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FSF’s Anti-DRM Campaign Plans Bad-Review Protest Against Disney+
For their fifteenth International Day Against DRM this Friday, the Free Software Foundation’s “Defective by Design” campaign is “calling on you to help us send a message to purveyors of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM)”.

And this year they’re targeting Disney+

The ongoing pandemic has only tightened the stranglehold streaming services ha … ⌘ Read more


As Ice Melts, Arctic Ecosystem Confronts Emboldened Killer Whales
The hunting grounds are apparently widening for one of “nature’s most effective predators” reports the New York Times, warning of “potentially significant consequences for animals up and down the food chain….”

“As sea ice has receded, killer whales — which are actually dolphins — are now venturing to parts of the sea that were once … ⌘ Read more


After 25 Years, Quake 1 Gets Major ‘Horde’ Mode Update
Ars Technica reports:

Months after the first-person-shooter classic Quake got a major 25th anniversary re-release, its modern handlers have returned with an update that exceeds all expectations. Thursday’s new 770MB patch on all platforms (Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, PC) adds an entirely new co-op combat mode, and it officially opens the game’s mod floodgates fo … ⌘ Read more


Another Crypto Heist: $150M+ Stolen from Trading Platform BitMart
“We have identified a large-scale security breach…” the official announcement begins.

CNBC reports:

Hackers have taken $196 million from crypto trading platform BitMart, a security firm said Saturday.

BitMart confirmed the hack in an official statement Saturday night, calling it “a large-scale security breach” and writing that ha … ⌘ Read more


Activist Facebook Group Shuts Down Marketers Selling Dangerous ‘Magic Dirt’ on Facebook
NBC News tells the hair-raising tale of Black Oxygen Organics (or “BOO” for short).

Put more simply, the product is dirt — four-and-a-half ounces of it, sealed in a sleek black plastic baggie and sold for $110 plus shipping. Visitors to the Black Oxygen Organics website, recently taken offline, … ⌘ Read more


The US Military Has Taken Action Against Ransomware Groups and ‘Imposed Costs’
“The U.S. military has gone on the offensive against ransomware groups,” reports CNET, “as U.S. companies increasingly become targets of malware attacks, the nation’s top cyber defender acknowledged on Saturday.”

Up until about nine months ago, reining in ransomware attacks was seen as the responsibility of law en … ⌘ Read more


2021 ‘Web Almanac’ Research Finds Lots of CSS, JavaScript, jQuery - and Not Much WebAssembly
“HTTP Archive is a community-run project that has been tracking how the web is built since 2010,” explains its web site. “Using WebPageTest and Lighthouse under the hood, metadata about nearly 8.2 million websites are tested monthly and included in a public BigQuery database for analysis.”
� … ⌘ Read more


‘The Insane Resurgence of Vinyl Records’
“Fueled largely by millenial hipsters under the age of 35, the old, outdated format has risen from the dead,” argues the Hustle:

In the 1970s, vinyl sales peaked at 530 million units per year and accounted for 66% of all music format revenues… [B]y the ‘90s, vinyl sales dipped to less than 10 million units — a mere 0.1% of market share. In recent years, though, something odd … ⌘ Read more


The Case for a Four-Day Work Week
Recently a New York Times headlined asked “Is the four-day work week finally within our grasp?”
Kickstarter, Shake Shack and Unilever’s New Zealand unit are among those that have experimented with the four-day workweek, or have announced plans to. And after an experiment in Iceland supported the idea that the system improves worker well-being without reducing overall output, a majority of the country’s wo … ⌘ Read more


Meet the People Living in Simulations of Life on Mars
Smithsonian magazine explores the many Mars simulation facilities around the world, including the Mars Desert Research Station — which is located in Utah, four hours south of Salt Lake City, “but everyone spoke and acted as though they were actually on Mars.”

A group of six people lived in a two-story cylindrical building. The commander, a former member of … ⌘ Read more


Which Developers Were Paid the Most in 2021?
InfoWorld reports reveals this year’s highest-paying software developer roles according to Robert Half’s 2022 Salary Guide (which uses research conducted this summer on America’s average salary range for the 50th and 75th percentile of applicants):

The highest paying non-C-suite role in 2021 is the cloud architect. Organizations are looking for talented engineers to guide th … ⌘ Read more


With New Funding Model, MST3K Attempts Online Comeback, Live Tour
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: Mystery Science Theatre 3000 will be coming back in 2022 with thirteen new episodes, plus 12 additional shorts and 12 monthly live events. “And this time, we’re doing it without a network,” explains the web page for their successful comeback campaign on Kickstarter. “Season 13 will be releas … ⌘ Read more


Someone Stole $120 Million in Crypto From a DeFi Website
The Verge reports:

On Wednesday night, someone drained funds from multiple cryptocurrency wallets connected to the decentralized finance platform BadgerDAO. According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, which is working with Badger to investigate the heist, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million.

Whil … ⌘ Read more


‘Deep Fake’ Technology Used to Perfectly Re-Create a Radio Announcer’s Voice
For 32 years a human named Andy Chanley has been a radio announcer (now working afternoon’s at Southern California’s 88.5 KCSN), Reuters reports. But now….

“I may be a robot, but I still love to rock,” says the robot DJ named ANDY, derived from Artificial Neural Disk-JockeY, in Chanley’s voice, during a demonstra … ⌘ Read more


Nine WiFi Routers Used by Millions Were Vulnerable to 226 Flaws
“Security researchers analyzed nine popular WiFi routers and found a total of 226 potential vulnerabilities in them,” reports Bleeping Computer, “even when running the latest firmware.”
Slashdot reader joshuark shared their report:
The tested routers are made by Asus, AVM, D-Link, Netgear, Edimax, TP-Link, Synology, and Linksys, and are used … ⌘ Read more


Comcast Reduced ‘Working Latency’ By 90% with AQM. Is This the Future?
Long-time Slashdot reader mtaht writes:

Comcast fully deployed bufferbloat fixes across their entire network over the past year, demonstrating 90% improvements in working latency and jitter — which is described in this article by by Comcast Vice President of Technology Policy & Standards. (The article’s Cumulative Distribution Fun … ⌘ Read more


Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation
“Videos and GIFs of cute animals — usually cats — have gone viral online for almost as long as the internet has been around…” writes the New York Times.

“Now, it is becoming increasingly clear how widely the old-school internet trick is being used by people and organizations peddling false information online, misinformation researchers say.”

The p … ⌘ Read more


‘Advent of Code’ Has Begun - and Other Geeky Daily Programming Challenges
I Programmer writes:
December 1st is much anticipated among those who like programming puzzles. It is time to start collecting stars by solving small puzzles on the Advent of Code website with the goal of amassing 50 stars by Christmas Day, December 25th. Raku has also opened its advent calendar and there’s a brand ne … ⌘ Read more


JetBrains Announces ‘Fleet’ IDE to Compete with Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code
On Monday JetBrains (creators of the Kotlin programming language and makers of the integrated development environment IntelliJ IDEA) made an announcement: a preview for a lightweight new multi-language IDE called Fleet using IntelliJ’s code-processing engine with a distributed IDE architecture and a reimagined UI. … ⌘ Read more


Twitter Admits ‘Coordinated and Malicious’ Activity Weaponizing Its New Privacy Policy
CNN reports:

Twitter acknowledged on Friday that a new policy it unveiled this week to protect users from harassment is being abused by malicious actors — days after journalists, left-wing activists and self-described “sedition hunters” reported their accounts had been locked for sharing publicly avai … ⌘ Read more


Amazon Ordered to Hold Another Union Vote in Alabama
America’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “has ordered a new union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama,” reports the Associated Press, “based on objections to the first vote that took place in April.”

The move, announced Monday, is a major blow to Amazon, which had spent about a year aggressively campaigning for warehouse workers in Bessemer to reje … ⌘ Read more


Booster Doses are Powerful, May Fight Omicron, Researchers Find
Last week researchers at Northwestern University calculated that one week after a Covid-19 booster shot, median antibody levels were 23 times higher than before the shot.

This Thursday the Times of London reported that another study found similar results:

Booster jabs “massively” strengthen the body’s defences against Covid, according … ⌘ Read more


Bitcoin, Ether, Other Cryptocurrencies Suddenly Drop More Than 16%
“Cryptocurrency was down by as much as 20% Saturday, hitting its lowest point in months,” reports MarketWatch:

Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market value, was down 18% at $46,571.84 at about 7 a.m. ET, according to data from CoinDesk. It temporarily dipped to $42,000 before bouncing back. Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency, … ⌘ Read more


Why Movie Dialogue Has Gotten Harder to Understand
“I used to be able to understand 99% of the dialogue in Hollywood films,” writes professional film blogger Ben Pearson. “But over the past 10 years or so, I’ve noticed that percentage has dropped significantly — and it’s not due to hearing loss on my end….”

Knowing I’m not alone in having these experiences, I reached out to several professional sound edi … ⌘ Read more


International Space Station Fired Its Thrusters Friday To Dodge More Space Debris
“The International Space Station dodged a fragment of a decades-old rocket body early Friday morning,” reports, “continuing a stretch of space debris threats to the orbiting laboratory.”

On Friday (Dec. 3) at around 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT), a Russian cargo ship docked to the International Space … ⌘ Read more


Israel Halts Disputed Omicron Tracing Through Phone Surveillance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Israel said on Thursday it was halting the use of mobile phone tracing to curb the spread of the new coronavirus variant Omicron, a practice that had been challenged by privacy watchdogs. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government authorized the surveillance technology, which matches virus car … ⌘ Read more


A New Humanoid Robot Has the Most Advanced and Realistic Facial Expressions Yet
A U.K.-based company Engineered Arts has developed a humanoid robot that can display human-like expressions with ease. Interesting Engineering reports: In a short video released on YouTube, the company shows off its most advanced humanoid, dubbed Ameca, which is initially a platform for testing robotic technolo … ⌘ Read more


Fake Covid-19 Vaccine Certificates Are Being Advertised On the Dark Web
Criminals have been selling fake vaccine certificates online and may be able to fool an EU system designed to verify the certificates’ validity, researchers warn. BankInfoSecurity reports: [A] report released last week, “COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates in the Dark Web,” which has not yet been peer-reviewed, notes that some darkne … ⌘ Read more


Australia Is the Drunkest Country In the World, Survey Finds
Australians have been named the heaviest drinkers in the world after spending more time drunk in 2020 than any other nation. The Guardian reports: An international survey (PDF) has found Australians drank to the point of drunkenness an average of 27 times a year, almost double the global average of 15. Almost a quarter of Australians reported feeling … ⌘ Read more


A Mysterious Threat Actor Is Running Hundreds of Malicious Tor Relays
Since at least 2017, a mysterious threat actor has run thousands of malicious servers in entry, middle, and exit positions of the Tor network in what a security researcher has described as an attempt to deanonymize Tor users. The Record reports: Tracked as KAX17, the threat actor ran at its peak more than 900 malicious servers part of … ⌘ Read more


Hackers Are Spamming Businesses’ Receipt Printers With ‘Antiwork’ Manifestos
Dozens of printers across the internet are printing out a manifesto that encourages workers to discuss their pay with coworkers, and pressure their employers. Motherboard reports: “ARE YOU BEING UNDERPAID?” one of the manifestos read, according to several screenshots posted on Reddit and Twitter. “You have a protected L … ⌘ Read more


Apple AirTags Being Used By Thieves To Track High-End Cars To Steal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: This week, Canadian police announced that car thieves have been using AirTags to track vehicles they want to steal. York Regional Police (which serves an area north of Toronto) revealed that it has investigated five incidents in the past three months in which thieves have hidden AirTa … ⌘ Read more


Debt Collectors Can Now Text, Email and DM You On Social Media
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: New rules approved by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that took effect on Tuesday dictate how collection agencies can email and text people as well as message them on social media to seek repayment for unpaid debts. Kathleen L. Kraninger, the former CFPB director who oversaw the rule changes, sa … ⌘ Read more


Zoom Will Soon Make It Obvious If You’re Late To Your Next Big Meeting
Zoom is rolling out a number of new updates for its video conferencing software and one of them might finally encourage users to ensure they’re on time for their next big meeting. TechRadar reports: According to a new blog post from the company, Attendance Status makes it easier for organizations to streamline the start of their Zoom … ⌘ Read more


Magnus Carlsen Wins Longest World Chess Championship Game of All Time
The first victory of the 2021 FIDE World Championship happened in game 6 after GM Magnus Carlsen defeated GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in a record 136 moves. reports: Carlsen’s victory came after the world champion exchanged a queen for two rooks, provoking a long, tense endgame – a strategy that eventually proved effective. With … ⌘ Read more


Chinese Rideshare App Didi To Delist From NYSE
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The Chinese rideshare app Didi announced Friday that it will delist from the New York Stock Exchange just months after its initial public offering. The company’s brief announcement on the microblog Weibo noted plans to relist on Hong Kong’s exchange, but gave few other details. Didi had been valued at nearly $70 billion after its firs … ⌘ Read more


How Much Has Quantum Computing Actually Advanced?
For a measured perspective on how much quantum computing is actually advancing as a field, IEEE Spectrum spoke with John Martinis, a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the former chief architect of Google’s Sycamore. From a report: IEEE Spectrum: So it’s been about two years since you unveiled results from Sycamore. In the last few weeks … ⌘ Read more


The Coronavirus in a Tiny Drop
To better understand the coronavirus’s journey from one person to another, a team of 50 scientists has for the first time created an atomic simulation of the coronavirus nestled in a tiny airborne drop of water. From a report: To create the model, the researchers needed one of the world’s biggest supercomputers to assemble 1.3 billion atoms and track all their movements down to less than a millionth of a sec … ⌘ Read more


German Coalition Backs Ban on Facial Recognition in Public Places
Germany’s incoming government is throwing its weight behind a ban on the use of biometric identification technologies such as facial recognition in public places. From a report: According to their coalition deal, the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and liberal Free Democrats (FDP) want to “exclude” biometric recognition in public spaces as well … ⌘ Read more


Musk Says Tesla’s Cybertruck Will Have Four-motor Variant
Tesla boss Elon Musk said on Friday the electric-car maker’s much-anticipated Cybertruck would come with a high- end four-motor variant. From a report: “Initial production will be 4 motor variant, with independent, ultra fast response torque control of each wheel,” Musk said in a tweet. Calling the electric pick-up truck “insane technology bandwagon,” Musk sa … ⌘ Read more


FBI Says the Cuba Ransomware Gang Made $43.9 Million from Ransom Payments
The US Federal Bureau of Investigations said today that the operators of the Cuba ransomware have earned at least $43.9 million from ransom payments following attacks carried out this year. From a report: In a flash alert sent out on Friday, the Bureau said the Cuba gang has “compromised at least 49 entities in five critical infra … ⌘ Read more


PlayStation Plans New Service To Take On Xbox Game Pass
Sony Group’s PlayStation division is planning a new subscription service to compete with rival Microsoft’s popular Xbox Game Pass, according to people familiar with Sony’s plans and documents reviewed. Blooomberg: The service, code-named Spartacus, will allow PlayStation owners to pay a monthly fee for access to a catalog of modern and classic games, said the pe … ⌘ Read more


Scientists Raise Concerns Over Baby Genome Sequencing Plan
Scientists have raised concerns about a proposed overhaul of newborn screening that could lead to the UK becoming the first country to offer whole-genome sequencing for every baby. From a report: Speaking before the publication of plans for an NHS pilot study in which up to 200,000 babies’ genomes will be sequenced and analysed, scientists suggested the … ⌘ Read more


US State Department iPhones Hacked With Israeli Company Spyware
Apple’s iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, Reuters reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: The hacks, which took place in the last several months, hit U.S. officials either based in Ugan … ⌘ Read more


Amazon Charges Sellers Fees That Are High Enough To Offset Losses from Prime, a New Report Says
The massive reach of Amazon’s e-commerce platform is appealing for any small business that wants to sell its products online. But a new report suggests that the cost of doing business can become a Faustian bargain for a third-party seller, as the fees that Amazon charges them can quickly e … ⌘ Read more


Jimmy Wales is Selling His First Wikipedia Edit as an NFT
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is selling a non-fungible token (or NFT) based on his first edit of the free encyclopedia. From a report: Auction house Christie’s will hold a sale of the token from December 3rd to 15th, auctioning it alongside the Strawberry iMac Wales was using around Wikipedia’s launch. The funds will go toward charitable causes and WT.Soc … ⌘ Read more


Microsoft Backtracks on Windows 11’s Controversial Default Browser Changes
Microsoft is backtracking on changes it made to Windows 11 that made it more difficult to switch default browsers. From a report: A new test build of Windows 11 now allows users of Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers to set a default browser with a single button, which is a far simpler process. Rafael Rivera, developer of the … ⌘ Read more


US Indicts Two Men for Running a $20 Million YouTube Content ID Scam
Two men have been indicted by a grand jury for running a massive YouTube Content ID scam that netted the pair more than $20m. TorrentFreak: Webster Batista Fernandez and Jose Teran managed to convince a YouTube partner that the pair owned the rights to 50,000+ tracks and then illegally monetized user uploads over a period of four years.�� … ⌘ Read more


New Blockchain Tech Promises To Ease Ethereum’s Growing Pains
New technology promising to solve Ethereum’s growing pains is gaining traction, increasing bets that some day most of the network’s transactions might not actually take place on its own blockchain. From a report: For years slow speeds and high transaction fees have plagued the network underpinning the $550 billion cryptocurrency Ether – home to the mo … ⌘ Read more


Another Porn Site Says Banks Forced It To Stop Paying Sex Workers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: AVN Stars, a platform where sex workers can sell porn clips, announced on Wednesday that it will no longer allow creators to monetize their content on the site beginning January 1. In a press release, Adult Video News wrote that discrimination from banks forced the decision. “Unfortunately … ⌘ Read more