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10:57 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Kickstarter Defends Firings As Not Anti-Union, But Strong Criticism Continues
"Kickstarter's CEO Aziz Hasan sent an email to staff Friday, explaining why the company fired two staff members and laid off another who played an instrumental role in organizing a union at the compan...
09:34 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Google's DNS-Over-HTTPS Plans Scrutinized By US Congress
Google's plans to implement DNS over TLS in Chrome are being investigated by a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, while the Justice Department has "recently received complaints" about the...
09:34 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Google's DNS-Over-TLS Plans Scrutinized By US Congress
Google's plans to implement DNS over TLS in Chrome are being investigated by a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, while the Justice Department has "recently received complaints" about the...
08:34 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Liberal Arts Majors Eventually Earn More Than STEM Majors
The conventional wisdom that liberal arts majors earn less than compsci majors may be true for the first job, but not necessarily for an entire career, reports the New York Times, in an article shared...
07:34 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Libre-RISC-V 3D CPU/GPU Seeks Grants For Ambitious Expansion
The NLNet Foundation is a non-profit supporting privacy, security, and the "open internet". Now the open source Libre RISC-V hybrid CPU/GPU is applying for eight additional grants from the NLNet Found...
06:34 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Both Apple and Amazon Are Quietly Building Networks That Know the Location of Everything
Wired reports on both Sidewalk, Amazon's new low-bandwidth long-range wireless networking protocol, and Apple's new position- and distance-measuring U1 chip (mentioned in a recent keynote).Apple's U1 ...
05:34 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot 'We Can't End Climate Change Without Changing Our Eating Habits'
Saturday the Guardian published a call to action by the author of the new book, We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast: [W]e cannot save the planet unless we significantly reduce ou...
04:32 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Richard Stallman Is Still Head of the GNU Project
On Thursday, Richard Stallman reminded the GNU Project mailing list that "On September 16 I resigned as president of the Free Software Foundation, but the GNU Project and the FSF are not the same. I a...
03:34 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Digital Ocean's 6th Annual 'Hacktoberfest' Celebrates Open Source and Environmental Projects
"It's that time of year again when we come together to support and celebrate the open source technologies we use and love," announces a post on Digital Ocean's blog. Hacktoberfest is a monthlong celeb...
02:34 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Purism's Librem 5 Phone Starts Shipping. It Can Run Linux Desktop Apps
On Tuesday Purism announced their first Librem 5 smartphones were rolling off the assembly line and heading to customers. "Seeing the amazing effort of the Purism team, and holding the first fully fun...
01:34 pm - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot China Hacks Airbus Suppliers For Commercial Secrets
An anonymous reader quotes International Business Times:European aerospace giant Airbus has been hit by a series of attacks by hackers targeting its suppliers in search of commercial secrets, sources ...
10:34 am - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Do We Need To Rethink What Free Software Is?
Matthew Garrett is a security developer at Google and a Linux contributor who in 2014 won the Free Software Foundation's annual "Advancement of Free Software" award. But now he's asking if we need to ...
07:34 am - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Firefox Promises UK Government DNS-Over-HTTPS Won't Be Default in UK
"Despite looking to make DNS-over-HTTPS the default for its American users, Mozilla has assured culture secretary Nicky Morgan that this won't be the case in the UK," reports Gizmodo:DNS-over-HTTPS ha...
04:34 am - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot CRISPR Might Be the Banana's Only Hope Against a Deadly Fungus
An anonymous reader quotes Nature:The race to engineer the next-generation banana is on. The Colombian government confirmed last month that a banana-killing fungus has invaded the Americas -- the sour...
01:40 am - Sun, September 29, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Is Webcasting a Live Update About 'Starship'
An anonymous reader writes:Elon Musk is speaking live right now on SpaceX's YouTube channel, promising an update on his plans for "Starship". Dressed entirely in black -- and joking about the wind -- ...
11:34 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Richard Stallman Addresses 'Speculation and Rumor' About His Appearance at Microsoft
This week Richard Stallman responded to "a certain amount of speculation and rumor" about his recent talk at Microsoft, addressing dark suggestions that, for example, Microsoft might've hoped to seduc...
10:34 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot NASA Partners With General Electric To Advance The Future Of Electric Flight
"Electric flight is becoming a tantalizingly close reality for shorter-range service," writes ZDNet. "But increasing passenger carrying capacity and flight times to economically accommodate longer rou...
09:34 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot As 'CentOS Stream' Brings Rolling Releases, Some RHEL Development Moves Into CentOS Project
It's been five years since the release of CentOS 7, but Indy1 (Slashdot reader #99,447) reminded us that CentOS 8 finally arrived this week -- along with a big new plan for rolling releases. It Pro To...
08:34 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot America's CIA Reportedly Spied on Julian Assange In the Ecuador Embassy
A Spanish private security firm spied on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of the CIA while he was inside Ecuador's embassy in London, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais.An anonymous ...
07:34 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Does The Military Need Agile Programming?
OneHundredAndTen writes: According to this Forbes article, the Pentagon is worried that many in the USA's military nerve center claim to use Agile methods, when in fact, they aren't. Those responsible...
06:34 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot 'Massive' Coordinated Campaign Hijacked Many YouTube Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:A massive wave of account hijacks has hit YouTube users, and especially creators in the auto-tuning and car review community, a ZDNet investigation discovered followin...
05:34 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot New iPhone Feature Can Send Unknown Callers To Voicemail Automatically
An anonymous reader quotes the Economist:In its latest software release, Apple has made it possible for iPhone users to send all unknown callers to voicemail automatically. Although the feature will n...
04:41 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Facebook and WhatsApp Will Be Forced to Share Encrypted Messages With British Police
"Social media platforms based in the U.S. including Facebook and WhatsApp will be forced to share users' encrypted messages with British police under a new treaty between the two countries, " reports ...
03:34 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Should We Build A Publicly-Funded Social Media Platform?
What if the problems with social media just can't be solved by a for-profit platform? Writing in the New York Times, a former Tumblr executive argues the solution might require the creation of a nonpr...
02:34 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot GNOME Foundation Is Being Sued Because of Shotwell Photo Manager
JustAnotherOldGuy quotes ItsFOSS:The GNOME Foundation is facing a lawsuit from Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC. Rothschild allege that Shotwell, a free and open source personal photo manager infringes ...
01:00 pm - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Easily Breached Voting Machines For the 2020 Election
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The voting machines that the U.S. will use in the 2020 election are still vulnerable to hacks. A group of ethical hackers tested a bunch of those vot...
10:00 am - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Facebook To Create Virtual Reality Social Media World Called Horizon
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: Facebook is creating an immersive environment called Horizon to tempt people into spending more time in virtual reality. The VR app will be a mix of social place...
07:00 am - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot NASA Wants To Send Nuclear Rockets To the Moon and Mars
NASA engineers want to create a rocket engine powered by nuclear fusion. "A nuclear rocket engine would be twice as efficient as the chemical engines powering rockets today," reports Wired. "But despi...
03:30 am - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Prepare To Drill For Million-Year-Old Ice In Antarctica
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Million-year-old ice buried deep in Antarctica could hold crucial information about the planet's past and help climate predictions. And scientist...
01:30 am - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Transferring Vaginal Fluids Could 'Revolutionize' Women's Health, Researchers Say
While fecal transplants have proven to be quite successful, researchers are now experimenting with swapping vaginal fluids to improve health. "If [vaginal microbiota transplants (VMTs)] work as resear...
12:50 am - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Apple TV Plus Movies Might Hit Theaters Before Streaming Service
Apple is reportedly talking to movie theater chains to try and get its Apple TV Plus movies shown in theaters a few weeks before they hit the streaming service. CNET reports: Apple's apparently hoping...
12:10 am - Sat, September 28, 2019
Slashdot Apple Considers Using Iconic Logo As a Notification Light, Patent App Suggests
Apple has applied for a patent to use the logo on the back of its phones as a notification light. The patent application, which was first spotted by Apple Insider, outlines how the "adjustable decorat...
11:30 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot New Federal Rules Limit Police Searches of Family Tree DNA Databases
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released new rules yesterday governing when police can use genetic genealogy to track down suspects in s...
10:50 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Germany Shuts Down Illegal Data Center In Former NATO Bunker
German investigators say they have shut down a data processing center installed in a former NATO bunker (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other ill...
10:10 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot MayPayrollHR CEO Arrested, Admits To $70 Million Fraud
After absconding with $35 million in payroll and tax deposits from customers, CEO of MyPayrollHR Michael T. Mann was arrested and charged with bank fraud. "On Monday, [Mann] allegedly confessed that t...
09:30 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Study Proves the FCC's Core Justification For Killing Net Neutrality Was False
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A new study has found the FCC's primary justification for repealing net neutrality was indisputably false. For years, big ISPs and Trump FCC boss ...
08:51 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot The Heat Death of 5G
An anonymous reader shares a report: Yes, 5G is coming and data rates will improve, but we, the mobile industry, still have a lot of work to do. We could regale you with litanies of woe about roaming ...
08:10 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot The World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm is Nearly Complete. It Can Power 1 Million Homes
The world's largest offshore wind farm is taking shape off the east coast of Britain, a landmark project that demonstrates one way to combat climate change at scale. From a report: Located 120 kilomet...
07:30 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot AI Equal With Human Experts in Medical Diagnosis, Study Finds
Artificial intelligence is on a par with human experts when it comes to making medical diagnoses based on images, a review has found. From a report: The potential for artificial intelligence in health...
06:50 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux 19.10 'Eoan Ermine' Beta Available For Download
Canonical today released the official beta for the upcoming Ubuntu Linux 19.10. Code-named "Eoan Ermine," it features Linux kernel 5.3. From a report: There are several great desktop environments from...
06:10 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Warren Proposes Investing in Congressional Tech Expertise To Diminish Lobbying Power
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday proposed reinstating a congressional office dedicated to improving tech expertise in order to beat back the growing power of technology companies' lobbying ef...
05:30 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Plane Tests Must Use Average Pilots, NTSB Says After 737 MAX Crashes
Federal accident investigators called for broad changes in decades-old engineering principles and design assumptions related to pilot emergency responses, the first formal U.S. safety recommendations ...
04:41 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot SoftBank Bet Big on Disruptive Companies. Many Have Not Paid Off.
Anyone who has taken an Uber, sent a Slack message or enjoyed a free beer at a WeWork owes a little something to Masayoshi Son. The New York Times: Through his Japanese conglomerate SoftBank and a $10...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Spider-Man Returns To the Marvel Cinematic Universe
After briefly breaking up, Sony Pictures and Marvel have found a way to get back in the Spider-Man business together. From a report: Their new film even has a release date: July 16, 2021. "I am thrill...
03:21 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot 'OK' is Now a Hate Symbol, the ADL Says
The "OK" hand gesture is now a hate symbol, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. From a report: The ADL added that symbol along with several others on Thursday to its long-standing...
02:44 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot New Checkm8 Jailbreak Released For All iOS Devices Running A5 To A11 Chips
An anonymous reader shares a report: A security researcher has today released a new jailbreak that impacts all iOS devices running on A5 to A11 chipsets -- chips included in all Apple products release...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Locast, a Free Streaming Service, Sues ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox
Locast, a little-known nonprofit behind a free streaming service, sued ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox on Friday, alleging that the television networks colluded in an effort to chill its business. From a report...
01:00 pm - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Writing Its Own Facial Recognition Laws To Pitch To Lawmakers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says his company is developing a set of laws to regulate facial recognition technology that it plans to share with federal lawmakers...
11:30 am - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Google's Hyperlocal News App 'Bulletin' Is Shutting Down
Google's hyperlocal news service called Bulletin is shutting down in November. Android Police reports: The idea behind bulletin was that users could post news from their neighborhood, allowing others ...
10:00 am - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Will Test Hiding 'Likes' On Its Own Site
Facebook is getting ready to start hiding "Likes" on its own site. Engadget reports: The company has now officially started a test that will remove public visibility of Like, reaction and video view c...
07:00 am - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot SAT Scores Fall As More Students Take the Test
According to the College Board, average scores dropped on the SAT this past test-taking cycle, with a greater percentage of high-school students not ready for college-level work. The Wall Street Journ...
03:30 am - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Number Theorist Fears All Published Math Is Wrong
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Kevin Buzzard, a number theorist and professor of pure mathematics at Imperial College London, believes that it is time to create a new area of ma...
02:10 am - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Alternative iOS App Store Doesn't Require a Jailbreak
Developer Riley Testut is launching an alternative to Apple's App Store, called AltStore, that theoretically lets you "push the boundaries" of iOS without either jailbreaking or worrying that Apple wi...
01:30 am - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Vimeo Sued For Storing Faceprints of People Without Their Consent
The ad-free video platform Vimeo is collecting and storing thousands of people's facial biometrics without their permission or knowledge, according to a complaint filed on September 20 on behalf of po...
12:50 am - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot Internet Sector Contributes $2.1 Trillion To US Economy, Industry Group Says
The rapidly growing internet sector accounted for $2.1 trillion of the U.S. economy in 2018, or about 10% of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP), an industry group said on Thursday. From a repor...
12:10 am - Fri, September 27, 2019
Slashdot 'My Galaxy Fold Display Is Damaged After a Day'
After spending about 27 hours with Samsung's new rebooted Galaxy Fold, TechCrunch's Brian Heater noticed something unusual: "a brightly colored, amorphous blob [...] nestled between the lock screen's ...
11:30 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Uber Stopped Its Own Investigators From Reporting Crimes To the Police
The special investigations team inside Uber, which fields complaints from riders and drivers, is not allowed to escalate those issues to law enforcement or file official police reports "even when they...
10:50 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot DoorDash Confirms Data Breach Affected 4.9 Million Customers, Workers, and Merchants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: DoorDash has confirmed a data breach. The food delivery company said in a blog post Thursday that 4.9 million customers, delivery workers and merch...
10:10 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot OnePlus 7T Brings Snapdragon 855, More Cameras For $599
The new OnePlus 7T was officially announced earlier today, bringing a speedier Snapdragon 855+ processor, 90Hz display, and more camera sensors for $599 -- nearly $100 less than the base model OnePlus...
09:30 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Politicians Can Break Our Content Rules, YouTube CEO Says
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said this week that content by politicians would stay up on the video-sharing website even if it violates the company's standards, echoing a position staked out by Facebook ...
08:50 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Confirms Its 'Standards' Don't Apply To Politicians
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Facebook this week finally put into writing what users -- especially politically powerful users -- have known for years: its community "standards...
08:11 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Bans CCleaner: Report
Joe_NoOne writes: Microsoft has never been a fan of registry cleaners, and today we have learned that the company has taken steps to ensure that such software is no longer being recommended to users w...
07:30 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Why So Many Apps Are Asking To Use Bluetooth on iOS 13
Apple's new iOS 13 update adds a new privacy measure that requires apps to get your consent in order to use your device's Bluetooth. From a report: After installing the latest version of iOS, trust me...
06:50 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Apple is Evaluating New Keyboard Mechanisms To Make Thinner MacBooks
Future MacBooks could be made even thinner by using a slimmer keyboard, by switching out the butterfly mechanism for one where the keys are positioned much closer to the circuit board, reducing the am...
06:10 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Gigantic Chinese Telescope Opens To Astronomers Worldwide
The world's largest single-dish radio observatory is preparing to open to astronomers around the world, ushering in an era of exquisitely sensitive observations that could help in the hunt for gravita...
05:30 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Cloudflare, Google Chrome, and Firefox Add HTTP/3 Support
HTTP/3, the next major iteration of the HTTP protocol, is getting a big boost today with support added in Cloudflare, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. From a report: Starting today, Cloudflare anno...
04:50 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Secures Digital Rights For ICC Cricket Events
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you're a cricket fan, you will be visiting Facebook way more often in the coming months and years. The social juggernaut announced on Thursday it has partnered ...
04:15 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot New York Sues Dunkin' Donuts Over Hack Affecting Thousands of People
Dunkin' Donuts is facing a lawsuit from the New York attorney general over its failure to disclose a data breach affecting nearly 20,000 people. The hack affected thousands of people signed up for the...
03:40 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Is Still Rattled Over US 'Sneak-and-Peek' Searches
Microsoft said it's challenging a federal judge's order that prohibits the company from telling one of its larger corporate customers that the U.S. government issued a warrant for data on the customer...
03:30 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Is Still Rattled Over US 'Sneak-and-Peek' Searches
Microsoft said it's challenging a federal judge's order that prohibits the company from telling one of its larger corporate customers that the U.S. government issued a warrant for data on the customer...
03:20 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Venezuela Has Bitcoin Stash and Doesn't Know What to Do With It
Venezuela's central bank is running internal tests to determine whether it can hold cryptocurrencies in its coffers, Bloomberg reports. From the report: The efforts come at the behest of state-run Pet...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Brings Google Assistant Support To the Xbox One
Microsoft is enabling Google's Assistant to work with its Xbox One console. From a report: Much like the existing Alexa integration, Microsoft is allowing Google Assistant to launch games and apps, tu...
02:50 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Venezuela Has Bitcoin Stash and Doesn't Know What to Do With It
Venezuela's central bank is running internal tests to determine whether it can hold cryptocurrencies in its coffers, Bloomberg reports. From the report: The efforts come at the behest of state-run Pet...
02:10 pm - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Brings Google Assistant Support To the Xbox One
Microsoft is enabling Google's Assistant to work with its Xbox One console. From a report: Much like the existing Alexa integration, Microsoft is allowing Google Assistant to launch games and apps, tu...
10:00 am - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot 'Narrator' Windows Utility Trojanized To Gain Full System Control
A suspected Chinese advanced persistent threat (APT) group has been spotted attacking tech companies using a trojanized screen-reader application, replacing the built-in Narrator "Ease of Access" feat...
07:00 am - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Earth's Oceans Are Getting Hotter and Higher, And It's Accelerating, UN Report Warns
According to a new report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ocean warming is accelerating and sea levels are rising more quickly. "The report is a synthesis of the most up-to-date...
03:30 am - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Plastic Tea Bags Shed Millions of Microplastic Particles Into the Cup, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: Tea drinkers have been urged to avoid plastic tea bags after tests found that a single bag sheds billions of particles of microplastic into each...
02:10 am - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Why Is Earth So Biologically Diverse? Mountains Hold the Answer
omfglearntoplay shares a report from ScienceDaily: What determines global patterns of biodiversity has been a puzzle for scientists since the days of von Humboldt, Darwin, and Wallace. Yet, despite tw...
01:30 am - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Mysterious Mac Pro Shutdowns Likely Caused By Chrome Update
A faulty Google Chrome update is likely to blame for the issue Monday that resulted in Mac Pro workstations being rendered unusable at a number of Hollywood studios. "We recently discovered that a Chr...
12:50 am - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Sidewalk Is a New Long-Range Wireless Network For Your IoT Devices
At its annual hardware event in Seattle, Amazon today announced Sidewalk, a new low-bandwidth, long-distance wireless protocol the company is developing to connect all of the IoT devices in and around...
12:10 am - Thu, September 26, 2019
Slashdot The /e/ Google-Free, Pro-Privacy Android Clone Is Now Available
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Gael Duval, creator of the popular early Linux distribution, Mandrake Linux, wanted a smartphone, which was open source, would run a wide variety of pop...
11:30 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Match.com Connected Daters To Fake Accounts To Boost Subscriptions, US Regulators Say
The FTC has filed a lawsuit against Match Group alleging that the company connected Match.com daters with fake accounts in an effort to get them to subscribe. "The case hints at the murky line between...
11:10 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Brings Samuel L. Jackson's Voice To Alexa
At its annual hardware event on Wednesday, Amazon revealed a slew of updates to its virtual assistant, including the ability to add the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. Mashable reports: Amazon is using ne...
10:50 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Developer Made an Ad Blocker That Works On Podcasts and Radio
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Meet AdBlock Radio, an adblocker for live radio streams and podcasts. Its creator, Alexandre Storelli, told Motherboard he hopes to help companies...
10:10 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Looking Into Injecting Card Stealing Code on Routers, Rather Than Websites
Security researchers at IBM have found evidence that hackers have been working on creating malicious scripts they can deploy on commercial-grade "Layer 7" routers to steal payment card details. From a...
09:30 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Open Offices Are a Capitalist Dead End
Strudelkugel shares an op-ed: What was We thinking? That's the only question worth asking now about the clowncar start-up known as The We Company, the money-burning, co-working behemoth whose best-kno...
08:50 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Amazon To Sell Limited-Edition Alexa-Equipped Glasses, Ring
Amazon.com unveiled a pair of wearable gadgets equipped with the Alexa digital assistant: glasses and a ring. From a report: The company indicated that the devices aren't meant to be mass-market consu...
08:10 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Trolls Are Swarming Young Climate Activists Online
A new movement of teenage climate activists -- most of whom are girls -- are getting dragged, doxed, hacked, and harassed online. Zahra Hirji, reporting for BuzzFeed News: On the morning of August 25,...
07:30 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Cloudflare Relaunches Its Security-Focused Mobile VPN Warp
tearmeapart writes (edited to add more details): Cloudflare is opening up its security and speed-focused mobile VPN service called WARP and WARP Plus to the general public. WARP is a mobile app for An...
06:50 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot The Air Force Is Deploying Its First Drone-Killing Microwave Weapon
An anonymous reader writes: Drone attacks, including the recent swarm strike in Saudi Arabia, are increasing, and so is the Pentagon's interest in killing them. This week, the Pentagon notified Congre...
06:10 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot UN Postal Union Clinches Deal To Keep US in Club
The U.N. agency coordinating postal systems worldwide on Wednesday reached a compromise to reform its fee structure, proposed by the United States, that would avert the Trump administration leaving th...
05:30 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Announces New Echo Dot With Digital Clock
Amazon is holding its annual product announcement event today in Seattle, where it just unveiled a new Echo Dot with a digital clock display. From a report: The white, LED display works with several A...
04:50 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Android 10 Go Edition Improves Speed and Security For Low-cost Phones
Android Go has made smartphones more accessible by focusing on lower-cost devices, but it's frequently pokey and sometimes insecure -- not a great introduction to modern mobile tech. Google is aware o...
04:10 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot AI Reads Privacy Policies So You Don't Have To -- and It's Actually Pretty Good
An anonymous reader shares a report: Don't you absolutely hate how dense and confusing privacy policies are? Considering they're full of gotchas and intentionally obscure legalese, it's no surprise th...
03:26 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Trump Impeachment Inquiry Opens as Call Transcript Is Released
The White House released a transcript that showed President Trump urged Ukraine's leader to contact Attorney General William Barr about opening an inquiry tied to Joseph R. Biden Jr. Two intelligence ...
02:42 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Xbox One Game Streaming Service Project xCloud Goes Public in October
Microsoft's Xbox One game streaming service, Project xCloud, will get a public preview test in October, letting select testers play games like Gears 5 and Halo 5: Guardians on phones and tablets. From...
02:03 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Google Releases Trove of Deepfake Videos So Researchers Can Help Fight Them
Google has announced it has released a data set containing 3,000 deepfake videos it has created. From a report: Google hopes the release of the videos will allow researchers to develop ways to combat ...
01:00 pm - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot US Lawmakers Propose $1 Billion Fund To Replace Huawei Equipment
A U.S. House panel unveiled bipartisan legislation this week that would authorize $1 billion for small and rural wireless providers to replace network equipment from companies including Huawei and ZTE...
11:30 am - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot How TikTok Censors Videos That Do Not Please Beijing
According to leaked documents revealed by the Guardian, TikTok instructs its moderators to censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or the banned religious group Falun Gong. ...
10:00 am - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Apple Says a Bug May Grant 'Full Access' To Third-Party Keyboards By Mistake
Apple is warning users of a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS involving third-party keyboards. From a report: In a brief advisory posted Tuesday, the tech giant said the bug impacts third-party keyboards which...
08:30 am - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot What 'Ad Astra' and Brad Pitt Get Wrong About Space Travel, Science and Life In the Cosmos
Freshly Exhumed writes: Adam Frank, professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester and consultant on numerous movie scripts, was excited to watch "Ad Astra," the new Brad Pitt space thriller...
07:00 am - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Nuclear Energy Too Slow, Too Expensive To Save Climate, Says Report
dryriver shares a report from Reuters: Nuclear power is losing ground to renewables in terms of both cost and capacity as its reactors are increasingly seen as less economical and slower to reverse ca...
03:30 am - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Brain Research On Boys' Preference For Video Games and Girls' For Social Media
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Many parents of both boys and girls have witnessed striking differences in the way their kids use technology, with their sons generall...
12:20 am - Wed, September 25, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Is Used On Over 900 Million Devices
Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi tweeted today that Microsoft is now being used on over 900 million devices, and that the Redmond company added more new Windows 10 devices in the last 12 months than ever befor...
11:40 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Court Says FCC Ignored Hard Data In Rush To Help Media Companies
The FCC's multi-year effort to kill media consolidation rules at the behest of giants like Sinclair Broadcasting has been rejected by the courts, who ruled the agency failed to seriously consider the ...
11:00 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Xiaomi's Mi Mix Alpha Has a Display On the Front, Sides, and Back
The latest phone in the Xiaomi Mi Mix series is the Mi Mix Alpha, a $2,800 smartphone with a "surround screen" that wraps entirely around the device to the point where it meets the camera module on th...
10:20 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Sprint Took FCC Cash For 'Serving' 885,000 People It Wasn't Actually Serving
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Sprint has been caught taking millions of dollars in government subsidies for "serving" 885,000 low-income Americans who weren't using Sprint ser...
09:40 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Mysterious Avid Issue Knocks Out Mac Pro Workstations Across Hollywood
A possible computer virus attack has knocked out Mac Pro workstations for many film and TV editors across Los Angeles. According to Variety, the issue -- which is causing the workstations to refuse to...
09:00 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot German Prosecutors Indict Top VW Bosses Over Diesel Emissions Scandal
dryriver shares a report from Reuters: German prosecutors have accused Volkswagen's CEO of holding back market-moving information on rigged emissions tests four years ago, raising the prospect of fres...
08:20 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Google Contractors Officially Vote To Unionize
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Eighty Google contract workers in Pittsburgh employed by HCL America voted Tuesday to unionize with the United Steel Workers (USW). They will orga...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot WeWork's Neumann Is Stepping Down as CEO
Adam Neumann, the charismatic entrepreneur who led WeWork to become one of the world's most valuable startups, is stepping down as chief executive officer, after a plan to take the company public hit ...
05:20 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Russian State Hackers Rarely Share Code With One Another
Russia's state-sponsored hacking groups rarely share code with one another, and when they do, it's usually within groups managed by the same intelligence service, a new joint report published today re...
04:41 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Messaging App Kik Shuts Down as Company Focuses on Kin, Its Cryptocurrency
Kik Interactive CEO Ted Livingston has announced that the company is shutting down Kik Messenger to focus on its cryptocurrency Kin, the target of a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commis...
04:01 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Ring Wanted To Use 911 Calls To Activate Its Video Doorbells
Ring considered building a tool that would use calls to the 911 emergency number to automatically activate the video cameras on its smart doorbells, according to emails obtained by CNET. From the repo...
03:21 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's New 'Data Dignity' Team Could Help Users Control Their Personal Data
Microsoft is staffing up a new 'Data Dignity' team in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. The team is researching ways to give users more control of their personal data, possibly even one day ...
02:40 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Xiaomi Launches Big 5G Challenge To Huawei in China
Xiaomi introduced its first phones compatible with the latest, fifth-generation cellular technology in China, as the country's once-biggest smartphone maker prepares for an uphill battle against domes...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Google Wins Fight To Restrict Right-To-Be-Forgotten Ruling To EU Search Engines
Google has won a long-standing battle with the European Union (EU), after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled the company can limit the scope of the "right-to-be-forgotten" (RTBF) regulation to ...
01:00 pm - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Buys CTRL-Labs, Startup That Makes Neural- and Movement-Monitoring Armband
Facebook is buying CTRL-labs, a NY-based startup building an armband that translates movement and the wearer's neural impulses into digital input signals. TechCrunch reports: Bloomberg pegs the deal b...
10:00 am - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Busy North Korean Hackers Have New Malware To Target ATMs
Hackers widely believed to work for North Korea's hermit government have developed a new strain of malware that steals data used at automatic teller machines in India, researchers from Kaspersky Lab s...
07:00 am - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Find Mystery Hidden In Early 80's Atari Game
wired_parrot shares a report from the BBC: Released in 1982, Entombed was far from a best-seller and today it's largely forgotten. But recently, a computer scientist and a digital archaeologist decide...
03:30 am - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Startups Are Using Insect Larvae To Produce Protein-Rich Ingredients For Animals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: AgriProtein is among a small number of start-ups that are using insect larvae to produce protein-rich ingredients for animal feed. This nas...
02:03 am - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot New Research Promises Electric Car Batteries That Last For a Million Miles
A team of battery researchers from Halifax, Nova Scotia's Dalhousie University believes it has come up with a recipe that can make electric car batteries last for a million miles. Gizmodo reports: In ...
01:25 am - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Doesn't the Internet In 2019 Use More Interactive 3D?
dryriver writes: For the benefit of those who are not much into 3D technologies, as far back as the year 2000 and even earlier, there was excitement about "Web3D" -- interactive 3D content embedded in...
12:45 am - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot China Boosts Government Presence At Alibaba, Private Giants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The government of one of China's top technology hubs is dispatching officials to 100 local corporations including e-commerce giant Alibaba, the late...
12:22 am - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Reducing How Much Audio It Saves For Human Review
Google is making some changes to its audio data retention policies in the coming months. "Most importantly for those concerned about humans reviewers listening to you, it plans on asking every user to...
12:03 am - Tue, September 24, 2019
Slashdot Apple Neutered Ad Blockers In Safari, But Unlike Chrome, Users Didn't Say a Thing
sharkbiter shares a report from ZDNet: Over the course of the last year and a half, Apple has effectively neutered ad blockers in Safari, something that Google has been heavily criticized all this yea...
11:20 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Apple Will Manufacture Its New Mac Pro In Texas
Apple has confirmed Monday that it will manufacture the redesigned Mac Pro in Texas. The company said it will assemble the workstation at the same Austin, Texas plant that has produced the cylindrical...
10:40 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Google Employees Explain How They Were Retaliated Against For Reporting Abuse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Sexual harassment, gaslighting, broken promises of promotion, gender-based discrimination, and racism. Motherboard has obtained a document written...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot As Netflix Loses TV favorites Like 'The Office' To New Rivals, DVD and Blu-ray Sellers See a Big Opportunity
An anonymous reader shares a report: First, we learned "Friends" would leave Netflix for the upcoming streaming service, HBO Max. Now, "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" are on their way out, as ...
09:25 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Sony's PS5 and Microsoft's Xbox Join the Fight Against Climate Change
Both Sony and Microsoft on Monday committed to making their future video game consoles better for the planet. The two console makers laid out their plans alongside the UN Climate Summit as part of the...
08:45 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Silicon Valley is One of the Most Polluted Places in the Country
Before Silicon Valley became the idea center of the internet, it was a group of factory towns, the blinking heart of "clean" manufacturing, the hallmark of the Information Age. A report adds: Silicon ...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot NYSE Owner Launches Long-Awaited Bitcoin Futures
The owner of the New York Stock Exchange launched its long-delayed market for bitcoin futures Sunday, a high-profile bet that consumers, businesses and Wall Street will embrace cryptocurrencies. From ...
07:25 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy Fold, Still Extremely Fragile, Goes on Sale in the US on September 27
After releasing it in South Korea and the UK, Samsung is finally ready to say when the Galaxy Fold will go back on sale in the US: September 27th. Samsung says it will be available both in an AT&T...
06:45 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Yahoo Data-Breach Settlement: You'll Get $100, If You're Lucky
People who had Yahoo accounts between 2012 and 2016 can now apply for a cash payment of $100, but the final amount you receive could be more or less than $100 depending on how many people file claims....
06:05 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Some WeWork Directors Want To Remove Its CEO, Reports Say
Some members of the WeWork board are said to be unhappy with its leadership and plan to push WeWork CEO Adam Neumann to step down, according to several media reports. From a report: The reports say th...
05:25 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Linux Foundation Exec Believes Edge Computing Will Be More Important Than Cloud Computing
An anonymous reader shares a report: Once upon a time, back when we all had mainframes and then servers in our offices, we had edge computing. Our compute power was literally down the hall. Then, alon...
04:47 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Google Play Pass Bundles 350 Android Games and Apps For $4.99 Per Month
Google today launched a new service called "Google Play Pass," which for $4.99 per month gives Android users access to over 350 games and apps which will be served ad free and without any in-app purch...
04:01 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Climate Change Causes and Impacts Are Increasing, UN Report Says
As world leaders gather in New York City for the United Nations Climate Action Summit Monday, a UN report warns climate change is accelerating -- with the Earth on track for the warmest 5-year period ...
03:20 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Snap Detailed Facebook's Aggressive Tactics in 'Project Voldemort' Dossier
Facebook for most of the past decade was Silicon Valley's 800-pound gorilla, squashing rivals, ripping off their best ideas or buying them outright as it cemented its dominance of social media. Now th...
02:41 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Cloudflare Has a New Plan To Fight Bots -- and Climate Change
Cloudflare is ratcheting up its fight against bots with a new "fight mode," which it says will frustrate and disincentivize bot operators from their malicious activity. From a report: Bots are notorio...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot HBO Fends Off Streamers at Emmys While Other TV Networks Struggle
HBO managed to thwart competition from big streaming companies again Sunday night, taking home far more Emmy wins than any other network or streaming company. From a report: Other legacy cable and bro...
10:34 am - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Challenging Facebook and Google, Apple's New OS Warns Users When Data Is Collected
An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:Apple's updated operating system will now show you how often your location has been recorded and by which apps. It will do this proactively via a pop up, which shows ...
07:34 am - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could Climate Change Be Solved By Manipulating Photons in Space?
Slashdot reader dryriver writes:Most "solutions" to climate change center on reducing greenhouse gas emissions on Earth and using renewable energy where possible. What if you could work a bit closer t...
04:34 am - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Google Loans Cameras To Volunteers To Fill Gaps in 'Street View'
NPR explains why a man "applied to borrow a 360-degree camera through Google's Street View camera loan program."Kanhema, who works as a product manager in Silicon Valley and is a freelance photographe...
01:34 am - Mon, September 23, 2019
Slashdot Do Coders Crave a Sense of Control?
This week Stack Overflow's CEO/founder Joel Spolsky spoke to Clive Thompson, the tech journalist who just published the new book Coders: the Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World . "It's...
11:39 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 'Nog' Actor Aron Eisenberg Has Died at 50
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Actor Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died Saturday at age 50, his wife Malíssa Longo posted on Facebook. "He was an intelligent, h...
10:45 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot How the Microsoft Store Urges Customers To Trade In Their iPhones
"Have you ever wondered how -- or even why -- Microsoft is offering $650 to switch from iPhone to Samsung's latest phones?" asks tech columnist Chris Matyszczyk. "A Microsoft store salesman enlightene...
09:37 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot Is 'The Far Side' Comic Strip Coming Back?
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:Fans of the surreal, the bizarre and sardonic anthropomorphic cows are in a fervour after The Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson's website was updated last weekend...
08:39 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot US Military Apologizes For Joking about Bombing 'Millennials' Who Might Storm Area 51
"The US military has been forced to apologise for tweeting that it would use stealth-bombers on 'millenials' who try to storm Area 51," reports Yahoo News UK:More than two million people signed up to ...
07:34 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple Watch May Have Saved A Biker's Life
"A Spokane man is saying that an Apple Watch helped save his dad's life following a bicycle crash at Doomsday Hill," reports a local TV station:According to a Facebook post, Gabe Burdett was on his wa...
06:34 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot Is Air Travel Really Bad For the Climate?
"The best way to get oneself somewhere with the least impact on the climate is a lot more complex than it may seem at first glance," writes Slashdot reader Dan Drollette (who is also the deputy editor...
05:34 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Determine the 120 Most Surveilled (CCTV) Cities In the World
dryriver writes: Comparitech.com has published a report and spreadsheet laying out how many CCTV cameras are in operation in 120 different cities around the world, and data for the crime rates in thes...
04:34 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot As Criticism Grows After Crashes, Boeing Committee May Recommend Organizational Changes
McGruber summarizes an article in the New York Times:A small committee of Boeing's board is expected to call for several meaningful changes to the way the company is structured. The commitee may recom...
03:34 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot The Ozone Layer Is On Track To Completely Repair Itself by the 2060s
pgmrdlm quotes a report from SBS: The world's ozone layer is on track to be completely healed by the 2060s, according to modelling by the UN's environmental agency (UNEP). In the past 19-years, parts ...
02:34 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot Did a Prehistoric Asteroid Breakup Shower Earth With Enough Dust To Change the Climate?
Applehu Akbar writes: CNN reports this week on a paper describing a hypothesis that the breakup of a large asteroid 466 million years ago generated enough dust in Earth's orbit to substantially change...
01:34 pm - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot Debian May Need To Re-Evaluate Its Interest In 'Init System Diversity'
"Debian Project Leader Sam Hartman has shared his August 2019 notes where he outlines the frustrations and issues that have come up as a result of init system diversity with some developers still aimi...
11:34 am - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot 'Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates' Premieres on Netflix
hcs_$reboot shared this report about Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, a new three-part documentary that debuted Friday on Netflix from Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim:The Micr...
07:34 am - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Will 2019 Look To People 20 Years From Now?
Here's an interesting thought exercise from Slashdot reader dryriver :What is likely to be so different about living in 2039 that it makes our current present in 2019 feel badly dated in many ways? An...
03:34 am - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot GNU's Former Kernel Maintainer Shares 'A Reflection on the Departure of Richard Stallman'
Thomas Bushnell, BSG, founded GNU's official kernel project, GNU Hurd, and maintained it from 1990 through 2003. This week on Medium he posted "a reflection on the departure of RMS."There has been som...
01:34 am - Sun, September 22, 2019
Slashdot Home Depot and Lowe's Accused of Scanning Millions of Customers Faces
JustAnotherOldGuy tipped us off to this story. The Daily Mail reports:Home Depot and Lowe's are secretly using facial recognition technology to track customer movement in their stores, violating priva...
11:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Was Cuba's Mysterious Sonic Weapon Just Mosquito Gas?
Remember concerns about possible "sonic attacks" in Cuba? Long-time Slashdot reader kbahey shares an update:In the wake of the health problems experienced over the past three years by US and Canadian ...
10:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Ubisoft To Send Cease & Desist Requests To DDoS Services Attacking 'Rainbox Six Siege' Players
An anonymous reader writes: Ubisoft plans to send cease & desist legal letters to operators of DDoS-for-hire services, also known as DDoS booters or DDoS stressors. The company said it plans on ma...
09:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Ex-Google Engineer Says That Robot Weapons May Cause Accidental Mass Killings
"A former Google engineer who worked on the company's infamous military drone project has sounded a warning against the building of killer robots," reports Business Insider. Long-time Slashdot reader ...
08:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot In Hong Kong, Protesters and Police Are Now Doxxing Each Other
As protests continue to rock Hong Kong, social media sites are now being used to share names, photos, phone numbers, ages and occupationa of individuals "on both sides of the protest line," reports th...
07:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Does America's First Commercial Offshore Wind Farm Portend a Clean Energy Revolution?
In the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Slashdot reader Dan Drollette describes visiting one of North America's biggest experiments in renewable energy, off the coast of Rhode Island. As the only co...
06:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Tries Buying Out Homeowners Around Starhopper's Texas Launchpad
SpaceX "built its experimental spaceport in and around Boca Chica Village, a decades-old community of about 20 elderly residents," reports Business Insider. But now "SpaceX is trying to buy as much of...
05:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Could A Scalp-Zapping Cap Help Reverse Male Balding?
"An electric patch makes hairless mice grow fur and may reverse balding in men when fitted inside a specially designed baseball cap," reports New Scientist:At the moment, men who don't want to go bald...
04:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Makers of Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Respond To Criticism of Healthfulness
Last week NBC News ran an opinion piece by a certified nutritionist arguing that plant-based/meat-free alternatives at major fast food chains "aren't actually any healthier." Bloomberg got a response ...
03:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Oracle's New Supercomputer Has 1,060 Raspberry Pis
An anonymous reader quotes Tom's Hardware:One Raspberry Pi can make a nice web server, but what happens if you put more than 1,000 of them together? At Oracle's OpenWorld convention on Monday, the com...
02:34 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Today is Code for America's 'National Day of Civic Hacking'
"The biggest day of the year for civic technologists, the National Day of Civic Hacking, is Saturday, Sept. 21, and, as such, affiliated groups across the country are preparing their events," reports ...
01:00 pm - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Developer Takes Down Ruby Library After He Finds Out ICE Was Using It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A software engineer pulled a personal project down after he found out that one of the companies using it had recently signed a contract with the U.S. Im...
10:00 am - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot India Is Planning a Huge China-Style Facial Recognition Program
India is planning to set up one of the world's largest facial recognition systems, potentially a lucrative opportunity for surveillance companies and a nightmare for privacy advocates who fear it will...
07:00 am - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Mysterious Magnetic Pulses Discovered On Mars
Initial results from NASA's InSight lander suggest that Mars' magnetic field wobbles in inexplicable ways at night, hinting that the red planet may host a global reservoir of liquid water deep below t...
03:30 am - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Two Arrested In $10 Million Tech Support Scam That Preyed On the Elderly
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Two individuals were arrested this week in connection with a fraud scheme that manipulated thousands of victims into paying for invented tech services...
02:10 am - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Systemd-homed: Systemd Now Working To Improve Home Directory Handling
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from Phoronix, detailing a new set of systemd capabilities shown off by lead developer Lennart Poettering at the annual All Systems Go conference: Improving the Linux h...
01:30 am - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot TiVo Tests Running Pre-Roll Ads Before DVR Recordings
As noted by Zatz Not Funny, TiVo is testing pre-roll video ads that start playing when customers view one of their recordings. The Verge reports: The ad spots are noticeably low-res and worse quality ...
12:50 am - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot Latest Lakka Release On Raspberry Pi 4 Showcases Great Retro Gaming
MojoKid writes: Lakka with RetroArch is one of the most comprehensive open-source retro-gaming console front ends available, with support for a wide array of single-board computers and multiple operat...
12:10 am - Sat, September 21, 2019
Slashdot iOS 13 Ships With Known Lockscreen Bypass Flaw That Exposes Contacts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple released iOS 13 with a bunch of new features. But it also released the new OS with something else: a bug disclosed seven days ago that expo...
11:30 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Google Reportedly Attains 'Quantum Supremacy'
New submitter Bioblaze shares a report from CNET: Google has reportedly built a quantum computer more powerful than the world's top supercomputers. A Google research paper was temporarily posted onlin...
10:50 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot VPN Apps With 500M Installs Caught Serving Disruptive Ads To Android Users
New submitter screwdriver1 shares a report from The Next Web: In a yet another instance of Android adware, New Zealand-based independent security researcher Andy Michael found four apps with cumulativ...
10:10 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Investing $3.3 Billion To Build Clean Data Centers In Europe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google announced today that it was investing approximately $3.3 billion to expand its data center presence in Europe. What's more, the company pled...
09:30 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot AI Takes On Earthquake Prediction
After successfully predicting laboratory earthquakes, a team of geophysicists has applied a machine learning algorithm to quakes in the Pacific Northwest. From a report: In May of last year, after a 1...
08:50 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Npm CEO Bryan Bogensberger Exits After Eight Months of Turmoil
intensivevocoder writes: Bryan Bogensberger's exit from npm, inc was quietly announced Friday afternoon in a press release stating that Bogensberger "resigned effective immediately to pursue new oppor...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Edward Snowden Wants To Come Home: 'I'm Not Asking For a Pass. What I'm Asking For is a Fair Trial'
Edward Snowden, who has been living in exile in Russia after leaking American intelligence secrets in 2013 and was sued by the U.S. government over his new book this week, says that he would like to r...
07:26 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Uber Sues New York City Over 'Cruising Cap' Rule
Reuters: Uber Technologies sued New York City on Friday over a new rule limiting how much time its drivers can spend in their vehicles in Manhattan without passengers, saying the rule threatens to und...
06:40 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Will Stop Selling E-cigarettes
Walmart said Friday it will stop selling e-cigarettes as the number of deaths tied to vaping grows. The decision from America's largest retailer may influence other stores and marks a significant blow...
06:01 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Suspends Tens of Thousands of Apps Following Data Investigation
Facebook revealed Friday that it had suspended "tens of thousands" of apps that may have mishandled users' personal data, [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] part of an inve...
05:21 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Why Prescription Drugs Cost So Much More in America
The US spends more per capita on medication than anywhere else in the world. It's a key electoral issue. From a report on Financial Times (paywalled): All over the world, drugmakers are granted time-l...
04:41 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Traders Who Can't Code May Become Extinct, Goldman's Tech Pioneer Warns
Just how important will the ability to write computer code be to a successful career on Wall Street? From a report: According to R. Martin Chavez, an architect of Goldman Sachs Group's effort to trans...
04:01 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot They Want To Believe: People Gather Near Area 51 To 'See Them Aliens'
Hundreds of people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once secret Area 51 military base in Nevada at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens and at le...
03:21 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Secret FBI Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies
The F.B.I. has used secret subpoenas to obtain personal data from far more companies than previously disclosed, The New York Times reported Friday, citing newly released documents. From the report: Th...
02:40 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot 47% of Organizations Have Cyber Insurance, Up From 34% in 2017: Study
Cyberattacks are now considered by most execs to be the top business concern, far outranking economic uncertainty, brand damage, and regulation, according to a survey by insurance consultancy Marsh an...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot French Court Rules that Steam's Ban on Reselling Used Games is Contrary To European Law
A French high court this week delivered a blow to Valve, ruling that European consumers are legally free to resell digital games bought on Steam, just as they're able to resell packaged, physical game...
01:00 pm - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Silicon Valley Is Terrified of California's Privacy Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Silicon Valley is terrified. In a little over three months, California will see the widest-sweeping state-wide changes to its privacy law in years....
10:00 am - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Experts Warn World 'Grossly Unprepared' For Future Pandemics
Prominent international experts are warning that a virulent flu pandemic capable of spreading across the world in 36 hours, killing up to 80 million people, is entirely plausible and efforts by govern...
07:00 am - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Japan's Hayabusa 2 Targets Final Asteroid Landing
The team overseeing the Hayabusa2 mission for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is putting the vehicle through its paces one more time as it prepares to release the last rover it has on bo...
03:30 am - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot World's Most Destructive Botnet Returns With Stolen Passwords and Email In Tow
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If you've noticed an uptick of spam that addresses you by name or quotes real emails you've sent or received in the past, you can probably blame ...
02:03 am - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Bill Gates: Don't Break Up Tech Giants, It Won't Stop Anticompetitive Behavior
dryriver shares a report from ZDNet: Speaking with Bloomberg, Microsoft co-founder Gates said it is better to regulate big tech companies. Breaking them up will simply result in two companies indulgin...
01:25 am - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Authorities Consider Taking Legal Action Against Facebook Over Storm Area 51 Event
Local authorities in Rachel, Nevada -- the location of a planned Aliengate festival that evolved out of a viral Facebook event -- are considering taking legal action to cover $250,000 the county plans...
12:45 am - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Two Years Later, Hackers Are Still Breaching Local Government Payment Portals
Two years after hackers first started targeting local government payment portals, attacks are still going on, with eight cities having had their Click2Gov payment portals compromised in the last month...
12:03 am - Fri, September 20, 2019
Slashdot Instagram's Opioid Recovery Hashtags Are Full of Drug Dealers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Dozens of top posts under the #opioidcrisis and #opioidaddiction hashtags contained comments touting Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine, and other pre...
11:20 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Vaping Criminal Probe Announced By FDA As Illnesses Rise To 530
The FDA has revealed a criminal investigation into the outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses, which have risen to 530 across 38 states, according to the CDC. The Washington Post says there have be...
10:40 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Creators May Lose Verified Badges As Verification Process Becomes Stricter
YouTube is rolling out changes to its verification program for creators, making it tougher for growing channels to earn a checkmark beside their name and removing verification badges from people who d...
10:03 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Alphabet Partners With FedEx, Walgreens To Bring Drone Delivery To the US
Google's Wing drone-delivery company announced today that it would be partnering with FedEx and Walgreens to bring autonomous drone deliveries to the U.S. in October. "The pilot program will be launch...
09:25 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Google Makes the Largest Ever Corporate Purchase of Renewable Energy
Two years ago, Google became the first company of its size to buy as much renewable electricity as the electricity it used. But as the company grows, so does its demand for power. To stay ahead of tha...
08:45 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Says Customers Can't Sue the Company For Selling Location Data To Bounty Hunters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: AT&T is arguing that its customers can't sue the company for selling location data to bounty hunters, according to recently filed court record...
08:06 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds in 50 Years
Slowly, steadily and almost imperceptibly, North America's bird population is dwindling. From a report: The sparrows and finches that visit backyard feeders number fewer each year. The flutelike song ...
07:30 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Apple's iOS 13 Just Launched But iOS 13.1, iPadOS Arrive Next Week
Apple's latest iPhone software, iOS 13, is now available -- but on Tuesday, you'll already be able to download the first update, iOS 13.1. And you'll be able to revitalize your iPad with Apple's softw...
06:50 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot How the Internet Archive is Waging War on Misinformation
San Francisco-based non-profit is archiving billions of web pages in a bid to preserve web history. From a report: Since the 2016 US election, as fears about the power of fake news have intensified, t...
06:10 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Downloading Stays Legal, No Site Blocking, Swiss Copyright Law Says
From a report: Switzerland's National Council has passed amendments aimed at modernizing the country's copyright law to make it more fit for the digital age. While services that host pirate sites or d...
05:30 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's 'Climate Pledge' Commits To Net Zero Carbon Emissions By 2040 and 100% Renewables by 2030
In Washington today, Amazon announced a series of initiatives and issued call for companies to reduce their carbon emissions ten years ahead of the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement as part of sw...
04:50 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Philippines Declares New Polio Outbreak After 19 Years
twocows writes: Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious...
04:10 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot India Tells Tech Firms To Protect User Privacy, Prevent Abuse
Technology firms must protect user privacy and prevent abuse of their platforms, India's IT minister said on Thursday, speaking as the government draws up a data privacy law and seeks to push companie...
03:30 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Huawei's Flagship Mate 30 Pro Has Impressive Specs But No Google
The Mate 30 series of smartphones from Huawei is now official, starting with the Mate 30 Pro and the Mate 30. From a report: The announcement of Mate 30 series comes at a difficult time for Huawei, wh...
02:50 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Solar and Wind Power So Cheap They're Outgrowing Subsidies
For years, wind and solar power were derided as boondoggles. They were too expensive, the argument went, to build without government handouts. Today, renewable energy is so cheap that the handouts the...
02:01 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Google is Bringing Its AI Assistant Service To People Without Internet Access
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google Assistant, the digital assistant from the global search giant, is available to users through their smartphones, laptops, and smart speakers. Earlier this ye...
01:00 pm - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot 'Personal Carbon Sequestration' Device Uses Algae To Remove CO2 From the Air
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: In the future, your office might have an extra appliance next to the copy machine and the refrigerator: an algae bioreactor. Designed to fit insi...
10:00 am - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Explores Parting Ways With DirecTV
According to The Wall Street Journal, AT&T is exploring parting with its DirecTV unit as customers are leaving the service in droves. From the report: The telecom giant has considered various opti...
07:00 am - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Navy Confirms Existence of UFOs Seen In Leaked Footage
A Navy official has confirmed that recently released videos of unidentified flying objects are real, but that the footage was not authorized to be released to the public in the first place. From a rep...
03:30 am - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Research Finds Black Carbon Breathed By Mothers Can Cross Into Unborn Children
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Air pollution particles have been found on the fetal side of placentas, indicating that unborn babies are directly exposed to the black carbon pr...
02:03 am - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot C-Section Babies Have More Potentially Infectious Gut Bacteria
Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UCL, the University of Birmingham and their collaborators discovered that whereas vaginally born babies got most of their gut bacteria from their mother,...
01:45 am - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot AI Can't Protect Us From Deepfakes, Argues New Report
A new report from Data and Society raises doubts about automated solutions to deceptively altered videos, including machine learning-altered videos called deepfakes. Authors Britt Paris and Joan Donov...
01:25 am - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Workers Accuse Kickstarter of Union-Busting In Federal Complaint
On Monday night, unionizing employees at Kickstarter filed a complaint with the National Labor Review Board (NLRB) for allegedly wrongfully terminating two employees. Both of the employees were on the...
12:45 am - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot New Eco-Friendly Game Packaging Could Save Tons of Plastic Each Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Sega and Sports Interactive have announced that Football Manager 2020 will be sold in new eco-friendly package that uses much less plastic, and t...
12:03 am - Thu, September 19, 2019
Slashdot Apple Is Trying To Trademark 'Slofie'
On Friday, Apple applied for a U.S. Trademark on "Slofie," a made-up name for slow-motion selfies, a feature that's new to the iPhone 11 models. "The phones' front camera can now record video at 120 f...
11:25 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Exposed RDP Servers See 150K Brute-Force Attempts Per Week
Slashdot reader Cameyo shares a report from TechRepublic: Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is -- to the frustration of security professionals -- both remarkably insecure and indispensable in enterprise c...
10:45 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Plans Launch of Its Own 'Supreme Court' For Handling Takedown Appeals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Facebook, which has managed to transcend geographic borders to draw in a population equal to roughly a third of all human life on Earth, has made...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Programmers Complain that Huawei's Ark Compiler is 'Not Even Half-Finished'
A scam. A publicity stunt. Premature. These are just a few of the things Chinese developers are saying about the release of Huawei's supposed secret weapon: The Ark Compiler. From a report: Developers...
09:25 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot India Bans E-cigarettes as Global Vaping Backlash Grows
India has announced a ban on electronic cigarettes, as a backlash gathers pace worldwide about a technology promoted as less harmful than smoking tobacco. From a report: The announcement by India on W...
08:45 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot The FBI Tried To Plant a Backdoor in an Encrypted Phone Network
The FBI tried to force the owner of an encrypted phone company to put a backdoor in his devices, Motherboard has learned. From the report: The company involved is Phantom Secure, a firm that sold priv...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot California Governor Signs Labor Law, Setting Up Bitter Gig Economy Fight
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping new law that could force gig companies like Uber and Lyft to reclassify their workers as employees. From a report: The hotly contested legislation, A...
07:25 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot A Lunar Space Elevator Is Actually Feasible and Inexpensive, Scientists Find
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a paper [PDF] published on the online research archive arXiv, Columbia astronomy students Zephyr Penoyre and Emily Sandford proposed the idea of a "lunar space ...
06:45 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Will Soon Let You Make Campaign Contributions Through Your Alexa Device
On Thursday, you'll be able to make campaign donations to 2020 presidential candidates through your Amazon Alexa devices -- or at least to those candidates whom Amazon deems eligible to set up an acco...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Have Flagship Smartphone Prices Peaked?
Analyst Ben Wood, writing for research firm CCS Insight: Smartphone makers have been testing the economic rule of supply and demand for the past decade, seemingly defying conventional wisdom in consum...
05:25 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot IBM's New 53-qubit Quantum Computer is Its Biggest Yet
IBM's 14th quantum computer is its most powerful so far, a model with 53 of the qubits that form the fundamental data-processing element at the heart of the system. From a report: The system, availabl...
04:47 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? 'Maybe 20 Years'
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Middle Fork of the Salmon River, one of the wildest rivers in the contiguous United States, is prime fish habitat. Cold, clear waters from melting snow tumble ...
04:04 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Smart TVs, Smart-Home Devices Found To Be Leaking Sensitive User Data, Researchers Find
Smart-home devices, such as televisions and streaming boxes, are collecting reams of data -- including sensitive information such as device locations -- that is then being sent to third parties like a...
03:24 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Crypto-mining Malware Saw New Life Over the Summer as Monero Value Tripled
Malware that mines cryptocurrency made a comeback over the summer, with an increased number of campaigns being discovered and documented by cyber-security firms. From a report: The primary reason for ...
02:43 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot AI Learned To Use Tools After Nearly 500 Million Games of Hide and Seek
In the early days of life on Earth, biological organisms were exceedingly simple. They were microscopic unicellular creatures with little to no ability to coordinate. Yet billions of years of evolutio...
02:02 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Contractors Have Been Listening To 'Hey Portal' Clips
Facebook, which last month said it stopped using humans to review and transcribe users' voice messages, will resume that practice for some audio collected from its Portal video-calling device. From a ...
01:00 pm - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Massive, Blimplike Experiment Lowers Weight Limit On Neutrino
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Physicists have set a new limit on the mass of nature's lightest particle of matter. The neutrino can weigh no more than 1.1 electron volts (eV) -- ...
10:00 am - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Confirms 'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Will Be Filmed In New Zealand
New submitter mikaere writes: The New Zealand Herald reports that Amazon will base their upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series in West Auckland (home to fantasy series such as Hercules, Xena: Warrior P...
07:00 am - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Egypt's Massive 1.8-Gigawatt Benban Solar Park Nears Completion
Wave723 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: Amid the sand dunes of the western Sahara, workers are putting the finishing touches on one of the world's largest solar installations. There, as many as 7....
03:30 am - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Earth Warming More Quickly Than Thought, New Climate Models Show
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere mainly by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth's surface more quickly than previously understood, accor...
02:10 am - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations To Limit Extremism
Facebook on Tuesday announced a series of changes to limit hate speech and extremism on the social network, expanding its definition of terrorist organizations and planning to deploy artificial intell...
01:30 am - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Fossil Fuel Divestment Has 'Zero' Climate Impact, Says Bill Gates
dryriver shares a report from The Financial Times: Climate activists are wasting their time lobbying investors to ditch fossil fuel stocks, according to Bill Gates, the billionaire Microsoft co-founde...
12:50 am - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Uncover 125 Vulnerabilities Across 13 Routers and NAS Devices
Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) discovered a total of 125 different security vulnerabilities across 13 IoT devices, likely affecting millions of consumers. Help Net Security reports: In nearly a...
12:10 am - Wed, September 18, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Sued For Allegedly Inflating DirecTV Now Subscriber Numbers
A lawsuit seeking class action status says AT&T is inflating AT&T TV Now -- previously known as DirecTV Now -- subscriber numbers by creating fake users. From a report: It's accusing the compa...
11:30 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Americans' Medical Images and Data Are Available On the Internet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ProPublica: Medical images and health data belonging to millions of Americans, including X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, are sitting unprotected on the Internet an...
10:50 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot AI Surveillance is Expanding Worldwide
A growing number of countries are following China's lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens, according to a research group's report published Tuesday. From a report: The Carnegie E...
10:10 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Modified Tesla Model S Reportedly Outguns Porsche Taycan at Nurburgring
Tesla is being a busy bee at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and after multiple videos and rumors, we have our first idea of how capable its modified Model S electric sedan is. From a report: Road &...
09:30 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Music Rolls Out Lossless Streaming Tier
Amazon Music HD is a new tier of Amazon's music service that offers lossless versions of audio files for streaming or downloading at a price that aggressively undercuts Tidal, the main competition for...
08:50 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Enlists Ray-Ban Maker To Help Develop Secret 'Orion' Smart Glasses
Facebook is partnering with Ray-Ban parent company Luxottica to help speed up development of its top-secret augmented reality glasses that are being developed out of its Facebook Reality Labs in Redmo...
08:10 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Comet Visitor From Outside Our Solar System Will Wow Scientists For Months
Astronomers have almost certainly detected a second interstellar comet zooming through our Solar System, but there's still quite a lot of work to be done to find out more about this alien space rock. ...
07:32 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Trump Will End California's Authority To Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California's legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are ...
06:50 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Fedora Linux 31 Beta is Here
An anonymous reader shares a report: Fedora 31 is due later this year, but first, there needs to be some beta testing. And so, today, Fedora 31 Beta is made available for download. Unfortunately, deta...
06:10 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Firefox Moving To a Faster 4-Week Release Cycle
Mozilla announces in a blog post: We typically ship a major Firefox browser (Desktop and Android) release every 6 to 8 weeks. Building and releasing a browser is complicated and involves many players....
05:33 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden
The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book e...
04:50 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot 'Big Bang Theory' Sets Staggering Multi-Billion-Dollar HBO Max Streaming Deal
'The Big Bang Theory,' an insanely hit comedy show that ended its broadcasting run earlier this year, is now setting more records. From a report: In what is easily a record-setting five-year deal, HBO...
04:20 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot NBCUniversal's Streaming Service Is Called Peacock and It's Launching Next April
NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service finally has a name -- Peacock -- and a whole bunch of newly announced programming. From a report: The long-in-the-works service will launch next April, anchor...
04:10 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot NBCUniversal's Streaming Service Is Called Peacock and It's Launching Next April
NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service finally has a name -- Peacock -- and a whole bunch of newly announced programming. From a report: The long-in-the-works service will launch next April, anchor...
03:30 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Workers Have Pledged To Strike on September 20
In a historic first, more than 1,200 Amazon employees announced last week that they will walk out of their offices on September 20 over the company's carbon footprint. In the following days, tech work...
02:56 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot HP Printers Try To Send Data Back To HP About Your Devices and What You Print
Robert Heaton: Last week my in-laws politely but firmly asked me to set up their new HP printer. I protested that I'm completely clueless about that sort of thing, despite my tax-return-job-title of "...
02:50 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot HP Printers Try To Send Data Back To HP About Your Devices and What You Print
Robert Heaton: Last week my in-laws politely but firmly asked me to set up their new HP printer. I protested that I'm completely clueless about that sort of thing, despite my tax-return-job-title of "...
02:06 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot The Internet Relies on People Working for Free
Who should be responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting open-source projects? From a report: When you buy a product like Philips Hue's smart lights or an iPhone, you probably assume the people w...
01:00 pm - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Square Wants To Be a Bank But Doesn't Want To Be Taxed Like One
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Square has lent $5 billion to small businesses and consumers and applied for a banking license. It operates a nationwide mobile money-...
09:00 am - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Google Preps 'Smart Screenshots' Feature To Let You Search With a Screenshot
According to Abner Li from 9to5Google, Google is working on a new "Smart Screenshots" feature that integrates Google Lens abilities into the Google app's screenshot function. From the report: The Goog...
05:00 am - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Richard Stallman Resigns From MIT
Multiple Slashdotters are reporting the unfortunate news that famed free software advocate and computer scientist Richard Stallman has resigned from MIT. Slashdot reader iamacat writes: Following outr...
03:30 am - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Spouse of Ring Exec Among Lawmakers Trying To Weaken California Privacy Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The California legislature worked through the summer to finalize the text of the state's landmark data privacy law before time to make amendments...
01:30 am - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Milton's Notes On Shakespeare Appear To Have Been Found
Almost 400 years after the first folio of Shakespeare was published in 1623, scholars believe they have identified the early owner of one copy of the text, who made hundreds of insightful annotations ...
12:50 am - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Drivers May Choose Electric Car Alert Sounds, US Proposal Says
The NHTSA is now proposing drivers be able to select an electric-car alert sound at speeds under 18.6 mph. "NHTSA wants the public's opinion 'on whether there should be a limit to the number of compli...
12:30 am - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot CentOS 8 To Be Released Next Week
New submitter JDShewey writes: The CentOS Project has announced that CentOS 8.0 will be available for download beginning Tuesday, September 24. This release was deferred so that work to release CentOS...
12:10 am - Tue, September 17, 2019
Slashdot Apple Takes On EU's Vestager In Record $14 Billion Tax Fight
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple fights the world's biggest tax case in a quiet courtroom this week, trying to rein in the European Union's powerful antitrust chief ahead of a...
11:30 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Faster Wi-Fi Officially Launches Today
The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization that oversees implementation of the Wi-Fi standard, is launching its official Wi-Fi 6 certification program. "That might sound boring, but it means the Wi-Fi 6 sta...
10:50 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot MIT Unveils New 'Blackest Black' Material and Makes a Diamond Disappear
An anonymous reader shares a report: What do you do with a $2 million natural yellow diamond? If you're at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you coat it in a wild high-tech material that make...
10:10 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Password-Leaking Bug Purged From LastPass Extensions
Developers of the LastPass password manager have patched a vulnerability that made it possible for websites to steal credentials for the last account the user logged into using the Chrome or Opera ext...
09:30 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Advertisers Can Write Their Own Headlines For Shared News Stories
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: Advertisers on Facebook are able to completely rewrite the displayed headline for news stories, CBC News has learned, opening the door for potential di...
08:50 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot CBS and MIT's 1960 Documentary On AI Is a Gem
FastCompany magazine editor and Slashdot reader harrymcc writes: On the night of October 26, 1960, CBS aired a special -- coproduced with MIT -- about an emerging field of technology called 'artificia...
08:10 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Lands 'Seinfeld' Rights in $500M-Plus Deal After Losing 'Friends' and 'The Office'
Seinfeld will be master of a new domain starting in 2021. From a report: Netflix has landed worldwide rights to the iconic sitcom in a five-year deal with distributor Sony. The show will move from cur...
07:30 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Australia Concludes China Was Behind Hack on Parliament, Political Parties
Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May, Reuters reports. From the...
06:50 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot The World Has a Third Pole -- and It's Melting Quickly
An anonymous reader shares a report: Many moons ago in Tibet, the Second Buddha transformed a fierce nyen (a malevolent mountain demon) into a neri (the holiest protective warrior god) called Khawa Ka...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot There's a Lost Continent 1,000 Miles Under Europe
Scientists have reconstructed the tumultuous history of a lost continent hidden underneath Southern Europe, which has been formally named "Greater Adria" in a new study. From a report: This ancient la...
05:23 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot SoftBank Backers Rethink Role in Next Vision Fund on WeWork
The biggest backers of SoftBank's gargantuan Vision Fund are reconsidering how much to commit to its next investment vehicle as an oversized bet on flexible workspace provider WeWork sours. From a rep...
04:40 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Changed Search Algorithm in Ways That Boost Its Own Products
Amazon.com has adjusted its product-search system to more prominently feature listings that are more profitable for the company, WSJ reported Monday citing people who worked on the project, a move, co...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Database Leaks Data on Most of Ecuador's Citizens, Including 6.7 Million Children
The personal records of most of Ecuador's population, including children, has been left exposed online due to a misconfigured database, ZDNet reported Monday. From the report: The database, an Elastic...
03:20 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot LastPass Bug Leaks Credentials From Previous Site
Password manager LastPass has released an update last week to fix a security bug that exposes credentials entered on a previously visited site. From a report: The bug was discovered last month by Tavi...
02:40 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla and Creative Commons Want To Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M To Do It
An anonymous reader shares a report: Funding online content with small consumer payments rather than intrusive and privacy-compromising ads has for years been a goal for many internet theorists and pu...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Russia Carried Out a 'Stunning' Breach of FBI Communications System, Escalating the Spy Game on US Soil
Zach Dorfman, Jenna McLaughlin, and Sean D. Naylor, reporting for Yahoo News: On Dec. 29, 2016, the Obama administration announced that it was giving nearly three dozen Russian diplomats just 72 hours...
10:44 am - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Extreme Weather Events This Decade Have Cost America $750B
An anonymous reader quotes NBC News:An analysis of weather disasters that did more than $1 billion in damage from the National Centers for Environmental Information finds that such high-cost events ar...
06:34 am - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot 'Men In Black' Director Barry Sonnenfeld Calls 8K, Netflix HDR 'Stupid'
CIStud writesBarry Sonnenfeld, director of the "Men in Black" series, "Get Shorty" and most recently Netflix's "Series of Unfortunate Events", says 8K is "only good for sports" and High Dynamic Range ...
04:15 am - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot MIT Unveils the World's Most Advance Carbon Nanotube Chip
"A team of academics at MIT has unveiled the world's most advanced chip yet that's made from carbon nanotubes," reports MIT's Technology Review:Not only are nanotube transistors faster than silicon on...
01:41 am - Mon, September 16, 2019
Slashdot Pine64 Confirms $25 'PineTime' Smartwatch for Linux Smartphones
Besides their Linux laptops, single-board computers, and tablets, Pine64 is now also working on "PineTime," a new $25 smartwatch for Linux smartphones running open source software (and based on either...
11:51 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot Linux 5.3 Released
"Linux 5.3 has been released," writes diegocg:This release includes support for AMD Navi GPUs; support for the umwait x86 instructions that let processes wait for short amounts of time without spinnin...
10:56 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot Online Lenders Publicly Shame Debtors in the Philippines Using Their Facebook Contacts
A man named Roger was surprised to hear from an old college friend after all these years, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer -- and even more surprised to find out why.What she wanted to know was w...
09:59 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot FCC Fails, Robocalls (and Complaints) Increase, Along with Number-Hijacking
"Despite new initiatives by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and carriers, robocalls aren't on the wane," reports Forbes. "Americans are still facing a scourge of 200 million unwanted roboc...
08:59 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot 'King of Kong' Billy Mitchell Argues He Was Framed for Donkey Kong Cheating, Threatens Legal Action
"Billy Mitchell, the former Donkey Kong and Pac-Man high-score champion made famous in the 2007 film The King of Kong, has threatened legal action against the sanctioning bodies who threw out all of M...
07:41 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot Inspired By Harry Potter, 150 Colleges Now Have Quidditch Teams
A reporter for SFGate describes what happened when he tried out for the quidditch team at the University of California at Berkeley:The person throwing me what's called a "quaffle" (actually a slightly...
06:44 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot The Next Energy-Efficient Architecture Revolution: A House Built By Robots
"Erecting a new building ranks among the most inefficient, polluting activities humans undertake," reports Qz. "The construction sector is responsible for nearly 40% of the world's total energy consum...
05:34 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can A Lack of Privacy Be Weaponized?
Slashdot reader dryriver asks a scary what-if question about the detailed digital profiles of our online and offline lives that are being created by "hundreds of privately owned, profit-driven compani...
04:34 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot Google's Search Results Begin Prioritizing 'Original Reporting'
In the future Google will promote news articles that feature original reporting in its search results, the Hill reports."While we typically show the latest and most comprehensive version of a story in...
03:34 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot IOS 13 Lock Screen Lets Anyone See Your Address Book
Slashdot reader dryriver writes:A security researcher discovered that if you get your hands on someone else's iThing running iOS 13, and place a phone call to it, you can choose to respond with a TXT ...
02:34 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot Python 2 Sunsets in 107 Days. JPMorgan Isn't Ready
In 107 days, Python 2 -- first released in 2000 -- will officially sunset, according to an announcement this week by "volunteers who make and take care of the Python programming language." But accordi...
01:34 pm - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot The 'World's Safest' Bike Helmet Has A Built-in Airbag
H&âOEouml;vding spent four years developing their next-generation bicycle helmet, the Metro reports:Easier to use, adjustable and enabled with Bluetooth technology, the helmet, according to H...
11:34 am - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot Released from Prison, Spammer Who Stole 17.5 Million Passwords Apologizes and Reforms
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Kyle Milliken, a 29-year-old Arkansas man, was released last week from a federal work camp. He served 17 months for hacking into the servers of several companies and s...
07:34 am - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot Would Consumers Be Safer With a National Data Broker Registry?
"A comprehensive national privacy law cannot be developed overnight..." argues the chief "data ethics officer" for Acxiom, a database marketing company, in a New York Times op-ed:Still, people deserve...
03:34 am - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot Ten Drones Attack Saudi Arabia's Oil and Gas Facilities
"Saudi Arabia has cut oil and gas production following drone attacks on two major oil facilities run by state-owned company Aramco..." reports the BBC. "TV footage showed a huge blaze at Abqaiq, site ...
01:34 am - Sun, September 15, 2019
Slashdot 2019's 'Ig Nobel' Prizes Honor Strange, Unusual, and Hilarious Research
CNN reports:Pizza might protect against cancer, why wombats poop in cubes and a diaper changing machine that can be used on human babies -- these are just some of the research and inventions awarded a...
11:44 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Was Advertising in Open Source Software a Useful Experiment?
"Given how dependent we've become upon open source software, one would think that we would have a bevy of options for supporting the developers who write the code, but we don't..." writes InfoWorld's ...
10:34 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Tonight's Asteroid Will Pass So Close To Earth, Home Telescopes Can See It
80 minutes from now, an asteroid will pass so close to earth that home astronomers will be able to see it, writes Salon. Slashdot reader PolygamousRanchKid shares their report:Experts say the asteroid...
09:34 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Java EE 'Goes All In' on Open Source with Jakarta EE 8
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:While Sun open-sourced some of Java as long ago as November 2006, actually using Java in an open-source way was... troublesome. Just ask Google about Android and Java....
08:35 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Richard Stallman Challenges 'Misleading' Coverage of His Comments on Marvin Minsky
Richard Stallman posted a new update today on his personal site. "I want to respond to the misleading media coverage of messages I posted about Marvin Minsky's association with Jeffrey Epstein."The co...
07:44 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Europe's Space Industry Is Working On Reusable Rockets With Environmentally-Friendly Fuel
schwit1 shared this article from Space.com (which includes a really cool video):The European launch provider Arianespace -- best known as the manufacturer of the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and the future Ari...
06:34 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Are Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Really Healthier Than Meat?
Plant-based/meat-free entrees are coming to major fast-food chains including White Castle, KFC, Del Taco, the Cheesecake Factory, and Subway. There's just one problem, argues an opinion piece by a cer...
05:34 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Kickstarter Accused of 'Union-Busting' After Firing Three Employees
The BBC reports that Kickstarter has been accused of "union-busting" after firing three employees:Taylor Moore, the company's head of comedy and podcasts, tweeted that he and another employee were fir...
04:34 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Transgenic Mosquitoes Transferred Their Genes Into a Natural Population
Long-time Slashdot reader cccc828 shares a Nature article "about genetically modified mosquitoes that were supposed to reduce the mosquito population. However, instead of dying, some survived, spreadi...
03:34 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Two Penetration Testers Arrested For Attempted Burglary
Somewhere along the North Raccoon River in Adel, Iowa -- population 3,682 -- two men were arrested for trying to break into the county courthouse. And then things got weird, the Des Moines Register re...
02:34 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Google Unveils Code Completion Powered by Machine Learning in Dart SDK
Google's previewing something new in the SDK for their Dart programming language: machine learning-powered automatic code completion. ZDNet reports:ML Complete works with the editor to offer developer...
01:00 pm - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot France Took One Look At Facebook's Cryptocurrency and Said, 'Hell, Non'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Facebook's plan to revolutionize the global economy with its version of bitcoin hit another snag this week when the French finance minister said t...
10:00 am - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Linux Foundation Survey Proves Open-Source Offices Work Better
DevNull127 shares some of the key findings from The New Stack's second annual "Open Source Programs in the Enterprise" survey, co-sponsored by VMware and in partnership with The Linux Foundation's TOD...
07:00 am - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot London's Hidden Cable Tunnels Could Warm Thousands of Homes
Hot power cables snake through tunnels and channel under cities all around the world. All it takes is a fan/air coil to capture that heat for buildings. Researchers and a power company in the UK calcu...
03:30 am - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Volkswagen's Bold Plan To Create a New Car OS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: VW Group is now consolidating its software all under one new internal group, similar to the way that financial services or the ride-hailing Moia ...
01:40 am - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Study Finds the Universe Might Be 2 Billion Years Younger
The universe is looking younger every day, it seems. New calculations suggest the universe could be a couple billion years younger than scientists now estimate, and even younger than suggested by two ...
01:20 am - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Disney CEO Bob Iger Resigns From Apple Board As Companies Come Into Conflict On Streaming
Disney CEO Bob Iger has resigned from Apple's board of directors, Apple said in an SEC filing on Friday. CNBC reports: Disney is launching streaming video service Disney+ on Nov. 12, which will compet...
01:00 am - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't Geothermal Energy Getting As Much Attention As Solar and Wind?
mrwireless writes: YouTube channel Real Engineering has posted a great video on the potential (and downsides) of geothermal power. I think it would be great to discuss this video on Slashdot, since in...
12:20 am - Sat, September 14, 2019
Slashdot Alabama Tracking Students' Locations To Penalize Them For Leaving Games Early
The University of Alabama is taking an extraordinary, Orwellian step to reward students who attend games -- and stay until the fourth quarter -- by using location-tracking technology from students' ph...
11:40 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Huawei CEO Offers To License 5G Tech To American Companies In Peace Offer To Trump
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Huawei's chief executive has proposed selling its current 5G know-how to a Western firm as a way to address security concerns voiced by the U.S. and o...
11:00 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Giant Entercom Radio Network Gets Ransomwared
Newer Guy writes: Entercom Communications, one of the USA's largest radio broadcasting companies, has been hit with a ransomware-like incident. It apparently came in from a computer in the programming...
10:20 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot iPhone 11 Lineup Said To Include Two-Way Charging Hardware, But Software Disabled
According to leaker and former Apple blogger Sonny Dickson, the iPhone 11 lineup includes the necessary hardware for a two-way charging feature that was widely rumored for the devices, but Apple has d...
09:40 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Another High-Flying, Heavily Funded AR Startup Is Shutting Down
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Daqri, which built enterprise-grade AR headsets, has shuttered its HQ, laid off many of its employees and is selling off assets ahead of a shutdown...
09:00 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Discord is Axing its Nitro Games Catalog Since Almost Nobody Plays Them
Almost a year ago, Discord launched its own games store and overhauled the Nitro subscription service to offer access to a library of games in addition to other chat and server related perks. From a r...
08:20 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Whole Foods To Cut Health-Care Benefits For 1,900 Part-Time Employees Starting Next Year
Amazon-owned Whole Foods will be withdrawing medical benefits for hundreds of its part-time workers starting Jan. 1, 2020, the company said Thursday. From a report: In the past, employees needed to wo...
07:30 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot MoviePass Will Shut Down For Good on September 14
MoviePass announced on Friday it's shutting down the discount ticketing service on Sept. 14. From a report: MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics notified subscribers that it plans to...
07:10 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Congress Is Investigating Apple's Repair Monopoly
The United States House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee is launching an antitrust investigation into Apple and its anti-competitive behavior. From a report: Part of the investigation will focu...
06:10 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Congress Is Investigating Apple's Repair Monopoly
The United States House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee is launching an antitrust investigation into Apple and its anti-competitive behavior. From a report: Part of the investigation will focu...
05:21 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Google To Pay $1 Billion in France To Settle Fiscal Fraud Probe
Google agreed to pay close to 1 billion euros ($1.10 billion) to French authorities to settle a fiscal fraud probe that began four years ago in a deal that may create a legal precedent for other large...
04:41 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile Has a Secret Setting To Protect Your Account From Hackers That it Refuses To Talk About
T-Mobile has a feature that gives its customers more protection from hackers trying to steal their phone number, but you probably don't know it exists because the company doesn't advertise it publicly...
04:01 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Twitter's Stenciled San Francisco Street Tweets Illegal Graffiti, City Says
For the better part of a year, Twitter has been trying to rebrand itself as a safe place for healthy conversations -- rather than a social network rife with bullying and racism. But its latest adverti...
03:21 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Los Angeles OKs a Deal For Record-Cheap Solar Power and Battery Storage
For a long time, there were two big knocks against solar power: It's expensive, and it can't keep the lights on after sundown. A contract approved this week by the Los Angeles Department of Water and ...
02:41 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Toyota Is Trying To Figure Out How To Make a Car Run Forever
Put together the best solar panels money can buy, super-efficient batteries and decades of car-making know-how and, theoretically, a vehicle might run forever. From a report: That's the audacious moti...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Launches Paid Premium Support for Enterprise Customers
Mozilla has quietly launched a new product for enterprise customers: Ability to buy paid premium support for Firefox. From a report: The premium enterprise support for Firefox costs $10 per supported ...
01:00 pm - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Regulations On Clean Water
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: President Trump's administration has rescinded an Obama-era policy that expanded federal oversight and the threat of steep fines for p...
09:00 am - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Says It Will Deploy Satellite Broadband Across US Faster Than Expected
SpaceX says it plans to change its satellite launch strategy in a way that will speed up deployment of its Starlink broadband service and has set a new goal of providing broadband in the Southern Unit...
05:30 am - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Andrew Yang Announces Universal Basic Income Pilot Program At Debate
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced at Thursday's primary debate that his campaign will use funds raised from his supporters for a pilot program meant to resemble his universal bas...
03:30 am - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot CRISPR Gene-Editing May Offer Path To Cure For HIV, First Published Report Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Chinese scientists have published the first report in a scientific journal of an attempt to use CRISPR-edited cells in a patient -- a 27-year-old man who ...
02:10 am - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot New Device Harvests Energy In Darkness
In new research published on Thursday in the journal Joule, Dr. Raman, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles, demonstrated a way to harness a dark night sky to power a li...
01:30 am - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Starts Selling Laptops With Linux Preinstalled
Huawei is now selling the Matebook 13, Matebook 14, and Matebook X Pro to consumers in China with Deepin Linux preinstalled. "Deepin is a Chinese-domestic distribution, with their own desktop environm...
12:50 am - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot GNOME 3.34 Released
Red Hat developer Matthias Clasen has announced the release of GNOME 3.34, bringing many performance improvements and better Wayland support. Phoronix reports: Making GNOME 3.34 particularly exciting ...
12:10 am - Fri, September 13, 2019
Slashdot AT&T To Lose 1.1 Million TV Subscribers As DirecTV Continues Nosedive
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T expects to lose about 1.1 million TV customers in the third quarter as it faces pressure from an investment group that says AT&T's i...
11:30 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot ASUS ROG Phone II Proves To Be the Fastest Android Phone On the Market Currently
MojoKid writes: Gamer-targeted smartphones are beginning to pop up more often now, with devices like the Razer Phone 2, Xiaomi Black Shark, and the ASUS ROG Phone making waves in the market with perfo...
10:50 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Google Maps Shows Sunken Car Where Missing Man's Body Was Found
The remains of a man who went missing two decades ago in Florida have been found in a submerged car visible on Google Maps. The BBC reports: William Moldt, 40, was reported missing from Lantana, Flori...
10:10 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Google One Now Backs Up Texts, 'Original Quality' Photos, and Videos on Android
Irreparably damaged your phone in a freak accident? Not to worry -- Google's got your back. From a report: The search giant today announced that subscribers to Google One, a subscription service that ...
09:30 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Israel Accused of Planting Mysterious Spy Devices Near the White House
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: The U.S. government concluded within the past two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were ...
08:50 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Arch Linux-based Manjaro 18.1.0 'Juhraya' Now Available With GNOME, KDE, or Xfce
An anonymous reader shares a report: Manjaro may have lofty goals of becoming a successful company, but let's be honest -- users of the Linux-based operating system don't really care about that. Don't...
08:10 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot A $30 Device Turns the Cold of Outer Space Into Renewable Energy
ted_pikul writes: A team of scientists have created a device that turns the cold of space into enough electricity to power an LED light. As described in a paper published on Thursday in the journal Jo...
07:30 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Climate Change is Real and Things Will Get Worse -- But Because We Understand the Driver of Potential Doom, It's a Choice, Not a Foregone Conclusion
Kate Marvel, writing for Scientific American: We are, I promise you, not doomed, no matter what Jonathan Franzen says. We could be, of course, if we decided we really wanted to. We have had the potent...
06:53 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Loot Boxes in Games Are Gambling and Should Be Banned For Kids, Say UK MPs
UK MPs have called for the government to regulate the games industry's use of loot boxes under current gambling legislation -- urging a blanket ban on the sale of loot boxes to players who are childre...
06:13 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Wants To Know Where You Live and Will Be Checking In
Spotify knows a lot about its users -- their musical tastes, their most listened-to artists and their summer anthems. Now it will also want to know where you live or to obtain your location data. It's...
05:30 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot PC Shipments On The Decline
Mobile seems to be taking its toll on the old PC. From a report: For the first time since 2010, personal computing device shipments will drop below 400 million in 2020, according to a new forecast. Sh...
04:50 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot New Simjacker Attack Exploited In the Wild To Track Users For At Least Two Years
Security researchers have disclosed today a major SMS-based attack method being abused in the real world by a surveillance vendor to track and monitor individuals. An anonymous reader shares a report:...
04:12 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot 145 Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence
In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation's best-known companies sent a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of ba...
03:30 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Government Orders Google: Let Employees Speak Out
Federal regulators have ordered Google to assure employees they are allowed to speak out on political and workplace issues [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], WSJ reported ...
02:52 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Will Let Anyone Answer Your Alexa Questions Now
The next time you ask a question to Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, the answer might come from another Alexa user. From a report: Starting today, Amazon is publicly launching a program called Alexa An...
02:11 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Drivers? Never Heard of Them, Says Uber
California lawmakers passed a landmark bill on Wednesday that threatens to reshape how companies like Uber and Lyft do business. The legislation, known as Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), was passed in the stat...
01:00 pm - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot McDonald's Is To Replace Human Workers With Voice-Based Tech In US Drive-Throughs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: McDonald's is to replace human servers with voice-based technology in its U.S. drive-throughs. The fast-food chain hopes the AI technology will make t...
10:00 am - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Water Found On a Potentially Life-Friendly Alien Planet
Data from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed water vapor in the atmosphere of an Earth-size planet. "Although this exoplanet orbits a star that is smaller than our sun, it falls within what's kn...
07:00 am - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Astronomers Have Spotted An Interstellar Comet Flying Toward Earth
A comet first spotted by a Ukrainian amateur astronomer looks to be just the second known object to visit our cosmic neighborhood from beyond the solar system. What could be an even bigger deal is the...
03:30 am - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot No Bones About It: People Recognize Objects By Visualizing Their 'Skeletons'
An anonymous reader shares a report from Scientific American: Humans effortlessly know that a tree is a tree and a dog is a dog no matter the size, color or angle at which they're viewed. In fact, ide...
02:20 am - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Most Android Flashlight Apps Request An Absurd Number of Permissions
Out of 937 flashlight apps on the Play Store, Avast Security Evangelist Luis Corrons found that the vast majority requested a large number of permissions, with the average being of 25 permissions per ...
01:40 am - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Two Mathematicians Solve Old Math Riddle, Possibly the Meaning of Life
pgmrdlm shares a report from Live Science: In Douglas Adams' sci-fi series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," a pair of programmers task the galaxy's largest supercomputer with answering the ulti...
01:00 am - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot Taylor Swift Reportedly Threatened To Sue Microsoft Over Racist Twitter Bot
When an artificially intelligent chatbot that used Twitter to learn how to talk unsurprisingly turned into a bigot bot, Taylor Swift reportedly threatened legal action because the bot's name was Tay. ...
12:20 am - Thu, September 12, 2019
Slashdot It's Not 'X', It's 'Cross' -- the PlayStation Joypad Revelation That's Caused an Outrage
An anonymous reader shares a report: A fortnight ago, Twitter user @drip133 asked a seemingly innocent question above a photo of the joypad: "Do you say 'x' or 'cross' button?" There were hundreds of ...
11:40 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Objects Can Now Change Colors Like a Chameleon
The color-changing capabilities of chameleons have long bewildered willing observers. While humans can't yet camouflage much beyond a green outfit to match grass, inanimate objects are another story. ...
11:00 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Trump Calls On FDA To Ban All Flavored Vapes After Mystery Lung Illness
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In a surprise meeting on Wednesday, President Donald Trump pushed to ban all non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Trump discussed the ...
10:20 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Open-Source Database Scylla Gains DynamoDB Compatibility
urdak writes: Four years ago, ScyllaDB introduced Scylla -- a new open-source NoSQL database, compatible with the popular Cassandra but 10 times faster. Today, the project announced support for the Dy...
09:40 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Is Triggering 'Fear of Holes' Or Trypophobia In Some
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: People with a fear of small holes have claimed the design of Apple's iPhone 11 Pro is triggering their phobia. At its unveiling on Tuesday, many found their atte...
09:02 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Australian House Committee To Look Into Age Verification For Porn
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Australia is once again deciding to follow in the tracks of the United Kingdom, with the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy an...
08:25 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot After Payroll Provider Collapses, Banks Drain Employee Accounts
dcblogs writes: MyPayRollHR, a payroll processing provider with about 4,000 small to mid-sized business customers, suddenly closed late last week. In response, the banking system went haywire and bega...
07:45 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Expert Predicts 25% of Colleges Will 'Fail' in the Next 20 Years
For the first time in 185 years, there will be no fall semester at Green Mountain College in western Vermont. The college, which closed this year, isn't alone: Southern Vermont College, the College of...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot A Famous Argument Against Free Will Has Been Debunked
For decades, a landmark brain study fed speculation about whether we control our own actions. It seems to have made a classic mistake. From a report: The death of free will began with thousands of fin...
06:47 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Court Rules That 'Scraping' Public Website Data Isn't Hacking
Scraping public data from a website doesn't constitute "hacking," according to a new court ruling that could dramatically limit abuse of the United States' primary hacking law. From a report: The ruli...
06:07 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot GameStop Closing 200 Stores Following Another Quarter of Dismal Sales
GameStop will close as many 200 stores before the end of 2019 following another quarter of sharply declining sales and a $32 million loss, the company stated. From a report: In a statement yesterday, ...
05:28 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome Now Lets You Send Webpages To Other Devices
Google is starting to make its Chrome 77 browser update available to Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android this week. While there are many visual changes to Chrome this time, Google is introducing a new send...
04:48 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Confirms It's Almost Ready To Test Its Orbital Starship
SpaceX isn't wasting much time now that Starhopper has completed its hover test. The company has filed an FCC communication permissions request that, as Elon Musk confirmed, prepares for test-flying t...
04:08 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot California Bill Makes App-Based Companies Treat Workers as Employees
California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fu...
03:28 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple Just Turned Its Extended Warranty For iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch Into a Monthly Subscription
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple's extended warranty, AppleCare+, has always covered iOS and Apple Watch devices for a total of two years. But after its iPhone 11 event, the company quietly ...
02:45 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Google To Run DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) Experiment in Chrome
Google has announced plans to test the new DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol inside Google Chrome starting with v78, scheduled for release in late October this year. From a report: The DNS-over-HTTPS prot...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Probed by US Antitrust Officials Over Marketplace
A team of FTC investigators has begun interviewing small businesses that sell products on Amazon to determine whether the e-commerce giant is using its market power to hurt competition. From a report:...
01:00 pm - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Comcast Sues Maine To Stop Law Requiring Sale of Individual TV Channels
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast and several TV network owners have sued the state of Maine to stop a law that requires cable companies to offer a la carte access to TV c...
10:00 am - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot 281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested In Massive Global Sweep
The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of 281 suspects in connection with email scams and wire transfer fraud. The action is the biggest of its kind yet against this type of digital scam...
07:00 am - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Jack Ma Steps Down On 20th Birthday of Alibaba
Jack Ma has stepped down from the position of chairman at the company he co-founded exactly 20 years ago. Ma announced his retirement plans last year, saying at the time he wanted to spend more time f...
03:30 am - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Diesel Cars Emit More Air Pollution On Hot Days, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Emissions from diesel cars – even newer and supposedly cleaner models -- increase on hot days, a new study has found, raising questions ove...
01:40 am - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Fukushima To Possibly Dump Radioactive Water Back Into Ocean
omfglearntoplay shares a report from CNN: Eight years after Japan's worst nuclear disaster, the government is not sure what to do with the contaminated water that remains -- but its environment minist...
01:20 am - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple Unveils Its 7th-Gen iPad With a 10.2-Inch Display
In addition to launching new iPhones today, Apple unexpectedly announced a new 7th-generation iPad, featuring a larger display and support for Apple's forthcoming iPadOS update. Ars Technica reports: ...
01:00 am - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot Is Microsoft a Digital Nation and Does It Have a Secretary of State?
Longtime Slashdot reader cccc828 shares a report from The Economist, which poses the question: Is Microsoft a digital nation and does it have a secretary of state? "The answer of Brad Smith, the softw...
12:20 am - Wed, September 11, 2019
Slashdot 'Ban All Watches From Exams To Stop Cheating'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: All watches should be banned from exam halls to discourage cheating, says an inquiry into the extent of malpractice in exams taken by pupils across th...
11:40 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot VW Announces Its 'ID.3' Electric Car For the Masses, Praises Elon Musk
Qbertino writes: The VW ID.3 (VW German Minisite and Configurator) is a compact car with a design loosely based on the very successful VW Golf line. The base model costs less than $33,000 with ranges ...
11:20 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple Arcade Will Be Available On September 19 For $4.99
Apple's Arcade video game subscription service is launching on September 19 for $4.99 per month for up to six members in your family. "There will be new games released every month, and will have perks...
11:03 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple Watch Series 5 Has An Always-On Display, Comes In Titanium or Ceramic Finishes
Before launching the new iPhones today, Apple announced the next-gen Apple Watch Series 5, featuring an always-on display, compass, emergency calling for international countries, and recycled aluminum...
10:25 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Weakness In Intel Chips Lets Researchers Steal Encrypted SSH Keystrokes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In late 2011, Intel introduced a performance enhancement to its line of server processors that allowed network cards and other peripherals to con...
09:45 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Period Tracker Apps Used By Millions Of Women Are Sharing Incredibly Sensitive Data With Facebook
Period tracker apps are sending deeply personal information about women's health and sexual practices to Facebook, new research has found. From a report: UK-based advocacy group Privacy International,...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Libraries and Archivists Are Scanning and Uploading Books That Are Secretly in the Public Domain
A coalition of archivists, activists, and libraries are working overtime to make it easier to identify the many books that are secretly in the public domain, digitize them, and make them freely availa...
08:23 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Myths About USB Type-C
Julie Stultz, Technical Marketing Manager at ON Semiconductor, writes for ElectronicDesign: 1. USB Type-C and PD are complicated: With a universal connector that can plug into a power host (source) or...
07:44 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Uber Lays Off 435 People Across Engineering and Product Teams
Uber has laid off 435 employees across its product and engineering teams, the company announced today. Combined, the layoffs represent about 8% of the organizations, with 170 people leaving the produc...
07:04 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple Launches iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple today unveiled the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, its new smartphone lineup. While the 11 is the cheaper alternative following the iPhone XR -- there are a few design changes, ...
06:30 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Storm Area 51 Festival Canceled Because It Was a 'Possible Humanitarian Disaster'
The organizers of the Storm Area 51 festival called "AlienStock" have canceled the event in the Nevada desert, citing a "possible humanitarian disaster" associated with having people show up unprepare...
05:50 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple Prices TV Video Service at $4.99 a Month, Hitting Netflix and Disney
Apple said its TV+ original video subscription service will launch Nov. 1 for $4.99 a month, undercutting the price of rival offerings. From a report: The Cupertino, California-based technology giant ...
05:14 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot 51 Tech CEOs Send Open Letter To Congress Asking For a Federal Data Privacy Law
The chief executive officers (CEOs) of 51 tech companies have signed and sent an open letter to Congress leaders today, asking for a federal law on user data privacy to supersede the rising number of ...
04:40 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Trump Says He Fired National Security Advisor John Bolton -- But Bolton Says He 'Offered To Resign'
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he fired national security advisor John Bolton, saying on Twitter he had "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions." From a report: But minutes later, Bolton...
04:10 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot We Need To Prepare for the Future of War, NSA Official Says
Glenn S. Gerstell, the general counsel of the National Security Agency, writing at The New York Times: The threats of cyberattack and hypersonic missiles are two examples of easily foreseeable challen...
03:30 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Launches VPN as Part of Resurrected Firefox Test Pilot Program
Mozilla is resurrecting its recently expunged Test Pilot program with a renewed focus on privacy-focused tools and products. The Firefox developer today lifted the lid on the first product to emerge f...
02:50 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Loophole That Lets People Share Your Private Instagram Pics and Stories Isn't a 'Hack' -- but Still, Heads Up
An anonymous reader shares a report: Here's another reminder to be wary of what you share online: BuzzFeed News noticed on Monday that the way Instagram and its owner Facebook serve up media content a...
02:10 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot EU Reappoints Top Antitrust Cop Who Led Crackdown on Tech Giants
In a surprise move, the new European Commission has reappointed Margrethe Vestager to be its antitrust chief. From a report: As Europe's chief of competition, Vestager has over the past several years ...
01:00 pm - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Discover New Evidence of the Asteroid That Killed Off the Dinosaurs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Drilling into the seafloor off Mexico, scientists have extracted a unique geologic record of the single worst day in the history of li...
10:00 am - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot US Charges Chinese Professor With Fraud For Allegedly Taking Tech From a California Company To Benefit Huawei
U.S. prosecutors have charged a Chinese professor with fraud for allegedly taking technology from a California company to benefit Huawei, in another shot at the embattled Chinese telecommunications eq...
07:00 am - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot New Models Suggest Titan Lakes Are Explosion Craters
Using radar data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, recently published research presents a new scenario to explain why some methane-filled lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are surrounded by steep rims that r...
03:30 am - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Artificial Leaf Produces First Drugs Using Sunlight
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: Making artificial versions of the humble leaf has been an ongoing area of research for decades and in a new breakthrough, researchers from the Eindh...
02:10 am - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot New Prosthetic Legs Let Amputees Feel Their Foot and Knee In Real-Time
In a paper published in Nature Medicine today, researchers led by ETH Zurich describe how they modified an off-the-shelf prosthetic leg with sensors and electrodes to give wearers a sense of knee move...
01:30 am - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Thousands of Servers Infected With New Lilocked (Lilu) Ransomware
Longtime Slashdot reader Merovech shares a report from ZDNet: Thousands of web servers have been infected and had their files encrypted by a new strain of ransomware named Lilocked (or Lilu). Infectio...
12:50 am - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Gas Plants Will Get Crushed By Wind, Solar By 2035, Study Says
According to a new study from the Rocky Mountain Institute, natural gas-fired power plants are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable power and big batteries. Bloomberg reports: By 2035...
12:10 am - Tue, September 10, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Employees Are Walking Out Over the Company's Huge Carbon Footprint
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: With less than two weeks until the global climate strikes, 930 tech and corporate Amazon employees have pledged to walk out of the company's offic...
11:30 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot NYC Mayor and Presidential Hopeful Bill De Blasio Wants a Tax On Robots
In an opinion article published last week on Wired, New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio said as president he would issue a robot tax for corporations displaci...
10:50 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Creators Are Turning the Site Into a Podcast Network
Several popular YouTubers -- including including Logan Paul, Marques Brownlee, and Emma Chamberlain -- have launched podcasts in the last year, "proving YouTube is a bonafide podcast network," writes ...
10:10 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Web Scraping Doesn't Violate Anti-Hacking Law, Appeal Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Scraping a public website without the approval of the website's owner isn't a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an appeals court rul...
09:30 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Redesigns To Do App To Make it Look More Like its Wunderlist Predecessor
An anonymous reader shares a report: When Microsoft bought 6Wunderkinder, the developer of Wunderlist, in 2015, officials said they planned to shut down that task-management app at some point and repl...
08:50 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Someone Just Moved $1B in Bitcoin
A $1 billion Bitcoin transaction has become conspicuous not because of its size but because its sender spent far too much on fees. From a report: Someone could have sent 94K BTC for $35. Social media ...
08:10 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot How Top-Valued Microsoft Has Avoided the Big Tech Backlash
Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are targets of government investigations and public outrage, facing accusations that they abuse their power in various ways, from exploiting personal information to ...
07:30 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Promised To Halt Comments on Kids Videos Already. It Hasn't.
A pedophilia scandal compelled YouTube to vow to suspend comments on videos with kids age 13 and younger. Six months later, comments are still easy to find. From a report: YouTube is about to repositi...
06:50 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Nearly Every State Is Launching An Antitrust Investigation Of Google
Attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories today officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking on a wide-ranging review of a company that Democrats and Republicans sai...
06:10 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Juul Violated Federal Rules by Marketing Vaping Products as Safer Than Cigarettes, FDA Says
Juul Labs, the dominant e-cigarette company, violated federal regulations by selling its vaping products as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes without approval from the Food and Drug...
05:30 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot If You Asked Equifax For $125, You Need To Update Your Request
If you requested money from Equifax for leaking your personal data, you'll need to provide more information by October 15th. From a report: The Equifax settlement administrator sent an email with deta...
04:50 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Dozens of Google Employees Say They Were Retaliated Against For Reporting Harassment
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last November, Google made a promise to do better. More than 20,000 employees around the world had walked out of the company's offices to protest that Google had p...
04:10 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot The Feature-rich Vivaldi Browser Arrives on Android
Almost three years after launching its desktop version, cross-platform browser Vivaldi has finally released its mobile app today. From a report: The brainchild of Opera's co-founder Jon von Tetzchner ...
03:25 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot On Apple's Response To Google's Project Zero
Last week, Apple published a statement in which it disputed Google's Project Zero team's findings about the worst iOS attack in history. Alex Stamos, adjunct professor at Stanford University's Center ...
02:45 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot The Fake Town Where Everybody Knows Your Name
With a population of over 87,000, Lower Duck Pond is the largest, friendliest, and oddest city that's not on the map. The Outline: Located somewhere on a plane of nonexistence, the rapidly growing tow...
02:00 pm - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot How Apple Stacked the App Store With Its Own Products
Top spots in App Store search results are some of the most fought over real estate in the online economy. The store generated more than $50 billion in sales last year, and the company said two-thirds ...
10:34 am - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Biohackers Use a Raspberry Pi to Implant a Networked Hard Drive
"Biohackers took one small but important step toward the science fiction dystopia depicted in William Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic," reports The Parallax, in an article shared by Slashdot reader Iwastheon...
07:34 am - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can You Limit the Charging Range of Your Batteries?
"If you're anything like me, you've got a slew of devices with lithium-based batteries in them," write long-time Slashdot reader weilawei:The conventional wisdom is to cycle them between 20 and 80% fo...
05:08 am - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot New Windows 10 Update Bugs Include Orange Screenshots
An anonymous reader quotes MS Poweruser:Microsoft's latest Cumulative Update KB4512941 for Windows 10 May 2019 Update(1903) may be Microsoft's buggiest yet, with the update already known for being pla...
03:42 am - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Chrome OS Bug Started Mistakenly Sending 'Final Update' Notifications
An anonymous reader quotes 9to5Google:Like it or not, Chromebooks do have something of an expiration date when you purchase them, namely that one day they'll stop receiving updates. Thankfully, that d...
01:42 am - Mon, September 9, 2019
Slashdot Australia Formally Censors Christchurch Attack Videos
"Australian internet service providers have been ordered to block eight websites hosting video of the Christchurch terrorist attacks," according to the Guardian. Slashdot reader aberglas shares their ...
11:47 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot Manjaro Linux Tries Forming A Company To Fund Full-Time Development
Forbes.com shares some big Linux news:Since 2011, Arch Linux-based Manjaro has focused on being a simple-to-use, accessible Linux desktop distribution with a friendly community... But as of today, Man...
10:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot Purism Finally Starts Shipping Its Privacy-Focused 'Librem 5' Smartphone
"It's here! Purism announces shipment of the Librem 5," writes long-time Slashdot reader Ocean Consulting:Librem 5 is a landmark mobile device with a dedicated platform, runs PureOS Linux, and is the ...
09:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot Spring Cyberattack on US Power Grid 'Probably Just Some Script Kiddie'
The electric utility non-profit NERC has posted a "Lessons Learned" document detailing a March 5th incident that Environment & Energy News calls "a first-of-its-kind cyberattack on the U.S. grid"....
08:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot Short Film 'The Comet' Uses Real Images From ESA's Rosetta Space Probe
Launched in 2004, the ESA's Rosetta space probe spent 10 years flying to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67p), circled it for two years, and then culminated its mission with a controlled hard landing...
07:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot 'It's Not You. Software Has Gotten Far More Expensive'
A SaaS "price transparency" site at Capiche.com writes that "It's not just you: software has gotten far more expensive," citing their survey of 100 business applications. Software prices went up 62% o...
06:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Battery Researcher Unveils New Cell That Could Last 1 Million Miles
Long-time Slashdot reader ClarkMills writes:Not just anybody but [lithium-ion battery pioneer] Jeff Dahn [et al.] released a paper detailingcells that "should be able to power an electric vehicle for ...
05:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot One of America's Biggest Market for AI-Powered Security Cameras: Schools
New video analytics systems can "identify people, suspicious behavior and guns" in real-time, and the technology is being used by Fortune 500 companies, stadiums, retailers, and police departments, re...
05:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot One of America's Biggest Markets for AI-Powered Security Cameras: Schools
New video analytics systems can "identify people, suspicious behavior and guns" in real-time, and the technology is being used by Fortune 500 companies, stadiums, retailers, and police departments, re...
04:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot YouTube's Fine Criticized As Proof US Government Is 'Not Serious' About Big Tech Crackdown
YouTube's $170 million fine for illegally collecting data on children "shows the US government is not serious about a Big Tech crackdown," argues an article at CNBC:The FTC's new settlement with YouTu...
03:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot The Washington Post's Newest Product: Personalized Newsletters
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In 2011, there were four engineers in The Washington Post newsroom," notes Fred Ryan, CEO and Publisher of The Washington Post. "Today there are over 300." And...
02:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot MIT's Epstein-Funded Media Lab Accused of Faking Hydroponic Plant Experiments
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider:An ambitious project that purported to turn anyone into a farmer with a single tool is scraping by with smoke-and-mirror tactics, employees told Business In...
01:34 pm - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot Firefox Will Soon Encrypt DNS Requests By Default
This month Firefox will make DNS over encrypted HTTPS the default for the U.S., with a gradual roll-out starting in late September, reports Engadget:Your online habits should be that much more private...
10:34 am - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot 'It Shouldn't Be This Hard To Responsibly Fly a Drone'
The B4UFLY app from America's Federal Aviation Administration tells you where you can and can't fly your drone. But a senior writer for IEEE Spectrum reports that in fact the app "ignores both local a...
07:34 am - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Will The Internet Affect The Next Generation?
dryriver writes:Growing up in the 1980s/90s I don't remember being embroiled in many "heated arguments" with youths my own age. There were small differences of opinion on various things -- whether a b...
04:34 am - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot 'Google's Chrome Has My Dead Grandpa's Data and He Never Used the Internet'
schwit1 shares a Forbes article by Joe Toscano, a former experience design consultant for Google who in 2017 "decided to step away from my role consulting with Google, due to ethical concerns." This s...
01:34 am - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot MIT Media Lab Chief Joi Ito Resigns Following Ronan Farrow's New Yorker Expose
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes:It was beginning to look like Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, might weather a scandal over accepting donations from the financier and convicted sex ...
12:39 am - Sun, September 8, 2019
Slashdot Wired Lists 'The Windows 10 Privacy Settings You Should Check Right Now'
"If you're at all concerned about the privacy of your data, you don't want to leave the default settings in place on your devices -- and that includes anything that runs Windows 10," warns a new artic...
11:44 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot 150 Microsoft Employees Release a New Music Video: 'Microsoft: The Musical'
Microsoft's 2019 summer interns have created Microsoft: the Musical, an 8-minute video whose director describes it as "a Tony Awards-style musical theater opening number." Long-time Slashdot reader Yo...
10:34 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Two College Students Nearly Grabbed Donald Trump's Tax Returns Online
"This was a Wayne's World scene gone awry..." says an attorney for 23-year-old Andrew Harris. "They were Wayne and Garth in a blue Pacer with a dumb idea and a mixed run of luck," he told the Philadel...
09:34 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Google Expands Bug Bounty Programme To All Apps With Over 100M Installs
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes VentureBeat:Google, which has already paid security researchers over $15 million since launching its bug bounty program in 2010, today increased the scope of i...
08:34 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Hong Kong Protesters Using Mesh Messaging App China Can't Block: Usage Up 3685%
An anonymous reader quotes Forbes: How do you communicate when the government censors the internet? With a peer-to-peer mesh broadcasting network that doesn't use the internet. That's exactly what Hon...
07:34 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot South Africa, UK Acknowledge Mass Surveillance By Tapping Undersea Internet Cables
The South African government has been conducting mass surveillance on all communications in the country, reports Reclaim the Net:, citing a report from Privacy International as well as recently-reveal...
06:34 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot COBOL Turns 60. Why It Will Outlive Us All
ZDNet remembers when the only programming languages "were machine and assembler," until Burroughs Corporation programmer Mary Hawes proposed a vendor-neutral language with an English-like vocabulary. ...
05:34 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot University of Texas Announces Fastest Academic Supercomputer In the World
On Tuesday the University of Texas at Texas launched the fastest supercomputer at any academic facility in the world. The computer -- named "Frontera" -- is also the fifth most-powerful supercomputer ...
04:34 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Accused of 'Deliberately Vague' Announcement About Face Recognition
Facebook is "bringing" facial recognition to all users, the company announced Tuesday. But the EFF's surveillance litigation director and a senior staff attorney warn that despite media reports, Faceb...
03:34 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Chandrayaan-2's Orbiter Is Still Going Strong
An anonymous reader quotes Space.com:India's Chandrayaan-2 orbiter attempted to drop a lander named Vikram near the lunar south pole yesterday afternoon (Sept. 6), but mission controllers lost contact...
02:34 pm - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Parts of Wikipedia Went Offline After 'Malicious' DDoS Attack
An anonymous reader quotes the website of Ireland's national public service broadcasting:Popular online reference website Wikipedia went down in several countries after the website was targeted by wha...
10:00 am - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Sony Releases a Walkman For Its 40th Anniversary
The Sony Walkman is back. The electronics maker will release a new version of its revolutionary portable music player, it announced Friday at IFA 2019, a leading annual consumer electronics trade show...
07:00 am - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Police Shut Down 3,000-Person Game of Hide-and-Seek At IKEA
An IKEA hide-and-seek game with 3,000 people was scheduled to take place in Glasglow, Scotland on Saturday, August 31, but police managed to put a stop to it before it even got started. From a report:...
03:30 am - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot First Long-Distance Heart Surgery Performed Via Robot
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A doctor in India has performed a series of five percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures on patients who were 20 miles away from him. The fe...
02:10 am - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Squirrels Listen To Birds' Conversations As Signal of Safety
According to a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE, the "chatter" from multiple bird species can be a useful cue to squirrels and other animals that there is no imminent threat in the area. Ph...
01:30 am - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness Surge, Health Officials Say
Medical experts and federal health officials on Friday warned the public about the dangers of vaping and discouraged using the devices as the number of people with a severe lung illness linked to vapi...
12:50 am - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Streaming Makes Up 80 Percent of the Music Industry's Revenue
Revenue made from streaming services in the United States grew by 26 percent in the first six months of the year, according to trade group Recording Industry Association of America, as reported by The...
12:10 am - Sat, September 7, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Announces Kirin 990 and Kirin 990 5G: Dual SoC Approach, Integrated 5G Modem
With the Huawei Mate 30 launch right around the corner on September 19th, Huawei announced the new flagship chipset that will be powering the phone. AnandTech reports: Huawei is for the first time spl...
11:30 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Wunderlist Founder Wants To Buy His App Back
More than four years after selling his company to Microsoft, 6Wunderkinder cofounder Christian Reber wants to buy the core product back from the software giant. VentureBeat reports: Reber helped start...
10:50 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Exploit For Wormable BlueKeep Windows Bug Released Into the Wild
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For months, security practitioners have worried about the public release of attack code exploiting BlueKeep, the critical vulnerability in older ...
10:10 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot India Loses Communication With Lunar Lander Shortly Before Scheduled Landing On the Moon
India's first soft landing on the Moon today appears to have ended in failure after the country's robotic Vikram lander seemingly crashed into the lunar surface during its powered descent to the groun...
09:30 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Apple Releases Public Beta of Apple Music For Web
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple Music doesn't work on traditional Linux distributions like Ubuntu or Fedora. It does, however, work on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. Chromebook users can...
09:10 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm's 5G Modem is Coming To Midrange Phones Next Year
Qualcomm will integrate 5G connectivity into its 6- and 7-series chipsets starting next year alongside its flagship 8-series processors, the company announced at IFA today. From a report: Qualcomm say...
08:50 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Feds Order Apple and Google To Hand Over Names of 10,000 Users of Gun Scope App
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: Own a rifle? Got a scope to go with it? The government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you. That's because Apple and Googl...
07:51 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Watch India's Chandrayaan-2 Make Its Historic Moon Landing Attempt
It's a big day for India's highly audacious Chandrayaan-2 mission. From a report: The nation will attempt to land its lunar orbit on the moon's surface shortly as it inches closer to become the fourth...
07:30 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot US To Collect Social Media Profiles From Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees
The Department of Homeland Security plans to expand its social media profile collection program from US visa applicants to also include data from immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. From a repor...
06:50 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Drinking More Than 2 Sodas Per Day Can Increase Your Risk of Dying, Study Finds
According to a new study, those who drink more than two glasses of soda or any soft drink per day have a high risk of dying. From a report: Experts studied more than 450,000 people from 10 European co...
06:10 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Apple Disputes Google's Claims of a Devastating iPhone Hack
In a rare move, Apple has released a statement to comment on the attacks on iPhone users revealed by Google last week. From a report: Last week, Google dropped a bombshell in the form of a long, detai...
05:30 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Intel Is Suddenly Very Concerned With 'Real-World' Benchmarking
Dputiger writes: Intel is concerned that many of the benchmarks used in CPU reviews today are not properly capturing overall performance. In the process of raising these concerns, however, the company...
04:51 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Eyes ProtonMail as It Searches for Gmail Alternative
ProtonMail is in talks with Huawei about including its encrypted email service in future mobile devices, part of the Chinese phone maker's plan to develop an alternative to Google ecosystem. From a re...
04:09 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Why Phones That Secretly Listen To Us Are a Myth
A mobile security company has carried out a research investigation to address the popular conspiracy theory that tech giants are listening to conversations. From a report: The internet is awash with p...
03:26 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Israeli Spyware Firm NSO Group is Wildly Profitable Despite Concerns Over Misuse of its Technology, Leaked Financials Show
An anonymous reader shares a report: The secretive Israeli spyware company NSO Group gained notoriety following allegations that its hacking tool Pegasus was used by governments like Saudi Arabia and ...
02:46 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot New York Attorney General is Investigating Facebook For Possible Antitrust Violations
New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she is launching a multistate investigation into Facebook for possible antitrust violations. From a report: Attorneys general of Colorado...
02:01 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot DMVs Are Selling Your Data to Private Investigators
Departments of Motor Vehicles in states around the country are taking drivers' personal information and selling it to thousands of businesses, including private investigators who spy on people for a p...
01:00 pm - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Wants To Be the Hot New Dating App
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: In spring 2018, Facebook announced that it was launching its own version of Tinder -- but designed for people who are interested in meaningful re...
07:00 am - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Connecticut Governor Calls For 100 Percent Carbon-Free Power By 2040
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, D, signed an executive order Tuesday directing state regulators to lay out a plan to reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. Utility Dive reports: Eight other states a...
03:30 am - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Silicon Valley Heavyweights Fire Up Plan For an Open Lunar Settlement
pacopico writes: Aerospace technology has gotten better. The price of rocket launches has come down. So much so that a group of space friends in Silicon Valley now think it's possible to create their ...
02:02 am - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot How Samsung Fixed the Galaxy Fold
Samsung's $2,000 foldable smartphone was scheduled to launch earlier this year, but was delayed after several major U.S. tech journalists experienced device-breaking display failures with their review...
01:25 am - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Apple Plans Return of Touch ID and New Cheap iPhone
Apple is reportedly developing in-display fingerprint technology for as early as its 2020 iPhones, according to Bloomberg. "The technology is in testing both inside Apple and among the company's overs...
12:45 am - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Announces Standards-Compliant Key-Value SSD Prototype
Samsung has announced a new prototype key-value SSD that is compatible with the first industry standard API for key-value storage devices. "Earlier this year, the Object Drives working group of Storag...
12:03 am - Fri, September 6, 2019
Slashdot The Next Hot Job: Pretending To Be a Robot
"As the promise of autonomous machines lags the underlying technology, the growing need for human robot-minders could juice the remote workforce," reports The Wall Street Journal. An anonymous reader ...
11:25 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Europe Will Not Accept US Verdict On 737 Max Safety
Europe's aviation safety watchdog will not accept a U.S. verdict on whether Boeing's troubled 737 Max is safe. Instead, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will run its own tests on the plane b...
10:45 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Disables SMS-to-Tweet Feature After Its CEO Got Hacked Last Week
Twitter is disabling the ability to send tweets via SMS messages after an incident last week when the company's CEO Twitter account got hacked via this feature. From a report: The social network said ...
10:03 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot 600,000 GPS Trackers Left Exposed Online With a Default Password of '123456'
According to Avast security researchers, over 600,000 GPS trackers manufactured by a Chinese company are using the same default password of "123456. "They say that hackers can abuse this password to h...
09:25 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Federal Judge Says Terrorist Watchlist Is Unconstitutional
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that the government's terrorism screening database (TSDB) is unconstitutional because people on the list ar...
08:47 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Trusted Face Smart Unlock Method Has Been Removed From Android Devices
The not-so-widely-used trusted face smart unlock feature has officially been removed from Android, news blog Android Police reported this week. From the report: Trusted face was added in 2014 and has ...
08:06 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Why California May Go Nuclear
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last week, a California state legislator introduced an amendment to the state's constitution that would classify nuclear energy as "renewable." If the amendment pa...
07:26 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Scientists Regrow Tooth Enamel In 48 Hours With Phosphate Gel
hackingbear writes: A team of researchers at China's Zhejiang University were able to create a gel that makes tooth enamel repair itself, they wrote in the science journal Science Advances, a developm...
06:44 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Facebook is Making Its Own Deepfakes and Offering Prizes For Detecting Them
An anonymous reader shares a report: Image and video manipulation powered by deep learning, or so-called "deepfakes," represent a strange and horrifying facet of a promising new field. If we're going ...
06:04 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Apple Has Copied Some of the Most Popular Apps in the App Store For its iPhone
Developers have come to accept that, without warning, Apple can make their work obsolete by announcing a new app or feature that essentially copies their ideas. Some apps have simply buckled under the...
05:25 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Free Software Advocate Richard Stallman Spoke at Microsoft Research This Week
Garabito writes: Free Software advocate Richard M. Stallman gave a talk at Microsoft Campus yesterday. Stallman was invited by Microsoft Research. Stallman's talk was related -- as most of his talks -...
04:45 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Apple Change Causes Scramble Among Private Messaging App Makers
A change Apple is making to improve privacy in an upcoming version of its iPhone operating system has alarmed an unlikely group of software makers: developers of privacy-focused encrypted messaging ap...
04:01 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot China Hacked Asian Telcos To Spy on Uighur Travelers
Hackers working for the Chinese government have broken into telecoms networks to track Uighur travelers in Central and Southeast Asia, Reuters reported, citing two intelligence officials and two secur...
03:21 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot How Amazon's Shipping Empire Is Challenging UPS and FedEx
The e-commerce giant has blanketed the U.S. with warehouses and package-sorting centers, flooded the streets with vans and taken to the sky. From a report: Amazon's recent breakup with longtime shippi...
02:41 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot WeWork Weighs Slashing Valuation by More Than Half Amid IPO Skepticism
WeWork's parent company is weighing a dramatic reduction in its valuation [alternative source] as it aims to go public while facing widespread skepticism over its business model and corporate governan...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Google Search is Getting Personalized TV and Movie Recommendations
Google is adding personalized TV and movie recommendations to search, in hopes of solving the age old question: what do you actually want to watch? From a report: Now, when you search Google for thing...
01:00 pm - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies At 69
An anonymous Slashdot reader shares a report from The New York Times commemorating Sally Floyd, a computer scientist who recently passed away at the age of 69 from metastatic gall bladder cancer. "Dr....
10:00 am - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Australian Federal Government Adopts 'Nuanced' Position On Data-Sharing Consent
BoogieChile writes: "Nuanced" in this case meaning: they don't need it. A discussion paper on Australia's Data Sharing and Release Legislative Reforms "tweaks" proposed new Data Sharing and Release le...
07:00 am - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot One Number Shows Something Is Fundamentally Wrong With Our Conception of the Universe
Iwastheone shares a report form Space.com: There's a puzzling mystery going on in the universe. Measurements of the rate of cosmic expansion using different methods keep turning up disagreeing results...
03:30 am - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot 22 Million Pounds of Plastics Enter the Great Lakes Each Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Chicago Tribune: Plastic debris makes up about 80% of the litter on Great Lakes shorelines. Nearly 22 million pounds enter the Great Lakes each year -- more th...
02:02 am - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Crystalline Nets Harvest Water From Desert Air, Turn CO2 Into Liquid Fuel
Omar Yaghi, a chemist at the University of California, Berkeley, reported that he and his colleagues have created a solar-powered device that uses porous crystalline material, known as a metal-organic...
01:30 am - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Google, Industry Try To Water Down First US Data-Privacy Law
Google and its industry allies are making a late bid to water down the first major data-privacy law in the U.S., seeking to carve out exemptions for digital advertising, according to documents obtaine...
12:50 am - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Electric Car Charge Posts To Be Installed In Every New Home In England
England is introducing a mandatory electric car charging point for each newly built home. "This means that every brand new home, by law, will have to have a charging port for your electric vehicle -- ...
12:10 am - Thu, September 5, 2019
Slashdot Lab-Testing Startup uBiome Files For Bankruptcy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Embattled lab-testing startup uBiome Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday and put its assets up for sale after suspending te...
11:30 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Up Close With the Taycan, Porsche's First Electric Car
After being teased and promoted for four years, Porsche has officially revealed their first electric car called the Taycan. The Verge's Sean O'Kane shares his first impressions of the $150,900 superca...
10:50 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Senator: Mark Zuckerberg Should Face 'the Possibility of a Prison Term'
In a recent interview with the Willamette Week, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should face the possibility of a prison term for Facebook's privacy violations. Zuckerberg ...
10:08 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Human Speech May Have a Universal Transmission Rate: 39 Bits Per Second
sciencehabit writes: Italians are some of the fastest speakers on the planet, chattering at up to nine syllables per second. Many Germans, on the other hand, are slow enunciators, delivering five to s...
09:35 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Outlines Plan For Manifest V3 Extensions API
New submitter q4Fry writes: When Google released its changes to the Chrome WebExtensions API for comment, many groups criticized them for cutting off ad-blockers at the knees. Now, Mozilla has release...
08:55 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Trump Administration Is Rolling Back Rules Requiring More Energy-Efficient Bulbs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Trump administration announced new rules on Wednesday to roll back requirements for energy-saving light bulbs, a move that could contri...
08:13 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot A Huge Database of Facebook Users' Phone Numbers Found Online
Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online. TechCrunch: The exposed server contained over 419 million records over several databases on users across geogr...
07:35 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot A Restart For the Aptera Electric Car?
necro81 writes: The Aptera 2e was a head-turning 3-wheeled electric vehicle when it debuted a decade ago. With a body more like an aircraft than a car, it was designed for maximum efficiency. Unfortun...
07:08 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Study Shows Some Political Beliefs Are Just Historical Accidents
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you've spent much time thinking about the political divide in the United States, you've hopefully noted how bloody weird it is. Somehow, just about every topic ...
06:14 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot A Breakthrough for AI Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test
The New York Times: Four years ago, more than 700 computer scientists competed in a contest to build artificial intelligence that could pass an eighth-grade science test. There was $80,000 in prize mo...
05:35 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Michigan Set To Become First State To Ban Flavored E-cigarettes
Michigan is poised to become the first US state to ban online and retail sales of flavored e-cigarettes. From a report: The ban, which would last six months, comes at the direction of Michigan Gov. Gr...
04:55 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot WeWork CEO Returns $5.9 Million For 'We' Trademark To Company After Criticism
When WeWork filed to go public this summer, we learned an incredible detail about its cofounder Adam Neumann: He was paid a whopping $5.9 million by the company he runs for use of the word "we." From ...
04:10 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Has Secret Webpages That Feed Your Personal Data To Advertisers, Report Says
New evidence submitted for an investigation into Google's collection of personal data in the European Union reportedly accuses the search giant of stealthy sending your personal user data to advertise...
03:20 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Amazon and Walmart's Flipkart Pledge To Scrap Single-Use Plastic Packaging in India
Amazon India and Walmart's Flipkart, two of the largest e-commerce businesses in India, have pledged to curb the usage of single-use plastic in their packaging in the country as they move to help New ...
02:40 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Google To Pay $170 Million To Settle FTC Claims That YouTube Collected Kids Data Illegally
Google and YouTube will pay $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that YouTube illegally collected personal information from children wit...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Google's Paid Search Ads Are 'Shakedown' and 'Ransom', Basecamp CEO says
An anonymous reader shares a report: Do a Google search for Basecamp, a web-based project management tool company, and you might see one or more ads for competitors show up in results above the actual...
01:00 pm - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Fraudsters Deepfake CEO's Voice To Trick Manager Into Transferring $243,000
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: In March, criminals sought the help of commercially available voice-generating AI software to impersonate the boss of a German parent company tha...
10:00 am - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Faulty Tesla App Locked Some Owners Out of Their Cars For Hours
Some Tesla owners who depended on the app to unlock their cars were left scrambling for their physical keys yesterday when the app went down for maintenance. Several users took to Twitter to pour out ...
07:00 am - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Satellite Was On 'Collision Course' Until ESA Satellite Was Re-Routed
The European Space Agency (ESA) yesterday took action to avoid a collision with a SpaceX broadband satellite after a bug in SpaceX's on-call paging system prevented the company from getting a crucial ...
03:30 am - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Soft Drinks, Including Sugar-Free, Linked To Increased Risk of Early Death
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: People who regularly consume soft drinks have a higher risk of an early death, researchers have found, with the trend seen for both sugared and a...
02:10 am - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Scottish Developers Announce Subsidy-Free Onshore Wind Farm
Independent Scottish developer Muirhall Energy announced on Monday that construction has begun at the Crossdykes Wind Farm, an important step in the company's effort to deliver Scotland's first subsid...
01:30 am - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot 'Why the Amazon Basics Keyboard Is My Favorite Keyboard'
Full stack developer and teacher, Nick Janetakis, says the Amazon Basics keyboard is one of his favorite general purpose/programming keyboards. "It hits all the major points that make a keyboard good ...
12:50 am - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would Computing Look Like Today If the Amiga Had Survived?
dryriver writes: The Amiga was a remarkable machine at the time it was released -- 1985. It had a multitasking capable GUI-driven OS and a mouse. It had a number of cleverly designed custom chips that...
12:10 am - Wed, September 4, 2019
Slashdot Android 10 Launches Today, and Pixel Phones Get the Day One Update
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Android 10 is finally finished! The next big Android update, which we've been examining for most of the year as the "Android Q Beta," starts roll...
11:30 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot A Fingerprint of Earth From Space
Scientists have developed a fingerprint of Earth from space that could one day help identify other habitable worlds light-years from our own. From a report: If researchers find a planet that matched E...
10:50 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot E-Bikes Are Now Allowed In US National Parks
The National Park Service has expanded the use of e-bikes to allow pedal assist models on the same roads and trails as conventional bicycles so long as they cut off assistance at 28MPH. Officials cont...
10:10 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Apple Patents Watch Band That Could ID You From Your Wrist Skin
PatentlyApple has spotted several patents that suggest Apple is playing with the idea of making the Apple Watch's band identify users via their wrist's skin texture and arm hair. TechCrunch reports: T...
09:30 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Removes 17,000 Channels For Hate Speech
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hollywood Reporter: YouTube says it has removed more than 17,000 channels for hate speech, representing a spike in takedowns since its new hate speech poli...
08:50 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Over 47,000 Supermicro Servers Are Exposing BMC Ports on the Internet
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for ZDNet: More than 47,000 workstations and servers, possibly more, running on Supermicro motherboards are currently open to attacks because administrators have left an inter...
08:10 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot China Drone Attack on Crop-Eating 'Monster' Shows 98% Kill Rate
An army of drones deployed to fight a crop-devouring pest in a southern area of China has recorded a mortality rate of as high as 98%, according to the manufacturer. From a report: XAG, a Guangzhou-ba...
07:36 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Batteries Are Keeping Zimbabwe's Economy Running
Zimbabweans are relying on Tesla to help them pay their bills. From a report: Amid power outages of as long as 18 hours a day, Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe's biggest mobile-phone operator, is turning to ...
06:55 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Brings Face Recognition To All Users, Discontinues 'Tag Suggestions'
Facebook said on Tuesday its face recognition technology will now be available to all users with an option to opt out, while deciding to discontinue a related feature called 'Tag Suggestions.' From a ...
06:09 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Fraudsters Used AI to Mimic CEO's Voice in Unusual Cybercrime Case
Criminals used artificial intelligence-based software to impersonate a chief executive's voice and demand a fraudulent transfer of $243,000 in March in what cybercrime experts described as an unusual ...
05:25 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Ends All Handgun Ammunition Sales and Asks Customers Not To Carry Guns Into Stores
Walmart on Tuesday announced it will reduce its gun and ammunition sales, one month after more than 20 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Walmart also pressured Cong...
04:45 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Is Secretly Working on a Foldable Phone That Collapses Into a Square
Samsung is preparing to unveil its second foldable device early next year, a luxury phone that folds down into a compact-sized square. From a report: The South Korean smartphone giant is working on a ...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Android Exploits Are Now Worth More Than iOS Exploits for the First Time
Zerodium, a company which claims it buys and then resells software exploits to government and law enforcement agencies, has updated its price list today, and Android exploits are worth more than iOS e...
03:21 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot USB-IF To Continue Confusing Name Scheme With USB4 Gen 3x2
intensivevocoder writes: USB4 will be formally published at the USB Developer Days Seattle on September 17, and the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) is expected to continue the widely maligned naming s...
02:40 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Firefox 69 Ratchets Up Tracking Protection, Switching it On by Default
Mozilla has switched on Firefox's tracking protection feature for everyone on Windows and Android, dialing up its effort to protect privacy from website publishers and advertisers that would like to k...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Hurricane Dorian Is Barely Moving at All. Here's Why That Makes it Especially Dangerous
Hurricane Dorian, which slammed the Bahamas early Monday as a catastrophic Category 5 storm, is packing remarkably strong winds -- but the storm itself is crawling along, moving at a mere 1 mile per h...
10:12 am - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Tiny Japan Firm Helps to Crack Code for Next-Gen Computer Chips
Chipmakers have spent two decades pouring investment into a revolutionary new technique to push the limits of physics and cram more transistors onto slices of silicon. Now that technology is on the cu...
07:00 am - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Upcoming Firefox Update Will Decrease Power Usage on macOS by Up To Three Times
Mozilla teased today an upcoming update for Firefox on macOS that it says will reduce power consumption by a factor of up to three. From a report: The primary beneficiaries of this upcoming update are...
02:15 am - Tue, September 3, 2019
Slashdot Hong Kong Protester Forum Says Some DDoS Attacks Came From China
An online service used by Hong Kong demonstrators said a large digital attack that knocked out its servers briefly over the weekend was unprecedented and originated in some cases from websites in Chin...
10:30 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot How a Secret Dutch Mole Aided the US-Israeli Stuxnet Cyberattack on Iran
For years, an enduring mystery has surrounded the Stuxnet virus attack that targeted Iran's nuclear program: How did the U.S. and Israel get their malware onto computer systems at the highly secured u...
09:16 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot 'The 2018 MacBook Pro Keyboard Drives Me Crazy'
Ryan Bigg: I recently upgraded from a 2015 MacBook Pro to a 2018 MacBook Pro. So I've been using this computer as a work computer for almost 3 months now and, my god, the keyboard drives me mental. Ev...
08:19 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Don't Get Locked Up Into Avoiding Lock-in
Gregor Hohpe: A significant share of architectural energy is spent on reducing or avoiding lock-in. That's a rather noble objective: architecture is meant to give us options and lock-in does the oppos...
07:10 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Deepfake App Zao Sparks Privacy Row After Going Viral
A Chinese app that lets users convincingly swap their faces with film or TV characters has rapidly become one of the country's most downloaded apps, triggering a privacy row. From a report: Released o...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Lightweight Alternative To Chrome or Firefox Do You Use?
thegarbz writes: It seems not a day goes by without yet another story reflecting poorly on major browsers. Not uncommon are stories that are mixed with a degree of bloat, either discussing rarely used...
05:00 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Passes 50% Market Share, Windows 7 Falls To 30%
More than four years after its release, Windows 10 has passed 50% in market share. This means every other desktop computer is now running Microsoft's latest and greatest operating system, according to...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Police Hijack a Botnet and Remotely Kill 850,000 Malware Infections
In a rare feat, French police have hijacked and neutralized a massive cryptocurrency mining botnet controlling close to a million infected computers. From a report: The notorious Retadup malware infec...
03:28 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Police Hijack a Botnet and Remotely Kill 850,000 Malware Infections
In a rare feat, French police have hijacked and neutralized a massive cryptocurrency mining botnet controlling close to a million infected computers. From a report: The notorious Retadup malware infec...
03:00 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Says it May Remove Like Counts
Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts to protect users from envy and dissuade them from self-censorship. From a report: Instagram is already testing this in 7 countries ...
02:46 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Says it May Remove Like Counts
Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts to protect users from envy and dissuade them from self-censorship. From a report: Instagram is already testing this in 7 countries ...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Trump Heaps More Tariffs on China, Still No Deal in Sight
The Trump administration slapped tariffs on roughly $110 billion in Chinese imports on Sunday, marking the latest escalation in a trade war that's inflicting damage across the world economy. China ret...
11:34 am - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Ring May Also Be Working On Facial Recognition
"More than 10 million Ring doorbells have been installed worldwide, and BuzzFeed News found evidence that the company is working to develop facial recognition technology for its devices in Ukraine."An...
09:34 am - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot All UK Airports To Install 3D Baggage Scanning Technology By 2022
"The UK government is requiring all major UK airports to introduce 3D baggage screening equipment before the end of 2022," writes Slashdot reader Hammeh. The BBC reports:Ministers say the technology w...
07:34 am - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Feds Forced Google To Reveal All Google Users Within 100 Feet of a Bank Robbery
Federal investigators asked Google for help finding two men who'd robbed a Wisconsin bank in October of 2018:They left the bank at 9:09AM, just seven minutes after they entered, carrying the bag full ...
05:20 am - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot iPhone-Monitoring Crackers Also Targeted Android and Windows, Targeted Ethnic Group in China
"The unprecedented attack on Apple iPhones revealed by Google this week was broader than first thought," reports Forbes:Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation said that Google's own Android ...
02:14 am - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Optimism Increases Lifespan By 11-15%, New Study Finds
"A Boston study published this month suggests people who tend to be optimistic are likelier than others to live to be 85 years old or more," reports NPR:That finding was independent of other factors t...
12:22 am - Mon, September 2, 2019
Slashdot Greg Kroah-Hartman Reveals His New Favorite Linux Distro
Top Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman gave a new 30-minute interview with TFIR during the Open Source Summit, 2019. He discusses security in the post-Spectre world, remembers when Microsoft jo...
11:04 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot IS AMD Returning to Open-Source BIOS/Coreboot Support?
An anonymous reader quotes Phoronix:Back on the AMD EPYC 7002 "Rome" launch day I wrote about how AMD is working to return to open-source BIOS/Coreboot support and now there's further confirmation of ...
10:35 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot New Stats Suggest Strong Sales For AMD
Windows Central reports: AMD surpassed NVIDIA when it comes to total GPU shipments according to new data from Jon Peddie Research (via Tom's Hardware). This is the first time that AMD ranked above NVI...
10:04 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Updated iBrowse Web Browser Released for AmigaOS 3.x
Mike Bouma (Slashdot reader #85,252) writes: The IBrowse Team announced the commercial release of IBrowse 2.5 for AmigaOS 3.x (68k) and an improved PPC native AmigaOS 4.x version. IBrowse was the most...
09:35 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot On the Far Side of the Moon, China's Rover Discovers a Strangely-Colored Gel-Like Substance
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:China's Yutu-2 rover, launched as part of the Chang'e 4 mission, is the first-ever robot to explore the far side of the moon. Since landing in January, it's snapped gor...
08:35 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Scooters In Cities Are Becoming A Huge Problem
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Stewart Goodwin tried to put a stop to the constant flow of scooters into the plaza he oversees. He spoke to the government and scooter companies, but to no avail. "We s...
07:38 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Release Step-by-Step Instructions For Building a Wormhole
schwit1 quotes Space.com: A recent paper, published to the preprint journal arXiv on July 29, has found a way to build an almost-steady wormhole, one that does collapse but slowly enough to send messa...
06:43 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Telling Police Departments What To Say About Its Ring Surveillance Cameras
Amazon isn't just partnering with hundreds of America's police departments. They're also "directing the departments' press releases, social media posts and comments on public posts," according to the ...
05:34 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot US Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Sets New Record For Time In Space
"An Air Force X-37B spaceplane just completed its 718th day in orbit, making it the longest mission yet for a secretive military test program," reports CNN:The US military has launched five uncrewed X...
04:34 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Does Playing Video Games Improve Your Workplace Performance?
"Businesses are waking up to the skills gamers can bring to the workplace," argues the BBC, adding that "Even the military is hiring gamers.""The ability to assimilate information, react swiftly and c...
03:34 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Study Shows Some Exoplanets May Have Greater Variety of Life Than Exists On Earth
durini called our attention to some surprising results from research with NASA-developed software:A new study indicates that some exoplanets may have better conditions for life to thrive than Earth it...
02:34 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Here's What Would Happen If You Tried to Storm Area 51
Inside Edition filmed a 10-minute segment with safety expert Steve Kardian to answer the question, "What Will Happen if You Try to Storm Area 51."More than 2 million people have marked themselves as "...
01:34 pm - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Some of the Best Video Game Streamers Are Senior Citizens
"As we've discussed in the past, old people are some of the only video game streamers worth watching," writes the AV Club:Filled with the wisdom that comes from age, seniors are the necessary correcti...
10:34 am - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Should We Be Allowed To Kick Robots?
"Seen in the wild, robots often appear cute and nonthreatening. This doesn't mean we shouldn't be hostile," argues a new article in Wired, reporting on what appears to be a pre-meditated kicking of a ...
07:39 am - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot An Alternative for 'Less Relevant' Agile: the Studio Model
Last week Forbes ran an article by writer/data scientist Kurt Cagle arguing that Agile software development "was becoming less and less relevant." Within five days it had racked up 300,000 hits, and "...
04:40 am - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot Is Silicon Valley Building a Chinese-Style Social Credit System?
schwit1 shared this thought-provoking article from Fast Company:Many Westerners are disturbed by what they read about China's social credit system. But such systems, it turns out, are not unique to Ch...
01:40 am - Sun, September 1, 2019
Slashdot EFF Warns: 'Don't Play in Google's Privacy Sandbox'
An EFF analysis looks at the problems with some of Google's new "Privacy Sandbox" proposals, a few of which it calls "downright dangerous":Perhaps the most fleshed-out proposal in the Sandbox is the c...
11:40 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot 'Why PHP Still Beats Your Next Favourite Alternative'
Long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino writes: On PHPday in Verona (Italy) Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of PHP, gave an enlightening talk on PHP and its history. 25 years of PHP (video of the talk) is ripe wit...
10:40 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot The Big Levandowski: Could an Uber Engineer's Indictment Discourage Workers From Changing Jobs?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: For nearly 20 years," writes WIRED's Alex Davies in How Anthony Levandowski Put Himself at the Center of an Industry, "the French-American Levandowski has play...
09:40 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Should the Linux Kernel Accept Drivers Written In Rust?
Packt's recent story about Rust had the headline "Rust is the future of systems programming, C is the new Assembly." But there was an interesting discussion about the story on LWN.net. One reader sugg...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Intel Engineer Launches Working Group To Bring Rust 'Full Parity With C'
Someone from the Rust language governance team gave an interesting talk at this year's Open Source Technology Summit. Josh Triplett (who is also a principal engineer at Intel), discussed "what Intel i...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Excited By Discovery of an Impossibly Large Black Hole
In 2017 several scientists co-signed a wager at the Aspen Center for Physics that a black hole wouldn't be discovered between 55 and 130 solar masses. They may have lost, reports the Atlantic:Black-ho...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Intermittent Fasting May Be As Beneficial As Counting Calories
"A type of intermittent fasting that calls for eating nothing one day, and then whatever a person wants the next, can be done safely for several months and comes with a number of health benefits, a st...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot The Internet Is Coming To the Rest of the Animal Kingdom
Wave723 shared this article from September's issue of IEEE Spectrum about an usual project by a leading group of cognitive biologists and computer scientists:Dubbed the Interspecies Internet, the proj...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Some of the World's Most-Cited Scientists Have a Secret That's Just Been Exposed
Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes Science Alert:Among the 100,000 most cited scientists between 1996 to 2017, there's a stealthy pocket of researchers who represent "extreme self-citations and ...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot 'The Joys of Being a Late Tech Adopter'
An anonymous reader quotes the lead consumer technology writer for the New York Times:I'm neither a Luddite nor a cheapskate. But after testing hundreds of tech products -- and buying some along the w...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Is Perl 6 Being Renamed?
An anonymous reader quotes a blog post by Curtis Poe , a freelance Perl/Agile/testing consultant and the author of the Wrox book Beginning Perl:By now, many of you have seen the Perl 6 Github issue "P...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Google Contractors In Pittsburgh Are Unionizing With a Steel Workers Union
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Contract workers at Google's office in Pittsburgh have just announced their intention to unionize. 66 percent of the eligible contractors at a com...
10:00 am - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Founders of Successful Tech Companies Are Mostly Middle-Aged
After analyzing high-growth companies in the United States, a team of economists discovered that most superstar entrepreneurs are middle-aged. Their study is being published in the journal American Ec...
07:00 am - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Plasma Thrusters For Small Satellite Systems Hit Hyper Drive
Greg Nichols reporting for ZDNet: A company that makes propulsion systems for small satellites, Orbion Space Technology, has announced $9.2M in Series A funding. The round was led by Material Impact, ...
03:30 am - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Mutant Sheep Are Being Bred In Lab To Fight Lethal Child Brain Disease
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have created a flock of sheep that carry the gene for a lethal inherited brain disorder in humans. The condition, Batten disease, usua...
02:03 am - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot CRISPR Now Cuts and Splices Whole Chromosomes
Researchers report they've adapted CRISPR and combined it with other tools to cut and splice large genome fragments with ease. The study, conducted by researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC)...
01:25 am - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Comcast, Beware: New City-Run Broadband Offers 1Gbps For $60 a Month
A municipal broadband service in Fort Collins, Colorado went live for new customers today, less than two years after the city's voters approved the network despite a cable industry-led campaign agains...
12:45 am - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Minecraft Is Getting An AI Assistant From Facebook, MIT
Facebook and MIT are working on an AI assistant for Minecraft that can interact with players and then perform a bunch of tasks on request. "The assistant can also learn from these interactions, and de...
12:03 am - Sat, August 31, 2019
Slashdot Company Behind Foxit PDF Reader Announces Security Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Foxit Software, the company behind the Foxit PDF reader app, said today that hackers breached its servers and have made off with some user information. ...