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  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by TentativePrince
    +29 +5

    The FCC votes to overturn net neutrality

    The Federal Communications Commission has officially begun undoing net neutrality rules the agency passed two years ago. The FCC voted 2-1, along political party lines Thursday, to begin a rule-making process to replace the Open Internet order, or net neutrality rules, adopted in 2015 by the agency, then headed by Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat. Those original rules included provisions preventing Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling legal content users sought to access, as well as preventing ISPs from accepting payment to prioritize some data.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +23 +5

    Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress: 'Everything feels like the future but us'

    Exclusive: CEO Elon Musk defends workplace, saying ‘[we are not] just greedy capitalists who skimp on safety’ – and declares his $50bn company overvalued. When Tesla bought a decommissioned car factory in Fremont, California, Elon Musk transformed the old-fashioned, unionized plant into a much-vaunted “factory of the future”, where giant robots named after X-Men shape and fold sheets of metal inside a gleaming white mecca of advanced manufacturing.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by kxh
    +11 +3

    A classic quantum test could reveal the limits of the human mind

    Using human consciousness as the trigger in a test of ‘spooky action at a distance’ could tell us whether mind is made of different stuff than matter

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +10 +2

    Faster machine learning is coming to the Linux kernel

    It's been a long time in the works, but a memory management feature intended to give machine learning or other GPU-powered applications a major performance boost is close to making it into one of the next revisions of the kernel. Heterogenous memory management (HMM) allows a device’s driver to mirror the address space for a process under its own memory management. As Red Hat developer Jérôme Glisse explains, this makes it easier for hardware devices like...

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by drunkenninja
    +22 +7

    Lowe’s prototype exoskeletons give warehouse workers a boost

    Hardware chain Lowe’s is outfitting employees with a simple exoskeleton to help them on the job. The company has partnered with Virginia Tech to develop the technology, which makes lifting and...

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by kxh
    +28 +5

    US Court Upholds Enforceability Of GNU GPL As Both A License And A Contract

    Free software dominates modern computing, from smartphones to supercomputers -- only the desktop remains a stronghold of proprietary code. Most of that free software has the Linux kernel at its heart, and a key element in the success of Linux -- and...

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by ppp
    +15 +6

    WannaCry ransomware has links to North Korea, cybersecurity experts say

    Two top security firms have found evidence linking the WannaCry ransomware to the prolific North Korean cybergang known as Lazarus Group. What is WannaCry ransomware and why is it attacking global computers? Kaspersky and Symantec both said on Monday that technical details within an early version of the WannaCry code are similar to code used in a 2015 backdoor created by the government-linked North Korean hackers, who were implicated in the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures...

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +19 +5

    The Boring Company - Why Tunnels? (FAQ)

    To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3D, which means either flying cars or tunnels. Unlike flying cars, tunnels are weatherproof, out of sight and won't fall on your head. A large network of road tunnels many levels deep would fix congestion in any city, no matter how large it grew (just keep adding levels). The key to making this work is increasing tunneling speed and dropping costs by a factor of 10 or more – this is the goal of The Boring Company.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by ckshenn
    +35 +8

    At Least 12 Nations Hit by N.S.A. Hacking Tool

    LONDON — Hackers using a tool stolen from the United States government conducted extensive cyberattacks on Friday that hit vast sections of Europe and Asia, severely disrupting Britain’s public health system and wreaking havoc on computers in at least 11 other countries, including Russia.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Nelson
    +23 +5

    Asus reportedly killing its ZenWatch line of Android Wear watches

    Asus is reportedly ending development on its ZenWatch line of Android Wear smartwatches, according to a report today from Digitimes that cited sources in Taiwan's supply chain. The report is unconfirmed and The Verge has reached out for comment. The Digitimes source claims that Asus is shipping an average of just 5,000 to 6,000 ZenWatch units per month across the product line, sales that are low enough that Asus is expected to discontinue the product line.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by zyery
    +21 +5

    Doxing the hero who stopped WannaCry was irresponsible and dumb

    MalwareTech is a goddamn hero. Last Friday, the UK-based security researcher stopped the WannaCry ransomware in its tracks thanks to an ingenious bit of technological trickery, thus preventing more machines from getting infected. We owe him a massive debt of gratitude. At the very least, we should respect his privacy. MalwareTech doesn’t give out his name on his Twitter page or blog. There are no headshots. It’s obvious that he just wants to be left alone to get on with what he enjoys – hacking shit, and figuring out how stuff works.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by kxh
    +31 +3

    Our Quest to Find a One-Sided Magnet Just Took an Unexpected Turn

    Of the many 'white whales' that theoretical physicists are pursuing, the elusive magnetic monopole - a magnetic with only one pole - is one of the most confounding.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Splitfish
    +31 +9

    Bitcoin surges to all-time high above $1,700

    Digital currency bitcoin hit a record high on Tuesday as demand for crypto-assets soared with the creation of new tokens to raise funding for start-ups using blockchain technology.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by dianep
    +21 +6

    Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber is going to trial, judge rules

    Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber, its competitor in the automated vehicle business, is going to trial. Judge William Alsup ruled that Uber could not force the lawsuit over theft of trade secrets into private arbitration. Instead, the trial will play out publicly, with evidence being presented mostly in the open. This is not the scenario that Uber wanted.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by sasky
    +22 +6

    NHS hospitals across England hit by large-scale cyber-attack

    Hospitals across England have been hit by a large-scale cyber-attack, the NHS has confirmed, which has locked staff out of their computers and forced many trusts to divert emergency patients. The IT systems of NHS sites across the country appear to have been simultaneously hit, with a pop-up message demanding a ransom in exchange for access to the PCs. NHS Digital said it was aware of the problem and would release more details soon.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by tranxene
    +26 +6

    This robotic exoskeleton could help prevent falls in the elderly.

    Researchers in Italy and Switzerland have developed a prototype device that can detect a slip in progress and help its wearer avoid falling. If perfected, a system like this could one day help millions of elderly people and amputees maintain balance and avoid serious tumbles. Researchers are trying to take preventive action with powered exoskeletons—braces for the legs with motorized joints that assist while walking.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by kxh
    +30 +6

    'Biggest ransomware outbreak in history' hits nearly 100 countries

    A global cyberattack hits international shipper FedEx, disrupts Britain's health system and infects computers in nearly 100 countries.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by cyberdotnet
    +15 +6

    WannaCry: What is ransomware and how to avoid it

    What you need to know about 'WannaCry', the malicious software behind Friday's worldwide hacking attack. Malicious software or "ransomware" has been used in a massive hacking attack, affecting tens of thousands of computers worldwide. Software security companies said a ransomware worm called "WannaCry" infected about 57,000 computer systems in 99 countries on Friday, with Russia, Ukraine, and Taiwan being the top targets. The hack forced British hospitals to turn away patients, affected Spanish companies such as Telefonica, and threw other government agencies and businesses into chaos.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by kxh
    +24 +6

    NYU Accidentally Leaked a Top-Secret Code-Breaking Supercomputer to The Entire Internet

    Confidential details of a top-secret encryption-breaking supercomputer were left completely exposed on an unsecured computer server belonging to New York University (NYU), according to a new report.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by hxxp
    +18 +4

    WannaCry ransomware: Researcher halts its spread by registering domain for $10.69

    Last year the Internet was taken down by cyber criminals through a massive Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS) attack using the infamous Mirai malware. But last Friday afternoon, almost 99 countries including Russia, UK, USA and Australia became victims of a worldwide mass cyber-attack that has been reported to have caused major disruptions to systems that were being used by hospitals, companies, and other institutions.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by spacepopper
    +17 +3

    BBC Says It May Contact Your Boss If You Post Comments It Finds Problematic

    There are all sorts of different ways that websites that allow comments have dealt with trollish behavior over the years, but I think the BBC's new policy is the first I've seen in which the organization threatens that it may contact your boss or your school (found via Frank Fisher). The new policy has a short section on "offensive or inappropriate content on BBC websites" where it says the following...

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +34 +9

    Google’s mysterious new Fuchsia OS has a UI now

    We’ve known for a while now that Google is working on a mysterious new operating system known as “Fuchsia.” Unlike Android or Chrome OS that are based on Linux, Fuchsia is built on a new, Google-built kernel called “Magenta” instead. It turns out Fuchsia has come a long way from the command line form it existed in when it was first uncovered last August. Google has since added an early user interface to its new operating system featuring a card-based design, as can be seen in Ars Techinca’s gallery of images and the video below.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by funhonestdude
    +27 +9

    Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code

    Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation by the US government. The scrutiny has started because the firm is accused of using "secret" software that let it operate in regions where it was banned or restricted. The software, called "greyball", helped it identify officials seeking to stop the service running. A spokesman for Uber declined to comment on the investigation, reported the Reuters news agency.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by TheSpirit
    +22 +7

    Why Do Gas Station Prices Constantly Change? Blame the Algorithm

    One recent afternoon at a Shell-branded station on the outskirts of this Dutch city, the price of a gallon of unleaded gas started ticking higher, rising more than 3½ cents by closing time. A little later, a competing station 3 miles down the road raised its price about the same amount. The two stations are among thousands of companies that use artificial-intelligence software to set prices.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Apolatia
    +28 +7

    Bitcoin to rocket to $4000 as blockchain infrastructure sets agenda for cryptocurrencies

    The introduction of Litecoin, another electronic online currency, is adding to investor appetite as the rolling out of blockchain infrastructure gets set to revolutionise the future of the financial sector. Bitcoin has been making gains since April and is rallying in London having risen over 33 per cent in 30 days, according to the Coindesk bitcoin price index.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +6

    Spotify's Beta Used 'Pirate' MP3 Files, Some From Pirate Bay

    Spotify is often credited as the music service most in tune with the 'pirate' mentality, having converted millions of former file-sharers in recent years. Interestingly, according to writer and researcher Rasmus Fleischer, a decade ago the site actually populated its beta with pirate MP3s, including some that were only available on The Pirate Bay.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +7

    Build 2017: Microsoft's 'Project Emma' is a wearable for Parkinson's disease sufferers

    Today at Build 2017, Microsoft unveiled many cool new technologies, but there was one particular announcement that truly touched the hearts of many in attendance. Called "Emma," it is a wrist wearable that can help people suffering with Parkinson's disease. The device is named after the Parkinson's sufferer that helped Haiyan Zhang, Innovation Director at Microsoft Research, create the device. What exactly does it do? Well, the incurable disease causes body tremors in those inflicted, and as a result, Emma has very shaky hands.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +28 +6

    That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

    Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience. A touch of a finger unlocks the phone — no password required. With services like Apple Pay or Android Pay, a fingerprint can buy a bag of groceries, a new laptop or even a $1 million vintage Aston Martin. And pressing a finger inside a banking app allows a user to pay bills or transfer thousands of dollars. While such wizardry is convenient, it has also left a gaping security hole.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +19 +4

    Lyft and Waymo Reach Deal to Collaborate on Self-Driving Cars

    As the race to bring self-driving vehicles to the public intensifies, two of Silicon Valley’s most prominent players are teaming up. Waymo, the self-driving car unit that operates under Google’s parent company, has signed a deal with the ride-hailing start-up Lyft, according to two people familiar with the agreement who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The deal calls for the companies to work together to bring autonomous vehicle technology into the mainstream through pilot projects and product development efforts, these people said. The deal was confirmed by Lyft and Waymo.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by zyery
    +8 +2

    This man saved the NHS from a huge hack. This is how we thanked him

    The 22-year-old cyber whizz who shut down a massive cyber hack against the NHS has accused tabloid journalists of being “super invasive” and forcing him to move house. Marcus Hutchins, who became famous overnight after he accidentally activated a “kill switch” to shut down a malware attack on NHS computer and phone systems across the UK, has blasted the media for intruding into his personal life, publishing false details about him, stalking his friends and publishing his address.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +6

    The Japanese are Using Bitcoin More than Expected

    Since Japan started recognizing bitcoin as a method of payment, more Japanese are using the digital currency than expected. Bitcoin.com discussed this trend with Yuzo Kano, CEO of Bitflyer, the largest bitcoin exchange in Japan by volume.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by jasont
    +24 +6

    FCC website hit by attacks after 'net neutrality' proposal

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Monday that its website was hit by deliberate denial of service attacks after the telecommunications regulator was criticized by comedian John Oliver for its plan to reverse "net neutrality" rules. The attacks came soon after Oliver on Sunday urged viewers to file electronic comments with the FCC opposing the plan unveiled by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to reverse rules implemented under President Barack Obama that boosted government regulatory powers over internet service providers.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by sjvn
    +27 +5

    Tesla’s Solar Roof Pricing Is Cheap Enough to Catch Fire

    The cost of Elon Musk’s remarkable new product is judged “better than everyone expected.”

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TheSpirit
    +27 +5

    HP is shipping audio drivers with a built-in keylogger

    That fancy new HP Elite laptop you just bought? It may be silently recording every keystroke. For what it’s worth, it doesn’t look like there’s malice here – just staggering incompetence. According to ModZero’s blog post, an update to HP’s audio drivers released in 2015 introduced new diagnostic features. One of these is used to detect if a special key had been pressed or released. Except it seems this was poorly implemented, as the driver ultimately acted like a keylogger, capturing and procesing every single keypress.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by sjvn
    +21 +5

    Robotic falcon will chase birds at Canadian airport

    ​​Canada's Edmonton International Airport handles about 168,000 flights annually, so it's vitally important that birds aren't smacking into flying aircraft or getting sucked into their engines. Soon, a robotic falcon known as Robird will enter service to scare those birds away.