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11:01 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Dodged US Tax on $2 Billion by Routing Cash Through Multiple Countries, Whistleblower Says
Walmart, the world's biggest retail company, underpaid US taxes on nearly $2 billion worth of offshore cash, according to whistleblower documents filed by a former Walmart executive to the Internal Re...
10:01 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot HSBC Swaps Paper Records For Blockchain To Track $20 Billion Worth of Assets
HSBC aims to shift $20 billion worth of assets to a new blockchain-based custody platform by March, in one of the biggest deployments yet of the widely-hyped but still unproven technology by a global ...
09:01 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot SMS Replacement is Exposing Users To Text, Call Interception Thanks To Sloppy Telecos
A standard used by phone carriers around the world can leave users open to all sorts of attacks, like text message and call interception, spoofed phone numbers, and leaking their coarse location, new ...
08:01 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot Black Friday Shoppers: Beware of Fake Five-Star Reviews
As shopping takes off for the holiday season, so do phony reviews -- and pressure is mounting on major retailers to fight back. From a report: More than a third of online reviews on major websites, in...
06:56 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot Manhattan Attorney Announces Arrest Of United States Citizen, Who Works For Ethereum, For Assisting North Korea In Evading Sanctions
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, John Brown, Assistant Director of the Federa...
06:02 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot Intel Says It Sold Its Modem Chip Business To Apple at 'a Multi-Billion Dollar Loss' Because Qualcomm Tactics Left It With No Other Choice
Intel sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple at "a multi-billion dollar loss," the U.S. chipmaker said in a court filing on Friday, alleging that rival Qualcomm forced it out of the market. ...
05:02 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot 10 Years In, WhatsApp Still Needs True Multi-Device Support
Paul Sawers, writing for VentureBeat: WhatsApp launched out of beta 10 years ago this month, and the messaging behemoth is now a completely different beast from the one that quietly arrived for iPhone...
04:01 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot China Seeks To Root Out Fake News and Deepfakes With New Online Content Rules
Chinese regulators have announced new rules governing video and audio content online, including a ban on the publishing and distribution of "fake news" created with technologies such as artificial int...
03:01 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Turn Undersea Fiber Optic Cables Into Seismographs
Monitoring seismic activity all over the world is an important task, but one that requires equipment to be at the site it's measuring -- difficult in the middle of the ocean. But new research from Ber...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Stole Unreleased Music and Then Tried To Frame Someone Else
US authorities charged a Texas man this week for hacking into the cloud accounts of two music companies and the social media account of a high-profile music producer, from where he stole unreleased so...
11:00 am - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot The Great .ORG Heist
Sam Klein: Ethos Capital, a new commercial investment firm founded in the past few months in Boston, has 2 staff and only one major investment: a deal to acquire the 501c3 non-profit that currently ru...
05:00 am - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot Some Uber Drivers Use Bogus Identities and Shared Accounts
An anonymous reader shares a report: Uber faced a blow on Monday when London regulators refused to renew the ride-hailing company's operating permit because of safety concerns. The biggest issue lawma...
02:01 am - Fri, November 29, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Online Streaming Service iQiyi Says AI Has Enhanced Efficiency Throughout Its Business
Wang Xuepu, vice president of Chinese online video streaming company iQiyi, says that artificial intelligence has enhanced the company's efficiency in all aspects of the business. From a report: "Now ...
11:10 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Mystery Sounds From Storms Could Help Predict Tornadoes
Mysterious rumbles that herald tornadoes could one day be used to predict when and where they will strike, according to researchers. From a report: Storms emit sounds before tornadoes form, but the si...
10:09 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Jony Ive Has Left Apple
Famed designer Jony Ive has disappeared from Apple's Leadership page, signaling an end to his time in Cupertino. Ive joined Apple in 1992 and led the design team from 1996. From a report: Jony Ive's l...
09:08 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot 'Why I Voted To Sell .ORG'
Richard Barnes, Member of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, writes: I joined the board's unanimous decision to, sell the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry for the .org top-level domai...
08:07 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Mathematicians Catch a Pattern By Figuring Out How To Avoid It
We finally know how big a set of numbers can get before it has to contain a pattern known as a "polynomial progression." From a report: A new proof by Sarah Peluse of the University of Oxford establis...
07:08 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Monster Black Hole That 'Should Not Exist' Discovered in the Milky Way
An anonymous reader shares a report: Astronomers think our home galaxy -- the Milky Way -- is practically bursting with black holes, with estimates of up to 100 million of the invisible beasts hiding ...
06:09 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Axel Springer Unit, Others Say Google Still Playing Unfairly, Want EU To Act
Axel Springer's price-comparison shopping service Idealo and 40 other European peers have accused Google of tilting the playing field in its favour and urged EU antitrust regulators to enforce a rulin...
05:10 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Toshiba Claims Its Device Tests For 13 Cancer Types With 99% Accuracy From a Single Drop of Blood
Toshiba has developed technology to detect 13 types of cancer from a single drop of blood with 99 percent accuracy, the company claimed this week. From a report: Toshiba developed the diagnosis method...
04:10 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Only a Few 2020 US Presidential Candidates Are Using a Basic Email Security Feature
Just one-third of the 2020 U.S. presidential candidates are using an email security feature that could prevent a similar attack that hobbled the Democrats during the 2016 election. From a report: Out ...
03:10 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot The World May Already Have Crossed a Series of Climate Tipping Points
The world may already have crossed a series of climate tipping points, according to a stark warning from scientists. This risk is "an existential threat to civilization," they say, meaning "we are in ...
02:06 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Cloud Unit Has Designed a More Powerful Datacenter Chip
Amazon's cloud computing unit has designed a second, more powerful generation of datacenter processor chip, Reuters reported Thursday, the latest sign that the e-commerce company is pouring money into...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot High-Paid, Well-Educated White Collar Workers Will Be Heavily Affected By AI, Says New Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: A new study published by the Brookings Institution takes a closer look at jobs that are the most exposed to artificial intelligence (AI), a subset of aut...
10:00 am - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Responds To Wage Discrimination Claims By Suing US Department of Labor
According to The Register, Oracle is suing the Department of Labor for repeatedly accusing the company of discriminating against and underpaying women and minorities. From the report: In a lawsuit [PD...
07:00 am - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Dubai Is Adding Tesla Cybertrucks To Its Police Car Fleet
The Dubai Police department is officially planning on adding Tesla Cybertrucks to its fleet next year. Futurism reports: The official account of the Dubai Police department tweeted an image of a Cyber...
03:30 am - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Still Rising, UN Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Greenhouse gas emissions have risen steadily for the past decade despite the current and future threat posed by climate change, according to a new United ...
02:25 am - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot AT&T and Verizon Agree To Change Their eSIM Practices
In early 2018, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into whether AT&T, Verizon and the GSM Association (GSMA) worked together to limit eSIM technology. Today, The New York Times rep...
01:55 am - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Valve's Steam Controller Is Dead
Valve has confirmed to The Verge that it will stop making its Steam Controller. Currently, the gamepads are on sale for just $5 -- 90 percent off its original price -- but once these controllers are g...
01:25 am - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot Cable Execs Now Falsely Claiming Cord Cutting Is Slowing Down
Cable executives like Charter CEO Tom Rutledge are insisting that cord cutting is slowing down. "I think in aggregate they're going to slow down," said Rutledge. "Because I think most single-family ho...
12:45 am - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot RISC-V Foundation Moving To Switzerland Over Trade Curb Fears
hackingbear writes: The RISC-V Foundation, which sets standards for the open-sourced CPU architecture and controls who can use the RISC-V trademark on products, will soon move to Switzerland to ensure...
12:03 am - Thu, November 28, 2019
Slashdot MediaTek and Intel Team Up To Bring 5G Networking To Laptops and PCs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In April of this year, Intel cancelled its 5G-modem building plans. This week, it's announcing that they're back on the table -- but this time, w...
11:20 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Alexa's Voice Can Now Express Disappointment and Excitement
Amazon announced today that developers can now have Alexa respond to questions from U.S. users with a "happy/excited" or a "disappointed/empathetic" tone. The Verge reports: Amazon suggests the happy/...
10:40 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Democrats Propose Sweeping Online Privacy Laws
mspohr quotes a report from The Guardian: Top Democrats on Tuesday proposed tough new privacy laws to rein in the U.S.'s tech companies after a series of scandals that have shaken confidence in the co...
10:03 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Go Master Lee Se-Dol Quits Because AI 'Cannot Be Defeated'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A master player of the Chinese strategy game Go has decided to retire, due to the rise of artificial intelligence that "cannot be defeated." Lee Se-do...
09:25 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Hidden Cam Above Bluetooth Pump Skimmer
Brian Krebs: Tiny hidden spy cameras are a common sight at ATMs that have been tampered with by crooks who specialize in retrofitting the machines with card skimmers. But until this past week I'd neve...
08:45 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Train AI To Map a Person's Facial Movements To Any Target Headshot
What if you could manipulate the facial features of a historical figure, a politician, or a CEO realistically and convincingly using nothing but a webcam and an illustrated or photographic still image...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot 2 Months After Failed Moon Landing, India Acknowledges Its Craft Crashed
NPR reports: Back in September, India's hopes for a historic first ended -- inconclusively. High hopes had been riding on its Chandrayaan-2 orbiter. The spacecraft was sending a landing vehicle down t...
07:24 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Apple Changes Crimea Map To Meet Russian Demands
ardmhacha writes: Apple has complied with Russian demands to show the annexed Crimean peninsula as part of Russian territory on its apps. Russian forces annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, draw...
06:45 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Solid State Battery Breakthrough Could Double the Density of Lithium-ion Cells
Researchers at Australia's Deakin University say they've managed to use common industrial polymers to create solid electrolytes, opening the door to double-density solid state lithium batteries that w...
06:06 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Back To the Future: the Original Time Crystal Makes a Comeback
sciencehabit writes: Like vinyl records, the strange concept of a time crystal is spinning back into fashion. In 2012, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist proposed that the properties of a system of quant...
05:27 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot A Firmware Update Removed the Noise-Cancelling Function From Bose's Noise-Cancelling Headphones. No Word From Bose if It Plans To Fix It
Owners of Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are still trying to get the company to either fix or roll back a firmware update that removed noise-cancelling functions from their over-ear gear. From a repo...
04:48 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Consumers are Confused by 5G
Awareness of 5G is relatively high in the US market but significant confusion exists. From a report: Overcoming the confusion among flagship buyers that believe they already have 5G is an industry cre...
04:10 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Right-to-Repair Groups Don't Buy Apple's Answers To Congress
Last week, Apple responded to a series of questions that the US House Judiciary Committee sent to it back in September as part of a broader antitrust probe. Apple answered a series of questions about ...
03:21 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Prepares For Huge Cull of Inactive Users
Twitter will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, unless they log in before an 11 December deadline. From a report: The cull will include users who stopped posting...
02:41 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Starts Talking Up Its Progressive Web App Plans
A year ago, Microsoft seemed to be pushing full steam-ahead with Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Since then, the company's PWA momentum -- at least publicly -- seemed to have waned. However, this week, a...
02:01 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot It's Way Too Easy To Get a .gov Domain Name
Brian Krebs: Many readers probably believe they can trust links and emails coming from U.S. federal government domain names, or else assume there are at least more stringent verification requirements ...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Audi To Cut 9,500 German Jobs In Switch To Electrification
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Audi plans to eliminate roughly 15% of its German workforce to lift earnings by $6.6 billion as Volkswagen AG's largest profit maker pushes ahead wi...
10:00 am - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Was Mystery Firm Bidding Against Google To Buy Fitbit, Report Says
Facebook is the mystery "Party A" revealed in an SEC filing that bid several times to acquire health wearables maker Fitbit, including a best and final offer of $7.30 per share, according CNBC citing ...
07:00 am - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Health Concerns Mount As More Old Sewer Pipes Are Lined With Plastic
Residents near renovation sites claim noxious emissions from pipe inserts are making them sick. Scientific American reports: Earlier this year Nicole Davis arrived at one of the San Antonio, Tex., off...
03:30 am - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Indiana Manipulated Report On Amazon Worker's Death To Lure HQ2, Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report produced by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting: When an Amazon worker was killed by a forklift in a Plainfield warehouse in 2017, the state of India...
02:30 am - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot NSO Employees Take Legal Action Against Facebook For Banning Their Accounts
On Tuesday, lawyers representing current and former employees of Israeli surveillance contractor NSO Group took legal action against Facebook to try and get their accounts reinstated after being banne...
02:00 am - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Ford Says It Has Nothing To Prove To Tesla In F-150 Vs Cybertruck Tow Battle
Sadly, it's looking like the Ford F-150 versus Tesla Cybertruck tow battle probably won't happen. TechCrunch reports: Tesla CEO Elon Musk poked the figurative Dearborn, Michigan bear in the middle of ...
01:30 am - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Transport Canada Official Says 737 MAX MCAS System 'Has To Go'
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from AeroTime: In a growing line of whistleblowers and skeptics voicing their concerns before the expected re-certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, another rogue agent h...
12:50 am - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Ring Planned Neighborhood 'Watch Lists' Built On Facial Recognition
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Ring, Amazon's crimefighting surveillance camera division, has crafted plans to use facial recognition software and its ever-expanding network o...
12:10 am - Wed, November 27, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Much Faster Is an ASIC Than a Programmable GPU?
dryriver writes: When you run a real-time video processing algorithm on a GPU, you notice that some math functions execute very quickly on the GPU and some math functions take up a lot more processing...
11:30 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Cows Wearing VR Headsets Might Produce Better Milk
Moscow-area farmers are strapping modified VR headsets to cows to try and improve their milk production. Engadget reports: The project subjected cattle to a simulated summer field with colors tuned fo...
10:50 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Psilocybin For Major Depression Granted Breakthrough Therapy By FDA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted psilocybin therapy a Breakthrough Therapy designation for the second time in a year, this time...
10:12 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Report Finds Infants and Toddlers Using Screens in 'High Amounts'
Children ages 1-3 years old are increasingly watching TV or using screen time in "high amounts," according to an analysis by the National Institutes of Health. From a report: The World Health Organiza...
09:31 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Says 'Nobody's Asking For VR' -- Sony and Fans Fire Back
In an interview, Xbox chief Phil Spencer downplayed VR as an "isolating" experience, saying that "nobody's asking for VR" -- at least, from his customer base. From a report: He said, "the vast majorit...
08:51 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Amazon To Kill AI Program That Sent Shoppers Free Items Based on Prior Purchases
Amazon says it will shut down a program that sends shoppers free samples based on what it thinks they want to buy. From a report: The program, which Amazon began testing earlier this year, used machin...
08:11 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot There Still Aren't Any Rules Preventing Rogue Scientists From Making Gene-Edited Babies
Emily Mullin, writing for OneZero: Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first known gene-edited babies. Working in relative ...
07:30 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Some Fortinet Products Shipped With Hardcoded Encryption Keys
Fortinet, a vendor of cyber-security products, took between 10 and 18 months to remove a hardcoded encryption key from three products that were exposing customer data to passive interception. From a r...
06:50 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot 'Not Enough Pork in the World' To Deal With China's Demand for Meat
The cost of living in China has outstripped the 3% government target for the first time in a decade, and a big part of the problem is the soaring price of pork, which is being driven up by a widesprea...
06:10 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Zuckerberg's Quest to Explore Future Featured Mostly White Men
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg completed his 2019 "personal challenge" on Monday, his version of a New Year's resolution. From a report: This year he pledged to "host a series of public disc...
05:30 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Masthead, Rolling Out To All Users, is a Massive Auto-Playing Video Ad for TV
Speaking of YouTube ads, the Google-owned company is rolling out a new ad format for its TV experience, dubbed Masthead, to all users. The company tested this new ad format with some users earlier thi...
04:50 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Billionaire Khosla Wins Ruling Threatening Public Beach Access
Billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla's long-running fight to block public access to a stretch of Pacific Ocean beach adjacent to his property got new life thanks to an appeals court ruling that...
04:10 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Some HPE SSDs Fail After 3 Years and 9 Months, Company Warns
New submitter AllHail writes: HPE SAS solid state drives are affected by a firmware problem which causes these drives to stop working after 32768 power-on hours (3 years and 9 months). If these drives...
03:30 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot OK Boomer, Who's Going To Buy Your 21 Million Homes?
By 2037, one quarter of the U.S. for-sale housing stock, or roughly 21 million homes will be vacated by seniors. That is more than twice the number of new properties built during a 10-year period that...
02:51 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot How Texas Instruments Monopolized Math Class
Texas Instruments' $100 calculators have been required in classrooms for more than twenty years, as students and teachers still struggle to afford them. From a report: Texas Instruments released its f...
02:11 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot India's Ominous Future: Too Little Water, or Far Too Much
Throughout India, the number of days with very heavy rains has increased over the last century. At the same time, the dry spells between storms have gotten longer. Showers that reliably penetrate the ...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Google Fires 4 Workers Active In Labor Organizing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Google on Monday fired four employees who had been active in labor organizing at the company (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative...
10:00 am - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Facebook and Twitter Users' Data Exposed Due To Third-Party SDK Bug
Facebook and Twitter announced on Monday that the companies were notified about malicious software development kits (SDKs) that allowed certain apps to collect users' data from the apps without their ...
07:00 am - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot The Filmmaking Tech Behind 'The Mandalorian' Is Straight Out of the Star Wars Universe
In a Quartz article, Adam Epstein writes about the filmmaking technology used to film The Mandalorian on Disney+: Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) -- the Lucasfilm subsidiary George Lucas founded in...
03:30 am - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot US Tech Sector Skews Younger Than the Workforce As a Whole, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Older information-technology professionals are being passed over by employers, even as IT job openings soar to record highs and employ...
02:10 am - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Vegan Sues Burger King For False Advertising, Alleging 'Impossible Whopper' Cooked With Beef Fat
A lawsuit filed in federal court claims that Burger King is falsely advertising that its "Impossible Whopper" is "100% Whopper, 0% beef." "[Phillip Williams, the plaintiff in the Florida lawsuit] says...
01:50 am - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot US Police Already Using 'Spot' Robot From Boston Dynamics In the Real World
Massachusetts State Police (MSP) has been quietly testing ways to use the four-legged Boston Dynamics robot known as Spot, according to new documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of ...
01:30 am - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Explains Why Tesla's Cybertruck Windows Smashed During Presentation
When Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Cybertruck last week, things didn't go according to plan when lead designer Franz von Holzhausen tested the durability of the Cybertruck's "armor glass." He managed t...
12:50 am - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Google Addresses Complaints of Sub-4K Image Quality On Stadia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Since March, Google has been promising that its streaming Stadia platform would be capable of full 4K, 60fps gameplay (for users with a robust In...
12:10 am - Tue, November 26, 2019
Slashdot Smartphone Videos Can Now Be Analyzed To Locate a Shooter
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that videos captured by smartphones can be useful for determining the location of a shooter. Gizmodo reports: The Video Event Reconstruction and An...
11:30 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot AMD Launches Threadripper 3970X, 3960X and Smokes Intel's New 18-Core CPU
MojoKid writes: Intel and AMD have been duking it out in the high-end desktop processor space lately. AMD's return to competitive footing versus Intel has propelled the company forward and the brand h...
10:50 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot The California DMV Is Making $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Personal Info
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers' personal information, according t...
10:10 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Brings Alexa To AWS IoT Core Devices
Amazon's annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas -- where the tech giant reliably announces a host of products heading to Amazon Web Services, its cloud platform -- doesn't kick off officially un...
09:30 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Needs To Chill With Its Annoying Premium Spam
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: YouTube has been pissing me off for weeks. I'm starting to feel like I should pay $11.99 a month to subscribe to YouTube Premium just to get rid of the annoying pop-...
08:40 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: When Robots Are Ultra-Lifelike Will It Be Murder To Switch One Off?
An anonymous reader writes: "HELLO, I'm Scout. Want to play?" My daughter has a toy dog that yaps and comes out with a few stock phrases. When it gets too annoying, I don't hesitate to turn it off. I ...
08:10 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Job Loss Predictions Over Rising Minimum Wages Haven't Come True
Eighteen states rang in 2019 with minimum wage increases -- some that will ultimately rise as high as $15 an hour -- and so far, opponents' dire predictions of job losses have not come true. From a re...
07:30 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Linux 5.4 Released
diegocg writes: Linux 5.3 has been released, featuring the new kernel lockdown mode, intended to strengthen the boundary between UID 0 and the kernel; virtio-fs, a high-performance virtio driver which...
06:42 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot The RIPE NCC Has Run Out of IPv4 Addresses
Kelerei writes: The RIPE NCC, the regional internet registry for Europe, West Asia, and the former USSR, has allocated the final /22 remaining in their address pool, and has stated that they have now ...
06:10 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Viewpoints Research App Pays Users To Take Surveys
Facebook is once again offering a market research app, but this one appears to avoid some of the privacy concerns from before. From a report: The social media behemoth has introduced a Viewpoints app ...
05:29 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Zorin OS 15 Lite Linux Distro Can Rejuvenate Your Aging Windows PC
An anonymous reader writes: Called "Zorin OS 15 Lite," it is not only lightweight, but thanks to the Xfce desktop environment and integrated Flatpak support, it should be quite familiar to those switc...
04:50 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Slack's New Rich Text Editor Shows That Markdown Still Scares People
Slack just updated its longtime editor for its primary interface -- and the rich-text result hints at a longstanding tension over how much of a helping hand users need from their text editors and comm...
04:04 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Why 536 Was 'the Worst Year To Be Alive'
Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: "536." Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 m...
03:25 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Intel and MediaTek Partner on 5G Laptops for 2021
Taiwan's MediaTek has announced a partnership with U.S. chipmaking giant Intel to supply future Intel-powered PCs with fifth-generation networking modems from the start of 2021. From a report: The agr...
02:45 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Uber Loses License To Operate in London, One of Its Biggest Markets
Uber has lost its license to operate in London, one of its biggest markets globally, with a local transport regulator reaffirming a previous claim that Uber is not a "fit and proper" operator. From a ...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Web Creator Tim Berners-Lee Launches Plan To 'Fix' the Internet
Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, is officially launching his plan to "fix" the internet. From a report: The World Wide Web Foundation, a non-profit campaign group set up by Berners-...
11:34 am - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Analysts, Gamers, and Blade Runner's Artistic Director React To The Look of Tesla's Cybertruck
Syd Mead, the artistic director on Blade Runner says Tesla's new Cybertruck "has completely changed the vocabulary of the personal truck market design." Or, for another perspective, "Tesla's Cybertruc...
08:34 am - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla's Annual Buyer's Guide Rates Amazon and Google Security Cameras 'Very Creepy'
"Be Smart. Shop Safe," warns Mozilla's annual buyer's guide for secure connected products. Based on their conversations with developers and dozens of privacy experts, they've awarded smiley faces with...
04:59 am - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Jeff Bezos' Plan to Save Earth? 'Move All Heavy Industry into Space'
The world's richest man made some interesting remarks Saturday when he became one of eight inductees into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame for founding the spaceflight services company B...
03:04 am - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Price of Bitcoin Plummets Below 'Psychological' $7,000 Level After China Promises Crackdown
Friday Forbes wrote that price of Bitcoin had dropped 10% over the previous 24 hours, dipping below the "psychological" $7,000 level. That's after starting the week at over $8,000, and less than a mon...
01:07 am - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Do AI Deserve the Same Rights as Animals?
The digital magazine Aeon published a thought-provoking proposal this spring from a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside and an assistant professor of philosophy at Bosto...
12:09 am - Mon, November 25, 2019
Slashdot Geeks Successfully Transport a 50-Year-Old IBM Mainframe to Former UK Top Secret Mi6 Base
In April Slashdot reader Adam Bradley won an eBay auction for an IBM 360 mainframe computer. Then he began blogging "the saga that unfurled" in transporting it from an abandoned building in Germany to...
10:34 pm - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Introducing Mosquitos Infected with Bacterium Reduced Dengue Fever Cases By 75%
Last year nearly 400 million people experienced Dengue fever, according to All Things Considered. (Just Brazil alone had more than 2 million cases.) But The World Mosquito Project is trying an interes...
09:34 pm - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot New Tracking Prevention in Microsoft's Edge Will Hit Google the Hardest
Microsoft's Edge browser is built on the same open source code as Google Chrome. But Ed Bott, writing for ZDNet, noticed something interesting:On January 15, 2020, Microsoft is scheduled to roll out a...
08:34 pm - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot NextCloud Linux Servers Targetted by NextCry Ransomware
b-dayyy quotes Linux Security:A new and particularly troublesome ransomware variant has been identified in the wild. Dubbed NextCry, this nasty strain of ransomware encrypts data on NextCloud Linux se...
07:34 pm - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Can You Use Modern Displays With Vintage Computing Hardware?
Long-time Slashdot reader 50000BTU_barbecue likes using vintage computers from the 1980s and early 1990s -- " real hardware with all the weirdness that goes with it." But what do you do for a monitor?...
06:34 pm - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Tesla's Cybertruck Will Have Solar Charging Options
An anonymous reader quotes CNET's Roadshow:The Tesla Cybertruck will have a solar charging option that can extend its driving range 15 miles a day, Chief Executive Elon Musk said Friday. On top of tha...
05:34 pm - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Police Can Keep Ring Camera Video Forever, and Share With Whomever They'd Like
schwit1 shared this new from the Washington Post:Police officers who download videos captured by homeowners' Ring doorbell cameras can keep them forever and share them with whomever they'd like withou...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Releases a List of Deprecated Windows 10 Features
Long-time Slashdot reader Ammalgam is the founder and editor of a Microsoft cloud news site called The Redmond Cloud. He writes:In a recent document, Microsoft outlines a whole bunch of features in Wi...
03:34 pm - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Safari Cracked In China's White-Hat Hacker Competition
An anonymous reader quotes the International Business Times:At the recent Tianfu cup held in Chengdu, China, Chinese China's top white-hat hackers have converged to test zero-days against top software...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Silicon Valley's Newest Health Fad: Dopamine Fasting
"They have done biohacking, clean sleeping and the keto diet, but now Silicon Valley types have coined a new health trend -- dopamine fasting," reports the Guardian:It is thought that depriving yourse...
11:34 am - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are We Teaching Children The Wrong Way To Read?
Slashdot reader Thelasko says his oldest child made some "interesting" statements when they came home from first grade:One particular phrase that bothers me is, "I can read pictures." Recently, I hear...
08:34 am - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot What Tech Skills Do Employers Want? SQL, Java, Python, and AWS
"What tech skills do U.S. employers want? Researchers at job search site Indeed took a deep dive into its database to answer that question," reports IEEE Spectrum:[A]t least for now, expertise in SQL ...
04:34 am - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Japanese Hotel Room Costs $1 a Night -- If You'll Livestream Yourself
"Guests coming to Asahi Ryokan have the option to pay just ¥100 (about $1) per night to stay the night -- if they agree to have their entire stay livestreamed," reports CNN:[T]here are restriction...
02:34 am - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot Brian Kantor, Internet and AMPRNet Pioneer, WB6CYT, SK, Dies
Jeff Archambeault (Slashdot reader #41,488) writes:Amateur Radio and computing worlds mourn the death of another pioneer. From Phil Karn, KA9Q on the the 44Net mailing list: I have very sad news. My g...
12:34 am - Sun, November 24, 2019
Slashdot An Alarming Discovery In an Astronaut's Bloodstream
Thelasko shared this article from the Atlantic about a surprising medical observation on the International Space Station: An astronaut was carrying out an ultrasound on their own body as part of a new...
11:34 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot A Real-Life Tesla Study Shows Durability of EV Batteries
Slashdot reader Rutabaga8 is the CEO of a web site conducting in-depth research on personal finance topics. They recently contacted Slashdot to share "some surprising results" from their analysis of a...
10:34 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Hungarian Scientists May Have Found a Fifth Force of Nature
PolygamousRanchKid brings this news from CNN:Physics centers essentially on four forces that control our known, visible universe, governing everything from the production of heat in the sun to the way...
09:34 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot A Blind Man Sees His Birthday Candles Again, Thanks To a Bionic Eye and a Brain Implant
peterthegreat321 shares this story from Medium's new tech site, OneZero about Second Sight's experimental brain implant that offers a kind of artificial vision:From the outside, the Orion looks like a...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Slack's Response to New Microsoft Teams Ad? 'Ok Boomer'
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider:Slack tweeted a video on Thursday comparing a Slack ad and a Microsoft ad, showing the similarities between them and implying the Microsoft ad copied Slack'...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot What Caused Uber's Fatal 2018 Crash? NTSB Reveals Its Findings
This week America's National Transportation Safety Board presented its findings on the fatal 2018 crash of a Uber test robocar with a pedestrian in Arizona. Forbes reports:The NTSB's final determinati...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot New Linux/Windows Malware Allows Arbitrary Execution of Shell Commands
"Researchers have discovered a new multi-platform backdoor that infects Windows and Linux systems allowing the attackers to run malicious code and binaries on the compromised machines," reports Bleepi...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot EFF Challenges Ring's Spokesperson Shaq To A Discussion About Police Surveillance
Shaq O'Neal was one of the greatest players in basketball history. But as a spokesperson for Amazon's Ring security cameras, the EFF also calls him the "one man at Ring who might listen to reason," ch...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Does SpaceX's Starlink Project Pose an Existential Threat to Astronomy?
Earlier this week Forbes reported on two Chilean astronomers "expecting to see images of distant stars and galaxies. Instead, they saw a train of SpaceX satellites crossing the night sky, a worrying s...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Teams With Microsoft On Visual Studio Code's Remote Extensions
A new Facebook blog post explains the company doesn't mandate one development environment internally. "Some developers use vim. Some use Emacs. And even more engineers use our internal, unified develo...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Defecting Chinese Spy Offers Information Trove To Australian Government
schwit1 shares a report from The Age, a daily newspaper published in Australia: A Chinese spy has risked his life to defect to Australia and is now offering a trove of unprecedented inside intelligenc...
10:00 am - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Volkswagen Axes All Non-Electric Racing Programs Worldwide
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Drive: Volkswagen announced Friday that it will discontinue all of its motorsport activities outside of electric vehicles. The Volkswagen factory will no l...
07:00 am - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Alphabet's Loon Balloons Will Provide Internet To Remote Parts of the Amazon Next Year
Yesterday, Alphabet's Loon announced that it has signed a new commercial agreement with Internet Para Todos Peru to provide mobile internet connectivity to parts of the Amazon rainforest in Peru start...
03:30 am - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Have Finally Seen Traces of the Long-Sought 'Axion' Particle
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Live Science: Scientists have finally found traces of the axion, an elusive particle that rarely interacts with normal matter. The axion was first predicted over 40 ye...
02:02 am - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Why the Electric-Car Revolution May Take a Lot Longer Than Expected
New submitter magzteel shares a report from MIT Technology Review: A new report from the MIT Energy Initiative warns that EVs may never reach the same sticker price so long as they rely on lithium-ion...
02:02 am - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Court Rules Apple Doesn't Owe Patent Troll $503 Million
An appeals court ruled that Apple doesn't have to pay $503 million to VirnetX, a company often accused of being a patent troll. The court didn't reverse the original patent-infringement decision thoug...
01:25 am - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot NYC Creates a High-Level Position To Oversee Ethics In AI
New York City has created a position primarily to ensure that there are no biases in AI and other algorithms. Engadget reports: Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued an executive order creating a position f...
12:45 am - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Anonymous Hacker Gets Six Years In Prison For DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: An Ohio man was sentenced last month to six years in prison for a series of DDoS attacks against websites for the city of Akron, Ohio, and the Akron pol...
12:02 am - Sat, November 23, 2019
Slashdot Federal Court Approves First 'Pirate' Site Blockade In Canada
A group of major broadcasters and telco giants, including Rogers and Bell, have obtained the first Canadian pirate site blocking order. TorrentFreak reports: Last year, a coalition of copyright holder...
11:20 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot OnePlus Notifies Customers of Data Breach Impacting Users of Its Online Store
OnePlus has sent out an email informing recent OnePlus customers of a security issue. "This 'Security Notification' from OnePlus informs customers that an 'unauthorized party' was able to access order...
10:45 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot DOD Joins Fight Against 5G Spectrum Proposal, Citing Risks To GPS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Department of Defense has weighed in against a proposal before the Federal Communications Commission to open the 1 to 2 Gigahertz frequency r...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Sacha Baron Cohen Gave the Greatest Speech on Why Social Networks Need To Be Put On Check
For an actor who made a career by playing silly characters, actor Sacha Baron Cohen gave yesterday one of the most eloquent and convincing speeches in a long time in support of cracking down on large ...
09:22 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Built a Facial Recognition App That Let Employees Identify People By Pointing a Phone at Them
Facebook once built an internal app that let employees identify people using facial recognition and their phone cameras, Business Insider reported Friday. From the report: The app, which was developed...
08:45 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot 1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: For well over a decade, identity thieves, phishers, and other online scammers have created a black market of stolen and aggregated consumer data that they used to break into ...
08:10 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot FCC Bars Huawei, ZTE From Billions in Federal Subsidies
The US Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted to bar use of its $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund to purchase equipment and services from Huawei and ZTE. The government fund is use...
07:30 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa
In the search for life in our solar system, Mars tends to steal the spotlight. But in recent years Jupiter's fourth largest moon, Europa, has emerged as a promising extraterrestrial nursery. Planetary...
06:50 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Promises Low-Band 5G for 5 Cities in Weeks, 15 by Early 2020
Normally, major 5G network expansion news has been exciting enough for carriers to announce first thing in the morning, but AT&T just continued its already confusing 5G story by revealing a big ch...
06:11 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Gets Export License To Sell To Huawei
hackingbear writes: Microsoft has been granted a license to export [mass market] software to Huawei once again. The software giant was caught up in a long line of US-based technology companies that ha...
05:21 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot How Lax Oversight Of Electronic Health Records Puts Patients At Risk
Plans to ensure patient safety as the nation transitioned to electronic health records have yet to come to fruition a decade later, according to a new report. From an investigation: In fall 2009, seve...
04:42 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Will Finally Let Users Disable SMS as Default 2FA Method
Twitter says users will finally be able to disable SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA) for their accounts, and use an alternative method only, such as a mobile one-time code (OTP) authenticator ...
04:02 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot 'The Ducks Have Won': French Court Says They May Keep on Quacking
The ducks on a small French smallholding may carry on quacking, a French court ruled this week, rejecting a neighbor's complaint that the birds' racket was making their life a misery. From a report: T...
03:21 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook: China Really Hasn't Pressured Us.
hackingbear writes: In a talk with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed Apple's investment in the United States, his relationship with President Trump, China and more. When asked if there was a line...
02:41 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot One-Third of Tropical African Plant Species at Risk of Extinction
A third of plant species in tropical Africa are threatened with extinction, a new study suggests. Plants are crucial to many ecosystems and life in general, providing food and oxygen, as well as being...
02:01 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Oxford Dictionaries Declares 'Climate Emergency' the Word of 2019
Oxford Dictionaries has declared "climate emergency" the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a "greater immediacy" in the way we talk about ...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Hour of Code Plans Include 'Coding Labs' For 3-Year-Olds
theodp writes: This week, Apple unveiled its Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week plans which, predictably, call for the nation's kids to learn coding the Apple way (vs. the Google, Micros...
09:00 am - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Bold Space Mission To Bring Back Rocks From Mars Takes Shape
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: In just over 1 decade, a small capsule shaped like a flying saucer could blaze in from space and smash into an empty Utah desert. Its payload would ...
05:00 am - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Unveils 'Cybertruck' Electric Pickup Truck
At an event in Los Angeles, California, Elon Musk unveiled the company's first electric pickup truck, called the Cybertruck. The design is unlike any other vehicle on the road today, consisting of a s...
03:30 am - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Finland Has an App Showing Shopping's True Carbon Footprint
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Unlike other carbon-footprint calculators already on the market, the application developed by Enfuce Financial Services Oy, a Finnish payment servic...
02:02 am - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Can Now Identify Someone From a Single Strand of Hair
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: A new forensic technique could have criminals -- and some prosecutors -- tearing their hair out: Researchers have developed a method they say can id...
01:25 am - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Police Can't Force You To Tell Them Your Password
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a forceful opinion today holding that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution pr...
12:45 am - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Russia Bans Sale of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software
Russia has passed a law banning the sale of certain devices that are not pre-installed with Russian software. The BBC reports: The law will come into force in July 2020 and cover smartphones, computer...
12:20 am - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Terminating Google Cloud Print
Google has announced that Cloud Print, its cloud-based printing solution, is being retired at the end of next year. 9to5Google reports: The announcement comes in the form of a support document for Clo...
12:02 am - Fri, November 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple Pulls All Customer Reviews From Online Apple Store
Apple has removed the "Ratings & Reviews" section from all product pages on its website. The changes were apparently made between November 16 and 17, and it's "currently unclear what has prompted ...
11:40 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile Reveals Data Breach Affecting Prepaid Customers
T-Mobile says it has suffered a data breach affecting some prepaid customers. No financial data, social security numbers, or passwords were accessed, but information associated with users' prepaid wir...
11:20 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot UK Gambling Machines Loaded With AI 'Cool Off' System
Every gambling machine in the UK's betting shops is being updated with software designed to detect and prevent problematic behaviour in players. From a report: The system locks gamblers out of machine...
10:40 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Half Life Alyx Hits PC VR Headsets In March 2020
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After a tease earlier this week, Valve has revealed more details and a new trailer for the first new Half-Life content in over a decade. The "ful...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Google Shakes Up Its 'TGIF' -- and Ends Its Culture of Openness
"It's not working in its current form," Google CEO Sundar Pichai said of what was once the hallmark of Google culture. In 2020, he declared, the meetings would be limited to once a month, and they wou...
09:20 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Says It Will Let All Users Hide Replies To Tweets
Twitter said it will start letting all users hide replies to the tweets they send, an effort to improve the health of discussions and interactions on the service. From a report: The company has been t...
08:39 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot One Reason the US Military Can't Fix Its Own Equipment
Manufacturers can prevent the Department of Defense from repairing certain equipment, which puts members of the military at risk. Elle Ekman, a logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps, wri...
08:01 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Google Will Pay Bug Hunters Up To $1.5M if They Can Hack Its Titan M Chip
Google announced today that it is willing to dish out bug bounty cash rewards of up to $1.5 million if security researchers find and report bugs in the Android operating system that can also compromis...
06:21 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot WeWork To Lay Off 2,400 Employees in SoftBank Revamp
WeWork said on Thursday it is laying off around 2,400 employees globally, as the office-sharing company seeks to drastically cut costs and stabilize its business after it transformed from a Wall Stree...
06:02 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Inside Apple's iPhone Software Shakeup After Buggy iOS 13 Debut
Apple is overhauling how it tests software after a swarm of bugs marred the latest iPhone and iPad operating systems, Bloomberg reported Thursday. From the report: Software chief Craig Federighi and l...
05:30 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Inside Apple's iPhone Software Shakeup After Buggy iOS 13 Debut
Apple is overhauling how it tests software after a swarm of bugs marred the latest iPhone and iPad operating systems, Bloomberg reported Thursday. From the report: Software chief Craig Federighi and l...
04:41 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Bill Gates Says Open Research Beats Erecting Borders in AI
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates spoke out against protectionism in technological research around topics like artificial intelligence, arguing that open systems will inevitably win out over closed ones...
04:01 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Uber Embraces Videotaping Rides, Raising Privacy Concerns
For several months, some Uber passengers in Texas have been recorded on video as they have been driven to their destinations. The video has been stored online and could have been reviewed by members o...
03:21 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot No, That Mac Factory in Texas Is Not New
President Trump on Wednesday toured a Texas plant that makes high-end Apple computers, chatting with Apple's chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, and accepting a plate with the words "Assembled in USA." ...
02:40 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Apple Locks Top Secret-Spiller Out of His Developer Account
Guilherme Rambo, one of the top Apple secret-spillers, says Apple locked him out of his developer account, preventing him from accessing critical tools needed to create and update iOS and Mac apps. Fr...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot This 'Robot Lawyer' Can Take the Mystery Out of License Agreements
DoNotPay, the "robot lawyer" service that helps you contest parking tickets and even sue people, is launching a new tool to help customers understand license agreements. From a report: Called "Do Not ...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Vertebrates Became Predators By Tweaking the Neural Crest
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Caltech scientists have discovered that a population of embryonic stem cells called neural crest cells may help explain how vertebrates progressively...
10:00 am - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Ride-Hailing Apps Have Allowed More Binging and Increased Demand For Bartenders
A study published last week analyzed ridesharing's effects on binge drinking and found that it increased heavy drinking by around 20% and increased employment at bars and restaurants by an average of ...
07:00 am - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot A Mysterious Burst of Energy In Space Has Smashed Records
For the first time, astrophysicists have observed a cosmic explosion emit particles that are a trillion times more energetic than visible light, a record-setting measurement from a phenomenon that sci...
03:30 am - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Ayahuasca Alters Brain Waves To Produce Waking Dream-Like State, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: People under the influence of a psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca frequently experience vivid visual and aural hallucinations and also report f...
02:50 am - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Google To Limit Targeting of Political Ads
Google said on Wednesday that it will stop giving advertisers the ability to target election ads using data such as public voter records and general political affiliations. Reuters reports: Google sai...
02:10 am - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot System76 Will Start Designing and Building Its Own Linux Laptops Beginning January 2020
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: Denver-based PC manufacturer and Pop!_OS Linux developer System76 plans to follow-up its custom Thelio desktop PC with an in-house laptop beginning nex...
01:30 am - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Teach Inventing To Kids?
dryriver writes: Everybody seems to think these days that kids desperately need to learn how to code when they turn six years old. But this ignores a glaring fact -- the biggest shortage in the future...
12:50 am - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX's Prototype Starship Rocket Partially Bursts During Testing In Texas
A test version of SpaceX's next-generation rocket, Starship, partially burst apart during ground tests in Texas today, erupting plumes of gas and sending some pieces of hardware soaring into the sky. ...
12:10 am - Thu, November 21, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Cloud Gaming Service Could Arrive Next Year With Twitch Integration
According to CNET, Amazon is planning to announce a cloud gaming service next year, and it may offer integration with Twitch and its other services. From the report: It's begun recruiting people from ...
11:30 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Uber To Allow Audio Recording of Rides, Aiming To Launch Feature In US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Associated Press: Uber will allow passengers and drivers in Brazil and Mexico to record audio of their rides as it attempts to improve its safety record an...
10:50 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot PayPal To Acquire Shopping and Rewards Program Honey For $4 Billion
PayPal announced today it has agreed to acquire Honey Science Corporation, the makers of a deal-finding browser add-on and mobile application, for $4 billion, mostly cash. TechCrunch reports: The acqu...
10:10 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Amazon and Code.org Tap Lil Nas X and Katy Perry To Teach Children To Code
theodp writes: To help Prince Charles quickly learn the Welsh Language, viewers of The Crown learned this week, Labour prime minster Harold Wilson engaged Welsh nationalist Dr. Edward "Tedi" Millward ...
09:31 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Google Earth Gets Content Creation Tools For Geography-Focused Presentations
Google Earth is getting a new content creation feature set. From a report: You'll now be able to make presentations using Google's vast 3D Earth imagery and point-of-interest information. It's sort of...
08:51 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Humans Placed in Suspended Animation For the First Time
Doctors have placed humans in suspended animation for the first time, as part of a trial in the US that aims to make it possible to fix traumatic injuries that would otherwise cause death. From a repo...
08:11 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Testing Gmail Integration in Outlook.com
Microsoft seems to be testing a new feature that lets users add Google services to their Outlook accounts. From a report: If available on your account, you should see a pop-up that says, "Add your Goo...
07:30 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Senators Press Amazon For Answers On Ring's Sloppy Security Practices
New submitter BeerF writes: This past year has been chock full of uncomfortable revelations about Ring, the surveillance social network and home security hardware company acquired by Amazon for a repo...
06:51 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Ctrl-labs CEO: We'll Have Neural Interfaces In Less Than 5 Years
An anonymous reader writes: It can be a bit difficult to wrap your brain around what exactly neural interface startup Ctrl-labs is doing with technology. That's ironic, given that Ctrl-labs wants to l...
06:12 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Warn That Your Political Ideology May Affect Job Offers
dcblogs writes: Employees are discussing national politics in the workplace now more than ever, according to two new surveys. Politics has been on the rise since the 2016 election. But political leani...
05:32 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Google Wants Android To Use Regular Linux Kernel
Android is built on top of the Linux kernel, but it has always used a heavily-modified version with changes from OEMs, chip manufacturers like Qualcomm and MediaTek, and Google. There have been effort...
04:53 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot 'Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is a Coward'
The streaming service is happy to pretend it's a moral force bringing the power of documentary filmmaking to new markets. Until that becomes inconvenient. The Outline: This past January, at the reques...
04:15 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Apple Tells Congress It Hasn't Been Profiting From Repairs in Response To Antitrust Probe
As part of an antitrust probe, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Apple in September with questions about its policies for the App Store, product repairs, and more. Apple has since re...
03:40 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot New York State Attorney General Investigating WeWork
The New York State Attorney General (NYAG) is investigating WeWork, Reuters is reporting, citing people familiar with the matter, adding to a mounting series of problems that have turned the workspace...
03:30 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot New York State Attorney General Investigating WeWork
The New York State Attorney General (NYAG) is investigating WeWork, Reuters is reporting, citing people familiar with the matter, adding to a mounting series of problems that have turned the workspace...
03:10 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Zero-Commission Trading is Coming To Crypto
Zero-fee trading first came to exchanged-traded funds and then to online stock and option transactions. Now the strategy is spreading into the cryptocurrency sphere. From a report: Seen as the most pr...
02:50 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Zero-Commission Trading is Coming To Crypto
Zero-fee trading first came to exchanged-traded funds and then to online stock and option transactions. Now the strategy is spreading into the cryptocurrency sphere. From a report: Seen as the most pr...
02:35 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Planning To Open Cashierless Supermarkets Next Year
Amazon.com is preparing to open Amazon Go supermarkets and pop-up stores, an expansion of the company's cashierless ambitions that includes the possibility of licensing the technology to other retaile...
02:10 pm - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Planning To Open Cashierless Supermarkets Next Year
Amazon.com is preparing to open Amazon Go supermarkets and pop-up stores, an expansion of the company's cashierless ambitions that includes the possibility of licensing the technology to other retaile...
10:00 am - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot EverQuest and Pantheon Developer Brad McQuaid Has Died
Brad McQuaid, best known as a formative hand in the creation of EverQuest, has passed away at the age of 51. From a report: McQuaid's death was reported by the official Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Tw...
07:00 am - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Password Data For About 2.2 Million Users of Currency, Gaming Sites Dumped Online
Password data and other personal information belonging to as many as 2.2 million users of two websites -- one a cryptocurrency wallet service and the other a gaming bot provider -- have been posted on...
03:30 am - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Justice Department To Abolish Movie Distribution Rules Dating To 1949
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Justice Department said on Monday that it planned to overturn antitrust-related movie distribution rules from the early days of Hollywo...
02:10 am - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot FCC Chairman Wants Public Auction To Repurpose Satellite Bands For 5G
Chairman Ajit Pai is pressing for a public auction of wireless frequencies in the C-band spectrum (the 4GHz to 8GHz range often used by satellite companies) for the sake of 5G service. Engadget report...
01:50 am - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Valve Announces Half-Life: Alyx, Its First Flagship VR Game
Yesterday, Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, the first new game in the acclaimed Half-Life series in well over a decade. And unlike the previous Half-Life installments, this game will be playable exclu...
01:30 am - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Happened To Holographic Data Storage?
dryriver writes: In an episode of the BBC's Tomorrow's World broadcasted all the way back in 1984, a presenter shows hands-on how a laser hologram of a real-world object can be recorded onto a transpa...
12:50 am - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Senator Introduces Bill That Would Block US Companies From Storing Data In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Monday introduced a bill that would curtail the flow of sensitive information about people in the U.S. to China through l...
12:10 am - Wed, November 20, 2019
Slashdot Disney Fans Without Answers After Thousands Hacked
Many Disney+ users who have had their accounts stolen and put up for sale on the dark web say that Disney has yet to sort their problems. The firm says it does not believe its systems have been compro...
11:30 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Putting An Algorithmic Audio News Feed On Its Assistant
Google is adding an algorithmically determined news feed to its Google Assistant via a new service it's calling "Your News Update." The Verge reports: Google uses the information it has learned about ...
10:50 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Cops Put GPS Tracker On Man's Car, Charge Him With Theft For Removing It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled that it's illegal for the police to attach a GPS tracking device to someone's car without a warrant. But...
10:10 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Senators Ask Zuckerberg To Explain Why Facebook Still Tracks Users' Location Even When They Have Asked it Not To
Two senators are asking Facebook to "respect" users' decisions to keep their location data from the company. From a report: In a letter sent Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-D...
09:30 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot The Flat-Earth Conspiracy Continues To Spread Around the Globe
An anonymous reader shares a report: "I don't want to be a flat Earther," David Weiss says, his voice weary as he reflects on his personal awakening. "Would you wake up in the morning and want everyon...
08:50 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Xiaomi Integrates Earthquake Alert System Into MIUI OS
Xiaomi today unveiled a new iteration of its virtual assistant Xiao Ai and shared a new feature of Android-based MIUI operating system as the publicly listed Chinese technology group pushes to expand ...
08:10 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Antivirus Vendors and Non-Profits Join To Form 'Coalition Against Stalkerware'
Ten organizations today announced the creation of the Coalition Against Stalkerware, the first global initiative of its kind, with the sole purpose of fighting against stalkerware. From a report: Also...
07:10 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Secretive Energy Startup Backed By Bill Gates Achieves Solar Breakthrough
A secretive startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a solar breakthrough aimed at saving the planet. From a report: Heliogen, a clean energy company that emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday, said i...
06:50 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Google and Samsung Fix Android Spying Flaw. Other Makers May Still Be Vulnerable
Until recently, weaknesses in Android camera apps from Google and Samsung made it possible for rogue apps to record video and audio and take images and then upload them to an attacker-controlled serve...
06:10 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot People Are Having Sex With 3D Avatars of Their Exes and Celebrities
samleecole writes: Using a photograph to algorithmically generate a person's face and some 3D-rendered body parts, anyone can make a realistic avatar of someone who is walking around in real life. Imp...
05:30 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Google Stadia Review: Gaming's Streaming Future Isn't Here Yet
Scott Stein, reviews Google Stadia cloud gaming service for CNET: Stadia's launch day was earlier this week... sort of. Really, consider this the start of Stadia's early-access beta period. Because Go...
04:50 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Watchmen Creator Alan Moore: Modern Superhero Culture is Embarrassing
Is it embarrassing for adults to like superheroes? According to Alan Moore -- creator of the Watchmen series and widely considered one of the greatest comic book writers -- it is. From a report: He sa...
04:11 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Some Fitbit Users Say They're Getting Rid of the Devices Because They Don't Trust Google
The trend of people throwing or threatening to throw out their Fitbit devices comes as Google faces a perception problem that has spanned everyday users and regulators alike. From a report: The compan...
03:27 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot India Says Law Permits Agencies To Snoop on Citizens' Devices
The Indian government said on Tuesday that it is "empowered" to intercept, monitor, or decrypt any digital communication "generated, transmitted, received, or stored" on a citizen's device in the coun...
02:44 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Teams Hits 20M Daily Users, Up 50% in 4 Months
Microsoft Teams now has more than 20 million daily active users, a 50% spike in four months that puts the tool well ahead of its chief rival Slack. From a report: Microsoft revealed the number of Team...
02:03 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Investigation
Sweden has dropped an investigation into a rape allegation made against Julian Assange. From a report: The deputy chief prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson, told a news conference: "I want to inform about m...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Why Office Noise Bothers Some People More Than Others
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via the BBC: According to a 2015 survey of the most annoying office noises by Avanta Serviced Office Group, conversations were rated the most vexing...
10:00 am - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot MIT Teaches Autonomous Cars How To Deal With Selfish Drivers
Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have devised a system that can predict what different cars will do by determining how selfish or selfless a driver ...
07:00 am - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot China Now Launches More Rockets Than Anyone In the World
Last year, China set a goal of 35 orbital launches and ended up with 39 launch attempts. "This year, China is set to pace the world again," reports Ars Technica. "Through Sunday, the country has launc...
03:30 am - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot 'Royalty-Free' Music Supplied By YouTube Results In Mass Video Demonetization
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: A YouTuber who used a royalty-free track supplied by YouTube itself has had all of his videos copyright claimed by companies including SonyATV an...
01:50 am - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Woman Who Inherited Huntington's Disease Sues Doctors
AmiMoJo writes: A woman is suing a London NHS trust for not revealing her father had been diagnosed with Huntington's disease before she had her own child. She only discovered he carried the gene for ...
01:10 am - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Intel Unveils 7nm Ponte Vecchio GPU Architecture For Supercomputers and AI
MojoKid writes: Intel has unveiled its first discrete GPU solution that will hit the market in 2020, code name Ponte Vecchio. Based on 7nm silicon manufacturing and stack chiplet design with Intel's F...
12:30 am - Tue, November 19, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Publishes 2TB of Data From Cayman National Bank
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Sunday, Motherboard reported that the hacker or hackers known as Phineas Fisher targeted a bank, stole money and documents, and is offering oth...
11:50 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Ford Introduces Mustang Mach-E Electric Crossover
140Mandak262Jamuna writes: Battery electric vehicle (BEV) fans are all excited about the introduction of an all-electric SUV by Ford. Specs and pricing are very similar to Tesla. Interior also is very...
11:10 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot The World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds Than Ever With Linux
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: In the latest Top 500 supercomputer ratings, the average speed of these Linux-powered racers is now an astonishing 1.14 petaflops. The fastest of the fa...
10:30 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot John Legere To Step Down As T-Mobile CEO Next Year
T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert will succeed John Legere as CEO on May 1, 2020, the company announced Monday. CNBC reports: Sievert has been the heir apparent as Legere was expected to step do...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Apple Announces Special App-Focused Event For December 2nd
Apple is holding a special event on December 2nd to highlight its favorite apps and games of 2019. The live event will take place in New York City. 9to5Mac reports: Invites went out this afternoon for...
09:45 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Maps Tests a Social Networking Feature
Google Maps will soon begin testing a new feature that's more common to social networks like Facebook, rather than a maps app: the ability to find and follow other users. From a report: In Google Maps...
09:08 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot The Men Who Try to Hack Tinder To Score Hotter Women
Aggrieved that their matches aren't "quality" enough, some men share techniques to cheat the dating app's algorithm and raise their status. An anonymous reader shares a report: Like most apps that hav...
08:19 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Juul Sued by California for Marketing E-Cigarettes To Teens
Juul Labs was sued by California for allegedly targeting teenagers with ads for its e-cigarettes, after a series of lawsuits filed by schools, parents and others against the market leader as deaths an...
07:39 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Plan To Support DoH In Windows
New submitter Shad0wz writes: Microsoft's Core Network team just announced they plan on supporting DoH in the Windows resolver. In the blog post, the company writes: Providing encrypted DNS support wi...
07:00 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot New York City Ride-Hailing Upstart Juno Shuts Down
Juno, an upstart ride-hailing company in New York City, is shutting down as part of a new partnership between parent company Gett and Lyft. From a report: Gett's corporate customers will now be able t...
06:10 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot US Firms Get 90-Day Extension To Work With Huawei On Rural Networks
The Trump administration is giving American companies another three months to do business with the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, the Commerce Department said Monday. From a report: It is the third tim...
05:35 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft: We're Changing All Your Cloud Contracts After Privacy Complaints
Microsoft is rolling out new privacy provisions in its Online Services Terms (OST) contracts for all commercial customers after European privacy regulators began investigating it over potential violat...
04:50 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Intel To Remove Old Drivers and BIOS Updates From Its Site
By Friday this week, Intel plans to remove old drivers and BIOS updates from its official website. From a report: "This download, BIOS Update [BLH6710H.86A] 0163, will no longer be available after Nov...
04:10 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Winds Down Its Bigger Plans for Cortana With Mobile App Shutdown
At Microsoft's Ignite conference this month, the company announced a new vision for its personal productivity assistant, Cortana -- one which aimed to make it more useful in your day-to-day work, incl...
03:22 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook, Google Donate Heavily To Privacy Advocacy Groups
Few companies have more riding on proposed privacy legislation than Alphabet's Google and Facebook. To try to steer the bill their way, the giant advertising technology companies spend millions of dol...
02:43 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot A Black Hole Threw a Star Out of the Milky Way Galaxy
There are fastballs, and then there are cosmic fastballs. Now it seems that the strongest arm in our galaxy might belong to a supermassive black hole that lives smack in the middle of the Milky Way. F...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot 'Sci-fi Makes You Stupid' Study Refuted by Scientists Behind Original Research
The authors of a 2017 study which found that reading science fiction "makes you stupid" have conducted a follow-up that found that it's only bad sci-fi that has this effect: a well-written slice of sc...
12:34 pm - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot College Students Say Ditching Their Smartphones For a Week Changed Their Lives
"They survived!" reports a local CBS news station, revisiting nearly two dozen students at Adelphi University who went a full week without their cell phones.schwit1 shares their report:It was part of ...
08:34 am - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Wind Farms Are Sending Giant Turbine Blades To Landfills
The Associated Press reports that renewable energy companies like MidAmerican Energy face an unexpected problem when they try to replace the giant blades from their wind turbinesLandfill operators tho...
06:39 am - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Germany Makes Measles Vaccinations Compulsory For Children
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Germany's parliament has voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children, with parents who fail to immunize their children facing fines of €2,500 ($2,750...
04:39 am - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Declaring State of Emergency, Samoa Makes Measles Vaccinations Compulsory
"Samoa was finalising plans for a compulsory measles vaccination programme Monday, after declaring a state of emergency as a deadly epidemic sweeps the Pacific nation," reports the International Busin...
02:45 am - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot 'Justice League' Stars Demand Release of Director Zack Snyder's Original Cut
"On the 2-year anniversary of DC and Warner Bros.' Justice League, Wonder Woman and Batman themselves have joined fans' calls for the release of director Zack Snyder's cut of the much-maligned 2017 fi...
12:50 am - Mon, November 18, 2019
Slashdot Why Two Pentesters In Iowa Are Facing A Criminal Investigation and Trespassing Charges
Ars Technica's security editor re-visits the story of two security penetration testers from Coalfire who were arrested one midnight in the county courthouse in Adel, Iowa (population 3,682):"They were...
11:50 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot The Next Graphene? Shiny and Magnetic, a New Form of Pure Carbon Dazzles
sciencehabit quotes Science magazine:A "happy accident" has yielded a new, stable form of pure carbon made from cheap feedstocks, researchers say. Like diamond and graphene, two other guises of carbon...
10:50 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot This Company Is Using Mushrooms To Reduce Plastic Waste
The New York-based biotech startup Ecovative wants to replace plastic with mycelium, the below-ground root-like structure of a mushroom, writes CNN Business. pgmrdlm shared their report:The company sa...
09:41 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Iran Shuts Down Country's Internet In the Wake of Fuel Protests
"Iran, one of the countries most strongly identified with the rise cyber terrorism and malicious hacking, appears now to be using an iron fist to turn on its own," reports TechCrunch:The country has r...
08:34 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Why Firefox Fights for the Future of the Web
"Mozilla is no longer fighting for market share of its browser: it is fighting for the future of the web," writes the Guardian, citing Mozilla Project co-founder Mitchell Baker:Baker's pitch is that o...
07:34 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft To Kids With Chromebooks: No 2019 Minecraft Hour of Code For You!
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes:In years past, Microsoft's wildly popular Minecraft-themed Hour of Code tutorials were browser-based, pretty much allowing schoolchildren to participate regardl...
06:34 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Leaked Russian Interference Report Raises Questions About Brexit, UK Election Security
A report from the U.K. Parliament's intelligence committee concludes that "Russian interference may have had an impact on the Brexit referendum," reports the Times of London, adding that "the effect w...
05:34 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Will Electric Cars Last Longer Than Combustion-Engine Cars?
Long-time Slashdot reader jimminy_cricket shared Qz's report on some of "the highest-mileage Teslas in the world":Few have driven a Tesla to the point at which the vehicle really starts to show its ag...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Researcher Finally Explains Why Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has 'Tiger Stripes'
In 2005, the Cassini space probe orbited Saturn's frozen moon Enceladus to photograph "enormous jets of water ice and vapor emanating from four parallel slashes near its south pole," reports Science. ...
03:34 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Foreigners Visiting China Are Increasingly Stumped By Its Cashless Society
"Technically, it's illegal for Chinese merchants to refuse payment in cash, but this rule is hardly ever enforced," writes BoingBoing, "and China has been sprinting to a cashless society that requires...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot UK's Labor Party Promises Free Fiber Broadband For All, Paid For By Taxing Tech Companies
Only 7% of the U.K. has access to full-fiber broadband, according to the country's telecommunications regulator. But now long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo writes:With a General Election next month the...
11:34 am - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot You Can Now Buy Pretend Food for Your $2,900 Sony Robot Dog
Gizmodo reports that Sony "will happily sell you make-believe virtual meals" for their robotic Aibo dog to unlock tricks, one of several new features added since its re-launch in 2017:The new feature ...
08:34 am - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot 'Doom' Creator John Romero Explains What's Wrong With Today's Shooter Games
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:"Give us more guns!" is a common battle-cry among players of first-person shooters, the videogame industry's bloodiest genre. Doom co-creator John Romero has a ...
04:34 am - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Boeing Fires Its Fuselage-Assembling Robots, Goes Back To Using Humans
schwit1 quotes the Seattle Times:After enduring a manufacturing mess that spanned six years and cost millions of dollars as it implemented a large-scale robotic system for automated assembly of the 77...
02:34 am - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Lessons From the Cyberattack On India's Largest Nuclear Power Plant
Dan Drollette shares an article by two staffers at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. "Indian officials acknowled...
12:59 am - Sun, November 17, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Should You Do If Someone's Trying To Steal Your Identity?
Long-time Slashdot reader shanen "just got the darnedest phone call..."The caller knew my name and the name of a bank that I've done business with, and obviously my phone number, but beyond that I hav...
10:34 pm - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot New Micro 3D Printing Technology Wins Prestigious NZ Engineering Award
Long-time Slashdot reader ClarkMills quotes New Zealand's Innovation Agency:New 3D printing technology creating highly detailed objects, smaller than a strand of human hair, has won the 2019 ENVI Engi...
09:34 pm - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Quantum Computer Made From Photons Achieves New Record
Slashdot reader hackingbear shared this article from Scientific American:In the race to create a quantum computer that can outperform a classical one, a method using particles of light (photons) has t...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot China Covers Up Killing Of Prisoners To Continue Harvesting Organs For Transplant: New Report
"Despite repeated denials, China stands accused of a systematic cover-up to hide the continuing practice of forced organ harvesting and murder," reports Forbes' cybersecurity writer Zak Doffman:The pr...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Thousands of Hacked Disney Accounts Are Already For Sale On Hacking Forums
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Hackers didn't waste any time and have started hijacking Disney+ user accounts hours after the service launched. Many of these accounts are now being offered for free ...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Consumer Reports Restores 'Recommended' Ratings to Both Tesla's Model 3 and Model S
"Consumer Reports has restored its coveted 'recommended' rating to the Tesla Model S and Model 3, because Tesla has made its cars more reliable," reports CNN:"The Tesla Model 3 struggled last year as ...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Something Strange Seems To Be Causing Distant Galaxies To Synchronize
pgmrdlm quotes Futurism:Massive StructuresGalaxies millions of light years away seem to be connected by an unseen network of massive intergalactic structures, which force them to synchronize in ways t...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results
Long-time Slashdot reader walterbyrd shared this report on "arguably the most powerful lines of computer code in the global economy," the Google algorithms that handle 3.8 million queries every single...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Debian Project Drafts General Resolution on Init-System Diversity
Debian "is heading toward a new general resolution to decide at what level init systems other than systemd should be supported," reports LWN.net. "I'm absolutely convinced we've reached a point where ...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Pointless Work Meetings 'Really a Form of Therapy'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Meetings at work should be seen as a form of "therapy" rather than about decision-making, say researchers. Academics from the University of Malmo in S...
11:45 am - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Ancestry Taps AI To Sift Through Millions of Obituaries
Algorithms identified death notices in old newspaper pages, then another set of algorithms pulled names and other key details into a searchable database. From a report: Ancestry used artificial intell...
09:01 am - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot 'Algorithms Are Like Convex Mirrors That Refract Human Biases'
Emil Protalinski, writing for VentureBeat: At the Movethedial Global Summit in Toronto yesterday, I listened intently to a talk titled "No polite fictions: What AI reveals about humanity." Kathryn Hum...
06:30 am - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome Experiment Crashes Browser Tabs, Impacts Companies Worldwide
A Google Chrome experiment has gone horribly wrong this week and ended up crashing browsers on thousands, if not more, enterprise networks for nearly two days. From a report: The issue first appeared ...
04:00 am - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Web Summit Cancels Next Year's Rise, One of Asia's Largest Tech Conferences, Over Tension in Hong Kong
The ongoing tension in Hong Kong between the government and pro-democracy protesters continues to spill into the tech domain. From a report: Rise, which is among the largest tech conferences in Asia, ...
03:30 am - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Most Americans Think They're Being Constantly Tracked, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: More than 60% of Americans think it's impossible to go through daily life without being tracked by companies or the government, accordin...
02:20 am - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot US Workers Show Little Improvement In 21st Century Skills
A new government agency report found that U.S. workers are failing to improve the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly global economy. Bloomberg reports: The National Center for Education Stati...
01:40 am - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Ghost Ships, Crop Circles, and Soft Gold: A GPS Mystery in Shanghai
An anonymous reader shares a report: One night last summer, a ship called the MV Manukai arrived at the port of Shanghai. It would be the American container ship's last stop in China before making its...
01:00 am - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Fuel Cell Drone Makes An Epic Ocean Crossing
Earlier this week, a hydrogen-powered delivery drone managed to make a one-hour, 43-minute ocean crossing. New Atlas reports: The exercise was the result of a collaboration between Texas-based drone d...
12:20 am - Sat, November 16, 2019
Slashdot Germany Forces Apple To Let Other Mobile Wallet Services Use iPhone's NFC Chip
A new German law passed yesterday requires Apple to allow other mobile payments services access to the iPhone's NFC chip for payments to allow them to fully compete with Apple Pay. 9to5Mac reports: Ap...
11:40 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Cancels Weekly All-Hands Meetings Amid Growing Workplace Tensions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Google is getting rid of one of its best-known workplace features: TGIF, its weekly all-hands meeting. The company confirmed to CNBC that it will instead...
11:00 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot White House Unveils Rules Requiring Online Disclosure of Hospital Prices
schwit1 shares a report from The Hill: The Trump administration on Friday unveiled new rules to require increased disclosure of health care prices, in a move officials said would drive down costs by i...
10:20 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot MacBook Pro Teardown Confirms the New Keyboard Is Basically Just the Old, Good Keyboard
iFixit's teardown of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro confirms that the keyboard uses the more reliable scissor-style switches that Apple first introduced in its Magic Keyboards in 2015. The Verge reports:...
09:40 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Supreme Court Will Hear Long-Running Google and Oracle Copyright Lawsuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The Supreme Court said on Friday that it will hear a dispute between tech giants Oracle and Google in a blockbuster case that could lead to billions of d...
09:15 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Hulu Boosts the Price of Its Live-TV Service
Hulu said Friday it will increase the price of its online cable TV alternative product Hulu Live by $10 to $55 a month in what is the latest sign providers are having trouble making money on discounte...
09:00 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Xbox One November Update Arrives With Google Assistant, Gamertag Updates, More
Microsoft's November 2019 update for Xbox One consoles is now headed out to everyone. From a report: After a period of testing with Xbox Insiders, several new features are now rolling out to the publi...
05:23 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Billboards Love Streaming Wars Because That's Where Ads End Up
Streaming services are the hottest thing in entertainment these days. But when it comes to getting the word out about the newest offerings, it's traditional media that often benefits. From a report: A...
04:41 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Disney and 'The Mandalorian' Are Driving People Back To Torrenting
An anonymous reader shares a report: A simple glance at torrent websites shows that plenty of people are stealing from the brand new steaming services -- episodes of The Mandalorian and Dickinson all ...
04:01 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot The Org That Doles Out .Org Websites Just Sold Itself To a For-Profit Company
Today, the Public Interest Registry (PIR), which maintains the .org top-level domain, announced that it will be acquired by Ethos Capital, a private equity firm. From a report: This move will make PIR...
03:41 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Almost Made 100,000 Chest X-rays Public -- Until it Realized Personal Data Could Be Exposed
Two days before Google was set to publicly post more than 100,000 images of human chest X-rays, the tech giant got a call from the National Institutes of Health, which had provided the images: Some of...
03:21 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Almost Made 100,000 Chest X-rays Public -- Until it Realized Personal Data Could Be Exposed
Two days before Google was set to publicly post more than 100,000 images of human chest X-rays, the tech giant got a call from the National Institutes of Health, which had provided the images: Some of...
02:50 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Taiwan Stops Selling Huawei Phones That Identify It as Part of China
Taiwan suspended sales of three Huawei smartphone models that identify Taiwan as part of China, striking a fresh blow in a long-running conflict over references to sovereignty. From a report: Phone ca...
02:42 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Taiwan Stops Selling Huawei Phones That Identify It as Part of China
Taiwan suspended sales of three Huawei smartphone models that identify Taiwan as part of China, striking a fresh blow in a long-running conflict over references to sovereignty. From a report: Phone ca...
02:18 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Remove Vaping Apps From Store
Amid growing health concerns over e-cigarettes, Apple will remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store this morning, Axios reports. From a report: The move comes after at least 42 peo...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Remove Vaping Apps From Store
Amid growing health concerns over e-cigarettes, Apple will remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store this morning, Axios reports. From a report: The move comes after at least 42 peo...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot A Jury of Random People Can Do Wonders For Facebook
Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of Harvard's Berkman Klein Center, writes about how and why Facebook might take inspiration from the U.S. jury system in reviewing the truth value of political ads. An an...
10:00 am - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Irreversibly Split Photons By Freezing Them In a Bose-Einstein Condensate
Physicists from the University of Bonn and the University of Cologne have succeeded in cooling photons down to a Bose-Einstein condensate, causing the light to collect in optical "valleys" from which ...
07:00 am - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot The Black Death Plague Just Reappeared In China
At least two people in China are under close observation and are receiving treatment for infections of the same plague that devastated Europe in the mid-1300s. The two confirmed cases originated in no...
03:30 am - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Andrew Yang Wants To Tax Digital Ads, Launch a New Algorithm Regulator
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: On Thursday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang put out a sweeping new tech policy proposal with a number of controversial proposals...
01:25 am - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Appeals Pentagon's Choice of Microsoft For $10 Billion Cloud Contract
Amazon is going into battle with the Pentagon over a massive military tech contract awarded to Microsoft. Amazon cited "unmistakable bias" as it prepares to protest the selection in federal court. NPR...
12:45 am - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Uber Hit With $650 Million Employment Tax Bill In New Jersey
New Jersey's labor department says Uber owes the state about $650 million in unemployment and disability insurance taxes because the rideshare company has been misclassifying drivers as independent co...
12:02 am - Fri, November 15, 2019
Slashdot Wikipedia's Co-Founder Takes On Facebook With Ad-Free Social Network
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has launched a social network called WT:Social. It has no financial association with Wikipedia and operates on donations, not advertising. The Next Web reports: WT:Soc...
11:20 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Tests Crewed Dragon Launch Abort Engines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ExtremeTech: SpaceX has cleared a major hurdle on the way to launching manned missions with its Dragon spacecraft. The company had to push back its launch plan...
10:40 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Over 50 Games To xCloud Preview, Plans Launch For 2020
Microsoft has added more than 50 new games to the preview of its Project xCloud game streaming service, including Devil May Cry 5, Tekken 7 and Madden 2020. Engadget reports: In a blog post today, Mic...
10:00 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot AMD Launches 16-Core Ryzen 9 3950X At $750, Beating Intel's $2K 18-Core Chip
MojoKid writes: AMD officially launched its latest many-core Zen 2-based processor today, a 16-core/32-thread beast known as the Ryzen 9 3950X. The Ryzen 9 3950X goes head-to-head against Intel's HEDT...
09:20 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot FCC Sued By Dozens of Cities After Voting To Kill Local Fees and Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission faces a legal battle against dozens of cities from across the United States, which sued the FCC to stop an ...
06:53 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Over Half of Fortune 500 Exposed To Remote Access Hacking
Over a two-week period, the computer networks at more than half of the Fortune 500 left a remote access protocol dangerously exposed to the internet, something many experts warn should never happen, a...
06:15 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Google's Rollout of RCS Chat for all Android Users in the US Begins Today
Google is announcing that today, a year and a half after it first unveiled RCS chat as Android's primary texting platform, it is actually making RCS chat Android's primary texting platform. That's bec...
05:30 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot The USPTO Wants To Know if Artificial Intelligence Can Own the Content it Creates
The US office responsible for patents and trademarks is trying to figure out how AI might call for changes to copyright law, and it's asking the public for opinions on the topic. From a report: The Un...
04:54 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Windows and Linux Get Options To Disable Intel TSX To Prevent Zombieload v2 Attacks
Both Microsoft and the Linux kernel teams have added ways to disable support for Intel Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX). From a report: TSX is the Intel technology that opens the company...
04:10 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Instagram Tests Hiding Like Counts Globally
Instagram is making Like counts private for some users everywhere. From a report: Instagram tells TechCrunch the hidden Likes test is expanding to a subset of users globally. Users will have to decide...
03:25 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot PayPal Pulls Out of Pornhub, Hurting 'Hundreds of Thousands' of Performers
Pornhub announced late Wednesday that PayPal is no longer supporting payments for Pornhub -- a decision that will impact thousands of performers using the site as a source of income. From a report: Mo...
02:44 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot China Completes Crucial Landing Test For First Mars Mission in 2020
China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year. From a report: China is on track to launc...
02:00 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Apple Is Considering Bundling Digital Subscriptions as Soon as 2020
Apple is considering bundling its paid internet services, including News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music, as soon as 2020, in a bid to gain more subscribers, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people ...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Public Cloud Providers' Network Performance Wildly Varies
ThousandEyes, a cloud analysis company, in its second annual Cloud Performance Benchmark, has succeeded in measuring a major performance factor objectively: Public cloud providers' global network perf...
10:00 am - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot George Lucas Has Apparently Changed the Famous Greedo Scene In 1977's Star Wars Again, For Disney
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from The Guardian: George Lucas, whose departure from all things Star Wars seems to have been greatly exaggerated -- appears to have yet again doctored the famous Greed...
07:05 am - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Motorola Resurrects the Razr As a Foldable Android Smartphone
After teasing it last month, Motorola has officially announced the successor to the Motorola Razr. The "razr," as it is called, "keeps the same general form factor but replaces the T9 keypad and small...
03:30 am - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Hologram-Like Device Animates Objects Using Ultrasound Waves
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Researchers in Southampton have built a device that displays 3D animated objects that can talk and interact with onlookers. A demonstration of th...
02:20 am - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot GitHub Faces More Resignations In Light of ICE Contract
TechCrunch reports that another employee, engineer Alice Goldfuss, has resigned from GitHub over the company's $200,000 contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). From the report: In a t...
01:40 am - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot John Carmack Stepping Down As CTO of Oculus To Work On AI
Oculus CTO John Carmack announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the augmented-reality company to focus his time on artificial general intelligence. The Verge reports: Carmack will remain in ...
01:00 am - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot Apple Is Finally Willing To Make Gadgets Thicker So They Work Better
Apple has started to make its products thicker in an effort to give people what they want: functionality over form. This is a good thing. There are two recent examples: this year's iPhones and the new...
12:20 am - Thu, November 14, 2019
Slashdot The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints For Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: For years, the New York Police Department illegally maintained a database containing the fingerprints of thousands of children charged as juveni...
11:40 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot GitHub Places Open-Source Code In Arctic Cave For Safekeeping
pacopico writes: GitHub's CEO Nat Friedman traveled to Svalbard in October to stash Linux, Android, and 6,000 other open-source projects in a permafrost-filled, abandoned coal mine. It's part of a pro...
11:00 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot YouTube's New Kids' Content System Has Creators Scrambling
As of Tuesday afternoon, YouTube is requiring creators to label any videos of theirs that may appeal to children. If they say a video is directed at kids, data collection will be blocked for all viewe...
10:20 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Stadia Launch Developer Says Game Makers Are Worried 'Google Is Just Going To Cancel It'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google has a long and well-documented history of launching new services only to shut them down a few months or years later. And with the launch o...
09:40 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Says Government Demands For User Data Are at a Record High
Facebook's latest transparency report is out. The social media giant said the number of government demands for user data increased by 16% to 128,617 demands during the first-half of this year compared...
09:00 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot More Than 10 Million Sign Up For Disney in First Day
The Walt Disney Company said Wednesday that its new streaming service Disney+ had 10 million sign-ups since it launched Tuesday at midnight. From a report: Disney wouldn't release the number if the co...
08:20 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Health Websites Are Sharing Sensitive Medical Data with Google, Facebook, and Amazon
Popular health websites are sharing private, personal medical data with big tech companies, according to an investigation by the Financial Times. From a report: The data, including medical diagnoses, ...
07:40 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot The Curiosity Rover Detects Oxygen Behaving Strangely on Mars
NASA's Curiosity rover sniffed out an unexpected seasonal variation to the oxygen on Mars, according to new research. From a report: Since it landed in Gale Crater in 2012, the Curiosity rover has bee...
07:00 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Boston Dynamics CEO on the Company's Top 3 Robots, AI, and Viral Videos
In a rare interview, Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert talked about the three robots the company is currently focused on (today -- Spot, tomorrow -- Handle, and the future -- Atlas), its current custom...
06:20 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot TPM-FAIL Vulnerabilities Impact TPM Chips In Desktops, Laptops, Servers
An anonymous reader writes: A team of academics has disclosed today two vulnerabilities known collectively as TPM-FAIL that could allow an attacker to retrieve cryptographic keys stored inside TPMs. T...
05:50 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla, Intel, and More Form the Bytecode Alliance To Take WebAssembly Beyond Browsers
slack_justyb writes: Mozilla has been heavily invested in WebAssembly with Firefox, and today, the organization teamed up with a few others to form the new Bytecode Alliance, which aims to create "new...
05:30 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Silicon Valley's Singularity University Is Cutting Staff, CEO Exits
Singularity University, a Silicon Valley institute offering education on futurism, is reckoning with its own uncertain future. The chief executive officer is stepping down, and the organization plans ...
05:12 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Phil Schiller Takes Shots at Chromebooks, Says They're 'Not Going To Succeed'
In an interview about the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller made a direct attack on Chromebooks. When asked about the growth of Chrome OS in the education sector, Schiller...
04:50 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla, Intel, and More Form the Bytecode Alliance To Take WebAssembly Beyond Browsers
slack_justyb writes: Mozilla has been heavily invested in WebAssembly with Firefox, and today, the organization teamed up with a few others to form the new Bytecode Alliance, which aims to create "new...
04:40 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Transcription Platform Rev Slashes Minimum Pay for Workers
Rev, one of biggest names in transcription -- and one of the cheapest services of its kind -- opted to alter its pay structure with little warning for thousands of contractors on its platform, some of...
04:10 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Phil Schiller Takes Shots at Chromebooks, Says They're 'Not Going To Succeed'
In an interview about the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller made a direct attack on Chromebooks. When asked about the growth of Chrome OS in the education sector, Schiller...
03:30 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Transcription Platform Rev Slashes Minimum Pay for Workers
Rev, one of biggest names in transcription -- and one of the cheapest services of its kind -- opted to alter its pay structure with little warning for thousands of contractors on its platform, some of...
02:40 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Next in Google's Quest for Consumer Dominance -- Banking
Google will soon offer checking accounts to consumers, becoming the latest Silicon Valley heavyweight to push into finance. The Wall Street Journal: The project, code-named Cache, is expected to launc...
02:04 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Apple Unveils New 16-inch MacBook Pro With Improved Keyboard, Starting at $2,400
Apple today launched a new 16-inch MacBook Pro. The starting price of $2,399 is the same price as the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro, which this one replaces. It has new processors, better speakers, a l...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Dutch Court Orders Facebook To Ban Celebrity Crypto Scam Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A Dutch court has ruled that Facebook can be required to use filter technologies to identify and preemptively take down fake ads linked to crypto c...
10:00 am - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Dell Unveils Subscription Model To Counter Amazon, Microsoft
Dell is planning to offer business clients a subscription model for products like servers and personal computers, "seeking to counter the lure of cloud services from Amazon and Microsoft," reports Blo...
07:00 am - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Are We Living In a Blade Runner World?
Now that we have arrived in Blade Runner's November 2019 "future," the BBC asks what the 37-year-old film got right. Slashdot reader dryriver shares the report: [B]eyond particular components, Blade R...
03:30 am - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Physics Experiment With Ultrafast Laser Pulses Produces a Previously Unseen Phase of Matter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Adding energy to any material, such as by heating it, almost always makes its structure less orderly. Ice, for example, with its crystalline structur...
02:25 am - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Heavy Recruitment of Chinese Sellers Puts Consumers At Risk
A Wall Street Journal investigation found that Amazon's China business "aggressively recruited Chinese manufacturers and merchants to sell to consumers outside the country. And these sellers, in turn,...
01:55 am - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot UCLA Now Has the First Zero-Emission, All-Electric Mobile Surgical Instrument Lab
UCLA's new mobile surgical lab is a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle that will move back and forth between two UCLA campuses, collecting, sterilizing and repairing surgical instruments for the medi...
01:25 am - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot Unusual New 'PureLocker' Ransomware Is Going After Servers
Researchers at Intezer and IBM X-Force have detected an unconventional form of ransomware that's being deployed in targeted attacks against enterprise servers. They're calling it PureLocker because it...
12:45 am - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot A Fired Kickstarter Organizer Is Trying To Unionize Tech Workers Using Kickstarter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In early September, the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter fired two union organizers in 8 days. One of them was Clarissa Redwine, who considered h...
12:03 am - Wed, November 13, 2019
Slashdot IBM's 200,000 Macs Have Made a Happier and More Productive Workforce, Study Finds
sbinning shares a report from AppleInsider: IBM has published its latest study focusing on the benefits of Apple products in enterprise, and has found that a fleet of over 200,000 Macs leads to far lo...
11:25 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Tesla's European Gigafactory Will Be Built In Berlin
Tesla's European gigafactory will be built in the Berlin area, Elon Musk said Tuesday during an awards ceremony in Germany. TechCrunch reports: Musk was onstage to receive a Golden Steering Wheel Awar...
10:45 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired 6 Months Ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Last May, when Intel released a patch for a group of security vulnerabilities researchers had found in the company's computer processors, I...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Starts Rolling Out Windows 10 November 2019 Update
Microsoft today started rolling out the free Windows 10 November 2019 Update. For those keeping track, this update is Windows 10 build 18363 and will bring Windows 10 to version 1909. From a report: T...
09:25 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot A US Federal Court Finds Suspicionless Searches of Phones at the Border is Illegal
A federal court in Boston has ruled that the government is not allowed to search travelers' phones or other electronic devices at the U.S. border without first having reasonable suspicion of a crime. ...
08:45 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot The New Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer is a Giant Relief
You can almost hear the sigh of relief from the global Sega fan community. The new Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer, which Paramount released this morning, is a giant improvement. From a report: Our s...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Unites Payment Service Across Apps With Facebook Pay
Facebook said on Tuesday it was launching Facebook Pay, a unified payment service through which users across its platforms including WhatsApp and Instagram can make payments without exiting the app. F...
07:25 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Intel's Cascade Lake CPUs Impacted By New Zombieload v2 Attack
The Zombieload vulnerability disclosed earlier this year in May has a second variant that also works against more recent Intel processors, not just older ones, including Cascade Lake, Intel's latest l...
06:45 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot As 5G Rolls Out, Troubling New Security Flaws Emerge
It's not yet prime time for 5G networks, which still face logistical and technical hurdles, but they're increasingly coming online in major cities worldwide. Which is why it's especially worrying that...
06:06 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot American Robots Lose Jobs To Asian Robots as Adidas Shifts Manufacturing
Adidas plans to close high-tech "robot" factories in Germany and the United States that it launched to bring production closer to customers, saying Monday that deploying some of the technology in Asia...
05:25 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Disney Plus' Launch Marred by Complaints of Service Failures, Login Problems
Disney Plus launched early Tuesday, and users are already complaining of service failures. From a report: So far, Disney Plus complaints are clustered in big cities in the Eastern US and Canada, linin...
04:45 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Bug Has Camera Activated While People Are Using the App
When you're scrolling through Facebook's app, the social network could be watching you back, in more ways than just your data, concerned users have found. Multiple people have found and reported that ...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Smartphone Maker Realme is Taking India and Other Emerging Markets by Storm
An anonymous reader shares a report: As Xiaomi widens its smartphone lead over Samsung in India, a new competitor is increasingly posing a challenge. Realme, a one-and-half-year-old smartphone vendor ...
03:27 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Instagram Is Coming for TikTok's Head By Copying Its Best Features
First, Instagram killed Snapchat when it cribbed its Stories feature. Now, the social media platform is reportedly gunning for TikTok with a new format called Reels. From a report: Reels is currently ...
02:48 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Pentagon Gets a Fix for F-35 Bug in $400,000 Pilot Helmets
The U.S. military may have finally found a way to fix a glitch with the world's most high-tech helmet used by pilots flying the most expensive fighter jet in history. From a report: A bug in the $400,...
02:10 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's $1.5 Million Political Gambit Backfires in Seattle City Council Election
Seattle voters, in a rebuke to heavy corporate campaign spending by Amazon.com, have kept progressives firmly in control of their city council, reviving chances for a tax on big businesses that the te...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot IRS Identifies 'Dozens' of New Crypto, Cybercriminals
The IRS's criminal division identified "dozens" of potential cryptocurrency tax evaders or cybercriminals after a meeting this week with tax authorities from four other countries. Bloomberg reports: O...
10:00 am - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Study Reveals How Two Strains of One Bacterium Combine To Cause Flesh-Eating Infection
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A new study by a team of scientists that included researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Texas Medical Branch used genetic...
07:00 am - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Honda Works On Second EV, Quits Diesel, and Puts Hydrogen On Hold
Socguy writes: In late October, at Honda's "Electric Vision" event in Amsterdam, the company said it was "electrifying" its entire product line, which mostly means hybrids. "We will bring further batt...
03:30 am - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot EPA To Limit Science Used To Write Public Health Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine p...
01:40 am - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Shows Off Chinese-Made Model 3s Ahead of Shanghai Factory Start
Work on Tesla's Shanghai factory, dubbed Gigafactory 3, is just about finished, and the company is weeks away from beginning large-scale manufacturing. Ars Technica reports: According to Bloomberg, Te...
01:00 am - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Vows To 'Honor' California's Sweeping Privacy Law Across Entire US
Microsoft said on Monday that it would honor the "core rights" provided to Californians through the state's landmark data privacy law and expand that coverage across the entire United States. The Verg...
12:20 am - Tue, November 12, 2019
Slashdot Lithium-Sulfur Battery Project Aims To Double the Range of Electric Airplanes
Oxis Energy, of Abingdon, UK, says it has a battery based on lithium-sulfur chemistry that can greatly increase the ratio of watt-hours per kilogram, and do so in a product that's safe enough for use ...
11:40 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Canada's OpenText To Buy Cloud Security Firm Carbonite For $1.42 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Enterprise information management (EIM) company OpenText is acquiring cloud data backup and protection service Carbonite in a deal worth $1.42 bil...
11:00 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Google Reveals Stadia Launch Lineup of 12 Games
As we approach the November 19th launch date of Stadia, Google has revealed there will be just 12 games available to start. ExtremeTech reports: Stadia is similar to GeForce Now and Microsoft's upcomi...
10:20 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Launches Another 60 Starlink Satellites, Sets Two Rocket Reuse Records
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: SpaceX launched another 60 of its internet satellites on Monday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in a mission that set two new company records for r...
10:00 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot WeWork In Talks To Hire T-Mobile CEO John Legere
According to The Wall Street Journal, WeWork is in discussions with T-Mobile CEO John Legere to take over leadership of the troubled office-sharing startup (Warning: source paywalled; alternative sour...
09:40 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Proposes Flagging Deepfakes, But Would Only Remove Content That Threatens Harm
Twitter is proposing a handful of new features designed to help its users spot "synthetic" or "manipulated" media, including deepfake videos. From a report: The social networking giant last month anno...
09:00 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Study of Over 11,000 Online Stores Finds 'Dark Patterns' on 1,254 sites
A large-scale academic study that analyzed more than 53,000 product pages on more than 11,000 online stores found widespread use of user interface "dark patterns" -- practices meant to mislead custome...
08:20 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome To Identify and Label Slow Websites
Is it the web page that's slow or is it your network connection? In the future, Google's Chrome web browser may have an answer for you. From a report: Google announced today a plan to identify and lab...
07:41 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Google Wants Chrome To Offer Instantaneous and Native App-Like Experiences
An anonymous reader writes: At Chrome Dev Summit in San Francisco today, Google shared its latest vision for the web. First, the company is trying to make loading disappear via instantaneous experienc...
07:04 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Will Open its Own Grocery Store Next Year
Amazon on Monday said it plans to open its first new brand of grocery store in California next year, as it amps up its ambitious push to become a bigger name in food. From a report: "Amazon is opening...
06:22 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Google's Secret 'Project Nightingale' Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans
Google is teaming with one of the country's largest health-care systems on a secret project to collect and crunch the detailed personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states, WS...
05:43 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Says it Has 'No Obligation' To Host Anyone's Video
Speaking of YouTube and moderation, the Google-owned video service is rolling out updated terms of service on December 10th, and a new line acts as a reminder that the company doesn't have to keep any...
05:40 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Says it Has 'No Obligation' To Host Anyone's Video
Speaking of YouTube and moderation, the Google-owned video service is rolling out updated terms of service on December 10th, and a new line acts as a reminder that the company doesn't have to keep any...
05:13 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Launch AR Headset in 2022 with Smart Glasses To Follow in 2023, Report Claims
According to a report by The Information, Apple is planning to launch an augmented reality (AR) headset in 2022, followed by a sleeker pair of AR glasses in 2023. From a report: While we've heard load...
04:50 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Launch AR Headset in 2022 with Smart Glasses To Follow in 2023, Report Claims
According to a report by The Information, Apple is planning to launch an augmented reality (AR) headset in 2022, followed by a sleeker pair of AR glasses in 2023. From a report: While we've heard load...
04:35 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Alibaba's Singles' Day Sales Top $38 Billion
After 24 hours of frenzied buying and selling, and weeks of advertising and promotions before it, the Alibaba Group said today its sales hit another record high on Singles' Day, the biggest shopping d...
04:10 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Alibaba's Singles' Day Sales Top $38 Billion
After 24 hours of frenzied buying and selling, and weeks of advertising and promotions before it, the Alibaba Group said today its sales hit another record high on Singles' Day, the biggest shopping d...
03:25 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Surgeons Transplanted Pig Skin Onto Humans for the First Time
In a pathogen-free facility in Grafton, Massachusetts, a small town about 40 miles west of Boston, genetically engineered miniature pigs are being bred to donate their skin to humans. From a report: T...
02:45 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Co-founder Chris Hughes Doesn't Recall Zuckerberg Discussing the Iraq War at Harvard
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has said that he doesn't recall Mark Zuckerberg ever discussing the Iraq War during the early days of the company, contradicting recent comments from the CEO tying the...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Uber CEO Calls Saudi Murder of Khashoggi 'a Mistake', Scrambles To Backtrack
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told "Axios on HBO" that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "a mistake" by the Saudi government, and then he compared it to Uber's self driving accident in which a...
12:34 pm - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Carrie Fisher Was Originally Going To Be 'The Last Jedi' In the Final Star Wars Movie
Luke Skywalker wasn't going to be the only Jedi in the final Star Wars movie, reports Yahoo Entertainment:In the original version of the ninth and final installment, The Rise of Skywalker, his sister,...
08:34 am - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Thousands of Bots Are Retweeting Claims of Voter Fraud In Kentucky
"It's deeply concerning to see shady coordinated disinformation campaigns trying to undermine our democracy," says the man who apparently defeated Kentucky's Republican governor Bevin in a close elect...
05:34 am - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot How Tech From Australia Could Prevent California Wildfires and PG&E Blackouts
"Technology developed to combat Australia's deadly bushfires could slash California's fire risk and reduce the need for PG&E's 'public safety power shutoffs'," reports IEEE Spectrum. "See the vide...
02:53 am - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Reactions To the News That Microsoft's Edge Browser Is Coming to Linux
"Microsoft is bringing Edge to Linux, for all the Microsoft fans running Linux," jokes the headline at the Inquirer. ("We can just imagine the amount of bunting and party poppers that the Linux commun...
12:37 am - Mon, November 11, 2019
Slashdot Struggling 'Terminator' Movie Has An Even Worse Second Weekend
"The news just keeps getting worse for Terminator: Dark Fate," reports CinemaBlend:It had a disappointing opening last week and a sharp drop in its second weekend at the box office. It also had the wo...
11:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot How Some Fast Rood Restaurant Chains Are Confronting the Threat of Antibiotic Resistance
"Many of our favorite fast food and restaurant chains continue to contribute to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, according to a report released Thursday by advocacy groups," reports CNN:Fi...
10:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot Phones and PCs Sold In Russia Will Have To Come Pre-installed With Russian Apps
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: The Russian Parliament is debating a bill that will force all electronic equipment sold in Russia — such as smartphones, computers, and smart TVs — to shi...
09:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot Company Seeks FDA Approval For Single-Dose Drug To Cure HIV/AIDS
"Wednesday night was an exciting one for investors and employees at American Gene Technologies," reports a local Maryland news station. "After years in the making, they submitted a nearly 1,000-page d...
09:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Asks Three Outside Antivirus Firms To Start Scanning Submissions To Android's Play Store
"Android has a bit of a malware problem," argues Wired, noting that " malware-ridden apps sneak into the official Play Store with disappointing frequency..." "After grappling with the issue for a deca...
08:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot YouTube's Moderation Questioned After Banning Accounts For Too Many Emojis
"YouTube has a huge problem right now," argues videogame streamer Markiplier. "People's accounts are being suspended without reason, without provocation, and their appeals to get it back are being den...
07:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot Viral Tweets From Steve Wozniak and Ruby on Rails Creator Spur Investigation Into Apple Credit Card
An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:A US financial regulator has opened an investigation into claims Apple's credit card offered different credit limits for men and women. It follows complaints -- incl...
06:35 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot 'Bring Back the Replaceable Laptop Battery'
"If you've gone shopping for a new laptop lately, you may notice something missing in all newer models regardless of make," writes Slashdot reader ikhider. There's no removable battery.Whether mainstr...
05:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot Are Forced Subscriptions Driving 3D Users To Open Source Tools?
Slashdot reader dryriver writes: More and more professional 3D software like 3DMax, Maya, AutoCAD (Autodesk) and Substance Painter (Adobe) is now only available on a monthly or yearly subscription bas...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot Security Researchers Exploit Amazon Echo's Chromium Bug, Win $60,000 Bounty
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:Two security researchers have been crowned the top hackers in this year's Pwn2Own hacking contest after developing and testing several high profile exploits, incl...
03:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot Did Life Originate From 'Protocells' By Hydrothermal Vents?
"Darwin may have been wrong and 'protocells' forming near hydrothermal vents undersea may actually be responsible for the origin of life as we know it," writes Slashdot reader nickwinlund77. From the ...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot Tech Sites Including Microsoft's Bing Criticized Over Child Pornography Policies
"Microsoft's Bing search engine reportedly still served up child porn, nearly a year after the tech giant said it was addressing the issue," reports CNET:The news comes as part of a Saturday report in...
11:34 am - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot 'Microsoft Defender ATP' Antivirus is Coming to Linux
Microsoft is planning to bring its Defender antivirus to Linux systems next year, reports ZDNet:Microsoft announced the brand change from Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender in March after giving s...
08:34 am - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot AMD Unveils the World's Most Powerful Desktop CPUs
ZDNet reports:In the never ending war between the chip giants, AMD has released a salvo by unveiling what are the world's most powerful desktop processors -- the new 24-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 396...
05:34 am - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot The Dangers of 'Black Box' AI
PC Magazine recently interviewed Janelle Shane, the optics research scientist and AI experimenter who authored the new book "You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and...
02:34 am - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot Do You Remember MIDI Music Files?
A new article at Motherboard remembers when the MIDI file format became the main way music was shared on the internet "for an incredibly short but memorable period of time..."[I]n the hunt for additio...
12:34 am - Sun, November 10, 2019
Slashdot 6 In 10 Websites May Be Impacted by jQuery XSS Vulnerabilities
"Although the JavaScript library jQuery is no longer as popular as it was, it is still widely used. As a result at least six in ten websites are impacted by jQuery XSS vulnerabilities," reports I Prog...
11:34 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are There Storage Devices With Hardware Compression Built In?
Slashdot reader dryriver writes:Using a compressed disk drive or hard drive has been possible for decades now. But when you do this in software or the operating system, the CPU does the compressing an...
10:49 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot NPM Adds Command-Line Option To Help Fund Open-Source Coders
"Despite its own solvency concerns, NPM Inc on Tuesday deployed code changes that add a 'funding' command to the latest version of the npm command-line tool, namely v6.13.0," reports the Register:Henc...
09:34 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot Boeing's Poor Information Security Threatens Passenger Safety, National Security, Says Researcher
itwbennett writes:Security researcher Chris Kubecka has identified (and reported to Boeing and the Department of Homeland Security back in August) a number of security vulnerabilities in Boeing's netw...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot Python Finally Overtakes Java on GitHub
"The hit programming language Python has climbed over once-dominant Java to become the second most popular language on Microsoft-owned open-source code-sharing site GitHub," reports ZDNet:Python now o...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot AI Cracks Centuries-Old 'Three Body Problem' In Under a Second
Long-time Slashdot reader taiwanjohn shared this article from Live Science:The mind-bending calculations required to predict how three heavenly bodies orbit each other have baffled physicists since th...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot Acetaminophen In Pregnancy May Be Linked To Higher Risk of ADHD, Autism
schwit1 tipped us off to an interesting new study. Newsweek reports:Babies of women who took acetaminophen -- a common painkiller marketed in the U.S. under the brand name Tylenol -- near the end of p...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot 'Is Eating Red Meat OK, After All? Probably Not'
Remember last month when "an international collaboration of researchers" suggested there was no reason to reduce consumption of red meat? Here's a response from Frank Hu, chairman of the Nutrition Dep...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot Scammers Are Actively Exploiting A Firefox Bug
Long-time Slashdot reader slack_justyb shares this story from Ars Technica:Scammers are actively exploiting a bug in Firefox that causes the browser to lock up after displaying a message warning the c...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot What Shape Is the Universe? A New Study Suggests We've Got It All Wrong
An anonymous reader quotes Quanta magazine: A provocative paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy argues that the universe may curve around and close in on itself like a sphere, rather than ly...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot Singapore Wants To Become an Asian Hub For Virtual Banks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Singapore's welcome mat to virtual banks is going beyond its own shores. The island nation wants to become a regional hub for technology firms with ...
10:00 am - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot WeWork Says It Will Divest All 'Non-Core' Businesses
WeWork released Friday a "90-day game plan" that details sweeping changes to its businesses, including a divestiture of all "non-core businesses" and a reduction in headcount. CNBC reports: The change...
07:00 am - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot Share of Cryptocurrency Jobs Grew 1,457% In 4 Years
The share of cryptocurrency jobs per million has risen 1,457% over the past four years, according to a study by job site Indeed.com. VentureBeat reports: Indeed analyzed millions of job postings on In...
03:30 am - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot The World's First Gattaca Baby Tests Are Finally Here
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Anxious couples are approaching fertility doctors in the US with requests for a hotly debated new genetic test being called "23andMe, bu...
01:25 am - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot 'Platinum' Hacking Group Strikes Again With Complex Titanium Backdoor To Windows
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from Securelist: Platinum is one of the most technologically advanced APT actors with a traditional focus on the APAC region. During recent analysis we discovered Plati...
01:05 am - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot GIF Site Gfycat Announces Mass Deletions, Threatens Archive Team With Lawsuit
Gfycat is threatening to sue Archive Team for archiving the site's old, anonymously-posted images that are marked for deletion. Gfycat's CEO, Dan McEleney, says archiving the memes it hosts is a "deni...
12:45 am - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot Six Arrested For Selling Chinese Gear To Military As 'Made In America'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In August 2018, an Air Force service member noticed something strange about a body camera being used by security personnel at an Air Force base: ...
12:02 am - Sat, November 9, 2019
Slashdot Vaping Illnesses Linked To Vitamin E Acetate, CDC Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Vitamin E acetate, an ingredient added to THC-based products, has been identified as a "very strong culprit" in the vaping-related lung inj...
11:20 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Trippy T-Shirt Makes You Invisible To AI
In modern cities, we're constantly surveilled through CCTV cameras in both public and private spaces, and by companies trying to sell us shit based on everything we do. We are always being watched. Bu...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Hits Google, Facebook For 'Microtargeting' Political Ads
Mozilla is calling on Google and Facebook to stop "microtargeting" political ads. "Political speech is critical to democratic discourse, but against the very real circumstances of organized disinforma...
10:45 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot House Plants Have Little Effect on Indoor Air Quality, Study Concludes
New research from a duo of environmental engineers at Drexel University is suggesting the decades-old claim that house plants improve indoor air quality is entirely wrong. Evaluating 30 years of studi...
10:25 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot GitLab Director Resigns, Says It's Engaging In 'Retaliatory Behavior'
Candice Ciresi, GitLab's director of risk and global compliance, has resigned after less than six months on the job, apparently saying that the $2.75 billion startup is "engaging in discriminatory and...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot EU's Vestager Says Google's Antitrust Proposal Not Helping Shopping Rivals
Google's proposal to create a level playing field for price comparison shopping rivals to stave off fresh fines has not led to more traffic for its competitors, Europe's antitrust chief said this week...
09:25 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Accused of Forcing Up Prices in Antitrust Complaint
In a letter sent to federal lawmakers, an online merchant has accused Amazon.com of forcing him and other sellers to use the company's expensive logistics services, which in turn forces them to raise ...
08:45 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Work-Life Balance: After Cryptographer's Lawsuit, BAE Division Will Retrain HR
Longtime Slashdot reader mdecerbo writes: Back in 2015, defense giant BAE Systems fired cryptographer Don Davis on his first day of work, after learning he didn't want to work more than 40 hours a wee...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Firefox Turns 15
harrymcc writes: On November 9 2004, a new version of Mozilla's browser called Firefox shipped. It was taking on one of the most daunting monopolies in tech: Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which had m...
07:25 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot In China, Shutterstock Censors Hong Kong and Other Searches
Shutterstock, the well-known online purveyor of stock images and photographs, is the latest U.S. company to willingly support China's censorship regime, blocking searches that might offend the country...
06:45 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot DNS-over-HTTPS Will Eventually Roll Out in All Major Browsers, Despite ISP Opposition
All major browsers -- including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave -- have plans to support DNS-over-HTTPS (or DoH), a protocol that encrypts DNS traffic and helps improve ...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Netflix, HBO and Cable Giants Are Exploring New Ways Such as Authentication Using Fingerprints To Crack Down on Password Sharing
A coalition that includes Netflix, HBO and cable-industry titans is stepping up efforts to crack down on password sharing, discussing new measures to close a loophole that could be costing companies b...
05:25 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot NASA Flew Gas Detectors Above California, Found 'Super Emitters'
Over the course of three years, NASA flew a plane carrying gas-imaging equipment above California and made a discovery that surprised even the state's own environmental agencies: A handful of operatio...
04:45 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Ambrosia, the Young Blood Transfusion Startup, Is Quietly Back in Business
Earlier this year, Ambrosia, the much-maligned California startup selling blood transfusions from young donors, stopped offering the procedure after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a buye...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Staff Lamented 'Unethical' Practices But Were Rebuffed
Facebook employees repeatedly chafed at what they viewed as anti-competitive or unethical practices by the company, internal chats show. But their concerns, voiced in 2012 and 2013, were overruled by ...
03:21 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Ransomware, Data Breaches At Hospitals Tied To Uptick In Fatal Heart Attacks
New submitter byteme01 writes: Hospitals that have been hit by a data breach or ransomware attack can expect to see an increase in the death rate among heart patients in the following months or years ...
02:40 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Bill Gates Thinks Windows Mobile Would Have Beaten Android Without Microsoft's Antitrust Woes
Bill Gates has revealed that he thinks everyone would be using Windows Mobile right now if Microsoft hadn't have been caught up in a US Justice Department antitrust investigation. From a report: Speak...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Delays in Boeing Max Return Began With Near-Crash in Simulator
Boeing engineers were nearly done redesigning software on the grounded 737 Max in June when some pilots hopped into a simulator to test a few things. It didn't go well. From a report: A simulated comp...
10:00 am - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Kepler Achieves a World-First For Satellite Broadband With 100Mbps Connection To the Arctic
Small-satellite startup Kepler and its nanosatellites have successfully demonstrated achieving over 100Mbps of network speed to a Germany icebreaker sea vessel that acts as a mobile lab for the MOSAiC...
07:00 am - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot The Cost For Each SLS Launch Is Over $2 Billion
Acting director of the White House budget office Russell Vought said in a letter that the cost estimate to build and fly a single NASA large Space Launch System rocket in a given year is "more than $2...
03:30 am - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Sea Levels Will Rise For Centuries Even If Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goals Are Me
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Weather Channel: Sea levels will continue to rise for the next three centuries even if governments meet carbon emissions pledges for 2030 set in the Paris ...
03:30 am - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Sea Levels Will Rise For Centuries Even If Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goals Are Met
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Weather Channel: Sea levels will continue to rise for the next three centuries even if governments meet carbon emissions pledges for 2030 set in the Paris ...
02:10 am - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Switches Customers To More Expensive Plans Without Asking Them First
AT&T is adding $10 to the monthly bills of customers with certain grandfathered mobile-data plans and not letting them switch back to their older packages. AT&T is pitching the change as a "bo...
01:30 am - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot California Wildfires Spark Interest In DIY Home Protection
As California struggles through a wildfire season that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee and burned hundreds of homes, researchers are seeking ways to protect buildings including by w...
12:50 am - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Rust Experiments Are Going Well, But Some Features Are Missing
Microsoft gave a status update today on its experiments on using the Rust programming language instead of C and C++ to write Windows components. From a report: Microsoft began experimenting with Rust ...
12:10 am - Fri, November 8, 2019
Slashdot Chrome OS 78 Rolling Out With Picture-In-Picture Support For YouTube, Split Browser/Device Settings, More
The latest version of Chrome OS, version 78, adds separate browser and device settings, click-to-call, and picture-in-picture support for YouTube. It also introduces virtual desktop support for the op...
11:30 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Mysterious Hacker Dumps Database of Infamous IronMarch Neo-Nazi Forum
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from ZDNet: A mysterious hacker has published today a database dump of one of the internet's most infamous neo-nazi meeting places -- the IronMarch forum. The data publ...
10:50 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot DHS Will Soon Have Biometric Data On Nearly 260 Million People
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects to have face, fingerprint, and iris scans of at least 259 million people in its biometrics database by 2022, according to a recent presentation f...
10:10 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Ahead of Merger, T-Mobile Announces Its Cheapest Phone Plan Ever and 5G Coming December 6th
The T-Mobile and Sprint merger hasn't been officially completed yet, but that hasn't stopped the "Un-carrier" from talking about what it will do with its newfound resources. T-Mobile announced today t...
09:30 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Ring Doorbells Exposed Home Wi-Fi Passwords To Hackers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells that exposed the passwords for the Wi-Fi networks to which they were connect...
08:55 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Google-Funded Library Programs Teaching Google-Provided Curricula
theodp writes: Q. What's the difference between Andrew Carnegie and Google? A. Andrew Carnegie used his wealth to help build libraries, while Google's using its wealth to get libraries to help build i...
08:15 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Older Samsung Smart TVs, Certain Roku Devices To Lose Netflix Support Next Month
An unspecified number of smart TVs manufactured by Samsung will lose native support for Netflix next month, the companies said in an announcement this week. From a report: Netflix app installed -- or ...
07:35 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot OpenAI Has Published the Text-Generating AI it Said Was Too Dangerous To Share
The research lab OpenAI has released the full version of a text-generating AI system that experts warned could be used for malicious purposes. From a report: The institute originally announced the sys...
06:55 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot A Ton of People Received Text Messages Overnight That Were Originally Sent on Valentine's Day
Something strange is happening with text messages in the US right now. Overnight, a multitude of people received text messages that appear to have originally been sent on or around Valentine's Day 201...
06:15 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot The July Galileo Outage: What Happened and Why
New submitter Myself writes: There's a funny thing about a global satellite system that beams signals down to anyone to use: It also means anyone can monitor the performance thereof. So when such a sy...
05:35 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Apple Services Censored in China Where Devices Flourished
When it comes to many of Apple's latest services, iPhone users in China are missing out. From a report: Podcast choices are paltry. Apple TV+ is off the air. News subscriptions are blocked, and Arcade...
04:55 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Crypto Boss: 'I Don't Think of Bitcoin as a Currency'
David Marcus, the head of Facebook's cryptocurrency projects, says that Bitcoin is digital gold, but it's not a good currency for transactions. From a report: "I don't think of Bitcoin as a currency. ...
04:15 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's $3,500 HoloLens 2 Starts Shipping
Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft announced the second generation of its HoloLens augmented reality visor. Today, the $3,500 HoloLens 2 is going on sale in the United ...
03:47 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Chronicle, the Google Moonshot Cybersecurity Startup That Was Supposed To Completely Change the Industry, is Imploding
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: In early 2018, Google's parent conglomerate Alphabet announced the birth of a new "independent" startup that was supposed to re...
03:35 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Chronicle, the Google Moonshot Cybersecurity Startup That Was Supposed To Completely Change the Industry, is Imploding
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: In early 2018, Google's parent conglomerate Alphabet announced the birth of a new "independent" startup that was supposed to re...
02:55 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot How Cloudflare Stood up to a Patent Troll -- and Won
Cloudflare was sued by a notorious patent troll Blackbird Technologies in 2016. Instead of giving up to its demands, Cloudflare employed a different strategy. From a blog post: In October 2016, Blackb...
02:20 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Adobe Exec Defends Photoshop for iPad After App Falls Flat
Adobe debuted its most important mobile application ever this week when it finally released Photoshop for Apple's iPad. But with key capabilities missing, many within the company's vast fan base have ...
02:15 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Adobe Exec Defends Photoshop for iPad After App Falls Flat
Adobe debuted its most important mobile application ever this week when it finally released Photoshop for Apple's iPad. But with key capabilities missing, many within the company's vast fan base have ...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot First New HIV Strain In 19 Years Identified
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: A research group at the medical devices and health care giant Abbott has discovered a new strain of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV -...
09:00 am - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot A Bipartisan Group of Senators Wants To Extend the Space Station To 2030
A bipartisan group of senators has filed a new bill that sets out space policy for NASA over the coming decade. "The new authorizing legislation is largely consistent with much of NASA's present activ...
05:30 am - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Vast Dragnet Targets Theft of Biomedical Secrets For China
schwit1 shares a report from The New York Times: The N.I.H. and the F.B.I. have begun a vast effort to root out scientists who they say are stealing biomedical research for other countries from instit...
03:30 am - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia
The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees for allegedly spying on behalf of the Saudi government. A third man is also being charged but didn't work at Twitter. Instead, he allege...
01:00 am - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Trend Micro Security Incident Involving Selling Customer Data Was an Inside Job
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: Security firm Trend Micro has revealed details of an inside scam which led to personal details of its customers being exposed. The security incident dates ba...
12:30 am - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot UPS Drone Makes First Home Prescription Deliveries For CVS
UPS subsidiary Flight Forward has completed the first prescription medication delivery to a customer's home by drone. Reuters reports: Flight Forward's maiden delivery flight on Friday in Cary, North ...
12:02 am - Thu, November 7, 2019
Slashdot Boeing Whistleblower Raises Doubts Over 787 Oxygen System
A Boeing whistleblower has claimed that passengers on its 787 Dreamliner could be left without oxygen if the cabin were to suffer a sudden decompression. The BBC reports: John Barnett says tests sugge...
11:20 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Earth Just Experienced Its Hottest-Ever October
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Last month was the hottest ever October on record globally, according to data released Friday by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, an organizati...
11:20 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Intel Performance Strategy Team Publishing Intentionally Misleading Benchmarks
An anonymous reader shares a post: This week something happened that many may not have seen. Intel published a set of benchmarks showing advantage of a dual Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 system versus the ...
10:40 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot James Dean, Who Died In 1955, Will Return To the Big Screen Via CGI
Two VFX companies are bringing James Dean back to the big screen to star in the Vietnam era action-drama Finding Jack. Dean passed away in a 1955 car crash at the age of 24. From The Hollywood Reporte...
10:03 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Fitbit Says Data of Its 28 Million Users Will Not Be Sold Or Used For Google Ads
After acquiring Fitbit for $2.1 billion last week, many users were left wondering if Google would have access to their health information, such as the number of steps they take each day, their breathi...
09:20 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Screen Time Might Be Physically Changing Kids' Brains
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: A study published today in JAMA Pediatrics warns that kids' literacy and language skills suffer with screen use, and MRI scans of their ...
08:45 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot China's Minors Face New Limits On Mobile Games In War On Gaming Addiction
New anti-addiction guidelines for minors that set out limits for time and money spent on mobile games have been introduced by China's state censor, following previous calls to curb excessive gaming. P...
07:53 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Sued by California Over User-Data Practices Subpoenas
California revealed for the first time an 18-month investigation into Facebook's privacy practices and accused the social media giant in a court filing on Wednesday of hampering the investigation. Fro...
07:25 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Google Asks Three Mobile Security Firms To Help Scan Play Store Apps
Google announced today that it partnered with three private cyber-security firms -- ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium -- to start a new project called the App Defense Alliance. From a report: The purpose o...
06:45 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Will Unveil Its Cybertruck Pickup on Nov 21 in LA, Elon Musk Says
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday said Tesla will unveil the Cybertruck, its pickup truck on Nov. 21 in Los Angeles. Musk also tweeted that it's the location and month in the opening credits of the movie...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Apple TV, Apple TV, Apple TV, and Apple TV
Dustin Curtis writes about Apple TV: Apple TV is a hardware device. Apple TV is an app on Apple TV that curates content you can buy from Apple and also content you can stream through other installed a...
05:25 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot This Website Has Solved Cybersecurity
A new parody website generates random excuses to explain why companies got hacked and apologizes to their users. From a report: Big companies that hold our personal data get hacked almost every day, b...
04:45 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot This Is How the US Military's Massive Facial Recognition System Works
Over the last 15 years, the United States military has developed a new addition to its arsenal. The weapon is deployed around the world, largely invisible, and grows more powerful by the day. From a r...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Leaked Documents Show Facebook Leveraged User Data To Fight Rivals and Help Friends
A cache of leaked Facebook documents shows how the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, oversaw plans to consolidate the social network's power and control competitors by treating its users' data as a barg...
03:46 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Leaked Documents Show Facebook Leveraged User Data To Fight Rivals and Help Friends
A cache of leaked Facebook documents shows how the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, oversaw plans to consolidate the social network's power and control competitors by treating its users' data as a barg...
03:27 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot 'Alarming' Loss of Insects and Spiders Recorded
Insects and spiders are declining in forests and grasslands across Germany, according to new research. From a report: Scientists have described the findings as "alarming," saying the losses are driven...
02:48 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot IBM Calls For Regulation To Avoid Facial Recognition Bans
IBM, one of several big tech companies selling facial recognition programs, is calling on Congress to regulate the technology -- but not too much. From a report: China has built a repressive surveilla...
02:09 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot SoftBank Reveals $6.5 Billion Loss From Uber, WeWork Turmoil
Masayoshi Son is finally disclosing the damage from SoftBank Group's bets on WeWork and Uber. From a report: The Japanese investment powerhouse on Wednesday reported its first quarterly operating loss...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot 'Game-Changer' Warrant Let Detective Search Genetic Database
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Last week, a Florida detective announced at a police convention that he had obtained a warrant to penetrate GEDmatch and search its full da...
10:00 am - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Owners Say Autopilot Makes Them Feel Safer
"Bloomberg has conducted a survey of Tesla Model 3 owners," writes Slashdot reader Thelasko. "Some of the most interesting data are responses to questions about Autopilot." Here's an excerpt from the ...
07:00 am - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Goes For Two Big Reuse Milestones With Next Launch
SpaceX is returning to the launch pad to send its second batch of Starlink Internet satellites into low Earth orbit. "On Tuesday, SpaceX completed a static test firing of the Falcon 9 rocket's first s...
06:03 am - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Xerox Considers Cash-and-Stock Offer For HP
According to The Wall Street Journal, Xerox is considering making a cash-and-stock offer for HP (Source paywalled; alternative source), which has a market value of about $27 billion. From the report: ...
03:30 am - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot More Than 11,000 Scientists From Around the World Declare a 'Climate Emergency'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The world's people face "untold suffering due to the climate crisis" unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a sta...
02:02 am - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Uber Test Vehicles Involved In 37 Crashes Before Fatal Self-Driving Incident
Uber's autonomous test vehicles were involved in 37 crashes in the 18 months before a fatal March 2018 self-driving car accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday. Reute...
01:25 am - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Reaches Settlement With Tesla Over Solar Panel Fires, Drops Lawsuit
Walmart has dropped a lawsuit that accused Tesla of breach of contract and gross negligence after rooftop solar panel systems on seven of the retailer's stores allegedly caught fire. TechCrunch report...
12:45 am - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Users Whose 'Unlimited Data' Was Throttled Get $60 Million In Refunds
After dragging out the case for five years, AT&T has finally agreed to pay $60 million back to customers for throttling mobile data plans advertised as "unlimited." Ars Technica reports: The FTC, ...
12:03 am - Wed, November 6, 2019
Slashdot An Energy Breakthrough Could Store Solar Power For Decades
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg have figured out how to harness the energy and keep it in reserve so it can be release...
11:20 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Says 100 Software Developers May Have Improperly Accessed User Data
Facebook on Tuesday said that as many as 100 software developers may have improperly accessed user data, including the names and profile pictures of people in specific groups on the social network. CN...
10:50 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot The Original Google Pixel Will Get One Final Update In December
Google has confirmed to The Verge that it will release "one final software update" next month for the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL. From the report: As of yesterday, it looked like the original ...
10:10 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile Says It Owns Exclusive Rights To the Color Magenta
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AdAge: Startup insurance provider Lemonade is trying to make the best of a sour situation after T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom claimed it owns the exclusive ...
09:31 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot One Bitcoin 'Whale' May Have Fueled the Currency's Price Spike in 2017
A single Bitcoin holder -- called a "whale" in cryptocurrency parlance -- likely manipulated the market and helped fuel the big rise in Bitcoin's price in 2017, according to researchers. That year, Bi...
08:50 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Shutting Down Custom CPU Division in the US
Samsung's Exynos flagship processors have been a mainstay for years now, and they've mostly featured Samsung's Mongoose custom CPU cores. Unfortunately, the Korean brand is now shutting down its custo...
08:10 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Little-known Companies Are Amassing Your Data and Selling the Analysis To Clients
As consumers, we all have "secret scores": hidden ratings that determine how long each of us waits on hold when calling a business, whether we can return items at a store, and what type of service we ...
07:30 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Trump CTO Addresses AI, Facial Recognition, Immigration, Tech Infrastructure, and More
Tekla Perry writes: Michael Kratsios, the fourth U.S. Chief Technology Officer, explains administration policies at the Fall Conference of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intellig...
06:50 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Alcohol Breath Tests, a Linchpin of the Criminal Justice System, Are Often Unreliable
A million Americans a year are arrested for drunken driving, and most stops begin the same way: flashing blue lights in the rearview mirror, then a battery of tests that might include standing on one ...
06:10 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Africa Should Look To India For Digital Inspiration
Aubrey Hruby, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Africa Center, writing at Financial Times: Africa's digital economy is still small in size compared with those of its global peers. But it has s...
05:30 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot A Glitch in Robinhood App is Allowing Users To Trade Stocks With Excess Borrowed Funds, Giving Them Access To What Amounts To Free Money
Dubbed the "infinite money cheat code" by users of Reddit's WallStreetBets forum, the bug is being exploited, according to users on the forum. One trader bragged about a $1 million position funded by ...
04:50 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Don't Reboot Your Computer After You've Been Infected With Ransomware, Experts Say
Security experts don't recommend that users reboot their computers after suffering a ransomware infection, as this could help the malware in certain circumstances. From a report: Instead, experts reco...
04:10 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot German Government Expands Subsidies For Electric Cars
The German government and car industry have agreed to increase joint subsidies for the purchase of electric cars on the same day automobile giant Volkswagen began production of a new all-electric vehi...
03:46 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Xiaomi Launches Mi Watch, Its $185 Apple Watch Clone
Xiaomi, which competes with Apple for the top position in the wearable market, today made the competition a little more interesting. The Chinese electronics giant has launched its first smartwatch cal...
03:30 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Xiaomi Launches Mi Watch, Its $185 Apple Watch Clone
Xiaomi, which competes with Apple for the top position in the wearable market, today made the competition a little more interesting. The Chinese electronics giant has launched its first smartwatch cal...
02:40 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Warehouses Are Tracking Workers' Every Muscle Movement
Unions and researchers who study workplace surveillance worry that employers who begin gathering data on workers for whatever reason will be unable to resist using it against them. From a report: Prod...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren't Cinema. Let Me Explain.
Martin Scorsese, writing at The New York Times: [...] In a way, certain Hitchcock films were also like theme parks. I'm thinking of "Strangers on a Train," in which the climax takes place on a merry-g...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Digital Authoritarianism Is On the Rise Around the World, Report Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Internet freedom declined for a ninth consecutive year as governments around the world used social media to monitor citizens and manipulate elections, ac...
10:00 am - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Adobe and Twitter Are Designing a System For Permanently Attaching Artists' Names To Pictures
Adobe, Twitter, and The New York Times Company have announced a new system for adding attribution to photos and other content. A tool will record who created a piece of content and whether it's been m...
07:00 am - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Interstellar Space Even Weirder Than Expected, NASA Probe Reveals
New submitter paralumina01 shares a report from National Geographic: In the blackness of space billions of miles from home, NASA's Voyager 2 marked a milestone of exploration, becoming just the second...
03:30 am - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Undercover Reporter Reveals Life In a Polish Troll Farm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: It is as common an occurrence on Polish Twitter as you are likely to get: a pair of conservative activists pouring scorn on the country's divided...
02:12 am - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot US Begins Formal Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord
The Trump administration is formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, "the first step in a year-long process to leave the landmark agreement to reduce emissions of planet-warming ga...
01:20 am - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot GitLab Considers Ban On New Hires In China and Russia Due To Espionage Fears
GitLab is considering blocking new hires from countries such as China and Russia over espionage fears. "There is a general train of thought that both Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies might us...
12:40 am - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Now Googlers Are Protesting Company's Cloud Deals With Big Oil
Activists inside Google are calling on management to ditch deals with oil and gas companies, the latest flare-up inside the technology giant. Bloomberg reports: In a letter published on Monday, more t...
12:03 am - Tue, November 5, 2019
Slashdot Android Bug Lets Hackers Plant Malware Via NFC Beaming
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google patched last month an Android bug that can let hackers spread malware to a nearby phone via a little-known Android OS feature called NFC beaming....
11:20 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot With a Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home or Siri
Researchers in Japan and at the University of Michigan said Monday that they have found a way to take over Google Home, Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri devices from hundreds of feet away by shining las...
10:40 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Rebrands To 'FACEBOOK' As Calls For Government-Led Breakup Continue
Facebook introduced a new brand Monday as the company faces calls from politicians and consumer advocates for the government to break it up into various pieces. NBC News reports: The company announced...
10:03 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot ISPs Lied To Congress To Spread Confusion About Encrypted DNS, Mozilla Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry's lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet provide...
09:25 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Enjoy Netflix While It Lasts. It Can't Keep Going Like This Forever.
An anonymous reader shares a column: Derek Thompson, writing in the Atlantic last month, highlighted the ways in which contemporary millennial lifestyles are in many ways subsidized by venture capital...
08:45 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Buying Fitbit Won't Save Google's Failing Wear OS
David Ruddock of AndroidPolice technology blog tries to make sense of last week's $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit by Google. He argues that Fitbit's offerings -- hardware, software, engineering tal...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Revives Charges That Pentagon Bid Was Tainted by Amazon Conflicts
Oracle opened its appeal in a legal challenge of a Pentagon cloud-computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion with a familiar argument: the procurement was unfairly tailored for Amazon.com. Fr...
07:25 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot L.A. Suspends Uber's Permit To Rent Out Electric Scooters and Bikes
Following months of conflict over a controversial data-sharing policy, Los Angeles has temporarily suspended Uber's permit to rent electric scooters and bicycles on city streets and sidewalks. From a ...
06:45 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Public Previews of Visual Studio Online and Power Virtual Agents
An anonymous reader writes: At Ignite 2019 today, Microsoft launched Visual Studio Online public preview. Visual Studio Online meshes Visual Studio, cloud-hosted developer environments, and a web-base...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Adobe Photoshop Finally Arrives on the iPad
Adobe Photoshop is now available for iPads. From a report: The release follows an official announcement at Adobe's MAX event last year. The app is free to download and use for 30 days, but you'll need...
05:26 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot 'I Worked on Political Ads at Facebook. They Profit By Manipulating Us.'
Yael Eisenstat, a visiting fellow at Cornell Tech in the Digital Life Initiative and a former elections integrity head at Facebook, CIA officer, and White House adviser, writes for the Washington Post...
04:45 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Apple Now Rejects Electron Apps from Mac App Store
Mac developers are reporting that apps made using Electron (which is a framework that allows companies to ship web apps in a native app wrapper) are now being rejected by the automated Mac App Store r...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft and Warner Bros. Archived the Original 'Superman' Movie on a Futuristic Glass Disc
Microsoft has teamed up with Warner Bros. to text. The collaboration, which was unveiled at Microsoft's Ignite 2019 conference in Orlando, Florida Monday, is a first test case for a new storage techno...
03:25 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot The Internet Archive Is Making Wikipedia More Reliable
The operator of the Wayback Machine allows Wikipedia's users to check citations from books as well as the web. From a report: The reason people rely on Wikipedia, despite its imperfections, is that ev...
02:45 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Chromium Edge Release Candidate, Brings Intranet Search To Phones
Microsoft today announced that its new Edge browser based on Google's Chromium open source project has hit release candidate status. From a report: Additionally, the company shared that Chromium Edge ...
02:06 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Apple Announces $2.5 Billion Plan To Ease California Housing Crisis
Faced with ever-increasing housing prices, people are leaving San Francisco and the Bay Area, and Apple, whose corporate home is in Cupertino, California, wants to do something about it. From a report...
12:34 pm - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot NASA Livestreams a Test of Boeing's 'Starliner' Spacecraft
"You can watch a big test of Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft Monday as NASA pushes to bring crewed spaceflight launches back to U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade," reports CNET:The CST...
08:34 am - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot What Happened When Microsoft Tried A Four-Day Work Week
MS Power User reports on the results of a 2,300-employee experiment by Microsoft with a four-day work week:In August this year, Microsoft Japan ran an experiment where for one month they had a 3 day w...
04:34 am - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Are Amazon's 'Ring' Cameras Exacerbating Societal Inequality?
In one of America's top city for property crime, the Atlantic examines the "porch pirate" of San Francisco's Potrero Hill. It's an 8,000-word long read about how one of the neighborhood's troubled lon...
02:34 am - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Contest Requires Teachers To Praise Google's CS Curriculum For Children
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes:Code.org's tech sponsors haven't been shy when it comes to using the annual Hour of Code as an infomercial of sorts, and it seems unlikely 2019 will be any diff...
12:34 am - Mon, November 4, 2019
Slashdot Should Parents Support Teens Who Want To Become Professional Gamers?
A family physician warned about a new problem this week in the New York Times:As a family doctor, I often hear from parents about how their kids push back at any attempt to limit how much time they sp...
11:35 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot A Widespread BlueKeep 'Exploit' Is Targetting Unpatched Windows 7/XP Computers
An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:When Microsoft issued the first patch in years for Windows XP in May 2019, you knew that something big was brewing. That something was a wormable Windows vulnerabilit...
10:35 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Linus Torvalds: 'I'm Not a Programmer Anymore'
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Linus Torvalds, Linux's creator, doesn't make speeches anymore. But, what he does do, and he did again at Open Source Summit Europe in Lyon France is have public conve...
10:04 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Waymo Complains California's Government Says Its Robotaxi Service Must Be Free For Now
"Waymo wants to deploy a robotaxi service for the general public in parts of California as soon as possible," reports the Los Angeles Times. "But that's unlikely, the company says, because California ...
09:34 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Waymo's Driver-Less Cars Will Also Deliver Parts To Repair Shops
"Waymo said that its autonomous vehicles will be used to help shuttle car parts between several AutoNation locations and other repair shops in the Phoenix, Arizona area," reports the International Bus...
08:34 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Does Linux Have a Marketing Problem?
On Hackaday's hosting site Hackaday.io, an electrical engineer with a background in semiconductor physics argues that Linux's small market share is due to a lack of marketing:Not only does [Linux] hav...
07:34 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Firefox To Hide Notification Popups By Default Starting Next Year
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:In a move to fight spam and improve the health of the web, Firefox will hide those annoying notification popups by default starting next year, with the release of Fire...
06:34 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Third 'Terminator' Reboot Bombs at Box Office
"Terminator: Dark Fate once again failed to avoid Judgment Day because audiences just don't care about the Terminator as a brand, an IP or a franchise," writes a box office pundit at Forbes. He points...
05:34 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Would You Trust a Self-Landing Plane?
"Lots of hay has been made over self-driving, self-parking, and summon features of new cars," writes Shotgun (Slashdot reader #30,919). "Now Garmin has a system that will land your plane for you." He ...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Airbnb Tries New Screening System for 'High-Risk Reservations' After 'Party House' Fatalities
"The CEO of Airbnb has announced that the company will be banning 'party houses' and doubling down on getting rid 'of abusive host and guest conduct' in direct response to the deadly shooting that bro...
03:34 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Will Amazon Poach CS Profs Needed To Produce CS Grads Promised For Amazon HQ2?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes:To make good on the proposal that snagged it a share of the Amazon HQ2 prize last year, the State of Virginia pledged to produce an additional 25K-35K grads ann...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Chrome Tries APIs That Allow Changing A User's Files, Receiving SMS Verification Texts
"Web pages have never been able to directly access your computer's (or phone's) file system, unless there was a plugin like Java or ActiveX involved somewhere," reports Android Police. The new Native ...
11:04 am - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot 70% of Americans Dislike Daylight Savings Time
An anonymous reader quotes a Yahoo News 360 report on Americans who hate Daylight Savings Time:A push to end the semiannual clock shift, which has been shown to correlate with negative health and prod...
11:04 am - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot 70% of Americans Dislike Daylight Saving Time
An anonymous reader quotes a Yahoo News 360 report on Americans who hate Daylight Saving Time:A push to end the semiannual clock shift, which has been shown to correlate with negative health and produ...
07:34 am - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Waymo's Completely Driverless Cars Are Now Picking Up Passengers
"Congrats! This car is all yours, with no one up front," announces the cheery pop-up notification from Waymo's app. "This ride will be different. With no one else in the car, Waymo will do all the dri...
03:34 am - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Does California Need A More Decentralized Energy System?
"California's electricity system is failing," argues Vox, in an article shared by Slashdot reader nickwinlund77.But they're proposing a way "to make California's electricity system cleaner, more relia...
01:34 am - Sun, November 3, 2019
Slashdot Study Estimates 50% of WebAssembly Sites Are Using It For Malicious Purposes
InfoQ reports on surprising results from research sponsored by the Institutes for Application Security and System Security at Germany's Technische UniversitÃt Braunschweig:A study published in Ju...
11:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Florida Police Are Using Amazon Echo Recordings For a Murder Investigation
"Police in Hallandale Beach believe there may have been a witness to the July murder of Silvia Galva, and 'her' name was Alexa," reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Slashdot reader PolygamousRanch...
10:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Germany's Giant Windmills Are Wildly Unpopular
"Local politics are a bigger problem for renewable energy growth than competition from fossil fuels," warns a Bloomberg columnist:It's getting harder to get permission to erect the turbine towers. Loc...
09:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot World Pinball-Playing Record Broken During Gamers' Livestreaming-for-Charity Event
haaz (Slashdot reader #3,346) tells us that history has just been made as part of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals annual online game-playing fundraiser, Extra Life: A man from Milwaukee, Wisc...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Announces It's Ready to Contribute to OpenJDK
"In a message to the OpenJDK community, Bruno Borges announced that Microsoft has now formally signed the Oracle Contributor Agreement and has been welcomed to the Java community," reports JAXenter:He...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Medium Investigates The Secret Supply Chain Behind AmazonBasics
"I heard the 'pop!' from my living room as a brand-new pack of Amazon batteries spontaneously exploded on the kitchen counter, oozing a gritty black substance in fits and spurts," reports the staff wr...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot New Clean-Combustion 'Ducted Fuel Injection' Could Eliminate Soot From Diesel Engines
Thelasko shared Sandia's report:Ducted fuel injection, developed by Chuck Mueller at Sandia's Combustion Research Facility, is able to fine-tune the amount of diesel used in an engine to the point of ...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Privacy Concerns Are Jeopardizing Investigations Into Facebook Disinformation
"An unprecedented investigation into disinformation on Facebook has hit turbulence over questions about how much data to release to outside researchers," reports Fast Company, "curtailing efforts to s...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Second 'Oumuamua-Like Comet From Beyond Our Solar System Suggests 'Alien' Comets May Be Common
sciencehabit shares this article from Science magazine:The comet is an alien intruder from another star system. But 2I/Borisov, the second known interstellar visitor after far smaller 'Oumuamua, disco...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Data Breaches Reported at NetworkSolutions, Register.com, and Web.com
"Top domain name registrars NetworkSolutions.com, Register.com and Web.com are asking customers to reset their passwords after discovering an intrusion in August 2019 in which customer account informa...
02:34 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Python Creator Guido van Rossum Retires, Heads To Python Conference
"Guido van Rossum, the creator of the hugely popular Python programming language, is leaving cloud file storage firm Dropbox and heading into retirement," reports ZDNet:That ends his six and half year...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot New Russian 'Sovereign Internet' Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A Russian law has taken effect that, in theory, would allow the Russian government to cut off the country's Internet from the rest of the world. The "sove...
10:00 am - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Neonicotinoids Disrupt Aquatic Food Webs and Decrease Fishery Yields, Says Study
A team of researchers from Japan has found compelling evidence of two fisheries collapsing due to use of neonicotinoid pesticides by nearby rice farmers. "In their paper published in the journal Scien...
07:00 am - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Iceland Livestreams 10-Year-Old McDonald's Cheeseburger That Won't Decompose
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: When McDonald's closed all its restaurants in Iceland in 2009, one man decided to buy his last hamburger and fries. "I had heard that McDonald's never decompose ...
03:30 am - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Find a Way To Target the Protein Behind Huntington's Disease
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Huntington's disease is caused by a dominant mutation, meaning that anyone who inherits it will develop the disease. Symptoms typically start whe...
02:10 am - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Gaggle Knows Everything About Teens And Kids In School
Gaggle monitors the work and communications of almost 5 million students in the U.S., and schools are paying big money for its services. Hundreds of company documents unveil a sprawling surveillance i...
01:30 am - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot 14-Year-Old Inventor Solves Blind Spots
Alaina Gassler, a 14-year-old inventor from West Grove, Pennsylvania, came up with a clever way to eliminate the blind spot created by the thick pillars on the side of a car's windshield. All it requi...
12:50 am - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Senator Introduces Bill Banning Facial Recognition Tech In Public Housing
Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Friday introduced a bill banning the use of facial recognition technology in public housing, mirroring legislation proposed in the House in July. The Hill reports: The ...
12:10 am - Sat, November 2, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Poorly Vetting Alexa's User-Submitted Answers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana can answer all sorts of questions that pop into users' heads, and they're improving every day. But what...
11:20 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot DNA Databases Are a National Security Leak Waiting To Happen
schwit1 writes: A private DNA ancestry database that's been used by police to catch criminals is a security risk from which a nation-state could steal DNA data on a million Americans, according to sec...
10:40 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot 13-Year-Old Scientist Designs Alternative To Hyperloop
dryriver shares a report from CNN: Several rival companies may be hard at work trying to get Elon Musk's Hyperloop concept off the ground, but hurtling across country -- maybe even across continents -...
10:03 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot NordVPN Users' Passwords Exposed In Mass Credential-Stuffing Attacks
Last week, NordVPN disclosed a server hack that leaked crypto keys. While the scope of the breach is still being determined, Ars Technica's Dan Goodin reports that NordVPN users' passwords were expose...
09:26 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Blizzard Says 'We Failed in Our Purpose' After Hearthstone Hong Kong Controversy
Blizzard Entertainment kicked off its annual BlizzCon fan expo today with a direct apology from president J. Allen Brack regarding the explosive Hong Kong controversy that's engulfed the company for t...
08:47 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Replacing MSDN and TechNet Forums With Microsoft Q&A
Microsoft has been slowly dismantling its MSDN and TechNet blogging platforms for the past year-plus. This week, Microsoft introduced something meant to replace the MSDN and TechNet forums: A preview ...
08:07 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Pentagon Awaits Possible Amazon Challenge Over Cloud Deal
Amazon must decide soon if it will protest the Pentagon's awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to rival Microsoft, with one possible grievance being the unusual attention given the proje...
07:25 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Google Discloses Chrome Zero-Day Exploited in the Wild
Yesterday, on late Halloween night, Google engineers delivered the best scare of the evening and released an urgent update for the Chrome browser to patch an actively exploited zero-day. From a report...
06:44 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Black Salve Is A Dangerous Fake Cancer Cure, But It Continues To Flourish In Facebook Groups
Even as Facebook has cracked down on anti-vaxxers and peddlers of snake oil cure-alls, a particularly grotesque form of fake cancer treatment has flourished in private groups on Facebook. From a repor...
06:02 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot US Opens National Security Investigation Into TikTok
The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner ByteDance's $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly, Reuters reported on Friday, citing people familiar w...
05:22 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Deadspin is Dead After Refusing To 'Stick To Sports'
Everyone on Deadspin's staff -- nearly 20 writers and editors -- resigned this week after the site's interim editor-in-chief, Barry Petchesky, was fired for refusing to "stick to sports." Axios report...
04:49 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Python Adopts a 12-month Release Cycle
The steering council of Python said it is adopting a 12-month release cycle as it seeks to bring more consistency to schedule. In their mailing list they announced the change would mean developers wou...
04:04 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Facebook, Mozilla, and Cloudflare Announce New TLS Delegated Credentials Standard
Facebook, Mozilla, and Cloudflare announced today a new technical specification called TLS Delegated Credentials, currently undergoing standardization at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Fr...
03:24 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Apple TV Meets Rivals on Originals, But Lack of Back Catalog Is Big Omission
Apple launches its TV+ original video streaming service Friday, ending years of anticipation about the company's next act in television. But it will lack what many consumers want: a giant library of t...
02:44 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Google, Walmart Help Drive India Payments Past 1 Billion Transactions
Saritha Rai, writing for Bloomberg: A payments platform created by India's largest retail banks surpassed a billion transactions in October, a milestone that affirms the tremendous growth of services ...
01:47 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Google Purchases Fitbit for $2.1 Billion
Google announced this morning that it has entered an agreement to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion. In a blog post, Google's Senior Vice President of Devices & Services, Rick Osterloh, said the company...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla To Stop Supporting Sideloaded Extensions In Firefox
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Mozilla has announced today plans to discontinue one of the three methods through which extensions can be installed in Firefox. Starting next year, Fire...
10:00 am - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot 'Because Science' Demonstrates Turing Completeness of Magic: The Gathering
New submitter jklappenbach writes: Further cementing Kyle Hill's nerd creds, he's just released a YouTube video [via Because Science] where he demonstrates how Magic: The Gathering can be used to cons...
07:00 am - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Astronomers Catch Wind Rushing Out of Galaxy
A group of astronomers have found direct evidence for the first time of the role of galactic winds -- ejections of gas from galaxies -- in creating the circumgalactic medium (CGM). "It exists in the r...
03:30 am - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Deep Sleep May Help the Brain Clear Alzheimer's Toxins
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The brain waves generated during deep sleep appear to trigger a cleaning system in the brain that protects it against Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerat...
02:10 am - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot AirPods Pro Teardown Confirms That They're Just As Disposable As Ever
iFixit's teardown of Apple's latest AirPods reveals just how difficult it will be to fix them if they break. "The organization awarded the noise-canceling buds a big fat zero repairability score, noti...
01:50 am - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Incognito Mode For Google Maps Arrives On Android
Incognito Mode for Google Maps is rolling out to Android users to prevent your search queries and real-time tracked location from being recorded onto your Google account. Engadget reports: It's not so...
01:30 am - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Helvetica's Evil Twin, Hellvetica, Will Haunt Your Nightmares
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from Fast Company: Hold your favorite graphic design tome close. We now know what the classic typeface Helvetica would look like if it came from the underworld. Yes, it...
12:50 am - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Uber Allegedly Paid $100K Ransom and Had Hackers Sign NDAs After Data Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: New details about how Uber responded to a massive hack attack in 2016 raise questions about the way it handled sensitive customer information. Instea...
12:10 am - Fri, November 1, 2019
Slashdot Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group Are Merging To Become World's Fourth-Largest Automaker
williamyf writes: This puts Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Chrysler, Dodge, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Ram, and Vauxhall under a single corporate parent and merges operations. PSA Group boss Carlo...
11:30 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot US Interior Department To Ground Its Drones Over Chinese Spying Risk
The Interior Department is grounding its entire fleet of aerial drones (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), one of the largest in the federal government, citing increasing concerns about t...
10:50 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Google's Sidewalk Labs Leaked Document Reveals Company's Early Vision For Data Collection, Tax Powers, Criminal Justice
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Globe and Mail: A confidential Sidewalk Labs document from 2016 lays out the founding vision of the Google-affiliated development company, which included h...
10:13 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot At Least 13 Managed Service Providers Were Used To Push Ransomware This Year
A new report published this week by threat intelligence firm Armor puts the number of managed service providers (MSPs) that got hit with ransomware this year at 13, possibly more. From a report: For t...
09:31 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Expands Into a World Full of Censors
The streaming giant is having to navigate different political and moral landscapes, and calls for government oversight, as it seeks subscribers worldwide. From a report: In September, Netflix released...
08:51 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot The Drone Wars Are Already Here
The skies of Syria, Yemen, and Libya swarm with armed and dangerous unmanned aerial vehicles. And the technology is spreading farther and farther afield. From a report: Three decades ago, drones were ...
08:11 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Google's Network Congestion Algorithm Isn't Fair, Researchers Say
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say a Google algorithm designed help reduce internet congestion is mathematically unfair, resulting in network management systems that may disadvantage some t...
07:33 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Complaints Mounting About iOS 13.2 Being 'More Aggressive at Killing Background Apps and Tasks'
Apple's iOS 13 has had a rocky start since its release last month, with it being among the most buggy Apple software releases in recent memory. Now, iPhone owners are complaining of yet another issue ...
06:53 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Defense Innovation Board Unveils AI Ethics Principles For the Pentagon
The Defense Innovation Board, a panel of 16 prominent technologists advising the Pentagon, today voted to approve AI ethics principles for the Department of Defense. From a news article: The report in...
06:14 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Coca-Cola, Nestle, and PepsiCo Are the Top 3 Plastic Polluters on the Planet
An annual global audit from the Break Free From Plastic movement has found the largest sources of plastic pollution. Coca-Cola, Nestle, and PepsiCo are the top three most identified companies as sourc...
05:41 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot WhatsApp Hacked To Spy on Top Government Officials at US Allies
Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook's WhatsApp to take over users' phones, Reuters reported Thursday,...
04:50 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot ACLU Sues FBI, DOJ Over Facial-Recognition Technology, Criticizing 'Unprecedented' Surveillance and Secrecy
The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday sued the Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI for records detailing their use of facial-recognition software, arguing that...
04:10 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Fedora 31 Released
Fedora 31 has just rolled out the door. From a report: Is it an exciting release? No, not really. Sure, enthusiasts will find themselves thrilled withe inclusion of the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment ...
03:35 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Spain and GitHub Are Blocking an App That Helped Protesters Organize
An anonymous reader shares a report: People are rioting in the streets of Barcelona. For the last month, hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Spain to voice their objection to...
03:32 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Spain and GitHub Are Blocking an App That Helped Protesters Organize
An anonymous reader shares a report: People are rioting in the streets of Barcelona. For the last month, hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Spain to voice their objection to...
03:05 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot China-Linked Hackers Target Military, Government Texts, FireEye Says
A state-linked Chinese hacking group is using malware to steal SMS text messages from high-ranking military and government targets, according to cybersecurity company FireEye. From a report: The hacki...
02:50 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot China-Linked Hackers Target Military, Government Texts, FireEye Says
A state-linked Chinese hacking group is using malware to steal SMS text messages from high-ranking military and government targets, according to cybersecurity company FireEye. From a report: The hacki...
02:18 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Facebook Political Ads Policy After Twitter Ban
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has ardently defended Facebook's controversial political advertising policy hours after Twitter took a shot at its rival while announcing it will ban all political ads fro...
02:10 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Facebook Political Ads Policy After Twitter Ban
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has ardently defended Facebook's controversial political advertising policy hours after Twitter took a shot at its rival while announcing it will ban all political ads fro...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Text Editor Releases 'Free Uyghur' Edition, Gets Swamped With Chinese Spam
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: This week, the developer of the popular text- and code-editing software Notepad++ released a new version update. Nothing seemed particularly strange...
10:00 am - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Gave Its Blacklist Verdict By Posting 66 Percent Gain In Smartphone Shipments
hackingbear writes: As reported by market researcher Canalys, Chinese tech giant and smartphone maker Huawei posted 66% annual growth, reaching a staggering 42% market share in China, which is the lar...
07:00 am - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot Asthma Carbon Footprint 'As Big As Eating Meat'
Cambridge University researchers say some inhalers are bad for the environment because they release greenhouse gases linked to global warming. They recommend patients with asthma talk to their doctors...
03:30 am - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot DeepMind's StarCraft 2 AI Is Now Better Than 99.8 Percent of All Human Players
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: DeepMind today announced a new milestone for its artificial intelligence agents trained to play the Blizzard Entertainment game StarCraft II. The Go...
12:50 am - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot New Electric Battery Design Can Charge an Electric Vehicle In 10 Minutes
ted_pikul writes: Penn State University researchers report in the journal Joule that they've designed an electric battery that can charge an EV for 200 miles in about 10 minutes. The key to their appr...
12:02 am - Thu, October 31, 2019
Slashdot 'OK Boomer' Is the New Retort To Older Generations
Teens are increasingly using the phrase "OK boomer" to fire back at older generations' criticisms. Slashdot reader ItsJustAPseudonym shares an excerpt from an NBC News article: In recent months, the p...