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After Reports of Mid-Air Emergencies, US Will Audit Boeing's Oversight of 737 Max (1 hour 7 minutes old)

"Boeing's troubled 737 MAX planes — which have twice crashed, killing 346 people — have experienced at least six mid-air emergencies and dozens of groundings in the year after an extensive probe cleared them to fly," reports Australia's public broadcaster ABC News: The incidents, pulled from U.S. government air safety databases, are among more than 60 mid-flight problems reported by pilots in the 12 months after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recertified the plane's airworthiness in late 2020. Former employees of both Boeing and the FAA characterised the reports — which includ[...]

'The Batting Lab': the Bad News Bears Meet AI? (2 hours old)

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Back in the day, my Little League coach used some techniques one might expect to see in The Bad News Bears, like holding batting practices at an amusement park instead of on a baseball field, giving each kid a roll of coins and sending them into the batting cages to experience faster pitching than they'd see from 9-12-year-olds (it was surprisingly effective training). So how might kids improve their hitting in the era of AI, ML, and Data Science? Well, as part of their data literacy initiatives, SAS worked with North Carolina State University's sof[...]

NASA's SLS Mega-Rocket Could Launch Within 8 Weeks (3 hours old)

Tuesday Ars Technica reported that "after more than a decade and more than $20 billion in funding, NASA and its litany of contractors are very close to declaring the 111-meter tall rocket ready for its debut launch." Long-time Slashdot reader added "It seems silly saying SLS will launch 'in just two months' for a rocket that was supposed to have first flown in 2016, but here we are." From Ars Technica's report: On June 20, NASA successfully counted the rocket down to T-29 seconds during a pre-launch fueling test. Although they did not reach T-9 seconds, as was the original goal, the agenc[...]

School Recovers Ransomware Paid in Bitcoin - Makes a Profit (4 hours old)

Slashdot reader thegarbz writes: In 2019 Maastricht University in the Netherlands was hit with a ransomware attack which locked 25,000 staff and students out of their research data. The university agreed to pay a ransom of €200,000 to unlock the encrypted data, reports German broadcaster DW. It seems that a small part of the ransom has been recovered, but with a twist. As part of an investigation into the cyberattack, Dutch police tracked down a bank account belonging to a money launderer in Ukraine, into which a relatively small amount of the ransom money — around €40,000 worth of Bitcoi[...]

Researchers Grow Food Plants Without Sunlight (5 hours old)

Photosynthesis "is very inefficient, with only about 1% of the energy found in sunlight ending up in the plant," according to a new announcement from the University of California, Riverside. But now scientists at the school and the University of Delaware "have found a way to bypass the need for biological photosynthesis altogether and create food independent of sunlight by using artificial photosynthesis." The research, published in Nature Food, uses a two-step electrocatalytic process to convert carbon dioxide, electricity, and water into acetate, the form of the main component of vinegar. F[...]

Electric Vehicle Manufacturing is Spreading - But Funded By SUV and Truck Sales (8 hours old)

Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: GM plans to spend $35 billion on EVs and autonomous vehicles by 2025 (and produce a whopping 400,000 EVs). Jeep's parent company Stellantis will invest $35.5 billion in electrification and software, producing 25 all-electric vehicles by 2030. And Ford will spend even more — $50 billion on electrification — by 2026, while producing two million electric vehicles annually. These are the statistics in the Detroit News, the top newspaper in America's top car-making city. They predict that by 2026 there'll be 180 different "crossover nameplates" in the electric[...]

Objective Reality May Not Exist At All, Quantum Physicists Say (12 hours old)

Long-time Slashdot reader waspleg shares a thought-provoking article from Popular Mechanics: Does reality exist, or does it take shape when an observer measures it? Akin to the age-old conundrum of whether a tree makes a sound if it falls in a forest with no one around to hear it, the above question remains one of the most tantalizing in the field of quantum mechanics, the branch of science dealing with the behavior of subatomic particles on the microscopic level.... Now, scientists from the Federal University of ABC (UFABC) in the São Paulo metropolitan area in Brazil are adding fuel to the [...]

Meta Is Finally Closing Its Cryptocurrency Project Novi (16 hours old)

"What little is left of Meta's once-ambitious cryptocurrency project is limping to an end," reports CNET: A pilot program for Novi, the social media giant's money-transfer service that uses a cryptocurrency wallet of the same name, will cease operating on Sept. 1, according to a notice on its website. The Novi pilot served Guatemala and parts of the US when it launched in October 2021. "The Novi pilot is ending soon," according to the notice, which was reported earlier by Bloomberg News. "We've made it easy for you to get your remaining balance and download your Novi information." Another pag[...]

How Bug Bounty Platform HackerOne Handled Its Own 'Internal Threat' Actor (18 hours old)

Bug bounty platform HackerOne has "a steadfast commitment to disclosing security incidents," according to a new blog post, "because we believe that sharing security information far and wide is essential to building a safer internet." But now they've had an incident of their own: On June 22nd, 2022, a customer asked us to investigate a suspicious vulnerability disclosure made outside of the HackerOne platform. The submitter of this off-platform disclosure reportedly used intimidating language in communication with our customer. Additionally, the submitter's disclosure was similar to an exi[...]

How the Higgs Boson Particle Ruined Peter Higgs's Life (21 hours old)

93-year-old Peter Higgs was awarded a Nobel Prize nine years ago after the Large Hadron Collider experiments finally confirmed of the existence Higgs boson particles he'd predicted back in 1964. "This discovery was a seminal moment in human culture," says physicist Frank Close, who's written the new book Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass . But Scientific American reports there's more to the story: For years, the significance of the prediction was lost on most scientists, including Higgs himself. But gradually it became clear that the Higgs boson was not just an exotic si[...]

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Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn (764 days old [30/05/20])

There's a starship waiting for the sky, he'd like to come meet us, but he thinks he'd blow our minds Video In yet another setback for Elon Musk's beloved steel spaceship, a SpaceX Starship prototype has exploded on the pad during a rocket test burn.…

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks (764 days old [29/05/20])

'No evidence of damage to network or computers, no evidence of theft, damage, or loss of data' On November 4th, 2018, now-Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp announced an investigation into his rival Democratic party, accusing the organization of trying to hack the US state's voter registration system.…

Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam (764 days old [29/05/20])

Land Of The Free to List All The Websites You Use Twitter, Reddit, and the Internet Association on Thursday filed a legal brief in support of a challenge to the US State Department's policy of requiring visa applicants to disclose their social media handles and profiles.…

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for allegedly sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays (764 days old [29/05/20])

Probing by El Reg's Chris Mellor highlighted in class-action complaint A US law firm is seeking owners of certain shingled Western Digital drives to join a class-action suit against the storage slinger, alleging the manufacturer didn't document its use of shingled magnetic recording (SMR) in kit aimed at RAID arrays.…

The top three myths of cloud data protection – busted (765 days old [29/05/20])

SaaS is no replacement for disaster recovery as we're about to find out next month Webcast While moving into cloud working environments often meets a fair degree of push-back, the other side of the coin is that businesses believe throwing everything into the cloud makes them suddenly immune to any of the previous, established occupational hazards of networking technology.…

High-level musical chairs continue at SAP as yet another senior exec departs (765 days old [29/05/20])

Chief beancounter for cloud quits for pastures new The departure could not have come at a worse time for SAP, but Todd McElhatton, veep and chief beancounter for the Cloud Business Group, is the latest person to hang up their hat at the German database giant.…

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine (765 days old [29/05/20])

No Wi-Fi, no newsfeeds – just you, 2G, and your awful music taste The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic was the primary tormentor of late-2000s commuters*. With a powerful built-in speaker and room for a micro SD card, shellsuit-sporting hoodlums could serenade weary bus-goers with the latest computer-generated noise from the Ministry of Sound.…

Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions' (765 days old [29/05/20])

'In Ihrem Budget fehlen sechs Nullen' warned MP Austria's parliament came within moments of slashing its annual spending limit to peanuts after someone omitted the key words "figures in millions" from its national budget bill.…

HP's hoping it'll be second time lucky with launch of Reverb G2 nerd goggles (765 days old [29/05/20])

'Keeping all of the best elements from the G1'... and none of the bad, please HP has given the moribund Windows Mixed Reality market a shot in the arm by opening pre-orders for its long-teased HP Reverb G2 headset.…

Visual Studio Code finally arrives on ARM64 Windows. No, you haven't woken up in 2017, sadly. It's still 2020 (765 days old [29/05/20])

Now you can program like a native with your £899 Surface Pro X – keyboard not included Good news for those who have splashed the cash on Microsoft's flagship Surface Pro X – the software behemoth has emitted an ARM64 build of Visual Studio Code.…

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Missing Cryptoqueen: Is Dr Ruja Ignatova the biggest Bitcoin holder? (1 day old)

As the FBI adds Ruja Ignatova to its most wanted list, new findings suggest she amassed billions in Bitcoin.

Pride: Amazon restricts LGBT goods in United Arab Emirates (3 days old [30/06/22])

The online retail giant says it has to comply with the laws of the countries in which it operates.

Google sign-up 'fast track to surveillance', consumer groups say (3 days old [29/06/22])

Ten European consumer organisations join forces to launch complaints to privacy and data regulators

Canadian admits to hacking spree with Russian cyber-gang (4 days old [29/06/22])

Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins, who worked with the NetWalker crew, had $27m (£22.2m) in Bitcoin when arrested

New biometrics laws urgently needed, review finds (4 days old [29/06/22])

The Ryder Review finds existing laws are fragmented and have failed to keep up with technology.

UK decides AI still cannot patent inventions (5 days old [28/06/22])

Many experts doubted AI was currently able to invent without human assistance, a consultation found.

Missing Cryptoqueen: FBI adds Ruja Ignatova to top ten most wanted (2 days old [01/07/22])

Ruja Ignatova is accused of defrauding victims out of $4bn (£3.2bn) through a cryptocurrency scam.

NHS App to offer video consultations by 2024 (4 days old [29/06/22])

Users will be able to receive messages from their GP and see their medical records, the government says.

The abortion privacy dangers in period trackers and apps (5 days old [27/06/22])

There are a number of concerns around data protection following the US Supreme Court's ruling on abortion.

Instagram: Video selfies trial to verify age of teens (9 days old [24/06/22])

The Meta-owned app is trialling new verification methods to ensure teens meet platform age rules.

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