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11:01 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot For the First Time Scientists Detect Neutrinos Traced To CNO Cycle Inside the Sun
NBC News calls it "the ghostly signal that reveals the engine of the universe." Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shares their report:In research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scienti...
10:05 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot How Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max Experienced a Near-Crash The Day Before 2018's Fatal Crash
ABC News tells the story of Indonesia-based budget airline Lion Air, which had ordered over 200 Boeing 737 MAX 8s at a cost of $22 billion — and what happened on a flight the day before a fatal ...
08:48 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot Duck! Meteor! Oh, Maybe Don't Bother - This Time...
RockDoctor (Slashdot reader #15,477) is a professional geologist, and asks: Did anyone feel a sudden wind through their hair at about 17:19+00:00 on Monday, particularly in the mid Pacific? No? Good. ...
07:48 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Also Patented Tech to Score Meetings Using Filmed Body Language, Facial Expressions
Remember when Microsoft was criticized for enabling "workplace surveillance" over "productivity scores" in its Microsoft 365 office software which gave managers highly detailed profiles of each indivi...
06:47 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot That Mysterious Silver Monolith In the Utah Desert Has Disappeared
Slashdot reader Iwastheone quotes CNN:A tall, silver, shining metal monolith discovered in the desert in southeastern Utah — which prompted theories of alien placement and drew determined hikers...
05:39 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot Darth Vader Actor From Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy Dies at Age 85
Reuters reports:David Prowse, the English actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films, has died aged 85, his management company said on Sunday... The champion weightlifter-turned-acto...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot What Hunting Bigfoot Taught a Republican Congressman about Misinformation, Political Extremists, and Grift
Republican congressman Denver Riggleman was once a defense contractor for America's National Security Agency. But in 2004, he paid more than $5,000 to join an amateur expedition searching for Bigfoot....
03:34 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot Will Tesla Update Bring Remote Access To Car Cameras?
"Tesla's Sentry Mode is about to bring things to a whole new level by enabling Tesla owners to remotely see what their cars can see through Autopilot cameras," claims Electrek — citing a Twitter...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Calculate Earth is 2,000 Light-years Closer to the Milky Way's Black Hole
"Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2000 light-years closer to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy," reports Phys.org:But don't worry, this doesn't mean that our plan...
12:34 pm - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot Uri Geller Finally Apologizes for Suing Pokemon 20 Years Ago
In January of the year 2000, Pokémon was sued by stage magician Uri Geller for $97 million (over a Pokémon card with a similar name that carried the magician's trademark bent spoon). 20 ...
08:34 am - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot What Happened After Silicon Valley Tried to Make Telecommuting Permanent
California's state air quality mandates require each region to have a feasible plan for a 19% reduction in emissions by 2035. But "after a barrage of criticism from Silicon Valley businesses and Bay A...
04:34 am - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot Conspiracy Theorists Who'd First Popularized QAnon Now Accused of Financial Motives
QAnon "was first championed by a handful of people who worked together to stir discussion of the 'Q' posts, eventually pushing the theory on to bigger platforms and gaining followers — a strateg...
02:34 am - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot After 17 Years OS X Notifier App 'Growl' Retired
Growl is being retired after surviving for 17 years. Its page on GitHub explains:Growl is a notification system for OS X. Growl has been around since 2004, and was originally called Global Notificatio...
12:34 am - Sun, November 29, 2020
Slashdot New Videogame Bug Turns Spider-Man Into a Trash Can
A new bug in the PlayStation game Spider-Man: Miles Morales "turns Miles into various inanimate objects, including bricks, cardboard boxes, and even a trash can," reports GameSpot:Despite Miles' chang...
11:34 pm - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Used To Hack Tesla Model X SUV Key Fob
Pig Hogger (Slashdot reader #10,379) writes:According to this Tom's Hardware story, a Belgian PhD student managed to wrest full control of a Tesla Model X SUV, by way of hijacking the Bluetooth keyfob...
10:24 pm - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot The ESA Starts a New Commercial Sector in Space: Removing Space Debris
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike brings some big news from outer space. European Space Agency announced this week that they're signing "a €86 million ($102 million USD) contract with an indus...
09:19 pm - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot Python's Steering Council Assesses the After-Guido Era
47 of Python's core developers participated in this year's Core Development Sprint, according to this report — "but what's more important is the very real and necessary community building that s...
07:49 pm - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Removes Temporary Algorithm Change That Had Blocked Misinformation
Facebook's employees and executives "are battling over how to reduce misinformation and hate speech without hurting the company's bottom line," reports the New York Times, after employees had spotted ...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot PHP 8.0 Brings Major (And Breaking) Changes to a 25-Year-Old Language
"PHP version 8.0 has arrived, bringing with it a major update to the 25-year-old programming language..." writes Tech Republic. New language features include the nullsafe operator and attributes (comm...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot The Pope Praises Medical Workers, Criticizes 'Personal Freedom' Protests
More Americans travelled Wednesday than on any other day in the last eight months — 1.1 million Americans — continuing the country's long-standing annual tradition of gathering to give tha...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot America's Top Court Strikes Down Covid-19 Restriction On Religious Groups
DevNull127 writes: Earlier this year the governor's order had "restricted the size of religious gatherings in certain areas of New York where infection rates were climbing," reports the New York Times...
12:30 pm - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Police Have Seized $4.2 Billion Cryptos from PlusToken Ponzi Crackdown
Crypto assets worth more than $4.2 billion have been seized by Chinese police during the massive PlusToken Ponzi scheme crackdown, according to a new court ruling. From a report: In a November 19 judg...
10:00 am - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot A Hacker is Selling Access To the Email Accounts of Hundreds of C-Level Executives
A threat actor is currently selling passwords for the email accounts of hundreds of C-level executives at companies across the world. From a report: The data is being sold on a closed-access undergrou...
07:30 am - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot Developer Successfully Virtualizes Windows for Arm on M1 Mac
Developer Alexander Graf has successfully virtualized the Arm version of Windows on an M1 Mac, proving that the M1 chip is capable of running Microsoft's operating system. From a report: Currently, Ma...
05:00 am - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Libra Currency To Launch Next Year in Limited Format
The long-awaited Facebook-led digital currency Libra is preparing to launch as early as January, Financial Times reported Friday, citing three people involved in the initiative, but in an even more li...
02:30 am - Sat, November 28, 2020
Slashdot FCC Maintains Ban on Mobile Phone Voice Calls During Flights
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission killed a proposal to allow in-flight voice calls via mobile phones, ending its examination of an idea that evoked fears of air rage from passengers trapped b...
11:31 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot Pushed by Pandemic, Amazon Goes on a Hiring Spree Without Equal
Amazon has embarked on an extraordinary hiring binge this year, vacuuming up an average of 1,400 new workers a day and solidifying its power as online shopping becomes more entrenched in the coronavir...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's 'Project Latte' Aims To Bring Android Apps To Windows 10
Windows Central reports: Microsoft is working on a software solution that would allow app developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10 with little to no code changes by packaging them as an MS...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot Amazon and Apple 'Not Playing Their Part' in Tackling Electronic Waste
Global giants such as Amazon and Apple should be made responsible for helping to collect, recycle and repair their products to cut the 155,000 tonnes of electronic waste being thrown away each year in...
08:06 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot WHO Says Would be 'Highly Speculative' To Say COVID Did Not Emerge in China
The World Health Organization's top emergency expert said on Friday it would be "highly speculative" for the WHO to say the coronavirus did not emerge in China, where it was first identified in a food...
07:02 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot Huge Reservoir of Fresh Water Found Beneath the Sea Off Hawaii
A huge cache of fresh water found beneath the sea floor off the western coast of Hawaii's Big Island could lift the threat of drought for people living there. From a report, submitted by reader schwit...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot China Rises as World's Data Superpower as Internet Fractures
Back in 2001, the U.S. was the dominant country when it came to cross-border data flows. It was the early days of the internet boom, and America was where tech companies and tech-savvy consumers were....
05:00 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot 'Tokenized': Inside Black Workers' Struggles at the King of Crypto Start-Ups
Nathaniel Popper, reporting for The New York Times: One by one, they left. Some quit. Others were fired. All were Black. The 15 people worked at Coinbase, the most valuable U.S. cryptocurrency start-u...
04:02 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot India Enters Recession as Virus Pummels No. 3 Asian Economy
India entered an unprecedented recession with the economy contracting in the three months through September due to the lingering effects of lockdowns to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. From a report: G...
03:09 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot Leaf-Cutter Ants Have Rocky Crystal Armor, Never Before Seen in Insects
Leaf-cutter ants are named for their Herculean feats: they chomp foliage and carry unwieldy pieces, like green flags many times their size, long distances to their colonies. There they chew up the lea...
02:07 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot Dyson Pledges New Investment Into AI, Robotics and Batteries
Dyson will invest an additional 2.75bn pound ($3.67 billion) on developing technologies and products over the next five years [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], as the app...
12:45 pm - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot UK To Set Up 'Pro-Competition' Regulator To Put Limits on Big Tech
The UK is moving ahead with a plan to regulate big tech, responding to competition concerns over a 'winner takes all' dynamic in digital markets. From a report: It will set up a new Digital Market Uni...
09:01 am - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot Patients of a Vermont Hospital Are Left 'in the Dark' After a Cyberattack
A wave of damaging attacks on hospitals upended the lives of patients with cancer and other ailments. From a report: At lunchtime on Oct. 28, Colleen Cargill was in the cancer center at the University...
05:30 am - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot Britain Commits $333 Million To Help Carriers Replace Huawei 5G
Britain will spend $333 million to diversify its sources of 5G wireless equipment after banning China's Huawei from supplying the next-generation technology. From a report: Huawei is set to be exclude...
02:00 am - Fri, November 27, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Workers To Stage Coordinated Black Friday Protests in 15 Countries
On Friday, Amazon warehouse workers and social and environmental justice activists around the world will stage a series of coordinated protests, strikes, and actions to demand the online retailer resp...
11:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Tired of Mockery, Austrian Village Changes Name
Residents of an Austrian village will ring in the new year under a new name -- Fugging -- after ridicule of their signposts, especially on social media, became too much to bear. From a report:They fin...
10:07 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Afghan Youth Find Escape in a Video Game
An anonymous reader shares a report: Rifle fire, hurried footsteps and distant explosions. The rat-a-tat of a firefight. Cars mangled from grenades. The young man was transfixed. It could have been an...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Russia Wants To Ban Social Media Sites Discriminating Against Russian News Outlets
The Russian government is working on a new law to block foreign social media sites inside Russia's territory as repercussions for "discriminating" against Russian news outlets operating abroad. From a...
08:05 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Bitcoin at $100,000 in 2021? Outrageous To Some, a No-Brainer for Backers
Bitcoin investors, which include top hedge funds and money managers, are betting the virtual currency could more than quintuple to as high as $100,000 in a year. From a report: It's a wager that has d...
07:14 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Evidence Builds That an Early Mutation Made the Pandemic Harder to Stop
As the coronavirus swept across the world, it picked up random alterations to its genetic sequence. Like meaningless typos in a script, most of those mutations made no difference in how the virus beha...
06:18 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Productivity Score Feature Criticised as Workplace Surveillance
Microsoft has been criticised for enabling "workplace surveillance" after privacy campaigners warned that the company's "productivity score" feature allows managers to use Microsoft 365 to track their...
05:01 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Astra Likely To Run Additional Global Vaccine Test, CEO Says
AstraZeneca is likely to conduct an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its Covid-19 vaccine, according to the company's chief executive officer, after current studies raised questions o...
04:06 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot US Fertility Says Patient Data Was Stolen in a Ransomware Attack
U.S. Fertility, one of the largest networks of fertility clinics in the United States, has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack and that data was taken. From a report: The company was formed in...
03:07 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Sophos Notifies Customers of Data Exposure After Database Misconfiguration
UK-based cyber-security vendor Sophos is currently notifying customers via email about a security breach the company suffered earlier this week. From a report: "On November 24, 2020, Sophos was advise...
02:07 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Culled Mink Rise From the Dead To Denmark's Horror
Dead mink are rising from their graves in Denmark after a rushed cull over fears of a coronavirus mutation led to thousands being slaughtered and buried in shallow pits -- from which some are now emer...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Cambridge University Says Darwin's Iconic Notebooks Were Stolen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Two notebooks written by the famed British naturalist Charles Darwin in 1837 and missing for years may have been stolen from the Cambridge University...
10:00 am - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot hCaptcha Runs On 15% Of the Internet
In a blog post, hCaptcha announced that its bot detector is running on about 15% of the internet, adding they they "took most of this market share directly from Google reCAPTCHA." From the post: Compe...
07:00 am - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Amateur Astronomer Alberto Caballero Finds Possible Source of Wow! Signal
Amateur astronomer and YouTuber Alberto Caballero, one of the founders of The Exoplanets Channel, has found a small amount of evidence for a source of the notorious Wow! signal. Phys.Org reports: Back...
03:30 am - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Illegal Tampering By Diesel Pickup Owners Is Worsening Pollution, EPA Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The owners and operators of more than half a million diesel pickup trucks have been illegally disabling their vehicles' emissions control t...
02:20 am - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot 1% of Farms Operate 70% of World's Farmland
One percent of the world's farms operate 70% of crop fields, ranches and orchards, according to a report that highlights the impact of land inequality on the climate and nature crises. The Guardian re...
01:40 am - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot Struggling Electric Jet Startup Zunum Sues Boeing For Fraud and Misuse of Trade Secrets
Kirkland, Washington-based aviation startup Zunum Aero filed a lawsuit this week accusing Boeing of fraud, technology theft, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets. The company, whi...
01:00 am - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot GM To Leverage Customer Data In New Insurance Business
General Motors has launched a new insurance service that will leverage the data captured through its OnStar connected car service, ultimately helping drivers cash in on lower insurance rates based on ...
12:20 am - Thu, November 26, 2020
Slashdot IRS Could Search Warrantless Location Database Over 10,000 Times
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The IRS was able to query a database of location data quietly harvested from ordinary smartphone apps over 10,000 times, according to a copy of th...
11:40 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot European Parliament Votes For Right To Repair
In a landmark move, the European Parliament voted today to support consumers' Right to Repair. The resolution was adopted with 395 in favor and just 94 against, with 207 abstentions. iFixit reports: "...
11:02 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot European Regulators Prepare For MAX To Return To Service In 2021
thegreatbob writes: Looks like the main additions over the FAA's requirements are some additional pilot training requirements. The actual EASA statement can be found here. Confirms what the available ...
10:28 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot 2FA Bypass Discovered In Web Hosting Software cPanel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Security researchers have discovered a major security flaw in cPanel, a popular software suite used by web hosting companies to manage websites for thei...
09:20 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot France Orders Tech Giants To Pay Digital Tax
New submitter Based.Tech writes: The French Finance Ministry has sent out notices to big tech companies liable for its digital service tax to pay the levy as planned in December, the ministry said on ...
08:41 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Sues More Hack Sellers, 'a Worsening International Problem'
Nintendo of America has filed a lawsuit against an Amazon Nintendo Switch hack reseller -- the sort of litigation it's taken on in similar cases in the past. Nintendo's lawyers allege the Amazon selle...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Google Ordered To Hand Over Emails in $600 Million Divorce Battle
A US court has ordered Google to hand over the personal emails of the son of a Russian oligarch as part of a bitter $601 million divorce case. From a report [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; ...
07:20 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot AWS Outage Has Taken Down a Big Chunk of the Internet
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon's internet infrastructure service that is the backbone of many websites and apps, is experiencing a major outage affecting a large portion of the internet. From a rep...
06:45 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Three Members of TMT Cybercrime Group Arrested in Nigeria
Three Nigerians suspected of being part of a cybercrime group that targeted tens of thousands of victims around the world have been arrested today in Lagos, Nigeria's capital, Interpol reported. From ...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Vestager Seeks Patents Overhaul Amid Court Fights Over Cars
The European Union will seek to overhaul the system for key patents such as those that have fueled legal battles between car makers and technology companies, the EU's technology chief said Wednesday. ...
05:25 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot SEC Proposes Rules for Giving Gig Workers Equity
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed rule changes that would make it possible for gig companies to give equity to their workers as part of their compensation if they meet certain r...
04:47 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Salesforce Has Recently Been in Talks To Buy Slack, Dow Jones Reports
Slack may have found a way to keep its fight on with Microsoft. The business communication app has engaged in conversations to sell the business to Salesforce, Dow Jones reported moments ago. Business...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot IBM Planning 10,000 Job Cuts in Europe Ahead of Unit Sale
International Business Machines is planning to cut about 10,000 jobs in Europe in an attempt to lower costs at its slow-growth services unit and prepare the business for a spinoff. From a report: The ...
03:33 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Google Plans Fiber-Optic Network To Connect Via Saudi Arabia and Israel for First Time
Google is laying the groundwork for a fiber-optic network that for the first time will connect through historical enemies Saudi Arabia and Israel while opening a new corridor for global internet traff...
02:50 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot ZTE's Designation as Security Threat Affirmed by US FCC
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission affirmed its decision to designate ZTE as a national security threat over concerns telecommunications gear made by the Chinese company could be used for spyi...
02:05 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Hints at Turning Xbox Into an App For Your TV
Microsoft is in the early phases of rolling out its xCloud streaming service on mobile devices, but TVs are the next logical step. From a report:In an interview with The Verge, Xbox chief Phil Spencer...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Overtakes Bill Gates To Grab World's Second-Richest Ranking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Elon Musk's year of dizzying ascents hit a new apex Monday as the Tesla co-founder passed Bill Gates to become the world's second-richest person. Th...
10:00 am - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Partners With the US Government To Stop the Sale of Counterfeit Goods
Amazon announced a joint operation with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) on Tuesday, focused on stopping counterfeit goods from entering the US. The Verge rep...
07:00 am - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Study Finds Users, Not Notifications, Initiate 89% of Smartphone Interactions
According to a new study published in the journal Computers In Human Behavior, smartphone users initiate 89% of the interactions, with only 11% initiated by a notification. "This is at odds with previ...
03:30 am - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Is Apple Silicon Ready?
Programmer Abdullah Diaa has put together a website to help determine if your favorite apps work on Apple Silicon yet. An anonymous reader shares a report from The Next Web: ... [P]lease say hello to ...
12:45 am - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Would Like To Use An M1 Mac For Linux, But...
Yes, Torvalds said he'd love to have one of the new M1-powered Apple laptops, but it won't run Linux and, in an exclusive interview he explains why getting Linux to run well on it isn't worth the trou...
12:02 am - Wed, November 25, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Will Warn You If You 'Like' Misleading Tweets
Earlier this year, Twitter started flagging disputed and potentially misleading tweets. Now, it's expanding the feature so that you'll also get a warning if you attempt to "like" a disputed tweet. Eng...
11:20 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot EU Says It Could Be Self-Sufficient In Electric Vehicle Batteries By 2025
The European Union could produce enough batteries by 2025 to power its fast-growing fleet of electric vehicles without relying on imported cells, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said...
10:01 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot 'I Should Have Loved Biology'
James Somers, in a long essay: I should have loved biology but I found it to be a lifeless recitation of names: the Golgi apparatus and the Krebs cycle; mitosis, meiosis; DNA, RNA, mRNA, tRNA. In the ...
10:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Apple Security Chief Maintains Innocence After Bribery Charges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A grand jury in California's Santa Clara County has indicted Thomas Moyer, Apple's head of global security, for bribery. Moyer is accused of offe...
09:20 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Talks New Tesla Model In Europe
Elon Musk made rare comments about a new Tesla vehicle to be designed in Berlin, adding that the reason behind the new vehicle program is to attract new talent from Europe: "I think there's a lot of t...
09:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot LA To Launch First 'Transportation Technology Innovation Zone'
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced last week the city's first Transportation Technology Innovation Zone, an area where innovators can test their transportation technology solutions. Archinect reports: Loca...
08:40 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Warehouse Workers In Alabama File To Hold Unionization Vote
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama have filed a notice to hold a unionization vote, in what could be a major labor battle against a...
08:06 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Utah Helicopter Crew Discovers Mysterious Metal Monolith Deep in the Desert
turp182 writes: What started as routine wildlife assistance took an extraterrestrial turn for Utah's Department of Public Safety after officers stumbled upon a mysterious monolith in the middle of rur...
07:25 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Said It Would Ban Holocaust Deniers. Instead, Its Algorithm Provided a Network for Them
Last month, Facebook announced a crackdown: The platform would no longer permit content that "denies or distorts the Holocaust" as part of its larger policy prohibiting hate speech. From a report: Whi...
06:48 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Social Media Companies All Starting To Look the Same
Snapchat on Monday launched Spotlight, a video tab within its app that, like TikTok, distributes videos based more on how popular they are than on who created them. Facebook in August launched its Tik...
06:12 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Verification Returns Early Next Year
Twitter announced today that it would relaunch its verification process early next year along with brand-new guidelines for users seeking out that small, blue badge. From a report: Twitter's announcem...
05:30 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Australia's Spy Agencies Caught Collecting COVID-19 App Data
Australia's intelligence agencies have been caught "incidentally" collecting data from the country's COVIDSafe contact tracing app during the first six months of its launch, a government watchdog has ...
04:45 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Tesla is Now Worth Half a Trillion Dollars
Surging Tesla shares have pushed the company's market capitalization to more than $515 billion, a fivefold increase since the start of the year. From a report: The traditionally volatile stock has con...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot India Bans Another 43 Chinese Apps Over Cybersecurity Concerns
India is not done banning Chinese apps. The world's second largest internet market, which has banned over 175 apps with links to the neighboring nation in recent months, said on Tuesday it was banning...
03:25 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot New Research Suggests Satoshi Nakamoto Lived In London While Working On Bitcoin.
An anonymous reader shares a report: Satoshi didn't leave much behind when he decided to leave the scene for good back in April, 2011. But, he did leave enough for us to conduct a thorough research in...
02:47 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Baidu's Android Apps Caught Collecting Sensitive User Details
Two Android applications belonging to Chinese tech giant Baidu were removed from the official Google Play Store at the end of October after they were caught collecting sensitive user details. From a r...
02:11 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Intel Shuts Down Its AR/VR Volumetric Capture Stage
Intel has pulled the plug on one of its most ambitious AR/VR projects to date: The company quietly shut down Intel Studios, a 10,000-square-foot volumetric capture stage in Los Angeles, last month. Th...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Who Will Be the First Guest Host of Jeopardy, Alex?
thomst writes: Variety is reporting that uber-champion Ken Jennings will be the first of a series of guest hosts to substitute for the late, great Alex Trebek on trivia-maven game show Jeopardy! Execu...
10:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot China Requires Real Names, Bans Spending By Teens In New Curbs On Livestreaming
New submitter SirKveldulv shares a report from Nikkei Asia: Livestreaming platforms now must limit the amount of money a user can give hosts as a tip. Users must register their real names to buy the v...
07:00 am - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot OneWeb Emerges From Bankruptcy, Plans Global Satellite Broadband By 2022
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: OneWeb has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy under new ownership and says it will begin launching more broadband satellites next month. Similar ...
03:30 am - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Laser Fusion Reactor Approaches 'Burning Plasma' Milestone
Iwastheone shares a report from Science Magazine: In October 2010, in a building the size of three U.S. football fields, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory powered up 192 laser ...
02:02 am - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot 'Smart' Doorbells For Sale On Amazon, eBay Came Stocked With Security Vulnerabilities
The U.K.-based security company NCC Group and consumer advocacy group Which? have found vulnerabilities in 11 "smart" doorbells sold on popular platforms like Amazon and eBay. CyberScoop reports: One ...
01:25 am - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot 'The Queen's Gambit' Scores As Netflix Most-Watched Scripted Limited Series To Date
"The Queen's Gambit," a Netflix exclusive about an orphan chess prodigy, set the record as the most-watched scripted limited series to date on the streaming platform -- with 62 million member accounts...
12:45 am - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Apple Makes Another Concession On App Store Fees
Apple said on Monday that companies that offer digital classes or virtual events through iPhone apps won't have to use Apple's App Store in-app purchases through June 2021, enabling them to charge the...
12:02 am - Tue, November 24, 2020
Slashdot Psilocybin and Migraine: First of Its Kind Trial Reports Promising Results
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: A first-of-its-kind exploratory study, led by researchers from Yale School of Medicine, has found a single dose of the psychedelic psilocybin can re...
11:20 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Foxconn Plant Championed By Trump Lands Google Server Contract
Foxconn plans to assemble key components for Google servers from its plant in Wisconsin, people familiar with the matter said, finally breathing life into a factory Donald Trump hailed as crucial to b...
10:40 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Comcast To Enforce 1.2TB Data Cap In Entire 39-State Territory In Early 2021
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast's 1.2TB monthly data cap is coming to 12 more states and the District of Columbia starting January 2021. The unpopular policy was already...
10:02 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot China Launches Ambitious Mission To Land On Moon and Return Samples To Earth
BeerFartMoron shares a report from CBS News: China launched its most ambitious moon mission yet Monday: a robotic spacecraft expected to land on the lunar surface by the end of the week. The spacecraf...
09:25 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Security Chief Indicted in Santa Clara County Sheriff Concealed-gun Permit Scandal
The top security chief for Apple headlines a batch of new criminal indictments for allegedly brokering bribes with Santa Clara County sheriff's office commanders -- including the newly indicted unders...
08:46 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company's Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups
A trove of more than two dozen internal Amazon reports reveal in stark detail the company's obsessive monitoring of organized labor and social and environmental movements in Europe, particularly durin...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Gimp Turns 25
New submitter thegreatbob shares a report: The General Image Manipulation Program, GIMP, has turned 25. A brief celebration post detailed how the package started life as a July 1995 Usenet thought bub...
07:26 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Walmart-exclusive Router and Others Sold on Amazon and eBay Contain Hidden Backdoors To Control Devices
Bernard Meyer, reporting for CyberNews: In a collaboration between CyberNews Sr. Information Security Researcher Mantas Sasnauskas and researchers James Clee and Roni Carta, suspicious backdoors have ...
06:59 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Biden's Top Tech Adviser Makes Regulation More Likely
President-elect Joe Biden's top technology adviser helped craft California's landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects internet companies from li...
06:46 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Biden's Top Tech Adviser Makes Regulation More Likely
President-elect Joe Biden's top technology adviser helped craft California's landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects internet companies from li...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Indian Coding Startup WhiteHat Jr Sues Critics
Karan Bajaj, an Indian entrepreneur who teaches meditation and in his recent book invites others to live a life away from the noise, is going after the most vocal critics of his startup. From a report...
05:25 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Google Gets Web Allies by Letting Outsiders Help Build Chrome's Foundation
Google is loosening control over the core of its Chrome browser, a move that helps Microsoft, Samsung and Brave build competitors while advancing the search giant's vision of the web. From a report: O...
04:47 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot The Oxford Vaccine Is 70% Effective, Cheaper and Easier To Store and Distribute
AmiMoJo writes: The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, a large trial shows. Interim data suggests 70% protec...
04:15 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Oxford's 2020 Word of the Year? It's Too Hard to Isolate
Oxford Languages's annual Word of the Year is usually a tribute to the protean creativity of English and the reality of constant linguistic change, throwing a spotlight on zeitgeisty neologisms like "...
04:07 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Oxford's 2020 Word of the Year? It's Too Hard to Isolate
Oxford Languages's annual Word of the Year is usually a tribute to the protean creativity of English and the reality of constant linguistic change, throwing a spotlight on zeitgeisty neologisms like "...
03:25 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot 'Code is Sourdough'
Romello Goodman, a software engineer at The New York Times, writing at Increment: Like a sourdough starter passed through the hands of many bakers -- some novices, some experienced -- a codebase refle...
02:48 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Solomon Islands Set To Ban Facebook in the Name of 'National Unity'
The Solomon Islands Government has defended its decision to place a temporary ban on Facebook, a move it says is aimed at tackling cyberbullying and online defamation. From a report: The ban, which ha...
02:09 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot These Algorithms Could Bring an End To the World's Deadliest Killer
In some of the most remote and impoverished corners of the world, where respiratory illnesses abound and trained medical professionals fear to tread, diagnosis is increasingly powered by artificial in...
02:04 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot These Algorithms Could Bring an End To the World's Deadliest Killer
In some of the most remote and impoverished corners of the world, where respiratory illnesses abound and trained medical professionals fear to tread, diagnosis is increasingly powered by artificial in...
12:34 pm - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Hundreds More Movie Theatres Close As Attendance Plummets
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: It seems like it's inadvisable to sit in a movie theatre during a pandemic. Thousands of theatres still tried showing movies this weekend — but the ...
08:39 am - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Will 'Vision AI' Be The Next Frontier for Developers?
A partner at an early-stage investment firm argues that "in the 2000s everyone was learning HTML and making a website. In the 2010s everyone was learning to develop mobile apps. In the 2020s all the d...
05:49 am - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Haven't We Implemented Public Key Infrastructure Voting?
Long-time Slashdot reader t0qer has a question: why haven't we gone to an open source, Public Key Infrastructure-based voting system? "I'm fairly well versed in PKI technology, and quoting this site, ...
02:59 am - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot Mass-Produced, Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Begins Shipping to Customers
This week Purism began shipping its mass-produced Librem 5 phone to customers, according to announcement from the company:The Librem 5 is a one-of-a-kind general-purpose computer in a phone form-facto...
01:12 am - Mon, November 23, 2020
Slashdot How Powerful Forces Collaborated to Peddle Misinformation about the Origins of the Coronavirus
There's "an overwhelming body of evidence" for scientists' belief that the coronavirus originated in an animal before making the leap to humans, reports the New York Times. (Alternate URL here.) They ...
11:48 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot Twitter's Launch of Fleets: Lag, Some Crashes, Bugs, Skepticism and Cat Pics
CNET reports on Twitter's rocky rollout of "fleets" which disappear after 24 hours:In a blog post, Twitter said global tests of the feature indicated the tool helped people feel more comfortable joini...
10:04 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot The Audacious Plan to Launch a Solar-Powered Rocket Into Interstellar Space
Ars Technica glimpsed a possible future at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: a solar simulator "that can shine with the intensity of 20 Suns..." "They think it could be the key ...
08:34 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot Memory vs. Disk vs. CPU: How 35 Years Has Changed the Trade-Offs
Long-time Slashdot reader 00_NOP is a software engineer (with a PhD in real-time computing) re-visits a historic research paper on the financial trade-offs between disk space (then costing about $20,0...
07:34 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot To Explain Away Dark Matter, Gravity Would Have To Be Really Weird
To discard the theory of dark matter, "you'll need to replace it with something even more bizarre: a force of gravity that, at some distances, pulls massive objects together and, at other distances, p...
06:34 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot Is Bitcoin's Growth Driven By Speculative Investors?
"Bitcoin is now trading near $18,000, up almost 100% in six months," notes Bloomberg columnist Lionel Laurent, "and it's flirting with an all-time high reached in 2017 (which, given it was followed by...
05:34 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot US Postal Service Announces a Nationwide Digital 'Operation Santa'
For 108 years Americans have helped their postal service perform "Operation Santa." But this year's program will be fully digital and nationwide, reports CNN:The program allows children and families t...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot How Firefox Boosted Its JavaScript Performance
InfoWorld reports:Firefox users can expect improved JavaScript performance in the Firefox 83 browser, with the Warp update to the SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine enabled by default. Also called WarpBui...
03:34 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot US Congress Passes an IoT Security Bill 'That Doesn't Totally Suck'
Shotgun (Slashdot reader #30,919) shared these thoughts from The Register:Every now and again the U.S. Congress manages to do its job and yesterday was one of those days: the Senate passed a new IoT c...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Claims Full Recovery From Covid-19, Analyst Upgrades Tesla's Stock Forecast
Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quote The Street:Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he has "fully" recovered from his bout with a mild fever or cold about a week after he took to Twitter to say he tested pos...
12:34 pm - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot Experimental Antibody Treatment for Covid-19 Patients Wins 'Emergency Approval' in America
America's Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization Saturday to an experimental antibody treatment (for people already experiencing Covid-19), reports the Washington Post:The drug, ...
08:34 am - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot 'Ubuntu Web Remix' Distro Offers Firefox-Based Chrome OS Alternative
Rudra Saraswat is the creator of the Ubuntu Unity distro (which uses the Unity interface in place of Ubuntu's GNOME shell). But this week they released Ubuntu Web Remix, "a privacy-focused, open sourc...
05:34 am - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot Are There Active Volcanoes on Mars?
Mars is a dead planet — "Or is it?" asks the New York Times:Previous research has hinted at volcanic eruptions on Mars 2.5 million years ago. But a new paper suggests an eruption occurred as rec...
02:34 am - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot Apple Lets Some Network Traffic Bypass Firewalls on MacOS Big Sur
"Security researchers are blasting Apple for a feature in the latest Big Sur release of macOS that allows some Apple apps to bypass content filters and VPNs..." reports Threatpost. "While users assume...
12:34 am - Sun, November 22, 2020
Slashdot Werner Herzog On Asteroids, Star Wars, and the 'Obscenity' of a City On Mars
78-year-old filmmaker Werner Herzog shared some interesting thoughts before the release of his new documentary on asteroids, Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds now available on Apple TV+. From Herz...
11:47 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot In the Last Week America Experienced 1 Million New Coronavirus Cases
The total number of U.S. coronavirus cases since the pandemic started has now surpassed 12 million, CNN reports — "an increase of more than 1 million cases in less than a week." Researchers at J...
10:34 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Does the Human Brain Resemble the Universe?
"Does the human brain resemble the Universe?" teases an announcement that an astrophysicist of the University of Bologna and a neurosurgeon of the University of Verona "compared the network of neurona...
09:34 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Email and Web Traffic Redirected for Multiple Cryptocurrency Sites After GoDaddy Attack
"Fraudsters redirected email and web traffic destined for several cryptocurrency trading platforms over the past week," reports security researcher Brian Krebs:The attacks were facilitated by scams ta...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Why Amazon's Echo Shines an Ominous Red Light When Its Microphone is Muted
This year Amazon followed up its cylindrical Echo (and its hockey puck-shaped Echo Dot) with a cloth-wrapped sphere-shaped Echo device. And Fast Company reports that one significant change was to the ...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot In Historic Test, US Navy Shoots Down an Intercontinental Ballastic Missile
"In a historic test, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) warhead aimed at a patch of ocean off the Hawaiian Islands," reports Popular Mechanics:...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Assigning Homework Exacerbates Class Divides, Researchers Find
"Education scholars say that math homework as it's currently assigned reinforces class divides in society and needs to change for good," according to Motherboard — citing a new working paper fro...
05:39 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot After Restoring YouTube-dl, GitHub Revamps Its Copyright Takedown Policy
On October 23rd GitHub initially complied with a takedown request for the open-source project youtube-dl — and then after 24 days, reinstated it. "If there's a silver lining to the episode, it's...
04:47 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Begins a Day With Two Falcon 9 Launches, Seventh Flight of a Recycled Rocket
While tonight will see SpaceX's 16th launch of its broadband satellites, that launch will also make history, reports CNET:The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket is set to make its seventh flight, whic...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Masks are Effective, Despite One Flawed Study From Denmark
"I think the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that masks are effective," the lead author of a study recently cited by America's Center for Disease Control told the Washington Post. They were res...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Deep Frozen Arctic Microbes Are Waking Up
An anonymous reader shares an opinion piece from Scientific American: Permafrost covers 24 percent of the Earth's land surface, and the soil constituents vary with local geology. Arctic lands offer un...
10:00 am - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Becomes First Carrier To Enable 988 Number For Mental Health Services
T-Mobile has added support for the 988 emergency mental health services number more than a year and a half ahead of the Federal Communications Commission's deadline, the company announced on Friday. T...
07:00 am - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Astronomers Discover New 'Fossil Galaxy' Buried Deep Within the Milky Way
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Phys.Org: Scientists working with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys' Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) have discovered a 'fossil ga...
03:30 am - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Rocket Lab Becomes Second Company After SpaceX To Launch and Land Orbital Rocket
Thelasko shares a report from Forbes: In a major milestone, the New Zealand-based launch company Rocket Lab has successfully recovered an orbital-class rocket after parachuting it back to Earth from n...
02:10 am - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Crash Hurls Battery Cells Into Nearby Home
According to a facebook post from the police department of Corvallis, Oregon, a Tesla Model 3 crashed at over 100mph, causing batteries from the Tesla to enter two different residences by breaking thr...
01:30 am - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Tech Organizations Back 'Inclusive Naming Initiative'
New submitter LeeLynx shares a report from The Register: A new group called the "Inclusive Naming Initiative" has revealed its existence and mission "to help companies and projects remove all harmful ...
12:50 am - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot Xbox Series X Controller Support Coming To Apple Devices
Apple and Microsoft are working on adding support for the Xbox Series X controller to Apple devices, according to an Apple Support page spotted by a Reddit user. MacRumors reports: The support page st...
12:10 am - Sat, November 21, 2020
Slashdot The US Could Soon Ban the Selling of Carrier-Locked Phones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: In the U.S., a complicated combination of corporate interests and pre-smartphone era legislation has resulted in more than two decades of back and forth...
11:30 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Flash Animations Live Forever At the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is now emulating Flash animations, games and toys in our software collection. Jason Scott writes in a blog post: Utilizing an in-development Flash emulator called Ruffle, we have ...
10:50 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender... 52 Years Later
On August 29, 1968, IBM's CEO fired computer scientist and transgender pioneer Lynn Conway to avoid the public embarrassment of employing a transwoman. Nearly 52 years later, in an act that defines it...
10:10 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot US Emissions To Drop 9% In 2020, Putting Country Back On Track For Paris Commitment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Greentech Media: The U.S. economy is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 9 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, BloombergNEF reported Thursday. It's a sig...
09:50 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot GTA Online Is Getting A Big New Heist You Can Play Solo If You Want
Rockstar Games announced that Grand Theft Auto Online's biggest update ever will be released on December 15, adding a brand new island, new radio stations, a new armed submarine, and a huge heist that...
09:30 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Google, Facebook and Twitter Threaten To Leave Pakistan Over Censorship Law
Global internet companies Facebook, Google and Twitter and others have banded together and threatened to leave Pakistan after the South Asian nation granted blanket powers to local regulators to censo...
08:40 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Apple is Lobbying Against a Bill Aimed at Stopping Forced Labor in China
Apple lobbyists are trying to weaken a new law aimed at preventing forced labor in China, the Washington Post reported Friday, citing two congressional staffers familiar with the matter, highlighting ...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Windows Turns 35
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: The PC revolution started off life 35 years ago this week. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge m...
07:25 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders
Reader shanen shares a report (and offers this commentary): When the open source concept emerged in the '90s, it was conceived as a bold new form of communal labor: digital barn raisings. If you made ...
06:45 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Biden Team Lacks Full US Cybersecurity Support in Transition Fracas
When it comes to protecting sensitive information from foreign hackers, President-elect Joe Biden's team is largely on its own. The federal government, which has some of the most sophisticated antihac...
06:10 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Study Identifies Reasons for Soaring Nuclear Plant Cost Overruns in the US
A new analysis by MIT researchers details many of the underlying issues that have caused cost overruns on new nuclear power plants in the U.S., which have soared ever higher over the last five decades...
05:30 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot E-scooters Are Getting Computer Vision To Curb Pedestrian Collisions
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last year, electric scooters were booming in big cities across the United States and other countries as urbanites embraced a relatively novel way of getting around...
05:08 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Next Phase of Climate Lobbying
Microsoft has brought on the government affairs firm Lot Sixteen to lobby on sustainability and climate change, a newly public filing shows. From a report: While Microsoft has lots of in-house and out...
04:08 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Teams Takes on Zoom With Free All-Day Video Calling on the Web
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft is making a big push to entice fans of Zoom over to Microsoft Teams with a new all-day video calling option that can be used for free. While the software...
03:30 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Solar Power Stations in Space Could Be the Answer To Our Energy Needs
Amanda Jane Hughes, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering at University of Liverpool Stefania, and Soldini Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at University of Liverpoo...
02:55 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot YouTube, Facebook and Twitter Align To Fight Covid Vaccine Conspiracies
YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have said they will join forces with fact-checkers, governments and researchers to try to come up with a new way of tackling misinformation. From a report: Vaccine misinf...
02:49 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot YouTube, Facebook and Twitter Align To Fight Covid Vaccine Conspiracies
YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have said they will join forces with fact-checkers, governments and researchers to try to come up with a new way of tackling misinformation. From a report: Vaccine misinf...
02:18 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Apple Defends Delay of Privacy Feature, Slams Facebook
Apple has slammed Facebook and other internet giants for their ad-targeting practices in response to a letter questioning a decision by the iPhone maker to delay a new privacy feature. From a report: ...
02:04 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Apple Defends Delay of Privacy Feature, Slams Facebook
Apple has slammed Facebook and other internet giants for their ad-targeting practices in response to a letter questioning a decision by the iPhone maker to delay a new privacy feature. From a report: ...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot SoftBank CEO Says He Doesn't Understand Bitcoin, and Watching the Price Fluctuate Was 'Distracting My Focus On My Own Business'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son said that he "doesn't understand" bitcoin, and that he spent a good chunk of his time tracking its movement while ...
10:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Twisted Graphene Could Power a New Generation of Superconducting Electronics
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: In 2018, a group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) pulled off a dazzling materials science magic trick. They stacked...
07:00 am - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Produce Rare Diamonds In Minutes At Room Temperature
Iwastheone writes: While traditional diamonds are formed over billions of years deep in the Earth where extreme pressures and temperatures provide just the right conditions to crystalize carbon, scien...
03:30 am - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot AT&T Raises DirecTV Prices Again Amid Customer Losses and Possible Sale
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T has announced another round of price hikes for DirecTV satellite and U-verse TV services, with monthly prices set to rise up to $9 start...
02:10 am - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Google Stadia Is Coming To iOS Officially As a Web App
Google's Stadia game-streaming service, which has been limited to Android phones, computers and TVs, will launch for the iPhone in the coming weeks. The Verge reports: Google on Thursday announced iOS...
01:30 am - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Messaging App Go SMS Pro Exposed Millions of Users' Private Photos and Files
Go SMS Pro, one of the most popular messaging apps for Android, is exposing photos, videos and other files sent privately by its users. Worse, the app maker has done nothing to fix the bug. TechCrunch...
12:50 am - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Antitrust Probes Will Target Acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram
A group of state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, is on track to file antitrust charges against Facebook in early December, according to a report Thursday from the Wa...
12:10 am - Fri, November 20, 2020
Slashdot LidarPhone Attack Converts Smart Vacuums Into Microphones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A team of academics has detailed this week novel research that converted a smart vacuum cleaner into a microphone capable of recording nearby conversati...
11:30 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Will Run Ads On Smaller Creators' Videos Without Paying Them
YouTube has updated its Terms of Service to include a new section that gives it the right to monetize videos from channels not big enough to be part of its Partner Program. Engadget reports: That does...
10:50 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Star Wars Legend Alan Dean Foster Says Disney Is Withholding Book Royalties
wiredog writes: Disney has developed a radical new theory of copyright. When Disney bought Lucasfilm and Fox, they acquired the copyright licenses that enabled them to sell Alan Dean Foster's books --...
10:10 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Estimates Hate Speech Seen In 1 Out of 1,000 Views On Its Platform
Facebook for the first time on Thursday disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in the third quarter, 10 to 11 included hate s...
09:30 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot BuzzFeed Strikes Deal To Buy HuffPost From Verizon Media
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: BuzzFeed is set to acquire HuffPost in a stock deal with Verizon Media, The Wall Street Journal's Benjamin Mullin and Keach Hagey first repor...
08:50 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Election Misinformation Often Evaded YouTube's Efforts To Stop It.
YouTube videos endorsing the false idea that there was widespread election fraud were viewed more than 138 million times on the week of Nov. 3, according to a report from an independent research proje...
08:10 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Famed Arecibo Telescope, On the Brink of Collapse, Will Be Dismantled
The Arecibo telescope's long and productive life has come to an end. From a report: The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today it will decommission the iconic radio telescope in Puerto Rico...
07:35 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot OpenStreetMap is Having a Moment
Joe Morrison: The first time I spoke with Jennings Anderson, I couldn't believe what he was telling me. I mean that genuinely -- I did not believe him. He was a little incredulous about it himself. I ...
06:50 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot As Antitrust Pressure Mounts, Google To Pull Back Benefit to News Sites That Adopted Its Preferred MobileTechnology
Four years after offering special placement in a "top stories carousel" in search results to entice publishers to use a format it created for mobile pages, called AMP, Google announced last week that ...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot 'Wonder Woman 1984' is Coming To HBO Max (and Some US Theaters) on Dec. 25
Although COVID-19 is surging in the United States and around the world, Warner Bros. still plans to release "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas Day -- but its plans are are no longer limited to a theatri...
05:25 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Fearing Drama, Mozilla Opens Public Consultation Before Worldwide Firefox DoH Rollout
Mozilla has opened today a public comment and consultation period about the ways it could enable support for the controversial privacy-centric DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol inside Firefox. From a repo...
04:45 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Japan To Begin Experiments Issuing Digital Yen
More than 30 major Japanese firms will begin experiments next year towards issuing a common, private digital currency to promote digitalisation in one of the world's most cash-loving countries, the gr...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot China's Xi Jinping Warns Against Protectionism in Apparent Swipe at US
President Xi Jinping has pegged China as the pivot point for global free trade, vowing to keep his "super-sized" economy open and warning against protectionism in a global economy eviscerated by the C...
03:28 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Google is Rolling Out End-To-End Encryption for RCS in Android Messages Beta
After two long, complicated years, every Android user worldwide (outside China) now has access to the next-gen texting standard that is replacing SMS. Google is directly offering RCS chat services thr...
02:42 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Oxford Study Confirms Astra Covid Shot's Response in Elderly
The University of Oxford confirmed that the Covid-19 vaccine it's developing with AstraZeneca produced strong immune responses in older adults in an early study, with key findings from the last phase ...
02:08 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot GeForce NOW Games Available on iOS Devices Through Safari, Fortnite Coming Soon
GeForce NOW, NVIDIA's streaming gaming service, today announced the launch of Safari integration, which will bring Fortnite and other games to Apple's iOS devices through the Safari browser. From a re...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Human Error Blamed For European Vega Rocket Failure
"A quick analysis of Monday night's Arianespace Vega rocket failure has been root caused to 'a series of human errors,'" writes an anonymous Slashdot reader. STAT reports: In a call with reporters, Ro...
10:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Charlie Brown Holiday Specials To Air On TV, After All, In PBS Deal
Last month, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" wasn't aired on TV, marking the first time since 1965 that the Peanuts special wasn't broadcasted. Instead, it was streamed on Apple+. Now, accordin...
07:00 am - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Discover Outer Space Isn't Pitch Black After All
Researchers with NASA's New Horizons say they've finally been able to determine if space is truly black. The group has posted their work online, and it will soon appear ini the Astrophysical Journal. ...
03:30 am - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Massive, China-State-Funded Hack Hits Companies Around the World, Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Researchers have uncovered a massive hacking campaign that's using sophisticated tools and techniques to compromise the networks of companies aro...
02:10 am - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot 'Extremely Aggressive' Internet Censorship Spreads In the World's Democracies
Researchers from the University of Michigan used their own automated censorship tracking system to collect more than 21 billion measurements over 20 months in 221 countries. They discovered that citiz...
01:30 am - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Google's Native Version of Chrome For Apple's ARM Macs Is Out Now
According to Chrome product manager Mark Chang, Google's version of Chrome that support ARM Macs is now available to download. The Verge reports: In theory, a native version of the notoriously resourc...
12:50 am - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Moderators Say Company Is Asking Them To 'Risk Our Lives'
In an open letter published Wednesday, a group of Facebook moderators say the company is putting them and their families at risk by asking them to go back to work in the midst of the pandemic. Engadge...
12:10 am - Thu, November 19, 2020
Slashdot Cerebras' Wafer-Size Chip Is 10,000 Times Faster Than a GPU
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Cerebras Systems and the federal Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory today announced that the company's CS-1 system is mo...
11:30 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot The Worst Passwords of 2020 Show We Are Just As Lazy About Security As Ever
After analyzing 275,699,516 passwords leaked during 2020 data breaches, NordPass and partners found that the most common passwords are incredibly easy to guess -- and it could take less than a second ...
10:50 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT Performance Marks AMD's Return To High-End Graphics
MojoKid writes: AMD officially launched its Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics cards today, previously known in the PC gaming community as Big Navi. The company claimed these high-end GPUs ...
10:10 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot FCC Takes Spectrum From Auto Industry In Plan To 'Supersize' Wi-Fi
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Are Technica: The Federal Communications Commission today voted to add 45MHz of spectrum to Wi-Fi in a slightly controversial decision that takes the spectrum ...
09:30 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot AI Researchers Made a Sarcasm Detection Model
An anonymous reader shares a report: Researchers in China say they've created sarcasm detection AI that achieved state-of-the-art performance on a dataset drawn from Twitter. The AI uses multimodal le...
08:50 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Immunity To the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint
How long might immunity to the coronavirus last? Years, maybe even decades, according to a new study -- the most hopeful answer yet to a question that has shadowed plans for widespread vaccination. Fr...
08:10 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot 1% of People Cause Half of Global Aviation Emissions, Study Says
Frequent-flying "super emitters" who represent just 1% of the world's population caused half of aviation's carbon emissions in 2018, according to a study. From a report: Airlines produced a billion to...
07:30 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Starting Next Year, Chrome Extensions Will Show What Data They Collect from Users
Google said today it plans to add a new section on the Chrome Web Store where extension developers will disclose what user data they're collecting from users and what they plan to do with the informat...
06:58 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Apple To Pay $113 Million Settlement Over Its iPhone 'Batterygate' Slowdowns
Apple is paying $113 million to settle an investigation by 34 states and the District of Columbia over the company's practice of slowing down the performance of older iPhones when their batteries degr...
06:15 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Google Pay Gets a Major Redesign With a New Emphasis on Personal Finance
Google is launching a major redesign of its Google Pay app on both Android and iOS today. From a report: Like similar phone-based contactless payment services, Google Pay -- or Android Pay as it was k...
05:30 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Sony, Microsoft Consoles Struggle With Thin Launch-Day Stock
Sales of Sony and Microsoft's new gaming consoles fell short of their predecessors during their first week in Japan, suggesting persistent supply bottlenecks will hamper the debut of two of this holid...
04:55 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Marissa Mayer Wants To Clean Up Your Contacts, and That's Just For Starters
An anonymous reader shares a report: Marissa Mayer shoves her iPhone toward her MacBook's webcam until it overwhelms the screen on the Google Meet video call we are sharing. "I admire Apple," she decl...
04:03 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot FAA Chief '100% Confident' of 737 MAX Safety As Flights To Resume
Hmmmmmm shares a report: U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson is "100% confident" in the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX but says the airplane maker has more to do as it works t...
03:24 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Dinosaurs Were Not on the Way Out Before Asteroid Hit, Study Claims
New analysis has refuted the claim that dinosaurs were in decline at the time of their extinction. If an asteroid had not hit Earth 66m years ago, dinosaurs might have continued to dominate the planet...
02:40 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Apple To Reduce App Store Fees For Small Businesses With Under $1 Million in Revenues
Amid increased regulatory scrutiny over how it runs its App Store, Apple today announced it will reduce the App Store commissions for smaller businesses. Under the new guidelines of the "App Store Sma...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot New Pfizer Results: Coronavirus Vaccine Is Safe and 95% Effective
The drug maker Pfizer said on Wednesday that its coronavirus vaccine was 95 percent effective and had no serious side effects -- the first set of complete results from a late-stage vaccine trial as Co...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot After 12,523 Replacements, Feds Investigate Tesla Media Control Unit Failures
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Is one of Tesla's infotainment systems defective by design? That's a question the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to answer....
10:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Companies Could Face Hefty Fines Under New Canadian Privacy Law
New submitter dskoll shares a report from CBC.ca: New privacy legislation has been submitted to the Canadian parliament that could fine companies up to 5% of global revenue or $25 million, whichever i...
07:00 am - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Texas Astronomers Revive Idea For 'Ultimately Large Telescope' On the Moon
A group of astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin has revived an idea shelved by NASA to build a lunar liquid-mirror telescope on the moon to study the first stars in the universe. "The te...
03:30 am - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Trump Fires Election Security Director Who Corrected Voter Fraud Disinformation
phalse phace shares a report from NPR: Christopher Krebs, the Department of Homeland Security director who had spearheaded a campaign to counter rumors about voter fraud, has been fired, President Tru...
01:30 am - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot EU Plans To Increase Offshore Windfarm Capacity By 250%
The capacity of the EU's offshore windfarms in the North Sea, the Baltic, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea will be increased by 250% under a draft plan drawn up by the European commis...
12:50 am - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Launches Disappearing 'Fleets' Worldwide
Twitter said on Tuesday it was globally launching tweets that disappear after 24 hours, similar to the stories feature that is popular on Snapchat and Facebook's photo-sharing app Instagram. Reuters r...
12:10 am - Wed, November 18, 2020
Slashdot China Built the First Electric Car Designed Exclusively For Ride-Hailing
Two of China's top companies have joined forces to design, develop, and build an electric car for the express purpose of ride-hailing. The Verge reports: The vehicle is an adorable green hatchback cal...
11:30 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot $6 Billion Linux Deal? SUSE IPO Rumored
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: According to Bloomberg, EQT is planning an IPO for German Linux and enterprise software company SUSE. EQT is a Swedish-based private equity firm with 50...
10:50 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution May Be a Logistical Nightmare
hey! writes: Pfizer's BNT162b2 vaccine must be stored at a constant -100F/-70C temperature, presenting a logistical nightmare for hospitals, which don't normally have freezers that go that low. This i...
10:10 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Apple's M1 Is Exceeding Expectations
Reviews are starting to pour in of Apple's MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini featuring the new M1 ARM-based processor -- and they're overwhelmingly positive. "As with the Air, the Pro's performanc...
09:30 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Sued After Cellular Data Allowances Eaten by Hidden Transfers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google was sued last week for allegedly stealing Android users' cellular data allowances through unapproved, undisclosed transmissions to the web giant's servers. ...
09:30 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot 'Profitboss' Is Saving Restaurants From Heavy Delivery App Fees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Bay-area based startup Profitboss is pitching itself as the "easiest, fastest, and most convenient system to get back your customers from third pa...
08:50 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot European Vega Rocket Fails for the Second Time During Launch in the Last Two Years
Late Monday night, a European rocket carrying two satellites failed during flight, leading to the loss of the payloads on board. It was the second major failure of this particular type of rocket withi...
08:12 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Unity Will Groom 80,000 Game Developers With Education Initiative
Unity Technologies hopes to groom 80,000 people for game jobs over three years with an education initiative aimed at helping people learn how to program and develop games. From a report: Unity is payi...
07:34 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Launches Audio Ads and Ad-Targetable Music Lineups, Taking Aim at Spotify
YouTube claims to be the world's biggest jukebox -- and now it wants to wring more ad dollars from the platform's music fans. From a report: The video giant is launching 15-second audio ads, the first...
06:50 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Announces First Beneficiaries of His $10 Billion Climate Fund
Jeff Bezos has named 16 environmental organizations that will get the first chunk of his $10 billion fund for climate action. From a report: Collectively, they'll get $791 million from the richest man...
06:10 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Chrome 87 Released With Fix for NAT Slipstream Attacks, Broader FTP Deprecation
Google has released today version 87 of its Chrome browser, a release that comes with a security fix for the NAT Slipstream attack technique and a broader deprecation of the FTP protocol. From a repor...
05:25 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 83 Arrives With HTTPS-Only Mode and Faster Performance
Mozilla today launched Firefox 83 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. An anonymous reader shares a report: Firefox 83's highlight feature is HTTPS-Only Mode, in which the browser attempts to establish fully ...
04:45 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Reveals Pluton, a Custom Security Chip Built Into Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm Processors
An anonymous reader shares a report: For the past two years, some of the world's biggest chip makers have battled a series of hardware flaws, like Meltdown and Spectre, which made it possible -- thoug...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Micropayments Company Coil Distributes New Privacy Policy With Email That Puts Users' Addresses in the 'To:' Field
Micropayments company Coil has emailed users its new privacy policy but placed hundreds of their addresses in the "To:" field and therefore breached their privacy. From a report: The mail had the Subj...
03:27 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Apple Hits Back at European Activist Complaints Against Tracking Tool
An Austrian privacy advocacy group drew a strongly critical response from Apple on Monday after it said an online tracking tool used in its devices breached European law. From a report: The group, led...
02:41 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Launches Amazon Pharmacy For Prescription Medicine Delivery
Amazon is making its biggest push into the healthcare industry yet with the launch today of Amazon Pharmacy: a new service offering home delivery for prescription medication. From a report: Customers ...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot 4 Astronauts Aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Dock With Space Station
Four astronauts aboard their SpaceX Dragon capsule "Resilience" have arrived at the International Space Station, circling 262 miles above the Earth, where they will stay until spring. From a report: T...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Emerged In Italy Earlier Than Thought, Study Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The new coronavirus was circulating in Italy since September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of the Italian city of Milan shows, ...
10:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Cable Failures Endanger Renowned Puerto Rico Radio Telescope
The giant, aging cables that support one of the world's largest single-dish radio telescopes are slowly unraveling in this U.S. territory, pushing an observatory renowned for its key role in astronomi...
07:05 am - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot 4 Astronauts Aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Dock With Space Station
Four astronauts aboard their SpaceX Dragon capsule "Resilience" have arrived at the International Space Station, circling 262 miles above the Earth, where they will stay until spring. From a report: T...
07:00 am - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Japan's ARM-Based Supercomputer Leads World In Top500 List; Exascale Expected In 2021
dcblogs writes: Japan's Fugaku ARM-based supercomputer is the world's most powerful in the latest Top500 list, setting a world record of 442 petaflops. But this was otherwise an unremarkable year for ...
03:30 am - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration, In Late Push, Moves To Sell Oil Rights In Arctic Refuge
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would begin the formal process of selling leases to oil companies in a last-minute pus...
01:30 am - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Mac Certificate Check Stokes Fear That Apple Logs Every App You Run
Last week, Apple released macOS Big Sur and the rollout was anything but smooth. The mass upgrade caused the Apple servers responsible for checking if a user opens an app not downloaded from the App S...
12:50 am - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Is Showing Windows 10 Users Full-Screen Ads For Its Edge Browser
According to Windows Latest, "Microsoft is A/B testing a new feature that is designed to nag users with fullscreen window-less Microsoft Edge recommendations in the OOBE screen." From the report: The ...
12:10 am - Tue, November 17, 2020
Slashdot Demand For Employee Surveillance Increased As Workers Transitioned To Home Working
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A new study shows that the demand for employee surveillance software was up 55% in June 2020 compared to the pre-pandemic average. From webcam access to...
11:50 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Airbnb Files To Go Public
Airbnb released its prospectus today, becoming the latest big name to join the push to go public during the COVID-19 pandemic. CNBC reports: The company made $219 million in net income on revenues of ...
11:30 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Tesla To Be Added To S&P 500 Index
Tesla is officially going to join the S&P500, sending its stock price soaring as much as 12% -- adding over $40 billion in market capitalization to the automaker. Electrek reports: The S&P 500...
10:50 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Google Will Make It Slightly Easier To Turn Off Smart Features
"[I]n the coming weeks," Google will show a new blanket setting to "turn off smart features" which will disable features like Smart Compose, Smart Reply, in apps like Gmail; the second half of the sam...
10:10 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot The World Is Watching More Anime -- and Streaming Services Are Buying
An anonymous reader shares a report: The pandemic is helping Japan's demon slayers, monsters and robots make the leap to the global market. Animated video in the Japanese style -- aka anime -- has lon...
09:30 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Moderna Becomes Second Firm To Reveal Positive Results With Nearly 95% Protection In Trials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: More than 1 billion people could be immunized against coronavirus by the end of next year with shots from the first two companies to reveal posit...
08:50 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Hulu Hikes Prices of Live TV Packages by $10 per Month
Hulu's live TV bundle is getting more expensive. From a report: The new prices are $10 per month higher than Hulu's current fees and will go into effect Dec. 18, 2020. The higher rates apply to both c...
08:09 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Names Famed Hacker 'Mudge' as Head of Security
Social media giant Twitter, under increased threat of regulation and plagued by serious security breaches, is appointing one of the world's best-regarded hackers to tackle everything from engineering ...
07:33 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Ok Google: Please Publish Your DKIM Secret Keys
Matthew Green, a cryptographer and professor at Johns Hopkins University, writes: The Internet is a dangerous place in the best of times. Sometimes Internet engineers find ways to mitigate the worst o...
06:57 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot The Curse of the Buried Treasure
Two metal-detector enthusiasts discovered a Viking hoard. It was worth a fortune -- but it became a nightmare. From a report:Leominster, in the West Midlands area of England, is an ancient market town...
06:11 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Bitcoin Is Gunning for a Record and No One Is Talking About It
Three years ago, Bitcoin's historic surge dominated Thanksgiving dinner conversations. This year, the cryptocurrency is in the midst of another notable rally and yet almost no one's talking about it. ...
05:30 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot GitHub Reinstates YouTube-dl Library After EFF Intervention
GitHub has reinstated today the youtube-dl open-source project, a Python library that lets users download the source audio and video files behind YouTube videos. From a report: GitHub, a code-hosting ...
04:45 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot How the US Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard at Vice: The U.S. military is buying the granular movement data of people around the world, harvested from innocuous-seeming apps, Motherboard has learned. The mo...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Obama Says Social Media Companies 'Are Making Editorial Choices, Whether They've Buried Them in Algorithms or Not'
Former U.S. President Barack Obama said that the extent to which social media companies claim they "are more like a phone company than they are like The Atlantic" is not "tenable," he told the publica...
03:30 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot UK Should Revisit 5G Ban Now Trump is Defeated, Says Huawei
AmiMoJo writes: The UK should revisit its decision to ban the Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei from its 5G network in the post-Trump era and recognise that it will worsen England's north-south ...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Didi To Deliver First BYD Electric Cars to Drivers Within Months
Didi Chuxing will begin rolling out an electric vehicle developed with BYD to its drivers in coming months, aiming to reduce costs throughout the world's largest ride-hailing network. From a report: T...
02:10 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Apple Responds To Gatekeeper Issue With Upcoming Fixes
Apple has updated a documentation page detailing the company's next steps to prevent last week's Gatekeeper bug from happening again. The company plans to implement the fixes over the next year. From ...
12:34 pm - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa Can Now Guess What You Want Before You Ask For It
"Amazon's engineers are tweaking Alexa's algorithm to help the virtual assistant guess users' requests, and offer to resolve them, before the demand is even uttered," reports ZDNet:After being asked, ...
08:34 am - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot BMW Demos a Powered Wingsuit That Can Fly 186 MPH
Wingsuits normally create a wide surface area of fabric between a skydiver's legs and from their legs to their arms, substantially slowing their fall. But to create a buzz for the unveiling of BMW's n...
04:34 am - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Ultimate Backup System? Cloud? Local? Sync? Dupes? Tape...?
Long-time Slashdot reader shanen noticed a strange sound in one of their old machines, prompting them to ponder: what is the ultimate backup system?I've researched this topic a number of times in the ...
02:29 am - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot macOS Big Sur Update Reportedly Bricks Some Older MacBook Pros
Engadget writes: According to MacRumors, users on Apple's forums and Reddit are stuck with a black screen when trying to update their late 2013 or mid 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro models to Big Sur...An e...
12:25 am - Mon, November 16, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Launches a Falcon 9 Rocket Carrying a Crew Dragon Capsule With Four Astronauts
The big launch finally happens in 2 minutes. "All systems are go for tonight's launch at 7:27 p.m. EST of Crew Dragon's first operational mission with four astronauts on board," SpaceX tweeted this mo...
10:41 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Another Cryptocurrency Heist, This Time $2 Million Stolen from Akropolis
$2 million worth of Dai was stolen Thursday from the cryptocurrency borrowing/lending service Akropolis, reports ZDNet — after which the service's admins paused all transactions.These attacks ha...
09:41 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot 15 Asia-Pacific Countries Form World's Largest Trade Bloc, Exclude the US
"Fifteen Asia-Pacific economies formed the world's largest free trade bloc on Sunday," reports CNBC, "a China-backed deal that excludes the United States, which had left a rival Asia-Pacific grouping ...
08:34 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Cheating-Detection Software Provokes 'School-Surveillance Revolt'
New webcam-based anti-cheating monitoring is so stressful, it's made some students cry, the Washington Post reports:"Online proctoring" companies saw in coronavirus shutdowns a chance to capitalize on...
08:04 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Doctor Who's Sonic Pioneers Will Turn the Internet Into a Giant Musical Instrument
"The Radiophonic Workshop has always broken new sonic ground, from the Doctor Who theme to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Now they're at it again — this time using the internet as a music...
07:34 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Doctor Who's Sonic Pioneers Will Turn the Internet Into a Giant Musical Instrument
"The Radiophonic Workshop has always broken new sonic ground, from the Doctor Who theme to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Now they're at it again — this time using the internet as a music...
07:34 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Kickstarter Mistakenly Emails Responses To Complaints From Seven Years Ago
The BBC reports:Crowdfunding website Kickstarter has surprised some of its users by replying to complaints they made seven years ago. Users who received responses to long-expired projects from 2013 to...
06:34 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Aaron Swartz's Memory Honored with Virtual Hackathon
Saturday saw 2020's virtual observation of the annual Aaron Swartz Day and International Hackathon, which the EFF describes as "a day dedicated to celebrating the continuing legacy of activist, progra...
05:34 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Data Breach Exposes 27 Million Texas Driver's License Records
"A software company that provides services for insurance groups disclosed this week that about 27.7 million Texas driver's license records were exposed in a data breach earlier this year," reports The...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot MSNBC: Parler Does Censor, Removes Users, and Really Hates Trolling
For seekers of a right-leaning free-speech utopia, "Parler may turn out to be, in the end, a false refuge," warns Marc Ambinder at MSNBC:First — sorry, folks — Parler does censor. It remov...
03:34 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Celebrate Intel's 4004 Microprocessor Turning 49 Today
Tim McNerney is the project leader at 4004.com, a site commemorating Intel's original 4004 microprocessor. He's also long-time Slashdot reader mcpublic, and shares news of a new open source adapter &m...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Why Apple Silicon Needs an Open Source Fortran Compiler
"Earlier this week Apple announced their new, ARM-based 'Apple Silicon' machines to the world in a slick marketing event that had many of us reaching for our credit cards," writes Mike Croucher, techn...
11:34 am - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Credit Card Numbers For Millions of Hotel Guests Exposed By Misconfigured Cloud Database
"A widely used hotel reservation platform has exposed 10 million files related to guests at various hotels around the world, thanks to a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket," reports Threatpos...
08:29 am - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Twitch Users Protest Its DMCA Policy By Streaming Videos With Homemade Sound Effects
Wednesday Twitch warned its users to delete any videos containing copyrighted music. PC Gamer reports on what happened next:Since October, Twitch has been deleting significant quantities of videos ove...
04:29 am - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Confirms Saturday He 'Most Likely' Has Covid-19
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes:SpaceX founder Elon Musk now says, in a new tweet on Saturday, "that he 'most likely' has a moderate case of Covid-19," according to Bloomberg. Though their article t...
02:34 am - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Recalls 350,000 'Ring' Video Doorbells After Some Caught on Fire
"Several hundred thousand Ring doorbells have been recalled," reports People, "following reports of the devices catching fire."According to a notice posted on Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safe...
12:34 am - Sun, November 15, 2020
Slashdot EFF Launches New Podcast: How to Fix the Internet
"EFF is launching How to Fix the Internet, a new podcast mini-series to examine potential solutions to six ills facing the modern digital landscape," announces EFF.org:Over the course of 6 episodes, w...
11:34 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Is There a Better Way to Create Secure Passwords?
"Forget all the rules about uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols; your password just needs to be at least 12 characters, and it needs to pass a real-time strength test" developed by th...
10:44 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Criticized For Not Removing Post-Election Misinformation
"YouTube is facing growing criticism for allowing election misinformation after it decided not to remove or individually fact-check videos that spread unfounded conspiracy theories alleging voter frau...
09:50 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Study Claims 18% of Covid Patients Later Diagnosed with Mental Illness
A new article summarizes research from the University of Oxford and NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre. Slashdot reader AleRunner writes: Nearly one in five people who have had Covid-19 are...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot An Amazonian Tea May Stimulate the Formation of New Brain Cells
Popular Mechanics writes:In a new study, researchers found the traditional psychoactive drug ayahuasca stimulates the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampi of research mice. The hippocampus is r...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot What Will Happen After Python Creator Guido Van Rossum Joins Microsoft?
Programming columnist Mike Melanson assesses the news that Guido Van Rossum, the creator of the Python programming language, has come out of retirement to join Microsoft's developer division:The news ...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Sued After Mobile Allowances Eaten Up By Hidden Data Transfers
Slashdot reader Iwastheone shared this report from the Register:Google on Thursday was sued for allegedly stealing Android users' cellular data allowances though unapproved, undisclosed transmissions ...
05:34 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Ubuntu Patches Bug That Tricked Gnome Desktop Into Giving Root Access
"Ubuntu developers have fixed a series of vulnerabilities that made it easy for standard users to gain coveted root privileges," reports Ars Technica:"This blog post is about an astonishingly straight...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Will Parler Spread Misinformation - or Just Segregate It Onto a Single App?
"The rising popularity of alternative social media app Parler is raising concerns over the spread of misinformation and potential for radicalizing users on a platform that's taken a hands-off approach...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Iron Powder Passes First Industrial Test As Renewable, Carbon Dioxide-Free Fuel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: While setting fire to an iron ingot is probably more trouble than it's worth, fine iron powder mixed with air is highly combustible. When you bu...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot DoorDash Says Its Own Pay Model Is a Risk To Its Business In Public Filing
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via VICE: Like other gig work giants, DoorDash has admitted in its IPO documents that its own business model -- and the way it treats and pays worke...
10:00 am - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Uber In Talks To Sell ATG Self-Driving Unit To Aurora
Uber is reportedly in talks to sell its $7.25 billion self-driving car unit, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, to competing autonomous vehicle technology startup Aurora Innovation. TechCrunch reports:...
07:00 am - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Is Reportedly Working On Linking Up Nest Audio Speakers With Chromecast Streaming Devices
In a Wall Street Journal article comparing Apple's HomePod Mini against the competition, a Google spokesperson hinted that the company is working on integrating its Chromecast streaming devices and Ne...
03:30 am - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Showing Cold Symptoms, Elon Musk Tests Positive - and Negative - for Covid-19
"Elon Musk predicted in March, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, that there would be 'probably close to zero new cases' in the United States by the end of April," reports the Washington Po...
02:02 am - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Election Was Most Secure In American History, US Officials Say
"The Nov. 3rd election was the most secure in American history," state and federal election officials said in a statement Thursday. "There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, ...
01:25 am - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot Broadband Power Users Explode, Making Data Caps More Profitable For ISPs
The number of broadband "power users" -- people who use 1TB or more per month -- has doubled over the past year, ensuring that ISPs will be able to make more money from data caps. Ars Technica reports...
12:45 am - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot GM Recalling Nearly 69,000 Bolt EVs For Fire Risks
General Motors said on Friday it was recalling 68,677 electric cars worldwide that pose a fire risk after five reported fires and two minor injuries. Reuters reports: The recall is for 2017-2019 model...
12:02 am - Sat, November 14, 2020
Slashdot In Rural 'Dead Zones,' School Comes On a Flash Drive
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Shekinah and Orlandria Lennon were sitting at their kitchen table this fall, taking online classes, when video of their teachers and fellow...
11:20 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Did You Upgrade To macOS Big Sur?
Yesterday, Apple released the latest version of macOS: macOS Big Sur (also known as macOS 11.0) and the rollout was anything but smooth. Many users have complained about Apple services such as iMessag...
10:41 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Rising Levels of Carbon Dioxide Increasing Extreme Weather Events in Australia, Report Finds
Australia's climate has entered a new era of sustained extreme weather events, such as dangerous bushfires and heatwaves, courtesy of rising average temperatures, a new report by the nation's two gove...
10:01 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Xbox Series X/S Was the Biggest Xbox Launch Ever
Microsoft has trumpeted the release of Xbox Series X and S as its biggest Xbox launch ever, though not provided any specific sales figures. From a report: Xbox boss Phil Spencer broke the news on Twit...
09:20 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot How C Programming Language Became the Invisible Foundation For Everything, and What's Next
The origins of C++ date back 40 years, yet it remains one of the most widely used programming languages today. TechRepublic spoke to C++ creator, Bjarne Stroustrup, to find out why. An excerpt from th...
08:39 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Ubisoft Montreal Staffers Barricade on Roof Amid Possible Hostage Situation
A potential hostage situation is reportedly taking place at the building in which game developer Ubisoft's Montreal office is housed. From a report: A group of suspects are reportedly holding tens of ...
08:39 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Ubisoft Montreal Staffers Barricade on Roof Amid Possible Hostage Situation [Updated]
A potential hostage situation is reportedly taking place at the building in which game developer Ubisoft's Montreal office is housed. From a report: A group of suspects are reportedly holding tens of ...
08:02 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Cancels Rewind Video Amid Pandemic
YouTube says it will not produce its annual end-of-year "Rewind" video this year, due to the global pandemic. The BBC reports: The video-sharing platform has produced an annual retrospective since 201...
07:25 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Begins Shifting Alexa's Cloud AI To Its Own Silicon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Thursday, an Amazon AWS blogpost announced that the company has moved most of the cloud processing for its Alexa personal assistant off of Nvi...
06:45 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot A Private Company Has a Crew Going To the ISS Next Year
Axiom Space has signed three private astronauts to join former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-AlegrÃa on Ax-1, the first private mission into orbit and to the International Space Station. From a re...
06:07 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Google's SoundFilter AI Separates Any Sound or Voice From Mixed-Audio Recordings
Researchers at Google claim to have developed a machine learning model that can separate a sound source from noisy, single-channel audio based on only a short sample of the target source. In a paper [...
05:26 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Your Computer Isn't Yours
Security researcher Jeffrey Paul, writes in a blog post: On modern versions of macOS, you simply can't power on your computer, launch a text editor or eBook reader, and write or read, without a log of...
04:45 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot VW Boosts Investment in Electric and Autonomous Car Technology To $86 Billon
Volkswagen has raised its planned investment on digital and electric vehicle technologies to 73 billion euros ($86 billion) over the next five years as it seeks to hold onto its crown as the world's l...
04:03 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot India To Get 100 Million Astra Vaccine Shots by Next Month
The world's largest vaccine maker is ramping up production of AstraZeneca Plc's Covid-19 shot, aiming to have 100 million doses ready by December for an inoculation drive that could begin across India...
03:25 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft: Russian, North Korean Cyberattacks Target COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts
Microsoft said Friday it has detected at least seven attacks on companies working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine or treatments. From a report: The company said attacks by three nation-state actors -- t...
02:43 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's 2020 Hour of Code Lesson Doubles As Unconscious Bias Training
theodp writes: What if we could build a better world through code?", begins the just-released teaser video for Microsoft's 2020 Hour of Code: A Minecraft Tale of Two Villages . "Help us bring two vill...
02:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Google CEO Apologises for Document, EU's Breton Warns Internet is Not Wild West
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has apologised to Europe's industry chief Thierry Breton over a leaked internal document proposing ways to counter the EU's tough new rules for technology companies. From a ...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Zuckerberg Says Steve Bannon Has Not Violated Enough Policies For Suspension
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting on Thursday that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had not violated eno...
10:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Security Holes Opened Back Door To TCL Android Smart TVs
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Millions of Android smart television sets from the Chinese vendor TCL Technology Group Corporation contained gaping software security holes that r...
07:00 am - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Martian Dust Storms Parch the Planet By Driving Water Into Space
sciencehabit writes: Two years ago, a global dust storm veiled Mars. But although the storm took a toll, killing off NASA's Opportunity rover, it also revealed that such storms play an important role ...
03:30 am - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Ending Greenhouse Gas Emissions May Not Stop Global Warming, Study Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org : Even if humanity stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, Earth will warm for centuries to come and oceans will rise by meters, according to a co...
02:02 am - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Screening Travelers For Symptoms of COVID-19 Was Ineffective, CDC Study Says
Temperature and symptom-based screening programs don't help catch coronavirus cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report that took a closer look at the programs used...
01:25 am - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Disney Has More Than 73 Million Subscribers
Disney+, the streaming service that launched one year ago today, grew to 73.7 million paid subscribers as of early October. TechCrunch reports: That's according to The Walt Disney Company's fourth-qua...
12:45 am - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot PayPal Now Lets All US Users Buy, Sell and Hold Cryptocurrency
It was teased last month, and now it's official: PayPal is bringing its newly-announced support for cryptocurrency to all US accounts. Engadget reports: PayPal says all eligible users can start buying...
12:02 am - Fri, November 13, 2020
Slashdot Six Reasons Why Google Maps Is the Creepiest App On Your Phone
VICE has highlighted six reasons why Google Maps is the creepiest app on your phone. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report: 1. Google Maps Wants Your Search History: Google's "Web &...
11:20 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Apple Silicon M1 Chip In MacBook Air Outperforms High-End 16-Inch MacBook Pro
The first benchmark of Apple's M1 chip shows that the multi-core performance of the new MacBook Air with 8GB RAM beats out all of the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro models, including the 10th-generation hig...
10:40 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Extends Political Ad Ban In US For At Least a Month
Facebook's ban on political ads, which was initially projected to last just one week, is being extended for at least another month. The decision is aimed at limiting the misinformation that's spreadin...
10:02 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot DNS Cache Poisoning, the Internet Attack From 2008, Is Back From the Dead
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica : In 2008, researcher Dan Kaminsky revealed one of the more severe Internet security threats ever: a weakness in the domain name system that made ...
09:20 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Commerce Department Announces Stay of TikTok Shutdown Order
The Commerce Department said Thursday that it won't enforce its order that would have effectively forced the Chinese-owned TikTok video-sharing app to shut down, citing a federal court ruling in Phila...
08:40 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Announces Exynos 1080 -- 5nm Premium-Range SoC with A78 Cores
Samsung LSI today announced the new Exynos 1080 SoC (system on chip), a successor to last year's Exynos 980. This year's 1080 is seemingly positioned a little above the 980 in terms of performance as ...
08:08 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Report: Swiss Government Long in Dark Over CIA Front Company
The Swiss intelligence service has known since at least 1993 that Switzerland-based encryption device maker Crypto AG was actually a front for the CIA and its German counterpart, according to a new re...
07:29 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot China's President Xi Jinping Personally Pulled Plug on Jack Ma's Ant IPO
Chinese President Xi Jinping personally made the decision to halt the initial public offering of Ant Group, which would have been the world's biggest, after controlling shareholder Jack Ma infuriated ...
06:41 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot macOS Big Sur is Now Available To Download
Apple on Thursday released the latest version of macOS: macOS Big Sur (also known as macOS 11.0), which is available to download now -- assuming you have a compatible Mac. From a report: Big Sur is on...
06:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Python Creator Guido van Rossum Joins Microsoft
Guido van Rossum, the creator of the Python programming language, today announced that he has unretired and joined Microsoft's Developer Division. From a report: Van Rossum, who was last employed by D...
05:31 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Singapore To Introduce New Visa to Draw Top Global Tech Talent
Singapore is rolling out the red carpet for top talent, launching a program to initially attract 500 individuals with a proven track record of contributing to the global technology ecosystem. From a r...
05:25 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Singapore To Introduce New Visa to Draw Top Global Tech Talent
Singapore is rolling out the red carpet for top talent, launching a program to initially attract 500 individuals with a proven track record of contributing to the global technology ecosystem. From a r...
04:42 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Stripe, Mozilla, Dropbox, Spotify, Others Form Tech 'Challenger Group' To Sway European Policy
Mark Di Stefano, reporting for The Information (paywalled): A few years back, two Brussels-based lobbyists from midsize tech companies were out for drinks, and in the course of the conversation they r...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot FCC Boss Ajit Pai Will Soon Lose Top Spot
An anonymous reader shares a report: His trademark grin. The giant, oversized coffee mug. The time he ignored the public, killed net neutrality at the request of telecom lobbyists, then gleefully danc...
03:24 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot RIP Google Music, One of the Company's Last Examples of Generosity
An anonymous reader shares a column: Google Music is dead, and with it one of the few remaining connections I have to the company that doesn't feel like a gun to my head. The service, now merged hapha...
02:44 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Urges Users To Stop Using Phone-Based Multi-Factor Authentication
Microsoft is urging users to abandon telephone-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) solutions like one-time codes sent via SMS and voice calls and instead replace them with newer MFA technologies, ...
02:04 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Trump Eyes Digital Media Empire To Take on Fox News
Mike Allen, reporting for Axios: President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network, sources tell Axios. The...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Hurricanes Might Not Be Losing Steam As Fast As They Used To
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: [A] new study [published in the journal Nature] by Lin Li and Pinaki Chakraborty at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate Univ...
10:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Twitch Says It's In Talks To License Music, Tells Users To Delete Videos With Unauthorized Tracks
In a lengthy blog post, Twitch told streamers that they must stop playing recorded music on their streams (unless it's officially licensed) and that "if you haven't already, you should review your his...
07:00 am - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Researchers 3-D Print Biomedical Parts With Supersonic Speed
schwit1 shares a report from Phys.Org: Forget glue, screws, heat or other traditional bonding methods. A Cornell University-led collaboration has developed a 3-D printing technique that creates cellul...
03:30 am - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Occidental Is First US Oil Major To Target Net Zero Emissions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BNN Bloomberg: Occidental Petroleum Corp. became the first major U.S. oil producer to aim for net zero emissions from everything it extracts and sells, acceler...
02:10 am - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Rolls Royce Plans 16 Mini-Nuclear Plants For UK
A consortium led by Rolls Royce has announced plans to build up to 16 mini-nuclear plants in the UK. The BBC reports: It says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of En...
01:30 am - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Simple Search Is a Browser Extension That Gives You Google Circa 2010
A group of journalists has built a browser extension, called Simple Search, to show you what Google search would look like without the information panels, shopping boxes, and search ads. The Verge rep...
12:50 am - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot A Self-Taught Garage Inventor Sees His Liquid Air Storage Idea Make the Big Time
Anmar Frangoul writes via CNBC: Work has started on a liquid air energy storage site in the northwest of England, with the team behind the project stating it will be one of the largest energy storage ...
12:10 am - Thu, November 12, 2020
Slashdot Western Digital's Ultrastar DC ZN540 Is the World's First ZNS SSD
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tom's Hardware: Western Digital is one of the most vocal proponents of the Zoned Namespaces (ZNS) storage initiative, so it is not surprising that the company ...
11:30 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Encouraging Results
Thelasko shares a report from the BBC: Early results from trials of a Covid vaccine developed in Russia suggest it could be 92% effective. The data is based on 20 cases of Covid-19 from 16,000 volunte...
10:50 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Ticketmaster To Require Negative COVID-19 Test Or Vaccination To Attend Concerts
Ticketmaster is planning to check the coronavirus vaccination status of concert-goers prior to shows once a treatment is approved. The New York Post reports: The ticketing giant plans to have customer...
10:10 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Swiss Report Reveals New Details On CIA Spying Operation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: The CIA and German intelligence jeopardized Switzerland's historic reputation for neutrality by using a Swiss company as a platform for a ...
09:25 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot No, the New MacBook Air is Not Faster Than 98% of PC Laptops
Gordon Mah Ung, writing at PC World: Let me just say it outloud, OK? Apple is full of it. I'm referring to Apple's claim that its fanless, Arm-based MacBook Air is "faster than 98 percent of PC laptop...
08:50 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot McDonald's McPlant is Coming For Beyond Meat's Crown
McDonald has announced plans to introduce its own plant-based burger option to the menu in select markets as soon as next year. From a report: The company made its plans public this week at an investo...
08:10 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Deutsche Bank Research: Tax Home Workers 'To Help Those Who Cannot'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Working from home should be taxed to help support workers whose jobs are under threat, a report has suggested. Deutsche Bank Research suggests a tax of 5% of a wor...
07:25 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Google's Play Store Identified as Main Distribution Vector For Most Android Malware
The official Google Play Store has been identified as the primary source of malware installs on Android devices in a recent academic study -- considered the largest one of its kind carried out to date...
06:47 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Raspberry Pi 4 Can Be Safely Overclocked To 2.15 GHz
szczys writes: When the Raspberry Pi 400 (a keyboard form-factor single board computer) was released last week, the company hinted at overclocking. Testing has now shown that the heat spreader used in...
06:08 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Come June 1, All of Your New Photos Will Count Against Your Free Google Storage
Come June 1, 2021, Google will change its storage policies for free accounts -- and not for the better. Basically, if you're on a free account and a semi-regular Google Photos user, get ready to pay u...
05:36 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Disaster 'Prepping' Was Once an American Pastime. Today, It's Mainstream Again.
Prepping was seen as a fringe hobby for survivalists and reality TV. Then came the pandemic. From a report: There's a reason "preppers," people who plan for the worst-case scenario, like to talk about...
04:51 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Face For Sale: Leaks and Lawsuits Blight Russia Facial Recognition
The rise of cloud computing and AI have popularised face recognition technology globally, but at what cost? From a report: When Anna Kuznetsova saw an ad offering access to Moscow's face recognition c...
04:04 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Chrome To Block Tab-Nabbing Attacks
Google will deploy a new security feature in Chrome next year to prevent tab-nabbing, a type of web attack that allows newly opened tabs to hijack the original tab from where they were opened. From a ...
03:27 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Says the Trump Administration Has Forgotten About Trying To Ban it, Would Like To Know What's Up
TikTok has filed a petition in a US Court of Appeals calling for a review of actions by the Trump administration's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The reason, according t...
02:48 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Alibaba Boasts Over $70 Billion Sales as First Post-Virus Singles' Day Nears End
China's Alibaba said orders on its e-commerce platforms during the Singles' Day shopping extravaganza had exceeded $70 billion by Wednesday evening, as lockdown-weary consumers splashed out on as many...
02:08 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Honda Says Will Be First To Mass Produce Level 3 Autonomous Cars
Japan's Honda Motor said on Wednesday it will be the world's first automaker to mass produce sensor-packed level 3 autonomous cars that will allow drivers to let their vehicles navigate congested expr...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Hyundai Reportedly In Talks To Buy Softbank-Owned Boston Dynamics
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: SoftBank Group Corp. is in talks to sell robot maker Boston Dynamics to Hyundai, people familiar with the matter said. Proposed terms of the deal w...
10:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Dish To Shut Down Slingbox, Devices Will Become 'Inoperable' In 2022
Dish Network announced that it will permanently shut down all of Sling Media's Slingbox services and end support for the devices in two years, at which point they'll no longer work. Variety reports: O...
07:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot UK Firm To Turn Moon Rock Into Oxygen and Building Materials
A British firm has won a European Space Agency contract to develop the technology to turn moon dust and rocks into oxygen, leaving behind aluminium, iron and other metal powders for lunar construction...
03:30 am - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Why It's a Big Deal If the First COVID-19 Vaccine Is 'Genetic'
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from Wired: On Monday morning, when representatives from the drug company Pfizer said that its Covid-19 vaccine appears to be more than 90 percent effective, stoc...
02:20 am - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Alphabet Project Uses Light Beams To Bring Broadband To Remote Regions
An Alphabet X innovation lab project has been working on a high-speed wireless optical communications network that uses beams of light instead of cables or radio waves, and folks in Kenya will be the ...
01:40 am - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Uber Will Now Let Users Book Rides 30 Days In Advance and Pick a Favorite Driver
Uber is rolling out a new feature this week that will let users reserve rides up to 30 days in advance and pick their favorite driver for the trip as the ride-hailing company seeks new ways to attract...
01:00 am - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Apple's New M1 Macs Won't Work With External GPUs
Today, Apple showed off the first Macs powered by its new M1 CPU, delivering impressive performance and excellent battery life, however they won't come without any compromises. According to Engadget, ...
12:20 am - Wed, November 11, 2020
Slashdot Body Found In Canada Identified As Neo-Nazi Spam King
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs On Security: The body of a man found shot inside a burned out vehicle in Canada three years ago has been identified as that of Davis Wolfgang Hawke, a pr...
11:40 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Engineer Gets Nine Years For Stealing $10 Million From Microsoft
A former Microsoft software engineer from Ukraine has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing more than $10 million in store credit from Microsoft's online store. Ars Technica reports: Fro...
11:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Brings Back the PC Guy To Boast About M1 Performance
At the end of Apple's big event today, where it launched three new Macs powered by the company's new M1 chip, the company had a surprise guest star: actor John Hodman reprising his role as the PC guy ...
10:23 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Steve Bannon Caught Running a Network of Misinformation Pages On Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Steve Bannon has been outed for his involvement in running a network of misinformation pages on Facebook. Who could have possibly seen this coming. Fa...
09:38 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot The Digital Nomads Did Not Prepare for This
They moved to exotic locales to work through the pandemic in style. But now tax trouble, breakups and Covid guilt are setting in. From a report: For a certain kind of worker, the pandemic presented a ...
08:55 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot SSDs Are Primed To Get Bigger and Faster With Micron's New NAND Memory Tech
Micron has announced it's shipping 176-layer TLC NAND flash memory to customers, a move that portends larger, faster and even cheaper SSD drives for all. From a report: The company said its 5th-gen 3D...
08:16 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Unveils New M1 Apple Silicon-powered MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and MacBook Pro
Apple announced three Macs today that are powered by the company's new M1 chip. They are: MacBook Air: The first Mac that will be powered by the M1 chip is the MacBook Air. According to Apple, the new...
07:25 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Computer Scientists Achieve 'Crown Jewel' of Cryptography
A cryptographic master tool called indistinguishability obfuscation has for years seemed too good to be true. Three researchers have figured out that it can work. Erica Klarreich, reporting for Quanta...
06:46 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Introduces M1 Chip To Power Its New Arm-Based Macs
Apple has introduced the new M1 chip that will power its new generation of Arm-based Macs. It's a 5nm processor, just like the A14 Bionic powering its latest iPhones. From a report: Apple says the new...
06:08 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Glaciers Melting At 'Shocking' Pace, Scientists Say
An anonymous reader writes: Glaciers in China's bleak Qilian mountains are disappearing at a shocking rate as global warming brings unpredictable change and raises the prospect of crippling, long-term...
05:25 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Second Cable Breaks at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Telescope
The already battered Arecibo Observatory was hit with another blow on 7 November when one of its 12 main support cables snapped and tore through the radio telescope's main dish. From a report: The inc...
04:46 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Covid Superspreader Risk Is Linked To Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels
The reopening of restaurants, gyms and hotels carries the highest risk of spreading Covid-19, according to a study that used mobile phone data from 98 million people to model the risks of infection at...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot On Apple's Piss-Poor Documentation
Casey Liss: For the last year or two, I've come to realize that the number one thing that makes it harder for me to do my job is documentation. Or, more specifically, the utter dearth of documentation...
03:25 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Spotify To Buy Podcast Ad Company Megaphone for $235 Million
Spotify's making another big podcasting acquisition. The company said on Tuesday it has entered into an agreement to acquire ad tech company Megaphone in a $235 million deal. The companies declined to...
02:47 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot The Eerie AI World of Deepfake Music
Artificial intelligence is being used to create new songs seemingly performed by Frank Sinatra and other dead stars. 'Deepfakes' are cute tricks -- but they could change pop for ever. From a report: "...
02:00 pm - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot EU Files Antitrust Charges Against Amazon Over Use of Data
European Union regulators have filed antitrust charges against Amazon, accusing the e-commerce giant of using data to gain an unfair advantage over merchants using its platform. From a report: The EU'...
10:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Scientists 3D Print Microscopic Star Trek Spaceship That Moves On Its Own
fahrbot-bot shares a report from CNN: A team of physicists at a university in the Netherlands have 3D-printed a microscopic version of the USS Voyager, an Intrepid-class starship from Star Trek. The m...
07:00 am - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Emissions From US Industrial Facilities Fell Nearly 5% In 2019
Greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, manufacturing sites and other large facilities declined nearly 5% from 2018 to 2019, according to data released Monday. Bloomberg reports: The drop is ...
03:30 am - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Students Have To Jump Through Absurd Hoops To Use Exam Monitoring Software
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Last month, as students at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Ontario, Canada, began studying for their midterm exams, many of them had to memorize no...
02:10 am - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Sony Gives Your PS4 a Second Life: Slinging a PS5 To Another Room of Your House
Sony confirmed today that the existing PS4 will soon let you access your other PlayStation consoles remotely, including the PS5: "We're updating PS4's Remote Play feature. Now, in addition to being ab...
01:30 am - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Trudeau Promises To Connect 98% of Canadians To High-Speed Internet By 2026
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says its government is now on track to connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2026. CBC.ca reports: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a handful of ca...
12:50 am - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft: Make 11-Year-Olds 'Future Ready' With Minecraft Python Hour of Code
theodp writes: The upcoming "Hack the Classroom: STEM Edition," Microsoft explains, "is a [3-day] free virtual event series designed for K-12 educators, parents, and guardians. The sessions will featu...
12:10 am - Tue, November 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Suspends Supplier For Using Illegal Student Labor In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has reprimanded one of its largest manufacturers after a Financial Times investigation found that thousands of student interns had worked o...
11:30 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot McDonald's To Launch a Plant-Based Burger: The McPlant
According to USA Today, McDonald's has developed a new plant-based platform dubbed McPlant that will debut in markets around the world early next year. From the report: "McPlant is crafted exclusively...
10:50 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Has Applied To Become a Citizen of Cyprus
The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, is finalizing a plan to become a citizen of the island of Cyprus, Recode has learned, becoming one of the highest-profile Americans to take advantage of one of ...
10:10 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Find a New Way To Search for Habitable Exoplanets
An anonymous reader shares a report: Earthlings are lucky to live near a relatively stable Sun, which has enabled life on our planet to emerge and thrive over the past four billion years. While many w...
09:30 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Voters Overwhelmingly Back Community Broadband In Chicago and Denver
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE: Voters in both Denver and Chicago have overwhelmingly thrown their support behind local community broadband projects, joining the hundreds of U.S. commun...
08:50 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Streaming TV Advertisers Want Better Targeting -- Minus the Privacy Backlash
Advertisers entering the burgeoning medium of streaming TV say they want better measurement and targeting capabilities than they are finding there. But a shadow looms over any efforts to give them wha...
08:14 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Right-Leaning Social Network Parler Tops Free App Charts
Parler, which calls itself a "viewpoint-neutral" social network and is growing popular among conservatives who feel mainstream social platforms are censoring them, is now topping the free app download...
07:32 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot NASA Administrator Says He Plans To Leave Position Under Biden Administration
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine says he plans to leave his position at the space agency under the new Joe Biden administration, even if he's asked to stay, according to an interview he did with Avi...
07:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Net Applications Will No Longer Track the Browser Wars
Emil Protalinski, reporting for VentureBeat: For more than a decade, I've used Net Applications' NetMarketShare tool to track the desktop browser and operating system markets. The monthly reports have...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot India Opens Antitrust Case Against Google Over Its Payments App
India's antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its app store to promote its payments service in the world's second largest internet m...
05:28 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Shot To Prevent HIV Works Better Than Daily Pill in Women
A single shot given every two months has proved to be more effective than a daily pill at preventing H.I.V. in women, researchers reported on Monday, an advance that medical experts hailed as groundbr...
04:45 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot FTC Announces a Settlement With Zoom Over Security Issues
Zoom will implement new security practices as part of a proposed settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the agency announced on Monday. From a report: "Zoom has agreed to a requirement to estab...
04:14 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Compal, the Second-Largest Laptop Manufacturer in the World, Hit By Ransomware
Compal, a Taiwanese electronics company that builds laptops for some of the world's largest computer brands, suffered a ransomware attack over the weekend. From a report: Responsible for the breach is...
03:36 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Virgin Hyperloop Hits an Important Milestone: the First Human Passenger Test
Virgin Hyperloop announced that for the first time it has conducted a test of its ultra-fast transportation system with human passengers. From a report: The test took place on Sunday afternoon at the ...
02:53 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Tim Berners Lee's Startup Inrupt Releases Privacy Platform for Enterprises
Inrupt, the startup from World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, announced an enterprise version of the Solid privacy platform today, which allows large organizations and governments to build applicat...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Pfizer Stuns Experts With Early Data that Vaccine Is More Than 90% Effective
The drug maker Pfizer announced on Monday that an early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine was robustly effective in preventing Covid-19, a promising development as the wo...
12:04 pm - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot As UK Military Begins Mass Coronavirus Testing, Head of Armed Forces Ponders Robot Soldiers
Remembrance Sunday is the day of commemoration for British and Commonwealth servicemen, and the head of the British Armed Forces marked the occasion with a special interview on Sky News. And he shared...
08:34 am - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot UK Agency Demands Company Stop Using Name Which Includes an HTML Closing Tag
A British software engineer came up with "a fun playful name" for his consulting business. He'd named it: ""> Unfortunately, this did not amuse the official registrar of companies in the United Ki...
05:44 am - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Threatening Bans, Facebook Will Now Require Moderation For Groups Spreading Misinformation
"While the election may have now been called for Joe Biden, our misinformation nightmare is far from over," quips Mashable:As unsubstantiated pro-Trump conspiracies about election fraud continue to sp...
02:59 am - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot HP Replaces 'Free Ink for Life' Plan With '99 Cents a Month Or Your Printer Stops Working'
In a new essay at EFF.org, Cory Doctorow re-visits HP's anti-consumer "security updates" that disabled third-party ink cartridges (while missing real vulnerabilities that could actually bypass network...
12:49 am - Mon, November 9, 2020
Slashdot Trump Will Lose His Twitter 'Public Interest' Protections In January
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shares the Verge's report that U.S. President Donald Trump "will lose Twitter privileges he enjoys as a world leader when President-Elect Joe Biden takes office on Ja...
11:58 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot Looking For Another Earth? Here Are 300 Million, Maybe
Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shared this report from the New York Times:A decade ago, a band of astronomers set out to investigate one of the oldest questions taunting philosophers, scientist...
11:04 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Discover Two New Mammals in Australia
CNET reports:Two new species of greater glider, a cat-size marsupial that lives in the forests of Australia, have been discovered after scientists ran DNA tests on new tissue samples of the animals. A...
10:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot How Long Do Most Species Last Before Going Extinct?
Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shares an article from Live Science asking a thought-provoking question: How long do most species last before going extinct?The majestic blue whale has plied the ...
09:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot New Nasal Spray Prevents Covid Infection in Ferrets, Study Finds
The New York Times reports:A nasal spray that blocks the absorption of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has completely protected ferrets it was tested on, according to a small study released on Thursday by an int...
08:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot Should Retraining Programs for Laid-Off Retail Workers Include Computer Programming?
Appearing on ABC, former Chicago Mayor and Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on Friday volunteered some suggestions for an economic recovery plan that America's next president could implem...
07:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot Iconic American Quiz Show Host Alex Trebek Dies at Age 80
The iconic host of America's TV quiz show Jeopardy! has died at age 80, after 35 years of reminding contestants to always state their answers in the form of a question. Who was Alex Trebec? CNN calls ...
06:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot Antitrust Investigations and Policy Towards China: How Biden's Victory Impacts Tech
Adweek has published an article titled "What to Expect: How a Biden Administration Would Tackle Tech Policy." Some of the highlights:Industry observers have told us they don't expect a change-of-guard...
05:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot On Older Versions of Android, Many Let's Encrypt-Secured Sites May Stop Working in 2021
This year Let's Encrypt announced that it's issued a billion certificates, and it's been estimated they've made certs for almost 30% of web domains. But Friday they posted that "The DST Root X3 root c...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Tequila Sells Out Within Hours, Triggers Bidding Wars on eBay
Thursday Tesla's web site began selling $250 bottles of Tesla-branded tequila, describing it as a "small-batch premium 100% de agave tequila anejo made from sustainably sourced highland and lowland ag...
03:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot The Verdict After Hackaday's Teardown of a Raspberry Pi 400: 'Very, Very Slick'
"You can't send Hackaday a piece of gear without us taking it apart," warns an article shared by Slashdot reader beggarwoman. Hackady's verdict? The new Raspberry Pi 400 "is very, very slick."Inside, ...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot President Biden Will Rejoin the World Health Organization on His First Day
"Another of Biden's promises will have particular significance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic," reports Futurism:Back in July, he promised to reverse the incumbent Donald Trump's controversia...
12:34 pm - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot Starlink Beta Testers Are Impressed With Its Speed
One beta tester of SpaceX's new Starlink satellite internet service is a Reddit user named "wandering-coder". This week they shared their experience online, testing the equpiment in a national forest ...
08:34 am - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Internal IP's Leaked By Its Search Bot
Apple's search bots have been leaking Apple's internal IPs, a security researcher has discovered — and it took Apple over 9 months to fix it. Bleeping Computer reports:"Applebot is the web crawl...
04:34 am - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot What Biden's Victory Means For Net Neutrality - and for Ajit Pai
"A victory by Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election could usher in an abrupt change in the nation's telecommunications policy, restoring so-called net neutrality regulation," Bloomberg recently reported:Bi...
02:37 am - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot 42% of Amazon's Reviews Might Be 'Unreliable'
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes Bloomberg: Fake reviews on Amazon.com Inc. during the pandemic have reached levels typically seen during the holiday shopping season. About 42% of 720 million ...
12:34 am - Sun, November 8, 2020
Slashdot Cyberattackers Now Also Make Linux Versions of Their Ransomware
"Security firm Kaspersky said Friday that it discovered a Linux version of the RansomEXX ransomware," reports ZDNet, "marking the first time a major Windows ransomware strain has been ported to Linux ...
11:34 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Former Astronaut Wins US Senate Seat Once Held By Republican John McCain
"Mark Kelly will soon be the fourth NASA astronaut to serve in the U.S. Congress," writes People magazine. DevNull127 shares their report:In a tweet posted Wednesday, he said he was "deeply honored" t...
10:34 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Uber and Lyft Will Push For More Laws Classifying Drivers as Independent Contractors
"Uber helped wage a $200 million war in California to keep drivers as contractors," notes the Washington Post — successfully funding a ballot proposition that overrides a high-stakes 2019 law wh...
09:34 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot EFF Argues RIAA is 'Abusing DMCA' to Take Down YouTube-DL
While the RIAA has objected to a tool for downloading online videos, EFF senior activist Elliot Harmon responds with this question. "Who died and put them in charge of YouTube?" He asks the question i...
08:34 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot A Biden Victory Positions America For a 180-Degree Turn On Climate Change
"Joe Biden, the projected winner of the U.S. presidency, will move to restore dozens of environmental safeguards President Donald Trump abolished," reports the Washington Post, "and launch the boldest...
07:34 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Election-Related Misinformation on Social Media Still 'Readily Viewable' - If It's In Spanish
NBC reports that social media crackdowns on disinformation have been less consistent if the content isn't in English. One example? "Facebook and YouTube have taken steps to remove QAnon content in Eng...
06:34 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot How Ex-Facebook Data Experts Spent $75 Million On Targeted Anti-Trump Ads
The night before America's election, Fast Company reported:On the internet, we're subject to hidden A/B tests all the time, but this one was also part of a political weapon: a multimillion-dollar tool...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Defeating Trump, Joe Biden Declared Winner of US Presidential Elections
"BIDEN WINS" declares the all-caps headline at CNN.com. And the headline at NBC News reads "JOE BIDEN DEFEATS DONALD TRUMP TO WIN THE WHITE HOUSE, NBC NEWS PROJECTS." NBC News reports: Joe Biden becam...
04:34 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Defeating Trump, Joe Biden Declared Winner of US Presidential Election
"BIDEN WINS" declares the all-caps headline at CNN.com. And the headline at NBC News reads "JOE BIDEN DEFEATS DONALD TRUMP TO WIN THE WHITE HOUSE, NBC NEWS PROJECTS." NBC News reports: Joe Biden becam...
03:34 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Boeing's 737 Max: Carrying Passengers Again In December?
"Boeing's much-maligned 737 Max jet could be cleared to fly again in just a few weeks," reports SFGate, adding that one U.S. airline plans to carry passengers "as early as December."Although the Feder...
01:00 pm - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Project To Install Another Giant Battery In Australia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: France's Neoen SA will partner with Tesla Inc. to install one of the world's biggest lithium-ion batteries in Australia after reaching a grid connec...
10:00 am - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Panasonic Makes Vacuum Gadget To Rescue Wireless Earbuds From Train Tracks
Panasonic has collaborated with JR East on a vacuum cleaner-style device to solve a new problem that has sprung up on recent years: a rise in people dropping wireless earbuds onto train tracks. "The d...
07:00 am - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Discover Bizarre Hell Planet Where It Rains Rocks and Oceans Are Made of Lava
On planet K2-141b, oceans are made of molten lava, winds reach supersonic speeds and rain is made of rocks. "Scientists have referred to the bizarre, hellish exoplanet as one of the most 'extreme' eve...
03:30 am - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot A One Hundred Thousand-Fold Enhancement In the Nonlinearity of Silicon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A team of researchers led by Osaka University and National Taiwan University created a system of nanoscale silicon resonators that can act as logic g...
02:10 am - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Electric Bike Motors Will Be Shut Down When Entering Residential Areas of Amsterdam
In an effort to cut road deaths, the Dutch government will be using a new digital system to automatically reduce electric bicycles' power in residential or built-up areas of Amsterdam. The Guardian re...
01:30 am - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Will Stop Saying Its 5G Network Is Better Than It Actually Is
Earlier this week, the FCC fined T-Mobile $200 million for its abuse of Sprint's Lifeline program for low-income consumers -- the largest fine to be paid in commission history. Now, the Better Busines...
12:50 am - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Google Photos Tests Locking Color Pop Behind a Google One Paywall
According to XDA Developers, Google is testing locking the Color Pop feature in the Google Photos app behind a paywall, requiring users to sign up for a Google One subscription to access this feature,...
12:10 am - Sat, November 7, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Can't Seem To Do Anything About 'Stop the Steal' Groups
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE: On Thursday night, Facebook announced it had activated "break glass" measures to try to quell the spread of disinformation, which has been supercharged b...
11:30 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Kojima's Infamous 'P.T.' Is Not Playable On PlayStation 5
tlhIngan writes: Many years ago, Kojima Productions produced P.T., a "playable teaser" (rumored meaning to P.T.) for a now-cancelled Silent Hill survival-horror reboot. This was a popular teaser but w...
10:50 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Debt Collectors Will Soon Be Allowed To Reach You By Text Or On Facebook
The federal government has cleared the way for collection agencies to send unlimited texts, emails and even instant messages to debtors on social media platforms. CBS News reports: The Consumer Financ...
10:10 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Bentley Will Ditch Internal Combustion Engines By 2030
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Time is starting to run out for vehicles powered purely by international combustion engines, and the auto industry knows it. This week Bentley, t...
09:30 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Claims Its Proposed Payments Network is 7 Times Faster Than Visa's
As work continues on Novi, Facebook's digital wallet the company hopes will one day be used to access currencies in the blockchain-based payment system Libra, semblances of a framework have emerged fr...
08:51 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot China Launches World's First 6G Experimental Satellite
hackingbear writes: China successfully launched the world's first 6G communication satellite by a Long March-6 carrier rocket that blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China Central T...
08:16 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Announce Presidential Election Result in Facebook and Instagram Notifications
Facebook plans to put the name of the winner of the US presidential election at the top of Facebook and Instagram once it's been projected by a majority of media outlets, the company says. From a repo...
07:39 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Ransomware Gangs That Steal Your Data Don't Always Delete It
Ransomware gangs that steal a company's data and then get paid a ransom fee to delete it don't always follow through on their promise. From a report: The number of cases where something like this has ...
06:52 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Find Flaws in Algorithm Used To Identify Atypical Medication Orders
Can algorithms identify unusual medication orders or profiles more accurately than humans? Not necessarily. From a report: A study coauthored by researchers at the Universite Laval and CHU Sainte-Just...
06:10 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Invest $2.8 Billion To Build Its Second Data Center Region in India
Amazon will invest about $2.8 billion in Telangana to set up a new AWS Cloud region in the southern state of India, a top Indian politician announced on Friday. From a report: The investment will allo...
05:25 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot What Would We Experience If Earth Spontaneously Turned Into A Black Hole?
Ethan Siegel, writing at Medium's Starts with a Bang: Either way, the first thing that would happen would be a transition from being at rest -- where the force from the atoms on Earth's surface pushed...
04:49 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot A14X Bionic Allegedly Benchmarked Days Before Apple Silicon Mac Event
The chip expected to be at the core of the first Apple Silicon Mac -- the "A14X" -- may have been benchmarked just days before the next Apple event. From a report: The alleged CPU benchmarks for the "...
04:10 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Tests Linear Web Channel in France
Netflix has chosen France to test its first channel offering. From a report: Named Direct, the linear channel -- which is only available to subscribers -- will air French, international and U.S. featu...
03:35 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Sony Confirms the PS5 Won't Support SSD Storage Expansion at Launch
Sony says its PlayStation 5 can load virtual worlds far faster than ever before, thanks to one of the fastest solid-state drives ever made -- but it's also not a particularly big drive. Sony has confi...
02:46 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Sega Sells Off Its Arcade Business Due To Coronavirus
New submitter clubalien writes: Sega has sold off its arcade business due to coronavirus. In a press release, parent company Sega Sammy Holdings Inc said it has sold the vast majority (85.1 per cent) ...
02:10 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot India and Pakistan Dominate WHO's Air Pollution Database
At this time of year, agricultural burning adds to the air pollution problems across northern India and Pakistan. The region contains 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the World Health Organization...
01:00 pm - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Woman Sheds Coronavirus For 70 Days Without Symptoms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from LiveScience: A woman with COVID-19 in Washington state shed infectious virus particles for 70 days, meaning she was contagious during that entire time, despite...
10:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Python Overtakes Java To Become The Second-Most Popular Programming Language
For the first time in the history of TIOBE's index, Java has slipped out of the top two, leaving Python to occupy the spot behind reigning champion, C. TechRepublic reports: October's TIOBE index had ...
07:00 am - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Astronomers Trace Mysterious Fast Radio Burst To Extreme, Rare Star
The first detection of a fast radio burst inside the Milky Way leads scientists back to a magnetar, partially solving a long-standing mystery. CNET reports: Sifting through a trove of radio telescope ...
03:30 am - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk's Tesla Tequila Will Run You $250 a Bottle
A Tesla-branded tequila, which is being described as a "small-batch premium 100% de agave tequila anejo made from sustainably sourced highland and lowland agaves," is now being sold on the automaker's...
02:10 am - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Several US Utilities Back Out of Deal To Build Novel Nuclear Power Plant
Eight of the 36 public utilities that had signed on to help build an innovative new nuclear power plant in the U.S. have backed out of the deal. Science Magazine reports: The withdrawals come just mon...
01:30 am - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Proctoring Software Company Used DMCA To Take Down a Student's Critical Tweets
A series of tweets by one Miami University student that were critical of a proctoring software company have been hidden by Twitter after the company filed a copyright takedown notice. TechCrunch repor...
12:50 am - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot Volvo Trucks To Launch Full Range of Electric Trucks In Europe In 2021
Volvo Trucks, Sweden's AB Volvo's main truck brand, will sell a complete range of electric, heavy-duty trucks in Europe starting in 2021, the company said in a statement on Thursday. Reuters reports: ...
12:10 am - Fri, November 6, 2020
Slashdot The T-Cell Immune Response To COVID-19 Lasts At Least Six Months
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Economist: Over the past year, many reports have shown rapidly waning levels of covid-specific antibodies after the initial burst caused by an infection. [...
11:30 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot San Francisco Voters Approve Taxes On Highly Paid CEOs, Big Businesses
San Francisco voters have overwhelmingly approved several tax measures targeting property owners and big businesses with CEOs who are paid far more than their average workers. The Los Angeles Times re...
10:50 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Android Turns 13 Years Old
Google officially introduced its Android mobile operating system on November 5th, 2007, which just so happens to line up with today, so happy 13th birthday, Android. Ryne Hager from Android Police rep...
10:13 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Targets Critical 'Cuties' Tweets With Copyright Takedown Requests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Every week, Netflix sends out thousands of takedown requests, most of which target pirated copies of its movies and TV-shows. Yesterday, however,...
09:30 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple Says New 'Nutrition Labels' For App Privacy Will Be Required Starting December 8
Apple has announced today that developers will be required to provide new privacy details to users in the App Store starting December 8. From a report: These privacy "nutrition labels" were first intr...
08:50 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Why Do Printers Still Suck?
Just when we need them the most, with print shops locked down, online schooling in session, and everyone working from home, they fail to step up. From a column: Printers have been my enemy ever since ...
08:08 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors Set a New Performance Bar Over Intel
MojoKid writes: AMD made bold claims when the company unveiled its new Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series processors early last month. Statements like "historic IPC uplift" and "fastest for gamers" were wa...
07:34 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Denmark Plans To Cull 15 Million Minks After Coronavirus Mutation Spreads To Humans
A Slashdot reader writes: Denmark plans to cull its entire population of roughly 15 million minks in farms after the animals spread a mutation of the coronavirus to humans. The country's prime ministe...
06:52 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Starts Air Cargo Arm in Europe With Jet Hub Near Leipzig
Amazon.com is launching air cargo operations in Europe, the online retailer's first such expansion outside of the U.S. as it looks to bring more freight operations in-house. From a report: Amazon Air ...
06:14 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Razer's First Mainstream Laptop Still Has an RGB Keyboard
Gaming hardware makers have been diversifying their laptops recently, and Razer is the latest to join that trend. From a report: The company is announcing the Razer Book 13 today, which it's calling a...
05:33 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Dutch Brewery Burns Iron as a Clean, Recyclable Fuel
Many industries use heat-intensive processes that generally require the burning of fossil fuels, but a surprising green fuel alternative is emerging in the form of metal powders. Ground very fine, che...
04:58 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Pope Francis Prays for Good AI
For his monthly intention in November, Pope Francis prayed that AI will be beneficial for humanity. From a report: It's up for debate whether the development of automation and AI will ultimately be go...
04:52 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Pope Francis Prays for Good AI
For his monthly intention in November, Pope Francis prayed that AI will be beneficial for humanity. From a report: It's up for debate whether the development of automation and AI will ultimately be go...
04:37 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot GitHub Denies Getting Hacked
GitHub has denied rumors today of getting hacked after a mysterious entity shared what they claimed to be the source code of the GitHub.com and GitHub Enterprise portals. From a report: The "supposed"...
04:10 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot GitHub Denies Getting Hacked
GitHub has denied rumors today of getting hacked after a mysterious entity shared what they claimed to be the source code of the GitHub.com and GitHub Enterprise portals. From a report: The "supposed"...
03:37 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Fortnite To Return To iPhones via Nvidia Cloud Gaming Service
Owners of iPhones and iPads will soon be able to play Fortnite again, via a cloud service, the BBC has discovered. From a report: Nvidia has developed a version of its GeForce cloud gaming service tha...
03:27 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Fortnite To Return To iPhones via Nvidia Cloud Gaming Service
Owners of iPhones and iPads will soon be able to play Fortnite again, via a cloud service, the BBC has discovered. From a report: Nvidia has developed a version of its GeForce cloud gaming service tha...
02:57 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot WhatsApp Now Lets You Post Ephemeral Messages That Disappear After 7 Days
Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp passed the whopping milestone of 100 billion messages sent per day, but not everyone wants those chats to stick around forever. Now, Facebook's wildly popular...
02:47 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot WhatsApp Now Lets You Post Ephemeral Messages That Disappear After 7 Days
Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp passed the whopping milestone of 100 billion messages sent per day, but not everyone wants those chats to stick around forever. Now, Facebook's wildly popular...
02:03 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot US Exceeds 100,000 New COVID-19 Cases For First Time
The U.S. reported 103,087 new daily coronavirus infections on Wednesday, setting a single-day record for cases, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. From a report: This is the first time...
01:00 pm - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot MPA Lawyers Are Trying To Shut Down Pirate Anime Giant Nyaa.si
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Documents obtained by TorrentFreak dated September reveal the MPA, acting through legal representatives, attempting to pressure individuals who t...
09:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Brave Hits 20 Million Monthly Users a Year After 1.0 Release
One year after its first 1.0 release, Brave says it has hit the milestone of 20.5 million active monthly users. "At the same time last year, the browser had 8.7 million active monthly users, and of th...
05:00 am - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Sportsbet Says It Will Pay Out Early On Biden As US President
Anonymouse Cowtard writes: When you're holding millions in bets on the favorite, you don't take the decision to payout lightly. Betting agencies are often good barometers for political polls, but Spor...
03:30 am - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot US Formally Withdraws From Paris Climate Agreement
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: The United States officially withdrew from the Paris Agreement on Wednesday, casting the stakes of the still-undecided presidential election in ...
02:10 am - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Silk Road Bitcoins Worth $1 Billion Change Hands After Seven Years
A billion dollars worth of bitcoins linked to the shuttered darknet market Silk Road has changed hands for the first time in seven years, prompting renewed speculation about the fate of the illicit fo...
01:30 am - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Dell Adding Hardware Privacy Driver For Linux
According to Phoronix, a Dell privacy driver is is being prepared for the Linux kernel. From the report: Beginning in Dell's 2021 laptop models they are providing hardware-based "privacy buttons" to d...
12:50 am - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot RIAA Takedowns Backfire as Pirated MP3s Now Surface on GitHub
Two weeks ago the RIAA asked GitHub to remove the open-source stream-ripper software youtube-dl. This request wasn't well-received by developers, many of whom retaliated by posting copies of the code....
12:10 am - Thu, November 5, 2020
Slashdot Configuration Snafu Exposes Passwords For Two Million Marijuana Growers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: GrowDiaries, an online community where marijuana growers can blog about their plants and interact with other farmers, has suffered a security breach in ...
11:30 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Virgin Hyperloop Selects West Virginia To Test Its Futuristic Transport System
Virgin Hyperloop One announced its plan to build a $500 million certification center to advance its vision of the future of high-speed transportation in West Virginia. The state will serve as a locus ...
10:50 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Can Be Extradited To US But Can Also Appeal
The Supreme Court in New Zealand ruled that file-sharing site mogul Kim Dotcom can be returned to the U.S. to face copyright charges -- but has also overturned another lower court's decision granting ...
10:10 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Intel Enters the Laptop Discrete GPU Market With Xe Max
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: This weekend, Intel released preliminary information on its newest laptop part -- the Xe Max discrete GPU, which functions alongside and in tande...
09:30 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Proposition 24 Passes in California, Pushing Privacy Rights To the Forefront Again
California voters approved on Tuesday a ballot measure designed to beef up consumer privacy protections, according to unofficial returns published by the state's secretary of state. From a report: Pro...
08:50 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Massachusetts Voters Overwhelmingly Pass Car Right-to-Repair Ballot Initiative
Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted to extend its automobile right to repair law, in a huge win for consumers. From a report: Question 1 was the most expensive measure battle in Massachusetts history w...
08:09 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Nikon Will Let You Use Its Cameras as High-End Webcams
Nikon has at last released software that turns your fancy DSLR or mirrorless camera into a high-end webcam. From a report: Other major camera makers have rolled out similar tools in the last several m...
07:26 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot China Is Blocking the WHO From Investigating the Origins of the Coronavirus
schwit1 writes: The coronavirus was first reported to have originated at an animal market in Wuhan, China, however numerous observers have already questioned this account of the virus's origins. Among...
06:45 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot We Finally Know What's Been Making Fast Radio Bursts
Today, researchers are announcing they've solved one of the questions that's been nagging them over the past decade: what exactly produces the weird phenomena known as fast radio bursts (FRBs)? From a...
06:07 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot The Pandemic Has Created a Middle Class Private Jet Boom
An anonymous reader shares a report: While the commercial airline industry has been largely grounded following various global lockdowns -- with outbound international travel from the UK set to be bann...
05:35 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot 23,600 Hacked Databases Have Leaked From a Defunct 'Data Breach Index' Site
More than 23,000 hacked databases have been made available for download on several hacking forums and Telegram channels in what threat intel analysts are calling the biggest leak of its kind. From a r...
04:51 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot NASA Objects To New Mega-Constellation, Citing Risk of 'Catastrophic Collision'
NASA has formally commented on a request by a US company to build a mega-constellation of satellites at an altitude of 720km above the Earth's surface, citing concerns about collisions. From a report:...
04:17 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Will Pay $200 Million To Settle Sprint's Alleged Lifeline Abuse
T-Mobile is paying the price for the reported misdeeds of its recent acquisition. From a report: The carrier has agreed to pay a $200 million settlement over FCC allegations Sprint abused the Lifeline...
03:21 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Portland, Maine Votes in Favor of Facial Recognition Ban
Portland, Maine is the latest in the growing list of cities in the US to ban facial recognition technologies. From a report: According to Bangor Daily News, people voted in favor of of passing a new m...
02:40 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Uber, Lyft Prevail To Keep California Workers Independent
Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services prevailed at the ballot box in their expensive gamble to keep drivers classified as independent contractors. From a report: The titans...
01:45 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Trump Attacks Legitimate Vote-Counting Efforts and Claims Fraud Without Basis
President Trump attacked legitimate vote-counting efforts in remarks from the White House early Wednesday, suggesting attempts to tally all ballots amounted to disenfranchising his supporters, CNN rep...
01:00 pm - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot GPS and Water Don't Mix. So Scientists Have Found a New Way To Navigate Under the Sea
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: [E]ven today's most sophisticated GPS systems are still unable to map a huge chunk of the Earth: that which is located under oceans, seas, or rivers. Th...
10:00 am - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot MIT Team's Cough Detector Identifies 97% of COVID-19 Cases Even In Asymptomatic People
Scientists from MIT have developed a new AI model that can detect COVID-19 from a simple forced cough. ScienceAlert reports: Evidence shows that the AI can spot differences in coughing that can't be h...
07:59 am - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Trump Attacks Legitimate Vote-Counting Efforts and Claims Fraud Without Basis
President Trump attacked legitimate vote-counting efforts in remarks from the White House early Wednesday, suggesting attempts to tally all ballots amounted to disenfranchising his supporters, CNN rep...
04:40 am - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Oregon Becomes First State To Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms
Oregonians have voted to pass Measure 109 to become the first state in the country to legalize psilocybin. OregonLive reports: Measure 109 was passing by 59.25% Tuesday when the polls closed in Oregon...
03:30 am - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Police Will Pilot a Program To Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: This is not a drill. Red alert: The police surveillance center in Jackson, Mississippi, will be conducting a 45-day pilot p...
02:02 am - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Baby Shark Becomes YouTube's Most-Watched Video of All Time
Baby Shark, the infuriatingly catchy children's rhyme recorded by South Korean company Pinkfong, has become the most-watched video ever on YouTube. The BBC reports: The song has now been played 7.04 b...
01:25 am - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Linux Mint Introduces Its Own Take On the Chromium Web Browser
Mint's programmers, led by lead developer, Clement "Clem" Lefebvre, have built their own take on Google's open-source Chromium web browser. ZDNet reports: Some of you may be saying, "Wait, haven't the...
12:45 am - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Spotify Will Boost Music In Exchange For Cut of Royalties
On Monday, Spotify announced a new initiative that offers artists the chance to pay their way into automated recommendations. Gizmodo reports: In a carefully worded blog post, Spotify is framing its l...
12:02 am - Wed, November 4, 2020
Slashdot Windows 7 Won't Die, Still Second Most Popular OS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: The data analysts firm NetMarketShare revealed that Windows 10 has seen another uptake in users and it went up to 64.04% from 61.26% last mon...
11:20 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Election Hoax Spreading Through Text Messages In Michigan
A text message campaign, claiming to be from the FBI, is targeting people in Michigan with misinformation about "ballot sensor issues." According to The Verge, citing The Washington Post, "The message...
10:40 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot China Halts Ant Group's Blockbuster IPO
In a late-evening announcement that stunned China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange slammed the brakes on Ant's initial public offering, which was set to be the biggest stock debut in history with investor...
10:02 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot The Tech Antitrust Problem No One Is Talking About: US Broadband Providers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After years of building political pressure for antitrust scrutiny of major tech companies, this month Congress and the US government delivered. T...
09:25 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot New Online Bookshop Unites Indies To Rival Amazon
It is being described as a "revolutionary moment in the history of bookselling": a socially conscious alternative to Amazon that allows readers to buy books online while supporting their local indepen...
08:45 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Instagram is Telling Some Users That 'Tomorrow is Election Day'
On Election Day, a subset of Instagram users woke up to a message at the top of their Instagram feeds that read, "Tomorrow is Election Day." For some, the message was still there by the early afternoo...
08:06 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot How Many Alien Civilizations Are Out There? A New Galactic Survey Holds a Clue.
Here's a good sign for alien hunters: More than 300 million worlds with similar conditions to Earth are scattered throughout the Milky Way galaxy. A new analysis [PDF] concludes that roughly half of t...
07:28 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can't Crack
The man on the trail went by "Mostly Harmless." He was friendly and said he worked in tech. After he died in his tent, no one could figure out who he was. Wired: It's usually easy to to put a name to ...
06:58 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Movie Industry: VPNs and Tor Pose a Threat to Legitimate Streaming Platforms
The Motion Picture Association says that circumvention services such as VPNs, DNS masks and Tor networks can pose a direct threat to legitimate streaming services. In comments submitted to the US Trad...
06:11 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Jack Dorsey Keeps Twitter CEO Job
A Twitter board committee reviewing the social network's leadership and management structure concluded that Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey should maintain his role at the helm of the company. Fro...
05:24 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot AI Godfather Geoff Hinton: "Deep Learning is Going To Be Able To Do Everything"
An excerpt from MIT Technology Review's interview with Geoffrey Hinton: You think deep learning will be enough to replicate all of human intelligence. What makes you so sure? I do believe deep learnin...
04:42 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Inside Facebook The Day Before The Presidential Election
An anonymous reader shares a report: Less than 24 hours before a historic US presidential election day, Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications and the former United...
04:03 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Google To GitHub: Time's Up -- This Unfixed 'High-Severity' Security Bug Affects Developers
Google Project Zero, the Google security team that finds bugs in all popular software, has disclosed what it classes a high-severity flaw on GitHub after the code-hosting site asked for a double exten...
03:22 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot The Untimely Demise Of Workstations
Graham Lee, writing at De Programmatica Ipsum: Last month's news that IBM would do a Hewlett-Packard and divide into two -- an IT consultancy and a buzzword compliance unit -- marks the end of "busine...
02:42 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot The FSF Is Looking To Update Its High Priority Free Software Projects List
AmiMoJo writes: As we roll into 2021 the Free Software Foundation is looking to update its high priority free software projects list. These are the software projects that should be incorporating "the ...
02:01 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Receives First Commands Since March
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Voyager 2 probe, one of NASA's most well-traveled spacecraft, has been unable to communicate with Earth for the past eight months. Voyager 2 has been wandering...
01:00 pm - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Apple Glasses Will Reportedly Use Sony's 'Cutting-Edge' OLED Micro-Displays To Deliver 'Real AR Experience'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: Earlier this week, Japanese publication Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun reported that Sony will supply Apple with OLED microdisplays for its widely rumored AR...
10:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Internet Archive Adds Fact Checks To Explain Web Page Takedowns
AmiMoJo writes: Fact checking is increasingly a mainstay of the modern internet, and that now includes "dead" web pages. The Internet Archive has started adding fact checks and context to Wayback Mach...
07:00 am - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot UK Contact Tracing App Failed To Flag People Exposed To COVID-19
The COVID-19 exposure notification app used in England and Wales failed to warn users if they were in close contact with potentially infectious COVID-19 patients. Because of the error, thousands of pe...
03:30 am - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Tiny Variants In Genes May Dictate Severity of Coronavirus
Scientists are tracking small differences in DNA to explain why the disease has different effects. An anonymous reader shares a report from The Guardian: Key developments include research which indica...
02:14 am - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Has Died
Dan Kohn, leader of the Linux Foundation's Public Health (LFPH) initiative and former executive director at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), has passed away of complications from colon ca...
01:25 am - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot Intel Contemplates Outsourcing Advanced Production, Upending Oregon's Central Role
According to The Oregonian, Intel is "openly flirting with the notion of moving leading-edge production from Oregon to Asia and hiring one of its top rivals to make Intel's most advanced chips." The d...
12:45 am - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot SiFive Unveils Plan For Linux PCs With RISC-V Processors
SiFive today announced it is creating a platform for Linux-based personal computers based on RISC-V processors. VentureBeat reports: Assuming customers adopt the processors and use them in PCs, the mo...
12:02 am - Tue, November 3, 2020
Slashdot GitHub Warns Users Reposting YouTube-DL They Could Be Banned
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: On October 23, 2020, the RIAA decided on action to stunt the growth and potentially the entire future of popular YouTube-ripping tool YouTube-DL....
11:45 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Twilio Wraps $3.2 Billion Purchase of Segment After Warp-Speed Courtship
Three weeks after announcing the $3.2 billion deal, TechCrunch is reporting that Twilio has officially acquired communications API company Segment. From the report: While we can't know for sure, the s...
11:25 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Walmart Ends Contract With Robotics Company, Opts For Human Workers Instead
According to The Wall Street Journal, Walmart has cut ties with Bossa Nova Robotics, opting for human workers instead. CNBC reports: A Walmart spokesperson told the Journal that about 500 robots were ...
10:45 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot South Park Creators Have New Political Satire Series With AI-Generated Deepfakes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Trey Parker and Matt Stone, best known for their cartoon South Park, have created a new comedy deepfake series called Sassy Justice. The star of ...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Tech Startups Say New Pay Rules for H-1B Visas Are Unaffordable
New rules from the Trump administration restricting skilled foreign workers are unnerving U.S. startup hubs, as founders and investors say the limitations will hamstring their ability to recruit top-t...
09:28 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot PS5 Faceplate Seller Cancels All Orders Following 'Legal Action from Sony'
A peripheral company selling custom PS5 faceplates has been forced to cancel all its orders and pull the products from sale, following reported legal action from Sony. From a report: PlateStation5.com...
08:50 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot FCC Funding Aims To Guarantee 100 Mbps Internet Throughout Puerto Rico
On Monday, the FCC's Wireless Competition Board announced that newly allocated financing part of Stage Two of the Uniendo a Puerto Rico fund will ensure that every location across Puerto Rico will hav...
08:18 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot No, Sean Connery Did Not Write a Mean Letter To Steve Jobs
A fake letter from Sean Connery to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is making the rounds on social media following the actor's death on Saturday. Just to reiterate: it's fake, the product of humor site Sco...
07:38 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot An Underwater Navigation System Powered by Sound
GPS isn't waterproof. The navigation system depends on radio waves, which break down rapidly in liquids, including seawater. To track undersea objects like drones or whales, researchers rely on acoust...
06:45 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Maze, a Notorious Ransomware Group, Says It's Shutting Down
One of the most active and notorious data-stealing ransomware groups, Maze, says it is "officially closed." From a report: The announcement came as a waffling statement, riddled with spelling mistakes...
06:07 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Apple Announces November 10 One More Thing event for ARM-based Macs
As expected, Apple has announced a third fall media event, "One More Thing," focused on the first Mac computers with ARM technology-based Apple Silicon processors. The event will take place on Novembe...
05:24 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot WeWork Employees Used an Alarmingly Insecure Printer Password
A shared user account used by WeWork employees to access printer settings and print jobs had an incredibly simple password -- so simple that a customer guessed it. From a report: Jake Elsley, who work...
04:42 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Chrome Will Soon Have Its Own Dedicated Certificate Root Store
Google has announced plans to run its own certificate root program/store for Chrome, in a major architectural shift for the company's web browser program. From a report: A "root program" or a "root st...
04:03 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Slump in Air Travel Hindered Weather Forecasting, Study Shows
Government researchers have confirmed that the steep decline in air traffic during the coronavirus pandemic has affected the quality of weather forecasting models by sharply reducing the amount of atm...
03:28 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot What It's Like To Get Locked Out of Google Indefinitely
An anonymous reader shares a report: When he received the notification from Google he couldn't quite believe it. Cleroth, a game developer who asked not to use his real name, woke up to see a message ...
02:41 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot The Raspberry Pi 400 is a Compact Keyboard With a Built-in Computer
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi 400, a compact keyboard with an ARM-based computer built in. Just plug it into a TV or monitor using one of its two micro HDMI ports, insert ...
02:00 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Why You Can't Rely on Election Forecasts
Zeynep Tufekci, writing at The New York Times: There's a strong case for ignoring the predictions. Why do we have models? Why can't we just consider polling averages? Well, presidents are not elected ...
12:34 pm - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Soccer Telecast Ruined When AI-Controlled Camera Mistakes Ref's Bald Head For Ball
Futurism reports:Fans of the soccer team Caledonian Thistle FC from Inverness, Scotland, experienced something hilarious this week when the robot camera operator — automatically trained to keep ...
08:34 am - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot A New Idea: Replacing Daylight Saving Time With 'Universal Solar Time'
Most clocks are handled automatically by computers, points out Tora (Slashdot reader #65,882). So in lieu of daylight saving time, "what about shifting time each month, rather than twice a year?" On M...
04:34 am - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Australia Records Zero New COVID-19 Infections
The continent of Australia, where nearly 25 million people live, "has recorded its first day of no local cases of Covid-19 in almost five months," reports the BBC:Zero cases were reported in the 24 ho...
02:34 am - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot Should Computer Programming Classes Focus on Projects Instead of 'Logic Puzzles'?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Writing in the November Communications of the ACM, MIT's Mitchel Resnick and Natalie Rusk explain that the educational use of coding in schools is at a crossro...
12:36 am - Mon, November 2, 2020
Slashdot A Few Trick-or-Treaters in Canada Receive a Surprising Treat: Bitcoin
Cointelegraph reports:While many children dressed as ghosts, goblins, and witches last night may have been disappointed to find an inedible thin piece of cardboard left out in a goodie bag, a lucky fe...
11:38 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot In World First, Slovokia Plans To Test the Entire Country For COVID-19
The BBC reports:Slovakia has begun an ambitious project to test everyone over the age of 10 for Covid-19, but the president has said she thinks the idea is "unfeasible". The operation to test four mil...
10:42 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot Support Grows For Universal Basic Income Trials in UK
On the U.K. political scene, support may be growing for new tests of a Univerisal Basic Income. The Guardian reports:A cross-party group of MPs has called on the government to allow councils to run un...
09:36 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot Massachusetts Votes on Expanding Access To Car Data, 'Could Set the National Standard'
On Tuesday Massachusetts will vote on expanding the state's right-to-repair law to include more access to car data, in an initiated state statute known as "Question 1." Wired reports:The measure is me...
08:39 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot Millions of Americans Plan to Relocate Thanks to Telework, Survey Finds
NPR reports:An astonishing 14 million to 23 million Americans intend to relocate to a different city or region as a result of telework, according to a new study released by Upwork, a freelancing platf...
07:39 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot New Huawei Chip Factory May Help It Avoid US Trade Ban
In August the U.S. announced restrictions aimed at preventing Huawei from obtaining semiconductors without a special license. It might work, reports Engadget:Huawei might have a way to avoid some of t...
06:45 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot iCloud Outage Now Affecting 14 Different Apple Services
Apple's "System Status" page indicates 14 current issues, some of which began nearly five hours ago. CNET reports the services affected "include Find My, iCloud Account & Sign In, iCloud Backup, i...
05:34 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot Officials Raise Concerns About Software for the Most Powerful Rocket Ever Flown
NASA's 322-foot rocket "Space Launch System" rocket "would be the most powerful rocket ever flown, eclipsing both the Saturn V that flew astronauts to the moon and SpaceX's Falcon Heavy," reports the ...
04:34 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot Zuckerberg Acknowledges 'Risk of Civil Unrest' After US Elections, Promises Newsfeed Updates
ZDNet reports:Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told analysts on a conference call Thursday evening that the company plans to post notices at the top of users' news feeds on November 3rd discre...
03:34 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot Linux Foundation Creates Its Own Versions of Apple/Google Coronavirus Tracing Apps
"The Linux Foundation has formed a new group to provide public health authorities with free technology for tracking the spread of the coronavirus and future epidemics," writes Business Insider. Launch...
02:34 pm - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot The US Military Has Experienced 55,443 COVID-19 Cases - Including Vice Chief of Space Force
UPI reports: Space Force's vice chief of space operations tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, Space Force announced. According to a press release issued jointly by the Space Force and the Air Forc...
11:34 am - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot Could RISC-V Processors Compete With Intel, ARM, and AMD?
"As promised, SiFive has unveiled a new computer featuring the company's SiFive FU740 processor based on RISC-V architecture," reports Liliputing:The company, which has been making RISC-V chips for se...
07:34 am - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot Why Do We Keep Setting Our Clocks Back an Hour?
"Its that time of year again," writes long-time Slashdot reader rufey:Millions of people around the world will be adjusting (or have already adjusted) their clocks... Over the years it is apparent tha...
04:34 am - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot How a Tiny Bit of Lacquer Grounded New Falcon 9 Rockets For a Month
On October 2, SpaceX automatically aborted the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket (with just two seconds left in the countdown) after two of its first-stage engines ignited early. Investigating the problem e...
01:34 am - Sun, November 1, 2020
Slashdot 'I'm Not Drunk, It's My Car.' Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' Gets Mixed Reviews
CNN describes the reactions posted online by six beta testers of Tesla's "full self-driving" software, saying they "appear to be both delighted and alarmed by what they've experienced so far.""Turn le...
11:44 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Trump's TikTok Ban Temporarily Blocked by US Judge
Forbes reports that TikTok "cannot be shut down in the United States next month, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Friday afternoon, the latest setback in President Donald Trump's push to force the Ch...
10:54 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot 'Don't Even Try Paying With Cash in China'
"It's hard for those of us who live outside of China to grasp how paying for everything has gone digital in the country," writes the New York Times, introducing a Q&A with technology reporter Ray ...
09:36 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Moderna On Track to Report COVID-19 Vaccine Late-Stage Trial Data in November
This week Moderna "said it is on track to report early data from a late-stage trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine next month, reports Reuters, "offering the clearest timeline yet for when the w...
08:39 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot After 3-Year Hiatus, 'Pyston' Runtime Returns to Make Python Code Faster
"Development of Pyston, a variant of the Python runtime that uses just-in-time compilation to speed up the execution of Python programs, is back on again," reports InfoWorld — after a hiatus tha...
07:42 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot New Chinese Laptop Appears With 14nm Loongsoon Quad-Core 3A4000 CPU
"BDY electronics, a Chinese laptop manufacturer, has unveiled an all-new 13.3-inch laptop sporting Longsoon's new Dragon Core 3A4000 quad-core 14nm CPU," reports Tom's Hardware:The biggest feature of ...
06:48 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Discover New Molecule, Possible Basis For Life, on Saturn's Moon Titan
CNN reports:Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is the only moon in our solar system that has a thick atmosphere. It's four times denser than Earth's. And now, scientists have discovered a molecule in it th...
05:54 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Sean Connery Dies at Age 90. Remembered as 'The Best of Many' James Bonds
In 1962 Sean Connery became the first actor to appear in movies as secret agent James Bond, and according to long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 was "The best of the many Bonds, by far." An anonymous re...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Software Freedom Conservancy: Microsoft Should Resign from RIAA Over Youtube-DL Takedown Demand
"We believe that youtube-dl has substantial non-infringing uses," argues the non-profit Software Freedom Conservancy. But while that software faces a DMCA takedown notice from the Recording Industry A...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Therapy Patients Blackmailed For Cash After Clinic Data Breach
"Many patients of a large psychotherapy clinic in Finland have been contacted individually by a blackmailer, after their data was stolen," reports the BBC:The data appears to have included personal id...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot While Europe Accounts for 46% of COVID-19 Cases, Taiwan Goes 200 Days Without a Local Infection
Europe "now accounts for 46% of global coronavirus cases," reports ABC News, "and nearly a third of total related deaths."Dr. Jean-Francois Delfraissy, a senior French physician and the president of t...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Now Has More Than 1 Million Employees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Amazon.com said it now has about 1 million employees after hiring 250,000 workers in the third quarter, part of a growth spurt driven by booming ecom...
10:00 am - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Apple Says Some AirPods Pro Have Sound Problems, Will Replace For Free
Apple said on Friday that it's replacing AirPods Pro headphones that have sound problems. CNBC reports: These problems include a static or crackling sound that increases in loud environments and issue...
07:00 am - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Will 'Make Its Own Laws On Mars'
schwit1 writes: SpaceX will not recognize international law on Mars, according to the Terms of Service of its Starlink internet project. Elon Musk's space company will instead reportedly adhere to a s...
03:30 am - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot US and UK Citizens Are World's Biggest Sources of Plastic Waste
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The U.S. and UK produce more plastic waste per person than any other major countries, according to new research. The analysis also shows the U.S....
02:10 am - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot 'Time Cells' Discovered In Human Brains
Researchers have identified cells in the human brain that are responsible for episodic memories. The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. NPR report...
01:30 am - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot A 5-Story Building In Shanghai 'Walks' To a New Location Using Technology
In Shanghai's latest effort to preserve historic structures, engineers have relocated an 85-year-old, five-story building in its entirety using new technology dubbed the "walking machine." CNN reports...
12:50 am - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Sony Close To Buying Crunchyroll For Nearly $1 Billion
According to Nikkei, Sony is close to acquiring U.S. anime-streaming service Crunchyroll for more than $957 million. From the report: Sony has its own popular anime, titles like "Demon Slayer" and "Ki...
12:10 am - Sat, October 31, 2020
Slashdot Russian Hackers Targeted California, Indiana Democratic Parties In Repeat of 2016 Attacks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The group of Russian hackers accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election earlier this year targeted the email accounts of Democratic st...