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11:20 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Files Patent For Automatic Turn Signals
Tesla has filed a patent for automatic turn signals. The filing details a system that uses Autopilot sensors to determine when drivers are going to make a turn and signal automatically. CNET reports: ...
10:40 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Google's Assistant Is Now Bilingual
Google has announced a new feature for Google Assistant: it's bilingual now. The digital assistant will automatically recognize what language is being spoken to it and respond appropriately -- all wit...
10:03 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Silicon Valley Has Been Treating Workers 'Miserably' Since the 1970s, Economic Historian Says
Don't blame Uber for the problems of the gig economy -- they didn't start it, economic historian Louis Hyman says. Recode: "Uber is the waste product of the service economy," Hyman said on the latest ...
09:20 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Will Require Business Partners To Offer Paid Parental Leave
Microsoft has unveiled a new paid parental leave policy on Thursday that will affect the more than 1,000 firms it does business with across the U.S. An anonymous reader shares the report from the Wash...
08:43 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Some Workers in Japan Who Want To Leave Their Jobs Are Paying a Startup To Tell Their Bosses That They Won't Be Back
Stressed out, overworked, or just over it: Workers in Japan who want to leave their jobs -- but don't want to face the stress of quitting in person -- are paying a startup called Exit to tell their bo...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Samsung and LG Unveil 8K TVs
The latest TV "must have" that you actually don't really need -- at least right now -- has arrived at the IFA electronics show in Berlin. That's 8K, the super-crisp display technology that has four ti...
07:20 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot In an Accidental Email To TechDirt Editor, Telco Lobbyists Outline How They Intend To Shift The Blame For Privacy, Net Neutrality and More To Internet Companies
Technology news outlet TechDirt on Thursday published a hell of a story about the ways telecom lobbyists are going to try shifting the blame for a range of recent developments -- including net neutral...
06:40 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Android Bug Allows Geolocation Tracking of Users
Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers have discovered a weakness in all version of Android except 9, the most recent release, that can allow an attacker to gather sensitive information such as the MAC addr...
06:03 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Senator Orrin Hatch Asks FTC To Investigate Competitive Effects of Google's Conduct in Search and Digital Advertising
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether Google's search and digital advertising practices are stifling the marketplace. From a report: Hatch s...
05:20 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Oracle Trying Hard To Make Sure Pentagon Knows Amazon Isn't the Only Cloud Around
The Pentagon is no longer taking questions on its controversial cloud contract after making last-minute amendments to the deal -- and has received another complaint from disgruntled prospective bidder...
04:49 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Apple Sets New iPhone Event For September 12
Apple has officially sent out invitations to its latest media event, 'Gather round,' which will be held on September 12, 2018 -- a year to the day after the iPhone 8 and iPhone X were officially revea...
04:06 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Small Leak Discovered on Russian Side of International Space Station, NASA Says
A small pressure leak was discovered on the International Space Station, according to NASA. From a report: Flight controllers at mission control centers in Houston and Moscow began seeing signs of the...
03:25 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot In Venezuela, 'Cutting-Edge' Cryptocurrency is Nowhere To Be Found
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has made ambitious claims that the nation's petro cryptocurrency is backed by 5 billion barrels of petroleum reserves. But when reporters of Reuters conducted a mon...
02:46 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Google's $50 Titan Security Keys Are Now Available in the US
Last month, Google introduced its Titan Key -- a physical security key used for two-factor authentication -- and now it's widely available for purchase in the US through company's Google Store. Almost...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Emails While Commuting 'Should Count as Work', Researchers Say
Commuters are so regularly using travel time for work emails that their journeys should be counted as part of the working day, researchers say. From a report: Wider access to wi-fi on trains and the s...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Climate Change Could Lead To Nutrient Deficiency For Hundreds of Millions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Smithsonian: According to new research, rising carbon dioxide levels will sap some of the nutrients from our crops and lead to dietary deficiencies in millions...
10:00 am - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Rideshare Boycott Sparked By Murders In China
Following a string of murders by drivers of China's top ridesharing app, Didi Chuxing, users are deleting the app in large numbers and calling for others to boycott the service. According to The Atlan...
07:00 am - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Texas Lawmakers Press NASA To Base Lunar Lander Program In Houston
Eric Berger writes via Ars Technica: The Apollo missions that flew to the Moon during the 1960s were designed and controlled by what is now known as Johnson Space Center, the home of the famous "Missi...
03:30 am - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Google Debunks Trump's Claim It Censored His State of the Union Address
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: President Donald Trump intensified his criticism of Google today, posting a native video of unknown origin to his Twitter account this afternoon cla...
02:05 am - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot The 'Scunthorpe Problem' Has Never Really Been Solved
dmoberhaus writes: Yesterday, a writer for SB Nation named Natalie Weiner posted a screenshot of a rejection form she received when she tried to sign up for a website. Her submission was rejected beca...
01:25 am - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot Locals Reportedly Are Frustrated With Alphabet's Self-Driving Cars
More than a dozen people who work near Waymo's office in Chandler, Arizona, have complained about the self-driving cars to The Information. "One women said that she almost hit one of the company's min...
12:45 am - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot WhatsApp Warns Free Google Drive Backups Are Not End-To-End Encrypted
On November 12th, WhatsApp users on Android will be able to back up their messages to Google Drive for free and it won't count towards Google Drive storage quotas. But, as WhatsApp warns, those messag...
12:03 am - Thu, August 30, 2018
Slashdot CERN's Pioneering Mini-Accelerator Passes First Test
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: An experiment at CERN has demonstrated a new way of accelerating electrons to high energies -- one that could dramatically shrink the size of future pa...
11:20 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Revamping the Wear OS Smartwatch UI
Google is bringing a new user interface to Wear OS, along with a new feed of information from Google Assistant, faster access to Google Fit, and a more information-dense view of your notifications. Th...
10:40 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Air Canada Mobile App Breach Affects 20,000 People
Air Canada told customers in an email today that the personal information for about 20,000 customers "may potentially have been improperly accessed" via a breach in its mobile app. As a precaution, th...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot OCR Software Dev Abbyy Exposes 200,000 Customer Documents
A misconfigured MongoDB server belonging to Abbyy, an optical character recognition software developer, allowed public access to customer files. From a report: Independent security researcher Bob Diac...
09:25 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo Shuts Down Tool Used To Build Pokemon Fan Games
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Since 2007, Pokemon Essentials has been a crucial part of the Pokemon fan game community. As a free mod for the paid RPG Maker software, Pokemon ...
08:45 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Says It Aims To Power Itself With 100% Renewable Energy by 2020
Facebook says it is aiming to buy renewable energy to cover 100 percent of its electricity use by the end of 2020, joining companies such as Citigroup and Ikea in setting that deadline for achieving i...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot California Moves To Require 100% Clean Electricity by 2045
California's assembly has voted to move the state's electricity completely off fossil fuels. The state assembly this week passed S.B. 100, a proposal to transition California to 100 percent emissions-...
07:25 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Obliquely Acknowledges Windows 0-day Bug Published on Twitter
A privilege escalation flaw in Windows 10 was disclosed earlier this week on Twitter. From a report: The flaw allows anyone with the ability to run code on a system to elevate their privileges to "SYS...
06:45 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot How Many Days Americans Waste Commuting In The Course Of A Lifetime, Mapped By City
An anonymous reader writes: Have you ever stopped to think that over the course of your lifetime, you will likely spend hundreds of days commuting back and forth from home and work? If not, we've got ...
06:07 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot FCC Can Define Markets With Only One ISP as 'Competitive', Court Rules
An appeals court has upheld a Federal Communications Commission ruling that broadband markets can be competitive even when there is only one Internet provider. From a report: The FCC "rationally chose...
05:20 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Is Julia the Next Big Programming Language? MIT Thinks So, as Version 1.0 Lands
Julia, the MIT-created programming language for developers "who want it all", hit its milestone 1.0 release this month -- with MIT highlighting its rapid adoption in the six short years since its laun...
04:47 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot The Linux Foundation Is Changing The Fabric Of Networking
Will Townsend, a senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy research firm, writes: As it relates to networking, the Linux Foundation is currently focused on a number of projects that are bringing ...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot 'It Is a Challenging Time for the Internet: We Must Not Let It Be Undermined'
Andrew Sullivan, CEO and President of Internet Society, a decades old nonprofit organization which works on internet-related standards, education, access, and policy, writes: It is a challenging time ...
03:20 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot University of Texas is Getting a $60 Million Supercomputer
The University of Texas at Austin, will soon be home to one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. From a report: The National Science Foundation awarded a $60 million grant to the school's...
02:40 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot US Court of Appeals: An IP Address Isn't Enough To Identify a Pirate
A judge has ruled that copyright trolls need more than just an IP address if they want to go after copyright infringement. An IP is not enough proof to tie a person to a crime. From a report: In a win...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot How Do Things Stick To Us in a Culture Where Information and Ideas Are Up So Quickly That We Have No Time To Assess One Before Another Takes Its Place?
David L. Ulin, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the California Book Award, shares an excerpt from his book "The Lost Art of Reading", to The Paris Review: This is the conundrum, the gorilla i...
12:31 pm - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Moving To a Chromebook
VC Fred Wilson writes: I've been thinking about moving from a Mac to a Chromebook as my primary computing device. I have not used desktop software for probably a decade now. The browser is how I do al...
11:00 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot What Dropbox Dropping Linux Support Says
Jack Wallen, writing for TechRepublic: For a company to support Linux, they have to consider supporting: Multiple file systems, multiple distributions, multiple desktops, multiple init systems, multip...
09:30 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Yahoo, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data To Sell Advertisers
The U.S. tech industry has largely declared it is off limits to scan emails for information to sell to advertisers. Yahoo still sees the practice as a potential gold mine. From a report: Yahoo's owner...
08:00 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying
Last week, at a tiny airport in the dusty flatlands east of San Francisco, a red-and-white helicopter lifted gently into the air, hovering a few feet over the tarmac. It looked like any other helicopt...
06:00 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Waymo Self-driving Cars Are Having Problems Turning Around Corners
Alphabet's Waymo has long been regarded as the leader in autonomous vehicle development and technology, but all might not be as well as it seems at the company, according to a report published Tuesday...
04:00 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Intel's Latest 8th-Gen Core Processors Focus on Improving Wi-Fi Speeds
IFA 2018 is here, and to go along with the wealth of new laptops that will presumably be announced over the next few days, Intel is taking the wraps off its latest 8th-Gen processors. There are three ...
02:30 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Data of 130 Million Chinese Hotel Chain Guests Sold on Dark Web Forum
A hacker is selling the personal details of over 130 million hotel guests for 8 Bitcoin ($56,000) on a Chinese Dark Web forum. From a report: The breach was reported today by Chinese media after sever...
02:00 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Original Chromebook Pixel Reaches End of Life
Deathlizard writes: The original 2013 Chromebook Pixel, Google's $1200, Core i5 vision of a high end Chromebook, has reached End of Life. Owners are receiving a message that their device is no longer ...
02:00 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Waymo Self-driving Cars Are Having Problems Turning Around Corners
Alphabet's Waymo has long been regarded as the leader in autonomous vehicle development and technology, but all might not be as well as it seems at the company, according to a report published Tuesday...
01:30 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot After Court Order, 3D-Printed Gun Pioneer Now Sells Pay-What-You-Want CAD Files
CaptainDork writes: In a surprising announcement, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson announced Tuesday that while he would continue to comply with a federal court order forbidding him from intern...
01:30 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Data of 130 Million Chinese Hotel Chain Guests Sold on Dark Web Forum
A hacker is selling the personal details of over 130 million hotel guests for 8 Bitcoin ($56,000) on a Chinese Dark Web forum. From a report: The breach was reported today by Chinese media after sever...
01:01 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Reportedly Planning a Free, Ad-supported Video Service for Fire TV Owners
Amazon is making an even bigger play for the television advertising market with a planned launch of an ad-supported video service specifically for Fire TV device owners, according to a report today fr...
12:40 am - Wed, August 29, 2018
Slashdot After Court Order, 3D-Printed Gun Pioneer Now Sells Pay-What-You-Want CAD Files
CaptainDork writes: In a surprising announcement, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson announced Tuesday that while he would continue to comply with a federal court order forbidding him from intern...
11:20 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Reportedly Planning a Free, Ad-supported Video Service for Fire TV Owners
Amazon is making an even bigger play for the television advertising market with a planned launch of an ad-supported video service specifically for Fire TV device owners, according to a report today fr...
10:31 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Is Your Email Address Holding You Back?
Whether you're freelancing or on the job hunt, don't let a poorly conceived online handle limit your career prospects A quick glance at any group email confirms what recruiters and hiring managers kno...
09:20 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Original Chromebook Pixel Reaches End of Life
Deathlizard writes: The original 2013 Chromebook Pixel, Google's $1200, Core i5 vision of a high end Chromebook, has reached End of Life. Owners are receiving a message that their device is no longer ...
08:31 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Is Your Email Address Holding You Back?
Whether you're freelancing or on the job hunt, don't let a poorly conceived online handle limit your career prospects A quick glance at any group email confirms what recruiters and hiring managers kno...
07:30 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Google Made New Search Tools To Help Veterans Find Better Jobs
Google has rolled out a series of search tools to help military veterans find better jobs after returning to civilian life, the company said in a blog post. From a report: Former members of the milita...
06:55 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot NASA Releases Thousands of Hours of Apollo 11 Mission Audio
NASA and the University of Texas have teamed up to digitize 19,000 hours of recordings from the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first two people on the moon. From a report: The audio was uploaded to...
06:18 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus
For over a year, the Chinese government has withheld lab samples of a rapidly evolving influenza virus from the United States -- specimens needed to develop vaccines and treatments, according to feder...
05:42 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Expands Its Express Wi-Fi Program For Developing Markets Via Hardware Partnerships
Facebook is today launching a partner program for its Express Wi-Fi initiative, which helps bring higher-speed connections to developing markets, including India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzan...
05:02 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Rights Groups Are Demanding That Google Doesn't Release A Censored Search Engine In China
More than a dozen tech NGOs and human rights groups have issued an open letter calling on Google to stop work on a censored search engine project in China. From a report: Organizations including Amnes...
04:17 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Internet Groups Urge US Court To Reinstate 'Net Neutrality' Rules
A coalition of trade groups representing companies including Alphabet, Facebook Inc and Amazon.com, urged a U.S. appeals court to reinstate landmark "net neutrality" rules adopted in 2015 to guarantee...
03:35 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot US Government Takes Steps to Bolster CVE Program
The US government is taking steps to fix the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) system that's been plagued by various problems in recent years. From a report: The CVE was created in 1999 by th...
02:40 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot How 'Grand Theft Auto' Is Changing the Way the World Experiences Music
An anonymous reader shares a report: GTA V and its multiplayer GTA Online mode has already proven itself a thriving game and money maker for both developer Rockstar and publisher Take-Two -- with sale...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Trump Accuses Google of Rigging Search Results To Favor 'Bad' News About Him
President Donald Trump says Google search results for "Trump News" show only negative coverage about him. From a report: The results present "only the viewing/reporting of Fake New (sic) Media," the p...
10:00 am - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Tourism is Compromising the World's Largest Telescope
Thousands of people moved to let China build and protect Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest telescope. And then the government drew in orders of magnitud...
08:00 am - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Discover Hidden Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off South Carolina Coast
An anonymous reader shares a report: Little is known about the natural resources of the deep ocean off the United States' Southeast coast from Virginia to Georgia, so Deep Search 2018 was created to l...
05:00 am - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Phone Maker Huawei Risks Alienating Its Loyal Customer Base By Taking a Strong Stand Against Unlocking of Its Handsets, Users Say
A post on Irish technology news blog, which criticizes the recent works of the world's second largest smartphone maker Huawei, is being widely circulated across several Android communities, with most ...
02:00 am - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Air Pollution Causes 'Huge' Reduction in Intelligence, Study Reveals
Air pollution causes a "huge" reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health. Fro...
12:30 am - Tue, August 28, 2018
Slashdot Big Telecom Is Using Robocalls To Fight a Net Neutrality Bill in California
A group with financial ties to AT&T is sending automated messages claiming the law would raise cell phone bills. From a report: Big Telecom is once again trying to disrupt a net neutrality bill in...
11:36 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot New Computer System Helps Slash Cholera Cases in Yemen By Predicting Where Outbreaks Will Occur
Cholera cases in Yemen have been slashed by a new system that predicts where outbreaks will occur. From a report: Last year, there were more than 50,000 new cases in just one week -- this year, the nu...
10:59 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Facebook, Apple and Microsoft Are Contributing To OpenStreetMap
At the recently concluded State of the Map conference in Milan, teams from Microsoft, Apple and Facebook presented their projects, describing how they are working with communities. From a report: The ...
10:13 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Y Combinator Plans To Start Doling Out $60 Million Next Year to Study Universal Basic Income
The research arm of Y Combinator plans to begin a study on universal basic income next year in which it will give unconditional cash payments to 3,000 participants. From a report: The test is partiall...
09:25 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Strong Wind Topples a Wind Turbine in Japan
An anonymous reader writes: Strong gusts brought by Typhoon Cimaron on Friday, August 24, toppled a massive wind turbine in western Japan, local media reported. The 60-meter-tall turbine was located i...
08:45 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot GlobalFoundries Stops All 7nm Development: Opts To Focus on Specialized Processes
GlobalFoundries has made a major strategy shift announcement. The contract maker of semiconductors says it is ceasing development of bleeding edge manufacturing technologies and stop all work on its 7...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Administration on 3-D Gun Blueprint Case
A federal judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction continuing a prohibition on the Trump administration proposal to make available blueprints for so-called ghost guns, untraceable weapons that ...
07:20 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Raspberry Pi's PoE HAT Ships For $20, Tosses in a Free Fan
Raspberry Pi is offering a Power-over-Ethernet HAT board for the RPi 3 Model B+ for $20 that ships with a small fan. Per blog LinuxGizmo, the "802.3af-compliant 'Raspberry Pi PoE HAT' allows delivery ...
06:41 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu and CentOS Are Undoing a GNOME Security Feature
An anonymous reader writes: Current versions of Ubuntu and CentOS are disabling a security feature that was added to the GNOME desktop environment last year. The feature's name is Bubblewrap, which is...
06:01 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Smart Tags Add Touch Controls To Ordinary Objects
The idea of an inexpensive tag capable of transforming any object into a smart device is not necessarily new. But most cheap smart tags that lack batteries or complicated electronics can only perform ...
05:22 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise
Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. From a report: The main reason? We're transitioning rapidly to a...
04:40 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot 'Irresponsible' Google Refused Fortnite's Request To Delay Vulnerability Disclosure To Score Cheap PR Points, Says Epic's Chief
The leader of the firm behind the hit game Fortnite has accused Google of being "irresponsible" in the way it revealed a flaw affecting the Android version of the title. BBC, with additional input fro...
04:02 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Does Google Actually Make Us Dumber?
Another spate of high-profile and provocative psychology studies have failed to replicate, dealing blows to the theories that fiction makes readers empathetic, for example, or that the internet makes ...
03:25 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Tech Industry Pursues a Federal Privacy Law, on Its Own Terms
An anonymous reader shares a report: In recent months, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft and others have aggressively lobbied officials in the Trump administration and elsewhere to start outlining a fe...
02:45 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Xbox All Access
Microsoft today confirmed the rumors: Xbox All Access is a new subscription offering that ties a console to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for two years. From a report: "For no upfront cost and one...
02:07 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Launch Three New iPhone Models Next Month, Report Says
Next month, Apple plans to introduce three new phones in September -- an updated iPhone X, a bigger phone and a successor to the iPhone 8 with the iPhone X design, Bloomberg reports. The updated iPhon...
01:30 pm - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Mass Shooting Reported at Madden Video Game Tournament in Florida
Multiple people on live streams and social media reported a mass shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, this morning. The Jacksonville County Sheriff's Office confirmed that ...
11:00 am - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Magic Leap is a Tragic Heap, Says Oculus Cofounder
Palmer Luckey, the co-founder of Oculus, has something to say about the competing Magic Leap gear. He writes: The title of this review was carefully chosen, not glibly. I want what is best for VR and ...
07:00 am - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Why Don't We Care About The Rotten Tomatoes Scores Of TV Shows?
Why do we never utter sentences like "'Cobra Kai' has been certified 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes?" or "'Stranger Things'" was rated 8.9 out of 10 on IMDb"? It's not because the reviews of TV shows a...
04:00 am - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Mass Shooting Reported at Madden Video Game Tournament in Florida
Multiple people on live streams and social media reported a mass shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, this morning. The Jacksonville County Sheriff's Office confirmed that ...
03:00 am - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot India's Biometric Database Is Creating A Perfect Surveillance State -- And U.S. Tech Companies Are On Board
Big U.S. technology companies are involved in the construction of one of the most intrusive citizen surveillance programs in history, HuffingtonPost notes in a new report. From the story: For the past...
12:30 am - Mon, August 27, 2018
Slashdot Linux 4.19 Preparing Better CPU Security Mitigations, New EROFS File-System
An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds released on Sunday Linux 4.19-rc1 that he describes as a "fairly frustrating merge window" following the new features landing over the past two weeks. What d...
11:01 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Six To Eight Hours of Sleep Best For the Heart, Says Study
Research shows sleep deprivation or excessive hours in bed increase risk of coronary artery disease or stroke. From a report: Six to eight hours of sleep a night is most beneficial for the heart, whil...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Sea Level Rise Already Causing Billions in Home Value To Disappear
Sea level rise may seem like a far-off threat, but a growing number of new studies, including one out this week, shows that real estate markets have already started responding to increased flooding ri...
09:10 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot It's Not Technology That's Disrupting Our Jobs
The history of labor shows that technology does not usually drive social change, argues Louis Hyman, director of the Institute for Workplace Studies at the ILR School at Cornell. On the contrary, soci...
07:20 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Mass Shooting Reported at Madden Video Game Tournament in Florida
Multiple people on live streams and social media reported a mass shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, this morning. The Jacksonville County Sheriff's Office confirmed that ...
07:11 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Smartphones From 11 OEMs, Including Google, Samsung, HTC, Lenovo and Sony, Vulnerable To Attacks Via Hidden AT Commands
An anonymous reader writes: In massive and groundbreaking research, a team of eleven scientists from the University of Florida, Stony Brook University, and Samsung Research America, have looked into w...
06:15 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Google Home Outships Amazon Echo for Second Quarter in Row
According to the research firm Canalys, Google shipped 5.4 million Google Home speakers in the quarter, compared to 4.1 million for Echo. It's the second quarter in a row that Echo took a backseat to ...
05:00 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Mining Now Accounts For Almost One Percent of the World's Energy Consumption
It is well-established established that Bitcoin mining -- aka, donating one's computing power to keep a cryptocurrency network up and running in exchange for a chance to win some free crypto -- uses a...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Phone Numbers Were Never Meant as ID. Now We're All At Risk
One key lesson from the recent T-Mobile and several other breaches: our phone numbers, that serve as a means to identity and verify ourselves, are increasingly getting targeted, and the companies are ...
03:00 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Only 1 in 3 Publishers Sees a Clear Traffic Boost From Google's AMP
As Google pushes its AMP (accelerated mobile pages) project among publishers, assuring them of the traffic and efficiency gains, a new research finds some shortcomings in that promise. Web analytics s...
02:00 pm - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Videogame Developers Are Making It Harder To Stop Playing
Videogames have gotten harder to turn off, mental-health experts and parents say, raising concerns about the impact of seemingly endless gaming sessions on players' lives. From a report: Game develope...
11:34 am - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Bill Gates Argues 'Supply and Demand' Doesn't Apply To Software
"Not enough people are paying attention to this economic trend," writes Bill Gates, challenging the widespread use of forecasts and policies based on a "supply and demand" economic model. An anonymous...
08:04 am - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Student Arrested For Posting Zombie-Killing AR Game Clip Filmed at His High School
18-year-old high school student Sean Small was arrested in Indiana on Tuesday and charged with a misdemeanor for posting a videogame clip to social media. An anonymous reader quotes Yahoo Lifestyle:Th...
04:04 am - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Sportsbooks Start Refusing More Bets From 'Wise Guys' Trying To Win
Sportsbooks have closed 50,000 betting accounts just in the U.K. -- and placed strict limits on 50,000 more, according to gaming experts contacted by ESPN. "Bookmakers from London to Las Vegas are ref...
01:34 am - Sun, August 26, 2018
Slashdot Facing 'Net Neutrality' Criticism, Verizon Suddenly Lifts Data Caps On All Public Safety Workers
An anonymous reader writes:Verizon testified Friday before a California State Assembly committee about why its "throttling" of county firefighters was completely unrelated to net neutrality. Then they...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Half of Audited JavaScript Projects Contained a Vulnerability
NPM Inc. added a feature to JavaScript's package manager this spring letting users type npm audit fix to replace old, insecure project modules -- and the Register asked them how it's going?Since April...
10:39 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Is Amazon Rigging the Bidding For Massive Government Contracts?
SpzToid quotes Vanity Fair:The controversy involves a plan to move all of the Defense Department's data -- classified and unclassified -- on to the cloud. The information is currently strewn across so...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Read Two Of This Year's 2018 Hugh Award Winners Online
AmiMoJo quotes the Verge:The 2018 Hugo Awards were held Sunday night at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California. The Hugo award, voted on by members of the fan community, is consi...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Struggling MoviePass Kills Off Its Annual Plan -- Even If You Already Paid For It
Slashdot reader nolaguy quotes the New York Post:Movie subscription service MoviePass has pulled the plug on annual subscriptions, telling those subscribers that they will have to adhere to the same t...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot EFF Defends Bruce Perens In Appeal of Open Source Security/Spengler Ruling
Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond -- and he's also Slashdot reader #3872. "The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed an answering brief in defense of Bruce Perens...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Nanotubes Can Shape Water Molecules Into 'Two-Dimensional Ice'
Iwastheone quotes Phys.org:First, according to Rice University engineers, get a nanotube hole. Then insert water. If the nanotube is just the right width, the water molecules will align into a square ...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Intel 'Petitioned Microsoft Heavily' Not To Choose ARM For Surface Go, Report Says
Microsoft launched its new Surface Go device earlier this month with an Intel Pentium Gold processor inside. It's been one of the main focus points for discussions around performance and mobility for ...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot 'The Big Bang Theory' Is Finally Ending
"The Big Bang Theory is dead. If you need me, I'll be dancing on its grave," writes a TV columnist for the Guardian:The inexplicably popular geek sitcom has announced that its 12th season will be its ...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Russian Trolls Tried -- and Failed -- To Push Divisive Content On Vaccines
Russian trolls "seem to be using vaccination as a wedge issue, promoting discord in American society," according to a new study shared by long-time Slashdot reader skam240."The topic became another is...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot America's Energy Department Works With Bill Gates To Test Mini Nuclear Reactors
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Examiner:The Energy Department is participating in a major push with electric utility Southern and a company founded by Microsoft founder Bill Gates to develo...
11:30 am - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot No, a Teen Did Not Hack a State Election
Headlines from Def Con, a hacking conference held this month in Las Vegas, might have left some thinking that infiltrating state election websites and affecting the 2018 midterm results would be child...
08:00 am - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Teenaged YouTube 'Counter-Strike' Star Dies, Kills Two In Fiery Wrong-Way Highway Crash
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:The 18-year-old who sped the wrong way down state Route 805 Thursday, crashing into a SUV and killing himself, a 12-year-old girl and her mother, was a YouTube star...
03:48 am - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Investors Convinced Him Tesla Should Stay Public
Weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed his intentions to take his company private, on late Friday, he said investors have convinced him that he shouldn't take the company private, so the firm will ...
02:00 am - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Epic's First Fortnite Installer Allowed Hackers To Covertly Download and Install Anything on Users' Android Phones, Google Researchers Say
Epic decided to ditch Google Play Store for its sleeper hit Fortnite. By doing so, while Epic may have saved some money that it would have had to split with Google, it also ran into an issue that it c...
12:50 am - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Linux Turns 27
It's been 27 years since Linus Torvalds let a group of people know about his "hobby" OS. OMGUbuntu blog writes: Did you know that Linux, like Queen Elizabeth II, actually has two birthdays? Some FOSS ...
12:10 am - Sat, August 25, 2018
Slashdot Massive Recall of Homeopathic Kids' Products Spotlights Dubious Health Claims
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement that the homeopathic drug company King Bio is recalling 32 of its children's pain-relievers. According to the FDA, a "small...
11:25 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Airbnb Sues New York City To Block User-Data Bill Over Privacy
Airbnb has filed a lawsuit against the city of New York over a recent law the city passed, requiring the home-sharing site to hand over information about its hosts. From a report: The company is hopin...
10:47 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Senators Demand Voting Machine Vendor Explain Why It Dismisses Researchers Prodding Its Devices
Four US senators, members of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter on Wednesday to Election Systems and Software (ES&S), the largest voting machine vendor in the US, asking...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Google Might Be Hiding the Fact That Its Own Reviews Are Shoddy
Google appears to have quietly purged its own user-generated review content from its search results. From a report: This is significant, critics of Google say, because it obscures the fact that Google...
08:55 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot China Shuts Down Blockchain News Accounts on WeChat App, Bans Hotels in Beijing From Hosting Cryptocurrency Events
China has shut down numerous blockchain-related news accounts on the WeChat social app, and banned hotels in downtown Beijing from hosting events promoting cryptocurrencies, in a renewed crackdown on ...
08:15 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Europe To Ban Halogen Lightbulbs
After nearly 60 years of brightening homes and streets, halogen lightbulbs will finally be banned across Europe on 1 September. From a report: The lights will dim gradually for halogen. Remaining stoc...
07:36 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Japan Wants To Bring Flying Cars To Its Skies
Japan is making a push to develop flying cars, enlisting companies including Uber and Boeing in a government-led group to bring airborne vehicles to the country in the next decade. From a report: The ...
06:46 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Trump Accuses Social Media Firms of 'Silencing Millions'
U.S. President Donald Trump accused social media companies on Friday of silencing "millions of people" in an act of censorship, but without offering evidence to support the claim. From a report: "Soci...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Warehouse Envoys Rally To Tweet Upbeat Comments About Working Conditions
Amazon has been criticized for years by activists and labor unions for working conditions in its warehouses. So it caught the eye of a Seattle Times journalist when he saw several people, all of which...
05:25 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Woman Sues US Border Agents Over Seized iPhone
An American woman who had her phone seized by border agents as she returned home to the United States is suing the country's border protection agency. Bob the Super Hamste shares a report: Rejhane Laz...
04:45 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Deliver a Longer-Lasting Lithium-Oxygen Battery
Packing more energy into batteries is the key to delivering electric cars with longer range, smartphones that can last days -- and cheaper electronic products all around. Lithium-oxygen batteries repr...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Bitdefender Disables Anti-Exploit Monitoring in Chrome After Google Policy Change
secwatcher shares a report: Last week we reported that Chrome has started displaying alerts more often that suggest users remove programs that are considered incompatible applications with Chrome beca...
03:20 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot IRC Turns 30
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) was born at the Department of Information Processing Science of the University of Oulu 30 years ago. Taking some time out of his summer job, Jarkko Oikarinen developed the in...
02:40 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Stole Personal Data of 2 Million T-Mobile Customers
On late Thursday, T-Mobile revealed that hackers stole some of the personal data of 2 million people in a new data breach. From a report: In a brief intrusion, hackers stole "some" customer data inclu...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Linux Apps Are Not Coming To Many Still-Supported Chromebooks
While we know that Linux app support is coming to a range of Chromebooks from Lenovo, Acer, Dell and others, a post on the Chromium Gerrit reveals that devices running Linux 3.14 or older will miss ou...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot North Korean Hackers Hit Cryptocurrency Exchange With macOS Malware
A North Korea-linked hacking group, dubbed Lazarus, deployed malware for macOS in an effort to infiltrate cryptocurrency exchanges. "In one of the attacks, which Kaspersky refers to as Operation Apple...
10:00 am - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Windows 95 Is Now An App You Can Download and Install On macOS, Windows, and Linux
Slack developer Felix Rieseberg has made Windows 95 into an electron app that you can run on macOS, Windows, and Linux. The source code and app installers are available on GitHub. According to The Ver...
07:00 am - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Apple Hired Scores of Ex-Tesla Employees This Year
According to CNBC, citing current and former Tesla employees and LinkedIn, Apple has hired scores of employees from Tesla since late 2017, including manufacturing, security and software engineers, as ...
03:30 am - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot No Healthy Level of Alcohol Consumption, Says Major Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Even the occasional drink is harmful to health, according to the largest and most detailed research carried out on the effects of alcohol, which ...
01:30 am - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Comcast/Charter Lobby Asks FTC To Preempt State Broadband Regulations
Lobby groups on behalf of Comcast and Charter are asking the FTC to preempt state and local broadband regulations. "In comments filed this week, cable industry lobby group NCTA told the FTC that 'ther...
12:50 am - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Google Removes Accounts Tied To Iran-Led Misinformation Campaign
In a blog post, Google shared an update regarding its efforts to combat state-sponsored phishing attacks and to remove accounts associated with an influence operation linked to Iran. Engadget reports:...
12:10 am - Fri, August 24, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Is the Latest Company To Try Bypassing Apple's App Store
Netflix is testing a way for users to register and pay for the streaming service while bypassing Apple's app store and hefty commission fees. MarketWatch reports: Netflix is looking into a new sign-up...
11:30 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot The Consequences of Indecency
Ron Wyden, a senior U.S. Senator from Oregon, argues there should be consequences for internet companies that refuse to remove hate speech from their platforms. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt f...
10:50 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Nikon Strikes Back At Sony With First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras
After weeks of teases, Nikon has unveiled its first brand new full-frame mirrorless cameras to challenge Sony in the mirrorless market. As The Verge notes, the Z7 and Z6 are "basically a tit-for-tat r...
10:13 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Millions of Texas Voter Records Exposed Online
A folder containing an estimated 14.8 million Texas voter records was left on an unsecured server without a password. Considering Texas has 19.3 million registered voters, this leak is very substantia...
09:35 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Hit With US Bribery Probe Over Deals in Hungary
Microsoft is being investigated by U.S. authorities over potential bribery and corruption related to software sales in Hungary, WSJ reported Thursday. From a report: The investigation follows a series...
08:55 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Intel's Reworked Microcode Security Fix License No Longer Prohibits Benchmarking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Intel has backtracked on the license for its latest microcode update that mitigates security vulnerabilities in its processors -- after the previ...
08:16 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Crowdsourcing the Hunt For Software Bugs is a Booming Business -- and a Risky One
The cybersecurity gig economy has expanded to hundreds of thousands of hackers, many of whom have had some experience in the IT security industry. Some still have jobs and hunt bugs in their spare tim...
07:31 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Venmo Considers Making it Harder to See What Other People Are Buying, Report Says
Tap on the Venmo app on your phone, and chances are you'll greeted with a running list of payments made from one person to another for anything from brunch bills to rent payments. But the real-time ti...
06:49 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot How an International Hacker Network Turned Stolen Press Releases Into $100 million
Isobel Koshiw, reporting for The Verge: At a Kiev nightclub in the spring of 2012, 24-year-old Ivan Turchynov made a fateful drunken boast to some fellow hackers. For years, Turchynov said, he'd been ...
06:24 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot VP Pence Talks Moon Return and Mars Mission at NASA
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at NASA's Johnson Space Center on Thursday about the agency's plans to send humans back to the moon for the first time in almost half a century and eventually on to Mar...
05:43 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot China Sees Surge in Personal Information Up For Sale
Personal data has become widely available in China and can be scooped up for pennies by insurance companies, banks, loan sharks, and scammers alike, according to sellers and financiers interviewed by ...
05:00 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Encrypted Communications Apps Failed To Protect Michael Cohen
An anonymous reader shares a report: Within the detailed federal allegations against former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to eight charges including campaign finance...
04:08 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Reality Winner Sentenced To More Than 5 Years For Leaking Info About Russia Hacking Attempts
A former government contractor who pleaded guilty to leaking U.S. secrets about Russia's attempts to hack the 2016 presidential election was sentenced Thursday to five years and three months in prison...
03:20 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot As PHP 5.6, Still Used By a Large Number of Websites, Approaches Its End of Life Deadline, Some Worry About the Consequences
An anonymous reader writes: I know PHP isn't to some devs liking, but chances are you know people who work with PHP or have sites that are built with it. PHP 5.6 and 7.0 are shortly coming to the end ...
02:40 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Spyware Company Leaves 'Terabytes' of Selfies, Text Messages, and Location Data
An anonymous reader writes: Spyfone, a company that sells surveillance software to parents and employers left 'terabytes of data' including photos, audio recordings, text messages and web history, exp...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot DNC Says Reported Hack Attempt Was a False Alarm
furry_wookie writes: A suspected attempt to hack into the Democratic National Committee's voter database was actually a cybersecurity test [Editor's note: the originally submitted article might be pay...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Australia Bans Huawei, ZTE From Supplying Technology For Its 5G Network
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Australia has blocked Huawei and ZTE from providing equipment for its 5G network, which is set to launch commercially next year. In a tweet, Huawei...
10:00 am - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Driverless Startup Zoox Suddenly Removes CEO
Last month, Bloomberg shed some light on a secretive Australian startup called Zoox that is working on an autonomous vehicle unlike any other. It can reportedly make noises to communicate with pedestr...
07:00 am - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot New Research Suggests Evolution Might Favor 'Survival of the Laziest'
Zorro shares a report from Phys.org: If you've got an unemployed, 30-year-old adult child still living in the basement, fear not. A new large-data study of fossil and extant bivalves and gastropods in...
03:30 am - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Poor Sleep Alters Metabolism and Boosts Body's Ability To Store Fat, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The latest study provides new evidence that sleep deprivation has a direct influence on basic metabolism and the body's balance between fat and m...
01:05 am - Thu, August 23, 2018
Slashdot Apple Removes Facebook's Onavo Security App From the App Store
Apple has removed Facebook's Onavo security app from the App Store because it violated the company's privacy rules. In a statement to CNBC, an Apple spokesperson said: "We work hard to protect user pr...
11:20 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Intel Publishes Microcode Security Patches With No Benchmarks Or Profiling Allowed
Long-time Slashdot reader Bruce Perens writes: The Register reports that Debian is rejecting a new Intel microcode update because of a new license term prohibiting the use of the CPU for benchmarks an...
10:40 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot LA County Gets State Approval of New Vote-Counting System Using Open-Source Software
A new voting system that uses open-source software for counting ballots has been approved by California elections officials. "The certification of the new tally system for the county paves the way for...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Fire Department Rejects Verizon's 'Customer Support Mistake' Excuse For Throttling
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A fire department whose data was throttled by Verizon Wireless while it was fighting California's largest-ever wildfire has rejected Verizon's cl...
09:20 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Colorado Prepares To Install 'Smart Road' Product By Integrated Roadways
Wave723 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: On August 30, a startup plans to add its "smart pavement" to an intersection in an industrial corner of Denver, Colorado. The company has encased assorted e...
08:40 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Wants To Use Machine Learning To Make MRIs Faster
Facebook believes they can use machine learning to speed up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Computer scientists from the social networking site are working with New York University's medical s...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot 'Legacy System' Exposed Black Hat 2018 Attendees' Contact Info
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A "legacy system" was to blame for exposing the contact information of attendees of this year's Black Hat security conference. Colorado-based pen t...
07:26 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Apple and Google Face Growing Revolt Over App Store 'Tax'
A backlash against the app stores of Apple and Google is gaining steam, with a growing number of companies saying the tech giants are collecting too high a tax for connecting consumers to developers' ...
06:42 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot You Spend More Than 5 Hours Each Week Checking Your Email
In a survey of more than 1,000 "white-collar workers" across the U.S., people reported checking their email an average of 2.5 hours each weekday. The average person checks work email more than three h...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Walmart Launches Online Store For Ebooks, Audiobooks
Amazon just got yet another competitor in the ebook and audiobook space: Walmart launched its very own digital book store Wednesday, selling ebooks as well as audiobooks through its website and dedica...
05:12 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Democratic National Committee Says Hackers Unsuccessfully Targeted Voter Database
The Democratic National Committee contacted the FBI on Tuesday after it detected what it believes was the beginning of a sophisticated attempt to hack into its voter database, a Democratic source tell...
04:50 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot China's Xiaomi Announces New Venture To Bring Budget Flagship Smartphones To Over 50 Markets; Announces $300 Handset Featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845
Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has made a name for itself selling impressively durable smartphones at aggressive price points. But the company has so far focused on low and mid-tier handsets that it...
04:10 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot New Tech Lets Submarines 'Email' Planes
A way for submerged submarines to communicate with planes has been developed by researchers at MIT. From a report: At present, it is difficult for planes to pick up underwater sonar signals because th...
03:30 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Chinese President Xi Jinping Says Internet Must Be 'Clean and Righteous'
The internet must be "clean and righteous" and vulgar content must be resisted in the field of culture, Chinese President Xi Jinping told a meeting of senior propaganda officials, state media said on ...
02:40 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Google, Apple and 13 Other Companies That No Longer Require Employees To Have a College Degree
The economy continues to be a friendly place for job seekers today, and not just for the ultra-educated -- economists are predicting ever-improving prospects for workers without a degree as well. From...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Chrome 69 is Coming: Not Just a New Look But Flash's Life is About To Get Even Harder
Google's curvy tab Material Design update for Chrome will arrive in version 69 of the browser due out in September. From a report: Google flags the upcoming changes in its Enterprise release notes for...
09:30 am - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot GOG Launches FCKDRM To Promote DRM-Free Art and Media
An anonymous reader shares a report: GOG, the digital distribution platform for DRM-free video games and video, has launched a new initiative designed to promote content without embedded DRM. The plat...
05:00 am - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot As Value of Cryptocurrencies Falls, a Lot of New and Risk-Taking Investors Are Suffering Immensely
After the latest round of big price drops, many cryptocurrencies have given back all of the enormous gains they experienced last winter. The value of all outstanding digital tokens has fallen by about...
02:00 am - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Evidence is Piling Up That Facebook Can Incite Racial Violence
Higher use of the world's dominant social network has now been strongly linked with more attacks on refugees in Germany. From a report: Greater use, greater violence: Specifically, in towns where "per...
12:30 am - Wed, August 22, 2018
Slashdot Steam Gets Built-in Tools To Let You Run Windows Games on Linux -- Now Available in Beta
Steam Play -- Valve's name for its cross-platform initiative -- is getting a major update, adding built-in tools that would allow users to run Windows games on Linux. It's now available in beta. From ...
11:20 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Texas ISP Slams Music Industry For Trying To Turn It Into a 'Copyright Cop'
An ISP based in Texas has complained to a judge that the music industry is trying to turn internet providers into the "copyright police." From a report: "This case is an attempt by the US recording in...
10:40 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Senators Introduce Bill That Would Require State and Local Governments To Use Paper Ballots in an Effort To Secure Elections
From a report: On Tuesday, nine Senators introduced a bill that would require state and local governments to use paper ballots in an effort to secure elections from hackers. The bill would also requir...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Intel Details Cascade Lake, Hardware Mitigations for Meltdown, Spectre
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ever since Meltdown and Spectre were disclosed, Intel's various customers have been asking how long it would take for hardware fixes to these problems to ship. The...
09:15 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Java and JavaScript Remain the Top Enterprise Developer Languages For the Cloud, Survey Finds
Programmers may love hot newer languages like Kotlin and Rust, but according to a Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF) recent survey of global enterprise developers and IT decision makers, Java and Javascri...
08:34 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Verizon Throttled Fire Department's 'Unlimited' Data During Calif. Wildfire
Verizon Wireless's throttling of a fire department that uses its data services has been submitted as evidence in a lawsuit that seeks to reinstate federal net neutrality rules. From a report: "County ...
07:50 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Google's Data Collection is Hard To Escape, Study Claims
Citing a report [PDF] published on Tuesday by Digital Content Next and Vanderbilt University, CNN writes that "short of chucking your phone into the river, shunning the internet, and learning to read ...
07:07 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla to Remove Legacy Firefox Add-Ons From Add-On Portal in Early October
Mozilla announced today plans to remove all Firefox legacy add-ons from the official Mozilla add-ons portal in early October. From a report: The move comes after Mozilla updated the Firefox core to us...
06:20 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot 'Calculators Killed the Standard Statistical Table'
theodp writes: In an obituary of sorts for the standard probability tables that were once ubiquitous in introductory statistics textbooks, Rick Wicklin writes: "In my first probability and statistics ...
05:40 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Gig Economy Pressures Make Drivers 'More Likely To Crash'
Drivers and couriers who get their work from apps face a "heightened risk" of crashes, a study suggests. From a report: Research from University College London (UCL) indicated 42% of "gig-economy" cou...
05:00 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot How AI Can Spot Exam Cheats and Raise Standards
AI is being deployed by those who set and mark exams to reduce fraud -- which remains overall a small problem -- and to create far greater efficiencies in preparation and marking, and to help improve ...
04:30 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Facebook is Rating Users Based On Their 'Trustworthiness'
Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1. From a report: Facebook hasn't been shy about rating the trustworthiness of news ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Facebook is Rating Users Based On Their 'Trustworthiness'
Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1. From a report: Facebook hasn't been shy about rating the trustworthiness of news ...
03:50 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Engineering Experts Knew Italian Bridge Had Corrosion Problems Before It Collapsed, Report Says
McGruber shares a report: Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent -- a finding...
03:40 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Engineering Experts Knew Italian Bridge Had Corrosion Problems Before It Collapsed, Report Says
McGruber shares a report: Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent -- a finding...
03:21 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Internet Users Cross 800 Million Mark
There are now as many internet users in China as there are people in the United States, Indonesia and Brazil combined. From a report: While two in five Chinese are still offline, the country's interne...
02:40 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot People Keep Trying To Scam Their Way Into Free Video Games
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's an epidemic that has been affecting indie game developers for years. When a game launches, strange emails start coming in. Sometimes they claim to be reviewer...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Russian Hackers Targeted US Conservative Think-Tanks, Says Microsoft
retroworks shares a report: Hackers linked to Russia's government tried to target the websites of two right-wing U.S. think-tanks, suggesting they were broadening their attacks in the build-up to Nove...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot 22 States Ask US Appeals Court To Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia late Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate the Obama administration's 2015...
10:00 am - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Judge Guts FTC's $4 Billion Lawsuit Against DirecTV
The FTC has "failed to convince a federal judge in San Francisco that DirecTV should pay nearly $4 billion in restitution to customers for allegedly misleading consumers about the costs of programming...
07:00 am - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot NASA Supports SpaceX Plan To Fuel Rockets With Astronauts On Board
For years, NASA has been debating whether to allow SpaceX to fuel its spacecraft with super-cold propellant after astronauts have boarded. While the company typically fuels its rockets shortly before ...
03:30 am - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere
An anonymous reader shares a report from NPR about ecologist Chelsea Rochman, who has dedicated her career to studying how microplastics are getting into the food chain and affecting everything from b...
02:10 am - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Antenna Sales Are Rising, In Another Sign of Churn In TV Watching
Rick Schumann shares a report from Star Tribune: Twenty percent of homes in the U.S. use a digital antenna to access live TV, up from 16 percent just two years ago, according to Parks Associates marke...
01:30 am - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot After 60 Years, 1,900-Mile-Long Interstate 95 Is Almost Finished
"It has taken 60 years, but a small, strange gap in Interstate-95 is being filled," writes Slashdot reader McGruber. Bloomberg reports: Near the Pennsylvania border, drivers have long been forced off ...
12:50 am - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Man Sues Over Google's 'Location History' Fiasco, Case Could Affect Millions
Last week, The Associated Press found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've explicitly disabled the location sharing feature. As a result, Go...
12:10 am - Tue, August 21, 2018
Slashdot Summer Weather Is Getting 'Stuck' Due To Arctic Warming
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Summer weather patterns are increasingly likely to stall in Europe, North America and parts of Asia, according to a new climate study that explai...
11:30 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Find Direct Evidence of Ice On the Moon
According to a new study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists have found the first direct evidence of frozen water on the Moon's poles. "The discovery is...
10:50 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Prepares To Kill the Windows 8 Store: No New Apps From November
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Windows 8.1 dropped out of mainstream support earlier this year, entering the five-year extended support period in which it receives only securit...
10:10 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Unveils Powerful New RTX 2070 and 2080 Graphics Cards
During a pre-Gamescom 2018 livestream from Cologne, Germany, Nvidia on Monday unveiled new GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti high-end graphics cards. These new 20-series cards will succeed Nv...
09:30 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Staff At Gatwick Airport Use Whiteboards After Flight Information Screens Fail
Staff at the Gatwick Airport in southeast England had to write flight information on whiteboards for most of the day due to a technical problem with its digital screens. The BBC reports: Vodafone prov...
08:50 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot President Trump Says It is 'Very Dangerous' When Companies Like Twitter Regulate Own Content
In an interview with Reuters on Monday, the U.S. President Donald Trump said that it is "very dangerous" for social media companies like Twitter and Facebook to regulate the content on their own platf...
08:10 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot It's Time to End the 'Data Is' vs 'Data Are' Debate
dmoberhaus writes: After receiving too many irate emails about using "data" in the singular, a reporter spoke to two lexicographers about how the language changes over time and why it's perfectly acce...
07:29 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot How Amazon, One of the Richest Companies in the World, Secretly Offloads Its Electricity Costs To Local Taxpayers Who Live Near Its Data Centers
Several readers have shared this Bloomberg report: Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud computing business, is its fastest-growing and most profitable division, but it comes with a lot of upfront ...
06:46 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot China's Huawei Caught Faking DSLR Shots as Smartphone Pictures in a Commercial
Smartphone cameras are better than ever, but sometimes there's just no substitute for a full-sized DSLR. Unfortunately, it seems that Huawei thinks so, too. From a report: A shot in the company's late...
06:06 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot New York City Announces Plans To Introduce Legislation To Cut Building Emission, Its Top Source Of Climate Pollution
A top New York City lawmaker announced a bill Monday to mandate dramatic energy use cuts in big buildings, by far the biggest source of carbon dioxide, in a historic move that could set a new standard...
05:30 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot 'This is Not Your Father's Microsoft': CEO Satya Nadella On Helping a Faded Legend Find a 'Sense of Purpose'
News outlet CNET has two big stories on Microsoft today. The publication interviewed CEO Satya Nadella on the changes he has made since taking the top job. The stories, among other things, talks about...
04:55 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Google Just Put an AI in Charge of Keeping Its Data Centers Cool
Google is putting an artificial intelligence system in charge of its data center cooling after the system proved it could cut energy use. From a report: Now Google and its AI company DeepMind are taki...
04:24 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Kindle Voyage May Be Over
Amazon's Kindle e-reader family seems to have lost a member along the way, with the disappearance of the Voyage from its Kindle Family listing. From a report: The site now lists just three models in i...
03:31 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot IGN Pulls Ex-Editor's Posts After Dozens More Plagiarism Accusations Surface
An anonymous reader shares a report: The gaming site IGN is working to remove all of the posts written by former editor Filip Miucin, who was fired two weeks ago for plagiarism, after internet sleuths...
02:54 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Gmail Now Lets You Send Self-Destructing 'Confidential Mode' Emails From Your Phone
Google has rolled out its 'confidential mode' for setting a self-destruct date on email to mobile devices. From a report: Confidential mode came with the search company's big redesign of Gmail announc...
02:13 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Bank of England Chief Economist Warns On AI jobs Threat
The chief economist of the Bank of England has warned that the UK will need a skills revolution to avoid "large swathes" of people becoming "technologically unemployed" as artificial intelligence make...
01:00 pm - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Saint Louis University Is Outfitting Student Living Spaces With Thousands of Echo Dots
Saint Louis University announced this week a plan to outfit living spaces with 2,300 Echo Dots. The smart speakers will be ready by the time classes start later this month. TechCrunch reports: SLU is ...
11:11 am - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Poised To Open Its First Permanent Retail Store
Google is planning to open a 14,000 square-foot retail store in Chicago's Fulton Market district, according to local media reports from Crain's Chicago Business and Chicago Tribune. While Google has o...
07:00 am - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Construction Begins On $1 Billion Telescope That Will Take Pictures 10 Times Sharper Than Hubble's
The $1 billion Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile is officially under construction with a scheduled date of operation in 2024. The telescope "will have an array of seven enormous mirrors totaling 80 fe...
05:30 am - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Apple Pulls 25,000 Apps From China Amid a Barrage of State-Media Criticism
Apple has pulled more than 25,000 illegal apps from its App Store in China after coming under fire from state media for not doing enough to filter out banned material. From a report: "Gambling apps ar...
05:05 am - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot BitTorrent Founder Bram Cohen Has Left the Company
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Bram Cohen, a co-founder of BitTorrent, the company which oversees the development of eponymous P2P protocol, has left its board, he told TorrentFre...
03:30 am - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It
The New York Times tells the story of Dr. Michael Holick, a Boston University endocrinologist "who perhaps more than anyone else is responsible for creating a billion-dollar vitamin D sales and testin...
01:11 am - Mon, August 20, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Amsterdam Store Evacuated After iPad Battery Explodes
Slashdot readers radi0man and DeBaas report of an exploding iPad battery in Apple's Amsterdam store. DeBaas writes: An exploding iPad led to the Amsterdam Apple store being evacuated, as reported by 9...
11:23 pm - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot China Aims To Narrow Cyberwarfare Gap With US
According to the Department of Defense, China is looking to narrow the gap with the U.S. in terms of cyberwarfare capabilities. "The Pentagon report said that in recent years the Chinese army has emph...
09:21 pm - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot 'Americans Own Less Stuff, and That's Reason To Be Nervous'
Bloomberg's Tyler Cowen writes about "the erosion of personal ownership and what that will mean for our loyalties to traditional American concepts of capitalism and private property." An anonymous Sla...
08:20 pm - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Deletes All User Reviews
Netflix has removed all user reviews from its site, just like they said they would in early July. Here's what Netflix now has to say about posting reviews on its site: "Netflix customers were able to ...
07:19 pm - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Rolls-Royce Launches New Battery System To Electrify Ships
Rolls-Royce, a British power system company (not to be confused with the luxury automobile maker), is launching a new battery system to electrify ships. "Rolls-Royce now offers SAVe Energy, a cost com...
06:18 pm - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Stolen Android Anti-Piracy Software Dumped On Github
Dexguard, a tool used to protect Android software from piracy, tampering and cloning attacks, has been removed after being illegally posted on Github. A version of the tool exposed on the code reposit...
05:17 pm - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Volkswagen's CEO Was Told About Emissions Software Months Before Scandal, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess was told about the existence of cheating software in cars two months before regulators blew the whistle on a ...
04:16 pm - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Does Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' Go Far Enough?
Last month, Gmail's big redesign became default for everyone, changing up the aesthetic appearance of the email service and introducing several new features. One of the key features, Confidential Mode...
03:15 pm - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Uber Loses $900 Million In Second Quarter; Urged By Investors To Sell Off Self-Driving Division
Last week, Uber reported a second-quarter loss of $891 million, even though it brought in $2.8 billion in revenue. "While it's a 16 percent improvement from a year earlier, the loss follows a rare pro...
02:14 pm - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot HUD Files Complaint Alleging Facebook Ad Tools Allow Housing Discrimination
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has filed an official discrimination complaint against Facebook, saying the site's dizzying array...
11:34 am - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Musk's Boring Company Proposes High-Speed Underground Subway To Dodger Stadium
Elon Musk's Boring Company wants to build a transit tunnel connecting Dodger Stadium to a Los Angeles' subway station. An anonymous reader quotes GeekWire: The Boring Company laid out the plan for the...
07:34 am - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Recruiters Are Still Complaining About No-Shows At Interviews
An anonymous reader quotes CNN Money:Chandra Kill had scheduled face-to-face interviews with 21 candidates to fill some job openings at her employment screening firm. Only 11 showed up. "About half fl...
04:34 am - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Egypt Fights Terrorism By Censoring Web Sites, Threatening Jail Time For Accessing Them
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups say paves the way for censoring online media. The law, pu...
01:34 am - Sun, August 19, 2018
Slashdot Firefox-Forking Browser 'Pale Moon' Releases Major Update 28.0
Long-time Slashdot reader tdailey spotted a new version of Pale Moon, a customised version of Firefox optimized for speed and efficiency. Beta News reports it's the first major update since November o...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Short Sellers Actually Made Over $1 Billion After Musk's Taking-Private Tweet
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Investors betting that Tesla stock will lose value -- so-called "shorts" -- have made $1.2 billion since CEO Elon Musk first tweeted about taking the company private...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Australians Who Won't Unlock Their Phones Could Face 10 Years In Jail
An anonymous reader quotes the Sophos security blog:The Australian government wants to force companies to help it get at suspected criminals' data. If they can't, it would jail people for up to a deca...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Is Giving Up On the Cryptocurrency Mining Market
"Nvidia's nine-month crypto gold rush is over," reports the Los Angeles Times. An anonymous reader quotes their report:"Our core platforms exceeded our expectations, even as crypto largely disappeared...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot New VORACLE Attack Can Recover HTTP Data From Some VPN Connections
"A new attack named VORACLE can recover HTTP traffic sent via encrypted VPN connections under certain conditions," reports Bleeping Computer, citing research presented last week at the Black Hat and D...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Linux Study Argues Monolithic OS Design Leads To Critical Exploits
Long-time Slashdot reader Mike Bouma shares a paper (via OS News) making the case for "a small microkernel as the core of the trusted computing base, with OS services separated into mutually-protected...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Is 'Rethinking' Its Service, and Suspending 1M Accounts Each Day
Twitter's CEO told the Washington Post he's "rethinking" core parts of Twitter: Dorsey said he was experimenting with features that would promote alternative viewpoints in Twitter's timeline to addres...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Wifi Could Be Used To Detect Guns and Bombs, Researchers Say
An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:Ordinary wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and explosives in public places, according to a study led by the Rutgers University in New Jersey. Wireless signals ca...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot H-1B Visa Use Soared Last Year At Major Tech Firms
"Even as the White House began cracking down on U.S. work visas, major Silicon Valley technology firms last year dramatically ramped up hiring of workers under the controversial H-1B visa program," re...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Encrypt NFSv4 with TLS Encryption Using Stunnel
The systems and database administrator for a Fortune 500 company notes that while NFS is "decades old and predating Linux...the most obvious feature missing from NFSv4 is native, standalone encryption...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot EU Accepts Resolution Abolishing Planned Obsolescence, Making Devices Easier to Repair
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo writes: The European Parliament accepted a resolution to lengthen consumer goods and software's longevity, a counter to the alleged planned obsolescence process built...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot After Employee Revolt, Google Says It's 'Not Close' To Launching Search In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Reports from earlier this month claimed Google was working on products for the Chinese market, detailing plans for a search engine and news app t...
10:00 am - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Two Months Later: NASA's Opportunity Rover Is Still Lost On Mars After Huge Dust Storm
Two months have passed since NASA's Opportunity Mars rover last phoned home. The last time we reported on the rover was on June 12th, when it was trying to survive an intensifying dust storm that was ...
07:00 am - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Will Now Interrupt Series Binges With Video Ads For Its Other Series
Netflix has confirmed that it will start airing video ads for other Netflix series between episodes. These ads will reportedly only be for Netflix content, not outside products or content, and will, a...
03:30 am - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Low-Carb Diets Could Shorten Life, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: In the study, published in The Lancet Public Health, 15,400 people from the U.S. filled out questionnaires on the food and drink they consumed, along ...
01:50 am - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Science Confirms That Women's Pockets Suck For Smartphones
It's a well-documented, often criticized phenomenon that women's pockets are too small to fit a smartphone, but "there's been very little data to back up a wealth of anecdotal evidence," writes Megan ...
01:10 am - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Flat-Out 'Lies' About How Many People Can See Its Ads, Lawsuit Alleges
A new lawsuit claims that Facebook exaggerates how many people can see its ads, thereby defrauding advertisers. "In other words, it is alleged not quite as many eyeballs are seeing Facebook's ads as i...
12:30 am - Sat, August 18, 2018
Slashdot OpenAI Is Beating Humans At 'Dota 2' Because It's Basically Cheating
Motherboard's Matthew Gault provides another possibility for how OpenAI's bots managed to beat professional human players in two consecutive games of Data 2. Gault argues that "it was only possible th...
11:50 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot US Government Seeks Facebook Help To Wiretap Messenger, Report Says
The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, Reuters repor...
11:10 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Reportedly Working On a TiVo-Like DVR For Live TV
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon is developing a new device that records live TV, working around cable providers and encroaching on TiVo's market, according to a person famil...
10:30 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Analysts Say We Are Headed For a Flash Memory Price Crash
With the industry currently facing a very large surplus of NAND flash memory, analysts suggest we could see very significant price drops in SSD and even DRAM in 2019. They say to expect a price correc...
09:50 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot OnePlus 6T Will Launch With T-Mobile, the First US Carrier Partner
OnePlus' next flagship smartphone will be backed by T-Mobile, marking the first time the Chinese-company has partnered with a carrier in the U.S. "T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. carrier partner f...
09:10 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Did Russians Really Penetrate Florida's Election Systems? Maybe
Anonymous readers share a report: Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, has reaped the political whirlwind in the 10 days since he proclaimed that Russian hackers had "penetrated" some of his state's ...
08:30 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot NSA Cracked Open Encrypted Networks of Russian Airlines, Al Jazeera, and Other 'High Potential' Targets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: The National Security Agency successfully broke the encryption on a number of "high potential" virtual private networks, including those of medi...
07:20 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Baseball Players Want Robots To Be Their Umps
The sports world has been dealing with the human error of referees and umpires for decades -- it's pretty much tradition at this point. But with technology that can assess the game more accurately, so...
06:41 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot US Judge Blocks Programs Letting 'Grand Theft Auto' Players 'Cheat'
A federal judge has awarded Take-Two Interactive Software, the maker of the "Grand Theft Auto" series, a preliminary injunction to stop a Georgia man from selling programs that it said helps players c...
06:02 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Ready To Take on Apple and Spotify in Streaming Music
Amazon is turning up the volume in the music business. From a report: The world's largest online retailer will mount the first national TV campaign for its music-streaming service, featuring ads with ...
05:24 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot SuperProf Private Tutor Site Fails Password Test, Makes Accounts Super Easy To Hack
Superprof, which claims to be "the world's largest tutoring network," has made its newest members' passwords utterly predictable... leaving them wide open to hackers. From a report: SuperProf is a web...
04:40 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot This Company Embeds Microchips in Its Employees, and They Love It
Last August, 50 employees at Three Square Market got RFID chips in their hands. Now 80 have them. From a report: The idea came about in early 2017, president of Three Square Market Patrick McMullan sa...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Flight-Simulator Enthusiasts Confident of Real-World Skills
Two anonymous readers share a report: When the ground-services employee who stole a turboprop airliner last week declined air-traffic controllers' piloting advice, saying he had played videogames, it ...
03:20 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Motorola Receives Backlash For Revealing a 'Shameless' Copy of the iPhone X as Its New Model
Smartphone brand Motorola has been criticised for revealing a "shameless" copy of the iPhone X as its new model. BBC: Many phone-makers have copied the look of the iPhone X, which has a smaller bezel ...
02:40 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot World Is Finally Waking Up To Climate Change, Says 'Hothouse Earth' Author
The scorching temperatures and forest fires of this summer's heatwave have finally stirred the world to face the onrushing threat of global warming, claims the climate scientist behind the recent "hot...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Removes 23 Firefox Add-Ons That Snooped On Users
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has removed 23 Firefox add-ons from its add-on store that snooped on users and sent data to remote servers, a Mozilla engineer told Bleeping Computer Friday. The li...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Developing Native Hearing Aid Support For Android
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google announced today that it's working with Danish hearing aid manufacturer GN Hearing to create a new hearing aid spec for Android smartphones ca...
10:00 am - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot The Ampex Sign Is Coming Down
harrymcc writes: If you ever watched anything on videotape, you have Silicon Valley pioneer Ampex -- which invented the technology -- to thank. And for years, the company's vintage sign has stood alon...
07:00 am - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests
dmoberhaus writes: In the first study of its kind, [published this week in the journal Frontiers in Psychology,] researchers dosed 13 people with the potent psychedelic dimethyltryptamine (DMT) to inv...
03:30 am - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot US Bosses Now Earn 312 Times the Average Worker's Wage, Figures Show
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The chief executives of America's top 350 companies earned 312 times more than their workers on average last year, according to a new report publ...
02:05 am - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Amazon In Running To Acquire Landmark Movie Chain
According to Bloomberg, Amazon is in the running to acquire Landmark Theaters, a chain focused on independent and foreign films with more than 50 theaters in 27 markets, including high-profile locatio...
01:25 am - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot The Man Who Jailbreaks Teslas
harrymcc writes: Normally, a totaled Tesla is worth so little that they sell for peanuts at salvage auctions. But Berkeley, California engineer Phil Sadow buys trashed Tesla cars and gets them up and ...
12:45 am - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo's Switch Has Been Hiding a Buried 'VR Mode' For Over a Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Hackers have uncovered and tested a screen-splitting "VR Mode" that has been buried in the Switch's system-level firmware for over a year. The di...
12:03 am - Fri, August 17, 2018
Slashdot MoviePass Is Limiting Selection To 'Up To Six Films' a Day
MoviePass is changing things up once again. In an email, CEO Mitch Lowe outlined the latest updates to the once-unlimited subscription plan. Most notable among the changes is the limiting of selection...
11:20 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Kroger Launches Autonomous Grocery Delivery Service In Arizona
Residents of Scottsdale, Arizona will be able to receive autonomous grocery deliveries from Kroger-owned Fry's Food Stores. The technology required to make this all possible is supplied by Nuro, a sel...
10:40 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Google Employees Protest Secret Work On Censored Search Engine For China
According to The New York Times, "Hundreds of Google employees, upset at the company's decision to secretly build a censored version of its search engine for China, have signed a letter demanding more...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot FDA Approves First Generic Version of EpiPen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto injector for the emergency treatment of...
09:20 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Twitter's Relationship With Third-Party Apps is Messy -- But It's Not Over
It's a day that developers of some of the most high-profile Twitter third-party apps have dreaded, though it's one they've long-known was coming: Twitter is finally shutting off some of the developer ...
08:40 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot A Paper Posted Last Month Claims To Have Achieved Superconductivity at Room Temperature, But Other Physicists Say the Data May Be Incorrect
dmoberhaus writes: Last month, two Indian physicists posted a paper to arxiv claiming to have demonstrated superconductivity at room temperature. If this paper is legitimate, it would represent a brea...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Return of the Bubble Car?
mikeebbbd writes: Back in the 1950s, many European carmakers (some of which are still in operation such as BMW) made tiny cars for one or 2 people that ran on tiny amount of gas. The remaining example...
07:20 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot ARM Makes Its CPU Roadmap Public, Challenges Intel in PCs With Deimos and Hercules Chips
With PC makers like Asus and HP beginning to design laptops and tablets around ARM chips, ARM itself has decided to emerge from the shadows and unroll its roadmap to challenge Intel through at least 2...
06:40 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot The World Economic Forum Warns That AI May Destabilize the Financial System
Artificial intelligence will reshape the world of finance over the next decade or so by automating investing and other services -- but it could also introduce troubling systematic weaknesses and risks...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot 36 of 50 States Have Installed Sensors at 'Elections Infrastructure Level' To Monitor Computer Systems Managing Voter Data or Devices
A majority of U.S. states has adopted technology that allows the federal government to see inside state computer systems managing voter data or voting devices in order to root out hackers. From a repo...
05:20 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Debian Linux Turns 25
BrianFagioli writes: Debian is one of the most important open source projects ever. The Debian Linux operating system is extremely popular in its own right, but also, it is used as the base for countl...
04:40 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot NYU Offers Full-Tuition Scholarships for All Medical Students
New York University said Thursday that it will cover tuition for all its medical students regardless of their financial situation, a first among the nation's major medical schools and an attempt to ex...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Melbourne Teen Hacked Into Apple's Secure Computer Network, Court Told
A Melbourne private schoolboy who repeatedly broke into Apple's secure computer systems is facing criminal charges after the technology giant called in the FBI. From a report: The teen, who cannot be ...
03:20 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot To Catch A Robber, The FBI Attempted An Unprecedented Grab For Google Location Data
Back in March, as it investigated a spate of armed robberies across Portland, Maine, the FBI made an astonishing, unprecedented request of Google, Forbes reports. The feds wanted the tech giant to fin...
02:40 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot China's 'First Fully Homegrown' Web Browser, Used By Key Government Bodies, Under Fire For 'Heavily' Copying Google Chrome Files
Redcore, a Chinese start-up that claims to have produced a homegrown browser used by key government bodies and state-run companies, has come under fire after users discovered its software was heavily ...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Trump, Seeking To Relax Rules on US Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive
President Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum dictating how and when the U.S. government can deploy cyberweapons against its adversaries, in an effort to loosen restrictions on such operations ...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Google Releases a Searchable Database of US Political Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In an effort to provide more transparency and deliver on a promise to Congress, Google just published an archive of political ads that have run on ...
10:00 am - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Did Apple Secretly Crush An App Store Competitor In Japan?
According to Nikkei, Japan's Fair Trade Commission is looking into whether Apple improperly pressured Yahoo Japan to shut down a game streaming platform that competed with the iOS App Store. "Yahoo Ja...
07:00 am - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Child Drownings In Germany Linked To Parents' Obsession With Mobile Phones
The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) has made a direct connection between children getting into difficulty in the water and parents being too busy on their mobile phones to notice. More than 300 pe...
06:20 am - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Fewer Than Half of Young Americans Are Positive About Capitalism
gollum123 writes: According to a new poll from Gallup, young Americans are souring on capitalism. Less than half, 45 percent, view capitalism positively. "This represents a 12-point decline in young a...
03:30 am - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Climate Change Has Doubled the Frequency of Ocean Heatwaves
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: Scientists analyzed satellite-based measurements of sea surface temperature from 1982 to 2016 and found that the frequency of marine heatwaves had doub...
12:03 am - Thu, August 16, 2018
Slashdot Police Bodycams Can Be Hacked To Doctor Footage, Install Malware
AmiMoJo shares a report from Boing Boing: Josh Mitchell's Defcon presentation analyzes the security of five popular brands of police bodycams (Vievu, Patrol Eyes, Fire Cam, Digital Ally, and CeeSc) an...
11:20 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Google Patches Chrome Bug That Lets Attackers Steal Web Secrets Via Audio Or Video HTML Tags
An anonymous reader writes: "Google has patched a vulnerability in the Chrome browser that allows an attacker to retrieve sensitive information from other sites via audio or video HTML tags," reports ...
10:40 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot SEC Sends Subpoena To Tesla In Probe Over Musk's Take-Private Tweets
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent Tesla a subpoena regarding Elon Musk's effort to take the company private, "indicating the regulatory scrutiny of his statements have reached a more se...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Investor Sues AT&T Over Two-Factor Security Flaws, $23 Million Cryptocurrency Theft
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: Crypto investor Michael Terpin filed a $224 million lawsuit against AT&T in California federal court Wednesday alleging that the phone compan...
09:20 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot The Next Flagship iPhone Will Support Apple Pencil and 512GB Flash Storage, Says Report
Next month, Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones, each with differing specs/features. According to analyst firm Trendforce, the large 6.5-inch "flagship" model will support up to 512GB of onb...
08:40 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Valve Seems To Be Working On Tools To Get Windows Games Running On Linux
"Valve appears to be working on a set of 'compatibility tools,' called Steam Play, that would allow at least some Windows-based titles to run on Linux-based SteamOS systems," writes Kyle Orland from A...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Engineers Say They've Created Way To Detect Weapons Using Wi-Fi
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The researchers, which include engineers from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Bingham...
06:36 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Children 'At Risk of Robot Influence'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Forget peer pressure, future generations are more likely to be influenced by robots, a study suggests. The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found...
05:23 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot A Look at Facebook's Presence in Myanmar Where Despite Public Outcries, Facebook is Still Struggling To Contain Hate Speech
More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, Reuters reported Wednesday. A probe by the news agency indicates that the ...
04:46 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Americans Don't Think the Platforms Are Doing Enough To Fight Fake News
Journalists regularly weigh in on what platforms like Facebook and Google are and aren't doing to stop the spread of viral misinformation. But what do Americans at large think? From a report: Nothing ...
04:02 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Florida's Gulf Coast Battles Deadly And Smelly Red Tide
Greg Allen, writing for NPR: Florida this week declared a state of emergency because of a slow-moving natural disaster -- red tide. Red tide is toxic algae that have persisted off Florida's Gulf Coast...
03:20 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft and Amazon Begin Public Rollout of First Alexa-Cortana Integrations
Starting today, Amazon and Microsoft will begin rolling out the first integrations between the digital assistants, allowing users to rouse Cortana on Echo devices and conjure Alexa on Windows 10 PCs a...
02:40 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot India To Launch First Manned Space Mission By 2022
India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022, the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, which could make it the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia a...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Apple Argued That Buildings at Its Headquarters Were Worth $200, Not $1B, To Reduce Its Tax Bill: Report
Apple argued that buildings it owned around Cupertino, where it is headquartered, were only worth $200 instead of the $1 billion tax assessors deemed in 2015, according to appeals reviewed by the San ...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Find Way To Make Mineral Which Can Remove CO2 From Atmosphere
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Scientists have found a rapid way of producing magnesite, a mineral which stores carbon dioxide. If this can be developed to an industrial scale, it ...
10:00 am - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Mobile Internet Goes Free, National For a Day In Cuba
More than 5 million cellphone users in Cuba received free internet on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before the government launches sales of the service. The test marks the first time internet service...
07:00 am - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Reveals the Controls of Its Dragon Spacecraft For the First Time
On Monday, SpaceX let reporters take a look inside its Crew Dragon capsule for the first time, as well as hear from the four astronauts: Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins. Ars T...
03:30 am - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Calculate the Speed of Death In Cells And It's 30 Micrometers Per Minute
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Live Science: Scientists found that death travels in unremitting waves through a cell, moving at a rate of 30 micrometers (one-thousandth of an inch) every min...
02:05 am - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot Verizon Nears 5G Launch Deals With Apple and Google: Bloomberg
In a statement Tuesday, Verizon announced deals making Apple and Google its first video providers for a 5G wireless service its planning to launch in four cities later this year. From the report: The ...
01:25 am - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot WWV Shortwave Time Broadcasts May Be Slashed In 2019
New submitter SteveSgt writes: A forum thread on QRZ.com indicates that the shortwave time broadcasts by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from stations WWV (Colorado) and WWVH...
12:45 am - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot LA To Become First In US To Install Subway Body Scanners
Los Angeles officials announced Tuesday that the city's subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives. "The de...
12:03 am - Wed, August 15, 2018
Slashdot A Community-Run ISP Is the Highest Rated Broadband Company In America
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A new survey by Consumer Reports once again highlights how consumers are responding positively to [community-run broadband networks]. The organiza...
11:20 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot California Officials Admit To Using License Plate Readers To Monitor Welfare Recipients
According to a report from the Sacramento Bee, officials in Sacramento County have been accessing license plate reader data to track welfare recipients suspected of fraud. The practice dates back to 2...
10:40 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Did You Have a Shared Family Computer Growing Up?
theodp writes: "Long before phone addiction panic gripped the masses and before screen time became a facet of our wellness and digital detoxes," begins Katie Reid's article, How the Shared Family Comp...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Tinder Founders Sue Dating App's Owners For At Least $2 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A group of Tinder founders and executives has filed a lawsuit against parent company Match Group and its controlling shareholder IAC. The plaintiff...
09:20 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Vaping Can Damage Vital Immune System Cells, Researchers Find
Vaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought, a study suggests. Researchers found e-cigarette vapour disabled important immune cells in the lung and boos...
08:40 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Mathematicians Solve Age-Old Spaghetti Mystery
If you happen to have a box of spaghetti in your pantry, try this experiment: Pull out a single spaghetti stick and hold it at both ends. Now bend it until it breaks. How many fragments did you make? ...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Intel Discloses Three More Chip Flaws
Intel on Tuesday disclosed three more possible flaws in some of its microprocessors that can be exploited to gain access to certain data from computer memory. From a report: Its commonly used Core and...
07:20 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Putting Stickers On Your Laptop is Probably a Bad Security Idea
From border crossings to hacking conferences, that Bitcoin or political sticker may be worth leaving on a case at home. From a report: Plenty of hackers, journalists, and technologists love to cover t...
06:40 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Can Falsify Patient Vitals
Hackers can falsify patients' vitals by emulating data sent from medical equipment clients to central monitoring systems, a McAfee security researcher revealed over the weekend at the DEF CON 26 secur...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Built-in Lazy Loading Lands in Google Chrome Canary
secwatcher writes: Google has started rolling out support for built-in lazy loading inside Chrome. Currently, support for image and iframe lazy loading is only available in Chrome Canary, the Chrome v...
05:20 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Hundreds of Instagram Users Say Their Accounts Have Been Compromised By What Appears To Be a Coordinated Attack
A number of people have reported having their Instagram accounts hacked this month, Mashable reports, and many of these hacks appear to have taken the same approach. From a report: Users suddenly find...
04:40 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Fewer Than Half of Young Americans Are Positive About Capitalism
gollum123 writes: According to a new poll from Gallup, young Americans are souring on capitalism. Less than half, 45 percent, view capitalism positively. "This represents a 12-point decline in young a...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch -- or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are. The way you press, scroll and type on a phone...
03:20 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Hundreds of Researchers From Harvard, Yale and Stanford Were Published in Fake Academic Journals
In the so-called "post-truth era," science seems like one of the last bastions of objective knowledge, but what if science itself were to succumb to fake news? From a report: Over the past year, Germa...
02:40 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot US Warns on Russia's New Space Weapons
The United States voiced deep suspicion on Tuesday over Russia's pursuit of new space weapons, including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites in space, and the launch of a new inspector satelli...
02:20 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Apple Pulls iOS 12 Beta 7 Update Due To Performance Issues
Apple has quietly pulled iOS 12 Beta 7 software, aimed at developers and enthusiasts, less than a day after rolling it out. Even as the company has not offered an explanation -- or an acknowledgement ...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Sinks Below $6,000 as Almost Everything Crypto Tumbles
Several readers have shared a report: Bitcoin touched below $6,000 and dozens of smaller digital tokens including Ether retreated as this month's sell-off in cryptocurrencies showed few signs of letti...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Trump Signs Defense Bill With Watered-Down ZTE Sanctions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill that weakened efforts to punish Chinese telecom giant ZTE for violating trade ...
10:00 am - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Android Pie Breaks Pixel XL's Ability To Fast Charge
Google's recent launch of Android 9.0 Pie hasn't gone off without some early bugs and issues. According to The Verge, users are reporting that Android Pie prevents their phone from fast charging when ...
07:00 am - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot NVIDIA Unveils Next-Gen Turing Quadro RTX Professional Graphics Cards
MojoKid shares a report from Hot Hardware: We been hearing a lot about NVIDA's next-generation GPU architecture since late last year, and today NVIDIA is announcing the first products based on Turing....
03:30 am - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot AI Identifies Heat-Resistant Coral Reefs In Indonesia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Between 2014 and 2017, the world's reefs endured the worst coral bleaching event in history, as the cyclical El Nino climate event combined with ...
02:30 am - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot California May Become First State To Require Companies To Have Women On Their Boards
Two female state senators from California are spearheading a bill to require companies to have women on their boards. "SB 826, which won Senate approval with only Democratic votes and has until the en...
01:50 am - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot 'Do Not Buy a Smartwatch Right Now'
Since Qualcomm is set to launch a new wearable chipset on September 10, Kellen from DoidLife argues against buying a new Google Wear OS-powered smartwatch in the meantime. The new chipset will be able...
01:10 am - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Court Blocks FCC's Attempt To Take a Broadband Subsidy Away From Tribal Areas
Jon Brodkin reports via Ars Technica: The FCC decision, originally slated to take effect later this year, would have made it difficult or impossible for Tribal residents to obtain a $25-per-month Life...
12:30 am - Tue, August 14, 2018
Slashdot Zuckerberg Doesn't Care About Publishers; Media Firms That Don't Work With Us Will End Up 'In Hospice': Facebook Executive
Olivia Solon, writing for The Guardian: A senior Facebook executive told Australian media companies that if they didn't cooperate with the social network, their businesses would die. According to a re...
11:50 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot FBI Warns of 'Unlimited' ATM Cashout Scheme
The FBI is warning banks about a global fraud scheme known as an "ATM cash-out," in which criminals hack a bank or payment card processor and use cloned cards at cash machines around the world to frau...
11:10 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Australia To Pass Bill Providing Backdoors Into Encrypted Devices, Communications
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The Australian government has scheduled its "not-a-backdoor" crypto-busting bill to land in parliament in the spring session, and we still don't ...
10:30 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Linux 4.18 Releases With Steam Controller Kernel Driver, Spectre Updates
fstack writes: Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.18 as the newest kernel bringing a Steam Controller kernel driver, Spectre updates for ARM64, power management updates, a "Restartable Services" syst...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple Delays 32-Person Group FaceTime From iOS 12 Launch
Developer Guilherme Rambo has revealed that the 32-person FaceTime group chat feature "has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12." Apple says the feature "will ship in a future software upda...
09:30 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Bans the Sale of All Kodi Boxes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Facebook previously banned the sale of fully-loaded pirate streaming devices, as did Amazon and eBay, but the social network appears to have expa...
08:50 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Internet Engineering Task Force Releases the Final Version of TLS 1.3; Newest Chrome and Firefox Versions Already Support a Draft Version of It
The encryption that protects your browser's connection to websites is getting a notch faster and a notch safer to use. From a report: That's because the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) on Frida...
08:10 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple Asked Developers To Adopt Subscriptions and Hike App Prices, Report Says
Apple invited a group of app developers to a secret April 2017 meeting in New York's Tribeca district, asking them to move from selling apps at low prices to renting app access through subscriptions, ...
07:30 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot IBM Promised Its AI Platform Watson Would Be a Big Step Forward in Treating Cancer. But After Pouring Billions Into the Project, the Diagnosis is Gloomy.
Can Watson cure cancer? That's what IBM asked soon after its AI system beat humans at the quiz show "Jeopardy!" in 2011. Watson could read documents quickly and find patterns in data. Could it match p...
06:50 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts Someday
At the Usenix Security conference this week, a group of Princeton University security researchers will present a study that considers a little-examined question in power grid cybersecurity: What if ha...
06:10 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot US House Candidates Vulnerable To Hacks, Researchers Say
About 30 percent of House candidates running for office this year have significant cybersecurity issues with their campaign websites, according to a new study. Reuters: The research was unveiled on Su...
05:30 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot The Mining Town Where People Live Under the Earth
Claire Reilly, writing for CNET: After spending a night in an underground rock cave in the middle of the Australian desert, I learned three things: The silence is deafening. Your eyes never adjust to ...
04:40 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Malicious Faxes Leave Firms 'Open' To Cyber-Attack
Booby-trapped image data sent by fax can let malicious hackers sneak into corporate networks, security researchers have found. From a report: Since many companies use fax machines that are also printe...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views
An anonymous reader shares a report: Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting...
03:20 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Google DeepMind's AI Beats Doctors at Spotting Eye Disease in Scan
DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence business, is planning clinical trials of technology that can help diagnose eye disease by analyzing medical images after early tests showed its results were ...
02:40 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Who Attended Black Hat and DefCon Conferences Say Hotel Security Personnel and Las Vegas Strip Demanded Access To Their Rooms
More than two dozen hackers and security experts who attended security events last week say security personnel at the Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Aria, Cromwell, Tuscany, Linq, or M...
02:00 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Many Google Services on Android Devices and iPhones Store Location Data, Even if Location Sharing is Disabled From Privacy Settings: AP
Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices ...
01:36 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Many Google Services on Android Devices and iPhones Store Location Data, Even if Location Sharing is Disabled From Privacy Settings: AP
Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices ...
01:00 pm - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Reddit Blocked In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Many Reddit users in China who tried to access the social network this weekend were slightly annoyed to find the company's site and app weren't working...
11:11 am - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Google Play Shows Warning To Anyone Searching For Fortnite APKs
Mark Wilson quotes a report from BetaNews: The arrival of Fortnite on Android has not only been eagerly awaited, but also steeped in controversy. In addition to making the game a Samsung exclusive (fo...
07:17 am - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot 11-Year-Old Changes Election Results On Florida's Website: Defcon 2018
UnknowingFool writes: At this year's DEFCON, a group of 50 children aged 8 to 16 participated in a hack of 13 imitation election websites. One 11-year-old boy changed the voting results in 10 minutes....
04:30 am - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Intel's 9th Gen Processors Rumored To Launch In October With 8 Cores
According to a new report from Wccftech, Intel will introduce new Core i9, i7, and i5 chips on October 1st that will be branded as 9th generation processors. The Verge reports: The mainstream flagship...
02:22 am - Mon, August 13, 2018
Slashdot Should the US Air Force Bomb Forest Fires?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: Earlier this summer, the Swedish Air Force dropped a laser-guided bomb on a forest fire to help suppress the flames. Now there's a proposal ...
11:23 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Bethesda Blocks Resale of a Secondhand Game
theshowmecanuck writes: Bethesda just pulled a cease and desist on an Amazon Marketplace sale of one of their games. This, despite the fact that the resale of used games is legal in the USA. Bethesda ...
10:22 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Chromebooks May Get Apple Boot Camp-Like Windows 10 Dual Boot With 'Campfire'
Google is reportedly working on a secret project to get Windows 10 running on Chromebooks. XDA Developers' Kieran Miyamoto reports on the latest developments surrounding "Campfire" -- the Chromebook e...
09:21 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Oracle Accused of Defrauding Investors On Cloud Sales Growth
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Oracle is named in a lawsuit alleging the company's executives lied to shareholders when they explained why cloud sales were growing. The investor l...
08:20 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot NASA Successfully Launches Parker Solar Probe
NASA's Sun-chasing Parker Solar Probe successfully launched this morning at 3:31AM. A couple hours later, NASA confirmed that the vessel was healthy. The probe still has a ways to go before it's condu...
07:19 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot AWS Error Exposed GoDaddy Business Secrets
Internal information belonging to hosting provider GoDaddy has been exposed via an error in Amazon's AWS bucket configuration. According to cybersecurity firm UpGuard, a set of documents were left in ...
06:18 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Will Open Its Security Code To Other Car Manufacturers
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced he would share the source code for Tesla's car security software with other manufacturers, adding that it would be "extremely important" to ensure the safety of future se...
05:17 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Watch Fish Swim By Petabytes of Data At Microsoft's Underwater Data Center
An anonymous reader quotes a report fro Motherboard: In June, Microsoft announced that it had placed a self-sufficient, waterproof data center off the coast of the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The data...
04:16 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Use Machine-Learning Techniques To De-Anonymize Coders
At the DefCon hacking conference on Friday, Rachel Greenstadt, an associate professor of computer science at Drexel University, and Aylin Caliskan, Greenstadt's former PhD student and now an assistant...
03:15 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot PC Case Maker CaseLabs Closes Permanently
U.S.-based PC case manufacturer, CaseLabs, announced on social media that it is "closing permanently" and will not be able to fill all current orders. "We have been forced into bankruptcy and liquidat...
02:00 pm - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Saudi Fund in Talks to Invest in Tesla Buyout Deal, Report Says
Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund is in talks that could see it becoming a significant investor in Tesla as part of Elon Musk's plan to take the electric car maker private, Bloomberg reported Sunda...
11:34 am - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Will the Food Industry Botch the Introduction Of Gene-Edited Foods?
We've reached a milestone in gene-edited food, according to the Washington Post. "Calyxt's 'healthier' soybean oil, the industry's first true gene-edited food, could make its way into products such as...
07:34 am - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Unlocked Smartphone?
Slashdot reader datavirtue writes:I've tried a lot of phones for extended periods of time. Some of these have included the Samsung S4, S5, S8+, Note 4, S7, iPhone 5, and Huawei Honor 8. I have stayed ...
03:34 am - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Will JPEG's Next 'Privacy and Security' Features Include DRM?
David Gerard has concerns about the Joint Photographic Experts Group (the ISO working group handling the JPEG standard for image compression). "They seem to think they can advance the cause of DRM for...
01:34 am - Sun, August 12, 2018
Slashdot Faces Are Being Scanned At US Airports With No Safeguards on Data Use
schwit1 writes:The program makes boarding an international flight a breeze: Passengers step up to the gate, get their photo taken and proceed onto the plane. There is no paper ticket or airline app. T...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Theme Park Deploys Trained Crows To Collect Litter
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: Six crows trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish will be put to work next week at a French historical theme park, according to its president. "The goal ...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Disclose New 'Inverse Spectre Attack'
A new Intel security flaw has been discovered that potentially allows passwords to be stolen. An anonymous reader quotes Digital Journal:As EE News reports, researchers said the new flaw enables an "i...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Markets Lost $18 Billion Overnight
An anonymous reader quotes CryptoCoinsNews:Over the past 24 hours, the crypto market has recorded a loss of $18 billion, as major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ether, EOS, and Bitcoin Cash dropp...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot World's Largest Chip Maker Will Lose $250M For Not Patching Windows 7 Computers
A major virus infection forced the closure of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) factories last weekend..." writes Slashdot reader Mark Wilson, noting that it's the largest semiconducto...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot It'll Cost $1 Billion To Dismantle America's Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
"Six years after decommissioning USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the U.S. Navy is still figuring out how to safely dismantle the ship," reports Popular Mechanics. s...
06:41 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Short-Sellers Sue Tesla After Musk's 'Going Private' Tweets
An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:Elon Musk's bombshell announcement that he is thinking of taking the electric car company Tesla private has landed him a lawsuit from unhappy investors.... His comme...
05:49 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Seattle Airport Employee Steals Airplane, Crashes It Into the Ground
An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times:An airline worker stole an empty Alaska Airlines plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington on Friday night, and the National Guard ...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Julia 1.0 Released After a Six-Year Wait
An anonymous reader quotes InsideHPC:Today Julia Computing announced the Julia 1.0 programming language release, "the most important Julia milestone since Julia was introduced in February 2012." As th...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Researcher Finds A Hidden 'God Mode' on Some Old x86 CPUs
"Some x86 CPUs have hidden backdoors that let you seize root by sending a command to an undocumented RISC core that manages the main CPU," Tom's Hardware reports, citing a presentation by security res...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Should Online Courses Film Students Taking Tests?
Recently the Palm Beach Post noted that 20% of the academic credit awarded at Florida Atlantic University is for online courses. So how can they stop cheaters?Where once it was enough for a professor ...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Study Finds Flaw In Emergent Gravity
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: In recent years, some physicists have been investigating the possibility that gravity is not actually a fundamental force, but rather an emergent phe...
10:00 am - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Reaches 'Spinning-Top' Space Rock Ryugu
Zorro shares a report from Space.com: The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 has successfully rendezvoused with Ryugu, beginning an 18-month stay at the diamond-shaped asteroid. Launched by the Japan Aeros...
07:00 am - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot PSA: NASA's Parker Solar Probe Is Launching Saturday Morning; Here's How To Watch
In the early hours of Saturday morning, NASA is scheduled to launch the Parker Solar Probe for a seven-year mission to study the sun and its atmosphere. The spacecraft will take off from NASA's Kenned...
03:30 am - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Monsanto Ordered To Pay $289 Million In Roundup Cancer Trial
An anonymous reader shares a report from the BBC involving glyphosate, the world's most common weedkiller: Chemical giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a man who claimed ...
01:30 am - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot FCC Proposes To Maintain US Broadband Standard of 25Mbps Down, 3Mbps Up
The FCC is proposing to maintain the U.S. broadband standard at the current level of 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has kept the standard at these speeds since 2017, despi...
12:50 am - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Bans Sites That Host Blueprints of 3D-Printed Guns
Yesterday, Facebook said it's banning websites that host and share blueprints of 3D-printed guns. "Sharing instructions on how to print firearms using 3D printers is not allowed under our Community St...
12:10 am - Sat, August 11, 2018
Slashdot Tesla's Chief Vehicle Engineer Returns To Apple
Doug Field, the former VP of Mac hardware who left Apple to become Tesla's chief vehicle engineer, has returned to Cupertino. Field is reportedly working on the company's secretive "Project Titan" sel...
11:30 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Crestron Touchscreens Could Spy On Hotel Rooms, Meetings
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: The connected devices you think about the least are sometimes the most insecure. That's the takeaway from new research to be presented at the DefCon hac...
10:50 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Google Boots Open Source Anti-Censorship Tool From Chrome Store
Google has removed the open-source Ahoy! extension from the Chrome store with little explanation. The tool facilitated access to more than 1,700 blocked sites in Portugal by routing traffic through it...
10:10 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Settles $773 Million Antitrust Case In Taiwan
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Qualcomm, the smartphone chipmaker fighting regulatory actions and lawsuits threatening its most profitable business, has reached a settlement with ...
09:30 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Dropbox Is Dropping Support For All Linux File Systems Except Unencrypted Ext4
New submitter rokahasch writes: Starting today, August 10th, most users of the Dropbox desktop app on Linux have been receiving notifications that their Dropbox will stop syncing starting November. Ov...
08:47 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot A Small Team of Student AI Coders Beats Google's Machine-Learning Code
Students from Fast.ai, a small organization that runs free machine-learning courses online, just created an AI algorithm that outperforms code from Google's researchers, per an important benchmark. Fr...
08:08 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Millions of Android Devices Are Vulnerable Right Out of the Box
Security meltdowns on your smartphone are often self-inflicted: You clicked the wrong link, or installed the wrong app. But for millions of Android devices, the vulnerabilities have been baked in ahea...
07:28 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot The Pirate Bay Turns 15
Sometime about 15 years ago, a group of hackers and activists launched The Pirate Bay, a notorious torrent search engine. TorrentFreak: While the exact launch date is a bit of a mystery, even to the s...
06:50 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo's Offensive, Tragic, and Totally Legal Erasure of ROM Sites
"The damage that removing ROMs from the internet could do to video games as a whole is catastrophic." From a report: In July, Nintendo sued two popular ROM sites, LoveROMS and LoveRetro.co, for what i...
06:03 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Some Engineers Are Turning Down Tech Recruiters in Silicon Valley Over Concerns About Corporate Value
Tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have faced growing internal unrest from employees who raise ethical concerns about how the companies deploy their high-tech services and ...
05:23 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Facebook, Still on a Mission To Bring People Online, Announces Connectivity
The social network's initiatives to connect people to the internet, including Internet.org and new data analytics tools, are now part of Facebook Connectivity. From a report: A half decade after launc...
04:50 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Ethiopia is Blocking the Internet Again To Stifle Unrest in Its Troubled Eastern Region
Ethiopia's government has regressed to an old habit: shutting down the internet. From a report: Reports show the internet has been blocked in the eastern cities of Jijiga, Dire Dawa, and Harar followi...
04:13 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot The World Bank is Preparing For the World's First Blockchain Bond
The World Bank has mandated Commonwealth Bank of Australia to arrange the world's first blockchain bond. From a report: The Kangaroo bond, referring to foreign bonds issued in Australia in the local c...
03:29 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot 'It's Time to End the Yearly Smartphone Launch Event'
Owen Williams, writing for Motherboard: Thursday, at a flashy event in New York, Samsung unveiled yet another phone: the Galaxy Note 9. Like you'd expect, it's rectangular, it has a screen, and it has...
02:40 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Hollywood Goes Open Source: Academy Teams Up With Linux Foundation To Launch Academy Software Foundation
Hollywood now has its very own open source organization: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has teamed up with the Linux Foundation to launch the Academy Software Foundation, which is ded...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot EPA Staff Objected To Agency's New Rules on Asbestos Use, Internal Emails Show
Top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency pushed through a measure to review applications for using asbestos in consumer products, and did so over the objections of E.P.A.'s in-house scient...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Now Deletes Posts That Financially Endanger, Trick People
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: It's not just inciting violence, threats and hate speech that will get Facebook to remove posts by you or your least favorite troll. Endangering so...
10:00 am - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Unveils Tizen-Powered Galaxy Watch That Lasts 'Several Days' On Single Charge
Alongside the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Home Speaker, Samsung took the wraps off its new Galaxy Watch wearable at its Unpacked event in New York City. VentureBeat reports: Beyond coming in rose gold, s...
07:00 am - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Claim To Have Solved the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
Slashdot reader MyrddinBach shares a report that claims the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has been solved. The Bermuda Triangle is a loosely-defined region of water between the southernmost tip of F...
03:30 am - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Enterprise Getting 'InPrivate Desktop' Sandboxed Execution Feature
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A recent Windows 10 Insider Feedback Hub quest revealed that Microsoft is developing a new throwaway sandboxed desktop feature called "InPri...
02:05 am - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Chemists Discover How Blue Light Speeds Blindness
Isao writes: It (apparently) has been known that blue light damages eyes and accelerates macular degeneration. A new article on Phys.org may have identified how this happens. It seems that unlike othe...
01:25 am - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Lawsuit Threat Shuts Down ROM Downloads On Major Emulation Site 'EmuParadise'
Following Nintendo's recent lawsuits against ROM sites LoveROMs and LoveRetro, a major ROM repository called EmuParadise announced it will preemptively cease providing downloadable versions of copyrig...
12:45 am - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Announces Galaxy Home Speaker With Bixby Smart Assistant
The smart assistant that nobody asked for will be the brains of a new speaker Samsung is launching later this year. The Galaxy Home speaker will rival Apple's HomePod, while standing apart from compet...
12:03 am - Fri, August 10, 2018
Slashdot Colorado Candidate For Governor Wants To Put His State On the Blockchain
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The Democratic nominee for governor of Colorado, U.S. Representative Jared Polis, wants to add blockchain to the list of items voters consider this ye...
11:20 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Baltimore Police Department Is Still Using Lotus Notes
swm writes: The Baltimore police department is still using an antiquated (1996) case-management system based on Lotus notes. A recent technology assessment found "millions of records and roughly 150 d...
10:45 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot An Internal Note Shows Facebook Learned a Way To Target High Schoolers Through a Viral Polling App It Acquired Last Year: Report
Facebook bought TBH last October and eventually shut it down, but an internal note, obtained by BuzzFeed News, shows that the company learned a way to target high schoolers through the viral polling a...
10:03 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Tribune Terminates $3.9 Billion Merger With Rival Sinclair
The merger that once seemed all but inevitable has fallen apart. According to The Wall Street Journal, Tribune Media has terminated its merger agreement with rival TV station-owner Sinclair Broadcast ...
09:25 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Hack Causes Pacemakers To Deliver Life-Threatening Shocks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Life-saving pacemakers manufactured by Medtronic don't rely on encryption to safeguard firmware updates, a failing that makes it possible for hac...
08:45 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Artificial Intelligence is Coming for Hiring, and It Might Not Be That Bad
Even with all of its problems, AI is a step up from the notoriously biased recruiting process, a report argues. From the report: Artificial intelligence promises to make hiring an unbiased utopia. The...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Blockchain Hype May Have Peaked, But IBM is Still a Believer
Blockchain euphoria is giving way to blockchain fatigue: Despite the hype, only 1% of executives in a survey reported deploying the technology at their firms. And while corporate management remains bu...
07:26 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Airbus' Solar-Powered Zephyr Smashes Flight Duration Record on Maiden Outing
A solar-powered aircraft from the European aerospace giant Airbus has completed a maiden flight lasting 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes. In doing so, the production model unmanned solar-powered airc...
06:40 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot US Scientist Who Edited Human Embryos With CRISPR Responds To Critics
Facing criticism from fellow scientists, the researcher behind the world's largest effort to edit human embryos with CRISPR is vowing to continue his efforts to develop what he calls "IVF gene therapy...
06:02 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Intel Announces the 'World's Densest' SSD
Intel has unveiled its new 3D NAND solid-state drive (SSD) "ruler" form factor storage for data-center servers. From a report: The chip giant first set out this form factor a year ago, based on the En...
05:23 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Warning Over 'Panic' Hacks on Cities
Security flaws have been found in major city infrastructure such as flood defences, radiation detection and traffic monitoring systems.A team of researchers found 17 vulnerabilities, eight of which it...
04:40 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot VP Pence Lays Out Trump's Vision For Establishing a US Space Force
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday laid out details for President Donald Trump's proposed new branch of the U.S. military responsible for protecting national security in outer space. From a report:...
03:47 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Announces $1,000 Galaxy Note 9 Smartphone With Last-Gen Android Software Out-of-the-Box
The Galaxy Note 9 touts a slightly larger 6.4-inch end-to-end screen, a 4,000mAh battery that promises "all-day" use, and a minimum 128GB of storage -- there's also a 512GB version that, with 512GB mi...
03:21 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Amazon AI Researchers Release a Dataset of 400,000 Transliterated Names To Aid the Development of Natural-Language-Understanding Systems
New submitter georgecarlyle76 writes: Amazon AI researchers have publicly released a dataset of almost 400,000 transliterated names, to aid the development of natural-language-understanding systems th...
02:40 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Amazon India Chief Tells Employees To Maintain 'Work-Life Harmony', No Emails and Phone Calls After Office Hours
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon gets trashed on the international stage pretty often for its inhumane work conditions in its warehouses. However, it seems the Indian arm of the company is ...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Bug Hunter Urges Apple To Change Its iOS Security Culture; Asks Tim Cook To Donate $2.45 Million To Amnesty For His Unpaid iPhone Bug Bounties
secwatcher writes: Prolific Google bug hunter Ian Beer ripped into Apple on Wednesday, urging the iPhone maker to change its culture when it comes to iOS security. The Verge: "Their focus is on the de...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Amazon India Chief Tells Employees To Maintain 'Work-Life Harmony', No Emails and Phone Calls After Office Hours
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon gets trashed on the international stage pretty often for its inhumane work conditions in its warehouses. However, it seems the Indian arm of the company is ...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Will Soon Pass Facebook As Second Biggest Website In US
According to a new study from market research firm SimilarWeb, Facebook may cede its runner-up position to YouTube in the next two to three months. Currently, the top five most-visited websites in the...
10:00 am - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot NASA's Newest Spacecraft Will Fly Through the Sun's Scorching Hot Atmosphere
In T-minus three days, NASA will launch a car-sized spacecraft to investigate our Sun's scorching hot atmosphere. "The vehicle is the Parker Solar Probe, and it's set to launch at 3:33AM ET on Saturda...
07:00 am - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Security Flaw Exposes Partial Addresses, Social Security Numbers of 26 Million Users
olsmeister writes: A security flaw in the Comcast Xfinity online portal exposed social security numbers and partial home addresses of more than 26.5 million subscribers, according to security research...
03:30 am - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot AI Can Now Help Write Wikipedia Pages For Overlooked Scientists
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Science: Plenty of prominent scientists have Wikipedia pages. But while checking to see if someone specific has a Wikipedia page is a quick Google sear...
02:10 am - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Georgia Defends Electronic Voting Machines Despite 243-Percent Turnout In One Precinct
"In Chicago, it used to be claimed that even death couldn't stop a person from voting," writes Slashdot reader lunchlady55. "But in the Deep South, there are new reports of discrepancies in voter turn...
01:30 am - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Using Chinese Site It Owns To Develop Search Term Blacklist For Censored Search Engine, Says Report
Google is using search samples from a Beijing-based website it owns to make blacklists for the censored search engine it is developing for China. Google's website 265.com redirects to China's dominant...
12:50 am - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot WhatsApp Flaw Could Allow Hackers To Modify, Send Fake Messages
A recently discovered flaw in WhatsApp could allow hackers to modify and send fake messages (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). Researchers at the Israeli cybersecurity firm Check ...
12:10 am - Thu, August 9, 2018
Slashdot US Invaded By Savage Tick That Sucks Animals Dry, Spawns Without Mating
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A vicious species of tick originating from Eastern Asia has invaded the U.S. and is rapidly sweeping the Eastern Seaboard, state and federal offi...
11:30 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Ankis New Robot Has Artificial Emotional Intelligence
harrymcc writes: Toymaker Anki, whose Cozmo robot has been a hit, has announced its next bot: Vector. Though it looks a lot like Cozmo, it packs far more computational power -- Cozmo relied on a phone...
10:50 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Samsung To Spend Over $22 Billion on AI, Auto Tech and 5G
The Samsung conglomerate said it will invest more than $22 billion over the next three years to target such areas as artificial intelligence and auto-technology components, as it seeks out growth driv...
10:10 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Audius Raises $5.5 Million To Decentralize Music, Help Artists Get Paid Faster
A new company called Audius, lead by entrepreneur and DJ Ranidu Lankage, has raised $5.5 million to build a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify or SoundCloud. "Users will pay for Audius tokens or ...
09:30 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Engineers Teach a Drone To Herd Birds Away From Airports Autonomously
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tech Xplore: Engineers at Caltech have developed a new control algorithm that enables a single drone to herd an entire flock of birds away from the airspace of...
08:47 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot New York City Just Voted To Cap Uber and Lyft Vehicles and Require Drivers To Be Paid a Minimum Wage
New York City Council passed regulations on ride-hail companies on Wednesday, capping the number of vehicles on the road for one year and requiring that drivers to be paid a minimum wage. From a repor...
08:12 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot P2P Piracy is Alive and Growing, Research Suggests
From a report: In recent years Hollywood and other entertainment sources have focused their enforcement efforts on pirate streaming sites and services. According to several reports, streaming sites ge...
07:30 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Freelance Platform Upwork's Opt-in Service Tracks Freelancers By Capturing Screenshots, Webcam Photos and Measuring Clicks and Keystrokes Frequency
Caroline O'Donovan, reporting for BuzzFeed News: To convince workers to join the unstable and unreliable world of freelance work, startups and platforms often promise freedom and flexibility. But on t...
06:44 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot People Still Don't Like Their Cable Companies, ConsumerReports' Telecom Survey Finds
Larger cable providers once again take a beating for perceived value -- even when it comes to bundled plans. ConsumerReports: Unhappy with your pay-TV company? You're not alone. Dissatisfaction with t...
06:02 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot New Facial Recognition Tool, Designed For Research Purposes, Tracks Targets Across Different Social Networks
Researchers at Trustwave on Wednesday released a new open-source tool called Social Mapper, which uses facial recognition to track subjects across social media networks. Designed for security research...
05:23 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot When Working in Virtual Reality Makes You Sick
Virtual reality is a modern-day beacon of escapism -- a way to fully immerse yourself in other worlds -- and it's seeing unprecedented applications. The market, no surprise, is exploding, with some in...
04:42 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Hashcat Developer Discovers Simpler Way To Crack WPA2 Wireless Passwords
New submitter Woodmeister shares a report: While looking for ways to attack the new WPA3 security standard, Hashcat developer Jens "Atom" Steube found a simpler way to capture and crack access credent...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Podcasting is Not Walled (Yet)
Rakhim Davletkaliyev, a software developer, writer and podcaster, recently launched two new podcasts. One of the things he was asked by people following the launches was "but how do I subscribe, it's ...
03:20 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Cybersecurity's Insidious New Threat: Workforce Stress
This week's Black Hat event will highlight job-related stress and mental health issues in the cyber workforce. From a report: The thousands of cybersecurity professionals gathering at Black Hat, a mas...
02:40 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot LibreOffice 6.1 Released
The Document Foundation said on Wednesday it is releasing LibreOffice 6.1, the latest major update to its productivity suite. It is available to download for Linux, Windows, and macOS platforms. The n...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Big Money, Big Dreams, Big Expectations and a Lot of Hype: Magic Leap One AR Headset Goes on Sale for $2,295 in Certain US Markets
After earning the moniker "tech's most secretive startup" from Wired and telling Forbes in 2016 it was going to ship its system "soon-ish," the company is finally releasing the $2,295 Magic Leap One. ...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Apple Tells Lawmakers iPhones Are Not Listening In On Consumers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Apple told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that its iPhones do not listen to users without their consent and do not allow third-party apps to do so either, ...
10:00 am - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Women Die More From Heart Attacks Than Men -- Unless the ER Doc Is Female
Women who suffer from heart attacks may be at a higher risk of death in the emergency room if they see a male physician rather than a female one, a new study suggests. The study doesn't jump to conclu...
07:00 am - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Oracle Challenges Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud Computing Contract
Oracle has filed an official complaint with the U.S. government over plans to award the Pentagon's lucrative cloud contract to a single vendor. Rebecca Hill writes via The Register: The Joint Enterpri...
03:30 am - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot The Internal Report Proving the FCC Made Up a Cyberattack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: An investigation carried out by Federal Communication Commission's own inspector general officially refutes controversial claims that a cyberattack wa...
01:30 am - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Cities' Offers For Amazon Base Are Secrets Even To Many City Leaders
The location for Amazon's second headquarters is shrouded in secrecy, so much so that many city leaders are unaware of the financial incentives their cities used to entice Amazon (Warning: source may ...
12:50 am - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Plan To Replicate 50 High-Impact Cancer Papers Shrinks To Just 18
Five years ago, researchers set out to replicate experiments from 50 high-impact cancer biology papers. Now, due to various challenges relating to a lack of funding and expertise, the project only exp...
12:10 am - Wed, August 8, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Posts Snapchat Source Code To GitHub
tacarat shares a report from The Next Web with the caption, "Oops": A GitHub with the handle i5xx, believed to be from the village of Tando Bago in Pakistan's southeastern Sindh province, created a Gi...
11:30 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot TCP Flaw Lets Remote Attackers Stall Devices With Tiny DoS Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Security researchers are warning Linux system users of a bug in the Linux kernel version 4.9 and up that could be used to hit systems with a denial-of-s...
10:50 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot NEC Unveils Facial Recognition System For 2020 Tokyo Olympics
NEC, a Japanese IT and networking company, announced plans to provide a large-scale facial recognition system for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "The system will be used to ide...
10:10 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Europe's Heatwave is Forcing Nuclear Power Plants To Shut Down
Europe's heatwave -- which led to wildfires in Greece and Sweden, droughts in central and northern parts, and made the normally green UK look brown from space -- is forcing nuclear plants to shut down...
09:30 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Online Photos Can't Simply Be Republished, EU Court Rules
The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that internet users must ask for a photographer's permission before posting their images online, even if the photos were already freely accessible on other ...
08:50 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Verizon 'Grossly Overstated' Its 4G LTE Coverage In Government Filings, Trade Group Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon "grossly overstated" its 4G LTE coverage in government filings, potentially preventing smaller carriers from obtaining funding needed to ...
08:08 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Only a Small Percentage of Users Buy Stuff Through Alexa, Report Claims
Analysts have been aggressively optimistic in their predictions about the growth of consumer shopping via virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, but a new report claims that only a small fraction of ...
07:20 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Popular Subscription Email Service Newton Mail Is Being Discontinued
An anonymous reader shares a report: CloudMagic, the makers of Newton, today announced that Newton Mail is being discontinued. The company is no longer allowing new users to purchase Newton Mail which...
06:35 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Says He's Considering Taking Tesla Private; Tesla Suspends Shares As It is Expected To Make an Announcement
Elon Musk said he's thinking about taking Tesla private. More specifically, he said he may buy back the company for $71.3 billion (at a share price of $420), and already has the funding to do so. From...
06:16 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools For Catching Deepfakes
Fake video clips made with artificial intelligence can also be spotted using AI -- but this may be the beginning of an arms race. From a report: The first forensics tools for catching revenge porn and...
05:24 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible
The processor that makes your laptop or cell phone work was fabricated using quartz from this obscure Appalachian backwater. From a report: Alex Glover is a recently retired geologist who has spent de...
04:43 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Debuts Firefox Extension that Recommends Content Based on Your Browsing Activity
Mozilla on Tuesday began testing a Firefox extension that shows you its best guesses for what you want to see on the web. From a report: The Advance web extension is available for anyone from today an...
04:03 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot West Virginia To Introduce Mobile Phone Voting For Midterm Elections
West Virginians serving overseas will be the first in the country to cast federal election ballots using a smartphone app, a move designed to make voting in November's election easier for troops livin...
03:23 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Palm-branded Smartphones Could Return This Year
Palm's smartphone return appears to still be on track for 2018. From a report: Last year, an executive at TCL confirmed that the dearly departed mobile brand would be making a comeback as part of the ...
02:44 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot 92 Percent of Enterprises Struggle To Integrate Security Into DevOps
A large majority of organizations are struggling to implement security into their DevOps processes, despite saying they want to do so, according to a new report. From a report: The study commissioned ...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Let's Encrypt Is Now Officially Trusted by All Major Root Certificates
Let's Encrypt has announced that it is now directly trusted by all major root certificates including those from Microsoft, Google, Apple, Mozilla, Oracle, and Blackberry. With this announcement, Let's...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon Restricts Use of Location-Logging Fitness Trackers
In the beginning of the year, Strava released a data visualization map that showed all the activity tracked by users of its app. The map was detailed enough to potentially give away extremely sensitiv...
10:00 am - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot BBC Wants Microsoft To Expose 'Doctor Who' Leaker
Last month, the BBC headed to court to track down the person who leaked an incomplete scene featuring Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor. New court documents suggest that the British broadcaster has ...
07:00 am - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches Its Used Block 5 Rocket
SpaceX successfully launched one of its used Falcon 9 rockets from Cape Canaveral tonight at 1:18AM ET, deploying the Merah Putih communications satellite just over half an hour later. This marks the ...
03:30 am - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Planet At Risk of Heading Towards Irreversible 'Hothouse Earth' State
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: What we do in the next 10-20 years will determine whether our planet remains hospitable to human life or slides down an irreversible path to what ...
01:25 am - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Discover Large Twitter Botnet Pushing Ethereum Scam
Trailrunner7 writes: Twitter has something of a bot problem. Anyone who uses the platform on even an occasional basis likely could point out automated accounts without much trouble. But detecting bots...
12:45 am - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot MoviePass Limiting Subscribers To 3 Movies Per Month
nolaguy shares a report from NPR: Movie theater subscription service MoviePass will not be raising prices, as it had announced last week, but will instead be capping the number of times that subscribe...
12:03 am - Tue, August 7, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Won't Force You To Use the New Skype Just Yet
A few weeks ago, Microsoft launched Skype version 8.0 to replace Skype classic, or version 7. The company initially said that Skype classic would stop working on September 1st, but today, it extended ...
11:20 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot FCC Admits It Was Never Actually Hacked
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The FCC has come clean on the fact that a purported hack of its comment system last year never actually took place, after a report from its inspect...
10:40 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Heat and Humidity Slow Down High-Frequency Trading Due To Microwave Links
szczys writes: Even tiny slowdowns have major ramifications on automated stock trading. To put the computing power as close to the markets as possible, microwave links (point-to-point links via dedica...
10:03 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot OpenAI's Bots Defeated Former Pro E-Sports Players At Dota 2
On August 5th, OpenAI's bots defeated four former professional Dota 2 players in two of the three matches played. "There were a few conditions to make the game manageable for the AI, such as a narrowe...
09:25 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot The Touch Bar Could Replace the Keyboard on Future Macbooks
Apple's new patent applications hint at more touch-sensitive surfaces and virtual keyboards. From a report: In the wake of user complaints and multiple lawsuits concerning problems with the "butterfly...
08:43 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot ISPs' Listed Speeds Drop Up To 41 Percent After UK Requires Accurate Advertising
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Most broadband providers in the UK "have been forced to cut the headline speeds they advertise when selling deals" because of new UK rules requir...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Verizon Didn't Bother To Write a Privacy Policy For Its 'Privacy Protecting' VPN
Jason Koebler writes: Verizon is rolling out a new Virtual Private Network service called Safe Wi-Fi it developed in conjunction with McAfee. According to Verizon, the $4 per month service "protects y...
07:25 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Cramming Software With Thousands of Fake Bugs Could Make It More Secure, Researchers Say
It sounds like a joke, but the idea actually makes sense: More bugs, not less, could theoretically make a system safer. From a report: Carefully scatter non-exploitable decoy bugs in software, and att...
06:48 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot EU Regulators To Study Need For Action on Common Mobile Phone Charger
EU regulators plan to study whether there is a need for action in the push for a common mobile phone charger following a lack of progress by phone makers towards this goal, EU competition chief Margre...
05:57 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Lenovo To Make Its BIOS/UEFI Updates Easier For Linux Users Via LVFS
An anonymous reader shares a report: Lenovo is making it easier for their customers running Linux to update their firmware now on ThinkPad, ThinkStation, and ThinkCenter hardware. Lenovo has joined th...
05:07 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Google Begins Rolling Out Android Pie To Select Handsets
Google on Monday announced that the 'P' in Android P stands for Android Pie, succeeding Android Oreo. It also pushed the source code of the latest version to the Android Android Open Source Project (A...
04:30 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon Restricts Use of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices
Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won't be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications that can reveal their location, acco...
04:08 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Thunderbird v60.0 Email Client Released
Thunderbird version 60, featuring a number of new features and changes, is now available as a direct download from thunderbird.net, the email client vendor said. The changelog: When writing a message,...
03:25 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Why iPhone and Android Phone Prices Will Get Even Higher
Critics scoffed Apple when the company priced the iPhone X at $1,000. But the way the market has responded to it, there is a good chance that the upcoming flagship smartphones from Apple and those of ...
02:44 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Has Asked Large US Banks To Share Detailed Financial Information About Customers as it Seeks To Boost User Engagement
Facebook wants your financial data. The social media giant has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking account ba...
02:44 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Has Asked Large US Banks To Share Detailed Financial Information About Customers as it Seeks To Boost User Engagement [Update]
Facebook wants your financial data. The social media giant has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking account ba...
02:00 pm - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Public Documents Reveal How the Branches of the US Military Are Instructed To Harness Internet Culture To Advance Their Own Messaging
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's common practice for brands or government agencies to use social media marketing tactics -- such as recognizing internet holidays like #WorldEmojiDay, #Nationa...
10:15 am - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot To Gain Foothold in India, Apple Plans To Open Stores, Offer Deals All Year Around, and Fix Services: Report
Apple has long struggled to gain market share in India, the world's second largest smartphone market. But now, it apparently plans to change that. Before we get into it, here is some disclaimer: Rumor...
08:00 am - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Children Learn Best When Their Bodies Are Engaged in the Living World. We Must Resist the Ideology of Screen-Based Learning
Nicholas Tampio, associate professor of political science at Fordham University in New York, writing for Aeon magazine: As a parent, it is obvious that children learn more when they engage their entir...
04:00 am - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot 'Why Liberal Arts and the Humanities Are as Important as Engineering'
Engineering professor Vivek Wadha writes: A technological shift is in progress that will change the rules of innovation. A broad range of technologies, such as computing, artificial intelligence, digi...
01:00 am - Mon, August 6, 2018
Slashdot Security Researchers Express Concerns Over Mozilla's New DNS Resolution For Firefox
With their next patch Mozilla will introduce two new features to their Firefox browser they call "DNS over HTTPs" (DoH) and Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR). Mozilla says this is an additional feature...
11:30 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Vint Cerf on Differential Traceability on the Internet
Addressing the bad behaviors on the Internet, that range from social network bullying and misinformation to email spam, distributed denial of service attacks, direct cyberattacks against infrastructur...
10:40 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Security World Hits Las Vegas For a Week of Hacking, Cracking, Fun
About a quarter of a century ago, a handful of hackers decided to have a party in a cheap hotel, and had a whale of a time. Fast forward to 2018, and that get-together has grown into events that will ...
09:40 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Nonmonetary Incentives and the Implications of Work as a Source of Meaning
From a research paper [PDF]: Many workers care about more than financial compensation in their job. Nonmonetary incentives often matter, too. A firm's mission and the design of one's job can create me...
09:00 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Traders Are Talking Up Cryptocurrencies, Then Dumping Them, Costing Other Millions
Dozens of trading groups are manipulating the price of cryptocurrencies on some of the largest online exchanges, generating at least $825 million in trading activity over the past six months -- and hu...
09:00 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Traders Are Talking Up Cryptocurrencies, Then Dumping Them, Costing Others Millions
Dozens of trading groups are manipulating the price of cryptocurrencies on some of the largest online exchanges, generating at least $825 million in trading activity over the past six months -- and hu...
08:30 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Wells Fargo Says Hundreds of Customers Lost Homes After Computer Glitch
Hundreds of people had their homes foreclosed on after software used by Wells Fargo incorrectly denied them mortgage modifications. From a report: The embattled bank revealed the issue in a regulatory...
07:05 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Have Smartphones Killed the Art of Conversation?
An anonymous reader shares a report: Not quite, but it's certainly more than a blip in the cultural history of communication: in 2017, for the first time, the number of voice calls -- remember, those ...
05:00 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Avast Pulls the Latest Version of CCleaner Following Privacy Controversy
Piriform, the maker of CCleaner, has pulled v5.45 of its suite from the website after users expressed concerns over the privacy changes in the application, the company, which was acquired by Avast las...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium
Millions of publications -- not to mention spy documents -- can be read on microfilm machines. But people still see these devices as outmoded and unappealing. From a report: I recently acquired a deco...
03:00 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Chip Giant TSMC Struggles With Virus Infections at its Factories
Many of the tech products launching this fall might have just run into production setbacks. From a report: Giant chip manufacturer TSMC has warned that several of its fabrication plants suffered virus...
02:00 pm - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Venezuelan President Survives Drone Assassination Attempt
The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, has survived an apparent assassination attempt involving drones that exploded close to him while he was speaking at an event in Caracas. State television show...
11:34 am - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Tesla's Limited-Edition Surfboards Now Selling For $6,450
An anonymous reader quotes the Mercury News:Tesla's sleek, $1,500 carbon fiber surfboard sold out in a day, and it's not surprising: The company, in collaboration with a Southern California board make...
07:34 am - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Do Businesses Really Need to Hire CS Majors?
A a new article in CIO magazine argues that when it comes to computer science, "few of us really need much of any of it." Slashdot reader itwbennett offers this summary:At the heart of the matter is t...
04:34 am - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Satellite Internet Is Driving the Global Space Economy
InfoQ got some interesting insights from their interview with Christophe de Hauwer, the chief strategy and development officer at the communications satellite company SES:According to Morgan Stanly, t...
02:30 am - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Venezuelan President Survives Drone Assassination Attempt
The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, has survived an apparent assassination attempt involving drones that exploded close to him while he was speaking at an event in Caracas. State television show...
01:38 am - Sun, August 5, 2018
Slashdot Front-End Developer Decries 'Garbage' Design Choices on 'The Bullshit Web'
"Ever wondered why pages seem to load slower and slower? Or why it is that browsing seems to take just as long to load a page, even though your broadband connection doubled in speed a couple of months...
11:43 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Is Facebook Ignoring Our Humanity?
"Facebook really is evil," writes Quartz reporter Nikhil Sonnad. "Not on purpose. In the banal kind of way. Underlying all of Facebook's screw-ups is a bumbling obliviousness to real humans..." An ano...
10:40 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot In America's Big Tech Cities, More People Are Now Living In Their Vehicles
An anonymous reader quotes CBS MoneyWatch:The number of people residing in campers and other vehicles surged 46 percent over the past year, a recent homeless census in Seattle's King County, Washingto...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot New Anti-Cancer Drug Put Cancers To Sleep In Mice -- Permanently
"Australian scientists have taken a 'major step forward' in the world of cancer research," reports ABC (the national broadcaster of Australia). Long-time Slashdot reader Artem Tashkinov quotes an anno...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Corporate America Cools On Blockchain. Gartner Sees 'Disconnect Between Hype and Reality'
"Corporate America's love affair with all things blockchain may be cooling," reports Bloomberg. An anonymous reader quotes their report. [Alternate version here.]A number of software projects based on...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot New Alexa Skill Plays Fake Stupid Arguments To Scare Off Burglars
TechCrunch reports on a new Alexa skill called "Away Mode".Instead of lights and noises, you can keep your home safe from unwanted visitors by playing lengthy audio tracks that sound like real -- and ...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Can We Decentralize the Web?
This week the Internet Archive hosted an amazing Decentralized Web Summit, which united the makers who want to build a web "that's locked open for good." [Watch the videos here.] Vint Cerf was there, ...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Samoa Plans Switch To 100% Renewable Electricity -- Using Tesla's Batteries and Grid Controller
An anonymous reader quotes Fast Company:In seven years, the island nation of Samoa plans to run on 100% renewable electricity. Over the last year, the local utility has worked with Tesla to install a ...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Using Electronic Devices During Lectures Led To Lower Grades, Study Finds
schwit1 quotes UPI: For the study, researchers followed 118 cognitive psychology students at Rutgers University in New Jersey. For one term, electronic devices were banned in half of the lectures and ...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Announces TypeScript 3.0
Microsoft released version 3.0 of TypeScript, which Microsoft describes as an "extension" of JavaScript "that aims to bring static types to modern JavaScript." Quoting Microsoft's Developer Tools blog...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot 'The Problem With Programming and How To Fix It'
Jonathan Edwards has been programming since 1969 (starting on a PDP-11/20). "Programming today," he writes, "is exactly what you'd expect to get by paying an isolated subculture of nerdy young men to ...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Record Labels File 'Billion Dollar' Piracy Lawsuit Against ISP Cox
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: This week Cox's problems doubled after a group of high profile record labels filed a new piracy liability lawsuit against the Internet provider. ...
10:00 am - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Iconic Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Wakes Up, Phones Home
Kepler, which has discovered about 70 percent of the 3,800 known exoplanets to date, woke up from a four-week hibernation yesterday and has begun beaming data home, just as planned, NASA officials ann...
07:00 am - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Apple's 2018 iPhones Are Rumored To Not Include Headphone Dongle In the Box
Apple will reportedly ditch the 3.5mm to Lightning port headphone dongle with this year's iPhone models. Apple notoriously dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016. It has included a headp...
03:30 am - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot US Recycling Companies Face Upheaval From China Scrap Ban
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Wall Street Journal: U.S. companies that collect waste for recycling are weighing higher prices and other changes to their operations since China upended t...
01:40 am - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Air Pollution Linked To Changes In Heart Structure, Study Shows
Researchers say air pollution is linked to changes in the structure of the heart of the sort seen in early stages of heart failure. "The findings could help explain the increased number of deaths seen...
12:45 am - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Buggy Updates? Our Patching is Simple, Regular, and Consistent Says Microsoft
Microsoft has declined to comment on an expert's many complaints about the quality of its recent patches and cadence of Windows 10 feature updates. Earlier, Susan Bradley, a Microsoft MVP who for the ...
12:45 am - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Buggy Updates? Our Patching is Simple, Regular, and Consistent, Says Microsoft
Microsoft has declined to comment on an expert's many complaints about the quality of its recent patches and cadence of Windows 10 feature updates. Earlier, Susan Bradley, a Microsoft MVP who for the ...
12:03 am - Sat, August 4, 2018
Slashdot Citing 'Economic Efficiency,' Epic Says Fortnite's Upcoming Android App Won't Hit Google Play Store
Fortnite developer Epic Games will not be distributing its massively popular game on Android because the Play Store takes a 30 percent cut of the revenue. Instead, the company plans to distribute the ...
11:00 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court To Wipe Out Decision Upholding Net Neutrality
Repealing net neutrality wasn't enough for the Trump administration. Today, the administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a 2016 appeal court ruling that had upheld Obama era net neutralit...
10:20 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot High Speed Internet Is Causing Widespread Sleep Deprivation, Study Finds
A study, published Friday in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and funded by the European Research Council, suggests that high speed internet access is causing people to lose up to 25 ...
09:40 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Cameroon Innovator Beats Internet Shutdown With SMS App
An anonymous reader shares a report: Hampered by an internet shutdown in Cameroon's troubled English-speaking regions in January 2017, Zuo Bruno, a young ethical hacker, was inspired to develop a car-...
09:00 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Google Is in China Cloud Talks With Tencent, Others, Report Says
Google wants to get back into China, and is laying the groundwork for a key part of the initiative: bringing its cloud business to the world's second-largest economy. Bloomberg: The internet giant is ...
08:20 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot FCC Sides With Google Fiber Over Comcast With New Pro-Competition Rule
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission today approved new rules that could let Google Fiber and other new [ISPs] gain faster access to utility pol...
07:40 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Original Star Wars Movies May Not Launch With Disney's Streaming Service Until 2024
Disney is reportedly having trouble buying back TV rights to "Star Wars" movies from AT&T's Turner Broadcasting so that it can offer them on a new streaming video service it is working on. Bloombe...
07:00 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Google Maps Now Zooms Out To a Globe Instead of a Flat Earth
Google Maps has been updated to present you with a 3D globe of the planet when you zoom out. Previously, Maps would have shown you a flat map of the world. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares a report...
06:20 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot GE Engineer With Ties To China Accused of Stealing Power Plant Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TheStreet: General Electric stock was little changed on Friday, August 3, as a GE engineer with ties to China who has been accused of stealing proprietary powe...
05:35 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot New Starbucks Partnership With Microsoft Allows Customers To Pay For Frappuccinos With Bitcoin
Earlier this week, Nestle said it was jumping on the blockchain bandwagon, today, Starbucks said it is ready to top that. From a report: The Seattle-based coffee giant is working with Microsoft and a ...
04:55 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot NASA Unveils the Astronauts Who Will Relaunch Human Space Flights From US Soil
NASA on Friday announced the crews of the first flights from U.S. soil since the space shuttle retired in 2011, an elite group of astronauts that the agency hopes will help open a new era of space tra...
04:18 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot How Criminals Recruit Telecom Employees To Help Them Hijack SIM Cards
An anonymous reader writes: Sources who work for some of America's major cellphone carriers tell us how criminals are trying to recruit them to get help hacking victims. Normally, criminals approach t...
03:50 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Stunned as Medical Non-Profit Group Abruptly Ends Research Grants
A major US non-profit group focused on improving child health has abruptly terminated US$3 million in research grants -- leaving nearly 40 scientists confused, angry and scrambling to secure new fundi...
03:40 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Stunned as Medical Non-Profit Group Abruptly Ends Research Grants
A major US non-profit group focused on improving child health has abruptly terminated US$3 million in research grants -- leaving nearly 40 scientists confused, angry and scrambling to secure new fundi...
02:40 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Easier Streaming Services Put Dent in Illegal Downloading
Music piracy is falling out of favour as streaming services become more widespread, new figures show. From a report: One in 10 people in the UK use illegal downloads, down from 18% in 2013, according ...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot AMD Creates Quad Core Zen SoC with 24 Vega CUs for Chinese Consoles
An anonymous reader shares a report: AMD has cornered the x86 console market with its handy semi-custom mix of processors and graphics. While we slowly await the next generation of consoles from Micro...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot New Study Finds It's Harder To Turn Off a Robot When It's Begging For Its Life
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: [A] recent experiment by German researchers demonstrates that people will refuse to turn a robot off if it begs for its life. In the study, publishe...
10:00 am - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Rare Blue Diamonds Lurk Deep In Earth's Core
Scientist believe they now know how extremely rare blue diamonds are formed. After studying 46 of the gems, they found that blue diamonds are formed as deep as the transition zone between the planet's...
07:00 am - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot How AT&T and Verizon Rip Off DSL Customers
A new white paper written by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance finds that AT&T and Verizon are selling slow DSL internet to tens of millions of customers for the same price as fiber customer...
03:30 am - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Regular Sauna Users May Have Fewer Chronic Diseases
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: People who visit the sauna frequently may be less likely to develop heart and lung diseases or to get the flu than those who rarely go, a research rev...
02:05 am - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot The NES Classic Outsold the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch In June
After returning to stores in June after a brief stint of sales back in 2016, the NES Classic is topping U.S. sales charts. Market research firm NPD reports that the NES Classic was June's highest unit...
01:25 am - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Motorola Launches Verizon-Exclusive Moto Z3 Smartphone, 5G Moto Mod
Motorola unveiled their new flagship Moto Z3 smartphone today that's upgradeable to 5G. Like other Moto Z phones, the Z3 includes support for Moto Mods, including a new 5G Moto Mod that will let you u...
12:45 am - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Google-backed Kotlin Gains Adoption in Open Source Android Apps; Scientists Say It Has Improved Code Quality
Kotlin, which Google blessed last year as an alternative to Java for programming Android apps, has already made its way into almost 12 per cent of open source Android apps, and in so doing has elevate...
12:03 am - Fri, August 3, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Miners Are Building Their Own Electricity Infrastructure
ted_pikul shares a report from Motherboard: Access to cheap electricity can make or break a cryptocurrency mining operation. The latest move in the quest for bargain-basement power rates: building out...
11:20 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot A Material Found To Carry Current In a Way Never Before Observed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Scientists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have discovered a behavior in materials called cupra...
10:40 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Surface Go Reviews Are All Over the Place
The reviews for Microsoft's Surface Go tablet are in, and they're all over the place. While the press generally agrees that the processor is slow and can only handle light tasks, such as browsing and ...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Software Can Model How a Wildfire Will Spread
The rapid flames that roached densely populated areas in Mati, a seaside resort near Athens on July 23, could have been avoided. Gavriil Xanthopoulos, a wildfire expert at Greece's Ministry of Rural D...
09:20 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Is Building Its Own AI Chips For Self-Driving Cars
Yesterday, during his quarterly earnings call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a new piece of hardware that the company is working on to perform all the calculations required to advance the self-driving ...
08:40 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Korea Plans To Tax Google, Apple and Amazon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Korea Times: The government will move quickly to impose taxes on Google, Apple, Amazon and other global IT companies. This follows policymakers and lawmake...
08:03 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Nestle Experiments with Tracking Gerber Baby Food on the Blockchain
Nestle SA is putting some of its Gerber baby food products on a food-tracking blockchain to test whether the technology can trace the fruits and vegetables that go into its purees and squeezable pouch...
07:15 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot As Google Maps Renames Neighborhoods, Residents Fume
An anonymous reader shares a report: For decades, the district south of downtown and alongside San Francisco Bay here was known as either Rincon Hill, South Beach or South of Market. This spring, it w...
06:35 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Browser Firm That Required Users To Confirm Their Real Life Identity Shut Down After Its Employees Were Threatened
New submitter nleskovic shares a report: When Authenticated Reality launched last year, it seemed that the company had struck gold in terms of market demand and fit. The Austin-based startup had devel...
05:50 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot White House Proposal Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards, No Exception For California
The Trump administration has proposed a rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency and emissions standards, while simultaneously taking aim at California's unique ability to set more stringent rules. From ...
05:20 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Number of Mobile Calls Drops For the First Time
The number of voice calls made on mobile phones in the UK fell for the first time ever in 2017 -- despite the fact we seem hooked on our devices. From a report: That is according to the latest report ...
04:40 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley
Kara Swisher, writing for The New York Times: I kept pressing Mr. Zuckerberg on how he personally felt about the damage his creation had done. [Editor's note: Ms. Swisher is referring to her recent in...
03:57 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Apple Hits $1 Trillion Stock Market Valuation
Apple became the first $1 trillion publicly listed U.S. company on Thursday, crowning a decade-long rise fueled by its ubiquitous iPhone that transformed it from a niche player in personal computers i...
03:57 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Apple Becomes the First $1 Trillion US Company in History
Apple became the first $1 trillion publicly listed U.S. company on Thursday, crowning a decade-long rise fueled by its ubiquitous iPhone that transformed it from a niche player in personal computers i...
03:25 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot The 2018 Top Programming Languages, According To IEEE
New submitter rfengineer shares a report: Welcome to IEEE Spectrum's fifth annual interactive ranking of the top programming languages. Because no one can peer over the shoulders of every coder out th...
02:50 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Apple Removing iOS and Mac Apps from Affiliate Program
In a post, Apple announced the following changes: With the launch of the new App Store on both iOS and macOS and their increased methods of app discovery, we will be removing apps from the affiliate p...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Fields Medals Awarded To 4 Mathematicians
Every four years, at an international gathering of mathematicians, the subject's youngest and brightest are honored with the Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. The New Yo...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Congress Passes Bill Forcing Tech Companies To Disclose Foreign Software Probes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Congress is sending President Donald Trump legislation that would force technology companies to disclose if they allowed countries like China...
10:00 am - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot 3D-Printed Deep Learning Neural Network Uses Light Instead of Electrons
Matt Kennedy from New Atlas reports of an all-optical Diffractive Deep Neural Network (D2NN) architecture that uses light diffracted through numerous plates instead of electrons. It was developed by D...
07:00 am - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Top Genetic Testing Firms Promise Not To Share Data Without Consent
Ancestry, 23andMe and several other top genetic testing companies pledged on Tuesday not to share users' DNA data with others without consent. "Under the new guidelines, the companies said they would ...
03:30 am - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Inspector General Says NSA Still Hasn't Implemented Its Post-Snowden Internal Security Measures
An anonymous reader quotes a report form Techdirt: In the immediate aftermath of an NSA contractor springing numerous leaks back in 2013, the NSA vowed this would never happen again. It has happened a...
02:05 am - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Canada's Ontario Government Ends Basic Income Project
Lisa MacLeod, Progressive Conservative member and Children, Community and Social Services Minister of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, said Tuesday that she would end the city's basic income pilot...
01:25 am - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Tesla On Track To Turn a Profit This Year
Thanks to gains in Model 3 output, Tesla's second-quarter revenue grew by more than $1 billion. Unfortunately, the company's net loss rose dramatically as a result. In a statement, Tesla said it achie...
12:45 am - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Plans To Move Completely Off Oracle Software By Early 2020
Amazon plans to be completely off Oracle's proprietary database software by the first quarter of 2020, reports CNBC. The plans come after the company moved most of its infrastructure internally to Ama...
12:03 am - Thu, August 2, 2018
Slashdot Google Categorically Refuses To Remove the Pirate Bay's Homepage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: This year alone, at least 15 separate takedown notices ask Google to remove ThePirateBay.org from its index. Most of these are sent by the report...
11:20 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Is Adding Atari Games To the In-Car Display
In the next software update for its vehicles, Tesla will include several playable Atari games as new Easter eggs. CEO Elon Musk said the update would be released in "about four weeks" and should inclu...
10:40 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Samsung's Tab S4 Is Both An Android Tablet and a Desktop Computer
Today, Samsung unveiled the successor to the Galaxy Tab S3 from last year. The aptly named Galaxy Tab S4 features a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 83...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot LeBron James Opens STEM-Based School For At-Risk Students In Ohio
NBA superstar LeBron James is opening a new school that many are calling a "game changer." It extends the length of a traditional school day and focuses on teaching a STEM curriculum to students who h...
09:20 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Bacteria Becoming Resistant To Hospital Disinfectants, Warn Scientists
Hospitals will need to use new strategies to tackle bacteria experts have warned, after finding a type of hospital superbug is becoming increasingly tolerant of alcohol -- the key component of current...
08:42 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Earth Overshoot Day Came Early This Year. That's a Bad Thing.
An anonymous reader shares a report: Earth's resources are limited. We only have so much water and food, let alone oil and gold. But humans are using more than Earth has to offer, and have been since ...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Continues To Close in On Windows 7
An anonymous reader writes: NetMarketShare reports on the state of the desktop operating system market on the first day of each month. [...] In July, [the market share of] Windows 10 went from 35.71 p...
07:20 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot US Indicts Ukrainian Hackers Who Stole Millions of Credit and Debit Card Numbers
Three Ukrainians associated with the hacking group FIN7 have been arrested in Europe in connection with hacks of more than 100 U.S. companies that led to tens of millions of dollars in losses, Reuters...
06:40 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Leaked Chats Show Alleged Russian Spy Seeking Hacking Tools
wiredmikey writes: The leak of an alleged Russian hacker's conversations with a security researcher shows more about the shadowy group of 12 Russian spies indicted by the FBI for targeting the 2016 U....
06:00 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Senate Rejects New Money For Election Security
The Republican-controlled Senate has defeated a push by Democrats to set aside an additional $250 million for states to upgrade their voting systems to protect against hacking and other cyberattacks. ...
05:30 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot A Hacker Broke Into a Few of Reddit's Systems and Managed To Access Some User Data, Company Says
A hacker broke into a few of Reddit's systems and managed to access some user data, including some current email addresses and a 2007 database backup containing old salted and hashed passwords, Reddit...
04:40 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's New Message to WhatsApp: Make Money
Deepa Seetharaman, writing for WSJ: Four years after Facebook bought WhatsApp for $22 billion, it is formally starting the messaging app on a new mission: bringing in revenue. WhatsApp on Wednesday de...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Alaskan Town Finds Solace in Typewriters Following Last Week's BitPaymer Ransomware Infection
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: On Monday, officials from Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su), a borough part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area, said they are still recovering fro...
03:20 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Call Me, Comrade: The Surprise Rise of North Korean Smartphones
Tia Han, reporting for NK News: 2018 marks the tenth year that cellphones have been legally available in North Korea. The number of users has been growing significantly since then, but overall use rem...
02:40 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Pilot Program To Provide Cybersecurity Protection To Political Campaigns and Election Authorities
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft has launched a pilot program aimed at providing cybersecurity protection for political campaigns and election authorities. The pilot program -- named Acc...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Google Plans To Launch Censored Search Engine In China, Leaked Documents Reveal
Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest, The Intercept...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Huawei Passes Apple For Second Place In Smartphone Shipments
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: For the first time in seven years, Samsung and Apple have not taken the top two positions in the worldwide smartphone market. All hail Huawei. Alt...
10:00 am - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot MoviePass Will Increase Price, Limit Availability of New Movies
After running out of money and shutting down for a night last week, the movie ticket subscription service MoviePass will increase its price to $14.95 a month within the next 30 days. Furthermore, "fir...
07:00 am - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Ancient Public Library Discovered In Germany
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of the oldest public library in Cologne, Germany, "a building erected almost two millennia ago that may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls," reports The Guardi...
03:30 am - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot San Francisco Officials Are Planning To Ban Corporate Cafeterias, Force Tech Workers To Eat Out At Local Restaurants
"According to The New York Times, San Francisco officials are planning to ban corporate cafeterias to force tech workers to eat out at local eateries," writes Slashdot reader The Original CDR. Here's ...
02:10 am - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Judge Blocks Release of Blueprints For 3D-Printed Guns
U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to stop the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns, saying they could end up ...
01:25 am - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Sony's Mobile Business Is Shrinking Out of Existence
The latest earnings report from Sony indicates the company's already tiny smartphone business has shrunk by almost half. "In the quarter ending in July 2018, Sony managed to sell only 2 million mobile...
12:45 am - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Toyota Unveils Project Portal 2.0 Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Semi Truck
Toyota is actively working to make vehicles powered by alternative energy sources. Last year, the Japanese automaker unveiled Project Portal, a novel hydrogen fuel-cell system designed for heavy-duty ...
12:03 am - Wed, August 1, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Shuts Off Access To User Data For Hundreds of Thousands of Apps
In a blog post, Facebook said that it's shutting off access to its application programming interface for hundreds of thousands of inactive apps. This interface is what lets app developers access user ...
11:20 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Steam Game Pulled From Store After Allegations of Cryptocurrency Mining
Valve decided to remove a game from Steam after it was found to be turning players' computers into cryptocurrency miners. An anonymous reader shares the report from Polygon: The game is called Abstrac...
10:40 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Commodore's Amiga Is Being Revived In Newly Updated Hardware
MojoKid writes from a report via Hot Hardware: Although it has been over three decades since the first Commodore Amigas were originally released, a fan base for the beloved systems is still going stro...
10:03 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Comcast, Charter Dominate US; Telcos 'Abandoned Rural America,' Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast is the only choice for 30 million Americans when it comes to broadband speeds of at least 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream, the repor...
09:25 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot SamSam Ransomware Crew Made Nearly $6 Million From Ransom Payments
The SamSam ransomware, which if you remember was at play in an attack in Atlanta city earlier this year, has earned its creator(s) more than $5.9 million in ransom payments since late 2015, BleepingCo...
09:03 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Apple Reports Strong Third-Quarter Results
Apple reported strong third-quarter results Tuesday, posting big beats on earnings per share and average iPhone selling price. CNBC highlights how Apple did compared with Wall Street projections: EPS:...
08:45 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot HP Will Give You $10,000 To Hack Your Printer
hyperclocker shares a report: HP hopes to entice researchers with a $10,000 reward for finding vulnerabilities in printers. The tech giant revealed the new bug bounty program on Tuesday. The scheme, w...
08:04 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot DHS Forms New Cyber Hub To Protect Critical US Infrastructure
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday the creation of a new center aimed at guarding the nation's banks, energy companies and other industries from major cyberattacks that could cri...
07:20 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Report Reveals Numerous Cases of Amazon Workers Being Treated in Ways That Leave Them Homeless, Unable To Work or Bereft of Income After Workplace Accidents
Several readers have shared a report: Vickie Shannon Allen, 49, started working at Amazon as a counter in a fulfillment warehouse at Haslet, Texas, in May 2017. At first, like many employees, Allen wa...
06:40 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald's Monopoly Game and Stole Millions
An anonymous reader shares a report: In August 22, 2001, Jerome Jacobson, director of security for a subcontracting company called Simon Marketing, was arrested along with eight co-conspirators for or...
06:01 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Chromebooks Don't Suffer From Bad User Experiences Found on Windows and Mac Computers, Google Says
Kevin C. Tofel, writing for About Chromebooks: Having worked for a Google Chrome Marketing team over an 18 month period, I never saw a project that aggressively goes after Windows and Mac computers li...
05:20 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Google Bans Android Phones From Having Three or More Notches
Google is building official notch support into Android P, but it's laying out some ground rules first: two notches is the limit. From a report: In a blog post for developers yesterday, Android UI prod...
04:18 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Has Identified Ongoing Political Influence Campaign
Facebook is preparing to announce that it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages that are believed to be engaging in political activit...
03:57 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Concert Ticket Retailer AXS Collects Personally Identifiable Data Through Its App, Which is Mandatory To Download, and Sells It To 3rd Party Without Anonymizing
AXS, a digital marketplace operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), is the second largest presenter of live events in the world after Live Nation Entertainment (i.e. Ticketmaster). Paris Martin...
03:20 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot France Bans Smartphones in School
When French students return to school in September they'll have to leave one of their most prized possessions at home -- their smartphone. From a report: French lawmakers on Monday passed legislation ...
02:40 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot With Financial Aid Declining, Many College Students Don't Have Enough Money To Eat, Studies Show, Even Though About 40 Percent Are Also Working
As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up to half of college students in recent published studies say they either are not getting enough to eat or are worried a...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Apple May Include Support For a Second SIM Card in New iPhones
Could Apple be planning on support for dual SIM cards with the new iPhone? It's possible. From a report: 9to5Mac was taking iOS 12 developer beta 5 out for a test drive and noticed something interesti...
10:00 am - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot NASA's Space-Suit Drama Could Delay Our Trip To the Moon
Zorro quotes a report from The Daily Beast: After years of planning, NASA is finally launching a new effort to send astronauts back to the moon and then onward to Mars. But one important piece of tech...
07:00 am - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Logitech Is Acquiring Blue Microphones For $117 Million In Cash
Logitech announced late Monday night that it is acquiring Blue Microphones for $117 million. The company known for USB condenser microphones, such as the Snowball and Yeti, will join Logitech's existi...
03:30 am - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Senate Democrat Floats First Serious Proposals For Regulating Big Tech
On Monday, Senator Mark Warner published 20 proposals on how to regulate big tech platforms. What's interesting is that none of the proposals call for breaking up the pseudo-monopolies. Instead, they ...
02:10 am - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Doug Grindstaff, 'Star Trek' Sound Effects Maestro, Dies At 87
Doug Grindstaff, a five-time Emmy Award winner behind Star Trek's Tribble coos, communicator beeps, and Enterprise bridge door whooshes, has died at 87. The Hollywood Reporter looks back at Grindstaff...
01:30 am - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Outselling Small, Midsize Luxury Cars In US
WindBourne shares a report from Forbes: In the second quarter of 2018, Tesla produced just over 53,000 vehicles, doubling its output compared to the same quarter last year. For the first time, Model 3...
12:50 am - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot With DaaS Windows Coming, Say Goodbye To Your PC As You Know It
Ostracus shares a report from Computerworld, written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Microsoft is getting ready to replace Windows 10 with the Microsoft Managed Desktop. This will be a "desktop-as-a-ser...
12:10 am - Tue, July 31, 2018
Slashdot OpenAI's Dactyl System Gives Robots Humanlike Dexterity
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: In a forthcoming paper ("Dexterous In-Hand Manipulation"), OpenAI researchers describe a system that uses a reinforcement model, where the AI [kno...