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Scientists Develop New Technique To Thaw Frozen Brain Tissue Without Harm

Published: May 21, 2024 03:30

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Medical Xpress: A team of medical researchers at the National Children's Medical Center, Children's Hospital, Fudan University, in China, has developed a technique to freeze and thaw brain tissue without causing…

Vitalik Buterin Addresses Threats To Ethereum's Decentralization In New Blog Post

Published: May 21, 2024 00:10

In a new blog post, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has shared his thoughts on three issues core to Ethereum's decentralization: MEV, liquid staking, and the hardware requirements of nodes. The Block reports: In his post, published on May 17, Buterin…

Apple Slashes iPhone Prices In China Amid Fierce Huawei Competition

Published: May 20, 2024 23:30

Apple is offering discounts of up to $318 on select iPhone models in China, hoping to "defend its position in the high-end smartphone market, where it faces increasing competition from local rivals such as Huawei," reports Reuters. From the report: The…

HP Resurrects '90s OmniBook Branding, Kills Spectre and Dragonfly

Published: May 20, 2024 22:50

HP announced today that it will resurrect the "Omni" branding it first coined for its business-oriented laptops introduced in 1993. The vintage branding will now be used for the company's new consumer-facing laptops, with HP retiring the Spectre and…

Return-To-Office Mandate Is Backfiring On a Key Federal Agency

Published: May 20, 2024 22:10

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dynamics of the workplace have undergone a seismic shift. While some heralded the return to the office as a sign of normalcy, evidence suggests that for many, this…

Microsoft Paint Is Getting an AI-Powered Image Generator

Published: May 20, 2024 21:30

Microsoft Paint is getting a new image generator tool called Cocreator that can generate images based on text prompts and doodles. Engadget reports: During a demo at its Surface event, the company showed off how Cocreator combines your own drawings with…

'Prism' Translation Layer Does For Arm PCs What Rosetta Did For Macs

Published: May 20, 2024 20:12

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft is going all-in on Arm-powered Windows PCs today with the introduction of a Snapdragon X Elite-powered Surface Pro convertible and Surface Laptop, and there are inevitable comparisons to draw…

Google Thinks the Public Sector Can Do Better Than Microsoft's 'Security Failures'

Published: May 20, 2024 18:40

An anonymous reader shares a report: Google is pouncing on Microsoft's weathered enterprise security reputation by pitching its services to government institutions. Pointing to a recent report from the US Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB) that found that…

With Recall, Microsoft is Using AI To Fix Windows' Eternally Broken Search

Published: May 20, 2024 18:00

Microsoft today unveiled Recall, a new AI-powered feature for Windows 11 PCs, at its Build 2024 conference. Recall aims to improve local searches by making them as efficient as web searches, allowing users to quickly retrieve anything they've seen on their…

Another Online Pharmacy Bypasses the FDA To Offer Cut-Rate Weight Loss Drugs

Published: May 20, 2024 17:28

An anonymous reader shares a report: Hims & Hers Health, one of the online pharmacies that got its start prescribing dick pills, is now offering knockoff versions of GLP-1 weight loss drugs. Hims & Hers says it will offer drugs that mimic Ozempic and…

Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor Lied 'Repeatedly' To Support Claim, Says UK Judge

Published: May 20, 2024 16:02

An Australian computer scientist who claimed he invented bitcoin lied "extensively and repeatedly" and forged documents "on a grand scale" to support his false claim, a judge at London's High Court ruled on Monday. From a report: [...] Judge James Mellor…

OpenAI Says Sky Voice in ChatGPT Will Be Paused After Concerns It Sounds Too Much Like Scarlett Johansson

Published: May 20, 2024 15:26

OpenAI is pausing the use of the popular Sky voice in ChatGPT over concerns it sounds too much like the "Her" actress Scarlett Johansson. From a report: The company says the voices in ChatGPT were from paid voice actors. A final five were selected from an…

38% of Webpages That Existed in 2013 Are No Longer Accessible a Decade Later

Published: May 20, 2024 14:40

A new Pew Research Center analysis shows just how fleeting online content actually is: 1. A quarter of all webpages that existed at one point between 2013 and 2023 are no longer accessible, as of October 2023. In most cases, this is because an individual…

Julian Assange Wins High Court Victory in Case Against Extradition To US

Published: May 20, 2024 11:59

Julian Assange has won a victory in his ongoing battle against extradition from the UK after judges at the high court in London granted him leave to appeal. From a report: Two judges deferred a decision in March on whether Assange, who is trying to avoid…

Police Found Ways to Use Facial Recognition Tech After Their Cities Banned It

Published: May 20, 2024 11:34

An anonymous reader shared this report from the Washington Post: As cities and states push to restrict the use of facial recognition technologies, some police departments have quietly found a way to keep using the controversial tools: asking for help…

Some People Who Rented a Tesla from Hertz Were Still Charged for Gas

Published: May 20, 2024 07:34

"Last week, we reported on a customer who was charged $277 for gasoline his rented Tesla couldn't have possibly used," writes the automotive blog The Drive. "And now, we've heard from other Hertz customers who say they've been charged even more." Hertz…

What Happened After a Reporter Tracked Down The Identity Thief Who Stole $5,000

Published: May 20, 2024 03:34

"$5,000 in cash had been withdrawn from my checking account — but not by me," writes journalist Linda Matchan in the Boston Globe. A police station manager reviewed footage from the bank — which was 200 miles away — and deduced that "someone had actually…

Linux Foundation Announces Launch of 'High Performance Software Foundation'

Published: May 19, 2024 23:59

This week the nonprofit Linux Foundation announced the launch of the High Performance Software Foundation, which "aims to build, promote, and advance a portable core software stack for high performance computing" (or HPC) by "increasing adoption, lowering…

FORTRAN and COBOL Re-enter TIOBE's Ranking of Programming Language Popularity

Published: May 19, 2024 22:01

"The TIOBE Index sets out to reflect the relative popularity of computer languages," writes i-Programmer, "so it comes as something of a surprise to see two languages dating from the 1950's in this month's Top 20. Having broken into the the Top 20 in…

Blue Origin Successfully Launches Six Passengers to the Edge of Space

Published: May 19, 2024 20:39

"Blue Origin's tourism rocket has launched passengers to the edge of space for the first time in nearly two years," reports CNN, "ending a hiatus prompted by a failed uncrewed test flight." The New Shepard rocket and capsule lifted off at 9:36 a.m. CT…

China Uses Giant Rail Gun to Shoot a Smart Bomb Nine Miles Into the Sky

Published: May 19, 2024 18:46

"China's navy has apparently tested out a hypersonic rail gun," reports Futurism, describing it as "basically a device that uses a series of electromagnets to accelerate a projectile to incredible speeds." But "during a demonstration of its power, things…

AI 'Godfather' Geoffrey Hinton: If AI Takes Jobs We'll Need Universal Basic Income

Published: May 19, 2024 17:34

"The computer scientist regarded as the 'godfather of artificial intelligence' says the government will have to establish a universal basic income to deal with the impact of AI on inequality," reports the BBC: Professor Geoffrey Hinton told BBC Newsnight…

US Defense Department 'Concerned' About ULA's Slow Progress on Satellite Launches

Published: May 19, 2024 16:34

Earlier this week the Washington Post reported that America's Defense department "is growing concerned that the United Launch Alliance, one of its key partners in launching national security satellites to space, will not be able to meet its needs to…

Deep Fake Scams Growing in Global Frequency and Sophistication, Victim Warns

Published: May 19, 2024 14:34

In an elaborate scam in January, "a finance worker, was duped into attending a video call with people he believed were the chief financial officer and other members of staff," remembers CNN. But Hong Kong police later said that all of them turned out to be…

Are Car Companies Sabotaging the Transition to Electric Vehicles?

Published: May 19, 2024 11:34

The thinktank InfluenceMap produces "data-driven analysis on how business and finance are impacting the climate crisis." Their web site says their newest report documents "How automaker lobbying threatens the global transition to electric vehicles." This…

Robot Dogs Armed With AI-aimed Rifles Undergo US Marines Special Ops Evaluation

Published: May 19, 2024 03:59

Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike shared this report from Ars Technica: The United States Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is currently evaluating a new generation of robotic "dogs" developed by Ghost Robotics, with the potential to be…

Why a 'Frozen' Distribution Linux Kernel Isn't the Safest Choice for Security

Published: May 19, 2024 01:04

Jeremy Allison — Sam (Slashdot reader #8,157) is a Distinguished Engineer at Rocky Linux creator CIQ. This week he published a blog post responding to promises of Linux distros "carefully selecting only the most polished and pristine open source patches…

Are AI-Generated Search Results Still Protected by Section 230?

Published: May 18, 2024 22:34

Starting this week millions will see AI-generated answers in Google's search results by default. But the announcement Tuesday at Google's annual developer conference suggests a future that's "not without its risks, both to users and to Google itself,"…

How an 'Unprecedented' Google Cloud Event Wiped Out a Major Customer's Account

Published: May 18, 2024 21:34

Ars Technica looks at what happened after Google's answer to Amazon's cloud service "accidentally deleted a giant customer account for no reason..." "[A]ccording to UniSuper's incident log, downtime started May 2, and a full restoration of services…

Eight Automakers Grilled by US Lawmakers Over Sharing of Connected Car Data With Police

Published: May 18, 2024 20:34

An anonymous reader shared this report from Automotive News: Automotive News recently reported that eight automakers sent vehicle location data to police without a court order or warrant. The eight companies told senators that they provide police with…

Study Confirms Einstein Prediction: Black Holes Have a 'Plunging Region'

Published: May 18, 2024 19:34

"Albert Einstein was right," reports CNN. "There is an area at the edge of black holes where matter can no longer stay in orbit and instead falls in, as predicted by his theory of gravity." The proof came by combining NASA's earth-orbiting NuSTAR…

Is America's Defense Department 'Rushing to Expand' Its Space War Capabilities?

Published: May 18, 2024 17:34

America's Defense Department "is rushing to expand its capacity to wage war in space," reports the New York Times, "convinced that rapid advances by China and Russia in space-based operations pose a growing threat to U.S. troops and other military assets…

Cruise Reached an $8M+ Settlement With the Person Dragged Under Its Robotaxi

Published: May 18, 2024 16:34

Bloomberg reports that self-driving car company Cruise "reached an $8 million to $12 million settlement with a pedestrian who was dragged by one of its self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, according to a person familiar with the situation." The…

Bruce Schneier Reminds LLM Engineers About the Risks of Prompt Injection Vulnerabilities

Published: May 18, 2024 15:34

Security professional Bruce Schneier argues that large language models have the same vulnerability as phones in the 1970s exploited by John Draper. "Data and control used the same channel," Schneier writes in Communications of the ACM. "That is, the…

Facing Angry Users, Sonos Promises to Fix Flaws and Restore Removed Features

Published: May 18, 2024 14:34

A blind worker for the National Federation of the Blind said Sonos had a reputation for making products usable for people with disabilities, but that "Overnight they broke that trust," according to the Washington Post. They're not the only angry customers…

The Delta Emulator Is Changing Its Logo After Adobe Threatened It

Published: May 18, 2024 07:00

After Adobe threatened legal action, the Delta Emulator said it'll abandon its current logo for a different, yet-to-be-revealed mark. The issue centers around Delta's stylized letter "D", which the digital media giant says is too similar to its stylized…

Proteins In Blood Could Provide Early Cancer Warning 'By More Than Seven Years'

Published: May 18, 2024 03:30

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Proteins in the blood could warn people of cancer more than seven years before it is diagnosed, according to research [published in the journal Nature Communications]. Scientists at the University of…

Utah Locals Are Getting Cheap 10 Gbps Fiber Thanks To Local Governments

Published: May 18, 2024 01:25

Karl Bode writes via Techdirt: Tired of being underserved and overbilled by shitty regional broadband monopolies, back in 2002 a coalition of local Utah governments formed UTOPIA -- (the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency). The inter-local…

WD Rolls Out New 2.5-Inch HDDs For the First Time In 7 Years

Published: May 17, 2024 23:20

Western Digital has unveiled new 6TB external hard drives -- "the first new capacity point for this hard drive drive form factor in about seven years," reports Tom's Hardware. "There is a catch, though: the HDD is slow and will unlikely fit into any mobile…

SEC: Financial Orgs Have 30 Days To Send Data Breach Notifications

Published: May 17, 2024 20:40

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted amendments to Regulation S-P that require certain financial institutions to disclose data breach incidents to impacted individuals within 30…

Canada Security Intelligence Chief Warns China Can Use TikTok To Spy on Users

Published: May 17, 2024 20:01

The head of Canada's Security Intelligence Service warned Canadians against using video app TikTok, saying data gleaned from its users "is available to the government of China," CBC News reported on Friday. From a report: "My answer as director of the…

Two Students Uncover Security Bug That Could Let Millions Do Their Laundry For Free

Published: May 17, 2024 18:40

Two university students discovered a security flaw in over a million internet-connected laundry machines operated by CSC ServiceWorks, allowing users to avoid payment and add unlimited funds to their accounts. The students, Alexander Sherbrooke and Iakov…

User Outcry As Slack Scrapes Customer Data For AI Model Training

Published: May 17, 2024 18:02

New submitter txyoji shares a report: Enterprise workplace collaboration platform Slack has sparked a privacy backlash with the revelation that it has been scraping customer data, including messages and files, to develop new AI and ML models. By default,…

Apple Geofences Third-Party Browser Engine Work for EU Devices

Published: May 17, 2024 16:40

Apple's grudging accommodation of European law -- allowing third-party browser engines on its mobile devices -- apparently comes with a restriction that makes it difficult to develop and support third-party browser engines for the region. From a report:…

Hopes For Sustainable Jet Fuel Not Realistic, Report Finds

Published: May 17, 2024 14:40

Hopes that replacement fuels for airplanes will slash carbon pollution are misguided and support for these alternatives could even worsen the climate crisis, a new report has warned. The Guardian: There is currently "no realistic or scalable alternative"…

Microsoft Plans Boldest Games Bet Since Activision Deal, Changing How 'Call of Duty' Is Sold

Published: May 17, 2024 14:00

Microsoft plans a major shakeup of its videogame sales strategy by releasing the coming installment of Call of Duty to its subscription service instead of the longtime, lucrative approach of only selling it a la carte. WSJ: The plans, which mark the…

Arizona Woman Accused of Helping North Koreans Get Remote IT Jobs At 300 Companies

Published: May 17, 2024 13:00

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An Arizona woman has been accused of helping generate millions of dollars for North Korea's ballistic missile program by helping citizens of that country land IT jobs at US-based Fortune 500 companies.…

Companies Are So Desperate For Data Centers They're Leasing Them Before They're Even Built

Published: May 17, 2024 10:00

Data center construction levels are at an all-time high. And more than ever, companies that need them have already called dibs. From a report: In the first quarter of 2024, what amounts to about half of the existing supply of data center megawattage in the…

Archie, the Internet's First Search Engine, Is Rescued and Running

Published: May 17, 2024 03:30

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: It's amazing, and a little sad, to think that something created in 1989 that changed how people used and viewed the then-nascent Internet had nearly vanished by 2024. Nearly, that is, because the…

In a Milestone, the US Exceeds 5 Million Solar Installations

Published: May 17, 2024 01:25

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. has officially surpassed 5 million solar installations. "The 5 million milestone comes just eight years after the U.S. achieved its first million in 2016 -- a stark contrast to the four…

GTA 6 Release Date Narrowed To Fall 2025 Amid Questions about Delays

Published: May 16, 2024 22:41

Take-Two Interactive is doubling down Grand Theft Auto VI's release date, saying the long-awaited sequel will be out fall 2025 despite rumors of a possible delay into 2026. From a report: Take-Two announced GTA 6's updated release window in its latest…

Another Billionaire Pushes a Bid For TikTok, But To Decentralize It

Published: May 16, 2024 22:02

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Techdirt, written by Mike Masnick: If you're a fan of chaos, well, the TikTok ban situation is providing plenty of chaos to follow. Ever since the US government made it clear it was seriously going to move forward…

Hugging Face Is Sharing $10 Million Worth of Compute To Help Beat the Big AI Companies

Published: May 16, 2024 21:20

Kylie Robison reports via The Verge: Hugging Face, one of the biggest names in machine learning, is committing $10 million in free shared GPUs to help developers create new AI technologies. The goal is to help small developers, academics, and startups…

EU Opens Child Safety Probes of Facebook and Instagram, Citing Addictive Design Concerns

Published: May 16, 2024 20:06

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook and Instagram are under formal investigation in the European Union over child protection concerns, the Commission announced Thursday. The proceedings follow a raft of requests for information to…

Russia Directing Hackers To Attack UK and West, Says Director of GCHQ

Published: May 16, 2024 19:20

Russia is increasingly seeking to encourage and direct hackers to attack British and other western targets, the director of GCHQ has said in her first keynote speech as head of the British intelligence agency. From a report: Anne Keast-Butler said her…

Samsung Mocks Apple's Controversial 'Crush' Ad With 'UnCrush' Pitch

Published: May 16, 2024 18:40

Samsung has released a response to Apple's recently criticized "Crush" ad, which featured the destruction of instruments, arcade games, and sculptures to promote the new iPad Pro. Apple subsequently apologized, with an executive admitting they "missed the…

Revolutionary New Google Feature Hidden Under 'More' Tab Shows Links To Web Pages

Published: May 16, 2024 18:01

An anonymous reader shares a report: After launching a feature that adds more AI junk than ever to search results, Google is experimenting with a radical new feature that lets users see only the results they were looking for, in the form of normal text…

US House of Representatives Passes TICKET Act To Create Transparency in Pricing

Published: May 16, 2024 16:40

After bipartisan constituents introduced the Transparency in Charges for Key Events Ticketing (TICKET) Act in June 2023, the United States House of Representatives passed the legislation this week in the ongoing efforts to reform the ticketing industry.…

Visa Adds New Way To Share Customer Shopping Data With Retailers

Published: May 16, 2024 15:20

Visa is rolling out new technology that will allow the payments giant to share more information about customers' preferences [non-paywalled source] based on their shopping history with retailers as it seeks to remain a top player in the competitive…

'Microsoft's Quest For Short-Term $$$ is Doing Long-Term Damage To Windows, Surface, Xbox, and Beyond'

Published: May 16, 2024 14:40

In an op-ed on Windows Central, the site's co-managing editor Jez Corden laments Microsoft's "short-sighted" decision-making and "inconsistent" investment in its products and services, which he argues has led to a loss of trust among customers and missed…

Microsoft Asks Hundreds of China-Based AI Staff To Consider Relocating Amid US-China Tensions

Published: May 16, 2024 14:00

Microsoft is asking hundreds of employees in its China-based cloud-computing and AI operations to consider transferring outside the country, as tensions between Washington and Beijing mount around the critical technology. WSJ: Such staff, mostly engineers…

AT&T Goes Up Against T-Mobile, Starlink With AST SpaceMobile Satellite Deal

Published: May 16, 2024 10:00

Michael Kan reports via PCMag: AT&T has struck a deal to bring satellite internet connectivity to phones through AST SpaceMobile, a potential rival to SpaceX's Starlink. AT&T says the commercial agreement will last until 2030. The goal is "to provide a…

Microsoft's AI Push Imperils Climate Goal As Carbon Emissions Jump 30%

Published: May 16, 2024 07:00

Microsoft's ambitious goal to be carbon negative by 2030 is threatened by its expanding AI operations, which have increased its carbon footprint by 30% since 2020. To meet its targets, Microsoft must quickly adopt green technologies and improve efficiency…

Wallet Recovery Firms Buzz as Locked-out Crypto Investors Panic in Bitcoin Boom

Published: May 16, 2024 05:30

The recent surge in bitcoin prices has the phones at crypto wallet recovery firms ringing off the hook, as retail investors locked out of their digital vaults make frantic calls to regain access to their accounts. From a report: Cryptocurrencies exist on a…

MIT Students Stole $25 Million In Seconds By Exploiting ETH Blockchain Bug, DOJ Says

Published: May 16, 2024 03:30

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Within approximately 12 seconds, two highly educated brothers allegedly stole $25 million by tampering with the ethereum blockchain in a never-before-seen cryptocurrency scheme, according to an…

Bay Area City Orders Scientists To Stop Controversial Cloud Brightening Experiment

Published: May 16, 2024 02:02

Last month, researchers from the University of Washington started conducting an experiment on a decommissioned naval ship in Alameda to test if spraying salt water into the air could brighten clouds and cool the planet. However, their project was forced to…

Netflix To Take On Google and Amazon By Building Its Own Ad Server

Published: May 16, 2024 01:25

Lauren Forristal writes via TechCrunch: Netflix announced during its Upfronts presentation on Wednesday that it's launching its own advertising technology platform only a year and a half after entering the ads business. This move pits it against other…

US Regulators Approve Rule That Could Speed Renewables

Published: May 16, 2024 00:45

Longtime Slashdot reader necro81 writes: The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which controls interstate energy infrastructure, approved a rule Monday that should boost new transmission infrastructure and make it easier to connect renewable…

UK Police Could Get Ghostbusters-style Backpack Devices To Halt Ebike Getaways

Published: May 16, 2024 00:01

Police officers in Britain could be armed with Ghostbusters-style devices that fire electromagnetic rays to shut down the engines of ebikes being used in a crime. From a report: Gavin Stephens, chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), said the…

Arizona Accuses Amazon of Unfair, Deceptive Business Practices

Published: May 15, 2024 23:20

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes filed two lawsuits Wednesday against the international online retail giant Amazon.com, accusing it of deceptive and unfair business practices. Courthouse News Service: The two lawsuits, filed in state court, say Amazon's…

Quantum Internet Draws Near Thanks To Entangled Memory Breakthroughs

Published: May 15, 2024 22:40

An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: Efforts to build a global quantum internet have received a boost from two developments in quantum information storage that could one day make it possible to communicate securely across hundreds or…

Android 15 Gets 'Private Space,' Theft Detection, and AV1 Support

Published: May 15, 2024 20:40

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google's I/O conference is still happening, and while the big keynote was yesterday, major Android beta releases have apparently been downgraded to Day 2 of the show. Google really seems to want to be…

Walmart's Reign as America's Biggest Retailer Is Under Threat

Published: May 15, 2024 20:00

With Amazon on its heels, the nation's biggest company by revenue is hunting for ways to continue growing. From a report: For a decade, Walmart has reigned as the nation's biggest company by revenue. Its sales last year added up to $648 billion -- more…

Troubling iOS 17.5 Bug Reportedly Resurfacing Old Deleted Photos

Published: May 15, 2024 19:20

An anonymous reader shares a report: There are concerning reports on Reddit that Apple's latest iOS 17.5 update has introduced a bug that causes old photos that were deleted -- in some cases years ago -- to reappear in users' photo libraries. After…

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