Advertisers Are Still Boycotting YouTube Over Offensive Videos

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An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:The fallout from the YouTube boycott is likely to be felt through the rest of this year. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending until they are convinced Google can prevent their brands from appearing next to extremist clips promoting hate and violence… At one point, about 250 advertisers were […]

Humans Are Already Harassing Security Robots

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An anonymous reader quotes CNN: As robots begin to appear on sidewalks and streets, they’re being hazed and bullied. Last week, a drunken man allegedly tipped over a 300-pound security robot in Mountain View, California… Knightscope, which makes the robot that was targeted in Mountain View, said it’s had three bullying incidents since launching its […]

Debian Developer Imprisoned In Russia Over Alleged Role In Riots

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An anonymous reader writes: “Dmitry Bogatov, Debian developer and Tor node admin, is still being held in a Moscow jail,” tweeted the EFF Saturday. IT Wire reports that the 25-year-old math teacher was arrested earlier this month “on suspicion of organizing riots,” and is expected to be held in custody until June 8. “The panel […]

<em>Wired</em> Founding Editor Now Challenges ‘The Myth of A Superhuman AI’

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Wired’s founding executive editor Kevin Kelly wrote a 5,000-word takedown on “the myth of a superhuman AI,” challenging dire warnings from Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk about the potential extinction of humanity at the hands of a superintelligent constructs. Slashdot reader mirandakatz calls it an “impeccably argued debunking of this pervasive myth.” Kelly […]

Ask Slashdot: Could We Build A Global Wireless Mesh Network?

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An anonymous reader wants to start a grassroots effort to build a self-organizing global radio mesh network where every device can communicate with every other device — and without any central authority. There is nothing in the rules of mathematics or laws of physics that prevents such a system. But how would you break the […]

Developer Shares A Recoverable Container Format That’s File System Agnostic

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Long-time Slashdot reader MarcoPon writes: I created a thing: SeqBox. It’s an archive/container format (and corresponding suite of tools) with some interesting and unique features. Basically an SBX file is composed of a series of sector-sized blocks with a small header with a recognizable signature, integrity check, info about the file they belong to, and […]

NASA Launches Super Balloon To Detect Cosmic Particles From Near Space

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“After seven unsuccessful attempts NASA has launched a stadium-sized balloon in Wanaka,” reports the New Zealand Herald, adding that the super-pressure balloon will collect data from “near space” over the next 100 days. Reuters reports: The balloon, designed by NASA to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles from beyond the galaxy as they penetrate the earth’s […]

Microsoft’s Surface Revenue Drops By $285M (26%)

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An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld: Revenue generated by Microsoft’s Surface hardware during the March quarter was down 26% from the same period the year before, the company said yesterday as it briefed Wall Street. For the quarter, Surface produced $831 million, some $285 million less than the March quarter of 2016, for the largest year-over-year […]

Russian-Controlled Telecom Hijacks Traffic For Mastercard, Visa, And 22 Other Services

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An anonymous reader quotes the security editor at Ars Technica: On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies were briefly routed through a Russian government-controlled telecom under unexplained circumstances that renew lingering questions about the trust and reliability of some of the most […]

Some Of The Pentagon’s Critical Infrastructure Still Runs Windows 95 And 98

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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 […]