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11:42 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Australia's Standoff Against Google and Facebook Worked - Sort Of
Remember when Google threatened to leave Australia if the country implemented a "news media bargaining code" forcing social media platforms to pay news publishers?Wired reports:Google and Facebook did...
10:06 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot 'Windowless Bunker': First Reviews Come In for Disney's $5,000 'Star Wars Hotel
Disney World's "Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser" hotel will be expensive and immersive, writes SFGate. ("For two adults, the starting price is about $5,000. For three adults and one child, it's nearly...
09:11 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Largest Plane Ever Built May Have Been Destroyed, Ukraine Foreign Minister Says
SFGate reports:The largest plane ever built has been destroyed at an airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said Sunday.... The Antonov An-225 Mriya was built in Ukrai...
08:34 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot NASA Assures ISS Will Continue Orbiting Despite Sanctions on Russia
On Thursday the head of Russia's space agency "warned that new sanctions imposed on his country could have dire consequences for the International Space Station program," reports Space.com (in an arti...
07:34 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Epstein-Barr Virus May Be Leading Cause of Multiple Sclerosis
Harvard's School of Public Health has an announcement... "Multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive disease that affects 2.8 million people worldwide and for which there is no definitive cure, is likely ...
06:35 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Death Spiral: a Black Hole Spins On Its Side - 'Completely Unexpected'
Long-time Slashdot reader IHTFISP brings this report from SciTechDaily:Researchers from the University of Turku, Finland, found that the axis of rotation of a black hole in a binary system is tilted m...
05:34 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Could the Ukraine Crisis Push Europe Toward Energy Self-Sufficiency With Renewable Energy?
Countries imposing sanctions on Russia also depend on it for oil and natural gas, notes Slate's web editor. "Noah J. Gordon, an adviser at the Berlin-based, climate-focused think tank Adelphi, thinks ...
04:34 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot BitConnect Founder Indicted Over $2.4 Billion Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme
From the Hindustan Times:BitConnect founder Satish Kumbhani was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on charges he orchestrated a global Ponzi scheme that raised $2.4 billion from investors in a fraudulent c...
03:34 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Prepares to Move the Linux Kernel to Modern C
"We all know Linux is written in C," writes ZDNet. "What you may not know is that it's written in a long-outdated C dialect: The 1989 version of the C language standard, C89." But that's about to chan...
12:34 pm - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Ukraine Official Urges 'IT Army' of World's Digital Talent To Attack Russian Energy and Financial Firms
VentureBeat reports:In Ukraine today, Mykhailo Fedorov, the country's vice prime minister, announced on Twitter, "We are creating an IT army." "We need digital talents," wrote Fedorov, who also holds ...
10:34 am - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Starlink Service is Now Active Over Ukraine
"Elon Musk says SpaceX's Starlink satellites are now active over Ukraine after a request from the embattled country's leadership to replace internet services destroyed by the Russian attack," reports ...
08:34 am - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Are We Prepared for Contamination Between Worlds?
Slashdot reader Tangential shares what he describes as "an interesting article on Gizmodo discussing how we could easily contaminate other planets/moons as we explore them." "Based on our recently dem...
05:34 am - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Losses Estimated at $334M For Cargo Ship Fire, as Lithium-Ion Batteries Burned More Than a Week
"Volkswagen AG has lost hope that many of its roughly 4,000 vehicles aboard a cargo ship that caught fire last week in the Atlantic can be saved," Bloomberg reported Friday, citing estimates that the ...
02:34 am - Sun, February 27, 2022
Slashdot Facebook and YouTube Block RT, Other Russian Channels From Earning Ad Dollars
Reuters reports:YouTube on Saturday barred Russian state-owned media outlet RT and other Russian channels from receiving money for advertisements that run with their videos, similar to a move by Faceb...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Programming in Rust is Fun - But Challenging, Finds Annual Community Survey
Respondents to the annual survey of the Rust community reported an uptick in weekly usage and challenges, writes InfoWorld:Among those surveyed who are using Rust, 81% were using the language on at le...
10:37 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot US, UK and Top EU Allies Begin Cutting Russia Out Of International Financial System SWIFT
The Huffington Post reports on "the most drastic financial sanction yet on Russian President Vladimir Putin:The United States and key allies will cut Russian banks out of the global financial messagin...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot CNN: 'Financial Sanctions are Easier Than Ever for Russians to Evade. Thank Bitcoin'
Financial sanctions are easier than ever for Russians to evade. Thank BitcoinCNN: 'Financial sanctions are easier than ever for Russians to evade. Thank Bitcoin'The senior editor of CNN Business write...
08:37 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot New Research Argues It's 'Extraordinarily Clear' The Pandemic Started at the Wuhan Market
The New York times reports that two extensive new studies released today "point to a market in Wuhan, China as the origin of the coronavirus pandemic."The researchers analyzed data from a range of sou...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Is There Hope in New Climate Science?
Three climate scientists wrote an encouraging opinion piece for the Washington Post:One of the biggest obstacles to avoiding global climate breakdown is that so many people think there's nothing we ca...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Anonymous Launches Attacks Against Russia and Pledges Support For Ukraine
A long-time Slashdot reader shares this report Friday from the Independent:Hacking group Anonymous has said that it will support Ukraine in its fight against Russia, and has already claimed an attack ...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot This E-Nose Sniffs Out the Good Whiskey
Slashdot reader Hmmmmmm quotes IEEE Spectrum:A whiskey connoisseur can take a whiff of a dram and know exactly the brand, region, and style of whiskey in hand. But how do our human noses compare to el...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Analyzing the Unusual Failure of Astra's Small, Frugal Rocket Launch Vehicle
Slashdot reader XXongo writes: Astra is trying to make some of the smallest launch vehicles in history. But their most recent launch of their Rocket 3 vehicle had an unusual failure, where the second ...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Brazilian Academics Create Automated Fake News Detection Platform
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A group of Brazilian researchers has created a web platform that is able to identify false information online in an automated manner. Developed by acade...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot How a US Tech Firm Struggled to Get Its Employees Out of Kyiv
On Friday the Washington Post's live updates on the Russia-Ukraine situation included the story of a tech firm trying to get its employees out of Kyiv:John Sung Kim, chief executive of the software ou...
10:00 am - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Electric Vehicle Recycling Is Starting In California
Redwood Materials, founded by ex-Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel, is launching an electric vehicle battery-recycling program in California. Automakers Ford and Volvo are the first to partner with the Carson C...
07:00 am - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Scientists Unveil 'Unified Genealogy of Modern and Ancient Humans'
Scientists have unveiled the largest human family tree ever created, a shared ancestry that is woven out of more than 3,600 individual genome sequences that date back more than 100,000 years, providin...
03:30 am - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot YouTube's Captions Insert Explicit Language In Kids' Videos
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: A new study (PDF) of YouTube's algorithmic captions on videos aimed at kids documents how the text sometimes veers into very adult language. In a sample...
02:02 am - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Viral 'Ghost of Kyiv' Video Is From Simulation Game
A viral video showing the "Ghost of Kyiv" shooting down a Russian fighter yet was created with Digital Combat Simulator, "a simulation game that was first released in 2008," reports fact-checking webs...
01:25 am - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Surveillance Firm Says Apple Is 'Phenomenal' For Law Enforcement
Secret recordings of a surveillance firm's presentation show how much iCloud data Apple surrenders to law enforcement with a warrant -- though it's Google and Facebook that can track a suspect to with...
12:45 am - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot How ByteDance Became the World's Most Valuable Startup
Roger Chen and Rui Max from Harvard Business Review explain how ByteDance became the world's most valuable startup. What's the secret? According to the editors, it's the company's shared-service platf...
12:02 am - Sat, February 26, 2022
Slashdot Roblox Currency 'Robux' Is Outperforming the Ruble
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: As of this writing, the Ruble is worth about 0.012 U.S. dollars. The Robux, the money people use to buy things in Roblox, is worth about 0.0125. T...
11:20 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Valve Made a Bite-Sized New Portal Game For the Steam Deck
Reviews of Valve's Steam Deck portable gaming PC are pouring in, but one surprise that has flown under the radar is Aperture Desk Job -- "a new bite-size experience set in the Portal universe that'll ...
10:40 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot NATO Secretary-General Warns Cyberattacks Could Trigger Article 5
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that cyberattacks could trigger Article 5 of the organization's charter, the so-called "commitment clause" that considers an attack on any NATO ally...
10:02 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot NVIDIA Hit By Major Cyberattack That May Have 'Completely Compromised' Parts of Its Business
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wccftech: NVIDIA has seemingly been hit by a major cyberattack that may have completely compromised parts of its business, reports The Telegraph. In their excl...
09:25 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Children May Instinctively Know How To Do Division Even Before Hitting the Books, Study Finds
An anonymous reader shares a report: We often think of multiplication and division as calculations that need to be taught in school. But a large body of research suggests that, even before children be...
08:45 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot UK Says It Will Work 'All Day' To Persuade Europe To Cut Russia Off From Swift
The UK has said it will work "all day" to persuade fellow European states to cut Russia off from the international Swift payment system. From a report: The UK defence secretary, Ben Wallace, ended the...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Radiation Spike at Chernobyl's Nuclear Power Plant Seized by Russian Forces
A radiation spike has been recorded near Chernobyl's nuclear power plant which has been seized by Russian forces, monitoring data shows. BBC: Invading Russian troops took control of the plant - the si...
07:31 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Facebook Says Penalized By Russia After Refusing To Halt Fact-checkers
Facebook's parent company Meta said Friday that Russia will hit its services with restrictions after the social media giant refused authorities' order to stop fact-checkers and content warning labels ...
07:02 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Auction Kennel Hit by Meteorite Sold For $44k at Christie's Auction
While billionaires are battling it out in a race to colonise the moon, mere stratospherically rich mortals on Earth were able to grab a small slice of space rock for themselves on Wednesday at Christi...
07:02 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Kennel Hit by Meteorite Sold For $44k at Christie's Auction
While billionaires are battling it out in a race to colonise the moon, mere stratospherically rich mortals on Earth were able to grab a small slice of space rock for themselves on Wednesday at Christi...
06:13 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Ukraine Says Belarusian Hackers Are Targeting Its Defense Forces
Ukrainian cybersecurity officials have warned that Belarusian state-sponsored hackers are targeting the private email addresses of Ukrainian military personnel. From a report: Announcing the activity ...
05:25 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Apple Imagines Mac-Inside-a-Keyboard Device Evocative of 80s Home Computers
Apple appears to be exploring the possibility of integrating a fully functioning Mac within a keyboard, reminiscent of home computers of the 80s, such as the Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Mac...
04:45 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot UK Intelligence Agencies Are Investigating Cryptocurrency Transactions
MattSparkes writes: Bitstamp, Europe's largest cryptocurrency exchange, says it has handed over information on some of its customers to the UK's intelligence agencies, MI5 and MI6. The news suggests t...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Telemedicine Leaves Behind Non-English Speakers, Study Shows
People who speak limited English struggled to access telehealth services in the US during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis, affecting their ability to connect with ...
03:20 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot UK Social Media Users Could Get Power To Block Anonymous Accounts
Social media users could be cut off from other accounts on platforms such as Twitter if they do not sign up for ID verification, under government proposals to tackle anonymous trolls. From a report: P...
02:40 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Google Faces Sanctions Dilemma With Pro-Russia YouTube Channels
With sanctions on Russia ramping up following its invasion of Ukraine, Google's YouTube is under pressure to remove or cut commercial ties with some of its most prolific pro-Russian channels. From a r...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Ukraine Calls on Hacker Underground To Defend Against Russia
The government of Ukraine is asking for volunteers from the country's hacker underground to help protect critical infrastructure and conduct cyber spying missions against Russian troops, according two...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot All-New Touch-Friendly Taskbar Comes To Latest Windows 11 Preview
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: [T]he last couple Windows 11 Insider Preview builds have augmented Windows 11's touchscreen capabilities. The build released to Dev channel users...
10:00 am - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot USPS Finalizes Plans To Buy Gas-Powered Delivery Fleet, Defying the EPA and White House
echo123 shares a report from the Washington Post: The U.S. Postal Service finalized plans Wednesday to purchase up to 148,000 gasoline-powered mail delivery trucks (Warning: paywalled; alternative sou...
07:00 am - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Largest Bacterium Ever Discovered Has An Unexpectedly Complex Cell
A newly described bacterium living in the Caribbean "is visible to the naked eye, growing up to 2 centimeters -- as long as a peanut -- and 5,000 times bigger than many other microbes," writes Elizabe...
03:30 am - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Oxford Study Finds Low-Meat, Meat-Free Diets Associated With Lower Cancer Risk
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Vegetarians have a 14% lower chance of developing cancer than carnivores, according to a large study that links meat-eating to a heightened risk ...
02:02 am - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot ACM, Ethics, and Corporate Behavior
theodp writes: In the just-published March 2022 issue Communications of the ACM, former CACM Editor-in-Chief Moshe Y. Vardi takes tech companies -- and their officers and technical leaders -- to task ...
01:25 am - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot TVAddons' Adam Lackman Admits TV Show Piracy, Agrees To Pay $19.5 Million
In 2017, Bell Canada, TVA, Videotron, and Rogers teamed up in a lawsuit against the operator of TVAddons, the largest repository of Kodi add-ons. The legal action proved extremely controversial but no...
12:45 am - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Volvo Ditches PCs and Paper In Favor of iPhone and Apple Watch
Volvo has unleashed a big improvement in customer satisfaction after equipping its 1,500 service engineers with an Apple Watch to use during their day. What, on the face of it, seems a small change re...
12:02 am - Fri, February 25, 2022
Slashdot Reddit Banned 2,625 Subreddits For Excessive Copyright Infringement In 2021
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: In 2021, Reddit's users created nearly 5.8 billion posts, comments, private messages and chats across the platform, with 297,161,752 later being ...
11:20 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Samsung Shattered Encryption On 100 Million Phones
Samsung shipped an estimated 100 million smartphones with botched encryption, including models ranging from the 2017 Galaxy S8 on up to last year's Galaxy S21. Threatpost reports: Researchers at Tel A...
10:40 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot 3 Men Plead Guilty In Plot To Attack US Power Grid
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: Three men pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a plot to attack power grids in the United States, which they believed could lead to economic and ...
10:02 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Russian Forces Seize Control of Chernobyl Nuclear Plant
"Slashdot has always had an interest in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which CNN describes as 'the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster,'" writes Slashdot reader DevNull127. "Today, CNN is r...
09:25 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot China Tightens Law To Jail Those Found Raising Funds Though Crypto Sales
China announced powers to jail those found guilty of raising funds via token sales as it expands its crackdown on crypto. From a report: China's highest court amended its interpretation of the country...
08:45 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot US Firms Brace for Potential Cyberattacks as Russia Threatens Critics
A swath of major American businesses -- from major banks to utility companies -- is preparing for possible cyberattacks against their computer networks as Russia on Thursday threatened "consequences" ...
08:13 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot The US Government is Ending the China Initiative
The Justice Department's effort to prosecute cases of economic espionage had drifted from its stated mission and drawn fierce criticism for appearing to target researchers because of their ethnicity. ...
07:28 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Utility Promising To Restore Mining Performance on Nvidia GPUs Actually Malware
Web3 is Going Great reports: The popular Tom's Hardware and PC Gamer websites both ran articles about a utility called "Nvidia RTX LHR v2 Unlocker", which claimed to increase the artificially-limited ...
07:03 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft is Testing Skype Meet Now Integration With Edge
Although Microsoft Edge has recently faced a lot of ridicule because the Redmond tech giant keeps adding what many consider as "bloat" in its web browser, it seems that the company is hell-bent on thi...
06:19 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Springtime Asteroid Hit Ramped Up Extinction Rates, Say Scientists
Having an asteroid slam into Earth was catastrophic for the dinosaurs, but the season of the strike may have substantially ramped up extinction rates for others species, research suggests. From a repo...
05:27 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Ukraine War Flashes Neon Warning Lights for Chips
Russia's invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea risks reverberating across the global chip industry and exacerbating current supply-chain constraints. Reuters Breakingviews: Ukraine is a major produ...
04:40 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Sea Ice Around Antarctica Reaches a Record Low
Sea ice around Antarctica has reached a record low in four decades of observations, a new analysis of satellite images shows. From a report: As of Tuesday, ice covered 750,000 square miles around the ...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot FreeDOS Puts Out New Release
joshuark writes: FreeDOS has put out release 1.3, the latest release in 6-years. Some of the improvements since the 1.2 release, include: new FreeCOM 0.85a, new Kernel 2043 and an 8086 version with FA...
03:28 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot EA's CEO Tells Staff It's Been 'Impeded' by the FIFA Brand
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson has given employees a frank appraisal of why he believes the company could be better off ending its 30-year relationship with FIFA. From a report: In his most reveali...
02:41 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Companies Shut Ukraine Operations and Watch for Sanctions as Russia Attacks
Danish brewer Carlsberg and a Coca-Cola bottler shut their plants in Ukraine on Thursday following Russia's invasion while firms making goods from jet engines to semiconductors warned that supplies of...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Stablecoins Soar in Value as Everything Else in Crypto Shrinks
The hottest spot in crypto right now is coins with prices that don't move. From a report: Stablecoins, cryptocurrencies which peg their value to assets such as the U.S. dollar, have ballooned in size ...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Sensor Breakthrough Paves Way For Groundbreaking Map of World Under Earth Surface
An anonymous reader writes: An object hidden below ground has been located using quantum technology -- a long-awaited milestone with profound implications for industry, human knowledge and national se...
10:00 am - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Virgin Hyperloop Shifts Its Focus From Passengers To Cargo
Virgin Hyperloop recently fired half of its workforce as the company is shifting its focus from transporting passengers to cargo, Financial Times reported. Interesting Engineering reports: Services of...
07:00 am - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot 16-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Defeats World Champion Magnus Carlsen
India's teen chess grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, 16, just become the youngest person to defeat Magnus Carlsen (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), 31, since he became world champi...
05:47 am - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Russia Attacks Ukraine
Russia President Vladimir V. Putin declared the start of a "special military operation" in Ukraine on Thursday, after months of speculation about Russia's intentions as it massed tens of thousands of ...
03:30 am - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Twitter Accounts Sharing Video From Ukraine Are Being Suspended When They're Needed Most
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: As Russian troops and armored vehicles begin moving into Ukrainian territory, social media accounts sharing images and videos from the eastern Donba...
02:02 am - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Methane Emissions From the Energy Sector Are 70% Higher Than Official Figures: IEA
New submitter Klaxton shares an excerpt from a new report released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA): Global methane emissions from the energy sector are about 70% greater than the amount...
01:25 am - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot AMD Is Now Worth More Than Rival Intel
Hmmmmmm shares a report from Yahoo Finance: AMD's market cap currently stands at $188 billion after shares rose nearly 2% in Tuesday's session. Intel's market cap is $182 billion. That marks the secon...
12:45 am - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is It Time To Replace File Systems?
DidgetMaster writes: Hard drive costs now hover around $20 per terabyte (TB). Drives bigger than 20TB are now available. Fast SSDs are more expensive, but the average user can now afford these in TB c...
12:02 am - Thu, February 24, 2022
Slashdot Chinese Cybersecurity Company Doxes Apparent NSA Hacking Operation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A Chinese cybersecurity company accused the NSA of being behind a hacking tool used for ten years in a report published on Wednesday. The report f...
11:20 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Russia May Use Cryptocurrencies To Evade US Sanctions
"The availability of non-bank financial trading in cryptocurrency may allow Russia to avoid the worst of the sanctions coming after their invasion of Ukraine this week," writes Slashdot reader 14erCle...
11:00 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Bethesda To Retire Its Game Launcher, Migrate Titles Over To Steam
Bethesda on Tuesday announced that it will retire its Bethesda.net Launcher later this year and migrate fans' game libraries and wallets to Steam. As Polygon notes, the launcher has since 2016 "served...
10:40 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Waymo To Keep Robotaxi Safety Details Secret, Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Waymo, the autonomous driving arm of Alphabet, was granted a win on Tuesday when a California court ruled it could keep certain details regarding i...
10:01 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Does Life Flash Before Your Eyes? Brain Scan of Dying Man Suggests It's Possible
When Harry Stamper sets off a bomb to save planet Earth in the film Armageddon, his life flashes before his eyes. Now research has revealed tantalising clues that such recall may not be Hollywood hype...
09:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Intel Ramps Up Linux Investment By Acquiring Linutronix
Intel has acquired Linutronix, the German-based Linux consulting firm that is focused on embedded Linux and real-time computing. From a report: Intel's acquisition of Linutronix appears to be primaril...
08:42 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot FAA Says 5G Could Impact Radio Altimeters on Most Boeing 737s
U.S. regulators are warning that 5G wireless operations could affect radio altimeters in most Boeing 737 aircraft and impact crew workload and airplane landings. From a report: The Federal Aviation Ad...
08:04 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Meta Is Building a Digital Voice Assistant for Metaverse Push
Facebook parent company Meta Platforms is building a digital voice assistant to help people interact hands-free with physical devices, such as the company's Portal video-calling device and, eventually...
07:25 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Cyberattack Hits Ukrainian Banks and Government Websites
Several Ukrainian government websites were offline Wednesday as a result of a mass distributed denial of service attack, Mykhailo Fedorov, head of Ukraine's Ministry of Digital Transformation, said in...
06:40 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Google is Retiring Chrome's Data-saving Lite Mode Next Month, Saying It's No Longer Necessary
In a Google support forum post, Chrome's Support Manager Craig announced that mobile Chrome 100 will do away with the browser's data-saving feature -- the release is due to make its way to the stable ...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot US Will Cut Russia Off From Tech, Resources If Putin Escalates, US Official Says
Russian President Vladimir Putin can do a lot more damage in Ukraine and the United States is prepared to respond by withholding technology and resources if he does, deputy U.S. Deputy Treasury Secret...
05:27 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Activision CEO Set for $15M 'Golden Parachute' in Microsoft Deal
There are big potential payouts ahead for controversial Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, according to an extensive SEC filing about Microsoft's planned $69 billion acquisition of the company. Fro...
05:08 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake Chips for Thinner and Lighter Laptops Have Arrived
Intel launched the first wave of its 12th Gen Alder Lake chips at CES 2022 -- but only for its H-series lineup of chips, destined for the most powerful and power-hungry laptops. And now, it's rolling ...
04:47 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Activision CEO Set for $15M 'Golden Parachute' in Microsoft Deal
There are big potential payouts ahead for controversial Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, according to an extensive SEC filing about Microsoft's planned $69 billion acquisition of the company. Fro...
04:04 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake Chips for Thinner and Lighter Laptops Have Arrived
Intel launched the first wave of its 12th Gen Alder Lake chips at CES 2022 -- but only for its H-series lineup of chips, destined for the most powerful and power-hungry laptops. And now, it's rolling ...
03:21 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Activision To Delay Next Year's Planned Call of Duty Game
Activision Blizzard will delay a Call of Duty game that had been planned for next year, the first time the franchise will be without an annual mainline release in nearly two decades, Bloomberg News re...
02:41 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Google Chat To Fully Replace Classic Hangouts for Workspace Users from March
If you're a Google Workspace user, the classic Hangouts messaging service will start to disappear next month as part of the transition to Google Chat. From a report: Google has announced that it'll ma...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot OpenSea NFT Heist Likely Triggers Drop in Activity
Activity on OpenSea, the world's largest marketplace for digital collectibles, likely dropped precipitously after a phishing attack that saw traders lose as much as an estimated $3 million. From a rep...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Frontier Is the First National ISP To Offer 2 Gbps Internet Across Its Entire Network
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Frontier, a national Internet Service Provider (ISP), is now bringing 2 Gbps broadband to all its fiber customers. While Frontier is best known for its ...
10:00 am - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot ReiserFS Proposed To Be Removed From Linux In 2022
UnknowingFool writes: Linux kernel developers have discussed on the kernel developers forum to remove ReiserFS from the kernel starting in 2022. ReiserFS was added as Linux's first journaling file sys...
07:00 am - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Tesla Is Working To Make Steam Video Games Work In Its Vehicles
Elon Musk said that Tesla is working to make Steam's library of video games work on its onboard vehicle computer. Electrek reports: As we previously reported, Tesla has a team of software engineers wo...
03:30 am - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Behind the Stalkerware Network Spilling the Private Phone Data of Thousands
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch, written by security editor Zack Whittaker: Consumer-grade spyware is often sold under the guise of child monitoring software, but also goes by the ...
02:02 am - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Inside 'Project Tinman': Peloton's Plan To Conceal Rust In Its Exercise Bikes
Dubbed internally as "Project Tinman," executives at Peloton worked to conceal a build-up of rust on some exercise machines (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) that were sent to cus...
01:25 am - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft Details 'Planet-Scale' AI Infrastructure Packing 100,000 GPUs
Microsoft has revealed it operates a planet-scale distributed scheduling service for AI workloads that it has modestly dubbed "Singularity." The Register reports: Described in a pre-press paper [PDF] ...
12:45 am - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Qualcomm Will Support AV1 Video Codec In 2023, Report Says
Protocol reports that Qualcomm will finally jump on the AV1 video codec bandwagon next year. Ars Technica reports: AV1 is the web's next open, royalty-free video codec, and widespread adoption will re...
12:01 am - Wed, February 23, 2022
Slashdot Black Carbon Pollution from Tourism and Research Increasing Antarctic Snowmelt, Study Says
Black carbon pollution from tourism and research activities in Antarctica is likely increasing snowmelt on the continent by an estimated 83 tonnes for each visitor, according to new research. From a r...
11:20 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Missouri Governor's Office Responsible For Teacher Data Leak
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs on Security: Missouri Governor Mike Parson made headlines last year when he vowed to criminally prosecute a journalist for reporting a security flaw in a...
10:40 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Windows 10 and 11 21H2 Data Wiping Tool Leaves User Data On Disk
Microsoft MVP Rudy Ooms has discovered that the built-in Windows data wiping functions leave user data behind in the latest versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11. "This error applies to both local and...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Trump-Backed 'Truth Social' Tops Apple's App Store Charts
Truth Social, a new social media platform backed by former President Donald Trump, sat at the top of Apple's free apps download charts as of Tuesday morning. CNBC reports: The platform unveiled a soft...
09:20 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot IRS To Adopt Login.gov As User Authentication Tool
An anonymous reader quotes a report from FedScoop: The Internal Revenue Service has committed to Login.gov as a user authentication tool after earlier this month agreeing to abandon the use of a comme...
08:43 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Facebook 'Lets Vigilantes in Ethiopia Incite Ethnic Killing'
Facebook is under renewed scrutiny, accused of continuing to allow activists to incite ethnic massacres in Ethiopia's escalating war. From a report: Analysis by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism ...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot The CDC Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the Covid Data It Collects
For more than a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected data on hospitalizations for Covid-19 in the United States and broken it down by age, race and vaccination status. Bu...
07:25 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Hundreds of Salesforce Employees Object To NFT Plans
Hundreds of Salesforce employees globally are rebelling against plans by the U.S. enterprise software giant to enter the non-fungible token (NFT) market, according to internal documents seen by the Th...
06:40 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Ruby On Rails Creator Backpedals About Bitcoin: 'We Need Crypto'
New submitter LZ_Mordan writes: David Heinemeier Hansson, the Ruby on Rails web development framework creator, took to Twitter on Monday to tell his followers that he was no longer a Bitcoin skeptic. ...
06:05 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Amazon's Astro Home Robot Remains Elusive Six Months After Debut
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last September, Amazon debuted a household robot named Astro that was supposed to usher in -- or at least point to -- a Jetsons-like future. Fifty-three minutes in...
05:23 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Ending 3G Service Sparks Fears of an 'Alarmaggedon'
AT&T's planned shutdown of its 3G network Tuesday has sparked fears that home security systems, medical alert monitors and a range of other devices will stop working. From a report: Carriers have ...
04:43 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Chinese Hackers Linked To Months-long Attack on Taiwanese Financial Sector
A hacking group affiliated with the Chinese government is believed to have carried out a months-long attack against Taiwan's financial sector by leveraging a vulnerability in a security software solut...
04:02 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot OnwardMobility is Dead, and So Are Its Plans To Release a 5G BlackBerry Phone
There's won't be a big revival for BlackBerry phones anytime soon. OnwardMobility, the Austin-based startup that announced its plans to release a 5G BlackBerry device with a physical keyboard back in ...
03:38 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Magpies Have Outwitted Scientists by Helping Each Other Remove Tracking Devices
An anonymous reader shares a report: When we attached tiny, backpack-like tracking devices to five Australian magpies for a pilot study, we didn't expect to discover an entirely new social behaviour r...
03:28 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Magpies Have Outwitted Scientists by Helping Each Other Remove Tracking Devices
An anonymous reader shares a report: When we attached tiny, backpack-like tracking devices to five Australian magpies for a pilot study, we didn't expect to discover an entirely new social behaviour r...
02:53 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Manchester City Begin Building World's First Football Stadium Inside the Metaverse
Manchester City have begun building the world's first football stadium inside the metaverse with the help of virtual reality experts at Sony. From a report: Using image analysis and skeletal-tracking ...
02:43 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Manchester City Begin Building World's First Football Stadium Inside the Metaverse
Manchester City have begun building the world's first football stadium inside the metaverse with the help of virtual reality experts at Sony. From a report: Using image analysis and skeletal-tracking ...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot The US Copyright Office Says an AI Can't Copyright Its Art
The US Copyright Office has rejected a request to let an AI copyright a work of art. From a report: Last week, a three-person board reviewed a 2019 ruling against Steven Thaler, who tried to copyright...
02:01 pm - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot The US Copyright Office Says an AI Can't Copyright Its Art
The US Copyright Office has rejected a request to let an AI copyright a work of art. From a report: Last week, a three-person board reviewed a 2019 ruling against Steven Thaler, who tried to copyright...
11:30 am - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot OnePlus 10 Pro Snaps in Half in Durability Test
An anonymous reader shares a report: The OnePlus 10 Pro is out in China, and while it has some flagship specs, including a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a 5,000mAh battery, it turns out it might no...
09:00 am - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot OnePlus 10 Pro Snaps in Half in Durability Test
An anonymous reader shares a report: The OnePlus 10 Pro is out in China, and while it has some flagship specs, including a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a 5,000mAh battery, it turns out it might no...
07:00 am - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot Amazon's Sprawling Grocery Business Has Become an 'Expensive Hobby' With a Cloudy Future
Amazon has spent almost three decades perfecting the art of bringing everything imaginable to your doorstep in the shortest amount of time, at the lowest possible price. By almost any measure, it's be...
04:30 am - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot NASA's Hubble Spots a Heavy Metal Jupiter Where It Rains Liquid Gems
An anonymous reader shares a report: The exoplanet WASP-121b, which resides about 900 light-years from Earth, is an egg-shaped scorcher. Temperatures on the planet's day side can reach up to 4,600 deg...
01:30 am - Tue, February 22, 2022
Slashdot White Castle To Hire 100 Robots To Flip Burgers
Midwestern fast-food chain White Castle is outsourcing some of its jobs to robots. The hamburger chain announced plans last week to install Miso Robotics' "Flippy 2" in 100 locations. From a report: T...
11:01 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot A Crypto Winter Would Be Welcomed by Top Developers, Says Vitalik Buterin
Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin has said many crypto developers wouldn't be unhappy to see a continued slide in the price of digital currencies, as the slump could clear out less-viable projects. F...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot EU Accuses China of 'Power Grab' Over Smartphone Technology Licensing
The EU is taking China to the World Trade Organization for alleged patent infringements that are costing companies billions of euros, as part of what officials in Brussels claim is a "power grab" by B...
09:00 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot HP and Lenovo Chromebooks Expected To Support Steam
HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus are expected to be among the first companies to release gaming Chromebooks. From a report: A code change in the Chromium Gerrit suggests the vendors are working on Chrome OS...
07:43 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot UK Ready To Launch Retaliatory Cyber-attacks on Russia, Defence Secretary Says
The UK is ready to launch cyber attacks on Russia if Moscow targets Britain's computer networks after a Ukraine invasion, the defence secretary has threatened. The Independent: In a Commons statement,...
07:00 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot New EU Antitrust Frontier Emerges for Microsoft and Google: Spam Ads
A new claim that Microsoft and Google are gaming the online advertising market to the detriment of smaller rivals threatens to set up a new antitrust clash in Europe, according to previously unseen da...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot The Elaborate Con That Tricked Dozens Into Working for a Fake Design Agency
The Zoom call had about 40 people on it -- or that's what the people who had logged on thought. The all-staff meeting at Madbird, a "glamorous design agency" had been called to welcome the growing com...
05:13 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot Dutch Consumer Watchdog Gives Apple Fifth $5.7 Million Fine in App Store Dispute
The Dutch antitrust watchdog fined Apple 5 million euros ($5.7 million) on Monday, the fifth such penalty in successive weeks in a row over access to non-Apple payment methods for subscriptions to dat...
04:12 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot Google Could Have Updated the Pixel 3 To Android 13. It Just Didn't Want To.
AndroidPolice reports: Google has confirmed to us that the Pixel 3 series has received its last update, marking the end of a three-year promise. But revisiting the 2018-era flagship, I still can't hel...
03:00 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot Code.org and Coldplay Launch Global Campaign To Inspire Kids To Code and Dance
theodp writes: Tech-bankrolled nonprofit Code.org is inviting kids to join the Coldplay Dance Party, explaining in a Medium post that "we've teamed up with award-winning band Coldplay to launch a glob...
02:05 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot Atlassian Co-Founder Wants To Buy Australia's Biggest Polluter To Make It Greener
Mike Cannon-Brookes thought Australia's biggest polluter wasn't doing enough to curb its greenhouse gas emissions, so he sought to buy the company. From a report: Mr. Cannon-Brookes, the co-founder of...
12:34 pm - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot 'Crypto Ruined My Life': the Mental Health Crisis Hitting Bitcoin Investors
"Vice examines the toll on mental health experienced by people who invest a large portion of their net worth into volatile cryptocurrencies," writes long-time Slashdot reader leathered. Vice argues th...
08:59 am - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot With Growing Revenue But Slipping Market Share - Is Firefox Okay?
Industry analysts and former Mozilla employees are concerned about Firefox's future, reports Ars Technica, warning that the ultimate fate of Firefox "has larger implications for the web as a whole."Si...
05:59 am - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot Whistleblower Leaks Secret Details on 30,000 Credit Suisse Accounts Worth $108 Billion
A "massive leak" by a whistleblower revealed the secret details of bank accounts linked to more than 30,000 Credit Suisse clients around the world, reports the Guardian. They note that Credit Suisse i...
02:59 am - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot Zuckerberg's Facebook Burns $500 Billion Becoming 'Meta'. Are They In Trouble?
Slashdot reader McGruber shares a scathing column from New York magazine arguing that "There has never been a self-immolation quite like Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg...
12:16 am - Mon, February 21, 2022
Slashdot After Blackouts, Texas Became a Top State for New Solar Installations as Thousands Install Microgrids
"Thousands of Texans who have turned to solar power and battery storage, creating so-called microgrids, as a solution to blackouts," reports the Houston Chronicle. "With a venture creating the same li...
11:16 pm - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot Could Texas Avoid Blackouts With Renewable Energy?
"Around this time last year, millions of Texans were shivering without power during one of the coldest spells to hit the central United States," remembers the Washington Post. "For five days, blackout...
09:34 pm - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot Slate's 25th Anniversary Marked with Warning on Echo Chambers, Memories of 'Motivated Reasoning' on Microsoft
It's the 25th anniversary of Slate.com, and writer William Saletan reflects on the last quarter century. "Print magazines that scorned internet journalism collapsed or faded (it's hard to believe now,...
08:34 pm - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot Phishing Attack Tricks 32 OpenSea Users Out of 254 NFTs
"On Saturday, attackers stole hundreds of NFTs from OpenSea users, causing a late-night panic among the site's broad user base," reports the Verge. "A spreadsheet compiled by the blockchain security s...
07:34 pm - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot Linux Developers Patch Bugs Faster Than Microsoft, Apple, and Google, Study Shows
Linux programmers fixed bugs faster than anyone — in an average of just 25 days (improving from 32 days in 2019 to just 15 in 2021). That's the conclusion of Google's "Project Zero" security res...
06:34 pm - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot Crypto Enthusiasts' DAO Tries Raising $4 Billion to Buy a Football Team
In NFL news, an American football team — the Denver Broncos — "are up for sale," reports CNBC, "and a group of crypto enthusiasts is aiming to raise more than $4 billion using a decentrali...
05:34 pm - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot Quentin Tarantino Almost Made a 'Star Trek' Movie with a 'Pulp Fiction' Vibe
A fourth movie in the rebooted Star Trek franchise will be produced by J. J. Abrams and star Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, according to an announcement this week by Paramount. But Variety remembers h...
04:34 pm - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot How the Webb Telescope Will Explore Interstellar Objects
Astronomers have only caught glimpses of the two interstellar objects identified in our solar system, reports Space.com — but there's hope that the Webb Space Telescope will show us more:"With W...
03:34 pm - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot San Francisco's Mayor is Urging Employers to Return Workers to Downtown Offices
San Francisco mayor London Breed "is working with business leaders to push San Francisco employers to start bringing more workers back to downtown offices at some point in March," reports the San Fran...
12:34 pm - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot Is It More Energy-Efficient to Program in Rust?
A recent post on the AWS Open Source blog announced that AWS "is investing in the sustainability of Rust, a language we believe should be used to build sustainable and secure solutions." It was writte...
08:54 am - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot Humans Find AI-Generated Faces More Trustworthy Than the Real Thing
Scientific American reports on a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA on the effectiveness of deep fakes. "The results suggest that real humans can easily fal...
05:39 am - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot Roblox $1.6M Griefer Suit Settled With Mutli-Year Ban, $150,000 Fine
UnknowingFool writes: In November 2021, Roblox sued YouTuber, Benjamin Simon aka "Ruben Sim" for $1.6M accusing him of griefing: harassment of users, harassment of employees, and disrupting the Octobe...
02:39 am - Sun, February 20, 2022
Slashdot In 10 Years, Will 'Remote Work' Simply Be 'Work'?
Bloomberg reports:A decade from now, offices shall be used for one thing and one thing only: quality time with colleagues. This seemingly bold prediction comes from Prithwiraj Choudhury, a Harvard Bus...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot Google to Overhaul Ad-Tracking on Android Phones Used by Billions
The Washington Post reports:Google announced it will begin the process of getting rid of long-standing ad trackers on its Android operating system, upending how advertising and data-collection work on...
10:43 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot The Sun Has Erupted Non-Stop All Month, and There Are More Giant Flares Coming
Over the past few weeks the sun "has undergone a series of giant eruptions that have sent plasma hurtling through space," reports Science Alert:Perhaps the most dramatic was a powerful coronal mass ej...
09:44 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot New Open Source-Loving Microsoft Celebrates .NET's 20th Anniversary
From Mike Melanson's "This Week in Programming" column:The 20th anniversary of .NET is upon us this week and with it, Microsoft is pulling out all the stops in celebration of what it says is "the most...
08:34 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot Francis Ford Coppola Wants to Self-Finance a $120M Utopian Film Called 'Megalopolis'
He produced the science fiction film THX 1138 — George Lucas's first movie — in 1971. 28 years later he supervised the re-editing of the science fiction film Supernova. But now 82-year-old...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot 100 Billion Face Photos? Clearview AI tells investors it's On Track to Identify 'Almost Everyone in the World'
tThe Washington Post reports:Clearview AI is telling investors it is on track to have 100 billion facial photos in its database within a year, enough to ensure "almost everyone in the world will be id...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot Corn Ethanol Worse for the Climate Than Gasoline, Study Finds
Reuters reports:Corn-based ethanol, which for years has been mixed in huge quantities into gasoline sold at U.S. pumps, is likely a much bigger contributor to global warming than straight gasoline, ac...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot TIOBE Adjusts Programming Language Popularity Calculations. Python, C, and Java Still Popular
"As of the 1st of May, the Alexa web traffic ranking engine is going to stop its services," the TIOBE Index reminds us. So for the first time, TIOBE has switched to Similarweb this month to choose whi...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot Google Workers Protest Plans to Reduce Compensation in Three Cities in North Carolina, Texas, and Iowa
Protocol reports that Google "plans to reduce the equity packages for Durham, North Carolina; Des Moines, Iowa; and Houston, Texas, in January 2022, according to an Alphabet Workers Union petition cir...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot Ivermectin Doesn't Prevent Severe COVID-19, New Study Finds
UPI reports on the results of a new randomized-controlled trial of ivermectin, the "gold standard" of medical research. UPI reports that treatment with ivermectin "failed to prevent patients with mild...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot BlackBerry's 5G Phone Is Officially Dead
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: The delayed 5G BlackBerry phone is dead, OnwardMobility has confirmed on its website. "It is with great sadness that we announce that OnwardMobility will...
10:00 am - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot Your Brain Doesn't Slow Down Until Your 60s
Our ability to process information during decision-making doesn't drop off until age 60, according to new findings that challenge the widespread belief that mental speed starts to decline in our 20s. ...
07:00 am - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot NASA's Parker Solar Probe Captures First Visible Light Images of Venus' Surface
dargaud writes: NASA's Parker Solar Probe has captured its first images of Venus' surface in visible light. The images show distinctive areas on the planetary surface, including continental regions, p...
03:30 am - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot The Rise of Crypto Could Trigger a Financial Crisis, Global Watchdog Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Markets Insider: Wall Street institutions' growing connections to crypto markets could threaten financial stability and cause a credit crunch-style financial c...
02:02 am - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot Scientists Demonstrate Self-Awareness In Fish
Researchers from the Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University, have provided evidence to suggest that fish have the capacity for MSR, a behavioral test to determine whether an animal possesse...
01:25 am - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot Apple Store Workers Are Preparing To Unionize
According to a report from the Washington Post, Apple Store employees at several retail stores in the US are said are said to be planning to unionize. 9to5Mac reports: Groups at two stores are reporte...
12:45 am - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot Meta's Social VR Platform Horizon Hits 300,000 Users
Since being rolled out to users in the U.S. and Canada, Meta's social VR platform for the Quest headset, Horizon Worlds, has grown its monthly user base by a factor of 10x to 300,000 people. "Meta spo...
12:02 am - Sat, February 19, 2022
Slashdot VMware Horizon Servers Are Under Active Exploit By Iranian State Hackers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Hackers aligned with the government of Iran are exploiting the critical Log4j vulnerability to infect unpatched VMware users with ransomware, res...
11:20 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Google Search On Desktop Tests Adding Widgets For Weather, Other Discover-Like Cards
Google Search is now testing a row of widgets on desktop web for an experience that's similar to Discover. 9to5Google reports: These cards appear at the very bottom of google.com. There's a "Hide cont...
10:40 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Alarm Raised After Microsoft Wins Data-Encoding Patent
Microsoft last month received a US patent covering modifications to a data-encoding technique called rANS, one of several variants in the Asymmetric Numeral System (ANS) family that support data compr...
10:02 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Meta Axes a Head of Global Community Development After He Appears On Video In Underage Sex Sting
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has confirmed to TechCrunch that Jeren A. Miles, who had been a manager of global community development, is n...
09:23 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot 'Zero-Click' Hacks Are Growing in Popularity. There's Practically No Way To Stop Them
With people more wary than ever about clicking on suspicious links in emails and text messages, zero-click hacks are being used more frequently by government agencies to spy on activists, journalists ...
08:45 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot NASA's Perseverance Rover Marks Its First Year Hunting for Past Life on Mars
It's been one year since a nuclear-powered, one-armed, six-wheeled robot punched through the Martian atmosphere at a blazing 12,000 miles per hour, and a supersonic parachute slowed it way down until ...
08:05 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot 'Pathetic' Performance Has Left US 'Well Behind' China in 5G Race, ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says
The U.S. government's "dithering" has left the country "well behind" China in the race to build out 5G technology, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, as he urged Washington to step up investment in ...
07:21 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot New York Mayor Eric Adams Calls Out NYC Workers To Return To Offices
nray writes: Mayor Eric Adams called for people to revive the state's economy by getting "back to work" -- and said he was tired of hearing excuses about the COVID-19 pandemic. "New Yorkers, it's time...
06:44 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot A Father Accidentally Shut Down His Town's Whole Internet in an Effort to Limit His Kids' Screentime
In a desperate bid to get his children offline, some guy in France apparently blitzed his entire town's internet connection -- by accident, that is. He now faces up to six months in prison for the out...
06:01 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot How a Saudi Woman's iPhone Revealed Hacking Around the World
A single activist helped turn the tide against NSO Group, one of the world's most sophisticated spyware companies now facing a cascade of legal action and scrutiny in Washington over damaging new alle...
05:25 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot FBI Sounds Alarm as QR Code Usage Soars
The pandemic has accelerated the usage of QR codes, taking them from niche status to an essential tool for businesses and marketers. From a report: Look no further than Sunday's Super Bowl commercial ...
04:40 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Burning Cargo Ship is Adrift in Mid-Atlantic Without Crew
A burning car transport ship drifted in the mid-Atlantic on Thursday after the huge vessel's 22 crew members were evacuated due to the blaze, the Portuguese navy said. From a report: Shipping in the a...
04:03 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Intel Discloses Multi-Generation Xeon Scalable Roadmap: New E-Core Only Xeons in 2024
AnandTech reports: It's no secret that Intel's enterprise processor platform has been stretched in recent generations. Compared to the competition, Intel is chasing its multi-die strategy while relyin...
03:20 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot How China Beat Out the US To Dominate South America
No province is too small or remote for Beijing's careful attention. Bloomberg Businessweek: Chinese technology and money have helped build one of Latin America's largest solar energy plants in Jujuy (...
02:40 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Biden Seen Issuing Crypto Oversight Exec Order Next Week
President Biden is expected to issue an executive order next week directing agencies across the government to study cryptocurrencies and a central bank digital currency (CBDC), and come up with a gove...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Heading Football and Head Impacts 'Change Blood Patterns in Brain'
Repeated heading and accidental head impacts in football cause changes to blood patterns in the brain, potentially interfering with signalling pathways, according to a study of players in Norway. From...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Handwritten Apple 1 Serial Number Mystery Finally Solved By Forensic Analysis
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: Apple geeks may be aware of the mystery of the handwritten Apple 1 serial number present on some of the surviving machines. Namely, no one knew how th...
10:00 am - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Solar Panels On Water Canals Could Generate 13GW of Power For California
The little known Turlock Irrigation District (TID) in California has taken a bold and ambitious step to put solar panels on its open water canals, the first such project in the U.S. Interesting Engine...
07:00 am - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Evolutionary Anthropologist Busts Myths About How Humans Burn Calories
Herman Pontzer, a biological anthropologist at the Pontzer lab at Duke University, works with his colleagues to "systematically measure the total energy used per day by animals and people in various w...
03:30 am - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot US Has Suffered More Than 1 Million Excess Deaths During Pandemic, CDC Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Guardian: There have been more than 1 million excess deaths in the US during the pandemic, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (...
02:02 am - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Physical Console Games Are Quickly Becoming a Relatively Niche Market
According to a new exclusive analysis of NPD Game Pulse data conducted by Ars Technica, the number of physical console game releases continues to decline even as the number of digital console games ex...
01:25 am - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot The US Is Now Energy Independent
The U.S. produced more petroleum than it consumed in 2020, and the numbers were essentially in balance in 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration. Axios reports: The surge in oil pric...
12:45 am - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot FDA Clears First Smartphone App For Insulin Delivery
The Food and Drug Administration cleared a smartphone app from Tandem Diabetes Care to program insulin delivery for its t:slim X2 insulin pump, the company announced Wednesday. The Verge reports: It's...
12:02 am - Fri, February 18, 2022
Slashdot Windows 11 Pro Now Requires Microsoft Account and Internet During Setup
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Now that Windows 11's first major post-release update has been issued, Microsoft has started testing a huge collection of new features, UI change...
11:20 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Roku Mulls Building Its Own Smart TVs
Roku, the leading supplier of smart TV OS in North America, is looking at possibly building its own TV sets. Nexttv reports: According to Business Insider, Roku convened a focus group earlier this mon...
10:40 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot US Agencies Say Russian Hackers Compromised Defense Contractors
Hackers backed by the Russian government have breached the networks of multiple US defense contractors in a sustained campaign that has revealed sensitive information about US weapons-development comm...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Wordle Is Watching You
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: It's been less than a month since the New York Times bought Wordle, but it's wasting no time in ruining everyone's favorite word game in all the shitt...
07:25 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot India Unveils Hydrogen Plan to Speed Shift From Fossil Fuels
India unveiled its hydrogen roadmap, offering incentives for investors to produce the fuel at low costs and help the nation shift away from its reliance on fossil fuels. From a report: The first part ...
06:45 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Intel Arc Update: Alchemist Laptops Q1, Desktops Q2; 4M GPUs Total for 2022
As part of Intel's annual investor meeting taking place today, Raja Koduri, Intel's SVP and GM of the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) Group delivered an update to investors on the sta...
06:05 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot A Crucial Clue in the $4.5 Billion Bitcoin Heist: A $500 Walmart Gift Card
Federal investigators spent years hunting for clues in the 2016 hacking of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, when thieves stole bitcoin now worth $4.5 billion. In the end, what helped lead them to...
05:25 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Air Pollution May Affect Sperm Quality, Says Study
Air pollution may affect semen quality, specifically sperm motility -- the ability of sperm to swim in the right direction -- according to a new study analysing the sperm of over 30,000 men in China. ...
04:42 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Canada's Major Banks Go Offline in Mysterious Hours-long Outage
Five major Canadian banks went offline for hours blocking access to online and mobile banking as well as e-transfers for customers. From a report: The banks reportedly hit by the outage include Royal ...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Tech Companies Face a Fresh Crisis: Hiring
Recruiters in tech are desperate for workers. But candidates are the ones who hold all the power. From a report: [...] Recruiters working in technology these days do not receive candy, flowers or than...
03:22 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Amazon Strikes Global Deal To Accept Visa Credit Cards
Amazon will accept Visa credit cards across all of its sites after the two businesses reached a global agreement. From a report: The online retail giant had last year threatened to stop the use of Vis...
02:41 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Firefox and Chrome Versions '100' May Break Some Websites
As both the Chrome and Firefox browsers approach their 100th versions, what should be a reason for the developers to celebrate could turn into a bit of a mess. From a report: It turns out that much li...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Why You Can't Have Legs in Virtual Reality (Yet)
Mark Zuckerberg showed off a cartoon version of himself in a virtual world at an event in October as he outlined the company's new focus for the next decade. Zuckerberg demonstrated a bunch of things ...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot JPMorgan Becomes First Bank To Open In Metaverse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Investment banking giant JPMorgan Chase has set up shop in the Metajuku mall. The bank's lounge features a spiral staircase, a live tiger, and an illu...
10:00 am - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot US Clears Way For Automakers To Install Smart Headlights
The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a rule Tuesday to allow adaptive driving beam headlights, or smart headlights, in the U.S. Axios report...
07:00 am - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Bipartisan Senate Proposal Raises Alarm Over El Salvador's Bitcoin Adoption
Senators Jim Risch, Bob Menendez, and Bill Cassidy's Accountability for Cryptocurrency in El Salvador (ACES) Act would require a State Department report on mitigating risks to the U.S. financial syste...
03:30 am - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Ericsson Shares Crash After CEO Says Firm May Have Paid ISIS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Ericsson may have made payments to the ISIS terror organization to gain access to certain transport routes in Iraq, in a shock admission following y...
02:02 am - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot FCC Bans Deals That Block Competition In Apartments
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to ban the exclusive revenue-sharing deals between landlords and Internet service providers that prevent broadband competition in apartment buildings an...
01:25 am - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot New York Is Now Using Cameras With Microphones To Ticket Loud Cars
If you live in New York and drive a loud car, you could receive a notice from the city's Department of Environmental Protection telling you your car is too loud. Not because a police officer caught yo...
12:45 am - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Otter Browser Aims To Bring Chromium To Decades-Old OS/2 Operating System
"The OS/2 community is getting close to obtaining a modern browser on their platform," writes Slashdot reader martiniturbide. In an announcement article on Monday, president of the OS/2 Voice communit...
12:02 am - Thu, February 17, 2022
Slashdot Twitter Officially Launches Labels To Identify the 'Good Bots'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Twitter last fall introduced a new label that would allow what it calls the "good bots" on its service to identify themselves. While the word "bot"...
11:20 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot IBM Cloud To Offer Z-Series Mainframes For First Time
The 111-year-old tech institution today announced it will offer the Z mainframe platform on the IBM Cloud, by offering virtual machines running z/OS as-a-service. The Register reports: These VMs are i...
10:40 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Otter.ai Transcription Service, Widely Used By Journalists, Has Security Concerns
FriendlySolipsist writes: After using the Otter.ai automated transcription service for a recorded interview with an Uyghur human rights activist, Politico journalist Phelim Kine received a disturbing ...
10:02 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Scientists Make Breakthrough In Warping Time At Smallest Scale Ever
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: [S]cientists at JILA, a joint operation between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado Boulder, have me...
09:25 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Windows 11 is Getting New Touch Gestures, Start Menu Folders
Microsoft is bringing new touch gestures, Start menu folders, a redesigned Task Manager, and lots more improvements to Windows 11. From a report: A new build of Windows 11 is available to testers toda...
08:45 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot NYSE Moves Closer To NFT Trading With Trademark Application
The New York Stock Exchange has filed an application to register the term "NYSE" for a marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), taking a step closer to setting up an online trading place for crypto...
08:05 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Nintendo Closing 3DS and Wii U Shops In 2023, Has 'No Plans To Offer Classic Content In Other Ways'
Nintendo has announced that in March 2023 the online storefronts for 3DS and Wii U systems will be ceasing operations, a move that the BBC reports has attracted a lot of backlash from fans. Kotaku add...
07:25 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Pelosi, Schumer Urged To Pass Chip-Funding Bill by 21-Industry Group
A group of 21 industry groups aligned with the automotive and technology sectors is calling for Congress to finalize work on a bill to fund increased domestic chip production. From a report: Congress ...
06:45 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot The US Will Finally Allow Adaptive Beam Headlights on New Cars
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is finally poised to legalize adaptive beam headlights in the US. From a report: The NHTSA announced that it has issued a final rule that will update...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot DeepMind Has Trained an AI To Control Nuclear Fusion
The Google-backed firm taught a reinforcement learning algorithm to control the fiery plasma inside a tokamak nuclear fusion reactor. From a report: The inside of a tokamak -- the doughnut-shaped vess...
05:24 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot How Roblox 'Beamers' Get Rich Stealing from Children
Underneath the gaming platform worth $68 billion and used by over half of all children in America is a ballooning and highly profitable ecosystem of hackers and traders. From a report: Motherboard spo...
04:45 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot A Network of Fake Test Answer Sites Is Trying to Incriminate Students
The Markup reports: When Kurt Wilson, a computer science student at the University of Central Florida, heard that his university was using a controversial online proctoring tool called Honorlock, he i...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Cryptocurrency is Akin To a 'Ponzi Scheme', Warns India's Central Bank
A top official of India's central bank has compared cryptocurrency to a "Ponzi scheme" and suggested an outright ban in its sharpest criticism just weeks after the government proposed taxation of the ...
03:25 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot South Korea To Allow Delivery Robots on Public Roads in 2023
Robots are being trialled to deliver food and other items in South Korea, which is planning to allow them on roads from 2023. Nikkei Asia reports: Woowa Brothers, operator of the country's biggest foo...
02:45 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Google Plans Privacy Changes, but Promises To Not Be Disruptive
Google said on Wednesday that it was working on privacy measures meant to limit the sharing of data on smartphones running its Android software. But the company promised those changes would not be as ...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported
Second Sight left users of its retinal implants in the dark. IEEE Spectrum reports: Barbara Campbell was walking through a New York City subway station during rush hour when her world abruptly went da...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Android 13 Virtualization Hack Runs Windows (and Doom) In a VM On Android
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Here's a fun new feature of Android 13: working virtualization support. Google is building virtualization into Android for its own reasons, but A...
10:00 am - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Zuckerberg Coldly Explains To Facebook Staff They Are Now To Be Known As 'Metamates'
In an all-hands meeting at Meta "explaining the company's updated values," Mark Zuckerberg says employees are not supposed to "nice ourselves to death," adding that they are now to be known as "Metama...
07:00 am - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Virgin Galactic Is Looking For 1,000 People To Buy Its $450,000 Spaceflight Tickets
Virgin Galactic announced that it's opening ticket sales to the general public for its spaceflight system, "letting you become an astronaut if you're willing to pay $450,000 and put down a $150,000 de...
03:30 am - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot First Woman Reported Cured of HIV After Stem Cell Transplant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A U.S. patient with leukemia has become the first woman and the third person to date to be cured of HIV after receiving a stem cell transplant from a ...
02:02 am - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Amazon Now Serves Files At Sub-Millisecond Speeds
In an AWS blog post, Amazon announced that its Elastic File Systems (Amazon EFS) "now provide average latency as low as 600 microseconds for the majority of read operations on data and metadata. "We s...
01:44 am - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Akamai To Acquire Linode
"Akamai, which announced quarterly earnings today, also announced that they plan to acquire longtime Linux VPS host Linode for $900 million," writes Slashdot reader virtig01. From a press release anno...
01:25 am - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot Dutch Foundation Seeks Consumer Damages Over Apple, Google App Payments
Apple and Google face a potential class action lawsuit in the Netherlands over app store charges, after a foundation headed by Dutch entrepreneur Alexander Klopping began gathering claimants. Reuters ...
12:45 am - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot 74% of Ransomware Revenue Goes To Russia-Linked Hackers
New analysis suggests that 74% of all money made through ransomware attacks in 2021 went to Russia-linked hackers. The BBC reports: Researchers say more than $400 million worth of crypto-currency paym...
12:02 am - Wed, February 16, 2022
Slashdot SFPD Puts Rape Victims' DNA Into Database Used To Find Criminals, DA Alleges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The San Francisco Police Department's crime lab has been checking DNA collected from sexual assault victims to determine whether any of the victi...
11:20 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Ukraine's Military and Banks Hit By Apparent DDoS Cyberattack Campaign
Ukraine's Ministry of Defense website suffered from what appeared to be a distributed denial of service attack Tuesday, according to the government's Facebook account. CNET reports: The military's web...
10:40 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Google Is Bringing Chrome OS To PCs and Macs
Google has announced a new version of Chrome OS called Chrome OS Flex, which is designed to run on old PCs and Macs. The Verge reports: The operating system can be installed "within minutes," accordin...
10:02 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot DeLorean Is Being Revived (Again), This Time As Electric Vehicle
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The newest entrant in the fight for EV market share is going back to the future with an all-electric DeLorean. The infamous gull-winged car is being...
09:22 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Google Docs's New Update Takes Aim at Microsoft Word - and Notion, Too
Google is continuing to give its document editing suite a more modern makeover. The latest update to Google Docs makes pageless documents available to all users after the company announced the feature...
08:45 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Major Banks Pledging Net Zero Are Pouring Money Into the Dirtiest Fossil Fuel
Financial institutions channeled more than $1.5 trillion into the coal industry in loans and underwriting from January 2019 to November 2021, even though many have made net-zero pledges, a report by a...
08:05 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Sea Level To Rise Up To a Foot by 2050, Interagency Report Finds
NASA, in a blog post: Coastal flooding will increase significantly over the next 30 years because of sea level rise, according to a new report by an interagency sea level rise task force that includes...
07:23 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Amazon Now Serves Files At Sub-Millisecond Speeds
segaboy81 writes: Amazon is announcing an enormous increase in read speeds for its new and existing Elastic file systems. According to an AWS blog post, EFS read operations have typically hovered in t...
06:46 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Newegg Apologises for Well-documented Customer Service Fail, Says It Has Enacted Better Policies
Newegg has apologised for dealing poorly with returns and open-box product sales, in the wake of a recent video from Gamers Nexus documenting its own terrible returns experience. From a report: The on...
06:06 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Shortwave, a Startup By Former Google Employees, Wants To Bring Back Google Inbox
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google's Inbox experiment was a glorious thing while it lasted. Launched as an invitation-only service in 2014, it was the company's next-gen email client. Because...
05:22 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Windows 11's First Big Update Arrives With Android Apps and Taskbar Changes
Microsoft is releasing its first big update to Windows 11 today, and it includes a lot of new additions. From a report: A public preview of Android apps on Windows 11 will be available today in the US...
04:52 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot US Accuses Financial Website of Spreading Russian Propaganda
U.S. intelligence officials on Tuesday accused a conservative financial news website with a significant American readership of amplifying Kremlin propaganda and alleged five media outlets targeting Uk...
04:05 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot New Yorkers in High Stop-and-Frisk Areas Subject To More Facial Recognition Tech
New Yorkers who live in areas where controversial stop-and-frisk searches happen most frequently are also more likely to be surveilled by facial recognition technology, according to research by Amnest...
03:22 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot How SoftBank's Costly Bet on the 'Internet of Things' Backfired at Arm
As Masayoshi Son tried to persuade investors of the wisdom of purchasing one of the most successful chip companies in the world in 2016, the SoftBank chief had one clear message: "For the era of the '...
02:47 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Pegasus Spyware Should Be Banned, EU Data Agency Warns
NSO Group's controversial Pegasus spyware should be banned in the European Union, the bloc's in-house privacy watchdog warned on Tuesday. From a report: "The ban on the development and the deployment ...
02:01 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot First Hints of a Planet Orbiting in a White Dwarf's Habitable Zone
A distant white dwarf is surrounded by space rocks marching in perfect time. This observation offers hints of what may be the first planet we have detected in the habitable zone of one of these stella...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot France To Cut Carbon Emissions, Russian Energy Influence With 14 Nuclear Reactors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: France is planning to build up to 14 nuclear reactors in an attempt to shore up the country's aging nuclear fleet while also reducing the country...
10:00 am - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Why Musk's Biggest Space Gamble Is Freaking Out His Competitors
schwit1 shares a report from Politico: Starship is threatening NASA's moon contractors, which are watching its progress with a mix of awe and horror. "They are shitting the bed," said a top Washington...
07:00 am - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot 'Blade Runner 2099' Live-Action Sequel Series From Ridley Scott Enters Development
The replicants are heading to the small-screen as Amazon Studios has put a live-action series set in the Blade Runner universe into development. Deadline reports: Ridley Scott, who directed the origin...
03:30 am - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot China, Not SpaceX, May Be Source of Rocket Part Crashing Into Moon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: On March 4, a human-made piece of rocket detritus will slam into the moon. But it turns out that it is not, as was previously stated in a n...
02:10 am - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Construction Begins On New York's First Offshore Wind Farm
New York State broke ground on Friday on its first offshore wind farm, kicking off a boom in similar projects aimed at transforming the state's -- and the nation's -- energy mix. The Verge reports: Th...
01:30 am - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Worldle Is Like Wordle, But For Geography
Worldle, the latest spinoff of the viral online word game Wordle, gives players six chances to guess a country outlined in black. CNET reports: As with Wordle, which was recently purchased by The New ...
12:50 am - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft Defender Will Soon Block Windows Password Theft
Microsoft is enabling a Microsoft Defender 'Attack Surface Reduction' security rule by default to block hackers' attempts to steal Windows credentials from the LSASS process. BleepingComputer reports:...
12:39 am - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Harvard Mathematician Proves 150-Year Old Chess Puzzle
joshuark shares a report from Popular Mechanics: A mathematician from Harvard University has (mostly) solved a 150-year-old Queen's gambit of sorts: the delightful n queens puzzle. In newly self-publi...
12:20 am - Tue, February 15, 2022
Slashdot Intel Nearing $6 Billion Deal To Buy Tower Semiconductor
In an effort to boost its manufacturing operations, Intel is nearing a deal to buy Israeli chip firm Tower Semiconductor for almost $6 billion, reports Reuters, citing a report from the Wall Street Jo...
11:50 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Coinbase Swears This All Isn't Like the Dotcom Bubble After Super Bowl Ad SNAFU
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The most insufferable part of every Super Bowl Sunday has historically, without fail, been the ads. This year was no exception, with an unrelentin...
11:10 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot AMD Closes $50 Billion Purchase of Xilinx
AMD on Monday completed the acquisition of Xilinx, creating a company that can offer various types of compute devices, including CPUs, GPUs, and FPGAs. Tom's Hardware reports: AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su told...
10:40 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot EV Start-up Polestar Takes Shots At Tesla, Musk and Volkswagen In Super Bowl Ad
omfglearntoplay shares a report from CNBC: Electric vehicle firm Polestar roasted Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Volkswagen in its Super Bowl ad, with references to "conquering Mars" and "Dieselgate." The el...
10:08 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft Tells Workers To Prepare To Return To the Office
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: Microsoft told employees that they will need to return to office next month, transitioning back to its corporate campus for the first time ...
09:21 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Chinese Fans of 'Friends' Angry After Show Re-released With Censorship
An anonymous reader shares a report: Chinese fans of U.S. sitcom "Friends" have expressed dismay online after noticing censorship in recently released episodes of the beloved show, including of LGBT i...
08:45 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot How Fake Song Lyrics Ended Up On Spotify
DevNull127 writes: More bad news for Spotify from Conde Naste via their music site Pitchfork: Last month, in the tone of a band reluctantly summoned from some deep seabed, My Bloody Valentine issued a...
08:04 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Thousands of Npm Accounts Use Email Addresses With Expired Domains
An academic research project found that thousands of JavaScript developers are using an email address with an expired domain for their npm accounts, leaving their projects exposed to easy hijacks. Fro...
07:25 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot How One of the World's Biggest Carbon Emitters Got a Factory To Zero Emissions
104-year-old Panasonic got its highest-emitting Chinese factory, which makes lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries, to "virtually net zero" carbon dioxide. The effort took six years, and as t...
06:45 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Study Finds Western Megadrought is the Worst in 1,200 Years
Shrunk reservoirs. Depleted aquifers. Low rivers. Raging wildfires. It's no secret that the Western U.S. is in a severe drought. New research published Monday shows just how extreme the situation has ...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Making 'Dinobabies' Extinct: IBM's Push for a Younger Work Force
In recent years, former IBM employees have accused the company of age discrimination in a variety of legal filings and press accounts, arguing that IBM sought to replace thousands of older workers wit...
06:03 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Texas Sues Meta Over Facebook's Facial-Recognition Practices
The Texas attorney general filed a suit against Facebook parent Meta Platforms on Monday, charging that the social-media giant's longstanding and now discontinued use of facial-recognition technology ...
05:32 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot SEC Ratchets Up Crypto Crackdown
Crypto startup BlockFi agreed to pay $100 million to settle allegations from the SEC and state regulators that it illegally offered a product violating securities law. From a report: This is the large...
04:44 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Opera Browser Now Allows Emoji-only Web Addresses
Web browser company Opera said Monday it will enable emoji-only based web addresses "to bring a new level of creativity to the internet." From a report: The integration is part of a partnership with Y...
04:03 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot US Tech Firms Hunt for Cheap Home-Based Hires in Latin America
The remote-work revolution has led some U.S. technology companies, from startups to Coinbase and Shopify, to seek new hires in Latin America -- where they can find qualified people in roughly the same...
03:39 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Divorcing Couples Fight Over the Kids, the House and Now the Crypto
As cryptocurrencies gain wider acceptance, the division of the family stash has turned into a major source of contention, with estranged couples trading accusations of deception and financial mismanag...
03:25 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Divorcing Couples Fight Over the Kids, the House and Now the Crypto
As cryptocurrencies gain wider acceptance, the division of the family stash has turned into a major source of contention, with estranged couples trading accusations of deception and financial mismanag...
02:43 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot The End of Free Google Storage for Education
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2014, Google made a remarkable offer: anyone with a Google Apps for Education account in the US got unlimited storage for free. The logic was sound at the time....
02:08 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Sea's Free Fire Among Apps India Bans on China Security Fear
India has banned 54 apps it says are of Chinese origin, including Sea's marquee game Free Fire, citing security concerns, Bloomberg News reported Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter, th...
02:01 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Sea's Free Fire Among Apps India Bans on China Security Fear
India has banned 54 apps it says are of Chinese origin, including Sea's marquee game Free Fire, citing security concerns, Bloomberg News reported Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter, th...
12:34 pm - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Gawker Argues Because of the Internet, 'We Are All Cranks Now'
"We are all cranks now...." argues a new article on Gawker (relaunched last July). That is, we're all just like yester-year's "obsessive writers of letters to the editor, the meticulous hoarders of co...
08:34 am - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Exhibit Hopes to Solve Mysteries of Doodle-Filled Blackboard Kept 40 Years by Stephen Hawking
"A new museum exhibit hopes to uncover the secrets behind the doodles, in-jokes and coded messages on a blackboard that legendary physicist Stephen Hawking kept untouched for more than 35 years," repo...
06:04 am - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot North Carolina Teams With Microsoft To Bring Minecraft CS Curriculum To All Middle Schoolers
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: [T]he North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction on Monday issued a press release announcing it's going all-in on Microsoft's idea of having kids learn to code...
02:34 am - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot This Year's Super Bowl Broadcast May Seem 'Crypto-Happy'. But the NFL Isn't
During today's telecast of the Super Bowl, 100 million Americans will see at least three commercials promoting cryptocurrency, reports the Washington Post, "and though Tom Brady may be gone from the g...
01:27 am - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot After Just 24 Hours 'Lost Ark' Becomes the Second Most Played Game in Steam History
"Lost Ark has comfortably passed 1 million concurrent players after just 24 hours, becoming the second most played game in Steam history by concurrent counts," reports the Verge:The Diablo-like MMO la...
12:17 am - Mon, February 14, 2022
Slashdot Valve Releases Steam Deck CAD Files Allowing Anyone To 3D-Print Custom Shells
Engadget reports:With two weeks to go before its February 25th release date, Valve has published CAD files for Steam Deck's exterior shell to GitHub. Making them available under a Creative Commons lic...
11:16 pm - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot Declaring 'Renaisance' for French Nuclear Industry, French President Promises Up to 14 New Reactors by 2050
France president Emmanuel Macron "has announced a 'renaissance' for the French nuclear industry," reports the Guardian, with plans to build at least six new reactors by 2050 and as many as 14, "arguin...
10:17 pm - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot Russia Could Hit U.S. Chip Industry, White House Warns
Reuters reports:The White House is warning the chip industry to diversify its supply chain in case Russia retaliates against threatened U.S. export curbs by blocking access to key materials, people fa...
09:17 pm - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot Does a $3.6B Bitcoin Seizure Prove How Hard It Is to Launder Crypto?
What's the lesson after $3.6 billion in stolen bitcoin was seized by America's Justice Department from the couple who laundering it? Wired argues it all just shows how hard it is to launder cryptocurr...
08:17 pm - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot AI Can Now Also Outrace Human Champs in the Videogame 'Gran Turismo'
Scientific American reports:To hurtle around a corner along the fastest "racing line" without losing control, race car drivers must brake, steer and accelerate in precisely timed sequences. The proces...
07:16 pm - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot 'Meta Wouldn't Tell Us How It Enforces Its Rules In VR, So We Ran A Test'
To test Meta's Horizon World (their new social VR platform), BuzzFeed News created an area that was "filled with content banned from Facebook and Instagram." "Content moderators said the world was fin...
05:34 pm - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot How Two 23 Year-Old Texans Made $4M Last Year Mining Bitcoin in Oil Fields
"When Brent Whitehead and Matt Lohstroh were sophomores at Texas A&M University, they decided to get into the business of mining bitcoin on the oil fields of East Texas," reports CNBC:Whitehead, a...
04:34 pm - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot YouTube's Olympics Highlights Are Riddled with Propaganda
"Sports fans who tuned in to watch the Beijing Winter Olympics on YouTube are instead being served propaganda videos," reports Wired:An analysis of YouTube search results by WIRED found that people wh...
03:34 pm - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot Linux Malware Attacks are Increasing, and Businesses Aren't Ready
ZDNet reports:Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting Linux servers and cloud infrastructure to launch ransomware campaigns, cryptojacking attacks and other illicit activity — and many organi...
12:34 pm - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot OpenAI Cofounder Mocked for Tweeting That Neural Networks Might Be Slightly Conscious
"It may be that today's large neural networks are slightly conscious," OpenAI cofounder Ilya Sutskever tweeted Wednesday. Futurism says that after republishing that remark, "the responses came rolling...
08:34 am - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot NFT Marketplace Halts Most Transactions, Citing 'Rampant' Fakes and Plagiarism
Reuters reports that a popular NFT trading platform "has halted most transactions because people were selling tokens of content that did not belong to them, its founder said, calling this a 'fundament...
05:34 am - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot Intel Thread Director Is Headed to Linux for a Major Boost in Alder Lake Performance
The Linux 5.18 kernel is adding support this spring for the Intel Hardware Feedback Interface to make better decisions about where to place given work among available CPU cores/threads, reports Phoro...
02:34 am - Sun, February 13, 2022
Slashdot Journalist Labeled 'Hacker' By Missouri's Governor Will Not Be Prosecuted
Remember when more than 100,000 Social Security numbers of Missouri teachers were revealed in the HTML code of a state web site? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's reporter informed the state government an...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot America's Cybersecurity Agency is Now Urging 'Heightened Posture' Against Russian Cyberattacks
America's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) "says that American companies should be extra wary about potential hacking attempts from Russia as tensions with the country rise," reports PC ...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Valve's Steam Deck Will Run Linux-Based Steam OS - But Won't Have a Fortnite Port
Liliputing reports:When Valve's Steam Deck begins shipping to customers later this month, the handheld gaming PC will be running a Linux-based operating system called Steam OS. And that could give gam...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Mozilla and Meta (Formerly Facebook) Propose New Privacy-Preserving Ad Technology
Mozilla engineer Martin Thomson reveals they've been collaborating with Meta (formerly Facebook) on new technology that can measure "conversions" from advertising while still preserving privacy. The p...
08:34 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Apple Plans AirTag Updates to Address Unwanted Tracking
"Apple said Thursday it plans to add more safeguards to AirTags to cut down on unwanted tracking," reports CNN, "following reports that the devices have been used to stalk people and steal cars."In a ...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot 'A Hacker Group Has Been Framing People for Crimes They Didn't Commit'
A "shadowy hacker group" named Modified Elephant has been targeting people throughout India "for at least a decade," reports Gizmodo, "sometimes using its digital powers to plant fabricated evidence o...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Judge Gives 40-Month Prison Sentence to Nintendo Switch Hacker Called 'Bowser'
A U.S. district judge "sentenced a Nintendo Switch hacker to 40 months in federal prison," reports the Independent:Gary Bowser, 52, is one of the leaders of the "Team Xecuter" hacker criminal enterpri...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Some Amazon Ring Customers Demand Drivers Dance, Then Post Videos Online
From the New York Times:As Gita Jackson reported recently in Vice News, some Amazon customers are now explicitly asking the company's drivers to deliver a performance along with the package. They are ...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Will ID.Me Destroy the Data of the 7 Million Americans Already Directed to Its Face-Scanning Service?
America's Internal Revenue service abandoned plans to make face-scanning mandatory for access to your tax records. Unfortunately, before this change of heart the IRS had already directed 7 million Ame...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Beware Fake Windows 11 Upgrade Installers Bringing RedLine Malware
Slashdot reader joshuark writes:Beware fake Windows 11 upgrades install RedLine malware, reports Bleeping Computer. "Threat actors have started distributing fake Windows 11 upgrade installers to users...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Binance Is Taking a $200 Million Stake In Forbes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Binance, the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchange, is making a $200 million strategic investment in Forbes, the 104-year-old magazine and digital publ...
10:00 am - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Rare Form of Sulfur Offers a Key To Triple-Capacity EV Batteries
Engineers at Drexel University have made a breakthrough they say takes [lithium-sulfur batteries] closer to commercial use, by leveraging a rare chemical phase of sulfur to prevent damaging chemical r...
07:00 am - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot First Images From NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
The first images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope have been released, according to Space.com. Slashdot readers g01d4 and fahrbot-bot first shared the news. From the report: The main photo, which...
03:30 am - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot US Army Turns To Microgrids, EVs To Hit Net Zero By 2050
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The US Army released (PDF) its climate change strategy this week, and it's a lengthy document that shows how the largest and oldest branch of the...
02:02 am - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot US Nuclear Power Plants Contain Dangerous Counterfeit Parts, Report Finds
At least some nuclear power plants in the US contain counterfeit parts that could pose significant risks, an investigation by the inspector general's office of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has fo...
01:27 am - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Cisco Made $20 Billion-Plus Takeover Offer For Splunk
Network gear maker Cisco Systems has made a takeover offer worth more than $20 billion for software maker Splunk, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Reuters reports: The offer was made recent...
12:45 am - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot Zoom Update Prevents Microphone From Staying Active After Calls On Mac
Popular video conferencing platform Zoom this week released an important update to its macOS app following user reports about the microphone not being disabled after ending a conference. Luckily, acco...
12:02 am - Sat, February 12, 2022
Slashdot 'I Used Apple AirTags, Tiles and a GPS Tracker To Watch My Husband's Every Move'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times, written by journalist Kashmir Hill: In mid-January, my husband and I were having an argument. Our 1-year-old had just tested positive for C...
11:20 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Playboy Wants To Build a New Mansion In the Metaverse
Playboy has plans to reboot its brand in the digital world through NFTs, digital subscriptions and a new mansion in the metaverse. CNBC reports: The company has dropped thousands of Playboy NFTs featu...
11:00 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot After 20 Years, the US Army Is Shutting Down Its Recruitment Video Game, 'America's Army'
In the early 2000s, the U.S. Army released America's Army, a video game meant as a recruitment tool. "The free-to-play tactical shooter was wildly successful, reaching 20 million players," reports Fas...
10:40 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Hundreds of E-Commerce Sites Booby-Trapped With Payment Card-Skimming Malware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica, written by Dan Goodin: About 500 e-commerce websites were recently found to be compromised by hackers who installed a credit card skimmer that su...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot The Winter Olympics Are Sadder, Quieter, Scarier.
Isolation rooms, fears of positive Covid-19 tests and the absence of cheering crowds are squeezing all the joy from the Beijing Games. From a report: On the day Team USA flag bearer Elana Meyers Taylo...
09:25 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Intel To Enter Bitcoin Mining Market With Energy-Efficient GPU
Intel is entering the blockchain mining market with an upcoming GPU capable of mining Bitcoin. From a report: Intel insists the effort won't put a strain energy supplies or deprive consumers of chips....
08:45 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot An Incomplete History of Forbes as a Platform for Scams, Grift and Bad Journalism
Joshua Benton, writing for NiemanLab: If you need a refresher: The Gordon Gecko 1980s and NASDAQ-boom 1990s were both very good to Forbes, but things started to drift downward in the 2000s, both in pr...
08:05 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Online Betting Companies Are Kicking Off a Super Bowl Ad Blitz
It's not just the office pool anymore. More than half of U.S. states now allow legalized sports betting, and in many cases it's as easy as opening an app on your smartphone and making a wager. From a ...
07:23 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot The FDA Delays Action on Covid Shots for Young Children
In a striking reversal, federal regulators and Pfizer-BioNTech said on Friday that they would wait for data on whether three doses of the companies' coronavirus vaccine are effective in children young...
06:41 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Xiaomi Is in 'War of Life and Death' With Apple
Apple faces competition from many different brands all offering Android alternatives, but Xiaomi looks to be the most determined to beat it in the high-end phone market. From a report: As the South Ch...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Sony Built an AI That Can Beat Users at Video Games, With Honor
Japanese tech giant Sony revealed this week that it has trained the toughest-ever opponent for the race-car simulator Gran Turismo -- a champion that can beat top-class e-sports drivers at their own g...
05:20 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Big Tech Sold Out on Its Promise of an Open Internet
An anonymous reader shares a report: 2021 was a bad PR year for Big Tech. Lawmakers, advocates, and scholars filled pages of books and held hours of hearing exalting what they viewed as an industry be...
04:44 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot The Greatest Physics Demo of All Time Happened on the Moon
This true story of a hammer, a feather, the Apollo 15 mission, and the answers to humanity's oldest questions about how stuff falls. From a report: Does a falling object move at a constant speed, or d...
04:04 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Study Finds Link Between Alzheimer's and Circadian Clock
People who develop Alzheimer's disease can experience sleep disturbances years before the condition takes hold, but whether one causes the other, or something more complex is afoot, has always proved ...
03:30 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Researchers Warn That Social Media May Be 'Fundamentally at Odds' With Science
An anonymous reader shares a report: A special set of editorials published in today's issue of the journal Science argue that social media in its current form may well be fundamentally broken for the ...
02:45 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot So Nice They Killed It Twice: Google's Business Pivot is Dead
Google+ is dead -- again! The consumer version of Google+ may have shut down in April 2019, but Google kept the service rolling as an enterprise-focused social network it rebranded "Google Currents." ...
02:23 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Google's Privacy Sandbox Ad-tracking Overhaul Clears Major Regulatory Hurdle
Google's plan to phase out third-party cookies and replace them with a bundle of new standards referred to as the "Privacy Sandbox" just overcame a key regulatory hurdle. From a report: The UK's compe...
02:03 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Google's Privacy Sandbox Ad-tracking Overhaul Clears Major Regulatory Hurdle
Google's plan to phase out third-party cookies and replace them with a bundle of new standards referred to as the "Privacy Sandbox" just overcame a key regulatory hurdle. From a report: The UK's compe...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot France's Privacy Watchdog Latest To Find Google Analytics Breaches GDPR
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Use of Google Analytics has now been found to breach European Union privacy laws in France -- after a similar decision was reached in Austria last ...
10:00 am - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Scientists Build Synthetic Fish That Swim Using Lab-Grown Human Heart Cells
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Scientists have built a school of robotic fish powered by human heart cells. The fish, which swim on their own, show how lab-grown heart tissue can be des...
07:00 am - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Pan-European 'Supergrid' Could Cut 32% From Energy Costs
A European wide 'supergrid' could cut almost a third from energy costs according to a new study from the UCD Energy Institute. TechXplore reports: Evaluating the capabilities of Europe's energy networ...
03:32 am - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Senators: Newly Declassified Documents Reveal Previously Secret CIA Bulk Collection
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Washington Post: The CIA has a secret, undisclosed data repository that includes information collected about Americans, two Democrats on the Senate Intelli...
02:02 am - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Samsung Held An Event In the Metaverse. And It Didn't Quite Go To Plan
Samsung held a launch event for its new Galaxy smartphones in a metaverse this week but many people struggled to gain access as they encountered technical difficulties. CNBC reports: The South Korean ...
01:25 am - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Intel's Pay-As-You-Go CPU Feature Gets Launch Window
Intel's mysterious Software Defined Silicon (SDSi) mechanism for adding features to Xeon CPUs will be officially supported in Linux 5.18, the next major release of the operating system. Tom's Hardware...
12:45 am - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Twitter Misses Ad Revenue, User Growth Estimates
Twitter reported weaker-than-expected quarterly advertising revenue and user growth on Thursday and forecast revenue short of Wall Street targets, indicating that its turnaround plan has yet to bear f...
12:02 am - Fri, February 11, 2022
Slashdot Four Fast Chargers Every 50 Miles -- US Unveils EV Infrastructure Plan
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Starting this year, the federal government will begin doling out $5 billion to states over five years to build a nationwide network of fast charg...
11:20 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot MoviePass Is Officially Coming Back
MoviePass, the defunct discount ticketing service, will return this summer without the firm that ran it into the ground, says co-founder Stacy Spikes. The Verge reports: The company, recently bought b...
10:40 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Astra Launch of NASA-Sponsored Cubesats Fails
The first operational launch of Astra's Rocket 3.3 vehicle failed Feb. 10 when the rocket's upper stage appeared to tumble out of control after stage separation. SpaceNews reports: The rocket, designa...
10:02 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Luc Montagnier, Nobel-Winning Co-Discoverer of HIV, Dies At 89
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: Luc Montagnier, a French virologist who shared a Nobel Prize for discovering the virus that causes AIDS, died on Tuesday in the Paris subur...
09:25 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot The First Developer Preview of Android 13 Has Arrived
Google today announced the first developer release of Android 13. These very early releases, which are only meant for developers and aren't available through over-the-air updates, typically don't inc...
08:43 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Inside Finland's Plan To End All Waste by 2050
An anonymous reader shares a report: As natural resources diminish and the climate crisis grows more acute, the notion of a circular economy has been gaining traction around the globe. Most modern eco...
08:04 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Exhibition Hopes To Unravel the Mysteries of His Blackboard
Having devoted his life to the conundrums of the cosmos, Prof Stephen Hawking has left behind a mystery of his own amid the eclectic contents of his former office. From a report: The Cambridge cosmolo...
07:25 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Ubisoft's Latest Galaxy-Brain Move Is To Gift Scammy NFTs To Employees
Ubisoft's ongoing NFT odyssey continues to bewilder and demoralize not just longtime fans but also its own developers. The company recently held another workshop aimed specifically at addressing the c...
06:52 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Russia Sentences Teens Over 'Terrorist' Plot To Blow Up Minecraft FSB Building
A Russian court has sentenced three Siberian teenagers for terrorism Thursday for activities including plotting to blow up a virtual Federal Security Services (FSB) building in the popular online game...
06:04 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot New Algorithm Bill Could Force Facebook To Change How the News Feed Works
A new bipartisan bill, introduced on Wednesday, could mark Congress' first step toward addressing algorithmic amplification of harmful content. The Social Media NUDGE Act, authored by Sens. Amy Klobuc...
05:31 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Western Digital Says Contamination Impacting Production at Japanese Facilities
Western Digital said on Wednesday certain materials at two of its manufacturing units in Japan, operated by joint-venture partner Kioxia Holdings, were contaminated and will result in reduced availabi...
04:42 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Every Employee Who Leaves Apple Becomes an 'Associate'
Inside Apple, your job classification can mean a lot. The difference between a "level 4" engineer and a "level 5," for instance, could mean a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensa...
04:04 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot A Report Detailed the Tech Gap Between China and the US. Then It Disappeared.
schwit1 writes: China and the United States are in a race to develop the newest, hottest technologies of the 21st century as a technological decoupling looms. But the effects won't be felt equally -- ...
03:25 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot A Third World May Be Orbiting Around Our Closest Neighboring Star
Our nearest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri, may be harboring an extensive solar system, as scientists believe they've found a third planet orbiting it. From a report: It's a find that re-emphasize...
02:50 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot YouTube Plans To Make Gaming Videos Immersive in Metaverse Push
YouTube said it will start creating metaverse experiences on its video platform, beginning with gaming, following competitors' investments in the buzzy category. From a report: "We'll work to bring mo...
02:06 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Alfa Romeo is Building NFTs Into Latest Hybrid Car To Record Vehicle Data
Italian luxury car maker Alfa Romeo has revealed it will be using non-fungible tokens (NFT) to track and store maintenance records on the blockchain for its new Tonale SUV. From a report: Alfa Romeo, ...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Crypto Investors Are Cashing In On a Trump Tax Break Meant To Help the Poor
"The mystery of how cryptocurrency miners are paying for their energy-intensive mining operations in rural areas has been solved," writes Slashdot reader fermion. "Instead of paying up to 40% in taxes...
10:00 am - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot DARPA Flies a Black Hawk Helicopter Without a Pilot For 30 Minutes
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has flown a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter without a pilot for the first time ever. CNET reports: DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System program...
07:00 am - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot 'Futurama' Revival Ordered at Hulu
"Hulu has ordered a(nother) revival of Futurama," writes Slashdot reader aitikin, sharing a report from Variety. From the report: Variety has learned that the streaming service has ordered 20 new epis...
03:30 am - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Two Simple Movements Can Reduce Dizziness When Standing Up, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Researchers in Canada say they've come up with two simple physical techniques to help prevent a common cause of dizziness and fainting. In a small tri...
02:02 am - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot A Geomagnetic Storm May Have Effectively Destroyed 40 SpaceX Starlink Satellites
Elon Musk's satellite internet service Starlink just got dealt an expensive blow -- the company's currently estimating that 40 of the 49 Starlink satellites it launched on February 3rd will be destroy...
01:25 am - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot TikTok Shares Your Data More Than Any Other Social Media App, Study Says
According to a recent study published by mobile marketing company URL Genius, YouTube and TikTok track users' personal data more than any other social media apps. However, while YouTube mostly collect...
12:45 am - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Nvidia Is Now Worth More Than Meta
Nvidia is now a larger company than social media giant Meta. PC Gamer reports: In a meteoric turn of events, Nvidia has surged to become the 7th largest company in the US, despite being nowhere close ...
12:02 am - Thu, February 10, 2022
Slashdot Time-Shifted Computing Could Slash Data Center Energy Costs By Up To 30%
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Recently, two computer scientists had an idea: if computers use energy to perform calculations, could stored data be a form of stored energy? Why...
11:20 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Salesforce Tells Employees It's Working On NFT Cloud Service
Salesforce told employees at a sales kickoff on Wednesday that the company plans to release an NFT Cloud. CNBC reports: Salesforce co-CEOs Marc Benioff and Bret Taylor both talked about the strategy a...
11:00 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Google Says Default 2FA Cut Account Breaches In Half
Google's decision to enable two-factor authentication by default has resulted in a 50 percent decrease in account breaches among those users where the feature was auto-enabled. Engadget reports: The c...
10:40 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Ukraine Busts Alleged Russian Bot Farm Using Thousands of SIM Cards
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Ukraine's Security Service said it has shut down a troll farm in the city of Lviv. "The SSU cyber specialists uncovered and dismantled two bot far...
10:01 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Have We Finally Found the Recipe for Making Rain?
An electric shock might be just the thing to persuade a cloud to produce some rain. New research suggests that supercharging a cloud could increase the attractive forces between droplets and help rain...
09:20 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot SEC Looking Into Apple's Use of Nondisclosure Agreements, Whistleblower Says
The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into Apple's use of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), including whether the tech giant misled investors on the matter, according to a whistleblower con...
08:45 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Apple Says a 'Small Portion' of iPhones Recorded Interactions With Siri Even if You Opted Out
Apple has acknowledged an iOS 15 bug that may have recorded interactions with Siri on some devices, regardless of whether the user opted out, according to a report from ZDNet. From a report: The bug a...
08:06 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot There Are Now 1,000 Unicorn Startups Worth $1 Billion or More
Almost a decade after the term "unicorn" was coined to describe a rare breed of private company, about two new companies are joining the herd daily. From a report: The term unicorn emerged almost a de...
07:25 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Mysterious Glitch Has Mazda Drivers Stuck on Public Radio
Drivers of certain vehicles in Seattle and other parts of Western Washington are shouting at their car radios this week. Not because of any particular song or news item that's being broadcast, but bec...
06:45 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Amazon Labeled a Grocer by UK Watchdog, Must Abide by New Rules
Britain's antitrust regulator designated Amazon.com as a grocery retailer, subjecting the online retail giant to the same rules followed by U.K. supermarket chains, such as Tesco. From a report: The G...
06:11 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft Considers Pursuing a Deal for Cybersecurity Firm Mandiant
Microsoft is in talks to acquire cybersecurity research and incident response company Mandiant, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the discussions, a deal that would bolste...
05:25 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft Proclaims Support for a More Open Gaming Future
Microsoft executives are warming up regulators to their proposed acquisition of gaming giant Activision Blizzard in Washington by pledging a future that includes an open, "universal" app store. From a...
04:45 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot European Scientists Claim Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough
European scientists say they have made a major breakthrough in their quest to develop practical nuclear fusion -- the energy process that powers the stars. tomhath writes: The UK-based JET laboratory ...
04:15 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Facebook Freezes Novi Digital Wallet Project
Meta has frozen development of its Novi digital wallet project, Israeli media Globes reported this week, citing sources familiar with the matter. From the report: The project was originally planned fo...
03:26 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Beijing's Digital Currency Push at Winter Olympics Puts Visa in a Bind
The Beijing Winter Olympics is giving Visa a run for its money. From a report: For decades, America's largest card network has been the exclusive electronic-payments provider at the world's largest sp...
02:43 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot US Heading Out of 'Full-blown Pandemic Phase', Fauci Says
COVID-19 pandemic restrictions could end "soon," even as early as this year, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Financial Times in an interview published Tuesday. From a report: Fauci explained tha...
02:02 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Twitter Tells US Senator It's Cutting Ties To Swiss Tech Firm
Twitter told a U.S. senator it is cutting ties with a European technology company that helped it send sensitive passcodes to its users via text message. From a report: The social media firm said in a ...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Fed Designs Digital Dollar That Handles 1.7 Million Transactions Per Second
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: As the race against China's development of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) known as the digital yuan continues, the U.S. Federal Reserve accom...
10:00 am - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Researchers Use Tiny Magnetic Swirls To Generate True Random Numbers
A group of Brown University physicists has developed a technique that can potentially generate millions of random digits per second by harnessing the behavior of skyrmions -- tiny magnetic anomalies t...
07:00 am - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot NASA Picks Lockheed Martin To Build Rocket To Carry Mars Samples Back To Earth
NASA on Monday announced that it has selected the aerospace company Lockheed Martin to build the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), a small rocket that will launch pristine Red Planet samples back toward Eart...
03:30 am - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot NSO Group Gave Pegasus Spyware Demo To the NYPD
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A section of the New York Police Department (NYPD) focused on intelligence gathering received a demo of NSO Group's controversial Pegasus spyware ...
01:25 am - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot ExpressVPN Offering $100,000 To First Person Who Hacks Its Servers
ExpressVPN has updated its bug bounty program to make it more inviting to ethical hackers, now offering a one-time $100,000 bug bounty to whoever can compromise its systems. Bleeping Computer reports:...
12:45 am - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Douglas Trumbull, VFX Whiz For 'Blade Runner', '2001' and Others, Dies At 79
Douglas Trumbull, the visual effects mastermind behind Blade Runner, Close Encounter of the Third Kind, 2001: A Space Odyssey and numerous others, died on Monday at age 79. His daughter Amy Trumbull a...
12:02 am - Wed, February 9, 2022
Slashdot Every M1 Mac Is Due For a 2022 Refresh With Faster M2 Chip, New Designs
According to tech reporter and Apple leaker Mark Gurman, Apple is preparing to launch four M2 Macs throughout 2022. MacWorld reports: The first models will likely arrive later in the year, with the re...
11:20 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Bootloader Enables OS Installs With No Separate PC Required
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Setting up a Raspberry Pi board has always required a second computer, which is used to flash your operating system of choice to an SD card so yo...
10:40 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.24 Released
jrepin writes: Plasma is a popular desktop environment, which will also be powering the desktop mode on the Steam Deck hand-held gaming console. Today, KDE Community announced release of KDE Plasma 5....
10:02 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Search Engines In Russia Will Deindex All Domains That Have 100 Links To Pirated Content
Major rightsholders and internet companies in Russia have signed a new memorandum of cooperation designed to make pirated movies, TV shows and other content harder to find. In addition to automaticall...
09:25 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Jack Dorsey's Cash App Integrates Bitcoin's Lightning Network
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bitcoin Magazine: Users of Block's mobile payments platform Cash App can now make instant and free bitcoin payments through the Lightning Network, the company ...
08:45 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot A 29-year-old CEO is Pushing Crypto During the Super Bowl by Giving Away Millions in Bitcoin
Americans tuning in to the Super Bowl on Sunday will be inundated with ads from cryptocurrency companies, including the trading platform FTX, which plans to give away millions of dollars in bitcoin. F...
08:05 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot The Unnerving Rise of Video Games that Spy on You
Players generate a wealth of revealing psychological data -- and some companies are soaking it up. From a report: While there are no numbers on how many video game companies are surveilling their play...
07:24 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Facebook Says It Is 'Absolutely Not Threatening' To Leave Europe After Many Welcomed the Move
Markus Reinisch, Vice President of Public Policy Europe at Meta, writing on company's blog: There has been reporting in the press that we are "threatening" to leave Europe because of the uncertainty o...
06:49 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Feds Seize $3.6 Billion in Bitcoin Stolen From Bitfinex Hack
The Justice Department announced Tuesday morning it seized more than $3.6 billion in allegedly stolen cryptocurrency linked to the 2016 hack of Bitfinex. As part of the operation, authorities detained...
06:05 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Dutch Watchdog Fines Apple $5.7 Million For a Third Time in App Store Dispute
The Dutch antitrust watchdog has fined Apple 5 million euros ($5.72 million) for a third time for failing to allow software application makers in the Netherlands to use non-Apple payment methods for d...
05:33 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Chrome's New Tool Lets You Revisit Your Old Google Rabbit Holes
Google Chrome is rolling out Journeys, a feature that lets you revisit your old browsing sessions based on the subject matter you were searching for. From a report: If you type a word in the address b...
04:52 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot As the Largest Computer Networks Continue To Grow, Some Engineers Fear that Their Smallest Components Could Prove To Be an Achilles' Heel
An anonymous reader shares a report: Imagine for a moment that the millions of computer chips inside the servers that power the largest data centers in the world had rare, almost undetectable flaws. A...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Apple Announces 'Tap to Pay' Feature That Will Allow iPhones To Accept Contactless Payments
Apple has announced plans to introduce a new Tap to Pay feature for iPhone that turns the device into a contactless payment terminal. From a report: The company says that later this year, U.S. merchan...
03:21 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Poland Army Adds New Cyber Component With Offensive Capabilities
The Polish government has announced today the creation of a new cyber component inside its Army Forces that will be tasked with carrying out operations in cyber-space. From a report: Named the Cybersp...
02:56 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Designers Spend Months Making Custom Keycaps, Then the Counterfeits Arrive
An anonymous reader shares a report: Briggs [anecdote in the story] is part of a growing movement of artists and designers who produce alternatives to the stock keycaps sold with most mechanical keybo...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot We're Fine Without Facebook, German and French Ministers Say
Meta Platforms' veiled threat to quit Europe because of blocked talks over privacy rules was more like music to the ears of two top German and French politicians. From a report: "After being hacked I'...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Intel Invests In Open-Source RISC-V Processors With a Billion Dollars In New Chip Foundries
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: RISC-V International, the global open hardware standards organization has announced that Intel has joined RISC-V at the Premier membership level. Let th...
10:00 am - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Samsung's New Galaxy Devices Will Contain Recycled Fishing Nets
Samsung Electronics this week announced plans to give plastic waste a second life as a new material for use in its electronic devices -- starting with the latest Galaxy gadgets, set to be revealed on ...
07:00 am - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Porn Sites Will Be Legally Required To Verify Age of UK Users
Porn websites will be legally required to verify the age of users in the United Kingdom under new internet safety laws. The BBC reports: The legislation, which is part of the draft Online Safety Bill,...
03:30 am - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Softbank's Sale of ARM To Nvidia Collapses, ARM To IPO
According to Reuters, SoftBank's sale of ARM to U.S. chipmaker Nvidia has collapsed. Instead, SoftBank is planning to proceed with an initial public offering (IPO) with ARM CEO Simon Segars expected t...
02:02 am - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Next-Generation Spinal Implants Help People With Severe Paralysis Walk, Cycle, and Swim
sciencehabit shares a report from Science.org: Three men paralyzed in motorcycle accidents have become the first success stories for a new spinal stimulation device that could enable faster and easier...
01:25 am - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Nissan Is Ending Engine Development, Except For US-Bound Vehicles
Nissan is pulling the plug on its internal combustion engine development, except for the United States. Ars Technica reports: According to Nikkei Asia, the Japanese automaker has looked at the likely ...
12:45 am - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Meta Introduces 'Personal Boundary' Feature To VR Worlds
Meta has introduced a new "personal boundary" feature within its VR social spaces, starting with Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues. Hypebeast reports: By enacting a personal boundary, a user will by d...
12:02 am - Tue, February 8, 2022
Slashdot Electric Vehicle Sales Doubled In 2021, With More Now Sold Each Week Than Entire Year In 2012
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: The electric vehicle (EV) market is soaring, with 130,000 cars sold globally each week, roughly equivalent to sales for the entire year in 201...
11:20 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot EU May Struggle To Fund $48 Billion Chips Act
Europe's ambitious plans to quadruple processor production are facing problems securing the required $48 billion without disrupting state aid and other existing projects. Apple Insider reports: Follow...
10:40 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Amazon Raises Base Salary Cap To $350,000 For Corporate, Tech Workers
Amazon is more than doubling its maximum base pay for corporate and tech workers to $350,000 from $160,000. Axios reports: The move is intended to bring Amazon in line with competitors like Google, Fa...
10:02 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Breach of Washington State Database May Expose Personal Info of Millions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: The Washington State Department of Licensing said the personal information of potentially millions of licensed professionals may have bee...
09:25 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot IRS To End Use of Facial Recognition To Identify Taxpayers
New submitter Beerismydad writes: The IRS said Monday it will suspend the use of facial recognition technology to authenticate people who create online accounts after the practice was criticized by pr...
08:45 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft To Block Internet Macros By Default in Five Office Applications
In one of the most impactful changes made in recent years, Microsoft has announced today that it will block by default the execution of VBA macro scripts inside five Office applications. From a report...
08:08 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Crypto Firms Launch Coalition To Promote Market Integrity
A group of major cryptocurrency firms including Coinbase, Circle, Anchorage Digital and Huobi Global are forming a new coalition aimed at cracking down on market manipulation in an effort to instill t...
07:22 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Australia Pays $20 Million To Buy The Copyright Of Aboriginal Flag, But It's Still Not Public Domain
Mike Masnick, reporting for TechDirt: Over a decade ago, we wrote about how Google had to edit out the Australian Aboriginal flag from a logo because of copyright concerns. An 11-year-old girl had won...
06:46 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Climate Scientists Encounter Limits of Computer Models, Bedeviling Policy
magzteel shares a report: For almost five years, an international consortium of scientists was chasing clouds, determined to solve a problem that bedeviled climate-change forecasts for a generation: H...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot 100 Million and Counting: Nintendo Affirms that Switch is Still Mid-cycle
Nintendo's latest financial report to investors, issued as an overview of its fiscal year's third quarter, came with a momentous announcement for the veteran video game and console producer: Switch ha...
05:21 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Google Cloud Adds New Cryptomining Threat Detection Capability
Google has launched today a new security feature for Google Cloud tenants that is meant to detect and block cryptomining operations that may be taking place behind the owners' backs. From a report: Na...
04:51 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Israel To Probe If Notorious Spyware Used Illicitly at Home
Israel will investigate allegations that police illicitly used homegrown spyware that's gained notoriety abroad against its own citizens. From a report: The government will form a committee to look in...
04:07 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Google Sued in Europe for $2.4 Billion in Damages Over Shopping Antitrust Case
Google is being sued in Europe on competition grounds by price comparison service PriceRunner which is seeking at least ~$2.4 billion in damages. From a report: The lawsuit accuses Google of continuin...
03:50 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot FCC's 'Rip and Replace' for ZTE and Huawei Balloons To $5.6B
Today, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel notified Congress that providers have initially requested approximately $5.6 billion from the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program to ...
03:25 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot FCC's 'Rip and Replace' for ZTE and Huawei Balloons To $5.6B
Today, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel notified Congress that providers have initially requested approximately $5.6 billion from the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program to ...
02:57 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg and Team Considering Shutting Down Facebook and Instagram in Europe if Meta Cannot Process Europeans' Data on US Servers
An anonymous reader shares a report: If Meta is not given the option to transfer, store and process data from its European users on US-based servers, Facebook and Instagram may be shut down across Eur...
02:45 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg and Team Considering Shutting Down Facebook and Instagram in Europe if Meta Cannot Process Europeans' Data on US Servers
An anonymous reader shares a report: If Meta is not given the option to transfer, store and process data from its European users on US-based servers, Facebook and Instagram may be shut down across Eur...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Troubled Toshiba To Split Into Two Firms Instead of Three
Toshiba said it would divide into two companies and sell non-core assets, scrapping an initial three-way split that faced fierce criticism from activist shareholders. From a report: The Japanese tech ...
12:34 pm - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot After Banks Froze Their Accounts, Some Adult Entertainers Turned to Cryptocurrencies
CNBC interviewed six adult entertainers about cryptocurrency use, including webcam performer Allie Eve Knox, who became interested in cryptocurrencies after "several vendors, including PayPal, Square ...
08:34 am - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot In Massachusetts Some Car Dealers Have Disabled Telematics System in 'Ugly' Right-to-Repair Dispute
"Subaru and Kia dealers in Massachusetts have disabled systems that allow remote starts and send maintenance alerts..." reports Wired. Subaru buyers in Massachusetts also lose access to the telematics...
04:58 am - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Original 'Fight Club' Ending Restored in China After Censorship Backlash
Last month streamers in China discovered that Fight Club had arrived on streaming platform Tencent — but with an entirely new ending where local authorities "rapidly figured out the whole plan a...
02:34 am - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot Can Mapping Differences in Cancer Rates Help Pinpoint Environmental Factors?
"Scientists have made the first steps to develop an atlas of world cancer, hoping it will bring us closer to a cure," reports the Telegraph. "A map showing stark differences in the incidence of 10 typ...
12:34 am - Mon, February 7, 2022
Slashdot North Korea Stole Millions in Cryptocurrency to Fund Its Missile Program, Says UN Report
North Korea funded its missile programs with millions of dollars in stolen cryptocurrency, reports the BBC, citing a new UN report:Between 2020 and mid-2021 cyber-attackers stole more than $50m (&poun...
11:19 pm - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot Meta Threatens To Pull Facebook and Instagram From Europe If It Can't Target Ads
"Facebook is threatening it will simply pull out of Europe altogether if it is no longer able to share data about European users with its U.S. operations, applications, and data centres," reports ITWi...
10:19 pm - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot A Month After Ransomware Attack, Hundreds of Workers Are Still Owed Pay
NBC News tells the story of Rich, a Coca-Cola delivery driver who didn't get a paycheck at Christmas because of a ransomware attack on the payroll company serving Coke's largest distributor. But then ...
09:19 pm - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot Washington Post Editors: America's IRS Shouldn't Make You Scan Your Face
The Washington Post's editorial board announces its position in "The Post's view," a section of its site which officially "represent the views of The Washington Post as an institution, as determined t...
08:19 pm - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot GTA Metaverse? Rockstar Confirms 'GTA 6' Is In Active Production
Rockstar Games recently acknowledged the "unprecedented longevity" of Grand Theft Auto V (and its online component Grand Theft Auto Online) — and confirmed their working on the next new game for...
06:34 pm - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot What Would Happens To Meta and Google If Privacy Invasion Were Criminalized?
Apple's privacy push could cost Meta $10 billion in lost 2022 advertising revenue — and that news alone erased $250 billion in Meta's value, notes long-time Slashdot reader theodp. But this lead...
05:34 pm - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot Algorithms, Copyrights, or Clueless Industry Executives: What's Killing New Music?
"Old songs now represent 70 percent of the U.S. music market, according to the latest numbers from MRC Data, a music-analytics firm." So writes Ted Gioia, author of the Substack music/pop culture news...
04:34 pm - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot Keep Nuclear Power Plant Open, Urge 79 Scientists, Academics and Entrepreneurs
A California newspaper covers "pleas" to the state's governor to delay the closure of a nuclear power plant:On Thursday, Dr. Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy under the Obama administration ...
03:34 pm - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot Should Audiobooks Be Narrated by AI?
"Proponents of AI audiobook narration tout its much lower production costs (compared to a traditional recording of a human narrator) as a way to improve profitability of audiobooks," reports Publisher...
12:34 pm - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot Thousands of Planes Are Flying Empty and No One Can Stop Them
"A pre-pandemic policy on airport usage is pressuring airlines to keep 'ghost flights' in the air," Wired reported this week — adding "The climate impact is massive."Lufthansa, Germany's nationa...
08:34 am - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can You Keep Your Credit Card Numbers from Being Stolen?
Long-time Slashdot reader olddoc and his wife have three frequently-used credit cards, stored and many online businesses for easy checkout. "In the past 6 months we have received fraud notices from th...
05:34 am - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot Are TED Talks Just Propaganda For the Technocracy?
"People are still paying between $5,000 and $50,000 to attend the annual flagship TED conference. In 2021," notes The Drift magazine, noting last year's event was held in Monterey, California. "Amid w...
02:34 am - Sun, February 6, 2022
Slashdot Should Winter Sports Venues Use Resource-Intensive Artificial Snow?
The region around this Winter's Olympic venues "is in an extreme drought," reports CNN, though "even in normal years, it isn't particularly suitable for snow sports." In fact, it's the first year all ...
11:34 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot No, Linus Torvalds is not Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto
ZDNet reporter Steven Vaughan-Nichols has solved the mystery of whether Linus Torvalds is Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto: no. But what's interesting is why the reporter had to ask in the first place...
10:34 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot MIT/Federal Reserve Bank Release Research on a Possible Central Bank Digital Dollar
"The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Digital Currency Initiative have come up with an initial design for a central bank digital currency," reports Yahoo ...
09:34 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot Twitter Announces It Will Expand (Non-Public) Downvoting
Ars Technica recently pointed out that the concept of downvoting posts and comments "has been a staple of the Internet for decades, appearing on sites such as Slashdot, Reddit, and Ars Technica." And ...
08:37 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot Major US News Publisher Breached, Chinese Supply-Chain Attack Suspected
The Associated Press reports:News Corp., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, said Friday that it had been hacked and had data stolen from journalists and other employees, and a cybersecurity firm in...
07:34 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot Six Reasons Meta (Formerly Facebook) is In Trouble
Meta's stock plunged 26% Thursday — its biggest one-day drop ever, lowering its marketing valuation by more than $230 billion. And then on Friday it dropped just a little bit more. A New York Ti...
06:34 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot Astronomers Find First Ever Rogue Black Hole Adrift In the Milky Way
Scientific American reports:These are boom times for astronomers hunting black holes. The biggest ones — supermassive black holes that can weigh billions of suns — have been found at the c...
05:34 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot Golang's Most-Downloaded Beta Ever Brings Support for Generics, Fuzzing
From Mike Melanson's "This Week in Programming" column:The second beta of Go 1.18 was released this week, following up the first beta, which the team writes was "the most downloaded Go beta ever, with...
04:34 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot GitHub Launches New Sponsors-Only Repositories
"A few years ago, GitHub introduced sponsorships that allowed anybody to make direct financial contributions to open source developers," TechCrunch reported this week, adding that Microsoft-owned GitH...
03:34 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot US Government Expands Sewage-System Testing for Data on Spread of Pathogens Including Covid-19
CNN reports that wastewater-based epidemiology "has proven to be so reliable in dozens of pilot projects across the U.S. that the government has invested millions to create the National Wastewater Sur...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot Protons Are Probably Actually Smaller Than Long Thought
An anonymous reader shares a report from the University of Bonn in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: A few years ago, a novel measurement technique showed that protons are probably smaller than had bee...
10:00 am - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot Developers React To 27% Commission With Astonishment and Anger
"Developers reacted with astonishment and anger at Apple's 27% commission policy as a minimal form of compliance with a new antitrust law regarding the App Store," reports 9to5Mac. After being ordered...
07:00 am - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot New 'Game-Changing' Technology Removes 99% of CO2 From the Air
Engineers from the University of Delaware developed a method for effectively capturing 99 percent of carbon dioxide from the air using an electrochemical system powered by hydrogen, a press statement ...
03:30 am - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia and US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: About a tenth of the global oil and gas industry's methane emissions have been found to come from a group of "ultra-emitter" sites located mostl...
12:45 am - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot Traders Are Selling Themselves Their Own NFTs To Drive Up Prices
The NFT marketplace is rife with people buying their own NFTs in order to drive up prices, according to a report released this week by blockchain data firm Chainalysis. Engadget reports: Known as "was...
12:02 am - Sat, February 5, 2022
Slashdot System76-Scheduler Is a New Pop!_OS Rust Effort To Improve Desktop Responsiveness
slack_justyb writes: "Quietly making its v1.0 debut yesterday was system76-scheduler as a Rust-written daemon aiming to improve Linux desktop responsiveness and catering to their Pop!_OS distribution,...
11:20 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Inside Google's Plan To Salvage Its Stadia Gaming Service
Google is trying to salvage its failing Stadia game service with a new focus on striking deals with Peloton, Bungie, and others under the brand "Google Stream." Business Insider reports: When Google a...
10:40 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Clearview AI Is Working On Augmented Reality Goggles For Air Force Security
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Clearview AI, the shady face recognition firm which claims to have landed contracts with federal, state, and local cops across the country, has landed...
10:02 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft: HoloLens Is Not Dead
Contrary to what you may have read earlier this week, Microsoft's HoloLens is not dead. In fact, "HoloLens is doing great," says Microsoft's mixed reality head, Alex Kipman. The Verge reports: Busines...
09:25 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Unity Games Make Up Nearly Half of Steam Deck Verified List
"Steam Deck Verified list is ramping up!" writes Slashdot reader segaboy81, sharing a breakdown of some notable stats via a Neowin article: As of this writing, there are 136 Steam Deck Verified titles...
08:45 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot How Apple's Privacy Push Cost Meta $10 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Economist: Pop-up notifications are often annoying. For Meta, one in Apple's iOS operating system, which powers iPhones, is a particular headache. On Febru...
07:10 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Facebook To Bring in Mandatory Distances Between Virtual Reality Avatars
Mark Zuckerberg's virtual reality business is to introduce a mandatory distance between people's digital avatars after warnings that the social media tycoon's plans for a metaverse will lead to a new ...
06:59 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Apple Proposes 27% Commission in Dutch App Store Dispute
Apple plans to charge developers of dating apps a 27 percent commission on any in-app purchases made via alternative payment systems in the Netherlands, the company has announced. From a report: The c...
04:07 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Toshiba To Double Power Chip Production With New Plant in Japan
Toshiba will spend roughly 100 billion yen ($873 million) to build a power semiconductor fabrication facility in Japan, with production expected to begin by March 2025, Nikkei has learned. From the re...
03:27 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Amazon Increases the Price of Prime To $139 Per Year
Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership to $139 from $119, the company announced on Thursday as part of its fourth-quarter earnings results. From a report: Amazon last hiked the pri...
02:43 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Zuckerberg Tells Staff To Focus on Video Products as Meta's Stock Plunges
An anonymous reader shares a report: Mark Zuckerberg quipped that if he started to cry, it wasn't because of the day's news. His red, teary eyes were the result of a scratched cornea, the Facebook fou...
02:14 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Big Tech Should Reimburse Victims of Online Scams
Big tech companies whose online platforms carry advertisements for scams should be made to reimburse victims, British lawmakers said, as part of wider efforts to combat a growing epidemic of online fr...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot The Falcon 9 May Now Be the Safest Rocket Ever Launched
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Falcon 9 reached a notable US milestone in January, equaling and then exceeding the tally of space shuttle launches. During its more than thr...
10:00 am - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot A New AI Traffic Light Could Help Shorten Your Commute Times
A new study out of Germany says having traffic lights use AI technology may keep traffic flowing faster and smoother. Jalopnik reports: One of the partners in the study with an aggressively German nam...
07:00 am - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Historic Dutch Bridge To Be Dismantled So Jeff Bezos' Superyacht Can Pass Through
schwit1 shares a report from IFLScience: A historic bridge in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is to be dismantled so that Jeff Bezos' superyacht can pass through. The Koningshaven Bridge, nicknamed "De Hef" b...
03:30 am - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Body Odor May Have Smelled Much Worse To Your Ancient Ancestors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: When you take a whiff of something, odor molecules sail inside your nose where they bind to proteins -- called olfactory receptors -- on ce...
02:08 am - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Slackware, the Oldest Actively Maintained Linux Distro, Releases Version 15.0
Slashdot reader sombragris writes: Slackware, the oldest actively maintained Linux distribution, released version 15.0 yesterday after a long release cycle that goes all the way back to 2016 where the...
01:25 am - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot It's Back: Senators Want 'EARN IT' Bill To Scan All Online Messages
A group of lawmakers have re-introduced the EARN IT Act, an incredibly unpopular bill from 2020 that "would pave the way for a massive new surveillance system, run by private companies, that would rol...
12:45 am - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Zuckerberg Tells Staff to Focus on Video Products as Meta's Stock Plunges
Meta Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg rallied his employees to focus on video products, after they watched the stock lose a quarter of its value. Bloomberg reports: At a company-wide virtual me...
12:02 am - Fri, February 4, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft May Scrap HoloLens 3 As Metaverse Hype Hits Fever Pitch
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: One of the most outspoken proponents of the metaverse is struggling to find its place in this hypothetical virtual world. Microsoft has reportedly scr...
11:20 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot EPA Objects To USPS Plan To Buy a New Gas-Powered Delivery Fleet
According to The Washington Post, the EPA and White House Council on Environmental Quality have objected to the US Postal Service's proposal to mostly buy gas-powered next-gen delivery trucks in a pro...
10:40 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot US Lawmakers Introduce 'Right To Repair' Bills To Spur Competition
U.S. lawmakers are introducing "Right to Repair" legislation this week to ensure consumers can get vehicles, electronic devices and agriculture equipment serviced by independent outlets. Reuters repor...
10:02 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot PCIe 5.0 SSDs Promising Up To 14GB/s of Bandwidth Will Be Ready In 2024
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Most companies still haven't shifted their entire NVMe SSD lineups to use PCI Express 4.0, but PCIe 5.0 SSDs for PCs are already on the horizon. ...
09:25 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Canada Will Get Its First Universal Quantum Computer From IBM
An anonymous reader shares a report: Quantum computing is still rare enough that merely installing a system in a country is a breakthrough, and IBM is taking advantage of that novelty. The company has...
08:42 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Who Owns Your Address in AR? Probably Not You.
One day, we will all don AR glasses, capable of serving up information geospatially tied to every house and place in our neighborhoods. But who will own and control these spatial AR layers? From a rep...
08:10 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Apple's App Store Grip Challenged by Bill Advancing in Senate
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation that, if passed into law, would force Apple to let users install apps from outside of the App Store. From a report: The bipartisan 21-1 ...
07:30 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Over 500 Mobile Apps Are Now Using the Term 'Metaverse' To Attract New Users
A true "metaverse" may not yet exist, but that hasn't stopped marketers from adopting the buzzword to promote their apps and games on mobile app stores. From a report: According to new data shared tod...
06:44 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Google Workspace Goes All in on Shadow IT
Google today announced a new version of Workspace, the company's productivity service that you probably still refer to as G Suite. With the new -- and free -- Google Workspace Essentials plan, Google ...
06:05 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Silenced AirTags With Disabled Speakers Are Popping Up for Sale Online
To make it harder for stalkers to abuse them, Apple included (and has since upgraded) several safety features that will alert someone to the presence of a nearby AirTag that's not their own, including...
05:38 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Biden Administration Forms Cybersecurity Review Board To Probe Failures
The Biden administration has formed a panel of senior administration officials and private-sector experts to investigate major national cybersecurity failures, and it will probe as its first case the ...
05:28 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Biden Administration Forms Cybersecurity Review Board To Probe Failures
The Biden administration has formed a panel of senior administration officials and private-sector experts to investigate major national cybersecurity failures, and it will probe as its first case the ...
04:52 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Mozilla is Shutting Down Its VR Web Browser, Firefox Reality
A top VR web browser is closing down. Today, Mozilla announced it's shutting down its Firefox Reality browser -- the four-year-old browser built for use in virtual reality environments. The technology...
04:42 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Mozilla is Shutting Down Its VR Web Browser, Firefox Reality
A top VR web browser is closing down. Today, Mozilla announced it's shutting down its Firefox Reality browser -- the four-year-old browser built for use in virtual reality environments. The technology...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Anthony Levandowski's Latest Moonshot is a Peer-to-Peer Telecom Network Powered by Cryptocurrency
A new mobile data network -- accompanied by the quinfecta of a website, Medium post, white paper, dedicated subreddit and Discord channel -- quietly launched late Tuesday evening in San Francisco, pro...
03:21 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot iPhone Flaw Exploited by Second Israeli Spy Firm
A flaw in Apple's software exploited by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group to break into iPhones in 2021 was simultaneously abused by a competing company, Reuters reported Thursday, citing five peopl...
02:42 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Npm Enrolls Top 100 Package Maintainers Into Mandatory 2FA
The administrators of the Node Package Manager (npm), the largest package repository of the JavaScript ecosystem, said they enrolled the maintainers of the top 100 most popular libraries (based on the...
02:01 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Facebook Lost Daily Users for the First Time Ever Last Quarter
Since its inception, Facebook's user growth has essentially been up and to the right. But on Wednesday, it reported its first-ever quarterly decline of daily users globally, along with lower-than-expe...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Over $320 Million Stolen In Hack of Blockchain Platform Wormhole
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Hackers have stolen more than $324 million in cryptocurrency from Wormhole, the developers behind the popular blockchain bridge confirmed Wednesday. The ...
10:00 am - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot ISS Will Plummet To a Watery Grave In 2030
The International Space Station (ISS) will continue its operations until 2030 before heading for a watery grave at the most remote point in the Pacific, Nasa confirmed in a new transition plan this we...
07:00 am - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Scientists Just Created Magnetic 'Seeds' To Heat Up and Kill Cancer
A group of researchers at University College London (UCL) have used an MRI scanner to guide a tiny magnetic "seed" through the brain to heat and destroy cancer cells. Interesting Engineering reports: ...
03:30 am - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Scientists Engineer New Material That Can Absorb and Release Enormous Amounts of Energy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently announced in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the...
02:05 am - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot First US Mile of Wireless EV Charging Road Coming To Detroit
The nation's first stretch of road to wirelessly charge electric vehicles while they're in motion will begin testing next year in Detroit. Axios reports: "Electrified" roadways, which have wireless ch...
01:45 am - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Regulators Find Europe's Ad-Tech Industry Acted Unlawfully
After a years-long process, data protection officials across the European Union have ruled that Europe's ad tech industry has been operating unlawfully. Engadget reports: The decision, handed down by ...
01:25 am - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot 'Pulsed Electromagnetic Energy' Could Cause Havana Syndrome
An intelligence panel investigating the cause of a spate of mysterious incidents that have struck dozens of US officials across the globe has said that some of the episodes could "plausibly" have been...
12:45 am - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Why Is Matt Damon Shilling For Crypto?
If you've been watching any TV over the past few months, chances are you've seen Crypto.com's ad featuring Matt Damon. It's an expensive advertisement, complete with top-notch CGI and heady phrases li...
12:02 am - Thu, February 3, 2022
Slashdot Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Offshoot Is Now a Unicorn
After Alphabet shelved plans to build its own city and wound down the company in charge of the project, a group of former employees is carrying on its legacy. Bloomberg reports: Their startup, Sidewal...
11:40 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot El Salvador Angrily Rejects IMF Call To Drop Bitcoin Use
The government of El Salvador on Monday rejected a recommendation by the International Monetary Fund to drop Bitcoin as legal tender in the Central American country. ABC News reports: Treasury Ministe...
11:20 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot FBI Confirms It Obtained NSO's Pegasus Spyware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The FBI has confirmed that it obtained NSO Group's powerful Pegasus spyware, suggesting that it bought access to the Israeli surveillance tool to...
10:45 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Astronomers Find a New Asteroid Sharing Earth's Orbit
Astronomers have discovered a captive asteroid shadowing Earth in its orbit. From a report: The asteroid, known as 2020 XL5, is only the second of its type ever seen, shepherded by Earth's gravity int...
10:05 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot All Coral Will Suffer Severe Bleaching When Global Heating Hits 1.5C, Study Finds
Almost no corals on the planet will escape severe bleaching once global heating reaches 1.5C, according to a new study of the world's reefs. From a report: Reefs in areas currently regarded as cooler ...
09:23 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot North Korea Hacked Him. So He Took Down Its Internet
Disappointed with the lack of US response to the Hermit Kingdom's attacks against US security researchers, one hacker took matters into his own hands. From a report For the past two weeks, observers o...
08:42 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Windows PCs Prioritized Over Chromebooks in Components Shortage
In a tech world still hindered by component shortages, choices have to be made. And in the world of laptops, it seems that choice is Windows-based devices over those running Chrome OS. From a report: ...
08:05 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot New Lightweight Material is Stronger Than Steel
Using a novel polymerization process, MIT chemical engineers have created a new material that they say is stronger than steel and as light as plastic, and can be easily manufactured in large quantitie...
07:20 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Ferrari Wants To Take Its Real-World Wow Factor To the Metaverse
Ferrari NV, already an automaking icon in the real world, is now looking to bolster its brand also in the metaverse. From a report: The Italian maker of luxury cars has set up a department focusing on...
06:48 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot EU Drafts Counteroffensive To China, US on Technology Rules
The EU is taking a "Europe First" approach to technological standardization. From a report: The European Commission on Wednesday presented a plan to bolster its influence in creating global technology...
06:01 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft Says That if Apple Isn't Stopped Now, Its Antitrust Behavior Will Just Get Worse
joshuark writes: Microsoft has filed an amicus brief supporting Epic Games in its appeal against Apple, and argues that, "the potential antitrust issues stretch far beyond gaming." As Epic Games conti...
05:08 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot DeepMind Says Its New AI Coding Engine is as Good as an Average Human Programmer
DeepMind has created an AI system named AlphaCode that it says "writes computer programs at a competitive level." From a report: The Alphabet subsidiary tested its system against coding challenges use...
04:08 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Groundhog Day's Spring Predictions No Better Than Chance
A lighthearted study of spring flowers' blooming times confirms that groundhog soothsaying is essentially a cute, furry coin flip. From a report: The idea behind Groundhog Day is as simple as it is ec...
03:35 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Python Dominates, But Developers Are Adding New Skills To Stand Out
An anonymous reader writes: Ransomware is driving developer interest in cybersecurity while the Internet of Things and games development has spurred more interest in 35-year-old programming language C...
03:25 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Python Dominates, But Developers Are Adding New Skills To Stand Out
An anonymous reader writes: Ransomware is driving developer interest in cybersecurity while the Internet of Things and games development has spurred more interest in 35-year-old programming language C...
02:40 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot SpaceX Rolls Out Premium Starlink Satellite Internet Tier at $500 Per Month
SpaceX has rolled out a new, more powerful premium tier of its Starlink satellite internet service that's targeted at businesses and enterprise customers. From a report: The new product, which was add...
02:01 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot No Country Poses a More Severe Threat To U.S.'s Innovation, Ideas and Economic Security Than China, FBI Director Says
The FBI is launching roughly two China-related counterintelligence investigations about every 12 hours, Bureau director Christopher Wray told NBC News in an interview published this week. From a repor...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot NordVPN and Surfshark Are Merging, Continuing VPN Consolidation Trend
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: NordVPN and Surfshark have finalized a merger agreement between the two VPN providers, the companies announced Wednesday. Though the specifics of the tra...
10:00 am - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Startup Aims To Help Software Companies Shift To Usage-Based Pricing Models
The startup Metronome "claims to have developed a billing and data infrastructure platform that is capable of 'reliably' processing data at scale so that usage-based companies can iterate on business ...
07:00 am - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Almost 500-Mile-Long Lightning Bolt Crossed Three US States
An almost 500-mile long bolt of lightning that lit up the sky across three US states has set a new world record for longest flash, scientists have confirmed. The BBC reports: The lightning bolt, exten...
03:30 am - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Hiding Windows 11's Teams Icon Doesn't Just Save Taskbar Space -- It Also Saves RAM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Plenty of apps that you install on your computer have a setting that tells them to launch when you initially log in to save you the trouble of la...
02:02 am - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot YouTube Ad Revenue Tops $8.6 Billion, Beating Netflix In the Quarter
YouTube topped Netflix in terms of quarterly revenue, with the Google-owned video platform delivering $8.6 billion in advertising revenue in Q4, the company said Tuesday. The Hollywood Reporter report...
01:25 am - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Cruise To Offer Free Robo-Taxi Rides In San Francisco For the Public -- Without Back-Up Drivers
Cruise, the driverless spin-off from General Motors, said on Tuesday that it's about to offer public robot-taxi rides in its San Francisco hometown soon -- "within weeks, not months." In a first for S...
12:45 am - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Google Workplace (G Suite) Alternatives?
t0qer writes: So, I recently got an email that my [free edition G Suite subscription] will be going away soon (July 2022) and I'll have to subscribe for $6 per user per month. My domain is just my fam...
12:02 am - Wed, February 2, 2022
Slashdot Senate Introduces Bill To Allow Farmers To Fix Their Own Equipment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: A bill introduced Tuesday in the Senate could help make it easier for farmers [...] to repair their tractors independently. The legislation would req...
11:20 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Microsoft Says Windows May Need Up To 8 Hours of Online Time To Update
According to a post on the Microsoft IT Pro Blog, Windows computers will need at least eight hours of online time to obtain and install the latest OS updates successfully. Tom's Hardware reports: Anot...
11:00 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Backblaze Uncovers the Most Reliable Hard Drives
Backblaze, a cloud storage service that's been running hundreds of thousands of storage drives to keep an eye on reliability, has issued its latest report. ZDNet summarizes the major findings: Over 20...
10:40 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Startup Investors Cut Valuations Amid Tech Stock Rout, Dismal IPOs
The recent stock rout is rattling the multitrillion-dollar market for startups after a long run of record investments, nosebleed valuations and rapid-fire deal-making. From a report: Venture capitalis...
10:02 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Israel Speeds Roll-Out of Laser Defense System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Israel is accelerating the roll-out of laser-based interceptors as part of a plan to surround itself with such technologies and reduce the high costs ...
09:20 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot VR to the ER: Metaverse Early Adopters Prove Accident Prone
Tally includes broken vases, dislocated shoulders, injured girlfriends; "Why don't you go to the gym like a normal person?" WSJ: A few hours after Toby Robicelli first strapped on the $300 virtual-rea...
08:40 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Dorsey Says Zuckerberg Should Have Focused on Bitcoin, Not Diem
Block Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey criticized Meta Platforms' failed cryptocurrency project, Diem, saying the company's time would have been better spent focused on advancing Bitcoin. From a re...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot How the Fossil Fuel Industry is Pushing Plastics on the World
We're in the midst of an energy transition. Renewable power and electric vehicles are getting cheaper, the grid is getting greener, and oil and gas companies are getting nervous. That's why the fossil...
07:20 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot NSO Offered US Mobile Security Firm 'Bags of Cash', Whistleblower Claims
A whistleblower has alleged that an executive at NSO Group offered a US-based mobile security company "bags of cash" in exchange for access to a global signalling network used to track individuals thr...
06:40 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Gmail's Next Big Redesign Starts Rolling Out Next Week
Google will finally start rolling out the Gmail redesign it first showed off last year. The company is calling the interface in the update the "integrated view" because the goal is to integrate Google...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Covid-Infected HIV Patient Developed Mutations, Study Shows
A South African woman suffering from inadequately treated HIV, and who harbored Covid-19 for nine months saw the respiratory virus develop at least 21 mutations while in her body, according to a study...
05:40 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Mozilla Rolls Out New Privacy Features To Its Mobile and Desktop VPN
Mozilla is rolling out new updates to its mobile and desktop VPN offerings, the company announced on Tuesday. From a report: With the launch of Mozilla VPN 2.7, the company is bringing one of Firefox'...
04:40 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot The UN is Testing Technology That Processes Data Confidentially
How to analyse data without revealing their secrets? From a report: Data are valuable. But not all of them are as valuable as they could be. Reasons of confidentiality mean that many medical, financia...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Global Count Estimates Earth Has 73,000 Tree Species, 14% More Than Reported
There are an estimated 73,300 species of tree on Earth, 9,000 of which have yet to be discovered, according to a global count of tree species by thousands of researchers who used second world war code...
03:20 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot FTC To Review Microsoft's $68.7B Deal To Buy Activision Blizzard
The US Federal Trade Commission will undertake an antitrust review of Microsoft's proposed acquisition of scandal-plagued video game giant Activision Blizzard, reported Bloomberg on Monday. CNET: Micr...
02:49 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Android Messages Beta Starts Properly Displaying iOS Message Reactions
Google is widely rolling out a new Google Messages feature to beta users that allows the Android messaging app to correctly interpret emoji reactions sent from the iOS Messages app, 9to5Google reports...
02:40 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Germany To Bolster Chip Sector After Scuppering Siltronic Sale
Germany is planning to bolster its semiconductor industry after the government thwarted the takeover of a local supplier, raising questions about the country's technology strategy. From a report: Chan...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Android Messages Beta Starts Properly Displaying iOS Message Reactions
Google is widely rolling out a new Google Messages feature to beta users that allows the Android messaging app to correctly interpret emoji reactions sent from the iOS Messages app, 9to5Google reports...
10:45 am - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot India Proposes a 30% Tax on Crypto and NFTs Income
India on Tuesday announced plans to launch a digital currency by next year and tax cryptocurrencies and NFTs as the country moves closer to recognizing cryptocurrencies as legal tender in the world's ...
07:00 am - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot DARPA's ROCKn Program Aims To Make Optical Atomic Clocks Portable
DARPA has announced a new initiative called the Robust Optical Clock Network (ROCkN) program, which will look to develop a practical, super-accurate optical atomic clock that is robust and small enoug...
03:30 am - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Academic Journal Claims It Fingerprints PDFs For 'Ransomware,' Not Surveillance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: One of the world's largest publishers of academic papers said it adds a unique fingerprint to every PDF users download in an attempt to prevent ra...
01:25 am - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot World's Fastest Gaming Monitor Hits 500 Hz Refresh Rate
According to Chinese news outlet Sina, BOE has made breakthroughs in monitor technology and has built the world's first 500 Hz gaming monitor. Tom's Hardware reports: The monitor features a 27-inch, F...
12:45 am - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Website Fined By German Court For Leaking Visitor's IP Address Via Google Fonts
Earlier this month, a German court fined an unidentified website $110 for violating EU privacy law by importing a Google-hosted web font. The Register reports: The decision, by Landgericht Munchen's t...
12:02 am - Tue, February 1, 2022
Slashdot Amazon Warehouse Manager Pleads Guilty To Stealing $273K of Computer Parts
A Charlotte, North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud after stealing and reselling merchandise from an Amazon warehouse, the Department of Justice said in a news release. The Ver...
11:20 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Twitter's Algorithm Favors the Political Right, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Conversation: Twitter has on various occasions been accused of political bias, with politicians or commentators alleging Twitter's algorithm amplifies thei...
10:40 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot 8 In 10 App Developers Back Measure To Rein In Google and Apple, Poll Finds
Eighty-four percent of app developers support an antitrust bill aimed at curtailing the market power of Apple's and Google's app stores, according to a poll (PDF) from the Coalition for App Fairness r...
10:02 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot The New York Times Purchases Wordle
The New York Times says it has purchased the viral word-guessing game Wordle for "an undisclosed price in the low seven figures." The newspaper says it'll remain "free to play for new and existing pla...
09:23 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot BlackBerry Sells Mobile and Messaging Patents For $600 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: BlackBerry is adding another sad chapter to the downfall of its smartphone business. Today the company announced a sale of its prized patent port...
07:09 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Sony Buys 'Destiny' Game Developer Bungie for $3.6 Billion
Sony Group is purchasing Bungie, the U.S. video game developer behind the popular Destiny franchise, for $3.6 billion to bolster its stable of game-making studios. From a report: The deal announced on...
06:04 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Governors Asked To Sign Compact Committing To K-12 CS Expansion
theodp writes: At the 2022 Winter meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA), Arkansas Governor and NGA Chair ASA Hutchinson called on attendees to rally together to advance K-12 computer sci...
05:27 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot XCKD's Randall Munroe Announces What If? 2
XKCD creator Randall Munroe has announced his latest science book: What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, which will delve into new out-of-the-box question...
04:43 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Losses Mount for Startups Racing To Deliver Groceries Fast and Cheap
A venture capital-backed battle is raging in New York City in the burgeoning field of instant delivery. From a report: At least six startups, including Gorillas, Jokr SARL, Getir Perakende Lojistik an...
04:04 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Free Covid Tests Provide Latest Venue for Suspected Fraudsters
As a new government website went live in January to offer free Covid-19 test kits, a rash of new domain names were registered. Some had remarkably similar URLs, or were nearly the same but slightly mi...
03:33 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot LooksRare Has Reportedly Generated $8B in Ethereum NFT Wash Trading
LooksRare seemingly came out of nowhere to become the biggest rival yet to leading NFT marketplace OpenSea earlier this month, but there's a big asterisk on the astronomical trading figures coming out...
03:23 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot LooksRare Has Reportedly Generated $8B in Ethereum NFT Wash Trading
LooksRare seemingly came out of nowhere to become the biggest rival yet to leading NFT marketplace OpenSea earlier this month, but there's a big asterisk on the astronomical trading figures coming out...
02:59 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Electric Wound Dressing Could Help Injuries Heal Faster
An electric wound dressing can help heal injuries faster than existing methods, according to tests in rats. From a report: Previous research has found that applying electric fields across a cut can sp...
02:49 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Electric Wound Dressing Could Help Injuries Heal Faster
An electric wound dressing can help heal injuries faster than existing methods, according to tests in rats. From a report: Previous research has found that applying electric fields across a cut can sp...
02:08 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Cloud Computing and Virtualization Company Citrix To Be Acquired for $16.5B
Citrix, a cloud computing and virtualization company used by companies including Microsoft, Google, and SAP, has revealed plans to be acquired by affiliates of global investment firm Vista Equity Part...
02:02 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Cloud Computing and Virtualization Company Citrix To Be Acquired for $16.5B
Citrix, a cloud computing and virtualization company used by companies including Microsoft, Google, and SAP, has revealed plans to be acquired by affiliates of global investment firm Vista Equity Part...
12:34 pm - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot KFC's Meatless 'Beyond Fried Chicken' Gets Limited-Time Rollout Across America
Gizmodo looks at "Beyond Fried Chicken," KFC's newest menu option from Beyond Meat, reporting that it's been available in limited U.S. test markets since 2019, until a few weeks ago when KFC announced...
08:34 am - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Florida is So Cold Iguanas are Falling Out of Trees
"The U.S. National Weather Service Miami-South Florida warned the public on Sunday that immobilised iguanas could fall out of trees," reports Reuters, "due to unusual cold temperatures across the regi...
04:34 am - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Ohio Lured Intel's Chip Plant with a $2 Billion Incentive Package
Ohio promised Intel roughly $2 billion in tax breaks and incentives to attract its $20 billion chip-making factory to the state, according to the Associated Press. The state's development director tel...
03:19 am - Mon, January 31, 2022
Slashdot Wikimedia Foundation Urged to Stop Accepting Cryptocurrency Donations
Software engineer Molly White has been a Wikipedia editor since 2006 (and also served several terms on the site's Arbitration Committee). White is now a Wikipedia administrator and functionary —...