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11:53 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Viral TikTok Video Attracts 2,500 Teenagers to Rowdy California Birthday Party. 175 Arrested
A birthday party for 17-year-old Adrian Lopez turned into a viral TikTok event that drew thousands of unruly party-goers to Huntington Beach, California, reports the Los Angeles Times. Just not Adrian...
10:52 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Resale Prices Triple for NVIDIA Chips as Gamers Compete with Bitcoin Miners
"In the niche world of customers for high-end semiconductors, a bitter feud is pitting bitcoin miners against hardcore gamers," reports Quartz:At issue is the latest line of NVIDIA graphics cards &mda...
09:43 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot One Startup's Quest to Take on Chrome and Reinvent the Web Browser
"The web browser is a crucial part of modern life, and yet it hasn't really been revised since the '90s," writes Protocol."That may be about to change."The browser tab is an underrated thing. Most peo...
08:46 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Is Natural Gas (Mostly) Good for Global Warming?
Natural gas "creates less carbon emissions than the coal it replaces, but we have to find ways to minimize the leakage of methane." That's the opinion of Vaclav Smil, a distinguished professor emeritu...
07:07 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot YouTube Takes Down Ads Showing Belarusian Blogger's Possibly-Forced Confession Video
Last Sunday Belarus "forcibly landed a Ryanair plane flying from Athens to Vilnius and arrested the opposition blogger Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, who were on board," Reuters reports. By Tue...
06:04 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Aerion Shuts Down, Halts Work On Proposed Supersonic Business Jet
Despite $11.2 billion worth of orders, and partners like Boeing, General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway, Aerion says it still couldn't raise enough money to head into production "in the current finan...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Space Plane Startup Promises One-Hour Rides to Anywhere on Earth at 9,000 MPH
"Traveling in a space plane is a lot like traveling in a regular plane, except for the middle part," quips Bloomberg Business Week:After reaching cruising altitude, the pilot hits the rocket boosters ...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Florida Health Department's Actions Investigated as Fired Data Manager Now Granted 'Whistleblower' Status
In March of 2020, Florida's governor was assuring the state that there was no evidence of Covid-19 in Florida, remembers the Washington Post. But there was — as far back as January. The Miami He...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Millions Can Now Run Linux GUI Apps in Windows 10
"You can now use GUI app support on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)," Microsoft announced this week, "so that all the tools and workflows of Linux run on your developer machine." Bleeping Computer h...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot China's 'Artificial Sun' Fusion Reactor Just Set a New World Record
The South China Morning Post reports that China "has reached another milestone in its quest for a fusion reactor, with one of its 'artificial suns' sustaining extreme temperatures for several times lo...
11:34 am - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Guess Who Opposes Federal Funding for Broadband Internet Services Run by City Governments?
U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed federal funding for local internet services run by nonprofits and city governments, according to Bloomberg. "That's not sitting well with Comcast, AT&T, Veriz...
09:34 am - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Jerusalem Post: Israel's Gaza Strip Bombing Was 'World's First AI War'
"For the first time, artificial intelligence was a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy," says a senior officer in the intelligence corps of the Israeli military, describing the te...
07:34 am - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Twitter and Facebook Admit They Wrongly Blocked Millions of Posts About Gaza Strip Airstrikes
"Just days after violent conflict erupted in Israel and the Palestinian territories, both Facebook and Twitter copped to major faux pas: The companies had wrongly blocked or restricted millions of mos...
04:34 am - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Robots and AI Will Guide Australia's First Fully Automated Farm
"Robots and artificial intelligence will replace workers on Australia's first fully automated farm," reports Australia's national public broadcaster ABC. The total cost of the farm's upgrade? $20 mill...
01:34 am - Sun, May 30, 2021
Slashdot Coalition Including Microsoft, Linux Foundation, GitHub Urge Green Software Development
"To help realize the possibility of carbon-free applications, Microsoft, the consultancies Accenture and ThoughtWorks, the Linux Foundation, and Microsoft-owned code-sharing site, GitHub, have launche...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Amazon's 'Echo Show' Can Now Watch Your House For You
There's something new in Amazon's video-enabled Echo Show smart speakers. "If you have the version with a built-in camera, you can now turn your Show into a security device..." writes Kim Komando. "On...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Intelligent NFT Created Linked to a Machine-Learning Chatbot
Decrypt reports on the world's first "intelligent NFT" (or iNFT), being auctioned off in June as part of a collection of digital artworks at Sotheby's. Her name is Alice:The brainchild of artist Ben G...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Could Zinc Batteries Replace Lithium-Ion Batteries on the Power Grid?
Slashdot reader sciencehabit shares Science magazine's look at efforts to transform zinc batteries "from small, throwaway cells often used in hearing aids into rechargeable behemoths that could be att...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Now Generally Available: Microsoft's Open Source Java Distribution, 'Microsoft Build of OpenJDK'
"Microsoft has announced general availability of the Microsoft Build of OpenJDK, the open-source version of the Java development kit," reports ZDNet:The release follows the April preview of the Micros...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot A New Worker-Owned Cooperative Starts Competing With Uber and Lyft
The New York Times reports that for years, Uber and other ride-hailing companies "offered the promise of entrepreneurship to drivers" to drivers eager to set their own schedules. "But some drivers nev...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Would It Even Be Possible to Communicate with an Alien?
The senior technology editor at Ars Technica checked the plausibility of Andy Weir's new science fiction novel Project Hail Mary with an actual professor of linguistics and cognitive science at Northe...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot With 'Massive' Cybersecurity Labor Shortage, Will Corporations Compete with Local Governments?
it's high time for companies to start adding cybersecurity professionals to their teams, reports CNN. "The only hitch: There's a massive, longstanding labor shortage in the cybersecurity industry.""It...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Freenode Apologizes as Prominent Open Source Projects Switch to Libera Chat
Slashdot reader AleRunner writes: Ubuntu has announced that, with immediate effect Ubuntu's IRC channels are moving to libera.chat. The move follows a "hostile takeover" of Ubuntu's namespace by Freen...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Free Software Foundation's Executive Director Resigns
John Sullivan became the Free Software Foundation's Executive Director back in 2003 (at the age of 26). But now after 18 years, "I've decided to resign my position..." he tweeted Friday, "effective at...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Iran Bans Crypto Mining After Months of Blackouts
Iran banned bitcoin mining this week, after four months of continuous blackouts partially due to what officials say is a huge energy suck from illegal mining. Gizmodo reports: President Hassan Rouhani...
10:00 am - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Primates Change Their 'Accent' To Avoid Conflict
New research has discovered that monkeys will use the "accent" of another species when they enter its territory to help them better understand one another and potentially avoid conflict. Phys.Org repo...
07:00 am - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot NASA's Mars Helicopter Goes On 'Stressful' Wild Flight After Malfunction
A navigation timing error sent Nasa's Mars helicopter on a lurching ride, its first major problem since it took to the Martian skies last month. The Associated Press reports: The experimental helicopt...
03:30 am - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Satellites May Have Been Underestimating the Planet's Warming For Decades
An anonymous reader quotes a report from LiveScience: The global warming that has already taken place may be even worse than we thought. That's the takeaway from a new study that finds satellite measu...
02:20 am - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Could Be Working On Facebook-Style Reactions
Twitter could be adding some new emojis to augment its formerly star-shaped, currently heart-shaped Like button, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The Verge reports: The assets Wong found...
01:40 am - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot WhatsApp Says It Won't Limit Functionality If You Refuse Its Privacy Policy -- For Now
Since it was first announced in January, WhatsApp's new privacy policy has received a lot of criticism not only for sharing a significant amount of user data with Facebook but because the app threaten...
01:00 am - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot Apps Reportedly Limited To Maximum of 5GB RAM In iPadOS, Even With 16GB M1 iPad Pro
Despite Apple offering the M1 iPad Pro in configurations with 8GB and 16GB of RAM, developers are now indicating that apps are limited to just 5GB of RAM usage, regardless of the configuration the app...
12:20 am - Sat, May 29, 2021
Slashdot US Soldiers Expose Nuclear Weapons Secrets Via Flashcard Apps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bellingcat: For US soldiers tasked with the custody of nuclear weapons in Europe, the stakes are high. Security protocols are lengthy, detailed and need to be ...
11:40 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Should Microsoft Have Kept Mum On Gates, Nixed Employee Board Representation?
theodp writes: Video of Microsoft's Annual Shareholder Meeting in Dec. 2019, at which the company's Board of Directors dismissed the idea that employee Board representation was necessary to combat iss...
11:02 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot UK Police Stumble Upon Bitcoin Mine While Looking For Cannabis Farm
phalse phace shares a report from the BBC: A suspected Bitcoin "mining" operation illegally stealing electricity has been found by police who were searching for a cannabis farm. Officers had been tipp...
10:25 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot AI Could Soon Write Code Based On Ordinary Language
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: On Tuesday, Microsoft and OpenAI shared plans to bring GPT-3, one of the world's most advanced models for generating text, to programming based on natur...
09:45 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Biden Administration Continues To Defend Social Media Registration Requirement in Court
In a terse court filing on Friday, the Biden administration indicated that it would continue to defend a controversial Trump administration rule that requires millions of visa applicants each year to ...
08:45 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Big Video Game Leaks Like 'Far Cry 6' Are Nearly Impossible To Stop
Big games beget big leaks, especially this time of year when the gaming industry's porous promotional machinery is revving up for the E3 trade show. From a report: It happened again Thursday when eigh...
08:04 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Twitch Warns Streamers Another Wave of Copyright Strikes is Coming
Twitch has received a "batch" of new takedown notices from music publishers over copyrighted songs in recorded streams (known as VODs), the company said in an email to streamers today. From a report: ...
07:25 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Other Internet Giants Comply With India's IT Rules
Google, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn and Tiger Global-backed Indian startups ShareChat and Koo have either fully or partially complied with the South Asian nation's new IT rules, TechCrunch reported F...
06:46 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Astronaut Chris Hadfield Calls Alien UFO Hype 'Foolishness'
The Canadian astronaut, who commanded the International Space Station and recorded the famous microgravity rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity, on Sunday spit some fire at true believers who see a...
06:16 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Harvey Schlossberg, Cop With a PhD in Defusing a Crisis, Dies at 85
Harvey Schlossberg, a former New York City traffic cop with a doctorate in psychology who choreographed what became a model law enforcement strategy for safely ending standoffs with hostage takers, di...
05:29 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Days Before a Report, Chinese Hackers Removed Malware From Infected Networks
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last month, security firm FireEye detected a Chinese hacking campaign that exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Pulse Secure VPN appliances to breach defense cont...
04:46 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Google Nears Settlement of Ad-Tech Antitrust Case in France
Alphabet's Google is nearing a settlement of an antitrust case in France alleging the company has abused its power in online advertising, and is likely to pay a fine and make operational changes, WSJ ...
04:02 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Logitech CEO Says Chip Shortage Could Last for Up To a Year
The global shortage of semiconductor chips could last three to six months, Logitech Chief Executive Bracken Darrell told Swiss newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft, with some industries facing shortages of...
03:21 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Google's Chrome Browser is About To Get a Lot Faster
Google has shipped a new JavaScript compiler for its V8 JavaScript engine in Chrome called Sparkplug that promises a much faster web experience -- and it does it by 'cheating', according to the engine...
02:41 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Says SolarWinds Hackers Have Struck Again at the US and Other Countries
The hackers behind one of the worst data breaches ever to hit the US government have launched a new global cyberattack on more than 150 government agencies, think tanks and other organizations, accord...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot The FBI Will Feed Hacked Passwords Directly Into Have I Been Pwned
Australian security researcher Troy Hunt announced today that he granted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation a direct line to upload new content into Have I Been Pwned, a website that indexes data ...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Charter Charges More Money For Slower Internet On Streets With No Competition
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: [According to an article yesterday by Stop the Gap] Charter charges $20 more per month for slower speeds on the street where it faces no serious ...
10:00 am - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Chinese Hackers Posing As the UN Human Rights Council Are Attacking Uyghurs
Chinese-speaking hackers are masquerading as the United Nations in ongoing cyber-attacks against Uyghurs, according to the cybersecurity firms Check Point and Kaspersky. MIT Technology Review reports:...
07:00 am - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot New Dark Matter Map Reveals Cosmic Mystery
New submitter rundgong shares a report from the BBC: An international team of researchers has created the largest and most detailed map of the distribution of so-called dark matter in the Universe. Th...
03:30 am - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot More People Are Buying Wearables Than Ever Before
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The wearables category of consumer devices -- which includes smartwatches, fitness trackers, and augmented reality glasses -- shipped more than 1...
02:02 am - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Cities Have Their Own Distinct Microbial Fingerprints
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: When Chris Mason's daughter was a toddler, he watched, intrigued, as she touched surfaces on the New York City subway. Then, one day, she licked a p...
01:25 am - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot The Boring Company Tests Its 'Teslas In Tunnels' System In Las Vegas
Rei_is_a_dumbass shares a report from The Verge: Elon Musk's Boring Company started shuttling passengers through the twin tunnels it built underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) this week, ...
12:45 am - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot Epic Games Launches Unreal Engine 5 Early Access, Shows Massive 3D Scenes
After years of work, Epic Games is launching early access for game developers for Unreal Engine 5, the latest version of the company's tools for making games with highly realistic 3D animations. Ventu...
12:02 am - Fri, May 28, 2021
Slashdot German Scientists Identify Possible Cause of Vaccine Blood Clots
Hmmmmmm shares a report from The Telegraph: Scientists in Germany believe they have discovered why the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines cause potentially fatal blood c...
11:20 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Tech Liability Shield Has No Place in Trade Deals, Groups Say
A coalition of internet accountability groups is warning the Biden administration against including liability protections for tech companies in future trade agreements, saying that could hamstring eff...
10:40 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Colorado Ditches SAT, ACT and Legacy Admissions For Public Colleges
Colorado has become the first state to ban "legacy" admissions, a practice that gives preference to certain applicants based on their familial relationship to alumni of that institution. "The governor...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Cox Appeals $1 Billion Piracy Liability Verdict To 'Save the Internet'
Late 2019, Internet provider Cox Communications lost its legal battle against a group of major record labels. Now it's appealing it. From a report: Following a two-week trial, a Virginia jury held Cox...
09:25 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot A Disturbing, Viral Twitter Thread Reveals How AI-Powered Insurance Can Go Wrong
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: Lemonade, the fast-growing, machine learning-powered insurance app, put out a real lemon of a Twitter thread on Monday with a proud declaration that its A...
08:45 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Industry Groups Sue To Stop Florida's New Social Media Law
Two tech industry organizations are suing Florida over its newly passed rules for social networks, claiming it violates private companies' constitutional rights. The Verge reports: SB 7072, which Flor...
08:03 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Immunity To the Coronavirus May Persist for Years, Scientists Find
Immunity to the coronavirus lasts at least a year, possibly a lifetime, improving over time especially after vaccination, according to two new studies. The findings may help put to rest lingering fear...
07:25 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Humans Probably Can't Live Longer Than 150 Years, New Research Finds
Science is once again casting doubt on the notion that we could live to be nearly as old as the biblical Methuselah or Mel Brooks' 2,000-year-old man. From a report: New research research [PDF] from S...
06:45 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Indonesian Government Blocks Hacking Forum After Data Leak
The Indonesian government has blocked access inside its borders to Raid Forums, a well-known cybercrime hub, in an attempt to limit the spread of a sensitive data leak. From a report: The ban, which t...
06:10 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot A Super Blood Moon Dazzles Earthlings
Australians were among those lucky enough to see it on Wednesday evening, a rare astronomical event marked by a dazzling array of sunset colors like red and burnt orange: a "super blood moon." From a ...
05:26 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Clearview AI Hit With Sweeping Legal Complaints Over Controversial Face Scraping in Europe
Privacy International (PI) and several other European privacy and digital rights organizations announced today that they've filed legal complaints against the controversial facial recognition company ...
04:51 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Decries India Intimidation, Will Press for Changes
Twitter called the visit by police to its Indian offices on Monday a form of intimidation in its first public comments on the matter. From a report: The social network reiterated its commitment to Ind...
04:07 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Coinbase Launches 'Fact Check,' a Section on its Blog To Combat Misinformation about the Company and Crypto World
Crypto giant Coinbase on Thursday launched its own media operation. The company is calling it "Fact Check" -- and giving it a dedicated section on its blog. In a blog post, Coinbase Founder and CEO Br...
03:33 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Google Says Rowhammer Attacks Are Gaining Range as RAM is Getting Smaller
A team of Google security researchers said they discovered a new way to perform Rowhammer attacks against computer memory (RAM) cards that broaden the attack's initial impact. From a report: First det...
02:42 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Ends Ban On Posts Asserting Covid-19 Was Man-Made
Facebook has ended its ban on posts asserting Covid-19 was man-made or manufactured, a policy shift that reflects a deepening debate over the origins of the pandemic that was first identified in Wuhan...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Automation Puts a Premium on Decision-Making Jobs
A new paper shows that as automation has reduced the number of rote jobs, it has led to an increase in the proportion and value of occupations that involve decision-making. From a report: Automation a...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot VMware Warns of Critical Remote Code Execution Hole In vCenter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: VMware is urging its vCenter users to update vCenter Server versions 6.5, 6.7, and 7.0 immediately, after a pair of vulnerabilities were reported privat...
10:00 am - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Dutch Court Rules Oil Giant Shell Must Cut Carbon Emissions By 45% By 2030
A Dutch court on Wednesday ruled oil giant Royal Dutch Shell must reduce its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels. That's a much higher reduction than the company's current aim of lowering...
07:00 am - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Long Working Hours Lead To a Rise In Premature Deaths, WHO Says
Long working hours are leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, according to a new study by the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization. The Seattle Times report...
03:30 am - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Google's San Jose Mega-Campus Wins City Approval
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the San Francisco Chronicle: After more than three years of negotiations, San Jose officials voted late Tuesday to approve Google's plan for a sprawling downto...
02:02 am - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot Enigmatic Designs Found in India May Be The Largest Images Ever Made by Human Hands
Hidden in the vast, arid expanses of India's Thar Desert lie mysterious old drawings that may be the largest-ever graphical depictions designed by humans. ScienceAlert reports: "So far, these geoglyph...
01:25 am - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot OpenAI's $100 Million Startup Fund Will Make 'Big Early Bets' With Microsoft As Partner
OpenAI is launching a $100 million startup fund, which it calls the OpenAI Startup Fund, through which it and its partners will invest in early-stage AI companies tackling major problems (and producti...
12:45 am - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot GameStop Is Building An NFT Platform On Ethereum
GameStop has quietly unveiled a new web portal for a non-fungible token (NFT) platform. The Block reports: "We are building a team" the page declares, stating: "We welcome exceptional engineers (solid...
12:02 am - Thu, May 27, 2021
Slashdot DarkSide Will Be Back, As Russia, China, Iran Create 'Safe Havens' For Hackers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Nation states are serving as safe havens for sophisticated criminal cyber actors and that is leading to an "increased blending of the threat," said John ...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Half of All US Adults Are Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
According to the Biden administration, half of the country's adults are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. NPR reports: "This is a major milestone in our country's vaccination efforts," And...
10:40 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Asahi Linux Dev Reveals 'M1RACLES' Flaw In Apple M1
AmiMoJo shares a report from Tom's Hardware: Asahi Linux developer Hector Martin has revealed a covert channel vulnerability in the Apple M1 chip that he dubbed M1RACLES, and in the process, he's gent...
10:01 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Space Station May Host Wave of TV Shows and Films
Who wants to be an astronaut? If the answer is you, there's a reality TV show, appropriately titled "Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?", that you ought to apply for. From a report: The Discovery Channel i...
09:20 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Comcast Subscriber Receives DMCA Notice For Downloading Ubuntu
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Every day, people who download and share pirated content receive DMCA notices via their ISPs, warning them to cease and desist their infringing b...
08:41 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Board Rejects Proposals To Curb Zuckerberg's Power
Facebook rejected two proposals intended to diminish Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's control over the company, an expected though disappointing outcome for those worried about the CEO's powe...
07:48 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Scammy iOS App Discovered That Refuses To Open Unless You Give it a Good Review
App developer and scam app hunter Kosta Eleftheriou's latest discovery is a real doozy: an iOS app that refuses to function until you give it at least a 3-star review in the App Store. From a report: ...
07:21 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot EU Set To Open Antitrust Probe Into Facebook's Classified Ads Business
The EU is said to be on the brink of opening a formal antitrust investigation into Facebook following complaints from rivals about the platform's classified ads business. From a report: Regulators hav...
06:42 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Will We Ever Understand Black Holes?
So, what would it feel like to fall into a black hole? From a report: "Well, at the moment you crossed the horizon, you wouldn't feel anything -- there would be nothing dramatic," Peter Galison, co-fo...
06:08 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot EU Guidelines Target Tech Giants Over Monetising Disinformation
New stricter European Union guidelines will push Facebook, Google and other big tech companies to commit not to make money from advertising linked to disinformation. From a report: The European Commis...
05:21 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Google To Use Patient Data To Develop Healthcare Algorithms for Hospital Chain
Google has made a deal for access to patient records from HCA, which which operates 181 hospitals and more than 2,000 healthcare sites in 21 states, so the tech company can develop healthcare algorith...
04:42 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Russia Raises Heat on Twitter, Google and Facebook in Online Crackdown
Russia is increasingly pressuring Google, Twitter and Facebook to fall in line with Kremlin internet crackdown orders or risk restrictions inside the country, as more governments around the world chal...
04:02 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot USB-C Power Upgrade Delivers a Whopping 240W for Gaming Laptops and Other Devices
AmiMoJo writes: The USB-C standard will let you plug in power-hungry devices like gaming laptops, docking stations, 4K monitors and printers with an upgrade that accommodates up to 240 watts starting ...
03:20 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Says Edge is Now the 'Best Performing' Windows 10 Browser
The next release of Edge will be the "best performing" browser available on Windows 10 when it arrives later this week, Microsoft claimed at its Build 2021 event. It said that version 91 contains new ...
02:41 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Buys MGM, Studio Behind James Bond, for $8.45 Billion
James Bond has a new home: Amazon and MGM announced a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for $8.45 billion. From a report: MGM, founded in 1924, complements Amazon Studios...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot WhatsApp Sues India Government
WhatsApp has sued the Indian government challenging the second largest internet market's new regulations that could allow authorities to make people's private messages "traceable," and conduct mass su...
01:20 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot WhatsApp Sues India Government
WhatsApp has sued the Indian government challenging the second largest internet market's new regulations that could allow authorities to make people's private messages "traceable," and conduct mass su...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Thousands of Chrome Extensions Are Tampering With Security Headers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Record: Thousands of Google Chrome extensions available on the official Chrome Web Store are tampering with security headers on popular websites, putting u...
10:00 am - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Study Reveals New Details On What Happened In the First Microsecond of Big Bang
Researchers from University of Copenhagen have investigated what happened to a specific kind of plasma -- the first matter ever to be present -- during the first microsecond of Big Bang. Their finding...
09:40 am - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot WhatsApp Sues India Government
WhatsApp has sued the Indian government challenging the second largest internet market's new regulations that could allow authorities to make people's private messages "traceable," and conduct mass su...
07:00 am - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot ViaSat Asks FCC To Halt SpaceX Starlink Launches Because It Can't Compete
Under the hollow pretense of concern for the environment, Starlink satellite internet competitor ViaSat has asked the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to force SpaceX to stop Starlink launches a...
03:30 am - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Joe Biden Opens Up California Coast To Offshore Wind
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Offshore wind is headed west. The Biden administration announced today that it will open up parts of the Pacific coast to commercial-scale offshore ...
02:02 am - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Russia Makes Good On Its Threat To Fine Google Over 'Illegal' Internet Content
Russian authorities on Tuesday fined Google 6 million rubles, or just under $82,000, after the company failed to comply with Moscow's demands to delete prohibited online content. Engadget reports: On ...
01:25 am - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin Mining Council To Report Renewable Energy Usage
A new Bitcoin Mining Council has been created to improve the crypto-currency's sustainability, following a meeting of "leading" Bitcoin miners and Elon Musk. The BBC reports: It's hoped the council wi...
12:45 am - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Amazon's Ad Revenue Is Now Twice As Big As Snap, Twitter, Roku and Pinterest Combined
The major growth in Amazon's advertising unit means its revenue contribution is now 2.4 times larger than Snap, Twitter, Roku and Pinterest combined, and it's growing 1.7 times as quickly, according t...
12:02 am - Wed, May 26, 2021
Slashdot Valve Is Making a Switch-Like Portable Gaming PC
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Video game and hardware studio Valve has been secretly building a Switch-like portable PC designed to run a large number of games on the Steam PC...
11:20 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Synopsys Claims Chip Design Breakthrough With AI Engineering
MojoKid writes: Mountain View, CA silicon design tools heavyweight Synopsys is claiming a breakthrough in chip design automation that it claims will usher in a new level of semiconductor innovation th...
10:40 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Redditors Aim to 'Free Science' From For-Profit Publishers
A group of Redditors came together in a bid to archive over 85 million scientific papers from the website Sci-Hub and make an open-source library that cannot be taken down. Interesting Engineering rep...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Senate Preparing $10 Billion Bailout Fund For Jeff Bezos Space Firm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Now that Jeff Bezos's space flight company Blue Origin has lost a multibillion contract to Elon Musk's SpaceX, Congress is prepping the ground f...
09:20 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Says 'Next Generation of Windows' Coming Soon
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, at the company's developer conference today: Across all the opportunities I've highlighted today, Windows is implicit. It's never been more important. Windows 10 is used b...
08:43 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Oracle Debuts Its First Arm-based Cloud Instances
Oracle is giving customers more choice and flexibility with the launch of its first Arm-based cloud compute offering on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform. From a report: The new offering, calle...
08:02 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Uses GPT-3 To Let You Code in Natural Language
Microsoft is now using OpenAI's massive GPT-3 natural language model in its no-code/low-code Power Apps service to translate spoken text into code in its recently announced Power Fx language. From a r...
07:21 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Research Reveals Why Some Find the Sound of Others Eating So Irritating
Scientists have shed light on why everyday sounds such as chewing, drinking and breathing can be so maddening to some people that it drives them to despair. From a report: Now, brain scans performed b...
06:42 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot DHS To Issue First Cybersecurity Regulations for Pipelines After Colonial Hack
The Department of Homeland Security is moving to regulate cybersecurity in the pipeline industry for the first time in an effort to prevent a repeat of a major computer attack that crippled nearly hal...
06:02 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot DC Attorney General Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Amazon
Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine filed an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon Tuesday, alleging that the e-commerce giant has unfairly raised prices and hurt innovation. From a report: The ...
05:21 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft and Qualcomm Team Up To Create a Windows on ARM Developer PC
Microsoft has teamed up with Qualcomm to create a Windows on ARM-based dev kit for developers. From a report: The miniature PC will be sold at the Microsoft Store this summer, and is designed to be mo...
04:40 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft To Add Support for Linux GUI Apps on Windows 10 Later This Year
Microsoft is making the promised support for Linux graphical user interface (GUI) apps on Windows 10 available to customers as of the next Windows 10 release, officials said on May 25. Microsoft offic...
04:10 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Xbox Series X DRM Makes It Near Impossible To Play Games Offline
It seems that Microsoft's digital rights management decisions for the Xbox Series X are a serious cause for concern. From a report: According to a video from YouTuber and game developer Modern Vintage...
03:25 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Google's Mysterious Fuchsia OS Makes its Public Debut
Big under-the-hood changes are coming to Google's original Nest Hub, even if most users won't ever be aware of what's happening. From a report: Starting today, the open-source Fuchsia OS will start ro...
02:42 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot GCHQ's Mass Data Interception Violated Right To Privacy, Court Rules
GCHQ's methods for bulk interception of online communications violated the right to privacy and the regime for collection of data was "not in accordance with the law," the grand chamber of the Europea...
02:02 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Google Sees Sweeping German Antitrust Probes Into Data Terms
Google's market power and control over users' data faces intense scrutiny in Germany as the nation's antitrust watchdog added it to the list of U.S. tech giants targeted by expanded new rules. From a ...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot 'Charlie Bit My Finger' Is Leaving YouTube After $760,999 NFT Sale
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The original 2007 video "Charlie Bit My Finger," a standard-bearer of viral internet fascination, has sold as a nonfungible token for $760,...
10:00 am - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Drones and Sensors Could Spot Fires Before They Go Wild
To detect wildfires earlier on, some researchers are proposing a novel solution that harnesses a network of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and a fleet of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). ...
07:00 am - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Man Dies Inside Spanish Dinosaur Statue After Trying To Retrieve His Phone
According to The Guardian, a man in Catalonia died after becoming trapped inside a large dinosaur statue while trying to retrieve his smartphone. From the report: Officers were called to the statue in...
03:30 am - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Scientists Partially Restored a Blind Man's Sight With New Gene Therapy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: A team of scientists announced Monday that they had partially restored the sight of a blind man by building light-catching proteins in one ...
01:25 am - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot How Samsung 'Ruined' iFixit's Upcycling Program
Last week, Kevin Purdy of iFixit published a blog post telling the story of "how Samsung announced a 'revolutionary' upcycling program in 2017, delayed it for years, and eventually gutted it before sh...
12:45 am - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Peloton To Invest $400 Million To Build Its First US Manufacturing Facility In Ohio
Peloton said Monday it will invest $400 million to build its first factory in the United States to speed up production and delivery of its popular cycles and high-end treadmill machines. CNBC reports:...
12:02 am - Tue, May 25, 2021
Slashdot Germany Aims To Get Self-Driving Cars On the Roads In 2022
German lawmakers greenlit a bill that would allow for some autonomous vehicles to hit public roads as early as next year. Deutsche Welle reports: The bill, passed by Bundestag lawmakers in a late-nigh...
11:20 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot AMD Eyes Major Socket Change
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PC Gamer: According to a tweet from Executable Fix, a well-known leaker, AMD will finally move away from PGA to LGA with the shift to AM5, the new socket set t...
10:40 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Apple's Moves Point To a Future With No Bootable Backups, Says Developer
The ability to boot from an external drive on an Apple Silicon Mac may not be an option for much longer, with the creation and use of the drives apparently being phased out by Apple, according to deve...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Has Turned the Surface Duo Into a Handheld Xbox
Microsoft is updating its Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) app for Android, and it includes dual-screen support for the Surface Duo. The Verge reports: The app update allows Surface Duo owners to use a virt...
09:20 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Drug Dealer Jailed After Cheese Picture Analysed for Prints
A man has been jailed for 13 years after his fingerprints were analysed from a photo of a block of cheese. Sky News reports: Carl Stewart shared the M&S Stilton picture -- but made the mistake of ...
08:40 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot China Will Likely Ban All Bitcoin Mining Soon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Bitcoin took investors on another rollercoaster ride over the weekend after a top regulator in China announced a crackdown on mining, a new tack ...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Florida, in a First, Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates
Florida on Monday became the first state to regulate how companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter moderate speech online, by imposing fines on social media companies that permanently bar political...
07:25 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Malware Caught Using a macOS Zero-Day To Secretly Take Screenshots
TechCrunch reports: Jamf says it found evidence that the XCSSET malware was exploiting a vulnerability that allowed it access to parts of macOS that require permission -- such as accessing the microph...
06:45 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Qualcomm Refreshes Snapdragon 7c Chip for PCs and Chromebooks
In late 2019, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8c and 7c, a pair of affordable chips for always-on Windows 10 PCs and Chromebooks. Today, the company is updating the latter of those two SoCs to impro...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Apple Refused To Remove Negative Ratings for Facebook App Left by Pro-Palestinian Activists
Apple refused a request from Facebook to remove negative reviews in the App store after pro-Palestinian protesters coordinated an effort to tank ratings because of censorship of Palestinian content, N...
05:30 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 14.6, macOS Big Sur 11.4
Apple today released macOS Big Sur 11.4, the fourth major update to the macOS Big Sur, operating system that launched in November 2020. From a report: The new macOS Big Sur 11.4 update can be download...
04:52 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Police In Delhi Have Descended On Twitter's Headquarters In The Country
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Monday, a team of officers from the Special Cell, an elite branch of the Delhi Police in charge of investigating terrorism and organized crime in New Delhi desc...
04:12 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot German 'Upload Filter' Law Sets Standards To Prevent Overblocking
AmiMoJo writes: The German Parliament has adopted new legislation that will implement the EU Copyright Directive into local law. This includes the controversial Article 17 that, according to some, wou...
03:24 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Intelligence on Sick Staff at Wuhan Lab Fuels Debate on Covid-19 Origin
Three researchers from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report that could...
02:51 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Huawei Founder Urges Shift To Software To Counter US Sanctions
Founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Ren Zhengfei has called on the company's staff to "dare to lead the world" in software as the company seeks growth beyond the hardware operations that...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Just a Handful of Android Apps Exposed Data of More than 100 Million Users
Almost half a decade after the first reports were published, mobile app developers are still exposing their users' personal information through abhorrently simple misconfigurations. From a report: In ...
11:34 am - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Former Microsoft Developer Would Like To See MS-DOS Open Sourced
For over an hour on Saturday, retired Microsoft OS developer David Plummer answered questions from his viewers on YouTube. Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: He began with an update on a pr...
09:34 am - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Yuan Longping Dies, Scientist Whose Rice Research Helped Feed World
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press: Yuan Longping, a Chinese scientist who developed higher-yield rice varieties that helped feed people around the world, died Saturday at a hospital in t...
07:34 am - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot How the Human Life Span Doubled in 100 Years
Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. "There are few measures of human progress more astonishing than this..." argues author Steven Johnson. In a recent 10,000-word excerpt from ...
03:39 am - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Will the End of Lockdowns Change Our Relationship with the Internet?
Last year author Sonia Shah predicted that after pandemic-induced lockdowns finally ended, "The hype around online education will be abandoned, as a generation of young people forced into seclusion wi...
01:39 am - Mon, May 24, 2021
Slashdot Steve Wozniak Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Branded Tech School
Slashdot reader Obipale quotes Gizmodo:Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is facing a million-dollar lawsuit for allegedly stealing the idea to create a Woz-branded tech school, according to a weekend Ins...
11:08 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot Some Colleges Are Offering Credit for Playing Videogames
CalMatters writes:At least six Cal State campuses and nearly all of the University of California campuses have created esports programs since 2015, in which students host and compete in live tournamen...
09:45 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot Samples from Curiosity Mars Rover Suggest Possibility of Past Organic Matter
The space-news web site NASASpaceFlight writes:While organic compounds have been confirmed on the Martian surface and near-surface areas since 2018, new Earth-based experiments point to a potentially ...
09:07 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot US-Backed Consortium Beats China's for Massive 5G Contract Blanketing Ethiopia
"A U.S.-backed consortium beat out one financed by China in a closely watched telecommunications auction in Ethiopia — handing Washington a victory in its push to challenge Beijing's economic in...
08:38 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot Thousands Fled as Lava Poured Into Villages in Congo
The Guardian reports:At least 15 people died when torrents of lava poured into villages after dark in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo destroying more than 500 homes, officials and survivors s...
07:39 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot America's Central Bank Seeks Public Comments on Issuing Its Own Digital Currency
"Technological advances are driving rapid change in the global payments landscape," says the U.S. federal reserve, the country's central banking system. They announced this week that they're "studying...
06:37 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot Weak Wi-Fi Password May Have Led UK Police to Bust an Innocent Couple
Slashdot reader esm88 shares the BBC's story about a couple who experienced "a knock on the door from the police" investigating child abuse images posted online. "The couple insisted they had nothing ...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot Are We Ready for a Looming Decline in World Population?
"All over the world, countries are confronting population stagnation and a fertility bust, a dizzying reversal unmatched in recorded history..." reports the New York Times. There's already been some s...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot What Python Creator Guido van Rossum Thinks of Rust, Go, Julia, and TypeScript
Python's creator Guido van Rossum shared his opinions on other programming languages during a new hour-long interview with Microsoft's principle cloud advocate manager. Some of the highlights: Rust: "...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot The Woman Who Mastered IBM's 5,400-character Chinese Typewriter
Fast Company's technology editor harrymcc writes: In the 1940s, IBM tried to market a typewriter capable of handling all 5,400 Chinese characters. The catch was that using it required memorizing a 4-d...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot YouTube Can Now Monetize Smaller Creators' Videos All Around the World
The Telegraph reports:Video-sharing platform YouTube has announced changes in its terms of services, which confer the company the right to monetise all content on its platform by placing advertisement...
11:34 am - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot Texas Governor Knew of Natural Gas Shortages Days Before Blackout, Blamed Wind Anyway
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes Ars Technica:Texas Governor Greg Abbott's office knew of looming natural gas shortages on February 10, days before a deep freeze plunged much of the state into...
07:34 am - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot Can Introverts and Extroverts Learn from Each Other?
"Decades of research have consistently shown that extroverts have a significant happiness edge over introverts," writes Harvard professor/PhD social scientist Arthur C. Brooks. Extroverts "report high...
03:34 am - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot How Spam Flooded the Official Python Software Package Repository PyPI
"The official Python software package repository, PyPI, is getting flooded with spam packages..." Bleeping Computer reported Thursday. "Each of these packages is posted by a unique pseudonymous mainta...
01:34 am - Sun, May 23, 2021
Slashdot Virgin Galactic Completes Historic Third Successful Spaceflight with Rocket-powered Plane
"60 seconds of rocket burn, straight into space," Virgin Galactic tweeted today, sharing a video of their historic launch. CNN reports:Virgin Galactic's rocket-powered plane, carrying two pilots, soar...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot Papa John's Celebrates 'Bitcoin Pizza Day' - as Price of Bitcoin Drops to $38,240
Business Insider re-visits the story of why May 22nd is celebrated as "Bitcoin Pizza Day."Exactly 11 years ago today, a software programmer from Florida, Laszlo Hanyecz, became well known in the crypt...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot India Asks Social Media Firms To Remove Reference To 'Indian Variant' of Covid
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: India's information technology (IT) ministry has written to all social media companies asking them to take down any content that refers to an "Indian variant" of th...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot India Asks Social Media Firms To Remove References To 'Indian Variant' of Covid
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: India's information technology (IT) ministry has written to all social media companies asking them to take down any content that refers to an "Indian variant" of th...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot California Will Require Uber, Lyft Drivers To Transition To Electric Cars
Slashdot reader PolygamousRanchKid quotes The Hill: California is requiring ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to transition from gasoline to electric vehicles (EVs) in their networks by the...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot Human Tissue Preserved Since World War I Yields New Clues About 1918 Pandemic
sciencehabit quotes Science magazine:On 27 June 1918, two young German soldiers—one age 18, the other 17—died in Berlin from a new influenza strain that had emerged earlier that year. Thei...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot 6th Grader Expelled After Zoom Provided Possibly Inaccurate IP Address
An Atlanta newspaper tells the story of 11-year-old Malachi Battle, who's been suspended from school for the rest of the year after being accused of "repeatedly trying to log into Zoom classes with th...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot And the Top Source of Critical Security Threats Is...PowerShell
Slashdot reader storagedude writes: That's right, Microsoft's CLI management tool was the source of more than a third of critical security threats detected by Cisco in the second half of 2020, accordi...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot Do You Own a Motorcycle Airbag if You Have to Pay Extra to Inflate It?
"Pardon me while I feed the meter on my critical safety device," quips a Hackaday article (shared by long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo):If you ride a motorcycle, you may have noticed that the cost of ...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot Google Unveils Site Showcasing Google-Approved Open Source Tools and Tutorials for Google-Technology Developers
Quoting the Google Developers blog:Developers around the world are constantly creating open source tools and tutorials but have a hard time getting them discovered. The content published often spanned...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Miners Are Now Abusing the Free Tiers of Cloud Platforms
An anonymous reader shares a report:Over the course of the last few months, some crypto-mining gangs have switched their modus operandi from attacking and hijacking unpatched servers to abusing the fr...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot The White House Is Partnering With Dating Apps To Get Horny People Vaccinated
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: In a national effort to get through to horny but vaccine-hesitant Americans, the White House announced Friday that it is joining forces with dat...
10:00 am - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot Igor Gamow, Inventor of the 'Gamow Bag' Portable Hyperbaric Chamber, Has Died
mnemotronic writes: Igor Gamow, inventor of the "Gamow bag," a portable hyperbaric chamber for treatment of altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), has died. He is credited or co-credited with othe...
07:00 am - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot Unexpected Gaseous Nickel Spewing From Second Known Interstellar Object
New submitter StellarThoughts writes: Scientists analyzed the second ever known interstellar object, a comet known as 2I/Borisov, and found some very unlikely results. Molecules of nickel and iron wer...
03:30 am - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot Seagate's New Mach.2 Is the World's Fastest Conventional Hard Drive
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Seagate has been working on dual-actuator hard drives -- drives with two independently controlled sets of read/write heads -- for several years. ...
02:10 am - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot South Korea Proposes Law To Protect Esports Players
On May 18, a South Korean politician put forward a bill that would stop esports tournament organizers and stakeholders from unilaterally terminating tournaments without first informing participants an...
01:30 am - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Is Shutting Down Prime Now, Folding Two-Hour Deliveries Into Its Main App
Amazon is shutting down its standalone Prime Now delivery app, with its speedy two-hour delivery options moving exclusively into the company's main app and website, the company announced today. The st...
12:50 am - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot World's First EV-Charging Highway Trial to Start In Italy
Israeli company ElectReon Wireless is building a kilometer-long stretch of electric vehicle-charging highway between Milan and Brescia in Italy. It's the first trial of its kind involving a highway an...
12:10 am - Sat, May 22, 2021
Slashdot RAI's Certification Process Aims To Prevent AIs From Turning Into HALs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: [T]he Responsible Artificial Intelligence Institute (RAI) -- a non-profit developing governance tools to help usher in a new generation of trustworth...
11:30 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Iran Uses Crypto Mining To Lessen Impact of Sanctions, Study Finds
Around 4.5% of all bitcoin mining takes place in Iran, allowing the country to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies that can be used to buy imports and lessen the impact of sanctio...
10:50 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Linux 5.13 Reverts and Fixes Problematic University of Minnesota Patches
An anonymous reader shares a report: One month ago the University of Minnesota was banned from contributing to the Linux kernel when it was revealed the university researchers were trying to intention...
10:10 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Unprecedented - Cyber Attackers Release Secret Key To Save Irish Health System
Lanodonal shares a report from the BBC: Hackers responsible for causing widespread disruption to the Irish health system have unexpectedly gifted it with the tool to help it recover. The Conti ransomw...
09:24 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Research Findings That Are Probably Wrong Cited Far More Than Robust Ones, Study Finds
Scientific research findings that are probably wrong gain far more attention than robust results, according to academics who suspect that the bar for publication may be lower for papers with grabbier ...
08:50 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Leaked Emails Show Crime App Citizen Is Testing On-Demand Security Force
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Crime and neighborhood watch app Citizen has ambitions to deploy private security workers to the scene of disturbances at the request of app users...
08:09 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Tim Cook Says He Doesn't Remember How Much Google Pays for Search Deal As He Plays Innocent in Epic v Apple Trial
Apple CEO Tim Cook took his first turn in the witness chair this morning in what is probably the most anticipated testimony of the Epic v. Apple antitrust case. But rather than a fiery condemnation of...
07:22 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot FBI Says Conti Ransomware Gang Has Hit 16 US Health and Emergency Networks
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that the same group of online extortionists blamed for striking the Irish health system last week have also hit at least 16 U.S. medical and first response net...
06:42 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Amazon Wage War on Gadget Right-to-Repair Laws
For years, technology companies have imposed strict limits on who can fix chipped iPhones, broken game consoles and a wealth of other non-working (or defective) gadgets. From a report: Components are ...
06:02 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Activist Archivists Are Trying to Save the 'Pirate Bay of Science'
For 10 years, Sci-Hub, the "Pirate Bay of Science" has hosted scientific papers free for anyone who wanted them. But it hasn't uploaded anything new since December 2020 and is facing prosecution in Am...
05:21 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Apple Wants Users To Trust iOS, But It Doesn't Trust iOS Users
Apple's software engineering head Craig Federighi had a tricky task in the Epic v. Apple trial: explaining why the Mac's security wasn't good enough for the iPhone. From a report: Mac computers have a...
04:42 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Google Unit DeepMind Tried and Failed to Win AI Autonomy From Parent
Senior managers at Google artificial-intelligence unit DeepMind have been negotiating for years with the parent company for more autonomy, seeking an independent legal structure for the sensitive rese...
04:03 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot China Calls out ByteDance, Kuaishou, and LinkedIn For Illegal Data Collection
China's internet watchdog has named and shamed some of the country's most popular mobile applications, including the Chinese version of TikTok, Kuaishou, LinkedIn and 102 other apps, for the illegal c...
03:22 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Netflix Looking To Hire Executive for Gaming Expansion
Netflix is looking to hire an executive to oversee its expansion into videogames, The Information reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. Reuters: The company has approached vetera...
02:41 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Snap's New Spectacles Let You See the World in Augmented Reality
Snap's new Spectacles glasses are its most ambitious yet. But there's a big catch: you can't buy them. From a report: On Thursday, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel unveiled the company's first true augmented rea...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Apple Accuses Microsoft of Using Epic in Legal Attack
Apple injected a new level of intrigue in its bitter court fight with Epic Games, suggesting the Fortnite maker was acting as a stalking horse for Microsoft and withholding evidence. From a report: Th...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot SUSE IPO Disappoints
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Swedish private equity firm EQT had high hopes for its SUSE IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and set the European Linux and cloud power's IPO price ...
10:00 am - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Move Over, Death Valley: These Are the Two Hottest Spots On Earth
sciencehabit writes: Death Valley holds the record for the highest air temperature on the planet: On July 10, 1913, temperatures at the aptly named Furnace Creek area in the California desert reached ...
07:00 am - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Newly Leaked US Navy Video Shows UFO Sinking Into the Water
alaskana98 writes: In a newly leaked video, ship based U.S. Navy personnel appear to be tracking an orb-shaped UFO as it tracks closely above the water, eventually appearing to dip beneath water's sur...
03:30 am - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot E-Bikes Can Provide a Good Workout
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Does riding an electric bike to work count as exercise, and not just a mode of transportation? It can, if you ride right, according to a pr...
02:10 am - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Drinking Any Amount of Alcohol Causes Damage To the Brain, Study Finds
There is no such thing as a "safe" level of drinking, with increased consumption of alcohol associated with poorer brain health, according to a new study. CNN reports: In an observational study, which...
01:30 am - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot New Type of Imager Could Help Spot Smuggled Nuclear Materials
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Much as a smoke detector gives only a vague idea of where a fire is, current methods to detect smuggled nuclear materials are slow and imprecise. Bu...
12:50 am - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Releases SimuLand, a Lab Environment To Simulate Attacker Tradecraft
Microsoft has open-sourced today a tool that can be used to build lab environments where security teams can simulate attacks and verify the detection effectiveness of Microsoft security products. The ...
12:10 am - Fri, May 21, 2021
Slashdot Computer Coding Could Count For Foreign Language Credit Under Bill
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Mercury News: Instead of learning a foreign language, Michigan students could take computer coding classes to replace the high school graduation requiremen...
11:30 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot First Physical Google Store Opening In New York City This Summer
After years of seasonal pop-ups, Made by Google is finally opening a retail store for its hardware division. The first physical Google Store will be in Chelsea directly under one of the company's New ...
10:50 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot New Coronavirus Cases Fall By 20%
Coronavirus infections continue to plummet across the U.S. From a report: The U.S. averaged about 30,000 cases per day over the past week. The progress is happening remarkably fast, and across the boa...
10:10 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Taiwan's TSMC Claims Breakthrough On 1nm Chips
Hmmmmmm shares a report from Taiwan News: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), National Taiwan University (NTU), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made a significant b...
09:30 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Verizon Forces Users Onto Pricier Plans To Get $50-Per-Month Government Subsidy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon and other Internet service providers are preventing some low-income customers from getting new $50-per-month government subsidies unless ...
08:50 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot CNA Financial Paid $40 Million in Ransom After March Cyberattack
CNA Financial, among the largest insurance companies in the U.S., paid $40 million in late March to regain control of its network after a ransomware attack, Bloomberg News reported Thursday. From a re...
08:12 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot FTC is Prodding the Tech Giant To Punish Fake-Review Schemers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon recently banned some sellers of large Chinese electronics brands like Aukey and Mpow that reportedly do hundreds of millions in sales on the shopping site e...
07:25 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Opera Brings Its Gaming Browser To Mobile
Do gamers need a dedicated browser? Opera sure thinks so. Two years after launching Opera GX, a browser aimed at gamers, on desktop, the company has started to beta test Opera GX on iOS and Android. F...
06:43 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Releases SimuLand, a Lab Environment To Simulate Attacker Tradecraft
Microsoft today open-sourced a tool that can be used to build lab environments where security teams can simulate attacks and verify the detection effectiveness of Microsoft security products. From a r...
06:07 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Says Government Internet Shutdowns Are on the Rise
Facebook says that its services were interrupted 84 times in 19 countries in the second half of last year, compared to 52 disruptions in eight countries that took place during the first half of the ye...
05:25 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot A Fungus Is Pushing Cicada Sex Into Hyperdrive And Leaving Them Dismembered
After 17 years underground, the Brood X periodical cicadas are slowly emerging in 15 states across the East Coast and Midwest. From a report: They'll shed their skins and spend four to six weeks matin...
04:51 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot US Treasury Calls For Stricter Cryptocurrency Compliance With IRS, Says They Pose Tax-Evasion Risk
The Treasury Department on Thursday announced that it is taking steps to crack down on cryptocurrency markets and transactions, and said it will require any transfer worth $10,000 or more to be report...
04:06 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Antarctica Gives Birth To World's Largest Iceberg
A giant slab of ice bigger than the Spanish island of Majorca has sheared off from the frozen edge of Antarctica into the Weddell Sea, becoming the largest iceberg afloat in the world, the European Sp...
03:25 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Reopens Its Verification Process For First Time Since 2017
Twitter on Thursday reopened its verification application process to the public for the first time since putting it on pause in November 2017. From a report: The company is rolling out a new process t...
02:43 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Warns of Malware Campaign Spreading a RAT Masquerading as Ransomware
The Microsoft security team has published details about a malware campaign that is currently spreading a remote access trojan named STRRAT that steals data from infected systems while masquerading as ...
02:03 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Linux on Chromebooks is Finally Coming Out of Beta
Linux on Chromebooks is finally coming out of beta with the release of Chrome OS 91, Google said at its developer I/O conference. From a report: The company had offered Linux apps on Chrome OS alongsi...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Founder of TikTok Owner ByteDance To Step Down As CEO
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: Zhang Yiming, co-founder of TikTok owner ByteDance, is stepping down as CEO and moving to a new role, the company said in a memo released Thursday. The ...
09:00 am - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot China Unveils First Mars Photos From Zhurong Rover
China has released the first photographs taken by its Zhurong rover, which touched down on Mars late on May 14 as part of the country's Tianwen-1 mission. Space.com reports: The China National Space A...
05:15 am - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Ford Unveils the F-150 Lightning, Its All-Electric Pickup Truck That Will Start Under $40,000
Ford unveiled Wednesday the F-150 Lightning, an all-electric pickup truck that is a critical piece of the company's $22 billion investment into electrification. TechCrunch reports: Ford had a challeng...
03:30 am - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot From Apes To Birds, There Are 65 Animal Species That 'Laugh'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Among humans, laughter can signify a lot of different things, from intimacy to discomfort. Among animals, however, laughter usually communicates ...
02:02 am - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot Craig Federighi Says the Mac Has An 'Unacceptable' Malware Problem
Craig Federighi is currently testifying during the Apple vs. Epic lawsuit. While facing questioning from Apple's lawyers, Federighi made some interesting comments about security, particularly noting t...
01:00 am - Thu, May 20, 2021
Slashdot ADM Buries Corn Plant Emissions Equal To 1.2 Million Cars
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., one of the world's biggest grain traders, is injecting carbon dioxide released by its corn plants underground, using commercial-scale technology that's the first of its kin...
10:40 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin, Dogecoin See Big Drops After China Reiterates Ban On Crypto Services
Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum and seemingly every cryptocurrency out there took a big hit Wednesday following the news of China reconfirming its criticism of the crypto service. This appeared to contrib...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Sidewalk Labs Launches Pebble, a Sensor That Uses Real-Time Data To Manage City Parking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet's urban innovation organization, has announced the launch of Pebble, a vehicle sensor that's designed to help manage parkin...
09:20 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Freenode IRC Staff Quit After New Owner 'Seizes' Control of Network
Staff at the world's largest FOSS IRC network, Freenode, have resigned following a "hostile takeover." "Seeking to take control of the Freenode IRC network after acquiring Freenode Limited as their li...
08:40 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Google Plans To Build a Commercial Quantum Computer By 2029
Google developers are confident they can build a commercial-grade quantum computer by 2029. Engadget reports: Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the plan during today's I/O stream, and in a blog post,...
07:57 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Frontier Lied About Internet Speed, FTC Says In Post-Net Neutrality Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and several states filed a lawsuit against Frontier Communications on Wednesday, accusing them of lying about intern...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft is Finally Retiring Internet Explorer in 2022
Microsoft is finally retiring Internet Explorer next year, after more than 25 years. The aging web browser has largely been unused by most consumers for years, but Microsoft is putting the final nail ...
05:30 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Colonial Pipeline CEO Tells Why He Paid Hackers a $4.4 Million Ransom
The operator of the Colonial Pipeline learned it was in trouble at daybreak on May 7, when an employee found a ransom note from hackers on a control-room computer. By that night, the company's chief e...
04:43 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Google Rekindles Interest in RSS
Chrome, at least in its experimental Canary version on Android (and only for users in the U.S.), is getting an interesting update in the coming weeks that brings back RSS, the once-popular format for ...
04:12 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Zoom Events Will Try To Re-create the In-person Conference Experience
Zoom is announcing an expanded live events product today that's launching this summer. From a report: Zoom Events builds on Zoom's previous paid event marketplace, OnZoom, by layering in features that...
03:23 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Twenty Firms Produce 55% of World's Plastic Waste, Report Reveals
Twenty companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world, fuelling the climate crisis and creating an environmental catastrophe, new research reve...
02:47 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Epic Tries To Show Apple Is Antitrust Violator Beyond App Store
A top Apple executive tasked with defending the App Store in a monopoly lawsuit by Epic Games found himself having to answer Tuesday for a spate of other alleged antitrust fouls by the world's most va...
02:15 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot IFA Berlin 2021 is Canceled, Citing 'Uncertainties' Around Vaccine Rollouts
After IFA became one of an extremely small number of in-person trade shows in 2020, the Consumer & Home Electronics GmbH is pulling the plug on this year's event. Initially planned for September 3...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Calls Links To Depression Inconclusive. These Researchers Disagree
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: At a hearing this March on Capitol Hill, the Republican congresswoman [Cathy McMorris Rodgers] from Washington confronted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Tw...
10:00 am - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Extends Moratorium On Police Use of Facial Recognition Software
Amazon said on Tuesday it is extending a moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software. The company imposed the ban last year after the murder of George Floyd by law enforcement in June ...
07:00 am - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Chrome Now Uses Duplex To Fix Your Stolen Passwords
The same technology that powers Google Duplex to call businesses and make appointments for you is being used to help you automatically change your password to a website that's been compromised in a se...
03:30 am - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot No New Fossil Fuel Projects For Net-Zero: IEA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: All future fossil fuel projects must be scrapped if the world is to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to stand any chance of limiting warmi...
02:02 am - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Google and Samsung Are Merging Wear OS and Tizen
Today, Google and Samsung announced that they are merging Wear OS and Tizen in an effort to better compete against Apple's watchOS. "The resulting platform is currently being referred to simply as 'We...
01:25 am - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Ethereum Staking Will Drop Power Consumption By 99%
After Ethereum transitions to proof-of-stake, the blockchain's power consumption is expected to drop by more than 99%, making it about 7,000 times more energy efficient than Bitcoin. Crypto Briefing r...
12:45 am - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot Eufycam Wi-Fi Security Cameras Streamed Video Feeds From Other People's Homes
A software bug that's now been fixed allowed some Eufycam owners to stream video from strangers' homes instead of their own. The Register reports: These 1080p Wi-Fi-connected devices are made by Anker...
12:02 am - Wed, May 19, 2021
Slashdot NBN Replaces 10,000 Modems After Lightning 'Fries' Devices Across Blue Mountains
An anonymous reader writes: NBN Co has been forced to replace 10,000 faulty broadband devices in homes across the Blue Mountains west of Sydney after residents reported the technology was frequently s...
11:20 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Biden Test Drives Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup
During a visit to Ford's Rouge factory in Dearborn, Michigan on Tuesday, President Joe Biden got a chance to test drive Ford's all-electric new Lightning pickup truck. CNET reports: What was the presi...
10:40 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Google Shows Off Android 12's Huge UI Overhaul
At Google I/O 2021 today, Google confirmed that Android 12 is getting a huge new design. Ars Technica reports: Google calls the new design "Material You," and just like in the leaks, it's a UI that ch...
10:02 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Hackers Behind Colonial Pipeline Attack Reportedly Received $90 Million In Bitcoin Before Shutting Down
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: DarkSide, the hacker group behind the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, received a total of $90 million in bitcoin ransom payments before shutt...
09:25 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Google Adds Feature To Zap Recent Search History in Privacy Push
Ever wish you could delete the last thing you searched for on Google? Now Google will let you. From a report: Google announced the new feature Tuesday during its I/O software conference, part of a pac...
08:45 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Highest Ever Energy Light Captured By Chinese Mountain Observatory
sciencehabit writes: Using an observatory on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, astronomers have spotted the highest energy light ever, gamma ray photons up to 1.4 petaelectronvolts (PeV). They have tra...
08:01 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Says Windows 10X Isn't Happening
Microsoft today acknowledged that the company isn't going to release its Windows 10X operating system variant, as reported more than a week ago. Mary Jo Foley, writing at ZDNet: Don't be surprised if ...
07:30 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Google's Project Starline Videoconference Tech Wants To Turn You Into a Hologram
Google on Tuesday unveiled a prototype machine for face-to-face meetings named Project Starline. From a report: The phrase "video booth" really is the simplest way to describe Starline in its current ...
06:47 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot There Are Over 3 Billion Active Android Devices
There are over 3 billion active Android devices in the wild now. Sameer Samat, VP of product management at Google, announced the news at Google I/O 2021 today. From a report: Google added over 500 mil...
06:02 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Chrome Now Uses Duplex To Fix Your Stolen Passwords
Google announced a new feature for its Chrome browser today that alerts you when one of your passwords has been compromised and then helps you automatically change your password with the help of... wa...
05:31 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Huawei's Cloud Services Find Government Buyers
Chinese telecom giant Huawei is finding plenty of government buyers for its cloud services despite growing suspicion of the company, according to new data compiled by the Center for Strategic and Inte...
04:41 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Nvidia is Nerfing New RTX 3080 and 3070 Cards for Ethereum Cryptocurrency Mining
Nvidia is extending its cryptocurrency mining limits to newly manufactured GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards. From a report: After nerfing the hash rates of the RTX 3060 for i...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot China Bans Financial, Payment Institutions From Cryptocurrency Business
China has banned financial institutions and payment companies from providing services related to cryptocurrency transactions, and warned investors against speculative crypto trading. From a report: Un...
03:26 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot 'The Monopolist Worm in Apple'
Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer at Spotify, writes in an opinion piece: I am heartened by the growing global consensus, but time is on Apple's side. While Spotify has...
02:51 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Try This One Weird Trick Russian Hackers Hate
Brian Krebs: In a Twitter discussion last week on ransomware attacks, KrebsOnSecurity noted that virtually all ransomware strains have a built-in failsafe designed to cover the backsides of the malwar...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Apple Readies MacBook Pro, MacBook Air Revamps With Faster Chips
Apple is preparing to release several new Mac laptops and desktops with faster processors, new designs and improved connectivity to external devices, accelerating the company's effort to replace Intel...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Apple Readies MacBook Pro, MacBook Air Revamps With Faster Chips
Apple is preparing to release several new Mac laptops and desktops with faster processors, new designs and improved connectivity to external devices, accelerating the company's effort to replace Intel...
11:10 am - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Said To Make $9 Billion Offer for MGM
Amazon is weeks into negotiations on a deal to acquire MGM for about $9 billion, industry sources tell Variety. From the report: Chatter that Amazon (and other tech giants) have been sniffing around M...
08:50 am - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Trump Justice Dept. Tried To Use Grand Jury To Identify Nunes Critic on Twitter
The Justice Department under President Trump secretly obtained a grand-jury subpoena last year in an attempt to identify the person behind a Twitter account dedicated to mocking Representative Devin N...
04:00 am - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot UK Plastic Waste Being Dumped and Burned in Turkey, Says Greenpeace
UK plastic waste is being exported to Turkey and then illegally dumped and burned, according to a report. From a report: Greenpeace said about 40% -- or 210,000 tonnes -- of the UK's plastic waste exp...
12:01 am - Tue, May 18, 2021
Slashdot Apple Wants You To Know It Chose Not To Take a Cut of $400 Billion in Physical Goods
Apple is trying to convince a judge that it's not milking the App Store for all it's worth, and today the company dropped some big numbers to help make its case. From a report: Apple claims that its A...
11:00 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Rotten Tomatoes Is Launching a Linear Streaming Channel
Rotten Tomatoes is continuing on its quest to grow into something substantially bigger than its Tomatometer movie and TV rating scores. From a report: The website -- owned by NBCUniversal's Fandango -...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Nuclear Reactions at Chernobyl Are Spiking in an Inaccessible Chamber
Scientists monitoring the ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have seen a surge in fission reactions in an inaccessible chamber within the complex. They are now investigating whether...
08:46 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China
Apple has compromised on data security to placate Chinese authorities, the New York Times reported Monday, citing internal company documents and interviews with current and former Apple employees and ...
08:09 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Parler Returns To Apple's App Store
Parler, a social media app popular with U.S. conservatives, returned to Apple's App Store on Monday, after the iPhone maker dropped it following the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. From a repo...
07:00 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Amid Public Pressure Audacity Says It Will Not Collect Telemetry Data From Users
After its recent announcement about plans to add telemetry collection prompted backlash, popular audio editor Audacity has announced it won't go ahead with the plan to collect its users' data. BetaNew...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Apple and Microsoft's Rivalry Had Cooled. Now It's Back and Getting Testier
After collaborating on various projects for several years, the relationship between Microsoft and Apple is getting testier again. From a report: [...] Around the time the PC character reappeared, Micr...
05:03 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Apple Music is Getting Lossless and Spatial Audio Support
Apple Music subscribers will find a big chunk of the catalog sounds better next month: The service is adding support for high-quality, lossless and spatial audio through Dolby Atmos at no additional c...
04:02 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Teams Launches For Friends and Family With Free All-Day Video Calling
Microsoft is launching the personal version of Microsoft Teams today. After previewing the service nearly a year ago, Microsoft Teams is now available for free personal use amongst friends and familie...
03:00 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft's LinkedIn Accused by Noted China Critic of Censorship
A prominent critic of China based in the U.K. said Microsoft's LinkedIn froze his account and removed content criticizing the country's government, the latest in a series of allegations that the netwo...
02:02 pm - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot AT&T Merges Media Assets With Discovery in Blockbuster Deal
AT&T has agreed to spin off its media operations in a deal with Discovery that will create a new entertainment company, merging assets ranging from CNN and HBO to HGTV and the Food Network. From a...
11:34 am - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Alexa/Echo Owners Become Part of Amazon's Massive 'Sidewalk' Mesh Network By Default
A tech columnist for Inc. noticed that on June 8th Amazon will finally power up its massive "Sidewalk" mesh network (which uses Bluetooth and 900MHz radio signals to communicate between devices). And ...
07:44 am - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Peter Thiel Helps Fund an App That Tells You What to Do
"How would you feel about being able to pay to control multiple aspects of another person's life?" asks the BBC. "A new app is offering you the chance to do just that."When writer Brandon Wong recentl...
04:14 am - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Funds a Team with Guido van Rossum to Double the Speed of Python
ZDNet reports:Guido van Rossum, who created popular programming language Python 30 years ago, has outlined his ambitions to make it twice as fast — addressing a key weakness of Python compared t...
01:45 am - Mon, May 17, 2021
Slashdot US Lawmakers Could Restrict the Use of Non-Compete Agreements
Politico's technology site Protocol reports that some U.S. lawmakers are getting angry about an unpopular but widespread corporate policy -- the non-compete agreement:Non-compete agreements prohibit e...
11:45 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot Aluminum-Ion Battery Claimed to Charge 60 Times Faster, Hold 3X the Energy
Graphene aluminum-ion battery cells from Brisbane-based Graphene Manufacturing Group "are claimed to charge up to 60 times faster than the best lithium-ion cells and hold three time the energy of the ...
10:34 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot The Bizarre Story of the Man Who Invented Ransomware in 1989
Slashdot reader quonset writes:To this day no one is sure why he did it, but in 1989 a Harvard-taught evolutionary biologist named Joseph Popp mailed out 20,000 floppy discs with malware on them to pe...
09:36 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot California City Apologizes for Wrongly Accusing Bloggers of Criminal Hacking
To settle a lawsuit, the city of Fullerton California "has agreed to pay $350,000 and take back its accusations of criminal computer hacking" against two local bloggers, reports the Orange County Regi...
08:34 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot US Considers Law Requiring Companies to Report All Cyberattacks
The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack has spurred new efforts in the U.S. Congress "to require critical companies to tell the government when they've been hacked." Politico reports:Even leading Republican...
07:38 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot Improvements Finally Made in How We Name Asteroids
RockDoctor (Slashdot reader #15,477) writes:For a number of years the administrative process for giving asteroids names has had a worsening logjam. Important or "interesting" bodies (such as `Oumuamua...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot Huawei Could Eavesdrop on 6.5 Million Dutch Cellphone Users Without their Knowledge
"Chinese technology provider Huawei was recently accused of being able to monitor all calls made using Dutch mobile operator KPN," writes the Conversation. Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shares the...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot After 35 Years, Classic Shareware Game 'Cap'n Magneto' Finally Fully Resurrected
A newspaper in Austin, Texas shares the story behind a cult-classic videogame, the 1985 Macintosh shareware game "Cap'n Magneto." It was the work of Al Evans, who'd "decided to live life to the fulles...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot MITRE Security Tests Reveal Built-in Advantage of First-Gen Antivirus Vendors
Slashdot reader storagedude writes: The MITRE cybersecurity product evaluations use adversarial attack techniques instead of basic malware samples, and as a result are the best tests of enterprise sec...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot How Should a Company Handle a Ransomware Attack?
ITWire reports on how Norwegian firm Volue Technology handled a ransomware attack that began on May 5th:The company has set up a Web page with information about the attack and also links to frequent u...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot Zero Day Found for Universal Turing Machine (CVE-2021-32471)
xanthos (Slashdot reader #73,578) writes: Our friends over at The Register are reporting a zero day vulnerability for one of the earliest modern computer architectures. Pontus Johnson, a professor at ...
11:34 am - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot Wealthy Install Location-Tracking Apps to Establish Proof-of-Residency for Tax Purposes
The New York Times shares the dilemma of Jeff Sheu, managing director of a private equity firm, who is "exactly the type of high earner California does not want to lose. When people in his tax bracket...
07:34 am - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot Researchers Build Tiny Wireless, Injectable Chips, Visible Only Under a Microscope
Implantable miniaturized medical devices that wirelessly transmit data "are transforming healthcare and improving the quality of life for millions of people," writes Columbia University, noting the de...
04:34 am - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot Study Finds Alarming Levels of 'Forever Chemicals' In US Mothers' Breast Milk
Slashdot reader Hmmmmmm quotes the Guardian:A new study that checked American women's breast milk for PFAS contamination detected the toxic chemical in all 50 samples tested, and at levels nearly 2,00...
03:04 am - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot New Spaceport Announced In Nova Scotia - Operational In 2023
Slashdot reader boudie2 writes:Maritime Launch Services has secured financing it says will allow it to begin construction on a spaceport facility this fall and get its first launch off the ground in 2...
01:34 am - Sun, May 16, 2021
Slashdot Two Satellites Lost after Rocket Lab's Second-Stage Booster Fails to Reach Orbit
Space startup Rocket Lab "lost a pair of satellites as the second stage of one of its Electron rockets failed to make it to orbit Saturday," reports CNET:After a successful liftoff from the company's ...
11:14 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot How America Will Improve Its Cybersecurity
Politico writes:President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered a sweeping overhaul of the federal government's approach to cybersecurity, from the software that agencies buy to the security measures that th...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Analyzing 30 Years of Brain Research Finds No Meaningful Differences Between Male and Female Brains
"As a neuroscientist long experienced in the field, I recently completed a painstaking analysis of 30 years of research on human brain sex differences..." reports Lise Eliot in a recent article on The...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Pipeline Attacked by Ransomware Has Now Resumed Normal Operations
Though halted last week by ransomware, America's largest gasoline pipeline announced Saturday that it's resumed normal operations, reports the Associated Press, "delivering fuel to its markets, includ...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Report: 65% of Social Media Anti-vax Propaganda Comes From Just 12 People
Long-time Slashdot reader jhylkema writes:Just 12 people account for the lion's share of anti-vaccination propaganda posted to three of the leading social media outlets, according to a study from a Lo...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot University Cancels $700,000 in Student Debt for 220 Graduates Affected by the Pandemic
Delaware State University -- also known as DSU -- "is cancelling more than $700,000 in student loans for recent graduates hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic," reports CNN:DSU will cancel $730,655 for m...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Is Computer History Also a History of Physical Pains?
"Decades before "Zoom fatigue" broke our spirits, the so-called computer revolution brought with it a world of pain previously unknown to humankind," argues Laine Nooney (in a condensed version of a c...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Russia Races to Beat Tom Cruise and NASA With First Movie Filmed in Space
Which country will shoot the first movie in outer space? Russia is now "in a race with the United States to claim the achievement," reports NBC News. 36-year-old actress Yulia Peresild and 37-year-old...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Three Students Sue Lambda School Alleging False Advertising
Lambda School -- incubated at Y Combinator -- raised $130 million in venture funding from several investors including Google Ventures. Its original business model involved six-month virtual computer s...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot 'How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict'
The New York Times reports on misinformation that's further inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman for Prime Minister Ben...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Cloudflare Wants To Kill the CAPTCHA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Cloudflare is testing out the possibility of security keys replacing one of the most irritating aspects of web browsing: the CAPTCHA. CAPTCHAs are used ...
10:00 am - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot AI Tool Writes Real Estate Descriptions Without Ever Stepping Inside a Home
A Canadian startup called Listing AI is using AI to quickly churn out computer-generated descriptions of real estate. All users need to do is give it some details about the home, and the AI does the r...
07:00 am - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Australia Breaks Major Record For New Solar Panel Roof Installations
Solar panel installations in 2020 were up nearly 30 percent from the year before, breaking its own record for the number of solar panels installed in a year. ScienceAlert reports: The data, compiled b...
05:14 am - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot China Lands Its First Rover On Mars
China just successfully landed its first rover on Mars, becoming only the second nation to do so. Space.com reports: The Tianwen-1 mission, China's first interplanetary endeavor, reached the surface o...
03:30 am - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Climate Emissions Shrinking the Stratosphere, Scientists Reveal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Humanity's enormous emissions of greenhouse gases are shrinking the stratosphere, a new study has revealed. The thickness of the atmospheric laye...
02:02 am - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Mammals Can Breathe Through Their Intestines
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Gizmodo: When pressed for oxygen, some fish and sea cucumbers will use their lower intestines to get a little extra out of their environment. Now, a team of Japanese r...
01:25 am - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot Apple Patents a Way To Deliver 3D Content Without 3D Glasses
Apple has patented the ability to deliver 3D content to devices like the iPhone, iPad and Macs without requiring 3D glasses. From a report: The company recently filed a patent with the heading of "Spl...
01:03 am - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot A Toshiba Business Unit Says It Has Been Attacked By Hacking Group DarkSide
A division of Toshiba said in a statement on Friday that its European business has been hit by a cyberattack by cyber criminal group DarkSide, which is the same group that the U.S. FBI blamed for the ...
12:45 am - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot TSMC Is Considering a 3nm Foundry In Arizona
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Reuters reports that TSMC -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the chip foundry making advanced processors for Apple, AMD, and Qualcomm...
12:02 am - Sat, May 15, 2021
Slashdot 'I Made Doge In Like Two Hours': Dogecoin Creator Says He 'Didn't Consider' Environmental Impact
One of the creators of dogecoin has noted that he "didn't consider" the environmental impact of the cryptocurrency, which was initially created as a joke. The Independent reports: The comments from Bi...
11:25 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot 'Scheme Flooding' Technique May Be Used To Deanonymize You
sandbagger shares a report from The Register: FingerprintJS, maker of a browser-fingerprinting library for fraud prevention, on Thursday said it has identified a more dubious fingerprinting technique ...
10:45 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Confronting Disinformation Spreaders on Twitter Only Makes It Worse, MIT Scientists Say
According to a new study conducted by researchers at MIT, being corrected online just makes the original posters more toxic and obnoxious. From a report: Basically, the new thinking is that correcting...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot 'Black Fungus' Complication Adds To India's COVID Woes
The Indian government has told doctors to look out for signs of mucormycosis or "black fungus" in COVID-19 patients as hospitals report a rise in cases of the rare but potentially fatal infection. Fro...
09:25 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Language Models Like GPT-3 Could Herald a New Type of Search Engine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: In 1998 a couple of Stanford graduate students published a paper describing a new kind of search engine: "In this paper, we present Goog...
08:44 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Top Researchers Are Calling For a Real Investigation Into the Origin of Covid-19
In a letter in the journal Science, 18 prominent biologists -- including the world's foremost coronavirus researcher -- are lending their weight to calls for a new investigation of all possible origin...
08:44 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Top Researchers Are Calling For a Broader Investigation Into the Origin of Covid-19
In a letter in the journal Science, 18 prominent biologists -- including the world's foremost coronavirus researcher -- are lending their weight to calls for a new investigation of all possible origin...
08:06 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Maker of Expensive Japanese Toaster Gets Into Smartphone Business
Balmuda, a Japanese design company known for its stylish appliances, has announced plans to make a smartphone. From a report: There aren't many details on the device itself yet, but it'll be a 5G hand...
07:39 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Gaming's Biggest Space Opera Returns
The iconic spacefaring adventure "Mass Effect" is back today with "Mass Effect: Legendary Edition," a single, remastered version of all three games. From a report: There is no series like "Mass Effect...
06:43 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Darkside Ransomware Gang Says It Lost Control of Its Servers, Money a Day After Biden Threat
A day after US President Joe Biden said the US plans to disrupt the hackers behind the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, the operator of the Darkside ransomware said the group lost control of its web ser...
06:02 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Loses Challenge To Irish Watchdog's Data Curbs
Facebook lost a court fight over an initial order from a European Union privacy watchdog threatening its transfers of users' data across the Atlantic. From a report: An Irish court on Friday rejected ...
05:21 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot China is About To Try a High-Stakes Landing on Mars
China is all set to attempt its first landing on another planet. After months in orbit around Mars, the Tianwen-1 spacecraft will deposit a rover called Zhurong on the surface of Mars. If successful, ...
04:40 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot US Senators Close To Announcing a $52 Billion Chips Funding Deal
A group of U.S. senators are close to unveiling a $52-billion proposal Friday that would significantly boost U.S. semiconductor chip production and research over five years, Reuters reported today, ci...
04:04 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Apple Confronts Critics in Letter To Congress
Apple is swatting down criticisms about how it runs its App Store, arguing its policies are just like those of its peers, in a new letter to senators today. From a report: Apple is making similar argu...
03:21 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot FBI Has Gained Access To Sci-Hub Founder's Apple Account, Email Claims
Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan reports that she has received a worrying email, ostensibly from Apple, revealing that law enforcement has demanded and gained access to her account data. The email i...
02:41 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot 'Significant' Ransomware Attack Forces Ireland's Health Service To Shut Down IT Systems
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for Record: Ireland's national health service, the Health Service Executive (HSE), temporarily shut down its IT systems today after suffering a ransomware attack overnight. ...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Big Tech Enters Fray To Save Jobs for Spouses of Foreign Workers
Big Tech is wading into a legal fight over visas in an attempt to preserve jobs of spouses of its foreign employees who are working in the U.S. From a report: Amazon.com, Apple, Google, Microsoft and ...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Exxon Uses Big Tobacco's Playbook To Downplay the Climate Crisis, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN Business: For decades, ExxonMobil has deployed Big Tobacco-like propaganda to downplay the gravity of the climate crisis, shift blame onto consumers and pr...
10:00 am - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Framework's Repairable Laptop Is Up For Preorder
Framework is one of an increasing number of companies working to address planned obsolescence by creating products that are incredibly customizable and easy to repair. Today, the company's Framework L...
07:00 am - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Oblique Wave Detonation Engine May Unlock Mach 17 Aircraft
schwit1 shares a report from New Atlas: UCF researchers say they've trapped a sustained explosive detonation, fixed in place, for the first time, channeling its enormous power into thrust in a new obl...
03:30 am - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Previously Unknown Letter Reveals Einstein's Thinking On Bees, Birds and Physics
The 1949 letter by the physicist and Nobel laureate discusses bees, birds and whether new physics principles could come from studying animal senses. Phys.Org reports: The previously unpublished letter...
01:25 am - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Cheap, Highly Efficient New EV Motor Uses No Magnets
"An EV motor has been developed that uses no magnets, thus lessening the United States' reliance on Chinese magnets (which make up 97% of the world's supply)," writes Slashdot reader nickwinlund77, ad...
12:45 am - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Is Shutting Down Its Azure Blockchain Service
Microsoft is shutting down its Azure Blockchain Service on September 10, 2021. Existing deployments will be supported until that date, but as of May 10 this year, no new deployments or member creation...
12:02 am - Fri, May 14, 2021
Slashdot Pentagon Surveilling Americans Without a Warrant, Senator Reveals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Pentagon is carrying out warrantless surveillance of Americans, according to a new letter written by Senator Ron Wyden and obtained by Motherb...
11:20 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Disney Patents Blockchain-Based Movie Distribution System To Stop Pirates
A few days ago, Disney added a new anti-piracy patent to its arsenal: a blockchain-based distribution system that aims to make it harder for pirates to intercept films being distributed to movie theat...
10:40 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot SpaceX Partners With Google Cloud On Starlink, Placing Ground Stations At Data Centers
Elon Musk-founded SpaceX is in the process of rolling out Starlink as a satellite internet provider around the world. As part of a new partnership, Google Cloud data centers will be home to key Starli...
10:02 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Hackers Used Fake GPU Overclocking Software To Push Malware
Computer hardware maker MSI is warning gamers not to visit a website that's impersonating the brand and its graphics card overclocking software, Afterburner, to push malware. From a report: On Thursda...
09:25 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot VLC Media Player 3.0.14 Fixes Broken Windows Automatic Updater
New submitter imcdona writes: VideoLan has released VLC Media Player 3.0.14 to fix an issue affecting Window users and causing the widely-used software's auto-updater not to launch the new version's i...
08:48 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Binance Faces Probe By US Money-Laundering and Tax Sleuths
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Binance Holdings Ltd. is under investigation by the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service, ensnaring the world's biggest cryptocurrency ex...
08:04 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Extraterrestrial Plutonium Atoms Turn Up on Ocean Bottom
Scientists studying a sample of oceanic crust retrieved from the Pacific seabed nearly a mile down have discovered traces of a rare isotope of plutonium, the deadly element that has been central to th...
07:26 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Spencer Silver, an Inventor of Post-it Notes, Is Dead at 80
Spencer Silver, a research chemist at 3M who inadvertently created the not-too-sticky adhesive that allows Post-it Notes to be removed from surfaces as easily as they adhere to them, died on Saturday ...
06:46 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Don't Need To Wear Face Masks Indoors or Outdoors in Most Settings
Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a face mask or stay 6 feet away from others in most settings, whether outdoors or indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated...
06:10 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot A Podcast App is Exposing Subscribers-only Shows
The beauty and misery of private RSS feeds. An anonymous reader shares a report: There's only supposed to be one way to hear exclusive podcast content from sports host Scott Wetzel: by paying $5 a mon...
05:27 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot System76 Unveils Open Source 'Launch Configurable Keyboard' for Linux, Windows, and macOS
System76 today unveiled its newest product -- the "Launch Configurable Keyboard." It is a mechanical keyboard made in the USA with a focus on open source. The Launch has both open source firmware and ...
04:42 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Climate Change Is Making Big Problems Bigger
New data compiled by the E.P.A. shows how global warming is making life harder for Americans in myriad ways that threaten their health, safety and homes. From a report: Wildfires are bigger, and start...
04:02 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom
Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the...
03:23 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot WeWork CEO Says Least Engaged Employees Enjoy Working From Home
The CEO of WeWork thinks there is an easy way for companies to spot their most engaged employees: They're the ones who want to come back to the office. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Sa...
02:43 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Michigan GOP Lawmaker Floats Bill To Register and Fine 'Fact Checkers'
A Michigan lawmaker who's been at the center of efforts to question the 2020 election introduced a bill Tuesday that would require "fact checkers" to register with the state. From a report: Rep. Matt ...
02:02 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot South Korea Unveils $450 Billion Push for Global Chipmaking Crown
South Korea unveiled ambitious plans to spend roughly $450 billion to build the world's biggest chipmaking base over the next decade, joining China and the U.S. in a global race to dominate the key te...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Hacker Group Behind Colonial Pipeline Attack Claims It Has Three New Victims
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from CNBC: The hacker group DarkSide claimed on Wednesday to have attacked three more companies, despite the global outcry over its attack on Colonial Pipeline this ...
10:00 am - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot GTA 5 Graphics Are Now Being Boosted By Advanced AI At Intel
Researchers at Intel Labs have applied machine learning techniques to GTA 5 to make it look incredibly realistic. Gizmodo reports: [I]nstead of training a neural network on famous masterpieces, the re...
07:00 am - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot First Fully Civilian Flight To Space Station Moves Forward With NASA Contract
NASA and Houston-based Axiom Space have signed a "mission order" setting the stage for four civilians to visit the International Space Station early next year, the first fully commercial flight to the...
05:30 am - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Facebook-Backed Diem Abandons Swiss License Application, Will Move To the US
Facebook-backed digital currency project Diem -- formerly known as Libra -- said Wednesday it has withdrawn its application for a Swiss payment license and will instead shift its operations to the Uni...
03:30 am - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Neural Implant Lets Paralyzed Person Type By Imaging Writing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: This week, the academic community provided a rather impressive example of the promise of neural implants. Using an implant, a paralyzed individua...
03:30 am - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Neural Implant Lets Paralyzed Person Type By Imagining Writing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: This week, the academic community provided a rather impressive example of the promise of neural implants. Using an implant, a paralyzed individua...
12:50 am - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot GasBuddy Tops Apple App Store Amid Gas Shortages From Colonial Pipeline Shutdown
GasBuddy, an app that helps users find and save money on gas, topped the Apple App Store on Wednesday, as some consumers across the East Coast continue to struggle to find fuel after a cyberattack on ...
12:10 am - Thu, May 13, 2021
Slashdot Apple-Epic Judge Hints at Compromise in Feud Over App Store
The judge overseeing the high-stakes trial between Epic Games and Apple hinted at a compromise that turns on the iPhone maker allowing developers to inform users through their mobile apps that they ca...
11:30 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Valve's Gabe Newell Teases Console-Related Plans For Steam Games
Gabe Newell, the co-founder and president of Valve, has hinted that the company could bring Steam games to consoles during a recent question and answer session. TechRadar reports: The session took pla...
10:50 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Researchers Have Developed a Way To Wirelessly Charge Vehicles On the Road
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Jalopnik: [R]esearchers at Cornell University, led by Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Khurram Afridi, have developed technology that...
10:10 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Bill To Ban TikTok On US Government Devices Passes Committee
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban U.S. federal workers from downloading the popular app TikTok onto U.S. government devices, Sena...
09:50 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Colonial Announces Pipeline Restart After Being Shut Down For Five Days Due To Cyberattack
Colonial Pipeline, operator of the largest U.S. fuel pipeline, said Wednesday it is restarting operations after being shut down for five days due to a cyberattack. NBC News reports: The company shut d...
09:30 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Vizio Makes Nearly As Much Money From Ads and Data As It Does From TVs
In Vizio's first public earnings report today, the company revealed that in the first three months of 2021, profits from its Platform+ business -- the part that sells viewer data and advertising space...
08:50 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot 328 Weaknesses Found By WA Auditor-General In 50 Local Government Systems
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The Auditor-General of Western Australia on Wednesday tabled a report into the computer systems used at 50 local government entities, revealing 328 cont...
08:09 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Several Top Chinese Sellers Have Quietly Disappeared From Amazon
Rita Liao, reporting for TechCrunch: If you ever bought power banks, water bottles, toys, or other daily goods on Amazon, the chances are your suppliers are from China. Analysts have estimated that th...
07:20 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Ethereum Founder Regifts Unsolicited DOGE Knockoffs, Donates a Billion Dollars Worth of SHIB To an Indian COVID Relief Fund
Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, has signalled dog-themed memecoin creators to bark up another tree, reports CoinDesk. From the report: In a move that captivated the attention of Crypto Twitter o...
06:46 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Australia's Wright Launches Lawsuit Over $5.7 Billion Bitcoin Haul
An Australian computer scientist who alleges he created bitcoin has launched a London High Court lawsuit against 16 software developers in an effort to secure bitcoin worth around 4 billion pounds ($5...
06:15 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot UK To Require Social Media To Protect 'Democratically Important' Content
Long-awaited proposals in the UK to regulate social media are a "recipe for censorship," campaigners have said, which fly in the face of the government's attempts to strengthen free speech elsewhere i...
05:26 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Colonial Pipeline Sought Cyber Chief Months Before Criminal Hack
The company targeted in the biggest pipeline hack in history began searching for a cyber-security chief two months ago. From a report: Colonial Pipeline sought someone with a master's degree in comput...
04:53 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot FBI Warns of Cybercriminals Abusing Search Ads To Promote Phishing Sites
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that cybercrime gangs are using search results and search engine ads to lure victims on phishing sites for financial institutions in order to collect their log...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Google Says Docs Will Now Use Canvas Based Rendering, Warns Impact on Some Chrome Extensions
Google, making the announcement in a blog post: We're updating the way Google Docs renders documents. Over the course of the next several months, we'll be migrating the underlying technical implementa...
03:22 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot NASA Webb Telescope Undergoes Final Tests
NASA engineers are getting one last look at the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST): a final test to show that its 18 gold-tinted mirror segments can unfold into a precise honeycomb configuration. From ...
02:40 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Managers Say They 'Hire To Fire' To Meet Annual Turnover Goals
A Slashdot reader shares a report: Amazon has a goal to get rid of a certain percentage of employees every year, and three managers told Insider they felt so much pressure to meet the goal that they h...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot US Agrees To Remove Xiaomi From Blacklist After Lawsuit
Xiaomi and the U.S. government have text to set aside a Trump administration blacklisting that could have restricted American investment in the Chinese smartphone maker. From a report: The Chinese sma...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Tech Industry Quietly Patches FragAttacks Wi-Fi Flaws That Leak Data, Weaken Security
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: A dozen Wi-Fi design and implementation flaws make it possible for miscreants to steal transmitted data and bypass firewalls to attack devices on...
10:00 am - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads For Earth With Asteroid Sample
Obipale shares a press release from NASA: After nearly five years in space, NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on ...
07:00 am - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Biden Administration Approves Nation's First Major Offshore Wind Farm
The Biden administration gave approval Tuesday to the nation's first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, which is scheduled to begin construction this summer. The New York Times reports: he Vineyard ...
03:30 am - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Ford Patents Tech That Could Scan Billboards and Show Associated In-Car Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motor1: Roads are lined with unattractive billboards many of us ignore on our daily commutes, but Ford's new tech will make sure we don't miss them anymore. Th...
02:30 am - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Forests the Size of France Regrown Since 2000, Study Suggests
An area of forest the size of France has regrown naturally across the world in the last 20 years, a study suggests. The BBC reports: The restored forests have the potential to soak up the equivalent o...
01:50 am - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Apple Faces UK Class Action for App Store Overcharging
Apple is facing a London lawsuit over claims it overcharged nearly 20 million U.K. customers for App Store purchases, yet another legal headache for the tech giant fighting lawsuits across the world. ...
01:10 am - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Some Countries Have No COVID-19 Jabs At All
The World Health Organization says nearly a dozen countries -- many of them in Africa -- are still waiting to get vaccines. Those last in line on the continent along with Chad are Burkina Faso, Burund...
12:30 am - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot California Ban On Gas-Powered Cars Would Rewrite Plug-In Hybrid Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: As of now, California wants to implement an 80-20 mix where 80% of new cars sold will be totally electric or hydrogen-powered, and 20% may still feature ...
12:10 am - Wed, May 12, 2021
Slashdot Impossible Burgers Are Coming To US Schools
Impossible Foods has secured Child Nutrition Labels for its Impossible Burger products, which means they can now be part of school nutrition programs in the US. Engadget reports: To obtain the CN Labe...
11:50 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot eBay Embraces NFTs
eBay is joining the NFT frenzy, telling Reuters today that going forward it will allow the sales of NFTs on its platform, a mainstream embrace that follows billions of dollars in NFT purchases over th...
11:10 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Amazon and Others Ordered To Slash Diesel Pollution From Warehouse Trucks
Southern California has adopted a new air pollution rule aimed at slashing noxious emissions from warehouse trucks that move goods sold by Amazon and other e-commerce retailers. Ars Technica reports: ...
10:30 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Army of Fake Fans Boosts China's Messaging on Twitter
China's ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media. From a report: Liu Xiaoming, who recently stepped down as China's...
09:50 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Voice Actor Reportedly Responsible For Amazon Alexa Revealed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Amazon's Alexa has a voice familiar to millions: calm, warm, and measured. But like most synthetic speech, its tones have a human origin. There was ...
09:10 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Chinese TV Maker Skyworth Under Fire For Excessive Data Collection That Users Call Spying
Chinese television maker Skyworth has issued an apology after a consumer found that his set was quietly collecting a wide range of private data and sending it to a Beijing-based analytics company with...
08:30 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot East Coast Facing Gas Shortage Due To Ransomware Attack
New submitter TheCowSaysMoo writes: Gas stations from Florida to Virginia began running dry and prices at the pump jumped on Tuesday as the shutdown of the biggest U.S. fuel pipeline by hackers extend...
07:56 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Google Plans To Double AI Ethics Research Staff
Alphabet's Google plans to double the size of its team studying artificial-intelligence ethics in the coming years, as the company looks to strengthen a group that has had its credibility challenged b...
04:52 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Tech Giants Join Call for Funding Chip Production
Some of the world's biggest chip buyers, including Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet's Google, are joining top chip-makers such as Intel to create a new lobbying group to press for government chip manufac...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Intel Unveils Full Tiger Lake-H Processor Line-Up For Higher Performance Laptops
MojoKid writes: In January, Intel officially announced its Tiger Lake-H mobile platform, but today disclosed full details on the new, higher-end variant of Tiger Lake manufactured using 10nm SuperFIN ...
03:34 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot FCC Approves $7B Broadband Connectivity Fund
The US Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved the final rules to implement the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. The FCC program will provide funding for schools a...
02:42 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Apple Gave Zoom Access To Special API to Use iPad Camera During Split View Multitasking
AmiMoJo writes: Zoom, a hallmark platform used by millions during the global health crisis, has been given access to a special iPadOS API that allows the app to use the iPad camera while the app is in...
02:12 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Ordered To Stop Collecting German WhatsApp Data
Facebook was ordered to stop collecting German users' data from its WhatsApp unit, after a regulator in the nation said the company's attempt to make users agree to the practice in its updated terms i...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot China Records Slowest Population Growth In Decades
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: China's population grew at its slowest pace in decades, according to government data released on Tuesday. The average annual growth rate was 0.53% ove...
10:02 am - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot IBM's CodeNet Dataset Can Teach AI To Translate Computer Languages
IBM announced during its Think 2021 conference on Monday that its researchers have crafted a Rosetta Stone for programming code. Engadget reports: In effect, we've taught computers how to speak human,...
08:02 am - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Voyager 1 Detects Plasma 'Hum'
Obipale shares a report from Phys.Org: Voyager 1 -- one of two sibling NASA spacecraft launched 44 years ago and now the most distant human-made object in space -- still works and zooms toward infinit...
03:30 am - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot MDMA Passes a Big Test For PTSD Treatment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: In an important step toward medical approval, MDMA, the illegal drug popularly known as Ecstasy or Molly, was shown to bring relief to thos...
01:25 am - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Is Testing Pop-Up Messages Telling People To Read a Link Before They Share It
Following Twitter's lead, Facebook is trying out a new feature designed to encourage users to read a link before sharing it. TechCrunch reports: The test will reach 6% of Facebook's Android users glob...
12:45 am - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot Amazon 'Seized and Destroyed' 2 Million Counterfeit Products In 2020
Amazon "seized and destroyed" over 2 million counterfeit products that sellers sent to Amazon warehouses in 2020 and "blocked more than 10 billion suspected bad listings before they were published in ...
12:02 am - Tue, May 11, 2021
Slashdot DHS Launches Warning System To Find Domestic Terrorism Threats On Public Social Media
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: The Department of Homeland Security has begun implementing a strategy to gather and analyze intelligence about security threats from public social me...
11:20 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Harley-Davidson Launches All-Electric Motorcycle Brand 'LiveWire'
Harley-Davidson on Monday launched an all-electric motorcycle brand "LiveWire," the latest effort by the company to ramp up bets on the rapidly growing electric-vehicle market. Reuters reports: Named ...
10:40 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Game Developers Break Silence Around Salaries
Developers are sharing their salaries on Twitter under the hashtag #GameDevPaidMe to encourage pay transparency in their industry. Axios reports: The hashtag started circulating last year, but has ret...
10:02 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Electric Cars 'Will Be Cheaper To Produce Than Fossil Fuel Vehicles By 2027'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Electric cars and vans will be cheaper to produce than conventional, fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2027, and tighter emissions regulations coul...
09:42 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot FDA Clears Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Ages 12 To 15
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Pfizer and BioNTech's request to allow their Covid-19 vaccine to be given to kids ages 12 to 15 on an emergency use basis, allowing states to get mi...
09:25 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot AMD is Biting at Intel's Server Market Share With Its Largest Gains in Over a Decade
An anonymous reader shares a report: The first few months of 2021 have been absolutely massive for AMD and Intel. According to the latest report from Mercury Research, the first three months of 2021 s...
08:44 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Wildlife is Thriving in Chernobyl 35 Years After the Nuclear Explosion
In the absence of humans, the region around Chernobyl is being reclaimed by nature. From a report: 35 years ago a total of 350,000 people were evacuated from the territory after one of humanity's wors...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Gas Flaring Declined in 2020, Study Finds
Gas flaring worldwide decreased by 5 percent in the pandemic year, mostly because of lower demand for oil, according to a recent report from the World Bank. From a report: While the overall drop was e...
07:25 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Apple Suppliers Linked To Uyghur Forced Labor in New Report
Several Apple suppliers may have used forced labor in China, according to The Information. From a report: Working with two human rights groups, the publication identified seven companies that supplied...
06:45 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Thousands of Tor Exit Nodes Attacked Cryptocurrency Users Over the Past Year
For more than 16 months, a threat actor has been seen adding malicious servers to the Tor network in order to intercept traffic and perform SSL stripping attacks on users accessing cryptocurrency-rela...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Covid Variant From India Triggers WHO Concern Over Fast Spread
A fast-spreading strain of Covid-19 first identified in India, the scene of one of the world's most fearsome outbreaks, will be classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization. Fro...
05:27 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot A Nonprofit Promised To Preserve Wildlife. Then it Made Millions Claiming it Could Cut Down Trees
An anonymous reader shares a report from Technology Review: The Massachusetts Audubon Society has long managed its land in western Massachusetts as crucial wildlife habitat. Nature lovers flock to the...
04:49 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Voice Social Network Clubhouse Arrives on Android
Clubhouse finally has an Android app that you can download from the Play Store -- provided you live in the U.S. From a report: The voice-based social network launched its beta Android app on Play Stor...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Pipeline Hackers Say They're 'Apolitical,' Will Choose Targets More Carefully Next Time
The criminal hacking group suspected of being behind the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, which was shut down as a precaution in response, has published a new statement on its dark web site...
03:25 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Should Halt Instagram Kids Plan, Attorneys General Say
Forty-four attorneys general sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to abandon plans to create a version of Instagram for children under 13. From a report: "Facebook has historically failed to pr...
02:46 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Sony Warns Tight PlayStation 5 Supply To Extend Into Next Year
Sony Group warned a group of analysts the PlayStation 5 will remain in short supply through 2022, suggesting the company will be constrained in its ability to boost sales targets for its latest games ...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Pentagon Weighs Ending JEDI Cloud Project Amid Amazon Court Fight
Pentagon officials are considering pulling the plug on the star-crossed JEDI cloud-computing project, which has been mired in litigation from Amazon and faces continuing criticism from lawmakers. From...
11:34 am - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Apple AirTag Can Be Hacked, But It's Not as Bad as It Sounds
Slashgear reports that a security researcher was able to reprogram one of Apple's new AirTags, "but the process and the end result might not yet be worth the worry."Like any electronic device, especia...
07:42 am - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Anti-Cheating Technology Challenged at Dartmouth Medical School
Dartmouth college switched to remote tests when the coronavirus ended in-person exams — then accused 17 medical students of cheating, reports the New York Times:At the heart of the accusations i...
04:52 am - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot US Scrambles to Keep Fuel Flowing After Pipeline Cyberattack. Russian Cybercriminals Suspected
A ransomware attack affecting a pipeline that supplies 45% of the fuel supplies for the Eastern U.S. has now led U.S. president Biden to declare a regional emergency providing "regulatory relief" to e...
01:52 am - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Weighs in on Commercial Users of Open Source Code
This week Linus Torvalds continued a long email interview with Jeremy Andrews, founding partner/CEO of Tag1 (a global technology consulting firm and the second all-time leading contributor to Drupal)....
12:09 am - Mon, May 10, 2021
Slashdot Are We Now Experiencing 'a Great Reassessment of Work'?
The Washington Post reports on "growing evidence — both anecdotal and in surveys — that a lot of people want to do something different with their lives than they did before the pandemic." ...
10:39 pm - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot Unlike Clearview AI, this Facial-Recognition Search Engine is Open to Everyone
This week CNN investigated PimEyes, a "mysterious" but powerful facial-recognition search engine:If you upload a picture of your face to PimEyes' website, it will immediately show you any pictures of ...
09:39 pm - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot Electric Vehicles May Drive a Lithium Supply Crunch
A carbon-free future "will require many millions of batteries, both to drive electric vehicles and to store wind and solar power on the grid," reports IEEE Spectrum. Unfortunately, today's battery che...
08:39 pm - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot Twitter and TikTok are Losing the War Against COVID Disinformation
America's leading social media companies "pledged to put warning labels on COVID-19 and COVID vaccines posts to stop the spread of falsehoods, conspiracy theories and hoaxes that are fueling vaccine h...
07:39 pm - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot On SNL Elon Musk Reveals He Has Asperger Syndrome - and Tanks the Price of Dogecoin
NBC News reports on what exactly happened during Elon Musk's appearance on Saturday Night Live — starting with a surprisingly personal monologue:"I don't always have a lot of intonation or varia...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot Can Apple's AirTags Be Used to Track Another Person?
As Mother's Day approached, CNN Business Editor Samantha Murphy Kelly clipped a keychain with one of Apple's tiny new "AirTag" Bluetooth trackers onto her son's book bag, in an experiment that "highli...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot Millennials are Taking Governments to Court over Climate Change. And They're Starting to Win
CNN tells the story of Luisa Neubauer, a 25-year-old woman who took the German government to court last year — and won:On April 29, the country's Supreme Court announced that some provisions of ...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot Linux Foundation Launches Open Source Agriculture Infrastructure Project
"The Linux Foundation has lifted the lid on a new open source digital infrastructure project aimed at the agriculture industry," reports VentureBeat: The AgStack Foundation, as the new project will be...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot 'Mushrooms on Mars is a Hoax. Stop Believing Hacks'
Several science web sites are strongly disputing a China-based journal's claim that time-lapse photos of Mars show growing mushrooms. TNW Neural headlined their story "Mushrooms on Mars is a hoax &mda...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot New Study Again Finds Mediterranean Diet Lowers Symptoms of Brain Aging
CNN reports that a new study has again found that Mediterranean diets can lower your risk of dementia "by interfering with the buildup of two proteins, amyloid and tau, into the plaques and tangles th...
10:34 am - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot Capitol Rioters Identified Using Facial Recognition Software, Cellphone Records - and Social Media Posts
NBC News reports more than 440 Americans have now been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol building on January 6th, with charges now filed against people from 44 of America's 50 states. They descri...
06:34 am - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot China's Out-of-Control Rocket Plunges Out of Orbit, Crashes Into Ocean
An out-of-control Chinese rocket plunged out of orbit and reentered Earth's atmosphere in the Indian Ocean (just west of the Maldives), reports CNN, citing China's space agency:Most of the rocket was ...
03:29 am - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk Begins Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' - As the World Watches
This afternoon Elon Musk tweeted a special URL allowing viewers outside the U.S. to simultaenously livestream his 90-minute appearance on Saturday Night Live for the first time in more than 100 countr...
01:34 am - Sun, May 9, 2021
Slashdot Does XKCD's Cartoon Show How Scientific Publishing Is a Joke?
"An XKCD comic — and its many remixes — perfectly captures the absurdity of academic research," writes the Atlantic (in an article shared by Slashdot reader shanen). It argues that the car...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Emails, Text Messages Can Be Retrieved From Smartphones Synced to Vehicles
Slashdot reader ytene writes: As reported by The Intercept, U.S. Customs and Border Protection have just spent $456,063 for a package of technology specifically designed to access smartphone data via ...
09:38 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Astronomers Search For Answers To Origins of Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua
"Getting to another extrasolar planet is never going to happen in my lifetime, or that of Western civilisation," says Alan Jackson, an astronomer and planetary scientist at Arizona State University. "...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Deepfake Satellite Imagery Poses a Not-so-Distant Threat
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the Verge's warning about "deepfake geography: AI-generated images of cityscapes and countryside."Specifically, geographers are concerned about the spread of f...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot 'Ghost Gun' Loophole Leads US Justice Dept to Propose New Definition of 'Firearm'
America's Justice Department proposed a new rule Friday to update the definition of "firearm" for the first time since 1968, in an effort to close the so-called "ghost gun" loophole. UPI reports:Attor...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot 'Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming'
The New York Times reports on surprising silver linings of the global chip shortage:Even as a chip shortage is causing trouble for all sorts of industries, the semiconductor field is entering a surpri...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Cyberattack Forces Major US Pipeline Company to Halt Operations
"Colonial Pipeline, which accounts for 45% of the East Coast's fuel, said it has shut down its operations due to a cyberattack," reports ZDNet. "The attack highlights how ransomware and other cyberatt...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Ransomware Cyberattack Forces Major US Pipeline Company to Halt Operations
"Colonial Pipeline, which accounts for 45% of the East Coast's fuel, said it has shut down its operations due to a cyberattack," reports ZDNet. "The attack highlights how ransomware and other cyberatt...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot New Studies Show Covid-19 Vaccines' Effectiveness Against Variants
CNN recently reported on "a batch" of new studies published Wednesday — with one quantifying how much immunity improves after the second dose, and others showing how well coronavirus vaccines wo...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot New Audio From Mars Captures Sounds of Ingenuity Helicopter's Flight
"A ghostly hum has been echoing across the plains of Mars' Jezero Crater," reports Business Insider. Slashdot reader quonset writes: NASA has released a short video of Ingenuity's fourth flight on Mar...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Criticized For 'Arbitrary' Suspension of Trump -- by Its Own Oversight Board
"It never occurred to me that a Facebook-appointed panel could avoid a clear decision about Donald Trump's heinous online behavior," writes a New York Times technology reporter. "But that is what it's...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Honeywell Admits Sending F-35, F-22 Technical Drawings To China
schwit1 shares a report from UPI: The State Department announced it has reached a $13 million settlement with U.S. defense contractor Honeywell International over allegations it exported technical dat...
10:00 am - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Bayer Loses Fight Over Chemicals EU Blamed For Killing Bees
Bayer AG lost its fight to topple a European Union ban on controversial insecticides that regulators blame for killing honeybees. Bloomberg reports: The EU Court of Justice dismissed the appeal, findi...
07:00 am - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Is Turning Hit Sci-Fi Podcast 'From Now' Into a TV Show
From Now is one of the most popular sci-fi podcasts on the market that is now being turned into a TV series, thanks to Amazon Studios. Engadget reports: From Now, which debuted in December, stars Rich...
03:30 am - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Nuclear Reactions Are Smoldering Again At Chernobyl
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Thirty-five years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded in the world's worst nuclear accident, fission reactions are sm...
01:30 am - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Sinopharm: Chinese Covid Vaccine Gets WHO Emergency Approval
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: The World Health Organization (WHO) has granted emergency approval for the Covid vaccine made by Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm. It is the first vaccine de...
12:10 am - Sat, May 8, 2021
Slashdot Sennheiser Sells Its Consumer Audio Business To Hearing Aid Specialist Sonova
Sennheiser has sold its consumer electronics division to a Swiss company called Sonova that specializes in hearing care, Sennheiser has announced. Engadget reports: Sonova said it made the 200 million...
11:30 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk's Own Engineers Say He Exaggerates Autopilot Capabilities
boudie2 writes: According to his own employees, Elon Musk has been exaggerating the capabilities of Tesla's Autopilot system. Documents obtained from the California Department of Motor Vehicles show t...
10:50 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot The Coronavirus Is an Airborne Threat, the CDC Acknowledges In Updated Public Guidance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Federal health officials on Friday updated public guidance about how the coronavirus spreads, emphasizing that transmission occurs by inhal...
10:10 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot LiveLeak, the Internet's Font of Gore and Violence, Has Shut Down
Video site LiveLeak, best known for hosting gruesome footage that mainstream rivals wouldn't touch, has shut down after fifteen years in operation. In its place is "ItemFix," a site that bans users fr...
09:30 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Analytics Suggest 96% of Users Leave App Tracking Disabled in iOS 14.5
An early look at an ongoing analysis of Apple's App Tracking Transparency suggests that the vast majority of iPhone users are leaving app tracking disabled since the feature went live on April 26 with...
08:50 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot SpaceX Might Try To Fly the First Starship Prototype To Successfully Land a Second Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: SpaceX is fresh off a high for its Starship spacecraft development program, but according to CEO Elon Musk, it's already looking ahead to potential...
08:50 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Sharks Use Earth's Magnetic Field To Navigate the Seas
A new study suggests some sharks can read Earth's field like a map and use it to navigate the open seas. ScienceMag: The result adds sharks to the long list of animals -- including birds, sea turtles,...
08:10 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Ajit Pai Promised Cheaper Internet -- Real Prices Rose 19% Instead
The average US home-Internet bill increased 19 percent during the first three years of the Trump administration, disproving former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's claim that dere...
07:30 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot A New Covid Vaccine Could Bring Hope To the Unvaccinated World
The German company CureVac hopes its RNA vaccine will rival those made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. It could be ready next month. From a report: In early 2020, dozens of scientific teams scrambled ...
06:50 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot The Fortnite Trial Is Exposing Details About the Biggest iPhone Hack on Record
As part of the trial against Epic Games, Apple released emails that show that 128 million users, of which 18 million were in the U.S., downloaded apps containing malware known as XCodeGhost from the A...
06:09 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Google Goes Nuclear Against Roku By Adding YouTube TV To the Main YouTube App
A week after their broken-down negotiations spilled into the public, Google and Roku still haven't been able to reach a deal to renew YouTube TV's presence on the huge streaming platform. But Google h...
05:28 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Covid Killed Universal Basic Income. Long Live Guaranteed Income
Universal basic income has become a favored cause for many high-profile Silicon Valley entrepreneurs as a solution to the job losses and social conflict that would be wrought by automation and artific...
05:00 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot US and UK Release Details on Russia's SolarWinds Hackers
The U.S. and U.K. released details on Friday about how Russia's foreign intelligence service operates in cyberspace, the latest effort to try to disrupt future attacks. From a report: The report conta...
04:20 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Nintendo's Disastrous Wii U Proves To Be the Switch's Secret Weapon
Nintendo's worst-selling home console, the Wii U, continues to be the source for some of its biggest hits on the record-setting Nintendo Switch. From a report: With the Switch, Nintendo is putting on ...
03:20 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Shelves Windows 10X, It is not Shipping in 2021
In late 2019, Microsoft announced Windows 10X, a new flavor of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen PCs. Windows 10X, Microsoft said at the time, will power dual-screen PCs from Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo,...
02:43 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot FTC Report Blasts Manufacturers For Restricting Product Repairs
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published its long-awaited report on how manufacturers limit product repairs. From a report: The "Nixing the Fix" [PDF] report details a host of repair restricti...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Months-long Twitter Backlash Had Zero Impact on WhatsApp's User Base
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's safe to say WhatsApp didn't have the ideal start to 2021. Less than a week into the new year, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app had already annoyed hun...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Scientists Create Record-Breaking Laser With Mind Blowing Power
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: For the Korean research team led by senior author Chang-hee Nam, a plasma physicist and professor at Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology...
11:31 am - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Months-long Twitter Backlash Had Zero Impact on WhatsApp's User Base
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's safe to say WhatsApp didn't have the ideal start to 2021. Less than a week into the new year, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app had already annoyed hun...
10:00 am - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot A New Printer Uses Sawdust To Print Wooden Objects
A new printer called Forust is using scrap wood to 3D print wooden objects that are as structurally sound as regular carved wood. Created by Andrew Jeffery and a team of researchers at Desktop Metal, ...
07:00 am - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot Latest Search For Alien Civilizations Looked At 60 Million Stars, Detects No Signals
schwit1 writes: Are there aliens out there? Breakthrough Listen, a privately-funded project searching for evidence of alien life, has released the first results from its survey of 60 million stars in ...
03:30 am - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot China's Emissions Now Exceed All the Developed World's Combined
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: China's emissions of six heat-trapping gases, including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, rose to 14.09 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in 2...
02:02 am - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot US Physics Lab Fermilab Exposes Proprietary Data For All To See
Multiple unsecured entry points allowed researchers to access data belonging to Fermilab, a national particle physics and accelerator lab supported by the Department of Energy. Ars Technica reports: T...
01:25 am - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot When Autonomous Cars Teach Themselves To Drive Better Than Humans
schwit1 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum, written by Evan Ackerman: A few weeks ago, the CTO of Cruise tweeted an example of one of their AVs demonstrating a safety behavior where it moves over to m...
12:45 am - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot WallStreetBets Forum Members Targeted in Telegram Cryptocurrency Scam
Members of Reddit's WallStreetBets forum were targeted in a probable cryptocurrency scam that could have left its victims with at least $2 million in losses. Bloomberg reports: Using the Telegram mess...
12:02 am - Fri, May 7, 2021
Slashdot How China Turned a Prize-Winning iPhone Hack Against the Uyghurs
An attack that targeted Apple devices was used to spy on China's Muslim minority -- and US officials claim it was developed at the country's top hacking competition. An anonymous reader shares an exce...
11:20 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Coinbase To Close San Francisco Offices For Good, Will Have No Headquarters
The biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, has announced it will close its San Francisco offices for good. SFGate reports: The company -- founded in June 2012 by former Airbnb engineer Brian ...
10:40 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Is Finally Ditching Its Windows 95-Era Icons
Microsoft is now planning to refresh the Windows 95-era icons you still sometimes come across in Windows 10. The Verge reports: Windows Latest has spotted new icons for the hibernation mode, networkin...
10:02 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Opposing PRO Act, Uber and Other Gig Companies Spend Over $1 Million Lobbying
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Even as President Joe Biden called for Congress during his joint address last week to pass labor reform legislation, a slate of gig companies ha...
09:25 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Apple Offered Special App Store API Access To Hulu and Other Developers
App Store Vice President Matt Fischer is on the stand answering questions from Apple and Epic lawyers, and one of the emails shared as evidence confirms that Apple has established special deals with m...
08:45 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Google Play's App Listings Will Require Privacy Info Next Year, Just Like the App Store
Starting next year, apps on Google Play will show details about what data they collect, as well as other information about their privacy and security practices, in a new safety section in their listin...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Biden Backs Waiving International Patent Protections For COVID-19 Vaccines
President Biden threw his support behind a World Trade Organization proposal earlier this week to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, clearing a hurdle for vaccine-strapped ...
07:22 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Broadband Companies Paid For 8.5 Million Fake Net Neutrality Comments, New York AG Reports
The Office of the New York Attorney General said in a new report that a campaign funded by the broadband industry submitted millions of fake comments supporting the 2017 repeal of net neutrality. wigg...
06:43 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Netflix is Exploring Developing 'N-Plus'
Custom TV show playlists? In memoriam pages? They're all things that Netflix is weighing for "N-Plus," a project it describes as a "future online space where you can learn more about the Netflix shows...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Drivers Are Instructed To Drive Recklessly To Meet Delivery Quotas
Amazon delivery companies around the United States are encouraging reckless and dangerous driving by ordering delivery drivers to shut off an app called Mentor that Amazon uses to monitor drivers' spe...
05:21 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Google Will Automatically Enroll Users in Two-Factor Authentication Soon
Most security experts agree that two-factor authentication (2FA) is a critical part of securing your online accounts. Google agrees, but it's taking an extra step: It's going to automatically sign Goo...
04:41 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Study: Using Apple's Night Shift To Improve Your Sleep? Don't Bother
Researchers at Brigham Young University conducted a study to see how much blue-light-reducing features like Apple's Night Shift improve sleep quality. Their conclusion? Night Shift doesn't help at all...
04:01 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Global Heating Pace Risks 'Unstoppable' Sea Level Rise as Antarctic Ice Sheet Melts
The current pace of global heating risks unleashing "rapid and unstoppable" sea level rise from the melting of Antarctica's vast ice sheet, a new research paper has warned. From a report: Unless plane...
03:21 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Begins To Show Prompts Before People Send 'Mean' Replies
Nasty replies on Twitter will require a little more thought to send. From a report: The tech company said it is releasing a feature that automatically detects "mean" replies on its service and prompts...
02:41 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot An Estimated 30% of All Smartphones Vulnerable To New Qualcomm Bug
Around a third of all smartphones in the world are believed to be affected by a new vulnerability in a Qualcomm modem component that can grant attackers access to the device's call and SMS history and...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot IBM Creates First 2nm Chip
An anonymous reader shares a report: Every decade is the decade that tests the limits of Moore's Law, and this decade is no different. With the arrival of Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) technology, the in...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Researchers Create Free-Floating Animated Holograms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Back in 2018, researchers from Brigham Young University demonstrated a device called an Optical Trap Display that used lasers to create free-floating ...
10:00 am - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Sony Discontinues Its Last DSLRs
After helping make mirrorless dominant, Sony appears to have quietly stopped selling its A-mount DSLR cameras. Engadget reports: As first seen by SonyAlpha Rumors, the A68, A99 II and A77 II have been...
07:00 am - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Starlink Satellite Internet Service Gets 500K Preorders
SpaceX has received more than 500,000 preorders for its Starlink satellite internet service and anticipates no technical problems meeting the demand, founder Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Reuters reports...
03:30 am - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Oxford Study Finds No Link Between Technology Use and Mental-Health Problems
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: There remains "little association" between technology use and mental-health problems, a study of more than 430,000 10 to 15-year-olds suggests. The Ox...
02:02 am - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot American Schools' Phone Apps Send Children's Info To Ad Networks, Analytics Firms
LeeLynx shares a report from The Register: The majority of Android and iOS apps created for US public and private schools send student data to assorted third parties, researchers have found, calling i...
01:25 am - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Apple Puts More Advertisements In App Store After Ad-Tracking Ban
Apple has added extra paid-for advertisements to its App Store, a week after its new operating system limited tracking for ads from other companies. The BBC reports: The new ad space lets app-makers a...
12:45 am - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Windows Defender Bug Fills Windows 10 Boot Drive With Thousands of Files
A Windows Defender bug creates thousands of small files that waste gigabytes of storage space on Windows 10 hard drives. BleepingComputer reports: The bug started with Windows Defender antivirus engin...
12:02 am - Thu, May 6, 2021
Slashdot Witcher Game Developer Quits Company Over Bullying Claims
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The director of Witcher 3, the most successful video game by Polish publisher CD Projekt SA, resigned after he was accused of bullying colleagues, s...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot GM Expects To Offer Personal Self-Driving Vehicles To Consumers This Decade
General Motors CEO Mary Barra expects the automaker to offer self-driving vehicles to consumers later this decade. CNBC reports: "Later in the decade, I believe, and there's a lot to still unfold, but...
10:40 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot College Student Sues Proctorio After Source Code Copyright Claim
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against the remote testing company Proctorio on behalf of Miami University student Erik Johnson. The Verge reports: The lawsuit is intended...
10:02 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Entire US West Coast Now Covered By Earthquake Early Warning System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Residents living on the West Coast don't know when the next earthquake will hit. But a new expansion of the U.S. earthquake early warning system gives 50 ...
09:25 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Signal Tried To Use Instagram Ads To Display the Data Facebook Collects and Sells. Facebook Banned Signal's Account.
Privacy-oriented messaging app Signal tried to run a very candid ad campaign on Facebook-owned Instagram, but it wasn't meant to be. From a report: Signal explained how it went down in a blog post Tue...
08:45 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Biden Blocks Trump's Gig-worker Rule
The Biden administration has blocked a Trump-era rule that would have made it easier for companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart to continue classifying rideshare drivers and delivery workers as indep...
08:02 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Apple Discussed 'Punitive Measures' Against Netflix for Dropping In-App Purchases
As the Epic Games v. Apple trial progresses into its third day, Apple's internal documents and communications with various companies are continuing to surface, giving us some insight into the dealings...
07:20 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Apple is Holding the Web Back with 'Uniquely Underpowered' iOS Browser, Says Google Engineer
On iOS, Apple wants all the browsers to run WebKit. Even Google Chrome is forced to use WebKit on iOS devices. Alex Russel, Google's engineer, in a blog post outlines his case: Apple's iOS browser (Sa...
06:41 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Doctors Investigate Mystery Brain Disease in Canada
Doctors in Canada have been coming across patients showing symptoms similar to that of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare fatal condition that attacks the brain. From a report on BBC, shared by several...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Google Relaxes Work-From-Home Rules To Let More Staff Be Remote
Google is giving its employees more flexibility to work from different locations or entirely from home, taking a more lenient policy as the Alphabet company prepares for a return to office life after ...
05:33 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot White House Launches New AI Website
The White House has launched a new website, AI.gov, to make artificial intelligence research more accessible across the nation. Axios: The U.S. once led significantly in the global artificial intellig...
04:51 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Peloton's Leaky API Let Anyone Grab Riders' Private Account Data
Zack Whittaker, reporting for TechCrunch: Halfway through my Monday afternoon workout last week, I got a message from a security researcher with a screenshot of my Peloton account data. My Peloton pro...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot White House Eyes Subsidies for Nuclear Plants To Help Meet Climate Targets
The White House has signaled privately to lawmakers and stakeholders in recent weeks that it supports taxpayer subsidies to keep existing nuclear facilities from closing, bending to the reality that i...
03:25 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Trump's Facebook Ban Should Not Be Lifted, Network's Oversight Board Rules
Donald Trump's Facebook account should not be reinstated, the social media giant's oversight board said on Wednesday, barring an imminent return to the platform. From a report: However, the board has ...
02:44 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Berkshire Hathaway's Stock Price Is Too Much for Computers
Berkshire Hathaway is trading at more than $421,000 per Class A share, and the market is optimistic. That's a problem. From a report: The price has grown so high, it has nearly hit the maximum number ...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Snapchat Can Be Sued Over Role In Fatal Car Crash, Court Rules
An anonymous reader shares a report: Three young men got into a car in Walworth County, Wis., in May 2017. They were set on driving at rapid speeds down a long, cornfield-lined road -- and sharing the...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot First Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released In the United States
A biotechnology firm has released genetically modified mosquitoes into the United States for the first time. Long-time Slashdot reader clovis shares the report via Nature: The experiment, launched thi...
10:00 am - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested By Massive Supercomputing Study
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: When humans first set foot in Australia more than 65,000 years ago, they faced the perilous task of navigating a landscape they'd never seen. Now, r...
07:00 am - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Huge Rocket Looks Set For Uncontrolled Reentry Following Chinese Space Station Launch
Hmmmmmm shares a report from SpaceNews: The Long March 5B, a variant of China's largest rocket, successfully launched the 22.5-metric-ton Tianhe module from Wenchang Thursday local time. Tianhe separa...
03:30 am - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot NOAA Unveils a Warmer Climate 'Normal' For the US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed new standards on Tuesday for what an average or "normal" U.S. climate looks like, showing a...
02:02 am - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Biden Team May Partner With Private Firms To Monitor Extremist Chatter Online
schwit1 shares a report from CNN: The Biden administration is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online, an effort that would expand the government's ability to ga...
12:45 am - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot 21Nails Vulnerabilities Impact 60% of the Internet's Email Servers
The maintainers of the Exim email server software have released updates today to patch a collection of 21 vulnerabilities that can allow threat actors to take over servers using both local and remote ...
12:01 am - Wed, May 5, 2021
Slashdot Sale of Coal and Wet Wood Restricted in England
Curbs on the sale of house coal and wet wood for household burning in England have come into force under new rules aimed at cutting air pollution. From a report: People will still be able to use stove...
11:20 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot New Emails Show Steve Jobs Referred To Facebook As 'Fecebook' Amid App Store Conflict
The Apple vs. Epic legal battle has brought new documents to light, revealing the strained relationship between Apple and Facebook that dates as far back as 2011. 9to5Mac reports: Around this time, Fa...
10:40 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot US Commerce Dept Pressing Taiwan To Supply More Chips To US Automakers
The U.S. Commerce Department is pressing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and other Taiwanese firms to prioritize the needs of American automakers to ease chip shortages in the near term, Commerce S...
10:02 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Pandora Says Laboratory-Made Diamonds Are Forever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The world's biggest jeweller, Pandora, says it will no longer sell mined diamonds and will switch to exclusively laboratory-made diamonds. Concerns ab...
09:25 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Two More Windows 10 Updates Will Remove Adobe Flash For Good
Microsoft is preparing to issue two more Windows 10 updates in June and July that will eliminate unsupported Adobe Flash Player from Windows PCs for good. ZDNet reports: The update KB4577586 called "U...
08:45 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Dogecoin Spike Crashes Robinhood Token Trading
Robinhood's trading app crashed for around an hour this morning, as Dogecoin hit record highs and Ethereum continued to gain ground. The outage is reminiscent of the Robinhood-GameStop fiasco last Jan...
08:03 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Frontier Exits Bankruptcy, Claims It Will Double Fiber-To-the-Home Footprint
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Frontier Communications emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, saying that it plans to double its fiber-to-the-premises footprint by exten...
07:24 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Belgium's Government Network Goes Down After Massive DDoS Attack
Most of the Belgium government's IT network has been down today after a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack knocked offline both internal systems and public-facing websites. From a rep...
06:46 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot FreeFortnite Hecklers Add a Shout-Out To Epic-Apple Trial
Fans of Fortnite aren't happy that Apple pulled the game app off the iPhone last year -- and some aren't shy about appealing to the federal judge who has the power to make things right. From a report:...
06:11 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Belgian Farmer Accidentally Moves French Border
A farmer in Belgium has caused a stir after inadvertently redrawing the country's border with France. From a report: A local history enthusiast was walking in the forest when he noticed the stone mark...
05:28 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot India Grants Approval For 5G Trials, Avoids Chinese Firms
Indian telecom ministry on Tuesday said it has granted several telecom service providers permission to conduct a six-month trial for the use and application of 5G technology in the country. From a rep...
04:47 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Dell Patches 12-year-old Driver Vulnerability Impacting Millions of PCs
Hundreds of millions of Dell desktops, laptops, notebooks, and tablets will need to update their Dell DBUtil driver to fix a 12-year-old vulnerability that exposes systems to attacks. From a report: T...
03:57 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Dogecoin Creator Sold All His Coins in 2015 To Buy a Used Honda Civic in 2015; Doge Now Has a Bigger Market Cap Than Honda Motor
Dogecoin, which hit an all-time high near the 45-cent level on Monday night, has now surpassed automaker Honda Motor in terms of market capitalization. From a report: The joke cryptocurrency has risen...
03:57 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Dogecoin Creator Sold All His Coins in 2015 To Buy a Used Honda Civic; Doge Now Has a Bigger Market Cap Than Honda Motor
Dogecoin, which hit an all-time high near the 45-cent level on Monday night, has now surpassed automaker Honda Motor in terms of market capitalization. From a report: The joke cryptocurrency has risen...
03:21 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Apple Exec Suggested Cutting App Store Commission To 20% as Early as 2011
Phil Schiller, the Apple executive in charge of the App Store, raised the possibility of the company cutting its 30 percent commission rate to 25 or even 20 percent back in 2011 in response to competi...
02:45 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Surprise COVID Trend: Doomscrolling Moved To Desktop
New data from Chartbeat finds that working from home has pushed people to scroll deeper through article pages on desktop, and slightly less through articles on mobile. From a report: The change, which...
02:06 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Had Sales Income of $53 Billion in Europe in 2020 But Paid No Corporation Tax
Fresh questions have been raised over Amazon's tax planning after its latest corporate filings in Luxembourg revealed that the company collected record sales income of $53 billion in Europe last year ...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot New Micro-Op Cache Vulnerability Evades All Previous Fixes For Spectre-Like Attacks
ffkom writes: Modern x86 and ARM CPUs translate opcodes into ops, which are usually stored in a cache of their own for later re-use. Researchers from the university of Virginia have found a way to exp...
10:00 am - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Tesla Car Hacked Remotely From Drone Via Zero-Click Exploit
wiredmikey shares a report from SecurityWeek: Security researchers have shown how a Tesla -- and possibly other cars -- can be hacked remotely without any user interaction from a drone. This was the r...
07:00 am - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot High-Energy Cosmic Ray Sources Get Mapped Out For the First Time
DesertNomad writes: A dull, dark, otherwise unremarkable spot near the constellation Canis Major appears to be the locus of extra-galactic, super-high-energy cosmic ray production, with the actual sou...
03:30 am - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Arm Pioneer: Nvidia's Grace CPU Is Proof That It Will 'Compete Unfairly'
RealNeoMorpheus writes: Arm pioneer Hermann Hauser has once again criticized Nvidia's plan to acquire the semiconductor design company, with The Telegraph reporting Sunday that he believes Nvidia is "...
02:02 am - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Hardware Hacker Breaks the DRM On a Mini Dishwasher
Developer dekuNukem has detailed a methodology for refilling the DRM-protected detergent cassettes for a $486 portable dishwasher called Bob. Gizmodo reports: Bob is basically a small dishwasher that ...
01:30 am - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot About 1.5 Million People Still Pay for AOL
Amid the hodgepodge of Verizon Media assets that Apollo Global Management is buying from Verizon -- Yahoo Finance, TechCrunch, advertising technology, Yahoo Fantasy -- there's one cash flow stream tha...
12:50 am - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Apple Watch Likely to Gain Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, and Blood Alcohol Monitoring
The Apple Watch may gain the ability to measure blood pressure, blood glucose, and blood alcohol levels, according to newly-revealed information about one of Apple's chosen business partners. MacRumor...
12:10 am - Tue, May 4, 2021
Slashdot Co-Founder of Brain Implant Startup Neuralink Leaves the Company
According to The Byte, the co-founder of brain implant startup Neuralink, Max Hodak, announced he's leaving the company. From the report: Hodak, who started the ultra-ambitious venture with Elon Musk ...
11:30 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Early Signs of Dementia Can Be Detected By Tracking Driving Behaviors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: A fascinating new study from a team of US researchers has used machine learning techniques to develop algorithms that can analyze naturalistic drivi...
10:50 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Sony Invests In Discord, To Integrate It With PlayStation In 2022
Sony Interactive Entertainment and Discord will connect the communication service to PlayStation Network early next year, now that Sony has taken an ownership stake in Discord's latest round of capita...
10:10 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot eBay Says It's Open To Accepting Cryptocurrencies In Future, Exploring NFTs
EBay is open to the possibility of accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment in the future and is looking at ways to get non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on its platform, the company said on Monday. Reu...
09:30 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot iFixit Tears Down Apple's AirTag, Finds a Great Spot For a Keychain Hole
iFixit has ripped apart Apple's recently-released AirTag, a small battery-powered tag that will allow you to track your items within Apple's "Find My" app on iOS. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt...
08:37 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Bill Gates and Melinda Gates End Their Marriage After 27 Years
The two said in a joint statement that they will continue to work together at the foundation, through which they spend about $5 billion a year around the world.Read more of this story at Slashdot. ...
08:12 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Will Virgin Galactic Ever Lift Off?
It's taken 17 years, with many setbacks and some deaths, and still Richard Branson's space mission is yet to launch. From a report: Richard Branson was running almost 15 years late. But as we rode int...
07:25 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Apple is Reportedly Working on a Foldable iPhone for 2023
Rumors about a foldable iPhone have bubbled up before, but a new one has more credibility. From a report: Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that Apple plans to launch an 8-inch foldable iPh...
06:50 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Sony Really Hated PS4 Crossplay, Confidential Documents Reveal
It's no secret that Sony held back PS4 cross-platform play for years, but new confidential documents and emails reveal just how much Sony was against letting people play the same games with their frie...
06:09 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Ether Hits $3,000 as Bitcoin's Crypto Dominance Declines
Bitcoin's domination of total cryptocurrency market value is declining as its next-biggest rival Ether reaches the $3,000 milestone. From a report: The rise of Ether suggests there's room for more tha...
05:25 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Japan is Opening Its First Ever Esports Gym
Japan is opening its first gym for esports in Tokyo, a space for both amateur and experienced gamers to train and get professional coaching, according to Japan Today. From a report: The competitive ga...
04:42 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Apple's App Store Had 78% Margin in 2019, Epic Expert Says
Apple's App Store had operating margins of almost 78% in fiscal year 2019, according to testimony from an Epic Games expert witness based on documents obtained from the iPhone maker. From a report: Th...
04:07 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Reaching 'Herd Immunity' Is Unlikely in the US, Experts Now Believe
Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore...
03:38 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot What3Words Sends Legal Threat To a Security Researcher For Sharing an Open-Source Alternative
A U.K. company behind digital addressing system What3Words has sent a legal threat to a security researcher for offering to share an open-source software project with other researchers, which What3Wor...
02:43 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Verizon Sells Internet Trailblazers Yahoo and AOL for $5 Billion
AOL and Yahoo are being sold again, this time to a private equity firm. From a report: Wireless company Verizon will sell Verizon Media, which consists of the once-pioneering tech platforms, to Apollo...
02:03 pm - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Knew Seller Data Was Used To Boost Company Sales
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told U.S. lawmakers last year that the company has a policy prohibiting employees from using data on specific sellers to help boost its own sales. "I can't guarantee you that tha...
11:34 am - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Canadian Government Accused of Trying to Introduce Internet Censorship
"After more than 25 years of Canadian governments pursuing a hands-off approach to the online world, the government of Justin Trudeau is now pushing Bill C-10, a law that would see Canadians subjected...
07:34 am - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Why is F34 the Most Popular Fedora Linux in Years?
This week ZDNet dedicated an article to "the most popular Fedora Linux in years."Red Hat's community Linux distribution Fedora has always been popular with open-source and Linux developers, but this l...
04:34 am - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot North Carolina To Kick $845.8M of Apple Employees' State Taxes Back To Apple
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: The announcement Monday that Apple Inc. would locate its new high-tech campus in Research Triangle Park," reports The News&Observer's Tyler Dukes, "was her...
01:34 am - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Should Colleges Break Down How Much Money Students Make For Each Major?
The Boston Globe published some thoughts from a professor of political science at Fordham University:A bipartisan group of senators, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse ...
12:04 am - Mon, May 3, 2021
Slashdot Tesla Has Already Sold 10% of Its Bitcoin
Newsweek writes:Elon Musk has hit back at a critic who claimed he pumped and dumped Bitcoin to "make a fortune" after Tesla reported first quarter earnings that surpassed market expectations... The co...
10:34 pm - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk Teased on Twitter with Ideas for SNL Comedy Sketches
"Always the innovator, Elon Musk is crowdsourcing ideas for his upcoming Saturday Night Live appearance," writes USA Today. SFGate reports:Both Musk fans and critics weighed in, with the tweet drawing...
09:34 pm - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot Investigation Finds Links Between Seamy Slander Sites and Reputation-Management Services
This week the New York Times published their online investigation into the seamy world of the professional slander industry. (Alternate URL.) At first glance, the websites appear amateurish. They have...
08:34 pm - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot GitHub Joins Movement Against Google's FLOC
An anonymous reader quotes Inside.com's developer newsletter:GitHub is blocking Google's new third-party cookie tracking alternative, Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC), across all of GitHub Pages. ...
07:34 pm - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot Survey Confirms Popularity of JavaScript, Python, C/C, While C Overtakes PHP
Analyst firm SlashData surveyed over 19,000 respondents from 155 countries for its "State of the Developer Nation" survey — and now estimates that there's 24.3 million active developers worldwid...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot With a Rare Nighttime Splashdown, SpaceX Returns Four ISS Astronauts to Earth
Four astronauts in a SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico this morning at 2:57 a.m. ET — returning from the International Space Station in the first U.S. crew...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot The FSF Says ThinkPenguin's Wireless-N Mini Router 'Respects Your Freedom'
Friday the Free Software Foundation awarded their coveted "Respects Your Freedom" (RYF) certification to another new product: the Free Software Wireless-N Mini Router v3 (TPE-R1300) from ThinkPenguin,...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Reflects In New Interview on Linux's Earliest Days
Linus Torvalds gave a long new email interview to Jeremy Andrews, founding partner/CEO of Tag1 (a global technology consulting firm and the second all-time leading contributor to Drupal). Torvalds dis...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot How Should We Honor the Legacy of Dan Kaminsky?
Last week came the news that Dan Kaminsky, security researcher (and popular speaker at security conferences), had passed away at the age of 42. In a half hour the DEF CON security convention will hold...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot Bytecode Alliance Expands as Microsoft, Google, Intel Promote Fast, Secure Development with WebAssembly
There was a big announcement this week from Mozilla. They've joined Fastly, Intel, and Microsoft "in announcing the incorporation and expansion of the Bytecode Alliance, a cross-industry partnership t...
11:34 am - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot Samsung Lost More than $268 Million During Power Shutdown in Texas
The Austin-American Statesman reports that Samsung "lost at least $268 million due to damaged products after its semiconductor fabrication plant in Austin was shutdown during the February's Texas free...
07:34 am - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot California's Power Grid Hits 95% Renewable Energy. Sort of.
Something remarkable happened last weekend, according to a climate change newsletter by the Los Angeles Times. California, the world's fifth-largest economy, hit nearly 95% renewable energy. Sort of.....
03:34 am - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot Musk's Claims Challenged About Absence of Autopilot in Texas Tesla Crash
"Despite early claims by #Tesla #ElonMusk, Autopilot WAS engaged in tragic crash in The Woodlands," tweeted U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady on Wednesday. (Adding "We need answers.") But maybe it depends ...
01:34 am - Sun, May 2, 2021
Slashdot 'Burning Man' Festival Cancelled Again, Goes Virtual For a Second Year
"There are simply too many points of uncertainty for us to move forward with confidence right now," explains a FAQ addressing this year's cancellation for the annual Burning Man festival. "The physica...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 1, 2021
Slashdot AI-Generated Text Adventure Community Angry Content Moderators May Read Their Erotica
Vice reports:The AI-powered story generator AI Dungeon has come under fire from fans recently for changes to how the development team moderates content. Notably, the player base is worried that the AI...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 1, 2021
Slashdot How Big Data Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Autism
Scientific American has published an opinion piece by the principle investigator for a project called SPARK, launched five years ago "to harness the power of big data by engaging hundreds of thousands...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 1, 2021
Slashdot Court Rules Amazon Liable for Hoverboard that Burst Into Flames
Amazon accounts for "roughly half of all online sales," while "more than half of all the stuff sold by Amazon comes from third parties," reports a business columnist for the Los Angeles Times. But is ...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 1, 2021
Slashdot CNN Says 'Move Over, Bitcoin. Ethereum is at an All-Time High'
CNN writes:Bitcoin prices continued their rebound Saturday, rising about 6% to nearly $58,000. But the world's largest cryptocurrency has been overshadowed lately by its younger sibling, Ethereum. Eth...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 1, 2021
Slashdot Former Netflix IT Executive Convicted of Fraud and Taking Bribes
Business Insider reports:Former Netflix vice president of IT Michael Kail was convicted by a federal jury on Friday of 28 counts of fraud and money laundering, the U.S. Department of Justice announced...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 1, 2021
Slashdot Proxima Centauri Shoots Out Humongous Flare, with Big Implications for Alien Life
"Scientists have spotted one of the largest stellar flares ever recorded in our galaxy," reports Space.com:The jets of plasma shot outward from the sun's nearest neighbor, the red dwarf star Proxima C...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 1, 2021
Slashdot Opera Integrates Blockchain-Powered Domains, Providing Access to the Decentralized Web
"Chromium-based web browser Opera is all set to fully integrate with blockchain domain name provider Unstoppable Domains," reports TechRadar, "in a bid to provide millions of its users with decentrali...
01:25 am - Fri, April 30, 2021
Slashdot Verizon Is Weighing a Sale of Yahoo, AOL
According to Bloomberg, Verizon is considering selling AOL and Yahoo -- two once high-flying dot-com brands it purchased in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Bloomberg reports: Verizon Media could fetch as...
12:45 am - Fri, April 30, 2021
Slashdot Anti-Vaxxer Hijacks QR Codes At COVID-19 Check-In Sites
schwit1 shares a report from Threatpost: Quick-response (QR) codes used by a COVID-19 contact-tracing program were hijacked by a man who simply slapped up scam QR codes on top to redirect users to an ...
12:02 am - Fri, April 30, 2021
Slashdot New Malware Found Lurking In 64-Bit Linux Installs
syn3rg shares a report from ZDNet: A Linux backdoor recently discovered by researchers has avoided VirusTotal detection since 2018. Dubbed RotaJakiro, the Linux malware has been described by the Qihoo...