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10:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot Did Trump's Truth Social Network Skirt US Security Law?
To fund the Truth social network, former U.S. president Trump merged it with a special purpose acquisition company (or "SPAC"), reports the New York Times. "The result is that Mr. Trump — largel...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot Did Trump's Truth Social Network Skirt US Securities Law?
To fund the Truth social network, former U.S. president Trump merged it with a special purpose acquisition company (or "SPAC"), reports the New York Times. "The result is that Mr. Trump — largel...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot Cable Broadband Growth Is Sputtering in the US, and No One's Sure Why
Something is slowing internet subscriber growth at Comcast and Charter, reports Bloomberg, "raising concerns about an end to what has been a huge growth business." But why? Explanations ranging from a...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot Google Pays Fines to Russia for Failing to Delete Banned Content
"U.S. tech giant Google has paid Russia more than 32 million roubles ($455,079) in fines," reports Reuters, "for failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal, the company and a Russian lawmaker said...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot You Can Now Remotely Access Your Tesla's Camera - and Talk to People
The Tesla Oracle blog reports on a newly-released security feature "that enables Tesla owners to remotely view what's happening around their vehicles in real-time using their mobile phones..." "While ...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot The US Is Installing New Power- and Accuracy-Increasing Sensors on Its Nuclear Weapons
new nukes"A sophisticated electronic sensor buried in hardened metal shells at the tip of a growing number of America's ballistic missiles reflects a significant achievement in weapons engineering tha...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot Linux Distros Beat Windows 11 in Phoronix Performance Testing
Phoronix ran some fun performance tests this week. "Now that Windows 11 has been out as stable and the initial round of updates coming out, I've been running fresh Windows 11 vs. Linux benchmarks for ...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot 'A Mistake by YouTube Shows Its Power Over Media'
"Every hour, YouTube deletes nearly 2,000 channels," reports the New York Times. "The deletions are meant to keep out spam, misinformation, financial scams, nudity, hate speech and other material that...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot An NFT Just Sold for $532 Million, But Didn't Really Sell at All
A white-haired, green-eyed pixelated character known as a CryptoPunk 9998 just sold for more than half a billion U.S. dollars -- or so it appeared -- the latest wild development in the booming non-fun...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot What Else Do the Leaked 'Facebook Papers' Show?
The documents leaked to U.S. regulators by a Facebook whistleblower "reveal that the social media giant has privately and meticulously tracked real-world harms exacerbated by its platforms," reports t...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot Vaccination Offers Better Protection Than Previous COVID-19 Infection
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A new study from the [CDC] finds that vaccination provides better protection against hospitalization with COVID-19 than a previous infection with the...
10:00 am - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot NASA Wants Your Help Improving Perseverance Rover's AI
NASA is calling on any interested humans to contribute to the machine learning algorithms that help Perseverance get around. All you need to do is look at some images and label geological features. Ex...
07:00 am - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot Juno Reveals Deep 3D Structure of Jupiter's Massive Storms
Nasa's Juno mission, the solar-powered robotic explorer of Jupiter, has completed its five-year prime mission to reveal the inner workings of the Solar System's biggest planet. The most recent finding...
04:00 am - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot A Colorado Firm Claims It Can Triple the Power of Electric Engines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from InterestingEngineering: Energy densities of lithium-ion batteries haven't reached the potential where long-range flights can be undertaken. So, a Colorado-base...
02:45 am - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot The US Government Wants Signal's Private User Data That It Simply Doesn't Have
According to a post on the Signal blog, a federal grand jury in the Central District of California has subpoena'd Signal for a whole pile of user data, like subscriber information, financial informati...
02:02 am - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot Mastodon Puts Trump's Social Network On Notice For Improperly Using Its Code
Mastodon has sent former President Donald Trump's company a formal notification that it's breaking the rules by using Mastodon's open-source code to build its social network, named Truth. The Verge re...
01:25 am - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot US Intelligence Concludes: China Didn't Weaponize COVID-19, Didn't Have Foreknowledge
The head of America's Intelligence Community reports that the U.S. intelligence community "was able to reach broad agreement" on several key issues about the origins of COVID-19. "We judge the virus w...
12:45 am - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot John Carmack Issues Some Words of Warning For Meta and Its Metaverse Plans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Oculus consulting CTO John Carmack has been bullish on the idea of "the metaverse" for a long time, as he'll be among the first to point out. But...
12:02 am - Sat, October 30, 2021
Slashdot Hive Ransomware Now Encrypts Linux and FreeBSD Systems
Hive, a ransomware group that has hit over 30 organizations since June 2021, now also encrypts Linux and FreeBSD using new malware variants specifically developed to target these platforms. BleepingCo...
11:20 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Toyota Unveils Its First All-Electric Car
At an event in Japan today, Toyota unveiled its first all-electric car: the bZ4X. Electrek reports: "bZ" stands for "beyond zero," which is Toyota's latest electrification strategy and a sort of sub-b...
10:40 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Ransomware Has Disrupted Almost 1,000 Schools In the US This Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: So far this year, almost 1,000 schools across the country have suffered from a ransomware attack, and in some cases had classes disrupted because ...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Pacific Lingcod, an Omnivorous Fish, Gains and Loses 20 Teeth Each Day
The Pacific lingcod is an ill-tempered, omnivorous fish with a mouth like a messy silverware drawer, its 500-plus teeth arranged haphazardly on two sets of highly mobile jaws. New research, published ...
09:25 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Scientists Discover New Phase of Water, Known as 'Superionic Ice,' Inside Planets
Scientists have discovered a new phase of water -- adding to liquid, solid and gas -- know as "superionic ice." The "strange black" ice, as scientists called it, is normally created at the core of pla...
08:06 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Billionaire Seeks To Build Largely Windowless Dorm In 'Social and Psychological Experiment'
The University of California, Santa Barbara is preparing to spend $1.5 billion on a new 4,500-person student dorm designed by a billionaire mega-donor whose layout so closely resembles that of a priso...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot GAO Recommends Reevaluation of Proposals for $10B NSA Cloud Contract
The Government Accountability Office today called for a reevaluation of the proposals submitted by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft in connection with a $10 billion cloud contract to enhance the Nati...
07:35 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot A $20 Billion Company's Future Hinges on The New PUBG
The game formerly known as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds accounts for 97% of the revenue of its maker Krafton. Given that the Seoul-based company is valued at almost $20 billion, we have a rough estim...
06:48 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Apple's Most Back-Ordered New Product Is Not What You Expect
Apple this month unveiled an array of new gadgets: more powerful MacBook laptop computers, AirPod wireless headphones with longer battery life and HomePod Mini speakers in three more colors. But a dif...
06:05 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Global Regulators Back Tougher Rules To Prevent Criminals From Using Crypto
Cryptocurrency firms could be forced to take greater steps to combat money laundering under new guidelines released on Thursday by the Financial Action Task Force, an international body that coordinat...
05:25 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot US Says It's Working With Taiwan To Secure Chip Supply Chain
The U.S and Taiwan are working together to secure supply chains, Washington's envoy to Taipei said, as global chip manufacturers face a looming deadline to meet the Biden administration's request for ...
04:46 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot AI Hints at How the Brain Processes Language
Predicting the next word someone might say -- like AI algorithms now do when you search the internet or text a friend -- may be a key part of the human brain's ability to process language, new researc...
04:08 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Google Expands Skills Certificate Training
A few years ago, Google started offering a non-college certificate program to help teach basic IT skills to future workers. Now, the tech giant is working to make sure more people -- including communi...
03:25 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Google's India Smartphone With Custom Android OS Launches November 4 For $87
Google and top Indian telecom network Jio Platforms said on Friday that their much-anticipated budget smartphone, JioPhone Next, will go on sale in the world's second largest smartphone market on Nove...
02:46 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Passes Apple To Become the World's Most Valuable Company
Microsoft passed Apple in market cap on Friday, making it the world's most valuable publicly-traded company, after Apple missed earnings expectations on Thursday. From a report: As of 10:30 a.m. ET Mi...
02:10 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Endangered Birds Experience 'Virgin Birth,' a First for the Species
Female California condors don't need males to have offspring -- joining sharks, rays, and lizards on the list of creatures that can reproduce without mating. From a report: "There's something really c...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Zillow Home-Flipping Algorithm Outbid Buyers, Now Faces Selling Houses At a Loss
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Faced with the fastest-rising real estate prices in U.S. history, Zillow tweaked the algorithms that power its home-flipping operation to make highe...
10:00 am - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot US Government Owes Over $100 Million For TSA's Patent Infringement
The U.S. government owes a patent holding company at least $103 million because of the Transportation Security Administration's misuse of its technology for handling trays at airport security checkpoi...
07:00 am - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Sun Fires Off Major Solar Flare From Earth-Facing Sunspot
A major solar flare erupted from the sun on Thursday in the strongest storm yet of our star's current weather cycle. Space.com reports: The sun fired off an X1-class solar flare, its most powerful kin...
03:30 am - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot MRI and Ultrasound Can Sneak Cancer Drugs Into the Brain
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: In a new study, researchers temporarily made the blood-brain barrier more permeable, allowing a monoclonal antibody to target cancer that had sp...
02:02 am - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot iOS 15.2 Beta Includes App Privacy Report and Auto Call Updates
Just a few days after releasing iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, Apple has seeded the first betas of iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 to developers for testing purposes, with the update adding promised iOS 15 featur...
01:25 am - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Cover, a Modular Home Builder That's Modeled In Ways After Tesla, Has Raised $60 Million Series B
Cover, a seven-year-old, LA-based company that manufactures fully complete wall, floor and roof panels in its factory, then transports them on a standard truck and assembles them on site, announced th...
12:45 am - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin Back Over $60K As El Salvador Buys 420 BTC
Bitcoin is up 4% in the last 24 hours after El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele announced that his government had purchased an additional 420 BTC, which is equivalent to around $25 million. The coun...
12:02 am - Fri, October 29, 2021
Slashdot Leaked Photo Shows Meta's Planned Competitor To Apple Watch
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, is developing a smartwatch with a front-facing camera and rounded screen, according to an image of the...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Google Rolls Out Tool To Help Minors Delete Photos From Search
Google is now making it easier for minors or their parents to have photos of them deleted from search results. CNN reports: In a blog post published Wednesday, the company said it is rolling out a too...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Unceremoniously Kills Off 'Oculus' Brand
Earlier today, Mark Zuckerberg announced it's changing Facebook's name to Meta. While he said Facebook's existing brands wouldn't be changing, we have learned that's not entirely true. "In a lengthy F...
10:02 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Zales.com Leaked Customer Data, Just Like Sister Firms Jared and Kay Jewelers Did In 2018
An anonymous reader quotes a report from KrebsOnSecurity: In December 2018, bling vendor Signet Jewelers fixed a weakness in their Kay Jewelers and Jared websites that exposed the order information fo...
09:22 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Global Covid Cases and Deaths Rise for the First Time in Two Months, WHO Says
Covid-19 cases and deaths are climbing across the world for the first time in two months as the virus surges across Europe, World Health Organization officials said at a briefing Thursday. From a repo...
08:45 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Location Data Firm Got GPS Data From Apps Even When People Opted Out
Huq, an established data vendor that obtains granular location information from ordinary apps installed on people's phones and then sells that data, has been receiving GPS coordinates even when people...
08:00 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot US Climate Credibility on the Line as Biden Heads To COP26
President Joe Biden wants to show the U.N. climate conference in Scotland that the United States is back in the fight against global warming. But continued haggling in Congress over legislation to adv...
07:20 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Starts Rolling Out Windows 11 To More PCs
Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 to more PCs this week. After an initial launch to mostly new PCs earlier this month, Microsoft is gradually making the free Windows 11 upgrade available to more exi...
06:23 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Facebook is Changing Its Name To Meta
Facebook said Thursday it's changing its name to Meta. "From now on, we''ll be metaverse first, not Facebook first," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the company's Oculus Connect event. "Over time you ...
06:06 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft To Work With Community Colleges To Fill 250,000 Cyber Jobs
Microsoft on Thursday said it plans to work with community colleges across the United States to fill 250,000 cybersecurity jobs over the next four years. From a report: Microsoft said it will provide ...
05:33 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot How Facebook Plans To Build Its Metaverse
Facebook unveiled a series of new moves in augmented and virtual reality on Thursday, as part of its longer-term effort to help build a "metaverse" that will bring physically distant people closer tog...
04:47 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Gizmodo's Photos from the Massive iPhone 4 Leak Have Disappeared
Photographs from a historic moment in tech news history, the day a Gizmodo reporter published hands-on pics of the then-not-yet-announced iPhone 4, are now missing. From a report: And they're not alon...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks Giving Away Bitcoin for 48 Hours
Mark Cuban's basketball team, the Dallas Mavericks, announced a five-year partnership with Voyager Digital yesterday that makes the company the team's first cryptocurrency brokerage. A report adds: Th...
03:31 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Google Warns Customers About Antitrust Bills
Google on Thursday warned some customers that antitrust bills targeting the tech giant could jeopardize the services small businesses rely on. From a report: By turning to its customers, Google could ...
02:53 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Counting CO2 is Hard and Expensive, But Tech Firms Think They Have a Solution
An anonymous reader shares a report: After spending nearly half a year, every year, gathering and calculating carbon emissions data on spread sheets, Salesforce.com's climate team was fed up. So in 20...
02:14 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot A Security Bug in Health App Docket Exposed COVID-19 Vaccine Records
A security bug in the health app Docket exposed the private information of residents vaccinated against COVID-19 in New Jersey and Utah, where the app received endorsements from state officials. From ...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Cheap Antidepressant Shows Promise Treating Early COVID-19
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: A cheap antidepressant reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19 in a study hunting for existing drugs th...
10:00 am - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot China's New Quantum Computer Has 1 Million Times the Power of Google's
Physicists in China claim they've constructed two quantum computers with performance speeds that outrival competitors in the U.S., debuting a superconducting machine, in addition to an even speedier o...
07:03 am - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Giant, Free Index To World's Research Papers Released Online
In a project that could unlock the world's research papers for easier computerized analysis, an American technologist has released online a gigantic index of the words and short phrases contained in m...
03:30 am - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Neutrino Result Heralds New Chapter In Physics
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A new chapter in physics has opened, according to scientists who have been searching for a vital building block of the Universe. A major experiment ha...
02:10 am - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Immunocompromised May Need a Fourth COVID-19 Shot, CDC Says
According to updated CDC guidelines, people with compromised immune systems may get a fourth mRNA COVID-19 shot. CNN reports: The CDC authorized a third dose for certain immunocompromised people 18 an...
01:30 am - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Anonymity No More? Age Checks Come To the Web
In response to mounting pressure from activists, parents and regulators who believe tech companies haven't done enough to protect children online, businesses and governments around the globe are placi...
12:50 am - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot A Cyberattack Paralyzed Every Gas Station In Iran
Iran's president said Wednesday that a cyberattack which paralyzed every gas station in the Islamic Republic was designed to get "people angry by creating disorder and disruption," as long lines still...
12:10 am - Thu, October 28, 2021
Slashdot Indian Supreme Court Orders Inquiry Into State's Use of Pegasus Spyware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: India's supreme court has ordered an independent inquiry into whether the government used the surveillance software Pegasus to spy illegally on j...
11:30 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot LinkedIn Rolls Out Its Freelance Marketplace To Compete With Fiverr and Upwork
LinkedIn is rolling out a new platform for freelancers to help it better compete against the likes of Fiverr and Upwork. TechCrunch reports: Today it is taking the wraps off its Service Marketplace, a...
10:50 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot DeFi Protocol Cream Finance Loses $130 Million in Latest Crypto Hack
DeFi protocol Cream Finance suffered yet another hack this year after an exploit stole at least $130 million in what could be one of the largest thefts in decentralized finance. From a report: The att...
10:10 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot McDonald's Partners With IBM To Automate Drive-Thru Lanes
McDonald's said Wednesday it has entered a strategic partnership with IBM to develop artificial intelligence technology that will help the fast-food chain automate its drive-thru lanes. CNBC reports: ...
09:30 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Payments Company Stripe Is Kick Starting Market For Carbon Removal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Stripe is signing up to pay for carbon-removal technologies that haven't been invented yet. The payments company has formed a partners...
08:50 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot The 50-year-old Problem That Eludes Theoretical Computer Science
A solution to P vs NP could unlock countless computational problems -- or keep them forever out of reach. MIT Technology Review: On Monday, July 19, 2021, in the middle of another strange pandemic sum...
08:10 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Teen Bought Google Ad for His Scam Website and Made 48 Bitcoins Duping UK Online Shoppers
A "sophisticated" teenager has had $2.88m in cryptocurrency confiscated after he set up a phishing site and advertised it on Google, duping consumers into handing over gift voucher redemption codes. F...
07:25 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot COBOLing Together Unemployment Insurance Benefits: How Delays in Fiscal Stabilizers Impact Aggregate Consumption
Abstract of a paper written by Michael Navarrete of University of Maryland: The United States experienced an unprecedented increase in unemployment insurance (UI) claims starting in March 2020, mainly...
06:45 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Blind People Won the Right to Break Ebook DRM. In 3 Years, They'll Have to Do It Again
Advocates will once again be granted a DMCA exception to make accessible versions of texts. They argue that it's far past time to make it permanent. From a report: It's a cliche of digital life that "...
06:20 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Android's 12L Feature Drop Aims To Be a Big Improvement for Folding Phones
At this year's Android Dev Summit, Google announced an upcoming update for devices with larger screens, which includes tablets, foldables, and devices that run ChromeOS. From a report: Google is calli...
05:28 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Ransomware Gang Claims Attack on NRA
The operators of the Grief ransomware have listed today the US National Rifle Association (NRA) as a victim of one of their attacks. From a report: The organization's name was listed on a dark web por...
04:48 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Setback for Nvidia's $54 Billion ARM Bid as EU Regulators Open Probe
Nvidia suffered a setback on Wednesday as EU antitrust regulators opened a full-scale investigation into its $54 billion bid for British chip designer ARM on concerns the deal could lead to higher pri...
04:24 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Intel Core i9 11900K: Five Linux Distros Show Sizable Lead Over Windows 11
Phoronix: Now that Windows 11 has been out as stable and the initial round of updates coming out, I've been running fresh Windows 11 vs. Linux benchmarks for seeing how Microsoft's latest operating sy...
03:25 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot The Startup That Wants To Disrupt Big Internet Providers
A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country. From a report: Internet access has been crucial during th...
02:43 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Closes on Apple in Race for World's Most Valuable Listed Firm
A blowout first quarter has brought Microsoft back into contention in the race for the world's most-valuable listed company. From a report: The software behemoth is less than $60 billion away from det...
02:07 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Protonmail Celebrates Swiss Court Victory Exempting it From Telco Data Retention Laws
Encrypted email provider Protonmail has hailed a recent Swiss legal ruling as a "victory for privacy," after winning a lawsuit that sees it exempted from data retention laws in the mountainous realm. ...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot France Moves To Shield Its Book Industry From Amazon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Sophie Fornairon's independent bookshop has survived the rise of Amazon thanks to a French law that prohibits price discounting on new books, but she ...
10:00 am - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot UK Reaches Highest COVID-19 Deaths Since March As New AY.4.2 Delta Sub-Variant Spreads
AleRunner writes: The United Kingdom's COVID-19 death rate has reached its highest rate since just after the peak of the last lockdown in March. This has been happening as the new AY.4.2 variant of th...
07:00 am - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Wants To Build a Tourism Space Station Nearly As Big As the ISS
Blue Origin, the rocket and space tourism company founded by Jeff Bezos, is proposing a massive new commercial space station called "Orbital Reef" that could be used to host science experiments, vacat...
03:30 am - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Apple's iPod Came Out Two Decades Ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Conversation: On October 23, 2001, Apple released the iPod -- a portable media player that promised to overshadow the clunky design and low storage capacit...
01:40 am - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot US Regulators Exploring How Banks Could Hold Crypto Assets
A top U.S. bank regulator said U.S. officials are looking to provide a clearer path for banks and their clients that are looking to hold cryptocurrencies, in order to keep control over the fast-develo...
01:00 am - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Adobe Brings New Creative Cloud Apps To M1 Macs and The Web
During Adobe Max 2021 today, the company announced new features for Creative Cloud's various iPad apps, two more applications running natively on Apple Silicon Macs, and new web versions of some apps,...
12:20 am - Wed, October 27, 2021
Slashdot Apple's Privacy Rules to Blame For Facebook's Lower Than Expected Quarterly Growth, Says Zuckerberg
Apple's privacy rules are "negatively affecting" Facebook, and its business, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed during its most recent earnings call. MacRumors reports: As a quick refresher, startin...
11:40 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot The 'Dune' Screenplay Was Written In MS-DOS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Oscar winning Dune screenwriter Eric Roth banged out the screenplay using the MS-DOS program Movie Master. Roth writes everything using the 30-yea...
11:00 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot TikTok Tells US Lawmakers It Does Not Give Info To China
During the company's first appearance at a U.S. congressional hearing, TikTok executive Michael Beckerman said it does not give information to the Chinese government and has sought to safeguard U.S. d...
10:20 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Is Force Installing PC Health Check In Windows 10
Microsoft has begun force installing the PC Health Check application on Windows 10 devices using a new KB5005463 update. BleepingComputer reports: PC Health Check is a new diagnostics tool created by ...
09:40 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot FBI Raids Chinese Point-of-Sale Giant PAX Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from KrebsOnSecurity: U.S. federal investigators today raided the Florida offices of PAX Technology, a Chinese provider of point-of-sale devices used by millions of...
08:58 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Photoshop Will Get a 'Prepare as NFT' Option Soon
Adobe is launching a system built into Photoshop that can, among other things, help prove that the person selling an NFT is the person who made it. It's called Content Credentials, and NFT sellers wil...
08:10 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot 150 People Arrested in International Darknet Opioid Probe
Some 150 people were arrested worldwide and more than $31.6 million in cash and virtual currencies were seized during a 10-month international investigation into opioid trafficking through darknet mar...
07:27 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot AT&T's Confusing 5G Plus Expansion Confirms T-Mobile Was Right All Along
AT&T's new 5G Plus expansion gives T-Mobile the perfect "I told you so" moment. From a report: AT&T currently offers two "flavors" of 5G: 5G Plus over the high-band mmWave spectrum and regular...
06:49 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot 'Dune' Sequel Greenlit by Legendary and Warner Bros.
Denis Villeneuve will get the chance to create the second film of his planned two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune," Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. said Tuesday. From a report: The n...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Astronomers Spot First Possible Exoplanet Outside Our Galaxy
A possible Saturn-sized planet identified in the distant Whirlpool Galaxy could be the first exoplanet to be detected outside the Milky Way. From a report: The exoplanet candidate appears to be orbiti...
05:32 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Tech's Message To the Hill: We're Not Facebook
TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat will appear before Congress Tuesday with a key priority: distinguishing their practices from Facebook's. From a report: Facebook is under attack, and its tech peers don't ...
04:49 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Says It's Refocusing Company on 'Serving Young Adults'
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's redirected teams within his company to "make serving young adults their north star." The comment, made on a call with investors this afternoon, speaks to Faceboo...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Biden Appoints Jessica Rosenworcel To Officially Lead the FCC
President Joe Biden named acting Federal Communications Commissioner Chair Jessica Rosenworcel to officially head the agency on Tuesday, propping her up as the administration's leader to tackle broadb...
03:31 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Joins Race for Quantum Computer With New Caltech Center
Amazon is officially entering the race to develop a quantum computer, joining U.S. and Chinese rivals in the quest to harness the properties of nature's tiniest particles into computing power far surp...
02:55 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Amazon is Building a Clubhouse Competitor That Turns Hosts Into DJs
Amazon is next on the list of companies getting into the live audio game. The company is building a new app, codenamed "Project Mic," that gives anyone the ability to make and distribute a live radio ...
02:06 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot AnandTech Reviews Apple's M1 Pro and M1 Max Chips
AnandTech reviews the recently unveiled M1 Pro and M1 Max chips : The M1 Pro and M1 Max change the narrative completely -- these designs feel like truly SoCs that have been made with power users in mi...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Brings Alexa To Hospitals and Senior Living Centers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: After already targeting verticals like hotels and apartment complexes, Amazon announced today it's now rolling out new solutions for healthcare pro...
10:00 am - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot China To Cut Fossil Fuel Use To Below 20% By 2060
China is targeting a clean energy goal of reducing fossil fuel use to below 20% by 2060, according to an official plan published by state media. The Guardian reports: The cabinet document, released on...
07:00 am - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Is Spending At Least $10 Billion This Year On Its Metaverse Division
Last week, Facebook announced plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union to help build "the metaverse," a futuristic notion for connecting online that uses augmented and virtual reality. We no...
03:30 am - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Your Brain Uses 'Autocorrect' To Decipher Language and AI Just Helped Us Prove It, New Study Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Debrief: How do we how know to speak and to read? These essential questions led to new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that uses AI...
02:10 am - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit a New High In 2020, Even With Pandemic Lockdowns
Despite a world economy that slowed significantly because of COVID-19, the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record last year, putting the goal of slowing the rise of gl...
01:30 am - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Argon Fluoride Laser Could Lead To Practical Fusion Reactors
The US Naval Research Laboratory (AFL) is developing an Argon Fluoride (ArF) laser that may one day make fusion power a practical commercial technology. New Atlas reports: The wide-bandwidth ultraviol...
12:50 am - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot Indie Dev Finds That Linux Users Generate More, Better Bug Reports
An indie developer has found an interesting observation: Though only 5.8% of his game's buyers were playing on Linux, they generated over 38% of the bug reports. Not because the Linux platform was bug...
12:10 am - Tue, October 26, 2021
Slashdot CPU Benchmarks: Pre-Release Intel Alder Lake Chip Beats Apple's M1 Max
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The reign of Apple's M1 SoC at the top of the Geekbench speed benchmarks may soon be over with the impending arrival of Intel's 12th-generation Alder La...
11:31 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot China Locks Down Thousands in North to Contain Growing Outbreak
China locked down a county that has seen the most Covid-19 cases in the nation's latest delta outbreak, as an initial flareup in the northwest quickly spirals into a nationwide surge. From a report: E...
10:50 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot 'Banning Anonymous Social Media Accounts Would Only Stifle Free Speech and Democracy'
Owen Jones, a British newspaper columnist and activist for the Labour Party, writes in an opinion piece for The Guardian: The aftermath of the horrific killing of Conservative MP David Amess should ha...
10:10 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot It's Windows XP's 20th Birthday and Way Too Many Still Use It
Today is the 20th anniversary of Windows XP, and although the operating system reached the end of support in 2014, way too many people continue to use the insecure version of Windows. BleepingComputer...
09:30 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot Apple Very Likely to Face DOJ Antitrust Suit
Apple so far has avoided the worst outcome in its U.S. legal battle with Epic Games, but its antitrust woes remain. The Information: In the last several months the U.S. Department of Justice has accel...
08:50 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot The FBI's Internal Guide For Getting Data From AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A newly obtained document written by the FBI lays out in unusually granular detail how it and other law enforcement agencies can obtain location i...
08:07 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot Inside Amazon's Worst Human Resources Problem
A knot of problems with Amazon's system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers. From a report: A year ago, Tara Jones, an Amazon warehouse worker in Oklaho...
07:29 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot Lambda School's Job-placement Rate May Be Far Worse Than Advertised
An anonymous reader shares a report: Leaked documents from company all-hands meetings in the summer of 2020 and January and February of this year, led by the school's now former chief operating office...
06:30 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot Tesla Surpasses $1 Trillion Market Cap
Tesla's market valuation hit and then surpassed the $1 trillion mark Monday, a milestone reached by the company 11 years after it became a publicly traded company. It also puts Tesla in select company...
06:14 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Says Russia Hacked at Least 14 IT Service Providers this Year
Microsoft said on Monday that a Russian state-sponsored hacking group known as Nobelium had attacked more than 140 IT and cloud services providers, successfully breaching 14 companies. From a report: ...
05:35 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot macOS Monterey is Now Available To Download
The latest version of macOS, Monterey, is now available to download, according to Apple. The software has been available in public beta for several months, but today's release means Apple thinks the s...
04:43 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot An Ultra-Precise Clock Shows How To Link the Quantum World With Gravity
Time was found to flow differently between the top and bottom of a single cloud of atoms. Physicists hope that such a system will one day help them combine quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of g...
04:06 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot Mastercard To Allow Banks To Offer Crypto Credit and Debit Cards
Mastercard is making it easier for banks to offer cryptocurrency rewards on their credit and debit cards as part of the payment network's recent embrace of digital currencies. From a report: To pull i...
03:24 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot AMC To Add Onscreen Captions at Some Locations
AMC Entertainment, the largest movie theater chain in the world, will offer open captioning at 240 locations in the United States, a move that the company's chief executive described as "a real advanc...
02:53 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot T-Mobile Delays Shutdown of Sprint's CDMA Network
T-Mobile has said that it will extend by three months its planned shutdown of Sprint's old CDMA network. It now plans to shutter the network at the end of March, rather than Jan. 1, 2022. From a repor...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot Apple Once Threatened Facebook Ban Over Mideast Maid Abuse
Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app store over concerns about the platform being used as a tool to trade and sell maids in the Mideast. From a report: After pub...
11:34 am - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot 'Inside Microsoft's Open Source Program Office'
On Friday VentureBeat published a new interview with Stormy Peters, the director of Microsoft's eight-person open source programs office:"These are exciting times as more and more organizations are en...
07:34 am - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot The Dirty Secret Behind China's Rising Emission Levels: Pollution from State-Run Companies
"The world's top five polluters were responsible for 60% of global emissions in 2019," reports Bloomberg — but China alone "generated about the same amount of CO2 as the next four countries comb...
03:34 am - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot How Misinformation - and one Facebook Group - Threatened a Federal Investment in Montana
The New York Times describes a six-year grass roots effort to fund historic preservation and natural resource conservation in Montana — and how it collided with Rae Grulkowski, a 56-year-old bus...
01:54 am - Mon, October 25, 2021
Slashdot Mixed AR Headset Lynx R1 Gets Its First Third-Party Review
Long-time Slashdot reader TuringTest writes: The mixed AR/VR standalone headset Lynx R1, which is undergoing an already-funded Kickstarter campaign, got this week its first third-party hands-on review...
11:46 pm - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot Xpeng Unveils a Flying Car That Also Drives on Roads - Plus a Bionic Horse
"HT Aero, an affiliate of Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng Inc., launched a new flying car on Sunday that it says can also drive on roads," reports CNBC (in a story shared by Slashdot reader Polyg...
10:39 pm - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot Palantir's Peter Thiel Thinks People Should Be More Concerned About 'Surveillance AI'
Tech billionaire Peter Thiel "believes that people should be more worried about 'surveillance AI' rather than artificial general intelligences," reports CNBC:The venture capitalist, who co-founded big...
08:34 pm - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot US Air Force Announces Plans for a Micro Nuclear Reactor in Alaska
This week the U.S. Air Force announced that it's chosen Alaska's Eielson Air Force Base as the site for its first "micro" nuclear reactor test program. The Drive reports:The U.S. military, as a whole,...
07:34 pm - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot Cadbury Site Puts Bollywood Star in AI-Generated Ads For Local Businesses
"Big businesses and brands that suffered during the pandemic found their way back," says a new ad from the British confectionary company Cadbury. "But the smallest stores still suffer..." So in respon...
06:34 pm - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot Digital Nomad Communities Want to Build the Infrastructure for an Internet Country
It's estimated there are 10.9 million digital nomads just in the U.S. — and two digital nomads writing for The Next Web point out they're just part of a larger trend. "As of 2021, there are over...
05:34 pm - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot Why The FBI Held Back a Ransomware Decryption Key for 19 Days
America's Federal Bureau of Investigation "refrained for almost three weeks from helping to unlock the computers of hundreds of businesses and institutions hobbled by a major ransomware attack this su...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot Trump's Truth App Bans Criticism of Itself - and Also 'Excessive Use of Capital Letters'
Time magazine spotted three things in the terms of service for former U.S. president Trump's "Truth Social" site:- Despite advertising itself as a platform that will "give a voice to all," according t...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot Traffic-Redirecting Rootkit Somehow Got a Microsoft-issued Digital Signature
Cybersecurity researchers at Bitdefender say cyber criminals have been using a rootkit named FiveSys "that somehow made its way through the driver certification process to be digitally signed by Micro...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot 'Best Open Source Software of 2021' Identified by InfoWorld Listicle
"Money may not grow on trees," argues InfoWorld, "but it does grow in GitHub repos." (as well as other open-source code-hosting sites). "Open source projects produce the most valuable and sophisticate...
11:34 am - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot The Man Who Stole and Then Sold Data on 178 Million Facebook Users Gets Sued by Facebook
"Facebook has filed a lawsuit on Friday against a Ukrainian national for allegedly scraping its website and selling the personal data of more than 178 million users on an underground cybercrime forum,...
07:34 am - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot Should the US Fund a 'National Cloud' for AI Research to Compete With China?
Big data "has big designs on a big cloud," reports NBC News:A steady drumbeat from some of the most influential executives in the technology industry has emerged in recent months to push the idea that...
03:34 am - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot EFF Board of Directors Removes 76-Year-Old John Gilmore
76-year-old John Gilmore co-founded the EFF in 1990, and in the 31 years since he's "provided leadership and guidance on many of the most important digital rights issues we advocate for today," the EF...
01:34 am - Sun, October 24, 2021
Slashdot After Open Source Community Outcry, Microsoft Reverses Controversial .NET Change
"Microsoft is reversing a decision to remove a key feature from its upcoming .NET 6 release, after a public outcry from the open source community," reports the Verge. "Microsoft angered the .NET open ...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Aggressive US Marketers are Bringing Police Surveillance Tools to the Masses
"License plate readers are rapidly reshaping private security in American neighborhoods," reports the Washington Post, as aggressively-marketed $2,500-a-year "safety-as-a-service" packages "spread to ...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Egyptian Security Forces Detain Humanoid Robot, Suspecting Espionage
The Guardian reports:She has been described as "a vision of the future" who is every bit as good as other abstract artists today, but Ai-Da — the world's first ultra-realistic robot artist &mdas...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot $28B Startup Says Companies Were Refusing Their Free Open-Source Code as 'Not Enterprise-Ready'
"Ali Ghodsi was happily researching AI at Berkeley when he helped invent a revolutionary bit of code — and he wanted to give it away for free," remembers Forbes India. "But few would take it unl...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Astronomers Find Nascent Exploding Star, 'Rosetta Stone' of All Supernovas
"A star located 60 million light years away went supernova last year, and astronomers managed to capture all stages of the stellar explosion using telescopes both on the ground and in space," reports ...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Can Windows 11 Run on a 2006-Era Pentium 4 Chip?
"Microsoft has been mainly telling consumers that Windows 11 is meant for newer PCs," reports PC Magazine. "However, an internet user has uploaded a video that shows the OS can actually run on a 15-ye...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Systemd-Free Devuan 4.0 'Chimaera' Officially Released
Luna (Slashdot reader #20,969) quotes the Devuan web site. "Dear Friends and Software Freedom Lovers," its announcement begins:"Devuan Developers are delighted to announce the release of Devuan Chimae...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Visual Studio for Browsers: Microsoft Unveils 'VSCode for the Web'
"Bringing VS Code to the browser is the realization of the original vision for the product," Microsoft said in a blog post. "It is also the start of a completely new one. An ephemeral editor that is a...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot AmigaOS Is Still Getting Updates and Upgrades
Mike Bouma (Slashdot reader #85,252) writes: A-EON Technology Ltd has released Enhancer Software Release 2.1 for AmigaOS4.1 FE update 2, which itself was released on 23 December 2020. It's an OS enhan...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Accused of Tolerating Dangerous and Criminal Behavior to Preserve Profitability
A new whistleblower affidavit submitted by a former Facebook employee "alleges that the company prizes growth and profits over combating hate speech, misinformation and other threats to the public," r...
01:45 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Fined Record £50m By UK Competition Watchdog
"The BBC is reporting that Facebook has been fined a record £50 million by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority," writes long-time Slashdot reader Hope Thelps, "for deliberately failing to...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Sinclair Workers Say TV Channels Are In 'Pandemonium' After Ransomware Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In the early hours of Sunday morning, hackers took down the corporate servers and systems of Sinclair Broadcast Group, a giant U.S. TV conglomerat...
10:00 am - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Audio Tape Interface Revives Microcassettes As Storage Medium
Zack Nelson decided to go back in time and add a suitably classic storage medium to a retrocomputing project, in the form of a cassette interface. Hackaday reports: The cassette player he had availabl...
07:00 am - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Hear Sounds From Mars Captured By NASA's Perseverance Rover
NASA's Perseverance rover has recorded up to five hours of sounds on the Mars, giving engineers a sense of how the Red Planet sounds different from Earth. Space.com reports: NASA now has a Perseveranc...
03:30 am - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Intel's Future Now Depends On Making Everyone Else's Chips
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica, written by Tim De Chant: Over the last year and a half, as the pandemic has everyone turned to their screens, demand has surged for devices (phon...
02:02 am - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot NATO Launches AI Strategy and $1 Billion Fund As Defense Race Heats Up
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the military alliance of 30 countries that border the North Atlantic Ocean, this week announced that it would adopt its first AI strategy and launch a "f...
01:25 am - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Apple Updates App Store Guidelines To Permit Devs To Contact Customers About Other Payment Methods
TechCrunch's Sarah Perez writes about the new set of App Store Guidelines that Apple introduced today: One of the changes is the result of a previously announced settlement agreement with a class of U...
12:45 am - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Huawei, SMIC Suppliers Received Billions Worth of Licenses For US Goods
Suppliers to Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and China's top chipmaker SMIC got billions of dollars worth of licenses from November through April to sell them goods and technology despite their being on...
12:02 am - Sat, October 23, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin's Price Crashed 87% On Binance.US Thanks To a Bug
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Bitcoin is on a tear, reaching an all time high price of $67,000 for 1 BTC on Wednesday, buoyed by a series of approvals for Bitcoin futures funds...
11:20 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa Collects More of Your Data Than Any Other Smart Assistant
According to a survey from Reviews.org, Amazon's Alexa collects more data from users than any of the other digital assistants analyzed, which included the Google Assistant, Siri, Bixby, and Cortana. P...
10:40 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Leaked Email Allegedly Shows That Google Did Ask Roku For Special Treatment For YouTube
Yesterday, Roku told customers that it's unable to strike a deal to bring YouTube and YouTube TV apps to its channel store, citing anti-competitive demands in carriage agreements. These included "aski...
10:02 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot John Carmack Pushes Out Unlocked OS For Defunct Oculus Go Headset
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Oculus may have officially discontinued its low-end Oculus Go headset last year, but the company has one more "official" update to help future-pr...
09:25 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot A Math Teacher is Putting Calculus Lessons on Pornhub
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's safe to assume that few Pornhub visitors are looking for hour-long calculus videos (by a fully-clothed instructor), but Taiwanese math teacher Changhsu puts t...
08:44 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Intel Open-sources AI-powered Tool To Spot Bugs in Code
Intel has open-sourced ControlFlag , a tool that uses machine learning to detect problems in computer code -- ideally to reduce the time required to debug apps and software. From a report: In tests, t...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Memes About COVID-19 Helped Us Cope With Life in a Pandemic, a New Study Finds
Does a meme a day keep the doctor away? Not quite, but it looks like it might help, according to one recent study. From a report: Researchers with Pennsylvania State University and the University of C...
07:25 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot China Conducted Two Hypersonic Weapons Tests this Summer
The Chinese military conducted two hypersonic weapons tests over the summer, raising US concerns that Beijing is gaining ground in the race to develop a new generation of arms. Financial Times: On Jul...
06:43 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot ISPs Want More Money Because So Many People Are Streaming Squid Game
ISPs around the world claim the unprecedented bandwidth demands Netflix's Squid Game is placing on their broadband networks means they should be getting more money. From a report: But experts say that...
06:03 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Epic Games Ends Alternate-Friday Vacation Policy, Angering Staff
Epic Games is ending a pandemic-inspired policy of granting every other Friday off, sparking an uproar among staff. From a report: An internal Slack channel was filled with pleas from employees for th...
05:25 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Internet Service Providers Collect, Sell Horrifying Amount of Sensitive Data, Government Study Concludes
An anonymous reader shares a report: Over the last few years the justified fixation on the bad behavior of Google, Amazon, Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants has let the abuses of the telecom se...
04:43 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Walmart Shoppers Can Now Buy Bitcoin at 200 Kiosks in Its Stores
Walmart has started a pilot program in which shoppers can buy Bitcoin at Coinstar kiosks in some of its U.S. stores. From a report: The test with Coinstar, which is known for the machines that let cus...
04:08 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Police Can't Demand You Reveal Your Phone Passcode and Then Tell a Jury You Refused
EFF: The Utah Supreme Court is the latest stop in EFF's roving campaign to establish your Fifth Amendment right to refuse to provide your password to law enforcement. Yesterday, along with the ACLU, w...
03:33 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot India Crosses the Milestone of 1 Billion COVID-19 Vaccinations
India has administered 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Thursday, passing a milestone for the South Asian country where the delta variant fueled its first crushing surge earlier thi...
02:46 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot With Coercion and Black Boxes, Russia Installs a Digital Iron Curtain
Russia's boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of ways -- with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms. From a report: The messages, sent by Russia's powerful internet regul...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Apple's Safari Browser Runs the Risk of Becoming the New Internet Explorer -- Holding the Web Back for everyone
Scott Gilbertson, writing for The Register: The legacy of Internet Explorer 6 haunts web developer nightmares to this day. Microsoft's browser of yore made their lives miserable and it's only slightly...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Governments Turn Tables On Ransomware Gang REvil By Pushing It Offline
An anonymous reader shares a report from Reuters: The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber expert...
10:00 am - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot New 16-Inch MacBook Pro With M1 Max to Feature 'High Power Mode' for Intensive Workloads
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max Apple Silicon chip will feature a new High Power Mode for intensive, sustained workloads, according to Apple. MacRumors reports: This new setting is the opp...
07:00 am - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Meet Starlab: Private Space Station Planned To Fly In 2027
Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin announced today (Oct. 21) that they plan to get a free-flying private space station up and running in low Earth orbit (LEO) by 2027. Space.com reports: The...
03:30 am - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Trump's TRUTH Social May Violate Terms of Open-Source Code It's Built On
ISayWeOnlyToBePolite writes: The new social network founded by former President Trump may violate the terms of use of the software on which it is based. On Wednesday night, after Trump revealed the TR...
02:10 am - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Vinyl Is Selling So Well That It's Getting Hard To Sell Vinyl
"Vinyl was nearly at death's door not that long ago. After CDs came out, the predictions of vinyl's demise were an every day occurrence," writes Slashdot reader smooth wombat. "And for a time it looke...
01:30 am - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot Steak Knife Made From Hardened Wood Is Three Times Sharper Than Steel
Scientists have used a new form of hardened wood to create a steak knife that is nearly three times sharper than a stainless steel dinner table knife. It can even be washed in the dishwasher! New Atla...
12:50 am - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot GPSD Bug Will Switch Your Time-Keeping Systems To March 2002 This Weekend, Unless You Update
"Apparently a bug in GPSD, the daemon responsible for deriving time from the GPS system, is going to trigger on October 24, 2021, jumping the time back to March of 2002," writes Slashdot reader suutar...
12:10 am - Fri, October 22, 2021
Slashdot PS3 Emulator Will Now Boot Every Game Ever Released On the Console
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Kotaku, written by Luke Plunkett: RPCS3, an emulator I've been writing about since 2016, but which first began in 2011, has come along way since it made its fi...
11:30 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Wireless Carriers Just Can't Quit the Free-Phone Offers
Just when some wireless carriers were trying to move away from phone giveways, T-Mobile upped the ante on Thursday with a deal offering new customers as much as $1,000 if they switch. From a report: T...
10:50 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot AMD and Microsoft Issue Fixes For Ryzen CPU Slowdowns On Windows 11
AMD and Microsoft have issued patches to address the slowdowns reported with Ryzen processors when Windows 11 launched. Engadget reports: The latest chipset driver (version 3.10.08.506) should take ca...
10:09 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Paintmakers Are Running Out of the Color Blue
Dutch paint maker Akzo is running out of ingredients to make some shades of blue, the latest fallout from the global supply-chain disruptions that are spreading across manufacturers. From a report: "T...
09:30 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot VR Treatment For Lazy Eye In Children Gets FDA Approval
The Food and Drug Administration approved a virtual reality-based treatment for children with the visual disorder amblyopia, or lazy eye, the company behind the therapy announced today. The Verge repo...
08:50 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Fed To Ban Policymakers From Owning Individual Stocks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Responding to a growing controversy over investing practices, the Federal Reserve announced Thursday a wide-ranging ban on officials owning individual st...
08:09 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Google Unmasks Two-year-old Phishing and Malware Campaign Targeting YouTube Users
Almost two years after a wave of complaints flooded Google's support forums about YouTube accounts getting hijacked even if users had two-factor authentication enabled, Google's security team has fina...
07:23 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Algorithms Amplify Right-leaning Political Content More Than Left-leaning, Company Says Citing Own Research
Twitter is publicly sharing research findings today that show that the platform's algorithms amplify tweets from right-wing politicians and content from right-leaning news outlets more than people and...
06:57 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Amazon is Now a Bigger Shipper in the US than FedEx
Amazon is not primarily known as a logistics company, but in 2020 the company shipped more parcels than FedEx. From a report: Logistics is a $1.5 trillion business -- and it has long been controlled b...
06:07 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Gov. Parson Doubles Down on Push To Prosecute Reporter Who Found Security Flaw in State Site
Gov. Mike Parson escalated his war with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday when his political operation published a video doubling down on his attack against a reporter who informed the state th...
05:32 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Google Stadia's Salvaged Future as a Back-end Cloud Service is Here
Quick Google Stadia recap: Things have not been great. From a report: Google's AAA cloud gaming service launched in 2019 to middling reviews and since then has severely undershot Google's sales and us...
04:46 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Google Lowers Play Store Fees To 15% on Subscription Apps, as Low as 10% for Media Apps
Google is lowering commissions on all subscription-based businesses on the Google Play Store, the company announced today. From a report: Previously, the company had followed Apple's move by reducing ...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Sam Altman's Worldcoin Wants To Scan Eyeballs in Exchange for Crypto
As investors race to capitalize on surging interest in cryptocurrencies, startups are getting creative in how they onboard a generation of crypto users to their first wallets. From a report: Worldcoin...
03:25 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Roku Tells Customers it is Unable To Strike a Deal With YouTube
Roku on Thursday told customers via a post on its corporate blog that it has still not been able to strike a distribution agreement with YouTube TV, which has been removed from Roku's channel store fo...
02:43 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Apple's Product Design Has Improved Since Jony Ive Left
Bloomberg: There was a sense that, without the moderating influence of the late Steve Jobs, perhaps Jony Ive started to prioritize aesthetics a little too much. Since he stepped down as chief designer...
02:02 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Nvidia GeForce Now's RTX 3080 Plan Upgrades You To 1440p and 120fps at $100 for 6 Months
Nvidia's new RTX 3080 plan for GeForce Now is probably the biggest upgrade for its cloud-streaming service since it turned on RTX ray tracing for subscribers over two years ago. From a report: The new...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Donald Trump To Launch Social Media Platform Called Truth Social
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Donald Trump has announced plans to launch a social media platform called TRUTH Social that will rolled be out early next year. The former presid...
10:00 am - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Indianapolis Motor Speedway To Host Autonomous Car Race On Saturday
New submitter Motard writes: Dallara Indy Lights racing cars outfitted as autonomous vehicles by Clemson University and programmed by various international collegiate teams will participate in a 20-la...
07:00 am - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Sony Patent Lets Viewers Vote and Pay To Boot Players From Games
Sony has been granted a patent that would allow livestream spectators and participants to remove players from a game. "Besides removing unskilled players, the system would allow spectators to pay for ...
03:30 am - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot TV Prices Are the Highest They've Been In At Least Nine Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Pricing right now on TVs is the highest since at least 2012," says Stephen Baker, vice president of Industry Analysis at NPD group. "Holiday pricing over...
02:02 am - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk's Boring Company Gets Green Light For Las Vegas Tunnel System
Elon Musk's Boring Company just won approval from local officials to move forward with building a network of vehicle tunnels underneath Las Vegas. The Verge reports: Elon Musk's Boring Company just wo...
01:25 am - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Fossil Fuel Drilling Plans Undermine Climate Pledges, UN Report Warns
Even as world leaders vow to take stronger action on climate change, many countries are still planning to dramatically increase their production of oil, gas and coal in the decades ahead, potentially ...
12:45 am - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Suffers First Ever Price Increase
For the first time, the price of a Raspberry Pi single-board computer is increasing and we have the global supply chain shortages to thank for it. PCMag reports: Eben Upton, chief executive of Raspber...
12:02 am - Thu, October 21, 2021
Slashdot WHO Asks South African Startup To Replicate Moderna's mRNA Vaccine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The World Health Organization has hired the company, called Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, as part of a $100 million plan to figure out how to make an mR...
11:20 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot A Drone Will Rescue Three Dogs Trapped By La Palma Volcanic Eruption
Three dogs that are trapped near the erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Islands may soon be saved by a drone. Gizmodo reports: The poor, emaciated pups have been stuck in a yard surrounded by...
10:40 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Investors Use AI To Analyze CEOs' Language Patterns and Tone
CEOs and other managers are increasingly under the microscope as some investors use artificial intelligence to learn and analyze their language patterns and tone, opening up a new frontier of opportun...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Man Arrested For Uncensoring Japanese Porn With AI In First Deepfake Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Japanese police on Monday arrested a 43-year-old man for using artificial intelligence to effectively unblur pixelated porn videos, in the first c...
09:27 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot FDA Approves Mixing COVID Vaccines
U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand diff...
08:41 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Google Removes Support for FTP and Old-gen U2F Security Keys in Chrome 95
Google today released Chrome v95, the latest version of its popular web browser and a version that contains several changes that will likely cause problems for a considerable part of its users. The pr...
08:03 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Facebook is Planning To Rebrand the Company With a New Name
Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, The Verge reports, citing an unnamed source. From the report: The coming name change, which CE...
07:22 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Giant Retailers Pledge To Leave Fossil-fueled Ships Behind
Major retailers, including Amazon and Ikea, are beginning to clean up their shipping pollution. From a report: A group of companies pledged yesterday that by 2040, they'll only contract ships using ze...
06:44 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Eco-friendly, Lab-grown Coffee is On the Way, But It Comes With a Catch
Beanless brews can cut deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions dramatically -- but what will happen to workers in traditional coffee-growing regions? From a report: Heiko Rischer isn't quite sure h...
06:06 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot China's VPN Market Now Open To Foreign Investment
The central government of China in Beijing has announced a decision to allow foreign entities to invest in the ownership of VPN (virtual private network) services in the country. From a report: Under ...
05:25 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Has Been Added To a DC Lawsuit Over the Cambridge Analytica Scandal
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine is adding Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to a lawsuit over the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal. From a report: Racine announced the addition on ...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Sinclair Broadcast Hack Linked To Notorious Russian Cybergang
A weekend cyberattack against Sinclair Broadcast Group was linked to one of the most infamous Russian cybergangs, called Evil Corp, Bloomberg reports. From the report: The Sinclair hackers used malwar...
04:45 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Sinclair Broadcast Hack Linked To Notorious Russian Cybergang
A weekend cyberattack against Sinclair Broadcast Group was linked to one of the most infamous Russian cybergangs, called Evil Corp, Bloomberg reports. From the report: The Sinclair hackers used malwar...
03:58 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot PayPal Exploring a Purchase of Pinterest, Valuing Social Media Firm at $39 Billion
PayPal is exploring an acquisition of social media company Pinterest, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday. From a report: San Jose, California-based PayPal has recently approached Pinterest about a p...
03:25 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Micron To Build $7 Billion Plant in Japan To Expand DRAM Production
U.S. memory chip maker Micron Technology will build a new factory at its Japanese production site in Hiroshima at a cost of 800 billion yen ($7.0 billion), the Nikkan Kogyo newspaper reported on Wedne...
02:45 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin Hits New All-Time High Above $65K
Bitcoin, the world's largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has hit a new all-time high above $65,000. From a report: The crypto broke above its previous high of $64,889 reached in April. Bi...
02:10 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot The Royal Mint To Extract Gold From Old Phones
Gold and precious metals are to be extracted from old phones and laptops by Britain's coin-maker. From a report: The Royal Mint plans to introduce a world-first technology to the UK to recycle gold fr...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot New FCC Rules Could Force Wireless Carriers To Block Spam Texts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Under Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, the Federal Communications Commission is seeking to create new rules targeting spam text messages. Like ...
10:00 am - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Recycled Lithium Batteries As Good As Newly Mined, Study Finds
A new study by Wang and a team including researchers from the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), and battery company A123 Systems, [...] shows that batteries with recycled cathodes can be as good...
07:00 am - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Before the New Version, Let's Revisit 1984's Dune
Thelasko shares a report from Ars Technica, written by Peter Opaskar: Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi novel Dune gets a new film adaptation -- this one helmed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 20...
05:00 am - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot US Surgeons Successfully Test Pig Kidney Transplant In Human Patient
For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient's immune system, a potentially major advance that could eventually help alle...
03:30 am - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Boris Johnson Strikes Deal With Bill Gates To Boost Green Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The UK government has announced plans to launch a $551 million (400 million pounds) package of investment alongside the US billionaire Bill Gates...
02:20 am - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Netflix Drops Action-Packed Teaser For 'Cowboy Bebop' Series
Netflix just released an action-packed teaser for its live-action adaptation of the 1998 Japanese anime series "Cowboy Bebop." From a report: A 10-episode series -- which chronicles a group of cosmos-...
01:40 am - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Officially Deprecates UWP
Microsoft continues to baby-step around the obvious, but it has officially deprecated the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) as it pushes the desktop-focused Windows App SDK (formerly called Project Reu...
01:00 am - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot About 26% of All Malicious JavaScript Threats Are Obfuscated
Akamai researchers have analyzed 10,000 JavaScript samples including malware droppers, phishing pages, scamming tools, Magecart snippets, cryptominers, etc. At least 26% of them use some form of obfus...
12:20 am - Wed, October 20, 2021
Slashdot The New MacBook Pro Seems To Have an HDMI 2.0 Port, Not 2.1
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The newly announced 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models have HDMI ports, but they have a limitation that could be frustrating for many users o...
11:50 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Brave Removes Google as its Default Search Engine
As Paul Thurrott reports, Brave is removing Google Search as its default search engine. From the report: Going forward, the Brave web browser will default to Brave Search. "Brave Search has grown sign...
11:20 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Android 12 Is Now Available For Pixel Phones
Today, Google has officially launched Android 12 for select Pixel devices. The Verge reports: It's available to install right now on Pixel 3 and up, including the Pixel 3A, Pixel 4, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A...
10:40 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Doctors Blame TikTok For Surge In Teen Girls Experiencing Tics
An anonymous reader quotes a report from People: Doctors around the world are seeing a rise in cases of tic-like behaviors in teen girls, which they believe could be caused by watching TikTok videos a...
10:01 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Google Makes Calling Businesses Less Painful With Features for Seeing Wait Times, Phone Tree Options
Alongside today's release of the new Pixel 6 smartphones, Google has again upgraded one of the device's most basic -- but often overlooked -- functions: the ability to make phone calls. From a report:...
09:21 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Software Freedom Conservancy Sues Vizio for GPL Violations
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: Software Freedom Conservancy, a non-profit organization that promotes open-source software and defends the free software General Public License (GPL), announced today it h...
08:40 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot How Much Dell Pays Engineers, Analysts and Salespeople
With over 158,000 employees, Dell is one of the largest employers in tech -- and it's expanding its ranks. To find out how much Dell is paying new hires, Business Insider analyzed salaries of approved...
08:06 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Homeopathy Doesn't Work. So Why Do So Many Germans Believe in It?
How Natalie Grams, who once abandoned her medical education to study alternative therapies, became Germany's most prominent homeopathy skeptic. From a report: The pseudoscience of homeopathy was inven...
06:52 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot The FDA Wants You To Be Able To Buy a Hearing Aid Without a Prescription
People with mild or moderate hearing loss could soon be able to buy hearing aids without a medical exam or special fitting, under a new rule being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. The age...
06:03 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Google Revamps Its Smartphone Line With the Pixel 6
This morning, at the company's virtual hardware event, Google is finally showing us what it means to pick up and start over again. From a report: In many ways, the Pixel 6 marks the most radical depar...
05:31 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Hacker Steals Government ID Database for Argentina's Entire Population
A hacker has breached the Argentinian government's IT network and stolen ID card details for the country's entire population, data that is now being sold in private circles. The hack, which took place...
05:26 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot 99.9% of Scientists Agree Climate Emergency Caused by Humans
knaapie writes: It may still be fuel for hot debate on social media, but 99.9% of scientist actually agree on the fact that humans are altering the climate. The Guardian reports that the degree of sci...
04:12 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot MacOS Monterey Will Have the Old Safari Tab Design
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple debuted a controversial new Safari tab design this summer at WWDC 2021, and since then, it has tweaked that look and even let you turn off many of the change...
03:33 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Why a Former Netflix Exec Facing 7 Years in Prison for Bribery is a Cautionary Tale for Startups
A contract with a tech giant can put a startup on the map with venture capitalists and the market at large. That's what happened for Netskope, a cloud-based data security provider. Founded in 2012, th...
02:45 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Star's Strange Path Around Black Hole Proves Einstein Right -- Again
Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity has aced another test. From a report: Following nearly 3 decades of monitoring, researchers have detected a subtle shift in the orbit of the closest know...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Facebook's Novi Set To Launch Pilot With Paxos's Stablecoin as Uncertainty Hangs Over Diem
Facebook's crypto wallet Novi is inching forward with a "small pilot" in the U.S. and Guatemala, according to a tweet thread by David Marcus. From a report: The wallet project, which gatecrashed the c...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Give Us Your Biometric Data To Get Your Lunch In 5 Seconds, UK Schools Tell Children
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: In North Ayrshire Council, a Scottish authority encompassing the Isle of Arran, nine schools are set to begin processing meal payments for school...
10:00 am - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Fisher-Price Launches a Working Chatter Telephone For Adults
For its 60th anniversary, Fisher-Price announced a special edition Chatter telephone that can make and receive real phone calls. Engadget reports: Before you start planning on where to display it at y...
07:00 am - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot SEC Says GameStop Stock Surge Due To Individual Investors, Doesn't Recommend Policy Change
Oscar Gonzalez writes via CNET: In January, GameStop's stock price shot through the roof reaching a peak of $483. There were many questions about this sudden surge, especially from the Securities and ...
03:30 am - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Radiant Aims To Replace Diesel Generators With Small Nuclear Reactors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: California company Radiant has secured funding to develop a compact, portable, "low-cost" one-megawatt nuclear micro-reactor that fits in a shipping...
02:02 am - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot MIT Researchers Create 'Robotic' Textiles To Make Breath-Regulating Garments
A new kind of fiber developed by researchers at MIT and in Sweden can be made into clothing that senses how much it is being stretched or compressed, and then provides immediate tactile feedback in th...
01:25 am - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot PS5 Console Plate Makers Provoke Sony, Then Hit Legal Trouble
Earlier this year, device skin maker Dbrand released a set of black PS5 faceplates and baited Sony to sue them (because that's their shtick -- to come across sassy and harsh). Sony is now obliging. Ko...
12:45 am - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Why a Bitcoin ETF On Futures Might Not Be Such a Good Idea
Tomorrow morning, the ProShare Bitcoin Strategy ETF is scheduled to begin trading. "Before you rush headlong into this market, it's important to understand that there are crucial differences" between ...
12:02 am - Tue, October 19, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Plans To Hire 10,000 In Europe To Build 'Metaverse'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: Facebook said it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union over the next five years to work on a new computing platform that pro...
11:20 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot macOS Monterey Is Finally Rolling Out On October 25th
Along with new MacBook Pro models, Apple announced during its Mac event today that macOS Monterey will be available on Monday, Oct. 25. Gizmodo reports: As with macOS Big Sur before it, Monterey repre...
10:40 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Credit Card PINs Can Be Guessed Even When Covering the ATM Pad
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Researchers have proven it's possible to train a special-purpose deep-learning algorithm that can guess 4-digit card PINs 41% of the time, ev...
10:02 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Apple's 3rd-Generation AirPods Arrives Next Week With a New Design, Spatial Audio
At its Fall Mac event today, Apple announced the new third-generation AirPods, featuring a slightly revamped design with shorter stems and touch-based "force sensor" and support for spatial audio. Ars...
09:25 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot New York AG Orders Two Unregistered Crypto Lenders To Shut Down
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday ordered two unregistered cryptocurrency lending platforms to cease operating in the state within 10 days and requested three other platforms to send h...
08:45 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot US Treasury Says It Tied $5.2 Billion in BTC Transactions To Ransomware Payments
The financial crimes investigation unit of the US Treasury Department, also known as FinCEN, said last week it identified approximately $5.2 billion in outgoing Bitcoin transactions potentially tied t...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Apple Introduces M1 Pro and M1 Max
Apple today announced M1 Pro and M1 Max, its new chips for the Mac. Apple: M1 Pro and M1 Max introduce a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture to pro systems for the first time. The chips feature fast u...
07:21 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Apple Introduces New Polishing Cloth For All Devices, Sold Separately for $19
Alongside the new MacBook Pros, Apple has added a new first party polishing cloth to the Apple Store. The new polishing cloth is a soft white with an embossed Apple logo. From a report: Apple does not...
06:41 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot A New Credit Card Arrives -- With a Silicon Valley Twist
An anonymous reader shares a Wired report: When Deepak Rao founded his first startup, in 2011, he put all of his business expenses on two personal credit cards, with a combined credit limit of about $...
06:06 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Apple's MacBook Pro Models Get a Redesign, New Chips and MagSafe Charging
Apple just dropped a new version of the MacBook Pro that draws a much clearer line between the system and its perennial favorite thin-and-light sibling. From a report: The new system is powered by the...
05:25 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot At Amazon, Some Brands Get More Protection From Fakes Than Others
There are two classes of merchant on Amazon.com: those who get special protection from counterfeiters and those who don't. From a report: The first category includes sellers of some big-name brands, s...
04:45 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Amazon May Have Lied To Congress About Its Business Practices, Lawmakers Say
Five members of the Congressional Committee have accused Amazon's top executives of either misleading or blatantly lying to it about its business practices and said they are considering an investigati...
04:06 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Sinclair TV Stations Disrupted Across the US After Ransomware Attack
TV broadcasts for Sinclair-owned channels went down Sunday across the US in what the stations have described as technical issues, but which multiple sources told The Record to be a ransomware attack. ...
03:25 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Intel CEO Blames Predecessors For Manufacturing Woes
When it comes to Intel's recent manufacturing problems, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger places the blame squarely on his predecessors -- many of whom he notes were not engineers deeply steeped in chip technol...
02:44 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Canon Sued For $5 Million For Disabling Scanner When Printer Runs Out of Ink
couchslug writes: Canon, best nown for manufacturing camera equipment and printers for business and home users, is being sued for not allowing customers to use the scan or fax functions in multi-funct...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin Comes To the Big Board
Bitcoin has been on a tear in recent weeks, approaching record high prices above $60,000, as crypto enthusiasts anticipate history in the making. Tomorrow morning, ProShares will launch a long-awaitin...
11:34 am - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot You Can Now Play 'Doom' Via Twitter
"Why not play Doom using Twitter via short commands and videos?" Kotaku asks bored internet users. "Tweet2Doom is a new Twitter bot that started up in September of this year and which lets folks play ...
07:34 am - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot £1M Inaugural 'Earthshot' Prize Recognizes Creative Solutions to Climate Problems
"Five innovators on Sunday won 1 million pounds each at the inaugural awards ceremony for Prince Williams's Earthshot Prize," reports the Washington Post, calling the award "a kind of Oscars for green...
03:34 am - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot New Internal Documents Contradict Facebook's Claims that AI Can Enforce Its Rules
Today in the Wall Street Journal, Facebook's head of integrity, Guy Rosen, admitted that from April to June of this year, one in every 2,000 content views on Facebook still contained hate speech. (Alt...
01:44 am - Mon, October 18, 2021
Slashdot A Meteorite Crashed Through Somebody's Ceiling and Landed on Their Bed
The New York Times reports:Ruth Hamilton was fast asleep in her home in British Columbia when she awoke to the sound of her dog barking, followed by "an explosion." She jumped up and turned on the lig...
10:55 pm - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot International 'US Cyber Games' Competition Seeks Next Generation of Cybersecurity Experts
"As the United States seeks to shore up its defenses against cyberattacks, the country is seeking to harness the skills of some of the country's most promising young minds," reports the Washington Pos...
09:34 pm - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot 'Dirty Servers': The Untold Story of The Great Twitch Breach of 2014
A 2014 breach at Twitch "was so bad that Twitch essentially had to rebuild much of its code infrastructure because the company eventually decided to assume most of its servers were compromised," repor...
08:34 pm - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot New Study Finds Ridesharing Actually Increases Pollution, Congestion
Greg Bensinger of the New York Times editorial board argues ridesharing companies haven't delivered on their promises of well-paying driver jobs with less traffic congestion (let alone their predictio...
07:34 pm - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot The Moon Will Soon Have Its Own Internet
"Humanity will return to the lunar surface in 2024 as part of the Artemis program," writes the Auto Evolution site."However, before NASA begins shuttling people to our natural satellite, it has to bui...
06:34 pm - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot 5G Lobbyist Argues It May Be a Long Time Before Autonomous Vehicles Reach Cities
Slashdot reader dkatana shares IoT Times interview with Dr. Johannes Springer, Director General for the 5G Automotive Association, an EU lobbying group pushing for the inclusion of short-range 5G wire...
05:34 pm - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot Is the Comic Book Industry Dying or Thriving?
Somewhere on Yahoo, one writer asks "Is the comic book industry dying or thriving?"There was a time when comic books were sold at newsstands alongside mainstream publications, according to Forbes, but...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot Surprising US Intelligence, China Tested a Hypersonic Missile
"China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August," reports Reuters, "showing a capability that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise, the Financial Times reported, citing five unnamed sourc...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot The Ups and Downs of Bitcoin's First Month in El Salvador
One month ago El Salvador made bitcoin legal tender in the country. The Motley Fool looks at how it's playing out:Even before the launch, President Bukele's push for Bitcoin was not popular at home or...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot In New Sequel to 'The Circle', Dave Eggers Satirizes Algorithms Instead of Surveillance
Novelist Dave Eggers has just published a sequel to his 2013 dystopian tale of a tech company called The Circle — in which a low-tech crusader now tries to destroy the most powerful tech company...
11:34 am - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot Man Arrested Scamming for Amazon's Textbook Rental Service Out of $1.5 Million
"A 36-year-old man from Portage, Michigan, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly renting thousands of textbooks from Amazon and selling them rather than returning them," reports the Register:From Jan...
11:34 am - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot Man Arrested for Scamming Amazon's Textbook Rental Service Out of $1.5 Million
"A 36-year-old man from Portage, Michigan, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly renting thousands of textbooks from Amazon and selling them rather than returning them," reports the Register:From Jan...
07:34 am - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot Los Angeles Police Declare Ghost Guns an 'Epidemic,' Citing 400% Increase in Seizures
The Los Angeles Times reports that homemade (usually 3D-printed) "ghost guns" have contributed to more than 100 violent crimes this year, according to a report released Friday by the Los Angeles Polic...
04:34 am - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot Security Threat Analyst Accuses Microsoft of Hosting Malware on Office365's OneDrive
Slashdot reader juul_advocate quotes ITWire:A British tech researcher, who quit working as a security threat analyst with Microsoft a few months back, has called on his former employer to act speedily...
01:34 am - Sun, October 17, 2021
Slashdot Is It Time for Baseball to Adopt Robot Umpires?
The case for robot umpires in baseball got some new interest this week — especially for Silicon Valley's baseball fans. As America settled in to watch the final inning of this year's National Le...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Ransomware Summit Eyes Tighter Global Scrutiny for Crypto
Officials from 32 countries "recognize that ransomware is an escalating global security threat with serious economic and security consequences," according to a statement issued Thursday:From malign op...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot All-Remote GitLab Valued at $15B in NASDAQ's First-Ever Livestreamed IPO Day
"Long before the pandemic, software business GitLab operated fully remotely, building its developer tools without any physical office..." remembers Forbes. "The company went public on Thursday on Nasd...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot OpenBSD 7.0 Released
Long-time Slashdot reader ArchieBunker writes:Everyone's favorite security focused operating system OpenBSD released version 7.0 Thursday. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance enhancemen...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot American Bumblebees Have Disappeared From 8 States and Could Face Extinction
Long-time Slashdot reader phalse phace quotes USA Today:The dwindling populations of the American bumblebee and their complete disappearance from eight states has led to a call for the bee to be place...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Former 'Donkey Kong' Record Holder Billy Mitchell May Now Sue Twin Galaxies
"Billy Mitchell always has a plan," said Billy Mitchell in the 2007 documentary about Donkey Kong high scores, The King of Kong. And he tweeted the phrase again Wednesday. GameSpot explains why. "Bill...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Study Discovers Workers Maintained the Same Productivity With Shorter Work Weeks
Bloomberg reports:Even as the Covid-19 pandemic forced companies around the world to reimagine the workplace, researchers in Iceland were already conducting two trials of a shorter work week that invo...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Proposed Change Could Speed Python Dramatically
"One of Python's long-standing weaknesses, its inability to scale well in multithreaded environments, is the target of a new proposal among the core developers of the popular programming language," re...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin Tops $60,000, Rising 50% in 24 Days
Less than a month ago Bitcoin's price was $40,683. Last night it reached $61,369 — a gain of more than 50% in just 24 days. CNN attributes the October surge to "hopes that the Securities and Exc...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Amazon's Ring Doorbell Can Violate Your Neighbor's Privacy, a UK Judge Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A judge in the U.K. has ruled that a man infringed on his neighbor's privacy by using Amazon's Ring doorbell without prior consent. According to The G...
01:45 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot China Launches 6-Month Crewed Mission, Cements Position as Global Space Power
"China launched a three-person crew into space in the early hours of Saturday," reports CNN, calling it "a major step for the country's young space program, which is rapidly becoming one of the world'...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Russian Spacecraft's Thrusters Tilt the International Space Station - Again
"Unplanned thruster firings by a Russian spacecraft briefly knocked the International Space Station off-kilter Friday, the second such incident in less than three months," reports Space.com:The spacec...
10:00 am - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Epic Says It's 'Open' To Blockchain Games After Steam Bans Them
Epic tells The Verge that it's "open to games that support cryptocurrency or blockchain-based assets" on its game store, unlike its competitor Valve which has banned games that feature blockchain tech...
07:00 am - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Astronomers Spot First Known Exoplanet To Survive Its Dying Star
"In our new paper, published in Nature, we report the discovery of the first known exoplanet to survive the death of its star without having its orbit altered by other planets moving around -- circlin...
03:30 am - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Drones Have Now Been Used To Deliver Lungs For Medical Transplant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ExtremeTech: The world's first drone delivery of lungs has gone down in history as a success. Unither Bioelectronique, a bioengineering firm focused on organ t...
02:02 am - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Researchers Show Facebook's Ad Tools Can Target a Single User
A new research paper written by a team of academics and computer scientists from Spain and Austria has demonstrated that it's possible to use Facebook's targeting tools to deliver an ad exclusively to...
01:25 am - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Former Boeing 737 MAX Chief Technical Pilot Indicted For Fraud
Mark Forkner, Boeing's 737 Max chief technical pilot during the aircraft's development, has been charged with misleading aviation regulators about safety issues blamed for two fatal crashes of the 737...
12:45 am - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Jack Dorsey Says Square May Build Open-Source Bitcoin Mining System
Square CEO Jack Dorsey says the company is starting a "deep technical investigation" to create an open-source Bitcoin mining system. It comes as the price of Bitcoin passed $62,000 while threatening t...
12:02 am - Sat, October 16, 2021
Slashdot Tether Fined $41 Million For Lying About Fiat Currency Backing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Tether will pay $41 million to settle allegations it lied in claiming its digital tokens were fully backed by fiat currencies, putting a major compl...
11:20 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Pine64 Announces Updated PinePhone Pro Linux Powered Cellphone
Pine64 today announced its latest Linux-powered device, the PinePhone Pro, an update to the original PinePhone which sees a more powerful device running mainline Linux (Manjaro in this case) on a mobi...
10:40 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Valve Bans Blockchain Games and NFTs On Steam
Games that use blockchain technology or let users exchange NFTs or cryptocurrencies won't be allowed on Steam, according to a rule added to Valve's "What you shouldn't publish on Steam" list. The Verg...
10:02 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot 7-Eleven Breached Customer Privacy By Collecting Facial Imagery Without Consent
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: In Australia, the country's information commissioner has found that 7-Eleven breached customers' privacy by collecting their sensitive biometric informa...
09:25 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Google Modernizes US Mobile Search Results With Continuous Scrolling
Google has announced that it's changing the way search works on mobile devices, initially in the U.S. From a report: Now, when you reach the bottom of a set of search results on your phone, you won't ...
08:45 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Moscow Says It is First To Launch Large-scale Metro Facial ID Payment System
Moscow's sprawling metro network on Friday launched a fare payment system using facial recognition technology at its more than 240 stations, an initiative the authorities said was the first of its kin...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot They're Putting Guns on Robot Dogs Now
Quadrupedal robots are one of the most interesting developments in robotics in recent years. They're small, nimble, and able to traverse environments that frustrate wheeled machines. So, of course, it...
07:25 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Americans Perceive a Rise in Extreme Weather, Pew Finds
Americans are taking notice of extreme weather events, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. From a report: Two-thirds of Americans say extreme weather events in the U.S. have been occurring ...
06:46 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot South Korea Targets Apple Over New App Store Regulation
Apple was on a collision course with South Korea on Friday over new requirements that it stop forcing app developers to use its payment systems, with a government official warning of a possible invest...
06:02 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Apple Takes Down Koran App in China
Apple has taken down one of the world's most popular Koran apps in China, following a request from officials. From a report: Quran Majeed is available across the world on the App Store -- and has near...
05:23 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot The Fight for Sneakers
When Bodega, a streetwear shop in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, released a hyped, limited-edition New Balance 997S sneaker in 2019, the entire stock sold out online in under 10 minutes. There w...
04:41 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot People Are Taking Out Loans Against Their NFTs -- and Defaulting
In the ongoing speedrun to turn everything into a non-fungible token, savvy traders and entrepreneurs have recently taken a few steps to squeeze more investment opportunities out of their JPEGs. From ...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Peak Oil is Coming. That Won't Save the World
The shift to clean energy is sending the oil industry into decline. But the world needs a much more ambitious plan to save the climate and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. From a report: That's acc...
03:22 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot US Govt Reveals Three More Ransomware Attacks on Water Treatment Plants This Year
Ransomware gangs have silently hit three US water and wastewater treatment facilities this year, in 2021, the US government said in a joint cybersecurity advisory published today by the FBI, NSA, CISA...
02:45 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot New Zealand Council Ends Contract With Wizard After Two Decades of Service
The official Wizard of New Zealand, perhaps the only state-appointed wizard in the world, has been cast from the public payroll, spelling the end to a 23-year legacy. From a report: The Wizard, whose ...
02:03 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Hundreds of Banned Crypto Miners Were Siphoning Power at China's State Firms
China's drive to root out cryptocurrencies has uncovered hundreds of miners who were using electricity at public institutions, a development that comes as the nation struggles with a power crunch. Fro...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Chemicals Used In Packaging May Play Role In 100,000 US Deaths a Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The group of chemicals called phthalates, also known as plasticizers, may contribute to the early deaths of 91,000 to 107,000 older adults in the...
10:00 am - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot SEC Said To Allow Bitcoin Futures ETFs As Deadline Looms
The Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to allow the first U.S. Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund to begin trading in a watershed moment for the cryptocurrency industry, according to peopl...
07:00 am - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Acer Confirms It Was Hacked Again As Culprits Flaunt 60GB of Stolen Customer Data
For at least the second time in 2021, hackers have breached Acer's servers, this time plundering more than 60 gigabytes of data. HotHardware reports: Acer has confirmed that names, addresses, and phon...
03:30 am - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Countries Are Gathering In an Effort To Stop a Biodiversity Collapse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: As 20,000 government leaders, journalists, activists and celebrities from around the world prepare to descend on Glasgow for a crucial clim...
02:02 am - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot PowerPC Fork of Firefox Reaches End of the Road
Andrew Cunningham writes via Ars Technica: It has been well over a decade since PowerPC Macs roamed the earth -- so long that the Intel Macs that replaced them are themselves being replaced by somethi...
01:25 am - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Modular Framework Laptop Gets Marketplace For All Those Modules
Framework, makers of the modular 13.5-inch Framework laptop that's designed to be easily repaired and upgraded, has launched a dedicated marketplace filled with replacement parts and upgrades for its ...
12:45 am - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot OpenBSD 7.0 Released
ArchieBunker writes: Everyone's favorite security-focused operating system, OpenBSD, released version 7.0 today. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements, support for RISC-V pro...
12:02 am - Fri, October 15, 2021
Slashdot Site Allowing You To 'Skip the Interview' Launches, Then Promptly Shuts Down
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Protocol: A company proposing job-seekers ask past coworkers to pay money and "sponsor" them for a new job launched, and rather immediately shut down, its webs...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Starlink Will Provide Faster Internet Speeds On Airlines
Elon Musk touted SpaceX's plan to use Starlink for in-flight Wi-Fi, saying in a tweet on Thursday that the service could add "low latency ~half gigabit connectivity in the air!" CNBC reports: Starlink...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot An Unprecedented Wave of Online Bank Fraud Is Hitting Britain
An unprecedented wave of online bank fraud has been hitting Britain this year. "The country is the global epicenter for such attacks, according to five of the biggest British banks and more than a doz...
10:02 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Ted Cruz Says Bitcoin Mining Can Fix Texas' Crumbling Electric Grid
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Texas' energy grid has problems. Those issues were laid bare this past winter when a storm put the state in a deep freeze, causing blackouts for m...
09:21 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Canonical Releases Ubuntu Linux 21.10 Impish Indri
Following a brief beta-testing period, Ubuntu 21.10 has finally become available to download in the "final" stable form. BetaNews: Code-named "Impish Indri," this version of Ubuntu is not a Long Term ...
08:40 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot A Newspaper Informed Missouri About a Website Flaw. The Governor Accused it of 'Hacking'
On Thursday, Gov. Michael Parson (R) called a news conference to warn his state's citizens about a nefarious plot against a teachers' database by a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. From a re...
08:02 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Palm Is Trying To Make a Comeback, Again
Palm probably wasn't a name you were expecting to hear from again, but to the surprise of many, the company recently posted some teasers on Twitter foreshadowing a new gadget coming out later this mon...
07:24 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot $7 Trillion Worth of Stocks Are Exposed to Crypto Risks
Attention institutional investors: Whether you're a bonafide and laser-eyed true believer or a skeptical holdout, the risks from cryptocurrencies could be steadily "creeping" into your portfolio, acco...
06:44 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Apple Joins Blender's Development Fund To Support 3D Graphics Tool
Blender today announced that Apple has joined the Blender Development Fund to support continued development of the free open source 3D graphics tool. From a report: Alongside a contribution to the Dev...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot One of Facebook's Earliest Investors Says People Have Lost Trust in Company
Facebook has lost people's trust "for good reasons" and isn't responding well to whistle-blower claims that the social-media giant prioritizes profit over user safety, according to one of its earliest...
05:23 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused Waymo Cars Trying To Turn Around 'Every 5 Minutes'
A normally quiet neighborhood in San Francisco is buzzing about a sudden explosion of traffic. Neighbors say their Richmond District dead end street has suddenly become crowded with Waymo vehicles. Fr...
04:42 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Boeing Finds New Defect in Ongoing Struggle To Produce Dreamliner 787
Boeing and U.S. regulators said Thursday that some titanium 787 Dreamliner parts were improperly manufactured over the past three years, the latest in a series of problems to plague the wide-body airc...
04:01 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Neighbor Wins Privacy Row Over Smart Doorbell and Cameras
New submitter apcyberax writes: A judge has ruled that security cameras and a Ring doorbell installed in a house in Oxfordshire "unjustifiably invaded" the privacy of a neighbour, in a case that could...
03:22 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Vladimir Putin Says He Accepts Crypto as a Legitimate Currency For Making Payments
Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled tolerance of cryptocurrencies, which are drawing increasing scrutiny from regulators around the world amid fears they can be used for money laundering and cri...
02:40 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Shutting Down LinkedIn In China
phalse phace writes: Facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China, Microsoft has decided to shut down LinkedIn in the country. The announc...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Puts Its Own 'Brands' First
Amazon gives a leg up to hundreds of house brand and exclusive products that most people don't know are connected to Amazon. From a report: It took Robert Gomez about five months to get his Kaffe coff...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Amazon, Facebook Among Companies Facing FTC Warning Over Reviews
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: Companies including Amazon and Facebook could face fines over fake reviews or other misleading endorsements online, according to a warning from ...
10:00 am - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot The Mega65: A Modernization of the Canceled Commodore 65 Computer From 1991
Slashdot reader TommyROM writes: The Commodore 65 was a never-released computer slated to follow the fabled Commodore 64 from 1982. Developed between 1990 and 1991, it would have been the most powerfu...
07:03 am - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Acer Launches Bacteria-Resistant PCs
During its [email protected] event today, the company announced three new PCs -- a laptop, a two-in-one, and a tablet -- that will be joining its antimicrobial lineup. Ars Technica reports: Something is consi...
03:30 am - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Biden Administration Plans For Massive Expansion of Wind Farms Off US Coasts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: The Biden administration is planning to aggressively expand offshore wind energy capacity in the United States, potentially holding as many as seven new o...
01:30 am - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Aspirin Use To Prevent 1st Heart Attack or Stroke Should Be Curtailed, US Panel Says
Doctors should no longer routinely start most people who are at high risk of heart disease on a daily regimen of low-dose aspirin, according to new draft guidelines by a U.S. panel of experts. The New...
12:50 am - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot Apple Argues Against Allowing App Sideloading By Pointing Out Android's Malware Figures
Apple said today that one of the reasons it does not allow app sideloading or the use of third-party app stores on iOS is because of privacy and security reasons, pointing to the fact that Android see...
12:10 am - Thu, October 14, 2021
Slashdot How Coinbase Phishers Steal One-Time Passwords
An anonymous reader quotes a report from from Krebs on Security: A recent phishing campaign targeting Coinbase users shows thieves are getting smarter about phishing one-time passwords (OTPs) needed t...
11:30 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot 20 Years Later, Xbox Creator Apologizes To AMD CEO For Last-Minute Switch To Intel
The original Xbox was released 20 years ago next month, and to mark the upcoming anniversary, the console's designer has apologized to AMD's engineers and its CEO for Microsoft's last-minute decision ...
10:50 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Some of Verizon's Visible Cell Network Customers Say They've Been Hacked
Verizon's Visible network has confirmed that some accounts were accessed without authorization. Visible is a cell service owned and operated by Verizon that "pitches itself as a less expensive, 'all-d...
10:10 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot AI Fake-Face Generators Can Be Rewound To Reveal the Real Faces They Trained On
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Load up the website This Person Does Not Exist and it'll show you a human face, near-perfect in its realism yet totally fake. Refresh an...
09:30 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Cisco Wants To Climb Back the Way Microsoft Did
The networking giant says it has turned a corner in its attempt to adapt to the cloud era. From a report: Cisco is hardly a failure. It produces billions of dollars in annual profits and is generally ...
09:10 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Captain Kirk Safely Goes To Space and Back
New submitter pele writes: Captain Kirk alias William Shatner has just safely completed his first trip to space and back, and in the process has become the oldest person ever to have been to space. Mo...
08:49 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Activision Unveils Ricochet Anti-cheat System for Call of Duty
Activision unveiled its Ricochet anti-cheat system for Call of Duty games as it tries to attack a longstanding cheating problem that has frustrated a lot of players. From a report: The new system will...
08:15 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot China's Solar Power Has Reached Price Parity With Coal
Like everywhere else, China has seen the cost of solar power dive over the last decade, with a 63 percent drop between 2011 and 2018 alone. In line with that, the installation of solar has risen drama...
07:26 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot FAST, the World's Largest Radio Telescope, Zooms in on a Furious Cosmic Source
China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope has detected more than 1,600 fast radio bursts from a single enigmatic system. From a report: Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are one of the g...
06:49 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Google Says Fortnite's In-app Purchase Swap Was a Breach of Contract, Sues Epic
Epic Games keeps piling up lawsuits with app store owners. This time, Google is countersuing Epic for breach of contract. From a report: Epic signed contracts with both Google and Apple, pledging to u...
06:12 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Steaks Could Soon Become Champagne-Like Luxury, Says Boss of Europe's Top Meat Processor
The boss of Europe's top meat processor said beef will become a luxury like champagne because of the climate impact of producing it. From a report: "Beef is not going to be super climate friendly," Da...
05:22 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'
The global supply chain is slowing down at the very moment when Americans are demanding that it go into overdrive. The Atlantic: Is it just me, or does it feel like America is running out of everythin...
04:45 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Groups Launch 'How To Stop Facebook' Effort
A coalition of nonprofits on Wednesday debuted HowToStopFacebook.org, a fresh push to encourage greater government regulation of the social networking giant aimed at forcing the company to change its ...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Windows 11's First Update Makes AMD CPU Performance Even Worse
AMD warned last week that its chips are experiencing performance issues in Windows 11, and now Microsoft's first update to its new OS has reportedly made the problems worse. From a report: TechPowerUp...
03:28 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot US Overtakes China as Biggest Bitcoin Mining Hub After Beijing Ban
The US overtook China as the world's biggest source of bitcoin mining two months after Beijing banned crypto mining this year, new data have revealed. From a report: China's share of the global hashra...
02:54 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Agrees To Human Rights Review in Deals With Law Enforcement, Government
Microsoft, which has faced pressure from employees and shareholders over contracts with governments and law enforcement agencies, agreed to commission an independent human rights review of some of tho...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Copied Products and Rigged Search Results To Promote Its Own Brands, Documents Show
Amazon.com has been repeatedly accused of knocking off products it sells on its website and of exploiting its vast trove of internal data to promote its own merchandise at the expense of other sellers...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Apple Set to Cut iPhone Production Goals Due to Chip Crunch
Apple is likely to slash its projected iPhone 13 production targets for 2021 by as many as 10 million units as prolonged chip shortages hit its flagship product. Bloomberg reports: The company had exp...
10:00 am - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Computer Space Launched the Video Game Industry 50 Years Ago
In an article for The Conversation, Noah Wardrip-Fruin writes about how Computer Space marked the start of the $175 billion video game industry we have today when it debuted on Oct. 15, 1971 -- and wh...
07:00 am - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Netflix Calls Squid Game Its 'Biggest Ever Series At Launch'
Netflix's hugely popular series Squid Game has become its biggest title ever at launch, the company said Monday. The Verge reports: The company's Netflix Geeked account tweeted Monday that Hwang Dong-...
03:30 am - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Solar Panels On Half the World's Roofs Would Power the Planet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Conversation: Our new paper in Nature Communications presents a global assessment of how many rooftop solar panels we'd need to generate enough renewable e...
02:02 am - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Google Cloud Will Now Show Its Users Their Carbon Footprint In the Cloud
Google Cloud today announced a new (and free) feature that will provide its users with custom carbon footprint reports that detail the carbon emissions their cloud usage generates. TechCrunch reports:...
01:25 am - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Study Reveals Android Phones Constantly Snoop On Their Users
A new study (PDF) by a team of university researchers in the UK has unveiled a host of privacy issues that arise from using Android smartphones. BleepingComputer reports: The researchers have focused ...
12:45 am - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Robotics Engineer Adds a Working USB-C Port To An iPhone
Ken Pillonel, a robotics engineer on YouTube, replaced an iPhone's Lightning port with a working USB-C port. AppleInsider reports: In a YouTube Short titled "World's First USB-C iPhone," Ken Pillonel ...
12:02 am - Wed, October 13, 2021
Slashdot Best Buy's New $200/Yr Membership Locks PS5, Hot Holiday Items Behind Membership
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If you're still searching for a PS5 and are a Best Buy customer, your ship may have just come in -- that is, if you're willing to spend an extra ...
11:20 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot The Intercept Reveals Facebook's Secret Blacklist of 'Dangerous Individuals and Organizations'
Sam Biddle writes via The Intercept: To ward off accusations that it helps terrorists spread propaganda, Facebook has for many years barred users from speaking freely about people and groups it says p...
10:42 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Stripe Is Hiring a Crypto Team 3 Years After Ending Bitcoin Support
Payments company Stripe has begun assembling a crypto engineering team to chart its future in digital assets. CoinDesk reports: The team -- described in LinkedIn posts and job listings -- will be run ...
10:02 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Adobe Uses DMCA To Nuke Project That Keeps Flash Alive, Secure and Adware Free
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: In January 2021, development and support for Adobe Flash was discontinued. That marked the end of an era but in reality, Flash wasn't quite dead....
09:25 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Puts the Windows Subsystem for Linux in Its App Store for Faster Updating
Microsoft has announced that new WSL features will be even easier to get in the future. From a report: The company has posted a preview version of WSL to the Microsoft Store so that Windows 11 users c...
08:45 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft's Project Turing is Building AI to Rival Google and Open AI
An anonymous reader shares a report: Since 2017, Microsoft has pursued this goal under the name Project Turing, a team that's tasked with building these large language models and figuring out how they...
08:01 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Woman Allegedly Hacked Flight School, Cleared Planes With Maintenance Issues To Fly
A woman allegedly hacked into the systems of a flight training school in Florida to delete and tamper with information related to the school's airplanes. In some cases, planes that previously had main...
07:21 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Pentagon Says Hypersonic Weapons Are Too Expensive
The Pentagon wants defense contractors to cut the ultimate cost of hypersonic weapons, the head of research and development said on Tuesday, as the next generation of super-fast missiles being develop...
06:40 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot A Record Number of Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs, Empowered by New Leverage
The number of people quitting their jobs has surged to record highs, pushed by a combination of factors that include Americans sensing ample opportunity and better pay elsewhere. From a report: Some 4...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Magic Leap Somehow Raised $500 Million To Make Another AR Headset
Magic Leap has raised $500 million in funding and is preparing to release a new AR headset, the Magic Leap 2, next year, the company announced Monday. From a report: The headset will be generally avai...
05:25 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Coinbase is Launching a Marketplace for NFTs
Coinbase is getting into NFTs. The cryptocurrency exchange said Tuesday it plans to launch a marketplace that lets users mint, collect and trade NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. From a report: Users can ...
04:44 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Apple Announces October 18 Event After Months of Mac Rumors
Apple's next hardware event will take place on October 18th, according to invites it sent out today. From a report: The company is widely expected to use its second fall event to launch a pair of new ...
04:06 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Olympus Confirms US Cyberattack, Weeks After BlackMatter Ransomware Hit EMEA Systems
Japanese technology giant Olympus has confirmed it was hit by a cyberattack over the weekend that forced it to shut down its IT systems in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. From a report: In a state...
03:29 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Spectrum Threatens Former Customers In Renewal Shakedown
An anonymous reader writes: Spectrum has been sending former customers strange letters threatening to report them to the credit agencies unless they renew services, in attempt to win back their busine...
03:00 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Says It Mitigated a 2.4 Tbps DDoS Attack, the Largest Ever
Microsoft said its Azure cloud service mitigated a 2.4 terabytes per second (Tbps) distributed denial of service attack this year, at the end of August, representing the largest DDoS attack recorded t...
02:06 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Google Unveils Cybersecurity Programs and Action Team
An anonymous reader shares a report: By the end of 2021, cybercrime is expected to cost the world $6 trillion. And by 2025, this figure will climb to $10.5 trillion, according to Cybersecurity Venture...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Neuroscientists Claim To Have Pinpointed the Brain States Unique To 'Team Flow'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceAlert: At some point in life, you have probably enjoyed a 'flow' state -- when you're so intensely focused on a task or activity, you experience a stron...
10:00 am - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Peter Norvig Leaves Google To Join Stanford AI Unit
Artificial intelligence expert Peter Norvig is joining the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI this fall as a Distinguished Education Fellow, with the task of developing tools and materials to ex...
07:00 am - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Star Trek's William Shatner On His Plan To Boldly Go Into Space
In an interview with Gayle King on "CBS Mornings," Star Trek's William Shatner talks about his plan to boldly go into space, becoming the oldest person to do so. He's planning to launch to the final f...
03:30 am - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot China's Noisy 'Dancing Grannies' Silenced By Device That Disables Speakers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Across China's public parks and squares, in the early hours of the morning or late in the afternoon, the grannies gather. The gangs, made up most...
02:10 am - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Is Nuclear Energy Green Energy? 10 EU Countries Call On Brussels To Add It To the List
"A group of ten EU countries, led by France, have asked the European Commission to recognize nuclear power as a low-carbon energy source that should be part of the bloc's decades-long transition towar...
01:30 am - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Google's Fuchsia Is Expanding To 'Additional Smart Devices and Other Form Factors'
According to new job listings, Google is looking to expand the Fuchsia operating system from its current home on the Nest Hub to âoeadditional smart devices and other form factors." 9to5Google re...
12:50 am - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Germany Unveils First Self-Driving Train
German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and industrial group Siemens on Monday unveiled the world's first automated, driverless train in the city of Hamburg, billing it as more punctual and energy efficien...
12:10 am - Tue, October 12, 2021
Slashdot Credit-Card Firms Are Becoming Reluctant Regulators of the Web
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Economist: Who should police the internet? For some time now the question has tied companies, regulators and campaigners in knots. Social networks spend bi...
11:30 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Florida Judge Rules Section 230 Bars Defamation Claim Against the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation wins Florida defamation case; intermediary protections effectively protect Wikipedia article. From a story: On September 15th, in a victory for the Wikimedia movement and for ...
10:50 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot LibreOffice, OpenOffice Bug Allows Hackers To Spoof Signed Docs
LibreOffice and OpenOffice have pushed updates to address a vulnerability that makes it possible for an attacker to manipulate documents to appear as signed by a trusted source. Although the severity ...
10:10 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot China Has Won AI Battle With US, Pentagon's Ex-software Chief Says
China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the Pentagon's former software chief told the Fin...
09:30 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Sony To Join TSMC On New $7 Billion Chip Plant In Japan
TSMC, the world's largest contract chipmaker, and Sony are considering joint construction of a semiconductor factory in western Japan amid a global chip shortage, Nikkei has learned. From the report: ...
08:50 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Nintendo Throws Rare Bone To Modern EU Gamers Via N64 60 Hz Toggle
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Monday, Nintendo of Europe announced a very region-specific -- and era-specific -- tweak for its upcoming collection of N64 games on Switch: a...
08:09 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Warns of New Windows 11 Problems With Apps Using Unusual Registry Keys
Microsoft has shared details of a new known issue with Windows 11. The company has confirmed that a problem exists with apps that use certain characters in registry keys. From a report: As a result of...
07:28 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Google Pulls 'Stalkerware' Ads That Promoted Phone Spying Apps
Google has pulled several "stalkerware" ads that violated its policies by promoting apps that encouraged prospective users to spy on their spouses' phone. From a report: These consumer-grade spyware a...
06:47 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Will Allow Many Employees To Work Remotely Indefinitely
Amazon will allow many tech and corporate workers to continue working remotely indefinitely, as long as they are able to commute to the office when necessary, according to a blog posted Monday. From a...
06:13 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Apple Decides Its Victory Against Epic Wasn't Enough -- It Wants a Total Win
Apple wants another go in its legal battle against Epic Games. From a report: On Friday night, Apple announced it would ask for a stay on a judge's September order saying Apple would have to allow app...
05:33 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Can Nuclear Fusion Put the Brakes on Climate Change?
Amid an escalating crisis, the power source offers a dream -- or a pipe dream -- of limitless clean energy. From a report: Let's say that you've devoted your entire adult life to developing a carbon-f...
04:45 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot 'We're in a Hurry.' Qualcomm New CEO Scrambles To Cope With a Global Chip Crisis.
Cristiano Amon is the new boss of Qualcomm, a U.S. tech giant that designs semiconductors. His first task: Convince companies to make more chips for him -- and fast. From a report: Months before Crist...
04:03 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Facebook To Act on Illegal Sale of Amazon Rainforest
Facebook says it will begin clamping down on the illegal sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest on its site. From a report: The social media giant changed its policy following a BBC investig...
03:22 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Telkom Says Netflix No Longer Available on South Africa Provider
Telkom SA said Netflix will no longer be available on the South African phone and internet company's set-top box from October. From a report: A deal between the parties has come to an end and will not...
02:42 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Epic Games May Make Fortnite Movie as Part of Entertainment Expansion
Epic Games is considering launching an entertainment division focused on scripted video programming, The Information reported Monday, citing people familiar with the situation. From the report: The ma...
02:08 pm - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Ex-minister Predicts 'Huge Battleground' Over UK's Plan To Set Internet Content Rules
The former UK minster of state for what is now the digital and culture department, DCMS, has warned of the looming battle in parliament over the exact shape of incoming online safety legislation. From...
11:34 am - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Facebook's Success Was Built on Algorithms. Can They Also Fix It?
Experts tell CNN that Facebook's algorithms could be improved. "It will, however, require something Facebook has so far appeared reluctant to offer (despite executive talking points): more transparenc...
07:34 am - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot The Sad Tale of a Silicon Valley-Funded, Libertarian 'Startup City'
RestOfWorld.org tells the story of a libertarian 'startup city' in Honduras that was "supposed to be a privatized, Silicon Valley-funded paradise." Co-founded by 37-year-old Venezuelan Erick Brimen, ...
03:34 am - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Is It Time to Stop Paying For a VPN?
"I'm done with paying for a virtual private network," writes the New York Times' lead consumer technology writer. [Alternate URLs here and here.]The reality is that web security has improved so much i...
01:34 am - Mon, October 11, 2021
Slashdot Snapchat is Boosting Its Efforts To Root Out Drug Dealers
Deadly counterfeit versions of prescription medications are "widely available on social media platforms," reports NBC News, and "2 in 5 of those seized and tested in the United States contain enough f...
11:11 pm - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot PETA Criticizes 'Far Cry 6' On Its Choice of Animal-Themed Minigame
"The recently released Far Cry 6 video game from Ubisoft has drawn the ire of the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)," reports ComicBook.com:While PETA has b...
10:11 pm - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot Facebook VP Suggests a Fix: a Prompt Urging Teen Instagram Users to 'Take a Break'
"Facebook is trying to mend its reputation in the wake of whisleblower Frances Haugen's testimony," reports Engadget, "and that includes promises of features lessening the potential harm for teens." C...
08:59 pm - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot What Really Motivated the Breaches of Twitch and Epik?
The Washington Post explores recent breaches at Twitch and Epik — and asks whether they really signal an upsurge in "hacktivism":The perpetrators of these hacks are distancing themselves from fi...
07:54 pm - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot All Linux and Mac Computers Get Their Time Zones From the Same Database
"All Linux and Mac-based computers pull their time zones from a massively important database — the time zone database," explains Medium's tech site OneZero. And this vastly crucial project is ul...
06:34 pm - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot California To Ban Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers and Mowers
"California will soon ban the sale of new gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers," reports the Associated Press, calling it "a move aimed at curbing emissions from a category of small engines on pac...
05:34 pm - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot Former Facebook Staffers React to Company's Unapologetic Response to Whistleblower
"Facebook's efforts to undermine the testimony of whistleblower Frances Haugen began before she even left the Senate Commerce Committee hearing room Tuesday," reports Protocol.com:"Just pointing out t...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot New 'FontOnLake' Malware Family Can Target Linux Systems
Security Week reports:A previously unknown, modular malware family that targets Linux systems has been used in targeted attacks to collect credentials and gain access to victim systems, ESET reported ...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot Chrome Attempts to Resurrect RSS With a New-Tab Feature That 'Follows' Your Favorite Sites
It's kind of like an RSS feed — and kind of not. Google now lets you "follow" your favorite web sites with Android versions of Chrome, reports Gizmodo:The feature has a similar effect to followi...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot New Studies Argue Distant Cosmic Gamma-Ray Explosion Was Actually Just Russian Space Junk
"Last year, a team of astronomers made a blockbuster claim, saying they had captured the most distant cosmic explosion ever — a gamma ray burst in a galaxy called GN-z11," reports Science magazi...
11:34 am - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot Could Bitcoin Mining Really Provide Crucial Demand For Nuclear Power?
Gizmodo takes a hard look at a "growing sense of excitement" about collaboration between bitcoin-mining operations and nuclear power plants (which are now plagued by high operating costs compared to r...
07:34 am - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot The Best Part of Windows 11 Is Its Linux, Argues Ars Technica
The best part of Windows 11 is Linux, argues Ars Technica:For years now, Windows 10's Windows Subsystem for Linux has been making life easier for developers, sysadmins, and hobbyists who have one foot...
03:34 am - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot With Fewer Chips, Automakers Are Prioritizing High-Markup Vehicles, Offering Fewer Deals
When automakers were forced to make fewer vehicles with the chips they had available, Business Insider reports that "Naturally, they chose to prioritize those models that had the highest demand and ma...
01:34 am - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot Lebanon's National Electricity Grid Collapses
"Lebanon's electricity network collapsed on Saturday," reports the Washington Post, "after the two most important power stations ran out of fuel, leaving private generators as the only source of power...
12:04 am - Sun, October 10, 2021
Slashdot Python Core Developers Release Version 3.10 -- First Major Release Since Transition from Python 2
ZDNet reports:"Python 3.10.0 is the newest major release of the Python programming language, and it contains many new features and optimizations," CPython maintainers announced in a blogpost... One of...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot Beating C and Java, Python Becomes the 1 Most Popular Programming Language, Says TIOBE
ZDNet reports that Python "is now the most popular language, according to one popularity ranking." "For the first time in more than 20 years we have a new leader of the pack..." the TIOBE Index announ...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot Should US Tax Collectors Get Reports From Banks About All Accounts Over $600?
An anonymous reader tipped us off to a proposed new U.S. policy which would require banks, credit unions and other financial companies to submit reports on most of their accounts to the tax-collectors...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot New Data: Tech Companies Expand Hiring From 'Tech Hubs' to 'All Over The Place'
"Just two years ago the metropolitan areas that serve as the nation's technology hubs seemed to be sucking tech jobs away from other parts of the country," remembers business writer Peter Coy in the N...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot US Flight Traffic Controllers Complain Military Tests Interfered with GPS Signals
IEEE Spectrum reports that air traffic controllers for America's Federal Aviation Administration "were confused and frustrated by an increase in military tests that interfered with GPS signals for civ...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot Former Employees Allege Most of Ozy's 26M Newsletter Subscribers Were Purchased, Borrowed, or Kept Against Their Will
Eight days ago Ozy announced it was shutting down after reports that the news site bought traffic, overstated its cable deals, and at one point even had its Chief Operating Officer impersonate a YouTu...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot US Government Investigators Still Believe Havana Syndrome is a Directed-Energy Attack
The U.S. government's investigation into Havana Syndrome "is turning up new evidence that the symptoms are the result of directed-energy attacks," reports Politico, citing five U.S. lawmakers and offi...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot Did Death Cheat Stephen Hawking of a Nobel Prize?
"Did death cheat Stephen Hawking of a Nobel Prize?" asks the New York Times:When the iconic physicist died on March 14, 2018, data was already in hand that could confirm an ominous and far-reaching pr...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot 3 Degrees Warmer, with Twice as Many 100-Degree Days: How Climate Change Will Affect Texas
The Texas Tribune (an Austin-based non-profit digital news site) reports that climate change "has made the Texas heat worse, with less relief as nighttime temperatures warm, a report from the state's ...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot FSF Warns Windows 11 'Deprives Users of Freedom and Digital Autonomy'
"October 5 marks the official release of Windows 11, a new version of the operating system that doesn't do anything at all to counteract Windows' long history of depriving users of freedom and digital...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot Firefox Now Sends Your Address Bar Keystrokes To Mozilla
An anonymous reader quotes a report from How-To Geek: Firefox now sends more data than you might think to Mozilla. To power Firefox Suggest, Firefox sends the keystrokes you type into your address bar...
10:00 am - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot PC Building Simulator Is Free On the Epic Games Store
PC Building Simulator is currently free on the Epic Games Store until October 17th. The Verge reports: Like the majority of sim games, PCBS speaks to a very specific type of fantasy. If your idea of a...
07:00 am - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot Astronaut Spots Rare and Ethereal 'Transient Luminous Event' From ISS
"Transient luminous event" sounds like a euphemism for a ghost, but it's actually a beautiful phenomenon that can sometimes be seen from the International Space Station. European Space Agency astronau...
03:30 am - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot White House Weighs Wide-Ranging Push For Crypto Oversight
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The Biden administration is weighing an executive order on cryptocurrencies as part of an effort to set up a government-wide approach to the white-h...
02:02 am - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot Neuroscientists Roll Out First Comprehensive Atlas of Brain Cells
A slew of 17 studies reveals the first comprehensive list of all cell types in the primary motor complex, offering "a starting point for tracing cellular networks to understand how they control our bo...
01:25 am - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot Xbox's Cloud Streaming Upgrade Means You Might Not Need A Series X
Speaking to The Verge, representatives for Microsoft confirmed that Xbox cloud gaming now runs entirely on Xbox Series X hardware, wrapping up a backend upgrade that quietly kicked off over the summer...
12:45 am - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot Google Warns 14,000 Gmail Users Targeted By Russian Hackers
Google has warned about 14,000 of its users about being targeted in a state-sponsored phishing campaign from APT28, a threat group that has been linked to Russia. BleepingComputer reports: Shane Huntl...
12:02 am - Sat, October 9, 2021
Slashdot 136 Countries Agree To Minimum Corporate Tax Rate
A group of 136 countries have agreed to a global treaty that would tax large multinationals at a minimum rate of 15% and require companies to pay taxes in the countries where they do business. CNN rep...
11:20 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot iPhone Apps No Better For Privacy Than Android, Oxford Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tom's Guide: A new survey has reached a startling conclusion: iPhone apps tend to violate your privacy just as often as Android apps do. "Overall, we find that...
10:41 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot The Rise of the Robo-Voices
The next time you see a movie or TV show that was dubbed from a foreign language, the voices you hear may not belong to actors who rerecorded dialogue in a sound booth. In fact, they may not belong to...
10:01 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Mathematicians Prove Melting Ice Stays Smooth
After decades of effort, mathematicians now have a complete understanding of the complicated equations that model the motion of free boundaries, like the one between ice and water.Read more of this st...
09:20 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk's SpaceX Hits $100 Billion Valuation
The valuation of Elon Musk's SpaceX crossed $100 billion following a share sale by existing investors announced this week. CNBC reports: SpaceX has an agreement with new and existing investors to sell...
08:40 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot BrewDog Exposes Data of 200,000 Customers and Shareholders
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechRadar: BrewDog, one of the world's largest craft beer brewers, has exposed personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to more than 200,000 of its ...
07:50 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Says Some of Its Services Are Having Issues Again
Instagram has been experiencing issues for many of us here at The Verge, but it turns out that the problem might be broader than that, according to a statement from Facebook. From a report: "We're awa...
07:25 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Anyone Seen Tether's Billions?
A wild search for the U.S. dollars supposedly backing the stablecoin at the center of the global cryptocurrency trade --- and in the crosshairs of U.S. regulators and prosecutors. From a report: In Ju...
06:45 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot The Ship That Became a Bomb
Stranded in Yemen's war zone, a decaying supertanker has more than a million barrels of oil aboard. If -- or when -- it explodes or sinks, thousands may die. From a report: Soon, a vast, decrepit oil ...
06:04 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Google Exec Calls on Apple To Adopt Better, More Secure Text Messaging
Google executive Hiroshi Lockheimer has called on Apple to adopt the Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol that would enable improved and more secure messaging between iPhone and Android devices....
05:25 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Bans Developer Behind Unfollow Everything Tool
A developer who made a tool that let people automatically unfollow friends and groups on Facebook says he's been banned permanently from the social networking site. From a report: Louis Barclay was th...
04:58 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot EU Questions Microsoft Rivals Over Teams Integration in Office
EU antitrust regulators are following up on a complaint by Slack by asking Microsoft's rivals if its Teams app integrated with its Office product gives it greater clout, in a sign that they could open...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Google To Give Security Keys To 'High Risk' Users Targeted by Government Hackers
Google has said it will provide 10,000 "high-risk" users with free hardware security keys, days after the company warned thousands of Gmail users that they were targeted by state-sponsored hackers. Fr...
03:38 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Twitch Defaced With Pictures of Jeff Bezos
Hackers have managed to deface Twitch for a few hours this morning, replacing a number of background game images with photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. From a report: Users reported seeing images of Be...
03:28 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Twitch Defaced With Pictures of Jeff Bezos
Hackers have managed to deface Twitch for a few hours this morning, replacing a number of background game images with photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. From a report: Users reported seeing images of Be...
02:41 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney Calls Out Apple for Promoting Its Services in the iPhone Settings Screen
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, whose high-profile antitrust lawsuit against Apple is now under appeal, is today calling out the iPhone maker for giving itself access to an advertising slot its competitor...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Has Committed To Right To Repair
Microsoft just promised it's going to make it easier for its customers to repair the products it sells in the near future. As first reported by Grist, the company will study the environmental impact o...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Car Thieves Arrested After Using $27,000 Game Boy Device
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A gang of car thieves used a handheld device disguised as a Nintendo Game Boy to steal vehicles worth $245,000. Dylan Armer, Christopher Bowes and Tho...
10:00 am - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot US Department of Justice Creates Cryptocurrency Enforcement Unit
The US Department of Justice has created a team to investigate cryptocurrency-related crime. The Verge reports: The National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET) will handle investigations of "crime...
07:00 am - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot WSU Will Lead $125 Million Global Project To Find, Analyze Animal Viruses
Washington State University this week launched a new $125 million program to collect and analyze animal viruses with the aim of preventing the next pandemic. GeekWire reports: The program is funded wi...
03:30 am - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Hackers of SolarWinds Stole Data On US Sanctions Policy, Intelligence Probes
An anonymous reader writes: The suspected Russian hackers who used SolarWinds and Microsoft software to burrow into U.S. federal agencies emerged with information about counter-intelligence investigat...
02:02 am - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Intel Not Considering UK Chip Factory After Brexit
The boss of Intel says the US chipmaker is no longer considering building a factory in the UK because of Brexit. The BBC reports: Pat Gelsinger told the BBC that before the UK left the EU, the country...
01:25 am - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Google and YouTube Will Cut Off Ad Money For Climate Change Deniers
Google will no longer allow advertisers, publishers, and YouTube creators to monetize content that denies the existence of climate change. The Verge reports: The company detailed the changes in a supp...
12:45 am - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Zodiac Expert Calls 'Bullshit' On Possible ID of Zodiac Killer
"Tom Voigt, a Zodiac Killer expert and author who runs ZodiacKiller.com, pulls no punches when commenting on the story picked up by FoxNews that is now being posted at various news outlets including S...
12:02 am - Fri, October 8, 2021
Slashdot Tesla Moves Headquarters From California To Texas
phalse phace writes: During Tesla's shareholder meeting today, CEO Elon Musk announced that the company's headquarters will be moving from California to Texas, making good on his threat to do so after...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Steve Jobs Tried To Convince Dell To License Mac Software
It's been 10 years since the death of Steve Jobs. Michael Dell talks about his memories of the tech icon, including when Jobs tried to convince Dell to license Mac software to run on Intel-based PCs. ...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Comcast's Sky Jumping Into Television Business With Sky Glass
phalse phace shares a report from The Verge: British Satellite broadcaster Sky is moving away from the satellite dishes that have defined its TV service for decades. Sky Glass is launching today, an a...
10:00 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Cloudflare Doesn't Have To Cut Off Copyright-Infringing Websites, Judge Rules
An anonymous reader writes: Cloudflare is not liable for the copyright infringement of websites that use its content-delivery and security services, a federal judge ruled yesterday. Cloudflare was sue...
09:25 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Mnuchin Says Crypto Stablecoins 'Shouldn't Be Like Casino Chips'
With U.S. financial officials poised to to issue a report on stablecoins, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the cryptocurrencies designed to be pegged to other assets such as the doll...
08:45 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Ireland Signs On To Global Deal Seeking To Curb Tax Avoidance
Ireland, a low-tax country that is the European headquarters to some of the largest U.S. technology companies, said it would join a global agreement to set a minimum rate of 15% for taxing corporate p...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Taiwan's TSMC, After US Request, Says It Won't Leak Sensitive Info
Taiwan chipmaker TSMC will not leak any sensitive company information as part of a White House request for details on the ongoing semiconductor crisis that has forced cuts to U.S. auto production, the...
07:25 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft: Russia Behind 58% of Detected State-backed Hacks
Russia accounted for most state-sponsored hacking detected by Microsoft over the past year, with a 58% share, mostly targeting government agencies and think tanks in the United States, followed by Ukr...
06:45 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Firefox Now Shows Ads As Sponsored Address Bar Suggestions
waspleg writes: Mozilla is now showing ads in the form of sponsored Firefox contextual suggestions when U.S. users type in the URL address bar. Mozilla says the feature was introduced with Firefox 92 ...
06:05 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Makes a Mouse From Recycled Ocean Plastic
New submitter myinnerbanjo writes: With plastics in oceans becoming more and more of a global disaster, Microsoft uses recycled ocean plastic to create a new computer mouse:"We wanted to do something ...
05:25 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Africa Internet Riches Plundered, Contested by China Broker
An anonymous reader shares a report: Outsiders have long profited from Africa's riches of gold, diamonds, and even people. Digital resources have proven no different. Millions of internet addresses as...
04:41 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Norway To Hit 100% Electric Vehicle Sales Early Next Year
Norway is on track to bid farewell to the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars by April 2022, according to new analysis released by the Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF). From a report: Acco...
04:04 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle With Covid-19 Worker Shortages
Italian winemakers have increasingly relied on migrant workers for the autumn harvest, but travel restrictions and soaring wage costs are pushing many to turn to machines. From a report: Last year's g...
03:21 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Twitch's Security Problems Started Long Before This Week's Hack
A massive security breach at Twitch has exposed a wealth of information pertaining to the website's source code, unreleased projects, and even how much the top streamers make. As data analysts and jou...
02:45 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Apple App Store Payment Rules Anti-competitive, Dutch Watchdog Finds
The Dutch antitrust authority has found that Apple's rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system are anti-competitive and ordered it to make changes, Reuters reported on Thurs...
02:02 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Apple and Google Under Antitrust Scrutiny in Japan for Mobile OS
Japan's Fair Trade Commission will investigate whether Apple and Google are leveraging their dominance in the smartphone operating system market to eliminate competition and severely limit options for...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot US To Tell Critical Rail, Air Companies To Report Hacks, Name Cyber Chiefs
The Transportation Security Administration will introduce new regulations that compel the most important U.S. railroad and airport operators to improve their cybersecurity procedures, Homeland Securit...
10:00 am - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Valve Opens Up a Steam Deck To Explain Why It Thinks You Shouldn't
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Valve has posted an official teardown of its upcoming handheld gaming PC, the Steam Deck. Before diving into the teardown, though, the company spend...
07:00 am - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot A French Company Is Using Enzymes To Recycle One of the Most Common Single-Use Plastics
In late September, Carbios, a French startup, opened a demonstration plant in central France to test the use of enzymes to recycle PET, one of the most common single-use plastics and the material used...
03:30 am - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot A Controversial Autism Treatment Is About To Become a Very Big Business
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: At Duke University's Marcus Center for Cellular Cures, parents can enroll their children into a number of clinical trials that aim to study the ef...
02:02 am - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot GitHub Removes GTA Fan Projects re3 and reVC Following New Take-Two DMCA Notice
After Take-Two Interactive sent a legal letter to Github referencing a copyright infringement lawsuit against the people behind the popular re3 and reVC Grand Theft Auto fan projects, Github has now r...
01:25 am - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Google Maps Can Now Show You the Most Fuel-Efficient Route
Google has introduced a number of new "eco-friendly routing" tools to Google Maps, including the ability to view the route that's most fuel-efficient, and how much you can save on fuel with a slight d...
12:45 am - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Shares Windows 11 TPM Check Bypass For Unsupported PCs
Microsoft has published a new support webpage where they provide an official method to bypass the TPM 2.0 and CPU checks (TPM 1.2 is still required) and have Windows 11 installed on unsupported system...
12:01 am - Thu, October 7, 2021
Slashdot A Blank Wall Can Show How Many People Are in a Room and What They're Doing
Stare at a blank wall in any room, and you are unlikely to learn much more than the paint color. But a new technology can inconspicuously scan the same surface for shadows and reflections imperceptibl...
11:20 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Apple Says Apps Must Offer a Way To Delete Your Account Starting In Early 2022
Apple says that as of January 31st, 2022, all applications will need to offer people a method of deleting their accounts. This applies to all iOS, iPadOS and macOS apps. Engadget reports: The company ...
10:40 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot China PCR Purchases Spiked In Months Before First Known Covid Cases, Firm Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The Chinese province that was the initial epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak made significant purchases of equipment used to test for infectious dis...
10:02 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Windows 11 Might Tank Ryzen CPU Performance, AMD Warns
AMD said Windows 11 can cut game performance on Ryzen CPUs by 10 to 15 percent, and the operating system may not utilize AMD's "preferred core" technology, but a fix is in the works. PCWorld reports: ...
09:25 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot European Parliament Calls For a Ban On Facial Recognition
The European Parliament today called for a ban on police use of facial recognition technology in public places, and on predictive policing, a controversial practice that involves using AI tools in hop...
08:45 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Navy Facebook Account Hacked To Stream 'Age of Empires'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The U.S. Navy has lost control of the official Facebook page for its destroyer-class warship, the USS Kidd. Someone has hacked the page and, for t...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Earth Is Getting Dimmer
Earth is losing some of its glow, a study published in Geophysical Research Letters last week shows. It appears climate change and a natural climate shift have essentially scuffed up our planet. From ...
07:20 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot US Presses Crypto Exchanges To Block Ransomware Profits
The Justice Department is creating a new team to investigate and prevent hackers from using cryptocurrency exchanges to remain anonymous while extorting money from victims of their attacks, Deputy Att...
06:41 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Cold Case Team Says It Has Identified the Zodiac Killer
A team of more than 40 specialists believes that they have identified the Zodiac Killer, an unnamed serial murderer who operated in the San Fransisco Bay area in the 1960s. From a report: The Case Bre...
06:11 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot How Downdetector Has Become Go-To Site for Online Disruptions
An anonymous reader shares a report: When Facebook's platforms went down early on Oct. 4, the online tracker Downdetector was among the first places users looked to find out what was happening. Downde...
05:24 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Twitch Source Code and Business Data Leaked
An unknown individual has leaked the source code and business data of video streaming platform Twitch via a torrent file posted on the 4chan discussion board earlier today. From a report: The leaker s...
04:45 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Historic Go-ahead for Malaria Vaccine To Protect African Children
Children across much of Africa are to be vaccinated against malaria in a historic moment in the fight against the deadly disease. From a report: Malaria has been one of the biggest scourges on humanit...
04:00 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Russia Tells Its Space Reporters To Stop Reporting On the Space Program
FallOutBoyTonto writes: It is safe to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a fan of independent media. In the run-up to elections last month, Putin declared almost every independent media ...
03:21 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Google To Invest $1 Billion in Africa Over Five Years
Google plans to invest $1 billion in Africa over the next five years to ensure access to fast and cheaper internet and will back startups to support the continent's digital transformation, it said on ...
02:40 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Apple To Face EU Antitrust Charge Over NFC Chip
Apple will be hit with an EU antitrust charge over its NFC chip technology -- Reuters reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter -- a move that puts it at risk of a possible hefty fine...
02:00 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded To Scientists for Creating a Tool To Build Molecules
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan for their development of a new tool to build molecules, work that has spurred advances in pharmaceutical...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot D-Wave Announces New Hardware, Compiler, and Plans For Quantum Computing
On Tuesday, D-Wave released its roadmap for upcoming processors and software for its quantum annealers. The company is also announcing that it's going to be developing its own gate-based hardware, whi...
10:00 am - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Instagram Ditches the IGTV Brand, Combines Everything But Reels Into An 'Instagram Video' Format
On Tuesday, Instagram announced that it will now combine IGTV's long-form video and Instagram Feed videos into a new format called simply "Instagram Video." TechCrunch reports: These videos, both long...
07:00 am - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Sony Planning To Make PS3, Vita Stores Nearly Unusable
As spotted by Kotaku, Sony has decided to discontinue credit card and PayPal payment options for both the PS3 and the PS Vita on October 27th, 2021, making it frustratingly difficult to use these stor...
03:30 am - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot UN Report Warns of Global Water Crisis Amid Climate Change
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: Much of the world is unprepared for the floods, hurricanes and droughts expected to worsen with climate change and urgently needs better ...
02:02 am - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Scientists Have Successfully Recorded Data To DNA In a Few Short Minutes
Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a new method for recording information to DNA that takes minutes rather than hours or days. Interesting Engineering reports: The researchers utilize...
01:25 am - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Google Is About To Turn On Two-Factor Authentication By Default For Millions of Users
Google is reminding us that it will enable two-factor authentication for 150 million more accounts by the end of this year. The Verge reports: In 2018, Google said that only 10 percent of its active a...
12:45 am - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot Oculus Quest Becomes a Paperweight When Facebook Goes Down
When Facebook went down yesterday for nearly six hours, so did Oculus' services. Since Facebook owns VR headset maker Oculus, and controversially requires Oculus Quest users to log in with a Facebook ...
12:02 am - Wed, October 6, 2021
Slashdot The Nation's Largest Public Library System Is Ending Late Fees Forever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The largest public library system in the country has become the latest to eliminate all late fees. Effective immediately, the New York Public Library syst...
11:20 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft's .NET Foundation Under Fire As Resigning Board Member Questions Its Role
The role of Microsoft's .NET Foundation, set up for the governance and support of open-source .NET and related projects, has been questioned by a former board member who resigned in frustration. Here'...
10:40 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Telegram Founder Says Over 70 Million New Users Joined During Facebook Outage
Messaging app Telegram gained over 70 million new users during Monday's Facebook outage, its founder Pavel Durov said on Tuesday, as people worldwide were left without key messaging services for nearl...
10:00 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Activists Are Designing Mesh Networks To Deploy During Civil Unrest
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: [O]rganizers and programmers with the Mycelium Mesh Project are [...] designing a decentralized, off-grid mesh network for text communications tha...
09:22 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot NASA's 'Armageddon'-style Asteroid Deflection Mission Takes Off Next Month
NASA has a launch date for that most Hollywood of missions, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, which is basically a dry run of the movie "Armageddon." From a report: Unlike the film, this will not ...
08:42 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Explains How It Keeps PC Makers Happy While Also Competing With Them
The partners that license Windows haven't always supported Microsoft's moves to step on their turf with its own tablets and laptops. So how is Microsoft navigating those relationships now? From a repo...
08:06 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Investors Spent Millions on 'Evolved Apes' NFTs. Then They Got Scammed
Evolved Apes is described on NFT marketplace OpenSea as "a collection of 10,000 unique NFTs trapped inside a lawless land." They are "fighting for survival, only the strongest ape will prevail," it sa...
07:30 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Russian Actress and Director To Start Making First Movie on Space Station
The first dog in space. The first man and woman. Now Russia has clinched another spaceflight first before the United States: Beating Hollywood to orbit. From a report: A Russian actress, Yulia Sherepi...
06:50 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Ransomware Bill Would Give Victims 48 Hours To Report Payments
Victims of ransomware attacks would be required to report payments to their hackers within 48 hours under a proposal from Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and Democratic Representative Deborah Ross...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Amazon is Working on a Smart Fridge That Tracks What's Inside
Amazon is reportedly aiming to bring some of the tech it uses at cashierless Amazon Go stores to your kitchen. According to Insider, the company has been working on a smart fridge that can monitor ite...
05:20 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Remembering Steve Jobs, 10 Years Later
Jony Ive: Steve was preoccupied with the nature and quality of his own thinking. He expected so much of himself and worked hard to think with a rare vitality, elegance and discipline. His rigor and te...
04:42 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot US Lawmakers Demand Facebook Probes; Whistleblower Says Children Harmed
U.S. lawmakers pounded Facebook on Tuesday, accusing CEO Mark Zuckerberg of pushing for higher profits while being cavalier about user safety and they demanded regulators investigate whistleblower acc...
04:01 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin Set To Become Legal Payment in Brazil
Brazil's Federal Deputy Aureo Ribeiro has revealed that Brazilians could soon be able to buy houses, cars and even McDonald's with Bitcoin. From a report: The South American nation is preparing to vot...
03:38 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Apache Fixes Actively Exploited Web Server Zero-day
The Apache Software Foundation has released a security patch to address a vulnerability in its HTTP Web Server project that has been actively exploited in the wild. From a report: Tracked as CVE-2021-...
02:40 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Singapore Passes Foreign Interference Law Allowing Authorities To Block Internet Content
Singapore's parliament has passed a law aimed at preventing foreign interference in domestic politics, which the opposition and activists have criticised as a tool to crush dissent. From an AFP report...
02:01 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded To Scientists Whose Work Helps Predict Global Warming
The Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded half of the Nobel Prize in physics jointly to Syukuro Manabe of the United States and Klaus Hasselmann of Germany for modeling Earth's climate and predicting gl...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot FCC Plans To Rein In 'Gateway' Carriers That Bring Foreign Robocalls To US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission hopes to reduce the number of illegal robocalls from overseas with an expansion of rules that require phone...
10:15 am - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded To Scientists Whose Work Helps Predict Global Warming
The Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded half of the Nobel Prize in physics jointly to Syukuro Manabe of the United States and Klaus Hasselmann of Germany for modeling Earth's climate and predicting gl...
10:00 am - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Apple Finally Lets You Report App Store Scams
Apple will now let you directly report a scammy app from its listing in the App Store with a new-and-improved version of its "Report a Problem" button. The Verge reports: As Richard Mazkewich and scam...
07:00 am - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Squid Game Subtitles 'Change Meaning' of Netflix Show
According to fluent Korean speaker Youngmi Mayer, Squid Game features "botched" subtitles that have changed the show's meaning for English-speaking viewers. For those unaware of Squid Game, it's a Kor...
03:30 am - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot A Surgically Implanted Brain Stimulation Device Could Help Treat Severe Depression
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Sarah was the patient in a proof-of-concept trial of a new approach to treating severe, treatment-resistant depression, published today in the journ...
02:02 am - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Germany Unveils World's First Commercial Plant For Making Synthetic Kerosene
German officials on Monday unveiled what they said is the world's first commercial plant for making synthetic kerosene, touted as a climate-friendly fuel of the future. The Associated Press reports: T...
01:25 am - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Bug Puts $162 Million Up For Grabs, Says Founder of DeFi Platform Compound
We thought the carnage was over for popular decentralized finance, or DeFi, staking protocol Compound, but as it turns out, millions more than we thought are at risk. About $162 million is up for grab...
12:45 am - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot UK Plans To Invest 5 Billion Pounds In Retaliatory Cyberattacks
The United Kingdom has revealed plans to invest 5 billion pounds ($6.8 billion) in bolstering national cybersecurity that includes creating a "Cyber Force" unit to perform retaliatory attacks. Bleepin...
12:02 am - Tue, October 5, 2021
Slashdot Google Releases Android 12 To AOSP, But No Pixel Launch Today
In a significant departure from previous years, Google today rolled out Android 12 to AOSP but did not launch any devices, including Pixel phones. "Today we're pushing the source to the Android Open S...
11:20 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Ukrainian Cops Cuff Two Over $150 Million Ransomware Gang Allegations, Seize $1.3 Million In Cryptocurrency
Ukrainian police have reportedly arrested two members of a ransomware gang -- and while some have fingered REvil, no firm details have been published by cops from multiple countries. The Register repo...
10:40 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Zuckerberg Loses $6 Billion In Hours As Facebook Plunges
Mark Zuckerberg's personal wealth has fallen by more than $6 billion in a few hours, knocking him down a notch on the list of the world's richest people, after a whistleblower came forward and outages...
10:20 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus Have Been Suffering Global Outage For More Than 3 Hours Now [Update]
Facebook -- and all the major services that Facebook owns -- are down today. ArsTechnica: We first noticed the problem at about 11:30 am Eastern time, when some Facebook links stopped working. Investi...
10:00 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Researcher Refuses Telegram's Bounty Award, Discloses Auto-Delete Bug
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Telegram patched another image self-destruction bug in its app earlier this year. This flaw was a different issue from the one reported in 2019. ...
09:20 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot The Tragedy of Safari 15 for Mac's 'Tabs'
John Gruber shares thoughts on the new ways tabs feel and function on Safari for Mac: From a usability perspective, every single thing about Safari 15's tabs is a regression. Everything. It's a tab de...
08:35 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Windows 11 a Day Early
Windows 11 is now officially available to download. While Microsoft is launching Windows 11-powered hardware worldwide on October 5th, the company has made the OS update available early for eligible d...
08:01 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Oracle Appeal Over JEDI Contract Turned Away by Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a lingering appeal by Oracle stemming from its challenge to the now-scrapped $10 billion cloud-computing contract the Pentagon awarded to Microsoft in 2019. From a r...
07:21 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Discloses It Was Hacked
A company that is a critical part of the global telecommunications infrastructure used by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and several others around the world such as Vodafone and China Mobile, quietly dis...
06:21 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus Have Been Suffering Global Outage For More Than 3 Hours Now
Facebook -- and all the major services that Facebook owns -- are down today. ArsTechnica: We first noticed the problem at about 11:30 am Eastern time, when some Facebook links stopped working. Investi...
06:01 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot McKinsey Never Told the FDA It Was Working for Opioid Makers While Also Working for the Agency
Ian MacDougall, reporting for ProPublica: Since 2008, McKinsey & Company has regularly advised the Food and Drug Administration's drug-regulation division, according to agency records. The consult...
05:20 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot The World Wants Greenland's Minerals, but Greenlanders Are Wary
The island has rare elements needed for electric cars and wind turbines. But protesters are blocking one project, signaling that mining companies must tread carefully. From a report: This huge, remote...
04:40 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Clearview AI Has New Tools To Identify People in Photos
Clearview AI has stoked controversy by scraping the web for photos and applying facial recognition to give police and others an unprecedented ability to peer into our lives. Now the company's CEO want...
04:00 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Chinese AI Gets Ethical Guidelines For the First Time, Aligning With Beijing's Goal of Reining in Big Tech
China has revealed its first set of ethical guidelines governing artificial intelligence, placing emphasis on protecting user rights and preventing risks in ways that align with Beijing's goals of rei...
03:22 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot A Three-Day Work Week? One Startup Experiments To Draw Talent
A shortage of technology talent has Indian companies offering sweeteners like more vacation time and gender-neutral parental leave as they compete for graduates and professionals. One Bangalore startu...
02:40 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot The Surprising Downsides To Planting Trillions of Trees
Large tree-planting initiatives often fail -- and some have even fueled deforestation. From a report: On November 11, 2019, volunteers planted 11 million trees in Turkey as part of a government-backed...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot The Medicine Nobel Prize Honors the Discovery of Temperature and Touch Receptors
The Nobel Prize in the field of physiology or medicine has been awarded to U.S.-based scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian. From a report: They were cited for their discovery of receptors for...
11:34 am - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Andrew Yang Suggests Power May Affects Politicians' Brain Neurons
Today tech entrepreneur-turned-politician Andrew Yang candidly reflected on the pitfalls of power that he'd learned about during his 2020 run for president. "In national politics, it turns out, you're...
07:34 am - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Call Center-Pranking 'Scambaiters' Amass Millions of Fans on Social Media
The Guardian reports on "a new breed of scambaiters...taking over TikTok and YouTube." And one of them has more than 1.5 million followers across both video platforms. "Three to four days a week, for ...
04:34 am - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot New Zealand Might Launch Its Own Digital Currency
"New Zealand's central bank is exploring the possibility of issuing a digital currency, saying the benefits it would bring include its potential use as a monetary policy tool," reports Bloomberg. The ...
01:35 am - Mon, October 4, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Whistleblower Speaks, Shares Documents on Deliberate Lies and Disregard of Misinformation, Contacts US Regulators
An Iowa data scientist with a computer engineering degree and a Harvard MBA has come forward as the whistleblower leaking damaging information about Facebook to the Wall Street Journal — and tha...
10:34 pm - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Why Chip-Constrained Carmakers Can't Just Transition To Newer Chips
Car buyers are discovering that supply chain constraints "have thrusted prices upwards considerably for new and used vehicles alike," notes Jalopnik. But while last month Fortune ran an article headli...
09:34 pm - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Ancient Footprints Could Be Oldest Traces of Humans in the Americas
Opyros writes: Fossil footprints in New Mexico have been dated to 21,000-23,000 years before present. As a result, human habitation of the Americas can be pushed back several thousand years. The footp...
08:34 pm - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Java's Enhancement Proposals Pursue Virtual Threads, Data Aggregate Types, and Better Communication with C Libraries
Oracle's Java magazine takes a look at some current JDK Enhancement Proposals, "the vehicle of long standing for updating the Java language and the JVM."Today, concurrency in Java is delivered via non...
07:34 pm - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers: the Most Polluting Machinery Still in Legal Use
"Pound for pound, gallon for gallon, hour-for-hour, the two-stroke gas powered engines in leaf blowers and similar equipment are vastly the dirtiest and most polluting kind of machinery still in legal...
06:34 pm - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Is the Coronavirus Just Getting Better at Airborne Transmission?
A New York Times science/global health reporter reminds us that "Newer variants of the coronavirus like Alpha and Delta are highly contagious, infecting far more people than the original virus." But t...
05:34 pm - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Ransomware Gangs are Complaining That Other Crooks are Stealing Their Ransoms
"Cyber criminals using a ransomware-as-a-service scheme have been spotted complaining that the group they rent the malware from could be using a hidden backdoor to grab ransom payments for themselves,...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Tesla Vehicle Deliveries Hit Another Record In Q3, Beats Analysts' Estimates
Tesla announced that it's delivered a new record number of electric cars in its third quarter, according to Reuters, "beating Wall Street estimates after Chief Executive Elon Musk asked staff to 'go s...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot New 'Babylon 5' Reboot Being Developed By Original Creator J. Michael Straczynski
Back in 2014 Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski answered questions from Slashdot's readers. And now this week, long-time Slashdot reader Jaegs writes: According to many sources and the Babylon 5...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Can High-Powered Lasers Unlock the Secrets of Strong Field Quantum Electrodynamics?
Phys.org reports that a newly published theoretical/computer-modeling study "suggests that the world's most powerful lasers might finally crack the elusive physics behind some of the most extreme phen...
11:34 am - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot FSF Announces 'JShelter' Browser Privacy Extension to Block Fingerprinting, Tracking, and Malware
This week the Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced the JShelter project, "an anti-malware Web browser extension to mitigate potential threats from JavaScript, including fingerprinting, tracking, a...
07:34 am - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Crypto Platform Mistakenly Gives $90M to Its Users, Asks Them To Please Give It Back
Bleeping Computer reports on Compound, "an Ethereum-based money market protocol that enables users to earn interest or borrow assets against collateral." "Yesterday, due to an erroneous upgrade proces...
07:34 am - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Crypto Platform That Mistakenly Gave $90M to Its Users Asks Them To Please Give It Back
Bleeping Computer has an update on the unique predicament of Compound, "an Ethereum-based money market protocol that enables users to earn interest or borrow assets against collateral." (Which "Due to...
03:34 am - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Newly-Published Evidence Undermines China Lab-Leak Theory
In 1999 Los Angeles Times reporter Michael Hiltzik won a Pulitzer Prize. Now a business columnist for the Times, he writes that "new evidence undermines the COVID lab-leak theory — but the press...
01:34 am - Sun, October 3, 2021
Slashdot Millions Experience Browser Problems After Long-Anticipated Expiration of 'Let's Encrypt' Certificate
"The expiration of a key digital encryption service on Thursday sent major tech companies nationwide scrambling to deal with internet outages that affected millions of online users," reports the Washi...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot How Miami's Mayor Hopes to Build a New (and Crypto-Friendly) Silicon Valley
Miami is a city "that unblushingly loves rule-breaking and money," according to a new article in New York magazine, wondering whether Miami could ever really replace Silicon Valley as "a more natural ...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Neiman Marcus Discloses a 2020 Data Breach That Impacted 4.6 Million Customers
"American luxury retailer Neiman Marcus Group has just disclosed a major data breach impacting approximately 4.6 million customers," reports Ars Technica. "The breach occurred sometime in May 2020 aft...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Chip Shortage Makes GM Scrap Its Hands-Free Highway Driving Feature
"Like a half-filled bag of salty snacks, there simply aren't enough semiconductor chips to go around these days," writes CNET. "At General Motors, the crisis struck one of its biggest cash cows as Cad...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Linus Torvalds On Community, Rust and Linux's Longevity
An anonymous reader writes: This week saw the annual check-in with Linux creator Linus Torvalds at the Open Source Summit North America, this year held in Seattle (as well as virtually). Torvalds took...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot More Vaccinations, Less Pushback: America's Vaccine Mandates Are Working, Says Public Health Professor
Last month U.S. President Biden issued "a mandate that all companies with more than 100 workers require vaccination or weekly testing," remembers the New York Times, and "also moved to mandate shots f...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Netflix Reveals Its Most-Watched TV Shows and Movies of All Time
Netflix's co-CEO revealed a list Monday showing its top shows and movies of all-time, reports NBC News. The list revealed that the 19th-century drama Bridgerton "was its most watched TV series ever, w...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Alliance Including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and IBM Vows to Protect Rights and Privacy With 'Trusted Cloud Principles'
ZDNet reports:Some of the world's largest tech giants — Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce/Slack, Atlassian, SAP, and Cisco — have joined forces to establish the Trusted Cloud Prin...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Bought Web Traffic and A Fake YouTube Executive: the Spectacular Failure of Ozy
The American media company Ozy "boasted of a large audience for its general interest website, its newsletters and its videos," remembers the New York Times, calling it "a Gen X dream of what millennia...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot 'The Big Delete:' Inside Facebook's Crackdown in Germany
"Days before Germany's federal elections, Facebook took what it called an unprecedented step: the removal of a series of accounts that worked together to spread COVID-19 misinformation and encourage v...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Linguists Lament Slang Ban In London School
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A London secondary school is trying to stop its pupils from using "basically" at the beginning of sentences and deploying phrases such as "oh my ...
10:00 am - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Study Finds People Enjoy Deep Conversations With Strangers
People benefit from deep and meaningful conversations that help us forge connections with one another, but we often stick to small talk with strangers because we underestimate how much others are inte...
07:00 am - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Europe's BepiColombo Spacecraft To Attempt Its First Swing Past Mercury Tonight
A spacecraft bound for the planet Mercury will take a first look at the target tonight, when it makes its first-ever flyby of the small rocky world during an incredibly close encounter tonight. Space....
03:30 am - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Meet Molnupiravir, Merck's Pill That Cuts COVID-19 Hospitalization and Death By About Half
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An oral antiviral drug appears to cut the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 by roughly 50 percent in people newly diagnosed with th...
01:00 am - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot Who Censored Marie Antoinette's Letters? X-Rays Reveal a Surprise
sciencehabit shares a report from Science.org: In late 1791 and early 1792, on the eve of the French Revolutionary Wars, Queen Marie Antoinette engaged in a secret correspondence with her confidant an...
12:20 am - Sat, October 2, 2021
Slashdot California DMV Gives Cruise and Waymo OK To Charge For Rides
On Thursday, the California DMV issued autonomous deployment permits to Cruise and Waymo, "which is a necessary step if the robotaxis are to charge passengers for their rides," reports The Verge. From...
11:40 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Grocery Store Opens 'Chat Registers' For Lonely Customers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A Dutch supermarket chain says it will introduce 200 "chat registers" in its stores for customers who aren't in a hurry and want to have a chat du...
11:00 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot California Becomes First State To Require Covid-19 Vaccination For Students
skam240 writes: California has just become the first state to add Covid-19 vaccination to its list of required vaccines for in-school attendance. "The requirement will go into effect at the start of t...
10:20 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Disney, Scarlett Johansson Resolve 'Black Widow' Lawsuit
In a statement released Thursday, Scarlett Johansson said she has resolved her legal dispute with Disney. "I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney," said Johansson. "I'm incredibly pro...
09:40 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Samsung Removes Ads From Its One UI Android Apps
After years of Samsung filling up its stock apps with ads, the company is finally stopping that practice. As of today, Samsung Pay, Weather, and Health have officially stopped serving ads. 9to5Google ...
09:01 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Hackers Bypass Coinbase 2FA To Steal Customer Funds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Record: More than 6,000 Coinbase users had funds stolen from their accounts after hackers used a vulnerability in Coinbase's SMS-based two-factor authentic...
07:30 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Biden Administration To Convene 30 Countries To Crack Down on Ransomware Threat
The White House will convene a 30-country meeting this month to try to ramp up global efforts to address the threat of ransomware to economic and national security, President Joe Biden said in a state...
06:41 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Tech Giants Brace For Impact in India as New Payments Rule Goes Into Effect
Apple, Google, Sony, Zoom, PayPal and several other tech companies as well as scores of banks have cautioned customers and partners in India to expect a surge in declined transactions as the world's s...
06:00 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Google Is Scrapping Its Plan To Offer Bank Accounts To Users
Google is abandoning plans to pitch bank accounts to its users, marking a retreat from an effort to make the tech giant a bigger name in finance. The Wall Street Journal: The Alphabet unit announced a...
05:27 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Google Is Scrapping Its Plan To Offer Bank Accounts To Users
Google is abandoning plans to pitch bank accounts to its users, marking a retreat from an effort to make the tech giant a bigger name in finance. The Wall Street Journal: The Alphabet unit announced a...
05:23 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Office 2021 Features and Pricing
Microsoft is launching Office 2021 on October 5th, and the company is finally detailing the features and pricing today. From a report: Office 2021 will be the next standalone version of Microsoft's Of...
04:40 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot DeFi Bug Accidentally Gives $90 Million To Users
phalse phace writes: Robert Leshner, the founder of Compound Labs, just sent out a tweet pleading its users to return the $90.1 million in COMP tokens it accidentally deposited to user accounts. Users...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Disney Among Companies Backing Groups Against Climate Bill
mspohr writes: Some of America's most prominent companies, including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Disney, are backing business groups that are fighting landmark climate legislation, despite their own ...
03:22 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot South Korea Broadband Firm Sues Netflix After Traffic Surge from 'Squid Game'
South Korean Internet service provider SK Broadband has sued Netflix to pay for costs from increased network traffic and maintenance work because of a surge of viewers to the U.S. firm's content, an S...
02:42 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Utilities Took Public Money, Gave CEOs Millions, and Then Turned People's Lights Off During the Pandemic
A new report finds that some of the country's most powerful utilities raked in millions of dollars in taxpayer bailout funds last year -- while continuing to shut off service for households across the...
02:04 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Nintendo Denies Rumors of New Switch Pro Model
A Bloomberg report claiming 11 game developers have access to Nintendo Switch 4K development kits is sparking confusion about the existence of the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro. Axios: Bloomberg publish...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Low Oxygen Levels Along PNW Coast a 'Silent' Climate Change Crisis
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Oregon Live: Nearly two decades ago, fishers discovered an odd occurrence off the coast of Oregon. They were pulling up pots of dead or lethargic crabs. At fir...
10:00 am - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Recent Siri Changes Remove Features Used By Low Vision and Blind Users
With the recent release of iOS 15, Apple appears to have made some changes to Siri functionality that have removed features relied on by low vision and blind iPhone users. MacRumors reports: Several S...
07:00 am - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot AI Can Predict If It Will Rain In Two Hours' Time
Artificial intelligence can tell whether it is going to rain in the next two hours, research suggests. The BBC reports: Scientists at Google-owned London AI lab DeepMind and the University of Exeter p...
05:10 am - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Former OnlyFans Employees Could Access Users' and Models' Personal Information
samleecole shares a report from Motherboard: Some former OnlyFans support staff employees still had access to users' data -- including sensitive financial and personal information -- even after they s...
03:30 am - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot A Declassified State Department Report Says Microwaves Didn't Cause 'Havana Syndrome'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Noises linked to mysterious injuries among US diplomats in Cuba were most likely caused by crickets -- not microwave weapons -- according to a d...
02:02 am - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Apple Pay With Visa Hacked To Make Payments Via Unlocked iPhones
Researchers have demonstrated that someone could use a stolen, unlocked iPhone to pay for thousands of dollars of goods or services, no authentication needed. Threatpost reports: An attacker who steal...
01:25 am - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Chip Shortage Leads Carmaker Opel To Shut German Plant Until 2022
Carmaker Opel, which is part of the Stellantis group, said on Thursday it will close one of its plants in Germany until at least the end of the year due to chip shortages. Reuters reports: Production ...
12:45 am - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Fairphone's Latest Sustainable Smartphone Comes With a Five-Year Warranty
New submitter thegreatnick writes: The next generation of Fairphone -- an attempt to make an ethical smartphone -- has been announced with the Fairphone 4. The base specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon...
12:02 am - Fri, October 1, 2021
Slashdot Developers Are Quitting To Escape From Your Bad Code
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a ZDNet article, written by Liam Tung: [A] survey has come up with another reason why your engineers might want to quit -- their fellow developers' terrible ...
11:12 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Zoom and Five9 Abandon $14.7 Billion Acquisition
Cloud contact center software company Five9 and video calling software maker Zoom said Thursday they will not go forward with Zoom's plan to acquire Five9 for $14.7 billion. From a report: Five9 share...
10:40 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot TikTok Launches First Creator-Led NFT Collection
TikTok, the world's most downloaded app with over 1 billion monthly active users, has lined up its own NFT drop. The company's first-ever NFT collection "leverages content from some of its top creator...
10:02 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Telegram Bots Are Trying To Steal Your One-time Passwords
Telegram-powered bots are being utilized to steal the one-time passwords required in two-factor authentication (2FA) security. From a report: The ransomware threat is growing: What needs to happen to ...
09:25 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Blue Origin Has a Toxic Culture, Former and Current Employees Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A former communications executive at Blue Origin and 20 other current and former employees have written a blistering essay about the company's cu...
08:42 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot New USB-C Logos Make Picking USB Cables, Chargers Less Confusing
Choosing the correct USB-C charger and cable for you laptop is about as fun as visiting the dentist, but new logos released today should go a long way toward making easier. PCWorld: The USB Implemente...
08:01 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Cloudflare To Enter Infrastructure Services Market With New R2 Storage Product
Cloudflare, which has a network of data centers in 250 locations around the world, announced its first dalliance with infrastructure services today, an upcoming cloud storage offering called R2. From ...
07:25 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Oracle Loses Appeal Against $3 Billion Payment To HPE Over Withdrawal of Itanium Support
The Supreme Court of California has thrown out Oracle's appeal against a decision to award $3 billion damages to HPE in a case which dates back a decade and relates to Big Red's commitment to develop ...
06:47 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Chinese Espionage Group Deploys New Rootkit Compatible With Windows 10 Systems
At the SAS 2021 security conference today, analysts from security firm Kaspersky Lab published details about a new Chinese cyber-espionage group that has been targeting high-profile entities across So...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Anonymous: We've Leaked Disk Images Stolen From Web Host Epik
slack_justyb writes: As previously reported the web host Epik was hacked by a group identifying themselves with the group Anonymous. However, in the most recent leaks from this group the scale of data...
05:30 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Natural-gas Prices Are Spiking Around the World
Across the world, a natural-gas shortage is starting to bite. Prices of power in Germany and France have soared by around 40% in the past two weeks. In many countries, including Britain and Spain, gov...
04:51 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Rick Scott Probes LinkedIn, Microsoft on Censoring US Journalists in China
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Microsoft and LinkedIn leadership on Thursday questioning why LinkedIn censored the profiles of U.S. journalists from the company's China-based platform this ...
04:07 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Google Urges EU Judges To Cut or Cancel a 'Staggering' $5 Billion Fine
Google called on European Union judges to cut or cancel a "staggering" 4.3 billion euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine because the search giant never intended to harm rivals. From a report: The company "...
03:25 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot YouTube Removes Legendary Meme Video After 14 Years for 'Violence'
An anonymous reader shares a report: You probably don't know Paul Weedon by name, but you've probably seen him get punched in the face. He is the man behind the "I can't believe you've done this" meme...
02:45 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Xbox Boss Says Console Supply Issues Will Continue Into 2022
The head of Microsoft's games business told The Wrap that a shortage of chips wasn't the only thing stopping the company getting as many Xbox Series X/S consoles onto store shelves as it would like. F...
02:13 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Alphabet Gives Some Loon Patents To SoftBank, Open Sources Flight Data and Makes Patent Non-assertion Pledge
TechCrunch reports: Alphabet's Loon was a stratospheric moonshot that saw the company fly high-altitude balloons to provide cellular network coverage to target areas. The project broke a lot of new gr...
01:00 pm - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot US Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The ivory-billed woodpecker, which birders have been seeking in the bayous of Arkansas, is gone forever, according to federal officials. So...
10:00 am - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot iOS 15 Messages Bug Causes Saved Photos to Be Deleted
A serious bug in the iOS 15 Messages app can cause some saved photos to be deleted, according to multiple complaints reported by MacRumors readers and Twitter users. From the report: If you save a pho...
07:00 am - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot FAA Clears Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo For Flight After Probe Into July Incident
Virgin Galactic is cleared to resume flights of its SpaceShipTwo space plane, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday, after capping a safety investigation into issues that came up du...
03:30 am - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot CRISPR Gene-Editing Experiment Partly Restores Vision In Legally Blind Patients
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Carlene Knight's vision was so bad that she couldn't even maneuver around the call center where she works using her cane. But that's changed as a result o...
02:02 am - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot Google Maps Tracks Global Warming With New 'Fire' Layer, Tree Canopy Tool
Google Maps is getting a few new features to help people better understand our burning planet. Ars Technica reports: The first is a new "fire" layer in the main map view, which will let you view the e...
01:25 am - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot AI Completed Beethoven's Unfinished Tenth Symphony
Ahmed Elgammal, Professor and Director of the Art & AI Lab at Rutgers University, writes via The Conversation: When Ludwig von Beethoven died in 1827, he was three years removed from the completio...
12:45 am - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot New GriftHorse Malware Infects More Than 10 Million Android Phones
Security researchers have found a massive malware operation that has infected more than 10 million Android smartphones across more than 70 countries since at least November 2020 and is making millions...
12:02 am - Thu, September 30, 2021
Slashdot The First Reviews of Rivian's R1T Electric Pickup
Rivian held a three-day press event in Colorado last week where a number of journalists, including TechCrunch's Kirsten Korosec, were able to take the R1T electric truck for a spin. Today, the embargo...