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10:01 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot Several Popular Apps Share Data With Facebook Without User Consent
Some of the most popular apps for Android smartphones, including Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and MyFitnessPal, are transmitting data to Facebook without the consent of users in a potential breach of EU re...
09:02 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot World's Rarest Bird, Madagascar Pochard, Gets New Home
The rarest bird in the world -- a species of duck called the Madagascar pochard -- has been given a new home in time for the new year. From a report: An international team of researchers released 21 o...
08:01 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot Facing Soil Crisis, US Farmers Look Beyond Corn and Soybeans
Corn and soybean crops have been good to farmers in the American Midwest and Plains. But these staple crops have taken a toll on the very earth they draw nourishment from. Now, a new generation of far...
07:02 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot NYPD Deploying Drone for First Time To Secure New Year's Party
New York City police will deploy a camera-equipped drone above Times Square, along with new "counter-drone technology" blocking other devices from the area, where they expect as many as 2 million New ...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot As More Retailers Ban Paper Money, It's Making Things Awkward For Customers Without Plastic
An anonymous reader shared a report: Sam Schreiber was mid-shampoo at a Drybar blow-dry salon in Los Angeles when someone from the front desk approached her stylist with an emergency: a woman was tryi...
05:01 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot Dev vs. Ops: The State of Accountability
Here's an analysis by OverOps on how shared accountability affects the delivery of reliable software in a DevOps environment, and what are some of the top challenges teams face when it comes to buildi...
04:01 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot A Journey Into the Solar System's Outer Reaches, Seeking New Worlds To Explore
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will visit a tiny and mysterious object in the Kuiper belt on Tuesday, seeking clues to the formation of our cosmic neighborhood. From a report: In June 1983, newspaper ...
03:02 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot As China Option Fades, Bill Gates Urges US To Take the Lead in Nuclear Power, For the Good of the Planet
In his year-end letter, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says his to-do list for 2019 includes persuading U.S. leaders to regain America's leading role in nuclear energy research and embrace advanced n...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot Computer Virus Hits Newspapers Coast-to-Coast, Affects Printing
A computer virus hit newspaper printing plants in Los Angeles and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the country. From a report: Tribune Publishing said Saturday night that malware affected its a...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Prosecutors Request Prison Time For Executives
Long-time Slashdot reader reporter shared this article from NPR:The former chairman and two vice presidents of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. should spend five years in prison over the 2011 flooding and...
08:34 am - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot Artist Proposes Small Robots with 3D-Printed Faces of Dead Relatives
"In Japan, a robot may create a new way to mourn," reports one Colorado news team:This robot is supposed to sound like a loved one. Now imagine the same robot having a 3D-printed mask of their face. Y...
05:34 am - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Says Edge is Still More Power Efficient than Chrome and Firefox
An anonymous reader quotes Neowin:Every time Microsoft releases a Windows 10 feature update, it runs some efficiency tests to prove that its Edge browser is significantly faster than the competition, ...
02:36 am - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot How Much Internet Traffic Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shared this article from New York magazine:In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 m...
12:23 am - Sun, December 30, 2018
Slashdot Is a Lack of Data Holding Back Universal Basic Income Programs?
An anonymous reader quotes MIT's Technology Review:Silicon Valley loves the idea of universal basic income. Many in the tech elites tout it as the answer to job losses caused by automation, if only pe...
10:44 pm - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot How Facebook Keeps Messenger From Crashing On New Year's Eve
Wave723 quotes IEEE Spectrum: On New Year's Eve, millions of people will use Facebook's Messenger app to wish friends and family a 'Happy New Year!' If everything goes smoothly, those messages will re...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot 'My Airbnb Guests Threw a New Year's Party For 300 People'
"What's the worst that can happen?" thought Nicko Feinberg last December when he listed his house on Airbnb.The listing explicitly said no parties. Then a request came through to book the house for on...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot Could You Live Without Your Smartphone?
Three-quarters of Canadians own smartphones-- and 94% of 15- to 34-year-olds. But this week the Globe and Mail profiled "digital refuseniks" who are "deliberately logging off -- and they say it's done...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Apologizes For Tweeting Somebody Else's Video
YouTube's controversial year-end "Rewind" video has become "the most-loathed video in the entire history of YouTube," reports Inc., adding that with 14 million down votes, it now "might just be the mo...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Schools Are Using 'Smart Uniforms' To Track Their Students' Locations
"It's as dystopian as it sounds," opines The Verge:Chinese schools are now tracking the exact location of their students using chip-equipped "smart uniforms" in order to encourage better attendance ra...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot Vermont Will Give You $10K If You Move There and Work Remotely
If you've been dreaming of moonlight in Vermont -- and getting a re-location subsidy -- "the time has come to make your maple-syrup-coated dreams a reality," reports Fast Company:[F]or those who reloc...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot EU Offers Big Bug Bounties On 14 Open Source Software Projects
Julia Reda is a member of Germany's Pirate Party, a member of the European Parliament, and the Vice-President of The Greens-European Free Alliance. Thursday her official web site announced:In 2014, se...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot How One Merchandiser Lost $1M Trying to Monetize the 'Hamster Dance' Site
The CBC is marking the 20th anniversary of the notorious Hampsterdance web site with a 10,000-word oral history by arts reporter Leah Collins, promising "the twisted true story of one of the world's f...
11:30 am - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot FTC Warns Netflix Users About Email Phishing Scam
The Federal Trade Commission has sent out a flare to warn Netflix users that there are some grinches out there looking to take advantage of everyone's holiday bliss and vulnerability. From a report: I...
08:00 am - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot Google Chrome's New UI is Ugly, And People Are Very Angry
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for ZDNet: Every major user interface (UI) redesign project is a hit and miss game, and Google's new Chrome UI appears to be a colossal miss. Designed with mobile devices in m...
03:30 am - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot Julia Language Co-Creators Win James H. Wilkinson Prize For Numerical Software
An anonymous reader writes: Three co-creators of the MIT-incubated Julia programming language are the recipients of the 2019 James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software. With origins in the Comput...
02:30 am - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Wants To Bring Web Browsing, Office Work To the TV
Samsung's 2019 smart TVs will allow consumers to browse the web, access their PCs and even edit work documents from the comfort of their living room couch. From a report: The company previewed a new f...
01:01 am - Sat, December 29, 2018
Slashdot Google Helps AI Learn To Book Flights on the Web
Researchers at Google's AI labs created a couple of novel neural networks that can succeed in navigating web forms, such as an online flight-booking site. Although baby steps at the moment, the progra...
11:01 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot EPA Proposes Rule Change That Would Let Power Plants Release More Toxic Pollution
The Trump administration announced on Friday a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants, after nearly a decade of restrictions, to release into the atmosphere more mercury and other...
09:56 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Everything We Knew About Fuchsia's UI, Armadillo, Is Gone
Over the last two years, we have heard numerous reports about Fuchsia, new operating system for phones, computers, and just about everything else by Google. We've seen it in a variety of demos, all of...
08:55 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Permanently Pulls iTunes Billing For New and Returning Users
An anonymous reader shares a report: Netflix is further distancing itself from Apple's 15% iTunes tax bracket. Earlier this year, the streaming giant enabled iOS users in more than two dozen markets t...
07:30 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's 2018: We've Changed, We Promise
It's nearly the new year, which means time for some reflection on what's happened and what's to come. For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that means looking back on one really tough year. From a report:...
06:50 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Sears, the 125-Year-Old Iconic Retailer, Has 24 Hours To Survive
An anonymous reader shares a report: Sears, the employer of more than 68,000 filed for bankruptcy in October. Its last shot at survival is a $4.6 billion proposal put forward by its chairman, Eddie La...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot HMV, One of UK's Largest Retailers of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, Calls in Administrators For Second Time in Six Years
Retron shares a report: Music retailer HMV has confirmed it is calling in KPMG as administrators. The move, the second in six years, involves 2,200 staff at 125 stores. Owners Hilco, which took the co...
05:30 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot HMV, One of UK's Largest Retailers of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, Calls in Administrators For Second Time in Six Years
Retron shares a report: Music retailer HMV has confirmed it is calling in KPMG as administrators. The move, the second in six years, involves 2,200 staff at 125 stores. Owners Hilco, which took the co...
05:04 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Sears, the 125-Year-Old Iconic Retailer, Has 24 Hours To Survive
An anonymous reader shares a report: Sears, the employer of more than 68,000 filed for bankruptcy in October. Its last shot at survival is a $4.6 billion proposal put forward by its chairman, Eddie La...
05:00 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot FCC Says It is Investigating CenturyLink 911 Outage
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday the agency had launched an investigation into a nationwide CenturyLink outage that has affected 911 service for consumers across the ...
04:01 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Google Erases Kurdistan From Maps in Compliance With Turkish Government
schwit1 shares a report: Google has removed a map outlining the geographical extent of the Greater Kurdistan after the Turkish state asked it to do so, a simple inquiry on the Internet giant's search ...
03:33 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Google Erases Kurdistan From Maps in Compliance With Turkish Government
schwit1 shares a report: Google has removed a map outlining the geographical extent of the Greater Kurdistan after the Turkish state asked it to do so, a simple inquiry on the Internet giant's search ...
03:01 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Apache NetBeans 10.0 Now Available
The Apache Software Foundation has released NetBeans 10.0, the second major release of the Apache NetBeans IDE. The release, said the Apache Software Foundation, is focused in adding support for JDK 1...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot 'The Language of Capitalism Isn't Just Annoying, It's Dangerous'
An anonymous reader shares a report: When General Motors laid off more than 6,000 workers days after Thanksgiving, John Patrick Leary, the author of the new book Keywords: The New Language of Capitali...
12:20 pm - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Hybrid Rice Engineered With CRISPR Can Clone Its Seeds
A gene editing technique has been used to produce asexual rice, which could carry traits such as high yields and drought resistance. From a report: After more than 20 years of theorizing about it, sci...
10:00 am - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Google Will Launch the Pixel 3 and 3 XL 'Lite' on Verizon in Spring 2019, Report Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: Speaking to a source familiar with the company's plans, we've learned that Google intends to launch two new Pixel smartphones on Verizon in early spring 2019 -- th...
08:30 am - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot Canonical Shares Top 10 Linux Snaps of 2018
One of the most refreshing aspects of Linux in 2018 was the popularity of Snaps. Canonical revealed that the containerized packages have been a smashing success. Today, the Ubuntu-maker highlights wha...
07:30 am - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot New York Sky Turns Bright Blue After Transformer Explosion
There was a boom; then a hum. The lights flickered. A giant plume of smoke filled the New York City sky, and turned it blue. From a report: "A sort of unnatural, fluorescent shade of blue," said Bill ...
03:00 am - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot 'Beware Silicon Valley's Gifts To Our Schools'
schwit1 shares a National Review report: After three years, there is no proof that Apple's, Google's, and Microsoft's infiltration of the classroom is producing actual academic improvement and results...
01:45 am - Fri, December 28, 2018
Slashdot There's A Lot At Stake In The Weekly US Drought Map
Crippling drought this year has caused more than $1 billion in damage. As it has played out, anyone affected by the drought or trying to manage it has turned to a once obscure map that has become key ...
10:30 pm - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot Users Report of Nationwide CenturyLink Internet Outage
Are you having trouble accessing your CenturyLink internet today? Well, you're not alone. From a report: Several Treasure Valley residents reached out to KTVB Thursday morning to report they had no ac...
08:20 pm - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot In Some Bay Area Counties, College Grads Have Higher Unemployment
Higher education is supposed to be the ticket to employment. But in some Bay Area counties, workers with a high school diploma have lower unemployment rates than those with bachelor's degrees or highe...
07:20 pm - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot Epic Games, the Creator of Fortnite, Banked a $3 Billion Profit in 2018: Report
This year Fortnite became the world's most popular game, growing its parent company, Epic Games' valuation to $15 billion. It also helped the company pile up cash. Epic grossed a $3 billion profit for...
06:05 pm - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis
Bottled water, which recently dethroned soda as America's most popular beverage, is facing a crisis. From a report: A consumer backlash against disposable plastic plus new government mandates and bans...
05:15 pm - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot Tech Firm Sigfox Develops Tiny Tracker To Help Fight Rhino Poaching
French tech company Sigfox has developed a bite-size tracker that can be inserted into the horns of rhinos to help conservationists monitor and protect the endangered species. From a report: With the ...
04:01 pm - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot Users Report Losing Bitcoin in Clever Hack of Electrum Wallets
A hacker -- or potentially a group of hackers -- has made over 200 Bitcoin (circa $750,000 at today's exchange) using a clever attack on the infrastructure of the Electrum Bitcoin wallet over the last...
03:00 pm - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot Here's What 2019 Holds For Paint.NET
The developer of the popular image editing tool Paint.NET, Rick Brewster, has shared his vision of what the coming year holds for his software. The 2019 roadmap for Paint.NET is an exciting one, promi...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2018?
Several remarkable movies and shows hit the theaters and TV this year. We had "Black Panther", new "Incredibles", "Avengers: Infinity War", more "Star Wars" and "Mission: Impossible" hit the cinemas. ...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot No More Paperwork: Estonia Edges Toward Digital Government
In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns o...
10:24 am - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot Hospital Prices Are About To Go Public in the US
Prices hospitals charge for their services will all go online Jan. 1 under a new federal requirement, but patient advocates say the realities of medical-industry pricing will make it difficult for con...
05:57 am - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot Banana Pi 24-Core ARM Server Running Ubuntu Breaks Cover
MojoKid writes: ARM-based server processors have threatened to take on Intel in the data center for some time but not much has materialized thus far in terms of significant deployments. However, a new...
01:00 am - Thu, December 27, 2018
Slashdot India Curbs Power of Amazon and Walmart To Sell Products Online
The Indian government dealt a surprise blow on Wednesday to the e-commerce ambitions of Amazon and Walmart, effectively barring the American companies from selling products supplied by affiliated comp...
11:11 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot A Man Spent $5,000 of His Own Money To Put Zimbabwe on Street View
Zimbabwe is too far for many people to visit, but 37-year-old Tawanda Kanhema grew up there before moving to the United States. Thanks to Kanhema, though, you'll soon be able to play virtual tourist, ...
10:04 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot Colin O'Brady Completes Historic Antarctic Crossing
The final miles of a nearly two-month race across Antarctica -- a lonely effort marked by long days, short nights and stunning endurance -- ended Wednesday with a sprint to the finish.From a report: A...
09:10 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot 'Two Years Later, I Still Miss the Headphone Port'
An anonymous reader shares a column: I've been trying to figure out why the removal of the headphone port bugs me more than other ports that have been unceremoniously killed off, and I think it's beca...
08:04 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot Tech is Killing Street Food
In San Francisco and Bangalore, street-vendor unions and nonprofits are helping informal food workers eke out a living -- but their future is still uncertain. From a report: Bangalore and the Bay Area...
07:02 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot AI Automatically Sorts Cancer Cells
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can automatically differentiate between different types of cancer cells and their sensitivity to radiotherapy. From a report: A team o...
06:01 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot NYPL's Chief Digital Officer Says Public is Better off When Libraries Are 'Risk Averse' About Tech
New York Public Library's Tony Ageh was recently in Seattle to talk about libraries' digital transformation. Ageh made the point that tech now permeates pretty much all of a library's operations, from...
05:01 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot Artificial General Intelligence is Nowhere Close To Being a Reality
Three decades ago, David Rumelhart, Geoffrey Hinton, and Ronald Williams wrote about a foundational weight-calculating technique -- backpropagation -- in a monumental paper titled "Learning Representa...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot Whale Shark Tourism Harms Coral Reefs
Scientists in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Guam have found that whale shark tourism in Tan-awan, Oslob, the Philippines, has led to degradation of the local coral reef ecosystem. They reported their...
03:00 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Steals Ten Years Worth of Data From San Diego School District
A hacker has stolen the personal details of over 500,000 San Diego Unified School District staff and students, the district revealed in a breach notice posted on its website Friday. From a report: The...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot Android TV Now Claiming Over 100 Pay TV Operator Partners Worldwide
Google's Android TV platform has now been deployed by more than 100 pay TV operators around the world, the technology's top product manager told news outlet MCN. From a report: According to Shalini Go...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot The Painful, Costly Journey of Returned Goods -- and How You End Up Purchasing Some of Them Again
Buyers return a huge number of packages they buy from Amazon and other e-commerce sites, so much so that retailers are sometimes left with little choice but to get rid of large swaths of inventory at ...
11:45 am - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot Top Amazon Boss Privately Advised US Government on Web Portal Worth Billions To Tech Firm
A top Amazon executive privately advised the Trump administration on the launch of a new internet portal that is expected to generate billions of dollars for the technology company and give it a domin...
05:10 am - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot Japan Announces Withdrawal From International Whaling Commission, To Resume Commercial Whaling
Japan is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and will resume commercial whaling next year, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, in a move expected to spark international c...
04:00 am - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot A Woman on Twitter is Abused Every 30 Seconds
That shocking statistic comes from a study conducted by Amnesty International and AI software startup Element AI. From a report: In the study, called Troll Patrol, Amnesty International and Element AI...
02:00 am - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot How Google Software Won 2018
Google is relatively new to the hardware game -- at least compared to rivals Apple and Samsung. But it's not just what's outside that matters. An analysis, by Engadget : The Pixel 3 is the best exampl...
12:30 am - Wed, December 26, 2018
Slashdot Some Chinese Companies Are Giving Employees Incentives For Buying Huawei Devices or Just Giving Them One and Boycotting Apple
A growing number of Chinese companies are throwing their support behind Huawei Technologies following the recent arrest of its chief financial officer in Canada, taking such steps as offering subsidie...
10:29 pm - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Emergency Internet Explorer Patch Renders Some Lenovo Laptops Unbootable
Earlier this month, Microsoft issued an emergency patch for Internet Explorer to fix a zero-day vulnerability in the web browser. The problem affects versions of Internet Explorer from 9 to 11 across ...
08:10 pm - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot Fortnite Was 2018's Most Important Social Network
An anonymous reader shares a report: Epic Games managed to produce a hit, sure, but the genius of it is how it's rewritten the idea of what hanging out online can be. Fortnite is a game, but it's also...
07:10 pm - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot Hot Tub Hack Reveals Washed-up Security Protection
Thousands of hot tubs can be hacked and controlled remotely because of a hole in their online security, BBC Click has revealed. From a report: Researchers showed the TV programme how an attacker could...
06:11 pm - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot A Christmas Menu Dreamed Up by a Robot
For most of us, using up the Christmas leftovers means endless rounds of turkey sandwiches and lashings of Brussel sprout curry in the days leading up to New Year. So, to help inject some creativity i...
05:10 pm - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot iPhone Owners Irate After iOS Update Bricks Cellular Data
According to several reports, iPhone users around the world who have upgraded to the latest version of iOS are finding that it cuts off mobile data services. From a report: One Twitter user @kevbruh s...
04:02 pm - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot UK Now Has Systems To Combat Drones
Detection systems are now able to be deployed throughout the UK to combat the threat of drones, ministers say. It follows three days of disruption at Gatwick airport last week, when drones were sighte...
03:01 pm - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot Wall Street Banks Are Reportedly Backing Away From Cryptocurrency
Squeamish from the start about pursuing profits in one of the darker corners of finance, established firms this year slowed their already halting efforts to make a business out of Bitcoin mania. While...
02:01 pm - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot India Wants Tech Platforms To Break Encryption And Remove Content The Government Thinks Is 'Unlawful'
India's government wants to make it mandatory for platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Google, to remove content it deems "unlawful" within 24 hours of notice, and create "automated tools" ...
10:01 am - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot 'Amazon Prime is Getting Worse'
Mark Wilson, writing for FastCompany magazine: That little Prime logo used to mean something. Now it feels like a ruse that lulls shoppers into a false sense of security, until they go to checkout and...
06:30 am - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot US Geological Survey Unable To Provide Indonesia Tsunami Data Due To Government Shutdown
An underwater landslide caused by activity from the Anak Krakatau volcano is being blamed for a tsunami that struck Indonesia late Saturday, killing at least 222 people and injuring more than 800 othe...
03:30 am - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot The Dollar Store Backlash Has Begun
The U.S. has added 10,000 of these budget retail outlets since 2001. But some towns and cities are trying to push back. From a report: A recent research brief [PDF] by the Institute of Local Self Reli...
01:20 am - Tue, December 25, 2018
Slashdot Using Data To Determine if 'Die Hard' is a Christmas Movie
Stephen Follows, a writer and producer who also researches data and statistics on the film industry, writes: Today we're going to use data to answer the question "Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?" Along...
11:25 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Why One Tiny Island is Still a Domain Name Giant
The small Pacific island Tokelau is still the most populated country-level domain in the world, outnumbering the 20.8 million domains that use China's .cn. From a report: UK registry for .uk domains h...
10:19 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot 50 Years Ago Today, Apollo 8 Changed Humanity's Vision of Earth Forever
No one told them to look for the Earth. It was Christmas Eve 1968 and the first manned mission to the moon had reached its destination. As Apollo 8 slipped into lunar orbit the crew prepared to read p...
09:20 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Domain Registrar Can be Held Liable for Pirate Site, Court Rules
The Higher Regional Court of Saarbrucken (a city in Germany) concluded Key-Systems, a German-based registrar, can be held secondarily liable for the infringing actions of a customer if it fails to tak...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot The Top Free Online University Courses of 2018, Ranked by Popularity
Free online courses -- also called Massive Open Online Courses -- have quite a year. An anonymous reader shares a blog post: It's been seven years since these courses rose to prominence, when a few St...
07:00 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Congress Approves Act that Opens US Government Data To the Public; Requires Federal Agencies To Publish 'Non-Sensitive' Info in 'Machine-Readable' Format
An anonymous reader shares a report: Congress has passed a bill that could make it easier for you to access public data released by the government. The House approved the OPEN Government Data Act on S...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Trump Signs Legislation To Boost Quantum Computing Research With $1.2 billion
President Donald Trump last week signed legislation ramping up quantum computing research and development. From a report: The National Quantum Initiative Act (H.R. 6227) authorizes $1.2 billion over f...
05:00 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Huawei Had a Deal To Give Washington Redskins Fans Free Wi-Fi, Until the Government Stepped In
Two years after a congressional report labeled Huawei a national-security threat, the Chinese firm unexpectedly scored a big-name ally in Washington. It was the Redskins, the capital's National Footba...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot 'The Five-Paragraph Essay Must Die'
In new book Why They Can't Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities, John Warner dispenses with arguments that the current moment of compositional crisis is related to screen time...
03:00 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Tokyo Wants People To Stand on Both Sides of the Escalator
When one side isn't reserved for walkers, it saves time for everyone. But transit users around the world just can't be convinced. Linda Poon, writing for CityLab: I'm one of those people who speed pas...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Linux 4.20 Released in Time for Christmas
Linus Torvalds has announced the general availability of v4.20 of the Linux kernel. In a post to the Linux Kernel Mailing List, Torvalds said that there was no point in delaying the release of the lat...
12:00 pm - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Good Books You Read This Year?
As we inch closer to the end of the year, we will be running a couple of year-ender posts in the next few days. We're starting with books. What were some books you read this year that you would recomm...
11:00 am - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot 'Sending Astronauts To Mars Would be Stupid'
One of the first men to orbit the Moon has told BBC Radio 5 Live that it's "stupid" to plan human missions to Mars. Bill Anders, lunar module pilot of Apollo 8, the first human spaceflight to leave Ea...
09:51 am - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Huawei Exceeds 200 Million Smartphone Shipments, Setting Company Record
Huawei's 2018 was tumultuous, to put it mildly, but the company has at least a few reasons to brag. The Chinese mobile giant has revealed that it shipped over 200 million smartphones in the year, sett...
07:00 am - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Launches Air Force's Most Powerful GPS Satellite Ever Built
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared to life and streaked away from Cape Canaveral early Sunday carrying the first in a powerful new generation of GPS navigation satellites into orbit. It was the Californi...
03:30 am - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Ride Sharing Service Grab is Messing up the World's Largest Mapping Community's Data in Southeast Asia
Remote teams incorrectly overwrote data developed by volunteer mappers in Thailand. TechCrunch reports: Grab, Southeast Asia's top ride-hailing company, has hit a roadblock in its efforts to improve i...
02:01 am - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot Starting in 2019, Oslo Will Restrict the Use of Vehicles in its City Center
If you drive a car into the city center of Oslo next month, you shouldn't plan on staying long: There won't be any parking spots. The Norwegian capital is in the process of eliminating the remaining 7...
12:29 am - Mon, December 24, 2018
Slashdot The First Basic Income Experiment in Germany Will Start in 2019
Basic income is going to be tested in Germany next year. From a report: The setup of the experiment will be similar to the one now ending in Finland, which means there will be an unconditional cash tr...
10:02 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot The GPS Wars Have Begun
Where are you? That's not just a metaphysical question, but increasingly a geopolitical challenge that is putting tech giants like Apple and Alphabet in a tough position. From a report: Countries arou...
09:00 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot NVIDIA 'GeForce NOW Recommended Routers' Program Helps Gamers Choose Networking Gear
NVIDIA has launched the "GeForce NOW Recommended Routers" program to help gamers choose the best router for them. From a report: "The GeForce NOW game-streaming service has transformed where and how y...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Show Parachutes Don't Work, But There's A Catch
Reader Beeftopia shares a report: Research published in a major medical journal concludes that a parachute is no more effective than an empty backpack at protecting you from harm if you have to jump f...
07:00 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Chrome OS To Block USB Access While the Screen is Locked
Google will add a new security feature to Chrome OS, the company's web-based operating system that powers its Chromebooks devices, it announced this week. From a report: The new feature, named USBGuar...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Intel Vows Better Communication With Partners About CPU Shortage
Intel's channel organization is vowing increased communication and transparency with partners on issues such as the current CPU shortage, which has caused delays, price hikes and other challenges this...
05:00 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Google Hit With FTC Complaint Over 'Inappropriate' Kids Apps
The Federal Trade Commission is being asked to investigate how apps that may violate federal privacy laws that dictate the data that can be collected on children ended up in the family section of the ...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Books You Read This Year?
As we inch closer to the end of the year, we will be running a couple of year-ender posts in the next few days. We're starting with books. What were some books you read this year that you would recomm...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Good Books You Read This Year?
As we inch closer to the end of the year, we will be running a couple of year-ender posts in the next few days. We're starting with books. What were some books you read this year that you would recomm...
03:00 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Faraday Future Had the Worst Year Possible For an EV Startup
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Faraday Future is almost out of cash. From a report: At the tail end of 2017, the much-hyped EV startup was sliding toward financial oblivion. But then a cruci...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Climate Change Drives Fish Into New Waters, Remaking an Industry
The catch is shifting northward as water temperatures rise, forcing crews to retool their boats and rework their businesses. From a report: Aboard the Stanley K and the Oracle, two 58-foot vessels, Bu...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot 'Something Weird Is Going On' as New Horizons Approaches Distant Asteroid
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft passed Pluto in 2015. But now it's getting strange readings while approaching its next destination, the Ultima Thule asteroid. Popular Mechanics reports:Ultima Thule app...
08:34 am - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Should Parents Shun Toys That Track Their Kids?
An anonymous reader quotes CBS News:Parents are realizing that it's not just Santa who's keeping tabs on their kids. Many popular high-tech gadgets that may end up being given as holiday presents can ...
05:34 am - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Videogame PUBG Bans 30,000 Cheaters, Discovers Professional Players Cheated
An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek:The makers of PUBG sent down the banhammer Thursday afternoon in a ban wave believed to iimpact more than 30,000 fraudulent player accounts. What PUBG Corp likely d...
04:00 am - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Alexa Gets Hooked Up To a Singing Fish Toy, and Mocked By Jimmy Kimmel
An anonymous reader writes: An updated version of the singing "Big Mouth Billy Bass" plastic fish toy now speaks (with synchronized lip movements) with the voice of Alexa. "Your humdrum life will be t...
02:34 am - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Reddit-Quoting Alexa Tells a User: 'Kill Your Foster Parents'
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: An Amazon customer got a grim message last year from Alexa, the virtual assistant in the company's smart speaker device: "Kill your foster parents." The user w...
12:34 am - Sun, December 23, 2018
Slashdot Two Miles From Facebook's Headquarters, Working Poor Live In Trailers
"The working poor are spilling into Bay Area streets for lack of safe, affordable shelter," report two Silicon Valley newspapers describing a "pop-up neighborhood" that's now banding together, "a smal...
11:34 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot 51st Known Mersenne Prime Number Found
chalsall (Slashdot reader #185), writes:The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) has discovered the largest known prime number, 2^82,589,933-1, having 24,862,048 digits. A computer volunteered...
10:34 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Kansas is Trying to Unload $10M in Unused Computer Equipment
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer's administration is seeking a way to donate or sell at a steep discount as much as $10 million in unused computer equipment ...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot What Happens After Surprising DNA Test Results?
schwit1 shared an interesting article from Bloomberg:Though genetic tests are frequently marketed as family-friendly entertainment, they sometimes wind up surfacing life-altering surprises. And when t...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Rare Amiga Bought on eBay For $2,500
Long-time Slashdot reader Mike Bouma shared Eurogamer's report about a rare Amiga 3000 auctioned on eBay:Mike Clarke, who worked at legendary UK game company Psygnosis from 1992 to 1999 doing audio wo...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Self-Driving Car Company Zoox Is Now Allowed to Carry Passengers
The AP reports that self-driving cars have reached a new milestone in California:The Public Utilities Commission granted Zoox the first permit to ferry riders in autonomous vehicles under a pilot prog...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot A Delivery Robot Spontaneously Burst Into Flames
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shares this article from the Verge:An autonomous food delivery robot burst into flames on a Berkeley, California walkway, as first reported by The Daily Californian. ...
05:39 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Price Of Bitcoin Rises 27%, While Price of Bitcoin Cash Triples
A Bloomberg columnist asks whether this week's rise in bitcoin's price is a turning point -- or just a "dead cat bounce"?After hitting a year's low of about $3,143, down about 80 percent from January ...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Oracle Releases Major Version 6.0 of VirtualBox With Many New Features
What's new with Oracle's free and open-source hosted hypervisor? Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed writes: Oracle has released major version 6.0 of VirtualBox with a variety of new features, i...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Tim May, Father of 'Crypto Anarchy,' Is Dead At 67
Tim May, co-founder of the influential Cypherpunks mailing list and a significant influence on both bitcoin and WikiLeaks, passed away in mid-December at his home in Corralitos, California. The news w...
01:13 pm - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Apple Spins 'Real Artists Ship' Into 'Share Your Gifts'
theodp writes: "Have you ever made something wonderful but were too afraid to share it?" asks Apple's heartwarming "Share Your Gifts" 2018 holiday ad, which features a girl who keeps her creations sec...
10:00 am - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Logitech Will Restore Third-Party Harmony Home Automation
After issuing a firmware update that reportedly cut off local access for Harmony Hubs, Logitech says it will offer yet another update to undo the move and restore local network control. The Verge repo...
07:00 am - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot FCC Fines Swarm $900,000 For Unauthorized Satellite Launch
Swarm Technologies will pay a $900,000 fine for launching and operating four small experimental communications satellites that risked "satellite collisions" and threatened "critical commercial and gov...
03:30 am - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Find a Brain Circuit That Could Explain Seasonal Depression
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Just in time for the winter solstice, scientists may have figured out how short days can lead to dark moods. Two recent studies suggest the culprit is a b...
02:10 am - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot An Amoeba-Based Computer Found Solutions To 8-City Traveling Salesman Problem
dmoberhaus shares a report from Motherboard: A team of Japanese researchers from Keio University in Tokyo have demonstrated that an amoeba is capable of generating approximate solutions to a remarkabl...
01:30 am - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot More Companies Are Trying a Four-Day Work Week
Companies around the world have cut their work week down to just four days and found that it leads to higher productivity, more motivated staff and less burnout. Reuters highlights some of those compa...
12:50 am - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Sneaky Mac Malware Went Undetected By AV Providers For Four Month
Four months after a mysterious group was outed for a digital espionage operation that used novel techniques to target Mac users, its macOS malware samples continued to go undetected by most antivirus ...
12:10 am - Sat, December 22, 2018
Slashdot Big Ben Brought Back To Life Through Snapchat AR Lens
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: It's not a great time to visit the UK as a tourist. Besides all the Brexit nonsense and the December weather, one of our greatest tourist spots is und...
11:30 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot JD.com's Billionaire CEO Will Not Be Charged With Sexual Assault
In September, JD.com's billionaire founder, Richard Liu, was accused of rape nearly four months ago by a young Chinese student at the University of Minnesota. He was reportedly in Minneapolis for his ...
10:50 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot YouTuber Admits Aspects of Viral HomePod Glitter Bomb Video Were Faked
New submitter ArchieBunker writes: A viral video featuring a booby-trapped HomePod box that pranked package thieves with a glitter bomb has been criticized for faking some of the reactions of the woul...
10:10 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Will Put a Fake 5G Logo On Its 4G LTE Phones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: AT&T customers will start to see a 5G logo appear in the corner of their smartphone next year -- not because they're using a 5G phone connected ...
09:30 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Mars Express Beams Back Images of Ice-Filled Korolev Crater
An anonymous reader shares a report: The stunning Korolev crater in the northern lowlands of Mars is filled with ice all year round owing to a trapped layer of cold Martian air that keeps the water fr...
08:50 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot ACLU To Feds: Your 'Hacking Presents a Unique Threat To Individual Privacy'
The American Civil Liberties Union, along with Privacy International, a similar organization based in the United Kingdom, have now sued 11 federal agencies, demanding records about how those agencies ...
08:07 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and UK Accuse China of APT10 Hacking Spree
A day after the US Department of Justice charged two Chinese nationals for being members of a state-sponsored hacking group and accused the Chinese government of orchestrating a string of hacks around...
07:25 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Annual Smart Speaker IQ Test
Research firm Loop Ventures published its annual Smart Speaker IQ Test this week. Like earlier iterations of the test, it put the top smart assistants and speakers head-to-head, grading them on a wide...
06:52 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Can You Really Sue Fortnite For 'Stealing' Your Dance Moves?
The creator of the year's biggest game is facing a slew of lawsuits over its alleged use of famous dance moves. But will courts tap to the same tune? From a report: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfons...
06:09 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Google Has a New Review Process For Handling Controversial Projects After Backlash Over Censored Search Product For China
In the wake of reports that Google didn't follow normal procedure in the development of a censored search product for China -- with execs said to have circumvented standard company procedures and shut...
05:30 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot How Do Universities Prepare Graduates For Jobs That Don't Yet Exist?
Technological changes such as automation and artificial intelligence are expected to transform the employment landscape. The question is: will our education system keep up? From a report: The answer m...
04:46 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Lubuntu, a Popular Ubuntu Flavor, To Stop Providing 32-Bit Releases
Lubuntu, a popular Ubuntu flavor which announced earlier this year that it would stop supporting old hardware, is now dropping support for 32-bit x86 releases. BetaNews adds: "Lubuntu has been and con...
04:14 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Fortnite Teen Hackers 'Earning Thousands of Dollars a Week'
Children as young as 14 are making thousands of pounds a week as part of a global hacking network built around the popular video game Fortnite. From a report: About 20 hackers told the BBC they were s...
03:20 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is Developing a Cryptocurrency for WhatsApp Transfers, Report Says
Facebook is working on making a cryptocurrency that will let users transfer money on its WhatsApp messaging app, focusing first on the remittances market in India, Bloomberg reports. From the report: ...
02:41 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Donates $1 Million To Support Wikipedia
Technology giants rely heavily on Wikipedia's extensive database to source information for their platforms. So it's only fair that they show interest in the long-term sustainability of the online ency...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot India To Intercept, Monitor, and Decrypt Citizens' Computers
Several readers have shared a report: The Indian government has authorized 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt data on any computer, sending a shock wave through citizens and privac...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Issues Emergency Fix For Internet Explorer Zero Day
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Microsoft has released an out-of-band security update that fixes an actively exploited vulnerability in Internet Explorer. This vulnerabilit...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot India To Intercept, Monitor, and Decrypt Citizens' Computers
Several readers have shared a report: The Indian government has authorized 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt data on any computer, sending a shock wave through citizens and privac...
10:00 am - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Apple Confirms Some iPad Pros Ship Slightly Bent, But Says It's Normal
Iwastheone shares a report from The Verge: Apple has confirmed to The Verge that some of its 2018 iPad Pros are shipping with a very slight bend in the aluminum chassis. But according to the company, ...
07:00 am - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot China Launched More Rockets Into Orbit In 2018 Than Any Other Country
Privately funded space startups are changing China's space industry, helping it become a space power on par with the United States. "2018 is shaping up to be the first year in which more rockets reach...
03:30 am - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Breakthrough Ultrasound Treatment To Reverse Dementia Moves To Human Trials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: An extraordinarily promising new technique using ultrasound to clear the toxic protein clumps thought to cause dementia and Alzheimer's disease is m...
02:50 am - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Two Android Apps Used In Combat By US Troops Contained Severe Vulnerabilities
According to a Navy Inspector General report, U.S. military troops used two Android apps that contained severe vulnerabilities in live combat scenarios. "The two apps are named KILSWITCH (Kinetic Inte...
02:10 am - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Grocery Push Keeps Stumbling After Whole Foods Purchase
Bloomberg reports that Amazon is struggling in the $840 billion grocery market, more than a year after it spoked the industry with the $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods last year. "The number o...
01:30 am - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Uber Resumes Testing Self-Driving Cars Nine Months After Deadly Crash
Nine months after an Uber self-driving car struck and killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, Uber has decided that it's time to resume testing its self-driving cars on public roads. The ...
12:50 am - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Australian Court Orders ISPs To Block 181 'Pirate' Domains, Including Subtitle Sites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: This week the Federal Court has issued the largest pirate site blocking injunction thus far in Australia, judging by the number of targeted sites...
12:10 am - Fri, December 21, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Pull Some iPhones In Germany Following Ruling In Qualcomm Patent Case
"Qualcomm was granted a second injunction against Apple on Thursday, banning it from selling some iPhone models in Germany that use chips from Intel and parts from another supplier, Qorvo," reports CN...
11:30 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot FBI Shuts Down 15 DDoS-For-Hire Sites
The FBI has shut down the domains of 15 high-profile distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) websites. "Several seizure warrants granted by a California federal judge went into effect Thursday, removing ...
10:50 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot China Hacked HPE, IBM and Then Attacked Clients, Report Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Hackers working on behalf of China's Ministry of State Security breached the networks of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM, then used the access to h...
10:10 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's WhatsApp Has an Encrypted Child Porn Problem
Videos and pictures of children being subjected to sexual abuse are being openly shared on Facebook's WhatsApp on a vast scale, with the encrypted messaging service failing to curb the problem despite...
09:30 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot This Was the Year the Robot Takeover of Service Jobs Began
merbs writes: Out of the three major sectors of the economy -- agriculture, manufacturing, and service -- two are already largely automated. Farm labor, which about half the American workforce used to...
08:50 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Python Gets New Governance Model
The Python Software Foundation has settled on a new governance model for the programming language Python. The decision to come up with a new model was made after Python creator and chief Guido van Ros...
08:10 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Business Communication Service Slack, in Compliance With US Regulations, Broadens Ban on Users in Sanctioned Nations
Earlier this year, business communication service Slack began to block users in Syria, Iran, and select other embargoed countries to comply with U.S. regulations. This week, the company has broadened ...
07:30 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot US Slams China For Corporate Cyber Espionage, Indicts Two Spies
U.S. authorities on Thursday unveiled indictments against two Chinese nationals linked to China's government who took part in a cyber spying campaign that hacked a range of American government agencie...
06:51 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Forget Dot Com, 2019 Will Finally be the Year of Weird Domain Names
An anonymous reader shares a report: Latest registration figures released by Verisign, an internet network company that oversees some domain name endings, seem to indicate that after a rocky few years...
06:01 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Debian's Anti-Harassment Team Is Removing A Package Over Its Name
quantic_oscillation7 shares a report: The latest notes from the Debian anti-harassment team on Wednesday caught my attention when reading, "We were requested to advice on the appropriateness of a cert...
05:23 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Intel Attacks Qualcomm for Allegedly Stifling Competition
In an official statement Thursday, Intel called out Qualcomm for allegedly continuing to pursue its use of patent lawsuits and threatening lawsuits against its own customers and competitors even as mu...
04:40 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Inside the Unrelenting Scams of the Amazon Marketplace
Fascinating article on The Verge on the many ways Amazon Marketplace, the ecommerce giant's the company's third-party platform, sellers sabotage each other and defraud customers, and how Amazon is run...
04:01 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot AT&T's Silence on 5G Speeds Screams 'Stay Away For Now'
An anonymous reader shares a column: AT&T may be meeting its self-imposed deadline to launch "5G" service in 12 cities this week, but based on what the company has said -- and not said -- I can on...
03:20 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Project Mu, an Open-Source Release of the UEFI Core
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has a new open source project -- Project Mu. This is the company's open-source release of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) core which is currently used by...
02:40 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Error Allowed Alexa User To Eavesdrop on Another Home
A user of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant in Germany got access to more than a thousand recordings from another user because of "a human error" by the company. From a report: The customer had asked to ...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Over 110,000 Passengers on 760 Flights Disrupted by Drones Flying Over One of the UK's Busiest Airports
Gatwick's runway has been shut since Wednesday night, when two devices were seen flying over the perimeter fence. The airport said at about 12:00 GMT on Thursday a drone had been spotted "in the last ...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot US Treasury Sanctions 16 Russians For Hacking, Election Meddling
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The Treasury Department has leveled sanctions against 16 current and former GRU intelligence officers (some of whom were targeted in earlier indictme...
10:00 am - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot All Copyrighted Works First Published In the US In 1923 Will Enter Public Domain On January 1st
"At midnight on New Year's Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 will enter the public domain," reports Smithsonian Magazine. "It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration...
07:00 am - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Google Lens Can Now Recognize a Billion Items
Google said in a blog post that its AI-powered "Google Lens" camera tool can now recognize over a billion items. When it launched last year, it was only able to detect around 250,000 items. The Verge ...
03:30 am - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Genetically Modify Common Houseplant To Remove Air of Hazardous Compounds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: Now, researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have genetically modified a common houseplant -- pothos ivy...
02:10 am - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Giant Trap Deployed To Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean Isn't Working
In September, a nonprofit deployed a multimillion-dollar floating structure designed to corral plastic debris littering the Pacific Ocean. But, according to CBS News, the 2,000-foot-long structure has...
01:30 am - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Unveils 1.14-Mile Boring Company Tunnel
Last night, Elon Musk unveiled his vision of a high-speed tunnel system he believes could ease congestion and revolutionize how millions of commuters get around cities. CNBC reports: Musk, who founded...
12:50 am - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Apple Tweaks iOS Animation In China In Attempt To Avoid Sales Ban
Apple released a tiny update to iOS this week designed to avoid a sales ban in China. iOS version 12.1.2 contains software changes exclusive to China that are designed to circumvent Apple's patent dis...
12:10 am - Thu, December 20, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Use AI To Map Every Solar Panel In the US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: There are about 1.47 million individual solar panel installations in the US. That number comes courtesy of an artificial intelligence system developed by...
11:30 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Some 2017 iPad Pro Displays Suffering From Bright Spot Above Home Button
According to MacRumors forums, some users are complaining of a display issue that causes a bright spot to appear right above the Home button on some 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. The f...
10:50 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Logitech Disables Local Access On Harmony Hubs, Breaks Automation Systems
DarkRookie2 shares a report from Ars Technica: Many users of Logitech's Harmony Hub smart home hub and remote were recently met with a nasty surprise. The device's latest firmware update, version 4.15...
10:12 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites
Jason Koebler from Motherboard argues "we should replace Facebook with personal websites." An anonymous reader shares the report: As a freshman in high school, in the year of our lord 2002, I made a w...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Burnout, Stress Lead More Companies To Try a Four-Day Work Week
An anonymous reader shares a report: Work four days a week, but get paid for five? It sounds too good to be true, but companies around the world that have cut their work week have found that it leads ...
07:31 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Billionaire Jack Ma Says the US Wasted Trillions on Warfare Instead of Investing in Infrastructure
Alibaba founder Jack Ma fired a shot at the United States in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. An anonymous reader shares a report: Ma was asked by CNBC's Andrew Ross Sor...
06:49 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Google Denies Altering YouTube Code To Break Microsoft Edge
Earlier this week, a former Microsoft Edge intern alleged that Google deliberately introduced bogus changes to YouTube to break the functionality of the video portal when users on Edge and other brows...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's New Office App for Windows 10 is Coming To All Office Users For Free
Microsoft has been looking for ways to simplify the way users log into Office and find their documents via its Office.com portal. On December 19, the company is taking another step in this area by int...
05:27 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot DC Attorney General Sues Facebook Over Alleged Privacy Violations From Cambridge Analytica Scandal
The attorney general for the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Facebook for allowing Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy, to gain access to the names, "likes" and othe...
04:51 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot India Launches Hefty Communications Satellite Into Orbit to Cap Busy 2018
India successfully squeezed a seventh launch into the year Wednesday, using an upgraded version of the country's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle to place a massive communications satellite int...
04:12 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Swipe Card Numbers From Local Government Payment Portals
A previously unknown hacker group is behind a mounting number of breaches that have been reported by local governments across the US. From a report: In a report published today, US cyber-security vend...
03:35 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot UK Chip-Maker Arm is Working on an AI-Powered Smart Chip That Can Tell if You Smell
UK chip-maker Arm, better known for developing the hardware that powers most smartphones, is working on a new generation of smart chips that embed artificial intelligence inside devices. One of these ...
02:47 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Windows Sandbox, a Desktop Environment For Running Applications in Isolation
Microsoft has officially unveiled "Windows Sandbox," a feature that was expected to be unveiled next year. Windows Sandbox, the company says, creates "an isolated, temporary desktop environment" where...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Google Working on Blocking Back Button Hijacking in Chrome
Google engineers are currently working on a Chrome browser update that will block malicious websites from hijacking the browser's history and, indirectly, the Back button. From a report: The issue at ...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Tumblr Blocked Archivists Just Before Starting the NSFW Content Purge
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Techdirt: By now, of course, you're aware that the Verizon-owned Tumblr (which was bought by Yahoo, which was bought by Verizon and merged into "Oath" with AOL...
10:00 am - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot 2018 Statistic of the Year: 90.5 Percent of Plastic Waste Has Never Been Recycled
Two of 2018's best statistics from the Royal Statistical Society are about the environment. "The winning international statistic of the year was 90.5% -- the proportion of plastic waste that has never...
07:00 am - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Saturn's Rings Are Disappearing At a 'Worst-Case Scenario' Rate, NASA Says
A new study published in the journal Icarus found that Saturn is losing its signature rings at a "worst-case scenario" rate, and the bands could disappear completely within 100 million years. USA Toda...
04:10 am - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Gave More Than 150 Companies, Including Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon and Yahoo, Unprecedented Access To Users' Personal Data: NYT
The New York Times obtained hundreds of pages of Facebook documents which were generated in 2017 that show that the social network considered these companies business partners and effectively exempted...
03:30 am - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Demonstrate Teleportation Using On-Demand Photons From Quantum Dots
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A team of researchers from Austria, Italy and Sweden has successfully demonstrated teleportation using on-demand photons from quantum dots. In their ...
01:40 am - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Raising $500 Million To Help Build Its 'Starlink' Satellite Broadband Network
According to the Wall Street Journal, SpaceX is raising a $500 million round of fundraising to help build its massive satellite internet project, called Starlink. "The new funding puts SpaceX's valuat...
01:00 am - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Next-Gen Xbox Consoles Are Codenamed 'Anaconda' and 'Lockhart'
According to Windows Central, there are two upcoming next-generation Xbox consoles in the works -- a cheaper "S"-style console to succeed the Xbox One S, and a more beastly "X"-style console to succee...
12:20 am - Wed, December 19, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Is Relaunching the Reverse-Chronological Feed
Twitter is introducing a new toggle in the app to allow users to switch from the ranked timeline to the original, reverse-chronological feed. "The company says the move comes in recognition of the fac...
11:45 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot T-Mobile Denies Lying To FCC About Size of Its 4G Network
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: T-Mobile has denied an allegation that it lied to the Federal Communications Commission about the extent of its 4G LTE coverage. A group that rep...
11:03 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Ex-Uber Engineer Claims a Self-Driving Car Drove Him Coast-To-Coast
"Anthony Levandowski, the controversial engineer at the heart of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, claims to have built an automated car that drove from San Francisco to New York without any human int...
10:33 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Kroger Begins Autonomous Grocery Deliveries
Kroger is launching its unmanned grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company first announced the pilot with robotics company Nuro in June, and since August, "they have tested an auton...
09:45 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Make RAM From a Phase Change We Don't Entirely Understand
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: We seem to be on the cusp of a revolution in storage. Various technologies have been demonstrated that have speed approaching that of current RAM...
08:45 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Remove.bg is a Website That Removes Backgrounds from Portraits in Seconds
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you often find yourself needing to remove the backgrounds from photos but don't have the time to manually do it, you might want to bookmark Remove.bg. It's a si...
08:06 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Turning Off Facebook Location Tracking Doesn't Stop It From Tracking Your Location
Even if you explicitly tell Facebook to not track your location, it says it will still use your IP address to track your location. Kashmir Hill, reporting for Gizmodo: Aleksandra Korolova has turned o...
07:30 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Google Opens Document Editing To Users Without a Google Account
Google has listened to user feedback and is currently testing a feature that will let G Suite users invite non-Google account holders to view, comment, suggest edits, and even directly edit Google Doc...
06:51 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot UK Police Are Testing Facial Recognition on Christmas Shoppers in London this Week
London's Metropolitan Police is testing its facial recognition technology in the capital this week. From a report: It's the seventh time the Metropolitan Police, the UK capital's police force, has tri...
06:07 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Oracle's CTO: No Way a 'Normal' Person Would Move To AWS
Amazon may have turned off its Oracle data warehouse in favor of Amazon Web Services database technology, but no one else in their right mind would, Oracle's outspoken co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison...
05:32 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Opens 5G Network in 12 US Cities, Announces Pricing For First 5G Mobile Device and Service
AT&T said Tuesday its network is now live in parts of 12 cities across the United States, with the first mobile 5G device arriving on Friday, December 21. From a report: According to an AT&T s...
04:45 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Sphero Discontinues Its BB-8, R2-D2, and Other Licensed Disney Products
Sphero's hinted that it's getting out of the licensed product game, but this week CEO Paul Berberian confirmed that the company is clearing out its remaining licensed inventory and won't be restocking...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Former NASA Engineer Designed Glitter Bomb Trap To Avenge Amazon Delivery Theft Victims
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But for Mark Rober, it's much sweeter served smart, smelly and covered in glitter. From a report: The former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube star has received...
03:25 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Taiwan To Shut Down 3G Networks By Year End
Consumers in Taiwan will only be able to use 4G services from 2019 as the government will shut down 3G services by the end of the year, according to a Sina news report on Monday, citing local Taiwan m...
02:45 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Spam Calls Jumped Over 300% Globally in 2018
An anonymous reader shares a report: According to the yearly report published by Stockholm-based phone number-identification service Truecaller, spam calls grew by 300 percent year-over-year in 2018. ...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Hyped AR Tech Firm Blippar Collapses Into Administration
One of the great hopes of the UK tech sector, Blippar, has collapsed into administration over a funding row. BBC News reports: The augmented reality firm was co-founded by Ambarish Mitra, and its tech...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot France Will Tax Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon In New Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: France won't wait on the rest of the European Union to start taxing big tech. French finance minister Bruno Le Maire says the country will move ahead w...
10:00 am - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot 'Google Isn't the Company That We Should Have Handed the Web Over To'
Iwastheone shares a report from Ars Technica's Peter Bright: With Microsoft's decision to end development of its own Web rendering engine and switch to Chromium, control over the Web has functionally ...
07:00 am - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot The Most-Distant Solar System Object Discovered
Rick Zeman writes: Astronomers in Hawaii have discovered the furthest object in our solar system, a dwarf planet aptly named "Farout." This planet is 100 times farther than Earth is from the sun (120 ...
03:33 am - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot US Ballistic Missile Systems Have No Antivirus, No Data Encryption, and No 2FA, DOD Report Finds
An anonymous reader writes from a report via ZDNet: No data encryption, no antivirus programs, no multi-factor authentication mechanisms, and 28-year-old unpatched vulnerabilities are just some of the...
02:50 am - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Tumblr Porn Vanishes Today
Earlier this month, Tumblr announced that it would be permanently banning adult content from its platform on December 17th. Well, that day has arrived and the social media site is now hiding all posts...
02:10 am - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Senate Report Shows Russia Used Social Media To Support Trump In 2016
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: Russia used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, the report claims. New research says YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal -- as ...
01:30 am - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Junk Food Cravings Linked To a Lack of Sleep, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience, Peters and colleagues describe how they recruited 32 healthy men aged between 19 and 33 and gave all of t...
12:50 am - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Swedish ISP Bahnhof Fights Sci-Hub Blocking Order
thomst writes: "After being ordered to block a number of piracy-related domains following a complaint from academic publisher Elsevier, Swedish ISP Bahnhof retaliated by semi-blocking Elsevier's own w...
12:10 am - Tue, December 18, 2018
Slashdot Germany Refuses To Ban Huawei, Citing Lack of Real Evidence
hackingbear writes: Germany's IT watchdog has expressed skepticism about calls for a boycott of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, saying it has seen no evidence the firm could use its equipment to spy fo...
11:30 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot FCC Forces California To Drop Plan For Government Fees On Text Messages
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: California telecom regulators have abandoned a plan to impose government fees on text-messaging services, saying that a recent Federal Communicat...
10:51 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Red Hat Enterprise Linux Comes To Windows 10 in the Form of WLinux Enterprise
Mark Wilson writes: Earlier in the year open-source software startup Whitewater Foundry brought WLinux to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Not content with creating the first native Linux distri...
10:11 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Lawmakers Push To Create a Three-Digit Suicide Hotline Number
In a letter addressed to the FCC, Senator Ron Wyden urged commissioners to create a three-digit, 911-style suicide hotline number. The Oregon senator cites the CDC's report that more than 40,000 Ameri...
09:21 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Former Edge Browser Intern Alleges Google Sabotaged Microsoft's Browser
Joshua Bakita, a former software engineering intern on the Edge team at Microsoft, says one of the reasons why Microsoft had to ditch EdgeHTML rendering engine in Edge browser and switch to Chromium w...
08:50 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Warns of Suspicious Traffic Coming From China and Russia
Suspicious traffic to a Twitter user forum appears to be part of a government-backed activity coming from China and Russia, a Twitter spokesman told Reuters Monday. The company said it is yet to deter...
08:10 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot MIPS Goes Open Source
Junko Yoshida, writing for EETimes: Without question, 2018 was the year RISC-V genuinely began to build momentum among chip architects hungry for open-source instruction sets. That was then. By 2019, ...
07:33 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Cement is the Source of About 8% of the World's Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Concrete is the most widely used man-made material in existence. It is second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet. But, while cement -- the key ingredient in concrete -- has shap...
06:42 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot CenturyLink Blocked Its Customers' Internet Access in Order To Show an Ad
CenturyLink briefly disabled the Internet connections of customers in Utah last week and allowed them back online only after they acknowledged an offer to purchase filtering software. From a report: C...
06:01 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Google's Secret China Project 'Effectively Ended' After Internal Confrontation: Report
Less than five months after Google's plan to build a censored search engine and other tools for the Chinese market became public, the company has "effectively ended" the project, reports The Intercept...
05:37 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Norway is Entering a New Era of Climate-Conscious Architecture
The European Union has a target of making all new buildings zero-energy by 2020, but in Norway, carbon neutrality isn't enough. From a report: A consortium in Oslo made up of architects, engineers, en...
04:50 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot California Requires New City Buses To Be Electric by 2029
California has became the first state to mandate a full shift to electric buses on public transit routes, flexing its muscle as the nation's leading environmental regulator and bringing battery-powere...
04:15 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot More than Half of Americans Say They Didn't Get a Pay Raise this Year
Although the economy saw new peaks in 2018, not all Americans report reaping the benefits. An anonymous reader shares a report: The majority of workers say they saw no salary increases this year, acco...
03:31 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Wants To Curb Selling 'CRaP' Items it Can't Profit On, Like Bottled Water and Snacks: Report
Amazon is rethinking its strategy around some items it sells which it calls internally "Can't realize a profit" -- or "CRaP" for short, according to the Wall Street Journal. From the report: Inside Am...
02:40 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Emergence of Lab-Grown Meat Poses New Questions for Religious Leaders
Lab-grown meat is becoming closer to a reality. But this new technology poses new questions for people who typically avoid meat for religious or ethical reasons. An anonymous reader shares a report: L...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Google To Invest $1 Billion in New Campus in New York City
Google will invest $1 billion in a new campus in New York City, the company said Monday. From a report: The new 1.7 million square foot "Google Hudson Square" campus will include two buildings located...
01:00 pm - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Taylor Swift Used Facial Recognition Tech At Concerts To Spy On Stalkers
AmiMoJo shares a report: Taylor Swift used facial recognition technology at her live performances so that technicians running the system could then check those face scans against a private database of...
10:10 am - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot The Decline of American Peyote
dmoberhaus writes: An investigation into the decline of America's peyote, a hallucinogenic cactus that is critically important to the rituals of the Native American Church, the largest pan-tribal reli...
07:07 am - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Bing Recommends Piracy Tutorial When Searching For Office 2019
aafrn writes: Microsoft is sending users who search for Office 2019 download links via its Bing search engine to a website that teaches them the basics about pirating the company's Office suite. This ...
05:05 am - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot A Bright Green 'Christmas Comet' Will Fly the Closest To Earth In Centuries
On Sunday night, a comet that orbits between Jupiter and the sun will make its closest approach to Earth in centuries. According to Tony Farnham, a research scientist in the astronomy department at th...
03:33 am - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Cydia's App Store For Jailbroken iPhones Shuts Down Purchases
Cydia, the App Store for jailbroken devices, is shutting down purchases as its creator moves to shut down the store entirely in the near future. "Cydia's creator Saurik made the announcement on Reddit...
01:31 am - Mon, December 17, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Kills Headphone Jack After Mocking Apple
Last week, Samsung introduced its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8s. Not only is it the first phone of theirs with a laser-drilled hole in the display for the front-facing camera sensor, but it is als...
11:23 pm - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot 50 Years On, We're Living the Reality First Shown At the 'Mother of All Demos'
Thelasko quotes a report from Ars Technica: A half century ago, computer history took a giant leap when Douglas Engelbart -- then a mid-career 43-year-old engineer at Stanford Research Institute in th...
09:21 pm - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot How YouTube's Year-In-Review 'Rewind' Video Set Off a Civil War
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: You might guess that a surefire way to make a hit video on YouTube would be to gather a bunch of YouTube megastars, film them riffing on so...
08:20 pm - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot Instagram Tightens Eating Disorder Filters
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: Instagram has placed more hashtags which could promote eating disorders on an "unsearchable" list after a BBC investigation found that users were finding ways aro...
07:19 pm - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Disbands Secretive Research Lab Amid Reorganization
Facebook has disbanded its secretive research lab, where the company developed new hardware like its Portal speakers and researched moonshot projects like brain computer interfaces. "Building 8, the d...
06:18 pm - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot Vine, HQ Trivia Co-Founder Colin Kroll Found Dead of Suspected Overdose
TechCrunch has confirmed with TMZ that Colin Kroll, the 35-year-old co-founder and CEO of the HQ Trivia app and co-founder of Vine, has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his apartment. T...
05:17 pm - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot Data-Wiping Malware Destroys Data At Italian and UAE Oil and Gas Companies
An anonymous reader writes: A new variant of the Shamoon malware was discovered on the network of an Italian and UAE oil and gas company. While the damage at the UAE firm is currently unknown, the mal...
04:16 pm - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot Nearly 200 Countries Agree On Global Climate Pact Rules After Impasse
"Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions late on Saturday to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal," reports Reuters. "After two weeks of talks in the Polish city of...
03:15 pm - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot Apple Lied About iPhone X Screen Size and Pixel Count, Lawsuit Alleges
A lawsuit filed Friday is accusing Apple of falsely advertised the screen sizes and pixel counts of the displays in its iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max devices. The two plaintiffs, who filed th...
02:14 pm - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot The Last Independent Mobile OS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The year was 2010 and the future of mobile computing was looking bright. The iPhone was barely three years old, Google's Android had yet to swallo...
11:34 am - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot Sean Parker Builds Beach-Access App To Atone For His Rule-Violating Wedding
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:A tech billionaire whose elaborate wedding in a redwood grove violated California rules has helped create a smartphone app that shows users a map of mor...
08:34 am - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot Study Reveals The Most Googled 'Should I' Questions In Each State
An anonymous reader quotes BGR:One of the more interesting 2018 retrospectives we've seen focuses on which Google searches were the most popular across each state. Specifically, AT&T tapped into d...
05:34 am - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot Is The World Shifting To 'Ambient Computing'?
In the future, "A massive convergence of technologies will enable us to use computers and the internet without really using them," argues Computerworld.At the dawn of the personal computing revolution...
02:34 am - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot How Microsoft Embraced Python
Steve Dower, a Python developer at Microsoft, describes how the language become popular internally:In 2010, our few Pythonistas were flying under the radar, in case somebody noticed that they could re...
12:34 am - Sun, December 16, 2018
Slashdot People Are Harassing Waymo's Self-Driving Vehicles
Waymo's testing dozens of self-driving mini-vans near Phoenix. Now the Arizona Republic asks why the vehicles are getting so much hate, citing "a slashed tire, a pointed gun, bullies on the road..." "...
11:35 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot CNN Contributor Urges: Stop Calling Facebook a Tech Company
An anonymous reader quotes a CNN opinion piece by Stanford business school lecturer David Dodson: "Senator, we run ads." That's what Mark Zuckerberg told Senator Orrin Hatch earlier this year during h...
10:34 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Do Alternative Software Licenses Represent Open Source's 'Midlife Crisis'?
"it is clear to me that open source -- now several decades old and fully adult -- is going through its own midlife crisis," writes Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill.[O]pen source business models are really to...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Study Suggests Too Much Collaboration Actually Hurts Productivity
An anonymous reader quotes Inc:Our attention in the workplace is a precious resource that often falls victim to tools like email, Slack, and so on, which bring a nonstop supply of things to read, thin...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There An Open Source Tool Measuring The Sharpness of Streaming Video?
dryriver asks:Is there an open source video analysis tool available that can take a folder full of video captures (e.g. news, sports, movies, music videos, TV shows), analyze the video frames in those...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot One Year After Net Neutrality Repeal, America's Democrats Warn 'The Fight Continues'
CNET just published a fierce pro-net neutrality editorial co-authored by Nancy Pelosi, the soon-to-be Majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, with Mike Doyle, the expected Chairman of th...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Was Commodore's Amiga 'A Computer Ahead of Its Time'?
Long-time Slashdot reader Mike Bouma quotes Gizmodo:Despite being ahead of its time when it was unveiled in 1985, the Commodore Amiga didn't survive past 1996. The machine, which went up against with ...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Doctor Who Won't Return Until 2020
AmiMoJo quotes the BBC: The next series of Doctor Who won't start until 2020, it's been confirmed. Series 11 ended on Sunday night, but after the festive special on New Year's Day, Jodie Whittaker won...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Screen Time Changes Structure of Kids' Brains, NIH Study Shows
schwit1 shared this article from Bloomberg:Brain scans of adolescents who are heavy users of smartphones, tablets and video games look different from those of less active screen users, preliminary res...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot OpenJDK Bug Report Complains Source Code 'Has Too Many Swear Words'
Thursday a bug report complained that the source code for OpenJDK, the free and open-source implementation of Java, "has too many swear words." An anonymous reader writes:"There are many instances of ...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Could You Live Without a Smartphone For a Year?
shanen writes about Vitaminwater's latest "publicity stunt," where they will pay $100,000 to one select contestant who can live without their smartphone for a year: All you have to do is come up with ...
10:00 am - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Modded To Run Ubuntu
140Mandak262Jamuna writes: CleanTechnica is reporting that someone hacked the infotainment system of a Tesla Model 3 and got root access and installed Linux distribution Ubuntu. Redditor trsohmers is ...
07:00 am - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot NASA's Hubble Telescope Discovers An 'Evaporating' Planet
Researchers at the University of Geneva Switzerland have used NASA's Hubble telescope to find an exoplanet that's evaporating. The exoplanet, GJ 3470b, shows signs of losing hydrogen in its atmosphere...
03:30 am - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Experts Urge US To Continue Support For Nuclear Fusion Research
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: A panel of 19 scientists drawn from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommended yesterday that the Department...
02:20 am - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Number of Streaming Shows Overtakes Basic Cable, Broadcast For First Time
schwit1 shares a report from Variety: Streaming services snatched their biggest piece of the TV pie ever in 2018. According to FX's annual report on the number of scripted originals on TV, the number ...
01:40 am - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Cloudflare Under Fire For Allegedly Providing DDoS Protection For Terrorist Websites
Cloudflare is facing accusations that it's providing cybersecurity protection for at least seven terrorist organizations. "On Friday, HuffPost reported that it has reviewed numerous websites run by te...
01:00 am - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot Porn Sites Collect More User Data Than Netflix Or Hulu
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: The biggest and perhaps best source of data about what people like to watch on the internet and what they would pay for doesn't come from streaming gia...
12:20 am - Sat, December 15, 2018
Slashdot T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Will Reportedly Be Cleared By US National Security Panel
According to CNBC, T-Mobile and Sprint are expecting their merger to be approved by a U.S. national security panel as early as next week, after their respective parent companies said they would consid...
11:40 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Apple Will Update iPhones In China To Avoid a Ban On Sales
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Apple said it would update the software of iPhones in China (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) to try to resolve a legal dispu...
10:58 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo Warns It Won't Make More Retro NES and SNES Consoles
Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime warned that the NES Classic and SNES Classic will sell in the Americas through the holidays, but will be "gone" once they sell out. Engadget reports: If you want to walk do...
10:15 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Discord Store To Offer Developers 90 Percent of Game Revenues
DarkRookie2 shares a report from Ars Technica: Discord has announced that it will start taking a reduced, 10-percent cut from game revenues generated on its online store starting next year, one-upping...
09:28 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot What Are Silicon Valley's Highest-Paying Tech Jobs?
An anonymous reader writes: Job-search site Indeed crunched its Silicon Valley hiring numbers for 2018, looking at tech job searches, salaries, and employers, and found that engineers who combine tech...
08:49 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Regular Windows 10 Users Who Manually Look For Updates May End Up Downloading Beta Code, Microsoft Says
In addition to relying on Windows Insiders, employees, and willing participants for testing updates, Microsoft is pushing patches before they are known to be stable to regular users too if they opt to...
08:01 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Boeing 737 Passenger Jet Damaged in Possible Midair Drone Hit
Grupo Aeromexico SAB is investigating whether a drone slammed into a Boeing Co. 737 jetliner as the aircraft approached its destination in Tijuana, Mexico, on the U.S. border. From a report: Images on...
07:19 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot In Booming Job Market, Workers Are 'Ghosting' Their Employers
A notorious millennial dating practice is starting to creep into the workplace: ghosting. Employers are noticing with increasing frequency that workers are leaving their jobs by simply not showing up ...
06:41 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot A New Engine Could Bring Back Supersonic Air-Travel
An anonymous reader shares a report (may be paywalled): Every morning, time once was, a giant roar from Heathrow Airport would announce the departure of flight BA001 to New York. The roar was caused b...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Says A Bug May Have Exposed The Unposted Photos Of Millions Of Users
A day after hosting a pop-up store in New York City's Bryant Park to explain how privacy is the "foundation of the company," Facebook disclosed that a security flaw potentially exposed the public and ...
05:25 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Hiding in Plain Sight: The YouTubers' Crowdfunding Piracy
Some YouTube channels are publishing full-length episodes of TV shows, rights of which they obviously do not own, and on top of this, they are trying to crowdfund their piracy efforts by asking viewer...
04:40 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Hackers Breach US Navy Contractors
Chinese hackers are breaching Navy contractors to steal everything from ship-maintenance data to missile plans, triggering a top-to-bottom review of cyber vulnerabilities, WSJ reported Friday, citing ...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot We Might Not Have Enough Materials for All the Solar Panels and Wind Turbines We Need, an Analysis Finds
An anonymous reader writes: Plenty of high-tech electronic components, like solar panels, rechargeable batteries, and complex circuits require specific rare metals. These can include magnetic neodymiu...
03:20 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Imax is Shutting Down Its VR Business, Closing Remaining Three VR Centers in Q1
Imax is making its exit from virtual reality (VR) official: The company notified shareholders with a SEC filing this week that it will close down its remaining three VR centers, and write off "certain...
02:40 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot WordPress Plugs Bug that Led to Google Indexing Some User Passwords
A week after releasing v5.0 major update, WordPress has pushed the first security patch for its popular CMS service. ZDNet: Released hours ago, WordPress version 5.0.1 fixes seven security vulnerabili...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot A Corporate-issued Laptop Stolen From a Lenovo Employee in September Contained Unencrypted Payroll Data on APAC Staff
A corporate-issued laptop lifted from a Lenovo employee in Singapore contained a cornucopia of unencrypted payroll data on staff based in the Asia Pacific region, news outlet The Register reports. Fro...
01:30 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot The Painful, Costly Journey of Returned Goods -- and How You End Up Purchasing Some of Them Again
Buyers return a huge number of packages they buy from Amazon and other e-commerce sites, so much so that retailers are sometimes left with little choice but to get rid of large swaths of inventory at ...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Doesn't Care About Fixing Fake News Problem On Its Platform
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Journalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company...
11:00 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot The Painful, Costly Journey of Returned Goods -- and How You End Up Purchasing Some of Them Again
Buyers return a huge number of packages they buy from Amazon and other e-commerce sites, so much so that retailers are sometimes left with little choice but to get rid of large swaths of inventory at ...
10:00 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot NASA's Jupiter Mission Juno Reveals Giant Polar Storms
NASA's Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter has reached its halfway mark and has revealed new views of cyclones at the poles. The BBC reports: As it orbits the planet every 53 days - Juno performs a ...
07:00 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Supernovae May Explain Mass Extinctions of Marine Animals During Pliocene Era
"The Register has an article on the possibility that a supernova or a series of them could explain a mass die-off of marine animals around 2.6 million years ago," writes Slashdot reader KindMind. From...
06:20 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot The Painful, Costly Journey of Returned Goods -- and How You End Up Purchasing Some of Them Again
Buyers return a huge number of packages they buy from Amazon and other e-commerce sites, so much so that retailers are sometimes left with little choice but to get rid of large swaths of inventory at ...
03:30 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Neurosurgery Could Spread Protein Linked To Alzheimer's, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Surgical instruments used in brain operations should be treated to ensure they are not contaminated with proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease, ...
02:40 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Japan Plans For 100ft Tsunami
schwit1 shares a report from The Times: It will shake houses and tall buildings, and unleash a 100ft tsunami on one of the most densely populated and industrialized coastlines in the world. It could k...
02:03 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Is Readying a Consumer Microsoft 365 Subscription Bundle
Microsoft is working on a new "Microsoft 365 Consumer" bundle that "will be the consumer-focused complement to Microsoft's existing Microsoft 365 subscription bundle for business users," reports ZDNet...
01:25 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Asks China To Ban the iPhone XS and XR
After securing a win in court earlier this week to ban Apple's older phones, Qualcomm is trying to get the newer iPhones banned too. "According to the Financial Times, Qualcomm has now asked Chinese c...
12:45 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Iranian Phishers Bypass 2fa Protections Offered By Yahoo Mail, Gmail
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A recent phishing campaign targeting U.S. government officials, activists, and journalists is notable for using a technique that allowed the atta...
12:03 am - Fri, December 14, 2018
Slashdot Louisiana Adopts Digital Driver's Licenses
Louisiana is rolling out a new digital driver's license app, called LA Wallet, that will let retailers digitally verify the age of their customers, if required. "According to IEEE Spectrum, Louisiana'...
11:20 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Google Pledges To Hold Off On Selling Facial Recognition Technology
In a blog post today, Google detailed how its facial recognition technology will and won't be used. Citing a number of risks associated with the technology, the company vowed to refrain from selling f...
10:40 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Dozens of Bomb Threats Reported Across America In Apparent Bitcoin Ransom Scam
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: On Wednesday afternoon, a wave of bomb threats were reported at various locations across the United States. On social media, numerous law enforcement ...
10:01 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Sting on Amazon Booksellers Aims To Weed Out Counterfeit Textbooks, But Small Sellers Getting Hurt
Amazon upended the book industry more than two decades ago by bringing sales onto the web. Now, during the heart of the holiday shopping season, the company is wreaking havoc on used booksellers who h...
09:20 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Windows Server 2019 Officially Supports OpenSSH For the First Time
Microsoft said in 2015 that it would build OpenSSH, a set of utilities that allow clients and servers to connect securely, into Windows, while also making contributions to its development. Neowin: Sin...
08:42 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot ASUS CEO Resigns as Company Shifts Mobile Focus To Power Users
Earlier today, ASUS announced that long-time CEO Jerry Shen is stepping down ahead of "a comprehensive corporate transformation" -- part of which involving a new co-CEO structure, as well as a major s...
08:01 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot The Oil Industry's Covert Campaign To Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules
When the Trump administration laid out a plan this year that would eventually allow cars to emit more pollution, automakers, the obvious winners from the proposal, balked. The changes, they said, went...
07:26 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Data-Wiping Malware Shamoon Destroys Files At Italian Oil and Gas Company; Other Energy Companies Operating in the Middle East Warned of Cyber Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: A new variant of the Shamoon malware was discovered on the network of an Italian and UAE oil and gas companies. While the damage at the UAE firm is currently unknown, the m...
06:46 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Quantum Network Joins Four People Together For Encrypted Messaging
An anonymous reader shares a report: The quantum internet is starting small, but growing. Researchers have created a network that lets four users communicate simultaneously through channels secured by...
06:12 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot The Painful, Costly Journey of Returned Goods -- and How You End Up Purchasing Some of Them Again
Buyers return a huge number of packages they buy from Amazon and other e-commerce sites, so much so that retailers are sometimes left with little choice but to get rid of large swaths of inventory at ...
06:05 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Ranks of Crypto Users Swelled in 2018 Even as Bitcoin Tumbled
It turns out that cryptocurrency enthusiasts were committed well beyond the HODL rallying call that urged them to hold on during this year's digital-asset market collapse. From a report: The number of...
05:22 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Virgin Galactic Successfully Reaches Space
The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic successfully rocketed to space and back. From a report: The firm's SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km, beyond...
04:41 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Ranks of Crypto Users Swelled in 2018 Even as Bitcoin Tumbled
It turns out that cryptocurrency enthusiasts were committed well beyond the HODL rallying call that urged them to hold on during this year's digital-asset market collapse. From a report: The number of...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot 'Blockchain Developer' is the Fastest-Growing US Job
"Blockchain developer" is the top emerging job in the U.S. -- according to data published in LinkedIn's 2018 U.S. Emerging Jobs report. From a report: [...] Using data gleaned from the LinkedIn Econom...
03:21 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Ethereum Thinks it Can Change the World. It's Running Out of Time To Prove It.
The blockchain system has daunting technical problems to fix. But first, its disciples need to figure out how to govern themselves. From a report: The handful of idealistic researchers, developers, an...
02:40 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot In a Test, 3D Model of a Head Was Able To Fool Facial Recognition System of Several Popular Android Smartphones
Forbes magazine tested four of the most popular handsets running Google's operating systems and Apple's iPhone to see how easy it'd be to break into them with a 3D-printed head. All of the Android han...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Build $1B Austin Campus, Add Thousands of Jobs in US Expansion
Apple said Thursday it plans to invest $1 billion building a new corporate campus in Austin, Texas, that could eventually create 15,000 jobs. From a report: The iPhone maker will also set up new offic...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Is Seeking $167 Million From Former Employee Accused of Sabotage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla is seeking more than $167 million in a lawsuit against former employee Martin Tripp, recent legal filings revealed. In the lawsuit, which was filed...
10:00 am - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Arctic Posts Second Warmest Year On Record In 2018, NOAA Says
According to a new report released on Tuesday by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Arctic had its second-hottest year on record in 2018. "Arctic air temperatures for ...
07:00 am - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Russian State TV Shows Off 'Robot' That's Actually a Man In a Robot Suit
A "hi-tech robot" shown on Russian state television turns out to be a man in a suit. While airing footage of a technology forum aimed at kids, a Russian state TV reporter proclaimed that Boris the rob...
05:30 am - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot 'Cryptocurrencies Are Like Lottery Tickets That Might Pay Off in Future'
With the price of bitcoin down 80% from its peak a year ago, and the larger cryptocurrency market in systemic collapse, has "peak crypto" come and gone? From a column: Perhaps, but don't expect to see...
03:30 am - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Ships Infected With Ransomware, USB Malware, Worms
An anonymous reader writes: IT systems on boats aren't as air-gapped as people think and are falling victims to all sorts of cyber-security incidents, such as ransomware, worms, viruses, and other mal...
12:50 am - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot FCC Panel Wants To Tax Internet-Using Businesses, Give the Money To ISPs
The FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), which includes members like AT&T, Comcast, Google Fiber, Sprint, and other ISPs and industry representatives, is proposing a tax on websit...
12:10 am - Thu, December 13, 2018
Slashdot Google Training Document Reveals How Temps, Vendors, and Contractors Are Treated
"An internal Google training document exposed by The Guardian reveals how the company instructs employees on how to treat temps, vendors, and contractors (TVCs)," writes Slashdot reader Garabito. "Thi...
11:30 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot President Trump To Use Huawei CFO As a Bargaining Chip
hackingbear shares a report from Politico, adding: "This fuels the suspicion that the Chinese executive is held as a hostage for the ongoing trade negotiation with China." From the report: President D...
10:50 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Is Making Its Own Modem To Compete With Qualcomm, Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Apple is apparently working on its own, in-house developed modem to allow it to better compete with Qualcomm, according to several new Apple job lis...
10:10 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot California Considers Text Messaging Tax To Fund Cell Service For Low-Income Residents
According to a report from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California may soon tax text messaging to help fund programs that make phone service available for low-income residents. T...
09:30 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Settles Oculus VR Lawsuit With ZeniMax
"Gaming giant ZeniMax Media's lawsuit against Facebook over the misuse of intellectual property related to the founding of Oculus VR has finally been settled," reports TechCrunch. In a statement, Zeni...
08:50 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot FCC Gives Carriers the Option To Block Text Messages
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: The Federal Communications Commission said it's getting tough on text message spam by clarifying that phone companies can block unwanted texts. At its mo...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot New LG Gram is the Lightest 17-inch Laptop Ever at Just 3 Pounds
LG has unveiled two new laptops in its Gram lineup in advance of CES in Las Vegas next month, and the Gram 17 looks like a stunner. LaptopMag: It weighs just 3 pounds, which is crazy light for a noteb...
05:21 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Europe -- not the US or China -- Publishes the Most AI Research Papers
The popular narrative around artificial intelligence research is that it's mainly a war between China and the United States. Not so fast, says Europe. From a report: New data released today (Dec. 12; ...
04:40 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Intel Unveils Roadmaps For Core Architecture and Atom Architecture
Intel on Wednesday surprised a number of people when it shared not one roadmap on CPUs, but two. AnandTech: For the high performance Core architecture, Intel lists three new codenames over the next th...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Intel Reveals 10nm Sunny Cove CPU Cores That Go Deeper, Wider, and Faster
Long criticized for reusing old cores in its recent CPUs, Intel on Wednesday showed off a new 10nm Sunny Cove core that will bring faster single-threaded and multi-threaded performance along with majo...
03:25 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot FreeBSD 12 Released
New submitter vivekgite writes: The 12th version of the FreeBSD has been released, bringing support for updated hardware. Some of the highlights include: OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.1.1a (LT...
02:50 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot The Record For High-Temperature Superconductivity Has Been Smashed Again
Chemists have found a material that can display superconducting behavior at a temperature warmer than it currently is at the North Pole. The work brings room-temperature superconductivity tantalizingl...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Linux Kernel Developers Discuss Dropping x32 Support
An anonymous reader shared a report: It was just several years ago that the open-source ecosystem began supporting the x32 ABI, but already kernel developers are talking of potentially deprecating the...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Spies Reportedly Behind Massive Marriott Hack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: A Chinese intelligence-gathering effort was behind the massive Marriott hotels data breach that exposed the personal information for up to 500 million pe...
10:00 am - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Mapping Service Blurs Out Military Bases, But Accidentally Locates Secret Ones
schwit1 shares a report from Popular Mechanics: A Russian online mapping company was trying to obscure foreign military bases. But in doing so, it accidentally confirmed their locations -- many of whi...
07:00 am - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot South Australia To Be Home To Australia's New Space Agency
"South Australia, which has a history with space events long ago, is set to become the base for the Australian space industry," writes Slashdot reader Badooleoo. ABC News reports: Prime Minister Scott...
03:30 am - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Net Neutrality Bill 38 Votes Short In Congress, and Time Has Almost Run Out
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Legislation to restore net neutrality rules now has 180 supporters in the U.S. House of Representatives, but that's 38 votes short of the amount ...
02:20 am - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Fires Employees Over Data Leak As It Fights Seller Scams, Report Says
After investigating claims that its employees are taking bribes to sell internal data to merchants to help them increase their sales on the site, Amazon has reportedly fired several employees involved...
01:40 am - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Google's CEO Thinks Android Users Know How Much Their Phones Are Tracking Them
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks Android users have a good understanding of the volume of data Google collects on them, when they agree to use the A...
01:00 am - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Don't HDR TVs Have sRGB Or AdobeRGB Ratings?
dryriver writes: As anyone who buys professional computer monitors knows, the dynamic range of the display device you are looking at can be expressed quite usefully in terms of percentage sRGB coverag...
12:21 am - Wed, December 12, 2018
Slashdot Canada Grants Bail For Arrested Huawei CFO Who Faces US Extradition
A judge in Vancouver, British Columbia, has set a $7.5 million U.S. bail for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested last week on suspicion of violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. "The Unite...
11:40 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Border Agents Fail To Delete Personal Data of Travelers After Electronic Searches, Watchdog Says
The Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog, known as the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that the majority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents fail to delete th...
11:02 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Verizon Admits Defeat With $4.6 Billion AOL-Yahoo Writedown
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Verizon is conceding defeat on its crusade to turn a patchwork of dot-com-era businesses into a thriving online operation. The wireless carrier slas...
09:40 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Rejected by Small Town -- Residents Vote For Municipal Fiber Instead
A small Massachusetts town has rejected an offer from Comcast and instead plans to build a municipal fiber broadband network. From a report: Comcast offered to bring cable Internet to up to 96 percent...
09:00 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Facebook is Starting To Test Search Ads in its Search Results and Marketplace
It's an ad duopoly battle. From a report: Facebook is starting to test search ads in its search results and Marketplace, directly competing with Google's AdWords. Facebook first tried Sponsored Result...
07:40 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Google CEO Admits Company Must Better Address the Spread of Conspiracy Theories on YouTube
Google CEO Sundar Pichai admitted today that YouTube needs to do better in dealing with conspiracy content on its site that can lead to real-world violence. From a report: During his testimony on Tues...
06:54 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot What Student Developers Want in a Job
Organizations desperate for software engineering talent tend to follow similar plays when it comes to attracting student developers about the enter the workforce, including offering perks like free fo...
06:07 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot New Firefox Suggests Ways To Get More Out of the Web
Starting Tuesday, Firefox will nudge you to try out options designed to make the web more interesting, more useful or more productive. From a report: Mozilla's new Firefox 64 keeps an eye on what you'...
06:01 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot New Firefox Suggests Ways To Get More Out of the Web
Starting Tuesday, Firefox will nudge you to try out options designed to make the web more interesting, more useful or more productive. From a report: Mozilla's new Firefox 64 keeps an eye on what you'...
05:23 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Android Trojan Steals Money From PayPal Accounts Even With 2FA On
ESET researchers have discovered a new Android Trojan using a novel Accessibility-abusing technique that targets the official PayPal app, and is capable of bypassing PayPal's two-factor authentication...
04:40 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Evelyn Berezin, Who Built the First True Word Processor, Has Died at 93
An anonymous reader shares a report: Evelyn Berezin, a computer pioneer who emancipated many a frazzled secretary from the shackles of the typewriter nearly a half-century ago by building and marketin...
04:16 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Why I'm Usually Unnerved When Modern SSDs Die on Us
Chris Siebenmann, a Unix Systems Administrator at University of Toronto, writes about the inability to figure out the bottleneck when an SSD dies: What unnerves me about these sorts of abrupt SSD fail...
03:25 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Doom Turns 25: The FPS That Wowed Players, Gummed Up Servers, and Enraged Admins
On December 10, 1993, after a marathon 30-hour coding session, the developers at id Software uploaded the first finished copy of Doom for download, the game that was to redefine first-person shooter (...
02:46 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot What it's Like To Work in the Biggest Building in the World
To build a fleet of giant airliners requires a building just as big. Boeing's Everett Factory, built to construct the famous 747, is the biggest enclosed structure in the world. BBC Future: When you'r...
02:10 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Super Micro Says Review Found No Malicious Chips in Motherboards
Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm had found no evidence of any malicious hardware in its current or older-model motherboards. F...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot China To Force Changes To 20 Popular Games, Ban 9 Including Fortnite and PUBG
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A panel of censors set up to vet mobile video games in China has signaled it will be hard to please. State media reports that of the first 20 titles i...
10:00 am - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Californians Have Now Purchased Half a Million EVs
According Veloz -- an electric car industry group -- electric vehicle sales in California hit a cumulative 512,717 since 2010. "Months of strong U.S. sales in 2018, preceded by a strong 2017, are star...
07:33 am - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Filed a Patent To Calculate Your Future Location
Facebook has filed several patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for technology that uses your location data to predict where you're going and when you're going to be offline. ...
03:30 am - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Embarrassingly Partners With Fake Supreme
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Droid Life: Samsung was doing its song and dance in China today at an event where they announced the Galaxy A8s, their first phone equipped with an Infinity-O ...
02:45 am - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Huawei Executive Arrest Inspires Advance Fee Scams
UnderAttack writes: Scammers are attempting to trick Chinese victims into sending thousands of dollars in order to secure the release of Chinese Huawei executive Meng who was arrested in Canada last w...
02:03 am - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot More People Get Their News From Social Media Than Newspapers, Study Finds
The Pew Research Center has found that more adults get their news from social media than newspapers. "In a survey conducted earlier this year, 20 percent of adults said they often get news via social ...
01:25 am - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot Walmart Is Reportedly Testing a Burger-Flipping Robot
Flippy, a burger-flipping robot that's been trialed in a number of restaurants this year, is coming to Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, to see whether or not it's the right fit for its...
12:45 am - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot At Least One Major Carrier Lied About Its 4G Coverage, FCC Review Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Four months after receiving a complaint claiming that Verizon "grossly overstated" its 4G LTE coverage in government filings, the Federal Communi...
12:03 am - Tue, December 11, 2018
Slashdot GoPro To Move US-Bound Camera Production Out of China
In an effort to counter the potential impact from new tariffs, GoPro is moving most of its U.S.-bound camera production out of China by the summer of 2019. The company said international-bound camera ...
11:20 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Verizon Announces 10,400 Employees Will Voluntarily Leave the Company
Verizon today announced that 10,400 employees -- about 7 percent of its worldwide workforce -- are taking buyouts to leave the company. "This is part of an effort to trim the telecom giant's workforce...
10:40 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot House Panel Issues Scathing Report On 'Entirely Preventable' Equifax Data Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The Equifax data breach, one of the largest in U.S. history, was "entirely preventable," according to a new House committee investigation. The House ...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot ESET Discovers 21 New Linux Malware Families
In a report published last week by cyber-security firm ESET, the company detailed 21 "new" Linux malware families. All operate in the same manner, as trojanized versions of the OpenSSH client. From a ...
09:20 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Identify Vast Underground Ecosystem Containing Billions of Micro-organisms
The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to "deep life" studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice the size of that found in all the world's ocean...
08:40 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Malicious Sites Abuse 11-Year-Old Firefox Bug That Mozilla Failed To Fix
Malware authors, ad farmers, and scammers are abusing a Firefox bug to trap users on malicious sites. From a report: This wouldn't be a big deal, as the web is fraught with this kind of malicious site...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot What is the Future of Office Spaces?
An anonymous reader shares a World Economic Forum report: A lot of us spend long stretches in the office, but outdated design could be damaging our wellbeing and mental health. What's more, it's killi...
07:20 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Start-Ups Aren't Cool Anymore
A lack of personal savings, competition from abroad, and the threat of another economic downturn make it harder for Millennials to thrive as entrepreneurs. From a story: Research suggests entrepreneur...
06:40 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Google Will Shut Down Google Four Months Early After Second Data Leak
Google+ has suffered another data leak, and Google has decided to shut down the consumer version of the social network four months earlier than it originally planned. From a report: Google+ will now c...
05:55 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Video Games Won't Be Part of the Paris Olympics
The Olympic Games regularly add new events, but officials aren't quite ready to embrace eSports. From a report: This weekend, the International Olympic Committee met for the 7th Olympic Summit, where ...
05:10 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Nasa's Voyager 2 Probe 'Leaves the Solar System'
The Voyager 2 probe, which left Earth in 1977, has become the second human-made object to leave our Solar System. From a report: It was launched 16 days before its twin craft, Voyager 1, but that prob...
04:20 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Says It Won Case Banning Sale of Older iPhones in China
Qualcomm says it has won a ruling in China against Apple that bans the sale of some iPhone models in that country. From a report: The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court ruled that Apple is infringing ...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot UK Just Banned the National Health Service From Buying Any More Fax Machines
The UK's NHS will be banned from buying fax machines from next month -- and has been told by the government to phase out the machines entirely by 31 March 2020. From a report: More than 9,000 fax mach...
03:20 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Driveway Encounter With Microsoft's President Led To $25 Million For Code.org
Long time reader theodp writes: At Monday's kickoff event with Melinda Gates for Computer Science Education Week 2018, Microsoft President Brad Smith revealed how a 2013 driveway encounter led to Micr...
02:40 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Netflix's Biggest Competition Isn't Sleep -- It's YouTube
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings loves to identify sleep as the biggest competition of its service. "Sometimes employees at Netflix think, 'Oh my god, we're competing with FX, HBO, or Amazon, but think about...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret
Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it's anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is. From a report: The millions of dots on the map tr...
11:30 am - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Global Carbon Emissions Jump To All-Time High in 2018
Global carbon emissions will jump to a record high in 2018, according to a report, dashing hopes a plateau of recent years would be maintained. It means emissions are heading in the opposite direction...
09:30 am - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Alexa is Implementing Self-Learning Techniques To Better Understand Users
In a developer blog post published this week, Alexa AI director of applied science Ruhi Sarikaya detailed the advances in machine learning technologies that have allowed Alexa to better understand use...
07:00 am - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot The Electric Airplane Revolution May Come Sooner Than You Think
An anonymous reader shares a report: An all-electric mini-airliner that can go 621 miles on one charge and replace many of the turboprops and light jets in use now -- flying almost as far and almost a...
04:00 am - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Japan is Giving Away Free Houses
There are some 8 million abandoned homes -- or akiya -- in Japanese suburbia, according to The Japan Times . And if you've got a visa allowing you to live in Japan, some of them can be yours for free ...
02:00 am - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot China Forms New Body To Review Ethics Risks of Video Games
China has established a new body that reviews ethical issues in video gaming, marking the country's latest attempt to tighten control over the world's biggest games market. From a report: The recently...
12:40 am - Mon, December 10, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Say Most Diverse Coral Site Ever Seen on Great Barrier Reef Discovered
In a space no longer than 500 metres, researchers say they recorded at least 195 different species of corals. From a report: A team of researchers says it has discovered the most diverse coral site ev...
10:45 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot 'What Straight-A Students Get Wrong'
From a story: Year after year, I watch in dismay as students obsess over getting straight A's. Some sacrifice their health; a few have even tried to sue their school after falling short. All have join...
09:00 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Alibaba Already Has a Voice Assistant Way Better Than Google's
Like Google's Duplex, Chinese internet giant Alibaba has its own humanlike voice assistant capable of making restaurant reservations and salon appointments. But unlike Google, which has rolled out the...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Can the US Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?
Tech executives worry China will turn to tit-for-tat arrests of Americans in response to the detention of Meng Wanzhou. And the worries don't stop there. Kara Swisher, writing at The New York Times: I...
07:00 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Google Just Can't Get the Message
It's been a rough week or so to be invested in a Google messaging service, hell it's been a rough decade to be invested in a Google messaging service. Phandroid: The latest victims are Allo, which wil...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot As We Forge the Web of Tomorrow, We Need a Set of Guiding Principles That Can Define the Kind of Web We Want, Says Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee, writing for The New York Times: All technologies come with risks. We drive cars despite the possibility of serious accidents. We take prescription drugs despite the danger of abuse an...
05:00 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot The Friendship That Made Google Huge
Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company -- and the Internet. An anonymous reader writes: The New Yorker has profiled Jeff Dean and Sanjay ...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Freshwater is Getting Saltier, Threatening People and Wildlife
Salts that de-ice roads, parking lots and sidewalks keep people safe in winter. But new research shows they are contributing to a sharp and widely rising problem across the U.S. From a report: At leas...
03:00 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot The Future of Television? Binge-Watching is Only the Beginning
With providers like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, and more creative risks, network leaders are placing bets on how audience experience will evolve [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Electron and the Decline of Native Apps
SwiftOnSecurity, regarding Microsoft's switch to Chromium as Windows's built-in rendering engine: This isn't about Chrome. This is about ElectronJS. Microsoft thinks EdgeHTML cannot get to drop-in fea...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Linux.org's DNS Got Hijacked
Linux.org reports:Wednesday afternoon around 5pm EST someone was able to get into the registrar account for our domain and point DNS to another server -- as well as lock us out from changing it. They ...
08:34 am - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Half of All Tech Workers Surveyed Think Their Workplace Is 'Unhealthy'
"Half of tech employees think their work culture is toxic," reports one Texas news site, citing a new survey by Blind:Blind, an anonymous work talk app, asked more than 12,000 tech staffers to respond...
04:34 am - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Apple Store Employees Aren't Allowed To Say 'Crash', 'Bug', or 'Problem'
Long-time Slashdot reader mspohr shares a Guardian article which argues that Apple Store employees "are underpaid, overhyped and characters in a well-managed fiction story" who "use emotional guile to...
02:34 am - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Can Democrats In Congress Restore America's Net Neutrality Rules?
"Democrats are expected to use their upcoming control of the House to push for strong net neutrality rules," reports NBC News:"The FCC's repeal sparked an unprecedented political backlash, and we've c...
12:34 am - Sun, December 9, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk: Tesla 'Would Be Interested' in Taking Over GM's Closed Factories
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Elon Musk wants electric vehicles to be successful -- even if Tesla goes under trying. In an interview for CBS' "60 Minutes," the Tesla CEO and Silicon Valley billionair...
11:36 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot US Senator Attacks Failure To Crack Down On Google's Ad Fraud Problems
Democrat Senator Mark Warner "says Google is profiting off advertising fraud and has no interest in addressing it," reports ZDNet -- and he's laying part of the blame on America's trade commissioners....
11:04 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Massive Collaborative Text Adventure 'Cragne Manor' Released
Long-time Slashdot reader Feneric writes: Cragne Manor , a 20th anniversary tribute to the classic work of horror interactive fiction Anchorhead by Michael Gentry, is now available for free public dow...
10:37 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer Sets New Record: 289M Views In 24 Hours
Marvel's last Avengers movie ended with a cliff-hanger -- leading hundreds of millions of fans to watch the trailer for the franchise's next film, Variety reports:The "Avengers: Endgame" trailer was v...
09:39 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot YouTube's Top-Earner For 2018 Is a 7-Year-Old
In 2018 the most-downloaded iPhone app was YouTube, reports USA Today, while Amazon's best-selling item was their Fire TV Stick for streaming video. "Sense a trend? We love to stream video."If you're ...
08:40 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot 22-Year-Old Google Engineer Dies At His Work Terminal
"A Google software engineer has been found dead inside the company's Chelsea headquarters," reports the New York Post: A janitor found 22-year-old Scott Krulcik unconscious at his work terminal on the...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Were Those Strange Waves Rippling Across Earth Caused By Magma Shfits?
"Strange waves rippled across earth and only one person spotted them," reported Forbes, noting that the seismologist then "quickly put out an alert to see if other systems detected the same unusual wa...
07:04 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Options Purchased for $1 Million Will Soon Be Worthless
"The biggest-ever bet on Bitcoin options is about to expire worthless," reports Bloomberg:Purchased for almost $1 million on LedgerX's trading platform just days after Bitcoin peaked a year ago, the c...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrencies Tumble Even More, While One Asset Manager Proclaims 'Bitcoin is Dead'
Cryptocurrency prices "fell sharply on Friday, as another bout of selling took digital currencies to fresh lows," reports MarketWatch, adding that Friday the price of Bitcoin "crashed through support ...
06:04 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot PHP 7.3 Brings C Inlining and Speed Improvements
An anonymous reader quotes TechRepublic:PHP 7.3, the newest update to the widespread server-side web development language, was released on Thursday, bringing with it a handful of new features, moderni...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Is Visual Basic .NET More Popular Than JavaScript?
Microsoft's Visual Basic .NET now ranks above JavaScript, PHP, SQL on TIOBE's index of programming language popularity, which ZDNet notes is "the highest it's ever been since [TIIOBE] started tracking...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot 12,000 Uber Drivers Claim Uber Is Now Failing To Pay Arbitration Fees
Uber's terms of service prohibit its drivers from joining class action lawsuits, Gizmodo writes, adding that over 12,000 drivers have now "found a way to weaponize the ridesharing platform's restricti...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Rust 1.31 Released As 'Rust 2018' In Major Push For Backwards Compatibility
"The Rust programming language team has announced the first major edition of Rust since 1.0 was released in 2015," reports SD Times -- specifically, Rust 1.31, the first edition of "Rust 2018," descri...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot 'Great Dying': Rapid Warming Caused Largest Extinction Event Ever, Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Rapid global warming caused the largest extinction event in the Earth's history, which wiped out the vast majority of marine and terrestrial anim...
10:00 am - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Mice Given an Experimental Gene Therapy Don't Get Fat
AmiMoJo shares a report from Boing Boing: Researchers at Flinders University knocked out a gene known as RCAN1 in mice, hypothesizing that this would increase "non-shivering thermogenesis," which "exp...
07:00 am - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot NASA's InSight Lander Captures First 'Sounds' of Wind On Mars
NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on Mars less than two weeks ago, has recorded vibrations -- low-pitched, guttural rumblings -- caused by wind blowing across the science instruments on the sp...
03:30 am - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Targets Airports For Checkout-Free Store Expansion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Amazon is looking at bringing its futuristic checkout-free store format to airports in an effort to win business from hungry, time-pressed travelers, ...
02:25 am - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot FCC To Probe Whether Carriers Gave Inaccurate Broadband Coverage Data
The FCC is launching an investigation into whether one or more major carriers gave the agency inaccurate maps of their broadband coverage, violating the rules of an initiative that provides subsidies ...
01:25 am - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Play Services Drops Support For Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Google is pulling support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich more than seven years after it was first introduced. The company announced in a blog post that Google Play services will no longer provide ...
12:45 am - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot Huawei's CFO Is Being Accused of Fraud, and Her Main Defense Is a PowerPoint
"Today, a bail hearing was held for Huawei's chief financial officer, who was arrested in Canada on Saturday at the request of U.S. law enforcement," reports The Verge. "The CFO, Meng Wanzhou, is faci...
12:03 am - Sat, December 8, 2018
Slashdot 'Send Noncompete Agreements Back To the Middle Ages'
Stephen Mihm, Bloomberg contributor and associate professor of history at the University of Georgia, argues against the use of noncompete agreements (NCAs) because they limit the free flow of employee...
11:20 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot After 23 Years, IBM Sells Off Lotus Notes
"IBM has agreed to sell select software products to HCL Technologies," writes Slashdot reader virtig01. "Included among these is everyone's favorite email and calendaring tool, Lotus Notes and Domino....
10:40 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Trump's Pick To Be the Next Attorney General Has Opposed Net Neutrality Rules For Years
William P. Barr, President Trump's pick to become the nation's next Attorney General, is a former chief lawyer for Verizon who has opposed net neutrality rules for more than a decade. "Barr, who serve...
09:56 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot China's Chang'e-4 Launches On Mission To the Moon's Far Side
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: China is aiming to go where no one has gone before: the far side of the moon. A rocket carrying the Chang'e-4 lunar lander blasted off at a...
09:10 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot If Your Gmail Inbox Is Being Flooded With Promo Emails, You're Not Alone
Gmail users are reporting that promotional emails (meant to showcase deals, offers, and other marketing emails) from companies are ending up in their main "Primary" inbox (meant for person-to-person c...
08:30 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot DHS Looking Into Tracking Monero and Zcash Transactions
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is interested in acquiring technology solutions that can track newer cryptocurrencies, such as Zcash and Monero. From a report: According to a pre-solicita...
07:45 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom Looms
An anonymous reader shares a report: Pushing the cargo bike across a rain-soaked parking lot at a UPS distribution center in Seattle, where the shipper showed off its newest delivery vehicle, I had a ...
07:10 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot California Gives Final OK To Require Solar Panels On New Houses
Solar panels will be a required feature on new houses in California, after the state's Building Standards Commission gave final approval to a housing rule that's the first of its kind in the United St...
07:00 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot California Gives Final OK To Require Solar Panels On New Houses
Solar panels will be a required feature on new houses in California, after the state's Building Standards Commission gave final approval to a housing rule that's the first of its kind in the United St...
06:55 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Mobile App Companies Are a National Security Risk, Says a Top Democrat
Chinese mobile app companies pose the same national security risk to the US as telecom giants like Huawei and ZTE, Sen. Mark Warner said in an interview. From a report: Recent US legislation largely b...
06:20 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Mobile App Companies Are a National Security Risk, Says a Top Democrat
Chinese mobile app companies pose the same national security risk to the US as telecom giants like Huawei and ZTE, Sen. Mark Warner said in an interview. From a report: Recent US legislation largely b...
05:40 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot AI as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay
An anonymous reader shares a report: One day this fall, Ashutosh Garg, the chief executive of a recruiting service called Eightfold.ai, turned up a resume that piqued his interest. It belonged to a pr...
05:00 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot EU Governments Agree To Tougher Stance On E-evidence
EU governments agreed on Friday to toughen up draft rules allowing law enforcement authorities to get electronic evidence directly from tech companies such as Facebook and Google stored in the cloud i...
04:18 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot The FTC's Top Consumer Protection Official Can't Go After Facebook -- or 100 Other Companies
The Federal Trade Commission's top consumer protection official is prohibited from handling the cases involving 120 different companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Uber, according to ...
03:40 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Millions of Smartphones in 11 Countries Were Taken Offline Yesterday by an Expired Certificate
Ericsson has confirmed that a fault with its software was the source of yesterday's massive network outage, which took millions of smartphones offline across the UK and Japan and created issues in alm...
02:50 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Your Apple Products Are Getting More Expensive. Here's How They Get Away With It.
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has never made cheap stuff. But this fall many of its prices increased 20 percent or more. The MacBook Air went from $1,000 to $1,200. A Mac Mini leaped from...
02:08 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Europe Should Be Afraid of Huawei, EU Tech Official Says
The European Union should be worried about Huawei and other Chinese technology companies because of the risk they pose to the bloc's industry and security, the EU's technology commissioner said on Fri...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Luxembourg To Become First Country To Make All Public Transport Free
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free. Fares on trains, trams and buses will be lifted...
10:00 am - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Aston Martin Will Make Old Cars Electric So They Don't Get Banned From Cities
Aston Martin announced this week that it's starting a "Heritage EV" program where owners of classic Aston Martins can have their cars converted to an all-electric powertrain. The British automaker sai...
07:00 am - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Google, Mozilla, and Opera React To Microsoft's Embrace of Chromium
With the news earlier today that Microsoft is embracing Chromium for Edge browser development on the desktop, VentureBeat decided to see what the other browser companies had to say about the decision....
03:30 am - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Develop 10-Minute Universal Cancer Test
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient's bloodstream. The cheap and simple test use...
01:40 am - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot DeepMind Produces a General-Purpose Game-Playing System, Capable of Mastering Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help
DeepMind has created a system that can quickly master any game in the class that includes chess, Go, and Shogi, and do so without human guidance. "The system, called AlphaZero, began its life last yea...
01:00 am - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Facial Recognition Has To Be Regulated To Protect the Public, Says AI Report
A new report (PDF) from the AINow Institute calls for the U.S. government to take general steps to improve the regulation of facial recognition technology amid much debate over the privacy implication...
12:20 am - Fri, December 7, 2018
Slashdot Google Translate Learns To Reduce Gender Bias
Google is working to make Translate less gender-biased by giving both a feminine and masculine translation for a single word. "Previously, the service defaulted to the masculine options," reports CNET...
11:40 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Apple Watch Series 4 ECG, Irregular Heart Rate Features Are Now Available
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Today, with an update to watchOS, Apple is making its electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) reading feature available to Apple Watch Series 4 owners. It's ...
11:00 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Tesla's Giant Battery In Australia Saved $40 Million During Its First Year, Report Says
Last December, Tesla switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery in South Australia to feed the country's shaky power grid for the first day of summer. Neoen, the owner of the giant battery sy...
10:20 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Eastern European Banks Were Attacked Via Backdoors Directly Connected To Local Networks, Report Finds
An anonymous reader writes: Karspesky security researcher Sergey Golovanov writes about recent cybertheft incidents involving hardware backdoors planted by criminals. Each attack had a common springbo...
09:40 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot China Calls For Release of Arrested Huawei CFO Detained In Canada
China is demanding the release of a senior executive at Huawei after she was detained in Canada on extradition charges to the U.S. Wanzhou Meng, who is also the deputy chair of Huawei's board and the ...
09:02 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Snapdragon 8cx Gives Windows Its Most Extreme Arm Chip Yet
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, a new flagship "Extreme" chipset for Windows on Arm notebooks, tablets, and 2-in-1s that promises more connectivity, more power, and battery...
08:17 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Intel Optimistic About Its Next-Gen 7nm Process Technology
From a report: Originally planned to enter mass production in the second half of 2016, Intel's 10 nm process technology is still barely used by the company today. Currently the process is used to prod...
07:46 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Will Bring Political Ad Transparency Tools To India Ahead of 2019 Elections
As India inches closer to its general elections, Facebook announced today that it is bringing transparency to political ads on its platform in the country early next year. From a report: This would ma...
06:45 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Is Embracing Chromium, Bringing Edge To Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today embraced Google's Chromium open source project for Edge development on the desktop. The company also announced Edge is coming to all supported versions of W...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Motion Impossible: Tom Cruise Declares War on TV Frame Interpolation
An anonymous reader shares a report: At 9:46 last night, Tom tweeted an 87-second video in which he and his go-to director Christopher McQuarrie explained the concept of video interpolation and why it...
05:20 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Designers Are Now Working Together on the Future of Windows, Office and Surface
Microsoft has changed the way it approaches design. The new Office icons unveiled this week are the first glimpse at a far bigger design overhaul that's going on inside the company. Windows is also ge...
04:40 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Opinion: 5G Has an Exciting Future When It Comes To Dedicated Mobile Apps But Will Do Little To Improve Our General Browsing Experiences.
Charlie Osborne, writing for ZDNet: However, there is a problem that no-one is talking about: the conflict between the rapid acceleration of wireless technologies and politics which is, unwittingly, g...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Employees Are So Paranoid They're Using Burner Phones To Talk To Each Other
Facebook's reputation has only continued to get more sullied in recent weeks, and it's taking a toll on employees. According to a new report, things over at the old FB are, well, kind of grim. From th...
03:20 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Behind Breach at Hotel Group Marriott Left Clues Suggesting They Were Working For Chinese Government Intelligence Gathering Operation, Report Says
Marriott said last week that a hack that began four years ago had exposed the records of up to 500 million customers in its Starwood hotels reservation system. Private investigators looking into the b...
02:40 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's New Study Finds 162.8 Million People in the US Do Not Use the Internet at Broadband Speeds, Up From FCC's 24.7 Million Estimate
An anonymous reader shares a report: A new study by Microsoft researchers casts a light on the actual use of high-speed internet across the country, and the picture it presents is very different from ...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Cuba Offers 3G Mobile Internet Access To Citizens
Cuba's population is to be offered internet access via a 3G mobile network from later this week. From a report: Telecom provider Etecsa said citizens would be able to start subscribing to the service ...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Sea Levels May Rise More Rapidly Due To Greenland Ice Melt
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Rising sea levels could become overwhelming sooner than previously believed, according to the authors of the most comprehensive study yet of the ...
10:00 am - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot 24 Amazon Workers Sent To Hospital After Robot Accidentally Unleashes Bear Spray
Joe_Dragon shares a report from ABC News: Twenty-four Amazon workers in New Jersey have been hospitalized after a robot accidentally tore a can of bear repellent spray in a warehouse, officials said. ...
08:43 am - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Australia Passes Anti-Encryption Laws [Update]
Earlier today, Australia's House of Representatives passed the Assistance and Access Bill. The Anti-Encryption Bill, as it is known as, would allow the nation's police and anti-corruption forces to as...
07:00 am - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Australia's Anti-Encryption Bill Passes House of Representatives
Earlier today, Australia's House of Representatives passed the Assistance and Access Bill. The Anti-Encryption Bill, as it is known as, would allow the nation's police and anti-corruption forces to as...
03:30 am - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Quantum Computers Pose a Security Threat That We're Still Totally Unprepared For
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: The world relies on encryption to protect everything from credit card transactions to databases holding health records and other sensiti...
02:45 am - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot FCC Chairman Admits Russia Meddled In Net Neutrality Debate
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has admitted that around 500,000 comments submitted during the net neutrality public comment period were linked to Russia email addresses. "Pai noted in a court filing that most ...
02:05 am - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot A Quarter of Tumblr's Users Are There To Consume Porn, Data Scientists Estimate
On Monday, Tumblr announced that it will permanently ban adult content from its platform on December 17th, alienating a large portion of the site's users who enjoy sharing and consuming NSFW content. ...
01:25 am - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Canada Arrests Top Huawei Executive For Allegedly Violating Iran Sanctions
Canada has arrested Huawei's chief financial officer on suspicion of violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. "Wanzhou Meng, who is also the deputy chair of Huawei's board and the daughter of comp...
12:45 am - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot First Baby Born After Deceased Womb Transplant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A healthy baby girl has been born using a womb transplanted from a dead person. The 10-hour transplant operation -- and later fertility treatment -- t...
12:03 am - Thu, December 6, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Shutting Down Its Allo Messaging App, Says Report
According to 9to5Google, citing a source familiar with the plan, Google will "soon" announce that it will be shutting down its Google Allo messaging app. "This development comes almost 8 months after ...
11:20 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Sends Dragon To ISS But Falcon 9 Rocket Misses Landing Pad
On Wednesday, SpaceX successfully sent a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station to deliver supplies, but unfortunately it wasn't able to recover the Falcon 9 rocket that launched with it...
10:40 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Thieves Are Boosting the Signal From Key Fobs Inside Homes To Steal Vehicles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: According to Markham automotive security specialist Jeff Bates, owner of Lockdown Security, wireless key fobs have a role to play in many recent car th...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Cyber-Espionage Group Uses Chrome Extension To Infect Victims
In what appears to be a first on the cyber-espionage scene, a nation-state-backed hacking group has used a Google Chrome extension to infect victims and steal passwords and cookies from their browsers...
09:18 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Used Its VPN App To Track Competitors, Documents Reveal
Newly public documents reveal just how paranoid Facebook was of its potential competitors and shines new light on some of the company's most important acquisitions. From a report: The internal documen...
08:27 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Americans Are Moving Less Than Ever, and It's Bad For the Economy
An anonymous reader writes: The best job for someone is not always in the area where they live. Often times, the job that will pay them most, and make the best use of their skills means moving to anot...
07:40 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Bizarre 'Dark Fluid' With Negative Mass Could Dominate the Universe
One of the most galling mysteries in physics is that of the dark matter and dark energy. Scientists believe that together, these could account for up to 95 percent of the total mass in the universe. N...
07:00 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Internal Emails Show Facebook Weighing the Privacy Risks of Quietly Collecting Call and Text Records From Its Android Users -- Then Going Ahead Anyway
Earlier this year, many Android users were shocked to discover that Facebook had been collecting a record of their call and SMS history, as revealed by the company's data download tool. Now, internal ...
06:10 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot An Eye-Scanning Lie Detector Is Forging a Dystopian Future
An anonymous reader shares a report: Sitting in front of a Converus EyeDetect station, it's impossible not to think of Blade Runner. In the 1982 sci-fi classic, Harrison Ford's rumpled detective ident...
05:30 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot We're No Longer in Smartphone Plateau. We're in the Smartphone Decline.
The days of double-digit smartphone growth are over -- and the next decade may start to see smartphone sales decline. A report adds: From roughly 2007 until 2013, the smartphone market grew at an asto...
04:50 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Caught (Again) Using DSLR Photo To Advertise Smartphone Camera
An anonymous reader writes: Over at DIYPhotography (which we spotted via Daring Fireball), writer and photographer Dunja Djudjic says that she caught Samsung Malaysia using one of her photos to advert...
04:30 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Google's 'Shadow Workforce' of Contractors Demands Higher Wages, Equal Benefits in a Letter To CEO Sundar Pichai
Members of Google's "shadow workforce" of temporary workers and contractors is demanding higher wages and equal benefits to full employees in an open letter addressed to CEO Sundar Pichai. From a repo...
04:03 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm: 5G Android Flagship Phones Will Storm the 2019 Holidays
Get ready for lots of 5G phones in time for the holidays next year. From a report: The first devices for the fast, next-generation network will hit the market in early 2019. Samsung, for one, said it ...
03:30 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm: 5G Android Flagship Phones Will Storm the 2019 Holidays
Get ready for lots of 5G phones in time for the holidays next year. From a report: The first devices for the fast, next-generation network will hit the market in early 2019. Samsung, for one, said it ...
03:02 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Russian Internet Giant Yandex Launches Its First Smartphone
Russia's Yandex has launched its first ever smartphone as the company seeks to leverage its dominant position in apps and services into hardware sales. Yandex, which runs the most popular search engin...
02:50 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Russian Internet Giant Yandex Launches Its First Smartphone
Russia's Yandex has launched its first ever smartphone as the company seeks to leverage its dominant position in apps and services into hardware sales. Yandex, which runs the most popular search engin...
02:10 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Australia Set To Spy on WhatsApp Messages With Encryption Law
Australia is set to give its police and intelligence agencies the power to access encrypted messages on platforms such as WhatsApp, becoming the latest country to face down privacy concerns in the nam...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot VW Says the Next Generation of Combustion Cars Will Be Its Last
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Volkswagen AG expects the era of the combustion car to fade away after it rolls out its next-generation gasoline and diesel cars beginning in 2026. ...
10:00 am - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Ends Platform Policy Banning Apps That Copy Its Features
Facebook will now freely allow developers to build competitors to its features upon its own platform. Today Facebook announced it will drop Platform Policy section 4.1, which stipulates "Add something...
07:00 am - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Promised Drone Delivery In Five Years Five Years Ago
On December 1, 2013, Amazon announced its plans to deliver packages by drone in just "four or five years" on a 60 Minutes episode with then-host Charlie Rose. As The Associated Press reports, it's off...
05:00 am - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Google Bridges Android, iOS Development With Flutter 1.0
Google has launched Flutter 1.0, the first stable release of its open source, cross-platform UI toolkit and SDK. "Flutter lets developers share a single code base across Android and iOS apps, with a f...
03:30 am - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Discover SplitSpectre, a New Spectre-like CPU Attack
An anonymous reader writes from a report via ZDNet: Three academics from Northeastern University and three researchers from IBM Research have discovered a new variation of the Spectre CPU vulnerabilit...
02:45 am - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Japan's Final Pager Provider To End Its Service In 2019
Tokyo Telemessage, Japan's last pager provider, has announced that it will end service to its 1,500 remaining users in September 2019. It will bring a national end to telecommunication beepers, 50 yea...
02:05 am - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot Apple Hit With Class Action Suit Over Lack of Dust Filters In Macbook, iMac
AmiMoJo shares a report from 9to5Mac: Apple is facing a new class action lawsuit claiming that it sells select iMac and MacBook models without needed dust filters. In turn, this causes issues such as ...
01:25 am - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot The Secret Service Wants To Test Facial Recognition Around the White House
The Secret Service is planning to test facial recognition surveillance around the White House, "with the goal of identifying 'subjects of interest' who might pose a threat to the president," reports T...
12:45 am - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot NYC Votes To Set Minimum Pay For Uber, Lyft Drivers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Tuesday, New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to set a minimum pay rate for Uber, Lyft, and other on-demand ride-hailing driver...
12:03 am - Wed, December 5, 2018
Slashdot China Announces Punishments For Intellectual-Property Theft
China has announced an array of punishments that could restrict companies' access to borrowing and state-funding support over intellectual-property theft. The news comes after the G20 Summit in Argent...
11:20 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Hulu, AT&T To Test 'Pause Ads' In 2019, Automatically Playing Commercials When You Hit Pause
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: Streaming TV services offered by companies like Hulu and AT&T are testing the waters for a new type of advertising called "pause ads." The idea ...
10:40 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Quora Data Breach Exposes 100 Million Users' Personal Info
schwit1 shares a report from CBS News: Information sharing website Quora has announced a data breach which has exposed "approximately 100 million users'" personal data. The company said in a statement...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Visual Studio 2019 Preview 1 For Windows and Mac; Open-Sources WPF, Forms and WinUI
An anonymous reader writes: At its Microsoft Connect(); 2018 virtual event today, Microsoft announced the initial public preview of Visual Studio 2019 -- you can download it now for Windows and Mac. S...
08:45 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Announces the Snapdragon 855 and Its New Under-display Fingerprint Sensor
Qualcomm announced its new flagship 855 mobile platform today. While the company didn't release all of the details yet, it stressed that the 855 is "the world's first commercial mobile platform suppor...
07:48 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Kubernetes' First Major Security Hole Discovered
Kubernetes has become the most popular cloud container orchestration system by far, so it was only a matter of time until its first major security hole was discovered. And the bug, CVE-2018-1002105, a...
07:05 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft is Working On a New Iteration of Windows To Take On ChromeOS, Report Says
Petri's Brad Sams writes: For more than a year, we have been hearing about Windows Core OS and how it is a modern version of Windows. As Microsoft continues to build out the platform, it's time to tak...
06:15 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot House GOP Campaign Committee Says Its Emails Were Hacked During 2018 Campaign
The National Republican Congressional Committee was hacked this election cycle, it admitted Tuesday afternoon. From a report: "The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an un...
05:30 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot The New Word Processor Wars: A Fresh Crop of Productivity Apps Are Trying To Reinvent Our Workday
Nearly 30 years after Microsoft Office came on the scene, it's in the DNA of just about every productivity app. Even if you use Google's G Suite or Apple's iWork, you're still following the Microsoft ...
04:50 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot 'YouTube Music is a Bad Product in Desperate Need of Improvement Before Anyone Will Care To Use It'
Andrew Martonik, writing for AndroidCentral: YouTube Music as a service has been around for about three years now, though it really only existed in earnest once the revamped version of the YouTube Mus...
04:11 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Google Personalizes Search Results Even When You're Logged Out, a DuckDuckGo Study Finds
According to a new study conducted by Google competitor DuckDuckGo, it does not seem possible to avoid personalization when using Google search, even by logging out of your Google account and using th...
03:40 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot China Set To Launch First-Ever Spacecraft to the Far Side of the Moon, Will Attempt To Grow Plant There
AmiMoJo writes: Later this week, China plans to launch its Chang'e-4 spacecraft to the far side of the lunar surface. The aim is to land a rover on the dark side of the moon for the first time. Blocke...
03:12 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Fortnite Dev Launches Epic Games Store That Takes Just 12% of Revenue
The 30/70 revenue-sharing split that turned into something of an industry standard is on the ropes. From a report: Epic Games, the developer responsible for the Fortnite phenomenon, is launching its o...
02:50 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Fortnite Dev Launches Epic Games Store That Takes Just 12% of Revenue
The 30/70 revenue-sharing split that turned into something of an industry standard is on the ropes. From a report: Epic Games, the developer responsible for the Fortnite phenomenon, is launching its o...
02:03 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft is Building a Chromium-powered Web Browser That Will Replace Edge on Windows 10: Report
Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium, news blog Windows Central reported Monday. From the report: Microsoft's Ed...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Will AWS Be Spun Off Into a Separate Company?
Ammalgam writes from a report via Business Insider: A credible business school professor who correctly predicted that Amazon would buy Whole Foods now says an AWS spinoff is inevitable. Marketing guru...
11:00 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Marriott's Breach Response Is So Bad, Security Experts Are Filling In the Gaps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Last Friday, Marriott sent out millions of emails warning of a massive data breach -- some 500 million guest reservations had been stolen from its ...
09:00 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Google's DeepMind Predicts 3D Shapes of Proteins
Google's DeepMind is using an AI program, called AlphaFold, to predict the 3D shapes of proteins, the fundamental molecules of life. "DeepMind set its sights on protein folding after its AlphaGo progr...
07:00 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Sci-Hub 'Pirate Bay of Science' Blocked In Russia Over Medical Studies
UK academic publisher Springer Nature has filed a complaint against Sci-Hub, a site that provides open access to scientific research papers. "The Moscow City Court was told that Sci-Hub is infringing ...
05:00 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Uses AI To Render Virtual Worlds In Real Time
Nvidia is using artificial intelligence to draw new worlds without using traditional modeling techniques or graphics rendering engines. "This new technology uses an AI deep neural network to analyze e...
04:03 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft is Building a Chromium-powered Web Browser That Will Replace Edge on Windows 10: Report
Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium, news blog Windows Central reported Monday. From the report: Microsoft's Ed...
03:30 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Madrid's Ban On Polluting Vehicles Cuts Traffic By Nearly 32 Percent In Some Areas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Last Friday, Madrid's tough new vehicle emissions controls went into effect, resulting in a drop in traffic by nearly 32 percent in some parts of th...
02:45 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Two iOS Fitness Apps Were Caught Using Touch ID To Trick Users Into Payments of $120
secwatcher shares a report from Threatpost: Two apps that were posing as fitness-tracking tools were actually using Apple's Touch ID feature to loot money from unassuming iOS victims. The two impacted...
02:05 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Autopilot Will Soon Recognize Emergency Response Vehicles
Over the weekend, Elon Musk alluded to impending software updates that would make Teslas even safer than they already are. In response to a story about a DUI where a Tesla autopilot may have been invo...
01:25 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Will Keep Your Money If You Cancel TV Or Internet In Middle of Billing Cycle
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The telecom giant has announced the end of its prorated credits for some subscribers who cancel a service in the middle of a billing period. AT&T ...
12:45 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Wants To End Subsidies For Electric Cars, Renewables
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday that the United States wants to end subsidies for electric cars and other items including renewable energy sources. "Asked about actions planne...
12:03 am - Tue, December 4, 2018
Slashdot Robot Janitors Are Coming To Mop Floors At a Walmart Near You
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The world's largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it sa...
11:20 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Search Engine DuckDuckGo Removes 'Pirate' Site Bangs To Avoid Liability
DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine, offers a variety of useful features such as instant answers and bangs. The latter are particularly useful for people who want to use DuckDuckGo to search d...
10:40 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Employees Are Calling Former Colleagues To Look For Jobs Outside the Company and Asking About the Best Way To Leave
An anonymous reader shares a report: Six former Facebook employees who left the company within the last two years told CNBC they've experienced a rise in contact from current company employees to inqu...
10:01 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Blockchain Study Finds 0% Success Rate and Vendors Don't Call Back When Asked For Evidence
Though Blockchain has been touted as the answer to everything, a study of 43 solutions advanced in the international development sector has found exactly no evidence of success. From a report: Three p...
09:20 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Tumblr Will Ban All Adult Content On December 17th
Tumblr, the underground social media site known for its pornographic content and tight-knit community, will be instituting a major change to its guidelines in a couple of weeks. The company said in a ...
08:41 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Launches More Than 60 Small Satellites Into Orbit
SpaceX notched its 19th launch of the year Monday, lofting 64 small spacecraft from 34 organizations into low Earth orbit. A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's c...
07:05 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Real-Time Captions and Subtitles To Skype -- PowerPoint To Follow
Skype is getting real-time captions and subtitles, and PowerPoint will have these features, too, next year. From a report: Ostensibly an accessibility feature (and launched on United Nations Internati...
06:12 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Despite CRISPR Baby Controversy, Harvard University Will Begin Gene-Editing Sperm
Even as a furious debate broke out in China over gene-edited babies, some scientists in the US are also hoping to improve tomorrow's children. From a report: [...] Amid the condemnation, though, it wa...
05:24 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot It's the Beginning of the End of Satellite TV in the US
An anonymous reader shares a report: "We've launched our last satellite," John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, said in a meeting with analysts on Nov. 29. The AT&T executive effectively d...
03:22 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Mapping the Spectral Landscape of IPv6 Networks
Trailrunner7 writes: Like real estate, we're not making any more IPv4 addresses. But instead of trying to colonize Mars or build cities under the sea, the Internet's architects developed a separate ad...
02:52 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Apple Will Wait Until at Least 2020 To Release a 5G iPhone: Report
Apple plans to hold off until at least 2020 before offering an iPhone that can connect to the next generation of high-speed phone services coming next year, Bloomberg reported Monday. From the report:...
02:13 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Who'd Go To University Today?
Are students being short-changed by their $60,000 degree courses? And does a university education in 2018 represent good value for money? A slew of recent government and think-tank reports aim to tack...
12:01 pm - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot New Male Contraceptive Gel Enters Clinical Trials
The first clinical trial is underway to test a new male contraceptive that could be a game changer for preventing pregnancy. From a report: "(It's) a combination of two horomones: Progestin, which is ...
10:10 am - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Steam is Finally Coming To China But Chinese Gamers Don't Want It
Valve officially announced this week the arrival of Steam China in Shanghai. But Chinese gamers are telling the PC gaming platform to "get lost!" From a report: One of the most upvoted comments wrote,...
08:10 am - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Why It's Easier To Make Decisions For Someone Else
Evan Polman, writing for HBR: In my research with Yi Liu and Yongfang Liu of East China Normal University in China and Jiangli Jiao of Xinjiang Normal University in China, we looked at how people make...
04:20 am - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot WhatsApp Faces Misinformation Problem in Nigeria, Reports Say
Fake news is being spread on WhatsApp in some of Africa's most populous countries, according to two new reports, raising concerns over coming elections in Nigeria. From a report: Photoshopped images a...
01:30 am - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Italian Bioengineer Develops 3D-Printed Vegan Steak From Plant-Based Proteins
Italian bioengineer Giuseppe Scionti from Spanish startup Novameat has invented the "world's first" 3D-printed meat-free steak made from vegetable proteins, which mimics the texture of beef. From a re...
12:20 am - Mon, December 3, 2018
Slashdot Prison Inmates Catfished $560,000 Out of Military Service Members in Sextortion Scam, NCIS Says
Hundreds of military service members reportedly got caught up in a sextortion scam run by prison inmates using cellphones, according to a release issued by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NC...
11:21 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Twitter User Hacks 50,000 Printers To Tell People To Subscribe To a YouTube Channel
An anonymous reader writes: A Twitter user using the pseudonym of @TheHackerGiraffe has hacked over 50,000 printers to print out flyers telling people to subscribe to PewDiePie's YouTube channel. The ...
10:27 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot The Latest Crop of Instagram Influencers? Medical Students.
An anonymous reader shares a report: Celebrity physicians often catapult to fame via their mastery of traditional media, like television or radio or books or magazines, and we're used to seeing medica...
09:52 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores
Online giant tries to overcome challenges caused by retail spaces with higher ceilings, more products. From a report: Amazon.com is testing its cashierless checkout technology for bigger stores [alter...
09:25 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores
Online giant tries to overcome challenges caused by retail spaces with higher ceilings, more products. From a report: Amazon.com is testing its cashierless checkout technology for bigger stores [alter...
08:17 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Proposed Regulations Would Allow the Majority of US Homes To Be Bought and Sold Without Being Appraised by a Human
Federal regulators have proposed loosening real-estate appraisal requirements to enable a majority of U.S. homes to be bought and sold without being evaluated by a licensed human appraiser [the link m...
07:19 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot SKY Brasil Exposes 32 Million Customer Records
Independent security researcher Fabio Castro found data belonging to 32 million customers of SKY Brasil exposed online. "Using the advanced features of the Shodan search engine, he was able to discove...
06:18 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot By 2025, Nearly 30 Percent of Data Generated Will Be Real-Time, IDC Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As global connectivity grows, allowing more data to be generated and collected, a growing portion of that data will be real-time information, according ...
05:17 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Dark Web Dealers Voluntarily Ban Deadly Fentanyl
Major dark web drug suppliers have started to voluntarily ban the synthetic opioid fentanyl because it is too dangerous. "They are 'delisting' the high-strength painkiller, effectively classifying it ...
04:16 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Intel Sues Ex-Engineer For Trying To Steal 3D XPoint Technology On His Way To Micron
Intel has filed a lawsuit last week against one of their former hardware engineers, alleging they tried to steal confidential chip blueprints to potentially pass on to Micron. "The lawsuit [...] is th...
03:15 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Monarch Butterfly Populations In the West Are Down an Order of Magnitude
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Far fewer [monarch butterflies] were heading south this year, and those that have arrived did so a month late, according to Xeres, a non-profit conserv...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Jailed 'Iceman' Hacker Now Charged With Drone-Smuggling Scheme Orchestrated From Prison
In 2010, Max Ray Butler received a 13-year prison sentence for "hacking" -- at the time, the longest one ever -- after stealing nearly 2 million credit cards and running up fraudulent charges over $86...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Can New Metal-Air Transistors Replace Semiconductors and Continue Moore's Law?
Will Moore's law really come to an end by 2025? Maybe not... An anonymous reader quotes IEEE Spectrum:[R]esearchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, believe a metal-based field emission air...
09:34 am - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Intel Discloses Its Forthcoming Discrete GPU Strategy and Design Efforts (hothardware.com)
MojoKid writes: Intel has been uncharacteristically vocal about its most recent plans to enter the discrete GPU market. Over the last year or so, the company has disclosed a few morsels of information...
06:34 am - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Richard Branson Says He's Going to Send People Into Space by Christmas
Would you pay $200,000 for a ride into space? I ask beause billionaire Richard Branson "really, really wants you to believe he's going to send people to space -- and soon," reports Gizmodo. "In a new ...
04:30 am - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot 2018 Advent Calendars Launched for Computer Programmers and Web Geeks
An anonymous reader writes:Saturday the Perl Advent Calendar entered its 19th year by describing how the Wise Old Elf used a Calendar::List module from CPAN to update his Elven Perl Monger website wit...
02:40 am - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot Trump Agrees Not To Raise Tariff Levels on Chinese Goods; China Agrees To US Purchases. Two Sides To Start Broader Negotiations.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Saturday to keep their trade war from escalating with a promise to temporarily halt the imposition of new tariffs [the link may be p...
12:34 am - Sun, December 2, 2018
Slashdot A Sleeping Driver's Tesla Led Police On A 7-Minute Chase
"When a pair of California Highway Patrol officers pulled alongside a car cruising down Highway 101 in Redwood City before dawn Friday, they reported a shocking sight: a man fast asleep behind the whe...
11:33 pm - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Developer Misinterprets Linux Code of Conduct, Suggests Replacing F-Word with 'Hug'
Seeking compliance with Linux's new Code of Conduct, Intel software engineer Jarkko Sakkinen recently requested comments on a set of changes to kernel code comments which Neowin described as "replacin...
10:18 pm - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Node.js Event-Stream Hack Reveals Open Source 'Developer Infrastructure' Exploit
"[O]n Nov. 26 it was publicly revealed that a widely deployed open-source Node.js programming language module known as event-stream had been injected with malicious code that looked to steal cryptocur...
08:41 pm - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Is Linux Taking Over The World?
"2019 just might be the Year of Linux -- the year in which Linux is fully recognized as the powerhouse it has become," writes Network World's "Unix dweeb."The fact is that most people today are using ...
07:43 pm - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot The World's First 8K TV Channel Launches With '2001: A Space Odyssey'
AmiMoJo writes:Japanese broadcaster NHK is launching the world's first 8K TV channel with a special edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey. NHK asked Warner Bros. to scan the original negatives at 8K specia...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Lenovo Finally Pays $7.3 M Fine Over Invasive 2014 'Superfish' Adware Pre-Installations
Leonovo will add $7.3 million into a $1M fund settling a class action lawsuit over their undisclosed pre-installation of Superfish's targeting adware on 28 different laptop models in 2014. Within one ...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Recent Quasar Observations Support Lots of Mini-Bangs Instead of One Big Bang
Chris Reeve writes: Wired Magazine is reporting that astronomers have since 2014 witnessed up to 100 possible instances of quasars transforming into galaxies over very short timespans, but the article...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot RISC-V and Linux Foundations Partner to Promote Open Source CPU
"The Linux Foundation and RISC-V Foundation announced yesterday a joint collaboration project to promote open source development and commercial adoption of the RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Miners Bail, While Cryptocurrency Capitalization Drops 83% Since January
"Bitcoin miners hit hard by the cryptocurrency's crash may be throwing in the towel," reports Bloomberg:The Bitcoin network's hash rate, one way of gauging the computing power dedicated to mining the ...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot More Than 40 Percent of World Coal Plants Are Unprofitable, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: More than 40 percent of the world's coal plants are operating at a loss due to high fuel costs and that proportion could to rise to nearly 75 percent ...
10:00 am - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Astronomers Measure Total Starlight Emitted Over 13.7 Billion Years
Astronomers have measured all the light from all the stars that have ever existed. "In total, the astronomers estimate, stars have radiated 4x1084 photons (a photon being the smallest unit of light),"...
07:00 am - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Australian Fence of Sound Halves Roadkill On One Deadly Stretch of Road
Researchers in the Australian state of Tasmania are using a "virtual fence" system, consisting of alarm units mounted on posts along the side of a three-mile stretch of road, to reduce the number anim...
05:25 am - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, Dies At 94
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, has passed away tonight at the age of 94. As The Washington Post reports, he was "the last veteran of World War II to serve as president, he ...
05:00 am - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot DHL To Invest $300 Million To Quadruple Robots In Warehouses In 2019
A logistics division of DHL announced today that it will invest $300 million to modernize 60 percent of its warehouses in North America with more IoT sensors and robots. Robotic process automation and...
03:30 am - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Shocking Maps Show How Humans Have Reshaped Earth Since 1992
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: It's no secret that humans -- noisy, messy creatures that we are -- are vastly altering Earth's environments. But it's one thing to know this in t...
02:20 am - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Turns Out Mitochondria Can Come From Fathers Too
schwit1 shares a report from Popular Mechanics: We all know: The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. But the mitochondria is much more than a simple power plant. It's also a unique source of D...
01:40 am - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Automakers Give the Chinese Government Access To Location Data of Electric Cars
According to a new report from The Associated Press, a number of China's government officials and entities have had access to the location data of "new energy vehicles" from many different manufacture...
01:00 am - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Airbnb Will Start Designing Houses In 2019
Airbnb is reportedly planning to distribute prototype buildings next year. Yesterday, Samara, a futures division of Airbnb meant to develop new products and services for the company, announced a new i...
12:20 am - Sat, December 1, 2018
Slashdot Samsung's Foldable Screen Tech Has Been Stolen, Sold To China
Prosecutors in South Korea say that Samsung's latest bendable screen technology has been stolen and sold to two Chinese companies. "The prosecutors allege that a Samsung supplier leaked blueprints of ...
11:40 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Google Hangouts For Consumers Will Be Shutting Down Sometime In 2020
According to 9to5Google, Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020. The news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise since Google essentially stopped development on the app...
10:58 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Discussed Using People's Data As a Bargaining Chip, Emails and Court Filings Suggest
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: Facebook executives in recent years appeared to discuss giving access to their valuable user data to some companies that bought advertisin...
10:15 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Are Proposing a New Way To Generate Street Addresses by Extracting Roads From Satellite Images
An estimated 4 billion people in the world lack a physical address. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab and Facebook are now proposing a new way to address the unaddressed: with machine learning. From a ...
09:37 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Trump Admin Takes First Steps To Overhaul H-1B Visa That Tech Companies Use To Hire Internationally
President Donald Trump's immigration authorities are moving to enact broad changes to a visa that allows American companies to bring international workers to the country. From a report: On Friday, U.S...
08:55 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Gmail Smart Replies and the Ever-Growing Pressure to Email Like a Machine
An anonymous reader shares an article: I don't use the phrase "Will do!" much in daily conversation, but lately it has been creeping into more and more of my e-mails. An editor asks me to get a draft ...
08:10 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot NIST's New Atomic Clock Is So Precise Our Ability To Measure Gravity Constrains Its Accuracy
dmoberhaus writes: Researchers at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed an atomic clock that is so precise that our models of Earth's gravity aren't accurate enough...
07:30 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Does Google Harm Local Search Rivals? EU Antitrust Regulators Ask
EU antitrust regulators have asked Google's rivals if the internet search giant unfairly demotes local search competitors, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters, a move which could lead to a fo...
06:50 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Quietly Hired Republican Strategy Firm Targeted Victory
Facebook is still reeling from the revelation that it hired an opposition research firm with close ties to the Republican party, but its relationship with Definers Public Affairs isn't the company's o...
06:10 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Companies 'Can Sack Workers For Refusing To Use Fingerprint Scanners'
Businesses using fingerprint scanners to monitor their workforce can legally sack employees who refuse to hand over biometric information on privacy grounds, the Fair Work Commission has ruled. From a...
05:30 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot After Months of Heated Argument, Apple Permits Indian Telecom Regulator To Release Anti-Spam App, TRAI DND, On App Store
After months of back and forth, Apple has permitted Indian telecom regulator TRAI to release its anti-spam app on the App Store. The app, called TRAI DND - Do Not Disturb, went live on the iPhone app ...
04:50 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Apple Reportedly Cuts Over 700 Apps from Chinese App Store
Apple has reportedly removed 718 apps from the Chinese App Store in the last few days. From a report: The iPhone maker swept out the apps because their developers pushed updates without its permission...
04:10 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot NYC Politician Wants To Ban Cashless Restaurants
If New York City Council Member Ritchie J. Torres has his way, the growing trend of cashless restaurants -- establishments that accept payment only in plastic and digital forms -- will be snuffed out....
03:30 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Intel Publishes Its First Modern Windows Driver for PCs
Intel has published its first Modern Windows Driver for several of its modern integrated GPUs, representing a new way for graphics drivers to be pushed to your PC -- and something to keep an eye on un...
02:50 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Marriott Says 500 million Starwood Guest Records Stolen in Massive Data Breach
An anonymous reader writes: Starwood Hotels has confirmed its hotel guest database of about 500 million customers has been stolen in a data breach. The hotel and resorts giant said in a statement file...
02:10 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot In China, Your Car Could Be Talking To the Government
schwit1 shares a report: More than 200 manufacturers, including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubishi and U.S.-listed electric vehicle start-up NIO, transmit positi...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot After Microsoft Complaints, Indian Police Arrest Tech Support Scammers At 26 Call Centers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: New Delhi police have arrested 63 suspects in the last two months working and operating 26 call centers that were engaging in tech support scams, posing...
10:00 am - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Japan Has Restarted Five Nuclear Power Reactors In 2018
With Shikoku Electric Power Company's 890 megawatt (MW) Ikata-3 reactor, Japan has restarted a total of five nuclear reactors in 2018. "Japan had suspended its nuclear fleet in 2013 for mandatory safe...
07:00 am - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot NASA Is Outsourcing Its Next Moon Lander To a Private Company
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry ...
03:30 am - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Google Shut Out Privacy, Security Teams From Secret China Project
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept about Google's secretive plans to build a censor version of its search engine for China: The objective, code-named Dragonfly, was to build a sear...
02:10 am - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot US Life Expectancy Falls Further
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday released data that shows life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, to 78.6 years (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), pu...
01:30 am - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Floyd Mayweather, DJ Khaled Charged For Illegally Touting Crypto Offerings
The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging DJ Khaled and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr for failing to disclose that they were paid promotional fees to tout fraudulent initial coin off...
12:50 am - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Your 4K Netflix Streaming Is On a Collision Course With Your ISP's Data Caps
Household bandwidth consumption is soaring thanks to video streaming, new data suggests, and American consumers are about to run face-first into broadband usage limits and overage fees that critics sa...
12:10 am - Fri, November 30, 2018
Slashdot Democrats Demand Info On Law Enforcement's Use of Amazon Facial Recognition Tool
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday saying that the company's previous explanations to Congress about ...