John Gordon Ross

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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Slashdot » The Teen Malware Career Of Marcus Hutchins

Saturday 9 September 23:06:00 UTC 2017

Slashdot reader troublemaker_23 writes, "A number of security researchers have dismissed an article by reporter Brian Krebs about Marcus Hutchins, the Briton who is awaiting trial in the US on charges of writing and distributing the Kronos banking malware, by pointing out that it has nothing to do with the case." An anonymous reader writes: Krebs investigated dozens of hacker … [Link]

Mashable » All the new Apple iPhone features we know about from that big iOS 11 leak

Saturday 9 September 22:02:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple kinda sorta just spoiled its own big event by letting slip some of the biggest updates coming to the new iPhone and Apple Watch.  We've already detailed some of the possible new emoji goodies, Apple Watch updates, and iPhone naming updates, but there's also a few other features revealed in the iOS 11 firmware leak.    SEE ALSO: Apple's big … [Link]

Slashdot » Can We Surpass Moore's Law With Reversible Computing?

Saturday 9 September 22:02:00 UTC 2017

"It's not about an undo button," writes Slashdot reader marcle, sharing an article by a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories who's studying advanced technologies for computation. "Just reading this story bends my mind." From IEEE Spectrum: [F]or several decades now, we have known that it's possible in principle to carry out any desired computation without … [Link]

Popular Science » What Florida residents should expect from Hurricane Irma

Saturday 9 September 21:57:23 UTC 2017

hurricane irma Environment The storm is expected to strengthen again before hitting the coast. Time is running out for Florida residents as Irma approaches. [Link]

Mashable » Donald Trump Jr. doesn't seem to know which way framed photos of your children should face

Saturday 9 September 21:50:48 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDonald Trump Jr. loves his children so much that he doesn't actually look at them all day.  The father of five was pictured sitting at his desk in Trump Tower, contemplating his fate in a New York Times article earlier this week about his meeting with Senate investigators over his ties to Russia.  On Saturday, however, Twitter noticed something odd about … [Link]

Mashable » Patton Oswalt had choice words for an idiot who tweeted that depression 'isn't real'

Saturday 9 September 21:30:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery Twitter troll needs someone to shut them down. Luckily, one guy who posted a long thread claiming that "depression isn't real" had J.K. Rowling, Patton Oswalt, and a host of other celebrities to debunk him.  Oswalt, who has publicly discussed his struggles with depression, responded to a thread from Andrew Tate, a kickboxer and Big Brother contestant who describes himself … [Link]

Slashdot » Kodi Is Fighting Trademark Trolls

Saturday 9 September 20:58:00 UTC 2017

Friday the makers of an open source media player Kodi called out trademark trolls who they say have "attempted to register the Kodi name in various countries outside the United States with the goal of earning money off the Kodi name without doing any work beyond sending threatening letters." BrianFagioli shares an article in which BetaNews quotes Kodi community and … [Link]

Mashable » ‘The Florida Project’ is the best 2017 movie that you haven’t heard of

Saturday 9 September 20:56:56 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThis world has never suffered from an overabundance of empathy. Even when we're trying to be kind, we have a bad habit of falling back on judgment and condescension, of projecting our own issues and beliefs onto the decisions of others.  So when something like The Florida Project comes along, it feels all the more remarkable.  In his last film, Tangerine, … [Link]

Mashable » Aaron Sorkin's 'Molly's Game' is a good time dragged down by out-of-touch gender politics

Saturday 9 September 20:44:21 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAaron Sorkin thinks Molly's Game is his version of The Crucible.  How do we know this? Because he references Arthur Miller's famous play about the Salem witch trials—which was written as a commentary on the Hollywood Blacklist—multiple times over the course of the movie, at one point having the titular heroine echo one of its most famous lines.  Sadly for Sorkin, … [Link]

Mashable » The year of Wonder Woman continues with the excellent 'Professor Marston'

Saturday 9 September 20:06:13 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Can Wonder Woman's year get any better? Turns out, yes.  A few months after her first big screen outing dominated the box office, her real-life origin story is coming to theaters in the form of a biopic, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. And like Wonder Woman before it, Professor Marston feels both comfortingly familiar and quietly groundbreaking.  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Get club vibes in your tiny apartment with these magnetic speakers

Saturday 9 September 20:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Growtek MiniS Magnetic Speaker allows you to take your stereo speakers with you anywhere you go. It uses powerful magnets and accessories to snap on to almost any surface. Read more…More about Music, Audio, Mashable Video, Stereotypes, and Bluetooth [Link]

Slashdot » An Intelligent Speed Bump Uses Non-Newtonian Liquid

Saturday 9 September 19:54:00 UTC 2017

turkeydance quotes Business Insider: A Spanish company has designed a speed bump that won't hinder slow drivers but will still stop motorists driving too fast. The speed bump is filled with a non-Newtonian liquid which changes viscosity when pressure is applied at high velocity. They've been installed in Villanueva de Tapia, Spain and there has also been interest from Israel … [Link]

Mashable » Gal Gadot shares the most delightful 'Wonder Woman' blooper reel

Saturday 9 September 19:52:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookChris Pine had a nickname for Gal Gadot on the Wonder Woman set: Giggle Gadot. Friends, it is easy to see why. Gadot shared a video Saturday of some of Wonder Woman's finest bloopers. Spoiler: they all prominently feature Giggle Gadot, who is now our favorite celebrity alter-ego. SEE ALSO: 'Wonder Woman' has done it! Top 5 superhero movie of all … [Link]

Mashable » Apple iOS 11 leak hints at Apple Watch LTE and new colors

Saturday 9 September 19:26:29 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe hits just keep on coming from the iOS 11 leak we reported early Saturday, and the latest is all about the Apple Watch.  Based on details found in the Golden Master leak of iOS 11 firmware, it appears that Apple is preparing to release an LTE version of the Apple Watch.  SEE ALSO: The Boston Red Sox used Apple Watches … [Link]

Mashable » Uber, Lyft suspend some Florida service ahead of Hurricane Irma

Saturday 9 September 18:53:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookUber and Lyft want to make sure their drivers and passengers are safe ahead of Hurricane Irma.  As the storm approaches the continental United States, both ride-hailing companies are making sure to play it safe. Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida as soon as Sunday morning.  "With mandatory evacuations currently taking place, we strongly advise our riders and driver-partners … [Link]

Slashdot » China Builds World's Largest EV Charging Network With 167,000 Stations

Saturday 9 September 18:50:00 UTC 2017

"It soon will become easier to charge a Chevy Bolt or Tesla in China," reports 24/7 Wall Street, citing reports from China's official newspaper that they've built the highest number of electric-car charging facilities in the world, offering "the broadest coverage, and the most advanced technology." AmiMoJo quotes their announcement: A total of 167,000 charging piles have now been connected … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone has a cool name, and now we may know what it is

Saturday 9 September 18:48:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe finally (probably) know the name of the new anniversary version of the iPhone and it's awesome: iPhone X.  SEE ALSO: Apple's big iPhone 8 event will have much more than just new iPhones A tweet from game developer Steven Troughton-Smith, which was surfaced by 9to5Mac, shows off a screenshot of new iOS firmware that indicates that the names of the … [Link]

Mashable » Beyoncé visits her childhood church to meet with Harvey survivors

Saturday 9 September 18:28:12 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Queen Bey came home to Houston. The singer visited St. Johns United Methodist Church — the same church she attended as a child — to meet with Harvey survivors and give a speech to those assembled. Blue Ivy; Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams; Beyoncé's mother, Tina Lawson; and other members of her BEYGOOD charity team … [Link]

Mashable » Elon Musk shows off another look at the new SpaceX spacesuit

Saturday 9 September 18:20:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk just gave us another look at the company's new space suit and, as you'd expect, it looks pretty damn sci-fi.  SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's Hyperloop pusher pod hit an impressive 220 mph in new test run Musk revealed the new look at the suit in an Instagram post on Friday, writing, "Astronaut spacesuit next to … [Link]

Slashdot »  Linux Pioneer SUSE Marks 25 Years In the Field

Saturday 9 September 17:46:00 UTC 2017

troublemaker_23 shares an article from ITWire: The Germany-based SUSE Linux marked a milestone last week: on Friday, September 2, the company turned 25, a remarkable achievement in an industry where the remains of software companies litter the landscape around the world… SUSE was formed in 1992 by three university students — Hubert Mantel, Roland Dyroff, and Burchard Steinbild. The fourth … [Link]

Mashable » UPS, Red Cross test drones to locate people in need of help before a disaster is even over

Saturday 9 September 17:44:10 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs historic back-to-back hurricanes pummel the United States and the Caribbean, UPS and the Red Cross are testing out new technology to help.  The package delivery service's nonprofit foundation is figuring out how to use drones to aid in disaster relief. The new pilot program, which also includes drone manufacturer CyPhy Works, will use tethered drones to assess damage after natural … [Link]

Mashable » Hurricane Irma's most dangerous storm surge targets Florida's southwest coast

Saturday 9 September 17:00:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHurricane Irma is poised to pull off the remarkable feat of traveling the entire length of Florida, from south to north, and spreading catastrophic storm surge flooding and damaging winds along with it.  The storm's track would mean that Miami and West Palm Beach, two of the most populated areas with vulnerable shoreline property, will escape their worst-case scenarios, but still … [Link]

Slashdot » Should Congress Force Social Media To Investigate Foreign Propaganda Trolls?

Saturday 9 September 16:42:00 UTC 2017

"I fought foreign propaganda for the FBI," writes a former special agent from its Counterintelligence Division. Now an associate dean at Yale Law School, he's warning that "the tools we had won't work anymore." An anonymous reader quotes Politico: The bureau is now faced with huge private companies, like Facebook and Twitter, which are ostensibly neutral and have no professional … [Link]

Mashable » DNA confirms Viking remains belonged to a female military leader

Saturday 9 September 16:20:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor over 130 years, researchers assumed a Viking warrior and military leader whose remains were found in Sweden was a man. Now, new DNA testing has shown that this ancient high-ranking military officer was actually a woman.  "This image of the male warrior in a patriarchal society was reinforced by research traditions and contemporary preconceptions. Hence, the biological sex of the … [Link]

Mashable » Kristen Bell helped Josh Gad's family find lodging for Hurricane Irma

Saturday 9 September 16:07:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAs stranded Floridians prepared for Hurricane Irma, Kristen Bell stepped up to the plate for a former co-star. Josh Gad posted on Instagram Saturday that Bell, who became stranded in Orlando while filming the upcoming Like Father, managed to secure lodging for his family at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort after they were also unable to evacuate the … [Link]

Slashdot » Raves About New Snap-Centric 'Nitrux' Distro

Saturday 9 September 16:02:10 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes What happens when you take Ubuntu 17.10, a new desktop interface (one that overlays on top of KDE), snap packages, and roll them all up into a pseudo rolling release? You get Nitrux. At first blush, this particular Linux distribution seems more of an experiment than anything else — to show how much the KDE … [Link]

Mashable » Apple iOS 11 lets you put your face on an animated pile of poop, naturally

Saturday 9 September 15:51:27 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAfter months of iPhone 8 hardware leaks, we're finally getting some truly juicy Apple software leaks just days ahead of the device's official launch.  In a leaked Golden Master build of iOS 11, the folks over at 9to5Mac have found a number of interesting new features, including three-dimensional, animated emojis called Animoji.  SEE ALSO: Are you ready for a $1,200 iPhone? … [Link]

Slashdot » SciFi Author (and Byte Columnist) Jerry Pournelle Has Died

Saturday 9 September 15:04:00 UTC 2017

Long-time Slashdot reader BinBoy writes: Science fiction author and Byte magazine columnist Jerry Pournelle has died according to a statement by his son Alex posted to Jerry's web site. A well-wishing page has been set up for visitor's to post their thoughts and memories of Mr. Pournelle. Pournelle's literary career included the 1985 science fiction novel Footfall with Larry Niven, … [Link]

Mashable » Apple's big iPhone 8 event will have much more than just new iPhones

Saturday 9 September 15:03:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple’s next iPhones are almost here. We're just days away from what will be Apple's most anticipated reveal in recent memory. On Tuesday morning, CEO Tim Cook will take the stage at the company's Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino and show off three new iPhones.  We'll also get our first look at the next Apple Watch, Apple TV, and hear the … [Link]

Mashable » Apple gives $5 million to hurricane relief, will activate donations through iTunes

Saturday 9 September 14:40:47 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple announced Friday that it will donate $5 million to hurricane relief efforts. The gift will support Hand in Hand, which has been collecting donations for various organizations, including United Way and Habitat for Humanity, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Its efforts recently expanded to include Hurricane Irma relief, which is projected to hit Florida on Saturday. SEE ALSO: Hurricane … [Link]

Mashable » Tonya Harding biopic 'I, Tonya' turns a portrait of a punchline into a mirror of ourselves

Saturday 9 September 14:14:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookToward the end of I, Tonya, an older Tonya Harding reflects back on her skating career. "I was loved for a minute, and then I was hated, and then I was a punchline forever," she says.  I probably don't need to tell you what, specifically, she's talking about – the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan made Harding that notorious, to the … [Link]

Mashable » The rock 'n' roll rebels of midcentury Switzerland

Saturday 9 September 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookImage: Karlheinz WeinbergerOn paper, Karlheinz Weinberger lived a mostly boring existence. He worked as a warehouse manager at the Siemens factory in Oerlikon, Switzerland from 1955 until his retirement in 1986, and lived in the same apartment for almost his whole life.But when he was off the clock, he set out with his camera to photograph the unusual. (He literally had … [Link]

Slashdot » Firefox 57 Will Hide Search Bar and Use a Uni-Bar Approach, Like Chrome

Saturday 9 September 13:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Mozilla will drop an iconic section of its UI — the search bar — and will use one singular input bar atop the browser, similar to the approach of most Chromium browsers. This change will go live in Firefox 57, scheduled for release on November 14, and will be part of … [Link]

Popular Science » Here's how you can access your computer from anywhere

Saturday 9 September 12:00:00 UTC 2017

computer on desk DIY Phone home. Want to access your work while out and about? With free software and a web connection, you can connect to your home or office computer from anywhere in the world. [Link]

Mashable » 10 iPhone 8 rumors that are sure bets

Saturday 9 September 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook d6a4 e516%2fthumb%2f00001 Read more… {"player":{"descript~ it felt really, really good.","image":&quot~ just fondled the crap out of a fake copper gold iPhone 8","sources":[{&quot~ 8,ifa 2017,copper gold,iphone 8 dummy unit,fake iphone 8,iphone 8 mockup","sec0":null,~ 8,ifa 2017,copper gold,iphone 8 dummy unit,fake iphone 8,iphone 8 mockup","videoSeriesName&~ More about Apple, Iphone, Ios, Smartphones, and Rumors [Link]

Mashable » Here's how to become a social media marketing guru for less than $35

Saturday 9 September 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Internet history was made on May 22, 2005, when YouTube co-founder Steve Chen posted a video of his cat called "Pajamas and Nick Drake." That 30-second clip was the very first cat video ever uploaded to the video-sharing site, according to The BBC, marking the beginning of a … [Link]

Mashable » How Starbucks made pumpkin spice into an insufferable global juggernaut

Saturday 9 September 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe leaves are falling from the trees, kids are back in school, and the pumpkin spice latte has reappeared on the menus of Starbucks all over the country. Never mind that a few weeks of summer still remain. The beverage has become such an autumn staple that it has given Starbucks the de facto authority to declare the start of the … [Link]

Mashable » This sleep mask has built-in headphones—and it's magic

Saturday 9 September 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Insomniacs (and SO's of loud sleepers) rejoice. You’re about to receive a powerful ally in your eternal struggle for a good night’s sleep. The Sleep Eye Mask Headphones don’t just block out external light—they also allow you to listen to your favorite music, sleep … [Link]

Mashable » 7 best films about summer romance that aren't by Nicholas Sparks

Saturday 9 September 12:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCan we all agree that there is something about the idea of summer romance that is just so damn desirable?  Maybe it's the lack of clothing and the general lack of responsibilities. Or maybe it's knowing that you will only have to commit for a few months before fall rolls around.   SEE ALSO: 'Despacito' is officially the song of summer, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Ankle fossil suggests our ancient ancestors leapt like acrobats

Saturday 9 September 11:30:00 UTC 2017

A 52-million-year-old ankle bone hints at first primates jumping rather than clambering from tree to tree – but what drove them to evolve this way is a mystery [Link]

Slashdot » Hobbyist Gives iPhone 7 the Headphone Jack We've Always Wanted

Saturday 9 September 10:30:00 UTC 2017

intellitech shares a report from Engadget: For those of you who miss the iPhone headphone jack, you're definitely not alone. But Strange Parts creator Scotty Allen missed it so much that he decided to add one to his iPhone 7. He just posted a video of the project's entire saga, with all of its many ups and downs, and in … [Link]

Slashdot » El Nino's Absence Is Causing An Active Hurricane Season

Saturday 9 September 7:30:00 UTC 2017

Dan Drollette writes: Contrary to some items making the rounds of the Twitterverse, El Nino's are "Kryptonite for hurricanes." The Mercury News reports: "Irma has ripped a path of misery through the Caribbean and is aiming at Florida, but the first seed for its monster size and force was planted on the other side of the world more than six … [Link]

Slashdot » AI Can Detect Sexual Orientation Based On Person's Photo

Saturday 9 September 4:00:00 UTC 2017

ugen shares a report from CNBC: Artificial Intelligence (AI) can now accurately identify a person's sexual orientation by analyzing photos of their face, according to new research. The Stanford University study, which is set to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and was first reported in The Economist, found that machines had a far superior "gaydar" … [Link]

Slashdot » FDA Slams EpiPen Maker For Doing Nothing While Hundreds Failed, People Died

Saturday 9 September 2:35:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The manufacturer of EpiPen devices failed to address known malfunctions in its epinephrine auto-injectors even as hundreds of customer complaints rolled in and failures were linked to deaths, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The damning allegations came to light today when the FDA posted a warning letter it sent … [Link]

Mashable » Cruise ship company is rescuing its employees from Irma—on a cruise ship

Saturday 9 September 2:24:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe high seas are not where anyone wants to be as Hurricane Irma rips through the Caribbean and southern Atlantic.  To evacuate employees usually stationed aboard ships now in hurricane-churned waters, Royal Caribbean is using its most valuable resource: its own gigantic cruise boat. SEE ALSO: National Hurricane Center's headquarters is in Irma's path—but it's built to take a hit Royal … [Link]

Slashdot » India Aims To Put One Million Electric Vehicles On the Road By Mid-2019

Saturday 9 September 1:55:00 UTC 2017

gubol123 shares a report from The Economic Times: Six leading car makers are eyeing the government's plan to buy 10,000 electric vehicles while policy makers are considering generous fiscal incentives to make their capital and running cost cheaper than petrol cars within five years. Broadly, the aim is to put on roads one million electric three-wheelers and 10,000 electric city … [Link]

Mashable » Obama surprising these excited teens at school will give you so much joy

Saturday 9 September 0:57:31 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere’s a lot of terrifying stuff going on right now.  So if you need a ray of sunshine, just watch these students absolutely lose it when former President Barack Obama walks into the room.  SEE ALSO: Obama-Biden bromance inspires animated series These young people that I met at McKinley Tech today are the reason I'm hopeful about the future. To all … [Link]

Slashdot » Galaxy Note 8 Sets New Pre-Order Record For Samsung Despite Last Year's Disaster

Saturday 9 September 0:47:44 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Note brand is still going strong despite Samsung recalling and discontinuing Note 7 devices last year for battery explosions. The company today announced that more customers in the U.S. have preordered the Note 8 than any other Notes it has ever sold in previous years during the same time period. … [Link]

Slashdot » Best Buy Stops Selling Kaspersky Security Software

Saturday 9 September 0:45:00 UTC 2017

swschrad writes: Call it a stampede, call it a business decision, but Best Buy has pulled Kaspersky internet security software from its shelves and website. Some in the U.S. government suspect Russian ties make it a suspicious product. Since all major security companies have links with each other and with government security agencies, sharing threat evidence to find counters, Kaspersky's … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What's a Practical Response To the Equifax Breach?

Saturday 9 September 0:05:00 UTC 2017

In response to the massive Equifax cybersecurity incident impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumer — making it possibly the worst leak of personal info ever — Slashdot reader AdamStarks asks: What steps can the average Joe take to protect their identity? Accepting Equifax's help forfeits your right to sue; it's the same with applying for protection at TransUnion (not sure … [Link]


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