Monthly Archives: April 2018

Pristine Lakes Are Filled With Toxins

Much of the focus on plastic pollution centres on our oceans. Emerging evidence shows it’s also a problem in freshwater, which may even be the source. From a report: “Freshwater systems are increasingly studied but still at a much smaller

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As Controversy Swirls, Facebook Dials Down the Swagger On Its Developer Conference

In the recent years, Facebook has used its developer conference — F8 — as an opportunity to showcase the most bleeding technologies: Type with your brain. ‘Hear’ with your skin. And in the event of an emergency, here’s a helicopter

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USB 3.2 Work Is On The Way For The Linux 4.18 Kernel: Report

An anonymous reader shares a report: USB 3.2 was announced last summer as an incremental update to the USB standard to double the bandwidth for existing USB Type-C cables. We haven’t seen much in the way of USB 3.2 mentions

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Stack Overflow Admits It Hasn’t Been Welcoming To ‘Newer Coders, Women, People of Color, and Others’; Outlines How It Plans To Change That

Paul Fernhout writes: Jay Hanlon, executive vice president of culture and experience at Stack Overflow, penned a column on the company’s blog last week in which he admitted the “painful truth” that “too many people experience Stack Overflow as a

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China is Now Monitoring Employees’ Brainwaves and Emotions

From a report: The Orwellian-as-all-get-out practice is being conducted using “emotional surveillance technology” by both businesses in China and the country’s military, reports the South China Morning Post. The tech uses small wireless sensors embedded in employees’ hats that can

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Twitter Sold Data Access To Cambridge Analytica-Linked Researcher

Facebook is clearly the company most affected by the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal, but that doesn’t leave other social networks completely unscathed. Bloomberg: Twitter sold data access to the Cambridge University academic who also obtained millions of Facebook users’

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Talent War in Silicon Valley Demands High Salary

An anonymous reader writes: Employees at Google’s parent company Alphabet earned “a median pay package of more than $197,000″ in 2017, around 18% lower than Facebook’s median salary of $240,000, the Wall Street Journal reports. Per the Journal, this illustrates

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Long Prison Sentence for Man Who Hacked Jail Computer System To Bust Out Friend

A judge sentenced a Michigan man to 87 months — 7 years 3 months — in prison for hacking into a county jail’s computer system and modifying prisoner records in an attempt to get an inmate released early. From a

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Digital and Analog Audio’s Curious Coexistence

Steve Guttenberg, writing for CNET: It’s a funny thing, the ongoing turntable sales surge shows no signs of slowing down, but nearly all new music is recorded digitally. It seems like a contradiction, turntables and LPs are purely analog in

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All Indian Villages Now Have Access To Electricity

An anonymous reader shares a report: All Indian villages now have access to electricity. Manipur’s Leisang village became the last non-electrified inhabited village to join India’s mainline supply network at 5.30pm on Saturday, an important milestone in the country’s journey

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