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  • The US Military Has Taken Action Against Ransomware Groups and 'Imposed Costs'
    "The U.S. military has gone on the offensive against ransomware groups," reports CNET, "as U.S. companies increasingly become targets of malware attacks, the nation's top cyber defender acknowledged on Saturday."Up until about nine months ago, rein…
    - 7 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 10:46pm -
  • 2021 'Web Almanac' Research Finds Lots of CSS, JavaScript, jQuery - and Not Much WebAssembly
    "HTTP Archive is a community-run project that has been tracking how the web is built since 2010," explains its web site. "Using WebPageTest and Lighthouse under the hood, metadata about nearly 8.2 million websites are tested monthly and included in a…
    - 8 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 9:46pm -
  • 'The Insane Resurgence of Vinyl Records'
    "Fueled largely by millenial hipsters under the age of 35, the old, outdated format has risen from the dead," argues the Hustle:In the 1970s, vinyl sales peaked at 530 million units per year and accounted for 66% of all music format revenues... [B]…
    - 9 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 8:46pm -
  • The Case for a Four-Day Work Week
    Recently a New York Times headlined asked "Is the four-day work week finally within our grasp?"Kickstarter, Shake Shack and Unilever's New Zealand unit are among those that have experimented with the four-day workweek, or have announced plans to. An…
    - 10 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 7:35pm -
  • Meet the People Living in Simulations of Life on Mars
    Smithsonian magazine explores the many Mars simulation facilities around the world, including the Mars Desert Research Station — which is located in Utah, four hours south of Salt Lake City, "but everyone spoke and acted as though they were actuall…
    - 12 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 5:55pm -
  • Which Developers Were Paid the Most in 2021?
    InfoWorld reports reveals this year's highest-paying software developer roles according to Robert Half's 2022 Salary Guide (which uses research conducted this summer on America's average salary range for the 50th and 75th percentile of applicants):…
    - 13 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 4:34pm -
  • With New Funding Model, MST3K Attempts Online Comeback, Live Tour
    Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: Mystery Science Theatre 3000 will be coming back in 2022 with thirteen new episodes, plus 12 additional shorts and 12 monthly live events. "And this time, we're doing it without a network," explains the w…
    - 14 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 3:34pm -
  • Someone Stole $120 Million in Crypto From a DeFi Website
    The Verge reports:On Wednesday night, someone drained funds from multiple cryptocurrency wallets connected to the decentralized finance platform BadgerDAO. According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, which is working with Ba…
    - 18 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 11:34am -
  • 'Deep Fake' Technology Used to Perfectly Re-Create a Radio Announcer's Voice
    For 32 years a human named Andy Chanley has been a radio announcer (now working afternoon's at Southern California's 88.5 KCSN), Reuters reports. But now...."I may be a robot, but I still love to rock," says the robot DJ named ANDY, derived from Ar…
    - 21 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 8:34am -
  • Nine WiFi Routers Used by Millions Were Vulnerable to 226 Flaws
    "Security researchers analyzed nine popular WiFi routers and found a total of 226 potential vulnerabilities in them," reports Bleeping Computer, "even when running the latest firmware."Slashdot reader joshuark shared their report:The tested routers…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Dec 21, 4:34am -
  • Comcast Reduced 'Working Latency' By 90% with AQM. Is This the Future?
    Long-time Slashdot reader mtaht writes:Comcast fully deployed bufferbloat fixes across their entire network over the past year, demonstrating 90% improvements in working latency and jitter — which is described in this article by by Comcast Vice P…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Dec 21, 2:34am -
  • Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation
    "Videos and GIFs of cute animals — usually cats — have gone viral online for almost as long as the internet has been around..." writes the New York Times. "Now, it is becoming increasingly clear how widely the old-school internet trick is being…
    - 1 day ago, 4 Dec 21, 11:34pm -


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  • The real reasons Google is getting into robots
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  • Crypto exchange BitMart loses $196 million to hackers
    Large-scale cryptocurrency heists remain a significant headache. According to Coindesk, the crypto exchange BitMart has lost the equivalent of $196 million (originally estimated at $150 million) to a hack. The intruder breached Ethereum and Binance w…
    - 7 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 10:28pm -
  • Apple takes Russia to court over App Store ruling
    Apple is still fighting Russia over alleged App Store abuse. Both 9to5Mac and RT report Apple is asking for a judicial review of a Federal Antimonopoly Service warning from August that allows developers to mention alternatives to the App Store's in-a…
    - 9 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 8:56pm -
  • eBay banned some users by mistake
    Twitter isn't the only big-name internet company to have accidentally banned users this week. As The Vergereports, eBay has confirmed it suspended a "small number" of users by mistake on December 3rd. The company didn't provide a cause or reveal the…
    - 11 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 6:41pm -
  • Google's mail-in Pixel repair service reportedly compromised photos and accounts
    Rogue repair staff aren't limited to any one company. According to The Verge, author and developer Jane McGonigal said her internet accounts were compromised after she mailed her Pixel 5a to Google for service. The intruder accessed Google services,…
    - 12 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 5:53pm -
  • Fitbit's Charge 5 tracker is back on sale for a record-low $130 at Amazon
    Don't worry if you missed out on a Fitbit during Black Friday sales — there are now some big deals to help you stay in shape during the holidays. The Charge 5 has returned to a record-low price of $130 at Amazon, or $50 below its usual sticker. Tha…
    - 13 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 4:40pm -
  • 'Fortnite' Chapter 3 officially debuts with a new island and revamped gameplay
    It didn't take long for Epic to confirm Fortnite Chapter 3 details. The developer has officially released a trailer that outlines what to expect both in Chapter 3 and its first season, "Flipped." The new island is the star, with the flip from the Cha…
    - 14 hours ago, 5 Dec 21, 3:24pm -
  • Clearview AI will get a US patent for its facial recognition tech
    Clearview AI is about to get formal acknowledgment for its controversial facial recognition technology. Politicoreports Clearview has received a US Patent and Trademark Office "notice of allowance" indicating officials will approve a filing for its s…
    - 1 day ago, 4 Dec 21, 10:23pm -
  • Leaked 'Fortnite' Chapter 3 trailer shows a new island and Spider-Man
    Fortnite Chapter 2 has only just come to an end, but that isn't preventing sleuths from finding out what Chapter 3 will hold. As Kotakulearned, the game's official Polish YouTube channel briefly shared a Chapter 3 trailer revealing many of the planne…
    - 1 day ago, 4 Dec 21, 9:31pm -