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10:38 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Google's Black Box Algorithm Controls Which Political Emails Land in Your Main Inbox
Adrianne Jeffries, Leon Yin, and Surya Mattu, reporting for The Markup: Pete Buttigieg is leading at 63 percent. Andrew Yang came in second at 46 percent. And Elizabeth Warren looks like she's in trou...
09:50 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot IBM and Microsoft Sign Vatican Pledge For Ethical AI
IBM and Microsoft have signed an "ethical resolution" with the Vatican to develop AI in a way that will protect the planet and the rights of all people [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alter...
09:00 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Apple Has Blocked Clearview AI's iPhone App for Violating Its Rules
An iPhone app built by controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI has been blocked by Apple, effectively banning the app from use. From a report: Apple confirmed to TechCrunch that the star...
08:09 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot WHO Raises Coronavirus Threat Assessment To Its Highest Level
World Health Organization officials said Friday they are increasing the risk assessment of the coronavirus, which has spread to at least 49 countries in a matter of weeks, to "very high" at a global l...
07:20 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Freeman Dyson, Visionary Technologist, Is Dead at 96
darenw shares a report: Freeman J. Dyson, a mathematical prodigy who left his mark on subatomic physics before turning to messier subjects like Earth's environmental future and the morality of war, di...
06:40 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Senate Unanimously Approves Bill To Ban Purchase of Huawei Equipment With Federal Funds
The Senate unanimously approved legislation on Thursday that would ban the use of federal funds to purchase telecommunications equipment from companies deemed a national security threat, such as Chine...
05:49 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Bernie Sanders Has an Audacious -- and Hugely Expensive -- Climate Plan
Senator Bernie Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in this year's presidential election, has put forth the most audacious climate plan among the contenders. But there are doubts ab...
05:00 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Printing's Not Dead: The $35 Billion Fight Over Ink Cartridges
America's onetime innovation icons are wrestling over their biggest remaining piles of money. From a report: The HP 63 Tri-color ink cartridge retails for $28.99 at Staples. Stuffed with foam sponges ...
04:10 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Global Stocks Plummet Again in Worst Week Since 2008 Financial Crisis
Global stock markets plummeted for a seventh consecutive day on Friday as the coronavirus continued to spread, increasing fears that the epidemic will wipe out corporate profits and push some of the w...
03:20 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Report Identifies the Most Dangerous Mobile App Store on the Internet
9Game.com, a portal for downloading free Android games, was the mobile app store hosting the most malicious apps in 2019. From a report: 9Game ranked number one on the list of app stores with the most...
02:30 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot The Most Popular YouTube Videos About The Coronavirus Are Being Made In India -- And They're Full Of Hoaxes
India is in the middle of a YouTube-powered coronavirus frenzy that could kill people. From a report: The most popular YouTube video in the world about the coronavirus was created by a channel called ...
12:51 pm - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot A High School Student Created a Fake 2020 Candidate. Twitter Verified It
From a report: Andrew Walz calls himself a "proven business leader" and a "passionate advocate for students." Walz, a Republican from Rhode Island, is running for Congress with the tagline, "Let's mak...
11:01 am - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot 'GTA Online' Gets Competitive F1 Racing Today
An anonymous reader shares a report: Rockstar refuses to let GTA Online die, and why would it when it's one of the company's biggest moneymakers? If you haven't played GTA 5's online component in a wh...
08:02 am - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Transcribe Can Now Automatically Redact Personally Identifiable Data
Amazon is adding a new privacy-focused feature to its business transcription service, one that automatically redacts personally identifiable information (PII), such as names, social security numbers, ...
04:01 am - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot We Should Prepare For a US Outbreak of Coronavirus, Not Because We May Feel Personally at Risk, But So That We Can Help Lessen the Risk For Everyone.
Zeynep Tufekci, writing for Scientific American: Preparing for the almost inevitable global spread of this virus, now dubbed COVID-19, is one of the most pro-social, altruistic things you can do in re...
02:00 am - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Let's Encrypt Has Issued a Billion Certificates
Let's Encrypt, writing in a blog post: We issued our billionth certificate on February 27, 2020. We're going to use this big round number as an opportunity to reflect on what has changed for us, and f...
01:30 am - Fri, February 28, 2020
Slashdot Apple Plans To Release an iPad Pro Smart Keyboard With Trackpad in 2020
Apple is working on an iPad keyboard that includes a built-in trackpad, reports The Information, citing a person familiar with the company's product roadmap. From a report: Apple has reportedly been e...
11:54 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot US Health Workers Responding To Coronavirus Lacked Training and Protective Gear, Whistle-Blower Says
Federal health employees interacted with Americans quarantined for possible exposure to the coronavirus without proper medical training or protective gear then scattered into the general population, T...
11:00 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Facebook, Google and Twitter Rebel Against Pakistan's Censorship Rules
When Pakistan's government unveiled some of the world's most sweeping rules on internet censorship this month, global internet companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter were expected to comply or fa...
10:10 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot LinkedIn Tests Snapchat-like Stories
If you thought LinkedIn had already reached peak undesirability, you were wrong: the company is now planning to add Snapchat-style Stories to its platform. From a report: Yes, the business-focused net...
09:20 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Cases Soar in Italy and Iran; 48 Countries Now Report Infections
The fight to contain the coronavirus entered an alarming new phase on Thursday as caseloads soared in Europe and the Middle East, and health officials in the United States and Germany dealt with patie...
08:30 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Sues SDK Maker OneAudience For Secretly Harvesting User Data
Facebook filed today a federal lawsuit in a California court against OneAudience, a New Jersey-based data analytics firm. From a report: The social networking giant claims that OneAudience paid app de...
07:40 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Plans To Enter India's Food Delivery Market
Weeks after Uber exited India's food delivery market, conceding defeat to local giants Swiggy and Zomato, a new player is gearing up to challenge the heavily-backed duopoly: Amazon. From a report: The...
06:50 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Cancels F8 Developer Conference Due To Coronavirus Concerns
Facebook has canceled the in-person portion of F8, the company's annual developer conference, due to coronavirus concerns. F8 was originally scheduled to take place on May 5th and May 6th later this y...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot How Accessibility Consultants Are Building a More Inclusive Video Game Industry Behind the Scenes
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last year, Forbes published an article titled "'Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice' Needs to Respect Its Players and Add an Easy Mode." In the piece, Dave Thier, the author...
05:11 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Walmart is Quietly Working on an Amazon Prime Competitor Called Walmart
Amazon Prime has devastated traditional retail. Walmart is about to fight back. From a report: When Amazon launched a funky membership program called Amazon Prime in 2005, Walmart boasted larger profi...
04:22 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot China's Rover Finds Layers of Surprise Under Moon's Far Side
The Chang'e-4 mission, the first to land on the lunar far side, is demonstrating the promise and peril of using ground-penetrating radar in planetary science. From a report: China's robotic Chang'e-4 ...
03:30 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Raspberry Pi 4 Linux Computer Gets Twice the RAM and USB-C Power Fix
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: The Raspberry Pi line has provided great little Linux computers to nerds -- its low price and small size makes it ideal for tinkering and doing projects. But also,...
02:50 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Nokia To Weigh Strategic Options as Profit Pressure Mounts
Nokia Oyj is exploring strategic options as fierce competition puts pressure on the Finnish network equipment maker's earnings, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Fro...
02:05 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot TikTok is 'Fundamentally Parasitic', Says Reddit CEO
TikTok is one of the hottest social media platforms but the CEO of Reddit had some harsh words for the popular app, calling it "fundamentally parasitic" at an event this week. From a report: The comme...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot 15-Million-Year-Old Crater On Earth Reveals Clues About Mars' Watery Past
Iwastheone shares a report from Space.com: Ries Crater, or Nordlinger Ries, is located in western Bavaria, Germany, and formed roughly 15 million years ago, when a meteorite struck. This site has incr...
10:00 am - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Drivers of Expensive Cars Less Likely To Yield For Pedestrians, Study Finds
ClickOnThis writes: Many of us know the old joke about BMWs and hemorrhoids. Now it seems that science can back it up. In a study perhaps deserving of an Ig Nobel, scientists found that the likelihood...
07:00 am - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot US Confirms First Case of Coronavirus From Unknown Origin
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a resident from Northern California has contracted the coronavirus without traveling outside the United States or coming in contact with a...
03:30 am - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot 'Electronic Nose' Could Smell Breath To Warn About Higher Risk of Cancer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: An electronic device that "sniffs" breath may offer a new way to identify people with a condition that can lead to cancer of the oesophagus, rese...
02:02 am - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Reddit's Profane, Greedy Traders Are Shaking Up the Stock Market
Bloomberg's Luka Kawa reports on the tips and tricks members of the r/wallstreetbets subreddit are using to push prices on the stock market, at least for the short term. Here's an excerpt from the rep...
01:25 am - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Starbucks Embraces Fake Meat, Starting In Canada
Starting next week, Starbucks will roll out its spring menu in stores across Canada that will include a breakfast sandwich with Beyond Meat sausage. Engadget reports: Starbucks joins a growing list of...
12:45 am - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot Trump Puts Mike Pence In Charge of Response To Coronavirus, Says US Risk 'Remains Very Low'
Vice President Mike Pence will be put in charge of the U.S. response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday in an address from the White House. CNBC reports: Tr...
12:02 am - Thu, February 27, 2020
Slashdot LG's New V60 ThinQ Is a Huge Phone With a Removable Second Screen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: 5G connectivity. 8K video recording. A design that folds. These are some of the things you'll get in one of Samsung's newest phones -- but the pr...
11:40 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Konami Code Creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto Dies At 61
Kazuhisa Hashimoto, a producer credited with implementing the fabled "Konami Code" that gave players godlike cheats in Contra, Gradius, Castlevania, and other Konami games for the Nintendo Entertainme...
11:20 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Panasonic Is Ending Its Solar Cell Partnership With Tesla
Panasonic said it will stop producing solar cells and modules at Tesla's factory in Buffalo, N.Y., ending a four-year joint venture with the electric automaker. TechCrunch reports: Panasonic said it w...
10:40 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot First Amendment Doesn't Apply On YouTube; Judges Reject PragerU Lawsuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: YouTube is a private forum and therefore not subject to free-speech requirements under the First Amendment, a US appeals court ruled today (PDF)....
10:01 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Would Have To Pay $3.50 Per Month To US Users For Sharing Contact Info, Study Finds
German Facebook users would want the social media platform to pay them about $8 per month for sharing their contact information, while U.S. users would only seek $3.50, according to a study of how peo...
09:21 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Jury Convicts Ex-Microsoft Worker in Digital Currency Scheme
A jury on Tuesday convicted a former Microsoft worker of wire fraud and other charges in what prosecutors described as a scheme to steal $10 million in digital currency. From a report: The U.S. Attorn...
08:41 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Court Says Removing a Police GPS Tracker From Your Car Isn't Theft
Karl Bode, reporting for Vice: Back in 2012, the US Supreme Court declared it was illegal for law enforcement to attach a GPS tracker to a suspect's car without first getting a warrant. But in 2018, c...
08:01 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?
An anonymous reader shares a article: Anna Wiener, author of memoir "Uncanny Valley", writes especially well -- with both fluency and astonishment -- about the verbal habits of her peers: "People used...
07:21 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Warns Sellers Not To Gouge Users on Face Masks as Prices Skyrocket on Coronavirus Fears
Amazon is warning third-party sellers on its Marketplace platform not to gouge customers on protective face masks as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak that originated in mainland China continues to sprea...
06:41 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot No Email. No WhatsApp. No Internet. This Is Now Normal Life In Kashmir.
Normal life has ground to a halt in the disputed Himalayan region as businesses lay off workers, hospitals struggle to care for patients, and ordinary people despair. Pranav Dixit, reporting for BuzzF...
06:01 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Suckers List: How Allstate's Secret Auto Insurance Algorithm Squeezes Big Spenders
Insurers are supposed to price based on risk, but Allstate's algorithm put a thumb on the scale. From a report: Seven years ago, Allstate Corporation told Maryland regulators it was time to update its...
05:21 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Clearview AI Reports Breach of Customer List
Facial recognition company Clearview AI notified customers that an intruder had gained "unauthorized access" to its entire list of customers, The Daily Beast reports. From a report: Clearview gained w...
04:41 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Left Communications Open To Eavesdropping
Billions of devices -- many of them already patched -- are affected by a Wi-Fi vulnerability that allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive data sent over the air, researchers said on Wednesday at ...
04:10 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Apple Won't Allow Villains To Use Its Products on Screen, Says Rian Johnson
Apple is trying really, really hard to always come off as the good guys. From a report: According to Rian Johnson, director of Knives Out, Apple won't let villains use iPhones on-screen. Apple is so o...
03:32 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Google To Spend $10 Billion on Offices, Data Centers in US This Year
Google is continuing to expand beyond its home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, said Wednesday the company will invest more than $10 billion in offices and dat...
02:41 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Solar Storms Can Mess With Whales' Ability To Navigate, Cause Strandings
The ocean's most mammoth, docile beasts manage to find their way around the oceans with relative ease. And that's especially true for the gray whale, a creature that makes the biggest migration of any...
02:01 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Americans Should Prepare For Coronavirus Crisis in US, CDC Says
Top U.S. public health officials said Tuesday that Americans should prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in communities across the country. From a report: "It's not so much a question of if this ...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Internal Docs Show Why the US Military Publishes North Korean and Russian Malware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Newly released and previously secret documents explain in greater detail how, and why, a section of the U.S. military decides to publicly release ...
10:00 am - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Uber and Lyft Generate 70 Percent More Pollution Than Trips They Displace, Study Finds
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, ride-hailing trips today result in an estimated 69 percent more climate pollution on average than the trips they displace. The Verge reports: In cities,...
07:00 am - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Singapore Airlines Is Using Aeroponics To Upgrade In-Flight Meals
Antony McNeil, Singapore Airlines' global food and beverage director, is purchasing produce from AeroFarms' Newark facility, the world's largest indoor vertical farm. "The 16-year-old agtech startup h...
03:30 am - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot NSA Phone Surveillance Program Cost $100 Million, Yielded One Major Investigation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program that accessed American citizens' domestic phone calls and text messages resulted in only one in...
01:45 am - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Find the First-Ever Animal That Doesn't Need Oxygen To Survive
Scientists from Tel Aviv University in Israel discovered that a salmon parasite called Henneguya salminicola doesn't have a mitochondrial genome -- the first multicellular organism known to have this ...
01:02 am - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Key Silicon Valley Reservoir To Be Completely Drained Due To Earthquake Risk
schwit1 shares a report from Bakersfield Californian: In a dramatic decision that could significantly impact Silicon Valley's water supply, federal dam regulators have ordered Anderson Reservoir, the ...
12:25 am - Wed, February 26, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Autopilot, Distracted Driving To Blame In Deadly 2018 Crash
Slashdot readers TomGreenhaw and gollum123 are sharing the findings from a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into a fatal Tesla Model X crash that occurred in 2018 near Mountai...
11:45 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Do Away With Windows 10 Local Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: As time goes on, it is becoming increasingly clear that Microsoft is trying to make local accounts a thing of the past and push all new Wind...
11:02 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Juul Reportedly Plans To Pitch the FDA An Age-Locked E-Cigarette
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Juul is planning to pitch federal officials on a locked version of its e-cigarettes that would bar users younger than 21 from using them. From a rep...
10:25 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Smithsonian: For the first time in its 174-year history, the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from ac...
09:45 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Disney CEO Bob Iger Steps Down, Capping His Career With Disney Plus' Epic Launch
Disney CEO Bob Iger stepped down as CEO today, effective immediately. "Iger -- who spent his entire career at the company and will leave with Disney's titanic transition to streaming with Disney Plus ...
08:28 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Firefox for Mac and Linux To Get a New Security Sandbox System
Mozilla will add a new security sandbox system to Firefox on Linux and Firefox on Mac. The new technology, named RLBox, works by separating third-party libraries from an app's native code. From a repo...
06:45 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot How One Singapore Sales Conference Spread Coronavirus Around the World
Last month, 109 people gathered in a Singapore hotel for an international sales conference held by a U.K.-based company that makes products to analyze gas. When the attendees flew home, some unwitting...
06:01 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Disney Blocks John Oliver's New Episode Critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Disney-owned Hotstar, India's largest on-demand video streaming service with more than 300 million users, has blocked the newest episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" that was critical...
05:20 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Musicians Algorithmically Generate Every Possible Melody, Release Them To Public Domain
Two programmer-musicians wrote every possible MIDI melody in existence to a hard drive, copyrighted the whole thing, and then released it all to the public in an attempt to stop musicians from getting...
04:41 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Japan Urges Telecommuting, Staggered Shifts To Curb Coronavirus
The Japanese government on Tuesday urged companies to recommend telecommuting and staggered shifts for workers in a bid to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. From a report: The plan, approved at ...
04:01 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Early Riser or Night Owl? New Study May Help To Explain the Difference
Some people are early risers, wide awake at the crack of dawn. Others are night owls who can't seem to get to bed until well after midnight and prefer to sleep in. Why is this? An NIH-funded team has ...
03:20 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Amazon is Opening a Supermarket With No Cashiers. Is Whole Foods Next?
Two years ago, Amazon introduced the idea of high-tech, cashierless shopping with a store that was a cross between a 7-Eleven and a Pret A Manger sandwich shop. Now, Amazon is bringing the same concep...
02:40 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot PayPal Accounts Are Getting Abused En-masse For Unauthorized Payments
Hackers have found a bug in PayPal's Google Pay integration and are now using it to carry out unauthorized transactions via PayPal accounts. From a report: Since last Friday, users have reported seein...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Firefox To Enable DNS-over-HTTPS by Default To US Users
Mozilla will bring its new DNS-over-HTTPS security feature to all Firefox users in the U.S. by default in the coming weeks, the browser maker has confirmed. From a report: It follows a year-long effor...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Cops To Data Breach After Unsolicited '1/1' Find My Mobile Push Notification
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Samsung has admitted that what it calls a "small number" of users could indeed read other people's personal data following last week's unexplaine...
10:00 am - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot TSA Bans Employees From Using TikTok
The Transportation Security Administration told employees to stop posting to TIkTok on Sunday, after New York Senator Chuck Schumer raised security concerns about the China-owned app. The Verge report...
07:00 am - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Mars Is a Seismically Active World, First Results From NASA's InSight Lander Reveal
The first results from NASA's quake-hunting InSight Mars lander just came out, and they reveal that Mars is a seismically active planet. Space.com reports: Martian seismicity falls between that of the...
03:30 am - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot The Perfect Way To Cook Fried Rice, According To Science
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Food & Wine Magazine: Fried rice is one of those dishes where the name practically tells you how to make it. But the key to cooking perfect fried rice is i...
02:02 am - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot How China Is Hunting Down Coronavirus Critics
"As China ramps up efforts to control the narrative around the coronavirus outbreak, it is also expanding its efforts to leverage online platforms to track down people who dare to speak out," reports ...
01:25 am - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Supreme Court Rejects Apple Appeal In Patent Fight With VirnetX
New submitter John Trumpian shares a report from Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Apple's bid to avoid paying about $440 million in damages for using patent licensing firm Vir...
12:45 am - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot r/NoSleep, One of the Largest Subreddits On Reddit, Goes Dark In IP-Theft Protest
Fortran IV writes: In an attempt to "start a conversation" about copyright and IP theft, one of the largest subreddits on Reddit.com, the horror sub r/NoSleep, has gone private for a week. NoSleep, wi...
12:02 am - Tue, February 25, 2020
Slashdot Petnet's Smart Pet Feeder Goes Offline For a Week, Can't Answer Customers At All
The app-driven, cloud-connected "smart" pet feeder from Petnet recently suffered an outage that knocked units offline for a week, leaving pets hungry and customers angry. An anonymous reader shares an...
11:40 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot ZX Spectrum Next, An Advanced Version of the Original 8-Bit Home Computer, Has Been Released
hackertourist shares an update on the status of the "ZX Spectrum Next" Kickstarter campaign: In 2017, a Kickstarter campaign was started to design and build "an updated and enhanced version of the ZX ...
11:20 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Intuit To Buy Credit Karma For $7.1 Billion, Creating Financial Data Giant
Intuit -- the accounting, tax filing and financial planning software giant behind QuickBooks, TurboTax and Mint, confirmed that it plans to acquire Credit Karma -- the fintech startup with more than 1...
10:40 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Hydro-Quebec To Commercialize Glass Battery Co-Developed By John Goodenough
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: A rapid-charging and non-flammable battery developed in part by 2019 Nobel Prize winner John Goodenough has been licensed for development by the...
10:01 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Google Cloud CEO Called Oracle Cloud a 'Disgrace'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Veteran Silicon Valley executive Thomas Kurian surprised the tech world two years ago when he suddenly left Oracle to become CEO of Google Cloud. The reason may ha...
09:22 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Outbreak Has 'Pandemic Potential' But It's Not There Yet, WHO Says
The deadly outbreak of a novel coronavirus has the world on edge, but it has not yet developed into a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. From a report: Although WHO has declared the...
08:42 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Adds Top 10 Feature So You Can See What Everyone's Watching
Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content on Netflix? Now you can jump on the bandwagon and check out the streaming service's most popular options. Netflix has added a Top 10 feature, the company sai...
08:03 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Mapping Wikipedia
An unprecedented data set shows where the encyclopedia's editors are, where they aren't, and why. From a report: Wikipedia matters. In a time of extreme political polarization, algorithmically enforce...
07:22 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Labs in the US Will Start Looking For the New Coronavirus This Week
Six public health labs in the US plan to start monitoring the general population for the new coronavirus this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the risk of the virus...
06:45 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot HackerOne's Bug Bounties Skyrocketed To $40 Million in 2019
Bug bounty platform HackerOne paid out $40 million in bounties in 2019, roughly equal to the total for all previous years combined. From a report: Moreover, the company announced that its community al...
06:06 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Apple To Release First ARM Mac Without Intel Processor in Next 18 Months, Predicts Kuo
Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new analyst note today and the most interesting part of his forecast is that Apple will release its first Mac with an ARM processor in the first half of 2021. From a report:...
05:21 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Intel Debuts 5G Server and Base Station Chips, Plus a PC Network Card
Intel's sale of its consumer 5G modem unit signaled its exit from the smartphone business last year, but the company remains heavily committed to participating in the growing 5G marketplace -- primari...
04:41 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Some of the World's Biggest Economies Are on the Brink of Recession
Markets closed out last week on an anxious note. It's not difficult to see why: the coronavirus continues to spread, and there are signs that some of the world's top economies could slide into recessi...
04:01 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot EU Commission To Staff: Switch To Signal Messaging App
The European Commission has told its staff to start using Signal, an end-to-end-encrypted messaging app, in a push to increase the security of its communications. From a report: The instruction appear...
03:20 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA
The New York Times: They asked Katherine Johnson for the moon, and she gave it to them. Wielding little more than a pencil, a slide rule and one of the finest mathematical minds in the country, Mrs. J...
02:41 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Reveals More Xbox Series X Specs
Microsoft revealed new details on its next-generation console, text, on Monday morning, confirming specifications on what the company calls its "superior balance of power and speed" for its new hardwa...
02:01 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Drug Dealer Loses $58M in Bitcoin After Landlord Accidentally Throws Codes Out
An anonymous reader shares a report: Between 2011 and 2012, 49-year-old Clifton Collins bought 6,000 Bitcoin using money he earned from growing and selling weed, reports The Irish Times. At the time, ...
12:34 pm - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Open Source CPU Architecture RISC-V Is Gaining Momentum
The CEO of the RISC-V Foundation (a former IBM executive) touted the open-source CPU architecture at this year's HiPEAC conference, arguing there's "a growing demand for custom processors purpose-buil...
08:34 am - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Judge Forces America's FCC To Seek New Public Feedback on Its Net Neutrality Repeal
"Earlier this week, the FCC successfully defeated Mozilla's attempt to undo the commission's repeal of net neutrality," reports Engadget. "But, while siding with the body, judges have asked the FCC to...
04:34 am - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot New California Bill Proposes $1,000-a-Month Universal Basic Income
1 out of 8 Americans live in California. Now a proposed California law "would provide most adults in the state with a universal basic income of $1,000 per month, similar to the proposed plan of former...
02:17 am - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot Forbes Criticizes Airbnb 'Surveillance Bugs To Make Sure Guests Behave'
"So this is creepy," writes a Forbes cybersecurity reporter, saying Airbnb "has put aside the stories of hosts secretly spying on guests" to promote a new line of devices Forbes calls "surveillance bu...
12:17 am - Mon, February 24, 2020
Slashdot New $300 Kitchen Playset For Children Includes Amazon's Alexa
"Kids can play with Alexa in their very own $300 pretend kitchen and grocery store," CNET reports, "with the Amazon voice assistant dishing out cooking advice, shopping help and plenty of goofy toddle...
11:04 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Google Detects Edge Users Visiting Its Sites, Urges Them to Switch to Chrome
In Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser, Chrome's extensions "work as good as they work on Chrome browsers," argues the MS Power User blog. But guess what happens when you use Edge to visit Chrome'...
10:16 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Activision Fights 'Call of Duty' Leaks With Subpoenas to Reddit
Gizmodo shares the saga of a now-deleted video claiming to show Call of Duty's new "battle royale" mode:The YouTube video, initially posted by a user who goes by TheGamingRevoYT, was slammed with a co...
08:45 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Oracle's Allies Against Google Include Scott McNealy and America's Justice Department
America's Justice Department "has filed a brief in support of Oracle in its Supreme Court battle against Google over whether Java should have copyright protection," reports ZDNet:The Justice Departmen...
07:35 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Would Star Trek's Transporters Kill and Replace You?
schwit1 quotes Syfy Wire:There is, admittedly, some ambiguity about precisely how Trek's transporters work. The events of some episodes subtly contradict events in others. The closest thing to an offi...
06:34 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Safari Will Stop Trusting Certs Older Than 13 Months
"Safari will, later this year, no longer accept new HTTPS certificates that expire more than 13 months from their creation date..." writes the Register. Long-time Slashdot reader nimbius shares their ...
05:34 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Flat-Earth Daredevil Mad Mike Hughes Dies in Homemade Rocket Launch
"He was working on a TV show, Homemade Astronauts, when his craft crashed in the California desert," reports NBC. Four different Slashdot readers shared the news. NBC News reports:Daredevil "Mad" Mike...
04:34 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot American Lawmakers Launch Investigations Into Ring's Police Deals
A U.S. Congressional subcommittee is now "pursuing a deeper understanding of how Ring's partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies mesh with the constitutional protections Americans en...
03:34 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot FizzBuzz 2.0: Pragmatic Programming Questions For Software Engineers
A former YC partner co-founded a recruiting company for technical hiring, and one of its software engineers is long-time Slashdot reader compumike. He now writes:Like the decade-old Fizz Buzz Test, th...
02:34 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot How Peloton Bricked the Screens On Flywheel's Stationary Bikes
DevNull127 writes: Let me get this straight. Peloton's main product is a stationary bicycle costing over $2,000 with a built-in touchscreen for streaming exercise classes. ("A front facing camera and ...
12:34 pm - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Signing Up With Amazon, Wal-Mart, Or Uber Forfeits Your Right To Sue Them
Long-time Slashdot reader DogDude shared this article from CNN:Tucked into the sign-up process for many popular e-commerce sites and apps are dense terms-of-service agreements that legal experts say a...
08:34 am - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Will Low-Code and No-Code Platforms Revolutionize Programming?
In a new article in Forbes, a Business Technology professor at the Villanova School of Business argues that the way we build software applications is changing:If you're living in the 21st century you ...
05:34 am - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Nonprofit Argues Germany Can't Ratify the 'Unitary Patent' Because of Brexit
Long-time Slashdot reader zoobab shares this update from the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, a Munich-based non-profit opposing ratification of a "Unified Patent Court" by Germany. T...
02:34 am - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Russian Trolls Now Just Push Divisive Content Created By Others
"Americans don't need Russia's polarizing influence operations. They are plenty good enough at dividing themselves," writes the Atlantic's national security reporter, arguing that "the new face of Rus...
12:34 am - Sun, February 23, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Is Collecting Donations For a Scientology-Linked Anti-Drug Charity
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:Amazon has agreed to channel funds to a controversial drug rehabilitation charity linked to the Church of Scientology, the Guardian has learned. The web giant w...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot Are APIs Putting Financial Data At Risk?
We live in a world where billions of login credentials have been stolen, enabling the brute-force cyberattacks known as "credential stuffing", reports CSO Online. And it's being made easier by APIs:Ne...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot City Sues Drug Manufacturer Mallinckrodt Over 97,500% Price Increase
McGruber quotes Atlanta TV station WSB: The city of Marietta, Georgia is suing drug manufacturer Mallinckrodt after Mallinckrodt increased the price of the drug Acthar by 97,500%. The lawsuit, filed i...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot Did 'The SImpsons' Accurately Portray STEM Education and the Gig Economy?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes:On Sunday, The Simpsons aired The Miseducation Of Lisa Simpson, an episode in which Marge — with the help of a song from John Legend ("STEM, it's not just...
08:34 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot 'Hutter Prize' for Lossless Compression of Human Knowledge Increased to 500,000€
Baldrson (Slashdot reader #78,598) writes: First announced on Slashdot in 2006, AI professor Marcus Hutter has gone big with his challenge to the artificial intelligence [and data compression] communi...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot A Ransomware Attack Shut a US Natural Gas Plant and Its Pipelines
Long-time Slashdot reader Garabito writes: The Department of Homeland Security has revealed that an unnamed U.S. natural gas compression facility was forced to shut down operations for two days after ...
06:35 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot Co-Creator of the First Star Trek Convention Has Died
Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger shared this report from the Hugo award-winning science fiction fanzine File 770:North Bellmore, New York fan Elyse Rosenstein, 69, died suddenly on February 20th. ...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot Breach of MGM Hotels' Cloud Server Exposed Data on 10.6 Million People
Personal information from more than 10.6 million people was published online this week, reports ZDNet -- all from people who'd stayed at MGM Resorts hotels (which include the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, a...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot How Artificial Shrimps Could Change the World
Singaporean company Shiok Meats aims to grow artificial shrimp to combat the negative environmental effects associated with farmed shrimp. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from The Economist: For...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot 'Ring' Upgrades Privacy Settings After Accusations It Shares Data With Facebook and Google
Amazon's Ring doorbell cameras just added two new privacy and security features "amid rising scrutiny on the company," reports The Hill, including "a second layer of authentication by requiring users ...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot After Inspecting 50 Airplanes, Boeing Found Foreign Object Debris in 35 Fuel Tanks
Boeing has found debris in the fuel tanks of 35 of their 737 Max aircraft. After inspecting just 50 of the 400 planes which were awaiting delivery to customers, Boeing found debris in "about two-third...
10:00 am - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot A Quarter of All Tweets About Climate Crisis Produced By Bots
XXongo writes: According to a yet-to-be-published study from Brown University of the origin of 6.5 million tweets about climate and global warming, a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average ...
07:00 am - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Found Breathable Oxygen In Another Galaxy For the First Time
Astronomers have spotted molecular oxygen in a galaxy far far away, marking the first time that this important element has ever been detected outside of the Milky Way. Motherboard reports: This moment...
03:30 am - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot JP Morgan Economists Warn of 'Catastrophic' Climate Change
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Human life "as we know it" could be threatened by climate change, economists at JP Morgan have warned. In a hard-hitting report to clients, the econom...
02:02 am - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot Radical Hydrogen-Boron Reactor Leapfrogs Current Nuclear Fusion Tech
HB11 Energy, a spin-out company originating at the University of New South Wales, claims its hydrogen-boron fusion technology is already working a billion times better than expected. Along with this a...
01:25 am - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Condemn Conspiracy Theories About Origin of Coronavirus Outbreak
hackingbear writes: A group of 27 prominent public health scientists from outside China, who have studied SARS-CoV-2 and "overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife" just lik...
12:45 am - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot US Defense Agency That Secures Trump's Communications Confirms Data Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: The Department of Defense agency responsible for securing the communications of President Trump has suffered a data breach. Here's what is known so far...
12:23 am - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot Gopher's Rise and Fall Shows How Much We Lost When Monopolists Stole the Net
Science-fiction writer, journalist and longtime Slashdot reader, Cory Doctorow, a.k.a. mouthbeef, writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) just published the latest installment in my case hist...
12:02 am - Sat, February 22, 2020
Slashdot Company Buying .Org Offers To Sign a Contract Banning Price Hikes
Ethos Capital, the company controversially buying the .org top-level domain, says it will sign legally binding agreements banning steep fee increases for nonprofit domain holders and establishing an i...
11:20 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot AT&T Loses Key Ruling In Class Action Over Unlimited-Data Throttling
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T's mandatory-arbitration clause is unenforceable in a class-action case over AT&T's throttling of unlimited data, a panel of U.S. app...
11:00 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Slickwraps Data Breach Exposing Financial and Customer Info
Slickwraps, a mobile device case retailer, has suffered a major data breach exposing employee resumes, personal customer information, API credentials, and more. Bleeping Computer reports: In a post to...
10:40 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot FBI Recommends Passphrases Over Password Complexity
An anonymous reader shares a report: For more than a decade now, security experts have had discussions about what's the best way of choosing passwords for online accounts. There's one camp that argues...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot More Bosses Give 4-Day Workweek A Try
Companies around the world are embracing what might seem like a radical idea: a four-day workweek. From a report: The concept is gaining ground in places as varied as New Zealand and Russia, and it's ...
09:25 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Finnish City Espoo Pioneers Civic AI With Education and Explainability
While civic leaders believe AI could help reinvent government services, they are also aware of citizens' profound privacy concerns. To navigate this challenge, the Finnish city of Espoo is conducting ...
08:45 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot 150K Nature Illustrations Spanning Hundreds of Years Are Now Free Online
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) has uploaded more than 150,000 images of biological sketches, some dating back to the 15th century, onto the internet. A report adds: They're all in the public ...
08:01 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Global Telcos Join Alphabet, SoftBank's Flying Cellphone Antenna Lobbying Effort
Alphabet and SoftBank's attempts to launch flying cellphone antennas high into the atmosphere have received backing from global telcos, energizing lobbying efforts aimed at driving regulatory approval...
07:21 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot The CIA Won't Admit It Uses Slack
Given its traditional missions, which include subverting democracy around the world and providing U.S. leaders with unreliable intelligence analysis, it's understandable that the Central Intelligence ...
06:41 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI
Last week, Garry Kasparov, perhaps the greatest chess player in history, returned to the scene of his famous IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeat -- the ballroom of a New York hotel -- for a debate with...
06:01 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Google To Put a Muzzle on Android Apps Accessing Location Data in the Background
Google has announced this week plans to crack down on Android apps that abuse the OS permissions system and request access to user geo-location data when the app is not in use. From a report: Starting...
05:20 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Why the Earth's Wobble Means Your Zodiac Sign Isn't What You Think
As the planet spins on its axis, it teeters back and forth like a child's top, and after millennia of staggering along its path around the sun, it no longer aligns with the constellations of the zodia...
04:41 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Chrome Deploys Deep-Linking Tech in Latest Browser Build Despite Privacy Concerns
Google has implemented a browser capability in Chrome called ScrollToTextFragment that enables deep links to web documents, but it has done so despite unresolved privacy concerns and lack of support f...
04:02 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Google Is Letting People Find Invites To Some Private WhatsApp Groups
Google is indexing invite links to WhatsApp group chats whose administrators may want to be private. This means with a simple search, random people can discover and join a wide range of WhatsApp group...
03:21 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot PC Shipments Expected To Drop This Year Because of Coronavirus Outbreak
The coronavirus outbreak could result in at least a 3.3% drop -- and as high as a 9% dip -- in the volume of PCs that will ship globally this year, research firm Canalys reported Thursday evening in i...
02:41 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot People Are Killing Puppy Clones That Don't Come Out 'Perfect'
An anonymous reader shares a months-old report, which is getting some attention this week: Many clones are born with defects and genetic disorders, and since those imperfections aren't what their buye...
02:02 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Barclays Installed Big Brother-style Spyware on Employees' Computers
Barclays has been criticised by HR experts and privacy campaigners after the bank installed "Big Brother" employee monitoring software in its London headquarters. From a report: Introduced as a pilot ...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot New Mexico AG Sues Google For Allegedly Collecting Location Data, Contact Lists From Students
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Google on Thursday was hit with a lawsuit by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, alleging the search giant is illegally collecting data on schoo...
10:33 am - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Barclays Installed Big Brother-style Spyware on Employees' Computers
Barclays has been criticised by HR experts and privacy campaigners after the bank installed "Big Brother" employee monitoring software in its London headquarters. From a report: Introduced as a pilot ...
10:00 am - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Makes Consumer Reports 'Top Picks' List For 2020
In Consumer Reports' "Top Picks" of the year list, Tesla's Model 3 ranks among the top 10 choices for car buyers in 2020. TechCrunch reports: The Model 3 was chosen as one of three vehicles in the $45...
07:00 am - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Powerful Antibiotic Discovered Using Machine Learning For First Time
A powerful antibiotic that kills some of the most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in the world has been discovered using artificial intelligence. The Guardian reports: To find new antibiotics, the r...
03:30 am - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot How Blue Apron Became a Massive $2 Billion Disaster
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Observer: If you like to cook but not to shop or plan your own meals, and if you weren't too hungry, and if you didn't like cooking for too many friends, then ...
02:02 am - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot 'Project Magnum': Flywheel's Alleged Plot To Steal Peloton's Technology
em1ly writes: Spin bike maker Flywheel lost a patent lawsuit to rival company Peloton, announcing yesterday that it's shutting down. Motherboard uncovered some wild corporate espionage in the court do...
01:25 am - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Windows 10 Icons Are Getting An Overdue Redesign
Microsoft is rolling out updates to the icons for Windows 10's core apps over the months ahead, starting with the Calendar and Mail apps in a new Release Preview for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring....
01:05 am - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Now Pay You For Your Voice Recordings
After being caught listening to and transcribing voice recordings without informing customers, Facebook announced it will now offer to pay some users for voice recordings to help improve its speech re...
12:45 am - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot Should Facebook, Google Be Liable For User Posts?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday questioned whether Facebook, Google and other major online platforms still need the immunity from lega...
12:02 am - Fri, February 21, 2020
Slashdot A Group of Ex-NSA and Amazon Engineers Are Building a 'GitHub For Data'
A group of engineers and developers with backgrounds from the National Security Agency, Google, and Amazon Web Services are working on Gretel, an early-stage startup that aims to help developers safel...
11:25 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Morgan Stanley Buys E-Trade For $13 Billion
Morgan Stanley is buying E-Trade in a $13 billion deal that "will give a powerful Wall Street firm control of a major presence in the world of online brokerages," reports The New York Times. The deal ...
10:45 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot France Shuts Down Oldest Reactors, But Nuclear Power Still Reigns
An anonymous reader shares a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP): France will start closing its oldest atomic power plant on Saturday after 43 years in operation, the first in a series of reactor s...
10:06 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Has Temporarily Reduced China's CO2 Emissions By a Quarter
As China battles one of the most serious virus epidemics of the century, the impacts on the country's energy demand and emissions are only beginning to be felt. From a report: Electricity demand and i...
09:26 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft To Bring Its Defender Antivirus Software To iOS and Android
Microsoft said today it plans to bring its antivirus software, Defender Advanced Threat Protection, to phones and other devices running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. From a report: The software, a...
08:45 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Google AI No Longer Uses Gender Binary Tags on Images of People
Google's image-labeling AI tool will no longer label pictures with gender tags like "man" and "woman." From a report: In the email, Google cites its ethical rules on AI as the basis for the change. Th...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Trump Backs Supporter Larry Ellison in Court Fight With Google
kimanaw shares a report: The Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an appeal by Alphabet's Google, boosting Oracle's bid to collect more than $8 billion in royalties for Google's...
07:22 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Twitter is Testing New Ways To Fight Misinformation
Twitter is experimenting with adding brightly colored labels directly beneath lies and misinformation posted by politicians and public figures, according to a leaked demo of new features sent to NBC N...
06:47 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot UCLA Abandons Plans To Use Facial Recognition After Backlash
Ahead of a national day of action led by digital rights group Fight for the Future, UCLA has abandoned its plans to become the first university in the United States to adopt facial recognition technol...
06:09 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot JPEG Committee is Banking on AI To Build Its Next Image Codec
Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), a committee that maintains various JPEG image-related standards, has started exploring a way to involve AI to build a new compression standard. From a report: ...
05:34 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Sweden Starts Testing World's First Central Bank Digital Currency
Sweden's Riksbank said on Wednesday it had begun testing an e-krona, taking the country a step closer to the creation of the world's first central bank digital currency (CBDC). From a report: If the e...
04:45 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft To Invest $1.1 Billion in Mexico Over Next 5 Years
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the technology giant will invest $1.1 billion in Mexico over the next five years, according to a promotional video released by the Mexican government on Th...
04:08 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot US, UK Formally Blame Russia for Mass-Defacement of Georgian Websites
The US and UK governments have issued official statements today formally accusing Russia's military intelligence agency, GRU, with carrying out a coordinated cyber-attack on thousands of Georgian webs...
03:21 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Sparks Confusion After Sending Out Mysterious '1' Notification To Smartphones
Users of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones got a surprise Thursday morning as they were sent a random notification for its mobile tracking app . From a report: The notification, which some CNBC employees a...
02:40 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot The Linux Foundation Identifies Most Important Open-Source Software Components and Their Problems
The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH) have revealed -- in "Vulnerabilities in the Core, a preliminary report and Censu...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Apple Weighs Letting Users Switch Default iPhone Apps To Rivals
Apple is considering giving rival apps more prominence on iPhones and iPads and opening its HomePod speaker to third-party music services after criticism the company provides an unfair advantage to it...
10:00 am - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot ICANN To Hold First-Ever Remote Public Meeting Due To COVID-19 Outbreak
penciling_in shares a report from CircleID: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that its ICANN67 Public Meeting, which was to be held in Cancun, Mexico, will ...
07:00 am - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Fossil-Fuel Production May Be Responsible For Much More Atmospheric Methane Than Scientists Thought
Fossil-fuel production may be responsible for much more atmospheric methane than scientists previously thought, according to new research published today in the journal Nature. The results, if they ho...
03:30 am - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot A New Use For McDonald's Used Cooking Oil: 3D Printing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Professor Andre Simpson had a problem. The University of Toronto's Scarborough campus was paying through the nose for a crucial material for its 3D printe...
02:03 am - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Chemotherapy For Cancer Could Soon Be Unviable Because of Superbugs
schwit1 quotes a report from MSN: Cancer doctors fear superbugs which can't be treated with antibiotics will soon remove chemotherapy as a treatment option for their patients, a survey has revealed. C...
01:25 am - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Trick Tesla Into Accelerating 50 Miles Per Hour
mrwireless writes: Security researchers were able to get multiple Tesla cars to accelerate to 85 miles per hour on a road with a speed limit of 35. They did this by simply modifying the speed limit si...
12:45 am - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Leaked Document Shows How Big Companies Buy Credit Card Data On Millions of Americans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Yodlee, the largest financial data broker in the U.S., sells data pulled from the bank and credit card transactions of tens of millions of America...
12:20 am - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Google Users In UK To Lose EU Data Protection: Reuters
Sources told Reuters that Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead. From the report:...
12:03 am - Thu, February 20, 2020
Slashdot Coinbase Becomes a Visa Principal Member To Double Down On Debit Card
Coinbase has become the only cryptocurrency company with a Visa Principal Member certification. TechCrunch reports: Cryptocurrency company Coinbase has been working with Paysafe to issue the Coinbase ...
11:20 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot IRS Sues Facebook For $9 Billion, Says Company Offshored Profits To Ireland
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fox Business: Facebook is slated to begin a tax trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, as the Internal Revenue Service tries to convince a judge the world'...
10:40 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Has a Subdomain Hijacking Problem
A security researcher has pointed out that Microsoft has a problem in managing its thousands of subdomains, many of which can be hijacked and used for attacks against users, its employees, or for show...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Larry Tesler, Computer Scientist Who Created Cut, Copy, and Paste, Dies At 74
Larry Tesler, a computer scientist who created the terms "cut," "copy," and "paste," has passed away at the age of 74. Gizmodo reports: Born in 1945 in New York, Tesler went on to study computer scien...
09:20 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Google Launches Android 11 Developer Preview 1
An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched the first Android 11 developer preview, available for download now at developer.android.com. The preview includes a preview SDK for developers with sy...
08:41 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Lambda School's Misleading Promises
Lambda School claims 86% of grads get jobs paying over $50,000 a year. In a new report, Lambda's founder admits the real number is much lower. Additionally, internal documents show Lambda can be profi...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Indian Police Open Case Against Hundreds in Kashmir For Using VPN
Local authorities in India-controlled Kashmir have opened a case against hundreds of people who used virtual private networks (VPNs) to circumvent a social media ban in the disputed Himalayan region i...
07:20 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla's Standalone Firefox VPN is Now Available in Beta
Mozilla has a new virtual private network service and if you have a Chromebook, a Windows 10 computer or an Android device in the US, you can start using a beta version now. From a report: Called Fire...
06:40 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Donald Trump 'Offered Julian Assange a Pardon if He Denied Russia Link To Hack'
Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon if he would say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic party emails, a court in London has been told. From a report: The extraordinary claim was mad...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Intel and QuTech Unveil Horse Ridge Cryogenic Control Chip For Quantum Computing
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference, which runs through this week in San Francisco, Intel and QuTech -- a partnership between Delft University of Technology and TNO (Netherlands Organ...
05:27 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Can You Solve the 'Hanging Cable' Problem, Used as an Amazon Interview Question?
An anonymous reader shares a problem that Amazon asks in its interviews: A cable of 80 meters is hanging from the top of two poles that are both 50 meters off the ground. What is the distance between ...
04:50 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Office App That Replaces Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Hits General Availability
Microsoft today launched Office for Android and iOS in general availability. The unified app means you no longer need to download, install, and switch between the individual Word, Excel, and PowerPoin...
04:12 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Malaysian Firm Offers AI-Based Profiling of Chinese Visitors for Virus
Malaysia's MYEG Services said on Wednesday it had developed a coronavirus risk-profiling system for visitors from China and was offering the artificial intelligence-based service to the governments of...
03:30 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Ontario's New License Plates Have A Problem: You Can't Read Them
Ontario's newly-designed license plates just hit a speedbump. Call it Plate-gate. From a report: A little background: The Canadian province's new design was unveiled by the provincial government -- le...
02:53 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Europe Takes on China, US With Plan To Regulate Global Tech
U.S. and Chinese firms hoping to deploy artificial intelligence and other technology in Europe will have to submit to a slew of new rules and tests, under a set of plans unveiled by the European Union...
02:22 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Adobe Photoshop Completes 30 Years, Launches New AI-Powered Features
Adobe Photoshop, a synonym and often a verb for manipulated and edited images, has turned 30. After launching its app on iPad last year, the company said it's looking to expand its presence on more pl...
02:10 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Adobe Photoshop Completes 30 Years, Launches New AI-Powered Features
Adobe Photoshop, a synonym and often a verb for manipulated and edited images, has turned 30. After launching its app on iPad last year, the company said it's looking to expand its presence on more pl...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated By Scams and Cheats
An anonymous reader shares a report from Wired: In January, all seven of the most-watched YouTube Gaming channels weren't run by happy gamers livestreaming the game du jour. They were instead recorded...
10:00 am - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Driver Stranded After Connected Rental Car Can't Call Home
Over the weekend, tech reporter Kari Paul from The Guardian got stuck in the California boonies by the Internet of Things. Ars Technica's Jonathan M. Gitlin reports: Paul had rented a car through a lo...
07:00 am - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Combine Lasers and Terahertz Waves In Camera That Sees 'Unseen' Detail
A team of physicists at the University of Sussex has successfully developed the first nonlinear camera capable of capturing high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz...
03:30 am - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Why Are HIV Drugs Being Used To Treat the New Coronavirus?
Gizmodo's Ed Cara explains why HIV drugs are being used to treat the new coronavirus. An anonymous reader shares the report: On Tuesday, the Japanese government announced it will begin clinical trials...
01:25 am - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Protein-Powered Device Creates Electricity From Moisture In the Air
Slashdot readers fahrbot-bot and operator_error share a report from Phys.Org: Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electr...
12:45 am - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot Redbox Enters the Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Market
Redbox has entered the ad-supported streaming market with the launch of Redbox Free Live TV. "But despite its name, Redbox's new streaming service isn't offering 'live TV' similar to what you'd get on...
12:02 am - Wed, February 19, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Wants To Launch 4 Tourists Into Super High Orbit
SpaceX is working with Space Adventures to launch up to four tourists into a super high orbit, possible by the end of next year. "Ticket prices are not being divulged but expected to be in the million...
11:20 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Almost Half of Connected Medical Devices Are Vulnerable To Hackers Exploiting BlueKeep
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Connected medical devices are twice as likely to be vulnerable to the BlueKeep exploit than other devices on hospital networks, putting patients and sta...
11:00 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Google Stadia Is Coming To Samsung, Asus, and Razer Phones On February 20th
In a blog post today, Google announced that Stadia will work on some Android phones from Samsung, Asus, and Razer starting on February 20th. Up until this point, Stadia only worked on certain Pixel ph...
10:40 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot We've Just Seen the First Use of Deepfakes In an Indian Election Campaign
The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has partnered with political communications firm The Ideaz Factory to create "positive campaigns" using deepfakes to reach different linguistic voter bases, repo...
10:03 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot ISPs Sue Maine, Claim Web-Privacy Law Violates Their Free-Speech Rights
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The broadband industry is suing Maine to stop a Web-browsing privacy law similar to the one killed by Congress and President Donald Trump in 2017...
09:25 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Fast-and-Loose Culture of Esports is Upending Once Staid World of Chess
Grandmasters and upstarts are reinventing the game online, becoming its most visible ambassadors and arguably its first entertainers. From a report: On Twitch, the most popular internet platform to li...
08:45 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Can Solar Power Compete With Coal? In India, It's Gaining Ground
Electricity from sunlight costs less, a hopeful sign for developing nations building out their power grids. From a report: In a dusty northwest India desert dotted with cows and the occasional camel, ...
08:04 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot This Could Be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If it Works
Alfred Ng, writing for CNET: Building 83 doesn't stand out on Microsoft's massive Redmond, Washington, headquarters. But last week, the nameless structure hosted what might be the software giant's mos...
07:25 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot China Enlists Tech Titans To Help It Track Coronavirus With Color-Based QR Codes
In its latest dystopian stab at curbing the spread of COVID-19, the Chinese government has employed two of the biggest tech giants in Asia to help it roll out a nationwide color-based tracking system ...
06:45 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Are Plastic Containers Safe For Our Food? Experts Say It's Hard To Know
Many of us have an overflowing kitchen cupboard of plastic containers to store our leftovers. But as awareness grows over the health and environmental pitfalls of plastic, some consumers may be wonder...
06:06 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot 20 Years After Dot-Com Peak, Tech Dominance Keeps Investors on Edge
As Wall Street approaches the 20th anniversary of the piercing of the dot-com bubble, today's decade-old rally led by a few small players shows some similarities that cautious investors are keeping an...
05:28 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Dell Sells RSA To Symphony Technology Group Consortium For $2.075 Billion
Dell said it will sell RSA to a consortium led by Symphony Technology Group for $2.075 billion in a move to simplify its portfolio of businesses. From a report: RSA provides security technologies for ...
04:48 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot 'The Paywalled Garden: iOS is Adware'
Software developer Steve Streza: Over the years, Apple has built up a portfolio of services and add-ons that you pay for. Starting with AppleCare extended warranties and iCloud data subscriptions, the...
04:06 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Says All Advanced AI Development Should Be Regulated
Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said on Monday that "all org[anizations] developing advance AI should be regulated, including Tesla." Musk was responding to a new Technology Review report o...
03:28 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot The Messy, Secretive Reality Behind OpenAI's Bid To Save the World
OpenAI has a glossy exterior. In the four short years of its existence, it has catapulted itself to a spot among the leading AI research labs in the world. Part of it is its consistency in producing h...
02:41 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Five Years After the Equation Group HDD Hacks, Firmware Security Still Sucks
In a report published today, Eclypsium, a cyber-security firm specialized in firmware security, says that the issue of unsigned firmware is still a widespread problem among device and peripheral manuf...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Wins 5-Nanometer Modem Chip Contract From Qualcomm
Samsung Electronics semiconductor manufacturing division has won a contract to make new Qualcomm 5G chips using its most advanced chip-making technology, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing sources famil...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Israeli Soldiers Tricked Into Installing Malware By Hamas Agents Posing As Women
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Members of the Hamas Palestinian militant group have posed as young teenage girls to lure Israeli soldiers into installing malware-infected apps on thei...
10:00 am - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Don't Use the Word 'Did' Or a Dumb Anti-Piracy Company Will Delete You From Google
In 2018, the owner of Two-Bit History, a site dedicated to computer history, wrote a successful article about mathematician Ada Lovelace, who some credit as being the first computer programmer. Sadly,...
07:00 am - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot US Mulls Cutting Huawei Off From Global Chip Suppliers
The Trump administration is considering changing U.S. regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei from companies such as Taiwan's TSMC, the world's largest contract chipmaker. Reuter...
03:30 am - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot World's First Opioid Vending Machine Opens In Vancouver
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A vending machine for powerful opioids has opened in Canada as part of a project to help fight the Canadian city's overdose crisis. The MySafe pr...
02:10 am - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Pier 1 Files For Bankruptcy, Warns of Dangers In Handful of Online Vendors Dominating Retail Sales
Pier 1 Imports filed for bankruptcy Monday (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), "a victim of changing consumer tastes and an unforgiving retail environment," reports The Wall Street Journa...
01:30 am - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot New Email-Based Extortion Scheme Targets Website Owners Serving Ads Via Google AdSense
Brian Krebs sheds light upon a new email-based extortion scheme targeting website owners serving banner ads through Google's AdSense program. "In this scam, the fraudsters demand bitcoin in exchange f...
12:50 am - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot The Countdown To Bitcoin Halving 2020 Begins
Ali Raza from InsideBitcoins discusses the expected Bitcoin Halving in May 2020, and the impact it will have on the market valuation. From the report: The next Bitcoin Halving will take place on May 2...
12:10 am - Tue, February 18, 2020
Slashdot Samsung's 'Ultra Thin Glass' On Galaxy Z Flip Is Basically Just Plastic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: YouTuber JerryRigEverything regularly does destructive durability tests on phones, partly by attacking a device with a set of Mohs picks. These p...
11:30 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Confirms It Again Removed Alleged Spying Tool ToTok From Google Play
Google has confirmed that the popular messaging app ToTok, which is actually a spying tool used by the United Arab Emirates to track the activities of those who download it, has again been removed fro...
10:50 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot FDA Clears 'World's First' Portable, Low-Cost MRI Following Positive Clinical Research
Magnetic resonance imaging is no longer confined to radiology departments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this month that it has provided clearance to the "world's first" bedside MRI ...
10:10 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Bug In WordPress Plugin Can Let Hackers Wipe Up To 200,000 Sites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: WordPress site owners who use commercial themes provided by ThemeGrill are advised to update one of the plugins that come installed with these themes in...
09:49 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Apple Says It Does Not Expect To Meet the Revenue Guidance For the March Quarter Because of the Coronavirus Outbreak
Apple said on Monday that it does not expect to meet the revenue guidance for the March quarter. In a press release, the company added: As the public health response to COVID-19 continues, our thought...
09:27 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Locks WikiLeaks Official Account With 5.4 Million Followers, Days Before Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing
Days before Julian Assange's extradition hearings are set to continue, WikiLeaks' journalist Kristin Hrafnsson reports that the official WikiLeaks twitter account has been locked. "All attempts to get...
08:45 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Did the Early Internet Activists Blow It?
Mike Godwin, the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, writes in a column: Another thing we clearly got wrong is how large platforms would rise to dominate their markets -- even t...
08:14 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Shares Roadmap For New Microsoft Edge
Microsoft has published a roadmap for the new Microsoft Edge. The roadmap includes features that are currently planned, in discussion, under review, and not planned. It gives an insight into the new M...
07:30 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Commits $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he's launching a $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund that will issue grants aimed at addressing climate change -- a move that comes less than a month after hundreds of Amazon emplo...
06:45 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches a New Batch of Its Starlink Satellites
SpaceX on Monday successfully sent another batch of Starlink satellites into orbit but didn't quite stick the landing of its Falcon 9 rocket. From a report: Elon Musk's space company did achieve its p...
06:10 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Samsung's Changes To Android Are Making Its Phones Less Secure, Says Google
Google scolded Samsung this week for an issue discovered on the Korean phone maker's Galaxy A50. From a report: Google says Samsung made "unnecessary changes to Android's core kernel," adding the chan...
05:25 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Teardown Finds Electronics 6 Years Ahead of Toyota and VW
Elon Musk's Tesla technology is far ahead of the industry giants, a new report has concluded. From the report: This is the takeaway from Nikkei Business Publications' teardown of the Model 3, the most...
04:51 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Ends Its Free Wi-Fi Program, Station
Google said on Monday that it is winding down Google Station, a program that rolled out free Wi-Fi in more than 400 railway stations in India and "thousands" of other public places in several addition...
04:25 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Purdue University Will Freeze Tuition For the 9th Straight Year
schwit1 writes: Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced Saturday night the university would freeze tuition for the 9th straight year, holding it at 2012 levels through 2021-22. If Purdue can do it, w...
03:24 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Israeli Soldiers Tricked Into Installing Malware by Hamas Agents Posing as Women
Members of the Hamas Palestinian militant group have posed as young teenage girls to lure Israeli soldiers into installing malware-infected apps on their phones, a spokesperson for the Israeli Defence...
02:44 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot UK To Spend $1.6 Billion on World's Best Climate Supercomputer
The U.K. said it will spend 1.2 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) on developing the most powerful weather and climate supercomputer in the world. From a report: The program aims to improve weather and cli...
02:01 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Samsung's Second Foldable Smartphone, $1,380 Galaxy Z Flip, is Dead on Arrival, Too
Evan Rodgers, reporting for Input: When Samsung released the Galaxy Z Flip, its newest folding phone, at midnight this past Friday, I was one of many who wasn't able to snag one due to low stock here ...
12:34 pm - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Many Businesses Still Love COBOL
TechRadar shares some surprising results from a new survey of enterprises using COBOL and mainframe technologies:According to a survey by Micro Focus, which follows data gathered in previous 2017 surv...
08:34 am - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Uber and Lyft Are Creating Traffic, Not Reducing It
The Wall Street Journal remembers how five years ago, Uber's co-founder "was so confident that Uber's rides would prompt people to leave their cars at home that he told a tech conference: 'If every ca...
04:34 am - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Again Calls for Big Tech to be Regulated
Mark Zuckerberg wrote an op-ed published in The Financial Times "once again calling for more regulation of Big Tech," reports MarketWatch, "even if it affects his company's bottom line."Zuckerberg has...
02:34 am - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot IOTA Cryptocurrency Shut Down Its Entire Network After a Wallet Breach
The nonprofit organization behind the IOTA cryptocurrency shut down its entire network this week after someone exploited a vulnerability their wallet app to steal funds. ZDNet reports:The attack happe...
12:26 am - Mon, February 17, 2020
Slashdot Iran Has Been Targeting VPN Servers to Plant Backdoors
"A new report published today reveals that Iran's government-backed hacking units have made a top priority last year to exploit VPN bugs as soon as they became public in order to infiltrate and plant ...
11:03 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot NASA is Looking for New Astronauts
"With a renewed interest in sending humans back to the Moon and then eventually to Mars, NASA needs all the able-bodied space explorers it can get..." writes BGR. "The requirements are, well, pretty s...
09:54 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot Alternative Browser 'Waterfox' Acquired By System1
Waterfox is an open-source web browser for x64, ARM64, and PPC64LE systems, "intended to be speedy and ethical, and maintain support for legacy extensions dropped by Firefox, from which it is forked,"...
08:48 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot Dark Mode vs. Light Mode: Which Is Better?
Recently a well-respected UI consulting firm (the Nielsen Norman Group) published their analysis of academic studies on the question of whether Dark Mode or Light Mode was better for reading?Cosima Pi...
07:47 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot Google Chrome Will Soon Start Blocking Insecure Downloads
"Google has revealed plans to initially warn Chrome users about 'insecure' downloads and eventually block them outright," reports The Verge.The warnings will begin in April:"Today we're announcing tha...
06:49 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot Do We Need To Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'?
"A multibillion-dollar, privately-owned infrastructure is now essential to the modern internet economy," writes Wired. And if you care about net neutrality, "That should freak you out."[T]here's an ev...
05:48 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot OpenPower Foundation Releases a Friendly EULA For IBM's Power ISA RISC
Long-time Slashdot reader lkcl writes: Michael Larabel, of Phoronix, writes that the OpenPower Foundation has released a license agreement for Hardware Vendors to implement the Power ISA RISC instruct...
04:34 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot The Gig Workers For Target's Delivery App Hate Their Algorithmically-Determined Pay
In 2017 Target bought a same-day home-delivery company called Shipt for $550 million. Shipt now services half of Target's stores, reports Motherboard, and employs more than 100,000 gig workers. Unfort...
03:34 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot Firefox, Wordpress Move to Support Lazy Loading of Images and iFrames
"Lazy Loading" would augment HTML's <img> tag (and <iframe> tag) with two new attributes -- "eager" (to load immediately) and "lazy" (to load only when it becomes relevant in the viewport)...
02:34 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot Watch Out: This Verizon Smishing Scam Is Crazy Realistic
Slashdot reader Iwastheone shared a warning from the editor-in-chief at How-To Geek about a "shockingly convincing" scam:The scam text message says, "Your Verizon account security needs validation" an...
12:34 pm - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot What America's NSA Thinks of Python
"Now budding Python developers can read up on the National Security Agency's own Python training materials," reports ZDNet:Software engineer Chris Swenson filed a Freedom of Information Act request wi...
08:34 am - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot Police Say Amazon's Ring Isn't Much of a Crime Fighter
Ring's promotional video includes the police chief of the small Florida suburb of Winter Park saying "we understand the value of those cameras in helping us solve crimes." But over the last 22 months,...
05:34 am - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot Free Coding Bootcamp 'Lambda' Tries Selling Its Income-Sharing Agreements -- In Bundles
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:In December, online coding bootcamp Lambda School quietly partnered with Edly, a digital marketplace that helps schools sell income-sharing agreements (ISAs) to ac...
02:34 am - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot China Quarantines Cash to Sanitize Old Bank Notes From Coronavirus
Today China announced it was taking unusual new steps to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. It's blocking the transfer of old bank notes between provinces and cities affected by the outbreak, ac...
12:34 am - Sun, February 16, 2020
Slashdot 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Has Biggest-Ever Opening For a Video Game Adaptation
An anonymous reader quotes The Wrap:"Sonic the Hedgehog" is giving Paramount its best box office news in over a year, with a currently 3-day opening weekend of $55 million to become the best opening w...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Northrop Grumman Launches Spacecraft Delivering Snacks and Equipment To the ISS
Space.com has footage of Northrop Grumman's successful launch of a spacecraft that's bringing 7,500 pounds of supplies (as well as scientific equipment for experiments) to the astronauts on the Intern...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Huawei's Silicon Valley Outpost Allegedly Stole Trade Secrets From Cisco
"Controversial Chinese technology firm Huawei and its Santa Clara-based subsidiary Futurewei allegedly stole trade secrets from San Jose tech giant Cisco and used them to copy Cisco routers," reports ...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Warning: Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 Security Update After Reports of Serious Bugs
Slashdot reader golden_donkey quotes Forbes:Are you booting up your Windows 10 machine and discovering you can't log in to your profile? It appears you're not alone. Reports are increasing across Twit...
08:34 pm - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Former NASA Official William Gerstenmaier Joins SpaceX
schwit1 shared this report from Ars Technica:This is a consequential hire for SpaceX — it is difficult to overstate the influence Gerstenmaier has over human spaceflight both in the United State...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot 'Five Open-Source Projects AI Enthusiasts Might Want To Know About'
b-dayyy quotes Linux Security:As AI becomes more and more ingrained in our daily lives through consumer products, we can't help but be concerned that proprietary software will comprise the market. And...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot FSF Sends Microsoft A Blank Hard Drive For Sending Back The Windows 7 Source Code
The Free Software Foundation sent Microsoft a hard drive for Valentine's Day -- along with a petition calling for the release of the source code for Windows 7 (which is no longer supported by Microsof...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Linux is Ready for the End of Time
January 19, 2038 is for Linux what Y2K was for mainframe and PC computers in 2000, reports ZDNet. It's the day that the value for time "runs out of numbers" and, in the case of 32-bit Unix-based opera...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates Did Not Order a £500m Hydrogen-Powered Superyacht
"Billionaire Bill Gates has not commissioned a hydrogen-powered superyacht from designer Sinot," reports the BBC, citing their direct confirmation from the company itself.It has been widely reported t...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Google Redraws the Borders On Maps Depending On Who's Looking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: For more than 70 years, India and Pakistan have waged sporadic and deadly skirmishes over control of the mountainous region of Kashmir. Te...
10:00 am - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Activate this 'Bracelet of Silence,' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop
Ben Zhao and his wife, Heather Zheng, computer science professors at the University of Chicago, designed what they are calling a "bracelet of silence" that will jam the Echo or any other microphones i...
07:00 am - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Ran Ads For Human Organs Because Money Is Money
Earlier this week, freelance journalist Tyler Coats had an organ-buying service appear on his feed in the form of a promoted tweet. Gizmodo has the details: The fact that this cropped up in front of h...
03:30 am - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot A New Spin On 3D Printing Can Produce an Object In Seconds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A 3D model is sliced up into hundreds of 2D horizontal layers and slowly built up, one layer at a time. This layer-by-layer process can take hour...
02:02 am - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot HQ Trivia, the Once-Popular Mobile Game, Is Shutting Down
CNN Business has learned that the once-popular live mobile trivia game "HQ Trivia" is shutting down. From the report: When HQ launched in 2017, its first game HQ Trivia quickly attracted millions of p...
01:25 am - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot EU Judge Raises Prospect of Increasing Multibillion Fine Against Google
Alphabet's appeal against a multibillion-dollar fine for alleged anticompetitive behavior by its Google unit risks backfiring after a European Union court floated the prospect of increasing the fine (...
12:45 am - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging To the Masses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: [Cryptographer and coder known as Moxie Marlinspike] has always talked about making encrypted communications easy enough for anyone to use. The differen...
12:34 am - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Huawei's Silicon Valley Output Allegedly Stole Trade Secrets From Cisco
"Controversial Chinese technology firm Huawei and its Santa Clara-based subsidiary Futurewei allegedly stole trade secrets from San Jose tech giant Cisco and used them to copy Cisco routers," reports ...
12:20 am - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Jaguar To Cut I-Pace Output On Battery Shortage
Thelasko shares a report from Automotive News Europe: Jaguar Land Rover is pausing production of the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV due to battery supply issues from LG Chem's Poland plant. JLR said it ha...
12:02 am - Sat, February 15, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Owner Says Remotely Disabled Autopilot Features Have Been Restored
Tesla has restored the Autopilot driver assistance features it remotely disabled on a Model S, just days after the story was first reported by Jalopnik. The owner in question, who Jalopnik refers to a...
11:20 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Says Political Candidates Can Use Paid Memes
Facebook said Friday that political candidates, campaigns and groups can use paid branded content across its platforms, a clarification prompted by a move from Michael Bloomberg's campaign to pay top ...
10:40 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot A Radio Frequency Exposure Test Finds an iPhone 11 Pro Exceeds the FCC's Limit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: A test by Penumbra Brands to measure how much radiofrequency energy an iPhone 11 Pro gives off found that the phone emits more than twice the am...
10:03 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Online-only Platforms Are Going Offline With Permanent Spaces
An anonymous reader shares a report: The retailpocalypse started in 2010. It followed the 2008 global recession, with the parallel birth and rise of social media adding fuel to the growth of online sh...
09:25 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Inside the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program
Newly leaked documents show that the Department of Defense funded a study concerning UFOs, contradicting recent statements by the Pentagon. From a report: In 2017, The New York Times revealed the exis...
08:45 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Says it Paid the Music Industry More Than $3 Billion Last Year
YouTube says it paid the music industry more than $3 billion last year. "YouTube offers twin engines for revenue with advertising and subscribers, paying out more than $3 billion to the music industry...
08:05 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot US Cyber Command, DHS, and FBI Expose New North Korean Malware
US Cyber Command, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations have exposed today a new North Korean hacking operation. Authorities have published security advisories ...
07:20 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot An Anonymous Group Claims it Took DNA From Global Elites -- And is Auctioning It Off
An anonymous organization called the Earnest Project is offering the chance to own DNA samples of a handful of world leaders and celebrities. The group claims it has surreptitiously collected items di...
06:45 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Plastic Surgery Images and Invoices Leak From Unsecured Database
Thousands of images, videos and records pertaining to plastic surgery patients were left on an unsecured database where they could be viewed by anyone with the right IP address, researchers said Frida...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot 'Pale Blue Dot' Revisited
cusco shares a report: For the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic views from the Voyager mission, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is publishing a new version of the i...
05:22 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Popular Preprint Servers Face Closure Because of Money Troubles
The rise of preprint repositories has helped scientists worldwide to share results and get feedback quickly. But several platforms that serve researchers in emerging economies are struggling to raise ...
04:41 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Data from Spotify Suggest That Listeners Are Gloomiest in February
Around the world, the most popular tunes this month will be depressing ones [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled.]. From a report: Residents of the northern hemisphere might think that their mood...
04:01 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot UK Police Deny Responsibility For Poster Urging Parents To Report Kids For Using Kali Linux
The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has publicly said it has nothing to do with a misleading poster designed to put fear into the hearts of parents and urge them to call the police if their children ...
03:21 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due To Costly Parts
Scarce components have pushed the manufacturing costs for Sony's next PlayStation to around $450 per unit, forcing a difficult price-setting decision in its battle with Microsoft, Bloomberg reported F...
02:40 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot The 40th Root KSK Ceremony Rescheduled
rastos1 writes: The 40th Root Key Signing Key Ceremony, originally scheduled for 12 February 2020 at 2100 UTC in El Segundo, California, is being postponed. "During routine administrative maintenance ...
02:01 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Developer Finds USB Chargers Have as Much Processing Power as the Apollo 11 Guidance Computers
An anonymous reader shares a report: It comes as no surprise that the guidance computers aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft were impossibly primitive compared to the pocket computers we all carry around ...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Nevada Democrats To Use iPads Loaded With Google Forms To Track Caucus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Nevada's Democratic Party said Thursday it plans to use iPads loaded with survey app Google Forms to calculate voting results in next week's caucuses. Th...
10:00 am - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Ohio Man Arrested For Running Bitcoin Mixing Service That Laundered $300 Million
U.S. authorities have arrested Larry Harmon of Akron, Ohio, for running a "Bitcoin mixer" service on the dark web that helped criminals disguise the origin of Bitcoin transactions. Harmon is "accused ...
07:00 am - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Observe Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Buzz Past Earth With Its Own Moon
Meghan Bartels writes via Space.com: One of Earth's premier instruments for studying nearby asteroids is back to work after being rattled by earthquakes, and its first new observations show that a new...
03:30 am - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Officials In Australia's New South Wales Celebrate: 'All Fires Are Now Contained'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Fire officials in Australia are celebrating a landmark moment, saying that for the first time in what has been a horrendous wildfire season, every fire in...
02:02 am - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Loses Bid To Dismiss $25 Million Lawsuit Over 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'
On Tuesday, Netflix lost a bid to escape a lawsuit brought by the trademark owner of "Choose Your Own Adventure" over the 2018 immersive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The series' original publisher...
01:25 am - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot 500 Chrome Extensions Secretly Uploaded Private Data From Millions of Users
More than 500 browser extensions downloaded millions of times from Google's Chrome Web Store surreptitiously uploaded private browsing data to attacker-controlled servers, researchers said on Thursday...
12:45 am - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Apple Liable For Millions In Unpaid Wages After Court Rules Retail Worker Bag Checks Illegal
The California Supreme Court in a decision (PDF) delivered on Thursday found Apple broke state law by not paying retail workers for the time they spent participating in mandatory bag and device search...
12:02 am - Fri, February 14, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Dating Launch Blocked In Europe After It Fails To Show Privacy Workings
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook has been left red-faced after being forced to call off the launch date of its dating service in Europe because it failed to give its lead ...
11:20 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Censors Senate Floor Speech With Whistleblower's Name
SonicSpike shares a report from The Hill: YouTube has removed a video from its platform that shows Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) stating on the Senate floor the name of a person who conservative media have s...
10:40 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Qualcomm Makes Case To Appeals Court That It Didn't Hurt Competition
Qualcomm is making the case for why it didn't hurt competition in the smartphone chip business. "The company, represented by attorney Thomas Goldstein of the firm Goldstein & Russell, on Thursday ...
10:03 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Car 'Splatometer' Tests Reveal Huge Decline In Number of Insects
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Two scientific studies of the number of insects splattered by cars have revealed a huge decline in abundance at European sites in two decades. Th...
09:25 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Google's Area 120 Brings Quick Web Games To Slow Phones
Google is countering Facebook's Instant Games with its own bid to make web games more accessible. Its Area 120 experimental lab is introducing GameSnacks, HTML5-based casual games that are designed to...
08:41 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Robot Analysts Outwit Humans on Investment Picks, Study Shows
They beat us at chess and trivia, supplant jobs by the thousands, and are about to be let loose on highways and roads as chauffeurs and couriers. Now, fresh signs of robot supremacy are emerging on Wa...
08:01 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Why Poor People Make Poor Decisions
An anonymous reader shares a report: [...] The most significant improvement was in how the money helped parents, well, to parent. Before the casino opened its doors, parents worked hard through the su...
07:20 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Judge Temporarily Blocks Microsoft Pentagon Cloud Contract After Amazon Suit
A judge ordered Thursday a temporary block on the JEDI cloud contract in response to a suit filed by Amazon. From a report: A court notice announcing the injunction was filed on Thursday, but wasn't p...
06:40 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot The U.S. is Charging Huawei With Racketeering
Ratcheting up its pressure campaign against Huawei and its affiliates, the Department of Justice and the FBI announced today that it has brought 16 charges against Huawei in a sprawling case with majo...
06:01 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot An Old Android Virus is Reinstalling Itself Even After Factory Resets
A particularly persistent malware infection has been spreading amongst Android phones -- and removing it only seems to bring it back with a vengeance. From a report: The Trojan xHelper, which Malwareb...
05:21 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot A New Senate Bill Would Create a US Data Protection Agency
Europe's data protection laws are some of the strictest in the world, and have long been a thorn in the side of the data-guzzling Silicon Valley tech giants since they colonized vast swathes of the in...
04:42 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot MIT Researchers Disclose Vulnerabilities in Voatz Mobile Voting Election App
Academics from MIT's computer science laboratory have published a security audit today of Voatz, a mobile app used for online voting during the 2018 US midterm elections and scheduled to be used again...
04:01 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Analysis Shows Andrew Yang Was Snubbed By Mainstream Media in its Coverage
Scott Santens, writing for Vocal: Back in June of 2019, I tweeted about the latest egregious example of MSNBC excluding Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang from their ongoing coverage of the...
03:21 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Let's Get Real About How Important Our Phones Are
Samsung unveiled three flagship smartphones earlier this week. The phones pack the most powerful processor in any Android smartphone, boast an impressive set of camera sensors and offer a range of oth...
02:41 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Broadcom Announces BCM4389 Wi-Fi 6E Client Chipset
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced the new Wi-Fi 6E terminology for 802.11ax operation in the 6 GHz band last month. At CES 2020, Broadcom announced a number of Wi-Fi 6E access point solutions. Today, Broad...
02:01 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Dating Launch Blocked in Europe After it Fails To Show Privacy Workings
Facebook has been left red-faced after being forced to call off the launch date of its dating service in Europe because it failed to give its lead EU data regulator enough advanced warning -- includin...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Steam: Virtual Reality's Biggest-Ever Jump In Users Happened Last Month
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Valve's gaming marketplace Steam includes an opt-in hardware survey feature, and the results are published as percentages of surveyed users on a ...
10:00 am - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Mac Computers Now Outpace Windows In Malware
According to cybersecurity software company Malwarebytes' latest State of Malware report, the amount of malware on Macs is outpacing PCs for the first time ever. Recode reports: Windows machines still...
07:00 am - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot Understanding the Impact of Satellite Constellations On Astronomy
jrepin writes: In June 2019, the International Astronomical Union expressed concern about the negative impact that the planned mega-constellations of communication satellites may have on astronomical ...
03:30 am - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot By 2050, the US Will Lose $83 Billion a Year Because of All the Nature We've Destroyed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: The world economy depends on nature, from coral reefs that protect coastal cities from flooding to insects that pollinate crops. But by the middl...
02:10 am - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot People Born Blind Are Mysteriously Protected From Schizophrenia
Motherboard reports on the possible explanations for why people born blind are protected from schizophrenia: Over the past 60-some years, scientists around the world have been writing about this myste...
01:30 am - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot AI Shortcuts Speed Up Science Simulations By Billions of Times
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Modeling immensely complex natural phenomena such as how subatomic particles interact or how atmospheric haze affects climate can take thousands of ...
12:45 am - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot California Introduces Law To Stop Delivery Apps Screwing Over Restaurants
On Tuesday, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced legislation to protect restaurants from being exploited by food delivery platforms that add restaurants without perm...
12:02 am - Thu, February 13, 2020
Slashdot WHO Has Finally Named the New Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceAlert: The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that "COVID-19" will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represente...
11:20 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot 15-Year-Old Fights the FAA's Anti-Model-Flying NPRM With Social Media
NewtonsLaw writes: The FAA has issued an NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rule Making) that would effectively see the end of the traditional hobby of flying RC planes, helicopters and drones. As well as manda...
10:40 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Federal Workforce Too Reliant On College Degrees, Says Trump Administration
dcblogs writes: In the federal government, approximately 30% of the 2.1 million civilian employees have a master's degree or above. That's compared to about 15% at large firms in the private sector, a...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Man Who Refused To Decrypt Hard Drives Is Free After Four Years In Jail
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man has been freed after a federal appeals court ruled that his continued detention was violating federal law. Francis Rawls, a fo...
09:20 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Accidentally Blacked Out an Entire Language
On January 16th, Facebook users received an error message when posting in Jinghpaw, a language spoken by Myanmar's ethnic Kachin and written with a Roman alphabet. From a report: "We couldn't post thi...
08:40 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Tim Sweeney: Android is a Fake Open System, and iOS is Worse
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney opened a game event in Las Vegas today with a call to make the industry more open and liberate it from the monopolistic practices of platform owners such as Google and Apple...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Average Tenure of a CISO is Just 26 Months Due To High Stress and Burnout
Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs, or CSOs) across the industry are reporting high levels of stress. From a report: Many say the heightened stress levels has led to mental and physical health...
07:15 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Trade Fair Mobile World Congress Has Been Cancelled
In an emailed statement, John Hoffman, the CEO of GSMA, which organizes the trade fair, said the coronavirus outbreak has made it "impossible" to hold the event. Further reading, from earlier today: M...
06:35 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Andy Rubin's Essential is Shutting Down
Essential, Android creator Andy Rubin's high-profile phone startup, is shutting down. From a report: As a result of the shutdown, Essential says it will no longer support the Essential Phone with furt...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot The Court Let T-Mobile Buy Sprint Because Sprint Completely Sucks
Nilay Patel, a lawyer and editor-in-chief of The Verge, on court's approval of T-Mobile and Sprint merger: The decision itself is extremely surprising: Judge Victor Marrero of the United States Distri...
05:25 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Data Protection Authority Investigates Avast for Selling Users' Browsing History
The Czech data protection authority has announced an investigation into antivirus company Avast, which was harvesting the browsing history of over 100 million users and then selling products based on ...
04:45 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot This App Automatically Cancels and Sues Robocallers
DoNotPay, the family of consumer advocacy services meant to protect people from corporate exploitation, is launching a new app aimed at helping end our long national nightmare surrounding robocalls by...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Trump Signs Order To Test Vulnerabilities of US Infrastructure To GPS Outage
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order directing U.S. agencies to test the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure systems in the event of a disruption or manipulation o...
03:25 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy Book S is Thinner, Lighter, Faster Than MacBook Air
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Intel Core i5-8210Y delivers a multi-core score of 1544 which compares poorly with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx multi-core score of 2745. Yet, despite fitting t...
02:53 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot WhatsApp Hits 2 Billion Users
WhatsApp, the most popular messaging service, revealed today just how big it has become. From a report: The Facebook-owned app said it has amassed two billion users, up from 1.5 billion it revealed tw...
02:43 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot WhatsApp Hits 2 Billion Users
WhatsApp, the most popular messaging service, revealed today just how big it has become. From a report: The Facebook-owned app said it has amassed two billion users, up from 1.5 billion it revealed tw...
02:01 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot MWC Hangs by a Thread After Nokia, Vodafone, DT and Other Big Names Back Out
More big names are stepping away from the world's biggest phone and telecom trade fair, they announced today, prompting the organizers to urgently decide what they wish to do going forward. From a rep...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot The Price of a .Com Domain Is Set To Rise, and Some Sellers Aren't Happy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: If you're the sort who buys domains for fun, or to inspire you to start a future project, your hobby's about to get a little pricier. ICANN is just d...
10:00 am - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot One of the Most Destructive Botnets Can Now Spread To Nearby Wi-Fi Networks
The sophistication of the Emotet malware's code base and its regularly evolving methods for tricking targets into clicking on malicious links has allowed it to spread widely. "Now, Emotet is adopting ...
07:00 am - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Crisis Disrupting Flow of Mail Into China
According to The Associated Press, the U.S. Postal Service said on Tuesday that it is "experiencing significant difficulties" in dispatching letters, parcels and express mail to China, including Hong ...
03:30 am - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot NASA Puts a Price On a 2024 Moon Landing: $35 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nearly 10 months after Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, the space agency has estimated how much ...
02:10 am - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Is a $1000 Aftermarket Add-On As Capable As Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise?
Car and Driver tested a $1,000 aftermarket autonomous driving add-on from Comma.ai against the best factory systems currently on the market. Slashdot reader schwit1 shares the report: If the self-driv...
01:50 am - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia's GeForce Now Is Losing All Activision Blizzard Games
Nvidia's GeForce Now is a cloud gaming service that lets you play games stored on dedicated GeForce graphics-enabled PCs across a wide array of devices. While it lets you play PC games you already own...
01:22 am - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Andrew Yang Drops Out of Presidential Race
Andrew Yang, tech entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America, will end his campaign for president after a disappointing showing in the New Hampshire primary. The Washington Post reports: "I am a ...
12:50 am - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot Apple Pay Is On Pace To Account For 10 Percent of All Global Card Transactions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Apple Pay accounts for about 5% of global card transactions and is on pace to handle 1-in-10 such payments by 2025, according to recent trend data comp...
12:10 am - Wed, February 12, 2020
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.18 Released
jrepin writes: The KDE community today announced the release of Plasma 5.18. This version of the popular desktop environment is the latest long-term supported release and brings an emoji selector, use...
11:30 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Nikola Motors Unveils Hybrid Fuel-Cell Concept Truck With 600-Mile Range
Nikola Motors on Monday unveiled a concept for a new electric pickup truck called the Badger. Engadget reports: Nikola plans to offer the Badger as both a purely battery-electric vehicle and as an ele...
10:50 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Wins Approval From US Judge
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: T-Mobile's edged closer to a takeover of Sprint after a federal judge on Tuesday approved the deal, rejecting a claim by a group of states that said t...
10:10 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Promises Windows 10X Updates Will Take 'Less Than 90 Seconds'
Microsoft is revealing more about its Windows 10X operating system today, which is designed for new dual-screen devices. From a report: The software giant has re-engineered this special variant of Win...
09:30 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 73 Arrives With Default Zoom Level and Readability Backplate
Mozilla today released Firefox 73 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Firefox 73 includes a default zoom level setting, a readability backplate option, and a handful of developer features.Read more ...
08:46 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Huawei Can Covertly Access Telecom Networks, US Officials Say
U.S. officials say Huawei can covertly access mobile-phone networks around the world through "back doors" designed for use by law enforcement [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; an alternative ...
08:04 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Tech's Strangest Job Listings
Silicon Valley has a long history of unsubtly repackaging jobs that might otherwise be titled technical support, marketing or office management. But beyond the distinctive euphemisms, the thousands of...
07:20 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Announces Galaxy Z Flip With the World's First Foldable Glass Display
Surprising absolutely nobody, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Z Flip, its second stab at foldable phone, at its Unpacked event in San Francisco on Tuesday. From a report: The Z Flip is markedl...
06:47 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot FTC Will Review Past Mergers by Facebook, Google and Other Big Tech Companies
The new effort by the Federal Trade Commission will require all five big technology companies to provide information about the smaller players they've purchased over the past 10 years, including docum...
06:09 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot The High Cost of a Free Coding Bootcamp
Students at Lambda School say the program hasn't delivered on its promise. From the report: Bethany Surber was sleeping on friends' couches and living out of her car when she first heard about Lambda ...
05:25 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Storm Ciara Helps Plane Beat Transatlantic Flight Record
Experts are hailing a British Airways flight as the fastest subsonic New York to London journey. From a report: The Boeing 747-436 reached speeds of 825 mph (1,327 km/h) as it rode a jet stream accele...
04:45 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Will No Longer Force Bing By Default For Office 365 ProPlus Customers
Microsoft will no longer forcibly make Bing the default search engine in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus customers. A tech community post from Microsoft announced the change. From a report: Microsoft st...
03:48 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Unveils Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung today will unveil three new flagship smartphones -- the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Here are the specs of the new phones. Galaxy S20 specs: Display: 6.2-inch Quad HD+, Dynam...
03:30 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot FIFA Experiments With AI For More Accurate Offside Calls
FIFA, football's governing body, is experimenting with artificial intelligence in hope of making better offside calls with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system. From a report: FIFA tested the new ...
02:44 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot The CIA Secretly Bought a Company That Sold Encryption Devices Across the World. Then, Its Spies Read Everything.
Greg Miller, reporting for Washington Post: For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secr...
02:12 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Streaming Accounts For Nearly One-Fifth of Total U.S. TV Watching
Streaming eats up a big chunk of viewers' time, though it's still outweighed by traditional linear TV. From a report: That's according to the latest Total Audience Report from Nielsen -- its first Tot...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot NASA's Viral 'Standing Broom' Trick Has Nothing To Do With Earth's Gravitational Pull
A viral myth from 2012 is recirculating on the web right now, claiming NASA said Monday was the only day you can make brooms stand up all by themselves, because of the earth's gravitational pull. Sadl...
10:00 am - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot A New Implant For Blind People Jacks Directly Into the Brain
Researchers have successfully bypassed the eyes with a brain implant that allows rudimentary vision. MIT Technology Review reports: "Alli," says Bernardeta Gomez in her native Spanish, pointing to a l...
07:00 am - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot The First Crewed SpaceX Flight Could Happen In May
Ars Technica's Eric Berger said on Twitter that the SpaceX Crew Dragon could take off on May 7th. "Though, due to 'a number of variables not hardware related' the launch could happen in late April or ...
03:30 am - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Semi-Transparent Solar Cells Could Make Greenhouses Self-Sufficient
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: Organic solar cells (OSCs) have a few advantages over other designs. They still collect energy from sunlight, but can be made more flexible, transpa...
02:10 am - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot White House Earmarks New Money For AI and Quantum Computing
The Trump administration on Monday unveiled its $4.8 trillion budget proposal which, among other things, includes plans to increase federal funding for the development of AI and quantum computing. "Th...
01:50 am - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Ramps Up Solar Tile Roof Installations In US, Eyes China and Europe Expansion
According to CEO Elon Musk, Tesla appears to be ramping up installations of its solar tile roofs in the San Francisco Bay area, with plans to expand to Europe and China in the not too distant future. ...
01:30 am - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot IBM Picks Slack Over Microsoft Teams For Its 350,000 Employees
According to Business Insider, IBM has chosen Slack over rival Microsoft Teams for its more than 350,000 employees. From a report: It's a big test for Slack, but it has been one the pair has been work...
12:50 am - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Companies That Buy Data Derived From Scraping the Contents of Your Email Inbox
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The popular Edison email app, which is in the top 100 productivity apps on the Apple app store, scrapes users' email inboxes and sells products ba...
12:10 am - Tue, February 11, 2020
Slashdot Personal Data of All 6.5 Million Israeli Voters Is Exposed
A software flaw exposed the personal data of every eligible voter in Israel -- including full names, addresses and identity card numbers for 6.5 million people -- raising concerns about identity theft...
11:30 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Workplace Co-Founder Launches Downtime Fire Alarm Kintaba
Facebook Workplace co-founder John Egan is launching Kintaba, "a more holistic solution to incident response," reports TechCrunch. From the report: Code failure downtimes, server outages and hack atta...
10:50 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot South Korea's Government Explores Move From Windows To Linux Desktop
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: In May 2019, South Korea's Interior Ministry announced plans to look into switching to the Linux desktop from Windows. It must have liked what it saw. A...
10:10 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Software Error Exposes the ID Numbers For 1.26 Million Danish Citizens
A software error in Denmark's government tax portal has accidentally exposed the personal identification (CPR) numbers for 1.26 million Danish citizens, a fifth of the country's total population. From...
09:30 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Trump's 2021 Budget Drowns Science Agencies in Red Ink, Again
It's another sea of red ink for federal research funding programs in President Donald Trump's latest budget proposal. The 2021 budget request to Congress released today calls for deep, often double-di...
08:50 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Yahoo and Tumblr Lost 33% of Their Web Traffic in the Past Several Years
If there were any major sites that took a web traffic pummeling in 2019 Yahoo and Tumblr would top the list. That's according to a new report from SimilarWeb. The report looks back on key web trends i...
08:10 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot TCL Came Out of Nowhere To Capture the US TV Market. Up Next: Cheap Phones.
After capturing the U.S. television market with aggressively priced Roku TVs, China's TCL wants to replicate that success with inexpensive phones, IoT devices and connected appliances -- and in the pr...
07:30 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot In Amazon's Bookstore, No Second Chances for the Third Reich
Amazon is quietly canceling its Nazis. Over the past 18 months, the retailer has removed two books by David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as several titles by George Lincoln Rockw...
06:53 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Taika Waititi Slams Apple's MacBook Keyboards After Winning First Oscar
Speaking with journalists after winning his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi had other things on his mind. When asked what he thought writ...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Software that Swaps Out Words Can Now Fool the AI Behind Alexa and Siri
Software called TextFooler can trick natural-language processing (NLP) systems into misunderstanding text just by replacing certain words in a sentence with synonyms. From a report: In tests, it was a...
05:25 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Wants Trump To Testify in Battle Over $10 Billion Pentagon Contract
Amazon has asked a federal court for permission to get testimony from President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper as part of its ongoing protest over the Defense Department's handling of a...
04:46 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot North Korea's Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft
North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a "maximum pressure" American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to pr...
04:05 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Justice Dept. Charge China-backed Hackers Over Equifax Breach
U.S. prosecutors have charged four hackers said to be working for the Chinese military for the 2018 cyberattack at Equifax, which led to the theft of more than 147 million credit reports in a massive ...
04:05 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Justice Dept. Charges China-backed Hackers Over Equifax Breach
U.S. prosecutors have charged four hackers said to be working for the Chinese military for the 2018 cyberattack at Equifax, which led to the theft of more than 147 million credit reports in a massive ...
03:25 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Why Can We Write Software To Get To the Moon, But Not To Count Votes
minstrelmike shares a report. From the article: The best way to get a feel for what NASA's job was like is to read some of the code, now immortalized in a GitHub repository. Choose a file at random. G...
02:45 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Netflix, Which Spent $100M in Oscars Campaign Alone, Won Just 2 Awards. 'Parasite', a South Korean Movie That Cost $11M To Make, Won 4
An anonymous reader shares a report: Around Thanksgiving, it looked like this could have been Netflix's year to win it all at the Oscars. Critics were heaping praise on the epic scale of Martin Scorse...
02:06 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot FBI is Investigating More Than 1,000 Cases of Chinese Theft of US Technology
Members of the US government held a conference in Washington last week on the topic of Chinese theft of intellectual property from US technology firms and the US academic sector. From a report: Offici...
12:34 pm - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot The Windows 10 Start Menu Now Harasses Firefox Users
The "Suggested" section on the Windows 10 Start Menu used to just promote its own apps, reports MSPowerUser. But for some users (who haven't disable Microsoft's "Suggestions"), that menu is now showin...
08:34 am - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates Orders £500m Hydrogen-Powered Superyacht
Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed quotes the Guardian: Bill Gates has ordered the world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht, worth an estimated £500m ($644m) and featuring an infinity po...
05:34 am - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot As Sacha Baron Cohen Criticizes Zuckerberg, Elon Musk Tweets "DeleteFacebook'
It all began when Sacha Baron Cohen shared a picture of Mark Zuckerberg as a Roman Emperor along with some scathing commentary, reports TechCrunch:He tweeted in frustration, "We don't let 1 person con...
02:39 am - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot NASA Moves Forward With International Space Station 'Hotel'
Last June NASA announced plans to host visitors on the International Space Station for just $35,000 a day. "And now we know where they'll be sleeping," reports the Motley Fool:Earlier this week, NASA ...
12:49 am - Mon, February 10, 2020
Slashdot US Gov't Buys Location Data For Millions of Cellphones
America's government "has reportedly acquired access to a commercial database that tracks the movements of millions of cellphones in the U.S.," reports CNET. "The data is being used for immigration an...
11:39 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Something In Deep Space Is Sending Signals To Earth In Steady 16-Day Cycles
"Scientists have discovered the first fast radio burst that beats at a steady rhythm, and the mysterious repeating signal is coming from the outskirts of another galaxy," reports Vice:A mysterious rad...
10:44 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Suspicion and Anger Towards Microsoft Rises After Windows 10 Search Failure
Earlier this week, searching in Windows 10 was broken, "with a black bar showing where search results should be, even for those who tried to perform a local search of their files." Microsoft issued a ...
09:34 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Facebook To IRS: Refund Me, I'm Irish!
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Among the techniques featured in a 2012 City Pages story on The 10 Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes was pretending to be Irish. Chris Parker wrote, "Most people asso...
08:34 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Is Canada's BTLR a Framework For Regulating Internet Content?
Stunt Pope (Slashdot reader #3,287) writes:This article takes a look at Canada's Broadband Telecom Legislation Review (BTLR) which was commissioned by the federal government in 2018 to map out how Can...
07:34 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Fake News Hoax in Russia Tries Blaming the US For Coronavirus
"Russia's intelligence services are apparently behind a well-coordinated social media campaign to blame the U.S. for creating and unleashing the Wuhan coronavirus on the world," reports the Internatio...
06:34 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot NASA Brings Voyager 2 Fully Back Online, 11.5 Billion Miles From Earth
Iwastheone quotes Inverse: In an incredible feat of remote engineering, NASA has fixed one of the most intrepid explorers in human history. Voyager 2, currently some 11.5 billion miles from Earth, is ...
05:34 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot New Database Showcases How Algorithms Are Rewriting Government Policies Around the US
v3rgEz writes: Every day government decisions from bus routes to policing used to be based on limited information and human judgment. Governments now use the ability to collect and analyze hundreds of...
04:34 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Twitter and Facebook Criticized For Not Removing False Claims About Iowa Voters
What happened when conservative activist Tom Fitton issued an inaccurate press release last week about Iowa's voter registration rolls? After being debunked by Republican state officials -- and identi...
03:34 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Woz Remembers Steve Jobs' Ambition to Change Humanity
The Bay Area Newsgroup reports on Steve Wozniak's new interview with longtime Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki on Kawasaki's Remarkable People podcast. Woz reveals he's still on the Apple payroll -- he n...
02:34 pm - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Google Experimented on Its Own Employees To Get Them To Eat Healthier
This week Medium's tech blog OneZero published a 4,500-word look at Google's "methodical, iterative" and massive "living experiment" on its own employees to see if they can nudge them into making heal...
11:34 am - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Are There Generational Differences In First Coding Languages and Learning Resources?
"Under the age of 39? Odds are that most of your peers learned to code in C. "Most Baby Boomers and Gen Xers — or, those between the ages of 40 and 74 in 2020 — learned to code in BASIC." ...
08:34 am - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot An 'Anti-Solar Panel' Could Generate Electricity At Night, Researchers Say
monkeyFuzz quotes Inverse: One of the problems with solar panels is that they don't generate electricity at night, so we have to store the electricity they generate during the day to power things duri...
05:34 am - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Why Is 'Birds of Prey' Suffering at the Box Office?
The Warner Brothers/DC film Birds of Prey "is proving not to be the February box office success industry observers had hoped," according to The Wrap:After grossing $13 million on Friday from 4,236 scr...
02:34 am - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Google's Heart-Warming Super Bowl Ad Called 'Evil'
"I had an uneasy feeling about the Google commercial," writes Larry Magid in his column for the San Jose Mercury News. "But I couldn't put it into words until I read a blog post from tech strategic ad...
12:34 am - Sun, February 9, 2020
Slashdot Will China Seize an American Company's Drug For Fighting Coronavirus?
"Chinese researchers reportedly have applied for a local patent on an experimental Gilead drug that they believe could help fight the novel coronavirus outbreak -- and also significantly bolster Gilea...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Intel's 'Clear Linux' Distro Beats Ubuntu and Windows 10 -- on an AMD Laptop
An anonymous reader quotes TechRadar:Intel's Clear Linux distribution looks like it could be the best operating system to run on cheap AMD hardware, with benchmarks showing it outperforms Windows 10 a...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Windows 7 Bug Prevents Users From Shutting Down Or Rebooting Computers
An anonymous reader writes: A weird bug of unknown origins has been hitting Windows 7 computers this week, according to multiple reports online. Windows 7 users have been reporting that they are recei...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Almost Every Website You Visit Records Exactly How Your Mouse Moves
Medium's technology blog OneZero reports that many websites today use a service that collects all of your mouse movements, enabling "replays" of every move. "What surprised me was that the software ev...
08:34 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot A Long-Lost Legendary Roman Fruit Tree Has Been Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seeds
"Scientists have cultivated plants from date palm seeds that languished in ancient ruins and caves for 2,000 years," writes ScienceAlert.schwit1 shared their report: This remarkable feat confirms the ...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems
In recent months, researchers have caught ransomware "intentionally tampering with industrial control systems that dams, electric grids, and gas refineries rely on to keep equipment running safely," r...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Elementary OS Wants to Crowdfund a Better Distro-Independent 'AppCenter for Everyone'
In 2017 Elementary OS built a pay-what-you-want app store -- funded with $10,000 raised on IndieGogo. Now they're trying to raise another $10,000 for a one-week, in-person sprint in Denver, Colorado, ...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot How 'MICE' Brings a Muon Collider Closer To Reality
"Scientists have announced a breakthrough that could be key to the creation of a powerful new kind of particle collider," reports the Fermilab/SLAC magazine Symmetry. Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Clearview AI Wants To Sell Its Facial Recognition To Authoritarian Regimes
popcornfan679 shares a report from Buzzfeed:Clearview has been touting a "rapid international expansion" to prospective clients using a map that highlights how it either has expanded, or plans to expa...
03:44 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Twitter Account Gets Breached
The Saudi-based group OurMine took over Facebook's Twitter account on Friday, then pointed Facebook's 13.4 million followers to their own web site, reports NBC News:"Well even Facebook is hackable but...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Develop System That Transforms CO2 Into Concrete
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: A team from the University of California, Los Angeles, has developed a system that transforms "waste CO2" into gray blocks of concrete. In March...
10:00 am - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot The Municipal Bond Market Is Using Geospatial Data For Climate Risk Evaluation
mikeebbbd shares a report from Los Angeles Times: The $3.8-trillion municipal-bond market has found a new tool in its effort to understand the effects of climate change: satellites orbiting Earth. Ass...
07:00 am - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot ViacomCBS Plan Would Unify All of Star Trek In One New Streaming Service
According to CNBC, ViacomCBS is planning the launch of a new streaming service that would expand upon the already successful CBS All Access with films from Paramount Studios and Miramax, plus TV progr...
03:30 am - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Antarctica Logs Hottest Temperature On Record of 18.3C
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A record high temperature of 18.3C (64.9F) has been logged on the continent of Antarctica. The reading, taken on Thursday by Argentine research base E...
01:30 am - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Discover Virus With No Recognizable Genes
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Viruses are some of the most mysterious organisms on Earth. They're among the world's tiniest lifeforms, and because none can survive and reproduce ...
12:50 am - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot Massive Building Fire Threatens Worldwide Vinyl Record Production
Apollo Masters, one of two plants in the world that manufacture lacquers that are imperative to the process of making vinyl records, sustained a major fire yesterday and burned down. Loudwire reports:...
12:10 am - Sat, February 8, 2020
Slashdot FCC Moves To Free Up Spectrum For Potential Cellphone Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: The Federal Communications Commission will pay a group of satellite companies billions of dollars to upend their operations so a valua...
11:30 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Remotely Disables Autopilot On Used Model S After It Was Sold
little1973 shares a report from The Verge: Tesla has remotely disabled driver assistance features on a used Model S after it was sold to a customer. The company now claims that the owner of the car, w...
10:50 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Chip Industry Had Worst Sales Year Since Dot-Com Bubble Burst
The semiconductor industry last year suffered its worst annual slump in almost two decades, hurt by a trade war between the largest chip producer, the U.S., and the largest consumer, China. Bloomberg ...
10:10 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Shadow's Cancelled Nevada Caucus App Had Errors, Too
New submitter em1ly writes: A source familiar with the Nevada version of the error-ridden Iowa caucus app spoke to Motherboard about even more issues with the app. From the report: "After logging into...
09:32 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot UK To Host Spyware Firm Accused of Aiding Human Rights Abuses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The British government is helping a controversial Israeli spyware company to market its surveillance technologies at a secretive trade fair visit...
08:50 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Luxembourg Wants to Solve Congestion With Free Public Transport
Starting in March 2020, public transport in Luxembourg will be free of charge. Primarily a social measure, this policy will also be implemented to decrease congestion in the capital region. From a rep...
08:10 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Ransomware Installs Gigabyte Driver To Kill Antivirus Products
A ransomware gang is installing vulnerable GIGABYTE drivers on computers it wants to infect. From a report: The purpose of these drivers is to allow the hackers to disable security products so their r...
07:30 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Anatomy of a Rental Phishing Scam
Jeffrey Ladish writes: I was recently the (unsuccessful) target of a very well-crafted phishing scam. As part of a housing search a few weeks ago, I was trawling craigslist and zillow for rental oppor...
06:50 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot France Fines Apple $27.4 Million For Slowing iPhone Software
French authorities on Friday said tech giant Apple has agreed to pay $27.4 million for failing to inform users that software updates to older iPhone models could slow down the device, according to Fre...
06:10 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot US Appeals Court Will Not Reconsider Net Neutrality Repeal Ruling
A U.S. appeals court said late on Thursday it will not reconsider an October ruling that largely upheld the repeal of landmark net neutrality rules, rejecting requests by 15 U.S. states, and tech and ...
05:33 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Makers of Basecamp Announce Email Product 'Hey', Open Invites
Makers of productivity suite Basecamp have announced Hey, an email product they plan to release this spring. Basecamp founder and CEO, Jason Fried shared the vision for what they are calling a much-im...
04:50 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Reveals Its 9 Government Takedown Requests
Netflix has taken down just nine pieces of content around the world in response to written government requests since it was founded 23 years ago, the company revealed for the first time. From a report...
04:10 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64-Core Chip Launched, Benchmarking a Beast CPU
MojoKid writes: In January at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su took to the stage during a press conference and revealed the company's forthcoming Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64-core processor. ...
03:34 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot New Keyboard Shortcut Manager PowerToy Lets Windows 10 Users Remap Their Keyboards
Microsoft's PowerToys utilities have always proved popular, and the arrival of a Windows 10 version was met with huge excitement. New utilities have been released over the last few months, and now the...
02:41 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Video-Game Makers Ride To Riches on Arc of Keanu Reeves's Career
An anonymous reader shares a report: "Sonic the Hedgehog 3" had just been released and Keanu Reeves was about to hit the big screen in "Speed" when Marcin Iwinski and high school pal Michal Kicinski l...
02:01 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Big Tech Opponent Bernie Sanders Raises More Money From Big Tech Employees Than Anyone Else
Despite his criticisms of companies like Amazon, Bernie Sanders is raising more money from Big Tech than any other 2020 presidential candidate. From a report: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twit...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Google Fixes No-User-Interaction Bug In Android's Bluetooth Component
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google has patched this week a critical security flaw in Android's Bluetooth component. If left unpatched, the vulnerability can be exploited without an...
10:00 am - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Texas K-12 Esports Teams Explode In Popularity
ItsJustAPseudonym writes: "The number of Texas school districts with esports programs has exploded this school year, growing from about 20 to more than 300 in the span of a few months," reports KXAN-T...
07:00 am - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot NASA Safety Panel Calls For Reviews After Second Starliner Software Problem
A second software problem during a CST-100 Starliner test flight is prompting a NASA safety panel to recommend a review of Boeing's software verification processes. Space News reports: That new softwa...
03:30 am - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot First Clinical Trial of Gene Editing To Help Target Cancer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today, scientists are releasing the results of a clinical trial designed to test the safety of gene editing as a way of fighting cancer. The resu...
02:02 am - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Company To Harvest Green Hydrogen From Underground Oil Fires
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: This month, on the frozen plains of Saskatchewan in Canada, workers began to inject steam and air into the Superb field, a layer of sand 700 meters ...
01:25 am - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Frustration Grows In China As Face Masks Compromise Facial Recognition
schwit1 shares a report from Quartz: Face masks are mandatory in at least two provinces in China, including the city of Wuhan. In an effort to contain the coronavirus strain that has caused nearly 500...
12:45 am - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot Google and Facebook Turn Their Backs On Undersea Cable To China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google and Facebook seem to have resigned themselves to losing part of the longest and highest profile internet cable they have invested in to date...
12:02 am - Fri, February 7, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Plans a Spinoff, IPO For Starlink Business
Thelasko shares a report from Bloomberg: Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to spin out and pursue a public offering of its budding space-internet business Starlink, giving investors a chance to buy into one of...
11:40 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Will Now Let You Disable Its Awful Autoplaying Feature
Netflix announced today that subscribers will now be able to disable the autoplay functionality that occurs on its homepage. The Verge reports: People can choose to disable autoplay in two different f...
11:20 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot The Iowa Caucuses App Could Have Been Hacked
A security firm consulted by ProPublica found that the "IowaReporter" app used to count and report votes from individual precincts in the Iowa Democratic caucuses was vulnerable to hacking. From the r...
10:40 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Boeing Identifies New Software Problem On Grounded Boeing 737 Max
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Boeing Co. engineers have discovered a new software problem on the grounded 737 Max that must be patched before the plane can return to service, Fed...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Attorney General Says US, Allies Should Consider Nokia, Ericsson Investment To Counter Huawei
mikeebbbd writes: U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday stressed the threat posed by China's Huawei Technologies and said the United States and its allies should consider investing in Finland...
09:21 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia Launches Cloud Gaming Service GeForce Now for $5 Per Month
jowifi writes: NVIDIA officially launched its GeForce NOW earlier this week, making the streaming gaming service available to all with no waitlisting. It is advertising a free tier which allows 1-hour...
08:40 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Independent Repair Program is Invasive To Shops and Their Customers, Contract Shows
The contract states independent repair shops must agree to audits and inspections by Apple, even if they leave the program. From a report: Last August, in what was widely hailed a victory for the righ...
08:01 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Google Maps for iOS and Android Redesigned To Help You Plan Better Trips
Google Maps has a new look on iOS and Android today to celebrate turning 15 on February 8. The app icon is all-new -- a less playful icon with a multi-colored location pin, set on a white background -...
07:21 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Li Wenliang, the Chinese Doctor Who Tried To Warn Others About Coronavirus, Dies
A Chinese doctor hailed as a hero for trying to warn others about coronavirus in the early days of the outbreak has died from the virus, Chinese state media say. From a report, shared by long-time rea...
06:41 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot No Handshakes at Global Wireless Conference as Virus Spreads
Two smartphone makers canceled events at the world's biggest mobile technology showcase in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and organizers reinforced hygiene protocol for people still planning to...
06:01 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Apple Watch Outsold the Entire Swiss Watch Industry in 2019
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, Apple Watch outsold the entire Swiss watch industry by a huge margin in 2019. From a report: Apple Watch shipped 31 million units worldwide in...
05:20 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot China's Mobile Giants Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo To Take on Google's Play Store
China's Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo are joining forces to create a platform for developers outside China to upload apps onto all of their app stores simultaneously, in a move analysts say is meant t...
04:41 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot A Months-Long Investigation Reveals Pornhub's Terrible Moderation Practices
samleecole shares a report: On May 1, 2016, in the middle of final exams, a young woman got a text message that would change her life forever. It included a screenshot of a pornographic video posted o...
04:02 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Google, YouTube and Venmo Send Cease-and-Desist Letters To Facial Recognition App That Helps Law Enforcement
Google, YouTube and Venmo have sent cease-and-desist letters to Clearview AI, a facial recognition app that scrapes images from websites and social media platforms, CBS News has learned. The tech comp...
03:21 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Wacom Drawing Tablets Track the Name of Every Application That You Open
Software engineer Robert Heaton writes: Last week I set up my tablet on my new laptop. As part of installing its drivers I was asked to accept Wacom's privacy policy. Being a mostly-normal person I ne...
02:42 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using Screen Brightness Variations
Academics from Israel have detailed and demoed a new method for stealing data from air-gapped computers. From a report: The method relies on making small tweaks to an LCD screen's brightness settings....
02:02 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Signs of Cancer Can Appear Long Before Diagnosis, Study Shows
Early signs of cancer can appear years or even decades before diagnosis, according to the most comprehensive investigation to date of the genetic mutations that cause healthy cells to turn malignant. ...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot AT&T Is Doing Exactly What It Told Congress It Wouldn't Do With Time Warner
schwit1 quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T's decision to prevent Time Warner-owned shows from streaming on Netflix and other non-AT&T services reduced the company's quarterly revenue by $...
10:00 am - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Starts Streaming AV1 On Android To Save Cellular Data
Netflix announced today that it's beginning to stream video using AV1 on Android. This high-performance, royalty-free codec provides 20% improved compression efficiency over VP9. 9to5Google reports: D...
07:00 am - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Motherboard Publishes 'Shadow' App That Blew Up the Iowa Caucus
Motherboard has chosen to publish the app used to tabulate early voting results in Iowa's Democratic Presidential primary. According to editor-in-chief Jason Koebler, "Trust and transparency are core ...
03:30 am - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot More Than a Thousand Scientists Have Built the Most Detailed Picture of Cancer Ever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: More than a thousand scientists have built the most detailed picture of cancer ever in a landmark study. They said cancer was like a 100,000-piece jig...
01:25 am - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot The Mysterious Disappearance of Google's Click Metric
In Google's recent end-of-the-year 2019 financial report, the company for the first time disclosed the revenues for YouTube and its Google Cloud unit. However, as Tom Foremski writes via ZDNet, "Googl...
01:05 am - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Windows Search Went Down For Hours Because of a Microsoft Services Outage
Microsoft's built-in Windows search went down for more than three hours today due to access and latency issues "with multiple Microsoft 365 services." While the issues have since been resolved, it com...
12:45 am - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Welfare Surveillance System Violates Human Rights, Dutch Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A Dutch court has ordered the immediate halt of an automated surveillance system for detecting welfare fraud because it violates human rights, in...
12:02 am - Thu, February 6, 2020
Slashdot Google Releases a Tool To Spot Faked and Doctored Images
Jigsaw, a technology incubator at Google, has released an experimental platform called Assembler to help journalists and front-line fact-checkers quickly verify images. MIT Technology Review reports: ...
11:40 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Uber Self-Driving Cars Allowed Back On California Roads
Nearly two years after one of Uber's self-driving cars was involved in a fatal crash in Arizona, the ride-hailing firm has been allowed to test its autonomous vehicles on public roads in California. "...
11:20 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple Brings iCloud Photos and More To Android With New Web-Based Apps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: With no fanfare or public announcement, Apple has launched a mobile version of its Web-based interface for accessing iCloud services like Notes, ...
11:00 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Split Senate Acquits Trump of Impeachment Charges
The Senate on Wednesday acquitted President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment, rejecting the House's charges that he should be removed from office for abusing his power and obstructing the c...
10:41 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft To Combine Its Windows Client and Hardware Teams Under Chief Product Officer Panos Panay
The first couple of months of each year, Microsoft typically reorgs something. This time around, it's the Experiences and Devices unit under Executive Vice President Rajesh Jha where a lot of the chan...
10:01 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Says it Detects 77,000 Active Web Shells on a Daily Basis
In a blog post promoting the capabilities of its commercial security platform -- the Microsoft Defender ATP -- Microsoft said that on a daily basis the company's security team detects and tracks on av...
09:23 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Experts Envision Two Scenarios if the New Coronavirus Isn't Contained
With the new coronavirus coronavirus spreading from person to person (possibly including from people without symptoms), reaching four continents, and traveling faster than SARS, driving it out of exis...
08:41 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Jeff Weiner Will Step Down as CEO of LinkedIn June 1
Major change ahead for LinkedIn, the social network for the working world, now with 675 million members. From a report: Jeff Weiner, who has been leading the company as CEO for the past 11 years, is s...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot The FBI Downloaded CIA's Hacking Tools Using Starbuck's WiFi
An anonymous reader shares a report: One of the most interesting details from the yesterday's Joshua Schulte trial involved how the FBI obtained the Vault 7 and Vault 8 materials they entered into evi...
07:20 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot New Silicon Valley Extreme: The 2:30 a.m. Tech Bus From Salida
In search of affordable housing, tech employees move all the way into the Central Valley. Private tech shuttles follow. From a report: It's 2:30 a.m. in the Central California farm town of Salida, and...
06:45 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Chrome's Ad Blocker Will Expand To Video On August 5
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced that Chrome's ad blocker is expanding to video on August 5, 2020. As with previous ad blocker rollouts, the date is likely not tied to a specific Chr...
06:01 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple Patents Foldable Device With Movable Flaps To Prevent Display From Creasing
Apple this week has been granted a patent for a foldable device with a unique hinge mechanism that utilizes movable flaps to help prevent the display from being creased or damaged when folded. From a ...
05:21 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Parker Solar Probe Reports Successful Record-Setting Fourth Close Encounter of the Sun
NASA's Parker Solar Probe is healthy and operating as designed following its fourth close approach to the Sun, called perihelion, on Jan. 29. From a report: Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Ap...
04:41 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Mathematicians Prove Universal Law of Turbulence
By exploiting randomness, three mathematicians have proved an elegant law that underlies the chaotic motion of turbulent systems. From a report: Picture a calm river. Now picture a torrent of white wa...
04:03 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot The Contrarian Who Cures Cancers
Claudia Dreifus, writing for Quanta magazine: When I first met the immunology researcher James P. Allison in 2014, he was just becoming an icon. Columbia University had brought him to its campus to pr...
03:20 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Patch Your Philips Hue Lightbulbs To Stop Them From Getting Hacked -- And Potentially Everything Else On Your Network
An anonymous reader shares a report: Four years ago, security researchers showed how a flying drone could hack an entire room full of Philips Hue smart light bulbs from outside a building, by setting ...
02:41 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Shoddy Coronavirus Studies Are Going Viral And Stoking Panic
Scientists are rapidly posting findings about the new coronavirus outbreak online, accelerating the speed of scientific discoveries -- and of misinformation. From a report: Last Friday morning, after ...
02:01 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot How a Bad App Plunged Iowa Into Chaos
Zeynep Tufekci, writing for The Atlantic yesterday: The morning after caucus-goers filed into high-school gyms across Iowa, the state's Democratic Party is still unable to produce results. The app it ...
01:46 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot How a Bad App Plunged Iowa Into Chaos
Zeynep Tufekci, writing for The Atlantic yesterday: The morning after caucus-goers filed into high-school gyms across Iowa, the state's Democratic Party is still unable to produce results. The app it ...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot MRI Scans Delve Into Dog-Like Complexity of Squid Brains
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: New research led by Wen-Sung Chung and Justin Marshall of the University of Queensland is shedding new light on the complexity of squid brains. Usin...
10:00 am - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser Is Leaving the Company
Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games, is leaving the company in March after taking an "extended break" in the spring of 2019. "Rockstar Games was founded in 1998, and Dan Houser contributed promin...
07:00 am - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Lasers Etch a 'Perfect' Solar Energy Absorber
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Phys.Org: The University of Rochester research lab that recently used lasers to create unsinkable metallic structures has now demonstrated how the same technology coul...
03:30 am - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Could a Habitable Planet Orbit a Black Hole?
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Supermassive black holes have a reputation for consuming everything in their path, from gas clouds to entire solar systems. So is there any way alie...
02:10 am - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Chrome 80 Arrives With Mixed Content Autoupgraded To HTTPS, Cookie Changes, and Contact Picker API
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 80 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The release includes autoupgrading mixed content to HTTPS, SameSite coo...
01:30 am - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Will Ban Deepfakes and Other Manipulated Media That Could Cause 'Serious Harm'
On Tuesday, Twitter announced changes to its synthetic and manipulated media policy, which it defines as any photo, audio, or video that's been "significantly altered or fabricated" to mislead people ...
12:50 am - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Ireland's Data Privacy Watchdog Opens Probes Into Google, Tinder
Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has opened two separate GDPR investigations into Google and Tinder. Engadget reports: In the case of [Tinder], the agency says it will examine how the dating...
12:10 am - Wed, February 5, 2020
Slashdot Serious Flaw That Lurked In Sudo For 9 Years Hands Over Root Privileges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Sudo, a utility found in dozens of Unix-like operating systems, has received a patch for a potentially serious bug that allows unprivileged users...
11:30 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Ring Doorbell Update Allows Opt Out of All Police Video Requests
Amazon's Ring doorbell has rolled out a new update that lets users add and remove shared users on an account, restrict third-party access, view two-factor authentication settings, and (perhaps, most i...
10:50 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Xiaomi Spin-Off Poco Returns With the 120Hz X2 For $225
Xiaomi spin-off brand Poco has launched its successor to last year's head-turning Poco F1. The Poco X2, as it is called, is a high-performance, low-cost phone for the extremely competitive India marke...
10:10 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Cards Against Humanity Buys ClickHole, Turning It Into a Majority Employee-Owned Company
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Cards Against Humanity, the card game company, purchased ClickHole.com from its owners at G/O Media on Monday for an undisclosed amount in an al...
09:31 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Fiber Kills Its Traditional TV Service For New Customers
Google Fiber, the division of Google parent company Alphabet that provides fiber-to-the-premises service in the U.S., today announced that it will no longer offer traditional TV bundles with news, spo...
08:56 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Says Developers Can Now Purchase Latest Smart Glasses
Google is making it easier for developers to purchase the latest version of its smart glasses, with the company saying on Tuesday that the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available from some hardwar...
08:10 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Has Paid Android Developers About Half of What Apple Has
From a report: I'll just pay a little more attention to the Android bit: a total of $80 billion paid out to Android developers, which is significantly less than the $155 billion Apple has paid out via...
07:30 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Can Privacy Be Big Business? A Wave of Startups Thinks So.
California helped create the modern Big Data industry, in which tech companies vacuum up and profit off personal information. Now a new law in the state is creating something like a solution to the lo...
06:50 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Iowa Caucus Debacle is One of the Most Stunning Tech Failures Ever
The Iowa caucus debacle represents one of the most stunning failures of information security ever. From a column: This failure was delivered by the same Iowa Democratic Party officials who have said f...
06:10 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Chip Industry Had Worst Sales Year Since Dot-Com Bubble Burst
The semiconductor industry last year suffered its worst annual slump in almost two decades, hurt by a trade war between the largest chip producer, the U.S., and the largest consumer, China. From a rep...
05:29 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Truecaller Hits 200 Million Users
Truecaller, one of the world's largest caller-identification service providers, has amassed 200 million monthly active users and is increasingly proving that it can turn a profit, it said Tuesday. The...
04:47 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Cuts Chrome 'Patch Gap' in Half, From 33 Days To 15
Google security engineers said last week they have successfully cut down the"patch gap" in Google Chrome from 33 days to only 15 days. From a report: The term "patch gap" refers to the time it takes f...
04:09 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Japanese Robot Could Call Last Orders on Human Bartenders
Japan's first robot bartender has begun serving up drinks in a Tokyo pub in a test that could usher in a wave of automation in restaurants and shops struggling to hire staff in an aging society. From ...
03:21 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Doing Western Students' Homework is Big Business in Kenya
An anonymous reader shares a report: It was 5 p.m. on a Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya, and the streets were crowded with people rushing to get home for dinner. But Philemon, a 25-year-old science researc...
02:41 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot 'It's a Moral Imperative': Archivists Made a Directory of 5,000 Coronavirus Studies To Bypass Paywalls
A group of online archivists have created an open-access directory of over 5,000 scientific studies about coronaviruses that anyone can browse and download without encountering a paywall. From a repor...
02:01 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Google May Have Shared Your Videos With Strangers
If you used Google Takeout to download an archive of your Google Photos content, there's a chance that someone else may have ended up with your videos. From a report: The company has admitted that for...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot FBI Catches Hacker That Stole Nintendo's Secrets For Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A 21-year-old California man has pleaded guilty to hacking Nintendo's servers multiple times since 2016, using phishing techniques to gain early ...
10:00 am - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It's Gouging Holes In the Arctic
According to a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, rapidly-thawing permafrost in the Arctic is causing sinkholes in a process called thermokarst. "That's the land that gets ravaged w...
07:00 am - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Photos Trialing Monthly Subscription To Get Your Best Pictures Auto-Printed
Google Photos is now trialing a "monthly photo prints" subscription program where the company will send you 10 prints that will be "automatically selected from your last 30 days of photos." 9to5Gogole...
04:30 am - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot User-Error Problems With Iowa Caucus App Cause Online Confusion
Reports of Iowa precinct chairs struggling to use an app designed to help tally participation in the Democratic presidential caucuses on Monday fueled conspiracy theories on social media and raised qu...
03:30 am - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Ex-CIA Engineer Set To Go On Trial For Vault 7 Leak
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Manhattan federal prosecutors are poised to open their case Tuesday in the trial of a former software engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency who is ...
01:30 am - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot NASA Sets 2022 Launch For Air Quality Sensor That Will Provide Hourly Updates Across North America
NASA is launching a new air quality measurement tool aboard a Maxar 1300-class satellite to help improve air quality forecasting. Called "TEMPO," which stands for Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of...
12:50 am - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Announces AI Party/Hackathon At His Home With Tesla AI/Autopilot Team
Rei writes: On Twitter yesterday evening, Elon Musk announced an upcoming AI party/hackathon to be held at his house, and that invites will be going out soon. Asked whether a person needs to have a Ph...
12:10 am - Tue, February 4, 2020
Slashdot Justice Department Is Meeting State AG Offices Tuesday To Discuss If Google Broke Antitrust Law
Justice Department officials will meet on Tuesday with representatives of state attorneys general to discuss their investigations of Google and whether the company broke antitrust law. "The probes foc...
11:42 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot West Virginia Poised To Allow Smartphone Voting For Disabled Voters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: West Virginia's legislature last week passed legislation allowing disabled voters to cast votes by smartphone, sending the bill to the desk of Go...
11:30 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot AMD Threadripper 3990X 64-Core Beast Spotted Outscoring Dual Intel Xeon Platinum
MojoKid writes: When AMD unveiled its forthcoming Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64-core processor at CES 2020 this year, the company made no bones about comparing its performance to a many-core competitive...
10:50 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Reveals Revenue For First Time: $15.1 Billion In 2019
For the first time, Google revealed that YouTube generated $15.1 billion in ad revenue in fiscal 2019, including $4.7 billion in the fourth quarter. The company disclosed the numbers in its quarterly ...
10:10 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Teams Went Down After Microsoft Forgot To Renew a Critical Certificate
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft Teams went down this morning for nearly three hours after Microsoft forgot to renew a critical security certificate. Users of Microsoft's ...
09:30 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Firefox Now Shows What Telemetry Data It's Collecting About You
There is now a special page in the Firefox browser where users can see what telemetry data Mozilla is collecting from their browser. From a report: Accessible by typing about:telemetry in the browser'...
08:50 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Reinforces Guidelines on Fighting Misleading Election Content
YouTube on Monday reinforced its guidelines on tackling fake or misleading election-related content on its platform as the United States gears up for the presidential election later this year. From a ...
08:10 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Find 'Anonymized' Data Is Even Less Anonymous Than We Thought
Corporations love to pretend that 'anonymization' of the data they collect protects consumers. Studies keep showing that's not really true. From a report: Last fall, AdBlock Plus creator Wladimir Pala...
07:30 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot 'Hack' Creates Fake Google Maps Traffic Jams With 99 Cell Phones
A German artist illustrated [video] how it is possible to create a virtual traffic jam in Google Maps by walking around the streets of Berlin with 99 cell phones. Qbertino shares a report: Google Maps...
06:45 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Only Three of the Top 100 International Airports Pass Basic Security Checks
Only three of the world's Top 100 international airports pass basic security checks, according to a report published last week by cyber-security firm ImmuniWeb. From a report: The three are the Amster...
06:01 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot BlackBerry Phones Could Disappear as TCL Partnership Ends
The brand keeping BlackBerry phones alive across most of the globe, TCL Communications, plans to stop selling BlackBerry phones later this year. From a report: In a tweet this morning, TCL announced t...
05:20 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Made in China 8-Core x86 CPU Released
AmiMoJo writes: Zhaoxin, a fabless chip maker based in Shanghai, has produced a homegrown x86 CPU line that's apparently ready for the DIY scene. The Zhaoxin KaiXian KX-6000 series of processors were ...
04:41 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Google Photos Wants $8 a Month To Print 10 Auto-Picked Photos From Your Library
Google has gradually been adding print services to its Photos platform in recent years, and now it's testing a particularly novel one: a $7.99 a month subscription service that'll send subscribers phy...
04:02 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Kenya's High Court Delays National Biometric ID Program
Kenya's high court last week temporarily suspended the country's new national biometric identity program until the government enacts laws to protect the security of the data and prevent discrimination...
03:21 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Climate Models Are Running Red Hot, and Scientists Don't Know Why
The simulators used to forecast warming have suddenly started giving us less time. From a report: There are dozens of climate models, and for decades they've agreed on what it would take to heat the p...
02:41 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot PACER Fee Battle Pits Nonprofits, Supporters Against Government
Three nonprofits will ask the Federal Circuit this week to consider a Goldilocks question: whether fees the government charges to access court records are too high, too low, or just right. From a repo...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Forces World's Largest Work-From-Home Experiment
Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, working from home is no longer a privilege, it's a necessity. From a report: While factories, shops, hotels and restaurants are warning about plunging foot traffic ...
11:34 am - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Coffee Shop Refuses an Order Until the Customer Removes His AirPods
At a Chicago coffee shop, "the cashier wouldn't take my order until I took off my AirPod!" complained a patron named Kevin. "And it was only in one ear! Am I the asshole here?" ZDNet's "Technically In...
08:14 am - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Chrome Tests Removing the URL of Google's Search Results Page
"Google has started testing a feature that will display the search query in the Chrome address bar rather than the actual page's URL when performing searches on Google," reports Bleeping Computer:This...
04:49 am - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Instacart Employees in One Chicago Store Have Just Voted To Join a Union
"Gig economy workers may have won an important, if conditional, battle in their push for better conditions," reports Engadget: Instacart employees in the Chicago suburb of Skokie have voted to unioniz...
02:34 am - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot A Russian Satellite Appears To Be Shadowing an American Spy Satellite
"A Russian satellite has positioned itself uncomfortably close to an American spy satellite in orbit around Earth..." reports the Verge, adding that the Russian satellite "has been in constant view of...
12:34 am - Mon, February 3, 2020
Slashdot Ubuntu vs Windows 10: Performance Tests on a Walmart Laptop
Phoronix's Michael Larabel is doing some performance testing on Walmart's $199 Motile-branded M141 laptop (which has an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor, Vega 3 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 14-inch 1080p di...
11:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Why the Super Bowl Is Being Broadcast In Fake 4K
Today Fox will broadcast the Super Bowl in 4K and HDR, reports Gizmodo's senior consumer tech editor. But "the 4K is fake 4K, and, according to Digital Trend's interview with one of the men producing ...
10:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Is Amazon Responding to Employee Concerns About 'Ring' Privacy?
"The deployment of connected home security cameras that allow footage to be queried centrally are simply not compatible with a free society," wrote Amazon software developer Max Eliaser (as part of la...
10:04 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Despite Promises, Facebook's Instagram Is Still Spreading Anti-Vaccine Disinformation
"It's been almost a year since Instagram pledged to reduce the spread of vaccine-related misinformation on its platform. But today, it continues to do the exact opposite," reports the Huffington Post:...
09:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Stephen King, Elon Musk Criticize Social Media Policies
CaptainDork spotted CNN's update about best-selling author Stephen King:"I'm quitting Facebook," the author said on Twitter Friday. "Not comfortable with the flood of false information that's allowed ...
08:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Space-time Is Swirling Around a Dead Star, Proving Einstein Right Again
schwit1 quotes Space.com: The way the fabric of space and time swirls in a cosmic whirlpool around a dead star has confirmed yet another prediction from Einstein's theory of general relativity, a new ...
07:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Have a First Aid Question? Don't Ask Siri Or Cortana.
AmiMoJo quotes Mashable: A new study from the University of Alberta, published Tuesday in the medical journal The BMJ, tested smart assistants Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant on their abili...
06:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Nuclear Fallout Exposes Fake 'Antique' Whisky
Lasrick quotes the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:Scientists with only the pursuit of truth in mind have proven — through meticulous radio-carbon dating and no tasting at all — that hal...
05:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot 2000: The Year the Startup Super Bowl Ads Failed
20 years ago, 11 different startups spent millions of dollars to run 30-second ads during the Super Bowl, reports the Hustle. Within one year 8 of the 11 companies "had either gone bankrupt or been so...
05:04 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Cocktail of Flu, HIV Drugs Appears to Help Fight Coronavirus: Thai Doctors
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Thai doctors have seen success in treating severe cases of the new coronavirus with combination of medications for flu and HIV, with initial results showing vast imp...
04:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Government Authorities Criticized For Stifling Early Response To Coronavirus
A coronavirus has now infected over 14,380 people worldwide and killed at least 304 people in China, reports the New York Times. But they also note that when the first symptoms appeared in December, C...
03:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Find Some LoRaWAN Networks Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks
Slashdot reader JustAnotherOldGuy quotes ZDNet:Security experts have published a report Tuesday warning that the new and fast-rising LoRaWAN technology is vulnerable to cyberattacks and misconfigurati...
03:09 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Today is 02/02/2020 -- the First Global Palindrome Day in 909 Years
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Today is a very special occasion -- the date is a palindrome, meaning it is the same when read forwards and backwards. It is February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, in both the...
02:34 pm - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot PETA Suggests Celebrating Groundhog Day With a Weather-Predicting AI-Enabled Robot
There's a North American tradition that says there'll be six more weeks of winter if a groundhog can see his shadow (due to clear skies) on February 2nd. And while it's been honored every year with a ...
11:34 am - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Eric Raymond Stumped By Documentation's 'Reproduction' Problem
Eric Raymond has been working on a tool called reposurgeon for editing version-control repository histories -- those "risky operations that version-control systems don't want to let you do." But this ...
08:34 am - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot OpenBSD Mail Server Bug Allowed Remotely Executing Shell Commands As Root
This week a remotely-exploitable vulnerability (granting root privileges) was discovered in OpenSMTPD (OpenBSD's implementation of server-side SMTP). ZDNet notes that the library's "portable" version ...
04:59 am - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Cringely Predicts IBM 'Disappears Into Red Hat'
Tech pundit Robert X. Cringely has been sharing technology predictions every January for over two decades -- and he made another big one on Friday:IBM has three divisions — Global Technology Ser...
02:34 am - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Does a Vegan Diet Affect Your Intelligence?
"The vegan diet is low in — or, in some cases, entirely devoid of — several important brain nutrients," argues the BBC. "Could these shortcomings be affecting vegans' abilities to think?" ...
12:34 am - Sun, February 2, 2020
Slashdot Programmer Moneyball: Challenging the Myth of Individual Programmer Productivity
Slashdot reader jbmartin6 summarizes a new article from Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute:An academic study challenges the notion that "some programmers are much, much better than other...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot The World's Largest Solar Telescope Snaps Its First Photograph
sciencehabit quotes Science magazine: A new close-up of the turbulent boiling plasma of the solar surface is the debut image of the largest telescope ever built for staring at the Sun. Sporting a 4-me...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Move Over, Silicon Valley: St. Louis, Atlanta, Small Cities Gaining Tech Jobs
Slashdot reader SpaceForceCommander shared Dice's new annual report on America's tech industry salaries based on a survey of over 12,800 "technologists":Columbus and St. Louis enjoyed double-digit yea...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Pulls WireGuard VPN into Linux 5.6 Kernel Source Tree
"The WireGuard VPN protocol will be included into the next Linux kernel as Linus Torvalds has merged it into his source tree for version 5.6," reports TechRadar:While there are many popular VPN protoc...
08:34 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Releases an Electronic Dance Music Song
CNET shares "the latest, strangest news from the world of Elon Musk...electronic dance music?" It's the second song he's released on Emo G Records' Soundcloud page following 2019's RIP Harambe. On Thu...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Go 1.15 Planning Will Not 'Try' Error Handling
The Go team is planning for a February release of Go 1.14, and "Per the process outlined in the Go 2, here we come! blog post, it is again the time in our development and release cycle to consider if ...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Joel Hodgson Tours America in His Final Live Shows With 'Mystery Science Theatre 3000'
With some help from his robot (puppet) friends, TV's Joel Hodgson will heckle the movies "Circus of Horrors" and "No Retreat, No Surrender" live in San Francisco today -- before heading out to 26 othe...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Spitzer Space Telescope Turns Out the Lights
Long-time Slashdot reader Kreuzfeld writes: Thursday marks the final mission of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Conceived of as an infrared-optimized "Great Observatory," Spitzer has spent the last 60...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Should Huawei Just Abandon Android?
Due to a U.S. government ban on sales to Huawei, Google revoked its license for popular apps last spring (including Gmail and the Play Store). But this week Huawei executive Fred Wangfei suggested tha...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Has 150 Million Prime Members
Amazon's latest earnings release reveals the company now has 150 million Prime members around the world, a substantial increase from the 100 million it announced back in 2018. It's also quite impressi...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot GM Resurrects Hummer As an All-Electric 'Super Truck' With 1,000 Horsepower
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: General Motors is resurrecting the Hummer, best known as a gas-guzzling, military-style SUV, as an all-electric "super truck" with massive horsepower, ac...
10:00 am - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Rolls-Royce Plans To Build Up To 15 Mini Nuclear Reactors In Britain
Rolls-Royce has announced that it plans to build, install, and operate up to 15 mini nuclear reactors in Britain, with the first set to go online in nine years. New Atlas reports: In a BBC Radio 4 int...
07:00 am - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Lost World Revealed By Human, Neanderthal Relics Washed Up On North Sea Beaches
sciencehabit writes: Most days, Willy van Wingerden spends a few free hours walking by the sea not far from the Dutch town of Monster. Here, the cheerful nurse has plucked more than 500 ancient artifa...
03:30 am - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Fingerprints Can Now Be Dated To Within a Day of When They Were Made
Writing in Analytical Chemistry, Paige Hinners and Young Jin Lee of Iowa State University say they have figured out an accurate way to data to within 24 hours when a fingerprint under a week old was m...
02:02 am - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Uber Officially Bans Drivers From Carrying Firearms, But Company's Business Model Prevents Enforcement
Iwastheone shares a report from The Atlantic, written by Sidney Fussell: Uber has banned guns in cars, for both drivers and passengers, since 2015. But over email and Facebook Messenger, four current ...
01:25 am - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Sale of .Org Domain Registry Delayed By California Attorney General
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) demanding more information about the private equity takeover of the .org dom...
12:54 am - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Brexit Happens
"The UK has officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership," reports the BBC.The historic moment, which happened at 23:00 GMT, was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests...
12:02 am - Sat, February 1, 2020
Slashdot Social Media Boosting Service Exposed Thousands of Instagram Passwords
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A social media boosting startup, which bills itself as a service to increase a user's Instagram followers, has exposed thousands of Instagram accou...
11:30 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot CERN Is Replacing Facebook Workplace With a Set of Open-Source Software Alternatives
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is moving away from Facebook Workplace to instead make use of more open-source software packages. Phoronix reports: Facebook Workplace is Facebook...
10:40 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot A New Bill Could Punish Web Platforms For Using End-To-End Encryption
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is working on a bill that would reduce legal protections for apps and websites, potentially jeopardizing online encryption. The Verge reports: The draft bill would form a "Nation...
10:20 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Coronavirus
The Trump administration on Friday declared a public healthy emergency over the coronavirus outbreak and said any foreign national who has traveled within China in the last 14 days will not be allowed...
10:02 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Huawei Outsells Apple In 2019, Becomes No. 2 Global Smartphone Vendor
An anonymous reader writes: Market research firms Canalys and Counterpoint Research have posted their 2019 global smartphone market share reports. Both reports say the biggest mover is Huawei, which, ...
09:26 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot FCC Says Wireless Location Data Sharing Broke the Law
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told lawmakers Friday he intends to propose fines against at least one U.S. wireless carrier for sharing customers' real-time location data with out...
08:46 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Andrew Yang Warns Against 'Slaughterbots' and Urges Global Ban on Autonomous Weaponry
Ahead of the Democratic presidential primaries that begin Monday with the Iowa caucus, presidential candidate Andrew Yang called for a global ban on the use of autonomous weaponry. In a tweet, Yang ca...
08:05 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot This Sculpture Holds a Decades-Old C.I.A. Mystery. And Now, Another Clue.
The creator of one of the world's most famous mysteries is giving obsessive fans a new clue. From a report: Kryptos, a sculpture in a courtyard at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency i...
07:25 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot NASA is Trying To Save Voyager 2 After a Power Glitch Shut Down Its Instruments
Last Saturday, Voyager 2's software shut down all five of the scientific instruments onboard because the spacecraft was consuming way too much power. Engineers at NASA don't know what triggered this e...
06:44 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot F-35's Gun That Can't Shoot Straight Adds To Its Roster of Flaws
Add a gun that can't shoot straight to the problems that dog Lockheed Martin's $428 billion F-35 program, including more than 800 software flaws. From a report: The 25mm gun on Air Force models of the...
06:05 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Reveals New Details About Its Federal Tax Bill in Shot Across the Bow at Critics
Amazon disclosed new details about its U.S. taxes for 2019 in public financial documents and a blog post Friday morning, saying its federal income tax expense for the year was more than $1 billion, in...
05:23 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Public Wi-Fi is a Lot Safer Than You Think
Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, writing for EFF: If you follow security on the Internet, you may have seen articles warning you to "beware of public Wi-Fi networks" in cafes, airports, hotels, and other public...
04:41 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Charges Dropped Against Pentesters Paid To Break Into Iowa Courthouse
Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against two security professionals who were arrested and jailed last September for breaking into an Iowa courthouse as part of a contract with Iowa's judicial...
04:02 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Delta, American, and Several Other Airlines Worldwide Suspend Flights To and From China Amid Coronavirus Fears
Delta Air Lines and American Airlines said on Friday that they will suspend all U.S.-China flights for at least several weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. Delta on Friday said its China service su...
03:21 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Roku Will Stop Offering Fox Channels To Users on February 1
An anonymous reader shares a report: Without giving users a justification, Roku just announced via mass email that after January 31, 2020, all Fox "standalone" channels with no longer be available on ...
02:42 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot How Much Are We Paying for Our Subscription Services? A Lot
Online subscriptions sure sound cheap, but what do a few bucks a month to watch TV shows, store photos online and stream music add up to? Quite a lot, it turns out. From a report: In 2019, we each spe...
02:01 pm - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot EU Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly in Favor of Charging Cable Standard, Despite Apple's Protestations
Despite criticism from Apple, EU lawmakers on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor for new rules to establish a common charger for all mobile device makers across Europe. From a report: Members of t...
10:00 am - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot FBI Probes Use of Israeli Firm's Spyware In Personal and Government Hacks
nickwinlund77 shares a report from Reuters: The FBI is investigating the role of Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group Technologies in possible hacks on American residents and companies as well as suspecte...
07:00 am - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot CBS Makes Star Trek: Picard Pilot Free On YouTube 'For a Limited Time'
Iwastheone shares a report from Ars Technica: CBS has made the entirety of the first episode of its new series Star Trek: Picard freely and publicly available as a YouTube video. This is an opportunit...
03:30 am - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot IBM Names Arvind Krishna CEO, Replacing Ginni Rometty
An anonymous reader writes: IBM named Arvind Krishna as chief executive officer, replacing longtime CEO Virginia Rometty. Krishna, 57, is currently the head of IBM's cloud and cognitive software unit ...
01:25 am - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Stock Plummets 6 Percent After It Reported Fourth-Quarter Earnings, Wiping Out $30 Billion In Market Value
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Facebook issued a disappointing quarterly report, sending its stock price down by 6%, reports CNBC. In the report, Facebook reported a 51% rise in expenses and "warned of adv...
12:45 am - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Delivery Apps Keep Adding Restaurants Without Their Consent
Several delivery services, including Postmates, Seamless, Grubhub, and DoorDash, are offering food from restaurants without their explicit permission. "The delivery apps pull up restaurant menus liste...
12:22 am - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Posts Its First Annual Profit
140Mandak262Jamuna writes: Tesla announced its 2019 Fourth Quarter results. "Expectations were high this quarter after Tesla destroyed earnings expectations with surprisingly high profits last quarter...
12:03 am - Fri, January 31, 2020
Slashdot Study of YouTube Comments Finds Evidence of Radicalization Effect
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Research presented at the ACM FAT 2020 conference in Barcelona today supports the notion that YouTube's platform is playing a role in radicalizing ...