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Chemical Makers Sue Over Rule To Rid Water of ‘Forever Chemicals’
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: Chemical and manufacturing groups sued the federal government late Monday (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) over a landmark drinking-water standard that would require cleanup of so-called forever chemicals linked to cancer and other health risks. The industry groups said th … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Brings ChatGPT To Its Apps, Including Siri
Apple is bringing ChatGPT, OpenAI’s AI-powered chatbot experience, to Siri and other first-party apps and capabilities across its operating systems. From a report: “We’re excited to partner with Apple to bring ChatGPT to their users in a new way,” OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said in a statement. “Apple shares our commitment to safety and innovation, and this partnership aligns with O … ⌘ Read more

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Nvidia Takes 88% of the GPU Market Share
As reported by Jon Peddie Research, Nvidia now holds 88% of the GPU market after its market share jumped 8% in its most recent quarter. “This jump shaves 7% off of AMD’s share, putting it down to 19% total,” reports XDA Developers. “And if you’re wondering where that extra 1% went, it came from all of Intel’s market share, squashing it down to 0%.” From the report: Dr. Jon Peddie, president of … ⌘ Read more

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Elon Musk Says AI Could Eliminate Our Need to Work at Jobs
In the future, “Probably none of us will have a job,” Elon Musk said Thursday, speaking remotely to the VivaTech 2024 conference in Paris. Instead, jobs will be optional — something we’d do like a hobby — “But otherwise, AI and the robots will provide any goods and services that you want.”
CNN reports that Musk added this would require “universal high income” — a … ⌘ Read more

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Google Search’s ‘udm=14’ Trick Lets You Kill AI Search For Good
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: If you’re tired of Google’s AI Overview extracting all value from the web while also telling people to eat glue or run with scissors, you can turn it off – sort of. Google has been telling people its AI box at the top of search results is the future, and you can’t turn it off, but that ignores how … ⌘ Read more

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Amazon Defends Its Use of Signal Messages in Court
America’s Federal Trade Commission and 17 states filed an antitrust suit against Amazon in September. This week Amazon responded in court about its usage of Signal’s “disappearing messages” feature.

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp shares GeekWire’s report:

At a company known for putting its most important ideas and strategies into comprehensive six-page memos, quick messa … ⌘ Read more

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OpenAI’s Sam Altman Wants AI in the Hands of the People - and Universal Basic Compute?
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman gave an hour-long interview to the “All-In” podcast (hosted by Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks and David Friedberg).

And when asked about this summer’s launch of the next version of ChatGPT, Altman said they hoped to “be thoughtful about how we do it, like we may releas … ⌘ Read more

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Google Cloud Accidentally Deletes UniSuper’s Online Account Due To ‘Unprecedented Misconfiguration’
A “one-of-a-kind” Google Cloud “misconfiguration” resulted in the deletion of UniSuper’s account last week, disrupting the financial services provider’s than half a million members. “Services began being restored for UniSuper customers on Thursday, more than a week after the sy … ⌘ Read more

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TikTok Sues US Government Over Law Forcing Sale or Ban
Less than two weeks after President Biden signed a bill that will force TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, to sell the popular social media app or face a ban in the United States, TikTok said it sued the federal government on Tuesday, arguing the law was unconstitutional. From a report: TikTok said that the law violated the First Amendment by effectively removing an … ⌘ Read more

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Jack Dorsey Departs Bluesky
Jack Dorsey is no longer on the board of Bluesky, the Twitter alternative he helped start. The announcement comes shortly after Dorsey unfollowed all but three accounts on X and referred to Elon Musk’s platform as “freedom technology.” The Verge reports: In two posts today, Bluesky thanked Dorsey while confirming his departure and adding that it’s searching for a new board member “who shares our commitment to building a … ⌘ Read more

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Ex-White House Cyber Policy Director: Microsoft is a National Security Risk
This week the Register spoke to former senior White House cyber policy director A.J. Grotto — who complained it was hard to get even slight concessions from Microsoft:
“If you go back to the SolarWinds episode from a few years ago … [Microsoft] was essentially up-selling logging capability to federal agencies” instead of ma … ⌘ Read more

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San Francisco’s Light Rail To Upgrade From Floppy Disks
Those taking public transport in the tech hub of San Francisco may be reassured to know that their rides will soon no longer be dependent on floppy disks. From a report: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s director of transportation Jeffrey Tumlin told ABC that the city’s automatic light-rail control system is running on outdated tech and “relies on three … ⌘ Read more

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Florida Braces For Lawsuits Over Law Banning Kids From Social Media
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Monday, Florida became the first state to ban kids under 14 from social media without parental permission. It appears likely that the law – considered one of the most restrictive in the US – will face significant legal challenges, however, before taking effect on January 1. Under HB … ⌘ Read more

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Trump’s Truth Social Is Going Public
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Former president Donald Trump’sTruth Social, a shameless Twitter clone, is set to become a publicly traded company as soon as next week. Shareholders of Digital World Acquisition Corp. voted on Friday to merge with Trump Media and Technology Group, the company behind Truth Social. The vote is a culmination of a years-long saga attempting to merge Trump Me … ⌘ Read more

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Cognition Emerges From Stealth To Launch AI Software Engineer ‘Devin’
Longtime Slashdot reader ahbond shares a report from VentureBeat: Today, Cognition, a recently formed AI startup backed by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund and tech industry leaders including former Twitter executive Elad Gil and Doordash co-founder Tony Xu, announced a fully autonomous AI software engineer called “Devin.” While there are mult … ⌘ Read more

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Most Subscription Apps Don’t Make Money, Report Shows
According to a new analysis of the subscription app economy from mobile subscription toolkit provider RevenueCat, the top 5% of apps generate 200 times the revenue of the bottom quartile after their first year, while the median monthly revenue an app generates after 12 months is under $50 USD. From a report: The “State of Subscription Apps” report offers a bird’s-eye view in … ⌘ Read more

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YouTube Stops Recommending Videos When Signed Out of Google
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: YouTube is no longer showing recommended videos to users logged out of a Google account or using Incognito mode, making people concerned they are being bullied into always being signed into the service. This change, which is now rolling out, shows a simple YouTube homepage without any videos or tip … ⌘ Read more

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California State Legislator Proposes Ending Daylight Saving Time
Legislation proposed in California “aims to repeal Daylight saving time and put California permanently on Standard time,” reports a San Diego news station:

In November 2018, California voters passed Prop 7, a measure that would allow the state legislature to change Daylight saving time by either keeping it year-round or getting rid of it altogeth … ⌘ Read more

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Public Trust In AI Is Sinking Across the Board
Trust in AI technology and the companies that develop it is dropping, in both the U.S. and around the world, according to new data from Edelman shared first with Axios. Axios reports: Globally, trust in AI companies has dropped to 53%, down from 61% five years ago. In the U.S., trust has dropped 15 percentage points (from 50% to 35%) over the same period. Trust in AI is low across … ⌘ Read more

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Google Steps Up Microsoft Criticism, Warns of Rival’s Monopoly in Cloud
Alphabet’s Google Cloud on Monday ramped up its criticism of Microsoft’s cloud computing practices, saying its rival is seeking a monopoly that would harm the development of emerging technologies such as generative AI. From a report: “We worry about Microsoft wanting to flex their decade-long practices where they had a lot of monopoly … ⌘ Read more

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Tinder Owner Inks Deal With OpenAI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In a press release written with help from ChatGPT, Match Group announced an enterprise agreement with the AI chatbot’s maker, OpenAI. The new agreement includes over 1,000 enterprise licenses for the dating app giant and home to Tinder, Match, OkCupid, Hinge and others. The AI tech will be used to help Match Group employees with work-related tasks, the compa … ⌘ Read more

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No ‘GPT’ Trademark For OpenAI
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied OpenAI’s attempt to trademark “GPT,” ruling that the term is “merely descriptive” and therefore unable to be registered. From a report: […] The name, according to the USPTO, doesn’t meet the standards to register for a trademark and the protections a “TM” after the name affords. (Incidentally, they refused once back in October, and this is a “FINAL” in all caps denial … ⌘ Read more

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Your AI Girlfriend Is a Data-Harvesting Horror Show
“A lot of that AI chatbots that you spend days talking to push hard on getting more and more private information from you,” writes longtime Slashdot reader michelcultivo, sharing a report from Gizmodo.

“To be perfectly blunt, AI girlfriends and boyfriends are not your friends,” says Misha Rykov, a Mozilla Researcher from the company’s *Privacy Not Included project. “Alth … ⌘ Read more

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‘Damn Small Linux’ is Back - But Bigger
Back in 2006 Slashdot reported on a 50-megabyte “micro” distro called Damn Small Linux. (And in 2012 we wrote that it “rose from the dead” with a new release candidate.)

Now Damn Small Linux has been reborn again, according to its developer’s web site:

Creating the original DSL, a versatile 50MB distribution, was a lot of fun and one of the things I am most proud of as a personal accomplishment … ⌘ Read more

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Deep Abandoned Mine In Finland To Be Turned Into a Giant Gravity Battery
James Felton reports via IFL Science: One of the deepest metal mines in Europe – the Pyhasalmi Mine in central Finland – is to be turned into an enormous gravity battery capable of storing 2 megawatts of energy. […] Despite the cool name, the idea behind gravity batteries is really simple. During times when energy sources a … ⌘ Read more

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Scammer Poses As CFO in Deepfaked Meeting On Zoom, Steals $25 Million
Slashdot reader Press2ToContinue shared this report from WION:

: The Hong Kong branch of a multinational company has lost $25.6 million after a scammer used deepfake technology to pose as the firm’s chief financial officer (CFO) in a video conference call and ordered money transfers, according to the police, in what is being highlighted a … ⌘ Read more

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The Fossil Fuel Industry Knew About Climate Change Since 1954
The Guardian reports:

The fossil fuel industry funded some of the world’s most foundational climate science as early as 1954, newly unearthed documents have shown, including the early research of Charles Keeling, famous for the so-called “Keeling curve” that has charted the upward march of the Earth’s carbon dioxide levels. A coalition of oil and car … ⌘ Read more

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Linus Torvalds Has ‘Robust Exchanges’ Over Filesystem Suggestion on Linux Kernel Mailing List
Linus Torvalds had “some robust exchanges” on the Linux kernel mailing list with a contributor from Google. The subject was inodes, notes the Register, “which as Red Hat puts it are each ‘a unique identifier for a specific piece of metadata on a given filesystem.’”

Inodes have been the subj … ⌘ Read more

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Should You Flush With Toilet Lid Up Or Down? Study Says It Doesn’t Matter
doc1623 shares a report from Ars Technica: Scientists at the University of Arizona decided to investigate whether closing the toilet lid before flushing reduces cross-contamination of bathroom surfaces by airborne bacterial and viral particles via “toilet plumes.” The bad news is that putting a lid on it doesn’t result in any s … ⌘ Read more

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Amazon Prime Video Ads Start From Today - Up To 3.5 Mins Per Hour
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon Prime Video has been a free perk for those who subscribe to the ecommerce giant’s free shipping service, but if you’re a US Prime subscriber, things change from today. We first learned of the planned change back in September of last year, with the implementation date announced in an email to customers in De … ⌘ Read more

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Google Chrome Gains AI Features Including a Writing Helper
Google is adding new AI features to Chrome, including tools to organize browser tabs, customize themes, and assist users with writing online content such as reviews and forum posts.

The writing helper is similar to an AI-powered feature already offered in Google’s experimental search experience, SGE, which helps users draft emails in various tones and lengths. W … ⌘ Read more

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Now Musicians’ Union Threatens Possible Strike Over AI, Streaming Media
“After a year in which both actors and writers hit the picket lines, another Hollywood strike may be on the horizon,” reports CNN:

The American Federation of Musicians (AFM), a union representing musicians across the entertainment industry, will begin negotiations Monday on a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture … ⌘ Read more

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Hans Reiser Sends a Letter From Prison
In 2003, Hans Reiser answered questions from Slashdot’s readers…

Today Wikipedia describes Hans Reiser as “a computer programmer, entrepreneur, and convicted murderer… Prior to his incarceration, Reiser created the ReiserFS computer file system, which may be used by the Linux kernel but which is now scheduled for removal in 2025, as well as its attempted successor, Reiser4.”

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Plex To Launch a Store For Movies and TV Shows
Jay Peters reports via The Verge: Plex, known for its media server software and as a place to watch ad-supported content, is going to launch a store for to buy and rent movies and TV shows in early February, executives told Lowpass’ Janko Roettgers. “Most studios” are lined up for the store’s launch, and there are “plans to complete the catalog soon after,” Roettgers says. … ⌘ Read more

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LG Washing Machine Found Sending 3.7 GB of Data a Day
An LG washing machine owner discovered that his smart home appliance was uploading an average of 3.66GB of data daily. “Concerned about the washer’s internet addiction, Johnie forced the device to go cold turkey and blocked it using his router UI,” reports Tom’s Hardware. From the report: Johnie’s initial screenshot showed that on a chosen day, the device uploaded 3. … ⌘ Read more

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Chrome Updates Incognito Warning To Admit Google Tracks Users In ‘Private’ Mode
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google is updating the warning on Chrome’s Incognito mode to make it clear that Google and websites run by other companies can still collect your data in the web browser’s semi-private mode. The change is being made as Google prepares to settle a class-action lawsui … ⌘ Read more

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OpenAI Quietly Deletes Ban On Using ChatGPT For ‘Military and Warfare’
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: OpenAI this week quietly deleted language expressly prohibiting the use of its technology for military purposes from its usage policy, which seeks to dictate how powerful and immensely popular tools like ChatGPT can be used. Up until January 10, OpenAI’s “usage policies” page includ … ⌘ Read more

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Startup Debuts Pocket AI Companion, Sells Out 10,000 In One Day
A startup called Rabbit sold out of its first batch of pocket AI companions a day after it was debuted at CES 2024. The company announced on X that it sold 10,000 units in just a day. “When we started building r1, we said internally that we’d be happy if we sold 500 devices on launch day,” Rabbit writes. “In 24 hours, we already beat that by 20x!” … ⌘ Read more

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Chinese Chess Champion Stripped of Title After Defecating In Hotel Bathtub
Agence France-Press reports: The world of Chinese chess is in uproar over rumors of cheating and a bad behavior scandal that saw the national champion stripped of his title on Monday after a victory celebration ended with him defecating in a hotel bathtub. Xiangqi, or Chinese chess, has been hugely popular for hundreds of yea … ⌘ Read more

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ChatGPT Exploit Finds 24 Email Addresses, Amid Warnings of ‘AI Silo’
The New York Times reports:

Last month, I received an alarming email from someone I did not know: Rui Zhu, a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University Bloomington. Mr. Zhu had my email address, he explained, because GPT-3.5 Turbo, one of the latest and most robust large language models (L.L.M.) from OpenAI, had delivered it to him. My contact i … ⌘ Read more

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Microsoft Ending Support For Windows 10 Could Send 240 Million PCs To Landfills, Study Finds
According to Canalys Research, Microsoft’s plan to end support for Windows 10 could result in about 240 million computers being sent to landfills. “The electronic waste from these PCs could weigh an estimated 480 million kilograms, equivalent to 320,000 cars,” adds Reuters. From the report: W … ⌘ Read more

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Risk of Penile Fractures Rises at Christmas, Doctors Find
An anonymous reader shares a report: It may be the season of loving and giving, but doctors have warned against embracing this spirit too enthusiastically – at least where sexual relations are concerned. They have discovered that the Christmas period is associated with a significantly increased risk of penile fractures – a medical emergency in which the er … ⌘ Read more

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Banks Use Your Deposits To Loan Money To Fossil-Fuel, Emissions-Heavy Firms
Banks lend your deposits to carbon-heavy industries, fueling climate change; savings of $1,000 create emissions equal to a New York-Seattle flight, reveals a new analysis. Wired: By switching to a climate-conscious bank, you could reduce those emissions by about 75 percent, the study found. In fact, if you moved $8,000 dollars – … ⌘ Read more

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Meet Ashley, the World’s First AI-Powered Political Campaign Caller
An artificial intelligence campaign volunteer named Ashley is being used to call thousands of Pennsylvania voters on behalf of Democrat Shamaine Daniels, “ushering in a new era of political campaigning in which candidates use technology to engage with voters in ways increasingly difficult to track,” reports Reuters. From the report: Like … ⌘ Read more

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1960s Chatbot ELIZA Beat OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 In a Recent Turing Test Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In a preprint research paper titled “Does GPT-4 Pass the Turing Test?”, two researchers from UC San Diego pitted OpenAI’s GPT-4 AI language model against human participants, GPT-3.5, and ELIZA to see which could trick participants into thinking it was human with the greatest success. B … ⌘ Read more

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BBC BASIC Is Back In a Big Way
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hackaday: The BBC has a long history of teaching the world about computers. The broadcaster’s name was proudly displayed on the BBC Micro, and BBC Basic was the programming language developed especially for that computer. Now, BBC Basic is back and running on a whole mess of modern platforms. BBC Basic for SDL 2.0 will run on Windows, MacOS, x86 Linux, and even Raspb … ⌘ Read more

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Evernote Pushes Users To Upgrade
After making steep cuts to personnel earlier this year, Evernote’s Milan-based owner Bending Spoons is now experimenting with a new plan that would push more users to upgrade to paid versions of its service. From a report: The company confirmed to TechCrunch it’s been running a small test that placed limits on the number of notes free users could create, but said the new plan is not yet finalized. TechCrunch was al … ⌘ Read more

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Broadcom Lays Off VMware Employees After Closing Its $69 Billion Acquisition
After acquiring VMware for $69 billion, Broadcom is eliminating several positions at the virtualization technology company. Business Insider reports: Employees whose positions were eliminated received an email on Monday, viewed by Business Insider, that read: “Broadcom recently completed its acquisition of VMware. As part o … ⌘ Read more

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Plex Users Fear New Feature Will Leak Porn Habits To Their Friends and Family
Many Plex users were alarmed when they got a “week in review” email last week that showed them what they and their friends had watched on the popular media server software. From a report: Some users are saying that their friends’ softcore porn habits are being revealed to them with the feature, while others are horrified … ⌘ Read more

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World’s Richest 1% Emit As Much Carbon As Bottom Two-Thirds, Report Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: The richest one percent of the global population are responsible for the same amount of carbon emissions as the world’s poorest two-thirds, or five billion people, according to an analysis published Sunday by the nonprofit Oxfam International. […] Among the key findings of this s … ⌘ Read more

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