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Sunday May 20, 2018. 01:34 PM
Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro quotes Nextgov: The Defense Department is funding a project that officials say could revolutionize the way companies, federal agencies and the military itself verify that people are who they say they are and it could be available in most...
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The CBC reports: When the siren-like sounds from an Amber Alert rang out on cellular phones across Ontario on Monday, it sparked a bit of a backlash against Canada's new mobile emergency alert system. The Ontario Provincial Police had issued the alert for a missing...
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An anonymous reader writes: Tech blogger John Gruber appears to have successfully identified one of the restaurants mentioned in a post on Google's AI blog that bragged about 'a meal booked through a call from Duplex.' Mashable then asked a restaurant employee there if...
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The Washington Post notes the billions of license plate scans coming from modern repo men 'able to use big data to find targets' -- including one who drives 'a beat-up Ford Crown Victoria sedan.' It had four small cameras mounted on the trunk and a laptop bolted to the dash. ...
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'If science-fiction has already explored the issue of humans and intelligent robots or AI co-existing in various ways, isn't there a lot to be learned...?' asks Slashdot reader OpenSourceAllTheWay. There is much screaming lately about possible dangers to humanity posed by AI ...
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Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes the Orlando Sentinel: If cash, check or credit card seems too old-fashioned, Seminole County, Florida Tax Collector Joel Greenberg said this week his office will begin accepting bitcoin as payment for new IDs, license plates and...
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Saturday May 19, 2018. 11:34 PM
Long-time Slashdot reader CrtxReavr shares a report from ZDNet: Quantum computers will be able to instantly break the encryption of sensitive data protected by today's strongest security, warns the head of IBM Research. This could happen in a little more than five years...
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The investigative news 'I-Team' of a local TV station in Washington D.C. drove around with 'a leading mobile security expert' -- and discovered dozens of StingRay devices mimicking cellphone towers to track phone and intercept calls in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and...
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The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists calls it 'a plant that could save civilization, if we let it.' Slashdot reader meckdevil writes: A 'super chickpea plant' now in development could remove huge amounts of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide and fix it in the soil, greatly...
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Long-time Slashdot reader rufey writes: Last weekend a Tesla vehicle was involved in a crash near Salt Lake City Utah while its Autopilot feature was enabled. The Tesla, a Model S, crashed into the rear end of a fire department utility truck, which was stopped at a red...
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Long-time Slashdot reader Yhcrana shares 'some good old fashioned astronomy news.' Astronomers have discovered 'a black hole 20 billion times the mass of the sun eating the equivalent of a star every two days,' reports the New York Times. The black hole is growing so...
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'You could look at this as a smallish PDP-11/70, built with modern parts,' Oscar Vermeulen writes on his site. 'Or alternatively, and equally valid, as a fancy front panel case for a Raspberry Pi.' Long-time Slashdot reader cptnapalm writes: Oscar Vermeulen's PiDP-11 front...
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'I asked Apple to give me all the data it's collected on me since I first became a customer in 2010,' writes the security editor for ZDNet, 'with the purchase of my first iPhone.' That was nearly a decade ago. As most tech companies have grown in size, they began collecting...
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'Researchers may have identified a compound that can stop some of the most common cold viruses, the rhinovirus, in its tracks, according to a new report published in the journal Nature.' An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The scientists' work is early-stage. But the...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Nathalie Mezza-Garcia is a political scientist turned 'seavangelesse' -- her term for an evangelist in favor of living off the grid -- and on the ocean. Mezza-Garcia spoke with CNBC's Matthew Taylor about what she sees as the...
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The Amazon Echo and other smart speakers have helped push the audience for digital radio past that of FM and AM in the UK for the first time. According to Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR), digital listening has reached a new record share of 50.9%, up from 47.2% a year...
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The FCC has opened an investigation into LocationSmart, a company that is buying your real-time location data from four of the largest U.S. carriers in the United States. The investigation comes a day after a security researcher from Carnegie Mellon University exposed a...
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Kate Conger, reporting for Gizmodo: Google's unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase 'don't be evil.' But that's over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Will it soon be possible to simulate the feeling of a spirit not attached to any particular physical form using virtual or augmented reality? If so, a good place to start would be to figure out the minimal amount...
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Yuriy Bulygin, the former head of Intel's advanced threat team, has published research showing that the Spectre CPU flaws can be used to break into the highly privileged CPU mode on Intel x86 systems known as System Management Mode (SMM). ZDNet reports: Bulygin, who has...
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