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  • NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate

    2h By timothy
    New submitter Steven King writes with a link to The Daily Dot's report that the U.S. Senate has rejected a controversial bill, thus "all but guaranteeing that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will expire"; had it passed, the bill would have allowed…
  • 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

    Fri 11:10pm By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes: Windows 3.0 was launched on 22 May 1990 — I know, 'coz I was there as a SDE on the team. I still have, um, several of the shrink-wrapped boxes of the product — with either 3.5 inch and 5.25 floppies rattling around inside them…
  • Epic's VR Demo Scene For the GTX 980 Now Runs On Morpheus PS4 Headset At 60 FPS

    Fri 8:44pm By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes: Originally created as a Unreal Engine 4 demo scene to push the limits of VR-capable graphics on the Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype VR headset, Showdown is now running flawlessly at 60 FPS on Morpheus, Sony's PS4 VR headset.…
  • California Votes To Ban Microbeads

    Fri 7:55pm By timothy
    New submitter Kristine Lofgren writes: The California Assembly just passed a vote to ban toxic microbeads, the tiny flecks found in toothpastes and exfoliants. Microbeads cause a range of problems, from clogging waterways to getting stuck in gums. The ban…
  • WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

    Fri 7:10pm By timothy
    PvtVoid writes: The Wall Street Journal now has a page up that encourages readers to sift through and tag Hillary Clinton's emails on Benghazi. Users can click on suggested tags such as "Heated", "Personal", "Boring", or "Interesting", or supply their own…
  • Protons Collide At 13 TeV For the First Time At the LHC

    Fri 6:30pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes to let everyone know the LHC has now smashed protons together at 13 TeV, the highest energy level yet achieved. They've posted the first images captured from the collisions, and explained the testing process as well. Jorg Wenninger…
  • How Cities: Skylines Beat SimCity At Its Own Game

    Fri 5:49pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Maxis, the studio behind SimCity, was shuttered earlier this year. Fortunately, another studio has taken up its mantle. The small team at Colossal Order has already won acclaim for city-builder game Cities: Skylines (and sold…
  • 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

    Fri 5:10pm By Soulskill
    sciencehabit writes: One of the most important questions relating to incarceration and rehabilitation is how to discourage recidivism. After a prison stint, about half of convicts wind up back in the slammer within three years. But sociologist David Kirk…
  • A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)

    Fri 4:30pm By Roblimo
    This was originally going to be an interview about the state of enterprise-level backup software in an increasingly edge computing-focused world, but we rapidly drifted into talking about how Druva started in Pune (near Bangalore) and ended up moving to…
  • Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

    Fri 3:29pm By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes: For those of us who don't need or want a smartphone, what would be the best dumb phone around? Do you have a preference over flip or candy bar ones? What about ones that have FM radio? Do any of you still use dumb phones in this…
  • Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

    Fri 2:46pm By Soulskill
    Nerval's Lobster writes: Want more people to program? Encourage them to play more video games, at least according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In an online Q&A, Zuckerberg suggested that a lifetime spent playing video games could prep kids and young adults…
  • Chrome For Android Is Now Almost Entirely Open Source

    Fri 2:04pm By Soulskill
    jones_supa writes: After lots of work by Chrome for Android team and a huge change, Chrome for Android is now almost entirely open source, a Google engineer announced in Reddit. Over 100,000 lines of code, including Chrome's entire user interface layer, has…
  • The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

    Fri 1:20pm By Soulskill
    New submitter Cuillere writes: In the fall of 2014, a hacker demanded the Seattle Police Department release all of their body and dash cam video footage, prompting chaos within the institution. Although it was a legal request per Washington state's disclosure…
  • Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

    Fri 12:28pm By Soulskill
    StartsWithABang writes: When it comes to risk assessment, there's one type that humans are notoriously bad at: the very low-frequency but high-consequence risks and rewards. It's why so many of us are so eager to play the lottery, and simultaneously why we're…
  • New Class of "Non-Joulian" Magnets Change Volume In Magnetic Field

    Fri 11:45am By Soulskill
    Zothecula notes an announcement from the University of Maryland saying they have developed a new class of magnets, called "Non-Joulian" magnets, which physically expand in the presence of a magnetic field. "In the 1840s, physicist James Prescott Joule…