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ZeniMax Files Injunction To Stop Oculus From Selling VR Headsets

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

ZeniMax, the parent company of Fallout and Skyrim developer Bethesda, has filed for an injunction against virtual-reality company Oculus over the recent stolen technology case. The company had accused Oculus of stealing VR-related code, and was subsequently awarded $500 million by a Dallas court earlier this month. ZeniMax has now filed additional papers against Oculus, requesting that Oculus’...

Slashdot Asks: Are Curved TVs Worth It?

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

New submitter cherishjoo shares a report written by David Katzmaier via CNET: When the first curved TVs appeared more than three years ago I asked whether they were a gimmick. As a TV reviewer I had to give the curve a fighting chance, however, so I took a curved Samsung home to live with my family for awhile, in addition to subjecting it to a full CNET review. In the end, I answered my own...

World’s Largest Spam Botnet Adds DDoS Feature

Today at 02:05 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes from a report via BleepingComputer: Necurs, the world’s largest spam botnet with nearly five million infected bots, of which one million are active each day, has added a new module that can be used for launching DDoS attacks. The sheer size of the Necurs botnet, even in its worst days, dwarfs all of today’s IoT botnets. The largest IoT botnet ever observed was Mirai...

FCC To Halt Rule That Protects Your Private Data From Security Breaches

Today at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

According to Ars Technica, “The Federal Communications Commission plans to halt implementation of a privacy rule that requires ISPs to protect the security of its customers’ personal information.” From the report: The data security rule is part of a broader privacy rulemaking implemented under former Chairman Tom Wheeler but opposed by the FCC’s new Republican majority. The privacy order’s data...

Toshiba Plans To Ship a 1TB Flash Chip To Manufacturers This Spring

Today at 00:40 AM, via Slashdot

Lucas123 writes: Toshiba has begun shipping samples of its third-generation 3D NAND memory product, a chip with 64 stacked flash cells that it said will enable a 1TB chip shipping later this spring. The new flash memory product has 65% greater capacity than the previous generation technology, which used 48 layers of NAND flash cells. The chip will be used in data centers and consumer SSD...

Security Lapse Exposed New York Airport’s Critical Servers For a Year

Today at 00:00 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A security lapse at a New York international airport left its server backups exposed on the open internet for almost a year, ZDNet has found. The internet-connected storage drive contained several backup images of servers used by Stewart International Airport, but neither the backup drive nor the disk images were password protected, allowing...

Studios Push for $50 Early Home Movie Rentals

Yesterday at 23:20 PM, via Slashdot

As many as five major Hollywood studios have been working with cinema owners to shrink the traditional release window and allow consumers to rent movies on-demand in as little as 17 days after they hit theaters, reports Variety. From the article: Warner Bros. and Universal have been the most aggressive in pursuing an arrangement that would see certain movies receive a premium video-on-demand...

Boeing and Airbus Can’t Make Enough Airplanes To Keep Up With Demand

Yesterday at 22:40 PM, via Slashdot

From a report on Axios: Aerospace manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus cannot produce airplanes fast enough to meet demand despite what the Wall Street Journal calls “one of the industry’s steepest production increases since World War II.” The run up in demand is partially the result of fast-growing airline industries in the Middle East and China. Manufacturers will need to increase production...

Google Renames Messenger To Android Messages as the Company Pushes RCS

Yesterday at 22:00 PM, via Slashdot

We have come a long way from the age of flip phones and nine-key texting. Even as if group messaging and instant messengers took over, the SMS has largely retained its core standard over the years. Google wants to change that, and for this, it has been working with hundreds of carriers and manufacturers around the world to bring the text message into the 21st century. Using a standard called...

Americans Believe Robots Will Take Everyone Else’s Job, But Theirs Will Be Safe, Study Says

Yesterday at 21:20 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: You may accept, by now, that robots will take over lots of jobs currently held by human workers. But you probably believe they won’t be taking yours. Though other industries are in danger, your position is safe. That’s according to a report released by LivePerson, a cloud-based messaging company which surveyed 2,000 U.S.-based consumers online in...

The Guardian view on alien life: dark star, bright prospects | Editorial

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

The discovery of planets where other lifeforms might flourish makes the universe look more interesting – even if we never reach them

Looked at in the right perspective, 39 light years is a trivial distance. In the imagination of science fiction writers it is only a hop and a skip away; even without faster-than-light travel, it is a distance that could conceivably be covered by a robot probe or...

Eyes on the pies: blame the bookies not a goalie for a storm in a teacup | John Crace

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

Vilifying Sutton reserve goalkeeper for his FA Cup snacking is like berating windy Doris for Labour’s byelection defeat

Monday

A 60-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh has revealed that personality is not, as had previously been thought, immutable. This may be good news for all those in their 20s and 30s who wake up most days feeling anxious and are hoping it...

Tesla Is So Sure Its Cars Are Safe That It Now Offers Insurance For Life

Yesterday at 20:40 PM, via Slashdot

In the self-driving future envisioned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, car owners might be saying “goodbye” to a whole lot more than steering wheels. From a Mashable report: Musk is so sure of the safety features bundled into Tesla vehicles that his company has begun offering some customers a lifetime insurance and maintenance package at the time of purchase. No more monthly insurance bills. No more...

With No Fair Use, It’s More Difficult to Innovate, Says Google

Yesterday at 20:00 PM, via Slashdot

Unlike the United States where ‘fair use’ exemptions are entrenched in law, Australia has only a limited “fair dealing” arrangement. This led head of copyright at Google to conclude that Australia wouldn’t be a safe place for his company to store certain data, a clear hindrance to innovation and productivity. From a report on TorrentFreak: The legal freedom offered by fair use is a cornerstone...

In ‘Walden’ Video Game, the Challenge Is Stillness

Yesterday at 19:56 PM, via New York Times

Henry David Thoreau’s classic has inspired what some are calling the world’s most improbable video game, which the lead developer says aims for “a kind of stillness at its core.”

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