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Ukraine Turning To AI To Prioritize 700 Years of Landmine Removal
MattSparkes shares a report from NewScientist: The Russian invasion of Ukraine has seen so many landmines deployed across the country that clearing them would take 700 years, say researchers. To make the task more manageable, Ukrainian scientists are turning to artificial intelligence to identify which regions are a priority for de-mining, thou … ⌘ Read more

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An AI-Generated Candidate Wants to Run For Mayor in Wyoming
An anonymous reader shared this report from Futurism:

An AI chatbot named VIC, or Virtually Integrated Citizen, is trying to make it onto the ballot in this year’s mayoral election for Wyoming’s capital city of Cheyenne.
But as reported by Wired, Wyoming’s secretary of state is battling against VIC’s legitimacy as a candidate — and now, an investigati … ⌘ Read more

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Chemical Makers Sue Over Rule To Rid Water of ‘Forever Chemicals’
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: Chemical and manufacturing groups sued the federal government late Monday (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) over a landmark drinking-water standard that would require cleanup of so-called forever chemicals linked to cancer and other health risks. The industry groups said th … ⌘ Read more

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African Elephants Address One Another With Individually Specific Name-Like Calls
Abstract of a paper published on Nature: Personal names are a universal feature of human language, yet few analogues exist in other species. While dolphins and parrots address conspecifics by imitating the calls of the addressee, human names are not imitations of the sounds typically made by the named individual … ⌘ Read more

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Raspberry Pi is Now a Public Company
An anonymous reader shares a report: Who would have thought that Raspberry Pi, the maker of the tiny, cheap, single-board computers, would become a public company? Yet, this is exactly what’s happening: Raspberry Pi priced its IPO on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning at $3.56 per share, valuing it at $689 million. Shortly after that, the company’s shares jumped a nice 32% to $4.70. It means … ⌘ Read more

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Advisory Panel of Experts Endorses FDA Approval of New Alzheimer’s Drug
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: A committee of independent advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously on Monday that the benefits outweigh the risks of the newest experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s afflicts more than six million Americans. It has no cure, and the … ⌘ Read more

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Google Shuts Down GPay App, P2P Payments In the US
After announcing a shut down date in February, Google’s “GPay” app has officially stopped working for users in the U.S. “Starting on June 4, GPay – as was the name of the app on Android homescreens – automatically signed US users out,” reports 9to5Google. “Attempting to login again explains how: ‘The Google Pay US app is no longer available. You can still tap to pay using … ⌘ Read more

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Early Morning Frost Spotted On Some of Mars’ Huge Mountains
Scientists have discovered early morning frost on the summits of Martian volcanoes near the planet’s equator, indicating that water ice forms overnight in colder months and evaporates after sunrise. “While the frosty layer is exceptionally thin, it covers an enormous area,” reports The Guardian. “Scientists calculate that in the more frigid Martian season … ⌘ Read more

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Study Finds a Quarter of Bosses Hoped RTO Would Make Employees Quit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: A study claims to have proof of what some have suspected: return to office mandates are just back-channel layoffs and post-COVID work culture is making everyone miserable. HR software biz BambooHR surveyed more than 1,500 employees, a third of whom work in HR. The findings suggest the return … ⌘ Read more

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New York Times Source Code Stolen Using Exposed GitHub Token
The New York Times has confirmed that its internal source code was leaked on 4chan after being stolen from the company’s GitHub repositories in January 2024. BleepingComputer reports: As first seen by VX-Underground, the internal data was leaked on Thursday by an anonymous user who posted a torrent to a 273GB archive containing the stolen data. “Basicall … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Made an iPad Calculator App After 14 Years
Jay Peters reports via The Verge: The iPad is finally getting a Calculator app as part of iPadOS 18. The long-requested app was just announced by Apple at WWDC 2024. On its face, the app looks a lot like the calculator you might be familiar with from iOS. But it also supports Apple Pencil, meaning that you can write down math problems and the app will solve them thanks to a f … ⌘ Read more

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The Word ‘Bot’ Is Increasingly Being Used As an Insult On Social Media
The definition of the word “bot” is shifting to become an insult to someone you know is human, according to researchers who analyzed more than 22 million tweets. Researchers found this shift began around 2017, with left-leaning users more likely to accuse right-leaning users of being bots. “A potential explanation might be that media fre … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Introduces Standalone ‘Passwords’ App
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia feature a new, dedicated Passwords app for faster access to important credentials. The Passwords app replaces iCloud Keychain, which is currently only accessible via a menu in Settings. Now, passwords are available directly via a standalone app for markedly quicker access, bringing it more in line with r … ⌘ Read more

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Scammers’ New Way of Targeting Small Businesses: Impersonating Them
Copycats are stepping up their attacks on small businesses. Sellers of products including merino socks and hummingbird feeders say they have lost customers to online scammers who use the legitimate business owners’ videos, logos and social-media posts to assume their identities and steer customers to cheap knockoffs or simply take their money. … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Announces visionOS 2 With 3D Photo Transformations and An Ultrawide Mac Display
Apple has announced visionOS 2 for its Vision Pro spatial computing headset, bringing mouse support, an ultrawide virtual Mac display option, and new Photo features. The company says it’s expected to launch “later this year.” The Verge reports: The most significant update, for all the productivity heads … ⌘ Read more

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One-Line Patch For Intel Meteor Lake Yields Up To 72% Better Performance
Michael Larabel reports via Phoronix: Covered last week on Phoronix was a new patch from Intel that with tuning to the P-State CPU frequency scaling driver was showing big wins for Intel Core Ultra “Meteor Lake” performance and power efficiency. I was curious with the Intel claims posted for a couple benchmarks and thus over th … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Brings ChatGPT To Its Apps, Including Siri
Apple is bringing ChatGPT, OpenAI’s AI-powered chatbot experience, to Siri and other first-party apps and capabilities across its operating systems. From a report: “We’re excited to partner with Apple to bring ChatGPT to their users in a new way,” OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said in a statement. “Apple shares our commitment to safety and innovation, and this partnership aligns with O … ⌘ Read more

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ISPs Ask FCC For Tax On Big Tech To Fund Broadband Networks and Discounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Internet service providers are again urging the Federal Communications Commission to impose new fees on Big Tech firms and use the money to subsidize broadband network deployment and affordability programs. If approved, the request would force Big Tech firms to pay into the … ⌘ Read more

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Apple is Bringing RCS To the iPhone in iOS 18
Apple has announced that its Messages app will support RCS in iOS 18. From a report: The new standard will replace SMS as the default communication protocol between Android and iOS devices. The move comes after years of taunting, cajoling, and finally, some regulatory scrutiny from the EU. Right now, when people on iOS and Android message each other, the service falls back to SMS – … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Unveils Apple Intelligence
As rumored, Apple today unveiled Apple Intelligence, its long-awaited push into generative artificial intelligence (AI), promising highly personalized experiences built with safety and privacy at its core. The feature, referred to as “A.I.”, will be integrated into Apple’s various operating systems, including iOS, macOS, and the latest, VisionOS. CEO Tim Cook said that Apple Intelligence goes beyond artifici … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Unveils macOS 15 ‘Sequoia’ at WWDC, Introduces Window Tiling and iPhone Mirroring
At its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple formally introduced macOS 15, codenamed “Sequoia.” The new release combines features from iOS 18 with Mac-specific improvements. One notable addition is automated window tiling, allowing users to arrange windows on their screen without manual resizing or swi … ⌘ Read more

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Malicious VSCode Extensions With Millions of Installs Discovered
A group of Israeli researchers explored the security of the Visual Studio Code marketplace and managed to “infect” over 100 organizations by trojanizing a copy of the popular ‘Dracula Official theme to include risky code. Further research into the VSCode Marketplace found thousands of extensions with millions of installs. From a report: Visual Stud … ⌘ Read more

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Mandiant Says Hackers Stole a ‘Significant Volume of Data’ From Snowflake Customers
Security researchers say they believe financially motivated cybercriminals have stolen a “significant volume of data” from hundreds of customers hosting their vast banks of data with cloud storage giant Snowflake. TechCrunch: Incident response firm Mandiant, which is working with Snowflake to investigate the rece … ⌘ Read more

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Microplastics Found in Every Human Semen Sample Tested in Study
Microplastic pollution has been found in all human semen samples tested in a study, and researchers say further research on the potential harm to reproduction is “imperative.” From a report: Sperm counts in men have been falling for decades and 40% of low counts remain unexplained, although chemical pollution has been implicated by many studies. … ⌘ Read more

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Study Finds a Quarter of Bosses Hoped Return-To-Office Would Make Employees Quit
An anonymous reader shares a report: A study claims to have proof of what some have suspected: return to office mandates are just back-channel layoffs and post-COVID work culture is making everyone miserable. HR software biz BambooHR surveyed more than 1,500 employees, a third of whom work in HR. The findings sugge … ⌘ Read more

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Micrsoft Confirms Cheaper All-Digital Xbox Series X As It Marches Beyond Physical Games
Microsoft has announced a new lineup of Xbox consoles, including an all-digital white Xbox Series X with a 1TB SSD, priced at $450. The company is also retiring the Carbon Black Series S, replacing it with a white version featuring a 1TB SSD and a $350 price point. Additionally, a new Xbox Series X w … ⌘ Read more

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Nokia Unveils ‘Future of Voice Calls’
Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark made the world’s first phone call using “immersive audio and video” technology, which improves call quality with “three-dimensional” sound. The technology, part of the upcoming 5G Advanced standard, makes interactions more lifelike and is the biggest leap forward in voice calling since monophonic telephony. Nokia aims to license the technology, but widespread availability may t … ⌘ Read more

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SpaceX Hopes to Eventually Build One Starship Per Day at Its Texas ‘Starfactory’
SpaceX’s successful launch (and reentry) of Starship was just the beginning, reports Space.com:

SpaceX now aims to build on the progress with its Starship program as continues work on Starfactory, a new manufacturing facility under construction at the company’s Starbase site in South Texas… “When you step into … ⌘ Read more

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When Paying in Cash Costs Extra: America’s Reverse ATMs Convert Money into Debit Cards
At a New York Yankees baseball game, one fan discovered its concession stand doesn’t accept cash. “An employee directed him to a kiosk that could convert his greenbacks into plastic,” reports the Wall Street Journal, where the fan, “fed $200 into the reverse ATM, which subtracted a $3.50 fee and spat out … ⌘ Read more

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Teams of Coordinated GPT-4 Bots Can Exploit Zero-Day Vulnerabilities, Researchers Warn
New Atlas reports on a research team that successfuly used GPT-4 to exploit 87% of newly-discovered security flaws for which a fix hadn’t yet been released. This week the same team got even better results from a team of autonomous, self-propagating Large Language Model agents using a Hierarchical Planning … ⌘ Read more

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Birmingham’s $125M ‘Oracle Disaster’ Blamed on Poor IT Project Management
It was “a catastrophic IT failure,” writes Computer Weekly. It was nearly two years ago that Birmingham City Council, the largest local authority in Europe, “declared itself in financial distress” — effectively declaring bankruptcy — after the costs on an Oracle project costs ballooned from $25 million to around $125.5 million.

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Virgin Galactic Completes Final ‘Space Tourists and Research’ Flight Before Two-Year Pause
“Virgin Galactic launched six people to suborbital space on Saturday, launching a Turkish astronaut and three space tourists,” reports Space.com, “on what was the final voyage of the VSS Unity space plane.”

Unity, attached to the belly of its carrier plane Eve, took off from runway at Spacepor … ⌘ Read more

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Big Copyright Win in Canada: Court Rules Fair Use Beats Digital Locks
Michael Geist
Pig Hogger (Slashdot reader #10,379) reminds us that in Canadian law, “fair use” is called “fair dealing” — and that Canadian digital media users just enjoyed a huge win. Canadian user rights champion Michael Geist writes:

The Federal Court has issued a landmark decision on copyright’s anti-circumvention rules which concl … ⌘ Read more

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T2 Linux 24.6 Goes Desktop with Integrated Windows Binary Support
T2’s open development process and the collection of exotic, vintage and retro hardware can be followed live on YouTube and Twitch.

Now Slashdot reader ReneR writes: Embedded T2 Linux is known for its sophisticated cross compile features as well as supporting all CPU architectures, including: Alpha, Arc, ARM(64), Avr32, HPPA(64), IA64, M68k, MIP … ⌘ Read more

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Upcoming Games Include More Xbox Sequels - and a Medieval ‘Doom’
Announced during Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase, Doom: The Dark Ages is id Software’s next foray back into hell. Doom: The Dark Ages is a medieval spin on the Doom franchise, taking the Doom Slayer back to the beginning. It’s coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one, sometime in 2025.

Microsoft’s first trailer for Doom: The Dark Ages shows the frenet … ⌘ Read more

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Researcher Finds Side-Channel Vulnerability in Post-Quantum Key Encapsulation Mechanism
Slashdot reader storagedude shared this report from The Cyber Express:

A security researcher discovered an exploitable timing leak in the Kyber key encapsulation mechanism (KEM) that’s in the process of being adopted by NIST as a post-quantum cryptographic standard. Antoon Purnal of PQShield detailed … ⌘ Read more

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Bill Gates Taking Pre-Orders For ‘Source Code’, a Memoir of His Early Years
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes:

If you devoured the Childhood of Famous Americans book series as a kid and are ready for a longer read, Bill Gates has a book for you. “I’m excited to announce my new book, Source Code, which will be published next February,” Gates wrote Tuesday in a GatesNotes blog post. “It’s a memoir … ⌘ Read more

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Is the Uranium Fuel Proposed For Small Modular Nuclear Reactors a Weapons Risk?
Reuters reports:

A special uranium fuel planned for next-generation U.S. nuclear reactors poses security risks because it could be used without further enrichment as fissile material in nuclear weapons, scientists said in an article published on Thursday. The fuel, called high-assay low-enriched uranium, or HALEU … ⌘ Read more

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How Google Will Distribute $100 Million to Canada’s News Companies
In November Google agreed to pay Canadian news publishers $100 million annually “in order to be exempt from the Online News Act, which compels tech companies to enter into agreements with news publishers,” writes the Canadian Press.

On Friday Google “named the organization it has selected to distribute the $100 million…”
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Jury Finds Autonomy Founder Mike Lynch Not Guilty of Defrauding HP
The BBC reports that British tech tycoon Mike Lynch “has been cleared of fraud charges he faced in the U.S. over the $11bn (£8.6bn) sale of his software firm to Hewlett-Packard in 2011.”

A jury in San Francisco found him not guilty on all counts in a stunning victory for Mr Lynch, who had been accused of inflating the value of Autonomy, his c … ⌘ Read more

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Should Police Departments Use Drones?
Wired visits Chula Vista, California (population: 275,487) — where since 2018 drones have been dispatched by police “teleoperators” monitoring 911 calls. (“Noise complaints, car accidents, overdoses, domestic disputes…”) After nearly 20,000 drone flights, it’s become the envy of other police departments, according to Wired’s article, as other police departments “look to expand their use of unmanned … ⌘ Read more

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Dutch Police Test AI-Powered Robot Dog to Raid Drug Labs
“Police and search and rescue forces worldwide are increasingly using robots to assist in carrying out their operations,” writes Interesting Engineering. “Now, the Dutch police are looking at employing AI-powered autonomous robot dogs in drug lab raids to protect officers from criminal risks, hazardous chemicals, and explosions.”

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First Detection of Negative Ions on the Moon, Far-Side Soil Samples Headed to Earth
“The first European Space Agency instrument to land on the Moon has detected the presence of negative ions on the lunar surface produced through interactions with the solar wind,” according to a statement from the agency, collecting over three hours of data, “three times more than what the science teams nee … ⌘ Read more

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US Justice Department Indicts Creators of Bitcoin-Anonymizing ‘Samouri’ Wallet
America’s Justice Department “indicted the creators of an application that helps people spend their bitcoins anonymously,” writes Reason.com:

They’re accused of “conspiracy to commit money laundering.” Why “conspiracy to commit” as opposed to just “money laundering”?

Because they didn’t hold anyone else’s money or do anyth … ⌘ Read more

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Is Nuclear Power in America Reviving - or Flailing?
Last week America’s energy secretary cheered the startup of a fourth nuclear reactor at a Georgia power plant, calling it “the largest producer of clean energy, and the largest producer of electricity in the United States” after a third reactor was started up there in December.
From the U.S. Energy Department’s transcript of the speech:

Each year, Units 3 and 4 are going … ⌘ Read more

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New Linux Version of Ransomware Targets VMware ESXi
“Researchers observed a new Linux variant of the TargetCompany ransomware family that targets VMware ESXi environments,” reports BleepingComputer:

In a report Wednesday, cybersecurity company Trend Micro says that the new Linux variant for TargetCompany ransomware makes sure that it has administrative privileges before continuing the malicious routine… Once on the tar … ⌘ Read more

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Louisiana Becomes 10th US State to Make CS a High School Graduation Requirement
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: “Great news, Louisiana!” tech-backed Code.org exclaimed Wednesday in celebratory LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter posts. Louisiana is “officially the 10th state to make computer science a [high school] graduation requirement. Huge thanks to Governor Jeff Landry for signing the … ⌘ Read more

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Rust Growing Fastest, But JavaScript Reigns Supreme
“Rust is the fastest-growing programming language, with its developer community doubling in size over the past two years,” writes The New Stack, “yet JavaScript remains the most popular language with 25.2 million active developers, according to the results of a recent survey.”

The 26th edition of SlashData’s Developer Nation survey showed that the Rust community dou … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Watch Leads to Luggage Stolen By an Airport Store Worker
A worker at a retail store in an airport has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in electronics and clothing, reports the Washington Post. But what’s more interesting is what led to his arrest…

A woman showed up at his home looking for the missing luggage that she’d tracked with her Apple Watch. CNN reports:
Paola Garcia told CNN affili … ⌘ Read more

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Lansweeper Finds 26% of Its Users On CentOS, Facing May 1st End-of-life
“Lansweeper’s scans of its customers’ networks found an awful lot of Linux boxes facing imminent end of life,” reports the Register, “with no direct upgrade path.”

Belgian corporate network scanner vendor Lansweeper periodically collates some of the statistics collected by its users and publishes the results… This year’s report sa … ⌘ Read more

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