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Theranos Used Shell Company To Secretly Buy Outside Lab Equipment, Says Report

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the company "allegedly misled company directors" regarding its lab tests and used a shell company to buy commercial lab gear . These are just a few of the new revelations made by the Journal, which also include fake demonstrations for potential investors. The new information came from unsealed depositions by 22 former Theranos employees o...
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Qualcomm Collected Partial iPhone Royalties Despite Legal Battle With Apple

From a report: Qualcomm continued to collect some royalties for Apple's use of its wireless technology in iPhones last year despite dueling lawsuits between the two mobile giants, cheering Qualcomm investors who feared that the payments had entirely dried up. Qualcomm said on Wednesday that Apple's contract manufacturers including Foxconn paid royalties, although they withheld around $1 billion from the undisclosed total amount due. The amo...
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Salt Makes You Hungry, Not Thirsty, Study Says

wisebabo writes: Salty diet makes you hungry, not thirsty. Science Daily reports: "In a study carried out during a simulated mission to Mars, an international group of scientists has found exactly the opposite to be true. 'Cosmonauts' who ate more salt retained more water, weren't as thirsty, and needed more energy ." So if you don't want to gain weight on your trip to Mars, don't eat salty chips. If you don't want to gain weight at home, m...
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop The Deployment Of Unapproved Code Changes?

Over a million lines of code -- in existence for over 10 years -- gets updates in six-week "sprints" using source control and bug-tracking systems. But now an anonymous reader writes:In theory users report bugs, the developers "fix" the bugs, the users test and accept the fix, and finally the "fix" gets released to production as part of a larger change-set. In practice, the bug is reported, the developers implement "a fix", no one else test...
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Tiny Changes Can Cause An AI To Fail

Luthair writes:According to the BBC there is growing concern in the machine learning community that as their algorithms are deployed in the real world they can be easily confused by knowledgeable attackers . These algorithms don't process information in the same way humans do, a small sticker placed strategically on a sign could render it invisible to a self driving car. The article points out that a sticker on a stop sign "is enough for th...
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Apple Has a Secret Team Working On Non-Invasive Diabetes Sensors

schwit1 quotes a report from CNBC: Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, miles from corporate headquarters. They are part of a super secret initiative, initially envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors that can non-invasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes , according to three people familiar with the matter. Suc...
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Why Is the Vatican at a Tech Conference?

An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: As Bishop Paul Tighe sat down for our interview, he joked that not only is he probably the only priest at South by Southwest, but also the only person with grey hair. His presence here marks the first time the Vatican has attended the South by Southwest Interactive conference, and their panel - titled Compassionate Disruption - is one of this year's most talked about events. "In a world where increas...
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Linux Foundation Chief: Businesses 'Will Fail' If They Don't Use Open Source Code

The luminaries speaking at the Google Cloud Next conference had some strong words about the importance of openness, innovation, and a rich developer community. An anonymous reader writes:First Vint Cert said there's a "thread of openness" that runs throughout the internet , adding that "the internet, itself, has open characteristics" and thrives on "permissionless innovation." And Eric Brewer, vice president of infrastructure at Google, tou...
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Intel Security Releases Detection Tool For EFI Rootkits After CIA Leak

After WikiLeaks revealed data exposing information about the CIA's arsenal of hacking tools , Intel Security has released a tool that allows users to check if their computer's low-level system firmware has been modified and contains unauthorized code. PCWorld reports: The release comes after CIA documents leaked Tuesday revealed that the agency has developed EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) rootkits for Apple's Macbooks. The documents fr...
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China Expresses Concern at Revelations in Wikileaks Dump of Hacked CIA Data

China has expressed concern over revelations in a trove of data released by Wikileaks purporting to show that the CIA can hack all manner of devices, including those made by Chinese companies. From a report on Reuters: Dozens of firms rushed to contain the damage from possible security weak points following the anti-secrecy organization's revelations, although some said they needed more details of what the U.S. intelligence agency was up to...
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Americans Are Having Less Sex Than 20 Years Ago, Study Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: American adults reported having nine fewer romps a year in the early 2010s than they did in the late 1990s -- dropping from an average of about 62 times a year between 1995 and 2000 to around 53 a year between 2010 and 2014. Researchers saw declines across ages, races, religions, education levels, employment statuses, and regions. They linked the sagging numbers to two trends: an increa...
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Streaming Pirate Content Isn't Illegal, UK Trading Standards Says

Every day millions of people use PCs, tablets, phones and Kodi-style devices to stream pirated content, but is it illegal? According to Trading Standards, local UK authorities tasked with investigating commercial organizations, if users only stream and don't download, they're likely exempt from copyright law . An anonymous reader shares a TorrentFreak report: "Accessing premium paid-for content without a subscription is considered by the in...
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Handle A Bogus Copyright Infringement Notice?

Very long-time Slashdot reader Andy Smith writes:Yesterday I received an email from my ISP telling me that I had illegally downloaded an animated film called Cubo and the Two Strings. I'd never heard of the film and hadn't downloaded it. The accusation came from a government-approved group called Get It Right From a Genuine Site . I contacted that group and was directed to their FAQ . Worryingly, there's no way to correct a false report. Th...
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Researchers Create New Form of Matter

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: MIT physicists have created a new form of matter , a supersolid, which combines the properties of solids with those of superfluids. By using lasers to manipulate a superfluid gas known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, the team was able to coax the condensate into a quantum phase of matter that has a rigid structure -- like a solid -- and can flow without viscosity -- a key characteristic of a...
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An Incorrect Command Entered By Employee Triggered Disruptions To S3 Storage Service, Knocking Down Dozens of Websites, Amazon Says

Amazon is apologizing for the disruptions to its S3 storage service that knocked down and -- in some cases affected -- dozens of websites earlier this week . The company also outlined what caused the issue -- the event was triggered by human error. The company said an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by ...
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Congressional Candidate Brianna Wu Claims Moon-Colonizing Companies Could Destroy Cities By Dropping Rocks

Applehu Akbar quotes a report from Washington Times: A transgender-issues activist and Democratic candidate for Congress says the advent of the space tourism industry could give private corporations a "frightening amount of power" to destroy the Earth with rocks because of the Moon's military importance. Brianna Wu, a prominent "social justice warrior" in the "Gamergate" controversy who now is running for the House seat in Massachusetts' 8t...
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FCC Chairman Says His Agency Won't Review AT&T's Time Warner Purchase

Today, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai confirmed that his agency would not review AT&T's Time Warner purchase , clearing the way for the Justice Department to likely approve the deal. Engadget reports: Last month, AT&T revealed how it might structure its deal to acquire Time Warner without having to go through FCC review. The communications giant noted that it "anticipated that Time Warner will not need to transfer any of its FCC licenses...
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Professors Claim Passive Cooling Breakthrough Via Plastic Film

What if you could cool buildings without using electricity? charlesj68 brings word of "the development of a plastic film by two professors at the University of Colorado in Boulder that provides a passive cooling effect."The film contains embedded glass beads that absorb and emit infrared in a wavelength that is not blocked by the atmosphere . Combining this with half-silvering to keep the sun from being the source of infrared absorption on ...
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Fasting Diet 'Regenerates Diabetic Pancreas'

According to a new study published in the journal Cell , a certain type of fasting diet can trigger the pancreas to regenerate itself . Of course, the researchers advise people not to try this without medical advice. BBC reports: In the experiments, mice were put on a modified form of the "fasting-mimicking diet." It is like the human form of the diet when people spend five days on a low calorie, low protein, low carbohydrate but high unsat...
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Website Builder Wix Acquires Art Community DeviantArt For $36 Million

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Wix.com has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to users to build and administer websites: it has acquired DeviantArt , an online community for artists, designers and art/design enthusiasts with some 325 million individual pieces of original art and more than 40 million registered members, for $36 million in cash, including $3 million of assumed liabilities. W...
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AMD Launches Ryzen, Claims To Beat Intel's Core i7 Offering At Half the Price

AMD Launches Ryzen, Claims To Beat Intel's Core i7 Offering At Half the Price - Slashdot binspam dupe notthebest offtopic slownewsday stale stupid 89381135 story Posted by msmash on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @09:43AM from the how-about-that dept. Reader MojoKid writes: AMD CEO, Dr. Lisu Su took to the stage at AMD's Ryzen tech day yesterday and opened the event with official speeds, feeds, pricing, and benchmark scores for the company's u...
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Why Astronauts Are Banned From Getting Drunk in Space

Bryan Lufkin, writing for BBC: "Alcohol is not permitted onboard the International Space Station for consumption," says Daniel G Huot, spokesperson for Nasa's Johnson Space Center. "Use of alcohol and other volatile compounds are controlled on ISS due to impacts their compounds can have on the station's water recovery system ." For this reason, astronauts on the space station are not even provided with products that contain alcohol, like mo...
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Self-Driving Car Speed Race Ends With A Crash

An anonymous reader writes:On a professional track in Buenos Aires, fans watched the first Formula E auto race with self-driving electric cars. "Roborace's two test vehicles battled it out on the circuit at a reasonably quick 115MPH," reports Engadget, "but one of the cars crashed after it took a turn too aggressively . The racing league was quick to tout the safety advantages of crashing autonomous cars ('no drivers were harmed'), but it's...
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Once Mocked, Facebook's $1 Billion Acquisition of Instagram Was Genius

anderzole writes: "In April of 2012, Facebook shocked the tech world when it acquired Instagram for $1 billion," reports BGR. "At the time, the acquisition raised quite a few eyebrows, along with many more questions than answers. Not only did people wonder how Instagram would fit into Facebook's existing business, many also questioned if Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had lost his mind by outlaying $1 billion for a company that, at the time, ...
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How Microsoft Lost In Court Over Windows 10 Upgrades

In June a California woman successfully sued Microsoft for $10,000 over forced Windows 10 upgrades, and she's now written a 58-page ebook about her battle (which she's selling for $9.99 ). But an anonymous Slashdot reader shares another inspiring story about a Texas IT worker and Linux geek who got Microsoft to pay him $650 for all the time that he lost."Worley built a Windows 7 machine for his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's Disease, [cus...
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