Conspiracy Theorists Who'd First Popularized QAnon Now Accused of Financial Motives

QAnon "was first championed by a handful of people who worked together to stir discussion of the 'Q' posts, eventually pushing the theory on to bigger platforms and gaining followers — a strategy that proved to be the key to Qanon's spread and the originators' financial gain..." reports NBC News, in an article shared by long-time Slashdot reader… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2020 | 10:34 pm

After 17 Years OS X Notifier App 'Growl' Retired

Growl is being retired after surviving for 17 years. Its page on GitHub explains: Growl is a notification system for OS X. Growl has been around since 2004, and was originally called Global Notifications Center. The name was changed to Growl (like the noise a dog makes) since we felt the name Notifications Center was too geeky. We were wrong… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2020 | 8:34 pm

New Videogame Bug Turns Spider-Man Into a Trash Can

A new bug in the PlayStation game Spider-Man: Miles Morales "turns Miles into various inanimate objects, including bricks, cardboard boxes, and even a trash can," reports GameSpot: Despite Miles' changed appearance, he can still perform many of his heroic antics, including web-swinging and beating up bad guys. It's an important lesson to all of… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2020 | 6:34 pm

Raspberry Pi Used To Hack Tesla Model X SUV Key Fob

According to this Tom's Hardware story, a Belgian PhD student managed to wrest full control of a Tesla Model X SUV, by way of hijacking the Bluetooth keyfob and reprogramming it, using a Raspberry Pi. Tesla has since issued a software update to protect against that kind of attack Since the attack is… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2020 | 5:34 pm

The ESA Starts a New Commercial Sector in Space: Removing Space Debris

Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike brings some big news from outer space. European Space Agency announced this week that they're signing "a €86 million ($102 million USD) contract with an industrial team led by the Swiss start-up ClearSpace SA to purchase a unique service: the first removal of an item of space debris from orbit" in the year… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2020 | 4:24 pm

Python's Steering Council Assesses the After-Guido Era

47 of Python's core developers participated in this year's Core Development Sprint, according to this report — "but what's more important is the very real and necessary community building that seemed to have taken place..." It's an especially critical time for Python, which switched to a steering council model in February of 2019, after Guido… Read More »

Posted on 28 November 2020 | 3:19 pm