What Happens After 550 Times the Usual Dose of LSD?

“From the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs comes three case studies on people who benefited from LSD overdoses including one woman who took a dose of 55 milligrams of pure powdered LSD,” writes clovis (Slashdot reader #4,684). CNN reports: The 49-year-old woman, known as CB, had contracted Lyme disease in her early 20s, which damaged her feet and …

Filming of Matrix 4 Brings ‘Excitement, Some Damage’ to San Francisco

“It’s only been a few months since we learned that The Matrix 4 was actually a real movie that was going to actually happen, and was actually going to star Keanu Reeves, and now the movie is actually filming in San Francisco…” writes Cinema Blend. “However, making things real is apparently causing real damage in the city by the bay.” …

The ‘Go’ Team Releases Version 1.14

The new 1.14 release of the Go programming language “is dotted with performance and security improvements,” reports the developer news site DevClass, “but also gives devs more flexibility when it comes to module use.” And they also give a nice overview of Go’s development process: Go is the language most containerization projects are built with. The wide adoption of this …

Is Microsoft Retaliating For Chrome’s Warnings About Extension Security in Edge?

Several pundits criticized Google for warning Edge users to switch to Chrome if they wanted to use Chrome extensions “securely”. “In Chrome, a plugin can be remotely disabled by the Chrome team if it’s considered unsafe for whatever reason,” notes PC World. “Google lacks the ability to remotely disable the same plugin within Edge, prompting Google to recommend switching to …

Some Clever Farmers are Harvesting Metals From Plants

The New York Times reports: Some of Earth’s plants have fallen in love with metal. With roots that act practically like magnets, these organisms — about 700 are known — flourish in metal-rich soils that make hundreds of thousands of other plant species flee or die…. The plants not only collect the soil’s minerals into their bodies but seem to …

Chasing AMD, Intel Promises Full Memory Encryption in Upcoming CPUs

“Intel’s security plans sound a lot like ‘we’re going to catch up to AMD,’” argues FOSS advocate and “mercenary sysadmin” Jim Salter at Ars Technica, citing a “present-and-future” presentation by Anil Rao and Scott Woodgate at Intel’s Security Day that promised a future with Full Memory Encryption but began with Intel SGX (launched with the Skylake microarchitecture in 2015). Salter …

Oregon Engineer Proved Right About Traffic Lights

“Mats Järlström’s emotions were clearly visible Friday morning. After years of arguing red light traffic cameras are flawed, the official Journal of the Institute of Transportation Engineers said he was right,” reports a local news station in Portland, Oregon: The ITE sets traffic policy recommendations for the United States — and they said cities should be using his formula. “It …

Tesla and PG&E To Build World’s Largest Battery Farm Near Silicon Valley

“Tesla will work with PG&E to build the world’s largest battery facility able to store energy generated by both solar and wind power in Monterey, California,” writes long-time Slashdot reader Okian Warrior. Clean Technica reports: “Certainly, combined, this is going to be the largest battery facility in the world, so it’s a big boost to our community and our country,” …

Health Experts Worry Coronavirus May Be Spreading Undetected in the US

The Boston Globe’s Stat News site reports that the new coronavirus “may be spreading in parts of the Pacific Northwest, with California, Oregon, and Washington State reporting Friday that they have diagnosed cases with no travel history or known contact with another case….” Problems with a coronavirus test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have meant that …

How a hacker’s mom broke into prison—and the warden’s computer

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) John Strand breaks into things for a living. As a penetration tester, he gets hired by organizations to attack their defenses, helping reveal weaknesses before actual bad guys find them. Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security. But in July 2014, prepping for a …