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  • As UK Police Deploy Facial Recognition, Questions Raised About False Positives
    par EditorDavid le 20/01/2020 à 7:34

    "When British police used facial recognition cameras to monitor crowds arriving for a soccer match in Wales, some fans protested by covering their faces," reports the Associated Press. "In a sign of the technology's divisiveness, even the head of a neighboring police force said he opposed it." […]

  • Opera Accused of Offering Predatory Loans Through Android apps
    par EditorDavid le 20/01/2020 à 3:34

    "It's no secret that Opera isn't doing so well in the era of Chrome dominance," reports Android Police. "According to a report published by Hindenburg Research, the company's losses in browser revenue have apparently led it to create multiple loan apps with short payment windows and interest rates […]

  • Do Engineering Managers Need To Be 'Technical'?
    par EditorDavid le 20/01/2020 à 1:04

    Will Larson has been an engineering leader at Digg, Uber, and Stripe, and last May published the book An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management. Recently he wrote a thoughtful essay asking, "Do engineering managers need to be technical?" exploring the industry's current thinking and […]

  • 71-Year-Old William Gibson Explores 'Existing Level of Weirdness' For New Dystopian SciFi Novel
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 11:42

    71-year-old science fiction author William Gibson coined the word "cyberspace" in his 1984 novel Neuromancer. 36 years later he's back with an even more dystopian future in his new novel Agency. But in a surprisingly candid interview in the Daily Beast, Gibson says he prefers watching emerging […]

  • 127 Tesla Owners Complain The Cars Accelerate On Their Own
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 10:34

    An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press: The U.S. government's auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla's electric vehicle models can suddenly accelerate on their own. Brian Sparks of Berkeley, California, petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety […]

  • Facebook Won't Put Ads in WhatsApp -- For Now
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 9:34

    Facebook "will no longer push through with its plans to sell ads on WhatsApp," writes Engadget, citing a report in the Wall Street Journal which says WhatsApp still "plans at some point to introduce ads to Status." Newsweek reports: WhatsApp is the only app in Facebook's suite of products free […]

  • Scientists Are Generating Oxygen from Simulated Moon Dust
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 8:34

    "European researchers are working on a system that can churn out breathable oxygen from simulated samples of moon dust," reports Gizmodo: "Being able to acquire oxygen from resources found on the Moon would obviously be hugely useful for future lunar settlers, both for breathing and in the local […]

  • HBO's New Space Comedy Mocks 'Tech Bros in Charge'
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 7:34

    Engadget reports on a new tech-industry-in-space comedy premiering tonight on HBO: If you thought that HBO was done mocking technology companies now that Silicon Valley is done, think again. Avenue 5 is the channel's new sitcom, and one that asks the question: "What if tech bros were in charge of […]

  • Telnet Passwords Leaked For More Than 500,000 Servers, Routers, and IoT Devices
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 6:34

    ZDNet is reporting on a security breach leaking "a massive list of Telnet credentials for more than 515,000 servers, home routers, and IoT (Internet of Things) 'smart' devices." The list, which was published on a popular hacking forum, includes each device's IP address, along with a username and […]

  • Are Software Designers Ignoring The Needs of the Elderly?
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 5:34

    "[A]t the very time that it's become increasingly difficult for anyone to conduct their day to day lives without using the Net, some categories of people are increasingly being treated badly by many software designers," argues long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein: The victims of these […]

  • Is Google Facing a Backlash From Medical Record Vendors?
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 4:34

    Two months ago the Washington Post reported that Google "has partnered with health-care provider Ascension to collect and store personal data for millions of patients, including full names, dates of birth and clinical histories, in order to make smarter recommendations to physicians." Now CNBC […]

  • 'What's Up With Betelgeuse?'
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 3:34

    "Last month, astronomers noticed Betelgeuse had faded much more than usual," writes the Steamboat Pilot & Today. "This is the faintest it has been in over a century of observations. "What's up with Betelgeuse?" The Grim Reefer quotes their report: Well, probably nothing. It is most likely […]

  • Introducing JetBrains Mono, 'A Typeface for Developers'
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 2:34

    Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: JetBrains (which makes IDEs and other tools for developers and project managers) just open sourced a new "typeface for developers." JetBrains Mono offers taller lowercase letters while keeping all letters "simple and free from unnecessary details... […]

  • 'Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket in a Safety Test Sunday'
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 12:34

    "SpaceX is setting out to prove a critical safety system will be able to save astronaut lives in the event of a launch emergency during ascent," reports CNET: The Crew Dragon in-flight abort test...is a required step before NASA will allow astronauts to fly to the International Space Station in […]

  • What Linus Torvalds Gets Wrong About ZFS
    par EditorDavid le 19/01/2020 à 8:34

    Ars Technica recently ran a rebuttal by author, podcaster, coder, and "mercenary sysadmin" Jim Salter to some comments Linus Torvalds made last week about ZFS. While its reasonable for Torvalds to oppose integrating the CDDL-licensed ZFS into the kernel, Salter argues, he believes Torvalds' […]

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