Fighter Jets with Missile-Killing Lasers Take Another Step Toward Reality

U.S. Air Force says a ground-based laser downed multiple test missiles over New Mexico.
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UK Nuclear Lab Achieves Americum-Generated Power

Long-time Slashdot reader nojayuk quotes World Nuclear News (a publication of the World Nuclear Association): The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and University of Leicester have generated usable electricity from the chemical element americium in what it believes to be a global first. The achievement is seen as a step towards potential use of americium in so-called space batteries, which may mean future space missions can be powered for up to 400 years. Americium is an element not found ...
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Better Buy: Facebook vs. Google

Both companies dominate the internet, but which is the better stock to own?
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FAA Revises Predictions for Commercial Drone Market, Estimates It Will Triple by 2023

After an explosive increase in commercial drone registrations in 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration has revised its predictions for the sector and now expects it to triple in size by the year 2023, according to NextGov.Read more...
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When an AI Tries to Name Racehorses

In December the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses released their list of the over 42,000 names for currently-registered racehorses. Then research scientist Janelle Shane turned their list into training data for two neural networks, reports Fast Company: It came up with names like She's a Babe, North Storm, Fabulous Charm, Frisky Joe, and Velvet One, which are so good, it's kind of surprising they haven't already been used by the professional horse namers. Of course, not every name was quite...
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Microsoft Xbox's Community Guidelines Now Explain 'Acceptable Trash Talk'

"Looking for some new sick burns to throw out at other players on Xbox Live? Microsoft's got you covered," reports Motherboard: In its new community standards, published this week, the company's got some examples of acceptable trash talk, including gems like: - Get destroyed. Can't believe you thought you were on my level. - That was some serious potato aim. Get wrecked. - Only reason you went positive was you spent all game camping. Try again, kid. - Cheap win. Come at me when you can actua...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook says digital privacy 'has become a crisis'

Apple CEO Tim Cook told ABC News in an interview that privacy has become a "crisis." Cook has advocated for government regulation that would protect consumer privacy in the past. Cook also addressed concerns about the amount of time consumers spend on mobile devices, saying he doesn't want consumers spending too much time on their iPhones. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Apple CEO Tim Cook called online privacy a "crisis" in an interview with ABC News, reaffirming the co...
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Trump Is Very, Very Mad About Facebook's Latest Purge of Conspiracy Theorists and Far-Right Trolls

This week, Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram banned a number of far-right figures, including white supremacists and conspiracy theorists, in a somewhat clumsily executed effort to rid itself entirely of figures like failed congressional candidate and anti-Semite Paul Nehlen, Infowars founder Alex Jones and…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Ugh, Conspiracy Theories, Donald Trump, Alex Jones, Infowars, Paul Joseph Watson, Tech Policy, Cda 230, Far Right Trolls, Paul Nehlen Infowars

Watch Out For This Mobile Telephone Scam: You Calling Yourself — and What You Can Do

I received two telephone calls from Brian Cohen over the past 24 hours. I did not answer my mobile telephone when it rang because — well — I know I did not call myself. When I checked the list of recent calls, it simply referred to the information about me which is on my mobile telephone — such as my telephone number. Although I found this bizarre, I reminded myself that over the years, I have received e-mail messages from “myself” which used my e-mail address — but that was easy enough to check...
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Companies Need All That Personal Data They're Collecting?

"People tend to think that the crazy amount of personal data gathering happening on the Internet is 'because companies otherwise wouldn't know who to target where with what product and at what price," writes Slashdot reader dryriver. "But there are two problems with this reasoning..." 1) Experienced marketers already know how to sell products successfully to various demographics without needing trillions of data points on tens of millions of random internet users. They were able to pull off t...
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Plant Sticks

Metal sticks made of brass help support and shape the growth of house plants. Give structure to your plants with “Fruitsuper Plant Sticks” from Poketo. Also check out: Transparent Plante
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Oracle Exec Mocks Google Arguments About Java's APIs

"Whether it is consumers' data or competitors' code, Google's view seems to be the same: What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine," argues Oracle executive vice president Kenneth Glueck. Google had urged America's Supreme Court to rule in their ongoing legal case about access to Java's APIs, a case which Google says hinges on "whether developers should be able to create new applications using standard ways of accessing common functions. Those functions are the building blocks of computer ...
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Amazon's Doorbell Company Is Selling Fear

Amazon Ring is building "a team of news editors who deliver breaking crime news alerts to our neighbors," reports the director Nieman Journalism Lab, in a post from The Atlantic: That's right: A doorbell company wants to report crime news. It already is, actually. Several people on LinkedIn describe their jobs as "news editors" at Ring... I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is a really bad idea. Crime has declined enormously over the past 25 years, but people's perception of how muc...
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Virtual Showdown: Tesla Model 3 Versus Hyundai Kona Electric

The Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Kona Electric are two radically different animals. However, both are trying to knock down the barriers associated with EV ownership. And both are affordable; both offer a lot for the money. And both are viable options. Tesla’s Model 3 and Hyundai’s Kona Electric go head-to-head in this virtual showdown. First off, a bit of clarification. Why in the world are we comparing the Tesla Model 3 with the Hyundai Kona Electric? The Tesla Model 3 is a sporty sedan that sit...
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Scammers Exploit Home Rental Listings With 'Let Yourself In' Link

"American Homes For Rent is a publicly traded company that owns more than 50,000 properties," writes Slashdot reader McGruber -- calling our attention to a glaring security error. "Its website has a tab on its listings that says 'Let Yourself In.' If you click it, you are taken to, a website that sells the lockbox codes to anyone for only $0.99." And those lockboxes contain a key to the vacant home being advertised. But what's to stop a scammer from pretending that they're the home-o...
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The 2018 Apple MacBook Air is on sale for the lowest price we’ve seen yet

The 2018 MacBook Air is now on sale for a very nice discount that lets shoppers grab it for less than a grand. If you love the super-slim profile, light weight, and sleek looks of the Air but have been waiting for a deal to drop, read on. The post The 2018 Apple MacBook Air is on sale for the lowest price we’ve seen yet appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Great teams, UBI, data retention policies, and Amazon HQ2

3 key secrets to building extraordinary teams David Cancel, the CEO and founder of Drift, wrote a deep dive on how to think about finding and recruiting the kinds of people who build incredible startups. Among the factors he looks at: Scrappiness (Importance: 35%) The four most telling words a new hire can say: “I’ll figure it out.” If you find someone who says that (and can follow through on it), you know you’ve found someone with drive — someone who will plunge headfirst into any challenge...
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'I will never hesitate' to fly in a 737 MAX, Warren Buffett declares

Billionaire Warren Buffett, one of the world's most influential businessmen, said Saturday that he would not hesitate to fly in a Boeing 737 Max airplane, despite the grounding of the planes after two fatal crashes. "I will never hesitate even for a second to fly on a 737 MAX," he said in response to a question from AFP on the sidelines of the annual shareholder meeting of his Berkshire Hathaway empire in Omaha. While Buffett, the world's third-richest man, owns stakes in several of the most p...
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Censorship 'Can't Be The Only Answer' To Anti-Vax Misinformation, Argues EFF

Despite the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation, "censorship cannot be the only answer," argues the EFF, adding that "removing entire categories of speech from a platform does little to solve the underlying problems." "Tech companies and online platforms have other ways to address the rapid spread of disinformation, including addressing the algorithmic 'megaphone' at the heart of the problem and giving users control over their own feeds... " Anti-vax information is able to thrive online in ...
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How Amazon's Facial-Recognition Technology is Supercharging Local Police

An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post: Deputies in this corner of western Oregon outside ultraliberal Portland used to track down criminals the old-fashioned way, faxing caught-on-camera images of a suspect around the office in hope that someone might recognize the face. Then, in late 2017, the Washington County Sheriff's Office became the first law enforcement agency in the country known to use Amazon's artificial-intelligence tool Rekognition, transforming this thicket of forests and ...
Tags: Amazon, Washington Post, Oregon, Tech, Portland, Washington County Sheriff s Office, Amazon s Facial Recognition Technology, Robert Rookhuyzen, Joshua Crowther

Amazon cuts prices of select Apple Watch Series 4 smartwatches once again

We recently covered the best Apple Watch deals from around the web, but Amazon has cut prices once again on select models of both the Apple Watch Series 4 models by another $35. With the additional discount, these models are now $50 off retail. The post Amazon cuts prices of select Apple Watch Series 4 smartwatches once again appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Mobile, Trends, Apple Watch Series 4

The best Pixel 3 screen protectors

The Pixel 3 is equipped with the hottest hardware and a beautiful 5.5-inch P-OLED display protected by Gorilla Glass 5. But it's not invincible. Here are the best Pixel 3 screen protectors to keep it safe. The post The best Pixel 3 screen protectors appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, Pixel, Buying Guides, Accessory of the Week, Pixel 3

Google on Effect of Low Quality Pages on Sitewide Rankings by @martinibuster

Google's surprising answer to whether shady pages can drag down an entire website's rankings.The post Google on Effect of Low Quality Pages on Sitewide Rankings by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
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Google Celebrates Star Wars Day With Search Console Easter Eggs by @MattGSouthern

May the 4th be with those using Search Console this weekend. Google's added Star Wars sounds, animations, and character messages.The post Google Celebrates Star Wars Day With Search Console Easter Eggs by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
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After layoffs and a security breach, Docker's CEO has some smart plans to win over big new customers

On Tuesday, $1.3 billion cloud software startup Docker launched a new version of its enterprise product Docker Enterprise 3.0, which CEO Steve Singh calls "a fundamental lynchpin" of the company's strategy. In the past few months, Docker laid off some employees and dealt with a security breach that exposed the data of 190,000 users. Singh says that despite these events, Docker is growing fast and is on track to become cash flow positive by January.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more...
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What It Means When your APC UPS is Beeping

Investing in technology goes hand in hand with investing in methods to protect it. To keep my Mac mini and assorted computing gear safe from brown-outs, power surges, and power outages, I use an APC XS1300 uninterruptible power supply (UPS). As its name suggests, a UPS will provide battery back-up power to your devices in the event of a power outage, giving you time to save your work and safely shut your devices down. Many UPSs use replaceable lead batteries. After about two years or so, the ...
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Is Slack Ruining Work?

Though Slack's web site promises that "Slack is where work happens," Vox argues instead that "an increasing emphasis on new technology to moderate our workdays isn't necessarily making our work better or making us more productive. If wielded poorly, it can even make it worse. Slack is one of numerous types of workplace software that companies are using to facilitate collaboration and communication in an increasingly digital world. Teams comes as part of Microsoft's pervasive Office offerings lik...
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North Korea Launches 'Several' Unidentified Projectiles Amid Stalled Nuclear Talks

North Korea fired off what the South Korean military described as “several unidentified short-range projectiles” early Saturday local time in a move that could threaten to upset whatever diplomatic gains the U.S. has achieved with the country in recent years, the New York Times reported.Read more...
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Trump attacks social media companies after Facebook bans

STERLING, Virginia (AP) — President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was “monitoring and watching, closely!!” Trump, who tweeted and re-tweeted complaints Friday and Saturday, said he would “monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms. ” He has previously asserted that […]
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DuckDuckGo Proposes 'Do-Not-Track Act of 2019'

"When you turn on the setting in your browser that says 'Do Not Track', you probably expect to no longer be tracked on most websites you visit. Right? Well, you would be wrong," explains DuckDuckGo's blog. Their recent study found "a quarter of people have turned on this setting" -- representing hundreds of millions of web surfers -- and that most of them were unaware that in fact, "no law requires websites to respect your Do Not Track signals, and the vast majority of sites, including most all...
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