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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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