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11:34 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot 'Best Open Source Developer Software of 2018' Chosen By InfoWorld
This week InfoWorld unveiled their annual list of "the leading open source projects for software development, cloud computing, big data, and machine learning."[E]ven as we grapple with the likes of mi...
11:04 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Open Source BeOS Successor Haiku Releases R1/beta 1
Remember Haiku, the open source successor to the Be operating system? Long-time Slashdot reader GuerillaRadio quotes a new announcement from Haiku-os.org: It's been just about a month less than six ye...
10:03 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Settles SEC Fraud Charges, Must Step Down As Tesla's Chairman
Soon after it was reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued Elon Musk for making false statements related to his abandoned efforts to take Tesla private, the SEC announced that E...
09:34 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Rechargeable Zinc-Air Battery Nears Commercial Release
Long-time Slashdot reader necro81 writes: Reported in the NYTimes and in Phys.org: NantEnergy, a company backed by California billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, announced Wednesday that it has developed...
08:34 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Apple Went Rotten After Steve Jobs' Death, Former Engineer Claims
An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup:Apple turned against customers and its own employees after the death of co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, a fired Apple engineer claims in a lawsuit. "No...
08:04 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Python Developer Builds Moon Lander Game As an Alexa Skill
Long-time Slashdot reader mni12 writes: Anybody interested to try out this "retro game" Amazon Alexa skill I created? Just say "Alexa, enable moon lander". DESCRIPTION:Your mission is to land the Apol...
07:34 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Can DuckDuckGo Become the Anti-Google?
"Recently, a privacy-oriented search engine called DuckDuckGo raised $10 million from a Canadian pension fund," reports Marketplace.org, saying the privacy-focused search engine is "trying to establis...
06:34 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Apple Watch's Fall Detection Could Get Users Into Legal Trouble
AmiMoJo writes: Apple has released more details about how the Watch 4 will contact emergency services if the watch detects that you've had a hard fall. If the watch detects that the wearer is "immobil...
05:34 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft 'Re-Open Sources' MS-DOS on GitHub
An anonymous reader quotes Microsoft's Developer blog:In March 2014, Microsoft released the source code to MS-DOS 1.25 and 2.0 via the Computer History Museum. The announcement also contains a brief h...
04:34 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot New Web Site Will Team Journalists With Programmers
schwit1 shared an article from the New York Times:When investigative journalist Julia Angwin worked for ProPublica, the nonprofit news organization became known as "Big Tech's scariest watchdog." By p...
03:34 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot In Boston: Election-Hacking War Game Bypasses Election Systems
Slashdot reader Actually, I do RTFA remains wary of a new "blockchain-powered mobile voting app" being used by the state of West Virginia to collect ballots from overseas absentee voters. But meanwhil...
02:34 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Richard Stallman Says Linux Code Contributions Can't Be Rescinded
An anonymous reader quotes iTWire:Linux developers who contribute code to the kernel cannot rescind those contributions, according to the software programmer who devised the GNU General Public Licence...
01:00 pm - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot California Becomes First State With an IoT Cybersecurity Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a cybersecurity law covering "smart" devices, making California the first state with such a law. The bill...
10:00 am - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Arrays of Atoms Emerge As Dark Horse Candidate To Power Quantum Computers
Sophia Chen reporting for Science Magazine: In a small basement laboratory, Harry Levine, a Harvard University graduate student in physics, can assemble a rudimentary computer in a fraction of a secon...
07:00 am - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Apple Demands $9 Billion From Google For Default Search On iOS
A new report from Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall suggests that Apple may be demanding $9 billion from Google to have its search engine as the default in Safari on iOS. This is a steep increase to last...
03:30 am - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Formulate New Method To Create Low-Cost High Efficiency Solar Cells
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Scientists from the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) believe ...
02:20 am - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot An Ex-NSA Hacker Who Has Organized the First-Ever Mac Security Conference
Motherboard's Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai spoke with Patrick Wardle, the ex-NSA hacker who's organizing a security conference exclusively dedicated to Macs. Despite what Apple has famously promoted ...
01:40 am - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Netherlands Proposes Legislation To Ban Use Of Phones On Bicycles
The Dutch government is considering a proposal to ban the use of smartphones and other "mobile electronic devices" on bicycles. From a report: Infrastructure Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen published ...
01:00 am - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Pulled Out of Settlement With SEC At Last Minute
Sources have shared some new details with CNBC relating to the recent SEC charges against Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Yesterday, U.S. securities regulators sued Musk for allegedly making false statements rel...
12:20 am - Sat, September 29, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Massive New Hack
Follow the revelations this morning that a hacker exploited a security flaw in a popular feature of Facebook to steal account credentials of as many as 50 million users, a class-action lawsuit has bee...
11:40 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot US Government Loses Bid To Force Facebook To Wiretap Messenger Calls
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: U.S. government investigators have lost a case to force Facebook to wiretap calls made over its Messenger app. A joint federal and state law enforc...
11:00 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot International Energy Agency Predicts Wind Will Dominate Europe's Grid By 2027
AmiMoJo shares a report from Ars Technica: Today, roughly 25 percent of the European Union's power currently comes from nuclear sources, with coal and gas each delivering a little above 20 percent. Wi...
10:20 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot iPhone XS Passcode Bypass Hack Exposes Contacts, Photos
secwatcher shares a report from Threatpost: A passcode bypass vulnerability in Apple's new iOS version 12 could allow an attacker to access photos and contacts (including phone numbers and emails) on ...
09:40 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Meets Q3 Product Goals of 50,000 To 55,000 Model 3s
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Electrek has learned that Tesla already achieved the goal for a new record production with two days still to go before the end of the quarter. As we ...
08:55 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Google CEO Will Testify Before US House on Bias Accusations
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in November, following the midterm elections. He met with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other senior Repu...
08:15 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot BitTorrent and Tron Hope Other Clients Will Embrace Blockchain-Powered 'Paid' Seeding
BitTorrent and Tron, following the acquisition, hope to successfully integrate blockchain technology with the popular file-sharing protocol. From a report: Both companies were built around decentraliz...
07:35 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Python is a Hit With Hackers, Report Finds
After breaking into the top three most popular programming languages for the first time this month, behind C and Java, Python has also won the hearts of hackers and web nasties, according to attack st...
06:57 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica's Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics
There's something mysterious coming up from the frozen ground in Antarctica, and it could break physics as we know it. From a report: Physicists don't know what it is exactly. But they do know it's so...
06:08 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Spotify Starts Cracking Down on Friends Who Share Family Plans
Spotify is emailing some users on family plans asking for their GPS locations in order to confirm that they live in the same location. From a report: Subscribers who don't confirm their home address c...
05:20 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Says it Has Discovered 'Security Issue' Affecting Nearly 50 Million Accounts, Investigation in Early Stages
Facebook shared the following security announcement Friday: On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. We're taki...
04:54 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Says it Has Discovered 'Security Issue' Affecting Nearly 50 Million Accounts, Investigation in Early Stages
Facebook shared the following security announcement Friday: On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. We're taki...
04:45 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Sees a 7-Degree Rise in Global Temperatures By 2100
Last month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous 7 degrees by the end of th...
04:10 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Intel Addresses CPU Shortage: 'Supply Is Undoubtedly Tight'
Intel interim CEO Bob Swan publicly addressed the company's CPU shortage issue for the first time since July, when he acknowledged that meeting additional demand would be Intel's "biggest challenge." ...
03:33 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Refine a Device That Can Both Harvest and Store Solar Energy, and They Hope It Will One Day Bring Electricity To Rural and Underdeveloped Areas
An anonymous reader shares a report: The problem of energy storage has led to many creative solutions, like giant batteries. For a paper published today in the journal Chem, scientists trying to impro...
02:45 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Green Bay Packers and Microsoft Win Domain Name Fight After Family Sought Cash, Tickets and Tablets
theodp writes: Last fall, Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers announced a $10 million partnership to build TitletownTech, "an innovation center focused on developing and advancing scalable, technology...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Proclaims He'll Live-Stream an Attempt To Delete Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page This Sunday
An indie Taiwanese hacker has proclaimed he'll broadcast an attempt to wipe out Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page this Sunday -- live. From a report: Self-professed bug bounty-hunter Chang Chi-yuan, who...
01:00 pm - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Accidentally Blow Up Their Lab With Strongest Indoor Magnetic Field Ever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Tokyo accidentally created the strongest controllable magnetic field in history and blew the d...
10:00 am - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Delta's Fully Biometric Terminal Is the First In the US
In what Delta is calling the first "biometric terminal" in the country, they will reportedly use facial recognition at check-in, security and boarding inside the international terminal at Atlanta's Ha...
07:00 am - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Satellite Company Partners With Jeff Bezos' AWS To Bring Internet To 'Whole Planet'
Iridium Communications is partnering with Amazon Web Services to develop a satellite-based network called CloudConnect for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. "We're really covering the whole plane...
03:30 am - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Can Now Peek Inside Mummies In a Whole New Way
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A revved-up version of traditional CT scanning shows it's possible to acquire microscopic-scale images of ancient Egyptian mummies, revealing previous...
01:40 am - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Carmack Compares Oculus Quest Hardware Power To Last-Gen Game Consoles
During a talk at the Oculus Connect conference today, Oculus' CTO, John Carmack, compared the company's newly announced Oculus Quest headset to the Xbox 360 and PS3 in terms of power. Ars Technica rep...
01:00 am - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Apple Watch ECG Feature Could Take Years To Be Approved In UK
One of the most appealing new features of the Apple Watch Series 4 is its electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor that measures the electrical activity of your heartbeat, providing you with a heart rhythm clas...
12:20 am - Fri, September 28, 2018
Slashdot Face Scanning In US Airports Is Rife With Technical Problems
Homeland Security's Inspector General has issued a report warning that its airport face scanning system is struggling with "technical and operational challenges." The report says that Customs and Bord...
11:40 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Consumer Reports Gives Its Recommendation Back To Microsoft's Surface Laptops
After pulling its recommendation in August, Consumer Reports announced that it is once again recommending Microsoft's Surface laptops. "Microsoft's reliability is now on-par with most other laptop bra...
11:00 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Alphabet Launches VirusTotal Enterprise
Google launched today a new set of services for enterprise customers of VirusTotal, a website that lets users test suspicious files and URLs against an aggregate of multiple antivirus scanning engines...
10:20 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Device Enrollment Program Can Leak Sensitive Data About Devices, Owners
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: Security researchers have discovered an issue with the Device Enrollment Program used by Apple to allow organizations to manage their MacBooks and iPhones. D...
09:40 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Panasonic Completing 3 New Cell Production Lines At Tesla's Gigafactory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In a Tuesday interview with Bloomberg, the head of Panasonic's Automotive Division said that the company was on track to complete an additional t...
09:03 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Will End Support For Skype Classic In November
Support for Skype Classic 7.0 was slated to end this month, but has been delayed due to customer complaints. Now, according to an announcement today, Microsoft is going to officially end support in No...
08:24 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot SEC Charges Elon Musk With Fraud Over His Statements To Take Tesla Private
U.S. securities regulators have sued Elon Musk for allegedly making false statements related to his abandoned efforts to take Tesla Motors private. Bloomberg News broke the news Thursday, citing docke...
08:10 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Linux Now Dominates Azure
An anonymous reader shares a report: Three years ago, Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure, Microsoft's cloud program, said, "One in four [Azure] instances are Linux." Then, in 2017, it was 40 percent Azure...
07:30 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone's Sensors Without Asking
When apps wants to access data from your smartphone's motion or light sensors, they often make that capability clear. That keeps a fitness app, say, from counting your steps without your knowledge. Bu...
07:00 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Moon is Stepping Stone, Not Alternative To Mars, NASA Chief Says
The moon has not superseded Mars as a human-spaceflight target, despite NASA's current focus on getting astronauts to Earth's nearest neighbor, agency officials stressed. From a report: The Red Planet...
06:20 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Voting Machine Used in Half of US Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds
Election machines used in more than half of U.S. states carry a flaw disclosed more than a decade ago that makes them vulnerable to a cyberattack, WSJ reported, citing a report which will be made publ...
05:40 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Robot Lawnmowers Are Killing Hedgehogs
An anonymous reader shares a report: While Americans still wrangle their overgrown lawns by pushing or riding a lawnmower, many Europeans have handed off that responsibility to robots. These beefy, Ro...
05:13 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot CBS Shuts Down Stage 9, a Fan-Made Recreation of the USS Enterprise
An anonymous reader writes: For those unfamiliar with the project, Stage 9 is a beautiful virtual recreation of the Enterprise ship from Star Trek: The Next Generation for Windows, Mac and Linux. More...
04:30 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Study Links Restricting Screen Time For Kids To Higher Mental Performance
Parents who possess the resolve to separate their children from their smartphones may be helping their kids' brainpower, a new study suggests. A report adds: Children who use smartphones and other dev...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot After Century of Removing Appendixes, Docs Find Antibiotics Can Be Enough
After more than a century of slicing tiny, inflamed organs from people's guts, doctors have found that surgery may not be necessary after all -- a simple course of antibiotics can be just as effective...
03:30 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds On Linux's Code of Conduct
Linus Torvalds oversees every line of code added to the Linux kernel, but in recent years the male-dominated community has become increasingly divided, reports BBC. Rows about sexism and rudeness led ...
03:10 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds On Linux's Code of Conduct
Linus Torvalds oversees every line of code added to the Linux kernel, but in recent years the male-dominated community has become increasingly divided, reports BBC. Rows about sexism and rudeness led ...
02:10 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot PlayStation 4 Changes Crossplay Policy, Begins Fortnite Testing
Sony announced this week a major policy shift regarding crossplay with other consoles. PlayStation 4 previously wouldn't allow online games to connect to Xbox One or Switch players. This week, Sony is...
01:00 pm - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Spheres Can Make Concrete Leaner, Greener
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Rice University scientists have developed micron-sized calcium silicate spheres that could lead to stronger and greener concrete, the world's most-us...
10:00 am - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Alaska Airlines Trials Virtual Reality On Some Flights
Alaska Airlines is trailing virtual reality onboard 10 flights between Boston and Seattle and Boston and San Diego. The headsets are provided by French in-flight entertainment company SkyLights and wi...
07:00 am - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Japanese Company Announces Long-Term Plan To Develop the Moon
"On Wednesday, a Japanese company called ispace announced that it has two missions planned to the Moon within the next three years and that it has acquired ride-share launches on two Falcon 9 rockets ...
03:30 am - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Delta Computer Glitches Force Flight Halts Third Year In a Row
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. airline grounded all domestic flights Tuesday to deal with a technology issue that affected some of its systems. About an hour later, Delta...
02:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Cloudflare Partners With Microsoft, Google and Others To Reduce Bandwidth Costs
A group called the Bandwidth Alliance, being led by Cloudflare, promises to reduce the price of bandwidth for many cloud customers. "The overall idea here is that customers who use both Cloudflare, wh...
01:25 am - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Most Drivers Don't Understand Limitations of Car Safety Systems, AAA Finds
A new study by AAA found that most drivers don't understand the limitations of advanced safety technology installed on their new vehicles. "The study indicates that drivers overestimate the capabiliti...
12:45 am - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Announces $399 Oculus Quest Standalone VR Headset
Facebook's Oculus has announced its new $399 standalone virtual-reality headset that's scheduled to launch in the spring of 2019. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that "with Oculus Quest, we will com...
12:03 am - Thu, September 27, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Aggressive Anti-Union Tactics Revealed In Leaked Video
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Amazon, the country's second-largest employer, has so far remained immune to any attempts by U.S. workers to form a union. With rumblings of employee ...
11:20 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Passes 700 Million Devices
At its Ignite 2018 conference, Microsoft said that Windows 10 has been installed on over 700 million active devices. Neowin reports of the confusion around this estimate, noting that "the last milesto...
10:40 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Opening a New Store That Sells Items From Its Website Rated 4 Stars and Above
Amazon is opening a new store in New York City that sells items from its website rated 4 stars or above. The company appears to be making a bigger push into brick-and-mortar retail following its acqui...
10:03 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Uber Settles Data Breach Investigation For $148 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Uber will pay $148 million to settle a nationwide investigation into a 2016 data breach (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative sour...
09:25 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Rolls Out Recovery Key Option For Firefox Accounts
Mozilla announced today a new recovery option for Firefox Accounts, the user system included inside the Firefox browser. ZDNet: Starting today, users can generate a one-time recover key that will be a...
08:45 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Ex-Google Employee Warns of 'Disturbing' China Plans
A former Google employee has warned of the firm's "disturbing" plans in China, in a letter to US lawmakers. BBC: Jack Poulson, who had been a senior researcher at the company until resigning in August...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access To Your Shadow Contact Information
Kashmir Hill, reporting for Gizmodo: Last week, I ran an ad on Facebook targeted at a computer science professor named Alan Mislove. Mislove studies how privacy works on social networks and had a theo...
07:50 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Executive Hits Back at WhatsApp Co-founder Brian Acton: 'A Whole New Standard of Low-Class'
Facebook's David Marcus, who until recently ran the Facebook Messenger before starting the blockchain group earlier this year, is defending the company and CEO Mark Zuckerberg after a WhatsApp founder...
07:00 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Using Wi-Fi To Count People Through Walls
An anonymous reader shares a report: Whether you're trying to figure out how many students are attending your lectures or how many evil aliens have taken your Space Force brethren hostage, Wi-Fi can n...
06:15 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Executive Hits Back at WhatsApp Co-founder Brian Acton: 'A Whole New Standard of Low-Class'
Facebook's David Marcus, who until recently ran the Facebook Messenger before starting the blockchain group earlier this year, is defending the company and CEO Mark Zuckerberg after a WhatsApp founder...
05:35 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot In Senate Hearing, Tech Giants Push Lawmakers For Federal Privacy Rules
Another day, another hearing of tech giants in Congress. Wednesday's hearing at the Senate Commerce Committee with Apple, Amazon, Google and Twitter, alongside AT&T and Charter, marked the latest ...
04:40 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot India's Top Court Refuses To Scrap Aadhaar, the World's Largest Biometric ID Database
India's top court refused to scrap Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric database, in a ruling announced Wednesday, upholding the validity of the sprawling digital-identity program but also imposing ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Password Managers Can Be Tricked Into Believing That Malicious Android Apps Are Legitimate
A new academic study published today reveals that Android-based password managers have a hard time distinguishing between legitimate and fake applications, leading to easy phishing scenarios. From a r...
03:20 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Google Promises Chrome Changes After Privacy Complaints
Google, on the defensive from concerns raised about how Chrome tracks its users, has promised changes to its web browser. From a report: Two complaints in recent days involve how Google stores data ab...
02:40 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Study of 1.6 Million Grades Shows Little Gender Difference in Math and Science at School
A study of school grades of more than 1.6 million students shows that girls and boys perform similarly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. From a report: The research, publis...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot 'I Sold My Users' Privacy To a Larger Benefit. I Made a Choice and a Compromise. And I Live With That Every Day': WhatsApp Cofounder On Leaving Facebook
Brian Acton, a founder of WhatsApp, which he sold to Facebook for $19 billion four years ago, has grown tired of the social juggernaut. He left the company a year ago, and earlier this year, he surpri...
01:00 pm - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Roundup Weed Killer Could Be Linked To Widespread Bee Deaths, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A new study [published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences] by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin posit that glyphosate --...
10:00 am - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Ex-NSA Employee Gets 5 Years In Prison For Taking Home Top Secret Files
Former NSA employee Nghia Hoang Pho, 64, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for taking top secret U.S. defense files to his home. Pho pleaded guilty in December to willful retention of n...
07:56 am - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot India's Top Court Refuses To Scrap Aadhaar, the World's Largest Biometric ID Database
India's top court refused to scrap Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric database, in a ruling announced Wednesday, upholding the validity of the sprawling digital-identity program but also imposing ...
07:45 am - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Vivaldi 2.0 Desktop Browser Featuring Expanded Customization, Sync Across Devices and Privacy Tools Released [Q&A With Founder]
Vivaldi announced Wednesday it has released a major update to its namesake desktop web browser, remaining as one of the rare companies that is still attempting to fight Google's monopoly in the space....
07:00 am - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Using AI To Predict Floods In India, Warn Users
Google is partnering with the Central Water Commission of India to alert users in the country about impending floods. As The Verge notes, "the service is only available in the Patna region, with the f...
03:30 am - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot A 17-Year-Old Has Become Michigan's Leading Right To Repair Advocate
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Surya Raghavendran of Ann Arbor, Michigan isn't your average 17-year-old. Not only does the high school senior run a small business repairing iPho...
02:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Humans Are Causing the Earth To Wobble More Than It Should, NASA Finds
Iwastheone shares a report from BGR: When looking at the Earth from afar it appears to be a perfect sphere, but that actually isn't the case. Because Earth isn't uniform on all sides due to land masse...
01:25 am - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Millennials More Likely To Fall For Scams Than Baby Boomers
A new report from the Better Business Bureau suggests that millennials are now more likely to fall victim to a scam than Baby Boomers. Washington Examiner reports: The Better Business Bureau reports t...
12:45 am - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Google Ends Cryptocurrency Ad Ban For Certain Kinds of Ads
Earlier this year, Google updated its financial services-ad policies to ban any advertising about cryptocurrency-related content, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), wallets, and trading advice. ...
12:03 am - Wed, September 26, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft To Bring Multi-User Virtualization To Windows, Office With Windows Virtual Desktop Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: On Sept. 24, Microsoft announced what it's calling the Windows Virtual Desktop (WMD). WVD will allow users to virtualize Windows 7 and 10, Office 365 Pr...
11:20 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Xbox Announces Mouse and Keyboard Support
Xbox's Phil Spencer announced today that mouse and keyboard support is coming to Xbox One. Crytek's Warface will be the first game to test the feature when it becomes available in October via the Xbox...
10:40 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Uber Wins Key Ruling In Its Fight Against Treating Drivers As Employees
A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that drivers "seeking to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors must arbitrate their claims individually, and not pursue class-action l...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Safari's 'Siri Suggested' Search Results Highlighted Conspiracy Theories, Fake News
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Apple's Safari, one of the internet's most popular web browsers, has been surfacing debunked conspiracies, shock videos, and false information v...
09:20 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Across The Arctic, Lakes Are Leaking Dangerous Greenhouse Gases
An anonymous reader shares a report: Set against the austere peaks of the Western Brooks Range, the lake, about 20 football fields in size, looked like it was boiling. Its waters hissed, bubbled and p...
08:41 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Firefox Monitor Will Inform You of Data Breaches
Earlier this year, Mozilla announced Firefox Monitor, a service that will inform you if your online accounts were hacked in a recent data breach. It's now available to general public. A report adds: F...
08:01 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Fedora 29 Beta Now Available For Download With Improved Raspberry Pi Support
The Fedora Project announced Tuesday the beta availability of Fedora 29 -- the latest version of the free and open-source Fedora OS. From a report: It features updated packages, improved support for R...
07:19 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Myst, One of the Most Influential Games Ever, Turns 25
harrymcc writes: On September 24, 1993, Myst debuted as a CD-ROM game for the Mac. The mysterious, puzzle-laden adventure went on to become the best-selling game title of its era, inspiring a devoted ...
06:40 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Do You Know Cobol? If So, There Might Be a Job for You.
Despite its advanced age, Cobol is still the most prevalent programming language in the financial-services industry world-wide. Software programmed in Cobol powers millions of banking transactions eve...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Internet Society Partners with Facebook To Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa
The Internet Society, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today announced that it is partnering with Facebook to develop Internet Exc...
05:23 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Asks For Public Input on Data Privacy
The federal government wants to know the best way to protect your privacy online. On Tuesday, the Department of Commerce released a request for public comments as it outlined the Trump administration'...
04:41 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot A Nuclear Startup Will Fold After Failing To Deliver Reactors That Run on Spent Fuel
Transatomic Power, an MIT spinout that drew wide attention and millions in funding, is shutting down almost two years after the firm backtracked on bold claims for its design of a molten-salt reactor....
04:00 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Accuses Apple of Stealing Trade Secrets and Giving Them To Intel
Mark Wilson writes: Chip-maker Qualcomm has today accused Apple of stealing trade secrets and sharing them with Intel. The company alleges that Apple wanted Intel to be able to improve its own chips s...
03:21 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's Plan To Let Companies It Buys Live Independently is Over
Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch: Mark Zuckerberg was quick to realize that Facebook, the largest social network in the world, doesn't have a monopoly on all users nor can it bank on holding its po...
02:40 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Tencent Security Researcher Fined For Hacking Hotel WiFi and Publishing Internal Network Credentials Online
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for ZDNet: Singapore authorities have fined a Chinese security researcher with SGD$5,000 (USD$3,600) for hacking into a local hotel's WiFi system without authorization and the...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Swiss Soccer Fans Protest Esports by Throwing Tennis Balls and Game Controllers On the Field
Soccer fans in Switzerland protested against increased investment in esports by throwing tennis balls and game consoles on the field during a Swiss Super League match. From a report: The fans reported...
01:00 pm - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Google CEO Sundar Pichai Is Headed To Washington This Week To Discuss Censorship, China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be present at a private meeting with top Republican lawmakers this Friday to discuss the company's controversial plans...
10:00 am - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Gut-Brain Connection Could Lead To a 'New Sense'
A new study has revealed a "fast-acting neural circuit allowing gut cells to communicate with the brain in just seconds," reports New Atlas. Diego Bohorquez, senior author of the study, says "these fi...
07:00 am - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is Not Protecting Content Moderators From Mental Trauma, Lawsuit Claims
A former Facebook contract employee has filed a lawsuit, alleging that content moderators who face mental trauma after reviewing distressing images on the platform are not being properly protected by ...
03:30 am - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive genetic modifi...
02:05 am - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Uber Drivers and Other Gig Economy Workers Are Earning Half What They Did Five Years Ago
According to a new study by the JPMorgan Chase Instittue, drivers who transport people via apps (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Uber Eats, Postmates) made 53 percent less in 2017 than they did in 2013. Recode repor...
01:25 am - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Greece Uses High-Tech Drones To Fight Tax Evasion In Holiday Hotspots
Greece is reportedly using drones to fly over boats running day trips on the Aegean in an effort to crack down on rampant tax evasion at holiday hotspots. Channel NewsAsia reports: With the black econ...
12:45 am - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Tech Giants Spend $80 Billion To Make Sure No One Else Can Compete
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Google parent Alphabet and the other four dominant U.S. technology companies -- Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook -- are fast becoming industri...
12:03 am - Tue, September 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple Completes Shazam Acquisition, Will Make App Ad-Free For Everyone
Apple has successfully completed its $400 million acquisition of Shazam, and the company announced it will be removing all ads from the app "soon." The Verge reports: The acquisition was temporarily h...
11:20 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room
A visual prank exposes an Achilles' heel of computer vision systems: Unlike humans, they can't do a double take. From a report: In a new study [PDF], computer scientists found that artificial intellig...
10:40 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Implanted Device Helps Two People With Paralysis Walk Again
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: At least five people whose legs were completely paralyzed are walking again, two of them with no outside help, thanks to a specialized program of the...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Slack Buys and Shuts Down Intelligent Email App Astro
Slack has acquired email app company Astro to incorporate it into Slack channels. As a result, Astro is shutting down its Mac, iOS, Android, Alexa and Slack apps. They're no longer taking new users an...
09:20 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Google Revamps Search Engine To Include New Cards and Tags As It Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
As Google celebrates its 20th anniversary, it announced a range of new updates to its namesake search engine. The Mountain View company announced it was drawing on its artificial intelligence capabili...
08:40 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Web-Based Office Suite Zoho Taken Offline By Registrar After Alleged Phishing Complaints
New submitter atxlakeshore writes: On Monday, ICANN-approved domain registrar Tierra.net turned off access to all Zoho domains, affecting 40 million customers worldwide. Zoho, a web-based office suite...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot iPhone XS and XS Max Users Are Reporting Poor Cell and Wi-Fi Reception
Some users who upgraded to an iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max over the weekend have reported poor cell and Wi-Fi reception and noticeably slower speeds when comparing their new phones to their older model...
07:20 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot SiriusXM Is Acquiring Pandora in $3.5 Billion Deal To Create the 'World's Largest Audio-Entertainment Company'
Sirius XM has agreed to buy online-music service Pandora for $3.5 billion, as the satellite-radio company looks to add streaming services in the increasingly competitive fight for listeners. From a re...
06:40 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Mitsubishi Recalls 68,000 SUVs Over Bad Software
Mitsubishi is recalling 68,000 SUVs because of bad software in two different engine-control units (ECUs), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Consumer Reports adds: In one...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Over 1,100 New Arcade Games Added To the Internet Archive
Jason Scott, writing for Internet Archive blog: The Internet Arcade, our collection of working arcade machines that run in the browser, has gotten a new upgrade in its 4th year. Advancements by both t...
05:15 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Apple Releases macOS Mojave Featuring Dark Mode and Other Features; Earlier Today a Security Researcher Published 0Day Bypass For a Privacy Bug in the new OS
Apple on Monday made available to the public macOS Mojave -- aka macOS 10.14, the latest major update to its desktop operating system. From a report: Though Mojave is substantially focused on under-th...
04:47 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Office 2019 For Windows and Mac
Microsoft is releasing Office 2019 for Windows and Mac today. The update is designed for businesses and consumers that haven't opted into Microsoft's Office 365 service with monthly feature updates. T...
04:01 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Germany Launches World's First Autonomous Tram
An anonymous reader shares a report: The world's first autonomous tram was launched in unspectacular style in the city of Potsdam, west of Berlin, on Friday. The Guardian was the first English-languag...
03:21 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Despite Outrage From Users, Microsoft Continues To Install Bloatware Applications Onto Every Windows 10 PC
Before Windows 10, a clean install of Windows only included the bare essentials a user would need to get started using their PC. With Windows 10, a clean install stays that way for about two minutes, ...
02:43 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft To Unify Search Across Windows 10, Office 365 and Bing with Microsoft Search
Microsoft has a new 'North Star' for search: One, unified, smart search box that will span Windows, Office, Bing and more. From a report: For the past several years, Microsoft been working to unify an...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Google Secretly Logs Users Into Chrome Whenever They Log Into a Google Site
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for ZDNet: Starting with Chrome 69, whenever a Chrome user would access a Google-owned site, the browser would take that user's Google identity and log the user into the Chrom...
01:13 pm - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot A New Report Outlines Apple's Reluctance For Mature Content On Its Streaming Service
A new report from The Wall Street Journal details the state of Apple's yet-to-be-unveiled streaming service. "It highlights some of the difficulties Apple has faced in striking the right tone for its ...
10:10 am - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Alcohol Causes One In 20 Deaths Worldwide, Says WHO
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Alcohol is responsible for more than 5% of all deaths worldwide, or around 3 million a year, new figures have revealed. The data, part of a repor...
07:07 am - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Famed Mathematician Claims Proof of 160-Year-Old Riemann Hypothesis
Slashdot reader OneHundredAndTen writes: Sir Michael Atiyah claims to have proved the Riemann hypothesis. This is not some internet crank, but one the towering figures of mathematics in the second hal...
04:04 am - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Meet the World's First Self-Driving Car From 1968
Qbertino writes: The German Web industry magazine T3N (think of it as the German TechCrunch) has an article about a test circuit and a test vehicle -- a modified Mercedes Benz limousine of the time --...
02:02 am - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot How Qualcomm Tried and Failed To Steal Intel's Crown Jewel
An anonymous reader shares an article from Bloomberg: In early November, Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs stood on a stage in the heart of Silicon Valley and vowed to break Intel's stranglehold on the wo...
01:01 am - Mon, September 24, 2018
Slashdot Japan's Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land On Asteroid Ryugu
sharkbiter shares a report from Space.com: The suspense is over: Two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu -- and they've even sent back some wild postcards from the...
11:23 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Create 'Spray-On' 2D Antennas
In a study published in Science Advances, researchers in Drexel's College of Engineering describe a method for spraying invisibly thin antennas, made from a type of two-dimensional, metallic material ...
09:21 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Judge Orders Cloudflare To Turn Over Identifying Data In Copyright Case
Cal Jeffrey reporting for TechSpot: Back in May, several studios started targeting movie-pirating sites and services. Dallas Buyers Club, Cobbler Nevada, Bodyguard Productions, and several other copyr...
08:20 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Wendy's Faces Lawsuit For Unlawfully Collecting Employee Fingerprints
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against fast food restaurant chain Wendy's accusing the company of breaking state laws in regards to t...
07:19 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot IAU Ad Hoc Committee Publishes Revised Set of Definitions For SETI Terms
RockDoctor writes: An ad hoc committee of the International Astronomical Union has been working for 5 months on revisions and clarifications to the definitions of various terms used in technical and p...
06:18 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot PlayStation Now Is Making Its Games Downloadable
PlayStation revealed in a blog post that PS Now subscribers will be able to download most PS4 and PS2 games currently in the PS Now Library and play them locally, offline. "Almost all PS4 games in the...
05:17 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Coding Error Sends 2019 Subaru Ascents To the Car Crusher
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: [A] software remedy can't solve Subaru's issue with 293 of its 2019 Ascent SUVs. All 293 of the SUVs that were built in July will be scrapped be...
04:16 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot MIT Develops New Type of Battery That Gobbles Up Carbon Dioxide
MIT has developed a new type of battery that could be made partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plants. "Rather than attempting to convert carbon dioxide to specialized chemicals using metal...
03:15 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Instagram Says It's Not Working On a Regram Feature
Soon after The Verge reported that Instagram was working on a reshare feature, the company said that the function is "not happening." It told The Verge and TechCrunch that it's neither building nor te...
02:14 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Ecuador Wanted To Make Julian Assange a Diplomat and Send Him To Moscow
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last year, Ecuador attempted to deputize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to Russia, according to a Frid...
01:34 pm - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Thieves Who Stole GPS Tracking Devices Were Caught Within Hours
"These devices kind of look like cell phone chargers, so they probably thought they had some kind of street value," said the co-founder of Roambee, a shipping-monitoring services company, in a classic...
11:34 am - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Britain To Create 2,000-Strong Cyber Force, Boost Budget By £250M
Slashdot reader cold fjord writes: Britain's Ministry of Defence and GCHQ signals intelligence establishment have put forward a plan to increase staff devoted to offensive cyber operations up to 2,000...
07:34 am - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Why Attackers Are Using C# For Post-PowerShell Attacks
An anonymous Slashdot reader summarizes an article by a senior security researcher at Forecepoint Security Labs:Among cyber criminals, there has been a trend in recent years for using more so called '...
03:44 am - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Anyone Considering an Apple Watch 4?
Long-time Slashdot reader kwelch007 writes:I finally gave in, after years of Android loyalty, because the iPhone and Apple Watch just worked, so I was told (and it is true). I changed from my Motorola...
01:34 am - Sun, September 23, 2018
Slashdot Huge Trove of Employee Records Discovered At Abandoned Toys 'R' Us
An anonymous reader writes: Hackaday recently engaged in a bit of urban exploration, taking a look inside of a recently purchased Toys "R" Us location that has been boarded up since the once giant toy...
11:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot MIT's Elegant Schoolbus Algorithm Was No Match For Angry Parents
"Computers can solve your problem. You may not like the answer," writes the Boston Globe. Slashdot reader sandbagger explains: "Boston Public Schools asked MIT graduate students Sebastien Martin and A...
10:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Outbids Fox With $40 Billion Offer For Sky In Auction
Comcast outbid Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox after offering $40 billion in an auction on Saturday. According to Yahoo Finance, "The U.S. cable giant bid $22.59 a share for control of Londo...
09:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot NSA's 'Codebreaker Challenge' Features Exploiting Blockchain To Steal Ethereum
"The National Security Agency's 2018 Codebreaker Challenge kicked off on Friday, 9/21, and runs through 12/31," writes Slashdot reader eatvegetables. Each year's challenge -- which is open to U.S. stu...
08:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Should The US Government Break Up Google, Twitter, and Facebook?
The Bay Area Newsgroup reports:Political momentum for a crackdown on Silicon Valley's social media giants got a boost this week when a state attorney general said he would tell U.S. Attorney General J...
07:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Cody Wilson, 3D-Printed Gun Pioneer, Arrested In Taiwan
Cody Wilson, maker of the first 3D-printed plastic gun, has been arrested in Taiwan. Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes Reason:Earlier this week, Texas police issued a warrant for his arrest....
06:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Space Junk Successfully Captured In Orbit For the First Time (with Video)
"The Surrey Space Center successfully used a net to capture a piece of artificial space junk in orbit for the first time in history on Sunday," writes Slashdot reader dmoberhaus. "The video was just r...
05:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Purism Launches First Security Key with Tamper-Evident Protection for Laptops
An anonymous reader quotes Softpedia:Purism announced Thursday that its highly anticipated Librem Key security key is now available for purchase as the first and only OpenPGP-based smart card to offer...
04:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Did John Deere Just Swindle California's Farmers Out of Their Right to Repair?
An anonymous reader quotes a new Wired opinion piece by Kyle Wiens and Elizabeth Chamberlain from iFixit:A big California farmers' lobbying group just blithely signed away farmers' right to access or ...
03:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot New Custom Linux Distro is Systemd-Free, Debian-Based, and Optimized for Windows 10
An anonymous reader quotes MSPowerUser:Nearly every Linux distro is already available in the Microsoft Store, allowing developers to use Linux scripting and other tools running on the Windows Subsyste...
02:34 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Mystery Solved: FBI Closed New Mexico Observatory to Investigate Child Porn
"The mysterious 11-day closure of a New Mexico solar observatory stemmed from an FBI investigation of a janitor suspected of using the facility's wireless internet service to send and receive child po...
01:00 pm - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot 'Bombe' Replica Code-Breaking WW2 Computer Was Used To Decipher Message Scrambled By An Enigma Machine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Computer historians have staged a re-enactment of World War Two code-cracking at Bletchley Park. A replica code-breaking computer called a Bombe was u...
10:00 am - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Streaming Accounts For 75 Percent of Music Industry Revenue In the US
Mallory Locklear reporting via Engadget: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released music industry revenue statistics for the first half of 2018 in the U.S., and on average, rev...
07:00 am - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Japan Has Attempted To Land Two Tiny Rovers On a Distant Asteroid
On Friday, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft attempted to deploy two miniature rovers on an asteroid that it's been orbiting since mid-August. Ars Technica reports: Each weighed only about a kilogram, and ...
03:30 am - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Massive Undersea Walls Could Stop Glaciers From Melting, Scientists Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Building walls on the seafloor could prevent glaciers from melting and sea levels rising due to global warming, scientists say. Barriers of sand and rock ...
02:05 am - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Southern California Sees Its Longest Streak of Bad Air In Decades
According to state monitoring data, Southern California violated federal smog standards for 87 consecutive days -- the longest stretch of bad air in at least 20 years. "The streak is the latest sign t...
01:25 am - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Making It Easier To Set Up New IoT Gadgets
At an event yesterday where the company unveiled a range of new Echo smart speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices, the company announced a new way to easily set up internet of things (IoT) devices. ...
12:45 am - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot Romanian Ransomware Suspect Pleads Guilty To Hacking CCTVs In Washington DC
gosand writes: "A Romanian woman [named Eveline Cismaru] has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office i...
12:03 am - Sat, September 22, 2018
Slashdot FCC Angers Cities, Towns With $2 Billion Giveaway To Wireless Carriers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission's plan for spurring 5G wireless deployment will prevent city and town governments from charging carriers ab...
11:20 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot iPhone XS Teardown Shows Few Changes Aside From the Battery
iFixit tore apart Apple's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, revealing very similar insides to last year's iPhone X. Engadget reports the findings: One of the most interesting features is the battery on the...
10:40 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Telltale Games Hit With Major Layoffs As Part of a 'Majority Studio Closure'
Telltale Games, the video game developer behind The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman: The Enemy Within, laid off a large number of its staff today. According to The Verge, "the company will...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Google Employees Discussed Tweaking Search Results To Counter Trump's Travel Ban
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Days after the Trump administration instituted a controversial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed how they could t...
09:20 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Divers Are Attempting To Regrow Great Barrier Reef With Electricity
A trial is underway to restore damaged coral on the Great Barrier Reef using electricity. From a report: The reef has been severely assaulted in recent years by cyclones and back-to-back heatwaves. Na...
08:42 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Huawei Trolls Apple By Giving Battery Packs To People Waiting in Line For the iPhone XS
Huawei, which recently surpassed Apple to become the world's second largest smartphone player, can't stop taking shots at the iPhone maker. From a report: After the iPhone XS was unveiled with little ...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Magic Leap is Pushing To Land a Contract With US Army To Build AR Devices For Soldiers To Use On Combat Missions, Documents Reveal
Magic Leap, a US-based startup valued at north of $6 billion and which counts Google, Alibaba, Warner Bros, AT&T, and several top Silicon Valley venture capital firms as its investors, is pushing ...
07:25 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Notifies Developers About API Bug That Shared DMs With Wrong Developers
Twitter has started notifying developers today about an API bug that accidentally shared direct messages (private messages) or protected tweets from a Twitter business account with other developers. F...
06:45 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Romanian Ransomware Suspect Pleads Guilty To Hacking CCTVs in Washington DC
gosand writes: The Register reports that "a Romanian woman has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans To Closely Track Search Users in China: The Intercept
Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept...
05:30 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot David Patterson Says It's Time for New Computer Architectures and Software Languages
Tekla S. Perry, writing for IEEE Spectrum: David Patterson -- University of California professor, Google engineer, and RISC pioneer -- says there's no better time than now to be a computer architect. ...
04:47 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Giant Spiderweb Cloaks Land in Aitoliko, Greece
An anonymous reader shares a report: Warmer weather conditions in western Greece have led to the eerie spectacle of a 300m-long spiderweb in Aitoliko. A vast area of greenery has been covered by the w...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot EU Justice Commissioner Quits Facebook, Describing Her Experience as 'Channel of Dirt'
The European Commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality shut down her Facebook account, describing her experience on the social network as a "channel of dirt." From a report: At a news co...
03:20 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot 'It Just Seems That Nobody is Interested in Building Quality, Fast, Efficient, Lasting, Foundational Stuff Anymore'
Nikita Prokopov, a software programmer and author of Fira Code, a popular programming font, AnyBar, a universal status indicator, and some open-source Clojure libraries, writes: Remember times when an...
02:40 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Apple's New Strategy: Sell Pricier iPhones First
The staggered release gives the company a month to sell higher-end models without cheaper competition from itself. WSJ: This year, according to people familiar with Apple's production plans, the compa...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Predicts the Internet Will Split in Two By 2028 -- and One Part Will Be Led By China
Speaking at a private event in San Francisco this week, Eric Schmidt said he believes within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the other by China. At the ev...
01:00 pm - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Microplastics Can Spread Via Flying Insects, Research Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Microplastic can escape from polluted waters via flying insects, new research has revealed, contaminating new environments and threatening birds ...
07:00 am - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot First Hydrogen-Powered Train Hits the Tracks In Germany
"French train-building company Alstom built two hydrogen-powered trains and delivered them to Germany last weekend, where they'll zoom along a 62-mile stretch of track that runs from the northern citi...
03:30 am - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Will Open a 'War Room' Next Week To Monitor Election Interference
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Sheera Frankel and Mike Isaac [write from The New York Times]: "Sandwiched between Building 20 and Building 21 in the heart of Facebook's campus, an...
02:10 am - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot China Blocks Twitch
After becoming the third most popular free app on China's App Store, Twitch is now no longer accessible and the Twitch app has been removed from the country's App Store. Engadget reports: While Twitch...
02:10 am - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Earns Five-Star Crash Safety Rating From NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the Tesla Model 3 with a five-star safety rating -- the highest possible score. This means that every car Tesla has built has earned a fi...
01:30 am - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Apple Will Judge Call, Email Activity To Assign Users a 'Trust Score'
Apple recently updated its iTunes privacy policy page, making mention of a "trust score" it gives iPhone users on how they make calls or send emails. The INQUIRER reports: "To help identify and preven...
12:50 am - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot Walmart Is Putting 17,000 Oculus Go Headsets In Its Stores To Help Train Employees In VR
Walmart is reportedly planning to send Oculus Go headsets to each of its nearly 5,000 stores so that more of its employees can get instruction more often. TechCrunch reports: The big box giant will be...
12:10 am - Fri, September 21, 2018
Slashdot What Ecstasy Does To Octopuses
Gul Dolen, a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who studies how the cells and chemicals in animal brains influence animals' social lives, gave ecstasy to octopuses and recorded her...
11:30 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Crippling DDoS Vulnerability Put the Entire Bitcoin Market At Risk
A major flaw was spotted in the Bitcoin network that could have allowed miners to bring down the entire blockchain by flooding full node operators with traffic, via a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DD...
10:50 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Xiaomi Admits To Putting Ads In the Settings Menu of Its Phones
Xiaomi, the world's fourth largest smartphone maker, was caught by a Reddit user for placing ads in the settings menu of its smartphones. The ads reportedly show up in Xiaomi's MIUI apps, including th...
10:10 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Plants Fake Packages In Delivery Trucks As Part of Undercover Ploy To 'Trap' Drivers Stealing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: Amazon uses fake packages to catch delivery drivers who are stealing, according to sources with knowledge of the practice. The company plants...
09:30 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot In a World of Robots, Carmakers Persist in Hiring More Humans
It looks like car-industry employees who are concerned about robots taking their jobs don't need to worry -- for now, at least. Of the 13 publicly traded automakers with at least 100,000 workers at th...
08:50 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Radio Astronomers Are Increasingly Using Convolutional Neural Networks To Sift Through Massive Amounts of Data
Radio astronomers have so far cataloged fewer than 300 fast radio bursts, mysterious broadband radio signals that originate from well beyond the Milky Way. Almost a third of them -- 72, to be precise ...
08:10 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Titans of Mathematics Clash Over Epic Proof of ABC Conjecture
Two mathematicians have found what they say is a hole at the heart of a proof that has convulsed the mathematics community for nearly six years. Quanta Magazine: In a report [PDF] posted online Thursd...
07:45 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot The New York Times Sues FCC For Net Neutrality Records
The New York Times Company on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concerning records the newspaper alleges may shed light on possible Russian participation in ...
07:20 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Find 'Super-Earth' In Star System From 'Star Trek'
In a wonderful example of truth validating fiction, the star system imagined as the location of Vulcan, Spock's home world in Star Trek, has a planet orbiting it in real life. From a report: A team of...
06:40 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Google Defends Gmail Data Sharing, Gives Few Details on Violations
Google defended how it polices third-party add-ons for Gmail in a letter to U.S. senators made public on Thursday, saying that upfront review catches the "majority" of bad actors. A report adds: Googl...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Announces a Range of New and Refreshed Echo and Alexa Products
The rumors were true. Amazon on Thursday announced a range of new Echo smart speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices. The company first announced the Echo Sub, its answer to voice-enabled premium aud...
05:15 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot ICANN Sets Plan To Reinforce Internet DNS Security
coondoggie shares a report: In a few months, the internet will be a more secure place. That's because the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted to go ahead with the fir...
04:31 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Time To Regulate Bitcoin, Says UK Treasury Committee Report
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are "wild west" assets that expose investors to a litany of risks and are in urgent need of regulation, MPs on the Treasury select committee have said. From a report...
03:50 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Equifax Slapped With UK's Maximum Penalty Over 2017 Data Breach
Credit rating giant Equifax has been issued with the maximum possible penalty by the UK's data protection agency for last year's massive data breach. From a report: Albeit, the fine is only 500,000 Po...
03:10 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Cloudflare Ends CAPTCHAs For Tor Users
Cloudflare announced on Monday a new service named the "Cloudflare Onion Service" that can distinguish between bots and legitimate Tor traffic. The main advantage of this new service is, said Cloudfla...
02:31 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot The New Yorker on Linus Torvalds
Linus Torvalds announced on Sunday that he was sorry for how he treated the community over the years. Torvalds, 48, said he planned to make some changes to how he conducted himself, and on that part, ...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Gunman Shoots 4 at Middleton Software Company; Dies in Shootout With Police
Several Slashdot readers shared this report overnight: A gunman shot four people, none fatally, at his Middleton workplace Wednesday morning before he was killed in a shootout with police, Middleton P...
01:30 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot The New Yorker on Linus Torvalds
Linus Torvalds announced on Sunday that he was sorry for how he treated the community over the years. Torvalds, 48, said he planned to make some changes to how he conducted himself, and on that part, ...
01:00 pm - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot US Senate Staff Targeted By State-Backed Hackers, Senator Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PBS NewsHour: Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that "at least one major technology c...
10:00 am - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot California May Ban Terrible Default Passwords On Connected Devices
According to Engadget, the California Senate has sent Governor Jerry Brown draft legislation that would require manufacturers to either have to use unique preprogrammed passwords or make you change th...
07:00 am - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Could Face EU Sanctions If It Doesn't Change Its TOS
According to Reuters, Facebook could face sanctions for not complying with the European Union's consumer rules. "Back in February, the company was told to change its users terms and conditions to rece...
03:30 am - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot AI Could Devastate the Developing World
Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and author of "AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order," reports of the devastating impacts artificial intelligence could have...
02:05 am - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Humans Simply 'Hardwired' For Laziness, Study Says
Zorro shares a report from Study Finds: [...] A new study shows we may just have to chalk it up to our brains simply being hardwired to prefer hanging on the couch instead of the chin-up bar. Research...
01:25 am - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Evernote Slashes 15 Percent of Its Workforce
Evernote, one of the most popular productivity apps on the market, is struggling to stay on top of the charts. TechCrunch, after reporting two weeks that the company "lost several of its most senior e...
12:45 am - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot Zaif Cryptocurrency Exchange Suffers $60 Million Hack
Hackers were able to steal $60 million worth of company and user funds belonging to the Zaif Japanese cryptocurrency exchange. The breach occurred last week, but the company discovered the hack on Mon...
12:03 am - Thu, September 20, 2018
Slashdot John Hancock Will Include Fitness Tracking In All Life Insurance Policies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only ...
11:20 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Alibaba To Set Up New Chip Company Amid Fear of US Tech Dependency
hackingbear shares a report from CNN: China's biggest tech firm announced Wednesday that the new [semiconductor] business will develop artificial intelligence chips for cloud computing, internet-conne...
10:40 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot 'WaitList.dat' Windows File May Be Secretly Hoarding Your Passwords, Emails
A file named WaitList.dat, found only on touchscreen-capable Windows PCs, may be collecting your sensitive data like passwords and emails. According to ZDNet, in order for the file to exist users have...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot 'I'm Admin. You're Admin. Everyone is Admin.' Remote Access Bug Turns Western Digital My Cloud Into Everyone's Cloud
Researchers at infosec shop Securify revealed this week a vulnerability, designated CVE-2018-17153, which allows an unauthenticated attacker with network access to the device to bypass password checks...
09:20 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Despite Data Caps and Throttling, Industry Says Mobile Can Replace Home Internet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T and Verizon are trying to convince the Federal Communications Commission that mobile broadband is good enough for Internet users who don...
08:40 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Alibaba's Jack Ma Backs Down From Promise To Trump To Bring 1 Million Jobs to the US
Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, has abandoned a promise to create one million new jobs in the US, in a sign of the threat that rising trade tensions with China pose to some of US President Donald Trump'...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Times Newer Roman is a Font Designed To Make Your Essays Look Longer
Chaim Gartenberg, writing for The Verge: Times Newer Roman, a font from internet marketing firm MSCHF (which you may remember from the Tabagotchi Chrome extension). Times Newer Roman looks a lot like ...
07:34 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Amazon is Reportedly Planning Up To 3,000 Cashierless Stores By 2021
Amazon is planning to open 3,000 of its cashierless stores by 2021, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, planning a major push into retail as it continues to scale its online platform. CNBC: The e-commerce g...
07:25 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Reimagining of Schrodinger's Cat Breaks Quantum Mechanics -- and Stumps Physicists
In a multi-'cat' experiment, the textbook interpretation of quantum theory seems to lead to contradictory pictures of reality, physicists claim. New submitter Lanodonal shares a report: In the world's...
06:45 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Cloudflare Wants Internet Route Leaks To Be a Thing of the Past
Cloudflare wants routing issues to be a thing of the past by deploying a new feature to try to stop route leaks and hijacks in their tracks. From a report: Cloudflare told TechCrunch that rolling out ...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Box-Office Giant Ticketmaster Recruits Pros For Secret Scalper Program
Box-office giant Ticketmaster is recruiting professional scalpers who cheat its own system to expand its resale business and squeeze more money out of fans, a CBC News/Toronto Star investigation revea...
05:34 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot EU's Antitrust Commissioner Opens Preliminary Probe into Amazon
European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has begun questioning merchants on Amazon's use of their data, Vestager said Wednesday. The issue, she said, is whether Amazon is using data from t...
04:50 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot China's Leaders Soften Their Stance on AI, Say They Will Be Sharing Their Findings With Other Countries
China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence. From a report: Speaking at the World Artific...
04:10 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot We Hold People With Power To Account. Why Not Algorithms?
An anonymous reader shares a report: All around us, algorithms provide a kind of convenient source of authority: an easy way to delegate responsibility, a short cut we take without thinking. Who is re...
03:20 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Stole Customer Credit Cards in Newegg Data Breach
Newegg is clearing up its website after a month-long data breach. TechCrunch: Hackers injected 15 lines of card skimming code on the online retailer's payments page which remained for more than a mont...
02:40 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot LLVM 7.0 Released: Better CPU Support, AMDGPU Vega 20; Clang 7.0 Gets FMV and OpenCL C
LLVM release manager Hans Wennborg announced Wednesday the official availability of LLVM 7.0 compiler stack as well as associated sub-projects including the Clang 7.0 C/C++ compiler front-end, Compile...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Sony Announces PlayStation Classic, a $100 Mini PS1
Sony announced Wednesday that it will release the PlayStation Classic micro console on December 3. It will cost $100 and come with 20 built-in games. From a report: Like Nintendo's NES Classic and SNE...
01:00 pm - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Life In the Spanish City That Banned Cars
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Guardian: People don't shout in Pontevedra -- or they shout less. With all but the most essential traffic banished, there are no revving eng...
10:00 am - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot VW Group, BMW and Daimler Are Under Investigation For Collusion In Europe
The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation into the Volkswagen Group, BMW and Daimler, over allegations they colluded to keep certain emissions control devices from reaching the m...
07:00 am - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Senate Passes Music Modernization Act With Unanimous Support
After the House's unilateral support back in April, the Senate has unanimously voted to pass the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, which is named in honor of the Republican senior senator from U...
03:30 am - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Wanted Banks To Fork Over Customer Data Passing Through Messenger
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: For years, Facebook has publicly positioned its Messenger application as a way to connect with friends and as a way to help customers interact direc...
02:10 am - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Wharton Professor Says America Should Shorten the Work Day By 2 Hours
Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and The Wharton School's top professor, says Americans should work two hours less. Instead of the typical 9-to-5, people...
01:30 am - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Linux On Windows 10: Running Ubuntu VMs Just Got a Lot Easier, Says Microsoft
Liam Tung reporting for ZDNet: Ubuntu maintainer Canonical and Microsoft have teamed up to release an optimized Ubuntu Desktop image that's available through Microsoft's Hyper-V gallery. The Ubuntu De...
12:50 am - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot Chrome OS Revamp Delivers a New Look and Linux App Support
Google has released a Chrome OS 69 update that introduces a range of new features. From a report: Most notably, there's now support for running Linux apps. You'll need a supported machine (a handful o...
12:10 am - Wed, September 19, 2018
Slashdot EU Drops Court Case After Apple Repays More Than $16 Billion In Taxes and Interest To Ireland
"Ireland's government has fully recovered more than [$16 billion] in disputed taxes and interest from Apple, which it will hold in an escrow fund pending its appeal against a European Union tax ruling...
11:30 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot People Tend To Cluster Into Four Distinct Personality 'Types,' Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A new study has sifted through some of the largest online data sets of personality quizzes and identified four distinct "types" therein. The new ...
10:50 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Google's Android OS To Power Dashboard Displays
schwit1 shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: Google is making a major push into the auto industry, partnering with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to use the tech company's Android OS ...
10:10 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot iPhone XS, XS Max Are World's Fastest Phones (Again)
According to "several real-world tests and synthetic benchmarks," the new iPhone XS and XS Max, equipped with the world's first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic processor, are the world's fastest smartphones, r...
09:30 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Is Facing US Criminal Probe Over Elon Musk Statements
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Tesla is under investigation by the Justice Department over public statements made by the company and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. The crimina...
08:50 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Cyber Sleuths Find Traces of Infamous iPhone and Android Spyware 'Pegasus' in 45 Countries
Security researchers have found evidence that a piece of malware peddled as "lawful intercept" software to government agencies has been deployed against victims located in 45 countries, a number that ...
08:10 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Google is Giving up Some Control of the AMP Format
Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, has been a controversial project since its debut. Critics say AMP is a Google-specific project and it is creating a walled-garden, which would only serve Google's bes...
07:30 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Rice University Says Middle-Class And Low-Income Students Won't Have To Pay Tuition
Rice University is "dramatically expanding" its financial aid offerings, promising full scholarships to undergrads whose families have income under $130,000. NPR reports: The school says it wants to r...
06:52 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Emmys: Broadcast TV Airs Its Own Funeral As Netflix, HBO, Amazon and FX Dominate
At the 70th Emmy Awards, broadcast TV was almost shut out as Netflix and HBO battled each other. The Hollywood Reporter: This year, longtime Emmy nominations leader HBO was out-nominated by Netflix. N...
06:12 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot A $1, Linux-Capable, Hand-Solderable Processor
An anonymous reader shares a report: Over on the EEVblog, someone noticed an interesting chip that's been apparently flying under our radar for a while. This is an ARM processor capable of running Lin...
05:35 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot 'It's Always DRM's Fault'
A social media post from Anders G da Silva, who accused Apple of deleting movies he had purchased from iTunes, went viral earlier this month. There is more to that story, of course. In a statement to ...
05:21 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Linux Community To Adopt New Code of Conduct
Following Linus Torvalds' public apology for his behavior over the years, the Linux Community said it will be adopting a new "Code of Conduct", which pledges to make "participation in our project and ...
04:54 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Game Streaming's Latency Problems Will Be Over in a Few Years, CEO Says
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia conference last week, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says the rise of streaming gaming was an inevitability that was just waiting on the technology to power it...
04:11 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Which Company Makes the Best Camera Phone in 2018? Not Apple
Which smartphone takes the best photos? For years, the unequivocal answer to that question has been the iPhone. Apple has, for years, taken pride in the pictures its iPhones are able to capture. And r...
03:25 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Online, a Paid Subscription Service Required For Console Owners To Access Internet-Enable Features Like Multiplayer Mode, To Launch This Evening
Nintendo announced Tuesday that its paid Nintendo Switch Online service will launch "later this evening," and that to prepare for the launch it will be taking the Switch eShop offline starting at 8 p....
02:42 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Linux Community To Adopt New Code of Conduct
Following Linus Torvalds' public apology for his behavior over the years, the Linux Community said it will be adopting a new "Code of Conduct", which pledges to make "participation in our project and ...
02:40 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Linux Community To Adopt New Code of Conduct
Following Linus Torvalds' public apology for his behavior over the years, the Linux Community said it will be adopting a new "Code of Conduct", which pledges to make "participation in our project and ...
02:02 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Many Job Ads on Facebook Illegally Exclude Women, ACLU Says
Facebook's advertising platform is being used by prospective employers to discriminate against women, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. From a report: The American Civil Liberties Union, joined by...
01:00 pm - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Video Game Loot Boxes Under Scrutiny By 16 Gambling Regulators
An anonymous reader writes: Gambling regulators from 16 agencies signed an agreement Monday in an effort to tackle the "blurring of lines between gaming and gambling." The international coalition, mad...
10:00 am - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Apple's AirPower Wireless Charger Is Facing Overheating Issues, Says Reports
Two separate reports are saying Apple's yet-to-be-released AirPower charger is facing overheating issues. The product, designed to simultaneously charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, was announ...
07:00 am - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Saudi Arabia Invests $1 Billion In Potential Tesla Rival
Saudi Arabia is investing more than $1 billion in Lucid Motors, an electric car startup that may give Tesla a run for their money. CNN reports: Lucid is planning a new high-performance electric car. I...
05:00 am - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Is Reviving the Chronological Timeline
In a series of tweets, Twitter announced it will be bringing back the purely chronological timeline in the coming weeks. Currently, the timeline is set up to deliver tweets that people "might have mis...
03:30 am - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot US Congress Passes Bill To Help Advanced Nuclear Power
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last week, the House passed a bipartisan bill that originated in the Senate called the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (S. 97), which ...
01:45 am - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Will Send Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Around the Moon
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed on Monday the identity of the passenger signed to visit the moon, set to launch on the company's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) vehicle: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Mr....
01:25 am - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Man Who Uploaded Deadpool To Facebook May Get Six Months In Prison
A California court may soon sentence a man who posted the entirety of Deadpool on his Facebook page to six months in prison. Gizmodo reports: A week after Deadpool was released in theaters, millions o...
12:45 am - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Plans To Release At Least 8 New Alexa-Powered Devices, Including A Microwave, Amplifier, and In-Car Gadget
Amazon is planning to release at least 8 new voice-controlled hardware devices before the end of the year, according to CNBC. "The devices include, among others, a microwave oven, an amplifier, a rece...
12:03 am - Tue, September 18, 2018
Slashdot New Trump Tariffs Won't Include Fitness Trackers Or the Apple Watch
According to Bloomberg, the next round of China tariffs won't include devices that receive and transmit voice data, a category that includes the Apple Watch, Fitbits, Sonos Speakers, and a host of oth...
11:20 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Hijack Surveillance Camera Footage With 'Peekaboo' Zero-Day Vulnerability
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A zero-day vulnerability present in security cameras and surveillance equipment using Nuuo software is thought to impact hundreds of thousands of device...
10:40 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot AMD's Vega Graphics Are Coming To Gaming Laptops
Paul Alcorn reporting for Tom's Hardware: AMD listed the Ryzen 7 2800H and the Ryzen 5 2600H on its website. These new processors bring the inherent goodness of the Raven Ridge architecture, found in ...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot EU To Stop Changing the Clocks in October 2019
European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc last week announced that the EU will stop the twice-yearly changing of clocks across the continent in October 2019. From a report: The practice, which ...
09:20 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot IBM is Being Sued For Age Discrimination After Firing Thousands
A lawyer known for battling tech giants over the treatment of workers has set her sights on International Business Machines Corp. Bloomberg reports: Shannon Liss-Riordan on Monday filed a class-action...
08:40 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot It Only Took 37 Seconds For Two Bitcoin 'Celebs' To Start Fighting on a Cruise Ship
An anonymous reader shares a report: The cruise ship wasn't big enough for the both of them. On September 10, somewhere in the Mediterranean, two well-known rivals -- Jimmy Song, a venture partner at ...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Ajit Pai Calls California's Net Neutrality Rules 'Illegal'
On Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called California's net neutrality bill "illegal," saying it "poses a risk to the rest of the country." The bill recently passed California's state Assembly and now aw...
07:22 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Phone Maker Xiaomi Is Pushing Ads In Its Settings App, Users Say
Several Xiaomi smartphone users are reporting that they are seeing ads in the Settings app of MIUI, a fork of the Android operating system that the Chinese phone maker ships on most of its smartphones...
06:42 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Altaba To Settle Lawsuits Relating To Yahoo Data Breach For $47 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Altaba, the holding company of what Verizon left behind after its acquisition of Yahoo, said it has settled three ongoing legal cases relating to Y...
06:03 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Followed a Leatherback Turtle Through Hurricane Florence -- Here's What They Saw
An anonymous reader shares a report: At 10:00 p.m. on May 5, a team of people quietly approached a leatherback lying in the sand on the Florida beach. Working quickly while the female sea turtle laid ...
05:20 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 12 With Faster Performance, Memoji, Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, Revamped Maps App, ARKit 2.0, and More
Apple on Monday released iOS 12, the latest operating system designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. iOS 12 is available on all devices that are able to run iOS 11, which includes the iPhone 5s...
04:45 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot The Latest Course Catalog Trend? Blockchain 101
An anonymous reader shares a report: On a clear, warm night earlier this year, several dozen University of California, Berkeley students folded themselves into gray chairs for a three-hour class on ho...
04:10 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Is Tech Billionaires' Educational Philanthropy a Bug Or a Feature?
Long-time reader theodp writes: Some education watchers have adopted a wait-and-see response to Jeff Bezos' two-pronged $2B pledge to aid the homeless and to establish preschools for low-income childr...
03:25 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot CloudFlare's IPFS Gateway Makes it Easy To Create Distributed Web Sites
CloudFlare has introduced a new gateway that allows you to easily access content stored on IPFS, or the InterPlanetary File System, through a web browser and without having to install a client. From a...
02:48 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Machines Are Going To Perform More Tasks Than Humans By 2025
In less than a decade, most workplace tasks will be done by machines rather than humans, according to the World Economic Forum's latest AI job forecast. From a report: Machines will overtake humans in...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Reflects On How He's Been Hostile To Linux Community Members Over the Years, Issues Apology, and Announces He Will Be Taking Some Time Off
On Sunday, Linus Torvalds spoke about the confusion he had regarding Maintainer's Summit, but more importantly, how this incident gave him a chance to realize "that I really had been ignoring some fai...
01:15 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot China's OnePlus is Going To Start Making TVs
Chinese electronics company OnePlus, known for making inexpensive but high-end smartphones, is entering a new line of business: making TVs. From a report: Best known for its phones, China's OnePlus al...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Windows U-turn Removes Warning About Installing Chrome, Firefox
Earlier last week, several users with a new Windows 10 build reported that they were seeing a warning when they attempted to install Chrome or Firefox browser. It turns out, Microsoft has listened to ...
10:35 am - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Google Remotely Changed the Settings on a Bunch of Phones Running Android 9 Pie
Last week, a mix of people who own Google Pixel phones and other devices running Android 9 Pie noticed that the software's Battery Saver feature had been switched on -- seemingly all by itself. And od...
04:01 am - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Researchers Generate Synthetic Brain MRI Images For AI Research
AI holds a great deal of promise for medical professionals who want to get the most out of medical imaging. However, when it comes to studying brain tumors, there's an inherent problem with the data: ...
12:23 am - Mon, September 17, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Reflects On How He's Been Hostile To Linux Community Members Over the Years, Issues Apology, and Announces He Will Be Taking Some Time Off
On Sunday, Linus Torvalds spoke about the confusion he had regarding Maintainer's Summit, but more importantly, how this incident gave him a chance to realize "that I really had been ignoring some fai...
11:10 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot Vulnerability in WebKit Crashes and Restarts iPhones and iPads
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for ZDNet: A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in the WebKit rendering engine used by Safari that crashes and restarts the iOS devices -- iPhones and iPads. T...
10:15 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot Fans Are Spoofing Spotify With 'Fake Plays', And That's A Problem For Music Charts
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Billboard charts have long been the gold standard by which musicians measure their success, but as recent tantrums by the likes of Nicki Minaj have highlighted...
09:24 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot American Eating Habits Are Changing Faster than Fast Food Can Keep Up
Home cooking would be making a comeback if it ever really went away. From a report: Restaurants are getting dinged by the convenience of Netflix, the advent of pre-made meals, the spread of online gro...
07:30 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot India's ISRO Successfully Launches 2 UK Earth Observation Satellites
The late-night dark skies at Sriharikota, India, lit up in bright orange hues as the PSLV-C42 lifted off and vanished into the thick black clouds, carrying two satellites from the United Kingdom -- No...
07:30 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot India's Space Agency Successfully Launches 2 UK Earth Observation Satellites
The late-night dark skies at Sriharikota, India, lit up in bright orange hues as the PSLV-C42 lifted off and vanished into the thick black clouds, carrying two satellites from the United Kingdom -- No...
07:00 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot Survey Finds 85% of Underserved Students Have Access To Only One Digital Device
A new research [PDF] on students who took the ACT test, conducted by the ACT Center for Equity in Learning, found that 85% of underserved (meaning low income, minority, or first generation in college)...
06:07 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot For Decades, Some of the Atomic Matter in the Universe Had Not Been Located. Recent Papers Reveal Where It Has Been Hiding
In a series of three recent papers, astronomers have identified the final chunks of all the ordinary matter in the universe. From a report: And despite the fact that it took so long to identify it all...
05:03 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot The Linux Kernel Has Grown By 225,000 Lines of Code This Year, With Contributions From About 3,300 Developers
Here's an analysis of the Linux kernel repository that attempts to find some fresh numbers on the current kernel development trends. He writes: The kernel repository is at 782,487 commits in total fro...
04:09 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Says It is Investigating Claims That Its Employees Are Taking Bribes To Sell Internal Data To Merchants To Help Them Increase Their Sales on the Website
Amazon.com is investigating internal leaks as it fights to root out fake reviews and other seller scams from its website, the company told WSJ. From the report: Employees of Amazon, primarily with the...
03:00 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot Automation: The Exaggerated Threat of Robots
It will take quite a lot of time before robots become cheaper than workers in emerging markets such as Africa, argues Nico Beckert of Flassbeck Economics, a consortium of researchers who aim to provid...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot Why Edinburgh's Clock is Almost Never on Time
Arrive in Edinburgh on any given day and there are certain things you can guarantee. One of which is, the time on the turret clock atop The Balmoral Hotel is always wrong. By three minutes, to be exac...
10:34 am - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot How Tech Companies Responded To Hurricane Florence
112-mph winds from Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas on Saturday, resulting in at least 13 deaths and leaving more than 796,000 households with no electricity, according to CNN, with over 20,0...
07:34 am - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot Addiction To Fortnite Cited In Over 200 Divorce Petitions
An anonymous reader writes:In just the last 35 weeks, one online divorce site received over 200 petitions citing addiction to Fortnite and other online games as one of the reasons someone wanted a div...
04:34 am - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot Research Proving People Don't RTFM, Resent 'Over-Featured' Products, Wins Ig Nobel Prize
An anonymous reader writes:Thursday the humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research held their 28th annual ceremony recognizing the real (but unusual) scientific research papers "that make people lau...
01:34 am - Sun, September 16, 2018
Slashdot Does LinkedIn Suck?
"LinkedIn Sucks" writes TechCrunch's John Biggs:I hate LinkedIn . I open it out of habit and accept everyone who adds me because I don't know why I wouldn't. There is no clear benefit to the social ne...
11:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot To Fight Climate Change, California Says 'We're Launching Our Own Damn Satellite'
An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times:Jerry Brown closed his climate summit in San Francisco on Friday with a dramatic announcement: California will launch its own satellite into orbit to t...
10:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Uber Glitch Stops Payments To Drivers, Prices Surge
Uber is still trying to fix a glitch that's been stopping its drivers from collecting the money they've earned for several days. An anonymous reader writes:One Uber driver says the problem's lasted ov...
09:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot 58% of Silicon Valley Tech Workers Delayed Having Kids Because of Housing Costs
An anonymous reader quotes the Mercury News: Though some residents blame the area's highly paid tech workers for driving up the cost of housing, data increasingly shows that these days, even tech wor...
08:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Have You Ever Gotten Someone Else's Email?
Wave723 shares an article from IEEE's Spectrum:I was scrolling through emails on my phone one recent morning when a strange message appeared among the usual mix of advertisements and morning newslette...
07:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Quantum Experiment Confirms Causality Is Fuzzy
"An experiment has confirmed that quantum mechanics allows events to occur with no definite causal order," reports an article shared by long-time Slashdot readers UpnAtom and jd. Researchers at the Un...
06:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrency App Mocks Competitor For Getting Hacked. Gets Hacked 4 Days Later
An anonymous reader writes: A hacker going online by the pseudonym of "aabbccddeefg" has exploited a vulnerability to steal over 44,400 EOS coins ($220,000) from a blockchain-based betting app. The ha...
05:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Do Data Breaches Affect Stock Performance in the Long Run?
Trailrunner7 tipped us off to this story on ZDNet:A multi-year study on the stock price evolution for breached companies reveals that data breaches have a long-term impact on a company's stock price, ...
04:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Some Northern California Cities Are Blocking Deployment of 5G Towers
Hkibtimes tipped us off to some interesting news from TechCrunch:The Bay Area may be the center of the global technology industry, but that hasn't stopped one wealthy enclave from protecting itself fr...
03:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Man Jailed For Hundreds of Fake TripAdvisor Reviews
An Italian man was sentenced to nine months in jail for selling fake reviews on TripAdvisor to several hundred businesses. He'll also be fined 8,000 euros (about $9,300). TripAdvisor had threatened bu...
02:34 pm - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Google Temporarily Brings Back the www In Chrome URLs -- But Should They?
An anonymous reader quotes Digital Trends:With the launch of Chrome 69, Google stunned users last week with a surprising decision to no longer display the "www" and "m" part of the URL in the Chrome s...
10:00 am - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Scanner Brings One-Click Overclocking To Its GeForce RTX Graphics Cards
Nvidia's new "Scanner" tool for the company's newest GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards will provide one-click overclocking. PCWorld reports: Nvidia Scanner isn't actually a tool you can download. Instea...
07:00 am - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Says It Signed First Private Passenger To the Moon
SpaceX announced Thursday that it's booked the world's first private passenger to the moon. The private aerospace company said on Twitter the unnamed traveler would board its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) t...
03:30 am - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Study Suggests BPA-Free Plastics Are Just As Harmful To Health
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Plastic products that boast of being "BPA-free" aren't necessarily any safer for us, suggests a new mouse study published Thursday in Current Biology....
02:10 am - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot US Lawmakers Say AI Deepfakes 'Have the Potential To Disrupt Every Facet of Our Society'
Yesterday, several lawmakers sent a letter to the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, asking him to assess the threat posed to national security by deepfakes -- a new type of AI-assisted vid...
01:30 am - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot Drone Startup Airware Is Shutting Down After Raising $118 Million
Drone operating system startup Airware, which has appeared in a number of stories over the years, announced today that it will be shutting down immediately despite having raised $118 million from inve...
12:50 am - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot San Francisco Gets Its First Cashierless Store
Last Week, San Francisco got its first completely automated cashierless store, called Standard Market. The store requires users to download their app before they can enter the 1,900-square-foot buildi...
12:10 am - Sat, September 15, 2018
Slashdot What Cardiologists Think About the Apple Watch's Heart-Tracking Feature
An anonymous reader quotes a report from SFGate: The newest Apple Watch can now flag potential problems with your heartbeat -- a feature that's been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration and tha...
11:30 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Why Can't More Than Four People Have a Conversation at Once?
Apparently, there exists something called the 'dinner party problem' which states that it is difficult to sustain a casual conversation that includes more than four speakers. If a fifth person were to...
10:50 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Some Linux Gamers Using Wine/DXVK To Play Blizzard's Overwatch Banned
Longtime Slashdot reader DrYak writes: Phoronix is reporting that multiple users who all use Wine and DXVK compatibility layers have seen their Overwatch accounts banned by Blizzard. Previously, Blizz...
10:10 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Almost Half of US Cellphone Calls Will Be Scams By Next Year, Says Report
According to a new report from First Orion, nearly half of the mobile phone calls received in the U.S. next year will be scams. "The percentage of scam calls in U.S. mobile traffic increased from 3.7 ...
09:30 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Cloud Save Data Disappears If You Cancel Subscription
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nintendo Switch game save data stored in the cloud is only available "as long as you have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership." If you ev...
08:50 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Built a Prototype of a Censored Search Engine For China That Links Users' Searches To Their Personal Phone Numbers: The Intercept
Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users' searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people's queries,...
08:10 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Road Makers Turn To Recycled Plastic For Tougher Surfaces
Recycled plastic is already used to make some products, such as guttering and sewage pipes. Now attention is turning to roads. From a report: On September 11th in Zwolle, a town in the Netherlands, a ...
07:38 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot The Man Behind the EU's Copyright Law is 'Surprised' By What's in the Proposal
Hours after the European Union Parliament voted to approve new controversial copyright laws that will transform how people in Europe and beyond use and profit from the internet, the man behind the leg...
06:57 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid
Traditional international aid programs typically offer some combination of clean water, livestock, textbooks, and nutritional supplements. A new study funded by Google.org and the US Agency for Intern...
06:18 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot 'Seven Dirty Words' Restriction Policy Lifted from .US Domain Name Registrations
An anonymous reader shares a report: Neustar, the registry operator of the .US domain and NTIA have reversed course, allowing the inclusion of previously restricted "seven dirty words" from future .US...
05:30 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Native Support For Windows File Sharing Coming To Chrome OS
Chrome OS 70, which Google plans to release in the second half of next month, will include native support for SMB file shares, giving it built-in access to files stored on Windows servers. With this, ...
04:35 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Book(s) Are You Reading This Month?
We have not run book recommendations and book discussion posts for some time. So here it goes: What's a book -- or books -- are you reading this month? Additionally, what's a book you finished recentl...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Google To Kill Its Developer Platform Fabric in Mid-2019, Pushes Developers To Firebase
An anonymous reader writes: On Apple's iPhone day this week, Google announced it is killing Inbox by Gmail. But that's not the only service that day the company confirmed it is shutting down: The mobi...
03:25 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot New iPhones, new Galaxies: Who's the Bigger Copycat?
David Pogue: Apparently, a lot of people hang their identities on what phones they carry. An iPhone person might feel personally affronted when a Samsung Galaxy gets a great review, and vice versa. Ap...
02:41 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Apple Has Started Paying Hackers for iPhone Exploits
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: In 2016, Apple's head of security surprised the attendees of one of the biggest security conference in the world by announcing a bug bounty pr...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot How the Weather Channel Made That Insane Hurricane Florence Storm Surge Animation
The Weather Channel's 3-D, room-encompassing depiction of the Hurricane Florence storm surge took many by surprise on Friday (Second video). It doesn't tell, it shows, more bracingly than you'd think ...
01:30 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Python Joins Movement To Dump 'Offensive' Master, Slave Terms
Python creator Guido van Rossum retired in July, but he's been pulled back in to resolve a debate about politically incorrect language. The Register reports: Like other open source communities, Python...
01:00 pm - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot FCC Data Exaggerates Broadband Access On Tribal Lands
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Broadband access in tribal areas is likely even worse than previously thought because Federal Communications Commission data overstates deploymen...
10:00 am - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot OnePlus 6T Trades the Headphone Jack For Better Battery Life
OnePlus CEO Carl Pei confirmed to TechRadar that the OnePlus 6T won't have a headphone jack. Instead, it will feature a larger battery that will be "substantial enough for users to realize." From the ...
08:00 am - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Python Joins Movement To Dump 'Offensive' Master, Slave Terms
Python creator Guido van Rossum retired in July, but he's been pulled back in to resolve a debate about politically incorrect language. The Register reports: Like other open source communities, Python...
07:00 am - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot FBI Mysteriously Closes New Mexico Observatory
Alien conspiracy theories are swirling after an observatory in New Mexico has been unexpectedly closed due to an unnamed "security issue," prompting evacuations and a visit from the FBI. "The Sunspot ...
03:30 am - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Plan To Build a Genetic Noah's Ark Includes a Staggering 66,000 Species
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: An international consortium involving over 50 institutions has announced an ambitious project to assemble high-quality genome sequences of all 66,000 ...
02:10 am - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Australia's Great Barrier Reef Showing 'Signs of Recovery'
Australia's Great Barrier Reef appears to be showing signs of recovery after a massive coral bleaching event in 2016 and 2017. Stuff.co.nz reports: The nonprofit Reef & Rainforest Research Centre ...
01:30 am - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot MIT Is Building a Health-Tracking Sensor That Can See Through Walls
Rachel Metz reports via MIT Technology Review: Imagine a box, similar to a Wi-Fi router, that sits in your home and tracks all kinds of physiological signals as you move from room to room: breathing, ...
12:50 am - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Is Apple's 3D Touch a 'Huge Waste' of Engineering Talent?
Three years ago, Apple introduced 3D Touch for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a pressure-sensitive feature that uses capacitive sensors integrated into the smartphone's display to sense three degrees of p...
12:10 am - Fri, September 14, 2018
Slashdot Limo Firm To Uber: You Misclassify Your Drivers As Contractors, Which Is Unfair
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Southern California limousine company sued Uber in federal court earlier this week, alleging violations of state unfair-competition laws. While...
11:30 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Will Start Fact-Checking Pictures, Videos
Facebook said Thursday that it will start fact-checking images and videos. "People share millions of photos and videos on Facebook every day. We know that this kind of sharing is particularly compelli...
10:50 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Windows, Linux Kodi Users Infected With Cryptomining Malware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Users of Kodi, a popular media player and platform designed for TVs and online streaming, have been the targets of a malware campaign, ZDNet has learned...
10:10 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Auto, Tech Industries Urge Congress To Pass Self-Driving Legislation
John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers (a trade association and lobby group of automobile manufacturers), said at an Axios event Thursday that it's "critically important" that Congress ...
09:35 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Leaked Video Shows Google Executives' Candid Reaction To Trump Victory
A number of Slashdot users have shared a leaked Google video from Breitbart, revealing the candid reactions of company executives to Donald Trump's unexpected victory in 2016. The Guardian summarizes:...
08:55 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Almost 'All Modern Computers' Affected By Cold Boot Attack, Researchers Warn
Security researchers have discovered a flaw with nearly all modern computers that allow potential hackers to steal sensitive information from your locked devices. CNET adds: The attack only takes abou...
08:15 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Creates an AI-Based Tool To Automate Bug Fixes
Facebook is trying to speed up the time it takes to roll out new software updates and debug any issues in them with a new tool called SapFix that its engineers are building. From a report: SapFix, whi...
07:41 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Enables WebRender By Default On Firefox Nightly
RoccamOccam writes: WebRender, an experimental GPU-based renderer for web content, written in Rust, is now enabled by default for Firefox Nightly users on desktop Windows 10 with Nvidia GPUs. The anno...
06:50 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Senior Google Scientist Resigns Over 'Forfeiture of Our Values' in China
A senior Google research scientist has quit the company in protest over its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China. The Intercept: Jack Poulson worked for Google's research an...
06:10 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Alphabet's Loon Balloons Just Beamed the Internet Across 620 Miles
Loon, the former Google X project and now independent Alphabet company, has developed an antenna system that could create a far greater ground coverage than previously possible. From a report: Accordi...
05:34 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple Tries To Wipe AirPower From the History Books
A year after unveiling the AirPower all-in-one wireless charger for the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, Apple has now erased all references to AirPower from its website. The company has yet to ship i...
04:48 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Announces $2 Billion Philanthropic Effort To Help Homeless Families and Start Preschools in Low-income Communities
Rick Schumann writes: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie on Thursday announced a $2 billion philanthropic effort aimed at helping homeless families and starting preschools in low-income comm...
04:07 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot US Carriers Introduce Project Verify To Replace Individual App Passwords
Four major US carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon -- are joining forces to launch a single sign-on service for smartphones. From a report: The service, called Project Verify, authentic...
03:24 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Python Joins Movement To Dump 'Offensive' Master, Slave Terms
Python creator Guido van Rossum retired in July, but he's been pulled back in to resolve a debate about politically incorrect language. The Register reports: Like other open source communities, Python...
03:22 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Python Joins Movement To Dump 'Offensive' Master, Slave Terms
Python creator Guido van Rossum retired in July, but he's been pulled back in to resolve a debate about politically incorrect language. The Register reports: Like other open source communities, Python...
02:40 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot UK's GCHQ Intelligence Agency Violated Human Rights With Its Mass Surveillance Tactics, Top European Court Rules
GCHQ's methods in carrying out bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights (ECHR) has ruled...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot iPhoneXsMax, Now That's a Tongue Twister
Veteran journalist Om Malik writes: iPhoneXsMax -- When I heard the name and saw it up on the stage, I shuddered. Apple's name for its newest, biggest iPhone made one [Microsoft employee] quip on Twit...
01:00 pm - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot China Now the Most Prolific Contributor To Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Math
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Thirty years ago in December, the modern exchange of scholars between the U.S. and China began. Since then, Chinese academics have become the most p...
10:00 am - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple Moves the iPhone Away From Physical SIMs
The new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will use eSIM technology to allow users to use two phone lines on a single device. You could have a work or personal number, or an American and Canadian number if y...
07:00 am - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Boring Company Approved To Build Futuristic Garage That Would Connect To Underground Commuter Tunnel
On Tuesday night, the Hawthorne City Council gave Elon Musk's Boring Company the green light to build a prototype for a new garage that would connect passenger cars to the entrepreneur's envisioned un...
03:30 am - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Discover a 'Tuneable' Novel Quantum State of Matter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: An international team of researchers led by Princeton physicist Zahid Hasan has discovered a quantum state of matter that can be "tuned" at will -- a...
01:30 am - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple, Huawei Both Claim First 7nm Smartphone Chips
When Apple unveiled the iPhone Xs and Xs Max earlier today, it said they will contain the A12 Bionic chip -- the first smartphone processor to be made using 7nm manufacturing technology. But, as IEEE ...
12:50 am - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Issues Software Update To Extend Some Cars' Batteries Due To Hurricane Florence
Tesla is temporarily enabling free Supercharging and extending the range of some cars' batteries for those in Hurricane Florence's path. "Tesla used to offer the option to buy a Model S or Model X wit...
12:10 am - Thu, September 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple Discontinues iPhone X, No Longer Sells iPhones With Headphone Jacks
Apple just killed the iPhone's headphone jack for good. Not only is the company no longer selling iPhones with headphone jacks, as they've removed the iPhone SE and 6s from their website, but they're ...
11:30 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling For An International Ban On Killer Robots
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for an international ban on so-called killer robots. It aims to pre-empt the development and u...
10:50 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrency's 80 Percent Plunge Is Now Worse Than the Dot-Com Crash
Zorro shares a report from BloombergQuint: The Great Crypto Crash of 2018 looks more and more like one for the record books. As virtual currencies plumbed new depths on Wednesday, the MVIS CryptoCompa...
10:10 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot The EU Can Still Be Saved From Its Internet-Wrecking Copyright Plan
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: While the European Union voted this week to pass its widely-criticized new Copyright Directive, activists and members of European Parliament say t...
09:30 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Some Students Say Having To Speak in Front of the Class is an Unreasonable Burden For Those With Anxiety and Are Requesting Alternative Options
An anonymous reader shares a report: For many middle and high school students, giving an in-class presentation was a rite of passage. Teachers would call up students, one by one, to present their work...
08:50 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Watch Series 4 Includes a Bigger Display, ECG Support, and 64-Bit S4 Chip
Apple has unveiled its next-generation Apple Watch Series 4 smartwatch, featuring a larger display with smaller bezels, a 64-bit processor that's twice as fast as the previous generation, and electroc...
08:10 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot EU To Give Internet Firms 1 Hour To Remove Extremist Content
European authorities are planning to slap internet companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook with big fines if they don't take down extremist content within one hour. From a report: European Commiss...
07:31 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Before It Was Hacked, Equifax Had a Different Fear: Chinese Spying
Two years before Equifax stunned the world with the announcement it had been hacked, the credit-reporting company believed it was the victim of another theft, only this time at the hands of Chinese sp...
06:40 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Google is Killing Its 4-Yr-Old Inbox Email App
An anonymous reader shares a report: Back in 2014, the folks at Google responsible for Gmail did something unexpected: They introduced a new email app. On the back end, Inbox was the same thing as Gma...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Unveils iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max
Apple on Wednesday announced its 2018 flagship phones: the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max. From a report: As the direct sequel to the iPhone X, the iPhone Xs retains its predecessor's m...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Unveils iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr
Apple on Wednesday announced its 2018 flagship phones: the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max. From a report: As the direct sequel to the iPhone X, the iPhone Xs retains its predecessor's m...
05:20 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Can Delete Purchased Movies From Your Library Without Telling You
Casey Johnston, writing for The Outline: When you buy a movie on iTunes, it's yours forever, until such a time as when Apple maybe loses the rights to distribute it, and then it will disappear from yo...
04:45 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Senators Grill Pompeo on Vulnerable Cybersecurity at State Department
A bipartisan cadre of senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday calling out the department's poor adoption of multi-factor authentication. From a report: Multi-factor authent...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot The Explosive Problem With Recycling Phones, Tablets and Other Gadgets: They Literally Catch Fire.
What happens to gadgets when you're done with them? Too often, they explode. From a report: Around the world, garbage trucks and recycling centers are going up in flames. The root of the problem: vola...
03:21 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Citing 'Moral Requirement To Make Money', Pharma CEO Jacks Drug Price 400%
The chief executive of a small pharmaceutical company defended hiking the price of an essential antibiotic by more than 400 percent and told the Financial Times that he thinks "it is a moral requireme...
02:40 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft is Interrupting Chrome and Firefox Installations To Promote Its Edge Browser in the Newest Windows 10 Build
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you open Edge and search for "Chrome" or "Firefox" using Bing, Edge's default search engine, you'll be presented with a massive banner informing you that "Micro...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot FDA Chief Considers Ban of All Flavored E-Cigarettes
Calling a surge in teen use of e-cigarettes an epidemic, the head of the Food and Drug Administration says he is considering pulling all flavored e-cigarettes from the U.S. market. From a report: Afte...
11:30 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot European Parliament Votes in Favor of Controversial Copyright Laws
The EU has voted on copyright reform, with members of European Parliament this time voting in favor of the extremely controversial Articles 11 and 13. The 438 to 226 vote, described as "the worst poss...
10:00 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot T-Mobile, Ericsson Sign $3.5 Billion 5G Agreement
T-Mobile and Ericsson have signed a multi-year $3.5 billion agreement to build out T-Mobile's 5G infrastructure. The telecommunications company "will deploy Ericsson's Radio System portfolio, includin...
07:00 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Teens Would Rather Text Their Friends Than Talk To Them In Person, Poll Shows
A new poll of 1,141 teenagers shows that teenagers prefer to text their friends than talk in person. The findings come from Common Sense Media's 2018 Social Media, Social Life survey. Fortune reports:...
05:00 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Solid-State Battery Startup Claims Breakthrough For Electric Vehicles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Now a startup developing all solid-state batteries (ASSB) secured backing from several high-profile investors, including several automakers, as it cl...
03:30 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Boeing Is Calling Back Its Retirees To Try To Fix Delays At Its 737 Jetliner Plant
Boeing is trying to fix delays at its 737 jetliner plant near Seattle, so it's turning to its retired workers. "Boeing started hiring retired mechanics and inspectors on a temporary basis after reachi...
02:45 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Come Out With Yet Another Unnerving, New Deepfake Method
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have figured out a new method to create deepfakes -- videos that make it look like someone said or did something they didn't say or do. They're usually manipu...
02:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Marshall Islands Warned Against Adopting Digital Currency
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is warning the Republic of the Marshall Islands to "seriously reconsider" the idea of adopting a digital currency as a second form of legal tender. As it stands, ...
01:25 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Safe AI Requires Cultural Intelligence
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report written by Gillian Hadfield via TechCrunch. Hadfield is a professor of law and strategic management at the the University of Toronto; a faculty affi...
12:45 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Use the Cloud To Free Up Disk Space
The next update to Windows 10, due to be released in October, will be smarter about how it frees up disk space and cleans up temporary files. Ars Technica reports: As part of its Storage Sense feature...
12:22 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot Google Replaces Its USB-C Headphone Adapter With a More Expensive Version
Google is now selling an updated headphone adapter that's supposed to be more responsive and drain less of your phone's battery. But these minor improvements come at a cost. The new dongle costs $12, ...
12:03 am - Wed, September 12, 2018
Slashdot FCC Says It Needs More Time To Review T-Mobile, Sprint Merger
The FCC says it needs more time to review the proposed Sprint-T-Mobile deal, the agency said in a letter to the companies Tuesday. According to CNBC, "The agency has paused an 'informal' 180-day trans...
11:20 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Swiss Village Votes for Free Money. Now It Just Needs the Cash
A village in Switzerland has decided to go ahead with an experiment on basic income, with a payout of 2,500 francs ($2,570) per month. The next step is to raise money to finance the plan via crowdfund...
10:40 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot A Look at the Dark Side of the Lives of Some Prominent YouTubers, Who Are Increasingly Saying They're Stressed, Depressed, Lonely, and Exhausted
Many YouTubers are finding themselves stressed, lonely and exhausted. The Guardian: For years, YouTubers have believed that they are loved most by their audience when they project a chirpy, grateful i...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Plex To Shut Down Its Cloud Service
Plex has informed users that it will be shutting down cloud-based media server Plex Cloud at the end of November. First launched in 2016, Plex Cloud offered users a way to easily access extra storage....
09:20 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Trump To Target Foreign Meddling In US Elections With Sanctions Order
An anonymous reader shares an exclusive report from Reuters: President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order as soon as Wednesday that will slap sanctions on any foreign companies or people wh...
08:40 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's 'Rosetta' System Helps the Company Understand Text Within Image, Which is Crucial In Handling Memes, Flagging Abusing Content
Facebook announced on Tuesday a new AI system, codenamed "Rosetta," which helps teams at the company as well as those at Instagram identify text within images to better understand what their subject i...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Four-Day Working Week For All is a Realistic Goal This Century, UK Trade Unions Say
Advances in technology mean that a four-day week working week is a realistic goal for most people by the end of this century, the leader of the UK's trade union movement has said. From a report: Franc...
07:20 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Farmer Lobbying Group Sells Out Farmers, Helps Enshrine John Deere's Tractor Repair Monopoly
Jason Koebler writes: The California Farm Bureau, a group that lobbies on behalf of farmers, reached a "right to repair" agreement with the Equipment Dealers Association (which represents John Deere a...
06:40 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot The EU Could Vote To Wreck the Internet Tomorrow
The EU is preparing to vote Wednesday on sweeping new copyright guidelines that could dramatically reshape the internet and potentially harm your ability to share content online. From a report: As not...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Tencent Shuts Poker Platform Amid Widening Gaming Crackdown
An anonymous reader shares a report: Tencent Holdings will shut a popular Texas Hold'Em poker video game, the Chinese tech giant said to its users on Monday, in a further step to comply with intensify...
05:20 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Linux Distro Elive Emerges Alive After 8-Year Hibernation
Designed to run on minimal hardware, Elive is very much a passion project of its leader, Samuel F Baggen. Based on Debian, the first version took a bow in 2005. The second stable version made an appea...
04:40 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot British Airways Breach Caused By the Same Group That Hit Ticketmaster
An anonymous reader shares a report: A cyber-criminal operation known as Magecart is believed to have been behind the recent card breach announced last week by British Airways. The operation has been ...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Amazon is Stuffing Its Search Results Pages With Ads
If it feels like Amazon's site is increasingly stuffed with ads, that's because it is. And it looks like that's working -- at least for brands that are willing to fork over ad dollars as part of their...
03:20 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Google's Location Privacy Practices Are Under Investigation in Arizona: Report
Google's alleged practice of recording location data about Android device owners even when they believe they have opted out of such tracking, reports The Washington Post, has sparked an investigation ...
02:50 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Google's Location Privacy Practices Are Under Investigation in Arizona: Report
Google's alleged practice of recording location data about Android device owners even when they believe they have opted out of such tracking, reports The Washington Post, has sparked an investigation ...
02:40 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms -- Storms Like Florence
Rebecca Hersher, reporting for NPR: Hurricane Florence is moving relentlessly toward the Southeastern U.S. It's a large, powerful cyclone that will likely bring storm surge and high winds to coastal c...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Popular Illegal Streaming App Terrarium TV Is Shutting Down This Month
NitroXenon, the developer of Terrarium TV, announced Monday evening that the infamous streaming service, available for Android users at no charge, is shutting down this month. TorrentFreak reports: In...
01:00 pm - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot California Governor Says 100 Percent Clean Electricity Not Enough, State Must Go Carbon Neutral
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill mandating that the state's utilities move to 100-percent zero-emission electricity gener...
10:00 am - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Actuarial Science Ranked As Most Valuable College Major
According to a new report from Bankrate, actuarial science, the formal term for the study of insurance, was ranked the most valuable college major. "The actuarial science profession is interesting bec...
07:00 am - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot NASA May Sell Corporate Naming Rights For Rockets, Spacecraft
schwit1 shares a report from Alabama Local News: NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstine has directed the space agency to look at boosting its brand by selling naming rights to rockets and spacecraft and...
03:30 am - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Wipeout Deepens To $640 Billion As Ether Leads Declines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The cryptocurrency bear market plumbed a fresh 10-month low on Monday as Bitcoin's biggest rival tumbled and U.S. regulators suspended trading in tw...
02:05 am - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Free Municipal Wi-Fi May Be the Next Front In the War Against Privacy
TuballoyThunder writes: According to The Intercept, it appears that the LinkNYC free Wi-Fi might be designed to track users. This and other concerns were raised during a 2015 discussion on Slashdot. W...
01:25 am - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot MIT Machine Vision System Figures Out What It's Looking At By Itself
MIT's "Dense Object Nets" or "DON" system uses machine vision to figure out what it's look at all by itself. "It generates a 'visual roadmap' -- basically, collections of visual data points arranged a...
12:45 am - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot Exploit Vendor Drops Tor Browser Zero-Day on Twitter
An anonymous reader writes: Zerodium, a company that buys and sells vulnerabilities in popular software, has published details today on Twitter about a zero-day vulnerability in the Tor Browser, a Fir...
12:03 am - Tue, September 11, 2018
Slashdot About a Quarter of Rural Americans Say Access To High-Speed Internet Is a Major Problem
According to a Pew Research Center survey, 24% of rural adults say access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their local community. "An additional 34% of rural residents see this as a minor ...
11:20 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Tesla's Keyless Entry Vulnerable To Spoofing Attack, Researchers Find
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Researchers at KU Leuven have figured out a way to spoof Tesla's key fob system, as first reported by Wired. The result would let an attacker steal ...
10:40 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Someone With an iMac, iPhone, and iPad Might Soon Need Three Different Headphone Adapters
According to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's next iPad Pro will be switching from the Lightning Port to USB-C for the first time. It will also ship with a new 18W USB-C charger. 9to5Mac reports...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 Smartwatch Chip Promises Up To 2 Days of Battery Life
Qualcomm has unveiled the long-awaited successor to its Snapdragon Wear 2100 smartwatch chipset, the Snapdragon Wear 3100. The new high-end chipset is "based on a brand-new architecture Qualcomm claim...
09:20 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Ajit Pai Helped Charter Kill Consumer-Protection Rules In Minnesota
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A court ruling that limits state regulation of cable company offerings was praised by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who sa...
08:40 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Replace 'Tech' With 'Banks,' and We've Seen a Big Comeuppance Before
Nathaniel Popper, writing for The New York Times: When I moved to the Bay Area two years ago, it was with a sense of relief. Relief from New York winters and deteriorating subways, yes. But also relie...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Multiple Trend Micro Apps Pulled From Mac App Store; Tens of iOS Apps Caught Collecting and Selling Location Data
Ahead of Apple's big iPhone event later this week, the company appears to be grappling with a PR problem: Third-party apps on both its desktop and mobile app stores have been caught doing shady stuff....
07:20 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot New York State Approves Two Dollar-based Cryptocurrencies
Today, New York approved the first digital currencies that are tied to the US dollar, called "stablecoins." From a report: These cryptocurrencies avoid the price volatility of their brethren by being ...
06:40 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Nearly Half of American Households Will Own a Smart Speaker by 2019, Study Says
Almost half of American households will have a smart speaker by next year, according to a new study from Adobe. From a report: The study, released Monday, finds that 32% of the country already owns a ...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot 'You Can See Almost Everything.' Antarctica Just Became the Best-Mapped Continent on Earth
Antarctica has become the best-mapped continent on Earth with a new high-resolution terrain map showing the ice-covered landmass in unprecedented detail. From a report: According to the scientists at ...
05:20 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot AMD Debuts Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X For Prebuilt PCs
AMD announced two new second-generation Ryzen CPUs this morning. From a report: The Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X bring Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2 to quad-core Ryzens without integrated graphics, b...
04:40 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Net Neutrality Gives 'Free' Internet To Netflix and Google, ISP Claims
Frontier Communications is asking employees for help in its fight against state net neutrality rules in California, claiming that the rules will give "free" Internet to major Web companies while raisi...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Crypto Growth Nears 'Ceiling,' Ethereum Co-Founder Buterin Says
The days of explosive growth in the blockchain industry have likely come and gone now the average person is aware of its existence, according to Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum. From a report:...
03:20 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Popular VPNs Contained Code Execution Security Flaws, Despite Patches
Researchers have uncovered vulnerabilities in popular virtual private network (VPN) software, ProtonVPN and NordVPN, which can lead to the execution of arbitrary code by attackers. From a report: Last...
02:40 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot How Facebook's WhatsApp Destroyed A Village
The proliferation of affordable smartphones, dwindling data prices, and apps and services that are designed to work swiftly on such patchy infrastructure have changed how people in developing markets ...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot The 'Post-PC Era' Never Really Happened... and Likely Won't
Mark Lowenstein, writing for Techpinions: As we head toward Apple's annual device announcement-palooza, it's an interesting exercise to consider where we are in Steve Jobs' vaunted, much quoted 'Post-...
11:11 am - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Giant Trap Is Deployed To Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean
A nonprofit has deployed a multimillion-dollar floating boom designed to corral plastic debris littering the Pacific Ocean (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). The 2,000-foot-long s...
08:08 am - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Worries Arise About Security of New WebAuthn Protocol
An anonymous reader writes: "A team of security researchers has raised the alarm about some cryptography-related issues with the newly released WebAuthn passwordless authentication protocol," reports ...
05:55 am - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple Recalls a Number of iPhone 8 Devices For Manufacturing Defect
Apple is recalling a "small percentage" of iPhone 8 devices due to an issue with the logic board. The affected devices may suddenly freeze or restart -- symptoms that may show up at any time. Digital ...
03:33 am - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Working On Google Translate Integration In Firefox
Back in 2014, Mozilla partnered with Bing to translate webpages via Firefox in a similar fashion to Chrome's implementation of Google Translate. The company also added support for Yandex Translate in ...
01:33 am - Mon, September 10, 2018
Slashdot An Autonomous Sailboat Successfully Crosses Atlantic Ocean
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: The first unmanned and autonomous sailboat has successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean, completing the journey between Newfoundland, Canada, an...
11:23 pm - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Engineering Firm Plans To Tow Icebergs From Antarctica To Parched Dubai
A Dubai-based engineering firm is planning to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to help provide fresh drinking water to the desert city's rapidly-growing population. Stuff.co.nz reports: The National Adv...
09:21 pm - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Chooses Singapore For $1 Billion Data Center
Facebook is planning to open a new data center in Singapore in 2022. The more than $1 billion facility will be located in the west of the country, according to the BBC. From the report: It has been de...
08:20 pm - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Verizon Lobbyist Runs For New York Attorney General As the State Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Repeal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Verizon lobbyist is trying to become the attorney general of New York in the upcoming November election. Verizon executive Leecia Eve is one of...
07:19 pm - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Apple Is Building An Online Portal For Police To Make Data Requests
In a letter last Tuesday to Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Apple said it is working on an online portal for law enforcement officials to submit and track requests for data and obtain responses ...
06:18 pm - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Sony To Source All Its Energy From Renewables By 2040
Sony is the latest multinational conglomerate corporation to announce plans to have all its energy come from renewable sources by 2040. Nikkei Asian Review reports: The electronics company has 111 bus...
05:17 pm - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot 'Mindful People' Feel Less Pain, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Medical Xpress: Ever wonder why some people seem to feel less pain than others? A study conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine may have found one of the a...
04:16 pm - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot OxyContin Billionaire Patents Drug To Treat Opioid Addiction
Richard Sackler, the billionaire businessman behind Purdue Pharma, has patented a new drug to help treat opioid addiction (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). The news of the patent...
03:15 pm - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Trump Tells Apple To Make Products In the US To Avoid China Tariffs
hackingbear writes: President Trump acknowledged in a tweet that "Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China," but suggested the issue was not with the tariff...
02:14 pm - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Two Lawmakers Urge FTC, CFPB To Keep Pressure On Equifax
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch about the little fallout Equifax has faced for one of the worst data breaches in U.S. history: The credit rating giant, one of the largest in the wo...
11:34 am - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Checkout-Free Stores Are Coming to Three More Cities
Reuters reports:Amazon said on Friday it plans to open its checkout-free 'Amazon Go' grocery store in New York, expanding beyond Seattle where it is headquartered. The Amazon Go store, which has no ca...
08:34 am - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Windows 7 Will Get Updates for Four More Years -- If You Pay
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:With the Windows 7 end-of-support clock slowly winding down to January 14, 2020, Microsoft is announcing it will offer, for a fee, continuing security updates for the ...
04:34 am - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Should Webmasters Resist Google's Push For AMP Pages?
"Have you heard of Google AMP? That stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages, and it's a way of making webpages so that they load faster and display more efficiently on mobile devices. Oh, and it puts your...
01:34 am - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Despite 'Painful' Spectre Response, Linus Torvalds Says He Still Loves Speculative Executive
At this year's Open Source Summit, Linus Torvalds sat for a wide-ranging "keynote" interview with Dirk Hohndel, chief open source officer at VMWare, which has been partially transcribed below. And Lin...
01:34 am - Sun, September 9, 2018
Slashdot Despite 'Painful' Spectre Response, Linus Torvalds Says He Still Loves Speculative Execution
At this year's Open Source Summit, Linus Torvalds sat for a wide-ranging "keynote" interview with Dirk Hohndel, chief open source officer at VMWare, which has been partially transcribed below. And Lin...
11:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Research Touts Its 'Checked C' Extension For 'Making C Safe'
Microsoft Research has pre-published a new paper to be presented at the IEEE Cybersecurity Development Conference 2018 describing their progress on Checked C, "an extension to C designed to support sp...
10:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Are Software Developers More Valuable To Companies Than Money?
An anonymous reader quotes the CFO of Stripe:As our global economy increasingly comes to run on technology-enabled rails and every company becomes a tech company, demand for high-quality software engi...
10:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Are Software Developers Really More Valuable To Companies Than Money?
Recently the CFO of Stripe revealed a surprising statistic:As our global economy increasingly comes to run on technology-enabled rails and every company becomes a tech company, demand for high-quality...
09:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Instead of Bobbleheads, Baseball Stadium Tries Handing Out Crypto Tokens
The Los Angeles Dodgers will try a high-tech giveaway for their September 21st game: "Digital Bobblehead Night." DevNull127 quotes the digital editor for the Los Angeles Dodgers:While supplies last at...
09:04 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Beta Release Nears For BeOS-inspired Open Source OS Haiku
angry tapir writes: Just over 17 years since the project launched, and more than 18 years since the last release of the operating system that inspired it, the open source Haiku OS is nearing a beta re...
08:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Python Displaces C In TIOBE Index Top 3
InfoWorld described the move as a "breakthrough":As expected, Python has climbed into the Top 3 of the Tiobe index of language popularity, achieving that milestone for the first time ever in the Septe...
07:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Wikipedia Seeks Photos of 20 Million Artifacts Lost in Brazil Museum Fire
On Sunday haruchai (Slashdot user #17,472) wrote that a 200-year-old museum in Brazil "is burning to the ground and it's likely the entire collection of some 20 million artifacts will be lost." Now CN...
06:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot $11M Worth of Legally-Purchased Music Will Be Confiscated From Florida's Prisoners
An anonymous reader quotes the Tampa Bay Times:In April last year, the Florida Department of Corrections struck a deal with JPay. The private company, spearheading a push to sell profit-driven multime...
05:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot 'State of JavaScript 2018' Survey Announced
"The JavaScript world could use a bit of classification," reads this year's announcement at StateofJS.com:In 2017 this survey helped us do just that, by collecting data from over 20,000 developers to ...
04:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Study Finds 58% of Tech Employees Feel Like Frauds
"Feeling like a hack is more common than you might think," writes CNET: In fact, 58 percent of people with technology-focused careers suffer from Impostor Syndrome, according to a new informal study f...
03:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Slammed Over Chrome Change That Strips 'www' From Domain URLs
An anonymous reader quotes ITWire:Google's move to strip out the www in domains typed into the address bar, beginning with version 69 of its Chrome browser, has drawn an enormous amount of criticism f...
02:34 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Creator of TempleOS, Terry Davis, Has Passed Away
OSNews reports:Terrence Andrew Davis, sole creator and developer of TempleOS (née LoseThos), has passed away at age 48. Davis suffered from mental illness -- schizophrenia -- which had a severe...
01:00 pm - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Apple Says New China Tariffs Would Boost Prices On Some Products
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple, the world's most valuable company, said proposed U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of products imported from China will raise prices for som...
10:00 am - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Vizio May Soon Inform Customers When Its Smart TVs Are Spying On Them
Vizio is reportedly working on a way to let TV owners know when it spies on their viewing habits. According to The Verge, the company is developing a "notice program with direct notification to the cl...
07:00 am - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Why Google Fiber Is High-Speed Internet's Most Successful Failure
Blair Levin and Larry Downes report via Harvard Business Review: In 2010, Google rocked the $60 billion broadband industry by announcing plans to deploy fiber-based home internet service, offering con...
03:30 am - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Progressive Web Apps Moving Mainstream As Twitter Makes Its Mobile Site the Main
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Twitter is showing some users of its desktop website a new user interface that is designed to be faster and to feature support for the recently a...
01:30 am - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Alibaba's Jack Ma, China's Richest Man, To Retire From Company He Co-Founded
According to The New York Times, Alibaba's co-founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma, is stepping down from the Chinese e-commerce giant on Monday (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative sourc...
12:50 am - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Silicon Valley University Asks Professors To Offer Students Affordable Housing
Housing in Silicon Valley is getting so expensive that the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) petitioned 6,000 faculty and staff members to consider offering students "a room in your home." T...
12:10 am - Sat, September 8, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Stock Plunges After Senior Execs Leave, Musk Smokes Weed During Interview
Today, we have learned that two executives have left Tesla. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tesla's newly hired chief accounting officer Dave Morton decided to resig...
11:50 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Quantum Computing Is Almost Ready For Business, Startup Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: Today the [Berkeley-based startup Rigetti] launched a project in the mold of Amazon Web Services (AWS) called Quantum Cloud Services. "What this ...
11:10 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft, Google Are Holding Hardware Events Next Month
Microsoft and Google are holding hardware events next month for the Surface computers and Pixel smartphones, respectively. According to TechCrunch, Microsoft is expected to refresh some of its existin...
10:30 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Offers Unlimited Plan Deal For First Responders, But It Can Be Throttled
AT&T is offering a new promotion for first responders and their families. Firefighters, paramedics, and police officers can opt for 25 percent off either of the unlimited plans AT&T announced ...
09:50 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo's Promised Cloud Saves On Switch Won't Work For Every Game
An anonymous reader writes: The first paid online service for Nintendo Switch, simply named Nintendo Switch Online, is set to arrive at some point later this month, and we're still waiting on a few ke...
09:10 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Apple Yanks Top Mac App a Month After Learning it Sends User Info To China
An anonymous reader shares a report: When a group of security researchers reported a popular but allegedly dangerous Mac App Store utility to Apple, noting that it secretly sends "highly sensitive use...
08:30 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Trump Ups Ante on China, Threatens Duties on Nearly All its Imports
U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Friday that he was ready to slap tariffs on virtually all Chinese imports into the United States, threatening duties on another $267 billion in Chinese goods on t...
08:02 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Pluto Should Be Reclassified as a Planet, Experts Say
The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. From a report: In 2006, the International Astronomical Union, a globa...
07:23 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot In UK, Consumers Are Now More Aware That They Can Ditch Their Phone Bundles, And Are Increasingly Doing So
An anonymous reader shares a report: Consumers are now more aware that they can buy the phone and the network access separately, and are increasingly doing so. "Many were totally unaware of the true v...
06:40 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot The Pentagon is Investing $2 Billion into AI
The Pentagon's high-tech research agency laid the groundwork for the Internet, stealth aircraft and self-driving cars. Now, it's going big on artificial intelligence. From a report: At its 60th annive...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Why Is American Mass Transit So Bad? It's a Long Story.
Jonathan English, writing for City Lab: One hundred years ago, the United States had a public transportation system that was the envy of the world. Today, outside a few major urban centers, it is bare...
05:20 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Scooter Use is Rising in Major Cities. So Are Trips To the Emergency Room.
They have been pouring into emergency rooms around the nation all summer, their bodies bearing a blend of injuries that doctors normally associate with victims of car wrecks -- broken noses, wrists an...
04:46 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Got Confused About 'When and Where' Maintainer's Summit Is Going To be Held, So Organizers Moved the Entire Conference
From The Linux Foundation's mailing list: Last Friday (just before Labor Day) I learned that Linus had gotten confused about when and where the Maintainer's Summit was going to be held this year. And ...
04:02 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Berlin Anti-Gentrification Activists Say They Have Occupied Google's Office in Kreuzberg To Fight Against the Skyrocketing Rents
Multiple Slashdot readers have submitted a blog post by a group of Berlin-based "anti-gentrification activists": Today we occupied the Umspannwerk in Kreuzberg to prevent the planned Google Campus the...
03:20 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-Connected Things, Says Bruce Schneier
Bruce Schneier argues that governments must step in now to force companies developing connected gadgets to make security a priority rather than an afterthought. Schneier made these arguments in his ne...
02:40 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Pretty Clear GRU's Goal Was To Weaken a Future Clinton Presidency, Former Facebook CSO Says
Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt tech conference this week, former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos reflected on his time dealing with fake news and Russian intelligence interference ahea...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Takes a Fatalistic View Toward AI
Elon Musk sat down with California comedian Joe Rogan on Thursday evening for a 2 1/2-hour podcast [YouTube video] that touched upon everything from flamethrowers and artificial intelligence to the en...
01:00 pm - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Huawei Caught Cheating Performance Test For New Phones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: UL, the company behind the tablet and phone performance benchmark app 3DMark, has delisted new Huawei phones from its "Best Smartphone" leaderboard...
10:00 am - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot NASA Is Offerring $1 Million To Turn CO2 Into Sugar
NASA is challenging people in the United States to come up with an efficient method to convert carbon dioxide into glucose, a simple sugar. The atmosphere of Mars consists predominantly of CO2 (95%), ...
07:00 am - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens Off Northwest England
The world's largest offshore wind farm has opened off the northwest coast of England. "The wind farm has a capacity of 659 megawatts (MW), enough to power almost 600,000 homes, and overtakes the Londo...
03:30 am - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Study Finds Probiotics 'Not As Beneficial For Gut Health As Previously Thought'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The gut microbiome is the sum total of all the micro-organisms living in a person's gut, and has been shown to play a huge role in human health. ...
02:50 am - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot 380,000 Card Payments Compromised In British Airways Breach
Earlier today, British Airways said credit card information of at least 380,000 customers have been "compromised" in a data breach that occurred between August 21 and September 5. The information stol...
01:25 am - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Icelanders Seek To Keep Remote Nordic Peninsula Digital-Free
Hikers, park rangers, and summer residents of Iceland's northernmost peninsula are seeking to keep the area free from internet service, worrying that all that comes with it "will destroy a way of life...
12:45 am - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Valve Explains How It Decides Who's a 'Straight Up Troll' Publishing Video Games On Steam
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Wednesday, Valve, the company that operates the huge online video game store Steam, shared more details about how it plans to control and moderate...
12:03 am - Fri, September 7, 2018
Slashdot Professor Who Coined Term 'Net Neutrality' Thinks It's Time To Break Up Facebook
pgmrdlm shares a report from The Verge: Best known for coining the phrase "net neutrality" and his book The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, Wu has a new book coming out in Nov...
11:20 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot MIT Graduate Creates Robot That Swims Through Pipes To Find Out If They're Leaking
A 28-year-old MIT graduate named You Wu spent six years developing a low-cost robot designed to find leaks in pipes early, both to save water and to avoid bigger damage later from bursting water mains...
10:40 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Blockchains Are Not Safe For Voting, Concludes NAP Report
The National Academies Press has released a 156-page report, called "Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy," concluding that blockchains are not safe for the U.S. election system. "While th...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Software Developers Are Now More Valuable To Companies Than Money, Says Survey
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: As our global economy increasingly comes to run on technology-enabled rails and every company becomes a tech company, demand for high-quality software en...
09:20 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Computer Chips Are Still 'Made in USA'
For all the wishful thinking about manufacturing more laptops and iPhones in the U.S., there is one sector of tech manufacturing where America remains a leader: computer chips. From a report: Some $44...
08:40 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot 'I've Seen the Future of Consumer AI, and it Doesn't Have One'
Andrew Orlowski of The Register recounts all the gadgets supercharged with AI that he came across at IFA tradeshow last week -- and wonders what value AI brought to the table. He writes: I didn't see ...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot 400,000 Websites Vulnerable Through Exposed .git Directories
Open .git directories are a bigger cybersecurity problem than many might imagine, at least according to a Czech security researcher who discovered almost 400,000 web pages with an open .git directory ...
07:22 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot 'Eve Online' Studio Acquired By Korean MMO Maker
MAXOMENOS writes: EVE Online developer CCP Games has been acquired by Pearl Abyss, the South Korean studio behind the action-oriented MMORPG Black Desert Online. According to VentureBeat, the deal was...
06:40 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Google Investigating Issue With Blurry Fonts on new Chrome 69
Since the release of Chrome 69 earlier this week, countless of users have gone on social media and Google Product Forums to complain about "blurry" or "fuzzy" text inside Chrome. ZDNet: The blurred fo...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Tor Browser Gets a Redesign, Switches To New Firefox Quantum Engine
The Tor Browser has rolled out a new interface with the release of v8. From a report: The Tor Browser has always been based on the Firefox codebase, but it lagged behind a few releases. Mozilla rolled...
05:20 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Robot Boat Sails Into History By Finishing Atlantic Crossing
An anonymous reader writes: For the first time an autonomous sailing robot has completed the Microtransat Challenge by crossing the Atlantic from Newfoundland, Canada to Ireland. The Microtransat has ...
04:40 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot One Year After the Massive Equifax Data Breach, Pretty Much Nothing Has Changed
The Equifax data breach was supposed to change everything about cybersecurity regulation on Capitol Hill. A year ago, Equifax announced that 145.5 million U.S. adults had their social security numbers...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Profile of Apple's Eddy Cue, Who Oversees Company's Internet Software and Services
The Information (paywalled) reports: In 2012, Mr. Cue took on even more responsibility when Mr. Cook fired Scott Forstall, then a senior vice president of the iOS software powering iPhones. Mr. Forsta...
03:26 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot The Tech Industry Has Contributed To an 'Attention Crisis', Google Researchers Say
A new paper written by Google's user experience researchers delves into the reasons that we can't put down our phones, and starts to explore what companies can do about it. It also calls on the techno...
02:46 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage To Develop Technology That Lets Police Search by Skin Color
Three months after the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that Amazon provided facial recognition technology to local law enforcement, a new report by The Intercept says that IBM collaborated wit...
02:02 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot DOJ To Announce Charges Against North Koreans For Sony Hack, Wannacry Attack
The Justice Department is planning to announce charges Thursday against North Korean nationals who U.S. authorities have accused of being behind the massive hack of Sony in 2014 and the Wannacry ranso...
01:00 pm - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot DOJ: We Will Examine Social Media Firms That 'May Be Hurting Competition'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the wake of a Senate committee hearing in which top officials from Facebook and Twitter testified, the Department of Justice issued a statemen...
10:00 am - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot 'IMAX Enhanced' Promises Highest-Quality Image, Sound Experiences For Home Theater Setups
Audiofan writes: Just when we thought Sony learned their lessons from past formats DOA, they are at it again this time by teaming up with IMAX and select partners to certify the "IMAX movie experience...
07:00 am - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Bizarre Hexagon On Saturn May Be 180 Miles Tall
Iwastheone shares a report from Space.com: The weird hexagon swirling around Saturn's north pole is much taller than scientists had thought, a new study suggests. Researchers have generally regarded t...
03:30 am - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot White House Says Anonymous 'Coward' Behind New York Times Op-Ed Should Resign
Earlier today, The New York Times published an op-ed from an anonymous staffer in the Trump administration, who has "vowed to thwart parts of [President Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations," ci...
01:30 am - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Japan Confirms First Radiation-Linked Death Out of Fukushima
Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare announced for the first time that a man employed at the Fukushima nuclear power plant died of lung cancer linked to radiation exposure. "The man, who was...
12:50 am - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot BitTorrent Embraces Streaming Torrents, Takes uTorrent Web Out of Beta
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: Acknowledging that we are now very much in the streaming age, BitTorrent has launched the first version of Torrent Web. The aim of the browser-based tool is ...
12:10 am - Thu, September 6, 2018
Slashdot Uber Will Turn Your Smartphone Into An Automatic Crash Detector
Uber is introducing a new safety feature called "Ride Check" that will use GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, and other sensors inside a smartphone to detect whether there has been a vehicle crash. The Ve...
11:30 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Used Sonar Signal From a Smartphone Speaker To Steal Unlock Passwords
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Thursday, a group of researchers from Lancaster University posted a paper to arXiv that demonstrates how they used a smartphone's microphone an...
10:50 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Accuses BlackBerry of Stealing Its Voice-Messaging Tech
Facebook is suing BlackBerry, claiming the company stole its voice-messaging technology and other patented processes. The social media company is seeking unspecified damages for infringement of six pa...
10:10 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Theranos To Close Shop
Major Blud writes: Multiple news outlets are reporting that Theranos, the company that promised to revolutionize healthcare with new blood-testing devices, is closing shop. The company "was unable to ...
09:30 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot EU To Move Ahead With Cultural Quotas For Streaming Services
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The European Union is set to move ahead with a plan to enforce pan-European quotas on streaming services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix to sup...
08:50 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Benin Becomes the Latest African Nation Taxing the Internet; Citizens and Advocates Denounce the Move
Benin has joined a growing list of African states imposing levies for using the internet. From a report: The government passed a decree in late August taxing its citizens for accessing the internet an...
08:32 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Amazon.com Faces Search Glitch, Users Say
An anonymous reader writes: If you go to Amazon.com right now and attempt to search for a product, no items are appearing in the search results. Attempts to submit any feedback are failing too, with n...
08:32 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Amazon.com Suffers Search Glitch, Users Say
An anonymous reader writes: If you go to Amazon.com right now and attempt to search for a product, no items are appearing in the search results. Attempts to submit any feedback are failing too, with n...
08:10 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Uber To Ban Riders With Four-Star or Lower Ratings in Australia and New Zealand
Uber is to block customers in Australia and New Zealand from its ride service if they have a low passenger rating. Riders rated four-out-of-five stars or lower will be banned for six months. Ratings a...
07:20 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Outlook and Skype Are Facing Outages
People from all corners of the world are reporting connectivity issues when using Microsoft Skype and Office 365's Outlook, they said on Wednesday. The users are seeing a "Throttled" error message whe...
06:42 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Official Chrome Extension of Cloud Storage Service Mega Caught Stealing Passwords, Cryptocurrency Private Keys
The official Chrome extension for the MEGA.nz file sharing service has been compromised with malicious code that steals usernames and passwords, but also private keys for cryptocurrency accounts, ZDNe...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Bernie Sanders Introduces 'Stop BEZOS' Bill To Tax Amazon For Underpaying Workers
A public spat between Amazon Sen. Bernie Sanders over workers' wages escalated Wednesday as the Vermont independent introduced a bill aimed at taxing big companies whose employees rely on federal bene...
05:20 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Facebook, Twitter Execs Admit Failures, Warn of 'Overwhelming' Threat To Elections
Openly recognizing their companies' past failures in rare displays of modesty, Facebook and Twitter executives touted new efforts to combat state-sponsored propaganda across their platforms before the...
04:40 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should We Hang Up on Conference Calls?
Make everyone stand. Work to an agenda. Don't let people go on endlessly. There are plenty of suggestions on how to run meetings so they are not a waste of time. People pay less attention to a bigger ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Accelerating Effort To Bring CS To More Than 133,000 US Schools
theodp writes: In addition to a monetary commitment of $10 million in cash and donations to Code.org, Amazon reports it's also accelerating the effort to bring computer science to all U.S. high school...
03:20 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot More Than 1 In 4 American Users Have Deleted Facebook, Pew Survey Finds
Gayle BAS writes: Nearly three-quarters of American Facebook users have changed how they use the social media app in the past year, following a barrage of scandals involving the abuse of personal data...
02:40 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Firefox 62 Arrives With Variable Fonts, Automatic Dark Theme on macOS, and Better Scrolling on Android
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today released Firefox 62 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The release builds on Firefox Quantum, which the company calls "by far the biggest update since Fire...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot TiVo Says It Will Discontinue Support For Dial-up Service Later This Month
BrianFagioli writes: Surprisingly, TiVo still offered dial-up access to some of its users, allowing them to download program guide information. Sadly, this week, the company started alerting those use...
01:00 pm - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot New Software Can Predict Landslides Weeks Before They Happen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Smithsonian: Australian researchers may have found a way to detect landslides as far as two weeks in advance, giving residents time to evacuate and engineers t...
10:00 am - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Japan To Test Mini 'Space Elevator'
Zorro shares a report from Phys.Org: A Japanese team working to develop a "space elevator" will conduct a first trial this month, blasting off a miniature version on satellites to test the technology....
07:00 am - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Russia Thinks Someone With a Drill Caused the Recent ISS Air Leak
Last week, NASA discovered a small pressure leak on the International Space Station. U.S. and Russian crew members managed to trace the leak to a 2mm breach in the orbital module of the Soyuz MS-09 ve...
03:30 am - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot European Science Funders Ban Grantees From Publishing In Paywalled Journals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Frustrated with the slow transition toward open access (OA) in scientific publishing, 11 national funding organizations in Europe turned up t...
02:20 am - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Sony Ends Its Repair Service For the PlayStation 2 More Than 18 Years After the Console Went On Sale
Sony has decided to end its repair service for the PlayStation 2, more than 18 years after it first went on sale. The best-selling gaming console ever produced was first released in Japan in March of ...
01:40 am - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Says Trump Not Immune From Getting Kicked Off
Twitter legal and policy chief Vijaya Gadde told Politico in an interview that President Donald Trump isn't immune from being kicked off the platform if his tweets cross a line with abusive behavior. ...
01:00 am - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Mobile Spyware Maker mSpy Leaks Millions of Sensitive Records
mSpy, the makers of a software-as-a-service product that claims to help more than a million paying customers spy on the mobile devices of their kids and partners, has leaked millions of sensitive reco...
12:40 am - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot JD.com's Billionaire CEO Was Arrested On Allegation of Rape
JD.com's billionaire founder, Liu Qiangdong, is under investigation for a suspected rape in a weekend incident that led to his arrest in Minnesota. He was reportedly in Minneapolis for his studies sin...
12:20 am - Wed, September 5, 2018
Slashdot Get Ready For Atomic Radio
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: David Anderson at Rydberg Technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a couple of colleagues, have reinvented the antenna from scratch. The...
11:40 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Apple Watch Remains Best-Selling Wearable With 4.7 Million Shipments Last Quarter
According to research firm IDC, Apple sold 4.7 million Apple Watch units last quarter, capturing 17 percent of the global market. The only other company close on Apple's heels is Xiaomi, which "traile...
11:00 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot MikroTik Routers Are Forwarding Owners' Traffic To Unknown Attackers
Attackers have been exploiting vulnerabilities in MikroTik routers to forward network traffic to a handful of IP addresses under their control. "The bug is in Winbox management component and allows a ...
10:20 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Mercedes Unveils First Tesla Rival In $12 Billion Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Mercedes-Benz, the world's largest maker of luxury cars, is rolling out its first in a series of battery-powered models, adding to a growing array o...
09:40 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot The No. 1 Office Perk? Natural Light, According To Hundreds of Employees
An anonymous reader shares a report: The news headlines about what perks or elements of office design make for a great employee experience seem to be dominated by fads -- think treadmill desks, nap po...
09:00 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Wikimedia Warns EU Copyright Reform Threatens the 'Vibrant Free Web'
The Wikimedia Foundation has sounded a stark warning against a copyright reform proposal in Europe that's due to be voted on by the European Parliament next week. From a report: In the post, also emai...
07:40 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Google Has Notified At Least Dozens of People Targeted by Secret FBI Investigation
At least dozens of people have received an email from Google informing them that the internet giant responded to a request from the FBI demanding the release of user data, news outlet Motherboard repo...
07:40 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Says It Will Unveil a Foldable Smartphone this Year
Samsung will unveil details of a foldable smartphone later this year, the CEO of its mobile division told CNBC, amid rumors that such a device was in the works. From the report: DJ Koh said that "it's...
07:00 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot US Telcos Are Slowing Internet Traffic To and From Popular OTT Apps Like YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video, New Research Finds
The largest U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to and from popular apps like YouTube and Netflix, according to new research from Northeastern University and the University of Massachu...
06:20 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Chrome 69 Arrives With Revamped Design, More Powerful Omnibox, and Better Password Manager
An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched Chrome 69 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Android, and iOS, just a few days after the browser's 10-year anniversary. The release includes a new design, m...
05:40 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Azure's Southern US Data Center Goes Down For Hours, Impacting Office365 and Active Directory Customers
New submitter courcoul alerted us to Azure outage, which is affecting several customers in many parts of the world: Some Microsoft Azure customers with workloads running in its South Central US data c...
05:23 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Google Wants To Kill the URL
As Chrome looks ahead to its next 10 years, the team is mulling its most controversial initiative yet: fundamentally rethinking URLs across the web. From a report: Uniform Resource Locators are the fa...
04:45 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot The Bitcoin Boom Reaches a Canadian Ghost Town
Most of the buildings in Ocean Falls that haven't been demolished over the decades are crumbling in place, and Greg Strebel, along with most everyone who once lived there, is long gone. A population t...
03:59 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Hits $1 Trillion Market Value Milestone
Amazon.com on Tuesday became the second U.S. company to reach $1 trillion in stock market value, just weeks after Apple hit the same milestone on Aug. 2. Shares in the world's largest online retailer ...
03:25 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Britain Faces an AI Brain Drain as Tech Giants Raid Top Universities
British outlet The Telegraph reports: Britain faces an artificial intelligence "brain drain" as Silicon Valley raids its top universities for talent, data compiled by The Telegraph shows. Around a thi...
02:46 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot The US Army is Building Drones That Never Need To Land
It's using lasers to power the aerial machines. An anonymous reader writes: According to New Scientist [paywalled], the US Army is firing lasers at photovoltaic cells on drones to deliver power from a...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot West Virginia Offers Free Cybersecurity Training To the Elderly
West Virginia's Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who's currently running for U.S. Senate, announced Tuesday that he's partnering with two local community and technical colleges to connect senior cit...
11:00 am - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Mystery of the Cargo Ships That Sink When Their Cargo Suddenly Liquefies
An anonymous reader writes (condensed for space): On average, ten "solid bulk cargo" carriers have been lost at sea each year for the last decade. Solid bulk cargoes -- defined as granular materials l...
06:00 am - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Unpaid and Abused: Moderators Speak Out Against Reddit
In a joint investigation, Engadget and Point spoke to 10 Reddit moderators, and all of them complained that Reddit is systematically failing to tackle the abuse they suffer. Keeping the front page of ...
02:00 am - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot This is the Story of the 1970s Great Calculator Race
An anonymous reader shares a thread: In the 1970s the cost -- and size -- of calculators tumbled. Business tools became toys; as a result prestige tech companies had to rapidly diversify into other pr...
01:30 am - Tue, September 4, 2018
Slashdot Inside Twitter's Long, Slow Struggle To Police Bad Actors
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has personally weighed in on high-profile decisions, frustrating some employees. An anonymous reader shares a report: When Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey testifies before ...
11:30 pm - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot US Health Insurer Premera Blue Cross Accused of Destroying Evidence in Data Breach Lawsuit
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for ZDNet: The plaintiffs of a class-action lawsuit against health insurance provider Premera Blue Cross are accusing the organization of "willfully destroying" evidence tha...
10:21 pm - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance Argues 'Privacy is Not Absolute' in Push For Encryption Backdoors
The Five Eyes, the intelligence alliance between the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, issued a statement warning they believe "privacy is not absolute" and tech companies must give law ...
09:44 pm - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Plans To Overhaul Its Smartphone Strategy at the Mid-range Price Point
Samsung Electronics plans to overhaul its smartphone strategy at the mid-range price point in order to appeal more to millennials, the company's mobile CEO has told CNBC. From the report: DJ Koh said ...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Chrome Browser Turns 10
Google first released its Chrome browser 10 years ago today. Marketed as a "fresh take on the browser," Chrome debuted with a web comic from Google to mark the company's first web browser. From a repo...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Like Smartphone Vendors, Laptop OEMs Are Increasingly Moving To Near Bezel-Less Displays
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the past few years, IFA has become a laptop show. It may not be the place where companies like Apple or Microsoft show off their flashiest hardware, but when it...
03:00 pm - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot After Making Skype Convoluted and Difficult To Use, Microsoft is Now Rolling Out Features To Restore Simplicity
From a report: Microsoft just announced a number of changes the company is rolling out to restore Skype's simplicity and familiarity. When the company introduced the modern Skype, it introduced radica...
01:56 pm - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Google's Doors Hacked Wide Open By Own Employee
Last July, in Google's Sunnyvale offices, a hacker found a way to trick doors into opening without the requisite RFID keycard, Forbes reported Monday. Luckily for Google, it was David Tomaschik, an em...
01:36 pm - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Google's Doors Hacked Wide Open By Own Employee
Last July, in Google's Sunnyvale offices, a hacker found a way to trick doors into opening without the requisite RFID keycard, Forbes reported Monday. Luckily for Google, it was David Tomaschik, an em...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Germany, Seeking Independence From US, Pushes Cyber Security Research
Germany announced a new agency earlier this week to fund research on cyber security and to end its reliance on digital technologies from the United States, China and other countries. From a report: In...
07:40 am - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Bullet, China's Latest Messaging App, Pops Shots at Top Local Rival WeChat
This week, China's most downloaded app wasn't a game or a short-video app like normal but a new messaging service called Bullet. The app's startling assent to the top marks a rare challenge to Tencent...
07:00 am - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot SAP Founder Hasso Plattner Fears the Scourge of Social Media
In a wide-ranging interview, Hasso Plattner, the 74-year-old co-founder and chairman of global business software powerhouse SAP, talked about his apprehension of the social media. From the story: He s...
05:00 am - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot India Pushes Back Against Tech 'Colonization' by Internet Giants
In India, American companies dominate the internet. Facebook's WhatsApp is the most popular app on phones. Virtually every smartphone runs on Google's Android system. YouTube is the favorite video pla...
03:40 am - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Google To Nix All Tech Support Provider Ads
Google will restrict advertisements placed by third-party technical support providers, in an effort to stem a rising tide of abuse and fraud by scammers who offer to fix non-existent problems on consu...
02:51 am - Mon, September 3, 2018
Slashdot Governments 'Not on Track' To Cap Temperatures at Below 2 Degrees: UN
Governments are not on track to meet a goal of the 2015 Paris agreement of capping temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) before the end of the century, a United Nations of...
10:15 pm - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Are Useless, The Economist Says
With few uses to anchor their value, and little in the way of regulation, cryptocurrencies have instead become a focus for speculation, The Economist magazine said this week. From the story, which may...
08:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot Google Search Now Uses Service Worker For Repeated Searches
An anonymous reader writes: Google Search is now using Service Worker to cache repeated searches, loading results twice as fast. The tidbit was shared this week by Dion Almaer, Google director of engi...
07:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot 50% of Parents in the US Believe Coding Most Beneficial Subject For Their Children, 75% Believe Big Tech Firms Should Be Involved in Helping Schools: Study
Long time reader theodp writes: According to a Microsoft-commissioned survey, 50% of parents in the U.S. with children aged 18 and under believed coding and computer programming to be the most benefic...
05:40 pm - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot The State of Agile Software in 2018
On the surface, the world of agile software development is bright, since it is now mainstream. But the reality is troubling, because much of what is done is faux-agile, disregarding agile's values and...
05:06 pm - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot How Telepresence Robots Are Combating the Debilitating Effects of Isolation and Loneliness
Internet-connected robots that can stream audio and video are increasingly helping housebound sick children and elderly people keep in touch with teachers, family and friends, combating the scourge of...
04:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Download Sites Are the Biggest Piracy Threat To Music Industry, Industry Figures Say
Websites dedicated to "stream ripping" music from YouTube represent the biggest threat to the global music business, UK news outlet The Independent reported this week, citing industry figures, who add...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot Inside the Haywire World of Beirut's Electricity Blackouts, and the Struggle Faced By Residents To Keep Their Lights and Wi-Fi On and Gadgets Charged
Blackouts are common in the Lebanese capital, forcing energy consumers to pay whoever can get them power. Wired looked at how the residents of Beirut keep their lights on -- and their gadgets charged ...
02:06 pm - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot 16-Year-Old RSS Reader App NetNewsWire Returns To Founder Brent Simmons, Who Promises To Keep It Free and Open Source and Release v5.0 Soon
Black Pixel, which acquired popular Mac RSS reader app NetNewsWire in 2011, announced this week that the brand name is returning to the founder Brent Simmons. From the announcement: Since acquiring Ne...
11:30 am - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot Is Chrome OS Threatening Windows?
Ars Technica sees new $600 "premium Chromebooks" Dell, Samsung, HP, and Lenovo as a growing challenge to Windows, proving that Chrome OS is reaching beyond the education market. These $600 machines ar...
10:00 am - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot Two-thirds of India's Smartphone Market, the Second Largest in the World, is Now Run by Chinese Handset Makers
India's smartphone market, which is the second largest in the world (and one of the few markets that continues to show strong growth each quarter), is currently a key battleground for a number of phon...
09:44 am - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot Is Windows Coming To Chromebooks?
Computerworld suggests a strange strategy for Windows: If you can't beat Chromebook, join Chromebook:The eagle-eyed developers at XDA Developers have spotted a new Google Pixelbook firmware branch. Th...
05:50 am - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot Two-third of India's Smartphone Market, the Second Largest in the World, is Now Run by Chinese Handset Makers
India's smartphone market, which is the second largest in the world (and one of the few markets that continues to show strong growth each quarter), is currently a key battleground for a number of phon...
05:50 am - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot Two-thirds of India's Smartphone Market, the Second Largest in the World, is Now Run by Chinese Handset Makers
India's smartphone market, which is the second largest in the world (and one of the few markets that continues to show strong growth each quarter), is currently a key battleground for a number of phon...
04:34 am - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot How Can We Fix The Broken Economics of Open Source?
"The economics of Open Source software are fundamentally broken," argues Matt Klein, a senior software engineer at Lyft (who created Envoy). Here's a heavily-condensed version of his essay on Medium:I...
01:34 am - Sun, September 2, 2018
Slashdot How Linux's Kernel Developers 'Make C Less Dangerous'
Hewlett-Packard's Enterprise blog summarizes a talk by Linux kernel developer Kees Cook at the North America edition of the 2018 Linux Security Summit. Its title? "Making C Less Dangerous.""C is a fan...
11:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Will Unpredictable 'Franken-Algorithms' Have Deadly Consequences and Make Programmers Obsolete?
Zorro (Slashdot reader #15,797) summarizes a new article in the Guardian:The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates "a u...
10:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Google Funds A Starfish-Killing Robot To Save Australia's Great Barrier Reef
"It looks like a tiny yellow submarine, but this underwater drone is on a mission to kill," reports ABC. Specifically, to kill the starfish that are destroying coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef....
09:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot An Abusive Silicon Valley CEO Is Going To Jail
He'd sold his second online advertising company for $300 million at the age of 25. Six years later he was charged with 47 felonies. And now? "A Silicon Valley millionaire entrepreneur who avoided jail...
08:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Intel Blocked Collaboration On Spectre/Meltdown Fixes, Says Linux Kernel Developer
This week in Vancouver, Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman criticized Intel's slow initial response to the Spectre and Meltdown bugs in a talk at the Open Source Summit North America. An anonym...
08:04 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot How Do Spectre/Meltdown Fixes Affect The Linux Kernel?
"Using the newly minted Linux 4.19 feature code, fresh benchmarks were carried out looking at the performance cost of Spectre/Meltdown/Foreshadow mitigations on Intel Xeon v. AMD EPYC CPUs," writes an...
07:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Former Reddit CEO Decries 'Rage-Induced Interactions' on Facebook and Twitter
Were the creators of Facebook and Twitter oblivious to how social networks could be abused? "I struggle to believe that these brilliant product CEOs, who have created social media services used by mil...
06:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot J.R.R. Tolkein's Last Book Finally Published
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:J.R.R. Tolkien fans can get their hands on what might be the late author's final work. The Fall of Gondolin was published August 30 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the ...
05:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot 30% of America's Student Loan Borrowers Can't Keep Up After Six Years
The IRS recently ruled that under some circumstances employers can link their 401(k) matching contributions to the amount of an employee's student loan repayments -- making it easier for recent gradua...
04:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Will Future Nuclear Power Plants Float?
Russia isn't the first country to launch a floating nuclear power plant. 50 years ago America's army built a floating nuclear power plant to supply energy to the Panama Canal Zone. Even though it's no...
03:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot After 24 Years Doom 2's Last Secret Has Finally Been Discovered
"Almost 25 years after it was released, Doom 2 has finally given up its last secret..." writes Polygon. An anonymous reader quotes their report:It's secret No. 4 on Map 15 (Industrial Zone). Now, the ...
02:34 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Open Source Devs Reverse Decision to Block ICE Contractors From Using Software
An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:Less than 24 hours after a software developer revoked access to Lerna, a popular open-source software management program, for any organization that contracted wi...
01:00 pm - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Procrastination Is More About Managing Emotions Than Time, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: [A new study] identified two areas of the brain that determine whether we are more likely to get on with a task or continually put it off. Researchers...
10:00 am - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Boeing Wins Bid To Build the Navy's Carrier-Launched Tanker Drone
Boeing has been awarded an $805 million contract by the U.S. Navy to build four prototypes of its design for the MQ-25 "Stingray," an unmanned, carrier-based tanker aircraft. The drone "will help exte...
07:00 am - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot CRISPR Gene Editing Fixes Muscular Dystrophy In Dogs, Humans Could Be Next
schwit1 shares a report from Time: In a new paper published in Science, researchers led by Eric Olson, professor and chair of molecular biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, reported that he and ...
03:30 am - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Lego Wants To Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks Using Plant-Based Or Recycled Materials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Seattle Times: Lego is trying to refashion the product it is best known for: It wants to eliminate its dependence on petroleum-based plastics, and build it...
01:25 am - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot FCC Criticized For Surrendering Power To Punish Verizon After Firefighters Got Throttled During Wildfire
Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday criticized the FCC on its response to Verizon's throttling of firefighters' data speeds as they battled a major wildfire in Northern California. "In a letter Friday, ...
12:45 am - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds No Longer Knows the Whole Linux Kernel and That's OK
darthcamaro writes: In a wide-ranging conversation at the Open Source Summit, Linus Torvalds admitted that he no longer knows everything that's in LInux. "Nobody knows the whole kernel anymore," Torva...
12:03 am - Sat, September 1, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Make a Touch Tablet That Rolls and Scrolls
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Research scientists at Queen's University's Human Media Lab have built a prototype touchscreen device that's neither smartphone nor tablet but kind...
11:20 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Apple Records First-Ever Accident In Self-Driving Car Program
Apple's self-driving car program has reported its first-ever accident, according to a filing to the state's DMV. No injuries were reported. AppleInsider reports: A test car was rear-ended by a Nissan ...
10:40 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Murder Suspect Jailed Over Refusing To Reveal Password In the UK
A man suspected of murdering a teenager in England has been arrested for failing to hand over his Facebook password to authorities. The BBC reports: Lucy McHugh, 13, was found stabbed to death in wood...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Humans To Blame For Most Self-Driving Car Crashes In California, Study Finds
cartechboy writes: Turns out computers are better drivers than humans after all. Axios compiled a study that found the vast majority of crashes in California involving self-driving cars were not cause...
09:20 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot 'Gold Standard' State Net Neutrality Bill Approved By California Assembly
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: California's state Assembly yesterday approved a strict net neutrality bill despite opposition from the telecom industry. California's Senate alr...
08:45 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Lenovo's Yoga Book C930 Laptop Swaps the Keyboard For an E Ink Display
Lenovo has launched a laptop with an e-ink display in place of a normal keyboard. An anonymous reader writes: The Yoga Book C930 laptop follows in the footsteps of the Yoga Book A12, the convertible t...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot China Plans To Restrict New Games Coming Into the Country and Limit the Time Kids Spend Online
China's regulators plan to curtail the number of online games and discourage play-time, part of a broader effort to tackle device addiction and other ills that sent shares reeling from the U.S. to Jap...
07:25 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot 80-Year-Old Inventor Gil Hyatt Says Patent Office is Waiting For Him To Die
Dean Takahashi, reporting for VentureBeat: Gil Hyatt has gotten many rewards from his days as an inventor. In 1990, he received a fundamental but controversial patent on what he called the first micro...
06:45 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Startups Ditching Silicon Valley For New Cities
The rising cost of living in Silicon Valley is pushing startups out, the Economist reports, and re-focusing innovation in new cities around the country [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alter...
06:10 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Email Security Systems Miss Thousands of Malicious Links
A new study from email security company Mimecast shows that malicious links in emails are being missed by many security systems. From a report: Mimecast examined more than 142 million emails that had ...
05:36 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot US Accuses China of 'Super Aggressive' Spy Campaign on LinkedIn
The United States' top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should...
04:59 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot AI Still Useless at Catching Hate Speech, Research Finds
New research has shown just how bad AI is at dealing with online trolls. From a report: Such systems struggle to automatically flag nudity and violence, don't understand text well enough to shoot down...
04:17 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the Next Free Major Update To Its Desktop OS
Microsoft today revealed that the next free Windows 10 update is called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update ... and it will arrive in that month. From a report: For those keeping track, this is Windows...
03:35 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Some Baltimore Residents Are Lobbying To Bring Back Aerial Surveillance
A local group in Baltimore argues that a plane providing real-time surveillance of the city will dial down police brutality. From a report: A piloted plane would fly over the city, capture images from...
02:40 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot EU Backs Ending Daylight Saving Time
New submitter Zarhan writes: Earlier this summer, European Commission conducted a poll on whether EU citizens would like to abolish adjusting their clocks twice a year. The results are now in: 80% of ...
02:01 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Popular College Majors Changed Abruptly After the Financial Crisis
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ten years have passed since the 2008 financial crisis, and the effects linger. For one thing, the crisis produced a significant shift in American higher education....
01:00 pm - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot John McAfee's 'Unhackable' Bitfi Wallet Got Hacked -- Again
Earlier this month, computer programmer John McAfee released "the world's first un-hackable storage for cryptocurrency & digital assets" -- a $120 device, called the Bitfi wallet, that McAfee clai...
10:00 am - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Google, Harvard Use AI To Predict Earthquake Aftershocks
Scientists from Harvard and Google have fed a neural network with historical seismological data "and more accurately predicted where 'more than 30,000 mainshock-aftershock pairs' from an independent d...
07:00 am - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Adobe's Next Major Creative Cloud Release Won't Support Older OSes
nehumanuscrede writes: Adobe ruffled a lot of feathers when they decided to cease selling their standalone products and go subscription only. While a lot of folks complained, it doesn't seem to have h...
03:30 am - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Physicists Measure Gravity With Record Precision
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A team of scientists in China are reporting that they have now performed the most precise measurement of gravity's strength yet by measuring G, the Ne...
02:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Google Bought Mastercard Data To Link Online Ads To Store Purchases, Says Report
According to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the deal, Google purchased "a stockpile of Mastercard transactions" that allowed Google advertisers to see whether the ads they ran online led t...
01:25 am - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Removes Device Install Limits For Office 365 Subscribers
Starting October 2nd, Office 365 Home users will no longer be restricted to 10 devices across five users and Personal subscribers will no longer have a limit of one computer and one tablet. The catch ...
12:45 am - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot The Next iPhones, Apple Watch Leak Ahead of Apple's Event
Moments after Apple sent out invitations to its latest media event on September 12, 9to5Mac published a first look at Apple's 2018 iPhones and new Apple Watch Series 4. Apple is expected to unveil new...
12:03 am - Fri, August 31, 2018
Slashdot Justice Department Warns It Might Not Be Able To Prosecute Voting Machine Hackers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: After more than a decade of headlines about the vulnerability of U.S. voting machines to hacking, it turns out the federal government says it may ...