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Small Slug Blamed For Power Failure On Japan's High-Speed Rail Network

Last month, Japan's high-speed rail network suffered a massive power outage that cancelled a total of 26 trains and delayed an estimated 12,000 passengers. The cause of the outage? A single, small slug. CNN reports: During a later inspection of the network's electrical equipment, the company's engineers discovered a dead slug, measuring about 2 to… Read More »

Posted on 24 June 2019 | 8:25 pm

Scientists Discover a New Way To Provide Plants the Nutrients They Need To Thrive

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered a new method for delivering key nutrients to plant roots -- without having to ensure they're present in the soil where the plants are growing. This method, described by researchers in detail in a new academic paper, would manage to… Read More »

Posted on 24 June 2019 | 7:45 pm

Slashdot Asks: What Do You Do With Your Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a small single-board computer that's exploded in popularity over the years thanks to its wide array of uses. While it was originally designed to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries, the computers have been adapted to be used for robotics, media, game and print servers, and even… Read More »

Posted on 24 June 2019 | 7:03 pm

German Regulator Says It Discovered New Illegal Software On Daimler Diesels

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Over the weekend, Germany's auto regulator told Daimler that it would have to recall 42,000 Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles after the group discovered illegal software on the cars that would reduce the effectiveness of the emissions-control system. Daimler said Sunday night that it would take a… Read More »

Posted on 24 June 2019 | 6:20 pm

When Myspace Was King, Employees Abused a Tool Called 'Overlord' To Spy on Users

During the social network's heyday, multiple Myspace employees abused an internal company tool to spy on users, in some cases including ex-partners, Motherboard reported on Monday. From the report: Named 'Overlord,' the tool allowed employees to see users' passwords and their messages, two former employees said. While the tool was originally… Read More »

Posted on 24 June 2019 | 5:41 pm

US Launches Cyber-Attack Aimed At Iranian Rocket and Missile Systems

The US has responded to a recent rise in Iranian cyber-activity and the shooting of an unarmed drone last week by launching cyber-attacks against Iran's military IT systems. From a report: The cyber-attacks were carried out by US Cyber Command with the direct approval of US President Donald Trump, the Associated Press reported on Sunday, citing… Read More »

Posted on 24 June 2019 | 5:01 pm