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11:30 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Chrome OS May Finally Be Getting a Dark Mode
New submitter andreavenezia shares a report from The Verge: Chrome OS may finally be getting a dark mode, but so far it's only been spotted in its experimental Canary channel, Android Central reported...
10:50 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Pakistan's PM Asks Facebook To Ban Islamophobic Content
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Facebook to ban Islamophobic content on its platform, warning of a spike in radicalization amongst Muslims, hours after he hit out at the French president ...
10:10 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot CBP Refuses To Tell Congress How It's Tracking Americans Without a Warrant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: U.S. Customs and Border Protection is refusing to tell Congress what legal authority the agency is following to use commercially bought location d...
09:30 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot It's Time for the Movie Studios to Step In To Save the Movie Theaters
M.G. Siegler, former reporter at TechCrunch and now a VC at Google Ventures, writes: [...] It seems inevitable at this point that there's going to need to be a new path forward. And that path may very...
08:50 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot NASA Confirms Water Molecules On Moon
NASA has confirmed the presence of water on the moon's sunlit surface, a breakthrough that suggests the chemical compound that is vital to life on Earth could be distributed across more parts of the l...
08:10 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Surveillance Startup Used Own Cameras To Harass Coworkers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Verkada, a fast-growing Silicon Valley surveillance startup, equips its offices in downtown San Mateo, California, with its own state-of-the-art security cameras. ...
07:42 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Vaccine Hopes Rise as Oxford Jab Prompts Immune Response Among Old as Well as Young Adults
One of the world's leading COVID-19 experimental vaccines produces an immune response in both young and old adults, raising hopes of a path out of the gloom and economic destruction wrought by the nov...
06:10 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Over 100 Irrigation Systems Left Exposed Online Without a Password
More than 100 smart irrigation systems were left exposed online without a password last month, allowing anyone to access and tamper with water irrigation programs for crops, tree plantations, cities, ...
05:30 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Ransomware Hit a Georgia County. That Didn't Stop Its Ballot Counting.
A Georgia county has reverted to matching some absentee ballot signatures to paper backups, rather than an online system, after a ransomware infection spread to part of its election department. From a...
04:54 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Steps Into Cloud Gaming -- and Another Feud With Apple
Facebook will soon be the latest tech giant to enter the world of cloud gaming. Their approach is different than what Microsoft or Google has built, but Facebook highlights a shared central challenge:...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom 'Censorship'
Zoom shut down a series of events meant to discuss what organizers called "censorship" by the company. From a report: The events were planned for Oct. 23 and were organized in response to a previous c...
03:22 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Schools Clamored for Seesaw's App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.
An anonymous reader shares a report: The first requests that upended Seesaw, a popular classroom app, came in January from teachers and education officials abroad. Their schools were shutting down bec...
02:43 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Will Forcibly Stop Loading Some URLs in Internet Explorer To Move Users To Edge
Big changes are coming to Internet Explorer. Starting next month, users trying to access certain websites will see IE refuse to load the URL and automatically open the site in Edge instead. From a rep...
02:02 pm - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot James Bond Film 'No Time To Die' Explored $600 Million Sale To Streaming Services
Apple, Netflix and other streaming services explored the possibility of acquiring "No Time to Die," the upcoming James Bond movie that was originally slated to debut last April. From a report: The fil...
11:34 am - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Vint Cerf Is Working on an Internet for Outer Space
"TCP/IP doesn't work at interplanetary distances," 77-year-old Vinton Cerf tells Quanta magazine. "So we designed a set of protocols that do." Specifically, bundle protocols: a disruption/delay-tolera...
07:34 am - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Finally Launches Its New Oversight Board for Content Moderation
NBC News reports that "Social media users who believe their posts have been unfairly removed from Facebook or Instagram can now file an appeal to Facebook's Independent Oversight Board, the company an...
03:54 am - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot CNET: Police Are Using Facial Recognition For Minor Crimes, 'Because They Can'
"Police often frame facial recognition as a necessary tool to solve the most heinous crimes, like terrorist attacks and violent assaults, but researchers have found that the technology is more frequen...
01:34 am - Mon, October 26, 2020
Slashdot America and France Reach New All-Time Highs For COVID-19 Infections
An anonymous reader quotes Time:The United States has reached a new record high in the number of daily COVID-19 infections, surpassing the peak in mid-July during the second wave of the coronavirus pa...
11:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot In World First, 100% of South Australia's Power Supplied By Solar Panels
1.76 million people live in the 983,482 square kilometer (379,725 square mile) state of South Australia. This weekend Australia's national broadcaster made a big announcement:South Australia's renewab...
10:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot NASA's Probe Sampled Too Much From Asteroid Bennu and Now It's Leaking
Iwastheone shares some space news from OPB:A NASA spacecraft sent out to collect a sample of rock and dust from an asteroid has nabbed so much that it's created an unexpected problem. Rocks are jammed...
09:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot Can We Replace YAML With an Easier Markup Language?
On his personal blog, Red Hat's Chris Short (also a CNCF Cloud Native Ambassador) told his readers that "We kinda went down a rabbit hole the other day when I suggested folks check out yq. ("The aim o...
08:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot Java Geeks Discuss 'The War for the Browser' and the State of Java Modularization
Self-described "Java geek" nfrankel writes:At the beginning of 2019, I wrote about the state of Java modularization. I took a sample of widespread libraries, and for each of them, I checked whether: -...
07:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot 'How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator'
After the U.S. unveiled charges against six members of the Sandworm unit in Russia's military intelligence agency, Wired re-visited "a secret experiment in 2007 proved that hackers could devastate pow...
06:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot 'Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet'
The New York Times' looks at "a deal that controls the internet" — Apple's agreement to feature Google as the preselected search engine for iPhones, saying America's Justice Department views it ...
05:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot Is X.Org Server Abandonware?
Phoronix ran a story this morning with this provocative headline: "It's Time To Admit It: The X.Org Server Is Abandonware."The last major release of the X.Org Server was in May 2018 but don't expect t...
04:19 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot The U.S. Health Department Tried to Offer Early Vaccines to Shopping Mall Santas
America's national health agency "halted a public-service coronavirus advertising campaign funded by $250 million in taxpayer money after it offered a special vaccine deal to an unusual set of essenti...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot Is Right to Repair Gaining Momentum?
"A movement known as 'right to repair' is starting to make progress in pushing for laws that prohibit restrictions..." reports the New York Times:This August, Democrats introduced a bill in Congress t...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot Snopes.com Exposes 4chan Campaign to 'Kindle Mistrust in Snopes'
"This is the perfect moment to do this. This is an age of conspiracies for boomers... Let's kindle their mistrust in Snopes and other fact checkers," wrote one 4chan poster. Snopes.com later reported:...
01:34 pm - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot So How Good Is Edge on Linux?
"No one asked Microsoft to port its Edge browser to Linux," writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at ZDNet, adding "Indeed, very few people asked for Edge on Windows. "But, here it is. So, how good —...
11:34 am - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot The Battle Over Chips is About to Get Uglier
"We're in a new world where governments are more concerned about the security of their digital infrastructure and the resiliency of their supply chains," Jimmy Goodrich, vice president of global polic...
07:34 am - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot Does Python Need to Change?
The Python programming language "is a big hit for machine learning," read a headline this week at ZDNet, adding "But now it needs to change." Python is the top language according to IEEE Spectrum's el...
05:34 am - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot Google Patched an Actively-Exploited Zero-Day Bug in Chrome
"Google released an update to its Chrome browser that patches a zero-day vulnerability in the software's FreeType font rendering library that was actively being exploited in the wild, Threatpost repor...
03:34 am - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot Chrome Caught Exempting Google Sites From User Requests To Delete Data
This week the Verge reported:If you ask Chrome to delete all cookies and site data whenever you quit the browser, it's reasonable to expect that this policy applies to all websites. Recently, though, ...
01:34 am - Sun, October 25, 2020
Slashdot Cult Expert Predicts QAnon Adherents Will 'Get Angry and Exit'
"From my time studying cults and helping followers escape them, I can reassure you that QAnon will disintegrate in the United States over time if effective measures are taken if and when Trump is defe...
11:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How Do You Feel About Btrfs?
emil (Slashdot reader #695) shares an article from Linux Journal re-visiting the saga of the btrfs file system (initially designed at Oracle in 2007):The btrfs filesystem has taunted the Linux communi...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Greenpeace Claims Fukushima Water Release Could Change Human DNA
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Contaminated water that could soon be released into the sea from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contains radioactive carbon with the potential to damage human...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Discover Second 'Key' Used By Coronavirus To Enter Human Cells
Kiuas writes: Researchers from the Technical University of Munich and the University of Helsinki have discovered a second receptor (called neuropilin-1) which is used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to enter ...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid
The New York Times reports:Cybersecurity officials watched with growing alarm in September as Russian state hackers started prowling around dozens of American state and local government computer syste...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Hundreds of App Developers Want to Join New Apple-Defying Coalition
The Washington Post reports: App developers are defying Apple in record numbers, according to a new coalition of companies aimed at breaking the iPhone maker's tight grip over its mobile software and ...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Twitch Suddenly Mass-Deletes Thousands of Videos, Citing Music Copyright Claims
"It's finally happening: Twitch is taking action against copyrighted music — long a norm among streamers — in response to music industry pressure," reports Kotaku. But the Verge reports "t...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Massive Criminal Trial Begins For 'Cyberbunker' Dark Web Server
The Times of London reports:A gang of cyberexperts turned a former German military bunker into one of Europe's biggest hubs for the "dark web" and a superhighway for at least a quarter of a million of...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Debian Donates 10,000 Euros to Fund Free and Decentralized Livestreaming
PeerTube (developed by Framasoft) is "the free and decentralized alternative to video platforms, providing you over 400,000 videos published by 60,000 users and viewed over 15 million times," accordin...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Demands Shutdown of Research Project Into Its Targeting of Political Ads
"Facebook Inc. is demanding that a New York University research project cease collecting data about its political-ad targeting practices," reports the Wall Street Journal, "setting up a fight with aca...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot 92-Year-Old Songwriter Tom Lehrer Releases All His Lyrics Into the Public Domain
Marketplace reports:Songwriter Tom Lehrer became a star in the 1950s and '60s writing and performing satirical songs that skewered just about everything... Lehrer, 92, announced Tuesday via his websit...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Behind Life-Threatening Attack On Chemical Maker Are Sanctioned
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Russian state nationals accused of wielding life-threatening malware specifically designed to tamper with critical safety mechanisms at a petroch...
10:00 am - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Capture World's First 3,200-Megapixel Photos
Scientists at the Menlo Park, California-based SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have taken the world's first 3,200-megapixel digital photos, using an advanced imaging device that's built to explor...
07:00 am - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Critical For GPS, Seen In Distant Stars
Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered that "gravitational redshift" exists in two stars orbiting each other in our galaxy about 29,000 light years (200,000 trillion miles...
03:30 am - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot First 'Murder Hornet' Nest In US Is Found In Washington State
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Remember the "murder hornets"? You know, the terrifyingly large Asian giant hornets that are threatening to wipe out the North American bee population? En...
12:50 am - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot A Massive Spam Attack Is Ruining Public 'Among Us' Games
Just days after US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played Among Us to an audience of more than 435,000 viewers, InnerSloth, the developer of the popular multiplayer title, is struggling to con...
12:10 am - Sat, October 24, 2020
Slashdot 'youtube-dl' Downloading Software Removed From GitHub By RIAA Takedown Notice
Jahta writes: The GitHub repository for the popular youtube-dl utility is offline after GitHub received a DMCA takedown notice from the RIAA. The notice claims that "The clear purpose of this source c...
11:30 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Garmin Introduces Esports Fitness Smartwatch For Streamers
Garmin has launched the Instinct Esports Edition, a "rugged GPS smartwatch uniquely designed for esports athletes and enthusiasts to take their gaming performance to the next level." How is that possi...
10:50 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot The Technology That's Replacing the Green Screen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: As a compositor for venerable visual-effects house Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), [Charmaine Chan] has worked on films like The Last Jedi, assembling v...
10:10 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Patreon Is Banning QAnon, Joining Facebook, YouTube and Others
Patreon is the latest tech company to take action on the QAnon conspiracy theory, announcing in a blog post Thursday morning that creators promoting the movement would be banned from the platform. Bus...
09:30 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Uber and Lyft Need To Make Drivers Employees, Appeals Court Rules
An appeals court ruled Thursday evening that an injunction issued against Uber and Lyft over the status of their drivers was an appropriate measure. CNET reports: The injunction was issued in August b...
08:50 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Screwups Caused Nationwide Outage But FCC Isn't Punishing Carrier
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission has finished investigating T-Mobile for a network outage that Chairman Ajit Pai called "unacceptable." But ...
08:50 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Bashes Slack Complaint in European Antitrust Filing
Microsoft has privately told European competition authorities that Slack's antitrust complaint against the tech giant was motivated essentially by sour grapes [Editor's note: the link is paywalled; an...
08:10 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot NVIDIA Cancels GeForce RTX 3080 20GB and RTX 3070 16GB: Report
VideoCardz reports: NVIDIA has just told its board partners that it will not launch GeForce RTX 3080 20GB and RTX 3070 16GB cards as planned. NVIDIA allegedly cancels its December launch of GeForce RT...
07:30 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot National Guard Called In To Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election
The Louisiana National Guard was called in to stop a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state in recent weeks, Reuters reported Friday, citing two people with knowledg...
06:51 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot NASA To Announce New Science Results About Moon
NASA will announce an exciting new discovery about the Moon from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a media teleconference at 12 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 26. Audio of the tel...
06:17 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Xbox Chief Phil Spencer Hints at an xCloud Streaming Stick
Microsoft has teased a Chromecast-style dongle for xCloud, a video game streaming service that currently comes bundled with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. From a report: In an interview with Stratechery, Xb...
05:30 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Touts Free Speech. In Vietnam, It's Aiding in Censorship
An anonymous reader shares a report: For months, Bui Van Thuan, a chemistry teacher turned crusading blogger in Vietnam, published one scathing Facebook post after another on a land dispute between vi...
04:50 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot EU Says Veggie Burgers Can Keep Their Name
When is a burger not a burger? When it contains no meat. At least according to a divisive proposal that was in front of the European Parliament this week, part of a set of measures that would have ban...
04:14 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Death of Sea Life Off Russia Peninsula 'Caused by Algae'
Blooming algae was behind a recent mass death of sea animals that saw octopuses and seals wash up on the shore off a Russian peninsula, scientists said on Friday in the final conclusion to their probe...
03:43 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Expensify's CEO Emailed Users To Encourage Them To 'Vote For Biden'
Expensify CEO David Barrett blasted all of his customers with a message to vote for Biden to "protect democracy." From a report: In the email, which the company has said was sent to all users, Expensi...
02:47 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Apple Lobbied US Congress on Uighur Slave Labor Bills
Apple paid an outside firm to lobby Congress on legislation targeting U.S. companies that do business in areas of China that may use slave labor. From a report: Congressional disclosure reports show t...
02:05 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot ClipDrop Lets You 'Cut-and-Paste' Real Life Objects Using Your Phone Camera Into Desktop Apps
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has boasted a lot about the AR capabilities of its new LiDAR equipped iPhone 12 Pro. It means that your new iPhone will be able to 'map' the room better to p...
02:05 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot ClipDrop Lets You 'Copy-and-Paste' Real Life Objects Using Your Phone Camera Into Desktop Apps
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has boasted a lot about the AR capabilities of its new LiDAR equipped iPhone 12 Pro. It means that your new iPhone will be able to 'map' the room better to p...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Bot Generated Fake Nudes of Over 100,000 Women Without Their Knowledge, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: Around 104,852 women had their photos uploaded to a bot, on the WhatsApp-like text messaging app Telegram, which were then used to generate computer-ge...
10:00 am - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot GM Sells Out First Year of Electric Hummer Production
General Motors said it has sold out the first year's worth of its hulking GMC Hummer EV electric pickup truck after a splashy video reveal on Tuesday. Reuters reports: The GMC website showed a "reserv...
07:00 am - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Why Intel's Stock Just Dropped 10% After Reporting Earnings
Intel shares are off around 10% in after-hours trading after the chip company reported its Q3 data. TechCrunch explains why: Investors had expected Intel to report an adjusted $1.11 in per-share profi...
03:30 am - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot It's Official: Solar Is the Cheapest Electricity In History
An anonymous reader writes: In a new report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says solar is now the cheapest form of electricity for utility companies to build. That's thanks to risk-reducing fin...
02:02 am - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Software Engineer Reverse-Engineers McDonald's Ordering API To Find Locations With a Broken Ice Cream Machine
Software engineer Rashiq Zahid debuted a web app today that uses a reverse-engineered version of McDonald's ordering API to query every single McDonald's in the United States. "Assuming a store has co...
01:25 am - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Minecraft Will Require a Microsoft Account To Play In 2021
Minecraft said in a blog post yesterday that players will need a Microsoft account to play the game in 2021. Those who do not switch will be unable to play. The Verge reports: The game has existed in ...
12:45 am - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Drivers Sue Uber Over Pressure To Support Prop 22
Uber drivers say the company unlawfully pressured them to support a ballot initiative that would make gig workers independent contractors, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in San Francisco Superi...
12:02 am - Fri, October 23, 2020
Slashdot Print These Electronic Circuits Directly Onto Skin
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: New circuits can get printed directly on human skin to help monitor vital signs, a new study finds. In the new study, researchers developed a wa...
11:25 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta Rolls Out To Rave Reviews
Rei writes: "Oh, it's going dude!" "But there's no lanes -- there's cars on the side of the road!" "DUDE, it's navigating through it ALL, bro!" ... "It paused to look DUDE!" "There's NO LANES! Elon, y...
11:05 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot IT'S INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY
bobstreo informs us that it's CAPS LOCK DAY and shares an excerpt about its history: Caps Lock Day first came to pass in the year 2000, when Derek Arnold of Iowa decided that he, like so many other in...
10:45 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Iran Behind Supposed 'Proud Boys' Voter-Intimidation Emails, Feds Allege
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray joined forces at a hastily announced press conference Wednesda...
10:06 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Burger King Plans To Test Reusable Containers Starting Next Year
Burger King is planning to test reusable containers starting next year as part of its efforts to reduce waste. From a report: The trial is part of a partnership with TerraCycle's zero-waste delivery p...
09:28 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot AT&T's CEO Predicts That Millions More Will Cut the Cord
TV cord-cutting is picking up steam, and AT&T's CEO predicts there's a long way to go before it stops. From a report: On an earnings call Thursday, AT&T Chief Executive Officer John Stankey sa...
08:45 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot FDA Approves Gilead's Remdesivir as Coronavirus Treatment
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Gilead Sciences' antiviral drug remdesivir as a treatment for the coronavirus. From a report: In May, the FDA granted the drug an emergency use au...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux 20.10 'Groovy Gorilla' is Here With Renewed Raspberry Pi Focus
An anonymous reader shares a report: As stated earlier, new Ubuntu versions come April and October, and wouldn't you know it, we are at the end of the latter. With Halloween a bit more than a week awa...
07:25 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot EU Sanctions Russia Over 2015 German Parliament Hack
The European Union has imposed sanctions today against Russia for its involvement in the 2015 German Parliament (Bundestag) hack. From a report: Sanctions were levied against the GRU (Russian Main Int...
06:45 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot WHO To Grant Wikipedia Free Use of Its Published Material To Combat Covid Misinformation
As part of efforts to stop the spread of false information about the coronavirus pandemic, Wikipedia and the World Health Organization announced a collaboration on Thursday: The health agency will gra...
06:07 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 'Site Isolation' Feature Enters User Testing, Expected Next Year
An anonymous reader shares a report: Site Isolation is a modern browser security feature that works by separating each web page and web iframes in their own operating system process in order to preven...
05:28 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Edward Snowden Granted Permanent Residency In Russia
Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permanent residency in Russia, his lawyer said on Thursday. wiredmikey writes: Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor who revealed in ...
04:50 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark
Reader jkoebler writes: This is an in-depth, narrative investigation into Phantom Secure, a privacy-focused phone company that started selling locally to models and other VIPs, before eventually becom...
04:12 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Is So Flooded With Political Ads It Can't Place Them All
Less than two weeks before the U.S. election, some political campaigns are dealing with an unexpected obstacle on YouTube, the internet's largest video site: There isn't enough space to run their ads....
03:38 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Dutch Hacker Says He Logged Into President Trump's Twitter Account
An anonymous reader shares a report: The researcher, Victor Gevers, had access to Trump's personal messages, could post tweets in his name and change his profile. Gevers took screenshots when he had a...
02:56 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Huawei Announces Last Major Phone Before US Ban Forces Rethink
Huawei introduced the Mate 40 smartphone series on Thursday, potentially its last major release powered by its self-designed Kirin chips. From a report: China's biggest tech company by sales has been ...
02:02 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Senate Republicans Vote To Subpoena Facebook and Twitter CEOs About Alleged Censorship
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify about their handling of a recent unverified New York ...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Wisconsin Report Confirms Foxconn's So-Called LCD Factory Isn't Real
According to a report from Wisconsin's Division of Executive Budget and Finance, Foxconn has not built the enormous Gen 10.5 LCD factory in Wisconsin that it specified in its contract with the state. ...
10:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot The Forklift Truck Drivers Who Never Leave Their Desks
Forklift operators are using remote-control technology that allows them to work off-site, controlling their machines from afar. The BBC reports: [A]s Covid-19 spreads easily, the warehouses dotted alo...
07:00 am - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot No, Mouthwash Will Not Save You From the Coronavirus
You may have noticed a rash of provocative headlines this week suggesting that mouthwash can "inactivate" coronaviruses and help curb their spread. While the news is based on a new study from research...
03:30 am - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Google AI Tech Will Be Used For Virtual Border Wall, CBP Contract Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: After years of backlash over controversial government work, Google technology will be used to aid the Trump administration's efforts to fortify ...
01:30 am - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot How This Uncrushable Beetle Can Survive Being Run Over By a Car
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Gizmodo: The diabolical ironclad beetle, in addition to having one of the coolest names in the animal kingdom, boasts one of the toughest natural exoskeletons. A team ...
12:50 am - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot Airbnb Hires Jony Ive To Design Next-Gen Products and Services
Online vacation rental giant Airbnb on Wednesday said it has hired former Apple CDO Jony Ive and his company LoveFrom to assist in the design of future products and services. AppleInsider reports: Ann...
12:10 am - Thu, October 22, 2020
Slashdot James Randi, Magician and Stage Artist Devoted To Debunking the Paranormal, Dies At 92
James Randi, a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic who extensively challenged paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, has passed away Tuesday "due to age-related causes." He was 92...
11:30 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot FCC Defends Helping Trump, Claims Authority Over Social Media Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission's top lawyer today explained the FCC's theory of why it can grant President Donald Trump's request for a ne...
10:50 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot AOC's Debut Twitch Stream Is One of the Biggest Ever
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made her Twitch debut last night to play Among Us and quickly became one of the platform's biggest broadcasters. According to Twitch, her stream peaked at 435,000 ...
10:10 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot GMC Hummer EV vs. Tesla Cybertruck, Bollinger and Rivian
Last night, GMC unveiled the Hummer EV, the company's first electric pickup with a 350-mile range, 1,000 HP and up to 11,500 pound-feet of torque. Although there's still plenty more questions than ans...
09:30 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Former Google CEO Calls Social Networks 'Amplifiers for Idiots'
Former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said the "excesses" of social media are likely to result in greater regulation of internet platforms in the coming years. From a report: Schmidt, who...
08:50 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: In early September, the City Council in Portland, Ore., met virtually to consider sweeping legislation outlawing the use of facial recognit...
08:12 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot New York's New Digital Subway Map
An anonymous reader shares a report: The date was April 20, 1978; the scene, the Great Hall of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art on Astor Place. On the stage where Abraham Lincol...
07:33 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Says It Took Down 94% of TrickBot's Command and Control Servers
TrickBot survived an initial takedown attempt, but Microsoft and its partners are countering TrickBot operators after every move, taking down any new infrastructure the group is attempting to bring up...
06:55 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Quibi Is Shutting Down
Quibi is considering shutting itself down, WSJ reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter, a move that points to a possible crash landing for a once-highflying entertainment startup th...
06:17 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Starts Full Self-Driving Beta Rollout
Tesla has started the rollout of its Full Self-Driving Beta update, which Elon Musk said "will be extremely slow and cautious." From the report: We have been expecting the update for a while now. Over...
05:31 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Kite Expands Its AI Code Completions From 2 To 13 Programming Languages
An anonymous reader writes: Kite, which suggests code snippets for developers in real time, today added support for 11 more programming languages, bringing its total to 13. In addition to Python and J...
04:56 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot PayPal To Let You Buy and Sell Cryptocurrencies in the US
PayPal has partnered with cryptocurrency company Paxos to launch a new service. PayPal users in the U.S. will soon be able to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrencies. More countries are coming soon. From ...
04:12 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla Fears 'Collateral Damage' in Google Antitrust Case
Mozilla has responded to the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Google, but rather than commending the DOJ's action, the Firefox browser maker has voiced concerns that its commerci...
03:46 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Hewlett Packard Enterprise Will Build a $160 Million Supercomputer in Finland
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced it has been awarded over $160 million to build a supercomputer called LUMI in Finland. LUMI will be funded by the European Joint Undertaking EuroHPC, a...
03:31 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone
At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies have tools to get into encrypted smartphones, according to new research, and they are using them far more than previously known. From a report: In a new Apple a...
02:49 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Hewlett Packard Enterprise Will Build a $160 Million Supercomputer in Finland
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced it has been awarded over $160 million to build a supercomputer called LUMI in Finland. LUMI will be funded by the European Joint Undertaking EuroHPC, a...
02:26 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Huawei, China Firms Said To Seek Curbs on Nvidia's Arm Deal
Chinese technology companies including Huawei have expressed strong concerns to local regulators about Nvidia's proposed acquisition of Arm, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with t...
02:06 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Huawei, China Firms Said To Seek Curbs on Nvidia's Arm Deal
Chinese technology companies including Huawei have expressed strong concerns to local regulators about Nvidia's proposed acquisition of Arm, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with t...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Launches Program To Pay Consumers For Their Data On Non-Amazon Purchases
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Amazon has launched a new program that directly pays consumers for information about what they're purchasing outside of Amazon.com and for respondi...
10:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Employers Warn of Rising Political Tensions At Work
dcblogs writes: A significant number of employees are avoiding co-workers because of political views, says one research group. "Not only are employees avoiding one another, but they're also having a t...
07:00 am - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Discover a New Organ In the Throat
New submitter Orolo shares a report from ScienceAlert: Medical researchers have made a surprise anatomical discovery, finding what looks to be a mysterious set of salivary glands hidden inside the hum...
03:30 am - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Offices Resort To Sensors In Futile Attempts To Keep Workers Apart
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Millions of workers in recent months have returned to offices outfitted with new pandemic protocols meant to keep them healthy and safe. But tempera...
02:02 am - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot 'Hands-On With Amazon's Luna Game Streaming Service'
Last month, Amazon announced a gaming platform called Luna that lets users play games via the cloud. The company is rolling out early access today, starting with a library of 50 games and support for ...
01:25 am - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot GM To Invest More Than $2 Billion In US Manufacturing To Increase Electric Vehicle Production
General Motors is investing about $2.2 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations, largely to increase production of electric vehicles, the company announced Tuesday. CNBC reports: The investment is...
12:45 am - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Chromium-Based Edge Preview For Linux
Last month, Microsoft officials said they'd release a preview of the new Chromium-based Edge browser for Linux some time in October. On October 20, Microsoft made good on the promise, making available...
12:02 am - Wed, October 21, 2020
Slashdot FCC To Delay $9 Billion Rural Broadband Push To Fix Data Flaws
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: The Federal Communications Commission is poised to delay $9 billion in rural 5G subsidies for 18 to 24 months so it can fix mapping flaws that b...
11:20 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot NASA's OSIRIS-REX Makes Historic Touchdown On Asteroid Bennu To Collect Rock Samples
NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) sample return spacecraft has successfully touched the asteroid Bennu and collected a 2-oz sample ...
10:40 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Won't Air On Broadcast TV This Year
"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" will no longer air on broadcast TV this year, but it can be streamed on Apple+. This marks the first time since 1965 that the Peanuts special won't air on TV. P...
10:02 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Adblockers Installed 300,000 Times Are Malicious and Should Be Removed Now
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Adblocking extensions with more than 300,000 active users have been surreptitiously uploading user browsing data and tampering with users' social...
09:28 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Google Locks In Search Monopoly With $1 Billion To Carriers
Google doled out more than $1 billion last year to U.S. mobile carriers to distribute its search engine, according to the landmark antitrust lawsuit from the Justice Department. From a report: The DOJ...
08:50 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Backblaze Hard Drive Stats Q3 2020
Backblaze's Q3 2020 hard drive stats: As of September 30, 2020, Backblaze had 153,727 spinning hard drives in our cloud storage ecosystem spread across four data centers. Of that number, there were 2,...
08:10 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Mysterious Hackers Donating Stolen Money
A hacking group is donating stolen money to charity in what is seen as a mysterious first for cyber-crime that's puzzling experts. smooth wombat writes: Darkside hackers claim to have extorted million...
07:30 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot NASA's OSIRIS-REx Will Land On an Asteroid To Bring Home Rocks and Dust
Imagine parallel parking a 15-passenger van into just two to three parking spaces surrounded by two-story boulders. On Oct. 20, a University of Arizona-led NASA mission 16 years in the making will att...
06:50 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Seven Mobile Browsers Vulnerable To Address Bar Spoofing Attacks
In a report published today by cyber-security firm Rapid7, the company said it worked with Pakistani security researcher Rafay Baloch to disclose ten new address bar spoofing vulnerabilities across se...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Sweden Bans Chinese Telecoms Huawei and ZTE From 5G Networks
Sweden banned Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE from its 5G mobile networks on Tuesday, citing China's "extensive intelligence gathering and theft of technology." From a report: Since the Trump ad...
05:25 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Google Photos Revives Its Prints Subscription Service
Google Photos is reviving its photo printing subscription service and introducing same-day prints. The company earlier this year had briefly tested a new program that used A.I. to suggest the month's ...
04:52 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Impossible Foods Is Now Developing a Plant-Based Alternative To Cow's Milk
From a report: There's a myriad of reasons to replace cow's milk with alternatives like nut milks, oat milk, or soy milk, but for those who enjoy the experience of consuming animal-sourced dairy produ...
04:13 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Intel Agrees To Sell Storage Unit To SK Hynix for $9 Billion
Intel has agreed to sell its Nand memory unit to South Korea's SK Hynix for about $9 billion, a deal that allows the U.S. chipmaker to concentrate on its main business while shoring up the Asian compa...
03:27 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot NASA and Nokia To Install 4G on Lunar Surface
With competition among Earth's telecoms providers as fierce as ever, equipment maker Nokia has announced its expansion into a new market, winning a deal to install the first cellular network on the mo...
02:47 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Teams With SpaceX To Push Cloud Battle With Amazon Into Orbit
Microsoft is teaming with Elon Musk's SpaceX and others as the software giant opens a new front in its cloud-computing battle with Amazon.com targeting space customers. From a report: Microsoft would ...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot US Accuses Google of Protecting Illegal Monopoly
The Justice Department plans to accuse Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly over search and search advertising in a lawsuit to be filed on Tuesday, the government's most significant legal challen...
01:28 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot US To Accuse Google of Protecting Illegal Monopoly
The Justice Department plans to accuse Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly over search and search advertising in a lawsuit to be filed on Tuesday, the government's most significant legal challen...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot OpenStack Foundation Transforms Into the Open Infrastructure Foundation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The writing was on the wall two years ago. The OpenStack Foundation was going to cover more than just the OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) c...
10:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Slashes Its Used Car Warranty While Admitting Design Flaw In Model 3
Two recent articles from Electrek may have current and/or future Tesla owners concerned. According to Electrek, Tesla is now admitting that a design flaw in the Model 3 could cause the vehicle's rear ...
07:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Voyager Spacecraft Detect An Increase In the Density of Space Outside the Solar System
As Voyager 2 moves farther and farther from the Sun, the density of space is increasing. "It's not the first time this density increase has been detected," notes SciencAlert. "Voyager 1, which entered...
03:30 am - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot QAnon/8Chan Sites Back Online After Being Ousted By DDoS-Protection Vendor
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A few dozen QAnon and 8chan-related sites were knocked offline temporarily yesterday when a DDoS-protection vendor disabled their access, accordi...
02:02 am - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot A Group of Materials Called Perovskites Could Be a Game-Changer For Solar Power
Researchers from Australia have discovered that the widely acclaimed mineral perovskite can be used to transform the solar industry through cheaper and more efficient photovoltaics. The Independent re...
01:25 am - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot IKEA To Buy Back Used Furniture In Recycling Push
Last week, the BBC reported that IKEA, the world's biggest furniture business, is planning to launch a scheme to buy back your unwanted furniture you no longer need or want. From the report: Under the...
12:45 am - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Google Confirms the Nest Secure Has Been Discontinued
Google's Nest Secure alarm system, which was discussed on Slashdot for featuring an unlisted, disabled microphone, has been discontinued by Google, though it will continue functioning. Android Police ...
12:02 am - Tue, October 20, 2020
Slashdot Chess's Cheating Crisis: 'Paranoia Has Become the Culture'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In one chess tournament, five of the top six were disqualified for cheating. In another, the doting parents of 10-year-old competitors furiously ...
11:20 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Instagram's Handling of Kids' Data Is Now Being Probed In the EU
Facebook's lead data regulator in Europe has opened another two probes into its business empire -- both focused on how the Instagram platform processes children's information. TechCrunch reports: The ...
10:40 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Option To Disable JScript In Internet Explorer
As part of the October 2020 Patch Tuesday security updates, Microsoft has added a new option to Windows to let system administrators disable the JScript component inside Internet Explorer. ZDNet repor...
10:02 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Powerwall Rival Seeks To Bring Hydrogen Into Your Home
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: It's about the size of Tesla Inc.'s Powerwall, but can store up to three times as much energy over a longer period. That's the promise of a new hydr...
09:28 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot OpenBSD Turns 25 With a New Release
ArchieBunker writes: The OpenBSD project has turned 25 years old and is celebrating this with release 6.8.Read more of this story at Slashdot. ...
08:50 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches 'Apple Music TV', a 24-Hour Music Video Livestream
Apple has launched Apple Music TV, a free 24-hour curated livestream of popular music videos that will also include "exclusive new music videos and premiers, special curated music video blocks, and li...
08:10 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot EU Shoots For $11.7B 'Industrial Cloud' To Rival US
The European Union aims to spend up to 10 billion euro ($11.7 million) over the next seven years to help build up a homegrown cloud computing sector that could rival foreign corporations such as Amazo...
07:30 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot US Charges Russian Hackers Behind NotPetya, KillDisk, OlympicDestroyer Attacks
The US Department of Justice has unsealed charges today against six Russian nationals believed to be part of one of Russia's most elite and secretive hacking groups, universally known as Sandworm. Fro...
06:50 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Marvel Shortens Window Between Print and Digital Comics
Marvel Entertainment has announced that it is halving the wait time for fans choosing to read releases on its digital subscription Marvel Unlimited, with titles now appearing on the service just three...
06:09 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Drivers To Be Banned From Picking Up Mobile Phones
It will become illegal for anyone in the UK to pick up and use their mobile phone while driving, under new legislation to be enacted next year. From a report: The change will end a loophole that can a...
05:30 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Foundation Launches Compute Module 4 for Industrial Users
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is launching a new product today -- the Compute Module 4. From a report: If you've been keeping an eye on the Raspberry Pi releases, you know that the flagship Raspberry Pi...
04:54 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot The Long Wait for Google's $2.1 Billion Fitbit Deal
Google's $2.1 billion deal for Fitbit might go down as the only merger to qualify as both pre-pandemic and post-pandemic. From a report: European Union antitrust regulators have again extended their d...
04:27 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot AMC Offers Private Theater Rentals Starting at $99, As Cinemas Continue To Struggle
Mega-chain AMC has begun to offer the option through its site, with prices for renting out a theater starting at a surprisingly reasonable $99 (though not in New York, Alaska and Hawaii). Split among ...
04:10 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot AMC Offers Private Theater Rentals Starting at $99, As Cinemas Continue To Struggle
Mega-chain AMC has begun to offer the option through its site, with prices for renting out a theater starting at a surprisingly reasonable $99 (though not in New York, Alaska and Hawaii). Split among ...
03:27 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Japan To Join Forces With US, Europe in Regulating Big Tech Firms
Japan will join forces with the United States and Europe to take on any market abuses by the four Big Tech companies, the new head of its antitrust watchdog said on Monday, a sign Tokyo will join glob...
02:50 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Gamers Are Replacing Bing Maps Objects in Microsoft Flight Simulator With Rips From Google Earth
Microsoft's flagship 2020 game Flight Simulator was supposed to showcase Bing Maps and Azure's streaming capabilities. There's just one small problem: gamers are overwriting Bing's in-game 3D photogra...
02:01 pm - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Proprietary Grapes Come With Draconian End User License Agreement
They did EULA to a grape. A company put an end user license agreement (EULA) on a bag of grapes: "The recipient of the produce contained in this package agrees not to propagate or reproduce any portio...
11:34 am - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Privacy Advocates Alarmed By Singapore's World-First Face-Scanning Plans
"Singapore will become the world's first country to use facial verification in its national ID scheme, but privacy advocates are alarmed by what they say is an intrusive system vulnerable to abuse," r...
07:34 am - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Forces Windows 10 Restarts -- To Install 'Unsolicited, Unwanted' Office Apps
The Verge's senior news editor complains that without permission, Windows 10 restarted to install "unsolicited, unwanted web app versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook onto my computer."OK, i...
03:34 am - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot What If the Government Ran a Social Network?
A publicly-funded social network run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation "has been proposed as one possible response if Facebook and Google limit services in Australia when the mandatory news c...
01:44 am - Mon, October 19, 2020
Slashdot Another California City Launches a Two-Year Guaranteed Income Program
The Los Angeles Times reports a new guaranteed income pilot program which within a few months "will begin giving 800 Compton residents free cash for a two-year period," according to mayor Aja Brown:So...
11:52 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Three npm Packages Opened Remote-Access Shells on Linux and Windows Systems
"Three JavaScript packages have been removed from the npm portal on Thursday for containing malicious code," reports ZDNet. "According to advisories from the npm security team, the three JavaScript li...
10:59 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Stupid Russian Disinformation Campaign Targets Oxford Vaccine
The Times of London reports that "a Russian disinformation campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine has been exposed by a Times investigation."Pic...
09:46 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot China Bans Internet Services Which 'Induce Addiction' In Children
"China is implementing stricture measures in its bid to keep kids away from addictive digital content," reports Engadget:The state-backed news agency Xinhua reported (via Reuters) that China has voted...
08:43 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Is QAnon an 8Chan Game Gone Wrong?
This week London's prestigious Financial Times published a 15-minute video investigating the question: "Is QAnon a game gone wrong?"In 2017, the Q team, whoever they may be, made use of the modern equ...
07:48 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot 3 TB of Private Webcam/Home Security Video Leaked on Porn Sites
schwit1 quotes Input:A hacking group that has yet to identify itself found and stole more than 3 TB of private video from around the world — mainly collected from Singapore — and shared it...
06:51 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Zeptoseconds! Scientists Measure the Shortest Unit of Time Ever
nickwinlund77 quotes Live Science:Scientists have measured the shortest unit of time ever: the time it takes a light particle to cross a hydrogen molecule. That time, for the record, is 247 zeptosecon...
05:59 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Fitness Influencer Who'd Believed Covid-19 'Didn't Exist' Dies of Covid-19
"Fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk has passed away at the age of 33 after suffering from complications related to COVID-19," reports E! Online. The Daily Dot points out that Stuzhuk believed COVID-19...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Cloudflare Offers 'Isolated' Cloud-Based Browser, Plus a Network-as-a-Service Solution
Cloudflare has released the beta of its new "browser isolation" service, which runs a web browser in the cloud, reports TechRadar.As more and more computing is done inside a browser as opposed to on a...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Drops Its 7-Day Return Policy
"Tesla has removed its ballsy 'no questions asked' 7-day return policy that Elon Musk has been pushing as a show of confidence for the automaker," reports Electrek:CEO Elon Musk often used the policy ...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Linux 5.10 Solves the Year 2038 Problem Until 2486
The Linux 5.10 kernel's XFS file-system will have two new on-disk meta-data capabilities, reports Phoronix:1. The size of inode btrees in the allocation group is now recorded. This is for increasing r...
01:34 pm - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates Asked Microsoft's 'Junior Engineer' Job Interview Question
DevNull127 writes: Let's say you're interviewing for a junior engineering position at Microsoft," Bill Gates was asked. "Why should we hire you?" "I like to be on a team," Gates replies. "I like ambit...
10:34 am - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Google's Internal Data Suggests Employees Feel Less Productive At Home
The Information reports:Google's engineering directors are grappling with a worrisome trend: internal data that indicate productivity during the coronavirus shutdowns deteriorated among engineers, par...
07:34 am - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot NASA Asks: What Would You Pack For a Trip to the Moon?
AmiMoJo quotes SlashGear: We're still many years away from casual consumer trips to the Moon, but it's easy to fantasize about such trips. NASA is getting in on the fun with a new campaign presenting ...
03:34 am - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot 'No, Microsoft Won't Rebase Windows to Linux' Argues Canonical's Manager for Ubuntu on WSL
Last month Eric Raymond suggested Microsoft might be moving to a Linux kernel that emulates Windows. ZDNet contributing editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols argued such a move "makes perfect sense", and o...
01:34 am - Sun, October 18, 2020
Slashdot Motley Fool: AMD 'Isn't Done Hammering Intel Yet'
The Motley Fool writes:AMD held just under 18% of the CPU market at the end of 2016 before Ryzen arrived. The latest third-party estimates suggest that the chipmaker now controls close to 37% of the m...
11:34 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Make Remote Work Permanent? No Way, Say Bay Area Leaders
Last month a regional government agency in the San Francisco Bay Area voted "to move forward" with a proposal to eventually require people at large, office-based companies to work from home three days...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Google/EdX Are Charging $298 For Their Remake of a Free 2012 How-to-Google Course
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: After near death, MOOCs are booming during the coronavirus pandemic, reported the NY Times in May. That news apparently wasn't lost on Google and EdX, who on T...
09:30 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot How Ransomware Puts Your Hospital At Risk
nickwinlund77 quotes a New York Times opinion piece:In March, several cybercrime groups rushed to reassure people that they wouldn't target hospitals and other health care facilities during the Covid-...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot College President Resigns After 712 Students Test Positive For Covid-19
CNN reports:The president of the State University of New York at Oneonta has resigned, as the school grapples with hundreds of reported Covid-19 cases within the university since the beginning of the ...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Owner: I Butt-Dialed a $4,280 Autopilot Upgrade -- And They Haven't Refunded Me
CNBC reports:On September 24th, physician Dr. Ali Vaziri was unpleasantly surprised by a mobile alert from his bank, which said he had just purchased a $4,280 upgrade for his Tesla Model 3. The large ...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot US Antitrust Regulators Could Target Google's Chrome Browser For Breakup
Slashdot reader alternative_right shares a report from Politico:Justice Department and state prosecutors investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations are considering whether to force the comp...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Home-Made Covid Vaccine Appeared to Work, but Questions Remained
"Josiah Zayner's plan was simple: replicate a Covid-19 vaccine that had worked in monkeys, test it on himself and then livestream the experiment online over a period of months," reports Bloomberg. "Za...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot A Chicken Nugget Was Just Launched Into Space
A British supermarket celebrated its 50th anniversary by playing with its food — specifically, one lucky piece of breaded protein:The grocery store chain hired Sent Into Space to launch the chic...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Trump Scrambles To Loosen America's Biometric Data and Gig Worker Regulations
"Facing the prospect that President Trump could lose his re-election bid, his cabinet is scrambling to enact regulatory changes affecting millions of Americans in a blitz so rushed it may leave some c...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Sweden's New Car Carrier Is the World's Largest Wind-Powered Vessel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Oceanbird might look like a ship of the future, but it harks back to ancient maritime history -- because it's powered by the wind. The transatlantic car c...
10:00 am - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot New Benchmark Shows iPhones Throttle So Hard They Lose Their Edge Over Android
MojoKid writes: Apple has repeatedly asserted its dominance in terms of performance versus competitive mobile platforms. And it has been historically true that, in cross-platform benchmarks, iPhones g...
07:00 am - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Japan Decides To Release Treated Fukushima Water Into the Sea
hcs_$reboot shares a report from CBS News: Japan will release more than a million tons of treated radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea in a decades-long operation, ...
03:30 am - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot US Surpasses 8 Million Coronavirus Cases
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: America surpassed 8 million cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone that put...
01:30 am - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Xbox's Phil Spencer Hints At Exclusivity Potential For Bethesda Games
In an interview with Kotaku, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that Microsoft doesn't need to ship future Bethesda games on PlayStation in order to recoup the $7.5 billion it spent acquiring Bethesda's pare...
12:50 am - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Billionaire CEO of Software Company Indicted For Alleged $2 Billion Tax Evasion Schemes
The billionaire chief executive of Ohio-based Reynolds and Reynolds Co, Robert Brockman, has been indicted on charges of tax evasion and wire fraud conducted over "decades." ZDNet reports: The scheme,...
12:10 am - Sat, October 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Is Beginning the Forced Migration From Hangouts To Chat Next Year
Google will officially transition users from Google Hangouts to Google Chat starting next year. The Verge reports: As part of the change, Chat, a messaging service previously only available to custome...
11:30 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Nikola Stock Falls 14 Percent After CEO Downplays Badger Truck Plans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nikola CEO Mark Russell downplayed the company's Badger pickup truck in comments to the Financial Times on Thursday. "The Badger was an interesti...
10:50 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot San Francisco Apartment Rents Crater Up To 31%, Most in US
San Francisco's sky-high apartment rents are falling fast. From a report: The median monthly rate for a studio in the city tumbled 31% in September from a year earlier to $2,285, compared with a 0.5% ...
10:10 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk's Las Vegas Loop Might Only Carry a Fraction of the Passengers It Promised
The Boring Company's Las Vegas Convention Center loop "will not be able to move anywhere near the number of people LVCC wants, and that TBC agreed to," reports TechCrunch. The LVCC wanted transit that...
09:30 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Boeing 737 Max Judged Safe To Fly By Europe's Aviation Regulator
schwit1 shares a report from Bloomberg: Europe's top aviation regulator said he's satisfied that changes to Boeing Co.'s 737 Max have made the plane safe enough to return to the region's skies before ...
08:50 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science
Apparently Twinkies aren't immortal. After discovering that his 8-year-old Twinkies "tasted like old sock," biologist Colin Purrington sent them to a pair of scientists -- Brian Lovett and Matt Kasson...
08:10 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Google Says it Mitigated a 2.54 Tbps DDoS Attack in 2017, Largest Known To Date
The Google Cloud team revealed today a previously undisclosed DDoS attack that targeted Google service back in September 2017 and which clocked at 2.54 Tbps, making it the largest DDoS attack recorded...
07:30 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot You Can Now Install Microsoft Windows Calculator on Linux
An anonymous reader shares a report: Earlier, Microsoft released the source for Windows Calculator. And now, that calculator app has been ported to Linux by Uno Platform. Best of all, it's insanely ea...
06:50 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Group Files 'Largest FOIA of All Time'
Reclaim the Records -- a group of activist genealogists, historians, journalists, teachers -- has filed what may be the largest Freedom Of Information Act Request of all time. The group wants the Nati...
06:05 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot British Airways Fined $26 Million Over Data Breach
British Airways has been fined $26m by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a data breach which affected more than 400,000 customers. From a report: The breach took place in 2018 and affect...
05:29 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot France and the Netherlands Call For Tough EU Powers To Curb Big Tech
France and the Netherlands have proposed stricter EU rules to oversee large technology firms, such as Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon. From a report: In a joint document, seen by CNBC and due to be sent...
04:52 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Uber on the Hunt For Strategic Alternatives for Uber Elevate
Uber is seeking strategic alternatives for its Uber Elevate business, including strategic partnerships or a partial sale, Axios reported Friday, citing multiple sources. From the report: This reflects...
04:09 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Uber is Hiring Hundreds of Engineers in India To Cut Costs
Uber said it is working to hire 225 engineers in India, strengthening its tech team in the key overseas market months after it eliminated thousands of jobs globally. From a report: The move comes as s...
03:30 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Coinbase's New 'Direction' Is Censorship, Leaked Audio Reveals
An anonymous reader shares a report: Brian Armstrong, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, revealed in a late September blog post that the company would prohibit employees from debating political ...
02:50 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Has Apple Abandoned CUPS, Linux's Widely Used Open-Source Printing System? Seems So
The official public repository for CUPS, an Apple open-source project widely used for printing on Linux, is all-but dormant since the lead developer left Apple at the end of 2019. From a report: Apple...
02:06 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Developer Says AWS Forked His Project and Launched It As Its Own Service
Tim Nolet, founder and chief technology officer of Checkly, tweeted on Friday: Oh @awscloud I really do love you! But next time you fork my OS project and present it as your new service, give the main...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Chilling Report Suggests 1 Out of 5 Countries Could Be Headed For Ecosystem Collapse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceAlert: A new insurance index from the Swiss Re Institute has found just over half of all global GDP -- nearly 42 trillion US dollars -- is dependent on ...
10:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot NASA Funds Nokia Plan To Provide Cellular Service On Moon
schwit1 shares a report from UPI: NASA will fund a project by Nokia to build a 4G cellular communication network on the moon with $14.1 million, the space agency announced. That project was part of $3...
07:00 am - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot A Dead Soviet Satellite and An Old Rocket Booster Could Collide In Space Tonight
Space traffic experts are tracking two pieces of orbital garbage that appear to be careening toward each other: A defunct Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket booster that are expected to n...
03:30 am - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot FCC Will Move To Regulate Social Media After Censorship Outcry
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said that the agency will seek to regulate social media platforms like Facebook and...
02:02 am - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Oxford Scientists Develop 5-Minute COVID-19 Antigen Test
Scientists from Britain's University of Oxford have developed a rapid COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes. CNBC reports: The university said it hoped to start prod...
01:25 am - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Google Music Shuts Down Smart Speaker Support and Music Store
Google has started to shut down parts of its 9-year-old music service as it transitions people to YouTube Music. Ars Technica reports: The gradual shutdown started on Monday with the death of the Goog...
12:45 am - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Will Share Digital Revenues With GameStop On Every Xbox It Sells
New details have emerged about a partnership between Microsoft and GameStop that will see the retailer receive a share of all digital revenues generated by a console sold in their stores. GamesIndustr...
12:02 am - Fri, October 16, 2020
Slashdot Canonical Introduces High-Availability Micro-Kubernetes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: If you've been hiding under a rock -- and who could blame you these days? -- you may have missed how totally Kubernetes now dominates container orchestr...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot 'Person In Jetpack' Spotted Flying Again Near LA Airport
There are reports of an unidentified person flying in a jetpack near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) -- the second such incident in two months. The BBC reports: A China Airlines crew said it s...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Account Verification Leaves Some Quest 2 Buyers With 'Paperweight'
Quest 2 is the first Oculus headset to require a Facebook account at launch. False positives from its account verification system may be leaving some buyers with no choice but to return it. UploadVR r...
10:02 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Robinhood Estimates Hackers Infiltrated Almost 2,000 Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Almost 2,000 Robinhood Markets accounts were compromised in a recent hacking spree that siphoned off customer funds, a sign that the attacks were mo...
09:25 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Google Introduces Song Matching via Humming, Whistling or Singing
Google has added a new feature that lets you figure out what song is stuck in your head by humming, whistling or singing -- a much more useful version of the kind of song-matching audio feature that i...
08:45 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Remdesivir Has Little Effect on Covid-19 Mortality, WHO Study Says
The Covid-19 treatment remdesivir has no substantial effect on a patient's chances of survival [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], a clinical trial by the World Health Orga...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot FCC To Move on Trump Plan To Weaken Social Media Legal Shield
U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will consider President Donald Trump's request to weaken legal protections for social media companies such as Twitter. From a r...
07:25 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Ubisoft, Crytek Data Posted on Ransomware Gang's Site
A ransomware gang going by the of Egregor has leaked data it claims to have obtained from the internal networks of two of today's largest gaming companies -- Ubisoft and Crytek. An anonymous reader wr...
06:47 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Bans QAnon, Other Conspiracy Content That Targets Individuals
YouTube said Thursday that it would no longer allow content that targets individuals and groups with conspiracy theories, specifically QAnon and its antecedent, "pizzagate." From a report: "Today, we ...
06:05 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Escape UK Digital Services Tax That Will Hit Smaller Traders
Amazon will not have to pay the UK's new digital services tax on products it sells directly to consumers but small traders who sell products on its site will face increased charges. From a report: The...
05:33 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot FAA Revamps Space Launch Rules as SpaceX, Blue Origin Expand
Commercial rocket ventures including Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin should get a clearer path to space under new regulations that oversee non-government launches. From a report: The Fe...
04:54 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Senate To Subpoena Twitter CEO Over Blocking of Disputed Biden Articles
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to issue a subpoena on Tuesday to Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey after the social-media company blocked a pair of New York Post articles that made new allegat...
04:13 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say
An anonymous reader shares a report: Back in January, Google Health, the branch of Google focused on health-related research, clinical tools, and partnerships for health care services, released an AI ...
03:25 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Bans Coronavirus Vaccine Misinformation
YouTube said this week it would remove videos from YouTube containing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, expanding its current rules against falsehoods and conspiracy theories about the pandemic....
02:45 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Anthony Fauci on the Coronavirus and the Prospects for a Vaccine
In the video here, you can watch excerpts from New Yorker journalist Michael Specter and Fauci's conversation, which encompassed the hard lessons of the AIDS epidemic, Americans' fraught relationship ...
02:09 pm - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot The Great Barrier Reef Has Lost Half Its Corals
The Great Barrier Reef, one of the earth's most precious habitats, lost half of its coral populations in the last quarter-century, a decline that researchers in Australia said would continue unless dr...
10:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Twitter, Like Facebook, To Remove Posts Denying the Holocaust
Two days after Facebook announced that it would block posts that deny the Holocaust, Twitter decided to do the same. Bloomberg reports: Twitter's policy doesn't explicitly state that denying violent e...
07:00 am - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Physicists Successfully Carry Out Controlled Transport of Stored Light
schwit1 shares a report from Phys.Org: A team of physicists led by Professor Patrick Windpassinger at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has successfully transported light stored in a quantum m...
03:30 am - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot The First Room-Temperature Superconductor Has Finally Been Found
Joe2020 shares a report from Science News: Now, scientists have found the first superconductor that operates at room temperature -- at least given a fairly chilly room. The material is superconducting...
02:10 am - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Spinach Gives Fuel Cells a Power Up
Researchers at the Department of Chemistry, American University, used spinach to make a carbon-rich catalyst that can be used to improve the performance of fuel cells and metal-air batteries. IEEE Spe...
01:32 am - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Google and Intel Warn of High-Severity Bluetooth Security Bug In Linux
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google and Intel are warning of a high-severity Bluetooth flaw in all but the most recent version of the Linux Kernel. While a Google researcher ...
01:30 am - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Florida Could Become First State To Offer Digital Driver's Licenses
According to WESH Orlando, Florida residents next year will be able to apply for new mobile driver's licenses that can be easily accessed on a smartphone, tablet, or other device. They will be valid a...
12:50 am - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Cuts Price of Tesla Model S To $69,420
In a tweet, Elon Musk announced that Tesla will further cut the price of its Model S "Long Range" sedan to $69,420. "This pricing wasn't done on a whim and a joint," adds TechCrunch. "The price cut is...
12:10 am - Thu, October 15, 2020
Slashdot Blood Type May Affect Severity of COVID-19 Infection, New Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Yahoo: In a new study published Wednesday, researchers in Canada found that, among 95 critically ill COVID-19 patients, 84 percent of those with the blood type...
11:30 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot China Starts Digital Yuan Trial By Giving $30 To 50,000 People
China is starting a first-of-its-kind digital yuan trial by distributing 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) of the digital currency among 50,000 participants selected by lottery. "That equates to each par...
10:50 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates: 'I Was Naive At Microsoft,' Didn't Realize Success Would Bring Antitrust Scrutiny
Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates told CNBC on Wednesday morning he had been naive about the government scrutiny that comes with getting large when he was running Microsoft and said the c...
10:10 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Winning Bid: How Auction Theory Took the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics
Tim Harford, writing for Financial Times: A well-designed auction forces bidders to reveal the truth about their own estimate of the prize's value. At the same time, the auction shares that informatio...
09:30 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Computers Are Hard: Building Software With David Heinemeier Hansson
Wojtek Borowicz interviews David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework: Wojtek Borowicz: Software methodology is an industry of its own. There is Scrum...
08:50 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev have spent the last two years experimenting with "phantom" images to trick semi-autonomous dr...
08:09 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Workers Say Prime Day Rush Breaks Virus Safety Vows
Amazon.com has recklessly reinstated dangerous warehouse productivity quotas despite telling a judge that it was suspending them during the pandemic, workers said in a court filing. From a report: "Am...
07:24 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot German Ship Completes Historic Arctic Expedition
The German Research Vessel Polarstern has sailed back into its home port after completing a remarkable expedition to the Arctic Ocean. The ship spent a year in the polar north, much of it with its eng...
06:44 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot From a Small Town in North Carolina To Big-City Hospitals, How Software Infuses Racism Into U.S. Health Care
An anonymous reader shares a report: The railroad tracks cut through Weyling White's boyhood backyard like an invisible fence. He would play there on sweltering afternoons, stacking rocks along the ra...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot NASA Loads 14 Companies With $370M For 'Tipping Point' Technologies
NASA has announced more than a third of a billion dollars worth of "Tipping Point" contracts awarded to over a dozen companies pursuing potentially transformative space technologies. The projects rang...
05:24 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Zoom To Roll Out End-to-End Encrypted (E2EE) Calls
Video conferencing platform Zoom announced today plans to roll out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) capabilities starting next week. From a report: E2EE will allow Zoom users to generate individual encryp...
04:45 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Apple Fibs About iPhone 12 Pricing To Promote Wireless Carriers
Jason Snell, writing at Six Colors: Here's one of the weirdest aspects of Tuesday's iPhone launch event: Apple has been less than forthright about the real prices of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. ...
04:04 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Apple Is Poaching From Google's iPhone Hacking Team
Apple has poached a key member of Google's Project Zero, a hacking team at Google that has found dozens of critical vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS and other critical Apple software. From a report: Las...
03:25 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Almost 40 million people around the world have contracted Covid-19 and more than a million have died from the virus. The devastation has rippled even further, thanks to a global recession and rising p...
02:44 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Dropbox is the Latest San Francisco Tech Company To Make Remote Work Permanent
San Francisco-based Dropbox announced this week that it will stop asking employees to come into its offices and instead make remote work the standard practice, even after the coronavirus pandemic ends...
02:19 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Contract To Run .eu Domain-name Registry is Up For Grabs as Brussels Tries To Avoid a .Co-style Debacle
The European Union has opened up the .eu internet registry for a new owner, offering a five-year contract to oversee its 3.6 million domain names from October 2022. From a report: The EC's Directorate...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot There's Another Huge Right To Repair Fight Brewing In Massachusetts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Drive: Whether or not you live in Massachusetts, you should be paying attention to a very important vote coming up in November's election. Not for presiden...
10:00 am - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.20 Released
KDE's Plasma 5.20 is now available, bringing a bunch of refinements as well as some larger features. Some of the KDE Plasma 5.20 highlights include (via Phoronix): - Numerous fixes to the KWin window ...
07:00 am - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Ends Free Trials In the US
Netflix has ended free trials for new customers in the U.S., after years of giving away the first month of its service free. CNET reports: The streaming service's U.S. sign-up page said trials are no ...
03:30 am - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot 2.1 Million of the Oldest Internet Posts Are Now Online For Anyone To Read
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Decades before Twitter threads, Reddit forums, or Facebook groups, there was Usenet: an early-internet, pre-Web discussion system where one could ...
02:02 am - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot A Man Caught Coronavirus Twice -- and It Was Worse the Second Time
According to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a man in the U.S. caught COVID-19 for a second time and had a worse bout of illness. MIT Technology Review reports: The 25-year-old ma...
01:25 am - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Is Killing Unlimited Drive Storage For Non-Enterprise Users
If you're one of the Google Drive users who is taking advantage of unlimited storage for $12 per month on G Suite, beware. Workspace is replacing G Suite and offers more features for those who do, but...
12:45 am - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Apple Offers Support For Thread Networking
ttyler writes: As MacRumors reports, Apple's new HomePod Mini supports Thread networking technology. "Thread is a low-power IP-based networking technology for connecting Internet of Things (IoT) devic...
12:02 am - Wed, October 14, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Is Creating a Problem By Canceling TV Shows Too Soon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Insider: Netflix is killing its most interesting shows in their infancy and it could be the streaming giant's downfall. In the seven years that Netflix has pro...
11:20 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Bans Anti-Vaccine Ads, But Not Organic Misinformation
Facebook will ban anti-vaccine ads in an effort to combat misinformation and support public health experts, the social media platform announced in a statement on Tuesday. Axios reports: The company no...
10:40 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Apple Announces Smaller HomePod Mini For $99
Apple has announced a new version of its HomePod smart speaker, the $99 HomePod mini -- a smaller version of the speaker that shrinks down the original model into a more compact size. The Verge report...
10:02 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Finnish Startup Unveils Machine That Takes Office-Air CO2 and Converts It Into Fuel
Over a video call, Finnish start-up Soletair Power showed Ars Technica their machine that converts office-air carbon dioxide into fuel. Scott K. Johnson reports: The value proposition for the first pa...
09:26 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot The Race for a Super-Antibody Against the Coronavirus
A network of scientists is chasing the pandemic's holy grail: an antibody that protects against not just the virus, but also related pathogens that may threaten humans. From a report: Dozens of compan...
08:45 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot AI Is Throwing Battery Development Into Overdrive
Improving batteries has always been hampered by slow experimentation and discovery processes. Machine learning is speeding it up by orders of magnitude. From a report: Inside a lab at Stanford Univers...
08:07 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot iPhone 12 Lineup Does Not Ship With a Power Adapter; Apple Begins Selling 20W USB-C Adapter for $19
With the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models no longer shipping with a power adapter, Apple has started selling the 20W USB-C power adapter that was first introduced with the iPad Air on a standalone basis fo...
07:26 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Google Employees Are Free To Speak Up. Except on Antitrust.
Google employees are not shy about speaking up. In the last few years, they have openly confronted the company about building a censored search engine in China, the handling of sexual harassment claim...
06:48 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Virginia's Voter-Registration Site Goes Offline on Last Day To Register
Virginia's voter-registration website went offline Tuesday on the state's last day to register before the Nov. 3 election, in what officials attributed to an accidental cutting of a fiber-optic cable....
06:06 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max
At a virtual event on Tuesday, Apple unveiled the new iPhone lineup: the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max. The new iPhones feature recent generation iPad Pro-like design. They all support 5G...
05:25 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Inside Singapore's Huge Bet on Vertical Farming
Covid-19 has made food security a major issue. Now Singapore is investing heavily in high-tech farming as it tries to become more self-sufficient. From a report: From the outside, VertiVegies looked l...
04:45 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot China's Qingdao To Test 9 Million in Five Days
The Chinese city of Qingdao is testing its entire population of nine million people for Covid-19 over a period of five days. From a report: The mass testing comes after the discovery of a dozen cases ...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Here's Doom Running on a Samsung Fridge Thanks To xCloud
An anonymous reader shares a report: I'm fairly sure cars were supposed to be flying by now, but instead we've managed something else that would have felt like science fiction a decade ago: playing Xb...
03:31 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Wants AI To Be More Helpful For People Who Are Blind or Use Wheelchairs
People who are blind or who use a wheelchair or who have autism often are early adopters of technology to complete everyday tasks like communicating, reading, and traveling. Artificial intelligence po...
02:45 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot The Digital Divide Starts With a Laptop Shortage
A surge in worldwide demand by educators for low-cost laptops has created shipment delays and pitted desperate schools against one another. Districts with deep pockets often win out. From a report: A ...
02:13 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Philippines Starts Registering Millions for National ID Cards
The Philippines began Monday registering millions of citizens for its national identification system, hoping to promote electronic payments and make it easier for low-income earners without bank accou...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot UK Ad Authority Bans Misleading Homescapes and Gardenscapes Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Two misleading ads for mobile games that bear little relation to the actual product have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The...
10:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Alphabet's Latest X Project Is a Crop-Sniffing Plant Buggy
Alphabet's X lab has officially announced its latest "moonshot": a computational agriculture project the company is calling Mineral. The Verge reports: The project is focused on sustainable food produ...
07:00 am - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Telescopes Record Last Moments of Star Devoured By a Black Hole
Iwastheone shares a report from SciTechDaily: Using telescopes from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and other organizations around the world, astronomers have spotted a rare blast of light fro...
03:30 am - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Do the Faces of People In Long-Term Relationships Start To Look the Same?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Working with her Stanford colleague, Michal Kosinski, [Pin Pin Tea-makorn, ]a PhD student at Stanford] scoured Google, newspaper anniversary noti...
02:10 am - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot World's First Hydrogen Double Deckers Arrive In Aberdeen
The world's first hydrogen-powered double decker bus has been revealed in Aberdeen, a move that demonstrates the city's commitment to tackling air pollution and implementation of its Net Zero Vision. ...
01:30 am - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Latest Gimmicks Are Pushing the Limits of Privacy
At the end of September, Amazon debuted two especially futuristic products within five days of each other: a small autonomous surveillance drone, called Ring Always Home Cam, and a palm recognition sc...
12:50 am - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot How Many Americans Still Secretly Use Their Ex's Passwords
A recent survey by British Virgin Islands-based VPN service provider ExpressVPN asked 1,506 American adults in an exclusive (non-married) relationship to find out their password sharing habits across ...
12:10 am - Tue, October 13, 2020
Slashdot Electric Car Sales Triple In Race To Meet Europe CO2 Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: One in 10 new cars sold across Europe this year will be electric or plug-in hybrid, triple last year's sales levels after carmakers rolled out ne...
11:30 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Backdoor In Kids' Smartwatch Makes It Possible For Someone To Covertly Take Pictures, Record Audio
The Xplora 4 smartwatch, made by Chinese outfit Qihoo 360 Technology Co, and marketed to children under the Xplora brand in the US and Europe, can covertly take photos and record audio when activated ...
10:50 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot OnePlus Co-Founder Carl Pei Has Left the Company, Report Says
OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has turned into one of the most popular Android smartphone brands worldwide, is reportedly missing one of its cofounders. According to Android Police,...
10:10 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Update for Windows 10 To Prevent Swollen Laptop Batteries
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has teamed up with HP to work on a fix for a problem affecting various HP Business Notebooks. The flaw not only causes a reduction in performance and battery life, but ca...
09:30 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Harvard, Oxford, Stanford Docs Among Leaders of Global Anti-Lockdown Movement
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Mercury News: Doctors at Stanford University are at the forefront of a global movement of health experts who are criticizing lockdowns to control COVID-19 ...
08:50 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Disney Reorganizes To Focus on Streaming, Direct To Consumer
Disney is restructuring its media and entertainment divisions, as streaming becomes the most important facet of the company's business. From a report: On Monday, the company revealed that in order to ...
08:04 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot UK Government Scraps Ad That Encouraged People Working in the Arts To Reskill by Turning To a Career in Cybersecurity
sandbagger writes: A government-backed advert that encouraged people working in the arts to reskill by turning to a career in cybersecurity has been scrapped after the culture secretary described it a...
07:25 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot PC Market Shipments Grow a Stellar 13% in Q3 2020 To Break Ten-Year Record
Recently released Canalys data shows the global PC market climbed 12.7% from a year ago to reach 79.2 million units in Q3 2020 as it continued to benefit hugely from the COVID-19 crisis. From a report...
06:54 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Apple's T2 Security Chip Has an Unfixable Flaw
A recently released tool is letting anyone exploit an unusual Mac vulnerability to bypass Apple's trusted T2 security chip and gain deep system access. The flaw is one researchers have also been using...
06:08 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Razer Launches 120-Hz Screen Blade Stealth 13 Laptop With Fall Accessories Lineup
Razer has unveiled its fall lineup of gaming products for its base of hardcore gamers, including new laptops and an ergonomic gaming chair. The company unveiled the gear at its first annual RazerCon w...
05:27 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Xbox Game Streaming Will Land on iOS in 2021 Using Web Workaround
Project xCloud, the Microsoft game-streaming service that comes packed as a bonus in certain Xbox Game Pass subscription plans, may finally have a path to working on Apple's range of iOS devices -- we...
04:49 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot EU Targets Big Tech With 'Hit List' Facing Tougher Rules
EU regulators are drawing up a "hit list" of up to 20 large internet companies, likely to include Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Apple, that will be subject to new and far more stringent r...
04:14 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Seeks To Defend U.S. Election in Botnet Takedown
A coalition of technology companies used a federal court order unsealed Monday to begin dismantling one of the world's most dangerous botnets in an effort to preempt disruptive cyber-attacks before ne...
03:26 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Bans Holocaust Denial On its Platform
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday that the tech giant would be expanding its hate speech policies to ban any content that "denies or distorts the Holocaust." From a report: Zuckerberg was ...
02:51 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Five Eyes Governments, India, and Japan Make New Call For Encryption Backdoors
Members of the intelligence-sharing alliance Five Eyes, along with government representatives for Japan and India, have published a statement over the weekend calling on tech companies to come up with...
02:01 pm - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Arm Co-founder: Nvidia Takeover Would Create Another US Tech Monopoly
The co-founder of Arm has said that if the government does not stop the $40 billion takeover of the British chip designer, its proposed buyer, Nvidia, will become the next US tech monopoly alongside c...
11:34 am - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Is Digital Banking the Wave of the Future?
CNN looks at a unique new digital bank named Greenwood — and its implications for the future of banking:Greenwood was created by Bounce TV founder Ryan Glover and his close friend, rapper-activi...
07:37 am - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX's First Military Contracts: One-Hour Cargo Deliveries By Rocket and Missile-Tracking Satellites
"The Pentagon is contracting Elon Musk's SpaceX to develop rockets that can deliver packages anywhere on the planet in under an hour," reports Vice: One of the things that makes the U.S. military a do...
03:44 am - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot To Avoid Prison For Leaving Bad Hotel Reviews Online, An American in Thailand Must Apologize
The New York Times reports:He's very, very sorry. But the hotel in Thailand that threatened an American guest with prison for his bad reviews may end up with bigger regrets. Wesley Barnes, the America...
01:52 am - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Linux 5.9 Boosts CPU Performance With FSGSBASE Support
FSGSBASE support in Linux "has the possibility of helping Intel/AMD CPU performance especially in areas like context switching that had been hurt badly by Spectre/Meltdown and other CPU vulnerability ...
12:04 am - Mon, October 12, 2020
Slashdot Fortnite Remains Banned From Apple's App Store After Judge Refuses Epic's Request
Epic Games "did not win its preliminary injunction in its antitrust action against Apple, which would have forced Apple to allow Fortnite back onto the iPhone, iPad, and Mac," reports BGR, calling it ...
11:03 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot America's 'Cyber Command' Is Trying to Disrupt the World's Largest Botnet
The Washington Post reports:In recent weeks, the U.S. military has mounted an operation to temporarily disrupt what is described as the world's largest botnet — one used also to drop ransomware,...
09:48 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Spaces or Tabs? Microsoft Developers Reveal Their Preferences
In a new video, Microsoft's principal cloud advocate and DevOps lead weighed in on that crucial and perennial developer question: which is better, indenting your code with spaces or with tabs?"This is...
08:50 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot What if a Medical Treatment Could Change Your Political Or Religious Beliefs?
A research fellow at the University of Oxford's Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities writes in Scientific American:How would you feel about a new therapy for your chronic pain, which — alth...
07:52 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Google Halts Its Curated News Plan in Australia, Calling Government's Rules 'Unworkable'
Google "has decided to freeze plans to launch its curated News Showcase in Australia over claims the draft News Media Bargaining Code is 'unworkable'," reports Engadget:Google still objected to what i...
06:34 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Software Engineer Catches Intelligent Bot Posting on Reddit
"The posts were appearing at a rate of about one per minute, and the posts were lengthy, most around six paragraphs long..." writes software engineer Philip Winston.I read through some of the posts. T...
05:34 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Is Python Becoming More Popular Than Java?
Python has reached "a new all-time high" on TIOBE's index of programming language popularity. TechRadar reports: Java's days as the world's second most popular programming language could be numbered a...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot He Called it a 'Scamdemic' - Then Saw His Family Getting Sick
A remarkable first-person story in today's Washington Post: I used to call it the "scamdemic." I thought it was an overblown media hoax. I made fun of people for wearing masks. I went all the way down...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Are the Best Star Wars Stories Now in Games Like 'Star Wars: Squadrons'?
A game critic for the Los Angeles Times remembers his reaction to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. "What a disappointment — if only it had been built for video game consoles." This leads to thi...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Many Amazon Returns Are Just Destroyed or Sent to Landfills
What happens when we return items to Amazon? "Perfectly good items are being liquidated by the truckload — and even destroyed or sent to landfill," according to Marketplace, an investigative con...
01:34 pm - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Looking for Life? Researchers Identify 24 Exoplanets Even More Habitable Than Earth
"Astrobiologists have identified 24 exoplanets that aren't just potentially habitable, they're potentially superhabitable, exhibiting an array of conditions more suitable to life than what's seen on E...
10:34 am - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot What If They Replaced Windows With Microsoft Linux?
Following up on speculation from Eric Raymond and ZDNet contributing editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, open source advocate Jack Wallen imagines what would happen if Microsoft just switched over altog...
07:34 am - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Cory Doctorow: Tech Workers Are Now Questioning the Powers Technology Gives
"Anyone who has ever fallen in love with technology knows the amount of control that it gives you," says Cory Doctorow. But in a new interview about his recently-released scifi novel Attack Surface, h...
04:35 am - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Citigroup Tech Executive Unmasked as Major QAnon 'High Priest'
QAnon's biggest news hub was run by a senior vice president at Citigroup, the American multinational investment bank and financial services company Citigroup. Jason Gelinas worked in the company's tec...
01:34 am - Sun, October 11, 2020
Slashdot Should Colleges Do Admissions Without Standardized Tests?
America's not-for-profit College Board is a membership organization of 6,000 educational institutions that creates and administers tests used by college admissions offices. But it "operates as a near ...
11:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot One Solar/Wind Energy Company Is Now More Valuable Than Exxon Mobil
The world's biggest provider of wind and solar energy is now more valuable than the giant oil company Exxon Mobil, "once the largest public company on Earth," reports Bloomberg:NextEra ended Wednesday...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot How Robots, Some Autonomous, Are Helping Our Response to COVID-19
"To fight a disease that thrives on human contact, robots have increasingly taken the place of vulnerable humans," writes Slashdot reader the_newsbeagle:Sentry robots have performed screenings and pat...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot After Six Years of Development, Amazon Kills Its Game 'Crucible' Within Five Months
"It's the end of a rocky journey..." writes the Verge. After six years of developing the free first-person shooter game Crucible, Amazon launched the game in May, yanked it into closed beta in July, a...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot Redditor Alleges His New Tesla's Roof 'Fell Off On The Highway'
The source for this story is a post on Reddit, which Jalopnik argues "was corroborated with this remarkable video of Tesla's new Instant, Unplanned Convertible feature."I know we've covered Tesla's ch...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot New Python 3.9 'Brings Significant Changes' To Language Features
This week's release of Python 3.9 "brings forward significant changes to both the features of the language and to how the language is developed," writes InfoWorld — starting with a new yearly re...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot Study of 11,000 Kids Links Cannabis Use During Pregnancy To Child Behavioral Change
Slashdot reader omfglearntoplay shared this article from Science Alert:A cross-sectional analysis of 11,489 children, 655 of whom were exposed to THC in the womb, has found cannabis use during pregnan...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot America's FBI Warns of Security Risks in Using Hotel Wi-Fi
"Most users don't seem to realize the severity of the risks they're subjecting themselves to while using hotel Wi-Fi networks," writes Windows Report, noting that America's FBI "issued a Public Servic...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot Fake Campaign Mail Masquerades as Bernie Sanders Endorsement for Uber/Lyft Ballot Measure
California's elections include grass roots propositions that change the law directly while bypassing legislators. Uber, Lyft, and Uber-owned Postmates (as well as DoorDash and Instacart) have spent $1...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot Report: Google Plans to Relinquish Control of Open-Source Project Knative
"Google LLC is reportedly planning to relinquish direct control over its open-source Knative project to a five-seat steering committee that will have rules to prevent any single organization from havi...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot What Happens When Researchers Give Thousands of Dollars to Homeless People?
CNN reports on "The New Leaf Project," an initiative in which the University of British Columbia partnered with a Vancouver-based charity called Foundations for Social Change:Researchers gave 50 recen...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries Or Electronics Required
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: When technologists talk about the "Internet of Things" (IoT), they often gloss over the fact that all these interconnected things need batteries...
10:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot Some Onions Were Too Sexy For Facebook
An error in Facebook's automated system rejected a user's picture of onions for being "overtly sexual." The BBC reports: The Seed Company by EW Gaze, in St John's, Newfoundland, had wanted to post a s...
07:00 am - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot The World's First Carbon Dioxide Removal Law Database
Today, researchers at Columbia University launched the world's first database of carbon dioxide removal laws, providing an annotated bibliography of legal materials related to carbon dioxide removal a...
03:30 am - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot Renewable Player NextEra Overtakes ExxonMobil In Market Value
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechXplore: After decades of embracing fossil fuels, Wall Street appears to be shifting its allegiance to renewable energy, a sharp turn apparent in the contra...
01:26 am - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot London Installed AI Cameras To Monitor Social Distancing, Lockdown Restrictions
schwit1 shares a report from The Evening Standard: Artificial Intelligence cameras are being used in London and other cities in the UK to monitor social distancing. The sensors were initially develope...
01:02 am - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot AMD In Advanced Talks To Buy Xilinx
According to The Wall Street Journal, AMD is in advanced talks to buy rival chip maker Xilinx Inc. for more than $30 billion. Slashdot reader Jerrry writes: "Looks like further consolidation in the ch...
12:45 am - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot AT&T Plans Thousands of Layoffs At HBO, Warner Bros., Rest of WarnerMedia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T is planning thousands of layoffs at HBO, Warner Bros., and other parts of WarnerMedia as part of a plan to cut costs by up to 20 percent...
12:02 am - Sat, October 10, 2020
Slashdot New England Journal of Medicine Resoundingly Endorses Biden
BishopBerkeley writes: In another first, the editors of the The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) endorse Joe Biden by stating that the current government needs to be fired. Although they don't m...
11:20 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Starlink Aids Native American Tribe: 'It Catapulted Us Into the 21st Century'
Just a week after news broke that SpaceX was gifting Starlink internet service to Washington State's Emergency Management department, the state has revealed SpaceX's satellites are also benefitting th...
10:40 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot New Chinese Browser Offers a Glimpse Beyond the Great Firewall -- With Caveats
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: China now has a tool that lets users access YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, and other internet services that have otherwise long bee...
10:03 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Chrome Changes How Its Cache System Works To Improve Privacy
Google has changed how a core component of the Chrome browser works in order to add additional privacy protections for its users. From a report: Known as the HTTP Cache or the Shared Cache, this Chrom...
09:40 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Sixty Coinbase Employees Take Buyout Offer Over 'No Politics' Rule
Sixty Coinbase employees have accepted a buyout offer after CEO Brian Armstrong announced a controversial new policy curbing political activism inside the company. Armstrong disclosed the figure in a ...
09:24 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Computers Aboard Airliners Vulnerable to Hacking, Watchdog Says
Airliners carry a variety of computer systems that could become vulnerable to hackers and U.S. regulators haven't imposed adequate counter measures, a government watchdog report concluded. From a repo...
08:45 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Google and Apple's Contact-Tracing API Doesn't Work on Public Transport, Study Finds
Covid-19 contact-tracing apps that rely on an API developed by Apple and Google and bluetooth technology cannot accurately measure the distance between users on public transport, a recently released s...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Robinhood Users Say Accounts Were Looted, No One to Call
An anonymous reader shares a report: It took Soraya Bagheri a day to learn that 450 shares of Moderna had been liquidated in her Robinhood account and that $10,000 in withdrawals were pending. But aft...
07:24 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot 'Revolutionary' Video-Streaming Service Quibi is Up For Sale Six Months After Launch; Apple, WarnerMedia, and Facebook Have Turned Down the Offer
The Information: Six months after launching his revolutionary video-streaming service, Quibi, Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking for a buyer. So far, he is coming up short [paywalled; alter...
06:47 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft is Letting Some Employees Work From Home Permanently
Microsoft is allowing some of its employees to work from home permanently. From a report: While the vast majority of Microsoft employees are still working from home during the ongoing pandemic, the so...
06:05 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Yelp Says It Will Mark Pages of Businesses Accused of Racist Conduct
AmiMoJo writes: Yelp, the local search and review site, said it would post alerts on the pages of businesses where customers or employees have reported incidents of racism, the latest attempt by a U.S...
05:25 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Will Turn Off Some Features To Fight Election Misinformation
Twitter, risking the ire of its best-known user, President Trump, said on Friday that it would turn off several of its routine features in an attempt to control the spread of misinformation in the fin...
04:45 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot 240 Android Apps Caught Showing Out-of-Context Ads
Google has removed this summer more than 240 Android apps from the official Play Store for showing out-of-context ads and breaking a newly introduced Google policy against this type of intrusive adver...
04:04 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Google Wants YouTube To Become a Shopping Destination
Every toy, gadget and good you see on YouTube could soon be for sale online -- not on Amazon, but right on YouTube itself. From a report The world's largest video site recently started asking creators...
03:34 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot A San Francisco 'Co-Living' Startup Suddenly Shut Down, Leaving Tenants In Limbo
San Francisco-based "co-living platform" HubHaus has collapsed, saying it has no funds, leaving people using its platform to rent rooms in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, in limbo. From ...
02:43 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Pakistan Bans TikTok
Pakistan has banned popular short video app TikTok in the nation, citing circulation of videos that it deemed "immoral and indecent." From a report: The move comes months after the South Asian country...
02:15 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Faith in Government Declines When Mobile Internet Arrives
An anonymous reader shares a report: The early days of the internet were full of predictions about access to information unleashing a wave of democratisation. More recently, views on the internet's im...
02:09 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Faith in Government Declines When Mobile Internet Arrives
An anonymous reader shares a report: The early days of the internet were full of predictions about access to information unleashing a wave of democratisation. More recently, views on the internet's im...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Apple Pays $288,000 To White-Hat Hackers Who Had Run of Company's Network
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For months, Apple's corporate network was at risk of hacks that could have stolen sensitive data from potentially millions of its customers and e...
10:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Is Now the 'Adult In the Room' Among Big Tech, Says Seattle Congresswoman
As Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google are being targeted by the House Judiciary Committee for abusing American antitrust law, one major company has managed to escape the glare: Microsoft. That's becau...
07:00 am - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Comcast Working Toward 10Gbps To Your Home Using Cable
Comcast has achieved a 10Gbps "technical milestone" that can deliver gigabit-plus download and upload speeds over existing cable wires, not fiber. ZDNet reports: Comcast has achieved a 10Gbps technica...
03:30 am - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot EU Parliament Votes For 60% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cut By 2030
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: EU capitals have been put under pressure to agree to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030 compared with 1990, after the European parl...
01:25 am - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Co-Founder Aims To Build World's Top Battery Recycler
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Tesla co-founder J.B. Straubel wants to build his startup Redwood Materials into the world's top battery recycling company and one of the largest batt...
12:45 am - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Judge Orders Twitter To Unmask FBI Impersonator Who Set Off Seth Rich Conspiracy
AmiMoJo shares a report from NPR: A federal judge in California has ordered that Twitter reveal the identity of an anonymous user who allegedly fabricated an FBI document to spread a conspiracy theory...
12:02 am - Fri, October 9, 2020
Slashdot Ransom Gangs Increasingly Outsource Their Work
Brian Krebs writes via KrebsOnSecurity.com: There's an old adage in information security: "Every company gets penetration tested, whether or not they pay someone for the pleasure." Many organizations ...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot US Appeals Injunction Against TikTok Ban
The federal government on Thursday appealed a judge's ruling that prevented the Trump administration from imposing a ban on TikTok, the viral video app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. The New ...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot IBM To Split Into Two Companies By End of 2021
IBM announced this morning that the company would be spinning off some of its lower-margin lines of business into a new company and focusing on higher-margin cloud services. Ars Technica reports: Duri...
10:02 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Mercedes-Benz Teases 'Highest-Efficiency Electric Car In the World' With Over 750 Miles of Range
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Mercedes-Benz teases a new super-efficient electric car concept, the Vision EQXX, with more than 750 miles of range on a single charge. At Daimler's ...
09:25 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Computer Scientists Break Traveling Salesperson Record
After 44 years, there's finally a better way to find approximate solutions to the notoriously difficult traveling salesperson problem. From a report: When Nathan Klein started graduate school two year...
08:45 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot GameStop Forms Strategic Accord With Microsoft
GameStop jumped as much as 27% after a strategic partnership with Microsoft gave investors fresh optimism that the video-game retailer can turn around its business. From a report: Under a multiyear ag...
08:23 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Apple Extends Free Apple TV Trials For Three Months
Apple told CNBC that it will extend some Apple TV+ subscriptions on a free one-year trial for three additional months. From the report: When Apple TV+ launched last fall, Apple bundled a free one-year...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot A NASA Mission Is About To Capture Carbon-Rich Dust From a Former Water World
sciencehabit writes: OSIRIS-REx is ready to get the goods. On 20 October, after several years of patient study of its enigmatic target, NASA's $800 million spacecraft will finally stretch out its robo...
07:25 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Apple Made ProtonMail Add In-App Purchases, Even Though it Had Been Free For Years
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Tuesday, Congress revealed whether it thinks Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are sitting on monopolies. In some cases, the answer was yes. But also, one app...
06:45 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Edge Gets Free 24-Hour Video Calls, Screenshot Tool, and Shopping Features
Microsoft today announced a slew of new features coming to its Chromium Edge browser. From a report: There are PDF improvements, a built-in screenshot tool, support for more themes, and new shopping f...
06:01 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Google is Giving Data To Police Based on Search Keywords, Court Docs Show
There are few things as revealing as a person's search history, and police typically need a warrant on a known suspect to demand that sensitive information. But a recently unsealed court document foun...
05:33 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Waymo Starts To Open Driverless Ride-Hailing Service To the Public
Waymo, the Google self-driving-project-turned-Alphabet unit, is beginning to open up its driverless ride-hailing service to the public. From a report: The company said that starting today members of i...
04:46 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot AMD Ryzen 5000 and Zen 3 on Nov 5th: 19% IPC, Claims Best Gaming CPU
Dr. Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, has today announced the company's next generation mainstream Ryzen processor. From a report: The new family, known as the Ryzen 5000 series, includes four parts and suppor...
04:10 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Just Forced Its Most Powerful Critics Offline
Facebook is using its vast legal muscle to silence one of its most prominent critics. The Real Facebook Oversight Board, a group established last month in response to the tech giant's failure to get i...
03:25 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft App Store Playbook Swipes at Apple, Google
In a not-so-subtle dig at Apple and Google, Microsoft today announced a series of "principles" for its Windows 10 App Store -- including letting users choose their own payment system for in-app purcha...
02:52 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Intel's 11th-gen Rocket Lake Desktop CPUs Will Debut in Q1 2021
Intel's 10th Gen Comet Lake S desktop CPUs debuted earlier this year, with the Core i9-10900K in particular offering sizeable gains in gaming performance from the previous generation. The mid-range Co...
02:08 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Louise Gluck Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded on Thursday to Louise Gluck, one of America's most celebrated poets, "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence un...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot France Passes New Law To Protect Child Influencers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: France has introduced a new law to protect young social media stars. The legislation aims to regulate the hours under-16s can work online and what hap...
10:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Indicted By Texas Grand Jury Over 'Lewd' Depiction of Children In 'Cuties'
A Texas grand jury indicted Netflix for the "lewd" representation of children in the controversial French film "Cuties." The Hill reports: The Sept. 23 indictment shows the Tyler County Grand Jury cha...
07:00 am - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot AI Restoration Makes Apollo Moon Landing Footage Look Like It Was Shot In HD
shirappu writes: AI technology is getting better and better at improving old video footage by adding new frames to improve smoothness and adding color to black and white footage (a great explainer for...
03:30 am - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot AT&T Offloading DirecTV Could Be a 'Fire Sale' As Company Weighs Low Bids
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T is reportedly moving ahead with its plan to sell DirecTV despite receiving bids that value the satellite division at less than one-third...
02:02 am - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot 'World's Fastest Electrodes' Triple the Density of Lithium Batteries
French company Nawa technologies says it's already in production on a new electrode design that can radically boost the performance of existing and future battery chemistries, delivering up to 3x the ...
01:25 am - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Electric Shocks To the Tongue Can Quiet Chronic Ringing Ears
Scientists have shown shocking the tongue -- combined with a carefully designed sound program -- can reduce symptoms of tinnitus, not just while patients are being treated, but up to 1 year later. Sci...
12:45 am - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot Qualcomm To Launch Its Own Premium Snapdragon Branded Phones
According to Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, Qualcomm is planning to launch new premium smartphones under its own brand name. It's reportedly partnering with ASUS to manufacture and distribute the de...
12:02 am - Thu, October 8, 2020
Slashdot US Explores Curbs On Ant Group, Tencent Payment Systems
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The Trump administration is exploring restrictions on billionaire Jack Ma's Ant Group as well as Tencent Holdings Ltd. over concerns that their digi...
11:20 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Meet the XB-1: A Prototype For a Modern Supersonic Passenger Jet
On Wednesday, Boom Supersonic unveiled the XB-1, a prototype aircraft for the company's planned commercial supersonic airplane. Ars Technica reports: The rollout marks the handoff from the design, dev...
10:40 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot PS5 Teardown Video Confirms Faster Wi-Fi and USB Ports Than Xbox Series X
Sony's recently-released PS5 teardown video gives us a closer look at the PS5, and confirms that the speed of the console's Wi-Fi antenna and USB ports are faster than those available in the Xbox Seri...
10:02 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Widens Ban On Political Ads As Alarm Rises Over Election
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: On Wednesday, Facebook said it would take more preventive measures to keep political candidates from using it to manipulate the election's ...
09:25 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Google Accounts Get Security Boost With New Critical Alerts System
Google on Wednesday unveiled a pair of online products designed to better protect the security and privacy of Google users' information. From a report: The company said it will soon introduce a redesi...
08:45 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot An Earlier Universe Existed Before the Big Bang, and Can Still Be Observed today, Says Nobel Winner
An earlier universe existed before the Big Bang and can still be observed today, Sir Roger Penrose has said, as he received the Nobel Prize for Physics. From a report: Sir Roger, 89, who won the honou...
08:06 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Someone Bought a T. Rex Skeleton for a Record-Breaking $31.8 Million
The remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex that lived some 67 million years ago have been sold at auction for $31.8 million, a world record for a fossilized dinosaur. From a report: The near-complete T. rex s...
07:25 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Five Bar and Cafe Owners Arrested in France For Running No-Log WiFi Networks
In one of the weirdest arrests of the year, at least five bar and cafe managers from the French city of Grenoble were taken into custody last week for running open WiFi networks at their establishment...
06:45 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Britain Is Getting Ready for Its Space Race
Spurred by Brexit, London is backing companies that will build satellites and haul them into orbit. From a report: Cornwall, in England's far southwest, is known for antique fishing villages and snug,...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot 'I'm a Software Engineer at Uber and I'm Voting Against Prop 22'
Kurt Nelson, a software engineer at Uber, writes an op-ed at TechCrunch: I've been a software engineer at Uber for two years, and I've also been a ride-hail driver. I regularly drove for Lyft in colle...
05:25 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Google Gets Mixed Reception in High Court Clash With Oracle
Alphabet's Google got a mixed reception at the U.S. Supreme Court as it sought to overturn a ruling that could force the company to pay billions of dollars for improperly using Oracle's copyrighted co...
04:45 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot EU Lawmakers Ask Jeff Bezos Whether Amazon Spies on Politicians
A cross-party group of MEPs has written to Amazon's chief executive, Jeff Bezos, demanding information on the online retailer's monitoring of trade union activists and politicians in response to delet...
04:07 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Slack Goes After Email With 'Connect DM' -- Opening Up Chats With Folks Outside Your Company
An anonymous reader shares a report: Slack is useful to connect with your teammates and avoid sending them emails for things that can be discussed quickly through a chat. However, to talk to a person ...
03:25 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot The First DDR5 RAM Modules Promise Faster, More Efficient PCs
Korean chip manufacturer SK Hynix has unveiled the world's first 64GB DDR5 RAM modules, marking a big step away from DDR4 DIMMs that have dominated PC memory since 2013. From a report: The DDR5-4800 c...
02:41 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot House Democrats Tackle Big Tech 'Monopolies'
The House Judiciary Committee says Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are monopolies -- but its new plan to rein in their power won't change anything overnight. Instead, Democratic lawmakers propose t...
02:01 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Win Historic Nobel Chemistry Prize for 'Genetic Scissors'
Two scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the tools to edit DNA. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the first two women to share the prize, which ho...
01:13 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Win Historic Nobel Chemistry Prize for 'Genetic Scissors'
Two scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the tools to edit DNA. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the first two women to share the prize, which ho...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration Announces Overhaul of H-1B Visa Program
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Mercury News: The administration of President Donald Trump on Tuesday moved to impose major new limits on use of the controversial H-1B visa, intended for ...
10:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Bans QAnon Across Its Platforms
AmiMoJo shares a report from NBC News: Facebook said Tuesday that it is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms, a significant escalation over its previous actions and one of the broadest rules ...
07:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To 3 Scientists For Work On Black Holes
Raisey-raison writes from a report via The New York Times: The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three astrophysicists for their work on black holes, regions of spacetime where gravity is so stron...
03:30 am - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Dogs' Brains 'Not Hardwired' To Respond To Human Faces
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: For despite having evolved facial expressions that tug on the heartstrings of owners, researchers have found that unlike humans, dogs do not have...
01:00 am - Wed, October 7, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Brings Eero Mesh Wi-Fi To ISPs
Amazon's Eero mesh networking company is introducing Eero for Service Providers. "This is an all-new hardware and software offering designed to help internet service providers (ISPs) meet customers' i...
11:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Revenue Chief Says Ad-Supported Model Is 'Under Assault' Amid Apple Privacy Changes
Facebook Chief Revenue Officer David Fischer said Tuesday that the economic models that rely on personalized advertising are "under assault" as Apple readies changes that would limit the ability of Fa...
10:20 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Cisco Ordered To Cough Up $2 Billion Plus Royalties After Ripping Off Biz's Cybersecurity Patents
Cisco has been hit with a massive $1.9 billion patent-infringement bill for copying cybersecurity tech from Centripetal Networks and pushing the company out of lucrative government contracts. The Regi...
09:40 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot The IRS Is Being Investigated For Using Location Data Without a Warrant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The body tasked with oversight of the IRS announced in a letter that it will investigate the agency's use of location data harvested from ordinary...
09:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Slashback: How Eddie Van Halen Hacks a Guitar
In honor of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who tragically passed away today from throat cancer at the age of 65, we wanted to resurface an article Eddie wrote in 2015 for Popular Mechanics. Whil...
08:20 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Cellmate: Male Chastity Gadget Hack Could Lock Users In
A security flaw in a hi-tech chastity belt for men made it possible for hackers to remotely lock all the devices in use simultaneously. The BBC reports: Qiui's Cellmate Chastity Cage is sold online fo...
07:41 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot A Literal Child and His Mom Sue Nintendo Over 'Joy-Con Drift'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: A boy and his mother today filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo for not doing enough to fix a hardware problem common among Nintendo Switch con...
06:46 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Apologises For Mocking Long Videos
YouTube has apologised and deleted a tweet from its official Twitter account in which it mocked content creators for making videos that were too long. From a report: Under its own rules, adverts can b...
06:04 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Xbox's Phil Spencer Isn't Sure 8K Will Ever Be Standard in Video Games
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that he isn't sure if 8K resolution will ever be standard for video games, calling it "aspirational technology." From a report: Talking to Wired, Spencer said," I think...
05:25 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Chrome 86 Brings Password Protections For Android and iOS, VP9 For MacOS Big Sur
An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched Chrome 86 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Chrome 86 brings password protections for Android and iOS, VP9 for macOS Big Sur, autoupgrades fo...
04:45 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot New iPhones Launching on October 13
Apple just sent out invites for its upcoming hardware event, all but confirming the arrival of the next iPhone. From a report: The event is scheduled nearly a month to the day after the its last big e...
04:16 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Says Iranian Hackers Are Exploiting the Zerologon Vulnerability
Microsoft said on Monday that Iranian state-sponsored hackers are currently exploiting the Zerologon vulnerability in real-world hacking campaigns. From a report: Successful attacks would allow hacker...
03:25 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Removes Trump Post Falsely Saying Flu is More Lethal Than Covid
Facebook on Tuesday removed a post from President Trump in which he falsely claimed that Covid-19 is less deadly than the seasonal flu. From a report: Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone confirmed the co...
02:43 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot G Suite is Now Google Workspace Because 'Work is No Longer a Physical Place'
Google today announced that G Suite is being rebranded as Google Workspace. In another nod to the Google brand, four-color icons are coming to the Workspace productivity apps: Gmail, Calendar, Drive, ...
02:01 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Europe's Top Court Confirms No Mass Surveillance Without Limits
Europe's top court has delivered another slap-down to indiscriminate government mass surveillance regimes. From a report: In a ruling today the CJEU has made it clear that national security concerns d...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Safety Panel Has 'Great Concern' About NASA Plans To Test Moon Mission Software
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An independent panel that assesses the safety of NASA activities has raised serious questions about the space agency's plan to test flight softwa...
10:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia CEO Anticipates Supply Shortages For the RTX 3080 and 3090 To Last Until 2021
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced today that the company expects shortages for the Nvidia RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards will continue to for the remainder of the year. The Verge reports: During a Q...
07:00 am - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Venice Holds Back the Water For First Time In 1,200 Years
On Saturday, Venice successfully trialed its long-awaited flood barriers during the first acqua alta of the season. CNN reports: A previous trial in July, overseen by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe C...
03:30 am - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Study Shows Renewables Are Kicking Natural Gas To the Curb
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CleanTechnica: After analyzing the most recent data from two of America's largest electricity markets -- ERCOT in Texas and PJM in the Northeast -- the Rocky M...
02:02 am - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot All Regal and Cineworld Movie Theaters To Close Until Further Notice
Regal Cinemas, a subsidiary of Cineworld Group, said it will shut down all 536 locations on Thursday until further notice. The closure reflects "an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape" due t...
01:25 am - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia Pledges To Built Britain's Largest Supercomputer Following $40 Billion Bid For Arm
U.S. chipmaker Nvidia pledged Monday to build a $52 million supercomputer in Cambridge, England, weeks after announcing it intends to buy British rival Arm for $40 billion. CNBC reports: The supercomp...
12:45 am - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia Unveils Jetson Nano 2GB, a Single Board Computer
Nvidia has debuted the Jetson Nano 2GB, a new developer kit for students and hobbyists with an interest in robotics. ZDNet reports: The Jetson Nano 2GB is geared towards robotics enthusiasts, students...
12:02 am - Tue, October 6, 2020
Slashdot Exxon's Plan For Surging Carbon Emissions Revealed In Leaked Documents
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Exxon Mobil has been planning to increase annual carbon-dioxide emissions by as much as the output of the entire nation of Greece, an analysis of in...
11:20 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot SEC Sues John McAfee Over Promoting Cryptocurrency On Twitter
Aighearach shares a report from Reuters: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday sued John McAfee, creator of the eponymous anti-virus software, alleging that he made over $23.1 mi...
11:00 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Spotify Now Lets You Search For Songs By Lyrics
Spotify has rolled out a useful new feature today for iOS and Android that allows users to search for songs by its lyrics. 9to5Mac reports: When you're not sure the name of a song/artist, music recogn...
10:40 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Hacker Reveals What Driver-Facing Camera Is Looking For
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: A Tesla hacker has revealed what Tesla's driver-facing camera in Model 3 and Model Y is looking for -- hinting at driver monitoring feature. When Tes...
10:01 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune' Delayed To October 1, 2021
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have delayed the release of "Dune," the sci-fi epic from director Denis Villeneuve. It will no longer premiere Dec. 18 and is now slated to debut in theaters Oct. 1...
09:25 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot More Than 14m Tonnes of Plastic Believed To Be at the Bottom of the Ocean
At least 14m tonnes of plastic pieces less than 5mm wide are likely sitting at the bottom of the world's oceans, according to an estimate based on new research. From a report: Analysis of ocean sedime...
08:41 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia Says Its AI Can Fix Some of the Biggest Problems in Video Calls
Nvidia has announced a new videoconferencing platform for developers named Nvidia Maxine that it claims can fix some of the most common problems in video calls. From a report: Maxine will process call...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot MS Excel Data Files Exceeding the Maximum Size Resulted in Nearly 16,000 Covid-19 Cases Go Unreported in England
rastos1 shares a report: The health secretary has said a technical glitch that saw nearly 16,000 Covid-19 cases go unreported in England "should never have happened." The error meant that although tho...
07:25 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded To Scientists Who Discovered Hepatitis C Virus
Raisey-raison writes: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Dr. Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice on Monday for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, a...
06:50 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot CDC Revises Coronavirus Guidance To Acknowledge That It Spreads Through Airborne Transmission
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its coronavirus guidance Monday, acknowledging that it can sometimes spread through airborne particles that can "linger in the air for minutes to...
06:16 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Many Top AI Researchers Get Financial Backing From Big Tech
A study finds that 58 percent of faculty at four prominent universities have received grants, fellowships, or other financial support from 14 tech firms. From a report: A paper published in July by re...
05:24 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Former Chinese Diplomat Worked on TikTok Content Policy
A former Chinese government official decided what content should be allowed on TikTok, the Financial Times reported, citing two people close to the short-video app company. From a report: Cai Zheng ra...
04:40 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple TV Now Plays YouTube Videos in 4K -- With Limits
As promised, the Apple TV is finally starting to play YouTube videos in 4K -- with caveats. From a report: Users on Reddit and elsewhere are starting to see YouTube 4K support enabled on the media hub...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Bing is Now Microsoft Bing as the Search Engine Gets a Rebrand
Microsoft is rebranding its Bing search engine to Microsoft Bing today as part of a rebranding effort. From a report: While the vast majority of people are likely to still just call it Bing, Microsoft...
03:25 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Djokovic Wants Line Judges Replaced by Technology
Novak Djokovic's relationship with line officials has been difficult of late and the Serbian risked their wrath again late last week when he suggested they were unnecessary. From a report: The 33-year...
02:48 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Trump Cracks Down on Visas. Indian Firms May Benefit.
As the president clashes with the courts, some companies and investors say tougher limits on temporary work visas will help push jobs overseas. From a report: When President Trump suspended a raft of ...
02:08 pm - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Google Delays Mandating Play Store Payments Rule in India To April 2022
Google is postponing the enforcement of its new Play Store billing rule in India to April 2022, days after more than 150 startups in the world's second largest internet market forged an informal coali...
11:34 am - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot AT&T Finally Stops Selling DSL
"One of America's largest internet providers is uploading its oldest broadband technology into the sunset," reports USA Today, complaining that AT&T will be leaving some future customers without a...
07:44 am - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Users Earned $500,000 Pushing Scam Apps - Until a 12-Year-Old Reported Them
An anonymous reader quotes CPO magazine:An Avast report found that several popular TikTok profiles profited by pushing scam apps to underage children. At least three TikTok accounts with over 350,000 ...
04:24 am - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Finally Measured Radiation Levels On the Moon. They're High.
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: Scientists were able to, for the first time, measure radiation levels on the lunar surface, reports UPI, and nine days ago they published their results: that the rad...
02:01 am - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Leak Shows Its Preparations to Fight a Government-Ordered Breakup
Engadget reports:Facebook is under intense regulatory pressure, and it appears to be bracing itself for the worst. The Wall Street Journal says it has obtained a document outlining Facebook's defense ...
12:14 am - Mon, October 5, 2020
Slashdot 'Google and Facebook's Ad Business Might Not Survive Amazon'
"There's a relatively new, rapidly growing player in the online advertising world," warns Medium's new consumer technology site Debugger — taking a close look at the "Sponsored Products" listed ...
10:57 pm - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot Tech's New Gig Worker Underclass: Customer Service Reps Who Have to Pay to Talk to You
The Pulitzer prize-winning news nonprofit Propublica looks at Arise Virtual Solutions, part of the secretive world of work-at-home customer service companies that help large corporations shed costs at...
09:44 pm - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot The Free Software Foundation Wants You To Celebrate Its 35th Anniversary
"Today, on October 4th, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) celebrates its thirty-fifth year of fighting for software freedom," announces a blog post at FSF.org:Our work will not be finished until ever...
08:34 pm - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Hashtag For Far-Right Group Taken Over By Gay Men
"The Proud Boys hashtag, which members of the far-right group have been using, was trending Sunday," reports CNN, "after gay men on Twitter hijacked it and flooded the feed with photos of their loved ...
07:34 pm - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot Is Streaming Music Worse For the Environment?
"The environmental cost of music is now greater than at any time during recorded music's previous eras," argues Kyle Devine, in his recent book, "Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music." The New Y...
06:34 pm - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot Battery Drain Problems After iPhone Upgrade? Apple Suggests Complete Data Wipe
Apple has confirmed several problems including "increased battery drain" for some users who upgraded their iPhone to iOS 14. But ZDNet warns Apple's proposed solution "sounds pretty drastic." Forbes r...
05:34 pm - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot Some Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Resort To Pen and Paper After Ransomware Hits Software
A software company supporting hundreds of clinical trials — including coronavirus vaccine trials — has been hit by a ransomware attack that "has slowed some of those trials over the past t...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot 100,000 Apple Devices Repaired, Resold: Apple Sues Canadian Recycling Firm
Slashdot reader spth writes:At a Canadian recycling firm hired by Apple to scrap about 600,000 Apple devices, 100,000 of them were actually resold to other companies that made working devices from the...
03:04 pm - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot 51% of Developers Say They're Managing 100 Times More Code Than a Decade Ago
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Sourcegraph, a company specializing in universal code search, polled more than 500 North American software developers to identify issues in code complexity and ...
02:04 pm - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Patches ChromeOS Update Bug That Caused 100% CPU Usage
"Hello Chrome OS Community," posted one of Google's community managers Wednesday. "Thank you for raising this issue, and for your patience as we work to resolve this. Our team has identified the issue...
11:34 am - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot After 'No Time To Die' Postponement, Hundreds of US and UK Movie Theatres Postpone Reopening
An anonymous reader quotes the Hollywood Reporter:Following the delay of more Hollywood tentpoles — including James Bond film No Time to Die — mega-movie theater chain Cineworld is plannin...
07:34 am - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot ZDNet Argues Linux-Based Windows 'Makes Perfect Sense'
Last week open-source advocate Eric S. Raymond argued Microsoft was quietly switching over to a Linux kernel that emulates Windows."He's on to something," says ZDNet's contributing editor Steven J. Va...
04:34 am - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot Hydroxychloroquine Advocate Angry Donald Trump Took 'Experimental Antibody Stupidness'
"A doctor notorious for claiming hydroxychloroquine is a 'cure' for COVID-19 has denounced White House doctors for not giving President Donald Trump the drug to treat his infection..." reports Newswee...
02:34 am - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Is Building a Special Android Security Team to Hunt Bugs in Sensitive Apps
"Google is hiring to create a special Android security team that will be tasked with finding vulnerabilities in highly sensitive apps on the Google Play Store," reports ZDNet:"As a Security Engineerin...
12:15 am - Sun, October 4, 2020
Slashdot Could Our Entire Reality Be Part of a Simulation Created by Some Other Beings?
Sam Baron, associate professor at Australian Catholic University, focuses on the connection between key topics in the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of time concerning temporal ontology....
10:45 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Harvard Professor Challenges 'The Meritocratic Hubris of Elites'
"Universities have been conscripted as the arbiters of opportunity, as the dispensers of the credentials, as the sorting machine," warns a Harvard political philosopher, in a new interview in the Chro...
09:45 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Will New Object Storage Protocol Mean the End For POSIX?
"POSIX has been the standard file system interface for Unix-based systems (which includes Linux) since its launch more than 30 years ago," writes Enterprise Storage Forum, noting the POSIX-compliant L...
08:43 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Office 365 Experienced Two Major Outages Within 3 Days
On Monday long-time Slashdot reader TorinEdge wrote that Microsoft "appears to have botched an internal Office365 cloud services rollout today, with outages confirmed up and down the West Coast of Nor...
08:14 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Hydrogen-Powered Train Makes Its First Trip in the UK
"Trials of a hydrogen-powered train are underway in the U.K.," reports CNBC:The HydroFLEX train — which has been developed by a team from the University of Birmingham and Porterbrook, a rolling ...
07:44 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot 'Green Hydrogen' From Renewables Could Become the Cheapest 'Transformative Fuel'
The Guardian reports:"Green hydrogen" made with wind and solar electricity could become the cheapest form of what the Australian government has described as a "transformative fuel" much faster than ex...
06:48 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot 13 Scientists Troll Scientific Journal With a Bogus Paper about Earth's Black Hole
"They're trolling us... we think. But how the hell did this get published?" asks Popular Mechanics. Slashdot reader worldofsimulacra shares their report:Scientists have uncovered a bizarre, indefensib...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Graphical Linux Apps Are Coming to Windows Subsystem for Linux
ZDNet reports:At the Microsoft Build 2020 virtual developers' conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2.0 would soon support Linux GUIs and applications. That da...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Two Leaders of Videogame Piracy Group Arrested
On Friday America's Department of Justice announced:Two leaders of one of the world's most notorious videogame piracy groups, Team Xecuter, have been arrested and are in custody facing charges filed i...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Are We Headed For 200 Separate Nationally-Controlled Internets?
Roger Cochetti directed internet public policy for IBM from 1994 through 2000 and later served as Senior Vice-President & Chief Policy Officer for VeriSign and Group Policy Director for CompTIA. T...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Black Hole Photo Makes Einstein's Theory '500 Times Harder to Beat'
"The first image of a black hole, captured in 2019, has revealed more support for Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity," reports CNN, adding that the new finding suggests his theory is now 5...
01:34 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft and NASA Create a Space-Themed Site Teaching Python Programming
"To teach the next generation of computer scientists the basics of Python programming, Microsoft recently announced a partnership with NASA to create a series of lessons based on space exploration eff...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Nikola Issues Copyright Takedowns Against Critics Who Use Rolling-Truck Clip
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nikola has issued copyright-takedown notices targeting critics on YouTube who used clips of the promotional video in which a Nikola prototype tru...
10:00 am - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Is Building 'Birdwatch,' a System To Fight Misinformation By Adding More Context To Tweets
Twitter is developing a new product called "Birdwatch," which the company confirms is an attempt at addressing misinformation across its platform by providing more context for tweets, in the form of n...
07:00 am - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot NASA Tests New $23 Million Titanium Space Toilet
NASA's first new space potty in decades -- a $23 million titanium toilet better suited for women -- is getting a not-so-dry run at the International Space Station before eventually flying to the moon....
03:30 am - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot The Subtle Effects of Blood Circulation Can Be Used To Detect Deepfakes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: This work, done by two researchers at Binghamton University (Umur Aybars Ciftci and Lijun Yin) and one at Intel (Ilke Demir), was published in I...
02:02 am - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot E-Scooters Should Be Legalized, Says UK Transport Committee
E-scooters should be legalized on roads but riding on pavements should be prohibited, the United Kingdom's Transport Committee of MPs said. The BBC reports: Currently, privately-owned e-scooters are b...
01:25 am - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Says You Cannot Tweet That You Hope Trump Dies From COVID-19
Twitter told Motherboard that it will suspend people who openly hope Trump dies from the coronavirus, which he recently tested positive for and, as a result, was moved to Walter Reed hospital "out of ...
12:45 am - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot Google Contractor Alleges Disability Discrimination In Mass Email
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A contractor who works on Google's G Suite for Higher Education/Google For Education team alleged Google discriminated and retaliated against her ...
12:02 am - Sat, October 3, 2020
Slashdot The Apple Watch Heart Monitor Sends Too Many People To the Doctor
The heart monitoring feature on the Apple Watch may lead to unnecessary health care visits, according to a new study published this week. The Verge reports: Only around 10 percent of people who saw a ...
11:23 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Trump Goes To Hospital After Testing Positive For COVID-19
President Donald Trump has been flown to the hospital less than 24 hours after testing positive for COVID-19. The BBC reports: The White House said the decision to transport him to Walter Reed Nationa...
10:50 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot A Security Flaw In Grindr Let Anyone Easily Hijack User Accounts
Grindr, one of the world's largest dating and social networking apps for gay, bi, trans, and queer people, has fixed a security vulnerability that allowed anyone to hijack and take control of any user...
10:10 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot How One Piece of Hardware Took Down a $6 Trillion Stock Market
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg on how a data storage and distribution device brought down Tokyo's $6 trillion stock market: At 7:04 a.m. on an autumn Thursday in Tokyo, the steward...
09:30 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux 20.10 'Groovy Gorilla' Beta Released
An anonymous reader writes: Linux fans, Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy Gorilla" Beta is now available for download. This doesn't just include the "vanilla" GNOME version either, but other variants like Kubuntu ...
08:50 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot New James Bond Film 'No Time to Die' Is Delayed Until 2021
The next big Hollywood movie release, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's James Bond flick "No Time to Die," is being delayed again, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing a person with knowledge of the situation, a res...
08:10 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Rebuts Netflix Documentary 'The Social Dilemma'
Facebook on Friday offered a rebuttal to the hit Netflix documentary-drama, "The Social Dilemma." The movie revealed, perhaps for the first time to some viewers, how social networks use algorithms to ...
07:30 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Huawei's Investments Are 'Predatory Actions' and All Countries Should Ban Them: Pompeo
Investments by China's Huawei are not regular market transactions but rather "predatory actions" and all countries should ban them, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a newspaper interview on...
06:55 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Google Contractors Allege Company Prevents Them From Whistleblowing, Writing Silicon Valley Novels
Google contract employees are alleging the company's confidentiality agreements prevent them from a range of legal rights from whistleblowing to telling their parents how much they make, according to ...
06:08 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot How the Brain Handles the Unknown
Uncertainty can be hard for humans. It drives anxiety, an emotion neuroscientists are trying to understand and psychologists are trying to better treat. From a report: Under the threat of a virus, job...
05:34 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Pixel Miss
Ben Wood and Geoff Blaber, commenting on Google's new Pixel smartphones at research firm CCI Insight: Historically, Google has been one of the leaders in developing and implementing computational phot...
04:45 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Sues Two Chrome Extension Makers For Scraping User Data
Facebook has filed a lawsuit against two companies for creating and distributing malicious browser extensions that scraped user data without authorization from the Facebook and Instagram websites. Fro...
04:06 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Wants To Tackle Its Biased Image Cropping Problem By Giving Users More Control
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last month, a bunch of users tweeted about how Twitter's image cropping algorithm seems to have a bias towards fair-skinned people. When users posted uncropped ima...
03:25 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Two Ex-Apple Rock Stars Have Raised $30M To Build the Next iPhone
In 2017, two of Apple's top design and technology executives decided to leave the company to start their own venture with an ambitious vision: to create the next big computing paradigm. That startup, ...
02:44 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Remasters Streaming Tracks in Effort To Woo Subscribers
Amazon has teamed up with Universal Music and Warner Music to remaster thousands of popular streaming tracks to better-than-CD audio quality [Editor's note: the link may be paywalleddd; alternative so...
02:03 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo's New Mario Kart Makes Your Living Room the Race Track
Nintendo is about to release its biggest product for the holiday season, where it will be up against new-generation consoles from rivals Microsoft and Sony. An early look at the new Mario Kart game fo...
01:30 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Trump Tests Positive For COVID-19
President Trump said on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19. Slashdot reader halbot42 shares a report from The New York Times, adding: "President Trump? Karma calling o...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Conservancy Announces New Strategy For GPL Enforcement
Long-time Slashdot reader Jeremy Allison - Sam shares an announcement from the Software Freedom Conservancy, detailing a new strategy toward improving compliance and the freedom of users of devices th...
10:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Google To Pay Publishers $1 Billion Over Three Years For Their News
Hmmmmmm shares a report from Reuters: Alphabet's Google plans to pay $1 billion to publishers globally for their news over the next three years, its CEO said on Thursday. The move could help it win ov...
07:00 am - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot 550 Million Chinese Traveling In Biggest Holiday Since COVID-19
hackingbear shares a report from CNN: As October 1 arrives, hundreds of millions of people in China are expected to pack highways, trains and planes for the National Day holiday, one of the busiest ti...
06:03 am - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Trump Tests Positive For COVID-19
President Trump said on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19. Slashdot reader halbot42 shares a report from The New York Times, adding: "President Trump? Karma calling o...
03:30 am - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot For the First Time Ever, Scientists Caught Time Crystals Interacting
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: For the first time, scientists have observed an interaction of a rare and baffling form of matter called time crystals. The crystals look at...
02:10 am - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Will Only Stream In 4K To Macs That Have a T2 Security Chip
According to a Netflix support document, an Apple T2 Security chip is required to stream Netflix in 4K HDR on a Mac. "What that hardware requirement means is that only recent Macs have the ability to ...
01:30 am - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Testing Windows 10 Feature That'll Detect If Your SSD Is Failing
Microsoft is testing a new feature for Windows 10 that will alert you if your SSD drive is failing. Microsoft is also testing an update to Your Phone that will allow it to work with multiple devices. ...
12:50 am - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Controversial Data Firm Palantir Fetches Market Value of Nearly $22 Billion In Its Debut On the NYSE
US tech firm Palantir, known for supplying controversial data-sifting software to government agencies, has fetched a market value of nearly $22 billion in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. The...
12:10 am - Fri, October 2, 2020
Slashdot Publishers Worry As Ebooks Fly Off Libraries' Virtual Shelves
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: After the pandemic closed many libraries' physical branches this spring, checkouts of ebooks are up 52 percent from the same period last year, according...
11:30 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Apple Removes Two RSS Feed Readers From China App Store To Please China's Censors
Two RSS reader apps, Reeder and Fiery Feeds, said this week that their iOS apps have been removed in China over content that deemed "illegal" by the local cyber watchdog. TechCrunch reports: Apps get ...
10:50 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Apple Officially Obsoletes Last iPod Nano Model
As expected, Apple has added the seventh-generation iPod nano to its list of Vintage and Obsolete products, officially designating the last iPod in the iconic nano lineup as "vintage." MacRumors repor...
10:10 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Owners of BitMEX, a Leading Bitcoin Exchange, Face Criminal Charges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: American authorities brought criminal charges on Thursday against the owners of one of the world's biggest cryptocurrency trading exchanges...
09:30 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot YouTubers Are Upscaling the Past To 4K. Historians Want Them To Stop
YouTubers are using AI to bring history to life. But historians argue the process is nonsense. From a report: The first time you see Denis Shiryaev's videos, they feel pretty miraculous. You can walk ...
08:50 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Study Sounds Alarm on 5G Fake News, EU Needs To Promote Benefits
European Union leaders need to tackle urgently disinformation on 5G technology, which is central to the bloc's economic recovery from COVID-19 and its plans to catch up with the United States and Chin...
08:10 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot House Antitrust Chair Says Big Tech Abuses Gatekeeper Power
Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook abuse their power as gatekeepers of the internet, said the head of a House antitrust panel who's poised to propose legislative changes to rein in the technology gian...
07:30 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Ransomware Victims That Pay Up Could Incur Steep Fines from Uncle Sam
Krebs on Security: Companies victimized by ransomware and firms that facilitate negotiations with ransomware extortionists could face steep fines from the U.S. federal government if the crooks who pro...
06:50 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot We Learn Faster When We Aren't Told What Choices to Make
Michele Solis, writing for Scientific American: In a perfect world, we would learn from success and failure alike. Both hold instructive lessons and provide needed reality checks that may safeguard ou...
06:11 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Sonos Sues Google For Infringing Five More Wireless Audio Patents
Sonos has filed another patent lawsuit against Google, alleging that the search giant is infringing five wireless audio patents across the entire line of Nest and Chromecast products. From a report: S...
05:33 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot At White House's Urging, Republicans Launch Anti-Tech Blitz Ahead of Election
The Trump administration is pressuring Senate Republicans to ratchet up scrutiny of social media companies it sees as biased against conservatives in the run-up to the November election, Politico repo...
04:45 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Employee Works For Both Google and Facebook From Home
Michael Arrington, who founded TechCrunch and is now a VC, shares an interesting story: A friend of a friend at Google interviewed at Facebook right as the virus hit. Accepted new job in March. Didn't...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Irish Court Says Subway Bread Is Too Sugary to Be Called 'Bread'
According to the Subway Ireland website, the chain's six-inch and footlong subs are available on six different kinds of bread, including nine-grain multi-seed, Italian white bread, Italian herbs and c...
03:26 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Huawei 'Failed To Improve UK Security Standards'
Huawei has failed to adequately tackle security flaws in equipment used in the UK's telecoms networks despite previous complaints, an official report says. From a report: It also flagged that a vulner...
02:45 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils Surface Laptops To Fulfill 'PC For Every Single Person' Vision
Microsoft today unveiled the Surface Laptop Go with a 12.4-inch touchscreen for $549, its cheapest and lightest (2.45lbs) laptop yet. The company also updated the Surface Pro X with SQ2 -- Microsoft's...
02:07 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Indian Startups Explore Alliance and Alternative App Store To Fight Google's 'Monopoly'
Google, which reaches more internet users than any other firm in India and commands 99% of the nation's smartphone market, has stumbled upon an odd challenge in the world's second-largest internet mar...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Ban Ads That Wrongly Claim Election Victory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Facebook will ban ads that wrongly claim victory in the US presidential race. The news comes a week after the company announced it would reject ads ...
10:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Huawei Ready To Reveal Inner Workings To Show No Security Threat
Huawei's Italian President says the company is ready to show that its technology does not pose any security risk to the countries that will include its equipment in the creation of 5G networks. Reuter...
07:00 am - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Google/Gallup: Kids Aren't Drinking CS Kool-Aid, 'Interventions' Needed
theodp writes: Despite the $80+ million Google.org alone spent promoting K-12 CS, a new Google-commissioned Gallup report on students in grades 7-12 shows that "students are generally unconvinced that...
03:30 am - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Greenland's Ice Melting Faster Than At Any Time In Past 12,000 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Greenland's ice is starting to melt faster than at any time in the past 12,000 years, research has shown, which will raise sea levels and could h...
02:02 am - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot IKEA Is Saying Goodbye To Non-Rechargeable Batteries
Ikea will remove all non-rechargeable alkaline batteries from its global home furnishings by October 2021, according to statement from the company emailed Wednesday. CNET reports: Aiming to reduce ene...
01:25 am - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Serious Injuries At Amazon Fulfillment Centers Topped 14,000, Despite the Company's Safety Claims
Even as Amazon spends tens of millions on new robotics and technologies to automate its warehouses, workers are still paying the price with more than 14,000 serious injuries -- requiring days off or j...
12:45 am - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Launches Cross-Platform Messaging On Instagram and Messenger
Facebook is now allowing select users use Instagram to chat with friends on Facebook Messenger and vise-versa. Instagram's direct messages system is also being expanded with features taken from Messen...
12:02 am - Thu, October 1, 2020
Slashdot Mercedes-Benz's Newest Electric City Bus Uses Solid-State Batteries
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Mercedes-Benz just announced that its new eCitaro and eCitaro G city buses will be available with roof-mounted solid-state battery packs, develop...
11:20 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot A New Google Assistant Feature, 'Hold For Me,' Waits On Hold So You Don't Have To
"In previous years, [Google] launched Call Screen to vet your incoming calls, Duplex for restaurant reservations, and just this month, a feature called Verified Calls that will tell you who is calling...
10:40 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Developers Try Again To Upstream Motorola 68000 Series Support In LLVM
Hobbyist developers are trying once again to get a Motorola 68000 back-end merged into the upstream LLVM compiler. Phoronix reports: The Motorola 68000 series processors have been around since the 80'...
10:02 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Seattle Approves Minimum Wage For Uber and Lyft Drivers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a minimum pay standard for Uber and Lyft drivers on Tuesday, the second city in the US to do so. Under the ...
09:25 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot NASA Reveals How Astronauts Will Vote From Space
AmiMoJo writes: Americans exercise their right to vote from all over the world, and for November's election, few ballots will have traveled as far as those cast by NASA astronauts living and working a...
08:44 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Google's Chromecast with Google TV is Its First Real Streaming Contender
An anonymous reader shares a report: For the better part of the last decade, Google's Chromecast dongles were the company's primary homegrown solution for streaming video to your TV. But with the rece...
08:02 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot North Korea Has Tried To Hack 11 Officials of the UN Security Council
A hacker group previously associated with the North Korean regime has been spotted launching spear-phishing attacks to compromise officials part of the United Nations Security Council. From a report: ...
07:25 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Windows XP Leak Confirmed After User Compiles the Leaked Code Into a Working OS
An anonymous reader writes: The Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 source code that was leaked online last week on 4chan has been confirmed to be authentic after a YouTube user compiled the code into ...
06:46 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Google Announces the Pixel 5 for $699
Google has officially taken the wraps off of the $699 Pixel 5, its latest Android flagship. From a report: Compared to last year's Pixel 4, Google is focusing less on dramatic new technology -- like t...
06:06 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot US Intelligence Sources Discussed Poisoning Julian Assange, Court Told
hackingbear shares a report: Plans to poison or kidnap Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy were discussed between sources in US intelligence and a private security firm that spied extensively o...
05:33 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Employers Are Trying 'Quiet Days' To Dial Back the Time Remote Workers Spend on Meetings
Some employers are giving their Zoomed-out workers a break. From a report: From tech startups to sprawling hospitals, businesses say they are trying to dial back time employees spend in remote meeting...
04:46 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Windows on ARM is About To Get Lots of Apps Thanks To New x64 Emulation
Microsoft is officially revealing it's working on x64 app emulation support for Windows on ARM today. From a report: Currently, Windows on ARM devices like the Surface Pro X can only run native 32- an...
04:11 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Coinbase Offers Severance Package to Employees Unsatisfied With 'Apolitical' Mission
An anonymous reader shares a report: Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong sent his employees a letter telling them to get in line with a new company "culture shift," offering those unwilling to do so a "gener...
03:25 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot China Preparing an Antitrust Investigation Into Google
China is preparing to launch an antitrust probe into Google, looking into allegations it has leveraged the dominance of its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition, Reuters reported Wedn...
02:48 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Big Tech Faces Ban From Favoring Own Services Under EU Rules
Big tech firms could be banned from preferencing their own services in search rankings or exclusively pre-installing their own applications on devices, under new regulations planned by the European Un...
02:10 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Americans Are Drinking More Alcohol Than in 2019
Americans reported drinking alcohol more frequently and in higher quantities since last year, according to a study published in JAMA. From a report: Excessive alcohol consumption may cause or worsen m...
01:00 pm - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Dual-Flush Toilets 'Wasting More Water Than They Save'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Toilets specially designed to save water are wasting more than they conserve, the UK's largest water firm has warned. Campaigners have warned for...
10:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot 'I Monitor My Staff With Software That Takes Screenshots'
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: Shibu Philip admits he knows what it's like to "maybe waste a bit of time at work." Shibu is the founder of Transcend -- a small London-based firm that buys beaut...
07:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Great North Air Ambulance Trials Paramedic Jet Suit
A jet suit for paramedics which would see patients reached in minutes by a "flying" medic has been tested by the Great North Air Ambulance Service. The BBC reports: After a year of talks between GNAAS...
03:30 am - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Tesco, One of the World's Largest Supermarket Operators, Sets 300% Sales Target For Plant-Based Alternatives To Meat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Tesco is to become the first UK retailer to set a sales target for plant-based alternatives to meat as it steps up efforts to offer shoppers more...
02:10 am - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Denmark: We Can Slash CO2 By 70% In a Decade And Still Have Welfare
Denmark said on Tuesday that it could reach its 2030 climate target of reducing emissions by 70%, one of the world's most ambitious, without compromising its generous welfare benefits. Reuters reports...
01:30 am - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot The World's First Foldable PC Is Now Available To Order From Lenovo
Last year at its Accelerate 2019 event in Orlando, Lenovo teased "the world's first foldable PC." They didn't unveil the name, price tag, or ship date -- just that it would be part of Lenovo's flagshi...
12:51 am - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Amsterdam and Helsinki Launch Algorithm Registries To Bring Transparency To Public Deployments of AI
Amsterdam and Helsinki this week launched AI registries to detail how each city government uses algorithms to deliver services, some of the first major cities in the world to do so. From a report: An ...
12:10 am - Wed, September 30, 2020
Slashdot Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is 'Very Likely To Work,' Studies Suggest
JoshuaZ writes: Recent research into the Sparc fusion reactor design make it seem likely to work. Unlike some other fusion reactor designs, Sparc uses high-temperature superconductors which are capabl...