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Tesla Autopilot Safety Defeat Device Gets a Cease-and-Desist From NHTSA

schwit1 writes: The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) is cracking down on a device that was designed to trick Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature into thinking a driver is paying attention, in order to extend the amount of time that

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Can NASA Protect Earth from Catastrophic Asteroid Collisions?

An anonymous reader quotes Qz: NASA is not going to be able to find all the asteroids big enough to cause serious devastation on Earth by 2020 — or even 2033. Also: For a hypothetical attempt to send a spacecraft

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America’s ‘CyberWar’ With Foreign Governments Could Get More Aggressive

America’s Department of Defense “has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states

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Should Professional Sports Switch To Robot Referees?

Long-time Slashdot reader Esther Schindler writes: Everyone who watches sports spends some amount of time yelling at the umpire or sports referee. For the past few years we’ve also been shouting, “Replace that ump with a robot!” But is it

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Dropbox Open Sources DivANS: a Compression Algorithm In Rust Compiled To WASM

Slashdot reader danielrh writes: DivANS is a new compression algorithm developed at Dropbox that can be denser than Brotli, 7zip or zstd at the cost of compression and decompression speed. The code uses some of the new vector intrinsics in

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Happy Birthday Alan Turing! How Modern Technology Could Win WWII In 13 Minutes

DevNull127 writes: A grateful reporter whose father-in-law liberated a concentration camp after D-Day reports on a high-tech team that “accomplished in 13 minutes what took Alan Turing years to do — and at a cost of just $7.” “In late

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Oracle Plans To Switch Businesses to Subscriptions for Java SE

A reminder for commenters: non-commercial use of Java remains free. An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Oracle has revamped its commercial support program for Java SE (Standard Edition), opting for a subscription model instead of one that has had businesses paying

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Red Hat Changes Its Open-Source Licensing Rules

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: When leading Linux company Red Hat announces that — from here on out — all new Red Hat-initiated open-source projects that use the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) or GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)

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Tech Giants Urge Congress To ‘Protect Entrepreneurs’ From Supreme Court Ruling

U.S. states can now require online retailers to collect local sales taxes, according to a recent Supreme Court ruling that could affect thousands of third-party sellers on top tech sites. An anonymous reader quotes The Verge: In fact, Amazon, which

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Researchers Fish Yellowcake Uranium From the Sea With a Piece of Yarn

Wave723 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: Researchers at the U.S. Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and LCW Supercritical Technologies made use of readily available acrylic fibers to pull five grams of yellowcake — a powdered form of

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