Gunman Shoots 4 at Middleton Software Company; Dies in Shootout With Police

Several Slashdot readers shared this report overnight: A gunman shot four people, none fatally, at his Middleton workplace Wednesday morning before he was killed in a shootout with police, Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke said. Authorities had not released the man's name or age, but police said he was from Madison and worked at WTS Paradigm,… Read More »

Posted on 20 September 2018 | 9:00 am

The New Yorker on Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds announced on Sunday that he was sorry for how he treated the community over the years. Torvalds, 48, said he planned to make some changes to how he conducted himself, and on that part, he said he would be taking some time off from Linux kernel development work. The New Yorker has published a story on Torvalds today in which it notes… Read More »

Posted on 20 September 2018 | 8:30 am

US Senate Staff Targeted By State-Backed Hackers, Senator Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from PBS NewsHour: Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that "at least one major technology company" has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts were "targeted by foreign government hackers."… Read More »

Posted on 20 September 2018 | 8:00 am

California May Ban Terrible Default Passwords On Connected Devices

According to Engadget, the California Senate has sent Governor Jerry Brown draft legislation that would require manufacturers to either have to use unique preprogrammed passwords or make you change the credentials the first time you use it. "Companies will also have to 'equip the device with a reasonable security feature or features that are… Read More »

Posted on 20 September 2018 | 5:00 am

Facebook Could Face EU Sanctions If It Doesn't Change Its TOS

According to Reuters, Facebook could face sanctions for not complying with the European Union's consumer rules. "Back in February, the company was told to change its users terms and conditions to recently updated EU standards, but it has yet to do so," The Verge reports. From the report: In February, Facebook changed its terms of service, but to… Read More »

Posted on 20 September 2018 | 2:00 am

AI Could Devastate the Developing World

Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and author of "AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order," reports of the devastating impacts artificial intelligence could have on the developing world. An anonymous reader shares the report from Bloomberg: In recent decades, China and India have presented the world with two… Read More »

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 10:30 pm