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Monday November 20, 2017. 06:20 PM
Christopher Mims, writing for the Wall Street Journal: A funny thing is happening to the most basic building blocks of nearly all our devices. Microchips, which are usually thin and flat, are being stacked like pancakes (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled). Chip...
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Jon Christian, writing for The Outline: For a while, spam -- unsolicited bulk messages sent for commercial or fraudulent purposes -- seemed to be fading away. The 2003 CAN-SPAM Act mandated unsubscribe links in email marketing campaigns and criminalized attempts to hide the...
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mirandakatz writes: If you're a stock music composer, you sign over the rights to whatever music you put up on a variety of hosting sites. That can get complicated -- especially when your music winds up being used to soundtrack hate speech. At Backchannel, Pippa Biddle dives ...
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Linus Torvalds, in his signature voice: Some security people have scoffed at me when I say that security problems are primarily 'just bugs.' Those security people are f*cking morons. Because honestly, the kind of security person who doesn't accept that security problems are...
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schwit1 shares an op-ed on the New York Times by Sandy Parakilas, a former operations manager on the platform team at Facebook: Sandy Parakilas led Facebook's efforts to fix privacy problems on its developer platform in advance of its 2012 initial public offering. What I saw ...
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Michael Larabel, writing for Phoronix: Intel is planning to end 'legacy BIOS' support in their new platforms by 2020 in requiring UEFI Class 3 or higher. Making rounds this weekend is a slide deck from the recent UEFI Plugfest. Brian Richardson of Intel talked about the...
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James Damore 'wants you to know he isn't using autism as an excuse,' reports a Silicon Valley newspaper, commenting on the fired Google engineer's new interview with the Guardian. But they also note that 'he says being on the spectrum means he 'sees things differently',' and ...
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An anonymous reader writes: A 10-year-old boy discovered he could unlock his father's phone just by looking at it. And his mother's phone too. Both parents had just purchased a new $999 iPhone X, and apparently its Face ID couldn't tell his face from theirs. The unlocking...
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hcs_$reboot writes: 'Scientists say the number of severe quakes is likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth's rotation,' reports the Guardian. 'They believe variations in the speed of Earth's rotation could trigger intense seismic...
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An anonymous reader quotes Yahoo Finance: The billionaire media mogul behind such popular sites as Expedia, Match.com and HomeAdvisor has a one-word forecast for traditional media conglomerates concerned about being replaced by tech giants: serfdom. 'They, like everyone...
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'This is one of the first clear-cut genetic mutations in human beings that acts upon aging and aging-related disease,' Dr. Douglas Vaughan, a medical researcher at Northwestern University, told Newsweek. schwit1 quotes Science Alert: As far as we know, it looks like the only ...
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Countries are scrambling to limit the rise in the earth's temperature to just two degrees by the end of this century. But Slashdot reader dryriver shares an article titled 'What They Don't Tell You About Climate Change.' No, it is not that Climate Change is a hoax or that...
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Sunday November 19, 2017. 11:34 PM
Bitcoin's value has increased more than 26% in less than three weeks, writes Bloomberg. An anonymous reader quotes their report: Bitcoin topped $8,000 for the first time, as investors set aside technology concerns that had derailed its advance earlier this month. Bitcoin...
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An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo: Earlier this year, remotely piloted robots transmitted what officials believe was a direct view of melted radioactive fuel inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant's destroyed reactors [YouTube] -- a major discovery, but one that took...
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Mashable aleady reported Firefox Quantum performs better than Chrome on web applications (based on BrowserBench's JetStream tests), but that Chrome performed better on other benchmarks. Now Laptop Mag has run more tests, agreeing that Firefox performs beter on JetStream...
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mikeatTB writes: Many Slashdotters weighed in on Steven A. Lowe's post, 'Is Project Management Killing Good Products, Teams and Software?', where he slammed project management and called for product-centrism. Many commenters pushed back, but one PM, Yvette Schmitter, has...
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An anonymous reader quotes Cringely.com: My last column was about the recent tipping point signifying that cloud computing is guaranteed to replace personal computing over the next three years. This column is about the slugfest to determine what company's public cloud is...
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'Millions more Americans will now be diagnosed with high blood pressure,' reports NBC News, which describes the condition as 'one of the leading killers around the world.' Anyone with blood pressure higher than 130/80 will be considered to have hypertension, or high blood...
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An anonymous reader writes: An investigation by Sophos has uncovered a new, lazy but effective ransomware attack where hackers brute force passwords on computers with [Microsoft's] Remote Desktop Protocol enabled, use off-the-shelf privilege escalation exploits to make...
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An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads Thursday afternoon. It's a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acquiring the new phone just under two weeks ago... The update fixes just two...
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