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How your cryptocurrency can be hacked

Yesterday at 12:05 PM, via MyBroadband

We outline the basic mechanisms and feasibility of 51% attacks for cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin.

Longest lunar eclipse of century to give UK a rare celestial thrill

Yesterday at 11:00 AM, via The Guardian

Spectacular blood moon will be visible from Friday night until next morning

Britain will witness a spectacular and rare celestial spectacle this week. At dusk on Friday, the full moon will rise and reveal itself coloured a deep red. The nation will then experience a blood moon or, as astronomers term it, a total lunar eclipse.

And this week promises to be a special one, for it will be the...

Ask Slashdot: Should I Ditch PHP?

Yesterday at 09:34 AM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino does PHP for a living, but says he’s growing “increasingly frustrated with the ignorant and clueless in the vincinity of PHP.”
Crappy code and baaaaad application setups is one thing, but people refusing to fix them or simply not even understanding the broader implications of bad applications or attempting SEO with gadgets while refusing to fix 3.5...

Parker Solar Probe: set the controls for the edge of the sun…

Yesterday at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

Nasa’s new probe is designed to enter our star’s corona, investigating solar weather and answering the questions we have yet to ask

Some time during the early hours of 4 August, the Flordian night will be temporarily banished. One of the most powerful rockets in the world, a Delta IV Heavy, will ignite. Its fiery breath with bathe Cape Canaveral in light and thunder.

Riding the rocket will be

I was taunted for having two mums in the 1980s

Yesterday at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

It was a dangerous time, but my lesbian parents paved the way

Jeers of “Lara the Lezzie” accompanied me as I walked down the hallway. A girl at school had outed my family to the entire class. It wasn’t easy being the daughter of lesbians in the 1980s. Many of my friends’ parents had married right out of high school and started families shortly thereafter. LGBT families were just...

May I have a word… about marketing speak | Jonathan Bouquet

Yesterday at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

Partnerings and outcries stalk the land. Be afraid, be very afraid…

I’m not sure quite who to blame, but I suspect the culprit is some overpaid, underpowered “high-flyer” in marketing land, but someone must be responsible for the recent outbreak of monstrous couplings afflicting the media.

Take the following: “BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA and Rolls-Royce are partnering with the Ministry of...

‘The Cashless Society is a Con — and Big Finance is Behind It’

Yesterday at 06:34 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes this opinion piece by former derivatives broker Brett Scott:
Banks are closing ATMs and branches in an attempt to ‘nudge’ users towards digital services — and it’s all for their own benefit… I recently got a letter from my bank telling me that they are shutting down local branches because “customers are turning to digital”, and they are thus “responding to changing...

Uber Bans Driver Who Secretly Livestreamed Hundreds of Passengers

Yesterday at 03:34 AM, via Slashdot

Lauren Weinstein tipped us off to this story from Mashable:
Hundreds of Uber and Lyft rides have been broadcast live on Twitch by driver Jason Gargac this year, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday, all of them without the passengers’ permission. Gargac, who goes by the name JustSmurf on Twitch, regularly records the interior of his car while working for Uber and Lyft with a camera in the...

NetBSD 8.0 Released

Yesterday at 02:34 AM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader fisted quotes NetBSD.org: The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.0, the sixteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system. This release brings stability improvements, hundreds of bug fixes, and many new features. Some highlights of the NetBSD 8.0 release are:
— USB stack rework, USB3 support added.
— In-kernel audio mixer (audio_system(9)).
— Reproducible...

New Trailers Debuted at Comic-Con Include Aquaman, Shazam, and The Simpsons

Yesterday at 01:34 AM, via Slashdot

Today Comic-Con attendees were treated to new trailers and previews for a slew of upcoming geek-friendly movies. An anonymous reader writes:

Besides footage from Wonder Woman 1984, there were also trailers for DC’s Aquaman movie, plus a new DC superhero franchise with a lighter tone, Shazam. (And there was also a very apocalyptic preview of Godzilla: King of the Monsters.)

Numerous celebrities...

Cell Phone Radiation May Affect Memory Performance In Adolescents, Study Finds

Yesterday at 00:34 AM, via Slashdot

dryriver quotes Science Daily:
Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields may have adverse effects on the development of memory performance of specific brain regions exposed during mobile phone use. These are the findings of a study involving nearly 700 adolescents in Switzerland. The investigation, led by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, will be published on Monday, 23 July 2018 in...

Two new peacock spiders identified in Western Australia

Yesterday at 00:14 AM, via The Guardian

Biologist Jürgen Otto and colleagues have named two species of the extraordinarily colourful dancing spiders

It is only a few millimetres in size, performs a dance as part of a courtship ritual and has striking coloured markings on its back that “look like a pharaoh’s headdress”.

But when biologist Jürgen Otto first spotted the peacock spider species he has named Maratus unicup, he didn’t...

A Fifth Undocumented Cisco Backdoor Has Been Discovered

Saturday at 23:34 PM, via Slashdot

Cisco released 25 security updates Wednesday, including a critical patch removing an undocumented password for “root” accounts of Cisco Policy Suite (sold to ISPs and large corporate clients). “The vulnerability received a rare severity score of 9.8 out of a maximum of 10 on the CVSSv3 scale,” reports Bleeping Computer.

An anonymous reader quotes Tom’s Hardware:

Over the past few months, not...

The Tech Industry’s War On Kids

Saturday at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader RoccamOccam summarizes an article now circulating on the web sites of several schools:

Child and adolescent psychologist Richard Freed writes, “…parents have no idea that lurking behind their kids’ screens and phones are a multitude of psychologists, neuroscientists, and social science experts who use their knowledge of psychological vulnerabilities to devise products...

Lawmakers Call On Amazon and Google To Reconsider Ban On Domain Fronting

Saturday at 21:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes CyberScoop: Amazon and Google face sharp questions from a bipartisan pair of U.S. senators over the tech giants’ decisions to ban domain fronting, a technique used to circumvent censorship and surveillance around the world. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter on Tuesday to Google CEO Larry Page and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over decisions...

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