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11:30 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot 'The Supremacy of Japanese Cars Has Been 40-Plus Years In the Making'
American business journalist Joe Nocera writes in a Bloomberg article about "how badly things have deteriorated for the U.S. car makers," after the recent news that both General Motors and Ford will s...
10:50 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Starbucks Says It Will Start Blocking Porn On Its Stores' Wi-Fi In 2019
Starbucks announced that it will start blocking pornography viewing on its stores' Wi-Fi starting in 2019. "A Starbucks representative told NBC News that the viewing of 'egregious content' over its st...
10:10 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Wins $480 Million Military Contract To Bring HoloLens To Battlefield
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft has won a $480 million contract to develop an augmented reality system for use in combat and military training for the U.S. Army. Calle...
09:30 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot When the Internet Archive Forgets
A reminder that Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, which many people assume keeps a permanent trail and origin of web-content, has little feasible choice but to comply with DMCA takedown notices. As ...
08:50 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot US iOS Users Targeted by Massive Malvertising Campaign
A cyber-criminal group known as ScamClub has hijacked over 300 million browser sessions over 48 hours to redirect users to adult and gift card scams, a cyber-security firm revealed this week. From a r...
08:15 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Surface Roadmap Reportedly Includes Ambient Computing and a Modular All-in-One PC
Journalist Brad Sams is releasing a book chronicling the company's Surface brand: Beneath a Surface. VentureBeat writes: While you'll want to read all 26 chapters to get the juicy details, the last on...
07:30 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot At an All-Hands Meeting, Uber CEO Said The Company Deserves Some Fault After Its Self-Driving Car Killed a Pedestrian
During an all-hands meeting at Uber earlier this week, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and the head of the self-driving car unit, Eric Meyhofer, were questioned by employees over the culture at the self-driving...
06:50 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Mass Router Hack Exposes Millions of Devices To Potent NSA Exploit
More than 45,000 Internet routers have been compromised by a newly discovered campaign that's designed to open networks to attacks by EternalBlue, the potent exploit that was developed by, and then st...
06:11 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot China Halts Work by Team on Gene-Edited Babies
China's government ordered a halt Thursday to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world's first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading scientists declared that it's still to...
05:25 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot I've Got a Bridge To Sell You. Why AutoCAD Malware Keeps Chugging On
Criminal hackers continue to exploit a feature in Autodesk's widely used AutoCAD program in an attempt to steal valuable computer-assisted designs for bridges, factory buildings, and other projects, r...
04:50 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Bloomberg is Still Reporting on Challenged Story Regarding China Hardware Hack
Erik Wemple, writing for The Washington Post: According to informed sources, Bloomberg has continued reporting the blockbuster story that it broke on Oct. 4, including a very recent round of inquiries...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Fed Says Millennials Are Just Like Their Parents. Only Poorer
Millennials, long presumed to have less interest in the nonstop consumption of goods that underpins the American economy, might not be that different after all, a new study from the Federal Reserve sa...
03:25 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot That Virus Alert on Your Computer? Scammers in India May Be Behind It
In India, a hub for tech support centers, a rise in scams forced Microsoft and the police to take action. From a report: You know the messages. They pop up on your computer screen with ominous warning...
02:45 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot New Parents Complain Amazon Baby-Registry Ads Are Deceptive
Unwanted gifts arrive after friends click on promotions tucked into wish lists. From a report: Kima Nieves recently received two Aveeno bath-time sets and a box of Huggies diapers through her baby reg...
02:15 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot How Restaurants Got So Loud
An anonymous reader shares a report: Other sounds that reach 70 decibels include freeway noise, an alarm clock, and a sewing machine. But it's still quiet for a restaurant. Others I visited in Baltimo...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot DOJ Made Secret Arguments To Break Crypto, Now ACLU Wants To Make Them Public
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Earlier this year, a federal judge in Fresno, California, denied prosecutors' efforts to compel Facebook to help it wiretap Messenger voice calls...
10:00 am - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Japan Researchers Develop Automated Technique For Anime Colorization Using Deep Learning
Japanese researchers have developed a technique for automatic colorization in anime production. "To promote efficiency and automation in anime production, the research team focused on the possibility ...
07:00 am - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Launching Pay-As-You-Go Cloud Computing In Space
At its annual re:Invent conference in Seattle this week, Amazon unveiled a service that lets owners of satellites rent time on Amazon-managed ground stations to send and receive data from orbit. "The ...
03:30 am - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Develop Hydrogel-Based Electrodes For Brain Implants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Hydrogels are physical and chemical polymer networks capable of retaining large quantities of liquid in aqueous conditions without losing their dimen...
02:03 am - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot IBM Aims To Meld AI With Human Resources With Watson Suite
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from ZDNet (with some commentary): IBM has launched a unit designed for human resources to better find talent and recruit using artificial intelligence. The company ...
01:25 am - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Justice Department Indicts Two Iranians Over SamSam Ransomware Attacks
Two Iranian officials have been indicted by U.S. federal prosecutors for creating and deploying the notorious SamSam ransomware, which exploits a deserialization vulnerability in Java-based servers. T...
12:45 am - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Will Be Off All Oracle Databases By End of 2019, Says AWS Chief
Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy said in an interview on Wednesday that almost all of Amazon's databases that ran on Oracle will be on an Amazon database instead. "We're virtually done moving away f...
12:03 am - Thu, November 29, 2018
Slashdot Dell Says It Detected A Security Breach Earlier This Month, But Financial Data Was Not Exposed
An anonymous reader quotes writes: "Hardware giant Dell announced today a security breach that took place earlier this month, on November 9," reports ZDNet. "Dell says it detected an unauthorized intr...
11:20 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Build 18290 With Start Menu Improvements
DarkRookie2 shares a report a report about Windows 10 Build 18290 for Insiders, which comes with a number of improvements and additions. BetaNews reports: The most noticeable change is to the Start me...
10:40 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk's Boring Company Cancels Los Angeles Tunnel Following Lawsuit
Elon Musk's Boring Company has settled a lawsuit preventing the company from building a tunnel beneath the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. "[T]he cancellation of the Westside tunnel project is a major blo...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot After 12 Draws and a Day of Tiebreakers, Magnus Carlsen Beats Fabiano Caruana To Win World Chess Championship
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: After three weeks, 12 straight draws and a day of tiebreakers, Norway's Magnus Carlsen finally retained the world chess championship in Lon...
09:20 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot The FTC Says It Will Investigate Loot Boxes
The Federal Trade Commission this week agreed to investigate video game loot boxes, accepting an official request by Senator Maggie Hassan. In a Congressional oversight committee hearing yesterday, FT...
08:42 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Unveils Elastic Inference, FSx for Windows File Server, Inferentia, Self-driving Racing League DeepRacer, SageMaker Ground Truth, and Outposts
Amazon Web Services announced a slew of new or updated offerings at its cloud-computing conference in Las Vegas, seeking to maintain its lead in the market for internet-based computing. Following is a...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Google Has a Plan To Eliminate Mosquitoes Around the World
Zorro shares a report: Silicon Valley researchers are attacking flying bloodsuckers in California's Fresno County. It's the first salvo in an unlikely war for Google parent Alphabet: eradicating mosqu...
07:20 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Enters Blockchain Market With Cloud-Computing Services
Amazon.com is jumping on the blockchain wave with new cloud services that help customers build the technology needed to record transactions. From a report: Amazon Web Services Chief Executive Officer ...
06:50 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Stock Market Value Pulls Ahead of Apple's
Microsoft's stock market value surpassed Apple's and pulled ahead by as much as $3 billion on Wednesday as the Windows software maker benefited from optimism about demand for cloud computing services....
06:40 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Nike and Boeing Are Paying Sci-Fi Writers To Predict Their Futures
Brian Merchant, writing for Medium : In 2017, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the professional services firm that advises 440 of the Fortune 500 companies, published a blueprint for using science fiction to e...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot CeBIT, World's Largest IT Conference, Canned
Despite turning the trade fair into a fun fair, organizers could not save the beloved but struggling trade fair. CeBIT once boasted 850,000 visitors a year, but that heyday has long since passed. An a...
05:20 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot TSMC, a Company Few Americans Know, is About To Dethrone Intel
For more than 30 years, Intel has dominated chipmaking, producing the most important component in the bulk of the world's computers. That run is now under threat from a company many Americans have nev...
04:50 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Real Life Ads Are Taking Scary Inspiration From Social Media
Advertisements in the real world are becoming more technologically sophisticated, integrating facial recognition, location data, artificial intelligence, and other powerful tools that are more commonl...
04:04 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot EU Aims To Be 'Climate Neutral' By 2050
AmiMoJo writes: The European Union says it is aiming to become the first major economy to go 'climate neutral' by 2050. Under the plan, emissions of greenhouse gases after that date would have to be o...
03:20 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Warns Of Two Apps That Installed Root Certificates Then Leaked the Private Keys
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for ZDNet: Microsoft has issued a security advisory this week warning that two applications accidentally installed two root certificates on users' computers, and then leaked...
02:40 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Web Services Introduces its Own Custom-Designed ARM Server Processor, Promises 45 Percent Lower Costs For Some Workloads
After years of waiting for someone to design an ARM server processor that could work at scale on the cloud, Amazon Web Services just went ahead and designed its own. From a report: Vice president of i...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot The App Destroying Iran's Currency
Iranians are using the messaging app Telegram to spread fake news about the rial -- and make a profit for themselves. From a report: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani owes his re-election in large part...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Music Industry Asks US Government To Reconsider Website Blocking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: At the start of this decade, U.S. lawmakers drafted several controversial bills to make it easier for copyright holders to enforce their rights o...
10:00 am - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Lowe's To Sell Off Its 'Under-Performing' Iris Smart Home Automation Business
CIStud shares a report from CE Pro: Giant home improvement retailer Lowe's is giving up on the smart home market. The company announced its "difficult decision" to exit the home automation market and ...
07:00 am - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot France To Close Four Coal-Fired Power Plants By 2022, 14 Nuclear Reactors By 2035
Socguy shares a report from CleanTechnica: French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech on Tuesday in which he announced a raft of new energy policies, including a promise to close the country's rem...
03:30 am - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Starts Selling Software To Mine Patient Health Records
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Amazon is starting to sell software to mine patient medical records (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) for information th...
02:20 am - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Large Genetic Study Finds First Genes Connected With ADHD
A paper published in Nature Genetics this week looked at genetic data from more than 50,000 people, finding 12 different regions of DNA that seemed to play a role in increasing ADHD risk. Ars Technica...
01:40 am - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Uber Fined Nearly $1.2 Million By Dutch, UK Over 2016 Data Breach
British and Dutch authorities fined Uber a combined $1.17 million for a 2016 data breach that exposed the personal details of millions of customers. "The U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)...
01:00 am - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Customer Service Agents Might Be Able To See What You're Typing In Real Time
Gizmodo is warning that some customer service agents might be able to see what you're typing in real time. A reader sent them a transcript from a conversation they had with a mattress company after th...
12:20 am - Wed, November 28, 2018
Slashdot Urban Massage Data Breach Exposed Sensitive Comments On Its Creepy Clients
An anonymous reader shares a report from TechCrunch: Urban Massage, a popular massage startup that bills itself as providing "wellness that comes to you," has leaked its entire customer database. The ...
11:40 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot YouTube To Make New Originals Available For Free, Ad-Supported Viewing
YouTube is removing the paywall for its original programming. Starting next year, the company will move to make all of its new original programming available for free for anyone to watch. "With the ch...
11:00 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Google To Open Project Fi To iPhone, Samsung, and OnePlus
Google's Project Fi mobile service will reportedly be adding support for Samsung, OnePlus, and iPhones. "More handsets from existing Fi partners LG and Motorola will also gain Fi support," reports The...
10:20 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot China Expands Research Funding, Luring US Scientists and Students
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: In the past decade or so, China has been expanding its commitment to scientific research, and it shows. Chinese researchers now produce more scientific pu...
09:40 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Will Remove All Pop-up Annotations on January 15
Early last year, YouTube announced that it would be retiring annotations, those boxes that pop up during a video with links and additional information. It discontinued the annotations editor in May of...
09:00 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot CO2 Emissions Rose for the First Time in 4 Years
Human emissions of carbon dioxide have gone up for the first time since 2013, according to the UN's ninth annual Emissions Gap Report, meaning the world isn't on track to mitigate the worst of climate...
08:20 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot 5G Will Cover Roughly 1.5 Billion People By 2024, Researchers Say
By the end of 2025, 5G will reach more than 40 percent of the world's population and cover 1.5 billion people, according to the latest mobility report [PDF] from telecommunications company Ericsson, w...
07:40 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot A UK Commons Committee Chair Says He's Seen Evidence a Facebook Engineer Flagged Russian Entities Pulling Billions of Points of Data Every Day in 2014
A UK Commons committee chair claims a seized trove of Facebook documents reveals that a company engineer flagged Russian "entities" were using a Pinterest API to pull billions of points of Facebook da...
07:00 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot The Police in UK Want AI To Stop Violent Crime Before it Happens
Police in the UK want to predict serious violent crime using artificial intelligence, New Scientist is reporting. The idea is that individuals flagged by the system will be offered interventions, such...
06:15 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Multi-Factor Authentication Service Goes Down For Second Week in a Row
Just over a week after a global problem with its multi-factor authentication (MFA) service plagued a number of users, another Microsoft MFA outage is impacting a number of customers. Many, but not all...
05:42 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Uber has Cracked Two Classic '80s Video Games by Giving an AI Algorithm a New Type of Memory
An algorithm that remembers previous explorations in Montezuma's Revenge and Pitfall! could make computers and robots better at learning how to succeed in the real world. From a report: A new kind of ...
04:47 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot 'General Motors, Sears and Toys R Us: Layoffs Across America Highlight Our Shredding Financial Safety Net'
New submitter Bruce Henry shares a story: Today's aging workforce faces an uncertain future. The announcement this week that General Motors will lay off 15 percent of its salaried workforce and shutte...
04:02 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot China is Planning To Build a Deep Sea Base For Unmanned Submarine Science and Defense Operations in the South China Sea
Urged by China President Xi Jinping to dare to do something that has never been done before, scientists say challenges could give China huge technology lead. From a report: China is planning to build ...
03:22 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Half of all Phishing Sites Now Have the Padlock
You may have heard you should look for the padlock symbol at the top of a website before entering your password or credit card information into an online form. It's well-meaning advice, but new data s...
02:40 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Google Workers Sign Letter Seeking End To China Search Project
A group of Google employees have put their name to a public letter calling on the company to abandon its plans for a Chinese search product that censors results. From a report: Project Dragonfly, as t...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Trump Says He Doesn't Believe Government Climate Report Finding in a New Low
President Donald Trump on Monday rejected a central conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change released by his own administration. Associated Press reports: But economists sai...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Raises Cable TV Bills Again -- Even If You're Under Contract
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast is raising its controversial "Broadcast TV" and "Regional Sports Network" fees again on January 1, with the typical total price going fro...
11:30 am - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Dictionary.com Picks 'Misinformation' As Word of the Year
Misinformation was chosen Monday as Dictionary.com's word of the year. "Jane Solomon, a linguist-in-residence at Dictionary, said in a recent interview that her site's choice of 'mis' over 'dis' was d...
10:30 am - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Being Vague With Disclosure In Early Real-World Duplex Calls
A small group of Pixel owners in "select" U.S. cities are able to use Google's new Duplex feature to automatically make voice calls to restaurants and other businesses on their behalf. Referencing a d...
09:53 am - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Trump Says He Doesn't Believe Government Climate Report Finding in a New Low
President Donald Trump on Monday rejected a central conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change released by his own administration. Associated Press reports: But economists sai...
07:00 am - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot ISS Marks 20 Years Orbiting Earth With Longest Timelapse Ever Made In Space
AmiMoJo writes: The International Space Station has been in orbit for 20 years, with the first module Zarya (Russian for "dawn") being launched on the 20th of November in 1998. To celebrate, the Europ...
04:11 am - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Opens Up Its Internal Machine Learning Training To Everyone
Amazon announced Monday that it's making the machine learning courses it uses to train its engineers available to everybody for free. The course is tailored to four major groups -- developers, data sc...
03:30 am - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Trump Suggests US Could Slap 10 Percent Tax On iPhones, Laptops From China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: President Donald Trump suggested he could place a 10 percent tariff on iPhones and laptops imported from China, in an interview with the Wall Street Jour...
01:50 am - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot IBM CEO Joins Apple In Blasting Data use By Silicon Valley Firms
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty joined a growing chorus of tech executives lambasting web platforms, like Google and Facebook, over their collection of user data and urged governments to target regulation at th...
01:10 am - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Launches Cloud-Based Robotics Testing Platform
Amazon is launching AWS RoboMaker, a cloud-based service that utilizes the open-source software Robot Operating System (ROS) to offer developers a place to develop and test robotics applications. Tech...
12:30 am - Tue, November 27, 2018
Slashdot The FBI Created a Fake FedEx Website To Unmask a Cybercriminal
In an attempt to catch two cybercriminals, the FBI set up a fake FedEx website and created rigged Word documents, "both of which were designed to reveal the IP address of the fraudsters," reports Moth...
11:50 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot GM To Idle Five Factories In North America, Cut More Than 14,000 Jobs As It Focuses On Autonomous, Electric Vehicles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Chicago Tribune: General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car model...
11:10 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Cyber Monday Is Set To Be a $7.8 Billion Day, Breaking Online Records
According to Adobe Analytics, shoppers are expected to spend $7.8 billion on Cyber Monday, 18.3 percent more than in 2017. "The sweet spot will fall between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. EST, Adobe says, when it...
10:30 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Stop Bots From Ruining Holiday Shopping
Democrats have proposed the "Stopping Grinch Bots Act" to make it illegal to use bots to shop online and also outlaw reselling items purchased by bots. "Lawmakers label them 'Grinch' bots because, dur...
09:50 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Latest Windows 10 Update Breaks Windows Media Player, Win32 Apps In General
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The important data loss bug that interrupted the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, may be fixed, but it turns out ther...
08:01 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot NASA's InSight Successfully Lands on Mars
NASA's latest Mars lander, InSight, successfully touched down on the surface of the Red Planet moments ago, surviving an intense plunge through the Martian atmosphere. From a report: It marks the eigh...
07:29 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot The People of Ohio Can Now Pay Their Taxes in Bitcoin
Starting this week, businesses in Ohio will be able to pay taxes in bitcoin through a new platform, OhioCrypto.com, a first in the US. From a report: For many enthusiasts, part of the appeal of crypto...
07:02 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Watch, a YouTube Competitor, is Pivoting To Older Audiences as Teens Tune Out and Publishers Balk
As Facebook struggles to find an audience for its YouTube competitor, Watch, the company has been talking to some media companies about focusing its efforts on audiences 30 years and older instead of ...
06:40 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Amazon May Be Hiding Its Plans To Test New Wireless Tech By Masquerading as a Massage Spa
Wave723 writes: What do a Silicon Valley massage spa, a local community college, and a Californian plastics manufacturer have in common? They will soon be testing hundreds of cutting-edge wireless dev...
05:58 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot US Top Court Leans Toward Allowing Apple App Store Antitrust Suit
U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared open to letting a lawsuit proceed against Apple that accused it of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for iPhone software applica...
05:19 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot NBCUniversal Taps Machine Learning To Tie Ads To Relevant Moments on TV
The next time you see, say, a wedding scene on a USA Network show followed by a champagne commercial, it may not be a coincidence. From a report: NBCUniversal announced a new machine learning tool tod...
04:40 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Germany Proposes Router Security Guidelines
German government would like to regulate what kind of routers are sold and installed across the country. From a report: The German government published at the start of the month an initial draft for r...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Airlines Face Crack Down on Use of 'Exploitative' Algorithm That Splits Up Families on Flights
Algorithms used by airlines to split up those travelling together unless they pay more to sit next to each other have been called "exploitative" by a government minister. From a report: Speaking to a ...
03:20 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Scientist Says He's First To Create Genetically Modified Babies Using CRISPR
For the first time, a scientist claims to have used a powerful new gene-editing technique to create genetically modified human babies. From a report: The scientist, He Jiankui of the Southern Universi...
02:40 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot China's Cashless Economy Threatens To Leave Its Elderly -- and Their Money -- Behind
An anonymous reader shares a report: With his cellphone in one hand, and two wooden meditation balls in the other, Zhang Siqi queued up alongside throngs of fellow retirees that make up the morning ru...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot In a Wide-Ranging Interview, Elon Musk Talks About Visiting Mars, Battle To Keep Tesla Afloat, and Neuralink
Elon Musk reckons there's a 70 percent chance he'll go to Mars, even as he knows there's a good chance he won't survive there. "I'm talking about moving there," the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said in a wide...
12:20 pm - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot In a Wide-Ranging Interview, Elon Musk Talks About Visiting Mars, Battle To Keep Tesla Afloat, and Neuralink
Elon Musk reckons there's a 70 percent chance he'll go to Mars, even as he knows there's a good chance he won't survive there. "I'm talking about moving there," the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said in a wide...
08:34 am - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Richard Stallman Criticizes Bitcoin, Touts a GNU Project Alternative
Richard Stallman doesn't like bitcoin, and has never used it, reports CoinDesk: To Stallman, bitcoin isn't suitable as a digital payment system. His biggest complaint: bitcoin's poor privacy protectio...
05:35 am - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot AI Mistakes Ad On a Bus For an Actual CEO, Then Publicly Shames Them For 'Jaywalking'
An anonymous reader quotes the South China Morning Post:Since last year, many Chinese cities have cracked down on jaywalking by investing in facial recognition systems and AI-powered surveillance came...
02:36 am - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Washington DC Made GitHub Its Official Digital Source For Laws
"Recently, I found a typo in the District of Columbia's legal code and corrected it using GitHub," writes D.C. based "civic hacker" Joshua Tauberer, adding "My feat highlights the groundbreaking way t...
12:39 am - Mon, November 26, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Discover Rare Giant Viruses Lurking In Harvard Forest Soil
MinutePhrase shares an article from ScienceAlert:There's a forest in Massachusetts that for nearly 30 years has hosted the world's longest running soil-warming experiment, measuring how hotter tempera...
11:44 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot UK Parliament Seizes Cache of Facebook Internal Papers
Long-time Slashdot reader infolation writes: The UK Parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account a...
10:47 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot Does Switching Jobs Make You a Worse Programmer?
Slashdot reader theodp shares some thoughts from Virginia-based cloud architect Forrest Brazeal, who believes that switching jobs or teams makes you -- at least temporarily -- a worse programmer:"When...
09:34 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Loses 32% of Its Value This Week, Falls Below $4,000
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:Last year at this time, bitcoin was in the middle of a 217-percent rally that saw its value peak in December near $20,000. Now the largest cryptocurrency can't sta...
08:34 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot New Gmail Bug Allows Sending Messages Anonymously
Earlier this week software developer Tim Cotten discovered a serious glitch in Gmail. An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:Tampering with the 'From:' header by replacing some text with an <o...
07:34 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can You Find a Good IT Consultant?
Slashdot reader Thelasko says his wife manages a small eight-person business -- but remains unhappy with the company's IT consultant:She's had endless problems with Windows 10 Pro's update system caus...
06:34 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's TypeScript Dominates In 'State of JavaScript 2018' Report
This week a Paris-born designer/developer (now living in Osaka) announced the results of the third annual "State of JavaScript" survey of over 20,000 JavaScript developers in 153 countries "to figure ...
05:34 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot Alphabet's Cybersecurity Group Touts Its New Open Source Private VPN
An anonymous reader writes: Alphabet's cybersecurity division Jigsaw has designed a new open source private VPN aimed at journalists and the people sending them data. "Their work makes them more vulne...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot Can The Police Remotely Drive Your Stolen Car Into Custody?
In 2009 GM equipped 17,000 of its units with "remote ignition block," a kill switch that can turn off the engine if the car is stolen. But that was just the beginning, according to a story shared by l...
03:34 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot That Time The Windows Kernel Fought Gamma Rays Corrupting Its Processor Cache
Long-time Microsoft programmer Raymond Chen recently shared a memory about an unusual single-line instruction that was once added into the Windows kernel code -- accompanied by an "incredulous" commen...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot Two Linux Kernels Revert Performance-Killing Spectre Patches
Friday Greg Kroah-Hartman released stable point releases of Linux kernel 4.19.4, as well as 4.14.83 and 4.9.139. While they were basic maintenance updates, the 4.19.4 and 4.14.83 releases are signific...
10:00 am - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot PHP 7.3 Performance Benchmarks Are Looking Good Days Ahead Of Its Release
PHP 7.3 RC6 was released earlier this week. Phoronix ran some benchmarks and compared the performance of v7.3 RC6 with releases going back to the v5.5 series. From the story: I ran some fresh benchmar...
05:30 am - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot Hollywood Wants Hosting Providers To Block Referral Traffic From Pirate Sites
The US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator is working hard to update his copyright enforcement plans. In a written submission, Hollywood's MPAA shared a few notable ideas. The group calls fo...
02:30 am - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot In the Age of the Internet, Why Has Interest in Chess Remained So Robust, and Even Risen Sharply?
How and why a 1,500-year-old game has conquered the internet. From a report: Two years ago, the world chess championship match drew about 10 million online viewers, while this year's competition betwe...
12:30 am - Sun, November 25, 2018
Slashdot Many of the Climate Impacts Predicted in the Last National Climate Assessment, in 2014, Are No Longer Theoretical
This year's report contains many of the same findings cited in the previous National Climate Assessment, published in 2014. From a report: More and more of the predicted impacts of global warming are ...
11:30 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot The Fax is Not Yet Obsolete
Fax, once at the forefront of communications technologies but now in deep decline, has persisted in many industries. From a report: Law-enforcement agencies remain heavily reliant on fax for routine o...
10:30 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot Standing Desks Are Overrated
Standing desks have become trendy in recent years -- so much so that they have been promoted by some health officials as well as some countries. Research, however, suggests that warnings about sitting...
09:30 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot Seaweed Could Make Cows Burp Less Methane and Cut Their Carbon Hoofprint
A diet supplemented with red algae could lessen the huge amounts of greenhouse gases emitted by cows and sheep, if we can just figure out how to grow enough. From a report: In a wooden barn on the edg...
08:30 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot Science Journals Are Laughing All the Way To the Bank, Locking the Results of Publicly Funded Research Behind Exorbitant Paywalls. This Must Be Stopped.
Here is a trivia question for you: what is the most profitable business in the world? You might think oil, or maybe banking. You would be wrong. The answer is academic publishing. Its profit margins a...
07:50 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot What's the Next Big Thing in Tech? It's Up To Us
If it feels like new technologies go from flights of fancy to billion-dollar businesses faster than ever, that's because they do. From a column (which may be paywalled): Consider that Uber, founded in...
06:50 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot How A Mysterious Tech Billionaire Created Two Fortunes -- And a Global Software Sweatshop
An anonymous reader writes: Forbes magazine has an in-depth piece on Joe Liemandt. As you may be aware, Liemandt was the founder of Trilogy, a startup which has been credited to help put Austin on the...
05:40 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Briefly Overtakes Apple as Most Valuable US Company
Microsoft briefly overtook Apple as the world's most valuable listed company, fulfilling what it almost did eight years ago and adding a feather on the cap on CEO Satya Nadella. From a report: Redmond...
04:40 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Rainforest Deforestation 'Worst in 10 Years', Says Brazil
Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has hit its highest rate in a decade, according to official data. BBC reports: About 7,900 sq km (3,050 sq miles) of the world's largest rainforest was...
03:40 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot Your Credit Score Isn't a Reflection of Your Moral Character. But the Department of Homeland Security Seems To Think It Is.
What kind of person racks up debts and doesn't pay them? Your credit score is an attempt to answer this question. A report elaborates: These important three-digit numbers summarize our statistical ris...
02:41 pm - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot A Chinese Startup May Have Cracked Solid-State Batteries
hackingbear writes: According to Chinese media, Qing Tao Energy Development Co, a startup out of the technical Tsinghua University, has deployed a solid-state battery production line in Kunshan, East ...
11:30 am - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot Rowhammer Attacks Can Now Bypass ECC Memory Protections
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for ZDNet: Academics from the Vrije University in Amsterdam, Holland, have published a research paper this week describing a new variation of the Rowhammer attack. For reade...
07:25 am - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot New Linux Crypto-miner Steals Your Root Password and Disables Your Antivirus
Malware targeting Linux users may not be as widespread as the strains targeting the Windows ecosystem, but Linux malware is becoming just as complex and multi-functional as time passes by. ZDNet repor...
03:35 am - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot French Tobacco Shops Will Sell Bitcoin and Ethereum Starting January 2019
Tobacco shops are a staple of daily life across France, selling cigarettes, newspapers, magazines, and lottery tickets. Come January, these most traditional of merchants will take a plunge into the fu...
12:31 am - Sat, November 24, 2018
Slashdot Influencers Are Being Paid Big Sums To Pitch Products and Thrash Rivals on Instagram and YouTube
"Influencers" are being paid big sums to pitch products on Instagram and YouTube. If you're trying to grow a product on social media, you either fork over cash or pay in another way. This is the murky...
11:26 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Rising Seas Give Island Nation a Stark Choice: Relocate or Elevate
Climate change means the low-lying Marshall Islands must consider drastic measures, including building new artificial islands. National Geographic: The navigational prowess of Marshall Islanders is le...
10:28 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot The Graphic Art of 'Incredibles 2'
Josh Holtsclaw, a Graphic Artist at Pixar Animation Studios, writes: I remember seeing the first Incredibles film in college with a few friends. We went on opening night and the theater was packed. I ...
10:00 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot After Initially Calling The New York Times' Report False, Facebook Confirms Most Claims Made in the Story
Nellie Bowles and Zach Wichter, reporting for The New York Times: Joining a long tradition of companies and campaigns that drop bad news on holidays, Facebook on Thanksgiving eve took responsibility f...
09:20 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Google, Mozilla Working on Letting Web Apps Edit Files Despite Warning That it Could Be Abused
Google and Mozilla are heading a group that is devising a way for users to save changes they make using web apps. From a report: The idea is to allow users to save changes they've made using web apps,...
08:25 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Controversial Spraying, Sun-Dimming Method Aims To Curb Global Warming
Scientists are proposing an ingenious but as-yet-unproven way to tackle climate change: spraying sun-dimming chemicals into the Earth's atmosphere. From a report: A fleet of 100 planes making 4,000 wo...
07:25 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Climate Change Will Have Dire Consequences For US, Federal Report Concludes
A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts on the health and economy of the country. From a report: The federally mandated study was released b...
07:01 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot India-Based Zapr Has Developed Tech That Listens To Ambient Sounds Around Users To Build Targeted Ad Profiles, Several Popular Local Services Use Its Tech
Bengaluru-based Zapr Media Labs, which counts Rupert Murdoch-led media group Star and several major local companies including Flipkart (which is now owned by Walmart), music streaming service Saavn, h...
06:27 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Square Enix Pulls Three Games From Belgium After Loot Box Ban
The games publisher Square Enix is pulling three mobile games from Belgium following the introduction of a law in the European nation that bans "loot boxes" as a form of gambling. From a report: The g...
05:28 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Leaning Tower of Pisa is Leaning Less Than Before, Say Experts
Italy's famously Leaning Tower of Pisa is a little less off-kilter. Nearly two decades after engineers completed consolidation work to keep the tower from toppling over, officials monitoring the monum...
04:29 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Workers in Europe Stage 'We Are Not Robots' Protests on One of Its Busiest Shopping Days
Some of Amazon's workers in Europe are protesting against what they call unfair work conditions, in a move meant to disrupt operations on Black Friday. From a report: They've timed the latest protest ...
03:30 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot NASA Will Land InSight on Mars With Cunning -- and Lots of Cork
On Monday, November 26th, NASA will attempt to land the InSight spacecraft on Elysium Planitia, a vast plain just north of the Martian equator. If NASA is successful, InSight (short for Interior Explo...
02:30 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot US Asks Foreign Allies To Avoid Huawei
The US government is reportedly trying to persuade its foreign allies' wireless and internet providers to avoid Huawei equipment. From a report: Officials have spoken to their counterparts and telecom...
12:48 pm - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Google Developer Says Chrome Team is Working on a Scrollable Tabstrip For the Browser
If you're a tab-hoarder, and you use Chrome browser, Google may have some news for you soon. The company is working on a scrollable tabstrip to make it easier for users to navigate through tabs, a dev...
08:31 am - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot High Score, Low Pay: Why the Gig Economy Loves Gamification
Ostracus writes: Using ratings, competitions and bonuses to incentivise workers isn't new -- but as I found when I became a Lyft driver, the gig economy is taking it to another level. [...] The langua...
04:30 am - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Beijing To Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020
China's plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns persona...
01:30 am - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot YouTube is Testing Having Two Skippable Ads Back-To-Back
If you hate having your video binging session on YouTube interrupted by multiple ad breaks, the good news is that things are about to change. CNET: The streaming platform is rolling out a new tweak to...
12:20 am - Fri, November 23, 2018
Slashdot Tech Shoppers in the UK Ditch Desktop PCs and DVD Players
Brits are ditching DVD players and desktop PCs and are increasingly turning to newer technology such as smart TVs and smart watches, Ofcom research has found. From the research: Shoppers in the UK are...
11:15 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Decaf Tea Found In The Wild
Chinese scientists have discovered a type of tea plant that naturally does not produce caffeine. They published their findings in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. From a report: In 2017...
10:15 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot The Mystery Font That Took Over New York
How did Choc, a quirky calligraphic typeface drawn by a French graphic designer in the 1950s, end up on storefronts everywhere? From a report: Stand just about anywhere on Broadway, or on Canal Street...
09:15 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Fortnite Hits 8.3 Million (Or 0.1% of Human Population) Concurrent Players
Epic Games' Fortnite has reached 8.3 million concurrent players worldwide (or about 0.1 percent of the human population) after finally making its debut in South Korea earlier this month. From a report...
07:47 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot A Look at the Growing Popularity Of Closed and Secret Groups on Facebook and How Some Media Outlets Have Built an Engaging Audience There
Ryan Holmes, writing on Medium: Back in March of last year, Conde Nast Traveler did something a little unusual in the social media universe. They played hard to get. Instead of courting new followers ...
07:15 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Drop iPhone XR Price in Japan Amid Weak Sales
A month after Apple's new iPhone XR release, the company is set to discount the device in Japan, The Wall Street Journal reports. From the report: Less than a month after releasing the iPhone XR, Appl...
06:15 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Thanksgiving E-commerce Spend To Top $3.5B, Mobile Accounting For One-Third of Sales
The 2018 holiday season is predicted to be a bumper year for e-commerce, helped by economic forces like lower unemployment and underlying trends like an ever-growing proportion of shoppers opting to s...
05:14 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Kind of Keyboard Do You Use With Your Computer and Why?
An anonymous reader writes: Hello all. I am looking to buy a good mechanical keyboard for my everyday usage — programming and writing. I see some good offers on certain keyboards -- thanks to Bl...
04:01 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot CDC: Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce Until Further Notice
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out an unusually strong statement telling Americans to toss any romaine lettuce in any form: whole, chopped, pre-bagged into Caesa...
03:00 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot In an Open Letter To EU's Competition Commissioner, 14 European Shopping Comparison Services Say Google is Not Making the Search For Products Fairer
Google is not complying with European demands that it must make the search for products fairer, rivals say. In an open letter to the EU's Competition Commissioner on Thursday, they wrote: We are writi...
02:10 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Google's Duplex is Rolling Out To Small Group Of Pixel Owners
Google Duplex-powered calls have finally arrived. Sort of. For some people. From a report: A spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat that Duplex -- Google's artificially intelligent chat agent that can ...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Most Americans Don't Think Social Networks Are Good For the World, Survey Finds
A new survey from Axios finds that a majority of Americans don't think social networks are good for the world. An anonymous reader shares the key findings: Silicon Valley has a big and growing problem...
10:00 am - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot New Web App Uses Machine Learning To Analyze, Repair Your Technical Resume
CV Compiler is a new web app that uses machine learning to analyze and repair your technical resume, "allowing you to shine to recruiters at Google, Yahoo and Facebook," reports TechCrunch. "The app e...
07:00 am - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Nearby Star Is Sun's Long-Lost Sibling
The Bad Astronomer writes: A nearby star, HD 186302, was almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas the Sun was 4.6 billion years ago. Astronomers have found it has an almost identical chemical ...
03:30 am - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot First Ever Plane With No Moving Parts Takes Flight
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The first ever "solid state" plane, with no moving parts in its propulsion system, has successfully flown for a distance of 60 meters, proving th...
02:10 am - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Paralyzed Individuals Operate Tablet With Brain Implant
Last year, a study from the BrainGate consortium reported that a brain-computer interface (BCI) enabled a paralyzed man to type up to eight words per minute via thoughts alone. Now, according to new r...
01:30 am - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Apple iPhone Supplier Foxconn Planning Deep Cost Cuts
Foxconn, Apple's biggest assembler of iPhones, is planning to cut $2.9 billion from expenses in 2019 as it faces "a very difficult and competitive year." According to Bloomberg, citing an internal com...
12:50 am - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Google Assistant iOS Update Lets You Say 'Hey Siri, OK Google'
The Google Assistant app on iOS has been updated to allow you to launch it on your iPhone by saying "Hey Siri, OK Google." As TechCrunch notes, you will need to open the app to set up a new Siri Short...
12:10 am - Thu, November 22, 2018
Slashdot Some Amazon Employees Bought NYC Condos Before News of HQ2 Location Emerged, Says WSJ Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: At least two Amazon employees reportedly purchased condos in a New York City neighborhood before news emerged that the area had been picked to host t...
11:30 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft, Google and Qualcomm Working On Chrome For Windows On ARM
Microsoft and Google engineers appear to be working on a Chrome browser running on Windows on ARM. "9to5Google has spotted various commits by Microsoft engineers assisting with the development of Chro...
10:50 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot 'Relatively Few' Twitter Bots Were Needed To Spread Misinformation and Overwhelm Fact Checkers, Study Finds
A new study conducted by Indian University researchers found that "relatively few accounts are responsible for a large share of the traffic that carries misinformation," with just 6 percent of Twitter...
10:10 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Ajit Pai Isn't Saying Whether ISPs Deliver the Broadband Speeds You Pay For
An anonymous reader shares a report from Ars Technica, written by Jon Brodkin: Nearly two years have passed since the Federal Communications Commission reported on whether broadband customers are gett...
09:32 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Google News May Shut in Some Countries Over EU Plans To Charge Tax For Links
Google's top news executive has refused to rule out shutting down Google News in EU countries, as the search engine faces a battle with Brussels over plans to charge a "link tax" for using news storie...
08:50 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Google's Find My Device Tool Can Now Map Out Exactly Where You Left Your Phone Inside Some Buildings
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google's been messing around with indoor maps for years; you can check the layout of many department stores and other large indoor spaces in Google Maps. Find My D...
08:10 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Amazon is Teaching Alexa To Speak Like a Newscaster
The way newscasters speak is unmistakeable, with their exaggerated modulations and drawn-out pauses. And now, Amazon has taught Alexa, its voice assistant, to approximate the authoritative intonation....
07:30 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Gap Looking To Close Hundreds of Stores at Malls 'Quickly and Aggressively'
Gap plans to "quickly" close hundreds of Gap-brand stores that are "dragging down the brand," the company told analysts on Tuesday. From a report: The retailer said Tuesday evening that it still has 7...
06:55 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot PlayStation 4 Outsold Xbox One and Switch in October
October was a huge month for both software and hardware, and -- once again -- Sony is benefiting from that excitement. PlayStation 4 outperformed the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch both in terms of doll...
06:17 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot 14 Years of Mark Zuckerberg Saying Sorry, Not Sorry
Do you trust Mark Zuckerberg? The Washington Post: From the moment the Facebook founder entered the public eye in 2003 for creating a Harvard student hot-or-not rating site, he's been apologizing. So ...
05:30 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot The 'Neo-Banks' Are Finally Having Their Moment
After the financial crisis 10 years ago, unhappy customers were expected to flee the megabanks for smaller competitors. It didn't happen. And the big banks became even more entrenched. Now another wav...
04:50 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot FCC To Consider Making Text Messaging an Information Service, Denying Twilio Petition
The FCC has unveiled a new proposal as part of its plan to help reduce unwanted phone and text spam. From a report: In a move that's sure to make wireless operators happy, the FCC at its December meet...
04:12 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot UPS's New Machine-Learning App Aims To Reroute Packages Away From Snow and Other Trouble Spots in its Global Network
If a snowstorm hits Denver, it can delay thousands of packages that travel through the city before reaching their final destinations on the other side of the country. But if UPS knows a storm is comin...
03:27 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot The Story of Lenny, the Internet's Favorite Telemarketing Troll
dmoberhaus writes: Here's a conversation with the developer who maintains the public server for Lenny, a robocalling algorithm that throws telemarketers through a loop. Lenny was created in 2009 and a...
02:40 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Has Emailed an Unspecified Number of Customers To Inform Them That Their Names and Addresses Were Disclosed by the Website, Blames 'Technical Error'
If you have received a strange email from Amazon today, you're not alone. A number of customers on Wednesday received an email from the company in which it notes that it "inadvertently disclosed your ...
02:10 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot IBM: Chip Making is Hitting Its Limits, But Our Techniques Could Solve That
IBM has devised materials and processes that could help improve the efficiency of chip production at the 7nm node and beyond. From a report: The company's researchers are working on challenges in the ...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot NYC Subway, Bus Services Have Entered 'Death Spiral,' Experts Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) warned last week that without a major infusion of cash, [New York City's subway and ...
10:00 am - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Ford Patents a Way To Remove 'New Car Smell'
Ford has filed a patent for a method of eliminating the new car smell after a vehicle has been purchased. In the U.S., "new car smell" is beloved, but in China, customers find the odor disgusting. Fro...
07:00 am - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Renames Big Falcon Rocket To 'Starship'
On Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that the transportation portion of the company's Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS), will now be called Starship, while the booster portion will be called Super Heavy. Th...
03:30 am - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Human Images From World's First Total-Body Scanner Unveiled
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Medical Xpress: EXPLORER, the world's first medical imaging scanner that can capture a 3-D picture of the whole human body at once, has produced its first scan...
02:03 am - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Court Again Rules That Cable Giants Can't Weaponize the First Amendment
Charter has been using the argument that their First Amendment rights are being violated as it fights off state lawsuits for its poor service. "It recently tried to use the First Amendment card again ...
01:25 am - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk's Extracurricular Antics Reportedly Spark a NASA Safety Probe At SpaceX
The recent interview Elon Musk conducted with Joe Rogan, where Musk took one puff from a marijuana cigarette after a lengthy conversation around AI, social media and space, is prompting a NASA safety ...
12:50 am - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot US Wireless Data Prices Are Among the Most Expensive On Earth
A new study from Finnish research firm Rewheel has found that U.S. wireless consumers pay some of the highest prices for mobile data in the developed world. The mobile data market in the U.S. has the ...
12:10 am - Wed, November 21, 2018
Slashdot Ajit Pai Wants To Raise Rural Broadband Speeds From 10Mbps To 25Mbps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission is planning to raise the rural broadband standard from 10Mbps to 25Mbps in a move that would require faster...
11:30 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Ford Eyes Use of Customers' Personal Data To Boost Profits
According to industry-watchers, Ford is looking to profit off the data it can collect from its 100 million customers. In addition to the data collected from its infotainment systems and mobile apps, "...
10:50 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Tumblr Removed From Apple's App Store Over Child Porn Issues
Tumblr has reportedly been removed from Apple's App Store due to child pornography issues. "The app has been missing from the store since November 16th, but until now the reason for its absence was un...
10:10 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Democrats Intend To Probe Ivanka Trump's Use of Personal Email In Next Congress
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Amid reports that first daughter and White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump exchanged hundreds of official government business emails using a person...
09:30 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Using Airport and Hotel Wi-Fi Is Much Safer Than It Used To Be
As you travel this holiday season, bouncing from airport to airplane to hotel, you'll likely find yourself facing a familiar quandary: Do I really trust this random public Wi-Fi network? As recently a...
08:50 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot The Forgotten Legend of Silicon Valley's Flying Saucer Man
Reader pacopico writes: Humans have been spotting UFO-like objects for hundreds of years. But, in the late 1920s, an obscure engineer/artist named Alexander Weygers actually designed a flying saucer a...
08:10 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot 'Google, Apple, and Uber Should Be Forced To Share Their Mapping Data'
The UK government should encourage companies like Apple, Google, and Uber to publish more map data to help the development of technologies like driverless cars and drones, according to a new report by...
07:30 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Now Lets You Log Into Outlook, Skype, Xbox Live With No Password
You and 800 million other people now can use hardware authentication keys -- and no password at all -- to log on to Microsoft accounts used for Outlook, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype and Xbox Live. From...
06:53 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Canada Has 'No Plan' To Bring Broadband To Rural and Remote Communities, Watchdog Says
Canada has "no plan" to wire up remote communities that lack high-speed broadband connections, Canada's auditor general said in a scathing report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. From a report: The re...
06:08 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Hawaii's Mars Simulations Are Canceled
The dome where crew members practiced red-planet missions will now be converted to a simulated moon base. Excerpt from a report: For the last five years, a small Mars colony thrived in Hawaii, many mi...
05:22 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot 500,000 Duped Into Downloading Android Malware Posing As Driving Games On Google Play
Be careful what you're downloading from Google Play. Especially if it's one of 13 apps posing as driving games created by one developer called Luiz Pinto. From a report: More than 560,000 have already...
04:40 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Valve Quietly Discontinues Steam Link Hardware Production
Valve is quietly discontinuing Steam Link, the in-home streaming box it first launched in late 2015. From a report: A low-key announcement on Valve's Steam Link news page suggests that production of n...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy S Phone Will Sport Six Cameras and Support 5G, Report Says
Samsung is planning a major upgrade for its 10th anniversary flagship phones next year, including next-generation 5G network speeds, bigger screens and more cameras, The Wall Street Journal reported T...
03:20 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Department of Commerce Could Be the First US Entity To Broadly Regulate an Aspect of AI
Dave Gershgorn and Max de Haldevang, writing for Quartz: Artificial intelligence technology has the capability to be the most impactful software advance in history and the US government has no idea ho...
02:40 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Retaliatory Cyber Attacks Are Only Way To Stop China, Says Former FBI Director
Targeted cyber attacks and a strong deterrence capability are the most effective way of preventing China and other countries continuing to steal Australian commercial secrets, according to a former di...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Pulls Some Non-Security Updates For Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 That It Released Earlier This Month
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Having released a series of updates for Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 as part of this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has now pulled two of them and advised sysadmins ...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Nine Out of Every 10 Silicon Valley Jobs Pays Less Than In 1997, Report Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Mercury News: Nine out of every 10 Silicon Valley jobs pays less now than when Netflix first launched in 1997, despite one of the nation's strongest econom...
11:42 am - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Pulls Some Non-Security Updates For Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 That It Released Earlier This Month
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Having released a series of updates for Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 as part of this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has now pulled two of them and advised sysadmins ...
10:00 am - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Instagram Is Cracking Down On Services That Sell Likes, Followers
Instagram will be cutting down on the services that let you buy followers or likes. Starting Monday, Instagram says it will no longer allow "inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that ...
07:00 am - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot NASA Chooses the Landing Site For Its Mars 2020 Rover Mission
Five years and sixty potential locations later, NASA has chosen the Jezero Crater as the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission. "Slated to launch in July the Mars 2020 rover mission will touch ...
03:30 am - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Norwegian Company Plans To Power Their Cruise Ships With Dead Fish
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Waste fish parts will be used to power ships in a new initiative to use green energy for polluting cruise liners. The leftovers of fish processed...
02:05 am - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Half-Life Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Fan-Made 'Black Mesa: Xen' Trailer
On Monday, developer Crowbar Collective released the first trailer for Black Mesa: Xen, the final act of its long running remake of Valve's 1998 game Half-Life, which marked its 20-year anniversary on...
01:25 am - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot Ivanka Trump Used Personal Account For Emails About Government Business
The Washington Post is reporting that Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails last year to White House aids, Cabinet officials and her assistants. Many of the emails were...
12:45 am - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot In 'Digital India,' Government Hands Out Free Phones To Win Votes
Forget the old American campaign slogan of a chicken in every pot, or the Indian politician's common pledge to put rice in every bowl. The New York Times reports: Here in the state of Chhattisgarh, th...
12:05 am - Tue, November 20, 2018
Slashdot New Experimental Lockheed Supersonic Jet Starts Production
Lockheed Martin's X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft is officially in "the manufacturing phase," bringing the company "one step closer to enabling supersonic travel for passengers around the wo...
11:20 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Russia Wants DNC Hack Lawsuit Thrown Out, Citing International Conventions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The Russian Federation has responded to a lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee and has requested the overseeing court to throw out the law...
10:40 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Yoshua Bengio, a Grand Master of Modern AI, is Worried About Its Future
Yoshua Bengio is a grand master of modern artificial intelligence. Alongside Geoff Hinton and Yan LeCun, Bengio is famous for championing a technique known as deep learning that in recent years has go...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Google Patents Motorized, Omnidirectional VR Sneakers
Google has patented motorized, omnidirectional virtual-reality sneakers that may solve the "limited space" problem associated with the interactive computer-generated experience. Ars Technica reports: ...
09:20 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Falls Below $5,000 For First Time Since October 2017
The value of Bitcoin has hit a new low of $4,951, bringing the total value of all Bitcoin in existence to below $87 billion. Much of the turmoil can be attributed to the split of Bitcoin Cash on Novem...
08:40 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Southeast Asia's Digital Economy To Triple To $240 Billion By 2025, Says Google Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: It may sit in the shade of China and India, but tech has real growth potential in Southeast Asia. Home to a cumulative 650 million people, the regi...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Maryland Test Confirms Drones Can Safely Deliver Human Organs
A kidney was flown thousands of meters by a drone without incurring any damage. Reader Wave723 shares a report: When a patient who needs an organ transplantation is finally matched with a donor, every...
07:25 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Popular Dark Web Hosting Provider Got Hacked, 6,500 Sites Down
Daniel's Hosting, one of the largest providers of Dark Web hosting services, was hacked this week and taken offline, ZDNet reports. From a report: The hack took place on Thursday, November 15, accordi...
06:45 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Blockchain Gaming Is Coming to the PS4
An anonymous reader shares a report: The relatively new blockchain gaming industry is about to take a massive step forward as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are making their way onto the PlayStation 4. Ar...
06:00 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot NASA Considers Selling Seats on the Spacecraft Used For International Space Station
NASA is considering selling seats on the spacecraft that will ferry its astronauts to the International Space Station, offering rides to the public while opening another line of revenue as the agency ...
05:20 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Why Some Open-Source Companies Are Considering a More Closed Approach
There's no question that the concept of open-source software has revolutionized the enterprise software world, which spent billions of dollars fighting the mere idea for several years before accepting...
04:40 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Office 365 Users in Europe, Asia, and Americas Who Have Enabled Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Are Impacted by an Outage
New submitter neo00 writes: Office 365 users in Europe, Asia, and Americas are impacted by a wide-spread outage causing users who have Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) enabled by default policy to be...
04:00 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot NASA 'Will Eventually' Retire Its New Mega-Rocket if SpaceX, Blue Origin Can Safely Launch Their Own Powerful Rockets
NASA is building a giant rocket ship to return astronauts to the moon and, later on, ferry the first crews to and from Mars. But agency leaders are already contemplating the retirement of the Space La...
03:25 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot AWS Rolls Out New Security Feature To Prevent Accidental S3 Data Leaks
Amazon's Web Services division rolled out new security features to AWS account owners last week that are meant to prevent accidental data exposures caused by the misconfiguration of S3 data storage bu...
02:40 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Apple CEO Explains How a Few Billion Dollars From Google Changes His Views on the Company's 'Unsettling' User Data Mining Activities
In an interview with Axios on HBO Apple CEO Tim Cook explained the decision to use Google as the default search engine on Apple products. This decision, which enables Apple to make up to $9 billion a ...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Bill Nye: We Are Not Going To Live on Mars, Let Alone Turn It Into Earth
pgmrdlm writes: Bill Nye says the idea of Mars colonization and terraforming -- making a planet more Earth-like by modifying its atmosphere -- is science fiction. "This whole idea of terraforming Mars...
12:34 pm - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot GitLab's Secret To Success? All Its 350 Employees Work Remotely
Inc. magazine explains a unique feature of GitLab. "Every employee of the San Francisco-based startup, which offers tools for software developers, works from home."Three years ago, that was nine peopl...
08:34 am - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Now Faces a Massive Backlash. But Will Anything Change?
Slate argues that Facebook "is a normal sleazy company now," saying the company "obscured its problems and fought dirty against its critics" -- but that now its failings are being publicly aired. And ...
05:34 am - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot GitHub's Four Most Popular Programming Languages Remain: JavaScript, Java, Python, and PHP
A recent TechCrunch article claimed to have identified the best indicator of programming language popularity: GitHub's annual "State of the Octoverse" reports. So Austin-based technology reporter Mike...
02:34 am - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot 'Windows Isn't a Service, It's an Operating System'
Iwastheone shares an article by former PC World columnist Chris Hoffman. "No PC users asked Microsoft for Windows as a service," Hoffman complains. "It was all Microsoft's idea.""Software as a servic...
01:34 am - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot How I Got Locked Out of the Chip Implanted In My Hand
Motherboard staff writer Daniel Oberhaus writes:If I had a single piece of advice for anyone thinking about getting an NFC chip implant it would be to do it sober.... [A]t the urging of everyone at th...
12:34 am - Mon, November 19, 2018
Slashdot More Companies Plan To Implant Microchips Into Their Employees' Hands
"British companies are planning to microchip some of their staff in order to boost security and stop them accessing sensitive areas," reports the Telegraph. "Biohax, a Swedish company that provides hu...
11:11 pm - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Is Quantum Computing Impossible?
"Quantum computing is complex and it's not all it's cracked up to be," writes Slashdot reader nickwinlund77, pointing to this new article from IEEE Spectrum arguing it's "not in our foreseeable future...
10:00 pm - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Michael Bloomberg Donates Record $1.8 Billion To Johns Hopkins University; Donation Will Be Devoted Exclusively To Undergraduate Financial Aid
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University. The gift is believed to be the largest ever to an academic institution. The money is earmarked for scho...
09:11 pm - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Antares Successfully Launches ISS Re-Supply Cargo Ship
Long-time Slashdot reader PuddleBoy quotes NasaSpaceflight.com: Northrop Grumman Innovation System's Antares rocket has launched the NG-10 Cygnus, named the S.S. John Young, on its way to the Internat...
08:08 pm - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Google To Pay JavaScript Frameworks To Implement Performance-First Code
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Google will be launching a fund of $200,000 to sponsor the development and implementation of performance-related features in third-party JavaScript frameworks... Frame...
06:56 pm - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Releases A No-Cost Distribution of OpenJDK
An anonymous reader quotes SD Times:Amazon wants to make sure Java is available for free to its users in the long term with the introduction of Amazon Corretto. The solution is a no-cost, multi-platfo...
05:47 pm - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot GitHub's Annual Report Reveals This Year's Top Contributor: Microsoft
GitHub saw more than 67 million pull requests this year -- more than a third of GitHub's "lifetime" total of 200 million pull requests since its launch in 2008. It now hosts 96 million repositories, a...
04:16 pm - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Apple Finally Signs A Big Deal With a Hollywood Movie Studio
"And the winner of the 2021 Academy Award for best picture is .â.â. Apple?" jokes the Washington Post, noting that Apple has just signed a new multi-year movie deal with film production comp...
03:15 pm - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Now Streams Free Ad-Supported Movies -- Including 'The Terminator' and 'Hackers'
YouTube's "Movies & Shows" page added a "Free to Watch" section last month. They're trying to compete with free ad-supported online movie offerings from Roku, Walmart, and Tubi, while "Amazon is r...
02:15 pm - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Compelling New Suspect For DB Cooper Skyjacking Found By Army Data Analyst
A U.S. Army officer with a security clearance and a "solid professional reputation" believes he's solved the infamous D.B. Cooper skyjacking case -- naming two now-dead men in New Jersey who have neve...
10:10 am - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot The Boring Company's First Tunnel Is All Dug Up
Elon Musk has tweeted images of his tunnel-boring machine with the caption "Congratulations @BoringCompany on completing the LA/Hawthorne tunnel! Cutting edge technology!" The update comes a couple we...
07:07 am - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Mars Opportunity Rover Appears To Contact Earth; Turns Out To Be a False Alarm
dmoberhaus writes: NASA's Mars Opportunity rover appeared to briefly make contact with the agency's Deep Space Network on Thursday afternoon after 5 months of silence. In June, a dust storm took Oppor...
05:05 am - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Some Birds Are Excellent Tool-Makers
brindafella writes: Veterinary scientists from Viena have shown that Goffin's cockatoos can do an excellent job of remaking cardboard into tools to get rewards. This follows on from earlier experiment...
03:30 am - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Filed a Patent To Predict Your Household's Demographics Based On Family Photos
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Facebook has submitted a patent application for technology that would predict who your family and other household members are, based on images a...
01:30 am - Sun, November 18, 2018
Slashdot Man Spoofs GPS To Fake Shop Visits For Profit, Gets Caught
AmiMoJo writes: A man in Japan used GPS spoofing to fake 2.7 million visits to shops in the Aeon Kyushu chain. Each visit rewarded him with two "WAON" points, with the total worth around 5.3 million y...
11:23 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot EFF, MuckRock Partner To See How Local Police Are Trading Your Car's Location
v3rgEz writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation and transparency non-profit MuckRock helped file over a thousand public records requests, looking into how local police departments were trading away ...
10:22 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Bill Godbout, Early S-100 Bus Pioneer, Perished In the Camp Wildfire
evanak writes: Bill Godbout was one of the earliest and most influential supports of the S-100 bus in the mid-1970s. He passed away last week due to the Camp wildfire in Concow, California, according ...
09:21 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot People Sensitive To Caffeine's Bitter Taste Drink More Coffee, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A team of researchers conducted their analysis using data stored in something called the UK Biobank. More than 500,000 people have contributed blood, urin...
08:20 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Siri May Soon Process Voice Locally On a Device, No Cloud Required
Proudrooster writes: "Apple wants Siri to become more useful to users when not connected to the internet, including the possibility of an offline mode that does not rely on a backend server to assist ...
07:19 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Says They Compromised ProtonMail; ProtonMail Calls BS
A hacker going by the name AmFearLiathMor is claiming to have hacked ProtonMail and stolen "significant" amounts of data. They have posted a ransom demand to an anonymous Pastebin but it reads like a ...
06:18 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Mark Shuttleworth Reveals Ubuntu 18.04 Will Get a 10-Year Support Lifespan
At the OpenStack Summit in Berlin last week, Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth said in a keynote that Ubuntu 18.04 Long Term Support (LTS) support lifespan would be extended from five years to 10...
05:35 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Alphabet Unit Halts Glucose-Detecting Contact Lens Project
An anonymous reader shares a report from Reuters: Alphabet's life sciences division Verily said on Friday that it was putting on hold one of its oldest and highest-profile projects, a smart contact le...
04:16 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Virginia To Produce 25K-35K Additional CS Grads As Part of Amazon HQ2 Deal
theodp writes: Developers! Developers! Developers! To make good on the proposal that snagged it a share of the Amazon HQ2 prize, the State of Virginia is also apparently on the hook for doubling the a...
03:15 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot BlackBerry Buys Cybersecurity Firm Cylance For $1.4 Billion
wiredmikey shares a report from SecurityWeek: BlackBerry on Friday announced that it has agreed to acquire endpoint security firm Cylance for $1.4 billion in cash. "We plan on immediately expanding th...
02:14 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Dutch Government Report Says Microsoft Office Telemetry Collection Breaks EU GDPR Laws
"The Register reports that Microsoft has been accused of breaking EU's GDPR law by harvesting information through Office 365 and sending it to U.S. servers," writes Slashdot reader Hymer. "The discove...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot 86 Organizations Demand Zuckerberg To Improve Takedown Appeals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg signed by 86 organizations and published on Tuesday implores Facebook to provide a clear, fast mechanism that al...
10:00 am - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Lock-Screen Bypass Bug Quietly Patched In Handsets
secwatcher shares a report from Threatpost: A design flaw affecting all in-display fingerprint sensors -- that left over a half-dozen cellphone models vulnerable to a trivial lock-screen bypass attack...
07:00 am - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot NASA Decommissions the Kepler Space Telescope
Late last month, NASA announced that it would be retiring the Kepler space telescope after nearly ten years of service -- double its initial mission life. Now, as Space.com reports, the planet-hunting...
03:30 am - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot There Is No Link Between Insomnia and Early Death, Study Finds
A new report published in the journal Science Direct says there is no link between insomnia and early death. The researchers reportedly "reviewed 17 studies, which covered close to 37 million people, ...
02:05 am - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot A New Senate Bill Would Hit Robocallers With Up To a $10,000 Fine For Every Call
Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey and South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune have introduced a bill on Friday that aims to ramp up the penalties on illegal robocalls and stop scammers fro...
01:25 am - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Mid-Range Google 'Pixel 3 Lite' Leaks With Snapdragon 670, Headphone Jack
The first alleged images of the rumored "budget" Pixel 3 have been leaked. The Pixel 3 Lite, as it is being called, looks very similar to the Pixel 3, although it features a plastic build construction...
12:45 am - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot Cheaper, Disc-Free Xbox One Coming Next Year, Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft is planning to release a disc-free version of the Xbox One as early as next spring, according to an unsourced report from author Brad S...
12:03 am - Sat, November 17, 2018
Slashdot MiSafes' Child-Tracking Smartwatches Are 'Easy To Hack'
The location-tracking "MiSafe" smartwatch may not be as safe as the name proclaims. According to security researchers from Pen Test Partners, the watches are easy to hack as they do not encrypt the da...
11:20 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Google Cloud Executive Who Sought Pentagon Contract Steps Down
Diane Greene, whose pursuit of Pentagon contracts for artificial intelligence technology sparked a worker uprising at Google, is stepping down as chief executive of the company's cloud computing busin...
10:40 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Trump Signs Bill That Creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: U.S. President Donald Trump signed today a bill into law, approving the creation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The bil...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Linux 4.20 is Running Slower Than 4.19 On Intel CPUs
Freshly Exhumed writes: An intentional kernel change in Linux kernel 4.20 for enhanced Spectre mitigation is unfortunately causing Intel Linux performance to be much slower than with 4.19. That change...
09:25 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Air Quality in San Francisco is So Bad that Uber Drivers Are Selling Masks Out of Their Cars
California's devastating wildfires are causing unhealthy air conditions for locals breathing in harmful fumes. From a report: In San Francisco, which currently has the second-worst-rated air quality o...
08:45 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Has Everything it Needs To Make Massively Popular Algorithm-Driven Fiction
Thu-Huong Ha, writing for Quartz: Amazon's power in books extends way beyond its ability to sell them super cheap and super fast. This year, a little over 40% of the print books sold in the US moved t...
08:02 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Most ATMs Can Be Hacked in Under 20 Minutes
An extensive testing session carried out by bank security experts at Positive Technologies has revealed that most ATMs can be hacked in under 20 minutes, and even less, in certain types of attacks. Fr...
07:20 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft is Testing Ads in Mail App For Windows 10 in Select Markets
Mark Wilson writes: Ads in your inbox. Sounds like something you'd expect from the likes of Google or Yahoo, but Microsoft appears to be about to get in on the act as well. And we're not talking about...
06:40 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Google Maps Has Introduced So Many New Features and Design Changes in Recent Months That Getting Directions On It is Becoming an Increasingly Challenging Task
Earlier this week, Google announced it is bringing business messaging to Maps, the latest in a myriad of features it has introduced to its mapping platform in recent months. A business that wants to p...
06:00 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot A Leaky Database of SMS Text Messages Exposed Password Resets and Two-Factor Codes
A database which contained millions of text messages used to authenticate users signing into websites was left exposed to the internet without a password. From the report: The exposed server belongs t...
05:20 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Store Starts Accepting Windows 10 on ARM Apps
Microsoft announced Friday that it is opening up its online apps store to 64-bit ARM app submissions from developers, further cementing its commitment to make Windows 10 on ARM a viable platform. From...
04:40 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Science is Getting Less Bang for Its Buck
Despite vast increases in the time and money spent on research, progress is barely keeping pace with the past. What went wrong? An anonymous reader shares a report: Today, there are more scientists, m...
04:03 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Kilogram Gets a New Definition
Scientists have changed the way the kilogram is defined. Currently, it is defined by the weight of a platinum-based ingot called "Le Grand K" which is locked away in a safe in Paris. On Friday, resear...
03:20 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot PlayStation Begins Collecting Amusement Tax From Chicago Users
schwit1 writes: PlayStation users in Chicago on Wednesday began paying a 9 percent tax on streaming content as the gaming company starts complying with a city levy. The Sony-owned company joins other ...
02:40 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Jeff Bezos To Employees: 'One Day, Amazon Will Fail' But Our Job is To Delay it as Long as Possible
Days before Amazon announced the cities it had picked for its HQ2, CEO Jeff Bezos had to address a separate but related concern among employees: Where is all this headed? At an all-hands meeting last ...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot 'The Internet Needs More Friction'
Justin Kosslyn, who leads product management at Jigsaw, a unit within Alphabet that builds technology to address global security challenges, writes: The Internet's lack of friction made it great, but ...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot FCC Paves the Way For Improved GPS Accuracy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) paved the way for improved GPS and location accuracy today, approving an order that will allow U.S. phon...
10:00 am - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Remote Workers Can Get a Cushy Apartment, Free Office Space, and $10K If They Move To Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma is offering full-time remote workers in the U.S. free office space, a subsidized furnished apartment, and $10,000 cash if you move there and stay for at least one year. The city wants ...
07:00 am - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Closing Its Schaft Robotics Unit
Google's parent company Alphabet is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts. The news was first reported by Nikkei, but Alphabet c...
03:30 am - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Inventors of Omnidirectional Wind Turbine Win James Dyson Award
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A spinning turbine that can capture wind traveling in any direction and could transform how consumers generate electricity in cities has won its ...
02:05 am - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Why Sleep Apnea Patients Rely On a Lone, DRM-Breaking CPAP Machine Hacker
Jason Koebler writes: "SleepyHead" is a free, open-source, and definitely not FDA-approved piece of software for sleep apnea patients that is the product of thousands of hours of hacking and developme...
01:25 am - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Justice Department Is Preparing To Prosecute WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
According to the Wall Street Journal, "the Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) and is increasingly optimistic ...
12:44 am - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Claims NYT Expose Has 'A Number of Inaccuracies'
Earlier today, Facebook issued a response to a New York Times report on the social media company's handling of the many scandals it faced last year, including Russian interference and the Cambridge An...
12:03 am - Fri, November 16, 2018
Slashdot China Says It Has Developed a Quantum Radar That Can See Stealth Aircraft
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: At a recent air show in the city of Zhuhai, state-owned Chinese defense giant China Electronics Technology Group Corporation displayed what it ...
11:20 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Launched and Landed Another Used Falcon 9 Rocket, Marking Its Record-Tying 18th Launch of the Year
SpaceX has successfully sent up a communications satellite for the country of Qatar, marking the aerospace company's 18th mission in 2018, which ties the company's record in 2017 for the most launches...
10:40 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Uber Joins Linux Foundation Cementing Commitment To Open Source Tools
At the 2018 Uber Open Summit, Uber announced it was joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member, making a firm commitment to using and contributing to open source tools. TechCrunch reports: Uber CTO...
10:03 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Senators Ask Four Major Carriers About Video Slowdowns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Three U.S. Senate Democrats today asked the four major wireless carriers about allegations they've been throttling video services and -- in the c...
09:25 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot How Google Photos Became a Perfect Jukebox for Our Memories
Google Photos, introduced in 2015, has become one of the most emotionally resonant pieces of technology today. It is also shaping our narratives along the way, writes The New York Times' Farhad Manjoo...
08:45 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Fake Fingerprints Can Imitate Real Ones In Biometric Systems, Research Shows
schwit1 shares a report: Researchers have used a neural network to generate artificial fingerprints that work as a "master key" for biometric identification systems and prove fake fingerprints can be ...
08:05 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot FDA Seeks Ban On Menthol Cigarettes To Fight Teen Smoking
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will seek a ban on the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes. From a report: The announcement came as the agency officially released a detaile...
07:25 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot The F-35's Greatest Vulnerability Isn't Enemy Weapons. It's Being Hacked.
schwit1 shares a report: Every F-35 squadron, no matter the country, has a 13-server ALIS package that is connected to the worldwide ALIS network. Individual jets send logistical data back to their na...
06:46 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot A New Raspberry Pi 3 Model A Has Arrived With Bluetooth 4.2 and Dual-Band Wi-Fi For $25
Raspberry Pi has introduced a new version of one of its most popular models just in time to stuff your stocking: the Model A+. And this time around, it's even more attractive. From a report: The Raspb...
06:01 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Wins FCC Approval To Deploy 7,518 Satellites
SpaceX won permission to deploy more than 7,000 satellites, far more than all operating spacecraft currently aloft, from U.S. regulators who also moved to reduce a growing risk from space debris as sk...
05:23 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot The US Military is Making Balloons That Hover at the Edge of Space, Indefinitely
A sensor that can spot the wind direction from miles away will let DARPA's surveillance balloons hover at the very edge of space in one spot indefinitely. An anonymous reader writes: DARPA, the US mil...
04:40 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot The Internet Has a Huge C/C Problem and Developers Don't Want to Deal With It
What do Heartbleed, WannaCry, and million dollar iPhone bugs have in common? From a report: One bug affects iPhones, another affects Windows, and the third affects servers running Linux. At first glan...
04:00 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot How Podcasts Became a Seductive -- and Sometimes Slippery -- Mode of Storytelling
An anonymous reader shares a report: Podcasting has offered advertisers a new means of reaching demographically targeted consumers. Many podcasts feature extended endorsements, read by the host, that ...
03:20 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot YouTube King PewDiePie Surrenders Crown To Indian Record Label T-Series
YouTube is about to crown a new king. T-Series, one of India's largest record labels, will become the most-subscribed channel on the world's most popular video site in the next couple weeks. At the be...
02:40 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Telecoms Giant ZTE is Helping Venezuela Build a System That Monitors Citizen Behavior Through a New Identification Card
The "fatherland card," already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond. From a report: In April 2008, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dispatched Justice Mi...
01:50 pm - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Minister in Charge of Japan's Cybersecurity Says He Has Never Used a Computer
Futurepower(R) shares a report: A lot of people don't use computers. Most of them aren't in charge of a nation's cybersecurity. But one is. Japanese lawmakers were aghast on Wednesday when Yoshitaka S...
10:00 am - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Reportedly Ordered All Facebook Executives To Use Android Phones After Tim Cook Criticized Facebook
A new report from the New York Times sheds some light on what happened inside Facebook last year as the company was fighting numerous scandals, including Russian interference and the Cambridge Analyti...
07:00 am - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla's 'Privacy Not Included' Gift Report Highlights Security Concerns
Mozilla has released its second annual "Privacy Not Included" guide that rates 70 products to help give you an idea as to how secure or insecure they are. "We want to provide people information about ...
03:30 am - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot A Massive Impact Crater Has Been Detected Beneath Greenland's Ice Sheet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: An unusually large asteroid crater measuring 19 miles wide has been discovered under a continental ice sheet in Greenland. Roughly the size of Paris, ...
02:05 am - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot China's Fusion Reactor Reaches 100 Million Degrees Celsius
hackingbear shares a report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: The team of scientists from China's Institute of Plasma Physics announced this week that plasma in their Experimental Advanced...
01:25 am - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Reportedly Hired a PR Firm That Wrote Negative Articles About Rivals, Pushed George Soros Conspiracy Theory
According to a recently-published report in the New York Times, Facebook hired a public relations firm last year that wrote dozens of articles critical of rivals Google and Apple and pushed the idea t...
12:45 am - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Safari Tests 'Not Secure' Warning For Unencrypted Websites
Similar to Chrome, Apple's Safari browser is testing a warning system for when users visit websites that aren't protected by HTTPS encryption. "The feature for now is only in Safari Technology Preview...
12:03 am - Thu, November 15, 2018
Slashdot Many Free Mobile VPN Apps Are Based In China Or Have Chinese Ownership
A new study has found that more than half of the top free mobile VPN returned by Play Store and App Store searches are from developers based in China or with Chinese ownership, raising serious concern...
11:20 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Indiegogo 'Guaranteed Shipping' Will Ensure Refunds If Campaigns Fail
Indiegogo will start offering "guaranteed shipping" on some crowdfunding campaigns through a pilot program starting next year. Creators who choose to partake in the pilot will promise to users that th...
10:40 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg 'Not Able' To Attend International Disinformation Hearing
Mark Zuckerberg is "not able" to attend a joint disinformation hearing in London, Facebook says. "In a letter to the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, the company declined to say why Z...
10:03 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Forced To Refund $700,000 To Customers Over Misleading Fees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Comcast has been forced to shell out $700,000 in refunds and cancel the debt of more than 20,000 Massachusetts customers after a state attorney ge...
09:25 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Plummets Under $6,000 To a New Low For the Year
Bitcoin's moment of relative stability ended abruptly Wednesday. The world's largest cryptocurrency hit its lowest level of the year, falling as much as 9 percent to a low of $5,640.36, according to C...
08:46 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Why is Antivirus Software Still a Thing?
Antivirus has been around for more than 20 years. But do you still need it to protect yourself today? From a report: In general, you probably do. But there are caveats. If you are worried about your i...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Climate Change is Making Hurricanes Even More Destructive, Research Finds
Hurricane Harvey swamped Houston with seven days of pounding rain last August. When scientists went back to look at historical weather patterns, they reported Harvey dumped 20 percent more rain than i...
07:30 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot New Yorkers Protest Amazon HQ2: 'We Should Be Investing in Housing ... Not in Helicopters'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Shawn Dixon's life changed overnight. On Tuesday he was surprised to learn that Amazon plans to build a giant campus with room for thousands of high-paid workers o...
06:52 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot United Nations Considers a Test Ban on Evolution-Warping Gene Drives
Bill Gates wants to end malaria, and so he's particularly "energized" about gene drives, a technology that could wipe out the mosquitoes that spread the disease. Gates calls the new approach a "breakt...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Discover Seven New Meltdown and Spectre Attacks
A team of nine academics has revealed today seven new CPU attacks. The seven impact AMD, ARM, and Intel CPUs to various degrees. From a report: Two of the seven new attacks are variations of the Meltd...
05:27 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Google's Night Sight Feature Arrives For Pixel Phones
Google on Wednesday started to roll out 'Night Sight', a much anticipated-feature to the Pixel smartphones that is designed to help users capture better photos in low-light conditions. From a report: ...
04:46 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot ProtonVPN Passes 1 Million Users and Launches on iOS
Encrypted email service provider ProtonMail has launched its standalone VPN app for iOS devices. From a report: The announcement comes more than a year after ProtonVPN launched globally for desktop us...
04:04 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Russia Jammed GPS During Major NATO Military Exercise With US Troops
The Russian military jammed GPS signals during a major NATO military exercise in Norway that involved thousands of US and NATO troops, the alliance said Wednesday, citing the Norwegian government. Fro...
03:20 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot 'Jeff Bezos is Wrong, Tech Workers Are Not Bullies'
Silicon Valley employees have a right and duty to protest when we think projects are unethical, writes Laura Nolan, who recently left Google. From her opinion piece for Financial Times: Messrs Bezos a...
02:40 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Acknowledge Key Errors in Study of How Fast the Oceans Are Warming
A major study claimed the oceans were warming much faster than previously thought. But researchers now say they can't necessarily make that claim. From a report: Two weeks after the high-profile study...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Accused of 'Trust Demolition' Over Health App
A privacy expert is criticizing Google for taking over a controversial health app developed by AI firm DeepMind. The app in question -- Streams -- was first used to send alerts in a London hospital bu...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Food Taste 'Not Protected By Copyright,' EU Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The taste of a food cannot be protected by copyright, the EU's highest legal authority has ruled in a case involving a Dutch cheese. The European Cour...
12:48 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Netflix is Testing a Mobile-Only, $3 Subscription To Make Its Service More Affordable
Netflix is testing a cut-price mobile-only subscription, priced as low as $3 for some, as it explores new packages aimed at widening its appeal in Asia and other emerging markets. TechCrunch: CEO Reed...
12:20 pm - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Accused of 'Trust Demolition' Over Health App
A privacy expert is criticizing Google for taking over a controversial health app developed by AI firm DeepMind. The app in question -- Streams -- was first used to send alerts in a London hospital bu...
10:00 am - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Large, Strangely Dim Galaxy Found Lurking On Far Side of Milky Way
Iwastheone shares a reprot from Science Magazine: Circling our galaxy is a stealthy giant. Astronomers have discovered a dwarf galaxy, called Antlia 2, that is one-third the size of the Milky Way itse...
07:00 am - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Man Pleads Guilty To Swatting Attack That Led To Death of Kansas Man
Federal prosecutors in Kansas announced Tuesday that a 25-year-old Californian has admitted that he caused a Wichita man to be killed at the hands of local police during a swatting attack late last ye...
03:30 am - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Tantalizing But Preliminary Evidence of a 'Brain Microbiome'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: We know the menagerie of microbes in the gut has powerful effects on our health. Could some of these same bacteria be making a home in our br...
02:30 am - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Waymo To Start First Driverless Car Service Next Month
Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo is planning to launch the world's first commercial driverless car service in early December. According to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the plans, ...
01:50 am - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Absorbing DeepMind's Health Care Unit To Create An 'AI Assistant For Nurses and Doctors'
Google has announced that it's absorbing DeepMind Health, a part of its London-based AI lab DeepMind. "In a blog post, DeepMind's founders said it was a 'major milestone' for the company that would he...
12:50 am - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Nasty Adobe Bug Deleted $250,000 Worth of Man's Files, Lawsuit Claims
Freelance videographer Dave Cooper has filed a class action lawsuit against Adobe, alleging that an update to Premiere Pro came with a flaw in the way it handles file management that resulted in the d...
12:10 am - Wed, November 14, 2018
Slashdot Couple Who Ran ROM Site To Pay Nintendo $12 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Nintendo has won a lawsuit seeking to take two large retro-game ROM sites offline, on charges of copyright infringement. The judgement, made publi...
11:30 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Patches Vulnerability That Could Have Exposed User Data
Yet another vulnerability has been patched that could have exposed user data. According to security company Imperva, the bug "allowed websites to obtain private information about Facebook users and th...
10:50 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Nigerian Firm Takes Blame For Routing Google Traffic Through China
Earlier today, it was reported that Google suffered a brief outage on Monday that pushed some of its traffic through networks in Russia, China, and Nigeria. Soon after Google said it would conduct an ...
10:10 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Getting More Than $2 Billion For NYC, Virginia Expansions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Over the last year, Amazon has dangled in front of cities the possibility that they could host the company's "second headquarters" -- a massive $...
09:30 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Twitter is Struggling To Contain the Bitcoin Scam Outbreak
Google's official G Suite Twitter account is the latest victim of an ongoing bitcoin scam that has been plaguing the social media platform for the last few weeks. Earlier on Wednesday, Target saw a si...
08:45 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot The British Army is Carrying Out a Massive Test of Military Robots and Drones
The British Army is testing out over 70 new technologies, including unmanned vehicles and surveillance drones, in a four-week experiment on one of its biggest training grounds. From a report: What sor...
08:04 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Hitman 2's Denuvo DRM Cracked Days Before the Game's Release
thegarbz writes: Denuvo, the darling of the DRM industry was once considered by publishers to be the final solution to piracy. Slashdot has documented the slow decline of Denuvo from stories in 2014, ...
07:20 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Resumes Rollout of Windows 10 Version 1809, Promises Quality Changes
Microsoft on Wednesday resumed the rollout of Windows 10 version 1809. The re-release of the so-called October 2018 Update comes more than five weeks after the company pulled the original installation...
06:40 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot WannaCry is Still Dominating Ransomware
An anonymous reader writes: WannaCry, once the greatest cybersecurity calamity in history, now doesn't work. A website critical to its function is now controlled by civic-minded security researchers, ...
06:00 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Intel Launches New Core i9-9980XE 18-Core CPU With 4.5GHz Boost Clock
MojoKid writes: When Intel officially announced its 9th Generation Core processors, it used the opportunity to also unveil a refreshed line-up of 9th Gen-branded Core-X series processors. Unlike other...
05:20 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Xiaomi Mi 6 Smartphones Hacked At Pwn2Own Tokyo
wiredmikey writes: Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Xiaomi Mi 6 smartphones were all hacked on the first day of the Pwn2Own Tokyo 2018 contest taking place this week alongside the PacSec security...
04:45 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Can AIs Create True Art?
An anonymous reader shares an analysis: Last month, AI-generated art arrived on the world auction stage under the auspices of Christie's, proving that artificial intelligence can not only be creative ...
04:00 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Inside the Messy, Dark Side of Nintendo Switch Piracy
Doxing rivals, stealing each other's files, and poking around Nintendo's servers are all a normal part of the ballooning Nintendo Switch hacking and piracy scenes. Joseph Cox, reports for Motherboard:...
03:20 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Google Suffered a Brief Outage on Monday Which Pushed Some of Its Traffic Through Russia, China and Nigeria; Company Says It Will Do an Investigation
Google suffered a brief outage and slowdown Monday, with some of its traffic getting rerouted through networks in Russia, China and Nigeria. From a report: Incorrect routing instructions sent some of ...
03:10 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Picks New York, Northern Virginia For HQ2 [Update: Confirmed]
The Washington Post is reporting that Amazon has picked New York's Long Island City and Arlington County's Crystal City neighborhoods as the company's second headquarters (Warning: source paywalled; a...
02:40 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Corporate America's Blockchain and Bitcoin Fever is Over
S&P 500 executives are dropping blockchain buzzwords less on earnings calls and during presentations to analysts and investors. Analysts are also asking about it less. From a report: The hype was ...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot A Look at How One of the Largest Record Companies in the World Once Owned Rockstar Games and Sold it For a Pittance
Question: what is entertainment's highest-grossing weekend debut of all time? Hint: It only took place two weeks ago. From a report: It was claimed by a Western-themed video game called Red Dead Redem...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot A 100,000-Router Botnet Is Feeding On a 5-Year-Old UPnP Bug In Broadcom Chips
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A recently discovered botnet has taken control of an eye-popping 100,000 home and small-office routers made from a range of manufacturers, mainly...
10:00 am - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Douglas Rain, Voice of HAL 9000 In '2001: A Space Odyssey,' Dies At 90
schwit1 shares a report from The Hollywood Reporter: Douglas Rain, the veteran Canadian stage actor who provided the soft and gentle voice of the rogue HAL 9000 computer for Stanley Kubrick's classic ...
07:00 am - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Picks New York, Northern Virginia For HQ2
The Washington Post is reporting that Amazon has picked New York's Long Island City and Arlington County's Crystal City neighborhoods as the company's second headquarters (Warning: source paywalled; a...
03:30 am - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Israel Aims To Ban Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles By 2030
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CleanTechnica: 2030 seems like a long way off, but it's really just around the corner. And when the bell tolls at midnight on December 31, 2030, you may not be...
02:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook To Let French Regulators Investigate On Moderation Processes
Facebook and the French government are working together to look at the social media company's efforts to moderate content on its site. "At the start of 2019, French regulators will launch an informal ...
01:25 am - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot Should Comcast Be Investigated For Antitrust Violations?
The American Cable Association (ACA), an industry group that represents over 700 small and medium-sized cable operators, wants antitrust regulators to investigate whether Comcast-NBCUniversal is abusi...
12:45 am - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot The Next Version of HTTP Won't Be Using TCP
"The HTTP-over-QUIC experimental protocol will be renamed to HTTP/3 and is expected to become the third official version of the HTTP protocol, officials at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) h...
12:03 am - Tue, November 13, 2018
Slashdot The Real Reason Palmer Luckey Was Fired From Facebook
ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols argues that the founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, wasn't fired because of his political views, as a recently-published Wall Street Journal article suggests, but becau...
11:20 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Drive-By Shooting Suspect Remotely Wipes iPhone X, Catches Extra Charges
schwit1 shares a report from Apple Insider: A woman from Schenectady, N.Y. accused of being the driver in a shooting used Apple's remote wipe feature to destroy evidence on her iPhone X that might hav...
10:40 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot US Chip Cards Are Being Compromised In the Millions
According to a study from Gemini Advisory, some 60 million U.S. cards were compromised in the past 12 months. "Of those, 93 percent were EMV chip-enabled," reports Threatpost. "Also, crucially, 75 per...
10:03 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Confirms Its T2 Security Chip Blocks Some Third-Party Repairs of New Macs
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Verge about Apple's new security-focused T2 chip found in the newest Mac computers. The introduction of the chip "has renewed concerns that Apple is trying...
09:25 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot More Than 50 Nations Launch 'Paris Call' To Fix Hate Speech and Cyberattacks; China and Russia Not Among Signatories, Trump Administration Reluctant To Sign
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday launched a push to regulate the internet.France and U.S. technology giants, including Microsoft, are pushing for governments and companies worldwide to sign ...
08:45 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot YouTube CEO Says EU's Proposed Copyright Regulation Financially Impossible
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has again hit out at proposed new European Union copyright rules which she claims is impossible for a platform like YouTube to comply with, and if done so, could harm the cr...
08:00 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Study Opens Route To Ultra-Low-Power Microchips
Freshly Exhumed writes: A new approach to controlling magnetism in a microchip could open the doors to memory, computing, and sensing devices that consume drastically less power than existing versions...
06:55 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' Real-Life Superhero, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, who wrote and published a comic book legacy that spans from the Depression Era to the present day, who created Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Thor, has died. He was 95. Lee wa...
06:50 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Firefox Debuts Price Wise, an Experimental Price-Tracking Feature To Help Users Score Top Shopping Deals
The Firefox Test Pilot team on Monday rolled out two new experimental features, one of which is aimed to make this year's holiday shopping a bit easier on your wallet. It's called Price Wise, and it's...
06:10 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot US Overtakes China in Top Supercomputer List
China has been pushed into third place on a list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. From a report: The latest list by Top 500, published twice a year, puts two US machines -- Summit and Sier...
05:30 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Say Social Media Can Cause Depression
Spending too much time on "social media" sites like Facebook is making people more than just miserable. It may also be making them depressed. From a report: A new study conducted by psychologists at t...
04:57 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Voice Tech Like Alexa and Siri Hasn't Found Its True Calling Yet
An anonymous reader shares a report: As the holiday shopping season approaches, voice-powered smart speakers are again expected to be big sellers, adding to the approximately one-quarter to one-third ...
04:20 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Better 'Nowcasting' Can Reveal What Weather is About To Hit Within 500 Meters
Weather forecasting is impressively accurate given how changeable and chaotic Earth's climate can be. It's not unusual to get 10-day forecasts with a reasonable level of accuracy. But there is still m...
03:47 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Rocket Lab's Modest Launch Is Giant Leap For Small Rocket Business
Reader Iwastheone shares a report: A small rocket from a little-known company lifted off Sunday from the east coast of New Zealand, carrying a clutch of tiny satellites. That modest event -- the first...
02:47 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot 'Why PC Builders Should Stock Up on Components Now'
Michael Kan, writing for PCMag: NZXT is a popular PC desktop case vendor, but the California-based company recently had to raise its prices. The reason? The new US tariffs on Chinese imports includes ...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Says It Will Test Lower-Price Subscription Plans
Netflix says it plans to begin testing lower-priced subscription in some markets in a bid to see if it will help the company boost the number of subscribers, CEO Reed Hastings told Bloomberg. The comp...
01:39 pm - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Says It Will Test Lower-Price Subscription Plans
Netflix says it plans to begin testing lower-priced subscription in some markets in a bid to see if it will help the company boost the number of subscribers, CEO Reed Hastings told Bloomberg. The comp...
11:38 am - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot The Problem Behind a Viral Video of a Persistent Baby Bear
Ed Yong, writing for The Atlantic: For many people, a two-and-a-half-minute video of a baby brown bear trying to scale a snow-covered mountain was a life-affirming testament to the power of persistenc...
08:19 am - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Says Follower Count is Meaningless
In a fireside chat in New Delhi, India, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Monday the "follower count" metric on the social platform is meaningless. Talking in front of a live audience, the Twitter co-found...
07:40 am - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Attacks on the Media Are a Threat To Democracy, Justin Trudeau Says
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a press freedom event in Paris Sunday that one of the bulwarks protecting democratic governments from being undermined is also an institution under stress -- a free-...
05:50 am - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Tencent Has Access To China's National Citizen Database
The Chinese government doesn't want children playing games for several hours every day. It said as much in a public notice from August. Now, Tencent is going along with that recommendation. The world'...
02:00 am - Mon, November 12, 2018
Slashdot Switzerland Remains 'Extremely Attractive' For Pirate Sites, MPAA Says
While the European Union has worked hard to strengthen its copyright laws in recent years, one country in the heart of the continent chooses its own path. Switzerland is not part of the EU, which mean...
10:10 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot What Your Phone is Telling Wall Street
Your phone knows where you shop, where you work and where you sleep. Hedge funds are very interested in such data, so they are buying it. From a report: When Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the c...
09:02 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot When No One Retires
More and more Americans want to work longer -- or have to, given that many aren't saving adequately for retirement. From a report: Before our eyes, the world is undergoing a massive demographic transf...
08:02 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot How Nature Defies Math in Keeping Ecosystems Stable
Paradoxically, the abundance of tight interactions among living species usually leads to disasters in ecological models. New analyses hint at how nature seemingly defies the math. Veronique Greenwood,...
07:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 Service Launches on Android and iOS
harrymcc writes: Content-distribution network Cloudflare has introduced iOS and Android versions of 1.1.1.1, a free service which helps shield you from snoops by replacing your standard DNS with its e...
06:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Xbox One To Gain Mouse and Keyboard Support Next Week
Microsoft will add mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One next week, the company announced during its X018 gaming event. From a report: In a surprising twist, Fortnite will be one of the first gam...
05:06 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Why Bigger Planes Mean Cramped Quarters
An anonymous reader shares a report: The ironic thing about the compressed state of air travel today is that planes are getting larger. The jet I was on, an Airbus A321, stretches nearly 23 feet longe...
04:06 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Bicycles Are Faster Than Cars and Motorized Two-Wheelers in Cities and Towns, Study Says
Smartphone data from riders and drivers schlepping meals for restaurant-to-home courier service Deliveroo shows that bicycles are faster than cars and motorized two-wheelers. From a news writeup, whic...
04:06 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Cyclists Are Faster Than Cars And Motorbikes in Cities and Towns, Study Says
Smartphone data from riders and drivers schlepping meals for restaurant-to-home courier service Deliveroo shows that bicycles are faster than cars and motorized two-wheelers. From a news writeup, whic...
03:01 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Deserialization Issues Also Affect Ruby -- Not Just Java, PHP, and .NET
An anonymous reader writes: The Ruby programming language is impacted by a similar "deserialization issue" that has affected and wreaked havoc in the Java ecosystem in 2016; an issue that later also p...
02:02 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot The World is Running Out of Sand, and People Are Dying as a Result
You may be thinking: But sand is everywhere, there are whole deserts filled with the stuff. The sand in a desert, though, is useless as a construction material. The grains are out in the open and blow...
12:33 pm - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot China's Alibaba Sets New Singles' Day Sales Record With More Than Eight Hours To Go in 24-Hour Shopping Festival
Alibaba Group surpassed last year's Singles' Day record with more than eight hours to go before the end of the 24-hour shopping festival, cementing its position as the world's biggest retail event and...
11:34 am - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Can Facebook Keep Large-Scale Misinformation From the Free World?
You can have a disaster-free Election Day in the social media age, writes New York Times columnist Kevin Roose, "but it turns out that it takes constant vigilance from law enforcement agencies, academ...
08:34 am - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Credit Card Chips Have Failed to Halt Fraud (So Far)
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:New chip-enabled credit cards, which were rolled out to U.S. consumers starting in 2015, were supposed to put an end to rampant credit card fraud. So much for that. ...
05:37 am - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot A 'Clippy'-Style Chatbot -- and Other Creepy Online Dating Innovations
An anonymous reader quotes Yahoo Finance:The dating site eharmony is hoping to launch a chatbot to stop people from ghosting, or cutting off communication with potential matches, CEO Grant Langston ex...
02:39 am - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Were Russian Hackers Deterred From Interfering In America's Election?
"Despite probing and trolling, a Russian cyberattack is the dog that did not bark in Tuesday's midterm elections," writes national security columnist Eli Lake.This is the assessment of the Department ...
12:34 am - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Principal Fired For Using School's Computer Room To Mine Cryptocurrency
"A Chinese headmaster has been fired after a secret stack of crypto-currency mining machines was found connected to his school's electricity supply," writes the BBC. An anonymous reader quotes their r...
12:05 am - Sun, November 11, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Worker Charged With Embezzling More Than $9 Million
An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup:A former Tesla global supply manager was indicted Thursday by federal prosecutors alleging he embezzled more than $9 million from the Palo Alto electr...
11:34 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot VW Plans A $ 22K Electric Car To Compete With Tesla, Transition From Combustion Engines
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Volkswagen intends to sell electric cars for less than 20,000 euros ($22,836) and protect German jobs by converting three factories to make Tesla rivals, a source fa...
10:34 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Only 22% of Americans Now Trust Facebook's Handling of Personal Info
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Facebook is the least trustworthy of all major tech companies when it comes to safeguarding user data, according to a new national poll conducted for Fortune, highli...
09:34 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Did We Miss an Interstellar Comet Four Years Ago?
Long-time Slashdot reader RockDoctor writes: A paper published on Arxiv last week reports on a project to redetermine the "orbits of long period comets... We recently attempted to check, whether the a...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Disgruntled Security Researcher Publishes Major VirtualBox 0-Day Exploit
"A Russian security researcher has published details about a zero-day vulnerability affecting VirtualBox, an Oracle software application for running virtual machines," reports ZDNet.According to a tex...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple Blocks Linux From Booting On New Hardware With T2 Security Chip
AmiMoJo writes:Apple's new-generation Macs come with a new so-called Apple T2 security chip that's supposed to provide a secure enclave co-processor responsible for powering a series of security featu...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot AI Researchers Predict Alzheimer's Years Before Diagnosis
Slashdot reader pgmrdlm quotes Science Daily: Timely diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is extremely important, as treatments and interventions are more effective early in the course of the disease. How...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot What Does It Take To Keep a Classic IBM 1401 Mainframe Alive?
"Think your vintage computer hardware is old?" writes long-time Slashdot reader corrosive_nf. "Ken Shirriff, Robert Garne, and their associates probably have you beat. "The IBM 1401 was introduced in ...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot The Free Software Foundation Releases New Comments About Licenses
"We recently published a number of updates to our licensing materials," the Free Software Foundation announced Thursday, adding that "While we generally post individual announcements for these types o...
03:00 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot World Chess Champion Faces American Challenger, Grueling First Game, and Woody Harrelson
"It's the biggest chess event of the year as World Champion Magnus Carlsen will try to defend his title against the American challenger Fabiano Caruana," reports Chess.com -- which is webcasting game ...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot US Military Publicly Dumps Russian Government Malware Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: This week, U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), a part of the military tasked with hacking and cybersecurity focused missions, started publicly releasin...
10:00 am - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Free AV1 Video Codec For Windows 10
Microsoft has released a free AV1 video codec for Windows 10 devices that's available via the Microsoft Store. "Play AV1 videos on your Windows 10 device. This extension is an early beta version of th...
07:00 am - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Mac Mini Teardown Reveals User-Upgradable RAM, But Soldered Down CPU and Storage
iFixit has released their teardown of the new Mac mini, providing a look inside the portable desktop computer. Some of the notable findings include user-upgradable RAM and soldered CPU and SSD. Mac Ru...
03:30 am - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Consumer Business Has Turned Off Its Oracle Data Warehouse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon.com Inc. has taken another step toward eliminating software from Oracle Corp. that has long helped the e-commerce giant run its retail busine...
02:20 am - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot The DEA and ICE Are Hiding Surveillance Cameras In Streetlights
According to federal contracting documents, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have hidden an undisclosed number of covert surveillance camera...
01:40 am - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Defeat Perceptual Ad Blockers, Declare 'New Arms Race'
dmoberhaus writes: Perceptual ad blockers were supposed to be the "superweapon" that put an end to the arms race between advertisers and users. According to new research, however, perceptual ad blocke...
01:00 am - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Strategy Guide Company Prima Games Is Shutting Down
Prima Games, the publishing company that has printed video game strategy games since it was founded in 1990, is shutting down. "The label will no longer publish new guides starting now, and it will of...
12:20 am - Sat, November 10, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Follows Google To End Mandatory Arbitration For Sexual-Harassment Claims
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Facebook on Friday became the latest tech company to end a policy of requiring employees to settle claims of sexual harassment through private arbitratio...
11:40 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Using AI To Digitize 5 Million Historical Photos
Google is working with The New York Times to digitize its huge collection of about 7 million historic images. The pictures are apparently kept in the newspaper's "morgue," which contains pictures goin...
11:00 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Stole Income, Immigration and Tax Data In Healthcare.gov Breach, Government Confirms
Late last month, HealthCare.gov suffered a data breach exposing 75,000 customers. Details were sparse at the time of the breach, but have now learned that hackers obtained "inappropriate access" to a ...
10:20 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot 'Amazon's HQ2 Was a Con, Not a Contest'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: To dozens of cities across the United States, Amazon's widely publicized search for a "second headquarters" looked like thousands of new jobs, up for g...
09:42 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Dyson May Make Wearable Air Purifiers That Double as Headphones, Says Report
A vacuum giant may be looking to hoover up some of the wearable tech market. From a report: Dyson is considering making a wearable air purifier that could double as headphones, according to Bloomberg,...
09:01 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot China Violated Obama-Era Cybertheft Pact, U.S. Official Says
China has violated an accord it signed with the U.S. three years ago pledging not to engage in hacking for the purpose of economic espionage, a senior U.S. intelligence official said this week. From a...
08:20 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Kicking All Unauthorized Apple Refurbishers Off the Site
In a new agreement between tech giants Amazon and Apple, shoppers will soon see a selection of the latest Apple products on Amazon.com. This is not good news for everyone. Motherboard: John Bumstead i...
07:40 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Says Adding Dark Mode To Apps Saves Battery
Dark Mode is not just more aesthetically pleasing to many people, there are real battery-life boosts to be had -- and Google has the numbers to prove it. From a report: Touting the benefits of Dark Mo...
07:00 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot There Are Way Too Many Streaming Services
Cord-cutting promised us that we won't have to pay the ludicrously large cable bills. But it turns out, as long as you do not just want to watch a very limited set of movies and TV shows, you will hav...
06:20 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot The New York Times Digitizes Millions of Photos Going Back To 19th Century
The New York Times is digitizing millions of historical photos dating back to 1896. From a report: The NYT has a massive collection of photos dating back decades, and the plan is to digitize millions ...
05:30 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot As Windows Becomes a Service, Microsoft Needs To Be Transparent About Issues With That Service To Customers. In Recent Weeks, It Has Failed Miserably at That.
Veteran technology columnist Ed Bott writes: "Windows as a service" sounded like a good idea in 2015, when Microsoft released Windows 10. But after a terrible October, Microsoft's Windows 10 problems ...
04:40 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot The First Detailed Look at How Elon Musk's Space Internet Could Work
SpaceX has been granted permission by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to set up a vast network of thousands of low Earth orbit communication satellites. But the company has been tight-lipp...
04:00 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot How Biologists Are Creating Life-like Cells From Scratch
Built from the bottom up, synthetic cells and other creations are starting to come together and could soon test the boundaries of life. From a report: Researchers have been trying to create artificial...
03:10 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot How YouTube's Algorithm Really Works
YouTube wants to recommend things people will like, and the clearest signal of that is whether other people liked them. From a report: Pew found that 64 percent of recommendations went to videos with ...
02:45 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Wildfire Devastates California Town of Paradise
A number of readers have shared this report: Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and stru...
02:02 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot US Secret Service Warns ID Thieves are Abusing USPS's Mail Scanning Service
Brian Krebs reports: A year ago, KrebsOnSecurity warned that "Informed Delivery," a new offering from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that lets residents view scanned images of all incoming mail, was l...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Disney's New Netflix Rival Will Be Called Disney, Launch Late 2019
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Disney's new streaming service will be called Disney+ and launch in late 2019, CEO Bob Iger announced on the company's earnings call Thursday. The servic...
10:00 am - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Vine's Successor Byte Launches Next Spring
Vine's co-founder, Dom Hofmann, has been working on "a follow-up to Vine" for over a year and we now know what the successor will be called and when it will be ready for the masses. According to The V...
07:00 am - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Aims To Bring Internet To Rural Tribal Lands In Washington, Montana
Microsoft has announced an agreement with Native Network to provide broadband internet access to nearly 73,500 people without service in rural communities in Montana and Washington. Great Falls Tribun...
03:30 am - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot How Dad's Stresses Get Passed Along To Offspring
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm "learn" paternal e...
02:23 am - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Chinese News Agency Adds AI Anchors To Its Broadcast Team
Two AI anchors are joining China's state-run news agency Xinhua. "The two anchors, one that speaks in English and another in Chinese, have the likeness of some of Xinhua's human anchors, but their voi...
01:30 am - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Micron Kicks Off Mass Production of 12Gb DRAM Chips
Micron is now producing its first LPDDR4X memory devices using its second-generation 10nm-class process technology. "The new memory devices offer standard LPDDR4X data transfer rates of up to 4.266 Gb...
12:50 am - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Pledges To Overhaul Its Sexual Harassment Policy After Global Protests
In an email to staff on Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would overhaul its sexual harassment policies, "meeting some of the demands of employees who organized historic walkouts acr...
12:10 am - Fri, November 9, 2018
Slashdot Cisco Removed Its Seventh Backdoor Account This Year, and That's a Good Thing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Cisco, the world's leading provider of top networking equipment and enterprise software, has released today 15 security updates, including a fix for an ...
11:30 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Vulnerability Could Make DJI Drones a Spy In the Sky
wiredmikey writes from a report via SecurityWeek: A vulnerability in systems operated by Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) -- the world's largest drone manufacturer -- allowed anybody in the world to have fu...
10:50 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Robyn Denholm Takes Over the Reigns of Tesla From Elon Musk
azcoyote shares a report from Reuters: Tesla director Robyn Denholm, a telecoms executive who has worked for Toyota, has been promoted to chairwoman of the electric car company, tasked with regulating...
10:10 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Sprint Is Throttling Microsoft's Skype Service, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Sprint has been slowing traffic to Microsoft's internet-based video chat service Skype, according to new findings from an ongoing study by Northeaster...
09:30 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot David Attenborough To Present Netflix Nature Series 'Our Planet'
Renowned British naturalist David Attenborough is lending his voice to "Our Planet," Netflix's big-budget wildlife series. From a report: The 92-year-old broadcaster has been synonymous with the BBC's...
08:51 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Cord Cutting Accelerates as Pay TV Loses 1 Million Customers in Largest-Ever Quarterly Loss
Cable and satellite TV providers lost about 1.1 million subscribers during the July to September period, the largest quarterly loss ever -- and the first time the industry lost more than 1 million sub...
08:10 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot A Bug in Steam, Which Was Recently Patched, Could Have Given Users Access To Activation Key of Any Game
Ukrainian vulnerability researcher has found a bug that would have allowed him to download all the activation keys (also known as CD keys) made available through the Steam gaming platform, for any gam...
07:30 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Chrome Will Soon Warn Users About Web Pages With Unclear Mobile Billing Services
Google is introducing a small but important update to its Chrome browser, one designed to prevent consumers from being swindled by underhanded or unclear mobile subscription services. From a report: S...
06:53 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Has the Love Affair With Driving Gotten Stuck in Traffic?
America's love affair with the automobile and those dreams of roaring off on open highways are on the wane as the nation grapples with too much stop-and-go traffic and too many hours spent behind the ...
06:10 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot A Third of Wikipedia Discussions Are Stuck in Forever Beefs
An anonymous reader shares a report: Wikipedia, the internet's encyclopedia, is run entirely by volunteers -- people who spend large swaths of their personal time making sure the information that hund...
05:31 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's AbeBooks Backs Down After Booksellers Stage Global Protest
An "extraordinary and unprecedented" global protest from antiquarian booksellers has forced the Amazon-owned secondhand marketplace AbeBooks to backtrack on its decision to pull out of several countri...
04:50 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Sundar Pichai of Google: 'Technology Doesn't Solve Humanity's Problems'
In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has addressed some of the recent tensions within the company and those that the entire industry appears to be grappling wi...
04:10 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot To Keep Pace With Moore's Law, Chipmakers Turn to 'Chiplets'
As chipmakers struggle to keep up with Moore's law, they are increasingly looking for alternatives to boost computers' performance. "We're seeing Moore's law slowing," says Mark Papermaster, chief tec...
03:31 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Some Windows 10 Pro Users Say Their PCs Are No Longer Activated And Are Been Prompted To Downgrade To Windows 10 Home
If you're having trouble activating your Windows 10 Pro computer today, you're not alone. Forums and social media networks are getting flooded with complaints from users who say their machines have au...
02:40 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot China's Brightest Children Are Being Recruited To Develop AI 'Killer Bots'
A group of some of China's smartest students have been recruited straight from high school to begin training as the world's youngest AI weapons scientists. Local media reports: The 27 boys and four gi...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot US Cyber Command Starts Uploading Foreign APT Malware To VirusTotal
The Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF), a subordinate unit of US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), set in motion a new initiative this week through which the DOD would share malware samples it discovered o...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot UK Renewable Energy Capacity Surpasses Fossil Fuels For First Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have bee...
10:00 am - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's Unsend Feature Will Give You 10 Minutes To Delete a Message
Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg came under fire after he and other executives removed their Facebook messages from several recipients' inboxes. The move led many to question whether the company wou...
08:43 am - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Adding Android Support For Foldable Screens
At its Android Developer Summit today, Google detailed plans to bake support for folding phones into the mobile operating system. One of the first Android phones to hit the market with a foldable disp...
03:30 am - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Georgia's Secretary of State Brian Kemp Doxes Thousands of Absentee Voters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Georgia's secretary of state and candidate for state governor in the midterm election, Brian Kemp, has taken the unusual, if not unprecedented step...
02:05 am - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot China's Brightest Children Are Being Recruited To Develop AI 'Killer Bots'
According to The South China Morning Post, "some of China's smartest students have been recruited straight from high school to begin training as the world's youngest AI weapons scientists." A total of...
01:25 am - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Free Music Archive Is Shutting Down
WFMU's Free Music Archive -- a digital library of high-quality and legal downloads that users could listen to, remix, and share -- is shutting down due to funding shortages. The Verge reports: "The fu...
12:45 am - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot Gates Foundation Spent $200 Million Funding Toilet Research
According to Bloomberg, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "spent $200 million over seven years funding sanitation research, showcased some 20 novel toilet and sludge-processing designs that elim...
12:03 am - Thu, November 8, 2018
Slashdot A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials To Advance Computing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials. A robo...
11:20 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot EU Court Rules Hungary's State Monopoly Over Mobile Payments Is Illegal
Hungarian state's monopoly over national mobile payment services has been ruled illegal by the European Court of Justice. "The ruling would require the end of exclusive control over Hungarian mobile p...
10:40 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Will Put Notches On Its Future Phones
Samsung is one of the biggest smartphone makers to hold off on releasing smartphones with display notches. But at the company's developer conference today, Samsung confirmed that it's soon going to jo...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Police Decrypt 258,000 Messages After Breaking Pricey IronChat Crypto App
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Police in the Netherlands said they decrypted more than 258,000 messages sent using IronChat, an app billed as providing end-to-end encryption th...
09:20 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot NASA is Showering One City With Sonic Booms and Hoping No One Notices
Eric Mack, reporting for CNET: NASA has been deliberately creating sonic booms off the coast of Galveston, Texas, since Monday in the hope that residents on the barrier island community won't be too b...
08:40 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People By How They Walk; Police Have Started Using It on Streets of Beijing and Shanghai
Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from c...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot California Voters Embrace Year-Round Daylight-Saving Time
Californians warmed to the idea of year-round daylight-saving time, approving an initiative that would urge state lawmakers to junk the annual springing forward and falling back. From a report: With 4...
07:26 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Shows Off a Foldable Prototype That Merges Phone and Tablet
At its developer conference Wednesday, Samsung introduced its new Infinity Flex Display, a foldable OLED screen that can allow manufacturers like Samsung to create new, unique devices such as a phone ...
06:21 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Opens Its Voice Assistant Bixby To Developers as It Pursues Alexa and Siri
Samsung said Wednesday it was rolling out new voice-assistant features to challenge its U.S. rivals' dominance in AI. At its developer conference, where the company is also expected to unveil its firs...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Corneas Could Be the First Mainstream Application of Bioprinting
A startup says it can replace donated eyes with 3D-printed corneas. From a report: Here's a futuristic problem that may not have occurred to you: If self-driving cars really catch on and the number of...
05:25 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot As PUBG For PS4 Looms, Xbox Unofficially Responds: Have the Game For Free
Unannounced, unadvertised freebie lands ahead of Microsoft's X018 conference. PUBG, the game that kicked off an international "battle royale" gaming sensation, is currently free for all Xbox One owner...
04:45 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Apple Not in Settlement Talks 'at Any Level' With Qualcomm, Report Says
Apple is not in talks "at any level" to settle its wide-ranging legal dispute with mobile chip maker Qualcomm, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the matter. From the report: In...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot In a First, Amazon Begins Mailing 70-page Printed Holiday Toy Catalog To US Homes
Amazon is shipping its first-ever printed holiday toy catalog, titled "A Holiday of Play," to millions of customers in the U.S. starting this month, the company said. From a report: "Amazon is excited...
03:25 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot WLinux, the First Paid-for Linux Distro for Windows 10, Goes On Sale on Microsoft Store
puddingebola shares a report: WLinux is a $20 open-source, Debian-based distribution, designed to run on Windows 10's Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). The WSL allows Windows 10 to run various GNU/Li...
02:45 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot San Francisco Passes a First-of-its-Kind Tax on Big Businesses To Help the Homeless
San Francisco voters passed a measure that has divided the tech community and sparked a national debate about the industry's responsibility to fix the city's homelessness crisis. From a report: The Sa...
02:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Zuckerberg Rebuffs Request To Appear Before UK Parliament
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a request to appear before an international parliamentary committee delving into the questions around fake news. From a report: The rebuff came after Damian C...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot A New Method To Produce Steel Could Cut 5 Percent of CO2 Emissions
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via MIT Technology Review: A lumpy disc of dark-gray steel covers a bench in the lab space of Boston Metal, an MIT spinout located a half-hour north...
10:00 am - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Chinese President Vows To Boost Intellectual Property Protection
hackingbear writes: In the opening of China's first import-themed trade fair, President Xi Jinping promised tougher penalties for intellectual property theft, a key concern of the Trump administration...
07:00 am - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Google Sends Final Software Update To Legacy Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P Phones
Google has pushed out the final "guaranteed" official software update for Nexus devices. According to Hot Hardware, the November update for both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P "carries the final build numb...
03:30 am - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot United Nations Says Earth's Ozone Layer Is Repairing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The ozone layer, which protects us from ultraviolet light, looks to be successfully healing after gaping holes were discovered in the 1980s. The North...
02:20 am - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's GraphQL Gets Its Own Open-Source Foundation
TechCrunch is reporting that GraphQL, the Facebook-incubated data query language, is moving into its own open-source foundation. "Like so many other similar open-source foundations, the aptly named Gr...
01:40 am - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Has Built Its New Campus In Minecraft To Introduce Employees
Microsoft is using Minecraft to help employees get acquainted with a refresh of the company's campus in Redmond, Washington. CNBC reports: Earlier this year, Microsoft enlisted Blockworks, a company t...
01:00 am - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Cortana Boss Javier Soltero Is Leaving the Company
Corporate Vice President of Cortana Javier Soltero is leaving the company after being in charge of Cortana for less than a year. "Soltero joined Microsoft when it bought at the end of 2014 Acompli, a ...
12:20 am - Wed, November 7, 2018
Slashdot Blockchain-Based Elections Would Be a Disaster For Democracy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If you talk to experts on election security (I studied with several of them in graduate school) they'll tell you that we're nowhere close to bein...
11:40 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Foxconn Denies Looking To Transfer Chinese Workers To Incoming Wisconsin Factory
A Wall Street Journal article published this morning reported that Foxconn is looking to transfer some of its Chinese workers to Wisconsin in time for its new factory opening in Racine. The article sa...
11:00 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot 'Almost All' Pakistani Banks Hacked In Security Breach, Report Says
The cybercrime wing of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency has said data from "almost all" Pakistani banks was stolen in a recent security breach. FIA Cybercrimes Director retired Capt Mohammad Sh...
10:20 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Three European Countries Block Tax On Tech Giants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire's efforts to rally his European Union colleagues around a new tax on tech giants fell short, as countries ske...
09:40 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot AT&T To Cut Off Some Customers' Service in Piracy Crackdown
AT&T will alert a little more than a dozen customers within the next week or so that their service will be terminated due to copyright infringement, news outlet Axios reported, citing sources fami...
09:00 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Oracle Says China Telecom Has Misdirected Internet Traffic, Including Out of the US, in Recent Years
Oracle's Internet Intelligence division has confirmed today the findings of a recently published academic paper that accused China of "hijacking the vital internet backbone of western countries." From...
08:20 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot The Future of the Kilo: a Weighty Matter
A lump of metal in a building near Paris has long served as the global standard for the kilogram. That's about to change. From a report: Later this month, at the international General Conference on We...
07:40 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Existing Laser Technology Could Be Fashioned Into Earth's 'Porch Light' To Attract Alien Astronomers, Study Finds
If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could, in principle, be fashioned into something of a planetary porch light -- ...
07:03 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot AMD Reveals Zen 2 Processor Architecture in Bid To Stay Ahead of Intel
AMD on Monday revealed the Zen 2 architecture for the family of processors that it will launch in the coming years, starting with 2019. The move is a follow-up to the competitive Zen designs that AMD ...
06:14 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Opinion: Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning
Machine learning algorithms don't yet understand things the way humans do -- with sometimes disastrous consequences. Melanie Mitchell, a professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, wri...
05:30 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Did You Vote? Now Your Friends May Know
A look at VoteWithMe and OutVote, two new political apps that are trying to use peer pressure to get people to vote. From a story: The apps are to elections what Zillow is to real estate -- services t...
04:50 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot In These Eight Midterms Races, Health and Medicine Are Front and Center
An anonymous reader shares a report: In Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah, voters will directly decide whether their states should expand their Medicaid programs. In Wisconsin, they could elect a candidate fo...
04:02 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient. But are screens coming between doctors and patients? Here's an excerpt by Atul Gawande of The New Yorker, which talks about the de...
03:20 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Fix an Outdated College Tech Curriculum?
An anonymous reader writes: As a student, what's the best way to bring change to an outdated college tech curriculum? The background on this is that I have 15 years of experience in the field and a ve...
02:40 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Mystery Math Whiz and Novelist Advance Permutation Problem
A new proof from the Australian science fiction writer Greg Egan and a 2011 proof anonymously posted online are now being hailed as significant advances on a puzzle mathematicians have been studying f...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Harvard Researchers Suggest Interstellar Object Might Have Been From Alien Civilization
A strange interstellar object that invaded our solar system and passed close to Earth in the fall of 2017 could have been an artificial object, a piece of a spacecraft from an alien civilization, Harv...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Energy Cost of 'Mining' Bitcoin More Than Twice That of Copper Or Gold
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The amount of energy required to "mine" one dollar's worth of bitcoin is more than twice that required to mine the same value of copper, gold or ...
10:00 am - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Researchers 'Break' Microsoft's Edge With Zero-Day Remote Code Exploit
Exploit developers Yushi Laing and Alexander Kochkov have teased a zero-day exploit for Microsoft's Edge browser that can allow a malicious actor to run commands on a user's machine. "Laing teased the...
07:00 am - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX's Helipad-Equipped Boat Will Bring Astronauts Safely Home
Next year when SpaceX starts shuttling astronauts to and from the ISS, the company will be using its Go Searcher ocean vessel to recover SpaceX's crewed Dragon capsules that splash down in the Atlanti...
03:30 am - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Voting Machine Manual Instructed Election Officials To Use Weak Passwords
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: An election security expert who has done risk-assessments in several states since 2016 recently found a reference manual that appears to have been...
02:30 am - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot US Regulator Demands Companies Take Action To Halt Robocalls
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday wrote the chief executives of major telephone service providers and other companies, demanding they launch a system no later than 2019 to combat billions of "robocalls"...
01:50 am - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Tencent Will Soon Require Chinese Users To Present IDs To Play Its Video Games
China's Tencent will soon require gamers to prove their ages and identities against police records, according to a new official statement yesterday. Under the new system, users will need to register t...
01:10 am - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do Older IT Workers Doing End-User Support Find It Gets Harder With Age?
Longtime Slashdot reader King_TJ writes: I've worked in I.T. for almost 30 years now in various capacities, from bench PC technician to web page designer, support specialist, network manager, and was ...
12:30 am - Tue, November 6, 2018
Slashdot Edward Snowden Says a Report Critical To an NSA Lawsuit Is Authentic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: An unexpected declaration by whistleblower Edward Snowden filed in court [last] week adds a new twist in a long-running lawsuit against the NSA's s...
11:50 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Hiring Fewer Workers This Holiday Season, a Sign That Robots Are Replacing Them
Amazon is hiring around 100,000 additional employees this holiday season, which is fewer than the company added in either the 2016 or 2017 holiday seasons, when it brought in 120,000 additional worker...
11:10 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot 7-Eleven Tests Cashier-Free Shopping In 14 Stores
7-Eleven is testing cashier-less shopping systems, similar to Amazon's "Go" stores that use an array of cameras and machine-learning technology to determine what customers are buying. According to Tec...
10:25 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot EFF Unveils VR Tool To Help People Spot Surveillance Devices In Their Communities
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched a virtual reality (VR) experience on its website today that teaches peopl...
09:45 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Google Has Enlisted NASA To Help it Prove Quantum Supremacy Within Months
Google wants NASA to help it prove quantum supremacy within a matter of months, MIT Technology Review reported Monday, citing the Space Act Agreement. From the report: Quantum supremacy is the idea, s...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Flaws in Self-Encrypting SSDs Let Attackers Bypass Disk Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have found flaws that can be exploited to bypass hardware encryption in well known and popular SSD drives. Master passwords and faulty standards implementations...
08:20 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust, Two of the World's Largest Biomedical Research Funders, Back Europe's Ambitious Open-Access Plan
Two of the world's largest biomedical research funders have backed a plan to make all papers resulting from work they fund open access on publication by 2020. From a report: On 5 November, the London-...
07:50 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Plans To Split HQ2 Evenly Between Two Cities, Report Says
Amazon plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city for HQ2, WSJ reported Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter, a surprise decision that...
07:28 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee Launches Campaign To Save the Web From Abuse
Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global campaign to save the web from the destructive effects of abuse and discrimination, political manipulation, and other threats that plague the online world. A repor...
06:45 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court Rejects Industry Challenge of 2015 Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused a request by the Trump administration and the telecommunications industry to wipe away a lower court decision that had upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules ai...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot The Year OnePlus Started Ignoring Fans
OnePlus has made a name for itself selling devices that punch above the price class. The Chinese smartphone maker has also built a loyal fanbase by proactively reaching out to its users and incorporat...
05:27 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Childhood Obesity Linked To Air Pollution From Vehicles
Early exposure to air pollution from vehicles increases the risk of children becoming obese, new research has found. From a report: High levels of nitrogen dioxide, which is emitted by diesel engines,...
04:45 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Why Big Tech Pays Poor Kenyans To Teach Self-Driving Cars
Each day, thousands of people from places like Kibera, Africa's largest slum and one of the toughest neighborhoods on earth, commute to an office of Samasource in the east side of Nairobi. The San Fra...
04:01 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Intel Cascade Lake-AP Xeon CPUs Embrace the Multi-Chip Module
Ahead of the annual Supercomputing 2018 conference next week, Intel today announced part of its upcoming Cascade Lake strategy. From a report: The company teased plans for a new Xeon platform called C...
03:10 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Working on Porting Sysinternals To Linux
An anonymous reader writes: A Microsoft exec has confirmed yesterday that the company's engineers are working on porting the highly popular Sysinternals software package to Linux. Microsoft engineers ...
02:40 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Australian Intelligence Knows Huawei Was Used in Espionage, Report Says
According to a report in The Australian, Australia received intelligence reports that Huawei personnel provided Chinese spies passwords to hack a "foreign network." From a report: Though there are man...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Daylight Saving Time is Super Unpopular. Here Are the Countries Trying To Ditch It.
Daylight Saving Time ended in the United States on Sunday, bumping the clocks back an hour. The change happened in Europe a week earlier, meaning the time difference between the continents was momenta...
01:13 pm - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot It's Not Your Imagination: Smartphone Battery Life Is Getting Worse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: For the last few weeks, I've been performing the same battery test over and over again on 13 phones. With a few notable exceptions, this y...
10:10 am - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Shows Off The Boring Company's LA Tunnel
Elon Musk is keeping to his promise of opening the Boring Company's proof-of-concept tunnel to the public on December 10th. The two-mile-long Los Angeles tunnel takes 30 seconds to get through via a s...
07:07 am - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot SpiNNaker Powers Up World's Largest Supercomputer That Emulates a Human Brain
The world's largest neuromorphic supercomputer, the Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker), was just switched on for the first time yesterday, boasting one million processor cores and the abi...
03:33 am - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot How Llamas Could Help Us Fight the Flu
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PBS: Researchers now think they're on the path to a new kind of flu protection -- one that might last longer and work against all types of influenza viruses. T...
01:11 am - Mon, November 5, 2018
Slashdot Tablet Shipments Decline For 16th Straight Quarter
The tablet market has now declined year-over-year for 16 quarters straight. According to new estimates from IDC, "Q3 2018 saw an 8.6 percent year-over-year decline: 36.4 million units shipped worldwid...
10:22 pm - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot 20th Century Fox Is Using AI To Analyze Movie Trailers, Find Out What Films Audiences Will Like
20th Century Fox is using AI to predict what films people will want to see. According to a recently published paper, researchers from the company are using machine learning to examine trailer footage ...
09:21 pm - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot People Who Prefer Black Coffee Are More Likely To Have Psychopathic Or Sadistic Traits, Study Finds
A new study conducted at the University of Innsbruck in Austria finds that people who drink their coffee black often has psychopathic or sadistic traits. The study surveyed more than 1,000 adults abou...
08:20 pm - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot File-Sharing Software On State Election Servers Could Expose Them To Intruders
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ProPublica: As recently as Monday, computer servers that powered Kentucky's online voter registration and Wisconsin's reporting of election results ran softwar...
07:19 pm - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot Apple's First 5G iPhone Will Arrive In 2020, Says Report
Fast Company reports that Apple is working on a 5G iPhone that will come to market in 2020, according to a source familiar with the matter. From the report: Apple plans to use Intel's 8161 5G modem ch...
06:18 pm - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot iRobot, Google Team Up To Understand Your Smart Home
iRobot and Google are looking for ways to integrate the Roomba-maker's home maps with Google Assistant to extend instructions to other gadgets. "The collaboration centers on iRobot's Roomba i7+ vacuum...
05:17 pm - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot Old School 'Sniffing' Attacks Can Still Reveal Your Browsing History
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Most modern browsers -- such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge, and even browsers such as FuzzyFox and DeterFox (different, security-focused versions o...
04:16 pm - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot GM Is Getting Into the Electric Bike Business
General Motors is planning to bring two new electric bikes to the market in 2019; one will be folding and the other will be compact. TechCrunch reports: The bikes will be "smart" and "connected" and s...
03:15 pm - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Chip Firm Fujian Jinhua Denies Stealing IP From Micron
Last Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced charges against Chinese state-owned Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. and privately owned United Microelectronics Corporation of Taiwan ...
02:14 pm - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot Amazon In 'Advanced Talks' To Open Headquarters In Washington DC Area
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Amazon is in "advanced talks" to open its second headquarters in the Washington DC metropolitan area, the Washington Post, a paper owned by Amazo...
11:00 am - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot Equifax Extends Free Credit Monitoring -- But Outsources It To Experian
An anonymous reader quotes Krebs on Security:A year after offering free credit monitoring to all Americans on account of its massive data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 148 mil...
07:34 am - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Are DevOps, Agile, and Lean IT the Same Thing?
ZDNet writes:There have been three great movements shaping the information technology landscape. There is Agile, which emphasizes collaboration in software development; Lean IT, which promotes deliver...
04:42 am - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot America Braces For Daylight Saving Time - And Missing Medical Records
"One hundred years after Congress passed the first daylight saving legislation, more and more people are doubting the wisdom of changing the clocks," writes PBS, noting that it actually makes American...
01:35 am - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Warehouse Collapse in Baltimore Leaves Two Dead
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:Amazon is grappling with tragedy at one of its warehouses this weekend. A 50-foot wall at the company's southeast Baltimore fulfillment center collapsed on the nigh...
12:04 am - Sun, November 4, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Explore New Batteries To Power Electric Planes
Can researchers built a new kind of battery powerful enough to fuel an electric airplane? MIT's Technology Review profiles a company co-founded by MIT materials science professor Yet-Ming Chiang:He an...
10:49 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot California Company Markets A $2,400 2W Laser Bong That You Need to Wear Protective Glasses To Use
Silicon Cali is now selling a massive device that uses a two-watt, 445 nanometer laser to light the bowl of a bong, according to an article shared by dmoberhaus:This is about 400 times more powerful t...
09:44 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Is Data Science For All the New Computer Science For All?
UC Berkeley's fastest-growing class is their introduction to data science. (The Wall Street Journal calls it a combination of computer science and statistics "to mine the growing troves of data on eve...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Should Alexa Be Your Child's Friend?
"Alexa, will you be my friend?" "I'm happy to be your friend." What should a parent do when they hear their five-year-old having that conversation? Engadget explores the question, also providing anoth...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot How New, Polite Linus Torvalds Points Out Bad Kernel Code
Linus Torvalds "has shown already for the new Linux 4.20~5.0 cycle he isn't relaxing his standards but is communicating better when it comes to bringing up coding," reports Phoronix, adding "So far it...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Billionaires Are Chasing The Holy Grail of Energy: Fusion
Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro shared this article from Bloomberg:Not long before he died, tech visionary Paul Allen traveled to the south of France for a personal tour of a 35-country quest to repli...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Deletes Over 10,000 Bots That Discouraged US Midterm Voting
Twitter has deleted over 10,000 disinformation bots discouraging Americans from voting in Tuesday's midterm elections. An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Twitter said that the Democratic Congressional Cam...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Are Touchscreens Robbing a Generation of Surgeons of Their Dexterity?
schwit1 shared this article from the BBC:A professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for sti...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Bill Gates Backs A Company That Doubles the Shelf Life of Vegetables
Slashdot reader pgmrdlm shared this article from CNN Business:One company is doubling the shelf-life of avocados, citrus and other produce by taking a chemical-free cue from nature.... After researchi...
02:34 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Have We Really Wiped Out 60 Percent of Animals?
Remember that study which reported humanity had wiped out 60 percent of animal populations since 1970? The researchers' findings "have been widely mischaracterized," reports the Atlantic's science wri...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Apple Used To Be an Inventor. Now It's Mainly a Landlord.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: For years, analysts and journalists watching Apple have talked up the growing importance of services, as opposed to hardware sales, to the company's...
10:00 am - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot NASA, ESA Release First 8K Video From Space
NASA and the European Space Agency have released the first 8K ultra high definition video filmed in space. It was shot with a RED Helium 8K camera and provides a glimpse of what the astronauts are wor...
07:00 am - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Tetris May Help Sooth Your Worried Mind, Study Says
A new study published in the journal Emotion has found that playing the classic game of Tetris can help sooth the mind when you are awaiting uncertain news. The Week reports: The venerable video game ...
03:30 am - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot CERN Begins New Antimatter Gravity Experiments
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: We learn it at high school: Release two objects of different masses in the absence of friction forces and they fall down at the same rate in Earth's ...
02:20 am - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Apple Will No Longer Reveal How Many iPhones, iPads, and Macs It Sells
Yesterday, during the company's Q4 earnings call, Apple's chief financial officer Luca Maestri said the company will no longer report unit sales of its main hardware divisions, including iPhones, iPad...
01:50 am - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Says Justice Department, SEC Are Investigating Model 3 Production Targets
Tesla said in a regulatory filing Friday that the SEC and Justice Department are investigating their Model 3 production projections to see if they misled investors. CNBC reports: The filing confirms m...
01:10 am - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Launch Plan To Sequence 66,000 Species In the UK
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: In the first attempt of its kind, researchers plan to sequence all known species of eukaryotic life -- 66,000 species of animals, plants, fun...
12:30 am - Sat, November 3, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Happened To the Prank Apps That Used To Be Popular?
OpenSourceAllTheWay writes: Back when PCs were more boxy looking than today and people used floppy disks to store stuff, there were a bunch of prank apps around that one could put on a DOS or Windows ...
11:50 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Mario Segale, Namesake For Nintendo's Mascot, Dies At 84
Iwastheone shares a report from Ars Technica: Mario Segale, the Seattle real estate and construction business owner who inspired the name for Nintendo's famous mascot, passed away on October 27 accord...
11:10 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot A Cryptocurrency Millionaire Wants to Build a Utopia in Nevada
chiefcrash shares a report from The New York Times about a man who wants to build a community based on the blockchain technology introduced by Bitcoin: An enormous plot of land in the Nevada desert --...
10:30 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Uber Wants To Resume Self-Driving Car Tests On Public Roads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. The...
09:50 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot 1 In 4 Statisticians Say They Were Asked To Commit Scientific Fraud
As the saying goes, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." We know that's true because statisticians themselves just said so. From a report: A stunning report published in...
09:10 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Video Sensation TikTok Surpassed Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube in Downloads Last Month
An app you may have never heard about is growing at an impressive rate. From a report: Beijing-based ByteDance's 2017 acquisition of tween and teen-focused social app Musical.ly is paying off. The com...
08:30 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Making Trains Run on Time
Plamen Angelov of the University of Lancaster, in Britain, has an idea that he hopes will make train delays rarer. From a report: Often, Dr Angelov observes, the problem is not the inefficiency of ope...
07:54 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Allowed Advertisers To Target Users Interested in 'White Genocide'
Multiple readers have shared a report: Apparently fueled by anti-Semitism and the bogus narrative that outside forces are scheming to exterminate the white race, Robert Bowers murdered 11 Jewish congr...
07:00 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin Says His Creation Can't Succeed Unless He Takes a Step Back
An anonymous reader shares a report: When you ask him about the challenges facing the blockchain system he founded five years ago, Vitalik Buterin often launches into a rapid-fire lecture full of Ethe...
06:15 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Red Hat is Planning To Deprecate KDE on RHEL By 2024
An anonymous reader shares a report: This week, the Linux distro biz emitted Fedora 29 and RHEL 7.6, and in the latter's changelog the following appears, which a Reg reader kindly just alerted us to: ...
05:20 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot English Has the Scientific Edge -- For Now
For centuries, science was a multilingual affair, powered by French, German, English and other tongues. But since the early 1970s, English has become the undisputed lingua franca of scientific papers,...
04:44 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Apple Maps Has Surpassed Google Maps in Detail in 3.1 Percent of the US
An anonymous reader shares a report: iOS 12 began the rollout of Apple Maps' long-awaited redesign, which will deliver maps with far more detail using data collected by Apple directly. The updated map...
04:01 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Intel CPUs Impacted by New PortSmash Side-Channel Vulnerability
Intel processors are impacted by a new vulnerability that can allow attackers to leak encrypted data from the CPU's internal processes. From a report: The new vulnerability, which has received the cod...
03:25 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot At Least Two Million Children Now Using Smart Speakers in the UK: Report
Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are proving a big hit with Britain's kids, according to the latest survey from Strategy Analytics. The report adds: According to Smart Speaker User ...
02:43 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Iranians Compromised a Highly Sensitive CIA Covert Communications System in 2011 by Using Google Search: Report
In 2011, Iran was able to use Google's search functionality to hack into a secret CIA communication network that was being used to contact agents and informants around the world -- a breach that appea...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Claim They Possess Details of 120 Million Facebook Accounts, Publish Private Messages From 81,000 of Them
Andrei Zakharov, reporting for BBC: Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts. The perpetrators told the BBC Russian Service that ...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Russia Blames a Bad Sensor For Its Failed Soyuz Rocket Launch
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: On Thursday, Russian officials held a press conference to reveal that they have determined what caused last month's Soyuz mid-flight failure. The culpri...
10:00 am - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Iran Allegedly Hit By Computer Virus More Violent Than Stuxnet
TTL0 shares a report from The Times of Israel: Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but "more violent, more ...
07:00 am - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Is Dead
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has run out of fuel, leading the agency to officially end its mission of exploring the two largest objects in the asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres. "Today, we celebrate the end of...
03:30 am - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Study of Cellphone Risks Finds 'Some Evidence' of Link To Cancer, At Least In Male Rats
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: For decades, health experts have struggled to determine whether or not cellphones can cause cancer. On Thursday, a federal agency released ...
01:30 am - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot 'Hologram' Lecturers To Teach Students at Imperial College London
Imperial College London will be using holograms of lecturers to teach students from afar. "Imperial will initially limit its use to its Business School's activities but expects the technology could ev...
12:50 am - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Bleedingbit Zero-Day Chip Flaws May Expose Majority of Enterprises To Remote Code Execution Attacks
Two new zero-day vulnerabilities called "Bleeding Bit" have been revealed by security firm Armis, impacting Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) chips used in millions of Cisco, Meraki, and Aruba wireless acces...
12:10 am - Fri, November 2, 2018
Slashdot Patent Troll Values Its Entire Portfolio At $2, Goes Bankrupt
mspohr shares a report from Ars Technica: In September 2018, Shipping & Transit LLC (formerly known as ArrivalStar) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy -- voluntary liquidation -- but no one seems to h...
11:30 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Google Employees Stage Protest Over Handling of Sexual Harassment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Employees at Google offices around the world held a wave of walkouts on Thursday to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment. Th...
10:50 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Apple Launches Program To Repair Old Devices Like the iPhone 4S
Apple is introducing a new "Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot" program that will extend the period of time customers can receive repairs for older devices. "The new program at first will include the...
10:10 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Senator Introduces Bill That Would Send CEOs To Jail For Violating Consumer Privacy
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has introduced the Consumer Data Protection Act that "would dramatically beef up Federal Trade Commission authority and funding to crack down on privacy violations, let consum...
09:30 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Blacks Out HBO, Cinemax For Dish, Sling TV Users Over Carriage Dispute
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Telecompaper: AT&T has blocked its HBO and Cinemax channels for Dish and Sling TV customers over a carriage dispute. This is the first channel blackout for...
08:50 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot New iPad Pro Has Comparable Performance To 2018 15" MacBook Pro in Benchmarks
A series of benchmark results have shown up on Geekbench for the new iPad Pro, and its new eight-core A12X Bionic chip is truly a powerhouse. From a report: The new iPad Pro achieved single-core and m...
08:11 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Android Pie Has a Battery Life Problem
Emil Protalinski, writing for VentureBeat: After upgrading to Android Pie, most users have either seen a slight improvement in battery life or reported no perceivable difference. But soon after we pub...
07:25 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot US Accuses China, Taiwan Firms With Stealing Secrets From Chip Giant Micron
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced charges Thursday against Chinese and Taiwan companies for theft of an estimate $8.75 billion worth of trade secrets from US semiconductor giant Micron. From...
06:45 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot US Declines in Internet Freedom Rankings
If you need a safe haven on the internet, where the pipes are open and the freedoms are plentiful -- you might want to move to Estonia or Iceland. From a report: The latest "internet freedoms" ranking...
06:06 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Apple, Amazon, Google and More Than 50 Other Companies Sign Letter Against Trump Administration's Proposed Gender Definition Changes
Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, and dozens of other tech companies have come together to condemn discrimination against transgender people in the face of actions President Donald Trump is reported...
05:22 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot iOS 12.1 Extends Controversial Processor Throttling Feature To the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X
With iOS 12.1, Apple introduced a bunch of new features like Group FaceTime and dozens of new emoji. But the company also elected to add a controversial new performance management feature to the iPhon...
04:46 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot CIA Vault7 Leaker To Be Charged For Leaking More Classified Data While in Prison
US prosecutors are preparing new charges against a former CIA coder who was indicted earlier this year in June for leaking classified CIA material to WikiLeaks, in what later become known as the Vault...
04:06 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot About That Monstrous Black Hole We're All Orbiting
Astronomers on Wednesday reported new telescope observations of the environment around the Milky Way's supermassive black hole, named Sagittarius A*, pronounced "a-star," and they transformed the data...
03:20 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot System76 Thelio Computer is Open Source, Linux-Powered, and Made in the USA
System76 is ready to share specifics about its new computer. From a report: There are three models from which to choose, and all three can apparently be configured with with Intel or AMD processors. T...
02:46 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Flickr is Ditching Yahoo Account Requirement and Giving Pro Subscribers Unlimited Storage
Flickr announced a handful of updates to its platform and business model today -- the first major changes since SmugMug acquired the photo-hosting community from Oath earlier this year. From a report:...
02:06 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee Says Tech Giants May Have To Be Split Up
Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has said in a ...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Google Won't Let You Sign In If You Disabled JavaScript In Your Browser
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google announced today four new security features for securing Google accounts. These four updates are meant to bolster protections before and after use...
10:00 am - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Now Lets You Report Accounts That You Suspect Are Bots
Twitter is updating its reporting process to allow you to report accounts that you suspect are bots. "Now, when you tap the 'it's suspicious or spam' option under the report menu, you'll be able to sp...
07:00 am - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Shakes Up SpaceX's Starlink Satellite Division By Firing a Bunch of Managers
schwit1 shares a report from Reuters: SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk flew to the Seattle area in June for meetings with engineers leading a satellite launch project crucial to his space comp...
03:30 am - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Find Link Between Parkinson's Disease and the Appendix
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Scientists have found further evidence that the gut, or more specifically the appendix, might play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease. T...
02:05 am - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?
MIT researchers have devised a way to train semantic parsers by mimicking the way a child learns language. "The system observes captioned videos and associates the words with recorded actions and obje...
01:25 am - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Spinal Implant Helps Three Paralyzed Men Walk Again
Doctors in Switzerland have used an electrical device to help three paralyzed men walk again. The device was inserted around the men's spines to boost the signals from their brains to their legs. The ...
12:45 am - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot The Average Cable Bill Has Increased More Than 50 Percent Since 2010
According to new research, the average cost households pay for cable is now up to $107 a month -- that's a 50% increase since 2010 when cable bills were $71.24 a month. When compared to last year, it'...
12:03 am - Thu, November 1, 2018
Slashdot Alaska's Universal Basic Income Doesn't Increase Unemployment
With Alaska's gubernatorial election coming up, Business Insider brings up a report from earlier this year which finds that the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend -- the only large-scale universal basic i...
11:20 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Warn That World's Wilderness Areas Are Disappearing
Scientists are warning that if human beings continue to mine the world's wildernesses for resources and convert them into cities and farms at the pace of the previous century, the planet's few remaini...
10:40 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Faraday Future's Last Founding Executive Resigns, Plans Emergency Fund For Employees
Faraday Future, the startup that is working on a luxury self-driving electric car that looks to rival Tesla, is facing some management and investment issues. All five of the company's "founding execut...
10:04 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Experimental AI Lie Detector Will Help Screen EU Travelers
SeriousSamy shares a report from Engadget: In the future, you might talk to an AI to cross borders in the European Union. The EU and Hungary's National Police will run a six-month pilot project, iBord...
09:25 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Flex Logix Says It's Solved Deep Learning's DRAM Problem
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Deep learning has a DRAM problem. Systems designed to do difficult things in real time, such as telling a cat from a kid in a car's backup camer...
08:45 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Tiny Twitter Thumbnail Tweaked To Transport Different File Types
Security researcher David Buchanan has found that Twitter image uploads can be polyglot files, meaning they can be valid simultaneously in multiple formats, such as a .jpg, a .rar archive and a .zip a...
08:02 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot How NASA Will Use Robots To Create Rocket Fuel From Martian Soil
Engineers are building a prototype of a robotic factory that will create water, oxygen, and fuel on the surface of Mars. From a report: The year is 2038. After 18 months living and working on the surf...
07:23 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Lime Recalls 2,000 Scooters After Reports of Some Catching Fire
Lime has recalled 2,000 of its electric scooters from the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Lake Tahoe, the company said Wednesday, after the Washington Post contacted it about some catching on f...
06:46 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Startling New Research Finds Large Buildup of Heat in the Oceans, Suggesting a Faster Rate of Global Warming
The world's oceans have been soaking up far more excess heat in recent decades than scientists realized, suggesting that Earth could be set to warm even faster than predicted in the years ahead, accor...
06:00 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court Scrutinizing Class Action Settlements That Leave Consumers Empty-Handed
If a multimillion dollar class-action settlement basically doesn't pay a single consumer, is it fair? That's not the start of a lawyer joke; it's the crux of a case being argued Wednesday in the U.S. ...
05:22 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Restaurants Shrink as Food Delivery Apps Get More Popular
People are still eating restaurant food -- they're just not doing it at restaurants as much. From a report: Delivery apps from DoorDash, Postmates, GrubHub and UberEats have made ordering in easier, a...
04:45 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot MIT's BeeMe Giant Social Experiment Puts a Human Under Internet Control
This Halloween scientists at MIT's Media Lab are embarking on a massive social experiment. From a report: Called BeeMe, the project will let internet users control a real human actor, suggesting, and ...
04:11 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot The Battle for Solar Energy in the Country's Sunniest State
Carolyn Kormann, writing for The New Yorker: Steyer [billionaire Tom Steyer, who for years has tried to pass Proposition 127, an amendment to Arizona's constitution that would require power companies ...
03:21 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot 'Open Source Creators: Red Hat Got $34 Billion and You Got $0. Here's Why.'
Donald Fischer, who served as a product manager for Red Hat Enterprise Linux during its creation and early years of growth, writes: Red Hat saw, earlier than most, that the ascendance of open source m...
02:45 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Apple Watch Owners Asked To Return Devices For Repair After Update Glitch
Apple has pulled an update for its smartwatches after some owners complained the software -- watchOS 5.1 -- had caused their devices to stop working. From a report: The problem appears to have baffled...
02:01 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Reporter Posed as Cambridge Analytica To Run Political Ads on Facebook. Facebook, To No One's Surprise, Failed To Catch That They Were Frauds.
From a report: Facebook's new political ad transparency tools allowed Business Insider to run adverts as being "paid for" by Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy that dragged Facebook into a...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Kids' Apps Are Flooded With Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Those cute little apps your child plays with are most likely flooded with ads -- some of which are totally age-inappropriate, researchers have found. ...
10:00 am - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Hawaii Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope On Mauna Kea
Applehu Akbar shares a report from Hawaii News Now: After years of legal wrangling and protests, the Thirty Meter Telescope got a green light Tuesday from the state Supreme Court. In a 4-to-1 decision...
07:00 am - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot With Fuel Exhausted, NASA Retires Kepler Telescope
ewhac writes: NASA today announced that it is retiring the Kepler telescope after nearly ten years of service -- double its initial mission life. In that time, Kepler discovered over 2,600 exoplanets,...
03:30 am - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot US Indicts Chinese Hacker-Spies In Conspiracy To Steal Aerospace Secrets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The U.S. Justice Department has charged two Chinese intelligence officers, six hackers, and two aerospace company insiders in a sweeping conspiracy to...
01:25 am - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot How a Helium Leak Disabled Every iPhone In a Medical Facility
dmoberhaus writes: In one of the strangest system admin tales of all time, one IT guy details how a new MRI machine managed to disable every single iPhone, Apple watch and iPad in a medical facility w...
12:45 am - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Waymo Gets the Green Light To Test Fully Driverless Cars In California
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, has been granted permission to operate fully driverless cars without human drivers behind th...
12:03 am - Wed, October 31, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon Wants To Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance
Alice Marshall shares an excerpt from Motherboard: The United States government is accelerating efforts to monitor social media to preempt major anti-government protests in the U.S., according to scie...