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Science/Tech

50,000 Users Test New Anti-Censorship Tool TapDance

Today at 00:34 AM, via Slashdot

The CBC reports:
What if circumventing censorship didn’t rely on some app or service provider that would eventually get blocked but was built into the very core of the internet itself? What if the routers and servers that underpin the internet — infrastructure so important that it would be impractical to block — could also double as one big anti-censorship tool…? After six years in development,...

Bug In Lowe’s Site Sold Goods For Free. Couple Arrested For Exploiting It

Yesterday at 23:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: A couple from the Brick Township in New Jersey stands accused of using a flaw in the Lowes online portal to receive goods for free at their home. According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the couple tried to steal goods worth $258,068.01, but only managed to receive approximately $12,971.23 worth of merchandise. Officers executing a search warrant said the...

FBI Accepts New Evidence in 46-Year-Old D.B. Cooper Case

Yesterday at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes the Daily Mail:
The FBI is looking at an ‘odd bit of buried foam’ as possible evidence in the cold case investigation into criminal mastermind D.B. Cooper, according to private investigators. The potential evidence was handed over to authorities last week by the team of sleuths who believe the foam made up a part of Cooper’s parachute backpack, the New York Daily News...

Flowers to bring a buzz to the garden

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via The Guardian

A study at the University of Sussex found that the most insect-friendly plants aren’t the ones recommended by garden centres

There’s lots of publicity urging gardeners to grow flowers that attract bees and butterflies, but are we being led up the garden path? Even though many garden flowers are advertised as bee-friendly, a recent study reveals that most of them are fairly useless at...

Foiling, a Pastime Worthy of Silicon Valley

Yesterday at 22:11 PM, via New York Times

Using technology developed for high-end boats, San Francisco Bay craftsmen and technologists have become pioneers in a sport that flies above the waves.

Red Hat Gives Ceylon To The Eclipse Foundation

Yesterday at 21:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes:

Some media outlets called Ceylon an attempted “Java killer” when Gavin King first unveiled his secret two-year development project in 2011. In 2013 Red Hat finally released version 1.0 of the modern, modular statically-typed programming language for the Java and JavaScript virtual machines. After another four years, “Ceylon has a small but very active and...

‘Wing Commander’ Music Composer Runs Kickstarter Campaign

Yesterday at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

DMJC writes: George Oldziey, the music composer from Wing Commander 3 and 4, is running a Kickstarter campaign to re-orchestrate the music from the venerable series. The Kickstarter is in its final week and has approximately $2000 left to go before it reaches it’s goal.
Oldziey shares some history on his web site:
In 2014 I launched a Kickstarter campaign to document the music I created for the...

Researchers Win $100,000 For New Spear-Phishing Detection Method

Yesterday at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has awarded this year’s Internet Defense Prize worth $100,000 to a team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, who came up with a new method of detecting spear-phishing attacks in closely monitored enterprise networks. The team created a detection system — called DAS (Directed Anomaly Scoring) — that identifies uncommon patterns in...

Jonathan Coulton’s New Dystopian Album Becomes a Graphic Novel

Yesterday at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader brings news about one of Slashdot’s long-time favorite musicians: In April, musician Jonathan Coulton released Solid State, a sci-fi concept album that represented a significant departure — both from Coulton’s wry, bright, tuneful back catalog and from any conventional understanding of what a sci-fi concept album sounds like… On first listen, with its shout-outs to futurist...

A Global Fish War is Coming, Warns US Coast Guard

Yesterday at 17:29 PM, via Slashdot

schwit1 shares an article from the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine. It includes this warning from the Coast Guard’s chief of fisheries law enforcement:
Nearly two decades into the 21st Century, it has become clear the world has limited resources and the last area of expansion is the oceans. Battles over politics and ideologies may be supplanted by fights over resources as nations...

NASA’s Cassini Probe Begins Its ‘Grand Finale’ Through Saturn’s Atmosphere

Yesterday at 16:24 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Space.com:
After orbiting Saturn for more than 13 years, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is getting ready to say goodbye. On Monday (August 14), Cassini made the first of five passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere, kicking off the last phase of the mission’s “Grand Finale.” After completing those five dives, Cassini will come back around again one last time, plunging...

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots

Yesterday at 16:01 PM, via The Guardian

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war

Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.

Tesla’s Elon Musk and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from...

What kind of eclipse you are likely to see? Let our visualizations show you

Yesterday at 13:33 PM, via The Guardian

The path of the eclipse is 70 miles wide – meaning most of us will see a partial eclipse. Mona Chalabi’s visualization will give you a sense of what you should prepare yourself for

A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, the first in 38 years. As the moon passes in front of the sun, a shadow will be cast across all of North America. But the way that will look depends on where you are...

postmarketOS Pursues A Linux-Based, LTS OS For Android Phones

Yesterday at 13:19 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Liliputing:
Buy an iPhone and you might get 4-5 years of official software updates. Android phones typically get 1-3 years of updates… if they get any updates at all. But there are ways to breathe new life into some older Android phones. If you can unlock the bootloader, you may be able to install a custom ROM like LineageOS and get unofficial software updates for a...

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