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11:40 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Reports Slowing Revenue and User Growth
Facebook released its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday and the results are mixed. While revenue rose 33 percent and profit increased 9 percent for the third quarter from a year earlier, revenue growt...
11:20 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 Released
Etcetera writes: Fresh on the heels of the IBM purchase announcement, Red Hat released RHEL 7.6 today. Business press release is here and full release notes are here. It's been a busy week for Red Hat...
10:40 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Fedora 29 Released
ekimd writes: Fedora 29 is released today. Among the new features are the ability to allow parallel installation of packages such as Node.js. Fedora 29 also supports ZRAM (formerly called compcache) f...
10:03 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Apple's New T2 Security Chip Will Prevent Hackers From Eavesdropping On Your Microphone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Buried in Apple's latest range of MacBooks -- including the MacBook Pro out earlier this year and the just-announced MacBook Air -- is the new T2 s...
09:20 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot How Much Does a Cable Box Really Cost? The Industry Would Prefer You Don't Ask
The FCC chairman insists that he is driven by a market-based approach to regulation. In a story, published Tuesday, an LA Times columnist uses the simple example of set-top boxes to argue the agency h...
08:44 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot How To Make More Cash From One Game Than 10 James Bond Films
"Red Dead Redemption 2" broke records in its first three days on sale, pulling in more than $725 million in worldwide retail sales and achieving the biggest opening weekend in the history of entertain...
08:00 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Google Launches reCAPTCHA v3 That Detects Bad Traffic Without User Interaction
Google has pushed an update to its reCAPTCHA technology that the company has been offering since 2007 to fight off bots on the world wide web. From a report: reCAPTCHA v3, as the new version has been ...
07:20 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot People Are Keeping Their Phones Longer Because There's Not Much Reason To Upgrade, Study Finds
According to a recent study by Hyla Mobile as reported by the Wall Street Journal, a mobile-device trade-in company, the average age of an iPhone at trade-in is now 2.92 years. That's up from 2.38 yea...
06:45 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Reporters Posed as 100 Senators To Run Ads on Facebook. Facebook Approved All of Them.
William Turton, reporting for Vice News: One of Facebook's major efforts to add transparency to political advertisements is a required "Paid for by" disclosure at the top of each ad supposedly telling...
06:00 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Dual-SIM Tech Ruins Verizon Coverage
Apple's new dual-SIM function, which lets iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR owners use two cellular subscriptions at once, will come to new phones today. But the current implementation will have a huge negati...
05:21 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Why Jupyter is Data Scientists' Computational Notebook of Choice
Jeffrey M. Perkel, writing for Nature: Perched atop the Cerro Pachon ridge in the Chilean Andes is a building site that will eventually become the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). When it comes...
04:44 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Tiny Books Fit in One Hand. Will They Change the Way We Read?
Several readers have shared a report about publishing industry's new gamble to drive people to buy physical copies of books: making the books much tinier. From the report: As a physical object and a f...
04:06 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Open-Source Group Reportedly Shuts Down
At a time when several companies have grown new interest in open sourcing part of their offerings, Samsung appears to be going the other way. The company has shut down the Samsung Open-Source Group (S...
03:25 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Mac Mini Receives First Overhaul in Four Years; New iPad Pro With No Home Button Announced
Apple is turning its attention to a range of devices it has not upgraded in recent years. Alongside the new MacBook Air that the company unveiled on Tuesday, it is also upgrading the Mac Mini for the ...
02:33 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Apple Announces New MacBook Air With Retina Display, Touch ID and Sketchy Keyboard
At an event on Tuesday, Apple announced an update to one of its most popular laptops, the MacBook Air. The 13.3-inch laptop now has a 13.3-inch Retina display with four times the resolution with thin ...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Humanity Has Wiped Out 60% of Animal Populations Since 1970
Artem Tashkinov shares a report: The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife is made in a major report produced by WWF and involving 59 scientists from across the globe. It finds that the vast and gr...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Civil Servant Watching Porn At Work Blamed For Government Malware Outbreak
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A U.S. government network was infected with malware thanks to one employee's "extensive history" of watching porn on his work computer, investigato...
10:00 am - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Says Apple Is $7 Billion Behind In Royalty Payments
Last Friday in federal court, Qualcomm lawyer Evan Chesler said Apple is $7 billion dollars behind in royalties. "They're trying to destroy our business," he said. "The house is on fire and there is $...
07:00 am - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Air Pollution Is the 'New Tobacco,' Warns WHO
The head of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said air pollution is the "new tobacco" that is killing 7 million people a year and harming billions more. "The world has turn...
03:30 am - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Feds Expand Security Researchers' Ability To Hack Without Going To Jail
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Friday, the Librarian of Congress and U.S. Copyright Office renewed several key exemptions (and added a few new ones) to the Digital Millennium Co...
01:25 am - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Apple Investigates Claim That Illegal Student Labor Was Used To Assemble Apple Watch
Apple is currently investigating a report that Apple Watch supplier Quanta Computer relied upon illegally employed students to help manufacture the company's exceedingly popular wearable. "Originally ...
12:45 am - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot AMD Launches Lower Cost 12- and 24-Core 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Chips
MojoKid writes: AMD launched its line of second generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs over the summer, but the company offered 16-core and 32-core versions of it only at the time. Today however, the comp...
12:03 am - Tue, October 30, 2018
Slashdot Snap CEO Hired Chief Business Officer, Then Changed His Mind
According to a report from Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel officially made Kristen O'Hara, former longtime WarnerMedia/Time Warner exec, the chief business off...
11:20 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot US Bans Exports To Chinese DRAM Maker Citing National Security Risk
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The Trump administration on Monday announced it was banning U.S. exports to a Chinese semiconductor firm named Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company,...
10:40 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Google Pixel 3 XL Bug Adds Second Notch To Side of the Screen
Those of you who detest display notches will find this bug especially unpleasant. A small number of Pixel 3 XL users are reportedly experiencing a bug where an additional notch appears on the right si...
10:03 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Wisconsin's $4.1 Billion Foxconn Boondoggle
"A story from The Verge reports on Foxconn's substantially scaled-back plans for the heavily subsidized Wisconsin "Gigafactory," writes Slashdot reader kimanaw. Here's an excerpt from the report: The ...
09:25 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot FCC Falsely Claims Community Broadband an 'Ominous Threat To First Amendment'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Trump FCC has declared towns and cities that vote to build their own broadband networks an "ominous threat to the First Amendment." The claims...
08:45 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot The Linux Kernel Is Now VLA-Free: A Win For Security, Less Overhead and Better For Clang
With the in-development Linux 4.20 kernel, it is now effectively VLA-free. From a report: The variable-length arrays (VLAs) that can be convenient and part of the C99 standard but can have unintended ...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walk Out To Protest The Company's Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser
In response to a story about Google paying and protecting former executive Andy Rubin following an investigation into sexual misconduct, a group of 200 Google employees are organizing a "women's walk....
07:25 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Google Seeks To Grant $25 Million To AI For 'Good' Projects
Alphabet's Google announced on Monday that it would grant about $25 million globally next year to humanitarian and environmental projects seeking to use artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up and gr...
06:45 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Mining Alone Could Raise Global Temperatures Above Critical Limit By 2033
dmoberhaus writes: Researchers have found that if Bitcoin is adopted at rates similar to technologies like credit cards, its energy consumption could increase global temperatures by 2C in just 16 year...
06:02 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot UK Announces Digital Services Tax on Tech Giants
Technology giants will have to pay more tax in the UK under new regulations unveiled by the local government today. From a report: In his budget statement this afternoon, Chancellor Phillip Hammond re...
05:22 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot You Can Play Over 2,600 Windows Games on Linux Via Steam Play
At the end of August, Valve announced a new version of Steam Play for Linux that included Proton, a WINE fork that made many Windows games, including more recent ones ,such as Witcher 3, Dark Souls 3 ...
04:50 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Your Brain Waves Could Soon Replace Passwords Entirely
Wenyao Xu and Feng Lin, assistant professors of Computer Science and Engineering at University at Buffalo and The State University of New York, write: Our team has been working with collaborators at o...
04:15 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Forget Better Batteries, Nothing That Exists Or is in Development Can Store Energy as Well, And as Cheaply, as Compressed Air
An anonymous reader shares a report: The concept seems simple: you just suck in some air from the atmosphere, compress it using electrically-driven compressors and store the energy in the form of pres...
03:20 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Windows Defender Becomes First Antivirus To Run Inside a Sandbox
An anonymous reader writes: Windows Defender is the first antivirus to gain the ability to run inside a sandbox environment, Microsoft said in an announcement. In software design, a "sandbox" is a sec...
02:40 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Copyright Law Just Got Better for Video Game History
In a series of rulings, the Library of Congress has carved out a number of exemptions that will help the movement to archive and preserve video games. From a report: In an 85-page ruling [PDF] that co...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Says It Has Resolved an Issue With Bing Which Was Causing It To Push Malware When Users Searched for Chrome
Chris Hoffman, writing for How To Geek: You launch Edge on your new PC, search for "download Chrome," and click the first result headed to "google.com" on Bing. You're now on a phishing website pushin...
11:41 am - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Plans To Remove 'Like' Button in a Bid To Improve the Quality of Debate, Report Says
Twitter is planning to remove the ability to "like" tweets in a radical move that aims to improve the quality of debate on the social network, UK news outlet The Telegraph (paywalled) reported Monday,...
10:05 am - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot China's OnePlus, Backed by Qualcomm and T-Mobile, Launches OnePlus 6T Smartphone in US
OnePlus, a five-year old Chinese smartphone company whose high-end products are little known outside a tech-savvy niche is entering the U.S. market on Monday with the backing of two key local allies: ...
09:24 am - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot FCC Leaders Say We Need a 'National Mission' To Fix Rural Broadband
Democrats and Republicans in Washington can't agree on much of anything these days. One thing they do agree on: The digital divide undercutting rural America needs to be fixed. But figuring out the de...
04:00 am - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot The Shutting Down of FilmStruck and the False Promise of Streaming Classics
The FilmStruck indie, arthouse and classic film subscription-streaming service will shut down next month, Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks announced this week. The New Yorker's film critic Ric...
12:40 am - Mon, October 29, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Completes Its 2018 Goal of Shipping 100 Million Units of Phones
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has shipped 100 million units of phones as of October 26, completing its annual target more than two months ahead of its original plan, Xiaomi's founder and CEO Lei Jun...
11:00 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot New Zealand Chooses Google Chromebooks Over Microsoft Windows 10 For Education
Google announced this week that it has signed an agreement with New Zealand's Ministry of Education to provide all state and state integrated schools in the country with Chrome Education licenses. The...
10:00 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot In a Crash, Should Self-Driving Cars Save Passengers or Pedestrians? 2 Million People Weigh In
In what is referred to as the "Moral Machine Experiment", a survey of more than two million people from nearly every country on the planet, people preferred to save humans over animals, young over old...
08:40 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot It's Becoming Increasingly Unlikely that We'll See a Major Shift To Virtual Reality Any Time Soon
An anonymous reader shares a report: VR was supposed to be a revolution, with companies like Oculus pioneering a whole new way for gamers and non-gamers alike to be immersed in digital environments --...
08:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Privately Developed Rocket Fails To Reach Orbit
schwit1 shares a report: A privately developed Chinese carrier rocket failed to reach orbit after lifting off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Saturday, in a blow to the country's nascent attem...
07:00 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot IBM To Buy Red Hat, the Top Linux Distributor, For $34 Billion
International Business Machines (IBM) is acquiring software maker Red Hat in a deal valued at $34 billion, the companies said Sunday. From a report: The purchase, announced on Sunday afternoon, is the...
06:00 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Research Publishes Prototypes For Phones and Tablets Gaming Controllers
According to a recently published paper by Microsoft Research team, the company could be looking to launch physical controllers for mobile devices. From a report: The research paper documents some of ...
05:04 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot A Chinese-Built Replica of the Titanic Will Set Sail From Dubai in 2022
Great news for Celine Dion fans and James Cameron enthusiasts: The Titanic is set to sail again. From a report: Titanic II, a replica of the original Titanic, will make its first voyage in 2022. It wi...
04:01 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot Tech Groups Step Away From Gab Network After Shooting
Tech companies including PayPal and Stripe have suspended their services from Gab, a social network catering primarily to US conservatives that had been used by the man accused of killing 11 people in...
03:00 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds and Greg K-H Talk About Linux Community, Dealing with Hardware Bugs, Chromebooks Gaining Traction, Microsoft, Companies Gleaning Data and More
Swapnil Bhartiya, who runs the blog TFIR, had a chance to interview Linus Torvalds at Open Source Summit in the second half of August this year. (Some context: The interview, which was published this ...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot Nobody's Cellphone Is Really That Secure, Bruce Schneier Reminds
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that the Russians and the Chinese were eavesdropping on President Donald Trump's personal cellphone and using the information gleaned to better influence...
10:34 am - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot Kids Think the Darndest Things About How Computers Work
"When visiting a series of eight primary school class rooms recently, CS professor Judy Robertson talked to children aged 5-12 about how computers work and discussed pictures they drew of what they th...
07:34 am - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot China Produces Nano Fibre That Can Lift 160 Elephants - and a Space Elevator?
Slashdot reader hackingbear quotes the NZ Herald: A research team from Tsinghua University in Beijing has developed a fibre they say is so strong it could even be used to build an elevator to space. T...
04:34 am - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot Should Parents End 'Screen Time' For Children?
The New York Times reports that in Silicon Valley, "a wariness that has been slowly brewing is turning into a regionwide consensus: The benefits of screens as a learning tool are overblown, and the ri...
01:34 am - Sun, October 28, 2018
Slashdot Richard Stallman Calls Open Source Movement 'Amoral', Criticizes Apple And Microsoft For 'Censoring' App Installation
Richard Stallman recently gave a 9,000-word interview in which he first reminisces about his early days at MIT's AI Lab where he "found something worth being loyal to" -- and then assesses how things ...
11:34 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot High Housing Prices In Tech Cities Are Now Raising Home Prices In Other States
Tech cities and their high housing prices are apparently now driving up home prices in other states. An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:For some Californians, the state's punishing housing costs, hi...
10:37 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Does Eating Organic Food Help Prevent Cancer?
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:People who regularly eat organic food are less likely to develop cancer than those who don't, according to a new study out of France. A team of researchers studied...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot What Happens When Telecom Companies Search Your Home For Piracy
ted_pikul writes:Adam Lackman ran TVAddons, a site hosting unofficial addons for Kodi media center. Last year, a legal team representing some of Canada's most powerful telecom and media companies raid...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot New SystemD Vulnerability Discovered
The Register reports that a new security bug in systemd "can be exploited over the network to, at best, potentially crash a vulnerable Linux machine, or, at worst, execute malicious code on the box" b...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Twelve Malicious Python Libraries Found and Removed From PyPI
An anonymous reader writes:A software security engineer has identified 12 Python libraries uploaded on the official Python Package Index (PyPI) that contained malicious code. The 12 packages used typo...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot NASA Revives Hubble Space Telescope After Three-Week Mechanical Failure
"NASA's Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operations late Friday, Oct. 26, and completed its first science observations on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2:10 AM EDT," NASA reports.The observations were...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Kansas 'Swat' Perpetrator Will Now Plead Guilty To Dozens More Swat Incidents
An anonymous reader quotes NBC News:The California man behind a years-long string of hoax 911 calls -- including one that ended in a Kansas man's death -- wants to plead guilty to all charges, court d...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Authors of Controversial 'Seattle Minimum Wage' Study Revise Their Conclusions
Seattle's increase in the minimum wage "brought benefits to many workers employed at the time, while leaving few employed workers worse off," reports the New York Times -- citing a new study by the sa...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Canonical Releases Statistics Showing Adoption of Snap Packages
Canonical is applauding what it calls "exceptional adoption" of snaps -- and has shared some new statistics about its whole "Snappy" software deployment and package management system. Long-time Slashd...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot With Few US Students Taking CS Classes, Code.org 'Scales Back' Funding For CS Education
"In 2012, most CS teacher professional development was paid for by the National Science Foundation or Google." And in the years that followed, 80,000 primary and secondary school teachers received opp...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Morocco Decides To Scrap Seasonal Time Changes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Morocco has decided to scrap winter time and will instead keep its clocks at summer time, GMT+1, all year around. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is the tim...
10:00 am - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Mysterious White Cloud Hangs Over Martian Volcano
Last month, the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter spotted a white cloud suspended over the western slope of Arsia Mons, an enormous volcano near the red planet's equator. The 930-mile-long ...
07:00 am - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Apple Expected To Announce iPad Pro With USB-C Next Week
Bloomberg highlights all the big announcements expected to be made next week at Apple's October hardware event, such as an iPad Pro with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port, a MacBook Air success...
03:30 am - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot FDA Approves First New Flu Drug In 20 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Science: The Food & Drug Administration just announced that they had approved the aptly-named Xofluza, the first new antiviral drug in two decades,...
12:45 am - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Court Rules Bitcoin Should Be Protected As Property
A Chinese court has ruled that despite the country's central bank's ban on cryptocurrency trading, bitcoin should be legally protected as a property with economic values. CoinDesk reports: The Shenzhe...
12:03 am - Sat, October 27, 2018
Slashdot Google's Smart City Dream Is Turning Into a Privacy Nightmare
schwit1 shares a report from Engadget: Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet division focused on smart cities, is caught in a battle over information privacy. The team has lost its lead expert and consultant, An...
11:20 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Closes Its $7.5 Billion Purchase of GitHub
Microsoft has official closed its acquisition of GitHub, the Git-based code sharing and collaboration service with 31 million developers. "The Redmond, WA-based software behemoth first said it would a...
10:38 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Trivial Bug In X.Org Server Gives Root Permissions On Linux, BSD Systems
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A vulnerability that is trivial to exploit allows privilege escalation to root level on Linux and BSD distributions using X.Org server, the ...
09:55 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Removes 82 Accounts Linked To Iranian Disinformation Campaign
Facebook said Friday that it removed 82 pages, groups, and accounts from Iran that tried to sow political discord in the U.S. and U.K. over the course of the last year. USA Today reports: The Facebook...
09:15 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Faces FBI Probe Over Model 3 Production Numbers
A new report from The Wall Street Journal says the FBI is reviewing Tesla's Model 3 production numbers as part of an ongoing criminal probe into whether the company misled investors. "Federal agents a...
08:35 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot California Delays Net Neutrality Law's Enforcement Until After Court Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: California has agreed to delay enforcement of its net neutrality law until after litigation that will determine whether states can implement thei...
07:20 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Defends Bid for $10B Pentagon Cloud Contract Amid Criticism Over Government Use of Technology
Microsoft said Friday it will not pull out of the competition for a $10 billion cloud contract for the Department of Defense, despite growing concerns about private companies selling new technologies ...
06:40 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Is Apple Still the Company That Leads the Way, Or is it Just Getting Better at Locking in Users To Its Own Increasingly Subpar Experiences?
Readers share a column: Apple is no longer the king of the smartphone camera, but that's just a small component of a company in (highly profitable) stagnation. It wasn't that long ago that anyone who ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Creating the First Quantum Internet
Scientists in Chicago are trying to create the embryo of the first quantum internet. If they succeed, the researchers will produce one, 30-mile piece of a far more secure communications system with th...
05:20 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Has Pulled Ads From Bloomberg Over Controversial 'Big Hack' Chinese Spy Story; Apple Has Not Invited Outlet's Reporters To a Product Event Next Week
Both Amazon and Apple are taking retributive measures against Bloomberg, which in a report earlier this month alleged that some motherboards used by these companies were hacked by China. From a report...
04:43 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Suspicious Packages Spotlight Vast 'Mail Cover' Postal Surveillance System
tedlistens writes: As law enforcement investigates possible mail bombs sent to prominent Democratic Party figures and liberal activists, the tools available at their disposal include digital images an...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Intel Mum On When Entry-Level CPU, IoT Supply Will Improve
Intel is staying quiet on when the company expects its shortage of entry-level CPUs to end as it prioritizes production of Core and Xeon processors to meet growing demand in the PC and server markets....
03:21 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot President Trump Accuses Twitter of Political Bias
President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of targeting his followers for removal from the social media platform, amid complaints by conservatives that social media companies have been discriminating ...
02:48 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot A Reporter, Posing as Sketchy PR, Asked 28 Media Outlets If They'd Take Money To Publish Content Without Disclosing it Was Advertising. More Than Half Said Yes.
Corin Faife, writing for BreakerMag: The level of deception used was minimal: we created a fake email account, and claimed to be representing a PR company. There was no fake website or domain associat...
02:08 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot 20 Top Lawyers Were Beaten By Legal AI
An anonymous reader shares a report:In a landmark study, 20 top US corporate lawyers with decades of experience in corporate law and contract review were pitted against an AI. Their task was to spot i...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Worried About Trump iPhone Eavesdroppers? China Recommends a Huawei
China's foreign ministry has some suggestions for the Trump administration if it is worried about foreign eavesdropping on the U.S. president's iPhones: use a Huawei handset instead. Or just cut all f...
12:00 pm - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Japan Grants Cryptocurrency Industry Self-Regulatory Status
Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) has given the cryptocurrency industry self-regulatory status, permitting the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association to police and sanction exchanges for an...
10:00 am - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Star Trek Animated Comedy Series Is In the Works
Zorro shares a report from Entertainment Weekly: The first-ever official Star Trek comedy series has been ordered. CBS All Access has greenlit an animated series from Emmy-winner Mike McMahan, a write...
08:30 am - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Push For Government Research Program Focused On Sucking Carbon From Air
In a 369-page report, the nation's leading scientific body (consisting of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine) is urging the federal government to begin a research program foc...
07:00 am - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Experts Want To Ban Organophosphate Pesticides To Protect Children's Health
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Evidence that an entire class of pesticides threatens the health of children and pregnant women is now so arresting that the substances should be...
03:30 am - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot China Telecom Hijacks US, Canadian Internet Traffic On a Regular Basis, Report Says
Bismillah writes: China Telecom is up to no good with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) shenanigans researchers have discovered. The state-owned telco is hijacking and rerouting internet traffic to China ...
02:00 am - Fri, October 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Fined Maximum Legal Amount For Cambridge Analytica Scandal
Facebook has been fined $645,000 by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which affected over 80 million users. "The fine was served under the Dat...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Tech To Blame For Ever-Growing Car Repair Costs, AAA Says
A new study from AAA highlights the high repair costs associated with cars that have advanced safety technology. "[S]eemingly small damages to a vehicle's front end can incur costs nearing $3,000," CN...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Cerebellum More Involved In Cognition Than Previously Believed
Rick Schumann writes about the findings of a new study published in the journal Neuron: A team of neuroscientists from Washington University in St. Louis, performing fMRI tests on 10 people to quantif...
10:03 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot 190 Universities Launch 600 Free Online Courses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: If you haven't heard, universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free). These courses are collecti...
09:25 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot AI-Generated Portrait Sells For Nearly Half a Million In Auction
A portrait created by artificial intelligence fetched $432,500 at Christie's in New York on Thursday, the first time a computer-generated artwork was offered by a major auction house. Bloomberg report...
08:45 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Google Reportedly Paid Andy Rubin $90 Million After He Allegedly Coerced Sex From Employee
The New York Times has revealed new details on the circumstances that surrounded Andy Rubin's departure from Google in 2014. According to the report, Google "investigated sexual misconduct claims agai...
08:06 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Feds Say Hacking DRM To Fix Your Electronics Is Legal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Librarian of Congress and U.S. Copyright Office just proposed new rules that will give consumers and independent repair experts wide latitude ...
04:06 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot IBM Researchers Teach Pac-Man To Do No Harm
harrymcc writes: The better AI gets at teaching itself to perform tasks in ways beyond the skills of mere humans, the more likely it is that it may unwittingly behave in ways a human would consider un...
03:27 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot China's Xiaomi Aims Its Priciest Phone at Huawei and Apple
Xiaomi really wants to shed its down-market image. China's No. 2 smartphone maker is counting on its most expensive device yet to face off against Huawei and Apple at home while carving out a bigger f...
02:40 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Ex-Facebook Security Chief Calls Out Tim Cook and Apple's Practices in China
On Wednesday, Tim Cook lambasted at many companies, saying they are weaponizing data against people and societies. Cook's remarks made headlines across the world. But someone reminded that even Apple ...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too
An anonymous reader shares a report: When most people think of 5G, they're envisioning an ultra-fast, high-bandwidth connection that lets you download seasons of your favorite shows in minutes. But 5G...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Cathay Pacific Data Breach Hits 9.4 Million People
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific informed the Hong Kong stock exchange of a data breach late on Wednesday night that could affect 9.4 million peop...
10:00 am - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Uses Machine Learning To Remove 8.7 Million Child Exploitation Posts
Facebook announced today in a blog post that it has removed 8.7 million posts last quarter that violated its rules against child exploitation. The company said it used new AI and machine learning tech...
07:00 am - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Is Planning To Launch a Falcon 9 For the Third Time
According to the senior director of government sales for SpaceX, Lars Hoffman, the company is planning to launch a Falcon 9 first-stage booster for the third time. At the Wernher von Braun Memorial Sy...
03:30 am - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Lavender's Soothing Scent Could Be More Than Just Folk Medicine
An anonymous reader writes: In a study published Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, [physiologist and neuroscientist Hideki Kashiwadani] and his colleagues found that sniffin...
02:05 am - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot New Study Claims Data Harvesting Among Android Apps Is 'Out of Control'
A new study from Oxford University revealed that almost 90 percent of free apps on the Google Play store share data with Alphabet. "The researchers, who analyzed 959,000 apps from the U.S. and UK Goog...
01:25 am - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Says It's Working On Foldable Laptop Displays
In addition to the foldable smartphone that's currently in the works, Samsung says it is also working on foldable laptop displays. "Like foldable smartphones, Samsung is collaborating with display mak...
12:45 am - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Reports Third-Quarter Profit That Beats Market Expectations
Rei writes: When Tesla announced late last year that it was targeting sustained profitability in the second half of 2018, reaffirming this target throughout the year, the markets reacted with skeptici...
12:03 am - Thu, October 25, 2018
Slashdot Thousands of Swedes Are Inserting Microchips Under Their Skin
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: In Sweden, a country rich with technological advancement, thousands have had microchips inserted into their hands. The chips are designed to speed up user...
11:20 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot China, Russia Are Listening To Trump's Phone Calls, Says NYT Report
Rick Zeman writes: According to The New York Times, the Chinese are regularly listening to Donald Trump's cellphone calls (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). While he has two NSA-h...
10:40 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Medtronic Co-Founder Who Created Wearable Pacemaker Dies At Age 94
YVRGeek shares a report: Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world's largest medical device companies, Medtronic, has died...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot New Windows Zero-Day Bug Helps Delete Any File, Exploit Available
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Proof-of-concept code for a new zero-day vulnerability in Windows has been released by a security researcher before Microsoft was able to re...
09:20 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Apple Just Killed The 'GrayKey' iPhone Passcode Hack
Apple's newest version of iOS has rendered the GrayKey hacking tech useless, a report said Wednesday. How Apple pulled it off wasn't immediately clear, but it would have a huge implication for the law...
08:40 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Samsung is Suing Its Brand Ambassador For Using an iPhone in Public
Samsung is suing its Russian brand ambassador for using an iPhone X, demanding as much as $1.6m in compensation, media reports submitted by readers said Wednesday. From a report: Russian brand ambassa...
08:01 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot In First Ruling of Its Kind, Apple and Samsung Fined For Deliberately Slowing Down Old Phones
An investigation by Italy's competition authority has found that software updates "significantly reduced performance" on Samsung's Android handsets and iPhones. From a report: Apple and Samsung are be...
07:26 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Google Now Requires Partner OEMs To Offer Two Years of Security Updates To Popular Phones
Confidential contracts obtained by news outlet The Verge show many Android smartphone vendors now have explicit obligations to keep their phones updated. From the report: A contract obtained by The Ve...
06:40 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee on the Huge Sociotechnical Design Challenge
In a speech discussing ethics and the Internet, the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has tasked the technology industry and its coder army with paying continuous attention to the w...
06:17 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Government Spyware Vendor Left Customer, Victim Data Online for Everyone To See
The Germany-based spyware startup Wolf Intelligence exposed its own data, including surveillance target's information, passports scans of its founder and family, and recordings of meetings. From a rep...
05:39 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot China Halts Special Approval Process for New Games
China's regulators have ended the issuance of game licenses through a stopgap approval process, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The move would close the last know...
04:49 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot ACLU Demands DHS Disclose Its Use of Facial-Recognition Tech
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday called on the Department of Homeland Security to disclose its use of facial-recognition software. The nonprofit also again pushed for an end of law enfo...
04:12 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Tim Cook Makes Blistering Attack on the 'Data Industrial Complex'
Apple's CEO Tim Cook has joined the chorus of voices warning that data itself is being weaponized again people and societies -- arguing that the trade in digital data has exploded into a "data industr...
03:30 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Teaching Children How To Act Online. Is It the Best Role Model?
Google is positioning itself in schools as a trusted authority on digital citizenship at a moment when the company's data-handling practices are under growing scrutiny. From a report: Google is on a m...
02:40 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Google Can't Remove Third-Party App Store Aptoide From Users' Android Phones, Portuguese Courts Rule
Earlier this week, the Portuguese Courts ruled a decision against Google in relation to the injunction filed by Aptoide, a popular third-party app store. It is applicable on 82 countries including UK,...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot 'We Expected VR To Be Two To Three Times as Big', Says CCP Games CEO
CCP Games, the Icelandic studio known for their long-running MMO Eve: Online (2003), shuttered their VR production studios in a surprise move last year, selling off their Newcastle-based branch behind...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Prank Calls Brought ICE Hotline To a Standstill, Internal Emails Show
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: When ICE launched an immigration crime hotline last year, the Trump administration pitched it as a way to provide resources to victims, but activist...
10:00 am - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Lyft Buys AR Company To Bolster Its Self-Driving Car Efforts
Lyft is acquiring Blue Vision Labs, a UK-based augmented reality firm whose underlying technology helps cars both know their location and understand their surroundings. It's also unveiling its first t...
07:00 am - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Uber Planning Fleet of Food Delivery Drones 'As Soon As 2021'
At this year's Uber Elevate Summit in May, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discussed the possibility of a drone-based food delivery service. Now, it looks like a job posting has hinted that the company is looki...
03:30 am - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Microplastics Found In Human Stools For the First Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: In a pilot study with a small sample size, researchers looked for microplastics in stool samples of eight people from Finland, Italy, Japan...
02:10 am - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Big Brother is Being Increasingly Outsourced To Silicon Valley, Says Report
The federal and local governments have long relied on private companies for defense and law enforcement technologies, from Lockheed Martin jetfighters to Booz Allen Hamilton data analysis. But increas...
01:30 am - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Russia Is Behind Cyberattack On Saudi Petrochemical Plant, Researchers Say
U.S. researchers from FireEye have linked a Russian research lab to a cyberattack on a Saudi petrochemical plant. The malware strain called Triton -- or Trisis -- "was designed to either shut down a p...
12:50 am - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot Yahoo To Pay $50 Million, Offer Credit Monitoring For Massive Security Breach
Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million in damages and provide two years of free credit-monitoring services to 200 million people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen as part o...
12:10 am - Wed, October 24, 2018
Slashdot An ISP Left Corporate Passwords, Keys, and All Its Data Exposed On the Internet
Security researchers at UpGuard discovered that a Washington-based ISP called Pocket iNet left 73 gigabytes of essential operational data publicly exposed in a misconfigured Amazon S3 storage bucket f...
11:30 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Why the Google Pixel 3 Charges Faster On a Pixel Stand Than Other Wireless Chargers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google's Pixel 3 smartphone is shipping out to the masses, and people hoping to take advantage of the new Qi wireless charging capabilities have ...
10:50 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot IBM Open Sources [email protected] Code
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from 9to5Mac: At the Jamf Nation User Conference, IBM has announced that it is open sourcing its [email protected] provisioning code. The code being open-sourced offers IT dep...
10:10 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Upcoming TV Service To Launch In Over 100 Countries In 2019, Starting With the US
A new report from The Information says that Apple's upcoming TV service that is in the works to showcase its original TV shows will be available in more than 100 countries next year. The service will ...
09:30 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Coinbase Lets You Buy and Sell USDC Stablecoin
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A few weeks after Circle announced the launch of USD Coin (or USDC for short), Coinbase also announced that customers can now buy, sell, send and r...
08:53 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Multiple iCloud Services Experiencing Issues
Several iCloud services are experiencing problems this afternoon, users reported. While Apple PR has not issued a statement yet, the status page of Apple services reflect the issues, too. Citing peopl...
08:13 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot DARPA Wants To Build 'Contextual' AI That Understands the World
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a division of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies, is one of the birthplaces of machine learn...
07:30 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Almost 9 in 10 Android Apps Are Able To Share Data With Google, Says Study
A peer-reviewed study [PDF] of almost one million Android apps has revealed how data from smartphones are harvested and shared, with nearly 90 percent of apps set up to transfer information back to Go...
07:00 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's Ex Security Boss: Asking Big Tech To Police Hate Speech is 'a Dangerous Path'
Like many people, Alex Stamos, former Facebook chief security officer, thinks tech platforms like Facebook and Google have too much power. But he doesn't agree with the calls to break them up. And he ...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Apps Installed On Millions Of Android Phones Tracked User Behavior To Execute A Multimillion Dollar Ad Fraud Scheme
A new investigation uncovers a sophisticated ad fraud scheme involving more than 125 Android apps and websites, some of which were targeted at kids. From a report: Last April, Steven Schoen received a...
05:40 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Silicon Valley's Dirty Secret: Using a Shadow Workforce of Contract Employees To Drive Profits
An anonymous reader shares a report: As the gig economy grows, the ratio of contract workers to regular employees in corporate America is shifting. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Uber and other Silicon Val...
05:00 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot World's Longest Sea Bridge Opens After 9 Years of Construction
Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated China's latest mega-infrastructure project on Tuesday: The world's longest sea crossing. From a report: The 34.2-mile bridge and tunnel that have been almost a...
04:10 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Move Off Oracle Caused Prime Day Outage in One of its Biggest Warehouses, Internal Report Says
Amazon is learning how hard it can be to move off of Oracle's database software. From a report: On Prime Day, while the e-retailer was dealing with a major website glitch that slowed sales, the compan...
03:30 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Motorola Becomes First Smartphone Company To Sell DIY Repair Kits To Its Customers
As Apple continues to fight independent repair, Motorola has partnered with iFixit and pledged to support the right to repair movement. From a report: It is excellent news that Motorola has decided to...
02:50 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Richard Stallman Announces GNU Kind Communication Guidelines
AmiMoJo writes: Richard Stallman has announced the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines, an effort "to start guiding people towards kinder communication." The Guidelines differ from a Code of Conduct in ...
02:10 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Firefox 63 Arrives With Enhanced Tracking Protection, Search Shortcuts, and Picture-in-Picture on Android
Mozilla today launched Firefox 63 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The release brings Enhanced Tracking Protection, performance improvements on Windows and macOS, search shortcuts, and Picture-In...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot White House Wants To Borrow Tech Workers From Google and Amazon, Says Report
"According to CNET, TechCrunch and others, the Trump administration reportedly wants tech giants to make it easy for workers to take leaves of absence to help the government modernize," writes Slashdo...
10:00 am - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Is Reportedly Going To Sell VPN Subscriptions Within Firefox
Mozilla is reportedly preparing to offer a VPN service for Firefox users to help protect them when surfing the web. According to Trusted Reviews, Mozilla has partnered with the ProtonVPN service, "wit...
07:00 am - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Google News App Bug Is Using Up Gigabytes of Background Data Without Users' Knowledge
A bug in the Google News app for Android is reportedly causing the app to use up excessive amounts of background data, leading to overage charges. "According to dozens of posts on the Google News Help...
03:30 am - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Intel Says They Aren't Abandoning 10nm Chips, Despite Report Saying They're Canceled
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PC Magazine: Intel is denying a new report that claims the chipmaker is abandoning its 10 nanometer manufacturing process following years of delays. "Media rep...
02:20 am - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Is Investing $20 Million In Educational Content, Creators
YouTube is creating a new Learning Fund program where it will invest $20 million toward education content. The announcement was made today by Malik Ducard, global head of learning. The Verge reports: ...
01:40 am - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Feds Shut Down Self-Driving School Bus Pilot In Florida
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday ordered the French transportation company Transdev to stop transporting schoolchildren in a self-driving vehicle in Florida. Ars Technica r...
01:00 am - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot UK ISP Tests SIM Card That Forces All of Your Mobile Data Through Tor
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: [O]ne UK grassroots internet service provider is currently testing a data only SIM card that blocks any non-Tor traffic from leaving the phone at ...
12:20 am - Tue, October 23, 2018
Slashdot Richard Branson Steps Down As Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One
Richard Branson is stepping down as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One -- "the company that plans to build a supersonic transport system in the United Arab Emirates and other countries," reports Reuters...
11:40 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Netflix To Raise $2 Billion In Debt To Fund More Original Content
According to a press release posted today, Netflix is planning to raise $2 billion to help fund new content, including "content acquisitions, production and development, capital expenditures, investme...
11:00 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Oculus Co-founder is Leaving Facebook After Cancellation of 'Rift 2' Headset
Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, announced today that he is leaving Facebook. From a report: Iribe is leaving Facebook following some internal shake-ups in the company's virtual...
10:20 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot 16-Year-Old Dethrones Tetris World Champion With Difficult Hyper-Tap Technique
Over the weekend, seven-time winner Jonas Neubauer showed up at the Classic Tetris World Championship in Portland, Oregon like he has every year since it moved there in 2011. Instead of adding another...
09:40 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot AWS CEO Andy Jassy Follows Apple In Calling For Retraction of Chinese Spy Chip Story
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, followed Apple's lead in calling the for the retraction of Bloomberg's story about spy chips being embedded i...
09:00 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot SQLite Adopts 'Monastic' Code of Conduct
An anonymous reader writes: Undoubtedly in response to this politically motivated sort of claptrap, SQLite has released their own Code of Conduct. From the preamble: Having been encouraged by clients ...
08:20 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Oxygen-Rich Liquid Water May Exist on Mars
Brines suffused with the life-giving gas could offer hope for past and even present microbes on the Red Planet, according to a new study. From a report: New research suggests our neighboring world cou...
07:57 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them
If it seems as though the app you deleted last week is suddenly popping up everywhere, it may not be mere coincidence. From a report: Companies that cater to app makers have found ways to game both iO...
07:37 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them
If it seems as though the app you deleted last week is suddenly popping up everywhere, it may not be mere coincidence. From a report: Companies that cater to app makers have found ways to game both iO...
06:12 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Company Oppo is the Latest To Be Caught Cheating on Phone Benchmarks
An anonymous reader shares a report: You can add another big name to the list of phone makers found cheating on benchmarks. UL Benchmarks has delisted Oppo's Find X and F7 phones from its 3DMark chart...
05:20 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot A Device That Can Pull Drinking Water From the Air Just Won the Latest XPrize
Two years ago, XPrize, which creates challenges that pit the brightest minds against one another, announced that it would give any startup or company $1 million that can turn thin air into water. This...
04:40 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Problem Isn't How Often it Updates Windows -- It's How It Develops It
Ever since Microsoft settled on a cadence of two feature updates a year -- one in April, one in October -- the quality of its operating system (taking into consideration the volume of bugs that emerge...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot YouTubers Will Enter Politics, And If They Do, They're Probably Going To Win
A group of twentysomethings leveraged their huge YouTube audiences and actually won seats in Brazil's federal and state elections. What happens next is anyone's guess. Ryan Broderick, writing for Buzz...
03:20 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot China Requires Blockchain-Based Information Service Providers To Register Users Using Real Names, Censor Postings and Store User Data
Chinese users will have to register their real names before they can use online information services based on blockchain, in the first set of rules specifically targeting the technology behind digital...
02:35 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds is Back in Charge of Linux
At Open Source Summit Europe in Edinburgh, Scotland, Linus Torvalds is meeting with Linux's top 40 or so developers at the Maintainers' Summit. This is his first step back in taking over Linux's reins...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Intel Has Killed off the 10nm Process, Report Says
Charlie Demerjian, reporting for SemiAccurate: SemiAccurate has learned that Intel just pulled the plug on their struggling 10nm process. Before you jump to conclusions, we think this is both the righ...
01:13 pm - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Hack On 8 Adult Websites Exposes Oodles of Intimate User Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A recent hack of eight poorly secured adult websites has exposed megabytes of personal data that could be damaging to the people who shared pictu...
11:46 am - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Linus Torvalds is Back in Charge of Linux
At Open Source Summit Europe in Edinburgh, Scotland, Linus Torvalds is meeting with Linux's top 40 or so developers at the Maintainers' Summit. This is his first step back in taking over Linux's reins...
10:10 am - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Bill Gates Honors Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen: He 'Changed My Life'
In an article published to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Bill Gates reflected on Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's life and the impact Allen had on him. Paul Allen passed away last Monday from ...
07:30 am - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot A Device That Can Pull Drinking Water From the Air Just Won the Latest XPrize
Two years ago, XPrize, which creates challenges that pit the brightest minds against one another, announced that it would give any startup or company $1 million that can turn thin air into water. This...
07:07 am - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot Micron Plans To Buy Out Intel's Stake In Flash Memory Joint Venture For $1.5 Billion
Micron is planning to exercise a $1.5 billion option to buy Intel's 49% stake in the companies' IM Flash Technologies Joint Venture. "The option is exercisable on Jan. 1, 2019, and Micron says the dea...
04:38 am - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot GitHub's Website Remains Broken After a Data Storage System Failed Earlier Today
Github engineers are trying to repair the data storage system underpinning the code hosting website, which has been presenting users with a "What!?" error for much of the Sunday. From a report: Depend...
04:04 am - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot US Air Pollution Deaths Nearly Halved Between 1990 and 2010
An anonymous reader quotes a report from EurekAlert: Air pollution in the U.S. has decreased since about 1990, and a new study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill now shows th...
02:02 am - Mon, October 22, 2018
Slashdot MPlayer, VLC Media Player Hit By Critical Vulnerability
A critical remote code execution vulnerability has been spotted in the LIVE555 media streaming library used by popular media players such as VLC and MPlayer. "Maintained by the company Live Networks, ...
11:23 pm - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot TSA Lays Out Plans To Use Facial Recognition For Domestic Flights
The TSA has released its roadmap to use biometrics technology in the coming years. The Verge reports: Customs and Border Protection has been using facial recognition to screen non-U.S. residents on in...
09:21 pm - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Armenia Opens $50 Million Bitcoin, Ethereum Mining Farm
Armenia has opened a cryptocurrency mining farm to the tune of $50 million. It reportedly mines Bitcoin and Ethereum and consists of 3,000 machines. Chepicap reports: The country's first mining projec...
08:20 pm - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Not Exercising Worse For Your Health Than Smoking, Diabetes and Heart Disease, Study Reveals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: We've all heard exercise helps you live longer. But a new study [published in the journal JAMA Network Open] goes one step further, finding that a sedenta...
07:19 pm - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Experimental Android App Determines Alertness By Examining Eyes
An experimental new Android app developed by a team at Cornell University is designed to determine a person's alertness by examining their eyes. The app, called AlertnessScanner, utilizes a smartphone...
06:18 pm - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Banish Spectre Slowdowns With Google's Retpoline Patch
Microsoft is including Google's mitigation for the Spectre Variant 2 speculative execution side-channel attack in the next release of Windows 10, currently codenamed 19H1. ZDNet reports: Google develo...
05:17 pm - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot How the Finnish Survive Without Small Talk
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Finnish people often forgo the conversational niceties that are hard-baked into other cultures, and typically don't see the need to meet foreign colle...
04:16 pm - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Will Tech Leave Detroit In the Dust?
As automotive companies shift their focus to software and services in the pursuit of self-driving cars, the impact to large manufacturing cities like Detroit could be drastic. The Wall Street Journal ...
03:15 pm - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Germany Urges Global Minimum Tax For Digital Giants
Germany is backing a global minimum tax rate as Europe looks to levy tax notably on U.S. tech giants. "Europe is trying to devise a strategy to tax profits from the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, ...
02:14 pm - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot New Material Could Up Efficiency of Concentrated Solar Power
An anonymous reader shares new work that could allow us to generate electricity using supercritical carbon dioxide. Ars Technica reports: The researchers involved in the new work, a large U.S.-based c...
10:34 am - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Latest Windows 10 Update Has Yet Another File-Managing Issue
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:When it was discovered earlier this month that the 1809 build of Windows 10 was deleting user files just because, Microsoft halted the update until the problem was f...
07:34 am - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Trolls Are Still Actively Trying to Influence Brexit and US Elections
TechCrunch reports:A major new campaign of disinformation around Brexit, designed to stir up U.K. 'Leave' voters, and distributed via Facebook, may have reached over 10 million people in the U.K., acc...
03:34 am - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight With Bits of Halley's Comet
An anonymous reader quotes Space.com:If you're a meteor enthusiast, the year 2018 has been very kind to you. This past summer, the annual Perseid meteor shower reached its peak the day after a new moo...
01:39 am - Sun, October 21, 2018
Slashdot Climate Modeller Wins $10,000 Wager Against Solar Physicists, Fails To Collect
Layzej writes: Back in 2005, solar physicists Galina Mashnich and Vladimir Bashkirtsev made a $10,000 bet that global temperatures, driven primarily by changes in the Sun's activity, would fall over t...
11:44 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Should 'Crunch' Overtime Be Optional?
An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:Rockstar Games co-founder and VP Dan Hauser unleashed a storm of controversy when he casually stated in an interview with Vulture that "We were working 100-hour weeks...
10:44 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Popular Mechanics Defends Elon Musk -- While He Tweets About Fortnite
The November issue of Popular Mechanics includes a message from its editors that Elon Musk is "under attack," arguing that while some criticisms have merit, "much of it is myopic and small-brained, fr...
09:48 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot As PHP Group Patches High-Risk Bugs, 62% of Sites Still Use PHP 5
America's Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center is operated in collaboration with its Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications -- and they've got so...
08:42 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Bloodhound's 1,000 MPH Car Project Needs Money
AmiMoJo quotes the Guardian: Plans to build a British jet-powered car to speed at more than 1,000mph through the desert have hit quicksand, after the company behind the Bloodhound project entered admi...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Secretly Deployed A Bot That Submitted Bug-Fixing Pull Requests
An anonymous reader quotes Martin Monperrus, a professor of software at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology:Repairnator is a bot. It constantly monitors software bugs discovered during conti...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot NASA Has Explored Manned Missions To Venus
NASA recently developed a program for manned missions to explore Venus -- even though the planet's surface is 860 degrees, which NASA explains is "hot enough to melt lead." Long-time Slashdot reader Z...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Watch What Happens When A Drone Slams Into An Airplane Wing
Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed writes:Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute [Impact Physics Lab] have shown in a video what can happen when a high-mass, consumer-level ...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Sentimental Humans Launch A Movement to Save (Human) Driving
Car enthusiast McKeel Hagerty -- also the CEO America's largest insurer of classic cars -- recently told a Detroit newspaper about his "Save Driving" campaign to preserve human driving for future gene...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot GitHub Launches 'Actions' -- Code That Can Be Run (and Maybe Monetized)
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:For the longest time, GitHub was all about storing source code and sharing it either with the rest of the world or your colleagues. Today, the company, which is i...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Equifax Web Site Designer Fined $50,000 And Confined To Home Over Insider Trading
An anonymous reader writes:A 44-year-old, Georgia-based programmer -- who'd been working at Equifax since 2003 -- has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement and a $50,000 fine for insider ...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot HealthCare.gov Portal Suffers Data Breach Exposing 75,000 Customers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Sensitive information belonging to roughly 75,000 individuals was exposed after a government healthcare sign-up system got hacked, the Centers for Med...
10:00 am - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Winamp 5.8, the First Update In 4 Years, Is Released
Winamp, the world's most famous media player, has released version 5.8 to make it compatible with today's modern operating systems such as Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Bleeping Computer notes that ther...
07:00 am - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Spacecraft BepiColombo Poised For Mission To Mercury
The European Space Agency is launching a spacecraft to explore the mysteries of Mercury. BepiColombo, named after the Italian mathematician and engineer Giuseppe "Bepi" Colombo, is set to launch at 9:...
03:30 am - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Earth's Inner Core Is Solid, But Squishier Than Previously Thought
brindafella writes: Earthquakes are telling scientists more about the core of the Earth, specifically that it is squishier than previously thought (by about 2.5%.) Associate Professor Hrvoje Tkali &am...
02:10 am - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Ajit Pai Killed Rules That Could Have Helped Florida Recover From Hurricane
sharkbiter shares a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission chairman slammed wireless carriers on Tuesday for failing to quickly restore phone service in Florida after Hurrican...
01:30 am - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Zero-Day In Popular jQuery Plugin Actively Exploited For At Least Three Years
Slashdot reader generic shares a report from ZDNet: For at least three years, hackers have abused a zero-day in one of the most popular jQuery plugins to plant web shells and take over vulnerable web ...
12:50 am - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Intel Launches 9th Generation Core Processors; Core i9-9900K Benchmarked
MojoKid writes: Intel lifted the embargo veil today on performance results for its new Core i9-9900K 9th Gen 8-core processor. Intel claims the chip is "the best CPU for gaming" due to its high clock ...
12:10 am - Sat, October 20, 2018
Slashdot Smart Home Makers Hoard Your Data, But Won't Say If the Police Come For It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Thermostats know the temperature of your house, and smart cameras and sensors know when someone's walking around your home. Smart assistants know w...
11:30 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Some Google Pixel Owners' Camera Photos Aren't Saving
Some users on Reddit and Google's support forums are reporting an issue in which taking a photo using Google Camera occasionally fails to save. The issue appears to be widespread, "affecting original ...
10:50 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Shuts Down Liquavista, a Screen Technology Company It Had Acquired From Samsung in 2013
Liquavista, a screen tech company Amazon acquired five years ago, has shut down. Rumblings of Liquavista's potential closure have been bouncing around the e-reader community for more than six months. ...
10:10 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Steam VR Introduces 'Motion Smoothing' So Low-End PCs Can Run Games More Smoothly
Steam VR is introducing a new feature called "Motion Smoothing" that will give PCs with low-end hardware the power to deliver VR experiences more smoothly. "It functions like Motion Smoothing for TV a...
09:30 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Quietly Drops 'Full Self-Driving' Option As It Adds $45,000 Model 3
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday evening to inform his followers of a new addition to the Model 3 lineup. This is not the long-awaited $35,0...
08:50 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot 3D Printers Have 'Fingerprints', a Discovery That Could Help Trace 3D-Printed Guns: Study
Like fingerprints, no 3D printer is exactly the same. That's the takeaway from a new University at Buffalo-led study that describes what's believed to be the first accurate method for tracing a 3D-pri...
08:11 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Buggy Software in Popular Connected Storage Drives Can Let Hackers Read Private Data
Security researchers have found flaws in four popular connected storage drives that they say could let hackers access a user's private and sensitive data. From a report: The researchers Paulos Yibelo ...
07:30 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot DHS Seized Aftermarket Apple Laptop Batteries From Independent Repair Expert
Louis Rossmann says US Customs and Border Patrol seized $1,000 worth of laptop batteries, claiming they were counterfeit. From a report: Earlier this year, Louis Rossmann, the highest-profile iPhone a...
06:50 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Justice Department Charges Russian Woman With Interference in Midterm Elections
The Justice Department on Friday charged a Russian woman for her role in a conspiracy to interfere with the 2018 U.S. election, marking the first criminal case prosecutors have brought against a forei...
06:10 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Click Farms Are Gaming Apple's Top Podcasts List
A new report sheds some light on the issue of paid click farms gaming Apple's long-running list of Top Podcasts. From a report: Earlier this month, Apple's long-running list of Top Podcasts began to e...
05:26 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot In an Unprecedented Move, Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story
John Paczkowski and Joseph Bernstein, reporting for BuzzFeed News: Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an interview with BuzzFeed News, went on the record for the first time to deny allegations that the company wa...
04:50 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Sues Ecuador For 'Violating His Rights'
Julian Assange is suing Ecuador's government for violating his "fundamental rights and freedoms," despite the fact he is still being sheltered in the country's UK embassy. From a report: It comes afte...
04:11 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Quantum Computers Will Break the Encryption that Protects the Internet
An anonymous reader shares a report: Factorising numbers into their constituent primes may sound esoteric, but the one-way nature of the problem -- and of some other, closely related mathematical task...
03:31 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Google Warns Apple: Missing Bugs in Your Security Bulletins Are 'Disincentive To Patch'
Apple has not documented some high-severity bugs it patched that were reported to it by Google's Project Zero researchers. From a report: While it's good news that Apple beat Project Zero's 90-day dea...
02:50 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Should We Break Up the Tech Giants? Not if You Ask the Economists Who Take Money From Them
This week's FTC hearings on the growing power of companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google only included economists who have taken money, directly and indirectly, from giant corporations that have a...
02:10 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Google App Suite Costs as Much as $40 Per Phone Under New EU Android Deal
Android manufacturers will have to pay Google a surprisingly high cost in Europe in order to include Google's Play Store and other mobile apps on their devices, according to documents obtained by The ...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Is Repair As Important As Innovation?
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from The Economist: Events about making new things are ten a penny. Less common are events about keeping things as good as new. Maintenance lacks the glamour of i...
10:00 am - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot IBM Finally Proves That Quantum Systems Are Faster Than Classical Systems
In a paper published Thursday in the journal Science, Dr. Sergey Bravyi and his team reveal that they've developed a mathematical proof which, in specific cases, illustrates the quantum algorithm's in...
07:00 am - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Measurement Shows the Electron's Stubborn Roundness
OneHundredAndTen writes: A new article in Nature reports of a new, extremely precise measurement of the electric dipole moment of the electron. The conclusion is that, within the margin of error of th...
03:30 am - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Microplastics Found In 90 Percent of Table Salt
An anonymous reader quotes a report from National Geographic: New research shows microplastics in 90 percent of the table salt brands sampled worldwide. Of 39 salt brands tested, 36 had microplastics ...
02:05 am - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot The Army Is Preparing To Send Driverless Vehicles Into Combat
The U.S. Army is getting ready to send driverless trucks into combat. "Next fall, [the Army's] 'Leader-Follower' technology will enable convoys of autonomous vehicles to follow behind one driven by a ...
01:25 am - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Publishes Archive of 10 Million Tweets From Russian, Iranian Bots
AmiMoJo shares a report from Boing Boing: To enable "further research of information operations on Twitter," the company today published a dataset of tweets posted by known Russian and Iranian troll f...
12:45 am - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot iPhone's New Parental Controls Block Sex Ed, Allow Violence and Racism
samleecole shares a report from Motherboard: The parental controls in the iPhone's new iOS 12 are blocking innocuous sexual education content on Safari, while allowing websites like the white supremac...
12:03 am - Fri, October 19, 2018
Slashdot Internet Provider Groups Sue Vermont Over Net Neutrality Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Five industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies filed suit on Thursday seeking to block a Vermont law barring companies...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot OpenBSD 6.4 Released
The 45th version of the OpenBSD project has been released, bringing more hardware support (Radeon driver updates, Intel microcode integration, and more), a virtualization tool that supports the disk f...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Making More of the Windows 10 Built-In Apps Removable
With the latest Windows 10 build 18262, Microsoft is allowing you to remove apps such as Mail, Calendar, Movies & TV, and the Groove Music app. Ars Technica reports: The ability to remove these ap...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot eBay Files Lawsuit Against Amazon Over 'Seller Recruitment'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: EBay has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the U.S. retail giant of using illegal tactics to recruit sellers. It says Amazon representatives abused...
09:20 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Automation is Democratizing Experimental Science
New advances are taking automation to the highest end of human endeavors, offering scientists a shot at some of the most intractable problems that have confounded them -- and along the way tipping a g...
08:40 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot When Your Day Job Isn't Enough
An anonymous reader shares a report: A lot of people are pursuing creative side gigs while they hold down big office jobs. It used to be that many had to choose between their creative aspirations and ...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Earth on Pace For Fourth-Warmest Year on Record, NOAA and NASA Say
The first nine months of 2018 was the fourth-warmest such period on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, NOAA and NASA said in their analyses this week. From a report: 2016 had the warmest Januar...
07:20 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Remote South Atlantic Islands Are Flooded With Plastic
Thirty years ago, the ocean waters surrounding British islands in the South Atlantic were near-pristine. But plastic waste has increased a hundredfold since then, and is ten times greater than it was ...
06:40 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux 18.10 'Cosmic Cuttlefish' Arrives
Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish, the latest version of Ubuntu, is now available to download. From a report: Under the hood, the Cosmic Cuttlefish boasts the 4.18 Linux Kernel. This updates comes with b...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Panasonic Designed Human Blinders To Block Out Open-Plan Office Distraction
An anonymous reader shares a report: Open plan offices, once the darling of design, are now showing their fault lines. To get a little bit of personal space, we've come up with all sorts of solutions,...
05:20 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Number of Robocalls Placed in the US Surged By 50 Percent in the First Half of This Year
An anonymous reader has shared an NBC report, which explores the state of robocalls in the United States. The report, which shares several anecdotes, also cites data from YouMail, a company that provi...
04:40 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Major Facebook Investors Want Mark Zuckerberg Out as Chairman
Major Facebook investors, including public pension funds and state officials, are pushing for Mark Zuckerberg's ouster as chairman of the company's board. From a report: The proposal is largely symbol...
04:20 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Announce New iPads on October 30
Apple will hold its next big product announcement in New York later this month, the company said today. BuzzFeed News: It's the first time Apple, which usually holds these events in the Bay Area, will...
04:11 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Announce New iPads on October 30
Apple will hold its next big product announcement in New York later this month, the company said today. BuzzFeed News: It's the first time Apple, which usually holds these events in the Bay Area, will...
04:03 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Announces Galaxy Book 2, a 2-in-1 Windows 10 S Hybrid With Gigabit LTE and 20-Hour Battery Life
At an event in New York City today, the Seoul, South Korea electronics giant took the wraps off of the Galaxy Book 2, a Windows ultraportable powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 chip. From a report: ...
03:20 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Adding Sensors To Every Ship Entering the Arctic Could Help Map the Uncharted Seafloor
Equipping every ship that enters the Arctic with sensors could help fill critical gaps in maritime charts. From a report: Throughout the world, the ocean floor's details remain largely a mystery; less...
02:40 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot One of the World's Largest Organisms is Shrinking
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Pando aspen grove, located in central Utah, is the largest organism on the planet by weight. From the surface, it may look like a forest that spans more than 1...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot The Rate at Which the World is Getting Online Has Fallen Sharply Since 2015, New Report Suggests
Ian Sample, writing for The Guardian: The growth of internet access around the world has slowed dramatically, according to new data, suggesting the digital revolution will remain a distant dream for b...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot US Announces Plans To Withdraw From 144-Year-Old Postal Treaty
JoeyRox writes: The Trump Administration announced today that it's intending to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union, an international postage rate system overseen by the United Nations. "The deci...
10:00 am - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Discover Weird Sounds In Antarctic Ice Shelf
pgmrdlm shares a report from USA Today: Using special instruments, scientists have discovered weird sounds at the bottom of the world. The noise is actually vibrating ice, caused by the wind blowing a...
07:00 am - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot NASA Astronaut Details Fall To Earth After Failed Soyuz Launch
After surviving an aborted launch to the ISS, NASA astronaut Nick Hague details his fall to Earth and shares what it was like inside the capsule. CNET reports: In his first interviews since surviving ...
03:30 am - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot The Future of the Cloud Depends On Magnetic Tape
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Although the century-old technology has disappeared from most people's daily view, magnetic tape lives on as the preferred medium for safely archivi...
02:10 am - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Chinese City 'Plans To Launch Artificial Moon To Replace Streetlights'
The south-western Chinese city of Chengdu is planning to launch an illumination satellite in 2020 that is "designed to complement the moon at night," though it would be eight times as bright. "The 'du...
01:30 am - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Essential Products, Startup From Android Creator Andy Rubin, Lays Off 30 Percent of Staff
Essential Products, a startup founded in 2015 by Android creator Andy Rubin, was started to create a smartphone with high-end design features that wasn't associated with a particular operating-system ...
12:50 am - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Trivial Authentication Bypass In Libssh Leaves Servers Wide Open
Ars Technica reports of "a four-year-old bug in the Secure Shell implementation known as libssh that makes it trivial for just about anyone to gain unfettered administrative control of a vulnerable se...
12:10 am - Thu, October 18, 2018
Slashdot Researchers 3D Print Custom-Sized Lithium-Ion Batteries
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: [N]ew research published in ACS Applied Energy Materials shows that it's possible to 3D-print lithium-ion batteries into whatever shape you need. The...
11:30 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should Open-Source Developer Teams Hire Professional UI/UX Designers?
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: There are many fantastic open-source tools out there for everything from scanning documents to making interactive music to creating 3D assets for games. Many of these tools...
10:50 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Lured Advertisers By Inflating Ad-watch Times Up To 900 Percent
Zorro shares a report from The Mercury News: Not only did Facebook inflate ad-watching metrics by up to 900 percent (Warning: source may be paywalled, alternative source), it knew for more than a year...
10:11 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Doles Out Freebies To Juice Sales of Its Own Brands
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon cracked down on fake reviews two years ago by prohibiting shoppers from getting free products directly from merchants in exchange for writing reviews. It wa...
09:30 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Apple Launches Portal For US Users To Download Their Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple on Wednesday began allowing users in the U.S. to download a copy of all of the data that they have stored with the company from a single onlin...
08:51 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Posts May Point To Depression, Study Finds
People's Facebook posts might predict whether they are suffering from depression, researchers reported this week. From a report: The researchers found that the words people used seemed to indicate whe...
08:11 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Former Top Waymo Engineer Altered Code To Go on 'Forbidden Routes', Report Says
In the early days of what ultimately became Waymo, Google's self-driving car division (known at the time as "Project Chauffeur"), there were "more than a dozen accidents, at least three of which were ...
07:35 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Driverless Car Hype Gives Way To E-Scooter Mania Among Technorati
Millions of dollars in funding and billions of dollars in valuations have made scooters the next big thing since the last big thing. From a report: When Michael Ramsey, an analyst for technology resea...
06:50 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Researcher Finds Simple Way of Backdooring Windows PCs and Nobody Notices for Ten Months
A security researcher from Colombia has found a way of gaining admin rights and boot persistence on Windows PCs that's simple to execute and hard to stop -- all the features that hackers and malware a...
06:07 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Someone Used a Deep Learning AI To Perfectly Insert Harrison Ford Into "Solo: A Star Wars Story"
Andrew Liszewski, writing for io9: Casting anyone other than Harrison Ford in the role of Han Solo just feels like sacrilege, but since Ford is now 76 years old, playing a younger version of himself w...
05:25 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot GPU-Z Can Now Detect Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards
An anonymous reader shares a report: Sellers have been modifying lower end NVIDIA graphics cards and selling them more powerful cards online. In a recent version of the GPU-Z graphics card information...
04:53 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Seattle Startup Vets Takes on Google with Helm, a New $499 Personal Email Server
A Seattle-area startup is aiming to take on giants such as Google and change the way we do email with a new physical personal email server. From a report: Helm today unveiled its $499 device that lets...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.
Laboratories frequently "reclassify" genetic mutations. But there is no reliable system for telling patients or doctors that the results of their genetic tests are no longer valid. From a report: The ...
03:25 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Actors Are Digitally Preserving Themselves To Continue Their Careers Beyond the Grave
Improvements in CGI mean neither age nor death need stop some performers from working. From a report: From Carrie Fisher in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to Paul Walker in the Fast & Furious movies...
02:45 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Will Compression Be Machine Learning's Killer App?
Pete Warden, an engineer and CTO of Jetpac, writes: When I talk to people about machine learning on phones and devices I often get asked "What's the killer application?". I have a lot of different ans...
02:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Australian Federal Court Grants Publisher of GTA V Game Right To Search Homes of Five People Accused of Making Cheat Software
The publisher of video game Grand Theft Auto V has been granted the right to search the homes of five people accused of making cheat software. From a report: The court order allowed Rockstar Games and...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Some Electric Car Drivers Might Spew More CO2 Than Diesel Cars, New Research Shows
bricko shares a report from Bloomberg with the caption, "Making batteries is a mess": Beneath the hoods of millions of the clean electric cars rolling onto the world's roads in the next few years will...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot US is World's Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade
schwit1 shares a report: The U.S. is back on top as the most competitive country in the world, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2008 in an index produced by the World Economic Forum [...
10:00 am - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Professional Videogamers Are Working Out
Hoping to avoid injuries, gamers get physical training; squat jumps, ginger smoothies and yoga. From a report: Esports, the world of professional videogaming, is looking more and more like other sport...
07:00 am - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot How Paul Allen Saved the American Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence
dmoberhaus writes: Paul Allen died on Monday evening at the age of 65. Motherboard spoke with SETI researchers about how the Microsoft co-founder single-handedly saved the American Search for Extrater...
03:30 am - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot 'Do Not Track,' the Privacy Tool Used By Millions of People, Doesn't Do Anything
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: When you go into the privacy settings on your browser, there's a little option there to turn on the "Do Not Track" function, which will send an invisi...
02:00 am - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot YouTube is Down
YouTube is facing outage worldwide, users and web tracker DownDetector reported Tuesday evening. Users attempting to visit the site have reported seeing a blank website frame instead of the usual home...
12:30 am - Wed, October 17, 2018
Slashdot Chrome 70 Arrives With Option To Disable Linked Sign-Ins, PWAs On Windows, and AV1 Decoder
Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 70 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The release includes an option to disable linking Google site and Chrome sign-ins, Progressive W...
11:50 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Palm Is Back With a Mini Companion Android Phone That's Exclusive To Verizon
A couple months ago, it was reported that the dearly departed mobile brand known as Palm would be making a comeback. That day has finally come. Yesterday, Palm announced The Palm, a credit card-sized ...
11:10 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Google Maps Adds EV Charging Station Info
Google Maps is adding a new feature that will let you search for charging stations and provide you with useful information about that station. The feature is rolling out today and will be available on...
10:30 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Worker Pushes Bezos To Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech To Police
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: An Amazon employee is seeking to put new pressure on the company to stop selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement. An anonymous w...
09:50 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm's New Wi-Fi Chips Are Meant To Rival 5G Speeds
"Qualcomm is launching a family of chips that can add incredibly high-speed Wi-Fi -- at speeds up to 10 gigabits per second -- to phones, laptops, routers, and so on," reports The Verge. The Wi-Fi sta...
09:10 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot MongoDB Switches Up Its Open-Source License
MongoDB is taking action against cloud giants who are taking its open-source code and offering a hosted commercial version of its database to their users without playing by the open-source rules. The ...
08:32 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Could Use Data Collected From Its Portal In-Home Video Device To Target You With Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Facebook announced Portal last week, its take on the in-home, voice-activated speaker to rival competitors from Amazon, Google and Apple. Last Monday, ...
07:46 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot New York Attorney General Expands Inquiry Into Net Neutrality Comments
The New York attorney general subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors and Washington advocacy organizations on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether the grou...
06:45 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Rolls-Royce Wants To Fill the Seas With Self-Sailing Ships
An anonymous reader shares a report: "Helsinki VTS, thank you for permission to depart," the captain says over the radio. He checks with the Vessel Traffic Service to see if there's anything to be loo...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Plans Camera-Equipped TV Device, Report Says
Facebook is developing hardware for the TV, news outlet Cheddar reported Tuesday. From the report: The world's largest social network is building a camera-equipped device that sits atop a TV and allow...
05:25 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Warns That AI and 'Superhumans' Could Wipe Humanity; Says There's No God in Posthumous Book
Stephen Hawking says artificial intelligence will eventually become so advanced it will "outperform humans." The renowned physicist who died in March warns of both rises in advanced artificial intelli...
04:55 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Google To Charge Smartphone Makers For Google Play in Europe
Google will charge smartphone makers a licensing fee for using its popular Google Play app store and also allow them to use rival versions of its Android mobile operating system to comply with an EU a...
04:10 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Chrome 70 Won't Ship With a Patch For Autoplay-Blocking Web Audio API Which Broke Web Apps and Games Earlier This Year
An anonymous reader shares a report: Earlier this year, Google made a seemingly crowd-pleasing tweak to its Chrome browser and created a crisis for web game developers. Its May release of Chrome 66 mu...
03:29 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Phone Maker Huawei Launches Mate 20 Pro Featuring In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor, Two-Way Wireless Charging, 3 Rear Cameras and 4,200mAh Battery
Huawei's new Mate 20 Pro has a massive screen, three cameras on the back and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display. From a report: The new top-end phone from the Chinese firm aims to secure it...
02:42 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Slack Doesn't Have End-to-End Encryption Because Your Boss Doesn't Want It
Business communications service Slack, which has more than three million paying customers, offers a bouquet of features that has made it popular (so popular that is worth as much as $9 billion), but i...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Apple 'Deeply Apologetic' Over Account Hacks in China
Apple has issued an apology over the hacking of some Chinese accounts in phishing scams, almost a week after it emerged that stolen Apple IDs had been used to swipe customer funds. From a report: In i...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Sony Tries Using Blockchain Tech For Next-Gen DRM
Sony announced Monday that it's using blockchain technology for digital rights management (DRM), "starting with written educational materials under the Sony Global Education arm of the business," repo...
10:00 am - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Medtronic Locks Down Vulnerable Pacemaker Programming Kit Due To Cybersecurity Concerns
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Register: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising health professionals to keep an eye on some of the equipment they use to monitor pacemakers and other...
07:00 am - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Google's CEO Says Tests of Censored Chinese Search Engine Have Been Very Promising
At Wired's 25th anniversary summit, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company's internal tests developing a censored search engine in China have been very promising. Pichai is strengthening his commit...
03:30 am - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot 'Hyperalarming' Study Shows Massive Insect Loss
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invert...
01:00 am - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot The Full Photoshop CC Is Coming To the iPad In 2019
The "real version" of Photoshop is coming to the iPad next year, complete with a user interface similar to the desktop application and all the main tools. Ars Technica reports: Photoshop for iPad has ...
12:20 am - Tue, October 16, 2018
Slashdot Printer Makers Are Crippling Cheap Ink Cartridges Via Bogus 'Security Updates'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Printer maker Epson is under fire this month from activist groups after a software update prevented customers from using cheaper, third party ink ...
11:40 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Most Americans Can't Tell the Difference Between a Social Media Bot and A Human, Study Finds
A new study from Pew Research Center found that most Americans can't tell social media bots from real humans, and most are convinced bots are bad. "Only 47 percent of Americans are somewhat confident ...
11:00 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot The New and Improved MacBook Keyboards Have the Same Old Problems
Casey Johnston, writing for The Outline: Apple never actually caved to user complaints that its top-of-the-line computers developed sticky or dead keyboards very easily, despite having now been served...
10:17 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies of Cancer At Age 65
CNBC is reporting that Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen has died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Vulcan Inc. said in a statement Monday that Allen passed this afternoon in Seattle at the ...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Former Google UI Designer Suggests Inept Management Played Role In Demise
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Morgan Knutson, a UI designer who seven years ago, spent eight months at Google working on its recently shuttered social networking product Google+...
09:20 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Facebook To Ban Misinformation On Voting In Upcoming US Elections
"Facebook will ban false information about voting requirements and fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations in the run-up to and during next month's U.S. midterm elections," reports ...
09:08 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Fire At AT&T Facility Causes Outage For Over a Million U-Verse Fiber Customers In Texas
New submitter JustChapman writes: Local Dallas/Fort Worth WFAA is reporting a major outage of AT&T U-Verse fiber internet, due to a lightening strike at a switching facility in Richardson, TX. App...
08:40 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot 99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Favored Net Neutrality, Independent Analysis Finds
When a Stanford researcher removed all the duplicate and fake comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission last year, he found that 99.7 percent of public comments -- about 800,000 in all...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot US Voter Records From 19 States Is Being Sold on a Hacking Forum, Threat Intelligence Firms Say
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for ZDNet: The voter information for approximately 35 million US citizens is being peddled on a popular hacking forum, two threat intelligence firms have discovered. "To our...
07:20 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Predicts We'll Have 1 Trillion Humans in the Solar System, and Blue Origin Wants To Help Get Us There
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos predicted Monday that we'll have one trillion humans in the solar system one day -- and he showed off how the rocket company plans to help get there. "I won't be alive t...
06:34 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Winamp Media Player To Return as a Platform-Agnostic Audio Mobile App Next Year; Desktop Application Receives an Update
The charmingly outdated media player Winamp is being reinvented as a platform-agnostic audio mobile app that brings together all your music, podcasts, and streaming services to a single location. From...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft To Disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 Support in Edge and Internet Explorer
Microsoft today said it plans to disable support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 in Edge and Internet Explorer browsers by the first half of 2020. From a report: "January 19th of next y...
05:20 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Intel To Support 128GB of DDR4 on Core 9th Gen Desktop Processors
Ian Cutress, writing for AnandTech: One of today's announcements threw up an interesting footnote worthy of further investigation. With its latest products, HP announced that their mainstream desktop ...
04:40 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Climate Change Will Cause Beer Shortages and Price Hikes, Study Says
A new study from Nature Plants has identified the one climate-related issue that can unite people from myriad political backgrounds -- beer. From a report: Led by Wei Xie, an agricultural scientist at...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market
An anonymous reader shares a report: Artificial intelligence is now being used in an ever-expanding array of products: cars that drive themselves; robots that identify and eradicate weeds; computers a...
03:23 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot MIT Plans College For AI, Backed by $1 Billion
Every major university is wrestling with how to adapt to the technology wave of artificial intelligence -- how to prepare students not only to harness the powerful tools of A.I., but also to thoughtfu...
02:40 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot New Startup By a Trio of Doctors Uses Phone App To Collect Measures of People's Cognition and Emotional Health and Attempts To Detect Signs of Depression
A startup founded in Palo Alto, California, by a trio of doctors, including the former director of the US National Institute of Mental Health, is trying to prove that our obsession with the technology...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Rivals ARM and Intel Make Peace To Secure Internet of Things
Rival semiconductor giants ARM and Intel have agreed to work together to manage networks of connected devices from both firms, clearing a major stumbling block to market growth of the so-called Intern...
11:22 am - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Personal Genomics is Booming, But There's a Nationwide Shortage of Genetic Counselors Who Can Make Sense of that DNA Data
An anonymous reader shares a Wired report: When Dan Riconda graduated with a master's degree in genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in 1988, the Human Genome Project was in its very first y...
06:06 am - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Many Pay High Investment Company Fees For Services They Don't Use, Survey Shows
Penelope Wang, writing for Consumer Reports: If you are investing in stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, you have a wide range of options to help manage your portfolio -- everything from traditional broke...
03:02 am - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot Twitter is Being Investigated Over Data Collection In Its Link-Shortening System
New submitter DavidDoherty writes: The Ireland Data Protection Commission is investigating Twitter because the company refused to provide their t.co (URL shortening service owned and used by Twitter) ...
12:01 am - Mon, October 15, 2018
Slashdot UK Steps Towards Zero-Carbon Economy
The UK is taking a tentative step towards a radical "green" future with zero emissions of greenhouse gases. From a report: The government is formally seeking Climate Change Committee (CCC) guidance ab...
11:10 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot US Senators Urge India To Soften Data Localization Stance
Two U.S. senators have called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to soften India's stance on data localization, warning that measures requiring it represent "key trade barriers" between the two na...
10:10 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Software Freedom Conservancy Shares Thoughts on Microsoft Joining Open Invention Network's Patent Non-Aggression Pact
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it was joining the open-source patent consortium Open Invention Network (OIN). The press release the two shared this week was short on details on how the tw...
09:11 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Our Reliance on Cellphones Began 35 Years Ago This Week
With 95% of Americans owning a cellphone, it can feel like we've been calling, texting, and tweeting on the go forever. But the infrastructure supporting our cellphones has actually not been around th...
08:10 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Japanese Passport Now World's Most Powerful
According to the Henley Passport Index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & PartnersCitizens, Japan now has the most powerful passport on the planet. From a report:...
07:10 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot The Magic Leap Con
Reader merbs shares a report about 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 ...
06:02 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Patent Filings Reveal New Details About Microsoft's Vision For a Foldable, Dual-Screen Surface Device
A patent application published this week by Microsoft adds more fuel to the fire about the possibility of a new hybrid dual-screen Microsoft Surface device that blurs the lines between phone and table...
05:00 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Silicon Valley's Saudi Arabia Problem
An anonymous reader shares a report: Somewhere in the United States, someone is getting into an Uber en route to a WeWork co-working space. Their dog is with a walker whom they hired through the app W...
04:00 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Struggle With Statistics? Your 'Fixed Mindset' Might Be To Blame
A new study in Frontiers in Psychology examined why people struggle so much to solve statistical problems, particularly why we show a marked preference for complicated solutions over simpler, more int...
03:00 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon Reveals Cyber Breach of Travel Records
The Pentagon on Friday said there has been a cyber breach of Defense Department travel records that compromised the personal information and credit card data of U.S. military and civilian personnel. F...
02:00 pm - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot In an Open Letter, Microsoft Employees Urge the Company To Not Bid on the US Military's Project JEDI
On Tuesday, Microsoft expressed its intent to bid on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract -- a contract that represents a $10 billion project to build cloud services for the Dep...
11:34 am - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can You Install a Wifi Mesh Network in a Barn?
Long-time Slashdot reader pikester has a friend running a museum "looking to make it more interactive for visitors."To make this happen, the museum is going to need to have good WiFi connectivity thro...
07:34 am - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Humans Are Now Monitoring Animals With Facial Recognition Technology
An anonymous reader quotes New York magazine: Salmon are just the latest entry in a growing cornucopia of animal faces loaded into databases. For some animals, the biometric data gathered from them is...
03:19 am - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Can Anything Replace 'QWERTY' Keyboards?
MIT Technology Review recently discussed new attempts to replace the standard 'QWERY' keyboard layout, including Tap, "a one-handed gadget that fits over your fingers like rubbery brass knuckles and c...
01:13 am - Sun, October 14, 2018
Slashdot Climate Change Report Actually Understates Threats
"Dire as it is, the latest IPCC report is actually too optimistic," writes Slashdot reader Dan Drollette. "It ignores the risk of self-reinforcing climate feedbacks pushing the planet into chaos beyon...
10:37 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Are Universal Basic Incomes 'A Tool For Our Further Enslavement'?
Douglas Rushkoff, long-time open source advocate (and currently a professor of Digital Economics at the City University of New York, Queens College), is calling Universal Basic Incomes "no gift to the...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Says Russian Firms 'Scraped' Data, Some for Facial Recognition
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:On the same day Facebook announced that it had carried out its biggest purge yet of American accounts peddling disinformation, the company quietly made an...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Why Someone Put a Giant, Inflatable Bitcoin Rat on Wall Street
There's now a giant, inflatable rat covered in crypto code across from the Federal Reserve. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:The bitcoin rat, first noted on Reddit, was created by Nelson Saiers, an ...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot America Finally Abandons Plan To Convert Plutonium Bombs Into Nuclear Fuel
MOX hoped to convert plutonium from Cold War bombs into fuel for nuclear power plants, but even though the project was about 70% complete, Washington has pulled the plug. Slashdot reader Mr. Dollar To...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot RIP Greg Stafford, a Fundamental Personage of the RPG Industry
"The first published RPG was Dungeons & Dragons, shortly followed by some other imitative games," Greg Stafford once said. "Chaosium, however, was never content to imitate but published games that...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Are Getting Seriously Worried About Synthetic Smallpox
An anonymous reader quotes ScienceAlert: Earlier this year, scientists published a paper describing how they pieced together segments of DNA in order to bring back a previously eradicated virus called...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot The US Grounds All F-35 Jets
Thelasko tipped us off to this story. NBC News reports:The U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marines -- as well as 11 international partners who participated in the program -- grounded all F-35 fighters on Thu...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot With Sales Flat, Microsoft Becomes America's #5 PC Maker
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Microsoft was the fifth-biggest PC maker in the U.S. in the third quarter of this year, according to industry advisory firm Gartner. The top spot in the U.S. b...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot It Was Flat Sales That Helped Microsoft Become America's #5 PC Maker
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Microsoft was the fifth-biggest PC maker in the U.S. in the third quarter of this year, according to industry advisory firm Gartner. The top spot in the U.S. b...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot 150 San Franciscans Explain How Tech Money Changed Their City
DevNull127 writes: In a remarkable odyssey, documentary-maker Cary McClelland interviewed more than 150 San Francisco residents — including a tattoo artist, a longshoreman, a venture capitalist,...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is As Creepy As You Feared
schwit1 shares a report from The New York Times: More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk. [...] In recent years,...
10:00 am - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple Inks $600 Million Deal To Acquire Assets and Talent From Dialog Semiconductor
In an effort to build faster, more efficient chips, Apple is paying a total of $600 million to Dialog Semiconductor, a chipmaker based out of Europe that it's been working with since the first iPhone....
07:00 am - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Says Its Foldable Phone Will Be a Tablet You Can Put In Your Pocket
The CEO of Samsung's mobile business, D.J. Koh, said you'll be able to use its upcoming foldable smartphone as a tablet that you can put in your pocket. While the phone has been teased and hyped up fo...
03:30 am - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Stephen Hawking's Last Paper Is Now Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: When Stephen Hawking died in March at the age of 76, the world mourned a beloved and visionary scientist. But it is some consolation that Hawking'...
02:20 am - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Tech Suffers From Lack of Humanities, Says Mozilla Head
The head of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker, is warning that companies need to diversify their hiring practices to include more people from backgrounds in philosophy and psychology if they want...
01:40 am - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is Testing An Unsend Feature For Messenger
Facebook is reportedly testing a feature that will let you take back what you send via Messenger. The company said it was working on the feature back in April after TechCrunch caught it deleting messa...
01:00 am - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot Google AI Claims 99 Percent Accuracy In Metastatic Breast Cancer Detection
Researchers at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Google AI, a division within Google dedicated to artificial intelligence research, are using cancer-detecting algorithms to detect metastatic tumo...
12:20 am - Sat, October 13, 2018
Slashdot How To See If Your Personal Data Was Stolen In the Recent Facebook Hack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Hackers stole personal data from 29 million Facebook users in a recent hack, including information like phone numbers, emails, gender, hometowns and ev...
11:40 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Twitter and Salesforce CEOs Spat Over Who is Helping the Homeless More
The CEOs of two of the world's most prominent tech companies got into an online spat on Friday over who was doing the most to address homelessness. From a report: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Twitt...
11:00 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot World's Fastest Camera Shoots 10 Trillion Frames a Second
bbsguru shares a report from New Atlas: Slow-motion video has always been fun to watch, with the best rigs usually shooting on the scale of thousands of frames per second. But now the world's fastest ...
10:20 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot The UK Invited a Robot To 'Give Evidence' In Parliament For Attention
"The UK Parliament caused a bit of a stir this week with the news that it would play host to its first non-human witness," reports The Verge. "A press release from one of Parliament's select committee...
09:40 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Cops Told 'Don't Look' at New iPhones To Avoid Face ID Lock-Out
As Apple continues to update its iPhones with new security features, law enforcement and other investigators are constantly playing catch-up, trying to find the best way to circumvent the protections ...
09:00 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot A Mysterious Grey-Hat Is Patching People's Outdated MikroTik Routers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A Russian-speaking grey-hat hacker is breaking into people's MikroTik routers and patching devices so they can't be abused by cryptojackers, botnet herd...
08:20 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Google CEO Tells Senators That Censored Chinese Search Engine Could Provide 'Broad Benefits'
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has refused to answer a list of questions from U.S. lawmakers about the company's secretive plan for a censored search engine in China. From a report: In a letter newly obtain...
07:40 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot US Lawmakers Urge Canada To Snub China's Huawei in Telecoms
Two leading U.S. lawmakers, both sharp critics of China, urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday to consider dropping China's Huawei Technologies from helping to build next-generation 5...
07:00 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Rebukes Australia's 'Dangerously Ambiguous' Anti-Encryption Bill
Apple has strongly criticized Australia's anti-encryption bill, calling it "dangerously ambiguous" and "alarming to every Australian." From a report: The Australian government's draft law -- known as ...
06:30 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Movie Commentary Tracks Are Back
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last spring, long before Get Out's eventual Oscar win, the movie was released on home video with a commentary track from its writer-director. A decade ago, in the ...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot The FBI Is Now Investigating Facebook's Security Breach Where Attackers Accessed 30 Million Users' Personal Information
An online attack that forced Facebook to log out 90 million users last month directly affected 29 million people on the social network [alternative source], the company said Friday as it released new ...
05:45 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot The FBI Is Now Investigating Facebook's Security Breach Where Attackers Accessed 30 Million Users' Personal Information
An online attack that forced Facebook to log out 90 million users last month directly affected 29 million people on the social network [alternative source], the company said Friday as it released new ...
05:40 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot FCC Tells Court It Has No 'Legal Authority' To Impose Net Neutrality Rules
The Federal Communications Commission opened its defense of its net neutrality repeal yesterday, telling a court that it has no authority to keep the net neutrality rules in place. From a report: Chai...
05:00 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot FCC Tells Court It Has No 'Legal Authority' To Impose Net Neutrality Rules
The Federal Communications Commission opened its defense of its net neutrality repeal yesterday, telling a court that it has no authority to keep the net neutrality rules in place. From a report: Chai...
04:10 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Have Laid Out a Plan To Search For Life in the Universe
An anonymous reader shares a report: A blue-ribbon panel of researchers chaired by the University of Toronto's Barbara Sherwood Lollar assembled the report at the behest of the US Congress, which aske...
03:54 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Senators Demand Google Hand Over Internal Memo Urging Google Cover-up
An anonymous reader writes: Three Republican senators have sent a letter to Google demanding the company hand over an internal memo based on which Google decided to cover up a Google+ data leak instea...
03:25 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Senators Demand Google Hand Over Internal Memo Urging Google Cover-up
An anonymous reader writes: Three Republican senators have sent a letter to Google demanding the company hand over an internal memo based on which Google decided to cover up a Google+ data leak instea...
02:40 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot To Deter Foreign Hackers, Some States May Also Be Deterring Voters
A number of states are blocking web traffic from foreign countries to their voter registration websites, making the process harder for some U.S. citizens who live overseas to vote, despite the practic...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Firefox Removes Core Product Support For RSS/Atom Feeds
Starting with Firefox 64, RSS/Atom feed support will be handled via add-ons, rather than in-product. Mozilla's Gijs Kruitbosch writes: After considering the maintenance, performance and security costs...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Pro-Privacy Search Engine DuckDuckGo Hits 30 Million Daily Searches, Up 50% In a Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it's hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 2...
10:00 am - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Bees Stop Flying During Total Solar Eclipses
A new study published by the Entomological Society of America found that bees stop flying when the moon obstructs the sun during a total solar eclipse. "Using tiny microphones suspended among flowers,...
07:00 am - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Self-Healing Material Can Build Itself From Carbon In the Air
MIT chemical engineers have reportedly designed a material that can react with carbon dioxide from the air, "to grow, strengthen, and even repair itself." According to MIT News, "The polymer, which mi...
03:30 am - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Create Healthy Mice With Same-Sex Parents
Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences were able to make baby mice with two moms and no dad. "The aim of the Chinese researchers was to work out which rules of reproduction they needed to brea...
01:25 am - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Does Amazon Owe Wikipedia For Taking Advantage of The Free Labor of Their Volunteers?
Slate's Rachel Withers argues that "tech companies that profit from Wikipedia's extensive database owe Wikimedia a much greater debt." Amazon's Alexa, for example, uses Wikipedia "without credit, cont...
12:45 am - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot 45 Out of 50 Electronics Companies Illegally Void Warranties After Independent Repair, Sting Operation Finds
U.S. PIRG -- a non-profit that uses grassroots methods to advocate for political change -- found that 90 percent of manufacturers it contacted claimed that a third party repair would void its warranty...
12:03 am - Fri, October 12, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Removes Hundreds of Accounts Spamming Political Info
Facebook is purging hundreds of accounts and pages in the U.S., many of which spread political misinformation, for breaking the company's terms against "inauthentic" content and spam. The Verge report...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot How Genealogy Websites Make It Easier To Catch Killers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Over the past six months a small, publicly available genealogy database has become the go-to source for solving cold case crimes. The free onlin...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Develop 3D Printed Objects That Can Track and Store How They Are Used
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed 3D printed assistive technology that can track and store their use -- without using batteries or electronics. From a blog post on University ...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot EU Ruling: Self-Driving Car Data Will Be Copyrighted By the Manufacturer
Yesterday, at a routine vote on regulations for self-driving cars, members of the European Peoples' Party voted down a clause that would protect a vehicle's telemetry so that it couldn't become someon...
10:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Moons Can Have Their Own Moons and They Could Be Called Moonmoons
Two astronomers have asked a question for the ages: Can moons have moons? The delightful, if theoretical, answer is: Yes -- yes, they can. Sarah Laskow, writing for Atlas Obscura: As Gizmodo reports, ...
09:25 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot The US Military Wants To Teach AI Some Basic Common Sense
DARPA, the research arm of the U.S. military, has a new Machine Common Sense (MCS) program that will run a competition that asks AI algorithms to make sense of questions with common sense answers. For...
08:45 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot CoinMiners Use New Tricks To Impersonate Adobe Flash Installers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Cryptocurrency miners are now being distributed by a new campaign pretending to be Adobe Flash Player installers. While this is not new, thi...
08:07 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Boston Dynamics' Robot Went From a Drunk Baby To a Nimble Ninja in a Matter of Years
In a new video from robotics company Boston Dynamics, which Alphabet sold to SoftBank last year, a robot is shown hopping over a log and then up a series of blocks, an activity called parkour. From a ...
07:26 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Over Nine Million Cameras and DVRs Open To APTs, Botnet Herders, and Voyeurs
Millions of security cameras, DVRs, and NVRs contain vulnerabilities that can allow a remote attacker to take over devices with little effort, security researchers have revealed today. From a report: ...
07:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Plex for Linux Now Available as a Snap
An anonymous reader shares a report: Today, a very popular app, Plex Media Server, gets the Snap treatment. In other words, you can install the media server program without any headaches -- right from...
06:45 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot The Cryptocurrency Industry is 'On the Brink of an Implosion', Research Says
Echoing sentiments of mainstream economists, Juniper Research is warning that many of the metrics in the cryptocurrency world are pointing to a market implosion. From a report: Industry bellwether Bit...
05:40 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot President Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Into Law
President Donald Trump signed the Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law Thursday, officially passing what is arguably the most sweeping reform to copyright law in decades. From a report: The bill rev...
05:20 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's Application: No One Knows If It's Dead or Alive, No One Really Wants To Look Inside
British IT news outlet The Register looks at the myriad of challenges Apache OpenOffice faces today. From the report: Last year Brett Porter, then chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, contempla...
04:40 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Tackles 'Horrifying' Bing Search Results
Microsoft has "taken action" to change its Bing search engine after it was found to give "horrifying" results for some terms. From a report: Journalist Chris Hoffman discovered Bing suggested racist t...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Huge Reduction in Meat-Eating 'Essential' To Avoid Climate Breakdown
Huge reductions in meat-eating are essential to avoid dangerous climate change, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of the food system's impact on the environment. From a report: In weste...
03:20 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot MindBody-Owned FitMetrix Exposed Millions of User Records -- Thanks To Servers Without Passwords
An anonymous reader writes: FitMetrix, a fitness technology and performance tracking company owned by gym booking giant Mindbody, has exposed millions of user records because it left several of its se...
02:40 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot The Long, Long History of Long, Long CVS Receipts
Why is a receipt for cough drops the height of a small child? Rachel Sugar, writing for Vox: CVS is a drugstore much like other drugstores, with one important difference: The receipts are very long. H...
02:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Crew of 'Soyuz' Spacecraft Establish Contact After Failed Launch
A Russian-American space crew have been forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after their Soyuz rocket suffered a failure shortly after launching from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in one o...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Waymo's Driverless Cars Have Logged 10 Million Miles On Public Roads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Alphabet's driverless-car company Waymo announced a new milestone today (Oct. 10): its vehicles have driven a collective 10 million miles on U.S. roads...
10:00 am - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot The Military Chooses Which Rockets It Wants Built For the Next Decade
The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded funds to three rocket companies to help them complete development of their boosters. The three winners include: United Launch Services: $967,000,000 for the dev...
07:00 am - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Razer Phone 2 Launches With Notch-less Display, Wireless Charging, and RGB Lighting
Last November, Razer unveiled a smartphone designed for gamers who value performance and power over bells and whistles like waterproofing and wireless charging. At an event Wednesday night, Razer took...
03:30 am - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Newly Discovered Volcanic 'Lost World' Is a Haven For Marine Life
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Australian scientists have discovered a previously unknown chain of volcanic seamounts near Tasmania. The area appears to be brimming with marine life...
02:05 am - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Google Home Hub Is Nothing Like Other Google Smart Displays
On Tuesday, Google announced the Google Home Hub, a 7-inch display that gives you visual information, making it easier to control smart home appliances and view photos and the weather. The unusual thi...
01:45 am - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Passes Acer To Become Top 5 PC Vendors In the US
During the 3rd Quarter of 2018, Microsoft reportedly broke into the top five list of PC vendors in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to its line of Surface computers, laptops, and tablets. VentureBe...
01:25 am - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Magic Leap Expands Shipments of Its AR Headset To 48 US States
At the company's first developer conference, Magic Leap announced they are opening orders of the Magic Leap One Creator's Edition headset to the 48 contiguous states of the USA. If you're in Hawaii or...
12:45 am - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Raising Some Workers' Pay Further, Adding Bonuses After Controversy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon is sweetening the pay for some of its longtime warehouse workers after employees criticized the loss of bonuses and stock awards as part of t...
12:03 am - Thu, October 11, 2018
Slashdot Automated Warehouse In Tokyo Managed To Replace 90 Percent of Its Staff With Robots
Japanese retailer Uniqlo in Tokyo's Ariake district has managed to cut 90% of its staff and replace them with robots that are capable of inspecting and sorting the clothing housed there. The automatio...
11:20 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot James Murdoch In Line To Replace Musk As Tesla Chairman, Says Report
21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch is the lead candidate to replace Elon Musk as Tesla chairman, the Financial Times reported today. The company has until November 13 to appoint an independent chairma...
11:20 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot James Murdoch In Line To Replace Musk As Tesla Chairman, Says Report [Update]
21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch is the lead candidate to replace Elon Musk as Tesla chairman, the Financial Times reported today. The company has until November 13 to appoint an independent chairma...
10:40 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot The Breach That Killed Google Wasn't a Breach At All
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: For months, Google has been trying to stay out of the way of the growing tech backlash, but yesterday, the dam finally broke with news of a bug in t...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Challenges Educators To Integrate Ethics Into STEM
Today, Mozilla, along with Omidyar Network, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, is launching a competition for professors and educators to effectively integrate ethics into computer sci...
09:20 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot WhatsApp Fixes Bug That Let Hackers Take Over App When Answering a Video Call
WhatsApp developers have fixed a bug in the Android and iOS versions of the WhatsApp mobile app that allowed hackers to take over the application when users answered an incoming video call. From a rep...
08:37 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple Plans To Give Away Original Content For Free To Device Owners as Part of New Digital TV Strategy, Report Says
Apple is planning a new digital video service that will provide original content free to its device owners, CNBC reported Wednesday. From the report: Apple is preparing a new digital video service tha...
08:00 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot FBI Director on Whether Apple and Amazon Servers Had Chinese Spy Chips: 'Be Careful What You Read'
During a hearing in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray told senators to "be careful what you read," when asked about a recent story involving s...
07:20 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot State Attorneys Urge FCC To Combat Neighborhood Spoofing
Attorneys general from 35 states are urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow telephone companies to block illegally manipulated calls that appear to come from consumers' neighborhoods. F...
06:40 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple Said To Have 'Dramatically Reduced' Multi-Billion-Dollar iPhone Repair Fraud in China
From a report: Within the past four years, Apple has managed to "dramatically reduce" the rate of iPhone-related repair fraud in its retail stores in China, according to The Information's Wayne Ma. Th...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot BBC Had To Replace Live Broadcasts With Recorded Material on its TV News Channels For an Hour Today Because of a Technical Glitch
The BBC had to replace live broadcasts with recorded material on its TV news channels for about an hour on Wednesday following a technical glitch. BBC News reports: The News at Six was also presented ...
05:37 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot BBC Had To Replace Live Broadcasts With Recorded Material on its TV News Channels For an Hour Today Because of a Technical Glitch
The BBC had to replace live broadcasts with recorded material on its TV news channels for about an hour on Wednesday following a technical glitch. BBC News reports: The News at Six was also presented ...
05:20 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot More Than One Third of Music Consumers Still Pirate Music
More than one-third of global music listeners are still pirating music, according to a new report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). From a report: While the massive ...
04:40 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women
Jeffrey Dastin, reporting for Reuters: Amazon's machine-learning specialists uncovered a big problem: their new recruiting engine did not like women. The team had been building computer programs since...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Patents New Alexa Feature That Knows When You're ill and Offers To Sell You Medicine
Amazon has patented a new version of its virtual assistant Alexa which can automatically detect when you're ill and offer to sell you medicine. From a report: The proposed feature would analyse speech...
03:20 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot New App Lets You 'Sue Anyone By Pressing a Button'
Jason Koebler writes: Do Not Pay, a free service that launched in the iOS App store today, uses artificial intelligence to help people win up to $25,000 in small claims court. It's the latest project ...
02:35 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Joins Open Invention Network (OIN), Will Grant a Royalty-Free and Unrestricted License To Its Entire Patent Portfolio To All Other OIN Members
Microsoft said Wednesday it had joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), an open-source patent consortium. As part of it, the company has essentially agreed to grant a royalty-free and unrestricted li...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Android Creator Is Building an AI Phone That Texts People for You, Report Says
Andy Rubin, the creator of Android operating system, is not giving up on his Essential company. The consumer electronics startup is putting most projects aside to focus on development of a new kind of...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Google Appeals $5 Billion EU Fine In Android Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Alphabet's Google on Tuesday said it filed an appeal of the European Union's $4.97 billion antitrust fine (Warning: source may be payw...
10:00 am - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot There Could Be Massive Shards of Ice Sticking Out of Jupiter's Moon Europa
According to a report published in the journal Nature Geoscience, Jupiter's Moon Europa may be home to a forest of tall, jagged ice spikes, which may complicate future missions looking for possible al...
07:00 am - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Internet Archive Launches a Commodore 64 Emulator
The Internet Archive has launched a free, browser-based Commodore 64 Emulator with over 10,500 programs that are "working and tested for at least booting properly." Interestingly, the emulator comes j...
03:30 am - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot 'Why I Bid $700 For a Stolen PSN Account'
Patrick Klepek tells the story of a PlayStation Network user who had their 13-year-old account stolen via what appears to be a social engineering scheme against Sony. Klepek managed to track it down a...
02:50 am - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot The End of Coal Could Be Closer Than It Looks
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on Monday saying that the world's electrical utilities need to reduce coal consumption by at least 60 percent over the next two decades ...
02:10 am - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Walmart Patents Cart That Reads Your Pulse, Temperature
Walmart recently applied to patent biometric shopping handles that would track a shopper's heart rate, palm temperature, grip force, and walking speed. "The patent, titled 'System And Method For A Bio...
01:30 am - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Google To Launch Censored Search In China Despite Denials
Google intends to launch a censored version of its Search app for China sometime in the next six to nine months, according to a leaked transcript from a private employee meeting held last month. The I...
12:50 am - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon's New Next-Gen Weapons Systems Are Laughably Easy To Hack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: New computerized weapons systems currently under development by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) can be easily hacked, according to a new report pub...
12:10 am - Wed, October 10, 2018
Slashdot Google's Human-Sounding Phone Bot Is Coming To the Pixel Next Month
Google's human-sounding AI software that makes calls for you is coming to Pixel smartphones next month in select markets, like New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Google Duplex...
11:30 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.14 Released
jrepin writes: KDE has released Plasma 5.14 desktop. Among many other things, Plasma 5.14 simplifies managing multiple displays thanks to its new Display Configuration widget; Global Menus a la macOS ...
10:50 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Announces 'Home Hub' Smart Display With 7-Inch Screen, No Camera
At its Pixel 3 launch event, Google announced a smart speaker called the Google Home Hub, featuring a 7-inch display to give you visual information, making it easier to control smart home devices and ...
10:12 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Fully Self-Driving Cars May Hit US Roads in Pilot Program: NHTSA
Fully self-driving cars may be on the fast lane to U.S. roads under a pilot program the Trump administration said on Tuesday it was considering, which would allow real-world road testing for a limited...
09:35 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Rereleases Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Fixes Data Deletion Bug
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft is re-releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update today, following the company pulling it offline due to data deletion issues over the we...
08:55 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Uber CEO: We're Going After Groceries Next
Uber is digging deeper into the business of food. From a report: Uber's restaurant delivery business "Eats" hit $6 billion in bookings earlier this year, growing over 200%, quickly becoming a crown je...
08:15 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Launches Third-Gen Chromecast With 60fps Video, Multiroom Audio Support
Alongside the new Pixel smartphones, and the Pixel Slate laptop-tablet hybrid, Google on Tuesday also announced a new version of its Chromecast streaming adapter, the third generation of the company's...
07:40 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot At Least Two US Attorneys General Are Investigating Google Breach
At least two U.S. states are investigating a breach at Alphabet's Google that may have exposed private profile data of at least 500,000 users to hundreds of external developers. From a report: The inv...
07:01 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot German Art Activists Get Passport Using Digitally Altered Photo of Two Women Merged Together
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last month, an activist from the German art collective Peng! walked into her local government office in Berlin and applied for a new passport. "I probably have bro...
06:15 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot 21% of Large Employers Collect Health Information From Employees' Mobile Apps or Wearable Devices, Report Says
An anonymous reader writes: The Kaiser Family Foundation's annual review of employer-based insurance shows that 21% of large employers collect health information from employees' mobile apps or wearabl...
05:31 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot New Evidence of Hacked Supermicro Hardware Found in US Telecom: Bloomberg
A major U.S. telecommunications company discovered manipulated hardware from Super Micro Computer in its network and removed it in August, fresh evidence of tampering in China of critical technology c...
04:54 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Unveils Pixel Slate, Its First Laptop-Tablet Hybrid in Three Years
In addition to announcing new flagship phones today, Google took the wraps off a new premium tablet called the Pixel Slate. It's a Chrome OS-powered slate with a 12.3-inch display that's supposed to b...
04:18 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL Announced With Bigger Screens and Best Cameras Yet
Google on Tuesday unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, its latest flagship Android smartphones. "For life on the go, we designed the world's best camera and put it in the world's most helpful phone," ...
03:33 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Physics Holds the Key To Performing the Flipping Water Bottle Trick
An anonymous reader shares a report: Think of how ice skaters extend their arms and legs to slow down rotation coming out of jumps or spins. It's the same principle: conservation of angular momentum. ...
02:45 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Sony Says PlayStation 4 Successor is Coming, But Doesn't Call it PS5 Yet
Sony's president has confirmed that the company is working on the next PlayStation, but stopped short of calling it "PlayStation 5." From a report: "At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to ...
02:08 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Commissioning Misleading Core i9-9900K Benchmarks
On Monday, Intel unveiled the 9th Gen Core i9-9900K, which will rival AMD's Ryzen 2700X when it goes on sale in two weeks. We will soon be reading reviews of the 9th Gen Core i9-9900K, which Intel cla...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Salmon Farmers Are Scanning Fish Faces To Fight Killer Lice
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Millions of Atlantic salmon could have their faces stored in digital databases to track their health and single out those posing threats to their ma...
10:00 am - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Achieves NHTSA's 'Lowest Probability' of Injury Ever
In a blog post on Monday, Tesla said that the Model 3 has been deemed to have the lowest probability of occupant injury than any vehicle ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrati...
07:00 am - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 12.0.1 With Fixes For Wi-Fi 2.4GHz Bug, Lightning Charging Issue
Apple has released iOS 12.0.1, the first official update to the iOS 12 OS that brings a number of fixes, including a fix to the charging issue that was affecting some iPhone XS owners. Mac Rumors repo...
02:45 am - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Economics Nobel Laureate Paul Romer Is a Python Programming Convert
Economist Paul Romer, a co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in economics, uses the programming language Python for his research, according to Quartz. Romer reportedly tried using Wolfram Mathematica to ...
02:05 am - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Chrome 70's Upcoming Security Change Will Break Hundreds of Sites
When Chrome 70 arrives on October 16th, it will drop trust for a major HTTPS certificate provider, putting hundreds of popular websites at risk of breaking. "Chrome 70 is expected to be released on or...
01:25 am - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot UK High Court Blocks Billion-Dollar Privacy Lawsuit Against Google
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The High Court has blocked a bid to sue Google for allegedly unlawfully taking data from 4.4 million UK iPhone users. The legal case was mounted by a ...
01:07 am - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Successful Correction of Genetic Problems In Mice Before Birth Raises Hopes of Similar Treatments For Humans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Gene editing to correct faulty DNA in human embryos has taken a step closer to becoming a reality, with scientists showing it is possible to corr...
12:45 am - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot FAA Moves Toward Treating Drones and Planes As Equals
Hackaday's Tom Nardi writes about the Federal Aviation Administration's push to repeal Section 336, which states that small remote-controlled aircraft as used for hobby and educational purposes aren't...
12:03 am - Tue, October 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Drops Out of Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud Competition
Citing corporate values, Google has decided not to compete for the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud-computing contract. Bloomberg reports: The project, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure...
11:20 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Project Xcloud For Streaming Games To PCs, Consoles, and Mobile Devices
Microsoft has unveiled "Project xCloud," its new game streaming service designed to work across consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. "Scaling and building out Project xCloud is a multi-year journey for ...
10:40 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Limo Firm To Judge: Tell Us Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Lawyers representing a Southern California limousine company that sued Uber last month over state unfair competition allegations have now filed a...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Body Camera Maker Will Let Cops Live-Stream Their Encounters
tedlistens writes: Police officers wearing new cameras by Axon, the U.S.'s largest body camera supplier, will soon be able to send live video from their cameras back to base and elsewhere, potentially...
09:20 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot IBM Pushes Beyond 7 Nanometers, Uses Graphene To Place Nanomaterials on Wafers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Four years ago, IBM announced that it was investing $3 billion over the next five years into the future of nanoelectronics with a broad project it dubbed "7nm and ...
08:40 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Hubble Telescope Hit By Mechanical Failure
The Hubble Space Telescope is operating with only essential functions after it lost one of the gyroscopes needed to point the spacecraft. From a report: The observatory, described as one of the most i...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot London's Radio Pirates Changed Music. Then Came the Internet.
Earlier this month, The New York Times ran a story which looks at the ways a network of illegal radio stations changed British music, and wonders where young people are going to make culture now, now ...
07:26 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Previously Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map Reveals New Clues About the Cartographer's Sources and Its Influences on Important Maps That Came Later
Greg Miller, writing for National Geographic: This 1491 map is the best surviving map of the world as Christopher Columbus knew it as he made his first voyage across the Atlantic. In fact, Columbus li...
06:41 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Police Get Power To Inspect ISPs
China has issued a new regulation setting out wide-ranging police powers to inspect internet service providers and users, as the government tightens its grip on the country's heavily restricted cybers...
06:07 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Network Middleware Still Can't Handle TLS Without Breaking Encryption
An academic study published last month shows that despite years worth of research into the woeful state of network traffic inspection equipment, vendors are still having issues in shipping appliances ...
05:10 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Exposed Private Data of Hundreds of Thousands of Google Users and Then Opted Not To Disclose, Report Says
Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would ...
04:40 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Intel Debuts 9th-Gen Core Chips, Including Core i9 and X-Series Parts, With a Few Twists
Intel unveiled its 9th-generation Core desktop chips, with the notable omission of a key feature: Hyper-Threading, at least on all but the most exclusive Core i9-9900K for mainstream PCs. Hyper-Thread...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Sunglasses That Block All the Screens Around You
Scott Blew, an entrepreneur and engineer, recalled an article he'd recently read in WIRED about a new kind of film that blocked the light emitted from screens. He wondered if the same technology might...
03:20 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot The UK is Practicing Cyberattacks That Could Black Out Moscow
British defense officials say they have practiced cyber war games that could shut off electricity in Russia's capital, the Sunday Times (paywall) reports. From a report: The measures are part of a wid...
02:40 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For?
Across the technology industry, rank-and-file employees are demanding greater insight into how their companies are deploying the technology that they built. An anonymous reader shares a report: At Goo...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Unveils Portal and Portal Smart Speakers With Video Calling Feature
Facebook on Monday unveiled a pair of smart speakers, complete with cameras and microphones, for your home. From a report: The devices, Portal and Portal+, directly challenge Amazon, Google and Apple ...
01:33 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot China Makes a Big Play In Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The Chinese government has been forming global partnerships with Western think tanks, recruiting key talent at networking events sponsored by the Chinese ...
12:57 pm - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Some Apple Watch Series 4 Models Are Frequently Crashing and Rebooting Due to a Daylight Saving Time Bug
Some Apple Watch Series 4 owners in Australia experienced crashes and reboots on Saturday due to a bug that surfaced because of the daylight saving time change. From a report: According to Reddit user...
10:10 am - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot IPCC Climate Change Report Calls For Urgent Action To Phase Out Fossil Fuels
The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a report that says global temperatures are heading towards 3 degrees C, and that the original goal of keeping the rise u...
07:07 am - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Boeing CEO: First Operational Self-Flying Cars Are Less Than 5 Years Out
Speaking at the GeekWire Summit, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company is making rapid progress on the first operational self-driving airborne vehicles and that we could see them take to the s...
04:04 am - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot Snapchat CEO's Leaked Memo On Survival
In a 6,000-word leaked memo to Cheddar's Alex Heath, Snapchat's CEO Evan Spiegel attempts to revive employee morale with philosophy, tactics and contrition as Snap's share price sinks to an all-time l...
02:02 am - Mon, October 8, 2018
Slashdot French Officer Caught Selling Access To State Surveillance System On the Darkweb
An anonymous reader writes: "A French police officer has been charged and arrested last week for selling confidential data on the dark web in exchange for Bitcoin," reports ZDNet. French authorities c...
11:23 pm - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot Voice Phishing Scams Are Getting More Clever
Security researcher Brian Krebs highlights several clever methods scammers are using to obtain your personal information. In one example, someone used a fully-automated voice to try and scam "a cybers...
09:21 pm - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot First SpaceX Mission With Astronauts Set For June 2019
schwit1 shares a report from France 24: NASA has announced the first crewed flight by a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is expected to take place in June 2019. It will be the fi...
08:20 pm - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Are Working To Eliminate Senescent Cells
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In a lab just south of San Francisco I am looking at two blown-up images of microscope slides on a computer screen, side by side. The slides are ...
07:19 pm - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot iFixit Confirms You Can Still Repair Your Own iMac Pro Or MacBook Pro -- At Least For Now
After it was reported that proprietary diagnostic software was needed in order to replace key parts on computers equipped with Apple's T2 chip, iFixit decided to put that claim to the test by replacin...
06:18 pm - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot Canadian Music Group Proposes 'Copyright Tax' On Internet Use
After ongoing discussions and proposals about new taxes and fees to compensate creators for "missed revenue," the Screen Composers Guild of Canada is calling for a copyright tax on all broadband data ...
05:17 pm - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot UK Cyber Security Agency Backs Apple, Amazon China Hack Denials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Britain's national cyber security agency said on Friday it had no reason to doubt the assessments made by Apple and Amazon challenging a Bloomberg rep...
04:16 pm - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot National Theater In London Offers Glasses With Live Subtitles
The National Theater in London has introduced "smart caption glasses" that display dialogue on the lenses as actors speak (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). The glasses should dra...
03:15 pm - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Open Sources Parts of Minecraft's Java Code
Four years after Microsoft acquired Minecraft developer Mojang, the company has decided to open source some of Minecraft's Java code. According to Kotaku, Microsoft and Mojang released two parts of Mi...
02:14 pm - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot Energy Department Proposes Funding For Ohio's First Offshore Wind Project
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An energy development group has been working for years to put together Ohio's first offshore wind project. That might sound odd for a state so fa...
11:34 am - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot Will Chromebooks Someday Threaten Windows?
"There are signs that Chromebooks are a bigger long-term threat to Microsoft than you might imagine," reports ITWorld, arguing that "long term, they'll likely be a serious competitor."The reason? Chro...
07:34 am - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is 'Teeming' With Fake Accounts Created By Undercover Cops
An anonymous reader quotes NBC News:Police officers around the country, in departments large and small, working for federal, state and local agencies, use undercover Facebook accounts to watch protest...
04:34 am - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Connect the Brains of Three People, Allowing Thought-Sharing
An anonymous reader quotes ScienceAlert:Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people share their thoughts -- and in this case, play a Tetris-style gam...
01:34 am - Sun, October 7, 2018
Slashdot Stunt Woman Tests Apple Watch With Violent Fake Falls
It seems like everyone's curious about how the Apple Watch 4 detects falls. The Washington Post reports:In the interest of science, I've tried jumping off ledges and throwing myself onto furniture. Th...
11:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot How To Disable Gmail's Annoying New 'Smart Compose' Predictive Typing Feature
"I've seen this 'Smart Compose' feature described publicly with a range of adjectives," writes Lauren Weinstein, "including intrusive, wonderful, invasive, creepy, accurate, loony, mistaken, helpful, ...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Slack Prepares Analytics Tool To Compete With G Suite and Office 365
An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld: Slack is building a new analytics tool to offer businesses greater insights into how their teams collaborate, part of the company's plans to make better use o...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Two Events Celebrate Text Adventures, Roguelike Games
An anonymous reader writes:The 24th annual Interactive Fiction Competition kicked off Monday, unveiling 77 new text adventures which will vie for nearly $9,000 in prize money. The contest's organizers...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Tweets About Tesla Sales, the SEC, and a Special Offer From SpaceX
Tesla's model 3 is now one of the five top-selling sedans in America (while sales of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class are down 28 percent through September), Bloomberg reports. Elon Musk tweeted out a link t...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Greg Kroah-Hartman: Outside Phone Vendors Aren't Updating Their Linux Kernels
"Linux runs the world, right? So we want to make sure that things are secure," says Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman. When asked in a new video interview which bug makes them most angry, he ...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot It's Ham Vs.Ham As Radio Amateurs Are In Conflict At ARRL
Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond -- and he's also Slashdot reader #3872. But this week he wrote in with some news from the world of amateur (or "ham") radio:ARRL ha...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot 'Limit Theory' Game Cancelled Six Years After Its Kickstarter Raised $187K
AmiMoJo quotes Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Sandbox space sim Limit Theory has been cancelled, six years after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, because main developer Josh Parnell is simply...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Can We Test the Speed of Light Using 'Lensing' from Supernovae?
Long-time Slashdot reader RockDoctor writes: One of the key assumptions of Relativity — both Special and General — is that the speed of light is a constant in all non-accelerating referenc...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Banksy Artwork Self-Destructs At Auction Right After Being Sold For $1.3 Million
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: Elusive street artist Banksy's famous "Girl With Balloon" artwork was on sale at a Sotheby's auction in New York inside what looked like a normal, if slightly old fashioned...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Joins 5th Annual Open Source 'Hacktoberfest'
An anonymous reader writes:This October will see the fifth annual Hacktoberfest, "a month-long celebration of open source software run by DigitalOcean in partnership with GitHub and Twilio." Basically...
01:08 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 October Update
Amid reports of users facing a number of issues after updating their computers to Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft said Saturday it was pausing the rollout of the latest version of its Window...
12:00 pm - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Apple Insiders Say Nobody Internally Knows What's Going On With Bloomberg's China Hack Story
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Multiple senior Apple executives, speaking with BuzzFeed News on the condition of anonymity so that they could speak freely all denied and expre...
10:00 am - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Firefox To Support Google's WebP Image Format For a Faster Web
Eight years later, Firefox has decided to join Google's WebP -- "a modern image format that provides superior lossless and lossy compression for images on the web." Mozilla initially rejected the form...
07:00 am - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot NASA Switches Curiosity Rover To Backup Computer Following Glitch
NASA has switched its Curiosity rover over to its backup computer system after the main system started experiencing errors last month. "Many NASA spacecraft and surface missions have redundant systems...
03:30 am - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Humans Having Sex With Neanderthals Gave Us Protection Against Ancient Epidemics
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceAlert: A new study argues that we have Neanderthals to thank for helping us cope with the viral tides we encountered as we marched around the globe. Sta...
02:10 am - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Former South Korean President Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Accepting $5.4 Million In Bribes From Samsung
South Korea's former president, Lee Myung-bak, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for bribery and embezzlement. He will also have to pay $11.5 million in fines. NPR reports: Lee is the second ...
01:30 am - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Honda-Waymo Talks Are Said To Have Faltered On Tech Access
Honda has reportedly walked away from a deal with Alphabet's Waymo to jointly develop autonomous vehicles earlier this year. Instead, Honda bought into Cruise, the self-driving car startup whose major...
12:50 am - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Years After ProPublica Exposed Vizio For Spying On Users, Lawyers Will Make Millions From Lawsuit
After it was revealed that Vizio was tracking customers' viewing habits and sharing that data with advertisers, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the company. Now, Ars Technica is reporting tha...
12:10 am - Sat, October 6, 2018
Slashdot Democrats Draft an 'Internet Bill of Rights' To Regulate Big Tech
An anonymous reader quotes a report from GeekWire: Democrats in the House of Representatives are promising to push for federal regulation of tech companies if they retake the House in November. Rep. R...
11:30 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Instagram Tests Sharing Your Location History With Facebook
Instagram is testing a feature that would allow it to share your location data with Facebook, regardless of whether you're using the app or not. Researcher Jane Manchun Wong says the option, which is ...
10:50 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Japan's Silent Submarines Extend Range With Lithium-Ion Batteries
AmiMoJo shares a report from Nikkei Asian Review: Japan's first submarine powered by lithium-ion batteries was launched on Thursday. The [Soryu-class diesel-electric] submarine can reach speeds of rou...
10:10 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Bloomberg's Spy Chip Story Reveals the Murky World of National Security Reporting
TechCrunch's security editor, Zack Whittaker, analyzes Bloomberg's recent report that China infiltrated Apple, Amazon and others via a tiny microchip inserted into servers at the data centers associat...
09:30 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Created 'Quantum Artificial Life' For the First Time
From a report: For the first time, an international team of researchers has used a quantum computer to create artificial life -- a simulation of living organisms that scientists can use to understand ...
08:50 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Motherboard Manufacturer Provides the Best Support?
New submitter Hrrrg writes: A number of years ago, I built a computer with an Asus LGA 1150 Z87-Pro motherboard. Since the discovery of the Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws, I was hoping for a BIOS upda...
08:04 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot The First Rule of Microsoft Excel -- Don't Tell Anyone You're Good at It
An anonymous reader shares a report: When Anand Kalelkar started a new job at a large insurance company, colleagues flooded him with instant messages and emails and rushed to introduce themselves in t...
07:20 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot China's Tencent Employs Facial Recognition To Detect Minors in Top-Grossing Mobile Game
AmiMoJo shares a report: Tencent Holdings, the world's top-grossing games publisher, will use facial recognition technology to detect minors amid tighter scrutiny by the Chinese government over concer...
06:40 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot California Bans Default Passwords on Any Internet-Connected Device
In less than two years, anything that can connect to the internet will come with a unique password -- that is, if it's produced or sold in California. From a report: The "Information Privacy: Connecte...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Firefox To Support Google's WebP Image Format For a Faster Web
Firefox has joined Google's WebP party, another endorsement for the internet giant's effort to speed up the web with a better image format. From a report: Google revealed WebP eight years ago and sinc...
05:20 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot A Look at Facebook's Use of Systemd
At an event this month (you can find the video of it here), Davide Cavalca, a production engineer at Facebook, spoke about the growing adoption of systemd at the data centers of the company. From a re...
04:40 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Secret Amazon Brands Are Quietly Taking Over Amazon.com
An anonymous reader shares a report: Arabella. Lark & Roe. Mae. NuPro. Small Parts. You might not know it from their names, but these brands all belong to Amazon. Amazon's private label business i...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot The Software Side of China's Supply Chain Attack
Bloomberg BusinessWeek published a story on Thursday which claimed that data center equipments run by Amazon Web Services and Apple were subject to surveillance from the Chinese government via a tiny ...
03:20 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 October 2018 Update is Deleting User Data For Many
New submitter CaptainPhoton writes: I updated my test PC using the Windows 10 October Update (1809). That seemed safe enough, so I proceeded to upgrade my production PC. I just encountered an issue wh...
02:40 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Employees Outraged Over Exec's Appearance at Kavanaugh Hearing
An anonymous reader writes: Hundreds of Facebook employees have reportedly expressed anger that an executive attended Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's public hearing last week to suppor...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Robot Pioneer Rethink Shuts Down
Rethink Robotics led the way in building robots that could work safely alongside humans. But when it came to selling those robots, Boston-based Rethink came up second best. On Wednesday, without warni...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot US Military Program Could Be Seen As a Bioweapon, Scientists Warn
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some exp...
10:00 am - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Is Planning To Ship 'Several Metric Tons of Cargo' To the Moon
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin aerospace company is planning to send "several metric tons" of unspecified cargo to the Moon in the next five years. The company reportedly signed a letter of intent with Germa...
07:00 am - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Artificial Sweeteners Are Toxic To Digestive Gut Bacteria, Study Finds
According to a study published in the journal Molecules, researchers found that six common artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA and 10 sport supplements that contained them were found to be toxic...
03:30 am - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Apple's New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair On New MacBook Pros
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Apple has introduced software locks that will effectively prevent independent and third-party repair on 2018 MacBook Pro computers, according to i...
01:35 am - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot A Shadowy Op-Ed Campaign Is Now Smearing SpaceX In Space Cities
Last month when Boeing and SpaceX announced the first astronauts who will fly on their commercial crew spacecraft, several newspapers across the U.S. began publishing an op-ed that criticized the proc...
12:45 am - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Seven Russian Hackers Charged With Hacking Anti-Doping Organizations
Seven Russian intelligence officers have been indicted by the Justice Department for computing hacking, wire fraud, money laundering, and identity theft -- all as part of an effort to distract from Ru...
12:03 am - Fri, October 5, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Create 'Sans Forgetica,' a Memory-Boosting Font
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: CNN reports on a new font that is purposely designed to more easily help students recall academic materials they read. From the report: "Australian researchers say their ne...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Company That Sucks CO2 From Air Announces a New Methane-Producing Plant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Swiss company Climeworks has announced the opening of a new plant in Italy that will collect carbon dioxide (CO2) from ambient air and pair it wi...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot D-Wave Launches Free 'Leap' Quantum Computing Service
talonyx writes: D-Wave Systems, the contentious but scrappy maker of quantum annealing processors, has launched a cloud-based platform where developers can sign up for free and run problems on their q...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot US Department of Transportation Updates Autonomous Car Rules
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a report called "Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0," which includes a new set of voluntary guidelines for auto...
09:20 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot BlackBerry Races Ahead of Security Curve With Quantum-Resistant Solution
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Quantum computing represents tremendous promise to completely alter technology as we've known it, allowing operations that weren't previously possi...
08:40 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Evidence is Mounting That a World the Size of Neptune Could be Orbiting a Giant Planet Far, Far Away
About 8,000 light-years away, a giant planet circles an aging star, marching once around its sun in a single Earth-year. But that planet, called Kepler 1625b, might not be traveling completely alone. ...
08:01 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot The EPA's Bold New Idea Has Massive Implications For Public Health
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of radiation, carcinogens, and other toxic chemicals has been based on the cautious scientific reasonin...
07:20 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Wide-Scale US Wind Power Could Cause Significant Warming, Study Says
XxtraLarGe shares a report: Wind power is booming in the United States. It's expanded 35-fold since 2000 and now provides 8% of the nation's electricity. The US Department of Energy expects wind turbi...
06:41 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Bug Prevented Users From Deleting Their Accounts
Emil Protalinski, reporting for VentureBeat: Until just a few days ago, some Facebook users could not delete their accounts -- the option to do so simply didn't work. After VentureBeat reached out to ...
06:07 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Giving Up Your Data For Better Services is 'a Bunch of Bunk'
Apple chief executive Tim Cook urged consumers not to believe the dominant tech industry narrative that the data collected about them will lead to better services. From a report: In an interview with ...
05:19 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Israel Sends Nation-Wide Security Alert Following Reports About Hijacked WhatsApp Accounts
A wave of reports about hijacked WhatsApp accounts in Israel has forced the government's cyber-security agency to send out a nation-wide security alert on Tuesday, ZDNet has learned. From a report: Th...
04:43 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Senate Passes Bill That Lets the Government Destroy Private Drones
On Thursday, the Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act, which, among other things, renews funding for the Federal Aviation Administration and introduces new rules for airports and aircraft. But th...
04:00 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Vice President Mike Pence Says Google Should Halt Dragonfly App Development
On Thursday, the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on Dragonfly, a project run by Google to build a censored search engine app for China. He said Dragonfly app would make it easier to track so...
03:23 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Average Time To Resolve Problems is Three Times Higher Than Customers Want
Businesses seem to be setting the bar for "good" customer service too low, according to a recent study, which could have significant business impact as the customer experience becomes even more vital ...
02:40 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Offloaded Its Chinese Server Business Because it Was Compromised, Report Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: It looks like Amazon's move to sell off its physical server business in China last year was because the unit had been compromised by a Chinese government spying pr...
01:40 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot China Infiltrated Apple, Amazon and Other US Companies Using Spy Chips on Servers, According To Bloomberg; Apple, and Amazon, Among Others Refute the Report
Data center equipment run by Amazon Web Services and Apple were subject to surveillance from the Chinese government via a tiny microchip inserted during the equipment manufacturing process, Bloomberg ...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Police Use Fitbit Data To Charge 90-Year-Old Man In Stepdaughter's Killing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The last time Anthony Aiello spoke to his stepdaughter, he took homemade pizza and biscotti to her house in San Jose, Calif., for a brief v...
10:00 am - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Fully Driverless Waymo Taxis Are Due Out This Year, Alarming Critics
Alphabet's Waymo is launching a driverless taxi service in Phoenix in the next three months -- and it's open to the public. But due to the limited regulations surrounding self-driving cars, many criti...
08:30 am - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo Plans New Version of Switch Next Year
According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is planning to release a new version of its Switch gaming console next year (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) "to maintain the sales...
07:00 am - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Lockheed Martin Unveils Plans For Huge Reusable Moon Lander For Astronauts
Lockheed Martin revealed its concept for a reusable, single-stage spaceship capable of ferrying four astronauts between lunar orbit and the surface of moon. Lockheed's craft weighs roughly five times ...
03:30 am - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Australia Set To 'Eliminate' Cervical Cancer By 2028
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Australia is set to be the first country to eliminate cervical cancer, aided by its national vaccination and screening programs, says a new study. The cou...
02:05 am - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Honda Will Use GM's Self-Driving Technology, Invest $750 Million In Cruise Startup
Honda announced today that it is investing $750 million in Cruise, the self-driving car startup whose majority shareholder is General Motors. The automotive company is also planning to invest $2 billi...
01:25 am - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot Toys R Us Cancels Bankruptcy Auction, Plans To Revive Brand
Toys "R" Us may not be dead after all. According to Reuters, "The top lenders of Toys "R" Us have decided to cancel the bankruptcy auction of its brand name and other intellectual property assets and ...
12:45 am - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot New Autonomous Farm Wants To Produce Food Without Human Workers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Iron Ox isn't like most robotics companies. Instead of trying to flog you its technology, it wants to sell you food. As the firm's cofou...
12:03 am - Thu, October 4, 2018
Slashdot New Yorkers Sue Trump and FEMA To Stop Presidential Alert
Not everyone is pleased to hear that President Trump has the power to use communications systems in case of an emergency. According to CNET, three New York residents recently filed a lawsuit against P...
11:40 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot LG Announces V40 ThinQ With Five Cameras, 6.4-iInch OLED Screen
While LG technically announced the LG V40 ThinQ last week in Korea, it left many surprises for its October 3rd event in the U.S. We have now learned that the company's new flagship sports a total of f...
11:20 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Is Embracing Android As the Mobile Version of Windows
Microsoft unveiled a bunch of new hardware during a press event last night, but one of the most interesting announcements the company made was their new "Your Phone" app for Windows 10. Basically, the...
10:40 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo President: Our Future Is As an 'Entertainment' Company
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime appeared at Seattle's Geekwire Summit on Wednesday to speak broadly about the company's fu...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Alphabet's Intra App Encrypts DNS Queries To Help Users Bypass Online Censorship
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for ZDNet: Jigsaw, a technology incubator created by Google and operated as a subsidiary under the Alphabet brand, has released today an Android app named Intra that can encry...
09:20 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Psychedelic Mushrooms Are Closer To Medicinal Use
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have recommended that psilocybin, the active compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms, be reclassified for medical use, potentially paving the way for the psyched...
08:41 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Brain Scans Can Detect Who Has Better Skills, Research Says
To gain new insight into how highly specialized workers learn skills or react to stressful situations, researchers are leveraging advanced scanning technologies to look at what's happening inside the ...
07:55 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Verizon is Offering Buyout Packages To as Many as 44,000 Management Employees, Potentially Eliminating More Than a Fourth of Its Workforce
Verizon Communications is offering buyout packages to as many as 44,000 management employees as part of a cost-cutting drive, potentially eliminating more than a fourth of its workforce. From a report...
07:55 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Verizon is Offering Buyout Packages To as Many as 44,000 Management Employees; Some IT Employees Will Be Transferred To Indian Outsourcing Firm Infosys [Update]
Verizon Communications is offering buyout packages to as many as 44,000 management employees as part of a cost-cutting drive, potentially eliminating more than a fourth of its workforce. From a report...
07:35 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Leon Lederman, 96, Explorer and Explainer of the Subatomic World, Dies
Leon Lederman, whose ingenious experiments with particle accelerators deepened science's understanding of the subatomic world, died early Wednesday in Rexburg, Idaho. He was 96. From a report: His wif...
07:20 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Eliminating Bonuses, Stock Awards to Help Pay for Raises
Amazon is eliminating monthly bonuses and stock awards for warehouse workers and other hourly employees after the company pledged this week to raise pay to at least $15 an hour, Bloomberg reported Wed...
06:45 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Remote Access System Hacking Is No. 1 Patient Safety Risk
Hackers attacking healthcare through remote access systems and disrupting operations is the number one patient safety risk, according to the ECRI Institute's annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards fo...
06:03 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Cities Will Sue FCC To Stop $2 Billion Giveaway To Wireless Carriers
Cities are planning to sue the Federal Communications Commission over its decision to preempt local rules on deployment of 5G wireless equipment. From a report: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Att...
05:22 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Wi-Fi Now Has Version Numbers, and Wi-Fi 6 Comes Out Next Year
The Wi-Fi Alliance said Wednesday it was rebranding the "802.11" Wi-Fi standards that have long served as a source of potential confusion for users. From now on, said the Wi-Fi Alliance, the current 8...
04:46 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Entire Broadband Industry Sues California To Stop Net Neutrality Law
Four lobby groups representing the broadband industry today sued California to stop the state's new net neutrality law. From a report: The lawsuit was filed in US District Court for the Eastern Distri...
04:06 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Now Has the Best Device Lineup in the Industry
An anonymous reader shares commentary on the new devices Microsoft unveiled Tuesday: At a low-key event held in a New York City warehouse, Microsoft unveiled its next iterations in the Surface lineup....
03:25 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Bill Gates-Backed Social Recommendation App Likewise Now Available for iOS and Android
Bill Gates is not giving up on saving the world, but he is helping launch a new social recommendation engine. Likewise, as the iOS and Android app is known, is designed to be a place to get trusted re...
02:40 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot The Coders Programming Themselves Out of a Job
Brian Merchant, writing for The Atlantic (condensed for space): In 2016, an anonymous confession appeared on Reddit: "From around six years ago up until now, I have done nothing at work." As far as of...
02:01 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Cellphones Across the US Will Receive a 'Presidential Alert' at 2:18 pm Eastern Today
At 2:18 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, cellphones across the United States will emit the ominous ring of an emergency presidential alert. From a report: It will be the first nationwide test of a wireless ...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Finds 'No Evidence' Hackers Accessed Connected Apps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook has said it's found "no evidence" that third-party apps were affected by the data breach it revealed last week. Hackers stole account acce...
12:12 pm - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Announces New Fire TV Stick Featuring 4K Support, and All-New Alexa Voice Remote
Amazon is refreshing its Fire TV Stick to add support for Ultra HD and HDR in the new device. Engadget: With a base of active users that's 25 million strong, it's launching the Fire TV Stick 4K, deliv...
10:22 am - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Trio of Evolutionary Scientists
Three scientists have won the Nobel prize in chemistry for their work in harnessing evolution to produce new enzymes and antibodies. From a report: British scientist Sir Gregory P Winter and Americans...
10:00 am - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Australian Industry and Tech Groups Unite To Fight Encryption-Busting Bill
A new encryption bill that's expected to be passed in Australia is facing strong opposition from tech heavyweights. A new group called "Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet" has been formed by Aust...
07:00 am - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Discovery of 'Goblin' Solar System Object Bolsters the Case For Planet Nine
Astronomers have discovered a dwarf planet, dubbed "the Goblin," in the outer reaches of the Solar System that never gets any closer to the Sun than 6 billion miles. Some experts say its orbital confi...
03:30 am - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot New Study Finds Incredibly High Carbon Pollution Costs -- Especially For the US and India
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A new study led by UC San Diego's Katharine Ricke published in Nature Climate Change found that not only is the global social cost of carbon dram...
02:10 am - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Half of US Uber Drivers Make Less Than $10 An Hour After Vehicle Expenses, Study Says
Echoing a similar study by the JPMorgan Chase Institute, a new study finds the median hourly pay with tip for Uber drivers in the U.S. is $14.73, which includes tips and excludes expenses like insuran...
01:30 am - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy
A new study from network equipment company Sandvine finds that BitTorrent usage and piracy is increasing after years of declines. The reason appears to be due to "an increase in exclusivity deals that...
12:50 am - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Announces App Mirroring To Let You Use Any Android App On Windows 10
At its Surface launch event, Microsoft announced a new feature for Windows 10 that will let Android users use any app on their device on a Windows 10 desktop. Microsoft is referring to the feature as ...
12:10 am - Wed, October 3, 2018
Slashdot Google's First Urban Development Raises Data Concerns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: A unit of Google's parent company Alphabet is proposing to turn a rundown part of Toronto's waterfront into what may be the most wired com...
11:50 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot AmigaOS 3.1.4 For Classic Amigas Released
Mike Bouma shares the announcement from Hyperior Entertainment, which holds exclusive rights to AmigaOS: The new, cleaned-up, polished Amiga operating system for your 68K machine fixes all the small a...
11:30 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Negative Buzz Amplified By Russian Trolls, Study Finds
bestweasel writes: The Hollywood Reporter highlights an academic paper which finds that half of the criticism aimed at director Rian Johnson over Star Wars: The Last Jedi was politically motivated. Fr...
10:50 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Produced Over 80,000 Cars In Third Quarter, Beating Estimates
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Tesla has now confirmed the official record production numbers of 80,000 vehicles. The automaker has also confirmed Q3 deliveries of 83,500 vehicles....
10:10 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 October 2018 Update Is Now Available; Features 'Your Phone' Android Messaging App, Dark Theme For File Explorer, and Other Tweaks
Microsoft today announced that the Windows 10 October 2018 update is now available. While the update is fairly minor, it does offer a number of interesting new features. TechCrunch reports: The most i...
09:30 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Some Apple Laptops Shipped With Intel Chips In 'Manufacturing Mode'
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has quietly fixed a security issue affecting some laptops that shipped with Intel chips that were mistakenly left configured into "manufacturing mode." The issue was ...
08:50 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6
Microsoft said Tuesday it was refreshing the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro lineups with new models that offer updated specs and a black color option. The price tags have changed slightly: the Surface...
08:10 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Government of Canada's Plan To Improve Cybersecurity? Be Less Attractive
darthcamaro writes: Though Justin Trudeau is the envy of many world leaders for his likeability, the head of of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security at the Canadian Security Establishment (CSE), whi...
07:40 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot DARPA Is Researching Quantized Inertia, a Theory Many Think Is Pseudoscience
dmoberhaus writes: DARPA just awarded a $1.3 million contract to an international team of researchers to study quantized inertia or QI. This is a controversial theory that many physicists think is pse...
07:00 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Does Almost Nothing Come With a Proper Printed Manual Anymore?
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: As someone who grew up with 1980s and 1990s computers and electronics and still has whole boxes of lovingly prepared printed computer, peripheral, game and software manuals...
06:20 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot SuperSU, a Popular Root App For Android, Disappears From Google Play Store
Corbin Davenport, writing for AndroidPolice: For years, SuperSU was one of the most popular root applications for Android. Chainfire, the creator of SuperSU, handed over development to CCMT in 2015. H...
05:40 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot This Solar-Powered, 'Low Tech' Website Goes Offline When It's Cloudy
An anonymous reader shares a report: Every website and product connected to the internet would not be able to exist without a vast network of wireless routers, fiber optic cables running underground a...
04:50 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Eats Up 15% of All Internet Downstream Traffic Worldwide, Study Finds
When it comes to devouring bandwidth online, no company can hold a candle to Netflix. From a report: Netflix remains the 800-pound gorilla of the streaming world: Video from the service consumes a sig...
04:10 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot California Governor Jerry Brown Signs a Bill That Bans Bots From Pretending To be Real People
California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill last week that bans automated accounts, more commonly known as bots, from pretending to be real people in pursuit of selling products or influencing elect...
03:30 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Are Selling Facebook Credentials on the Dark Web For $3
Hackers are selling Facebook logins for just $3 on the dark web, according to new research. From a report: The study by Money Guru found that Facebook logins can be bought for as little as 2.30 Pound ...
02:50 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Internet Archive Says It Has Restored 9 Million Broken Wikipedia Links By Directing Them To Archived Versions in Wayback Machine
Mark Graham, the Director of Wayback Machine at Internet Archive, announces: As part of the Internet Archive's aim to build a better Web, we have been working to make the Web more reliable -- and are ...
02:10 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Will Raise Its Minimum Wage To $15 For All 350,000 US Workers
Amazon said Tuesday it's raising the minimum wage for all 350,000 of its U.S. employees to $15, effective next month. From a report: The new pay threshold will go into effect Nov. 1 and impact all ful...
01:40 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Ex-Apple Engineers Unveil a Next-Generation Sensor For Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Aeva, a Mountain View, California-based startup founded only just last year, has built what its two-cofounders claim is a next-generation version of...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot The US Government Is Using Road Signs Showing Drivers How Fast They're Going To Capture License Plate Data
Zorro shares a report from Quartz: According to recently released U.S. federal contracting data, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be expanding the footprint of its nationwide surveillance netw...
11:28 am - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Physics Nobel Won By Laser Wizardry -- Laureates Include First Woman in 55 Years
A trio of laser scientists have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work using intense beams to capture superfast processes and to manipulate tiny objects. From a report: The laureates inclu...
10:00 am - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Half the World Is Now Middle Class Or Wealthier, Says Brookings Institution
schwit1 shares a report from the Brookings Institution: Something of enormous global significance is happening almost without notice. For the first time since agriculture-based civilization began 10,0...
07:00 am - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot The Story of Starlite, the 'Blast Proof' Material
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: The BBC has posted an interesting video series on "Starlite," a white paste developed in the 1970s and 1980s by British hairdresser Maurice Ward that could completely insul...
03:30 am - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Seattle Police Department Is Offering An Anti-Swatting Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The practice of "swatting," or calling in fake threats to activate an aggressive police response to an unwitting home or business, has unfortunat...
02:05 am - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot A Computer Has Written A 'Novel' Narrating Its Own Cross-Country Road Trip
Ross Goodwin, a former ghostwriter for the Obama administration, uses neural networks to generate poetry, screenplays, and, now, literary travel fiction. The Atlantic tells the story of how Goodwin us...
01:25 am - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Former Students Say Steve Wozniak's $13,200 Coding Bootcamp Is 'Broken' and Sometimes Links To Wikipedia
Last year, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced a coding program called Woz U that's designed with the goal of offering an affordable education. "Our goal is to educate and train people in employa...
12:45 am - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Saudi Arabia Puts World's Biggest Solar Power Project On Hold
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Deutsche Welle: Citing Saudi government officials, the U.S. business daily The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Monday that Saudi plans to build the world's ...
12:03 am - Tue, October 2, 2018
Slashdot Some iPhone XS, XS Max Devices Are Experiencing Charging Issues
Poor cellular reception doesn't appear to be the only issue affecting some new iPhone XS and XS Max owners. "Dozens of users have reported charging issues with their iPhone XS and XS Max devices, and ...
11:40 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Use of Internet, Social Media and Digital Devices Plateaus In US, Pew Research Center Finds
A new analysis from the Pew Research Center finds that "the share of Americans who go online, use social media or own key devices has remained stable the past two years." From the report: The share wh...
11:20 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot GeoCities Japan Is Finally Shutting Down
"A decade ago, internet users who grew up with Web 1.0 bid a fond farewell to Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, Colosseum, and other 'neighborhoods' on web-hosting service GeoCities, when Yahoo announced it ...
10:40 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Vigilante Engineer Stops Waymo From Patenting Key Lidar Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A lone engineer has succeeded in doing what Uber's top lawyers and expert witnesses could not -- overturning most of a foundational patent coveri...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Google Gets Into Game Streaming With Project Stream and Assassin's Creed Odyssey in Chrome
Earlier this year, we heard rumors that Google was working on a game-streaming service. It looks like those rumors were true. From a report: The company today unveiled "Project Stream," and while Goog...
09:20 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot VideoLAN Announces Dav1d, a New Libre and Open Source AV1 Decoder
Jean-Baptiste Kempf, president of VideoLan and developer of VLC media player, made the following announced Monday: AV1 is a new video codec by the Alliance for Open Media, composed of most of the impo...
08:40 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Apple Watch Apps Instantly Went 64-Bit Thanks To Obscure Bitcode Option
Jeremy Horwitz, writing for VentureBeat: An obscure feature in Apple's Xcode development software enabled Apple Watch apps to make an instant transition from 32-bit to 64-bit last month, an unheralded...
08:00 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Facebook is Equipping K-8 Classrooms With Robot Sets To Boost Tech Diversity
Long time reader theodp writes: Facebook last week announced the launch of CodeFWD, "a free online education program created in partnership with [robotic toy maker] Sphero to increase the amount of un...
07:20 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Google Updates Chrome Web Store Review Process and Sets New Extension Code Requirements
Google is finally turning its attention to Chrome Web Store. On Monday, the company announced a range of big changes that would make the online store more secure for customers. From a report: The firs...
06:42 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot For Now, at Least, the World Isn't Making Enough Batteries
An anonymous reader shares a report: Evidence of the battery-powered era is all around us. Electric vehicles are cruising down our freeways. Household appliances thrum with stored solar energy that wa...
06:00 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Cafe in Providence, Rhode Island Serves Free Coffee To Students Who Provide Personal Data; Participants May Receive Info From Cafe's Corporate Sponsors
An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: Shiru Cafe looks like a regular coffee shop. Inside, machines whir, baristas dispense caffeine and customers hammer away on laptops. But all of the customers ...
05:19 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Use of the Internet and Smartphones is No Longer on the Rise in America
For years, the number of Americans who have reported using the internet, social media, and smartphones has been on a meteoric rise. But that rate has slowed to a near-stall. From a report: New data pu...
04:40 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot At a Workshop Last Week, a CERN Scientist Said 'Physics Was Invented and Built by Men -- Not By Invitation'; CERN Has Suspended the Scientist
New submitter ilguido writes: At a workshop organized by CERN, Prof Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University said that "physics was invented and built by men, it's not by invitation", BBC reported Monday...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot HP Unveils Spectre Folio, a Convertible Laptop 'Made of Leather'
HP announced Monday the Spectre Folio, a convertible laptop made of leather. From a report: Unveiled in an over-the-top press event in Manhattan today, that included such turns of phrase as "aluminum ...
03:20 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot New Zealand Travelers Refusing Digital Search Now Face $5000 Customs Fine
Travelers in New Zealand who refuse to hand over their phone or laptop passwords to Customs officials can now be slapped with a $5000 fine. From a report: The Customs and Excise Act 2018 -- which come...
02:40 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot FBI Forced Suspect To Unlock His iPhone X Through Face ID
In what may be a world first, the FBI has forced a suspect to unlock his iPhone X using Apple's Face ID feature. From a report: Agents in Columbus, Ohio entered the home of 28-year-old Grant Michalski...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Netflix is Developing a Slate of Specials That Will Let Viewers Choose the Next Storyline in a TV Episode or Movie, Report Says
Netflix is about to let you decide how your favorite show will end, Bloomberg reported Monday. From the report: The streaming service is developing a slate of specials that will let viewers choose the...
12:46 pm - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Netflix is Developing a Slate of Specials That Will Let Viewers Choose the Next Storyline in a TV Episode or Movie, Report Says
Netflix is about to let you decide how your favorite show will end, Bloomberg reported Monday. From the report: The streaming service is developing a slate of specials that will let viewers choose the...
11:45 am - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot An Open Source Resistance Takes Shape as Tech Giants Race To Map the World
Shadma Shaikh, reporting for FactorDaily: Chetan Gowda, 27, was speaking to a room full of students in IIIT Hyderabad for a workshop on OpenStreetMap for beginners organized by Swecha, a non-profit or...
09:50 am - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot James P Allison and Tasuku Honjo Win Nobel Prize For Medicine
An American and a Japanese scientist have won the 2018 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for discovery of a revolutionary approach to cancer treatment. The Institute -- 50 professors at the Stockh...
09:35 am - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Prepares a Major Weakening of Mercury Emissions Rules
The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, The ...
06:00 am - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot California Has a New Law: No More All-Male Boards
Companies headquartered in California can no longer have all-male boards. From a report: That's according to a new law, enacted Sunday, which requires publicly traded firms in the state to place at le...
04:03 am - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Restore Net Neutrality in California
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Sunday a bill to restore net neutrality protections that President Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission killed late last year. From a report:...
04:03 am - Mon, October 1, 2018
Slashdot Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Restore Net Neutrality in California; the Trump Administration is Already Trying To Block It
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Sunday a bill to restore net neutrality protections that President Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission killed late last year. From a report:...
11:30 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot Cloudflare Launches a Low-Cost Domain Registrar, Which Will Also Offer Free Privacy To Customers
Cloudflare, which is celebrating its eighth birthday has announced yet another service: an at-cost domain registrar. From a report: While Cloudflare had already been handling domain registration throu...
10:30 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot Physicists Investigate Why Matter and Antimatter Are Not Mirror Images
An anonymous reader shares a report: As mismatches go, it's a big one. When physicists bring the Standard Model of particle physics and Einstein's general theory of relativity together they get a clea...
09:30 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot FBI Solves Mystery Surrounding 15-Year-Old Fruitfly Mac Malware Which Was Used By a Man To Watch Victims Via their Webcams, and Listen in On Conversations
The FBI has solved the final mystery surrounding a strain of Mac malware that was used by an Ohio man to spy on people for 14 years. From a report: The man, 28-year-old Phillip Durachinsky, was arrest...
08:30 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot Wikimedia Endowment Gets New $1 Million Backing From Amazon
Amazon has donated $1 million to the Wikimedia Endowment, a fund supporting Wikipedia, the e-commerce giant said this week. From a report: The gift was intended to support Wikipedia and its nonprofit ...
07:30 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish Beta Now Available For Desktop, Cloud and Server Versions
Roughly three weeks ahead of the scheduled release of Ubuntu Linux 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish", the latest major update for the popular Linux distro, beta of all of its flavors -- desktop, cloud and ser...
06:30 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot Linux Kernel Finally Nearing Support For The Apple Magic Trackpad 2, Thanks To a Google Employee
Michael Larabel, writing for Phoronix: Apple announced the Magic Trackpad 2 almost three years ago to the day while the mainline Linux kernel will finally be supporting this multi-touch device soon. T...
05:30 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot MX Player, a Video App Used By More Than 175 Million Users, Debuts OTT Service. Android Enthusiasts Express Concern.
MX Player, a video app which has been downloaded more than 500 million times across the globe, kickstarted its OTT (online video streaming) service in India, one of its largest markets, this week. MX ...
04:30 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot System76's Much-Anticipated Open Source 'Thelio' Linux Computer Will Be Available To Pre-Order Starting Next Month, But Shipping Date and Specs Remain Unclear
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: When you buy a System76 computer today, you aren't buying a machine manufactured by the company. Instead, the company works with other makers to obtain laptops, wh...
03:27 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot New York's Free LinkNYC Internet Kiosks Are Now Used By 5 Million Users, Who Have Participated in 1 Billion Sessions and Make 500,000 Phone Calls a Month
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2014, in a bid to replace the more than 11,000 aging payphones scattered across New York City's pedestrian walkways with more functional fixtures, Mayor Bill de...
02:30 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee Announces Solid, an Open Source Project Which Would Aim To Decentralize the Web
Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, thinks it's broken and he has a plan to fix it. The British computer scientist has announced a new project that he hopes will radically change his c...
01:34 pm - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot New Spray-On Coating Can Make Buildings, Cars, and Even Spaceships Cooler
Long-time Slashdot reader davidwr and Iwastheone both submitted this story about "a paint-like coating that facilitates what is known as 'passive daytime radiative cooling,' or PDRC for short...when a...
11:25 am - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee Announces Solid, an Open Source Project Which Would Aim To Decentralize the Web
Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, thinks it's broken and he has a plan to fix it. The British computer scientist has announced a new project that he hopes will radically change his c...
10:34 am - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot Eric S. Raymond Identifies A Common Programming Trap: 'Shtoopid' Problems
"There is a kind of programming trap I occasionally fall into that is so damn irritating that it needs a name," writes Eric S. Raymond, in a new blog post:The task is easy to specify and apparently ea...
07:34 am - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot How Microsoft Rewrote Its C# Compiler in C# and Made It Open Source
Mads Torgersen, the lead designer of C# at Microsoft, remembers "Project Roslyn," which built an open-source, cross-platform compiler for C# and Visual Basic.NET "in the deepest darkness of last decad...
04:44 am - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot What Will Happen When Killer Robots Get Hijacked?
"Imagine an artificial-intelligence-driven military drone capable of autonomously patrolling the perimeter of a country or region and deciding who lives and who dies, without a human operator. Now do ...
01:34 am - Sun, September 30, 2018
Slashdot 100 Years Ago, Influenza Killed 50 Million People. Could It Happen Again?
Last year 80,000 Americans died of the flu -- and 900,000 more were hospitalized, according to estimates by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. NBC News reports: The numbers were shock...