the Aug. 21 eclipse without protective glasses. She had peeked several time...
02:00 am - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Android 8.0 Oreo For Android Wear Released
According to a Google developer, Android 8.0 Oreo is rolling out to Android Wear devices starting today. The developer said "timing is determined by each watch's manufacturer." 9to5Google notes that t...
02:00 am - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot ISP Disclosures About Data Caps and Fees Eliminated By Net Neutrality Repeal
In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission forced ISPs to be more transparent with customers about hidden fees and the consequences of exceeding data caps. Since the requirements were part of the ...
12:00 am - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Could Be Hogging Batteries and Causing a Global Shortage, Says Report
According to a report from the Korea news outlet ETNews, Tesla's solution to fixing a manufacturing bottleneck responsible for a $619 million loss last quarter could be causing a global battery shorta...
12:00 am - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Apple Has Ruined Its Podcasts App
Mike Pesca, host of Slate's daily podcast The Gist, writes about the recent interface changes to Apple's Podcasts app (condensed): Up until two months ago, the Apple Podcasts app was the only podcasti...
12:00 am - Fri, December 8, 2017
Slashdot Bank of America Wins Patent For Crypto Exchange System
New submitter psnyder shares a report from CoinDesk: [The patent] outlined a potential cryptocurrency exchange system that would convert one digital currency into another. Further, this system would b...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot No One Makes a Living on Crowdfunding Website Patreon
Brent Knepper, writing for The Outline (condensed): Patreon is basically a payments processor designed like a social network. Every creator sets up a profile where they fill out a prompt about what th...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Miners Are Using Old Tires to Power Their Rigs
Christopher Malmo, writing for Motherboard: An entrepreneurial cryptocurrency mining company has just announced an unusual deal: it has partnered with a tire-based waste-to-energy company in the Unite...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Volkswagen Executive Sentenced To Maximum Prison Term For His Role In Dieselgate
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, a U.S. District judge in Detroit sentenced Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen executive, to seven years in prison for his role in ...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Opens Registration For .BOT Domain Name
Amazon began accepting registration requests for .BOT domain name from the public this week as the e-commerce giant comes to realize the potential of the top level domain name it secured rights for tw...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Google's Mobile Search Results Now Include Videos Of Celebrities Answering Your Questions
Google is testing a new feature that will allow celebrities and other notable figures to answer users' search queries directly in the form of "selfie" videos posted in the Google Search results. From ...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Inside Oracle's Cloak-and-dagger Political War With Google
schwit1 shares a Recode report: The story that appeared in Quartz this November seemed shocking enough on its own: Google had quietly tracked the location of its Android users, even those who had turn...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot San Francisco To Restrict Goods Delivery Robots
San Francisco officials have voted to restrict where delivery robots can go in the city, in a blow for the burgeoning industry. From a report: Start-ups will have to get permits to use such bots, whic...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky To Close Washington Office But Expand Non-State Sales
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Russian software-maker, whose products are banned for use in federal information systems by the U.S. government, is seeking to remain in the North American marke...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot The Firestorm This Time: Why Los Angeles Is Burning
The Thomas Fire spread through the hills above Ventura, in the northern greater Los Angeles megalopolis, with the speed of a hurricane. Driven by 50 mph Santa Ana winds -- bone-dry katabatic air movin...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Keylogger Found On Nearly 5,500 WordPress Sites
An anonymous reader writes: Nearly 5,500 WordPress sites are infected with a malicious script that logs keystrokes and sometimes loads an in-browser cryptocurrency miner. The malicious script is being...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Uber Paid 20-year-old Florida Man To Keep Data Breach Secret
A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber last year and he was paid by the company to destroy the data through a so-called "bug bounty" program, three people familiar...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Nears $17,000 After Climbing About $4,000 in Less Than a Day
As economists attempt to make sense of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency rocketed above $17,000 for the first time moments ago, adding about $4,000 to its price in fewer than 24 hours. Security reporter Bri...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Airlines Restrict 'Smart Luggage' Over Fire Hazards Posed By Batteries
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Airlines including American, Delta and Alaska have announced restrictions on so-called smart luggage because the lithium-ion batteries found in many of th...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Jordan Peele To Executive Produce CBS 'The Twilight Zone' Reboot
A couple of weeks ago, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves revealed that the network was planning to reboot the classic fantasy science-fiction TV series "The Twilight Zone." Few details about the show were availa...
08:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Earth Will Likely Be Much Warmer In 2100 Than We Anticipated, Scientists Warn
According to a new analysis of the most realistic climate models to date, global temperature rise by 2100 could be 15 percent higher than the highest projections from the United Nations' Intergovernme...
04:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Judge Dismisses Lawsuit That Claims Google Paid Female Employees Less Than Male Colleagues
A California judge has rejected a class action claim against Google for alleged gender inequity. In September, three female Google employees filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming the search giant "...
04:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Victims of Mystery Attacks In Cuba Left With Anomalies In Brain Tissue
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: American victims of mysterious attacks in Cuba have abnormalities in their brains' white matter, according to new medical testing reported by the...
02:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot EU Urges Internet Companies To Do More To Remove Extremist Content
Internet groups such as Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter need to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms, the European Commission said after a meeting on Wednes...
02:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do I Explain Copyright To My Kids?
orgelspieler writes: My son paid for a copy of a novel on his iPad. When his school made it against the rules to bring iPads, he wanted to get the same book on his Kindle. I tried to explain that the ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot AMD Quietly Made Some Radeon RX 560 Graphics Cards Worse
Brad Chacos: When the Radeon RX 560 launched in April it was the only RX 500-series card with a meaningful under-the-hood tech boost compared to the RX 400-series. The graphics processor in the older ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot FCC Chair Ajit Pai Falsely Claims Killing Net Neutrality Will Help Sick and Disabled People
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: One popular claim by the telecom sector is that net neutrality rules are somehow preventing people who are sick or disabled from gaining access to...
02:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot ReactOS 0.4.7 Released
jeditobe writes: OSNews reports that the latest version of ReactOS has been released: "ReactOS 0.4.7 has been released, and it contains a ton of fixes, improvements, and new features. Judging by the s...
02:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Warrantless Surveillance Can Continue Even If Law Expires, Officials Say
According to a New York Times report citing American officials, the Trump administration has decided that the National Security Agency and the FBI can lawfully keep operating their warrantless surveil...
12:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Boosts CPU and GPU Performance, Delivers 4K HDR Capture, 3x Faster AI Processing
MojoKid writes: Qualcomm provided a deep-dive view today of its Snapdragon 845 mobile processor platform that it recently announced, highlighting key advancements in what the company is referring to a...
12:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot NiceHash Hacked, $62 Million of Bitcoin May Be Stolen
New submitter Chir breaks the news to us that the NiceHash crypto-mining marketplace has been hacked. The crypto mining pool broke the news on Reddit, where users suggest that as many as 4,736.42 BTC ...
12:00 am - Thu, December 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple Issues Security Updates for MacOS, iOS, TvOS, WatchOS, and Safari
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Over the course of the last four days, Apple has released updates to address security issues for several products, such as macOS High Sierra, Safari, wat...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Steam Ends Support For Bitcoin
Valve is ending support for Steam purchases made with bitcoin, the company said today, citing "high fees and volatility" in the value of the cryptocurrency. In a statement, it said: "In the past few m...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Inside Baidu's Bid To Lead the AI Revolution
mirandakatz writes: China's search giant missed mobile: As WeChat and Alibaba deftly transformed their companies to suit mobile, Baidu stayed stuck in browser mode. It can't afford to make that mistak...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Google's DeepMind AI Becomes a Superhuman Chess Player In a Few Hours
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In a new paper published this week, DeepMind describes how a descendant of the AI program that first conquered the board game Go has taught itself t...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot AI Can Beat Humans Only One Game At a Time
An anonymous reader shares a report: Despite all of the potential for artificial intelligence to solve our most vexing problems, it's still in a primitive state, according to a new report by Stanford ...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Facebook and YouTube Are Full of Pirated Video Streams of Live NFL Games
Pirated video streams of televised National Football League games are widespread on Facebook and on Google's YouTube service, CNBC has found. From a report: Using technology from these internet giants...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot The International Space Station is Super Germy
Thousands of species have colonized the International Space Station -- and only one of them is Homo sapiens. From a report: According to a new study in the journal PeerJ, the interior surfaces of the ...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot 'Bitcoin Could Cost Us Our Clean-Energy Future'
An anonymous reader shares an article: Bitcoin wasn't intended to be an investment instrument. Its creators envisioned it as a replacement for money itself -- a decentralized, secure, anonymous method...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Air Pollution Harm To Unborn Babies May Be Global Health Catastrophe, Warn Doctors
Air pollution significantly increases the risk of low birth weight in babies, leading to lifelong damage to health, according to a large new study. From a report: The research was conducted in London,...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Yahoo Sues Mozilla For Breach of Contract -- So Mozilla Counter Sues Yahoo
Mark Wilson writes: Mozilla and Yahoo have started a legal spat about the deal that existed between the two companies regarding the use of the Yahoo search engine in the Firefox browser. On December 1...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Tops List of Best Places To Work -- Again
From a report: If you work at Facebook, count yourself pretty lucky. And not just for the free meals, on-site health care or new-parent benefits. But those things probably factor into the social-netwo...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot 'We Could Fund a Universal Basic Income With the Data We Give Away To Facebook and Google'
Tristan Greene reports via The Next Web: A universal basic income (UBI), wherein government provides a monthly stipend so citizens can afford a home and basic necessities, is something experts believe...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot New Evidence Points To Icy Plate Tectonics On Europa
According to new research published today in Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, Europa has what it takes to support plate tectonics. "Using computer models, a team lead by Brown University plan...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Prime Video App Launches on Apple TV
Six months after Apple chief executive Tim Cook said Amazon's Prime Video service would be coming to Apple TV, the much anticipated on-demand video streaming service has arrived on tvOS. Similar to ot...
08:00 am - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Google Wants Progressive Web Apps To Replace Chrome Apps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Police: The Chrome Web Store originally launched in 2010, and serves a hub for installing apps, extensions, and themes packaged for Chrome. Over a year...
04:00 am - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot 'Watershed' Medical Trial Proves Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed
dryriver writes: For those suffering from type 2 diabetes, there is good news. Nearly half of the participants in a watershed trial of a new diabetes treatment were able to reverse their affliction. T...
04:00 am - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot US Says It Doesn't Need a Court Order To Ask Tech Companies To Build Encryption Backdoors
schwit1 shares a report from Gizmodo: According to statements from July released this weekend, intelligence officials told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that there's no need for them to...
02:00 am - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot ISPs and Movie Industry Prepare Canadian Pirate Site Blocking Deal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: A coalition of movie industry companies and ISPs, including Bell, Rogers, and Cineplex are discussing a proposal to implement a plan to allow for...
02:00 am - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot 40 Percent of America Will Cut the Cord By 2030, New Report Predicts
bumblebaetuna shares a report from Motherboard: By 2030, as many as 40 percent of Americans will have cut the cord, according to predictions in a new report by market analyst TDG Research. The percent...
02:00 am - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Feds Shut Down Allegedly Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Offering
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announced that it was taking action against an initial coin offering (ICO) that the SEC alleges ...
12:00 am - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Tencent Says There Are Only 300,000 AI Engineers Worldwide, But Millions Are Needed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: It's well-established that talent is in short supply in the AI industry, but a new report from Chinese tech giant Tencent underscores how great the ...
12:00 am - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Announces Latest Snapdragon 845 Processor
The processor to power the next generation of Android flagship smartphones has been announced today. Qualcomm unveiled the new Snapdragon 845 processor at the 2017 Snapdragon Tech Summit, where Micros...
12:00 am - Wed, December 6, 2017
Slashdot Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams Team Up For 'Star Trek' Movie
Quentin Tarantino reportedly has a pitch for a Star Trek film, and he has shared his vision with J.J. Abrams. According to Hollywood Reporter, "Tarantino and Abrams have plans to bring together a writ...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Pulling YouTube Off the Fire TV and Echo Show as Feud With Amazon Grows
An anonymous reader shares a report: Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming from Amazon's Echo Show device -- the first skirmish in what is apparently an ongoing war. Shortly after, Amazon s...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Health Secretary Hits Out at Facebook's New App, Says 'Stay Away From My Kids'
Jeremy Hunt has publicly attacked Facebook for releasing a version of its Messenger app aimed at children, and called on the social media company to "stay away from my kids." From a report: The health...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Why Some People Can Hear Silent GIF
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Some people claim they can hear a thudding sound when the pylon hits the ground and the picture vibrates. Last weekend, Dr Lisa DeBruine from the Institute of ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Trump Is Looking at Plans For a Global Network of Private Spies
David Gilbert, writing for Vice: The White House is reportedly looking at a proposal to create a ghost network of private spies in hostile countries -- a way of bypassing the intelligence community's ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Germany Preparing Law for Backdoors in Any Type of Modern Device
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: German authorities are preparing a law that will force device manufacturers to include backdoors within their products that law enforcement agencies coul...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Debuts Windows 10 on ARM; Asus and HP Unveil Laptops With 20-Hour Battery Life, Gigabit LTE
Mary Jo Zoley, writing for ZDNet: A year ago, Microsoft announced it was working with its PC partners to bring Windows 10 to Qualcomm's ARM processors. The resulting machines, part of the "Always Conn...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Gizmodo: Don't Buy Anyone an Amazon Echo Speaker
Adam Clark Estes, writing for Gizmodo: Three years ago, we said the Echo was "the most innovative device Amazon's made in years." That's still true. But you shouldn't buy one. You shouldn't buy one fo...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Contributors To Prominent Publications Have Taken Payments in Exchange For Positive Coverage
Jon Christian, reporting for The Outline: Interviews with more than two dozen marketers, journalists, and others familiar with similar pay-for-play offers revealed a dubious corner of online publishin...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot A Popular Virtual Keyboard App Leaks 31 Million Users' Personal Data
Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet: Personal data belonging to over 31 million customers of a popular virtual keyboard app has leaked online, after the app's developer failed to secure the database's s...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Android Go Will Make the Most Basic Phones Run Smoothly
Entry-level phones may cost less than big hitters, but they come at the cost of space, speed and efficiency. Google's looking to change that with Android Go. From a report: Android Oreo (Go Edition) w...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot YouTube To Hire More Than 10,000 Content Moderators on Staff Next Year To Stop Its Child Exploitation Problem
YouTube is adding more human moderators and increasing its machine learning in an attempt to curb its child exploitation problem, the company's CEO Susan Wojcicki said. From a report: The company plan...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot The Compelling Case For Working Less
An anonymous reader shares a report from the BBC, written by Amanda Ruggeri: As we fill our days with more and more "doing," many of us are finding that non-stop activity isn't the apotheosis of produ...
10:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot The World's Astonishing Dependence On Fossil Fuels Hasn't Changed In 40 Years
schwit1 shares a report from Quartz, adding: "Maybe 'dependence' is a poor description of poor people using the ready availability of cheap energy to help lift themselves out of poverty": There are fe...
06:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot State Board Concedes It Violated Free Speech Rights of Oregon Man Fined For Writing 'I Am An Engineer'
According to Oregon Live, "A state panel violated a Beaverton man's free speech rights by claiming he had unlawfully used the title 'engineer' and by fining him when he repeatedly challenged Oregon's ...
04:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare's CEO Has a Plan To Never Censor Hate Speech Again
"Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince hated cutting off service to the infamous neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer in August," reports Ars Technica. "And he's determined not to do it again. 'I'm almost a free-s...
04:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Fewer Toys Gives Kids a Better Quality of Playtime, Study Claims
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New York Post: Toddlers with just a few toys were more creative and focused than tots with more choices, according to the study, published in an upcoming editi...
02:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Not Even Free TV Can Get People To Stop Pirating Movies and TV Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Since the internet made it easier to illegally download and stream movies and TV shows, Hollywood struggled with people pirating its works online. Abou...
02:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Gamer Streams Pay-Per-View UFC Fight By Pretending To Play It
WheezyJoe writes: A pay-per-view UFC Match was streamed in its entirety on Twitch and other platforms by a gamer pretending he was "playing" the fight as a game. The gamer, AJ Lester, appearing in the...
02:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Finally Launches In Australia
After a very soft launch on Nov. 23, Amazon has officially launched in Australia. Mashable reports: One of the biggest things to happen to Australia's retail sector, Amazon's website has switched over...
12:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot FCC Won't Delay Vote, Says Net Neutrality Supporters Are 'Desperate'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission will move ahead with its vote to kill net neutrality rules next week despite an unresolved court case that ...
12:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot PayPal Says 1.6 Million Customer Details Stolen In Breach At Canadian Subsidiary
New submitter Kargan shares a report from BleepingComputer: PayPal says that one of the companies it recently acquired suffered a security incident during which an attacker appears to have accessed se...
12:00 am - Tue, December 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Start Paying Ireland the Billions It Owes In Back Taxes
Last year, Apple was ordered to pay a record sum of 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker's tax bill. "But Irelan...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot NYTimes Editorial Board: The FCC Wants To Let Telecoms Cash In on the Internet
The New York Times' Editorial Board writes: The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to let Comcast, Verizon and other broadband companies turn the internet into a latter-day versio...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Nations Agree To Ban Fishing in Arctic Ocean For At Least 16 Years
Several readers share a report: Nine nations and the European Union have reached a deal to place the central Arctic Ocean (CAO) off-limits to commercial fishers for at least the next 16 years. The pac...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Man Hacks Jail Computer Network To Get Inmate Released Early
An anonymous reader writes: A Michigan man pleaded guilty last week to hacking the computer network of the Washtenaw County Jail, where he modified inmate records in an attempt to have an inmate relea...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Lead Developer of Popular Windows Application Classic Shell Is Quitting
WheezyJoe writes: Classic Shell is a free Windows application that for years has replaced Microsoft's Start Screen or Start Menu with a highly configurable, more familiar non-tile Start menu. Yesterda...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Vidme To Shut Down On Dec 15th 2017
New submitter substance2003 writes: Vid.me has announced they are shutting down on December 15th 2017 citing that they could not find a path to sustainability. This news should be of concern as conten...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot The Winklevoss Twins Are Now Bitcoin Billionaires
The twin brothers who gained notoriety for suing Mark Zuckerberg over the claim that they started Facebook have done remarkably well in the wake of Bitcoin's record gains. From a report: Cameron and T...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Apple, Google CEOs Bring Star Power as China Promotes Censorship
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai made their first appearances at China's World Internet Conference, bringing star power to a gathering the Chi...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot To Solve the Diversity Drought in Software Engineering, Look to Community Colleges
An anonymous reader shares a report: Community college is not flashy and does not make promises about your future employability. You will also likely not learn current way-cool web development technol...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Launches New Messenger App for Young Kids -- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
More than one billion people use Facebook's Messenger app to communicate every month. Now the social juggernaut is going after the younger audience. On Monday, it announced Messenger Kids, a standalon...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot People Have Spent Over $1M Buying Virtual Cats on the Ethereum Blockchain
Launched a few days ago, CryptoKitties is essentially like an digital version of Pokemon cards but based on the Ethereum blockchain. And like most viral sensations that catch on in the tech world, it'...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Texting Is 25 Years Old
Readers share a report: The first text message was sent on Dec. 3, 1992, by British engineer Neil Papworth to Richard Jarvis, an executive at British telecom Vodafone. Typed out on a PC, it was sent t...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Apple Snafu Means Updating To macOS 10.13.1 Could Reactivate Root Access Bug
Mark Wilson writes: A few days ago, a serious security flaw with macOS High Sierra came to light. It was discovered that it was possible to log into the 'root' account without entering a password, and...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot From the Arctic's Melting Ice, an Unexpected Digital Hub
Cecilia Kang, reporting for the New York Times: This is one of the most remote towns in the United States, a small gravel spit on the northwest coast of Alaska, more than 3,700 miles from New York Cit...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Why 'Shark Tank' Investor Kevin O'Leary Refuses To Spend $2.50 On a Cup of Coffee
An anonymous reader shares a report: Kevin O'Leary has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in small businesses over the course of his tenure as a star and investor on ABC's "Shark Tank." But the...
12:00 pm - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Should Apple Share iPhone X Face Data With App Developers?
The Washington Post ran a technology column asking what happens "when the face-mapping tech that powers the iPhone X's cutesy 'Animoji' starts being used for creepier purposes." It's not just that the...
10:00 am - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Billionaires Award $22 Million in 'Breakthrough Prizes'
An anonymous reader quote The Guardian:The most glitzy event on the scientific calendar took place on Sunday night when the Breakthrough Foundation gave away $22 million in prizes to dozens of physici...
06:00 am - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Two Stars Collided And Solved Half of Astronomy's Problems. Now What?
"It's hard to overstate the enormous leap forward that astronomy took on August 17, 2017," reports an article shared by schwit1: On that day, astronomers bore witness to the titanic collision of two n...
04:00 am - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Trolls the Media With a Clip From 'Spaceballs'
An anonymous reader writesElon Musk is having fun on Twitter, where he's either promoting the new line of $20 "Boring Company" hats or trolling the media. "To preserve the transcendent majesty & s...
02:00 am - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot How 'Grinch Bots' Are Ruining Online Christmas Shopping
Yes, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer actually called them "Grinch bots." From the New York Post:The senator said as soon as a retailer puts a hard-to-get toy -- like Barbie's Dreamhouse or Nintendo game sy...
12:00 am - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Should Teachers Get $100 For Steering Kids To Google's 'Hour of Code' Lesson?
Tomorrow's "Hour of Code" kick-off event features Melinda Gates, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and "multiple state governors," reports theodp -- who has some concerns.With ...
12:00 am - Mon, December 4, 2017
Slashdot Google's AI Built an AI that Outperforms Any Made By Humans
schwit1 quotes ScienceAlert: In May 2017, researchers at Google Brain announced the creation of AutoML, an artificial intelligence (AI) that's capable of generating its own AIs. More recently, they de...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot '24 Pull Requests' Suggests Contributing Code For Christmas
An anonymous reader writes:"On December 1st, 24 Pull Requests will be opening its virtual doors once again, asking you to give the gift of a pull request to an open source project in need," writes UK-...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot Dell Begins Offering Laptops With Intel's 'Management Engine' Disabled
An anonymous reader quotes Liliputing.comLinux computer vendor System76 announced this week that it will roll out a firmware update to disable Intel Management Engine on laptops sold in the past few y...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot PHP Now Supports Argon2 Next-Generation Password Hashing Algorithm
An anonymous reader quotes Bleeping Computer: PHP got a whole lot more secure this week with the release of the 7.2 branch, a version that improves and modernizes the language's support for cryptograp...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot StartCom Will Stop Issuing Certificates, Revoking Them All in 2020
thegarbz writes: Startcom, a certificate authority which as we covered previously has been distrusted by Mozilla, by Google, and recently also by Microsoft, has announced that it will cease trading as...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot Can Researchers Detect Irregular Heart Rhythms with the Apple Watch?
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today: Might wearing an Apple Watch save you from a stroke or cardio problem? Apple is careful not to make that direct claim. But the company, in collaboration with Stan...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot R.I.P., Cape Wind
schwit1 quotes the Boston Globe: What a long, slow death it has been for Massachusetts's first proposed offshore wind farm. But now, its proponents are finally pulling the plug. While others in the en...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot Your Brain 'Blinks' When Your Attention Shifts, Researchers Discover
Science_afficionado quotes Vanderbilt University's Research News:When your attention shifts from one place to another, your brain blinks. The blinks are momentary unconscious gaps in visual perception...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Says Bitcoin 'Ought to be Outlawed'
Bitcoin "is drawing harsh criticism from Wall Street investment firms," writes Slashdot reader rmdingler -- and even from some prominent economists. CNN reports: The harshest assessment came from Nobe...
10:00 am - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot Is Open Source Innovation Now All About Vendor On-Ramps?
InfoWorld published an interesting essay from Matt Asay, former COO at Canonical (and an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initiative), about innovation from the big public cloud vendors, which...
06:00 am - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot Massive Financial Aid Data Breach Proves Stanford Lied For Years To MBAs
14 terabytes of "highly confidential" data about 5,120 financial aid applications over seven years were exposed in a breach at Stanford's Graduate School of Business -- proving that the school "misled...
04:00 am - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot 'App Truthers' Question the Accuracy of the Domino's Pizza Tracker
Despite the fact that 60% of its pizza orders arrive digitally, "A growing number of Domino's delivery customers are casting a critical eye at the company's online pizza-tracking app," reports the lif...
02:00 am - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot How Converting A C Game to JavaScript Gave Us WebAssembly
Slashdot reader Beeftopia shares "a detailed history of WebAssembly...from one of the developers." IEEE Spectrum reports that "Like a lot of stories about tech innovation, this one started with video ...
12:00 am - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot Valuable Republican Donor Database Breached -- By Other Republicans
Politico reports:Staffers for Senate Republicans' campaign arm seized information on more than 200,000 donors from the House GOP campaign committee over several months this year by breaking into its c...
12:00 am - Sun, December 3, 2017
Slashdot Shouting 'Pay Your Taxes', Activists Occupy Apple Stores in France
An anonymous reader quotes MarketWatch:A group of global activists stormed and occupied several Apple Stores in France on Saturday in a move aimed at pressuring the company to pay up on a €13 bil...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Understanding the New Red Hat-IBM-Google-Facebook GPL Enforcement Announcement
Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond -- and he's also Slashdot reader #3872. Bruce Perens writes: Red Hat, IBM, Google, and Facebook announced that they would give infr...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Free Game Company Sues 14-Year-Old Over 'Cheats' Video -- Claiming DMCA Violation
Bizzeh shared this report from the BBC:A mother has written a letter in defense of her 14-year-old son who is facing a lawsuit over video game cheats in the US. Caleb Rogers is one of two people facin...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Releases Open Source Speech Recognition Model, Massive Voice Dataset
Mozilla's VP of Technology Strategy, Sean White, writes:I'm excited to announce the initial release of Mozilla's open source speech recognition model that has an accuracy approaching what humans can p...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot A Programing Error Blasted 19 Russian Satellites Back Towards Earth
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica's report on Russia's failed attempt to launch 19 satellites into orbit on Tuesday:Instead of boosting its payload, the Soyuz 2.1b rocket's Fregat upper stage fi...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Perl, Perl 6, and Two Application Frameworks Release 2017 Advent Calendars
An anonymous reader writes:Friday saw this year's first new posts on the Perl Advent Calendar, a geeky tradition first started back in 2000. It describes Santa including Unicode's "Father Christmas" e...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Drone Pilot Arrested After Flying Over Two Stadiums, Dropping Leaflets
"A man with an anti-media agenda was arrested in Oakland after he flew a drone over two different stadiums to drop leaflets" last Sunday, writes Slashdot reader execthis. A local CBS station reports:A...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Plans To Blast a Tesla Roadster Into Orbit Around Mars
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Previously, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said he intends to launch the "silliest thing we can imagine" on the maiden launch of the Falcon Heavy. This is partly ...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Electric Cars Are Already Cheaper To Own and Run Than Petrol Or Diesel, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel cars in the UK, US and Japan, new research shows. The lower cost is a key ...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot GM Says It Will Put Fleets of Self-Driving Cars In Cities In 2019
General Motors has laid out a plan to not only mass-deploy self-driving cars on public roads in 2019, but to do it profitably. "With a driverless ride-hailing service as its framework, GM is counting ...
08:00 am - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot China's Dark Matter Probe Detects Tantalizing Signal
hackingbear shares a report from Science Magazine: Results reported by a China-led space science mission provide a tantalizing hint -- but not firm evidence -- for dark matter. In its first 530 days o...
04:00 am - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Volunteers Around the World Build Surveillance-Free Cellular Network Called 'Sopranica'
dmoberhaus writes: Motherboard's Daniel Oberhaus spoke to Denver Gingerich, the programmer behind Sopranica, a DIY, community-oriented cell phone network. "Sopranica is a project intended to replace a...
04:00 am - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Controversial Study Claims 'Smartphone Addiction' Alters the Brain
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: In the new paper, presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, a team of radiologists at Korea University re...
02:00 am - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Two Technologists Create Black Metal Album Using An AI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Outline: Coditany of Timeness" is a convincing lo-fi black metal album, complete with atmospheric interludes, tremolo guitar, frantic blast beats and scree...
02:00 am - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Every iPhone X Is Not Created Equal
According to a PC Magazine report that uses data from Cellular Insights, the Qualcomm-powered iPhone X has better LTE performance than the Intel-powered model. From the report: There are three iPhone ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Proves To Be Too Pricey For Germany, Loses Tax Subsidies
Tesla has been removed from Germany's list of electric cars eligible for subsidies because its Model S sedan is too expensive for the scheme. Tesla customers cannot order the Model S base version with...
12:00 am - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Homeland Security Claims DJI Drones Are Spying For China
A memo from the Los Angeles office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau (ICE) says that the officials assess "with moderate confidence that Chinese-based company DJI Science and Technolog...
12:00 am - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Blockchains Are Poised To End the Password Era
schwit1 shares a report from MIT Technology Review: Blockchain technology can eliminate the need for companies and other organizations to maintain centralized repositories of identifying information, ...
12:00 am - Sat, December 2, 2017
Slashdot Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years
If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednes...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Is Not Going to Kill Piracy, Research Suggests
Even as more people than ever are tuning to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other streaming services to look, piracy too continues to thrive, a research suggests. An anonymous reader shares a report: ...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Health Risks To Farmworkers Increase As Workforce Ages
An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: More than 90 percent of California's crop workers were born in Mexico. But in recent years, fewer have migrated to the U.S., according to the U.S. Department ...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Was Your Name Stolen To Support Killing Net Neutrality?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched a new tool for users interested in knowing whether their identity was stolen and used to f...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Revenue Jump Fuels Its Firefox Overhaul Plan
Well, now we know what paid for all those programmers cranking out the overhauled Firefox Quantum browser: a major infusion of new money. From a report: Mozilla, the nonprofit behind the open-source w...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Switches on Giant Battery To Shore Up Australia's Grid
Tesla switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia's shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or ...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Linux Journal Ceases Publication
Not too long after Linus Torvalds wrote his own Unix kernel, which he called Linux, in the summer of 1991, a magazine was founded by enthusiasts to focus on the operating system. For more than two dec...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot US 'Orchestrated' Russian Spies Scandal, Says Kaspersky Founder
Alex Hern, writing for The Guardian: Eugene Kaspersky, chief executive and co-founder of the embattled Russian cybersecurity firm that bears his name, believes his company is at the centre of a "desig...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Stephen Hawking: 'I Fear AI May Replace Humans Altogether'
dryriver writes: Wired magazine recently asked physicist Stephen Hawking what he thinks of everything from AI to the Anti Science Movement. One of the subjects touched on was the control large corpora...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot House Panel Advances Bill on Key Surveillance Measure
The House Intelligence Committee approved a bill Friday along party lines that would reauthorize a central surveillance law, the Washington Post reports. From a report: It does change the law -- known...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot The Underground Uber Networks Driven by Russian Hackers
Joseph Cox, reporting for DailyBeat: Uber's ride-sharing service has given birth to some of the most creative criminal scams to date, including using a GPS-spoofing app to rip off riders in Nigeria, a...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Google Will Block Third-Party Software From Injecting Code Into Chrome
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Google has laid out a plan for blocking third-party applications from injecting code into the Chrome browser. The most impacted by this change are antivi...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Disney Sues Redbox, Hoping To Block Digital Movie Sales
phalse phace writes: About 1 month ago, Redbox started selling through their kiosks slips of paper with codes on them that lets the buyer download a digital copy of a Disney movie.But Disney says that...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Russia Wants To Launch Backup DNS System By August 1, 2018
An anonymous reader shares a report from BleepingComputer: The Russian government plans to build its own "independent internet infrastructure" that will be used by BRICS member states -- Brazil, Russi...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX's First Falcon Heavy Launch Will Now Take Place In 2018
The launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been delayed to 2018. In an email to Aviation Week, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said, "We wanted to fly Heavy this year. We should be able to static...
08:00 am - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Vine Co-Founder Dom Hofmann Says He's Working On 'a Follow-Up To Vine'
Last year, the six-second video social media app called Vine was shut down by Twitter. The Verge reports that Vine's co-founder, Dom Hofmann, says he's working on "a follow-up to Vine," where he will ...
04:00 am - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot CNN Visualizes Climate Change-Driven Arctic Melt With 360-Degree VR Video
dryriver writes: CNN has put up a slickly produced and somewhat alarming 360-degree browser video experience that allows the viewer to see firsthand what arctic melt looks like in Greenland. The video...
04:00 am - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Democrat Senators Introduce National Data Breach Notification Law
New submitter unarmed8 shares a report from CyberScoop: Three Democratic senators introduced legislation on Thursday requiring companies to notify customers of data breaches within thirty days of thei...
02:00 am - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Australian Man Uses Snack Bags As Faraday Cage To Block Tracking By Employer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A 60-year-old electrician in Perth, Western Australia had his termination upheld by a labor grievance commission when it was determined he had be...
02:00 am - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot System76 Will Disable Intel Management Engine On Its Linux Laptops
System76 is rolling out a firmware update for its recent laptops that will disable the Intel Management Engine altogether. The decision comes after a major security vulnerability was discovered that w...
02:00 am - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Will Launch 5G Home Internet Access In 2018
wyattstorch516 writes: Real competition may finally be on the way for the residential broadband market. Verizon will be the first company to introduce 5G wireless broadband in a select number of citie...
12:00 am - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk's Boring Company Bids On Chicago Airport Transit Link
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, the city of Chicago opened a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an express train that would take passengers from the city's O'Har...
12:00 am - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Google Bans Apps From Displaying Lock Screen Ads
Google is banning lock screen ads from the Play Store. In the new section on Google's developer monetization page, Google says: "Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lock screen, apps ...
12:00 am - Fri, December 1, 2017
Slashdot Russia Says It Will Ignore Any UN Ban of Killer Robots
According a report from Defense One, a United Nations meeting in Geneva earlier this month on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) was derailed when Russia said they would not adhere to any prohib...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Prepare for the New Paywall Era
Alexis C. Madrigal, writing for The Atlantic: If the recent numbers are any indication, there is a bloodbath in digital media this year. Publishers big and small are coming up short on advertising rev...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Cryptocurrencies Aren't 'Crypto'
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for the Motherboard: Lately on the internet, people in the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies are starting to use the word "crypto" as a catch-all ter...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Judge Frowns on Bid To Toss Biometric Face Print Suit
Facebook faced a skeptical judge over its second request to get out of a lawsuit alleging its photo scanning technology flouts users' privacy rights. From a report: "The right to say no is a valuable ...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot High Sierra Root Login Bug Was Mentioned on Apple's Support Forums Two Weeks Ago
John Gruber, reporting for DaringFireball: It's natural to speculate how a bug as egregious as the now-fixed High Sierra root login bug could escape notice for so long. It seems to have been there eve...
08:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot An Unconscious Patient With a 'DO NOT RESUSCITATE' Tattoo
A real-life case study, published on New England Journal of Medicine, documents the ethical dilemma that a Florida hospital faced after a 70-year-old unresponsive patient arrived at the hospital. The ...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Google Launches App That Can Help You Track and Conserve Mobile Data
Google has taken another small step forward in its mission to connect the "next billion" users with a new app designed to optimize your mobile data usage. From a report: Datally for Android has been i...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Edge Browser Now Generally Available For iOS, Android
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft announced in October previews of new Edge browser apps for iOS and Android. On November 30, Microsoft officials are announcing that these apps are no lon...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Wondering Why Your Internal .dev Web App Has Stopped Working?
Kieren McCarthy, writing for The Register: Network admins, code wranglers and other techies have hit an unusual problem this week: their test and development environments have vanished. Rather than co...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot 'Bomb on Board' Wi-Fi Network Causes Turkish Airlines Flight To Be Diverted
A Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Istanbul was diverted after the detection of a wi-fi network called "bomb on board" that alarmed the passengers, the airline said on Thursday. From a report: ...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Google Faces Lawsuit For Gathering Personal Data From Millions of iPhone Users
Mark Wilson writes: A group going by the name Google You Owe Us is taking Google to court in the UK, complaining that the company harvested personal data from 5.4 million iPhone users. The group is le...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot American Airlines Accidentally Let Too Many Pilots Take Off The Holidays
A glitch in American Airlines' pilot scheduling system means that thousands of flights during the holiday season currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them. From a report: The shortage was caus...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot New Study Finds That Most Redditors Don't Actually Read the Articles They Vote On
Michael Byrne, writing for Motherboard: According to a paper published in IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems by researchers at Notre Dame University, some 73 percent of posts on Reddit ...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Nasdaq Plans To Offer Bitcoin Futures In Early 2018
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Nasdaq is planning to launch contracts for bitcoin futures in the first half of 2018, according to The Wall Street Journal, which will enable investo...
12:00 pm - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Study Finds Dogs Are Brainier Than Cats
Science_afficionado writes: Are you a cat lover? A dog lover? If so, you may be interested in the first scientific study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of c...
08:00 am - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Bacteria Found On ISS May Be Alien In Origin, Says Cosmonaut
Kekke writes: Lots of buzz around this. Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov took routine samples from the outside of the International Space Station during a spacewalk. These samples were analyzed and ...
04:00 am - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot DNA Analysis Finds That Yetis Are Actually Bears
schwit1 shares a report from Popular Science: University of Buffalo biologist Charlotte Lindqvist and her international team in Pakistan and Singapore provided the first strong evidence that presumed ...
04:00 am - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot 375 Million Jobs May Be Automated By 2030, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: The McKinsey Global Institute cautions that as many as 375 million workers will need to switch occupational categories by 2030 due to automation. The...
02:00 am - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Snapchat Is Becoming the Anti-Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Snap announced today (Nov. 29), that it was rolling out a redesign for Snapchat that's intended to separate users' feeds between their friends from the...
02:00 am - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Coinbase Ordered To Report 14,355 Users To the IRS
Nearly a year after the case was initially filed, Coinbase has been ordered to turn over identifying records for all users who have bought, sold, sent, or received more than $20,000 through their acco...
02:00 am - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Physicists Made An Unprecedented 53 Qubit Quantum Simulator
Two teams of researchers have published papers [1, 2] in the journal Nature detailing how they were able to create unprecedented quantum simulators consisting of over 50 qubits. The University of Mary...
12:00 am - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Call For Ban On Glitter, Say It's a Global Hazard That Pollutes Oceans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Whether you love to add a little sparkle to your skin, or you think glitter truly is the herpes of the craft world (once it's on you, it never comes off)...
12:00 am - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft: We're Razing Our Redmond Campus To Build a Mini City
Armand Winter shares a report from ZDNet: Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150 million in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space. It expects ...
12:00 am - Thu, November 30, 2017
Slashdot EPA Confirms Tesla's Model 3 Has a Range of 310 Miles
Tesla's Model 3 has a confirmed range of 310 miles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. "That figure applies to the long-range version of the Model 3, and echoes the vehicle specs releas...