Idaho Wants To Establish America’s First ‘Dark Sky Preserve’

schwit1 shares a story from the AP: Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way. The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States would fill a chunk of the state’s sparsely populated region that contains night skies so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible…

‘Bodega’ CEO Apologizes, Insists They’ll Create More Jobs

Remember those two ex-Googlers who started a company to replace mom-and-pop corner stores with automated vending kiosks? An anonymous reader writes: The company’s CEO has now “apologized in the face of mounting outrage,” according to CNN. CEO Paul McDonald had shared a vision with Fast Company of a world where centralized shopping locations “won’t be…

Chinese Scientists Are Developing A Vaccine Against Cavities

A vaccine against tooth decay “is urgently needed” writes Nature — and a team of Chinese scientists is getting close. hackingbear writes: Scientists at Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences developed low side effects and high protective efficiency using flagellin-rPAc fusion protein KFD2-rPAc, a promising vaccine candidate. In rat challenge models, KFD2-rPAc induces…

Trump’s Officials Suggest Re-Negotiating The Paris Climate Accord

Slashdot reader whh3 brings surprising news from the Wall Street Journal. “Trump administration officials said Saturday the U.S. wouldn’t pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the international deal to fight climate change, according to multiple officials at a global warming summit.” Today an anonymous reader writes: Even an official White House…

‘Bashware’ Attacks Exploit Windows 10’s Subsystem for Linux

Mark Wilson quote BetaNews: While many people welcomed the arrival of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10, it has been found to be a potential security issue. A new technique known as a Bashware has been discovered by security researchers that makes it possible for malware to use the Linux shell to bypass…

IBM Open Sources Their Own JVM/JDK As Eclipse OpenJ9

IBM has open sourced a “high performance, scalable virtual machine” with “a great pedigree… [it’s] at the core of many IBM enterprise software products.” Slashdot reader dxb1230 writes: IBM has open sourced their JDK/JVM implementation named J9 as OpenJ9. The community now has an alternative implementation of Java which has been well tested on enterprise…

Ask Slashdot: What’s the Best Business Model for An Open Source Developer?

An anonymous reader writes: I’m interested in creating really good open source software. However, unless programmers have an incentive to work on their projects for long periods, many projects are be abandoned. There’s many business models surrounding free/libre open source software: support (pay for help, or additional features), premium (pay for more advanced software), hosting…

New Book Argues Silicon Valley Will Lead Us to Our Doom

Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro quotes the San Diego Union-Tribune: To many Americans, large technology firms embody much of what’s good about the modern world. Franklin Foer has a different perspective. In his new book, “World Without Mind,” the veteran journalist lays out a more ominous view of where Big Tech would like to take us…

Will Linux Innovation Be Driven By Microsoft?

Adobe’s VP of Mobile (and a former intellectual property lawyer) sees “a very possible future where Microsoft doesn’t merely accept a peaceful coexistence with Linux, but instead enthusiastically embraces it as a key to its future,” noting Microsoft’s many Linux kernel developers and arguing it’s already innovating around Linux — especially in the cloud. An…

Python’s Official Repository Included 10 ‘Malicious’ Typo-Squatting Modules

An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer: The Slovak National Security Office (NBU) has identified ten malicious Python libraries uploaded on PyPI — Python Package Index — the official third-party software repository for the Python programming language. NBU experts say attackers used a technique known as typosquatting to upload Python libraries with names similar to legitimate packages…