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Sunday November 19, 2017. 01:01 PM
schwit1 quotes UPI: Scientists at Harvard have developed a pair of new kill switches that can be used to thwart bioengineered microbes that go rogue. Researchers have been testing the use of bioengineered microbes for a variety of purposes, from the diagnosis of disease in...
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'James Damore opens up about his regrets -- and how autism may have shaped his experience of the world,' writes the west coast bureau chief for the Guardian. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The experience has prompted some introspection. In the course of several...
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Google's new Pixel Buds 'are really bad' and 'not worth buying,' according to CNBC's technology products editor: The stand-out feature of Google Pixel Buds is that they're supposed to be able to translate spoken languages in near real-time. In my real-world tests, however,...
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An anonymous reader quotes Space.com: A graphic new video posits a very scary future in which swarms of killer microdrones are dispatched to kill political activists and U.S. lawmakers. Armed with explosive charges, the palm-sized quadcopters use real-time data mining and...
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An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: DJI, the Chinese company that manufactures the popular Phantom brand of consumer quadcopter drones, was informed in September that developers had left the private keys for both the 'wildcard' certificate for all the company's Web...
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An anonymous reader quotes the New York Daily News: Authorities in Texas served Apple with a search warrant in order to gain access to the Sutherland Springs church shooter's cellphone files. Texas Ranger Kevin Wright obtained the warrant last week, according to San Antonio...
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Saturday November 18, 2017. 11:34 PM
theodp writes: In a few weeks, writes Microsoft Corporate VP Mary Snapp, 'millions of kids and others will participate in an Hour of Code, a global call to action to spend an hour learning the basics of coding. Today, it's my privilege to announce that Microsoft has released ...
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Slashdot reader jonyen writes: For generations, apprenticeships have been the way of working life; master craftsmen taking apprentices under their wing, teaching them the tools of the trade. This declined during the Industrial Revolution as the advent of the assembly line...
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Researchers working with a team at the Los Alamos National Lab tested a new way to build material for nuclear fusion reactors, 'and found that it could eliminate one of the obstacles preventing humanity from harnessing the power of fusion energy.' schwit1 quotes Science...
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Facebook will open source its modular network routing software Open/R, currently used in its backbone and data center networks, which 'provides a platform to disseminate state across the network and allows new applications to be built on top of it.' An anonymous reader...
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An Australian court can't make a California advocacy group take down a web page, a U.S. federal judge just ruled on Friday. Even if that web page calls a company's patents 'stupid.' Courthouse News reports: San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation sued Global...
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Earlier this month Bruce Perens notified us that 'the Software Freedom Law Center, a Linux-Foundation supported organization, has asked USPTO to cancel the trademark of the name of the Software Freedom Conservancy, an organization that assists and represents Free...
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An anonymous reader quotes TechNewsWorld: Firefox is not only fast on startup -- it remains zippy even when taxed by multitudes of tabs. 'We have a better balance of memory to performance than all the other browsers,' said Firefox Vice President for Product Nick Nguyen. 'We...
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MacRumors reports: A limited but increasing number of iPhone X owners claim to be experiencing so-called 'crackling' or 'buzzing' sounds emanating from the device's front-facing earpiece speaker at high or max volumes. Over two dozen users have said they are affected in a...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade -- doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls -- and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their constant companions. A recent ...
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Soon after Tesla unveiled its new electric Semi Truck and Roadster 2.0, Walmart says it has preordered 15 of the trucks. The Verge notes that the deal was 'likely in the works before Tesla unveiled its new truck to the public.' From the report: The pilot is planned for the...
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New submitter mrcoder83 shares a report from Futurism: Engineers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have been able to create a stable plasma ring without a container. According to the Caltech press release, it's 'essentially capturing lightning in a...
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Camel Pilot writes: The new GOP tax plan -- which just passed the House -- will tax tuition waivers as income. Graduate students working as research assistants on meager stipends would have to declare tuition waivers as income on the order of $80,000 income. This will force...
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An anonymous reader writes: Robots are not taking over the world,' the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured on Friday, seeking to head off criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called 'killer robots.' The United...
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Verizon recently announced that its upcoming 5G home internet service will not have the kinds of data limits you expect from current wireless services. It will reportedly be able to handle the average data load of a FiOS customer, and it won't be throttled down to 4G...
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