Monthly Archives: December 2017

Tech Bros Bought Sex Trafficking Victims Using Amazon and Microsoft Work Emails

An anonymous reader writes: Newsweek’s National Politics Correspondent reports on “a horny nest of prostitution ‘hobbyists’ at tech giants Microsoft, Amazon and other firms in Seattle,” citing “hundreds” of emails “fired off by employees at major tech companies hoping to

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2017: The Year in Programming Languages

InfoWorld writes that 2017 “presented a mixed bag of improvements to both long-established and newer programming languages.” An anonymous reader quotes their report: Developers followed a soap opera over Java, with major disagreements over a modularization plan for standard Java

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Ask Slashdot: What Would an AI-Written Poem Look Like?

Slashdot reader dryriver writes: Imagine this. You are an AI running on the latest machine learning hardware, like Nvidia’s new Tensor cores for example, or perhaps a data center full of Xeons and EPYCs. You have lots of processing power,

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Iran Cuts Internet Access and Threatens Telegram Following Mass Protests

Long-time Slashdot reader cold fjord writes: As seething discontent has boiled over in Iran leading to mass protests, protesters have taken to the streets and social media to register their discontent… The government has been closing schools and shutting down

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Slashdot’s 10 Most-Visited Stories of 2017

Slashdot’s most-visited story of 2017 was Google Has Demonstrated a Successful Practical Attack Against SHA-1, which was visited more than 212,000 times since it was published in Feburary. And our second- and third-most popular stories also came in February —

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How A Civilian Drone Crashed Into the US Army’s Helicopter

“In September, Slashdot reported on an in-flight collision between an Army UA60 helicopter and a hobby drone over Staten Island,” writes Slashdot reader ElizabethGreene. “The NTSB has released its final report on the incident, blaming the drone pilot.” Ars Technica

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Louisana Police Bust an Infamous Nigerian Email Spam Scammer

MojoKid writes: You have probably at some point been contacted via email spam by someone claiming you are the beneficiary in a will of a Nigerian prince. As the scam goes, all you have to do is submit your personal

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Could We Reduce Data Breaches With Better Open Source Funding?

The CEO of Wireline — a cloud application marketplace and serverless architecture platform — is pushing for an open source development fund to help sustain projects, funded by an initial coin offering. “Developers like me know that there are a

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Blockchain Brings Business Boom To IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune’s new report on blockchain: Demand for the technology, best known for supporting bitcoin, is growing so much that it will be one of the largest users of capacity next year at about 60 data centers

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In a Declining Comics Market, DC Beats Marvel

An anonymous reader quotes the Hollywood Reporter: Looking at the most-ordered comic books in the North American comic market, DC Entertainment had a particularly strong year, with seven of the top 10 issues of the year being published by the

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