Ask Slashdot: What Would Happen If a Hyperloop Train Failed?

dryriver writes: I’ve been following Elon Musk’s Hyperloop initiative with great interest. The idea of getting from one city to another at 700 MPH without having to suffer through an airport and all that jazz is revolutionary. I’m glad that somebody is trying to innovate in the area of land travel. My question though: When…

Avast’s CCleaner Free Windows Application Infected With Malware

Reader Tinfoil writes: Cisco Talos announces that malware cleaning app, CCleaner, has been infected with malware for the past month. Version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware, according to a report published by Cisco Talos a few minutes ago. Cisco…

Americans Plan Massive ‘Net Neutrality’ Protest Next Week

An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: A coalition of activists, consumer groups and writers are calling on supporters to attend the next meeting of the Federal Communications Commission on September 26 in Washington DC. The next day, the protest will move to Capitol Hill, where people will meet legislators to express their concerns about an…

Illinois Tests A Blockchain-Based Birth Registry/ID System

An anonymous reader quotes Government Technology: The state of Illinois, which has six blockchain pilots underway, will partner with Utah-based Evernym for a birth registry pilot meant to individualize and secure identities… The endeavor, one of six distinct blockchain explorations Illinois began last summer with a working group, is expected to utilize the Sovrin Foundation’s…

Can An Individual Still Resist The Spread of Technology?

schwit1 shares a column from the Chicago Tribune: When cellphones first appeared, they gave people one more means of communication, which they could accept or reject. But before long, most of us began to feel naked and panicky anytime we left home without one. To do without a cellphone — and soon, if not already,…

Kids Praised for Being Smart are More Likely to Cheat

An anonymous reader quotes the University of California: An international team of researchers reports that when children are praised for being smart not only are they quicker to give up in the face of obstacles, they are also more likely to be dishonest and cheat. Kids as young as age 3 appear to behave differently…

There’s a Logic To How Squirrels Bury Their Nuts

sandbagger shares an announcement from the University of California: Like trick-or-treaters sorting their Halloween candy haul, fox squirrels apparently organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference, according to new UC Berkeley research… Fox squirrels stockpile at least 3,000 to 10,000 nuts a year and, under certain conditions, separate each cache…

Linux Foundation President Used MacOS For Presentation at Open Source Summit

Slashdot reader mschaffer writes:It appears that Jim Zemlin, President of the Linux Foundation, was using MacOS while declaring “2017 is officially the year of the Linux desktop!” at the Open Source Summit 2017. This was observed by several YouTube channels: Switched to Linux and The Lunduke Show. Finally it was reported by It’s FOSS. if,…

Essential Phone Now Supported By All Four Major Carriers (Including Verizon)

An anonymous reader quotes the Verge: Essential’s debut smartphone has received approval to run on Verizon, meaning it’s now supported by all four major US carriers. Sprint was the device’s launch partner, so it of course had support, and both AT&T and T-Mobile gave tacit support ahead of the phone’s launch. But Verizon, for some…