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Submission + - Windows 95 and 98 still power Pentagon's critical systems

SmartAboutThings writes: The Pentagon is set to complete its Windows 10 transition by the end of this year, but nearly 75% of its control system devices still run Windows XP or other older versions, including Windows 95 and 98. A Pentagon official now wants the bug bounty program of the top U.S. defense agency expanded to scan for vulnerabilities in its critical infrastructure.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Cheaper cellphone and internet? 3

An anonymous reader writes: I pay $50 a month to AT&T for cellular service, and $60 a month to Comcast for Internet access. I don't have or want a smartphone, and use maybe 10% of my call minutes every month, and have a bare-bones plan. I use the Internet lightly, and would be happy with DSL speeds instead of 8Mb/S if it were cheaper, but can't completely get rid of Internet access entirely. How can I make these cheaper?

Submission + - School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

Presto Vivace writes: Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

Student laptops and educational services are often available for a steeply reduced price, and are sometimes even free. However, they come with real costs and unresolved ethical questions.4 Throughout EFF’s investigation over the past two years, we have found that educational technology services often collect far more information on kids than is necessary and store this information indefinitely. This privacy-implicating information goes beyond personally identifying information (PII) like name and date of birth, and can include browsing history, search terms, location data, contact lists, and behavioral information. Some programs upload this student data to the cloud automatically and by default. All of this often happens 'families.

Don't we have laws prohibiting the electronic stalking of children?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why doesn't Slashdot penalize fake news? (slashdot.org) 1

gonz writes: Slashdot was always famous for its elaborate editorial system of moderators and metamoderators that maximizes the sign-to-noise ratio. But now we see it every week — headlines appearing in the feed, only to be quickly discredited in the commentary. It's embarrassing. Isn't there an easy technical solution? Imagine a "fake news" button that, if enough moderators clicked it, would penalize whoever voted/authored the bad story so they won't be back again for a while. Overnight, wouldn't this remove the incentive for misleading wording and make editors think twice before upvoting the latest perpetual motion machine or miracle cure? What's wrong with this plan?

Submission + - SPAM: Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely?

randomErr writes: Humans are inherently social animals, and our health suffers if we're cut off from social ties. Loneliness can happen to anyone. In Britain, more than one in eight people say they don't consider anyone a close friend, and the number of Americans who say they have no close friends has roughly tripled in recent decades. One pervasive source of our loneliness is technology. While it offers an easy way to keep in contact with friends — and meet new people through dating and friendship apps — technology's omnipresence encourages shallow conversations that can distract us from meaningful, real-life, interactions. Researchers at the University of Essex found that having a phone nearby, even if we don't check it, can be detrimental to our attempts at connecting with others. Smartphones have transformed post office lines from a chance for some small-talk with the neighbors to an exercise in email-checking, and sealed the fate of coffee shops as nothing more than places of mutual isolation.

Submission + - SPAM: Why I Published in a Predatory Journal

randomErr writes: Last month I was invited to submit a paper to a dubious urology journal. I'm an editor of scientific writing who has a strong antipathy for predatory journals. So I decided to troll this publication, the MedCrave Group’s Urology & Nephrology Open Access Journal, to see whether they would agree to publish a totally made-up, Seinfeld-themed “case report” about a man who develops “uromycitisis poisoning.” Seinfeld argued that, due to his illness, he could die if he doesn’t relieve himself whenever he needs to. To my surprise, a representative at Urology & Nephrology Open Access Journal wrote to say that my manuscript was sent out for peer review. Three days later, it was conditionally accepted.

Submission + - SPAM: Only 4% of Uber Drivers remain on the platform a year later

randomErr writes: Only 4 percent of people who sign up to drive for the ride-hailing service are still driving a year later, according to a report in The Information. The company's accelerating driver drop off rate is partially due to increased competition from companies like Lyft. But the number one complaint among Uber drivers is the pay, according to undisclosed data.An Uber spokesman said: "We recognize we need to improve our relationship with drivers and their experience using Uber. We're working on a range of improvements across our products, our policies, our customer support and how we communicate."

Submission + - SPAM: Cycling to Work Can Cut Cancer and Heart Disease

randomErr writes: Want to live longer, reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease? Then cycle to work, say scientists. The five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters also showed walking had some benefits over sitting on public transport or taking the car. Published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) today, the University of Glasgow study compared those who had an ‘active’ commute with those who were mostly stationary on their journey to work. However, the effect was still there even after adjusting the statistics to remove the effects of other potential explanations like smoking, diet or how heavy people are.
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Submission + - SPAM: Russia is better at encouraging women into tech?

randomErr writes: A new study from Microsoft based on interviews with 11,500 girls and young women across Europe finds their interest in engineering or technology subjects drops dramatically at age 15. The reason found are that girls follow gender stereotypes, have few female role models, peer pressure and a lack of encouragement from parents and teachers. Russia is different. According to Unesco, 29% of women worldwide are in science research, compared with 41% in Russia. In the UK, about 4% of inventors are women, whereas the figure is 15% in Russia. Russian girls view Stem far more positively, with their interest starting earlier and lasting longer, says Julian Lambertin, managing director at KRC Research, the firm that oversaw the Microsoft interviews.

Submission + - SPAM: Toyota is testing heavy-duty hydrogen trucks at the Port of Long Beach

randomErr writes: Toyota is powering an 80,000 lbs (36,288kg) Class-8 tractor-trailer combo using a development fuel cell drivetrain from two small Toyota Mirai sedans.Toyota's future-trucking idearesides at California's Port of Long Beach, where 18,630 shipping container units get processed per day. Two years ago, Toyota began secretly testing a hydrogen fuel cell system alternative to the conventional diesel powertrain for heavy Class-8 trucks. Called "Project Portal," this system is intended for drayage (short-haul movements), shuttling shipping containers between Los Angeles and Long Beach ports plus other freight depots.Though other companies have researched either electric or fuel cell heavy-duty trucking—Mercedes placed medium-duty trucks in controlled fleets this year in Europe, for example—none have pulled the fuel cell trigger in the US.

Submission + - SPAM: London police allegedly used hackers to target activists

randomErr writes: An independent investigator is looking into claims that London's Metropolitan Police used an illegal, roundabout way to access the emails of activists and journalists. An anonymous former worker alleges that a Met intelligence unit took advantage of India "counterparts" that used hackers to obtain email logins for innocent people ranging from Greenpeace protesters to Guardian reporters. There's evidence to support the claim. The tipster provided passwords for 10 email accounts, most of which have been proven authentic by the users themselves. A police spokesman says that the claims are "deeply troubling" and that the force will provide its "fullest possible support."

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