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10:05 pm - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot China's Huawei Gets India Nod To Participate in 5G Trials
The Indian government has allowed Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies to participate in trials for 5G networks, a company spokesman said on Monday. From a report: India's nod to Huawei comes a...
06:43 pm - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Scientist Who Edited Babies' Genes Sentenced To Prison
The Chinese scientist who created the world's first genetically altered babies has been sentenced to three years in prison and a lifelong ban from working in reproductive technology, state media repor...
04:45 pm - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot Brazil Fines Facebook $1.6 Million for Improper Sharing of User Data
Brazil's Ministry of Justice said on Monday it has fined U.S. tech giant Facebook 6.6 million reais ($1.6 million) for improperly sharing user data. From a report: The ministry's department of consume...
04:17 pm - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot French Court Clears Social Media Tracking Plan in Tax Crackdown
France's government can pursue plans to trawl social media to detect tax avoidance, its Constitutional Court ruled last week, although it introduced limitations on what information can be collected fo...
03:46 pm - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot Tech Startups Face New Investor Mandate: Profits Over Discounts
The discounts and freebies many tech startups have used to lure customers-- free lunch delivery, $3 beauty products and bargain taxi rides -- have fallen out of favor with investors who are losing pat...
02:47 pm - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot Tuvalu is a Tiny Island Nation of 11,000 People. Licensing of Its .tv Domain Contributes 1/12th To Its Annual Gross National Income
The internet's full power remains relatively unknown to many people on the tiny island nation Tuvalu (located halfway between Hawaii and Australia), but its evolution has made Tuvalu's .tv domain one ...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot Unintended Perk of the Online Mattress Boom: Never-Ending Free Trials
Dozens of bedding venders such as Casper and Tuft & Needle offer generous return policies. Life hackers are taking advantage. From a report: Over the course of 15 months, Mr. Bir slept on five dif...
12:39 pm - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot NASA Showcases Its New Mars Rover, Calls It Precursor to Humans on Mars
"The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unve...
08:34 am - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot CNBC Reports Open Source Software Has Essentially 'Taken Over the World'
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: CNBC Explores released a 14-minute documentary this month called "The Rise Of Open-Source Software." It's already racked up 558,802 views on YouTube, arguing that op...
04:39 am - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot Rector Says There Is a 50% Chance That Notre Dame Cathedral Will Not Be Saved
McGruber quotes the Associated Press:The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there's a "50% chance" the structure might not be saved, because scaffolding in...
02:39 am - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Wants Schoolchildren Playing Minecraft To Learn Math
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: A Microsoft blog post notes the company has lined up K-12 educators to sing the praises of Minecraft Education Edition at the Future of Education Technology Co...
12:45 am - Mon, December 30, 2019
Slashdot Washington Post Writer Calls 2019 'The Year of OK Boomer', Calls for Inter-Generational Kindness
"It was the year of 'OK boomer,' and the generations were at each other's throats," argues the national features writer for The Washington Post, starting with a quote from New York University's Michae...
11:39 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot New Amazon Scanner Can Identify Shoppers By The Veins In Their Hand
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:What if you could pay for your groceries using your veins? Amazon filed a patent for technology that could identify you by scanning the wrinkles in the palm of you...
10:39 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot What Exactly Happened During Boeing's Starliner Mission to the ISS?
Space News reports on Boeing's Saturday update about the "Starliner" spacecraft which cut short a test flight last week:Boeing emphasized the good condition of the spacecraft, which showed "little sco...
09:41 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot Russia Claims New Missile is 27 Times Faster Than Sound
"A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational Friday, Russia's defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin," according to the Associated Press:Pu...
08:40 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot Security Camera Startup Wyze Leaked Data on Millions of Customers
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Security camera startup Wyze has confirmed it suffered a data leak earlier this month that left the personal information for millions of its customers exposed on the in...
07:44 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot How Tech Companies Could Skirt California's Strict New Privacy Law
Forty million Californians "will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S.," reports the Associated Press, saying the new law taking effect Wednesday "might e...
06:44 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot Why Is 'Rise of Skywalker' Dividing Critics and Fans?
"After opening 20 percent behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi last weekend, Skywalker has almost caught up with its predecessor as it heads for the $1 billion mark in a fitting end to Disney's unprecedent...
05:45 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot Are Government Shutdowns of the Internet Becoming The World's New Normal?
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:CNN reports that government shutdowns of the internet are becoming the new normal:An ongoing internet blackout in Indian-controlled Kashmir is now the longest ever in a ...
04:34 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot Superphones, Hyperloops, and Other Tech Predictions That Haven't Happened (Yet)
Bloomberg looks back at what tech industry titans predicted would be happening "by 2020."- Here's what Huawei Technologies Co. said in 2015 predicting a "superphone" by 2020, according to ZDNet: "Insp...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot Google/NASA/Maxar Images Reveal This Decade's Engineering Accomplishments As Seen From Space
USA Today wondered how this decade's new construction would look from space. "With the help of Maxar, a provider of advanced, space-based technology solutions, Google and NASA, we've taken many more s...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot CNET Releases '2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame' Dishonoring This Year's Biggest Data Breaches
schwit1 quotes CNET's report on their newly-released "2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame."The biggest recurrent motif among the major data breaches of 2019 wasn't the black-hooded hacker in a dark room, d...
11:34 am - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot Meet The Programmer Behind Atari's Legendarily Bad Videogame 'E.T.'
An anonymous reader quotes The Hustle:Once the most highly coveted game developer -- a hit-maker with the Midas touch -- he had been immortalized as the man who created E.T., the "worst" video game in...
08:34 am - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot How Should Students Respond To Their School's Surveillance Systems?
Hundreds of thousands of American students are being tracked by their colleges to monitor attendance, analyze behavior and assess their mental health, the Washington Post reported this week. That arti...
05:04 am - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot How Apple -- and Millennials -- Stopped the Rise of eBooks
As this decade winds to a close, Vox looks back 10 years to when ebooks "appeared poised to disrupt the publishing industry on a fundamental level."Analysts confidently predicted that millennials woul...
02:34 am - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot Would Social Media Have Made Life Worse For Richard Jewell?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Clint Eastwood's new movie Richard Jewell recounts the incredible tale of the security guard. Jewell was later [erroneously] considered a suspect after being h...
12:34 am - Sun, December 29, 2019
Slashdot In 1994 A 12-Year-Old Programmed a Videogame. It Turned Up on Twitch Monday
Prorammer Rick Brewster has worked at both Microsoft and Facebook. But this Christmas on Twitter he shared the story of his long-lost videogame creation "that somehow -- like some kind of lost, drunke...
11:34 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot FSF-Approved Hyperbola GNU/Linux Forking OpenBSD, Citing 'User Freedom' Concerns
Long-time Slashdot reader twocows writes: Hyperbola GNU/Linux, a FSF-approved distribution of GNU/Linux, has declared their intent to fork OpenBSD and become HyperbolaBSD..." The news came earlier thi...
10:34 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Los Angeles Is Considering Make Uber and Lyft Go All-Electric
"The Financial Times is reporting that Los Angeles may now force Uber and Lyft to use electric cars," reports Electrek:Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, "We have the power to regulate car share. W...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot UK Government Accidentally Doxxes Award Winners
More than 1,000 celebrities, government employees and politicians recognized in the U.K.'s traditional New Year's Honours list this year "have had their home and work addresses posted on a government ...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Bill Gates Gives Reddit User An 81-Pound 'Secret Santa' Gift
"A Michigan woman got the Secret Santa gift of a lifetime this Christmas -- an 81-pound package from Bill Gates," reports CNN: The gifts included an original manuscript of "The Great Gatsby," signed b...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Couple Reports 'Intruder' To 911. It Turns Out To Be Their Roomba Vacuum Cleaner
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:A North Carolina couple was watching a movie in their bedroom when they suddenly heard loud noises coming from downstairs. Worried that it was an intruder, the two calle...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Stack Exchange Apologizes, Offers 'Possible Reinstatement' To Moderator Removed Over Pronouns Policy
In October the Register reported that 20 Stack Exchange moderators had distanced themselves from the geeky Q&A site to protest policy changes and the removal of moderator Monica Cellio "over alleg...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency Project Has Failed in its Current Form, says Swiss President
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters' reports on some more bad news for the Geneva-based Libra Association:Facebook's Libra project has failed in its current form and needs reworking to be approved, sai...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Debian Project Votes 'Systemd But We Support Exploring Alternatives'
DevNull127 writes: The Debian Project has announced the results of its vote on how much to support non-systemd init systems. The eight options voted on included "Focus on systemd" and "Support for mul...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Joins Twitter in Suspending Political Ads in 2020
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:Spotify announced Friday that it will suspend political advertising on its platform next year, making it the latest in a series of tech and social media platforms ...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Fast Retailing, the World's Third-Largest Retailer, Says It's Cracked the Final Barrier To Full Automation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: There was only one job that robots could not do when Fast Retailing, the owner of Uniqlo, replaced 90% of its workers with robots at its fla...
10:00 am - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot US Tests Ways To Sweep Space Clean of Radiation After Nuclear Attack
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: The U.S. military thought it had cleared the decks when, on 9 July 1962, it heaved a 1.4-megaton nuclear bomb some 400 kilometers into space: Orbiti...
07:00 am - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot China's Long March 5 Rocket Returns To Flight
schwit1 shares a report from Space.com: China's biggest rocket, the Long March 5, returned to flight for the first time since a 2017 failure Friday (Dec. 27) in a dazzling nighttime launch for the Chi...
03:30 am - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Attempt To Recreate 'Overview Effect' From Earth
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The spectacle of Earth suspended in space was so overwhelming for Edgar Mitchell that the Apollo 14 astronaut and sixth man on the moon wanted to...
02:03 am - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Trump Could Mandate Free Access To Federally Funded Research Papers
The White House is rumored to be working on an executive order that would require all scientific papers that are based on federally funded research to be made available online free of charge as soon a...
01:25 am - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot New Law Finally Bans Bullshit Cable TV Fees
After a longstanding campaign by Consumer Reports, The Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019 passed the House and the Senate last week buried inside a giant appropriations bill that now awaits Pres...
12:45 am - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot Amazon, Ring Face Class-Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Security Camera Hacks
Alabama resident John Orange has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Amazon and Ring of failing to do enough to secure their security systems against hacks, including Orange's. Engadget reports: He ...
12:03 am - Sat, December 28, 2019
Slashdot 'I Asked My Students To Turn In Their Cellphones and Write About Living Without Them'
Rog Srigley, writer who teaches at Humber College and Laurentian University, offered his students extra credit if they would give him their phones for nine days and write about living without them. "W...
11:20 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Apple News No Longer Supports RSS
Mac developer Michael Tsai reports that Apple News no longer supports RSS. The news comes from user David A. Desrosiers, who writes: Apple News on iOS and macOS no longer supports adding RSS or ATOM f...
10:40 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Shopify CEO Says Long Hours Aren't Necessary For Success
Tobi Lutke, the founder and CEO of $48 billion e-commerce cloud-software company Shopify, took to Twitter to remind us all that we don't need to work 80 hours a week to be successful. Business Insider...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Turkey Unveils First Fully Homemade Car In $3.7 Billion Bet On Electric
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Turkey unveiled its first fully domestically-produced car on Friday, saying it aimed to eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicl...
09:22 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Andrew Shuman on the Cortana App's Death, Natural Language, and Alexa
An anonymous reader writes: Last month, news broke that Microsoft was killing off Cortana for Android and iOS and was removing Cortana from its Launcher app for Android. On January 31, 2020, Microsoft...
08:41 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 20 Now Available For Download
From a report: Calculate Linux 20, a Gentoo-based operating system, is ready to be installed on your computer. Calculate Linux 20 is based on Gentoo 17.1 and comes with several desktop environment cho...
08:01 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot The Story of the World's Loneliest Tree
A single wild tree on a New Zealand island could soon get some neighbors -- and that's a good thing. From a report: After seven decades of cuttings, failures, plant enzymes, a little coaxing, and a Ma...
07:21 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Messenger Now Requires a Facebook Account To Join
If you want to sign up for Facebook Messenger, you can no longer escape Big Blue -- you'll need an account from now on. From a report: The company has stopped allowing new users to join using a phone ...
06:42 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Free Returns Come With an Environmental Cost
Packages leave a trail of pollution, and some end up in landfills. From a report: The biggest flood of returns will come on January 2nd as people head back to work after the holidays, when UPS expects...
06:01 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot China To Complete Beidou Competitor To GPS With New Launches
China said Friday its Beidou Navigation Satellite System that emulates the U.S. Global Positioning System will be competed with the launch of its final two satellites in the first half of next year. F...
05:21 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Italy Follows France in Levying a Digital Tax
Italy soon will join France in applying a new tax on large tech companies, a move that could deepen trans-Atlantic trade tensions and snarl up already-faltering negotiations over how best to tax compa...
04:42 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot China Shows Its Dominance in Surveillance Technology
Chinese companies have made every submission to UN on standards in past three years, Financial Times reports [the link may be paywalled]. From the report: Chinese companies have made every submission ...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot First Active Fault Zone Found on Mars
Rumbling quakes on the red planet have been traced back to Cerberus Fossae, suggesting this geologically young region is still alive and cracking. From a report: Millions of miles away, a robot geolog...
03:21 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Information Teleported Between Two Computer Chips For the First Time
Michael Irving, writing for New Atlas: Scientists at the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have achieved quantum teleportation between two computer chips for the first time...
02:41 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Attempt To Recreate 'Overview Effect' From Earth
Researchers aim to recreate intense emotional experience astronauts reported on seeing Earth from space for the first time. From a report: The spectacle of Earth suspended in space was so overwhelming...
02:01 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Wikimedia Says It is Deeply Concerned About India's Proposed Intermediary Liability Rules
An anonymous reader shares a report: Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit group that operates Wikipedia and a number of other projects, has urged the Indian government to rethink the proposed changes t...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Will the 2020s Bring Us?
dryriver writes: The 2010s were not necessarily the greatest decade to live through. AAA computer games were not only DRM'd and internet tethered to death but became increasingly formulaic and pay-to-...
10:30 am - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Wikimedia Says It is Deeply Concerned About India's Proposed Intermediary Liability Rules
An anonymous reader shares a report: Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit group that operates Wikipedia and a number of other projects, has urged the Indian government to rethink the proposed changes t...
10:00 am - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Worker Fired For Declining a Face Scan Awarded $23,200
Iwastheone shares a report from Stuff.co.nz: Christchurch electrician Tim Fensom has been awarded $23,200 after he was fired for refusing to use a face scanning system. Fensom worked for construction ...
07:00 am - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Goes To War With Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency
Google has decided to remove hundreds of bitcoin and cryptocurrency videos from YouTube in what's being called a "crypto-purge" -- leaving many who make bitcoin and cryptocurrency-related videos feeli...
03:30 am - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot How Cruise Ships Bring 1,200 Tons of Toxic Fumes To Brooklyn a Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to introduce [a $21 million plug-in station] in Red Hoo...
01:40 am - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Electric Bikes and Scooters Will Stay Illegal In New York Thanks To Governor Cuomo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have made electric scooters and bikes legal in the state, citing the lack of a mandatory helmet requirement and other safety concerns. The v...
01:00 am - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Mazda3 Bug Activates Emergency Brake System For No Reason
Mazda says "incorrect programming" in its Smart Braking System (SBS) can make fourth-generation Mazda 3 vehicles falsely detect on object in their path while driving and automatically apply the brakes...
12:20 am - Fri, December 27, 2019
Slashdot Baidu Has a New Trick For Teaching AI the Meaning of Language
Baidu, China's closest equivalent to Google, has achieved the highest score at the General Language Understanding Evaluation (GLUE) AI competition. What's notable about Baidu's achievement is that it ...
11:40 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot How Amazon Sacrifices Safety For Speed For Its Delivery Network
An anonymous reader shares a report: The speed and convenience of Amazon's own delivery network has regularly come at the price of safety, as detailed in an extensive report by BuzzFeed News and ProPu...
11:00 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Patents New Chemistry For Better, Longer-Lasting and Cheaper Batteries
Tesla is closing the year by filing a patent on a new chemistry for better, longer-lasting and cheaper batteries. The new patent is related to the new battery cell that Tesla's battery research partne...
11:00 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Why Do 88% of Americans Use a Second Screen While Watching TV?
According to TV metrics company Nielsen, a whopping 88% of Americans stare at screens while staring at other screens. Nate Anderson from Ars Technica discovered the stat while combing through Mary Mee...
10:20 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Reportedly Got By With a Lot of Help From the Chinese Government
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: For those following Huawei's substantial rise over the past several years, it'll come as no surprise that the Chinese government played an importan...
09:40 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Google Brain's AI Achieves State-of-the-Art Text Summarization Performance
A Google Brain and Imperial College London team have built a system -- Pre-training with Extracted Gap-sentences for Abstractive SUmmarization Sequence-to-sequence, or Pegasus -- that leverages Google...
09:00 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Want To Use Mega Man 2 To Evaluate AI
Games have long served as a training ground for AI algorithms, and not without good reason. From a report: Games -- particularly video games -- provide challenging environments against which to benchm...
08:20 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Researchers Use AI To Improve the Recognition of Curved Text
Kyle Wiggers, writing for VentureBeat: Optical character recognition (OCR), or the conversion of images of handwritten or printed text into machine-readable text, is a science that dates back to the e...
07:44 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Washington's New Anti-Robocall Law Won't Stop the Calls. Here's Why.
In a rare bipartisan achievement, Congress has moved to combat the scourge of robocalls inundating Americans. Just don't expect the phone to stop ringing any time soon. From a report: Lawmakers, indus...
07:00 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Holiday Season Online Shopping Hit a New High in the US This Year
U.S. consumers spent more online this holiday season than they ever have before, according to a new report from Mastercard. From a report: Digging into the report, Reuters found e-commerce sales contr...
06:11 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot New Rule Would Make it Possible To Track and Identify Nearly All Drones Flying in the US
The Federal Aviation Administration put forward a rule Thursday that would empower the government to track most drones in the U.S. From a report: The rule will require drones to implement a remote ID ...
05:21 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Ring's Security Woes Cause Some Tech Review Sites To Rethink Glowing Endorsements
At least two tech review sites are discussing whether to rescind their positive recommendations of Ring's home surveillance cameras, a leading digital-rights organization announced this week. From a r...
04:36 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Sony Can't Make Image Sensors Fast Enough To Keep Up With Demand
Sony is working around the clock to manufacture its in-demand image sensors, but even a 24-hour operation hasn't been enough. From a report: For the second straight year, the Japanese company will run...
03:33 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot The State of JavaScript 2019
Over 20,000 developers have shared what are their favorite JavaScript features, front-end frameworks and back-end frameworks in a new annual survey. The figures come from the fourth State of JavaScrip...
02:55 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Enthrals Skywatchers in Middle East, Asia
Thousands of skywatchers gathered across parts of the Middle East and Asia on Thursday to glimpse the sun forming a ring of fire around the moon in a rare annular solar eclipse. From a report: An annu...
02:36 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Turkey's Wikipedia Ban Violates Rights, Top Court Rules
The Constitutional Court in Ankara ruled that the nationwide access ban on Wikipedia constitutes a violation of free speech, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday. From a report: The 10-to-6 m...
02:10 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Turkey's Wikipedia Ban Violates Rights, Top Court Rules
The Constitutional Court in Ankara ruled that the nationwide access ban on Wikipedia constitutes a violation of free speech, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday. From a report: The 10-to-6 m...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot The US Government Has Approved Funds for Geoengineering Research
The US government has for the first time authorized funding to research geoengineering, the idea that we could counteract climate change by reflecting more of the sun's heat away from the planet. An a...
10:00 am - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Electric Buses on London's 100 Route Will Play a Soundtrack To Alert Pedestrians To Their Presence
Matt Burgess, writing for Wired UK: Last year London's 8,000 or so buses traveled 279 million miles and completed 2.23 billion journeys -- more than half of all bus trips completed in England. But the...
02:30 am - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot 'Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security'
The network's furthering of lies from foreign adversaries and flagrant disregard for the truth have gotten downright dangerous. Garrett M. Graff, writing for Wired earlier this month: Monday's split-s...
02:00 am - Thu, December 26, 2019
Slashdot Pentagon Wants Open-Source 5G Plan in Campaign Against Huawei
The Pentagon is urging US telecoms equipment makers to join forces on 5G technology in a drive to offer a homegrown alternative to China's Huawei. From a report: Lisa Porter, who oversees research and...
11:30 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Iran Curbs Internet Before Possible New Protests
Iran's authorities have restricted mobile internet access in several provinces, an Iranian news agency reported on Wednesday, a day before new protests were expected to kick off following calls for de...
10:30 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines, Tracking the Locations of Hundreds of Thousands
Colleges are tracking students' location to enforce attendance, analyze their behavior and assess their mental health. One company calculates a student's "risk score" based on factors such as whether ...
09:30 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot 'The Rise of Skywalker' Is a Preview of Our DRM-Fueled Dystopian Future
This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Jason Koebler, writing for Motherboard: Emperor Palpatine is back with a fleet of planet-killing Star Destroyers, the masses are scare...
08:30 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Behind Samsung's $116 Billion Bid for Chip Supremacy
Technology giants are increasingly designing their own semiconductors to optimize everything from artificial intelligence tasks to server performance and mobile battery life. Google has the Tensor Pro...
07:01 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot The Man Who Made Wolfenstein
theodp writes: Over at Polygon, games journalist Colin Campbell remembers the late Silas Warner in The Man Who Made Wolfenstein. Before Doom, there was Warner's Castle Wolfenstein (1981) and Beyond Ca...
06:01 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Uniqlo's Tokyo Warehouse is 90% Robotic
Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo has managed to automate 90 percent of its flagship Tokyo warehouse, the Financial Times reports, adding that the facility includes a two-armed robot that can fold and ...
05:01 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot The Snail-Mail Card is Taking on More Significance in the Age of Social Media
In the age of social media, the snail-mail holiday photo card is taking on more significance. Permanent, physical photos stand out, and families are realizing they can be used to convey important life...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot The French Cities Trying To Ban Public Adverts
For decades France has had one of the most well-organized anti-advertising movements in the world, ranging from guerrilla protests with spray-cans to high-profile court cases. But now the boom in what...
03:01 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Apps Are Losing Their Hold on India
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apps from Chinese developers have been gaining popularity on Indian app stores for sometime. Last year, as many as 44 of the top 100 Android apps in India were dev...
02:01 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot If You Bought a Real Christmas Tree, You Paid 15 Cents To the Christmas Tree Promotion Board
An anonymous reader shares a report: Christmas season is in full swing, and if the newly-formed Christmas Tree Promotion Board is doing its job right, you'll want to buy a real tree. You'll crave the ...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Russia 'Successfully Tests' Its Unplugged Internet
The Russian government says it has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet. Details of what the test involved were vague but, according to the Ministry of Communications,...
10:00 am - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Mysterious Drones Flying Nighttime Patterns Baffle Colorado Officials
doug141 writes: At least 17 big drones, likely over the FAA limit of 55 pounds, are flying a grid search pattern over NE Colorado (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), nightly between 7 and...
09:46 am - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Podcast?
Pocket Casts, one of the most widely used podcast apps, has shared a list of podcasts that were most subscribed by its user base this year. Top 10 podcasts this year were: 1. The Joe Rogan Experience....
07:00 am - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Watch Santa Travel Across 3D Globe Via NORAD's Santa Tracker
dryriver writes: Santa -- flying over Australia right now -- is flying across the globe and dropping gifts along the way. Using NORAD's Santa Tracker, we can watch him flying over a Google Earth-style...
03:30 am - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome Impacted By New Magellan 2.0 Vulnerabilities
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A new set of SQLite vulnerabilities can allow attackers to remotely run malicious code inside Google Chrome, the world's most popular web browser. The v...
01:25 am - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot 'My Business Card Runs Linux'
Computer engineer George Hilliard says he has built an electronic business card running Linux. From his blog post: It is a complete, minimal ARM computer running my customized Linux firmware built wit...
12:45 am - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot Mike Bloomberg Is Plowing Millions of Dollars Into a Secretive Tech Firm Called Hawkfish
As a way to help his 2020 presidential bid, presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is pouring tens of millions of dollars into an unknown digital business called Hawkfish -- which Bloomberg himself fou...
12:03 am - Wed, December 25, 2019
Slashdot MIT Reveals First Ever Laser Ultrasound Pictures of a Human Body
Researchers from MIT have revealed the very first images of a human generated through a novel laser ultrasound imaging technique. Unlike conventional ultrasound, the new technique does not require any...
11:20 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Bushfires Release Over Half Australia's Annual Carbon Emissions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The unprecedented bushfires devastating swathes of Australia have already pumped out more than half of the country's annual carbon dioxide emissions...
10:40 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot New York Governor Promises Net Neutrality Legislation In 2020
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a state net neutrality law as part of his 2020 legislative agenda, joining states like California in proposing a law to ensure his state's internet...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot A Twitter App Bug Was Used To Match 17 Million Phone Numbers To User Accounts
Security researcher Ibrahim Balic said he has matched 17 million phone numbers to Twitter user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter's Android app. TechCrunch reports: Ibrahim Balic found that it w...
09:20 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Travis Kalanick Severs All Ties With Uber, Departing Board and Selling All His Shares
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will step down from the board, effective Dec. 31, and a spokesperson said Tuesday he has sold all of his stock in the rid...
08:40 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Store Data in Synthetic DNA Embedded in a Plastic Bunny
A new method for preserving genetically encoded data into common manufacturing materials is reported. From a report: The future of digital memory may be inside a small plastic bunny that contains 3-D ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Criminal Gangs Spreading African Swine Fever To Force Farmers To Sell Pigs Cheaply So They Can Profit
Chinese criminals have been exploiting the country's African swine fever crisis by intentionally spreading the disease to force farmers to sell their pigs for a low price before smuggling the meat and...
07:30 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Will Future TVs Be Able To DeepFake Actor Faces In Realtime?
dryriver writes: We've all seen the DeepFake videos on Youtube, where a different actor's face from the original is digitally inserted into a film scene. Some of these DeepFakes are actually quite con...
07:20 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Will Future TVs Be Able To DeepFake Actor Faces In Realtime?
dryriver writes: We've all seen the DeepFake videos on Youtube, where a different actor's face from the original is digitally inserted into a film scene. Some of these DeepFakes are actually quite con...
07:16 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Why the Wikimedia Foundation Has Not Signed on To the Contract for the Web
In November 2019, Tim Berners-Lee and the Web Foundation launched the Contract for the Web, a set of rules designed to address the challenges facing digital communication and participation -- from thr...
06:21 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Why the Wikimedia Foundation Has Not Signed on To the Contract for the Web
In November 2019, Tim Berners-Lee and the Web Foundation launched the Contract for the Web, a set of rules designed to address the challenges facing digital communication and participation -- from thr...
05:40 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Why Your Brain Needs Exercise
Answering this question requires that we rethink our views of exercise. From a report: People often consider walking and running to be activities that the body is able to perform on autopilot. But res...
05:40 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Baltimore Police Back Pilot Program for Surveillance Planes, Reviving Controversial Program
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Friday he now supports a pilot program to fly three private surveillance planes over the city, reviving a controversial effort that had been shelved...
04:50 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Why Your Brain Needs Exercise
Answering this question requires that we rethink our views of exercise. From a report: People often consider walking and running to be activities that the body is able to perform on autopilot. But res...
04:10 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Do You Protect Your iPhone? It's a Case Study That Divides Americans.
As smartphones balloon in price, some pushing past $1,000, there is a debate between case haves and case have-nots. One side says it makes absolutely no sense to ferry such expensive gadgets unprotect...
03:30 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Malware Broker Behind US Hacks is Now Teaching Computer Skills in China
A Chinese malware broker who was sentenced in the United States this year for dealing in malicious software linked to major hacks is back at his old workplace: teaching high-school computer courses, i...
02:50 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot The Next Big Streaming Trend? Recommendations From Actual People
Over the past decade, Netflix and its rivals have come to rely heavily on the power of algorithms, those top-secret computer programs designed to connect audiences with the programming they're most li...
02:10 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Randy Suess, Computer Bulletin Board Inventor, Dies at 74
Randy Suess, a computer hobbyist who helped build the first online bulletin board, anticipating the rise of the internet, messaging apps and social media, died on Dec. 10 in Chicago. He was 74. From a...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot A 22-Year-Old Was Convicted For Attempting To Blackmail Apple For $100,000 In iTunes Gift Cards
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A 22-year-old boss backed by a gangster cabal of "internet buddies" has been thwarted and convicted in their attempt to blackmail Apple, the UK's Nati...
10:00 am - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Uber Joins Forces With Joby Aviation To Launch An Air Taxi Service By 2023
Uber is joining forces with California-based aerospace company Joby Aviation to launch urban air-taxi services in select locations by 2023. The Verge reports: Joby is the brainchild of inventor JoeBen...
07:00 am - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Proposed CO2 Capture System Could Reduce Truck Emissions By 90 Percent
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Lausanne (EPFL) have come up with a new concept for capturing CO2 from truck exhausts which could reduce emissions by up to 90 percent. Engadget reports: ...
03:30 am - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot The Human Brain Evolved When Carbon Dioxide Was Lower
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Atlantic: Kris Karnauskas, a professor of ocean sciences at the University of Colorado, has started walking around campus with a pocket-size carbon-dioxide...
01:30 am - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot The Navy's Flawed Bridge Technology Set the USS McCain Up For Disaster
schwit1 writes: [ProPublica] outlines in detail the causes behind the crash in 2017 of the USS McCain and an oil-tanker that killed ten sailors and injured many others. It is a horror story of a bankr...
01:10 am - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Judge Strikes Down NYC Law Limiting Uber, Lyft Driver Cruising Time
A New York judge ruled on Monday that a state law designed to control how much time ride-hailing drivers can spend looking for passengers was "arbitrary and capricious." Engadget reports: Had the law ...
12:50 am - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Bans Animated PNG Files After Online Attackers Targeted Users With Epilepsy
Twitter is banning animated PNG image files (APNGs) from its platform, after an attack on the Epilepsy Foundation's Twitter account sent out similar animated images that could potentially cause seizur...
12:10 am - Tue, December 24, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile/Sprint Deal Is Good Actually, Feds Tell Court In States' Lawsuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal regulators that want to let T-Mobile complete its acquisition of rival wireless carrier Sprint are pushing back on a collective effort by...
11:30 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Stock Hits 'Funding Secured' $420 Price
140Mandak262Jamuna writes: Elon Musk tweeted he had secured funding to take Tesla private at a share price of $420 right in the middle of a trading day in August 2018, without any prior approval from ...
10:50 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Boeing Fires CEO Dennis Muilenburg
McGruber writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Boeing Corporation fired its Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) as the company str...
10:10 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot California Gives a Green Light To Companies Testing Driverless Delivery Vehicles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: California has said it will now allow companies to test light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on the state's public roads. The State of California's D...
09:30 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot IT Worker With Grudge Jailed
A former Jet2 IT contractor with a grudge has been jailed for a cyber-attack on the company. From a report: Scott Burns, 27, of Queen Street in Morley, Leeds, was jailed for 10 months for his actions,...
08:50 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot How Do Bullets Work in Video Games?
FPS (first-person shooter) games have been a staple in the video game industry ever since the explosion of Wolfenstein 3D back in 1992. Since then, the genre has been evolving with graphical upgrades,...
08:10 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot No, Spotify, You Shouldn't Have Sent Mysterious USB Drives To Journalists
Zack Whittaker, writing for TechCrunch: Last week, Spotify sent a number of USB drives to reporters with a note: "Play me." It's not uncommon for reporters to receive USB drives in the post. Companies...
07:30 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Bringing Rocks Back From Mars
The Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission intended to achieve all this will require three launches from Earth over the course of a decade, and five separate machines. From a report: The organisations invol...
06:59 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Board Games Are Getting Really, Really Popular
An anonymous reader shares a report: Jonathan Kay, co-author of the new book Your Move: What Board Games Teach Us About Life, has largely given up on movies and TV, and has instead made tabletop gamin...
06:14 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Choice' Isn't the Endorsement It Appears
Americans searching for last-minute Christmas gifts on Amazon.com will get lots of results that include "Amazon's Choice" products. Many shoppers will assume that is a dependable stamp of approval. It...
05:30 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA
Security researchers say they found evidence that a Chinese government-linked hacking group has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in a recent wave of attacks. From a report: The attacks h...
04:50 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Russia Plans To Cut Off Some Internet Access Today
Russia has temporarily shut off many of its citizens' access to the global internet today in a test of its controversial RuNet program, according to an internal government document. From a report: RuN...
04:10 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Video Games Are Dividing South Korea
When StarCraft first came on the scene in 1998, the real-time science fiction strategy game wasn't just a hit -- it was an awakening. Out of 11 million copies sold worldwide, 4.5 million were in South...
03:43 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Why So Many Japanese Children Refuse To Go To School
In Japan, more and more children are refusing to go to school, a phenomenon called "futoko." As the numbers keep rising, people are asking if it's a reflection of the school system, rather than a prob...
03:30 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Popular Messaging App ToTok Reportedly an Emirati Spy Tool
A popular messaging app billed as a secure way to chat with friends and family is actually a spying tool used by the United Arab Emirates to track the activities of those who download it, The New York...
03:23 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Ethiopia Has Launched its First Satellite Into Space
Ethiopia launched its first observatory satellite into space on Friday (Dec. 20), according to local reports. From a report: The 70 kilogram remote sensing satellite is to be used for agricultural, cl...
02:50 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Why So Many Japanese Children Refuse To Go To School
In Japan, more and more children are refusing to go to school, a phenomenon called "futoko." As the numbers keep rising, people are asking if it's a reflection of the school system, rather than a prob...
02:10 pm - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Ethiopia Has Launched its First Satellite Into Space
Ethiopia launched its first observatory satellite into space on Friday (Dec. 20), according to local reports. From a report: The 70 kilogram remote sensing satellite is to be used for agricultural, cl...
11:34 am - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot 'Rise of Skywalker' Falls Short of Predecessors. Is the Future Streaming?
After 42 years the final installment in the 9-movie Star Wars franchise arrived this weekend during a "moment of transition for the movie business," reports Variety:Its $176 million debut, though mass...
08:04 am - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Two Top Scientists Warn That The Amazon, and Earth, Have Reached a Tipping Point
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:"The precious Amazon is teetering on the edge of functional destruction and, with it, so are we," Thomas Lovejoy of George Mason University and Carlos No...
04:34 am - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There A Laptop That Uses Rechargeable 18650 Cell Batteries?
"Present laptop dying, battery of course," writes long-time Slashdot reader ClarkMills.It uses proprietary pouch Lithium cells. Wouldn't it be great to just swap in a new set of 18650s? Okay, it may n...
02:34 am - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot Microchip Pioneer Chuck Peddle, Lead Designer of the Historic 650x Microprocessors, Dies
Long-time Slashdot reader kackle writes:If you cut your teeth on 8-bit computers during their explosion into the mainstream beginning in the 1970s, you were likely aware of and/or influenced by the wo...
12:34 am - Mon, December 23, 2019
Slashdot 'Cats' Director Rushes Visual Effects Update Into Theaters After Disastrous Opening
Though its poster promises "the most joyful event of the holiday season," the new movie Cats scored just 18% with professional critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and the $100 million adaptaton of the Broadwa...
11:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Code.org Boasts It's 'Served' an Hour of Code To 910 Million Students
theodp writes: The Hour of Code home page captured by the Internet Archive on Dec. 17th boasted that 835,581,513 students had been 'served' an Hour of Code. Three days later, however, the numbers had ...
10:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Mysterious Green Liquid Oozing Onto Highway Identified
An anonymous reader quotes the Detroit Free Press:The mysterious, greenish-yellow liquid that ran onto a Michigan highway on Friday came from a closed electroplating business whose owner is serving a ...
09:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Could Spacecraft Catch the Solar Winds With 'Electric Sails'?
RockDoctor (Slashdot reader #15,477) writes:For over a century, the "solar sail" has been a concept in theoretical spaceflight, in science fiction, and in the last few years, actual spaceflight. Recen...
08:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Researcher Uses Focused Gallium Ions To Build A Microscopic Gingerbread House
"Travis Casagrande, a research associate at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy at Hamilton's McMaster University has created the smallest gingerbread house ever built," writes long-time Slash...
08:04 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Tech News Site 'The INQUIRER' Is Shutting Down
Long-time Slashdot reader pvjr writes that "The Inquirer is giving up the ghost and going dark in March, 2020." An announcement on the site from the site's editor explains that the change is "due to a...
07:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Police Charges Filed in African Heist Case Involving IPv4 Addresses
orange (Slashdot user #12,033) writes:In a series of articles, a security researcher along with an investigative journalist have laid bare shenanigans involving millions of dollars of scarce IPv4 addr...
06:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Many of Kubernetes 2,000 TODO Comments Appear to Be Forgotten
Kubernetes (originally designed by Google) is a prominent open-source container-orchestration system for cloud computing with over 4.3 million lines of Go source code. Over 700,000 lines of that code ...
05:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot China Could Be Turning On Its 'Artificial Sun' Fusion Reactor Soon
"China is about to start operation on its 'artificial sun' -- a nuclear fusion device that produces energy by replicating the reactions that take place at the center of the sun," writes Newsweek. schw...
04:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Bloomberg Fined $7.6M For Re-Publishing Info From Fake Press Release
A fake press release posted at vinci.group (mimicking vinci.com) led to a multi-million dollar fine -- for the news outlet that fell for it. AFP reports:France's financial markets watchdog on Monday (...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot 40% of Anti-Vaccine Group's Funding Came From Wealthy 'Alternative Health' Vendor
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:The nation's oldest anti-vaccine advocacy group often emphasizes that it is supported primarily by small donations and concerned parents, describing its ...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Retired US General Claims Revolutionary Transport Technology, Warns China Could Dominate Space
"Retired Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast says fantastic technology exists that could transport a human anywhere on earth within an hour," reports The Drive, in an article shared by schwit1:As has been common...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Are 'Advanced Driver Assistance Systems' Making Us Worse Drivers?
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Advanced driver assistance systems are becoming on the norm even on midlevel cars. For safety advocates that seems like good news: Systems designed to prevent crashes ...
08:34 am - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot How a Fake Murder-For-Hire Site Led To Real Convictions
Harper's profiles sys-admin Chris Monteiro, who moonlights as a white-hat hacker monitoring dark web sites claiming to offer murder-for-hire services. For example, he tipped off one local police depar...
04:34 am - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: At What Age Should Toddlers Get Screen Time?
Slashdot reader ne0phyte73 writes:I got my first computer (a Commodore 64) when I was 13. My daughter got hers (One Laptop Per Child) when she was 5. What are the current trends? I see new AI-powered ...
02:34 am - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot DNS Over HTTPS: Not As Private As Some Think?
Long-time Slashdot reader UnderAttack writes:DNS over HTTPS has been hailed as part of a "poor mans VPN". Its use of HTTPS to send DNS queries makes it much more difficult to detect and block the use ...
12:34 am - Sun, December 22, 2019
Slashdot How Much Are Cars Spying On Their Owners?
"We're at a turning point for driving surveillance," reports the Washington Post (in an article shared by long-time Slashdot reader davidwr ). "In the 2020 model year, most new cars sold in the United...
11:34 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot 'We Tested Ring's Security. It's Awful'
"Ring lacks basic security features, making it easy for hackers to turn the company's cameras against its customers," reports Motherboard: Ring is not offering basic security precautions, such as doub...
10:34 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot The U.S. Navy Bans TikTok from Government-Issued Mobile Devices
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Earlier this week the United States Navy banned the social media app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices, saying the popular short video app represented a "...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Vox Media Fires Hundreds of Freelance Writers, Blaming California's 'Gig Economy' Law
Since 2003 Vox Media has been covering California's sports on its SB Nation blogs largely with independent contractors.But they're making big changes to comply with a new California law targetting com...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot YouTube's Top Earner For 2019? An 8-Year-Old Who Made $26M
"An eight-year-old boy who reviews toys on YouTube has been named by Forbes as the platform's highest earner in 2019," reports CNN:Ryan Kaji, whose channel Ryan's World has 22.9 million subscribers, e...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Many Security-Critical Military Systems Are Now Using Linux
b-dayyy shared this article from Linux Security:The United States government's respect for and acceptance of open-source development has steadily grown stronger over the past decade, and the U.S. gove...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Good News For Climate Change: India Gets Out of Coal and Into Renewable Energy
"India has been aggressively pivoting away from coal-fired power plants and towards electricity generated by solar, wind, and hydroelectric power," writes the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Lasric...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Earth's Magnetic North Pole Changes Time Zones, Just Keeps Drifting
pgmrdlm tipped us off to an unprecedented scientific phenomenon. Forbes writes:Earth's magnetic north pole has been moving East at an unusually fast pace, heading from the Canadian Arctic toward Russi...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot GM Car Executive Says Self-Driving Cars Are the Only Way Forward
jmcbain writes: In a blog post last week, Dan Amman, the CEO of Cruise Automation (General Motors' electric self-driving car division), laments the pollution, waste of space, accidents, and cost of ca...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot President Trump Officially Adds a New Branch to the U.S. Military: Space Force
The BBC reports:President Donald Trump has officially funded a Pentagon force focused on warfare in space -- the U.S. Space Force. The new military service, the first in more than 70 years, falls unde...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot FDA Approves First-Ever Ebola Vaccine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has for the first time approved a vaccine for the prevention of the deadly Ebola virus disease. The agency anno...
10:00 am - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Atari's Home Computers Turn 40
harrymcc writes: Atari's first home computers, the 400 and 800, were announced at Winter CES in January 1980. But they didn't ship until late in the year -- so over at Fast Company, Benj Edwards has m...
07:00 am - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Removes Nearly 6,000 Saudi-Backed Accounts For Platform Manipulation
Twitter announced Friday that has removed nearly 6,000 accounts for being part of a state-backed information operation originating in Saudi Arabia. Reuters reports: In a public blog post, Twitter said...
03:30 am - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot IBM Research Created a New Battery That May Outperform Lithium-Ion, Doesn't Use Conflict Minerals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: [S]cientists at IBM Research have developed a new battery whose unique ingredients can be extracted from seawater instead of mining. The problems with...
02:02 am - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Brookline Votes To Ban Face Surveillance
The town of Brookline, Massachusetts, became the fifth municipality in the nation to ban its government agencies from using face surveillance. The passage of Article 25 comes as a new study from the N...
01:25 am - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Wawa Announces Data Breach Potentially Affecting More Than 850 Stores
Wawa, a convenience store and gas station chain, notified customers Thursday of a data breach (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) that collected debit and credit card information at...
12:45 am - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Motorola Delays Razr To Meet Unexpectedly High Demand
Motorola is slightly delaying its reimagined foldable Razr flip phone, citing an unexpectedly high demand. Android Police reports: Pre-orders were originally slated to begin on December 26th, ahead of...
12:02 am - Sat, December 21, 2019
Slashdot Vaping-Related Lung Injuries Declining, As CDC Confirms Vitamin E Acetate As Main Culprit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A health-surveillance system put in place after the terrorist attacks of September 2001 has been used to pinpoint the cause of the vaping-related lung inj...
11:20 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Volkswagon Has 'massive' Software Problems With New ID3 Electric Vehicles
Socguy shares a report from Electrek: Germany's Manager Magazine reports today that Volkswagen is struggling with software problems for its ID3 all-electric car. According to the report, the ID3 will ...
10:40 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Facebook, Twitter Shutter Pro-Trump Network That Used AI To Create Fake People and Push Conspiracies
On Friday, Facebook and Twitter shut down a network of fake accounts that pushed pro-Trump messages all while "masquerading" as Americans with AI-generated faces as profile photos. The Verge reports: ...
10:03 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot New Boson Appears In Nuclear Decay, Breaks Standard Model
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from an Ars Technica article: In November, people started polishing a Nobel prize for a group of physicists who seemed to have found new boson. [...] This result ...
09:25 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot The Big Business of Being a Space Janitor
Companies are trying to capitalize on the threat of space junk with new technology to clean it up, but it's not clear who will pay for the service. From a report: Today, thousands of pieces of space j...
08:45 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's AI Creates Synthesized Singers
Kyle Wiggers, writing for VentureBeat: AI and machine learning algorithms are quite skilled at generating works of art -- and highly realistic images of apartments, people, and pets to boot. But relat...
08:04 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot State of Apple's Catalyst
At its developer conference in June this year, Apple introduced Project Catalyst that aims to help developers swiftly bring their iOS apps to Macs. Developers have had more than half a year to play wi...
07:25 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Over 267 Million Facebook Users Reportedly Had Data Exposed Online
More than 267 million Facebook users allegedly had their user IDs, phone numbers and names exposed online, according to a report from Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko. From a report: ...
06:45 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot The Next Frontier in AI: Nothing
How an overlooked feature of deep learning networks can turn into a major breakthrough for AI. From a report: Traditionally, deep learning algorithms such as deep neural networks (DNNs) are trained in...
06:04 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot WeWork's Sudden Fall Reveals the Cracks in the Startup Economy
The venture capital firm First Round Capital conducts an annual "State of Startups" survey that gets passed around widely in Silicon Valley. Its 2019 findings, published this week, are grim. From a re...
05:25 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot US Government Lists Fictional Nation Wakanda as Trade Partner
The US Department of Agriculture listed Wakanda as a free-trade partner -- despite it being a fictional country. From a report: A USDA spokesperson said the Kingdom of Wakanda was added to the list by...
04:45 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Cox Owes $1 Billion To Record Labels for Harboring Music Pirates, Jury Decides
Over the past few years, record labels have been suing ISPs for not removing music pirates from their services, and this week, the record labels may have hit a tremendous victory. From a report: A US ...
04:05 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Boeing Capsule Goes Off Course, Won't Dock at Space Station
pgmrdlm shares a report: Boeing's new Starliner capsule went off course after launch Friday and won't dock with the International Space Station during its first test flight. It was supposed to be a cr...
03:24 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Apple Begins Pulling Creepy, Unlicensed Disney and Nickelodeon Games from App Store
Laura June, reporting for Input: Two days after Input reported that there were hundreds of unofficial -- often disturbing -- knock-off Disney and Nickelodeon gaming apps aimed at children in Apple's A...
02:47 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Official Rules
Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program today to all security researchers, after announcing the move earlier this year in August at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. From a repo...
02:01 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites To Beam Data To Devices
Apple has a secret team working on satellites and related wireless technology, striving to find new ways to beam data such as internet connectivity directly to its devices, Bloomberg reported Friday, ...
01:56 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Podcast?
Pocket Casts, one of the most widely used podcast apps, has shared a list of podcasts that were most subscribed by its user base this year. Top 10 podcasts this year were: 1. The Joe Rogan Experience....
01:00 pm - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Contractor Admits Planting Logic Bombs In His Software To Ensure He'd Get New Work
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Many IT workers worry their positions will become obsolete as changes in hardware, software, and computing tasks outstrip their skills. A former ...
10:00 am - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot The BBC's 1992 TV Show About VR, 3D TVs With Glasses, and Holographic 3D Screens
dryriver writes: 27 years ago, the BBC's "Tomorrow's World" show broadcasted this little gem of a program [currently available on YouTube]. After showing old Red-Cyan Anaglyph movies, Victorian Stereo...
07:00 am - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Enormous Methane Leak From Ohio Gas Well Was One of Worst In American History, Satellites Reveal
A new study has determined that a gas well blowout in Belmont County, Ohio last year was one of the most significant ever to occur in the country. Newsweek reports: In a study published in the Proceed...
03:30 am - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Multiple States Are Investigating Intuit Over TurboTax Free File Marketing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ProPublica: Multiple state attorneys general, including Josh Stein of North Carolina, have opened investigations of TurboTax maker Intuit, following ProPublica...
02:10 am - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Why the Second-Hand eBook Market May Never Take Off
Europe's highest court on Thursday ruled that the exhaustion of copyright does not apply to e-books. "The court says that offering 'second-hand' e-books for sale qualifies as an unauthorized 'communic...
01:30 am - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Finland Is Making Its Online AI Crash Course Free To the World
Last year, Finland launched a free online crash course in artificial intelligence with the aim of educating its citizens about the new technology. Now, as a Christmas present to the world, the Europea...
12:50 am - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot Virginia Has Big Plans For Electric School Buses In 2020
Dominion Energy, the utility that supplies the Commonwealth of Virginia with most of its electricity, is about to begin an ambitious plan to roll out electric school buses in the state that will store...
12:10 am - Fri, December 20, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Is Lobbying Against Amazon's Internet-Beaming Satellites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: When Amazon confirmed it was planning to launch 3,236 broadband internet-beaming satellites into low-Earth orbit, much of the media reported it as...
11:30 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot A Data Leak Exposed the Personal Info of Over 3,000 Ring Users
The log-in credentials for 3,672 Ring camera owners were compromised this week, exposing log-in emails, passwords, time zones, and the names people give to specific Ring cameras, which are often the s...
10:50 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Robocall Fines Rise To $10,000 Per Call Under Newly Passed Law
After months of negotiations, Congress approved a landmark bill on Thursday to stop the flood of illegal robocalls. The president is expected to sign it into law within the next few days. The Verge re...
10:10 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Severed Fiber Optic Cables Disrupted Internet Access In Parts of Eastern Europe, Iran and Turkey
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Severed fibre optic cables disrupted internet access in parts of eastern Europe, Iran and Turkey on Thursday. The issue, which lasted for about two ho...
09:33 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Won't Use 2FA Numbers To Suggest Friends Anymore
Facebook won't use the phone numbers some users give it for two-factor authentication for its "people you may know" feature. From a report: The social network says the move is "part of a wide-ranging ...
08:53 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Vivaldi To Change User-Agent String To Chrome Due To Unfair Blocking
Because some internet websites unfairly block browsers from accessing their services, starting with Vivaldi 2.10, released today, the Vivaldi browser plans to disguise itself as Chrome to allow users ...
08:14 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Some Farmers Have Discovered That Online Stardom Can Be More Lucrative Than their Crops or Livestock
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's not an easy time to be an American farmer. The number of farms in the US is declining, according to the Department of Agriculture, as consolidation makes big ...
07:34 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot The New Payday Lender Looks a Lot Like the Old Payday Lender
Apps promising to "advance" a user's wages say they aren't payday lenders. So what are they? From a report: Earnin does not call its service a loan. Rather, it's an "advance": Users are borrowing from...
06:50 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Africa's Internet Management Body Mired Again by Corruption Allegations
orange shares a report: The organization responsible for allocating internet addresses across Africa has yet again become embroiled in scandal, this time over long-standing claims of corruption. A fou...
06:11 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Facebook is Building an Operating System So it Can Ditch Android
Facebook doesn't want its hardware like Oculus and Portal to be at the mercy of Google because they rely on its Android operating system. From a report: That's why Facebook has tasked a co-author of M...
05:30 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot What's it Like To Install a Weather Station at the Top of the World?
An anonymous reader shares a report: Earlier this year, researchers installed the world's highest weather station on the upper reaches of Mount Everest. The roughly 50-kilogram station, taller than a ...
04:50 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Worried About 5G's Health Effects? Don't Be
There are real concerns about the way 5G is being deployed in the US, including security issues, the potential to interfere with weather forecasting systems, and the FCC steamrolling local regulators ...
04:10 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot How Classroom Technology is Holding Students Back
Schools are increasingly adopting a "one-to-one" policy of giving each child a digital device -- often an iPad -- and most students in the U.S. now use digital learning tools in school. There's near-u...
03:40 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Airbnb is a Platform Not an Estate Agent, Says Europe's Top Court
Airbnb will be breathing a sigh of relief today: Europe's top court has judged it to be an online platform which merely connects people looking for short term accommodation, rather than a full-blown e...
03:30 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Airbnb is a Platform Not an Estate Agent, Says Europe's Top Court
Airbnb will be breathing a sigh of relief today: Europe's top court has judged it to be an online platform which merely connects people looking for short term accommodation, rather than a full-blown e...
02:41 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot TiVo, Xperi to Merge in $3 Billion Entertainment Tech Deal
Xperi and TiVo said Thursday that they have entered a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock entertainment technology deal with an enterprise value of approximately $3 billion. From a report:...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot An Investigation Into the Smartphone Tracking Industry
Every minute of every day, everywhere on the planet, dozens of companies -- largely unregulated, little scrutinized -- are logging the movements of tens of millions of people with mobile phones and st...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Depression and Suicide Linked To Air Pollution In New Global Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: People living with air pollution have higher rates of depression and suicide, a systematic review of global data has found. Cutting air pollution...
10:00 am - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Harvard CS50 Team: We 'Feel More Comfortable' About Harshly Punishing Cheaters
theodp writes: In Teaching Academic Honesty in CS50, a new paper scheduled to be presented at SIGCSE 2020, educators behind Harvard's fabled CS50 introductory computer science course report on an unex...
07:00 am - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Missing Stars Could Point To Alien Civilizations, Scientists Say
Astronomers compared old views of the sky with what we see today and found that at least 100 stars appear to have vanished, or were perhaps covered up. While they've seen no signs of aliens just yet, ...
05:00 am - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Uber Settles Federal Investigation Into Workplace Culture
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: In 2017, a former Uber employee wrote a public essay describing how the ride-hailing company had permitted sexual harassment to fester at t...
02:55 am - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot House Impeaches President Trump For Abuse of Power, Obstruction of Congress
The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday, marking the third time in the nation's history the House voted to impeach a sitting president. NBC News reports: T...
02:02 am - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot House Calls 'Save the Internet Act' One of Its Biggest 2019 Accomplishments
House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee listed the Save the Internet Act, a bill that would restore net neutrality rules, among their accomplishments in 2019. The Daily Dot reports: Energ...
01:43 am - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Playing With Weapons Was a 'Normal' Part of Prehistoric Childhood, Study Finds
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Prehistoric children may have been cherished by their parents -- but until recently, they've been neglected by many archaeologists, who assumed that...
01:25 am - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Is Nerfing Autopilot In Europe To Comply With New Regulations
Tesla is rolling out a new software update to its Model S and Model X vehicles in Europe that will reduce the capacity of its Autopilot features in order to comply with regulations. Electrek reports: ...
12:45 am - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Instagram, Facebook Bans Influencers From Getting Paid To Promote Vaping, Tobacco, and Weapons
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Facebook and Instagram will no longer allow influencers to promote vaping, tobacco products or weapons on its platforms using "branded content." Instagra...
12:02 am - Thu, December 19, 2019
Slashdot Judge Rules Edward Snowden Can't Profit From His Book
A federal judge in Virginia ruled Tuesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden will not be allowed to profit from sales of his memoir Permanent Record. The reason? He didn't receive approval from the CIA...
11:20 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Fails To Convince Lawmakers It Needs To Track Your Location At All Times
Lawmakers aren't convinced that Facebook needs to track users' locations at all times -- even when their tracking services are turned off. CNBC reports: Facebook was responding to an inquiry from Sen....
10:40 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Chair Imprisoned and 24 Others Found Guilty In Union-Busting Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Samsung Chairman Lee Sang-hoon yesterday was sentenced to 18 months in prison, following a South Korean court ruling that he violated labor laws ...
10:05 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot UK To Create Regulator To Police Big Tech Companies
The UK government will create a technology regulator next year to police companies such as Facebook and Google after Brexit, Financial Times reported Wednesday [may be paywalled], citing several peopl...
09:25 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot More than 38,000 People Will Stand in Line this Week To Get a New Password
A non-standard and somewhat weird password reset operation is currently underway at a German university, where more than 38,000 students and staff were asked this week to stand in line with their ID c...
08:45 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Vladimir Putin 'Still Uses Obsolete Windows XP' Despite Hacking Risk
Speaking of Russia, whose agents have been accused of worldwide hacking operations, but someone at the Kremlin has apparently forgotten to inform Vladimir Putin of the importance of cyber-security. Fr...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Russia Joins Race To Make Quantum Dreams a Reality
Russia has launched an effort to build a working quantum computer, in a bid to catch up to other countries in the race for practical quantum technologies. From a report: The government will inject aro...
07:25 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Walt Mossberg: Tim Cook's Apple Had a Great Decade But No New Blockbusters
Veteran tech columnist, who retired two years ago, returns with one story to cap the end of the decade: Apple hasn't said how many Watches and AirPods it's sold, but they're widely believed to be the ...
06:45 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Bitcoin Was the Best Investment of the Decade
The decade is almost over -- and one incredibly volatile investment stood out from all the rest as the best of the 2010s. Want to guess what it was? Bitcoin. From a report: According to a recent repor...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Kramnik and AlphaZero: How To Rethink Chess
Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik, a Russian chess grandmaster, writing at Chess.com: The increasing strength of chess engines, the millions of computer games and the volumes of opening theory available to ...
05:26 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Is Still Prioritizing Scale Over Safety
Facebook's growth at any cost mentality has birthed innumerable scandals over the past decade -- election meddling, political discord, privacy invasion. Yet today, after repeated apologies and promise...
04:48 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Google, Amazon, and Apple Join Forces To Develop IP-based Smart Home Connectivity Standard
Google, Amazon, Apple, and other technology companies have teamed up to develop a smart home connectivity standard that makes it easier for software and devices to play ball across the smart home ecos...
04:04 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Hundreds of 'Pink Slime' Local News Outlets Are Distributing Algorithmic Stories and Conservative Talking Points, Investigation Finds
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism reports: An increasingly popular tactic challenges conventional wisdom on the spread of electoral disinformation: the ...
03:23 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot First-Run Movies at Home For the Ultra-Rich at Just $2,500 a Pop
Meet Red Carpet Entertainment, the opposite of Netflix in the fast-changing home-video world. From a report: Unlike the famous streaming service, which serves up thousands of films and TV shows to mil...
02:41 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Favorite Podcast?
Pocket Casts, one of the most widely used podcast apps, has shared a list of podcasts that were most subscribed by its user base this year. Top 10 podcasts this year were: 1. The Joe Rogan Experience....
02:01 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Australia Endures Hottest Day on Record
Australia has experienced its hottest day on record with the national average temperature reaching a high of 40.9C (105.6F). The Bureau of Meteorology (Bom) said "extensive" heat on Tuesday exceeded t...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Former NASA Engineer Thwarts Porch Pirates Again With 'Glitter Bomb 2.0'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober is at it again with the Glitter Bomb 2.0 designed to give porch pirates some stinky karmic justice. Afte...
10:00 am - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Over 100 PBS Local Stations Start Streaming Today On YouTube TV
Starting today, you can now stream more than 100 local PBS stations on YouTube TV by way of dedicated live channels for both PBS and PBS Kids, as well though on-demand programming. More stations are e...
07:00 am - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot How a Whale Crashed Bitcoin To Sub-$7,000 Overnight
CaptainDork shares a report from NewsBTC: Bitcoin lost billions of dollars worth of valuation within a 30-minutes timeframe as a Chinese cryptocurrency scammer allegedly liquidated its steal via over-...
03:30 am - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot FCC Funds 25Mbps, Data-Capped Satellite In Rural Areas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission is giving $87.1 million in rural-broadband funding to satellite operator Viasat to help the company lower p...
01:25 am - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot DNA From 'Chewing Gum' Provides Clues To Life 5,700 Years Ago
New submitter RG-man writes: DNA obtained from birch pitch used as a type of ancient chewing gum has revealed significant insights into the life of a young girl who lived 5,700 years ago. CNN reports:...
12:45 am - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Has a Neural Network That Can Do Advanced Math
Guillaume Lample and Francois Charton, at Facebook AI Research in Paris, say they have developed an algorithm that can calculate integrals and solve differential equations. MIT Technology Review repor...
12:02 am - Wed, December 18, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Starts Showing Non-Removable Ads In Windows 10 Mail, Calendar Apps
As spotted by MSPoweruser, Microsoft has started showing non-removable banner ads in the Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps. From the report: We last saw these ads in November last year, when Microsoft...
11:20 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Engineer Says Google Fired Her For Browser Pop-Up About Worker Rights
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Another former employee has accused Google of violating federal labor law by firing her for activities related to labor organizing. In a Tuesday ...
10:40 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Upgradable Storage and Memory When Buying a New Computer?
davidwr writes: If you were going to buy a desktop or laptop computer, how important is it to be able to upgrade memory and storage after your purchase? Is not being able to upgrade an "automatic no-b...
10:03 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Night Mode Could Actually Be Worse For Your Sleep Pattern, Study Finds
According to a new study published in Current Biology, the "night mode" on your phone could actually be worse for your sleep pattern. Scientists say the blue light, which is significantly reduced when...
09:26 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot LogMeIn Acquired By Private-Equity Firms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: LogMeIn announced this morning that it has agreed to be sold for $4.3 billion to affiliates of Francisco Partners and Evergreen Coast Capital Corpo...
08:10 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Google Execs Debated Getting Out of Cloud Computing Last Year, But Instead Set a Goal of Being a Top-Two Player By 2023
In early 2018, top executives at Alphabet debated whether the company should leave the public cloud business, but eventually set a goal of becoming a top-two player by 2023, according to a report from...
07:30 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla To Add Second DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) Provider in Firefox
Mozilla has announced that NextDNS would be joining Cloudflare as the second DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) provider inside Firefox. From a report: The browser maker says NextDNS passed the conditions imposed b...
06:50 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot You Might Be Buying Trash on Amazon -- Literally
Dumpster divers say it's easy to list discarded toys, electronics and books on Amazon. An investigation by the Wall Street Journal found that's an accurate assertion. From a report: Just about anyone ...
06:10 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot UK Proposes Plan To Ban Sales of Locked Mobile Phones
The UK's communications regulator is proposing a rule to ban carriers from selling phones that are tied to their networks. From a report: O2, Sky, Three, Virgin Mobile and some smaller carriers alread...
05:30 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot How AI Will Eat UI
The inevitable day when machines learn to design our apps. From a report: When AR wearables hit the market, our apps will start tracking both our conscious and subconscious behavior. By measuring our ...
04:50 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Marissa Mayer's New Project is a Suite of Timesaving Apps
The Google and Yahoo vet shares a few cryptic details about her new foray into the productivity space with Lumi Labs. From a report: Mayer remains cryptic about the specific types of apps Lumi has und...
04:20 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Begins Accepting Extensions For Its Edge Chromium Browser
Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser is now open to developers to submit extensions. The updated version of Edge is set to launch on January 15. From a report: Microsoft says that if a develope...
03:24 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Details Its Migration Plans for the New Microsoft Edge
Microsoft quietly released some new documentation recently, detailing how the company plans to launch its new Chrome-based Microsoft Edge browser. From a report: The company has been working on this n...
02:43 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft: We Never Encourage a Ransomware Victim To Pay
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ever since ransomware became a top threat in the mid-2010s, people have been arguing about the proper way of dealing with a ransomware attack and the merits of pay...
02:02 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Owns The 4 Most Downloaded Apps Of The Decade
History may not look kindly upon it, but the 2010s really was the decade of Facebook. From a report: A new report from analytics firm App Annie revealed the top 10 most downloaded mobile apps of the d...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Apple and Google Named In US Lawsuit Over Congolese Child Cobalt Mining Deaths
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A landmark legal case has been launched against the world's largest tech companies by Congolese families who say their children were killed or ma...
10:00 am - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Apple Pulls App That Let You Turn Your Phone Into a Virtual iPod With Click Wheel
Rewound, the basic music player app released last week that you could skin to make your iPhone look remarkably like an iPod Classic, has been pulled from the App Store, according to Rewound blog post ...
07:00 am - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Europe's Cheops Telescope Will Profile Distant Planets
Europe is launching a space telescope on Tuesday to further study distant planets that have already been discovered. The BBC reports: The telescope will ride to orbit on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Fr...
03:30 am - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot California Coastal Waters Rising In Acidity At Alarming Rate, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: Waters off the California coast are acidifying twice as fast as the global average, scientists found, threatening major fisheries and soundi...
01:50 am - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot The Struggle To Name Lab-Grown Meat
The debate over what to call cell-cultured meat remains unresolved -- and it could soon develop into a headache for the global lab-grown meat technology startups working to bring clean meat to consume...
01:20 am - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Visa Warns That Hackers Are Scraping Card Details From Gas Pumps
Visa has issued a statement warning consumers that cybercriminals are actively exploiting a weakness in gas station point-of-sale (POS) networks to steal credit card data. Engadget reports: The compan...
12:50 am - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot New Jersey's Largest Hospital System Pays Up In Ransomware Attack
New Jersey's largest hospital system said that it has paid hackers a ransom after a ransomware attack disrupted its services earlier this month. Threatpost reports: Hackensack Meridian Health, a $6 bi...
12:10 am - Tue, December 17, 2019
Slashdot Nuclear Fusion Startup Raises $100 Million To Design and Build a Demo Power Plant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A nuclear fusion start-up backed by billionaire Jeff Bezos raised more than $100 million to help design and build a demonstration power plant. The c...
11:30 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Who Is Most Likely To Challenge Microsoft In the Office?
Tablizer writes: Microsoft still dominates cubicle-land. Google is making a push into that domain, but it's unclear how far or how fast they can go. Most "serious" applications still run on only Windo...
10:50 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Blocks Sellers From Using FedEx Ground For Prime Shipments
schwit1 shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: Amazon.com is blocking its third-party sellers from using FedEx's ground delivery network for Prime shipments, citing a decline in performance hea...
10:10 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Controversial Sale of .Org Domain Manager Faces Review At ICANN
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: ICANN is reviewing the pending sale of the .org domain manager from a nonprofit to a private equity firm and says it could try to block the trans...
09:45 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Boeing To Suspend Production of Their 737 Max Aircraft [Update]
An anonymous reader quotes the Wall Street Journal:Boeing Co. is considering either suspending or cutting back production of the 737 MAX amid growing uncertainty over the troubled plane's return to se...
09:30 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Wildfires Have Changed. It's Time the Science Did Too.
A group of researchers are working to find a bigger, better way to predict how the world's deadliest blazes will behave. One mathematical model provides the spine for almost every computer program use...
08:50 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Economists Got the Decade All Wrong. They're Trying To Figure Out Why.
The U.S. has enjoyed its longest economic expansion on record without triggering inflation as interest rates remain historically low [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report: [...] So...
08:10 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Mark Cuban Sells Sports-Technology Company To Dodgers Owners
Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is selling one of his sports-technology investments to the owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers. From a report: Atrium Sports, a technology company backed by...
07:30 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Twitch Sued For $2.8B Over Alleged Pirated Streaming of Premier League Games
Russia's third-largest internet company is suing streaming service Twitch for 180bn roubles ($2.8bn) over pirate broadcasts of English Premier League games. From a report: Rambler Group alleges its ex...
06:50 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Google Warns Turkish Partners Over New Android Phones Amid Dispute
Google has told its Turkish business partners it will not be able to work with them on new Android phones to be released in Turkey, after the Turkish competition board ruled that changes Google made t...
06:10 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Learns a New Skill: Making Money From Alexa
For most of Alexa's five years in existence, Amazon has focused on making its voice assistant as ubiquitous as possible, putting it in everything from microwaves to wearable rings to its growing famil...
05:30 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Why Won't Foxconn Tell Wisconsin What It's Building?
An anonymous reader shares a report: Whatever Foxconn is building in Wisconsin, it's not the $10 billion, 22 million-square-foot Generation 10.5 LCD factory that President Trump once promised would be...
04:50 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Fake Princesses, Pulled Teeth, and a Whole Lot of IP Infringement
Apple says it goes out of its way to protect the safety and security of its young users. The App Store of 2019 tells a different story. Laura June, writing for InputMag: One of the most insidious form...
04:10 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Returned Online Purchases Often Sent To Landfill
How is the boom in online shopping influencing how much good product just goes to waste? Adria Vasil, an environmental journalist and managing editor of Corporate Knights magazine, answers: It's prett...
03:40 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Intel Acquires AI Chip Startup Habana Labs For $2 Billion
In a clear signal of its ambitions for the estimated $91.18 billion AI chip market, Intel this morning announced that it has acquired Habana Labs, an Israel-based developer of programmable AI and mach...
03:30 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Intel Acquires AI Chip Startup Habana Labs For $2 Billion
In a clear signal of its ambitions for the estimated $91.18 billion AI chip market, Intel this morning announced that it has acquired Habana Labs, an Israel-based developer of programmable AI and mach...
03:13 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Npm Team Warns of New 'Binary Planting' Bug
The team behind npm, the biggest package manager for JavaScript libraries, issued a security alert yesterday, advising all users to update to the latest version (6.13.4) to prevent "binary planting" a...
03:02 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Two Standard Alcoholic Drinks a Day No Longer Safe, Health Officials Say
It is no longer safe to have two standard drinks a day, Australian health officials have warned. From a report: Released just in time for Christmas, the National Health and Medical Research Council on...
02:50 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Npm Team Warns of New 'Binary Planting' Bug
The team behind npm, the biggest package manager for JavaScript libraries, issued a security alert yesterday, advising all users to update to the latest version (6.13.4) to prevent "binary planting" a...
02:10 pm - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Two Standard Alcoholic Drinks a Day No Longer Safe, Health Officials Say
It is no longer safe to have two standard drinks a day, Australian health officials have warned. From a report: Released just in time for Christmas, the National Health and Medical Research Council on...
11:34 am - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Will China Export Its Surveillance Technology?
Business Insider ran a disturbing opinion column by their senior finance correspondent:The detention camps where the Chinese government has interned more than 1 million Muslim Uighurs serves a dual pu...
08:34 am - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Boeing May Suspend Production of Their 737 Max Aircraft
An anonymous reader quotes the Wall Street Journal:Boeing Co. is considering either suspending or cutting back production of the 737 MAX amid growing uncertainty over the troubled plane's return to se...
04:34 am - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot LucasFilm President Answers The Burning 'Star Wars' Question: What's Next?
66-year-old Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy reveals what they'll do after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Kennedy says that streaming "is a really important transition... What we've been focuse...
02:34 am - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot FBI Busts Massive Pirate Streaming Service With More Content Than Netflix
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:Two programmers in Las Vegas recently admitted to running two of the largest illegal television and movie streaming services in the country, according to federal o...
12:34 am - Mon, December 16, 2019
Slashdot Are California's Utilities Undermining Rooftop Solar Installations?
California now has one million solar roofs, representing about 14% of all renewable power generated in the state. But solar advocates "said the milestone has come despite escalating efforts by utiliti...
11:36 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot ICANN Delays .Org Sale Approval, Calls For More Transparency
"ICANN has delayed its approval of the sale of .Org to private equity company Ethos Capital by requesting more information," reports Domain Name Wire:According to its contract with Public Interest Reg...
10:37 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot America's Air Force Seeks Commercial Technologies For 'Space Domain Awareness'
America's Air Force is seeking proposals for technologies "for operations far beyond geosynchronous Earth orbit, near the moon's orbit," reports SpaceNews:Specific items the Air Force wants: payloads ...
09:39 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot Arizona Man Sues State Agency Over Right To Call Himself an Engineer
McGruber quotes IEEE Spectrum: Greg Mills, co-owner of Southwest Engineering Concepts, is suing the state of Arizona's technical registration board to protest being fined for working without an engine...
08:49 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot Is Microsoft's Chromium Edge Browser Better Than Firefox and Chrome?
Android Authority argues that the new Microsoft Chromium Edge browser "is full of neat tricks" and "packs more features than Firefox":The final major feature is called Apps. Essentially, Apps allows y...
07:34 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot WebAssembly Becomes W3C Standard, Reaches 1.0
An anonymous reader quotes Mike Melanson's "This Week in Programming" column:WebAssembly is a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine and this week, the World Wide Web Consortium (...
06:34 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Halts Chrome 79 Rollout After It Breaks Some Android Apps
Chrome 79 is creating an issue with WebView (the Android component that allows apps to display content from the web), reports 9to5Google:On Friday morning, Android developers reliant on WebView and lo...
05:34 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot 'Maximum PC' Magazine Accurately Predicted Apple TV-Like Devices In 2001
Slashdot reader alaskana98 writes:In the February 2001 issue of Maximum PC, technical editor Will Smith described in his column what he would like to see in the "perfect set-top box". At a time when a...
04:34 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot America's FCC Votes Unanimously To Divide 'Safety Spectrum' Into Wifi and Auto Applications
"The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to push a plan forward that would take away several channels of airwaves from automakers and local governments that have been planning...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay To Subscribe To YouTube?
Long-time Slashdot reader shanen writes:If you don't watch YouTube, then more power to you, but if you do watch it, then I bet you have noticed more and more intrusive and noisy and much longer ads al...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot Vim Releases 'Killersheep' Game To Demo Two New Features In Vim 8.2
The creators of Vim have released a game called "Killersheep" to show off two new features in Vim 8.2. "Before I did the keynote at VimConf 2018 I asked plugin developers what they wanted from Vim," r...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot Do You Remember the Y2K Bug?
harrymcc writes:In the late 1990s, lots of people were concerned that the Y2K bug could lead to power outages, financial collapse, riots, and worse when the clock rolled over to January 1, 2000. Hundr...
08:34 am - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot 'The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer'
"A new generation of reactors will start producing power in the next few years," writes Wired, addingi that "They're comparatively tiny -- and may be key to hitting our climate goals."For the last 20 ...
04:34 am - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot More Small Tests Are Happening For Universal Basic Incomes
DevNull127 writes: A video report from NBC News profiles "Springboard to Opportunities," an advocacy group for affordable housing residents that's now also testing $1,000-a-month payments (privately-f...
02:34 am - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot Bank Employee Steals Cash, Then Posts Pics of It On Facebook and Instagram
"If you're systematically stealing money from a bank vault, it may not be a good idea to post the evidence on your social media pages," reports CNN:A bank employee in Charlotte, North Carolina, allege...
12:34 am - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot Will Tesla's Rooftop Solar Panels Revolutionize the Power Industry?
Long-time Slashdot reader 140Mandak262Jamuna brings news of a triumph for a Tesla power project in South Australia: about 900 residential rooftop solar panels, coupled with storage batteries, "all lin...
12:04 am - Sun, December 15, 2019
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Foundation Sells Its 30,000,000th Raspberry Pi
McGruber writes: In a reply to a Twitter post, Raspberry Pi Foundation's CEO Eben Upton announced that they have sold their thirty-millionth Raspberry Pi. "We don't get sales returns from our licensee...
11:34 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Building Your Own Open Source, Privacy-Protecting Voice Assistant With A Raspberry Pi
PC Magazine's "tech nerd" Whitson Gordon writes that "Once you start using a smart speaker to set reminders, play the news, or turn the lights on, it's hard to go back." But if you want the convenienc...
10:34 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot America Considers Declassifying Military Information on US, Chinese, and Russian Space Programs
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes Defense News:The U.S. Air Force's top civilian and a key member of Congress agreed Saturday on the need to declassify a large amount of information about Am...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Use Bubbling Quantum Vacuum To Hopscotch Heat Across Empty Space
Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot quotes Live Science:When you touch a hot surface, you're feeling movement. If you press your hand against a mug of tea, warmth spreads through your fingers. That'...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Remembering Rene Auberjonois, 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' Actor
Last weekend saw the death of Rene Auberjonois at age 79, writes Variety. schwit1 quotes their report: Auberjonois was a prolific television actor, appearing as Paul Lewiston in 71 episodes of 'Boston...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Pledges $130 Million For Its Independent 'Content Oversight Board'
"Facebook said Thursday it will commit $130 million to support the efforts of its independent oversight board," reports the Bay Area Newsgroup -- though the group won't be in place (or its members ann...
07:04 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot 10 Days Early, Star Wars Fans Started Camping Outside 'Rise of Skywalker' Premiere
Anticipating next week's release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 20 fans are already camping out in front of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre, reports Cinema Blend:The tight-knit group of fans hav...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Exclusive Clip From 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Debuts In Fortnite
In 30 minutes an exclusive clip from the yet-to-be-released Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will premier in the videogame Fortnite. An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:We've known about the clip pre...
05:38 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot 37-Year-Old Mom Finds Instagram's Sex Predators By Pretending To Be 11
Sloane Ryan is a 37-year-old woman who runs the Special Projects Team at Bark, a child-safety tech company selling a $9-a-month software that monitors text messages for bullying, threats of violence, ...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Google Has $100 For Teachers Who Steer 20 Children To 'Google CS First'
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In what has become a holiday tradition of sorts, Google is again rewarding teachers who steer kids to Google Hour of Code lessons with $100 gift codes. "When t...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot YouTube's Algorithm Made Fake CNN Reports Go Viral
"YouTube channels posing as American news outlets racked up millions of views on false and inflammatory videos over several months this year," reports CNN. "All with the help of YouTube's recommendati...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Fooled Chinese Facial Recognition Terminals With Just a Mask
Public facial recognition terminals in China can be fooled with just a mask, as some recent experiments have shown. The Verge reports: An AI company, Kneron, shared a video with The Verge of tests it ...
10:00 am - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Xbox Series X To Allow 'Suspend and Resume' For Multiple Games At Once
In an exclusive interview with Gamespot, Partner Director of Program Management for Team Xbox Jason Ronald revealed a new feature of the Xbox Series X: the ability to suspend and resume multiple games...
07:00 am - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Astronomers Find 19 More Galaxies Missing Their Dark Matter
Iwastheone shares a report from Astronomy.com: Astronomers have discovered 19 more galaxies missing their dark matter. Instead of dark matter, these strange galaxies are mainly filled with regular mat...
03:30 am - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Emotion Recognition Tech Should Be Banned, Says an AI Research Institute
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A leading research centre has called for new laws to restrict the use of emotion-detecting tech. The AI Now Institute says the field is "built on mark...
02:10 am - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Reputation Management Firms Bury Google Results By Placing Flattering Content
Prominent figures from Jacob Gottlieb to Betsy DeVos got help from a reputation management firm that can bury image-sensitive Google results by placing flattering content on websites that masquerade a...
01:30 am - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Tony Brooker, Pioneer of Computer Programming, Dies At 94
Cade Metz from The New York Times pays tribute to Tony Brooker, the mathematician and computer scientist who designed the programming language for the world's first commercial computer. Brooker died o...
12:50 am - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot Billboard Is Changing Its Albums Chart To Count Video Plays From YouTube
Billboard has announced that video and audio data from YouTube, along with visual plays from several music streaming services, will soon be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart. In addition to...
12:10 am - Sat, December 14, 2019
Slashdot India Shuts Down Internet Once Again, This Time In Assam and Meghalaya
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: India maintained a shutdown of the internet in the states of Assam and Meghalaya on Friday, now into 36 hours, to control protests over a controver...
11:30 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Someone Stole Facebook Payroll Data For Thousands of Employees
mschaffer writes: Apparently Facebook had a recent privacy problem of a different kind. A thief broke into an employee's car and stole equipment -- including hard drives that contained unencrypted per...
10:50 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot New Orleans City Government Shuts Off Computers After Cyberattack
New submitter tubajock writes: According to NOLA.com, New Orleans City Hall workers were told by a PA system broadcast to immediately unplug all computer systems from the network [following a cyberatt...
10:10 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Drops Out of FCC Speed-Test Program So It Can Hide Bad Results
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T doesn't want its home Internet speeds to be measured by the Federal Communications Commission anymore, and it already convinced the FCC ...
09:30 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Roku Built the Dominant Streaming Box. Now It's Under Siege
An anonymous reader shares a report: More than 30 million people use a Roku device to navigate the constellation of streaming TV services. The company's portfolio includes the "stick" ($49.99), which ...
08:50 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Google AI Chief Jeff Dean on Machine Learning Trends To Watch in 2020
In a wide-ranging interview with VentureBeat, Google AI chief Jeff Dean has discussed the company's early work on the use of ML to create semiconductors for machine learning, the impact of Google's BE...
08:10 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Turkey is Getting Military Drones Armed With Machine Guns
A drone with a machine gun attached can hit targets with high precision, according to its makers. Turkey is set to become the first country to have the drone, when it gets a delivery this month. From ...
07:30 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Your Favorite Movies, TV Shows, and Documentaries of 2019?
As we approach the weekend -- but more importantly, the end of the year -- it's good time as any to ask about the movies, TV shows, and documentaries from this year that you enjoyed the most or found ...
06:50 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Google Maps Has Now Photographed 10 Million Miles in Street View
If Google were to have a mascot, it might be the Street View car, with its towering camera rig and corporate logo exterior. From a report: There's good reason for that. In the 12 years since the searc...
06:10 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot A Space Probe Has Mapped the Winds Above Mars for the First Time
Scientists have mapped out Mars's upper atmosphere wind patterns for the first time. The findings, published Thursday in Science, reinforce our understanding of the Martian climate as equal parts stab...
05:30 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot City Planners Zero in on Cyclists Through Exercise App
With 47m global users Strava has the potential to generate big data for public development [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report: When the UK capital built a "cycle superhighway" i...
04:50 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot When China and Other Big Countries Launch Cryptocurrencies, It Will Kick Off a Global Revolution
There has been a massive rise in the number of bilateral agreements between central banks that allow two countries to swap currencies directly, a large number involving China. Meanwhile, a number of c...
04:10 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Mobile Reaches End of Support
We've known Windows 10 Mobile has been a dead platform for years now. Even Microsoft themselves have been telling people they need to switch to Android or iOS. But yesterday, we saw the final blow to ...
03:30 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Mathematician Proves Huge Result on 'Dangerous' Problem
Mathematicians regard the Collatz conjecture as a quagmire and warn each other to stay away. But now Terence Tao has made more progress than anyone in decades. From a report: It's a siren song, they s...
03:02 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla To Force All Add-on Devs To Use 2FA To Prevent Supply-Chain Attacks
Mozilla announced this week that all developers of Firefox add-ons must enable a two-factor authentication (2FA) solution for their account. From a report: "Starting in early 2020, extension developer...
02:50 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla To Force All Add-on Devs To Use 2FA To Prevent Supply-Chain Attacks
Mozilla announced this week that all developers of Firefox add-ons must enable a two-factor authentication (2FA) solution for their account. From a report: "Starting in early 2020, extension developer...
02:10 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Australia's Bushfires Have Emitted 250m Tonnes of CO2, Almost Half of Country's Annual Emissions
Bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland have emitted a massive pulse of CO2 into the atmosphere since August that is equivalent to almost half of Australia's annual greenhouse gas emissions, Guard...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Cigna Uses AI To Check If Patients Are Taking Their Medications
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Cigna plans to expand a system that uses artificial intelligence to identify gaps in treatment of chronic diseases, such as patients s...
09:00 am - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot New Zealand Orders 1,300 Square Feet of Skin From US To Help Burned Volcano Victims
schwit1 shares a report from People: Doctors in New Zealand are currently awaiting nearly 1,300 square feet of skin from the United States in order to treat the dozens of victims who suffered severe b...
05:00 am - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Crows Could Be the Smartest Animal Other Than Primates
In a piece for the BBC, Chris Baraniuk writes about how the intelligence of New Caledonian crows may be far more advanced than we ever thought possible. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the ...
02:50 am - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Next Xbox Is Xbox Series X, Coming Holiday 2020
At the 2019 Game Awards today, Microsoft revealed the name and console design of its next-generation gaming console: Xbox Series X. The Verge reports: The console itself looks far more like a PC than ...
02:10 am - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Lawsuit Forces CenturyLink To Stop Charging 'Internet Cost Recovery Fee'
CenturyLink has agreed to pay a $6.1 million penalty after Washington state regulators found that the company failed to disclose fees that raised actual prices well above the advertised rates. Century...
01:30 am - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Less Than 10 Percent of Americans Are Buying $1,000 Smartphones, Report Says
According to a new report from research firm NPD, less than 10% of Americans are actually spending $1,000 or more on a smartphone. 9to5Google reports: The report was produced by research firm NPD and ...
12:50 am - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Spin's San Francisco Staff Becomes First E-Scooter Workforce To Unionize
The San Francisco workforce of Spin, the e-scooter company owned by Ford, have unionized, in a first for the industry. Mashable reports: Having voted to unionize on Dec. 5, the workers were authorized...
12:10 am - Fri, December 13, 2019
Slashdot Cisco Outlines Silicon, Software Roadmap For Next Generation Internet
An anonymous reader writes: Cisco on Wednesday outlined new details behind its strategy to build next-generation internet technology. As a set up for what it dubs its 'Internet for the Future' strateg...
11:30 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Reveals New Windows Logo, Office Icons
Ammalgam shares a report from The Redmond Cloud: Microsoft is refreshing its Windows logo and the icons for many of the operating system's apps. While Microsoft already announced new icons for the Off...
10:50 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Google Hands Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented 'Geofence' Search
According to Forbes, Google has sent 1,494 device identifiers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to help them investigate arsons carried out across Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ...
10:10 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Has Sold 1 Million Galaxy Fold Smartphones
An anonymous reader shares a report: Today at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, Samsung Electronic's President Young Sohn revealed the company has sold 1 million foldable Galaxy Fold smartphones. Estimates f...
09:30 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot 988 Will Be the New 911 For Suicide Prevention
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission plans to designate 988 as the short dialing code for the United States' suicide-prevention hotline. Much li...
08:51 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot FTC May Try To Delay Facebook's Plan To Integrate its Apps
Facebook's stock took a dive on Thursday following a report that federal regulators may seek to prevent the company from more tightly integrating its social media products. From a report: The Federal ...
08:05 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Inside the Podcast that Hacks Ring Camera Owners Live on Air
In the NulledCast podcast hackers livestream the harassment of Ring camera owners after accessing their devices. Hundreds of people can listen. From a report: A blaring siren suddenly rips through the...
07:23 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Google Adds Spam Detection and Verified Business SMS To Messages
Businesses often send one-time passwords, account alerts and appointment confirmations via text. But if you've ever received one of those, you know they tend to come from a random number, and bad acto...
06:44 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Rude Paper Reviews Are Pervasive and Sometimes Harmful, Study Finds
sciencehabit writes: There's a running joke in academia about Reviewer 2. That's the reviewer that doesn't bother to read the manuscript a journal has sent out for evaluation for possible publication,...
06:05 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot 'Link in Bio' is a Slow Knife
Anil Dash: We don't even notice it anymore -- "link in bio." It's a pithy phrase, usually found on Instagram, which directs an audience to be aware that a pertinent web link can be found on that user'...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Russian Police Raid NGINX Moscow Office
Russian police have raided today the Moscow offices of NGINX, Inc., a subsidiary of F5 Networks and the company behind the internet's most popular web server technology. From a report: Equipment was s...
04:44 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot AI R&D is Booming, But General Intelligence is Still Out of Reach
The AI world is booming in a range of metrics covering research, education, and technical achievements, according to AI Index report -- an annual rundown of machine learning data points now in its thi...
04:03 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Getting Drivers for Old Hardware Is Harder Than Ever
At least one major provider of hardware-level BIOS drivers is actively deleting old stuff it no longer supports, while old FTP sites where vintage drivers are often found are soon going to be harder t...
03:25 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Google Assistant Can Now Interpret 44 Languages on Smartphones
Kyle Wiggers, writing for VentureBeat: In January during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Google debuted interpreter mode, a real-time translation feature for Google Home speakers and ...
02:46 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Iran Banks Burned, Then Customer Accounts Were Exposed Online
The details of millions of Iranian bank cards were published online after antigovernment protests last month. Experts suspect a state-sponsored cyberattack. From a report: After demonstrators in Iran ...
02:07 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Two of China's Largest Tech Firms Are Uniting To Create a New 'Domestic OS'
The two biggest OS (operating system) makers in China announced plans last week to unite and jointly build a new "domestic operating system." From a report: The two companies are China Standard Softwa...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Larry Page Is Quietly Funding Efforts To Develop a Universal Flu Vaccine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google co-founder Larry Page is funneling money from his charitable foundation to a private flu-fighting initiative run as a for-profit company, Tec...
10:00 am - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Lays Off More Yahoo/AOL Employees
Verizon is laying off 150 U.S. staffers this week across multiple teams in the organization. CNN reports: Verizon Media employs around 10,500 people [across media brands that include Yahoo, AOL, TechC...
07:00 am - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot 'Monster' Black Hole Announced Last Week Is Nothing Special
The Bad Astronomer writes: Last week, scientists announced the discovery of a stellar-mass black hole with 70 times the Sun's mass, far heftier than theory predicts they can get. Within days, though, ...
03:30 am - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Low-Risk Ultrasound Procedure Destroys 80 Percent of Prostate Cancers In One-Year Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from SlashGear: A new treatment shows promise for revolutionizing prostate cancer treatment, offering a minimally-invasive and relatively low-risk alternative to tr...
02:10 am - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot The World's First Village of Affordable 3D-Printed Homes Is Now Complete
MikeChino shares a report from Dwell: In Tabasco, Mexico, a family living below the poverty line recently visited their future home: a 3D-printed, 500-square foot structure with two bedrooms, one bath...
01:50 am - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Genetic Database That Identified Golden State Killer Acquired By Crime Scene DNA Company
"The crime scene DNA sequencing company Verogen announced yesterday that they've acquired the genomics database and website GEDmatch," reports The Verge. "GEDmatch was primarily used by genealogists u...
01:30 am - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Facebook, Google Drop Out of Top 10 'Best Places To Work' List
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Big tech companies like Facebook and Alphabet's Google, long seen as some of the world's most desirable workplaces offering countless perks and empl...
12:50 am - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Will We Ever Be Able To Make Our Own Computer Hardware At Home?
dryriver writes: The sheer extent of the data privacy catastrophe happening -- everything software/hardware potentially spies on us, and we don't get to see what is in the source code or circuit diagr...
12:10 am - Thu, December 12, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Ordered To Stop Poaching Fox Employees
A court on Tuesday issued an injunction barring Netflix from poaching employees from Fox and confirming the validity of fixed-term employment agreements. Variety reports: The ruling marks a hard-fough...
11:30 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot If Logged Into Facebook, Oculus VR Data Will Now Be Used For Ads
"Facebook will now use information about your Oculus activity, like which apps you use, to help provide [...] more relevant content, including ads" -- assuming you've connected your Oculus ID to your ...
10:50 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Maze Ransomware Was Behind Pensacola 'Cyber Event,' Florida Officials Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An email sent by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to all Florida county commissioners indicated that the ransomware that struck the city...
10:10 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is About To Start Aggressively Advertising Windows 10 To Windows 7 Stragglers
Mark Wycislik-Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Having already started to notify Windows 7 hangers on that support is due to come to an end, Microsoft is now ready to get a little more aggressive. If you ...
09:31 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Glassdoor Rankings Find Tech Workplaces Are Less Popular this Year
Glassdoor, a service that enables current and former employees to anonymously review companies, is out with its annual "best companies to work for" list, and a number of tech names have seen their ran...
08:36 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple Used the DMCA to Take Down a Tweet Containing an iPhone Encryption Key
Security researchers are accusing Apple of abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to take down a viral tweet and several Reddit posts that discuss techniques and tools to hack iPhones. Lo...
08:10 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot World's First Fully Electric Commercial Aircraft Takes Flight in Canada
The world's first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and flying for 15 minutes. From a report: "This proves that com...
07:30 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Unveils a Stricter Harassment Policy
After months of promising to reexamine how it handles harassment on its platform, YouTube has unveiled an update to its policy. From a report: On Wednesday, the Google-owned video platform said it wou...
07:00 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Internal FAA Review Saw High Risk of 737 MAX Crashes
U.S. regulators decided to allow Boeing's 737 MAX jet to keep flying after its first fatal crash last fall even after their own analysis indicated it could become one of the most accident-prone airlin...
06:50 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Internal FAA Review Saw High Risk of 737 MAX Crashes
U.S. regulators decided to allow Boeing's 737 MAX jet to keep flying after its first fatal crash last fall even after their own analysis indicated it could become one of the most accident-prone airlin...
06:30 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Chronic Pain is an Impossible Problem
A "safe" alternative to opioid painkillers turns out to be not so safe. From a report: Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, ...
06:10 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Chronic Pain is an Impossible Problem
A "safe" alternative to opioid painkillers turns out to be not so safe. From a report: Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, ...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot ACLU is Suing ICE For Details on How It Uses Phone Spying Devices
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday demanding that two US Homeland Security agencies -- Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- release detail...
05:30 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot India Proposes New Rules To Access Its Citizens' Data
India has proposed groundbreaking rules, akin to Europe's GDPR, that would require technology companies to garner consent from citizens before collecting and processing their personal data. But at the...
05:30 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot ACLU is Suing ICE For Details on How It Uses Phone Spying Devices
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday demanding that two US Homeland Security agencies -- Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- release detail...
04:50 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot India Proposes New Rules To Access Its Citizens' Data
India has proposed groundbreaking rules, akin to Europe's GDPR, that would require technology companies to garner consent from citizens before collecting and processing their personal data. But at the...
04:10 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Is Funding Independent Effort To Develop an Open and Decentralized Standard For Social Media
Twitter is funding a small team of researchers to build an "open and decentralized standard for social media," with the goal of making Twitter a client for that standard. CEO Jack Dorsey announced the...
03:25 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot 'Learning at Work is Work, and We Must Make Space For It'
An anonymous reader shares a paper: The event was running over, the car was waiting, but the keynote speaker did not seem to mind. He was enjoying fielding questions from a large auditorium packed to ...
02:54 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Is Moving Its Massive Conference Out of San Francisco
An anonymous reader writes: Oracle has a huge commitment to the Bay Area. The software giant is based in Redwood Shores, a short drive south from San Francisco. It remains one of the largest employers...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple's New Mac Pro Can Cost $52,000. That's Without the $400 Wheels
Apple started selling its new Mac Pro desktop computer on Tuesday, complete with eye-watering pricing options that can push the cost north of $50,000. From a report: The new machine, built in Austin, ...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot George Laurer, Co-Inventor of the Barcode, Dies At 94
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: George Laurer, the U.S. engineer who helped develop the barcode, has died at the age of 94. Barcodes, which are made up of black stripes of varying th...
10:00 am - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot The Pirate Bay Is Trialing High-Quality Video Streaming Links
The Pirate Bay may be about to fully launch a brand new feature that will let you stream videos in your browser. TorrentFreak reports: As the image below shows, in addition to the familiar magnet and ...
07:00 am - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Gamma-Ray Laser Moves a Step Closer To Reality
A physicist at the University of California, Riverside, has performed calculations showing hollow spherical bubbles filled with a gas of positronium atoms are stable in liquid helium. The calculations...
03:30 am - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Greenland's Ice Sheet Melting Seven Times Faster Than In 1990s
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Greenland's ice sheet is melting much faster than previously thought, threatening hundreds of millions of people with inundation and bringing som...
02:30 am - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Report Breakthrough In 'Distributed Deep Learning'
Using a divide-and-conquer approach that leverages the power of compressed sensing, computer scientists from Rice University and Amazon have shown they can slash the amount of time and computational r...
02:00 am - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Sony Announces Plan To Publish PlayStation Games On Non-PS Consoles
Sony has announced plans to launch PlayStation games on "additional console platforms beyond PlayStation platforms as early as 2021." The first announced series for the change is Sony's long-running b...
01:30 am - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Nikon Is Killing Its Authorized Repair Program
According to iFixit, Nikon is ending its authorized repair program next year, "likely leaving more than a dozen repair shops without access to official parts and tools, and cutting the number of place...
12:50 am - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Vietnam's Richest Man Bets $2 Billion To Sell Cars To Americans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The billionaire behind six-month-old Vietnamese auto startup VinFast plans a feat even Toyota and Hyundai couldn't pull off during their early days:...
12:10 am - Wed, December 11, 2019
Slashdot Chrome Now Warns You When Your Password Has Been Stolen
Google is rolling out Chrome 79, and it includes a number of password protection improvements. The Verge reports: The biggest addition is that Chrome will now warn you when your password has been stol...
11:30 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Fired a Contractor Who Was Paid Thousands In Bribes To Reactivate Banned Ad Accounts
BuzzFeed News has found that a Facebook contractor was paid thousands of dollars in bribes by a shady affiliate marketer to reactivate ad accounts that had been banned due to policy violations. From t...
10:50 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot New Plundervolt Attack Impacts Intel Desktop, Server, and Mobile CPUs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Academics from three universities across Europe have disclosed today a new attack that impacts the integrity of data stored inside Intel SGX, a highly-s...
10:10 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Teams is the First Office App For Linux
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today launched Microsoft Teams for Linux in public preview. No, that's not a typo -- Microsoft Teams is indeed the first Office app that the company has ported to...
09:31 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Architects Are Playing With the Future of Design in Video Games
Game worlds can be blueprints for the real world, liberating spaces where rules can be reinvented and the invisible made visible. From a report: For architects, the sheer scope of this artificiality m...
08:50 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Iran's Internet Freedom is On Life Support
An anonymous reader shares a report: In November, Iran's government announced a price hike on oil, leading to mass protests in Tehran. To quell the spreading unrest, the Iranian government effectively...
08:10 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Releases Chrome 79 With New Features Including an Option To Freeze Tabs and Back-Forward Caching
Google today released Chrome 79 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS users. This release comes with security and bug fixes, but also with new features such as built-in support for the ...
07:30 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Are You One Of Avast's 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.
Avast, the multibillion-dollar Czech security company, doesn't just make money from protecting its 400 million users' information. It also profits in part because of sales of users' Web browsing habit...
06:50 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Greeks Set To Face Heavy Fines If They Don't Spend 30% of Their Income Electronically
Greeks will be hit with a hefty fine if they do not spend almost a third of their income electronically in an unprecedented bid by the new government to stamp out rampant tax evasion. From a report: T...
06:10 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot The Death of the Paper Ticket For Sporting Events
Over the last decade, tickets have transitioned out of the physical realm and, like so many other aspects of our lives, gone digital. Most are now purchased on and delivered to a mobile device, then s...
05:30 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Built Its Own Tiny HDMI 2.1 Box To Jump-Start 'the Next Generation of Android TV'
Google today announced that Android 10 is arriving on Android TV, and it's about as bland of an update as they come. From a report: Primarily, it's just the performance and security benefits of Androi...
04:50 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Tells US Attorney General It's Not Prepared To Get Rid Of Encryption On WhatsApp And Messenger
Facebook said it would not weaken end-to-end encryption across its messaging apps, despite pressure from world governments, in a letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr and UK and Australian leaders. ...
04:10 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Investigation Reveals It's Possible For Anyone To Find Geographic Coordinates of Ring Devices Using Post from Amazon's Neighbors App
An investigation by Gizmodo has revealed that it's possible to obtain the locations of Ring doorbell cameras from post on Amazon's Neighbors app. An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has continuously de...
03:30 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot A Social Media Influencer Will Serve 14 Years in Prison After His Plot To Take Over a Website at Gunpoint Backfired
A social media influencer was sentenced to 14 years in prison for plotting to hijack a website at gunpoint during a home invasion. From a report: Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 27, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, re...
02:48 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple Sues iPhone CPU Design Ace After He Quits To Run Data center Chip Upstart Nuvia
Apple is suing the former chief architect of its iPhone and iPad microprocessors, who in February quit to co-found a data-center chip design biz. From a report: In a complaint filed in the Santa Clara...
02:10 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Away Fires CEO Steph Korey After Months-Long Search for Her Replacement
Away, an online seller of luggage that investors valued at $1.4 billion earlier this year, said late Monday its chief executive Steph Korey is stepping down. Korey will become executive chairman of th...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Five Cities Account For Vast Majority of Growth In Tech Jobs, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Just five metropolitan areas -- Boston; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; and San Jose, Calif. -- accounted for 90% of all U.S. high-...
10:00 am - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Speak At CES Conference For First Time In Decades
For the first time in nearly three decades, Apple is officially returning to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year. The company is planning to discuss its stance on consumer privacy, "r...
07:00 am - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Disney Becomes First Studio To Surpass $10 Billion At Worldwide Box Office
Disney has become the first studio in history to surpass $10 billion at the worldwide box office in a single calendar year. Variety reports: Through Sunday, the studio has generated $3.28 billion in N...
03:30 am - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Find a Weak Spot In Some Superbugs' Defenses
Researchers have found a new way to attack some of the bacteria behind treatment-resistant infections. An anonymous reader shares a report from Wired: In 2004, a 64-year-old woman in Indiana had a cat...
02:10 am - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Ad-Targeting Crackdown Shakes Up Ad Market
Two years ago, Apple launched an aggressive battle against ads that track users across the web. Today executives in the online publishing and advertising industries say that effort has been stunningly...
01:30 am - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot Cyberattack Hits City of Pensacola After Shooting At Naval Air Station
The city of Pensacola, Florida, has been dealing with a cyberattack since late Friday when a Saudi Air Force trainee killed three sailors at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Officials for the city are uns...
12:50 am - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot WireGuard VPN Is On Its Way To Linux
WireGuard has now been committed to the mainline Linux kernel. "While there are still tests to be made and hoops to be jumped through, it should be released in the next major Linux kernel release, 5.6...
12:10 am - Tue, December 10, 2019
Slashdot College-Educated Workers Are Taking Over the American Factory Floor
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: New manufacturing jobs that require more advanced skills are driving up the education level of factory workers who in past generations...
11:30 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot E-Scooter Company 'Unicorn' Goes Bust After Spending Big On Facebook Ads
Electric scooter start-up Unicorn is shutting down after spending too much money on Facebook ads. The BBC reports: Customers received an email from founder Nick Evans, saying he was "very sorry" and w...
10:50 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Oculus Quest Becomes First VR Set With Native Hand Tracking
The Oculus Quest VR headset is about to receive an update that adds support for native hand tracking. "VR users will be able to put down their controllers and use their fingers to manipulate VR worlds...
10:12 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Google Under Investigation For 'Thanksgiving Four' Firings, Allegedly Discouraging Unions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has started a new investigation into Google's labor practices. An agency spokesperson confirmed to CNBC Monday th...
09:30 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot NHS Gives Amazon Free Use of Health Data Under Alexa Advice Deal
Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government. The material, which excludes patient data, could allow the multinational tec...
08:50 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Dodge FDA To Offer a $1 Million Anti-Aging Treatment in Colombia
Would you pay $1 million and fly to South America for a chance to live longer? From a report: Libella Gene Therapeutics, a Kansas-based company that says it is developing a gene therapy that can rever...
08:10 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot The Price of Recycling Old Laptops: Toxic Fumes in Thailand's Lungs
The e-waste industry is booming in Southeast Asia, frightening residents worried for their health. Despite a ban on imports, Thailand is a center of the business. From a report: Crouched on the ground...
07:50 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Will Shut Down To-do App Wunderlist on May 6
Over two and a half years after Microsoft said it'd one day kill to-do service Wunderlist in favor of its own To Do app, it has revealed when it'll drop the ax: May 6th. From a report: After that time...
07:30 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot When a DNA Test Says You're a Younger Man, Who Lives 5,000 Miles Away
After a bone marrow transplant, a man with leukemia found that his donor's DNA traveled to unexpected parts of his body. A crime lab is now studying the case. From a report: Three months after his bon...
06:50 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Will Shut Down To-do App Wunderlist on May 6
Over two and a half years after Microsoft said it'd one day kill to-do service Wunderlist in favor of its own To Do app, it has revealed when it'll drop the ax: May 6th. From a report: After that time...
06:10 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot African Countries Are Struggling To Build Robust Identity Systems
The first thing that visitors to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg see is a wall of identity cards-- the pieces of paper that determined where people could live and work and whom they could love. F...
05:23 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Eat For 10 Hours. Fast For 14. This Daily Habit Prompts Weight Loss, Study Finds
There's a lot of enthusiasm for intermittent fasting -- a term that can encompass everything from skipping a meal each day to fasting a few days a week. Or, how about this approach: Simply limit your ...
04:43 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot World Chess Champion On the Verge of Topping Fantasy Football Table
Magnus Carlsen, the world's best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game -- fantasy football. From a report: The grandmaster is enjoying his best season e...
04:03 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Intel CEO Blames Company's Obsessive Focus on Capturing 90% CPU Market Share For Missing Out on Other Opportunities
Intel chief executive Bob Swan says he's willing to let go the company's traditional dominance of the market for CPUs in order to meet the rising demand for newer, more specialized silicon chips for a...
03:23 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Kills Email Accounts of Archivists Trying To Save Yahoo Groups History
An anonymous reader shares a report: Verizon, which bought Yahoo in 2017, has suspended email addresses of archivists who are trying to preserve 20 years of content that will be deleted permanently in...
02:44 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot China Tells Government Offices To Remove All Foreign Computer Equipment
China has ordered that all foreign computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within three years, the Financial Times reports. hackingbear writes: The g...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Oceans Losing Oxygen at Unprecedented Rate, Experts Warn
Oxygen in the oceans is being lost at an unprecedented rate, with "dead zones" proliferating and hundreds more areas showing oxygen dangerously depleted, as a result of the climate emergency and inten...
11:34 am - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot How Pranksters Tricked Twitter-Scraping Sites Into Copyright Infringement
An anonymous reader shares a remarkable story from Fortune's Data Sheet newsletter:The story begins on Dec. 3, when an artist going by @Hannahdouken on Twitter posted an image of hand-drawn text readi...
08:34 am - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Free Software Foundation Offers Benefits and Merchandise In Its Annual Fundraiser
An anonymous reader writes:The Free Software Foundation is holding its annual fundraiser, with a goal of attracting 600 new members by the end of December. (New members so far: 112.) "We are still fig...
05:34 am - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Former Oracle Product Manager Claims He Was Forced Out For Refusing to Sell Vaporware
A former Oracle employee filed a lawsuit against the database giant on Tuesday claiming that he was forced out for refusing to lie about the functionality of the company's software.The civil complaint...
02:34 am - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Disney Warns 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Effects Could Cause Seizures
"The Walt Disney Co. is asking exhibitors worldwide to warn moviegoers that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may pose a seizure risk to audience members with photosensitive epilepsy," reports Deadline...
12:34 am - Mon, December 9, 2019
Slashdot Ohio Neighborhood Temporarily Evacuated Over Misplaced Fears of a Homemade Nuclear Reactor
"A 911 call Thursday led to a precautionary evacuation of an entire street in a Northwest Side neighborhood in Columbus over concerns about a possible small nuclear reactor and alpha waves reported by...
11:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Astronomers Find the Biggest Black Hole Ever Measured
"Astronomers have found the biggest black hole ever measured -- it's 40 billion times the sun's mass, or roughly two-thirds the mass of all stars in the Milky Way," writes Astronomy.com. Iwastheone sh...
10:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Newspaper Touts Videogame Where Players 'Hunt Down Traitors' in Hong Kong
The Global Times is a daily tabloid newspaper published "under the auspices" of the Chinese Communist Party's People's Daily, according to Wikipedia. And this week Slashdot reader Tulsa_Time noticed t...
09:38 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Debian Begins Vote On Supporting Non-Systemd Init Options
"It's been five years already since the vote to transition to systemd in Debian over Upstart," reports Phoronix, noting that the Debian developer community has now begun a 20-day ranked-choice vote on...
08:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Linux Users Can Now Use Disney After DRM Fix
"Linux users can now stream shows and movies from the Disney+ streaming service after Disney lowered the level of their DRM requirements," reports Bleeping Computer:When Disney+ was first launched, Li...
07:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot 20 Low-End VPS Providers Suddenly Shutting Down In a 'Deadpooling' Scam
"At least 20 web hosting providers have hastily notified customers today, Saturday, December 7, that they plan to shut down on Monday, giving their clients two days to download data from their account...
06:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Open-Source Security Nonprofit Tries Raising Money With 'Hacker-Themed' T-Shirts
The nonprofit Open Source Technology Improvement Fund connects open-source security projects with funding and logistical support. (Launched in 2015, the Illinois-based group includes on its advisory c...
05:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Will Robots Wipe Out Wall Street's Highest-Paying Jobs?
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:Robots have replaced thousands of routine jobs on Wall Street. Now, they're coming for higher-ups. That's the contention of Marcos Lopez de Prado, a Cornell Univer...
04:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot 81-Year-Old Donald Knuth Releases New TAOCP Book, Ready to Write Hexadecimal Reward Checks
In 1962, 24-year-old Donald Knuth began writing The Art of Computer Programming -- and 57 years later, he's still working on it.But he's finally released The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fas...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Wants To Clean Windshields With Laser Beams
Tesla "may be keen on replacing the humble windshield wiper with lasers," reports CNET.In a patent application filed this past May and published with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on N...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Uber Loses $1.4 Billion in Value After Acknowledging Thousands of Sexual Assaults
"Uber's stock market value fell by $1.4 billion Friday, on the heels of the company's release of a safety report revealing that 3,000 incidents of sexual assaults took place during its U.S. rides in 2...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Can We Kill Fake News With Blockchain?
"One of the more unique future uses for blockhain may be thwarting fake news," writes Computerworld's senior reporter, citing a recent report from Gartner:By 2023, up to 30% of world news and video co...
08:34 am - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Reddit Bans 61 Accounts, Citing 'Coordinated' Russian Campaign To Interfere In UK Vote
"The prospect of Russian interference in Britain's election flared anew Saturday after the social media platform Reddit concluded that people from Russia leaked confidential British government documen...
04:34 am - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Are You Ready for the End of Python 2?
"Users of an old version of the popular Python language face a reckoning at the end of the year," reports Wired, calling it a programmer's "own version of update hell."The developers who maintain Pyth...
02:34 am - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Call Chronic Inflammation 'A Substantial Public Health Crisis'
UPI reports:Roughly half of all deaths worldwide are caused by inflammation-related diseases. Now, a team of international researchers is calling on physicians to focus greater attention on the diagno...
12:34 am - Sun, December 8, 2019
Slashdot Will Plunging Battery Prices Start a Boom In Electric Power?
An anonymous reader quotes Utility Dive:Average market prices for battery packs have plunged from $1,100 per kilowatt hour in 2010 to $156 per kilowatt hour in 2019, an 87% fall in real terms, accordi...
11:34 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot 'Why Are Cops Around the World Using This Outlandish Mind-Reading Tool?'
ProPublica has determined that dozens of state and local agencies have purchased "SCAN" training from a company called LSI for reviewing a suspect's written statements -- even though there's no scient...
10:34 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Volkswagen Headquarters Raided Again After They Disclosed New Diesel Filtering 'Issue'
"Reuters is reporting that German public prosecutors have again raided the Wolfsburg headquarters of Volkswagen in the latest investigation into the carmaker's diesel emissions," writes Slashdot reade...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot The U.S. Considers Ban on Exporting Surveillance Technology To China
The South China Morning Post reports that the U.S. may be taking a stand against China. This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new bill that would "tighten export controls on China-bound...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Remembering Star Trek Writer DC Fontana, 1939-2019
Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger brings the news that D. C. Fontana, an influential story editor and writer on the original 1960s TV series Star Trek, has died this week. People reports:The writer...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Jury Sides With Elon Musk, Rejects $190M Defamation Claim Over Tweet
Aighearach (Slashdot reader #97,333) shared this story from Reuters:Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk emerged victorious on Friday from a closely watched defamation trial as a federal court jury swiftly reject...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Why Is Russia's Suspected Internet Cable Spy Ship In the Mid-Atlantic?
"Russia's controversial intelligence ship Yantar has been operating in the Caribbean, or mid-Atlantic, since October," writes defense analyst H I Sutton this week in Forbes. He adds that the ship "is ...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Apple Fails To Stop Class Action Lawsuit Over MacBook Butterfly Keyboards
Mark Wilson quotes BetaNews: Apple has failed in an attempt to block a class action lawsuit being brought against it by a customer who claimed the company concealed the problematic nature of the butte...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Hospitals' New Issue: A 'Glut' of Machines Making Alarm Sounds
"Tens of thousands of alarms shriek, beep and buzz every day in every U.S. hospital," reports Fierce Healthcare -- even though most of them aren't urgent, disturb the patients, and won't get immediate...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot How Fake News Is Still Fooling Facebook's Fact-Checking Systems
Slashdot reader peterthegreat321 shared an article from Medium's technology blog OneZero revealing the "cracks, loopholes, and limitations in Facebook's systems that bad actors are busily exploiting."...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Propose Using Mountains To Build a New Type of Battery For Long-Term Energy Storage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: One of the big challenges of making 100 percent renewable energy a reality is long-term storage," says Julian Hunt, an engineering scientist at ...
10:00 am - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Hour of Code Will Teach Kids How To Use AI To Judge Who Is 'Awesome' Or Not
theodp writes: In 2003, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg famously faced expulsion from Harvard after launching FaceMash, a type of "hot or not" website for Harvard students that asked visitors to review p...
07:00 am - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Recordings Reveal That Plants Make Ultrasonic Squeals When Stressed
Researchers have discovered that plants make airborne sounds when stressed, which they say "could open up a new field of precision agriculture where farmers listen for water-starved crops," reports Ne...
03:30 am - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Early Humans Domesticated Themselves, New Genetic Evidence Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: A new study -- citing genetic evidence from a disorder that in some ways mirrors elements of domestication -- suggests modern humans domestic...
02:10 am - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Anti-Vaxxer Arrested As Samoa Executes Mass-Vaccination Campaign To Stop Measles Outbreak
Koreantoast writes: The Samoan government arrested a prominent local anti-vaxxer who was attempting to disrupt a mass vaccination campaign to stop an ongoing measles epidemic. Edwin Tamasese was arres...
01:30 am - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm To Offer GPU Driver Updates On Google Play Store For Some Snapdragon Chips
MojoKid writes: At its Snapdragon Summit in Maui, Hawaii this week, Qualcomm unveiled the new Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform, which enable next year's flagship 5G Android phones with more performance,...
12:50 am - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Deepfake Porn Is Evolving To Give People Total Control Over Women's Bodies
samleecole shares a report from Motherboard: A lineup of female celebrities stand in front of you. Their faces move, smile, and blink as you move around them. They're fully nude, hairless, waiting for...
12:10 am - Sat, December 7, 2019
Slashdot Social Media Platforms Leave 95 Percent of Reported Fake Accounts Up, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The report comes this week from researchers with the NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence (StratCom). Through the four-month period ...
11:30 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Trump Administration Drops Plans For Mandatory Face Scans of Citizens
schwit1 shares a report from U.S. News & World Report: The Department of Homeland Security is dropping plans to propose a regulation requiring all travelers -- including U.S. citizens -- to have t...
10:50 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot FTC Finds Cambridge Analytica Deceived Facebook Users
The Federal Trade Commission said on Friday that they had found Cambridge Analytica deceived consumers about the collection of Facebook data for voter profiling and targeting. "The [FTC] also found th...
10:10 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Apple May Use Carbon-Free Aluminum In New iPhones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple is taking delivery this month of the first batch of carbon-free aluminum produced by a Montreal-based venture, helping move the iPhone maker c...
09:30 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot European Plan To Tackle Space Debris? Hug it Out
The European Space Agency is working to tackle the issue of space debris with the technological version of a big hug. From a report: It hopes to be able to use tentacle-like mechanical arms to embrace...
08:50 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot EU Study Shows Online Piracy is Complex and Not Easy To Grasp
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has released a new study which suggests that piracy is dropping in Europe. While the research is limited to site-based piracy, it has some inter...
07:48 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Magic Leap, a Startup That Has Raised Over $2.3 Billion, Has Sold Just 6,000 Units of Its $2,300 VR Headset -- Far Below 1 Million Units Its CEO Initially Hoped
Magic Leap just announced that they're in the midst of closing a Series E round of funding, but it sounds like they're going to have to clinch that investment with some pretty troubling sales numbers ...
07:30 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Keep Your IoT Devices on a Separate Network, FBI Says
The FBI says owners of IoT (Internet of Things) devices should isolate this equipment on a separate WiFi network, different from the one they're using for their primary devices, such as laptops, deskt...
06:50 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot NFL Turns To Amazon For Help Addressing Player Injuries
After signing a pact with the Seattle Seahawks last week, Amazon Web Service announced a much larger deal with the NFL to use its technology to address concussions and other devastating injuries. From...
06:10 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot GM And LG Chem Plan $2.3 Billion Electric Battery Venture In Ohio
General Motors and LG Chemical plan to make battery cells for electric-powered vehicles, unveiling a joint venture that they expect to create more than 1,100 jobs in northeast Ohio. The companies say ...
05:30 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot W3C Recommends WebAssembly To Push the Limits For Speed, Efficiency and Responsiveness
The WebAssembly Working Group has published today the three WebAssembly specifications as W3C Recommendations, marking the arrival of a new language for the Web which allows code to run in the browser...
04:52 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Bernie Sanders Unveils $150 Billion Plan To Expand High-Speed Internet Access
On Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) announced a new plan aimed at expanding broadband internet access across the country and dismantling what he referred to as "internet and cable monopolies." From ...
04:10 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Keybase Moves To Stop Onslaught of Spammers on Encrypted Message Platform
From a report: Keybase started off as co-founder and developer Max Krohn's "hobby project" -- a way for people to share PGP keys with a simple username-based lookup. Then Chris Coyne (who also was cof...
03:30 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Fractured Forests Are Endangering Wildlife, Scientists Find
The world's forests are being carved into pieces. In tropical regions, animals are likely to pay a heavy price. From a report: Around the world, humans are fracturing vast forests. Highways snake thro...
02:50 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Fed an Ancient Earth Organism Space Metals. It Started 'Dancing'
Scientists have discovered that a single-celled organism, a descendant of some of the earliest living creatures on Earth, is able to colonize a meteorite, growing and synthesizing nutrients. From a re...
02:14 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Is Spending $420 Million on Indian Content, CEO Says
Netflix is plowing 30 billion rupees ($420 million) this year and next to produce more local content in India, one of the biggest and most-crowded markets for the worldâ(TM)s largest paid streami...
02:10 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Is Spending $420 Million on Indian Content, CEO Says
Netflix is plowing 30 billion rupees ($420 million) this year and next to produce more local content in India, one of the biggest and most-crowded markets for the world's largest paid streaming-servic...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot 142,000 People, Mostly Children, Died From Measles In 2018
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: More than 140,000 people died from measles last year as the number of cases around the world surged once again, official estimates suggest. Most of the lives cut...
10:00 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot A Two-Hour Fan-Made Audio Drama About BioShock
sandbagger writes: BioShock: After Midnight is an original story detailing events that took place in Rapture before the protagonist of the first BioShock game arrived at the city of Rapture. It's a sp...
07:00 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Fukushima Melted Fuel Removal Begins 2021, End State Unknown
Japan's economy and industry ministry said Monday that it will start removing melted fuel from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2021. The milestone step of debris removal is considered the...
03:30 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Nestle Cannot Claim Bottled Water Is 'Essential Public Service,' Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Michigan's second-highest court has dealt a legal blow to Nestle's Ice Mountain water brand, ruling that the company's commercial water-bottling ...
02:10 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot The Case For Portland-To-Vancouver High-Speed Rail
At the Cascadia Rail Summit outside Seattle, a fledgling scheme to bring high-speed rail from Portland to Vancouver found an enthusiastic reception. Gregory Scruggs writes via CityLab: Only 175 miles ...
01:50 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Most of the Largest US Voting Districts Are Vulnerable To Email Spoofing
Researchers at Valimail found that only 5% of the largest voting counties in the U.S. are protected against email impersonation and phishing attacks. TechCrunch reports: Researchers at Valimail, which...
01:30 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Snapdragon XR2 Chip To Enable Standalone Headsets With 3K x 3K Resolution, 7 Cameras
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Road to VR: Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon XR2 5G, its latest chipset platform dedicated to the needs of standalone VR and AR headsets. The new platform i...
01:10 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Apple Will Reportedly Release An iPhone Without Any Ports In 2021
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says there will be four new OLED iPhone models in 2020, followed by a new iPhone without a Lightning port in 2021. 9to5Mac reports: In 2021, Kuo is predicting a followup to ...
12:50 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot The US Is Suspected of Killing a Terrorist In Syria Using Missile With Knife Warhead
pgmrdlm shares a report from Business Insider: A suspected terrorist in Syria was reportedly killed with a rare U.S. missile packed with swords, according to multiple reports. The weapon that shredded...
12:30 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot Filmmakers Sue State Department Over Social Media Surveillance Rules
A group of filmmakers have sued the State Department for making visa applicants hand over details about their social media accounts. "The lawsuit argues that the requirement unconstitutionally discour...
12:10 am - Fri, December 6, 2019
Slashdot China Resurrects Great Cannon For DDoS Attacks On Hong Kong Forum
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: After more than two years since it's been used the last time, the Chinese government deployed an infamous DDoS tool named the "Great Cannon" to launch a...
11:30 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot 44 Million Microsoft Users Reused Passwords in the First Three Months of 2019
The Microsoft threat research team scanned all Microsoft user accounts and found that 44 million users were employing usernames and passwords that leaked online following security breaches at other on...
10:50 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Advocates Call For FTC Probe of 'Kidtech'
A collection of 31 advocacy groups is pressing the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to dig into how digital media companies advertise to children and collect their data. From a report: The request...
10:11 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot The Most Copied StackOverflow Java Code Snippet Contains a Bug
The admission comes from the author of the snippet itself, Andreas Lundblad, a Java developer at Palantir, and one of the highest-ranked contributors to StackOverflow, a Q&A website for programmin...
09:30 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Sues Chinese Malware Operator For Abusing Its Ad Platform
Facebook today filed a lawsuit against a Chinese company and two Chinese nationals for abusing the Facebook ad platform to run a malware scheme. From a report: The accused are ILikeAd Media Internatio...
08:50 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot New Linux Vulnerability Lets Attackers Hijack VPN Connections
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers found a new vulnerability allowing potential attackers to hijack VPN connections on affected *NIX devices and inject arbitrary data payloads into IPv4 ...
08:10 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot The Rise Of Restaurants With No Diners As Apps Take Orders
Shannon Bond, writing for NPR: Inside a bright red building in Redwood City, just south of San Francisco, cooks plunge baskets of french fries into hot oil, make chicken sandwiches and wrap falafel in...
07:30 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Lawmakers Are Ready To Crack Down on Robocalls
A shared hatred of robocalls is one issue uniting the House during a divisive impeachment inquiry. From a report: House lawmakers yesterday passed a bipartisan bill aimed to crack down on the fraudule...
06:50 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Sends Dragon Soaring To the ISS
A Falcon 9 rocket launched on Thursday from Florida, delivering its Dragon spacecraft into orbit. From a report: The first stage then made a safe landing on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocea...
06:10 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot A Billion Surveillance Cameras Forecast To Be Watching Within Two Years
As governments and companies invest more in security networks, hundreds of millions more surveillance cameras will be watching the world in 2021, mostly in China, according to a new report. From a rep...
05:30 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot The One-Traffic-Light Town With Some of the Fastest Internet in the US
Connecting rural America to broadband is a popular talking point on the campaign trail. In one Kentucky community, itâ(TM)s already a way of life. From a report: McKee, an Appalachian town of abo...
04:59 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Scientists' Brains Shrank a Bit After an Extended Stay in Antarctica
Socially isolated and faced with a persistently white polar landscape, a long-term crew of an Antarctic research station saw a portion of their brains shrink during their stay, a small study finds. Fr...
04:10 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot World's Most-Isolated City Lures NASA Talent in Hunt for Resources Tech
It was a video of a waving robot that attracted NASA to the world's most isolated city. Engineers at Woodside Petroleum Ltd. in Perth, Australia, were just "messing around" teaching a toy robot to wav...
03:44 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Trick Venture Capital Firm Into Sending Them $1 Million
Security researchers at Check Point say the company has uncovered evidence that Chinese hackersmanaged to hijack $1 million in seed money during a wire transfer between a Chinese venture capital firm ...
03:30 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Trick Venture Capital Firm Into Sending Them $1 Million
Security researchers at Check Point say the company has uncovered evidence that Chinese hackersmanaged to hijack $1 million in seed money during a wire transfer between a Chinese venture capital firm ...
03:15 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Launches New Legal Challenge Against US Ban
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has launched a legal challenge to a decision by US regulators to classify it as a national security threat. From a report: It comes after the US Federal Communications Co...
02:50 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Launches New Legal Challenge Against US Ban
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has launched a legal challenge to a decision by US regulators to classify it as a national security threat. From a report: It comes after the US Federal Communications Co...
02:01 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot FCC Says Wireless Carriers Lie About Coverage 40% of the Time
A new FCC study confirms what most people already knew: when it comes to wireless coverage maps, your mobile carrier is often lying to you. From a report: If you head to any major wireless carrier web...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot US Shows a 'Concerning Lack of Regard For the Privacy of People's Biometrics'
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: When it comes to the extensive and invasive use of biometric data, the USA is one of the worst offenders in the world, faring only slightly better than China...
10:00 am - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Even 50-Year-Old Climate Models Correctly Predicted Global Warming
sciencehabit writes: Climate change doubters have a favorite target: climate models. They claim that computer simulations conducted decades ago didn't accurately predict current warming, so the public...
07:00 am - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765 Chip Could Usher In the First Affordable 5G Phones
In addition to the flagship Snapdragon 865 processor, Qualcomm announced details about its other new chip, the midrange Snapdragon 765. "The 765 might actually be the more interesting of the two, than...
03:30 am - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot New Iranian Wiper Discovered In Attacks On Middle Eastern Companies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: IBM X-Force, the company's security unit, has published a report of a new form of "wiper" malware connected to threat groups in Iran and used in ...
02:10 am - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Rivers Could Generate 2,000 Nuclear Power Plants Worth of Energy With 'Blue' Membrane
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Green energy advocates may soon be turning blue. A new membrane could unlock the potential of 'blue energy,' which uses chemical differences between...
01:30 am - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot TikTok's Parent Company Sued For Collecting Data On Kids
TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, is being sued after allegedly violating child privacy laws and collecting the data of young users through the video app, which was formerly called Musical.ly. The V...
01:10 am - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Ford Will Turn McDonald's Used Coffee Bean Husks Into Car Parts
Ford will soon start using coffee chaff from McDonald's to manufacture auto parts like headlamp housings and other interior and exterior components. "In addition to making Ford vehicles a little bit '...
12:50 am - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot China Gene-Edited Baby Experiment 'May Have Created Unintended Mutations'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The gene editing performed on Chinese twins to immunize them against HIV may have failed and created unintended mutations, scientists have said a...
12:10 am - Thu, December 5, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Activation Lock Will Make It Very Difficult To Refurbish Macs
Apple's Activation Lock is an anti-theft feature built into iOS, watchOS, and macOS Catalina that prevents people from restoring your Apple devices without your permission. "With the release of macOS ...
11:30 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Halts Political Ads In Singapore As Election Looms
Google has stopped accepting political ads in Singapore months before a widely expected election. Reuters reports: In email correspondence between the Singapore Democratic Party and a senior Google pu...
10:50 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Study That Argued EVs Aren't Cleaner Gets an Update
An anonymous reader shares an update to a 2017 study from the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute that claimed the manufacturing of big batteries for electric vehicles generates so much emiss...
10:10 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Still Planning a Cheaper, Disc-Less Next-Gen Xbox, Report Says
In June, Microsoft announced Project Scarlett, a new iteration of the Xbox that the company said would "set a new bar for console power, speed and performance." What Microsoft didn't say is that it is...
09:30 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Fiber Eliminates 100Mbps Plan For New Customers
Google Fiber, the division of Google parent company Alphabet that provides fiber-to-the-premises service in the U.S., will no longer sell 100Mbps broadband plans to new customers. From a report: In a ...
08:50 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot NASA Spacecraft Unraveling Sun's Mysteries as it Spirals Closer To Our Star
In August of last year, NASA sent a spacecraft hurtling toward the inner Solar System, with the aim of getting some answers about the mysterious star at the center of our cosmic neighborhood. Now more...
08:10 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot The iPhone 11 Pro's Location Data Puzzler
Brian Krebs: One of the more curious behaviors of Apple's new iPhone 11 Pro is that it intermittently seeks the user's location information even when all applications and system services on the phone ...
07:33 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Proposes a Home Robot that Asks You Questions When It's Confused
An anonymous reader shares a report: AI models invariably encounter ambiguous situations that they struggle to respond to with instructions alone. That's problematic for autonomous agents tasked with,...
06:50 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot The Curse of Outdated DRM Claims Another Vicim, 'Tron: Evolution'
As of this week, players who owned a legitimate copy of Tron: Evolution they paid for but never played it, no longer can. From a report: Tron: Evolution, a tie-in game for the 2010 Tron: Legacy film, ...
06:10 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Hyperscale Data Center Spending Hits Record $31B In Q3
The fastest-growing data center market segment returned to growth mode in the third quarter of 2019, with global hyperscale capex spending exceeding $31 billion, up 8 percent year over year. From a re...
05:30 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Climate Change is Forcing One Person From Their Home Every Two Seconds, Oxfam Says
Climate-fueled disasters have forced about 20 million people a year to leave their homes in the past decade -- equivalent to one every two seconds -- according to a new report from Oxfam. From a news ...
04:54 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot How Chinese Sci-Fi Conquered America
From a report: When the English translation of "The Three-Body Problem" was published in 2014, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work of speculative fiction. President Barack Obama praised the novel, ...
04:50 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot How Chinese Sci-Fi Conquered America
From a report: When the English translation of "The Three-Body Problem" was published in 2014, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work of speculative fiction. President Barack Obama praised the novel, ...
04:10 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot 2020 US Census Plagued By Hacking Threats, Cost Overruns
Reuters reports: In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau faced a pivotal choice in its plan to digitize the nation's once-a-decade population count: build a system for collecting and processing data in-house,...
03:25 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Two Malicious Python Libraries Caught Stealing SSH and GPG Keys
The Python security team removed two trojanized Python libraries from PyPI (Python Package Index) that were caught stealing SSH and GPG keys from the projects of infected developers. From a report: Th...
02:45 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot In a First, Amazon Launches a Battery-powered Portable Echo Speaker in India
After launching nearly a dozen Echo speaker models in India in two years, Amazon said on Wednesday it is adding a new variant to the mix that addresses one of the most requested features from customer...
02:07 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Plex Launches Free, Ad-Supported Video Service in 200-Plus Countries, Territories
Media center app maker Plex officially launched its ad-supported video service with movies and TV shows from MGM, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and Legendary Wednesday. The service will be available in more...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot He Gave a Cryptocurrency Talk In North Korea. The US Arrested Him.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: He was a former hacker from Alabama who styled himself a "disruptive technologist" and believed that he was using his data-mining expertise...
10:00 am - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Brother of Drug Lord Pablo Escobar Launches 'Unbreakable' Foldable Smartphone
Roberto Escobar, brother of the late drug lord Pablo Escobar, has announced a foldable smartphone that is "very difficult to break" thanks to the screen's "special type of plastic." The Escobar Fold 1...
07:00 am - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot India's Crashed Vikram Moon Lander Spotted On Lunar Surface
A NASA satellite has found India's Vikram lander, which crashed on the lunar surface in September. The Guardian reports: Nasa released an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that sho...
03:30 am - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Manages To Make Smartphones Without American Chips
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Huawei's latest phone, which it unveiled in September -- the Mate 30 with a curved display and wide-angle cameras that competes with A...
02:10 am - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Ring Reportedly Outed Camera Owners To Police With a Heat Map
Amazon-owned home surveillance company Ring gave law enforcement a heat map that let police see all devices installed in an area, allowing them to view users down to the street level. CNET first repor...
01:30 am - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot FBI Asked Sony For Data On User Who Used PlayStation Network To Sell Cocaine
According to Motherboard, the FBI applied for a search warrant in October compelling Sony to provide data on a PlayStation 4 user who was allegedly part of a cocaine distribution network. The applicat...
01:00 am - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot A Bug In Microsoft's Login System Put Users At Risk of Account Hijacks
Microsoft has fixed a vulnerability in its login system that could have been used to trick unsuspecting victims into giving over complete access to their online accounts. TechCrunch reports: The bug a...
12:30 am - Wed, December 4, 2019
Slashdot Dutch Politician Faces 3 Years In Prison For Hacking iCloud Accounts, Leaking Nudes
An anonymous reader writes: "Dutch prosecutors have asked a judge for a three-year prison sentence for a local politician who doubled as a hacker and breached the personal iCloud accounts of more than...
11:50 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot FaceApp and Other Russian Apps Pose Potential Counterintelligence Threats, Says FBI
The FBI warned in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Monday that it considers mobile applications developed in Russia, including the popular photo-aging app "FaceApp," to be "po...
11:10 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot The Rise and Fall of the PlayStation Supercomputers
"On the 25th anniversary of the original Sony PlayStation, The Verge shares the story of the PlayStation supercomputers," writes Slashdot reader jimminy_cricket. From the report: Dozens of PlayStation...
10:30 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Unveils New Server Chip To Compete With Intel's Product
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon Web Services has developed a more powerful version of its own chips to power services for cloud-computing customers, as well as some of AWS's...
09:46 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Google Founders Resign From Alphabet Leadership, Sundar Pichai Becomes CEO
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is adding another responsibility to his job: Pichai will also be the CEO of parent holding company Alphabet going forward, taking the helm from co-founder and longtime CEO Lar...
09:26 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Introduces Fraud Detector and CodeGuru
Amazon is leveraging machine learning to fight fraud, audit code, transcribe calls, and index enterprise data. From a report: Today during a keynote at its Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent 2019 con...
08:45 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm's Next-gen Snapdragon 865 Mobile Chip Focuses on 5G
Qualcomm uncorked this year's version of its Snapdragon Technology Summit by announcing the names of its two new upcoming Snapdragon chips, the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G. Not surprisi...
08:05 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Genius Sues Google For 'No Less Than $50M', Alleging 'Anticompetitive Practices' Over Lyrics
The company behind Lyrics website Genius, Genius Media Group, is suing Google for "unethical, unfair and anticompetitive" behavior. From a report: Genius alleges that traffic to its site started to dr...
07:25 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Russia To Upgrade Homegrown Encyclopedia After Putin Pans Wikipedia
Russia is to set up a new online site for its national encyclopedia after President Vladimir Putin said Wikipedia was unreliable and should be replaced. From a report: The move will ensure people can ...
06:45 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Gives Workers a Chatbot to Appease That Prying Uncle
Some Facebook employees recently told their managers that they were concerned about answering difficult questions about their workplace from friends and family over the holidays. What if Mom or Dad ac...
06:05 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Google Photos Adds a Chat Feature To Its App
Google is rolling out a way to directly message photos and chat with another user or users within the Google Photos app. From a report: The addition will allow users to quickly and easily share those ...
05:25 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Cracks in the Greenland Ice Sheet Are Producing Massive Waterfalls, Raising Scientists' Concerns For Sea Level Rise
At its peak, one meltwater lake drained the equivalent of an Olympic-size swimming pool every three seconds. From a report: A cerulean lake consisting of glacial meltwater on the surface of the Greenl...
04:45 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Den Automation Raised Millions To 'Reinvent' the Light Switch. Now It's Lights Out For Startup
Den Automation, the once-promising UK smart home startup that raised nearly $5.8 million via equity crowdfunding and boasted former Amstrad chief Bob Watkins as CEO, has agreed to go into liquidation,...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Removes Avast and AVG Extensions From Add-on Portal Over Snooping Claims
Mozilla today removed four Firefox extensions made by Avast and its subsidiary AVG after receiving credible reports that the extensions were harvesting user data and browsing histories. From a report:...
03:37 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot elementary OS 5.1 'Hera' Linux Distro is Here
An anonymous reader shares a report: elementary OS has long been viewed by many as the future of Linux on the PC thanks to its beautiful desktop environment and overall polished experience. Developmen...
02:40 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Firefox 71 Arrives With Better Lockwise and Tracker Blocking, Picture-in-Picture on Windows
Mozilla today released Firefox 71 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Firefox 71 includes Lockwise password manager improvements, Enhanced Tracking Protection tweaks, and Picture-in-Picture vid...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot People Worldwide Have Received More Than 26 Billion Spam Calls This Year
Do you feel you have been receiving more spam calls of late? You are probably not wrong -- or alone. From a report: The volume of spam calls has grown by 18% globally this year, according to Truecalle...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot The 'Amazon Effect' Is Flooding a Struggling Recycling System With Cardboard
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The rise in curbside cardboard waste coming from packaging is "the Amazon effect," says David Biderman, the executive director of the Solid Waste As...
10:00 am - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot DHS Wants Airport Face Recognition Scans To Include US Citizens
The Department of Homeland Security wants to expand facial recognition scans in the airport to also include citizens, which had previously been exempt from the mandatory checks. TechCrunch reports: In...
07:00 am - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Creating a New Rust-Based Programming Language For Secure Coding
Under Project Verona, Microsoft is working to make Windows 10 more secure by integrating Mozilla-developed Rust for low-level Windows components. "'Memory safety' is the term for coding frameworks tha...
03:30 am - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Vulnerability In Fully Patched Android Phones Under Active Attack By Bank Thieves
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A vulnerability in millions of fully patched Android phones is being actively exploited by malware that's designed to drain the bank accounts of ...
02:10 am - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Coal Power Becoming 'Uninsurable' As Firms Refuse Cover
AmiMoJo quotes a report from The Guardian: The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal projects more than doubled this year and for the first time U.S. companies have taken action, leaving Lloyd...
01:30 am - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Putin Signs Law Making Russian Apps Mandatory On Smartphones, Computers
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software. Reuters reports: T...
12:50 am - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Google, Facebook In EU Probe Over User Data
European officials have launched a "preliminary" investigation into Facebook and Google in order to determine how people's information is used for ad purposes. The Mercury News reports: The European C...
12:10 am - Tue, December 3, 2019
Slashdot Prominent Tech Execs Sign Renewed Commitment To Paris Agreement
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The U.S. government may be in the process of formally withdrawing from the term of the Paris Agreement, an international accord on targets to fight...
11:30 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot AWS Brings Quantum Computing To the Cloud
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is helping to bring quantum computing to the cloud, with the company lifting the lid off three initiatives at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas. ZDNet reports: The first is Amazon B...
10:50 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Doctors Are Turning To YouTube To Learn How To Do Surgical Procedures
Some doctors say that medical students and residents are turning to YouTube to fill in gaps in their training. The video-sharing platform hosts tens of thousands of surgery-related videos, and the num...
10:10 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot All New Cellphone Users In China Must Now Have Their Face Scanned
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Customers in China who buy SIM cards or register new mobile-phone services must have their faces scanned under a new law that came into ...
09:30 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Cord-Cutting Pushed To 'Tipping Point' as Video Streaming Grows
The media ecosystem is undergoing a massive change as streaming video looks to extend its recent dominance over traditional distribution, according to research firm MoffettNathanson, which wrote that ...
08:51 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Reptiles Known as 'Living Rocks' Show Surprising Cognitive Powers
Giant tortoises can learn and remember tasks, and master lessons much faster when trained in groups. From a report: Tamar Gutnick and Michael Kuba at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and An...
08:10 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot 'Grinch Bots' Are Here To Ruin Your Holiday Shopping
Consumers may think they're avoiding the crush this holiday season by shopping online, unaware that as they're trying to get through the digital doors, so too are hordes of bots. And they're throwing ...
07:30 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Portland Plans To Propose the Strictest Facial Recognition Ban in the Country
harrymcc writes: As the federal government plods along on developing privacy laws, some cities are taking matters into their own hands -- with facial recognition technology at the top of the list. Now...
06:50 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Archivists Are Trying To Make Sure a 'Pirate Bay of Science' Never Goes Down
A new project aims to make LibGen, which hosts 33 terabytes of scientific papers and books, much more stable. From a report: It's hard to find free and open access to scientific material online. The l...
06:15 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile Shows Why It's Still Too Early To Buy a 5G Phone
T-Mobile's nationwide 5G network launches on Friday, the company announced Monday morning. But don't fall for the marketing hype. From a report: It's still too early to buy a 5G phone, even though T-M...
05:30 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot iOS Apps Could Really Benefit From the Newly Proposed Security.plist Standard
Security researcher Ivan Rodriguez has proposed a new security standard for iOS apps, which he named Security.plist. From a report: The idea is simple. App makers would create a property list file (pl...
04:50 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Lets Doctors Record Your Conversations and Put Them in Your Medical Files
Amazon's next big step in health care is with voice transcription technology that's designed to allow doctors to spend more time with patients and less time at the computer. At Amazon Web Services' re...
04:10 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Would You Pay Someone $40 To Keep You Focused on Work?
An anonymous reader shares a report: Lacking any of the necessary willpower to go back to my work, I spiraled further into a procrastination hole and clicked on the link. "Working on something hard? D...
03:36 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Have Identified a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat
Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an incredibly useful property that defies our current understanding of how conductors work. From a report: The m...
03:30 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Have Identified a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat
Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an incredibly useful property that defies our current understanding of how conductors work. From a report: The m...
02:40 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot 'Laziness Has Won': Apostrophe Society Admits Its Defeat
A society dedicated to preserving the "much-abused" apostrophe is to be shut down as its chairman said "ignorance and laziness" had won. From a report: John Richards, who worked in journalism for much...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Now Even the FBI is Warning About Your Smart TV's Security
If you just bought a smart TV on Black Friday or plan to buy one for Cyber Monday tomorrow, the FBI wants you to know a few things. From a report: Smart TVs are like regular television sets but with a...
11:34 am - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Is Now Making Smartphones Without American Chips
"American tech companies are getting the go-ahead to resume business with Chinese smartphone giant Huawei Technologies Co., but it may be too late," reports the Wall Street Journal. Huawei is just bui...
08:34 am - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Millions of SMS Text Messages Exposed In Unencrypted Database
"A massive database storing tens of millions of SMS text messages, most of which were sent by businesses to potential customers, has been found online," reports TechCrunch. The database belongs to a c...
05:34 am - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot 'Massive Issues' Reported For Google's Indexing of JavaScript Content
The way Google is indexing JavaScript content is "still a massive issue," reports Search Engine Journal:As much as 60% of the JavaScript content is indexed within the first 24 hours after indexing HTM...
02:34 am - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Should Twitter Delete the Accounts of Dead People?
An anonymous reader quotes SiliconValley.com:Twitter said Wednesday it is putting the brakes, for now, on a plan to start deleting inactive accounts that was set to begin next month. Twitter said it w...
12:19 am - Mon, December 2, 2019
Slashdot Guido van Rossum Explains How Python Makes Thinking in Code Easier
Dropbox's Work in Progress blog shared a 2000-word "conversation with the creator of the world's most popular programming language," noting that many computer science schools are switching over from J...
11:10 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot 2019 Sees More Geeky Advent Calendars
It's the first day of December, which means the return of an annual geek tradition: the computer programming advent calendars! An anonymous reader delivers this update:It's the very first year for the...
09:49 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Public Libraries Drop Overdue Book Fines To Alleviate Inequity
The San Diego Public Library system just wiped out overdue fines for 130,000 people. It's part of a growing trend, reports NPR:The changes were enacted after a city study revealed that nearly half of ...
08:34 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Can We Save Coral Reefs Using Underwater Loudspeakers?
"The desperate search for ways to help the world's coral reefs rebound from the devastating effects of climate change has given rise to some radical solutions," reports the Washington Post. There's co...
07:34 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Remembering The Home Computer Christmas Wars of 1983
"1983 had seen an explosion of home computer models of varying capabilities and at various price-points," remembers the vintage computing site Paleotronic, looking back at the historic tech battle bet...
06:34 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Kali Linux Adds 'Undercover' Mode to Impersonate Windows 10
"Kali Linux 2019.4 was released last week and with it comes an 'Undercover' mode that can be used to quickly make the Kali desktop look like Windows 10," reports Bleeping Computer:Kali is a Linux dist...
05:34 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot What Happened After The Explosion at a Virology Campus in Siberia?
Lasrick writes:You may remember the explosion at VECTOR, once a center of Soviet biological warfare research. Filippa Lentzos, senior research fellow jointly appointed in the Departments of War Studie...
04:34 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Rust-Based Redox OS Is Nearly Self-Hosting After Four Years
Long-time Slashdot reader sosume quotes the Register: Redox OS, written in Rust and currently under development, is only "a few months of work away" from self-hosting, meaning that the Rustc compiler ...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Astronomers Have Now Photographed A Second Interstellar Comet
"A new photo shows the solar system's second confirmed interstellar visitor in an impressive new light," writes Space.com. elainerd (Slashdot reader #94,528) quotes their report:A team of astronomers ...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Did Protocells Serve As Software 'Code' In Early Evolutionary Biology?
Software developer nickwinlund77 writes: A new study following Nick Lane, et al.'s protocell study mentioned on Slashdot offers an explanation for how ''protocells'' could have emerged on early Earth,...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot DC Comics Deletes 'Batman' Image That China Complained Was Supporting Hong Kong Protesters
"DC Comics has yanked a poster for a new Batman title from its social media accounts after the image drew criticism from Chinese commenters who said it appeared to support the ongoing pro-democracy pr...
08:34 am - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot The Rise and Fall of a Teenager's Massive Meme Empire
An anonymous reader writes:The New York Times just profiled 15-year-old "businessman" Rowan Winch, who made up to $10,000 a month from his Instagram feed. ("He planned to purchase a Tesla next year, w...
05:34 am - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Bows to Singapore's 'Fake News' Law, Posts 'Correction'
An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:Facebook has added a correction notice to a post that Singapore's government said contained false information. It is the first time Facebook has issued such a notice...
02:34 am - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Apple's and Microsoft's 2019 Holiday Ads: Naughty Or Nice?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In Apple's 2019 holiday ad The Surprise (YouTube, 11.8M views), the reveal at the end is that two young girls thought to have been frittering away time on thei...
12:34 am - Sun, December 1, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Your Company Using Linux Desktops?
SomeoneFromBelgium writes:Yesterday I spoke to a friend of mine who works for a company developing mostly integrated network solutions which are purely Linux-based. He complained that he was unable to...
11:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot How Russian Trolls Spread Propaganda Using Uplifting Tweets
Two associate professors of communication at Clemson spent two years studying online propaganda and state-affiliated disinformation campaigns on social media. This week in Rolling Stone they explain h...
10:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot Genetically-Engineered Microbe No Longer Needs to Eat Food To Grow
"Synthetic biologists have performed a biochemical switcheroo," reports Science magazine:They've re-engineered a bacterium that normally eats a diet of simple sugars into one that builds its cells by ...
09:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot Can AI Predict the Stock Market? No, But the Attempt Was Interesting
"We all want to be rich by having a computer just generate piles of money for us," writes long-time Slashdot reader TekBoy. "Here's one man's attempt at using AI to predict the market. From the articl...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot FedEx Warned Not To 'Invade' New York City With Sidewalk Robots
"FedEx delivery robots invade New York City streets," read one newspaper's headline, describing the six-wheeled "SameDay" bots that the company is testing in four cities. But this week New York City t...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot 'Pre-Crime' AI Is Driving 'Industrial-Scale Human Rights Abuses' In China's Xinjiang Province
Long-time Slashdot reader clawsoon writes:Among Sunday's releases from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on leaked Chinese documents about the detention of Xinjiang Uighurs &md...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot The File /var/lib/dbus/machine-id Matters For Your Privacy (and Devuan Fixed It)
Long-time Slashdot reader jaromil (Denis "Jaromil" Roio) writes: A few days ago Devuan ASCII 2.1 was announced and one update has been overlooked by most media outlets: our dbus patch to re-generate m...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot Jimmy Wales New Social Network Skyrockets To 345,000 Members, Will Hire Journalists
Jimmy Wales' new social network WT.Social started November with just 1,500 members. Four weeks later, it's skyrocketed up to 345,680 members -- and that's just the beginning. Next year Wales plans to ...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot Jimmy Wales' New Social Network Skyrockets To 345,000 Members, Will Hire Journalists
Jimmy Wales' new social network WT.Social started November with just 1,500 members. Four weeks later, it's skyrocketed up to 345,680 members -- and that's just the beginning. Next year Wales plans to ...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot Earth is Getting Windier -- Which Helps Wind Turbines Generate More Green Energy
"The world is getting windier," reports WBUR, citing a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. And they add that this could actually be a boon to wind farm operators, "since faster w...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Cancels Rebooted 'Mystery Science Theatre 3000'
Netflix's reboot of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 made this year's "Best Of" lists from both The New York Times and Rotten Tomatoes. Yet apparently their bosses didn't like them, and have shot them int...
11:45 am - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot The Bonkers, Bristly Story of How Big Toothbrush Took Over the World
In a few decades, two warring toothbrush giants have carved out a market worth billions, with the help of a little science and some clever marketing. But where does it go next? From a report: Not so l...
09:00 am - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot Wild Silkworms Produce Proteins Primed for Bioprinting
A mix of silkworms' proteins acts as a scaffold for 3-D-printed tissues and organs. From a report: Many research groups are testing "ink" made from silk proteins to print human tissues, implants and p...
05:01 am - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot Study Reveals Music's Universal Patterns Across Societies Worldwide
From love songs to dance tunes to lullabies, music made in disparate cultures worldwide displays certain universal patterns, according to a study by researchers who suggest a commonality in the way hu...
02:00 am - Sat, November 30, 2019
Slashdot With Suction Cups and Lots of Luck, Scientists Measure Blue Whale's Heart Rate
Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and c...