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Submission + - Uranus confirmed to smell like farts (

_prime writes: In a win for unintentionally accurate naming, a study published by Nature Astrononmy confirms that Uranus has a pungent, fart-like smell. (article URL provides link to actual study, which seems to be freely available)

Submission + - 'Spooky Action' Has Been Demonstrated on a Massive Scale For The First Time (

schwit1 writes: For the first time, scientists have managed to show quantum entanglement – which Einstein famously described as "spooky action at a distance" – happening between macroscopic objects, a major step forward in our understanding of quantum physics.

Quantum entanglement links particles in a way that they instantly affect each other, even over vast distances. On the surface, this powerful bond defies classical physics and, generally, our understanding of reality, which is why Einstein found it so spooky. But the phenomenon has since become a cornerstone of modern technology.

Still, up until now quantum entanglement has only been demonstrated to work at the smallest of scales, in systems based on light and atoms, for example.

Any attempt to increase the sizes has caused problems with stability, with the slightest of environmental disturbances breaking the connection.

But new research changes all of this, by demonstrating that this 'spooky action' can indeed be a reality between massive objects.

We're not talking massive in the black hole sense but in the macroscopic sense – two 15-micrometre-wide vibrating drum heads.

And the next step will be to test whether those vibrations are being teleported between the two objects.

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Submission + - 10 Tech-Savvy Conservative Celebrities with Micro-Publishing Empires (

Hpolecat writes: TheRighting’s daily perusing of right-wing media outlets has found at least ten websites from right-wing personalities featuring original content and news aggregation. Some post daily, some veer hard to the right and others drift a bit to the center. But their names are all used in the URLs of their sites. It's a simple but effective way to push their ideas, "report" the news, and self-brand their micro publishing empires (one that liberals have hardly embraced). Here are 10 prominent right-wing personalities with their own websites: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge (he was the first), Bernard Goldberg, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly and Todd Starnes.

Submission + - Time on site tracker for web and mobile browsers introduced | the unprecedented? (

An anonymous reader writes: Most time on site tracker available for web analytics are slightly inaccurate due to methods used to track and browser support. Timeonsitetracker.js has been developed to make web analytics in pages more accurate; refer project link for live demo. #web-analytics #timeonsite-tracker

Submission + - Ford To Stop Selling Every Car In North America But the Mustang, Focus Active (

An anonymous reader writes: Ford today announced it will phase out most cars it sells in North America. According to its latest financial release, the auto giant “will transition to two vehicles” — the Mustang and an unannounced vehicle, the Focus Active, being the only traditional cars it sells in the region. Ford sees 90 percent of its North America portfolio in trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles. Citing a reduction in consumer demand and product profitability, Ford is in turn not investing in the next generation of sedans. The Taurus is no more. The press release also talks about a new type of vehicle, though it sounds like a crossover. This so-called white space vehicle will “combine the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as higher ride height, space and versatility.” Currently, Ford sells six sedans and coupes in North America: the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang and Taurus. This lineup hits multiple segments, from the compact Fiesta to the mid-size Focus, C-Max and Fusion to the full-size Taurus. The Mustang stands alone as the lone coupe.

Submission + - Chinese Journalist Banned From Flying, Buying Property By 'Social Credit Score' (

schwit1 writes: China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave. But there are consequences if a score gets too low, and for some that’s cause for concern.

When Liu Hu recently tried to book a flight, he was told he was banned from flying because he was on the list of untrustworthy people. Liu is a journalist who was ordered by a court to apologize for a series of tweets he wrote and was then told his apology was insincere.

“I can’t buy property. My child can’t go to a private school,” he said. “You feel you’re being controlled by the list all the time.”

And the list is now getting longer as every Chinese citizen is being assigned a social credit score — a fluctuating rating based on a range of behaviors. It’s believed that community service and buying Chinese-made products can raise your score. Fraud, tax evasion and smoking in non-smoking areas can drop it.

Submission + - Are there any non-evil email providers out there these days? 4

Shane_Optima writes: I've just been locked out of my own Gmail account, yet again, on the basis of behavioral profiling. I'm not even sure I'll be able to get back in this time, since I had the audacity to move 300 miles *and* get a different phone number since the last time I logged in to that account. The last time this happened, I tried to prevent it from happening again with any of my accounts by setting security questions (which I normally give garbage answers to), only to discover that Gmail no longer supports them. What was Google's old unofficial motto, I swear it's on the tip of my tongue...

So anyway, I'm thinking it might be nice to be able to change ISPs, go a few weeks without checking the inbox, perhaps even use a VPN now and then without the default assumption being that I am a Chinese hacker. In short, I would prefer to use something utilizing a radical security model wherein possession of my password (randomized, and not used for anything else) is the only credential needed for accessing my email.

Are there any major web mail providers left that haven't embraced this godawful band-aid approach to security?

(I may not be a hard core anonymity nut, but I would also prefer to sign up for an email account without providing a driver's license photo / social security number / DNA sample.)

Submission + - Trump and Apple CEO Cook meet at White House with trade the focus (

genfail writes: Apple, the world’s largest technology company, and other hardware makers have deep ties with China, where many of their products are built for export around the world. Cook urged an easing of U.S.-China tensions and called for more open trade after the trade dispute flared last month between the world’s two largest economies.

Trump announced about $50 billion in planned tariffs on certain Chinese imports, China retaliated with proposed tariffs on some American goods and Trump responded that the United States could counter with $100 billion in additional levies.
After a rocky start during his election campaign, when Trump urged his supporters to boycott Apple and criticized the company for making its products in China, Cook has become one of his favorite go-to CEOs.

He has mentioned Cook, who he has called a “good guy,” by name at least 10 times during public remarks – including during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January — as well as during several high-profile interviews

Submission + - An oft-cited expert on student loans does not exist (

mi writes: Drew Cloud is everywhere. The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and CNBC, and is a fixture in the smaller, specialized blogosphere of student debt.

But he’s a fiction, and "his" site — an invention of a student-loan refinancing company...

Submission + - Is digital entertainment more dangerous than killer robots? (

meckdevil writes: Former DARPA director Bill Regli argues that the addictive apps, games and other entertainments of our digital, artificially intelligent age may be more immediately dangerous to society than "killer robots" and other autonomous military machinery. When computer scientists send such powerful entertainments into the world, he asserts, they are actually programming "a human-machine system—part of the program runs on silicon in the computer, and part of it runs on the carbon and chemicals in our human brains." To protect society, Regli says, the computer science discipline must devise controls that are "consistent with the value we place on personal liberty and rights to free expression... Other areas of engineering have ratings based on rigorous scientific standards: The bridges we drive on are rated for loads; the crashworthiness of vehicles is simulated and physically measured; medicines have recommended dosages; our aircraft are subject to rigorous flight-testing. We need to develop the computer science needed to rate potential risks and harms when we are programming the human-machine system."

Submission + - My Initial Impressions of Google's New Gmail User Interface (

Lauren Weinstein writes: Google launched general access to their first significant Gmail user interface (UI) redesign in many years today. It’s rolling out gradually — when it hits your account you’ll see a “Try the new Gmail” choice under the settings (“gear”) icon on the upper right of the page (you can also revert to the “classic” interface for now, via the same menu).

But you probably won’t need to revert. Google clearly didn’t want to screw up Gmail, and my initial impression is that they’ve succeeded by avoiding radical changes in the UI. I’ll bet that some casual Gmail users might not even immediately notice the differences.

Submission + - Fake Videos and the End of Reality (

yagoda writes: As covered on slashdot here recently, deepfake — videos are on their way to become more and more ubiquitios and realistic. This article in 'The Atlantic' reviews the coming changes from a more societal point of view.
The internet has always contained the seeds of postmodern hell. Mass manipulation, from clickbait to Russian bots to the addictive trickery that governs Facebook’s News Feed, is the currency of the medium.
Social media have helped bring on a new era, enabling individuated encounters with the news that confirm biases and sieve out contravening facts.
But soon this may seem an age of innocence. We’ll shortly live in a world where our eyes routinely deceive us. Put differently, we’re not so far from the collapse of reality.
Perhaps society will find ways to cope with these changes. Maybe we’ll learn the skepticism required to navigate them. Thus far, however, human beings have displayed a near-infinite susceptibility to getting duped and conned—falling easily into worlds congenial to their own beliefs or self-image, regardless of how eccentric or flat-out wrong those beliefs may be.

Submission + - Largest Star Map Ever Drops Online, Thanks to the ESA (

S810 writes: The European Space Agency has released a treasure trove of data from its Gaia Spacecraft; totaling around 1.7 billion stars. This star map is the largest of it's kind to date. In addition to the star map, the data also contains motion and color data of 1.3 billion stars relative to the Sun.

From the article, the data also includes "...radial velocities, amount of dust, and surface temperatures of lots of stars, and a catalogue of over 14,000 Solar System objects, including asteroids."

Submission + - Windows 10 April Update actually lands in May (

SmartAboutThings writes: Recent rumors and user reports suggest that Microsoft could start rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update in May. It seems that Chinese re-sellers accidentally leaked the release date. Moreover, many users spotted a mysterious Windows 10 S version 1804 which suggests a Windows 10 version 1804 may also be available.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Are you going to accept Oath to keep Yahoo? ( 2

shanen writes: Looking over the new terms of service and noticed several bits that I didn't like. Not sure if I just didn't notice how bad Yahoo was or if Oath is making it worse. I didn't accept them, and it let me continue for now, but I assume they are going to ram this down my throat soon, but it also seems like a lot of hassle to deal with the death of that old email address... Suggestions? Your own course of action? Right now I feel like allowing my Yahoo account to die and see what happens.

Submission + - E-Waste Innovator Will Go To Jail For Making Windows Restore Disks (

An anonymous reader writes: California man Eric Lundgren, an electronic waste entrepreneur who produced tens of thousands of Windows restore disks intended to extend the lifespan of aging computers, lost a federal appeals court case in Miami after it ruled “he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000,” the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Per the Post, the appeals court ruled Lundgren’s original sentence of 15 months in prison and a $50,000 fine would stay, despite the software being freely available online and only compatible with valid Windows licenses: "The appeals court upheld a federal district judge’s ruling that the disks made by Eric Lundgren to restore Microsoft operating systems had a value of $25 apiece, even though they could be downloaded free and could be used only on computers with a valid Microsoft license. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit initially granted Lundgren an emergency stay of his prison sentence, shortly before he was to surrender, but then affirmed his original 15-month sentence and $50,000 fine without hearing oral argument in a ruling issued April 11." All told, the court valued 28,000 restore disks he produced at $700,000, despite testimony from software expert Glenn Weadock that they were worth essentially zero.

Submission + - Toronto Officer uses Brain, not Gun when Confronting Mass Murderer Suspect (

Actually, I do RTFA writes: In Toronto, someone recently used a van to kill 10 people and send 9 others to the emergency room. When the first officer on the scene caught up with the suspect, things could have gone very wrong or gotten very violent. Instead, the officer had been trained in peaceful deescalation techniques. Even when the suspect threatened the officer with a gun or advanced on the officer, he kept his cool and managed to avoid even having to use a baton, talking him into surrendering.

Nice change of pace from the more trigger happy officers south of the border.

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