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Ask Slashdot: Best Virtual Reality Headsets?

Quantus347 writes: Straightforward question: I held off for a year to let the various manufacturers shake out the bugs, but now it’s down to either a virtual-reality system or a new generation console. So I ask you, the Slashdot community, what are your personal experiences with any of the various VR systems out there? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What little things annoy you the most? What features make…

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Southwest Airlines Is Doing Away With Pneumatic Tubes, Paper Tickets

As part of Southwest’s biggest tech upgrade in its 45 years of existence, the company will doing away with several of its antiquated practices, including paper tickets and the use of pneumatic tubes to send messages at airports. Consumerist reports: The airline says the goal of these upgrades is to keep planes moving in and out of airports as quickly as possible. “We’re looking for minutes,” Chief Operating Officer Mike…

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Climate Shaped the Human Nose, Researchers Say

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Human noses have been shaped by climate, according to research probing variation in the human snout. Researchers say their findings back up the theory that wider nostrils developed in populations living in warm, humid conditions, while populations living in high latitudes, such as northern Europe, developed narrower nostrils as an adaptation to the chilly, dry conditions. Writing in the journal Plos…

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Scientists Sent a Rocket To Mars For Less Than It Cost To Make ‘The Martian’

Ipsita Agarwal via Backchannel retells the story of how India’s underfunded space organization, ISRO, managed to send a rocket to Mars for less than it cost to make the movie “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney. “While NASA’s Mars probe, Maven, cost $651 million, the budget for this mission was $74 million,” Agarwal writes. In what appears to be India’s version of “Hidden Figures” (a movie that also…

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IRS Warns of Last-Minute Tax Scams

Original release date: March 17, 2017 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an alert warning of phishing email scams targeting last-minute tax filers. The alert describes common features of these cyber crimes and includes recommendations to protect against them: strengthen passwords, recognize phishing attempts, and forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov. Tax payers and tax professionals are encouraged to review the IRS alert and US-CERT’s advice on Avoiding Social Engineering…

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Windows 10 UAC Bypass Uses Backup and Restore Utility

An anonymous reader writes: “A new User Access Control (UAC) bypass technique relies on altering Windows registry app paths and using the Backup and Restore utility to load malicious code without any security warning,” reports BleepingComputer. The technique works when an attacker launches the Backup and Restore utility, which loads its control panel settings page. Because the utility doesn’t known where this settings page is located, it queries the Windows…

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Insurance Startup Uses Behavioral Science To Keep Customers Honest

tedlistens quotes a report from Fast Company: Insurance startup Lemonade won itself headlines in January with the boast that it had successfully approved a claim in just three seconds. In that time, Lemonade’s software had run 18 anti-fraud algorithms and sent a payment to the lucky customer’s bank account — a process that would have taken a traditional property and casualty insurer days, if not weeks. But it’s what happened…

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Mozilla Releases Security Updates

Original release date: March 17, 2017 Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox and Firefox ESR. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to take control of an affected system. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Firefox and Firefox ESR and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy….

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