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11:37 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot GitHub Warns Java Developers of New Malware Poisoning NetBeans Projects
GitHub issued a security alert Thursday warning about new malware spreading on its site via boobytrapped Java projects, ZDNet reports:The malware, which GitHub's security team has named Octopus Scanne...
10:42 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Google Says It Inadvertently Removed Ability To Visit URLs From 'Image Search' AMP Pages
DevNull127 writes: Wednesday someone calling themself "Zenexer" complained on Twitter that Google "appears to be phasing out the ability to visit the original URL from an AMP page. Tapping the info ic...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Eight Amazon Workers Have Now Died from Covid-19
The Los Angeles Times tells the story of 63-year-old Harry Sentoso, an Amazon warehouse worker who was called back to work on March 29th -- and died two weeks later of Covid-19.Across the country, Ama...
08:41 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Cisco Discloses Security Breach That Impacted VIRL-PE Infrastructure
Thursday Cisco disclosed a security breach that impacted a small part of its backend infrastructure and two of its commercial products also bundling the SaltStack software package as part of their fir...
07:47 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Tunguska Meteor That Blasted Millions of Trees in 1908 Might Have Returned To Space
schwit1 quotes Space.com: A new explanation for a massive blast over a remote Siberian forest in 1908 is even stranger than the mysterious incident itself. Known as the Tunguska event, the blast flatt...
06:41 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Watch Live: SpaceX Launches NASA Astronauts to ISS
"Crew Dragon's hatch is closed, securing @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug in the spacecraft ahead of liftoff," SpaceX tweeted an hour ago. Livestreaming of the launch has already begun, with liftoff sche...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot IPv6 Adoption Hits 32%. Will Stats Show How Many Returned to the Office?
Long-time Slashdot reader Tim the Gecko writes: Google's IPv6 connectivity stats topped 32% last Saturday for the first time. But the main story has been the midweek stats. Most mobile phone networks ...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot 2018 'Hacking Attempt' Claimed By Georgia Was A Security Test They'd Requested Themselves
An anonymous reader quotes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of s...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Dell's All-AMD Gaming Laptop Hailed as a 'Budget Blockbuster'
AMD "has a potent combination of both CPU and GPU technologies," writes Slashdot reader MojoKid, that "can play well in the laptop market especially, where a tight coupling of the two processing engin...
03:04 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot As Coronavirus Hospitalizations Rise in the US, Many States Hide Their Data
In America, "Federal and state officials across the country have altered or hidden public health data crucial to tracking the coronavirus' spread, hindering the ability to detect a surge of infections...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Many Scientists Warn CDC's New Death Rate Estimates Far Too Low
Slashdot reader DevNull127 quotes Buzzfeed News: Public health experts are accusing the CDC of bending under political pressure to say the coronavirus is less deadly. New CDC estimates of coronavirus ...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Western Digital Gets Sued For Sneaking SMR Disks Into Its NAS Channel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: All three of the surviving conventional hard drive vendors -- Toshiba, Western Digital, and Seagate -- have gotten caught sneaking disks featurin...
10:00 am - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Comcast, Charter and ViacomCBS Join Forces to Make TV Commercials More Targeted
wyattstorch516 writes: Comcast has spun off its blockchain division and is now partnering with Spectrum Reach (the advertising sales division of Charter Communications) and Viacom. Customized ad deliv...
07:00 am - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Will No Longer Support the Echo Look, Encourages Owners To Recycle Theirs
"Amazon is discontinuing its Echo Look camera, a standalone device that gave owners fashion advice using artificial intelligence and machine learning," reports The Verge. The gadget raised eyebrows wh...
05:30 am - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Are Not Real
silverjacket writes: A story in this week's issue of Science. Artificial intelligence (AI) just seems to get smarter and smarter. Each iPhone learns your face, voice, and habits better than the last, ...
03:30 am - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot EU's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue To Fall As Coal Ditched
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU continued their fall in 2018, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available, according to a new re...
01:25 am - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Biotech Startup Aims to Make Use of Humanity's Genetic Outliers
pacopico writes: A startup called Variant Bio has quietly been going around the world for the past couple of years, looking for genetic outliers. We're talking about people with super high metabolisms...
12:45 am - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Border Patrol Flies Anti-Terrorism Drone Over Minneapolis Protestors
U.S. Customs and Border Protection flew a drone over Minneapolis to keep a careful eye on the unfolding unrest following the death of George Floyd, a local black man who died after a white police offi...
12:02 am - Sat, May 30, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Sellers Are Marking Products As 'Collectible' To Get Around Price Gouging Rules
Amazon has suspended thousands of third-party sellers for price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic, but sellers have found a loophole to avoid detection when raising prices: labeling their products ...
11:20 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Senator Ted Cruz Calls For Criminal Investigation of Twitter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in a letter Friday to the Justice and Treasury departments, is calling for a criminal investigation of Twitter over allegations...
10:40 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Michigan State University Network Breached In Ransomware Attack
Netwalker ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operators have reportedly breached Michigan State University's network, threatening to leak private files to the public if they don't pay a ransom in time. Ble...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Google To Enable the Chrome Anti-Notification Spam System in July 2020
Google announced this week plans to enable its new anti-notification spam system in Chrome over the summer, with the release of Chrome 84, on July 12, 2020. From a report: Known internally as the "qui...
09:20 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX's Starship SN4 Launch Vehicle Prototype Explodes After Static Engine Fire Test
SpaceX had just conducted yet another static fire test of the Raptor engine in its Starship SN4 prototype launch vehicle on Friday when the test vehicle exploded on the test stand in Boca Chica, Texas...
08:38 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Software Bug In Bombardier Airliner Made Planes Turn the Wrong Way
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: A very specific software bug made airliners turn the wrong way if their pilots adjusted a pre-set altitude limit. The bug, discovered on Bombardi...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Joe Biden Doesn't Like Trump's Twitter Order, But Still Wants To Revoke Section 230
Former Vice President Joe Biden still wants to repeal the pivotal internet law that provides social media companies like Facebook and Twitter with broad legal immunity over content posted by their use...
07:09 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Trump Says US Will Terminate Relationship With WHO Today
President Donald Trump announced Friday that the United States is will be cutting ties with the World Health Organization later today. From a report: "China has total control over the World Health Org...
06:45 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Twitter, Reddit Challenge US Rules Forcing Visa Applicants To Disclose Their Social Media Handles
Twitter and Reddit have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging a U.S. government rule change compelling visa applicants to disclose their social media handles. From a report: The la...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Google Rescinds Offers To Thousands of Contract Workers
Google, facing an advertising slump caused by the pandemic, has rescinded offers to several thousand people who had agreed to work at the company as temporary and contract workers. From a report: "We'...
05:25 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Why Remote Work Is So Hard -- and How It Can Be Fixed
Cal Newport, writing at the New Yorker: Technological transitions often stumble when we expect them to sprint. In 1989, the Stanford economist Paul David wanted to understand why so many companies wer...
04:45 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot NSA Warns of New Sandworm Attacks on Email Servers
The US National Security Agency (NSA) has published a security alert warning of a new wave of cyberattacks against email servers, attacks conducted by one of Russia's most advanced cyber-espionage uni...
04:02 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Tile Writes to EU Accusing Apple of Abuse of Power
Bluetooth accessory maker Tile has written to the European Union accusing Apple of abuse of power and of illegally favoring its own products. From a report: According to a report by Financial Times, i...
03:20 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Google Makes Sharing Plus Codes Easier in a Push To Simplify Addressing System Globally
Two years ago, Google open-sourced Plus Codes, a digital addressing system to help billions of people navigate to places that don't have clear addresses. The company said this week it is making it eas...
02:40 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Translation From VC-Backed PR Jargon To English of Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz's Statement That He's 'Stepping Down'
From a company-wide memo sent by Rony Abovitz, the founder of Magic Leap, which has raised nearly $3 billion from high-profile investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Google, AT&T, NTT DoCoMo, Pu...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Flags Trump and White House Tweets About Minneapolis Protests for 'Glorifying Violence'
Twitter placed a notice on a tweet from President Trump, shielding it from view for breaking what the company said are its rules about glorifying violence [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; al...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Stay-home orders and the shuttering of workplaces have given corporate employees some respite from getting dragged into time-wasting w...
10:50 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Flags Trump Tweet About Minneapolis Protests for 'Glorifying Violence'
Twitter placed a notice on a tweet from President Trump, shielding it from view for breaking what the company said are its rules about glorifying violence [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; al...
10:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Ancient Mass Extinction Tied To Ozone Loss, Warming Climate
Iwastheone shares a report from Science Magazine: The end of the Devonian period, 359 million years ago, was an eventful time: Fish were inching out of the ocean, and fernlike forests were advancing o...
07:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Vulcan Is Closing 'The Living Computers: Museum Labs' In Seattle
Flexagon writes: Buried in the news of several closures by Vulcan, a venture by the late Paul Allen, is that Seattle's Living Computers museum is among the closures, along with Seattle's Cinerama movi...
03:30 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Uber Destroys Thousands of Bikes and Scooters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Uber is destroying thousands of electric bikes and scooters, after selling its Jump business to Lime. Videos of its red bikes being crushed at a recyc...
02:20 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Germany Calls In Russian Envoy Over Hack Attack
In response to a cyberattack on the German Parliament in 2015, Germany wants to impose a European travel ban and asset freeze on those responsible. Reuters reports: Russia has rejected allegations tha...
01:40 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot ACLU Accuses Clearview AI of Privacy 'Nightmare Scenario'
The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday sued the facial recognition start-up Clearview AI (alternative source), which claims to have helped hundreds of law enforcement agencies use online photo...
01:20 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Google Sued by Arizona Over Location Data and Alleged Consumer Fraud
Google has been hit by a lawsuit filed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, alleging the search giant deceived its users in order to collect location data from their phones. From a report: The c...
01:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot Google Launches Android Studio 4.0 With Motion Editor, Build Analyzer, and Java 8 APIs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Android Studio 4.0, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE). Android Studio 4.0 is supposed to he...
12:30 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Says China-Linked Comment Deletions Weren't Caused By Outside Parties
YouTube sparked widespread speculation about its moderation policies this week after it admitted to accidentally deleting comments that contained phrases critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)....
12:02 am - Fri, May 29, 2020
Slashdot NSA Warns of Ongoing Russian Hacking Campaign Against US Systems
The U.S. National Security Agency on Thursday warned government partners and private companies about a Russian hacking operation that uses a special intrusion technique to target operating systems oft...
11:20 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot A $350 'Anti-5G' Device Is Just a 128MB USB Stick, Teardown Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Believers of 5G conspiracy theories have apparently been buying a $350 anti-5G USB key that -- not surprisingly -- appears to just be a regular U...
10:45 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot The Most Powerful Raspberry Pi Now Has 8GB of RAM
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has doubled the maximum amount of RAM available in the Raspberry Pi 4 to 8GB with a new device it's selling for $75. An anonymous reader writes: To take advantage of the RA...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Make a Habit of Force-Quitting iOS Apps or Restarting iOS Devices
Adam Engst, writing for TidBITS: Because force-quitting apps and restarting or shutting down devices are necessary only to fix unanticipated problems, there are two notable downsides to engaging in su...
09:10 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Protections For Social Media Platforms
President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content users post on their platforms. Axios rep...
08:45 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Offer Permanent Roles To 70% of 175,000 New US Hires
Amazon plans to offer permanent jobs to about 70% of the U.S. workforce it has hired temporarily to meet consumer demand during the coronavirus pandemic, the company told Reuters on Thursday. From a r...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot China Rules Out Animal Market and Lab as Coronavirus Origin
Chinese scientists in recent days said they had ruled out both a laboratory and an animal market in the city of Wuhan as possible origins of the coronavirus pandemic, in their most detailed pushback t...
07:25 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Antibody Testing Shows Lower Fatality Rate For Infection
Jon Hamilton, reporting for NPR: Mounting evidence suggests the coronavirus is more common and less deadly than it first appeared. The evidence comes from tests that detect antibodies to the coronavir...
06:45 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot A Monday Is a Tuesday Is a Sunday as COVID-19 Disrupts Internal Clocks
A global natural experiment examines the time warp of life under quarantine. From a report: In April Jenny Rappaport sat down to inspect her calendar because she could not tell how many days had passe...
06:02 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot $100 Million in Bounties Paid by HackerOne To Ethical Hackers
Bug bounty platform HackerOne announced today that it has paid out $100,000,000 in rewards to white-hat hackers around the world as of May 26, 2020. From a report: Since it started delivering vulnerab...
05:21 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot What a Week's Disasters Tell Us About Climate and the Pandemic
The hits came this week in rapid succession: A cyclone slammed into the Indian megacity of Kolkata, pounding rains breached two dams in the Midwestern United States, and on Thursday came warning that ...
04:45 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot How Baidu's AI Produces News Videos Using Just a URL
An anonymous reader shares a report: AI for news production is one of the areas that has drawn contrasting opinions. On one hand, it might help media houses produce more news in a better format with m...
04:04 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Developers Reveal Programming Languages They Love and Loathe, and What Pays Best
Stack Overflow has released the results of its 2020 survey of nearly 65,000 developers, revealing their favorite and most dreaded programming languages, tools and frameworks. From a news writeup: The ...
03:25 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Says Social Networks Should Not Be Fact-Checking Political Speech
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he does not think social networks should be fact-checking what politicians post. From a report: Zuckerberg's comment came after CNBC asked him for thoughts on Twitter...
02:40 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Trump To Order Review of Law Protecting Social Media Firms After Twitter Spat
President Trump will sign an executive order later today that mandates a review of a law that shields companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook from being held liable for the content appearing on th...
02:04 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Google Highlights Indian 'Hack-for-Hire' Companies in New TAG Report
The Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG), a division inside Google's security department that tracks nation-state and high-end cybercrime groups, has published its inaugural TAG quarterly report. In the...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Americans, It Turns Out, Would Rather Visit a Store Than Buy Food Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Online grocery sales have surged as much as 200% this year, according to Earnest Research, part of a broader boom in home cooking now that thousands...
10:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot A Third of Americans Now Show Signs of Clinical Anxiety or Depression
A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression (alternative source), Census Bureau data shows, the most definitive and alarming sign yet of the psychological toll exacted by ...
07:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Bankrupt OneWeb Seeks License For 48,000 Satellites, Even More Than SpaceX
Yesterday, SpaceX and OneWeb filed applications to launch tens of thousands of additional satellites into low Earth orbit. "SpaceX's application to launch 30,000 satellites -- in addition to the nearl...
03:30 am - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Docker Expands Relationship With Microsoft To Ease Developer Experience Across Platforms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: When Docker sold off its enterprise division to Mirantis last fall, that didn't mark the end of the company. In fact, Docker still exists and has r...
02:10 am - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Anti-Porn Filters Stop Dominic Cummings Trending On Twitter
The Guardian reports that Twitter's anti-porn filters have blocked Dominic Cummings' name from trending on the platform, despite Boris Johnson's chief adviser dominating British political news for alm...
01:30 am - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Japan Enacts High-Tech 'Super City' Bill Where AI, Big Data and Other Technologies Are Utilized To Resolve Social Problems
The Diet enacted a bill Wednesday to create "super cities" where artificial intelligence, big data and other technologies are utilized to resolve social problems. The Japan Times reports: The bill rev...
12:30 am - Thu, May 28, 2020
Slashdot Amazon In Advanced Talks To Buy Self-Driving-Car Tech Company Zoox
Amazon is in advanced talks to buy Zoox in a move that would expand the e-commerce giant's reach in autonomous-vehicle technology. The Wall Street Journal reports: The companies are discussing a deal ...
11:50 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Turla Hacker Group Steals Antivirus Logs To See If Its Malware Was Detected
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Security researchers from ESET have discovered new attacks carried out by Turla, one of Russia's most advanced state-sponsored hacking groups. The new a...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Sony Is Planning a PS5 Conference For As Early As Next Week
Sony is planning a digital event to showcase games for its next-generation PlayStation 5 that may take place as early as next week, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg r...
10:50 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Proposed Bill Would Ban Microtargeting of Political Advertisements
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Internet-based advertising has been a boon for both political campaigns and disinformation campaigns, which love to take advantage of the ability...
10:10 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Gamemakers Inject AI To Develop More Lifelike Characters
moon_unit2 writes: The AI technique that DeepMind used to teach machines to play Atari can now bring new video game characters to life. WIRED reports that researchers at Electronic Arts and the Univer...
09:30 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot New Fuzzing Tool Finds 26 USB Bugs in Linux, Windows, macOS, and FreeBSD
Academics say they have discovered 26 new vulnerabilities in the USB driver stack employed by operating systems such as Linux, macOs, Windows, and FreeBSD. From a report: The research team, made up by...
08:50 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot GE Is Saying Goodbye To Its 129-Year-Old Light Bulb Business
schwit1 shares a report from CNN: General Electric is saying goodbye to the light bulb. The conglomerate is shedding a struggling business founded by Thomas Edison more than a century ago. After years...
08:10 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Watch SpaceX Launch People To Space For the First Time Live [Updated]
SpaceX is set to mark a huge milestone in its own company history, with a first-ever crewed spaceflight set to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida later today. From a report: The mission is Commer...
07:30 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot OpenSSH To Deprecate SHA-1 Logins Due To Security Risk
OpenSSH, the most popular utility for connecting to and managing remote servers, has announced today plans to drop support for its SHA-1 authentication scheme. From a report: The OpenSSH team cited se...
06:45 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Huawei CFO Meng Loses Key Court Argument in Fight Against Extradition To United States
Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou has lost a key aspect of the trial on her extradition to the United States, a Canadian court announced on Wednesday. From a report: Meng, a Chinese citize...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Update with Linux and Notepad Enhancements
Microsoft is starting to release the latest twice-annual update to Windows 10, featuring enhancements to the longstanding Notepad app and a way to find your cursor in a sea of text. Some of the other ...
05:25 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Mysterious Radio Bursts Reveal Missing Matter in Cosmos
sciencehabit writes: Roughly half of the "normal" matter in the universe -- the stuff that makes up stars, planets, and even us -- exists as mere wisps of material floating in intergalactic space, acc...
04:49 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Fauci: Data is "Really Quite Evident" Against Hydroxychloroquine For Coronavirus
Anthony Fauci told CNN Wednesday that the scientific data "is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy" of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. From a report: The comments came in...
04:12 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Boeing Cutting More Than 12,000 US Jobs With Thousands More Planned
Boeing said Wednesday it was eliminating more than 12,000 U.S. jobs, including laying off 6,770 U.S. workers as the largest American planemaker restructures in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Fr...
03:26 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Local News Stations Run Propaganda Segment Scripted and Produced by Amazon
Local news stations across the U.S. aired a segment produced and scripted by Amazon which touts the company's role in delivering essential groceries and cleaning products during the COVID-19 pandemic,...
02:41 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Trump Threatens To Shut Social Media Companies After Twitter Fact Check
President Donald Trump threatened to regulate or shutter social media companies -- a warning apparently aimed at Twitter after it began fact-checking his tweets. From a report: In a pair of tweets iss...
02:06 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot HBO Max Takes on Netflix With Human Curation Instead of Solely Relying on Algorithms
Just like nearly everything else on the internet, streaming services are ruled by recommendation algorithms that are designed to predetermine what people want before they ask for it. WarnerMedia is tr...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot The CDC Says Its New 'Best Estimate' Is That 0.4 Percent of People With Symptoms and COVID-19 Will Die
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: In new guidance for mathematical modelers and public health officials, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is estimating that about a thir...
10:00 am - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot CDC Warns of Increasingly Aggressive Rodents Looking For New Food Sources
New submitter Way Smarter Than You shares a report from The Seattle Times: Humans aren't the only ones hankering for the days they could dine out at their cities' restaurants: Some rats that miss feas...
07:00 am - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Insignia Project Aims To Resurrect Xbox Live For the Original Xbox
Last week, Kotaku reported on a new project, called Insignia, "that aims to recreate the original Xbox Live service, potentially restoring online play to many dozens of classic Xbox games that fell of...
03:30 am - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Supercomputer Simulates the Impact of the Asteroid That Wiped Out Dinosaurs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Some 66 million years ago, an asteroid hit the Earth on the eastern coast of modern Mexico, resulting in up to three quarters of plant and animal specie...
02:02 am - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Why Glass Frogs Have See-Through Skin Becomes Clear In Study
The mystery of why glass frogs have see-through skin has been solved, scientists say: the unusual feature is a type of camouflage. The Guardian reports: Glass frogs are found in tropical Central and S...
01:30 am - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Chrome and Firefox Block Torrent Site YTS Over 'Phishing'
Chrome and Firefox are blocking direct access to the movie download pages of popular torrent site YTS. According to Google's safe browsing report, YTS.mx is a "deceptive site" that may trick visitors ...
12:50 am - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot Audi Drops Driver For Secretly Using a Ringer To Compete In Virtual Race
Audi has dropped driver Daniel Abt in the all-electric racing series Formula E after he had a pro sim driver surreptitiously race for him during a virtual competition over the weekend. He has also bee...
12:10 am - Wed, May 27, 2020
Slashdot New Android Vulnerability Strandhogg 2.0 Exploits User Trust
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Norwegian infosec firm discovered a new Android vulnerability, which they've dubbed Strandhogg 2.0. Security firm Promon says "Strandhogg" is a...
11:30 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Apple Assisting Authorized Repair Shops With COVID-Related Expenses
NoMoreACs writes: According to an article from MacRumors, Apple is helping offset increased costs incurred by their third-party Authorized Repair Shops due to the COVID-19 forced closures and other CO...
10:50 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Google To Begin Reopening Offices July 6, Will Let Employees Expense $1,000 for Equipment While Telecommuting
Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees Tuesday that the search giant is targeting July 6 to reopen offices for workers that want to come back to in person. The return will be gradual, starting at abo...
10:10 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Looking Glass Starts Shipping Its 8K Holographic Display
Looking Glass is now shipping its 8K holographic display, which utilizes 33.2 million pixels and 45-element light field to provide a 3D effect. TechCrunch reports: The target markets here are medical ...
09:30 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot House Leaders Strike Deal To Protect US Web Browsing Data From Warrantless Surveillance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: After three days of negotiations, House lawmakers have struck a deal on an amendment to protect innocent Americans from being spied on by their own go...
08:50 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot A Virus-Hunter Falls Prey To a Virus He Underestimated
Peter Piot, 71, one of the giants of Ebola and AIDS research, is still battling a coronavirus infection that hit him "like a bus" in March. From a report:"This is the revenge of the viruses," said Dr....
08:10 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot India Open Sources Its Contact-Tracing App
India has released the source code of its contact-tracing app, Aarogya Setu, to the relief of privacy and security experts who have been advocating for this ever since the app launched in early April....
07:30 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Slack CEO: Microsoft is 'Unhealthily Preoccupied With Killing Us'
Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield claimed earlier this month that Microsoft Teams isn't a competitor to Slack. In an interview with The Verge, Butterfield has revealed that, inside Slack, the company feel...
06:52 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Grand Theft Auto VI in 2023? Take-Two SEC Filing Hints at Release Date
Take-Two expects to spend $89 million on marketing during the 12-month period ending March 31, 2024. That is more than twice the marketing budget for any other fiscal year over the next half-decade, a...
06:15 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Jeff Teper: Teams 'Will Be Even Bigger Than Windows'
An anonymous reader writes: Jeff Teper, CVP for Microsoft 365, has a vision for the company's Office 365 chat-based collaboration tool that competes with Slack, Facebook's Workplace, and Google Chat. ...
05:37 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot YouTube is Deleting Comments With Two Phrases That Insult China's Communist Party
YouTube is automatically deleting comments that contain certain Chinese-language phrases related to criticism of the country's ruling Communist Party (CCP). The company confirmed to The Verge this was...
04:52 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Knows It Encourages Division. Top Executives Nixed Solutions.
Jeff Horwitz and Deepa Seetharaman, reporting for Wall Street Journal: A Facebook team had a blunt message for senior executives. The company's algorithms weren't bringing people together. They were d...
04:18 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Refuses To Delete Trump's Baseless Claims About Joe Scarborough
Twitter's policy carve-out for world leaders is facing another test with President Donald Trump's latest tweets resurrecting baseless claims that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough should be investigated for ...
03:37 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Did Fear and Groupthink Drive Unnecessary Global Lockdowns?
An anonymous reader writes: There's an interesting analysis, which looks at several data points, to conclude that media may have flamed fears that drove the world to enforce lockdowns. From the story:...
02:46 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot As Chinese Authorities Expand Use of Health Tracking Apps, Privacy Concerns Grow
China's health tracking QR codes, which have played a key part in the country's successful containment of the coronavirus, now look set to play a much broader role in daily life as local authorities d...
02:01 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Former HTC Boss Plots Return To Spotlight With 5G VR Headset
Peter Chou, the man who led HTC through its most prosperous years as an Android phone maker, is returning to consumer electronics with the unveiling of a new virtual reality headset, platform and comp...
12:47 pm - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot College-Bound Students To Miss Out on Billions in Financial Aid Due To Pandemic
This year, students may need extra help to make college a reality. From a report: Amid the coronavirus crisis and sky-high unemployment rates, less than half of families feel confident in their abilit...
07:59 am - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Virgin Orbit's First Orbital Test Flight Cut Short After Rocket Released from Carrier Aircraft
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Monday, Virgin Orbit attempted the first full flight of its orbital payload launch system, which includes a modified Boeing 747 called 'Cosmic Girl' that acts a...
03:30 am - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot The Moon Pays a Spring Visit To Virgo
An anonymous reader shares a report: The moon visits one of the spring constellations this week by traveling through the faint constellation of Virgo, the virgin. On 1 and 2 June, our natural satellit...
12:30 am - Tue, May 26, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Promises New Skype Features Despite Teams For Consumers Launch
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has shared few usage numbers since acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion in October 2011. Skype's monthly active users, for example, haven't been updated since August ...
10:35 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot NASA and SpaceX Confirm SpaceX's First Ever Astronaut Launch is a 'Go'
NASA and SpaceX are closer than ever to a moment both have been preparing for since the beginning of the Commercial Crew program in 2010. SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft are now set to fl...
09:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Thousands of Enterprise Systems Infected by New Blue Mockingbird Malware Gang
Thousands of enterprise systems are believed to have been infected with a cryptocurrency-mining malware operated by a group tracked under the codename of Blue Mockingbird. From a report: Discovered ea...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Chrome: 70% of All Security Bugs Are Memory Safety Issues
Roughly 70% of all serious security bugs in the Chrome codebase are memory management and safety bugs, Google engineers said. From a report: Half of the 70% are use-after-free vulnerabilities, a type ...
07:25 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot In $16 Billion Push To Expand Broadband, America Is Flying Through a Fog
Spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, federal policy makers are pushing to spend billions of dollars to close gaps in America's high-speed internet network. From a report: There is one big obstacle: Go...
06:45 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot 'Japan Model' Has Beaten Coronavirus, Shinzo Abe Declares
Prime minister Shinzo Abe has declared victory for the "Japan model" of fighting coronavirus as he lifted a nationwide state of emergency after seven weeks [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; a...
06:07 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Google Removes QAnon Apps From Play Store for Violating Terms
Google last week removed three apps related to the QAnon conspiracy theory from its Play Store digital marketplace. From a report: The apps -- called QMAP, Q Alerts! and Q Alerts LITE -- were taken do...
05:28 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot WHO Temporarily Suspends Trial of Hydroxychloroquine Over Safety Concerns
The World Health Organization is temporarily pausing tests of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment in order to review safety concerns, the agency's director-general Ted...
04:46 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot A Massive Database of 8 Billion Thai Internet Records Leaks
Thailand's largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users. From a report: Security researcher Justin...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot eBay Port Scans Visitors' Computers For Remote Access Programs
AmiMoJo shares a report: When visiting the eBay.com site, a script will run that performs a local port scan of your computer to detect remote support and remote access applications. Many of these port...
03:29 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Struggles To Label Misleading COVID-19 Tweets
Automated technology that Twitter began using this month to label tweets containing coronavirus misinformation is making mistakes, raising concerns about the company's reliance on artificial intellige...
02:43 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things
Requiring federal agents to have "probable cause" to eavesdrop on the internet activities of American citizens poses a direct threat to national security and would force the FBI to stand by while terr...
02:03 pm - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Locked-Down Teens Stay Up All Night, Sleep All Day
Parents share a roof but see little of teenagers who have adopted vampire schedules; "Sometimes, my dad just wants me to wake up for no reason." From a report: Paul Cancellieri wakes up most mornings ...
11:34 am - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Texas Instruments Makes It Harder to Run Programs on its Calculators
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:Texas Instruments' graphing calculators have a reputation as hobbyist devices given their program support, but they just lost some of their appeal. Cemetech has lea...
07:34 am - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Will The Pandemic Mean Less Age Discrimination For Boomers?
An anonymous reader quotes Psychology Today's "Boomer's 3.0" blog: More and more companies, especially those in the tech sector, are wisely concluding that the physical infrastructure constructed to p...
03:34 am - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Dumps Intel For 32-core AMD Ryzen On His Personal PC
Linus Torvalds released Linux 5.7 rc7 today, saying it "looks very normal... none of the fixes look like there's anything particularly scary going on." But then he added something else:[T]he biggest e...
01:38 am - Mon, May 25, 2020
Slashdot Tech Companies Urges US House to Protect the Privacy of Americans' Browsing and Search History
While reinstating the PATRIOT Act, the U.S. Senate blocked an amendment which would've shielded Americans' browsing and search histories from warrantless searches. But that fight may not be over, repo...
11:42 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot Risk For MS 30% Higher For Those Living In Cities, Study Finds
schwit1 quotes UPI: City-dwellers are nearly 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis than those living in more rural areas, a study presented Friday at the European Academy of N...
10:48 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot After 19 Years, the ISS Receives Its Very Last NASA Science Rack
"One of the longer chapters of the International Space Station has come to a close," writes Engadget. "NASA has sent the last of its 11 ExPRESS (Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Sta...
09:34 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot UK May Drop Huawei From Planned 5G Networks
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:The National Cyber Security Agency in the UK is expected to conclude that U.S. sanctions against Huawei will make it impossible to use the Chinese company's tec...
08:34 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot Altran's 'Code Defect AI' and the Rise of AI-Assisted Coding Tools
"Altran has released a new tool that uses artificial intelligence to help software engineers spot bugs during the coding process instead of at the end," reports TechRepublic."Available on GitHub, Code...
07:34 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot 20% of GitLab Employees Handed Over Login Credentials in Phishing Test
SiliconANGLE reports:[C]ode repository management firm GitLab Inc. decided to phish their own employees to see what would happen. The result was not good: One in five employees fell for the fake email...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot 'FOSS Responders' Want to Help Open-Source Groups Survive
"Thanks to the coronavirus, technology events have been canceled left and right," writes ZDNet. "This, in turn, is damaging the finances of companies and groups that depend on these events."Some open-...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot What Happens When Software Development Environments Move to the Cloud?
An anonymous reader quotes IEEE Spectrum:If you're a newly hired software engineer, setting up your development environment can be tedious. If you're lucky, your company will have a documented, step-b...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot Jack Dorsey Tells Andrew Yang: 'AI is Coming For Programming Jobs'
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:The rise of artificial intelligence will make even software engineers less sought after. That's because artificial intelligence will soon write its own software, accord...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot Wikipedia Plans New Rule To Combat 'Toxic Behavior'
Wikipedia is taking steps to fight what it's calling "toxic behavior" which will be finalized by the end of this year, reports the BBC (in an article shared by Charlotte Web):"We must work together to...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot Chromium Project Finds 70% of Its Serious Security Bugs Are Memory Safety Problems
"Around 70% of our serious security bugs are memory safety problems," the Chromium project announced this week. "Our next major project is to prevent such bugs at source." ZDNet reports:The percentage...
01:34 pm - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot Newly-Released Jailbreak Tool Can Unlock Every iPhone and iPad
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:A renowned iPhone hacking team has released a new "jailbreak" tool that unlocks every iPhone, even the most recent models running the latest iOS 13.5. [9to5Mac po...
11:34 am - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot As Russia Stalks US Satellites, a Space Arms Race May Be Heating Up
Russia "is now challenging the United States' long-standing supremacy in space and working to exploit the U.S. military's dependence on space systems for communications, navigation, intelligence, and ...
07:34 am - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot Open Source Security Report Finds Library-Induced Flaws in 70% of Applications
The State of Software Security (SOSS): Open Source Edition "analyzed the component open source libraries across the Veracode platform database of 85,000 applications which includes 351,000 unique exte...
03:34 am - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot With Highway Traffic Down, Are Reckless Drivers Still Increasing Highway Fatalities?
Highway patrols across America "are reporting a rise in reckless driving," writes ABC News. Slashdot reader quonset shared their report:In Connecticut, traffic has been cut in half compared to last ye...
01:34 am - Sun, May 24, 2020
Slashdot Munich Says It's Now Shifting Back From Microsoft to Open Source Software -- Again
Newly-elected politicians in Munich "have decided its administration needs to use open-source software, instead of proprietary products like Microsoft Office," reports ZDNet:"Where it is technological...
11:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Java Programming Language Celebrates Its 25th Birthday. What's Next?
May 23rd marks the 25th anniversary of the day Sun Microsystems introduced Java to the world, notes InfoWorld. Looking at both the present and the future, they write that currently Java remains popula...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot America's CDC and 11 States Erroneously Conflated Two Kinds of Coronavirus Tests
America's Center for Disease Control "is conflating viral and antibody tests..." writes the Atlantic, "distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the ...
10:04 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration Mulls First US Nuclear Test in Decades
The Trump administration "has discussed whether to conduct the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992," reports the Washington Post, "in a move that would have far-reaching consequences for rela...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot America Makes a Big Investment In Next-Gen Nuclear Power
America's Department of Energy "has started a new Office of Nuclear Energy projects called the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program" (or ARDP) reports Popular Mechanics: "The $230 million program wi...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Lockdown-Ignoring Sweden Now Has Europe's Highest Per-Capita Death Rate
Sweden's death rate per million (376) "is far in advance of Norway's (44), Denmark's (96) and Finland's (55) — countries with similar welfare systems and demographics, but which imposed strict l...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 78 To Prevent Websites From Forcing Users To Save PDF Documents
"Firefox will prevent websites from forcing users to directly save PDFs without opening them in the web browser window," reports The Windows Club. "Mozilla is rolling out this feature to the masses wi...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot After 37 Years Microsoft Open Sources GW-BASIC
"Having re-open-sourced MS-DOS on GitHub in 2018, Microsoft has now released the source code for GW-BASIC, Microsoft's 1983 BASIC interpreter," reports ZDNet, adding that GW-BASIC "can trace its roots...
06:04 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Public Release of Newest Imperial College Report for the UK Delayed By 'Politicized Nature' of Lockdown Debate
"The publication of a long-awaited report from Imperial College London that models the impact of coming out of lockdown has been delayed for several weeks, following criticism of the team's methods, a...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot New Imperial College Research Estimates Coronavirus Still Spreading Uncontrolled in 24 US States
New research from Imperial College London suggests the coronavirus "may still be spreading at epidemic rates" in 24 different states in America, reports the Washington Post: Some states have had littl...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Pandemic Brings Huge Spike In Demand For Plant-Based Meat Alternatives
Food safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, along with "changing consumer preferences," are "contributing to a shift toward plant-based food options," reports CNBC, citing alternative meat mak...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Study of 96,000 Covid-19 Patients Finds Hydroxychloroquine Increased Their Risk of Dying
"The drug US President Donald Trump said he was taking to ward off Covid-19 actually increases the risk of patients with the disease dying from it," reports the BBC, citing a new study published Frida...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot As Demand Plummets This Weekend, UK Renewable Energy Projects May Be Asked To Turn Off
"Hundreds of renewable energy projects may be asked to turn off this weekend," reports the Guardian, "to avoid overloading the grid as the UK's electricity demand plummets to record lows."Britain's de...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Breathing Habits Are Related To Physical and Mental Health
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal, written by James Nestor: Breathing is a missing pillar of health, and our attention to it is long overdue. Most of us misunderstand br...
10:00 am - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Bumblebees' 'Clever Trick' Fools Plants Into Flowering
Scientists found that when deprived of pollen, bumblebees will nibble on the leaves of flowerless plants to trick them into flowering, sometimes up to 30 days earlier than normal. The BBC reports: Wri...
07:00 am - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot ALMA Discovers Massive Rotating Disk In Early Universe
Iwastheone shares a report from Phys.Org: In our 13.8 billion-year-old universe, most galaxies like our Milky Way form gradually, reaching their large mass relatively late. But a new discovery made wi...
03:30 am - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot It's Official: SpaceX Is a 'Go' To Launch NASA Astronauts On Crew Dragon Spaceship
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: No showstoppers were found during a crucial flight readiness review (FRR) for SpaceX's Demo-2 mission, keeping the company's first-ever crewed fligh...
02:02 am - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Find Brain Center That 'Profoundly' Shuts Down Pain
A research team from Duke University has found a small area of the brain in mice that can profoundly shut down pain. "It's located in an area where few people would have thought to look for an anti-pa...
01:25 am - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia's AI Recreates 'Pac-Man' For 40th Anniversary
Nvidia recently taught its AI system to recreate the game Pac-Man just by watching it being played. Hypebeast reports: No coding or pre-rendered images were used for the software to base the recreatio...
12:45 am - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Claim New Internet Speed Record of 44.2 Tbps
Researchers based out of Australia's Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT universities say they've set a new internet speed record of 44.2 Tbps, according to a paper published in the open-access journal Nature...
12:02 am - Sat, May 23, 2020
Slashdot Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Staying Closed For Too Long Could Cause 'Irreparable Damage'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Stay-at-home orders intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus could end up causing "irreparable damage" if imposed for too long, White House health ...
11:20 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot On Facebook and YouTube, Classical Musicians Are Getting Blocked or Muted
Michael Andor Brodeur, writing for The Washington Post: As covid-19 forces more and more classical musicians and organizations to shift operations to the Internet, they're having to contend with an en...
10:40 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Outlook For Windows Will Soon Sync Email Signatures Across Devices
Microsoft is finally bringing cloud support to Outlook for Windows email signatures. The Verge reports: Microsoft originally acknowledged that it was planning some type of sync support for Outlook sig...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Google's a Problem For Everyone Who Sells Something Online, Says Expedia Group CEO
Expedia Group's new CEO isn't mincing words about one of the company's biggest challenges: Google's dual role as a rival in online travel, and a key source of customers through search traffic and paid...
09:25 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft: Here's Why We Love Programming Language Rust and Kicked off Project Verona
Microsoft has explained why it's pursuing 'safe systems programming' through efforts like its experimental Rust-inspired Project Verona language and its exploration of the Rust programming language fo...
08:45 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Just Turning Your Phone On Qualifies As Searching It, Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A man from Washington state was arrested in May 2019 and was indicted on several charges related to robbery and assault. The suspect, Joseph Sam,...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot 'Weird' Nintendo Switch Issue Makes it Easier to Guess Passwords
A security researcher has found an odd issue with how the Nintendo Switch console handles login credentials, potentially making it easier for hackers to figure out peoples' passwords, and raising ques...
07:25 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot North Dakota's COVID-19 App Has Been Sending Data To Foursquare and Google
The official COVID-19 contact-tracing app for the state of North Dakota, designed to detect whether people have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus, sends location data and a unique user ident...
06:45 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot We Lose A Lot When Podcasts Go Closed Instead Of Open
Mike Masnick, writing at TechDirt: Last year, when Spotify purchased a bunch of podcast companies, we worried that it foretold the end of the open world of podcasting. You can get a Spotify account fo...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot How iPhone Hackers Got Their Hands on the New iOS Months Before Its Release
Security researchers and hackers have had access to a leaked early version of iOS 14, the iPhone's next operating system, since at least February, Motherboard reported Friday. From the report: That's ...
05:25 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Solitaire Turns 30 Years Old Today and Still Has 35 Million Monthly Players
Microsoft's Solitaire game is turning 30 years old today. Microsoft is celebrating the occasion with a world record attempt of the most games of Microsoft Solitaire completed in one day. From a report...
04:45 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Audible Goes Beyond Books To Chase Spotify in Podcasts
In recent months, Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon.com, has been meeting with talent agencies and producers to discuss acquiring potential new podcast projects -- or, in the terminology ...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Social Distancing Is Not Enough
We will need a comprehensive strategy to reduce the sort of interactions that can lead to more infections. The Atlantic: COVID-19 has mounted a sustained attack on public life, especially indoor life....
03:25 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Siri, What Time Is It in London?
John Gruber, writing at Daring Fireball: Nilay Patel [Editor-in-Chief of news website The Verge] asked this of Siri on his Apple Watch. After too long of a wait, he got the correct answer -- for Londo...
02:45 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot IBM Is Latest Tech Giant To Cut Jobs in Midst of Pandemic
IBM cut an unspecified number of jobs across the U.S., eliminating employees in at least five states. The company declined to comment on the total number, but the workforce reductions appear far-reach...
02:17 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Linux Desktop Org GNOME Foundation Settles Lawsuit With Patent Troll
The GNOME Foundation has settled a US lawsuit brought against it by Rothschild Patent Imaging, complete with an undertaking by the patent assertion entity that it will not sue GNOME for IP infringemen...
02:07 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Linux Desktop Org GNOME Foundation Settles Lawsuit With Patent Troll
The GNOME Foundation has settled a US lawsuit brought against it by Rothschild Patent Imaging, complete with an undertaking by the patent assertion entity that it will not sue GNOME for IP infringemen...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Nearly Half of Twitter Accounts Pushing To Reopen America May Be Bots
According to a new study from Carnegie Mellon University, researchers have found that bots may account for between 45 and 60% of Twitter accounts discussing covid-19. The normal level of bot involveme...
10:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot New 'Spectra' Attack Breaks the Separation Between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Academics from Germany and Italy say they developed a new practical attack that breaks the separation between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies running o...
07:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot US Secures 300 Million Doses, Almost a Third, of Potential AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine
schwit1 shares a report from Financial Post: The United States has secured almost a third of the first one billion doses planned for AstraZeneca's experimental COVID-19 vaccine by pledging up to $1.2 ...
03:30 am - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot University of California Will Stop Using SAT, ACT
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: The University of California board of regents voted Thursday to stop using the SAT and ACT college admissions exams (Warning: source p...
02:02 am - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Drops Lawsuit Against Alameda County Over Freemont Factory Reopening
Tesla has officially dismissed a lawsuit filed earlier this month against Alameda County that sought to force the reopening of its factory in Fremont, Calif. TechCrunch reports: The dismissal, which w...
01:25 am - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Students Are Failing AP Tests Because the College Boards Can't Handle HEIC Images
Many high school students around the country completed Advanced Placement tests online last week but were unable to submit them at the end because the testing portal doesn't support HEIC images -- the...
12:44 am - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot How Do Astronauts Escape When a Space Launch Goes Wrong?
On May 27, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are expected to become the first humans to ride a Dragon. The two astronauts will catch a ride to the International Space Station in SpaceX's Cre...
12:02 am - Fri, May 22, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Infect Multiple Game Developers With Advanced Malware
One of the world's most prolific hacking groups recently infected several Massively Multiplayer Online game makers, a feat that made it possible for the attackers to push malware-tainted apps to one t...
11:20 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Grandmother Ordered To Delete Facebook Photos Under GDPR
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A woman must delete photographs of her grandchildren that she posted on Facebook and Pinterest without their parents' permission, a court in the Nethe...
10:40 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot AT&T To Drop Misleading '5G Evolution' Marketing For Non-5G Networks
AT&T says it will stop advertising its wireless network as "5G Evolution" after a division of the Better Business Bureau determined that its language was misleading. The Associated Press reports: ...
10:03 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Connecting Heroes Now Live, First Responders Get Free 5G Service
T-Mobile has launched a new initiative called "Connecting Heroes" that gives free wireless service to first responders for 10 years, which T-Mobile estimates could save $7.7 billion if all first respo...
09:25 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Check Point Releases Open-Source Fix For Common Linux Memory Corruption Security Hole
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: For years, there's been a known security vulnerability hiding in the GNU C Library (glibc). This library, which is critical for Linux and many other ope...
08:43 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Astronomers Spot Potential First Evidence of New Planet Being Born
Astronomers believe they may have found the first direct evidence of a new planet being born. A dense disc of dust and gas has been spotted surrounding a young star called AB Aurigae, about 520 light ...
08:04 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot 'Apple Glass' Rumored To Start at $499, Support Prescription Lenses
Front Page Tech host Jon Prosser this week shared several details about Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses, including an "Apple Glass" marketing name, $499 starting price, prescription lens opt...
07:25 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Sabrent Unveils Record-Breaking 8TB Rocket Q NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD
Sabrent, an LA-headquartered computer vendor, has expanded its Rocket Q family of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB drives with a new model that offers 8 terabytes of super-fast storage in the same M.2 2280 fo...
06:46 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Copyright Office: System For Pulling Content Offline Isn't Working
The process to get unlicensed versions of movies, music and other content taken off the internet isn't working as intended and should be updated, the Copyright Office said in an expansive report Thurs...
06:08 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Jack Dorsey Is Giving Andrew Yang $5 Million To Build the Case for Universal Basic Income
Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter and mobile-payments firm Square, said today he is giving $5 million to Humanity Forward, a group launched by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew...
05:29 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Says It Will Permanently Shift Tens of Thousands of Jobs To Remote Work
In a move that illustrates how swiftly the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the global economy, Facebook said today that it would begin allowing most of its employees to request a permanent change in th...
04:50 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Shopify To Let Employees Work From Home Permanently
Canadian e-commerce firm Shopify would keep its offices closed till 2021 and allow most employees to work remotely on a permanent basis after that, Chief Executive Officer Tobi Lutke said in a tweet o...
04:15 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Netflix To Start Cancelling Inactive Customers' Subscriptions
Netflix said Thursday it will ask customers who have not watched anything on the on-demand video streaming service in a year or more if they wish to maintain their subscriptions -- and will cancel the...
03:25 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot ScreenHits TV To Launch Streaming Aggregator To Combat 'Subscription Fatigue'
Technology company ScreenHits is launching ScreenHits TV, a streaming video aggregator app that lets consumers bundle different services together in a single interface. From a report: The service crea...
02:45 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Your ZIP Code and Your Life Expectancy
New submitter moogmachine shares a report: New data on electricity consumption has offered an insight into Americans' level of wariness in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic: Many appeared to ...
02:06 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Launches Food Delivery Service in India
Amazon is joining India's online food delivery market just as top local players Swiggy and Zomato reduce their workforce to steer through the coronavirus pandemic and months after Uber Eats' exit from...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot New Zealand PM Flags Four-Day Workweek To Boost Its Shuttered Economy After COVID-19
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a four-day workweek could help rebuild the nation's economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Ard...
10:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Google Cloud Earns Defense Contract Win For Anthos Multi-Cloud Management Tool
Google today announced a new seven-figure contract with DoD's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). "While the company would not get specific about the number, the new contract involves using Anthos, the too...
07:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Cold War Satellites Inadvertently Tracked Species Declines
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into orbit in 1957, the United States responded with its own spy satellites. The espionage program, known as ...
03:30 am - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Carlsberg and Coca-Cola Back Pioneering Project To Make Plant-Based Bottles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rat...
01:25 am - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Apple and Google Launch Digital Contact Tracing System
Apple and Google announced today that they have rolled out a COVID-19 exposure notification system, "essentially a unified programming interface that will allow public health departments to create the...
12:45 am - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Arkansas Governor Frames Programmer Who Discovered PUA Data Breach As Acting Illegally
theodp writes: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had an odd way of showing his appreciation for the unemployed computer programmer who pointed out a vulnerability in Arkansas's Pandemic Unemployment As...
12:02 am - Thu, May 21, 2020
Slashdot Intel's 10th Gen Core Comet Lake-S Processors Debut: One Last Hurrah For 14nm
MojoKid writes: A couple of weeks back, Intel announced its 10th Gen Core desktop processors but today the embargo has been lifted on performance data. Intel's new 10th Gen Core series desktop chips a...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Every New Volvo Model Is Now Electronically Limited To 112 MPH
Starting in May 2020, every new Volvo will stop accelerating when its speedometer displays 112 mph. It also announced a feature named Care Key that lets owners set additional speed-related restriction...
11:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Coinbase Announces Plans For 'Remote-First' Work Policy In Light of COVID-19
In a blog post today, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong announced that the exchange company is moving to a remote-first policy in light of COVID-19, meaning most employees will have the option to work from...
10:42 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Meet the First NASA Astronauts SpaceX Will Launch To Orbit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are about to star in the biggest spaceflight event of the decade: launching on the inaugural flight of S...
10:04 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot College Tests Called Unfair To Homebound, Tech-Poor Students
A group of high school students sued the College Entrance Examination Board claiming its advanced placement tests are unfair to teens trapped at home by the coronavirus pandemic without adequate compu...
09:24 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot The Public Do Not Understand Logarithmic Graphs Used To Portray COVID-19
Mass media routinely portray information about COVID-19 deaths on logarithmic graphs. But do their readers understand them? Alessandro Romano, Chiara Sotis, Goran Dominioni, and Sebastian Guidi carrie...
08:45 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Thousands In Michigan Evacuate After Two Dams Are Breached
schwit1 writes: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an emergency declaration after the Edenville Dam and Sanford dams failed in Midland County, forcing thousands of residents to immediately evacuate...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Zack Snyder Will Release the 'Snyder Cut' of 'Justice League' on HBO Max
The mythical, unreleased version of the 2017 superhero film "Justice League" will finally see the light of day on Warner Media's HBO Max in 2021. From a report: After years of campaigning from talent ...
07:26 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Senate Passes Bill That Could Delist Chinese Companies From U.S. Stock Exchanges
The U.S. Senate approved sweeping new legislation Wednesday that could ultimately bar many Chinese companies from listing shares on U.S. exchanges, or otherwise raising money from American investors. ...
06:45 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Cyclone Wreaks Deadly Havoc in India and Bangladesh
Cyclone Amphan has made violent landfall in eastern India and Bangladesh, lashing communities along the coast with ferocious wind and rain. From a report: It uprooted trees and toppled dwellings in bo...
06:06 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Apple May Stop Bundling Free Earphones With Its iPhone Starting This Year
TF International Securities' reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is at it again with another ominous note on the iPhone 12: it won't come with wired EarPods included in the box. From a report: We can alread...
05:27 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Twitter is Testing a Feature That Limits Who Can Reply To Your Tweets
Twitter today acknowledged that it's begun testing a new setting that let users limit who can reply to tweets. From a report: The setting was first noted earlier this year. Similar to Facebook's post ...
04:50 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Signal To Move Away From Using Phone Numbers as User IDs
Secure instant messaging app Signal launched this week a new feature called "Signal PINs" which the company says will help users migrate account data between devices. From a report: Signal says that i...
04:07 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Apple Whistleblower Goes Public Over 'Lack of Action'
A former Apple contractor who helped blow the whistle on the company's programme to listen to users' Siri recordings has decided to go public, in protest at the lack of action taken as a result of the...
03:21 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot NSO Group Impersonated Facebook To Help Clients Hack Targets
Infamous Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group created a web domain that looked as if it belonged to Facebook's security team to entice targets to click on links that would install the company's powerfu...
02:41 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Drops by 6% In First Adjustment After Halving
The Bitcoin network just fine-tuned a key parameter to coax back miners who quit after last week's halving hammered their profits. From a report: More than 20 exahashes per second (EH/s) of computing ...
02:01 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Teen Programmer Uses Real Self-Driving Car Tech in 'GTA V'
Cars that can drive themselves in certain situations are an expensive luxury, but programmers, hobbyists, and gearheads across the world are working to drive down the cost of the technology and make i...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Recovered COVID-19 Patients Test Positive But Not Infectious, Data Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: People who recover from COVID-19 but test positive for the virus again days or weeks later are not shedding viral particles and are not infectiou...
10:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot 'The Matrix' Co-Founder Slams Ivanka Trump and Elon Musk
Andrew Pulver writes via The Guardian: Film-maker Lilly Wachowski has responded to Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump after the pair bantered on social media using a phrase from the Wachowskis' hit 1999 film,...
07:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot NASA's Human Spaceflight Chief Resigns a Week Before Historic SpaceX Launch
FallOutBoyTonto shares a report from Ars Technica: On Tuesday, NASA announced that its chief of human spaceflight had resigned from the space agency. The timing of Doug Loverro's departure is terrible...
03:30 am - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot People Who Know More About Self-Driving Technology Trust It More
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Robotaxis have a real public image problem, according to new survey data collected by an industry group. Partners for Automated Vehicle Education...
01:25 am - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot iFixit Launches Massive Repair Database For Ventilators and Other Medical Devices
According to CEO Kyle Wiens, teardown and repair website iFixit has just posted "the most comprehensive online resource for medical repair professionals." The Verge reports: The new database contains ...
12:45 am - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Debuts Windows Package Manager For Your Dev Environment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: It's finally happening. Microsoft is giving developers a command line interface to install their favorite tools. That's right -- at Build 2020 tod...
12:02 am - Wed, May 20, 2020
Slashdot AMD To Support Zen 3 and Ryzen 4000 CPUs On B450 and X470 Motherboards
New submitter FallOutBoyTonto shares a reprot from AnandTech: AMD today is reversing its decision to limit the BIOSes on the 400-series chipsets. To cut a long story short, the TL;DR mantra from AMD i...
11:40 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot EasyJet Admits Data of Nine Million Hacked
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: EasyJet has admitted that a "highly sophisticated cyber-attack" has affected approximately nine million customers. It said email addresses and travel ...
11:20 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's New PowerToys Run Launcher for Windows 10 is Now Available To Download
Microsoft is releasing a new Spotlight-like launcher app for Windows 10 today. Designed to replace and modernize the existing Win + R shortcut, the new PowerToys Run launcher includes quick search for...
10:40 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot The New York Times Phasing Out All 3rd-Party Advertising Data
The New York Times will no longer use 3rd-party data to target ads come 2021, executives tell Axios, and it is building out a proprietary first-party data platform. From a report: Third-party data, wh...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Said To Be In Talks To Buy Bankrupt JC Penney
phalse phace shares a report from Investor's Business Daily: Amazon is reportedly in talks with JCPenney, the debt-laden retailer that filed for bankruptcy protection last week. Trading in JCPenney st...
09:20 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot OpenBSD 6.7 Released
New submitter xhonza writes: New OpenBSD version. String of good news. Some of the new changes, as highlighted by Phoronix, include: - FFS2 file-system improvements including using 64-bit timestamps a...
08:44 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Google Says It Will Not Build Custom AI for Oil and Gas Extraction
After a year of weathering criticism from tech workers, politicians, and activists over its oil industry contracts, Google has stated that it will not create new custom A.I. or machine learning algori...
08:02 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Carbon Emissions Dropped 17 Percent Globally Amid Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: The coronavirus pandemic has forced countries around the world to enact strict lockdowns, seal borders and scale back economic activities. Now, an an...
07:21 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Joe Rogan is Moving His Podcast, One of the World's Most Popular Podcasts, Exclusively To Spotify
"The Joe Rogan Experience," one of podcasting's longest-running and most popular shows, will be launching on Spotify exclusively this year. From a report: The Rogan-hosted comedy talk-show series will...
06:43 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot German Intelligence Can No Longer Freely Spy on the World's Internet Traffic, Top Court Rules
In the world of online spying, great power lies with those who can get their hands on the data flowing through the world's Internet infrastructure. So the fact that Germany is home to one of the world...
06:06 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Chrome 83 Released With Enhanced Privacy Controls, Tab Groups Feature
Google has released today version 83 of its Chrome web browser, one of the most feature-packed Chrome updates released since the browser's initial launch back in 2009. From a report: Today's v83 relea...
05:27 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Shops Turns Business Pages Into Online Stores
Facebook and Instagram are making their biggest push yet into online shopping with Facebook Shops, which allows businesses to turn their Facebook and Instagram pages into online storefronts for their ...
04:44 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Walmart To Discontinue Jet, Which it Acquired for $3 Billion in 2016
phalse phace shares a report: So much for Walmart's big and expensive effort to take on Amazon with a digitally-native brand. Amid the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the retail industry, today t...
04:03 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Windows Terminal 1.0, Unveils GPU Support and Linux GUI Apps in WSL
At Build 2020 today, Microsoft gave developers a slew of new tools to coax them into using Windows over macOS or Linux. From a report: Windows Terminal is now out of preview for enterprises, and Windo...
03:25 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot SD Cards Are About To Get Insanely fast
The SD Association announced today that SD cards are about to get faster than ever, thanks to the SD 8.0 Specification. From a report: With SD Express technology, which is based on NVMe and PCIe, you ...
02:52 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Apple Buys Older Shows for TV, Stepping Up Netflix Challenge
Apple is acquiring older movies and shows for its TV+ streaming service, aiming to build a back catalog of content that can better stack up against the huge libraries available on Netflix, Hulu and Di...
02:01 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Trump Threatens To Permanently Cut WHO Funding and Withdraw US Membership
President Donald Trump threatened to permanently cut U.S. funding to the World Health Organization and "reconsider" membership of the global health body if the WHO does not adopt "major substantive im...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Zuckerberg Urges the West To Counter China's 'Dangerous' Approach To Internet Regulation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Mark Zuckerberg has again sounded the alarm on China, calling out the country's approach to regulating internet services. The Facebook CEO on Monday said...
10:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Files Lawsuits In Crackdown Against Switch Hackers
Nintendo of America filed two lawsuits on Friday against Nintendo Switch hack resellers that sell software to play pirated video games, according to court documents obtained by Polygon. From the repor...
07:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Mystery of Lava-Like Flows On Mars Solved By Scientists
The mystery of some lava-like flows on Mars has been solved by scientists who say they are caused not by lava but by mud. Phys.Org reports: There are tens of thousands of these landforms on the Martia...
03:30 am - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Even If You're Trying To Avoid Grubhub By Calling Your Favorite Restaurant Directly, Grubhub Could Still Be Charging It A Fee
Customers trying to avoid online delivery platforms like Grubhub by calling restaurants directly might be dialing phone numbers generated and advertised by those very platforms -- for which restaurant...
02:02 am - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Permanently Working From Home Can Be Damaging For Mental Health
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella warns that making remote work permanent could have serious consequences for workers' social interaction and mental health. Times of India reports: Nadella said that an all-...
01:45 am - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Trump Says He Takes Hydroxychloroquine To Prevent Coronavirus Infection Even Though It's An Unproven Treatment
hcs_$reboot writes: President Donald Trump said Monday that he has been taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for over a week to prevent coronavirus infection even though it is not yet a proven ...
01:25 am - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot AG Barr Seeks 'Legislative Solution' To Make Companies Unlock Phones
stikves shares a report from Engadget: Last December, a Saudi Arabian cadet training with the U.S. military opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola, killing three soldiers and wounding eight others...
12:45 am - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Sudoku as Spectator Sport is Unlikely Lockdown Hit
It may not be as hair-raising as Formula 1, nor as dramatic as Premier League football, but Sudoku solving is acquiring a niche following as a spectator sport. From a report: It's surprisingly thrilli...
12:02 am - Tue, May 19, 2020
Slashdot Disney Streaming Chief Kevin Mayer Leaving To Become TikTok CEO
Disney's Head of Streaming, Kevin Mayer, is leaving to become the chief executive of TikTok and ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok. CNBC reports: It's a huge score for TikTok, a social me...
11:20 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets Can Get Hacked Too
An anonymous reader writes: Whether you think cryptocurrency is a scam or a salvation, those digital coins can store real-world value. The safest place to keep them is in what's known as a "hardware w...
10:40 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Giphy Acquisition Sounds Antitrust Alarms In Congress
A bipartisan group of senators are sounding the antitrust enforcement alarm Friday over Facebook's newly announced acquisition of Giphy, a GIF-making and sharing website. The Verge reports: On Friday,...
10:02 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Rainbow Six 'Copy' Lands Apple and Google In Copyright Court
Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google over a Chinese mobile game it says is "a near carbon copy" of one of its most popular games, Rainbow Six: Siege. The BBC reports: Area F2 is "designed to closely repl...
09:25 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Cell-Tower Attacks By Idiots Who Claim 5G Spreads COVID-19 Reportedly Hit US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly issuing alerts to wireless telecom providers and law enforcement agencies about potential attac...
08:45 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Square Announces Permanent Work-From-Home Policy
Square employees will be able to work from home even after the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders end, Jack Dorsey told workers. From a report: The indefinite extension of the company's remote work poli...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot China Injects $2.2 Billion Into Local Chip Firm
China's state-backed funds pumped $2.25 billion into a Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. wafer plant to support advanced-chip making as Washington tightens technology restrictions on the...
07:25 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot China Has Been Trying To Avoid Fallout From Coronavirus. Now 100 Countries Are Pushing for an Investigation
Russian President Vladimir Putin once called Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, a "lone warrior." Putin was joking, but that description is starting to look more and more accurate. Russia has joined abou...
06:45 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot The FBI Successfully Broke Into a Gunman's iPhone, But It's Still Very Angry at Apple
After months of trying, the FBI successfully broke into iPhones belonging to the gunman responsible for a deadly shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station in December 2019, and it now claims he had asso...
06:02 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Mercedes-Benz Onboard Logic Unit (OLU) Source Code Leaks Online
The source code for "smart car" components installed in Mercedez-Benz vans has been leaked online over the weekend, ZDNet has learned. From the report: The leak occurred after Till Kottmann, a Swiss-b...
05:22 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Minecraft Play Spikes, Tops 126M Builders a Month Amid COVID-19
Minecraft has already become an international phenomenon, but it keeps getting bigger. Microsoft said its 11-year-old world-building game crossed 200 million copies sold, with more than 126 million pe...
04:43 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot SoftBank Vision Fund Posts $17.7 Billion Loss on WeWork, Uber
SoftBank Group said its Vision Fund business lost 1.9 trillion yen ($17.7 billion) last fiscal year after writing down the value of investments, including WeWork and Uber. From a report: The company p...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Uber Cuts 3,000 More Jobs, Shuts 45 Offices in Coronavirus Crunch
Uber is cutting several thousand additional jobs [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], closing more than three dozen offices and re-evaluating big bets in areas ranging from ...
03:23 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot FedEx, Microsoft Are Teaming Up To Deliver Packages, Widening Gap with Amazon
Microsoft and FedEx announced a joint, multi-year partnership on Monday that the pair believe could help "transform commerce" through FedEx's logistics network and Microsoft's cloud. From a report: Th...
02:46 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Is That a Rooster on My Customer-Support Call? Yes, Blame Coronavirus.
When Robin Frost called Verizon's customer support last month, she was connected with a rooster. At least that's what it sounded like. The Pennsylvania resident wanted to ask about a problem with the ...
02:03 pm - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Edison Mail Rolls Back Update After iOS Users Reported They Could See Strangers' Emails
Edison Mail has rolled back a software update that apparently let some users of its iOS app see emails from strangers' accounts. From a report: Several Edison users contacted The Verge to report seein...
11:34 am - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Canceled Dyson Electric Car Would've Had a 600-Mile Range Per Charge
Remember that electric car project that Dyson finally cancelled in October? It would've had a top speed of 125 miles per hour, going from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds, and "would have been able to go 600 mi...
07:34 am - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Is Now The Time to Make a Deal With Our Robot Overlords?
"If certain businesses — say, the next generation of meat plants — can't reopen safely and profitably with humans, they can and should do so with robots," argued a recent Bloomberg column ...
04:34 am - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot What We Need Now is 'Universal Basic Internet'
Yes, economist Tyler Cowen and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov (now the chairman of the nonprofit Renew Democracy Initiative) co-authored an opinion piece this week arguing that Covid-19 "i...
03:04 am - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Small Protest Outside Tesla Plant Calls For Arrest of Elon Musk
A small group of protesters "rallied outside Tesla's Fremont manufacturing plant Saturday, calling for CEO Elon Musk to be arrested and jailed," reports a local Bay Area news site:Carlos Gabriel is an...
01:35 am - Mon, May 18, 2020
Slashdot Apple Plans to Reopen Some Stores in America This Week, But Customers Must Wear Masks
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:Apple released its blueprint Sunday night for how it will reopen its retail stores once it is safe to due so, per official coronavirus health guidelines. It will also o...
11:38 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are Virtual Or In-Person Developer Conferences 'Better'?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Microsoft Build kicks off online Tuesday as a free virtual event after plans for an in-person Seattle conference with a $2,395 entry fee and 6,000 or so attend...
10:37 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot 'King of Donkey Kong' Billy Mitchell Continues Defamation Suit Over Cheating Accusations
destinyland shares an update about Billy Mitchell, the intense dark-haired videogame champion in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Last year the videogame record-keepers at...
09:39 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Gartner Predicts $300 Billion Less IT Spending, More Spending on Cloud Services and Automation
An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:In a new report, research firm Gartner says it thinks global tech spending will drop 8% in 2020 based on what it is hearing from tech suppliers and other sources. It'...
08:44 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft President: We Were 'On the Wrong Side of History' About Open Source
In 2001, Slashdot covered Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's description of Linux as "a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." This week during a chat with...
07:49 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Covid-19 Could Normalize Surveillance - or Provide a Moment for Reasserting Rights
"Will we look back at 2020 as the moment privacy finally evaporated?" asks CNN's international security editor:Privacy International called Covid-19's impact on privacy "unprecedented." "9/11 ushered ...
07:04 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Is Support Now Growing for a Universal Basic Income?
Economist Tyler Cowen and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov (now the chairman of the nonprofit Renew Democracy Initiative) co-authored an opinion piece this week in Bloomberg arguing that "a ...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Andrew Yang's Nonprofit Helps Fund Five-Year, $500-a-Month Basic Income Experiment
Working with the city of Hudson, New York and a local career center, Andrew Yang's nonprofit, Humanity Forward will be giving 20 people a basic income of $500 a month for five years, in a collaboratio...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot World Health Leaders Stress Need For Sharing of Vaccines
Long-time Slashdot reader tomtermite shares a report from The Guardian:Ministers and officials from every nation will meet via video link on Monday for the annual world health assembly, which is expec...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk's 'Boring Company' Finishes Digging Second Tunnel in Las Vegas
"Not all of Elon Musk's projects have been thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic," writes Bloomberg. Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quotes Popular Mechanics: After a year's worth of digging, Elon Musk's...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Complaining of 'Surplus' of iOS Exploits, Zerodium Stops Buying Them
wiredmikey writes: An abundance of iOS exploits being submitted to be sold should alarm iPhone/iPad users, according to the CEO of exploit acquisition firm Zerodium. The company announced that it was ...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Can Nuclear Fallout Make It Rain?
sciencehabit writes:Radioactive fallout is rarely a good thing. But new research suggests charged particles emitted from Cold War-era nuclear tests may have boosted rainfall thousands of kilometers aw...
01:34 pm - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot 'Project BioMed' Fights for the Right to Repair Medical Devices
Long-time Slashdot reader chicksdaddy writes:One of the less-reported stories of this pandemic is the myriad of ways in which COVID has exposed changes to the medical device market and the increasingl...
11:34 am - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Is Big Tech About to Take Over Higher Education?
"In 2017, Scott Galloway anticipated Amazon's $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods a month before it was announced," reports New York magazine (in an article shared by long-time Slashdot reader Faizd...
07:34 am - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot The Atlantic Warns About 2020 Election Security Holes and Possible Russian Interference
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: A staff writer at The Atlantic published a 7,800-word warning about election security considering the possibility of everything from ransomware to meddling with vote...
03:34 am - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Supercomputers Breached Across Europe To Mine Cryptocurrency
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: Multiple supercomputers across Europe have been infected this week with cryptocurrency mining malware and have shut down to investigate the intrusions. Security incid...
01:34 am - Sun, May 17, 2020
Slashdot Calls By College Students For Tuition Refunds Are Growing Louder
Long-time Slashdot reader jyosim writes:Students want their money back since their classes have moved online. Or they want partial refunds, and their calls have been getting louder. "Petition movement...
11:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates Regrets Not Calling More Attention to the Danger of Pandemics
Digital Trends reports:Bill Gates has been warning government leaders about a global pandemic for years, but the coronavirus still caught nations off guard — and the philanthropist and Microsoft...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Is NASA Actually Working On a Warp Drive?
"Is NASA really working on... a warp drive?" asks Popular Mechanics? Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shares their report:An internal feasibility report suggests the agency might be, or at least that...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot 'Doom Eternal' Is Using Denuvo's New Kernel-Level Anti-Cheat Driver
"Doom Eternal has become the latest game to use a kernel-level driver to aid in detecting cheaters in multiplayer matches," reports Ars Technica:The game's new driver and anti-cheat tool come courtesy...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Addressing 'Design Mistakes' in Node.js, Its Developers Release JS/TypeScript Runtime Deno 1.0
"The makers of the widely used JavaScript server-side runtime, Node.js, have released Deno 1.0, a new runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript that addresses 'design mistakes' in Node.js," reports ZDNet:...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Does Science Fiction Build Mental Resiliency in Young Readers?
Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger writes:Science fiction and fantasy can help readers make sense of the world. Rather than limiting readers' capacity to deal with reality, exposure to outside-the-b...
07:04 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Google Searches For 'Java' Spiked During Friday's Online AP CS Exam
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's AP Exams — a passing score on which earns high school students college credit — are open book/open note a...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Some US Students May Have to Retake Online AP Exams Due to Computer Glitch
"High school students who took Advanced Placement exams online this week may have to do it again next month because of a technical glitch," writes CNN, sharing some of the students' horror stories. Wi...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot MIT Professor Proposes Fleet of Pre-Positioned Satellites Ready To Orbit Interstellar Comets
Slashdot reader Iwastheone quotes MIT News:To closely observe an interstellar object (ISO) hurtling through space, time is of the essence. Richard Linares, an assistant professor in the Department of ...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Programmer Discovers Unprotected Access to State's Jobless Claims Portal's Admin Mode
Long-time Slashdot reader bbsguru shares a story from the alternative newsweekly the Arkansas Times. "A computer programmer applying for unemployment on Arkansas's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance pro...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Vietnam: How a Country So Close To China Managed To Control COVID-19
New submitter AleRunner writes: Considering Vietnam's proximity to China, where coronavirus was first reported, it might be expected that the Southeast Asian country would be affected by Covid-19 in a...
03:04 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot California Reject's SpaceX's Request for Subsidies, Citing Musk's Tweet About Relocating
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:A California state panel on Friday rejected a request from Elon Musk's SpaceX for $655,500 in state job and training funds, citing the chief executive's recent threa...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Some Tesla Workers Still Concerned at Partially-Reopened Plant
"We have met with Tesla representatives and have confirmed that Tesla is not engaged in full operations, contrary to media reports" this week, read an announcement Wednesday from Alameda County's offi...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Mystery Data Breach Dubbed 'db8151dd' Exposes Records of 22 Million People
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: A massive data breach dubbed db8151dd has exposed the records of 22M people -- including addresses, phone numbers, and social media links. But the sou...
10:00 am - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Trump, Unveiling Space Force Flag, Touts What He Calls New 'Super-Duper Missile'
The Space Force, the newest military branch, now has an official flag. President Trump unveiled the flag at an Oval Office ceremony Friday where he also signed the 2020 Armed Forces Day Proclamation. ...
07:00 am - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Moon's Mysterious Disappearance 900 Years Ago Finally Gets An Explanation
Iwastheone shares a report from Live Science: There's no use sugar coating it: According to one scribe in medieval England, A.D. 1110 was a "disastrous year." Torrential rainfall damaged crops, famine...
03:30 am - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot America's FDA Halts Bill Gates-Backed Coronavirus Testing Program
America's Food and Drug Administration "halted, at least temporarily, a Seattle-based at-home coronavirus testing program backed by Bill Gates," reports Digital Trends:"Please discontinue patient test...
02:02 am - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Quantum Security Goes Live With Samsung Galaxy
Samsung and South Korean telecom giant SK Telecom have debuted the Galaxy A Quantum 5G smartphone, sporting a quantum random number generation (RNG) chipset. It's the first commercialization of quantu...
01:25 am - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Disney Forces Explicit Club Penguin Clones Offline
"Disney has ordered unauthorized copies of its Club Penguin game to close, after the BBC found children were being exposed to explicit messages," the British publication reports. The social network wa...
12:45 am - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Is Starting To Restore Normal Streaming Quality In Parts of Europe
Netflix is working to restore streaming quality in various European countries following government requests for the company to reduce bandwidth usage out of fear that it was putting too much stress on...
12:02 am - Sat, May 16, 2020
Slashdot Doctors Are Tweeting About Coronavirus To Make Facts Go Viral
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Bob Wachter, the chairman of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has had a front-row seat to th...
11:20 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Justice Department, State Attorneys General Likely to Bring Antitrust Lawsuits Against Google
phalse phace shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: Both the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Alphabet's Google (Warning: ...
10:40 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Tesla's New Terafactory Is Coming To Austin, Texas
paulbsch shares a report from Electrek: A source familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla has chosen Austin, Texas for its next factory and it's going to happen quickly. According to a reliab...
10:02 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot US Retail Sales Plunged a Record 16 Percent In April As Virus Hit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threa...
09:26 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Second Waves Are Plaguing Asia's Virus Recovery
An elderly woman with no travel history. An unexpected flare-up in a nightclub. A swelling cluster in towns near international borders with no discernible source. After containing their outbreaks thro...
08:45 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot FDA Cautions About Accuracy Of Widely Used Abbott Coronavirus Test
The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning the public about the reliability of a widely used rapid test for the coronavirus. The test, made by Abbott Laboratories, has been linked with inaccurate ...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
Tech companies once promised that fully functional, self-driving cars would be on the road by 2020 and on the path to remaking transportation and transforming the economy. From a report: But a decade ...
07:27 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot 'Call of Duty: Warzone' Cheaters Are Getting Owned by 2FA
If you've been getting owned in Call of Duty: Warzone a lot before you even hit the ground and thought it would be more fun to play if you could use cheats to see other players through walls, you're n...
06:48 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot How Coronavirus Spread From One Member To 87% of the Singers at a Washington Choir Practice
Public health officials studying the Covid-19 outbreak among members of a Washington choir found numerous ways the virus could have spread, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease C...
06:11 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot China Ready To Target Apple, Qualcomm, Cisco and Boeing in Retaliation Against US' Huawei Ban
An anonymous reader shares a report: China is ready to take a series of countermeasures against a US plan to block shipments of semiconductors to Chinese telecom firm Huawei, including putting US comp...
05:35 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot A Seventh Amazon Employee Dies of COVID-19 as the Company Refuses To Say How Many Are Sick
An Amazon warehouse worker in Indianapolis, Indiana, has died of COVID-19, the company confirmed. From a report: The death brings the known total of COVID-19 deaths at Amazon warehouses to seven, but ...
05:30 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot A Seventh Amazon Employee Dies of COVID-19 as the Company Refuses To Say How Many Are Sick
An Amazon warehouse worker in Indianapolis, Indiana, has died of COVID-19, the company confirmed. From a report: The death brings the known total of COVID-19 deaths at Amazon warehouses to seven, but ...
04:48 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Sorrento Finds a Coronavirus Antibody That Blocks Viral Infection 100% in Preclinical Lab Experiments
Therapeutics company Sorrento has made what it believes could be a breakthrough in potential treatment of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to COVID-19. From a report: The company released details of i...
04:03 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Video Games Set a Record for Quarterly Sales
Americans stuck at home have flocked in droves to video gaming, sending sales to a quarterly record. From a report: U.S. consumer spending on video games jumped to $10.9 billion in the first quarter, ...
03:27 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla Goes Full Incubator With 'Fix The Internet' Startup Lab and Early-Stage Investments
After testing the waters this spring with its incubator-esque MVP Lab, Mozilla is doubling down on the effort with a formal program dangling $75,000 investments in front of early-stage companies. From...
02:30 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Facebook To Buy Giphy for $400 Million
Facebook has agreed to buy Giphy, the popular platform of sharable animated images, Axios reported Friday. The deal value is around $400 million.Read more of this story at Slashdot. ...
02:10 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot U.S. Moves To Cut Huawei Off From Global Chip Suppliers
The Trump administration on Friday moved to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei from global chipmakers, in an action ramping up tensions with China. From a report: The U.S. Commerce Department...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Why a Voting App Won't Solve Our Problems This November
XXongo writes: Although the problems with internet voting have been pointed out over and over again, with the arrival of COVID-19, the idea has again been brought up as a way to avoid the problems of ...
10:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot France Passes Law Forcing Online Platforms To Delete Hate-Speech Content Within 24 Hours
France's lower chamber has passed a controversial law that will require social networks and online platforms remove flagged hate speech within 24 hours. If companies do not comply, they will have to p...
07:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Dogs Obey Commands Given by Social Robots
Long time reader schwit1 shares a report: At the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2020), researchers at Yale University's Social Robotics Lab led by Brian Scassellati ...
03:30 am - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Adobe Issues Patches For 36 Vulnerabilities In DNG, Reader, Acrobat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Adobe has released security patches to resolve 36 vulnerabilities present in DNG, Reader, and Acrobat software. On Tuesday, the software giant issued tw...
01:25 am - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Could Become World's First Trillionaire
hcs_$reboot writes: The world's first trillionaire will likely be Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Projections show Bezos reaching trillionaire status by 2026. [Comparisun, a company which allows sm...
12:45 am - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot What Ban? Huawei is Launching 'New Editions' of Existing Smartphones With Support For Google Services
Huawei has found a neat workaround to keep bundling Google apps on its smartphones: Launch new variants of old smartphones. From a report: The way the export ban has worked in practice is that Huawei ...
12:02 am - Fri, May 15, 2020
Slashdot Tesla's Secret Batteries Aim To Rework the Math For Electric Cars and the Grid
Electric car maker Tesla plans to introduce a new low-cost, long-life battery in its Model 3 sedan in China later this year or early next that it expects will bring the cost of electric vehicles in li...
11:20 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Austrian Citizen Files GDPR Legal Complaint Over Android Advertising ID
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Privacy pressure group Noyb has filed a legal complaint against Google on behalf of an Austrian citizen, claiming the Android Advertising ID on e...
11:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Apple Buys Virtual Reality Company NextVR
Apple has purchased virtual reality company NextVR, Apple confirmed to CNBC. From the report: The purchase is further evidence of Apple's plans to enter virtual reality and related augmented reality t...
10:40 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Will Retire Sprint Brand, Unify Retail Stores In Mid-Summer
In an investor conference call this week, new T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said that he's targeting mid-summer as the time when the T-Mobile and Sprint brand will be unified. "This was originally planned...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot This AI-powered Auto-Completer is Helping Developers Write 25% Less Code
Ivan Mehta, writing for The Next Web: For years, IDEs (Integrated Development Environment) have tried to make development quicker by predicting the next part of a developer's code. Now, startups like ...
09:25 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot The Epic Games Store Goes Down As Everyone Tries To Get GTA V For Free
The Epic Games Store has been down for several hours as people flood the service to snap up GTA V for free. "We are currently experiencing high traffic on the Epic Games Store," Epic acknowledges in a...
08:45 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot TSMC To Build Advanced Semiconductor Factory In Arizona
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract manufacturer of silicon chips, is set to announce plans to...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Senate Passes Surveillance Bill Without Ban On Web History Snooping
The Senate has voted to reauthorize the USA Freedom Act without adding an amendment that would have restricted warrantless collection of internet search and web browsing data. It did however adopt an ...
07:25 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Sony Says It Created World's First Image Sensor With Built-in AI
Sony touted on Thursday the world's first image sensors with built-in artificial intelligence, promising to make data-gathering tasks much faster and more secure. Calling it the first of its kind, Son...
06:45 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot NVIDIA Ampere A100 GPU For AI Unveiled, Largest 7nm Chip Ever Produced
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang unveiled the company's new Ampere A100 GPU architecture for machine learning and HPC markets today. Jensen claims the 54B transistor A100 is the biggest, most p...
06:08 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised To Eclipse Coal in US
The United States is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, new government projections show, a transformation partly driven by...
05:23 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Tech Workers Consider Escaping Silicon Valley's Sky-High Rents
After major companies announce their employees won't need to come in, many are recalculating the cost of living near the office. From a report: With some of the highest rents in the world, the Bay Are...
04:43 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Chrome Will Start Blocking Resource-Heavy Ads in August
Google today announced that Chrome will soon start blocking resource-heavy ads. From a report: The company ads that mine cryptocurrency, are poorly programmed, or are unoptimized for network usage bec...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot France To Go Ahead With Digital Tax This Year Regardless of Possible International Deal
France will go ahead with its tax on big digital businesses this year whether there is progress or not towards an international deal on the issue, its finance minister said on Thursday. From a report:...
03:25 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Vint Cerf on COVID-19's Impact on the Future of Internet
Vint Cerf on the great many lessons that the coronavirus crises has taught us about infrastructure writ large: More directly associated with COVID-19 is the need for detecting exposure and tracking co...
02:45 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Faster Internet Coming To Africa With Facebook's $1 Billion Cable
Facebook and some of the world's largest telecom carriers including China Mobile are joining forces to build a giant sub-sea cable to help bring more reliable and faster internet across Africa. From a...
02:08 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Takes Step Toward Phasing Out 32-bit PC Support for Windows 10
Starting with Windows 10 2004, Microsoft is changing the minimum hardware requirements for the device. The change affects new, not existing PCs from OEMs only. From a report: According to the document...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Windows 10 Previews DNS Over HTTPS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Paul Thurrott: With the new build of Windows 10 [19628], Microsoft is starting to test DNS over HTTPS. The new build comes with Microsoft's initial support for...
10:00 am - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Releases Crew Dragon Simulator To Show What It's Like To Dock With the ISS
New submitter quantumghost writes: SpaceX has opened up a new online simulator that mimics the Crew Dragon capsule controls. The game was released in anticipation of SpaceX's upcoming launch of Crew D...
07:00 am - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Moths Have 'Secret Role' As Crucial Pollinators, Research Finds
New research suggests moths play a vital role as overnight pollinators of a wide range of flowers and plants. The BBC reports: The study says that the moths' transport networks are larger and more com...
03:30 am - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Ohio Stops Kicking Workers Off Unemployment After Hacker Targets Its Website
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The state of Ohio won't deny unemployment benefits to people who refuse to work during the COVID-19 pandemic after people targeted the website it ...
02:02 am - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot JPMorgan Extends Banking Services To Bitcoin Exchanges
According to The Wall Street Journal, JPMorgan Chase has taken on Coinbase and Gemini Trust as banking customers (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) -- "the first time the bank has accepte...
01:25 am - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Pixel's Camera Lead Quits After the Failure of the Pixel 4
According to The Information, two top executives left Google's Pixel team following the poor reception of the Pixel 4 and "rare internal criticism" of the phone. Ars Technica reports: Pixel general ma...
01:02 am - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Rumored Over-Ear Headphones Feature Head and Neck Detection, Custom Equalizer Settings
9to5Mac has learned more exclusive details about Apple's upcoming over-ear headphones, dubbed the "AirPods Studio," including specifications and settings. From the report: One of the key features of r...
12:45 am - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot Court Upholds Public Right of Access To Court Documents
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: A core part of EFF's mission is transparency and access to information, because we know that in a nation bound by the rule ...
12:02 am - Thu, May 14, 2020
Slashdot MIT Develops a Way To Use Wireless Signals From In-Home Appliances To Better Understand Your Health
[R]esearchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have developed a new system (PDF) that can figure out when and where in-home appliances like hair dryers, stoves, microw...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Kickstarter Loses Nearly 40 Percent of Its Workforce After Layoffs and Buyouts
Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter filed a regulatory notice in New York last week revealing it had laid off 25 employees, or about 18 percent of its workforce. But according to The Verge, Kickstarter ...
10:42 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot White Supremacists Built a Website To Doxx Interracial Couples
White supremacists have reportedly built a website that names, shames, and effectively promotes violence against interracial couples and families -- "and it's been circulated in some of the darkest co...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot PrintDemon Vulnerability Impacts All Windows Versions
Two security researchers have published today details about a vulnerability in the Windows printing service that they say impacts all Windows versions going back to Windows NT 4, released in 1996. Fro...
09:25 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Google Faces Privacy Complaint for Tracking Users in EU
Google faces a data-protection complaint from Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems amid concerns it unlawfully monitors users and passes on the "tracking ID" to advertisers. From a report: Schrems's ...
08:45 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Trump Extends Order That Curbs Huawei's Access To US Market
President Donald Trump extended his effort to curb Huawei Technologies's access to the U.S. market and American suppliers. From a report: The president on Wednesday renewed for a year a national emerg...
08:04 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Uber Will Require All Drivers and Riders To Wear Masks Starting Monday
Uber is launching a new set of safety features in its app, including a tool that checks if drivers are wearing face masks before starting trips. From a report: The move is an attempt by the firm to re...
07:25 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Senate Defeats Amendment To Shield Browsing Histories in FISA Searches
The Senate on Wednesday blocked a bipartisan effort to shield Americans' internet browsing and search histories from warrantless surveillance. From a report: Lawmakers voted 59-37 on an amendment by S...
06:45 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Google Chrome Will Finally Help You Organize Your Tabs
Google Chrome is rolling out a new feature to help you better manage all your open tabs. The company announced today the launch of "tab groups" for the beta version of its web browser, which will allo...
06:06 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot The Alienware Area-51m's Upgradable Dream Has Failed in Just One Year
Alienware has announced the second generation of its flagship Area-51m gaming laptop, the Area-51m R2. It's largely similar on the outside to the original Area-51m, but the specs are almost completely...
05:24 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Extends Bonus Pay For Front-line Workers But Says it Ends in June
Amazon plans to extend hazard pay for warehouse workers through the end of May, but it will return to normal pay rates in June, the company's top operations executive told Recode in an interview on Tu...
04:45 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Epic Online Services Launches, Giving Other Games Access To Fortnite-style Cross-play and More
Epic Online Services is now available, giving developers free access to the same kinds of tools used to support Epic Games' massive Fortnite player base. From a report: The new suite, which went live ...
04:03 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Unreal Engine 5 Demo Shows the Stunning Future of Video Game Graphics
Epic Games' Unreal is already one of the most widely used game engines on the planet, utilized by game developers, advertisers and filmmakers alike. And it's ready to take the next step. From a report...
03:24 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot US Warns That Chinese Hackers Are Targeting Virus Research
Hackers working for the Chinese government are trying to steal valuable research on coronavirus vaccines and treatments from U.S. health care, pharmaceutical and research organizations, the FBI and th...
02:45 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Huawei Denies Involvement in Buggy Linux Kernel Patch Proposal
Huawei denied on Monday having any official involvement in an insecure patch submitted to the Linux kernel project over the weekend; patch that introduced a "trivially exploitable" vulnerability. From...
02:06 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Podcaster Luminary Seeks Fresh Cash To Buoy Struggling Business
Luminary Media, the money-losing podcasting startup, has raised more than $30 million in a new round and is seeking more funding as it tries to ride out the global pandemic, Bloomberg reported Wednesd...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot New Solar Panels Suck Water From Air To Cool Themselves Down
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Like humans, solar panels don't work well when overheated. Now, researchers have found a way to make them "sweat" -- allowing them to cool themselve...
10:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Belkin, the Company That Makes iPhone Cables, Pivots To Ventilators
Belkin International, the company that makes iPhone charging cables and home routers, has started making what it calls "low-cost" ventilators at manufacturing plants in Providence, Rhode Island. USA T...
07:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Comet Swan Is Visible To the Naked Eye and Passing By Earth Tonight
Comet Swan could deliver on the promise of a rare night sky show that Comet Atlas failed to provide. "Already, Swan could be visible to those with exquisitely dark skies and sharp eyes," reports CNET....
03:30 am - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Democrats Try To Ban Internet Shutoffs Until Pandemic Is Over
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A proposed U.S. law would make it illegal for telecom providers to terminate Internet or phone service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was...
02:02 am - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot US e-Commerce Sales Jump 49 Percent In April, Led By Online Grocery
According to new data from Adobe's Digital Economy Index, U.S. e-commerce jumped 49% in April, compared to the baseline period in early March before shelter-in-place restrictions went into effect. Onl...
01:25 am - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Trump Wants California To Let Automaker Tesla Reopen Assembly Plant
U.S President Trump on Tuesday tweeted that Tesla should be allowed to reopen its electric vehicle assembly plant in California, joining CEO Elon Musk's bid to defy county officials who have ordered i...
12:45 am - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot Washington Restaurants Will Need To Track Diners' Info As Part of Reopening Requirements
If you choose to go out to eat at a restaurant in Washington, you will have to give the restaurant your name, phone number and email to facilitate contact tracing. This is just one of the guidelines t...
12:02 am - Wed, May 13, 2020
Slashdot US Marshals Service Breach Exposed Personal Data of 387,000 Prisoners
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nextgov: The U.S. Marshals Service suffered a cyberattack that exposed the personal information of approximately 387,000 current and former prisoners at the en...
11:20 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Pay $52 Million In Settlement With Moderators Who Developed PTSD On the Job
In a landmark acknowledgment of the toll that content moderation takes on its workforce, Facebook has agreed to pay $52 million to current and former moderators to compensate them for mental health is...
10:40 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Uber Makes Takeover Approach To Grubhub
phalse phace shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: Uber is seeking to acquire Grubhub in an all-stock deal that would unite two of the biggest players in meal delivery at a time when the coron...
10:02 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Large Chunks of a Chinese Rocket Missed NYC By About 15 Minutes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A week ago, China launched the newest version of its largest rocket, the Long March 5B, from its southernmost spaceport. The launch proceeded nor...
09:25 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Quibi Cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Pandemic for Streaming Service's Rough Start
Quibi, the streaming app veteran executive Jeffrey Katzenberg started with Meg Whitman a little more than a month ago -- and for which it raised $1.8 billion -- is off to a rough start. From a report:...
08:45 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Music Adds a Transfer Option Ahead of Google Play Music's Shutdown this Year
Google is making it easier for Google Play Music users to make the switch to the company's now preferred music app, YouTube Music, ahead of its plans to shut down Google Play Music later this year. Fr...
08:04 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Age of Empires 2, a 21-Year-Old Game, is Having an Incredible Year
Age of Empires 2, a 21-year-old game, could well be having its best year ever. From a report: Since its HD re-release in 2013 the game has had a steady growth in average player count, but with the rel...
07:30 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot LinkedIn Adds Polls and Live Video-based Events in a Focus on More Virtual Engagement
With a large part of the working world doing jobs from home when possible these days, the focus right now is on how best to recreate the atmosphere of an office virtually, and how to replicate online ...
06:54 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot US Govt Exposes New North Korean Malware, Phishing Attacks
The US government today released information on three new malware variants used in malicious cyber activity campaigns by a North Korean government-backed hacker group tracked as HIDDEN COBRA. From a r...
06:06 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Telegram Abandons Its TON Blockchain Platform
Messaging service Telegram said on Tuesday it is abandoning its blockchain platform Telegram Open Network (TON) after a lengthy battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). From a re...
05:32 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever
Some Twitter employees will never return to their office. From a report: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey emailed employees on Tuesday telling them that they'd be allowed to work from home permanently, even af...
04:45 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Fauci Warns 'Little Spikes' of Coronavirus Might Turn Into Outbreaks if States Reopen Too Soon
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday warned of serious consequences if governors reopen state economies prematurely, saying he fears spikes in coronavirus infections could morph into further outbreaks of the ...
04:04 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Facebook is Quietly Helping To Set Up a New Pro-tech Advocacy Group To Battle Washington
Facebook is working behind the scenes to help launch a new political advocacy group that would combat U.S. lawmakers and regulators trying to rein in the tech industry, escalating Silicon Valley's war...
03:25 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot NSO Group Pitched Phone Hacking Tech To American Police
NSO Group, the surveillance vendor best known for selling hacking technology to authoritarian governments, including Saudi Arabia, also tried to sell its products to local U.S. police, Motherboard rep...
02:54 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Violence Curbs Thwarted by Groups Using Code Words
An anonymous reader shares a report: When President Donald Trump urged Americans last month to "LIBERATE VIRGINIA" on Twitter, a private Facebook group named "Boogaloo Enthusiasts: CORONAPOCALYPSE" we...
02:17 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Built a Roving Robot Covered in UV Light Bulbs that Could Kill the Coronavirus in Warehouses and Whole Foods Stores
Amazon has built robot that is designed to kill the novel coronavirus with ultraviolet light. From a report: The robot looks a little like a hotel luggage cart, with a tall metal frame attached to a r...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Court Fines YouTuber For Posting IPTV Piracy Tutorials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Operated by Bruno Gustavo Januario, the 'Jorge Dejorge' channel is packed with technology-focused videos offering reviews, unboxing videos, tips ...
10:00 am - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Ransomware Hit ATM Giant Diebold Nixdorf
Brian Krebs reports that Diebold Nixdorf, a major provider of ATMs and payment technology to banks and retailers, recently suffered a ransomware attack that disrupted some operations. Thankfully, the ...
07:00 am - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Get Their Best-Ever Look At Jupiter's Atmosphere and Storms
Scientists have gotten their most detailed view of the wild storms that swirl through the gas giant's atmosphere. Space.com reports: Every 53 days, Juno skims over Jupiter's cloud tops in a close appr...
03:30 am - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot All 201 Episodes of 'The Office' Are Now Playing Out Over Slack
An anonymous reader writes: If you take out The Office's physical interactions between characters and try to tell the same jokes over Slack, does The Office still work? It's a question that creative c...
01:25 am - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot AMC's Stock Is Surging On Reports Amazon May Buy It
Today, shares of AMC are up 40% (recouping about 26% of their value lost since January) solely on an unconfirmed report from the Daily Mail that Amazon is interested in buying the global theater chain...
12:45 am - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot 'Double Rainbow Guy' From 2010 Viral Video Dies At 57
Paul L. Vasquez, the burly mountain man whose awestruck reaction upon seeing a double rainbow propelled him to internet stardom and turned him into a folk hero, has died in Central California. He was ...
12:02 am - Tue, May 12, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Are You Handling COVID-19?
turp182 writes: What's your story? How are you doing? What do you predict? Below is a summary of the stats I've been following, some assumptions, and an overview of my personal situation. Anyway, how ...
11:21 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Slack Now Strips Location Data From Images
Slack has started to strip uploaded photos of their metadata. What may seem like an inconsequential change to how the tech giant handles storing files on its servers, it will make it far more difficul...
11:20 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 768G: Higher-Bin 765 Up To 2.8GHz
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AnandTech: Today alongside with the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition, Qualcomm is announcing the new Snapdragon 768G SoC which powers the devic...
10:40 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Newton Mail is Being Resurrected Again, This Time by Superfans
Newton Mail, a subscription-based email client with an impressively large fanbase, is being reincarnated by new owners: long-time fans Maitrik Kataria and Justin Mitchell. From a report: After Newton'...
10:02 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Shuttered Restaurants, Bars, Hotels Speed Up TV Cord-Cutting Even More
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Everyone is stuck at home, which you would think would mean a lot more TV watching, not less. And up to a point, that's true: millions of us are ...
09:25 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Restarts Tesla Factory In Defiance of County Orders
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Monday that the company's factory in Fremont, California is open and has restarted production despite a stay-at-home order issued by Alameda County. TechCrunch reports: Musk s...
08:45 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot It Happened: Bitcoin Just Experienced Third Halving In Its History
The most anticipated cryptocurrency event of 2020, Bitcoin's (BTC) third halving, has just taken effect. Occurring only once every four years, the latest Bitcoin mining block reward halving just reduc...
08:04 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Twitter To Label Disputed COVID-19 Tweets
Twitter announced Monday it will warn users when a tweet contains disputed or misleading information about the coronavirus. From a report: The new rule is the latest in a wave of stricter policies tha...
07:24 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot WHO Conditionally Backs Covid-19 Vaccine Trials that Infect People
Controversial trials in which volunteers are intentionally infected with Covid-19 could accelerate vaccine development, according to the World Health Organization, which has released new guidance on h...
06:44 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Why America Can Make Semiconductors But Not Swabs
U.S. factories are as productive as ever but they've lost the process knowledge needed to retool quickly in a crisis, writes Dan Wang, a Beijing-based technology analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, in an ...
06:04 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot IonQ CEO Peter Chapman on How Quantum Computing Will Change the Future of AI
In a wide-ranging interview with VentureBeat, quantum computing startup IonQ chief executive Peter Chapman talks about quantum computing's future impact on AI and ML. From the interview: The conversat...
05:25 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot How Animal Crossing's Fake Industries Let Players Afford Real Rent Amid COVID-19
Nintendo announced last week that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold over 13.41 million copies in its first six weeks. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is about as far as you can get from a communica...
04:46 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot A.P. Exams in the Coronavirus Era: Online, and Just 15 To 45 Minutes Long
Beginning Monday, 3.4 million high school students will sit down at desks -- and in cars, on bedroom floors and anywhere they can find some quiet -- and take Advanced Placement exams with the hopes of...
04:07 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Bitcoin Crashes as Halving Hype Loses Impetus Over the Weekend
Bitcoin appears to be running out of steam just before one of the most anticipated milestones among cryptocurrency enthusiasts. From a report: The largest digital token tumbled over the weekend, decli...
03:30 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Trump and Chip Makers Including Intel Seek Semiconductor Self-Sufficiency
The Trump administration and semiconductor companies are looking to jump-start development of new chip factories in the U.S. as concern grows about reliance on Asia as a source of critical technology....
02:49 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Thunderbolt Bug Lets Hackers Steal Your Data in 'Five Minutes'
A new set of flaws discovered in the Intel Thunderbolt port has put millions of machines at risk of local hacking. This new research by Eindhoven University's Bjorn Ruytenberg suggests that if a hacke...
02:01 pm - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft and Intel Project Converts Malware Into Images Before Analyzing It
Microsoft and Intel have collaborated on a new research project that explores a new approach to detecting and classifying malware. From a report: Called STAMINA (STAtic Malware-as-Image Network Analys...
11:34 am - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Can Bookshop.org Save Independent Bookstores?
The Los Angeles Times recently checked in on Bookshop.org, an online bookseller, as it pulled in its first $1 million to help local bookstores across America (thanks partly to a partnership with Simon...
07:34 am - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot High-Resolution Telescope Images Solve a Mystery About Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Researchers have collected some of the highest resolution images of Jupiter ever obtained from earth -- by combining images from Hawaii's Gemini North telescope with images from the Hubble Space Teles...
04:43 am - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Australian Company Generates Cheap Renewable Energy From Tides
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Although tidal energy is still in its infancy, it could help to reduce Australia's dependence on fossil fuels... The island nation is only beginning to explore tidal pow...
01:39 am - Mon, May 11, 2020
Slashdot Is Amazon Losing Market Share?
For the first three months of 2020, Amazon's revenue was up 26% (to $75.5 billion). Yet several of its competitors in e-commerce "are showing dramatically faster growth rates," reports Bloomberg's opi...
11:46 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot AI Drives Innovators To Build Entirely New Semiconductors
"AI has ushered in a new golden age of semiconductor innovation," reports Forbes:For most of the history of computing, the prevailing chip architecture has been the CPU, or central processing unit... ...
10:37 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot America Urges Chipmakers to Build Factories in the US
Reuters reports that the Trump administration "is in talks with semiconductor companies about building chip factories in the United States, representatives from two chipmakers said on Sunday."Intel Co...
09:34 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot James Damore Silently Ends Lawsuit Against Google
"The high-profile discrimination dispute between Google and one of its former software engineers has quietly come to an end," reports USA Today. "Ex-Google employee James Damore has moved to dismiss h...
08:38 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot Dozens More Arson Attacks on UK Phone Masts Over 5G Conspiracy Theory
"Mobile phone masts in the UK are still being attacked by arsonists on a daily basis," reports Wired, "because of a conspiracy theory linking 5G to the spread of coronavirus."New data seen by WIRED UK...
07:34 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot Will the Pandemic Finally Kill Cable TV?
In just the first three months of 2020, cable broadcasting's so-called "Pay TV" services have already lost 1.7 million paying subscribers, reports Variety:Comparing the losses against Q1 2019 paints a...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Files Lawsuit Demanding Reopening of Plant As Musk Faces Criticism
Because a California county is preventing Tesla from reopening its plant, "The County's position left us no choice but to take legal action," Tesla announced Saturday. Reuters reports:Tesla filed a la...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot Which Linux Desktop Environment is the Best?
Tom's Hardware "put five of the most popular desktop environments up against each other in a no-holds-barred, seven-round face-off. We've rated GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, Awesome and Regolith on a 10-point...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot 'Murder Hornet' Meme Inspires Stupid Americans To Kill Pollinators En Masse
An anonymous reader writes: You really can't make this stuff up, but Americans across the country, out of fear of "murder hornets," have begun killing all kinds of bees en masse. According to Doug Yan...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot Even After the Pandemic, 43% Say They'll Want to Work Remotely More Often
Long-time Slashdot reader gollum123 quotes CNBC:Nearly 43% of full-time American employees say they want to work remotely more often even after the economy has reopened, according to a survey released...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot Paris Tries AI That Counts How Many People are Wearing Face Masks
"France is integrating new AI tools into security cameras in the Paris metro system to check whether passengers are wearing face masks," reports the Verge:The software, which has already been deployed...
01:34 pm - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Launches New Office 365 Features Blocking Reply-All Email Storms
Microsoft has begun rolling out a new feature in Office 365 to help IT staff stop the scourage that is "Reply-All email storms." ZDNet reports:The feature started rolling out this week to all Office 3...
11:34 am - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot Massive Python Survey Reveals Popularity of Linux and PyCharm, Just 10% Still Using Python 2
The Python Software Foundation and JetBrains collected over 24,000 responses for the third annual Python Developer's Survey. Among its findings: 59% said they used Python for data analysis, "followed ...
07:34 am - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot Should Colleges Preserve the Idea of Meritocracy?
"Is Meritocracy an Idea Worth Saving?" asks The Chronicle of Higher Education, reporting on a special forum held recently at the University of North Carolina's Program for Public Discourse. "This disc...
04:34 am - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot US Space Force Releases First Recruitment Video, Acknowledges Netflix Comedy 'Space Force'
The newly-created U.S. Space Force has released its first recruitment video, CNET reports:In a video posted Wednesday to Twitter showing rockets, mission control-types rooms and U.S. Space Force membe...
01:34 am - Sun, May 10, 2020
Slashdot NVidia, AMD Battle To Buy Out TSMC's Capacity
Long-time Slashdot reader UnknowingFool writes: As NVidia and AMD battle it out with their GPUs in consumer gaming, behind the scenes both manufacturers were competing against each for manufacturing c...
11:34 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot Richard Stallman Joins Discussion About Changing Emacs' Appearance To Make It More Popular
Emacs "predates Linux, and was once far more popular," writes LWN.net, while adding that the text editor "has fallen into relative obscurity over the years." Then it reports on a "mega-thread" on the ...
10:37 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot Man Sues Teenager's 'Crew of Evil Computer Geniuses' Over Crypto Heist
Cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin sued AT&T over a SIM card attack in 2018 that lost him control over $23 million. Now Bloomberg reports that he's suing the "15-year-old hacker and his crew o...
09:47 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot Belkin Criticized For Its Upcoming Bricking of NetCams
A Forbes contributor notes that Belkin abruptly announced the end-of-life for its Wemo NetCams, which will discontinued on May 29 2020. But that's just the beginning...Unlike many other end-of-life an...
08:40 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Threatens to Move Tesla's HQ After County Blocks Its Reopening
Saturday Elon Musk announced he'd "immediately" relocate Tesla's headquarters and "future programs" to Texas and Nevada, reports Ars Technica. While California lifted its restrictions on manufacturers...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot 3D Printed N95 Montana Mask Design Released Under GPLv3
Long-time Slashdot reader blackbearnh writes: Since the COVID-19 pandemic has made Personal Protective Equipment worth it's weight in gold, Makers have been trying to help bridge the gap. While sewn m...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot C Is Now the Most Popular Programming Language, Claims TIOBE
Charlotte Web writes: Since 2001 the TIOBE Index has been ranking top results for the search query +"<language> programming" on the top 25 search engines. "This month, C moved up past Java and e...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot Do Working-From-Home Developers Risk Burning Out?
"Software developers, like everyone else, have had to transition to a work-from-home world," writes InfoWorld.For the users of GitHub, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant changes in work cadence and colla...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot Largest Study To Date Finds Hydroxychloroquine Doesn't Help Coronavirus Patients
A new hydroxychloroquine study -- "the largest to date" -- was published Thursday in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. It concluded that Covid-19 patients taking the drug "do not fare b...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot 'Video Vigilante' Arrested After Filming a Hospital's Emergency Ramp
The Boston Herald writes that a "video vigilante faces numerous charges after being arrested outside Massachusetts General Hospital where police say he was recording the emergency ramp at the height o...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot Caddis Fly Larvae Are Now Building Shelters Out of Microplastics
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Crawling along the world's river bottoms, the larvae of the caddis fly suffer a perpetual housing crisis. To protect themselves from predators, t...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot US Military Is Furious At FCC Over 5G Plan That Could Interfere With GPS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: GPS is facing a major interference threat from a 5G network approved by the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. military officials told Congr...
10:00 am - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot In-Person DEF CON 28 Event Is Canceled
Annual Las Vegas hacker gathering DEF CON has officially called off its physical conference for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Register reports: In what was pretty much a foregone conc...
07:00 am - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX's Starship SN4 Prototype Fires Rocket Engine For First Time
SpaceX's newest Starship prototype has fired its engine for the first time, potentially paving the way for a test flight in the very near future. Space.com reports: The SN4, the latest test version of...
03:30 am - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot America Authorizes Its First Covid-19 Diagnostic Tests Using At-Home Collection of Saliva
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an emergency use authorization for the first at-home Covid-19 test that uses saliva samples, the agency said in a ...
01:50 am - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot Google Unifies All of Its Messaging and Communication Apps Into a Single Team
Google's move to put Javier Soltero, VP and GM of G Suite, in charge of Messages, Duo, and the phone app on Android, puts all of Google's major communication products under one umbrella: Soltero's tea...
01:10 am - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot Cognizant Expects To Lose Between $50 Million and $70 Million Following Ransomware Attack
IT services provider Cognizant said in an earnings call this week that a ransomware incident that took place last month in April 2020 will negatively impact its Q2 revenue. ZDNet reports: "While we an...
12:30 am - Sat, May 9, 2020
Slashdot US Field Hospitals Stand Down, Most Without Treating Any COVID-19 Patients
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: As hospitals were overrun by coronavirus patients in other parts of the world, the Army Corps of Engineers mobilized in the U.S., hiring private contracto...
11:50 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Uber Loses $2.9 Billion, Offloads Bike and Scooter Business
Uber lost $2.9 billion in the first quarter as its overseas investments were hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, but the company is looking to its growing food delivery business and aggressive cost-...
11:10 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Samsung To Launch a Samsung Pay Debit Card This Summer
In a blog post yesterday, Samsung announced plans to launch a Samsung Pay debit card this summer. The Verge reports: Samsung will launch the card, which will be backed by a cash management account, in...
10:30 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Oil Crash Busted Broker's Computers and Inflicted Big Losses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Syed Shah usually buys and sells stocks and currencies through his Interactive Brokers account, but he couldn't resist trying his hand at some oil t...
09:45 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot US Unemployment Rate Soars To 14.7%, the Worst Since the Depression Era
The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 14.7 percent in April, the highest level since the Great Depression, as many businesses shut down or severely curtailed operations to try and limit the spread of t...
09:10 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Wear a COVID-19 Mask That Has a Valve
In some states and major cities, it's now mandatory to wear a mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That mask could be anything from a handkerchief to a designer cotton mask to a full-blow...
08:30 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Intel Accused by Workers of Prioritizing Chip Output Over Safety
Intel compromised worker safety at some of its factories to maintain chip production in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to complaints filed with government agencies and employees at one ...
08:02 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Cognizant Expects To Lose Between $50M and $70M Following Ransomware Attack
IT services provider Cognizant said in an earnings call this week that a ransomware incident that took place last month in April 2020 will negatively impact its Q2 revenue. From a report: "While we an...
07:43 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Developers Say Google's Go is 'Most Sought After' Programming Language of 2020
Lots of developers really want to learn Go, a programming language for large systems created by Google, meanwhile most developers are sick of attending meetings, and most of those working at multinati...
07:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Developers Say Google's Go is 'Most Sought After' Programming Language of 2020
Lots of developers really want to learn Go, a programming language for large systems created by Google, meanwhile most developers are sick of attending meetings, and most of those working at multinati...
06:19 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Internet Giants To Staff: Plan To Work From Home For the Year
Google and Facebook want their staff to stay home for all of 2020. From a report: Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive officer, told employees on Thursday to prepare to work remotely through Octobe...
05:26 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot The Results Are In for the Sharing Economy. They Are Ugly.
The coronavirus pandemic has gutted the so-called sharing economy. Its most valuable companies, which started the year by promising that they would soon become profitable, now say consumer demand has ...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot The Results Are In for the Sharing Economy. They Are Ugly.
The coronavirus pandemic has gutted the so-called sharing economy. Its most valuable companies, which started the year by promising that they would soon become profitable, now say consumer demand has ...
03:12 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Finland's 2-Year Test of Universal Basic Income Concludes that it Doesn't Seem To Disincentivise Working and Benefits Recipients' Mental and Financial Wellbeing
The world's most robust study of universal basic income has concluded that it boosts recipients' mental and financial well-being, as well as modestly improving employment. From a report: Finland ran a...
02:30 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft VP Asks AWS To 'Stand Down' On JEDI Cloud Protests
A Microsoft executive urged Amazon Web Services to "stand down on its litigation" opposing the award of the military's lucrative JEDI commercial cloud transformation contract, arguing the ongoing lega...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Found In Men's Semen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: The new coronavirus can persist in men's semen even after they have begun to recover, a finding that raises the possibility the virus could be sexually tr...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Gov. Cuomo Taps Bill Gates To 'Reimagine Education' For New York
theodp shares a report from The Washington Post: New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) rocked the education world -- and drew strong criticism from teachers and others -- by questioning why school buildin...
10:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus: NHS Reveals Source Code Behind Contact-Tracing App
The NHS has released the source code behind its coronavirus contact-tracing app. The BBC reports: The NHS Covid-19 app is designed to use people's smartphones to keep track of when they come close to ...
07:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Gigantic New 3D Map Traces Every Neuron In a Tiny Mouse Brain
Rick Schumann shares a report from Live Science: Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a Seattle nonprofit dedicated to neuroscience, have been painstakingly recording every brain cell...
03:30 am - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot How a Facebook Bug Took Down Your Favorite iOS Apps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: A little after 6 pm ET on Wednesday, the system started blinking red for iOS developer Clay Jones. Like many devs, Jones uses a Google product called Cr...
02:02 am - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Early Treatment of COVID-19 Patients With HCQAZ Shows Benefit, Study Finds
"Over at ScienceDirect, they report on a French 'retrospective' study of just over 1,000 patients across all age groups with very good results," writes long-time Slashdot reader kenh. The analysis fou...
01:25 am - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot AMD Launches Ryzen 3 3300X and 3100 Low Cost, Low Power Quad-Core CPUs
MojoKid writes: AMD unveiled two new Ryzen 3 processors recently, designed to drive its Zen 2 CPU microarchitecture into more affordable price points. The new Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X are entry-...
12:45 am - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Comcast Resists Call To Open Home Wi-Fi Hotspots, Cites Potential Congestion
Three U.S. senators today urged Comcast to open all of its Wi-Fi hotspots to children who lack Internet access at home during the pandemic. Ars Technica reports: A letter (PDF) from Sens. Ron Wyden (D...
12:02 am - Fri, May 8, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Target WHO By Posing As Think Tank, Broadcaster
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The messages began arriving in World Health Organization employees' inboxes in early April, seemingly innocuous emails about the coronavirus from ne...
11:20 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Inkscape 1.0 Released
Inkscape, the free and open-source vector graphics editor, has released version 1.0 for Linux, Windows, and macOS. It comes after three years in development and over 16 years after Inkscape's initial ...
10:40 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Sonos Cofounder Hits Back at Spotify CEO Daniel Ek For Complaining About Apple
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek reiterated previous gripes he's had with Apple during an interview this week, saying its platform is still not open enough to third-party apps like the Sweden-based music streame...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot MPA and Amazon Ask GitHub To Suspend Kodi Add-On Developer's Account
The MPA, MPA-Canada, and Amazon have filed a request with Github requesting that a Kodi add-on developer's account be deleted from the platform. Citing a copyright case and a permanent injunction hand...
09:20 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Told Workers Paid Sick Leave Law Doesn't Cover Warehouses
Amazon workers in southern California's industrial heartland say the company's policies are forcing sick employees to work and that warehouses are refusing to comply with a state paid sick leave law m...
08:40 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot White House Blocks CDC Guidance Over Economic and Religious Concerns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: As President Trump rushes to reopen the economy, a battle has erupted between the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Preve...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Will Your TV Handle Xbox Series X Games That Tun at 120 FPS?
Jeff Grubb, writing for VentureBeat: One of the tidbits revealed during the first Xbox 20/20 event today is that Dirt 5 supports 120 frames per second on Xbox Series X. Publisher Codemasters' racing g...
07:27 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Cloudflare CEO Now a Billionaire on Stay-at-Home Streaming Surge
Cloudflare Chief Executive Officer Matthew Prince became a billionaire Thursday as the stock climbed to a record hours before the company's scheduled earnings report. From a report: Shares of the San ...
06:50 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's GitHub Account Allegedly Hacked, 500GB Stolen
A hacker claims to have stolen over 500GB of data from Microsoft's private GitHub repositories, BleepingComputer reports. From the report: This evening, a hacker going by the name Shiny Hunters contac...
06:14 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Google Lens Can Now Copy and Paste Handwritten Notes To Your Computer
Google has added a very useful feature to Google Lens, its multipurpose object recognition tool. From a report: You can now copy and paste handwritten notes from your phone to your computer with Lens,...
05:25 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Sidewalk Labs Cancels Plan To Build High-Tech Neighbourhood in Toronto Amid COVID-19
New submitter Bradmont shares a report: Sidewalk Labs, a Google-affiliated company, is abandoning its plan to build a high-tech neighbourhood on Toronto's waterfront, citing what it calls unprecedente...
04:45 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot WeChat Surveils International Accounts To Decide What To Censor for Chinese Users, Study Says
WeChat, the Chinese messaging app, is systematically monitoring the content sent by international users to build up its censorship algorithms applied against accounts registered in China, a new study ...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Twitch Is Developing Talk Shows and Dating Programs for Gamers
Twitch, the online video site popular among gamers, is looking for its version of "The Bachelor." From a report: The company plans to fund a slate of original, unscripted series that would be live and...
03:30 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Neiman Marcus, a Symbol of Luxury, Files for Bankruptcy
Neiman Marcus on Thursday became the first major department store group to file for bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic. It's a stunning fall that follows the collapse of Barneys New...
02:50 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Google Authenticator's First Android Update in Years Lets You Move Your Account Between Devices
Google Authenticator, the company's code-based authentication app, has received its first update in three years, updating the app's interface for larger screens with more modern aspect ratios and deli...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Acquires Keybase To Get End-to-End Encryption Expertise
Zoom announced this morning that it has acquired Keybase, a startup with encryption expertise. From a report: Keybase, which has been building encryption products for several years including secure fi...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Apple Sued Over 2016 MacBook Pro 'Stage Lighting' Issue
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AppleInsider: Apple has been hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company concealed the so-called "stage lighting" issue experienced by some 2016 ...
11:30 am - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Wink Smart Home Users Have One Week To Subscribe Or Be Shut Off
Stephenmg writes: The smart home hub Wink, which was purchased by Will.i.am in 2017, is giving users until May 13th to opt into a subscription for $4.99 per month. If users do not opt-in, the hub beco...
10:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Beyond Emulation: the Massive Effort To Reverse-Engineer N64 Source Code
Slashdot reader thereitis shares a report from Ars Technica that "delves into the reversing community's efforts to produce usable C source code from N64 game binaries." Here's an excerpt: Early this w...
07:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Create a Prototype 'Air Plasma' Engine That Works Without Fossil Fuels
According to research published in the journal AIP Advances, scientists have created a prototype jet engine that compresses air and ionizes it with microwaves, generating plasma that thrusts it forwar...
03:30 am - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Common Herpes Virus Causes Signs of Alzheimer's Disease In Brain Cells
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: Mini-brains grown in a dish rapidly develop signs of Alzheimer's disease when infected with the common herpes virus that causes cold sores. The ...
01:25 am - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Volvo Will Sell LIDAR-Equipped Self-Driving Cars To Customers By 2022
Volve says it'll start selling LIDAR-equipped cars in 2022, which the Swedish automaker says will be able to drive themselves on highways with no human intervention. The Verge reports: [M]ost LIDAR ar...
12:45 am - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Walmart Is Piloting a Pricier 2-Hour 'Express' Grocery Delivery Service
Walmart confirmed today it's launching a new Walmart Grocery service called "Express," which promises orders in two hours or less for an upcharge of $10 on top of the usual delivery fee. TechCrunch re...
12:02 am - Thu, May 7, 2020
Slashdot Details of 44 Million Pakistani Mobile Users Leaked Online, Part of Bigger 115 Million Cache
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The details of 44 million Pakistani mobile subscribers have leaked online this week, ZDNet has learned. The leak comes after a hacker tried to sell a pa...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot William Shatner Upset By Police Who Drew Guns Upon Stormtrooper On May 4th
McGruber writes: On Twitter, William Shatner is sending his contempt to the Lethbridge Police department and three of its officers that celebrated May Fourth by drawing their rifles on and then taking...
10:40 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Uses 1.5 Billion Reddit Posts To Create Chatbot
Facebook trained a new chatbat with 1.5 billion examples of human exchanges from reddit, claiming it's able to demonstrate empathy, knowledge and personality. The BBC reports: The social media giant s...
10:02 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Heir Apologizes For Corruption and Union-Busting Scandals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The de facto head of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, apologized on Wednesday for the corruption and union-busting scandals that have bedeviled his c...
09:42 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Surface Book 3 With 10th-Gen Intel CPUs and New NVIDIA GPUs
Ammalgam shares a report from Redmond Pie: Microsoft has officially announced the Surface Book 3. Not much has changed for the device in terms of external design, but internal circuitry is where it's ...
09:26 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot The Future of NFC Includes Wireless Charging For Earbuds and Smartwatches
It might soon be much easier to buy a smartphone that can charge small devices like earbuds or smartwatches. From a report: The NFC Forum, responsible for near-field communications tech, has unveiled ...
08:46 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Closest Black Hole To Earth Found 'Hiding in Plain Sight'
The massive cosmic object lurks in a star system you can see with the naked eye. From a report: During winter in the Southern Hemisphere, a blue point of light in the constellation Telescopium gleams ...
08:06 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Pirated 'DVD Screeners' Will be History After Next Year's Oscars
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Academy has announced that DVD and Blu-Ray screeners will be banned after the next Oscars ceremony. This marks the end of a long-standing tradition. Not just i...
07:25 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Apple Will Open Up the iPhone To Third-Party Services, Spotify Predicts
Apple's platforms like the iPhone are set to open up more, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said Tuesday. The firm has criticized Apple in the past, taking legal action against what it perceives as unfair treatm...
06:48 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Hide Web Skimmer Behind a Website's Favicon
In one of the most complex and innovative hacking campaigns detected to date, a hacker group created a fake icons hosting website in order to disguise malicious code meant to steal payment card data f...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration Drafting 'Artemis Accords' Pact For Moon Mining
The Trump administration is drafting a legal blueprint for mining on the moon under a new U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords, Reuters reported Wednesday. From the report...
05:30 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Disney Will Release Big Movies on Streaming 'On a Case-by-Case Basis'
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced Disney to postpone the release of its biggest movies, including Mulan and Black Widow, but will those movies actually end up heading straight to a streaming or digital...
04:48 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot GitHub Codespaces Lets You Code in Your Browser Without Any Setup
GitHub has launched Codespaces -- a feature that lets you code directly on the web. Think of this as a virtual Integrated Development Environment (IDE) on the cloud. From a report: Earlier, to contrib...
04:10 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Tanzania's President is Blaming the Sharp Rise of Coronavirus Cases on Faulty Testing Kits
In just a month, Tanzania went from having only 20 coronavirus cases recorded to 480 cases, an alarming increase which puts the country with the highest number of cases in East Africa. However, the co...
03:34 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Discover is Facebook's New Effort To Help People Access Websites for Free -- But With Limits
Facebook has a new connectivity app called Discover to help those who can't afford to get online access information on the web. From a report: The service, available through mobile web and Android app...
02:47 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot No Cookie Consent Walls -- and No, Scrolling Isn't Consent, Says EU Data Protection Body
You can't make access to your website's content dependent on a visitor agreeing that you can process their data -- aka a 'consent cookie wall.' Not if you need to be compliant with European data prote...
02:01 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Uber is Laying Off 3,700 as Rides Plummet Due To COVID-19
In an SEC filing dating back to last week, Uber disclosed plans to layoff 3,700 employees. The figure amounts to around 14% percent of the ride hailing giant's total workforce. From a report: In the d...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Trust In Scientists Grows As Fake Coronavirus News Rises, UK Poll Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Public trust in the work of scientists and health experts has grown during the coronavirus pandemic, amid a surge in misinformation about the vir...
10:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot MicroProse, Legendary Creators of Civilization, XCOM, and Falcon 4.0 Is Back
MicroProse, an American video game publisher and developer founded by Bill Stealey and Sid Meier in 1982, is being resurrected after an absence of almost 20 years. The publisher's last game was Grand ...
07:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot An Adult Cam Site Exposed 10.88 Billion Records
CAM4, a popular adult platform that advertises "free live sex cams," misconfigured an ElasticSearch production database so that it was easy to find and view heaps of personally identifiable informatio...
05:30 am - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Runs a Test Prompting Users To Revise 'Harmful' Replies
In its latest effort to deal with rampant harassment on its platform, Twitter will look into giving users a second chance before they tweet. From a report: In a new feature the company is testing, use...
03:30 am - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot Amid Pandemic, US Renewable Power Sources Have Topped Coal For 40 Days
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Electricity generated by renewable sources like solar, wind and hydro has exceeded coal-fired power in the United States for a record 40 straight days...
12:10 am - Wed, May 6, 2020
Slashdot 'Artificial Leaf' Concept Inspires Research Into Solar-Powered Fuel Production
Researchers from Rice University have created an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel. "The platform developed by the Brown School of Engineering lab of Rice materials...
11:30 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Xiaomi Releases Browser Update Amid Accusations It Collects Private Browsing Data
Xiaomi released software updates for its browser apps on Monday amid fresh accusations it's been collecting private data from people who use its phones and browser apps. CNET reports: In a blog post, ...
10:50 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot The Average Household Will Surpass ISP's 1TB Data Caps Within 3 Years, Study Finds
According to an analysis from Decision Data, the average broadband-connected U.S. household will surpass current 1TB ISP data caps before 2024. What this could translate to is more overage fees for cu...
10:11 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Copyright Lawsuit Has Created a 'Chilling Effect' on Security Research
Last year, Apple accused a cybersecurity startup based in Florida of infringing its copyright by developing and selling software that allows customers to create virtual iPhone replicas. Critics have c...
09:30 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Oculus Is Developing a New Quest VR Headset
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Facebook's Oculus division is building a new version of its Quest standalone virtual reality headset, but the device is facing potential delays due ...
08:50 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Airbnb Is Laying Off a Quarter of Its Workforce
Airbnb announced that it is laying off around a quarter of its workforce, citing revenue declines and a need to curtail costs. TechCrunch reports: In the note, written by Airbnb CEO and co-founder Bri...
08:10 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot UK Reports Highest Coronavirus Death Toll In Europe
The U.K. surpassed Italy on Tuesday to report the most coronavirus deaths in Europe, according to Johns Hopkins data and its own tracker. Axios reports: The country, which prolonged its lockdown last ...
07:32 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Frontier Will Charge Up To $89 For Social Distancing On Flights
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: No two airlines are handling the uncertain future in quite the same way. Frontier Airlines, though, is going all in on the industry's worst nicke...
06:45 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Say a Now-Dominant Strain of the Coronavirus Appears To Be More Contagious Than Original
Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic...
06:09 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Uber and Lyft Face Worker Misclassification Lawsuit From CA Attorney General and City Attorneys
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra along with city attorneys from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco filed a lawsuit asserting Uber and Lyft gain an unfair and unlawful competitive advan...
05:33 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft to Pitch New Xbox Game Console With Monthly Showcases
Microsoft, gearing up for its biggest-ever year of launches for Xbox products and services in the middle of a global pandemic and economic recession, will replace its plan for a splashy public game-co...
04:45 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Virtual WWDC Event To Kick Off on June 22
Apple's virtual WWDC event will start on June 22, Apple said today. It will be hosted in the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website and it will be free for all developers. Apple does plan...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 76 Arrives With Password Management and Zoom Improvements
Mozilla today launched Firefox 76 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox 76 includes new Firefox Lockwise password functionality, Zoom improvements, and a handful of developer features. From a report: L...
03:28 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot How Microsoft Fought the 'ILOVEYOU' Virus 20 Years Ago
The inside story of 'ILOVEYOU' and two other viruses from two decades ago. Steven Sinofsky, who worked at Microsoft from 1989-2012 and oversaw the Office (1998-2006) and Windows (2006-2012) teams, wri...
02:50 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Adam Neumann, WeWork's Former Chief, Sues SoftBank
Adam Neumann, a co-founder of WeWork, sued SoftBank on Monday, accusing it of breaching a contract by withdrawing an offer to buy up to $3 billion in WeWork stock from Mr. Neumann and other shareholde...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Remotely
The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments remotely for the next two weeks, and for the first time in history, the audio will be available, live, to the public. From a report: The arguments include h...
12:37 pm - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Tom Cruise Plots Movie To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk's SpaceX
Mike Fleming Jr., reporting for Deadline: I'm hearing that Tom Cruise and Elon Musk's Space X are working on a project with NASA that would be the first narrative feature film -- an action adventure -...
10:02 am - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Intel Buys Moovit Transit App For $900 Million To Help Develop Robotaxis
Chipmaker Intel has bought Israeli public transit app maker Moovit for about $900 million to help it develop self-driving "robotaxis" that could take to the streets in early 2022, the company said. Fr...
05:30 am - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Experts Are Puzzled Over Why the Coronavirus Lingers in Some Asymptomatic Patients For as Long as 40 Days
Shashank Bengali, reporting for Los Angeles Times: By his second day in the hospital with COVID-19, Charles Pignal's mild cough and 102-degree fever had disappeared. Bored and "bouncing off the walls"...
01:30 am - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps
Apple and Alphabet's Google on Monday said they would ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building to help slow the spread of the novel coronavir...
12:01 am - Tue, May 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple's T2 Security Chip Has Created a Nightmare for MacBook Refurbishers
As predicted, the proprietary locking system Apple rolled out with its 2018 MacBook Pros is hurting independent repair stores, refurbishers, and electronics recyclers. A combination of secure software...
10:51 pm - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Cisco Spotlights New IT Roles You May Have Never Heard of
coondoggie writes: A glimpse into what that future means for IT networking professionals can be found in Cisco's 2020 Global Networking Trends Report. It was completed before COVID-19 changed the way ...
10:04 pm - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot As States Move to Reopen, 2 Projections Show Deaths Rising
A University of Washington forecast frequently cited by the White House projected a death toll of more than double what it was predicting last month, citing the "easing of social distancing measures" ...
09:10 pm - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Create Antibody That Defeats Coronavirus in Lab
Scientists created a monoclonal antibody that can defeat the new coronavirus in the lab, an early but promising step in efforts to find treatments and curb the pandemic's spread. From a report: The ex...
09:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Breach LineageOS Servers Via Unpatched Vulnerability
An anonymous reader writes: Hackers have gained access to the core infrastructure of LineageOS, a mobile operating system based on Android, used for smartphones, tablets, and set-top boxes. The intrus...
06:20 pm - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Confirms Windows 10X is Coming To Laptops Amid Big Jump in Windows Usage
Microsoft is confirming today that it's planning to refocus Windows 10X on single-screen devices. "The world is a very different place than it was last October when we shared our vision for a new cate...
05:06 pm - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Academics Turn PC Power Units Into Speakers To Leak Secrets From Air-Gapped Systems
Academics from an Israeli university have published new research last week showing how an attacker could turn a computer's power supply unit into a rudimentary speaker that can secretly transmit data ...
03:28 pm - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Purged Almost 1,000 Abusive 'Creeperware' Apps. Now Some Are Coming Back.
In June 2019, a group of cybersecurity researchers notified Google of more than 1,000 potentially malicious apps on the company's Play Store that can be used to surveil, monitor, and harass users. The...
02:44 pm - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Amazon VP Resigns, Calls Company 'Chickenshit' for Firing Protesting Workers
McGruber shares a report: Tim Bray, a well known senior engineer and Vice President at Amazon has "quit in dismay" because Amazon has been "firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse ...
02:09 pm - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Apple Announces New 13-inch MacBook Pro With Magic Keyboard
Sooner than expected, Apple has announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Magic Keyboard. It features optional Intel 10th Gen processors and starts at $1,299. In one sense, it is a minor spec-bump up...
11:04 am - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Unimpressed by Online Classes, College Students Demand Refunds
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:They wanted the campus experience, but their colleges sent them home to learn online during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, students at more than 25 U.S....
07:34 am - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot Should Executives Be Embracing Agile Principles Too?
Steve Denning was director of knowledge management at the World Bank from 1996 to 2000, and now consults with organizations around the world on management and innovation. And in 2018 he wrote the book...
04:59 am - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot This May the 4th Gets Unusual Celebrations For 'Star Wars Day'
Star Wars Day "is getting a virtual convention," reports Movieweb.Reedpop, the organization behind New York Comic-Con and Star Wars Celebration have put the convention together... The two-day event is...
01:34 am - Mon, May 4, 2020
Slashdot 'Virtual Fistfight' Created With Historic Collaboration of 40 Film Stars
DevNull127 writes: You probably remember Zoe Bell strapped to the hood of a speeding 1970 Dodge Challenger in the Death Proof half of Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse. (She also had parts in The Hateful...
11:34 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Apple CEO Remembers Steve Jobs' Impact in Virtual Commencement Address
Today Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some heartfelt remarks in a virtual commencement address to the graduating seniors at Ohio State, reports CNET. "Those of us who can look back on this time and remember...
10:34 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Will Cellphone Tracing Bring a Tolerance of Surveillance?
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:In a matter of months, tens of millions of people in dozens of countries have been placed under surveillance. Governments, private companies and research...
09:37 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot America's Government Approves Release of Genetically-Engineered Mosquitoes
America's Environmental Protection Agency "granted permission for genetically engineered mosquitoes to be released into the Florida Keys and around Houston to see if they can help limit the spread of ...
08:39 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Health Officials Worry About Possible Lack of Cooperation on Coronavirus Vaccines
Global health officials and diplomats are "alarmed" by America's "apparent lack of interest in cooperation" on international efforts for a vaccine against Covid-19. Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quote...
07:34 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot What Keeps Developers Happy? Contributing to Open Source
This week long-time open source advocate Matt Asay warned employers that the best way to keep their developers happy was to let them contribute to open source projects:SlashData recently surveyed over...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Google's reCAPTCHA Is Being Used To Hide Phishing Pages
An anonymous reader quotes Infosecurity magazine:New research from Barracuda Networks has revealed that cyber-criminals are increasingly using official reCAPTCHA walls to disguise malicious content fr...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Could Open-Source Medicine Prepare Us For The Next Pandemic?
"A new, Linux-like platform could transform the way medicine is developed — and energize the race against COVID-19," reports Fast Company, while arguing that the old drug discovery system "was b...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot 20 Years Later, Creator of World's First Major Computer Virus Located in Manila
"The man behind the world's first major computer virus outbreak has admitted his guilt, 20 years after his software infected millions of machines worldwide," reports the BBC:Filipino Onel de Guzman, n...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot After the Pandemic, Will Big Tech Companies Be Unstoppable?
After the pandemic is over, "The tech giants could have all the power," warns Recode co-founder Kara Swisher, " and absolutely none of the accountability — at least all the power that will truly...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Beware of Emails Impersonating 'Microsoft Teams' Notifications
Researchers at the email security company Abnormal Security have discovered "a multi-prong Microsoft Teams impersonation attack" involving "convincingly-crafted emails impersonating the automated noti...
01:34 pm - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Emulating 'Trolls', More Movies Try Bypassing Cinemas For On-Demand Releases
Trolls World Tour won't be the last major-studio release to bypass movie theatres altogether. An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:Universal gets a greater cut of revenue from digital services than...
11:34 am - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Why The Navy's UFO Videos Aren't Showing Aliens
Syfy Wire's "Bad Astronomy" column is written by astronomer Phil Plait, head science writer of Bill Nye Saves the World. This week he looked at the recently-declassified videos taken by the U.S. Navy'...
07:34 am - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot How Kickstarter's New Union Negotiated Terms For Pandemic-Related Layoffs
"The COVID crisis has led to a 35% drop in live projects" says Kickstarter communications officer David Gallagher -- who points out that fees on those projects are the company's sole source of income....
05:34 am - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Pandemic Shows Why .Org Domains Are Important
The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by the executive director of Access Now, a global organization that works to protect privacy, free expression, digital security and human rights among internet...
03:34 am - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot .Org Registry No Longer Being Sold -- But What Should Happen Next?
One of the advisors to the #SaveDotOrg campaign was Jacob Malthouse, co-founder of the.eco top-level domain (and also a former ICANN vice president). "Here's what needs to happen next," he writes in a...
01:34 am - Sun, May 3, 2020
Slashdot Are Job Interviews Broken?
"Job interviews are broken," according to a recent New York Times piece by an organizational psychologist at Wharton who argues that his profession has "over a century of evidence on why job interview...
11:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot President Trump Just De-Funded a Research Nonprofit Studying Virus Transmissions
Charlotte Web writes: The U.S.-based research non-profit Ecohealth Alliance has spent 20 years investigating the origins of infectious diseases like Covid-19 in over 25 countries, "to do scientific re...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Copyleft and the Cloud: Where Do We Go From Here?
Free software evangelist Jeremy Allison - Sam (Slashdot reader #8,157) is a co-creator on the Samba project, a re-implementation of SMB/CIFS networking protocol, and he also works in Google's Open Sou...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Arm Offers Free Access To Its Chip Designs To Early-Stage Startups
An anonymous reader quotes Techcrunch:Arm — the U.K. company behind the designs of chips for everyone from Apple to Qualcomm to Samsung — is hoping to kickstart developing by offering up a...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Several Pharmaceutical Companies Are Racing To Develop a Coronavirus Vaccine
"The race for a vaccine to combat the new coronavirus is moving faster than researchers and drugmakers expected," reported Dow Jones News Services this week, "with Pfizer Inc. joining several other gr...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Aggregate Data From Connected Scales Shows Minimal Weight Gains During Lockdowns
"Data from connected scale users suggests Americans, on average, are not gaining weight during lockdowns," writes long-time Slashdot reader pfhlick. The Washington Post reports:Withings, the maker of ...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Will Systemd 245 Bring Major Changes to Linux's Home Directory Management?
Camel Pilot (Slashdot reader #78,781) writes: Leannart Poettering is proposing homed to alter the way Linux systems handle user management. All user information will be placed in a cryptographically s...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates Complains America's Coronavirus Testing Data is 'Bogus'
Appearing on CNN Thursday, Bill Gates called America's coronavirus testing data "bogus," in part because "the United States does not make sure you get results in 24 hours." Business Insider reports:Te...
04:41 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Judge Orders FCC to Hand Over IP Addresses Linked to Fake Net Neutrality Comments
Before it rolled back net neutrality protections in 2017, America's Federal Communications Commission requested public comments online. But they're still facing criticism over how they handled them, G...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot How We Can Save the Comic Book Industry?
destinyland writes: For the first time in many years, the first Saturday in May won't mark Free Comic Book Day, as the worldwide comic celebration at comic-book stores has been postponed amid coronavi...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot How We Can Save the Comic Book Industry
destinyland writes: For the first time in many years, the first Saturday in May won't mark Free Comic Book Day, as the worldwide comic celebration at comic-book stores has been postponed amid coronavi...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Tesla's Stock Drops Billions After Elon Musk's Tweetstorm Friday
Friday Techcrunch reported Elon Musk tweeted to his 33.4 million followers that Tesla's stock price "was 'too high' in his opinion, immediately sending shares into a free fall and in possible violatio...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Google Wants Australia To Remove Civil Penalties From CLOUD Act-Readying Bill
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google has raised a handful of concerns with Australia's pending Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020 (I...
10:00 am - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot NASA Names Companies To Develop Human Landers For Artemis Moon Missions
New submitter penandpaper shares an excerpt from a NASA press release: NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency's Artemis program, one of...
07:00 am - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Robert May, Former UK Chief Scientist and Chaos Theory Pioneer, Dies Aged 84
Pioneering Australian scientist Robert May, whose work in biology led to the development of chaos theory, has died at age 84. The Guardian reports: Known as one of Australia's most accomplished scient...
03:30 am - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot 'Hydrogen-On-Tap' Device Turns Trucks Into Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: The city of Carmel, Ind., has trucks for plowing snow, salting streets, and carrying landscaping equipment. But one cherry-red pickup can do som...
01:50 am - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Dogs Are Now Being Trained To Sniff Out Coronavirus
New Slashdot submitter Joe2020 shares a report from the BBC: Firefighters in Corsica, France, are aiming to teach canines how to sniff out coronavirus, as they can other conditions. It's hoped that de...
01:10 am - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot Steam Ends Mac Support For SteamVR
Steam will no longer support SteamVR on macOS. The Verge reports: Steam introduced SteamVR for Apple computers way back in the mists of time -- 2017's Worldwide Developers Conference. As The Verge wro...
12:30 am - Sat, May 2, 2020
Slashdot EPA Denies Elon Musk's Claims Over Tesla Model S Range Test
The Environmental Protection Agency has rebuffed comments Tesla CEO Elon Musk made concerning what he calls an error during the Model S Long Range's testing process, which the executive says cost the ...
11:50 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Frontier, Amid Bankruptcy, Is Suspected of Lying About Broadband Expansion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Small Internet providers have asked for a government investigation into Frontier Communications' claim that it recently deployed broadband to nea...
11:30 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot QEMU Version 5.0.0 Released
The developers of the open-source QEMU (Quick EMUlator) emulator, which can run programs on various architectures such as ARM and RISC-V, have released version 5.0. Slashdot reader syn3rg writes: Hot ...
11:10 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot New Bill Threatens Journalists' Ability To Protect Sources
A draft bill, first proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in January, intends to combat online child exploitation but could introduce significant harm to journalists' ability to protect their sources...
10:30 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Jeff Bezos Called To Testify Before House Antitrust Panel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: House lawmakers leading an antitrust investigation into Amazon demanded Friday that CEO Jeff Bezos testify about the company's alleged practice of gl...
09:50 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot The New United Nations Coronavirus Social Distancing App Doesn't Even Work
This week a division of the United Nations announced its new social distancing app designed to help alert people when they get too close to another person during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Moth...
09:10 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot OpenAI's Jukebox AI Produces Music in Any Style From Scratch -- Complete With Lyrics
OpenAI this week released Jukebox, a machine learning framework that generates music -- including rudimentary songs -- as raw audio in a range of genres and musical styles. From a report: Provided wit...
08:25 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Documents Reveal FBI Head Defended Encryption for WhatsApp Before Becoming Fierce Critic
Christopher Wray, the FBI director who has been one of the fiercest critics of encryption under the Trump administration, previously worked as a lawyer for WhatsApp, where he defended the practice, ac...
07:50 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot LinkedIn's AI Generates Candidate Screening Questions From Job Postings
LinkedIn is using AI and machine learning to generate screening questions for active job postings. From a report: In a paper [PDF] published this week on the preprint server Arxiv.org, coauthors descr...
07:30 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX and NASA Break Down What Their Historic First Astronaut Mission Will Look Like
NASA and SpaceX's most defining moment of our current space era is coming up at the end of this month, with its Demo-2 mission on May 27. The mission will be the first ever launch for SpaceX with huma...
07:10 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia's Top Scientist Develops Open-source Ventilator That Can Be Built With $400 in Readily Available Parts
New submitter jsicolo shares a report: Nvidia Chief Scientist Bill Dally has released an open-source ventilator hardware design he developed in order to address the shortage resulting from the global ...
05:40 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates Says Virus Vaccine Could Take as Little as 9 Months
Bill Gates, whose foundation is focusing its efforts to fight the coronavirus, doesn't think life will return to normal until there's a viable vaccine that can stop its spread. The good news is that i...
05:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Oracle Women Score Major Win in Court Battle Over Equal Pay
Three female employees at Oracle scored a major victory in court, gaining the right to represent thousands of others in a gender-discrimination lawsuit over pay, a legal milestone that has eluded wome...
04:01 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot The Largest Arctic Ozone Hole Ever Recorded is Now Closed
Just as suddenly as it first formed, a record-breaking ozone hole has healed. The largest ozone hole to ever open up over the Arctic is now closed, after first opening up earlier this spring. From a r...
03:21 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot New Firefox Service Will Generate Unique Email Aliases To Enter In Online Forms
An anonymous reader writes: Browser maker Mozilla is working on a new service called Private Relay that generates unique aliases to hide a user's email address from advertisers and spam operators when...
02:41 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Workers from Amazon, Instacart, and Others Are Calling in Sick To Protest Poor Virus Protections
On May 1st, workers from Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, FedEx, Target, and Walmart joined together in a series of work stoppages to protest conditions and equipment in the face of the ongoing coronav...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot US Probes University of Texas Links To Chinese Lab Scrutinized Over Coronavirus
The Education Department has asked the University of Texas System to provide documentation of its dealings with the Chinese laboratory that U.S. officials are investigating as a potential source of th...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot WHO Lauds Lockdown-Ignoring Sweden As a 'Model' For Countries Going Forward
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Post: The World Health Organization lauded Sweden as a "model" for battling the coronavirus as countries lift lockdowns -- after the nation contro...
08:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Is Space-Time Quantized Or Analog?
"What are the implications if 'space-time' (as conceived of in the Einstein Theory of General Relativity) is quantized like all other aspects of matter and energy?" asks Slashdot reader sixoh1. Space....
05:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot ICANN Halts $1.1 Billion Sale of .Org Registry
Charlotte Web shares a report from The Register: ICANN has halted the proposed $1.1 billion sale of the .org registry to an unknown private equity firm, claiming this was "the right thing to do." The ...
03:30 am - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot FDA Authorizes NASA-Developed Ventilator For Use In COVID-19 Treatment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized for emergency use as outlined in the agency's COVID-19 guidelines a new ventilator desig...
02:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Xiaomi Found Recording 'Private' Web and Phone Use, Researchers Claim
According to an exclusive report from Forbes, cybersecurity researcher Gabi Cirlig discovered that his Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 smartphone was watching much of what he was doing and sending that data to re...
01:30 am - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Intel Unveils 10th Gen 'Comet Lake' CPUs, Pricing
UnknowingFool writes: Intel released more information about their next generation CPUs, codenamed Comet Lake. Overall, CPUs will get more cores and threads and slight speed boosts. Price wise, Intel i...
01:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot USB 4 Will Fully Support DisplayPort 2, Including 8K HDR Monitors
VESA has announced that USB 4 will fully support the massive bandwidth available for the DisplayPort 2.0 standard, including support for 8K 60Hz HDR or even 16K 60Hz monitors. Engadget reports: Since ...
12:20 am - Fri, May 1, 2020
Slashdot Quibi, JetBlue and Others Gave Away Email Addresses, Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Millions of people gave their email addresses to Quibi, JetBlue, Wish and other companies (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative so...
11:40 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot WhatsApp: Israeli Firm 'Deeply Involved' In Hacking Our Users
WhatsApp has alleged in new court filings that an Israeli spyware company used US-based servers and was "deeply involved" in carrying out mobile phone hacks of 1,400 WhatsApp users, including senior g...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Sales Surge But Bezos Says Coronavirus Costs Could Hit $4 Billion
Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos says it will take virtually all of its upcoming second-quarter operating profit to fund protective gear for employees and get products to customers. CNET reports: "If...
10:20 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot US Senator Wants To Know Which Federal Authorities Are Using Clearview AI To Track the Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Clearview AI, the facial recognition company that claims to have scraped over 3 billion photos from social media to power its face-matching tool...
09:40 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot NSA's Guide For Choosing a Safe Text Chat and Video Conferencing Service
The US National Security Agency (NSA) published last week a security assessment of today's most popular video conferencing, text chatting, and collaboration tools. From a report: The guidance contains...
09:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Google Announces Chrome Web Store Crackdown For August 2020
Google announced this week new rules for the Chrome Web Store in an attempt to cut down the number of shady Chrome extensions submitted and listed on the site. From a report: Starting August 27, Googl...
08:20 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot HTC's Blockchain Phone Takes Over a Century To Mine Enough Crypto To Pay For Itself
An anonymous reader shares a report: HTC's Exodus blockchain smartphones will soon receive their own mining app, letting them mine Monero cryptocurrency when plugged in and idle, The Block reported ea...
07:40 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Trump's Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites' Vows Against Misinformation
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, said in March that promoting bleach as a cure for the coronavirus was "misinformation that has imminent risk of danger" and that such messages would immedi...
07:40 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Big Xbox Game Pass Bet is Starting To Pay Off
Microsoft now has 10 million subscribers to its Xbox Game Pass service, the company said during an investor call yesterday. It's the first time Microsoft has publicly disclosed Xbox Game Pass numbers,...
07:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Trump's Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites' Vows Against Misinformation
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, said in March that promoting bleach as a cure for the coronavirus was "misinformation that has imminent risk of danger" and that such messages would immedi...
06:10 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Cut Price of its Ebooks in UK To Reflect Removal of VAT
Amazon has confirmed it will cut the price of its Kindle ebooks from Friday, after the government announced it would bring forward plans to stop charging VAT on online publications because of the pand...
06:01 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Cut Price of its Ebooks in UK To Reflect Removal of VAT
Amazon has confirmed it will cut the price of its Kindle ebooks from Friday, after the government announced it would bring forward plans to stop charging VAT on online publications because of the pand...
05:31 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Visual Studio Online Code Editor is Now Visual Studio Codespaces and Gets a Price Drop
About a year ago, Microsoft launched Visual Studio Online, its online code editor based on the popular Visual Studio Code project. It')s basically a full code editor and hosted environment that lives ...
04:58 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot This Tech Conference Is Being Held on an Animal Crossing Island
As our lives have become a seemingly endless series of work meetings on Zoom and FaceTime or WhatsApp catch-ups with friends, we're all getting a bit sick of seeing people's faces enclosed in a cold, ...
04:18 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Glowing Blue Waves Lighting Up SoCal Coastline Roll Into the South Bay
Crashing waves emitting a flash of neon blue have lit up darkened stretches of Southern California's coastline this month, most recently making an appearance in the South Bay. From a report: The spora...
03:54 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Gains a New 12.3-Megapixel Camera and Interchangeable Lenses
The Raspberry Pi can be used for all sorts of maker projects, and the foundation has offered camera modules for it since 2013, adding vision-related functionality. The first module was a modest 5-mega...
02:47 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot No Nintendo Direct Planned for June Due To Work-From-Home Hurdles
Nintendo is telling partner developers it's not going to hold one of its Nintendo Direct video events in June. From a report: The publisher has had a June Direct to correspond with E3 (Electronic Ente...
02:10 pm - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Admits it Doesn't Have 300 Million Users, Corrects Misleading Claims
Zoom has admitted it doesn't have 300 million daily active users. From a report: The admission came after The Verge noticed the company had quietly edited a blog post making the claim earlier this mon...
10:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Hubble Captures Breakup of Comet ATLAS
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the breakup of Comet ATLAS, a.k.a. C/2019 Y4. "The telescope resolved roughly 30 fragments of the fragile comet on April 20 and 25 pieces on April 23," reports ...
07:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot AMC Theaters Will No Longer Play Universal Movies After Trolls World Tour's On-Demand Success
stikves writes: Given the highly-successful video on demand release of the recent "Trolls World Tour" movie, and the future plans to sidestep theaters for some content from Universal, AMC has struck b...
03:30 am - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Create Glowing Plants Using Mushroom Genes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Emitting an eerie green glow, they look like foliage from a retro computer game, but in fact they are light-emitting plants produced in a laborat...
01:25 am - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Fairphone 3 Now Available With 'de-Googled' Android /e/OS
joestar writes: Fairphone, the European manufacturer of mobile phones with a reduced environmental impact, has announced a partnership to offer /e/OS, the most "de-Googled" and pro-privacy Android OS,...
12:45 am - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Toshiba Publishes Full List of Its Drives Using Slower SMR Technology
"Toshiba has just published a full list of all the consumer HDDs in their lineup that use SMR (shingled magnetic recording) technology," writes Slashdot reader williamyf. "This comes after the whole s...
12:03 am - Thu, April 30, 2020
Slashdot Google Is Killing Its Experimental Social Network Shoelace
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Google's experimental Area 120 unit launched Shoelace in mid-2019 as a way to help people get together in real life. Unfortunately, the fledgling soc...