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  • Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

    3h By samzenpus
    itwbennett writes Sharp is launching a pair of landline phones designed to counter a growing form of fraud in Japan that preys upon the elderly. The 'ore ore' ('it's me, it's me') fraudsters pretend to be grandchildren in an emergency and convince their…
  • Teamsters Seek To Unionize More Tech Shuttle Bus Drivers In Silicon Valley

    3:08am By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes with news about the effort to unionize shuttle drivers in Silicon Valley. "Shuttle bus drivers for five prominent tech companies will decide whether to unionize on Friday in a vote that has the potential to dramatically expand…
  • Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

    12:22am By samzenpus
    snydeq writes Strong legislation that will weaken the ability of the trolls to shake down innovators is likely to pass Congress, but more should be done, writes InfoWorld's Bill Snyder. "The Innovation Act isn't an ideal fix for the program patent system. But…
  • Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

    Thu 9:57pm By samzenpus
    Mark Wilson writes A few months ago Twitter was criticized for teaming up with suicide prevention charity Samaritans to automatically monitor for key words and phrases that could indicate that someone was struggling to cope with life. Despite the privacy…
  • Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

    Thu 7:54pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes I have an old Compaq Contura Aero laptop from the nineties (20 Mhz, 12 Mb RAM, Windows 3.11, 16-bit, PCMCIA, COM, LPT, floppy) with 160 Mb drive that I would want to copy in full to a newer machine. The floppies are so unreliable —…
  • Xeroxed Gene May Have Paved the Way For Large Human Brain

    Thu 7:10pm By samzenpus
    sciencehabit writes Last week, researchers expanded the size of the mouse brain by giving rodents a piece of human DNA. Now another team has topped that feat, pinpointing a human gene that not only grows the mouse brain but also gives it the distinctive folds…
  • OPSEC For Activists, Because Encryption Is No Guarantee

    Thu 6:28pm By Soulskill
    Nicola Hahn writes: "In the wake of the Snowden revelations strong encryption has been promoted by organizations like The Intercept and Freedom of the Press Foundation as a solution for safeguarding privacy against the encroachment of Big Brother. Even…
  • 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

    Thu 5:45pm By Soulskill
    mpicpp sends an article from Fortune about the tiny industry springing up around food-related 3D printing. While such devices are still too expensive and too special-purpose for home kitchens, professionals in restaurants and large cafeterias are figuring out…
  • Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

    Thu 5:04pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has put up a post about explaining what they wanted to accomplish when they started working on Project Spartan, the new web browser that will ship with Windows 10. They say some things you wouldn't expect to hear from…
  • The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

    Thu 4:20pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: This article has a look inside the #NoEstimates movement, which wants to rid the software world of time estimates for projects. Programmers argue that estimates are wrong too often and a waste of time. Other stakeholders believe…
  • Facebook's Colonies

    Thu 3:38pm By Soulskill
    sarahnaomi writes: Facebook this week released a major report on global internet access, as part of the company's Internet.org campaign, which aims to bring cheap internet to new markets in partnership with seven mobile companies. Facebook says 1.39 billion…
  • Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

    Thu 2:55pm By Soulskill
    Nerval's Lobster writes: The dreaded term "fragmentation" has been applied to Android more times than anyone can count over the past half-decade. That's part of the reason why game developers often build for iOS before Android, even though Android offers a…
  • FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

    Thu 2:12pm By Soulskill
    muggs sends word that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to approve an expansion of their ability to regulate ISPs by treating them as a public utility. Under the rules, it will be illegal for companies such as Verizon or Cox…
  • Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

    Thu 1:30pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Bruce Schneier has written another insightful piece about the how modern tech companies treat security. He points out that most organizations will tell you to secure your data while at the same time asking to be exempt from that…
  • Machine Intelligence and Religion

    Thu 12:48pm By Soulskill
    itwbennett writes: Earlier this month Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek raised eyebrows on the Internet by stating his belief that Christians should seek to convert Artificial Intelligences to Christianity if and when they become autonomous. Of course that's…
  • The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

    Thu 12:06pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: It's been over a year since Valve announced its Linux-based SteamOS, the biggest push yet from a huge company to bring mainstream gaming to Linux. In this article, Ars Technica takes a look at how their efforts are panning out. Game…
  • Lizard Squad Claims Attack On Lenovo Days After Superfish

    Thu 11:23am By Soulskill
    Amanda Parker writes with news that hacker group Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a defacement of Lenovo's website. This follows last week's revelations that Lenovo installed Superfish adware on consumer laptops, which included a self-signed…
  • Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

    Thu 10:40am By Soulskill
    HughPickens.com writes: John Schwartz reports at the NY Times that prominent members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are demanding information from universities, companies and trade groups about funding for scientists who publicly dispute…
  • 12-Billion-Solar-Mass Black Hole Discovered

    Thu 9:58am By Soulskill
    sciencehabit writes: A team of astronomers has discovered what is, in galactic terms, a monstrous baby: a gigantic black hole of 12 billion solar masses in a barely newborn galaxy, just 875 million years after the big bang. It's roughly 3000 times the size of…
  • Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

    Thu 9:16am By Soulskill
    mpicpp sends this report from CNN: They are sleek, mostly silent converted weapons of war: Drones used by the Border Patrol to scan the skies in the empty deserts of the Southwest to spot illegal immigrants and then, if things work out, have agents arrest…