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 » Google Says It Hasn't Promised To Help News Sites By Sharing Money and User Data

Sunday 22 October 23:39:24 UTC 2017

UPDATE (2:53 PST): Google say it hasn't lined up any deals to share revenue and user data with online news sites, calling Sunday news reports "totally wrong." "We have not reached any conclusions on the revenue side," Google spokeswoman Maggie Shiels told CNET. "We haven't reached any conclusions [regarding] subscriptions and need to speak to publishers." An anonymous reader shared … [Link]

Mashable » Stephen Hawking makes one of his most famous research papers available online

Sunday 22 October 23:01:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookMore than 50 years ago, Stephen Hawking wrote his doctoral thesis on how universes expand.  On Monday morning (GMT), that research became available for anyone to read through a digital library maintained by the University of Cambridge.  SEE ALSO: Researchers watched as gold was made millions of light-years from Earth “By making my PhD thesis Open Access, I hope to inspire … [Link]

Slashdot » Bill Gates Tries A(nother) Billion-Dollar Plan To Reform Education

Sunday 22 October 22:51:00 UTC 2017

theodp shared this article from the Washington Post: Bill Gates has a(nother) plan for K-12 public education. The others didn't go so well, but the man, if anything, is persistent. Gates announced Thursday that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would spend more than $1.7 billion over the next five years to pay for new initiatives in public education, with … [Link]

Mashable » Download this: Spilly's AR app is like Snapchat filters on steroids

Sunday 22 October 21:49:25 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIf you've ever watched a YouTube video and wished that you could be part of it, there's a new augmented reality app that might be able to help. It's called Spilly, and it takes popular videos of celebrities, YouTube stars, and other famous clips, then allows users to mash them up with Snapchat-like AR effects and even their own faces. SEE … [Link]

Slashdot » Silicon Valley 'Divided Society and Made Everyone Raging Mad', Argues Newsweek

Sunday 22 October 21:44:00 UTC 2017

"Anyone who is pissed off can now automatically find other people that are similarly pissed off," argues author Jamie Bartlett, in a new essay shared by Slashdot reader schwit1 which calls the internet "a bottomless well of available grievance." Here's an excerpt from Newsweek: Silicon Valley's utopians genuinely but mistakenly believe that more information and connection makes us more analytical … [Link]

Mashable » Lost dog rescued from an abandoned mine shaft turns out to be a total superstar

Sunday 22 October 21:12:11 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook There are two types of "lost pet" stories: The happy ones, where good Samaritans lend a helping hand and everything works out in the end, and the unhappy ones, which we don't talk about. Well. Here we are, talking. I'll let Portia Scovern, the non-canine hero of this story, explain (via her Facebook post): A subsequent update on Ms. Scovern's … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Promises To Help News Sites By Sharing Money and User Data

Sunday 22 October 20:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes CNET: Google may have a lifeline for struggling news publishers. The web giant is planning to share a chunk of its revenue with publishers, the Financial Times reported Sunday. Google's plan is to mate its treasure trove of personal data with machine learning algorithms to help news publications grow their subscriber base, the newspaper reported… The … [Link]

Mashable » Couple that ordered storage bins from Amazon had to call the cops over what they found inside

Sunday 22 October 20:00:40 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor two Amazon customers in Florida, a simple purchase of four plastic storage bin turned into a mystery involving 65 pounds of marijuana.  SEE ALSO: Pot company donates $40,000 of weed and opens doors to those displaced by wildfire When the couple's order arrived a few months ago, they were surprised it weighed so much, according to WFTV, an ABC affiliate … [Link]

Slashdot » 30-Year-Old Operating System 'PC-MOS/386' Finally Open Sourced

Sunday 22 October 19:40:00 UTC 2017

PC-MOS/386 "was a multi-user, computer multitasking operating system…announced at COMDEX in November 1986," remembers Wikipedia, saying it runs many MS-DOS titles (though it's optimized for the Intel 80386 processor). Today Slashdot user Roeland Jansen writes: After some tracking, racing and other stuff…PC-MOS/386 v5.01 is open source under GPLv3. Back in May he'd posted to a virtualization site that "I still … [Link]

Slashdot » Could Cryptocurrency Mining Kill Online Advertising?

Sunday 22 October 18:40:00 UTC 2017

"Could it turn out users actually prefer to trade a little CPU time to website owners in favor of them not showing ads?" writes phonewebcam, a long-time Slashdot reader. Slashdot covered the downside [of in-browser cryptocurrency mining] recently, with even [Portuguese professional sportsballer] Cristiano Ronaldo's official site falling victim, but that may not be the full story. This could be … [Link]

Mashable » Trump congratulated himself for something he hadn't done, so the White House had to make it true

Sunday 22 October 18:02:53 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookSeveral Americans received something unexpected from the White House this week: a rush-delivered condolence letter from President Donald Trump written to the loved ones of people who died in military service.  After a week of controversy that pivoted around whether Trump — as he claimed — actually did personally contact every bereaved family, The Atlantic confirmed that some received expedited condolence … [Link]

Mashable » Justin Bieber covered his abs with an elaborate tattoo and the internet is still processing

Sunday 22 October 17:42:39 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTake it easy, internet. It's Justin's body. Let him make his choices. Justin Bieber set off a fan firestorm on Saturday when he shared a look at his new ink. It's not a subtle tattoo, with shaded black ink now covering the majority of the pop star's front torso. SEE ALSO: Justin Bieber shares that he wants to be as cool … [Link]

Slashdot » Tesla Plans Factory In China, Discounts Insurance For Self-Driving US Cars

Sunday 22 October 17:29:00 UTC 2017

Business Insider reports: Tesla has created a customized insurance package, InsureMyTesla, that is cheaper than traditional plans because it factors in the vehicles' Autopilot safety features and maintenance costs. InsureMyTesla has been available in 20 countries, but Tesla just recently partnered with Liberty Mutual to make the plan available in the U.S. InsureMyTesla shows how the insurance industry is bound … [Link]

Mashable » James Toback is the latest filmmaker to be outed as a sexual predator

Sunday 22 October 17:00:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Harvey Weinsteins of the world aren't always household names. Frequently, in fact, they're nothing of the sort. So it is with James Toback, a longtime (and relatively obscure) filmmaker who is now facing allegations of sexual harassment leveled by 38 different women, as a Los Angeles Times investigation reveals. And much like Weinstein, Toback's deplorable behavior has been an open … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » What to Consider When Pricing Your API

Sunday 22 October 16:54:03 UTC 2017

​It’s no secret that the API business is big business. Over $500m was pumped into API-driven firms just last year and that number is only likely to rise. But how do companies make money from an API and how should you price API usage to get the best return? Lindsey Kirchoff over at Nordic APIs tells you everything you need … [Link]

Slashdot » Security Upgraded For NetBSD-amd64 with Kernel ASLR Support

Sunday 22 October 16:24:00 UTC 2017

24 years after its release, NetBSD is getting a security upgrade — specifically, Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). An anonymous reader writes: Support for Kernel ASLR was added on NetBSD-amd64 a few weeks ago. KASLR basically randomizes the address of the kernel, and makes it harder to exploit several classes of vulnerabilities [including privilege escalations and remote code execution]. It … [Link]

Mashable » Every Halloween I get really excited to watch the only Frankenstein movie

Sunday 22 October 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHalloween is the best time of the year. Many people think this is because you get to dress up, eat candy and fill your house with decorative gourds, but they are wrong. Halloween is the best time of the year because Halloween is the time that I get to watch the one and only Frankenstein movie. SEE ALSO: 6 of your … [Link]

Mashable » Here's how you can actually use your phone when you listen to YouTube on mobile

Sunday 22 October 15:35:24 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYouTube is meant for video, but as most everyone has figured out by now, it's also great for music. You can find just about every deep cut imaginable on the platform — but listening to the tunes on the mobile app isn't always the most enjoyable experience.  The YouTube app has one particularly egregious flaw for listeners: Playback is only available … [Link]

Slashdot » Canadian Government Teams With Facebook To Protect Election Integrity

Sunday 22 October 15:19:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard: There are nearly as many Canadians who use Facebook daily as there are people in this country who are registered to vote — which is why the federal government is working with Facebook to protect its next federal election… Facebook is now facing perhaps its biggest test as it looks to curb foreign electoral interference … [Link]

Mashable » Freshen the air in your home with this smart planter

Sunday 22 October 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookClairy is a smart flowerpot and natural air purifier that can fill your apartment with fresh air, while sending indoor pollution updates to your phone. Read more…More about Tech, Lifestyle, Climate, Mashable Video, and Energy [Link]

Mashable » Coral reefs in Florida Keys hit hard this hurricane season, but there are signs of recovery

Sunday 22 October 14:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookOut on the water's surface, floating above the site of a coral nursery was the first sign of trouble: a tangled mass of line, buoys, lobster traps, and debris.  A coral restoration team from Florida's Mote Marine Laboratory was checking on its underwater nursery for the first time since Hurricane Irma brought 140-mph winds to the Keys, and things didn't look … [Link]

Mashable » 5 living ex-presidents uniting to raise money for charity is what winning looks like

Sunday 22 October 14:25:11 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter showed Donald Trump what real winning looks like on Saturday evening. The ex-presidents gathered in College Station, Texas for a benefit concert that was put together to raise money for One America Appeal's ongoing hurricane relief efforts. The concert featured an assortment of rock and country … [Link]

Slashdot » With Rising Database Breaches, Two-Factor Authentication Also At Risk

Sunday 22 October 14:14:00 UTC 2017

Two-factor authentication "protects from an attacker listening in right now," writes Slashdot reader szczys, "but in many case a database breach will negate the protections of two-factor." Hackaday reports: To fake an app-based 2FA query, someone has to know your TOTP password. That's all, and that's relatively easy. And in the event that the TOTP-key database gets compromised, the bad … [Link]

Mashable » Vivid photos offer a record of a diverse Massachusetts community

Sunday 22 October 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebookc. 1904Portrait of the Thomas A. and Margaret Dillon Family. Virginia-born coachman Thomas A. Dillon and his wife, Margaret, a domestic servant and native of Newton, Massachusetts, pose in the parlor of their home at 4 Dewey Street with children Thomas, Margaret, and Mary. A poster on the wall commemorates President Theodore Roosevelt’s visit to the Worcester Agricultural Fair in 1902.Image: … [Link]

Mashable » I drove a Cadillac from New York to D.C. without using my hands

Sunday 22 October 13:47:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookI’m sitting in the driver's seat of a brand new 2018 Cadillac CT6, the most expensive (about $83,000 maxed out) and futuristic car the company makes, and one I frankly don't deserve to be driving. It's an absolute gem: It has big cushy seats, a gigantic touchscreen infotainment system, and a crazy rear-view camera mirror that flips between an actual mirror … [Link]

Mashable » You can no longer buy a 256GB iPhone 7 from Apple, giving the iPhone 8 a leg up

Sunday 22 October 13:17:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookApple made a few major changes to its iPhone lineup last month, but you probably missed one. There were the major announcements — an iPhone 8 and an iPhone X coming this fall — but the company also revised its iPhone 7 offerings. It no longer sells a 256GB iPhone 7, previously the largest capacity, leaving consumers with three options: 32GB, … [Link]

Mashable » This 17-year-old artist wants you to know his stutter will never hold him back

Sunday 22 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

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Mashable » The internet's hunger for weird beauty trends knows no bounds in 2017

Sunday 22 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThere are two types of beauty trends: real and internet. The real ones—the color-blocked lids, the dark lips, the golden highlighter — actually appear on runways and in beauty collections, with the ostensible goal of one day showing up on your actual body.  SEE ALSO: Why you probably, definitely shouldn't buy into this beauty trend The internet ones, by and large, … [Link]

Mashable » These 'Stranger Things' waffles are super easy to make

Sunday 22 October 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEggos created 9 recipes for the premiere of 'Stranger Things' Season 2, and each waffle is named after an episode. We decided to try out the recipes for ourselves. Read more…More about Food, Mashable Video, Diy, Cheese, and Sweet [Link]

Mashable » How creepy YouTube channels trick kids into watching violent videos

Sunday 22 October 12:30:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe internet will inevitably steal the soul of every child at some point as he or she grows up, but some are speeding the process along by manipulating YouTube's powerful algorithm.Creepy, weird, and violent clips intended for kids pop up frequently on YouTube and even YouTube Kids, its family-friendly app designed for children that launched in 2015. And YouTube’s policy is … [Link]

Slashdot » A 14-Year-Old Asks: When Should I Get a VPN?

Sunday 22 October 12:19:28 UTC 2017

"One of my students sent me this letter," writes Slashdot reader Hasaf. "I have a good idea how I will answer, but I wanted to put it before the Slashdot community." The letter reads: Right now I am 14 years old, I was wondering when I should get a VPN… I was thinking about getting the yearly deal. But right … [Link]

Mashable » Own a Mac? You should be traveling with this gadget

Sunday 22 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you’ve done any international traveling, you probably already know that not all charging solutions are created equal. There are the ones that come with converters and outlet adapters…and that thing you haven’t quite figured out yet. Then there are the ones with different … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to break bad habits with the help of this online course

Sunday 22 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It's time to give that ol' brain of yours a thorough dusting-off, so to speak: Through the Full Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Diploma Course, you might be able to hack your way to an improved way of thinking. SEE ALSO: This app will give you … [Link]

Mashable » Work related stress has met its match in these shiny Zen magnets

Sunday 22 October 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Homemade slime and kinetic sand are satisfying to play with, but they don't translate too well to the workplace. (Can you imagine trying to clean that colorful glue-based goop off your desk? Hard pass.) Fortunately, a simple substitution exists with this Zen Magnets set. These clusters … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Chastises Google Over Chrome Security

Sunday 22 October 7:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes PCMag: In a Wednesday blog post, Redmond examined Google's browser security and took the opportunity to throw some shade at Chrome's security philosophy, while also touting the benefits of its own Edge browser. The post, written by Microsoft security team member Jordan Rabet, noted that Google's Chrome browser uses "sandboxing" and isolation techniques designed to contain … [Link]

Slashdot » For Under $1,000, Mobile Ads Can Track Your Location

Sunday 22 October 5:29:00 UTC 2017

"Researchers were able to use GPS data from an ad network to track a user to their actual location, and trace movements through town," writes phantomfive. Mashable reports: The idea is straightforward: Associate a series of ads with a specific individual as well as predetermined GPS coordinates. When those ads are served to a smartphone app, you know where that … [Link]

Slashdot » Code Bootcamp Fined $375K Over Employment Claims and Licensing Issues

Sunday 22 October 3:19:39 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: [O]ne of the most prominent institutions, New York's Flatiron School, will be shelling out $375,000 to settle charges brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. The AG said the school operated for a period without the proper educational license, and it improperly marketed both its job placement rates and the salaries of … [Link]

Slashdot » US Government Warns Of 'Ongoing' Hacks Targeting Nuclear and Power Industries

Sunday 22 October 1:54:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned in a report distributed by email late on Friday … [Link]


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