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Sunday May 26, 2019. 01:34 AM
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 latest set of stable kernel updates is 5.1.5, 5.0.19, 4.19.46, 4.14.122, and 4.9.179. Each contains yet another set of important fixes.
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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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This week Phoronix marked a very special anniversary: Five years ago today was the story on Phoronix how the systemd source tree was approaching 550k lines so curiosity got the best of me to see how large is the systemd Git repository today. Well, now it's over 1.2 million...
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Now this is one big turtle. A researcher in Mississippi found a huge alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) while conducting a survey of the reptiles. Luke Pearson found the turtle, a male, in […] The post Record-Setting, 62-Pound Alligator Snapping Turtle Found...
    Geek - May 25, 08:32 PM
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Waiting for the right time to purchase a new Bluetooth speaker, headphones, or earbuds? Your patience is about to pay off. That’s because this Memorial Day weekend you’ll save an extra 15 percent […] The post Memorial Day Sale: Extra 15% Off Wireless Earbuds and...
    Geek - May 25, 08:00 PM
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Students from wealthy high schools are more than twice as likely to qualify for extra time to finish their SAT or ACT college entrance tests than students from poor schools -- and in some cases, they're getting 50% more time. An anonymous reader quotes CBS News: About 4.2...
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The world’s smallest McDonald’s has opened its doors in Sweden and it has everyone buzzing — literally. Called the McHive, the tiny McDonald’s is not serving burgers and fries to fast-food fans, it’s […] The post World’s Smallest McDonald’s Is Now Open (And It’s for Bees)...
    Geek - May 25, 06:55 PM
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Robert Sweeney spent 10 years working as a software engineer at Microsoft and Netflix, before becoming founder and CEO of the software development agency Facet. This week he blogged about how he cheated on his 2004 interview for a job at Microsoft. It was his first job...
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If you need your summer binge-watching plans sorted in advance, Amazon Prime Video is here to help. In addition to blockbuster movies (Captain Marvel, Us) that will be available to rent or purchase, […] The post Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in June 2019...
    Geek - May 25, 06:23 PM
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'Online marketplace eBay has revealed how it boosted performance of a demanding web app by 50x using WebAssembly,' reports TechRepublic: The 'astonishing' speed-up after switching from a JavaScript-based to a largely WebAssembly-based web app was detailed by the eBay...
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'NASA has chosen its first commercial partner for a proposed space station, known as the Lunar Gateway, to be built near the Moon,' reports Ars Technica: On Thursday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Maxar Technologies would build the first component of the Gateway -- ...
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On May 26th, Europeans will vote for the next EU Parliament, and the region's far-right, 'nationalist/anti-establishment' parties (AfD Germany, UKIP/Brexit UK, PiS/Poland, etc) are expected make large gains, possibly prompting a realignment of power in the EU; the far-right...
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Glen Barber has announced the release of new testing media for FreeBSD. The new development snapshot, FreeBSD 11.3-BETA1, contains mostly minor fixes and improvements for the FreeBSD 11.x series and makes it easier to remotely access ARM-based systems. "The first BETA build...
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A look at the life, times, and collisions of large galaxies.
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The Computer Lab's Beyond Cyberpunk Hypercard stack (credit: Beyond Cyberpunk!) Update: It's Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and the Ars staff has a long weekend accordingly. Many will spend that time relaxing or traveling with family, but maybe someone will dust off...
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