Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters
Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters
Facebook Slammed for Spreading Putin’s Russian Propaganda in NATO’s East Slovakia’s eastern border touches Ukraine’s western border — and Saturday Bloomberg uncovered an emerging controversy. “A flood of posts pushing misinformation in Slovakia is putting the spotlight on Facebook for facilitating the spread of pro-Russian theories on the war in neighboring Ukraine, ranging from claims that Kyiv is secre … ⌘ Read more
Hollywood Designer 6.0 Released: Now a ‘Full-Blown Multimedia Authoring System’ After nearly 20 years, Hollywood Designer 6.0 is “very stable and mature”, write its developers — envisioning both hobbyist and professional customers (with support for modern graphics-editing features like filter effects and vector graphics) in its massive new evolution.
Long-time Slashdot reader Mike Bouma explains: Air … ⌘ Read more
Hubble’s ‘Magnum Opus’: a 30-Year Analysis of the Universe’s Expansion “NASA has released a huge new report that astronomers are calling Hubble’s magnum opus,” reports New Atlas.
“Analyzing 30 years of data from the famous space telescope, the new study makes the most precise measurement yet of how fast the universe is expanding.” Astronomers have known for the better part of a century that the universe is … ⌘ Read more
Navy Ships Swarmed By Drones, Not UFOs, Defense Officials Confirm The Drive’s Adam Kehoe noticed something during this week’s UFO hearings in the U.S. Congress. “After intense public speculation, stacks of official documents obtained via the Freedom Of Information Act, ambiguous statements from top officials, and an avalanche of media attention, it has now been made clear that the mysterious swarming of U.S. Na … ⌘ Read more
How AI Brought Back Val Kilmer’s Voice For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ “62-year-old Val Kilmer was just 26 when he played Iceman in the 1986 movie Top Gun,” remembers long-time Slashdot reader destinyland.
But in 2015 Kilmer lost his voice to throat cancer, remembers Parade:
In his 2020 memoir I’m Your Huckleberry, Kilmer joked that he has less of a frog in his throat and more of a “buffalo.” He said, “Speaking, … ⌘ Read more
Palm OS Developer Releases Source To Classic Games, 20+ Years After Release Munich-based developer Aaron Ardiri is Slashdot reader #245,358, with a profile that still identifies him as a Palm OS developer. Which surprised me, because Palm OS’s last update was in 2007. (Then again, ardiri’s Slashdot profile also still includes his screen name on AOL Instant Messenger.)
So, a long-time Slashdot reade … ⌘ Read more
Can We Generate Renewable Energy by Burning Trash? CNBC visited a company that burns trash from a California landfill, and then “harnesses steam to make enough electricity to power 18,000 homes in the area” — which turns out to be part of a surprisingly large industry:
A portion of the waste comes from companies including American Airlines, Quest Diagnostics, Sunny Delight and Subaru…. Major retailers like Amazon also use … ⌘ Read more
NFT Conference Founder Predicts 97% of Current Projects Will Lose Value Through 2024 “Serial entrepreneur” Gary Vaynerchuk launched a four-day conference “exploring digital ownership and the way emerging technologies could interact with art, sports and entertainment,” reports the Pioneer Press:
It’s billed as an event “featuring icons of business, sports, music, arts, Web3, and popular cultu … ⌘ Read more
Can Tech Firms Prevent Violent Videos Circulating on the Internet? This week New York’s attorney general announced they’re officially “launching investigations into the social media companies that the Buffalo shooter used to plan, promote, and stream his terror attack.” Slashdot reader echo123 points out that Discord confirmed that roughly 30 minutes before the attack a “small group” was invited to join the s … ⌘ Read more
Biggest Targets at Pwn2Own Event: Microsoft’s Windows, Teams, and Ubuntu Desktop As Pwn2Own Vancouver comes to a close, a whopping $1,115,000 has been awarded by Trend Micro and Zero Day Initiative. The 15th anniversary edition saw 17 “contestants” attacking 21 targets, reports Hot Hardware — though “the biggest payouts were for serious exploits against Microsoft’s Teams utility.” While Teams isn’t … ⌘ Read more
Wells Fargo Now Accused of Also Conducting Fake Job Interviews 2016: “Wells Fargo Fires 5,300 Employees For Creating Millions of Phony Accounts” 2017: “Up To 1.4M More Fake Wells Fargo Accounts Possible”
The headlines kept coming…. (“Wells Fargo Hit With ‘Unprecedented’ Punishment Over Fake Accounts…” “Wells Fargo Employee Informed the Bank of Fake Customer Accounts in 2006”)
But this week the New York Times re … ⌘ Read more
Is Social Media Training Us to Please a Machine? A remarkably literary critique of the internet appeared recently in Damage magazine — a project of the nonprofit Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry funded by the American Psychoanalytic Foundation. “There are ways in which the internet really does seem to work like a possessing demon…” argues writer Sam Kriss.
“We tend to think that the internet is a communications network we … ⌘ Read more
Avoiding Sanctions with Cryptocurrency? US Govt Files First Criminal Charges Last week America’s Justice Department “launched its first criminal prosecution involving the alleged use of cryptocurrency to evade U.S. economic sanctions,” reports the Washington Post. They cite a nine-page opinion from a federal judge approving the government’s criminal complaint against an American “accused of transmit … ⌘ Read more
Mitsubishi Develops Technology for 3D Printing in Outer Space “Made In Space, Redwire, and Bigelow, move over,” writes long-time Slashdot reader Dr. Crash. “There’s yet another 3D printing in space group — and it’s not a startup.” Mitsubishi Electric just went public with a UV-sensitive resin specially made to print in zero-G and in a hard vacuum — as in outside the airlock.
The polymer is tuned to harden with … ⌘ Read more
Nearly 84% of mobile pages used jQuery in 2021, points out a new essay … ⌘ Read more
How to Write Your Own Games - for the Amiga Mike Bouma (Slashdot reader #85,252) writes: With the release of the A500 mini (which also supports A1200 games) and its side loading feature you may be interested to get started with Amiga Retro games development. This is why I collected some recent Amiga games development tutorials and added some additional information. A popular game programming language on the Amiga is Blitz BASIC or AmiB … ⌘ Read more
Sid & Marty Krofft to Release NFTs Starting with ‘Land of the Lost’ Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: Today sees an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of 1970s children’s programming giants Sid & Marty Krofft. (Born in 1929, Sid Krofft will turn 93 in July). And reportedly Marty Krofft has now partnered with NFT producer Orange Comet “in a multiyear contract to release NFTs based on the ofte … ⌘ Read more
How a Rust Supply-Chain Attack Infected Cloud CI Pipelines with Go Malware Sentinel Labs provides malware/threat intelligence analysis for the enterprise cybersecurity platform SentinelOne.
Thursday they reported on “a supply-chain attack against the Rust development community that we refer to as ‘CrateDepression’.”
On May 10th, 2022, the Rust Security Response Working Group released an advis … ⌘ Read more
Boeing’s Starliner Docks with International Space Station. Hatch Opening Now Boeing’s Starliner successfully docked to the International Space Station Friday night for the first time. And right now, Boeing is beginning the official hatch-opening ceremon, in which the space station astronauts already on the ISS “open the hatch to the vehicle and retrieve some cargo that’s packed inside,” explains … ⌘ Read more
Microsoft Warns of ‘Stealthy DDoS Malware’ Targeting Linux Devices “In the last six months, we observed a 254% increase in activity from a Linux trojan called XorDdos,” writes the Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team. It’s a trojan combining denial-of-service functionality with XOR-based encryption for communication.
Microsoft calls it part of “the trend of malware increasingly targeting Linux-based operatin … ⌘ Read more
The Online Spider Market Is Massive – and Crawling With Issues An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Wired: Spiders and scorpions may seem like creatures that need to be crushed rather than conserved, but wildlife experts say a growing global pet trade is putting wild populations at risk, even though they help humans and ecosystems. Collectors are now trading more than 1,200 species of arachn … ⌘ Read more
HP Chooses Ubuntu-Based Pop!_OS Linux For Its Upcoming Dev One Laptop System76’s CEO Carl Richell announced that HP has chosen the Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS operating system to run on its 14-inch developer-focused notebook called “Dev One.” Brian Fagioli from BetaNews speculates that a HP acquisition of System76 “could be a possibility in the future – if this new relationship pans out at least.” He continues: … ⌘ Read more
Is the World’s Oldest Tree Growing In a Ravine In Chile? sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Some 5400 years ago, about the time humans were inventing writing, an alerce tree (Fitzroya cupressoides) may have started to grow in the coastal mountains of present-day Chile. Sheltered in a cool, damp ravine, it avoided fires and logging that claimed many others of its kind, and it grew into a grizzled gian … ⌘ Read more
Google’s AI Is Smart Enough To Understand Your Humor An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Jokes, sarcasm and humor require understanding the subtleties of language and human behavior. When a comedian says something sarcastic or controversial, usually the audience can discern the tone and know it’s more of an exaggeration, something that’s learned from years of human interaction. But PaLM, or Pathways Lan … ⌘ Read more
China Is 3D Printing a Massive 590-Foot-Tall Dam, And Constructing It With Without Humans Chinese engineers will take the ideas of a research paper and turn it into the world’s largest 3D-printed project. Popular Mechanics: Within two years, officials behind this project want to fully automate the unmanned construction of a 590-foot-tall dam on the Tibetan Plateau to build the Yangqu hy … ⌘ Read more