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  • Bitcoin Snafu Causes Miners To Generate Invalid Blocks

    3h By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A notice at bitcoin.org warns users of the cryptocurrency that many miners are currently generating invalid blocks. The cause seems to be out-of-date software, and software that assumed blocks were valid instead of checking them.…
  • Brain-Inspired 'Memcomputer' Constructed

    Sat 8:35pm By Soulskill
    New submitter DorkFest writes: "Inspired by the human brain, UC San Diego scientists have constructed a new kind of computer that stores information and processes it in the same place. This prototype 'memcomputer' solves a problem involving a large dataset…
  • Microsoft Edge, HTML5, and DRM

    Sat 7:02pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is building its new browser, Edge, with the intention of avoiding many of the flaws that plagued Internet Explorer over its long and tumultuous life. Part of this involves moving away from plug-ins, and Edge will not…
  • Researcher Who Reported E-voting Vulnerability Targeted By Police Raid in Argentina

    Sat 5:30pm By Soulskill
    TrixX writes: Police have raided the home of an Argentinian security professional who discovered and reported several vulnerabilities in the electronic ballot system (Google translation of Spanish original) to be used next week for elections in the city of…
  • Frank Herbert's Dune, 50 Years On

    Sat 4:02pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: This October will be the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert's massively popular and influential sci-fi novel Dune. The Guardian has written a piece examining its effects on the world at large, and how the book remains relevant even…
  • When Nerds Do BBQ

    Sat 2:33pm By Soulskill
    Rick Zeman writes: On this 4th of July, the day when Americans flock to their grills and smokers, Wired has a fascinating article on a computerized smoker designed by Harvard engineering students. They say, "In prototype form, the smoker looks like a…
  • Ask Slashdot: How Much Did Your Biggest Tech Mistake Cost?

    Sat 1:01pm By timothy
    NotQuiteReal writes: What is the most expensive piece of hardware you broke (I fried a $2500 disk drive once, back when 400MB was $2500) or what software bug did you let slip that caused damage? (No comment on the details — but about $20K cost to a client.)…
  • Why Electric Vehicles Aren't More Popular

    Sat 11:34am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Ars takes a look at a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences into the reasons why more people aren't driving electric vehicles. Of course infrastructure issues are a part of it — until charging stations are…
  • Solar Impulse 2 Completes Record-Breaking Flight

    Sat 10:04am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Solar Impulse 2, the airplane powered only by the sun's light, has completed its flight from Japan to Hawaii. The distance sets the record for manned, solar-powered flight, both by distance (7,200 km, according to the BBC) and by…
  • Wired Cautions Would-Be Drone Photogs on the 4th

    Sat 8:36am By timothy
    Last year's spectacular but unauthorized you-are-there video from the inside of a fireworks display has probably inspired quite a few people to try getting their own bird's-eye view this year. Wired cautions photographers, though, that many municipalities have…
  • Someone Will Die Playing a Game In Virtual Reality

    Sat 7:28am By timothy
    SlappingOysters writes: Grab It has detailed a hands-on session with horror VR title Kitchen — from Resident Evil creator Capcom — and argues how the physical reaction to the experience could lead to death. The site also believes that classifying VR games…
  • Machine Learning System Detects Emotions and Suicidal Behavior

    Sat 5:01am By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes with word as reported by The Stack of a new machine learning technology under development at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology "which can identify emotion in text messages and email, such as sarcasm, irony and even…
  • How To Design Robot Overlords For "Robot Overlords"

    Sat 2:11am By timothy
    Hallie Siegel writes: Ever wonder how they make robots look so awesomely real in movies? Visual effects expert Graham Edwards goes behind the scenes with the makers of Robot Overlords to take you through the development of the robots in this movie, from script…
  • In Response to Open Letter, France Rejects Asylum For Julian Assange

    Fri 11:16pm By timothy
    Several outlets report that Julian Assange has requested, but been denied, political asylum in France, by means of an open letter published by Le Monde.…
  • Japanese Court Orders Google To Delete Past Reports Of Man's Molestation Arrest

    Fri 8:25pm By timothy
    AmiMoJo writes: The Saitama District Court has ordered Google Inc. to delete past reports on a man's arrest over molestation from its online search results after ruling that they violate the man's personal rights. The man, who was arrested about three years…