Are Trendy Developers Ignoring Tradeoffs and Over-Engineering Workplaces?

An anonymous reader shares an article titled "Does IT Run on Java 8?" "After more than ten years in tech, in a range of different environments, from Fortune 500 companies, to startups, I've finally come to realize that most businesss and developers simply don't revolve around whatever's trending on Hacker News," argues one Python/R/Spark data scientist: Most developers -- and companies -- are part of what [programmer] Scott Hanselman dubbed a while ago as the 99%... "They don't read a lot of bl...
Tags: Microsoft, Mexico, America, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Tensorflow, Hacker News, Scott Hanselman, Druid, Hanselman

Keep Your Financial Information Private By Opting Out Of These Google Pay Settings (lifehacker)

Google Pay is a convenient way to consolidate your various payment methods under one account, and makes online shopping that much more streamlined. However, there are a few default Google Pay options you may want to consider opting out of if you’re concerned about how much of your personal data and credit information…Read more... [Author: Brendan Hesse]
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Ask Slashdot: Why Did It Take So Long For Cars To Become Aerodynamically Shaped?

Here's what dryriver wondered after hearing that the oldest Porsche T64 in the world -- built in 1939 -- was going to be auctioned: What stands out about this nearly 80 year old car is how curved and aerodynamically shaped it is. If you then Google 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s car images, you find that they are nowhere near as aerodynamic in shape. It took a while before production cars started to appear en masse that had a nicely-curved aerodynamic body, and before Bezier curves were invented, which...
Tags: Google, Tech, Porsche, Martin, Slashdot, MightyYar

Update the Netflix App if You're Having Android Battery Issues

If your Android device has been suffering from less-than-stellar battery life over the past few weeks the culprit might be Netflix.Read more...
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Protect Solar System From Mining 'Gold Rush', Say Scientists

An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: Great swathes of the solar system should be preserved as official "space wilderness" to protect planets, moons and other heavenly bodies from rampant mining and other forms of industrial exploitation, scientists say. The proposal calls for more than 85% of the solar system to be placed off-limits to human development, leaving little more than an eighth for space firms to mine for precious metals, minerals and other valuable materials. While the limit wo...
Tags: Tech, Cambridge Massachusetts, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Martin Elvis, Tony Milligan, King s College London Elvis

Equity transcribed: Away’s $1.4B valuation and CrowdStrike’s S-1

Welcome back to another transcribed edition of Equity, the wildly popular TechCrunch podcast that digs deep into the week’s news about … equity. There were no IPOs this week so there was only one episode, but it was jam-packed with news about direct-to-consumer scooters, luggage funding and fake meat. This is where tech has taken us this week. Oh, and Slack set the date for its direct listing. Kate: So [Away] raised a 100 million, series D. This round was led by Wellington Management, so not by ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Kate, Alex, Forerunner Ventures, Alex Wilhelm, Nps, Wellington Management, Kate Clark, Though Away, Christopher Gates, Townsend Kate

Russia's Anti-5G Propaganda Campaign Is Spreading Across Social Media

An anonymous reader quotes Fierce Wireless: Earlier this week, the New York Times published a story with the headline "Your 5G Phone Won't Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise." [Non-paywalled MSN version here.] The story outlined how RT, the Russia-backed and U.S.-based television network, has been peddling 5G cancer fear-mongering stories, making claims that 5G causes brain cancer, infertility, autism, Alzheimer's and other health disorders. The Times reports RT has run seven suc...
Tags: Russia, America, Tech, New York Times, The Times, Moscow, Kremlin, Times, VentureBeat, Facebook YouTube, RT, Spreading Across Social Media, Humanity The Times, Anna Belkina

Severe Linux Kernel Flaw Found In RDS

jwhyche (Slashdot reader #6,192) shared this article from Sophos: Linux systems running kernels prior to 5.0.8 require patching after news emerged of a high-severity flaw that could be remotely exploited. According to the NIST advisory, CVE-2019-1181 is a race condition affecting the kernel's rds_tcp_kill_sock in net/rds/tcp.c "leading to a use-after-free, related to net namespace cleanup." The RDS bit refers to systems running the Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) for the TCP module, which mean...
Tags: Tech, Sophos, TCP, Slashdot, NIST

Sam Altman’s leap of faith

Earlier this year, founder-investor Sam Altman left his high-profile role as the president of Y Combinator to become the CEO of OpenAI, an AI research center at its outset that founded by some of the most prominent people in the tech industry in late 2015. The idea: to ensure that artificially intelligence is “developed in a way that is safe and is beneficial to humanity,” as one of those founders, Elon Musk, said back then to the New York Times. The move is intriguing for many reasons, inclu...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Elon Musk, New York, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Yc, Openai, Altman

PlayStation Controller Mug

Coffee and tea mug features a handle that looks Sony PlayStation controller. TeaStation: Sony PlayStation video game console inspired controller mug. Also check out: PlayStation Controller Table
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Apple CEO to graduates: My generation failed you

"We spent too much time debating," Cook told Tulane University graduates during a commencement speech in New Orleans.
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The history of how Uber went from the most feared startup in the world to its massive IPO

Uber went public this month on the New York Stock Exchange in a much-watched IPO. Since it was founded in 2009, Uber has transformed the ride-hailing industry and grown to become the most valuable companies in the world. See the highs and lows of Uber in its journey from small San Francisco startup, through its extremely tumultous 2017, through to its 2019 IPO. Visit for more stories. Ten years ago, a company called UberCab made a splash in San Francisco by le...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, South Korea, Eric Holder, Washington Post, France, China, Ipo, India, Softbank, New York City, Africa, US, San Francisco, Trends

San Francisco's homeless population has swelled by 17% in two years, with most of that growth coming from people living out of their cars

A preliminary one-night tally of San Francisco's homeless population taken in January was cast at 8,011, up 17% from two years ago according to the San Francisco Chronicle. A key reason for the increase is a 45% rise in people in the city living out of vehicles, such as RVs. The increased street count shows how San Francisco's long-standing homelessness crisis is worsening. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. San Francisco has long dealt with a homelessness crisis, exacerbated...
Tags: Google, California, US, San Francisco, Trends, San Francisco Chronicle, Embarcadero

You’re Not Alone When You’re on Google

We know that. But the “privacy paradox” means we still act like we are.
Tags: Google, News, Privacy, Social Media, Google Inc, Computers and the Internet, Mobile Applications, Data-Mining and Database Marketing

New John the Ripper Cracks Passwords On FPGAs

Long-time Slashdot reader solardiz has long bring an advocate for bringing security to open environments. Wednesday he contacted Slashdot to share this update about a piece of software he's authored called John the Ripper: John the Ripper is the oldest still evolving password cracker program (and Open Source project), first released in 1996. John the Ripper 1.9.0-jumbo-1, which has just been announced with a lengthy list of changes, is the first release to include FPGA support (in addition to C...
Tags: Tech, John, Slashdot, Watt, FPGA, John the Ripper, CPU GPU

Importance of Technical SEO 2019 and Beyond [Infographic + Video]

Is your business already on the web? Great!  Studies by BIA/Kelsey show that 97% of consumers search online for products and services they need. It goes without saying that targeted leads are what the majority of businesses desire. Those can be attained through effective, organic SEO. Importance of SEO: improving your organic search rankings A tells us that Google is the top traffic source to content pages, contributing on average of 68% of a website’s traffic. The beauty of SEO is that sma...
Tags: Google, Business, Wordpress, Reddit, Technical Seo, BIA Kelsey, SEO / Google / Organic Traffic

Immigrant founders, smartphone growth, SEO tactics, SoftBank’s financials, and AR tech

How an immigration crackdown is hurting UK startups Our European correspondent Natasha Lomas spent the past few weeks investigating what’s been happening to immigrant founders and tech talent in the UK, who have been receiving more scrutiny from the Home Office in recent months. Natasha zooms in on Metail, a virtual fitting room startup, and its tribulations with the immigration authorities and the damage those action are having on the broader ecosystem: The January 31 decision letter, which Te...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, UK, Softbank, Samsung, Home Office, Alex, Zoom, Natasha, SoftBank Group, Natasha Lomas, Brian Heater, SoftBank Vision Fund, Eric Yuan

Bankrupt US Coal Producer Was Funding Climate Change Denial

The bankruptcy of one of America's largest coal producers revealed that the company was helping to fund "think tanks that have attacked the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change, as well as to several conservative advocacy groups that have attempted to undermine policies intended to shift the economy toward renewable energy," reports the Intercept. The document shows that Cloud Peak Energy helped fund the Institute of Energy Research, a Washington, D.C.-based group that ha...
Tags: Washington, America, Tech, New York Times, Sierra Club, Cloud Peak Energy, Rick Berman, Reavey, Institute of Energy Research, Montana Policy Institute, Greg Zimmerman, Richard Reavey, Phillip Morris Reavey

Talk to us: What are your questions and concerns about artificial intelligence?

We want you to take part in the conversation about a topic that is transforming the world.
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As Seattle’s new hotels roll out automation to serve guests, workers worry

From automated check-in to droids that carry bags to rooms, artificial-intelligence technology is transforming the hospitality industry worldwide. As a result, hotel workers around the nation are seeking a say in the introduction of devices that could threaten their jobs.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Seattle

Apple removed a teen's award-winning anti-Trump game "Bad Hombre" because they can't tell the difference between apps that criticize racism and racist apps

Bad Hombre is an award-winning satirical game created by 16-year-old Jackie George. Two days after it won the Shortly Award and was recognized in her school newsletter, Bad Hombre was removed from both Apple's App Store and Google Play (George notes that her town of Naples, FL is very conservative with a lot of Trump supporters and is suspicious that one of her neighbors reported the app). George appealed the removal and Google quickly reinstated the app, but Apple refused to do so. Instead...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Apps, Post, Games, Kids, News, Germany, Stem, App Stores, Kkk, Hitler, Donald Trump, Jackie, Trumpism

America can’t ignore the economic threat of a rising China

In the aftermath of the Communist victory in the late 1940s, the question often asked in Washington was: “Who lost China?” That fueled the McCarthyite inquisition that followed. The question our children might ask is: “Who lost America?” The long-running side-show around Russian “collusion” focused on the nasty but largely inconsequential ties between some of Donald Trump’s more sleazy aides and their equally disreputable Russian or Ukrainian counterparts. Yet, compared to China, Russia represen...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, California, Opinion, Washington, Mexico, China, Russia, America, Sport, European Union, Joe Biden, Beijing, Atlantic, Soccer, Gop

Apple CEO Tim Cook urges college grads to 'push back' against algorithms that promote the 'things you already know, believe, or like'

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the commencement speech at Tulane University on Saturday, during which he encouraged students to listen to others and remain open to seeing the world in a different way. Cook encouraged students to pay attention to "what we owe one another" and touched on the importance of addressing climate change. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Since being named CEO of Apple in 2011, Tim Cook has made it a point to ensure that Apple leaves its mark on the world ...
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10 Expert Tips for Making the Most of Your Limited Small Business Resources

Small business owners have to find ways to make maximum impact with limited resources. This means making use of free or inexpensive online resources, marketing tools and information. Members of the online small business community have plenty of experience in this area. Check out their tools for making the most of what you have below. Check out Webinars to Help Choose a Business Entity When you’re just getting started with your business, choosing the proper structure and entity is a must. The ...
Tags: Google, Sales, Don, Martin Zwilling, Small Business Operations, Ramon Ray, Rachel Strella, Nellie Akalp, Lee Jackson, Katie Lundin, Stephen H Yu, Adam Henshall, Google Search Console Google Search Console, Joseph Chukwube, Ivan Widjaya Take Advantage

3 things brands can learn from Apple’s struggle to stay on top

Steve Jobs and Jony Ive called the small design studio I worked at asking for help back in 1997. They wanted us to create a new desktop computer that would save Apple from going under. We accepted the challenge and created the multi-colored iMac. Apple quickly climbed out of its financial hole and is now valued at $1 trillion. Although this is a great success story (and being able to say Steve Jobs asked for our help is pretty cool) creating a one time innovation doesn’t guarantee evergreen succ...
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Big revenues, huge valuations and major losses: charting the era of the unicorn IPO

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Some reassuring data for those worried unicorns are wrecking the Bay Area From lab-grown meat to fermented fungus, here’s what corporate food VCs are serving up We can make charts galore about the tech IPO market. Yet none of them diminish the profound sense that we are in uncharted territory. Never before have so many companies with such high revenues gone public at such lofty valu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Column, Money, Finance, Ipo, Tech, Economy, Initial Public Offering, Valuation, Unicorn, Bay Area From, Joanna Glasner

Google Images + Facial Recognition Find Thief Who Looked Like Woody Harrelson

"The New York Police Department used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify a beer thief who looked like the actor," reports the Associated Press: Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology highlighted the April 2017 episode in "Garbage In, Garbage Out," a report on what it says are flawed practices in law enforcement's use of facial recognition. The report says security footage of the thief was too pixelated and produced no matches w...
Tags: Google, Florida, Tech, Brooklyn, Associated Press, Woody Harrelson, New York Police Department, New York Knicks, Georgetown, Georgetown University, Harrelson, Clare Garvie

Hungary: the crucible for faulty efforts by Facebook to banish fake news

Efforts to tackle abuse have brought the platform into collision with the governmentThe denunciation filled the front page of one of Hungary’s main newspapers. “Facebook has become a political actor,” declared the pro-government Magyar Nemzet, the latest attack in an escalating campaign against the social media giant.In Hungary, Facebook’s attempts to clean up its platform and salvage its reputation are increasingly bringing it into confrontation with the government. The resulting showdown highl...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Social Networking, US, World news, Hungary, Viktor Orban, Cambridge Analytica, Magyar Nemzet, In Hungary Facebook

No longer in the dark: Navajo Nation homes get electricity

KAIBETO, Ariz. (AP) — Miranda Haskie sits amid the glow of candles at her kitchen table as the sun sinks into a deep blue horizon silhouetting juniper trees and a nearby mesa. Her husband, Jimmie Long, Jr., fishes for the wick to light a kerosene lamp as the couple and their 13-year-old son prepare to […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Ap, Nation, KAIBETO Ariz, Miranda Haskie, Jimmie Long Jr

Original Content podcast: ‘Game of Thrones’ burns it all down

This post and podcast contain spoilers for “Game of Thrones.” Our original co-host Darrell Etherington returns for this week’s Original Content podcast, which is all about “Game of Thrones” — specifically “The Bells,” an episode that seems to have prompted more fan outcry than anything in the last seven-and-a-half seasons. The controversy, of course, comes from watching Daenerys (Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons, the closest thing the show has to a hero) and her last remaining dragon burn Ki...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Game Of Thrones, Dany, Darrell Etherington, Daenerys, Original Content Podcast

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