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Wednesday March 6, 2019. 05:18 PM
Jessica Roy, writing for LA Times: Thirty years ago, Maxis released 'SimCity' for Mac and Amiga. It was succeeded by 'SimCity 2000' in 1993, 'SimCity 3000' in 1999, 'SimCity 4' in 2003, a version for the Nintendo DS in 2007, 'SimCity: BuildIt' in 2013 and an app launched in...
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The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine isn't associated with an increased risk of autism even among kids who are at high risk because they have a sibling with the disorder, a Danish study suggests. From a report: Concerns about a potential link between the MMR vaccine...
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An anonymous reader writes: At the RSA security conference this week, the National Security Agency released Ghidra, a free software reverse engineering tool that the agency had been using internally for well over a decade. The tool is ideal for software engineers, but will...
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Reader AmiMoJo writes: Jibo was a 'social robot' startup that burned through $76 million in venture capital and crowdfunding before having its assets were sold to SQN Venture Partners late last year. Earlier this week, reporter Dylan J Martin tweeted a video of a $899 Jibo...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: According to Wired, glass-maker Corning is 'working on ultrathin, bendable glass that's 0.1 millimeters thick and can bend to a 5 millimeter radius' that may be usable for smartphone displays within two years. Corning...
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schwit1 shares a report from UPI: According to new asteroid collision models designed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University, deflecting a large rock headed for Earth will be harder than previously thought. Using the most up-to-date findings on rock fracturing,...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have discovered that broken DNA builds up in brain cells in the daytime and repair work reverses the damage only during sleep. For an act so universal, sleep has enormous benefits. Found in organisms from...
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Uber is not criminally liable in a March 2018 crash in Tempe, Arizona, in which one of the company's self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian, prosecutors said on Tuesday. 'The Yavapai County Attorney said in a letter made public that there was 'no basis for criminal ...
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Slashdot reader and Motherboard writer dmoberhaus was the final participant in the world's first brain imaging study on salvinorin A, the psychoactive chemical in salvia divinorum. He wrote about what it's like to participate in a psychedelic drug trial, and why he...
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Google Maps is warning drivers in Canada as they approach some photo radar camera locations. 'The feature, which is currently being rolled out by Google, allows users to see speed limits, speed cameras and mobile speed cameras on the map before they leave,' reports HuffPost...
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Slashdot reader Lije Baley writes: As the unusually long cold snap in the Pacific Northwest has both increased electric demand while decreasing snow melt and stream flows needed for hydroelectric generation, local power companies are asking their customers to conserve...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Encryption should have limits. That's the message FBI Director Christopher Wray had for cybersecurity experts Tuesday. The technology that scrambles up information so only intended recipients can read it is useful, he said, but...
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Last December, Microsoft announced that it has embraced Google's Chromium open source project for Edge development on the desktop, a move that shocked many. We now have some leaked screenshots of the browser in its current state, and they appear to show a browser resembling...
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Tuesday March 5, 2019. 11:40 PM
Facebook is rolling out a new 'Tributes' section for memorialized accounts that will allow people to leave messages that are separate from the rest of the profile's timeline. 'Depending on a memorialized account's privacy settings, friends can currently still post on its...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google's AI research division today open-sourced GPipe, a library for 'efficiently' training deep neural networks (layered functions modeled after neurons) under Lingvo, a TensorFlow framework for sequence modeling. It's...
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Microsoft's next iteration of the Xbox One may not have a disc at all, and it might be coming sooner than you think. From a report: That's at least according to rumors from Windows Central, which says a disc-less Xbox One S 'All-Digital Edition' will be offered for preorders ...
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Nearly all 250 coal-fired plants in operation in the U.S. have leaked chemicals and contaminated the local groundwater supply with toxins [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; you can check the alternative source, and original report (PDF)], according to a report...
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A seemingly complex set of characters like 'ji32k7au4a83' is a very common password among users, it turns out. From a report: This interesting bit of trivia comes from self-described hardware/software engineer Robert Ou, who recently asked his Twitter followers if they could ...
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Linux 5.1 continues the massive undertaking in preparing the kernel for the Year 2038 problem. Phoronix: The Linux kernel has been seeing 'Y2038' work for years and the effort is far from over. Thomas Gleixner (a Linux kernel developer who serves as a member of the technical ...
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Exploit vendor Zerodium said today it would pay up to $500,000 for zero-days in popular cloud products and services such as Microsoft's Hyper-V and (Dell) VMware's vSphere. From a report: Both Hyper-V and vSphere are what experts call virtualization software, also called...
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