Monthly Archives: June 2018

NYT: ‘Firefox Is Back. It’s Time to Give It a Try.’

Another high-profile endorsement for Firefox — this time from the lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times. (Alternate link here). The web has reached a new low. It has become an annoying, often toxic and occasionally unsafe place

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How Should Open Source Development Be Subsidized?

“Open source maintainers are exhausted and rarely paid,” writes TechCrunch’s editorial manager. “A new generation wants to change the economics.” An anonymous reader quotes their report: [Patreon] is increasingly being used by notable open source contributors as a way to

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George Lucas’s Terrible Idea for Star Wars Episodes 7-9

In an interview with James Cameron, George Lucas reveals what he’d planed for the final three Star Wars films: “[The next three 'Star Wars' films] were going to get into a microbiotic world,” he told Cameron. “There’s this world of

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Can Two Injections of Tuberculosis Vaccine Cure Diabetes?

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The causes of Type 1 diabetes can be significantly reversed over several years with just two injections of a common tuberculosis vaccine injected a few weeks apart, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital announced Thursday in

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Tesla Autopilot Safety Defeat Device Gets a Cease-and-Desist From NHTSA

schwit1 writes: The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) is cracking down on a device that was designed to trick Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature into thinking a driver is paying attention, in order to extend the amount of time that

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Can NASA Protect Earth from Catastrophic Asteroid Collisions?

An anonymous reader quotes Qz: NASA is not going to be able to find all the asteroids big enough to cause serious devastation on Earth by 2020 — or even 2033. Also: For a hypothetical attempt to send a spacecraft

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America’s ‘CyberWar’ With Foreign Governments Could Get More Aggressive

America’s Department of Defense “has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states

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Should Professional Sports Switch To Robot Referees?

Long-time Slashdot reader Esther Schindler writes: Everyone who watches sports spends some amount of time yelling at the umpire or sports referee. For the past few years we’ve also been shouting, “Replace that ump with a robot!” But is it

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Dropbox Open Sources DivANS: a Compression Algorithm In Rust Compiled To WASM

Slashdot reader danielrh writes: DivANS is a new compression algorithm developed at Dropbox that can be denser than Brotli, 7zip or zstd at the cost of compression and decompression speed. The code uses some of the new vector intrinsics in

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Happy Birthday Alan Turing! How Modern Technology Could Win WWII In 13 Minutes

DevNull127 writes: A grateful reporter whose father-in-law liberated a concentration camp after D-Day reports on a high-tech team that “accomplished in 13 minutes what took Alan Turing years to do — and at a cost of just $7.” “In late

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