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Huawei Could Eavesdrop on 6.5 Million Dutch Cellphone Users Without their Knowledge

"Chinese technology provider Huawei was recently accused of being able to monitor all calls made using Dutch mobile operator KPN," writes the Conversation. Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shares their report: The revelations are from a secret 2010 report made by consultancy firm Capgemini, which KPN commissioned to evaluate the risks of working with Huawei infrastructure. While the full report on the issue has not been made public, journalists reporting on the story have outlined specific con...
Tags: Europe, UK, China, Tech, Legislation, Netherlands, Huawei, Slashdot, Capgemini, KPN


After 35 Years, Classic Shareware Game 'Cap'n Magneto' Finally Fully Resurrected

A newspaper in Austin, Texas shares the story behind a cult-classic videogame, the 1985 Macintosh shareware game "Cap'n Magneto." It was the work of Al Evans, who'd "decided to live life to the fullest after suffering severe burn injuries in 1963" at the age of 17. Beneath the surface, "Cap'n Magneto" is a product of its creator's own quest to overcome adversity after a terrible car crash — an amalgamation of hard-earned lessons on the value of relationships, being an active participant in s...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, Tech, Evans, Moss, Austin Texas, Slashdot, Cap, Magneto, Richard Moss, Al Evans, Cea Evans, Magneto Evans


Researchers Build Tiny Wireless, Injectable Chips, Visible Only Under a Microscope

Implantable miniaturized medical devices that wirelessly transmit data "are transforming healthcare and improving the quality of life for millions of people," writes Columbia University, noting the devices are "widely used to monitor and map biological signals, to support and enhance physiological functions, and to treat diseases." Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger shares the university's newest announcement: These devices could be used to monitor physiological conditions, such as temperat...
Tags: Tech, Columbia University, Columbia Engineering, Slashdot, Moore, Shepard, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ken Shepard Lau


Cheap, Highly Efficient New EV Motor Uses No Magnets (slashdot)

"An EV motor has been developed that uses no magnets, thus lessening the United States' reliance on Chinese magnets (which make up 97% of the world's supply)," writes Slashdot reader nickwinlund77, adding: "I wonder what the motor's performance is like on high grade roads?" New Atlas reports: German company Mahle has just announced a new electric motor that sounds like it solves a lot of problems in a very tidy manner. The new Mahle design uses no magnets, instead using powered coils in its roto...
Tags: News, United States, Slashdot, IEEE Spectrum, BeauHD, Mahle, Martin Berger Mahle, Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering


Hacker Group Behind Colonial Pipeline Attack Claims It Has Three New Victims

PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from CNBC: The hacker group DarkSide claimed on Wednesday to have attacked three more companies, despite the global outcry over its attack on Colonial Pipeline this week, which has caused shortages of gasoline and panic buying on the East Coast of the U.S. Over the past 24 hours, the group posted the names of three new companies on its site on the dark web, called DarkSide Leaks. The information posted to the site includes summaries of what the hackers appear t...
Tags: Scotland, Tech, Fbi, United States, Brazil, Biden, East Coast, Cnbc, Slashdot, Colonial Pipeline, Robert F Smallwood


Cheap, Highly Efficient New EV Motor Uses No Magnets

"An EV motor has been developed that uses no magnets, thus lessening the United States' reliance on Chinese magnets (which make up 97% of the world's supply)," writes Slashdot reader nickwinlund77, adding: "I wonder what the motor's performance is like on high grade roads?" New Atlas reports: German company Mahle has just announced a new electric motor that sounds like it solves a lot of problems in a very tidy manner. The new Mahle design uses no magnets, instead using powered coils in its roto...
Tags: Tech, United States, Slashdot, IEEE Spectrum, Mahle, Martin Berger Mahle, Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering


Amazon Managers Say They 'Hire To Fire' To Meet Annual Turnover Goals

A Slashdot reader shares a report: Amazon has a goal to get rid of a certain percentage of employees every year, and three managers told Insider they felt so much pressure to meet the goal that they hired people to fire them. "We might hire people that we know we're going to fire, just to protect the rest of the team," one manager told Insider. The practice is informally called "hire to fire," in which managers hire people, internally or externally, they intend to fire within a year, just to hel...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Ura, Slashdot, Amazon Managers


Astronomers Search For Answers To Origins of Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua (slashdot)

"Getting to another extrasolar planet is never going to happen in my lifetime, or that of Western civilisation," says Alan Jackson, an astronomer and planetary scientist at Arizona State University. "But we can have nature deliver pieces of them to us that we can actually see up close." Slashdot reader boudie2 shares this article from BBC Future, which notes that astronomers spent decades looking for objects from outside our solar system — until two arrived at once. "'Oumuamua has not yet been...
Tags: News, Bbc, Alan Jackson, Jackson, Pluto, Arizona State University, Slashdot, Borisov, EditorDavid, Steven Desch, Oumuamua, Jackson Nitrogen


Millennials are Taking Governments to Court over Climate Change. And They're Starting to Win

CNN tells the story of Luisa Neubauer, a 25-year-old woman who took the German government to court last year — and won: On April 29, the country's Supreme Court announced that some provisions of the 2019 climate change act were unconstitutional and "incompatible with fundamental rights," because they lacked a detailed plan for reducing emissions and placed the burden for future climate action on young people. The court ordered the government to come up with new provisions that "specify in great...
Tags: Supreme Court, France, Court, Tech, Ars Technica, Cnn, Paris, Portugal, European Court Of Human Rights, United Nations Environment Programme, Slashdot, Neubauer, Luisa Neubauer


Does XKCD's Cartoon Show How Scientific Publishing Is a Joke? (slashdot)

"An XKCD comic — and its many remixes — perfectly captures the absurdity of academic research," writes the Atlantic (in an article shared by Slashdot reader shanen). It argues that the cartoon "captured the attention of scientists — and inspired many to create versions specific to their own disciplines. Together, these became a global, interdisciplinary conversation about the nature of modern research practices." It depicts a taxonomy of the 12 "Types of Scientific Paper," presented in a gri...
Tags: News, Atlantic, Cory Doctorow, Slashdot, EditorDavid, Vinay Prasad, Michael Johansen


Does XKCD's Cartoon Show How Scientific Publishing Is a Joke?

"An XKCD comic — and its many remixes — perfectly captures the absurdity of academic research," writes the Atlantic (in an article shared by Slashdot reader shanen). It argues that the cartoon "captured the attention of scientists — and inspired many to create versions specific to their own disciplines. Together, these became a global, interdisciplinary conversation about the nature of modern research practices." It depicts a taxonomy of the 12 "Types of Scientific Paper," presented in a gri...
Tags: Tech, Atlantic, Cory Doctorow, Slashdot, Vinay Prasad, Michael Johansen


Emails, Text Messages Can Be Retrieved From Smartphones Synced to Vehicles

Slashdot reader ytene writes: As reported by The Intercept, U.S. Customs and Border Protection have just spent $456,063 for a package of technology specifically designed to access smartphone data via a motor vehicle. From the article: "...part of the draw of vacuuming data out of cars is that so many drivers are oblivious to the fact that their cars are generating so much data in the first place, often including extremely sensitive information inadvertently synced from smartphones." This d...
Tags: Tech, Ford, Defcon, Border Protection, Slashdot, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU, Mohammad Tajsar, Intercept U S Customs


Astronomers Search For Answers To Origins of Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua

"Getting to another extrasolar planet is never going to happen in my lifetime, or that of Western civilisation," says Alan Jackson, an astronomer and planetary scientist at Arizona State University. "But we can have nature deliver pieces of them to us that we can actually see up close." Slashdot reader boudie2 shares this article from BBC Future, which notes that astronomers spent decades looking for objects from outside our solar system — until two arrived at once. "'Oumuamua has not yet been...
Tags: Tech, Bbc, Alan Jackson, Jackson, Pluto, Arizona State University, Slashdot, Borisov, Steven Desch, Oumuamua, Jackson Nitrogen


First Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released In the United States

A biotechnology firm has released genetically modified mosquitoes into the United States for the first time. Long-time Slashdot reader clovis shares the report via Nature: The experiment, launched this week in the Florida Keys -- over the objections of some local critics -- tests a method for suppressing populations of wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can carry diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. [...] Aedes aegypti makes up about 4% of the mosquito population in the...
Tags: Florida, Africa, Tech, Gmo, United States, Zika, Slashdot, Oxitec, Florida Keys Mosquito Control District FKMCD


North Carolina To Kick $845.8M of Apple Employees' State Taxes Back To Apple (slashdot)

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: The announcement Monday that Apple Inc. would locate its new high-tech campus in Research Triangle Park," reports The News&Observer's Tyler Dukes, "was heralded as a coup for the state, which has pursued the company and the promise of its high-paying jobs for at least three years. But that victory comes at a cost. State and local incentives for the deal could be worth nearly $1 billion to the company over the next four decades. That award, by far the la...
Tags: Apple, News, Apple Inc, Slashdot, Research Triangle Park, EditorDavid, Tyler Dukes, state s Economic Investment Committee


North Carolina To Kick $845.8M of Apple Employees' State Taxes Back To Apple

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: The announcement Monday that Apple Inc. would locate its new high-tech campus in Research Triangle Park," reports The News&Observer's Tyler Dukes, "was heralded as a coup for the state, which has pursued the company and the promise of its high-paying jobs for at least three years. But that victory comes at a cost. State and local incentives for the deal could be worth nearly $1 billion to the company over the next four decades. That award, by far the la...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Apple Inc, Slashdot, Research Triangle Park, Tyler Dukes, state s Economic Investment Committee


How Should We Honor the Legacy of Dan Kaminsky?

Last week came the news that Dan Kaminsky, security researcher (and popular speaker at security conferences), had passed away at the age of 42. In a half hour the DEF CON security convention will hold a special online memorial for Dan Kaminsky on Discord. But interestingly, Kaminsky was also one of ICANN's "Trusted Community Representatives," part of a small community involved in a ceremonial root key generation, backup and signing process. (Since 2010 Kaminsky was one of the seven "Recovery K...
Tags: Tech, Icann, William Gibson, Dnssec, Def Con, Dan, Slashdot, Davies, Kaminsky, Russ, Dan Kaminsky, Kim Davies, Internet Hall of Fame, Jeff Moss, IANA Services, Matt Devost


New Florida Law Could Punish Social Media Companies for 'Deplatforming' Politicians

Florida is on track to be the first state in America to punish social media companies that ban politicians, reports NBC News, "under a bill approved Thursday by the state's Republican-led Legislature." Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican and close Trump ally who called for the bill's passage, is expected to sign the legislation into law, but the proposal appears destined to be challenged in court after a tech industry trade group called it a violation of the First Amendment speech rights of corpora...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Nbc News, America, Tech, Silicon Valley, Orlando, Trump, Legislature, Slashdot, Ron DeSantis, Port St Lucie, John Snyder, Disney Universal, Florida Republican, Thomas State Rep Carlos Guillermo Smith


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Millions of the Pentagon's Dormant IP Addresses Have Mysteriously Sprung to Life (slashdot)

"Just before the end of the Trump administration, an obscure Florida company began announcing routes to IP addresses owned by the Pentagon," writes long-time Slashdot reader whoever57. The Washington Post calls it "a huge unused swath of the Internet that, for several decades, had been owned by the U.S. military." What happened next was stranger still. The company, Global Resource Systems LLC, kept adding to its zone of control. Soon it had claimed 56 million IP addresses owned by the Pentagon....
Tags: Florida, News, Washington Post, Pentagon, Defense Department, The Washington Post, Trump, Slashdot, Goldstein, Doug Madory, Kentik, Defense Digital Service, EditorDavid, Brett Goldstein, Global Resource Systems LLC, Global Resource Systems


Software Program Dr.Fill Finally Wins Prestigious Crossword Puzzle Event

Long-time Slashdot reader gregstumph writes: Dr.Fill, a software program that solves crossword puzzles, finished in first place at the 2021 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, for the first time ever (its previous best was 11th place in 2017). Dr.Fill, created by Matt Ginsberg, has been participating as a non-competitor at the tournament since 2012. This year, Ginsberg made improvements to Dr.Fill with the assistance of a team from the Berkeley NLP Group. The program finished "a scant 15 p...
Tags: Facebook, Wikipedia, Tech, Erik, Ginsberg, Slashdot, Matt Ginsberg, Berkeley NLP Group, Erik Agard, Tyler Hinman


Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Is Crowdfunding Another Comeback - and Also Apps

destinyland writes: Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be coming back — with a new home online. Though Netflix didn't pick them up for another season after 2019, "We still want to keep making new episodes," series creator Joel Hodgson explains in an online video on Kickstarter. (Also available through the URL MakeMoreMST3K.com.) And with 12 days left to go, 18,969 online fans have already pledged $3,348,705, funding six new episodes... But in addition the first $2 million funded the creation ...
Tags: Tech, Netflix, Roku, Slashdot, Joel Hodgson, Jonah Heston, Gizmoplex


'Not Even Student Work': MyPillow CEO's Social Media Site Botches Rollout (slashdot)

"Salon reports amateur-hour mistakes in the attempted rollout of FRANK, a social media site envisioned by Mike Lindell of MyPillow," writes Slashdot reader Tom239. "A Drupal expert described the code as 'not even student work.'" From the report: Speaking to Salon on Thursday afternoon about Lindell's site, one "Acquia Certified Drupal Grand Master," who oversees a technology firm that employs numerous other "grandmasters," said that Lindell's site was set up for failure from its inception, notin...
Tags: News, Navy, Drupal, Lindell, Slashdot, BeauHD, Mike Lindell


Millions of the Pentagon's Dormant IP Addresses Have Mysteriously Sprung to Life

"Just before the end of the Trump administration, an obscure Florida company began announcing routes to IP addresses owned by the Pentagon," writes long-time Slashdot reader whoever57. The Washington Post calls it "a huge unused swath of the Internet that, for several decades, had been owned by the U.S. military." What happened next was stranger still. The company, Global Resource Systems LLC, kept adding to its zone of control. Soon it had claimed 56 million IP addresses owned by the Pentagon....
Tags: Florida, Washington Post, Tech, Pentagon, Defense Department, The Washington Post, Trump, Slashdot, Goldstein, Doug Madory, Kentik, Defense Digital Service, Brett Goldstein, Global Resource Systems LLC, Global Resource Systems, Russell Goemaere


'Not Even Student Work': MyPillow CEO's Social Media Site Botches Rollout

"Salon reports amateur-hour mistakes in the attempted rollout of FRANK, a social media site envisioned by Mike Lindell of MyPillow," writes Slashdot reader Tom239. "A Drupal expert described the code as 'not even student work.'" From the report: Speaking to Salon on Thursday afternoon about Lindell's site, one "Acquia Certified Drupal Grand Master," who oversees a technology firm that employs numerous other "grandmasters," said that Lindell's site was set up for failure from its inception, notin...
Tags: Navy, Tech, Drupal, Lindell, Slashdot, Mike Lindell


Post Office Workers Convicted of Theft Due To Faulty Software Have Names Cleared

Britain's Court of Appeals has cleared a group of 42 sub-postmasters and postmistresses for theft, fraud and false accounting. They were convicted, with some imprisoned, after the Post Office installed faulty software in the branches where these office operators worked. The BBC reports: Following the convictions - including theft, fraud and false accounting -- some former postmasters went to prison, were shunned by their communities and struggled to secure work. Some lost their homes, and even f...
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'Mozilla Is Hellbent On Making Their New Firefox UI Unusable'

Artem S. Tashkinov writes: Over the past ten years, Firefox market share has decreased substantially and the web browser has lost its appeal and coolness. Seeing that, someone at Mozilla probably decided that the best way to entice people back is by changing its UI, thus Firefox has already seen quite a huge number of changes despite other major web browsers staying relatively the same in terms of their visuals; i.e. Google Chrome and Apple Safari look almost the same as they did a decade ago. T...
Tags: Firefox, Google, Tech, Mozilla, Proton, Slashdot, Artem S Tashkinov, Bugzilla


How OneWeb Lied About a Near-Miss Collision With a SpaceX Satellite

In a follow-up to a story previously reported, Slashdot reader Turkinolith shares a report from Teslarati: In the latest trials and tribulations of a SpaceX Starlink competitor that went bankrupt after spending $3 billion to launch just 74 small internet satellites, it appears that OneWeb knowingly misled both media and US regulators over a claimed 'near-miss' with a Starlink satellite. Back on April 9th, OneWeb went public with claims that SpaceX had mishandled its response to a routine satelli...
Tags: Spacex, Fcc, US, Tech, Slashdot, McLaughlin, Chris McLaughlin, StarLink, Teslarati, SpaceX Starlink, Turkinolith, SpaceX McLaughlin


'No One Was Driving the Car': 2 Dead After Fiery Tesla Crash (slashdot)

Texas TV station KPRC 2 reports that two men are dead after a Tesla "crashed into a tree and no one was driving the vehicle, officials say." Long-time Slashdot readers AmiMoJo and McGruber both submitted the story: There was a person in the passenger seat of the front of the car and in the rear passenger seat of the car. Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said authorities believe no one else was in the car and that it burst into flames immediately. He said it he believes it wasn't...
Tags: News, Tesla, Slashdot, Herman, KPRC, EditorDavid, Harris County Precinct, Mark Herman, Texas TV, Harris County Constable Precinct, Deven Clarke


China and Huawei's Dystopian 'New IP' Plan for 6G (slashdot)

Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shared this analysis from Just Security: Huawei's plans for 6G and beyond make U.S. concerns over 5G look paltry: Huawei is proposing a fundamental internet redesign, which it calls "New IP," designed to build "intrinsic security" into the web. Intrinsic security means that individuals must register to use the internet, and authorities can shut off an individual user's internet access at any time. In short, Huawei is looking to integrate China's "social credit,...
Tags: News, China, Beijing, Huawei, Slashdot, EditorDavid, Instead Huawei