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WheelStreet is bringing dock-less motorbikes to India's cities  

 By now the world is familiar with the rise of on-demand bicycle services, which started out with Mobike and Ofo in China, but one startup is twisting the concept slightly to bring dock-less motorbikes to the streets of India. WheelStreet, a company that recently graduated the Y Combinator program in the U.S. earlier this year, is pioneering the scooter push in India through a pilot service… Read More

2017-12-18 09:58:34
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Amazon Prime UK could face probe over late deliveries - CNET  

UK's Advertising Standards Authority is mulling an investigation into Amazon Prime after shoppers complain they're not receiving shipments as quickly as advertised.

2017-12-18 09:25:47
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Marsupial long thought extinct rediscovered living in the Australian desert   

Once widespread across the deserts of inland Australia, the Crest-tailed Mulgara was largely wiped out by invasive rabbits, cats and foxes. The cutesy carnivorous marsupial hasn't been seen in the state of New South Wales for a century, but environment scientists from a university in Sydney have recently rediscovered the creature in the area, alive and well... Continue Reading Marsupial long thought extinct rediscovered living in the Australian desert Category: Environment Tag

2017-12-18 08:59:37
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Iyaz's top 5 favorite tech and gadgets of 2017 video - CNET  

Find out what managed to get Iyaz to happily part with his hard-earned money.

2017-12-18 08:50:07
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Ask Slashdot: What's The Worst IT-Related Joke You've Ever Heard?  

dryriver writes: In just about any field of employment -- whether you're a 3D artist, a pastry chef or a lawyer -- there's an abundance of jokes related to the profession, or to situations commonly encountered during that profession. Some are pretty good, some so-so, and some are very, very bad. What I want to know is, what are the absolute WORST computer or IT related jokes you've either heard from someone, found on the internet or possibly even invented yourself? And since this is Slashdo

2017-12-18 08:34:00
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Samsung vs. Apple vs. Google … the year's best phones compared   

Another year, another fleet of powerful flagship phones. Those looking to start 2018 with an upgrade are spoiled for choice, so New Atlas compares the specs and features of 10 of the year's best phones, as the gap between high-end and mid-range closes... Continue Reading Samsung vs. Apple vs. Google … the year's best phones compared Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Apple comparison Google Google Pixel ...

2017-12-18 06:57:39
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SpaceX resupplies the ISS with recycled rocket and spacecraft for the first time   

SpaceX has been carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) for more than five years, but the company achieved something special with its latest visit, completing the mission using a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft together for the first time. .. Continue Reading SpaceX resupplies the ISS with recycled rocket and spacecraft for the first time Category: Space Tags: Dragon Falcon International Space

2017-12-18 05:57:12
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Horizons Ventures backs AI startup Fano Labs in first Hong Kong investment  

 Horizons Ventures, the VC firm founded by Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-Shing, has made a rare early-stage investment after it backed AI startup Fano Labs. Horizons has invested in the likes of Facebook, Razer, Slack, Improbable, Spotify and more, and now it is putting undisclosed money into Fano Labs, which recently graduated AI accelerator program Zeroth. This deal also marks the… Read More

2017-12-18 05:51:18
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Ajit Pai Taunts Net Neutrality Critics. Mark Hamill Taunts Ajit Pai  

An anonymous reader writes: Just days before voting to repeal net neutrality regulations, FCC chairman Ajit Pai introduced a comedy video at the annual gathering of the Federal Communications Bar Association -- and it offered its own self-disparaging version of Pai's tenure as a Verizon attorney in 2003. "We want to brainwash and groom a Verizon puppet to install as FCC chairman," says a real-world Verizon executive appearing in the videotaped skit. "That sounds awesome," Pai responds. And

2017-12-18 05:34:00
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Hello world!  

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

2017-12-18 05:29:32
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Ketamine found to rapidly reduce suicidal thoughts and depression   

After recently drifting into recreational circles due to its hallucinogenic properties, ketamine is now being re-evaluated among medial researchers for its powerful anti-depressant qualities. A new study has now revealed the drug can be effective in rapidly reducing suicidal thoughts in patients... Continue Reading Ketamine found to rapidly reduce suicidal thoughts and depression Category: Medical Tags: Anxiety Depression Neurosc

2017-12-18 04:54:49
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Oracle to buy construction collaboration software maker Aconex for $1.2B in cash  

 Oracle will pay $1.2 billion in cash to buy construction software developer Aconex, the companies announced today. Based in Melbourne, Aconex’s cloud-based software allow teams working on building projects to collaborate and share documents. Oracle agreed to pay AUD $7.80 (about $5.97) per share in cash for a total of $1.2 billion. This price represents a 47% premium over… Read More

2017-12-18 04:47:15
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Uber ride-hailing comes to BBM — because some people in the world still use BBM  

 It’s been some time since Uber made its full service available inside messaging apps — most notably Facebook Messenger — but now it is rolling out to another one, BBM, with an eye on emerging markets. BBM is virtually dead in Western markets following the decline of BlackBerry phones, but it hasn’t died altogether. Now run by Indonesian telco Emtek, BBM still maintains… Read More

2017-12-18 04:33:41
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Uber eats into ambulance usage in the US   

Without the proper insurance, a trip in an ambulance can be an expensive affair. A new study carried out by economists at the University of Kansas (UK) suggests that more people are avoiding these costs by turning to Uber when the situation isn't too dire, and that reducing the reliance on ambulances in this way could have its benefits when its comes to medical care... Continue Reading Uber eats into ambulance usage in the US Category: Urban Transport Tags: A

2017-12-18 04:24:08
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Lockheed Martin and Aerion set sights on world's first supersonic business jet   

In the world of aerospace engineering the race to build the first new civilian supersonic aircraft is certainly heating up. With several major players currently working on supersonic passenger jets, Aerion and Lockheed Martin are targeting those for whom even first class commercial air travel is substandard. The pair has just announced a partnership to develop the world's first supersonic business jet... Continue Reading Lockheed Martin and Aerion set sights on world's first superso

2017-12-18 04:01:14
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Tencent and JD.com invest $863M into e-commerce firm Vipshop to battle Alibaba  

 Tencent, the internet giant that recently became Asia’s first $500 billion company, is continuing its investment spree after it agreed to buy $604 million in shares of Chinese online retailer Vipshop. The deal is being made with long-time partner JD.com, which will invest $259 million into Vipshop, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. That takes the total between the two to… Read More

2017-12-18 03:38:59
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Mars Express captures rare "upside down" image of the Red Planet   

The Mars Express orbiter has been circling the Red Planet for close to 14 years delivering a constant barrage of extraordinary images and valuable scientific data. The latest image from the orbiter, just released by the European Space Agency, was taken on the 19th June, 2017. It shows a rare upside-down, wide-angle view of Mars with its icy northern polar cap at the bottom... Continue Reading Mars Express captures rare "upside down" image of the Red Planet Category: Space Tags

2017-12-18 03:00:05
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Can Intel's 'Management Engine' Be Repurposed?  

Long-time Slashdot reader iamacat writes: Not a day goes by without a story about another Intel Management Engine vulnerability. What I get is that a lot of consumer PCs can access network and run x86 code on top of UNIX-like OS such as Minix even when powered off. This sounds pretty useful for tasks such as running an occasional use Plex server. Like I can have a box that draws very little power when idle. But when an incoming connection is detected, it can power itself and the media drive

2017-12-18 02:34:00
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Kuvrd universal lens cap protects and waterproofs your entire lens collection   

Lens caps have to be one of the easiest bits of a photographer's kit to lose, so the idea of a universal lens cap to replace any that get misplaced is a good one. But the Kuvrd universal lens cap takes things a step further, protecting any lens in a bunch of ways your standard caps can't by making them waterproof, shockproof, dust-proof and scratch-proof... Continue Reading Kuvrd universal lens cap protects and waterproofs your entire lens collection Category: Digital Cameras

2017-12-18 02:25:33
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Bloodhound Supersonic Car edges toward 500-mph test runs in South African desert   

Following its first public runs back in October, the team behind the Bloodhound Supersonic Car has shifted its focus to the dry lake bed in South Africa, where it hopes to shatter the world's land speed record in 2020. .. Continue Reading Bloodhound Supersonic Car edges toward 500-mph test runs in South African desert Category: Automotive Tags: Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Records Supersonic World Records Rel

2017-12-18 01:34:45
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A Book Recommendation for Bill Gates: The Story of PLATO  

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: This holiday season, many Slashdot readers are likely to find gifts under the tree because of Bill Gates' book picks. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it seems that turnabout is fair play -- what book recommendations do you have for Bill? At the top of my pick list for personalized learning advocate Gates would be Brian Dear's remarkable The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture, with its tal

2017-12-18 00:34:00
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Twitter's Promised Crackdown on Violent Hate Speech Will Supposedly Begin on Monday  

Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it would finally be changing its moderation policies in what was popularly received as an acknowledgement how badly hordes of trolls, white supremacists and swastika-toting Pepes have overrun the site for years. The new guidelines (which Twitter has touted as simply a…Read more...

2017-12-18 00:15:00
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Power Outage Strands Thousands at US Airport. 600 Flights Cancelled  

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: A power outage at the world's busiest airport left thousands of passengers stranded in dark terminals and in planes sitting on the tarmac, amid a nationwide ground stop. Incoming and outgoing flights at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were halted indefinitely as crews worked to restore power, leading to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations. Atlanta is the heart of the US air transport system, and what happens there has the potential to r

2017-12-17 23:34:00
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Learning to embrace conflict as a part of startup culture  

 Most team leaders will agree on the majority of decisions that need to be made and good startup teams seem telepathic at times, but there are inevitably going to be profound disagreements. It’s critical that entrepreneurs embrace these conflicts because solving them properly is often the difference between success and failure. Read More

2017-12-17 23:30:35
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This YouTube Athlete Finds Out What It'd Be Like to Parkour As Captain America  

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America is a pretty acrobatic fellow, jumping, flipping, and flinging himself around in an incredible fashion. And somehow, he manages to do it all while holding a shield. Wouldn't that be a problem?Read more...

2017-12-17 23:00:00
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Feds reportedly spent $22M on mysterious UFO program - CNET  

Program was discontinued in 2012, but its backers say it still exists, the New York Times reports.

2017-12-17 22:56:32
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Google Reveals the Most-Trending Searches of 2017  

"Google's annual list of the most popular searches is here, offering a peek into what people are really thinking about," writes CNN. An anonymous reader quotes their report: This year, you wanted to know more about one of the most powerful storms on record, the devastating Hurricane Irma. But you were also curious about [hip hop artist] Cardi B. and Unicorn Frappuccinos... Like 2017 itself, this year's top searches skew a little darker than usual, but are punctuated with some whimsy and posit

2017-12-17 22:56:00
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It's Now Too Late to Get AirPods From the Apple Store (and Most Other Places) Before 2018  

It is now officially too late to secure a pair of AirPods before the end of the holiday season via the Apple online store, MacRumors reported, with orders originating in the "United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and several other countries" now showing delivery dates in…Read more...

2017-12-17 22:10:00
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Stolen Car Recovered With 11,000 More Miles -- and Lyft Stickers  

The San Francisco Bay Area has more car thefts than any region in America, according to SFGate.com. A National Insurance Crime Bureau report found that between 2012 and 2014, there were an average of 30,000 car thefts a year just in the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward. But one theft took a strange turn. An anonymous reader quotes their report: Cierra and Josh Barton purchased a new Honda HR-V at the beginning of summer. It was stolen while parked in front of their Livermore apartmen

2017-12-17 21:52:00
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Teslas used for commercial purposes like Uber are no longer welcome at Supercharger stations  

As the number of Tesla vehicles on the road higher continues to grow, the wait time at many Supercharger stations across the world has gone up considerably. Tesla, to its credit, is fully aware of the problem and has committed significant amounts of money towards expanding current Supercharger stations while building out completely new Supercharger stations as well. More recently, Tesla updated the guidelines that govern who exactly can use a Supercharger station in the first place. As part of

2017-12-17 21:30:55
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Shine of the times  

   “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” — Francis Bacon and/or Lady Gaga  Kirakira, an app that adds sparkle to your photos, is at the time of this writing the No. 1 paid app in the iOS App Store. Its creator, Kentaro Yama, is a Japanese developer who works full-time for tha ltd. design studio in Tokyo. He did not expect his… Read More

2017-12-17 21:12:35
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What's The Best TV Show About Working in Tech?  

An anonymous reader writes: Recently Gizmodo hailed "the best show ever made about Silicon Valley", asking its readers one question: why didn't you watch it? They're talking about AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, which their Senior Reviews Editor says "discovered the fascinating, frustrating human side to the soulless monsters who built Silicon Valley." Unfortunately, "nobody watched it. The show never cracked a million live viewers after the pilot episode. It sat firmly on the bubble every season, g

2017-12-17 20:52:00
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Robert Mueller Got Trump Transition Emails Just By Asking the Federal Agency That Hosted Them  

Special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director currently overseeing a sweeping investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any possible ties to President Donald Trump and his associates, secretly obtained tens of thousands of emails from the administration's transition team.…Read more...

2017-12-17 20:30:00
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An Ode to the Perfect Ponchos of the Star Wars Universe  

Last night, I finally saw The Last Jedi, and now that the dust has cleared all I can think about is Star Wars fashion. No spoilers here, but plenty of ponchos.Read more...

2017-12-17 20:30:00
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Ian McKellen wants to play Gandalf in Amazon 'Rings' series - CNET  

Since the "Lord of the Rings" wizard is 7,000 years old, the actor feels he can still do the role justice at 78.

2017-12-17 20:28:31
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Apple's next TV show will be a space drama from the developer of 'Battlestar Galactica'  

After the laughable debut of Planet of the Apps and the somewhat forgettable spin-off that was Carpool Karaoke, Apple finally seems to be getting serious about developing content that people might actually want to watch. Just a few weeks removed from Apple inking a deal with Steven Spielberg to develop a reboot of the 80s classic Amazing Stories, our sister-site Deadline reports that Apple recently signed a deal for a new space-oriented drama series from Ronald D. Moore. While you may not be ...

2017-12-17 20:07:18
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Former Exec Who Said Facebook Was 'Destroying Society' Still Loves Facebook  

Remember that former Facebook exec who felt "tremendous guilt" about creating tools "that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works"? He's now walking back his criticism -- at least somewhat. Gizmodo reports: Palihapitiya said that he believes that "Facebook is a force for good in the world," and went on to express his belief that the social network is really trying to make its platform less of a hellish garbage fire of misinformation and election interference. "Facebook has made

2017-12-17 19:52:00
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The Last Jedi should be the last Star Wars film  

 At the risk of being ostracized by the vast majority of my TC teammates, let me propose that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would — in a fairer universe — be the last Star Wars film… (Spoiler alerts!) Read More

2017-12-17 19:51:16
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Apple Music, Beats under legal attack over third-party licensing practices  

A musician apparently disgruntled at how Beats Music and Apple Music has handled its streaming obligations is looking to fire up a class action suit, and is accusing Apple of intentionally deleting records and under-counting downloads and streams in order to pay artists less -- or not at all.

2017-12-17 19:49:03
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LG G6+ Prime Exclusive on sale at Amazon  

So far this month we've seen Amazon offer deals on devices like the Nokia 6, Moto G5 Plus, and Moto X4, and now another phone is being discounted. The LG G6+ is now on sale at Amazon. This is a deal for the Prime Exclusive version of the G6+, which means it comes with personalized offers on the lock screen and preinstalled Amazon apps. The device is sold unlocked and works with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon in the U.S. Amazon says that this sale will last until December 23rd. The LG G6+ i

2017-12-17 19:48:42
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Mark Hamill Does Not Think Ajit Pai Would Make A Good Jedi  

Recently, Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the FCC, invoked Star Wars in celebrating his successful bid to repeal extant net neutrality laws. And Mark Hamill, donning his Master Skywalker robes at least in spirit, did not approve. Read more...

2017-12-17 19:14:00
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Negativity and Startups  

 2017 has not been a good year for good news in the startup world. VCs repeatedly sexually harassing founders, often over a period of years. Products that are dangerous, stupid or a mix of both. Company executives breaking the law in pursuit of delirious growth. Dumb product launches that insult whole ethnic groups. Hiring models for parties to disguise tech’s massive gender problem.… Read More

2017-12-17 18:53:36
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The 7 best free iPhone games of the week  

As the holiday season is finally in full swing, many of you are probably traveling, preparing to travel or back at home with very little to do. No matter which of these boxes you fit in, I think you'll find something worthwhile on this list of seven free games that debuted on the App Store this week. Box Boss! Are your fingers fast enough to defeat the Box Boss? Collect the cubes and swipe fast enough to survive! With over 100 arena levels, The Box Boss is a unique game of avoidance you wont b

2017-12-17 18:43:33
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AirPods now shipping post-Christmas from Apple, many other online retailers  

In the U.S., at least, AT&T may be the best bet to score AirPods online before Christmas, as Apple and a number of other vendors are now listing post-Christmas dates for shipping.

2017-12-17 18:38:31
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Flat Earther Now Wants To Launch His Homemade Rocket From a Balloon  

A Maine alternative newsweekly just interviewed self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes, who still believes that the earth is a flat, Frisbee-shaped disc. ("Think about this. Australia -- which is supposedly on the other side of the planet -- is upside down yet they're holding the waters in the ocean. Now how is that happening?") And Mike's got a new way to prove it after his aborted launch attempt in November. An anonymous reader writes: "One thing I want to clarify is that this rocket

2017-12-17 18:34:00
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'Game of Thrones' final season is 'bigger than it's ever been' - CNET  

Take it from the King in the North: The HBO hit is coming back with a vengeance, though we still don't know when.

2017-12-17 18:00:02
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Microsoft Releases a Preview of OpenSSH Client and Server For Windows 10  

kriston (Slashdot user #7,886) writes: Microsoft released a preview of the OpenSSH server and client for Windows 10. Go to Settings, Apps & Features, and click "Manage optional features" to install them. The software only supports AES-CTR and chacha20 ciphers and supports a tiny subset of keys and KEXs, but, on the other hand, a decent set of MACs. It also says that it doesn't use the OpenSSL library. That's the really big news, here. I understand leaving out arcfour/RC4 and IDEA, but why wo

2017-12-17 17:34:00
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Large Swathes of Southern California Are in Ruins Thanks to the Catastrophic Thomas Fire  

Wildfires in California have continued to ravage large portions of the state, with the Thomas fire in southern California now entering its 13th day and claiming over 267,500 acres of land, CNN reported. The wildfire is now the third-largest in California history and is just 40 percent contained, with over 8,400…Read more...

2017-12-17 17:25:00
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I'm obsessed with this $16 device that cooks perfect eggs every time  

Honestly, I don’t even know how it’s possible to have such strong feelings toward a device that does nothing but cook eggs. But here we are. The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is something I got for myself on a whim, and it instantly became a staple in my kitchen. It can cook eggs in a number of different styles and it seriously makes them perfect each and every time. Best of all, it’s idiot-proof — just push a button and the Rapid Egg Cooker does the rest. Trust me, it’ll b

2017-12-17 17:12:41
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Jodie Foster revisits 'Silence of the Lambs' to troll Trump - CNET  

Hannibal Lecter (Stephen Colbert) helps Clarice Starling with Robert Mueller's probe into the president's Russia ties.

2017-12-17 17:02:25
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Joseph Kahn's Unused Justice League Dark Designs Are Fabulous  

The status of Justice League Dark, a potential DCEU movie spotlighting the more supernatural side of the DC universe, is pretty up in the air. Directors have come, directors have left, and though it still appears to be on the Warner Bros. slate, we couldn't tell you what's happening with it in clear detail. Read more...

2017-12-17 16:45:00
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The Best Noise Canceling Headphones Are Back Down to Their Best Price  

Sony's WH1000XM2s put the noise-canceling headphone world on notice when they were released earlier this year, and now, you have another chance to get them for their Black Friday price. They're still an investment at $298, but if you spend any significant amount of time in planes, trains, or just a noisy office, …Read more...

2017-12-17 16:31:00
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Trump Administration Prohibits CDC Policy Analysts From Using the Words 'Science-Based'  

Long-time Slashdot reader hey! writes: On Friday the Washington Post reported that the Trump Administration has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control from using seven terms in certain documents: "science-based", "evidence-based", "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," and "fetus". It's important to note that the precise scope and intent of the ban is unknown at present. Scientific and medical personnel as of now have not been affected, only policy analysts preparing budgeta

2017-12-17 16:29:00
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Amazon's Running Better Casper Discounts Than Casper Ever Has, Today Only  

Today only, Amazon's running big discounts on the iconic Casper mattresses; much larger than you'd ever see on Casper's own website. The queen is down to $760, which is $190 off, and other sizes have similarly sizable discounts. You'll also get the same 10 year warranty and 100 night trial period that you'd enjoy if…Read more...

2017-12-17 16:27:00
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Any phone but iPhone X, according to this Sprint salesman - CNET  

Commentary: In my visit to the last of the big four carrier stores, the salesman was bullish, animated and adamant.

2017-12-17 16:15:55
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2017 Cookbook Roundup: Pie and Whiskey, Craft Coffee, Dinner in an Instant  

The fall of 2017 brings with it six excellent books for making coffee, instant-pot dinners, and Thai drinking fare.

2017-12-17 16:00:00
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2017 was a year for the ages in games - CNET  

A year jam-packed with incredible games made it tough to narrow it down to a select few.

2017-12-17 15:46:12
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This tool tells you if your favorite movies have been ruined by a sex scandal  

Ever since the Harvey Weinstein revelations, we've seen more and more stories detailing sexual abuse in all sorts of places, especially the entertainment business. Day after day, the #MeToo campaign has given courage to victims to speak against their aggressors. We also saw plenty of actors fired and shows canceled in the aftermath of these revelations. A senator resigned, while a Senate candidate lost an election because of such behavior. I've personally decided to boycott those movies, TV...

2017-12-17 15:41:03
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The very best games of 2017 video - CNET  

As far as gaming went, 2017 was a landmark year. Here are some of the best games of the year, chosen by Jeff Bakalar.

2017-12-17 15:38:20
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'SNL' reveals what happens when superheroes get pulled over - CNET  

Holy traffic tickets, Captain Shadow! Turns out Kevin Hart's superhero is keeping a super-secret.

2017-12-17 15:38:15
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Windows 10 Bundled a Password Manager with a Security Flaw  

An anonymous reader writes: A Google security researcher has found and helped patch a severe vulnerability in Keeper, a password manager application that Microsoft has been bundling with some Windows 10 distributions this year... "This is a complete compromise of Keeper security, allowing any website to steal any password," Tavis Ormandy, the Google security researcher said, pointing out that the password manager was still vulnerable to a same vulnerability he reported in August 2016, which had

2017-12-17 15:24:00
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The Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' Takes Its Final U.S. Commercial Flight This Week  

Boeing's 747 is perhaps the most iconic commercial airplane of all time. Introduced half a century ago in 1968, it was a technological marvel and a dependable workhorse. Through that time, they've built more than 1,500 of these winged beasts. Production has recently dropped way off, and Boeing's customers have stopped…Read more...

2017-12-17 14:59:00
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5 best deals of the day, Sunday Dec. 17  

A popular home DNA test kit from 23AndMe was one of Amazon's five best-selling deals of Black Friday, and it was priced at $99.99 at the time. Today, Amazon is running a deal on rival DNA test kits from HomeDNA, and prices start at just $49.00! Inanely popular foam mattresses from Casper also get deep discounts on Sunday, as does every popular fitness tracker in Fitbit's lineup, including the new Fitbit Ionic smartwatch. Christmas is right around the corner, so check out the rest of Sunday's bes

2017-12-17 14:10:48
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ICO-lateral damage  

 The ICO regulators are here, and they’re carrying big sticks. (PDF) “Coins or other digital assets issued on a blockchain may be securities under the federal securities laws… tokens were securities as defined by Section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act because they were investment contracts … An investment contract is an investment of money in a common enterprise with a… Read More

2017-12-17 14:00:28
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Roy Moore's Horse-Riding Skills Top This Week's Internet News Roundup  

Roy Moore's horse's name is Sassy—and the horse has a Twitter account now.

2017-12-17 14:00:00
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Netflix, Will Smith bring the blockbuster home with 'Bright' - CNET  

The action film starring Will Smith is the company's first movie shot in the quality that normally gets a big Hollywood premiere.

2017-12-17 13:00:08
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Jeep's New 2018 Wrangler Is Exactly What the Off-Roading Fans Ordered  

The new generation of the classic off-roader gives drivers exactly what they want—and other automakers should do the same.

2017-12-17 13:00:00
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Sunday's Best Deals: The Best Noise Canceling Headphones, Casper Mattresses, Anime, and More  

The best noise canceling headphones money can buy, 4K and HDR-compatible streaming dongles, and big discounts on Casper mattresses lead off Sunday's best deals from around the web. Read more...

2017-12-17 12:58:00
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Give the Gift of Relaxation With An $80 Hammock and Stand From Amazon  

Warm weather may seem a long way off, but it'll be here before you know it, and you can be ready to take full advantage with Amazon's big hammock deal.Read more...

2017-12-17 12:52:00
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Add To Your Anime Collection With This One-Day Amazon Sale  

It's nowhere near as expansive as some other anime sales Amazon has run, but today only, they're offering big discounts on a half dozen Blu-rays, including Wolf Children, Steins Gate, Evangelion 3.33, and more.Read more...

2017-12-17 12:38:00
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Do More People Use Firefox Than Edge and IE Combined?  

A funny thing happened when Net Applications' statistics began excluding fake traffic from ad-defrauding bots. Computerworld reports: Microsoft's Edge browser is less popular with Windows 10 users than earlier thought, if revised data from a U.S. analytics vendor can be believed. According to Net Applications of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Edge has been designated the primary browser by fewer than one in six Windows 10 users for more than a year and a half. That's a significant downgrading of Edge's u

2017-12-17 12:19:00
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Razer Cynosa Chroma Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET  

Razer's Cynosa Chroma keyboards are all about style over substance -- and I mean that in the best way possible.

2017-12-17 12:00:22
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Here are the greatest video games of 2017 - CNET  

With a year filled with great games at every turn, those deemed best of the year are truly an exceptional bunch.

2017-12-17 12:00:08
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Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics  

An eminent mathematician reveals that his advances in the study of millennia-old mathematical questions owe to concepts derived from physics.

2017-12-17 12:00:00
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Thales agrees to buy Gemalto in digital security deal worth ~$5.43BN  

 Digital security solutions provider Gemalto has agreed to a €51 per share acquisition offer from French aerospace and defense group Thales — in a deal worth around $5.43BN.  Read More

2017-12-17 11:11:33
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Vainglory debuts new 5v5 mode at its world championships - CNET  

The new game mode will launch in February, and future tournaments will see pro e-sports teams take the field with five players.

2017-12-17 11:00:20
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Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp On Reality  

rickih02 writes: In 2018, we will enter a new era of machine learning -- one in which AI-generated media looks and sounds completely real. The technologies underlying this shift will push us into new creative realms. But this boom will have a dark side, too. For Backchannel's 2018 predictions edition, Sandra Upson delves into the future of artificial intelligence and the double edged sword its increasing sophistication will present. "A world awash in AI-generated content is a classic case of a u

2017-12-17 08:44:00
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Ask Slashdot: How Can Programmers Explain Their Work To Non-Programmers?  

Slashdot reader Grady Martin writes: I disrespect people who describe their work in highfalutin terms... However, describing my own work as "programming solutions to problems" is little more than codifying what just about anyone can perceive through intuition. Case in point: Home for the holidays, I was asked about recent accomplishments and attempted to explain the process of producing compact visualizations of branched undo/redo histories. Responses ranged from, "Well, duh," to, "I can alre

2017-12-17 05:09:00
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Bitcoin Jumps Another 10% in 24 Hours, Sets New Record at $19,000  

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Bitcoin's price set a new record on Saturday as the virtual currency rose above $19,000 for the first time on the Bitstamp exchange. The gains came just hours after the currency crossed the $18,000 mark. Bitcoin's value has doubled over the last three weeks, and it's up more than 20-fold over the last year. Bitcoin's value keeps rising despite a growing chorus of experts who say the currency value is an unsustainable bubble. One CNBC survey this week

2017-12-17 03:13:00
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To ICO or not to ICO?  

 Sorry… I had to. For some actual wise words about crypto, read this. Read More

2017-12-17 01:35:30
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The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addiction  

 As we grow as a culture, especially for newer generations, we need to start asking important questions: ‘how as a species do we begin the education process of device addiction?’ And more importantly, ‘how do we begin taking back control?’ Read More

2017-12-17 01:05:21
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'State of JavaScript' Survey Results: Good News for React and TypeScript  

"The JavaScript world is richer and messier than ever," reports this year's annual "State of JavaScript" survey, which collected data from over 28,000 developers on everything from favorite frameworks to flavors of JavaScript. SD Times reports: "A few years back, a JavaScript survey would've been a simple matter. Question 1: are you using jQuery? Question 2: any comments? Boom, done!," the developers wrote. "But as we all know, things have changed. The JavaScript ecosystem is richer than ever,

2017-12-17 00:59:00
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado: Here's a quick first look - Roadshow  

The next-generation full-sized pickup truck just flew in from Detroit.

2017-12-17 00:48:13
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HTC's Vive Tracker adds lots of accessories to your VR games video - CNET  

It screws into separately-sold accessories like retro-looking NES light guns, tennis rackets or elastic straps that velcro onto your arms and legs.

2017-12-17 00:32:08
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Krill "deposits" transport atmospheric carbon to the ocean depths   

Krill may be small, but scientists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) say that these tiny crustaceans play an important role in the transportation of carbon within the oceans. Not only are they a key element of the ocean's food pyramid, but they also move through the depths in such a way that they could have a major impact on the world's climate. According to a recent study, the way in which krill move between different depths can accelerate how atmospheric carbon moves into the d

2017-12-17 00:17:04
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The US Military Admits It Spent $22 Million Investigating UFOs  

Long-time Slashdot reader Joosy writes, "Until 2012 the Pentagon had a program, the 'Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program', that tracked unidentified flying objects." An anonymous reader writes: The Pentagon finally acknowledged the existence of the $22 million program today to the New York Times, while also claiming that they closed the program five years ago. "But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence.

2017-12-16 23:54:00
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Uh, So the Pentagon Spent $22 Million on a Mysterious UFO Analysis Program  

The X-Files are real, y'all. No, seriously, here is some wild news for anyone who, like me, cried at the end of Arrival, or perhaps fears that one day aliens will roll on through planet Earth and absolutely wreck our shit.Read more...

2017-12-16 23:50:00
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Sir Ian McKellen Would Totally Play Gandalf In Amazon's TV Tolkien Adaptations  

A wizard is never early, nor is he late. He reprises his most famous role precisely when he means to. Read more...

2017-12-16 23:00:00
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This Brooklyn brownstone brims with beautiful music, art - CNET  

In this installment of CNET's Show Us Yours, we give you a peek into Ivan's pad. He's an artist, record company owner and an audiophile with a deep love of music.

2017-12-16 22:57:47
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Predictive Keyboard Tries To Write a New Harry Potter Chapter  

Long-time Slashdot reader Baron_Yam writes, "Some AI news items are amusing. This is one of those." ProKras reports: What do you get when a predictive keyboard app tries to write a new Harry Potter story? Apparently, you get Chapter 13 from Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. The folks at Botnik Studios trained their keyboard using all 7 Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. They used one set of training data for narration and another for dialogue. Then a bunch

2017-12-16 22:49:00
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has low initial audience scores - CNET  

Commentary: On Rotten Tomatoes, audiences don't love the new "Star Wars" movie like the critics do. The results are similar on Metacritic too.

2017-12-16 22:44:47
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Mueller Has 'Tens of Thousands' of Trump Transition Emails, Report Says  

No wonder Team Trump and GOP lawmakers appear increasingly nervous about the Russia probe and Special Counselor Robert Mueller. According to a report by Axios on Saturday, Mueller has obtained "tens of thousands" of emails from 12 accounts belonging to Trump's transition team. Read more...

2017-12-16 22:13:00
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Mozilla backpedals after Mr. Robot-Firefox misstep - CNET  

The privacy-promoting nonprofit says mea culpa after distributing an extension to its Firefox browser that made people worry they'd been hacked.

2017-12-16 22:09:38
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Pro-Ject's turntable makes you want to get up and dance - CNET  

The Audiophiliac goes deep into the music with the Pro-Ject Classic SB turntable.

2017-12-16 21:48:27
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Google News Will Purge Sites Masking Their Country of Origin  

An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg: Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin or intentionally mislead readers, a further step to curb the spread of fake news that has plagued internet companies this year. To appear in Google News results, websites must meet broad criteria set out by the company, including accurately representing their owners or primary purposes. In an update to its guidelines released Friday, the search giant added lang

2017-12-16 21:44:00
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California issues guidance on cell phones and health - CNET  

A state agency doesn't take a firm stance on whether cell phones are dangerous, but it offers recommendations on reducing risks.

2017-12-16 21:15:26
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Facial Recognition Algorithms -- Plus 1.8 Billion Photos -- Leads to 567 Arrests in China  

"Our machines can very easily recognise you among at least 2 billion people in a matter of seconds," says the chief executive and co-founder of Yitu. The South China Morning Post reports: Yitu's Dragonfly Eye generic portrait platform already has 1.8 billion photographs to work with: those logged in the national database and you, if you have visited China recently... 320 million of the photos have come from China's borders, including ports and airports, where pictures are taken of everyone who

2017-12-16 20:39:00
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Comcast and Charter want Congress to put net neutrality repeal into law  

Not satisfied with yesterday's landmark repeal of net neutrality provisions in the FCC, Comcast and Charter are now working to set their victory in stone. In a blog post following the FCC vote yesterday, Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David Cohen wrote that "we really must have bipartisan congressional legislation to permanently preserve and solidify net neutrality protections for consumers and to provide ongoing certainty to ISPs and edge providers alike."...

2017-12-16 20:32:29
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Boy, I Sure Wonder Why the CDC Has Banned Staff From Using a Bunch of Words Like 'Science-Based'  

Do you remember a time when life did not consist entirely of having your brain bludgeoned to mush with copies of The Art of the Deal? Nope? Didn't think so. Anyhow, our rapidly decaying consensus reality took another neuron-devastating blow this week with news that scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and…Read more...

2017-12-16 20:15:00
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Do good companies ICO?  

 There has been a veritable explosion in the use of initial coin offerings (abbreviated ICO, sometimes also referred to as a token generating event or TGE, or a WTFLOL) to fund startups. Calculating the total investment in these offerings is complicated, but Coindesk puts the total right now at about $3.8 billion cumulatively, with the bulk invested in 2017. That total volume pales in comparison… Read More

2017-12-16 19:59:48
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