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10:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Robot Delivery Vans Are Arriving Before Self-Driving Cars
The future of driverless driving looks like a giant toaster with a funny hat. From a report: That's an approximation of a new autonomous vehicle unveiled Tuesday by Nuro, a Silicon Valley startup that...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot US Government Investigates Apple Over iPhone Battery Slowdowns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PhoneDog: The U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Apple about its updates that slowed performance on iPhone...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is Banning Cryptocurrency, ICO Ads
Facebbook has a new advertising policy pertaining to cryptocurrency, binary options and initial coin offerings. The policy specifically prohibits ads that promote those types of products and services ...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot False Hawaii Missile Alert Sent After Drill Recording Said 'This Is Not A Drill'
A false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii was sent on January 13 because an emergency worker believed there really was a missile threat, according to a preliminary investigation by The Federal Communi...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot US Regulators To Subpoena Crypto Exchange Bitfinex, Tether
U.S. regulators are scrutinizing one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges as questions mount over a digital token linked to its backers, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. From the report: The ...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot The Next Time You Order Room Service, It May Come by Robot
Hotels across the country are rushing to introduce robots with the promise of enhancing the guest experience and increasing efficiency. From a report: The automated companions can do everything from m...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot California Senate Defies FCC, Approves Net Neutrality Law
The California State Senate yesterday approved a bill to impose net neutrality restrictions on Internet service providers, challenging the Federal Communications Commission attempt to preempt such rul...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Child Experts: Just Say 'No' To Facebook's Kids App
A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children -- the app is intended for those under 13 -- aren't ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of on...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Naked Mole Rats Defy Mortality Mathematics
An anonymous reader shares a report: Naked mole rats are adorably ugly creatures that challenge what we think we know about aging. Naked mole rats can live to be 30 years old. Further, female mole rat...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot New FCC Rules Will Require Wireless Companies To Deliver Emergency Alerts More Accurately
The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to update the country's wireless emergency alert system, aiming to ensure that local officials only sound alarms on Americans' smartphones when thos...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Apple is Postponing Release of New Features To iOS This Year To Focus on Reliability and Performance: Report
For a change, Apple plans to not push new features to iOS devices this year so that it could focus on reliability and quality of the software instead, Axios reported on Tuesday. From the report: Apple...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Lawyers Faced With Emojis and Emoticons Are All \_("/)_/
Zorro shares a WSJ report: Lawyers gathered at the Atlanta office of a big law firm were debating a head-scratching legal question. What does the emoji known as the "unamused face" actually mean? They...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Drug Firms Shipped 20.8 Million Pain Pills To West Virginia Town of 2,900
A congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis has discovered out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers over a decade to two pharmacies in a Southern West Vi...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot AI May Have Finally Decoded the Mysterious 'Voynich Manuscript'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Since its discovery over a hundred years ago, the 240-page Voynich manuscript, filled with seemingly coded language and inscrutable illustrations, of ...
12:00 pm - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Find More Evidence For the Strange Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's
schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: People with high blood sugar stand to experience worse long-term cognitive decline than their healthy peers, even if they're not technically type 2 diabetic,...
08:00 am - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot MPEG Founder Says the MPEG Business Model Is Broken
theweatherelectric writes: Leonardo Chiariglione, the founder and chairman of MPEG, argues on his blog that the current MPEG business model is broken. He writes, "Thanks to [MPEG's] 'business model' t...
04:00 am - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Americans Are Saving Energy Because Fewer People Go Outside
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Americans are saving energy because they don't go outside as much anymore, researchers say. It's a plus for the environment, though in another light...
02:00 am - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Will Prioritize Local Stories In Your News Feed
Facebook announced today that it will begin prioritizing local news, bumping it up higher in your feed if you follow a local publisher's Page or if a friend shares a locally-published story. "We are p...
02:00 am - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot World's Second Largest Meat Processor Invests In Lab-Grown Meat Startup
Tyson Foods, the world's second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, announced it has invested in Silicon Valley startup Memphis Meats, a company that makes lab-grown meat using ...
02:00 am - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Ethereum Startup Vanishes After Seemingly Making $11, Leaves Message: 'Penis'
CaptainDork shares a report from Motherboard: An Ethereum startup called Prodeum disappeared from the web on Sunday after raising a grand total of $11 USD from investors in a crowdsale. Shortly after ...
12:00 am - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Inside Amazon's Mini Rainforest Work Space Spheres
Amazon's indoor rainforest-like office space opened today after being in development for seven years. CNBC reports of what can be found inside the Spheres: The Spheres' three glass domes house some 40...
12:00 am - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot There May Not Be An iPhone SE 2 After All
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note today that casts doubt on rumors about a second-generation iPhone SE launching in the second quarter of 2018. If there is a successor, custom...
12:00 am - Tue, January 30, 2018
Slashdot Volkswagen Admits To Testing Diesel Fumes On Monkeys
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: In what seems like a John Henry versus the steam shovel-style competition to dig diesel's grave, Volkswagen has admitted to funding (and subsequently che...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot China Denies Report it Hacked African Union Headquarters
China and the African Union dismissed on Monday a report in French newspaper Le Monde that Beijing had bugged the regional bloc's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. From a report: An article publi...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Longest-standing Video Game Record Declared 'Impossible,' Thrown Out After 35 Years
Twin Galaxies, the video game record keeper and official source for Guinness World Records, has declared one of the oldest gaming world records invalid after 35 years. From a report: Player Todd Roger...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Automation To Take 1 in 3 Jobs in UK's Northern Centres, Report Finds
Workers in Mansfield, Sunderland and Wakefield are at the highest risk of having their jobs taken by machines, according to a report warning that automation stands to further widen the north-south div...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon Reviews GPS Policies After Fitness Trackers Reveal Locations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Locations and activity of U.S. military bases; jogging and patrol routes of American soldiers -- experts say those details are among the GPS data shared b...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Lenovo's Fingerprint Scanner Can Be Bypassed via a Hardcoded Password
Lenovo has issued an update to address a vulnerability in its fingerprint scanner app that it ships with ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, and ThinkStation models running Windows 8.1 or older version of Windows....
08:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Dell is Considering a Sale To VMware in What May Be Tech's Biggest Deal Ever
CNBC reports: Dell Technologies could emerge as a public company through a reverse-merger with VMware, the $60 billion cloud computing company it already controls, according to people familiar with th...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot FCC Chairman Slams Trump Team's Proposal To Nationalize 5G
The Federal Communications Commission's Republican chairman on Monday opposed a plan under consideration by the Trump White House to build a 5G mobile network, nationalizing what has long been the rol...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Florida Firm Sells Twitter Followers and Bots That Retweet Celebrities, Executives, and 'Influencers'
Over the weekend, The New York Times published an expose on an obscure American company called Devumi that sells Twitter followers and bots that automatically retweet celebrities, executives, social m...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot One in 50 of Us is Face Blind -- and Many Don't Even Realize
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ever found yourself confronted by someone who seems to knows you, but you have no idea who they are? You could be suffering from prosopagnosia, a condition that ne...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot First 'Jackpotting' Attacks Hit US ATMs
Brian Krebs, reporting for Krebs on Security: ATM "jackpotting" -- a sophisticated crime in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the machines to spit out huge v...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Things Apple's $350 HomePod Smart-Speaker Can't Do: Answer Random Questions, Check Calendar, Work With an Android Phone, and More
In June last year, Apple announced the HomePod, its first smart-speaker which will battle Amazon's sleeper hit Echo speakers and Google's Home speakers. Apple being late to enter a product category is...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Apple Could Use ARM Coprocessors for Three Updated Mac Models
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple could be working on three new Mac models for this year. From a report: All three of them could feature an ARM coprocessor to improve security. Apple isn't switch...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can I Build a Private TV Channel For My Kids?
Long-time Slashdot reader ljw1004 writes:I want to assemble my OneDrive-hosted mp4s into a "TV channel" for my kids -- so at 7am while I sleep in, they know they can turn the TV on, it will show Mr Ro...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Intel Told Chinese Firms of Meltdown Flaws Before the US Government
According to The Wall Street Journal, Intel initially told a handful of customers about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, including Chinese tech companies like Alibaba and Lenovo, before the U...
10:00 am - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot The SCO Vs IBM Zombie Shambles On
Long-time Slashdot reader UncleJosh writes:At the end of last October, the 10th Circuit issued an opinion overturning the lower court's summary judgement in favor of IBM on one of SCO's claims, sendin...
06:00 am - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Linus Finally Releases Linux 4.15 Kernel, Blames Intel For Delay
An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.15 following the lengthy development cycle due to the Spectre v2 and Meltdown CPU vulnerability mitigation work. This update comes with ...
04:00 am - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Trump Team Considers Nationalizing America's 5G Network
JoeyRox writes: "Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation's mobile network to guard against China, according to sensitive document...
02:00 am - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Fitness-Tracking App Reveals Locations of Secret Army Bases
Coisiche shared this story from the Guardian:Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company. ...
12:00 am - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Issues Windows Out-of-Band Update That Disables Spectre Mitigations
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer: Microsoft has issued on Saturday an emergency out-of-band Windows update that disables patches for the Spectre Variant 2 bug (CVE-2017-5715). The update --...
12:00 am - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Apple Deprecates More Services In OS X Server
Long-time Slashdot reader HEMI426 writes: Long ago, Apple used to produce rack servers, and a special flavor of OS X for that hardware with extra, server-friendly features. After Apple got out of the ...
12:00 am - Mon, January 29, 2018
Slashdot Russian Trolls Created Facebook Events Seen By More Than 300,000 Users
"Posing as American activists, Russian government-linked trolls created 129 Facebook events between 2015 and 2017," writes CNN. An anonymous reader quotes their report:On multiple occasions, the event...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Malwarebytes Released Two Bad Web Protection Updates
Malwarebytes had a bad day Saturday, pushing out an update "that gobbled up memory and CPU resources and turned off web protection," reports CSO.The company's forums lit up with complaints that the so...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Streaming Services Must Hike Songwriter Payments Nearly 50%, Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:Songwriters will get a larger cut of revenue from streaming services after a court handed technology companies a big defeat. The Copyright Royalty Board ruled that...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Giant Tesla Battery In Australia Earns A Million Bucks In a Few Days
Long-time Slashdot reader drinkypoo writes: Last week, Neoen's and Tesla's massive battery was paid up to $1000/MWh to charge itself and now it could have earned up to 1 million AUD in the last few da...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Asks UK Judge to Drop His Arrest Warrant
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has asked a UK court to drop the arrest warrant that prevents him from leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Do Particles Have Consciousness?
An anonymous reader quotes Quartz:Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it's the foundation of the universe, present in every particl...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Should Apps Replace Title Bars with Header Bars?
Gnome contributor Tobias Bernard is on a crusade against title bars -- "the largely empty bars at the top of some application windows [that] contain only the window title and a close button." Instead ...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot 'No Drones or Driverless Trucks', Demands Teamsters Labor Union
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC: No drones or driverless vehicles for delivering packages -- that's one of the major demands from the Teamsters labor union in the big contract negotiation it's underta...
02:00 pm - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot A Single Line of Computer Code Put Thousands of Innocent Turks in Jail
Long-time Slashdot reader kbahey writes:Can a single pixel cost you your livelihood and/or freedom? Apparently, this has already happened in Turkey to thousands of people and their relatives. It all s...
10:00 am - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Dutch Intelligence Agents Watched Russia Hack the DNC
Long-time Slashdot readers Agilulf, Sara Chan, and wiredmikey -- plus an anonymous reader -- all submitted the same story. Agilulf writes:Dutch hackers from AIVD (their intelligence agency) infiltrate...
06:00 am - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot FBI Warns of Email Death Threats Demanding Bitcoin
An anonymous reader writes:"I will be short. I've got an order to kill you," the note said, demanding $2,800 in U.S. dollars or Bitcoin. "I switched from being upset about it to, 'I need to get the wo...
04:00 am - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Rocket Lab Criticized For Launching Their Own Private 'Star' Into Orbit
Newsweek reports:A private satellite company launched a three-foot-wide, carbon-fiber orb called the Humanity Star into the sky last week. Rocket Lab has promised the Humanity Star will be "the bright...
02:00 am - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Deanonymizing Tor: Your Bitcoin Transactions May Come Back To Haunt You
jwhyche, Slashdot reader #6,192, writes:If you bought some illegal narcotics off Silk Road or even gave money to Wikileaks. Researchers at Qatar University and Hamad Bin Khalifa University have been a...
12:00 am - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Is It Time For Zero-Trust Corporate Networks?
An anonymous reader quotes CSO:"The strategy around Zero Trust boils down to don't trust anyone. We're talking about, 'Let's cut off all access until the network knows who you are. Don't allow access ...
12:00 am - Sun, January 28, 2018
Slashdot Uber CEO Urges 'Portable Benefits' for Gig Economy Workers
An anonymous reader quotes The Hill:Uber's chief executive is calling for Washington state to develop a "portable benefits system" to give contract workers in the so-called gig economy access to healt...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot DuckDuckGo App and Extension Upgrades Offer Privacy 'Beyond the Search Box'
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:DuckDuckGo is launching updated versions of its browser extension and mobile app, with the promise of keeping internet users safe from snooping "beyond the search ...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot A 15-Year-Old Convinced Verizon He Was the Head of the CIA
schwit1 shares an interesting story. Newsweek reports:A British teenager managed to obtain access to sensitive U.S. plans about intelligence operations in different Middle East countries by acting as ...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Car Manufacturers Are Tracking Millions of Cars
Cory Doctorow writes:Millions of new cars sold in the US and Europe are "connected," having some mechanism for exchanging data with their manufacturers after the cars are sold; these cars stream or ba...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Employers Want JavaScript, But Developers Want Python, Survey Finds
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:When it comes to which programming languages are in demand by employers, JavaScript, Java, Python, C++, and C -- in that order -- came out on top in a recent devel...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot 'How We Made Starship Troopers'
The Guardian quotes Paul Verhoeven, the director of Starship Troopers:Robert Heinlein's original 1959 science-fiction novel was militaristic, if not fascistic. So I decided to make a movie about fasci...
04:00 pm - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Two More Gamers May Be Charged in Fatal Kansas 'SWAT' Shooting
A newly-released affidavit reveals that money was at stake in a game of Call Of Duty: World War II which led to the fatal real-life police shooting of Andrew Finch. The Wichita Eagle reports:Investiga...
02:00 pm - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Employees Say Gigafactory Problems Are Worse Than Known
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla's problems with battery production at the company's Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, are worse than the company has acknowledged and could cause furt...
12:00 pm - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Discover the Oldest Human Fossils Outside Africa
Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the oldest fossil of a modern human outside Africa, suggesting that humans first migrated out of the content much earlier than previously believed. NPR reports...
08:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Amateur Astronomer Discovers Long-Dead NASA Satellite Has Come Back To Life
schwit1 shares a report from Behind The Black: In his hunt to locate Zuma, an amateur astronomer has discovered that a long-dead NASA satellite, designed to study the magnetosphere, has come back to l...
04:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot OnePlus Is Again Sending User Data To a Chinese Company Without User Consent
In October 2017, a researcher caught OnePlus silently collecting all sorts of data from its users. Now, a new report says that there's still a OnePlus app that can grab data from the phone and send it...
04:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Robert Mueller's Team Reportedly Interviewed Facebook Staff As Part of Russia Probe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has interviewed at least one Facebook employee tasked with helping the Trump campaign's digital operations duri...
02:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Montana To FCC: You Can't Stop Us From Protecting Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Montana governor's office has a message for the Federal Communications Commission and Internet service providers: the state can't be stopped ...
02:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Facial Recognition Integrates With IFTTT
Trueface.ai, the stealthy facial recognition startup that's backed by 500 Startups and a slew of angel investors, is integrating with IFTTT to allow developers to start playing around with its technol...
02:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Crooks Created 28 Fake Ad Agencies To Disguise Massive Malvertising Campaign
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A group of cyber-criminals created 28 fake ad agencies and bought over 1 billion ad views in 2017, which they used to deliver malicious ads ...
02:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk's Boring Company Delivers $600 Flamethrower
Last December, Boring Company CEO Elon Musk promised to sell a Boring Company-branded flamethrower after selling 50,000 Boring Company hats. Well, sure enough, 50,000 hats were sold and Musk is delive...
12:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot Walmart Teams Up With Kobo To Sell EBooks and Audiobooks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Later this year, you'll be able to buy ebooks and audiobooks straight from Walmart's website. The big box retailer has teamed up with Japanese e-comm...
12:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot $500 Million Worth of Cryptocurrency Stolen From Japanese Exchange
Locke2005 shares a report from CNBC: Hackers stole several hundred million dollars' worth of a lesser-known cryptocurrency from a major Japanese exchange Friday. Coincheck said that around 523 million...
12:00 am - Sat, January 27, 2018
Slashdot ICE Is About To Start Tracking License Plates Across the US
Presto Vivace shares a report from The Verge: The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, accordin...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Now Even YouTube Serves Ads With CPU-draining Cryptocurrency Miners
YouTube was recently caught displaying ads that covertly leach off visitors' CPUs and electricity to generate digital currency on behalf of anonymous attackers, it was widely reported. From a report: ...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Should Be 'Regulated Like Cigarette Industry', Salesforce CEO Says
Facebook should be regulated like a cigarette company, because of the addictive and harmful properties of social media, according to Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff. From a report: Social netw...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Bill Gates Thinks AI Taking Everyone's Jobs Could be a Good Thing
Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, thinks that artificial intelligence will take over a lot of jobs and ultimately will be a good thing. From a report:In an interview, Gates said tha...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Genes that Your Parents Don't Pass To You Still Shape Who You Are, Study Finds
From a research paper published on ScienceMag journal on Friday: Children resemble their parents in health, wealth, and well-being. Is parent-child similarity in traits and behaviors due to nature (th...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Kind of Societies Will the First Mars Colonies Be?
New submitter nyri writes: I'm making a two-part study in what kind of societies humans will build on Mars when we start to colonize the red planet. In first part, I'm trying to approach the question ...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Executives Say 'Bright' Success Proves Film Critics Are 'Disconnected From Mass Appeal'
Last month, movie critics slammed David Ayer and Will Smith's Netflix tentpole "Bright" movie. At present, it has less than 30 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But Netflix executives aren't worried....
06:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Will Default To The X.Org Stack, Not Wayland
An anonymous reader writes: Five years after their original goal to ship Ubuntu with Wayland, Ubuntu 17.10 transitioned to using the Wayland display system by default as part of their transition to GN...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Are the BSDs Dying? Some Security Researchers Think So
itwbennett writes: The BSDs have lost the battle for mindshare to Linux, and that may well bode ill for the future sustainability of the BSDs as viable, secure operating systems, writes CSO's JM Porup...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Breaking Up Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook Could Save Capitalism, NYU Professor Says
An anonymous reader shares a VentureBeat report: If you want to get an idea of how quickly sentiment has shifted against U.S. tech giants, just listen to NYU professor Scott Galloway. [...] "After spe...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Ford Has An Idea For An Autonomous Police Car That Could Find A Hiding Spot
Ford has submitted a patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an autonomous police car that could function "in lieu of or in addition to human police officers." From a report: No...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Intel Plans To Release Chips That Have Built-in Meltdown and Spectre Protections Later This Year
Intel plans to release chips that have built-in protections against the Spectre and Meltdown attacks later this year, company CEO Brian Krzanich said during company's quarterly earnings call this week...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Washington Bill Makes It Illegal To Sell Gadgets Without Replaceable Batteries
Jason Koebler writes: A bill that would make it easier to fix your electronics is rapidly hurtling through the Washington state legislature. The bill's ascent is fueled by Apple's iPhone-throttling co...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Burger King Makes the Case For Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader writes: By now you've probably seen Burger King's spoof ad on the decision by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality. In the ad, Burger King customers ...
12:00 pm - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot China Is Quickly Switching From Pirating To Streaming
hackingbear shares a report from CNN: Not so long ago, China was an oasis for pirated music and videos. CDs and DVDs were easily copied and sold for cheap at roadside markets. If you had a computer an...
08:00 am - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Microbes May Help Astronauts Transform Human Waste Into Food
A Penn State researcher team has shown that it is possible to rapidly break down solid and liquid waste to grow food with a series of microbial reactors, while simultaneously minimizing pathogen growt...
04:00 am - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Warn of Physics-Based Attacks On Sensors
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Billions of sensors that are already deployed lack protections against attacks that manipulate the physical properties of devices to cause sensors...
04:00 am - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Plastic Pollution Is Killing Coral Reefs, 4-Year Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A new study based on four years of diving on 159 reefs in the Pacific shows that reefs in four countries -- Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar -- ...
02:00 am - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Former Employees Say Lyft Staffers Spied On Passengers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Similar to Uber's "God View" scandal, Lyft staffers have been abusing customer insight software to view the personal contact info and ride history ...
02:00 am - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Jack White Bans Cellphones At Concerts For '100% Human Experience'
Singer and guitarist Jack White has banned the use of mobile phones at upcoming live shows. NME reports that the policy will be strictly enforced, requiring concert-goers to lock up their smartphones ...
02:00 am - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot Apple Prepares MacOS Users For Discontinuation of 32-Bit App Support
Last year, Apple announced that macOS High Sierra "will be the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise." Now, in the macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta, Apple is notifying users of th...
12:00 am - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot The Legislative Fight Over Loot Boxes Expands To Washington State
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The government backlash against video game loot boxes -- the randomized in-game item purchases that some observers and legislators consider a for...
12:00 am - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot CNN Shutters Casey Neistat's Video Company Beme, Which It Bought 14 Months Ago For $25 Million
In late November 2016, CNN purchased YouTube star Casey Neistat's video-sharing app Beme for $25 million. The news network purchased the app in a bid to harness Neistat's (at the time) 6 million subsc...
12:00 am - Fri, January 26, 2018
Slashdot PSA: Google Chrome Now Lets You Permanently Mute Websites That Autoplay Videos
Google is releasing a new version of Chrome this week and it includes a number of new features, such as an improved ad blocker and Spectre mitigations. The best new feature in Chrome 64 is the ability...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot The World's First Graphical AI Interface
FastCompany reports: Machine learning and artificial intelligence are so difficult to understand, only a few very smart computer scientists know how to build them. But the designers of a new tool have...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Calculate Carbon Emissions of Your Sandwich
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's a staple of the British diet and a popular choice for a quick and easy lunch. But new research reveals the carbon footprint of the humble sandwich could be fu...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely Used by US Government
Major global technology providers SAP, Symantec, and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded across the U.S. government, Reuters reported on Thu...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot San Jose Mayor Quits FCC Advisory Committee, Says It is Dealing ISPs a 'Very Favorable Hand'
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo resigned today from a panel that advises the Federal Communications Commission on broadband deployment, alleging that the committee is dealing internet service providers "a...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple's 'What's a Computer?' Ad is Annoying People: Business Insider
Can an iPad replace your computer? It has been the topic of debate for years, with plenty of people advising against it. Apple sure begs to differ. It has been running a commercial in which it predict...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot The Doomsday Clock Just Ticked Closer To Midnight
Scientists moved the hands of the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" closer to midnight on Thursday amid increasing worries over nuclear weapons and climate change. From a report: The clock is now two minutes ...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Senator Asks FBI Director To Justify His 'Ill-Informed' Policy Proposal For Encryption
In a speech earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public s...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Admiral Charges Hotmail Users More For Car Insurance
One of Britain's biggest car insurers has admitted increasing premiums for drivers who apply using a Hotmail account. From a report: Motorists seeking cover from Admiral could be charged $45 extra if ...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Chrome 64 Released With Stronger Popup Blocker, Spectre Mitigations
Google on Thursday pushed an update to its marquee Web browser Chrome, now at v64, which offers a handful of new features including an improved ad blocker. From a report: Most of the new features incl...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Tim Cook: Coding Languages Were 'Too Geeky' For Students Until We Invented Swift
theodp writes: Speaking to a class of Grade 7 students taking coding lessons at the Apple Store in Eaton Centre, the Toronto Star reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook told the kids that most students would...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Getting Back Into the E-Books Fight Against Amazon
Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg: Apple is ready to take on Amazon.com in the digital book market again, years after regulators forced the iPhone maker to back down from an earlier effort to chall...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot UK PM Seeks 'Safe and Ethical' Artificial Intelligence
The prime minister of UK says she wants the country to lead the world in deciding how artificial intelligence can be deployed in a safe and ethical manner. From a report: In a speech at the World Econ...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Study Links Decline In Teenagers' Happiness To Smartphones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Press Herald: In a study published Monday in the journal Emotion, psychologists from San Diego State University and the University of Georgia used data on mood...
12:00 pm - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Develop Glucose-Tracking Smart Contact Lenses Comfortable Enough To Wear
A team of Korean scientists have developed a smart lens that could help diabetics track blood glucose levels while remaining stretchable enough to be comfortable and transparent enough to preserve vis...
08:00 am - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Wants To End NASA Funding For ISS By 2025
According to budget documents seen by The Verge, the Trump administration is preparing to end support for the International Space Station program by 2025. As a result, American astronauts could be gro...
04:00 am - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot How a PhD Student Unlocked 1 Bitcoin Hidden In DNA
dmoberhaus writes: A 26-year-old Belgian PhD student named Sander Wuytz recently solved a 3-year-old puzzle that had locked the private key to 1 Bitcoin in a strand of synthetic DNA. Motherboard spoke...
02:00 am - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple Adds Medical Records Feature For iPhone
On Wednesday, Apple released the test version of a new product that lets users download their health records, store them safely and show them to a doctor, caregiver or friend. "We view the future as c...
02:00 am - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Google X Is Launching a Cybersecurity Company Called Chronicle
Google's parent company Alphabet today announced the launch of Chronicle, a new cybersecurity company that aims to give companies a better chance at detecting and fighting off hackers. "Chronicle is g...
02:00 am - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Fitbit Will End Support For Pebble Smartwatches In June
Today, Fitbit announced that it will extend its support of the Pebble smartwatch ecosystem, including devices, software, and forums, until June 30, 2018. "During this time, we invite the Pebble commun...
12:00 am - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot 'Memes Have Rights Too': Grumpy Cat Wins $710,000 In Copyright Lawsuit
Zorro shares a report from TheWrap: The Grumpy Cat Limited company was awarded $710,001 in damages on Monday when a California jury decided that the beverage company Grenade was guilty of infringing o...
12:00 am - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot New York Governor Signs Executive Order To Keep Net Neutrality Rules After FCC's Repeal
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has signed an executive order that would require internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules, even though th...
12:00 am - Thu, January 25, 2018
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Sues New Zealand For $6.8 Billion In Damages Over Erroneous Arrest
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages over his arrest in 201...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Soon Let Users Track the Data Microsoft Collects
Windows 10 will soon get a new application that will allow users to keep track of the data that Microsoft collects from their device. From a report: Ahead of the Data Privacy Day, Microsoft today intr...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Calls For Net Neutrality Laws After Fighting To End FCC Rules
Few people would call AT&T a champion of net neutrality, but that isn't stopping it from trying to claim the title. From a report: CEO Randall Stephenson has posted an open letter calling on Congr...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Two Twin Long-Tailed Macaque Monkeys Are the First Primates Cloned Using the Dolly Method
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The twin long-tailed macaque monkeys are the first primates cloned using the same method that created the world's most famous sheep in 1996 -- a ...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Tax Change Aims to Lure Intellectual Property Back to the US
U.S. companies rich in intellectual property are looking at a new tax-friendly regime: the U.S (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source). From a report: A provision in the newly r...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot An AI-Powered App Has Resulted in an Explosion of Convincing Face-Swap Porn
Samantha Cole, reporting for Motherboard: In December, Motherboard discovered a Redditor named 'deepfakes' quietly enjoying his hobby: Face-swapping celebrity faces onto porn performers' bodies. He ma...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Net Neutrality Comment Fraud Will Be Investigated By Government
Last month, a number of US Representatives sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking it to investigate fraudulent comments submitted to the FCC's proposal to repeal net neutra...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Apple Will Soon Let Users Turn Off its iPhone-slowing Software
Following an uproar from customers last month, Apple on Wednesday said it's adding a feature to its latest iOS update that will let customers turn off software that slows down their iPhones. From a re...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Longtime Google Engineer Quits; Says Company Can No Longer Innovate, Is Mired in Politics, and Has Become Absolutely Competitor-Focused
Steve Yegge, a longtime Google engineer who gained popularity after his rant on Google+ went viral, wrote another rant on Wednesday, in which he announced he has left Google. His rationale behind leav...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Dell and HP Advise All Their Customers To Not Install Spectre BIOS Updates
An anonymous reader writes: The Spectre and Meltdown mess continues with Dell now recommending their customers to not install the BIOS updates that are supposed to resolve the Spectre (Variant 2) vuln...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot YouTube's Support for Musicians Comes With a Catch
YouTube has asked musicians to agree not to disparage the streaming-video service in exchange for promotional support, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: In re...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot EU Fines Qualcomm $1.2 Billion for Paying Apple To Use Its Microchips
The European Union on Wednesday slapped a $1.23 billion fine on U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm for abusing its market dominance in the lucrative sector of components in smartphones and tablets for half a dec...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot NSA Deletes 'Honesty' and 'Openness' From Core Values
An anonymous shares a report: The National Security Agency maintains a page on its website that outlines its mission statement. But earlier this month, the agency made a discreet change: It removed "h...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Official: No One Is Going To Win the Google Lunar X Prize Competition
The X Prize Foundation announced today that no one is going to win the foundation's competition to send a spacecraft to the Moon. "Only five finalists remained in the Google-sponsored Lunar X Prize co...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot 1.7-Billion-Year-Old Chunk of North America Found Sticking To Australia
walterbyrd shares a report from Live Science: Geologists matching rocks from opposite sides of the globe have found that part of Australia was once attached to North America 1.7 billion years ago. Res...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot No One Is Going To Win the Google Lunar X Prize Competition
The X Prize Foundation announced today that no one is going to win the foundation's competition to send a spacecraft to the Moon. "Only five finalists remained in the Google-sponsored Lunar X Prize co...
08:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Half-Assed Solar Geoengineering Is Worse Than Climate Change Itself
New submitter beccaf writes: Ecologists and climate scientists investigated the consequences of rapid initiation of solar geoengineering (pumping sulfuric aerosols into the atmosphere) in 2020 and the...
04:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk To Stay At Tesla For Another Decade
Thelasko writes: "On Tuesday, Tesla's board announced that it had convinced Musk to stay at the helm for another decade with a truly gargantuan performance-based pay package," reports Ars Technica. Th...
04:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot The US Drops Out of the Top 10 In Innovation Ranking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index for the first time in the six years the gauge has been compiled. South Kor...
02:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Apple Releases Meltdown and Spectre Fixes For Older Versions of MacOS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Apple released its round of bug fix/security updates -- including iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 High Sierra, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5 -- today. In do...
02:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Apple Will Release Its $349 HomePod Speaker On February 9th
After it was delayed in mid-December, Apple finally announced the availability of its new smart speaker. The company announced it will release the HomePod on February 9th and that preorders for the de...
02:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Fantasy Fiction Novelist Ursula K. Le Guin Dies At 88
sandbagger shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: may be paywalled; alternative source): Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded femini...
02:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot More Than 750 American Communities Have Built Their Own Internet Networks
Jason Koebler shares a report from Motherboard: According to a freshly updated map of community-owned networks, more than 750 communities across the United States have embraced operating their own bro...
12:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot French Train Engineering Giant Alstom Testing Automated Freight Train
French train engineering giant Alstom is to test automated freight trains in the Netherlands this year. From a report: The automated train prototype can travel for about 100km (60 miles) without drive...
12:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Coinbase Is Making $2.7 Million a Day
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bitcoin News: In information released to shareholders this week, Coinbase revealed that it recorded turnover of $1 billion last year, which works out at an ast...
12:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot DJI's New Mavic Air Drone Is a Beefed-Up Spark With 4K Video Support
Earlier today, DJI announced the latest entry in its popular line of consumer drones: the Mavic Air. The drone starts at $799, which is $400 more than the Spark's current going rate and $200 below the...
12:00 am - Wed, January 24, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model S Plows Into a Fire Truck While Using Autopilot
On Monday, a Tesla Model S plowed into the back of a fire truck on a freeway near Culver City, California. The driver is claiming the car was on Tesla's Autopilot driver assistance system. As a result...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'Brain-on-a-chip' Hardware
Researchers in the emerging field of "neuromorphic computing" have attempted to design computer chips that work like the human brain. From a report: Instead of carrying out computations based on binar...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot In the Search for Alien Life, 'Everyone Is an Astrobiologist'
Mary Voytek, NASA's senior scientist for astrobiology, likes to tell other researchers that "everyone is an astrobiologist; they just don't know it yet." From a report: What she means is that answerin...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Ecuador is Fighting Crime Using Chinese Surveillance Technology
Ecuador has introduced a security system using monitoring technology from China, including facial recognition, as it tries to bring down its crime rate and improve emergency management, according to s...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Apple Might Discontinue the MacBook Air
An anonymous reader shares a report: Just in time for its tenth anniversary, Apple might finally be killing the MacBook Air, according to a new report from Digitimes. If this is true, it'd be the firs...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot The Second Coming of Ultrasound
Ultrasound, which works on the principle of piezoelectricity, is finding a second lease of life in medicine, Wired outlines. Applying voltage to a piezoelectric crystal makes it vibrate, sending out a...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot The Rise Of The Contract Workforce
An anonymous reader shares a report: A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the ...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Tinder's Lack of Encryption Lets Strangers Spy on Your Swipes
Tinder's mobile apps still lack the standard encryption necessary to keep your photos, swipes, and matches hidden from snoops, a security firm reports. From Wired: On Tuesday, researchers at Tel Aviv-...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Vaping Can Be Addictive and May Lure Teenagers to Smoking, Science Panel Concludes
A national panel of public health experts concluded in a report released on Tuesday that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who use the devices may be p...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot The Mystery of the Cars Abandoned in a Robot Car Park
The mystery of why a handful of cars were abandoned in a derelict car park in Edinburgh, Capital of Scotland, may have been solved. From a report on BBC: The $7m Autosafe SkyPark used robots to stack ...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Stole $172 Billion From People Last Year
Yearly report published by security firm Norton estimates that as many as 978 million people in 20 countries lost money to cybercrime last year. On an average, the firm says, victims lost an average o...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Hawaii Governor Didn't Correct False Missile Alert Sooner Because He Didn't Know His Twitter Password
An anonymous reader shares a WashingtonPost report: Minutes after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent a missile alert at 8:07 a.m. on Jan. 13 -- terrifying residents and visitors ac...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Firefox 58 Gets Graphics Speed Boost, Web App Abilities
Mozilla released on Tuesday a new version of its Firefox Quantum browser, boosting its graphics speed and improving a couple of new technologies designed to make the web more powerful. From a report: ...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is Your View On Forced Subscription-Only Software?
dryriver writes: All used to be well in the world of Digital Content Creation (DCC) until two very major DCC software makers -- Adobe and Autodesk -- decided to force a monthly subscription model on p...
12:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Is Now Worth More Than $100 Billion
Netflix has crossed the $100 billion mark for its market cap as it once again surprised industry observers with better-than-expected growth in its subscribers. TechCrunch reports: The company said it ...
12:00 pm - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot You Spend Nearly a Whole Day Each Week On the Internet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Since 2000, our time spent online each week has steadily increased, rising from 9.4 hours to 23.6 hours -- nearly an entire day, according to a recent re...
08:00 am - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Google Just Broke Amazon's Workaround For YouTube On Fire TV
Google has cracked down on Fire TV users once again. Today, the technology company blocked Silk and Firefox browsers from displaying the YouTube.com interface usually shown on large screens. Cord Cutt...
04:00 am - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Owner Attempts Autopilot Defense During DUI Stop
It turns out driving drunk is still illegal, even with a driver-assistance system active. "On Saturday, January 13, police discovered a man in his Tesla vehicle on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge...
04:00 am - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot New Study Finds No Link Between Violent Video Games and Behavior
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Dot: Scientists have been investigating the impact of violent video games on behavior for more than two decades, and the results are still being deba...
02:00 am - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Rupert Murdoch Pushes Facebook To Pay For News To Guarantee Quality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Rupert Murdoch, the media billionaire who controls the Wall Street Journal, called on Facebook to begin paying publishers fees to carry the news tha...
02:00 am - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Approves Tariffs of 30 Percent On Imported Solar Panels
The Trump administration just approved tariffs of 30% on imported solar panels. Axios explains why it matters: "Most of the American solar industry has opposed tariffs on panels, saying they would rai...
02:00 am - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Announces That It Has Invented a New Unit of Time
Facebook has announced a new unit of time, called Flicks. "According to the GitHub page documenting Flicks, a Flick is 'the smallest time unit which is LARGER than a nanosecond,' defined as 1/705,600,...
12:00 am - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Montana Becomes First State To Implement Net Neutrality After FCC Repeal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order on Monday requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrali...
12:00 am - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot UK Hospitals Can Now Store Confidential Patient Records In the Public Cloud
The National Health Service (NHS) has given hospitals the go-ahead to store sensitive patient records in the cloud. "NHS Digital said the advantages of using cloud services include cost savings associ...
12:00 am - Tue, January 23, 2018
Slashdot Android Can Now Tell You How Fast Wi-Fi Networks Are Before You Join Them
Today, Google announced that Android 8.1 Oreo will now display the speed of nearby open Wi-Fi networks to help you decide whether they're even worth the effort of connecting to. The Wi-Fi settings men...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Corporate Cultural Issues Hold Back Secure Software Development
An anonymous reader shares a report: As the digital economy expands and software becomes more critical, security worries grow. In a new survey, 74 percent of respondents agree that security threats du...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials
U.S. scientists helped devise the Crispr biotechnology tool. First to test it in humans are Chinese doctors (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative link). WSJ reports: In a hospital wes...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Linux 4.15 Becomes Slowest Release Since 2011
An anonymous reader shares a report: Linus Torvalds has decided that Linux 4.15 needs a ninth release candidate, making it the first kernel release to need that much work since 2011. Torvalds flagged ...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot 'Reskilling Revolution Needed for the Millions of Jobs at Risk Due To Technological Disruption'
A new report, published by The World Economic Forum on Monday estimates that 1.4 million U.S. jobs will be hit by automation between now and 2026. Of those, 57 percent belong to women. Without re-educ...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot iTunes Snafu Made 'Thor: Ragnarok' Available Almost a Month Early
An anonymous reader shares a report: When you check out the 'Thor: Ragnarok' page on iTunes, it says pre-orders of digital copies are expected to arrive on February 20th. But as TorrentFreak reports, ...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Intel Urges OEMs and End Users To Stop Deploying Spectre Patch As It May 'Introduce Higher Than Expected Reboots'
Intel executive vice president Neil Shenoy said on Monday that the chip-maker has identified the source of some of the recent problems, so it is now recommended that users skip the available patches. ...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Says It Can't Guarantee Social Media is Good For Democracy
Facebook said on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but noted that it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Google's $20 Million Race To the Moon Will End With No Winner -- and Google is OK With That
Michael Sheetz, reporting for CNBC: More than ten years after it was announced -- and extended over and over -- the Google-sponsored race to win $20 million by landing on the moon will end with no win...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 S Laptops Starting at $189 and New Office 365 Tools for Students
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft today unveiled new Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at $189, aimed at the education market. The company also announced new Office 365 le...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Facebook VP Says Company Won't Use Experts To Fix Fake News Because It is Worried About Criticism
Joshua Topolsky, writing for The Outline: According to Axios reporter Ina Fried, the vice president of global communications, marketing, and public policy (phew!) at Facebook shook off suggestions tha...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot To Combat Shortage, Nvidia Asks Retailers To Limit Graphics Card Orders
An anonymous reader writes: If you're a PC builder -- or your aging desktop system is in dire need of some modern upgrades -- you've probably wondered why it's impossible to get a graphics card lately...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy's F-Droid Android App Store is a Replacement for Google Play That Features Only FOSS Apps That Don't Do Any Tracking
Google Play, the marquee Android apps store, is filled with apps that are riddled with hidden trackers that siphon a smorgasbord of data from all sensors, in all directions, unknown to the Android use...
12:00 pm - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot LWN.Net Celebrates Its 20th Birthday
Free software/Linux news site LWN.net just celebrated its 20th birthday, with publisher Jonathan Corbet calling the last two decades "an amazing journey." LWN published the first edition of their week...
08:00 am - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Calls Intel Patches 'Complete and Utter Garbage'
An anonymous reader writes:On the Linux Kernel Mailing List, Linus Torvalds ended up responding to a long-time kernel developer (and former Intel engineer) who'd been describing a new microcode featur...
06:00 am - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot More Wall Street Pundits Caution Against Investing In Bitcoins
Peter Boockvar is the Chief Investment Officer of Bleakley Financial Group, a $3.5B wealth management firm -- and he predicts "an epic crash will hit the cryptocurrency market," according to CNBC. "He...
04:00 am - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Will We One Day Use Tractor Beams In Manufacturing?
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Engineers from the University of Bristol have been able to trap (essentially levitate) objects using an acoustic tractor beam that is larger than the wavelengths of sou...
02:00 am - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Reopens Probe Into Russian Involvement in Brexit
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:Facebook has said it will conduct a wider investigation into whether there was Russian meddling on its platform relating to the 2016 Brexit referendum vote in the...
12:00 am - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Church Elder/'Jeopardy' Champion Charged With Computer Crimes
Stephanie Jass, a record-setting, seven-time winner on Jeopardy, has been charged with two felonies for accessing the email accounts of two executives at the college where she worked as an assistant p...
12:00 am - Mon, January 22, 2018
Slashdot Can A New Open Photo File Format Replace JPEGs?
Got lossless compression? An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Google, Mozilla and others in a group called the Alliance for Open Media are working on a rival photo technology. In testing so far, the image...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Opens 'Surveillance-Powered, No-Checkout Convenience Store'
An anonymous reader quotes GeekWire:The first Amazon Go grocery and convenience store will open to the public Monday in Seattle -- letting any person with an Amazon account, the Amazon Go app and a wi...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Fights Search Warrants for Overseas Emails in the Supreme Court
Microsoft's Chief Legal Officer writes about "the landmark Microsoft case that will decide whether the U.S. government can use a search warrant to force a company to seize a customer's private emails ...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Apple and Google Are Rerouting Their Employee Buses as Attacks Resume
Slashdot reader sqorbit writes:Apple runs shuttle buses for it's employees in San Francisco. It seems someone who is not happy with Apple has decided to take out their anger on these buses. In an emai...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Fastest Linux Distro for an Old Macbook 7,1?
Long-time Slashdot reader gr8gatzby writes: I have an old beautiful mint condition white Macbook 7,1 with a 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo and 5GB RAM. Apple cut off the upgrade path of this model at 10.6.8, while...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon Document Confirms Existence of Russian Doomsday Torpedo
Popular Mechanics reports that "a key U.S. nuclear weapons document confirms that the Russian government is developing the most powerful nuclear weapon in more than a half century...a 'new intercontin...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Challenging Tesla, Ferrari Will Build An Electric Sportscar -- and an SUV
Long-time Slashdot reader Kant shared an article from The Verge:Ferrari will build a battery-electric supercar in a bid to challenge Tesla for a piece of the high-end, eco-conscious luxury market. CEO...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Has the Decades-Old Floating Point Error Problem Been Solved?
overheardinpdx quotes HPCwire:Wednesday a company called Bounded Floating Point announced a "breakthrough patent in processor design, which allows representation of real numbers accurate to the last d...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Can Machine Learning Guess True Emotions From Facial Microexpressions?
jbmartin6 writes: Microexpressions are fast, involuntary facial expressions which other people may not consciously recognize, but arise from our real emotions instead of the face we wish to present to...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot iPhone X Purchase Leads To Police, Battering Ram, and Handcuffs
An anonymous reader quotes CBS SFBayArea:On one recent morning, Rick Garcia and his wife Shannon Knuth woke up to a posse of San Francisco police officers at their front door. "I peered through the pe...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Donald Knuth Turns 80, Seeks Problem-Solvers For TAOCP
An anonymous reader writes:When 24-year-old Donald Knuth began writing The Art of Computer Programming, he had no idea that he'd still be working on it 56 years later. This month he also celebrated hi...
06:00 am - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Rocket Lab Successfully Reaches Orbit and Deploys Its First Satellites
Long-time Slashdot reader ClarkMills writes:Rocket Lab has successfully launched its second Electron rocket from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula, with the rocket reaching orbit for the first time... Thi...
04:00 am - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot 'Is It Time For Open Processors?'
Linux kernel developer (and LWN.net co-founder) Jonathan Corbet recently posted an essay with a tantalizing title: "Is it time for open processors?" He cited several "serious initiatives", including t...
02:00 am - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Flat Earther Plans New Rocket Launch, Predicts Super Bowl-Sized Ratings
Self-taught rocket scientist/daredevil "Mad" Mike Hughes will finally launch his homemade rocket in two weeks -- despite "anonymous online haters questioning his every move." An anonymous reader quote...
12:00 am - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot Australian Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests On Fire
An anonymous reader writes: If you've been counting the ways the Australian environment is trying to kill you, you can now add "arson" to the list. According to a six-year study published in The Journ...
12:00 am - Sun, January 21, 2018
Slashdot We All Nearly Missed the Largest Underwater Volcano Eruption Ever Recorded
schwit1 quotes ScienceAlert:She was flying home from a holiday in Samoa when she saw it through the airplane window: a "peculiar large mass" floating on the ocean, hundreds of kilometres off the north...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot EFF: Thousands of People Have Secure Messaging Clients Infected By Spyware
An anonymous reader quotes the EFF:The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and mobile security company Lookout have uncovered a new malware espionage campaign infecting thousands of people in more th...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Apple Shuts Swift Mailing List, Migrates to Online Forum
An anonymous reader writes:Apple's Swift project "has completed the process of migrating to the Swift Forums as the primary method for discussion and communication!" announced a blog post on Friday. "...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot New Antifungal Provides Hope in the Fight Against Superbugs
dryriver shares news about the ongoing war against drug-resistant fungus. ScienceDaily reports:Microscopic yeast have been wreaking havoc in hospitals around the world -- creeping into catheters, vent...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot 'New California' Movement Wants To Create a 51st State
PolygamousRanchKid, Ayano, and an anonymous reader all shared the same story. Tribune Media reports:A group has launched a campaign to divide California into two states. It isn't the first attempt to ...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Apple Might Discontinue the iPhone X This Summer
BGR shares a startling prediction from Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple analyst at KGI securities:Kuo -- who we should note has an exemplary track record with respect to iPhone rumors -- adds that Apple may op...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Red Hat Reverts Spectre Patches to Address Boot Issues
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:Red Hat is releasing updates for reverting previous patches for the Spectre vulnerability (Variant 2, aka CVE-2017-5715) after customers complained that som...
04:00 pm - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Car Manufacturers Sued Over Rodents Eating Soy-Insulated Wires
An anonymous reader writes about "a little-known problem plaguing many newer vehicles from the likes of Honda, Toyota, and Kia."The car makers used soy-insulated wiring to cut costs and "Go Green", bu...
02:00 pm - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Says It Exposed Nearly 700,000 People To Russian Propaganda During Election
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Twitter this evening released a new set of statistics related to its investigation on Russia propaganda efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. president...
08:00 am - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot What a Government Shutdown Will Mean For NASA and SpaceX
Ars Technica reports of how the government shutdown affects federal agencies like NASA, as well as commercial companies like SpaceX: So far, NASA has been keeping quiet about this particular shutdown ...
04:00 am - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot How To Tame the Tech Titans
dryriver shares an opinion piece from The Economist: Not long ago, being the boss of a big Western tech firm was a dream job. As the billions rolled in, so did the plaudits: Google, Facebook, Amazon a...
02:00 am - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Norway Will Make All Short-Haul Flights Electric By 2040
Norway's public operator of air transport plans to make all short-haul flights in the country entirely electric by 2040. "State-owned Avinor, which operates most of Norway's civil airports, is aiming ...
02:00 am - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo's Newest Switch Accessories Are DIY Cardboard Toys
sqorbit writes: Nintendo has announced a new experience for its popular Switch game console, called Nintendo Labo. Nintendo Labo lets you interact with the Switch and its Joy-Con controllers by buildi...
02:00 am - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Ajit Pai's FCC Can't Admit Broadband Competition Is a Problem
An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: While the FCC is fortunately backing away from a plan that would have weakened the standard definition of broadband, the agency under Ajit Pai stil...
12:00 am - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Trump Signs Surveillance Extension Into Law
President Trump took to Twitter this afternoon to announce that he has signed a six-year renewal of a powerful government surveillance tool. "Just signed 702 Bill to authorize foreign intelligence col...
12:00 am - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Security Breaches Don't Affect Stock Price, Study Suggests
Computer security professional Bruce Schneier highlights the key findings of a study that suggests security breaches don't affect stock price. The study has been published in the Journal of Informatio...
12:00 am - Sat, January 20, 2018
Slashdot Google CEO Sundar Pichai Says He Does Not Regret Firing James Damore
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded today to the firing of employee James Damore over his controversial memo on workplace diversity, stating that whi...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Top Bug Hunters Make 2.7 Times More Money Than an Average Software Engineer
An anonymous reader shares a report: A survey of 1,700 bug bounty hunters registered on the HackerOne platform reveals that top white-hat hackers make on average 2.7 times more money than the average ...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Linking Is Not Copyright Infringement, Boing Boing and EFF Tell Court
An anonymous reader shares a report: The popular blog Boing Boing has asked a federal court in California to drop the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against it by Playboy. With help from the EFF...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Will Now Ask Users To Rank News Organizations They Trust
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Facebook is doing a very un-Facebooky thing: It's going to start declaring that some news sources you see in your Facebook feed are better than others,...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot A Cheap and Easy Blood Test Could Catch Cancer Early
A simple-to-take test that tells if you have a tumor lurking, and even where it is in your body, is a lot closer to reality -- and may cost only $500. From a report: The new test, developed at Johns H...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Buying Headphones in 2018 is Going To Be a Fragmented Mess
Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge: At CES this year, I saw the future of headphones, and it was messy. Where we once had the solid reliability of a 3.5mm analog connector working with any jack shaped ...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Tim Cook: 'I Don't Want My Nephew on a Social Network'
Tim Cook, speaking at Harlow college in Essex, shared his views on the limits on technology and social media he feels should be imposed on kids. He said: "I don't believe in overuse [of technology]. I...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Instant Messaging Company Snap Threatens Jail Time for Leakers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Snap has a simple message to its employees: leak information and you could be sued or even jailed. The chief lawyer and general counsel of Snapchat's parent compan...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot China's Smartphone Maker OnePlus Says Up To 40,000 Customers Were Affected by Credit Card Security Breach
sqorbit writes: OnePlus, a manufacturer of an inexpensive smartphone meant to compete with the iPhone, states that data from 40,000 customers credit card information was stolen while purchasing phones...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot BMW's Apple CarPlay Annual Fee is Next-level Gouging
BMW announced this week that the company plans to shift Apple CarPlay infotainment support from a one-time fee to a subscription service. Tim Stevens, writing about the implications of the move for CN...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Pedestrian Attacks Self-driving Car in the Mission
An anonymous reader shares a report: Cruise AV, a self-driving car company owned by General Motors, reports that earlier this month an unidentified man in the Mission flung himself onto one of the com...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Why Airports Rename Runways When the Magnetic Poles Move
An anonymous reader shares a report: For decades, pilots heading into or out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in southeast Kansas have had three runways to choose from: 1L/19R, 1R/19L, and 14/32...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Google Moves To Debian For In-house Linux Desktop
Google has officially confirmed the company is shifting its in-house Linux desktop from the Ubuntu-based Goobuntu to a new Linux distro, the DebianTesting-based gLinux. From a report: Margarita Manter...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Amazon is Raising the Price of Prime Monthly Memberships by Nearly 20 Percent
Amazon is boosting the price of its monthly Prime membership fees for new and existing members by nearly 20%. The online retailer said Friday its annual membership fee of $99 will not change. From a r...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Google Releases Fix For Chromecast Wi-Fi Crashes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google on Wednesday said it will release an update Jan. 18 to fix a bug in Cast software on Android phones that dramatically slows down WiFi networks. R...
12:00 pm - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot You Could Soon Be Manufacturing Your Own Drugs -- Thanks To 3D Printing
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Forget those long lines at the pharmacy: Someday soon, you might be making your own medicines at home. That's because researchers have tailored a 3D...
08:00 am - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot US Tests Nuclear Power System To Sustain Astronauts On Mars
Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface on Mars have been successful and a full-power run is schedu...
04:00 am - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Is Last In the Driverless Vehicle Race, Report Says
Navigant Research has compiled a new report on 19 companies working on automated driving systems, and surprisingly, Tesla came in last place. U.S. News & World Report: Navigant ranked the 19 major...
04:00 am - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Intelligence makes for better leaders -- from undergraduates to executives to presidents -- according to multiple studies. It certainly ma...
02:00 am - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Google's Fuchsia OS On the Pixelbook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: Our early look at Fuchsia OS last May provided a glimpse into a number of new interface paradigms. Several months later, we now have an updated han...
02:00 am - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Picks 20 Finalists For 'HQ2' Second Headquarters Location
bigpat writes: Amazon took in hundreds of proposals and narrowed it down to twenty places for its "second" headquarters, with up to 50,000 new jobs promised in the next 15 years and millions of square...
02:00 am - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Lifesaving Drone Makes First Rescue In Australia
Zorro shares a report from Yahoo News: A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to dist...
12:00 am - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot 'Text Bomb' Is Latest Apple Bug
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A new "text bomb" affecting Apple's iPhone and Mac computers has been discovered. Abraham Masri, a software developer, tweeted about the flaw which ty...
12:00 am - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Wine 3.0 Released
prisoninmate shares a report from Softpedia: The Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) project has been updated today to version 3.0, a major release that ends 2017 in style for the open-source compatibility...
12:00 am - Fri, January 19, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Explain Einstein's Theories To a Nine-Year-Old?
SiggyRadiation writes: A few days ago, my 9-year-old son asked me why Albert Einstein was so famous. I decided not just to start with the famous formula E=mc^2, because that just seemed to be the easy...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Global Warming Predictions May Now Be a Lot Less Uncertain
An anonymous reader shares a report: Humanity must not pass a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in global temperature from pre-industrial levels, so says the Paris climate agreement. Cross that line and the g...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Resumes Meltdown and Spectre Updates for AMD Devices
Microsoft has resumed the rollout of security updates for AMD devices. The updates patch the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. From a report: Microsoft released these patches on January 3, but the...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin's Fluctuations Are Too Much For Even Ransomware Cybercriminals
Bitcoin's price swings are so huge that even ransomware developers are dialling back their reliance on the currency, according to researchers at cybersecurity firm Proofpoint. From a report: Over the ...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot 2017 Among Warmest Years On Record
2017 was among the warmest years on record, according to new data released by NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. From a report: The planet's global surface temperature last year...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Senate Passes Bill Renewing NSA's Internet Surveillance Program
From a report: The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program for six years and with minimal changes, overcoming objections...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Less Than 1 in 10 Gmail Users Enable Two-Factor Authentication
It has been nearly seven years since Google introduced two-factor authentication for Gmail accounts, but virtually no one is using it. From a report: In a presentation at Usenix's Enigma 2018 security...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot No More Pancake Syrup? Climate Change Could Bring an End To Sugar Maples
An anonymous reader shares a research report: Savor that sticky, slightly nutty sweetness drenching your Sunday morning pancakes now. The trees that make maple syrup will struggle to survive climate c...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Tries To Write the Book On AI
When it comes to the ethics and impact of artificial intelligence, Microsoft is literally trying to write the book. From a report: The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its Role in Society ...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Slack Now Available As a Snap For Linux
BrianFagioli writes: Today, yet another wildly popular program gets the Snap treatment, and quite frankly, it is arguably more significant than Spotify. What is it? Slack! Yes, Canonical announces tha...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot US Doctors Plan To Treat Cancer Patients Using CRISPR
An anonymous reader shares a report: The first human test in the U.S. involving the gene-editing tool CRISPR could begin at any time and will employ the DNA cutting technique in a bid to battle deadly...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Apple Is Blocking an App That Detects Net Neutrality Violations
dmoberhaus writes: Apple isn't allowing a new app developed by a university professor that detects when your internet is being throttled by ISPs from being listed on the app store. The company claimed...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Intel Says Newer Chips Also Hit by Unwanted Reboots After Patch
Intel says the unexpected reboots triggered by patching older chips affected by Meltdown and Spectre are happening to its newer chips, too. From a report: Intel confirmed in an update late Wednesday t...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Google Has Made It Simple For Anyone To Tap Into Its Image Recognition AI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Google released a new AI tool on Wednesday designed to let anyone train its machine learning systems on a photo dataset of their choosing. The softwar...
12:00 pm - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Puts Minecraft Boss In Charge of Xbox Games
Microsoft is promoting its Minecraft boss to the head of the company's games studios. "Matt Booty's new role sees him oversee Microsoft Studios, second only to Microsoft's games chief Phil Spencer," r...
08:00 am - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Software 'No More Accurate Than Untrained Humans' At Predicting Recidivism
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The credibility of a computer program used for bail and sentencing decisions has been called into question after it was found to be no more accur...
04:00 am - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Tim Cook Says Power Management Feature In Older iPhones Will Be Able To Be Turned Off In Future Update
In an interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones. He says that a future update will allow customer...
02:00 am - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax Law
Apple told employees that it's issuing a bonus of $2,500 of restricted stock units, following the introduction of the new U.S. tax law. "The iPhone maker will begin issuing grants to most employees wo...
02:00 am - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot LAPD Is Not Using the Electric BMWs It Announced In 2016
mi shares a report from CBS Los Angeles: "In a 2016 well-choreographed press conference, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck got out of an electric BMW driven by Mayor Garcetti to tout the city's ambitious projec...
02:00 am - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Won't Say If It Hands Your Echo Data To the Government
Zack Whittaker reports via ZDNet of how Amazon still won't say whether or not it hands your Echo data to the government -- three years after the Echo was first released. From the report: Amazon has a ...
12:00 am - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Meteor Lights Up Southern Michigan
New submitter Foundryman writes: Amidst fake missile reports in Hawaii and Japan, Michigan gets hit by something real. From a report via Ars Technica: "Early last night local time, a meteor rocketed t...
12:00 am - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Project Fi Creates Its Own Version of An Unlimited Plan
Google's Project Fi mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has launched a new feature called Bill Protection that will cap your $10 per GB data bill at $60 a month, while still allowing you to use as ...
12:00 am - Thu, January 18, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is a 'Living, Breathing Crime Scene,' Says Former Tech Insider
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: With more than 2 billion users, Facebook's reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam. However, the network's laser focus on pro...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Google Search Will Start Ranking Faster Mobile Pages Higher In July
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced a new project to improve its mobile search results: Factoring page speed into its search ranking. As the company notes, page speed "has been used in ...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot The World's Top-Selling Video Game Has a Cheating Problem
China's Tencent Holdings is going after the cheaters and hackers that infest PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as it prepares to bring the world's top-selling game to its home turf. From a report: Ahead o...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot A Photo Accidentally Revealed a Password For Hawaii's Emergency Agency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: In the aftermath of an erroneous missile warning that terrified Hawaiians on Saturday (Jan. 13), the state's emergency management agency has come under...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Restricts All New Firefox Features To HTTPS Only
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a groundbreaking statement earlier this week, Mozilla announced that all web-based features that will ship with Firefox in the future must be served on over a s...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Apple Says It Will 'Contribute' $350 Billion in the US Economy Over the Next 5 Years
Apple said on Wednesday it will invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, touting the creation of 20,000 new jobs and a new campus thanks, in part, to the prospect of tax refor...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Toughens Advert Payment Rules
YouTube is introducing tougher requirements for video publishers who want to make money from its platform. From a report: In addition, it has said staff will manually review all clips before they are ...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot 'No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore'
An anonymous reader shares a report: For decades, the donation bin has offered consumers in rich countries a guilt-free way to unload their old clothing. In a virtuous and profitable cycle, a global n...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Watchers Running Out of Explanations Blame Slump on Moon
If regulatory concerns aren't enough to explain Bitcoin's 50 percent slump from its record high reached last month, how about blaming it on the moon? An anonymous reader writes: The Lunar New Year, wh...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions
This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that was made from soybean oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, b...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Philippine Lawmakers Worry China Telecom May Be a 'Trojan horse'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Opposition members of the Philippine Congress raised concern on Wednesday that China Telecom Corp, which may enter the Philippine industry, could be a "Trojan hors...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Days After Hawaii's False Missile Alarm, a New One in Japan
An anonymous reader shares a report: Japan's public broadcaster on Tuesday accidentally sent news alerts that North Korea had launched a missile and that citizens should take shelter -- just days afte...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Within Next Five Years Your Pizzas Will Probably Be Delivered by Autonomous Cars, Domino's Pizza CEO Says
In an interview with The Street, Domino's Pizza outgoing CEO Patrick Doyle said in three to five years at the earliest he expects driverless cars and voice orders to shift the way the world orders piz...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Salmonella Probably Killed the Aztecs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In 1545 disaster struck Mexico's Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and n...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot America's Fastest Spy Plane May Be Back -- And Hypersonic
A Lockheed Skunk Works executive implied last week at an aerospace conference that the successor to one of the fastest aircraft the world has seen, the SR-71 Blackbird, might already exist. Previously...
08:00 am - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Seem Close To Publicly Unlocking the Nintendo Switch
Ars Technica reports that "hackers have been finding partial vulnerabilities in early versions of the [Nintendo] Switch firmware throughout 2017." They have discovered a Webkit flaw that allows for ba...
04:00 am - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Lawsuit Filed By 22 State Attorneys General Seeks To Block Net Neutrality Repeal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A lawsuit filed today by the attorneys general of 22 states seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission's recent controversial vote to rep...
02:00 am - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Google Home and Chromecast Could Be Overloading Your Home Wi-Fi
Google Cast products could be to blame for your wonky internet connection. According to TP-Link, "The Cast feature normally sends packets of information at regular intervals to keep a live connection ...
02:00 am - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Many Enterprise Mobile Devices Will Never Be Patched Against Meltdown, Spectre
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: The Meltdown and Spectre bugs have been in the headlines for a couple of weeks now, but it seems the patches are not being installed on handsets. Analysis of...
02:00 am - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot New Study Claims That the 'Black Death' Was Spread By Humans, Not Rats
dryriver shares a report from BBC: Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread a series of out...
12:00 am - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Plunges Below $12,000 To Six-Week Low Over Crackdown Fears
Bitcoin plunged to a six-week low Tuesday after comments from South Korea's finance minister renewed worries about a crackdown in one of the largest markets for digital currency trading. In a radio pr...
12:00 am - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot China Builds 'World's Biggest Air Purifier' That Actually Works
The South China Morning Post shares an update on the status of an experimental tower in northern China, dubbed the world's biggest air purifier by its operators. According to the scientist leading the...
12:00 am - Wed, January 17, 2018
Slashdot Lyft Says Nearly 250K of Its Passengers Ditched a Personal Car In 2017
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Lyft has a new report out detailing its "economic impact" for 2017, and the document includes a lot of stats on its performance throughout the year...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot The Astronomer Who Is Building the Largest Map of Space by Volume
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Astronomer Mark Halpern doesn't come into work every day thinking about the fact that he is leading a team that is creating the biggest map of the univ...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot France Says 'Au Revoir' to the Word 'Smartphone'
Hoping to prevent English tech vocabulary from entering the French language, officials have suggested 'mobile multifunction' as an alternative. An anonymous reader shares a report: The official journa...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Uncover Android Malware With Never-Before-Seen Spying Capabilities
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: According to a report published Tuesday by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab, "Skygofree" is most likely an offensive security product sold by an ...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Uber Says UK Drivers Will Take Mandatory Breaks
Uber is introducing a new policy on drivers' hours across the UK next week, which it says will help to increase safety for drivers and passengers. From a report: Drivers for the ride-hailing service w...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Bank of America Tops IBM, Payments Firms With Most Blockchain Patents
Bank of America may not be willing to help customers invest in Bitcoin, but that doesn't mean it isn't plowing into the technology underlying the cryptocurrency. From a report: The Charlotte, North Ca...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot The Human Cost of the Apple Supply Chain Machine
Apple is still struggling to improve working conditions at its supply chain factories. China Labor Watch and Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Catcher, a key supplier for iPhone and MacBook casings, ...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Contraceptive App Natural Cycles Blamed For String of Unwanted Pregnancies
An anonymous reader shares a report: A contraceptive mobile phone app used by tens of thousands of British women has come under fire after reportedly sparking a string of unwanted pregnancies. Swedish...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot US Lawmakers Urge AT&T To Cut Commercial Ties With Huawei and Oppose China Mobile Citing National Security Concerns
U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile to enter the U.S. ma...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Now Meltdown Patches Are Making Industrial Control Systems Lurch
Patches for the Meltdown vulnerability are causing stability issues in industrial control systems. From a report: SCADA vendor Wonderware admitted that Redmond's Meltdown patch made its Historian prod...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Hits Back Again at Claims That Its Employees Monitor Direct Messages
From a report on TechCrunch: Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages. In a st...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Now Hiring For a Fascinating New Kind of Job That Only a Human Can Do: Babysit a Robot
From a report: Book a night at LAX's Residence Inn and you may be fortunate enough to meet an employee named Wally. His gig is relatively pedestrian -- bring you room service, navigate around the hote...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Google Starts Certificate Program To Fill Empty IT Jobs
An anonymous reader shares a report: There are 150,000 open IT jobs in the U.S., and Google wants to make it easier to fill them. Today the company is announcing a certificate program on the Coursera ...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Democrats Are Just One Vote Shy of Restoring Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer now says Democrats in the Senate are a single vote away from restoring net neutrality. According to the senator ...
12:00 pm - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Is Pop Music Becoming Louder, Simpler and More Repetitive?
dryriver writes: The BBC has posted a very interesting article that investigates whether people claiming all over the internet that "pop music just isn't what it used to be" are simply growing old, or...
08:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot The James Webb Space Telescope Has Emerged From the Freezer
The James Webb Space Telescope has emerged from a large vacuum chamber that was home to temperatures of just 20 degrees Celsius above absolute zero. Scientists have reviewed the data and given the ins...
04:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Google's Museum App Finds Your Fine Art Doppelganger
The latest update to the Google Arts & Culture app now lets you take a selfie, and using image recognition, finds someone in its vast art collection that most resembles you. It will then present y...
04:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX and Boeing Slated For Manned Space Missions By Year's End
schwit1 shares a report from Fortune, covering NASA's announcement last week that it expects SpaceX to conduct a crewed test flight by the end of the year: SpaceX's crewed test flight is slated for De...
04:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Stifle Your Sneeze
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In a season where colds are rife, holding your nose and closing your mouth might seem like a considerate alternative to an explosive "Achoo!" But...
02:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot 'Very High Level of Confidence' Russia Used Kaspersky Software For Devastating NSA Leaks
bricko shares a report from Yahoo Finance: Three months after U.S. officials asserted that Russian intelligence used popular antivirus company Kaspersky to steal U.S. classified information, there are...
02:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot Renewable Energy Set To Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels By 2020, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Continuous technological improvements have led to a rapid fall in the cost of renewable energy in recent years, meaning some forms can already...
02:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot 10 Years of the MacBook Air
Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air. "Apple's Macworld 2008 was a special one, taking place just days after the annual Consumer Electronics Show had ended and Bill Gates bid far...
12:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot FDA Approves First Drug Aimed at Women With Inherited Breast Cancer
U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene. From a report: The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved AstraZene...
12:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot City-Owned Internet Services Offer Cheaper and More Transparent Pricing, Says Harvard Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Municipal broadband networks generally offer cheaper entry-level prices than private Internet providers, and the city-run networks also make it e...
12:00 am - Tue, January 16, 2018
Slashdot OnePlus Customers Report Credit Card Fraud After Buying From the Company's Website
If you purchased a OnePlus smartphone recently from the official OnePlus website, you might want to check your transactions to make sure there aren't any you don't recognize. "A poll was posted on the...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Canadian Charged With Running LeakedSource.com, Selling Stolen Info
A Canadian man accused of operating the LeakedSource.com website, a major repository of stolen online credentials, has been arrested and charged with trafficking in billions of stolen personal identit...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Tests Firefox 'Tab Warming'
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Mozilla is currently testing a new feature called "Tab Warming" that engineers hope will improve the tab switching process. According to a description ...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Airbus A380, Once the Future of Aviation, May Cease Production
The days may be numbered for the world's largest passenger aircraft. An anonymous reader shares a report: Airbus, the European aerospace group that makes the A380 superjumbo, said on Monday that it wo...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Ford is Throwing $11 Billion at Its Electric Car Problem
Ford said on Monday it will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11 billion in the next five years, more than doubling a previous commitment. Company's chairman Bill Ford said the car maker w...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Find That One Person Likely Drove Bitcoin From $150 to $1,000
An anonymous reader shares a report: Researchers Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Tali Oberman have written a fascinating paper on Bitcoin price manipulation. Entitled "Price Manipulation in ...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Google Brings Map Service Back To China
Google has relaunched its map service in China after an eight-year absence, signaling a new era of cooperation between the American internet giant and local partners in fields such as artificial intel...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot India To Add Facial Authentication For Its Aadhaar Card Security
India will build facial recognition into its national identity card in addition to fingerprints after a series of breaches in the world's biggest biometric identification programme, the government sai...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Traders in South Korea Face Fines For Virtual Accounts
An anonymous reader shares a report: Cryptocurrency investors in South Korea will be fined for refusing to convert their virtual accounts into real-name ones, financial authorities said Sunday. The mo...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Lenovo Discovers and Removes Backdoor In Networking Switches
An anonymous reader writes: Lenovo engineers have discovered a backdoor in the firmware of RackSwitch and BladeCenter networking switches. The company released firmware updates last week. The Chinese ...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot The Tech Failings of Hawaii's Missile Alert
Over the weekend, Hawaii incorrectly warned citizens of a missile attack via their phones. According to The Washington Post, the error was a result of a staffer picking the wrong option -- missile ale...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot AI Beats Humans at Reading Comprehension
In what is being called a landmark moment for natural language processing, Alibaba and Microsoft have developed AIs that can outperform humans on a reading and comprehension test. From a report: Aliba...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Why Uber Can Find You but 911 Can't
Accurate location data is on smartphones, so why don't more wireless carriers use it to locate emergency callers? From a report, shared by a reader: Software on Apple's iPhones and Google's Android sm...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Which JavaScript Framework is the Most Popular?
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld's report on which JavaScript frameworks are the most widely-used:In a study of 28-day download cycles for front-end JavaScript frameworks, NPM, which oversees the ...
10:00 am - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot 'Don't Fear the Robopocalypse': the Case for Autonomous Weapons
Lasrick shares "Don't fear the robopocalypse," an interview from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists with the former Army Ranger who led the team that established the U.S. Defense Department policy ...
06:00 am - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot California Will Close Its Last Nuclear Power Plant
An anonymous reader quotes the San Francisco Chronicle:California's last nuclear power plant -- Diablo Canyon, whose contentious birth helped shape the modern environmental movement -- will close in 2...
06:00 am - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot City of Barcelona Dumps Windows For Linux and Open Source Software
An anonymous reader quotes Open Source Observatory:The City of Barcelona is migrating its computer systems away from the Windows platform, reports the Spanish newspaper El País. The City's stra...
04:00 am - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Hijack DNS For Lumens Cryptocurrency Site 'BlackWallet', Steal $400,000
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:Unknown hackers (or hacker) have hijacked the DNS server for BlackWallet.co, a web-based wallet application for the Stellar Lumen cryptocurrency (XLM), and ...
02:00 am - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot 20 Years Later, Has Open Source Changed the World?
"Most code remains closed and proprietary, even though open source now dominates enterprise platforms," notes Matt Asay, former COO at Canonical (and an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initia...
12:00 am - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot How Millions of Iranians Are Evading Internet Censors
schwit1 quotes the Wall Street Journal:Authorities in Tehran have ratcheted up their policing of the internet in the past week and a half, part of an attempt to stamp out the most far-reaching protest...
12:00 am - Mon, January 15, 2018
Slashdot VMware Bug Allowed Root Access
c4231 quotes Ars Technica:While everyone was screaming about Meltdown and Spectre, another urgent security fix was already in progress for many corporate data centers and cloud providers who use produ...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Calls to Action on the Fifth Anniversary of the Death of Aaron Swartz
On the fifth anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz, EFF activist Elliot Harmon posted a remembrance:When you look around the digital rights community, it's easy to find Aaron's fingerprints all ove...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Japan's Latest Sensation is a Cryptocurrency Pop Group
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:If you're starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? By tying yourself to something tre...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Russian Military Base Attacked By Drones
A Russian military base in Syria was recently attacked -- 20 miles from the frontline. The only video of the attack is from a Facebook group for a nearby town, which identifies the noises as an "anti-...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Text Message Scammer Gets Five Years in Prison
36-year-old Fraser Thompson is going to prison, according to Reuters, after receiving a five-year sentence for "defrauding" cellphone customers out of millions of dollars. An anonymous reader quotes R...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Is There a Warning in 'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams'?
An anonymous reader quotes io9:That signature feeling feeling of queasy, slow-burning tumult comes through in Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, which originally aired in the UK last September, but is ...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Following Other Credit Cards, Visa Will Also Stop Requiring Signatures
An anonymous reader quotes SiliconBeat:Visa, the largest U.S. credit card issuer, became the last of the major credit card companies to announce its plan to make signatures optional... Visa joined Ame...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Chelsea Manning Files to Run for U.S. Senate in Maryland
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:Chelsea E. Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks, is seeking to run for t...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Think They've Discovered Lava Tubes Leading To the Moon's Polar Ice
schwit1 quotes ScienceAlert:Small pits in a large crater on the Moon's North Pole could be "skylights" leading down to an underground network of lava tubes -- tubes holding hidden water on Earth's nea...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot The Linux Kernel Mailing List is Down
Every page on LKML.org is currently displaying this error message along with a picture of Flits the cat.What started out as a power outage while I was on vacation (leading to the computer hosting the ...
02:00 pm - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There a Useful Voice-Activated PC?
An anonymous reader writes:My elderly monther-in-law misses her computer. Her mind is okay, but she cannot use a computer because of her Parkinson's disease. I am not all that impressed with Amazon Ec...
10:00 am - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Kansas 'Swat' Perpetrator Charged; Faces 11 More Years in Prison
Jail-time looms for 25-year-old Tyler Barriss, whose fake call to Kansas police led to a fatal shooting:Barriss "was in a Wichita jail on Saturday," Reuters reported, and even his first court appearan...
06:00 am - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Warren Buffett Predicts 'Bad Ending' for Cryptocurrencies
"97% of all bitcoins are held by 4% of addresses," reports Credit Suisse (in an article cited by Slashdot reader CaptainDork). And elsewhere this week, Warren Buffett told CNBC that speculation in bit...
04:00 am - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Fake 'Inbound Missile' Alert Sent To Every Cellphone in Hawaii
"Somebody sent out a false emergency alert to all cell phones in Hawaii saying, 'BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL'," writes Slashdot reader flopw...
02:00 am - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Is Finland's Universal Basic Income Trial Too Good To Be True?
It was one year ago that Finland began giving money to 2,000 unemployed people -- roughly $652 a month (€560 or £475). But have we learned anything about universal basic incomes? An anonymo...
12:00 am - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot Japanese Console Market Grows For the First Time In 11 Years
According to Famitsu, hardware sales in Japan experienced a huge spike in 2017 compared to the previous year. In 2016, Japanese hardware sales were 117.05 billion yen ($1.05 billion), while in 2017, t...
12:00 am - Sun, January 14, 2018
Slashdot 'Science Fiction Writers of America' Accuse Internet Archive of Piracy
An anonymous reader writes: The "Open Library" project of the nonprofit Internet Archive has been scanning books and offering "loans" of DRM-protected versions for e-readers (which expire after the lo...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Stack Overflow Stats Reveal 'the Brutal Lifecycle of JavaScript Frameworks'
A developer on the Internal Tools team at Stack Overflow reveals some new statistics from their 'Trends' tool:JavaScript UI frameworks and libraries work in cycles. Every six months or so, a new one p...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Peter Thiel Is Now Bidding on Gawker.com
An anonymous reader writes:Its official. "Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has made an offer for Gawker," reports Reuters, adding that the potential acquisition "would let him take down stories regardin...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Intel Unveils 'Breakthrough' 49 Qubit Quantum Computer
Long-time Slashdot reader cold fjord writes: Extremetech reports, "At CES 2018 this week, Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich declared the company's new 49-qubit quantum computer represented a step towards "qu...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Many US States Propose Their Own Laws Protecting Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:Lawmakers in at least six states, including California and New York, have introduced bills in recent weeks that would forbid internet providers to block o...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Will Facial Recognition in China Lead To Total Surveillance?
schwit1 shares a new Washington Post article about China's police and security state -- including the facial recognition cameras allow access to apartment buildings. "If I am carrying shopping bags in...
04:00 pm - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Interviewing the Interviewer
Terry Gross, NPR's The Fresh Air host, on the art of the Q&A: "People are always projecting things. They're hearing things that weren't said or projecting meaning that was not intended and, perhap...
04:00 pm - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Erroneous 'Spam' Flag Affected 102 npm Packages
There was some trouble last weekend at the world's largest package repository. An anonymous reader quotes the official npm blog:On Saturday, January 6, 2018, we incorrectly removed the user floatdrop ...
02:00 pm - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Adult Themed VR Game Leaks Data On Thousands
chicksdaddy writes from The Security Ledger: Somebody deserves a spanking after personal information on thousands of users of an adult virtual reality game were exposed to security researchers in the ...
12:00 pm - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Exchange Kraken Suddenly Goes Dark For Two Days
An anonymous reader quotes the San Francisco Chronicle: One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges was down more than 40 hours this week, causing clients to freak out... San Francisco's Kraken went o...
08:00 am - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot French Songwriter Kiesza Composes First Mainstream Music Album Co-Written With AI
dryriver shares a report from the BBC, highlighting "a new album that features everything from cowboy sci-fi to Europop." What's special about the album -- Hello World by Canadian singer Kiesza -- is ...
04:00 am - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Why the World Only Has Two Words For Tea
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: With a few minor exceptions, there are really only two ways to say "tea" in the world. One is like the English term -- te in Spanish and tee in Afrikaa...
02:00 am - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Use Computers To Make Elections Better?
shanen writes: Regarding politics, is there anything that Americans agree on? If so, it's probably something negative like "The system is broken," or "The leading candidates are terrible," or even "Yo...
02:00 am - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Snapchat's Big Redesign Bashed In 83 Percent of User Reviews
The new Snapchat redesign that jams Stories in between private messages is not receiving a whole lot of praise. "In the few countries including the U.K., Australia, and Canada where the redesign is wi...
12:00 am - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Researcher Finds Another Security Flaw In Intel Management Firmware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Meltdown and Spectre are not the only security problems Intel is facing these days. Today, researchers at F-Secure have revealed another weakness...
12:00 am - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple's China iCloud Data Migration Sweeps Up International User Accounts
Yesterday, it was reported that Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month. What wasn't reported was the fact that Apple has included iCloud accoun...
12:00 am - Sat, January 13, 2018
Slashdot Americans Still Deeply Skeptical About Driverless Cars, Says Poll
A new poll was released today that basically repeats data we've seen in previous surveys: Americans still don't trust self-driving cars, and are nervous about the coming onslaught. The Verge reports: ...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot PC Market Still Showing Few Signs of Life
An anonymous reader writes: It was another rough quarter for the global PC market, as fourth quarter unit sales dropped 2%, according to preliminary results from Gartner. In the U.S. things were even ...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot US Supreme Court Will Revisit Ruling On Collecting Internet Sales Tax
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Supreme Court will consider freeing state and local governments to collect billions of dollars in sales taxes from online retailers, agreei...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Google Pulls 60 Apps From Play Store After Malware Exposes Kids To Porn
Cyberthreat intelligence firm Check Point on Friday disclosed the existence of malicious code buried inside dozens of apps that displays pornographic images to users. Many of the apps are games report...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Apparently, People Say 'Thank You' To Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Vehicles
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last summer, Ford worked with Domino's Pizza on a test in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where it delivered pizza to randomly chosen customers in a self-driving Ford Fusion ...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Intel's Chip Bug Fixes Have Bugs of Their Own
From a report: Intel said late Thursday it is investigating an issue with Broadwell and Haswell CPUs after customers reported higher system reboot rates when they installed firmware updates for fixing...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot GM Will Make an Autonomous Car Without Steering Wheel or Pedals By 2019
General Motors plans to mass-produce self-driving cars that lack traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals by 2019, the company announced today. From a report: It's a bold declaration for t...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Will Cape Town be the First City To Run Out of Water?
Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, African penguins, sunshine and sea, is a world-renowned tourist destination. But soon it could also become famous for being the first major city in the world to run ...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Indirect Presence Fades from CES
Analyst Ben Bajarin writes: We would go to CES and remark at how Apple's dominance loomed over the show. Vendors of all shapes and sizes were rushing to be a part of the Apple ecosystem. Apple's ecosy...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Studios Sue Dragon Box in Latest Crackdown on Streaming Devices
An anonymous reader shares a report: Netflix and Amazon joined with the major studios on Wednesday in a lawsuit against Dragon Box, as the studios continue their crackdown on streaming devices. The su...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Overhauls News Feed in Favor of 'Meaningful Social Interactions'
Facebook said late Thursday it will begin to prioritize posts in the News Feed from friends and family over public content and posts from publishers. The company will also move away from using "time s...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Cisco Can Now Sniff Out Malware Inside Encrypted Traffic
Simon Sharwood, writing for The Register: Cisco has switched on latent features in its recent routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of m...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Ex-Google Employee's Memo Says Executives Shut Down Pro-Diversity Discussions
An anonymous reader shares a report: A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that the company's human resources department and a senior vice president pressured him to stop discussing divers...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot AMD Is Releasing Spectre Firmware Updates To Fix CPU Vulnerabilities
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: AMD's initial response to the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws made it clear "there is a near zero risk to AMD processors." That zero risk doesn't mea...
12:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Ecuador Grants Citizenship To WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
hcs_$reboot writes: Ecuador has granted citizenship to Julian Assange, who has been holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over five years. Quito, Ecuador, has said naturalization should...
12:00 pm - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Sea Turtles Under Threat As Climate Change Turns Most Babies Female
A new study published in the journal Current Biology found that as much as 99 percent of baby green sea turtles in warm equatorial regions are being born female. "The study took a look at turtle popul...
08:00 am - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Ice Cliffs Spotted On Mars
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: Scientists have discovered eight cliffs of nearly pure water ice on Mars, some of which stand nearly 100 meters tall. The discovery points to la...
04:00 am - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Could Blow Up Factories Using Smartphone Apps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Two security researchers, Alexander Bolshev of IOActive and Ivan Yushkevich of Embedi, spent last year examining 34 apps from companies ...
02:00 am - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot South Korea Plans To Ban Cryptocurrency Trading
South Korea's government said on Thursday it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax aut...
02:00 am - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Change Our Understanding of How Anaesthesia Messes With the Brain
schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: It's crazy to think that we still don't quite understand the mechanism behind one of the most common medical interventions -- general anaesthetic. But resear...
02:00 am - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot FCC Undoing Rules That Make It Easier For Small ISPs To Compete With Big Telecom
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Federal Communications Commission is currently considering a rule change that would alter how it doles out licenses for wireless spectrum. The...
12:00 am - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Health Data Is Being Used As Evidence In a Rape and Murder Investigation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Hussein K., an Afghan refugee in Freiburg, has been on trial since September for allegedly raping and murdering a student in Freiburg, and disposi...
12:00 am - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot Circuit City Is Coming Back
Following a tease of a CES announcement, current Circuit City CEO Ronny Shmoel confirmed on Monday that something called Circuit City will arrive as "a new, more personalized online shopping experienc...
12:00 am - Fri, January 12, 2018
Slashdot TiVo Sues Comcast Again, Alleging Operator's X1 Infringes Eight Patents
TiVo's Rovi subsidiary on Wednesday filed two lawsuits in federal district courts, alleging Comcast's X1 platform infringes eight TiVo-owned patents. "That includes technology covering pausing and res...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Partners with Signal to Bring End-To-End Encryption to Skype
Microsoft and Open Whisper Systems (makers of the Signal app) surprised many on Thursday when they said they are partnering to bring support for end-to-end (E2E) encrypted conversations to Skype. From...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot When It Comes to Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind
Tom Simonite, writing for Wired: In 2015, a black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company's Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as "gorillas." Googl...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Pandora CEO Roger Lynch Wants To Create the Podcast Genome Project
Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: Pandora's new CEO Roger Lynch has big plans for podcasts: Lynch told Variety on the sidelines of CES in Las Vegas Thursday that he wants to create "the equivale...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Dropbox Files Confidentially For IPO
Dropbox, the file-sharing private company valued at $10 billion, has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering. From the report: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. wil...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Intel Says Chip-Security Fixes Leave PCs No More Than 10% Slower
Intel trying to defuse concern that fixes to widespread chip security vulnerabilities will slow computers, released test results late Wednesday showing that personal computers won't be affected much a...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Subscriptions With Automated Recurring Billing Come To Windows 10
An anonymous reader shares a report: In yet another bid to woo developers to the platform, Microsoft is introducing subscription add-ons for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, and later. Available to all...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home
From a report on Bloomberg: U.S.-trained Chinese-born talent is becoming a key force in driving Chinese companies' global expansion and the country's efforts to dominate next-generation technologies l...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Top US Government Computers Linked to Revenge-Porn Site
Joseph Cox, reporting for The Daily Beast: Data obtained by a security analyst and shared with The Daily Beast reveals the behind-the-scenes of the epicenter of revenge porn: a notorious image board c...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Uber Used Another Secret Software To Evade Police, Report Says
schwit1 shares a Bloomberg report: In May 2015 about 10 investigators for the Quebec tax authority burst into Uber Technologies's office in Montreal. The authorities believed Uber had violated tax law...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot House Passes Bill To Renew NSA Internet Spying Tool
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Conference Stops Accepting BTC Due To High Fees
An anonymous reader shares a report: Next week the popular cryptocurrency event, The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) will be hosted in downtown Miami at the James L Knight Center, January 18...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot More Colleges Than Ever Have Test-Optional Admissions Policies
Back in the 1980s, Bates College and Bowdoin College were nearly the only liberal arts colleges not to require applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores. On Jan. 10, FairTest, a Boston-based organiz...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot The Invented Language That Found a Second Life Online
More than 100 years after it was invented, Esperanto is spoken by relatively few people. But the internet has brought new life to this intriguing, invented language. From a report: Since it [Esperanto...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot FBI Calls Apple 'Jerks' and 'Evil Geniuses' For Making iPhone Cracks Difficult
troublemaker_23 shares a report from iTWire: A forensics expert from the FBI has lashed out at Apple, calling the company's security team a bunch of "jerks" and "evil geniuses" for making it more diff...
12:00 pm - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot New Ingestible Pill Can Track Your Farts In Real Time
A group of Australian researchers have developed an ingestible electronic capsule to monitor gas levels in the human gut. "When it's paired with a pocket-sized receiver and a mobile phone app, the pil...
08:00 am - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Senior Citizens Will Lead the Self-Driving Revolution
The Villages in Florida -- home to 125,000 residents, over 54,000 homes, 32 square miles, 750 miles of road, and three distinct downtowns -- will soon get a fleet of robot taxis. "Voyage, a startup th...
04:00 am - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Violating a Website's Terms of Service Is Not a Crime, Federal Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Good news out of the Ninth Circuit: the federal court of appeals heeded EFF's advice and rejected an attempt by Oracle to h...
02:00 am - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Will Unveil the Galaxy S9 Next Month At Mobile World Congress
Samsung will unveil its next flagship handset, the Galaxy S9, next month at Mobile World Congress (MWC). DJ Koh, the company's smartphone chief, confirmed the launch to ZDNet at CES yesterday without ...
02:00 am - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Transfer Chinese iCloud Operations To Chinese Firm
Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed, though Apple will still have access to all data stored on iCloud. The com...
02:00 am - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Future Samsung Phones Will Have a Working FM Radio Chip
A few months ago, LG announced a partnership with NextRadio to unlock the FM chip in its smartphones. Now, Samsung is doing the same. Android Police reports: NextRadio made the announcement, rightly e...
12:00 am - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft: We're Not Giving Up On Cortana (Even In Home Automation)
Microsoft is trying to fight back against perceptions that Cortana may be its next consumer-centric technology to face the chopping block. Yesterday, the company issued a press release touting recent ...
12:00 am - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot Power Outage Brings CES To a Standstill For Nearly 2 Hours
A major power outage brought a major portion of the Consumer Electronics Show in the Las Vegas Center to a standstill for nearly 2 hours today. The lights went out at around 11:13 a.m. PT, just as the...
12:00 am - Thu, January 11, 2018
Slashdot NYC Sues Oil Companies Over Climate Change
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: New York City is seeking to lead the assault on both climate change and the Trump administration with a plan to divest $5 billion from fossil fue...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Astronomers May Be Closing in on Source of Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts
Astronomers appear to be closing in on the source of enigmatic radio pulses emanating from space that have become the subject of intense scientific speculation. From a new report: Previous candidates ...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot macOS High Sierra's App Store System Preferences Can Be Unlocked With Any Password
A bug report submitted on Open Radar this week reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot FCC Plan To Lower Broadband Standards Is Met With 'Mobile Only Challenge'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Broadband consumer advocates have launched a "Mobile Only Challenge" to show U.S. regulators that cellular data should not be considered an adequ...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot WhatsApp Security Flaws Could Be Exploited To Covertly Add Members To Group Chats
A group of crytopgraphers from Germany's Ruhr University Bochum have uncovered flaws in WhatsApp's security that compromise the instant messaging service's end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp, owned by Fa...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Yelp Accused Of Hiding Positive Reviews For Non-Advertiser
A Dallas business owner is accusing Yelp of hiding good reviews of his coffee shop after he refused to pay them for advertising. From a report on CBS Local: Bob Sinnott owns Toasted Coffee + Kitchen i...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Announces First Mobile Carriers To Support Always Connected PCs
An anonymous reader shares a report: The push behind the Always Connected PC vision has been ramping up in recent weeks, with manufacturers like HP, ASUS, and Lenovo all joining the fray with their ow...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot SourceForge Debuts New UI and GitHub Sync Tool
SourceForge on Tuesday introduced an overhaul of its website to give it a new look and add new features. Among the most notable additions, the popular repository, which hosts over 430,000 projects and...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered
An anonymous reader shares a report: A panel of federal judges struck down North Carolina's congressional map on Tuesday, condemning it as unconstitutional because Republicans had drawn the map seekin...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Meltdown and Spectre Patches Bricking Ubuntu 16.04 Computers
An anonymous reader writes: Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 users who updated to receive the Meltdown and Spectre patches are reporting they are unable to boot their systems and have been forced to roll back to a...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Taiwanese Police Give Cyber-security Quiz Winners Infected Devices
Taiwan's national police agency said 54 of the flash drives it gave out at an event highlighting a government's cybercrime crackdown contained malware. From a report: The virus, which can steal person...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Senator Wants Apple To Answer Questions on Slowing iPhones
The chairman of a U.S. Senate committee overseeing business issues asked Apple to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Reuters reported on Wednes...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot NVIDIA GPUs Weren't Immune To Spectre Security Flaws Either
Nvidia has became the latest chipmaker to release software patches for the Spectre microchip security threat, indicating that the chipset flaw was affecting graphic processors as well as CPUs. From a ...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Congress Is About To Vote On Expanding the Warrantless Surveillance of Americans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Tuesday afternoon, a handful of U.S. Representatives will convene to review an amendment that would reauthorize warrantless foreign surveillanc...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot 'I Tried the First Phone With An In-Display Fingerprint Sensor'
Vlad Savov from The Verge reports of his experience using the first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner built into the display: After an entire year of speculation about whether Apple or Samsung mig...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Xbox One Adds New Achievement, Do Not Disturb Features In Previous Update
A Preview alpha build is now available for some Xbox One users who take part in the Insiders Program, which allows players to test out new system and game features before they go live to the public. T...
08:00 am - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Rumors Swirl That Secret Zuma Satellite Launched By SpaceX Was Lost
Many media outlets are reporting that the U.S. government's top-secret Zuma satellite may have run into some serious problems during or shortly after its Sunday launch. Zuma was launched atop a SpaceX...
04:00 am - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Jack In the Box CEO Says 'It Just Makes Sense' To Replace Workers With Robots
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Grub Street: Per Business Insider, Jack in the Box CEO Leonard Comma told an industry crowd that "it just makes sense" to swap cashiers for inanimate machines ...
02:00 am - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Senate Bill to Block Net Neutrality Repeal Now Has 40 Co-Sponsors
New submitter Rick Schumann writes: The senate bill to block the FCC repeal of Obama-era internet net neutrality rules now has 40 co-sponsors, up from the 30 co-sponsors it had yesterday. The bill, be...
02:00 am - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Tesla's New York Gigafactory Kicks Off Solar Roof Production
In an email Tuesday, Tesla said that its manufacturing of the long-awaited electricity-producing shingles began last month at a factory in Buffalo built with backing from New York State. It comes more...
02:00 am - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot AT&T and Comcast Finalize Court Victory Over Nashville and Google Fiber
"AT&T and Comcast have solidified a court victory over the metro government in Nashville, Tennessee, nullifying a rule that was meant to help Google Fiber compete against the incumbent broadband p...
12:00 am - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple Planning New, 'Robust' Parental Controls To Help Protect Children, Teens
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An open letter to Apple from some investors sparked the tech giant to respond by promising new software tools for parents to restrict and monitor...
12:00 am - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot Kodak Announces Its Own Cryptocurrency, Watches Stock Price Skyrocket
Kodak has joined the cryptocurrency craze by launching its own KodakCoin, a cryptocurrency for photographers. As soon as the news was announced, Kodak's stock (KODK) jumped more than 60 percent. The V...
12:00 am - Wed, January 10, 2018
Slashdot UK Backs Off From Banning Reidentification Research
An anonymous reader writes: The United Kingdom has recently debated banning reidentification in its new data privacy law. This proposal has quickly been identified as dangerous and criticized, as it w...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Dell's Mobile Connect Application Will Allow Users To Easily Mirror Their Smartphone on PC; To Come Pre-installed On Company's Future PCs
From a report on VentureBeat: Smartphones and computers were designed in different eras, and they don't really work well together, forcing us to split our time between them. But Dell is trying to chan...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot A Crypto Website Changes Its Data, and $100 Billion in Market Value Vanishes
Paul Vigna, writing for WSJ: Prices for some of the most popular cryptocurrencies dropped sharply Monday. One apparent reason: an adjustment from a popular website on its digital-currency price quotes...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot James Dolan, Co-Creator of SecureDrop, Dead At 36
The Freedom of the Press Foundation is reporting that James Dolan, former Marine and co-creator of the whistleblower submission system SecureDrop alongside Aaron Swartz and Wired editor Kevin Poulsen,...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Details Performance Impact of Spectre and Meltdown Mitigations on Windows Systems
Microsoft's Windows chief Terry Myerson on Tuesday outlined how Spectre and Meltdown firmware updates may affect PC performance. From a blog post: With Windows 10 on newer silicon (2016-era PCs with S...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Super-Black Is the New Black
Feathers on birds of paradise contain light-trapping nanotechnology that makes some of the deepest blacks in the world, a new study has found. From a report: Blackbirds, it turns out, aren't actually ...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot 'The Web is Not Google, and Should Not be Just Google': Developers Express Concerns About AMP
A group of prominent developers published an open-letter on Tuesday, outlining their deep concerns about Accelerated Mobile Pages, a project by Google that aims to improve user experience of the Web. ...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot FBI Chief Calls Unbreakable Encryption 'Urgent Public Safety Issue'
The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday in rema...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot With WPA3, Wi-Fi Security is About To Get a Lot Tougher
One of the biggest potential security vulnerabilities -- public Wi-Fi -- may soon get its fix. From a report: The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry body made up of device makers including Apple, Microsoft, ...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Dives into Home Device Market with Video Chat Product Named 'Portal', Report Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook is about to jump into the consumer hardware business in a big way with a video chat device named "Portal," which will put it in direct competition with Am...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Says No More Windows Security Updates Unless AVs Set a Registry Key
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Microsoft has added a new and very important detail on the support page describing incompatibilities between antivirus (AV) products and the recent Win...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Pauses Rollout of Spectre and Meltdown Patches To AMD Systems
Microsoft is suspending patches to guard against Meltdown and Spectre security threats for computers running AMD chipsets after complaints by AMD customers that the software updates froze their machin...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Snowden Joins Outcry Against World's Biggest Biometric Database
Former U.S. intelligence-contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden joined critics of India's digital ID program as the nation's top court is due to decide on its legality. From a report: Snowden ...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Ibuprofen Linked To Male Infertility, Study Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Men who take high doses of ibuprofen for months at a time may be at greater risk of fertility issues and also other health problems, such as musc...
12:00 pm - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia's GeForce Now Windows App Transforms Your Cheap Laptop Into a Gaming PC
The GeForce Now game streaming service that Nvidia announced for the Mac last year is finally coming to Windows PCs. According to their website, the service lets you stream high-resolution games from ...
08:00 am - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Apple Investigated By France For 'Planned Obsolescence'
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: French prosecutors have launched a probe over allegations of "planned obsolescence" in Apple's iPhone. Under French law it is a crime to intentionally shorten the...
04:00 am - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Trump Pushes To Expand High-Speed Internet In Rural America
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday to make it easier for the private sector to locate broadband infrastructure on federal land and buildings, part of a push to expand high-spee...
04:00 am - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot US Disaster Costs Shatter Records In 2017, the Third-Warmest Year On Record
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Major hurricanes and wildfires fueled a record year for costs related to natural disasters in the United States, according to a new report from the Natio...
02:00 am - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Rebrands All Its Payment Solutions As 'Google Pay'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google just announced that it is merging all of its various payment programs into a single brand, called "Google Pay." Google Pay will be a one-s...
02:00 am - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Pulls Out of Deal To Sell China's Huawei Phones In the US
According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T has walked away from a deal to sell China's Huawei smartphones in the U.S. Neither AT&T nor Huawei have commented on the matter, but the news is cert...
02:00 am - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Wireless Charging Nears Unification As Powermat Cedes To Qi
Powermat, the only contender to the dominant format Qi, has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and now backs its rival. "Qi has become the dominant wireless charging standard on the market and...
12:00 am - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Senate Will Force Vote On Overturning Net Neutrality Repeal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has mustered the 30 votes necessary to force a vote on the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality. Senator Claire McCaskil...
12:00 am - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Intel Launches 8th Gen Core Series CPUs With Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics
MojoKid writes: At CES 2018, Intel unveiled more details of its 8th generation Intel Core processors with integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Like cats and dogs living together, the mashup of an...
12:00 am - Tue, January 9, 2018
Slashdot Western Digital 'My Cloud' Devices Have a Hardcoded Backdoor
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Today, yet another security blunder becomes publicized, and it is really bad. You see, many Western Digital MyCloud NAS drives have a hardcoded backdoor, me...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot James Damore Sues Google For Allegedly Discriminating Against Conservative White Men
An anonymous reader shares a report: The author of the controversial memo that upended Google in August is suing the company, alleging that white, male conservatives are systematically discriminated a...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot After Iceland and Germany, Now France Declares War on the Gender Wage Gap
France says it wants to make good on at least one-third of its motto of "liberte, egalite, and fraternite," by ensuring pay equality. From a report: The French government announced it is devising a "t...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot GoPro Quits the Drone Business
GoPro has announced that it's exiting the drone business, citing the challenges of turning a profit in an "extremely competitive" market. From a report: The company revealed the news during its earnin...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Meltdown and Spectre Patch Is Bricking Some AMD PCs
Mark Wilson writes: As if the Meltdown and Spectre bug affecting millions of processors was not bad enough, the patches designed to mitigate the problems are introducing issues of their own. Perhaps t...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Facebook is Shutting Down M, Its Personal Assistant Service That Combined Humans and AI
Facebook M, the text-based virtual assistant that used human workers to train an artificial intelligence system, is ending the human-assisted part of the service after two and a half years. From a rep...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Apple Updates macOS and iOS To Address Spectre Vulnerability
Days after Apple disclosed how it would be dealing with the Meltdown bug that affects modern computers, it's pushed out fixes for the Spectre exploit as well. From a report: iOS 11.2.2 includes "Secur...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot What's On Center Stage at the CES Tech Show? Your Voice
An anonymous reader shares a report: Some of the most popular gadgets over the holiday season were smart speakers with digital assistants from Amazon and Google. Apple is coming out with its own speak...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot AMD Unveils 2nd Gen Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs, 7nm Vega Mobile GPUs At CES
MojoKid writes: AMD is unveiled a number of upcoming chip products for the new year at CES 2018, including updated next-generation Ryzen and Threadripper desktop processors covering every market segme...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot China Plans To Kill Most of the World's Bitcoin Mining Operations
The Chinese government will end bitcoin mining operations in the country in the coming months in a move that could have a massive impact on the price of the world's biggest digital currency. From a re...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Alexa is Coming To Windows 10 PCs From HP, ASUS and Others
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon's Alexa recently arrived on headphones and even toilets, but it's about to become much more ubiquitous by hitting Windows 10 PCs later this year. HP, ASUS a...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Halts Bitcoin Transactions Because It's An 'Unstable Currency'
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputers: Microsoft has stopped supporting Bitcoin as a payment method for Microsoft products, Bleeping Computer has learned. A Microsoft support staffer has to...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Apple Should Address Youth Phone Addiction, Say Two Large Investors
Two large Apple shareholders, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, are urging Apple to take steps to address what they say is a growing problem of young people getting a...
12:00 pm - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot OpenBSD's De Raadt Pans 'Incredibly Bad' Disclsoure of Intel CPU Bug
troublemaker_23 quotes ITWire:Disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which affect mainly Intel CPUs, was handled "in an incredibly bad way" by both Intel and Google, the leader of the...
10:00 am - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Should I Replace My Netbook?
Long-time Slashdot reader Kevin108 needs to replace his netbook: I've used and loved my Eee 701 for many years. None of the diminutive ergonomics were ever an issue. But the low-res screen, 4 GB SSD, ...
06:00 am - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Can Mesh Networks Save a Dying Web?
From an anonymous reader:"The web is dying, but mesh networks could save it," writes open source hacker Andre Staltz. He warns that Facebook, Google, and Amazon plan to "grow beyond browsers, creating...
04:00 am - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Completes First Launch of 2018: Secretive 'Zuma' Spacecraft
SpaceX's first launch of 2018 was "a secretive spacecraft commissioned by the U.S. government for an undisclosed mission," reports TechCrunch. An anonymous reader quotes CNN:After more than a month of...
02:00 am - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Some Smartphone Salesmen Aren't Sold on the iPhone X
A CNET reporter visited four carrier stores to ask their salesmen if they'd recommend an iPhone X. But after visiting stores for Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, "I couldn't even find a salesp...
12:00 am - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot Can You Install Linux On a 1993 PC?
The oldest x86 CPU that the Linux kernel supports today is theoretically the 486. However is this theory actually true in practice? I decided to put this theory to the test in my project. His site des...
12:00 am - Mon, January 8, 2018
Slashdot C Programming Language 'Has Completed a Comeback'
InfoWorld reports that "the once-declining C language" has "completed a comeback" -- citing its rise to second place in the Tiobe Index of language popularity, the biggest rise of any language in 2017...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot After Intel ME, Researchers Find Security Bug In AMD's SPS Secret Chip-on-Chip
An anonymous reader writes: AMD has fixed, but not yet released BIOS/UEFI/firmware updates for the general public for a security flaw affecting the AMD Secure Processor. This component, formerly known...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones
Zorro quotes DefenseOne:A new contest seeks flight systems inspired by Mother Nature and powered by directed-energy beams. Tired: multi-rotor copters and fixed-wing drones. Wired: flying robots that m...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Google Sold 6.75 Million 'Google Home' Devices In the Last 80 Days
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:Google today announced that it sold "tens of millions of Google devices for the home" over the course of the last year and that it sold "more than one Google Home...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot John Young, Legendary Astronaut, Dies at Age 87
Legendary astronaut John Young -- who walked on the moon and piloted the first space shuttle -- died Friday at the age of 87. schwit1 shares a nice profile from CBS News:A naval aviator and test pilot...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot NASA Tests a Drone To Explore Jupiter's Moon in Antarctica
Three months of research in Antarctica is just the beginning for one Georgia Tech researcher, according to an article shared by schwit1:The waters beneath our planet's ice sheet are fascinating, turni...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Create 'Psychedelic' Stickers That Confuse AI Image Recognition
"Researchers at Google were able to create little stickers with 'psychedelic'-looking patterns on them that could trick computer AI image-classifying algorithms into mis-classifying images of objects ...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Wants To Prohibit Consumer GPU Use In Datacenters
The Register reports:Nvidia has banned the use of its GeForce and Titan gaming graphics cards in data centers -- forcing organizations to fork out for more expensive gear, like its latest Tesla V100 c...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot A Popular Sugar Additive May Have Fueled the Spread of Two Superbugs
Zorro (Slashdot reader #15,797) quotes the Los Angeles Times:Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food p...
12:00 pm - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Would You Use a Smartphone-Style Laptop With a Three-Day Battery Life?
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:"Always connected personal computers" -- or ACPCs -- refer to a new breed of Windows laptops with three key features: a battery that can last multiple days; instan...
10:00 am - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Google Loses Up to 250 Bikes a Week
What's happening to Google's 1,100 Gbikes? The Mercury News reports:Last summer, it emerged that some of the company's bikes -- intended to help Googlers move quickly and in environmentally friendly f...
06:00 am - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Media Streaming Device?
The network card died on Thelasko's smart TV -- and rather than spend $65 on a new one, they're considering buying a nice, simple streaming box.I am running a Rygel server on my PC, but rarely use it....
04:00 am - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Your Car May Soon Start Serving You Ads
An anonymous reader quote SiliconBeat:Santa Clara auto-tech firm Telenav has just announced an "in-car advertising platform" for cars that connect to the internet. Telenav wants to sell the system to ...
02:00 am - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Can We Replace Intel x86 With an Open Source Chip?
An anonymous reader quotes, Jason Perlow, the senior technology editor at ZDNet:Perhaps the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are the impetus for making long-overdue changes to the core DNA of the semiconduct...
12:00 am - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot Kansas 'Swat' Perpetrator Had Already Been To Prison For Fake Bomb Threats
More details are emerging about an online gamer whose fake call to Kansas police led to a fatal shooting: "After phoning in a false bomb threat to a Glendale, California TV station in 2015, Tyler Barr...
12:00 am - Sun, January 7, 2018
Slashdot The Orange Goo Used In Everything From Armor To Football Helmets
dryriver writes:CNN has a story about a slimy, gooey orange gel developed by British company D3O as far back as 1999 that is very soft and fluid-like normally, but that hardens immediately when it rec...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Bill Gates Is First Guest Editor In Time Magazine's 94-Year History
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Time invited Bill Gates to be the first guest editor in the 94-year history of the magazine. Among the news Bill deemed fit to print in Time's first augmented-...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Debit Cards Suspended After Upstream Visa Rules Infraction
At least four pre-paid debit cards that accept cryptocurrencies abruptly suspended service on Friday. An anonymous reader quotes TheNextWeb:Speaking to their customers on Twitter, the affected compani...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Says Intel Needs To Admit It Has Issues With CPUs
troublemaker_23 shares an article from ITWire:Linux creator Linus Torvalds has had some harsh words for Intel in the course of a discussion about patches for two bugs that were found to affect most of...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Lindows Resurrected! Freespire 3.0 and Linspire 7.0 Linux Distros Now Available
BrianFagioli writes: About 16 years ago, a for-pay Linux distribution caused quite a stir all because of its name -- Lindows. Yes, someone actually thought kicking the billion dollar hornets nest that...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Rust 1.23.0 Released, Community Urged To Blog Ideas For 2018 Roadmap
An anonymous reader quotes the official Rust blog:The Rust team is happy to announce a new version of Rust, 1.23.0... New year, new Rust! For our first improvement today, we now avoid some unnecessary...
04:00 pm - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot 'The State of JavaScript Frameworks, 2017'
An anonymous reader shares some new statistics from Laurie Voss, co-founder and COO of npm (the package manager/software registry for JavaScript):The sum of all the package downloads in the npm Regist...
02:00 pm - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Intel Hit With Three Class-Action Lawsuits Over Meltdown and Spectre Bugs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Intel has been hit with at least three class-action lawsuits over the major processor vulnerabilities revealed this week. Three separate class-ac...
12:00 pm - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot A Cryptocurrency Based On a Dog Meme Is Now Worth Over $1 Billion
Earlier today, the market capitlization of dogecoin, a cryptocurrency based on a meme about a Shiba Inu dog, passed the $1 billion mark for the first time. VICE News reports: Dogecoin was created back...
08:00 am - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Ancient DNA Reveals a Completely Unknown Population of Native Americans
schwit1 shares the findings of a new study of 11,500-year-old bones: Sunrise girl-child ("Xach'itee'aanenh T'eede Gaay") lived some 11,500 years ago in what is now called Alaska, and her ancient DNA r...
04:00 am - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Why Twitter Hasn't Banned President Trump
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Amid vocal calls for the company to act, Twitter today offered its first explanation for why it hasn't banned President Donald Trump -- without ever...
02:00 am - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot SoundCloud Refutes Decreasing Audio Quality, Cites Standard Testing
cordovaCon83 writes: NestHQ published an article today noting that online streaming service Soundcloud has implemented the Opus codec for its archive of music and started streaming at 64kbps instead o...
02:00 am - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Don't Pirate Or We'll Mess With Your Connected Thermostats, Warns East Coast ISP
Internet service provider Armstrong Zoom has roughly a million subscribers in the Northeastern part of the U.S. and is keen to punish those it believes are using file-sharing services. According to En...
12:00 am - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Eben Upton Explains Why Raspberry Pi Isn't Vulnerable To Spectre Or Meltdown
Raspberry Pi founder and CEO Eben Upton says the Raspberry Pi isn't susceptible to the "Spectre" or "Meltdown" vulnerabilities because of the particular ARM cores they use. "Spectre allows an attacker...
12:00 am - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot New US Customs Guidelines Limit Copying Files and Searching Cloud Data
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency has updated its guidelines for electronic border searches, adding new detail to border search rules that were last officially updated in 2009. The Verge r...
12:00 am - Sat, January 6, 2018
Slashdot Apple Product Delays Have More Than Doubled Under Tim Cook's Watch, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Of the three major new products since Mr. Cook became chief executive in 2011, ...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot Ford is Giving Its Factory Workers Robot Exo-suits To Ease To Burden of Building Cars
Mike Murphy, writing for Quartz: Ford's cars are getting closer to driving themselves, but they still need humans to build them. And because people aren't quite as durable as robots, it's trying to ma...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot Ex-NSA Hacker Is Building an AI To Find Hate and Far-Right Symbols on Twitter and Facebook
Motherboard reporter Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai has interviewed Emily Crose, a former NSA hacker, who has built NEMESIS, an AI-powered program that can help spot symbols that have been co-opted by ...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot NASA Launches a Mission To Study the Border of Earth and Space
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A new NASA mission, the first to hitch a ride on a commercial communications satellite, will examine Earth's upper atmosphere to see how the boun...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot What Happens When States Have Their Own Net Neutrality Rules?
Last month FCC Chairman Ajit Pai dismantled Obama-era rules on net neutrality. A handful of lawmakers in liberal-leaning U.S. states plan to spend this year building them back up. FCC anticipated the ...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot Leading Lobbying Group for Amazon, Facebook, Google and Other Tech Giants is Joining the Legal Battle To Restore Net Neutrality
A leading lobbying group for Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Twitter and other tech giants said Friday that it would be joining the coming legal crusade to restore the U.S. government's net neutral...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot Arbitrary Deadlines Are the Enemy of Creativity, According to Harvard Research
Time can feel like the enemy to an employee in any role, and in any industry, but it's most acutely threatening to creative types. From a report: We may tease them for their diva-like behaviors when t...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Alexa is Coming To Headphones, Smart Watches, Bathrooms and More
An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: Amazon announced new tools on Friday that will allow gadget-makers to include the smart voice assistant in a whole array of new products. Alexa is Amazon's sm...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot White Noise Video on YouTube Hit By Five Copyright Claims
Chris Baraniuk, reporting for BBC: A musician who made a 10-hour long video of continuous white noise -- indistinct electronic hissing -- has said five copyright infringement claims have been made aga...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot Jimmy Iovine To Leave Apple Music in August: Report
An anonymous reader shares a report: Look for Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August. The former Interscope CEO joined Apple in 2014 after selling Beats, the the music service and electronics bus...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot When F00F Bug Hit 20 Years Ago, Intel Reacted the Same Way
troublemaker_23 writes: A little more than 20 years ago, Intel faced a problem with its processors, though it was not as big an issue as compared to the speculative execution bugs that were revealed t...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot Nope, No Intel Chip Recall After Spectre and Meltdown, CEO Says
Hoping the Meltdown and Spectre security problems might mean Intel would be buying you a shiny new computer after a chip recall? Sorry, that's not on the cards. From a report: Intel famously paid hund...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot HP Recalls 50,000 Lithium-Ion Laptop Batteries Over Fire Risk
HP announced this week that it is recalling the lithium-ion batteries in more than 50,000 laptops because of the danger of fire in cases of battery malfunction. From a report: "These batteries have th...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot The FCC Is Preparing To Weaken the Definition of Broadband
An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: Under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, the FCC is required to consistently measure whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans u...
12:00 pm - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot The Alien Megastructure Around Mysterious 'Tabby's Star' Is Probably Just Dust, Analysis Shows
An analysis by more than 200 astronomers has been published that shows the mysterious dimming of star KIC 8462852 -- nicknamed Tabby's star -- is not being produced by an alien megastructure. "The evi...
08:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX's Latest Advantage? Blowing Up Its Own Rocket, Automatically
SpaceX has reportedly worked with the Air Force to develop a GPS-equipped on-board computer, called the "Automatic Flight Safety System," that will safely and automatically detonate a Falcon 9 rocket ...
06:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot France's President Macron Wants To Block Websites During Elections To Fight 'Fake News'
French President Emmanuel Macron has a rather extreme approach to combat fake news: ban entire websites. In a speech to journalists on Wednesday, Macron said he planned to introduce new legislation to...
04:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot The Most Productive Days and Times In 2017
In a blog post, personal analytics service RescueTime revealed exactly what days and times we were most productive in 2017, by studying the anonymized data of how people spent their time on their comp...
04:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot How Do Americans Define Online Harassment?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: According to a new Pew Research Center survey, defining online harassment is just as complicated for the average American user as it is for huge soc...
02:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot White House Bans Use of Personal Devices From West Wing
In the wake of damaging reports of a chaotic Trump administration detailed in a new book from Michael Wolff, the White House is instituting new policies on the use of personal cellphones in the West W...
02:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot Google Says CPU Patches Cause 'Negligible Impact On Performance' With New 'Retpoline' Technique
In a post on Google's Online Security Blog, two engineers described a novel chip-level patch that has been deployed across the company's entire infrastructure, resulting in only minor declines in perf...
02:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot iMac Pro Teardown Highlights Modular RAM, CPU and SSD Along With Redesigned Internals
Popular repair site iFixit has acquired an iMac Pro and opened it up to see what's inside. They tore down the base iMac Pro with an 8-core processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. Mac Rumors reports the...
12:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot US Airlines No Longer Operate the Boeing 747
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, Delta Airlines flight 9771 flew from Atlanta to Pinal Airpark in Arizona. It wasn't a full flight -- just 48 people on board. But i...
12:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot Google Blocks Pirate Search Results Prophylactically
Google is accepting "prophylactic" takedown requests to keep pirated content out of its search results, an anonymous reader writes, citing a TorrentFreak report. From the article: Over the past year, ...
12:00 am - Fri, January 5, 2018
Slashdot How a Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found One of the Worst CPU Bugs Ever Found
Reuters tells the story of how Daniel Gruss, a 31-year-old information security researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Austria's Graz Technical University, hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw i...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Largest Prime Number Discovered – With More Than 23m Digits
chalsall writes: Persistence pays off. Jonathan Pace, a GIMPS volunteer for over 14 years, discovered the 50th known Mersenne prime, 2^77,232,917 -- 1 on December 26, 2017. The prime number is calcula...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg's 2018 Personal Challenge Is To Do His Job As CEO
An anonymous reader shares a report: Fun fact about Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Every year he gives himself a "personal challenge," which is not to be confused with the "New Year's resolutions" us ple...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot By Next Week, Intel Expects To Issue Updates To More Than 90% of Processor Products Introduced Within Past Five Years
Intel said on Thursday that by next week it expects to have patched 90 percent of its processors that it released within the last five years, making PCs and servers "immune" from both the Spectre and ...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Oceans Suffocating as Huge Dead Zones Quadruple Since 1950, Scientists Warn
Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have multiplied tenfold. From a report: Most sea cre...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Intel Memory Access Design Flaw Partially Addressed by Apple in macOS 10.13.2 [Unconfirmed]
An anonymous reader shares a report: A serious design flaw and security vulnerability discovered in Intel CPUs has reportedly already been partially addressed by Apple in the recent macOS 10.13.2 upda...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Opinion: Chrome is Turning Into the New Internet Explorer 6
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Chrome now has the type of dominance that Internet Explorer once did, and we're starting to see Google's own apps diverge from supporting web standards much in the s...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Personal Data of a Billion Indians Sold Online For $8, Report Claims
Michael Safi, reporting for The Guardian: The personal information of more than a billion Indians stored in the world's largest biometric database can be bought online for less than $8, according to a...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Google Says Almost All CPUs Since 1995 Vulnerable To 'Meltdown' And 'Spectre' Flaws
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Google has just published details on two vulnerabilities named Meltdown and Spectre that in the company's assessment affect "every processor [released]...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Intel Says CEO Dumping Tons of Stock Last Year 'Unrelated' To Big Security Exploit
An anonymous reader shares a report: Late last year, the CEO of Intel sold millions of dollars in company stock, as CEOs often do. The sale appears to have occurred while developers were reportedly ru...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Issues Rare Out-of-Band Emergency Windows Update For Processor Security Bugs
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft is issuing a rare out-of-band security update to supported versions of Windows today (Wednesday). The software update is part of a number of fixes that w...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Asus Is Turning Its Old Routers Into Mesh Wi-Fi Networks
Asus' new AiMesh system lets you repurpose your existing Asus routers as part of a mesh network, potentially saving you lots of money since you won't have to replace your whole network with a bunch of...
12:00 pm - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot AI System Sorts News Articles By Whether Or Not They Contain Actual Information
In a new paper published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, computer scientists from Google and the University of Pennsylvania describe a new machine learning approach to classifying ...
08:00 am - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Google's Project Zero Team Discovered Critical CPU Flaw Last Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In a blog post published minutes ago, Google's Security team announced what they have done to protect Google Cloud customers against the chip vulne...
04:00 am - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: CNBC reports that Amazon is in discussions with huge companies that want to promote their goods on Echo devices. Proctor & Gamble as well as Cloro...
02:00 am - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot After Beating Cable Lobby, Colorado City Moves Ahead With Muni Broadband
Last night, the city council in Fort Collins, Colorado, voted to move ahead with a municipal fiber broadband network providing gigabit speeds, two months after the cable industry failed to stop the pr...
02:00 am - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Ajit Pai Backs Out of Planned CES 2018 Appearance
New submitter sdinfoserv writes: Ajit Pai, the most hated person in tech since Darl McBride, backed out of a speaking engagement at CES 2018. Apparently he lacks the spine to justify himself before th...
12:00 am - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Spotify Files To Go Public
According to Bloomberg, Spotify filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, "in the highest-profile test yet of a technique that lets companies list shares without raising money through a tradi...
12:00 am - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot 2 Years Later, Security Holes Linger In GPS Services Used By Millions of Devices
chicksdaddy quotes a report from The Security Ledger: Security researchers say that serious security vulnerabilities linger in GPS software by the China-based firm ThinkRace more than two years after ...
12:00 am - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Roombas Will Soon Build a Wi-Fi Coverage Map While They Clean
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The feature is arriving later this month on the iRobot app, making it possible for WiFi-enabled Roombas to create a map of indoor signals. The map ...
12:00 am - Thu, January 4, 2018
Slashdot Why Most Electric Cars Are Leased, Not Owned
Bloomberg's research shows that drivers in the U.S. lease almost 80 percent of battery-powered vehicles and 55 percent of plug-in hybrids. "The lease rate for the country's entire fleet hovers around ...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Dating Website eHarmony's Ad Banned For Claiming Service Is 'Scientifically Proven'
A dating website's claim that it used a "scientifically proven matching system" to pair up those looking for love, has been banned. From a report: An advert for eHarmony on the London Underground in J...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Intel Responds To Alleged Chip Flaw, Claims Effects Won't Significantly Impact Average Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hot Hardware: The tech blogosphere lit up yesterday afternoon after reports of a critical bug in modern Intel processors has the potential to seriously impact ...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Analysts Expect Tesla To Miss Its First 2018 Model 3 Production Target
schwit1 shares a report from U.S. News & World Report: In October, Tesla reported that it produced 220 Model 3 vehicles in the third quarter. CEO Elon Musk had previously said the company would pr...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Price Tag On Gene Therapy For Rare Form of Blindness: $850K
A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000, less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but still among the most expensive medicines in the world. Several re...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Alcohol Can Cause Irreversible Genetic Damage To Stem Cells, Says Study
A new study, published on Wednesday, states that drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of ca...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's YouTube Workaround on Fire TV Works Just Fine
Last month, a notification that YouTube would no longer be available through Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices starting Jan. 1 popped up, threatening to leave a huge hole in Amazon's streaming lineup....
06:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot The 'App' You Can't Trash: How SIP is Broken in Apple's High Sierra OS
A reader shares a blog post that talks about why Mac running High Sierra 10.13.2 (and other versions near it) refuses to let users uninstall some third-party applications easily. For instance, when us...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Will Delete Firefox Crash Reports Collected by Accident
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Mozilla said last week it would delete all telemetry data collected because of a bug in the Firefox crash reporter. According to Mozilla engineers, Firef...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10's Edge vs Chrome: We're Faster and Win in Battery Face-off, Says Microsoft
Microsoft has kicked off 2018 with two new ads promoting Windows 10 Edge's battery efficiency and speed compared with Google Chrome. From a report: Microsoft published the two new ads on New Year's Ev...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot NSA's Top Talent is Leaving Because of Low Pay, Slumping Morale and Unpopular Reorganization
Ellen Nakashima and Aaron Gregg, reporting for the Washington Post: The National Security Agency is losing its top talent at a worrisome rate as highly skilled personnel, some disillusioned with the s...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Linux Mint 19 Named 'Tara'
BrianFagioli writes: Today, we get some information about the upcoming version 19 of Mint. The biggest news is that it will be called 'Tara.' If you aren't aware, Mint's distros are always named after...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Norway Powers Ahead (Electrically): Over Half New Car Sales Now Electric or Hybrid
Sales of electric and hybrid cars rose above half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by generous subsidies that extended the country's lead in shifting from fossil-fuel engines, da...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot The FCC Is Still Tweaking Its Net Neutrality Repeal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: You may think, from the pomp accompanying the FCC's vote in December to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules, that the deed was accomplished. Not s...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Kinect Is Really Dead Now, Basically
Microsoft has confirmed that it is no longer producing the Kinect adapter that is needed to connect the Kinect to an Xbox One S, Xbox One X, or other Windows device. This comes after Microsoft announc...
08:00 am - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Can Now Blame Individual Natural Disasters On Climate Change
In 2003, the predominant view in the scientific community was that there was no way to determine the exact influence of climate change on any individual event. "There are just too many other factors a...
04:00 am - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Get Closer To Replicating Human Sperm
Rachel England reports via Engadget: Scientists have taken an important step forward in recreating the way the human body makes sperm, which could one day mean creating artificial sperm and eggs for i...
02:00 am - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit
The Wixen Music Publishing company, which administers song compositions by Tom Petty, Dan Auerbach, Rivers Cuomo, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young, and others, has hit Spotify with a copyright lawsuit seeking...
02:00 am - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Apple Will Replace Old iPhone Batteries Regardless of Diagnostic Test Results
After apologizing to customers for slowing older iPhones down as the batteries degrade, Apple has started offering battery swaps for $29. This has led to some confusion as Apple did not clarify how it...
02:00 am - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Energy Department Permanently Closes Damaged Hanford Nuclear Reservation Tank
The Department of Energy has decided to close the oldest double-shell tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The department says that Tank AY-102 has widespread damage and should not be repaired. Th...
12:00 am - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot Google's Mysterious Fuchsia OS Can Now Run On the Pixelbook
Google's mysterious operating system, dubbed Fuchsia, has been in the works for more than a year now with very few details about the OS made public. According to a new report from Chrome Unboxed, we h...
12:00 am - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot 'Kernel Memory Leaking' Intel Processor Design Flaw Forces Linux, Windows Redesign
According to The Register, "A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug." From the rep...
12:00 am - Wed, January 3, 2018
Slashdot US Calls On Iran To Unblock Social Media Sites Amid Protests
The Trump administration is calling on the government of Iran to stop blocking Instagram and other social media sites while encouraging Iranians to use special software to circumvent controls. "The gr...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot Intel with Radeon RX Vega Graphics: Core i7-8809G with 3.1 GHz Base, 100W Target TDP, Overclockable
An anonymous reader shares a report: To begin the year, Intel's Indian website has published a small number of details regarding Intel's first 'Intel with Radeon RX Vega Graphics' processor. Within th...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot New Bill Could Finally Get Rid of Paperless Voting Machines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A bipartisan group of six senators has introduced legislation that would take a huge step toward securing elections in the United States. Called ...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot It's So Cold Outside That Sharks Are Actually Freezing to Death
An anonymous reader writes: As climate change ushers in another year of extreme global temperatures -- a phenomenon President Trump seems a little confused about -- cities up and down the East Coast a...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot North Korean Hackers Hijack Computers To Mine Cryptocurrencies
North Korean hackers are hijacking computers to mine cryptocurrencies as the regime in Pyongyang widens its hunt for cash under tougher international sanctions. From a report: A hacking unit called An...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot LinuxJournal, Which Ceased Publication Last Month Citing Poor Financial Condition, Secures Fresh Fund From Readers To Resume Operation
New submitter dataknife2 writes: LinuxJournal announced in Nov 2017 that they were going to cease publication; With some timely intervention by Private Internet Access they are going to be able to con...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot Big Tech and Democracy Need To Work Together, Microsoft Executives Say
From a report: It's not often that Big Tech calls for more government action. But two top Microsoft executives -- Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, and Carol Ann Browne, director of execu...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot Google's 'Dutch Sandwich' Shielded 16 Billion Euros From Tax
Google moved 15.9 billion euros ($19.2 billion) to a Bermuda shell company in 2016, saving at least $3.7 billion in taxes that year, regulatory filings in the Netherlands show. From a report: Google u...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot Toutiao, One of China's Most Popular News Apps, is Discovering the Risks Involved in Giving People Exactly What They Want Online
The New York Times reports: One of the world's most valuable start-ups got that way by using artificial intelligence to satisfy Chinese internet users' voracious appetite for news and entertainment. E...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot People Are Using PornHub To Stream 'Hamilton' and 'Zootopia'
An anonymous reader shares a report: There's more on PornHub than pornography. People are using the streaming-video site -- a sort of YouTube for pornography where users can upload and watch adult vid...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot China's WeChat Denies Storing User Chats
WeChat, China's most popular messenger app, on Tuesday denied storing users' chat histories, after a top businessman was quoted in media reports as saying he believed Tencent was monitoring everyone's...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot macOS Exploit Published on the Last Day of 2017
An anonymous reader shares a report: On the last day of 2017, a security researcher going online by the pseudonym of Siguza published details about a macOS vulnerability affecting all Mac operating sy...
12:00 pm - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot $30 Unlocked Android Smartphones To Launch in India This Month
Several Indian smartphone manufacturers including Micromax, Intex and Lava plan to unveil a slew of Android smartphones priced around $30 in the coming weeks, Indian news outlet FactorDaily reported o...
10:00 am - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month
An anonymous reader writes, citing a report: The first eclipse of 2018 will be a lunar one that comes at the very end of the month, on Jan. 31. It will be a total eclipse that involves the second full...
06:00 am - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot Google Maps No Longer Lets You Post Negative Reviews About Your Crappy Job
From a report: Google has updated its Maps policies to ban certain business reviews left by former employees. In a new section of the Google Maps "User Contributed Content Policy," Google now labels r...
04:00 am - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot Want to Be Happy? Think Like an Old Person
The New York Times: Older people report higher levels of contentment or well-being than teenagers and young adults. The six elders put faces on this statistic. If they were not always gleeful, they we...
12:00 am - Tue, January 2, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Starts a New Year by Tumbling, First Time Since 2015
Bitcoin is already having a bad year. From a report: For the first time since 2015, the cryptocurrency began a new year by tumbling, extending its slide from a record $19,511 reached on Dec. 18. The v...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot UK 'Faces Build-up of Plastic Waste'
The UK's recycling industry says it doesn't know how to cope with a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste. From a report: Britain has been shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in C...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot 2018 Is the Last Year of America's Public Domain Drought
An anonymous reader shares a report: Happy Public Domain Day, every-some of you! In New Zealand and Canada, published works by artists who died in 1967 -- Rene Magritte, Dorothy Parker, John Coltrane,...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot The World's First 88-inch 8K OLED Display
From a report: Come CES, LG will be letting attendees get up close with its new 88-inch 8K OLED display, which is both the largest and the highest-resolution OLED panel to date. But as far as specs go...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot Call For Tech Giants To Face Taxes Over Extremist Content
Internet companies should face a tax punishment for failing to deal with the threat of terrorism in the UK, security minister Ben Wallace has said. From a report: Mr Wallace said firms such as Faceboo...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue
Artificial Intelligence is now being used to scan millions of pictures taken by Google Street View to glean insights like income or voting patterns, The New York Times reports. In a Stanford project, ...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot Efforts Grow To Help Students Evaluate What They See Online
Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction. From a report: Law...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot Germany Starts Enforcing Hate Speech Law
Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material. From a report: Sites that do not remove "obviously illegal" ...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot Some Hopeful Predictions for 2018
NBC asked 15 "top science and tech leaders" for their predictions for 2018. Despite arguments that technology has "created a monster," one anonymous reader sees their answers as a reason for hope:NBC ...
10:00 am - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot New Year's Resolutions For Linux Admins: Automate More, Learn New Languages
An anonymous reader writes:A long-time Unix sys-admin is suggesting 18 different New Year's resolutions for Linux systems adminstrators. And #1 is to automate more of your boring stuff. "There are sev...
08:00 am - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot Which Programming Languages Are Most Prone to Bugs?
An anonymous reader writes:The i-Programmer site revisits one of its top stories of 2017, about researchers who used data from GitHub for a large-scale empirical investigation into static typing versu...
06:00 am - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot Congo Shuts Down Internet Services 'Indefinitely'
On Saturday Engadget wrote:Authoritarian leaders are fond of severing communications in a bid to hold on to power, and that tradition sadly isn't going away. The Democratic Republic of Congo's governm...
04:00 am - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Has Technology Created A Monster?
Stack Overflow co-founder Jeff Atwood posted a worried blog post on New Year's Eve.Remember in 2011 when Marc Andreeseen said that "Software is eating the world?" That used to sound all hip and cool a...
02:00 am - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot See a Random Slashdot Story from 2017
An anonymous reader writes: Happy New Year, Slashdot! To say goodbye to 2017, I've created a web page that displays random Slashdot stories from the year gone by. It chooses a page from over 6,600 dif...
12:00 am - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot Apple's iPhones Were the Best-Selling Tech Product of 2017
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:Once again, the iPhone was the best-selling tech product of 2017, selling more units than the No. 2 through No. 5 products combined. According to Daniel Ives, an a...
12:00 am - Mon, January 1, 2018
Slashdot WhatsApp Rings in the New Year with a Global Outage
WhatsApp went down in several parts of the world today including parts of Europe, Asia, and South America. The crowdsourced website DownDetector found the largest concentration of outages in portions ...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Hardly Anyone Wants to Ride the Las Vegas Monorail
Motherboard describes riding the Las Vegas monorail in 2008. "I was literally the only person on a train built to carry 222 people," arguing that "the tale of the Las Vegas monorail is an allegory for...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot EFF Applauds 'Massive Change' to HTTPS
"The movement to encrypt the web reached milestone after milestone in 2017," writes the EFF, adding that "the web is in the middle of a massive change from non-secure HTTP to the more secure, encrypte...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot America's Doctors Are Performing Expensive Procedures That Don't Work
"The proportion of medical procedures unsupported by evidence may be nearly half," writes a professor of public policy at Brown University. An anonymous reader quotes his article in Vox:The recent new...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Kansas Swatting Perpetrator 'SWauTistic' Interviewed on Twitter
"That kids house that I swatted is on the news," tweeted "SWauTistic" -- before he realized he'd gotten somebody killed. Security researcher Brian Krebs reveals what happened next.When it became appar...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Construction Workers Find 30 Perfectly Preserved Dinosaur Eggs
An anonymous reader quotes BGR:Chinese construction workers digging on Christmas day found a gift that was wrapped 130 million years ago in the form of 30 incredibly preserved dinosaur eggs. The disco...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Ars Technica Puts Twitter, Uber On '2018 Deathwatch'
The editors of Ars Technica have compiled their annual list of "Companies, tech, and trends least likely to succeed in 2018... Let's grab a Juicero and take a moment to reflect on the utter dumpster f...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Movie Ticket Sales Hit A 22-Year Low in 2017
An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times:Hollywood is celebrating the end of 2017 with astronomical sales from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," which is on track to soon exceed $1 billion in global...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Can Docker Survive Google?
Though Docker has 400 corporate customers -- and plans to double its sales staff -- "here's what happens to a startup when Google gets all up in its business," reads a recent headline at Bloomberg:Doc...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Tech Bros Bought Sex Trafficking Victims Using Amazon and Microsoft Work Emails
An anonymous reader writes:Newsweek's National Politics Correspondent reports on "a horny nest of prostitution 'hobbyists' at tech giants Microsoft, Amazon and other firms in Seattle," citing "hundred...
10:00 am - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot 2017: The Year in Programming Languages
InfoWorld writes that 2017 "presented a mixed bag of improvements to both long-established and newer programming languages." An anonymous reader quotes their report:Developers followed a soap opera ov...
06:00 am - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would an AI-Written Poem Look Like?
Slashdot reader dryriver writes:Imagine this. You are an AI running on the latest machine learning hardware, like Nvidia's new Tensor cores for example, or perhaps a data center full of Xeons and EPYC...
04:00 am - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Iran Cuts Internet Access and Threatens Telegram Following Mass Protests
Long-time Slashdot reader cold fjord writes: As seething discontent has boiled over in Iran leading to mass protests, protesters have taken to the streets and social media to register their discontent...
02:00 am - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot's 10 Most-Visited Stories of 2017
Slashdot's most-visited story of 2017 was Google Has Demonstrated a Successful Practical Attack Against SHA-1, which was visited more than 212,000 times since it was published in Feburary. And our sec...
12:00 am - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot Louisana Police Bust an Infamous Nigerian Email Spam Scammer
MojoKid writes: You have probably at some point been contacted via email spam by someone claiming you are the beneficiary in a will of a Nigerian prince. As the scam goes, all you have to do is submit...
12:00 am - Sun, December 31, 2017
Slashdot How A Civilian Drone Crashed Into the US Army's Helicopter
"In September, Slashdot reported on an in-flight collision between an Army UA60 helicopter and a hobby drone over Staten Island," writes Slashdot reader ElizabethGreene. "The NTSB has released its fin...