Apple will replace swollen batteries in newer MacBook Pros

It hasn’t been that long since the iPhone battery fiasco, but Apple already has another battery issue to deal with. The tech giant has launched a battery replacement program for 13-inch MacBook Pros without Touch Bar manufactured between October 2016…

Source: Engadget – Apple will replace swollen batteries in newer MacBook Pros

Former Reddit Executive Sees 'No Hope' For Reddit

An anonymous reader quotes former Reddit product head Dan McComas:
I think, ultimately, the problem that Reddit has is the same as Twitter and Discord. By focusing on growth and growth only and ignoring the problems, they amassed a large set of cultural norms on their platforms. Their cultural norms are different for every community, but they tend to stem from harassment or abuse or bad behavior, and they have worked themselves into a position where they’re completely defensive… I really don’t believe it’s possible for either of them to catch up on the problem. I think the best that they can do is figure out how to hide this behavior from an average user.
I don’t see any way that it’s going to improve. I have no hope for either of those platforms. I just think that the problems are too ingrained, in not only the site and the site’s communities and users but in the general understanding and expectations of the public… I don’t think that they’re going to be able to turn these things around…
I fundamentally believe that my time at Reddit made the world a worse place. And that sucks, and it sucks to have to say that about myself… I’ve got a lot of advice for start-ups, and it’s not very fucking complicated. It’s just: Think about the impact that you want to have on your users and on the people consuming your content and do the right thing… Don’t be idiots about it. You’re people, you see what’s going on, you see trends that are forming, just fucking do something. It’s not that hard.

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Source: Slashdot – Former Reddit Executive Sees ‘No Hope’ For Reddit

EPA Pulls Public Documents Regarding Its Proposed Transparency Policy

Internal emails that revealed the Environmental Protection Agency has been pursuing a plan to restrict the type of scientific research the agency uses to write environmental policy have been removed from an online portal that made the documents publicly accessible.

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Source: Gizmodo – EPA Pulls Public Documents Regarding Its Proposed Transparency Policy

Eventbrite Claims The Right To Film Your Events — And Keep the Copyright

Eventbrite lets you sell tickets online for your events. An anonymous reader reports on Eventbrite’s newly-updated merchant agreement.
The merchant agreement specifies that you “grant permission to Eventbrite and its agents to enter onto and remain on the premises (including real property, fixtures, equipment, or other personal property) where your event is hosted…with personnel and equipment for the purpose of photographing and recording the Premises, both internally and externally in connection with the production of digital content on the date of your event(s) and any other dates reasonably requested by Eventbrite (for example, during setup and breakdown for the event) (the ‘Shoot’).”
But in addition, you’re also granting them permission to record and use footage of all your attendees and speakers, “in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed, without further authorization from, or compensation to.” And after that Eventbrite “will own all rights of every nature whatsoever in and to all films and photographs taken and recordings made hereunder, including without limitation of all copyrights therein and renewals and extensions thereof, and the exclusive right to use and exploit the Recordings in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed…” You’re even responsible for obtaining all the clearances and licenses “necessary to secure Eventbrite the permissions and rights described above,” and you also release Eventbrite from any claims that may arise regarding use of the Recordings, “including, without limitation, any claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, or infringement of rights of likeness, publicity or copyright.”

“So, yeah. No,” tweeted Ars Technica’s national security editor. “Eventbrite is now off my list for recommended event organizing tools.”

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Source: Slashdot – Eventbrite Claims The Right To Film Your Events — And Keep the Copyright

Pirates Taunt Amazon over New "Turd Sandwich" Prime Video Quality

Amazon Prime Video pirates and legitimate customers alike complained this week of declining streaming quality: according to one viewer, new episodes of shows looked like a “blurry mess” resembling standard-definition DVD. Many were quick to conclude that Amazon was trying to save on bandwidth costs, but a TorrentFreak source suggests there was a mix-up with encoding profiles, which is being addressed.



“Recently, it appears these values have been intentionally changed in order to lower the bitrate and file sizes for reasons unknown. As a result, the quality of some streams has been reduced by up to 50% of their previous values. This has introduced a visual loss of quality, comparable to that of viewing something in standard definition versus high definition.”

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Pirates Taunt Amazon over New “Turd Sandwich” Prime Video Quality

GitHub Launches Bot-Powered Learning Lab for New Developers

An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:
GitHub is launching a new bot-powered learning lab to help budding developers get up to speed on all things GitHub… The GitHub Learning Lab, which officially launched Thursday, builds on GitHub’s prior history of training people, except this time GitHub is using bots to expedite the learning process. There is no videoconferencing or webcasts here. “After training thousands of people to use Git and GitHub, the GitHub Training Team has established a tried-and-true method for helping new developers retain more information and ramp up quickly as they begin their software journeys,” the company said in a blog post. “And now, we’re making those experiences accessible to developers everywhere with GitHub Learning Lab.”
The bot helps users work through issues in a repository environment, passing comment on any work that you do while checking over pull requests — notifications of changes you’ve made — in a similar fashion to how a human project lead might do. If the bot isn’t able to help with a specific question you have, there are humans on hand too via the GitHub Learning Lab forum, which includes outside experts and members of GitHub’s in-house training team.

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Source: Slashdot – GitHub Launches Bot-Powered Learning Lab for New Developers

Users Don't Want iOS to Merge with MacOS, Apple Chief Says

According to Tim Cook, Apple has no plans to bring iOS and MacOS together because he doesn’t think that is what users want. Rumors would suggest that the company is working on a project that merges macOS and iOS apps, however.



“We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two … you begin to make tradeoffs and compromises.

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This Ohio University Is Offering A Fortnite eSports Scholarship

This Ohio University Is Offering A Fortnite eSports Scholarship
Your Fortnite: Battle Royale skills could get you a lot more than an umbrella. Ashland University is offering esports scholarships up to $4,000 USD to Fortnite: Battle Royale players. 

Ashland University is the first college to add Fortnite to its program. Head coach Josh Buchanan remarked, “Fortnite appeals to both the core and casual

Source: Hot Hardware – This Ohio University Is Offering A Fortnite eSports Scholarship

GSMA puts eSIM work 'on hold' due to US collusion investigation

Don’t expect to see embedded SIM technology in your phone any time soon. The GSMA, which oversees key cellular standards, has placed eSIM spec work “on hold” while the US Department of Justice investigates the possibility of collusion between AT&…

Source: Engadget – GSMA puts eSIM work ‘on hold’ due to US collusion investigation

Lycos Finally Discontinues Its Free Email Service

Long-time Slashdot reader williamyf writes:

You may think of it as the end of an era, or as the final nail in the coffin. Today Lycos, one of the pioneering web portals of the ’90s, notified all it’s users that “On May 15th, 2018, we will no longer be offering free Lycos Mail accounts.” They have been very upfront about the reason:

“Q: Why are you doing this?

A: Providing mailboxes costs us money, and we no longer make enough from ads to support the cost of the mailboxes.”

At it’s heyday, Lycos was acquired by Terra Networks (a division of Telefonica), then sold to Daum Communications in Korea and then to Ybrant Digital in India. The search engine and other parts (like Angelfire, Tripod and Gamesville) continue working. In the meantime, instructions are provided to download all your mail via POP3 for offline archiving, or to upgrade to Paid Accounts.

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Source: Slashdot – Lycos Finally Discontinues Its Free Email Service

Florida Police Allegedly Crash Funeral Home to Unlock Phone With Slain Man's Fingerprints

Largo, Florida police detectives entered a funeral home in Clearwater and attempted to unlock the phone of a man killed by another officer at a traffic stop a month earlier using the deceased man’s hands, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Source: Gizmodo – Florida Police Allegedly Crash Funeral Home to Unlock Phone With Slain Man’s Fingerprints

US Justice Department Investigates Verizon And AT&T Over eSIM Blocking Collusion

US Justice Department Investigates Verizon And AT&T Over eSIM Blocking Collusion
The United States Department of Justice is about to go on a trust-busting escapade. The Justice Department is investigating whether AT&T, Verizon, and the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) collectively prevented consumers from switching carriers on devices with eSIM. The three organizations reportedly received requests for information

Source: Hot Hardware – US Justice Department Investigates Verizon And AT&T Over eSIM Blocking Collusion

AT&T, Verizon face DOJ investigation for allegedly trying to lock eSIMs

Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 3, with eSIM technology for connecting to cellular networks. (credit: Apple)

AT&T and Verizon are being investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over whether they colluded in order to prevent customers from easily switching carriers.

The antitrust investigation, reported by The New York Times yesterday, relates to the eSIM (embedded SIM) technology that is used instead of regular SIM cards in cellular-capable Apple Watches and other devices such as the Google Pixel 2. eSIMs are supposed to let customers switch carriers without changing to a different SIM card or device, but AT&T and Verizon are accused of “try[ing] to establish standards that would allow them to lock a device to their network even if it had eSIM technology,” the Times report said.

The DOJ began investigating about five months ago after complaints from Apple and an unidentified wireless carrier, the article said.

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Source: Ars Technica – AT&T, Verizon face DOJ investigation for allegedly trying to lock eSIMs

Towards Battery-Free HD Video Streaming

Researchers from the University of Washington have figured out how to use a technique called backscattering to stream video 99 percent more efficiently. The video processing is essentially handed off to another device that does the heavy lifting, resulting in a significant reduction in power consumption.



We present a novel architecture that enables HD video streaming from a low-power, wearable camera to a nearby mobile device. To achieve this, we present an “analog” video backscatter technique that feeds analog pixels from the photo-diodes directly to the backscatter hardware, thereby eliminating power-consuming hardware components, such as ADCs and codecs.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Towards Battery-Free HD Video Streaming

Atari Reveals More Details on Its Console-Computer Hybrid

Eurogamer sat down with Atari COO Michael Arzt at this year’s GDC for more information on its upcoming VCS console. His comments would suggest that it won’t be an ordinary, retro console, but some sort of all-in-one system that can serve as an alternative to an HTPC.



It’s less expensive than a PC, and it doesn’t require you to have your laptop plugged into the TV. It’ll control many aspects of the TV, and it’ll also let you do things on the TV that – because it’ll have voice control, because it’ll have a really easy navigation system, things like that – it’ll make computing on the television easier.

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Drool over Marvel Comics’ rarest original art, costumes at new museum exhibit

SEATTLE—As the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands to every movie theater in the world, the MoPOP Museum of Pop Culture (formerly Experience Music Project) swoops in this week with an exhibit that reminds fans where the heck these costumed heroes came from: the comics pages.

Marvel Universe of Super Heroes, a massive, two-story exhibit, began its world-premiere run in Seattle on Saturday with a mix of incredible historical context and Marvel’s strange, narrow focus within the MCU. The very good news, as seen in the first gallery, is that the Marvel (which began life in 1939 as Timely Publications) is represented by way of a ton of original production art.

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Source: Ars Technica – Drool over Marvel Comics’ rarest original art, costumes at new museum exhibit