Monthly Archives: April 2016

Amazon Beats Microsoft In ‘The Battle of Seattle’

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos earned $5 billion in one afternoon when the company’s stock price jumped 9.6%. Amazon reported an actual profit of $513 million (nearly double the amount expected), and next year Amazon’s sales

Posted in Uncategorized

Germany Plans $1.4 Billion In Incentives For Electric Cars

An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg article: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government reached a deal with automakers to jointly spend 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) on incentives to boost sluggish electric-car sales. Buyers will be able to receive as much

Posted in Uncategorized

Malware Taps Windows’ ‘God Mode’

Reader wiredmikey writes: Researchers at McAfee have discovered a piece of malware dubbed “Dynamer” that is taking advantage of a Windows Easter Egg — or a power user feature, as many see it — called “God Mode” to gain persistency

Posted in Uncategorized

Ask Slashdot: Should This Photographer Sue A Hotel For $2M?

Unhappy Windows User writes: An Austrian photographer was contracted by the luxury [hotel] Sofitel in Vienna to photograph the bar with an amazing view over the skyline. He was paid for his time (4200 euros) and arranged a three-year internal

Posted in Uncategorized

Wireless Carriers To Adopt a New Real-Time Text Protocol To Help People With Disabilities

The FCC, an independent agency of the United States government, says it is ready to adopt a proposal which would help people with disabilities communicate more efficiently and conveniently (PDF). Dubbed real-time text, the protocol is designed to supersede the

Posted in Uncategorized

Neil Gaiman Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day

An anonymous reader writes: Today is “Independent Bookstore Day,” a national event promoting local bookstores which will feature exclusive bookstore-only offerings, including a Neil Gaiman coloring book with 20 black-and-white illustrations by Gaiman illustrator Chris Riddell and quotes from Coraline,

Posted in Uncategorized

Humble Bundle Announces “Hacker” Pay-What-You-Want Sale

An anonymous reader writes: Humble Bundle announced a special “pay what you want” sale for four ebooks from No Starch Press, with proceeds going to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (or to the charity of your choice). This “hacker edition” sale

Posted in Uncategorized

Language Creation Society Says Klingon Language Isn’t Covered By Copyright

Reader AmiMoJo writes: Earlier this year Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios filed a lawsuit against the makers of a Star Trek inspired fan film, accusing them of copyright infringement. In their amicus brief, which actually uses Klingon language, the Language

Posted in Uncategorized

Design, Hardware, Software Errors Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft

Reader Required Snark writes: The Japanese space agency JAXA said its recently launched X-Ray observation satellite Hitomi has been destroyed. After a successful launch on February 17, contact with the satellite was lost on March 28. Off the 10-year expected

Posted in Uncategorized

Design, Hardware, Software Error Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft

Reader Required Snark writes: The Japanese space agency JAXA said its recently launched X-Ray observation satellite Hitomi has been destroyed. After a successful launch on February 17, contact with the satellite was lost on March 28. Off the 10-year expected

Posted in Uncategorized