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  10.            <title>Bitcoin Prices Surge 26% in November, Pass $8000</title>
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  12.            <description>Bitcoin's value has increased more than 26% in less than three weeks, writes Bloomberg. An anonymous reader quotes their report:
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  14. Bitcoin topped $8,000 for the first time, as investors set aside technology concerns that had derailed its advance earlier this month. Bitcoin rose 4.8 percent to $8,071.05 as of 7:17 a.m. Sydney time on Monday. It&amp;#226;(TM)s now up more than 700 percent this year after shrugging off a tumble of as much as 29 percent earlier this month. It's been a tumultuous year for the largest cryptocurrency, with three separate slumps of more than 25 percent in value all giving way to subsequent rallies.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  23.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  26.            <title>Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Its Reactors' Melted Uranium Fuel</title>
  27.            <link>https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/2116243/six-years-after-fukushima-robots-finally-find-its-reactors-melted-uranium-fuel?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  28.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:
  29. Earlier this year, remotely piloted robots transmitted what officials believe was a direct view of melted radioactive fuel inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant's destroyed reactors [YouTube] -- a major discovery, but one that took a long and painful six years to achieve... Japanese officials are now hoping that they can convince a skeptical public that the worst of the disaster is over, the New York Times reported, but it's not clear whether it's too late despite the deployment of 7,000 workers and massive resources to return the region to something approaching normal. Per the Times, officials admit the recovery plan -- involving the complete destruction of the plant, rather than simply building a concrete sarcophagus around it as the Russians did in Chernobyl -- will take decades and tens of billions of dollars. Currently, Tepco plans to begin removing waste from one of the three contaminated reactors at the plant by 2021, "though they have yet to choose which one"... Currently, radiation levels are so high in the ruined facility that it fries robots sent in within a matter of hours, which will necessitate developing a new generation of droids with even higher radiation tolerances.
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  31. Friday a group of Japanese businesses and doctors sued General Electric of behalf of 150,000 Japanese citizens, saying their designs for the Fukushima reactors were reckless and negligent.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  39. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/2116243/six-years-after-fukushima-robots-finally-find-its-reactors-melted-uranium-fuel?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11376703&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/VbjXBq8ivNw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  40.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  43.            <title>Firefox vs Chrome:  Speed and Memory</title>
  44.            <link>https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/202235/firefox-vs-chrome-speed-and-memory?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  45.            <description>Mashable aleady reported Firefox Quantum performs better than Chrome on web applications (based on BrowserBench's JetStream tests), but that Chrome performed better on other benchmarks. Now Laptop Mag has run more tests, agreeing that Firefox performs beter on JetStream tests -- and on WebXPRT's six HTML5- and JavaScript-based workload tests.
  46. Firefox Quantum was the winner here, with a score of 491 (from an average of five runs, with the highest and lowest results tossed out) to Chrome's 460 -- but that wasn't quite the whole story. Whereas Firefox performed noticeably better on the Organize Album and Explore DNA Sequencing workloads, Chrome proved more adept at Photo Enhancement and Local Notes, demonstrating that the two browsers have different strengths...
  47. You might think that Octane 2.0, which started out as a Google Developers project, would favor Chrome -- and you'd be (slightly) right. This JavaScript benchmark runs 21 individual tests (over such functions as core language features, bit and math operations, strings and arrays, and more) and combines the results into a single score. Chrome's was 35,622 to Firefox's 35,148 -- a win, if only a minuscule one.
  48. In a series RAM-usage tests, Chrome's average score showed it used "marginally" less memory, though the average can be misleading. "In two of our three tests, Firefox did finish leaner, but in no case did it live up to Mozilla's claim that Quantum consumes 'roughly 30 percent less RAM than Chrome,'" reports Laptop Mag.
  49. Both browsers launched within 0.302 seconds, and the article concludes that "no matter which browser you choose, you're getting one that's decently fast and capable when both handle all of the content you're likely to encounter during your regular surfing sessions."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  57. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/202235/firefox-vs-chrome-speed-and-memory?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11376625&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/fOTyF99ArsU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  58.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:32:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  61.            <title>In Defense of Project Management For Software Teams</title>
  62.            <link>https://it.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/191229/in-defense-of-project-management-for-software-teams?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  63.            <description>mikeatTB writes: Many Slashdotters weighed in on Steven A. Lowe's post, "Is Project Management Killing Good Products, Teams and Software?", where he slammed project management and called for product-centrism. Many commenters pushed back, but one PM, Yvette Schmitter, has fired back with a scathing response post, noting: "As a project manager, I'm saddened to see that project management and project managers are getting a bad rap from both ends of the spectrum. Business tends not to see the value in them, and developers tend to believe their own 'creativity' is being stymied by them. Let's set the record straight: Project management is a prized methodology for delivering on leadership's expectations.
  64. "The success of the methodology depends on the quality of the specific project manager..." she continues. "If the project is being managed correctly by the project manager/scrum master, that euphoric state that developers want to get to can be achieved, along with the project objectives -- all within the prescribed budget and timeline. Denouncing an entire practice based on what appears to be a limited, misaligned application of the correct methodology does not make all of project management and all project managers bad."
  65. How do Slashdot readers feel about project management for software teams?&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
  66. &lt;a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=In+Defense+of+Project+Management+For+Software+Teams%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2AZTfpL"&gt;&lt;img src="https://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;
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  73. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://it.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/191229/in-defense-of-project-management-for-software-teams?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11376571&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/fLHMo9tBMeM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  74.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:31:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  77.            <title>Cringely: Amazon Is Starting To Act Like 'Bad Microsoft'</title>
  78.            <link>https://slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/1826257/cringely-amazon-is-starting-to-act-like-bad-microsoft?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  79.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes Cringely.com:
  80. My last column was about the recent tipping point signifying that cloud computing is guaranteed to replace personal computing over the next three years. This column is about the slugfest to determine what company's public cloud is most likely to prevail. I reckon it is Amazon's and I'll go further to claim that Amazon will shortly be the new Microsoft. What I mean by The New Microsoft is that Amazon is starting to act a lot like the old Microsoft of the 1990s. You remember -- the Bad Microsoft...
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  82. Tech companies behave this way because most employees are young and haven't worked anywhere else and because the behavior reflects the character of the founder. If the boss tells you to beat up customers and partners and it's your first job out of college, then you beat up customers and partners because that's the only world you know. At Microsoft this approach was driven by Bill Gates's belief that dominance could be lost in a single product cycle leaving no room for playing nice. At Amazon, Jeff Bezos is a believer in moving fast, making quick decisions and never looking back. The market has long rewarded this audacity so Amazon will continue to play hard until -- like Microsoft in the 90s -- they are punished for it.
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  84. Cringely points out most startups are already usings AWS -- and so are all 17 US intelligence agencies ("taking 350,000 PCs out of places like the CIA.") Bonus link: 17 years ago Cringely answered questions from Slashdot readers.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  93.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:28:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  96.            <title>46% of Americans Now Have High Blood Pressure</title>
  97.            <link>https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/236224/46-of-americans-now-have-high-blood-pressure?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  98.            <description>"Millions more Americans will now be diagnosed with high blood pressure," reports NBC News, which describes the condition as "one of the leading killers around the world."
  99. Anyone with blood pressure higher than 130/80 will be considered to have hypertension, or high blood pressure, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology said in releasing their new joint guidelines. "It's very clear that lower is better," said Dr. Paul Whelton of Tulane University, who chaired the committee that wrote the guidelines... 130/80 to 139/89 is now considered Stage 1 hypertension and anything 140/90 or above will be considered stage 2 hypertension...
  100. "Rather than one in three U.S. adults having high blood pressure (32 percent) with the previous definition, the new guidelines will result in nearly half of the U.S. adult population (46 percent) having high blood pressure, or hypertension," the groups said in a joint statement... While people may be confused by the change, the heart experts said three years of reviewing the research showed that many fewer people die if high blood pressure is treated earlier. "We are comfortable with the recommendations. They are based on strong evidence," Whelton said.
  101. Slashdot reader 140Mandak262Jamuna blames the pharmaceutical lobby, arguing that "a few years down the line, we all will be taking blood pressure medications," though Dr. Robert Carey of the University of Virginia, who helped write the guidelines, claims there will only be a 1.9% increase.
  102. The new guidelines recommend that everyone watch their diet and exercise, and that people with stage 1 hypertension should also first try eating less salt, more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains before taking blood pressure medications.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  111.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:14:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  114.            <title>'Lazy' Hackers Exploit Microsoft RDP To Install Ransomware</title>
  115.            <link>https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/220220/lazy-hackers-exploit-microsoft-rdp-to-install-ransomware?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  116.            <description>An anonymous reader writes:
  117. An investigation by Sophos has uncovered a new, lazy but effective ransomware attack where hackers brute force passwords on computers with [Microsoft's] Remote Desktop Protocol enabled, use off-the-shelf privilege escalation exploits to make themselves admins, turn off security software and then manually run fusty old versions of ransomware.
  118. They even delete the recovery files created by Windows Live backup -- and make sure they can also scramble the database. "Because they've used their sysadmin powers to rig the system to be as insecure as they can, they can often use older versions of ransomware, perhaps even variants that other crooks have given up on and that are now floating around the internet 'for free'."
  119. Most of the attacks hit small-to-medium companies with 30 or fewer employees, since "with small scale comes a dependence on external IT suppliers or 'jack-of-all-trades' IT generalists trying to manage cybersecurity along with many other responsibilities. In one case a victim was attacked repeatedly, because of a weak password used by a third-party application that demanded 24-hour administrator access for its support staff."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  128.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:10:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  131.            <title>Apple Fixes the iPhone X 'Unresponsive When It's Cold' Bug</title>
  132.            <link>https://apple.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0434259/apple-fixes-the-iphone-x-unresponsive-when-its-cold-bug?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  133.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:
  134. Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads Thursday afternoon. It's a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acquiring the new phone just under two weeks ago... The update fixes just two problems. The first is "an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop." Last week, some iPhone X owners began reporting on Reddit and elsewhere that their touchscreens became temporarily unresponsive when going outside into the cold... The update also "addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X."
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  136. The article notes that the previous update "fixed a strange and widely mocked autocorrect bug that turned the letter 'i' into strange characters."
  137. "To date, iOS 11's updates have largely been bug fixes."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  146.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:06:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  149.            <title>Scientists Develop Kill Switches In Case Bioengineered Microbes Go Rogue</title>
  150.            <link>https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/0226216/scientists-develop-kill-switches-in-case-bioengineered-microbes-go-rogue?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  151.            <description>schwit1 quotes UPI:
  152. Scientists at Harvard have developed a pair of new kill switches that can be used to thwart bioengineered microbes that go rogue. Researchers have been testing the use of bioengineered microbes for a variety of purposes, from the diagnosis of disease in the human body to the neutering of mosquitoes. But there remain concerns about releasing manipulated microbes into nature. Could their augmented genes have unintended consequences? Could they morph and proliferate?
  153. Kill-switches ensure the microbes effectively shutdown, or commit suicide, after they've executed their intended function. While kill switches have proven effective in the lab, researchers suggest kill-switch technologies needed to be improved to ensure safety in real-world environs... The researchers detailed their new kill switches in a new paper published this week in the journal Molecular Cell. "This study shows how our teams are leveraging synthetic biology not only to reprogram microbes to create living cellular devices that can carry out useful functions for medicine and environmental remediation, but to do this in a way that is safe for all," said Donald Ingber, founding director of the Wyss Institute.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  162.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:01:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  165.            <title>'I See Things Differently': James Damore on his Autism and the Google Memo</title>
  166.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/043243/i-see-things-differently-james-damore-on-his-autism-and-the-google-memo?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  167.            <description>"James Damore opens up about his regrets -- and how autism may have shaped his experience of the world," writes the west coast bureau chief for the Guardian. An anonymous reader quotes their report:
  168. The experience has prompted some introspection. In the course of several weeks of conversation using Google's instant messaging service, which Damore prefers to face-to-face communication, he opened up about an autism diagnosis that may in part explain the difficulties he experienced with his memo. He believes he has a problem understanding how his words will be interpreted by other people... It wasn't until his mid-20s, after completing research in computational biology at Princeton and MIT, and starting a PhD at Harvard, that Damore was diagnosed with autism, although he was told he had a milder version of the condition known as "high-functioning autism"...
  169. Damore argues that Google's focus on avoiding "micro-aggressions" is "much harder for someone with autism to follow". But he stops short of saying autistic employees should be given more leniency if they unintentionally offend people at work. "I wouldn't necessarily treat someone differently," he explains. "But it definitely helps to understand where they're coming from." I ask Damore if, looking back over the last few months, he feels that his difficult experience with the memo and social media may be related to being on the spectrum. "Yeah, there's definitely been some self-reflection," he says. "Predicting controversies requires predicting what emotional reaction people will have to something. And that's not something that I excel at -- although I'm working on it."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  178.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:58:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  181.            <title>CNBC:  Google's New 'Pixel Buds' Suck</title>
  182.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/0041253/cnbc-googles-new-pixel-buds-suck?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  183.            <description>Google's new Pixel Buds "are really bad" and "not worth buying," according to CNBC's technology products editor:
  184. The stand-out feature of Google Pixel Buds is that they're supposed to be able to translate spoken languages in near real-time. In my real-world tests, however, that wasn't the case at all. I took the Pixel Buds out on the streets of Manhattan, speaking to a Hungarian waiter in Little Italy, multiple vendors in Chinatown and more. If you press the right earbud and say "help me speak Chinese," for example, the buds will launch Google Translate, you can speak what you'd like to ask someone in another language, and a voice will read out the translated speech through your smartphone's speakers. Then, when someone replies, you'll hear that response through the Pixel Buds.
  185. The microphone on the Pixel Buds is really bad, so it barely picked up my voice queries that I wanted to translate. I stood on the side of the road in Chinatown repeating myself at least 10 times trying to get the phone to pick up my speech in order to begin translation. It barely worked, even if I took the buds out and spoke directly into the microphone on the right earbud, and often only translated half of what I was trying to ask. In a quiet place, I was able to allow someone to respond to me, after which I'd hear the English translation through the headphones. That was neat, but it barely ever actually worked that way. To mitigate this, I found it was just easier to manually open the Google translate app, speak into my phone's microphone, and then let someone else also speak right into my phone. This executed the translation nearly perfectly, and meant that I didn't need the Pixel Buds at all.
  186. The article ends by answering the question, Should you buy them? "Nope. There's nothing I recommend about the Pixel Buds.
  187.  
  188. "They're cheap-feeling and uncomfortable, and you're better off using the Google Translate app on a phone instead of trying to fumble with the headphones while trying to translate a conversation. The idea is neat, but it just doesn't work well enough to recommend to anyone on any level."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  197.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:54:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  200.            <title>Musk-Backed 'Slaughterbots' Video Will Warn the UN About Killer Microdrones</title>
  201.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/19/0020219/musk-backed-slaughterbots-video-will-warn-the-un-about-killer-microdrones?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  202.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes Space.com:
  203. A graphic new video posits a very scary future in which swarms of killer microdrones are dispatched to kill political activists and U.S. lawmakers. Armed with explosive charges, the palm-sized quadcopters use real-time data mining and artificial intelligence to find and kill their targets. The makers of the seven-minute film titled Slaughterbots are hoping the startling dramatization will draw attention to what they view as a looming crisis -- the development of lethal, autonomous weapons, that select and fire on human targets without human guidance.
  204. The Future of Life Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mitigating existential risks posed by advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence, commissioned the film. Founded by a group of scientists and business leaders, the institute is backed by AI-skeptics Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, among others. The institute is also behind the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a coalition of non-governmental organizations which have banded together to call for a preemptive ban on lethal autonomous weapons... The film will be screened this week at the United Nations in Geneva during a meeting of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons... The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is hosting a series of meetings at this year's event to propose a worldwide ban on lethal autonomous weapons, which could potentially be developed as flying drones, self-driving tanks, or automated sentry guns.
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  207. "This short film is more than just speculation," says Stuart Russell, a U.C. Berkeley considered an expert in artificial intelligence.
  208. "It shows the results of integrating and miniaturizing technologies we already have."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  217.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:50:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  220.            <title>DJI Threatens Researcher Who Reported Exposed Cert Key, Credentials, and Customer Data</title>
  221.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0623212/dji-threatens-researcher-who-reported-exposed-cert-key-credentials-and-customer-data?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  222.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:
  223. DJI, the Chinese company that manufactures the popular Phantom brand of consumer quadcopter drones, was informed in September that developers had left the private keys for both the "wildcard" certificate for all the company's Web domains and the keys to cloud storage accounts on Amazon Web Services exposed publicly in code posted to GitHub. Using the data, researcher Kevin Finisterre was able to access flight log data and images uploaded by DJI customers, including photos of government IDs, drivers licenses, and passports. Some of the data included flight logs from accounts associated with government and military domains.
  224. Finisterre found the security error after beginning to probe DJI's systems under DJI's bug bounty program, which was announced in August. But as Finisterre worked to document the bug with the company, he got increasing pushback -- including a threat of charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. DJI refused to offer any protection against legal action in the company's "final offer" for the data. So Finisterre dropped out of the program and published his findings publicly yesterday, along with a narrative entitled, "Why I walked away from $30,000 of DJI bounty money."
  225. The company says they're now investigating "unauthorized access of one of DJI's servers containing personal information," adding that "the hacker in question" refused to agree to their terms and shared "confidential communications with DJI employees."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  233. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0623212/dji-threatens-researcher-who-reported-exposed-cert-key-credentials-and-customer-data?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11373221&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/pJ0GAFLXPmg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  234.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:46:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  237.            <title>Apple Is Served A Search Warrant To Unlock Texas Church Gunman's iPhone</title>
  238.            <link>https://apple.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/2340225/apple-is-served-a-search-warrant-to-unlock-texas-church-gunmans-iphone?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  239.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes the New York Daily News:
  240. Authorities in Texas served Apple with a search warrant in order to gain access to the Sutherland Springs church shooter's cellphone files. Texas Ranger Kevin Wright obtained the warrant last week, according to San Antonio Express-News.
  241.  
  242. Investigators are hoping to gain access to gunman Devin Patrick Kelley's digital photos, messages, calls, videos, social media passwords, address book and data since January 2016. Authorities also want to know what files Kelley stored in his iCloud account.
  243.  
  244. Fast Company writes that "it's very likely that Apple will give the Rangers the same answer it gave the FBI in 2016 (in effect, hell no!)... That may be why, in the Texas case, the FBI and the Rangers didn't even bother calling Apple, but rather went straight to court."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  252. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://apple.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/2340225/apple-is-served-a-search-warrant-to-unlock-texas-church-gunmans-iphone?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11375477&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/1P8MoC_drUM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  253.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:42:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  256.            <title>Microsoft Debuts Minecraft-Themed Coding Tutorial</title>
  257.            <link>https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/2123214/microsoft-debuts-minecraft-themed-coding-tutorial?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  258.            <description>theodp writes: In a few weeks, writes Microsoft Corporate VP Mary Snapp, "millions of kids and others will participate in an Hour of Code, a global call to action to spend an hour learning the basics of coding. Today, it's my privilege to announce that Microsoft has released a new Minecraft tutorial for Hour of Code, called Hero's Journey." The release of the new Code.org-touted flagship Hour of Code tutorial -- the third since Microsoft purchased Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5B in 2014 -- comes as Microsoft celebrates Minecraft: Education Edition reaching a milestone of 2 million users.
  259.  
  260.  
  261. Microsoft boasts that nearly 70 million of its Minecraft Hour of Code sessions have been launched to-date, which is certainly impressive from an infomercial or brand awareness standpoint. But does
  262. [adding a Scratch block to] move a Minecraft character forward 7 times on an $800 Microsoft Surface offer all that much more educational value than, say, moving a peg forward 5 times on a $10.99 Pop-O-Matic Trouble board game?&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  267.  
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  270. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/2123214/microsoft-debuts-minecraft-themed-coding-tutorial?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11375365&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/Sg9dpx1HWJ8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  271.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  274.            <title>Tech Companies Try Apprenticeships To Fill The Tech Skills Gap</title>
  275.            <link>https://it.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/210210/tech-companies-try-apprenticeships-to-fill-the-tech-skills-gap?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  276.            <description>Slashdot reader jonyen writes: For generations, apprenticeships have been the way of working life; master craftsmen taking apprentices under their wing, teaching them the tools of the trade. This declined during the Industrial Revolution as the advent of the assembly line enabled mass employment for unskilled laborers. The master-apprentice model went further out of focus as higher education and formal training became increasingly more valuable.
  277. Fast forward to the 21st century, where employers are turning back the page to apprenticeships in an effort to fill a growing skills gap in the labor force in the digital age. Code.org estimates there will be a million unfulfilled tech jobs by 2020.
  278.  
  279. jonyen shared this article by IBM's Vice President of Talent:IBM is committed to addressing this shortage and recently launched an apprenticeship program registered with the US Department of Labor, with a plan to have 100 apprentices in 2018. ... Other firms have taken up the apprenticeship challenge as well. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, for example, has called for creating 5 million American apprentices in the next five years.
  280. An apprenticeship offers the chance for Americans to get the formal education they need, whether through a traditional university, a community college or a trade school, while getting something else: On-the-job experience and an income... Right now, there are more than 6 million jobs in the U.S. that are going unfilled because employers can't find candidates with the right skills, according to the Labor Department.
  281. IBM says their apprentices "are on their way to becoming software developers in our Cloud business and mainframe administrators for technologies like Blockchain, and we will add new apprenticeships in data analytics and cybersecurity as we replicate the program across the U.S."
  282. "Ninety-one percent of apprentices in the U.S. find employment after completing their program, and their average starting wage is above $60,000."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  290. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://it.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/210210/tech-companies-try-apprenticeships-to-fill-the-tech-skills-gap?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11375335&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/aYx4R5S8KD0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  291.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  294.            <title>Could a Helium-Resistant Material Usher In an Age of Nuclear Fusion?</title>
  295.            <link>https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/1939231/could-a-helium-resistant-material-usher-in-an-age-of-nuclear-fusion?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  296.            <description>Researchers working with a team at the Los Alamos National Lab tested a new way to build material for nuclear fusion reactors, "and found that it could eliminate one of the obstacles preventing humanity from harnessing the power of fusion energy." schwit1 quotes Science Alert:
  297. A collaboration of engineers and researchers has found a way to prevent helium, a byproduct of the fusion reaction, from weakening nuclear fusion reactors. The secret is in building the reactors using nanocomposite solids that create channels through which the helium can escape... Not only does the fusion process expose reactors to extreme pressure and temperatures, helium -- the byproduct of fusion between hydrogen atoms -- adds to the strain placed on reactors by bubbling out into the materials and eventually weakening them...
  298. In a study published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers overview how they tested the behavior of helium in nanocomposite solids, materials made from thick metal layer stacks. They found that the helium didn't form bubbles in these nanocomposite solids like it did in traditionally used materials. Instead, it formed long, vein-like tunnels. "We were blown away by what we saw," said Demkowicz. "As you put more and more helium inside these nanocomposites, rather than destroying the material, the veins actually start to interconnect, resulting in kind of a vascular system."
  299. The article points out that nuclear fusion generates four times the energy of nuclear fission.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  307. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/1939231/could-a-helium-resistant-material-usher-in-an-age-of-nuclear-fusion?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11375261&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/9lltRIq12AM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  308.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  311.            <title>Facebook Open Sources Its Network Routing Platform Open/R</title>
  312.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0650259/facebook-open-sources-its-network-routing-platform-openr?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  313.            <description>Facebook will open source its modular network routing software Open/R, currently used in its backbone and data center networks, which "provides a platform to disseminate state across the network and allows new applications to be built on top of it." An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:
  314. Facebook obviously has unique scale needs when it comes to running a network. It has billions of users doing real-time messaging and streaming content at a constant clip. As with so many things, Facebook found that running the network traffic using traditional protocols had its limits and it needed a new way to route traffic that didn't rely on the protocols of the past, Omar Baldonado, Engineering Director at Facebook explained... While it was originally developed for Facebook's Terragraph wireless backhaul network, the company soon recognized it could work on other networks too including the Facebook network backbone, and even in the middle of Facebook network, he said. Given the company's extreme traffic requirements where the conditions were changing so rapidly and was at such scale, they needed a new way to route traffic on the network. "We wanted to find per application, the best path, taking into account dynamic traffic conditions throughout the network," Baldonado said.
  315. But Facebook also recognized that it could only take this so far internally, and if they could work with partners and other network operators and hardware manufacturers, they could extend the capabilities of this tool. They are in fact working with other companies in this endeavor including Juniper and Arista networks, but by open sourcing the software, it allows developers to do things with it that Facebook might not have considered, and their engineering team finds that prospect both exciting and valuable.
  316.  
  317. "Most protocols were initially designed based on constrained hardware and software environment assumptions from decades ago," Facebook said in its announcement. "To continue delivering rich, real-time, and highly engaging user experiences over networks, it's important to accelerate innovation in the routing domain."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  325. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0650259/facebook-open-sources-its-network-routing-platform-openr?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11373329&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/IzLGyqL2E8s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  326.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  329.            <title>EFF Beats 'Stupid' Patent Troll In Court</title>
  330.            <link>https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0543240/eff-beats-stupid-patent-troll-in-court?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  331.            <description>An Australian court can't make a California advocacy group take down a web page, a U.S. federal judge just ruled on Friday. Even if that web page calls a company's patents "stupid." Courthouse News reports:
  332. San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation sued Global Equity Management, or GEMSA, in April, claiming the Australian firm exploited its home country's weaker free speech protections to secure an unconstitutional injunction against EFF. Kurt Opsahl, EFF's deputy executive director and general counsel, hailed the ruling as a victory for free speech. "We knew all along the speech was protected by the First Amendment," Opsahl said in a phone interview Friday. "We were pleased to see the court agree." Opsahl said the ruling sends a strong message EFF and other speakers can weigh in on important topics, like patent reform, without fear of being muzzled by foreign court orders.
  333. The dispute stems from an article EFF published in June 2016, featuring GEMSA in its "Stupid Patent of the Month" series. The GEMSA patent is for a "virtual cabinet" to store data. In the article, EFF staff attorney Daniel Nazer called GEMSA a "classic patent troll" that uses its patent on graphic representations of data storage to sue "just about anyone who runs a website." The article also says GEMSA "appears to have no business other than patent litigation."
  334. The judge granted EFF a default judgment, saying the Australian court's injunction was not only unenforceable in the United States but also "repugnant" to the U. S. Constitution.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  343.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  346.            <title>FOSS Community Criticizes SFLC over SFC Trademark War</title>
  347.            <link>https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0457241/foss-community-criticizes-sflc-over-sfc-trademark-war?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  348.            <description>Earlier this month Bruce Perens notified us that "the Software Freedom Law Center, a Linux-Foundation supported organization, has asked USPTO to cancel the trademark of the name of the Software Freedom Conservancy, an organization that assists and represents Free Software/Open Source developers." Now Slashdot reader curcuru -- director of the Apache Software Foundation -- writes:
  349.  
  350. No matter how you look at it, this kind of lawsuit is a loss for software freedom and open source in general, since this kind of USPTO trademark petition (like a lawsuit) will tie up both organizations, leaving less time and funds to help FOSS projects. There's clearly more to the issue than the trademark issue; the many community members' blog posts make that clear.
  351. GNOME executive director Neil McGovern
  352. Apache Software Foundation director Shane Curcuru
  353. Google security developer Matthew Garrett
  354. Linux industry journalist Bryan Lunduke
  355. The key point in this USPTO lawsuit is that the legal aspects aren't actually important. What's most important is the community reaction: since SFLC and Conservancy are both non-profits who help serve free software communities, it's the community perception of what organizations to look to for help that matters. SFLC's attempt to take away the Conservancy's very name doesn't look good for them.
  356.  
  357. Bryan Lunduke's video covers the whole case, including his investigation into the two organizations and their funding.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  365. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0457241/foss-community-criticizes-sflc-over-sfc-trademark-war?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11372861&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/ZujJWiaeLnU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  366.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  369.            <title>Is Firefox 57 Faster Than Chrome?</title>
  370.            <link>https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0328256/is-firefox-57-faster-than-chrome?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  371.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes TechNewsWorld:
  372. Firefox is not only fast on startup -- it remains zippy even when taxed by multitudes of tabs. "We have a better balance of memory to performance than all the other browsers," said Firefox Vice President for Product Nick Nguyen. "We use 30 percent less memory, and the reason for that is we can allocate the number of processes Firefox uses on your computer based on the hardware that you have," he told TechNewsWorld. The performance improvements in Quantum could be a drink from the fountain of youth for many Firefox users' systems. "A significant number of our users are on machines that are two cores or less, and less than 4 gigabytes of RAM," Nguyen explained.
  373. Mashable ran JetStream 1.1 tests on the ability to run advanced web applications, and concluded that "Firefox comes out on top, but not by much. This means it's, according to JetStream, slightly better suited for 'advanced workloads and programming techniques.'" Firefox also performed better on "real-world speed tests" on Amazon.com and the New York Times' site, while Chrome performed better on National Geographic, CNN, and Mashable.
  374. Unfortunately for Mozilla, Chrome looks like it's keeping the top spot, at least for now. The only test that favors Quantum is JetStream, and that's by a hair. And in Ares-6 [which measures how quickly a browser can run new Javascript functions, including mathematical functions], Quantum gets eviscerated... Speedometer simulates user actions on web applications (specifically, adding items to a to-do list) and measures the time they take... When it comes to user interactions in web applications, Chrome takes the day...
  375.  
  376. In reality, however, Quantum is no slug. It's a capable, fast, and gorgeous browser with innovative bookmark functionality and a library full of creative add-ons. As Mozilla's developers fine-tune Quantum in the coming months, it's possible it could catch up to Chrome. In the meantime, the differences in page-load time are slight at best; you probably won't notice the difference.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  385.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  388.            <title>iPhone X Owners Experience 'Crackling' or 'Buzzing' Sounds From Earpiece Speaker</title>
  389.            <link>https://apple.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0421249/iphone-x-owners-experience-crackling-or-buzzing-sounds-from-earpiece-speaker?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  390.            <description>MacRumors reports:
  391. A limited but increasing number of iPhone X owners claim to be experiencing so-called "crackling" or "buzzing" sounds emanating from the device's front-facing earpiece speaker at high or max volumes. Over two dozen users have said they are affected in a MacRumors discussion topic about the matter, while similar reports have surfaced on Twitter and Reddit since the iPhone X launched just over a week ago. On affected devices, the crackling sounds occur with any kind of audio playback, including phone calls, music, videos with sound, alarms, and ringtones. The issue doesn't appear to be limited to any specific iPhone X configuration or iOS version.
  392.  
  393. "The speakerphone for an $1100 phone should be at least as good as it was on the iPhone 6 and 7," complained one user, "but instead, it's crackly, edgy and buzzy."
  394.  
  395. "I believe we all knew the iPhone X would be highly scrutinized," writes Slashdot reader sqorbit, "but the reported problems appear to be stacking up."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  403. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://apple.slashdot.org/story/17/11/18/0421249/iphone-x-owners-experience-crackling-or-buzzing-sounds-from-earpiece-speaker?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11372803&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/NhgDCrfchXk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  404.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:34:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  407.            <title>Study of 500,000 Teens Suggests Association Between Excessive Screen Time and Depression</title>
  408.            <link>https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2319235/study-of-500000-teens-suggests-association-between-excessive-screen-time-and-depression?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  409.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade -- doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls -- and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their constant companions. A recent study places their screen time around nine hours per day. Another study, published on Tuesday, suggests that suicide and depression could be connected to the rise of smartphones, and increased screen time. Around 58 percent more girls reported depression symptoms in 2015 than in 2009, and suicide rates rose 65 percent. Smack in the middle of that window of time, smartphones gained market saturation.
  410. In Twenge's new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, the researchers looked at two samples: a nationally representative survey by ongoing study "Monitoring the Future" out of the University of Michigan, which is administered annually to 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, and the Centers for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, a sample of high school students administered by the CDC every other year. (Both surveys began in 1991.) Altogether, over 500,000 young people were included. The study authors examined trends in how teens used social media, the internet, electronic devices (including gaming systems and tablets), and smartphones, as well as how much time they spent doing non-screen activities like homework, playing sports, or socializing. Comparing these to publicly available data on mental health and suicide for these ages between 2010 and 2017 showed "a clear pattern linking screen activities with higher levels of depressive symptoms/suicide-related outcomes and non-screen activities with lower levels," the researchers wrote in the study. All activities involving screens were associated with higher levels of depression or suicide and suicidal thinking, and activities done away from a screen were not.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  419.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  422.            <title>Walmart Says It's Preordered 15 of Tesla' New Semi Trucks</title>
  423.            <link>https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2332206/walmart-says-its-preordered-15-of-tesla-new-semi-trucks?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  424.            <description>Soon after Tesla unveiled its new electric Semi Truck and Roadster 2.0, Walmart says it has preordered 15 of the trucks. The Verge notes that the deal was "likely in the works before Tesla unveiled its new truck to the public." From the report: The pilot is planned for the U.S. and Canada. Five of the preordered vehicles will be for Walmart's U.S. business, and 10 will be for its Canadian routes, the company said. Walmart's fleet has about 6,000 trucks. "We have a long history of testing new technology -- including alternative-fuel trucks -- and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle," the company said in a statement. "We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions." Musk said the truck would enter production in 2019. JB Hunt Transport Services, a 56-year-old company based in Arkansas, also reserved "multiple" new Tesla trucks as well.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  433.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  436.            <title>A Stable Plasma Ring Has Been Created In Open Air For the First Time Ever</title>
  437.            <link>https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/237242/a-stable-plasma-ring-has-been-created-in-open-air-for-the-first-time-ever?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  438.            <description>New submitter mrcoder83 shares a report from Futurism: Engineers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have been able to create a stable plasma ring without a container. According to the Caltech press release, it's "essentially capturing lightning in a bottle, but without the bottle." This remarkable feat was achieved using only a stream of water and a crystal plate, made from either quartz and lithium niobate. The union of these tools induced a type of contact electrification known as the triboelectric effect. The researchers blasted the crystal plate with an 85-micron-diameter jet of water (narrower than a human hair) from a specially designed nozzle. The water hit the crystal plate with a pressure of 632.7 kilograms of force per centimeter (9,000 pounds per square inch), generating an impact velocity of around 305 meters per second (1,000 feet per second) -- as fast as a bullet from a handgun. Plasma was formed as a result of the creation of an electric charge when the water hit the crystal surface. The flow of electrons from the point of contact ionizes the molecules and atoms in the gas area surrounding the water's surface, forming a donut-shaped glowing plasma that's dozens of microns in diameter. Caltech posted a video of the plasma ring on their YouTube channel.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  447.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  450.            <title>The House's Tax Bill Levies a Tax On Graduate Student Tuition Waivers</title>
  451.            <link>https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2230252/the-houses-tax-bill-levies-a-tax-on-graduate-student-tuition-waivers?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  452.            <description>Camel Pilot writes: The new GOP tax plan -- which just passed the House -- will tax tuition waivers as income. Graduate students working as research assistants on meager stipends would have to declare tuition waivers as income on the order of $80,000 income. This will force many graduate students of modest means to quit their career paths and walk away from their research. These are the next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors, educators, medical miracle workers and market makers. As Prof Claus Wilke points out: "This would be a disaster for U.S. STEM Ph.D. education." Slashdot reader Camel Pilot references a report via The New York Times, where Erin Rousseau explains how the House of Representatives' recently passed tax bill affects graduate research in the United States. Rousseau is a graduate student at M.I.T. who studies the neurological basis of mental health disorders. "My peers and I work between 40 and 80 hours a week as classroom teachers and laboratory researchers, and in return, our universities provide us with a tuition waiver for school. For M.I.T. students, this waiver keeps us from having to pay a tuition bill of about $50,000 every year -- a staggering amount, but one that is similar to the fees at many other colleges and universities," he writes. "No money from the tuition waivers actually ends up in our pockets, so under Section 117(d)(5), it isn't counted as taxable income." Rousseau continues by saying his tuition waivers will be taxed under the House's tax bill. "This means that M.I.T. graduate students would be responsible for paying taxes on an $80,000 annual salary, when we actually earn $33,000 a year. That's an increase of our tax burden by at least $10,000 annually."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  461.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:30:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  464.            <title>'Robots Are Not Taking Over,' Says Head of UN Body of Autonomous Weapons</title>
  465.            <link>https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2337249/robots-are-not-taking-over-says-head-of-un-body-of-autonomous-weapons?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  466.            <description>An anonymous reader writes: Robots are not taking over the world," the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured on Friday, seeking to head off criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots." The United Nations was wrapping up an initial five days of discussions on weapons systems that can identify and destroy targets without human control, which experts say will soon be battle ready. "Ladies and gentlemen, I have news for you: the robots are not taking over the world. Humans are still in charge," said India's disarmament ambassador, Amandeep Gill, who chaired the CCW meeting. "I think we have to be careful in not emotionalizing or dramatizing this issue," he told reporters in response to criticism about the speed of the conference's work. Twenty-two countries, mostly those with smaller military budgets and lesser technical knowhow, have called for an outright ban, arguing that automated weapons are by definition illegal as every individual decision to launch a strike must be made by a human. Gill underscored that banning killer robots, or even agreement on rules, remained a distant prospect.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  474. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2337249/robots-are-not-taking-over-says-head-of-un-body-of-autonomous-weapons?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11372485&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/AxnKpbS4bYQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  475.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:10:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  478.            <title>Verizon: No 4G-Level Data Caps For 5G Home Service</title>
  479.            <link>https://mobile.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2257200/verizon-no-4g-level-data-caps-for-5g-home-service?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  480.            <description>Verizon recently announced that its upcoming 5G home internet service will not have the kinds of data limits you expect from current wireless services. It will reportedly be able to handle the average data load of a FiOS customer, and it won't be throttled down to 4G gigabyte caps. PC Magazine reports: Verizon has been trying out its new 5G home internet service for months. In a tour of its New Jersey lab, we got a closer look at the 5G antenna setup we saw at Mobile World Congress in February. It's a silver device the size of a paperback book, which connects to a Wi-Fi router with a display. You're supposed to put in a window facing Verizon's 5G service tower. In the test lab, engineer David Binczewski (below) showed us how the company is still working through the challenges of high-frequency, short-distance, millimeter-wave 5G -- most notably, how to penetrate various materials. In a chamber designed to test new 5G devices, he held up a piece of wood between a 5G emitter and a receiver, and we watched the signal fuzz out a bit on a nearby equipment screen. During a roundtable, VP of network support Mike Haberman, some other Verizon folks, and the assembled journalists agreed that an average data cap in the vicinity of 180GB/month would satisfy the average consumer. That's far more than Verizon's current 4G traffic management limit, where folks who use more than 22GB get sent to the back of the line if a tower is congested.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  489.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:30:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  492.            <title>NVIDIA Launches Modded Collector's Edition Star Wars Titan Xp Graphics Card</title>
  493.            <link>https://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/224243/nvidia-launches-modded-collectors-edition-star-wars-titan-xp-graphics-card?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  494.            <description>MojoKid writes: NVIDIA just launched its fastest graphics card yet and this GPU is targeted at Star Wars fans. In concert with EA's official launch today of Star Wars Battlefront II, NVIDIA unveiled the new Star Wars Titan Xp Collector's Edition graphics card for enthusiast gamers. There are two versions of the cards available -- the Galactic Empire version and a Jedi Order version. Both of the cards feature customized coolers, shrouds, and lighting, designed to mimic the look of a lightsaber. They also ship in specialized packaging that can be used to showcase the cards if they're not installed in a system. The GPU powering the TITAN Xp Collector's Edition has a base clock of 1,481MHz and a boost clock of 1,582MHz. It's packing a fully-enabled NVIDIA GP102 GPU with 3,840 cores and 12GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 5.5GHz for an effective data rate of 11Gbps, resulting in 547.2GB/s of peak memory bandwidth. At those clocks, the card also offers a peak texture fillrate of 379.75 GigaTexels/s and 12.1TFLOPs of FP32 compute performance, which is significantly higher than a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. In the benchmarks, it's the fastest GPU out there right now (it better be for $1200), but this card is more about nostalgia and the design customizations NVIDIA made to the cards that should appeal to gamers and Star Wars fans alike.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  503.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:50:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  506.            <title>Massive US Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open In AWS S3 Buckets</title>
  507.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2156237/massive-us-military-social-media-spying-archive-left-wide-open-in-aws-s3-buckets?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  508.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages -- all scraped from around the world by the U.S. military to identify and profile persons of interest. The archives were found by veteran security breach hunter UpGuard's Chris Vickery during a routine scan of open Amazon-hosted data silos, and these ones weren't exactly hidden. The buckets were named centcom-backup, centcom-archive, and pacom-archive. CENTCOM is the common abbreviation for the U.S. Central Command, which controls army operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. PACOM is the name for U.S. Pacific Command, covering the rest of southern Asia, China and Australasia.
  509. "For the research I downloaded 400GB of samples but there were many terabytes of data up there," he said. "It's mainly compressed text files that can expand out by a factor of ten so there's dozens and dozens of terabytes out there and that's a conservative estimate." Just one of the buckets contained 1.8 billion social media posts automatically fetched over the past eight years up to today. It mainly contains postings made in central Asia, however Vickery noted that some of the material is taken from comments made by American citizens. The databases also reveal some interesting clues as to what this information is being used for. Documents make reference to the fact that the archive was collected as part of the U.S. government's Outpost program, which is a social media monitoring and influencing campaign designed to target overseas youths and steer them away from terrorism.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  518.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:10:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  521.            <title>FCC Approves Next-Gen ATSC 3.0 TV Standard</title>
  522.            <link>https://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2147214/fcc-approves-next-gen-atsc-30-tv-standard?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  523.            <description>New submitter mikeebbbd writes: "U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits," reports Reuters. ATSC3.0 will apparently make personal data collection and targeted ads possible. New TVs will be necessary, and broadcasters will need to transmit both ATSC 2.0 (the current standard) for 3 to 5 years before turning off the older system. For now, the conversion is voluntary. There appears to be no requirement (as there was when ATSC 2.0 came out) for low-cost adapter boxes to make older TVs work; once a channel goes ATSC 3.0-only, your old TV will not display it any more.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  532.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:30:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  535.            <title>Apple's HomePod Gets Delayed Until 2018</title>
  536.            <link>https://apple.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2138208/apples-homepod-gets-delayed-until-2018?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  537.            <description>Apple has reportedly delayed the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. In a statement to The Verge, Apple says that it needs more time to work on the device. "We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers," an Apple spokesperson said. "We'll start shipping in the U.S., UK and Australia in early 2018." From the report: The speaker was originally set to be released in December. Priced at $349, the HomePod is slated to take on higher-end sound systems like Sonos, as well as smart assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The cylindrical speaker features a seven-speaker array of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array, which puts it right on par spec-wise with the best speakers in its price range, but where it may fall short is Siri, which isn't really in the same class as Alexa or Google Assistant. That challenge is likely why Apple's focus at the launch of the HomePod back at WWDC in June was music first and smart features second.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  546.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:50:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  549.            <title>Microsoft and GitHub Team Up To Take Git Virtual File System To MacOS, Linux</title>
  550.            <link>https://apple.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2119235/microsoft-and-github-team-up-to-take-git-virtual-file-system-to-macos-linux?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  551.            <description>An anonymous reader writes: One of the more surprising stories of the past year was Microsoft's announcement that it was going to use the Git version control system for Windows development. Microsoft had to modify Git to handle the demands of Windows development but said that it wanted to get these modifications accepted upstream and integrated into the standard Git client. That plan appears to be going well. Yesterday, the company announced that GitHub was adopting its modifications and that the two would be working together to bring suitable clients to macOS and Linux. Microsoft says that, so far, about half of its modifications have been accepted upstream, with upstream Git developers broadly approving of the approach the company has taken to improve the software's scaling. Redmond also says that it has been willing to make changes to its approach to satisfy the demands of upstream Git. The biggest complexity is that Git has a very conservative approach to compatibility, requiring that repositories remain compatible across versions.
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  553. Microsoft and GitHub are also working to bring similar capabilities to other platforms, with macOS coming first, and later Linux. The obvious way to do this on both systems is to use FUSE, an infrastructure for building file systems that run in user mode rather than kernel mode (desirable because user-mode development is easier and safer than kernel mode). However, the companies have discovered that FUSE isn't fast enough for this -- a lesson Dropbox also learned when developing a similar capability, Project Infinite. Currently, the companies believe that tapping into a macOS extensibility mechanism called Kauth (or KAuth) will be the best way forward.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  561. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://apple.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2119235/microsoft-and-github-team-up-to-take-git-virtual-file-system-to-macos-linux?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11372285&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/M-2Nh_wXaqc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  562.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:10:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  565.            <title>Even New Phones Are No Longer Guaranteed To Have the Latest Version of Android</title>
  566.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/215258/even-new-phones-are-no-longer-guaranteed-to-have-the-latest-version-of-android?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  567.            <description>Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge: The OnePlus 5T and Razer Phone
  568. are two fundamentally different devices, which are nonetheless united by one unfortunate downside: both of them are going on sale this month without the latest version of Android on board. OnePlus will tell you that this issue is down to its extremely stringent testing process, while Razer offers a similar boilerplate about working as fast as possible to deliver Android Oreo. But we're now three months removed from Google's grand Oreo launch, timed to coincide with this summer's total eclipse, and all of these excuses are starting to ring hollow. Why do Android companies think they can ship new devices without the latest and best version of the operating system on board? The notorious fragmentation problem with Android has always been that not every device gets the latest update at the same time, and many devices get stuck on older software without ever seeing an update at all. What's changed now is that the "one version behind the newest and best" phenomenon is starting to infect brand new phones as well. The 5T and Razer Phone are just two examples; there's also Xiaomi, which just launched its Mi Mix 2 in Spain with 2016's Android Nougat as the operating system.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  577.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:30:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  580.            <title>Windows 8 and Later Fail To Properly Apply ASLR</title>
  581.            <link>https://it.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/207239/windows-8-and-later-fail-to-properly-apply-aslr?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  582.            <description>An anonymous reader writes: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and subsequent Windows 10 variations fail to properly apply ASLR, rendering this crucial Windows security feature useless. The bug appeared when Microsoft changed a registry value in Windows 8 and occurs only in certain ASLR configuration modes. Basically, if users have enabled system-wide ASLR protection turned on, a bug in ASLR's implementation on Windows 8 and later will not generate enough entropy (random data) to start application binaries in random memory locations. For ASLR to work properly, users must configure it to work in a system-wide bottom-up mode. An official patch from Microsoft is not available yet, but a registry hack can be applied to make sure ASLR starts in the correct mode. The bug was discovered by CERT vulnerability analyst Will Dormann while investigating a 17-years-old bug in the Microsoft Office equation editor, to which Microsoft appears to have lost the source code and needed to patch it manually.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  591.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:50:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  594.            <title>Y Combinator Cuts Ties With Peter Thiel After Ending Part-Time Partner Program</title>
  595.            <link>https://politics.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/2011233/y-combinator-cuts-ties-with-peter-thiel-after-ending-part-time-partner-program?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  596.            <description>An anonymous reader shares a report: Billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with startup accelerator Y Combinator, according to an edited company blog post. Thiel was formerly a part-time partner with the accelerator. BuzzFeed News confirmed his departure with a source familiar with Y Combinator's management structure. Thiel's departure from Y Combinator was not previously announced. It comes long after Y Combinator president Sam Altman defended Thiel's role at the accelerator, following criticism of Thiel's support of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. A source close to Y Combinator said that the company ended its part-time partners program, which Thiel was a part of, some time last year. While some other part-time partners moved over to a program called "experts," which provides advice to Y Combinator entrepreneurs, Thiel did not join.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  605.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  608.            <title>Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Web: 'The System is Failing'</title>
  609.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/1939249/tim-berners-lee-on-the-future-of-the-web-the-system-is-failing?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  610.            <description>Olivia Solon, writing for The Guardian: The inventor of the world wide web always maintained his creation was a reflection of humanity -- the good, the bad and the ugly. But Berners-Lee's vision for an "open platform that allows anyone to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographical boundaries" has been challenged by increasingly powerful digital gatekeepers whose algorithms can be weaponised by master manipulators. "I'm still an optimist, but an optimist standing at the top of the hill with a nasty storm blowing in my face, hanging on to a fence," said the British computer scientist. "We have to grit our teeth and hang on to the fence and not take it for granted that the web will lead us to wonderful things," he said. The spread of misinformation and propaganda online has exploded partly because of the way the advertising systems of large digital platforms such as Google or Facebook have been designed to hold people's attention. "People are being distorted by very finely trained AIs that figure out how to distract them," said Berners-Lee. In some cases, these platforms offer users who create content a cut of advertising revenue. The financial incentive drove Macedonian teenagers with "no political skin in the game" to generate political clickbait fake news that was distributed on Facebook and funded by revenue from Google's automated advertising engine AdSense. "The system is failing. The way ad revenue works with clickbait is not fulfilling the goal of helping humanity promote truth and democracy. So I am concerned," said Berners-Lee, who in March called for the regulation of online political advertising to prevent it from being used in "unethical ways."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  619.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:40:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  622.            <title>A Hacker 'Hero' Has Been Banned From Cyber Conferences After Decades Of Inappropriate Behavior</title>
  623.            <link>https://slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/1854224/a-hacker-hero-has-been-banned-from-cyber-conferences-after-decades-of-inappropriate-behavior?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  624.            <description>Several readers share a report: John Draper, a prankster hero to an early generation of hackers, used his status at cybersecurity conferences to arrange private meetings with teenage fans and a reporter where he touched them inappropriately, multiple men have told BuzzFeed News. The allegations are the latest in what has become in recent weeks an explosion of sexual misconduct reports that have roiled a seemingly endless list of industries, from Hollywood to the news media to the Alabama Senate race. As in many of those other cases, Draper's actions were well known to at least a core of people who had regular contact with him. Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak told BuzzFeed News that Steve Jobs once told him that Draper, an early associate, once asked Jobs to sit on Draper's back in the 1970s, an offer Wozniak said Jobs declined as being "out of the ordinary." But in the hacking world, where unusual behavior is accepted and often celebrated, there were few official steps taken to prevent Draper's overtures to unsuspecting fans. Volunteers who worked the annual DEF CON hacking conventions in Las Vegas recalled that one of their responsibilities was to separate Draper from his teenage followers. Draper's behavior drew attention at other conventions as well, where he was a frequent presence. Brandon Creighton, a long-standing volunteer at hacker conferences who was familiar with rumors about Draper, recalled escorting him from a private party after ToorCon in San Diego in 2007, though exactly why was not clear.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  633.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:55:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  636.            <title>Proprietary Software is the Driver of Unprecedented Surveillance: Richard Stallman</title>
  637.            <link>https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/1810245/proprietary-software-is-the-driver-of-unprecedented-surveillance-richard-stallman?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  638.            <description>From a wide-ranging interview of Richard Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation, programming legend and recipient of at least 15 honorary doctorates and professorships: "The reason that we are subject now to more surveillance than there was in the Soviet Union is that digital technology made it possible," he says. "And the first disaster of digital technology was proprietary software that people would install and run on their own computers, and they wouldn't know what it was doing. They can't tell what it's doing. And that is the first injustice that I began fighting in 1983: proprietary software, software that is not free, that the users don't control." Here, Stallman is keen to stress, he doesn't mean free in the sense of not costing money -- plenty of free software is paid for -- but free in the sense of freedom to control. Software, after all, instructs your computer to perform actions, and when another company has written and locked down that software, you can't know exactly what it is doing. "You might think your computer is obeying you, when really its obeying the real master first, and it only obeys you when the real master says it's ok. With every program there are two possibilities: either the user controls the program or the program controls the users," he says. "It's free software if users control it. And that's why it respects their freedom. Otherwise it's a non-free, proprietary, user subjugating program."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  647.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:11:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  650.            <title>MoviePass Reveals Annual Subscription For $6.95 a Month</title>
  651.            <link>https://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/1725231/moviepass-reveals-annual-subscription-for-695-a-month?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  652.            <description>An anonymous reader shares a report: MoviePass seemed like the deal of the century: $10 a month to see one movie a day at the theaters? No contest. But in the three months since the start-up company seeking to disrupt the theater market with a Netflix-like service launched its new business model, MoviePass has been plagued by technical hiccups, backed-up deliveries, and potential lawsuits. As the company expanded its operations, it finally began to settle into its new subscription base of more than 600,000 users. And now MoviePass is already offering up a new deal: an up-front annual subscription of $89.95, which amounts to about $6.95 a month. But how much of a discount is it really? The MoviePass annual subscription is a limited-time promotion that will last 12 months, according to the website. Users pay $89.95 up front, plus a $6.55 processing fee. "Once your year is up, your plan will convert back into your $9.95 a month. Offer valid until it's not. Limit two per household," the MoviePass website says.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
  653. &lt;a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=MoviePass+Reveals+Annual+Subscription+For+%246.95+a+Month%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2jDTzGA"&gt;&lt;img src="https://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"&gt;&lt;/a&gt;
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  661.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:26:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  664.            <title>Volkswagen To Spend Over $40 Billion on Electric and Self-Driving Cars</title>
  665.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/1645202/volkswagen-to-spend-over-40-billion-on-electric-and-self-driving-cars?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  666.            <description>Volkswagen plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies, it said on Friday. "With the planning round now approved, we are laying the foundation for making Volkswagen the world's number one player in electric mobility by 2025," Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said in a statement.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  675.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:45:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  678.            <title>Germany Bans Children's Smartwatches</title>
  679.            <link>https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/161215/germany-bans-childrens-smartwatches?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  680.            <description>A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. From a report: It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who had such watches to destroy them. One expert said the decision could be a "game-changer" for internet-connected devices. "Poorly secured smart devices often allow for privacy invasion. That is really concerning when it comes to kids' GPS tracking watches - the very watches that are supposed to help keep them safe," said Ken Munro, a security expert at Pen Test Partners.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  689.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:02:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  692.            <title>iOS 11 'Is Still Just Buggy as Hell'</title>
  693.            <link>https://apple.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/154228/ios-11-is-still-just-buggy-as-hell?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  694.            <description>It is becoming increasingly apparent that iOS 11, the current generation of Apple's mobile operating system, is riddled with more issues than any previous iOS version in the recent years. Two months ago, in a review, titled, "iOS 11 Sucks", a reporter at the publication wrote: I'm using iOS 11 right now, and it makes me want to stab my eyes with a steel wire brush until I get face jam. Gizmodo today reviews iOS 11 after living with the current software version for two months: It's been two full months since Apple released iOS 11 to millions and millions of devices worldwide, and the software is still just buggy as hell. Some of the glitches are ugly or just unexpected from a company that has built a reputation for flawless software. Shame on me for always expecting perfection from an imperfect company, I guess. But there are some really bad bugs, so bad that I can't use the most basic features on my phone. They popped up, when I upgraded on release day. They're still around after two months and multiple updates to iOS. Shame on Apple for ignoring this shit. Now, let me show you my bugs. The worst one also happens to be one I encounter most frequently. Sometimes, when I get a text, I'll go to reply in the Messages app but won't be able to see the latest message because the keyboard is covering it up. I also can't scroll up to see it, because the thread is anchored to the bottom of the page. The wackiest thing is that sometimes I get the little reply box, and sometimes I don't. The only way I'm able to text like normal is to tap the back arrow to take me to all my messages and then go back into the message through the front door. [...] Other native iOS 11 apps have bugs, too. Until a recent update, my iPhone screen would become unresponsive which is a problem because touching the screen is almost the only way to use the device.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  703.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:25:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  706.            <title>Why is this Company Tracking Where You Are on Thanksgiving?</title>
  707.            <link>https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/1445259/why-is-this-company-tracking-where-you-are-on-thanksgiving?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  708.            <description>Earlier this week, several publications published a holiday-themed data study about how families that voted for opposite parties spent less time together on Thanksgiving, especially in areas that saw heavy political advertising. The data came from a company called SafeGraph that supplied publications with 17 trillion location markets for 10 million smartphones. A report looks at the bigger picture: The data wasn't just staggering in sheer quantity. It also appears to be extremely granular. Researchers "used this data to identify individuals' home locations, which they defined as the places people were most often located between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m.," wrote The Washington Post. The researchers also looked at where people were between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in order to see if they spent that time at home or traveled, presumably to be with friends or family. "Even better, the cellphone data shows you exactly when those travelers arrived at a Thanksgiving location and when they left," the Post story says. To be clear: This means SafeGraph is looking at an individual device and tracking where its owner is going throughout their day. A common defense from companies that creepily collect massive amounts of data is that the data is only analyzed in aggregate; for example, Google's database BigQuery, which allows organizations to upload big data sets and then query them quickly, promises that all its public data sets are "fully anonymized" and "contain no personally-identifying information." In multiple press releases from SafeGraph's partners, the company's location data is referred to as "anonymized," but in this case they seem to be interpreting the concept of anonymity quite liberally given the specificity of the data.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  717.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  720.            <title>Silicon Valley Thinks It Invented Roommates. They Call It 'Co-living'</title>
  721.            <link>https://slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/140218/silicon-valley-thinks-it-invented-roommates-they-call-it-co-living?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  722.            <description>An anonymous reader shares a report: Have you heard of this cool new trend called co-living? It's a bit like co-working, except instead of sharing an office with a bunch of randoms you share a home with a bunch of randoms. Oh, you might be thinking, is it like ye olde concept of "roommates"? Why, yes. Yes it is. As a viral tweet pointed out earlier this week, "co-living", which has inspired a spate of trend-pieces in recent months, is actually "called *roommates* ... you invented ***roommates***." Now, to be fair, co-living isn't just living with a bunch of roommates. No, it's rich millennials living with a bunch of roommates in a fancy building in a recently gentrified part of town. The co-living space is also full of cool amenities like yoga classes and micro-brew coffee bars, meaning you can minimise unnecessary interactions with the outside world. In startup speak, this is what is called "community." The Collective, for example, a co-working space in London, describes co-living as "a way of living focused on a genuine sense of community, using shared spaces and facilities to create a more convenient and fulfilling lifestyle."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  730. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/140218/silicon-valley-thinks-it-invented-roommates-they-call-it-co-living?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11371419&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/vbD3D5DARB0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  731.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:01:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  734.            <title>Tesla Is Rethinking the Rest Stop For California Road Trips</title>
  735.            <link>https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/0058253/tesla-is-rethinking-the-rest-stop-for-california-road-trips?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  736.            <description>An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: In-N-Out Burgers has some new competition for attracting drivers on two heavily traveled stretches of California freeways that help link Los Angeles to Las Vegas and San Francisco: Tesla's biggest Supercharger stations yet. The charging stations in Kettleman City, off Interstate 5, and Baker, near Interstate 15, each have 40 stalls, making them the largest among more than 1,000 in North America, according to an emailed statement Wednesday. If filling up your Tesla takes half an hour, you might as well get comfortable. The Kettleman City station north of Bakersfield has a play wall for kids, a pet relief area and outdoor space for families. It's open round-the-clock, there's wi-fi and there will be food as well. But if you want to stretch your legs, the nearest In-N-Out is just across the street. And there are inevitable Tesla touches at both: solar-covered parking and Tesla Powerpacks.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  744. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/0058253/tesla-is-rethinking-the-rest-stop-for-california-road-trips?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11367599&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/vbu1fiJYeK0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  745.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  748.            <title>Stanford Trains AI To Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than a Radiologist In Just Two Months</title>
  749.            <link>https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/015216/stanford-trains-ai-to-diagnose-pneumonia-better-than-a-radiologist-in-just-two-months?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  750.            <description>A new paper from Stanford University reveals how artificial intelligence algorithms can be quickly trained to diagnose pneumonia better than a radiologist. "Using 100,000 x-ray images released by the National Institutes of Health on Sept. 27, the research published Nov. 14 (without peer review) on the website ArXiv claims its AI can detect pneumonia from x-rays with similar accuracy to four trained radiologists," reports Quartz. From the report: That's not all -- the AI was trained to analyze x-rays for 14 diseases NIH included in the dataset, including fibrosis, hernias, and cell masses. The AI's results for each of the 14 diseases had fewer false positives and false negatives than the benchmark research from the NIH team that was released with the data. The paper includes Google Brain founder Andrew Ng as a co-author, who also served as chief scientist at Baidu and recently founded Deeplearning.ai. He's often been publicly bullish on AI's use in healthcare. These algorithms will undoubtedly get better -- accuracy on the ImageNet challenge rose from 75% to 95% in just five years -- but this research shows the speed at which these systems are built is increasing as well.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  755.  
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  758. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/015216/stanford-trains-ai-to-diagnose-pneumonia-better-than-a-radiologist-in-just-two-months?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11367613&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/_5BWP3WEFKg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  759.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:30:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  762.            <title>Tesla Unveils 500-Mile Range Semi Truck, 620-Mile Range Roadster 2.0</title>
  763.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/099248/tesla-unveils-500-mile-range-semi-truck-620-mile-range-roadster-20?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  764.            <description>Rei writes: During a live reveal on Thursday, Tesla unveiled its new electric Class 8 Heavy Duty vehicle. As most people familiar with Tesla products would expect, the day cab truck features staggeringly fast acceleration for a vehicle of its size. It can accelerate 0-60 in 5 seconds without a trailer and 20 seconds with a 40-ton gross weight while being able to pull its maximum payload up a 5-degree grade at 65mph (versus a typical maximum of 45mph). The 500-mile range is for the vehicle at full load and highway speeds (80% of U.S. freight routes are 250 miles or less). Tesla also boasts a million mile no-breakdown guarantee; even losing two of its four motors it can out-accelerate a typical diesel truck. The total cost per mile is pegged at 83% of operating a diesel, but when convoying is utilized -- where multiple trucks mirror the action of a lead truck -- the costs drop to 57%, a price cheaper than rail. Tesla went a step further and stole the show from their own event by having the first prototype of the new Tesla Roadster drive out of the back of the truck. With the base model alone boasting a 620 mile range on a 200kWh battery pack with 10kN torque, providing a 1.9 second 0-60, 4.2 second 0-100, and 8.9 second quarter mile, the 2+2-seating convertible will easily be the fastest-accelerating production car in the world. Top speed is not disclosed, but said to be "at least 250mph." The vehicle's release date, however, is not scheduled until 2020.&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  772. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/099248/tesla-unveils-500-mile-range-semi-truck-620-mile-range-roadster-20?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11369581&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/hBV3P8-dzO4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  773.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  776.            <title>Google Will Stop Letting Sites Use AMP Format To Bait and Switch Readers</title>
  777.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/0046231/google-will-stop-letting-sites-use-amp-format-to-bait-and-switch-readers?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  778.            <description>"Google today announced a forthcoming update to its Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, web format that aims to discourage website owners from misusing the service," reports The Verge. "The company says that, starting in February 2018, AMP pages must contain content nearly identical to that of the standard page they're replicating." From the report: Currently, because AMP pages load faster and more clutter-free versions of a website, they naturally contain both fewer ads and less links to other portions of a site. That's led some site owners to publish two versions of a webpage: a standard page and an AMP-specific one that acts a teaser of sorts that directs users to the original. That original page, or canonical page in Google parlance, is by nature a slower loading page containing more ads and with a potentially lower bounce rate, which is the percentage of viewers who only view one page before leaving. Now, Google is cracking down on that behavior. "AMP was introduced to dramatically improve the performance of the web and deliver a fast, consistent content consumption experience," writes Ashish Mehta, an AMP product manager. "In keeping with this goal, we'll be enforcing the requirement of close parity between AMP and canonical page, for pages that wish to be shown in Google Search as AMPs."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  783.  
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  786. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/0046231/google-will-stop-letting-sites-use-amp-format-to-bait-and-switch-readers?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&amp;amp;utm_medium=feed"&gt;Read more of this story&lt;/a&gt; at Slashdot.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;iframe src="https://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discuss&amp;amp;id=11367581&amp;amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/zocZ2o-MQf0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/&gt;</description>
  787.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +0100</pubDate>
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  790.            <title>Detroit's Marginalized Communities Are Building Their Own Internet</title>
  791.            <link>https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/11/17/0021204/detroits-marginalized-communities-are-building-their-own-internet?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&amp;utm_medium=feed</link>
  792.            <description>An anonymous reader writes: Motherboard has a report that discusses how some of Detroit's communities are building their own internet to help close the gap between the roughly 60 percent of Detroiters who have internet and 40 percent who don't. From the report: "[Diana Nucera, director of the Detroit Community Technology Project] is part of a growing cohort of Detroiters who have started a grassroots movement to close that gap, by building the internet themselves. It's a coalition of community members and multiple Detroit nonprofits. They're starting with three underserved neighborhoods, installing high speed internet that beams shared gigabit connections from an antenna on top of the tallest building on the street, and into the homes of people who have long gone without. They call it the Equitable Internet Initiative. The issue isn't only cost, though it is prohibitive for many Detroiters, but also infrastructure. Because of Detroit's economic woes, many Big Telecom companies haven't thought it worthwhile to invest in expanding their network to these communities. The city is filled with dark fiber optic cable that's not connected to any homes or businesses -- relics from more optimistic days.
  793. Residents who can't afford internet, are on some kind of federal or city subsidy like food stamps, and students are prioritized for the Initiative, Nucera told me. The whole effort started last summer with enlisting digital stewards, locals from each neighborhood who were interested in working for the nonprofit coalition, doing everything from spreading the word, to teaching digital literacy, to installing routers and pulling fiber. Many of these stewards started out with little or no tech expertise, but after a 20-week-long training period, they've become experts able to install, troubleshoot, and maintain a network from end to end. They're also aiming to spread digital literacy, so people can truly own the network themselves."&lt;p&gt;&lt;div class="share_submission" style="position:relative;"&gt;
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  802.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:30:00 +0100</pubDate>
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