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Fake Fingerprint Stickers Let You Access a Protected Phone While Wearing Gloves ( 74

A new Kickstarter campaign aims to sell you fingerprint stickers that, when applied to a pair of gloves, allow you to unlock a mobile device that's protected with a fingerprint scanner. The sticker is powered by Nanotips and is "made with an extremely adhesive conductive material that can be applied to any surface for touch capability." Gizmodo reports: You can of course still access a fingerprint-secured smartphone using regular touchscreen-friendly gloves by simply punching in your passcode on-screen, but why should we have to give up the convenience of a feature like Touch ID for months on end just because it's cold outside? We shouldn't, and these Taps stickers will allow you to use your mobile device's touchscreen and fingerprint reader, for unlocking your phone or making a purchase, even while your actual fingers (and fingerprints) are being kept warm and toasty inside a glove. After applying a textured stick to the tip of your glove, you just have to register it as an approved fingerprint using your smartphone's security settings. You might assume this would mean that anyone with a Taps sticker on their gloves could access anyone else's protected phone. But according to its creators, using nanoparticle technology every single Taps sticker has an individual and unique artificial print ensuring that only your gloves can access your device. That being said, there is still the risk of someone stealing your gloves, which is easier than stealing your fingerprints, so you'll have to weigh the security risks introduced versus the added convenience these offer.

Comment What Do We Want? Patience! When Do We Want It? NOW (Score 1) 1023

Time to boycott. Even if just all the Slashdotters boycotted, it'd be something to see. Or perhaps organize a drone-enabled protest outside.. ;) These jobs used to be filled not just by school kids and retirees, but by anyone looking to get by or pick up a little extra cash. Today there're more and more people clinging to these jobs as their last hope. Things have changed. On 'our' side, its gotten worse. On management's side? Well, let's just say that if the minimum wage had kept pace with the cost of living from 1978 on, $15/hr would look like a sweet deal to them. I'd gladly pay 2 bits more for a burger knowing it was going to a real flesh and blood person rather than to grease and pneumatics upgrades. Anybody feelin' the Bern? ;)

Comment We won't. (Score 1) 625

"At what point will we start seeing legislation forbidding the automation of certain industries?"? We won't. The decision on automation will be put squarely in the greedy, greasy palms of business owners and administrative bean-counters, who will see only the bottom line, while leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves, widening even further the gap between the very rich and the very poor. Politics, being increasingly money-driven, will do what it does now, ie listening to the money and allowing those "who know their industries" to write the legislation, rubber-stamping it as "good for the country" and blaming whatever wash-out echelon it creates for any inconvenient issues... such as the customer base able to purchase whatever product it happens to be. Prices will drop, since automation will do it better/faster/cheaper, still leaving truckloads of profit for the big-wigs while the rest of us collect bottles and cans from the side of the highway for a living. Of course, before too long, THAT will become a crime too. Now that I've spread a little joy, time to move along. ;)

Comment Re: Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rul (Score 1) 387

Screw 'em. I fought the same fight for 18 years. Finally I would simply back up the necessary data myself and lecture them without mercy each time (about every 5 weeks on average) they opened a script-containing email or virus loading website. Then I would take my own sweet time cleaning the machine(s) and restoring the required data... Not that I'd dog it, of course, I just wouldn't kill myself to make sure the a-hole boss could check to see if he'd need an umbrella on the golf course... so he and/or his dribbling idiot sons (He only bought the place so that they wouldn't have jobs requiring paper hats and extensive use of the phrase "Would you like fries with that?") would have plenty of time to complain about people not following the rules (it was ALWAYS someone else's fault, ya know). Hard to believe I've been looking for a job for 3 years now, huh? [chuckle]

NASA To Cryogenically Freeze Satellite Mirrors 47

coondoggie writes "NASA said it will soon move some of the larger (46 lb) mirror segments of its future James Webb Space Telescope into a cryogenic test facility that will freeze the mirrors to -414 degrees Fahrenheit (~25 K). Specifically, NASA will freeze six of the 18 Webb telescope mirror segments at the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility, or XRCF, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in a test to ensure the critical mirrors can withstand the extreme space environments. All 18 segments will eventually be tested at the site. The test chamber takes approximately five days to cool a mirror segment to cryogenic temperatures."

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."

The Best Robots of 2009 51

kkleiner writes "Singularity Hub has just unveiled its second annual roundup of the best robots of the year. In 2009 robots continued their advance towards world domination with several impressive breakouts in areas such as walking, automation, and agility, while still lacking in adaptability and reasoning ability. It will be several years until robots can gain the artificial intelligence that will truly make them remarkable, but in the meantime they are still pretty awesome."

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