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Monday May 13, 2019. 04:00 PM
Amazon is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders. From a report: The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years, which scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelopes them...
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'Many are seduced by the idea that they can listen in silence,' complains ZDNet columnist Chris Matyszczyk. 'This doesn't seem to be true,' he writes, describing a typical experience with some $279.95 Beats Studio3 wireless over-ear headphones: I could still hear so much of...
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'2019 is truly, finally shaping up to be the year of Linux on the desktop,' writes PC World's senior editor, adding 'Laptops, too!' But most people won't know it. That's because the bones of the open-source operating system kernel will soon be baked into Windows 10 and...
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'Boeing is pushing ahead on a plan to cut about 900 inspectors, replacing their jobs with technology improvements at its Seattle area factories, despite being under fire for software flaws in the 737 Max and quality issues in its other aircraft,' reports USA Today. 'The...
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The Guardian profiles stay-at-home mom Jessa Jones, who taught herself how to fix her daughter's iPhone with online tutorials, eventually leading to motherboard repair work that she found through eBay. 'After recruiting other stay-at-home moms in her neighborhood and...
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'Two years after dozens of West Virginians left their jobs to take classes from Mined Minds, a nonprofit that promised to teach them to write computer code, former students have filed a lawsuit claiming the entire operation was a fraud,' according to a report: The program...
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CaptainDork writes: I'm a retired IT guy and ransomware was not a huge thing 3-5 years ago (at least few victims were self-reporting) and I'm very curious about protection schemes. In my, now ancient, world we did not encrypt anything -- anywhere. Seems to me the trick would ...
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Sunday May 12, 2019. 11:35 PM
'Between global warming, Elon Musk, and a worldwide crackdown on carbon, the future looks treacherous for Big Oil,' argues CNN Business writer Matt Egan, calling the rise of electric vehicles 'an existential threat to the oil industry.' 'Passenger vehicles are the No. 1...
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Salon tech editor Keith A. Spencer just published a new article describing what happens when 'venture capital-backed entrepreneurs jackhammer their way into a new industry, 'tech'-ify it in some way, undermine the competition and declare their new way superior once the old...
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'You heard the headline, surely. Google is giving you privacy. Lots of privacy. Privacy here, there and everywhere. You're free. Rejoice. Leap in the air,' writes Inc. columnist Chris Matyszczyk -- arguing that there's one huge and painful catch: Google needs to know...
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Thursday Facebook's co-founder called for the government to break up the company. Saturday Facebook responded, according to an article shared by Slashdot reader soldersold: Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president for global affairs and communications wrote the piece, and in...
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'Microsoft has very quietly confirmed the death of Windows 10 passwords this week,' claims Forbes -- though I think they may be overstating things a bit: Microsoft's crypto, identity and authentication team group manager, Yogesh Mehta, has made an announcement that he says...
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Long-time Slashdot reader William Robinson writes: Using cores drilled from coral, scientists have been able to produce the first 400-year-long seasonal record of El Niño events. 'This understanding of El Niño events is vital because they produce extreme weather across the...
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'By scanning the brains of adults who played Pokemon as kids, researchers learned that this group of people have a brain region that responds more to the cartoon characters than to other pictures,' reports the Verge. 'More importantly, this charming research method has given ...
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Saturday May 11, 2019. 12:00 PM
reporter shares a report from NPR: For the first time, scientists have used genetically modified viruses to treat a patient fighting an antibiotic-resistant infection. Isabelle Carnell-Holdaway, 17, began the experimental treatment after doctors lost all hope. She was...
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Ars Technica's Kyle Orland reports that Brazilian ROM hacker Vitor Vilela has released a ROM patch for the hit arcade game Gradius III, creating a new, slowdown-free version of the game for play on SNES emulators and standard hardware. 'In magazine screenshots, the game's...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new stock exchange that is the brainchild of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, a move that will give high-growth technology companies more options to list their shares outside of the...
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dryriver shares a report from the BBC: Delta Airlines is facing significant criticism after posters discouraging its staff from joining a union were widely shared online. 'Union dues cost around $700 a year,' one of the posters states. 'A new video game system with the...
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sciencehabit writes: Scientists have been studying the social intelligence of dogs -- how they evolved to communicate and bond with us -- for more than two decades, but they've largely ignored cats. That has started to change. In the past five years, a number of laboratories ...
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itwbennett writes: At the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam this week, researchers Peter Bosch and Trammell Hudson presented a new attack against the Boot Guard feature of Intel's reference UEFI implementation, known as Tianocore. The attack, which can give an attacker ...
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