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11:30 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Tests Positive For Covid-19
New submitter NoMoreACs shares a report from Gizmodo: Tech pioneer Vint Cerf, one of the co-creators of the modern internet, has tested positive for covid-19, according to a tweet Cerf sent out Monday...
10:50 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot LG Is Ditching 'G' Series Branding On Future Smartphones
LG is ditching the "G" series branding on future smartphones. The company released the LG Optimus G1 Pro in 2013 and went on to release a new "G" series flagship smartphone every year since, with the ...
10:10 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration, In Biggest Environmental Rollback, To Announce Auto Pollution Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to announce its final rule to roll back Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards, rel...
09:30 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Develop Faster Way To Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information
sandbagger writes: Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Army Research Office have demonstrated a new model of how competing pieces of information spread in online social networks a...
08:51 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Amazon, Instacart Grocery Delivery Workers Strike For Coronavirus Protection And Pay
Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, N.Y., and Instacart's grocery delivery workers nationwide plan to walk off their jobs on Monday. From the report: They are demanding stepped-up protection an...
08:09 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot 2019 Saw Over 60 Gigawatts of Wind Power Installed
The Global Wind Energy Council, an industry trade organization, released its review of the market in 2019. During the past year, wind power saw its second-largest amount of new installed capacity ever...
07:30 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot General Electric Workers Walk Off the Job, Demand To Make Ventilators
On Monday, General Electric factory workers walked off the job and demanded that the company convert its jet engine factories to make ventilators. From a report: Workers protested at GE's Lynn, Massac...
06:49 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo is Making 3D Mario Remasters For His 35th Anniversary
The Super Mario series is turning 35 this year, and Nintendo has big plans for the plumber's birthday. From a report: That includes updating and bringing back most of his games for Nintendo Switch, ac...
06:05 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Trump Says Keeping Covid-19 Deaths To 100,000 in the US Would Be a 'Very Good Job'
Donald Trump has extended America's national shutdown for a month, bowing to public health experts, and scientific reality, and warning that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come. From ...
05:30 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot SoftBank is Letting Internet Satellite Company OneWeb File For Bankruptcy
SoftBank has decided to let satellite internet provider OneWeb file for bankruptcy rather than pump billions of dollars into the start-up to save it. From a report: SoftBank, which has already investe...
04:51 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Hacker Hijacks Microsoft YouTube Accounts To Broadcast Crypto Ponzi Scam
A hacker has hijacked all of Microsoft's official YouTube accounts and is broadcasting a cryptocurrency Ponzi scam to all of the company's subscribers, ZDNet reported Monday. From the report: The hija...
04:11 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Sell More Consumers a Software Subscription
Microsoft unveiled a consumer subscription service with added Office programs and tools to protect children and older adults, part of an effort to shift more customers to ongoing payment plans that pr...
03:36 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Internet Archive's 'National Emergency Library' Has Over a Million Books To Read Right Now
The Internet Archive will suspend its waiting lists for digital copies of books, as part of its National Emergency Library, the organization said. From a report: "Users will be able to borrow books fr...
03:32 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Chromium Edge is Getting Vertical Tabs, Smart Copy, and Password Monitor
Microsoft today announced upcoming features for its Edge browser based on Google's Chromium open source project, the same browser Google's Chrome is based on. Consumer features like Vertical Tabs, Sma...
02:51 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Internet Archive's 'National Emergency Library' Has Over a Million Books To Read Right Now
The Internet Archive will suspend its waiting lists for digital copies of books, as part of its National Emergency Library, the organization said. From a report: "Users will be able to borrow books fr...
02:05 pm - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Scott Kelly, Who Spent a Year in Space, Shares Tips on Isolation
Scott Kelly, writing for The New York Times: Being stuck at home can be challenging. When I lived on the International Space Station for nearly a year, it wasn't easy. When I went to sleep, I was at w...
11:34 am - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Court Finds Algorithm Bias Studies Don't Violate US Anti-Hacking Law
"A federal court in D.C. has ruled in a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr that studies aimed at detecting discrimination in online algorithms don't violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act...
07:34 am - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot What Happens When Epidemiologists are Undermined By Politics?
Earlier this month Slashdot covered the Imperial College in London forecast of "what happens if the U.S. does absolutely nothing to combat COVID-19," which predicted 2.2 million deaths just in the U.S...
04:34 am - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should the Internet Be A Public Utility?
The pandemic has "proven conclusively that the internet should be a public utility," argues Quartz. "It's a basic necessity in the 21st century, like running water, gas, and electricity. Indeed, the U...
01:44 am - Mon, March 30, 2020
Slashdot Was Magellan's Voyage Riskier Than Sending Humans to Mars?
A Portuguese historian argues that Magellan's famous trip around the world in 1522 was much harder than sending humans to Mars:Tens of guys died making this crossing; of 250 crew, only 18 returned, He...
11:47 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot America's FDA Eases Restrictions on Mask-Sterilizing Technology Amid Coronavirus Shortages
USA Today reports:Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Sunday afternoon said federal officials have promised to ease restrictions on a technology to clean and reuse the masks deemed the safest for healthcare wor...
10:51 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Black Hole Photo May Also Have Captured Light From Around the Universe
"When you point a telescope at a black hole, it turns out you don't just see the swirling sizzling doughnut of doom formed by matter falling in," reports the New York Times. "You can also see the whol...
09:49 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Could Robots Help Us Fight Infectious Diseases?
In the journal Science Robotics, an international group of robotic experts wrote an editorial arguing COVID-19 "may drive further research in robotics to address risks of infectious diseases," and urg...
08:51 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Ambitious Project Seeks to Re-Create Every Structure on Earth in Minecraft
An anonymous reader quotes Rock, Paper, Shotgun:For as long as there's been Minecraft, there's been people who want to re-create the world in Minecraft. For one modder, though, it's not enough to have...
07:59 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot After 5 Years of Construction, 'Space Fence' Finally Declared Operational
An anonymous reader quotes Space News:The space surveillance radar site known as the Space Fence is ready for use after five years in construction, the U.S. Space Force announced March 27. The $1.5 bi...
06:59 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Is Uranus Losing Its Atmosphere?
Mars was once covered by oceans, but lost its atmosphere over time, according to Gina DiBraccio, a space physicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and project scientist for the Mars Atmosphere a...
05:34 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Bay Area Group Pushes $1,000 Universal Basic Income For Everyone
"Gisele Huff is convinced universal basic income is finally having its moment," reports the Bay Area newsgroup, describing the 84-year-old president of a nonprofit promoting universal basic incomes to...
04:34 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Remote City Council Meeting Interrupted By Pornographic Videos
Friday's first-ever remote meeting for the Los Angeles City Council had to shut down for 20 minutes because of pranksters posting "pornographic videos". The Los Angeles Daily News has the story:Counci...
03:34 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Whatever Happened to Ashley Madison? Affairs in the Time of Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:Ashley Madison's tagline has taken on a new ring amid the COVID-19 pandemic — "Life's short. Have an affair." And the "married dating" site, used to conduc...
02:41 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:On Friday video-conferencing software Zoom issued an update to its iOS app which stops it sending certain pieces of data to Facebook. The move comes after a Moth...
01:34 pm - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Astronomers Have Finally Found the Edge of the Milky Way
Iwastheone quotes Science News:Astronomers have long known that the brightest part of the Milky Way, the pancake-shaped disk of stars that houses the sun, is some 120,000 light-years across. Beyond th...
10:34 am - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot US Officials Use Mobile Ad Location Data to Study How COVID-19 Spreads
An anonymous reader quotes the Wall Street Journal:Government officials across the U.S. are using location data from millions of cellphones in a bid to better understand the movements of Americans dur...
07:34 am - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot Should Students Still Be Graded In the Time of Covid-19?
theodp writes: The LA Times reports that controversies over grading are roiling universities and colleges, as the coronavirus outbreak prompted them to shift to online learning and send most students ...
04:41 am - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot NYT Investigates America's 'Lost Month' for Coronavirus Testing
The New York Times interviewed over 50 current and former U.S. health officials, senior scientists, company executives, and administration officials to investigate America's "lost month" without wides...
01:46 am - Sun, March 29, 2020
Slashdot One Woman Can Smell Parkinson's Disease Before Symptoms Manifest
"For most of her life, Joy Milne had a superpower that she was totally oblivious to," reports NPR. Long-time Slashdot reader doug141 explains what happened next:Milne's husband's natural odor changed ...
11:51 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Cringely Predicts 2020 Will See 'the Death of IT'
Long-time technology pundit Robert Cringely writes:IT — Information Technology — grew out of something we called MIS — Management Information Systems — but both meant a kid in ...
10:51 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Working From Home Hasn't Broken the Internet
sixoh1 shared this story from the Wall Street Journal:Home internet and wireless connectivity in the U.S. have largely withstood unprecedented demands as more Americans work and learn remotely. Broadb...
09:36 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Dark Web Hosting Site Suffers Cyberattack, 7,600 Sites Down
It's the largest free web hosting provider for dark web services. But remember back in 2018 when its 6,500 sites all went down after attackers accessed its database and deleted all its accounts? It ha...
08:34 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot To Conserve Bandwidth, Should Opting In Be Required Before Autoplaying Videos?
An anonymous reader writes:We keep seeing stories about how providers are slowing down their streaming speed to reduce bandwidth usage during this period when many are being asked to stay at home... B...
07:34 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot How Devs Can Help Beat the COVID-19 Pandemic
The state of New York hopes to "amplify" its response to COVID-19 by launching tech-driven products with top companies, and it's looking for professional volunteers with experience in software develop...
06:38 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Doc Searls: 'Zoom Needs to Clean Up Its Privacy Act'
The former editor-in-chief of the Linux Journal just published an annotated version of Zoom's privacy policy. Searls calls it "creepily chummy with the tracking-based advertising biz (also called adte...
05:42 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot America's FDA Grants Emergency Approval for a 15-Minute Coronavirus Test
While many coronavirus tests provide results within hours or days, America's Food and Drug Administration "has authorized the emergency use" of a new rapid coronavirus test from medical device manufac...
04:34 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Physicists Disagree Over New Dark Matter Claim
sciencehabit shared this article from Science magazine:For decades, astrophysicists have thought some sort of invisible dark matter must pervade the galaxies and hold them together, although its natur...
03:34 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Some Researchers are Trying Mass Testing for Covid-19 Antibodies
An anonymous reader quotes Wired:Next week, blood banks across the Netherlands are set to begin a nationwide experiment. As donations arrive — about 7,000 of them per week is the norm — th...
02:34 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Are There Exceptions to the Rule that Going Electric Reduces Emissions?
"Averaged over the globe, electric vehicles (EVs) already represent about a 31-percent emissions savings" writes Ars Technica, noting results from a study which also found similar savings from energy-...
01:00 pm - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot School Quits Video Calls After Naked Man 'Guessed' the Meeting Link
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A school in Norway has stopped using popular video conferencing service Whereby after a naked man apparently "guessed" the link to a video lesson. ...
10:00 am - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Yelp To Stop Auto-Creating GoFundMe Fundraisers After Outrage From Business Owners
Yelp has paused an effort in partnership with GoFundMe that automatically opted tens of thousands of small businesses into fundraisers after complaints from restaurant and bar owners, the company tell...
07:00 am - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot NASA Picks SpaceX To Fly Cargo To Moon-Orbiting Gateway Space Station
NASA has awarded SpaceX with a contract to supply Gateway, the moon-orbiting space station that the agency aims to start building in 2022, agency officials announced Friday. Space.com reports: Gateway...
03:30 am - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot You Can Now Ride a Submarine To the Deepest Point On Earth
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: For some, the ultimate adventure is up in the stars. (See: Musk, Branson, Bezos.) For Texas businessman Victor Vescovo, the trip of a lifetime is a ...
01:25 am - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot US Officials Reportedly Agree To Cut Off Huawei From Global Chip Suppliers
Senior U.S. government officials have agreed to new rules to cut off Huawei from global chip suppliers, according to a Reuters report Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter. CNET reports: U...
01:05 am - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Google Cancels Its Infamous April Fools' Jokes This Year
Google won't be participating in April Fools' Day this year due to the serious threat of the coronavirus that continues to impact the entire world. The Verge reports: According to an internal email ob...
12:45 am - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Identify Microbe That Could Help Degrade Polyurethane-Based Plastics
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: German researchers report in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology that they have identified and characterized a strain of bacteria capable of degrad...
12:02 am - Sat, March 28, 2020
Slashdot Some Recovered Coronavirus Patients In Wuhan Are Testing Positive Again
NPR is reporting that some Wuhan residents in China who had tested positive earlier and then recovered from the disease are testing positive for the virus a second time. It's raising concerns of a pos...
11:20 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Is Making Its Software Open Source
gavron writes: While most politicians are pro copyright maximalism and patent exclusivity, Elizabeth Warren's campaign just open-sourced a bunch of software and are proud of having used open source to...
10:40 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Bosses Panic-Buy Spy Software To Keep Tabs On Remote Workers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: With so many people working remotely because of the coronavirus, surveillance software is flying off the virtual shelves. "Companies have been scram...
10:20 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches COVID-19 Screening Website and App
Apple launched its own coronavirus screening site and iOS app developed alongside the White House, CDC and FEMA. From a report: The site is pretty simple with basic information about best practices an...
10:01 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Help Needed To Rescue UK's Old Rainfall Records
At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time? Well, why not get on the computer and help with a giant weather digitisation effort? From a report: The UK has rainfall records dating back ...
09:20 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Trump Signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
President Trump on Friday signed into law the largest economic stimulus package in modern American history, backing a $2 trillion measure that expands on a Republican proposal issue last week called t...
08:45 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Phone Calls Are Back in Fashion
Data shows that people all over the U.S. are doing the same thing. Verizon says it has seen an average of 800 million wireless calls daily on recent weekdays, nearly twice the volume of Mother's Day. ...
08:04 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot How the Pandemic Will End?
Ed Yong, writing for The Atlantic: The world is experienced at making flu vaccines and does so every year. But there are no existing vaccines for coronaviruses -- until now, these viruses seemed to ca...
07:22 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Not Everyone is Laying Off Workers Because of Coronavirus. These Are the Most in-demand Jobs Right Now.
A record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, according to Thursday's Labor Department report, compared with around 280,000 a week earlier. That said, it hasn't all been ...
06:42 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot How Elon Musk Wants To Transform Homes With 'No Wasted Energy'
During a Twitter discussion this week about the company's new vehicle, the all-electric Model Y SUV, CEO Elon Musk suggested the company could take its experience building the car to develop an HVAC s...
05:59 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Google Donates $800 Million in Cash and Ads To Fight Coronavirus
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, announcing in a blog post: As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen around the world, it's taking a devastating toll on lives and communities. To help...
05:20 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, Has the Coronavirus
For weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a defiant holdout among Western leaders in refusing to lock down his country against the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, he became the first of those ...
04:40 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot How Much More Power Does 5G Consume Over 4G? Redmi Has Answer
Most 5G phones offer big batteries owing to the increased power consumption of early 5G modems and connectivity. But just how much more power does a 5G phone need over a 4G device? From a report: Redm...
04:01 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot China Shuts Down All Cinemas, Again
China's film regulators have slammed the breaks on their plans to gradually reopen the country's cinemas. From a report: Over 600 movie theaters across China were given the green light to reopen their...
03:21 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot The New York Times Releases Its Dataset of US Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
The New York Times has made one of the most comprehensive datasets of coronavirus cases in the United States publicly available in response to requests from researchers, scientists, government officia...
02:41 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Sony Spins Off Camera Business Into Separate Company
Sony has announced that it would be spinning off its entire "Electronics Products & Solutions" (EP&S) segment -- including its imaging and mobile businesses -- into an intermediate holding com...
02:01 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot 'These People Are Evil': Drivers Speak Out Against Uber's New Coronavirus Sick Leave Fund
Countless Uber drivers are now being pushed to the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, transporting humans, food, supplies, and maybe soon Covid-19 testing kits as shelter-in-place rules cause de...
01:00 pm - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Virginia Is the First Southern State With a 100 Percent Carbon-Free Electricity Goal
An anonymous reader shares a report: Virginia has become the first among the Southern US states to take on a goal for 100 percent carbon-free electricity. State governor Ralph Northam, an Army veteran...
10:00 am - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus: Radio Listening Booms While Music Streaming Stalls
People staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic appear to be listening to more radio rather than music apps, figures suggest. The BBC reports: Global, which owns Capital FM and talk station LBC...
07:00 am - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot US Space Force Successfully Launches First Mission
schwit1 shares a report from UPI: The first official mission for the new U.S. Space Force lifted off from Florida at 4:18 p.m. EDT on Thursday into a virtually cloudless sky with a military communicat...
03:30 am - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot 88 Out of Top 200 US Cities Have Seen Internet Speeds Decline This Past Week
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The impacts of telecommuting, shelter-in-place laws and home quarantines resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak are starting to impact broadband spee...
01:25 am - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Instead of Hazard Pay, Spectrum Offered a $25 Gift Card To Technicians Who Enter Homes Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
Amber Jamieson writes via BuzzFeed News: Spectrum technicians connecting cable and internet for customers during the coronavirus outbreak will receive a $25 gift card for a local restaurant as a "toke...
12:45 am - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Engineers Test a Powered 'Ankle Exoskeleton' To Make Running Easier
Engineers from Stanford University developed a motorized exoskeleton rig that attaches around the ankle and foot and found that it made running 15 percent easier. "They explained that when the exoskel...
12:02 am - Fri, March 27, 2020
Slashdot Unpatched iOS Bug Blocks VPNs From Encrypting All Traffic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A currently unpatched security vulnerability affecting iOS 13.3.1 or later prevents virtual private network (VPNs) from encrypting all traff...
11:20 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot 'League' of Cybersecurity Professionals Band Together To Help Hospitals Fight Off Hackers
pgmrdlm shares a report from NBC News: A growing group of cybersecurity professionals is volunteering their expertise to help hospitals fight off hackers while doctors and nurses fight the coronavirus...
10:40 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Tesla's New York Factory Will Make Ventilators 'As Soon As Humanly Possible'
140Mandak262Jamuna writes: Elon Musk announced that the Gigafactory in Buffalo, New York, making solar roof tiles and battery packs for home energy storage is switching to making ventilators in collab...
10:03 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot The US Now Leads the World In Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Scientists warned that the United States someday would become the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. That moment arrived on T...
09:26 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot AI Versus the Coronavirus
A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions. From a report: Advanced computers have defeated chess masters and learned...
08:46 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot 'League' of Cybersecurity Professionals Band Together To Help Hospitals
pgmrdlm writes: A growing group of cybersecurity professionals is volunteering their expertise to help hospitals fight off hackers while doctors and nurses fight the coronavirus. Calling themselves th...
08:22 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Surpass Half a Million
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now more than 510,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide and more than 22,000 people have died from the new coronavirus. While China still has the most...
08:05 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don't Have a Facebook Account
As people work and socialize from home, video conferencing software Zoom has exploded in popularity. What the company and its privacy policy don't make clear is that the iOS version of the Zoom app is...
07:25 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Google To Resume Chrome Updates it Paused Last Week Due To COVID-19
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google paused Chrome updates last week when it canceled the Chrome 81 release in order to avoid causing severe disruptions to web developers, system administrators...
06:45 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot How To Talk To Coronavirus Skeptics
Isaac Chotiner of The New Yorker interviews Naomi Oreskes, a professor of the history of science at Harvard who has focussed much of her career on examining distrust of science in the U.S.: Chotiner: ...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Crypto Margin Trading Challenged By US Derivatives Regulator
The main U.S. derivatives regulator is taking a significant step in defining the sometimes blurry line between cryptocurrency futures and trading in the spot market. From a report: The Commodity Futur...
05:25 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Airbnb To Provide Free or Subsidized Housing For 100,000 COVID-19 Healthcare Workers
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect people all over the globe, Airbnb is stepping up with a plan to offer free or subsidized housing to people working on the disease's front lines, namely ...
04:45 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Put a Stop To Coronavirus Price Gouging, State AGs Tell Amazon, Facebook and Others
Thirty-four state attorneys general are calling on companies like Amazon, Craigslist, Facebook, eBay and Walmart to take a harder stance of price gouging in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. From...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot SEC Pauses Zoom Technologies Trading Because People Think It's Zoom Video
The Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading of Zoom Technologies on Thursday, partly because investors are confusing it with Zoom Video, which has seen a surge share price due to COVID-19...
03:25 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Rare BadUSB Attack Detected in the Wild Against US Hospitality Provider
A US hospitality provider has recently been the target of an incredibly rare BadUSB attack, ZDNet has learned from cyber-security firm Trustwave. From a report: The attack happened after the company r...
02:46 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Epic Games is Now a Third-Party Multi-Plat Publisher, Secures Three Big Studios
Epic Games: The engine maker, the game maker, the storefront handler... and now the games publisher. DarkRookie2 shares a report: Epic Games Publishing came into formal existence on Wednesday by annou...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot CBS Offers a Free Month of All Access So You Can Binge-Watch 'Picard'
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you've been meaning to check out "Star Trek: Picard" or "The Good Fight," but already perhaps have one streaming subscription too many, you can check out CBS Al...
01:00 pm - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot A Hacker Stole and Leaked the Xbox Series X Graphics Source Code
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: AMD has been having a particularly rough few months, apparently. The chip designer has revealed that a hacker stole test files for a "subset" of curr...
10:00 am - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Social Distancing Is Slowing Not Only COVID-19, But Other Diseases Too
"As governments around the world have pushed their citizens away from populated places to slow the spread of Covid-19, they may not have realized that they were also combatting other infectious diseas...
07:00 am - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Reveal How Proteins Team Up To Repair DNA
Scientists have revealed an important mechanism in the repair of DNA double-strand breaks, according to new research published today in eLife. Phys.Org reports: One of the main DNA repair processes is...
03:30 am - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot World's Wind Power Capacity Up By Fifth After Record Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The world's wind power capacity grew by almost a fifth in 2019 after a year of record growth for offshore windfarms and a boom in onshore project...
02:02 am - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Massive US Coronavirus Stimulus Includes Research Dollars, Some Aid To Universities
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: The $2 trillion stimulus package that the U.S. Senate is working to approve today is aimed at helping the country cope with the massive impact of th...
01:25 am - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot DoNotPay's New Service Will Try To Help You Get Bill Extensions Due To Coronavirus
DoNotPay is ready to help you out if you need to delay your rent, credit card, or utility bill payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The company, known for its legal aid chatbot, is launch...
12:45 am - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Portal TV Video Chat Device Was Mocked -- Now It's Completely Sold Out
jmcbain writes: When Facebook launched its Portal hardware product line for in-home video communication in 2018, people accused the company of being tonedeaf to the privacy uproar stemming from the Ca...
12:02 am - Thu, March 26, 2020
Slashdot Graphene Solar Thermal Film Could Be a New Way To Harvest Renewable Energy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Researchers at the Center for Translational Atomaterials (CTAM) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a ...
11:20 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot iFixit MacBook Air Teardown Finds More Repairable Than Predecessor
iFixit tore apart the updated MacBook Air and found that Apple made a few changes making for a more repairable notebook than the last generation. All in all, the new 2020 MacBook Air got a 4/10 repair...
10:40 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot The exFAT Filesystem Is Coming To Linux -- Paragon Software's Not Happy About It
couchslug shares an excerpt from Ars Technica: When software and operating system giant Microsoft announced its support for inclusion of the exFAT filesystem directly into the Linux kernel back in Aug...
10:02 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot COVID-19 Pushes Up Internet Use 70 Percent, Streaming More Than 12 Percent, First Figures Reveal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: The first internet streaming and usage figures are coming in as the coronavirus pandemic places a quarter of the world's population under lockdown. As ...
09:24 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot UK Cash Usage Halves Within Days as Shops Close Due To Coronavirus
Cash usage in Britain has halved in the past few days, according to Link, which operates the UK's biggest network of ATMs. From a report: The closure of shops, a shift to contactless payments, plus co...
08:45 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot 'Don't Bail Out the Cruise Industry'
An anonymous reader shares a column: The United States economy is grinding to a halt as the country grapples with the novel coronavirus pandemic, and one of the first major actions President Trump has...
08:01 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Announces New 'Hardware-Enforced Stack Protection' Feature
Microsoft announced today a new security feature for the Windows operating system. From a report: Named "Hardware-enforced Stack Protection," this feature allows applications to use the local CPU hard...
07:23 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Nuclear Scientists Developing Faster, Cheaper Covid-19 Test
Nuclear scientists in Austria are closing in on new coronavirus testing kits that could dramatically lower the cost and time it takes to diagnose people for the disease. From a report: With Covid-19 t...
06:42 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Singapore Government To Make Its Contact-Tracing App Freely Available To Developers Worldwide
In a move to help the international community combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Singapore government will be making the software for its contact-tracing application TraceTogether, which has already...
06:02 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Amazon, Owned by World's Richest Man, Soliciting Public Donations To Pay Workers' Sick Leave
While much of the economy grinds to a halt, Amazon is doing more business than ever. The company has announced it is hiring 100,000 workers to try to meet surging demand. In 2019, Amazon had over $280...
05:21 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Britons Saying Final Goodbyes To Dying Relatives By Videolink
People are having to use videolinks to say their last goodbyes to dying relatives with Covid-19 because hospitals are curtailing visits to prevent spread of the virus. From a report: In a sad scene th...
04:41 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot CDC Says Coronavirus RNA Found in Princess Cruise Ship Cabins Up To 17 Days After Passengers Left
Coronavirus RNA survived for up to 17 days aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, lasting far longer on surfaces than previous research has shown, according to new data published this week by the Ce...
04:04 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot HPE Says Firmware Bug Will Brick Some SSDs Starting in October this Year
An anonymous reader writes: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) issued a security advisory last week warning customers about a bug in the firmware of some SAS SSDs (Serial-Attached SCSI solid-state drive...
03:22 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot EPA Plans To Waive Some Compliance Requirements Amid Coronavirus Crisis
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to waive compliance requirements and deadlines for a range of industries, including oil refiners, water utilities and sewage plants, as it seeks to help...
02:42 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Apple Blocks Third-Party Cookies in Safari
Starting this week, with the release of Safari 13.1 and through updates to the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) privacy feature, Apple now blocks all third-party cookies in Safari by default. Fro...
02:01 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Apple's App Store Rules Limit Rival Gaming Services While Arcade Runs Free
Video-game fans suddenly have their pick of a huge menu of titles thanks to a raft of new mobile subscription services from Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet's Google and Nvidia. But for the more than 1 bill...
01:00 pm - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Hijack Routers' DNS To Spread Malicious COVID-19 Apps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A new cyber attack is hijacking router's DNS settings so that web browsers display alerts for a fake COVID-19 information app from the World...
10:00 am - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Venezuela's Flagship Communications Satellite Out of Service and Tumbling
Venezuela's first and only state-owned communications satellite has been out of service since March 13 when a series of maneuvers left it tumbling in an unusable orbit. SpaceNews reports: The VeneSat-...
07:00 am - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Encounters First Launch Delay Due To Coronavirus
On Tuesday, the Air Force's 45th Space Wing confirmed that the timing for SpaceX's upcoming SAOCOM launch, which was set to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on March 30 using a Fa...
03:30 am - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Found a Way To Control Bacteria To Transport Microscopic Cargo
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Bacteria form the largest biomass in the world, larger than all the animals and plants combined, and they are constantly moving, but their movement i...
01:45 am - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Firefox Is Launching a New Test Pilot With Scroll To Pay Web Publishers
Mozilla and Scroll have made an earlier-announced partnership slightly more official today with the wider release of a browser extension called "Firefox Better Web." It's part of Firefox's ongoing eff...
01:15 am - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Throttles Some Office 365 Services To Continue To Meet Demand
In response to high demand as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft has started taking action to preserve overall performance by throttling some services. ZDNet reports: On March 16...
12:45 am - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot The Supreme Court Says States Cannot Be Sued For Copyright Infringement
sandbagger shares a report from PetaPixel: The Supreme Court of the United States dealt a major blow to photographers' copyright protections when it declared that states cannot be sued for copyright i...
12:01 am - Wed, March 25, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Prioritizes Essential Products in India, Temporarily Discontinues 'Lower-Priority' Items
Amazon said on Tuesday that it is temporarily discontinuing accepting orders for "lower-priority" products in India and prioritizing servicing urgent items such as household staples, health care, and ...
11:20 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot SF Businesses Decline Cash, Fearing it Could Spread the Virus
When customers step in for a cup of coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters on Valencia Street, a sign informs them that cash is no longer welcome. The coffee shop wants customers to use contactless forms of...
10:40 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4, tvOS 13.4, and watchOS 6.2
Apple today officially released versions 13.4 of iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS to the public, alongside macOS 10.15.4 and watchOS 6.2. While many of their improvements are minor, there are a few standout feat...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Doctors Are Hoarding Unproven Coronavirus Medicine By Writing Prescriptions For Themselves and Their Families
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ProPublica: A nationwide shortage of two drugs touted as possible treatments for the coronavirus is being driven in part by doctors inappropriately prescribing...
09:20 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot UPS To Develop New Delivery Drones With German Drone-Maker Wingcopter
UPS' Flight Forward subsidiary focused on drone delivery is partnering with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop the next generation of package delivery drones for a variety of use cases in the Un...
08:40 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Ford, 3M, GE and the UAW To Build Respirators, Ventilators and Face Shields For Coronavirus Fight
Ford announced today that it's partnering with 3M and GE to build respirators, ventilators and face shields for front-line healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients. TechCrunch reports: Its efforts inc...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Comcast Wins Supreme Court Case Over Interpretation of Civil Rights Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast has won a US Supreme Court case against Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Networks (ESN), dealing a major blow to Allen's attempt to pr...
07:18 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Meet the Chinese OS That's Trying To Shift the Country Off Windows
China's homegrown operating systems haven't made much of a dent on the global stage. Now there's a Linux-based system that's aimed at weaning the country off Windows. From a report: UOS, or Unified Op...
06:40 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Akamai To Slow Video Game Downloads To Minimize Internet Congestion
Online video gaming just became the latest victim of COVID-19. New submitter watha2020 shares a report: Akamai Technologies of Cambridge, the data delivery company that handles Internet traffic for ma...
06:19 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot We May Finally Be Able To Destroy a Dreaded 'Forever Chemical' in Our Drinking Water
Compounds once thought indestructible were successfully broken down. From a report: 2019, nearly two dozen water agencies in Southern California were found to have reportable levels of cancer-causing ...
04:55 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot YouTube To Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month
YouTube will reduce the quality of videos around the world starting Tuesday, an effort by the world's most popular video site to ease internet traffic during the coronavirus outbreak. From a report: O...
04:21 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Google, LG, Don't Want Qualcomm's Super-Expensive Flagship Processor Snapdragon 865, Reports Say
Google and South Korean tech major LG are likely to skip the top tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 platform this year for their smartphones as the cost of the chipset is too high, a report claimed. From a ...
03:46 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot India Under Lockdown for 21 Days To Fight Coronavirus
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday the government would impose a nationwide lockdown from midnight for 21 days to stem the spread of the coronavirus. "There will be a total ban on ven...
02:56 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Warmer Weather May Slow, But Not Halt, Coronavirus
Communities living in warmer places appear to have a comparative advantage to slow the transmission of coronavirus infections, according to an early analysis by scientists at the Massachusetts Institu...
02:05 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla Launches New Initiative With Scroll To Fund Publishers
Firefox, the global web browser from Mozilla, is launching a new subscription product Tuesday called the "Firefox Better Web initiative," and it will feature former Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile's new prod...
01:00 pm - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Labs Are Euthanizing Thousands of Mice In Response To Coronavirus Pandemic
sciencehabit writes: Science Magazine has learned that researchers across the U.S. are euthanizing thousands of lab mice in anticipation of a shortage of workers who can care for them. Some scientists...
10:00 am - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot HP Teases 'Next Gen' VR Headset Made With Microsoft and Valve's Help
HP is teasing a Reverb G2 VR headset developed in tandem with Microsoft and Valve that should be "more immersive, comfortable and compatible" than previous-generation hardware. Engadget reports: The f...
07:00 am - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Star Wars: Tatooine Was Likely Orbiting In the Same Plane As Its Twin Suns
The Bad Astronomer writes: A new study of very young binary stars shows that exoplanets orbiting them (circumbinary planets) will orbit in the same plane as the stars if the two stars are relatively c...
03:30 am - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Economic Shutdown Is Estimated To Save 600,000 American Lives
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: President Donald Trump is considering easing health directives that prevent the spread of the coronavirus in an attempt to contain economic fallout....
02:10 am - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot More Than Half of All News Consumption On Facebook In America Is About the Coronavirus, Report Finds
The coronavirus has revived Facebook as a dominant news hub. According to an internal report by The New York Times, more than half of all news consumption on Facebook in America is about the virus. "O...
01:54 am - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Lowers Video Quality In Latin America, Following Europe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Facebook will lower video streaming quality on its platform and on Instagram in Latin America, replicating measures adopted in Europe, to ease network...
01:30 am - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Gets FCC License For 1 Million Satellite-Broadband User Terminals
SpaceX has received government approval to deploy up to 1 million user terminals in the United States for its Starlink satellite-broadband constellation. Ars Technica reports: SpaceX asked the Federal...
12:50 am - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot Elite Hackers Target WHO As Coronavirus Cyberattacks Spike
According to Reuters, elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier this month. While the effort was unsuccessful, the agency said there's been a more than two-fold increase ...
12:10 am - Tue, March 24, 2020
Slashdot If Robots Steal So Many Jobs, Why Aren't They Saving Us Now?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Modern capitalism has never seen anything quite like the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In a matter of months, the deadly contagious bug has spread aroun...
11:30 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Some Amazon Prime Deliveries May Take a Month As Demand Surges
As the coronavirus has forced millions of families into lockdown, demand for Amazon's delivery service has surged. To help the company deal with rising demand, Amazon has prioritized several categorie...
10:50 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot There Is a Racial Divide In Speech-Recognition Systems, Researchers Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Speech recognition systems from five of the world's biggest tech companies -- Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft -- make far fewer errors wit...
10:10 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot With Live Sports Gone, Announcer Offers Play by Play of the Everyday
The narration begins customarily, with the play-by-play announcer enthusiastically welcoming his audience live to a competition unfolding on the screen. But this is no ordinary competition. From a rep...
09:40 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Hospitals Turn To Crowdsourcing and 3D Printing Amid Equipment Shortages
With medical supplies strained by the coronavirus outbreak, health care professionals and technologists are coming together online to crowdsource repairs and supplies of critical hospital equipment. F...
09:10 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot UK Coronavirus: Boris Johnson Announces Strict Lockdown Across Country
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. He says a "huge national effort" has been needed to halt the spread, adding: "there will come a momen...
08:45 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Traffic and Pollution Plummet as US Cities Shut Down for Coronavirus
In cities across the United States, traffic on roads and highways has fallen dramatically over the past week as the coronavirus outbreak forces people to stay at home and everyday life grinds to a hal...
08:05 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Fossil Hunters Find Evidence of 555 Million-Year-Old Human Relative
It might not show much of a family resemblance but fossil hunters say a newly discovered creature, that looks like a teardrop-shaped jellybean and is about half the size of a grain of rice, is an earl...
07:26 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot The Coder and the Dictator
An anonymous reader writes: If you are a cryptocurrency enthusiast living in a brutal dictatorship, and you use cryptocurrency as a way to evade the restrictions and bad economic policies of that dict...
06:46 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Says Hackers Are Attacking Windows Users With a New Unpatched Bug
Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed security vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10. From a report: But the software giant said the...
06:06 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Hacker Selling Data of 538 Million Weibo Users
The personal details of more than 538 million users of Chinese social network Weibo are currently available for sale online, according to ads seen by ZDNet and corroborating reports from Chinese media...
05:25 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot India Launches WhatsApp Chatbot To Create Awareness About Coronavirus
India is turning to WhatsApp, the most popular app in the country, to create awareness about the coronavirus pandemic and has urged social media services to tackle the spread of misinformation on thei...
04:44 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Pauses Edge Releases Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Microsoft has announced that it is pausing the rollout of Edge v81, citing the ongoing "global circumstances" surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. From a report: New Edge releases (or any other kind ...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Pro Drivers Are Competing With Gamers After F1 and NASCAR Canceled Races
For many, the cancellation of major sporting events was the moment that made the coronavirus pandemic feel real for the first time. But while fans of baseball, basketball, soccer are left wondering wh...
03:25 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot As We Remain at Home Due To Coronavirus, We're All in Desperate Need of Distraction -- a New Movie or Video Game Would Help
The ongoing coronavirus crisis has thrown the release schedule of cultural products into chaos, as now is an exceptionally bad time to drop anything that isn't a government check for lost wages. Jerem...
02:45 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
Tracking entire populations to combat the pandemic now could open the doors to more invasive forms of government snooping later. From a report: In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surve...
02:05 pm - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot A Third of Coronavirus Cases May Be 'Silent Carriers', Classified Chinese Data Suggests
The number of "silent carriers" -- people who are infected by the new coronavirus but show delayed or no symptoms -- could be as high as one-third of those who test positive, according to classified C...
10:34 am - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot is a 'Debt Jubilee' The Only Way to Avoid a Depression?
The Washington Post just ran an interesting op-ed from a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri:Massive social distancing, with its accompanying job losses, stock dives and huge...
07:38 am - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Cases Have Dropped Sharply In South Korea. What's Its Secret?
South Korea "has emerged as a sign of hope and a model to emulate," reported Nature earlier on Tuesday. "The country of 50 million appears to have greatly slowed its epidemic; it reported only 74 new ...
04:41 am - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Donate 720,000 Masks and 1.5 Million Gloves to Healthcare Workers
The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Facebook plans to donate 720,000 masks — a combination of the coveted N95 respirators and more basic surgical masks — and 1.5 million pairs of gloves t...
01:45 am - Mon, March 23, 2020
Slashdot McDonald's Is Closing All Its Restaurants in the UK
An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:McDonald's will close all 1,270 of its restaurants in the UK by the end of Monday, as fears over the spread of coronavirus escalate. Previously, the fast food giant ...
11:57 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot What Happens When Tech Companies Offer to Fight Coronavirus With Digital Surveillance?
"White House officials are asking tech companies for more insight into our social networks and travel patterns," reports Wired, noting that Facebook even "created a disease mapping tool that tracks th...
10:38 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's New 'Prime Video Cinema' Offers Movies Now Playing in Theaters
Amazon just launched "Prime Video Cinema," which lets you buy and watch movies that are just now playing in theaters, reports CNET:Movies currently offered through the hub include Onward, The Hunt, Th...
09:19 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Videogames Are Setting New Records For Simultaneous Users
Forbes reports that in a world filled with school closings and social isolation, gaming has surged:- Steam, the most popular digital PC gaming marketplace, reached new heights Sunday, drawing a record...
08:44 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Today Only, Two 'Tomb Raider' Games are Free on Steam
"If you act quickly, both the gritty Tomb Raider origin story and 2014's Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris are free for the taking on Steam," reports CNET:We've already told you about a slew of free...
07:34 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Predicting a Post-Pandemic Future: Remote Working and Distance Learning?
This week Politico published predictions from 34 "big thinkers" about what the future will be like after the coronavirus pandemic. (An associate professor of government and politics at the University ...
07:11 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot German Leader Angela Merkel in Quarantine after Her Doctor Tests Positive for Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for th...
06:43 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot US Senator Rand Paul Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus
An anonymous reader writes:57-year-old U.S. Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports CNN, citing a tweet from the senator's Twitter account. "He is feeling fine and is in qua...
05:34 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot How Uber and Lyft Drivers Handle the Risk of Coronavirus Infections
"Thousands of full-time rideshare drivers are still out on the streets trying to carve out a living," notes The Hustle, interviewing more than 50 full-time rideshare drivers facing a difficult choice:...
04:34 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing the ESA's Rocket Development
"A successful firing test shows that Europe's lightweight Vega launcher is well on its way to cheaper and more efficient launches in 2025," reports Space.com, citing officials at the European Space Ag...
03:34 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot WSJ: Narrow Testing Guidelines By America's CDC 'Hid' the Growing US Epidemic
The Wall Street Journal reports that as the coronavirus pandemic began, America's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "provided restrictive guidance on who should be tested." They're basing tha...
02:34 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Devices Left For Repair at Apple Stores Can't Be Picked Up
Remember how Apple closed all of its stores outside China? It's preventing some customers from picking up their repaired devices, according to 9to5Mac:As we noted last week, Apple Stores remained part...
02:04 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Google Maps Now Warns Users to Call Their Doctors Before Visiting Them
An anonymous reader quotes 9to5Google:A new warning message is appearing on medical-related searches and search listings on Google Maps. This message is brief, but encourages users who are searching f...
01:34 pm - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Seeks More Verified Coronavirus Experts, Automates Machine Learning-Enhanced Content Screening
Twitter announced it's working with global public health authorities to identify experts on the new coronavirus, and its prioritizing those accounts for official verification, reports Gizmodo:It's the...
11:34 am - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Tinder Offers Free Chatting with Users In Other Countries
"[W]e're missing out on the everyday exchanges that make us human..." argues a press release from Tinder. "And while we all know we need to stay home, the Tinder community has shown us that this doesn...
09:34 am - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Russia Accused of Deploying Coronavirus Disinformation to Sow Distrust
AmiMoJo quotes Reuters:Russian media have deployed a "significant disinformation campaign" against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a Eur...
07:34 am - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Forbes: Hack on Putin's Intelligence Agency Finds Weapon to Exploit IoT Vulnerabilities
"Red faces in Red Square, again," writes a Forbes cybersecurity correspondent:Last July, I reported on the hacking of SyTech, an FSB contractor working on internet surveillance tech. Now, reports have...
03:44 am - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot Apple Donates Millions of Masks to Healthcare Pros in America and Europe
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:Hospitals in numerous countries are struggling to provide basic supplies to healthcare workers, and tech companies are pitching in to address the shortfall. Tim Coo...
01:34 am - Sun, March 22, 2020
Slashdot 'Netflix Party': a New Chrome Extension Adds Chat Panes to Movies
GameSpot calls it "like an AOL chat room" combined with Netflix. The Guardian reports:You log in, share a viewing link with friends, choose one person to be in charge of picking what you watch and, as...
11:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot What Are the Best Free Streaming Services?
An anonymous reader shares some free streaming media options: There's over 10,000 public domain audiobooks at LibriVox.org, created by volunteers reading public domain works. (If you've got time, why ...
10:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Automakers, Tesla and SpaceX Explore Working on Ventilators
"Just had a long engineering discussion with Medtronic about state-of-the-art ventilators," Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday. Medtronic tweeted that the talks also involved Tesla. And TechCrunch notes th...
09:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot To Slow Coronavirus Spread, Singapore Creates a Contact-Tracing App
ZDNet reports that Singapore is fighting the coronavirus with a new smartphone app named "TraceTogether".The app is able to estimate the distance between TraceTogether smartphones as well as the durat...
08:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Russia Will Ban the Issuing and Selling of Cryptocurrencies
A senior Russian official says an upcoming digital assets bill will ban the issuing and selling of cryptocurrencies. Forbes reports:"We believe there are big risks of legalizing the operations with th...
07:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot America's FDA Authorizes Fast Coronavirus Testing System
America's Food and Drug Administration has approved a coronavirus test from a company called Cepheid. It can deliver its results in about 45 minutes, "much faster than current tests that require a sam...
06:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Are There Security Risks When Millions are Suddenly Working from Home?
"The dramatic expansion of teleworking by U.S. schools, businesses and government agencies in response to the coronavirus is raising fresh questions about the capacity and security of the tools many A...
05:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot GNU Make 4.3 Speeds Up Linux Kernel Builds, Debugger/Profiler Fork Released
Linus Torvalds himself "changed around the kernel's pipe code to use exclusive waits when reading or writing," reports Phoronix. "While this doesn't mean much for traditional/common piping of data, th...
04:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden Passes Away
"Former astronaut Alfred M. Worden, command module pilot on the Apollo 15 lunar landing, passed away March 18, 2020, in Texas," reports NASA.gov. His son-in-law told the New York Times Worden apparent...
03:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Shares His Tips On Working Remotely
Linus Torvalds tells ZDNet what he's learned about working remotely:Torvalds admits that when he started, "I worried about missing human interaction -- not just talking to people in the office and hal...
03:04 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Oracle Announces Java 14
Java "remains the world's most popular programming language," notes ZDNet, reporting on Oracle's release this week of Java Development Kit (JDK) 14, Oracle's "reference implementation of the Java 14 p...
02:34 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Google vs. Oracle Case Postponed Due to Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes the Dev newsletter from Inside.com:The U.S. Supreme Court has postponed hearing oral arguments in the Google vs. Oracle copyright case and all other cases because of the cor...
01:00 pm - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Locked-Down Lawyers Warned Alexa Is Hearing Confidential Calls
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: As law firms urge attorneys to work from home during the global pandemic, their employees' confidential phone calls with clients run the risk of bei...
10:00 am - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Bethesda Apparently Broke Its Own Denuvo Protection For Doom Eternal
According to users on Reddit and ResetEra, Bethesda launched Doom Eternal with a DRM-free copy of the game's executable sitting in plain sight amid the download package. Ars Technica reports: Forum us...
07:00 am - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Create Quantum Sensor That Covers Entire Radio Frequency Spectrum
A quantum sensor could give Soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum, from 0 to 100 GHz, said researchers from the Army. Such wide spectral coverage by a...
03:30 am - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Greenland's Melting Ice Raised Global Sea Level By 2.2mm In Two Months
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Last year's summer was so warm that it helped trigger the loss of 600 billion tons of ice from Greenland -- enough to raise global sea levels by ...
02:10 am - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot A Slashdotter's Take On a Way To Use Smartphones To Defeat the Coronavirus Pandemic
Longtime Slashdot reader dbart writes: With the near ubiquitous use of smartphones in America, it's sensible to seize upon this resource to help with the coronavirus pandemic. Here's my take on a way ...
01:30 am - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Teases Revamped UI For Windows 10
In celebration of Windows 10 hitting 1 billion users, Microsoft's chief product officer Panos Panay teased Windows 10's next UI refresh. Gizmodo reports: In the video posted to Instagram, Microsoft st...
12:50 am - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Risky Hack Could Double Access To Ventilators As Coronavirus Peaks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: An emergency medicine physician says she and a colleague invented a way to connect four patients to a single ventilator, a hack that could signifi...
12:10 am - Sat, March 21, 2020
Slashdot Using Apple CarPlay Impairs Driver Reaction More Than Alcohol, Study Shows
U.K. based road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has released a study showing how in-vehicle infotainment systems can substantially impair driver's reaction times even more than alcohol and cannabis. Appl...
11:50 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot The Nokia 8.3 Is the First Truly Global 5G Phone
HMD Global today unveiled its latest Nokia-branded mobile phones. "The Nokia 8.3 5G is the world's first global 5G phone, which means it supports bands in every country in which 5G is currently deploy...
11:30 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Ex-Uber Engineer Pleads Guilty To Stealing Trade Secrets From Google
Anthony Levandowski, former Google engineer and a pioneer of self-driving car tech, agreed to plead guilty Thursday to stealing trade secrets from the internet giant. CNET reports: Levandowski left Go...
10:50 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot iFixit Is Building a Repair Database For Medical Equipment, and It Needs Your Help
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Repair specialist iFixit is building a database filled with repair information for the world's hospital equipment in anticipation of the increased d...
10:10 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Breach FSB Contractor and Leak Details About IoT Hacking Project
Russian hacker group Digital Revolution claims to have breached a contractor for the FSB -- Russia's national intelligence service -- and discovered details about a project intended for hacking Intern...
09:30 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot What We Know So Far About SARS-CoV-2
We've known about SARS-CoV-2 for only three months, but scientists can make some educated guesses about where it came from and why it's behaving in such an extreme way. From a report: The structure of...
08:50 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot At Long Last, NASA's Probe Finally Digs in On Mars
NASA unsticks its Martian digging probe by whacking it with a shovel. From a report: Every day, the InSight lander's suite of instruments sends back data proving that the Red Planet isn't really dead....
08:10 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Prime Video To Slow Streaming To Fight Broadband Overload
Amazon's Prime Video, the world's second-largest streaming service, is set to join YouTube and Netflix in reducing the speed of its streams across Europe to make sure broadband networks can handle the...
07:30 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot CDC Launches Coronavirus Self-Checker Chatbot With the Help of Microsoft
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collaborated with Microsoft to introduce the Coronavirus Self-Checker, a tool designed to better help you understand the disease which has caused ove...
06:50 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot MIT Has Made the Decision To No Longer Consider the SAT Subject Tests
MIT's Stu Schmill, in a press release: I'm happy to announce our decision to discontinue the use of subject tests starting with the 2020-21 admissions cycle for first-year and transfer admissions (for...
06:10 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot How Lost Classic Doom 64 Was Revived for Modern Platforms
As if there weren't enough doom in the world right now, this week sees the release of not one but two new Doom games. Doom Eternal is the flashy AAA sequel with incredible graphics and accurately mode...
05:30 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Windows, Ubuntu, macOS, VirtualBox Fall at Pwn2Own Hacking Contest
The 2020 spring edition of the Pwn2Own hacking contest has come to a close today. This year's winner is Team Fluoroacetate -- made up of security researchers Amat Cama and Richard Zhu -- who won the c...
05:00 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Music Streaming May Actually be Falling Because of Coronavirus
The isolation caused by the spread of coronavirus means people are sitting inside all day streaming music, right? Actually, maybe not. At least for the most popular songs, people in some highly affect...
04:25 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot New York Governor Announces '100% Workforce Reduction' for Non-essential Services
In a press conference today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced orders for residents to stay at home amid rising COVID-19 concerns. The governor was careful to avoid terms like "shelter in...
03:30 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Goes SD Streaming by Default in Europe Due To COVID-19
YouTube has switched to standard definition streaming by default in Europe. From a report: We asked the company if it planned to do this yesterday, and today a spokeswoman confirmed the step. It's a t...
02:41 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Now Highlights 'Authoritative' Coronavirus Coverage On its Homepage
YouTube has launched a news shelf on its homepage dedicated to coronavirus coverage. From a report: The content will initially be available in 16 countries, and the company says it will expand it to m...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Search for Coronavirus Vaccine Becomes a Global Competition
A global arms race for a coronavirus vaccine is underway. The New York Times reports: In the three months since the virus began its deadly spread, China, Europe and the United States have all set off ...
01:00 pm - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Disruption Risks Damaging the 2020 United States Census
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Economist: When the 2020 United States census, scheduled for April 1st, was planned, the areas of most concern were mapped. They include places like Deep E...
10:00 am - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Japan's Asteroid-Smashing Probe Reveals a Surprisingly Young Space Rock
Iwastheone shares a report from Space.com: A cannonball that [Japan's Hayabusa2 probe fired at Ryugu, a 2,790-foot-wide near-Earth asteroid] is shedding light on the most common type of asteroid in th...
07:00 am - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot NASA To Launch 247 Petabytes of Data Into AWS, But Forgot About Egress Costs Before Lift-Off
NASA needs 215 more petabytes of storage by the year 2025, and expects Amazon Web Services to provide the bulk of that capacity. However, the space agency didn't realize this would cost it plenty in c...
03:30 am - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Big Rigs Begin To Trade Diesel For Electric Motors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Two years ago, the eCascadia [the electric version of the Freightliner Cascadia] was nothing more than a PowerPoint presentation -- a virtu...
01:57 am - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot California Governor Issues Statewide Order To 'Stay At Home' To Prevent Spread of the Coronavirus
All residents in the state of California are being ordered to "stay at home" to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. "We need to bend the curve in the state of California," Governor Gavin Newsom sai...
01:30 am - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Magic Leap Wants Workers To Use Its Headsets While They're Stuck At Home
Mixed reality startup Magic Leap is trying to tempt potential buyers with a package for people stuck working from home. The Verge reports: The "Collaboration Package" is a 45-day trial of four Magic L...
12:50 am - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot IT Security Report Finds 97 Percent Have Suspicious Network Activity
According to a 13-page study from IT security vendor Positive Technologies, a whopping 97% of surveyed companies with at least 1,000 employees show evidence of suspicious activity in their network tra...
12:11 am - Fri, March 20, 2020
Slashdot Experts Say the Internet Will Mostly Stay Online During Coronavirus Pandemic
As millions of Americans hunker down to slow the spread of COVID-19, U.S. broadband networks are seeing a significant spike in usage. While industry insiders say that the U.S. internet should be able ...
11:30 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Gaming Peripheral Company Razer Shifts Some Production To Surgical Masks
Razer CEO Ming-Liang Tan announced on Thursday that the company will shift a number of its manufacturing lines from producing its own products to making surgical masks. Polygon reports: As COVID-19, t...
10:50 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Open-Source Project Spins Up 3D-Printed Ventilator Validation Prototype In Just One Week
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In a great example of what can happen when smart, technically-oriented people come together in a time of need, an open-source hardware project star...
10:10 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot The New iPad Pro's LIDAR Sensor Is An AR Hardware Solution In Search of Software
One of the biggest new additions to Apple's new iPad Pro is a new "Light Detection and Ranging" (LIDAR) system on the rear camera, which Apple argued was the missing piece for revolutionary augmented ...
09:30 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot DirectX 12 Ultimate is an Attempt To 'Future-Proof' Graphics Hardware
A new DirectX badge is going to start showing up on graphics hardware: It's called DirectX 12 Ultimate, and it denotes support for "ALL next generation graphics hardware features," Microsoft announced...
08:50 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Intel's Neuromorphic Chip Learns To 'Smell' 10 Hazardous Chemicals
Researchers from Intel and Cornell University trained a neuromorphic chip to learn and recognize the scents of 10 hazardous chemicals. Engadget reports: Using Intel's Loihi, a neuromorphic chip, the t...
08:10 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Broadly Bans Any COVID-19 Tweets That Could Help the Virus Spread
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: On Wednesday, Twitter updated its safety policy to prohibit tweets that "could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19." The new pol...
07:30 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Intel Says It Is Delivering More Than 90% of Products on Time
Intel, the world's biggest chipmaker, said it's maintaining above 90% on-time delivery of its products from factories worldwide. From a report: Chief Executive Officer Bob Swan told customers in a let...
06:50 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Netflix To Reduce EU Bandwidth by 25%
Netflix is cutting back on the bandwidth it takes to stream videos to members in the European Union after a European Commission member voiced concerns over network strain. From a report: "Following th...
06:10 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot FDA Testing Coronavirus Treatments, Including Chloroquine, Plasma From Recovered COVID-19 Patients
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn addressed the ongoing work of the agency in terms of its work on potential treatments and vaccines for the COVID-19 coronavirus currently sp...
05:30 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Scribd is Giving Away 1 Month of Unlimited Access For Free
Reading subscription service Scribd is offering free access to its library of over one million ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and more for the next 30 days (no commitment or credit card information req...
04:50 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot 99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says
More than 99% of Italy's coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study [PDF] by the country's national health authority. Reader schwit1 shares ...
04:10 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Firefox To Remove Support For the FTP Protocol
Mozilla has announced plans to remove support for the FTP protocol from Firefox. Going forward, users won't be able to download files via the FTP protocol and view the content of FTP links/folders ins...
03:35 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot On iPad Getting a Trackpad
Apple on Wednesday announced the Magic Keyboard, featuring a trackpad, that will work with newly unveiled iPad Pro models and some previous generation iPads. Is this the "convergence" everyone had bee...
02:56 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Teams Passes 44 Million Daily Active Users, Thanks in Part To Coronavirus
Microsoft Teams, which launched worldwide in March 2017, passed 32 million daily active users (DAUs) this month. From a report: A week later, thanks in part to COVID-19, usage had spiked to 44 million...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Urged To Slow Down Streaming To Stop the Internet From Breaking
The European Union is urging Netflix and other streaming platforms to stop showing video in high definition to prevent the internet from breaking under the strain of unprecedented usage due to the cor...
01:00 pm - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Geek Squad's In-Home Agents Fear Spreading Coronavirus To the Elderly
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Employees for Best Buy-owned Geek Squad who visit people's homes to install electronics are fearful that they may get sick or help spread the coro...
10:00 am - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Code.org: 'Our Team Will Teach Your Children At Home While School Is Closed'
theodp writes: In a Medium post, tech-backed Code.org explains how it will be supporting our community during school closures, which includes "a major investment in online education without an in-pers...
07:00 am - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Can Astronauts Use GPS To Navigate On the Moon?
schwit1 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: Here on Earth, our lives have been transformed by the Global Positioning System, fleets of satellites operated by the United States and other countries that...
03:30 am - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot What Happens If the US Does Absolutely Nothing To Combat COVID-19?
On Monday, the Imperial College report on COVID-19 was released and the results are terrifying. For those who may not know, the Imperial College in London "has advised the government on its response t...
01:00 am - Thu, March 19, 2020
Slashdot Steam's New Indie Festival Lets You Try 40 Upcoming Games For Free
The Steam Game Festival is returning for a spring edition starting today, featuring more than 40 indie games you can preview with free-to-play demos. The Verge reports: Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards...
11:40 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot NASA's SLS Moon Rocket Is 44 Percent Over Budget and 3 Years Behind Schedule, Report Says
schwit1 shares a report from UPI: Construction on NASA's mobile launcher program for the new Space Launch System moon rocket is 44 percent over budget and three years behind schedule, a new report sai...
11:00 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot 7.5-Inch E-Ink Display Is Powered Completely By NFC
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: NFC is usually only used to for quick text transfers, like a tap-and-pay transaction at a register or a quick data transfer from an NFC sticker. ...
10:20 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot The PlayStation 5 vs. the Xbox Series X: Which Is More Powerful?
Now that Microsoft and Sony have published the technical specifications of their respective next-gen gaming consoles, we can compare them head-to-head to see which one has the edge. While Sony appears...
09:40 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Falcon 9 Rocket Overcomes Engine Failure To Deploy 60 Starlink Satellites
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket overcame a rare in-flight engine failure soon after launch from Florida's Space Coast Wednesday to place 60 satellites in orbit for the company's Starlink Internet network. Sp...
09:00 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Detroit Automakers Will Reportedly Shutter Factories -- But Not Tesla
According to The Associated Press and confirmed by The Wall Street Journal, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler will shut down their factories for at least two weeks. "Meanwhile, Tesla appears to ...
08:17 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot New York City Weighs Converting Hotels Into Hospitals For Patients Without Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: New York City is working with the hospitality industry to possibly convert entire hotels into hospitals for patients without the novel...
06:51 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot The PS5 Will Include PS4 Backwards Compatibility at Launch, But That's It
During today's PlayStation 5 livestream, Sony announced that the PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 and PS4 Pro games, but the company made no mention of retro PS1, PS2, and PS3 title...
06:20 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Recent Changes in Internet Traffic
Louis Poinsignon of Cloudflare, sharing findings in a blog post: As the COVID-19 emergency continues and an increasing number of cities and countries are establishing quarantines or cordons sanitaire,...
05:35 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Google Pauses Chrome and Chrome OS Releases Due To Coronavirus Outbreak
Google said today it is pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. From a report: The company cited "adjusted work schedules" as the primary rea...
04:54 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Purism Librem Mini is a Tiny Linux Desktop
Today, we get another diminutive desktop option, but this one is designed for Linux and privacy. From a report: Yes, Purism is finally launching a tiny desktop, and it will come pre-installed with the...
04:15 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Hospital Workers Make Masks From Office Supplies Amid US Shortage
Hospital workers in Washington state have been making protective medical gear out of office supplies and other run-of-the-mill materials as they deal with a severe shortage of equipment needed to care...
03:29 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Medical Company Threatens To Sue Volunteers That 3D-Printed Valves for Life-Saving Coronavirus Treatments
A medical device manufacturer has threatened to sue a group of volunteers in Italy that 3D printed a valve used for life-saving coronavirus treatments. From a report: The valve typically costs about $...
02:41 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Pixar CG Pioneers Pat Hanrahan and Edwin Catmull Share $1M Turing Award
The 2019 Turing Award, one of the highest honors in computing, was today awarded to Pat Hanrahan and Ed Catmull, founding members of Pixar who helped shape the future of computer graphics. From a repo...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Apple Announces a New iPad Pro and Signals the End is Coming For Laptops
Despite COVID-19 forcing Apple to close down all retail stores outside of China indefinitely, the company just announced a new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (starting at $799 and $949, respectively). Fro...
01:00 pm - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot California Loses Up To $1 Billion In Crops Each Year Because of Air Pollution, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Table grapes -- the kind for snacking -- were the most vulnerable among seven crops badly affected by smog, including: wine grapes, strawberries, wa...
11:30 am - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Bug Caused Legitimate News Articles About the Coronavirus To Be Marked As Spam
McGruber shares a report from Business Insider: Facebook is blocking users from posting some legitimate news articles about the coronavirus in what appears to be a bug in its spam filters. On Tuesday,...
10:00 am - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Sonic The Hedgehog Surpasses Detective Pikachu To Become Highest-Grossing Video Game Movie
Sonic the Hedgehog's latest weekend total allowed it to surpass Detective Pikachu and become the highest-grossing video game movie ever in the US. TheRichest reports: Sonic has now amassed $145.8 mill...
07:00 am - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Rocket Lab Gets NASA Certification For Official Smallsat Launches
Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle has received Category 1 certification from NASA, meaning it is authorized for use on more important missions, opening up a whole new revenue stream for the growing...
03:30 am - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Cases Now Reported In All 50 States
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The coronavirus has now been identified in all 50 U.S. states, and more than 100 deaths in the country have been linked to the illness. Tho...
01:25 am - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Fox Buys Free Ad-Supported Streaming Service Tubi For $440 Million
Tubi, a leader in the fast-growing free ad-supported streaming category, is being purchased by Fox for about $440 million. It's paying for the acquisition using cash from the sale of a minority stake ...
12:45 am - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot TikTok 'Tried To Filter Out Videos From Ugly, Poor Or Disabled Users'
TikTok moderators were told to suppress videos from users who appeared too ugly, poor or disabled, as part of the company's efforts to curate an aspirational air in the videos it promotes, according t...
12:02 am - Wed, March 18, 2020
Slashdot Surveillance Company Says It's Deploying 'Coronavirus-Detecting' Cameras In US
An Austin, Texas based technology company is launching "artificially intelligent thermal cameras" that it claims will be able to detect fevers in people, and in turn send an alert that they may be car...
11:20 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot ReMarkable's Redesigned E-Paper Tablet Is More Powerful and More Papery
An anonymous reader shares a report from TechCrunch, written by Devin Coldewey: It's no secret I'm a fan of the reMarkable, a tablet with a paper-like display that's focused on text and sketching rath...
10:40 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot People Are Trying to Make DIY Ventilators To Meet Coronavirus Demand
As countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic expect to run out of ventilators and other equipment, makers are desperately trying to fill the gap with proposals for open-source, do-it-yourself dev...
10:00 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Popcorn Time, the 'Netflix For Piracy,' Is Back Online
Popcorn Time, the highly popular and extremely-easy-to-use "Netflix for piracy" service, came back Tuesday after a years-long hiatus. The move comes as people around the world are quarantined or being...
09:20 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Charter Engineer Quits Over 'Reckless' Rules Against Work-From-Home
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Charter Communications engineer called the company's rules against working from home during the coronavirus pandemic "pointlessly reckless" and...
08:40 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot US Government, Tech Industry Discussing Ways To Use Smartphone Location Data To Combat Coronavirus
The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use location data gleaned from Americans' phones to combat the nov...
08:00 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot India Could be Next Virus Hotspot With an 'Avalanche' of Cases
India could become the next global hotspot for virus cases, with experts warning containment measures that proved successful elsewhere in Asia may not work in the world's second-most populous country....
07:28 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot European Union Will Close External Borders For 30 Days To Slow Coronavirus Pandemic
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Tuesday that European Union member nations will close EU's external borders for 30 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC reports: Movem...
06:50 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Translate Launches Transcribe for Android in 8 Languages
Google Translate today launched Transcribe for Android, a feature that delivers a continual, real-time translation of a conversation. From a report: Transcribe will begin by rolling out support for 8 ...
06:15 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot In Fast-Moving Pandemic, Sources of Falsehoods Spread by Text, Email, WhatsApp and TikTok Elude Authorities
Misleading text messages claiming that President Trump was going to announce a national quarantine buzzed into cellphones across the country over the weekend, underscoring how rapidly false claims are...
05:35 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Most Airlines Could Be Bankrupt By May. Governments Will Have To Help.
Global aviation is shutting down because of the coronavirus outbreak and travel restrictions designed to contain it, and many airlines will need government bailouts within weeks or face bankruptcy. Fr...
04:46 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Physicists Chip Away at a Mystery: Why Does Glass Exist?
For decades, physicists have dreamed of this perfect amorphous solid. They desire ideal glass not so much for its own sake (though it would have unique, useful properties) but because its existence wo...
04:05 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Facebook To Give $1,000 Bonuses To Each of Its Employees To Deal With Coronavirus Fallout
Facebook on Tuesday told employees that it would give each of them $1,000 bonuses in an effort to support its workforce working remotely as they wait out the coronavirus pandemic. From a report: Faceb...
03:21 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Bing Team Launches COVID-19 Tracker
Microsoft's Bing team has launched a website for tracking coronavirus (COVID-19) infections across the globe. From a report: "Lots of Bing folks worked (from home) this past week to create a mapping a...
02:41 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Uber Suspends Pooled Rides in US, Canada To Limit Coronavirus Spread
Uber said on Tuesday that it has begun suspending shared rides on its ride-hailing platform in the United States and Canada to limit the spread of the coronavirus. From a report: The pooled option, wh...
02:00 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot SoftBank-owned Patent Troll, Using Monkey Selfie Law Firm, Sues To Block Covid-19 Testing, Using Theranos Patents
Mike Masnick, reporting for TechDirt: It's a story involving patents, patent trolling, Covid-19, Theranos, and even the company that brought us all WeWork: SoftBank. Oh, and also Irell & Manella, ...
01:00 pm - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Hire 100,000 Warehouse and Delivery Workers Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Amazon plans to hire an additional 100,000 employees in the U.S. as millions of people turn to online deliveries at an unprecedented p...
10:00 am - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Sister-Company's Coronavirus Website Rolls Out To Confusion
A website intended to facilitate nationwide testing for coronavirus that was promoted by President Trump in a news conference on Friday quickly reached capacity when it went live in a small pilot proj...
07:00 am - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Brave Browser Files GDPR Complaint Against Google
Brave has filed a formal complaint against Google with the lead GDPR enforcer in Europe. The complaint comes after Dr. Johnny Ryan, Brave's chief policy and industry relations officer, promised to tak...
03:30 am - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot How Do We Stop People From Blinding Other Drivers With Aftermarket LEDs?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: It might be stating the obvious, but your car's headlights are a safety device, and not all headlights are created equal. For a while, carmakers ...
01:40 am - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot AMD Launches Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile CPUs With Major Performance Lift Claims
MojoKid writes: Though Ryzen 4000 Series laptop processors aren't available just yet, some of AMD's partners are going to begin taking pre-orders for notebooks soon. As such, AMD is lifting the veil o...
01:00 am - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot Apple's A14 Chip Rumored To Become First Arm-Based Mobile Processor To Exceed 3GHz
Apple's A14 processor that's expected to debut this fall in Apple's iPhone 12 models is rumored to have a frequency reaching 3.1GHz. "This would be 400MHz higher than Apple's current A13 Bionic chip w...
12:20 am - Tue, March 17, 2020
Slashdot US Tried To Buy Out German Company For Access To Coronavirus Vaccine Research, German Officials Say
New submitter andywest shares a report from The New York Times: The Trump administration attempted to persuade a German firm developing a possible vaccine for coronavirus to move its research work to ...
11:00 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Begins Model Y Deliveries
Tesla has begun deliveries for its Model Y crossover SUV, the company announced on Twitter Monday, matching analyst expectations on timing. CNBC reports: Tesla's announcement comes as many companies a...
10:25 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Ten-Minute Coronavirus Test For $1 Could Be Game Changer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Already exhausted from testing for monkeypox and Lassa fever, Nigerian molecular bio-engineer Nnaemeka Ndodo had to work well past midnight earlier ...
10:06 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot As Coronavirus Spreads, 6 San Francisco-Area Counties Ordered To Shelter In Place
Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area will be placed under a shelter-in-place directive by public health officials in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a move that will close virtually...
09:45 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Israel Takes Step Toward Monitoring Phones of Virus Patients
Israel has long been known for its use of technology to track the movements of Palestinian militants. Now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to use similar technology to stop the movement of the...
09:10 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot France Orders People To Stay At Home For 15 Days Due To Pandemic
Willy English shares a report from CNBC: The president of France on Monday said he was ordering people in the country to stay at home for up to 15 days because of the coronavirus outbreak. President E...
08:43 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils Full Xbox Series X Specs
Microsoft has provided detailed tech specs for its forthcoming Xbox Series X gaming console, reader Dave Knott shares. Full system specs are as follows:CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom ...
08:01 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Universal Makes Movies Now Playing in Theaters Available Online
Comcast's Universal Pictures said it is making its movies available to watch at home while they are still in theaters, a massive change from Hollywood's long-established business model that could upen...
07:21 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot People Fleeing Coronavirus Head To a New Safe Haven: China
When the coronavirus pandemic started worsening in the U.K. last week, Jennie Lan knew where she would feel safest: China. From a report: The graduate student at University College London was worried ...
06:40 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Windows 10 Now Runs on 1 Billion Devices
Windows 10 is now running on over 1 billion monthly active devices, just six months after passing the 900 million device milestone. From a report: Microsoft has been consistently adding 100 million ac...
05:59 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Canada Closing Borders To Non-Citizens Because of Coronavirus
Canada is closing its borders to non-citizens because of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday. From a report: "We can still slow the spread of this virus," Trudeau ...
05:13 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot GitHub Acquires npm
Nat Friedman: npm is a critical part of the JavaScript world. The work of the npm team over the last 10 years, and the contributions of hundreds of thousands of open source developers and maintainers,...
04:45 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Mitt Romney Thinks Every American Adult Should Get $1,000 During The Coronavirus Outbreak
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the US, people nationwide are being encouraged to stay inside their homes and states and cities are beginning to close restaurants, bars, and other busines...
04:01 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and Nowhere To Sell Them
Amazon cracked down on coronavirus price gouging. Now, while the rest of the world searches, some sellers are holding stockpiles of sanitizer and masks. From a report: On March 1, the day after the fi...
03:20 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Apple Fined Record $1.23 Billion in France for Price-Fixing Scheme
France's competition agency has announced a $1.23 billion fine against Apple, claiming the tech giant conspired with distributors of gadgets such as the iPad to fix prices and limit competition. From ...
02:41 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot S&P 500 Triggers Trading Halt For Third Time in Six Days Despite Fed Rate Cut
Stocks fell sharply on Monday even after the Federal Reserve embarked on a massive monetary stimulus campaign to curb slower economic growth amid the coronavirus outbreak. From a report: The S&P 5...
02:00 pm - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Starts Today
The first participant in a clinical trial for a vaccine to protect against the new coronavirus will receive an experimental dose on Monday, Associated Press has reported. From the report: The National...
11:34 am - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot 'Windows Subsystem for Linux 2' Will Include a Microsoft-Written Linux Kernel
ZDNet reports that there'll be some changes in Microsoft's second version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux, WSL2:Microsoft has decided to remove the Linux kernel from the Windows OS image with WSL2....
07:34 am - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How are YOU Handling the Coronavirus?
This week saw dramatic responses to the coronavirus pandemic. At least two different U.S. states have ordered all bars and restaurants to close, according to the AP, while "officials elsewhere in the ...
04:34 am - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot Amazon and Google Now Require Continuous Data From Other Smarthome Devices
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:For years, smart speakers from Amazon, Google and Apple have traded data back and forth with other devices in the home. This is how their voice assistants turn on the s...
01:34 am - Mon, March 16, 2020
Slashdot What Happened After San Francisco's Market Street Went Car-Free?
"Two months after a ban on private cars took effect on a major San Francisco street, bike and e-scooter ridership is soaring, and bus trips are getting quicker," reports CityLab:[T]he average number o...
11:34 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot The US Army Bombed a Hawaiian Lava Flow. It Didn't Work.
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:Why were two apparently unexploded bombs sticking out of a lava tube on Hawaii's Mauna Loa? That's what Kawika Singson, a photographer, wondered in Februa...
10:38 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot New Supercar Technology Does Away With Windshields
The Wall Street Journal reports on a new technology being developed by McLaren Technology Centre for its "Elva," a multi-million dollar, 804-horsepower two-seat roadster. It doesn't have a windshield....
09:33 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot We're Better Equipped to Find Extraterrestrial Life Now Than Ever Before
"However small the probability of seeing a signal from E.T. is, those chances are soon going to be a lot better than they have been in the past," reports Smithsonian magazine:Sure, after decades of li...
08:19 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Will Coronavirus Lockdowns Bring a Drop in Air-Pollution Related Deaths?
The World Health Organization believes air pollution kills seven million people each year. But will this year be different? Forbes reports:The global lockdown inspired by the novel coronavirus, COVID-...
08:04 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot New Map Tries to Track Progress In Curbing the Spread of COVID-19
Microsoft recently added a COVID-19 tracking map at Bing.com. But they're not the only ones visualizing data on infection rates... Founded in 2008, BibBase offers a free web service that lets scientis...
07:34 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Live Coronavirus Map Used to Spread Malware
Malware distributors "have started disseminating real-time, accurate information about global infection rates tied to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic in a bid to infect computers with malicious soft...
06:34 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Two Men Used Drones to Smuggle Drugs, Cell Phones Into Prison
"The United States Department of Justice has charged two New Jersey men with using drones to sneak drugs and other contraband into a federal prison..." reports CNN:The two men, Nicolo Denichilo, 38, a...
05:34 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Data of Millions of eBay and Amazon Shoppers Exposed
An anonymous reader quotes the "Naked Security" blog of anti-virus company Sophos:Researchers have discovered another big database containing millions of European customer records left unsecured on Am...
04:34 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Find Toolkit To Aid Repair of Damaged DNA
An anonymous reader quotes UPI: Scientists have developed a technique for repairing damaged DNA. The breakthrough, published this week in the journal Nature Communications, could pave the way for new ...
03:34 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Volkwagen Touts Massive Energy Storage Potential of Vehicle-to-Grid Electric Car Batteries
Volkswagen's chief strategist Michael Jost predicts their vehicle-to-grid electric car batteries could open up a new business opportunity: selling their electricity back to the power grid during peak ...
03:04 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Apple Issues Guidelines For Disinfecting iPhones
AmiMoJo quotes MacRumors: Apple today updated its support document on cleaning Apple products with new information that confirms it's okay to to use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disin...
02:34 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Responding to Coronavirus, Apple Closes All Apple Stores Outside China
Willy English writes:Apple will be temporarily closing its stores outside Greater China until March 27 but its online stores will still be open. In a tweet, CEO Tim Cook said that "we must do all we c...
01:34 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot NASA Wants You To Help Track Satellite Light Pollution
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes SlashGear: NASA wants the public to help it track very-low Earth orbit (VLEO) satellites and the potential light pollution issues they may cause. The space age...
12:34 pm - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot IBM and AT&T Tell Employees To Work From Home
Slashdot reader Willy English quotes CNBC:AT&T is asking all of its employees who have the ability to work remotely to do so until further notice, as the coronavirus spreads across the globe. The ...
11:34 am - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Disneyland Is Closed. 31,000 Employees Given 18-Day Paid Vacation
There's a Three Stooges movie where aliens try to attack the earthlings where it will hurt them the most -- Disneyland. The Los Angeles Times points out that in fact the park has been closed just thre...
09:34 am - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Oracle Rejects Argument That Before Suing Google, It Got Rich By Copying IBM's SQL
Ars Technica's senior tech reporter took a long long at Google's reimplementation of Java in Android -- and the lawsuit filed against it by Oracle in 2010. And he discovers "a possible downside" to Or...
07:34 am - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Oracle Criticized For Questioning Google's Supporters In Java API Copyright Case
America's Supreme Court will soon decide whether Google infringed on a copyright that Oracle says it holds on the APIs of Java. But this week Oracle's executive vice president also wrote a blog post a...
04:34 am - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot MIT Celebrates 'Pi Day' With Star Wars-Themed Video
DevNull127 writes: MIT has a long-standing tradition. High school seniors who've been accepted into next year's class at MIT are informed on Pi Day (March 14th — that is, 3/14). And each year th...
01:34 am - Sun, March 15, 2020
Slashdot Study Finds High Demand for Go and AR/VR Programmers, While Python Remains Favorite Language
The tech jobs marketplace at Hired.com crunched their data on more than 400,000 interview requests and job offers over the last year to produce their annual "State of Software Engineers" report. Among...
11:27 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot US Regulators Quickly Approve Roche's New and Faster COVID-19 Test
schwit1 quotes the International Business Times:Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced Friday it had received emergency approval from U.S. regulators for a new and much faster test for diagnosing ...
10:11 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot How One Man Lost His Life Savings in a SIM Hack
Long-time Slashdot reader smooth wombat quotes CNN: Robert Ross was sitting in his San Francisco home office in October 2018 when he noticed the bars on his phone had disappeared and he had no cell co...
09:04 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot Responding to School Closings, Microsoft Offers Free 'Minecraft Education Edition'
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp spotted this announcement at Minecraft.net:As COVID-19 concerns prompt school closures around the world, many educators are turning to remote learning to keep students...
08:34 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot Also Cancelled Over Coronavirus: FIRST Robotics Competition and Stanford's Final Exams
Stanford University announced strict new rules for undergraduates after a student tested positive for COVID-19:"The university already went to online classes last week," notes the Los Angeles Times. N...
07:34 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot Group Builds Massive New Library of Censored Articles Inside Minecraft
In countries where websites, blogs and a free press are strictly limited, Minecraft "is still accessible by everyone," notes the official official web site for Reporters Without Borders (an internatio...
06:34 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Causes a Bicycling Boom in New York City
An anonymous reader quotes the nonprofit environmental magazine Grist:On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a new set of guidelines for citizens hoping to help contain the burgeoning ...
05:34 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot How Intel is Changing the Future of Power Supplies With Its ATX12VO Spec
"We don't often talk about power supplies, but Intel's new ATX12VO spec — that's an 'O' for 'Oscar,' not a zero — will start appearing soon in pre-built PCs from OEMs and system integrator...
04:34 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot 900 Million Secrets From 8 Years of 'Whisper' App Were Left Exposed Online
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shares a startling report from the Washington Post:Whisper, the secret-sharing app that called itself the "safest place on the Internet," left years of users' most in...
03:34 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot Should Google Notify Web Sites About Right-to-Be-Forgotten Requests?
An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:Sweden's Data Protection Authority (DPA) has slapped Google with a 75 million kronor ($8 million) fine for "failure to comply" with Europe's General Data Protect...
02:34 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Create Focus-Free Camera With New Flat Lens
Using a single lens that is about one-thousandth of an inch thick, researchers have created a camera that does not require focusing. Phys.Org reports: "Our flat lenses can drastically reduce the weigh...
01:00 pm - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot How Koenigsegg's 2.0-Liter No-Camshaft Engine Makes 600 Horsepower
ArchieBunker quotes a report from Road & Track: You can always count on Koenigsegg to do things differently. Take the Swedish brand's newest car, the Gemera, a 1700-hp four-seat hybrid grand toure...
10:00 am - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot South Sudan Is Building Its Electric Grid Virtually From Scratch
After years of civil war, South Sudan is beginning to build the nation's electric sector from the ground up. "With only a handful of oil-fired power plants and crumbling poles and wires in place, the ...
07:00 am - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot Responding to Coronavirus Pandemic, Trump Eliminates Interest on US Students Loans
An anonymous reader quotes Politico:President Donald Trump on Friday said that he would eliminate the interest on federal student loans "until further notice" as part of a package of emergency executi...
03:30 am - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Draw Inspiration From Shark Skin For Novel New Smart Material
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: So-called "acoustic metamaterials" are specifically designed to control and manipulate sound waves, usually for the purpose of dampening or trans...
01:30 am - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot You Can Now Take Up To 12 Ounces of Hand Sanitizer Through Airport Security
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will now allow passengers to bring on board hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces in size, which is much larger than the standard 3.4 ounces (100 m...
12:50 am - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot An Improved MacBook Air Could Debut as Early As Next Week
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple hasn't really touched the current MacBook Air design since its 2018 debut unless you count the addition of True Tone, but it might be close to a substantial ...
12:10 am - Sat, March 14, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Invent a Lithium-Ion Battery That Works Even When It's On Fire
A team of scientists led by Yi Cui, a materials scientist at Stanford, have created a new "fireproof" solid-state electrolyte for use in lithium-ion batteries. IEEE Spectrum reports: They used a flame...
11:31 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Teleconference Apps and New Tech Surge in Demand Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Global downloads of business apps including Tencent Conference, WeChat Work, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Slack have risen nearly five fold since the start of the year, data showed, as the coronavirus ou...
10:50 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Could Force ISPs To Abandon Data Caps Forever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The coronavirus threat and official policies of "social distancing" are leading millions to stay home, doing meetings via video chat and probably w...
10:10 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Plots the End of Visual Basic
Microsoft said this week that it will support Visual Basic on .NET 5.0 but will no longer add new features or evolve the language. From a report: "Starting with .NET 5, Visual Basic will support Class...
09:50 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Europe Is Now the 'Epicenter' of the Coronavirus Pandemic, WHO Says
Europe has become the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases in China slow and the deadly coronavirus runs through Italy and nearby countries, World Health Organization officials said Friday....
09:33 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates Leaves Microsoft Board
Microsoft announced on Friday that Bill Gates is leaving the board. CNBC reports: "I have made the decision to step down from both of the public boards on which I serve -- Microsoft and Berkshire Hath...
08:50 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Pentagon 'Wishes To Reconsider' $10 Billion JEDI Contract Given To Microsoft
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN Business: The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday said it wishes to re-evaluate its decision to award the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar cloud contract ...
08:10 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Google Is 'Helping To Develop' Website For Coronavirus Testing, Trump Says
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency over the fast-spreading coronavirus. In addition to providing about $50 billion in federal aid to fight the disease and temporarily ...
07:34 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Trump Declares National Emergency To Speed Coronavirus Response
President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday afternoon, a move that would give him authority to use $40 billion allocated by Congress for disaster relief to address the coronavirus crisis. ...
07:28 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Russian Election Meddling is Back -- via Ghana and Nigeria -- And in Your Feeds
The Russian trolls are back -- and once again trying to poison the political atmosphere in the United States ahead of this year's elections. But this time they are better disguised and more targeted, ...
06:48 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot ProtonMail Could Reroute Connections Through Google To Circumvent Censorship
Proton Technologies, the company behind encrypted email provider ProtonMail, has announced plans to circumvent censorship by routing connections to its servers through third-party infrastructure, whic...
06:10 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Czech Hospital Hit By Cyber-Attack While in the Midst of a COVID-19 Outbreak
The Brno University Hospital in the city of Brno, Czech Republic, has been hit by a cyber-attack right in the middle of a COVID-19 outbreak that is picking up steam in the small central European count...
05:34 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Major U.S. Internet Firms Agree To Not Cancel Service Over Next 60 Days
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Friday that major internet providers -- including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications -- have agreed to not terminate service for the next 60 ...
04:50 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Housebound Italian Kids Strain Network With Fortnite Marathon
Italy's school shutdown is driving a surge in internet traffic as kids turn to online video games to stave off boredom. From a report: With schools, shops and restaurants closed in an attempt to limit...
04:11 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Apple Moves Annual Developers Conference Online Due To Coronavirus
Apple will move its annual developers conference, WWDC, online instead of hosting an in-person event, the company announced Friday. From a report: WWDC is Apple's annual developer's conference. The co...
03:32 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Trump To Declare National Emergency Later Today To Speed Coronavirus Response, Report Says
President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency on Friday over the coronavirus outbreak, invoking the Stafford Act to open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities, Bloo...
02:51 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot The U.S. is Now Investigating Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE For Alleged Bribery
ZTE, the Chinese telecom giant that pleaded guilty three years ago to violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea, is the subject of a new and separate bribery investigation by the Justice D...
02:15 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Biggest Event of the Year Goes Virtual Due To the Coronavirus Spread
Microsoft's Build developer conference is the latest tech event to be affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From a report: The software giant was planning on holding its annual developer confe...
01:00 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Iran's Coronavirus Burial Pits Are So Vast They're Visible From Space
"Iranian authorities began digging a pair of trenches for victims just days after the government disclosed the initial outbreak," writes Slashdot reader schwit1. "Together, their lengths are that of a...
12:00 pm - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot AT&T Suspends Broadband Data Caps During Coronavirus Crisis
AT&T is the first major ISP to confirm that it will be suspending all broadband usage caps as millions of Americans bunker down in a bid to slow the rate of COVID-19 expansion. Consumer groups and...
10:00 am - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Molten Iron Rain Falls Through the Skies of Scorching-Hot Exoplanet
A new study reports that iron rain likely falls through the thick, turbulent air of WASP-76 b, a bizarre "ultrahot Jupiter" that lies about 640 light-years from the sun, in the constellation Pisces. S...
07:00 am - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Europe and Russia's Robotic Mission To Mars Is Delayed Until 2022
Europe and Russia have decided to push back the launch of their joint robotic rover to Mars until 2022, rather than launch this year as originally planned. More testing is needed on the vehicle's para...
05:00 am - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Trump Signs Law Banning Use of Federal Funds To Purchase Huawei Equipment
President Trump on Thursday signed into law a bill banning the use of federal funds to purchase equipment from telecom companies deemed a national security threat, such as Chinese telecom group Huawei...
03:30 am - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Preliminary Study Reveals How Long the Coronavirus May Linger On Various Surfaces
An anonymous reader writes: The coronavirus appears able to linger in the air for up to three hours and on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for two to three days, according to laboratory tests run...
01:30 am - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Senate Bill Seeks To Ban Chinese App TikTok From Government Work Phones
On Thursday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced legislation to further restrict the use of the popular viral video app TikTok on government devices. TechCrunch reports: The ...
12:03 am - Fri, March 13, 2020
Slashdot Judge Orders Chelsea Manning Released From Jail
A federal court on Thursday ordered Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who has jailed for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange,...
11:30 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Modern RAM Used For Computers, Smartphones Still Vulnerable To Rowhammer Attacks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: According to new research published today, modern RAM cards are still vulnerable to Rowhammer attacks despite extensive mitigations that have been deplo...
10:10 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 74 Slams Facebook In Solitary Confinement: Browser Add-On Stops Social Network Stalking Users Across the Web
Tim Anderson reporting via The Register: The first thing users will see after updating to Mozilla's latest browser, Firefox 74, is a prompt to install the Facebook Container add-on. The Facebook Conta...
09:30 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot D-Wave: Quantum Computing and Machine Learning Are 'Extremely Well Matched'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Following D-Wave's announcement of Leap 2, a new version of its quantum cloud service for building and deploying quantum computing applications, V...
08:50 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot China Says Peak of Coronavirus Epidemic Has Passed
China's National Health Commission said on Thursday that the country has passed the peak of the coronavirus epidemic and that the number of new cases is declining. The officials noted that medical tre...
08:11 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Bitcoin Drops Almost 30 Percent To Under $5,800
Draconi writes: The price of Bitcoin dropped from it's March 6th, 2020 high of $9,126 to under $5,800 today as market sell-offs accelerated with the S&P and Dow Jones dropping 7% in early hours tr...
07:30 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Comcast Accidentally Published 200,000 'Unlisted' Phone Numbers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast mistakenly published the names, phone numbers, and addresses of nearly 200,000 customers who paid monthly fees to make their numbers unli...
06:50 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot White House Told Federal Health Agency To Classify Coronavirus Deliberations
The White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. government's response ...
06:10 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Patches SMBv3 Wormable Bug That Leaked Earlier this Week
Microsoft today released a patch for a vulnerability in the SMBv3 protocol that accidentally leaked online earlier this week during the March 2020 Patch Tuesday preamble. From a report: The fix is ava...
05:30 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot IBM Takes Airbnb To Court Over Historic Patents
IBM is taking Airbnb to court over what it claims is the illegal use of four patents -- the latest in a string of suits against online companies involving historic and arguably broad innovations -- in...
04:56 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot ACLU Sues Homeland Security Over Airport Face Recognition Program Secrecy
A leading civil liberties group is suing Homeland Security, claiming the agency is keeping the details of its airport face recognition program secret, which it says raises "profound civil liberties co...
04:08 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Google's G Suite Cracks 2 Billion Users
Google's G Suite, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Hangouts, Meet and other apps, quietly passed a major milestone at the end of last year: It now has more than 2 billion monthly active users, G Sui...
03:25 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Modern RAM Used For Computers, Smartphones Still Vulnerable To Rowhammer Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: According to new research published this week, modern RAM cards are still vulnerable to Rowhammer attacks despite extensive mitigations that have been deployed by manufactu...
02:41 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Internet 'is Not Working For Women and Girls', Says Sir Tim Berners-Lee
An anonymous reader writes: Women and girls face a "growing crisis" of online harms, with sexual harassment, threatening messages and discrimination making the web an unsafe place to be, Sir Tim Berne...
02:00 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Merkel Gives Germans a Hard Truth About the Coronavirus
Chancellor Angela Merkel is on her way out and her power is waning, but in her typically low-key, no-nonsense manner, the German leader on Wednesday laid out some cold, hard facts on the coronavirus i...
01:00 pm - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Apple To Launch MacBooks With All-New Design In Mid 2021
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will launch MacBook models with an all-new design in the second or third quarter of 2021, but did not indicate whether these will be Pro or Air model...
09:00 am - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Chrome OS To Get Native App For Printing and Scanning Documents
According to 9to5Google, Google is working on a native Chrome OS app for printing and scanning documents. From the report: While there are many ways to start printing on Chrome OS, there's no real way...
05:00 am - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Augmented-Reality Startup Magic Leap Reportedly Considering Selling Itself
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Magic Leap, a mysterious maker of augmented reality glasses, is reportedly considering strategic options that include selling itself. The startup is work...
02:10 am - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus: Trump Suspends Travel From Europe To US
President Trump announced he will restrict travel from Europe to the U.S. for the next 30 days in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The "strong but necessary" restrictions will not apply ...
12:50 am - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Are Permanent Magnets the Solution For Delivering Fusion Energy?
According to research published in the journal Physical Review Letters, permanent magnets akin to those used on refrigerators could speed the development of fusion energy. Phys.Org reports: In princip...
12:10 am - Thu, March 12, 2020
Slashdot Windows Has a New Wormable Vulnerability With No Patch Available
A vulnerability in version 3.1.1 of the Server Message Block (SMB) -- the service that's used to share files, printers, and other resources on local networks and over the internet -- can allow attacks...
11:30 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Washington State and San Francisco Are Banning Large Gatherings As Coronavirus Spreads
Washington state and San Francisco are banning large gatherings to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The bans are a way to create social distancing, which may help people avoid coming i...
10:50 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk's Battery Farm Is an Undeniable Success
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: More than two years after winning an electricity bet, Elon Musk's resulting Australian solar and wind farm is an almost total success. The f...
10:10 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Motherboard Built a Database of Over 500 iPhones Cops Have Tried To Unlock
"Motherboard built and analyzed a database of over 500 iPhones seized by law enforcement," writes Slashdot reader em1ly. "It's a deep dive into the ongoing "Going Dark" conversation." Here's an excerp...
09:30 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Facial Recognition Firm Says It Can Now Identify People Wearing Masks
Hanwang Technology, a Chinese firm specializing in facial recognition software, says it can now identify people that are wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus. The company says it used a sa...
08:50 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Yahoo Mobile: the Verizon Phone Plan That No One Asked For
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Remember Yahoo? It's back... in phone-plan form. The Verizon-owned company is trying to get customers excited with a new "Yahoo Mobile" service t...
08:13 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Federal Report Warns US is Unready For a Cyberattack
The U.S. should take a slew of steps today to prevent a major cyberattack that could wreak wide-scale devastation on the U.S., a year-long study mandated by Congress reported Wednesday. From a report:...
06:45 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Google Recommends All Employees in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa To Work From Home Because of Coronavirus
Google is stepping up its measures against the coronavirus outbreak. From a report: The tech giant will recommend that its workers across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa work from home sta...
06:05 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot India Used Facial Recognition Tech To Identify 1,100 Individuals at a Recent Riot
Law enforcement agencies in India used facial recognition to identify more than 1,100 individuals who took part in communal violence in the national capital last month, a top minister said in the lowe...
05:25 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot How Google Kneecapped Amazon's Smart TV Efforts
Amazon has sold millions of Fire TV streaming devices in recent years, but its efforts to expand the Fire TV platform to smart TVs and cable set-top boxes have been slow-going. That's not by accident,...
04:37 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot COVID-19 Is Now Officially A Pandemic, WHO Says
The COVID-19 viral disease that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. From a report: ...
04:05 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot European Lawmakers Propose a 'Right To Repair' For Mobiles and Laptops
The European Commission has set out a plan to move towards a 'right to repair' for electronics devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. From a report: More generally it wants to restrict s...
03:26 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot A Scientific Meeting on Coronaviruses Was Cancelled Due To Coronavirus
The latest event to be cancelled as a result of the spread of the novel coronavirus is, ironically, a scientific meeting on coronaviruses. From a report: On March 9, the official meeting of the Intern...
02:44 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot You Can't Fight City Hall. But Maybe You Can Fight Google.
Faced with an array of opponents for its sensor-laden city of tomorrow in Toronto, a Google sibling has drastically dialed back plans. The critics now want the tech giant to quit altogether. From a re...
02:00 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot E3 2020 Has Been Canceled
E3 2020 as we know it is over. From a report: Multiple sources familiar with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA)'s plans have confirmed to Ars Technica that the organization, which is respons...
01:00 pm - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Surveillance Company Banjo Used a Secret Company and Fake Apps To Scrape Social Media
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Banjo, an artificial intelligence firm that works with police used a shadow company to create an array of Android and iOS apps that looked innocuo...
10:00 am - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Apple Watch Blood Oxygen Detection Feature Found In iOS 14 Code Snippet
Apple Watch will add the ability to detect blood oxygen levels for the first time, 9to5Mac has learned based on an exclusive look at iOS 14 code snippets. From the report: Blood oxygen levels between ...
07:00 am - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Astronomers Report Most Distant Blazar Ever Observed
PSO J030947.49+271757.31 is the most distant blazar ever observed, originating when the universe was less than 1 billion years old, almost 13 billion years ago. Phys.Org reports: PSO J0309+27, for sho...
03:30 am - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Second Person Cured of HIV Is Still Free of Active Virus Two Years On
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: The second person ever to be cured of HIV is still free of active virus more than two years on, a study published by medical journal The Lancet HIV reveal...
01:30 am - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot West Virginia Taps Apple To Teach Teachers To Teach Kids Swift
theodp writes: We fundamentally believe that coding is a language and that just like other languages are required in school, coding should be required in school," Apple CEO Tim Cook declared in 2016 a...
12:50 am - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Rewrites Developer Policy To Better Support Academic Research and Use of 'Good' Bots
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Twitter today updated its Developer Policy to clarify rules around data usage, including in academic research, as well as its position on bots, amo...
12:10 am - Wed, March 11, 2020
Slashdot Huawei Expects 20 Percent Drop In Android Smartphone Sales, Thanks To Lack of Google Apps
According to a report from The Information, Huawei expects to see a 20% drop in sales of its Android smartphones during 2020, thanks largely to U.S. government restrictions on Huawei's access to Ameri...
11:40 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot MIT Moves All Classes Online For the Rest of the Semester
In a letter to the MIT community, President L. Rafael Reif says the university is moving all classes online for the rest of the semester to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here's an excerpt: The overall ...
11:20 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk: Starlink Latency Will Be Good Enough For Competitive Gaming
In a conference yesterday, Elon Musk said SpaceX's Starlink satellite broadband will have latency below 20 milliseconds -- low enough to support competitive online gaming. "Despite that, the SpaceX CE...
11:00 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Produces Its One Millionth Car
Elon Musk announced on Twitter that Tesla has produced one million electric cars. The Verge reports: Musk made the announcement by sharing a picture of the car, a red Model Y, and congratulated the Te...
10:40 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Engineer Who Attended RSA Cybersecurity Event Contracts Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Two cybersecurity company employees who attended an annual industry conference last month in San Francisco have tested positive for the coronavirus....
10:20 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Google Tells All North America Staff To Work From Home
Alphabet's Google told its staff in North America to not go into their offices unless they have to, becoming one of the latest companies seeking to protect workers from the spreading coronavirus. From...
10:01 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Leaked iOS 14 Build Hints at Unreleased Apple Hardware and Software Features
News outlet 9to5Mac, which tracks Apple news, has gotten hold of an iOS 14 build that uncovers a range of hardware details and software features that Apple intends to reveal later this year. The devic...
09:21 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot DHS Official Claims 2020 Will Be 'Most Secure' Election in US History
The 2020 election will be "the most secure, most protected election in the history of the United States of America," Christopher Krebs, the director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecur...
08:41 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 74 Arrives With Stricter Add-on Rules, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 Disabled
Mozilla today launched Firefox 74 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox 74 includes stricter rules for add-ons, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 disabled by default, and a handful of developer features.Read more of...
08:02 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Uber Resumes Autonomous Car Testing in San Francisco
Just over a month after Uber received a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) license to test driverless cars on public roads, the company has resumed autonomous testing in San Francisco. From...
07:20 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Machine Learning Takes On Antibiotic Resistance
To combat resistant bacteria and refill the trickling antibiotic pipeline, scientists are getting help from deep learning networks. From a report: Once-powerful antibiotics are losing their efficacy a...
06:41 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Judge: Amazon 'Likely To Succeed' on Key Issue in Pentagon Lawsuit
A federal judge said in court documents that Amazon's protest lawsuit over rival Microsoft being awarded a highly lucrative defense project was "likely to succeed on the merits" of one of its main arg...
06:00 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot US Pledges More Testing as Trump Hints at Aid For Workers
Warning that the number of coronavirus cases in the United States was expected to grow, the Trump administration on Monday evening said that testing for the virus would ramp up quickly in the coming w...
05:20 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Orchestrates Coordinated Takedown of Necurs Botnet
Microsoft announced today a coordinated takedown of Necurs, one of the largest spam and malware botnets known to date, believed to have infected more than nine million computers worldwide. From a repo...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Intel CPUs Vulnerable To New LVI Attacks
A team of academics from universities across the world, along with vulnerability researchers from Bitdefender, today disclosed a new security flaw in Intel processors. From a report: Named Load Value ...
04:41 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Google Scrubs Coronavirus Misinformation on Search, YouTube
Since Covid-19 began to spread, Google has aggressively intervened in some of its most popular online services to limit the spread of misinformation. This is a departure for a company that has relied ...
04:01 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot VMware Embraces Kubernetes in Its Biggest Product Blitz in a Decade
Hailing it as its most significant update to its vSphere virtualization manager in a decade, VMware today is overhauling its portfolio of products to include native support of the Kubernetes orchestra...
03:21 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Tinder Has Become A News Service About Coronavirus
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly around the world, people are eager to keep up with developments at its epicentre in Wuhan, China. But government censorship, partisan media and misinformation have led many...
02:41 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot America's Hottest New Dating Sites: Business School Campuses
A growing proportion of women in M.B.A. programs has yielded greater gender parity in classes -- and more business-school weddings. From a report: Liza Merolla and her husband, Justin Merolla, are amo...
02:01 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Spying Concerns Raised Over Iran's Official COVID-19 Detection App
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for ZDNet: Google has removed an Android app from the official Play Store that was developed by the Iranian government to test and keep track of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infec...
01:00 pm - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Popular VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps Are Secretly Harvesting User Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Sensor Tower, a popular analytics platform for tech developers and investors, has been secretly collecting data from millions of people who have...
11:30 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Study Confirms Recommended 14-Day Quarantine Period For Coronavirus
"A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine confirms the recommended 14-day quarantine period for those suspected of having been infected by the COVID-19 virus," writes Slashdot read...
10:00 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Is Now Selling Its Cashierless Store Tech To Other Retailers
Amazon is now offering its "Just Walk Out" technology to other retailers. "The technology uses a combination of cameras, sensors, computer vision techniques and deep learning to allow customers to sho...
07:00 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Study Achieves A New Record Fiber QKD Transmission Distance of Over 509 km
According to a new study published in Physical Review Letters, researchers have achieved a new record quantum key distribution (QKD) transmission distance of over 509 kilometers. Phys.Org reports: "Us...
04:30 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot AMD Processors From 2011 To 2019 Vulnerable To Two New Attacks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: AMD processors manufactured between 2011 and 2019 (the time of testing) are vulnerable to two new attacks, research published this week has revealed (PD...
02:50 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Epic Games' Tim Sweeney Rips Google and Apple In Defense of Nvidia's GeForce Now
bigwophh writes: As the number of publishers pulling out of Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud game streaming service continues to grow, the company has found an ally in Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, who vo...
02:10 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Tells Employees In New York and New Jersey To Work From Home To Prevent Coronavirus Spread
Amazon on Monday asked employees at its New York and New Jersey offices to work from home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This comes as the company told employees at its offices in the San F...
01:30 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Petition Calls On Pornhub To Prevent Non-Consensual Videos From Being Posted
A petition with over 350,000 signatures is calling on Pornhub to stop posting non-consensual videos and marketing them as "pornography." Kate Isaacs writes via The Guardian: Pornhub's argument that "e...
12:50 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Lambda School Threatens Ex-Employee For Coming Forward About Conditions At the Coding Bootcamp
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Lambda School, the controversial coding bootcamp, is threatening a former employee for speaking out about problems at the school. In an article publ...
12:30 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Sonos Decides Bricking Old Stuff Isn't a Winning Move After All
Sonos is reversing course on a plan to brick all trade-in devices, so if someone wants to give or sell you a used speaker, it will still work. For now. Ars Technica reports: Sonos launched its "trade ...
12:10 am - Tue, March 10, 2020
Slashdot Honda Will No Longer Sell Any All-Electric Vehicles In the US
According to a report Green Car Reports, Honda said it discontinued the company's Clarity Electric and has no plans for the model to return. CNET reports: The battery-electric version of the Clarity r...
11:30 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Split Verdict Given For CIA Programmer Charged In Massive Leak
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: A federal jury couldn't reach a verdict on whether a former software engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency was responsible for ...
10:52 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Target Quietly Opens Concept Store For the Future of Gaming
Target quietly soft-launched a new concept store in downtown San Francisco a few days ago: The Game Room lets people try out Magic Leap and Oculus Quest headsets, gaming PCs and mobile gaming rigs. It...
10:11 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Seattle's Patient Zero Spread Coronavirus Despite Ebola-Style Lockdown
First known U.S. case offers lessons in how and how not to fight the outbreak. From a report: The man who would become Patient Zero for the new coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. appeared to do everythi...
09:32 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy' Turns 42
schweini shares a report: Every year the world celebrates the anniversaries of masterworks and maestros. In 2020, a host of events and publications commemorated the lives of Ludwig van Beethoven, Raph...
08:52 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Telecom Operators in India Warn People of Coronavirus Outbreak, Share Tips
Telecom operators in India have started to warn users of Covid-19 spread after more than three dozen cases have been detected in the nation. From a report: Subscribers of Reliance Jio, Airtel, and sta...
08:15 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Australia Sues Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica, Fine Could Scale To $529B
An anonymous reader shares a report: Australia's privacy watchdog is suing Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica data breach -- which, back in 2018, became a global scandal that wiped billions off the...
07:35 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Stanford, Others Switch To Online Classes Temporarily Amid Coronavirus Fears
Stanford University canceled in-person classes for the final two weeks of the quarter, switching to online instruction amid rising concern about the coronavirus outbreak. From a report: As the coronav...
07:00 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Northern Italy Quarantines 16 Million People
Italy has placed up to 16 million people under quarantine as it battles to contain the spread of coronavirus. From a report:Anyone living in Lombardy and 14 other central and northern provinces will n...
06:22 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Brave Says it Will Generate Random Browser Fingerprints To Preserve User Privacy
The Brave browser is working on a feature that will randomize its "fingerprint" every time a user visits a website in an attempt to preserve the user's privacy. From a report: Brave's decision comes a...
05:42 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Sophisticated Mouse Cursor Support Coming To iOS 14, New iPad Smart Keyboard Models With Trackpad
According to code seen by 9to5Mac, Apple is set to roll out rich system-wide support for mouse cursors with iOS 14. From a report: Apple added rudimentary compatibility with external mice in iOS 13 Ac...
04:41 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot DuckDuckGo is Good Enough For Regular Use
Jake Voytko, who previously worked at Google, writing in a blog post: [...] Let's move away from Google's competitive advantages. How does DuckDuckGo perform for most of my search traffic? DuckDuckGo ...
04:01 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot John Oliver Slams Disney For Censoring His Show in India
John Oliver slammed Disney-owned Hotstar on Sunday for censoring his show, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," in India saying the local streaming service had edited at least three of his episodes i...
03:20 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot DoNotPay Now Lets You Share Online Subscriptions Without Divulging Your Password
DoNotPay, the digital lawyer that shot to prominence for its bot that helps drivers appeal parking tickets, has launched a new product aimed at consumers. With the DoNotPay Subscription Sharing Chrome...
02:41 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot The Word from Wuhan
An excerpt from a piece on the situation at Wuhan, where many are quarantined: Schools are suspended until further notice. With many workplaces also shut, notoriously absent Chinese fathers have been ...
01:50 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot The Market Just Triggered a 'Circuit Breaker' That Keeps Stocks From Falling Through the Floor
The S&P 500 fell more than 7% Monday, triggering circuit breakers that prevent a further plunge. From a report: The index hit "limit down" shortly after the open, halting trading below that level ...
01:14 pm - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Jack Dorsey To Stay at Twitter
Twitter and activist hedge fund Elliott Management have agreed to a truce that will shake up the social-media company's board but leave its Chief Executive Jack Dorsey in place [The link may be paywal...
10:34 am - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Could Cows Actually Help Solve the Climate Crisis?
Cows fertilizing the soil can replenish the land and reduce carbon in the atmosphere, reports CNN -- with a farming practice called "ultra-high density grazing".Conventional thinking says that cows ar...
05:15 am - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot University of California Students Strike To Protest Graduate Student Pay
There's more than 280,000 students in the prestigious University of California system, spread throughout 10 campuses across the state. But now "a growing number" of students and faculty members are wa...
03:51 am - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot 'How Wikipedia's Volunteers Became the Web's Best Weapon Against Misinformation'
Fast Company just published a 4,000 appreciation of Wikipedia's volunteer editors:[W]hile places like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter struggle to fend off a barrage of false content, with their scatter...
02:04 am - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Are People With ADHD Better at Creative Tasks?
"ADHD may also bring with it an advantage: the ability to think more creatively," argues a new article in Scientific American:Three aspects of creative cognition are divergent thinking, conceptual exp...
12:26 am - Mon, March 9, 2020
Slashdot Meet the Man Being Sued By the FTC Over His Kickstarter Campaign for a High-Tech Backpack
The Verge takes a 5,000-word look at a Kickstarter campaign "that raised more than half a million dollars, only to never ship and leave behind thousands of angry backers." "The difference in this stor...
10:59 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot US Homeland Security Official Charged with Stealing Confidential Government Software, Databases
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:In a press release Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a former Acting Inspector General for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the theft of ...
09:59 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Can Researchers Finally Cure the Common Cold?
Medical researchers are trying to make history, reports CNBC -- including a 100-person R&D group within AWS: Amazon is working on a cure for the common cold in a years-long, top secret effort call...
09:01 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot An AI Surveillance Company is Watching Utah
An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:The state of Utah has given an artificial intelligence company real-time access to state traffic cameras, CCTV and "public safety" cameras, 911 emergency systems...
07:46 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Promises Home-Testing Kits for Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes the Seattle Times:Testing for the novel coronavirus in the Seattle area will get a huge boost in the coming weeks as a project funded by Bill Gates and his foundation begins...
06:49 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Something Weird Just Happened That We Can't Really Explain With Existing Physics
"Why did this particle mysteriously disintegrate?" asks Popular Mechanics. Slashdot reader aeropage shared their report:Scientists have proposed a new kind of subatomic particle to explain another par...
05:44 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Crooks Keep Revealing Their Crimes on Social Media
Quartz tells the story of a large-scale heroin and methamphetamine dealer named Francisco Ruelas-Payan who's now serving 15 years in prison:While phone records and GPS location devices were useful in ...
04:34 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Study Finds More Younger Adults are Being Diagnosed With Alzheimer's
The five years between 2013 and 2017 saw a 200% increase in the number of commercially-insured Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or early-onset dementia between the ages of 30 to 64. "While...
03:34 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot FSF Plans to Launch 'Forge', a Code-Hosting/Collaboration Platform
An anonymous reader quotes SD Times:The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced plans to launch a public code hosting and collaboration platform ("forge") this year. Members of the FSF tech team are ...
02:34 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot 'Here's the File Clearview AI Has Been Keeping On Me, and Probably On You Too'
"If you live in California, under the rules of the newly enacted California Consumer Privacy Act, you can see what Clearview has gathered on you, and request that they stop it," writes Vice. I recentl...
01:34 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Finally Reveal The Electronic Structure of Benzene -- in 126 Dimensions
"Well, those crazy chemistry cats have done it," writes Science Alert:Nearly 200 years after the molecule was discovered by Michael Faraday, researchers have finally revealed the complex electronic st...
12:34 pm - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot After Coronavirus, Airlines are Flying Empty 'Ghost' Flights in Europe
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider:Airlines have wasted thousands of gallons of fuel running empty "ghost" flights during the coronavirus outbreak because of European rules saying operators c...
11:34 am - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Are Virtual Conferences Better Than Real-World Conferences?
Fast Company's Mark Sullivan argues that cancelling this year's tech conferences could have a silver lining -- by encouraging a movement toward virtual conferences:There are developers across the U.S....
08:44 am - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Nixed 'Green' Delivery Proposal to Avoid Alienating Shoppers
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:The team building Amazon's Prime Now same-day delivery service knew that the quickest delivery options tended to be the worst for the planet. A guaranteed one-hour...
05:34 am - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot 70% of Americans Hate Daylight Saving Time
"America is approaching one of its most contentious hours," writes the Phildadelphia Inquirer, "and officially, it's one that doesn't exist."According to the National Conference of State Legislators, ...
02:34 am - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Google Tracked His Bike Ride Past a Burglary, and That Made Him a Suspect
JustAnotherOldGuy shares a tale for our time: "I was using an app to see how many miles I rode my bike and now it was putting me at the scene of the crime," said Zachary McCoy. Yep, that's all it took...
12:34 am - Sun, March 8, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Wants To Build a New Starship Every 72 Hours
Ars Technica's senior space editor visited SpaceX's South Texas Launch Site for a long profile of Elon Musk (who was wearing an "Occupy Mars" t-shirt). Just two weeks ago Musk had called an all-hands ...
11:34 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Python Finally Ties With Java In RedMonk's New Programming Language Rankings
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Python is tying with Java as the second most popular programming language behind JavaScript, according to developer analyst RedMonk's latest ranking. The second spot f...
10:34 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot AMD Discloses RDNA 2 Graphics, CDNA Data Center GPUs, Next-Gen Zen
"At its Financial Analyst Day, AMD disclosed additional details regarding its next generation CPU and GPU architectures," writes Slashdot reader MojoKid:- While the company isn't ready to disclose con...
09:34 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Canada's Police Service Admits to Using Facial Recognition -- After Previously Denying It
Canada's federal and national police service the RCMP denied it was using facial recognition technology just a few weeks ago. But now long-time Slashdot reader satanicat quotes the CBC:[L]ast week, as...
08:34 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot After SETI, '[email protected]' Takes Up the Fight Against COVID-19
Though [email protected] has shut down, "users with a fondness for distributed computing might take a look at [email protected], which is trying to figure out the structures of proteins on the surface of the SARS-...
07:34 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Physicists Think We Might Have a New, Exciting Dark Matter Candidate
Science Alert reports:The candidate culprit is a recently discovered subatomic particle called a d-star hexaquark. And in the primordial darkness following the Big Bang, it could have come together to...
06:34 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot EFF: .Org Sale 'Threatens Instability and Dysfunction'
In a scathing editorial, EFF continues to oppose Ethos Capital's plan to buy the PIR's .org domain registry for $1.1 billion, arguing that "the current system is stable and functional, and changing it...
05:34 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Coming Soon: Open-Source Blueprints for a Tiny Nuclear Reactor
"A nonprofit startup is offering an open-source nuclear plant plan," reports Popular Mechanics:A mechanical engineer-turned-tech entrepreneur has plans to, well, empower people around the world to bui...
04:34 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Scam Call Center's Own CCTV Gets Breached
A call center scammed 40,000 people over the last 14 months, bringing in $8 million. But within four months their own computer system had been remotely breached by "online vigilante" Jim Browning, acc...
03:34 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Edge Browser Scores Worst in Test of Telemetry Privacy
"New academic research published last month looked at the phone-home [telemetry] features of six of today's most popular browsers and found that the Brave browser sent the smallest amount of data abou...
12:00 pm - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Google Could Have Fixed 2FA Code-Stealing Flaw in Authenticator App Years Ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last month, a cybersecurity firm discovered the first-ever Android malware that came with the capability to steal the 2FA (two-factor authentication) codes generat...
09:00 am - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Telecom Italia Fined $131 Million for Broadband Market Abuse
Italy's competition watchdog said on Friday it had fined former phone monopoly Telecom Italia (TIM) 116 million euros ($131 million) for abusing its dominant position in the broadband market in an att...
06:00 am - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Uber and Lyft Drivers Weigh Risk of Safety Against Paycheck
Many Lyft and Uber drivers have seen a bump in business from the spreading coronavirus, but they're also weighing the risks of staying safe versus continuing to earn a paycheck. From a report: A study...
03:02 am - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot FreeNAS and TrueNAS Are Merging
An anonymous reader shares a report: FreeNAS is a free and open source operating system designed for network-attached storage (NAS) devices. For much of the past decade, the project has been led by th...
01:10 am - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Premiere Startup Factory, Moves Its Pitch Event Online Citing Coronavirus Concern
Startup accelerator Y Combinator announced today that it has moved its demo day online, citing a "growing concern over COVID-19," or coronavirus. From a report: The demo day has historically drawn cro...
12:20 am - Sat, March 7, 2020
Slashdot 99.9% of Compromised Accounts Did Not Use Multi-Factor Authentication, Says Microsoft
Speaking at the RSA security conference last week, Microsoft engineers said that 99.9% of the compromised accounts they track every month don't use multi-factor authentication, a solution that stops m...
11:30 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot NASA Declares Starliner Mishap a 'High Visibility Close Call'
After pondering the totality of issues that arose during a December test flight of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft this week, NASA chief of human spaceflight Doug Loverro said Friday that he decided to ...
10:41 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot SXSW Canceled Due To Coronavirus After Austin Declares 'Local Disaster'
South by Southwest, the annual tech, film and music conference held in Austin, Texas, has been canceled due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. From a report: Local government o...
08:40 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Hack Turns Apple's iPhone Into An Android
Ten years ago, David Wang pulled off a remarkable trick, installing Android on the first-generation iPhone. Now Wang and his colleagues at cybersecurity startup Corellium are doing it again with the o...
07:50 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot eBay Bans Sales of Face Masks, Hand Sanitizer Amid Coronavirus Price Gouging
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread in the US and other countries, demand for products like face masks and hand sanitizer has led to a spike in prices. To combat price gouging, online retaile...
07:00 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Copyright Lobby Calls Out Plex For Not Doing Enough To Stop Piracy
An anonymous reader shares a report: For those who don't want to dive fully into torrents, Plex is a great alternative for streaming television shows and movies for free. Officially, Plex is a "neutra...
06:10 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Quibi is Giving People a 90-day Free Trial in Hopes They'll Actually Sign Up
Quibi, a streaming service that has already raised more than $1.6 billion, is finally almost here, and in an effort to entice people who are probably already spending too much on content every month, ...
05:20 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot The EARN IT Act is an Attack on Encryption
A bipartisan pair of US senators on Thursday introduced long-rumored legislation known as the EARN IT Act. The bill is meant to combat child sexual exploitation online, but if passed, it could hurt en...
04:31 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot When Voyager 2 Calls Home, Earth Soon Won't Be Able to Answer
NASA will spend 11 months upgrading the only piece of its Deep Space Network that can send commands to the prob, which has crossed into interstellar space. From a report: Voyager 2 has been traveling ...
03:40 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Before Clearview Became a Police Tool, It Was a Secret Plaything of the Rich
Investors and clients of the facial recognition start-up freely used the app on dates and at parties -- and to spy on the public. From a report: One Tuesday night in October 2018, John Catsimatidis, t...
02:50 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot India's Yes Bank Breakdown Disrupts Walmart's PhonePe Among Dozen Other Services
Tens of millions of merchants and users in India are struggling to make online transactions and use several popular services after the nation's central bank seized control of Yes Bank, the fourth larg...
02:00 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Confirmed Cases Worldwide Climb To Over 100,000
The number of coronavirus cases has reached 100,276, with 55,694 recovered and 3,404 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. From a report: The UK...
01:00 pm - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Barnes & Noble's New Plan Is To Act Like an Indie Bookseller
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Last fall, during a visit to Barnes & Noble's flagship store in New York City's Union Square, the British bibliophile James Daunt strode about t...
10:00 am - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Sues Namecheap For Letting Scammers Register Lookalike Domains
Facebook filed a lawsuit this week against Namecheap, claiming the domain name registrar has refused to cooperate in an investigation into a series of malicious domains that have been registered throu...
07:00 am - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Organic Molecules Discovered By Curiosity Rover Consistent With Early Life On Mars, Study Finds
Organic compounds called thiophenes were recently discovered on Mars, and a new study published in the journal Astrobiology thinks their presence would be consistent with the presence of early life on...
03:30 am - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Andrew Yang Launches Nonprofit Aimed At Promoting Universal Basic Income
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Nearly a month after ending his long shot Democratic presidential campaign, Andrew Yang launched on Thursday a nonprofit group focused on making the centr...
12:45 am - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Engineer At the Center of Waymo/Uber Legal Battle Declares Bankruptcy
Anthony Levandowski, the controversial engineer at the center of the recent legal battle between Google's Waymo and Uber, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The move comes shortly after a...
12:02 am - Fri, March 6, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Bans Posts That 'Dehumanize' People In Connection With Diseases
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Twitter said on Thursday it is banning posts that "dehumanize" people because they have a disease or disability or because of their age, a step that h...
11:20 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot People Kept Working, Became Healthier While On Basic Income: Report
Participants in Ontario's prematurely cancelled basic income pilot project were happier, healthier and continued working even though they were receiving money with no-strings attached. That's accordin...
11:00 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot RedHat Summit 2020 Cancelled, Now a Free Virtual Event
bobthesungeek76036 writes: COVID-19 has another victim: RedHat has cancelled this year's Summit event in San Francisco and it will now be a virtual event. "We are taking this precautionary measure aft...
10:40 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Judge Rejects Tulsi Gabbard's 'Free Speech' Lawsuit Against Google
Last July, Hawaii representative and long-shot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard sued Google for infringing on her free speech when it briefly suspended her campaign's advertising account after the...
10:10 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Iran's Answer To the Coronavirus Outbreak: Cut the Internet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Moments after Iran announced that a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader had died as a result of the coronavirus, the government blocked access to...
09:50 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Reportedly Spreads To Venice, California
Twitter user Scott Bell is reporting that his uncle from Venice, California, has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to Bell, "he was skiing in the Italian alps with 6 other guys," 4 of whi...
09:21 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Releases PowerShell 7 for Windows, macOS and Linux
Microsoft has announced that its cross-platform automation tool and configuration framework PowerShell 7 is now generally available. From a report: Available for Windows, macOS and Linux, PowerShell 7...
08:42 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Turn To Tech To Prevent Second Wave of Locusts in East Africa
Scientists monitoring the movements of the worst locust outbreak in Kenya in 70 years are hopeful that a new tracking program they will be able to prevent a second surge of the crop-ravaging insects. ...
08:01 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Humorous Highway Signs Aim To Steer Drivers Safely Down The Old Town Road
Drive down any U.S. interstate and there's a good chance you will see a pun or a funny reference on the next electronic message board you spot. From a report: Such messages have become ubiquitous acro...
07:21 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot TCL Unveils Trifold and Rollable Smartphones
A year ago, we started to see the first wave of foldable devices and they were ... disappointing. But companies are not backing down. TCL is already looking ahead with a pair of foldable and rollable ...
06:42 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot For $3, a 'Robot Lawyer' Will Sue Data Brokers That Don't Delete Your Personal and Location Info
In January, a new law gave consumers the power to stop companies collecting their personal information. The law, known as the California Consumer Privacy Act (or the CCPA), can be a powerful tool for ...
06:00 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Defense Contractor CPI Knocked Offline by Ransomware Attack
A major electronics manufacturer for defense and communications markets was knocked offline after a ransomware attack, TechCrunch reported Thursday. From the report: A source with knowledge of the inc...
05:21 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Live Facial Recognition Is Coming To US Police Body Cameras
Wolfcom, a company that makes technology for police, is pitching body cameras with live facial recognition to law enforcement groups across the United States, OneZero reported Thursday. From a report:...
04:41 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot The Growth of Command Line Options, 1979-Present
Dan Luu, writing in a blog post: The sleight of hand that's happening when someone says that we can keep software simple and compatible by making everything handle text is the pretense that text data ...
04:01 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot The Rich Are Preparing for Coronavirus Differently
The new coronavirus knows no national borders or social boundaries. That doesn't mean that social boundaries don't exist. An anonymous reader shares a report: "En route to Paris," Gwyneth Paltrow wrot...
03:21 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Smoking Bans Don't Prevent You Having To Breathe in Smoke Particles
You can breathe in harmful chemicals from tobacco use even in non-smoking venues because they are carried on smokers' bodies and clothes. From a report: Third-hand smoke -- the residue from cigarette ...
02:40 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Intel CSME Bug Worse Than Previously Thought
Security researchers say that a bug in one of Intel's CPU technologies that was patched last year is actually much worse than previously thought. From a report: "Most Intel chipsets released in the la...
02:01 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Supplies of the Hottest Smartphones Could Soon Run Out
As Chinese factories hit by the coronavirus look to restart production, the pain is only beginning for carriers that rely on steady shipments of Asian smartphones. From a report: AT&T is bracing f...
12:00 pm - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Google Assistant Can Now Read or Translate Websites and Android App Content
Google Assistant is able to read web pages and news articles on Android devices worldwide today, a company spokesperson said. From the report: You can trigger the feature by simply saying "Hey Google,...
10:01 am - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Ampere Altra is the First 80-core ARM-based Server Processor
Ampere has unveiled the industry's first 80-core ARM-based 64-bit server processor today in a bid to outdo Intel and Advanced Micro Devices in datacenter chips. From a report: Ampere announced today t...
07:01 am - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Almost Half of Mobile Malware Are Hidden Apps
Certain apps are hiding themselves and stealing resources and data from mobile devices, according to a new report by security firm McAfee. From a report: This is a growing threat comprising almost hal...
03:30 am - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Reddit Has Become the Gospel of Personal Finance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: If you look beyond the memes, cat videos, and quirky acronyms (TIL, OP, ELI5) you'll find a treasure trove of resources that will help you quickly get ...
01:25 am - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot New Zealand Birds Show Humanlike Ability To Make Predictions
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Whether it's calculating your risk of catching the new coronavirus or gauging the chance of rain on your upcoming beach vacation, you use a mix of s...
12:43 am - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot 'Contagion,' Steven Soderbergh's 2011 Thriller, Is Climbing Up the Charts
One of the hottest movies in the Warner Bros. library is a nine-year-old drama that kills off Gwyneth Paltrow in its first 15 minutes. From a report: Fears of the coronavirus have prompted movie fans ...
12:02 am - Thu, March 5, 2020
Slashdot Simple Systems Have Less Downtime
Greg Kogan, writes in a blog post: The Maersk Triple-E Class container ship is 1,300 feet long, carries over 18,000 containers across 11,000 miles between Europe and Asia, and... Its entire crew can f...
11:21 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Uber Drivers' Self-Employed Status 'Fictitious', France Rules
France's top court ruling opens the way for Uber drivers to be reclassified as employees, the country's highest court ruled on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of rulings globally to grant more rights ...
10:40 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Apple Now Lets Apps Send Ads in Push Notifications
Apple will now allow push notifications to be used for advertising, so long as users agree to receive the ads first. From a report: Apple updated its App Store guidelines today with a change to its tr...
10:00 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Features Would Your Ideal Telework Systems Incorporate?
couchslug writes: Physical commuting has a horrific and enormously expensive carbon footprint. It's costly in lives (auto and other transportation accidents, pollution) and wasted time (billions of ho...
09:20 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Struggling AT&T Plans 'Tens of Billions' In Cost Cuts, More Layoffs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T is planning tens of billions of dollars worth of cost cuts, AT&T President and COO John Stankey told investors yesterday. Stankey al...
08:40 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Employee At Seattle Headquarters Tests Positive For Coronavirus
An Amazon employee at the company's Seattle headquarters has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and has subsequently been sent to quarantine. CNET reports: The online retail giant has about 55...
08:00 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot PlayStation 2 Is Now Officially 20 Years Old
The PlayStation 2 is celebrating its 20th anniversary as it launched in Japan on March 4, 2000. "It was released in the U.S., Europe and the rest of the world a year later and would go on to become th...
07:20 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus: James Bond Postpones Release Date Because It's No Time To Die
The release of upcoming James Bond film "No Time To Die" has been pushed back from April To November due to coronavirus fears. "The 25th installment in the storied spy franchise will commence its run ...
06:40 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot CRISPR Used To Edit Genes Inside a Patient With a Rare Form of Blindness
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: For the first time, scientists have used the gene-editing technique CRISPR to try to edit a gene while the DNA is still inside a person's body. The ground...
06:01 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Los Angeles-Area Officials Declare Emergency After Confirming Six New Coronavirus Cases Over 48 hours
Los Angeles-area officials have discovered six new COVID-19 cases in the county over the last 48 hours, prompting them to declare a local emergency to help free up federal and state funding. From a re...
05:20 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Twitter is Testing Ephemeral Tweets
Since it was founded in March 2006, there has been only one type of post possible on Twitter: a tweet. But starting today, the 280-character post is being joined by an ephemeral South American cousin:...
04:55 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Has a Prescription: More Pharmaceutical Ads
An anonymous reader shares a report: After years of avoiding social media, drug companies are growing bolder about advertising on Facebook and other social networks, according to interviews with adver...
04:10 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus
Chinese social media platforms, including Tencent's WeChat, censored keywords related to coronavirus as early as December [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], potentially li...
03:31 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Resso, ByteDance's Music Streaming App, Officially Launches in India
TikTok, the hugely popular social media app, found a lot of early traction by giving users a way to create funny lip-synced versions of clips from well-known songs and then share them with friends (it...
02:56 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Majority of Promising AI Startups Are Still Based in the US
The most promising startups using artificial intelligence are U.S.-based companies working in the fields of health care, retail and transportation, according to a study that looked at budding AI compa...
02:12 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot India Lifts Ban on Cryptocurrency Trading
India's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned central bank's two-year-old ban on cryptocurrency trading in the country in what many said was a "historic" verdict. From a report: The Reserve Bank of In...
01:00 pm - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot [email protected] Search For Alien Life Project Shuts Down After 21 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: [email protected] has announced that they will no longer be distributing new work to clients starting on March 31st as they have enough data and wan...
10:00 am - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Original Halo Game Is Now Available On PC
Microsoft is bringing the original Halo campaign to Windows PCs today. The Verge reports: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary has been remastered with 4K support for PC, and it arrives 18 years after the...
07:00 am - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Protein Discovered Inside a Meteorite
A team of researchers from Plex Corporation, Bruker Scientific LLC and Harvard University has found evidence of a protein inside of a meteorite. They have written a paper describing their findings and...
03:30 am - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot 'Cosmic String' Gravitational Waves Could Solve Antimatter Mystery
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Billions of years ago, soon after the Big Bang, cosmic inflation stretched the tiny seed of our universe and transformed energy into matte...
12:50 am - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Let's Encrypt Discovers CAA Bug, Must Revoke Customer Certificates
rufey writes: The free SSL certificate provider Let's Encrypt is going to revoke 2.6% of the SSL certs issued by them that are currently active, due to a bug in boulder, the Certificate Authority Auth...
12:10 am - Wed, March 4, 2020
Slashdot Babies Are Prewired To Perceive the World
In an investigation of neural connectivity in 30 infants ranging from six to 57 days old (with an average age of 27 days), neuroscientists found that circuit wiring precedes, and thus may guide, regio...
11:30 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot ACLU Sues To End ICE's Rigged Algorithms That Keep Immigrants In Jail
A new lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Bronx Defenders alleges that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses a rigged algorithm to detain virtually everyone ICE's New York ...
10:50 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Google Cloned Apple's 3D Touch For the Pixel Using Just Software
The latest "feature drop" for Google's Pixel line of Android phones includes the ability to "firmly press" on the screen "to get more help from your apps more quickly." If that sounds familiar, it's b...
10:30 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot WHO Estimates Coronavirus Death Rate At 3.4 Percent -- Higher Than Earlier Estimates
The World Health Organization is warning that the novel coronavirus could be far more dangerous than the flu, with a mortality rate of 3.4%. The new estimates come as the U.S. death toll from the viru...
10:10 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Cisco: Avoid Coronavirus, Stay Home, Use Webex
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Networking giant Cisco is getting into the coronavirus monitoring and mitigation game with its Webex remote meeting property. The company notes t...
09:40 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Google Cancels 'Physical' I/O 2020 Due To Coronavirus Concerns
Google has announced that it will not host an in-person I/O 2020 over coronavirus concerns. The company is looking into an alternative format. 9to5Google reports: Google I/O 2020 was announced in Janu...
09:21 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Libraries Could Preserve Ebooks Forever, But Greedy Publishers Won't Let Them
Caitlin McGarry, reporting for Gizmodo: There are currently 342 potential borrowers waiting for 197 digital copies of Ronan Farrow's investigative thriller Catch and Kill at the Los Angeles Public Lib...
08:50 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Apple News Aggregation Site MacSurfer Closes Shop
John Gruber spotted this announcement on decades old Apple news aggregation site MacSurfer's website: Dear MHN Readers: Not seeing a viable future with subscriptions, MacSurfer and TechNN will cease o...
08:11 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot C.D.C. Drops Coronavirus Testing Numbers From Its Website
A tally of the number of people tested for the novel coronavirus disappeared from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on Monday. From a report: The change was first reported by jour...
07:30 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Silicon Valley Leaders' Plea to Democrats: Anyone but Sanders
The Silicon Valley venture capitalist Keith Rabois, onstage in January at a tech conference, said his first choice for president was a Democrat, Pete Buttigieg. And, sure, it would be a close call for...
06:55 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Security Firm Says CIA Hacked Chinese Targets For the Past 11 Years
China's largest cyber-security vendor has published today a report accusing the CIA of hacking Chinese companies and government agencies for more than 11 years. From a report: The report, authored by ...
06:18 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Honeywell Says It Will Soon Launch the World's Most Powerful Quantum Computer
"The best-kept secret in quantum computing." That's what Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) CEO Ilyas Khan called Honeywell's efforts in building the world's most powerful quantum computer. In a race w...
05:30 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Has Built a Fleet of Robots To Patrol Its Data Centers
There are robots on the prowl at Facebook's server farms. The social networking giant has quietly built a fleet of mobile robots to patrol its data centers, and now has a team dedicated to automating ...
04:50 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Advises 5,000 Global Employees To Work From Home
Twitter is "strongly encouraging" its almost 5,000 global employees to work from home due to concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the company said Monday. From a report: The social me...
04:10 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Trading App Robinhood Experiencing 'Major Outage' For a Second Day Amid Heavy Volume Market Action
Robinhood on Tuesday reported technical issues for a second day following an outage that kept clients from trading on a historic market rally. From a report: As U.S. stocks traded actively again in wa...
03:28 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Fed Cuts Rates Half Point in Emergency Move Amid Spreading Virus
The U.S. Federal Reserve delivered an emergency half-percentage point interest rate cut Tuesday in a bid to protect the longest-ever economic expansion from the spreading coronavirus. From a report: "...
02:42 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot If You Like RSS, You'll Love Fraidycat
J. Fergus, writing for Input: Someone finally did it. We can now follow who we want on our own terms and get that information chronologically. Fraidycat is an app and browser extension that allows jus...
02:02 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot As Coronavirus Numbers Rise, C.D.C. Testing Comes Under Fire
The coronavirus has found a crack in the nation's public health armor, and it is not one that scientists foresaw: diagnostic testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention botched its first a...
01:00 pm - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot China's Aggressive Measures Reversed the Course of Coronavirus Outbreak
hackingbear writes: According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, Chinese hospitals overflowing with COVID-19 patients a few weeks ago now have empty beds. Trials of experimental drugs are ha...
10:00 am - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Robinhood Glitch Steals From the Poor, Gives To the Rich
theodp writes: On its Careers page, zero-commission online broker Robinhood explains its founders "decided it was more important to build products that would provide everyone with access to the financ...
07:00 am - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference Will Now Be Online Only Due To Coronavirus Concerns
Nvidia has announced it has shifted its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) to be online-only due to concerns from the coronavirus outbreak. People who had registered for the event, which was originally s...
03:30 am - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Earth May Have Been a 'Water World' 3 Billion Years Ago, Scientists Find
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have found evidence that Earth was covered by a global ocean that turned the planet into a "water world" more than 3 billion years ago...
01:25 am - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Was This Life's First Meal?
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Studies of the origin of life are replete with paradoxes. Take this doozy: Every known organism on Earth uses a suite of proteins -- and the DNA tha...
01:05 am - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Freedb.org Is Shutting Down
AmiMoJo writes: Freedb, the community-generated database of music CD metadata, is shutting down on March 31, 2020. The service was set up as a free alternative to CDDB. Many CD-ripping applications pu...
12:45 am - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Apple Will Release a Trackpad For the iPad Alongside New Pro Models, Report Claims
According to a report from The Information, Apple plans to introduce a trackpad-equipped keyboard attachment for the iPad Pro alongside its new iPad Pro models sometime this year. Ars Technica reports...
12:02 am - Tue, March 3, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Patient Visited San Antonio Hotel, Mall After She Was 'Mistakenly Released' From Isolation, Officials Say
A woman that tested positive for coronavirus was "mistakenly released" from isolation Saturday, causing the mayor of San Antonio to declare a public health emergency in the city. Dallas News reports: ...
11:20 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot 'Have I Been Pwned' Is No Longer For Sale
Troy Hunt, the owner and founder of the well-known and respected data breach notification website "Have I Been Pwned," announced in a blog post today that his website is no longer being sold and will ...
10:40 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Newly Obtained Documents Show Huawei Role In Shipping Prohibited US Gear To Iran
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: China's Huawei, which for years has denied violating American trade sanctions on Iran, produced internal company records in 2010 that show it was dire...
10:02 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot First Case of Coronavirus Confirmed In New York State
A woman who recently traveled to Iran is New York's first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday night. The ...
09:25 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Developers Say Google Didn't Offer Enough Money To Make Stadia Games
After years of development and hype, Google's long-rumored push into video games arrived last November, with the launch of Google Stadia. Google Stadia isn't a game console, nor is it a game platform,...
08:45 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot We're Not Prepared For the End of Moore's Law
Gordon Moore's 1965 forecast that the number of components on an integrated circuit would double every year until it reached an astonishing 65,000 by 1975 is the greatest technological prediction of t...
08:05 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Coke and Pepsi Sued For Creating a Plastic Pollution 'Nuisance'
Coke, Pepsi, Nestle and other large companies are being sued by a California environmental group for creating a plastic pollution "nuisance" and misleading consumers about the recyclability of plastic...
07:25 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Shrinks Messenger App Size Down By 75%
To make its iPhone messaging app run better -- especially on older phones -- Facebook rewrote it from the ground up. The new version is going live now. From a report: In August 2011, Facebook introduc...
06:42 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Archivists Are Uploading Hundreds of Random VHS Tapes To the Internet
stikves writes: An organization called Vista Group recently uploaded dozens of VHS and cassette tapes from the 90s and early 2000s to the Internet Archive, and the content within is worth a retro-nost...
06:02 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft To Retire MCSA, MCSD and MCSE Certifications
Microsoft will retire MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications on June 30, 2020, according to a new post by Alex Payne, GM, Global Technical Learning at Microsoft Worldwide Learning, on the Microsoft Learni...
05:22 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot AT&T TV Will Be a Tough Sell in a World of Endless Streaming TV Options
AT&T has launched its newest video service brand, called AT&T TV, and it could be the beginning of the end for AT&T's DirecTV offering. From a report: That's because AT&T TV is like Di...
04:43 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Apple To Pay Up To $500 Million To Settle US Lawsuit Over Slow iPhones
Apple has agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle litigation accusing it of quietly slowing down older iPhones as it launched new models, to induce owners to buy replacement phones or batteries. Fr...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Rail Station Wi-Fi Provider in UK Exposed Traveller Data
The email addresses and travel details of about 10,000 people who used free wi-fi at UK railway stations have been exposed online. From a report: Network Rail and the service provider C3UK confirmed t...
03:35 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Stealing Advanced Nations' Mac Malware Isn't Hard. Here's How One Hacker Did It
Malware developers are always trying to outdo each other with creations that are stealthier and more advanced than their competitors'. At the RSA Security conference last week, a former hacker for the...
02:44 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags
A new system uses software to dictate quarantines -- and appears to send personal data to police, in a troubling precedent for automated social control. From a report: As China encourages people to re...
02:01 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot A Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research
An official at the Interior Department embarked on a campaign that has inserted misleading language about climate change -- including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is...
01:04 pm - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Turkey Deploys a 'Swarm' of Unmanned Combat Aircraft
Turkey deployed dozens of unmanned "drone" combat aircraft over Syria, calling the maneuver a new military milestone, reports Bloomberg:Turkey deployed swarms of killer drones to strike Russian-backed...
11:34 am - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Predicts F-35s Would Have 'No Chance' Against Drone Fighter Planes
"Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested that Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II, the costly stealth jet considered to be pinnacle of U.S. military aviation, 'would have no chance' if pitted against a drone [f...
08:24 am - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot Newspaper Decries Fearmongering of the 'Student Surveillance Industry'
Iowa City's school board heard presentations from "two companies pitching digital surveillance services," complains a columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, expressing concerns about their offers to ...
05:55 am - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot 'How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into Prison -- and the Warden's Computer'
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:John Strand breaks into things for a living. As a penetration tester, he gets hired by organizations to attack their defenses, helping reveal weaknesses before ...
03:09 am - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot America's Coronavirus Testing Lags Far Behind South Korea and China
The news site Axios (founded by former Politico staffers) reports on an issue discovered at an Atlanta lab for America's Centers for Disease Control that was manufacturing "relatively small amounts" o...
12:56 am - Mon, March 2, 2020
Slashdot How Streaming Services Saved The Music Industry
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:The music industry was in crisis just a few years ago. Sales were cut in half from their peak as single downloads, YouTube and piracy made the CD album go virtually exti...
11:44 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot Major Republican Donor Seeks Ouster of Twitter's CEO
Jack Dorsey co-founded Twitter in 2006, coding up the first prototype (with the help of a contractor) when he was still in his 20s. Dorsey's now it's CEO -- but "A major Republican donor has purchased...
10:36 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot 12 Countries Are Now Considering Central Bank Digital Currencies
"Officials at central banks are considering how and whether to create a digital form of cash," reports Qz:As money gets swept up by tech innovation, government authorities are taking a closer look at ...
09:38 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot Will The Next Job Impacted By Automation Be App Development?
Leading CIOs, CTOs and technology executives on the "Forbes Technology Council" just made some predictions for the future:Now that the business world has seen the power of automation, the question has...
08:34 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot An Update On Microsoft's 'GitHub Arctic Vault Program'
news.com.au reports:The GitHub Arctic Vault program is part of the now Microsoft-owned code repository GitHub...aimed at preserving the information for generations to come... "We chose to store GitHub...
07:34 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot America Proposes New Rules Requiring Drones to Broadcast Their Location Online
LetterRip (Slashdot reader #30,937) shares a report from Ars Technica:More than 34,000 people have deluged the Federal Aviation Administration with comments over a proposed regulation that would requi...
06:34 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot What Happened When Tulsa Paid People to Work Remotely
Remember when Tulsa, Oklahoma offered $10,000 to remote workers who'd relocate to their city? It was an immensely popular program. "You have better odds of getting into Harvard or Yale than you do of ...
05:34 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Wins NASA Contract to Launch a Spacecraft to an Asteroid Beyond Mars
An anonymous reader quotes Teslarati:SpaceX has been awarded a $117 million launch contract for NASA's Psyche mission that will study a unique metal asteroid between Mars and Jupiter. The NASA mission...
04:34 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot Report: Facebook's Privacy Tools Are Actually 'Riddled With Missing Data'
Bustle's tech site Input reports on some research from the U.K.-based human rights charity Privacy International:Facebook wants you to think it's consistently increasing transparency about how the com...
03:34 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Bans 1 million Products Over Coronavirus Claims
"Amazon has pulled more than 1 million items from its digital shelves due to claims that the products could either cure or help prevent the spread of coronavirus," reports SiliconValley.com:The move c...
02:34 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot A Japanese Smartphone Uses AI To Keep Users From Taking Nude Photos
JustAnotherOldGuy quotes the PetaPixel photography blog on a new smartphone being sold in Japan: Aimed at parents who want to keep their kids from making bad choices, the TONE e20 has an AI-powered "S...
12:14 pm - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot Citroën Unveils a Tiny $6,600, 6-Kilowatt Electric Car
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:French automaker Citroën has unveiled the Ami, a tiny electric car that's designed from the outset to be as cheap as possible. The car isn't very fast and it looks ...
11:34 am - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot Are Tesla's Cameras a Threat To Our Privacy?
"I love that my car recorded a hit-and-run on my behalf," writes a technology columnist at the Washington Post. "Yet I'm scared we're not ready for the ways cameras pointed inside and outside vehicles...
05:10 am - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot World Chess Champion Plays Recklessly Online Using a Pseudonym
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has been sneaking onto online chess sites using stupid pseudonyms and taunting his opponents by using pointless maneuvers with names like "the Bongcloud." One YouTu...
03:45 am - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot Two Private Satellites Dock In Space In Historic First For Orbital Servicing
schwit1 quotes Space.com: In a historic first for satellite operations, a commercial spacecraft "helper" has docked with a working communications satellite to provide life-extension services. The comp...
02:34 am - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Starship SN-1 Fails Pressure Test and Explodes
SpaceX envisions Starship as a 387-foot-tall (118 meters) spacecraft/booster that can carry up to 100 people to Mars. Pig Hogger (Slashdot reader #10,379) tipped us off to this progress report from Sp...
12:34 am - Sun, March 1, 2020
Slashdot Stealth Startup Plans Fundamentally New Kind of Computer with Circuit-Rearranging Processor
VCs have given nearly half a billion dollars to a stealth startup called SambaNova Systems to build "a new kind of computer to replace the typical Von Neumann machines expressed in processors from Int...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot What Happens After 550 Times the Usual Dose of LSD?
"From the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs comes three case studies on people who benefited from LSD overdoses including one woman who took a dose of 55 milligrams of pure powdered LSD," writes...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Filming of Matrix 4 Brings 'Excitement, Some Damage' to San Francisco
"It's only been a few months since we learned that The Matrix 4 was actually a real movie that was going to actually happen, and was actually going to star Keanu Reeves, and now the movie is actually ...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot The 'Go' Team Releases Version 1.14
The new 1.14 release of the Go programming language "is dotted with performance and security improvements," reports the developer news site DevClass, "but also gives devs more flexibility when it come...
08:34 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Is Microsoft Retaliating For Chrome's Warnings About Extension Security in Edge?
Several pundits criticized Google for warning Edge users to switch to Chrome if they wanted to use Chrome extensions "securely". "In Chrome, a plugin can be remotely disabled by the Chrome team if it'...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Some Clever Farmers are Harvesting Metals From Plants
The New York Times reports:Some of Earth's plants have fallen in love with metal. With roots that act practically like magnets, these organisms -- about 700 are known -- flourish in metal-rich soils t...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Chasing AMD, Intel Promises Full Memory Encryption in Upcoming CPUs
"Intel's security plans sound a lot like 'we're going to catch up to AMD,'" argues FOSS advocate and "mercenary sysadmin" Jim Salter at Ars Technica, citing a "present-and-future" presentation by Anil...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Oregon Engineer Proved Right About Traffic Lights
"Mats Järlström's emotions were clearly visible Friday morning. After years of arguing red light traffic cameras are flawed, the official Journal of the Institute of Transportation Engineers...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Tesla and PG&E To Build World's Largest Battery Farm Near Silicon Valley
"Tesla will work with PG&E to build the world's largest battery facility able to store energy generated by both solar and wind power in Monterey, California," writes long-time Slashdot reader Okia...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Health Experts Worry Coronavirus May Be Spreading Undetected in the US
The Boston Globe's Stat News site reports that the new coronavirus "may be spreading in parts of the Pacific Northwest, with California, Oregon, and Washington State reporting Friday that they have di...
12:01 pm - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Ghostcat Bug Impacts All Apache Tomcat Versions Released in the Last 13 Years
Apache Tomcat servers released in the last 13 years are vulnerable to a bug named Ghostcat that can allow hackers to take over unpatched systems. From a report: Discovered by Chinese cybersecurity fir...
10:30 am - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot FCC Proposes Hefty Fines To Carriers for Not Protecting Consumer Location Data
The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that it has proposed fining the nation's four largest wireless carriers $200 million for selling access to their customers' location information ...
08:00 am - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Cortana Drops Consumer Skills as it Refocuses on Business Users
With the next version of Windows 10, coming this spring, Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant will lose a number of consumer skills around music and connected homes, as well as some third-party skill...
05:02 am - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot When AI Can't Replace a Worker, It Watches Them Instead
Whether software that digitizes manual labor makes workers frowny or smiley will come down to how employers choose to use it. From a report: When Tony Huffman stepped away from the production line at ...
02:45 am - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot Telescopes Detect 'Biggest Explosion Since Big Bang'
Scientists have detected evidence of a colossal explosion in space -- five times bigger than anything observed before. Iwastheone shares a report: The huge release of energy is thought to have emanate...
12:31 am - Sat, February 29, 2020
Slashdot FCC Approves Plan To Pay Satellite Companies To Give Up Airwaves
U.S. regulators approved a plan to pay Intelsat SA and other satellite providers to give up airwaves so they can be redeployed for the fast 5G mobile networks being rolled out. From a report: The Fede...