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Tesla Hit With Another Lawsuit, This Time Alleging Anti-LGBT Harassment

Slashdot - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:00
Earlier this week, Tesla was hit with a lawsuit for racial harassment in its factories. Now, a newer lawsuit has been filed against the company alleging anti-LGBT harassment. An anonymous reader shares a report from The Verge: A former employee at Tesla's Fremont factory filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the electric carmaker, alleging he was fired in retaliation after seeking protection from anti-gay harassment, The Guardian reported today. The defendant, an assembly line worker named Jorge Ferro, claims he was taunted for being gay and threatened with violence. "Watch your back," one supervisor told him after mocking his "gay tight" clothing, the paper said. After complaining to an HR representative, Ferro was repeatedly moved to different assembly lines, but the harassment didn't stop. Ultimately, HR told him there was "no place for handicapped people at Tesla" after noticing an old scar on his wrist, according to The Guardian. He was sent home, and eventually terminated. In a strongly worded statement to the paper, Tesla denied the allegations and defended itself against the charges. "There is no company on earth with a better track record than Tesla," a spokesperson said.

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Nintendo Switch now supports USB headphones

Engadget - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:31
Turns out Nintendo rolled out another pretty useful feature with Switch OS version 4.0.0 but curiously kept it a secret. Some Reddit users have discovered that the update comes with support for USB devices, even wireless USB headsets like Sony's Gold...
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Designing the technology of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Engadget - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
This article contains spoilers for 'Blade Runner 2049' There's a scene in Blade Runner 2049 that takes place in a morgue. K, an android "replicant" played by Ryan Gosling, waits patiently while a member of the Los Angeles Police Department inspects...
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First Mass-Produced Electric Truck Unveiled

Slashdot - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:30
AmiMoJo shares a report from NHK WORLD: Japan's Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has unveiled what it says is the world's first mass-produced electric truck, as automakers around the world go all out to develop cars that run on battery power. The vehicle can carry about 3 tons of cargo and travel about 100 kilometers on a single charge. The truck, unveiled on Thursday, will be used by Japan's largest convenience store chain, Seven-Eleven. Seven-Eleven President Kazuki Furuya says some people complain about the noise delivery vehicles make, and says he is very impressed at how quiet the electric truck is.

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Warriors, Cavaliers owners buy into 'League of Legends' series

Engadget - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:05
As eSports has grown into the arena-filling behemoth it is today, traditional sports has been clamouring for a stake. Talent has been snapped up, tournaments established, and multi-million dollar investments made. The trend looks set to continue with...
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The Morning After: Friday, October 20th 2017

Engadget - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good morning! Lyft got a big boost from Alphabet, and we're ready to help you find a great phone for cheap, or figure out if you need a GoPro Hero 6.
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Blue Origin Successfully Test Fires Game-Changing BE-4 Rocket Engine

Slashdot - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture has successfully test-fired its BE-4 rocket engine, marking a key step in the development of its own New Glenn rocket as well as United Launch Alliance's next-generation rocket. GeekWire reports: ULA has been waiting for months to get good news about the BE-4 tests in West Texas. The company wanted to see a successful full-scale test before going ahead with plans to use the BE-4 engine on its Vulcan rocket, which is due to have its first flight in 2019. A Blue Origin competitor, Aerojet Rocketdyne, has been waiting in the wings with its AR1 engine, which ULA saw as a "Plan B" for the Vulcan in case the BE-4 faltered. Wednesday's initial hot-firing didn't reach full power or full duration, but the test's success nevertheless reduces the likelihood that ULA would turn to the AR1. The BE-4 engine, which uses liquefied natural gas as fuel, is built at Blue Origin's production facility in Kent, Wash., and shipped down to Texas for testing. Assuming that it's accepted for ULA's use, engine production will eventually shift to a factory in Huntsville, Ala. Engines for the orbital-class New Glenn rocket will go to Blue Origin's rocket factory in Florida, which is due to be completed by the end of this year.

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Facebook Security Chief Says Its Corporate Network Is Run 'Like a College Campus'

Slashdot - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 03:40
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Facebook's security chief has told employees that the social media giant needs to improve its internal security practices to be more akin to a defense contractor, according to a leaked recording obtained by ZDNet. Alex Stamos made the comments to employees at a late-July internal meeting where he argued that the company had not done enough to respond to the growing threats that the company faces, citing both technical challenges and cultural issues at the company. "The threats that we are facing have increased significantly and the quality of the adversaries that we are facing," he said. "Both technically and from a cultural perspective I don't feel like we have caught up with our responsibility. The way that I explain to [management] is that we have the threat profile of a Northrop Grumman or a Raytheon or another defense contractor, but we run our corporate network, for example, like a college campus, almost," he said.

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‘The Walking Dead’ VR scene puts you in the shoes of a walker

Engadget - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 03:29
Would you submerge yourself in a fear-inducing virtual setting overrun by zombies? That's the world The Walking Dead has expertly crafted during its seven-year run, and now AMC is inviting you to step into it, courtesy of its VR app. You can grab it...
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Pioneer and Canada partner to ensure musicians get paid for DJ play

Engadget - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 02:15
Pioneer DJ wants to make sure electronic artists get paid for the remixes you hear at the dance club. The company's Kuvo entertainment service has partnered with Canada's performing rights organizations (PRO) and the Society of Composers, Authors and...
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Could VR Field Trips Replace the Real Thing?

Slashdot - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 02:00
turkeydance shares a report from RTV6, which cites a new editorial in the journal Science that explores the question, "Could VR field trips replace the real thing?" Virtual field trips have been around for a while, but they used to be pretty boring: some photos, some text -- basically a Wikipedia entry. But they've come a long way. Nearpod and Google Expeditions let students immerse themselves in places they couldn't normally visit, like Antarctica or even Mars. These virtual field trips are safer and easier to organize than real outings, and they might soon be cheaper, too. Douglas McCauley, assistant professor of ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says traditional field trips have already declined under budget constraints, so schools might be tempted to simply make a switch. McCauley says he's excited about the possibilities of VR. Taking students back to prehistoric times or forward to witness the results of climate change could be a powerful teaching tool.

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Google will pay hackers who find flaws in top Android apps

Engadget - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:03
Google is probably hoping to raise the quality of apps in the Play store by launching a new bug bounty program that's completely separate from its existing one. While its old program focuses on finding flaws in its websites and operating systems, thi...
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Clap for China's president anywhere, anytime with this app

Engadget - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:08
If you wanted to applaud Chinese president Xi Jinping's recent speech but got stuck in traffic or were halfway around the world, well, there's an app for that now. Chinese internet titan Tencent has released a game that lets you tap the screen to cla...
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Dyson AM08 Pedestal Fan, White

Woot Blog - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:00

Future archeologists will know this was an important cooling system. Because of the pedestal.

How do we know about Zeus and Apollo? Someone put them on pedestals. How do we know about Dante's Beatrice and Beth from "Beth"? Someone put them on a pedestal. One of those pedestals might have been higher than the other one, but you still get our point. The curious seekers of tomorrow will know how important this cooling system was to you, because they'll see the pedestal. That's just how it works.

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Pumpkin Spicetoberfest: Week Three

Woot Blog - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:00

Welcome to PUMPKIN SPICETOBERFEST! All month we're celebrating America's favorite fall spice with a new super-easy and super-tasty pumpkin spice recipe every Friday!

If you haven't already, go here, and follow the recipe to mix up your pumpkin spice. This special Woot Pumpkin Spice recipe will make up just enough pumpkin spice to get you through all four recipes we'll be posting this month.


Pumpkin Spice Waffles
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice

1. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.

2. In a larger bowle, combine melted butter, milk, egg, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and pumpkin spice. Mix well.

3. Gently fold dry ingredients into wet. Cook according to waffle maker directions.

Come back next Friday for more Pumpkin Spicetoberfest madness and share your favorite pumpkin spice recipes below! Oh yeah, and shop for all the kitchen tools and cookware you need right here on Woot!

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Newly-discovered lunar cave would be great for a moon base

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:58
Nothing quite captures the 2017 mood to leave Earth forever like dreaming about moon bases. Last month, space agencies from Russia and the US jointly announced plans to collaborate on such a satellite colony. But today's discovery might bring that vi...
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Senators Announce New Bill That Would Regulate Online Political Ads

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: As tech companies face continued scrutiny over Russian activity on their ad platforms, Senators today announced legislation meant to regulate political ads on the internet. The new bill, called the Honest Ads Act, would require companies like Facebook and Google to keep copies of political ads and make them publicly available. Under the act, the companies would also be required to release information on who those ads were targeted to, as well as information on the buyer and the rates charged for the ads. The new rules would bring disclosure rules more in line with how political ads are regulated in mediums like print and TV, and apply to any platform with more than 50 million monthly viewers. The companies would be required to keep and release data on anyone spending more than $500 on political ads in a year. It's unclear how well the bill will fare. Companies like Facebook have been successfully fighting regulations for years. But this latest attempt has some bipartisan support: the act, sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is also co-sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). "Americans deserve to know who's paying for the online ads," Klobuchar said at a press conference announcing the legislation.

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Verizon will fix your smartphone’s screen for $29

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:57
It happens to the best of us. You buy a new mobile phone, you get a case, you try to be extra careful, but you drop it. Cracked screens happen often enough that most major carriers and device manufacturers have a separate section in their mobile prot...
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Denuvo's DRM Now Being Cracked Within Hours of Release

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:20
Denuvo, an anti-tamper technology and digital rights management scheme, isn't doing a very good job preventing PC games from being copied. According to Ars Technica, Denuvo releases are being publicly cracked within a day of their launch. From the report: This week's release of South Park: The Fractured but Whole is the latest to see its protections broken less than 24 hours after its release, but it's not alone. Middle Earth: Shadow of War was broken within a day last week, and last month saw cracks for Total War: Warhammer 2 and FIFA 18 the very same day as their public release. Then there's The Evil Within 2, which reportedly used Denuvo in prerelease review copies but then launched without that protection last week, effectively ceding the game to immediate potential piracy. Those nearly instant Denuvo cracks follow summer releases like Sonic Mania, Tekken 7, and Prey, all of which saw DRM protection cracked within four to nine days of release. But even that small difference in the "uncracked" protection window can be important for game publishers, who usually see a large proportion of their legitimate sales in those first few days of availability. The presence of an easy-to-find cracked version in that launch window (or lack thereof) could have a significant effect on the initial sales momentum for a big release. If Denuvo can no longer provide even a single full day of protection from cracks, though, that protection is going to look a lot less valuable to publishers.

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Verizon Loses 18,000 Pay TV Subscribers, Signals Delay For Live TV Streaming Service

Slashdot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 20:40
Verizon announced on Thursday that its FiOS video service lost 18,000 net pay TV subscribers in the third quarter, compared with the addition of 36,000 subscribers in the year-ago period and 15,000 subscriber drop in the second quarter. Hollywood Reporter reports: The company said the drop in the latest quarter was "reflecting the ongoing shift from traditional linear video to over-the-top offerings." Verizon, led by chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam, ended the third quarter with a total of 4.6 million subscribers to its FiOS video service, which competes with cable and satellite TV companies. Asked about a planned over-the-top (OTT) TV service from Verizon, Ellis said that the company continues to feel that "there's an opportunity for us to play," but signaling a delay, he emphasized that the company "doesn't want to launch a me-too product." He didn't provide any guidance on when the OTT service would launch, saying that was still "TBD" (to be determined), or what content it could offer beyond saying it was likely to be built "around live programming." Verizon also reported Thursday that it added 66,000 net new FiOS broadband connections in the third quarter to end it with 5.8 million.

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