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11:30 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Data Caps On AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile Will Return June 30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Major Internet service providers are scheduled to end their quarantine benefits soon, once again subjecting Americans to data caps and removing protec...
10:50 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Flu Virus With 'Pandemic Potential' Found in China
A new strain of flu which has the potential to become pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. From a report: It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. T...
10:10 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot iPhone 12 Won't Include Charger In Box, Says Analyst
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhone 12 models will not include EarPods or a power adapter in the box. MacRumors reports: Kuo said that Apple will instead release a new 20W power adapter as an op...
09:52 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot 1 Killed, 2 Shot Outside Amazon Warehouse In Jacksonville
A 20-year-old man was killed and two others injured when two suspects opened fire outside an Amazon warehouse in Jacksonville. From a report: According to JSO, the man who was killed was targeted by t...
09:30 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot The New York Times Removes Its Articles From Apple News
Today, the New York Times announced that it is ending its partnership with Apple News and removing its articles from the platform. Engadget reports: The issue seems to be that while other services, li...
08:50 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot New Hack Runs Homebrew Code From DVD-R On Unmodified PlayStation 2
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nearly 20 years after its initial release, a hacker has found a way to run homebrew software on an unmodified PlayStation 2 using nothing but a c...
08:10 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Pauses Spending on Facebook, Instagram
Microsoft suspended its advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the U.S. in May and recently expanded that to a global pause, according to an internal chat transcript seen by Axios. From a report: Un...
07:30 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Pay $500 Million in Bonuses To Workers Most Exposed To Coronavirus
Amazon on Monday said it's paying out $500 million in one-time bonuses to front-line employees -- those most at risk of contracting the coronavirus -- who worked for the company through June. From a r...
06:52 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Apple Strong-Arms Entire CA Industry Into One-Year Certificate Lifespans
A decision that Apple unilaterally took in February 2020 has reverberated across the browser landscape and has effectively strong-armed the Certificate Authority industry into bitterly accepting a new...
06:11 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Twitch Temporarily Bans President Trump
Twitch has temporarily banned President Donald Trump, in the latest surprise and high-profile suspension from the streaming service. Trump's account was banned for "hateful conduct" that was aired on ...
05:34 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot The Global Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 500,000
The global total of deaths passed 500,000 on Sunday, while the number of confirmed cases surpassed 10 million. From a report: The grim markers were hit as countries around the world struggle to keep n...
05:07 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Reddit Finally Bans Hate Speech, Removes 2,000 Racist and Violent Forums
Reddit first launched as an online discussion site in June 2005. Now, 15 years later, it has finally taken action to officially ban hate speech and groups that promote it. From a report: A revised Red...
04:10 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot India Bans TikTok, Dozens of Other Chinese Apps
The Indian government on Monday evening said it was banning 59 apps developed by Chinese firms over concerns that these apps were "engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integri...
03:29 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Google Expands Free Retail Listings Into Search as Pandemic Hits Ad Sales
Google will expand free shopping results from a narrow experiment in its shopping tab to the main search engine, dramatically expanding their reach. From a report: The company announced the move today...
02:56 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Apple Declined To Implement 16 Web APIs in Safari Due To Privacy Concerns
Apple said last week that it declined to implement 16 new web technologies (Web APIs) in Safari because they posed a threat to user privacy by opening new avenues for user fingerprinting. Technologies...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Eliminates Single-use Plastic in Packaging in India
Amazon said on Monday it has eliminated all single-use plastic in its packaging across its fulfillment centers in India, delivering on a pledge it made last year to achieve this goal by June. From a r...
11:34 am - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Tim O'Reilly Asks If Venture Capital Is Doing More Harm Than Good
Tim O'Reilly is the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates), and is credited by Wikipedia as helping to popularize the term open source. But Techcrunch reveals what he's learned...
09:15 am - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia Partner On Software-Defined Autonomous Cars
ZDNet reports:Car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and chipmaker Nvidia have partnered to build a software-defined computing infrastructure and system that enables vehicles to receive over-the-air software ...
07:59 am - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Volvo's Polestar Plans an Electric Ride-Hailing Robotaxi with Waymo
Slashdot reader Way Smarter Than You shares this article from Car and Driver:Polestar, the Volvo premium electric brand, will come out with a new electric vehicle platform just for ride-hailing vehicl...
04:06 am - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot Mysterious Spike In Radioactivity Over Northern Europe, Accident At Russian Nuclear Plant Suspected
An anonymous reader quotes the International Business Times:Watchdog agencies last week detected an increase in radioactivity levels in the atmosphere over northern Europe, suggesting a potential dama...
12:53 am - Mon, June 29, 2020
Slashdot To Keep Trump From Violating Its Rules...Facebook Rewrote the Rules
"Starting in 2015 Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook rewrote their rules in order to not sanction then-candidate Donald Trump," writes Rick Zeman (Slashdot reader #15,628) — citing a new investigation...
10:59 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot Oracle Celebrates 'The 25 Greatest Java Apps Ever Written'
Oracle's Java magazine is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the programming language with a list of the 25 greatest Java apps ever written:From space exploration to genomics, from reverse compilers ...
10:04 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot America Pushes Europe to Reject Chinese Baggage Screening Tech
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:The U.S. fight against Chinese technology appears to be extending to another category: the security screening you normally see at the airport or border. Wall Street...
09:34 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Bank Required Two Western Companies to Use Tax Software With a Hidden Backdoor
A Chinese bank required at least two western companies to install malware-laced tax software, according to a new report from the cyber-security firm Trustwave. "The two companies are a UK-based techno...
08:34 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's New 'Windows File Recovery' Tool Restores Deleted Data
"Anyone familiar with how Windows and other operating systems work might know that files aren't actually deleted, they're marked to allow other data to overwrite them in the future," points out Hot Ha...
07:34 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot Coca-Cola, Hershey's, Starbucks: More Major Advertisers Are Now Boycotting Facebook
Some of America's biggest brands — Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company and the Levi Strauss & Co. — "are among the latest in pledging to halt advertising on Facebook as part of a growing bo...
06:34 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot CNET Remembers 1995, the Year Hollywood Finally Noticed The Internet
CNET is celebrating its 25th anniversary with articles remembering the 1990s — including that moment "when Hollywood finally noticed the web," calling it "a flawed but fun snapshot of the moment...
05:34 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot A 'Cure for Heart Disease'? A Single Shot Succeeds in Monkeys
"What if a single injection could lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides — for a lifetime?" asks the New York Times. "In the first gene-editing experiment of its kind, scientists ha...
04:34 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot New York Times Investigates How in America 'the Virus Won'
"Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs," writes the New York Times, in a detailed interactive data visualization. "We analyzed travel patterns, hidden i...
03:34 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot Are Uber Drivers Employees? Uber Faces Two Big Court Challenges
Strider- (Slashdot reader #39,683) shares a story from Reuters:Canada's Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of a driver in a gig economy case that paves the way for a class action suit calling for ...
02:34 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot IBM's New Differential Privacy Library Works With Just a Single Line of Code
Friday IBM Research updated their open source "IBM Differential Privacy Library," a suite of new lightweight tools offering "an array of functionality to extract insight and knowledge from data with r...
01:34 pm - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot Jakarta EE 9 Specification Release 'Marks the Final Transition Away From javax Namespace'
An anonymous reader quotes ADTmag:The Eclipse Foundation this week announced Jakarta EE 9 Milestone 1, the final version of the enterprise Java specification before the first Release Candidate (RC). T...
11:34 am - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot How Should High Schools Teach Computer Science?
A high school computer science teacher claims there's an "unacknowledged failure" of America's computer science (CS) classes at the high school and junior high school level. "Visit classrooms and you'...
07:34 am - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot Starbucks Worker Insisting Customers Wear Masks Rewarded With $70K On GoFundMe
"Masks are stupid and so are the people wearing them," posted one San Diego woman on Facebook (who is also an anti-vaxxer). "She has also shared previous posts expressing her refusal to wear masks, an...
04:34 am - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot Google's Phone App May Soon Tell You Why Businesses Are Calling
Android Police spotted a new "Verified Calls" feature Google appears to be rolling out that tells users why a business is calling before they answer the call:Unlike call screening, which can be initia...
01:34 am - Sun, June 28, 2020
Slashdot How Did the World Miss Covid-19's Silent Spread?
Long-time Slashdot reader hankwang writes: The New York Times has an article on how the transmission of Covid-19 by seemingly healthy individuals was discovered in Germany on January 27, but the repor...
11:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Whatever Happened to the 'Flash Crash' Trader?
British stock trader Navinder Sarao was accused of helping cause a $1 trillion stock market crash in 2010. But the rest of his story is now being told in a new book titled Flash Crash: A Trading Savan...
10:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Apple Will Force Apps to Ask for Permission Before Tracking Users
"Apple Inc. will force iPhone apps to get permission from users before tracking them," reports Bloomberg, "dealing a potentially major blow to app developers who rely on advertisements to make money."...
09:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot AWS Launches 'Amazon Honeycode', a No-Code App Building Service
"Amazon Web Services on Wednesday launched Amazon Honeycode, a fully-managed service that enables companies to build mobile and web applications without any programming," reports ZDNet:Customers can u...
08:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Journalist's Phone Hacked: All He Had To Do Was Visit a Website. Any Website.
The iPhone that Moroccan journalist Omar Radi used to contact his sources also allowed his government to spy on him (and at least two other journalists), reports the Toronto Star, citing new research ...
07:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot After 19 Years, Python May Finally Get a Pattern Matching Syntax
"A proposal under consideration by Python's development team would finally bring pattern matching statements to the language," reports InfoWorld:The creators of the Python language are mulling a new p...
06:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 79 Stable Will Let Users Test Unreleased Features Using 'Experiments'
Both Edge and Chrome already allow users to try unreleased, experimental features (by typing about:flags in the address bar). Soon there'll be a similar "Firefox Experiments" option starting in Firefo...
05:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Apple 'Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying On Millions Of iPhone Users', Claims Forbes
In February, Reddit's CEO called TikTok "fundamentally parasitic," according to a report on TechCrunch, adding "it's always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I...
04:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Bots Still Trying To Reach Cyberbunker 2.0 Addresses 9 Months After Raid
Long-time Slashdot reader UnderAttack writes: In September last year, German police raided what was known as "Cyberbunker 2.0", a former cold war nuclear bunker turned into a "bulletproof" hosting fac...
03:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Charter Seeks FCC Permission to Impose Data Caps and Charge Fees to Video Services
"Charter Communications has asked federal regulators for permission to impose data caps on broadband users and to seek interconnection payments from large online video providers, starting next year," ...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Sweden Tries Out a New Status: Pariah State
Sweden's population is not quite twice the size of Norway's — yet Sweden has reported 21 times as many deaths from Covid-19, prompting many countries to close its border to Sweden, reports the N...
10:00 am - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot CRISPR Gene Editing In Human Embryos Wreaks Chromosomal Mayhem
A suite of experiments that use the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to modify human embryos have revealed how the process can make large, unwanted changes to the genome at or near the target site. Natur...
07:00 am - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot 'We've Bought the Wrong Satellites': UK Investment In OneWeb Baffles Experts
AmiMoJo writes: "The UK government's plan to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in a satellite broadband company has been described as 'nonsensical' by experts, who say the company doesn't even mak...
03:30 am - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot A Massive Saharan Dust Plume Is Moving Into the Southeast US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A hot desert wind is carrying a massive cloud of Saharan dust into the Southern United States this week. Dust plumes from the Sahara routinely bl...
02:03 am - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Renewable Energy Breaks UK Record In First Quarter of 2020
Renewable energy made up almost half of Britain's electricity generation in the first three months of the year, with a surge in wind power helping to set a new record for clean energy. The Guardian re...
01:25 am - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Rosetta 2 is Apple's Key To Making the ARM Transition Less Painful
At WWDC 2020 earlier this week, Apple announced that it's moving Macs away from Intel processors to its own silicon, based on ARM architecture. To help ease the transition, the company announced Roset...
12:45 am - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Covid-19 Killed the Era of 'Big' Flying
COVID-19 has shattered the aviation industry, with nations closing their borders and banning all but essential travel. A world where people could hop from country to country is now one where empty pla...
12:02 am - Sat, June 27, 2020
Slashdot Mobilewalla Used Cellphone Data To Estimate the Demographics of Protesters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: On the weekend of May 29, thousands of people marched, sang, grieved, and chanted, demanding an end to police brutality and the defunding of pol...
11:20 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Alphabet Reportedly Buying Smart Glasses Maker North
According to The Globe and Mail, Alphabet is rumored to be acquiring smart glasses maker North for $180 million. 9to5Google reports: This comes after North in December stopped selling Focals to focus ...
10:40 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Lyft Settles With Justice Department Over Disability Lawsuit
Lyft has settled with the Justice Department in a lawsuit alleging the company discriminated against customers with disabilities. Engadget reports: Now, drivers will be required to help fold and stow ...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot California City Bans Predictive Policing In US First
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: As officials mull steps to tackle police brutality and racism, California's Santa Cruz has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing, whic...
09:24 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot As Advertisers Revolt, Facebook Commits To Flagging 'Newsworthy' Political Speech That Violates Policy
As advertisers pull away from Facebook to protest the social networking giant's hands-off approach to misinformation and hate speech, the company is instituting a number of stronger policies to woo th...
08:45 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot House Democrats Pass DC Statehood Bill
House Democrats approved a bill to admit Washington, DC, as a state on Friday, marking the first time either chamber of Congress has advanced a DC statehood measure. From a report: The bill, introduce...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot 'Google Blew a Ten-Year Lead'
An anonymous reader shares a column: Back when there were rumors of Google building an operating system, I thought "Lol." Then I watched then-PM Sundar Pichai announce Chrome OS. My heart raced. It wa...
07:26 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Military Stands Firm In Defense Of Western Myanmar's Internet Blackout
Spokesperson of Tatmadaw, Myanmar's official military, said the leaking of sensitive information about military operations and positions was one of the primary reasons for an internet ban in parts of ...
06:47 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Removes Manual Deferrals From Windows Update By IT Pros 'To Prevent Confusion'
Microsoft is removing the ability for business users to defer manually Windows 10 feature updates using Windows Update settings starting with the Windows 10 2004/May Update. Microsoft seemingly made t...
06:07 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot A New Card Ties Your Credit To Your Social Media Stats
Founded by Instagram and finance alums, Karat wants to be the black card in every influencer's wallet. From a report: Spencer Donnelly, who goes by TheRussianBadger on YouTube, has cultivated an audie...
05:25 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot The Value of Tor and Anonymous Contributions To Wikipedia
According to a recently published research paper [PDF] co-authored by researchers from Drexel, NYU, and the University of Washington, Tor users make high-quality contributions to Wikipedia. And, when ...
04:50 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Other Major Tech Companies Decry Republican Bill Seeking To Break Encryption
In response to the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data (LAED) Act proposed by three Republican senators, Big Tech companies have registered their opposition through their Reform Government Surveillance co...
04:11 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Apple Adds Support for Encrypted DNS (DoH and DoT)
In a presentation at its developer conference this week, Apple announced that the upcoming versions of its iOS and macOS operating systems will support the ability to handle encrypted DNS communicatio...
03:28 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot John Mooney, an Inventor of the Catalytic Converter, Dies at 90
John J. Mooney, an inventor of the catalytic converter, the small and ubiquitous device that makes the engines that power everything from cars to lawn mowers less polluting and more fuel efficient, di...
02:47 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft is Permanently Closing All Physical Retail Stores
Microsoft has announced it will permanently close all of its physical retail stores and transfer most of its resources to online channels. From a report: This comes after the computing giant shuttered...
02:04 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Leaked Microsoft Document Hints at Second Next-Gen Xbox
Microsoft has been planning a second, cheaper and less power next-gen Xbox console. Codenamed Lockhart, it's designed to take most of the key next-gen improvements found in the Xbox Series X and provi...
01:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Apple Makes Another Acquisition: IT Startup Fleetsmith
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has acquired device-management startup Fleetsmith. The technology and personnel that will join Apple as part of the acquisition could help ...
10:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot CA Governor Newsom Announces COVID-19 Modeling Website, Open-Source Tools For 'Citizen Scientists'
Long-time Slashdot reader PCM2 shares a report from CBS News: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 modeling website as well as new open-source tools designed to help California resid...
07:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot One Lucky Space Tourist Could Get a Shot At An ISS Spacewalk In 2023
Space tourism company Space Adventures announced a deal on Thursday with the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation to fly two space tourists to the International Space Station. What makes this con...
03:30 am - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot Facial Recognition Bill Would Ban Use By Federal Law Enforcement
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation Thursday that seeks to ban the use of facial recognition and other biometr...
01:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2020
Slashdot CDC: Coronavirus May Have Infected 10 Times More Americans Than Known
Nearly 25 million Americans may have contracted the coronavirus, a figure 10 times higher than the number of confirmed cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday. The Hi...
09:40 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Disney Kids Channels To Shutter In UK, Content Moving To Disney
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Walt Disney Company is closing down its three Disney Channels in the U.K. this fall and moving the content to its streaming service Disney+. From the report: F...
09:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Comcast Becomes the First ISP To Join Mozilla's TRR Program
Comcast has joined Cloudflare and NextDNS in partnering with Mozilla's Trusted Recursive Resolver program, which aims to make DNS more trusted and secure. Neowin reports: Commenting on the move, Firef...
08:20 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot California Set To Require Zero-Emissions Trucks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Rebuffing strong opposition from industry, California is expected to adopt a landmark rule on Thursday that requires more than half of all ...
07:40 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot AMD Delivers a Major Mobile Efficiency Milestone
AMD has exceeded its goal to improve the energy efficiency of its mobile processors by 25 times by 2020. According to Thurrott, " The new AMD Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processor improves on the energy effi...
07:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Hey Email App Open To All After Apple 'Definitively' Approves It
Basecamp's Hey email app is now open to everyone after Apple "definitively approved" it for the App Store. No invite code is required for users to sign up. Engadget reports: Basecamp CTO and co-founde...
06:17 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Democrats Pitch $100 Billion Broadband Plan, Repeal of State Limits On Muni Networks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: House Democrats yesterday unveiled a $100 billion broadband plan that's gaining quick support from consumer advocates. "The House has a universal...
05:27 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Apple's ARM Switch Will Be the End of Boot Camp
Apple has confirmed that switching to its own, ARM-based Apple silicon will signal the end of Boot Camp support. From a report: Apple will start switching its Macs to its own ARM-based processors late...
04:48 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Safari 14 Will Let You Log in To Websites With Your Face or Finger
With Safari on iOS 14, MacOS Big Sur and iPadOS 14, you'll be able to log in to websites using Apple's Face ID and Touch ID biometric authentication. That's a powerful endorsement for technology calle...
04:10 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Show Users a Pop-up Warning Before They Share an Outdated Story
Facebook announced Thursday that it would introduce a notification screen warning users if they try to share content that's more than 90 days old. From a report: They'll be given the choice to "go bac...
03:35 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot The US-China Battle Over the Internet Goes Under the Sea
Last week, Washington strongly objected to a new project from Facebook and Google. It's too risky and offers "unprecedented opportunities" for Chinese government espionage, the Justice Department decl...
02:48 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Julian Assange Charged in Superseding Indictment
A federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment today charging Julian P. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, with offenses that relate to Assange's alleged role in one of the largest comp...
02:01 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Michael Hawley, Programmer, Professor and Pianist, Dies at 58
Michael Hawley, a computer programmer, professor, musician, speechwriter and impresario who helped lay the intellectual groundwork for what is now called the Internet of Things, died on Wednesday at h...
01:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Arctic Records Its Hottest Temperature Ever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Alarming heat scorched Siberia on Saturday as the small town of Verkhoyansk (67.5N latitude) reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees above the n...
10:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Former Intel Engineer Claims Skylake QA Drove Apple Away
UnknowingFool writes: A former Intel engineer has put forth information that the QA process around Skylake was so terrible that it may have finally driven Apple to use their own processors in upcoming...
07:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Gravitational Waves Reveal Lightest Black Hole Ever Observed
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Gravitational wave detectors have spotted a cosmic collision in which a giant black hole swallowed up a mystery object seemingly too heavy to be a n...
03:30 am - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration Says Huawei, Hikvision Backed By Chinese Military
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The Trump administration has determined that top Chinese firms, including telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies and video surveillance company ...
12:02 am - Thu, June 25, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Launches Counterfeit Crimes Unit To Fight Knockoffs On Its Store
Amazon has announced that it's launching a new Counterfeit Crimes Unit as the latest effort by the online retailer to fight counterfeit products on its website. The Verge reports: The new team is said...
11:20 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Model S Touchscreen Failures Prompts NHTSA Investigation
mschaffer writes: Some older Teslas (Model S) are experiencing problems due to a worn-out flash eMMC chip. The loss of touchscreen functionality prevents operators from being able to use the backup ca...
10:40 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Boston Votes To Ban Government Use of Facial Recognition
Boston is now the largest city on the East Coast to ban facial recognition technology for municipal use. They join cities like San Francisco, Oakland, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. CNET re...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Sidewalk Labs Plans To Spin Out More Smart City Companies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs plans to spin out some of its smart city ideas into separate companies, CEO Daniel Doctoroff said today at Collision from...
09:25 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Wizards of the Coast Is Addressing Racist Stereotypes In Dungeons & Dragons
AmiMoJo shares a report from Polygon: Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast has acknowledged the existence of racist stereotypes in its sourcebooks, and pledged to make changes to amel...
08:45 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Google Says It Will Keep Less Browser History and Location Data By Default
Google said Wednesday it was changing the defaults on its services in an effort to store less browser history and location data on its servers. NBC News reports: Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blo...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot It's Unconstitutional For Cops To Force Phone Unlocking, Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Indiana's Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows a woman accused of stalking to refuse to unlock her iPhone. The court held that...
07:25 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Safari 14 Removes Flash, Gets Support for Breach Alerts, HTTP/3, and WebP
Safari 14, scheduled to be released later this fall with iOS 14 and macOS 11, is a release that is packed choke-full with features. From a report: The biggest and most important of the new additions i...
06:45 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Perl 7 Announced As Evolving Perl 5 With Modern Defaults
Taking place this week is the virtual Perl + Raku "Conference in the Cloud" as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic causing the event to go virtual. A big announcement out of it is Perl 7. From a report:...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Creates Fact-Checking Exemption for Climate Deniers
Facebook is "aiding and abetting the spread of climate misinformation," said Robert Brulle, an environmental sociologist at Drexel University. "They have become the vehicle for climate misinformation,...
05:23 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Olympus Shutters Camera Business After 84 Years
Olympus, once one of the world's biggest camera brands, is selling off that part of its business after 84 years. The firm said that despite its best efforts, the "extremely severe digital camera marke...
04:45 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Major Leap Is Unification and More Lock-In, Not Big New Features
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this week didn't bring any particularly revolutionary new feature, but it did something perhaps more important for Apple's long-term strategy. The latest update...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Brazil Suspends WhatsApp's Payments Service
Brazil, the second largest market for WhatsApp, has suspended the instant messaging app's mobile payments service in the country a week after its rollout in what is the latest setback for Facebook. Fr...
03:25 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Republicans Push Bill Requiring Tech Companies To Help Access Encrypted Data
New submitter feross shares a report: A group of Senate Republicans is looking to force tech companies to comply with "lawful access" to encrypted information, potentially jeopardizing the technology'...
02:47 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's $5.7 Billion Jio Stake Approved by India Regulator
India's antitrust regulator approved Facebook's purchase of a 9.99% stake in the digital services unit controlled by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, giving the social media giant another foothold in one of...
02:02 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm
In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit. From a report: On a Thursday afternoon in January, Robe...
01:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Is Adding Linux, Android, and Firmware Protections To Windows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft is moving forward with its promise to extend enterprise security protections to non-Windows platforms with the general release of a Lin...
10:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Is Looking To Add Live TV To Prime Video
Amazon is looking to add 24/7 live programming to its Prime Video service, according to Protocol. The new channels could include live news, music and sports as well as scheduled movies and TV show sho...
07:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Mars Is About To Have Its 'Wright Brothers Moment'
As part of NASA's next mission to Mars, leaving Earth this summer, the space agency will attempt to do something that has never been done before: fly a helicopter through the rarefied atmosphere of Ma...
03:30 am - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Teaching Physics To Neural Networks Removes 'Chaos Blindness'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered that teaching physics to neural networks enables those networks to better adapt to c...
02:02 am - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot PayPal, Venmo To Roll Out Crypto Buying and Selling, Says Report
Fintech giant PayPal plans to roll out direct sales of cryptocurrency to its 325 million users, reports CoinDesk, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: Currently, PayPal can be used...
01:25 am - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot Oculus Discontinues Its Low-End Go Headset To Focus On Oculus Quest
Oculus is ending sales of its budget Oculus Go virtual reality headset and opening its Quest headset to a wider range of software. The Verge reports: The company will maintain Oculus Go firmware throu...
12:45 am - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot What Comes After Zoom?
Analyst Benedict Evans writes: There will be video in everything, just as there is voice in everything, and there will be a great deal of proliferation into industry verticals on one hand and into unb...
12:02 am - Wed, June 24, 2020
Slashdot 80,000 Printers Are Exposing Their IPP Port Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: In a report published earlier this month, security researchers from the Shadowserver Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on improving cyber-se...
11:20 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Edge Accused of Sneakily Importing Firefox Data In Windows 10
Some Firefox users have discovered that the new default Windows 10 browser, which is shipped to their devices via Windows Update, sometimes imports the data from Mozilla's application even if they don...
10:40 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Flags Trump Tweet of Protesters For Including 'Threat of Harm'
Twitter added a warning to one of Trump's tweets today threatening protesters seeking to establish an "autonomous zone" in Washington, D.C. The social media company is labeling it as a "threat of harm...
10:02 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Releases First Public Preview of its Defender Antivirus on Android
Starting today, customers of Microsoft's commercial antivirus product -- Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) -- can install a first version of the product's Android port. From a report: The prod...
09:24 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot America Is Reopening. Coronavirus Tracing Apps Aren't Ready.
Smartphone apps meant to track where people have traveled or whom they have been near are mostly buggy, little-used or not ready for major rollouts, raising concerns as restrictions lift and infection...
08:45 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot EU May Ban Travel From US As It Reopens Borders, Citing Coronavirus Failures
European Union countries rushing to revive their economies and reopen their borders after months of coronavirus restrictions are prepared to block Americans from entering because the United States has...
08:06 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Loses Antitrust Case In Germany Over Data Collection
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: In a decision that could further embolden European governments to take on large tech platforms, Germany's top court ruled on Tuesday that F...
07:25 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Dozens of Women in Gaming Speak Out About Sexism and Harassment
More than 70 people in the gaming industry, most of them women, have come forward with allegations of gender-based discrimination, harassment and sexual assault since Friday. They have shared their st...
06:45 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot You Can Now Buy Bitcoin At CVS, 7-Eleven, Rite-Aid
Bitcoin ATM operator LibertyX now offers bitcoin purchases at the United States' most popular convenience and drug stores. From a report: Per a PR Newswire released on Jun 22, the company has finished...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot New iOS 14 Feature Lets the iPhone Alert You If It Hears Sounds Like a Doorbell or Fire Alarm
Apple unveiled iOS 14 at its annual WWDC keynote yesterday, and among the small but important new features is sound recognition. First spotted by a Reddit user, this new accessibility tool could signi...
05:28 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Fauci 'Cautiously Optimistic' Vaccine Could Be Available by End of 2020 or Early 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a House committee on Tuesday he believes "it will be when and not if" there will be a COVID-19 vaccine and that he remains "caut...
04:45 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Segway Will Stop Making Its Iconic Self-balancing Scooter
It's the end of an unusual era in transportation. From a report: Fast Company has learned that the Segway brand will stop producing the Segway PT (Personal Transporter) at its Bedford, New Hampshire p...
04:13 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot ARM-Based Japanese Supercomputer is Now the Fastest in the World
A Japanese supercomputer has taken the top spot in the biannual Top500 supercomputer speed ranking. Fugaku, a computer in Kobe co-developed by Riken and Fujitsu, makes use of Fujitsu's 48-core A64FX s...
03:47 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Unveils $2 Billion Fund To Invest in Startups Building Sustainable Technology
Amazon on Tuesday launched The Climate Pledge Fund, a new venture capital investment program that will funnel an initial $2 billion into startups building sustainable technologies across various indus...
02:44 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot China Launches Its Final Satellite To Complete Its Rival To the US-owned GPS System
China sent the last satellite to space on Tuesday to complete its global navigation system0 that will help wean it off U.S. technology in this area. From a report: The network known as Beidou, which h...
02:07 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot K-Pop Stans' Trump Prank Ratchets Up the Internet Wars
Optimism about the internet's role in politics peaked around the time of the Arab Spring, then steadily collapsed into alarm and despair until this weekend, when it ticked up again after President Don...
01:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Appeals Court Says California's IMDb-Targeting 'Ageism' Law Is Unconstitutional
The state of California has lost again in its attempt to punish IMDb for ageism perpetrated by movie studios who seem to refuse to cast actresses above a certain age in choice roles. Techdirt reports:...
10:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Find My Tracking In iOS 14 Will Locate Third-Party Devices
Apple's Find My tracking feature in iOS 14 will allow users to find third-party devices. Engadget reports: A draft specification for hardware makers is available now, although you'll clearly have to w...
07:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Apple Gives Us Our First Glimpse of Foundation, Adapted From Asimov Series
Wargames shares the official trailer of Apple's upcoming new TV series, Foundation, adapted from Isaac Asimov's seminal Foundation series of novels. Ars Technica provides more details: The original tr...
03:30 am - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot Stuck At Home, Scientists Discover 9 New Insect Species
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: When the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County shut down due to the pandemic in mid-March, Lisa Gonzalez headed home with the expectation that sh...
01:10 am - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot After Outcry, Apple Will Let Developers Challenge App Store Guidelines
Apple today announced two major changes to how it handles App Store disputes with third-party developers. The first is that Apple will now allow developers to appeal a specific violation of an App Sto...
12:30 am - Tue, June 23, 2020
Slashdot 'BlueLeaks' Exposes Files From Hundreds of Police Departments
New submitter bmimatt shares a report from Krebs On Security: Hundreds of thousands of potentially sensitive files from police departments across the United States were leaked online last week. The co...
11:50 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Apple WatchOS 7 Unveiled With Sleep Tracking, Shareable Watch Faces and a Hand Washing Timer
At the WWDC 2020 keynote today, Apple unveiled WatchOS 7, adding sleep tracking features, shareable watch faces, a hand washing timer, and much more. CNET reports: WatchOS 7 adds much-anticipated slee...
11:10 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Crooks Abuse Google Analytics To Conceal Theft of Payment Card Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Hackers are abusing Google Analytics so that they can more covertly siphon stolen credit card data out of infected ecommerce sites, researchers r...
10:50 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot iOS 14 Will Let You Change Your Default Email and Web Browser Apps
One of the new features available in iOS 14 is the ability to switch default app preferences for the first time. 9to5Mac reports: Details are scarce currently, but one of the slides in the WWDC presen...
10:30 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Is Shutting Down Mixer and Partnering With Facebook Gaming
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft is closing its Mixer service on July 22nd and plans to move existing partners over to Facebook Gaming. The surprise announcement means Mix...
09:50 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Apple Will Let You Emulate Old Apps, Run iOS Apps on ARM Macs
At the WWDC 2020 keynote today, Apple announced that the company is going to switch from Intel chips to Apple's own silicon, based on ARM architecture. They also announced that iPad and iPhone apps wi...
09:10 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Trump To Expand Coronavirus-Related Immigration Restrictions
The Trump administration will ban entry into the U.S. for foreigners on certain temporary work visas -- including high-skilled H-1B visas -- through the end of the year, senior administration official...
08:25 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Andrew Yang is Pushing Big Tech To Pay Users For Data
Andrew Yang wants people to get paid for the data they create on big tech platforms like Facebook and Google, and with a new project launching on Monday, he believes he can make it happen. From a repo...
08:03 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Encrypted Phone Network Says It's Shutting Down After Police Hack
Someone in control of an email address long associated with Encrochat, a company that sells custom encrypted phones often used by organized criminals, tells Motherboard the company is shutting down af...
07:22 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Apple Announces macOS Big Sur With a Brand-New Design
Apple has unveiled the next version of macOS: Big Sur. From a report: The new operating system brings the biggest redesign since the introduction of macOS 10, according to Apple. Big Sur borrows a num...
06:47 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot This is Apple's Roadmap for Moving the First Macs Away from Intel
After 15 years, Apple will again transition the Mac to a new architecture. The company announced at its developer conference today that it will introduce Macs featuring Apple-designed, ARM-based proce...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Joel Schumacher, Director With a Flair for the Distinctive, Dies at 80
Joel Schumacher, the writer-director who came from a world of window dressing and costume design to bring a singular style to films including St. Elmo's Fire, Flatliners and a pair of Batman movies, d...
05:32 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Apple Announces iOS 14 With Widgets on the Home Screen
Apple's WWDC keynote was virtual this year, but that didn't stop it from announcing the next version of its mobile software, iOS 14. From a report: Fourteen versions since its debut changed the world,...
04:45 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Andrew Yang is Pushing Big Tech To Pay Users For Data
Andrew Yang wants people to get paid for the data they create on big tech platforms like Facebook and Google, and with a new project launching on Monday, he believes he can make it happen. From a repo...
04:43 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Google To Start Fact-Checking Google Images
In an effort to curb the spread of misinformation on its platform, Google said Monday it would begin to fact-check Google Images search results. From a report: The danger of text-based misinformation ...
04:20 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Chills Mobile Ambitions After Animal Crossing Success
Nintendo is retreating from the $77 billion mobile gaming arena after disappointing results deflated once-lofty ambitions, ending a multiyear effort just as the market goes through an unprecedented Co...
03:59 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Apple Approves Hey Email App, But the Fight's Not Over
After rejecting an update last week, Apple has approved a new version of the subscription email app Hey. From a report: The approval, which came last week, ahead of today's Apple Worldwide Developer C...
03:29 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Apple Approves Hey Email App, But the Fight's Not Over
After rejecting an update last week, Apple has approved a new version of the subscription email app Hey. From a report: The approval, which came last week, ahead of today's Apple Worldwide Developer C...
02:42 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Wirecard Says Missing $2.1 Billion Never Existed, Rips Up Earlier Accounts
Wirecard said on Monday that 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) missing from its accounts was likely never there and it was looking at the sale or closure of parts of its business as it sought to avert ...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Windows 10 Linux Subsystem: You Get GPU Acceleration -- With Intel, AMD, Nvidia Drivers
Nvidia, Intel and AMD have announced their support for Microsoft's new effort to bring graphics processor support to the Windows 10 Windows Subsystem for Linux to enhance machine-learning training. Fr...
10:34 am - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Can Stadiums Replace Fans With Cardboard Cutouts and Avatars?
A new article on The Hustle tries to explain why sports stadiums are suddenly full of fans made out of cardboard:Back in March, a German filmmaker and soccer aficionado named Ingo Müller was sitt...
07:34 am - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot As Videogames Respond To Protesters, Fortnite Removes Police Cars
Epic Games is apparently trying to navigate some difficult cultural waters, reports Engadget:Gamers report that Epic has removed all police cars from Fortnite as of the shooter's latest update, and th...
04:34 am - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot What Happens If Apple Switches to Its Own ARM Chips for Macs?
CNN reports that Apple could announce "a long-rumored switch" from Intel chips to its own ARM-based chips for Macs at its WWDC conference Monday -- citing a report from Bloomberg. Then they consider t...
01:34 am - Mon, June 22, 2020
Slashdot Reporter Tests Walmart's $140 Laptop 'So You Wouldn't Have To'
Ars Technica's technology reporter Jim Salter tested Walmart's 11.6-inch EVOO laptop, which sells for $139 and ships with just 2GiB of RAM and a 32GB SSD, which he worries "simply is not enough room f...
11:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot How Did Vietnam Become the Largest Nation Without Coronavirus Deaths?
Vietnam has reported no coronavirus deaths — and, for more than two months, no local infections (with a total for this year of just 349) — despite having a population of 97 million and a b...
10:35 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Temperature Hits 100 Degrees in Arctic Town in Siberia
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:A freak heatwave has been scorching most of the Arctic for weeks now, but it broke records Saturday when the temperature hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in a town in Si...
09:35 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Washington Post: A Top NASA Official Improperly Contacted Boeing
The Washington Post reports:After a top NASA official improperly contacted a senior Boeing executive about a bid to win a contract potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the company attemp...
08:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Masked Arsonist Identified and Jailed Because of Etsy Review
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:To some extent, every Internet user leaves a digital trail. So when a masked arsonist was seen on video setting fire to a police car on the day of a recent prot...
08:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot How The FBI Identified That Masked Arsonist Identified and Jailed Because of Her Etsy Review
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:To some extent, every Internet user leaves a digital trail. So when a masked arsonist was seen on video setting fire to a police car on the day of a recent prot...
07:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Research Releases Tech To Create 3D Models of People From Photographs
Facebook Research has released technology to create 3D models of people from photographs, reports shirappu: The technology, called PIFuHD, takes photographs of people and reconstructs them in 3D. The ...
07:04 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot The Cutting Edge of 3D Printing: Chemicals Within Chemicals, and Printing Tissue In Bodies
Engineers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new approach to 3D printing with potential applications in tissue engineering, soft robotics, and wearable technology — by repu...
06:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia Engineer Releases Open-Sourced Vulkan Graphics Driver for the Raspberry Pi
Long-time Slashdot reader frootcakeuk quotes an article from Hot Hardware: Earlier this year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation hooked up with Igalia to start development on an open-sourced Vulkan graphics ...
05:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot David Heinemeier Hansson Explains What It Takes to Write Great Code
The "bespoke development" site Evrone.com (an IT outsourcing company) interviewed Ruby on Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson (who is also co-founder and CTO of Basecamp -- and a racecar driver) sh...
04:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Space Startup Promises 30-Mile-High Balloon Rides to the 'Edge of Space'
An anonymous reader quotes CBS News:Researchers, armchair astronauts and even brides and grooms looking for an out-of-this-world wedding experience will be able to celebrate, collect data or simply en...
03:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Quest for a Vaccine: Oxford Reaches Final Large-Scale Trial
An anonymous reader quotes The Washington Post:In the global race for a coronavirus vaccine, more than 100 labs, universities and drug companies have started off on experimental missions. But just 11 ...
02:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Advertising Boycott Targets Misinformation and Hate Speech
Two major outdoor-goods retailers "have joined a boycott of Facebook after six civil rights groups called on businesses to stop advertising on Facebook in July," reports CNET, "to push the social netw...
01:34 pm - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot France Upholds $50M Fine Against Google For GDPR Violations
An anonymous reader quotes NBC News:France's highest administrative court has upheld a fine of 50 million euros ($56 million) Google was ordered to pay for not being "sufficiently clear and transparen...
11:34 am - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Why The $100 Million Police Body Camera Experiment 'Isn't Working'
Slashdot reader tedlistens writes: Without cellphone video, George Floyd's death might have been what the Minneapolis police initially described in a statement as simply a "medical incident during a p...
07:34 am - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot 'Largest Distributed Peer-To-Peer Grid' On Earth Laying Foundation For A Decentralized Internet
Forbes reports on ThreeFold, an ambitious new "long-term project to rewire the internet in the image of its first incarnation: decentralized, unowned, accessible, free.""We have 18,000 CPU cores and 9...
03:34 am - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Should Microsoft Release an Edgebook?
"All the pieces are coming together for Microsoft to launch a direct competitor to Chromebooks..." argues an industry analyst writing for ZDNet:Since adopting the Chromium rendering engine, Microsoft ...
01:34 am - Sun, June 21, 2020
Slashdot Robinhood Changes Trading App After 20-Year-Old's Suicide
CNBC reports on the odd circumstances around the suicide of 20-year-old college student options trader Alex Kearns:It was less than 24 hours after Alex had checked his account at the wildly popular tr...
11:34 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot America Can Achieve Its 90% Clean Energy Goals 15 Years Early
destinyland writes: Most studies aim for deep decarbonization of electric power systems by 2050," argues a new study from the Center for Environmental Public Policy at the University of California, Be...
10:44 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Apple Re-Closes 11 Stores Just Weeks after Re-Opening Them
"Mere weeks after reopening over 100 stores, Apple has announced that it will be closing a number of its locations," reports the International Business Times:Eleven stores in Arizona, Florida, North C...
09:34 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Help a Mars Rover's AI Learn to Tell Rocks From Dirt
Slashdot reader shirappu writes: For eight years now, the Mars Rover Curiosity has been exploring the surface of Mars. Even now, it's still exploring, and still getting upgrades. According to Tech Cru...
08:34 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Has the Time Finally Come for Generics in Golang?
An anonymous reader quotes technology columnist Mike Melanson:The debate around adding generics to the Go programming language has been going on for years now, often with much resistance, but it's sta...
07:34 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot 'Biologically Plausible' Deep Learning Neurons Predict the Chords of Bach
IBM's research blog shares an article about "polyphonic music prediction using the Johann Sebastian Bach chorales dataset" achieved by using "biologically plausible neurons," a new approach to deep le...
06:34 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Cell Phone Pings Lead Investigators to Buried Bodies
Slashdot reader rufey writes: Earlier this month, the bodies of two children were discovered buried in the backyard of Chad Daybell, the current husband of the childrens' mother, Lori. In the recently...
05:34 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Stack Overflow Explores Why Developers Love TypeScript More Than Python
Stack Overflow asked 65,000 programmers for their favorite programming language, and this year Microsoft's TypeScript knocked Python from the #2 spot. So they interviewed Microsoft's principal enginee...
04:34 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot The US Government Is Now Stuck with 63 Million Doses of Hydroxychloroquine
The World Health Organization has now halted research on whether hydroxychloroquine could be an effective treatment for COVID-19, reports NBC News, after multiple studies showed the drug "has no impac...
03:34 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's GitHub Offers Open-Source Developers 'One Linter to Rule Them All'
"GitHub says it's open-sourcing its in-house linting tool, the GitHub Super Linter, to clean up code," reports ZDNet:Having a tool that checks source code for programming blunders and other errors is ...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot 'Adobe Flash Is Actually Going to Die' In 194 Days
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo: Three years ago, long after the rise (and fall) of Flash, Adobe announced that its once-ubiquitous multimedia platform was finally going away. But Adobe never provi...
10:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Italy Sewage Study Suggests COVID-19 Was There In December 2019
New submitter UnsungBraveHeart shares a report from Reuters: Scientists in Italy have found traces of the new coronavirus in wastewater collected from Milan and Turin in December 2019 -- suggesting CO...
07:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Are Planets With Oceans Common In the Galaxy? It's Likely, NASA Scientists Find
Planetary scientist Lynnae Quick decided to explore whether -- hypothetically -- ocean planets, similar to Saturn's moon Enceladus and Jupiter's moon Europa, are common in the Milky Way galaxy. "Throu...
03:30 am - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Acura Invents Airbag That Works Like a Catcher's Mitt
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cars, trucks, and SUVs are safer today than they've ever been, but with 22,891 recorded U.S. passenger vehicle fatalities in 2018, it's obvious w...
02:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot AMC Theaters Changes Course and Will Require Customers To Wear Face Masks
In an abrupt about-face, the movie theater chain AMC said Friday it would require guests to wear face masks when its theaters reopen, after CEO Adam Aron earlier said it would not. The Verge reports: ...
01:25 am - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Academics Studied DDoS Takedowns and Said They're Ineffective, Recommend Patching Vulnerable Servers
A team of Dutch and German academics has studied the aftermath of a major crackdown against DDoS providers and concluded that law enforcement takedowns are largely ineffective, recommending that autho...
12:45 am - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot IRS Used Cellphone Location Data To Try To Find Suspects
The Internal Revenue Service attempted to identify and track potential criminal suspects by purchasing access to a commercial database that records the locations of millions of American cellphones. Th...
12:02 am - Sat, June 20, 2020
Slashdot Ian Holm, Bilbo Baggins In 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Alien' Star, Dies At 88
cold fjord writes: Sir Ian Holm, a classically trained actor celebrated for his interpretations of Shakespeare, and with an astonishing range of work in important science fiction and fantasy films, ha...
11:20 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Facebook and Twitter Remove Manipulated Video From Trump's Accounts After DMCA Complaint
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Facebook has removed a manipulated video posted on President Trump's account after receiving a copyright complaint from the rights owners. The manip...
10:40 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Blu-Ray Players Suddenly Stop Working Worldwide
New submitter wb9syn7 writes: The last two days have seen a variety of Samsung Blu-ray players worldwide suddenly cease working. The symptom is that they turn on when power is applied, whereupon they ...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Apple Rejects Facebook's Gaming App, For At Least the Fifth Time
After a few weeks of consideration, Apple denied Facebook's new Gaming app. "Since February, Apple has rejected at least five versions of Facebook Gaming," reports The New York Times. "Each time, Appl...
09:21 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Volkswagen Seeks Open-Source Approach To Refine Car Operating System
Volkswagen wants to use an open-source approach to refine elements of a software-based car operating system being developed by the carmaker, Christian Senger, its board member responsible for digital ...
08:40 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot 'Into the Wild' Bus Removed From Alaska Backcountry For Public Safety
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: An abandoned bus in the Alaska backcountry, popularized by the book "Into the Wild" and movie of the same name, was removed Thursday, state officials...
08:03 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Unsubscribe: The $0-Budget Movie That 'Topped the US Box Office'
An anonymous reader shares a report: In normal times, blockbuster movies usually dominate the box office charts. The big-budget productions, directed by the likes of James Cameron, Steven Spielberg an...
07:23 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Breathtaking New Map of the X-ray Universe
Behold the hot, energetic Universe. A German-Russian space telescope has just acquired a breakthrough map of the sky that traces the heavens in X-rays. From a report: The image records a lot of the vi...
06:45 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot CERN Makes Bold Push To Build $23.5 Billion Super-Collider
CERN has taken a major step towards building a 100-kilometre circular super-collider to push the frontier of high-energy physics. From a report: The decision was unanimously endorsed by the CERN Counc...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Chrome Might Not Eat All Your RAM After Adopting This Windows Feature
A new feature in Windows 10 might allow Google to streamline Chrome, and we know it works because Microsoft is already using it. From a report: According to Microsoft, its recent update implemented a ...
05:25 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Pandemic Accelerating, Warns WHO
The global coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday's 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day, World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. From a...
04:47 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot A Former Google Executive Takes Aim at His Old Company With a Start-Up
Sridhar Ramaswamy once ran Google's $115 billion advertising arm. But he grew disillusioned and worried that growth was too much of a priority. From a report: Nearly two years after he left Google, he...
04:12 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Oracle's BlueKai Tracks You Across the Web. That Data Spilled Online
From a report: Have you ever wondered why online ads appear for things that you were just thinking about? There's no big conspiracy. Ad tech can be creepily accurate. Tech giant Oracle is one of a few...
03:36 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot NYC Passes POST Act, Requiring Police Department To Reveal Surveillance Technologies
New York City Council this week voted 44-6 in favor of the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act, a bill that requires the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to disclose their use...
02:50 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Australia Targeted By State-Sponsored Cyber Attack
A sophisticated, state-sponsored cyber attack is targeting Australian government, business, education and political organisations [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], the pr...
02:09 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Wirecard CEO Markus Braun Resigns as Accounting Scandal Batters Shares
Wirecard CEO Markus Braun has stepped down amid a deepening accounting scandal that has rocked the company's share price. From a report: The German payments firm said in a brief statement Friday that ...
01:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla To Launch VPN Product 'in the Next Few Weeks'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Mozilla has announced today that its highly anticipated VPN (virtual private network) service will launch later this summer, "in the next few weeks." Th...
09:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Controversial Theory Claims Forests Don't Just Make Rain -- They Make Wind
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: With their ability to soak up carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, the world's great forests are often referred to as the planet's lungs. But ...
05:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Labels Trump Tweet As 'Manipulated Media'
Twitter has flagged a tweet from President Trump as containing "manipulated media" after the president tweeted a clip of a black toddler and a white toddler edited to include a CNN chyron reading "ter...
03:30 am - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot UK Virus-Tracing App Switches To Apple-Google Model
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: In a major U-turn, the UK is ditching the way its current coronavirus-tracing app works and shifting to a model based on technology provided by Apple ...
02:02 am - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Construction Begins On World's Biggest Liquid Air Battery
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian: Construction is beginning on the world's largest liquid air battery, which will store renewable electricity and reduce carbon emissions from fossil-fuel powe...
01:25 am - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Discord Removes Servers Dedicated To Pirating Porn
After Motherboard discovered multiple servers on Discord containing pirated porn, the chat platform removed them and banned the owners of each. From a report: "Discord prohibits the sale, disseminatio...
12:45 am - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Acquires $5 Million Worth of Land Outside Austin To Build 'Cybertruck Gigafactory'
Tesla is acquiring $5 million worth of land outside of Austin, Texas to build its new factory. CEO Elon Musk refers to it as "Cybertruck Gigafactory" because it will be where Tesla produces its new el...
12:02 am - Fri, June 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Says Antitrust Regulators Need To Review App Stores
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith said it's time for antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe to discuss tactics that app stores use to take a...
11:20 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot NBA Restart Plan Includes Using Oura Rings To Catch COVID-19 Symptoms
When the NBA restarts its season next month, it may pipe in crowd noise from the NBA 2K video game to help simulate fans in the arena. Another proposal is to have players use Oura's smart rings to pre...
10:40 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Guinness Reinstates Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong, Pac-Man Records
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Guinness World Records has reinstated a number of classic video game world records held by Billy Mitchell. The move comes just over two years aft...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Russia Lifts Ban on Telegram After the Instant Messaging Firm Expressed 'Readiness To Counter Terrorism and Extremism'
The Russian government has lifted its largely ineffective two-year-old ban on the Telegram instant messaging service. From a report: In a message posted on its website, Russia's media watchdog Roskomn...
09:20 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot To Evade Detection, Hackers Are Requiring Targets To Complete CAPTCHAs
CAPTCHAs, those puzzles with muffled sounds or blurred or squiggly letters that websites use to filter out bots (often unsuccessfully), have been annoying end users for more than a decade. Now, the ch...
08:40 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Takes Down Trump Ads Featuring Symbol Used By Nazis To Mark Political Prisoners
Facebook on Thursday took down Trump campaign ads against antifa that prominently featured a symbol used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to The Hill...
08:01 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot England's 'World Beating' System To Track the Virus Is Anything But
Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain unveiled last month a "world beating" operation to track down people who had been exposed to the coronavirus, giving the country a chance to climb out of lockdo...
07:20 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Public Under Coronavirus Order Issued by Newsom
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered all Californians to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care, following g...
06:41 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Google's Latest Experiment is Keen, an Automated, Machine Learning Based Version of Pinterest
A new project called Keen is launching today from Google's in-house incubator for new ideas, Area 120, to help users track their interests. The app is like a modern rethinking of the Google Alerts ser...
06:04 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Enforcement Failures Leave Open a Back Door to Banned Goods -- Some Sold and Shipped by Amazon Itself
The online giant bans products related to drugs, spying and weapons, but news outlet The Markeup found plenty for sale; one of the items bought on the site left a grim trail of overdoses. From a repor...
05:23 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Baidu Breaks Off an AI Alliance Amid Strained US-China Ties
Chinese search giant Baidu has left The Partnership on AI (PAI), a US-led effort to foster collaboration on the ethical challenges raised by artificial intelligence. From a report: Baidu is said to ha...
04:45 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Stockwell, the AI-Vending Machine Startup Formerly Known as Bodega, is Shutting Down July 1
Stockwell AI, which raised at least $45 million, entered the world with a bang but it is leaving with a whimper. From a report: Founded in 2017 by ex-Googlers, the AI vending machine startup formerly ...
04:04 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Dropbox is a Total Mess
Veteran journalist Om Malik, writing on his blog: I was reading Nikita Prokopov's blog this morning and came across his very visual damnation of what is wrong with Dropbox. Like me, he too had thought...
03:25 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot German Payments Group Wirecard Says $2.1 Billion of Cash is Missing
Wirecard was engulfed in a deepening crisis on Thursday after a warning from the German payments group that $2.1 billion of cash was missing [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative sour...
02:46 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Racism Is Rampant on Reddit, and Its Editors Are in Open Revolt
An anonymous reader shares a report: The volunteer moderators of Reddit's r/blackladies community -- an online message board that currently has over 40,000 members -- wrote an open letter outlining th...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Massive Spying on Users of Google's Chrome Shows New Security Weakness
A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google's market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the ...
07:00 am - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Millions of Abandoned Oil Wells Are Leaking Methane, a Climate Menace
More than a century of oil and gas drilling has left behind millions of abandoned wells, many of which are leaching pollutants into the air and water. And drilling companies are likely to abandon many...
03:30 am - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot UC Berkeley Study Finds Diluting Blood Plasma Reverses Aging In Mice
schwit1 shares a report from Berkeley News: In 2005, University of California, Berkeley, researchers made the surprising discovery that making conjoined twins out of young and old mice -- such that th...
02:02 am - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Find Way To Pollinate Plants With Soap Bubbles As Bees Decline
Researchers have found that soap bubbles can carry pollen grains and deposit them on flowers. CNET reports: "It sounds somewhat like fantasy, but the functional soap bubble allows effective pollinatio...
01:25 am - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot FBI Used Etsy, LinkedIn To Make Arrest In Torching of Philadelphia Police Vehicles
Authorities used popular websites including Etsy, Poshmark and LinkedIn to identify a woman who has since been charged for the arson of two Philadelphia police vehicles during the unrest that followed...
12:45 am - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot AMD's Upcoming Ryzen 3000XT Brings 7nm Improvements, Higher Boost
AMD has announced three new additions to its desktop Ryzen CPU line: Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT. Ars Technica reports on the technical details: The new CPU designs take advanta...
12:01 am - Thu, June 18, 2020
Slashdot John Bolton: Trump Last Year 'Offered To Reverse Criminal Prosecution' Against Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei if it Would Help the US-China Trade Deal
John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and who served as national security adviser from April 2018 to September 2019, writing for the Wall Street Journal: Take Trump's handling of the threa...
11:20 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Gives $120 Million To Historically Black Colleges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Reed Hastings, the co-founder of Netflix, and his wife, Patty Quillin, donated $120 million to the United Negro College Fund, Spelman Colle...
10:40 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Nikola Founder Exaggerated the Capability of His Debut Truck
An anonymous reader shares a report: After half an hour of promotional videos and big promises, Nikola's 13-foot-tall prototype parked atop a rotating stage began to spin. The dramatic music reached a...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot A Medical Device Maker Threatens iFixit Over Ventilator Repair Project
STERIS Corporation, a company that makes sterilization and other medical equipment, sent a letter to iFixit claiming their online database of repair manuals for ventilators and medical equipment viola...
09:20 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Facebook To Let Users Turn Off Political Ads
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg says users will be able to turn off political adverts on the social network in the run-up to the 2020 US election. The BBC reports: In a piece written for USA Today newsp...
08:40 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot AWS Said It Mitigated a 2.3 Tbps DDoS Attack, the Largest Ever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Amazon said its AWS Shield service mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever recorded, stopping a 2.3 Tbps attack in mid-February this year. The incident w...
08:01 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot CEO of Open Technology Fund Resigns After Closed-Source Lobbying Effort
The head of the Open Technology Fund (OTF) Corporation, which funds internet freedom projects and technologies, resigned Wednesday because she said she became aware of a lobbying effort that would pus...
07:21 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Justice Dept. Urges Rolling Back Legal Shield for Tech Companies
The Justice Department released recommendations on Wednesday to pare back the legal shield for online platforms that has been crucial to their growth since the earliest days of the internet, taking a ...
06:43 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Adds Ability To Record Audio in Tweets
Twitter said Wednesday that it will add voice messages to tweets -- allowing up to 140 seconds of audio. From a report: Twitter is already the go-to platform for breaking news in the U.S. and often ar...
06:01 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Apple's App Store Policies Are Bad, But Its Interpretation and Enforcement Are Worse
Earlier this week, Apple told Basecamp, the company that makes the brand new email app called Hey, that it cannot distribute its app on the iPhone unless it makes it possible for users to sign up via ...
05:20 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Pitched Its Facial Recognition Tech To the DEA, New Emails Show
Microsoft tried to sell its facial recognition technology to the Drug Enforcement Administration as far back as 2017, according to newly released emails. From a report: The American Civil Liberties Un...
04:31 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Zoom To Launch End-to-End Encryption For All Users -- Not Just Paid Accounts
Weeks after Zoom said it will offer end-to-end encryption to only paying customers -- a move that was received poorly by several privacy and security advocates, the popular video calling software said...
04:17 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot How Often Is Everyone Washing Their Masks?
The CDC says to wash cloth face coverings after "each use," which leaves room for interpretation. From a report: The CDC notes that wearing a mask is a precaution to keep from spreading virus-carrying...
03:30 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Uber To Sell Software, Starting With Four-Van Transit Service
Uber is getting into software. The company is making the technology that powers its ride-hailing business available to others, starting with public transit agencies. From a report: California's Marin ...
02:43 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Could Upend Traditional Workweeks
One of the pandemic's longer-term impacts on how we work could be the end of the five-day, 9-to-5 workweek. From a report: For many companies, these past few months have been a period of rapid experim...
02:02 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using US Equipment
The police in China are collecting blood samples from men and boys from across the country to build a genetic map of its roughly 700 million males, giving the authorities a powerful new tool for their...
01:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Americans Are the Unhappiest They've Been In 50 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: It's been a rough year for the American psyche. Folks in the U.S. are more unhappy today than they've been in nearly 50 years. This bold -- yet unsur...
10:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot 'Hey Siri, I'm Getting Pulled Over': iPhone Feature Will Record Police Interaction, Send Location
An iPhone user created a shortcut that prompts an iPhone to begin recording police interactions by the user simply uttering the phrase: "Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over." The task utilizes Apple's r...
07:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Is Now Taking Requests For Starlink Beta Testers
Pikoro shares a report from Futurism: With over 500 Starlink broadband-beaming satellites already in orbit, SpaceX is looking to move ahead with rolling out its internet service. The Elon Musk-led com...
03:30 am - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Say Most Likely Number of Contactable Alien Civilizations Is 36
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: They may not be little green men. They may not arrive in a vast spaceship. But according to new calculations there could be more than 30 intellig...
02:03 am - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Americans Don't Trust Content Decisions Made By Social Media Giants, Study Says
Most Americans don't trust social media companies to police the content on their platforms, according to a poll published Tuesday from Gallup and the Knight Foundation. CNET reports: The poll found th...
01:25 am - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Super Secretive Russian Disinfo Operation Discovered Dating Back To 2014
Social media research group Graphika published today a 120-page report unmasking a new Russian information operation of which very little has been known so far. ZDNet reports: Codenamed Secondary Infe...
12:45 am - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Dating Apps Exposed 845GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More
Lily Hay Newman writes via Wired: Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar were scanning the open internet on May 24 when they stumbled upon a collection of publicly accessible Amazon Web Service...
12:02 am - Wed, June 17, 2020
Slashdot Snapchat Firm Unveils Platform Plan To Take On Google and Apple
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has revealed plans for a fully fledged digital platform taking on not only Facebook but also Google and Apple....
11:20 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot The Pirate Bay's IP Address Belongs To a VPN Provider, ISP Tells Court
An IP address allegedly used by The Pirate Bay and claimed to be owned by a Swedish ISP does not belong to the provider, it's being claimed. According to Obenetwork, the IP address is actually operate...
10:40 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile's Outage Yesterday Was So Big That Even Ajit Pai Is Mad
T-Mobile's network suffered an outage across the U.S. yesterday, and the Federal Communications Commission is investigating. "The T-Mobile network outage is unacceptable. The @FCC is launching an inve...
10:03 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Cuts Price of Model S Long Range Plus, Says EPA-Rated Range Improved To 402 Miles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla confirmed Monday night that it recently cut the price of the 2020 Model S Long Range Plus by $5,000 and boasted that the EPA-rated range for this v...
09:25 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Google Partners With Parallels To Bring Windows Apps To Chrome OS
For years, Parallels has provided virtualization software so you could run full Windows installs on a Mac, but today they're tackling a new OS. From a report: The company just announced that it is par...
08:45 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot After Merger, T-Mobile Lays Off Hundreds of Sprint Employees
In a conference call on Monday lasting under six minutes, T-Mobile vice president James Kirby told hundreds of Sprint employees that their services were no longer needed. He declined to answer his emp...
08:02 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Boston Dynamics Starts Selling Its Spot Robot -- For $74,500
An anonymous reader writes: Boston Dynamics today opened commercial sales of Spot, its quadruped robot that can climb stairs and traverse rough terrain. Businesses can purchase the Spot Explorer devel...
07:21 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Basecamp's Hey, a New Email Product, Claims Apple is Rejecting Bug Fixes to the iPhone App Unless the Firm Agrees To Pay 15-30% Commission
Basecamp launched its email product Hey earlier this week. David Heinemeier Hansson, the co-founder of Basecamp, tweeted on Tuesday that Apple is already creating challenges for the firm. In a series ...
06:53 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Bookstores Are Struggling. Is a New E-Commerce Site the Answer?
The rapid rise of Bookshop.org during the shutdown has been hailed as a boon for independent stores. But some booksellers worry it could become another competitor for online business. From a report: I...
06:25 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot New York AG Asks Google and Apple To Vet Third-Party COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps
Both Apple and Google are having a hard time regulating all the third-party COVID-19 contact tracing apps that popped up on their app stores recently, as people begin to venture out of their homes. Fr...
05:50 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot 'Coronavirus: Dexamethasone Proves First Life-Saving Drug'
Dr_Ish shares a BBC report: A cheap and widely available drug can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough i...
05:10 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Ripple20 Vulnerabilities Will Haunt the IoT Landscape For Years To Come
Cyber-security experts have revealed today 19 vulnerabilities in a small library designed in the 90s that has been widely used and integrated into countless of enterprise and consumer-grade products o...
04:45 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla, EFF, 19,000 Citizens Urge Zoom To Reverse End-to-End Encryption Decision
Mozilla, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and more than 19,000 internet users today urged Zoom CEO Eric Yuan to reverse his decision to deny end-to-end encryption to users of its free service end...
04:10 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot EU Launches Antitrust Probes Into Apple's App Store and Apple Pay
The European Commission announced Tuesday that it's launching two antitrust investigations into Apple's App Store rules and the Apple Pay platform. From a report: The Commission, the executive arm of ...
03:55 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Elite CIA Unit That Developed Hacking Tools Failed To Secure Its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak, an Internal Report Found
The theft of top-secret computer hacking tools from the CIA in 2016 was the result of a workplace culture in which the agency's elite computer hackers "prioritized building cyber weapons at the expens...
02:50 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Elite CIA Unit That Developed Hacking Tools Failed To Secure Its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak, an Internal Report Found
The theft of top-secret computer hacking tools from the CIA in 2016 was the result of a workplace culture in which the agency's elite computer hackers "prioritized building cyber weapons at the expens...
02:10 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Harvard Joins Peers Dropping SAT, ACT Requirement for Next Year
Harvard College has joined peers in a major -- albeit temporary -- shift in college admissions: It's dropping the requirement for standardized testing for the class of 2025, as the pandemic has restri...
01:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Slowing the Coronavirus Is Speeding the Spread of Other Diseases
schwit1 shares a report from The New York Times: As poor countries around the world struggle to beat back the coronavirus, they are unintentionally contributing to fresh explosions of illness and deat...
10:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot US Commerce Dept. Amends Huawei Ban To Allow For Development of 5G Standards
The United States Department of Commerce today issued a change to allow American companies to participate in developing more streamlined standards for 5G with Huawei. TechCrunch reports: According to ...
07:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot The ISS Is Getting a New Toilet This Year
Later this year, the International Space Station will receive a new and improved toilet system designed to bridge the gap between current lavatorial space tech and what humans will need to make extend...
03:30 am - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Some Believe the US Has Been Hit By Large-Scale DDoS Attack — Others Are Skeptical
Forbes reports major internet outages across many companies including T-Mobile, Fortnite, Instagram, Comcast, and Chase Bank. Some experts believe it is the result of a coordinated attack, others not ...
01:25 am - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot FDA Ends Emergency Use Authorization For Hydroxychloroquine To Treat COVID-19
The Food and Drug Administration has ended its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, drugs the president touted in the fight against coronavirus. Mr. Trump took a 14-day ...
12:45 am - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot Ahead of WWDC, Apple's Developer App Adds Mac Support, New Features, iMessage Stickers
Ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference starting next week, the company has today launched a new version of its Apple Developer App to better support its plans for the virtual event. TechCrunc...
12:02 am - Tue, June 16, 2020
Slashdot South African Bank To Replace 12 Million Cards After Employees Stole Master Key
Postbank, the banking division of South Africa's Post Office, has lost more than $3.2 million from fraudulent transactions and will now have to replace more than 12 million cards for its customers aft...
11:20 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Meet the Big Tech Critic Behind Hey, Basecamp's Radical New Email Platform
The Basecamp cofounder and creator of web application framework Ruby on Rails David Heinemeier Hansson has become increasingly outspoken about Big Tech's privacy violations and monopolistic tendencies...
11:20 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot More Than 7 In 10 Americans Won't Use Contact-Tracing Apps, Data Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Because of the lag between infection and the onset of symptoms, people can contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus and then pass it on, potentially to many...
10:40 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Why People Are More Honest When Writing on Their Smartphones
The restaurant review that divulges distressing family dynamics. The Facebook post that rehashes an embarrassing encounter. The tweet that reveals a phobia few people know about. On our smartphones, w...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Google Resumes Its Senseless Attack On the URL Bar, Hides Full Addresses On Chrome 85
Google is pressing on with new plans to hide all parts of web addresses except the domain name. Android Police reports: A few new feature flags have appeared in Chrome's Dev and Canary channels (V85),...
09:20 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Says Jeff Bezos Is Willing To Testify Before Congress
Jeff Bezos, Amazon's chief executive, is willing to testify before a House antitrust investigation (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) into the market power of major tech companies ...
08:40 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Why Expanding Highways Makes Traffic Worse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Americans drove 40 percent more miles in 2019 than they did in 1994, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. More driving means more conge...
07:56 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Hit By Phone Calling Outage
T-Mobile appears to be having problems. TechCrunch: Customers are reporting that they can't make or receive phone calls, although data and text messages seem to be unaffected. DownDetector, which coll...
07:26 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals
One study promised that popular blood-pressure drugs were safe for people infected with the coronavirus. Another paper warned that anti-malaria drugs endorsed by President Trump actually were dangerou...
06:47 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Moves Its Windows 10 Insider Program from Rings To Release Channels
For the last few years, Microsoft has given Windows enthusiasts the ability to opt in to early release "rings," with the choice to pick between "fast" and "slow" rings, as well as a relatively stable ...
06:10 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Two Hairstylists Who Had Coronavirus Saw 140 Clients. No New Infections Have Been Linked To the Salon, Officials Say
No cases of coronavirus have been linked to two Missouri hairstylists who saw 140 clients last month while symptomatic, county health officials said. Both stylists worked at the same Great Clips locat...
05:34 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Brings Payments To WhatsApp, Starting in Brazil
Facebook has brought payments to WhatsApp for the first time, starting in Brazil. The new feature is powered by Facebook Pay, a unified payment service first introduced back in 2018. The company said ...
04:48 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Six Former eBay Employees Charged in Federal Cyberstalking Case Targeting Natick Couple
Six eBay employees including a former police captain in California last year engaged in a relentless campaign of harassment and cyberstalking of a Natick couple that published a newsletter critical of...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Says it Doesn't Need News Stories For Its Business and Won't Pay To Share Them in Australia
Facebook has rejected a proposal to share advertising revenue with news organisations, saying there would "not be significant" impacts on its business if it stopped sharing news altogether. From a rep...
03:27 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot U.S. Supreme Court Endorses Gay, Transgender Worker Protections
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a watershed victory for LGBT rights, ruling that a landmark federal law forbidding workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees. From a re...
02:53 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Intel Will Soon Bake Anti-malware Defenses Directly Into its CPUs
The history of hacking has largely been a back-and-forth game, with attackers devising a technique to breach a system, defenders constructing a countermeasure that prevents the technique, and hackers ...
02:08 pm - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot The First Covid Vaccines May Not Prevent Covid Infection
Desperation for a way to keep economies from collapsing under the weight of Covid-19 could mean settling for a vaccine that prevents people from getting really sick or dying but doesn't stop them from...
11:34 am - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot 'Looking at an Alien Sky': New Horizons Probe Sees Stars From a New View
Long-time Slashdot reader JoeRobe writes: Space.com and other outlets are reporting on new pictures of Wolf 359 and Proxima Centauri sent back from New Horizons. The images show clear parallax between...
07:34 am - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Chrome Criticized Over 'Senseless Attack on the URL Bar'
The site Android Police is calling out new feature flags in Chrome's early-release Dev and Canary channels (V85) "which modify the appearance and behavior of web addresses in the address bar."The main...
03:34 am - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot Jack Dorsey's Radical Experiment for Billionaires to Give Away Their Money
With a net worth of $5 billion, Jack Dorsey is the world's 410th-wealthiest person, reports Recode, and "has now kick-started one of the most radical experiments in this era of historic income inequal...
01:34 am - Mon, June 15, 2020
Slashdot On Twitter, President Trump Tries -- and Fails -- To Target Comcast
"President Trump on Saturday told his Twitter and Facebook followers to drop Comcast..." reports CNN -- adding that "For the most part, people just shrugged."Comcast executives barely batted any eyela...
10:34 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot A Small US Town is Now Printing Its Own Currency
Tenino, Washington (population: 1,884) has launched its own local currency, reports the Hustle:Mayor Wayne Fournier decided that Tenino would set aside $10k to give out to low-income residents hurt by...
09:40 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot Disney Almost Bought Twitter in 2016
This fall saw the release of an autobiography by former Disney CEO Bob Iger (2005 to 2020) titled The Ride of a Lifetime. And Friday Bloomberg reporter Kurt Wagner shared an interesting excerpt (spott...
08:36 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot The US Government Just Paid a Crypto Startup to Explore Digital Dollars
"The U.S. federal government just awarded a grant to the blockchain startup Key Retroactivity Network Consensus (KRNC)," reports Futurism.com, "to study the feasibility of integrating cryptocurrency i...
07:40 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Chrome 85 To Allow Users To Compose Tweets From Windows 10 Taskbar
In the "quick launch bar" of Windows 10, native app icons "support a shortcut menu for commonly or frequently performed tasks in the app. This menu can be invoked by right-clicking the app's quick lau...
06:34 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot How Accurate Were Ray Kurzweil's Predictions for 2019?
In 1999, Ray Kurzweil made predictions about what the world would be like 20 years in the future. Last month the community blog LessWrong took a look at how accurate Kurzweil's predictions turned out ...
05:34 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot GitHub, Android, Python, Go: More Software Adopts Race-Neutral Terminology
"The terms 'allowlist' and 'blocklist' describe their purpose, while the other words use metaphors to describe their purpose," reads a change description on the source code for Android -- from over a ...
04:34 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot A Spaceflight Engineer Recovers the Lost Software For Apollo 10's Lunar Module
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: Vintage computing enthusiasts have recreated NASA's legendary "Apollo Guidance Computer," the 1960s-era assembly-language onboard guidance and navigation ...
03:34 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot Lego Unveils New 'Robot Inventor' Mindstorms Kit
After seven years, Lego has finally unveiled a new Mindstorms kit, reports PC Magazine -- the Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor, available this fall for $359:The Robot Inventor kit lets kids (or adults) ...
02:34 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot Bjarne Stroustrup Releases 168-Page Paper on How C Thrived
Bjarne Stroustrup, the 69-year-old Danish creator of C++, just released a 168-page paper (published under a Creative Commons Attributions-NoDerivatives license) in the Proceedings of the ACM on Progra...
01:34 pm - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Trigger Hibernation In Mice, Could Astronauts Be Next?
"Scientists in Japan successfully triggered a hibernation-like state in mice by activating a specific group of brain cells," reports UPI, which points out that entering a hibernation-like state "could...
10:34 am - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot Gizmodo Reports Airbnb 'Agrees to Rat Out Its Hosts Like NYC Wants It To'
In New York City, Airbnb "has agreed to hand over personal data about its hosts — like their phone numbers and email addresses, along with a full list of every home they're putting on the platfo...
07:38 am - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot Does the Internet Need a New Architecture that Puts Users First?
Two VoIP pioneers argue in a Wired opinion piece that "Treating the internet like a public utility only bolsters the platform giants," adding "A more secure model starts with control by the people."As...
03:44 am - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot Study: 100% Face Mask Use Could Crush Second, Third COVID-19 Wave
"A new modeling study out of Cambridge and Greenwich universities suggests that face masks may be even more important than originally thought in preventing future outbreaks of the new coronavirus," re...
01:34 am - Sun, June 14, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX vs. Space Shuttle: NASA's Falcon 9 Astronauts Compare the Differences
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken flew to the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew Dragon. But they're also uniquely qualified to describe what it felt like, since both had also flow...
11:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Python Overtakes Java? JetBrains Releases 'State of Developer Ecosystem' Survey
The creators of the Kotlin programming language — the Czech software development company Jetbrains — announced results from their annual "State of the Developer Ecosystem" survey. This yea...
10:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Chemical Engineers Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Useful Industrial Materials
"Chemical engineers from UNSW Sydney have developed new technology that helps convert harmful carbon dioxide emissions into chemical building blocks to make useful industrial products like fuel and pl...
09:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Interview with the Science Writer Who Predicted the Pandemic 8 Years Ago
In 1945, after atomic bomb detonations at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, several former Manhattan Project scientists founded the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Publishing continuously since 1945, its cur...
08:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Why One of Kubernetes' Creators Moved From Google To Microsoft
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: One of the three Google employees who created Kubernetes — the open source container-orchestration platform now maintained by the Cloud Native Compu...
07:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Can AI Design Games? How Nick Walton Created 'AI Dungeon'
shirappu writes: Nick Walton created AI Dungeon as an experiment to build an AI dungeon master for D&D games. Since then, it's grown into a text adventure game in which players can type in anythin...
06:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot More Drone Deliveries Being Tested in America
Long-time Slashdot reader necro81 writes: For several years, Zipline has deployed autonomous, fixed-wing airplane drones for medical supply deliveries in Rwanda. Now they have received permission to t...
05:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot How an Online Mob Doxxed an Innocent Man
"An innocent man faced a torrent of online threats and abuse after being mistakenly identified in a viral video in which an angry cyclist hurt a child," reports the BBC:Mr. Weinberg was falsely identi...
04:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot In America, Only Three States Use Google-Apple Contact Tracing App
NBC News reports that in various parts of America, "States that had committed to using contact tracing apps or expressed interest are now backing away from those claims."The few states that have rolle...
03:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Software Defined Radio Site Closes
Long-time Slashdot reader Z00L00K writes: The site known in amateur radio for access to a plethora of SDR (Software Defined Radio) sites sdr.hu has now closed down. The SDR sites that exists all over ...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Announces Results of 'Deepfake Detection Challenge': 65% Accuracy
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:In September of 2019, Facebook launched its Deepfake Detection Challenge -- a public contest to develop autonomous algorithmic detection systems to combat the emerg...
01:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Trump Hasn't Following Through On Plan To Withdraw US From WHO
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On May 29, President Trump said his administration would take immediate action to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization. "Because ...
01:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Trump Hasn't Followed Through On Plan To Withdraw US From WHO
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On May 29, President Trump said his administration would take immediate action to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization. "Because ...
10:00 am - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Deletes Over 170,000 Accounts Tied To Chinese Propaganda Efforts
Twitter announced Thursday that it had deleted more than 170,000 accounts tied to a Chinese state-linked operation that were spreading deceptive information around the COVID-19 virus, political dynami...
07:00 am - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Can SpaceX's Starlink Broadband System Deliver Less Than 100ms Latency?
Proudrooster writes: Can SpaceX's Starlink deliver less than 100ms latency? That is the $16 billion dollar question as the FCC looks to pump more money into rural broadband (PDF). Will rural America e...
03:30 am - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: As protesters demand an end to police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the nation, police departments around the country are using ...
02:02 am - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Young US Men Having a Lot Less Sex In the 21st Century, Study Shows
Sexual activity among young American men has declined sharply since 2000, with nearly a third reporting no sex with a partner in the prior year, according to a survey study published on Friday that su...
01:25 am - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Amazon, Pushing Fashion, Opened Photo Studio As a 'Warehouse' Exemption
The New York Times reports that Amazon was playing fast and loose with the rules by opening up a fashion photo studio, claiming it could open under state rules that allowed warehouses and fulfillment ...
12:45 am - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot WarnerMedia Is Getting Rid of the HBO Go App
The Verge reports that WarnerMedia is getting rid of the HBO Go app in an attempt to reduce some of the confusion about which app is for which purpose. From the report: HBO Max is AT&T's new strea...
12:02 am - Sat, June 13, 2020
Slashdot Spies Can Eavesdrop By Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Researchers from Israeli's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Weizmann Institute of Science today revealed a new technique for long-distance eav...
11:20 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Apple Removes Two Podcast Apps From China Store After Censorship Demands
Apple has removed two podcast apps from its Chinese app store, following government pressure to censor content. The Guardian reports: Pocket Casts and Castro were both pulled from distribution in Chin...
10:40 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Windows 10's Latest Updates Are Causing Havoc On Printers
Windows 10 received its monthly host of security patches earlier this week, and the latest cumulative updates are causing serious problems with printers -- particularly Ricoh devices, but also other m...
10:02 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Hacker Bypasses GE's Ridiculous Refrigerator DRM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Earlier this year, we brought you the sordid tale of the GE refrigerator that won't dispense filtered water unless consumers pay extra for "offici...
09:23 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Have Discovered Vast Unidentified Structures Deep Inside the Earth
Scientists combed through nearly 30 years of earthquake data to probe huge and mysterious objects near the Earth's core. From a report: Scientists have discovered a vast structure made of dense materi...
08:44 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Pool Owners Take Up AI To Prevent Drownings
Homeowners and pool operators are turning to artificial intelligence for an extra layer of safety to prevent drownings in backyard and public pools. From a report: The detection systems, which use sub...
08:03 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Stalkerware Detection Rates Are Improving Across Antivirus Products
Detections rates for stalkerware applications on Android and Windows devices are slowly improving, according to the findings of a seven-month research project carried out by independent antivirus test...
07:23 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot FCC Republican Voices Doubts About Trump's Executive Order
Republican Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O'Rielly said he's unsure whether his agency has the authority to carry out President Trump's executive order targeting tech firms' legal protection...
06:45 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot New York Attorney General is Interviewing Amazon Employees About Warehouse Conditions as Retaliation Probe Continues
The New York attorney general's office has interviewed Amazon workers from a handful of facilities in the state, as claims of employee retaliation become a central focus of its investigation into the ...
06:03 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot NASA Selects Astrobotic To Fly Water-Hunting Rover to the Moon
NASA has awarded Astrobotic of Pittsburgh $199.5 million to deliver NASA's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) to the Moon's South Pole in late 2023. From a report: The water-seeki...
05:20 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Google Sues Sonos in Escalation of Wireless Speakers Fight
Google escalated a fight with Sonos over the wireless home-speaker market, filing a lawsuit that alleges patent infringement. From a report: The conflict between the two companies, which had been coll...
04:45 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Pitched New Tool Allowing Employers To Suppress Words Like 'Unionize' in Workplace Chat Product
During an internal presentation at Facebook on Wednesday, the company debuted features for Facebook Workplace, an intranet-style chat and office collaboration product similar to Slack. From a report: ...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Jim Keller Resigns from Intel, Effective Immediately
Intel has published a news release on its website stating that Jim Keller has resigned from the company, effective immediately, due to personal reasons. From a report: Jim Keller was hired by Intel tw...
03:25 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot US Lawmakers Ask Zoom To Clarify China Ties After it Suspends Accounts
Three U.S. lawmakers asked Zoom to clarify its data-collection practices and relationship with the Chinese government after the firm said it had suspended user accounts to meet demands from Beijing. F...
02:46 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot New FreeBSD Code of Conduct
An anonymous reader writes: FreeBSD has has adopted a new LLVM-derived code of conduct. The code of conduct requires users to: be friendly and patient,be welcoming,be considerate,be respectful,be care...
02:11 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Internet Archive Kills Its Free Digital Library Over Copyright Concerns
The Internet Archive's National Emergency Library is finished. The non-profit repository for digital preservation, which began offering millions of e-books for free to address the closure of libraries...
01:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot OpenZFS Removed Offensive Terminology From Its Code
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday evening, ZFS founding developer Matthew Ahrens submitted what should have been a simple, non-controversial pull request to the OpenZ...
10:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Twitch Streamers Receive a Flood of Music Copyright Claims For Old Clips
"It looks like Twitch streamers are the latest targets for coordinated DMCA attacks," writes Slashdot reader stikves. "What is more concerning is that these could potentially cripple their accounts." ...
07:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Plastic Rain In Protected Areas of the United States
Writing today in the journal Science, researchers report a startling discovery: After collecting rainwater and air samples for 14 months, they calculated that over 1,000 metric tons of microplastic pa...
03:30 am - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Confirms Beijing Asked It To Suspend Activists Over Tiananmen Square Meetings
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: U.S. video conferencing company Zoom issued a statement on Thursday acknowledging that the Chinese government requested that it suspend the accounts of ...
01:25 am - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Crypto Exchange Quadriga Was a Fraud and Founder Was Running Ponzi Scheme, Regulator Says
The Quadriga cryptocurrency exchange that saw millions of dollars disappear just as its founder died was a "fraud" and Ponzi scheme, according to the Ontario Securities Commission. CBC.ca reports: The...
12:45 am - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot Racist Magic: The Gathering Cards Banned, Removed From Database By Publisher
On Wednesday, Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast took unprecedented measures to remove racist cards from its game. Seven cards in all, dating back to 1994, are now banned from play. T...
12:02 am - Fri, June 12, 2020
Slashdot City of Knoxville Shuts Down Network After Ransomware Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: The City of Knoxville, Tennessee, was forced to shut down its entire computer network following a ransomware attack that took place overnigh...
11:20 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Brings Back Chris Cox, a Former Top Lieutenant To Zuckerberg
Facebook said on Thursday that Chris Cox, a former top executive, was returning to the company as chief product officer (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source. The New York Times report...
10:40 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot MIT Ends Elsevier Negotiations
New submitter gam shares an announcement from MIT: Standing by its commitment to provide equitable and open access to scholarship, MIT has ended negotiations with Elsevier for a new journals contract....
10:23 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot PlayStation 5 Console Revealed
At a live event today, Sony officially unveiled its PlayStation 5 console. Eurogamer reports: The sleek and curved box will come in two flavors -- one with a disc drive, and one without. Meet the Play...
10:03 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Spider-Man, Ratchet and Clank, Gran Turismo and More Are Coming To PS5
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nearly three months after laying out some of the PlayStation 5's technological underpinnings, Sony today offered a first extended look at actual ...
09:25 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Biden Prepares Attack on Facebook's Speech Policies
The Biden presidential campaign, emboldened by a recent surge in support, is going after a new target: Facebook. From a report: After months of privately battling the tech giant over President Trump's...
08:45 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Have Made Bose-Einstein Condensates in Space for the First Time
On board the International Space Station since May 2018 is a mini-fridge-size facility called the Cold Atom Lab (CAL), capable of chilling atoms in a vacuum down to temperatures one ten billionth of a...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot As Virus Infections Surge, Countries End Lockdowns
Still struggling with rising coronavirus cases, India, Mexico, Russia, Iran and Pakistan have decided they must end lockdowns and restart their economies. From a report: At Nigambodh Ghat, the oldest ...
07:25 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Activists Rally To Save Internet Archive as Lawsuit Threatens Site
The Internet Archive is a massive endeavor -- it's an online library aiming to "provide Universal Access to All Knowledge." It has digitized millions of web pages, movies, photos, recordings, software...
06:46 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches $100 Million Racial Justice Initiative; YouTube Creates $100 Million Fund for Black Creators and Artists
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday announced a $100 million project focused on the systemic barriers to opportunity and dignity faced by the black community, with special emphasis on education, economic e...
06:13 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Trillions of Words Analyzed, OpenAI Sets Loose AI Language Colossus
Over the past few months, OpenAI has vacuumed an incredible amount of data into its artificial intelligence language systems. It sucked up Wikipedia, a huge swath of the rest of the internet and tons ...
05:23 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Won't Sell Police Its Facial-Recognition Technology
Microsoft joined the list of tech giants who've decided to limit the use of its facial-recognition systems, announcing that it will not sell the controversial technology to police departments until th...
04:44 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot System76 Launches AMD Ryzen-Powered 'Serval WS' Portable Linux Workstation
Linux computer maker/seller System76 has been offering AMD processors in its Thelio desktop computers, but believe it or not, the company has never offered an AMD-powered laptop -- until now, that is....
04:05 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Podcast Apps Pocket Casts and Castro Removed From Apple's China Store
Before June each year, content and media platforms in China anxiously anticipate a new round of censorship as the government tightens access to information in the lead-up to the anniversary of the Tia...
03:25 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot EU To Hit Amazon With Antitrust Charges Over Treatment of Third-Party Sellers, Report Says
The European Union is preparing to file antitrust charges against Amazon over the e-commerce giant's treatment of third-party sellers on its site, according to a report Thursday from The Wall Street J...
02:46 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot 30,000 Unsuspecting Rose Bowl Attendees Were Scooped Up in a Facial Recognition Test
On New Year's Day 2020, more than 90,000 college football fans piled into the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, to watch the Oregon Ducks play the Wisconsin Badgers. It turns out some of thos...
02:08 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Why Facebook Staffers Won't Quit Over Trump's Posts
Even fed-up tech workers are paralyzed by Silicon Valley's culture. From a column: It's easier for tech workers to talk about taking a stand than to do so. For one, big technology companies such as Fa...
01:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot 3M Sues Price-Gougers Who Used Amazon To Sell Masks At 1,800% Markup
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: 3M -- which manufactures N95 filtration masks that have been in high demand since the COVID-19 pandemic began -- is suing merchants who used Amaz...
10:00 am - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot 15,000-Square-Foot Las Vegas Doomsday Wellness Bunker For Sale For $18 Million
CIStud writes: The 1.05-acre lot near the Las Vegas Strip houses a 5,000-square-foot home built in 1978. Beneath the five-bedroom, six-bathroom home across the entire property is a 15,000-square-foot ...
07:00 am - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot James Webb Space Telescope Will 'Absolutely' Not Launch In March
The James Webb Space Telescope, NASA's follow-on instrument to the wildly successful Hubble Space Telescope, will not meet its current schedule of launching in March 2021, according to the chief of NA...
03:30 am - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Some States Have Embraced Online Voting. It's a Huge Risk.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: On Sunday, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan revealed numerous security flaws in the product th...
02:02 am - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Developer Warns VR Headset Damaged Eyesight
Software developer Danny Bittman tweeted about how he's convinced that his eyesight was damaged from wearing a VR headset for hours a day. The BBC reports: Danny Bittman, who has worked as a virtual r...
01:25 am - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot The 'Useless' Perspective That Transformed Mathematics
Representation theory was initially dismissed. Today, it's central to much of mathematics. From a report: When representation theory emerged in the late 19th century, many mathematicians questioned it...
12:45 am - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Joins 4-Digit Club, Share Price Cracks $1,000
Tesla has become the world's most valuable automaker -- surpassing Toyota -- as its stock pushes to a new high at $1,000 a share. Slashdot reader 140Mandak262Jamuna writes: Tesla is in a tear lately, ...
12:02 am - Thu, June 11, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Pauses Police Use of Facial Recognition Tech For a Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Amazon on Wednesday said it was implementing a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, reversing its long-time support o...
11:20 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot New Twitter Feature Nags You For Sharing Articles Without Opening Them
If you try to tweet the link to an article you haven't opened, Twitter may suggest that you read it before posting. It's all part of a new feature the company is rolling out in an effort to "help prom...
10:40 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Babylon Health Data Breach Allowed Users To View Other Patients' Video Consultations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Babylon Health has acknowledged that its GP video appointment app has suffered a data breach. The firm was alerted to the problem after one of its use...
10:02 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Cox Readies a Re-entry Into Mobile
Mike Dano, reporting for Light Reading: Cox Communications -- one of the nation's largest cable providers -- is preparing to launch a mobile service, according to several sources familiar with the com...
09:25 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Illegal Netflix, Amazon Streamers Cut Off After European Arrests
European police busted an illegal streaming ring that provided service to 2 million people and was so sophisticated that it had its own customer-service team. From a report: The criminal network opera...
08:45 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Closes Account of US-Based Chinese Activist After Tiananment Event
The U.S. video-conferencing company Zoom closed the account of a group of prominent U.S.-based Chinese activists after they held a Zoom event commemorating the 31st anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Becomes First US Company To Hit $1.5 Trillion In Market Value
Apple's stock price hit a record high of $1.53 trillion, making it the first U.S. company to reach that mark. MacRumors reports: Market capitalization is simply the share price multiplied by the numbe...
07:25 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Tech Terms Face Scrutiny Amid Anti-Racism Efforts
Apple, Google, Microsoft and other Big Tech companies have stepped up their comments on the need for racial justice amid the Black Lives Matter protests that have gripped the US for the past two weeks...
06:45 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Planet's View From Above Just Got Clearer
An anonymous reader shares a report: The remote-sensing firm Planet operates more than one hundred satellites that constantly orbit the earth, collecting imagery of the world's entire landmass each da...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Despite Disappointing Pixel 4, 2019 Was Google's Best Year for Phone Sales Yet
A few weeks ago, news broke that Google was allegedly disappointed with the Google Pixel 4, even prior to that device's launch. However disappointing it may have been, it doesn't appear to have stoppe...
05:30 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Android 11 Will Help You Rein In Zombie App Permissions
With 2.5 billion users worldwide, Google has a responsibility to make its Android operating system as secure as possible. But the company has at times struggled to adequately vet apps in the Google Pl...
04:48 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker
Researchers around the world are developing more than 135 vaccines against the coronavirus. Vaccines typically require years of research and testing before reaching the clinic, but scientists are raci...
04:09 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot SoftBank's Arm Says China CEO Fired for Major Irregularities
SoftBank Group's Arm and its Chinese venture clashed publicly over whether the venture's CEO had been fired, a dispute that threatens to disrupt a Western company central to the global semiconductor i...
03:31 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Congress Seeks Answers on Juniper Networks Breach Amid Encryption Fight
A group of U.S. lawmakers preparing to fight a legislative attack on encrypted communications is trying to establish what happened when encryption was subverted at a Silicon Valley maker of networking...
02:50 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Amazon, Facebook and Google Turn To Deep Network of Political Allies To Battle Back Antitrust Probes
Under the withering microscope of government watchdogs, tech giants including Amazon, Facebook and Google have funded a bevy of political groups that have helped push positive polling and engaged in o...
02:10 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Mobile World Congress Organizer To Cut 20% of Global Workforce
The mobile technology industry's trade body is cutting about a fifth of its workforce after being forced to cancel a conference that generated most of its revenue. From a report: The decision by the G...
01:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Spherical Solar Cells Soak Up Scattered Sunlight
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Flat solar panels still face big limitations when it comes to making the most of the available sunlight each day. A new spherical solar cell des...
10:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Playing Around With the Fuchsia OS
Security and software development company Quarkslab played around with Google's new Fuchsia operating system, which could one day replace Android on smartphones and Chrome OS on laptops. The researche...
07:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot FCC Failed To Monitor Chinese Telecoms For Almost 20 Years: Senate Report
The Federal Communications Commission and other U.S. agencies have failed to properly oversee Chinese telecom companies that operate in the United States, according to a bipartisan Senate report relea...
03:30 am - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Engineer One Protein To Fight Cancer and Regenerate Neurons
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Our lungs, bones, blood vessels and other major organs are made up of cells, and one way our bodies keep us healthy is by using protein messengers kn...
02:10 am - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Commonwealth Nations To Protect Coral Reefs With Satellite Technology
Commonwealth countries are to gain free access to satellite technology that will help them monitor and protect their endangered coral reefs from threats such as climate breakdown, overfishing and poll...
01:50 am - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Google Meet Rolls Out Impressive New Background Noise Cancellation Feature
Google is rolling out AI-powered noise cancellation in Google Meet. It's coming to the web first, with iOS and Android following later. The Verge reports: A video produced by VentureBeat shows the sof...
01:30 am - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Granted Patent That Would Allow For Socially Distant Group Selfies
With people around the world self-isolating at home in order to curb the spread of Covid-19, Apple has received a patent for software that would allow people to take group selfies while socially dista...
12:50 am - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot Audio Engineers Built a Shield To Deflect Police Sound Cannons
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Over the past two weeks, cops have been deploying every tool at their disposal to suppress worldwide protests and riots over the deaths of George ...
12:10 am - Wed, June 10, 2020
Slashdot California To Allow Movie Theaters To Reopen In Most Counties
California counties, including Los Angeles County, could decide to reopen movie theaters as early as Friday. The Los Angeles Times reports: Each local health officer has the authority to decide whethe...
11:30 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.19 Released
jrepin writes: The KDE community has released Plasma 5.19, the popular free and open-source desktop environment. "In this release, we have prioritized making Plasma more consistent, correcting and uni...
10:50 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Obscure Indian Cyber Firm Spied On Politicians, Investors Worldwide
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A little-known Indian IT firm offered its hacking services to help clients spy on more than 10,000 email accounts over a period of seven years. New De...
10:11 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot New CrossTalk Attack Impacts Intel's Mobile, Desktop, and Server CPUs
Academics from a university in the Netherlands have published details today about a new vulnerability in Intel processors. From a report: The security bug, which they named CrossTalk, enables attacker...
09:30 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Now Says 300,000 Accounts Breached by Hackers
Nintendo has almost doubled the number of user accounts compromised by hackers in the past few months. From a report: The Japanese gaming giant originally said that 160,000 Nintendo accounts were comp...
08:50 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot China, Scientists Dismiss Harvard Study Suggesting COVID-19 Was Spreading in Wuhan in August
Beijing dismissed as "ridiculous" a Harvard Medical School study of hospital traffic and search engine data that suggested the new coronavirus may already have been spreading in China last August, and...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot FCC Awarding Up To $16 Billion To Address US Areas Lacking Broadband Service
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Tuesday to adopt auction procedures to provide up to $16 billion to areas that lack broadband service, including nearly 6 million unserved rural hom...
07:20 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot The WHO Walks Back an Earlier Assertion That Asymptomatic Transmission is 'Very Rare'
A top expert at the World Health Organization on Tuesday walked back her earlier assertion that transmission of the coronavirus by people who do not have symptoms is "very rare." From a report: Dr. Ma...
06:50 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot FCC Proposes Record $225 Million Fine For Massive Robocall Campaign
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday voted unanimously to propose a record-setting $225 million fine against Texas-based health insurance telemarketers for allegedly making approxima...
06:10 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Senate Faults Oversight of Chinese Telecom Companies in US
Senate investigators said Tuesday that government officials had "exercised minimal oversight" of the risks posed by three Chinese telecom companies that operate on American communications networks. Fr...
05:25 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot A Million-Mile Battery From China Could Power Your Electric Car
The Chinese behemoth that makes electric-car batteries for Tesla and Volkswagen developed a power pack that lasts more than a million miles -- an industry landmark and a potential boon for automakers ...
04:45 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot WhatsApp Was Exposing Users' Phone Numbers in Google Search
WhatsApp claims it fixed an issue that was showing users' phone numbers in Google search results. From a report: The change comes after security researcher Athul Jayaram revealed that phone numbers of...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Honda Global Operations Halted by Ransomware Attack
Dharkfiber shares a report: Honda has confirmed a cyberattack that brought parts of its global operations to a standstill. The company said in a brief statement Tuesday that the attack caused producti...
03:24 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's AI Journalists Confuse Mixed-Race Little Mix Singers on MSN Homepage
Microsoft's decision to replace human journalists with AI to run its news and search site MSN.com has been criticized after the automated system confused two mixed-race members of British pop group Li...
02:44 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot 250 Microsoft Employees Call on CEO To Cancel Police Contracts and Support Defunding Seattle PD
Hundreds of Microsoft employees have signed a letter to the company's top executives asking for Microsoft to take action in the wake of national protests. From a report: The letter, which was obtained...
02:03 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Apple Plans To Announce Move To Its Own Mac Chips at WWDC
Apple is preparing to announce a shift to its own main processors in Mac computers, replacing chips from Intel, as early as this month at its annual developer conference, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, c...
01:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot 'Globally It's Worsening,' WHO Says of Coronavirus Pandemic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PBS NewsHour: The head of the World Health Organization warned that the coronavirus pandemic is worsening globally, even as the situation in Europe is improvin...
09:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Titan Is Migrating Away From Saturn 100 Times Faster Than Previously Predicted
According to a study published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the orbit of Saturn's moon Titan is expanding at a rate about 100 times faster than expected. "The research suggests that Titan was born...
05:30 am - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot IBM Gets Out of Facial Recognition Business, Calls On Congress To Advanced Policies Tackling Racial Injustice
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna called on Congress Monday to enact reforms to advance racial justice and combat systemic racism while announcing the company was getting out of the facial recognition business. ...
03:30 am - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Slashback: Forced Social Isolation Causes Neural Craving Similar To Hunger
This is the first story in a new occasional article series we're calling Slashback. We'll be covering a topic that may not be breaking news, but is interesting to us. Today's Slashback story features ...
02:10 am - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot ACLU Sues LA Over Controversial Scooter Tracking System
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Los Angeles Monday over the city's requirement that electric scooter rental companies provide anonymized real-time location data. The Verge reports: The lawsuit...
01:40 am - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Apple Should Acquire DuckDuckGo To Put Pressure On Google Search, Analyst Argues
According to Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, Apple should acquire privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo to put pressure on Google Search and tap into lucrative advertising revenue. 9to5Mac repor...
01:10 am - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot Senator Fears Clearview AI Facial Recognition Could Be Used On Protesters
Sen. Edward Markey has raised concerns that police and law enforcement agencies have access to controversial facial recognition app Clearview AI in cities where people are protesting the killing of Ge...
12:30 am - Tue, June 9, 2020
Slashdot MIT's Tiny Artificial Brain Chip Could Bring Supercomputer Smarts To Mobile Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Researchers at MIT have published a new paper that describes a new type of artificial brain synapse that offers performance improvements versus oth...
11:50 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console
With the Xbox Series X on the horizon, Microsoft's head of videogame hardware sees a future where consoles may no longer be front and center. Wired reports: Despite its massive push for the Xbox Serie...
11:23 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Golden Gate Bridge Starts To 'Sing' After Design Fix
San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge has started "singing" following recent changes to bicycle-path railings that appear to make music as the wind blows through them, residents have reported. The...
10:03 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Cox Slows Internet Speeds In Entire Neighborhoods To Punish Any Heavy Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cox Communications is lowering Internet upload speeds in entire neighborhoods to stop what it considers "excessive usage," in a decision that pun...
09:25 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's New Competitive Advantage: Putting Its Own Products First
Brands have long been able to bid for the premier slot at the top left of Amazon's listings, but during the pandemic the online retailer has begun using this position for its private-label items, rais...
08:45 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Snags Space Force Trademarks Ahead of US Military
Space Force, the branch of the US armed services established by the Trump administration last December, now shares a name with a Netflix comedy starring Steve Carrell. From a report: The military repo...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (of Technology)
If our social platforms are going to be gatekeepers, then they need to acknowledge their role in the information ecosystems. It is knowing what to boost and what to ignore that makes a good platform, ...
07:20 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Twitter To Launch a Revamped Verification System With Publicly Documented Guidelines
Twitter is developing a new in-app system for requesting verification, according to a recent finding from reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, which Twitter has since confirmed. The discovery involves ...
06:45 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot US Economy is in a Recession
It may seem obvious, with double-digit unemployment and plunging economic output. But if there was any remaining doubt that the U.S. is in a recession, it's now been removed by the official scorekeepe...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Kids Now Spend Nearly as Much Time Watching TikTok as YouTube in US, UK and Spain
A new study on kids' app usage and habits indicates a major threat to YouTube's dominance, as kids now split their time between Google's online video platform and other apps, like TikTok, Netflix and ...
05:26 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot VR Centers and Arcades Were Growing Quickly Before the Pandemic. Now, the Industry is Seeing Furloughs, Layoffs and Pivots.
The COVID-19 crisis hit most tech companies hard, but it buried Sandbox VR. From a report: "We went from a relatively healthy business," CEO Steve Zhao said, "to zero revenue." Sandbox was operating 1...
04:50 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Apps Don't Need 60% Adoption To Be Effective
With dozens of digital contact tracing apps already rolled out worldwide, and many more on the way, how many people need to use them for the system to work? One number has come up over and over again:...
04:16 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Content Moderation Efforts Are 'Grossly Inadequate'
In a scathing indictment of Facebook's content moderation strategy, a new study identifies the company's decision to outsource such work as a key reason its efforts are failing. From a report: The NYU...
03:25 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Western Digital's SMR Disks Won't Work For ZFS, But They're Okay For Most NASes.
An anonymous reader shares a report: Western Digital has been receiving a storm of bad press -- and even lawsuits -- concerning their attempt to sneak SMR disk technology into their "Red" line of NAS ...
02:45 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Moderators Join Criticism of Zuckerberg Over Trump Stance
Pressure from Facebook staff is continuing to mount on Mark Zuckerberg over his policies towards posts by Donald Trump, with moderators joining those criticizing their boss for his stance. From a repo...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Vulnerabilities in Popular Open Source Projects Doubled in 2019
A study that analyzed the top 54 open source projects found that security vulnerabilities in these tools doubled in 2019, going from 421 bugs reported in 2018 to 968 last year. From a report: Accordin...
10:34 am - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot In Data-Driven South Korea, AI is Monitoring 3,200 Senior Citizens
The search habits of thousands of South Korean senior citizens "are being monitored through virtual-assistant smart speaker technology," writes Slashdot reader shirappu. The AP reports that around 3,2...
07:34 am - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot With No New Cases in 17 Days, New Zealand is Now Covid-19-Free
Long-time Slashdot reader heretic108 writes: Following its "go early and go hard" lockdown regime, New Zealand's active COVID-19 case count has now reached zero. Stringent border quarantine rules rema...
04:34 am - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot The Pandemic Brings a New Surge in Popularity For Electric Bikes
Battery-powered bikes "have become a compelling alternative for commuters who are being discouraged from taking public transportation and Ubers," according to the New York Times' lead consumer tech wr...
01:34 am - Mon, June 8, 2020
Slashdot Could an AI-Powered Drone Defeat a Human Pilot?
America's Air Force "is hoping to pit an autonomous drone equipped with an artificial intelligence-driven flight control system against a fighter jet with a human pilot in a little over a year," repor...
11:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot After 10 Years, Hidden $1M Treasure Chest Finally Found
89-year-old Forrest Fenn had a secret, reports the Guardian. He'd hidden a treasure chest worth over $1 million somewhere in America's Rocky Mountains:For more than a decade, he packed and repacked hi...
10:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot Brave Browser Mistake Adds Its Referrer Code For Cryptocurrency Sites
The following report appeared on Yahoo! Finance:Privacy-focused browser Brave was found to autocomplete several websites and keywords in its address bar with an affiliate code. Shortly after a user pu...
09:35 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot America's Switch To Remote Learning For 50 Million Students Called 'A Failure'
"This spring, America took an involuntary crash course in remote learning," writes the Wall Street Journal, noting it affected 50 million students from kindergarten through 12th grade. "With the schoo...
08:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot Bryan Lunduke Explains Why Linux Sucks in 2020
Roblimo once called it "a tradition, not just a speech" -- Bryan Lunduke's annual "Linux Sucks" presentations at various Linux conferences. But before you get too upset, in his 2014 interview with Sla...
07:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot Could Brain Diseases Like Alzheimer's Be Treated With Flashing Lights?
Writing for Quanta magazine, an adjunct professor of neuroscience at the University of Maryland described an intriguing study led by MIT neuroscientist Li-Huei Tsai:Incredible as it may sound, the res...
06:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla Eyes Decentralized Web-Based Videoconferencing Platform 'Meething'
Last month Techcrunch reported that Mozilla had gone "full incubator" by holding a startup lab called Fix the Internet, followed by "a formal program dangling $75,000 investments in front of early-sta...
05:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot Will Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread?
An anonymous reader quotes Wired:When students return to school in New Albany, Ohio, in August, they'll be carefully watched as they wander through red-brick buildings and across well-kept lawns &mdas...
04:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot Astronomers Have Found a New Planet Like Earth Orbiting a Star Like the Sun
Iwastheone quotes MIT's Technology Review: Three thousand light-years from Earth sits Kepler 160, a sun-like star that's already thought to have three planets in its system. Now researchers think they...
03:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars Would Only Prevent a Third of America's Crashes, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Self-driving cars, long touted by developers as a way to eliminate road deaths, could likely only prevent a third of all U.S. road crashes, according to a study rele...
02:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot Urban Foxes May Be Self-Domesticating In Our Midst
sciencehabit quotes Science magazine: In a famous Siberian experiment carried out the 1950s, scientists turned foxes into tame, doglike canines by breeding only the least aggressive ones generation af...
01:34 pm - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot The European Space Agency is Funding Its Own Reusable Rocket
"SpaceX may be best known for revolutionizing rocket launches with its reusable rockets..." writes Digital Trends, but now, "Europe wants to get in on the action." The European Space Agency (ESA) has ...
10:34 am - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot How Iceland 'Virtually Eliminated' Its Coronavirus Cases
Iceland is the most sparsely-populated country in Europe, with a population of 364,134 spread across 40,000 square miles (103,000 square kilometers). But the New Yorker notes Iceland has "virtually el...
07:34 am - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot When the Police Get Filmed, Is There More Accountability?
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: Racism is not getting worse. It's getting filmed," Will Smith said in 2016. And this week the Washington Post noted a parallel pattern emerging: videos of violent po...
03:34 am - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Dropped for Open Source Again in Germany: Hamburg Follows Munich's Lead
"The trend towards open-source software on government computers is gathering pace in Germany," reports ZDNet:In the latest development, during coalition negotiations in the city-state of Hamburg, poli...
01:34 am - Sun, June 7, 2020
Slashdot New Java-Based Ransomware Targets Linux and Windows Systems
"A newly uncovered form of ransomware is going after Windows and Linux systems," reports ZDNet, "in what appears to be a targeted campaign."Named Tycoon after references in the code, this ransomware h...
11:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot How SpaceX Uses Linux, Chromium, C and Open Source Libraries
Long-time Slashdot reader mrflash818 ("Linux geek since 1999") shared a ZDNet article pointing out that SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has an onboard operating system that's "a stripped-down Linux running o...
10:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot 1962 Roger Ebert Article Unearthed On Distance Learning For Homebound Students
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes:In 2011, the late film critic Roger Ebert gave tech's movers-and-shakers a PLATO history lesson in his Remaking My Voice TED Talk. "When I heard the amazing tal...
09:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot Why Did It Take NASA a Decade To Get Back Into Space?
An anonymous reader writes: When talking about the nine year gap since America last flew astronauts with their own spacecraft, it's often said that NASA didn't have a plan in place when they retired t...
08:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot EA Releases Source Code and 4K Remasters For Two 'Command and Conquer' Games
EA Games has just released The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection on Steam, described by Hot Hardware as two of the '90s-era real-time strategy games that "were incredibly popular in their da...
07:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot A New AI-Powered Eye Exam Reduces Errors By 74%
sciencehabit quotes Science magazine: The classic eye exam may be about to get an upgrade. Researchers have developed an online vision test — fueled by artificial intelligence (AI) — that ...
06:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot Stack Overflow Investigates Why Developers Love Rust So Much
This year Stack Overflow's Developer Survey of 65,000 programmers found that Rust was their most-loved programming language -- for the fifth year in a row. To understand why, they interviewed the top ...
05:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot Reddit's CEO Promises More Moderator Involvement in Shaping Corporate Policy
Reddit is vowing more changes after its co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigned and requested they replace him with a black candidate. First Reddit's other co-founder (and current CEO) Steve Huffman, calls...
04:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot Will The Transition To IPv6 Take 5 to 10 Years?
An anonymous reader quotes The Register:IPv4 is here to stay with us for a good few years yet, reckons the the Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre's (RIPE NCC) public policy...
03:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot Lenovo Will Pre-load Ubuntu and Red Hat on All Its Workstations
TechRepublic calls it "a tectonic shift in the landscape... a massive company showing serious support for both Ubuntu Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux." Forbes reports:Beginning this month, Lenovo w...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot UK Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial, Calling It's 'Useless' for Covid-19 Patients
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:British scientists halted a major drug trial on Friday after it found that the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot UK Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial, Calling It 'Useless' for Covid-19 Patients
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:British scientists halted a major drug trial on Friday after it found that the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot When the NBA Returns It May Use 'NBA 2K' For Crowd Noise
One of the issues with the NBA's plan to restart its season in July is playing games without fans in the arena. According to a report from The Athletic, there's a proposal to pipe in crowd noise from ...
08:00 am - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot Atmospheric CO2 Levels Rise Sharply Despite COVID-19 Lockdowns
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have risen strongly to a new peak this year, despite the impact of the global effects of the coronavirus crisis. The Guardian reports: The concentration of CO2 ...
04:32 am - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot Joe Biden Formally Clinches Democratic Nomination
Joe Biden has had a clear path to the Democratic Party's presidential nomination ever since Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 race in early April. His path to the nomination reached another ...
03:30 am - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot Linux Mint Dumps Ubuntu Snap
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Mint's programmers, led by lead developer, Clement "Clem" Lefebvre, has dropped support for Ubuntu's Snap software packing system. [...] So, what's not ...
01:30 am - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot People Try To Do Right By Each Other, No Matter the Motivation, Study Finds
People want to help each other, even when it costs them something, and even when the motivations to help don't always align, a new study suggests. Phys.Org reports: In research published today in the ...
12:50 am - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot It's 2020 and USB-C Is Still a Mess
"It's the middle of 2020 and the USB-C standards are confusing even for the most technical person," writes Slashdot reader mprindle. Robert Triggs writes via Android Authority: USB-C is billed as the ...
12:10 am - Sat, June 6, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Tool To Export Pictures To Google Photos Now Available
shanen shares a report from Android Police: Late last year, Facebook announced a tool to let users easily migrate their uploaded photos to Google Photos. The tool was initially available in Ireland, w...
11:30 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Never-Before-Seen 'Black Nitrogen' Plugs Puzzle in Periodic Table
Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have created a form of nitrogen that's never been seen before. Nicknamed "black nitrogen," the new substance is crystalline, occurs in two-dimensional sheets,...
10:50 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot And That's Really It For Google
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Last year, Google launched the beta of Currents, which was essentially a rebrand of Google+ for G Suite users, since Google+ for consumers went to ...
10:10 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot IBM Releases Fully Homomorphic Encryption Toolkit For iOS and MacOS
New submitter IBMResearch shares a report from ZDNet: IBM's new toolkit aims to give developers easier access to fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), a nascent technology with significant promise for a...
09:30 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple Watch Fall Detection Credited With Saving Unresponsive Arizona Man
The Apple Watch's Fall Detection feature is being credited as helping save an unresponsive man in Chandler, Arizona. AppleInsider reports: Fall Detection, introduced on the Apple Watch Series 4, can d...
08:50 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Solving Online Events
Benedict Evans: I suspect part of the answer to this is actually that a lot of physical events will come back in some form as we emerge from lockdown. But this also makes me think that there will be n...
08:50 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot States Are Leaning Toward a Push To Break Up Google's Ad Tech Business
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The state attorneys general investigating Google for potential antitrust violations are leaning towards pushing for a breakup of its ad technology busine...
08:10 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Instacart Makes Changes To Tip Policy Following Shopper Complaints
Instacart announced today that it is changing its tip policy to protect its growing shopper network from tip-baiting. Tip-baiting, a grotesque tactic, is when customers bait shoppers with a big tip an...
07:33 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Under Pressure, UK Government Releases NHS COVID Data Deals With Big Tech
From a report: Hours before facing court proceedings from openDemocracy over its massive NHS COVID-19 data deal with private tech firms, the UK government has caved to pressure and released all the co...
06:42 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Matthew Green on Zoom Not Offering End-To-End Encryption To Free Users
Earlier this week video conferencing service Zoom said it will not offer its forthcoming, complete version of end-to-end encryption to its free users so that it can work better with law enforcement to...
06:12 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches Open Source Project to Let Password Management Apps Create Strong Passwords
Apple today informed developers that it has launched a new open source project that's designed to let those who develop password management apps create strong passwords compatible with popular website...
05:37 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Reddit Co-founder Ohanian Resigns From Board, Urges Company To Replace Him With a Black Candidate
Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Friday announced his resignation from the company's board, saying he was stepping down and urging the company to replace him with a black candidate. From a report: ...
04:50 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot How Apple Decides Which Products Are 'Vintage' and 'Obsolete'
Maddie Stone, writing for OneZero: For the past eight years, I've been working mainly on a late 2012 iMac. I'm no Luddite, but the computer has held up well over the years, and I've never felt the nee...
04:10 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Slack Removed a Blog Post Showing How Police Use its Tech
Slack recently deleted one of the company's own blog posts that explained how a local police department used the chat platform to share intelligence. From a report: The move came after some Black Slac...
03:41 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Uber's Self-driving AI Predicts the Trajectories of Pedestrians, Vehicles, and Cyclists
In a preprint paper, Uber researchers describe MultiNet, a system that detects and predicts the motions of obstacles from autonomous vehicle lidar data. From a report: They say that unlike existing mo...
03:24 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Putin Declares State of Emergency After Massive Fuel Leak Pollutes River in the Arctic Circle
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a state of emergency in the city of Norilsk after a massive oil spill in the Arctic region. An estimated 20,000 tons of fuel from a power plant spilled onto a...
02:35 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Razer is Enabling Gamers To Donate Masks To Frontline Workers by Gaming
Razer has launched a new initiative that lets gamers donate to COVID-19 initiatives just by playing games. Now when a gamer running its Razer Cortex software earns the company's Razer Silver currency ...
01:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot France, Germany Back European Cloud Computing 'Moonshot'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: France and Germany threw their weight on Thursday behind plans to create a cloud computing ecosystem that seeks to reduce Europe's dependence on Silic...
10:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot COVID-19 Pandemic Causes 42% Drop In ER Visits Nationwide, CDC Says
schwit1 shares a report from UPI: Visits to hospital U.S. emergency rooms have dropped by more than 40 percent so far in 2020, compared to the same period last year, according to figures released Wedn...
07:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot The Galaxy's Brightest Explosions Go Nuclear With an Unexpected Trigger
sciencehabit writes: Type Ia supernovae, a bright and long-lasting brand of stellar explosion, play a vital role in cosmic chemical manufacturing, forging in their fireballs most of the iron and other...
03:30 am - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Instagram Just Threw Users of Its Embedding API Under the Bus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Instagram does not provide users of its embedding API a copyright license to display embedded images on other websites, the company said in a Thu...
02:05 am - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot COVID-19 Crippled Movie Theaters and That Could Force Streamers To Be More Transparent About Viewership Data
Sarah Whitten writes via CNBC: The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the entertainment industry. With movie theaters shuttered, studios have been forced to either delay their film release...
01:25 am - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Was California's Best Selling Car Through First Quarter
Through the first quarter of this year, the Tesla Model 3 was California's best selling vehicle. CNET reports: Data from the California New Car Dealers Association released last week shows the Model 3...
12:45 am - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Slack Partners With Amazon To Take On Microsoft Teams
Slack is partnering with Amazon in a multi-year agreement that means all Amazon employees will start to use Slack. The Verge reports: The deal comes just as Slack faces increased competition from Micr...
12:02 am - Fri, June 5, 2020
Slashdot Small ISP Cancels Data Caps Permanently After Reviewing Pandemic Usage
An anonymous reader writes: Antietam Broadband, which serves Washington County in Maryland, announced Friday that it "has permanently removed broadband data usage caps for all customers," retroactive ...
11:25 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot GTA Online, Red Dead Online Will Temporarily Go Offline In Honor of George Floyd
Rockstar Games, 2K games, and their parent company Take-Two Interactive announced on Thursday that they will shut down the servers for games such as Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online, and NBA 2...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Facebook To Block Ads From State-Controlled Media Entities In the US
Facebook said Thursday it will begin blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying advertising in the U.S. this summer. It's also rolling out a new set of labels to provide users with transparen...
10:45 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Musk Says 'Time To Break Up Amazon,' Escalating Feud With Bezos
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said it's "time to break up Amazon" in a tweet Thursday, escalating a rivalry with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Search a Target of US Antitrust Probes, Rival Says
U.S. federal and state authorities are asking detailed questions about how to limit Google's power in the online search market as part of their antitrust investigations into the tech giant, according ...
09:20 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Incognito Mode Detection Still Works in Chrome Despite Promise To Fix
Websites are still capable of detecting when a visitor is using Chrome's incognito (private browsing) mode, despite Google's efforts last year to disrupt the practice. From a report: It is still possi...
08:45 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Germany Will Require All Petrol Stations To Provide Electric Car Charging
Speaking of Germany it will oblige all petrol stations to offer electric car charging to help remove refueling concerns and boost consumer demand for the vehicles as part of its 130 billion euro ($146...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Dropbox is Working On Its Own Password Manager
AndroidPolice: Dropbox just unceremoniously dumped a brand new app on the Play Store with no fanfare or formal announcement. The new Dropbox Passwords app, according to its listing, is a password mana...
07:25 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot GM Plans Electric Van for Business Users in Bid To Pre-empt Tesla
General Motors is developing an electric van aimed at business users, joining a growing list of carmakers planning EVs for the same segment which includes customers such as Amazon.com and United Parce...
06:40 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Says Iranian, Chinese Hackers Targeted Trump, Biden Campaigns
Google security researchers say they've identified efforts by at least two nation state-backed hackers against the Trump and Biden presidential campaigns. From a report: Shane Huntley, director for Go...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Hydroxychloroquine Does Not prevent Covid-19 Infection if Exposed, Study Says
The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine did not help prevent people who had been exposed to others with Covid-19 from developing the disease, according to the results of an eagerly awaited study that was ...
05:21 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Sega Announces Mysterious "Fog Gaming" Program, Will Use Arcade Machines Somehow
An anonymous reader shares a report: Thanks to some Japanese-language news sources, we now know the nature of the big Sega reveal that was teased for this week's Famitsu. The publisher is working on s...
04:40 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Signal Launches Face-Blurring Tool as US Protesters Embrace Encrypted Messaging
Law enforcement officials across the U.S. have already revealed that they will leverage facial recognition technology to retroactively target protesters following the killing of George Floyd, with pol...
04:15 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Launches 60 More Starlink Satellites and Achieves a Reusability Record For a Falcon 9 Booster
SpaceX launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in the span of just four days on Wednesday at 9:25 PM EDT (6:25 PM PDT). This one was carrying 60 more satellites for its Starlink constellation, which will ...
03:49 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot CES Will Be Held In-person in Las Vegas Next Year
The group behind CES plans to hold the enormous tech convention in person in Las Vegas next January, despite concerns that the coronavirus pandemic may still be a threat. The Consumer Technology Assoc...
03:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Spain Readies Big Reduction in Single-Use Plastics From Mid-2021
Spain is preparing to significantly reduce the distribution and sale of single-use plastic cutlery, straws, cups and products containing microplastics as part of the government's drive to promote recy...
01:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Anti-Racism Sites Hit By Wave of Cyberattacks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Cyber-attacks against anti-racism organizations shot up in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a leading provider of protection services says. Clou...
10:00 am - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Bird Is Scrapping Thousands of Electric Scooters In the Middle East
Hot on the heels of Uber scrapping thousands of e-bikes and e-scooters, Bird is taking similar action. The micromobility company is reportedly disposing of thousands of e-scooters in the Middle East a...
07:00 am - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Australian Researchers Set Record For Carbon Dioxide Capture
Researchers from Monash University and the CSIRO have set a record for carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) using technology that resembles a sponge filled with tiny magnets. Phys.Org reports: Usi...
03:30 am - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Could Granite Solve the Hard Problem of Nuclear Waste Storage?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A new study published in Scientific Reports reveals that crystalline rocks, such as granite, have a natural self-sealing mechanism, capable of ke...
02:02 am - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot UK Willing To Admit Nearly 3 Million From Hong Kong If China Adopts Security Law
schwit1 shares news that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would be willing to allow more than 2.8 million people from Hong Kong to live and work in the country if China implements a controversi...
01:25 am - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Germany Bans Digital Doppelganger Passport Photos
Germany will outlaw the morphing of passport photos, in which pictures of two people are digitally combined, making it possible to assign multiple identities to a single document. Reuters reports: Mor...
12:45 am - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Dyson Shares New Photos and Videos of Its Canceled Electric SUV
Dyson has revealed new photos and information about their failed electric SUV, which the company canceled last October due to high costs. The Verge reports: In a new blog post on his company's website...
12:02 am - Thu, June 4, 2020
Slashdot Frontier Users Must Pay 'Rental' Fee For Equipment They Own Until December
An anonymous reader writes: Broadband and TV providers can keep charging "rental" fees for equipment that customers own themselves until December 2020, thanks to a Federal Communications Commission ru...
11:20 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Canadian Major Telcos Effectively Lock Huawei Out of 5G Build
Canadian carriers Bell and Telus announced on Tuesday that each of them would not be continuing the use of Huawei equipment in their respective 5G networks, having signed deals with the Chinese giant'...
10:40 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Governments and WHO Changed COVID-19 Policy Based On Suspect Data From Tiny US Company
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian The World Health Organization and a number of national governments have changed their Covid-19 policies and treatments on the basis of flawed data from a litt...
10:02 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot $350M 'Quant Fund' Played the Stock Market Using Real-Time Data -- Then 2020 Happened
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: Coatue's $350 million data-driven 'quant fund' made a swift exit from the market in early April -- having realized the coronavirus pandemic had r...
09:25 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Global Smartphone Shipments To Fall 12% this Year on Virus Woes
Global smartphone shipments will fall nearly 12% to 1.2 billion units in 2020, market research firm IDC said on Wednesday, citing lower consumer spending due to the economic impact of the coronavirus ...
08:45 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Game Publisher Cancels Contract With Developer, Then Tries To Poach Its Entire Team
Three months after losing a deal with Take-Two, Star Theory Games was out of business. From a report: One Friday evening last December, employees of game designer Star Theory Games each received the s...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot From RealPlayer To Toshiba, Tech Companies Cash in on the Facial Recognition Gold Rush
At least 45 companies now advertise real-time facial recognition. From a report: More than a decade before Spotify, and years before iTunes, there was RealPlayer, the first mainstream solution to play...
07:25 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Snapchat To Stop Promoting Trump's Content
Snapchat said Wednesday it would no longer promote President Donald Trump's content in its Discover section, a move that brings the messaging company closer to Twitter's approach in the ongoing debate...
06:45 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot New Cold Boot Attack Affects Seven Years of LG Android Smartphones
South Korean phone manufacturer LG has released a security update last month to fix a vulnerability that impacts its Android smartphones sold over the past seven years. From a report: The vulnerabilit...
06:04 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Stanford Lab Envisions Delivery Drones that Save Energy by Taking the Bus
Researchers from Stanford University have devised a way for hundreds of drones to use the bus or trams in an effort to redesign how packages are distributed in cities. Should such a solution ever scal...
05:25 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Google Removes Viral Chinese-App Scanner From the Play Store
Remove China Apps, the viral Android app for flagging software made in China, has been removed from Google's Play Store. From a report: Before its demise, the app had reached the coveted number-one fr...
04:45 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's New Edge Browser Now Rolling Out via Windows Update
Microsoft is starting to roll out its new Edge browser through Windows Update. The new Chromium-based version of Edge launched in January, but Windows users had to specifically download it. From a rep...
04:04 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot AMC Theatres Has 'Substantial Doubt' it Can Remain in Business
AMC Theatres, the world's biggest movie theater chain, said on Wednesday that it has "substantial doubt" it can remain in business after closing locations across the globe during the coronavirus pande...
03:21 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Huawei Hid Business Operation in Iran After Reuters Reported Links To CFO
China's Huawei acted to cover up its relationship with a firm that had tried to sell prohibited U.S. computer gear to Iran, after Reuters in 2013 reported deep links between the firm and the telecom-e...
02:40 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Latest Satoshi Nakamoto Candidate Buying Bitcoin No Matter What
Adam Back's name has surfaced again in the crypto community's favorite guessing game: Who is the anonymous creator of Bitcoin who went by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. From a report: In mid-May, You...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Won't Encrypt Free Calls Because it Wants To Comply With Law Enforcement
If you're a free Zoom user, and waiting for the company to roll out end-to-end encryption for better protection of your calls, you're out of luck. From a report: Free calls won't be encrypted, and law...
01:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot DEA Authorized To Conduct Surveillance On Protesters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to "conduct covert surveillance" and collect intelligence on people ...
10:00 am - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Roku Removes Dedicated QAnon Channel That Launched Last Month
Streaming platform Roku has removed a channel dedicated to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement after facing criticism for letting it slip through its review and moderation processes last month. The V...
07:00 am - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot The 50 Years of Crowd Control Research Police Are Ignoring
Thelasko shares an excerpt from FiveThirtyEight: Researchers have spent 50 years studying the way crowds of protesters and crowds of police behave -- and what happens when the two interact. One thing ...
03:30 am - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Walmart Employees Are Out To Show Its Anti-Shoplifting AI Doesn't Work
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In January, my coworker received a peculiar email. The message, which she forwarded to me, was from a handful of corporate Walmart employees call...
01:25 am - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked
Following the rioting and looting from the death of George Floyd, Apple has a message for those who power on a stolen iPhone: "This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities wil...
12:45 am - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot Google Faces $5 Billion Lawsuit In US For Tracking 'Private' Internet Use
Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through bro...
12:02 am - Wed, June 3, 2020
Slashdot A Look At AI Benchmarking For Mobile Devices In a Rapidly Evolving Ecosystem
MojoKid writes: AI and Machine Learning performance benchmarks have been well explored in the data center, but are fairly new and unestablished for edge devices like smartphones. While AI implementati...
11:20 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Senators Introduce COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Privacy Bill
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: A group of U.S. senators on Monday introduced a bill to regulate contact-tracing apps, aiming to protect user privacy as technology is used to track the ...
10:40 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Instagram Users Flood the App With Millions of Blackout Tuesday Posts
Instagram users are flooding the platform with black squares in support of black victims of police violence as part of a Blackout Tuesday protest. CNBC reports: As of 11:45 a.m. ET, more than 14.6 mil...
10:02 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Rust Enters 'Top 20' Popularity Rankings For the First Time
Programming language Rust has entered the top 20 of the Tiobe popularity index for the first time, but it's still five spots behind systems programming rival Go. ZDNet reports: There's growing interes...
09:25 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Lawsuit Says Trump's Social Media Crackdown Violates Free Speech
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: President Trump's crackdown on social media companies faced a new legal challenge on Tuesday, as a technology policy organization claimed i...
08:45 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration Escalates Global Fight Over Taxing Tech
The U.S. investigation targets nine countries, plus the European Union, that have adopted or are considering new taxes that would hit American companies like Google and Amazon. From a report: The Trum...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Zuckerberg Defends Hands-Off Approach To Trump's Posts
In a call with Facebook employees, who have protested the inaction on Mr. Trump's messages, Mr. Zuckerberg said his decision was "pretty thorough." From a report: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief exe...
07:25 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot China Delayed Releasing Coronavirus Info, Frustrating WHO
schwit1 shares a report: Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese governm...
06:45 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Covid-19 Is History's Biggest Translation Challenge
Services like Google Translate support only 100 languages, give or take. What about the thousands of other languages -- spoken by people just as vulnerable to this crisis? From a report: If we want to...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot India Plans $6.6 Billion in Incentives To Woo Smartphone Makers
India is offering financial incentives and plug-and-play facilities with an outlay of about 500 billion rupees ($6.6 billion) to attract investments from global companies in the manufacture of mobile ...
05:26 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot HBO Max Won't Hit AT&T Data Caps, But Netflix and Disney Plus Will
HBO Max, AT&T's big bet on the future of streaming, will be excused from AT&T's mobile data caps, while competing services like Netflix and Disney Plus will use up your data. From a report: Th...
04:50 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Plan To Use Stolen Cryptocurrency Exchange Data for SIM Swapping
Hackers who obtained personal data on users of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare say they plan to use the information to perform so-called SIM swapping attacks, according to one of the hacke...
04:19 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot This is Online Learning's Moment. For Universities, It's a Total Mess
Universities are struggling with online learning. And with social distancing here for some time, there are no easy solutions. From a report: As thousands of students logged into their university's sys...
03:30 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 77 Arrives With Faster JavaScript Debugging and Optional Permissions
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 77 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox 77 includes faster JavaScript debugging, optional permissions for extensions, and Pocket recommendati...
02:48 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot DOD's Third Attempt To Implement IPv6 Isn't Going Well
The US Department of Defense is woefully behind on its plan to upgrade its IT infrastructure to support the newer IPv6 protocol, according to a government report published on Monday. From a report: Th...
02:06 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Social Media Becomes Battleground Over Days of Street Protests
Social media has become a central battleground for the protests across the U.S., with tech platforms amplifying tensions while also providing a real-time chronicle of the riots and police responses th...
01:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Patients Lose Senses of Taste, Smell -- and Haven't Gotten Them Back
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Clinicians racing to understand the novel disease are starting to discern an unusual trend: one common symptom -- the loss of smell an...
10:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot 5G Obliterates Your Phone Battery, But a Power-Saving Fix Is Coming
It's no secret that 5G networks drain battery. "To rectify that grim side effect, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Lille in France have developed a new radio-freq...
07:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Class of Stellar Explosions Found To Be Galactic Producers of Lithium
A team of researchers, led by astrophysicist Sumner Starrfield of Arizona State University, has combined theory with both observations and laboratory studies and determined that a class of stellar exp...
03:30 am - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot 135-Year-Long Streak Is Over: Renewables Overtake Coal, But Lag Far Behind Oil and Natural Gas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: Last week the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported something extraordinary. For the first time in 135 years, last year U.S. consumption of ...
02:05 am - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot MIT Builds Robot Hand That Can 'See and Feel' Objects
Robotic hands capable of picking up objects as fragile as a crisp by "sensing" objects have been developed by researchers. The Independent reports: Two new tools built by MIT's Computer Science and Ar...
01:25 am - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Drives Straight Into Overturned Truck In What Seems To Be Autopilot Failure
A viral video making the rounds on social media shows a Tesla Model 3 smacking into the roof of an overturned truck trailer. The crash took place on Taiwan's National Highway 1 and appears to be "caus...
12:45 am - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Pepper Spray Sales Soar On Amazon
The unrest following the death of George Floyd has prompted Amazon shoppers to buy pepper spray for self-defense. According to Bloomberg, "a $9.48 canister of Sabre 'max police strength' pepper spray ...
12:02 am - Tue, June 2, 2020
Slashdot Google's 'Overpromising' Led To Stadia 'Disappointment,' Says RDR2 Publisher
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A year ago, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said he was "pretty optimistic" about Google's Stadia game-streaming service. The concept of "being able...
11:25 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Setting This Image As Wallpaper Could Soft-Brick Your Phone
Well-known leaker Universe Ice on Twitter, along with dozens of other users, have discovered that simply setting an image as wallpaper on your phone could cause it to crash and become unable to boot. ...
10:45 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Researchers Say NLP Bias Studies Must Consider Role of Social Hierarchies Like Racism
As the recently released GPT-3 and several recent studies demonstrate, racial bias, as well as bias based on gender, occupation, and religion, can be found in popular NLP language models. But a team o...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot After a Breach, Users Rarely Change Their Passwords, Study Finds
Only around a third of users usually change their passwords following a data breach announcement, according to a recent study published by academics from the Carnegie Mellon University's Security and ...
09:25 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 13.5.1, Patching Out the Unc0ver Jailbreak
Apple has released iOS 13.5.1 today, which the company says "provides important security updates and is recommended for all users," albeit without much detail in the change log. But as noted by Twitte...
08:45 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot AI Isn't Magical and Won't Help You Reopen Your Business
The coronavirus is helping to erode the hype around artificial intelligence; data scientists get the axe and some 'old-fashioned' solutions work better. From a report: When SharpestMinds, a startup th...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot George Floyd: Anonymous Hackers Reemerge Amid US Unrest
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: As the United States deals with widespread civil unrest across dozens of cities, "hacktivist" group Anonymous has returned from the shadows. The hacke...
07:25 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Sony Postpones PS5 Event 'To Allow More Important Voices To Be Heard'
Sony is postponing its PlayStation 5 event that was scheduled for June 4th due to ongoing protests. From a report: "While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel th...
06:49 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot India's Richest Man Built a Telecom Operator Everyone Wants a Piece Of
As investors' appetites sour in the midst of a pandemic, a three-and-a-half-year-old Indian firm has secured $10.3 billion in a month from Facebook and four U.S.-headquartered private equity firms. Fr...
06:08 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot New Ebola Outbreak Declared in Congo City That Last Saw the Virus in 2018
Congo's health minister confirmed the discovery of a new Ebola case in the country's Equateur province, which last saw an outbreak of the highly deadly virus in 2018, ultimately killing 33 people ther...
05:28 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Behind Tech Layoffs Lay Systemic Cash Flow Negative Companies
An anonymous reader shares an analysis: Since the pandemic started, there's been approximately 61,260 tech layoffs. Close to 30% of the layoffs came from public tech companies, 85% of those companies ...
04:49 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Publishers File Suit Against Internet Archive for Systematic Mass Scanning and Distribution of Literary Works
Today, member companies of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (IA) in the United States District Court for the Southern Distri...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot New Coronavirus 'Losing Potency', Top Italian Doctor Says
Reuters: The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday. "In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy," said Alberto Z...
03:30 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Rolls Out Access Upgrade Plan For New Galaxy Devices
Samsung is rolling out Samsung Access, a monthly premium upgrade program in the US for users who purchase new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, or Galaxy S20 Ultra phones, the company announced in a blog p...
02:47 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Now Credits Maker of Package Manager it 'Copied' -- But Offers No Apology
Microsoft has now admitted it failed to give due credit to Canadian developer Keivan Beigi for his role in the new WinGet Windows 10 package manager. From a report: Last week, Beigi, who built the ope...
02:10 pm - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Employees Publicly Criticize Zuckerberg's Inaction Over Trump
Senior Facebook employees took to Twitter over the weekend to express their dismay at Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's decision not to take action on incendiary comments posted to the social ...
11:34 am - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Finding Serious 'Sign In with Apple' Hole Earns Security Researcher a $100,000 Bug Bounty
An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:When Apple announced Sign in with Apple at the June 2019 worldwide developers conference, it called it a "more private way to simply and quickly sign into apps and we...
07:49 am - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot How 'Technoprogressive' Transhumanists Are Enhancing Their Bodies With Technology
Rob Spence installed a wireless video camera in place of his right eye, reports CNN. And 29-year-old James Young's robotic arm "features a USB port, a screen displaying his Twitter feed and a retracta...
04:14 am - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot Are News Outlets Responsible For Comments Left On Their Facebook Pages?
Leading media outlets in Australia lost big in court when a judge ruled publishers can be sued for comments left on their Facebook pages. They're now considering an appeal, reports the Financial Expre...
01:34 am - Mon, June 1, 2020
Slashdot 'Lord of the Rings' Reunion Brings Actors, Director, Writers Together on Zoom
"Just about the entire cast of The Lord of the Rings gathered their Zoom screens together for a reunion nearly two decades after the end of the epic fantasy film trilogy," reports CNET: io9 notes that...
11:44 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Walmart Employees Complain Its Anti-Shoplifting AI Is Buggy, Inaccurate, and Dangerous
Walmart uses "Everseen" AI technology in thousands of its stores "to prevent shoplifting at registers and self-checkout kiosks," reports Wired. But some Walmart workers claim that instead it's often f...
10:34 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Are Food Delivery Services Actually Losing Money?
Food delivery services like Grubhub should be thriving, especially during the pandemic. But they're not, The Markup reports:In August 2019, analysts from the investment firm Cowen estimated that Uber ...
09:34 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Argues Against 80-Column Line Length Coding Style, As Linux Kernel Deprecates It
"The Linux kernel has officially deprecated its coding style that the length of lines of code comply with 80 columns as the 'strong preferred limit'," reports Phoronix:The Linux kernel like many long-...
08:34 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Protesting Mark Zuckerberg Comments About Fact-Checking, Fake News About Mark Zuckerberg Goes Viral
"I don't think that Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday. Since then, Vice reports, "Fake news about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg i...
07:34 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot 82-Year-Old Ridley Scott Shares Some Secrets About 'Alien'
Ridley Scott was the fifth choice to direct the 1979 film Alien, remembers the Los Angeles Times, "meaning that no one was expecting the film to become as important and influential as it now is." This...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Dutch Restaurant Will Re-Open With Robot Waiters
When Dutch restaurants open tomorrow, one will be using two shiny white-and-red robot waiters, reports the Associated Press:"Hello and welcome," the robots say — in a voice best described as pre...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Edge To Save Edits Made To PDF Files Without Saving a Copy Each Time
techtsp quotes The Windows Club: In a major breakthrough, Microsoft Edge now supports Native File System API, which will take progressive web apps and their usage to a whole new level. An official roa...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Zoom's New, Stronger Encryption May Only Protect Paying Clients
"Zoom plans to strengthen the encryption of its service for paying customers," reports Newsweek, "but the upgrade will not be available to users of its free service."Zoom security consultant Alex Stam...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why is Microsoft Blocking Its Own Server Pages?
Long-time Slashdot reader lpq writes: I followed a link that pointed at a Microsoft security advisory about ".lnk" files. The original link, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/technet/security/advisory/2...
02:11 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Watch NASA Astronauts on SpaceX Crew Dragon Docking with ISS
"We're less than 10 meters away..." "@AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug are suited up, strapped in their seats and ready to be welcomed by the crew aboard the @Space_Station," NASA tweeted an hour ago. The...
01:34 pm - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Waymo's Self-Driving Minivans Return to Phoenix, Detroit, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area
Digital Trends reports:Waymo is planning to relaunch its fleet of self-driving minivans into Bay Area streets on June 8, according to an email acquired by The Verge. However, instead of transporting p...
10:34 am - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Should Maintainers of Open Source Projects Be Paid?
Matt Asay, a former COO of Canonical now working at AWS, writes "Over the last few weeks I've interviewed a range of open source project maintainers, most of which don't directly get paid for supporti...
07:34 am - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Replaces Dozens of Staff With AI for News Stories on MSN
"Workforce automation is about to cost dozens of news contractors their jobs," writes Engadget:The Seattle Times and The Guardian report that Microsoft is letting go of dozens of news contractors (abo...
03:34 am - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot What Would The Internet Look Like If America Repeals Section 230?
"REVOKE 230!" President Trump tweeted Friday, and NPR reports that the movement to revoke its safeguards "is increasingly becoming a bipartisan consensus... But experts caution that eliminating the le...
01:34 am - Sun, May 31, 2020
Slashdot Apple Opens 100 More US Stores -- With Mandatory Temperature Checks For Customers
"Apple is in the process of reopening 100 U.S. retail stores," reports Apple Insider, adding "as expected, those outlets look a lot different post-coronavirus."For example, the company is performing t...