Day: June 23, 2018

Can NASA Protect Earth from Catastrophic Asteroid Collisions?

An anonymous reader quotes Qz: NASA is not going to be able to find all the asteroids big enough to cause serious devastation on Earth by 2020 — or even 2033. Also: For a hypothetical attempt to send a spacecraft to divert an seriously dangerous incoming asteroid, we’ll need a ten year heads-up to build…

America’s ‘CyberWar’ With Foreign Governments Could Get More Aggressive

America’s Department of Defense “has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states that sponsor malicious hacking groups,” reports the New York Times. Long-time Slashdot reader TheSauce shares…

Security researcher gets around iPhone passcode limit – CNET

Brute force attack lets would-be hackers run as many passcodes as they want without destroying data, ZDNet reports. …read more Source:: CNet

ROPS Will Be The Board x86 Robot Builders Are Waiting For

If your robot has outgrown a Raspberry Pi and only the raw computing power of an x86 motherboard will suffice, you are likely to encounter a problem with its interfaces. The days of ISA cards are long gone, and a modern PC is not designed to easily talk to noisy robot hardware. Accessible ports such…

Should Professional Sports Switch To Robot Referees?

Long-time Slashdot reader Esther Schindler writes: Everyone who watches sports spends some amount of time yelling at the umpire or sports referee. For the past few years we’ve also been shouting, “Replace that ump with a robot!” But is it technically feasible? Is the current level of AI and robotics tech up to the job?…

Restaurant gets Yelp-bombed for asking Sarah Sanders to leave – CNET

People took to Yelp to review The Red Hen’s alleged refusal to serve someone who works for the president. …read more Source:: CNet

Dropbox Open Sources DivANS: a Compression Algorithm In Rust Compiled To WASM

Slashdot reader danielrh writes: DivANS is a new compression algorithm developed at Dropbox that can be denser than Brotli, 7zip or zstd at the cost of compression and decompression speed. The code uses some of the new vector intrinsics in Rust and is multithreaded. It has a demo running in the browser. One of the…

Fluance’s $200 stereo Bluetooth speakers sound is almost too good to be true – CNET

The Fluance Ai40 speakers may be short on features, but they will win over your ears. …read more Source:: CNet

Crazy expensive amplifier thrills headphone aficionados – CNET

Woo Audio reaches for the stars with its WA33 Elite headphone amplifier. …read more Source:: CNet

Happy Birthday Alan Turing! How Modern Technology Could Win WWII In 13 Minutes

DevNull127 writes: A grateful reporter whose father-in-law liberated a concentration camp after D-Day reports on a high-tech team that “accomplished in 13 minutes what took Alan Turing years to do — and at a cost of just $7.” “In late 2017, at the Imperial War Museum in London, developers applied modern AI techniques to break…