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 » Russian Submarines are 'Prowling Around' Undersea Internet Cables

Saturday 23 December 23:09:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes The Hill: Russian submarine activity around undersea cables that provide internet and other communications connections to North America and Europe has raised concerns among NATO officials, according to The Washington Post. NATO officials say an unprecedented amount of Russian deep-sea activity, especially around undersea internet lines, constitutes a newfound "vulnerability" for NATO nations. "We are now … [Link]

Mashable » The rapid rise and even faster fall of an HQ trivia champion

Saturday 23 December 23:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHQ trivia, the live game-show app that launched in July, is ridiculously hard to win, but contestant Allan Gibbons repeatedly finds a way. Better known by his username “AllanG,” Gibbons is an HQ trivia celebrity, born from his knack for dominating the game show's daily competitions. The 28-year-old radio DJ from Owen Sound, Canada has earned more than $870 from the … [Link]

Mashable » Carrie Fisher wrote some of her own lines in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Saturday 23 December 22:10:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookCarrie Fisher did more than reprise her role as General Leia Organa in the newest installment of the Star Wars franchise. Before her death at age 60 last year, she brought her own wit and humor with her into The Last Jedi — and director Rian Johnson was all about it. He included some one-liners that have that characteristic Fisher bite, … [Link]

Slashdot » Court Throws Out Grsecurity Libel Lawsuit Against Bruce Perens

Saturday 23 December 22:04:00 UTC 2017

Long-time Slashdot reader SlaveToTheGrind writes: As previously discussed on Slashdot, Grsecurity developer Open Source Security sued Bruce Perens for allegedly defamatory statements about Grsecurity's licensing policies. Thursday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler of the District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the lawsuit, holding that Perens's statements were not libelous: "Mr. Perens counters, and the court agrees, that the … [Link]

Mashable » WOW Air is offering an amazing holiday deal, but you're going to have to act fast

Saturday 23 December 21:23:19 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. WOW Air is offering a great, last-minute Christmas sale on end-of-the-year flights. Until 7 p.m. ET Saturday, travelers can book roundtrip flights to 38 destinations for 50 percent off. The Icelandic airline flies all over Europe … [Link]

Slashdot » Can We Get Global Broadband From Low-Earth Orbit Satellites?

Saturday 23 December 20:59:00 UTC 2017

"The internet is unavailable to and/or unaffordable by about 50% of the world population," writes Larry Press (formerly of IBM), who's now an information systems professor at California State University. But he's also long-time Slashdot reader lpress, and reports on new efforts to bring cheap high-speed internet to the entire world. SpaceX, Boeing, OneWeb, Telesat, and Leosat are investing in … [Link]

Slashdot » Firefox 57's Speed Secret? Delaying Requests from Tracking Domains

Saturday 23 December 19:54:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: A Mozilla engineer has revealed one of the hidden techniques that Firefox 57 — known as Quantum — is using to improve page load times… It delays scripts from tracking domains, such as The technique was developed by Mozilla engineer Honza Bambas, who calls it "tailing". It works by delaying scripts from tracking domains … [Link]

Mashable » Vice Media reportedly settled 4 sexual harassment, defamation cases against employees

Saturday 23 December 19:15:32 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVice Media may be hailed as millennial digital-media darling covering edgy, hip topics, but its workplace culture is out-dated and rotten, according to a damning New York Times investigation published Saturday. The investigation uncovered four settlements for alleged sexual harassment and defamation against the Brooklyn-based media company's employees — including its president, Andrew Creighton. The allegations include unwanted sexual advances, forced … [Link]

Slashdot » UK Police's Porn-Spotting AI Keeps Mistaking Desert Pics for Nudes

Saturday 23 December 18:49:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo: London's Metropolitan Police believes that its artificial intelligence software will be up to the task of detecting images of child abuse in the next "two to three years." But, in its current state, the system can't tell the difference between a photo of a desert and a photo of a naked body… "Sometimes it comes … [Link]

Slashdot » 65% of Washington DC's Outdoor Surveillance Cameras Infiltrated by Romanian Hackers

Saturday 23 December 17:44:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes The Hill: Two Romanian hackers stand accused of hacking more than 100 outdoor police security cameras in the D.C. area during the days leading up to President Trump's inauguration, according to a court document obtained by CNN. According to an affidavit from Secret Service agent James Graham, Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru are accused of … [Link]

Mashable » This man walked 11,000 miles across America to raise awareness for homelessness

Saturday 23 December 17:14:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookLeroy Bailey walked around the entire perimeter of the continental U.S. in the hopes to raise money to build homeless shelters that would help people get back on their feet.  To help his cause, click here. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Usa, Walking, Fight, and Fundraising [Link]

Mashable » 50 actually nice things that happened in 2017

Saturday 23 December 17:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWe (rightfully) talk a lot about all that went wrong in 2017. But because no year, no matter how disturbing, can ever be all trash, let's take a moment to appreciate a few things that went right. For example: Animal births! Giant pizzas! The rare political win!  1. A cat took the only good selfie.   2. Fiona the Hippo, America's … [Link]

Slashdot » Rust Blog Touts 'What We Achieved' in 2017

Saturday 23 December 16:39:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes the official Rust blog: Rust's development in 2017 fit into a single overarching theme: increasing productivity, especially for newcomers to Rust. From tooling to libraries to documentation to the core language, we wanted to make it easier to get things done with Rust. That desire led to a roadmap for the year, setting out 8 high-level … [Link]

Slashdot » Can the FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Decision Be Overturned in Congress?

Saturday 23 December 15:34:00 UTC 2017

"Cancel the funeral and get ready to fight: Net neutrality is far from dead," argues Evan Greer, the campaign director for the pro-net neutrality group Fight for the Future in Newsweek: Our elected officials in Congress have the power to reverse what is swiftly becoming one of the U.S. government's most unpopular decisions ever. And if they don't, they'll pay … [Link]

New Scientist – News » 3D-printed implant mends broken legs by turning into real bone

Saturday 23 December 15:19:28 UTC 2017

Metal plates and pins for broken bones could be a thing of the past, with porous 3D implants as strong as the real thing used instead [Link]

New Scientist – News » 2018 preview: Get ready to meet your newest long-lost ancestor

Saturday 23 December 15:19:27 UTC 2017

Fossils from our ancient relatives have been turning up at an increasing rate, and rumours are rife that the next new species is about to drop [Link]

New Scientist – News » Video gaming disorder to be officially recognised for first time

Saturday 23 December 15:19:26 UTC 2017

Obsessively playing video games can be so detrimental that the World Health Organization is going to recognise it as a mental health condition [Link]

New Scientist – News » China tackles climate change with world’s largest carbon market

Saturday 23 December 15:19:25 UTC 2017

The Chinese state hopes to use market forces to encourage energy-hungry firms to seek cleaner alternatives, but simply telling them what to do may be more effective [Link]

Mashable » 2017 is the year blockbusters lost their faith in humanity

Saturday 23 December 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTo hear the movies tell it, it's always the end of the world. Every few weeks, another existential threat drops into the multiplex, usually via sky portal, promising certain doom unless an "unlikely" hero steps up to stop it. Almost without fail, he (and it's usually a he) succeeds. Crisis is averted, tears turn to cheers, and mankind is safe for … [Link]

Mashable » The hot sauces that deserve to be in your stockings this holiday season

Saturday 23 December 15:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Regardless of what anyone tells you, there's only one way to spice up your holiday season and keep you warm this winter: hot sauce. There's a million different ways to take your bland food to the … [Link]

Mashable » 30 innovations that improved the world in 2017

Saturday 23 December 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook2017 may have been a rough year, but there were plenty of inventions, innovations, and gadgets that made the world just a slightly better place. From global health to social justice to humanitarian aid, a slew of scientists, technologists, and activists came together this year to create impactful solutions to some of our most pressing problems. SEE ALSO: 9 incredible ways … [Link]

Mashable » Learn all about digital marketing with these online courses

Saturday 23 December 13:11:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. You should have a solid foundation in digital marketing regardless of where you work. But, let's be real, who has time to get another degree while working 50+ hour weeks?  SEE ALSO: … [Link]

Mashable » Here's everything you can do with a Bitmoji

Saturday 23 December 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYou’ve probably seen a Bitmoji floating around on Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram. You might even have the Bitmoji app. But what are these adorable full-sized avatars for, anyway? As it turns out, a bunch of things. The Bitmoji app opens up a world of possibilities, and we're here to help you discover them.  SEE ALSO: 'Genies' are like Bitmojis that try … [Link]

Slashdot » Experts Cast Doubt on 'Alien Alloys' in the New York Times' UFO Story

Saturday 23 December 13:00:00 UTC 2017

What to make of a Las Vegas building full of unidentified alloys? The New York Times published a stunning story last week revealing that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) had, between 2007 and 2012, funded a $22 million program for investigating UFOs (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source). The story included three revelations that were tailored … [Link]

Mashable » A charging cable for your iPhone that works just like Apple's MagSafe power adapter

Saturday 23 December 12:40:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHeads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Apple may have killed the MagSafe in its latest array of MacBooks, but that doesn't mean that magnetic charging cables have become obsolete.  SEE ALSO: Gift ideas for your friend who can’t … [Link]

Slashdot » The Lower Your Social Class, the 'Wiser' You Are, Suggests New Study

Saturday 23 December 10:00:00 UTC 2017

Wisdom — the ability to take the perspectives of others into account and aim for compromise — comes much more naturally to those who grow up poor or working class, according to a new study by social psychologist Igor Grossman at the University of Waterloo in Canada and his colleagues. Science Magazine reports: To conduct the study, Grossmann and his … [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX Rocket Stuns Californians As It Carries 10 Satellites Into Space

Saturday 23 December 8:30:00 UTC 2017

A reused SpaceX rocket carried 10 satellites into orbit from California on Friday, leaving behind a trail of mystery and wonder as it soared into space. Elon Musk jokingly tweeted a video of the rocket with the caption, "Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea." The Guardian reports: The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg air force base, carrying … [Link]

Slashdot » China Is Building a Solar Power Highway

Saturday 23 December 7:00:00 UTC 2017

China is building roadways with solar panels underneath that may soon have the ability to charge cars wirelessly and digitally assist automated vehicles. "This second solar roadway project — part of the Jinan City Expressway — is a 1.2 mile stretch," reports Electrek. "The building technique involves transparent concrete over a layer of solar panels." From the report: Construction is … [Link]

Slashdot » Lithuania Calls On EU To Stop Adjusting Clocks For Daylight Savings

Saturday 23 December 3:30:00 UTC 2017

AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian: Lithuania has said that it would push the European Union to abolish its law on daylight saving time, claiming that most people find it annoying to have to adjust their clocks twice a year. An opinion poll published this year showed that 79% of people in the nation of 2.8 million were against … [Link]

Mashable » Our favorite books of 2017

Saturday 23 December 3:04:35 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. 2017 is coming to a close, but if there's one thing that stands out from this year, it's all of the great books.  From poignant, socially conscious YA novels like The Hate U Give by Angie … [Link]

Mashable » No LA, it's not aliens. It's a SpaceX rocket launch.

Saturday 23 December 2:23:01 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook Look up. Is it a bird? A plane? Aliens? It's definitely not aliens, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is trolling concerned Los Angeles residents and celebrities who noticed something eerie in the early evening sky Friday. It was definitely aliens — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2017 Many assumed the strange shape and smoke were from an alien spaceship or … [Link]

Mashable » Thank you, Bruce McCandless, for this iconic space photo

Saturday 23 December 1:58:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookAn astronaut floats alone with the blackness of space behind him and the bright blue limb of the Earth below.  He's untethered with nothing but a NASA-made jetpack to protect him. NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless — who died at the age of 80 on Thursday — is that untethered astronaut in one of the most iconic space photos of all time. … [Link]

Slashdot » Samsung Could Make $22 Billion Off Next Year's iPhones

Saturday 23 December 1:25:00 UTC 2017

According to a report by Korean outlet ETnews (via The Investor), Apple placed an order for 180 million to 200 million OLED displays from Samsung's manufacturing branch, Samsung Display, for the next round of iPhones. Each display is estimated to cost $110, which could mean the deal is worth up to $22 billion. CNET reports: The recently released iPhone X … [Link]

Slashdot » How To Check If You Interacted With Russian Propaganda On Facebook During the 2016 Election

Saturday 23 December 0:45:00 UTC 2017

Facebook has rolled out a new tool to help some users figure out if they interacted with Russian propaganda during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "The social giant's tool — available here, through its Help Center — specifically allows users to see if they followed or 'Liked' any pages and accounts set up by Kremlin-backed trolls on either Facebook or … [Link]

Mashable » The National Park Service removed climate change plans from website, but it may be for a good reason

Saturday 23 December 0:15:08 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookEarlier this month, the government watchdog group EDGI found that the climate change plans for 92 different national park sites had been removed from the National Park Service website.  On Dec. 21, EDGI, short for Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, published a report about the disappearance of the documents, which were available online as PDFs.  SEE ALSO: Trump shrank 2 national … [Link]

Mashable » Chris Cornell's wife posts heartbreaking Christmas video

Saturday 23 December 0:10:04 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookFor Chris Cornell's family, the holidays will be difficult this year — but as his wife Vicky showed Friday on Twitter, the former Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman is never far from their thoughts. Vicky posted a video of Cornell with one of his three children that was for a school project "years ago." She wrote "while the holidays will never be … [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Acquires Connected Camera and Doorbell Startup 'Blink'

Saturday 23 December 0:03:00 UTC 2017

In an effort to push further into smart home and connected security products, Amazon has acquired Blink — a wireless security camera company that launched back in 2014 and then subsequently closed a million-dollar Kickstarter campaign. SlashGear reports: The deal was announced today, and for the moment will see Blink continue to operate as-is, with no changes to the company's … [Link]


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