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11:22 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Why We Should Teach Kids to Call the Robot 'It'
As a new generation grows up surrounded by AI, researchers find education as early as preschool can help avoid confusion about robots' role. From a report: Today's small children, aka Generation Alpha...
10:40 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Google to Pay More Than $150 Million in YouTube Privacy Case
YouTube has agreed to pay more than $150 million to resolve U.S. allegations that it violated children's privacy laws. Bloomberg reports: The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission resolves a pr...
10:03 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Huawei's Next Phone Will Not Have Google Apps
Huawei's next flagship smartphone will not come with Google's popular apps, such as Maps, YouTube, and Drive. The BBC reports: Google confirmed that due to a U.S. government ban on sales to Huawei, it...
09:25 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot The Plan To Use Fitbit Data To Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Last week, the Washington Post reported that the White House had been briefed on a plan to create an agency called HARPA, a healthcare counterpart to ...
08:43 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Twitter's Jack Dorsey Has Own Account Hacked
The co-founder and chief executive of Twitter has had his own account on the service taken over by hackers. From a report: A group referring to itself as the Chuckling Squad said it was behind the bre...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot 17-Year-Old RSS Reader for Mac, NetNewsWire, Releases v5.0
As promised, popular RSS reader NetNewsWire, which changed ownership last year, has released v5.0. From a blog post: NetNewsWire 5.0 is shipping! In case you haven't been following along until just no...
07:27 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Oculus CTO Carmack Downplays Consumer AR, Calls Magic Leap Overhyped
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the world of mixed reality hardware and software, few people have the expert-level credibility of Oculus CTO John Carmack, whose pioneering 3D work at id Softwa...
06:46 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Miami Orders Scooters Removed From Streets Before Hurricane Dorian Turns Them Into Projectiles
The city of Miami has notified a number of companies that they must remove their fleets of electric scooters from the streets in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, lest the devices become flying projec...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Gets the Nod From Police Over Cost and Performance, Bye-Bye Dodge Charger
The Bargersville, Indiana, Police Department is updating its fleet to Tesla Model 3s after they figured out that they will save a lot of money on gas, and that the Tesla Model 3s don't compromise perf...
05:25 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Flight Controls Gets Its Plane Licence
A robot pilot is learning to fly -- and it has just passed its pilot's test and flown its first plane. But it has also had its first mishap too. From a report: Unlike a traditional autopilot, the ROBO...
04:45 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Airlines Worldwide Are Banning MacBook Models in Checked Luggage Regardless of Recall Status
Following an Apple notice that a "limited number" of 15-inch MacBook Pros may have faulty batteries that could potentially create a fire safety risk, multiple airlines have barred transporting Apple l...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Much Fridge Food 'Goes There To Die'
Americans throw out a lot more food than they expect they will, food waste that is likely driven in part by ambiguous date labels on packages, a new study has found. From a report: "People eat a lot l...
03:29 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot NPM Bans Terminal Ads
A week after a popular JavaScript library started showing full-blown ads in the npm command-line interface, npm, Inc., the company that runs the npm tool and website, has taken a stance and plans to b...
02:47 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Google Says Hackers Have Put 'Monitoring Implants' in iPhones For Years
An unprecedented iPhone hacking operation, which attacked "thousands of users a week" until it was disrupted in January, has been revealed by researchers at Google's external security team. From a rep...
02:08 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot New Zealand Measles Outbreak Prompts Travel Warning
New Zealand is asking travelers to make sure they are immunized for measles before traveling to its biggest city, Auckland, as the country faces its worst outbreak in over 22 years. From a report: "If...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Engineers Develop Bone-Like Metal Foam That Can Be 'Healed' At Room Temperature
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Now, for the first time, Penn Engineers have developed a way to repair metal at room temperature. They call their technique "healing" because of its ...
10:00 am - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Is Tech's 'Free' Business Model For K-12 CS Education Good Or Bad?
theodp writes: The challenges of competing against free have long been noted. In the K-12 Computer Science education space, those who build a better mousetrap will still face the formidable challenge ...
07:00 am - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Trump Launches Space Command
President Donald Trump announced Thursday the official establishment of the U.S. military's Space Command. CNN reports: Space Command will become the 11th combatant command, joining the ranks of U.S. ...
03:30 am - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Social Media Stress Can Lead To Social Media Addiction, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceDaily: Social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Instagram are known to cause stress in users, known as technostress from social media. However...
01:30 am - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Disney Is Leading the Charge Against Netflix By Returning To Weekly Episode Releases
At Disney's biannual D23 Expo executives revealed that episodes on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service will follow a weekly release schedule, unlike Netflix's binge-able season drops. "A show like ...
12:50 am - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot FTC Is Investigating Juul's Marketing Practices
The FTC is investigating whether e-cigarette startup Juul Labs used influencers and other marketing to appeal to minors (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source). The Wall Street Journal reports...
12:30 am - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Is Killing EPUB Support In Edge Classic
Microsoft is killing support for the EPUB document format in Edge classic, and it won't be supported in the new, Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge. Thurrott reports: "Download an .epub app to k...
12:10 am - Fri, August 30, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils New Tablet Experience For Windows 10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft is planning to redesign the tablet experience for Windows 10. The software giant has started testing a new design for 2-in-1 convertible P...
11:30 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot China Intercepts WeChat Texts From US and Abroad, Researcher Says
China is intercepting texts from WeChat users living outside of the country, mostly from the U.S. Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia. NPR reports: The popular Chinese messaging app WeChat is Zhou Feng...
10:50 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Who Are the 'Steve Wozniaks' of the 21st Century?
dryriver writes: There are some computer engineers -- working in software or hardware, or both -- who were true pioneers. Steve Wozniak needs no introduction. Neither do Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace or C...
10:10 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot EPA To Roll Back Regulations On Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Trump administration laid out on Thursday a far-reaching plan to cut back on the regulation of methane emissions, a major contributor t...
09:30 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Jack Ma, Once Proponent of 12-Hour Workdays, Now Foresees 12-Hour Workweeks
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Alibaba founder Jack Ma discussed Mars and artificial intelligence in their first joint appearance on Thursday. From a report: The duo chatted for over half an hour about their...
08:50 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Vendors Win a $7.6 Billion Deal for Pentagon Software
Vendors led by General Dynamics were awarded a contract for as much as $7.6 billion to provide Microsoft office software for the Pentagon, the Defense Department and General Services Administration sa...
08:10 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Uber CEO Sees Path To Profitability Despite Bumps in the Road
CEO of Uber, which posted a record $5.2 billion quarterly loss earlier this month, believes the company is on track to reach profitability. In an interview with Bloomberg Thursday [video], Dara Khosro...
07:30 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Is It Time to Upend the Periodic Table?
The iconic chart of elements has served chemistry well for 150 years. But it's not the only option out there, and scientists are pushing its limits. From a report: The heaviest naturally occurring ele...
06:52 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Ten Years On, Foursquare Is Now Checking In to You
Location social networks never took off, and Gowalla's star burned out fast. Gilt sold at a loss. And Tumblr, recently sold by Yahoo for less than 1 percent of what it originally paid, has become a ca...
06:10 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Uber, Lyft Propose $21/Hour Minimum Wage For Drivers After Wave Of Protests
Uber and Lyft, the two biggest rideshare companies, are telling their drivers they are willing to compromise with a proposal that includes a minimum wage of $21 per hour. From a report: The new propos...
05:30 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Ransomware Hits Hundreds of Dentist Offices in the US
Hundreds of dental practice offices in the US have had their computers infected with ransomware this week, ZDNet reported Thursday. From a report: The incident is another case of a ransomware gang com...
04:45 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Apple Will Launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino
Get ready for the iPhone 11 on September 10. Apple today sent invites to reporters for its next big product launch. It plans to introduce its newest devices and services at 10am, at the Steve Jobs The...
04:08 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla CEO Chris Beard Will Step Down at the End of the Year
Chris Beard announced today his plans to step down as Mozilla Corporation CEO at the end of 2019. Beard joined the web software company in 2004, remaining an employee since then, with the exception of...
03:25 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot DOJ: Former FBI Director James Comey Violated Policy On His Trump Memos -- But Won't Be Prosecuted
Former FBI Director James Comey violated official policy in the way he handled his memos describing his exchanges with President Trump, an investigation concluded -- but Comey won't be charged. . An a...
02:45 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Inside Plex's Quest To Become a One-Stop Shop for Digital Media
Get ready for yet another ad-supported video service: Media center app maker Plex is gearing up to add free movies and TV shows to its app, starting with content from Warner Bros. From a report: Plex ...
02:08 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Apple Reverses Stance on iPhone Repairs and Will Supply Parts To Independent Shops For the First Time
Apple said on Thursday it will start offering independent repair shops parts, tools and guides to help fix broken iPhones. From a report: The new repair program allows big and small repair outfits to ...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Illinois County To Use Algorithm To Automatically Expunge Old Marijuana Convictions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: With a statewide marijuana decriminalization ordinance set to take effect at the start of 2020, Cook County, Illinois is slated to automatically clear...
10:00 am - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot More Airlines Ban MacBook Pros In Checked Luggage
Qantas airlines is now restricting MacBook Pro laptops from checked-in luggage on concern that batteries could catch fire. All 15-inch versions of Apple's MacBook Pro must be carried in the cabin and ...
07:00 am - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot TSA Bans Star Wars Coke Bottles That Resemble Grenades
Tablizer shares a report from SFGate: Visitors to Disney's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction, can choose from more than 1,000 unique items to take home as souvenirs. But if they plan on flying h...
03:30 am - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot 16-Bit RISC-V Processor Made With Carbon Nanotubes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Now, researchers have used carbon nanotubes to make a general purpose, RISC-V-compliant processor that handles 32-bit instructions and does 16-bi...
02:03 am - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Cops Hijack Botnet, Remotely Wipe Malware From 850,000 Computers
French police, with help from an antivirus firm, took control of a server that was used by cybercriminals to spread a worm programmed to mine cryptocurrency from more than 850,000 computers. Once in c...
01:25 am - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot US Cyberattack Hurt Iran's Ability To Target Oil Tankers, Officials Say
"A secret cyberattack against Iran in June wiped out a critical database used by Iran's paramilitary arm to plot attacks against oil tankers and degraded Tehran's ability to covertly target shipping t...
12:45 am - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot TV Manufacturers Unite To Tackle the Scourge of Motion Smoothing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The UHD Alliance, a collection of companies who work together to define display standards, has announced Filmmaker Mode, a new TV setting that's des...
12:03 am - Thu, August 29, 2019
Slashdot Google To Shift Pixel Smartphone Production From China To Vietnam
According to Nikkei Asian Review, Google is shifting production of its Pixel smartphone from China to Vietnam "as it seeks to build a low-cost supply chain in Southeast Asia that will serve as a sprin...
11:20 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Top MPAA Lawyer, Mastermind Behind Its Plan To Attack the Internet, Arrested On Blackmail and Sexual Assault Charges
Steven Fabrizio, a top executive at the Motion Picture Association of America, has been fired following charges of second degree sexual abuse and blackmail. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from ...
10:40 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Ringing the Changes: How Britain's Red Phone Boxes Are Being Given New Life
It's a design classic, but in these days of ubiquitous mobile phones, only 10,000 of the red kiosks remain on the streets. Can they survive the next decade? The Guardian: John Farmer, who describes hi...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot The Missing Piece of Amazon's New York Debacle: It Kept a Burn Book
When Amazon scrubbed plans to build a second headquarters in New York City earlier this year, the reason appeared rooted in a debate about unions, tax subsidies and housing costs. Then there was the b...
09:20 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Jessi Combs, the 'Fastest Woman On Four Wheels,' Killed In Land-Speed Record Crash
McGruber shares a report from Popular Mechanics: Jessi Combs -- vehicle builder, racer, fabricator, TV personality, and all-around automotive legend -- was killed on Tuesday in a crash while attemptin...
08:40 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Xbox Live Is Down, Bringing Some Apps and Games Offline
Unless your Xbox is set as your "Home Console," you won't be able to play any apps or games until Microsoft's Xbox Live service gets fixed. According to The Verge, the service is experience issues tod...
08:01 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Netflix-like Pirate Sites Offered More Video Than the Real Netflix, Feds Say
A federal grand jury yesterday indicted eight people who allegedly ran two pirate streaming services that "offered more television programs and movies than legitimate streaming services such as Netfli...
07:20 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot YouTube's CEO Explains Why It Leaves Up 'Controversial or Even Offensive' Videos
YouTube must leave up some videos that are "controversial or even offensive" in order to remain an open platform, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said this week. From a report: In her quarterly letter to c...
06:40 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Whole Foods CEO Says Eating Plant-Based 'Meats' is Unhealthy
The CEO and cofounder of Whole Foods has some concerns about the plant-based "meat" craze. John Mackey told CNBC on Wednesday that plant-based meat substitutes are good for the environment but not for...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Australian Who Says He Invented Bitcoin Ordered To Hand Over Up To $5B
The Australian man who claimed to have invented cryptocurrency bitcoin has been ordered to hand over half of his alleged bitcoin holdings, reported to be worth up to $5 billion. From a report: The IT ...
05:20 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot US Border Officials Are Increasingly Denying Entry To Travelers Over Others' Social Media
Travelers are increasingly being denied entry to the United States as border officials hold them accountable for messages, images and video on their devices sent by other people. From a report: It's a...
04:40 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Telegram Will Launch Its Gram Cryptocurrency By October 31 Or Bust
Telegram's cryptocurrency -- the Gram -- may be going public after all. The encrypted messaging app company plans to deliver "the first batches" of the coin in the next two months, according to a repo...
04:05 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Readies exFAT Patents For Linux and Open Source
An anonymous reader writes: For years, Microsoft used its patents as a way to profit from open-source products. The poster-child for Microsoft's intellectual property aggression were the File Allocati...
03:20 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Apple is Turning Siri Audio Clip Review Off by Default and Bringing it in House
Apple is making changes to the way that Siri audio review, or 'grading' works across all of its devices. From a report: First, it is making audio review an explicitly opt-in process in an upcoming sof...
02:40 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot National-Security Concerns Threaten Undersea Data Link Backed by Google, Facebook
U.S. officials are seeking to block an undersea cable backed by Google, Facebook, and a Chinese partner, in a national-security review that could rewrite the rules of internet connectivity between the...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Doorbell-Camera Firm Ring Has Partnered With 400 Police Forces, Extending Surveillance Reach
The doorbell-camera company Ring has quietly forged video-sharing partnerships with more than 400 police forces across the United States, granting them access to homeowners' camera footage and a power...
01:25 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Doorbell-Camera Firm Ring Has Partnered With 400 Police Forces, Extending Surveillance Reach
The doorbell-camera company Ring has quietly forged video-sharing partnerships with more than 400 police forces across the United States, granting them access to homeowners' camera footage and a power...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot North Carolina Sues 8 E-Cigarette Companies For Allegedly Marketing To Kids
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: North Carolina is aggressively going after the vaping industry for what the state sees as its role in getting kids hooked on nicotine. On Tuesday, Sta...
10:00 am - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Google Will Shut Down Google Hire In 2020
Google Hire is the latest Google service on the chopping block. The job application tracking system was launched two years ago "in an effort to simplify the hiring process, with a workflow that integr...
07:00 am - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Launches Starship 'Hopper' On Dramatic Test Flight
SpaceX launched its sub-scale Starship 'hopper' spacecraft on a brief unpiloted up-and-down test flight at the company's Boca Chica, Texas, test facility Tuesday, a dramatic demonstration of rocket te...
03:30 am - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Chemists Discover Water Microdroplets Spontaneously Produce Hydrogen Peroxide
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Stanford researchers report Aug. 26 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that microscopic droplets of water spontaneously produce hydro...
02:03 am - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Study Suggests Link Between Air Pollution and Psychiatric Disorders
pgmrdlm shares a report from StudyFinds: Could the very air we breathe have an impact on our mental health? That's the suggestion coming out of a new international study conducted in the United States...
01:25 am - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Surface Event On October 2nd, Could Launch New Dual-Screen Tablet/Laptop Hybrid
Microsoft announced it will be holding a Surface hardware event in New York City on October 2nd, which could be where the company unveils its dual-screen Surface laptop / tablet hybrid that's been in ...
12:45 am - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Succeeds In Blocking German FCO's Privacy-Minded Order Against Combining User Data
Facebook has succeeded in blocking a pioneering order by Germany's Federal Cartel Office earlier this year that would have banned it from combining data on users across its own suite of social platfor...
12:03 am - Wed, August 28, 2019
Slashdot DOJ's Plan To Make Dish the Fourth Major Carrier Has a Fatal Flaw
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When the Department of Justice approved T-Mobile's purchase of Sprint, the DOJ's antitrust officials insisted that an unusual remedy could replac...
11:20 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot College Board Drops Plans For SAT Student 'Adversity Scores'
The College Board is abandoning its plan to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT college admissions test, after facing criticism from educators and parents. Instead, it will tr...
10:43 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Trojan Dropper Malware Found In CamScanner Android App With 100 Million Downloads
Kaspersky security researchers have discovered a Trojan Dropper malicious module hidden within the Android app CamScanner that's been downloaded over 100 million times on the Google Play Store. After ...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Businesses Are Using VR To Learn How To Best Fire People
McGruber shares a report: Today, the dream of goggle-wearing masses has deflated, and investment in the tech has dwindled. But VR companies like Talespin have found a growing market in simulating the ...
09:25 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Wi-Fi 6 Will Upgrade Your Workhorse Wireless Network
Wi-Fi 6, the consumer-friendly new name for the tech standard actually called 802.11ax, won't just boost data-transfer speeds -- though it'll do that, by a factor of three or so. It'll also reach into...
08:45 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Jakarta Has Sunk By Up To 4 Meters, Forcing Indonesia To Build a New Capital
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Yesterday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced a plan to move the country's capital from Jakarta to a new location in Borneo. The reason? ...
08:06 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot A Growing Community Called Randonauts Believe That Journeying To Random Locations Can Help Put Us in New Realities
A small but quickly growing online community believes that transforming randomly generated numbers into clusters of location data could help us tunnel out of reality. Their name for themselves: Randon...
07:26 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Purdue Pharma Offers $10-12B To Settle Opioid Claims
The maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, and its owners, the Sackler family, are offering to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company for $10 billion to $12 billion. From a report: The potent...
06:47 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Former Google and Uber Engineer Indicted For Trade Secret Theft;
Former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski was charged with stealing driverless technology from Alphabet's Waymo unit, resurrecting the intrigue of the biggest legal battle to grip Silicon Valley in rec...
06:08 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Brazil Says It Will Reject Millions in Amazon Aid Pledged at G7
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has ruled out accepting a G7 offer of aid to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest unless he gets an apology from his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. From a repor...
05:28 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Verizon's Anti-Robocall Service Will be Automatically Enabled on Android Phones
Verizon on Tuesday said it'll begin automatically enrolling eligible Android phones in its free Call Filter service. The company said it's making the move after the Federal Communications Commission i...
05:23 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Brazil Says It Will Reject Millions in Amazon Aid Pledged at G7
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has ruled out accepting a G7 offer of aid to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest unless he gets an apology from his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. From a repor...
04:58 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Verizon's Anti-Robocall Service Will be Automatically Enabled on Android Phones
Verizon on Tuesday said it'll begin automatically enrolling eligible Android phones in its free Call Filter service. The company said it's making the move after the Federal Communications Commission i...
04:46 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Uber And Lyft Take A Lot More From Drivers Than They Say
Uber and Lyft have slashed driver pay in recent years and now take a larger portion of each fare, far larger than the companies publicly report, based on data collected by Jalopnik. From a report: And...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Using Multi-Factor Authentication Blocks 99.9% of Account Hacks, Microsoft Says
Microsoft says that users who enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for their accounts will end up blocking 99.9% of automated attacks. From a report: The recommendation stands not only for Microso...
03:27 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Bernie Sanders Thinks We May Want to Tax Silicon Valley to Save Journalism
Bernie Sanders may not love how the media covers him, but he wants to save it anyway. His plan involves blocking future media mergers and a possible tax on Silicon Valley to support newsrooms. From a ...
02:48 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Has Now Shipped 5 Billion DVDs To Its Members
Netflix has shipped a total of 5 billion DVDs to its customers since first sending out those iconic red envelopes 21 years ago. The milestone was announced by DVD.com, the Netflix subsidiary that is n...
02:13 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot The Fairphone 3 Packs in Features While Keeping Its Green Credentials
Fairphone, the company that wants to get ethically-responsible smartphones into the hands of consumers worldwide, has unveiled the third iteration of its modular device. From a report: Fairphone 3, la...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Underappreciated Movie?
What's one movie that is lesser-known or underappreciated that you really enjoyed -- or found insightful? Last time we asked this question, it was 2003!Read more of this story at Slashdot....
10:00 am - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot Huawei in Talks To Install Russian OS On Tablets For Country's Population Census
China's Huawei has begun talks with Russia about installing Russian operating system (OS) Aurora on 360,000 of its tablets to conduct Russia's population census next year, Reuters reported Monday, cit...
05:30 am - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot US Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election
The U.S. government plans to launch a program in roughly one month that narrowly focuses on protecting voter registration databases and systems ahead of the 2020 presidential election. From a report: ...
03:00 am - Tue, August 27, 2019
Slashdot It Was Sensitive Data From a US Anti-Terror Program -- and Terrorists Could Have Gotten To It For Years, Records Show
The Department of Homeland Security stored sensitive data from the nation's bioterrorism defense program on an insecure website where it was vulnerable to attacks by hackers for over a decade, accordi...
11:50 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Files New Appeal Over Pentagon's $10B JEDI Cloud Contract RFP Process
You really have to give Oracle a lot of points for persistence, especially where the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract procurement process is concerned. An anonymous reader shares a report:For more than...
09:10 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot $572 Million Decision Against Johnson & Johnson in Landmark Opioid Trial
An anonymous reader shares a report: A judge in Oklahoma on Monday ruled against Johnson & Johnson, the deep-pocketed corporate giant, and ordered it to pay the state $572 million in the first tri...
08:40 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Underappreciated Movie?
What's one movie that is lesser-known or underappreciated that you really enjoyed -- or found insightful? Last time we asked this question, it was 2003!Read more of this story at Slashdot....
08:10 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Mutant Sheep Are Being Bred in Lab To Fight Lethal Child Brain Disease
Scientists have created a flock of sheep that carry the gene for a lethal inherited brain disorder in humans. The condition, Batten disease, usually starts in childhood and is invariably fatal, often ...
07:10 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Apple Patches iPhone Jailbreaking Bug
Apple has released today an iOS security update to patch a bug the company accidentally un-patched in an earlier release, introducing a security weakness that allowed hackers to craft new jailbreaks f...
06:10 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Freelance Site Fiverr Offers Illegal Private Spying Services
Freelancer site Fiverr is where a company can hire a short term app developer, a logo designer, or someone to help with their social media accounts. Fiverr is also a site where you can buy malware to ...
05:23 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Macron Says France and US Have Reached a Deal To End a Standoff Over a French Tax on Big Internet Companies
France and the United States have reached a deal to end a standoff over a French tax on big internet companies, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday. From a report: U.S. President Donald Tr...
04:20 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Consumer Groups Seek To Defend California Data Privacy Law
A collection of consumer groups has written a letter to California lawmakers urging them to keep the strong protections in a state law due to take effect next year. From a report: The California law, ...
03:20 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Australia Plans To Block Domains That Host Terrorist Material During Crisis Situations
Australia laid out some of the country's first concrete steps to make good on its promise of combating the spread of extremism online at this year's G7 leader's forum, Reuters reported Sunday. From a ...
02:40 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Google and Dell Team Up To Take on Microsoft with Chromebook Enterprise Laptops
Google is launching new Chromebook Enterprise devices that it hopes will draw more businesses away from Windows-powered laptops. From a report: Microsoft has dominated enterprise computing for years, ...
02:00 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot KFC is Testing Beyond Meat 'Chicken' in an Atlanta Restaurant
Plant-based meat substitutes may soon be an option for fast food chicken. CNBC reports that KFC will start testing Beyond Fried Chicken at an Atlanta restaurant on August 27. From a report: Yes, you c...
01:34 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Is Requiring Lynda.com Users To Create LinkedIn Profiles
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016, a year after LinkedIn had purchased online learning portal Lynda.com. This year, 2019, Microsoft is moving all Lynda.com customers t...
01:00 pm - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Underappreciated Movie?
What's one movie that is lesser-known or underappreciated that you really enjoyed -- or found insightful? Last time we asked this question, it was 2003!Read more of this story at Slashdot....
10:34 am - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot 'Agile Programming is Not Dead, Quite the Opposite'
"Agile is not dead, quite the opposite," argues Alistair Cockburn, one of the co-authors of the original Manifesto for Agile Software Development in 2001:Why then, do we read of agile's death? Three r...
07:34 am - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot 100-Year-Old James Lovelock Predicts Humans Will Be Replaced by Self-Aware AI
A new book by futurist James Lovelock argues "Our supremacy as the prime understanders of the cosmos is rapidly coming to end. The understanders of the future will not be humans but what I choose to c...
04:34 am - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Disney World Plans Two-Day, Stars Wars-Themed Simulated Space Cruises
This weekend Disney revealed more details about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a cruise-like experience which promises "a two-night, all-immersive adventure," inviting visitors to "live your very ow...
01:34 am - Mon, August 26, 2019
Slashdot Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the Linux Kernel
Exactly 28 years ago today, a 21-year-old student named Linus Torvalds made a fateful announcement on the Usenet newsgroup comp.os.minix. i-Programmer commemorates today's anniversary with some intere...
11:34 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Best Monitor For Development Work?
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo is having trouble finding a monitor that's good for writing code:The 16:10 aspect ratio, which allows for some extra vertical space that is extremely handy when viewi...
10:37 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot New 60-Mile Pumice Raft Could Help Restore Australia's Great Barrier Reef
"A huge raft of pumice created by an underwater volcano is floating toward Australia, and it could help the Great Barrier Reef recover from bleaching," reports Weather.com: The pumice raft is about 60...
09:34 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot Sheriff Warns Angry Locals To Vacate Houses Before SpaceX's 'Starhopper' Test
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider: A small community of people at the southern tip of Texas just received what some of its residents are calling a "shocking" and "concerning" warning about S...
08:34 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot XKCD Contest Winners Force Book Tour Stop In Juneau Alaska
XKCD cartoonist Randall Munroe says he received "a huge number of submissions" in a contest to choose an additional city for his upcoming book tour. The challenge? "Write the best story using nothing ...
07:34 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot Musk and Bezos' Satellite Internet Could Save Consumers Billions of Dollars
"The fight for space internet supremacy is on," writes the consumer policy expert at BroadbandNow, calculating the benefits of these additional broadband competitors:Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites f...
06:30 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot Standard, a Javascript Style Guide Library With 3M Downloads Per Month, Now Showing Ads When Installed Via NPM
Standard, a popular Javascript style guide library that is downloaded about three million times each month, is beginning to show ads when installed through npm, a developer announced this week. The mo...
05:37 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot Police Sell Cyberattackers $1M Bitcoin Stash To Compensate Victims
UK police have seized Bitcoin worth more than £920,000 ($1.1 million) from a 27-year-old convicted of computer crimes -- and they're now planning to sell it to compensate his victims. An anonymo...
04:39 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot Some Original Berkeley Unix Pioneers Still Work On The FreeBSD Project
Slashdot reader sfcrazy writes:The Linux Foundation hosted the executive director of the FreeBSD Foundation, Deb Goodkin, at the Open Source Summit in San Diego. In this episode of Let's Talk, we sat ...
03:34 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot Google Confirms Android 10 Will Fix 193 Security Vulnerabilities
"Were it not for third-party components, the August Android Security Bulletin would have been the first report to be released with only a single critical vulnerability found," reports TechRepublic. "H...
02:34 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot New Technique Can Bioprint Living Tissue In Seconds
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:Bioprinting holds great potential for repairing injuries, testing drugs or replacing whole organs, but it's currently limited in complexity, viability and speed -- ...
01:34 pm - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot US Govt Considers Changing Requirements for Rocket Launches. Commercial Space Group Objects
Long-time Slashdot reader apoc.famine writes:In a proposed change to the licensing of spaceflight operations, the FAA writes: "This action would fundamentally change how the FAA licenses launches and ...
11:34 am - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot Russia's Floating Nuclear Power Plant Begins 2,650-Mile Sea Voyage
An anonymous reader shared this article about the Akademik Lomonosov "powership" -- Russia's new 459-foot (140-meter) floating nuclear power station (with two 35-megawatt nuclear reactors). It's begun...
07:34 am - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot Is Agile Becoming Less and Less Relevant?
OneHundredAndTen shares "an interesting Forbes article that posits that Agile software development is losing relevance, it is not the silver bullet that some claimed, and it has become a sort of relig...
04:34 am - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot The Facebook Users Who Can't Get Their Accounts Back
"While many users are abandoning Facebook, fed up with what seems like a never-ending series of privacy violations, a small cohort find themselves in the opposite position," reports New York Times ent...
03:04 am - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot VW Recalls 679K Cars With Faulty Micro Switch That 'May Roll Away'
"Volkswagen issued a recall Friday of 679,000 vehicles for risk that they may roll away," reports the New York Daily News:Models recalled include certain 2011 through 2019 Beetles and Beetle convertib...
01:34 am - Sun, August 25, 2019
Slashdot 'Cheating Volkswagen Diesels Have Become A Hot Commodity'
Remember the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal? "In the end, after paying huge fines and seeing key executives head to prison, VW agreed to buy back nearly 380,000 of the offending cars in the Unite...
11:39 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Estimate the Cost of an Algorithm Turned Into an ASIC?
"Another coder and I are exploring the possibility of having a video-processing algorithm written in C turned into an ASIC ("Application Specific Integrated Circuit") hardware chip that could go insid...
10:45 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot UK Cybersecurity Agency Urges Devs To Drop Python 2
Python's End-of-Life date is 129 days away, warns the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). "There will be no more bug fixes, or security updates, from Python's core developers." An anonymous read...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot First Alleged Crime In Space?
bobstreo tipped us off to an interesting story. The BBC reports that NASA "is reported to be investigating a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the Internat...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Brazil Tries Deploying Its Military To Fight Fires in the Amazon
"As an ecological disaster in the Amazon escalated into a global political crisis, Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, took the rare step on Friday of mobilising the armed forces to help contain blaze...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot ITER: 'Where the Sun Will Be Re-Born on Earth'
Long-time Slashdot reader rinka shares an article about "the place where the Sun will be re-born on Earth":The world's best scientists are trying to create a 'miniature Sun' on Earth to tap its fusion...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot 2019 Hugo Award Winners Include a Fan Fiction Site and 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
DevNull127 writes: The 77th World Science Fiction Convention announced the winners of the 2019 Hugo Awards at a ceremony Sunday night. Here's some of the highlights. At least two of these stories can ...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Awards $100,000 Prize For New Code Isolation Technique
ZDNet reports: Facebook has awarded a $100,000 prize to a team of academics from Germany for developing a new code isolation technique that can be used to safeguard sensitive data while it's being pro...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot India's Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft Enters the Moon's Orbit
Long-time Slashdot reader William Robinson writes: An unmanned spacecraft, Chandrayaan 2, India launched last month has begun orbiting the moon before it lands on the far side to search for water. The...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Three Smart Ovens Turned On Overnight, Then Preheated To 400 Degrees
AmiMoJo quote the Verge:At least three smart June Ovens have turned on in the middle of the night and heated up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The ovens' owners aren't sure why this happened, an...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Why Are 'Supply Chain Attacks' on Open Source Libraries Getting Worse?
"A rash of supply chain attacks hitting open source software over the past year shows few signs of abating, following the discovery this week of two separate backdoors slipped into a dozen libraries d...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Quantum Radar Has Been Demonstrated For the First Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Shabir Barzanjeh at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and a few colleagues have used entangled microwaves to create the wo...
10:00 am - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Joins Walmart In Saying Tesla Solar Panels Caught Fire
Earlier today, it was reported that Tesla is working to resolve the lawsuit Walmart filed against the company earlier this week over defective solar panels. However, this story is far from over as Ama...
07:00 am - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Tests 'Collections' That Are Curated By Humans Instead of Algorithms
Netflix is testing an all-new recommendation system called "Collections" that relies on humans instead of neural networks. TechCrunch reports: While Netflix today already offers thematic suggestions o...
03:30 am - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Complex Quantum Teleportation Achieved For the First Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna have experimentally demonstrated what was previously only a theoretica...
02:10 am - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Seattle Has Figured Out How To End the War On Drugs
Nicholas Kristof writes in an opinion piece for The New York Times about Seattle's "bold approach to narcotics that should be a model for America." Instead of being prosecuted for being caught with sm...
01:30 am - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Says It Will Now Remove 'Violent' and 'Mature' Videos Pretending To Be Kid-Friendly
YouTube announced it is changing its policy in regard to how it treats videos targeted toward minors and young children. "The video platform says it will now remove all content that contains 'violent'...
12:50 am - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Google Agrees To Meet With YouTubers Union Right Before Deadline
Last month, FairTube -- a collaboration between a group that calls itself the "YouTubers Union" and Europe's largest trade union, IG Metall -- sent Google a list of demands to achieve better working c...
12:10 am - Sat, August 24, 2019
Slashdot Apple Contractors Were Each Listening To 1,000 Siri Recordings a Day, Says Report
According to The Verge, citing a report from the Irish Examiner, Apple used human contractors to listen to an arduous 1,000 Siri recordings every day to help make the digital assistant better at givin...
11:30 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Bans Ads From The Epoch Times
Facebook has banned advertising from The Epoch Times, the Falun Gong-related publication and conservative news outlet, as the social network struggles to implement a consistent political advertising p...
10:50 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm Wins a Pause In Enforcement of FTC Ruling
Qualcomm has won a partial stay against the enforcement of a sweeping antitrust ruling in a lawsuit brought by the FTC. "The company on May 21 lost in an antitrust lawsuit and has been fighting to hav...
10:10 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Working To Resolve Dispute With Walmart Over Solar Panel Fires
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Walmart and Tesla are actively negotiating to resolve the lawsuit Walmart filed against Tesla earlier this week over defective solar panels, the ...
09:30 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Employees Connect Nuclear Plant To the Internet So They Can Mine Cryptocurrency
Ukrainian authorities are investigating a potential security breach at a local nuclear power plant after employees connected parts of its internal network to the internet so they could mine cryptocurr...
08:53 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Why Are There So Many Weird Tech Patents?
Companies are constantly patenting strange things they have no intention of developing. From a report: Amazon is putting humans in cages to protect them from machines! Facebook is selling your face to...
08:07 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Underappreciated Movie?
What's one movie that is lesser-known or underappreciated that you really enjoyed -- or found insightful? Last time we asked this question, it was 2003!Read more of this story at Slashdot....
07:30 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Uber's $1-Per-Ride 'Safe Rides Fee' Had Nothing To Do With Safety
Uber imposed a $1-per-ride surcharge it called a "Safe Rides Fee" in 2014, but it was a just a play for profit. From a report: The money collected by the company from the fee -- estimated at around $5...
06:50 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Top US Publishers Sue Amazon's Audible For Copyright Infringement
Amazon's Audible was sued by some of the top U.S. publishers for copyright infringement on Friday, aiming to block a planned rollout of a feature called 'Audible Captions' that shows the text on scree...
05:58 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Trump Orders US Businesses To Find Alternative To China
President Trump said Friday U.S. companies were "hereby ordered" to start looking for alternatives to doing business in China after Beijing said it would impose tariffs on $75 billion worth of additio...
05:30 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Americans Are Waiting Three Years To Replace Their Phones, Study Finds
A new study released by Strategy Analytics reflects the current state of the smartphone industry. Apparently, consumers in the US -- Baby Boomers, in particular -- are increasingly delaying their smar...
04:47 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Graphics That Seem Clear Can Easily Be Misread
An anonymous reader shares a report: "A picture is worth a thousand words." That saying leads us to believe that we can readily interpret a chart correctly. But charts are visual arguments, and they a...
04:07 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Said It Would Give Detailed Data To Academics. They're Still Waiting.
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2018, Facebook announced a partnership to provide data to academics to "help people better understand the broader impact of social media on democracy -- as well...
03:23 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Google Doesn't Want Staff Debating Politics at Work Anymore
Google posted new internal rules that discourage employees from debating politics, a shift away from the internet giant's famously open culture. From a report: The new "community guidelines" tell empl...
02:41 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products
Just like tech companies that have struggled to tackle misinformation on their platforms, Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site. The Wall Street J...
02:02 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Members of Facebook's 'Crypto Mafia' Reportedly Getting Cold Feet About Libra Currency
At least three of the 28 entities that have signed on for Facebook's planned Libra currency are now getting nervous about the project, according to a new report from the Financial Times. And Facebook ...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Directors Give Blessing To Shareholder Lawsuit Against Larry Ellison, Safra Catz
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Three years after closing a $9.3 billion deal to acquire NetSuite, several Oracle board members have written an extraordinary letter to the Delawar...
10:00 am - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Will No Longer Use Tips To Pay Delivery Drivers' Base Salaries
Amazon is ending its practice of using customer tips to pay its Flex drivers' wages, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times and confirmed by The Verge. From the report: The practice came under...
07:00 am - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Vaping Is Suspected In Severe Lung Illnesses
U.S. health authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the cases of 153 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, who developed several lung illnesses after usi...
03:30 am - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Streaming Video Will Soon Look Like the Bad Old Days of TV
An anonymous Slashdot reader shares an opinion piece from The New York Times, written by Matthew Ball, former head of strategic planning for Amazon Studios. Here's an excerpt: The next 12 months will ...
02:10 am - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Maglev Heart Could Keep Cardiac Patients Alive
Bivacor is working toward human trials of their artificial heart after the implant successfully kept a calf alive for 90-days, helping it stay healthy, energetic, and gain weight at a normal rate. It ...
01:30 am - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot HP Names Head of Printer Division As New CEO
Longtime HP veteran Enrique Lores, who runs the $20 billion printer business, is succeeding Dion Weisler effective November 1. Weisler, who was named CEO in late 2014 after the computing behemoth was ...
12:50 am - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Electric Dump Truck Produces More Energy Than It Uses
The Elektro eDumper dump truck is being put to work at a mine in Switzerland where it's able to produce more power than it consumes. "The dump truck drives up a mountain with no load, and carries doub...
12:10 am - Fri, August 23, 2019
Slashdot Security Researchers Find Several Bugs In Nest Security Cameras
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Hackers could have logged into your Nest Cam IQ Indoor and watch whatever was happening in your home by taking advantage of a vulnerability found ...
11:30 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Pressured To Ban Chinese State Media Ads That Spread Misinformation About Protesters
YouTube is being pressured to remove ads from China Central Television, a state media channel that's allegedly spreading misinformation about protesters in Hong Kong. The Verge reports: Users on Twitt...
10:53 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple Advises Owners of Its New Credit Card To Keep It Away From Leather, Denim
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: Apple has advised owners of its new credit card to keep it away from leather and denim. Keeping the card in a leather wallet or in the pocket of a pair of jeans c...
10:15 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Valve Says Turning Away Researcher Reporting Steam Vulnerability Was a Mistake
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In an attempt to quell a controversy that has raised the ire of white-hat hackers, the maker of the Steam online game platform said on Thursday i...
09:35 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic
An anonymous reader shares a report: Eyre (an anecdote in the story) is one of more than 1,000 young women college-aged or older, hailing from 300 schools around the country, who participated in a rec...
08:54 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot VMware Buys Carbon Black and Pivotal, Valued Together at $4.8 billion
Software company VMware on Thursday said it's acquiring Carbon Black at an enterprise value of $2.1 billion and Pivotal at an enterprise value of $2.7 billion. The deals are expected to close by the e...
08:14 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Rainforest is Burning at an Unprecedented Rate
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said his government lacks the resources to fight the record number of fires in the Amazon. And he again suggested that non-governmental organizations had started...
07:36 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot The FCC Has No Idea How Many People Don't Have Broadband Access
A new broadband mapping system is starting to show just how inaccurate the Federal Communications Commission's connectivity data is. From a report: In Missouri and Virginia, up to 38 percent of rural ...
06:52 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Phone Companies, State Attorneys General Announce Broad Campaign To Fight Robocalls
Twelve of the country's largest telephone companies on Thursday pledged to implement new technology to spot and block robocalls, part of an agreement brokered between the industry and 51 attorneys gen...
06:10 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Android Ditches Desserts as Q Becomes 10
The next version of the Android operating system (OS) will not be named after a dessert or sweet treat, ending a tradition that started in 2009. From a report: Following the pattern, the name of the n...
05:35 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot The Planet Needs a New Internet
An anonymous reader shares a report: When climate change comes for our coffee and our wine, we'll moan about it on Twitter, read about it on our favorite websites, and watch diverting videos on YouTub...
04:51 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Justice Department Indicts 80 Individuals, Most in Nigeria, in a Massive Business Email Scam Bust
The Justice Department have indicted dozens of individuals accused of their involvement in a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme. From a report: Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the...
04:10 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Triples Free-Trial Period on Premium Service
Spotify today extended the free-trial period for its Premium service from one month to three, tripling the amount of time listeners can take full advantage of the streaming giant's offerings without p...
03:34 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot EU Reportedly Wants Strict Limits For 'Indiscriminate' Facial Recognition
The European Commission is reportedly considering sweeping reforms to facial recognition regulation to protect citizens from public surveillance, said the Financial Times on Thursday. From a report: Q...
02:54 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome Proposes 'Privacy Sandbox' To Reform Advertising Evils
Google's Chrome team proposed a "privacy sandbox" Thursday that's designed to give us the best of both worlds: ads that publishers can target toward our interests but that don't infringe our privacy. ...
02:44 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome Proposes 'Privacy Sandbox' To Reform Advertising Evils
Google's Chrome team proposed a "privacy sandbox" Thursday that's designed to give us the best of both worlds: ads that publishers can target toward our interests but that don't infringe our privacy. ...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple Readies Camera-Focused Pro iPhones, New iPads, Larger MacBook Pro
An anonymous reader writes: Apple will launch three new iPhone models in an event next week. Two will be called "Pro" models and will replace the iPhone XS and XS Max. A third phone will replace the i...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Chicago Tribune Claims iPhone Radiofrequency Radiation Levels Measured Higher Than Legal Safety Limit In Tests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: The Chicago Tribune recently launched an investigation into the radiofrequency radiation levels output by popular smartphones, and found that some o...
10:00 am - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Amazon, Microsoft Are 'Putting World At Risk of Killer AI,' Says Study
oxide7 shares a report from International Business Times: Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report...
07:00 am - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Backdoor Code Found In 11 Ruby Libraries
Maintainers of the RubyGems package repository have yanked 18 malicious versions of 11 Ruby libraries that contained a backdoor mechanism and were caught inserting code that launched hidden cryptocurr...
03:30 am - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Are Creepily Close To Predicting When You're Going To Die
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If death is in the cards, it may also be in your blood. Measurements of 14 metabolic substances in blood were pretty good at predicting whether p...
02:10 am - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Splunk To Buy Cloud-Monitoring Software Maker SignalFx For $1.05 Billion
Splunk Inc. reached a $1.05 billion deal to buy cloud-monitoring startup SignalFx Inc., a deal that would strengthen the cybersecurity and data-analytics firm's offerings in the fast-growing cloud-com...
01:30 am - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Postpones Shutdown of Hangouts For G Suite Users
Google will let G Suite customers continue to use Hangouts until next year, delaying a shutdown of the service that was supposed to begin in October. Hangouts will now stay around for business custome...
12:50 am - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot California High School In Silicon Valley Is Locking Up Students' Cellphones
San Mateo High School administrators have instituted a new policy to lock up students' cellphones. "Each school day, nearly 1,700 students place their devices in a Yondr pouch that closes with a propr...
12:10 am - Thu, August 22, 2019
Slashdot Waymo Releases a Self-Driving Open Data Set For Free Use By Research Community
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Waymo is opening up its significant stores of autonomous driving data with a new Open Data Set it's making available for the purposes of research. ...
11:30 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot DoorDash Still Pockets Workers' Tips Almost a Month After It Promised To Stop
DoorDash, the leading food delivery app in the U.S., is still pocketing workers' tips, despite announcing last month that it would stop the practice and change its tipping policies. The announcement w...
10:50 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Google DeepMind Co-Founder Placed On Leave From AI Lab
Mustafa Suleyman, the co-founder of Google's high-profile AI lab DeepMind, has been placed on leave after controversy over some of the projects he led. Bloomberg reports: Mustafa Suleyman runs DeepMin...
10:10 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Moscow's Blockchain Voting System Cracked a Month Before Election
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A French security researcher has found a critical vulnerability in the blockchain-based voting system Russian officials plan to use next month for the 2...
09:30 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Flaws in Cellphone Evidence Prompt Review of 10,000 Verdicts in Denmark
The authorities in Denmark say they plan to review over 10,000 court verdicts because of errors in cellphone tracking data offered as evidence. From a report: The country's director of public prosecut...
08:50 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Intel, Google, Microsoft, and Others Launch Confidential Computing Consortium for Data Security
Major tech companies including Alibaba, Arm, Baidu, IBM, Intel, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and Red Hat today announced intent to form the Confidential Computing Consortium to improve security for data i...
08:10 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should Microsoft Make an Xbox Phone?
dvda247 writes: Since there's the Nintendo Switch and previously there was the Sony PSP (Playstation Portable), should Microsoft make an Xbox Phone? There are already 'gaming phones' like the ASUS ROG...
07:30 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Researcher Publishes Second Steam Zero Day After Getting Banned on Valve's Bug Bounty Program
A Russian security researcher has published details about a zero-day in the Steam gaming client. This is the second Steam zero-day the researcher has made public in the past two weeks. From a report: ...
06:50 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Contractors Listened To Xbox Owners in Their Homes
Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console's voice command features, Motherboard has learned. From a report: The aud...
06:10 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot MoviePass Exposed Thousands of Unencrypted Customer Card Numbers
New submitter sizzlinkitty writes: Movie ticket subscription service MoviePass has exposed tens of thousands of customer card numbers and personal credit cards because a critical server was not protec...
05:30 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot How Flat Earthers Nearly Derailed a Space Photo Book
An anonymous reader writes: A photographer trying to raise money for a self-published book of historical space artifacts had his Facebook ads repeatedly removed by Facebook because flat-Earthers and M...
04:47 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile 'Put My Life in Danger' Says Woman Stalked With Black Market Location Data
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: Ruth Johnson didn't know exactly who rang her phone and threatened her around 20 times in 2014. The person on the other end said he was John Edens from the U.S. ...
04:10 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Gmail in G Suite Now Uses AI For Inline Spelling and Grammar Suggestions
Ever been stumped by spelling or sentence syntax while pecking out an email to colleagues? Fortunately for G Suite users, Google will soon introduce improved spelling and grammar correction tools in G...
03:33 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Apple, Google, and Mozilla Block Kazakhstan's HTTPS Intercepting Certificate
Apple, Google, and Mozilla have moved in to ban a root certificate the Kazakhstan government used in the past month to spy on its citizens' web traffic. From a report: Starting today, Chrome, Firefox,...
02:50 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Intel's Line of Notebook CPUs Gets More Confusing With 14nm Comet Lake
Intel today launched a new series of 14nm notebook CPUs code-named Comet Lake. Going by Intel's numbers, Comet Lake looks like a competent upgrade to its predecessor Whiskey Lake. The interesting ques...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Sony Pulls Spider-Man Out of the MCU Over Profit-Sharing Dispute With Disney
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has pulled out of producing future Spider-Man movies. From a report: The news was first reported by Deadline and later confirmed by Sony Pictures. According to Dea...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Japan's Digital Pop Stars Blur Line Between Virtual and Reality
An anonymous Slashdot reader shares a report about Japan's virtual YouTubers or VTubers that act as live performers, corporate PR officials and even surrogate children. From The Wall Street Journal: R...
10:00 am - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot The First Lightning Security Key For iPhones Is Here, and It Works With USB-C, Too
Yubico is releasing the $70 YubiKey 5Ci, the first security key that can plug into your iPhone's Lightning port or a USB-C port, and it's compatible with popular password vaults LastPass and 1Password...
09:10 am - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Sony Pulls Spider-Man Out of the MCU Over Profit-Sharing Dispute With Disney
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has pulled out of producing future Spider-Man movies. From a report: The news was first reported by Deadline and later confirmed by Sony Pictures. According to Dea...
07:00 am - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot 'World's Oldest Webcam' To Be Switched Off
The world's oldest continuously working webcam is being switched off after 25 years. The BBC reports: The Fogcam was set up in 1994 to watch how the weather changed on the San Francisco State Universi...
03:30 am - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Pig To Human Heart Transplants 'Possible Within Three Years'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Adapted pig hearts could be transplanted into patients within three years, according to a report citing the surgeon who pioneered heart transplan...
02:10 am - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Removes Videos of Robots Fighting For 'Animal Cruelty'
YouTuber and robot enthusiast Anthony Murney noticed YouTube has removed hundreds of videos showing robots battling other robots after claiming they are in breach of its rules surrounding animal cruel...
01:30 am - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Sues Tesla Over Fires At Stores Fitted With Its Solar Panels
Walmart filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Tesla accusing the company of supplying solar panels that were responsible for fires at about seven of its stores. Reuters reports: The fires destroyed signi...
12:50 am - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Former Siri Chief Is Leaving Apple To Join Microsoft's AI Division
Bill Stasior, the former head of Apple's Siri division, is leaving the company after nearly a decade to join Microsoft's artificial intelligence division, reports The Information. "Although Stasior le...
12:10 am - Wed, August 21, 2019
Slashdot Solar Power Is Now As Inexpensive As Grid Electricity In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Solar power now costs the same as, or less than, electricity from the grid in many of China's cities, a new study finds. This research may encou...
11:30 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot IFTTT Warns Its Users Not To Migrate To Google Accounts
Back in May Google announced it was phasing out its Work With Nest program in favor of a Works With Google Assistant framework, frustrating many users as it will break IFTTT tie-ins. Thankfully, IFTTT...
10:50 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot 'Matrix 4' Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss
Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth film set in the world of "The Matrix," with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. Variety reports...
10:10 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Man Sued For Using Bogus YouTube Takedowns To Get Address For Swatting
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: YouTube is suing a Nebraska man the company says has blatantly abused its copyright takedown process. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act offers...
09:30 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Google Launches Android Studio 3.5 With Improved Memory Settings, Build Speed, and Apply Changes
Google today launched Android Studio 3.5, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with a specific focus on "product quality." From a report: This release is the last one un...
08:50 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot IBM is Moving OpenPower Foundation To The Linux Foundation
IBM makes the Power Series chips, and as part of that has open sourced some of the underlying technologies to encourage wider use of these chips. The open source pieces have been part of the OpenPower...
08:10 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot NASA Mission To Jupiter Moon Europa Moves Step Closer To Launch
A NASA mission to explore the most tantalizing of Jupiter's 79 moons has been given the green light to proceed to the final stages of development. From a report: Europa -- which is slightly smaller th...
07:30 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Flawed Algorithms Are Grading Millions of Students' Essays
Fooled by gibberish and highly susceptible to human bias, automated essay-scoring systems are being increasingly adopted, a Motherboard investigation has found. From a report: Every year, millions of ...
06:50 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot A Diet Based on Caloric Restriction Might Make You Live Longer. It'll Certainly Feel Like Longer.
A diet based on caloric restriction might make you live longer. It'll certainly feel like longer. Called Prolon, it's a five-day, $250 meal kit which arrives in a white cardboard container a little bi...
06:12 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites
Facebook said Tuesday it's rolling out a long-awaited privacy feature that will let users see and clear information from apps and websites they browse outside of the social network. Some people in Ire...
05:30 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Google's Clickless Era
For the first time last month, a majority of all browser-based Google searches resulted in zero clicks, according to a new study from software company Sparktoro. From a report: The report's author not...
04:54 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Bitbucket Dropping Support For Mercurial
Bitbucket, once one of the largest Mercurial repository hosting sites, said Tuesday it plans to remove Mercurial features and repositories from its platform on June 1, 2020. In a blog post, Bitbucket ...
04:10 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Chromium-Powered Edge Browser Moves Closer To Release With New Beta Build
Microsoft today made a beta version of its Chromium Edge browser available to download for macOS and Windows platforms, as it looks to convince users to give its revamped version of desktop browser a ...
03:30 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot WebKit Introduces New Tracking Prevention Policy
AmiMoJo writes: WebKit, the open source HTML engine used by Apple's Safari browser and a number of others, has created a new policy on tracking prevention. The short version is that many forms of trac...
02:50 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot The Truth About Faster Internet: It's Not Worth It
Americans are spending ever more for blazing internet speeds, on the promise that faster is better. Is that really the case? For most people, the answer is no. From a report: The Wall Street Journal s...
02:49 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot The Truth About Faster Internet: It's Not Worth It
Americans are spending ever more for blazing internet speeds, on the promise that faster is better. Is that really the case? For most people, the answer is no. From a report: The Wall Street Journal s...
02:20 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot States To Launch Antitrust Investigation Into Big Tech Companies
An anonymous reader shares a report: The state attorneys in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the tech giants, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Time...
02:10 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot States To Launch Antitrust Investigation Into Big Tech Companies
An anonymous reader shares a report: The state attorneys in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the tech giants, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Time...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Juul, Philip Morris Sued Under Racketeer Act For Targeting Kids
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. and Philip Morris USA Inc. were sued for illegally marketing nicotine-delivery devices to minors and deceiving cons...
10:00 am - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot 35 Million-Year-Old Asteroid Left a Trail of Destruction Across the Eastern US
schwit1 shares a report from Space.com: About 35 million years ago, an asteroid traveling nearly 144,000 mph (231,000 km/h) smashed into the Atlantic Ocean near the modern-day town of Cape Charles, Vi...
07:00 am - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot How SpaceX Plans To Move Starship From Cocoa Site To Kennedy Space Center
New submitter RhettLivingston writes: Real plans for the move of Starship Mk 2 from its current construction site in Cocoa to the Kennedy Space Center have finally emerged. A News 6 Orlando report ide...
03:30 am - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Are 99 Percent Sure They Just Detected a Black Hole Eating a Neutron Star
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Wednesday, a gravitational wave called S190814bv was detected by the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and ...
02:02 am - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Jaguar and Audi SUVs Fail To Dent Tesla's Electric-Car Dominance
Tesla has managed to expand its electric-car marketshare, despite two new battery-powered luxury SUVs that have been in U.S. showrooms for the last 10 months: Jaguar's I-Pace and Audi's e-tron. Bloomb...
01:25 am - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Pentagon Conducts First Test of Previously Banned Missile
The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The Associa...
12:45 am - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Blocks State-Controlled Media Outlets From Advertising On Its Social Network
Twitter is now blocking state-run media outlets from advertising on its platform. The new policy was announced just hours after the company was criticized for running promoted tweets by China's larges...
12:03 am - Tue, August 20, 2019
Slashdot Terrorists Turn To Bitcoin For Funding, and They're Learning Fast
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, has been designated a terrorist organization by Western governments and some others and has been loc...
11:20 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot How Malformed Packets Caused CenturyLink's 37-Hour, Nationwide Outage
Ars Technica reports on what went wrong last December when CenturyLink had a nationwide, 37-hour outage that disrupted 911 service for millions of Americans and prevented completion of at least 886 ca...
10:40 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Sony Buys Spider-Man Developer Insomniac Games
Sony has purchased the California-based game studio Insomniac Games, best known for last year's Spider-Man on PS4, which sold 13.2 million copies. Sony says Insomniac will become an exclusive PlayStat...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Paging Big Brother: In Amazon's Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite
As fake and illegitimate texts proliferate online, books are becoming a form of misinformation. The author of "1984" would not be surprised. From a report: In George Orwell's "1984," the classics of l...
09:20 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Cerebras Systems Unveils a Record 1.2 Trillion Transistor Chip For AI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: New artificial intelligence company Cerebras Systems is unveiling the largest semiconductor chip ever built. The Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine has 1...
08:45 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Newt Gingrich Trying To Sell Trump on a Cheap Moon Plan
WindBourne writes: Newt Gingrich and an eclectic band of NASA skeptics are trying to sell President Donald Trump on a reality show-style plan to jump-start the return of humans to the moon -- at a fra...
08:04 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Bernie Sanders Wants To Ban Facial Recognition Use By Police
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants to put an end to police use of facial recognition software. Sanders called for the ban as part of a criminal justice reform plan i...
07:21 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Releases First Public Jailbreak for Up-to-Date iPhones in Years
Apple has mistakenly made it a bit easier to hack iPhone users who are on the latest version of its mobile operating system iOS by unpatching a vulnerability it had already fixed. From a report: Hacke...
06:41 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot An Ode To Microsoft Encarta
Scott Hanselman: Microsoft Encarta came out in 1993 and was one of the first CD-ROMs I had. It stopped shipping in 2009 on DVD. I recently found a disk and was impressed that it installed just perfect...
06:02 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Developers Accuse Apple of Anti-Competitive Behavior With Its Privacy Changes in iOS 13
A group of app developers have penned a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, arguing that certain privacy-focused changes to Apple's iOS 13 operating system will hurt their business. From a report: In a repo...
05:21 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Twitter is Blocked in China, But Chinese State News Agency is Buying Promoted Tweets To Portray Hong Kong Protestors as Violent
Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua is promoting tweets attacking the protestors and claiming they do not have wider support. From a report: Twitter is being criticized for running promoted tweets by...
04:41 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Small Companies Play Big Role in Robocall Scourge, But Remedies Are Elusive
The billions of illegal robocalls inundating Americans are being facilitated largely by small telecom carriers that transmit calls over the internet, industry officials say, but authorities are at odd...
04:01 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Wireless Carrier Throttling of Online Video Is Pervasive: Study
U.S. wireless carriers have long said they may slow video traffic on their networks to avoid congestion and bottlenecks. But new research shows the throttling happens pretty much everywhere all the ti...
03:21 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Degrading Tor Network Performance Only Costs a Few Thousand Dollars Per Month
Threat actors or nation-states looking into degrading the performance of the Tor anonymity network can do it on the cheap, for only a few thousands US dollars per month, new academic research has reve...
02:40 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot The Latest Claim To Satoshi Nakamoto is the 'Stupidest One Yet'
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, Faketoshis have been fighting to claim the Bitcoin throne, trying to make us all believe they were responsible for the cryptocurrency's creation. But th...
02:00 pm - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Fearing Data Privacy Issues, Google Cuts Some Android Phone Data For Wireless Carriers
Alphabet' Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, Reuters reported Monday, citing people familiar with the matte...
10:34 am - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot The US Army Wants To Microwave Drones in Midair
"The U.S. Army, as part of a broad counter-unmanned aerial systems strategy, is pushing forward with the U.S. Air Force to develop a high-powered microwave weapon," reports Popular Mechanics:Microwave...
07:34 am - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot PayPal Builds 'Zoid' JavaScript Library To 'Make IFrames Cool Again'
"Earlier this year I gave a talk at FullStack conference in London about making iFrames cool again," writes a lead engineer at PayPal.In a nutshell: iframes let you build user experiences into embedda...
04:34 am - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot Massive Ransomware Attack Hits 23 Local Texas Government Offices
Long-time Slashdot reader StonyCreekBare shared this press release from the Texas Department of Information Resources (Dir) press release as of August 17, 2019, at approximately 5:00 p.m. central time...
01:34 am - Mon, August 19, 2019
Slashdot A New Idea For Fighting Rising Sea Levels: Iceberg-Making Submarines
To address the affects of global warming, a team of designers "propose building ice-making submarines that would ply polar waters and pop out icebergs to replace melting floes," reports NBC News:"Sea ...
11:45 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Stack Overflow Touts New Programming Solutions Tool That Mines Crowd Knowledge
Stack Overflow shares a new tool from a team of researchers that "takes the description of a programming task as a query and then provides relevant, comprehensive programming solutions containing both...
10:39 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just As Deadly As Nuclear Weapons
"As someone who studies cybersecurity and information warfare, I'm concerned that a cyberattack with widespread impact, an intrusion in one area that spreads to others or a combination of lots of smal...
09:38 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot XKCD Author Challenges Serena Williams To Attack A Drone
In just 16 days XKCD author Randall Munroe releases a new book titled How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. He's just released an excerpt from the chapter "How to Catch a Dr...
09:04 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Why Am I Receiving Unordered Boxes From Amazon?
It's an unexpected surprise that's been popping up "all over the country," according to the Better Business Bureau. People are receiving boxes of unordered merchandise from Amazon.The companies, usual...
08:34 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Alexa, Siri, and Google Home Can Be Tricked Into Sending Callers To Scam Phone Numbers
"Don't ask your smart device to look up a phone number, because it may accidentally point you to a scam," warn the consumer watchdogs at the Better Business Bureau:You need the phone number for a comp...
07:34 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Should HTTPS Certificates Expire After Just 397 Days?
Google has made a proposal to the unofficial cert industry group that "would cut lifespan of SSL certificates from 825 days to 397 days," reports ZDNet.No vote was held on the proposal; however, most ...
06:34 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Wells Fargo's Computer Kept Charging 'Overdrawn' Fees On Supposedly Closed Accounts
The New York Times explains a new issue by describing what happened when Xavier Einaudi tried to close his Wells Fargo checking account.For weeks after the date the bank said the accounts would be clo...
05:34 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Tech Companies Challenge 'Open Office' Trend With Pods
Open floor plans create "a minefield of distractions," writes CNBC. But now they're being countered by a new trend that one office interior company's owner says "started with tech companies and the ne...
04:34 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Slackware, the Longest Active Linux Distro, Finally Has a Patreon Page
"Slackware is the longest active Linux distribution project, founded in 1993," writes TheBAFH (Slashdot reader #68,624). "Today there are many Linux distributions available, but I've remained dedicate...
03:34 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Open-Sources Live Transcribe's Speech Engine
Friday Google open-sourced "the speech engine that powers its Android speech recognition transcription tool Live Transcribe," reports Venture Beat:The company hopes doing so will let any developer del...
02:34 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Find New State of Matter, Claim It Could Aid Quantum Computing and Data Storage
"A team of physicists has uncovered a new state of matter -- a breakthrough that offers promise for increasing storage capabilities in electronic devices and enhancing quantum computing," according to...
02:04 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot 'Paint' and 'WordPad' Will Soon Become Optional Features In Windows 10
An anonymous reader quotes Neowin:Both WordPad and the classic Paint app can now be found in the list of optional features for Windows 10, joining the ranks of other hallmarks of the Windows of yore, ...
01:34 pm - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Plans To Remove All FTP Support From Chrome
An anonymous reader quotes MSPoweruser:Google Chrome always had a bit of a love-hate relationship when it comes to managing FTP links. The web browser usually downloads instead of rendering it like ot...
11:34 am - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot How Should Schools Grade Unexpected-But-Correct Answers On Coding Tests?
There can be more than one correct answer for academic tests of programming ability, writes long-time Slashdot reader theodp:Take the first of the Free-Response Questions in this year's AP CS A exam, ...
04:34 am - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot 'I Want a Super-Smart Chair!'
Long-time Slashdot reader shanen writes:Imagine you had a perfect chair for using your computer. Also a perfect chair for watching TV. And a chair for listening to music, a chair for reading, a chair ...
01:34 am - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Intel Patches Three High-Severity Vulnerabilities
Intel's latest patches "stomped out three high-severity vulnerabilities and five medium-severity flaws," reports Threatpost:One of the more serious vulnerabilities exist in the Intel Processor Identif...
01:34 am - Sun, August 18, 2019
Slashdot Three Years Later, France's Solar Road is a Flop
DigressivePoser and schwit1 both submitted the same story. That 1-km ( .62-mile) "solar road" paved with photovoltaic panels in France is "too noisy, falling apart, and doesn't even collect enough sol...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot YouTube's Algorithms Blamed For Brazil's Dangerous Conspiracy Video-Sharing on WhatsApp
Sunday the New York Times reported that YouTube "radicalized" Brazil -- by "systematically" diverting users to conspiracy videos. Yet conventional wisdom in Brazil still puts the blame on WhatsApp, th...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Begins Selling $25 'Nuke Mars' T-Shirts
"Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday evening 'Nuke Mars.' A few hours later he followed it up with 'T-shirt soon'," writes Business Insider. BGR reports:Musk's tweet is a reference to the theory that by dro...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot US Navy Tests WWII-ERA Messaging Tech: Dropping Bean Bags Onto Ships
Long-time Slashdot reader davidwr writes: In World War II, pilots would air-drop messages onto ships using bean-bags. Just as with sextants a few years ago, the Navy is bringing back old tech, because...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Can JPEG XL Become the Next Free and Open Image Format?
"JPEG XL looks very promising as a next gen replacement for JPEG, PNG and GIF," writes icknay (Slashdot reader #96,963):JPEG was incredibly successful by solving a real problem with a free and open fo...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Google Criticized For Vulnerability That Can Trick Its AI Into Deactivating Accounts
In July Google was sued by Tulsi Gabbard, one of 23 Democrats running for president, after Google mistakenly suspended her advertising account. "I believe I can provide assistance on where to focus yo...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Dreams of Offshore Servers Haunt The Ocean-Based Micronation of 'Sealand'
Late Christmas Eve, 1966, a retired British army major named Paddy Roy Bates piloted a motorboat seven miles off the coast of England to an abandoned anti-aircraft platform "and declared it conquered,...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot 'Futurefon' Crowdfunded on Indiegogo Was Part Of a Multimillion-dollar Scam
"The crowdfunded phone of the future was a multimillion-dollar scam," reports the Verge:In 2014, Jeffrey Tschiltsch opened an email from Indiegogo and saw the future of computing. The email showed som...
05:04 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot June Windows Security Patch Broke Many EMF Files
reg (Slashdot user #5,428) writes: A Windows security patch in June broke the display of many Windows Metafile graphics across all supported versions of Windows, resulting in many old PowerPoint files...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Windows Update To Fix Critical 'Wormable' Flaws May Break VB Apps
"This week's Windows updates fix critical 'wormable' [Bluekeep] flaws but may also break Visual Basic apps, macros, and scripts," warns ZDNet:"After installing this update, applications that were made...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot 'Mining Bitcoin On a 1983 Apple II: a Highly Impractical Guide'
option8 ((Slashdot reader #16,509) writes: TL;DR: Mining Bitcoin on a 1MHz 8-bit processor will cost you more than the world's combined economies, and take roughly 256 trillion years. "But it could ha...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Chrome and Firefox Changes Spark the End of 'Extended Validation' Certificates
"Upcoming changes in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox may finally spark the end for Extended Validation certificates as the browsers plan to do away with showing a company's name in the address bar,"...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot US Set To Give Huawei Another 90 Days To Buy From American Suppliers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. com...
10:00 am - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot YouTube To Allow Everyone To Watch YouTube Originals For Free
Last November, YouTube announced that it would be removing the paywall for its original programming starting in 2019. Now, we have more details on exactly how and when this will work. Android Central ...
07:00 am - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot A New Species of Leech Is Discovered Near Washington, D.C.
schwit1 shares a report from Smithsonian: In the summer of 2015, when Smithsonian research zoologist Anna Phillips and other scientists were standing in slow-moving swamp water, letting leeches latch ...
03:30 am - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Build a Heat Shield Just 10 Atoms Thick To Protect Electronic Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Excess heat given off by smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices can be annoying, but beyond that it contributes to malfunctions and, in ex...
02:02 am - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Is Working On Its Own Version of Google Maps
According to the state-owned China Daily, Huawei is working on a Google Maps alternative with Yandex and Booking.com. The service is expected to be unveiled in October. CNET reports: It's apparently d...
01:25 am - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Runkeeper Will Stop Supporting Wear OS 'in a Few Weeks'
Runkeeper this week announced that it will discontinue its Wear OS app in the next few weeks. From a report: The update was emailed to users this week, where the company told users that it decided to ...
12:45 am - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Anime Studio, Khara, Is Planning To Use Open-Source Blender Software
The Japanese anime studio, Khara, is moving to Blender, the the open-source 3D creation software. "It'll begin partially using the software for its current development 'EVANGELION:3.0+1.0' but will ma...
12:03 am - Sat, August 17, 2019
Slashdot Nvidia CEO Says Google Is the Company's Only Customer Building Its Own Silicon At Scale
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Nvidia's CEO, Jensen Huang, has reason to be concerned about other chipmakers, like AMD. But he's not worried about Nvidia's own big customers turning in...
11:20 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Huge Survey of Firmware Finds No Security Gains In 15 Years
A survey of more than 6,000 firmware images spanning more than a decade finds no improvement in firmware security and lax security standards for the software running connected devices by Linksys, Netg...
10:40 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Uber, Lyft Finally Admit They're Making Traffic Congestion Worse In Cities
Uber and Lyft tapped transportation consultancy Fehr & Peers to examine their combined vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in six cities in September 2018, and compare that number to the total VMT in eac...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Judge Orders Georgia To Switch To Paper Ballots For 2020 Elections
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Election security advocates scored a major victory on Thursday as a federal judge issued a 153-page ruling ordering Georgia officials to stop usi...
09:22 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Customs Computer Systems Down Nationwide, Causing Massive Delays At Airports
A computer issue is preventing U.S. immigration officials from processing arriving passengers at several airports across the country. "It wasn't immediately clear what caused the problem at U.S. Custo...
08:43 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot NASA Made a Rare Flight Right Through a Thundercloud Formed by a Wildfire
For years, Naval Research Laboratory meteorologist David Peterson has been obsessed with one of Earth's rarest atmospheric spectacles: thunderclouds formed by raging wildfires. Last week, he became on...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Trauma Counselors Were Pressured To Divulge Confidential Information About Facebook Moderators, Internal Letter Claims
Sam Biddle, reporting for The Intercept: Nearly 1,500 miles from the Menlo Park headquarters of Facebook, at a company outpost in Austin, Texas, moderators toil around the clock to screen and scrub so...
07:30 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Trauma Counselors Were Pressured To Divulge Confidential Information About Facebook Moderators, Internal Letter Claims
Sam Biddle, reporting for The Intercept: Nearly 1,500 miles from the Menlo Park headquarters of Facebook, at a company outpost in Austin, Texas, moderators toil around the clock to screen and scrub so...
07:25 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot The Algorithms That Detect Hate Speech Online Are Biased Against Black People
An anonymous reader shares a report: Platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are banking on developing artificial intelligence technology to help stop the spread of hateful speech on their netwo...
06:45 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot What3Words: The App That Can Save Your Life
Police have urged everyone to download a smartphone app they say has already saved several lives. What is it and how does it work? From a report: Kicked. Converged. Soccer. These three randomly chosen...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Creepy Twitter PR Army is Growing
On Wednesday, a horde of Amazon employees rushed to defend the honor of the world's richest man. From a report: The employees -- known as "FC ambassadors," for Amazon's Orwellian-sounding "fulfillment...
05:27 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot UPS Has Been Delivering Cargo in Self-Driving Trucks for Months And No One Knew
The self-driving freight truck startup TuSimple has been carrying mail across the state of Arizona for several weeks. From a report: UPS announced on Thursday that its venture capital arm has made a m...
04:45 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Hundreds of Thousands of People Are Using Passwords That Have Already Been Hacked, Google Says
A new Google study this week confirmed the obvious: internet users need to stop using the same password for multiple websites unless they're keen on having their data hijacked, their identity stolen, ...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Shuts Down Music Companies' Use of Manual Copyright Claims To Steal Creator Revenue
YouTube is making a change to its copyright enforcement policies around music used in videos, which may result in an increased number of blocked videos in the shorter term -- but overall, a healthier ...
03:20 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Leads $100M Round in Top Indian Regional Social Media Platform ShareChat
Is there room for another social media platform? ShareChat, a four-year-old social network in India that serves tens of million of people in regional languages, just answered that question with a $100...
02:41 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot New Bluetooth KNOB Flaw Lets Attackers Manipulate Traffic
A new Bluetooth vulnerability named "KNOB" has been disclosed that allow attackers to more easily brute force the encryption key used during pairing to monitor or manipulate the data transferred betwe...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot AOL Held Talks To Buy YouTube, Facebook in 2006, Ex-CEO Reveals
Add another chapter to your internet revisionist history books: AOL held talks to buy both Facebook and YouTube in 2006 and considered taking a large minority stake in Tencent in 2004. From a report: ...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Offered Vendors 'Amazon's Choice' Labels In Return For Ad Spending
DigiDay has reviewed a pitch deck detailing a 2017 bidding program for the "Amazon's Choice" label, a mark that denotes than an item is recommended and gives certain products higher placement in searc...
10:00 am - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Chemists Make First-Ever Ring of Pure Carbon
A team of researchers has synthesized the first ring-shaped molecule of pure carbon -- a circle of 18 atoms. Nature reports: The chemists started with a triangular molecule of carbon and oxygen, which...
07:00 am - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Counterintuitive Physics Property Found To Be Widespread In Living Organisms
Lisa Zyga, writing for Phys.Org: Ever since the late 19th century, physicists have known about a counterintuitive property of some electric circuits called negative resistance. Typically, increasing t...
05:15 am - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Apple Files Lawsuit Against Corellium For iOS Emulation
Apple has filed a lawsuit against Corellium, accusing the software company of illegally selling virtual copies of iOS under the guise of helping discover security flaws. "Apple said the software compa...
03:30 am - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Discover New Pain-Sensing Organ
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A new organ involved in the sensation of pain has been discovered by scientists, raising hopes that it could lead to the development of new paink...
02:15 am - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot President Trump Is Reportedly Considering Buying Greenland
According to The Wall Street Journal, President Trump has -- with varying degrees of seriousness -- floated the idea of the U.S. buying the autonomous Danish territory of Greenland. From the report: I...
01:30 am - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot Disney Fights Streaming Account Sharing With Help From Cable Industry
Disney and Charter Communications are teaming up to fight account sharing in an attempt to prevent multiple people from using a single account to access streaming video services. Ars Technica reports:...
12:50 am - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot AI Startup Claims To Automate App Making But Actually Just Uses Humans
Engineer.ai, an Indian startup claiming to have built an artificial intelligence-assisted app development platform, is not in fact using AI to literally build apps, according to a report from The Wall...
12:10 am - Fri, August 16, 2019
Slashdot America's Elderly Seem More Screen-Obsessed Than the Young
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Economist: Many parents and grandparents will grumble about today's screen-obsessed youth. Indeed, researchers find that millennials look at their phones m...
11:30 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot LGBT Video-Makers Sue YouTube Claiming Discrimination
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: A group of YouTube video-makers is suing it and parent company Google, claiming both discriminate against LGBT-themed videos and their creators. The group claims ...
10:50 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Advertisers Are Blacklisting News Stories That Contain Forbidden Words
Zorro shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: Companies are increasingly insisting their ads do not appear near articles or videos that contain any of a long list of words. Like many advertisers...
10:10 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot India Shut Down Kashmir's Internet Access
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Masroor Nazir, a pharmacist in Kashmir's biggest city, Srinagar, has some advice for people in the region: Do not get sick, because he may ...
09:31 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Netflix's Biggest Bingers Get Hit With Higher Internet Costs
An anonymous reader shares a report: James Wright had never worried about staying under his data cap. Then he bought a 4K TV set and started binge-watching Netflix in ultra-high definition. The pictur...
08:51 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot A New Way To Help Students Turn in Their Best Work
Google announces in a blog post: Today's students face a tricky challenge: In an age when they can explore every idea imaginable on the internet, how do they balance outside inspiration with authentic...
08:10 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Japanese Researchers Build Robotic Tail To Keep Elderly Upright
Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan's Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their ...
07:30 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Unique Kaspersky AV User ID Allowed 3rd-Party Web Tracking
Kaspersky antivirus solutions injected in the web pages visited by its users an identification number unique for each system. This started in late 2015 and could be used to track a user's browsing int...
06:50 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Cloudflare Says Cutting Off Customers Like 8chan is an IPO 'Risk Factor'
Networking and web security giant Cloudflare says the recent 8chan controversy may be an ongoing "risk factor" for its business on the back of its upcoming initial public offering. From a report: The ...
06:10 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Trump Administration Asks Congress To Reauthorize NSA's Deactivated Call Records Program
Breaking a long silence about a high-profile National Security Agency program that sifts records of Americans' telephone calls and text messages in search of terrorists, the Trump administration on Th...
05:30 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You (Ever) Shut Down Your Computer?
New submitter dvda247 writes: A discussion of if people turn off their Windows 10 PCs anymore? Newer hardware and operating system changes make PCs work differently. Do you shut off your Windows 10 PC...
04:50 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Plans To Sell a More Expensive Version of Its Music Service in Scandinavia in a Test To See Whether It Can Raise Prices Around the World
Spotify plans to sell a more-expensive version of its music service in Scandinavia, a test to see whether it can raise prices around the world, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people familiar with...
04:10 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Resumes Are Starting To Look Like Instagram -- and Sometimes Even Tinder
An anonymous reader shares a report: The stodgiest of business documents is in the midst of its most extreme makeover yet -- whether employers want it or not [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]...
03:30 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot NYC Has Hired Hackers To Hit Back at Stalkerware
Abusers leverage high-tech tools in the oldest of crimes, stalking their victims through tools like Facebook Messenger and Apple Maps. They spy on their targets through stalkerware apps and Amazon Ale...
02:50 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Amazon is Launching a New Program To Donate Unsold Products, After Reports that Millions Were Being Destroyed
Amazon wants its third-party sellers to make better use of their unsold or unwanted products that often get dumped -- by giving them away to charity. From a report: Amazon is launching a new donations...
02:21 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 Are Throttle Locking To 'Pentium 2 Speeds' of 400 MHz, Users Say
intensivevocoder writes: Owners of Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 systems are finding themselves stuck at Pentium 2 speeds, as numerous user complaints indicate that the ultra-portables ...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot British Airways Testing VR Headsets For First-Class Passengers This Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: British Airways announced that it is testing out virtual reality headsets for the rest of this year on flights between London's Heathrow and New ...
10:00 am - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot London University Is Banning Beef To Help Fight Climate Change
Goldsmiths, a part of the University of London, is fighting climate change by taking beef off the menu. "[The university] will no longer serve beef burgers, beef burritos and the like on its campus," ...
07:00 am - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Reverse Aging Process In Rat Brain Stem Cells
Scientists who discovered aging appears to be related to the stiffness of the environment where cells live have reversed the process in rat brain stem cells. Newsweek reports: Researchers studied olig...
03:30 am - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Have Created a Vaccine For Cat Allergies, But You Can't Have It Yet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: People unjustly kept away from feline companionship due to an allergy are rejoicing this week, after news resurfaced of a potential vaccine that makes...
02:10 am - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot The Fashion Line Designed To Trick Surveillance Cameras
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from The Guardian: Automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of cars around a city, ...
01:50 am - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Watch Out Google, YouTubers Are Unionizing
IG Metall, Europe's largest trade union with 2.3 million members, has joined forces with a German YouTuber who set up a Facebook group called The YouTubers Union after his videos started getting "de-m...
01:30 am - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Found World-Readable Database Used To Secure Buildings Around the Globe
Researchers said they have found a publicly accessible database containing almost 28 million records -- including plain-text passwords, face photos, and personal information -- that was used to secure...
12:50 am - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Working On Microsoft's Cortana Is Laborious and Poorly Paid
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Apple, Google, Amazon, and most recently Facebook have been found hiring human workers to transcribe audio captured by their own products. Motherb...
12:10 am - Thu, August 15, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You Use Your Laptop's Headphone Jack?
The headphone jack is increasingly being omitted from smartphones and tablets, but what about laptops? When Apple launched the redesigned MacBook Pro in 2016, it decided to remove the SD card slot, fu...
11:30 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Credit Karma Glitch Exposed Users To Other People's Accounts
Users of credit monitoring site Credit Karma have took to Reddit and Twitter to complain that they were served other people's account information when they logged in. TechCrunch has confirmed several ...
10:50 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Discover a Cure For the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: When she joined a trial of new tuberculosis drugs, the dying young woman weighed just 57 pounds. Stricken with a deadly strain of the disea...
10:10 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Apple, Spotify Discuss Siri Truce, as Antitrust Battle Looms
Apple and Spotify are in talks about potentially enabling Siri to play songs, albums, and playlists from the leading subscription music service. The Verge: A new report from The Information confirms t...
09:22 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot AI Researchers Launch SuperGLUE, a Rigorous Benchmark For Language Understanding
Facebook AI Research, together with Google's DeepMind, University of Washington, and New York University, today introduced SuperGLUE, a series of benchmark tasks to measure the performance of modern, ...
08:43 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Google Workers Demand Company Not Work With Border Agencies
Some Google employees have called on the company to publicly promise not to work with U.S. immigration authorities, which they said are abusing human rights. From a report: U.S. Customs and Border Pro...
08:03 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot WeWork IPO Reveals It Lost $1.9 Billion Last Year, and Is Losing About $5,200 Per Customer
WeWork, the office-sharing, kegger-hosting phenomenon that has redefined the modern workspace, is also raising the bar for how much money a startup can lose and still be considered a buzzy investment....
07:23 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot The Video Game Industry Claims Its Products Avoid Politics, But That's a Lie.
Josh Tucker, writing for The Outline: Retired Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North was a Marine platoon commander in Vietnam, a U.S. Senate candidate, and eventually, a National Rifle Association president...
06:43 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Dropbox Engineer Explains Why the Company Stopped Sharing Code Between iOS and Android And Started Using Native Languages on Each Platform
Eyal Guthmann, a software engineer at cloud storage service Dropbox, writes: Until very recently, Dropbox had a technical strategy on mobile of sharing code between iOS and Android via C++. The idea b...
06:02 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot The Arrogance of the Anthropocene
EmagGeek writes: Peter Brannen has an interesting, if humbling take on the anthropocentric view of geology currently held by many scientists and governments, and the staggeringly arrogant assignment t...
05:23 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Capital One Hacker Stole 'Terabytes' of Data From More Than 30 Companies, Court Docs Reveal
Paige A. Thompson, the hacker accused of breaching US bank Capital One, is also believed to have stolen data from more than 30 other companies, US prosecutors said in new court documents filed today a...
04:42 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Major Breach Found in Biometrics System Used By Banks, UK Police and Defence Firms
The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessibl...
04:02 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Technicians Helped African Governments Spy on Political Opponents
phalse phace writes: A WSJ investigation appears to have uncovered multiple instances where the African governments in Uganda and Zambia, with the help of Huawei technicians, used Huawei's communicati...
03:22 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Russia's Mail.Ru Eyes Pre-installing Software on Huawei Devices
An anonymous reader shares a report: Russian internet group Mail.Ru is in talks with China's Huawei about the possibility of having its software pre-installed on the Chinese tech giant's devices, Mail...
02:41 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Xiaomi Tops the World's Second Largest Smartphone Market For Eighth Straight Quarter
Xiaomi has now been India's top smartphone seller for eight straight quarters, becoming a constant headache for Samsung in the world's second largest smartphone market as sales have slowed pretty much...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot AI Startup Boom Raises Questions of Exaggerated Tech Savvy
SoftBank-backed startup offers 'human-assisted' artificial-intelligence; current, former employees say company inflates its tech expertise. WSJ reports: Startup Engineer.ai says it uses artificial-int...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Cray Is Building a Supercomputer To Manage the US' Nuclear Stockpile
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have announced they've signed a contract with Cray Computing ...
10:00 am - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot FBI Seeks To Monitor Facebook, Oversee Mass Social Media Data Collection
The FBI is planning to aggressively harvest information from Facebook and Twitter. Citing the The Wall Street Journal, ZDNet reports that the FBI "has recently sought proposals from third-party vendor...
07:00 am - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Pakistan Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags
In July, the coalition government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has been in power for the past year, announced a ban on disposable plastic bags in Islamabad and surrounding areas, including Saidpu...
03:30 am - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Microscopic Fibers Are Falling From the Sky In Rocky Mountains
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Plastic was the furthest thing from Gregory Wetherbee's mind when he began analyzing rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains. "I gue...
02:02 am - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot FAA Bans Recalled MacBook Pros From Flights
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has banned select MacBook Pro laptops on flights after Apple recently said that some units had batteries that posed a fire risk. In a statement, the FAA said i...
01:25 am - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Domino's Launches E-Bike Delivery To Compete With UberEats, DoorDash
Domino's is planning to become more competitive with on-demand apps like DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats by delivering pizzas with custom electric bikes. According to TechCrunch, the pizza company has ...
12:45 am - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Researcher Makes Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Will Hijack Your Computer
A researcher known as MG has modified Lightning cables with extra components to let him remotely connect to the computers that the cables are connected to. "It looks like a legitimate cable and works ...
12:03 am - Wed, August 14, 2019
Slashdot Russia Orders Evacuation of Village Near Site of Nuclear Accident, Then Cancels It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Russian authorities on Tuesday announced the evacuation of the village nearest to the site of a nuclear accident in northern Russia, su...
11:20 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Websites Can Discriminate Against You Even If You Don't Use Them, California Supreme Court Rules
Nearly four years ago, a lone bankruptcy lawyer sued Square, the payment processor run by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, challenging the app's terms of use -- despite never signing up. As of yesterday, the ...
10:42 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot CenturyLink, FCC Reach Settlement Over 'Cramming' Fees On Phone Bills
The FCC said on Tuesday that CenturyLink will pay $550,000 to settle an investigation into a practice known as "cramming": when phone companies add unauthorized third-party charges to customer bills. ...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Facial Recognition Misidentified 1 in 5 California Lawmakers as Criminals
The ACLU tested Rekognition, Amazon's facial recognition technology, on photographs of California lawmakers. It matched 26 of them to mugshots. From a report: In a recent test of Amazon's facial recog...
09:20 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot $3 Million Fortnite Winner Becomes Latest Swatting Target
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Kotaku reports that Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf was streaming a Fortnite game late Sunday when he abruptly left his desk and abandoned the game with t...
08:42 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Vulnerability in Microsoft CTF Protocol Goes Back To Windows XP
CTF, a little-known Microsoft protocol used by all Windows operating system versions since Windows XP, is insecure and can be exploited with ease. From a report: According to Tavis Ormandy, a security...
08:01 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Paid Contractors To Transcribe Users' Audio Chats
Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the work. From the report:...
07:30 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Bedbugs Are Giving Airbnb Users Headaches
Waking up with bedbug bites can be a nightmare. It's also a costly and traumatic problem for Airbnb guests and hosts. CNET: CNET spoke to eight people who dealt with bedbugs in Airbnb rentals within t...
06:50 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot CBS, Viacom Strike Deal To Recombine
Viacom and CBS have struck a deal for a merger on Tuesday with an agreement to recombine in the latest entertainment industry mega-deal. From a report: As expected, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish will lead the...
06:10 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot US To Delay China Tariffs on Some Products, Including Laptops, Cell Phones
The Trump administration on Tuesday delayed imposing a 10% import tariff on laptops, cell phones, video game consoles and a wide range of other products made in China, in an abrupt pull-back from a ha...
05:30 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Tests Bigger Thumbnails
YouTube is experimenting with making video thumbnails much larger on its homepage, according to several screenshots that appeared on Twitter and Reddit this morning. From a report: The new homepage de...
04:50 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Insect 'Apocalypse' in US Driven by 50x Increase in Toxic Pesticides
America's agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to honeybees, and likely other insects, than it was 25 years ago, almost entirely due to widespread use of so-called neonicotinoid pesticide...
04:10 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Americans Would Rather Get Food Poisoning on Vacation Than Not Have Internet Access, Study Finds
Americans would rather endure such vacation travesties as lost luggage or food poisoning, rather than go without internet while on vacation. Almost half of respondents (49 percent) in a study commissi...
03:25 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot AI Used To Narrate E-books in Authors' Voices
Chinese search engine Sogou is creating artificial-intelligence lookalikes to read popular novels in authors' voices. From a report: It announced "lifelike" avatars of Chinese authors Yue Guan and Bu ...
02:57 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses with an Algorithm
The Boston Public School District held a contest to determine the best solution for busing around 25,000 students to school every day. The winning algorithm improved the efficiency of the routes in 30...
02:44 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Google's Jobs Search Draws Antitrust Complaints From Rivals
Google's fast-growing tool for searching job listings has been a boon for employers and job boards starving for candidates, but several rival job-finding services contend anti-competitive behavior has...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot The Banana Is One Step Closer To Disappearing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from National Geographic: A fungus that has wreaked havoc on banana plantations in the Eastern Hemisphere has, despite years of preventative efforts, arrived in the...
10:00 am - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot How Netflix Is Using Its Muscle To Push Filmmaking Technology Boundaries
Carolyn Giardina from The Hollywood Reporter writes about the growing influence Netflix has from hardware and software development to industry display standards. For example, as recently as six months...
07:00 am - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Nuclear Reactor For Mars Outpost Could Be Ready To Fly By 2022
A nuclear power system that could one day provide juice to colonies on Mars is closer to being ready than previously expected. According to project team members, the Kilopower experiment fission react...
03:30 am - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Ebola Is Now Curable
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Amid unrelenting chaos and violence, scientists and doctors in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been running a clinical trial of new drugs to try t...
02:10 am - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Owner Implants RFID Chip From Her Model 3's Keycard Into Her Arm
A Tesla driver figured out a way to implant the RFID tag from her Model 3's keycard into her forearm. Now, all she needs to do to unlock and turn on her car is to hold her forearm near the console -- ...
01:30 am - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Study Blames Rise In Teens Who Need Glasses On Excessive Screen Time
pgmrdlm shares a report from StudyFinds: So many people, especially young people and teenagers, spend a significant period of time each day staring at a screen of some kind, whether that be a computer...
12:52 am - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Russia Says New Weapon Blew Up In Nuclear Accident Last Week
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The failed missile test that ended in an explosion killing five atomic scientists last week on Russia's White Sea involved a small nuclear power sou...
12:12 am - Tue, August 13, 2019
Slashdot Ring Told People To Snitch On Their Neighbors In Exchange For Free Stuff
popcornfan679 shares a report from Motherboard: Ring, Amazon's home security company, has encouraged people to form their own "Digital Neighborhood Watch" groups that report crime in exchange for free...
11:35 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Many of the 'Oldest' People in the World May Not Be as Old as We Think
We've long been obsessed with the super-elderly. How do some people make it to 100 or even 110 years old? Why do some regions -- say, Sardinia, Italy, or Okinawa, Japan -- produce dozens of these "sup...
10:55 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot ByteDance Launches New Search Engine in China
ByteDance, the owner of short-video app TikTok, has launched a new search engine in China, entering a sector currently dominated by Baidu. From a report: Beijing-based ByteDance is moving beyond its c...
10:15 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Uber Imposes Engineer Hiring Freeze as Losses Mount
Uber isn't letting tech workers join the ride, at least for now. From a report: The ride-hailing giant canceled scheduled on-site interviews for tech roles last week, and job applicants have been told...
09:35 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Almost Half of Employees Have Access To More Data Than They Need
A new study of over 700 full-time US employees reveals that that 48 percent of employees have access to more company data than they need to perform their jobs, while 12 percent of employees say they h...
08:55 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Verizon To Sell Tumblr To WordPress Owner
According to The Wall Street Journal, Verizon has agreed to sell its blogging website Tumblr to the owner of popular online-publishing tool WordPress. Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion in ...
08:10 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot US Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act
The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, significantly weakening the nation's bedrock conservation law credited with rescuing th...
07:35 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Epic Hit With Class-Action Suit Over Hacked Fortnite Accounts
Epic Games is being sued over security breaches that allowed hackers to access the personal information of Epic Games accounts. From a report: The class-action lawsuit, filed by Franklin D. Azar &...
06:50 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Getting Cool Vanity License Plate 'NULL' Is Not Really a Cool Idea, Infosec Researcher Discovers
Choosing NULL as your license plate might seem like a funny idea. But as an infosec researcher discovered recently, the cool-looking NULL vanity plate comes with its own consequences. Researcher Droog...
06:15 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Unroll.me Settles FTC Allegations That It Deceived Consumers About How it Accesses and Uses Emails
Unroll.me, a firm that helps people manage their email list subscriptions but also sells users' data for profit, has settled with the FTC after allegations of deceiving consumers, the agency said. In ...
05:38 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Google Will Now Let Android Users Log In To Some Services Without A Password
If you're an Android user, you can now sign into some of Google's services using your fingerprint, rather than having to type in a password. "The feature is available starting today for some Android p...
04:55 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot GM, Volkswagen Say Goodbye To Hybrid Vehicles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Auto makers for two decades have leaned on hybrid vehicles to help them comply with regulations on fuel consumption and give customers...
04:14 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Just Made a 108MP Camera for Phones
Samsung has announced a new image sensor for phones that breaks records. Built-in partnership with Xiaomi, the new Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX is the world's first mobile image sensor that goes beyond ...
03:21 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Inks 10-Year Deal With Top Indian Telecom Network Reliance Jio To Court 'Millions' of Small and Medium Businesses
Microsoft on Monday announced a long-term partnership with India's top telecom network Reliance Jio to reach "millions" of small and medium businesses clients in the key overseas market. From a report...
02:48 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot The US Navy Will Replace Its Touchscreen Controls With Mechanical Ones On Its Destroyers
The US Navy will replace the touchscreen throttle and helm controls currently installed in its destroyers with mechanical ones starting in 2020. From a report: The move comes after the National Transp...
02:03 pm - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Samsung is Spamming Galaxy Phones With Multiple Note10 Ads
An anonymous reader shares a report: In case you were living under a rock this past week, it was hard to miss Samsung's big reveal for the Galaxy Note10. It was all over social media, news sites, tele...
11:34 am - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot A Wearable Robotic Tail Could Improve Your Balance
Long-time Slashdot reader Ken McE shared a video of a new working prototype for a wearable tail. Engadget reports:There are lots of companies who make wearable tails for humans, but they're usually fo...
09:34 am - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Was 2007 the 'Golden Age of Open Source'?
Just a few months ago, the editor of the recently-departed Linux Journal wrote that in many ways the golden age of Linux and FOSS was 2007. "Linux was now mainstream in corporate IT, and it was much r...
07:34 am - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Are We In 'The Golden Age of Open Source'?
InfoWorld's Matt Asay argues we're in (or near) "the golden age of open source."Here and there an open source company might struggle to make a buck, but as a community of communities, open source has ...
03:56 am - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Guido van Rossum Looks at Python's Past, Present, and Future
This week from 63-year-old Python creator Guido van Rossum shared some interesting stories with ZDNet's senior reporter Nick Heath:While sharing software with the world today only takes a few clicks, ...
01:39 am - Mon, August 12, 2019
Slashdot Does Quantum Cryptography Need a Reboot?
"Despite decades of research, there's no viable roadmap for how to scale quantum cryptography to secure real-world data and communications for the masses," according to IEEE Spectrum. Wave723 shares t...
11:44 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot New Electric Motor Design Massively Boosts Power, Torque, and Efficiency
A Texas-based, father/son team raised $4.5 million in seed funding to build "a remarkable electric motor technology," reports New Atlas. Long-time Slashdot reader Namarrgon writes: Linear Labs' impres...
10:51 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Ring Alert Leads To Capture of 'Extremely Dangerous' Escaped Convict
ABC News describes how Amazon's surveillance doorbell cameras today led to the capture of an "extremely dangerous" inmate:Homicide suspect Curtis Watson, 44, escaped from work detail on a tractor at t...
09:43 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot 'Who Owns Your Wireless Service? Crooks Do'
Long-time Slashdot reader trolman scared this scathing editorial by security researcher Brian Krebs:If you are somehow under the impression that you -- the customer -- are in control over the security...
09:04 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Vintage 30-Year-Old Mac Resurrected As a Web Server
Long-time Slashdot reader Huxley_Dunsany writes: After much work rebuilding and upgrading it, my Macintosh SE/30 from 1989 is now connected via Ethernet to the Web, and is hosting a simple website and...
08:34 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Landmark 2.80 Release of Open Source Blender 3D With Improved UI Now Available
"In the 3D content creation space, where are lot of professional 3D software costs anywhere from 2K to 8K Dollars a license, people have always hoped that the free, open source 3D software Blender wou...
07:34 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Find More Than 40 Vulnerable Windows Device Drivers
Artem S. Tashkinov writes: Researchers from security company Eclypsium have discovered that more than forty drivers from at least twenty different vendors -- including every major BIOS vendor, as well...
06:34 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Facial Recognition Deployed on Children at Hundreds of US Summer Camps
The Washington Post describes a parent whose phone "rings 10 times a day with notifications from the summer camp's facial-recognition service, which alerts him whenever one of his girls is photographe...
05:34 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Middle-Aged Hearing Loss Doubles Risk of Dementia
"Hearing loss in middle age is associated with higher odds of cognitive decline and dementia in later years," reports Reuters, citing a large study in Taiwan.Researchers tracked more than 16,000 men a...
04:34 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Another Google Service Closes: Texts with Voicemail Transcripts
Long-time Slashdot reader freelunch reports that Google Voice "has announced via email that they are ending one of their most popular features -- sending transcripts of voice mails via text message. T...
03:34 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot DARPA Hopes To Develop an AI Tool That Can Detect Deepfakes
America's Defense Department "is looking to build tools that can quickly detect deepfakes and other manipulated media amid the growing threat of 'large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,'" repor...
02:34 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Remember Autorun.inf Malware In Windows? Turns Out KDE Offers Something Similar
Long-time Slashdot reader Artem S. Tashkinov writes:A security researcher has published proof-of-concept (PoC) code for a vulnerability in the KDE software framework. A fix is not available at the tim...
01:34 pm - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot San Diego's Connected Streetlights Taught to Recognize Bicycles
Last year the city of San Diego installed 3,200 smart streetlights, each one monitoring 36 x 54 meters of pavement. They originally used the data to time traffic signals -- but now Slashdot reader Tek...
10:34 am - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Will Abandonware Work With Today's DRM Locked Games?
dryriver writes:Thousands of charmingly old-fashioned computer and console games from the 8-bit, 16-bit, MS-DOS era are easily re-playable today in a web browser -- many Abandonware websites now featu...
07:34 am - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Antitrust Issues? Amazon Pressured Sellers Offering Cheaper Prices on Walmart.com
"Amazon's determination to offer shoppers the best deals is prompting merchants selling products on its marketplace to raise their prices on competing websites," reports Bloomberg:Amazon constantly sc...
04:34 am - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot MacGyvering Mars: How NASA's Curiosity Team Worked Around A Broken Drill
As of Tuesday the Curiosity rover has been on Mars for over seven years, and this week NASA shared an interactive 360-degree panorama of the planet's Teal Ridge. Digital Trends provides this update:Cu...
01:34 am - Sun, August 11, 2019
Slashdot Should Some Sites Be Liable For The Content They Host?
America's lawmakers are scrutinizing the blanket protections in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which lets online companies moderate their own sites without incurring legal liability fo...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Do Personality Tests Give Companies Too Much Power?
One 2016 human resources study found that 48% of American businesses -- and 57% of U.K. businesses -- used personality questionnaires for hiring decisions, a new article reports. They add that the per...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Kotaku Posts 'A Reminder That Video Games Are A Force For Good'
An anonymous reader quotes Kotaku Australia:Spurred on by the recent discussions of video games and violence, and spurred on by the emotional and often downbeat tone of that discussion, a user on Twit...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Judges Begin Ruling Against Some Porn Purveyors' Use of Copyright Lawsuits
Slashdot reader pgmrdlm quotes Bloomberg:Pornography producers and sellers account for the lion's share of copyright-infringement lawsuits in the U.S. -- and judges may have seen enough. The courts ar...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Was 'The Matrix' Part of Cinema's Last Great Year?
In 2014 Esquire argued that great movies like The Matrix "predicted a revolution in film that never happened," adding "We are in many ways worse off now than we were 15 years ago as a culture. We seem...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot AMD Poses 'Major Challenge' to Intel's Server Leadership
Rob Enderle reports on the excitement at AMD's Epyc processor launch in San Francisco:I've been at a lot of AMD events, and up until this one, the general message was that AMD was almost as good as In...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot New Spectre-like CPU Vulnerability Bypasses Existing Defenses
itwbennett writes: Researchers from security firm Bitdefender discovered and reported a year ago a new CPU vulnerability that 'abuses a system instruction called SWAPGS and can bypass mitigations put ...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Can Swap Space Solve System Performance Issues?
Earlier this week on the Linux kernel mailing list, Artem S. Tashkinov described a low-memory scenario where "the system will stall hard. You will barely be able to move the mouse pointer. Your disk L...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Lawmakers, Intelligence Officials Welcomed To This Year's Def Con Conference
"Multiple members of congress, dozens of congressional staffers and members of the intelligence community are gathering in Las Vegas this weekend to rub shoulders with hackers at Def Con," reports CNN...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Can Accurately Measure Blood Pressure Using Just A Cellphone Video Of Your Face
A new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging found that blood pressure can be measured accurately by taking a quick video selfie.An anonymous rea...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Does Tech-Industry Job Growth Actually Lower Wages For Some Workers?
"A new study finds clear evidence that low-skilled workers fail to benefit from high-tech growth and development," writes a senior editor at The Atlantic (and co-founder of CityLab). The UK-based stud...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot The World's Smartest Chimp Has Died
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times, written by philosophy professor Lori Gruen: Sarah, who could have been deemed the world's smartest chimp, was brought to the United States ...
10:00 am - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Launches 'Live View' AR Walking Directions For Google Maps
Google is launching a beta of its augmented reality walking directions feature for Google Maps, with a broader launch that will be available to all iOS and Android devices that have system-level suppo...
07:00 am - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Something Big Just Slammed Into Jupiter
An amateur astronomer in Texas captured a rare sight earlier this week when an apparent meteor slammed into Jupiter's thick upper atmosphere. Gizmodo reports: On Wednesday, amateur astronomer Ethan Ch...
03:30 am - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Increasingly Frequent Marine Heatwaves Can Kill Coral Almost Instantly, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Increasingly frequent marine heatwaves can lead to the almost instant death of corals, scientists working on the Great Barrier Reef have found. These ...
02:03 am - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot AI Pioneer Accused of Having Sex With Trafficking Victim On Jeffrey Epstein's Island
A victim of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein testified that she was forced to have sex with MIT professor Marvin Minsky, as revealed in a newly unsealed deposition. The Verge reports: Minsky, who died in 2...
01:25 am - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Dark Matter May Predate the Big Bang, New Math Suggests
The Snazster writes: Dark matter remains one of the universe's greatest mysteries, with no one quite certain what it is or where it came from, even though it may comprise as much as 80% of the univers...
12:45 am - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot MoviePass Reportedly Changed Account Passwords To Prevent Users From Seeing Films
MoviePass reportedly resorted to extreme tactics to prevent users from taking advantage of core features, according to a new report from Business Insider. In particular, the report highlights a strate...
12:03 am - Sat, August 10, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Show How Europe's Data Protection Laws Can Dox People
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Europe's controversial privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulator -- better known as GDPR -- has been hailed by some as a solution to tech...
11:30 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Demands $880 From Rural Library For Just 0.44GB of Roaming Data
Verizon is refusing to waive or reduce $880 of charges accidentally ran up from someone who borrowed a mobile hotspot from a small library. "The library has an 'unlimited' data plan for the hotspots, ...
10:50 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot CEOs Who Cheat In Bedroom Will Cheat In Boardroom, Study Shows
Finance professors at the University of Texas at Austin and Emory University found a strong correlation between adultery and workplace misconduct by corporate executives and financial advisers. "[The ...
10:10 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Hundreds of Exposed Amazon Cloud Backups Found Leaking Sensitive Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: New research just presented at the Def Con security conference reveals how companies, startups and governments are inadvertently leaking their own ...
09:30 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot NSA's Free Malware Research Tool Gains Traction, 6 Months On
In March the National Security Agency released an internal malware research tool for free to the public, a first for the secretive agency. Six months later, by most indications, the release is an even...
08:50 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Russians Rush To Buy Iodine After Blast Causes Radiation Spike
Residents of two northern Russian cities are stocking up on iodine that is used to reduce the effects of radiation exposure after a mysterious accident on a nearby military testing site, regional medi...
08:10 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Mysterious, Ancient Radio Signals Keep Pelting Earth. Astronomers Designed an AI to Hunt Them Down.
An anonymous reader shares a report: Sudden shrieks of radio waves from deep space keep slamming into radio telescopes on Earth, spattering those instruments' detectors with confusing data. And now, a...
07:30 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot White House Proposal Would Have FCC and FTC Police Alleged Social Media Censorship
A draft executive order from the White House could put the Federal Communications Commission in charge of shaping how Facebook, Twitter and other large tech companies curate what appears on their webs...
06:50 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Schoolchildren in China Work Overnight To Produce Amazon Alexa Devices
Hundreds of schoolchildren have been drafted in to make Amazon's Alexa devices in China as part of a controversial and often illegal attempt to meet production targets, documents seen by the Guardian ...
06:10 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot 'Global Economy is Probably in Recession'
An anonymous reader shares a report: The global economy is probably in recession, with most cyclical indicators showing business activity is flat or falling. Recessions become obvious only once they a...
05:25 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Bypass Apple FaceID Using Biometrics 'Achilles Heel'
Vulnerabilities have been uncovered in the authentication process of biometrics technology that could allow bad actors to bypass various facial recognition applications -- including Apple's FaceID. Bu...
04:45 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Goldman Sachs, Bank of the Rich and Powerful, is Dipping Into Subprime Lending With Apple Card
Goldman Sachs is casting a wide net for customers of its new credit card with Apple, approving some subprime borrowers for the product. CNBC: The bank, which is in charge of deciding who gets the Appl...
04:10 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Robocall Blocking Apps Caught Sending Your Private Data Without Permission
Robocall-blocking apps promise to rid your life of spoofed and spam phone calls. But are they as trustworthy as they claim to be? From a report: One security researcher said many of these apps can vio...
03:49 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot US Dept. of Transportation Rules Airlines Must Allow Miniature Horses to Fly as Service Animals
An anonymous reader shares a report: For all its indignities, air travel is also surprisingly democratic -- people of all stripes and shades crammed together into a small metal tube and lofted into th...
03:30 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot US Dept. of Transportation Rules Airlines Must Allow Miniature Horses to Fly as Service Animals
An anonymous reader shares a report: For all its indignities, air travel is also surprisingly democratic -- people of all stripes and shades crammed together into a small metal tube and lofted into th...
02:41 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot HarmonyOS is Huawei's Android Alternative For Smartphones, Laptops and Smart Home Devices
After months of conflicting statements from Huawei executives, the Chinese networking giant on Friday officially unveiled HarmonyOS, the much-anticipated microkernel-based, distributed operating syste...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Takes Down Displays of Violent Video Games in Stores
Walmart is removing displays and signs of violent video games in its stores in the wake of two deadly shootings at its locations in Texas and Mississippi in recent weeks. From a report: "We've taken t...
01:23 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Takes Down Displays of Violent Video Games in Stores
Walmart is removing displays and signs of violent video games in its stores in the wake of two deadly shootings at its locations in Texas and Mississippi in recent weeks. From a report: "We've taken t...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Chase Bank Forgives All Debt Owed By Its Canadian Credit Card Customers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: U.S.-based Chase Bank is forgiving all outstanding debt owed by users of its two Canadian credit cards: the Amazon.ca Rewards Visa and the Marriott Rew...
10:00 am - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Hides Ads That Made Fun of Apple's Removal of Headphone Jack
Samsung axed the headphone jack from its newest Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus smartphones, removing a key feature that the company mocked Apple for removing in its iPhones. Samsung declined to menti...
07:00 am - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Apple Confirms $1 Million Reward For Anyone Who Can Hack An iPhone
Apple says it will offer up to $1 million for hackers who can find vulnerabilities in iPhones and Macs. "That's up from $200,000, and in the fall the program will be open to all researchers," reports ...
03:30 am - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Berlin's Popular Shopping Streets Will Go Car-Free
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CityLab: Berlin is finally getting a fuller taste of the car-free trend that's taking hold in other European cities. This summer, the German capital has announ...
02:02 am - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot US Holds Off On Huawei Licenses As China Halts Crop-Buying
After China said it was halting purchases of U.S. farming goods earlier this week, the White House retaliated by postponing a decision about licenses for U.S. companies to restart business with Huawei...
01:25 am - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Trump Asks Social Media Companies To Develop Pre-Crime Algorithms
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Verge: After two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump said his administration would ask social media companies to develop tools t...
12:45 am - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Uber Posts $5.2 Billion Loss and Slowest Ever Growth Rate
For the second quarter, Uber reported its largest-ever loss, totaling $5.2 billion, and its slowest-even revenue growth. "The double whammy immediately renewed questions about the prospects for the co...
12:02 am - Fri, August 9, 2019
Slashdot Verizon: 5G Speeds On Low-Spectrum Bands Will Be More Like 'Good 4G'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: 5G won't be much different from 4G outside dense urban areas, a Verizon executive said yesterday. The massive hype around 5G has focused on speed...
11:20 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Critical US Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online
Jason Koebler shares a report from Motherboard: For years, U.S. election officials and voting machine vendors have insisted that critical election systems are never connected to the internet and there...
10:40 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Red Hat Joins the RISC-V Foundation
Red Hat has joined the RISC-V Foundation to help foster this open-source processor ISA. Phoronix reports: While we're still likely years away from seeing any serious RISC-V powered servers at least th...
10:02 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Removes Office 2019 From Its Home Use Program Benefits
Microsoft has quietly made a change to its Home Use Program (HUP) for its Software Assurance business customers. From a report: As some had expected when the company began revamping the HUP benefit ea...
09:25 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot $10.7 Billion Broadcom-Symantec Enterprise Deal Creates Software Titan
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CRN: Broadcom has agreed to purchase Symantec's enterprise business in a massive $10.7 billion deal that will break up the world's largest pure-play cybersecur...
08:45 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Climate Crisis May Be Increasing Jet Stream Turbulence, Study Finds
The climate crisis could be making transatlantic flights more bumpy, according to research into the impact of global heating on the jet stream. From a report: Jet streams are powerful currents of air ...
07:40 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Loses Facial Recognition Technology Appeal, Must Face Class Action
In a landmark decision, the Ninth Circuit today ruled that Facebook must face a class action suit claiming that its facial recognition practices violated an Illinois biometric privacy law. From a repo...
07:25 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Requests FAA Approval of Delivery-Drone Plans
Amazon has grand plans to deliver packages to its customers via autonomous drones but first it needs to get clearance. The company has requested that federal regulators excuse it from following some c...
06:45 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Panono Makes Decision To Hold Its Camera Customers Hostage Behind a Paywall
John Aldred, writing for DIYPhotography: We all know the risks when we back a crowdfunding campaign. Although the risk is typically that the project will fail, the company goes bust, never delivers on...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Can Britain's Top Bookseller Save Barnes & Noble?
James Daunt fought Amazon and rescued the country's biggest bookstore chain. Now comes Chapter 2. From a report: Barnes & Noble has been sliding toward oblivion for years. Nearly 400 stores have c...
05:23 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Apple Is Locking Batteries To Specific iPhones, a Nightmare for DIY Repair
A longtime nightmare scenario for independent iPhone repair companies has come true: Apple has tied batteries to specific iPhones, meaning that only it has the ability to perform an authorized battery...
04:40 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Kazakhstan Halts Introduction of Internet Surveillance System
Kazakhstan has halted the implementation of an internet surveillance system criticized by lawyers as illegal, with the government describing its initial rollout as a test. From a report: Mobile phone ...
04:02 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot AMD Lands Google, Twitter as Customers With Newest Server Chip
Advanced Micro Devices on Wednesday released the second generation of its processor chip for data centers and said that it had landed Alphabet's Google and Twitter as customers. From a report: AMD com...
03:24 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot WordPress Team Working on Daring Plan To Forcibly Update Old Websites
The developers behind the WordPress open-source content management system (CMS) are working on a plan to forcibly auto-update older versions of the CMS to more recent releases. From a report: The goal...
02:43 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Attempts To Solve Podcasting's Discovery Problem By Embedding Playable Episodes in Search
From a report: Looking for a specific podcast has always been a straightforward process: Plug in the title or the host's name in an app store or search engine and you're golden. But when you're not su...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Linux Journal Ceases Publication
Not too long after Linus Torvalds wrote his own Unix kernel, which he called Linux, in the summer of 1991, a magazine was founded by enthusiasts to focus on the operating system. For nearly three deca...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Broadcom Close To Buying Symantec's Enterprise Business
phalse phace writes: Broadcom's on-again, off-again talks to buy Symantec are on again, but this time Broadcom is just interested in Symantec's Enterprise Business. According to the Wall Street Journa...
10:00 am - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot AMD Launches Rome Second Generation EPYC CPUs
"Today, AMD launched its Rome Second Generation EPYC CPUs, the AMD EPYC 7001 & 7002 series," writes Slashdot reader SolarAxix. "Was the hype real? According to Anandtech's review of the top-of-the...
07:00 am - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Develop 'Artificial Tongue' To Detect Fake Whiskies
Scientists have developed an "artificial tongue" that can differentiate a young whisky from an 18-year-old single malt. "The team, based in Scotland, say their device can be used to tell apart a host ...
03:30 am - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Skype, Slack, Other Electron-Based Apps Can Be Easily Backdoored
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Electron development platform is a key part of many applications, thanks to its cross-platform capabilities. Based on JavaScript and Node.js,...
02:02 am - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Even Fixing Wisconsin's Foxconn Deal Won't Fix It, Says State-Requested Report
The Wisconsin Department of Administration is requesting a reassessment of the costs and benefits of the LCD factory Foxconn is building in the state. Since Wisconsin offered Foxconn a record-breaking...
01:45 am - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Pixel 4 Will Have 90Hz 'Smooth Display and DSLR Camera Attachment
According to 9to5Google, Google's upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones will feature 90Hz refresh rates, 6GB of RAM, and a DSLR attachment, among other features not reported until now. From the ...
01:25 am - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's DeX On Note 10 Brings Phone Apps To Your PC
Earlier today at Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 launch event, Samsung announced several new features coming to DeX, an application that transforms your Samsung phone into a "desktop like" interface. The exp...
12:45 am - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Battery-Powered Ships Next Up In Battle To Tackle Emissions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Four Japanese companies have teamed up to build the world's first zero-emission tanker by mid-2021 that will be powered by large-capacity batteries ...
12:03 am - Thu, August 8, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Fesses Up To More Adtech Leaks
Twitter has disclosed more bugs related to how it uses personal data for ad targeting that means it may have shared users data with advertising partners even when a user had expressly told it not to. ...
11:20 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Feds Told Tesla To Stop Making 'Misleading Statements' On Model 3 Safety
Last October, Tesla said that its Model 3 had the "lowest probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)." Two days later, the agency re...
10:40 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep In a 787's Guts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Late one night last September, security researcher Ruben Santamarta sat in his home office in Madrid and partook in some creative googling, searching fo...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot iOS 13 Privacy Feature Will Force Total Overhaul For Facebook Apps
Privacy has been a renewed focus with Apple's next operating system update. One new feature in iOS 13 that seems centered on user privacy could have sweeping consequences for messaging and online call...
09:25 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot With Warshipping, Hackers Ship Their Exploits Directly To Their Target's Mail Room
Why break into a company's network when you can just walk right in-- literally? From a report: Gone could be the days of having to find a zero-day vulnerability in a target's website, or having to scr...
08:41 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note10, Note10, and Note10 5G
At an event today, Samsung announced not one, but two versions of its flagship Galaxy Note 10 smartphone: the regular Note 10 and the jumbo Note 10+. The Note10's and Note10+'s frames are made from sc...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot North Korea Took $2 Billion in Cyberattacks To Fund Weapons Program
An anonymous reader shares a report: North Korea has generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using "widespread and increasingly sophisticated" cyberattacks to st...
07:25 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Chernobyl and Why Some TV Shows Should Be Unbingeable
An anonymous reader shares a column [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]: Few television shows in recent years have been as compelling, yet as difficult to watch, as Chernobyl. The story of the ...
06:45 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Disney Announces $12.99 Bundle For Disney, Hulu, and ESPN
Disney will offer a bundle package of its three streaming services -- Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ -- for $12.99 a month starting on November 12th, the company has announced. From a report: The company pr...
06:03 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot MoviePass Worked Out Great
Matt Levine, writing for Bloomberg: Is there a Harvard Business School case study of MoviePass yet? I feel like there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the MoviePass story, but maybe that's wron...
05:25 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot A Quarter of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises
Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earth's population face an increasingly urgent risk: The prospect of running out of water. From a report: From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries around t...
04:45 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony To Require Loot Box Odds Disclosure
All three major console manufacturers -- Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony -- have agreed to require games with paid loot boxes to include the chances of winning randomized in-game items from them, the En...
04:03 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot British Airways Cancels Over 100 Flights After Computer Systems Fail
British Airways canceled more than 100 flights Wednesday after the airline's computer systems crashed. From a report: The cancellations hit thousands of travelers using London's Heathrow and Gatwick a...
03:21 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot FedEx is Ending Ground-Delivery Contract With Amazon
FedEx said Wednesday it will end its ground-delivery contract with Amazon and won't renew it at the end of the month. From the report: "This change is consistent with our strategy to focus on the broa...
02:42 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Contractors Are Listening To Some Skype Calls
Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app's translation service, according to a cache of internal documents, screenshots, and a...
02:01 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's MSDN Magazine is Ending Its Run After More Than Three Decades
After more than three decades of publishing editorial content and providing technical guidance to the Microsoft developer community, MSDN Magazine will publish its last issue in November. From a repor...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot July Was the Hottest Month On Record, Global Data Shows
European climate researchers said Monday that last month was the hottest July -- and thus the hottest month -- ever recorded (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source), slightly eclipsing ...
10:00 am - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Tardigrades Are Now On the Moon Thanks To a Crashed Israeli Spacecraft
Tardigrades, the microsopic water-dwelling animals that can survive almost any environment, may be on the moon thanks to an Israeli spacecraft called Beresheet. The spacecraft was carrying thousands o...
07:00 am - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches Twice-Flown Falcon 9, Catches Fairing At Sea
SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 first-stage that had previously served two missions in July and November of 2018, today carrying its final payload, the AMOS-17 satellite for Spacecomm. "SpaceX...
03:30 am - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption On How Brain Cells Work
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceAlert: A study published in 2017 has overturned a 100-year-old assumption on what exactly makes a neuron "fire," posing new mechanisms behind certain ne...
02:02 am - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot US Appeals Court Voids Google 'Cookie' Privacy Settlement That Paid Users Nothing
A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Google's class-action settlement meant to resolve claims it invaded the privacy of millions of computer users by installing "cookies" in their browsers, ...
01:45 am - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Hyundai Releases Car With Solar Panel Roof
Hyundai has released a version of its Sonata hybrid that has solar panels to help charge its battery. The BBC reports: The Korean car maker said up to 60% of the power for the car's battery could be s...
01:25 am - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot High-Security Locks For Government and Banks Hacked By Researcher
pgmrdlm shares a report from Reuters: Hackers could crack open high-security electronic locks by monitoring their power, allowing thieves to steal cash in automated teller machines, narcotics in pharm...
12:45 am - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Windows Defender Achieves 'Best Antivirus' Status
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PC Magazine: As Softpedia reports, the independent IT security institute AV-TEST spent May and June continuously evaluating 20 home user security products usin...
12:07 am - Wed, August 7, 2019
Slashdot Google Expands its Advanced Protection Program To Chrome
Google is expanding its Advanced Protection Program to its Chrome browser. From a report: If you're an Advanced Protection Program user and you have sync turned on in Chrome, you will now automaticall...
11:25 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Tokyo Offers $1 Billion Research Grant For Human Augmentation, Cyborg Tech
The Japanese government is offering researchers up to $1 billion to develop ambitious human augmentation and cyborg technologies. From a report: As reported by the Nikkei Asian Review, the government ...
10:45 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Comcast Expands Low-Income Internet Program
Comcast announced today its largest-ever eligibility expansion for Internet Essentials, the cable giant's program that subsidizes basic broadband service and low-cost computers to help increase adopti...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is a Return To Idealism Possible In Computing?
dryriver writes: Almost everything in computing appears to be tainted by profits-driven decisionmaking today, from the privacy catastrophe of using personal electronic devices to forced SaaS software ...
09:20 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Final Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Version Released
The last RHEL release, RHEL 7.7, is now available for current Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers via the Red Hat Customer Portal. ZDNet reports on what's new: RHEL 7.7's most important updates are s...
08:40 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Toshiba Introduces New Tiny NVMe SSD Form Factor
At the Flash Memory Summit today, Toshiba introduced a new form factor for NVMe SSDs that is small enough to be a removable alternative to soldered-down BGA SSDs. "The new XFMEXPRESS form factor allow...
08:03 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot The Fed Is Getting Into the Real-Time Payments Business
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: The Fed announced Monday that it will develop a real-time payment service called "FedNow" to help move money around the economy more quickly. It's the kin...
07:25 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot China Warns India of 'Reverse Sanctions' if Huawei is Blocked
China has told India not to block its Huawei from doing business in the country, warning there could be consequences for Indian firms operating in China, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing sources wi...
06:45 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Linux Performs Poorly In Low RAM / Memory Pressure Situations On The Desktop
It's been a gripe for many running Linux on low RAM systems especially is that when the Linux desktop is under memory pressure the performance can be quite brutal with the system barely being responsi...
06:04 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot One Search To (Almost) Rule Them All: Hundreds of Hidden Planets Found in Kepler Data
Jonathan O'Callaghan, writing for Scientific American: Most of the more than 4,000 exoplanets astronomers have found across the past few decades come from NASA's pioneering Kepler mission, which launc...
05:25 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free
One secret of the publishing industry is that most American books published before 1964 never extended their copyright, meaning they're in the public domain today. From a report: Prior to 1964, books ...
04:45 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Why Canonical Views the Snap Ecosystem as a Compelling Distribution-Agnostic Solution
Canonical's Martin Wimpress addresses Snaps, Flatpak, and other competing standards, and community unease around Canonical's control of the Snap store. intensivevocoder writes: With these advances in ...
04:10 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Yelp is Screwing Over Restaurants By Quietly Replacing Their Phone Numbers
A new report by Vice reveals yet another marketing tactic by Grubhub that attempts to maximize the commission fees it can charge to restaurants when customers order through the service. Yelp, a Grubhu...
03:28 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Employees Took Bribes To Plant Malware on the Company's Network
AT&T employees took bribes to unlock millions of smartphones, and to install malware and unauthorized hardware on the company's network, the Department of Justice said yesterday. From a report: Th...
02:43 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Democratic Senate Campaign Group Exposed 6.2 Million Americans' Emails
A political campaign group working to elect Democratic senators left a spreadsheet containing the email addresses of 6.2 million Americans' on an exposed server. From a report: Data breach researchers...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Backblaze Hard Drive Stats Q2 2019
Backblaze: As of June 30, 2019, Backblaze had 110,640 spinning hard drives in our ever-expanding cloud storage ecosystem. Of that number, there were 1,980 boot drives and 108,660 data drives. This rev...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Catches Russian State Hackers Using IoT Devices To Breach Networks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Hackers working for the Russian government have been using printers, video decoders, and other so-called Internet-of-things devices as a beachhea...
10:00 am - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Best Milky Way Map Yet Confirms Our Galaxy Is Warped and Twisted
Astronomers from the U.S. and Europe have put together a new 3D model of the galaxy based on the distance between stars and found that our galaxy is warped and twisted. "I'd say that it is shaped like...
07:00 am - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Are Using the Cold of Outer Space To Rethink Air Conditioning
A California-based company called SkyCool Systems is in the early stages of manufacturing a cooling system that's more energy efficient than anything humans have used for a century. It's doing it usin...
03:30 am - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot First Human-Monkey Chimera Raises Concern Among Scientists
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Efforts to create human-animal chimeras have rebooted an ethical debate after reports emerged that scientists have produced monkey embryos contai...
02:02 am - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Libraries Are Fighting To Preserve Your Right To Borrow E-Books
Librarian Jessamyn West writes for CNN: For the first two months after a Macmillan book is published, a library can only buy one copy, at a discount. After eight weeks, they can purchase "expiring" e-...
01:25 am - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's New Windows Terminal Update Is Out and It's 'Huge'
Microsoft has released Windows Terminal Preview version 0.3, the recently launched command-line interface, which it wants to be the newest and best experience for developers who use Windows Command Pr...
12:45 am - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Coaching Cops On How To Obtain Surveillance Footage Without a Warrant
popcornfan679 shares a report from Motherboard: When police partner with Ring, Amazon's home surveillance camera company, they get access to the "Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal," an interactive m...
12:03 am - Tue, August 6, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Squeezes Sellers That Offer Better Prices On Walmart
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon's determination to offer shoppers the best deals is prompting merchants selling products on its marketplace to raise their prices on competin...
11:20 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot E3 Accidentally Doxxed Over 2,000 Journalists, YouTubers, and Streamers
The Entertainment Software Association, which runs the E3 video game expo, accidentally made phone numbers, emails, names, and addresses of over 2,000 attendees public on their website. "A copy of the...
10:40 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Google Employee Alleges Discrimination Against Pregnant Women In Viral Memo
A Google employee has written a memo accusing the company of discriminating and retaliating against her for being pregnant. According to Motherboard, the memo has been seen by more than 10,000 employe...
10:02 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Proposed Bill Would Make Monopolies Pay 'Serious' Fines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Trade Commission's recent $5 billion settlement with Facebook largely drew two responses. One holds that $5 billion is objectively a ...
09:25 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Turkey Moves To Oversee All Online Content, Raises Concerns Over Censorship
stikves writes: Turkey has granted its radio and television watchdog sweeping oversight over all online content, including streaming platforms like Netflix and online news outlets, in a move that rais...
08:45 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Google Pledges Carbon-Neutral Shipping, Recycled Plastic For All Devices
Alphabet's Google on Monday announced that it would neutralize carbon emissions from delivering consumer hardware by next year and include recycled plastic in each of its products by 2022. From a repo...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot 'There is No Evil Like reCAPTCHA (v3)'
An anonymous reader shares a post: Like many things that starts out as a mere annoyance, though eventually growing into somewhat of an affliction. One particularly dark and insidious thing has more th...
07:25 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Azure Security Lab, Doubles Top Bug Bounty To $40,000
At Black Hat 2019 today, Microsoft announced the Azure Security Lab, a sandbox-like environment for security researchers to test its cloud security. The company also doubled the top Azure bug bounty t...
06:46 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot The Beauty of Japan's Lonely Vending Machines
Jacopo Prisco, writing for CNN: Vending machines are a mainstay of Japanese culture. There are over 5.5 million in the country -- one for every 23 people, the highest ratio in the world. They're ubiqu...
05:55 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot 8chan Goes Dark After Hardware Provider Discontinues Service
Internet hate forum 8chan has gone dark after web services company Voxility banned the site -- and also banned 8chan's new host Epik, which had been leasing web space from it. From a report: Epik bega...
05:25 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Users Are Escaping Online Hate by Switching Profiles To Germany
An anonymous reader shares a report: A couple years ago, a friend invited Carl Perez to a virtual world promising online discourse free of Nazis. That world was Germany. Perez, who uses gender-neutral...
04:45 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot UK-based Mobile-Only Bank Monzo Admits To Storing Payment Card PINs in Internal Logs
Monzo, a mobile-only bank operating in the UK, admitted today to storing payment card PINs inside internal logs. From a report: The company is now notifying all impacted customers and urging users to ...
04:03 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Hints at Tesla's Secret Project 'Dojo' Making the Difference in Race To Full Self-Driving
Elon Musk set an aggressive deadline for Tesla to achieve full self-driving capability, but the electric automaker might have an ace up its sleeve that mostly went under the radar: project 'Dojo.' Ele...
03:25 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Tests Smartphone With Own OS, Could Potentially Start Selling Them Later This Year
Huawei is testing a smartphone equipped with Hongmeng, the company's self-developed operating system, which could potentially go on sale by the end of this year, Chinese state-media outlet Global Time...
02:42 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Violent Video Games Don't Cause Mass Shootings, Study Says
From a report: Violent video games (and television and movies) have been a frequent scapegoat for acts of real-world violence. But it's hard to ignore the fact that video games are popular all over th...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Half of All Google Chrome Extensions Have Fewer Than 16 Installs
There are 188,620 extensions available on the Chrome Web Store, and while you might think this provides a wide variety of choices for Chrome users, in reality, most of these extensions are dead or dwi...
10:34 am - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Possible Link Found Between Body Weight and the Immune System
The Atlantic talked to Lora Hooper, chair of the immunology department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, one of the researchers investigating gut microbes, inflammation, and what...
07:25 am - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Lyft Pulls Its Electric Bikes From the Bay Area After Four Catch on Fire
"Lyft's Wednesday move to pull all its black and pink electric bikes from the East Bay, San Francisco and San Jose came after flammable battery packs or vandalism caused at least four bikes to catch f...
03:25 am - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Cloudflare Terminates 8chan
"We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time," writes Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince. "The rationale is simple: they have proven themselve...
01:36 am - Mon, August 5, 2019
Slashdot Google's Plans for Chrome Extensions 'Won't Really Help Security', Argues EFF
Is Google making the wrong response to the DataSpii report on a "catastrophic data leak"? The EFF writes:In response to questions about DataSpii from Ars Technica, Google officials pointed out that th...
11:36 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do You Prefer One-Time Purchases or SaaS Subscriptions?
Long-time Slashdot reader shanen remembers the days of one-time software purchases, before companies began nudging customers to a subscription-based "software as a service" model:New bugs and security...
10:34 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Build Device That Turns Heat Into Light, Possibly Boosting Solar Cell Efficiency
Kant (Slashdot reader #67,320) shared this story from the photovoltaics news site PV Magazine: Scientists at Rice University in Texas have developed a device which converts heat into light by squeezin...
09:39 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot After 8chan Possibly Linked To Another Shooting, Cloudflare CEO Defends Hosting It
The Guardian learned that the suspected mass shooter at an El Paso, Texas Walmart "is believed to also have posted a white nationalist rant on 8chan" -- then interviewed the CEO of the company hosting...
08:34 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Suffer Outages Again
"Facebook still can't avoid widespread outages, it seems," writes Engadget:Numerous reports have surfaced of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp being unavailable to various degrees on the morning of Aug...
07:34 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot New Vulnerabilities Found In WPA3 WiFi Standard
Slashdot reader Artem S. Tashkinov writes: Mathy Vanhoef and Eyal Ronen have recently disclosed two new additional bugs impacting WPA3. The security researched duo found the new bugs in the security r...
06:34 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot Inventor Flies Across the English Channel on His Jet-Powered Hoverboard
PolygamousRanchKid quotes CNN: French inventor Franky Zapata has successfully crossed the Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard for the first time, after a failed attempt last month. Zapata took off fro...
05:34 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot $7,000 Contest Seeks Better Stock Images For 'Cybersecurity'
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:Cybersecurity stock images are predictable at this point: a hooded man with a shadowy face in front of a keyboard or a mysterious person in front of binary code. A...
05:04 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Makes Plans For Up To 24 Starship Launches A Year From Florida
schwit1 quotes Space News: SpaceX plans to build facilities at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A for launches and, eventually, landings of its next-generation launch vehicle, according to ...
04:34 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot NASA Cut 385 Acres of Trees In Florida For a Better View of Launch Pads
McGruber quotes UPI:NASA has cut down trees on more than 385 acres of Kennedy Space Center in Florida to allow a better view of launch pads where human spaceflight is set to return after a lull of man...
03:34 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot China's New Schoolmarm Is 'Squirrel AI'
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: MIT Technology Review's Karen Hao reports on China's grand experiment in AI education that could reshape how the world learns. "While academics have puzzled ov...
02:34 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot Voter Records For 80% of Chile's Population Left Exposed Online
An anonymous reader writes: "The voter information of more than 14.3 million Chileans, which accounts to nearly 80% of the country's entire population, was left exposed and leaking on the internet ins...
01:34 pm - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot Georgia Department of Public Safety Hit By Ransomware Attack.
"A ransomware attack late last week left the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Georgia State Patrol computers offline," reports a local news station.Lt. Stephanie Stallings, GSP spokesperson, sa...
11:34 am - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Quietly Gives Alexa's Voice Recordings a 'No Human Review' Option
"Amazon Alexa users can now choose whether human reviewers listen to recordings of their exchanges with the AI assistant," reports VentureBeat, citing an Amazon spokesperson.To ensure people don't lis...
07:34 am - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Do Popular Websites Have Bad UI Navigation?
A while back some "bored developers and designers" started uploading their ideas for the worst volume control interface in the world. But now Slashdot reader dryriver asks a more serious question:You ...
04:34 am - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot Did WhatsApp Backdoor Rumor Come From 'Unanswered Questions ' and 'Leap of Faith' For Closed-Source Encryption Products?
On Friday technologist Bruce Schneier wrote that after reviewing responses from WhatsApp, he's concluded that reports of a pre-encryption backdoor are a false alarm. He also says he got an equally str...
01:34 am - Sun, August 4, 2019
Slashdot DoubleTree Hotels Wants The ISS Astronauts To Bake Cookies
An anonymous reader quotes the Atlantic:The sight of a cookie had never made me grimace until this one showed up in my email inbox. DoubleTree by Hilton, the hotel chain, was announcing that it would ...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Says 'The Boring Company' Will Launch in China This Month
"Elon Musk wants to drill holes in China," reports TechCrunch:Musk is due to speak at an AI conference, called the World Artificial Intelligence Conference, taking place in Shanghai on August 29-31. R...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Delivery Drivers Part Of Theft Ring Selling 'Millions' in Stolen Goods on Amazon
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:The two contract delivery drivers working for Amazon had a clear-cut assignment: They were supposed to bring packages from a warehouse south of Seattle ...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot AMD Sold 79% of All CPUs in July
An anonymous reader quotes TechRadar:AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors, spearheaded by the Ryzen 7 3700X, have led what looks like an unprecedented assault on Intel's CPUs, at least going by the figu...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot EFF Warns Proposed Law Could Create 'Life-Altering' Copyright Lawsuits
Forbes reports:In July, members of the federal Senate Judiciary Committee chose to move forward with a bill targeting copyright abuse with a more streamlined way to collect damages, but critics say th...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Another Breach: What Capital One Could Have Learned From Google's 'BeyondCorp'
"Firewalls can be notoriously and fiendishly difficult to configure correctly, and often present a target-rich environment for successful attacks," writes long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein. "...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot C20 Is Feature Complete
Long-time Slashdot reader mejustme shared this report from Hackaday:If you have an opinion about C++, chances are you either love it for its extensiveness and versatility, or you hate it for its bloat...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Marty the Grocery Store Robot Called 'Ominous', 'Mostly Useless'
By the end of the year, Stop & Shop will have installed 500 "giant, gray, aisle-patrolling robots" in its chains of stores, reports Mashable, starting in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, ...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Google Just Stopped Displaying 'www' and 'https' In Chrome's Address Bar
"Google has finally chopped the 'www' from Chrome's address bar after delaying the controversial move due to a backlash," reports TechRepublic:The move to remove 'www' was initially planned for last y...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot GNOME and KDE Join Forces To Co-Host Linux App Summit
GNOME and KDE are co-hosting this year's Linux App Summit (LAS) in Barcelona from November 12th to 15th. An anonymous reader shared the big announcement:LAS is the first collaborative event co-hosted ...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Are Nanosheet Transistor the Next (and Maybe Last) Step in Moore's Law?
An anonymous reader quotes IEEE Spectrum:Making smaller, better transistors for microprocessors is getting more and more difficult, not to mention fantastically expensive. Only Intel, Samsung, and Tai...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Lawsuit Filed Against GitHub In Wake of Capital One Data Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Capital One and GitHub have been hit with a class-action lawsuit over the recent data breach that resulted in the data of over 100 million Capital On...
10:00 am - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Facebook To Add Its Name To Instagram, WhatsApp
According to The Information, Facebook is planning to add its name to both Instagram and WhatsApp. "The social network will rebrand the apps to 'Instagram from Facebook' and 'WhatsApp from Facebook,'"...
07:00 am - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Satellites Reveal 'Hot Lightning' Strikes Are Most Likely To Start Wildfires
Scientists are using new satellite sensor data, combined with info from the terrestrial U.S. National Lightning Detection Network, to help identify the most dangerous lightning strikes. They found tha...
03:30 am - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Top List of Most Trusted Professionals In US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have topped a survey of trusted professions, with adults in the U.S. more confident that they act in the public's best interests than ...
02:03 am - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Study Finds Living Near Trees, Not Just Green Space, Improves Wellbeing
According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open, living in neighborhoods with leafy trees is linked to higher levels of wellness. The study found that not all green spaces are crea...
01:25 am - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Alphabet Overtakes Apple To Become Most Cash-Rich Company
According to The Financial Times, Google's parent company Alphabet has overtaken Apple to become the most cash-rich company in the world. As of the second quarter of this year, Alphabet holds $117 bil...
12:45 am - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot Impossible Foods Gets FDA Approval To Sell Fake Meat In Grocery Stores
Impossible Foods has been granted approval by the FDA to sell its plant-based meat in U.S. grocery stores this fall. "After expressing some initial doubts, the agency formally ruled that soy leghemogl...
12:03 am - Sat, August 3, 2019
Slashdot NYT Publishes Anti-Google Rant, Doesn't Mention Author Is Facebook Board Member
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The New York Times published an anti-Google screed by billionaire Peter Thiel last night but failed to mention a fun fact that readers might find rele...
11:20 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Budget-Friendly Webcam Without a Cloud Service?
simpz writes: Does anyone know of a fairly inexpensive webcam that doesn't depend on a cloud service? A few years ago, you could buy a cheap webcam (with the usual pan/tilt and IR) for about $50 that ...
11:00 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Comcast's 'Unlimited' Mobile Plan Now Costs $20 Extra For HD Video
Xfinity Mobile's unlimited data plans now cost an extra $20 a month if you want to watch HD video. They cost $45 per line per month, but video streams are generally limited to 480p resolution. "Comcas...
10:40 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot GermanWiper Ransomware Hits Germany Hard, Destroys Files, Asks For Ransom
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: For the past week, a new ransomware strain has been wreaking havoc across Germany. Named GermanWiper, this ransomware doesn't encrypt files but instead ...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Could Be Looking To Rival Facebook's Libra With a USD-Pegged Stablecoin Issuance, Patent Filing Shows
Retail giant Walmart could be working on issuing a fiat-backed digital currency, similar to Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, according to a new patent filing. From a report: The filing, published by t...
09:25 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot US Cities Are Helping People Buy Amazon Surveillance Cameras Using Taxpayer Money
popcornfan679 writes: The Ring doorbell surveillance camera sits squarely in the center of a Tiffany-blue online flyer, which provides details about a "Security Product Subsidy Event" in Arcadia, Cali...
08:45 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Insists No Security 'Backdoor' Is Planned for WhatsApp
An anonymous reader shares a report: Billions of people use the messaging tool WhatsApp, which added end-to-end encryption for every form of communication available on its platform back in 2016. This ...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot IBM Fired as Many as 100,000 in Recent Years, Lawsuit Shows
International Business Machines (IBM) has fired as many as 100,000 employees in the last few years in an effort to boost its appeal to millennials and make it appear to be as "cool" and "trendy" as Am...
07:25 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Pentagon Testing Mass Surveillance Balloons Across the US
The US military is conducting wide-area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal....
06:46 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Electric Scooters Aren't Quite as Climate-Friendly as We Thought
Electric scooter companies like to tout their green credentials, frequently reminding riders that every two-wheeled trip they take can help reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change -- but the ...
05:50 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Google's New Automated Voice Service Lets You Silently Share Information With Emergency Operators
Google is working to make it easier for callers to share details with 911 responders in the event of an emergency. From a report: In a blog post this week, the tech giant announced a feature heading t...
05:00 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Opens Auction For Default Android Search Engine in Europe
Google has opened up an auction to allow alternative search engines to become the default providers on mobile devices in Europe. From a report: Beginning in early 2020, anyone setting up a new Android...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot US Formally Withdraws From Nuclear Treaty with Russia and Prepares To Test New Missile
The United States formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Friday, as the US military prepares to test a new non-nuclear mobile-launched cruise missile developed...
03:25 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Project Zero: 95.8% of All Bug Reports Are Fixed Before Deadline Expires
The Google Project Zero team said that around 95.8% of the security bugs they find in other software and report to their respective vendors get fixed before the 90-day deadline for a public disclosure...
02:42 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot California Farmers Are Planting Solar Panels as Water Supplies Dry Up
An anonymous reader shares a report: Solar energy projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California's agriculture industry to sca...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Ubuntu-Based Linux Mint 19.2 'Tina' is Here with Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce
The Linux Mint project today released the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina", which is now available for download as Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions. From a report: If your computer is fairly modern, take my ad...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot High Levels of Oestrogens In the Womb Linked To Autism, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceDaily: Scientist have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing autism. T...
11:30 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot The VR Linux Desktop Is On Its Way
mfilion writes: Want to use the GNOME or KDE Linux desktops on your virtual-reality headset? A new open-source project aims to let you play games and use your Linux desktop with your VR head-mounted d...
10:00 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Private Space Race Targets Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Several startups and nonprofit organizations are using methane-tracking microsatellites to help companies understand the emissions levels of their business operations, and hold the worst polluters acc...
07:00 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Hawaii Extends Thirty Meter Telescope Permit Amid Protesters
In a move intended to de-escalate a standoff between scientists and native Hawaiians blocking the construction of a massive telescope on a mountaintop they believe to be sacred land, Gov. David Ige on...
04:45 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Apple Stops Letting Contractors Listen To Siri Voice Recordings, Will Offer Opt-Out Later
Apple says it will temporarily suspend its practice of using human contractors to grade snippets of Siri voice recordings for accuracy. The move follows a report in The Guardian where a former worker ...
03:30 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Just 10 Percent of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Cash 'Could Pay For Green Transition,' Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Switching just some of the huge subsidies supporting fossil fuels to renewables would unleash a runaway clean energy revolution, according to a n...
02:02 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Cops Are Giving Amazon's Ring Your Real-Time 911 Caller Data
Gizmodo has learned that Amazon's Ring home security system is pursuing contracts with police departments that would grant it direct access to real-time emergency dispatch data. From the report: The C...
01:45 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Going To Kill Your Dash Button
Amazon said Thursday that it will turn off the capabilities of all its Dash buttons worldwide on August 31st. "The decision follows Amazon's move in February to stop selling new buttons," reports CNET...
01:25 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot FCC Finally Orders ISPs To Say Exactly Where They Offer Broadband
The FCC voted today to collect more accurate data about which parts of the U.S. have broadband and which parts lack high-speed connectivity. "From now on, home Internet providers will have to give the...
12:45 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot An AI System Should Be Recognized As the Inventor of Two Ideas In Patents Filed On Its Behalf, Academics Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC An artificial intelligence system should be recognized as the inventor of two ideas in patents filed on its behalf, a team of academics says. The AI ha...
12:03 am - Fri, August 2, 2019
Slashdot NYPD Adds Children As Young As 11 To Facial Recognition Database
"The New York Police Department (NYPD) has been loading thousands of arrest photos of children and teenagers into a facial recognition database despite evidence the technology has a higher risk of fal...
11:20 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot A Newly Discovered Hacking Group Is Targeting Energy and Telecoms Companies
A new hacking group called "Hexane" is targeting telecommunications and oil and gas companies across Africa and the Middle East. Industrial security company Dragos said that the group's activity has r...
10:40 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Americans Are Making Phone Farms To Scam Free Money From Advertisers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Netflix thought I was four different people. I was being paid through an app to watch its trailers over and over again, racking up digital points ...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Google's DeepMind Says Its AI Tech Can Spot Acute Kidney Disease 48 Hours Before Doctors Spot It
Five years after Google acquired DeepMind, the health and artificial intelligence group is unveiling its biggest breakthrough yet in health care. Its technology is able to predict if a patient has pot...
09:25 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Are Making Human-Monkey Hybrids in China
glowend shares a report: In a controversial first, a team of researchers have been creating embryos that are part human and part monkey, reports the Spanish daily El Pais. According to the newspaper, ...
08:45 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Greenland is Melting Away Before Our Eyes
Amid an ongoing heat wave, new data show the Greenland ice sheet is in the middle of its biggest melt season in recorded history. It's the latest worrying signal climate change is accelerating far bey...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot FTC Antitrust Probe of Facebook Scrutinizes Its Acquisitions
The Federal Trade Commission is examining Facebook's acquisitions as part of its antitrust investigation into the social-media giant -- to determine if they were part of a campaign to snap up potentia...
07:25 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot The Impossible Whopper is Coming To Every Burger King in America Next Week
Burger King will start selling its meatless Whopper across the United States on August 8, the biggest rollout for Impossible's plant-based product. From a report: The burger chain has been selling the...
06:45 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Edward Snowden Memoir To Reveal Whistleblower's Secrets
After multiple books and films about his decision to leak the biggest cache of top-secret documents in history, whistleblower Edward Snowden is set to tell his side of the story in a memoir, Permanent...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Testing a $4.99 App Subscription Bundle
Google has been testing a new app subscription bundle that gives users access to premium apps for one monthly price. From a report: Google Play Pass, as the subscription offering is being called, prom...
05:25 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Plans on Backdooring WhatsApp
Bruce Schneier: This article points out that Facebook's planned content moderation scheme will result in an encryption backdoor into WhatsApp: "In Facebook's vision, the actual end-to-end encryption c...
04:45 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot 82% of People Say They Connect To Any Free WiFi That's Available in a Public Place, Survey Finds
Have you ever been in a public place and hopped onto a public WiFi network? From a report: We conducted a survey of 1,195 US residents over the past two weeks asking about internet connectivity and on...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot A New Bill Aims To Protect US Voters From the Next Cambridge Analytica
As the 2020 campaign season accelerates, a US lawmaker introduced a bill on Thursday that would regulate how political parties use voters' data in federal elections. rrconan writes: Democratic senator...
03:23 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot When Open Source Software Comes With a Few Catches
As open source software grows more popular, and important, developers face an existential question: How to make money from something you give away for free? An anonymous reader shares a report: The Op...
02:44 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot California Police Are Sharing Facial Recognition Databases To ID Suspects
Many of California's local law enforcement agencies have access to facial recognition software for identifying suspects who appear in crime scene footage, documents obtained through public records req...
02:03 pm - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Intel Reveals 10th Gen Core Lineup For Laptops and 2-in-1s
Intel's new generation of processors is nigh upon us, and it promises to be a doozy in several respects. VentureBeat: The Santa Clara chipmaker today launched 11 new 10-nanometer 10th Gen Intel Core p...
10:00 am - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot The Law Isn't Ready For Psychedelic Medicine
Matt Lamkin reports via Scientific American: In March, the Food and Drug Administration approved esketamine, a drug that produces psychedelic effects, to treat depression -- the first psychedelic ever...
07:00 am - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight By Light
According to The Planetary Society, LightSail 2 has successfully raised its orbit using solar sailing, making it the first small spacecraft to demonstrate the concept. From the report: Since unfurling...
03:30 am - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot How Sydney Destroyed Its Trams For Love of the Car
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Guardian about the questionable decision in the 1950s to get rid of Sydney's trams in favor of private cars. From the report: In the late 1950s Sydney ripp...
02:02 am - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Develop Speedy Soft Robot That's More Robust Than a Cockroach
Researchers from Tsinghua University in China and University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new kind of soft robot that looks like a bent strip of paper, but is able to move at 20 body leng...
01:25 am - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Cisco To Pay $8.6 Million Fine For Selling Hackable Surveillance Tech
Cisco has agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle a claim that it sold video surveillance software it knew was vulnerable to hackers to hospitals, airports, schools, state governments and federal agencie...
12:45 am - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Keeps Big Lead Over Apple Music But Disappoints With 108M Subscribers
In its second-quarter report, Spotify said its subscribers rose 31% year over year to hit 108 million subscribers at the end of June. "That figure was weaker than Spotify expected but keeps it well ab...
12:02 am - Thu, August 1, 2019
Slashdot French Startup Transition-One Plans a $5,600 Electric Makeover For Your Old Diesel Car
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: About 5,000 euros ($5,600) are set to buy your 10-year-old combustion clunker an electric makeover -- and offer a cut-price way to avoid driving ban...
11:30 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Cambridge, Massachusetts Moves To Ban Facial Recognition
Citing threats to free speech and civil rights, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday moved to prohibit local government from using facial recognition. Three other cities in the country have...
10:40 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Won't Let Android Tablets Die, Announces the Galaxy Tab S6
Samsung is one of the only companies still producing tablets to rival Apple's iPad. Today the company announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, its latest high-end tablet, for $649. Pre-orders start August...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Everything Cops Say About Amazon's Ring Is Scripted Or Approved By Ring
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Amazon's home security company Ring has garnered enormous control over the ways in which its law enforcement partners are allowed to portray its produ...
09:21 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot How Over 25 People Got Scammed Into Working at a Nonexistent Game Company
An anonymous reader shares a report: Brooke Holden had all but given up on breaking into the video game business. [...] "Professionally inexperienced but passionate team manager looking for a hobby pr...
08:51 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Says It Was 'Not Our Role' To Remove Fake News During Australian Election
Facebook has declared it is not "our role to remove content that one side of a political debate considers to be false" in a final, positive, self-assessment of its actions in response to the death tax...
08:10 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Capital One Breach Said To Also Affect Other Major Companies
The data breach at Capital One may be the "tip of the iceberg" and may affect other major companies, according to security researchers. From a report: Israeli security firm CyberInt said Vodafone, For...
07:30 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot FTC Says 'You Will Be Disappointed' if You Choose $125 For Equifax Payout
The Federal Trade Commission said today there's been "overwhelming" interest in a settlement agreement with Equifax, and that consumers looking for a previously announced payout of up to $125 may be d...
06:49 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Trump Administration Plans To Allow Imports Of Some Prescription Drugs From Canada
The Trump administration is outlining two possible ways certain drugs that were intended for foreign markets could be imported to the U.S. -- a move that would clear the way to import some prescriptio...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Google Brings the Titan Security Key To More Countries
Google on Wednesday announced it's making its Titan Security Key available via the Google Store in multiple new countries: Canada, France, Japan and the United Kingdom. Google launched the second-fact...
05:25 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Your Next iPhone Might Be Made in Vietnam. Thank the Trade War.
No country on earth has benefited from President Trump's trade fight with China more than Vietnam. From a report: The country's factories have swelled with orders as American tariffs cause companies t...
04:45 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Major Broadcasters Sue TV Streaming Nonprofit Locast
Four major broadcast networks have filed a lawsuit against Locast, a New York-based nonprofit that streams local broadcast programming over the internet. From a report: In their lawsuit, ABC, CBS, NBC...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot 'The White House Blocked My Report on Climate Change and National Security'
Dr. Rod Schoonover, who until recently served as a senior analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the State Department, writing for The New York Times: Ten years ago, I left my job as a ...
03:25 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot iPhone Bluetooth Traffic Leaks Phone Numbers -- in Certain Scenarios
Security researchers say they can extract a user's phone number from the Bluetooth traffic coming from an iPhone smartphone during certain operations. From a report: The attack works because, when Blu...
02:47 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse
Andy Greenberg, writing for Wired: When Alex Stamos describes the challenge of studying the worst problems of mass-scale bad behavior on the internet, he compares it to astronomy. To chart the cosmos,...
02:01 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Prepares To Wave Goodbye To Linux Floppy Drives
Freshly Exhumed writes: When Linus Torvalds first created Linux in 1991, he built it on a 386-powered PC with a floppy drive. Things change. In 2012, Torvalds bid the i386 processor adieu saying, "I'm...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Apple Reports Declining Profits and Stagnant Growth, Again
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Apple has long performed like clockwork, growing steadily and producing an ever-growing stream of profit. Not anymore. On Tuesday, the Sili...
10:00 am - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Employee Happiness and Business Success Are Linked, Study Finds
A new study (PDF) by Christian Krekel, George Ward and Jan-Emmanuael de Neve finds a link between employee happiness and business success. "The study, based on data compiled by Gallup, a polliging org...
07:00 am - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot University of California Sues Five Major Retailers Over Edison-Style LED Bulbs
The University of California is suing five major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Target, IKEA, and Bed Bath & Beyond, for infringing on four patents related to "filament" LED light bulbs. Re...
03:30 am - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot China Is On Track To Beat Its Peak-Emissions Pledge
A new study led by Haikun Wang, Xi Lu, and Yu Deng examines the relationship between economic growth and emissions to project that China's should peak in the early 2020s. Ars Technica reports: The ana...
02:03 am - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Demonstrate Two-Track Algorithm For Detecting Deepfakes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Researchers have demonstrated a new algorithm for detecting so-called deepfake images -- those altered imperceptibly by AI systems, potentially ...
01:25 am - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot The Hottest Phones For the Next Billion Users Aren't Smartphones
Millions of first-time internet consumers from the Ivory Coast to India and Indonesia are connecting to the web on smart feature phones that cost only about $25. "[T]hese hybrid phones, fueled by inex...
12:45 am - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws In Apple's iMessage App
Google researchers have shared details of five flaws in Apple's iMessage software that could make its devices vulnerable to attack. The BBC reports: In one case, the researchers said the vulnerability...
12:03 am - Wed, July 31, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Kills DirecTV Now Brand Name As TV Subscribers Leave In Droves
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T is eliminating the DirecTV Now brand name it uses for its struggling Internet-based TV service. DirecTV Now will become "AT&T TV Now...