Monthly Archives: January 2015

How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

HughPickens.com writes James B. Stewart writes in the NYT that in 1998 Bill Gates said in an interview that he “couldn’t imagine a situation in which Apple would ever be bigger and more profitable than Microsoft” but less than two

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BT Unveils 1000Mbps Capable G.fast Broadband Rollout For the United Kingdom

Mark.JUK writes The national telecoms operator for the United Kingdom, BT, has today announced that it will begin a country-wide deployment of the next generation hybrid-fibre G.fast (ITU G.9701) broadband technology from 2016/17, with most homes being told to expect

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R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

An anonymous reader writes “I’ve never been able to work up a fear of the robot apocalypse,” admits R.U. Sirius, who more than 20 years after Mondo 2000′s original guide to geek culture has again collaborated on a new encyclopedia

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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

“Uber has been the subject of controversy all around the globe,” notes new submitter yuetteasvy (3999351), who supplies this story from Reuters about one of the reasons for that controversy: An Indian woman who says she was raped by an

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There Is No “You” In a Parallel Universe

StartsWithABang (3485481) writes “Ever since quantum mechanics first came along, we’ve recognized how tenuous our perception of reality is, and how — in many ways — what we perceive is just a very small subset of what’s going on at

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George R. R. Martin’s “The Winds of Winter” Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Dave Knott (2917251) writes George R.R. Martin’s “The WInds Of Winter”, the fifth book of his bestselling fantasy saga “A Song Of Ice And Fire” (known to television fans as “Game Of Thrones”) will not be published in 2015. Jane

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Cutting Through Data Science Hype

An anonymous reader writes: Data science — or “big data” if you prefer — has evolved into a full-fledged buzzword, thanks to marketing departments around the world. John Foreman writes that part of the marketing blitz has been focused on

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Scientists Float Soap Bubbles As a More Effective Drug Delivery Method

Zothecula writes: As if soap bubbles don’t spread enough happiness on their own, scientists have discovered a way of coating them in biomolecules with a view to treating viruses, cancer and other diseases. The technology has been developed at the

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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

mdsolar points out this report in the NY Times: An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University

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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?

An anonymous reader writes: I volunteer at a inner-city community after school program focused K-8th grade. Right now, due to the volunteer demographic, we spend most of our activity time in arts and crafts and homework. The 5th-8th students are

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