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Windows 8 and Later Fail To Properly Apply ASLR

An anonymous reader writes: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and subsequent Windows 10 variations fail to properly apply ASLR , rendering this crucial Windows security feature useless. The bug appeared when Microsoft changed a registry value in Windows 8 and occurs only in certain ASLR configuration modes. Basically, if users have enabled system-wide ASLR protection turned on, a bug in ASLR's implementation on Windows 8 and later will not generate e...
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Consumers Are Holding Off On Buying Smart-Home Gadgets Due To Security, Privacy Fears

95251241 story Posted by BeauHD from the open-minded dept. According to a new survey from consulting firm Deloitte, consumers are uneasy about being watched, listened to, or tracked by devices they place in their homes. The firm found that consumer interest in connected home technology lags behind their interest in other types of IoT devices . Business Insider reports: "Consumers are more open to, and interested in, the connected world," th...
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Yelp Ordered To Identify User Accused of Defaming a Tax Preparer

95215321 story Posted by BeauHD from the free-speech-rights dept. mi writes: California State Appeals Court ruled this week that Yelp can't shield the identify of an anonymous reviewer who posted allegedly defamatory statements about a tax preparer. "The three-judge appeals panel in Santa Ana agreed with Yelp that it could protect the First Amendment rights of its anonymous reviewer but it still had to turn over the information," reports Bl...
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Qualcomm Board of Directors Unanimously Rejects Broadcom's Unsolicited Proposal

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm on Monday rejected rival Broadcom's $103 billion bid to purchase the company, stating that Broadcom's proposal "dramatically undervalues" Qualcomm and comes with "significant regulatory uncertainty.". Read more of this story at Slashdot. Original link
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ESR Sees Three Viable Alternatives To C

ESR Sees Three Viable Alternatives To C - Slashdot Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook #NetNeutrality is STILL in danger - Click here to help. DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test. × 95130423 story Posted by EditorDavid from the legacy-languages dept. An anonymous reader writes:After 35 years of programming in C, Eric S. Ray...
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Exit Interview: Scott Kelly

An excerpt from a new interview of Scott Kelly , now a retired astronaut, who spent 11 months and three days at the International Space Station in one stretch:Q: What does space smell like? It smells different to different people. Some people say it smells sweet. To me it smells like burnt metal, like if you took a blowtorch to some steel or something. Q: When you're up there on the ISS, arguably you're the most expensive human being on the...
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Intel Recruits AMD RTG Exec Raja Koduri To Head New Visual Computing Group

95080901 story Posted by BeauHD from the one-door-closes-another-opens dept. MojoKid writes: Intel just announced that former AMD Radeon Technologies Group SVP, Raja Koduri, would be joining its team to head up a newly formed Core and Visual Computing Group , and as a general manager of a new initiative to drive edge and client visual computing solutions. With Koduri's help, Intel plans to unify and expand its IP across multiple segments in...
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Twitter Officially Expands Its Character Count To 280 Starting Today

95050507 story Posted by BeauHD from the freedom-of-expression dept. Twitter is rolling out an update around the world to allow users to post 280-character tweets . The company first announced the controversial plan to move beyond its traditional 140 characters back in September, noting at the time how a longer character count allowed users to express more of their thoughts without running out of room to tweet. TechCrunch reports: At the ti...
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The US Has Destroyed A Critical Sea Ice-Measuring Satellite

"A key polar satellite used to measure the Arctic ice cap failed a few days ago, leaving the U.S. with only three others, and those have lived well beyond their shelf lives," writes long-time Slashdot reader edibobb . The Guardian reports that all three of the remaining satellites "are all beginning to drift out of their orbits over the poles" and will no longer be operational by 2023. This could put an end to nearly 40 years of uninterrupt...
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Newspaper Obtains James Damore's Complaint Against Google

Newspaper Obtains James Damore's Complaint Against Google - Slashdot #NetNeutrality is STILL in danger - Click here to help. DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test. × 94979123 story Posted by EditorDavid from the labor-relations dept. A Silicon Valley newspaper brings this update on fired Google engineer James Damore:California...
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CNN Plans To Offer Subscriptions for Digital News Next Year

94953049 story Posted by msmash from the changing-dynamics dept. Benjamin Mullin, writing for WSJ: After investing in digital verticals focused on business and politics and acquiring an online-video startup, CNN is gearing up for another big step: It plans to launch tiered subscription offerings for its digital news business (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source ) as early as the second quarter of next year. A prop...
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NASA Wants Private Company To Take Over Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA Wants Private Company To Take Over Spitzer Space Telescope - Slashdot binspam dupe notthebest offtopic slownewsday stale stupid 94907251 story Posted by BeauHD on Thursday November 02, 2017 @03:00AM from the great-observatories dept. schwit1 writes: NASA has issued a request for proposals from private companies or organizations to take over the operation of the Spitzer Space Telescope after 2019 . SpaceNews reports: "NASA's current pla...
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New VibWrite System Uses Finger Vibrations To Authenticate Users

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Rutgers engineers have created a new authentication system called VibWrite. The system relies on placing an inexpensive vibration motor and receiver on a solid surface, such as wood, metal, plastic, glass, etc.. The motor sends vibrations to the receiver. When the user touches the surface with one of his fingers, the vibration waves are modified to create a unique signature per use...
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Interviews: Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst Answers Your Questions

What... by Master5000 ...is your day like? JW: I can tell you this, no two days are the same. Broadly speaking, I strive to prioritize time with customers, partners, and Red Hat associates above other meetings. When I'm in town, my day starts at 5:30 am with a run. I'll scan email and the news during breakfast and take my kids to school. My first calls usually start at 8 am as I'm driving to the office. Today for instance, I'll meet with a ...
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Can Science Make Alcohol Safer?

Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro was the first to spot this story. Scientific American reports: Could there be a "liver-friendly" vodka ? One company claims its proprietary blend of additives reduces stress on the body... The researchers concluded that consuming the alcohol with the additives -- glycyrrhizin, derived from licorice; D-mannitol, a sugar alcohol; and potassium sorbate, a preservative -- may support improved liver health compare...
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UK's NHS Could Have Avoided WannaCry Hack With 'Basic IT Security', Says Report

An anonymous reader shares a report: The NHS could have avoided the crippling effects of the "relatively unsophisticated" WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May with "basic IT security," according to an independent investigation into the cyber-attack. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that 19,500 medical appointments were cancelled, computers at 600 GP surgeries were locked and five hospitals had to divert ambulances elsewhere. "The WannaCr...
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Electric Cars Emit 50 Percent Less Greenhouse Gas Than Diesel, Study Finds

entirely_fluffy shares a report from The Guardian: Electric cars emit significantly less greenhouse gases over their lifetimes than diesel engines even when they are powered by the most carbon intensive energy, a new report has found. In Poland, which uses high volumes of coal, electric vehicles produced a quarter less emissions than diesels when put through a full lifecycle modeling study by Belgium's VUB University . CO2 reductions on Eur...
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Why Did Ubuntu Drop Unity? Mark Shuttleworth Explains

Ubuntu's decision to ditch Unity took many of us by surprise earlier this year. Now Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth shares more details about why Ubuntu chose to drop Unity. From a report: Shuttleworth says he, along with the other 'leads' at Canonical, came to a consensual view that they should put the company on the path to becoming a public company . And to appear attractive to potential investors the company has to focus on its areas o...
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When an AI Tries Writing Slashdot Headlines

For Slashdot's 20th anniversary, "What could be geekier than celebrating with the help of an open-source neural network?" Neural network hobbyist Janelle Shane has already used machine learning to generate names for paint colors , guinea pigs , heavy metal bands , and even craft beers , she explains on her blog. "Slashdot sent me a list of all the headlines they've ever run, over 162,000 in all, and asked me to train a neural network to try...
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Amazon Patents Drones That Recharge Electric Vehicles

slash.jit shared an article from Futurism:Amazon has been granted a patent for an ambitious new method of maintaining a charge in electric vehicles. The company wants to use drones to allow drivers to top up their vehicles without having to visit a charging station. Drivers would request a top up from a central server, which would dispatch a charging drone to their location. The drone would then dock with the vehicle and start transferring ...
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Tesla Hit With Another Lawsuit, This Time Alleging Anti-LGBT Harassment

Earlier this week, Tesla was hit with a lawsuit for racial harassment in its factories . Now, a newer lawsuit has been filed against the company alleging anti-LGBT harassment. An anonymous reader shares a report from The Verge: A former employee at Tesla's Fremont factory filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the electric carmaker, alleging he was fired in retaliation after seeking protection from anti-gay harassment, The Guardian re...
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First Floating Wind Farm Delivers Electricity

The world's first floating offshore wind farm began delivering electricity to the Scottish grid today . "The 30MW installation, situated 25km (15.5mi) from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, will demonstrate that offshore wind energy can be harvested in deep waters, miles away from land, where installing giant turbines was once impractical or impossible," reports Ars Technica. "At peak capacity, the wind farm will produce enough electric...
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Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody's Counting

An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, U.S. traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent. In 2016 alone, more than 100 people died every day in or near vehicles in America, the first time the country has passed that grim toll in a decade. Regulators, meanwhile, still have no good idea why crash-related deaths are spiking: People are driving longer distances but not...
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Munich Plans New Vote on Dumping Linux For Windows 10

An anonymous reader quotes TechRepublic:The city of Munich has suggested it will cost too much to carry on using Linux alongside Windows , despite having spent millions of euros switching PCs to open-source software... "Today, with a Linux client-centric environment, we are often confronted with major difficulties and additional costs when it comes to acquiring and operating professional application software," the city council told the Germ...
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How Open Source Software Helps The Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Long-time Slashdot reader Esther Schindler quotes Hewlett Packard Enterprise:When you handle trillions of dollars a year in transactions and manage the largest known vault of gold in the world, security and efficiency are top priorities. Open source reusable software components are key to the New York Fed's successful operation, explains Colin Wynd, vice president and head of the bank's Common Service Organization... The nearly 2,000 develo...
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Octopuses Show Scientists How To Hide Machines in Plain Sight

If you want to learn the art of camouflage look no further than octopuses. Just watch this famous video that shows a diver slowly swimming up to a clump of rock and seaweed, only for part of that clump to turn white, open its eye, and jet away, squirting ink behind it. Materials scientists and engineers have fallen under the octopuses' spell . From a report: Scientists have engineered a material that can transform from a 2D sheet to a 3D sh...
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US Government Has 'No Right To Rummage' Through Anti-Trump Protest Website Logs, Says Judge

A Washington D.C. judge has told the U.S. Department of Justice it " does not have the right to rummage" through the files of an anti-Trump protest website -- and has ordered the dot-org site's hosting company to protect the identities of its users. The Register reports: Chief Judge Robert E. Morin issued the revised order [PDF] Tuesday following a high-profile back and forth between the site's hosting biz DreamHost and prosecutors over wha...
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Security Researcher Finds a Fundamental Flaw in iOS

Felix Krause writes: Do you want a user's Apple ID password to get access to their Apple account or to try the same email/password combination on different web services? Just ask your users politely, they'll probably just hand over their credentials, as they're trained to do so. This is just a proof of concept, phishing attacks are illegal! Don't use this in any of your apps. The goal of this blog post is to close the loophole that has been...
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Ask Slashdot: Is Deliberately Misleading People On the Internet Free Speech?

Slashdot reader dryriver writes:Before anyone cries "free speech must always be free," let me qualify the question. Under a myriad of different internet sites and blogs are these click-through adverts that promise quick "miracle cures" for everything from toenail fungus to hair loss to tinnitus to age-related skin wrinkles to cancer. A lot of the ads begin with copy that reads "This one weird trick cures....." Most of the "cures" on offer a...
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Tim O'Reilly: Don't Fear AI, Fear Ourselves

Tim O'Reilly, publisher of geeky books, "seizes on this singular moment in history" for a futuristic new book of his own , according to this interview with Steven Levy. An anonymous reader writes:When it comes to artificial intelligence, O'Reilly sees a reason for optimism in the fact that we're already discussing biased algorithms. ("We had plenty of bias before but we couldn't see it.") O'Reilly ultimately believes AI won't take away our ...
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