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Submission + - SPAM: Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use 1

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.
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Submission + - Firefox for Linux is now Netflix compatible (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: For a while, Netflix was not available for traditional Linux-based operating systems, meaning users were unable to enjoy the popular streaming service without booting into Windows. This was due to the company's reliance on Microsoft Silverlight. Since then, Netflix adopted HTML5, and it made Google Chrome and Chromium for Linux capable of playing the videos. Unfortunately, Firefox — the open source browser choice for many Linux users — was not compatible. Today this changes, however, as Mozilla's offering is now compatible with Netflix!

"About four years ago, we shared our plans for playing premium video in HTML5, replacing Silverlight and eliminating the extra step of installing and updating browser plug-ins. Since then, we have launched HTML5 video on Chrome OS, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Firefox, and Edge on all supported operating systems. And though we do not officially support Linux, Chrome playback has worked on that platform since late 2014. Starting today, users of Firefox can also enjoy Netflix on Linux. This marks a huge milestone for us and our partners, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla that helped make it possible," says Netflix.

Submission + - GNOME 3.24 Officially Released

prisoninmate writes: GNOME 3.24 just finished its six-month development cycle, and it's now the most advanced stable version of the modern and popular desktop environment used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions. It was developed since October 2016 under the GNOME 3.23.x umbrella, during which it received numerous improvements. Prominent new features of the GNOME 3.24 desktop environment include a Night Light functionality that promises to automatically shift the colors of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after sunset, and a brand-new GNOME Control Center with redesigned Users, Keyboard & Mouse, Online Accounts, Bluetooth, and Printer panels. As for the GNOME apps, we can mention that the Nautilus file manager now lets users browse files as root (system administrator), GNOME Photos imitates Darktable's exposure and blacks adjustment tool, GNOME Music comes with ownCloud integration and lets you edit tags, and GNOME Calendar finally brings the Week view. New apps like GNOME Recipes are also part of this release.

Submission + - Trump Is Weeks Away From Missing His Chance to Reform Work Visas (bloomberg.com)

pteddy writes: We haven't heard much from Trump or Congress on the issue of H1-B reform lately. As Bloomberg points out time is running out:

President Donald Trump and Congress have said they want to overhaul policies that allow companies to bring employees from overseas to the U.S. But the application deadline for the most controversial visa program is the first week of April, which means new rules have to be in place for that batch of applicants or another year's worth of visas will be handed out under the existing guidelines. The current H-1B visa program has been criticized for hurting American workers and undercutting salaries.


Submission + - Astronomers Just Found a Star Orbiting a Black Hole at 1% the Speed of Light (sciencealert.com)

schwit1 writes: Astronomers have spotted a star whizzing around a vast black hole at about 2.5 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, and it takes only half an hour to complete one orbit.

To put that into perspective, it takes roughly 28 days for our Moon to do a single lap around our relatively tiny planet at speeds of 3,683 km(2,288 miles) per hour.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Where Can One Find Information On "Stalin's Hologram"? 1

dryriver writes: Many moons ago a history teacher told our class that back in the day's of Stalin's Russia, a flattering image of Joseph Stalin once appeared in the sky over Moscow as a huge, brightly lit holographic projection of some sort. This was apparently achieved by projecting Joseph Stalin's image into the sky with three different projectors set up in a triangular formation. Where the 3 projector beams crossed each other in the night sky — in the clouds or mist in the air perhaps — a huge, glowing hologram-like image of the dictator appeared over the city. I have been looking for information recently on how this was achieved, but have not found any reference to "Stalin's Hologram" online. Does anyone know whether Stalin's Hologram was real, and if so, how it was achieved technically?

Submission + - Advanced in 3D printing: How about a house? (digitaltrends.com) 2

KindMind writes: Digital Trends writes about a company 3D printing houses: "... Rather than assembling pieces printed elsewhere, engineering company Apis Cor has created the very first 3D-printed house using a mobile printer on-site. Printing the self-bearing walls, partitions, and building envelope took the machine 24 hours to complete. The final result is the first house printed as a whole with an area of 409 square feet."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Which filesystem for the ages? 1

Kormoran writes: After many, many years of Internet I have some n-Terabytes HDDs full of software, photos, video, eBooks, articles, PDF, music etc. that I'd like to save forever. Problem is, my HDDs are fine, but some files are corrupting. Some videos show missing keyframes. Some photos are ill-colored. RAID systems can protect online data (to a degree), but what about offline storage? Is there a software solution, like a filesystem or a file format, specifically tailored to avoid this kind of bit rot?

Submission + - New Research Suggests Earth's Mantle Might Be Hotter Than Anyone Expected (sciencealert.com)

schwit1 writes: New data suggests that the upper parts of Earth's mantle are around 60C (108F) hotter than previously expected.

The mantle is the layer between our planet's super-hot core and outer crust, and it plays an incredibly important role in things like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tectonic shifts. But despite the impact the mantle has on our planet, scientists have always struggled to pinpoint its temperature, and new research suggests our previous estimates were off the mark.

If the new estimates made by scientists at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington DC are verified, it would mean the mantle is melting shallower than previously expected, and it could change the way we predict earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Submission + - New spam technique uses high-ascii letters 1

The New Guy 2.0 writes: I've been getting new spam in my e-mail from spammers using non-keyboard ascii letters meant for foreign languages such as "ÏÏ" in place of "hello" in order to bypass filters... anti-spammers, can we get control over this?

Submission + - Microsoft releases Skype for Linux 5.0 Beta (betanews.com) 1

BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft shares the following significant improvements.

*Calling updates: Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit, one-to-one video calls can be made from Linux to Skype users on the latest versions of Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.
*Better collaboration: Linux users can now view shared screens from other Skype desktop clients (Windows 7.33 and above, Mac 7.46 and above).
*Usability improvements: Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations, online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.

Submission + - NASA's latest software catalog is available (nasa.gov) 1

mspohr writes: Eureka Magazine has a story about the latest version on NASA software catalog: (http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/design-engineering-news/nasa-grants-free-access-to-its-entire-software-catalogue-without-any-royalty-or-copyright-fees/152211/)
"NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalogue free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees.
This third edition of the publication has contributions from all the agency’s centres on data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics. It includes many of the tools NASA uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe.
“The software catalogue is our way of supporting the innovation economy by granting access to tools used by today’s top aerospace professionals to entrepreneurs, small businesses, academia and industry,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. “Access to these software codes has the potential to generate tangible benefits that create jobs, earn revenue and save lives.”
Amazing amount of quality software... it IS rocket science.

Submission + - Scientists Have Found a Way to Rapidly Thaw Cryopreserved Tissue Without Damage (sciencealert.com)

schwit1 writes: Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to rapidly thaw cryopreserved human and pig samples without damaging the tissue — a development that could help get rid of organ transplant waiting lists.

Cryopreservation is the ability to preserve tissues at liquid nitrogen temperatures for long periods of time and bring them back without damage, and it's something scientists have been dreaming about achieving with large tissue samples and organs for decades.

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