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America's FCC Votes Unanimously To Divide 'Safety Spectrum' Into Wifi and Auto Applications

"The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to push a plan forward that would take away several channels of airwaves from automakers and local governments that have been planning

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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay To Subscribe To YouTube?

Long-time Slashdot reader shanen writes:
If you don't watch YouTube, then more power to you, but if you do watch it, then I bet you have noticed more and more intrusive and noisy and much longer ads a

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Vim Releases 'Killersheep' Game To Demo Two New Features In Vim 8.2

The creators of Vim have released a game called "Killersheep" to show off two new features in Vim 8.2.

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Do You Remember the Y2K Bug?

harrymcc writes:

In the late 1990s, lots of people were concerned that the Y2K bug could lead to power outages, financial collapse, riots, and worse when the clock rolled over to January 1, 2000.

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'The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer'

"A new generation of reactors will start producing power in the next few years," writes Wired, addingi that "They're comparatively tiny -- and may be key to hitting our climate goals."

For the last 2

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More Small Tests Are Happening For Universal Basic Incomes

DevNull127 writes: A video report from NBC News profiles "Springboard to Opportunities," an advocacy group for affordable housing residents that's now also testing $1,000-a-month payments (privately-f

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Bank Employee Steals Cash, Then Posts Pics of It On Facebook and Instagram

"If you're systematically stealing money from a bank vault, it may not be a good idea to post the evidence on your social media pages," reports CNN:

A bank employee in Charlotte, North Carolina, alle

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Are California's Utilities Undermining Rooftop Solar Installations?

California now has one million solar roofs, representing about 14% of all renewable power generated in the state.

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Microbrowsers are Everywhere

Colin Bendell gets into the minutia of microbrowsers - the small previews of your site that are pervasive all around the web and through social media apps and search engines whenev

in A List Apart

Making Room for Variation

Making a brand feel unified, cohesive, and harmonious while also leaving
room for experimentation is a tough balancing act. It’s one of the most
challenging aspects of a design system.

in Wired

The New Xbox Has a Name and a Questionable Shape

Xbox Series X is a sort of desktop-tower-shaped black box with an aesthetic quite similar to the consoles that came before.

in NETTUTS

How to Add Plugins to WordPress

So you’ve just created your first WordPress website—now what?

One of the best things about the WordPress platform is that you have access to thousands of free and premium plugins.

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Art Direction and the New WordPress Editor

Mel Choyce explores how the new WordPress editor (also know as Gutenberg) can be used to create more carefully art directed posts.

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Cooking Lobster

This scene! I will never think of steak the same way. “We should have gotten steak, because they don’t have legs, they don’t run around.”

in 24 ways

Making Distributed Working Work

Anna Debenham harnesses up the huskies and puts them to work to figure out how teams distributed across multiple locations can work effectively to all pull in the same direction.

in Smashing Magazine

Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?

This is going to seem like an odd thing to suggest, considering how much work is required to build a progressive web app instead of a responsive website.

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Apple Used the DMCA to Take Down a Tweet Containing an iPhone Encryption Key

Security researchers are accusing Apple of abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to take down a viral tweet and several Reddit posts that discuss techniques and tools to hack iPhones.

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World's First Fully Electric Commercial Aircraft Takes Flight in Canada

The world's first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and flying for 15 minutes.

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YouTube Unveils a Stricter Harassment Policy

After months of promising to reexamine how it handles harassment on its platform, YouTube has unveiled an update to its policy.

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Chronic Pain is an Impossible Problem

A "safe" alternative to opioid painkillers turns out to be not so safe. From a report: Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer.

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ACLU is Suing ICE For Details on How It Uses Phone Spying Devices

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday demanding that two US Homeland Security agencies -- Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- release detail

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The World's First Village of Affordable 3D-Printed Homes Is Now Complete

MikeChino shares a report from Dwell: In Tabasco, Mexico, a family living below the poverty line recently visited their future home: a 3D-printed, 500-square foot structure with two bedrooms, one bath

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Genetic Database That Identified Golden State Killer Acquired By Crime Scene DNA Company

"The crime scene DNA sequencing company Verogen announced yesterday that they've acquired the genomics database and website GEDmatch," reports The Verge.

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Facebook, Google Drop Out of Top 10 'Best Places To Work' List

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Big tech companies like Facebook and Alphabet's Google, long seen as some of the world's most desirable workplaces offering countless perks and empl

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Ask Slashdot: Will We Ever Be Able To Make Our Own Computer Hardware At Home?

dryriver writes: The sheer extent of the data privacy catastrophe happening -- everything software/hardware potentially spies on us, and we don't get to see what is in the source code or circuit diagr

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Netflix Ordered To Stop Poaching Fox Employees

A court on Tuesday issued an injunction barring Netflix from poaching employees from Fox and confirming the validity of fixed-term employment agreements.

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If Logged Into Facebook, Oculus VR Data Will Now Be Used For Ads

"Facebook will now use information about your Oculus activity, like which apps you use, to help provide [...] more relevant content, including ads" -- assuming you've connected your Oculus ID to your

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Maze Ransomware Was Behind Pensacola 'Cyber Event,' Florida Officials Say

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An email sent by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to all Florida county commissioners indicated that the ransomware that struck the city

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Microsoft is About To Start Aggressively Advertising Windows 10 To Windows 7 Stragglers

Mark Wycislik-Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Having already started to notify Windows 7 hangers on that support is due to come to an end, Microsoft is now ready to get a little more aggressive.

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Glassdoor Rankings Find Tech Workplaces Are Less Popular this Year

Glassdoor, a service that enables current and former employees to anonymously review companies, is out with its annual "best companies to work for" list, and a number of tech names have seen their ran

in 24 ways

Gift Giving to the World (Wide Web)

Frances Berriman asks us to give the gift of consideration to those who are using the web on constricted devices such as low-end smart phones or feature phones.

in Smashing Magazine

Web Design And Development Advent Roundup For 2019

In the run-up to Christmas, there is a tradition across the web design and development community to produce advent calendars, typically with a new article or resource for each day of December.

in Wired

A DNA Firm That Caters to Police Just Bought a Genealogy Site

In 2018, GEDmatch played a key role in reopening the 40-year-old Golden State Killer case. Now a company that serves law enforcement is gobbling it up.

in 24 ways

It’s Time to Get Personal

Laura Kalbag discusses the gift of personal data we give to Big Tech when we share information on its platforms, and how reviving ye olde personal website can be one way to stay in

in swissmiss

Link Pack

– How to Build a Sobriety Toolbox – Now this is a practical way to protect your AirPods and keep them handy. Want!

in 24 ways

It All Starts with a Humble

Andy Bell rings out a fresh call in support of the timeless concept of progressive enhancement.

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Will Plunging Battery Prices Start a Boom In Electric Power?

An anonymous reader quotes Utility Dive:

Average market prices for battery packs have plunged from $1,100 per kilowatt hour in 2010 to $156 per kilowatt hour in 2019, an 87% fall in real terms, accor

in 24 ways

Iconography of Security

Molly Wilson and Eileen Wagner battle the age old Christmas issues of right and wrong, good and evil, and how the messages we send through iconography design can i

in Wired

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

With Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepping back (again\!), Google CEO Sundar Pichai is now in charge of Alphabet—and its dysfunction.

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Pins

Lydia Daum designs beautiful pins. (I asked the internet which small shops/makers I should support. This was one of the suggestions.)

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Not The Moon

NOT THE MOON is a pancake, digitized as a high-res, film quality scan, its texture applied to a true-to-scale sphere representation and virtually photographed with a 600 mm telescopic lens using minim

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Andrew Zuckerman Prints

Andrew Zuckerman launched an online shop. His prints are stunning. Absolutely stunning. This Mandrill Monkey won my heart.

in 24 ways

An Introduction to Variable Fonts

Jason Pamental forges a path through the freshly laid snowy landscape of variable fonts.

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Russia To Upgrade Homegrown Encyclopedia After Putin Pans Wikipedia

Russia is to set up a new online site for its national encyclopedia after President Vladimir Putin said Wikipedia was unreliable and should be replaced.

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Facebook Gives Workers a Chatbot to Appease That Prying Uncle

Some Facebook employees recently told their managers that they were concerned about answering difficult questions about their workplace from friends and family over the holidays.

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Google Photos Adds a Chat Feature To Its App

Google is rolling out a way to directly message photos and chat with another user or users within the Google Photos app.

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Cracks in the Greenland Ice Sheet Are Producing Massive Waterfalls, Raising Scientists' Concerns For Sea Level Rise

At its peak, one meltwater lake drained the equivalent of an Olympic-size swimming pool every three seconds.

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Ring Reportedly Outed Camera Owners To Police With a Heat Map

Amazon-owned home surveillance company Ring gave law enforcement a heat map that let police see all devices installed in an area, allowing them to view users down to the street level.

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FBI Asked Sony For Data On User Who Used PlayStation Network To Sell Cocaine

According to Motherboard, the FBI applied for a search warrant in October compelling Sony to provide data on a PlayStation 4 user who was allegedly part of a cocaine distribution network.

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A Bug In Microsoft's Login System Put Users At Risk of Account Hijacks

Microsoft has fixed a vulnerability in its login system that could have been used to trick unsuspecting victims into giving over complete access to their online accounts.

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Dutch Politician Faces 3 Years In Prison For Hacking iCloud Accounts, Leaking Nudes

An anonymous reader writes: "Dutch prosecutors have asked a judge for a three-year prison sentence for a local politician who doubled as a hacker and breached the personal iCloud accounts of more than

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FaceApp and Other Russian Apps Pose Potential Counterintelligence Threats, Says FBI

The FBI warned in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Monday that it considers mobile applications developed in Russia, including the popular photo-aging app "FaceApp," to be "po

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The Rise and Fall of the PlayStation Supercomputers

"On the 25th anniversary of the original Sony PlayStation, The Verge shares the story of the PlayStation supercomputers," writes Slashdot reader jimminy_cricket.

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Amazon Unveils New Server Chip To Compete With Intel's Product

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon Web Services has developed a more powerful version of its own chips to power services for cloud-computing customers, as well as some of AWS's

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Google Founders Resign From Alphabet Leadership, Sundar Pichai Becomes CEO

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is adding another responsibility to his job: Pichai will also be the CEO of parent holding company Alphabet going forward, taking the helm from co-founder and longtime CEO Lar

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Amazon Introduces Fraud Detector and CodeGuru

Amazon is leveraging machine learning to fight fraud, audit code, transcribe calls, and index enterprise data.

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Qualcomm's Next-gen Snapdragon 865 Mobile Chip Focuses on 5G

Qualcomm uncorked this year's version of its Snapdragon Technology Summit by announcing the names of its two new upcoming Snapdragon chips, the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G.

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Genius Sues Google For 'No Less Than $50M', Alleging 'Anticompetitive Practices' Over Lyrics

The company behind Lyrics website Genius, Genius Media Group, is suing Google for "unethical, unfair and anticompetitive" behavior.

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Crush

“A crush represents in pure and perfect form the dynamics of romantic philosophy: the explosive interaction of limited knowledge, outward obstacles to further discovery – and boundless hope.” On