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Monday May 27, 2019. 01:30 AM
An anonymous reader writes: The SFGate site reports that Elon Musk engaged in a 'bizarre Twitter fight' after someone suggested underground tunnels were better for trains than cars. 'Opposite is true,' Musk argued. 'You can have 100's of layers of tunnels, but only one layer ...
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An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider: Shortly after news broke that Elon Musk's Boring Company landed its first tunnel-building project in Las Vegas, it released a video of two Teslas racing in its tunnel near Los Angeles -- one using the roads, and the other using a...
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Sunday May 26, 2019. 11:50 PM
I loved this story. The Hustle remembers how in 1964 a world-renowned medical professor found a way to beat roulette wheels, kicking off a five-year winning streak in which he amassed $1,250,000 ($8,000,000 today). He noticed that at the end of each night, casinos would...
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There's something scary in Fortune's new article about AT&T: 'Say you and your neighbor are both DirecTV customers and you're watching the same live program at the same time,' says Brian Lesser, who oversees the vast data-crunching operation that supports this kind of...
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'Most snails are 'righties'. Now scientists have found genes that can change the shell coiling direction,' writes the New York Times. ( Non-paywalled version here ) Suren Enfiajyan shares their report: Studying these snails offers clues to the evolution of body plans in many ...
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'Netflix has 175 days left to pull off a miracle... or it's all over,' argues a headline at Forbes for an article by the chief analyst at disruption research firm RiskHedge: Netflix is not the future of TV. Netflix changed how we watch TV, but it didn't really change what we ...
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Friday the MIDI Association published an introduction to MIDI 2.0, describing updates to the already-evolving 36-year-old standard, including MIDI-CI, Profiles and Property Exchange: MIDI 2.0 updates MIDI with new auto-configuration, extended resolution, increased...
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'The shampoo bottle, the deodorant stick, razors and even your toothbrush -- they all get thrown away when they're empty or worn out. But if they were reusable -- or refillable -- just imagine how much waste could be avoided.' That's how Bloomberg describes the new 'Loop'...
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'Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, created and promoted a 'military discount' that charges service members who are eligible to file for free,' reports ProPublica, in a story co-published with The Military Times: In patriotism-drenched promotions, press releases and tweets,...
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'Thomas Parker, sometimes described as the 'Edison of Britain', was a British engineer and electrical technologies inventor working in the 1800s who was also one of the world's first environmentalists,' remembers Slashdot reader dryriver. Parker had been troubled by the...
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'British consumers have begun trading in smartphones from Huawei Technologies Co. in growing numbers since the Chinese tech giant was hit by a U.S. supply blacklist,' reports Bloomberg: Trade-in and price-tracking companies report a surge in U.K. consumers trading in devices ...
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A post this week on Microsoft's developer blog explains 'what we, the Python team, have done to make Python easier to install on Windows' after the next update. TLDR: Typing 'python' in Windows' Command Prompt will take you to the Microsoft Store's Python page: Microsoft has ...
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'The Resistance's war against Skynet rages on with the sixth installment of the Terminator series,' reports Variety, adding that the James Cameron-produced film 'serves as a direct sequel to the first two movies in the franchise, relegating the events of the intervening...
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'SpaceX's unorthodox card-dealing launch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites has led to an unusual viewing opportunity for skywatchers -- and an occasion to wonder about the impact of such mega-constellations on the natural night sky,' reports GeekWire: A video captured by...
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'CrossFit, the branded workout regimen, deleted its Facebook and Instagram pages earlier this week and explained the reasoning through an impassioned press release,' reports the Verge. TechSpot has more details: In a press release, CrossFit revealed the breaking point: the...
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Chris Siebenmann is a Unix sys-admin for the CS department at the University of Toronto. He recently saw a tweet asking about the possibility of community-implemented generics for the Go programming language, and posted a widely-read response on his blog. 'There are many...
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This week a Republican senator 'unveiled a 'Do Not Track' bill with tough penalties for companies who break its protections,' reports The Hill. Trailrunner7 shares more information from the security news site Decipher: Senator Hawley's bill makes the Federal Trade Commission ...
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Saturday May 25, 2019. 11:34 PM
'Tesla's updated Navigate on Autopilot software now lets some drivers choose whether the car can automatically change lanes without his or her input,' writes Consumer Reports -- before complaining that the feature 'doesn't work very well and could create safety risks for...
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'The Air Force is investigating the Navy for a cyber intrusion into its network, according to a memo obtained by Military Times.' Zorro (Slashdot reader #15,797) shares their report: The bizarre turn of events stems from a decision by a Navy prosecutor to embed hidden...
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PC Magazine interviewed Neal Stephenson about his new upcoming book Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell, as well as 'the digital afterlife, and why social media is a doomsday machine.' [Possible spoilers ahead]: The hybrid sci-fi/fantasy novel begins in the present day with Richard...
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