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Sunday May 5, 2019. 07:34 PM
Long-time Slashdot reader chicksdaddy writes: Some of the world's leading cybersecurity experts have come together to counter electronics and technology industry efforts to paint proposed right to repair laws in 20 states as a cyber security risk. The experts have launched...
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Dan Drollette calls our attention to America's Strategic National Stockpile for Biodefense, 'a little-publicized $7 billion federal agency...key to defending the country from a biological attack.' 'Its operators have to prepare for the unthinkable, such as what to do if...
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'A new report by Which?, an advocacy group in the United Kingdom, found that Apple and HTC both overstate battery life on smartphones, sometimes 'significantly'...' reports Hot Hardware. 'In stark contrast, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony all underestimate or are conservative about ...
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The Guardian reports: An end to the Aids epidemic could be in sight after a landmark study found men whose HIV infection was fully suppressed by antiretroviral drugs had no chance of infecting their partner. The success of the medicine means that if everyone with HIV were...
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Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the Verge: Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr, the blogging platform it acquired along with other Yahoo assets in 2017... The platform hosts 465.4 million blogs and 172 billion posts, according to its about page... On Thursday...
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Stefan Nilsson, a computer science professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, recently explained 'why I prefer Go to Java or Python,' arguing that Go 'makes it much easier for me to write good code.' Go is a minimalist language, and that's (mostly) a blessing. The...
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'Swapnil Bhartiya, the founder of TFIR, sat down with Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, to talk about the origin of the language and why he stepped down from the leadership of the very project he created,' writes sfcrazy. In the interview, van Rossum emphasizes that...
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Long-time Slashdot reader nojayuk quotes World Nuclear News (a publication of the World Nuclear Association): The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and University of Leicester have generated usable electricity from the chemical element americium in what it believes to...
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In December the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses released their list of the over 42,000 names for currently-registered racehorses. Then research scientist Janelle Shane turned their list into training data for two neural networks, reports Fast Company: It came up with...
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'People tend to think that the crazy amount of personal data gathering happening on the Internet is 'because companies otherwise wouldn't know who to target where with what product and at what price,' writes Slashdot reader dryriver. 'But there are two problems with this...
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'Looking for some new sick burns to throw out at other players on Xbox Live? Microsoft's got you covered,' reports Motherboard: In its new community standards, published this week, the company's got some examples of acceptable trash talk, including gems like: - Get...
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Saturday May 4, 2019. 11:34 PM
'American Homes For Rent is a publicly traded company that owns more than 50,000 properties,' writes Slashdot reader McGruber -- calling our attention to a glaring security error. 'Its website has a tab on its listings that says 'Let Yourself In.' If you click it, you are...
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'Whether it is consumers' data or competitors' code, Google's view seems to be the same: What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine,' argues Oracle executive vice president Kenneth Glueck. Google had urged America's Supreme Court to rule in their ongoing legal case about...
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Amazon Ring is building 'a team of news editors who deliver breaking crime news alerts to our neighbors,' reports the director Nieman Journalism Lab, in a post from The Atlantic: That's right: A doorbell company wants to report crime news. It already is, actually. Several...
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An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post: Deputies in this corner of western Oregon outside ultraliberal Portland used to track down criminals the old-fashioned way, faxing caught-on-camera images of a suspect around the office in hope that someone might recognize the...
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Despite the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation, 'censorship cannot be the only answer,' argues the EFF, adding that 'removing entire categories of speech from a platform does little to solve the underlying problems.' 'Tech companies and online platforms have other ways to ...
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Though Slack's web site promises that 'Slack is where work happens,' Vox argues instead that 'an increasing emphasis on new technology to moderate our workdays isn't necessarily making our work better or making us more productive. If wielded poorly, it can even make it...
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'When you turn on the setting in your browser that says 'Do Not Track', you probably expect to no longer be tracked on most websites you visit. Right? Well, you would be wrong,' explains DuckDuckGo's blog. Their recent study found 'a quarter of people have turned on this...
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An anonymous reader quotes LWN.net: Version 1.0.0 of the GNU Guix package manager has been released. 'This 1.0 release is a major milestone for Guix. It represents 7 years of hard work with more than 40,000 commits by 260 people, 19 releases, and an equally amazing amount of ...
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ZDNet asked the question -- pointing to a RedMonk survey which found TypeScript jumped in popularity from #16 to #12 over the last six months (based on its usage in GitHub projects and in questions on Stack Overflow). The reason for this rise can be found in the latest...
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