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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

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

Why Linux HDCP Isn't the End of the World

"There is no reason for the open-source community to worry..." writes Daniel Stone, who heads the graphics team at open-source consultancy Collabora. mfilion quotes Collabora.com: Recently, Sean Paul

China Will Spend $3.3 Billion to Research Molten Salt Nuclear-Powered Drones

Long-time Slashdot reader WindBourne tipped us off to some news from The South China Morning Post:China is to spend 22 billion yuan (US$3.3 billion) trying to perfect a form of technology largely

NASA Uses Its First Recycled SpaceX Rocket For a Re-Supply Mission

An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post: SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket

'The Gawker Foundation' is Crowdfunding a Bid To Re-Launch Gawker.com

"Gawker may soon return from the dead," reports TechCrunch. While Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include

Here's the Letter Alleging Uber Spied on Individuals For Competitive Intelligence

The judge in the $1.9 billion civil suit between Google-parent company Alphabet's self-driving car unit Waymo and Uber released the letter of a disgruntled former employee -- former Uber security