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11:30 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Boeing's Autonomous Fighter Jet Could Arrive Next Year
Slashdot reader technology_dude writes in response to an Engadget report about Boeing's plans to develop an autonomous fighter jet: In Season 1, Episode 23 of Star Trek, the Enterprise visits two worl...
10:50 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Serious Amazon Ring Vulnerability Leaves Audio, Video Feeds Open To Attack
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: Security researchers from Dojo by Bullguard have discovered a vulnerability in Amazon's Ring doorbell that leaves it prone to man-in-the-middle attacks. As w...
10:12 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Y Combinator Accidentally Let 15,000 People Into an Exclusive Program, Now Has Decided To Do It On Purpose
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: When Y Combinator accidentally admitted 15,000 people to its 3,000-person Startup School online program last summer due to an almost funny technical gl...
09:35 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Chrome Should Get 'Extremely Fast' at Loading a Whole Lot of Web Pages
Chrome is going to get a big speed boost -- at least for web pages you've recently visited. CNET: With a feature called bfcache -- backward-forward cache -- Google's web browser will store a website's...
08:55 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Gab Wants To Add a Comments Section To Everything On the Internet
Okian Warrior writes: Free speech social network Gab has launched a new comments platform, Dissenter, which allows users to make comments on every single website on the Internet without fear of censor...
08:16 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Coinhive Cryptojacking Service Will Shut Down Next Week
Coinhive, an in-browser Monero cryptocurrency miner famous for being abused by malware gangs, announced this week its intention to shut down all operations next month, on March 8, 2019. From a report:...
07:39 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's Fastest Phone Memory Ever Goes Into Production at 512GB
Samsung today said it's started mass producing 512GB mobile-focused flash memory with over twice the read speed and 1.5 times the write speed of the previous leader, the 1TB module announced last mont...
06:53 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot FedEx Turns To Segway Inventor To Build Delivery Robot
FedEx is the latest company to join the delivery robot craze. The company said Wednesday it will test a six-wheeled, autonomous robot called the SameDay Bot in Memphis, Tenn. this summer and plans to ...
06:10 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Wallet App Coinomi Caught Sending User Passwords To Google's Spellchecker
An anonymous reader shares a report: Coinomi wallet app sends user passwords to Google's spellchecking service in clear text, exposing users' accounts and their funds to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attac...
05:30 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot 'Prism, Prism on the Wall, Who is the Most Trustworthy of Them All?' Huawei Hits Back at US Over 5G Security Claims
The tension between Huawei and the U.S. government took a new turn Tuesday after the Chinese networking giant's rotating chairman Guo Ping poked fun at the massive surveillance programs maintained by ...
04:50 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot D-Wave Previews Quantum Computing Platform With Over 5,000 Qubits
An anonymous reader writes: D-Wave Systems, one of the handful firms that is building a quantum computer, today unveiled the roadmap for its 5,000-qubit quantum computer. Components of D-Wave's next-g...
04:17 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Computer Servers 'Stranded' in Space
A pair of Hewlett Packard Enterprise servers sent up to the International Space Station in August 2017 as an experiment have still not come back to Earth, three months after their intended return. Fro...
03:36 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Congresswoman Destroys Equifax CEO Mark Begor About Privacy
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Representative Katie Porter (D-CA) asked whether Equifax CEO Mark Begor would be willing to share his address, birth date, a...
02:40 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Anti-Vaccination Conspiracy Theories Thrive on Amazon
Amid a growing measles outbreak in the United States, the role of powerful tech companies like YouTube and Facebook in spreading vaccine misinformation is under heavy scrutiny. But there is another ma...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot OneWeb Wants To Rebuild the Internet in Space, Connecting Billions Not on the Web
Later today, the first six of OneWeb satellites are expected to be launched.[Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] from a remote launch site in French Guiana, a key step toward...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot The Cassette Returns On a Wave of Nostalgia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Pause. Stop. Rewind! The cassette, long consigned to the bargain bin of musical history, is staging a humble comeback. Sales have soared in the l...
10:00 am - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Launches in India Amidst Legal Battle With Warner
Warner Music Group is suing Spotify in India, but that's not stopped the music streaming service from launching in the nation. From a report: Spotify said it sees a big opportunity in India, one of th...
07:00 am - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Astronomer Finds Potential Furthest Object In Solar System
Prominent astronomer Dr Scott Sheppard, of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington D.C., has discovered a new object in the distant reaches of our solar system and given it the name FarFarO...
03:30 am - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Cloudflare Expands Its Government Warrant Canaries
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: When the government comes for your data, tech companies can't always tell you. But thanks to a legal loophole, companies can say if they haven't ha...
02:10 am - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Thunderbolt Vulnerabilities Leave Computers Wide-Open, Researchers Find
Bismillah writes: Researchers have published the results of exploring how vulnerable Thunderbolt is to DMA attacks, and the answer is "very." Be careful what you plug into that USB-C port. Yes, the se...
01:30 am - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Startup Gets Ready For Factory Robots Working Alongside Humans
A startup called Veo Robotics is preparing to roll out sensor technology that lets industrial robots work safely side-by-side with humans. "Veo's proprietary technology uses lidar sensors to create re...
12:50 am - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Wants Up To 30 Percent of Fan Subscriptions Vs Patreon's 5 Percent
Facebook's Patreon-like Fan Subscriptions feature lets people pay a monthly fee for access to a creator's exclusive content. But, as TechCrunch reports, it greatly differs from Patreon in that the soc...
12:10 am - Wed, February 27, 2019
Slashdot Studies Keep Showing That the Best Way To Stop Piracy Is To Offer Cheaper, Better Alternatives
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Study after study continues to show that the best approach to tackling internet piracy is to provide these would-be customers with high quality, l...
11:30 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Google's DeepMind Can Predict Wind Patterns a Day In Advance
technology_dude writes: Google's DeepMind can predict wind patterns one day in advance. "Beginning last year, [Google and DeepMind] fed weather forecasts and existing turbine data into DeepMind's mach...
10:50 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Wins Fight With US Over Purchase of Time Warner
An appeals court has approved AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, despite the Trump administration's drawn-out attempts to block the $85.4 billion acquisition. The U.S. Justice Department said it woul...
10:10 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot New Study Shows Windows 10 Home Edition Users Are Baffled By Updates
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Since the initial release of Windows 10 nearly four years ago, Microsoft has been tweaking its approach to automatic updates, adding Active Hours settin...
09:35 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot USB-IF Confusingly Merges USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Under New USB 3.2 Branding
The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), this week announced a rebranding of the USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 specifications, under the USB 3.2 specification. USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 will now be considered previous ge...
08:55 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Former Hacking Team Members Are Now Spying on the Blockchain for Coinbase
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last week, cryptocurrency industry giant Coinbase sparked outrage when it announced that it had purchased a small startup called Neutrino. Normally, such an acquis...
08:16 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Self-Harm Clips Hidden in Kids' Cartoons
Children's charity the NSPCC has accused YouTube of failing to tackle dangerous content on its youth channel. From a report:YouTube Kids, dubbed as a safer, child-friendly version of the video-sharing...
07:32 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Dry.io Wants To Democratize Software Development Using AI
An anonymous reader writes: We've seen companies big and small build everything from AI-driven developer tools to AI-powered developer environments. But what if instead of having AI merely help develo...
06:51 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot New FTC Task Force Will Take on Tech Monopolies
The Federal Trade Commission will be launching a task force to monitor competition in the US's technology markets, commissioners announced today. From a report: The task force will include current off...
06:08 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot US Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms: Report
An anonymous reader shares a report: The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials sai...
05:27 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Intel Kills 5G Deal With China's Unigroup Over US Security Concerns
Intel's partnership to share its latest 5G modem chips with China's Unigroup, a government-backed firm which is also the second largest mobile chipmaker in the nation, has ended amid concerns that the...
04:45 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot IBM Apologizes For Racial Slurs On Its Recruitment Webpages
The Register: IBM has apologized after its recruitment webpages asked applicants whether their ethnicity was, among other options, the racial slurs Yellow and Mulatto. In online application forms for ...
04:02 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Rotten Tomatoes Bans User Reviews and Comments Before a Film's Theatrical Release To Counter Online Trolls
Rotten Tomatoes is finally addressing its troll problem. The review aggregation website has unveiled a new initiative to "modernize its audience rating system through a series of product enhancements,...
03:38 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot 'You Do Not Need Blockchain: Eight Popular Use Cases And Why They Do Not Work'
Ivan Ivanitskiy: People are resorting to blockchain for all kinds of reasons these days. Ever since I started doing smart contract security audits in mid-2017, I've seen it all. A special category of ...
02:46 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Extreme CO2 Levels Could Trigger Clouds 'Tipping Point' and 8C of Global Warming
If atmospheric CO2 levels exceed 1,200 parts per million (ppm), it could push the Earth's climate over a "tipping point", finds a new study. This would see clouds that shade large part of the oceans s...
02:07 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Police Test Gait-Recognition Technology That Identifies People Based on How They Walk
You can tell a lot of things from the way someone walks. Chinese artificial intelligence start-up Watrix says its softwares can identify a person from 50 meters away -- even if they have covered their...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Takes a Big Step Towards Putting Xbox Games On Windows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica, written by Peter Bright: Ever since the first Xbox was released, an obvious question has been hanging in the air: Microsoft already owns one of t...
10:00 am - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Moderators Are Routinely High and Joke About Suicide To Cope With Job, Says Report
According to a new report from The Verge, Facebook moderators in Phoenix, Arizona reportedly make just $28,800 a year and use sex and drugs to deal with the stress. "The report published on Monday det...
07:00 am - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Starbucks' Music Is Driving Employees Nuts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: You may not give a second thought to the tunes spinning on a constant loop at your favorite cafe or coffee shop, but one writer and podcaster who had t...
03:30 am - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Should Be Held In Contempt For Tweet, SEC Tells Judge
The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a federal judge to hold CEO Elon Musk in contempt for breaking terms of a settlement agreement with a tweet. The SEC cited an "inaccurate" February 19 ...
02:10 am - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Utility Customers' Passwords Stored In Plain Text
schwit1 shares a report from Ars Technica: In September of 2018, an anonymous independent security researcher (who we'll call X) noticed that their power company's website was offering to email -- not...
01:30 am - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft CEO Defends Pentagon Contract Following Employee Outcry
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is defending the company's $479 million contract with the Pentagon to supply augmented reality headsets to the U.S. military. "We made a principled decision that we're not ...
12:50 am - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Vodafone CEO Says Banning Huawei Could Set Europe's 5G Rollout Back Another Two Years
The CEO of Vodafone, the world's second-largest mobile operator, warned excluding Huawei from Europe's 5G networks could be "hugely disruptive" to national infrastructure and consumers. CEO Nick Read ...
12:10 am - Tue, February 26, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Break Digital Signatures For Most Desktop PDF Viewers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A team of academics from the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany say they've managed to break the digital signing system and create fake signatures on 21 ...
11:30 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot People Are Concerned About Their Privacy In Theory, Not Practice, Says New Study
A new privacy survey from IBM's Institute for Business Value found that 81% of consumers say they've become more concerned about how companies use their data, while 87% think companies should be more ...
10:50 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot ISP Windstream Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy After Being Hit With $310 Million Judgement
bbsguru writes: Windstream Holdings Inc. of Arkansas filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, less than two weeks after a federal court judge found that the 2015 spinoff of its fiber and copper asse...
10:10 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot New Flaws In 4G, 5G Allow Attackers To Intercept Calls and Track Phone Locations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A group of academics have found three new security flaws in 4G and 5G, which they say can be used to intercept phone calls and track the locations ...
09:30 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Thirty-Million-Page Backup of Humanity Headed To Moon Aboard Israeli Lander
Last week, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Israeli-made spacecraft named Beresheet beyond the grasp of Earth's gravity and sent it on its way to the surface of the moon. On board Beresheet is a sp...
08:50 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot US Paleontologists Call For a Worldwide Halt To the Sale of Vertebrate Dinosaur Fossils
Leading US paleontologists are calling for a worldwide halt to the sale of vertebrate dinosaur fossils. The booming market for specimens, driven by their popularity with wealthy private collectors, in...
08:10 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Drupal 7 Will Reach End-of-Life in November of 2021
Drupal 7, which was first released in January 2011, will reach end of life (EOL) in November of 2021, the Drupal Association said today. What this means for your Drupal 7 sites is, as of November 2021...
07:30 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Sprint To Launch 5G Service in 4 Cities in May
Sprint has shared some of its plans when it comes to 5G service in the U.S. The company announced at MWC in Barcelona that mobile customers in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City can expect 5G se...
06:50 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla and Scroll Partner To Test Alternative Funding Models for the Web
An anonymous reader shares a report: News subscription service Scroll, which is yet to launch to consumers but has received the backing of several top publishers, courted another major player today: M...
06:10 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Consumers Kinda, Sorta Care About Their Data
A full 81% of consumers say that in the past year they've become more concerned with how companies are using their data, and 87% say they've come to believe companies that manage personal data should ...
05:36 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot The UK's Health Service Told To Ditch 'Outdated' Pagers
The UK's NHS has been told to stop using pagers for communications by 2021, in order to save money. The health service still uses about 130,000 pagers, which is about 10% of the total left in use glob...
04:53 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot SD Association Unveils microSD Express Format That Promises Transfer Speeds of Up To 985 MB/s
The SD Association has unveiled microSD Express, a new format that will bring speeds of up to 985 MB/s to the tiny memory cards used in smartphones and other devices. From a report: Like SD Express, i...
04:01 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot 'Captain Marvel' Review Bombers Have Dropped Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating To Lowest Among MCU Movies
An anonymous reader shares a report: The fake Rotten Tomatoes review onslaught continues for Captain Marvel, giving the film the lowest-rating of all Marvel Cinematic Universe movies on the site nearl...
03:21 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Australian Email Service FastMail Says It is Losing Customers and Facing Calls To Move Operations Outside of the Country Over Local Anti-Encryption Laws
An anonymous reader shares a report: Email provider FastMail says it has lost customers and faces "regular" requests to shift its operations outside Australia following the passage of anti-encryption ...
02:41 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Android Is Helping Kill Passwords on a Billion Devices
The FIDO Alliance -- a consortium that develops open source authentication standards -- has been pushing to expand its secure login protocols to make seamless logins a reality for several years. Today...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot ICANN Warns of 'Ongoing and Significant' Attacks Against Internet's DNS Infrastructure
The internet's address book keeper has warned of an "ongoing and significant risk" to key parts of the domain name system infrastructure, following months of increased attacks. From a report: The Inte...
10:10 am - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Judge Says Washington State Cyberstalking Law Violates Free Speech
A federal judge has blocked Washington State's 2004 cyberstalking law after ruling that a key provision violated First Amendment protections for free speech due to vague terms. "Its prohibitions again...
07:07 am - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Bill Gates, Amazon and Google Urge Followers To Share Data On Teacher Friends
theodp writes: Facebook may be facing the threat of a multi-billion dollar FTC fine for privacy lapses that included allowing companies to obtain users' email addresses from their friends, but that di...
05:05 am - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Buys Rights To Stream Chinese Sci-Fi Blockbuster 'The Wandering Earth'
An anonymous reader writes from a report via NPR: Netflix announced this week that it has acquired the rights to stream Chinese sci-fi blockbuster "The Wandering Earth," which has already grossed more...
03:03 am - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot LG Announces G8 ThinQ Smartphone That Uses 'Advanced Palm Vein Authentication' Tech To Unlock
LG's flagship G8 smartphone has been officially launched today, bringing many expected features that were teased over the past few months and several not-so-expected features. One such unusual feature...
01:11 am - Mon, February 25, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Announces HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality Headset For $3,500
Artem S. Tashkinov writes: Hailed as a third wave of computing, Microsoft has made the HoloLens 2 mixed-reality headset available for preorder for a staggering $3,500 and it's expected to be shipped l...
11:23 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot Drug Pollution In Rivers Reaching Damaging Levels For Animals and Ecosystems, Scientists Warn
pgmrdlm shares a report from The Independent: Medicines including antibiotics and epilepsy drugs are increasingly being found in the world's rivers at concentrations that can damage ecosystems, a stud...
09:21 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Unveils the Mate X, a Foldable 5G Smartphone That Costs $2,600
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The world's fastest growing mobile company has long had a chip on its shoulder when it comes to Apple and Samsung. For too long, the company has ha...
08:20 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot PepsiCo Is Laying Off Corporate Employees As the Company Commits To 'Relentlessly Automating'
PepsiCo is kicking off a four-year restructuring plan that is expected to cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in severance pay. "This week, PepsiCo employees in offices including Plano, T...
07:19 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Asks FCC To Let It Lock New Smartphones For 60 Days
Verizon is asking the FCC to let it keep new smartphones locked to its network for 60 days, as part of an initiative to prevent identify theft and fraud. "After the 60-day period, the phones would unl...
06:18 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot FCC Says Gutting ISP Oversight Was Great For Broadband
Earlier this week, the FCC proclaimed that broadband connectivity saw unprecedented growth last year thanks to the agency's policies like killing net neutrality. But, as Motherboard points out, that's...
05:17 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Scientists have launched a major new phase in the testing of a controversial genetically modified organism: a mosquito designed to quickly spread a geneti...
04:16 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot Apple Expected To Move Mac Line To Custom ARM-Based Chips Starting Next Year, Says Report
Developers and Intel officials have told Axios that Apple is expected to move its Mac line to custom ARM-based chips as soon as next year. "Bloomberg offered a bit more specificity on things in a repo...
03:15 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot NASA Approves SpaceX's Crew Dragon For March 2 Unmanned Flight To the ISS
NASA and SpaceX have agreed to move forward with the first unmanned test flight of SpaceX's new passenger capsule, the Crew Dragon. It is set to launch on March 2nd out of Cape Canaveral, Florida. "If...
02:14 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot A Software Malfunction Is Throwing Riders Off of Lime Scooters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Riders in Switzerland and New Zealand have reported the front wheels of their electric scooters locking suddenly mid-ride, hurling riders to the ground...
12:34 pm - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot Could 'Oumuamua Be A Fluffy Radiation-Driven Icy Fractal From Another Star System?
"Oumuamua, the first object ever seen passing through our solar system from interstellar space, was thought to be emitting gas like a comet to explain its weird motion," reports Syfy Wire, "but a new ...
08:34 am - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot 2.7 Million Patient Phone Call Recordings Left Exposed Online
Slashdot reader krenaud tipped us off to this story from The Next Web:The audio recordings of 2.7 millions calls made to 1177 Vardguiden -- Sweden's healthcare hotline -- were left exposed to anyone o...
04:34 am - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside
German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has spent 10 years working on external airbags for cars, according to Popular Mechanics, and "The tech is finally ready for carmakers -- that is, if ZF can c...
02:44 am - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot Did A US Navy Scientist Just Invent A Room-Temperature Superconductor?
"A scientist working for the U.S. Navy has filed for a patent on a room-temperature superconductor, representing a potential paradigm shift in energy transmission and computer systems," reports Phys.o...
12:39 am - Sun, February 24, 2019
Slashdot NYT Reporter 'Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain'
"It's an unnerving sensation, being alone with your thoughts in the year 2019," writes New York Times technology columnist Kevin Roose, in an article shared by DogDude. "I don't love referring to what...
11:45 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's Newest Phones Read Your Fingerprints With Ultrasonic Sound Waves
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:The Galaxy S10's in-screen fingerprint scanner may look just like the one on the OnePlus 6T, but don't be fooled. Samsung's flagship Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are the fir...
10:50 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Prime Air Cargo Plane Crashes in Texas, Three Dead
An anonymous reader quotes Weather.com:An Amazon Prime Air cargo plane crashed Saturday afternoon into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas, as it approached Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport....
09:39 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot New Material Can Soak Up Uranium From Seawater
A new adsorbent material "soaks up uranium from seawater, leaving interfering ions behind," reports the ACS's Chemical & Engineering News, in an article shared by webofslime:The world's oceans con...
08:44 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Record-Breaking Jet Stream Accelerates Air Travel, Flight Clocks In At 801 MPH
pgmrdlm quotes CBS News: On Monday night, the river of air 35,000 feet above the New York City area, known as the jet stream, clocked in at a blazing 231 mph. This is the fastest jet stream on record ...
07:51 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot What Happens When Police License Plate Readers Make Mistakes?
An anonymous reader writes:The Verge reports that San Francisco Bay Area police "pulled over a California privacy advocate and held him at gunpoint after a database error caused a license plate reader...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Virgin Galactic Reaches Space Again In Highest, Fastest Test Flight Yet
"If you're willing to spend $250,000 for a quick trip to space, that option is getting closer to reality," reports CNN.VSS Unity, Virgin Galactic's rocket-powered plane, climbed to a record altitude o...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Cloud Evangelist Adds 'Clippy' To Their Business Card
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider's update on Microsoft Clippy, the animated cartoon paperclip that was Office's virtual assistant until the early 2000s, that "everyone loved to hate." After...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot 12-Year-Old Boy Reportedly Builds A Nuclear Fusion Reactor
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:An American 14-year-old has reportedly become the youngest known person in the world to create a successful nuclear reaction. The Open Source Fusor Research Con...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Redis Changes Its Open Source License -- Again
"Redis Labs is dropping its Commons Clause license in favor of its new 'available-source' license: Redis Source Available License (RSAL)," reports ZDNet -- adding "This is not an open-source license."...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot European Governments Approve Controversial New Copyright Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A controversial overhaul of Europe's copyright laws overcame a key hurdle on Wednesday as a majority of European governments signaled support for...
10:00 am - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot President Trump Wants US To Win 5G Through Real Competition
hackingbear writes: In a tweet, President Trump said he wanted "5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocki...
07:00 am - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Japan's Hayabusa 2 Successfully Touches Down On Ryugu Asteroid, Fires Bullet Into Its Surface
Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has successfully touched down on the asteroid Ryugu at around 11:30 GMT on Thursday. "Data from the probe showed changes in speed and direction, indicating it had reached...
03:30 am - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Make Coldest Quantum Gas of Molecules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: JILA researchers have made a long-lived, record-cold gas of molecules that follow the wave patterns of quantum mechanics instead of the strictly part...
02:30 am - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Frontier Demands $4,300 Cancellation Fee Despite Horribly Slow Internet
Frontier Communications reportedly charged a cancellation fee of $4,302.17 to the operator of a one-person business in Wisconsin, even though she switched to a different Internet provider because Fron...
01:50 am - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot NVIDIA Turing-Based GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Launched At $279
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA has launched yet another graphics card today based on the company's new Turing GPU. This latest GPU, however, doesn't support NVIDIA's RTX ray-tracing technology or its DLSS (De...
01:10 am - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Workers' Letter Demands Company Drop $479 Million HoloLens Military Contract
A group of Microsoft workers have addressed top executives in a letter demanding the company drop a controversial contract with the U.S. army. The Verge reports: The workers object to the company taki...
12:30 am - Sat, February 23, 2019
Slashdot Instagram Code Reveals Public 'Collections' Feature To Take On Pinterest
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Instagram is threatening to attack Pinterest just as it files to go public the same way the Facebook-owned app did to Snapchat. Code buried in Inst...
11:50 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Once Hailed As Unhackable, Blockchains Are Now Getting Hacked
schwit1 shares a report from MIT Technology Review: Early last month, the security team at Coinbase noticed something strange going on in Ethereum Classic, one of the cryptocurrencies people can buy a...
11:10 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Is Heading For Its Cambridge Analytica Moment
Earlier this week, Disney, Nestle and others pulled its advertising spending from YouTube after a blogger detailed how comments on Google's video site were being used to facilitate a "soft-core pedoph...
10:30 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Close Retail Stores In the Patent Troll-Favored Eastern District of Texas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Apple has confirmed its plans to close retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas -- a move that will allow the company to better protect itsel...
09:35 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot A Philosopher Argues That an AI Can't Be an Artist
Sean Dorrance Kelly, a philosophy professor at Harvard, writes for MIT Technology Review: Human creative achievement, because of the way it is socially embedded, will not succumb to advances in artifi...
08:55 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot 'Netflix Is the Most Intoxicating Portal To Planet Earth'
Instead of trying to sell American ideas to a foreign audience, it's aiming to sell international ideas to a global audience. From an op-ed: In 2016, the company expanded to 190 countries, and last ye...
08:15 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Linus Torvalds on Why ARM Won't Win the Server Space
Linus Torvalds: I can pretty much guarantee that as long as everybody does cross-development, the platform won't be all that stable. Or successful. Some people think that "the cloud" means that the in...
07:35 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Norwich's Fortnite Live Festival Was a Complete Disaster
An anonymous reader shares a report: A festival designed to recreate Fortnite on the outskirts of Norwich has, somewhat predictably, not lived up to expectations. Event organisers flogged 2500 tickets...
06:57 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Inside Elizabeth Holmes's Chilling Final Months at Theranos
In the final months of Theranos, before the blood testing start-up was debunked and its founders charged with fraud, then-CEO Elizabeth Holmes brought a puppy, who she insisted was a wolf to others, w...
06:16 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Lessons From Six Software Rewrite Stories
A new take on the age-old question: Should you rewrite your application from scratch, or is that "the single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make"? Turns out there are more than ...
05:30 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Programming Books You Wish You Had Read Earlier?
A blog post from developer turned writer Marty Jacobs caught my attention earlier this morning. In the post, Jacobs has listed some of the programming books he says he had discovered and read much soo...
04:50 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Test Shows Facebook Begins Collecting Data From Several Popular Apps Seconds After Users Start Consuming Them. Company Also Collects Data of Non-Facebook Users.
Millions of smartphone users confess their most intimate secrets to apps. Unbeknown to most people, in many cases that data is being shared with someone else: Facebook. [Editor's note: the link may be...
04:05 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Cooking Sunday Roast Causes Indoor Pollution 'Worse Than Delhi'
pgmrdlm writes: Cooking a Sunday roast can drive indoor air pollution far above the levels found in the most polluted cities on Earth, scientists have said. Researchers found that roasting meat and ve...
03:21 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Linux Users Are Unable To Manage Their Apple ID on Applecom
For some reason, Apple's website where you can manage your Apple ID (appleid.apple.com) is blocking users of Linux browsers from accessing it. From a report: Having access to the website is important ...
02:41 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot A Third of All Chrome Extensions Request Access To User Data on Any Site
More than a third of all Google Chrome extensions ask users for permission to access and read all their data on any website, a recent survey conducted by US cyber-security firm Duo Labs of over 120,00...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Former Facebook Employees Say The Company's Prioritization Of Privacy is About Optics
Last May, Facebook promised to launch a "Clear History" feature that it said would give users more control over their data. 9 months later it's nowhere to be found and now a report claims that it's a ...
11:00 am - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Will Shut Down Its Spyware VPN App Onavo
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook will end its unpaid market research programs and proactively take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play store in the wake of backlash foll...
08:00 am - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Israel Launches Spacecraft To the Moon
The first privately funded mission to land on the moon took one giant step forward this evening as an Israeli spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. "[I]f the mission is successful, it w...
05:17 am - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Videos Could Get Demonetized If They Have 'Inappropriate Comments'
In response to a mother's inquiry into why her son's gymnastics videos were deemed not advertiser friendly, YouTube said on Twitter it has "taken a number of actions to better protect the YouTube comm...
03:30 am - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot China's CRISPR Twins Might Have Had Their Brains Inadvertently Enhanced
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: The brains of two genetically-edited girls born in China last year may have been changed in ways that enhance cognition and memory, scie...
02:10 am - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Waymo Self-Driving Cars Can Now Obey Police Hand Signals
In the event that a traffic light is not working, Waymo's self-driving cars will now be able to use AI to detect and respond to the arm movements of a traffic cop as they wave traffic through an inter...
01:30 am - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Will End Forced Arbitration For Employees
Google said it will no longer require current and future staff to go through mandatory arbitration for disputes with the company. "The change goes into effect on March 21," reports CNET. "The search g...
12:50 am - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Plans To Roll Out Its 5G Mobile Network In 30 Cities This Year
Verizon has announced plans to turn on its 5G mobile network in 30 U.S. cities this year. "It revealed the plan during an investor meeting Thursday, though didn't disclose the list of cities," reports...
12:10 am - Fri, February 22, 2019
Slashdot Experts Find Serious Problems With Switzerland's Online Voting System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Switzerland made headlines this month for the transparency of its internet voting system when it launched a public penetration test and bug bounty...
11:30 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Consumer Reports No Longer Recommends the Tesla Model 3
Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of the Tesla Model 3, citing reliability issues with the car. "Tesla buyers are more likely to be satisfied with their car than customers of any other br...
10:50 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Unearthed Emails Show Google, Ad Giants Know They Break Privacy Laws
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Register: Privacy warriors have filed fresh evidence in their ongoing battle against real-time web ad exchange systems, which campaigners claim trample over Europe's d...
10:10 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot American Airlines Has Cameras In Their Screens Too
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: A viral photo showing a camera in a Singapore Airlines in-flight TV display recently caused an uproar online. The image was retweeted hundreds o...
09:30 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Queensland, Australia Drivers Set To Get Emoji Number Plates
The unusual move is set to be rolled out by Personalised Plates Queensland (PPQ) from next month, allowing drivers to adorn their number plates with a touch of emotion. From a report: Royal Automobile...
08:50 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Nike Bricks Its Shoes With a Faulty Firmware Update
AmiMoJo writes: Nike users are experiencing some technical difficulties in the wild world of connected footwear. Nike's $350 "Adapt BB" sneakers are the latest in the company's line of self-lacing sho...
08:11 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Right To Repair Legislation Is Officially Being Considered In Canada
Canada is the newest frontier in the fight for the "right to repair" after an Ontario politician introduced a bill on Thursday that would ensure individuals and independent professionals can repair br...
07:31 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Continued To Identify Users Who Are Interested in Nazis -- and Then Used the Info To Let Advertisers Target Them, Investigation Finds
An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook makes money by charging advertisers to reach just the right audience for their message -- even when that audience is made up of people interested in the p...
06:50 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Japan Wants To Boost the Use of Electric Vehicles as a Power Source During Natural Disasters
Japan, a country which frequently suffers natural calamities such as tsunamis, typhoons, and earthquakes is looking to further harness the power of batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) during suc...
06:10 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Amazon To Fund Computer Science Classes at 1,000 US High Schools
Amazon said its Future Engineer program will fund computer science classes at more than 1,000 high schools in all 50 states by this fall. From a report: This is a rapid expansion for the program that ...
05:26 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Earth's Atmosphere Extends Much Farther Than Previously Thought
Contrary to general belief that Earth's atmosphere stops a bit over 62 miles from the surface, a new study based on observations made over two decades ago by the joint US-European Solar and Heliospher...
04:45 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Google Researchers Say Software Alone Can't Mitigate Spectre Chip Flaws
A group of researchers say that it will be difficult to avoid Spectre bugs in the future unless CPUs are dramatically overhauled. From a report: Google researchers say that software alone is not enoug...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Linux Foundation Launches ELISA, an Open Source Project For Building Safety-Critical Systems
The Linux Foundation today launched Enabling Linux in Safety Applications (ELISA), an open source project comprising tools intended to help companies build and certify Linux-based systems whose failur...
03:28 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Pinterest Cracks Down on Anti-Vaxxers, Pressuring Facebook To Follow
Social network Pinterest has taken a big step to stop the spread of false content that is damaging people's health, which could put pressure on competitors to follow. From a report: Pinterest said Wed...
02:44 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Dressed Horses Like Zebras To Figure Out Why They Have Stripes
Why do zebras have stripes? From a report: Evolutionary biologists have proposed many possible theories, such as camouflage or vision aids for recognizing individual zebras. But in recent years, pest ...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Claims a Fighter of Pirated Apps is a Front For Ad Fraud
A company that claims to combat app piracy is a pirate itself, according to a report Oracle released this week. From a report: Oracle claims the company, Tapcore, has been perpetrating a massive ad fr...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Montana Legislator Introduces Bills To Give His State His Own Science
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The legislator in question is Republican Joe Read, who represents an area north of Missoula, home of many fine scientists at the University of Mo...
10:00 am - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Severe Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Popular Password Managers
chiefcrash shares a report from ZDNet: Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) published an assessment on Tuesday with the results of testing with several popular password managers, including LastPass a...
07:00 am - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot NASA Eyes Colossal Cracks In Ice Shelf Near Antarctic Station
NASA is keeping an eye on the Brunt Ice Shelf, home to the British Antarctic Survey's Halley VI Research Station, which has growing cracks that are threatening to unload an iceberg soon. "NASA/USGS La...
03:30 am - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Israel To Launch First Privately Funded Moon Mission
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A team of Israeli scientists is to launch what will be the first privately funded mission to land on the moon this week, sending a spacecraft to ...
02:10 am - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Cybersecurity Expert Questions Existence of Embedded Camera On SIA's Inflight Entertainment Systems
Vitaly Kamluk, an information security expert and a high-ranking executive of cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, went on Twitter with concerns about an embedded camera in Singapore Airlines' (SIA) i...
01:30 am - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Britain and Germany Will Not Ban Huawei, Citing Lack of Spying Evidence
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes from a report via Reuters: Despite persistent U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying, Britain said it is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecom...
12:50 am - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Expected To Reveal Game Streaming Service At GDC In March
Google has sent out invites to this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC) press event, where the company is expected to unveil a new game streaming product. ExtremeTech reports: There have been rumo...
12:10 am - Thu, February 21, 2019
Slashdot Vox Lawyers Briefly Censored YouTubers Who Mocked the Verge's Bad PC Build Video
An anonymous reader writes: In case you missed the latest drama to take place in the YouTube tech community, Ars Technica reports how Vox Media attempted to copyright strike two reaction videos that m...
11:30 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot A Psion Palmtop Successor Has Arrived and It Runs Android and Linux
dryriver writes: A lot of people probably remember the 1990s palmtop computers made by Psion fondly. The clamshell-design palmtops were pocketable, black and white, but had a working stylus and a fant...
10:50 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Are We Ready For 5G Phones?
Next-generation 5G networks are very much in their infancy right now, but that's not stopping smartphone manufacturers from teasing new 5G phones. At Samsung's Galaxy S10 launch event today, Samsung t...
10:11 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Disney, Nestle, and Others Are Pulling YouTube Ads Following Child Exploitation Controversy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Disney is said to have pulled its advertising spending from YouTube, joining other companies including Nestle, after a blogger detailed how comments...
09:30 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Now Lets Android Users Block Background Collection of Location Data
Facebook has rolled out an update to Android users that gives them a greater degree of control over the sharing of location data with the social network. From a report: Specifically, the update makes ...
08:50 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Employees and Contractors Expose Information Online in 98 Percent of Organizations
An anonymous reader shares a report: Employees and contractors are exposing confidential and sensitive information online and in the cloud in some 98 percent of organizations. This is found primarily ...
08:10 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Announces Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E Smartphones
On the sidelines of the Galaxy Fold announcement, Samsung today also unveiled the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E -- the latest iteration of its flagship Android offering. The Samsung Gal...
07:30 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Announces the Galaxy Fold, a Phone That Opens Into a Tablet
At an event today, Samsung unveiled its foldable smartphone. It's called the Galaxy Fold, and it sports dual screens: one that folds in half like a notebook, and another that works just like any other...
06:45 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Edge Lets Facebook Run Flash Code Behind Users' Backs
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's Edge browser contains a secret whitelist that lets Facebook run Adobe Flash code behind users' backs. The whitelist allows Facebook's Flash content to bypass Ed...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk: Bitcoin Structure is Brilliant, But Has Its Cons; Paper Money is Going Away
Elon Musk, who among other things, is a pioneer in the payments industry, has weighed in on one of the most divisive topics in finance today: Bitcoin. In a podcast with Cathie Wood of ARK Invest, Musk...
05:30 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Says Discovers Hacking Targeting Democratic Institutions in Europe
Microsoft said today it had discovered hacking targeting democratic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations in Europe and plans to offer a cyber security service to several countries to...
04:56 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Google Says the Built-in Microphone it Never Told Nest Users About Was 'Never Supposed To Be a Secret'
An anonymous reader shares a report: In early February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update. Users, the company said, could now enable its v...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Lightsaber Dueling Registered as Official Sport in France
It's now easier than ever in France to act out Star Wars fantasies. The country's fencing federation has officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the weapon from Georg...
03:25 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot CERN's World-First Browser Reborn: Now You Can Browse Like It's 1990
A team at Switzerland-based research center CERN has rebuilt WorldWideWeb, the world's first browser created in 1990 for its researchers. From a report: Earlier this month a group of developers and de...
02:41 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Logitech is Relaunching the MX518 Gaming Mouse
From a report: Logitech has announced it is bringing back the "legendary" (the company's word, not mine) MX518 gaming mouse. The announcement says "many consider [it] to be the finest gaming mouse of ...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Target Combining iPhone, iPad and Mac Apps by 2021: Report
Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg: Apple wants to make it easier for software coders to create tools, games and other applications for its main devices in one fell swoop -- an overhaul designed to ...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm Urges US Regulators To Reverse Course, Ban Some iPhones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Qualcomm is urging U.S. trade regulators to reverse a judge's ruling and ban the import of some Apple iPhones in a long-running patent fight between t...
11:06 am - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Target Combining iPhone, iPad and Mac Apps by 2021: Report
Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg: Apple wants to make it easier for software coders to create tools, games and other applications for its main devices in one fell swoop -- an overhaul designed to ...
10:00 am - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Proposed Bill Would Force Arizonians To Pay $250 To Have Their DNA Added To a Database
technology_dude writes: One by one, thresholds are being crossed where the collection and storage of personal data is accepted as routine. Being recorded by cameras at business locations, in public tr...
07:00 am - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Neuroscientists Say They've Found An Entirely New Form of Neural Communication
Scientists think they've identified a previously unknown form of neural communication that self-propagates across brain tissue, and can leap wirelessly from neurons in one section of brain tissue to a...
03:30 am - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot FDA Warns Against Using Young Blood As Medical Treatment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday against using plasma infusions from young blood donors to ward off the effects of normal aging as wel...
02:50 am - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 Modem Is the 4G/5G Solution We've Been Waiting For
Qualcomm has unveiled its latest 5G modem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55. The chip is the company's second-generation 5G modem and successor to the Snapdragon X50 that was announced back in 2017. "Headl...
02:10 am - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot China Has Abandoned a Cybersecurity Truce With the US, Report Says
Cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike says China has largely abandoned a hacking truce negotiated by Barack Obama as President Trump embarked on a trade war with Beijing last year. "A slowdown in Chinese hac...
01:30 am - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot 'Samsung's One UI Is the Best Software It's Ever Put On a Smartphone'
In preparation for the Galaxy S10 launch event tomorrow, The Verge's Dieter Bohn writes about the new "One UI" software that will run on these new phones. After testing the software on a Galaxy S9 for...
12:50 am - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot How Streaming Music Could Be Harming the Planet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Current digital technology gives us flawless music quality without physical deterioration. Music is easy to copy and upload, and can be streamed onlin...
12:10 am - Wed, February 20, 2019
Slashdot Grand Canyon Visitors May Have Been Exposed To Radiation For Years
joeflies writes: Park safety manager Elston Stephenson provides details about buckets of uranium that exposed visitors to radiation, and the subsequent cover up. The radiation was detected by a teenag...
11:30 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Hollywood Tries To Cripple Several Alleged Pirate TV Services In One Lawsuit
The major Hollywood movie studios last week filed a copyright infringement suit against Omniverse One World Television Inc., which provides streaming video to several online TV services. Omniverse cla...
10:50 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder
The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an interview with the BBC. From the report: Ren Zhengfei, founder and president of Huawei, described the arrest of his...
10:10 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot House Opens Inquiry Into Proposed US Nuclear Venture In Saudi Arabia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: President Trump's former national security adviser and other White House officials pushed a venture to bring nuclear power plants to Saudi ...
09:30 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Linux Subsystem Files To Become Accessible via Windows File Explorer
One of Windows Subsystem for Linux's more annoying tricks is it's hard to get at your Linux files from Windows. From a report: Oh, you can do it, but you take a real chance of ruining the files. To qu...
08:50 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Middle-Age Men Who Can Do 40 Push-Ups Have Lower Heart Disease Risk, Study Finds
A new study finds that active middle aged men who can do more than 40 push-ups at a time have a significantly lower risk of heart disease. From a report: Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of...
08:10 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Trump Directs Pentagon To Create Space Force Legislation for Congress
President Donald Trump signed a directive on Tuesday that ordered the Department of Defense to create a Space Force as a sixth military branch. From a report: With a directive signed Tuesday, Mr. Trum...
07:46 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Trump Directs Pentagon To Create Space Force Legislation for Congress
President Donald Trump signed a directive on Tuesday that ordered the Department of Defense to create a Space Force as a sixth military branch. From a report: With a directive signed Tuesday, Mr. Trum...
07:35 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Analysis of Four-Day Working Week Trial by a New Zealand Financial Services Company Finds Staff Were Happier and 20% More Productive
AmiMoJo shares a report: The founder of one of the first big companies to switch to a four-day working week has called on others to follow, claiming it has resulted in a 20% increase in productivity, ...
06:46 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Google's Waymo Risks Repeating Silicon Valley's Most Famous Blunder
An anonymous reader shares a report: Everyone in Silicon Valley knows the story of Xerox inventing the modern personal computer in the 1970s and then failing to commercialize it effectively. Yet one o...
06:05 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Timeline Extension For Google Chrome
Microsoft has released an official Timeline extension for Google Chrome called "Web Activities" that brings Timeline integration to Google's web browser. From a report: Just like with Microsoft Edge, ...
05:25 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Newest Macs Seem To Have a Serious Audio Bug
An anonymous reader writes: Apple's new Mac products might have a serious audio glitch for professional users. The company's newest Mac products with its T2 security chip suffer from a software-relate...
04:48 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Google Launches New .dev TLD
Google Registry today announced .dev, a brand new top-level domain (TLD) that's dedicated to developers and technology. From a report: The new .dev TLD comes after the company launched .app and .page,...
04:02 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Android Q May Change the Back Button To a Gesture
Android's back button might be going away entirely, replaced with a quick swipe to the left from the home button. From a report: XDA Developers has been digging into a leaked, early set of code from t...
03:21 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot You Have Around 20 Minutes To Contain a Russian APT Attack
When a Russian nation-state actor attacks a government or a private organization, they have about 20 minutes to detect and contain the attack. From a report: New statistics published today by US cyber...
02:41 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Programming Interview Questions Are Too Hard and Too Short
Programming interview questions can feel unnecessarily difficult. Sometimes they actually are, a new study has found. And this isn't just because they make interviews excessively stressful. The study ...
02:01 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot DC Cancels Comic Where Jesus Learns From Superhero After Outcry
AmiMoJo writes: A new comics series in which Jesus Christ is sent on "a most holy mission by God" to learn "what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind" from a superhero called Sun-Man, has been c...
12:30 pm - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Plans To Make 50% of Shipments Net Zero Carbon by 2030
Amazon says it hopes to make 50 percent of all shipments to customers with net zero carbon in the next 11 years as part of an initiative it's calling Shipment Zero. From a report: It also announced th...
11:00 am - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Emoji Are Showing Up in Court Cases Exponentially, and Courts Aren't Prepared
An anonymous reader shares a report: Bay Area prosecutors were trying to prove that a man arrested during a prostitution sting was guilty of pimping charges, and among the evidence was a series of Ins...
08:01 am - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Chinese and Iranian Hackers Renew Their Attacks on US Companies
Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in aggressive attacks by Iranian and Chinese hackers who security experts believe have been energized by President Trump's wi...
04:00 am - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Windows 7 Users: You Need SHA-2 Support or No Windows Updates After July 2019
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 users need to have SHA-2 code-signing installed by July 16, 2019, in order to continue to get Windows updates after that date. Microsoft issued that warning on Februa...
12:34 am - Tue, February 19, 2019
Slashdot Stop Saying, 'We Take Your Privacy and Security Seriously'
Security reporter Zack Whittaker writes: In my years covering cybersecurity, there's one variation of the same lie that floats above the rest. "We take your privacy and security seriously." You might ...
10:05 pm - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot Apple Plans To Launch an 'All-New' 16-inch MacBook Pro and 32-inch 6K Monitor This Year, Says Report
Apple is planning an "all-new" MacBook Pro design for this year, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said. From a report: The lineup is reportedly led by a model with a screen of between 16 and 16...
09:05 pm - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot Deep Learning May Need a New Programming Language That's More Flexible Than Python, Facebook's Chief AI Scientist Says
Deep learning may need a new programming language that's more flexible and easier to work with than Python, Facebook AI Research director Yann LeCun said today. From an interview: It's not yet clear i...
08:10 pm - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Cancels The Punisher and Jessica Jones, Ending its Marvel Shows
An anonymous reader shares a report: Netflix is officially no longer producing Marvel's live-action shows. The streaming service has canceled both The Punisher and Jessica Jones, according to Deadline...
07:12 pm - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot How Badly is Google Books Search Broken, and Why?
An anonymous reader shares a blog post: It appears that when you use a year constraint on book search, the search index has dramatically constricted to the point of being, essentially, broken. Here's ...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot Return To Sender: High Court To Hear Undeliverable Mail Case
New submitter bluekloud shares a report: Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution for mail that gets returned as undeliverable, a common problem for businesses that send lots of letter...
05:04 pm - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot Huawei's Efforts To Steal Apple Trade Secrets Include Employee Bonus Program and Other Dubious Tactics: Report
In a report published Monday, The Information [paywalled] has detailed tactics used by China's Huawei to steal Apple's trade secrets. These tactics include Huawei engineers appealing to Apple's third-...
04:01 pm - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot The Weird Rise of Cyber Funerals
Thanks to recent changes to privacy legislation in Europe and South Korea aimed at protecting the living, we now have more power than ever over our personal information -- even from beyond the grave. ...
03:04 pm - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot Australia's Major Political Parties Targeted by 'Sophisticated State Actor', Prime Minister Says
Australia's major political parties have been targeted by a "sophisticated state actor", according to Scott Morrison (Prime Minister of Australia), as part of a breach of the Parliament House computer...
02:03 pm - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot Major Games Publishers Are Feeling The Impact Of Peaking Attention
Some analysis from research firm MIDiA: Earlier this month Electronic Arts (EA) reported disappointing quarterly results, now Activision has laid off nearly 800 staff, mostly in marketing and sales. A...
11:30 am - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot Goldman Sachs Asks: 'Is Curing Patients a Sustainable Business Model?'
Goldman Sachs analysts attempted to address a touchy subject for biotech companies, especially those involved in the pioneering "gene therapy" treatment: cures could be bad for business in the long ru...
09:30 am - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot YouTube To Blame For Rise in Flat Earth Believers, Says Study
According to research, almost everyone who believes in flat Earth theory got started on YouTube. From a report: Asheley Landrum is an assistant professor of science communication at Texas Tech Univers...
06:30 am - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot India, the World's Second Largest Internet Market, Is Turning Its Back on Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, India has wanted foreign companies to thrive in the country. When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014, one of its early major pushes was...
03:30 am - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot 'No, You Can't Ignore Email. It's Rude.'
Yes, we're all overwhelmed with email. One recent survey suggested that the average American's inbox has 199 unread messages. But volume isn't an excuse for not replying. Ignoring email is an act of i...
01:00 am - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot 'Digital Gangster' Facebook Intentionally and Knowingly Violated UK Privacy and Competition Rules, British Lawmakers Say
British lawmakers on Sunday accused Facebook of having "intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws" in the country, and they called for investigations into the so...
12:18 am - Mon, February 18, 2019
Slashdot Researcher Scans All IP Addresses of Austria, Finds a Ton of Things That Shouldn't Be Online
Christian Haschek scanned the entire Austrian IP space and found IP cameras, printers, and industrial control systems and a range of other devices that should not be online.Read more of this story at ...
11:09 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot Google Fixing Chrome API To Prevent Incognito Mode Detection
AmiMoJo writes: When browsing the web with Google Chrome, some sites are using a method to determine if a visitor is in a regular browsing session or in incognito mode. As this can be considered a bre...
10:12 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot House Bill Requires Pornography Filter on All Phones, Computers Purchased in Kansas
Two bills introduced in the Kansas House on Wednesday generate funding for human trafficking programs by requiring all new internet-capable telephones or computers sold in the state to feature anti-po...
09:10 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot Razer Game Store Closing Feb 28, Less Than Year After Launch
The Razer Game Store will close on February 28 at 1am PST, the company announced in a blog post. This comes less than a year after its launch last April. From a report: The shutdown is part of "the co...
08:11 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot New York Mayor Says Amazon Headquarters Debacle Was 'an Abuse of Corporate Power'
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is still upset that Amazon isn't coming to New York. De Blasio attacked the company Sunday for canceling plans to build a second headquarters in Queens last week. From a ...
07:16 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot How TV Pirates Accidentally Pushed a 25-Year-Old Indie Song to the Top of the Charts in Japan
Last week, an alt-rock mystery puzzled the music press. Almost 25 years after its release, the Dinosaur Jr. song "Over Your Shoulder" appeared at number 18 on Japan's Hot 100 chart, beating out major ...
06:04 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot Germany Sees Big Rise in Security Problems Affecting Infrastructure
Germany has experienced a big increase in the number of security incidents hitting critical infrastructure such as power grids and water suppliers, the BSI cybersecurity agency said on Sunday, adding ...
05:05 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot The Complicated Economy of Open Source Software
An excerpt from a report, which looks at the complicated business of funding open source software development: On the surface, the open source software community has never been better. Companies and g...
04:01 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot India, the World's Second Largest Internet Market, Is Turning Its Back on Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, India has wanted foreign companies to thrive in the country. When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014, one of its early major pushes was...
03:01 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot Bill and Melinda Gates: Textbooks Are Becoming Obsolete
Reader theodp writes: Thanks to software, Bill and Melinda Gates report in their 2019 Annual Letter, textbooks are becoming obsolete. Bill writes: "I read more than my share of textbooks. But it's a p...
02:01 pm - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot Google Backtracks on Chrome Modifications That Would Have Crippled Ad Blockers
Google has changed its stance on upcoming Chrome Manifest V3 changes as benchmark shows they lied about performance hit. Catalin Cimpanu, writing for ZDNet: A study analyzing the performance of Chrome...
11:34 am - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot Why Some US Cities are Fighting 'Dollar Stores'
The Washington Post reports on why some U.S. cities are restricting the spread of discount "dollar stores":Residents fear the stores deter other business, especially in neighborhoods without grocers o...
08:34 am - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot 1,100 Schools Now Scan Social Media For Violent Students - and Alcohol Use
In the hunt for potential acts of student violence, "schools are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence-backed solutions," reports USA Today.Bark Technologies, Gaggle.Net, and Securly Inc. ar...
05:34 am - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot Relative's DNA Solves A 1993 Murder Cold Case
A 44-year-old living in Maine has just been arrested and charged with committing a murder when he was 18, the Washington Post reports:The April 1993 slaying of Sophie Sergie, an Alaska Native, was one...
02:34 am - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Becomes 'A Haven For the Anti-Vaccination Movement'
"As a disturbing number of measles outbreaks crop up around the United States, Facebook is facing challenges combating widespread misinformation about vaccinations on its platform," reported the Washi...
12:39 am - Sun, February 17, 2019
Slashdot NASA's Plans To Build A Human Settlement on The Moon
Nine private spaceflight companies are bidding on contracts to deliver robotic NASA payloads to the moon -- and Thursday NASA said they'd like them to start flying "this calendar year." Discover magaz...
11:39 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Star of Film 'Downfall' and Widespread 'Hitler Finds Out...' Meme, Dead At 77
The Guardian reports: Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who played Adolf Hitler in the film Downfall, has died in Zurich at the age of 77, his agent announced. The actor became internationally renowned for ...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Lobbyists Demonize 'Right To Repair' Legislation
"New Hampshire lawmakers got an early taste last week of the arguments that manufacturing, technology and telecommunications lobbyists will use to try to hobble and defeat right to repair legislation ...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Bruce Perens Calls For Open Source, Security, and Data Rights In IBM Ad
Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond -- and he's also Slashdot reader #3872. Bruce Perens writes: Here's the IBM ad used to open their Think 2019 conference, featuring ...
09:04 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot What Can We Learn From The Retraction of the Mediterranean Diet Study?
Remember that landmark 2013 study that found that people on a Mediterranean diet had a 30% lower chance of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease than people on low-fat diets? An a...
08:37 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Misleading Results From Widely-Used Machine-Learning Data Analysis Techniques
Long-time Slashdot reader kbahey writes: The increased reliance on machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyze data, is producing results that are misleading and often compl...
07:39 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Report That Tesla Autopilot Cuts Crashes By 40% Called 'Bogus'
Remember when America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported Tesla's Autopilot reduced crashes by 40%? Two years later the small research and consulting firm Quality Control Systems...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Intel Starts Publishing Open-Source Linux Driver Code For Discrete GPUs
fstack writes: Intel is still a year out from releasing their first discrete graphics processors, but the company has begun publishing their open-source Linux GPU driver code. This week they began by ...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Hoaxer Behind 2,400 Fake Bomb Threats Caught After Gaming Site Breach
20-year-old Timothy Dalton Vaughn from Winston-Salem, N.C now faces 80 years in federal prison, reports KrebsOnSecurity.com:Federal authorities this week arrested a North Carolina man who allegedly ra...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Free Software Foundation: Dating Is a Free Software Issue
"I've been making the argument that everything is a free software issue for a few months now," writes the campaigns manager for the Free Software Foundation, in a new essay sharing thoughts on "the is...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Hundreds Still Live In The 'Exclusion Zone' Around Chernobyl
This weekend the BBC reports on the site of the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion -- where "robotic cranes are dismantling 33-year-old, radioactive wreckage" -- investigating an area of more than 4,00...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Academics Confirm Major Predictive Policing Algorithm Is Fundamentally Flawed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Last week, Motherboard published an investigation which revealed that law enforcement agencies around the country are using PredPol -- a predictiv...
10:00 am - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Chicago Mayor Releases Roadmap For Transitioning To 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2035
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual has released a roadmap for transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2035 and to an electric Chicago Transit Authority bus fleet by 2040. The move is especially noteworthy a...
07:00 am - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Gravitational Wave Detectors Upgraded To Hunt For 'Extreme Cosmic Events'
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) facilities, residing in Washington and Louisiana, will be upgraded via grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, UK Research and ...
03:30 am - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Are Working With NASA To See If Comedians Help Team Cohesion On Long Space Missions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: [R]esearchers have found that the success of a future mission to the red planet may depend on the ship having a class clown. "These are people th...
02:10 am - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot New Drug Rapidly Repairs Age-Related Memory Loss, Improves Mood
A team of Canadian scientists has developed a fascinating new experimental drug that is purported to result in rapid improvements to both mood and memory following extensive animal testing. It's hoped...
01:30 am - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's New Galaxy Tab S5e Is Its Lightest and Thinnest Tablet Ever
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Tab S5e, its lightest and thinnest tablet ever made. "At $399, it's not only far more affordable than the flagship $649 Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, it's arguably surpassed i...
12:50 am - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot 18,000 Android Apps Track Users By Violating Advertising ID Policies
18,000 Android apps with tens or hundreds of millions of installs on the Google Play Store have been found to violate Google's Play Store Advertising ID policy guidance by collecting persistent device...
12:10 am - Sat, February 16, 2019
Slashdot Even Years Later, Twitter Doesn't Delete Your Direct Messages
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Twitter retains direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been d...
11:30 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Huge Study Finds Professors' Attitudes Affect Students' Grades
A huge study at Indiana University, led by Elizabeth Canning, finds that the attitudes of instructors affect the grades their students earned in classes. The researchers conducted their study by sendi...
10:50 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Samsung To Stop Making 4K Blu-Ray Players, Report Says
According to a report from Forbes, Samsung may be exiting the 4K Blu-ray player market. "After launching its first 4K players in 2017, the company didn't add any new players to its lineup in 2018," re...
10:10 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot US Labor Organization AFL-CIO Urges Game Developers To Unionize In Open Letter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gamasutra: In the wake of Activision Blizzard's massive layoff wave, a move that was announced in the same call as the company's record quarter, the union fede...
09:32 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot GAO Gives Congress Go-ahead For a GDPR-like Privacy Legislation
An independent report authored by a US government auditing agency has recommended that Congress develop internet data privacy legislation to enhance consumer protections, similar to the EU's General D...
08:55 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot US Investigators Probing Years of WikiLeaks Activities, Report Says
WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are the subject of a long-running criminal investigation in the U.S., Reuters reported on Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter. Investigators have d...
08:19 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Robot Squeezes Suspected Nuclear Fuel Debris in Fukushima Reactor
A robot outfitted with remotely controlled pinchers poked at debris that's suspected to contain molten nuclear fuel at the bottom of one of Fukushima's nuclear reactors, World Nuclear News reports. Fr...
07:33 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Copyright Office Refuses Registration for 'Fresh Prince' Star Alfonso Ribeiro's "Carlton Dance"
The U.S. Copyright Office is skeptical about Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro's ownership claim over the signature "Carlton Dance," which became famous after a 1991 episode of the Will Sm...
06:56 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot An Insect-bot Mimics Desert Ants by Looking at the Sky To Navigate
From a report: A new robot can navigate without GPS, using the same light-sensing abilities as desert ants. Desert ants survive in searingly hot conditions in the Sahara. They sometimes have just a fe...
06:15 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Will Pay $0 in Federal Taxes on $11.2 Billion Profits
Those wondering how many zeros Amazon, which is valued at nearly $800 billion, has to pay in federal taxes might be surprised to learn that its check to the IRS will read exactly $0.00. From a report:...
05:35 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot NASA's SPHEREx Mission Will Investigate the Origins of the Universe
NASA announced this week that it will create the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer: SPHEREx for short. It'll look at how our universe has chan...
04:55 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Venezuela's Government Appears To be Trying To Hack Activists With Phishing Pages
Hackers allegedly working for the embattled Venezuelan government tried to trick activists into giving away their passwords to popular services such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and others, according ...
04:15 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Social Network Minds.com CEO and Founder Bill Ottman a Question
As you may have noticed, Facebook is not cool anymore. The social juggernaut has been mired in controversies -- infamous privacy scandals or company's ruthless "grow fast and break things" approach to...
03:30 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Visa, Mastercard Mull Increasing Fees For Processing Transactions: Report
Visa and Mastercard, the two biggest U.S. card networks, are preparing to increase certain fees levied on U.S. merchants for processing transactions that will kick in this April, the Wall Street Journ...
02:50 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot After Calls For an Edit Button, Twitter Says it is Considering a 'Clarification' Feature
Despite years-long calls from power users for an "edit" button, Twitter is considering how it could enable 'clarifications' of tweets, CEO Jack Dorsey said Thursday at Goldman Sachs' tech conference i...
02:15 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Nvidia CEO Foresees a Great Year for PC Gaming Laptops
Nvidia has predicted that the year ahead would be a good one for the company, with demand for laptop gaming gear remaining strong. From a report: Looking forward, Huang said it would be a big year for...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Settlement With FTC Could Run Into the Billions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are discussing a settlement over privacy violations that could amount to a record, multibillion-d...
10:00 am - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot 8-Character Windows NTLM Passwords Can Be Cracked In Under 2.5 Hours
HashCat, an open-source password recovery tool, can now crack an eight-character Windows NTLM password hash in less than 2.5 hours. "Current password cracking benchmarks show that the minimum eight ch...
07:00 am - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel Released After Sixteen Years
Slashdot reader Drakster writes: Hollywood producer and writer James Cameron, who is best known for his first two Terminator films, Titanic, Avatar, and Aliens, has released his most recent film this ...
03:30 am - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Renewables Will Be World's Main Power Source By 2040, Says BP
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: In a not-too-distant future, renewable energy becomes the world's biggest source of power generation. A quarter of the distances that humans travel by ve...
02:00 am - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Common Weed Killer Glyphosate Increases Risk of Cancer By 41 Percent, Study Says
A broad new scientific analysis of the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate herbicides, the most widely used weedkilling products in the world, has found that people with high exposures to the popul...
01:20 am - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could Android and iOS Become Popular Desktop Operating Systems?
dryriver writes: For many older people, you use Windows, macOS, or Linux on the desktop, and Android or iOS on mobile devices. Nobody is screaming for an Android desktop PC or an iOS 17.3-inch laptop ...
12:40 am - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Year-Over-Year Smartwatch Sales Jumped By 61% In the US Last Year
New research from The NPD Group reveals that the smartwatch market overall is growing at an impressive rate and that the Apple Watch remains the best-selling wearable on the market. "Specifically, yea...
12:03 am - Fri, February 15, 2019
Slashdot Insurance Giant Allstate Buys Independent Phone Repair Company, Joins Right To Repair Movement
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Allstate, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, just made a curious purchase. Through its subsidiary SquareTrade, the insur...
11:20 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Opera Shows Off Its Smart New Redesign That's Just Like All the Other Browsers
Opera has unveiled a major redesign for its browser that's expected to ship in version 59. As Peter Bright writes via Ars Technica, "the new appearance adopts the same square edges and clean lines tha...
10:40 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot The LG G8 Has a Vibrating OLED Screen For a Speaker
LG's next upcoming flagship smartphone is the LG G8, which is expected to debut at Mobile World Congress at the end of the month. While much of the phone is similar to last year's model, LG yesterday ...
10:03 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Who Stole 620 Million Records Strikes Again, Stealing 127 Million More
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A hacker who stole close to 620 million user records from 16 websites has stolen another 127 million records from eight more websites, TechCrunch h...
09:25 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot New AI Fake Text Generator May Be Too Dangerous To Release, Say Creators
An anonymous reader shares a report: The creators of a revolutionary AI system that can write news stories and works of fiction -- dubbed "deepfakes for text" -- have taken the unusual step of not rel...
08:45 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot No Link Between Violent Video Games and Increased Aggression in Teens, Study Finds
A new study from the Oxford Internet Institute claims to have found no link between time spent playing violent video games, and increased aggressive behavior teen teenagers. From a report: Published i...
08:07 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Security Keeps a Detailed 'Lookout' List of Threats, Including Users and Former Employees, and Can Track Their Location
An anonymous reader shares a report: In early 2018, a Facebook user made a public threat on the social network against one of the company's offices in Europe. Facebook picked up the threat, pulled the...
07:21 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot 'This Person Does Not Exist' Website Uses AI To Create Realistic Yet Horrifying Faces
A website that uses AI -- Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) -- to generate photos of people who do not exist is circulating on social media and forums this week. A news writeup adds: Every time t...
06:41 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Developers Accuse Sony of 'Playing Favorites' With PS4's Cross-Platform Support
After years of fighting the idea, Sony announced last September it is finally bringing "cross-platform gameplay, progression, and commerce" to the PlayStation Network, with Fortnite as the first examp...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot JPMorgan Chase Announces JPM Coin, Becomes First Big US Bank With Own Cryptocurrency
J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called bitcoin a fraud in September 2017 and said, "You can't have a business where people can invent a currency out of thin air and think that people who are buying ...
05:20 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Campus
As expected, Amazon said on Thursday that it was canceling plans to build a corporate campus in New York City [The link may be paywalled; alternative source]. From a report: The company had planned to...
04:44 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot The Internet, Divided Between the US and China, Has Become a Battleground
The global internet is splitting in two. From a report: One side, championed in China, is a digital landscape where mobile payments have replaced cash. Smartphones are the devices that matter, and use...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Software Pirates Use Apple Tech To Put Hacked Apps on iPhones
Pirates used Apple's enterprise developer certificates to put out hacked versions of some major apps, a report said Thursday. From the report: Illicit software distributors such as TutuApp, Panda Help...
03:25 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Africa's Black Panthers Emerge From a Century in the Shadows
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's a scientific coup to warm the heart of any superhero fan: the first documented sightings of a black panther in Africa in about 100 years [Editor's note: the l...
02:48 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Open Source Project Aims To Make Ubuntu Usable on Arm-Powered Windows Laptops
A group of programmers and device hackers are working to bring proper support for Ubuntu to Arm-powered Windows laptops, starting with first-generation Snapdragon 835 systems, like the HP Envy x2 and ...
02:06 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Man With 3-D-Printed Gun Had Hit List of Lawmakers, US Says
A Dallas man was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday after the authorities caught him with a partially 3-D-printed rifle and what federal prosecutors described as a hit list of lawmakers i...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Smart Cat Shelter Uses AI To Let Strays Inside, Keep Dogs Out
"China's top search engine company Baidu made a smart cat shelter in Beijing that uses AI to verify when a cat is approaching and open its door," writes Slashdot reader AmiMoJo. "The cat shelter is he...
11:30 am - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Airbus Is Giving Up On the A380
"It's the end of the line for the biggest passenger jet ever built: the A380 is going to cease production," writes Slashdot reader Required Snark, citing a report from CNN. From the report: The Europe...
10:00 am - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Personal Information of 14.8 Million 500px Users Exposed In Security Breach
Photo-sharing service 500px has announced that it was the victim of a hack back in July 2018 and that personal data was exposed for all the roughly 14.8 million accounts that existed at the time. Peta...
07:00 am - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Your GPS Devices May Stop Working On April 6 If You Don't Or Can't Update Firmware
Zorro shares a report from The Register: Older satnavs and such devices won't be able to use America's Global Positioning System properly after April 6 unless they've been suitably updated or designed...
03:30 am - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Electric Car Batteries Might Be Worth Recycling, But Bus Batteries Aren't Yet
Iwastheone shares a report from Ars Technica: Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University published a paper in Nature Sustainability this week that looks at the emissions and economic costs associated...
02:10 am - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Has Saved Every Choice You've Ever Made In 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'
According to a technology policy researcher, Netflix records all the choices you make in Black Mirror's Bandersnatch episode. "Michael Veale, a technology policy researcher at University College Londo...
01:30 am - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Google Will Spend $13 Billion On US Real Estate In 2019
In a blog post today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company is building new data centers and offices and expanding several key locations across the U.S., spending $13 billion this year. CNBC repor...
12:50 am - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot Game of Thrones Hacker Worked With US Defector To Hack Air Force Employees of Iran
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed today espionage-related charges against a former U.S. Air Force service member who defected to Iran and helped t...
12:10 am - Thu, February 14, 2019
Slashdot How India's Single Time Zone Is Hurting Its People
"The BBC reports on the detrimental effects of all of India being in one time zone since British Colonial rule," writes Slashdot reader dryriver. From the report: India stretches 3,000km (1,864 miles)...
11:30 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Shlayer Malware Disables macOS Gatekeeper To Run Unsigned Payloads
A new variant of the multi-stage Shlayer malware known to target macOS users has been observed in the wild, now being capable to escalate privileges using a two-year-old technique and to disable the G...
10:50 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot The Stolen Equifax Data Has Never Been Found, Experts Suspect a Spy Scheme
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: On September 7, 2017, the world heard an alarming announcement from credit ratings giant Equifax: In a brazen cyber-attack, somebody had stolen sensitive...
10:10 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Google Play Store App Rejections Up 55% From Last Year, App Suspensions Up 66%
In a year-in-review announcement today, Google said Play Store app rejections went up 55% last year after the OS maker tightened up its app review process. From a report: Similarly, stats for app susp...
09:29 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot FCC Chairman Warns of 'Regulatory Intervention' as He Criticizes Carriers' Anti-Robocall Plans
The Federal Communications Commission will consider "regulatory intervention" if the major telecommunications carriers don't set up a system this year to stop spoofed robocalls, FCC chairman Ajit Pai ...
08:48 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Left To Their Own Devices, Pricing Algorithms Resort To Collusion
Reader schwit1 shares a report: When you're browsing online, who sets the prices? An algorithm, most likely. A study from 2015 showed that a third of all items on Amazon [PDF] had prices set by an alg...
08:09 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Most Online 'Terms of Service' Are Incomprehensible To Adults, Study Finds
Two law professors analyzed the sign-in terms and conditions of 500 popular US websites, including Google and Facebook, and found that more than 99 percent of them were "unreadable," far exceeding the...
07:28 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Concludes a 15-Year Mission
For more than 14 years, the Opportunity rover crawled up and down craters, snapped pictures of a strange landscape and revealed surprising glimpses into the distant past of Mars. On Wednesday, NASA an...
06:58 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Former Apple Lawyer Who Was Supposed To Keep Employees From Insider Trading Has Been Charged With Insider Trading
The SEC Wednesday charged a former Apple executive with insider trading. From a report: Gene Levoff, senior director of corporate law and corporate secretary until September, "traded on material nonpu...
06:10 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot China and India Lead the Way in Greening
hackingbear writes: The world is literally a greener place than it was twenty years ago, and data from NASA satellites has revealed a counterintuitive source for much of this new foliage. A new study ...
05:28 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot You Can Now Run Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 3
Raspberry Pi is finally ready for the full Windows 10 experience. From a report: A new installer lets you put Windows 10 on Arm, including the Pi. And it's made by the same people who got Windows 10 o...
04:45 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Swiss E-voting Trial Offers $150,000 in Bug Bounties To Hackers
The Swiss government is offering bug bounties of up to CHF 50,000 (around $50,000) to anyone who can expose vulnerabilities in its internet-based e-voting system in a test later this month. From a rep...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Wants Alexa To Read Blog Posts and Broadcast Church Sermons
Amazon's Alexa Skills Blueprints are free online templates that let you create custom Alexa tricks without needing to code. Now, the online retailer is giving those blueprints some new tricks of their...
03:25 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Google Plans Cheaper Smartphone To Draw Users Into Internet Empire
Google plans to unveil its first lower-priced smartphone this year as part of an aggressive push into hardware that it hopes will draw more users into its ecosystem, Nikkei Asian Review reported Wedne...
02:48 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Favourite Player's Injured? Get a Refund
An anonymous reader shares a report: Any sports fan will know, or at least appreciate, the disappointment of going to watch your team only to find that a top player has been left out. But what if you ...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot How Hard is it To Have a Conversation on Twitter? So Hard Even the CEO Can't Do It.
An anonymous reader shares a report: Twitter wants to be the place for the most important public conversations online. It still has some serious work to do. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Recode co-found...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot California Governor Proposes Digital Dividend Aimed At Big Tech
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a "digital dividend" that would let consumers share in the billions of dollars made by technology companie...
10:00 am - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot NASA Discovers Another Massive Crater Beneath the Ice In Greenland
According to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, NASA glaciologists found a crater thought to be more than 22 miles wide. "It is only 114 miles from the Hiawatha impact ...
07:00 am - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Announces That Raptor Engine Test Has Set New World Record
Iwastheone shares a report from Space.com: A test fire of SpaceX's newest engine reached the power level necessary for the company's next round of rocket designs, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter. "Rapto...
03:30 am - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Eating Processed Foods Tied To Shorter Life, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The study, in JAMA Internal Medicine, tracked diet and health over eight years in more than 44,000 French men and women. Their average age ...
02:10 am - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Publishers Chafe At Apple's Terms For 'Netflix For News' Subscription Service As It Demands a 50 Percent Revenue Cut
Zorro shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: Apple's plan to create a subscription service for news is running into resistance from major publishers over the tech giant's proposed financial ter...
01:30 am - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot Activision Blizzard Cuts 8% of Jobs Amid 'Record Results In 2018'
On an earnings call this afternoon, publisher Activision Blizzard said that it would be eliminating 8% of its staff. "In 2018, Activision Blizzard had roughly 9,600 employees, which would mean nearly ...
12:50 am - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.15 Released
jrepin writes: Today, KDE launched Plasma 5.15, the first stable release of the popular desktop environment in 2019. For this release the Plasma team has focused on hunting down and removing all the p...
12:10 am - Wed, February 13, 2019
Slashdot California Will Not Complete $77 Billion High-Speed Rail Project
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday the state will not complete a $77.3 billion planned high-speed rail project, but will finish a smalle...
11:30 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is It Ethical To Purchase Electronics Products Made In China?
dryriver writes: A lot of people seem to think it's O.K. to buy electronics made in China. We get to buy products considerably cheaper than we otherwise would, and China by all accounts is growing, de...
10:50 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Glitch Lets You Search For Pictures of Your Female Friends, But Not Your Male Ones
Belgian security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire has found an unusual glitch in Facebook's search function. Facebook lets you search for photos of your female friends, but refuses to let you look up pic...
10:10 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Use Intel SGX To Put Malware Beyond the Reach of Antivirus Software
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from an Ars Technica report: Researchers have found a way to run malicious code on systems with Intel processors in such a way that the malware can't be analyzed ...
09:29 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Square CEO Jack Dorsey Says Bitcoin's Lightning Is Coming To Cash App
An anonymous reader shares a report: A bitcoin scaling solution called the lightning network may soon come to Square's Cash App for mobile payments. Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, an investor in ...
08:50 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Wipe US Servers of Email Provider VFEmail
Hackers have breached the severs of email provider VFEmail.net and wiped the data from all its US servers, destroying all US customers' data in the process. From a report: The attack took place yester...
08:11 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Ubisoft And Mozilla Announce AI Coding Assistant Clever-Commit
Video game publisher Ubisoft is working with Mozilla to develop an AI coding assistant called Clever-Commit, head of Ubisoft La Forge Yves Jacquier announced during DICE Summit 2019 on Tuesday. From a...
07:31 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot 'You've Won $72 Million and a Mercedes Benz': Phone Scammer Gets 6 Years in Prison After He Made the Mistake of Calling William Webster, Ex-FBI and CIA Director
Reader McGruber writes: The Washington Post has an amusing story about phone scammer Keniel A. Thomas, who made the mistake of calling William H. Webster. Thomas told 90-year-old Webster that he had w...
06:50 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot In China, Some Teachers Are Using AI To Grade Homework
A Beijing-based online education start-up has developed an artificial intelligence-powered maths app that can check children's arithmetic problems through the simple snap of a photo. Based on the imag...
06:10 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot IBM Says Watson AI Services Will Now Work on Any Cloud
IBM announced on Tuesday that some of its Watson AI services will now work on rival cloud computing providers as it seeks to win over customers that want greater flexibility in how they store and anal...
05:30 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's Android Browser Hits 1 Billion Downloads, More Than Firefox and Opera Combined
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung's mobile internet browser, if you ask its users, is pretty great. A lot of folks even say it's better than Chrome. That appreciation has manifested in the ...
04:48 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Apple Fails To Block Porn and Gambling 'Enterprise' Apps
Facebook and Google were far from the only developers openly abusing Apple's Enterprise Certificate program meant for companies offering employee-only apps. A TechCrunch investigation uncovered a doze...
04:07 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Lufthansa Sues Passenger Who Missed His Flight in an Apparent Bid To Clamp Down on 'Hidden City' Trick
Airline Lufthansa has sued a passenger, who didn't show up for the last leg of his ticketed journey, in an apparent bid to clamp down on "hidden city" trick. From a report: The practice involves passe...
03:25 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Tinder-Style App For Cows Tries To Help the Meat Market
So you think the dating scene is like a meat market? Well, wait till you hear about the latest matchmaking app. From a report: Following the example of Tinder, UK farming start-up Hectare has launched...
02:45 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Xiaomi's Popular Electric Scooter M365 Can Be Hacked To Speed Up or Stop
The fleets of electric scooters that have inundated cities are alarming enough as is. Now add cybersercurity concerns to the list: Researchers from the mobile security firm Zimperium are warning that ...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot IBM's AI Loses To a Human Debater
The subject under debate was whether the government should subsidize preschools. But the real question was whether a machine called IBM Debater could out-argue a top-ranked human debater. The answer, ...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot What It's Like To Work Inside Apple's 'Black Site'
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a Bloomberg report: Apple's new campus in Cupertino, California, is a symbol of how the company views itself as an employer: simultaneously inspiring its wor...
10:00 am - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Reddit Users Are the Least Valuable of Any Social Network
Reddit's latest funding round values its users at a lower price than any other social network. "The company announced Monday it had raised $300 million in its Series D investment round at a valuation ...
07:00 am - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot New iPhones To Stick With Lightning Over USB-C, Include Slow-Charging 5W USB-A Charger In Box
For those hoping the next iPhone would ditch the Lightning port in favor of the more versatile USB-C port, you'll surely be disappointed by the latest rumor. "Japanese site Macotakara says that not on...
03:30 am - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot FDA Warns Supplement Makers To Stop Touting Cures For Diseases and Cancer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned 12 sellers of dietary supplements to stop claiming their products can cure diseases rangi...
01:30 am - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Android Phones Can Be Hacked Remotely By Viewing Malicious PNG Image
An innocent-looking image -- sent either via the internet or text -- could open your Android phone up to hacking. "While this certainly doesn't apply to all images, Google discovered that a maliciousl...
12:50 am - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Texas Lawmaker Wants To Ban Mobile Throttling In Disaster Areas
Bobby Guerra, a Democratic member of the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives, filed a bill last week that would prohibit wireless carriers from throttling mobile internet service in d...
12:10 am - Tue, February 12, 2019
Slashdot Google Docs Gets an API For Task Automation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google today announced the general availability of a new API for Google Docs that will allow developers to automate many of the tasks that users ty...
11:30 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Buying Mesh Router Company Eero
Amazon has announced that it's acquiring Eero, the maker of mesh home routers. "Amazon says buying Eero will allow the company to 'help customers better connect smart home devices,'" reports The Verge...
10:50 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Teases HoloLens 2
"Microsoft is expected to announce the next generation HoloLens headset at an already announced event on February 24, and the company's doing a bit more to stoke the flames," reports TechCrunch. One o...
10:10 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Amy Klobuchar Calls For Net Neutrality 'Guarantee' In 2020 Presidential Announcement
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said she wanted to "guarantee" net neutrality for all Americans during her 2020 presidential campaign kickoff speech. "[T]he senator bringing it up in her announcement mar...
09:30 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Doomsday Docker Security Hole Uncovered
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: One of the great security fears about containers is that an attacker could infect a container with a malicious program, which could escape and attack th...
08:20 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft: 70 Percent of All Security Bugs Are Memory Safety Issues
Around 70 percent of all the vulnerabilities in Microsoft products addressed through a security update each year are memory safety issues; a Microsoft engineer revealed last week at a security confere...
07:50 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Tobacco Use is Soaring Among US Kids, Driven By E-cigarettes
Public health officials Monday said there's a growing epidemic of tobacco products currently used by children -- 4.9 million high school and middle school kids used tobacco products in 2018 up from 3....
07:40 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Tobacco Use is Soaring Among US Kids, Driven By E-cigarettes
Public health officials Monday said there's a growing epidemic of tobacco products currently used by children -- 4.9 million high school and middle school kids used tobacco products in 2018 up from 3....
06:48 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Software Engineer Loses Life Savings in Quadriga Imbroglio
Tong Zou wasn't a stereotypical crypto bro bent on accumulating flashy trophies such as Lamborghinis when he deposited his life savings into Quadriga CX's digital exchange. The 30-year-old software en...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Young People Who Play Video Games Have Higher Moral Reasoning Skills
An anonymous reader shares a report: Young people who play video games, including violent titles, display more developed moral reasoning skills than their non-gaming peers, a study has found. Research...
05:25 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Hawaii Lawmakers Chewing on Ban of Plastic Utensils, Bottles and Food Containers
Plastic bags are out. Plastic straws are on their way out. Now Hawaii lawmakers want to take things a big step further. From a report: They're considering an outright ban on all sorts of single-use pl...
04:50 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot It's the Real World -- With Google Maps Layered on Top
Google has started to roll out augmented reality navigation feature in its Maps app for some users. The company told the Wall Street Journal that the walking-focused feature will be available shortly,...
04:10 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Developer Releases Windows 95 OS as an App For Windows 10, macOS and Linux
Mark Wycislik-Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Last year, developer Felix Rieseberg released Windows 95 as an Electron app to let 90s computer users relive their younger years. Now he's back with a secon...
03:22 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Mars One is Dead
The company that aimed to put humanity on the red planet has met an unfortunate, but wholly-expected end. Engadget reports: Mars One Ventures, the for-profit arm of the Mars One mission was declared b...
02:44 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Trump Administration Unveils Order To Prioritize and Promote AI
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday will sign an executive order asking federal government agencies to dedicate more resources and investment into research, promotion and training on artificial inte...
02:05 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Russia To Disconnect From the Internet as Part of a Planned Test
Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reports. From a...
01:13 pm - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Wayward Satellites Test Einstein's Theory of General Relativity
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: In August 2014 a rocket launched the fifth and sixth satellites of the Galileo global navigation system, the European Union's $11-billion ...
10:10 am - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot New Images of the Distant Ultima Thule Object Have Surprised Scientists
Iwastheone shares a report from Ars Technica: Back in early January, when scientists pulled down their first batch of data from the New Horizons spacecraft, they celebrated an odd snowman-shaped objec...
07:07 am - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot New Long-Spined Dinosaur With 'Mohawk of Large Spikes' Discovered In Patagonia
"Researchers in Argentina have discovered a new Sauropod with unusually long spikes protruding forward from its body," writes Slashdot reader dryriver. The findings have been published in the journal ...
05:05 am - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Insects Could Vanish Within a Century At Current Rate of Decline, Says Global Review
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The world's insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a "catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems," according to the firs...
03:30 am - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Users Complain of Account Hacks, But OkCupid Denies a Data Breach
Zack Whittaker reports via TechCrunch: A reader contacted TechCrunch after his [OkCupid] account was hacked. The reader, who did not want to be named, said the hacker broke in and changed his password...
02:02 am - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot New Study Finds More Post-Surgery Deaths Globally Than From HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria Combined
schwit1 shares a report from UPI: About 4.2 million people worldwide die every year within 30 days of surgery -- more than from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, a new study reports. The finding...
12:00 am - Mon, February 11, 2019
Slashdot Tesla 'Dog Mode' Will Stop Pets From Overheating In Cars, Elon Musk Says
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his fleet of electric vehicles will be getting a "dog mode" to protect pets from overheating. The feature, which will be rolled out next week, will be able to detect when a pe...
10:22 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Have Reduced the Forecast of Sea Level Rise Seven Times Due To Melting of the Antarctic
The destruction of the Antarctic ice sheet may not lead to such a catastrophic rise in the level of the oceans, as previously thought. In a new study, the authors calculated that instead of growing by...
08:20 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Play Caught Hosting An App That Steals Users' Cryptocurrency
The Google Play Store has been caught hosting an app designed to steal cryptocurrency from unwitting end users, according to researchers with Eset security company. "The malware, which masqueraded as ...
07:19 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Becomes Best Selling Electric Car In World
Jose Pontes of EV Volumes and CleanTechnica has crunched some numbers and found that the Tesla Model 3 is now the best selling plug-in vehicle in the world. "In fact, the Model 3 was approximately 55,...
06:18 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Amazon To NYC After Reconsidering HQ2 Plans: It'd Be a Shame If Something Happened To Your Kids' CS Education
theodp writes: Commenting on reports that Amazon is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City following a wave of political and community opposition, Amazon issued t...
05:17 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Would Accept EU Supervision To Lay 5G Network
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechRadar: Huawei has said it is willing for its equipment and activities to be supervised by the European Union (EU) as it continues to fend off the threat of...
04:16 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower Have Worked?
dryriver writes: For those who are unfamiliar with the story, from 1901-1902, inventor Nikola Tesla had a 187-foot-tall experimental wireless electricity transmission tower called the "Wardenclyffe To...
03:15 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot How Hackers and Scammers Break Into iCloud-Locked iPhones
Motherboard's Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler report of the underground industry where thieves, coders, and hackers work to remove a user's iCloud account from a phone so that they can then be resold. Th...
02:14 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot DoorDash and Amazon Won't Change Tipping Policy After Instacart Controversy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: The tipping controversy that prompted Instacart to reverse a compensation plan to its contract workers isn't likely to go away: Rivals DoorDash and Ama...
01:34 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Trump's Border Wall Could Split SpaceX's Texas Launchpad In Two
An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles TimesA launchpad on the U.S.-Mexico border, which it plans to use for rockets carrying humans around the world and eventually to Mars, could be split in two ...
12:34 pm - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Seeks Approval For Up To 1M Earth Stations for Its Satellite Service
SpaceX just filed a new earth-station license application with America's Federal Communications Commisions, seeking blanket approval "for up to a million earth stations" for customers of their Starlin...
08:34 am - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Should All Government IT Systems Be Using Open Source Software?
Writing at Linux Journal, Glyn Moody reports that dozens of government IT systems are switching to open source software. "The fact that this approach is not already the norm is something of a failure ...
05:04 am - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Alphabet's 'Verily' Plans to Use Tech To Fight The Opioid Crisis
"Verily, Alphabet's life science division, is building a tech-focused rehab campus in Dayton, Ohio to combat the opioid crisis," reports CNBC.Verily will join two health networks, Kettering Health Net...
02:34 am - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot 83% Of Consumers Believe Personalized Ads Are Morally Wrong
An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:A massive majority of consumers believe that using their data to personalize ads is unethical. And a further 76% believe that personalization to create tailored newsf...
12:34 am - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot Is the Next Big Thing In Tech -- Disconnecting From It?
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:It is inevitable that artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation will take over some jobs, internet entrepreneur Arianna Huffington told CNBC in a recent ...
12:04 am - Sun, February 10, 2019
Slashdot '90s-Style 'Captain Marvel' Website Will Have You Nostalgic for Dial-Up
An anonymous reader quotes MovieWeb:The official Captain Marvel website is a blast from the past... Marvel Studios is preparing its final promotional push for the project. This includes TV spots, vari...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Sony Pictures Open Sources Software Used to Make 'Into the Spider-Verse'
An anonymous reader quotes Variety:Sony Pictures Imageworks has contributed a software tool used to create movies like "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," "Hotel Transylvania 3," "Alice in Wonderland...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot After Wells Fargo Outage, Customers Say Direct Deposits Aren't Showing Up
Long-time Slashdot reader TheHawke writes that smoke at a data center triggered embarrassing an outage at America's third-largest bank. CBS News reports:Wells Fargo said that a systems outage prevente...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Nearly All US Teens Short On Sleep, Exercise
UPI reports: Too little sleep. Not enough exercise. Far too much "screen time." That is the unhealthy lifestyle of nearly all U.S. high school students, new research finds. The study, of almost 60,000...
08:39 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot New "Metallic Wood" Is As Strong As Titanium But Much Lighter
Titanium "has long been touted as the metal of the future," writes Dwell, "due to its strength, rust resistance, and amazing lightness." But can careful atom-stacking lead to something better? An anon...
07:39 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Eight People Suffer Burns After Attempting Viral 'Boiling Water Challenge'
A burn surgeon at Loyola University Medical has treated eight different people for second and third-degree burns after they attempted to replicate the viral "boiling water challenge," according to one...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot 'Why Data, Not Privacy, Is the Real Danger'
"While it's creepy to imagine companies are listening in to your conversations, it's perhaps more creepy that they can predict what you're talking about without actually listening," writes an NBC News...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Struggles To Fight Mobs Weaponizing Their 'Dislike' Button
"YouTube is no stranger to viewers weaponizing the dislike button, as seen by the company's recent Rewind video, but the product development team is working on a way to tackle the issue," writes the V...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Python Developer Survey Shows Data Analysis More Popular Than Web Development
Over 20,000 programmers from more than 150 different countries provided answers for the second annual Python Developers Survey (conducted by the Python Software Foundation and JeBrains). An anonymous ...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Hundreds Rally For Their Right To Not Vaccinate Their Children
CBS News reports that as Washington state confronts a measles outbreak which has sickened at least 56 people, "hundreds rallied to preserve their right not to vaccinate their children." They packed a ...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Quietly Confirms It Is Competing With UPS and FedEx
schwit1 shares a report from Business Insider: Amazon declared in its 2018 annual filing that it competes against transportation and logistics companies, as CNBC first reported. It's a clear warning s...
11:25 am - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Please Stop Using Internet Explorer, Microsoft Says
Microsoft cybersecurity expert Chris Jackson recently published a post on the official Windows IT Pro blog, titled "The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser." Jackson urges users ...
09:45 am - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Hacker Launches Open-Source Project 'FreedomEV' To Run On Rooted Teslas, Bring New Wi-Fi Hotspot and Anti-Tracking Features
Slashdot reader internet-redstar writes: The Tesla Hacker, Jasper Nuyens -- who uncovered Tesla's "unconfirmed lane change" last year -- now launched at FOSDEM an open-source project called "FreedomEV...
07:30 am - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Where Does a Tip To an Amazon Driver Go? In Some Cases, Toward the Driver's Base Pay
Amazon at times dips into the tips earned by contracted delivery drivers to cover their promised pay, a Los Angeles Times review of emails and receipts reveals. From the report: Amazon guarantees thir...
05:30 am - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Acquires Visual Shopping Startup To Bolster AI Work
Facebook says it has acquired visual shopping and artificial intelligence startup GrokStyle in a move to bolster the social-media company's own AI work. From a report: GrokStyle's technology, which wa...
03:30 am - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot New Chemical Process Can Convert Nearly a Quarter of All Plastic Waste Into Fuel
"Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new chemical process that they say can convert approximately one-quarter of the world's plastic waste into gasoline and diesel-like fuels," writes Sl...
01:25 am - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot AI Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor
Zorro shares a report from the Smithsonian: A recent study used machine learning technology to analyze eight leading models of human origins and evolution, and the program identified evidence in the h...
12:45 am - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds
According to a new 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, researchers write that Twitter still isn't keeping up with the flood of automated accounts designed to spread spam, inflate follower counts, an...
12:03 am - Sat, February 9, 2019
Slashdot Teenager Builds Himself a Robotic Prosthetic Arm Using Lego Pieces
David Aguila, a 19-year-old bioengineering student at the Universitat Internacional de Catulunya in Spain, has built himself a robotic prosthetic arm using Lego pieces. David was born with Poland synd...
11:20 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Home Security Company Is Turning Everyone Into Cops
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Neighbors is not just a social media app: it's a service that's meant to be used with Ring security cameras, a Wi-Fi-powered home security company...
10:40 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Discover a New Kind of Magnet
Wave723 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: A new kind of magnet, theorized for decades, may now have been experimentally proven to exist. And it could eventually lead to better data storage devices. ...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Might Be Working On a New Smartwatch, Report Says
According to new job listings (first spotted by Android Police), it looks like Google may start building its own wearable devices. "A job listing posted two days ago on the Google Careers site calls f...
09:20 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Internal Hardware Team Is Working On Modems That Will Likely Replace Intel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple will design its own modems in-house, according to sources that spoke with Reuters. In doing so, the company may hope to leave behind Intel ...
07:28 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Mars Lander Seismometer Gets Protective Shield
Nasa's InSight Mars lander has placed a domed shield over its seismometer, completing that instrument's deployment. From a report: The seismometer will look for evidence of ongoing seismic activity on...
06:09 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot US Senators Ask DHS To Look Into US Government Workers Using Foreign VPNs
Two US senators have asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to look into the possible dangers of US government workers using VPN apps that are owned by foreign companies and which redirect se...
05:30 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Finland Basic Income Trial Left People 'Happier But Jobless'
Giving jobless people in Finland a basic income for two years did not lead them to find work, researchers said. From a report: From January 2017 until December 2018, 2,000 unemployed Finns got a month...
04:49 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Facing Opposition, Amazon Reconsiders NY Headquarters Site: Report
Amazon.com is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City following a wave of opposition from local politicians, The Washington Post reported Friday [Editor's note: th...
04:09 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Feeding an Appetite-Suppressing Human Drug To Mosquitos Make Them Lose Their Attraction To Blood By Around 80%: Study
From Nature magazine: Female Aedes aegypti, like other mosquito species, feed on blood to get the protein they need to produce their eggs, and spread diseases such as dengue in the process. But once t...
03:35 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot AI Hears Your Anger in 1.2 Seconds
MIT Media Lab spinoff Affectiva's neural network, SoundNet, can classify anger from audio data in as little as 1.2 seconds regardless of the speaker's language -- just over the time it takes for human...
02:41 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Sprint Sues AT&T Over 5G Branding
Sprint Corp sued AT&T late on Thursday, saying it is misleading consumers into believing that they are using fifth generation wireless network, known as 5G, a technology that has not yet been wide...
02:01 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings
The federal judiciary has built an imposing pay wall around its court filings, charging a preposterous 10 cents a page for electronic access to what are meant to be public records. A pending lawsuit c...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Australia Parliamentary Network Hacked In Possible Foreign Government Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Sydney Morning Herald: National security agencies are continuing to scour the Parliament's computer network for threats to MPs' data after what is being de...
10:00 am - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Warns News Sites May Lose 45 Percent of Traffic If EU Passes Its Copyright Reform
Google's SVP of Global Affairs, Kent Walker, laid out Google's opposition to the EU's highly contested copyright reform rules. "Google warns Article 11 and Article 13 could have catastrophic effects o...
07:00 am - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Fiber Abandoning Louisville Residents With Two Months Notice
stoborrobots writes: Google Fiber is leaving Louisville, as reported in The Verge: "Google Fiber's attempt to roll out its gigabit internet across the city of Louisville, Kentucky has apparently faile...
05:00 am - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome 73 To Officially Support Multimedia Keys on Your Keyboard
Google Chrome 73, scheduled for release next month, will be the first version of Chrome that will officially support the multimedia keys that some users have on their desk and laptop keyboards, ZDNet ...
03:30 am - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Are Working On Ways To Swap the Needle For a Pill
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: One team of scientists, from MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital, developed a system to delive...
02:50 am - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Ex-Cons Create 'Instagram For Prisons,' and Wardens Are Fine With That
Bloomberg's Olivia Carville writes about three apps that are offering a cheaper way for families to connect with incarcerated loved ones. Here's an excerpt from her report: Pigeonly and its ilk have h...
02:10 am - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot The Moto G7 Lineup Offers Bigger Screens and Smaller Bezels On a Budget
Motorola is releasing three versions of the Moto G7 this year: the G7, the G7 Power, and the G7 Play (a fourth, more powerful G7 Plus model will also be released internationally). These new devices of...
01:30 am - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot NCTA Asks For Net Neutrality Law Allowing Paid Prioritization
DarkRookie2 shares a report from Ars Technica: Cable industry chief lobbyist Michael Powell today asked Congress for a net neutrality law that would ban blocking and throttling but allow Internet prov...
12:50 am - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Apple Tells App Developers To Disclose Or Remove Screen Recording Code
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Apple is telling app developers to remove or properly disclose their use of analytics code that allows them to record how a user interacts with the...
12:10 am - Fri, February 8, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Bans Ad Blockers In Updated ToS
In an updated Terms of Service policy sent out on Thursday, Spotify is now explicitly banning ad blockers. "The new rules specifically state that 'circumventing or blocking advertisements in the Spoti...
11:30 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot AMD Radeon VII Graphics Card Launched, Benchmarks Versus NVIDIA GeForce RTX
MojoKid writes: AMD officially launched its new Radeon VII flagship graphics card today, based on the company's 7nm second-generation Vega architecture. In addition to core GPU optimizations, Radeon V...
10:50 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Green New Deal Bill Aims To Move US To 100 Percent Renewable Energy, Net-Zero Emissions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Thursday morning, NPR posted a bill drafted by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) advocating for a Green New Deal -- that is, a pu...
10:08 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Instagram Vows To Remove All Graphic Self-Harm Images From Site
All graphic images of self-harm will be removed from Instagram, the head of the social media platform has told the BBC. From a report: The move comes after the father of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who...
08:46 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Apple Releases iPhone Update To Fix Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug
Apple on Thursday released iOS 12.1.4, an iPhone update that fixes a Group FaceTime bug that allowed users to eavesdrop on each other. The update is a available for the iPhone 5S and later, iPad Air a...
06:16 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Countries With Zero Rating Have More Expensive Wireless Broadband Than Countries Without It
A comprehensive multi-year study by the non-profit Epicenter.works, comparing the 30 member countries of the European Union (EU) on net neutrality enforcement, has found that zero rating business prac...
05:38 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot LibreOffice 6.2 Brings New Interfaces, Performance Improvements To the Open Source Office Suite
An anonymous reader shares a report: New interface styles and feature improvements are available in version 6.2 of LibreOffice -- the most popular open-source office suite -- released Thursday by The ...
04:41 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot A Hole Opens Up Under Antarctic Glacier -- Big Enough To Fit Two-Thirds of Manhattan
Scientists have discovered an enormous void under an Antarctic glacier, sparking concern that the ice sheet is melting faster than anyone had realized -- and spotlighting the dire threat posed by risi...
04:02 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Brings AI-Powered Background Blurring To Skype
A few months after adding background blurring to its Teams tool, Microsoft has brought the same option to Skype on the desktop. From a report: The feature serves two purposes. Firstly it helps to focu...
03:21 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Gets Its Own Brick-and-Mortar Retail Store
The Raspberry Pi, believe it or not, now has its very own retail store. From a report: Located on the first floor of the Grand Arcade in Cambridge, U.K., the Raspberry Pi Store is open through the day...
02:40 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Apple Removes Useless 'Do Not Track' Feature From Latest Beta Versions of Safari
In the release notes for Safari 12.1, the new version of Apple's browser installed in iOS 12.2, Apple says that it is removing support for the "Do Not Track" feature, which is now outdated. From a new...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Ordered To Stop Combining WhatsApp and Instagram Data Without Consent in Germany; Company Says It Needs That Data To Fight Terrorism and Child Abuse
Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Many Popular iPhone Apps Secretly Record Your Screen Without Asking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you wo...
11:30 am - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Bees Can Solve Math Problems With Addition and Subtraction
According to a new study published in the journal Science Advances, researchers from Australia and France have shown that bees can perform simple arithmetic, adding and subtracting small numbers by st...
10:00 am - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Admits To Needing 5 Years, $2 Billion To Fix Security Issues
Bruce66423 writes: In a remarkable piece of honest self assessment, Huawei has produced a letter to a House of Commons committee member in response to security concerns raised by the UK Huawei Cyber S...
07:00 am - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot NYPD To Google: Stop Revealing the Location of Police Checkpoints
schwit1 shares a report from the New York Post: The NYPD is calling on Google to yank a feature from its Waze traffic app that tips off drivers to police checkpoints -- warning it could be considered ...
03:30 am - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Global Warming Could Exceed 1.5C Within Five Years, Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Global warming could temporarily hit 1.5C above pre-industrial levels for the first time between now and 2023, according to a long-term forecast ...
02:03 am - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Will Reveal Who Uploaded Your Contact Info For Ad Targeting
In March, TechCrunch discovered Facebook planned to require advertisers pledge that they had permission to upload someone's phone number or email address for ad targeting. That tool debuted in June, t...
01:25 am - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Announces Project Fission, a Project To Add True Multi-Process Support To Firefox
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: After a year of secret preparations, Mozilla has publicly announced plans today to implement a "site isolation" feature, which works by splitting Firefo...
12:45 am - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Develop a Non-Toxic Thermoelectric Generator For Wearable Tech
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, have developed a new method of harvesting electricity from body heat to power wearable devices. "The new, wearable thermoelectric generator i...
12:03 am - Thu, February 7, 2019
Slashdot Reddit, Banned In China, Is Reportedly Set To Land $150 Million Investment From a Chinese Censorship Powerhouse
Reddit is about to get a huge new round of investment of up to $300 million. As Gizmodo points out, "the first $150 million is reportedly expected to come from the Chinese tech giant Tencent, the firs...
11:20 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot After Facing Class-Action Lawsuit, Instacart CEO Says It's Taking Steps To Ensure Tips Are Counted Separately From Wages
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: On the heels of a recently-filed class action lawsuit over wages and tips, as well as drivers and shoppers speaking out about Instacart's alleged p...
10:40 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Google Now Pays More Money in EU Fines Than it Pays in Taxes
An anonymous reader writes: Google owner Alphabet has reported annual and quarterly revenues up again, largely on the back of increasing market share in online advertising. The company reported fourth...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Call for Retraction of 400 Scientific Papers On Organ Transplantation Amid Fears That Organs Came From Chinese Prisoners
A world-first study has called for the mass retraction of more than 400 scientific papers on organ transplantation, amid fears the organs were obtained unethically from Chinese prisoners. The Guardian...
09:20 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot 'The Fundamental Problem With Silicon Valley's Favorite Growth Strategy'
Tim O'Reilly, writing for Quartz: The pursuit of monopoly has led Silicon Valley astray. Look no further than the race between Lyft and Uber to dominate the online ride-hailing market. Both companies ...
08:40 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot WhatsApp on How It's Fighting Bulk Messaging and Suspicious Accounts
Ahead of India's national elections later this year, WhatsApp is trying to wrangle bulk messaging and suspicious accounts. From a report: At a press briefing in New Delhi early today, company executiv...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot 2018 Was Earth's Fourth-Hottest Year on Record: NOAA and NASA Report
The string of hotter-than-average annual temperatures continued in 2018, as Earth experienced its fourth-hottest year on record, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrati...
07:20 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Really Doesn't Want You To Buy Office 2019
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft today launched a marketing campaign pitting Office 2019 and Office 365 against each other. The goal? To prove Office 2019 isn't worth buying -- you and y...
06:42 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Gmail is Now Blocking 100 Million Extra Spam Messages Every Day With AI
Google has recruited its in-house machine learning framework, TensorFlow, to help train additional spam filters for Gmail users. With the new filters in place as of last month, the company claims Gmai...
05:25 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Adobe is Considering Whether it Wants To Design Its Own Chips
A growing number of technology companies are trying to manufacture their own chips, cutting their reliance on Intel and other chip providers. This week Adobe pondered making a similar move. From a rep...
04:45 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Researcher Reveals a Severe, Unpatched Mac Password Flaw To Protest Apple Bug Bounty
Linuz Henze, a credible researcher, has revealed an exploit that in a single button press can reveal the passwords in a Mac's keychain. From a report: Keychain is where macOS stores most of the passwo...
04:08 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot A Flaw Found in E-Ticketing Systems Used By at Least Eight Airlines Could Be Exploited To Access Sensitive Information About Travelers
Eight airlines, including Southwest, use e-ticketing systems that could allow hackers to access sensitive information about travelers merely by intercepting emails, according to research published Wed...
03:27 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot China Hacked Norway's Visma To Steal Client Secrets, Investigators Say
A prolific espionage group, which the U.S. government believes is Chinese, compromised billion-dollar business service provider Visma in 2018, according to a report by Recorded Future, a threat intell...
02:40 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Internet is Getting More Civil, a Study by Microsoft Says
While social media may feel like a trash heap at times, Microsoft released a new study on Tuesday that claims civility is spreading on the Internet... at least slightly. From a report: Microsoft's Dig...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Scammer Groups Are Exploiting Gmail 'Dot Accounts' For Online Fraud
Cyber-criminal groups are exploiting a Gmail feature to file for fraudulent unemployment benefits, file fake tax returns, and bypass trial periods for online services. From a report: The trick is an o...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Ex-FCC Commissioner Advises T-Mobile, Sprint On $26 Billion Merger
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is working to help T-Mobile and Sprint get their $26 billion merger approved by regulators. Clyburn, a Democrat, c...
10:00 am - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Apple Reaches Deal With France To Pay Estimated $571 Million In Back-Taxes
Apple has reached a deal with French authorities to pay an undeclared amount of back-dated tax. While the amount isn't disclosed, French media suggest the sum is around $571 million (500 million euros...
07:00 am - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot The Shape of the Milky Way Is Warped and Twisted
Necroloth writes: You probably thought that if you were looking at our galaxy from the outside and at a distance, you would see a thin disc of stars that orbit around a central region, but the further...
03:30 am - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot As Magnetic North Pole Zooms Toward Siberia, Scientists Update World Magnetic Model
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Earth's geographic north pole is fixed. But the planet's magnetic north pole -- the north that your compass points toward -- wanders in the direction of S...
02:50 am - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot New Technique Allows Scientists To Create Materials That Get Stronger With More Use
Scientists at Hokkaido University have found a way to create materials that actually get stronger the more you use them. "By mimicking the mechanism that allows living muscles to grow and strengthen a...
02:10 am - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Women's Brains Are 'Four Years Younger' Than Men's, Study Finds
Women's brains are nearly four years younger than men's, at least in how they burn fuel, according to scans performed by U.S. researchers. "Scientists found that healthy women have a 'metabolic brain ...
01:30 am - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot An AI Is Playing Pictionary To Figure Out How the World Works
Researchers at the Allen Institute for AI (Ai2) believe that Pictionary could push machine intelligence beyond its current limits. To that end, they have devised an online version of the game that pai...
12:50 am - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot Colin Kroll, Founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, Died of Accidental Drug Overdose
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC New York: Colin Kroll, the co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, died of an accidental overdose, the city's medical examiner announced Tuesday. According to th...
12:10 am - Wed, February 6, 2019
Slashdot House Democrats Tell Ajit Pai: Stop Screwing Over the Public
slack_justyb shares a report from Ars Technica: The House Commerce Committee is "reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and cons...
11:30 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Finally Admitted To Investors That It Has a Counterfeit Problem
Amazon has for the first time acknowledged sales of counterfeits and pirated items as a risk in its annual earnings report to investors and the U.S. SEC. "Some third-party sellers have been using the ...
10:50 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Software Executive Exploits ATM Loophole To Steal $1 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A Chinese software manager has been sentenced after being found guilty of stealing approximately $1 million from Huaxia Bank ATMs containing security we...
10:10 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Cancels Partnership With Counterfeit Supreme Brand
An anonymous reader writes: Back in December, Samsung took the stage at one of its Chinese product launches and announced it was partnering with "Supreme," the popular skateboard fashion brand. The an...
09:30 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Bots That Collect Airline Compensation For Passengers
You have read about bots that fight parking tickets. But what about all those flights that get delayed, canceled or overbooked? Could you a bot look into that? From a report: AirHelp, a Europe-based c...
08:50 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are Custom Android ROMS Still a Thing?
Thelasko writes: Reading Kashmir Hill's series Goodby Big Five on Gizmodo made me consider switching to a custom Android ROM like LineageOS again. The Gizmodo articles make it seem that most phones ar...
08:10 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot 'You Need To Be Very, Very Cautious': US Warns European Allies Not To Use Chinese Gear For 5G Networks
The United States sees the European Union as its top priority in a global effort to convince allies not to buy Huawei equipment for next-generation mobile networks, a U.S. State Department Official sa...
07:30 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Flickr Starts Culling Users' Photos
Photo-sharing website Flickr is starting to delete users' photos after changing its terms and conditions. The firm announced in November that it would no longer be allowing its members one terabyte of...
07:10 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot IBM Completes Blockchain Trial Tracking a 28-Ton Shipment of Oranges
IBM recently completed a trial of blockchain technology to track a shipment of mandarin oranges from China to Singapore. From a report: Announced last week, 28 tons of mandarin oranges, or 3,000 carto...
06:20 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot IBM Completes Blockchain Trial Tracking a 28-Ton Shipment of Oranges
IBM recently completed a trial of blockchain technology to track a shipment of mandarin oranges from China to Singapore. From a report: Announced last week, 28 tons of mandarin oranges, or 3,000 carto...
06:06 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Chrome Can Tell You if Your Passwords Have Been Compromised
An anonymous reader shares a report: Given the frequency of hacks and data leaks these days, chances are good at least one of your passwords has been released to the wild. A new Chrome extension relea...
05:30 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot DuckDuckGo Warns that Google Does Not Respect 'Do Not Track' Browser Setting
DuckDuckGo cautions internet users that companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, do not respect the "Do Not Track" setting on web browsers. From a report: According to DuckDuckGo's research, over...
04:50 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Now Lets Everyone Unsend Messages For 10 Minutes
Facebook has finally made good on its promise to let users unsend chats after TechCrunch discovered Mark Zuckerberg had secretly retracted some of his Facebook Messages from recipients. From a report:...
04:10 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Chrome Can Tell You if Your Passwords Have Been Compromised
An anonymous reader shares a report: Given the frequency of hacks and data leaks these days, chances are good at least one of your passwords has been released to the wild. A new Chrome extension relea...
03:25 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot The World's Biggest Spice Company is Using AI To Find New Flavors
After 130 years, it can be hard to come up with new flavors, so the world's largest spice company is becoming the latest food producer to turn to artificial intelligence for help. From a report: McCor...
02:51 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Google Tests 'Never-Slow Mode' for Speedier Browsing
At some point in the future, Chrome may gain a new feature, dubbed 'Never-Slow Mode', which would trim heavy web pages to keep browsing fast. From a report: The prototype feature is referenced in a wo...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Apple Just Endorsed AT&T's Fake 5G E Network
There are no 5G iPhones, and there probably won't be 5G iPhones for a while. But that isn't stopping Apple and AT&T: they are reportedly rolling out AT&T's fake "5G E" branding with its upcomi...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot EU Orders Recall of Children's Smartwatch Over Severe Privacy Concerns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: For the first time, EU authorities have announced plans to recall a product from the European market because of a data privacy issue. The product is Saf...
10:00 am - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Teenager Who Found FaceTime Bug Will Be Eligible For Bug Bounty Program
Grant Thompson, the teenager that reported the FaceTime bug last week, will be eligible for the Apple bug bounty program. "Apple's bug bounty system is typically invite-only and limited to specific ca...
07:00 am - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Fires Mars-Bound Raptor Engine
Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday evening to announce the "first firing of Starship Raptor flight engine." While SpaceX has fired individual components before and experimented with various designs, thi...
03:30 am - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Rising Temperatures Could Melt Most Himalayan Glaciers By 2100
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Rising temperatures in the Himalayas, home to most of the world's tallest mountains, will melt at least one-third of the region's glaciers ...
01:50 am - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Google Hired Microworkers To Train Its Controversial Project Maven AI
Google hired gig economy workers to help build out a controversial AI program that the company had paired with the Pentagon to build, according to a new report from The Intercept. "The workers were hi...
01:10 am - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Highest Court In Indiana Set To Decide If You Can Be Forced To Unlock Your Phone
The Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that police should not be allowed to force you to turn over your passcode or unlock your device. "The Fifth Amendment states that no one can be forced to be '...
12:30 am - Tue, February 5, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Acquires Ultracapacitor Manufacturer For Over $200 Million, Reaches Deal With Electrify America To Deploy Powerpacks At Over 100 Charging Stations
Thelasko shares a report from Electrek: Tesla hasn't been known for making many acquisitions, but we've now learned that it has reached an agreement to acquire ultracapacitor and battery component man...
11:50 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Deep Learning 'Godfather' Yoshua Bengio Worries About China's Use of AI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Yoshua Bengio, a Canadian computer scientist who helped pioneer the techniques underpinning much of the current excitement around artificial intelli...
11:10 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Digital Exchange Loses $137 Million As Founder Takes Passwords To the Grave
A cryptocurrency exchange in Canada has lost control of at least $137 million of its customers' assets following the sudden death of its founder, who was the only person known to have access to the of...
10:30 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Slack Says It's Filed To Go Public
Slack, the cloud-based messaging platform, has confidentially filed with regulators to go public in the U.S. "[Slack], previously reported to be pursuing a direct listing of its stock, said in a state...
09:55 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Nest Secure Has an Unlisted, Disabled Microphone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Authority: Owners of the Nest Secure alarm system have been able to use voice commands to control their home security through Google Assistant for a wh...
08:52 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Firefox To Block Auto-Playing Audio Starting March 2019
An anonymous reader writes: Starting with Firefox 66 -- scheduled for release on March 19, 2019 -- Mozilla plans to block auto-playing audio on both desktop and mobile -- a feature it began to test on...
08:11 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Xbox Live Will Soon Connect Players on Android, iOS and Switch
Microsoft is getting ready to release an important software development kit (SDK) that will allow game developers to integrate Xbox Live into any titles that run across PC, Xbox, iOS, Android, and Nin...
07:31 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Brings Instant Tethering To 3rd-Party Chromebooks
Google today rolled out Instant Tethering to third-party Chromebooks. Fifteen additional Chromebook models and over 30 cell phone models now support the feature. The move is part of Google's strategy ...
06:42 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Crime Prediction Software 'Adopted By 14 UK Police Forces'
At least 14 UK police forces have made use of crime-prediction software or plan to do so, according to Liberty. From a report: The human rights group said [PDF] it had sent a total of 90 Freedom of In...
06:01 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Ajit Pai Loses in Court -- Judges Overturn Gutting of Tribal Broadband Program
A federal appeals court has overturned Ajit Pai's attempt to take broadband subsidies away from tribal residents. From a report: The Pai-led Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in November 201...
05:21 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot 'The World Might Actually Run Out of People'
An anonymous reader shares a report: By 2050 there will be 9 billion carbon-burning, plastic-polluting, calorie-consuming people on the planet. By 2100, that number will balloon to 11 billion, pushing...
04:41 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Google's Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier Aim To Help the Hard of Hearing
Google wants to make Android phones powerful tools for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. From a report: On Monday, the search giant released two new services, Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier...
04:01 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot The UK's CO2 Emissions Have Fallen 38% Since 1990, Faster Than Any Other Major Developed Country
The UK's CO2 emissions peaked in the year 1973 and have declined by around 38% since 1990, faster than any other major developed country. From a report: The most significant factors include a cleaner ...
03:21 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Frozen Train Tracks? Set 'Em on Fire
It might look dangerous, but flames have kept switches moving and rails intact for a century. From a report: As if the horrors of the polar vortex were not already enough -- temperatures that look lik...
02:41 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Halts Rollout of Firefox 65 on Windows Platform After Antivirus Issue
Mozilla has halted the rollout of v65 update to Firefox browser on Windows platform after learning about an issue with certain antivirus products. Users of Firefox 65, an update which was released las...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Attorneys General in Six States Are Now Investigating Facebook's Data Practices, Report Says
At least six state attorneys general have launched investigations into Facebook, Bloomberg is reporting. From a report: Two distinct groups have formed, according to Bloomberg's report: Pennsylvania a...
10:01 am - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot 2018 Was the 'Worst Year Ever' For Smartphone Shipments
2018 was the worst year ever for smartphone shipments, according to the latest figures from research firm IDC. It means Apple isn't the only company fighting to keep people interested in buying new ph...
07:00 am - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot A Look at the Number of Languages Popular Voice Assistant Services Support
An anonymous reader shares a report: Contrary to popular Anglocentric belief, English isn't the world's most-spoken language by total number of native speakers -- nor is it the second. In fact, the We...
04:35 am - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Moving Xbox Ad Was the Best Thing About the Super Bowl
Mark Serrels, writing for CNET: Super Bowl 53 has come and gone and, for me at least, there was one clear highlight. This Microsoft commercial. [...] Essentially a commercial for Microsoft's Xbox Adap...
04:15 am - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot College Student Who Stole More Than $5 Million in Cryptocurrency By SIM Swapping Gets 10 Years in Prison -- First Person To Be Sentenced For the Crime
A 20-year-old college student who was accused of stealing more than $5 million in cryptocurrency in a slew of SIM hijacking attacks is the first person to be sentenced for the crime. From a report: A ...
02:29 am - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Pirate Bay 'Promotion' Increases Post-Release Box Office Revenue, Study Shows
New research suggests that post-release movie piracy through The Pirate Bay is linked to increased box revenue. The counter-intuitive finding is driven by word-of-mouth promotion. The effect, which do...
01:29 am - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot The World's Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record
Along America's west coast, the world's most valuable companies are racing to make artificial intelligence smarter. Google and Facebook have boasted of experiments using billions of photos and thousan...
12:26 am - Mon, February 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Play Store Now Open For Progressive Web Apps
Maximiliano Firtman: Chrome 72 for Android shipped the long-awaited Trusted Web Activity feature, which means we can now distribute PWAs in the Google Play Store! I played with the feature for a while...
11:27 pm - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Bitcoin is Worth Less Than the Cost To Mine It
The production-weighted cash cost to create one Bitcoin averaged around $4,060 globally in the fourth quarter, according to analysts with JPMorgan Chase & Co. With Bitcoin itself currently trading...
10:28 pm - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot A Coalition of Giant Brands is About To Change How We Shop Forever, With a New Zero-Waste Platform
In the not-too-distant future -- as soon as this spring, if you live in or near New York City or Paris -- you'll be able to buy ice cream or shampoo in a reusable container. When you're done eating a ...
09:29 pm - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot As the Chase For New Elements Slows, Scientists Focus on Deepening Their Understanding of the Superheavy Ones They Already Know
From a report: The quest to extend the periodic table is not over, but it is grinding to a halt. Since Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev published his periodic table 150 years ago, researchers have bee...
07:23 pm - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Homebrew 2.0 is Here With Official Support For Linux and Windows
Homebrew, a popular package manager for macOS, has released version 2.0 with official support for Linux and Windows 10 (with Windows Subsystem Linux). Cross-platform setup scripts just got a whole lot...
05:36 pm - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Rich Kids Are Cheating in School With Apple Watches
An anonymous reader shares a report: There is, however, one demographic that has embraced the Apple Watch with open arms: tech-savvy, upper middle-class teens and tweens. The watch is a convenient wor...
03:58 pm - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Linux Kernel Gets Another Option To Disable Spectre Mitigations
Despite being more than one year old, the Meltdown or Spectre vulnerabilities have remained a theoretical threat, and no malware strain or threat actor has ever used any in a real-world attack. Over t...
02:18 pm - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot FCC Struggles To Convince Judge That Broadband Isn't 'Telecommunications'
A Federal Communications Commission lawyer faced a skeptical panel of judges on Friday as the FCC defended its repeal of net neutrality rules and deregulation of the broadband industry. From a report:...
12:34 pm - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Is It Time To Ditch Google Analytics?
"In the last year, a swell of privacy-focused website analytics platforms have started to provide an alternative to Google's tracking behemoth," reports Fast Company. An anonymous reader shares their ...
10:34 am - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Wants Teslas to Automatically Call a Tow Truck When Something Breaks
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:In September of last year, Elon Musk promised to make fixing service times a priority. On an earnings call, he outlined two ways they're working on it: more spare...
10:00 am - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Brings Express Wi-Fi To Ghana, Quietly Expands Free Basics To Morocco and Laos
More than a year after Facebook commercially launched Express Wi-Fi in five markets, it is ready to bring the connectivity service to the sixth: Ghana. From a report: In partnership with telecom opera...
08:34 am - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Online Videos Shame Two Sleeping Tesla Drivers
Electrek reports:A Tesla Model S driver in Southern California was caught on camera seemingly asleep at the wheel while driving on Autopilot... Kevin Paschal from Southern California shared the video ...
04:34 am - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Can DeepMind's AI Really Beat Human Starcraft II Champions?
Google acquired DeepMind for $500 million in 2014, and its AI programs later beat the world's best player in Go, as well as the top AI chess programs. But when its AlphaStar system beat two top Starcr...
02:35 am - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot FBI Confiscates Six Drones Near Super Bowl Stadium
The FBI confiscated six drones in Atlanta for flying too close to the football stadium where the Super Bowl will be played Sunday, Reuters reports:Drone flight was prohibited on Saturday and from 10 a...
12:34 am - Sun, February 3, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Java?
This week HackerRank reported Java is now only the second most popular programming language, finally dropping behind JavaScript in the year 2018. Now long-time Slashdot reader shanen asks about the ru...
11:35 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Teenagers Charged With 'Intimidation' After Sharing Siri's Helpful Response For A School Shooting
A 13-year-old boy visiting family in Indiana has been charged with "intimidation", according to the Northwest Indiana Times:The boy allegedly said to Siri, iPhone's voice assistant, "I am going to sho...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot How Arthur C. Clarke Predicted We'd Communicate in the 21st Century
beaverdownunder quotes Paleotronic:While researching for our magazine we sometimes find nuggets buried by time that have been forgotten by the Internet. This particular nugget was found in the May 197...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Well Water Likely Available Across Mars
schwit1 quotes Behind the Black: A science paper released today and available for download [pdf] cites evidence from about two dozen deep impact craters located from the equator to 37 degrees north la...
08:34 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Have Terabytes of Enron Data Quietly Gone Missing?
Long-time Slashdot reader v3rgEz quotes MuckRock: Government investigations into California's electricity shortage, ultimately determined to be caused by intentional market manipulations and capped re...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Explains Why He's Building 'Starship' Out of Stainless Steel
Long-time Slashdot reader darkwing_bmf writes: In an exclusive interview with Popular Mechanics, SpaceX founder Elon Musk explains why stainless steel is the best material to build rocket ships, beati...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Kids Tend To Be Affluent, Better Educated
schwit1 quotes ABC News: Vaccines are universally backed by respected scientists and federal agencies, but that isn't enough to convince every parent to vaccinate their children. The decision to fly i...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Made a Flying Army of Laser 'Schrodinger's Cats'
PolygamousRanchKid quotes LiveScience: A laser pulse bounced off a rubidium atom and entered the quantum world -- taking on the weird physics of "Schrodinger's cat." The laser pulses didn't grow whisk...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot AI-Driven Python Code-Completion Tool 'Kite' Attracts $17M In Investments
An AI-enhanced tool that suggests code snippets for Python developers in real time just raised $17 million in VC funding to expand its R&D team "with a focus on accelerating developer productivity...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot The Kremlin's Remote-Access Credentials Left Thousands Of Businesses Exposed For Years
A Dutch security researcher says he found credentials for the Russian government's backdoor account for accessing servers of businesses operating in Russia, ZDNet reports:The researcher says that afte...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Modern Weather Forecasts Are Stunningly Accurate
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Atlantic: Meteorologists have never gotten a shiny magazine cover or a brooding Aaron Sorkin film, and the weather-research hub of Norman, Oklahoma, is rar...
10:00 am - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Speedy 3D Printer Uses Light Projected Into Resin To Create Solid Objects All In One Go, Rather Than In Layers
A research team from the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has created a printer -- nicknamed the "replicator" -- that shines light onto specific spots in ...
08:30 am - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Brings Express Wi-Fi To Ghana, Quietly Expands Free Basics To Morocco and Laos
More than a year after Facebook commercially launched Express Wi-Fi in five markets, it is ready to bring the connectivity service to the sixth: Ghana. From a report: In partnership with telecom opera...
07:00 am - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot China Is Restarting Its Reactor Pipeline, Westinghouse Isn't Invited
"China hasn't launched a new nuclear reactor build for over two years, but Chinese press reports that this nuclear hiatus has broken," writes Slashdot reader carbonnation. "Approvals have reportedly b...
05:00 am - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Brings Express Wi-Fi To Ghana, Quietly Expands Free Basics To Morocco and Laos
More than a year after Facebook commercially launched Express Wi-Fi in five markets, it is ready to bring the connectivity service to the sixth: Ghana. From a report: In partnership with telecom opera...
03:30 am - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot New US Experiments Aim To Create Gene-Edited Human Embryos
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A scientist in New York is conducting experiments designed to modify DNA in human embryos as a step toward someday preventing inherited diseases, NPR has ...
02:10 am - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Right To Repair Advocates Are Hosting YouTube Town Halls To Show You How To Get Involved In the Movement
iFixit, a company that advocates for the right for users to repair their own devices, is hosting live town halls on YouTube to help get new people involved in the movement. "We're going to do them eve...
01:30 am - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Play Apps With Over 4.3 Million Downloads Stole Pics, Pushed Porn Ads
Google has banned dozens of Android apps downloaded millions of times from the official Play Store after researchers discovered they were being used to display phishing and scam ads or perform other m...
12:50 am - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot Apple Removes Siri Team Lead As Part of AI Strategy Shift
The Apple executive who led the Siri team since 2012 has been removed as head of the project in a sweeping strategy shift favoring long-term research. Apple Insider reports: The Information reports Ap...
12:10 am - Sat, February 2, 2019
Slashdot One of the Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With the FBI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry and locate r...
11:30 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot NERC Fines Utilities $10 Million Citing Serious Cyber Risk, But Won't Name Them
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) imposed its stiffest fine to date for violations of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) ...
10:50 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Foxconn Says It Will Build Wisconsin Factory After All
Citing a phone conversation with President Trump, Foxconn said it will proceed with plans to build a government-subsidized plant in Wisconsin to make liquid crystal display screens. The news capped a ...
10:10 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Snopes Quits Fact-Checking Partnership With Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Snopes, a fact-checking organization, announced on Friday its decision to end its partnership with Facebook, which has been ramping its efforts to curb m...
09:33 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Americans Are Lining Up To Work For Amazon For $15 an Hour
One of the most important takeaways from Amazon's 2018 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings report, released Jan. 31, had little to do with the usual financial results. Amazon disclosed in the report...
08:45 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Robot Combines Vision and Touch To Learn the Game of Jenga
In the basement of MIT's Building 3, a robot is carefully contemplating its next move. It gently pokes at a tower of blocks, looking for the best block to extract without toppling the tower, in a soli...
08:05 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Apple Will Store Russian User Data Locally, Possibly Decrypt on Request: Report
After resisting local government's mandates for years, Apple appears to have agreed to store Russian citizens' data within the country, a report says. From a report: According to a Foreign Policy repo...
07:25 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot New Net Neutrality Bill Headed To Congress
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) said today he would "soon" introduce a bill to permanently reinstate the net neutrality rules that were repealed by the Federal Communications Commission, led by chairman Ajit...
06:47 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Binance Users Can Now Pay for Cryptocurrency With Credit Cards
Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange based on trading volume, now lets users spend money they don't have thanks to the additional support for credit cards from Visa and Mastercard. Fro...
06:05 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Canada's Telco Bell Tried To Have VPNs Banned During NAFTA Negotiations
Telecom company Bell urged the Canadian government to formulate rules that would make some VPN services illegal in the country ahead of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. The ra...
05:25 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Ubisoft Apologizes for The Division 2 Email Promising a 'Real Government Shutdown'
Ubisoft, the game studio behind upcoming title "Tom Clancy's The Division 2", has apologized for an email that made light of the U.S. government shutdown that ended a week ago. From a report: Ubisoft ...
04:45 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot New Site Exposes How Apple Censors Apps in China
A new website exposes the extent to which Apple cooperates with Chinese government internet censorship, blocking access to Western news sources, information about human rights and religious freedoms, ...
04:15 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Firefox Will Soon Warn Users of Software That Performs MitM Attacks
The Firefox browser will soon come with a new security feature that will detect and then warn users when a third-party app is performing a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack by hijacking the user's HTTPS...
03:40 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Apple Says It Will Fix The FaceTime Bug That Allows You To Access Someone's iPhone Camera And Microphone Before They Pick Up
Apple said Friday morning that it had a fix for a bug discovered in Apple's video and audio chat service FaceTime this week, which had allowed callers to access the microphone and front-facing video c...
02:50 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot How Many .com Domain Names Are Unused?
Christopher Forno, CTO at Singapore Data Company writes: When looking for .com names, I've been frustrated by how many are already taken but appear to be unused. It can feel like people are registerin...
02:20 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot In France, Comic Books Are Serious Business
It's a big year for comic book anniversaries. Batman's 80th is this year, and Asterix is turning 60. But at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France, which finished on Sunday, there was a...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Plants and Animals Sometimes Take Genes From Bacteria, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Many genome studies have shown that prokaryotes—bacteria and archaea -- liberally swap genes among species, which influences their evol...
10:00 am - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Nintendo Reportedly Plans Smaller and Cheaper Switch For This Year
According to a report from Nikkei, Nintendo is developing a smaller and cheaper version of the Switch focused on portability, and without some of the features in the original console. "A rumor in Octo...
07:00 am - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot University of Columbia Researchers Translate Brain Signals Directly Into Speech
dryriver writes: There is good news for people who have limited or no ability to speak, due to having suffered a stroke for example. Researchers at Columbia University have managed to turn brain signa...
03:30 am - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Create Super-Thin 'Sheet' That Could Charge Our Phones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created super-thin, bendy materials that absorb wireless internet and other electr...
02:40 am - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Giving the Humble Stethoscope an AI Upgrade Could Save Millions of Kids
the_newsbeagle writes: The stethoscope is a ubiquitous medical tool that has barely changed since it was invented in the early 1800s. But now a team of engineers, doctors, and public health researcher...
02:00 am - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Second China-Bound Apple Car Worker Charged With Data Theft
schwit1 shares a report from Bloomberg: An Apple hardware engineer was charged by the U.S. with stealing the iPhone maker's driverless car secrets for a China-based company, the second such case since...
01:35 am - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Reports Second-Consecutive Profit; CFO Retires Again
Rei writes: Yesterday, Tesla reported their 4th quarter earnings, representing their second consecutive profit. While earnings per share missed analyst expectations ($1.93 vs. $2.20), revenue beat exp...
01:10 am - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot Windows Setup Error Messages Will Soon Actually Help Fix Problems
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The next major Windows release, the Windows 10 April 2019 Update (codenamed 19H1), is going to offer some significant improvements [to error mess...
12:30 am - Fri, February 1, 2019
Slashdot H-1B Visa Lottery Will Now Favor Masters, Doctorate Degree Holders
McGruber shares a report from The San Francisco Chronicle: The Department of Homeland Security announced a rule change Wednesday that will transform the lottery that decides who gets the 85,000 H-1B v...
11:50 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Spoke To Baby and Hurled Obscenities At Couple Using Nest Camera, Dad Says
pgmrdlm shares a report from CBS News: An Illinois couple said a hacker spoke to their baby through one of their Nest security cameras and then later hurled obscenities at them, CBS station WBBM-TV re...
11:10 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Fake News Sites Are Changing Their Domain Name To Get Around Facebook Fact-Checkers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: In order to avoid Facebook's fact checking system, the site formerly known as YourNewsWire, one of the most well-known purveyors of fake news online,...
10:30 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot UltraViolet Digital Movie Locker is Shutting Down
UltraViolet, one of the entertainment industry's first attempts at creating a comprehensive digital locker service, is shutting down on July 31st. Users should link their libraries to the service of a...
09:50 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Apple Blocks Google From Running Its Internal iOS Apps
Apple has now shut down Google's ability to distribute its internal iOS apps, following a similar shutdown that was issued to Facebook earlier this week. From a report: A person familiar with the situ...
09:10 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Prisons Across the US Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People's Voice Prints
In New York and other states across the country, authorities are acquiring technology to extract and digitize the voices of incarcerated people into unique biometric signatures, known as voice prints....
08:40 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Begins Pulling Products From Its India Site as Local Government's Strict New Policies Go Into Effect
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon and Walmart have been dealt a big blow in India, one of their most important markets, after the local government today declined a request to extend the deadline for ...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Many Windows 10 Users Unable To Connect To Windows Update Service
For the past two days, some Windows 10 users from around the world have been reporting that they are unable to connect to Windows Update. When they attempt to do so, Windows 10 will complain that they...
07:45 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Engineers Create a Robot That Can 'Imagine' Itself
Columbia Engineering researchers have made a major advance in robotics by creating a robot that learns what it is, from scratch, with zero prior knowledge of physics, geometry, or motor dynamics. Init...
07:05 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Engineers Create a Robot That Can 'Imagine' Itself
Columbia Engineering researchers have made a major advance in robotics by creating a robot that learns what it is, from scratch, with zero prior knowledge of physics, geometry, or motor dynamics. Init...
06:20 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Criminals Are Tapping Into the Phone Network Backbone to Empty Bank Accounts
Sophisticated hackers have long exploited flaws in SS7, a protocol used by telecom companies to coordinate how they route texts and calls around the world. Those who exploit SS7 can potentially track ...
05:53 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Locast, a Free App Streaming Network TV, Would Love to Get Sued
Want to watch the Super Bowl and other network TV for free? A start-up called Locast will let you, and (so far) the big broadcasters aren't trying to stop it. From a report: On the roof of a luxury bu...
05:31 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot New Security Flaw Impacts 5G, 4G, and 3G Telephony Protocols
A new vulnerability has been discovered in the upcoming 5G cellular mobile communications protocol. Researchers have described this new flaw as more severe than any of the previous vulnerabilities tha...
04:51 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Locast, a Free App Streaming Network TV, Would Love to Get Sued
Want to watch the Super Bowl and other network TV for free? A start-up called Locast will let you, and (so far) the big broadcasters aren't trying to stop it. From a report: On the roof of a luxury bu...
04:10 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Writes To European Commission About Facebook's Lack of Ad Transparency
Mark Wilson writes: Facebook has been no stranger to controversy and scandal over the years, but things have been particularly bad over the last twelve months. The latest troubles find Mozilla complai...
03:32 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Intel's Interim CEO Bob Swan Gets the Job Permanently
Intel has named interim CEO Robert Swan to the role on a permanent basis on Thursday while also naming a new interim chief financial officer. From a report: [Former CEO] Krzanich resigned last June un...
02:52 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records
An anonymous reader shares a report: When hackers breached companies like Dropbox and LinkedIn in recent years -- stealing 71 and 117 million passwords, respectively -- they at least had the decency t...
02:08 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot US, China Take the Lead in Race For AI: UN
China and the United States are ahead of the global competition to dominate artificial intelligence (AI), according to a study by the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published on ...
01:00 pm - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot India's Largest Bank SBI Leaked Account Data On Millions of Customers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: India's largest bank has secured an unprotected server that allowed anyone to access financial information on millions of its customers, like bank ...
10:00 am - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Lawyer Sues Apple Over FaceTime Eavesdrop Bug, Says It Let Someone Record a Sworn Testimony
A lawyer in Houston has filed a lawsuit against Apple over a security vulnerability that let people eavesdrop on iPhones using FaceTime. "His lawsuit, filed Monday in Harris County, Texas, alleges tha...
07:00 am - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Shares Shoot Up After Strong Q4 Earnings Despite Scandals
Despite Facebook's recent scandals, such as the site's biggest data breach, the social media company managed to beat Wall Street's estimates in its Q4 earnings. "Facebook hit 2.32 billion monthly user...
03:30 am - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Foxconn Is Reconsidering Plan For Wisconsin Factory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Foxconn, the giant Taiwan-based company that announced plans for a $10 billion display-making factory in Wisconsin, now says it is rethinki...
02:20 am - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could An AI Conceivably Create Futureproof Product Designs?
dryriver writes: Whether you are into consumer electronics, cars, furniture or other manufactured things, one aspect of them doesn't change -- the physical design or "look" of the product tends to age...
01:40 am - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Attackers Can Track Kids' Locations Via Connected Watches
secwatcher shares a report from Threatpost: A gamut of kids' GPS-tracking watches are exposing sensitive data involving 35,000 children -- including their location, in real time. Researchers from Pen ...
01:00 am - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Develops the First 1TB Storage Chips For Phones
Samsung has started mass producing what it says is the industry's first one terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) technology for smartphones. "It will give the company's mobile devices PC-l...
12:20 am - Thu, January 31, 2019
Slashdot E-Cigarettes Are Effective At Helping Smokers Quit, a Study Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that e-cigarettes were nearly twice as effective as convention...