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11:30 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Debuts Cloud Server Platform To Unify AI and High-Performance Computing
Hoping to maintain the high ground in AI and high-performance computing, Nvidia late Tuesday debuted a new computing architecture that it claims will unify both fast-growing areas of the industry. Fro...
10:50 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Pro Is a Dead End For the Enterprise, Gartner Says
A prominent Gartner analyst argues that Windows 10 Pro is a dead end for enterprises, citing recent changes by Microsoft to the Windows 10 support schedule. "[We] predict that Microsoft will continue ...
10:10 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Launches a New Chip Specifically For Standalone AR, VR Devices
Yesterday at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California, Qualcomm announced a new chip specifically designed for standalone augmented reality and virtual reality devices: the Snapdragon XR1. ...
09:30 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Reddit Surpasses Facebook To Become the Third Most Visited Site in the US: Alexa
According to Alexa, the Amazon-owned web traffic analyzing platform, more people now visit Reddit than Facebook in the US. From a report: Spotted, of course, on Reddit by user IamATechieNerd, the stat...
08:50 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot California Senate Votes To Restore Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The California Senate voted on Wednesday to approve a bill that would reinstate the net neutrality regulations repealed by the Federal Communication...
08:10 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Intel Launches Optane DIMMs Up To 512GB
Intel announced the availability of its long-awaited Optane DIMMs Wednesday, bringing 3D XPoint memory onto the DDR4 memory bus. From a report: The modules that have been known under the Apache Pass c...
07:30 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Consumer Reports Recommends Tesla's Model 3 After Braking Fix
Consumer Reports said on Wednesday that it now recommends Tesla's Model 3 sedan after its latest tests showed that a firmware update improved the car's braking distance by nearly 20 feet. From a repor...
06:51 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Kaspersky Suits Tossed, Fed Bans Will Continue
A Washington D.C. court has dismissed Kaspersky Lab's lawsuits against the U.S. government over two different rules banning Kaspersky products from federal systems. From a report: Both a federal law p...
06:10 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Walmart Offers To Foot College Tuition Bills for US Employees
Walmart will begin offering to subsidize college tuition for its 1.5 million workers in the United States, joining a growing list of companies that are helping employees pay for higher education as a ...
05:30 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Mary Meeker's 2018 Internet Trends Report
Mary Meeker has published her anticipated internet trends report of 2018. This year, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner released 284 slides in rapid succession, covering everything from ...
04:50 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Snapchat CEO Says Facebook Copied Its Features, But Not Its Values
Snapchat's CEO, Evan Spiegel, told an industry crowd that he doesn't obsess over Facebook's habit of adapting his social network's ideas. From a report: "I think it bothers my wife more than it bother...
04:10 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Thailand is New Dumping Ground For World's High-Tech Trash, Police Say
Thailand is a new dumping ground for scrap electronics from around the world, say police and environmentalists, the latest country to feel the impact of China's crackdown on imports of high-tech trash...
03:30 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot When Did TV Watching Peak?
An anonymous reader writes: With Netflix and Amazon Prime, Facebook Video and YouTube, it's tempting to imagine that the tech industry destroyed TV. The world is more than 25 years into the web era, a...
02:55 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Google Chrome 67 Released for Windows, Mac, and Linux
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google released earlier today Chrome 67, the latest stable release of its web browser. According to changelogs released with Chrome 67, this version adds support f...
02:15 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Number of Electric Vehicles on Roads Reaches Three Million: IEA
The number of electric vehicles on roads worldwide rose to a record high of 3.1 million in 2017, but more research, policies and incentives are needed to drive further uptake, the International Energy...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot More Firms Used Facebook To Block Older Job Seekers, Lawsuit Alleges
A proposed class-action lawsuit alleging Facebook's ad placement tools facilitate discrimination against older job-seekers has been expanded to identify additional companies. "When Facebook's own algo...
10:00 am - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Game Livestreaming Explodes, But Women Are Less Likely To Be Paid Than Men
A new study by game research firm SuperData Research and payment company PayPal found that eSports and game videos are driving explosive growth in livestreams. But PayPal also found a gender imbalance...
07:00 am - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Sonic and Ultrasonic Attacks Damage Hard Drives and Crash OSes
Dan Goodin reports via Ars Technica: Attackers can cause potentially harmful hard drive and operating system crashes by playing sounds over low-cost speakers embedded in computers or sold in stores, a...
03:33 am - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot De Beers To Sell Diamonds Made In a Lab
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: De Beers, which almost single-handedly created the allure of diamonds as rare, expensive and the symbol of eternal love, now wants to sell you some ...
01:40 am - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Imgur Launches Video
The online image sharing community Imgur is launching video after years of hosting still images and GIFs on its platform. "This is a monumental shift for our future, and it furthers our commitment to ...
01:00 am - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot HoloLens Can Act As Eyes For Blind Users and Guide Them With Audio Prompts, New Research Shows
New research shows that Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality headset works well as a visual prosthesis for the vision impaired, not relaying actual visual data but guiding them in real time with aud...
12:20 am - Wed, May 30, 2018
Slashdot Russia Demands Apple Remove Telegram From Russian App Store
The Russian government is asking Apple to help it block Telegram by removing it from the country's App Store. Mac Rumors reports: A Russian court in April ordered carriers and internet providers in th...
11:40 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Lawyers Are Sending Mobile Ads To Patients Sitting In Emergency Rooms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Patients sitting in emergency rooms, at chiropractors' offices and at pain clinics in the Philadelphia area may start noticing on their phones the kind of...
11:00 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Canadian Hacker Sentenced To 5 Years For Yahoo Security Breach
The computer hacker who worked with Russian spies was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in a massive security breach at Yahoo. "U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov ...
10:20 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot People Are Using Venmo To Spy On Cheating Spouses
According to MarketWatch's Leslie Albrecht, people are using the peer-to-peer payment app Venmo to find out if their spouse is cheating. Some are even saying the app is more effective than Facebook at...
09:40 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Why Thousands of AI Researchers Are Boycotting the New Nature Journal
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Guardian, written by Neil Lawrence, the founding editor of the freely available journal Proceedings of Machine Learning Research: Machine le...
09:00 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Latest and Greatest In Computer Graphics Research?
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: In the world of 2D and 3D Visual Content Creation, new tricks that ship with commercial 2D or 3D software are almost always advertised as "fantastically innovative". But wh...
08:20 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Intellivision Lives: Tommy Tallarico Will Relaunch 1980s Console
craters writes: A wave of nostalgia has hit gamers, with Nintendo and Atari taking advantage with launches, both recent and pending, of older game consoles. Now they'll have a new competitor with Inte...
07:47 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot FCC Asks Amazon and eBay To Stop Selling Fake Pay TV Boxes
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and eBay CEO Devin Wenig asking their companies to help remove the listings for fake pay TV boxes from their res...
06:55 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Intel Faces Age Discrimination Allegations Following Layoffs
Intel is under investigation for potential age discrimination in its approach to layoffs initiated in 2016, according to a report. Engadget: The Wall Street Journal has learned that the US Equal Emplo...
06:20 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Star Citizen Video Game Launches $27,000 Players' Pack
An anonymous reader shares a report: Crowdfunded space simulation game Star Citizen has launched its $27,000 Legatus Pack, which includes nearly all its spacecraft plus extras. Only players who have a...
05:30 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot AirPlay 2 Brings HomePod Stereo Pairs and Multi-Room Audio To iOS 11.4
Today sees the release of iOS 11.4 and with it Apple is adding AirPlay 2. From a report: This brings some important changes to HomePod, including the stereo pairing option that was missing at launch. ...
04:55 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Electronic Voting To Enter Australian House of Representatives
The federal government has announced electronic voting will be introduced into the Parliament of Australia, with Leader of the House of Representatives Christopher Pyne confirming it will be implement...
04:18 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot NPM Fails Worldwide With 'ERR! 418 I'm a Teapot' Error
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Users of the NPM JavaScript package manager were greeted by a weird error yesterday evening, as their consoles and applications spewed a message of "ERR!...
03:35 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot White House Announces Tech Tariffs, Investment Restrictions on China
The White House announced this morning a plan to levy a 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese tech goods -- with the exact list to be announced next month -- as well as tech investment limits for...
02:55 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Airbus Steps Up Push for Flying Taxis, On-Demand Helicopters
The future of transportation may not be on the roads but the skies. That might not be a reality quite yet but Airbus is taking it seriously. The company is settng up a division for flying cars and on-...
02:25 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot iPhones Will Reportedly Get the Power To Unlock Doors Using NFC
The iPhone's NFC chip will soon have the ability open your house's and car's doors, as well as pay for your fare, reports The Information. From a report: The tech giant is reportedly gearing up to int...
12:30 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot PUBG and Epic Games, Maker of Two of the World's Most Popular Video Games, Set To Battle in Court
PUBG, an affiliate of South Korean studio Bluehole, is suing the Korean unit of North Carolina-based Epic Games, arguing that its smash hit Fortnite copies many of the characteristics of its own Playe...
12:30 pm - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot PUBG and Epic Games, Makers of Two of the World's Most Popular Video Games, Set To Battle in Court
PUBG, an affiliate of South Korean studio Bluehole, is suing the Korean unit of North Carolina-based Epic Games, arguing that its smash hit Fortnite copies many of the characteristics of its own Playe...
11:00 am - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot How WIRED lost $100,000 in Bitcoin
An anonymous reader writes: Back in 2013, the halcyon days of at-home Bitcoin mining, staffers in the WIRED San Francisco office turned on one of Butterfly Labs' mining machines and let it whir away, ...
08:30 am - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Papua New Guinea Bans Facebook For a Month To Root Out 'Fake Users'
The Papua New Guinean government will ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on "fake users" and study the effects the website is having on the population. From a report: The communication mi...
06:38 am - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot In China's Booming Tech Scene, Women Battle Sexism and Conservative Values
In recent years, even as China's tech industry has boomed, many women say they make far less than their male counterpart for the same job. An anonymous reader shares a report: Reuters spoke to more th...
04:10 am - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Cyber Thieves Claim To Hit Two Big Canadian Banks
New submitter Heritype writes: Bank of Montreal, Canada's fourth biggest lender, said on Monday it was contacted by fraudsters on Sunday who claimed they were in possession of the personal and financi...
03:00 am - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Spring Update Improves Linux On WSL With Unix Sockets and More
Billly Gates writes: Windows 10 build 1803 has come out this month, but with some problems. AnandTech has a deep-dive with the review examing many new features including the much better support for Li...
02:10 am - Tue, May 29, 2018
Slashdot London Launches World's First Contactless Payment Scheme For Street Performers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Here's a casualty of the cashless society you might not have previously thought of: the humble street performer. After all, if more of us are paying our way with s...
10:53 pm - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot Python May Let Security Tools See What Operations the Runtime Is Performing
An anonymous reader writes: A new feature proposal for the Python programming language wants to add "transparency" to the runtime and let security and auditing tools view when Python may be running po...
06:34 pm - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot Google's Chrome Web Store Spammed With Dodgy 'Pirate' Movie Links
Unknown third parties appear to be exploiting the Chrome Store's 'theme' section to offer visitors access to a wide range of pirate movies including "Black Panther", "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Ramp...
05:31 pm - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot Europe Plans Ban on Plastic Cutlery, Straws and More
Europe is proposing a ban on single-use plastic items such as cutlery, straws and cotton buds in a bid to clean up the oceans. From a report: The European Commission wants to ban 10 items that make up...
04:30 pm - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot Invisible Scum on Sea Cuts CO2 Exchange With Air 'By Up To 50%'
An invisible layer of scum on the sea surface can reduce carbon dioxide exchange between the atmosphere and the oceans by up to 50%, scientists have discovered. From a report: Researchers from Heriot-...
03:35 pm - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot Code.org Is Crowdsourcing Database of US K-12 Schools That Teach, Or Don't Teach CS
Longtime reader theodp writes: Nonprofit Code.org, which is bankrolled by the likes of Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Infosys, has teamed up with the Computer Science Teachers Association (C...
02:45 pm - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot Huawei Will No Longer Allow Bootloader Unlocking On Its Android Handsets
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has long made it easier for users to unlock the bootloader on its phones. But that is changing now. Android Authority: Earlier this month a support page, which detailed...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot India's Hotstar Sets New Benchmark With Streaming Record, Draws Over 10M Concurrent Viewers To a Cricket Match
An anonymous reader shares a report: An Indian on-demand streaming service, with fewer than 400 employees, has pulled off a milestone that Silicon Valley companies Facebook, Amazon and Google-owned Yo...
01:30 pm - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot India's Hotstar Sets New Benchmark With Streaming Record, Draws Over 10M Concurrent Viewers To a Cricket Match
An anonymous reader shares a report: An Indian on-demand streaming service, with fewer than 400 employees, has pulled off a milestone that Silicon Valley companies Facebook, Amazon and Google-owned Yo...
12:45 pm - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot Pandora Launches Unlimited Premium Family Plan For $15 Per Month
Mark Wycislik-Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Looking to better compete with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify, Pandora has launched a new Premium Family package. The new package offers unlimited acc...
07:40 am - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot Increasing Similarity of Billboard Songs
It's not just you, others have also noticed that popular songs on the Billboard charts sound similar. But what you may not realize is that in the recent days, they're sounding even more similar. Andre...
05:00 am - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot Coastal Megacity Karachi Is Running Out of Water
The Pakistani megacity of Karachi, home to more than 20 million people, is among the most water-stressed cities in the world, only able to meet half of its daily water demand. From a report: Karachi r...
02:00 am - Mon, May 28, 2018
Slashdot High School in China Installs Facial Recognition Cameras To Monitor Students' Attentiveness
A high school in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province located on the eastern coast of China, has employed facial recognition technology to monitor students' attentiveness in class, local media reports. Fr...
11:40 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Developing a Tool To Help Engineers Catch Bias in Algorithms
Microsoft is developing a tool that can detect bias in artificial intelligence algorithms with the goal of helping businesses use AI without running the risk of discriminating against certain people. ...
10:07 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot How the Math Men Overthrew the Mad Men
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt of a New Yorker piece: Once, Mad Men ruled advertising. They've now been eclipsed by Math Men -- the engineers and data scientists whose province is machines, alg...
09:00 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Backlash as 'Miners' Suck Up Electricity, Stress Power Grids in Central Washington
An anonymous reader shares a report: Public hearings for rural electric utilities are rarely sellout events. But the crowd that showed up in Wenatchee two weeks ago for a hearing about Bitcoin mining ...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Oracle's Aggressive Sales Tactics Are Backfiring With Customers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Oracle's aggressive sales tactics are turning off customers, setting a roadblock in the company's race to catch up with Amazon Web Services in the cloud, according...
07:00 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot People Living in the Hottest Places on the Planet Are the Least Likely To Have Air Conditioners
Zoe Schlanger, writing for Quartz: In 2016, roughly 10% of the planet's energy use went towards air conditioning. Figures vary wildly from country to country, though, and some of the hottest regions o...
06:06 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Google's Toronto City Built 'From the Internet Up'
On Toronto's Eastern waterfront, a new digital city is being built by Sidewalk Labs -- a firm owned by Google's parent Alphabet. It hopes the project will become a model for 21st-Century urbanism. Fro...
05:00 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Mystery Donor Pledges $1 Million To The GNOME Foundation
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: This week, The GNOME Foundation made a shocking revelation: a mystery donor has pledged $1 million dollars. We don't know who is promising the money -- it could be...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can a City Really Sue an Oil Company For Climate Change?
An anonymous reader writes: The city of Richmond, California, is suing Chevron, its largest employer and its largest public-safety scourge. But while industrial accidents like refinery fires are commo...
03:00 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot There Are Real Reasons For Linux To Replace ifconfig, netstat and Other Classic Tools
Several readers have shared a blog post: One of the ongoing system administration controversies in Linux is that there is an ongoing effort to obsolete the old, cross-Unix standard network administrat...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Paytm, India's Largest Digital Wallet App, Accused Of Handing Over User Data To The Government
Paytm, the largest mobile wallet app in India, has been accused of sharing with the Indian government the personal data of users in a geopolitically sensitive region. From a report: On Friday, the new...
11:04 am - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Are Google's Cat-Loving Employees Killing Burrowing Owls?
An anonymous reader writes: Google's employees started a group called GCat Rescue that traps feral cats and puts them up for adoption. (Though "less-friendly adult cats are neutered and released... Th...
07:34 am - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Judge Backs Parents, Saying Their 30-Year-Old Son Must Move Out
"Attention geeks living in their parents' basements!" writes PolygamousRanchKid , sharing this story from NPR:The promise of adventure didn't do it. Neither did the lure of independence, or the weight...
03:34 am - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Atari Co-Founder Ted Dabney Dies at Age 81
An anonymous reader quotes Eurogamer: Atari co-founder Ted Dabney has died, according to a close friend. Historian Leonard Herman, who told Dabney's story in an article for Edge magazine published in ...
01:34 am - Sun, May 27, 2018
Slashdot Australian Bank's System Outage Leaves 9 Million Customers Without Cash
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:National Australia Bank on Saturday suffered what it described as a "nationwide outage" to some of its technology systems, leaving customers unable to access banking...
11:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Did Baby Boomers Break America?
"Automation taking jobs is only one symptom of a larger problem," argues an anonymous Slashdot reader, sharing a link to this excerpt from Steven Brill's new book Tailspin, which seeks to identify "th...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot 5.3M Cars Recalled Because 'Drivers May Not Be Able to Turn Off Cruise Control'
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 5.3 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may no...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Two 18-Year-Olds Charged With Hacking YouTube's Most Popular Videos
An anonymous reader quotes Variety:Two 18-year-old French citizens have been arrested in Paris and charged with crimes related to the hack of Vevo's YouTube accounts last month that resulted in pro-Pa...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Explains Why Alexa Recorded And Emailed A Private Conversation
Amazon has issued the following statement about why their Alexa device recorded a woman's private conversation and then emailed it to one of her friends:Echo woke up due to a word in background conver...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Oracle Calls Java Serialization 'A Horrible Mistake', Plans to Dump It
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Oracle plans to drop from Java its serialization feature that has been a thorn in the side when it comes to security. Also known as Java object serialization, the ...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Silicon Valley's Tech Bubble Is Now Larger Than In 2000. Will It Come To An End?
"We are now officially in a tech bubble larger than March of 2000," argues Keith Wright, instructor of accounting and information services at the Villanova School of Business. An anonymous reader quot...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Gamers Behind Fatal 'SWAT' Call Now Face Life In Prison
An anonymous reader writes:18-year-old Casey Viner, who instigated the 911 call which led to a fatal shooting in Wichita (hiring Tyler Barriss to perform the actual call), is in big trouble. "If convi...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot AI-Enhanced Weed-Killing Robots Frighten Pesticide Industry
Rick Schumann writes:A Swiss company called ecoRobotix is betting the agricultural industry will be willing to welcome their solar-powered weed-killing autonomous robot, in an effort to reduce the use...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot U.S. Passes 'Right to Try' Law Allowing Experimental Medical Treatments
schwit1 shared this article from the Washington Post:The House on Tuesday passed "right to try" legislation that would allow people with life-threatening illnesses to bypass the Food and Drug Administ...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Wins A Big Cloud Deal With America's Intelligence Community
wyattstorch516 shared this story from the AP: Microsoft Corp. said it's secured a lucrative cloud deal with the intelligence community that marks a rapid expansion by the software giant into a market ...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot How Canada Ended Up As An AI Superpower
pacopico writes: Neural nets and deep learning are all the rage these days, but their rise was anything but sudden. A handful of determined researchers scattered around the globe spent decades develop...
10:00 am - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Most MoviePass Subscribers Have Gone To a Movie They Normally Would've Ignored
Extremist surveyed 1,311 current self-reporting MoviePass subscribers and found that 82% of subscribers have gone to a movie they normally would have ignored. 13% of respondents said "No," while 5% we...
07:00 am - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Companies Are Using California Homes As Batteries To Power the Grid
"Companies like Tesla and SunRun are starting to bid on utility contracts that would allow them to string together dozens or hundreds of systems that act as an enormous reserve to balance the flow of ...
03:30 am - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot A Middle-Aged Writer's Quest To Start Learning To Code For the First Time
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: The Economist's 1843 magazine details one middle-aged writer's (Andrew Smith) quest to learn to code for the first time, after becoming interested in the "alien" logic mech...
02:05 am - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Eric Schmidt Says Elon Musk Is 'Exactly Wrong' About AI
At the VivaTech conference in Paris, Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt was asked about Elon Musk's warnings about AI. He responded by saying: "I think Elon is exactly wrong. He doesn't understand the benefits...
01:25 am - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Google Zooms By Amazon In Smart Speaker Shipments, Report Says
A new report released this week says that Google has surpassed Amazon in global smart speaker shipments in the first quarter of 2018. "[Research firm Canalys] says Google shipped 3.2 million Google Ho...
12:45 am - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot All Major ISPs Have Declined In Customer Satisfaction, Says Study
The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index survey finds that Verizon FiOS has been rated the highest in customer satisfaction with a score of 70 out of 100. But, as DSLReports notes, that's nothi...
12:03 am - Sat, May 26, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Agrees To Settle Class Action Over Autopilot Billed As 'Safer'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Tesla on Thursday reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit with buyers of its Model S and Model X cars who alleged that the company's ass...
11:20 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot FBI Tells Router Users To Reboot Now To Kill Malware Infecting 500,000 Devices
The FBI is advising users of consumer-grade routers and network-attached storage devices to reboot them as soon as possible to counter Russian-engineered malware that has infected hundreds of thousand...
10:42 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Zimbabwe is Introducing a Mass Facial Recognition Project With Chinese AI Firm CloudWalk
An anonymous reader shares a report: In March, the Zimbabwean government signed a strategic partnership with the Gunagzhou-based startup CloudWalk Technology to begin a large-scale facial recognition ...
10:03 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple Will Report Government Requests To Remove Apps From the App Store
In its bi-annual transparency report today, Apple said that it will soon start reporting government requests to take down apps from the App Store. These requests will relate to alleged legal and/or po...
09:25 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Birds Had To Relearn Flight After Meteor Wiped Out Dinosaurs, Fossil Records Suggest
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Birds had to rediscover flight after the meteor strike that killed off the dinosaurs, scientists say. The cataclysm 66 million years ago not only...
08:48 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Edge Beats Chrome in Battery Test, Says Microsoft
The latest installment of Microsoft's browser battery challenge shows once again that Edge consumes less energy than Chrome and Firefox. From a report: With the Windows 10 April 2018 Update rolling ou...
08:10 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Crack Open AMD's Server VM Encryption
Shaun Nichols, reporting for The Register: A group of German researchers have devised a method to thwart the VM security in AMD's server chips. Dubbed SEVered (PDF), the attack would potentially allow...
07:28 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot US Reaches Deal To Keep Chinese Telecom ZTE in Business
The Trump administration told lawmakers the U.S. government has reached a deal to put Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp back in business, a senior congressional aide said on Friday. From a r...
06:48 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Valve Slammed Over 'Horrendous' Steam School-Shooting Game
Several readers have shared an EuroGamer report: Just a week after the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that saw 10 people fatally shot and 13 others were wounded, Valve has come under fire for ...
06:10 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot In Apple Mail, There's No Protecting PGP-Encrypted Messages
It has been nearly two weeks since researchers unveiled "EFAIL," a set of critical software vulnerabilities that allow encrypted email messages to be stolen from within the inbox. The Intercept report...
05:30 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Gut Sensor Could Monitor Health -- and Beam Results to a Smartphone
Doctors are now one step closer to deploying sensors that can travel to parts of a patient's body to diagnose hard-to-detect conditions. From a report: Researchers have devised a new way to get a snea...
04:54 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Vermont Wants To Pay Companies To Let Employees Work Remotely
A proposal for an act in the Vermont legislature is actively trying to give grants to small companies to employ remote workers. From a report: Under the terms of S-0094, a $10,000 micro-grant will be ...
04:10 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Vulnerability in Z-Wave Wireless Communications Protocol, Used By Some IoT and Smart Devices, Exposes 100 Million Devices To Attack
An anonymous reader writes: The Z-Wave wireless communications protocol used for some IoT/smart devices is vulnerable to a downgrade attack that can allow a malicious party to intercept and tamper wit...
03:37 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Robot Worries Could Cause a 50,000-Worker Strike in Las Vegas
Thousands of unionized hotel and casino workers in Las Vegas are ready to go on strike for the first time in more than three decades. From a report: Members of the Culinary Union, who work in many of ...
02:49 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot As The Planet Warms, We'll Be Having Rice With A Side Of CO2
Grains are the bedrock of civilization. They led humans from hunting and gathering to city-building. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the fruits of three grasses provide the world w...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Explains Why Windows Defender Isn't Ranked Higher in New Antivirus Tests
In its most recent reports, AV-Test had very few flattering things to say about Windows Defender. Microsoft's security suite was rated as the seventh best antivirus product in the independent test. In...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple Blocks Steam's Plan To Extend Its Video Games To iPhones
Citing "business conflicts," Apple has blocked Steam's plans to distribute PC-based video games to iPhones. It's "a sign that Apple is serious about protecting its ability to take a cut of digital pur...
10:00 am - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot A Star Wars Boba Fett Movie Is In the Works
"Logan" director James Mangold is reportedly directing a "Star Wars" standalone movie centered on the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Variety reports: The untitled movie will be a part of the studio's Star W...
07:00 am - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Accused of Conducting Mass Surveillance Through Its Apps
A court case in California alleges that Facebook used its apps to gather information about users and their friends, including some who had not signed up to the social network, reading their text messa...
03:30 am - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Is Cockroach Milk the Ultimate Superfood?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Global News: It may not be everyone's cup of milk, but for years now, some researchers believe insect milk, like cockroach milk, could be the next big dairy al...
01:40 am - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Must Pay Apple $539 Million For Infringing iPhone Design Patents, Jury Finds
Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing five patents with Android phones it sold in 2010 and 2011, a jury has found in a legal fight that dates back seven years. "The unanimous decision, in...
01:00 am - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Vevo To Shut Down Site, Giving In To YouTube Empire
Vevo, the video-hosting service founded in 2009 as a joint venture between the big three record companies, is shutting down. The company announced in a blog post Thursday that it is shuttering its mob...
12:20 am - Fri, May 25, 2018
Slashdot Android Creator Puts Essential Up For Sale, Cancels Next Phone
Bloomberg reports that Andy Rubin's Essential Products business is considering selling itself and has canceled development of a new smartphone. The news comes several months after numerous reports sug...
11:40 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Newest NOAA Weather Satellite Suffers Critical Malfunction
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released some bad news yesterday: the GOES-17 weather satellite that launched almost two...
11:00 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot StumbleUpon Is Shutting Down After 16 Years of Service
An anonymous reader shares a report: After launching in 2002, website discovery platform StumbleUpon is shutting down on June 30. Over its existence, the service racked up 60 billion stumbles for 40 m...
10:20 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot First Cuba, Now China? A Worker In US Embassy In China Experienced 'Abnormal' Sounds, Brain Damage
amxcoder writes: An American citizen working at a U.S. consulate located in the Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported experiencing "abnormal" sounds (and pressures) for the past several months, start...
09:40 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Is Messing With the Order of Videos In Some User Feeds
YouTube is testing non-chronological subscription feeds to try and serve you content that it thinks you'll want to see at the top. The problem with this is that the subscription feed exists because us...
09:00 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Uber's Self-Driving Car Saw Pedestrian 6 Seconds Before Fatal Strike, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Arizona Daily Star: The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but d...
08:20 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Some Low-Cost Android Phones Shipped With Malware Built In
More than 100 different low-cost Android models from manufacturers such as ZTE, Archos, and myPhone ship with malware pre-installed, researchers at Avast Threat Labs reported on Thursday. Users in mor...
07:40 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot T-Mobile Bug Let Anyone See Any Customer's Account Details
An anonymous reader writes: A bug in T-Mobile's website let anyone access the personal account details of any customer with just their cell phone number, ZDNet reported Thursday. The flaw, since fixed...
07:00 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot About $1.2 Billion in Cryptocurrency Stolen Since 2017
Criminals have stolen about $1.2 billion in cryptocurrencies since the beginning of 2017, as bitcoin's popularity and the emergence of more than 1,500 digital tokens have put the spotlight on the unre...
06:20 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Internal Documents Show Apple Knew the iPhone 6 Would Bend
In 2014, multiple users reported that their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets were bending under pressure, such as when they were kept in a pocket. As a byproduct of this issue, the touchscreen's internal ...
05:55 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Robin "Roblimo" Miller, a Long-Time Voice of the Linux Community, Has Passed Away
Reader rootmon writes: Our thoughts/prayers are with the family and friends of long time open source writer/journalist Robin "Roblimo" Miller who passed away this morning. Robin "Roblimo" Miller (born...
05:20 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in US
New Bedford hopes to soon be the operations center for the first major offshore wind farm in the United States, bringing billions of dollars of investment and thousands of jobs to the town and other p...
04:35 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Woman Says Alexa Device Recorded Her Private Conversation and Sent It To Random Contact; Amazon Confirms the Incident
Gary Horcher, reporting for KIRO7: A Portland family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa -- the voice-controlled smart sp...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Missing Climate Goals Could Cost the World $20 Trillion
An anonymous reader shares a report: There are trillions of reasons for the world to prevent temperatures from rising more than 1.5C, the aspirational target laid out in the Paris climate agreement, a...
03:20 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Pornhub Launches VPNhub, Its Own Virtual Private Network App
"Adult entertainment" giant Pornhub is entering the busy virtual private network (VPN) space with the launch of its very own VPN service. From a report: Dubbed VPNhub, the new service is available for...
02:40 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot US Launches Criminal Probe Into Bitcoin Price Manipulation
The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether traders are manipulating the price of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, dramatically ratcheting up U.S. scrutiny of red-hot markets ...
02:07 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Trump Cancels Singapore Summit With North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un
President Donald Trump has cancelled his much anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that was scheduled to take place in Singapore on June 12, he announced moments ago. In a letter t...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Gamers Involved In Fatal Wichita 'Swatting' Indicted On Federal Charges
bricko shares a report from Kansas: A federal grand jury has indicted the man accused in Wichita's fatal swatting as well as the two gamers involved in the video game dispute that prompted the false e...
10:00 am - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 710 Platform For Midrange Android Phones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AnandTech: Today Qualcomm announces a new entry to the Snapdragon lineup with the first 700-series SoC platform. The Snapdragon 710 is a direct successor to th...
07:00 am - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Ariane Chief Seems Frustrated With SpaceX For Driving Down Launch Costs
schwit1 shares a report from Ars Technica: Like United Launch Alliance, the [France-based] Ariane Group faces pricing pressure from SpaceX, which offers launch prices as low as $62 million for its Fal...
03:30 am - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Money's Better Than E-Cigs Or Nicotine Gum At Helping Smokers Quit, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Providing free electronic cigarettes or other stop-smoking products to employees to get them to give up real cigarettes is less effective than the thr...
02:05 am - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Apple Signs Deal With Volkswagen For Driverless Cars
Apple has reportedly signed a deal with Volkswagen (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) to turn some of the carmaker's new T6 Transporter vans into Apple's self-driving shuttles for ...
01:25 am - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot FBI Seizes Control of Russian Botnet
The Daily Beast reports that the FBI has seized control of a key server in the Kremlin's global botnet of 500,000 hacked routers. "The move positions the bureau to build a comprehensive list of victim...
12:45 am - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot Google and LG Unveil World's Highest-Resolution OLED On-Glass VR Display
A couple months ago, Road to VR reported that Google and LG were planning to reveal the "world's highest-resolution OLED on-glass display" for virtual-reality headsets on May 22nd. Well, that day has ...
12:03 am - Thu, May 24, 2018
Slashdot ACLU Sues ICE For License Plate Reader Contracts, Records
An anonymous reader quotes a report from SFGate: The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records about the agency's use of license plate reade...
11:25 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Singapore ISPs Block 53 Pirate Sites Following MPAA Legal Action
53 piracy websites, including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents, have been blocked in Singapore following the most sweeping action taken by copyright holders in the country in more than a decade. Fro...
10:45 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Confirms Plan To Buy 21st Century Fox and Control of Hulu
Comcast is reportedly preparing an offer to buy major portions of 21st Century Fox, which would give it majority control of Hulu and other media properties. Ars Technica reports: Walt Disney Company a...
10:03 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk To Fight Fake News, Rate Journalists' Credibility Via a Site Called 'Pravda'
Elon Musk took to Twitter today to announce his next project: a site called "Pravda" that ranks journalists' credibility and fights fake news. "Going to create a site where the public can rate the cor...
09:25 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Asks British Users To Submit Their Nudes as Protection Against Revenge Porn
Mark Wilson writes: Following on from a trial in Australia, Facebook is rolling out anti-revenge porn measures to the UK. In order that it can protect British users from failing victim to revenge porn...
08:45 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Uber Shutting Down Self-Driving Operations In Arizona After Fatal Crash
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Arizona Republic: Uber is shutting down its self-driving car tests in Arizona, where one of the cars was involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian in Mar...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Personal Records of Nearly 1 Million South Africans Leaked Online
Tefo Mohapi, reporting for iAfrikan: Barely a year after South Africa's largest data leak was revealed in 2017, the country has suffered yet another data leak as 934,000 personal records of South Afri...
07:25 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot US Government Can't Get Controversial Kaspersky Lab Software Off Its Networks
The law says American agencies must eliminate the use of Kaspersky Lab software by October. But U.S. officials say that's impossible as the security suite is embedded too deep in our infrastructure, T...
06:45 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot NYC Transit Boss Unveils Sweeping 10-Year Subway Modernization Plan
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping plan to modernize the city's subway system over the next 10 years. From a report: The proposal, which new New York City...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot President Trump Can't Block People On Twitter, Court Rules
Reader drunken_boxer777 writes: US District Judge Buchwald issued a 75-page ruling today clearly articulating why Donald Trump cannot block Twitter users, as it violates their First Amendment rights. ...
05:32 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Next PlayStation Is Three Years Off, Sony Says
Don't hold your breath for the fifth-generation PlayStation. From a report: Sony wants to spend three more years readying its next videogame move [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative...
04:44 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot UK Military Fears Robots Learning War From Video Games
Robots that train themselves in battle tactics by playing video games could be used to mount cyber-attacks, the UK military fears. From a report: The warning is in a Ministry of Defence report on arti...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot The US Military is Funding an Effort To Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery
The Department of Defense is funding a project that will try to determine whether the increasingly real-looking fake video and audio generated by artificial intelligence might soon be impossible to di...
03:20 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Backdoor Account Found in D-Link DIR-620 Routers
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Security researchers have found a backdoor account in the firmware of D-Link DIR-620 routers that allows hackers to take over any device reachable via th...
02:40 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Legend of Loch Ness Monster Will Be Tested With DNA Samples
The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of "Ness...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Cyber Firms Warn on Suspected Russian Plan To Attack Ukraine
Jim Finkle, reporting for Reuters: Cisco Systems on Wednesday warned that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with highly sophisticated malicious ...
01:38 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Cyber Firms Warn on Suspected Russian Plan To Attack Ukraine
Jim Finkle, reporting for Reuters: Cisco Systems on Wednesday warned that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with highly sophisticated malicious ...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Also Has An AI Bot That Makes Phone Calls To Humans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: At an AI event in London today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed off the company's Xiaoice (pronounced "SHAO-ICE") social chat bot. Microsoft has ...
10:00 am - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot People Are Losing Faith In Self-Driving Cars Following Recent Fatal Crashes
oldgraybeard shares a report from Mashable: A new survey (PDF) released Tuesday by the American Automobile Association found that 73 percent of American drivers are scared to ride in an autonomous veh...
07:00 am - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Tesla's Promised $35,000 Model 3 Is Still a Long Way Off
When the Model 3 was first unveiled, it was pitched as an EV for the masses that would have a reasonable $35,000 price. Two years later and we still don't have a clear timeline as to when the $35,000 ...
03:30 am - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Giant Predatory Worms Are Invading France
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: In a Peer J study published on May 22, "Giant worms chez moi!" zoologist Jean-Lou Justine of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, entomol...
02:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot FBI Reportedly Overstated Encryption Threat Figures To Congress, Public
mi shares a report from The Washington Post (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the ext...
02:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot FBI Repeatedly Overstated Encryption Threat Figures To Congress, Public
mi shares a report from The Washington Post (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the ext...
01:25 am - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Sony In $2.3 Billion Deal For EMI, Becomes World's Biggest Music Publisher
Sony said on Tuesday it would pay about $2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world's largest music publisher in an industry that has found new life on the back of streaming services. Reut...
12:45 am - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Google Launches YouTube Music Service With Creepy AI To Predict Listening Habits
Audiofan writes: Will the new YouTube Music streaming service provide the soundtrack to your life? Google believes that its ability to harness the power of artificial intelligence will help the new se...
12:03 am - Wed, May 23, 2018
Slashdot Razer Slims Down Blade, Debuts MacOS-Compatible eGPU Enclosure
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today, Razer debuted big updates to its Razer Blade laptop, focusing on design and performance to usher the gaming notebook into 2018. While the ...
11:20 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Pulls No Punches on Red Hat and VMware in OpenStack Cloud
At OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, Canada this week, Canonical CEO and Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth came out firing at two of his major enterprise OpenStack competitors: Red Hat and VMware. H...
10:40 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot European Lawmakers Asked Mark Zuckerberg Why They Shouldn't Break Up Facebook
European lawmakers questioned Mark Zuckerberg in Brussels today for almost an hour and a half, asking him to address concerns about the Cambridge Analytica data leak and Facebook's potential monopoly....
10:00 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Banning People For Making Too Many Returns
Amazon -- which for years has maintained the standard for free returns online -- might now ban users for making too many returns. From a report:The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday documented complaints...
09:20 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Flies Satellites For Iridium, NASA In 10th Launch of 2018
SpaceX launched a total of seven satellites for Iridium and NASA, reusing part of a previously flown rocket for its 10th mission of 2018. "Five Iridium NEXT satellites were launched as part of the com...
08:40 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Molten lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has entered the grounds of Puna Geothermal Venture, a geothermal power plant that provides about 25 percent ...
08:20 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Computer History Museum Makes Eudora Email Client Source Code Available To the Public
Computer History Museum (CHM), an institution which explores the history of computing and its impact on the human experience, announced on Tuesday the public release and long-term preservation of the ...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot The Percentage of Open Source Code in Proprietary Apps is Rising
Zeljka Zorz, writing for Help Net Security: The number of open source components in the codebase of proprietary applications keeps rising and with it the risk of those apps being compromised by attack...
07:16 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Yelp Files New EU Complaint Against Google Over Search Dominance
Yelp has filed a complaint with the EU's antitrust watchdog against Google, arguing that the search company has abused its dominance in local search and pressuring Brussels to launch new charges again...
06:40 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Senators Demand FCC Answer For Fake Comments After Realizing Their Identities Were Stolen
Two US senators -- one Republican, one Democrat who both had their identities stolen and then used to post fake public comments on net neutrality -- are calling on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to address how...
06:01 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot The Wayback Machine is Deleting Evidence of Malware Sold To Stalkers
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine is a service that preserves web pages. But the site has been deleting evidence of companies selling malware to illegally spy on spouses, Motherboard reported Tue...
05:20 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot The Whole World is Now a Computer, Says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Thanks to cloud computing, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, we should start to think of the planet as one giant computer, according to Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella. From ...
04:48 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Is Killing Several of Its TV Apps, Too
Twitter is shutting down its TV apps on Roku, Android TV and Xbox starting on May 24, the company announced this morning. From a report: The news of the apps' closure comes at a time when Twitter is n...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Faster Audio Decoding and Encoding Coming To Ogg and FLAC
FLAC and Ogg now have faster audio encoding and decoding capabilities thanks to recent code improvements. An anonymous reader writes: Robert Kausch of the fre:ac audio converter project informed news ...
03:25 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot 90% of Financial Institutions Targeted By Ransomware in the Last Year
An anonymous reader shares a report: A new report from cloud security specialist Carbon Black, based on responses from CISOs at 40 major financial institutions -- including six of the top 10 global ba...
02:40 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Pushes Facial Recognition to Police, Prompting Outcry Over Surveillance
Nick Wingfield, reporting for The New York Times: In late 2016, Amazon introduced a new online service that could help identify faces and other objects in images, offering it to anyone at a low cost t...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft To Block Flash In Office 365 Starting January 2019
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft plans to soon block Flash, Shockwave, and Silverlight content from activating in Office 365, it said. The block, however, will only be applicable in Office 365 su...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot 3D Headphone Startup 'Ossic' Closes Abruptly, Leaving Crowdfunders Hanging
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Ossic raised more than $3.2 million in crowdfunding for its Ossic X, which it touted as the "first 3D audio headphones calibrated to you." But after deliv...
10:00 am - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Asteroid From Another Star System Found Orbiting Wrong Way Near Jupiter
Astronomers have spotted an asteroid orbiting our sun in the opposite (retrograde) direction to the planets. The 2-mile-wide asteroid, known as 2015 BZ509, is the first "interstellar immigrant" from b...
07:00 am - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Trump Ignores 'Inconvenient' Security Rules To Keep Tweeting On His iPhone, Says Report
According to Politico, "President Donald Trump uses a White House cellphone that isn't equipped with sophisticated security features designed to shield his communications." The decision is "a departur...
03:30 am - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot German Test Reveals That Magnetic Fields Are Pushing the EM Drive
"Researchers in Germany have performed an independent, controlled test of the infamous EM Drive with an unprecedented level of precision," writes PvtVoid. "The result? The thrust is coming from intera...
02:10 am - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Website Bug Leaks Xfinity Customer Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A bug in Comcast's website used to activate Xfinity routers can return sensitive information on the company's customers. The website, used by customers ...
01:30 am - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot The Toughest (And Weakest) Phones Currently On the Market
New submitter Daneel Olivaw R. shares a report from Tom's Guide: To measure each phone's toughness, [Tom's Guide] dropped it from both 4 and 6 feet onto wood and concrete. After each test, we recorded...
12:50 am - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Boeing's Folding Wingtips Get the FAA Green Light
Boeing received FAA approval today for its folding wingtips, which will let the planes stop at airport gates big enough to accommodate typical 777 models. "Once the 777X lands, the wingtips will rotat...
12:10 am - Tue, May 22, 2018
Slashdot Google and Microsoft Disclose New CPU Flaw, and the Fix Can Slow Machines Down
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft and Google are jointly disclosing a new CPU security vulnerability that's similar to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws that were revealed ear...
11:30 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot US Treasury Secretary Calls For Google Monopoly Probe
After a 60 Minutes episode that focused on Google and its effective search monopoly, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called for large tech companies to be investigated for potential antitrust vi...
10:50 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot FCC is Hurting Consumers To Help Corporations, Mignon Clyburn Says On Exit
Former Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who left the agency this month, has taken aim at it in an interview, saying the agency has abandoned its mission to safeguard consumers and protect their privacy an...
10:10 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Falls Short of Consumer Reports Recommendation
Consumer Reports published their review of the Tesla Model 3 today. The product review site liked the vehicle's range of the battery and agile handling, but had issues with braking, controls, and ride...
09:30 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Should T-Mobile Stop Claiming It Has 'Best Unlimited Network'?
An anonymous reader writes: Speed isn't everything, or is it? According to a report from Ars Technica, the National Advertising Division (NAD) says T-Mobile should stop claiming that is has "America's...
08:50 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine
In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto. Their claim, which they made based on the curious orbi...
08:10 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Human Race Just 0.01% of All Life But Has Destroyed 83% of Wild Mammals, Study Finds
An assessment of all life on Earth has revealed humanity's surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact. From a report: The world's 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of al...
07:30 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's New Marketplace Appstore Connects Sellers To Software
Amazon is creating another app store, but it's not for consumers. From a report: Instead, the online retail giant will for the first time put its seal of approval on a bunch of third-party apps intend...
06:50 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Most GDPR Emails Unnecessary and Some Illegal, Say Experts
The vast majority of emails flooding inboxes across Europe from companies asking for consent to keep recipients on their mailing list are unnecessary and some may be illegal, privacy experts have said...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court Upholds Workplace Arbitration Contracts Barring Class Actions
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that companies can use arbitration clauses in employment contracts to prohibit workers from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues. From a report...
05:25 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot China Launches Satellite To Explore Dark Side of Moon
China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua new...
04:45 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Google Sued For 'Clandestine Tracking' of 4.4 Million UK iPhone Users' Browsing Data
Google is being sued in the high court for as much as $4.3 billion for the alleged "clandestine tracking and collation" of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK. From a report: ...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Netflix's DVD Rental Business Is Still Profitable
Netflix might be focusing on its streaming business, but the produce that made its name is still alive -- and apparently well. From a report: The company's DVD.com DVD rental business has 3 million su...
03:25 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Wants Justice Department To Scrutinize Big Tech
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Monday joined the growing chorus of government officials concerned about tech monopolies. From a report: When asked if Google is a monopoly, Mnuchin said, "These ar...
02:54 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Sony Is Done Working For Peanuts in the Hardware Business, New CEO To Detail Shift Away From Gadgets
Kenichiro Yoshida, who took over as chief executive officer in April, is set to unveil a three-year plan on Tuesday that embraces Sony's growing reliance on income from gaming subscriptions and entert...
02:10 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Advocacy Groups Call for the FTC To Break Up Facebook
An anonymous reader shares a report: Several advocacy groups have banded together for a campaign that calls upon the US Federal Trade Commission to intervene and break up Facebook into smaller compani...
12:00 pm - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot MoviePass' Days Look Limited
Kyle Stock writes via Bloomberg: Eight months after slashing its price and expanding membership past 2 million users, MoviePass is now at risk of going bust. The parent company, Helios & Matheson ...
08:00 am - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot New Toronto Declaration Calls On Algorithms To Respect Human Rights
A coalition of human rights and technology groups released a new declaration on machine learning standards, calling on both governments and tech companies to ensure that algorithms respect basic princ...
04:30 am - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Transfer Memory Between Snails
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: UCLA neuroscientists reported Monday that they have transferred a memory from one animal to another via injections of RNA, a startling res...
02:02 am - Mon, May 21, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Offers Whole Foods Discounts To Prime Members
Amazon-owned Whole Foods debuted a loyalty program on Wednesday that offers special discounts to Prime members, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and rotating weekly specials. "The new l...
11:23 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Unveils Dual Motor and Performance Specs For Model 3
Rei writes: Yesterday evening, Elon Musk announced the pricing and specs for two of the Model 3's most in-demand options -- dual motor and performance versions. The base dual motor configuration adds ...
10:22 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot 'TeenSafe' Phone Monitoring App Leaked Thousands of User Passwords
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: At least one server used by an app for parents to monitor their teenagers' phone activity has leaked tens of thousands of accounts of both parents and c...
09:20 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Did Octopuses Come From Outer Space?
A scientific paper, originally published in March, from peer-reviewed journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology has found its way in this week's news-cycle. The paper, which is co-written b...
08:20 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Releases Some of Its Software To Comply With Open-Source Licenses
Jeremy Allison - Sam shares a blog post from Software Freedom Conservancy, congratulating Tesla on their first public step toward GPL compliance: Conservancy rarely talks publicly about specifics in i...
07:19 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Bill Gates Shares His Memories of Donald Trump
MSNBC recently published a video of Bill Gates telling his staff at the Gates Foundation that he had two meetings with Donald Trump since the president was elected. In the video, Gates says Trump does...
06:18 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot The Verge Goes Hands-On With the 'Wildly Ambitious' RED Hydrogen One Smartphone
It's been almost a year since RED, a company known for its high-end $10,000+ cameras, teased a smartphone called the RED Hydrogen One. Several months have passed since the phone was announced and we s...
05:17 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Chinese 'Accelerators' In Silicon Valley Aim To Bring Startups Home
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising ...
04:16 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Estonia To Become the World's First Free Public Transport Nation
On July 1st, the country of Estonia will create the largest 24/7 free public transit zone in the world, making it feasibly possible to travel by bus from one end of the 1.3 million-strong Baltic natio...
03:15 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Popular 'Gboard' Keyboard App Has Had a Broken Spell Checker For Months
The popular Gboard keyboard app for iOS and Android devices has a fundamental flaw. According Reddit user SurroundedByMachines, the red underline has stopped appearing for incorrectly spelled words si...
02:14 pm - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot No Fossil Fuel-Based Generation Was Added To US Grid Last Month
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the U.S., two types of electricity generation are on the rise: natural gas and renewables. If one of those is set to make a bigger mark than t...
11:34 am - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon-Funded Project Will 'Solve' Cellphone Identity Verification Within Two Years
Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro quotes Nextgov: The Defense Department is funding a project that officials say could revolutionize the way companies, federal agencies and the military itself verify th...
07:34 am - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot People Hate Canada's New 'Amber Alert' System
The CBC reports:When the siren-like sounds from an Amber Alert rang out on cellular phones across Ontario on Monday, it sparked a bit of a backlash against Canada's new mobile emergency alert system. ...
04:34 am - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Did Google's Duplex Testing Break the Law?
An anonymous reader writes:Tech blogger John Gruber appears to have successfully identified one of the restaurants mentioned in a post on Google's AI blog that bragged about "a meal booked through a c...
01:34 am - Sun, May 20, 2018
Slashdot Repo Men Scan Billions of License Plates -- For the Government
The Washington Post notes the billions of license plate scans coming from modern repo men "able to use big data to find targets" -- including one who drives "a beat-up Ford Crown Victoria sedan." It h...
11:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics Ensure Safe AI?
"If science-fiction has already explored the issue of humans and intelligent robots or AI co-existing in various ways, isn't there a lot to be learned...?" asks Slashdot reader OpenSourceAllTheWay.The...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot First Government Office in the US To Accept Bitcoin As Payment
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes the Orlando Sentinel: If cash, check or credit card seems too old-fashioned, Seminole County, Florida Tax Collector Joel Greenberg said this week his office...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot IBM Warns Quantum Computing Will Break Encryption
Long-time Slashdot reader CrtxReavr shares a report from ZDNet:Quantum computers will be able to instantly break the encryption of sensitive data protected by today's strongest security, warns the hea...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot 40 Cellphone-Tracking Devices Discovered Throughout Washington
The investigative news "I-Team" of a local TV station in Washington D.C. drove around with "a leading mobile security expert" -- and discovered dozens of StingRay devices mimicking cellphone towers to...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot Anti-GMO Activists Slow Scientists Breeding a CO2-Reducing Superplant
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists calls it "a plant that could save civilization, if we let it." Slashdot reader meckdevil writes:A "super chickpea plant" now in development could remove huge amounts ...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot Should The Media Cover Tesla Accidents?
Long-time Slashdot reader rufey writes:Last weekend a Tesla vehicle was involved in a crash near Salt Lake City Utah while its Autopilot feature was enabled. The Tesla, a Model S, crashed into the rea...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot Astronomers Discovered the Fastest-Growing Black Hole Ever Seen
Long-time Slashdot reader Yhcrana shares "some good old fashioned astronomy news." Astronomers have discovered "a black hole 20 billion times the mass of the sun eating the equivalent of a star every ...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot Rebuilding the PDP-11/70 with a Raspberry Pi
"You could look at this as a smallish PDP-11/70, built with modern parts," Oscar Vermeulen writes on his site. "Or alternatively, and equally valid, as a fancy front panel case for a Raspberry Pi." Lo...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot 'I Asked Apple for All My Data. Here's What Was Sent Back'
"I asked Apple to give me all the data it's collected on me since I first became a customer in 2010," writes the security editor for ZDNet, "with the purchase of my first iPhone."That was nearly a dec...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot Can This New Treatment Stop the Common Cold?
"Researchers may have identified a compound that can stop some of the most common cold viruses, the rhinovirus, in its tracks, according to a new report published in the journal Nature." An anonymous ...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot Floating Pacific Island Is In the Works With Its Own Government, Cryptocurrency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Nathalie Mezza-Garcia is a political scientist turned "seavangelesse" -- her term for an evangelist in favor of living off the grid -- and on the ocean. ...
10:00 am - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot FM Radio Faces UK Government Switch-Off As Digital Listening Passes 50 Percent Milestone
The Amazon Echo and other smart speakers have helped push the audience for digital radio past that of FM and AM in the UK for the first time. According to Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR), digita...
07:00 am - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot FCC Investigating LocationSmart Over Phone-Tracking Flaw
The FCC has opened an investigation into LocationSmart, a company that is buying your real-time location data from four of the largest U.S. carriers in the United States. The investigation comes a day...
04:15 am - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct
Kate Conger, reporting for Gizmodo: Google's unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase "don't be evil." But that's over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employee...
03:30 am - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot In Virtual Reality, How Much Body Do You Need?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Will it soon be possible to simulate the feeling of a spirit not attached to any particular physical form using virtual or augmented realit...
01:30 am - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot New Spectre Attack Can Reveal Firmware Secrets
Yuriy Bulygin, the former head of Intel's advanced threat team, has published research showing that the Spectre CPU flaws can be used to break into the highly privileged CPU mode on Intel x86 systems ...
12:50 am - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot RedDawn Android Malware Is Harvesting Personal Data of North Korean Defectors
According to security company McAfee, North Korea uploaded three spying apps to the Google Play Store in January that contained hidden functions designed to steal personal photos, contact lists, text ...
12:10 am - Sat, May 19, 2018
Slashdot Congress Is Looking To Extend Copyright Protection Term To 144 Years
"Because it apparently isn't bad enough already, Congress is looking to extend the copyright term to 144 years," writes Slashdot reader llamalad. "Please write to your representatives and consider don...
11:30 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Google's Duplex AI Robot Will Warn That Calls Are Recorded
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: On Thursday, the Alphabet Inc. unit shared more details on how the Duplex robot-calling feature will operate when it's released publicly, according ...
10:50 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Utilities, Tesla Appeal Federal Rollback of Auto Emissions Standards
A coalition of utilities and electric vehicle makers, including Tesla, are petitioning the EPA to reconsider its recent plan to roll back auto emissions standards. In April, the EPA said that it would...
10:10 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot AI Can't Reason Why
The current data-crunching approach to machine learning misses an essential element of human intelligence. From a report: Amid rapid developments and nagging setbacks, one essential building block of ...
09:30 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Making An AR Headset With New Qualcomm Chips
Google is reportedly working on a standalone augmented reality headset that will use new Qualcomm chips. "It will be built by Taiwanese computer maker Quanta," reports The Verge. "The project is still...
08:50 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Pitches 150 MPH Rides In Boring Company Tunnels For $1
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: At The Boring Company Information Session not all of the talk centered on flamethrowers. Elon Musk and project leader Steve Davis described many deta...
08:10 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Trump Personally Pushed Postmaster General To Double Rates on Amazon, Other Firms: Report
President Trump personally urged the leader of the U.S. Postal Service to double the rates the agency charges Amazon and other firms for delivery packages in several private conversations in 2017 and ...
07:30 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Alleged Owners of Mugshots.com Have Been Arrested For Extortion
Reader schwit1 writes: The alleged owners of Mugshots.com have been charged and arrested. These four men Sahar Sarid, Kishore Vidya Bhavnanie, Thomas Keesee, and David Usdan only removed a person's mu...
07:03 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot The Internet of Trash: IoT Has a Looming E-Waste Problem
As we add computing and radios to more things, we're also adding to the problem of e-waste. The United Nations found that people generated 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste globally in 2016, and exp...
06:20 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Fed Up With Apple's Policies, App Developers Form a 'Union'
Even as Apple has addressed some of the concerns outlined by iOS developers in the recent years, many say it's not enough. As the iOS App Store approaches its tenth anniversary, some app developers ar...
05:36 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Sophisticated Piece of Software Ever Written?
An anonymous reader writes: Stuxnet is the most sophisticated piece of software ever written, given the difficulty of the objective: Deny Iran's efforts to obtain weapons grade uranium without need fo...
04:50 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Canonical Shares Desktop Plans For Ubuntu 18.10
Canonical's Will Cooke on Friday talked about the features the company is working on for Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" cycle. He writes: We're also adding some new features which we didn't get done...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Data Science is America's Hottest Job
Anonymous readers share a report: It turns out that even in the wake of Facebook's privacy scandal and other big-data blunders, finding people who can turn social-media clicks and user-posted photos i...
03:20 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot A Bug in Keeper Password Manager Leads To Sparring Over 'Zero-Knowledge' Claim
Keeper, a password manager maker that recently and controversially sued a reporter, has fixed a bug that a security researcher claimed could have allowed access to a user's private data. From a report...
02:40 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Satellite Data Strongly Suggests That China, Russia and Other Authoritarian Countries Are Fudging Their GDP Reports
Christopher Ingraham, writing for The Washington Post: China, Russia and other authoritarian countries inflate their official GDP figures by anywhere from 15 to 30 percent in a given year, according t...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's Android App Is Asking for Superuser Privileges, Users Say
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: The Facebook Android app is asking for superuser permissions, and a bunch of users are freaking out about granting the Facebook app full access to thei...
01:53 pm - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's Android App Is Asking for Superuser Privileges, Users Say
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: The Facebook Android app is asking for superuser permissions, and a bunch of users are freaking out about granting the Facebook app full access to thei...
10:00 am - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot US Government Wants To Start Charging For Landsat, the Best Free Satellite Data On Earth
The U.S. government may begin charging users for access to five decades of satellite images of Earth. Quartz reports: Nature reports that the Department of Interior has asked an advisory board to cons...
07:00 am - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot 'Yanny vs. Laurel' Reveals Flaws In How We Listen To Audio
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few days, you've probably heard about the controversy over "Yanny" and "Laurel." The internet has been abuzz over an audio clip in which the name be...
03:30 am - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot US Births Dip To 30-Year Low
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The birthrate fell for nearly every group of women of reproductive age in the U.S. in 2017, reflecting a sharp drop that saw the fewest newborns since 197...
02:10 am - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot With Steam Link App, Your Smartphone Can Be An Imperfect Gaming Monitor
Ars Technica's Kyle Orland shares his experience with Valve's recently announced Steam Link app, which lets users play games running on a PC via a tablet, mobile phone, or Apple TV on the same network...
01:30 am - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Scottish Students Used Spellchecker Glitch To Cheat In Literacy Test
Thelasko shares a report from the BBC: Schools are to be given advice on how to disable a glitch that allows pupils sitting online spelling tests to right-click their mouse and find the answer. It fol...
12:50 am - Fri, May 18, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Xbox Adaptive Controller For Players With Disabilities
A new Xbox controller designed for people with disabilities has been announced by Microsoft today. The Xbox Adaptive Controller features two large programmable buttons and 19 jacks that can be connect...
11:30 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Ads Are Coming To Facebook Stories
Facebook Stories has reached 150 million daily active users after launching nearly 14 months ago. So what's the next logical step after reaching such a milestone? Advertisements. According to TechCrun...
10:50 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Is the Safest Router?
MindPrison writes: As ashamed as I am to admit it -- a longtime computer user since the Commodore heydays, I've been hacked twice recently and that has seriously made me rethink my options for my safe...
10:10 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Cell Phone Tracking Firm Exposed Millions of Americans' Real-time Locations
Earlier this week, ZDNet shed some light on a company called LocationSmart that is buying your real-time location data from four of the largest U.S. carriers in the United States. The story blew up be...
09:30 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Hardcoded Password Found in Cisco Enterprise Software, Again
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Cisco released 16 security advisories yesterday, including alerts for three vulnerabilities rated "Critical" and which received a maximum of 10 out of 10...
08:50 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Google Chrome To Remove 'Secure' Indicator From HTTPS Pages in September
Google announced Thursday it plans to drop the "Secure" indicator from the Chrome URL address bar -- starting with Chrome v68, set for release in July -- and only show a lock icon when the user is nav...
08:10 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Faster Flights Are Coming With New Satellite Tracking Technology
An anonymous reader shares a report: The company that provides the U.K.'s air-traffic control service is taking a 10 percent stake in Aireon, a U.S. firm that's building a satellite-based tracking sys...
07:30 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot The Boston Restaurant Where Robots Have Replaced the Chefs
Started by a group of 20-something robotics engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology who partnered with Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, Spyce in downtown Boston is founded on the idea...
06:50 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot NYC Announces Plans To Test Algorithms For Bias
The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, has announced the formation of a new task force to examine the fairness of the algorithms used in the city's automated systems. From a report: The Automated...
06:10 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Investors Have Placed $1 Billion in Cryptocurrency Offerings Rampant With Red Flags For Fraud
Investors have sent $1 billion into digital coin projects that flash warning signs for fraud, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The revelation comes a day after the SEC created its own fake I...
05:31 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot NASA's Atomic Fridge Will Make the ISS the Coldest Known Place in the Universe
An anonymous reader shares a report: Later this year, a small part of the International Space Station will become 10 billion times colder than the average temperature of the vacuum of space thanks to ...
04:45 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Google Won't Confirm If Its Human-Like AI Actually Called a Salon To Make an Appointment As Demoed at I/O
The headline demo at Google's I/O conference earlier this month continues to be a talking point in the industry. The remarkable demo, which saw Google Assistant call a salon to successfully fix an app...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Google Says India Anti-Trust Ruling Could Cause 'Irreparable Harm' and Reputational Loss to the Company
Google has said an Indian antitrust ruling that found it was guilty of search bias could cause "irreparable" harm and reputational loss to the company, Reuters reported Thursday, citing a legal docume...
03:20 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Why Are the NBA's Best Players Getting Better Younger? YouTube
An anonymous reader shares a report: This is happening across the entire league. The best NBA players are getting better younger. They were born with advantages that weren't available to older players...
02:40 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Some Good Linux Desktop Option For Kids?
New submitter TIWolfman writes: I'm looking to re-purpose some of the older hardware that I've held onto to create something of a starter machine for my kids (both aged below 10). At this point it's s...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Google's Selfish Ledger is an Unsettling Vision of Silicon Valley Social Engineering
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by The Verge offers a s...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Unveils New Streaming Service 'YouTube Music,' Rebrands YouTube Red
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: YouTube Music, a streaming music platform designed to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, officially has a launch date: May 22nd. Its e...
10:00 am - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot First Measurement of Distribution of Pressure Inside a Proton
Okian Warrior shares a report from Phys.Org: Inside every proton in every atom in the universe is a pressure cooker environment that surpasses the atom-crushing heart of a neutron star. That's accordi...
07:00 am - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot NASA Says Humans Are Causing Massive Changes In Location of Water Around the World
Using measurements from Earth-observing satellites, NASA scientists have found that humans have dramatically altered the location of water around the world. "The team of researchers analyzed 14 years ...
03:30 am - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Find Physically Demanding Jobs Are Linked To Greater Risk of Early Death
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Metro: Researchers in the Netherlands claim that a "physical activity paradox" exists, where exercise may only be good for you if it's done outside of your job...
02:05 am - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot A Fleet of Sailing Robots Sets Out To Quantify the Oceans
pacopico writes: A start-up in California called Saildrone has built a fleet of robotic sailboats that are gathering tons of data about the oceans. The saildrones rely on a hard, carbon-fiber sail to ...
01:25 am - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Tidal Is Reportedly Months Behind On Royalty Payments To Labels
According to a report from Dagens Naeringsliv, streaming service Tidal is "behind with payments directly to the three major international record companies." The claim is backed up by two executives fr...
12:45 am - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot California Bypasses Science To Label Coffee a Carcinogen
travers_r writes: Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle affirmed last week that all coffee sold in California must come with a warning label stating that chemicals in coffee (acrylamide, a substance create...
12:03 am - Thu, May 17, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Threatens To Move Jobs Out of Seattle Over New Tax
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Amazon has threatened to move jobs out of its hometown of Seattle after the city council introduced a new tax to try to address the homelessness ...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Will Start Hiding Tweets That 'Detract From the Conversation'
Yesterday, Twitter announced several new changes to quiet trolls and remove spam. According to Slate, the company "will begin hiding tweets from certain accounts in conversations and search results." ...
10:40 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Expands Music Credits: Makes It Easier To Identify the Song Featured in a Video
Next time you hear a song featured in a YouTube video and you are not sure what it is called, or who made it, you can find out by clicking (or tapping) the "show more" button. From a report: YouTube h...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot OnePlus 6 Launched With 6.28-inch Display, Snapdragon 845 CPU, and Headphone Jack
OnePlus has launched their newest flagship smartphone today at an event in London. The OnePlus 6, as it is called, features a 6.28-inch 2280x1080 display with 19:9 aspect ratio and notch, Snapdragon 8...
09:20 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Cops Will Soon ID You Via Your Roof Rack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Tuesday, one of the largest LPR manufacturers, ELSAG, announced a major upgrade to "allow investigators to search by color, seven body types, ...
08:40 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Google Fixes Issue That Broke Millions of Web-Based Games in Chrome
Google this week rolled out an update to Chrome to patch a bug that had rendered millions of web-based games useless. From a report: The bug was introduced in mid-April when Google launched Chrome 66....
07:54 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Senate Votes To Save Net Neutrality
In a monumental decision that will resonate through election season, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to reinstate the net neutrality protections the Federal Communications Commission decided to rep...
07:20 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot The SEC Created Its Own Scammy ICO To Teach Investors a Lesson
In its latest effort to fend off cryptocurrency scams, the Securities and Exchange Commission launched its own fake initial coin offering website today called the Howey Coin to warn people against fra...
06:44 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Rollout of Windows 10 April Update Halted For Devices With Intel and Toshiba SSDs
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Microsoft has halted the deployment of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update for computers using certain types of Intel and Toshiba solid state drives (SSDs)....
06:00 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US
Securus, the company which tracks nearly any phone across the US for cops with minimal oversight, has been hacked, Motherboard reported Wednesday. From the report: The hacker has provided some of the ...
05:38 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US
Securus, the company which tracks nearly any phone across the US for cops with minimal oversight, has been hacked, Motherboard reported Wednesday. From the report: The hacker has provided some of the ...
05:20 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Nobody Knows How Much Energy Bitcoin Is Using
dmoberhaus writes: A new report published in 'Joule' today claims Bitcoin may use up to 0.5% of the world's energy by the end of this year. We often hear about how bad Bitcoin is for the environment -...
04:40 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Delays Shutdown of Legacy APIs By 3 Months as it Launches a Replacement
Twitter said on Wednesday that it will be giving developers more time to adjust to its API platform overhaul, which has affected some apps' ability to continue operating in the same fashion. From a re...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Sony Ends Production Of Physical Vita Games
Sony is ending physical production of Vita games, news outlet Kotaku reports. Although the hardware manufacturer says digital distribution will continue, this move will mark the end of physical cards ...
03:20 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot 'Bird Scooters Are Ruining Venice'
Nate Jackson, writing for LA Times: Although I would like to avoid them, I have no choice but to consider them because I live in Venice, which is where the first Bird (electric scooters) hatched and w...
02:40 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft To Launch a Line of Lower-Cost Surface Tablets With 10-inch Displays By Second Half of 2018, Report Says
Microsoft plans to launch a line of lower-cost Surface tablets as soon as the second half of 2018, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. These devices should help Microsoft improve its market share in the iPa...
02:01 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Fedora-Based Linux Distro Korora Halts Development
Korora, a Fedora-based Linux distro, halted its development this month, BetaNews' Brian Fagioli spotted Wednesday. The announcement would irk many, as Korora consistently received positive feedback fr...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Create First Flying Wireless Robotic Insect
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: You might remember RoboBee, an insect-sized robot that flies by flapping its wings. Unfortunately, though, it has to be hard-wired to a power source...
10:00 am - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model X Breaks Electric Towing Record By Pulling Boeing 787
A Tesla Model X has set the world record for heaviest tow by electric production passenger vehicle when it pulled a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at the Melbourne Airport in Australia. The video can be view...
07:00 am - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Ecuador Spent $5 Million Protecting and Spying On Julian Assange, Says Report
Citing reports from The Guardian and Focus Ecuador, The Verge reports that Ecuador's intelligence program spent at least $5 million "on an elaborate security and surveillance network around WikiLeaks ...
03:30 am - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Justice Department, FBI Are Investigating Cambridge Analytica
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: The Justice Department and FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the now-shuttered political data firm that was once used by the Trump campaign ...
02:05 am - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Unveils New Large Powerpack Project For Grid Balancing In Europe
Tesla has unveiled a new large Powerpack energy storage project to be used as a virtual power plant for grid balancing in Europe. It consists of 140 Powerpacks and several Tesla inverters for a total ...
01:25 am - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot Uber Drops Arbitration Requirement For Sexual Assault Victims
Previously, Uber required complaints to be resolved in mandatory arbitration -- out of court and behind closed doors. Today, the company announced it is "changing its policies to allow customers, empl...
12:45 am - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Might Finally Get An Incognito Mode
Currently, you can head to the "History and Privacy" settings in YouTube and toggle on the options to pause watch and search history if you don't want the site to track your searches and watched video...
12:03 am - Wed, May 16, 2018
Slashdot In a Poll, 43% of Millennials in 36 Countries Say They Plan To Leave Their Jobs Within Two Years
A poll by Deloitte with more than 10,000 millennials across 36 countries found that 43% of them are planning to leave their jobs within two years, while only 28% are looking to stay beyond five years....
11:20 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Charges $90 Install Fee At Homes That Already Have Comcast Installed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Based on our tests, signing up for standalone Internet or TV service on Comcast.com often requires payment of a $59.99 or $89.99 installation fee...
10:40 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Steal Millions From Mexican Banks In Transfer Heist
happyfeet2000 shares a report from Reuters: Thieves siphoned hundreds of millions of pesos out of Mexican banks, including No. 2 Banorte, by creating phantom orders that wired funds to bogus accounts ...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot A Quarter of Americans Spend All Day Inside, Survey Finds
Zorro shares a report from The Washington Times: A quarter of Americans spend almost an entire 24 hours without going outside and downplay the negative health effects of only breathing indoor air, acc...
09:20 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Suspect Identified In CIA 'Vault 7' Leak
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: In weekly online posts last year, WikiLeaks released a stolen archive of secret documents about the Central Intelligence Agency's hacking o...
08:41 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Smarter People Don't Have Better Passwords, Study Finds
An anonymous reader shares a report: A study carried out at a college in the Philippines shows that students with better grades use bad passwords in the same proportion as students with bad ones. The ...
08:01 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Deleted 583 Million Fake Accounts in the First Three Months of 2018
Facebook said Tuesday that it had removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of other violent, hateful or obscene content over the first three months of 2018. From a report:...
07:21 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Homeland Security Unveils New Cyber Security Strategy Amid Threats
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday unveiled a new national strategy for addressing the growing number of cyber security risks as it works to assess them and reduce vulnerabilities. Fr...
06:41 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Moon of Jupiter Prime Candidate For Alien Life After Water Blast Found
A NASA probe that explored Jupiter's moon Europa flew through a giant plume of water vapour that erupted from the icy surface and reached a hundred miles high, according to a fresh analysis of the spa...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot FedEx Sees Blockchain as 'Next Frontier' For Logistics
Convinced that blockchain is on the brink of transforming the package-delivery business, FedEx is testing the technology to track large, higher-value cargo. From a report: "We're quite confident that ...
05:21 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot US Cell Carriers Are Selling Access To Your Real-Time Phone Location Data
Four of the largest cell giants in the US are selling your real-time location data to a company that you've probably never heard about before. ZDNet: In case you missed it, a senator last week sent a ...
04:40 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Surface Hub 2 Coming in 2019, Looks Amazing
Microsoft gave an early look at its next-generation Surface Hub 2 today. It will go on sale next year, with certain selected customers testing it this year. From a report: Microsoft's Surface Hub, its...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot The Rise of Free Urban Internet
Intersection, the Alphabet-backed smart cities startup known for creating free internet kiosks for cities, is pushing to make free internet accessible in as many major cities as possible across the gl...
03:20 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Canonical Addresses Ubuntu Linux Snap Store's 'Security Failure'
Last week, an app on the Ubuntu Snap Store caused a stir when it was found to be riddled with a script that is programmed to mine cryptocurrency, a phenomenon whose traces has been found in several po...
02:40 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Apple CEO Says He Has Urged Trump To Address Legal Status of Immigrants; Also Told Him That Tariffs Are Wrong Approach To China
Apple chief executive Tim Cook told Bloomberg Television that he has criticized Donald Trump's approach to trade with China in a recent White House meeting, while also urging the president to address ...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Moving Core Infrastructure To Switzerland
wiredmikey writes: As part of its Global Transparency Initiative, Russia-based Kaspersky Lab today announced that it will adjust its infrastructure to move a number of "core processes" from Russia to ...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Should the FTC Investigate Google's Location Data Collection?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: In December of 2017, the office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal sent Google's CEO a letter asking for a detailed explanation of the company's priv...
10:00 am - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Faulted By Judge For 'Troubling Theme' In Privacy Case
schwit1 quotes a report from Bloomberg: A judge scolded Facebook for misconstruing his own rulings as he ordered the company to face a high-stakes trial accusing it of violating user privacy. The soci...
07:00 am - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Intel's First 10nm Cannon Lake CPU Sees the Light of Day
Artem Tashkinov writes: A Chinese retailer has started selling a laptop featuring Intel's first 10nm CPU the Intel Core i3 8121U. Intel promised to start producing 10nm CPUs in 2016 but the rollout ha...
03:30 am - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Lenovo Teases a True All-Screen Smartphone With No Notch
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Notches, it seems, are the new black. Originally seen -- and often criticized -- on the Essential PH-1 and iPhone X in 2017, the trend of adding notches ...
12:45 am - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot California Study To Examine the Influence of a Healthy Diet On Patients
"According to The New York Times, the state of California is funding an experiment through The Ceres Community Project to test the influence of a healthy diet on the recovery of state Medicaid patient...
12:03 am - Tue, May 15, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Which Is Your Favorite Email Client?
With Google recently rolling out a big revamp of Gmail to mixed reviews, we would like to know which email client you prefer. Are you a firm believe in the "inbox zero" idea -- that is, the approach t...
11:20 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Scientists Develop Photonic Quantum Analog Computing Chip
hackingbear writes from a report via Xinhua: Chinese scientists demonstrated the first two-dimensional quantum walks of single photons in real spatial space, which may provide a powerful platform to b...
10:40 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Encrypted Email Has a Major, Divisive Flaw
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: The ubiquitous email encryption schemes PGP and S/MIME are vulnerable to attack, according to a group of German and Belgian researchers who posted their...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Reportedly Exposed Facebook Quiz Data On 3 Million Users
According to a report from New Scientist, researchers exposed quiz data on over three million Facebook users via an insecure website. The data includes answers to intimate questionnaires, and was held...
09:20 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot AMD Integrates Ryzen PRO and Radeon Vega Graphics In Next-Gen APUs
The three biggest PC OEMs -- Dell, HP, and Lenovo -- are now offering AMD Ryzen PRO mobile and desktop accelerated processing units (APUs) with built-in Radeon Vega graphics in a variety of commercial...
08:40 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Rejected More Advanced Driver Monitoring Features On Its Cars, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Engineers inside Tesla wanted to add robust driver monitoring systems to the company's cars to help make sure drivers safely use Autopilot, and Tesl...
07:31 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Will Make Its Paid Storage Plans Cheaper
An anonymous reader shares a report:Google is rolling out new changes to its storage plans that include a new, low-cost storage plan and half off the price of its 2TB storage option, the company annou...
06:42 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Chrome Tests Picture-in-Picture API To Show Floating Video Popups Outside the Browser
Browser makers are working on a new W3C API that will standardize Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode and allow websites to show a floating video popup outside the browser window itself. From a report: In t...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Top-Level Domain .App Is Now Open For General Registration
Christina Chiou Yeh, writing for Google Registry: On May 1 we announced .app, the newest top-level domain (TLD) from Google Registry. It's now open for general registration so you can register your de...
05:30 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Top-Level Domain .App Is Now Open For General Registration
Christina Chiou Yeh, writing for Google Registry: On May 1 we announced .app, the newest top-level domain (TLD) from Google Registry. It's now open for general registration so you can register your de...
05:21 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Law Prohibiting Sports Gambling
The Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting, clearing up a legal gray area and opening a door for state governments to jo...
04:41 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Plastic Bag Found at the Bottom of World's Deepest Ocean Trench
The Mariana Trench -- the deepest point in the ocean -- extends nearly 36,000 feet down in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. But if you thought the trench could escape the global onslaught of plasti...
04:01 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract
Kate Conger, reporting for Gizmodo: It's been nearly three months since many Google employees -- and the public -- learned about the company's decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controve...
03:45 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract
Kate Conger, reporting for Gizmodo: It's been nearly three months since many Google employees -- and the public -- learned about the company's decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controve...
03:21 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Jails Are Replacing Visits With Video Calls
An anonymous reader shares a report: In recent years, more and more jails have introduced video-calling services. Theoretically, these products could make it easier for inmates to maintain their relat...
02:41 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Attention PGP Users: New Vulnerabilities Require You To Take Action Now
A group of European security researchers have released a warning about a set of vulnerabilities affecting users of PGP and S/MIME. From a report: EFF has been in communication with the research team, ...
02:01 pm - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi EasyMesh Certification Aims To Standardize Mesh Networks
The Wi-Fi Certified EasyMesh program that the Wi-Fi Alliance announced today promises to do for mesh networks what the Alliance has long done for wireless networking gear in general: Assure consumers ...
10:30 am - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Service: Possibility of Time Travellers 'Can't Be Excluded'
Organisers of Prof Stephen Hawking's memorial service have seemingly left the door open for time travellers to attend. From a report: Those wishing to honour the theoretical physicist, who died in Mar...
06:31 am - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Hasn't Stopped Reading Your Emails
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you're a Gmail user, your messages and emails likely aren't as private as you'd think. Google reads each and every one, scanning your painfully long email chain...
04:00 am - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot California High Schooler Changes Grades After Phishing Teachers, Gets 14 Felonies for His Efforts
Police in Concord, California arrested a teenager earlier this week and charged him 14 felony counts after discovering the high schooler launched a phishing campaign directed at teachers in order to s...
01:30 am - Mon, May 14, 2018
Slashdot The Brazen Bootlegging of a Multibillion-Dollar Sports Network
What do you do when your multibillion dollar sports network has been stolen? For the last several days, executives at Qatar's beIN Sports, which functions as the ESPN of the Middle East, have been pon...
11:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot Japan Moves To Ease Aging Drivers Out of Their Cars
As Japan's population ages, so do its drivers. Japan has the oldest population in the world, with nearly 28 percent of its residents above 65 years old. One in seven people are over 75. In the United ...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot James Harrison, Who Has Helped Save Lives of More Than 2.4 Million Australian Babies, Retires
Most people, when they retire, get a gold watch. James Harrison deserves so much more than that. From a report: Harrison, known as the "Man With the Golden Arm," has donated blood nearly every week fo...
09:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot Card Breach Announced at Chili's Restaurant Chain
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Malware has harvested payment card details from some Chili's restaurants, Brinker International, the company behind the restaurant chain announced on F...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot Reporter Shares Experience of Visiting a Flat Earth Convention
Tom Usher, reporting for Vice: I arrived at the venue -- a Jurys Inn hotel -- on a wet Saturday morning, to discover that the event was essentially a small carpeted convention room boasting a few came...
07:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot President Trump Pledges To Help China's ZTE, After Ban
President Trump said Sunday that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping are working to put the troubled Chinese telecom manufacturer ZTE back in business. From a report: "President Xi of China, and I, ar...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot The Future of Fishing Is Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
An anonymous reader shares a report: New England's groundfish season is in full swing, as hundreds of dayboat fishermen from Rhode Island to Maine take to the water in search of the region's iconic co...
05:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is It Linux or GNU/Linux?
An anonymous reader writes: Should the Linux operating system be called "Linux" or "GNU/Linux"? These days, asking that question might get as many blank stares returned as asking, "Is it live or is it...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot Last Stop For Wikipedia's Feuding Editors -- Online High Court
Wikipedia has its own internal "Supreme Court," which adjudicates disputes, takes appeals, and even issues injunctions [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. The cases it hears are as petty as yo...
03:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot Scooter-sharing Comes To Washington After Speed Bumps Elsewhere
So many Washingtonians are gliding the final few blocks of their commutes on motorized scooters that a new sharing program cannot keep up with rush-hour demand. Authorities in other big U.S. cities th...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot Class Action Suit Filed Against Apple Over the Keyboards in MacBook Pro and MacBook Laptops
On Friday, Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit over the butterfly-switch keyboards, found on the current generation MacBook Pro and MacBook lineups, that have plagued its customers since they we...
01:00 pm - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot AI Systems Should Debate Each Other To Prove Themselves, Says OpenAI
tedlistens shares a report from Fast Company: To make AI easier for humans to understand and trust, researchers at the [Elon Musk-backed] nonprofit research organization OpenAI have proposed training ...
10:10 am - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot Malware Found In the Ubuntu Snap Store
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Linux Uprising: Oh, snap! Just because some packages are available to install directly from the Ubuntu Software Center doesn't make them safe. This is proved b...
07:07 am - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot Illinois To Sue EPA For Exempting Foxconn Plant From Pollution Controls
Last week, Reuters reported that "Illinois' Attorney General said she plans to sue the EPA for allowing a proposed Foxconn plant in neighboring Wisconsin to operate without stringent pollution control...
03:33 am - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot One Year After WannaCry, EternalBlue Exploit Is Bigger Than Ever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Exactly one year after the biggest cyber-security incident in history, the exploit at the heart of the WannaCry attack is now more popular t...
12:12 am - Sun, May 13, 2018
Slashdot H-1B Visa Alternative 'OPT' Grew 400 Percent In Eight Years, Report Finds
theodp writes: Almost 1.5 million foreign students have been allowed to stay and work in the U.S. after graduation as part of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, which is now larger than th...
09:21 pm - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Tesla's Engineering Chief Takes Leave of Absence
Tesla's senior vice president of engineering, Doug Field, is taking a leave of absence from the company (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) at a crucial moment when the electric-car...
08:20 pm - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot North Korea Announces Plans To Dismantle Nuclear Test Site
The Associated Press is reporting North Korea has announced plans to dismantle its nuclear test site between May 23 and 25. The dismantling will occur before President Trump is scheduled to meet with ...
07:19 pm - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Shuts Down Copenhagen's Public City Bikes System
An anonymous reader writes: "An unidentified hacker has breached Bycyklen -- Copenhagen's city bikes network -- and deleted the organization's entire database, disabling the public's access to bicycle...
06:18 pm - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Boston Dynamics' SpotMini Robot Dog Will Go On Sale Next Year
Almost two years ago, Boston Dynamics unveiled their SpotMini robot to the world. It's a four-legged machine that can open doors and power through disturbances. CNET reports that the SpotMini will go ...
05:17 pm - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot US Appeals Court Rules Border Agents Need Suspicion To Search Cellphones
On Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that U.S. border agents need some sort of reason to believe a traveler has committed a crime before searching their cellphone. Slashdot reader Wrath0fb0b sha...
04:16 pm - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Carnegie Mellon Launches Undergraduate Degree In AI
Earlier this week, Carnegie Mellon University announced plans to offer an undergrad degree in artificial intelligence. The news may be especially attractive for students given how much tech giants hav...
03:15 pm - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Russian Fake News Ecosystem Targets Syrian Human Rights Workers
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Kremlin linked news sites like RT and Sputnik figure prominently in an online disinformation campaign portraying Syrian humanitarian workers ("Whi...
02:14 pm - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Scientists To Grow 'Mini-Brains' Using Neanderthal DNA
Scientists will grow small amounts of tissue, known as brain organoids, from human stem cells that have been edited to contain "Neanderthalized" versions of several genes. "The lentil-sized organoids,...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot The Tech Used To Monitor Inmate Calls Is Able To Track Civilians Too
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: Securus Technologies' programs are used in thousands of prisons and detention centers nationwide to track calls to inmates, but the company's ...
10:00 am - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft To Replace Surface Pro 4 Tablets Affected By Screen Flickering
Microsoft is unable to find a software or firmware fix for Surface Pro 4 tablets affected by screen flickering, so it's launching a replacement program for them. Any Surface Pro 4 units experiencing t...
07:00 am - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Google's 'Duplex' System Will Identify Itself When Talking To People, Says Google
Google's "Duplex" AI system was the most talked about product at Google I/O because it called into question the ethics of an AI that cannot easily be distinguished from a real person's voice. The serv...
03:30 am - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Tesla's Giant Battery In Australia Reduced Grid Service Cost By 90 Percent
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Tesla's giant Powerpack battery in Australia has been in operation for about 6 months now and we are just starting to discover the magnitude of its i...
01:25 am - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot NASA Will Send Helicopter To Mars To Test Otherworldly Flight
NASA is sending a small, autonomous rotorcraft to Mars via the agency's Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020. NASA says the goal of the mission is to "demonstrate the vi...
12:45 am - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Building a Pixel-Branded Smartwatch, Says Report
Prolific technology leaker Evan Blass received a tip yesterday that Google could unveil a Pixel watch at its annual hardware event later this year. Wear OS didn't get any serious stage time at Google ...
12:03 am - Sat, May 12, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite With New Upgraded 'Block 5' Falcon 9 Rocket
Thelasko shares a report from The Verge: This afternoon, SpaceX landed the most powerful version yet of its Falcon 9 rocket, after launching the vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The so-named Bloc...
11:20 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Turned Customers Against the Skype Brand
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Since acquiring Skype from private equity investors, Microsoft has refocused the online calling service on the corporate market, a change that has m...
10:40 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Rolls Out New Tools To Help You Stop Watching
At its Google I/O conference this week, YouTube announced a series of new controls that will allow users to set limits on their viewing, and then receive reminders telling them to "take a break." "The...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Earth's 'Bigger, Older Cousin' Maybe Doesn't Even Exist
Ever since astronomers started to detect planets beyond our solar system, they've been trying to find another world just like Earth. And few years ago, they announced that they'd found a planet that w...
09:20 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot 'Father of GPS' Receives the IEEE Medal of Honor
"A former paperboy from Wisconsin passionate about maps led the team in the Air Force responsible for designing the navigation system we use everyday," writes Slashdot reader dkatana. IoT Times report...
08:40 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot AI Trained To Navigate Develops Brain-Like Location Tracking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Now that DeepMind has solved Go, the company is applying DeepMind to navigation. Navigation relies on knowing where you are in space relative to ...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot The $100B Bet: The Meaning of the Vision Fund
Two years ago, if you had asked experts to identify the most influential person in technology, you would have heard some familiar names: Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Alibaba's Jack Ma or Facebook's Mark Zuck...
07:20 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot London Plans To Ban Junk Food Advertising On Public Transport
Junk food advertising could be banned from the entire Transport for London network under proposals announced by Mayor Sadiq Khan, as he tries to tackle rising levels of childhood obesity in the city. ...
06:40 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Works To Port Ubuntu To Windows ARM
Billly Gates shares a report: It was this time last year that Microsoft announced that it was bringing Ubuntu to the Windows Store (now the Microsoft Store), along with other Linux distributions. If y...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Malicious Apps Get Back on the Play Store Just by Changing Their Name
Malicious Android apps that have been previously reported to Google are showing up again on company's marquee Play Store with new names, security researchers are reporting. BleepingComputer: Seven of ...
05:20 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot North Korean Hackers Are Now Developing iPhone Spy Tools
An anonymous reader shares a report: Probing the bowels of what he believed to be North Korean hacking architecture, American cybersecurity researcher Darien Huss found an outlier: iPhone software. It...
04:40 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Plans To Create Its Own Cryptocurrency: Report
Facebook is "very serious" about launching its own cryptocurrency, news outlet Cheddar reported Friday. It's not the first time the idea of a Facebook coin has been floated, but it seems more apparent...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Florida Man Behind 100 Million Robocalls Hit With $120 Million FCC Fine
In a massive strike, the Federal Communications Commission issued a $120 million fine on a massive robocall spoofing operation it deemed a threat to public safety. From a report: The FCC announced Thu...
03:20 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk's First LA Tunnel Nears Completion, With Free Rides To Kick Off This Summer
The Boring Company has made some pretty impressive strides in its relatively short existence. Elon Musk first shared his vision for the company in December 2016, promising to solve traffic woes with n...
02:40 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Man Allegedly Used Change Of Address Form To Move UPS Headquarters To His Apartment
As federal crimes go, this one seems to have been ridiculously easy to pull off. From a report: Dushaun Henderson-Spruce submitted a U.S. Postal Service change of address form on Oct. 26, 2017, accord...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Trump White House Quietly Cancels NASA Research Verifying Greenhouse Gas Cuts
Paul Voosen, reporting for Science magazine: You can't manage what you don't measure. The adage is especially relevant for climate-warming greenhouse gases, which are crucial to manage -- and challeng...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Large Island Declared Rat-Free in Biggest Removal Success
An anonymous reader shares a report: A remote, freezing, salt-spray lashed paradise for wildlife has been completely cleared of rats in the largest rodent eradication of all time, the South Georgia He...
11:01 am - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Xiaomi Sued For Alleged Patent Infringement Ahead of Blockbuster IPO
An anonymous reader shares a report: Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad said its unit has sued three group firms of Xiaomi, which last week filed for a Hong Kong IPO that could be worth up to $10 billio...
10:00 am - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would a Self-Aware AI Behave?
Long-time Slashdot reader BigBlockMopar writes that evolution has been a messy but beautiful trial-and-error affair, but now "we are on the cusp of introducing a new life form; a self-aware AI."Its pa...
07:00 am - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot US Congressmen Reveal Thousands of Facebook Ads Bought By Russian Trolls
An anonymous reader writes: Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released about 3,400 Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents around the 2016 presidential election on issues from...
03:45 am - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Apple Prepares 'Apple Pay' Credit Card To Offset Slowing iPhone Sales
An anonymous reader quotes the Wall Street Journal:Apple and Goldman Sachs are preparing to launch a new joint credit card, a move that would deepen the technology giant's push into its customers' wal...
02:59 am - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Days After A Fiery Crash, a Tesla's Battery Keeps Reigniting
An anonymous reader quotes the Mercury NewsSix days after a fiery crash on Highway 101 involving a Tesla Model X took the life of a 38-year-old San Mateo man, the car's high-voltage lithium-ion batter...
02:21 am - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Malicious Chrome Extensions Infect Over 100,000 Users Again
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Criminals infected more than 100,000 computers with browser extensions that stole login credentials, surreptitiously mined cryptocurrencies, and engaged in clic...
01:36 am - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Symantec Stock Tanks After Announcing An Internal Probe
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Symantec shares plummeted roughly 20% on Thursday after the antivirus maker warned an internal investigation could delay its annual report. The plunge followed news tha...
12:51 am - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Klout's Score Drops to Zero as It Announces Plans to Close Down
Once upon a time, Klout had 100 million users, Gizmodo reports. But now...You probably haven't experienced the crippling anxiety of thinking about increasing your Klout score in quite some time. As of...
12:06 am - Fri, May 11, 2018
Slashdot Does Gmail's New 'Confidential Mode' Make It Easier to Phish?
Gmail's new confidential mode lets its users create "expiration dates" for emails, or require recipients to provide an SMS passcode. (And Google also claims they've removed the option to forward, copy...
10:46 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot 'Yes, Pluto Is a Planet'
schwit1 quotes a Washington Post perspective piece by the authors of a new book about Pluto:The process for redefining planet was deeply flawed and widely criticized even by those who accepted the out...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Australia To Ban Cash Purchases Over $10,000
Long-time Slashdot reader skegg writes: Last night was federal budget night in Australia, and one of the announcements means Australians will face a crackdown on cash-in-hand payments in an attempt by...
09:21 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Richard Stallman Demands Return Of Abortion Joke To libc Documentation
An anonymous reader quotes The Register:Late last month, open-source contributor Raymond Nicholson proposed a change to the manual for glibc, the GNU implementation of the C programming language's sta...
08:10 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Lawmakers Move To Block Government From Ordering Digital 'Back Doors'
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would block the federal government from requiring technology companies to design devices with so-called "back doors" to allow law...
07:23 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot The White House Has Set Up a Task Force To Help Further the Country's AI Development
The White House has set up a new task force dedicated to US artificial intelligence efforts, the Trump administration announced today during an event with technology executives, government leaders, an...
06:40 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot 26% of Companies Ignore Security Bugs Because They Don't Have the Time to Fix Them
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A survey compiled last month at the RSA security conference reveals that most companies are still behind with proper security practices, and some of them...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant Can Be Controlled By Inaudible Commands
Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Google's Assistant were meant to be controlled by live human voices, but all three AI assistants are susceptible to hidden commands undetectable to the human ear, res...
05:20 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot IBM Bans Staff From Using Removable Storage Devices
An anonymous reader shares a report: In an advisory to employees, IBM global chief Information security officer Shamla Naidoo said the company "is expanding the practise of prohibiting data transfer t...
04:40 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Google Executive Addresses Horrifying Reaction To Uncanny AI Tech
The most talked-about product from Google's developer conference earlier this week -- Duplex -- has drawn concerns from many. At the conference Google previewed Duplex, an experimental service that le...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Young Chinese Are Sick of Working Long Hours
Young professionals in China are pushing back against employers who expect them to work around the clock, saying no to the decades old "rule of 996" -- working from 9am to 9pm six days a week. From a ...
03:20 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Say a Breathalyzer Has Flaws, Casting Doubt On Countless Convictions
An anonymous reader writes: The source code behind a police breathalyzer widely used in multiple states -- and millions of drunk driving arrests -- is under fire. It's the latest case of technology an...
02:40 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot FCC Says Net Neutrality Rules Will End On June 11
The Federal Communications Commission said in a notice Thursday that landmark 2015 U.S. open-internet rules will cease on June 11. From a report: The FCC in December repealed the Obama-era "net neutra...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple Scraps $1 Billion Irish Data Center Over Planning Delays
Apple ditched plans to build an 850 million euro ($1 billion) data center in Ireland because of delays in the approval process that have stalled the project for more than three years, the iPhone maker...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot ZTE Shuts Down Main Business Operations After US Ban
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: ZTE wasn't kidding around when it suggested that a U.S. Department of Commerce order would "severely impact" its survival. It's hard to image a suc...
10:00 am - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Supercomputers Are Driving a Revolution In Hurricane Forecasting
Ars Technica's Eric Berger reports of how dramatic increases in computer power have helped improve the accuracy of hurricane forecasts: Based upon new data from the National Hurricane Center for hurri...
07:00 am - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot One of the Milky Way's Fastest Stars Is an Invader From Another Galaxy
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: On April 25, the European Space Agency released a data set gathered by the Gaia satellite containing the motions, and much more, of 1.3 billion ...
03:30 am - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Should Calls From Google's 'Duplex' System Include Initial Warning Announcements?
Yesterday at its I/O developer conference, Google debuted "Duplex," an AI system for accomplishing real world tasks over the phone. "To show off its capabilities, CEO Sundar Pichai played two recordin...
01:50 am - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Approves 10 New Drone Projects Around the Country
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Just over six months after President Trump announced the creation of a program meant to spur the development of drone trials around the country, the...
12:50 am - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot States Turn To an Unproven Method of Execution: Nitrogen Gas
States are reportedly turning to nitrogen gas to carry out the death penalty. "Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi have authorized nitrogen for executions and are developing protocols to use it, which r...
12:10 am - Thu, May 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple Cracking Down On Apps That Send Location Data To Third Parties
Apple has been removing some apps that share location data with third parties and informing developers that their app violates two parts of the App Store Review Guidelines. "The company informs develo...
11:30 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot California Becomes First State To Mandate Solar on New Homes
California regulators said on Wednesday they have unanimously approved a historic plan that will require most new homes in the state have rooftop solar panels that turn sunlight into electricity start...
10:50 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Senate Democrats Force a Vote To Restore Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and 32 other Democrats have submitted a new discharge petition under the Congressional Review Act, setting the stage for a ful...
10:10 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Jay-Z's Tidal Accused of Faking Kanye West, Beyonce Streaming Numbers
Subscription music service Tidal has been accused of faking the streaming numbers for Kanye West and Beyonce. "Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo,' which was the first album to go platinum primarily from...
09:30 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Announces 8x Faster TPU 3.0 For AI, Machine Learning
At its developer conference yesterday, Google announced third-generation TPUs (Tensor Processing Units) for AI and machine learning, which are eight times more powerful than the Google TPU 2.0 pods wi...
08:50 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot In Blocking Autoplay Videos, Chrome Is Breaking Many Web-Based Games
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An update Google rolled out for its popular Chrome browser this weekend helps prevent those annoying auto-playing video ads on many websites from...
08:32 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot System76 Oryx Pro Linux Laptop is Now Thinner and Faster
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last week, System76 started to share details about its refreshed Linux-powered Oryx Pro laptop. It would be thinner and more powerful, while adding twice the batte...
08:14 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Congress Is Quietly Nudging NASA To Look for Aliens
An anonymous reader shares a report: The search for extraterrestrial life, in general, has continued over the past decades, of course, carried out by academic institutions around the world, by people ...
07:25 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Firefox Moves Browsers Into Post-Password Future With WebAuthn Tech
Today, Mozilla released Firefox 60 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android, and with it arrives Web Authentication API for desktop browsers. From a report: Firefox 60 supports technology called Web Authen...
06:40 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Iran Recruits Online Talent For Quick Cyber Strikes
An anonymous reader shares a report: Iran recruits heavily from online security forums to staff suddenly-launched hacking campaigns, according to new research by Recorded Future. The report comes a da...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Potential New Cure Found For Baldness
A potential new cure for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis. BBC reports: Researchers found the drug had a dramatic effect on hair follicles in the lab...
05:25 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Multiple OS Vendors Release Security Patches After Misinterpreting Intel Docs
Almost all major OS vendors released security patches yesterday after a researcher discovered that some OS makers have misinterpreted an Intel CPU debug feature and left their systems open to attacks....
04:45 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot EA Still Believes in Loot Boxes, Will 'Push Forward' With Their Use
Electronic Arts will "push forward" with loot boxes in its future video games, despite admitting that all loot boxes are gambling. From a report: "As you might imagine, we're working with all the indu...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot A Stealthy Harvard Startup Wants To Reverse Aging in Dogs, and Humans Could Be Next
The idea is simple, if you ask biologist George Church. He wants to live to 130 in the body of a 22-year-old. From a report: The world's most influential synthetic biologist is behind a new company th...
03:27 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot One of the Worst Jobs in America: Responding To Irate Tweets From New York City Subway Riders
Every day, the frustrations of New York City subway riders spew out in the form of 2,500 often profanity-laced tweets directed at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. From a report: "Thanks @MTA...
02:40 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Surging Demand For Vinyl LPs Has Raised Hopes For Reel-to-Reel Tape Deck, Which is Returning To Sale For First Time in Decades
It's no secret that sales of vinyl music are at the highest in decades. Even the lowly cassette tape is regaining popularity as some millennials embrace analog music over digital downloads and streami...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Glassdoor, the Iconic Job-Hunting and Reviews Website, Has Been Bought For $1.2 billion
Glassdoor, the popular job-hunting platform that gives people a window into conditions at hundreds of thousands of companies, has agreed to be acquired by Japan's Recruit Holdings for $1.2 billion cas...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot A Smart Doorbell Company Is Working With Cops To Report 'Suspicious' People, Activities
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Smart doorbell company Ring is making it easier for customers to call the cops on "suspicious" people and activities. The startup, which Amazon ac...
10:00 am - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Maps Is Getting AR Directions, Recommendation Features
Google Maps is getting a new augmented reality Street View mode to help you follow directions in real time, along with personalized recommendations to help you discover places in your neighborhood. Th...
07:00 am - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Windows Notepad Finally Supports Unix, Mac OS Line Endings
Microsoft's text editing app, Notepad, which has been shipping with Windows since version 1.0 in 1985, now supports line endings in text files created on Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and macOS devices. "This ...
03:30 am - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Police Drop Charges Filed Against 19-Year-Old Archivist For Downloading FOIA Releases
An anonymous reader quotes a report form Techdirt: Last month, [...] an unnamed 19-year-old was facing criminal charges for downloading publicly-available documents from a government Freedom of Inform...
01:35 am - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot Food Calorie Counts Will Start Appearing in US Restaurants and Grocery Stores
Americans are about to find it very difficult to avoid knowing how many calories they're consuming every day. From a report: That's because the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week decided ...
12:40 am - Wed, May 9, 2018
Slashdot In Banking, 70% of Front-Office Jobs Will Be Dislocated By AI
An anonymous reader shares a report: Some bankers and observers have suggested that only the boring parts of jobs, drudgery like data entry and filling out forms, will disappear so the humans will be ...
11:50 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot You Can Now Run Linux Apps On Chrome OS
Google today announced Chrome OS is getting Linux support. "As a result, Chromebooks will soon be able to run Linux apps and execute Linux commands," reports VentureBeat. "A preview of Linux on the Pi...
11:10 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Assistant Will Call Businesses For You Via 'Duplex'
At its I/O developer conference today, Google debuted "Duplex," an AI system for accomplishing real world tasks over the phone. "To show off its capabilities, CEO Sundar Pichai played two recordings o...
10:30 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Trump Withdraws US From Iran Nuclear Deal
President Trump on Tuesday announced he is withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, a historic accord signed in 2015 that aims to limit Tehran's nuclear ability for more than a decade...
09:50 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Gmail's 'Smart Compose' Feature Will Write Emails For You
Google announced a new feature called Smart Compose at its annual developer conference today. "Smart Compose will suggest complete sentences within the body of an email as you are writing," reports Th...
09:10 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Equifax's Data Breach By the Numbers: 146 Million Social Security Numbers, 99 Million Addresses, and More
Several months after the data breach was first reported, Equifax has published the details on the personal records and sensitive information stolen in the cybersecurity incident. The good news: the nu...
08:33 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Details New Android P Features, Including iPhone X-Like Gesture Controls
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A public beta for Android P, as it's still known, is out today for those who want to try the software for themselves. The usual caveats with inst...
07:36 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot iOS 11.4 Disables Lightning Connector After 7 Days, Limiting Law Enforcement Access
hyperclocker shares a report from Mac Rumors: The iOS 11.4 update, currently being beta tested, includes a USB Restricted Mode that introduces a week-long expiration date on access to the Lightning po...
06:40 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu Considering an HTML5-Based OS Installer
An anonymous reader writes: Ubuntu's Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator for Life, Mark Shuttleworth, is considering backing a new Ubuntu installer that would be using HTML5 via the Electron Framework....
06:00 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla To Amazon: Show Us How You're Protecting Kids' Data
Amazon's product page for its new Echo Dot Kids Edition doesn't mention the words "privacy" or "data." Mozilla thinks it should. From a report: The e-commerce company last month introduced the new, ch...
05:20 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Social Media Copies Gambling Methods 'To Create Psychological Cravings'
Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts warn. From a report: These m...
04:40 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot White House To Host Tech Giants For AI Meeting
The White House will hold a meeting Thursday with major tech corporations to discuss artificial intelligence, according to media reports. Axios: America finds itself in a race with other countries, mo...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Support For JavaScript Functions in Excel
An anonymous reader shares a report: At the Build 2018 developer conference that's taking place these days in Seattle, USA, Microsoft announced support for custom JavaScript functions in Excel. What t...
03:20 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Uber Shows Its Flying Car Prototype
Uber has unveiled its "flying car" concept aircraft at its second annual Uber Elevate Summit, which showcases prototypes for its fleet of airborne taxis. From a report: The flying cars, which the comp...
02:40 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot The New York Stock Exchange Teases Plan To Launch Cryptocurrency Trading
Wall Street's interest in integrating cryptocurrencies with their business seems to be on the rise. From a report: Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) -- the parent company of the world's largest stock ex...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Hopes Money Will Entice More Developers
At Build conference, Microsoft announced that starting later this year, all consumer apps (except games) sold in the Microsoft Store will ship a whopping 95 percent of the revenue earned from app and ...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Online Service Will Launch With 20 NES Games, Cloud Saves, More
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Polygon: Nintendo's online service for the Switch will include access to a selection of classic video games from the NES era as part of the subscription servic...
10:00 am - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Are Two Spaces After a Period Better Than One?
Researchers at Skidmore College conducted an eye-tracking experiment with 60 Skidmore students and found that two spaces at the end of a period slightly improved the processing of text during reading....
07:00 am - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Orbits of Jupiter and Venus Affect Earth's Climate, Says Study
According to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, gravitational tugs from the planets Jupiter and Venus gradually affect Earth's climate and life forms...
03:30 am - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Edge Computing: Explained
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Verge, written by Paul Miller: In the beginning, there was One Big Computer. Then, in the Unix era, we learned how to connect to that computer using dumb (...
02:45 am - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Apple's iMac Turns 20 Years Old
Twenty years ago on May 6, 1998, Steve Jobs unveiled the iMac for the first time. Current CEO Tim Cook shared footage from the event on Twitter Sunday. It shows Jobs describing the $1,299 iMac as an i...
02:05 am - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Will Ban Bail-Bond Ads
First Google banned ads from payday lenders in 2016, now it will no longer allow ads from bail-bond companies. Ars Technica reports: In a blog post, the company suggested that such ads constitute a "d...
01:25 am - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Connected Cars Don't Necessarily Disconnect Previous Owners When Resold
A modern car should be treated like a personal computer. Before you sell it, you should make sure all connections are severed and personal information is wiped before handing the keys to the buyer. Th...
12:45 am - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot MIT Invented a Tool That Allows Driverless Cars To Navigate Rural Roads Without a Map
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A student at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) is developing new technology, called MapLite, that eliminates the need...
12:03 am - Tue, May 8, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do Citizen Science Platforms Exist?
Loren Chorley writes: After reading about a new surge in the trend for citizen science (also known as community science, civic science or networked science), I was intrigued by the idea and wondered i...
11:20 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Is Moving Kinect to the Cloud
At the annual Build conference, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella announced that Kinect is moving to the cloud. "Kinect, when we first launched it in 2010, was a speech-first, gaze-first, vision-first dev...
10:40 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot UK Police Say 92 Percent False Positive Facial Recognition Is No Big Deal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A British police agency is defending its use of facial recognition technology at the June 2017 Champions League soccer final in Cardiff, Wales --...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Google Says Android Things is Finally Ready For Smart Devices
Ahead of its developer conference I/O, Google said Monday Android Things, a platform for smart devices that the company announced in 2016, is ready for shipping with consumer devices. From a report: A...
09:20 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot US Cities Lose Tree Cover Just When They Need It Most
An anonymous reader shares a report: Scientific evidence that trees and green spaces are crucial to the well-being of people in urban areas has multiplied in recent decades. Conveniently, these findin...
08:40 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Google To Launch a New Set of Android Controls To Help You Manage Phone Use, Report Says
Google plans to wade into the debate over whether technology -- and the time spent on devices -- is harmful to people's health, The Washington Post reports. From the report: At its annual developer co...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Drupal Sites Fall Victims To Cryptojacking Campaigns
An anonymous reader shares a report: After the publication of two severe security flaws in the Drupal CMS, cybercrime groups have turned their sights on this web technology in the hopes of finding new...
07:20 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Uber Vehicle Saw But Ignored Woman It Struck, Report Says
gollum123 writes: Uber has reportedly discovered that the fatal crash involving one of its prototype self-driving cars was probably caused by software faultily set up to ignore objects in the road, so...
07:00 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Decade Old Academic Paper on Global Climate Zones Named the Most Cited Source on Wikipedia
An academic paper on global climate zones written by three Australians more than a decade ago has been named the most cited source on Wikipedia, having being referenced more than 2.8m times. From a re...
06:40 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot After Equifax Breach, Major Firms Still Rely on Same Flawed Software
Last year's massive data breach at Equifax should have been a wake-up call for the entire industry. But a year after the patches were released, some of the world's wealthiest companies are still using...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Nigerian Email Scammers Are More Effective Than Ever
You would think that after decades of analyzing and fighting email spam, there'd be a fix by now for the internet's oldest hustle -- the Nigerian Prince scam. But the problem, a new report suggests, h...
05:40 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Google Tests Submitting Question Directly In Search Results
An anonymous reader shares a report: Manashjyoti Athparia posted in the Gulshan Kumar Forums a screenshot of Google's search results with a big box letting the searcher submit a question to be answere...
05:20 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's New Mobile Strategy: Create Windows-like App 'Experiences' For Smartphones
Microsoft is investing in Windows experiences on mobile devices, with a new app called Your Phone; a migration of Windows 10's Timeline productivity feature to phones; and an update to its launcher ap...
04:40 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging
The volume of pesky robocalls -- and their scams -- have skyrocketed in recent years, reaching an estimated 3.4 billion in April. [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source.] From a...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Says 700M Devices Now Run Windows 10
Over 700 million devices run Windows 10, Microsoft announced on Monday at its Build developer conference. From a report: Almost exactly a year ago, that number stood at 500 million. In addition, the c...
03:20 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Engineers Devise a Technique To Fight Counterfeit or Recycled Smartphone Memory
Flash is designed to last a decade or more of use. A lot of the gadgets that rely on it, however, are not. Shady recyclers have spotted opportunity in that mismatch, stripping out used chips and selli...
02:40 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot New Service Blocks EU Users So Companies Can Save Thousands on GDPR Compliance
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A new service called GDPR Shield made the rounds last week and for all the wrong reasons. The service, advertised as a piece of JavaScript that webmast...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Email Unsubscription Service Unroll.me To Close To EU Users Saying it Can't Comply With GDPR
Unroll.me, a company that has, for years, used the premise useful "email unsubscription" service to gain access to people's email inboxes in order to data-mine the contents for competitive intelligenc...
01:03 pm - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot China Plans $47 Billion Fund To Boost Its Semiconductor Industry
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: In a move that could further heighten tensions with the U.S., China is poised to announce a new fund of about $47.4 billion (Warning: ...
11:00 am - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Could SpaceX Rocket Technology Put Lives At Risk?
In preparation for a crewed mission into orbit, NASA safety advisers are warning that the super-cold propellant SpaceX uses in their Falcon 9 rockets could be "a potential safety risk." When SpaceX is...
07:00 am - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Ticketmaster Hopes To Speed Up Event Access By Scanning Your Face
Ticketmaster's parent company, Live Nation, has announced that they have teamed up with and invested in a face recognition company called Blink Identity. The ticket sales giant may have plans to scan ...
03:33 am - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Alan Turing's Chemistry Hypothesis Turned Into a Desalination Filter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Alan Turing is rightly famed for his contributions to computer science. But one of his key concepts -- an autonomous system that can generate com...
01:01 am - Mon, May 7, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Survey Suggests Continuing US Loyalty After Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal
A Reuters/Ipsos survey found that Facebook users in the U.S. remain loyal to the site, despite the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal that exposed the data of 87 million users. The survey "found no cl...
11:33 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Earth's Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Highest Point In 800,000 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million ave...
10:12 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Google News To Be Revamped, Incorporate YouTube Videos and Magazines
Google News is reportedly being updated with a "new design" that will "incorporate elements of the [Google Play] Newsstand app and YouTube." It will be powered by Google's AMP technology and is expect...
09:11 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Aventus Blockchain-Based Ticketing System Aims To Wipe Out Ticket Touts
umafuckit writes: The Guardian reports on Aventus, an open-source protocol designed to eliminate fraud and touting for large events. The Aventus Protocol "would allow event organizers to give each tic...
08:10 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot New Hacking Tool Lets Users Access a Bunch of DVRs and Their Video Feeds
An anonymous reader writes: "An Argentinian security researcher named Ezequiel Fernandez has published a powerful new tool yesterday that can easily extract plaintext credentials for various DVR brand...
07:09 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot If Fortnite Were a Website, It Would Rival Reddit and Amazon
Tom's Guide gives us some perspective on just how big of a cultural phenomenon the game Fortnite is: "if Fortnite were a website, it would be one of the top five in the United States." From the report...
06:08 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Placing Election Ads On Google Will Require a Government ID
Google announced new policies Friday that will require advertisers to prove they are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident when buying election ads. "Under the new guidelines, Google will ask advertise...
05:07 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot UK Car Industry On Alert Over Reports Some Hybrids Face a Ban
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The UK's car industry has hit out at the government over unconfirmed reports ministers will target hybrid vehicles as part of a new emissions crackdow...
04:06 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Telegram's Billion-Dollar ICO Has Become a Mess
Jon Russell and Mike Butcher from TechCrunch report of the mess that is Telegram's billion-dollar initial coin offering (ICO): Telegram's ICO was supposed to be a record-breaker to develop a platform ...
03:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Devices Supporting Google Assistant Have More Than Tripled In Last Four Months
In a blog post on Thursday, Google announced that their smart assistant is now compatible with more than 5,000 devices. That's up from the 1,500 devices it worked with back in January. The Verge repor...
02:04 pm - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Government Is Behind a Decade of Hacks On Software Companies, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Researchers said Chinese intelligence officers are behind almost a decade's worth of network intrusions that use advanced malware to penetrate so...
10:34 am - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Eight New Meltdown-Like Flaws Found
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Researchers have found eight new flaws in computer central processing units that resemble the Meltdown and Spectre bugs revealed in January, a German computing magaz...
07:34 am - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Exec Admits 'No Real Understanding' for the Scope of Fake News
Three executives from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube appeared at Stanford to discuss free speech in the social media age, with one law professor raising concerns about how the online giants are curati...
04:34 am - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is the World Better Or Worse Because of Security Tech?
Slashdot reader krisdickie is a developer for embedded devices (and many other systems), and spends a lot of time being proactive about security.This is obviously important, and I don't necessarily se...
01:34 am - Sun, May 6, 2018
Slashdot New Hyperloop Cargo Company Promises Deliveries at 600 MPH
Virgin Hyperloop One just announced that they're teaming with the supply-chain firm DP World to build hyperloop-enabled cargo systems. An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Called DP World Cargospeed, the ve...
11:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Are We Living in a World Where You Can't Opt Out of Data Sharing?
Long-time Slashdot reader Mr_Blank quotes the senior science writer at FiveThirtyEight on a new type of privacy violation:It's what happens when one person's voluntary disclosure of personal informati...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Stock Plunged After Elon Musk's 'Bizarre' Conference Call
A recent Bloomberg article describes Elon Musk's "bizarre" conference call on Wednesday -- and its aftermath on Wall Street.Elon Musk told investors not to buy Tesla Inc. shares if they can't stomach ...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's 'Meltdown' Patch For Windows 10 Contains a Fatal Flaw
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer: Microsoft's patches for the Meltdown vulnerability have had a fatal flaw all these past months, according to Alex Ionescu, a security researcher with cyber...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot GCC 8.1 Compiler Introduces Initial C20 Support
"Are you tired of your existing compilers? Want fresh new language features and better optimizations?" asks an announcement on the GCC mailing list touting "a major release containing substantial new ...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot 'Biohacker' Who Injected Himself With DIY Herpes Treatment Found Dead
Long-time Slashdot reader Okian Warrior quotes Live Science:The CEO of a biomedical startup who sparked controversy when he injected himself with an untested herpes treatment in front of a live audien...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot New California Ballot Measure Demands Groundbreaking Privacy Rights
Supporters gathered 625,000 signatures to put the "California Consumer Privacy Act" on the ballot in November -- far exceeding the 365,880 signatures needed to qualify. The Mercury News reports:The pr...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Tens of Thousands of Malicious Apps Use Facebook's APIs
Slashdot reader lod123 quotes ThreatPost:At least 25,936 malicious apps are currently using one of Facebook's APIs, such as a login API or messaging API. These allow apps to access a range of informat...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Pandora Stock Surges 25% After User Data-Based Marketing Push
An anonymous reader writes:Pandora's stock had its best day ever on Wall Street, rising more than 25% after reporting their subscription and other revenue had surged 61.3 percent to $104.7 million.Pre...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot NASA Launches a New Mission To Mars
"This is a big day. We're going back to Mars," said one NASA official, presiding over this morning's launch of the first Mars surface craft to lift off since 2011. CNN reports:The Atlas V 401 rocket a...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot 70-Year-Old Former Volkswagen CEO Charged With Fraud Over Emissions Scandal
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:The U.S.government has charged Martin Winterkorn, the former chief executive officer of Volkswagen, with fraud in the company's diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The in...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Canada Facing 'Brain Drain' As Young Tech Talent Leaves For Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Globe and Mail: Canada's best and brightest computer engineering graduates are leaving for jobs in Silicon Valley at alarmingly high rates, fueling a worse...
10:00 am - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Eddy Cue To Be Deposed In Qualcomm Patent Battle
"Apple executive Eddy Cue will be questioned by Qualcomm's lawyers as part of a legal battle between the companies over billions of dollars in patents and licensing fees," reports Bloomberg. "On Frida...
07:00 am - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Shuts Down Its GeForce Partner Program, Citing Misinformation
In a blog post on Friday, Nvidia announced it is "pulling the plug" on the GeForce Partner Program (GPP) due to the company's unwillingness to combat "rumors" and "mistruths" about the platform. The G...
03:30 am - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot The Rise of the Pointless Job
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from an article via The Guardian, written by David Graeber: One day, the wall shelves in my office collapsed. This left books scattered all over the floor and a j...
02:05 am - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Yale Physicists Find Signs of a Time Crystal
Yale physicists have uncovered hints of a time crystal, a form of matter that "ticks" when exposed to an electromagnetic pulse, in a child's toy. The discovery means there are now new puzzles to solve...
01:25 am - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot California To Become First US State Mandating Solar On New Homes
OCRegister reports that "The California Energy Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020." From the report: ...
12:45 am - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Sorry Elon Musk, There's No Clear Evidence Autopilot Saves Lives
Timothy B. Lee writes for Ars Technica: A few days after the Mountain View crash, Tesla published a blog post acknowledging that Autopilot was active at the time of the crash. But the company argued t...
12:03 am - Sat, May 5, 2018
Slashdot Gmail's 'Self-Destruct' Feature Will Probably Be Used To Illegally Destroy Government Records
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A new update rolling out for Gmail offers a "self destruct" feature that allows users to send messages that expire after a set amount of time. Whi...
11:25 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Abbott Addresses Life-Threatening Flaw In a Half-Million Pacemakers
lod123 shares a report from Threatpost: Nearly a half-million pacemakers are up for a firmware update to address potentially life-threatening vulnerabilities. Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical) has re...
10:45 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Criminals Used a Fleet of Drones To Disrupt an FBI Hostage Operation
Criminals have discovered another use for drones -- to distract and spy on law enforcement. From a report: They recently tried to thwart an FBI hostage rescue, Joe Mazel, chief of the FBI's operationa...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot 'Follow-Up To Vine' Gets Delayed For 'Indefinite Amount of Time'
Late last year, Vine's co-founder, Dom Hofmann, said he was working on "a follow-up to Vine," after the six-second video social media app was shut down by Twitter in October. "I'm going to work on a f...
09:25 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot HTC Teases Its Next Flagship Smartphone. Too Bad, the Photo Shows Parts of an iPhone 6.
HTC has begun to ramp up marketing campaign for its next major smartphone release, teasing that they will be making a proper announcement on May 23rd. From a report: In an email sent to the press this...
08:45 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot NSA Collected 500 Million US Call Records In 2017, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 500 million phone call records of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S....
08:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Growing Petition Requests Apple Recall MacBook Pro With 'Defective Keyboard'
Apple might have some explaining to do if a recent petition against its MacBook Pro continues to gain steam. From a report: A petition surfaced this week on Change.org that calls on Apple to recall Ma...
07:25 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Christopher Nolan Returns Kubrick Sci-Fi Masterpiece '2001: A Space Odyssey' To Its Original Glory
LA Times' Kenneth Turan traces Christopher Nolan's meticulous restoration of Kubrick's masterpiece to its 70-mm glory: Christopher Nolan wants to show me something interesting. Something beautiful and...
06:45 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Google Broke Up a Vietnamese Con Scheme After an Employee Was Scammed Buying a Bluetooth Headset
A Google executive found a high-end Bluetooth headset selling at a steep discount on Google Shopping website earlier this year. He placed the order, but much to his surprise, the headset never arrived...
06:01 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Gets 1.8 Billion Logged-in Viewers Monthly
On stage today at Radio City Music Hall, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki made a surprising revelation: the service gets 1.8 billion logged-in viewers every month. And that doesn't include people who aren't...
05:20 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot 'Biology Will Be the Next Big Computing Platform'
An anonymous reader writes: "Amazon, but for Crispr." It's a notion that may sound far-fetched -- but it's exactly what Synthego, a Silicon Valley biotech startup, wants to be. Synthego's first produc...
04:40 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Cyberattack Crashes Tennessee County's Website on Election Night
An apparent DDoS attack shut down the Knox County Election Commission's websites as polls closed Tuesday night. From a report: On Tuesday night, as polls were closing for Knox County's primary races f...
04:02 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Free To Play, Expensive To Love: 'Fortnite' Changes Video Game Business
An anonymous reader shares a report: To see the storm that online video game "Fortnite" has unleashed on the world, just visit Jett Sacher in Brooklyn. The 13-year-old spends an hour or two every day ...
03:22 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot 60-Year-Old Maths Problem Partly Solved By Amateur
An amateur mathematician has made the first breakthrough in more than 60 years towards solving a well-known maths problem. From a report: Aubrey de Grey, who is more widely known as a maverick biologi...
02:40 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Can We Live Without Concrete?
A combination of cement, water and ground rock or sand, on the surface concrete might seem crushingly mundane. Yet it has defined construction in recent centuries and with it, in part, modernity. From...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Vulnerabilities Affecting Over One Million Dasan GPON Routers Are Now Under Attack
Two vulnerabilities affecting over one million routers, and disclosed earlier this week, are now under attack by botnet herders, who are trying to gather the vulnerable devices under their control. Fr...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot NASA Successfully Tests New Nuclear Reactor For Future Space Travelers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy say they have successfully tested a new type of nuclear reactor that could one day provide juice to colonies on oth...
10:00 am - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot China's Bungled Drone Display Breaks World Record
Chinese company EHang has broken the Guinness World Record for the most drones flown simultaneously, despite them failing to coordinate for a light show. The company programmed a fleet of 1,374 drones...
08:00 am - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Is Finally Getting An Improved Screenshot Tool
Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17661 to insiders, which includes a new screenshot experience for the upcoming major update. The Verge reports: Screen Sketch, previously bun...
06:20 am - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Walmart To Buy 73% of India's Flipkart For Up To $16B; Alphabet Might Put in $3B: FactorDaily
Here's an interesting development about to take place in India. From a report: Walmart Inc. has decided to go all in on its deal to acquire Flipkart in a deal sealed on Thursday to buy 73% of the Indi...
05:00 am - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Erupts, Prompting Evacuation Orders
"Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, releasing lava into a residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby homes," reports Chicago Tribune. The eruption comes afte...
03:30 am - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Forty Years of Spam Email
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has a video celebrating the 40th birthday of spam email. Here's a transcript of the video: "It is 40 years since the first spam email was sent. Marketer Gary Thuerk...
01:25 am - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Graphene Makes Concrete Twice As Strong While Reducing Carbon Emissions
Paige.Bennett writes: In a recent study, University of Exeter's Center for Graphene Science used nanoengineering technology to add graphene to concrete production. The resulting graphene concrete is t...
12:45 am - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Google Says Chrome Blocks 'About Half' of Unwanted Autoplays
When Google released Chrome 66 just over two weeks ago, it received lots of attention and praise for introducing the ability to mute autoplaying videos with sound until you press play. Today, Chrome p...
12:05 am - Fri, May 4, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Offers Retailers Discounts To Adopt Payment System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon is offering to pass along the discounts it gets on credit-card fees to other retailers if they use its online payments service, according to ...
11:35 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot A Group of Public Radio Companies Acquires Podcast App Pocket Casts
NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago and This American Life announced today that they've acquired Pocket Casts, a podcast app created by Australian developer Shifty Jelly. From a report: That might sound l...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Phone Maker BLU Settles With FTC Over Unauthorized User Data Extraction
lod123 shares a report from Threatpost: Android phone-maker BLU Products agreed to a proposed settlement on Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, over allegations it allowed the third-party firm ...
10:25 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Airbnb Drives Up Rent Costs In Manhattan and Brooklyn, Report Says
According to a report from New York City's comptroller, Scott Stringer, Airbnb is causing rent prices to increase significantly in Manhattan and Brooklyn (Warning: source may be paywalled: alternative...
09:45 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Google Releases Open Source Framework For Building 'Enclaved' Apps For Cloud
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today, Google is releasing an open source framework for the development of "confidential computing" cloud applications -- a software development ...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars' Shortcomings Revealed in DMV Reports
A demand from the California DMV of eight companies testing self-driving cars has highlighted a number of areas where the technology falls short of being safe to operate with no human backup. From a r...
08:25 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Says Glitch Exposed 'Substantial' Number of Users' Passwords In Plain Text
Twitter is urging its more than 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed some in plain text on its internal computer network. Reuters is first to report the news: The social ...
07:45 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Final Fantasy 7, Tomb Raider Headline Inductees To World Video Game Hall of Fame
Dave Knott writes: The 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The Hall Of Fame "recognizes individual electronic games of all types — arcade, console, computer, handhe...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot 'Next Generation' Flaws Found on Computer Processors
An anonymous reader shares a report: Researchers have found eight new flaws in computer central processing units that resemble the Meltdown and Spectre bugs revealed in January, a German computing mag...
06:20 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Lightning Struck Her Home. Then Her Brain Implant Stopped Working.
Can lightning have an impact on people with electrodes implanted in their brains? A new study shares a case study. From a report: Lightning had struck the building. But the appliances were not the onl...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Placed An Employee Who Harvested User Data For Cambridge Analytica On Leave
Ryan Mac, reporting for BuzzFeed News: A Facebook employee, who helped harvest and sell data from millions of users of the social network for political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica in a previou...
05:50 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Placed An Employee Who Harvested User Data For Cambridge Analytica On Leave
Ryan Mac, reporting for BuzzFeed News: A Facebook employee, who helped harvest and sell data from millions of users of the social network for political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica in a previou...
05:20 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Facebook May Have Secret Plans To Build a Satellite-Based Internet
Public filings suggest the social media giant is quietly developing orbital tech to rival efforts by SpaceX and OneWeb to deliver Internet by satellite. From a report: A filing with the Federal Commun...
04:40 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot One Of LLVM's Top Contributors Quits Development Over Code of Conduct, Outreach Program
Rafael Avila de Espindola is the fifth most active contributor to LLVM with more than 4,300 commits since 2006, but now he has decided to part ways with the project. From a report: Rafael posted a rat...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot How Reliable Are 10TB and 12TB Hard Drives? Backblaze Publishes Q1 2018 Hard Drive Reliability
Wolfrider writes: Backblaze's hard drive report for the first quarter 2018 makes very interesting reading for anyone who is interested in hard drive performance and reliability. As of March 31, 2018, ...
03:20 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Somebody Tried to Hide a Backdoor in a Popular JavaScript npm Package
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: The Node Package Manager (npm) team avoided a disaster today when it discovered and blocked the distribution of a cleverly hidden backdoor mechanism in...
02:40 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Tech Conferences Moving North as Trump Policies Turn Off Attendees
The Collision Conference, one of North America's most influential technology gatherings, tweeted on Tuesday: "We've got some news. It's about Toronto. But we'll let Justin Trudeau tell you about it." ...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Australia's Largest Bank Lost The Personal Financial Histories Of 12 Million Customers, And Did Not Tell Them About It
The Commonwealth Bank, the largest bank in Australia, has lost the personal financial histories of 12 million customers, and chose not to reveal the breach to consumers, in one of the largest financia...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Any Idiosyncrasies of the New Windows 10 April 2018 Update?
shanen wants to know if anyone else has noticed any idiosyncrasies of the new Windows 10 April 2018 update, which was released on April 30th (global rollout on May 8): Only two machines so far [are ru...
11:30 am - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Westworld's Scientific Adviser Talks About Free Will, AI, and Vibrating Vests
Science magazine has interviewed David Eagleman, the scientific adviser for HBO's Westworld. Eagleman, a neuroscientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, spoke with the publication abou...
10:00 am - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Hawaii To Ban Certain Sunscreens To Protect Coral Reefs
Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing chemicals they say are contributing to the destruction of the state's coral reefs and othe...
07:00 am - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Earnings Show Record Revenues With Record Losses
TechCrunch reports of Tesla's recent Q1 2018 earnings: Tesla reported its Q1 2018 earnings today, posting adjusted losses of $3.35 per share with revenues on $3.4 billion. This is technically a beat, ...
03:30 am - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot The Longest Straight Path You Could Travel On Water Without Hitting Land
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Back in 2012, a Reddit user posted a map claiming to show the longest straight line that could be traversed across the ocean without hitting land. Int...
03:05 am - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Has Fired Multiple Employees for Snooping on Users: Motherboard
Joseph Cox and Max Hoppenstedt, reporting for Motherboard: On Tuesday, Facebook fired an employee who had allegedly used their privileged data access to stalk women online. Now, multiple former Facebo...
02:14 am - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Goldman Sachs to Open a Bitcoin Trading Operation
Even as most big banks have maintained distance from virtual currency Bitcoin, Goldman Sachs is bucking the risks: It plans to set up what appears to be the first Bitcoin trading operation at a Wall S...
12:45 am - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Hacktivists, Tech Giants Protest Georgia's 'Hack-Back' Bill
lod123 shares a report from Threatpost: As Georgia Governor Nathan Deal considers whether to sign a controversial piece of legislation that would allow companies to 'hack back' with offensive initiati...
12:03 am - Thu, May 3, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's Open-Source Go Bot Can Now Beat Professional Players
Google's DeepMind isn't the only team working to defeat professional Go players with artificial intelligence. At Facebook's F8 developer conference today, the company announced a Go bot of its own tha...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Building a Secret Social-Gaming Startup Called Arcade
Google is secretly building a social-gaming startup in an effort to create fledgling companies within the internet-search giant. Bloomberg reports: The founder and co-owner of the new firm, called Arc...
10:40 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Should I Study?
A fellow Slashdot reader is seeking advice on a new field of study: After many years at the same company, I'm now thinking of a change. At my current place of work, I have worked on many different pro...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down Amid Scandal Over Use of Facebook Data
Gizmodo reports that Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, the SCL Group, are shutting down. "The news was announced during a conference call led by Julian Wheatland, the current chairman of the...
09:20 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot The Pentagon Bans Huawei, ZTE Phones From Retail Stores On Military Bases
The Pentagon is ordering retail outlets on U.S. military bases to stop selling Huawei and ZTE smartphones, citing security risks. "Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to the departmen...
08:40 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Mobile Gaming Cements Its Dominance, Takes Majority of Worldwide Sales
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Newzoo's 2018 Global Games Market Forecast now predicts that mobile games will make up a slim majority (51 percent) of all worldwide gaming reven...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot North Korean Antivirus Software Uses Decade Old Pirated Scan Engine
With a name like 'SiliVaccine' you could be forgiven it's something your doctor would give you if you were worried about turning into a clown. But in fact this is North Korea's home grown antivirus pr...
06:10 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Facebook is Using Instagram Photos and Hashtags To Improve Its Computer Vision
Facebook today revealed that, using 3.5 billion publicly shared Instagram photos and their accompany hashtags, its computer system has achieved new advances, with a 85.4 percent accuracy rate when use...
05:30 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Fires Employee Who Allegedly Used Data Access To Stalk Women
After a member of the information security community provided evidence to Facebook's chief information security officer, the company has terminated a security engineer who allegedly used their work po...
04:50 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Nikola (Motors) is Suing Tesla
An anonymous reader shares a report: Nikola Tesla invented alternating electrical current. Nikola Motors is a mobility company working on a hydrogen-powered semi truck. Tesla makes fully electric vehi...
04:13 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access to locked and encrypted devices. From a ...
03:34 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's Free Walled-Garden Internet Program Ended Quietly in Myanmar, Several Other Places Last Year
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: As recently as last week, Facebook was touting the growth of Free Basics, its Internet.org project designed to give users free curated web access in dev...
02:49 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot A Critical Security Flaw in Popular Industrial Software Put Power Plants At Risk
A severe vulnerability in a widely used industrial control software could have been used to disrupt and shut down power plants and other critical infrastructure. From a report: Researchers at security...
02:08 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Google Chrome is Freezing Intermittently With the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Users Say
Several users who have updated their computers to Windows 10 April 2018 Update are reporting that Chrome is freezing their machines. From a report: I have now used the April 2018 Update for nearly 24 ...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Brags That Messenger Has 300,000 Business Bots
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: At F8, Facebook's Vice President of Messaging Products, David Marcus, jovially reported that Messenger's integration with business is going swimmingl...
10:00 am - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot GitHub Accidentally Exposes Some Plaintext Passwords In Its Internal Logs
GitHub has sent an email to some of its 27 million users alerting them of a bug that exposed some user passwords in plaintext. "During the course of regular auditing, GitHub discovered that a recently...
07:00 am - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Scammers Are Using Google Maps To Skirt Link-Shortener Crackdown, Redirect Users To Dodgy Websites
According to security company Sophos, scam websites have been using obfuscated Google Maps links to redirect users to dodgy websites. The Register reports: The reason for this is Google's recent effor...
03:30 am - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Want To Turn Your Entire House Into a Co-Processor Using the Local Wi-Fi Signal
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: Researchers are proposing an idea to make your computer bigger. They are suggesting an extreme and awesome form of co-processing. ...
01:25 am - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot FCC Commissioner Broke the Law By Advocating for Trump, Officials Find
A newly released letter from government officials finds that Republican FCC commissioner Michael O'Reilly broke a federal law preventing officials from advocating for political candidates when he told...
12:45 am - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot Apple Beats Sales Estimates Amid Reports of Poor Demand For iPhone X
Apple today reported revenue and profit that beat analysts' estimates and projected continued sales momentum. The results come amid reports that demand for its flagship iPhone X have fallen. Bloomberg...
12:03 am - Wed, May 2, 2018
Slashdot California Leads States In Suing the EPA For Attacking Vehicle Emissions Standards
California, along with seventeen other states, announced a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency today over its recent rollback of Obama-era vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards....
11:23 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo Faces Switch Patent Infringement Investigation In the US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Nintendo is under investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the fate of the Switch hangs in the balance. Gamevice, the company be...
10:45 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Gig Economy Business Model Dealt a Blow in California Ruling
In a ruling with potentially sweeping consequences for the so-called gig economy, the California Supreme Court on Monday made it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent co...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Some YouTube Stars Are Being Paid To Sell Academic Cheating
A BBC investigation has found that more than 250 YouTube channels are being paid to sell academic cheating. Specifically, they are promoting EduBirdie, which allows students to buy essays, rather than...
09:45 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's Phone-Free, Wireless 'Oculus Go' VR Headset Is Released Today
UnknownSoldier writes: The Oculus Go is finally available for purchase. Amazon is selling the 32GB model for $199, while the 64GB model is selling for $249. As a standalone virtual reality unit, it do...
09:25 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Could Algorithms Be Better at Picking the Next Big Blockbuster Than Studio Execs?
In a world where artificial intelligence is no longer just a Spielberg-Kubrick collaboration, could algorithms be better at picking the next big blockbuster than studio execs? From a report: "Filmmake...
08:42 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Tells Signal's Creators To Stop Using Anti-Censorship Tool
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The team behind secure messaging app Signal says Amazon has threatened to kick the app off its CloudFront web service unless Signal drops the anti-c...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot NASA To Send 1 Million People's Names To the Sun
An anonymous reader shares a report: This summer, a NASA spacecraft will launch into space from the coast of Florida, headed for the sun. After making several flybys of Venus to slow itself down, the ...
07:26 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot FTC Gives Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo 30 Days To Get Rid of Illegal Warranty-Void-if-Removed Stickers
Matthew Gault, reporting for Motherboard: The Federal Trade Commission put six companies on notice in early April for illegally telling customers that getting third-party repairs voids the warranty on...
06:46 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Reaches Its Natural Conclusion As A Dating App
Facebook will soon include a dating feature in its service, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the company's F8 developer conference in San Jose Tuesday. From a report: The service will throw F...
06:08 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot White House Considers Restricting Chinese Researchers Over Espionage Fears
An anonymous reader shares a report: It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie: In April, China is said to have tested an invisibility cloak that would allow ordinary fighter jets to sud...
05:28 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Fedora 28 Featuring GNOME 3.28 Released
Following an official beta release, Fedora 28 has been released today. From a report: Fedora 28 has many new features, but one in particular will surely excite desktop/workstation users -- GNOME 3.28,...
04:45 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Unveils Privacy Tool 'Clear History'
Facebook is introducing a new privacy tool called "clear history," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday with a personal Facebook post. From a report: The tool will allow you to see information about the a...
04:07 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Iran Bans Use of Telegram Messaging App To Protect 'National Security'
Iran has banned all use of the popular Telegram messaging app. The ban had been introduced to protect "national security," said a statement aired on state television. From a report: Iran had been cons...
03:26 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot UK Officials Will Summon Mark Zuckerberg To Testify if He Won't Do So Voluntarily
UK officials said Tuesday they will summon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Parliament the next time he's in British territory if he does not volunteer to do so. From a report: It would ...
02:49 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Starting Today, Google Chrome Will Show Warnings for Non-Logged SSL Certificates
Starting today, Google Chrome will show a full-page warning whenever users are accessing an HTTPS website that's using an SSL certificate that has not been logged in a public Certificate Transparency ...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Singapore Airport May Use Facial Recognition Systems To Find Late Passengers
Singapore's Changi airport, which is widely touted as one of the best airports in the world, is testing use of facial recognition systems to find late or lost passengers in the airport so they don't d...
10:00 am - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Is Removing Some Nootropics Channels
According to Wikipedia, nootropics are drugs, supplements, and other substances that improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individ...
07:00 am - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot The Smithsonian's New Tour Guide Is a Robot
Last week, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, revealed its new employee -- an interactive robot named Pepper. According to Softbank, the company that created the 4-foot-tall humanoid robot...
03:30 am - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Calcium-Based MRI Sensor Enables More Sensitive Brain Imaging
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT News: MIT neuroscientists have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor that allows them to monitor neural activity deep within the brain by...
02:10 am - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Russia Launches Floating Nuclear Power Plant That's Head To the Arctic
Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom launched a massive floating nuclear power plant over the weekend. It's the first nuclear power plant of its kind and it's headed to an Arctic port, reports N...
01:40 am - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Web Services Starts Blocking Domain-Fronting
Earlier this month, Google announced it is discontinuing domain fronting, a practice that lets developers disguise their traffic to evade network blocks. Now, Amazon Web Services has announced a simil...
01:10 am - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot AI Is Being Used To Predict Gambling Behavior
"The gambling industry is increasingly using artificial intelligence to predict consumer habits and personalize promotions to keep gamblers hooked," reports The Guardian, citing industry insiders. "Cu...
12:30 am - Tue, May 1, 2018
Slashdot New Audacious Research Project, In Codice Ratio, Bets on AI and OCR To Make Sense of Handwritten Texts in Vatican's Secret Archives
A new project untangles the handwritten texts in one of the world's largest historical collections. From a report: The Vatican Secret Archives is one of the grandest historical collections in the worl...
11:40 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Volkswagen, Audi Cars Vulnerable To Remote Hacking
An anonymous reader writes: "A Dutch cyber-security firm has discovered that in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems deployed with some car models from the Volkswagen Group are vulnerable to remote hack...
11:00 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Will the T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Be Bad For Consumers?
On Sunday, T-Mobile and Sprint said that they have agreed to a $26.5 billion merger, creating a wireless giant to compete against industry leaders AT&T and Verizon. While a new website has been se...
10:20 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is Investigating a Claim That an Employee Used His Position To Stalk Women
Facebook is investigating a claim that an employee potentially used access granted by their job to stalk women online, the social media giant confirmed in a statement to Motherboard on Monday. From th...
09:40 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Government Admits Collection of Deleted WeChat Messages
The South China Morning Post reported over the weekend that Chinese authorities have the capability of retrieving deleted messages from the WeChat app. The newspaper noted that an anti-corruption comm...
09:22 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot WhatsApp Founder Plans To Leave After Broad Clashes With Parent Facebook
Elizabeth Dwoskin, reporting for Washington Post: The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent, Facebook, over the popular mes...
09:03 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Senate Democrats Plan To Force Vote On Net Neutrality
Senator Edward J. Markey tweeted earlier today that Democrats will force a floor vote to restore net neutrality rules on May 9th. "[Democrats] had the signatures in favor of restoring the rules since ...
08:25 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot AI Researchers Revolt Against a New Paywalled Nature Journal
More than 2,000 researchers, including several employees of Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Netflix and other companies, have signed an open letter to revolt against Nature Machine Intelligence, a proposed...
07:45 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Won't Give New Speed Boost To Internet Users Who Don't Buy TV Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last week, Comcast announced speed increases for customers in Houston and the Oregon/SW Washington areas. The announcement headlines were "Comcas...
07:06 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot On This Day 25 Years Ago, the Web Became Public Domain
On April 30, 1993, CERN -- the European Organization for Nuclear Research -- announced that it was putting a piece of software developed by one of its researchers, Tim Berners-Lee, into the public dom...
06:25 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot 'Red Alert' Protest For Net Neutrality Starts May 9
Net neutrality activists and websites like Etsy, Tumblr, Postmates, Foursquare and Twilio will post "red alerts" starting May 9 to protest the FCC's effort to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protec...
05:35 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Pristine Lakes Are Filled With Toxins
Much of the focus on plastic pollution centres on our oceans. Emerging evidence shows it's also a problem in freshwater, which may even be the source. From a report: "Freshwater systems are increasing...
04:55 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot As Controversy Swirls, Facebook Dials Down the Swagger On Its Developer Conference
In the recent years, Facebook has used its developer conference -- F8 -- as an opportunity to showcase the most bleeding technologies: Type with your brain. 'Hear' with your skin. And in the event of ...
04:10 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot USB 3.2 Work Is On The Way For The Linux 4.18 Kernel: Report
An anonymous reader shares a report: USB 3.2 was announced last summer as an incremental update to the USB standard to double the bandwidth for existing USB Type-C cables. We haven't seen much in the ...
03:25 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Stack Overflow Admits It Hasn't Been Welcoming To 'Newer Coders, Women, People of Color, and Others'; Outlines How It Plans To Change That
Paul Fernhout writes: Jay Hanlon, executive vice president of culture and experience at Stack Overflow, penned a column on the company's blog last week in which he admitted the "painful truth" that "t...
02:47 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot China is Now Monitoring Employees' Brainwaves and Emotions
From a report: The Orwellian-as-all-get-out practice is being conducted using "emotional surveillance technology" by both businesses in China and the country's military, reports the South China Mornin...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Sold Data Access To Cambridge Analytica-Linked Researcher
Facebook is clearly the company most affected by the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal, but that doesn't leave other social networks completely unscathed. Bloomberg: Twitter sold data access to...
12:00 pm - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Talent War in Silicon Valley Demands High Salary
An anonymous reader writes: Employees at Google's parent company Alphabet earned "a median pay package of more than $197,000" in 2017, around 18% lower than Facebook's median salary of $240,000, the W...
10:00 am - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Long Prison Sentence for Man Who Hacked Jail Computer System To Bust Out Friend
A judge sentenced a Michigan man to 87 months -- 7 years 3 months -- in prison for hacking into a county jail's computer system and modifying prisoner records in an attempt to get an inmate released e...
08:00 am - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Digital and Analog Audio's Curious Coexistence
Steve Guttenberg, writing for CNET: It's a funny thing, the ongoing turntable sales surge shows no signs of slowing down, but nearly all new music is recorded digitally. It seems like a contradiction,...
05:30 am - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot All Indian Villages Now Have Access To Electricity
An anonymous reader shares a report: All Indian villages now have access to electricity. Manipur's Leisang village became the last non-electrified inhabited village to join India's mainline supply net...
04:30 am - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Wages Aren't the Only Reason Teachers Are Striking
An anonymous reader shares a report: Schools in 39 of 50 states have seen decreases in funding for instructional materials for their students, according to data from the Urban Institute. These conditi...
01:30 am - Mon, April 30, 2018
Slashdot Sci-Fi Is Still Working on Its 'Stale, Male, and Pale' Problem, Says James Cameron
An anonymous reader shares a report: As science fiction finally earns mainstream acceptance in Hollywood, James Cameron believes the genre's awards drought will soon be over. "I predict that sometime ...