Microsoft Dropped for Open Source Again in Germany: Hamburg Follows Munich's Lead

"The trend towards open-source software on government computers is gathering pace in Germany," reports ZDNet: In the latest development, during coalition negotiations in the city-state of Hamburg, politicians have declared they are ready to start moving its civil service software away from Microsoft and towards open-source alternatives. The declaration comes as part of a 200-page coalition agreement between the Social Democratic and Green parties, which will define how Hamburg is run for the ne...
Tags: Microsoft, Germany, Tech, Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Hamburg Follows Munich, Social Democratic and Green, Peter Ganten, Open Source Business Alliance, Schleswig Holstein Thuringia Bremen Dortmund, Hamburg Mitte, Farid Mueller

Short story: The Recursive Grammar of Progress

It wasn’t terrorism to install robots with machine guns in every schoolyard and street corner.And it wasn’t terrorism to program them to kill you if you looked and behaved like those the people who paid for the robots had paid others to kill in the past, sometimes with hands and authority, sometimes with much bigger machines. It was, however, terrorism to hack the robots’ programming to kill people that looked and behaved like the people who paid for them to kill people who looked and behaved l...
Tags: Future

How to Use Images in Gatsby

This guide explains how you can use the gatsby-image plugin with GraphQL queries to display optimized images inside your Gatsby pages and React components. The images are lazy-loaded with blurred SVG background, the large images are resized automatically and the meta data is stripped from images. < Image src = "sunset.png" alt = "Sunset" / > The gatsby-image plugin generates multiple versions of an image for different display/device scenarios and these are serv...
Tags: Google, Images, Seo, Css, Svg, Gatsby

Apple Card will reportedly offer interest-free installments for iPads, Macs

Some purchases may be stretched over 12 months
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Mobile, News, Mac, Trends, Computing, AirPods, Apple Card

3 Pack Of TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug For $24.99 From Amazon

3 Pack Of TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug For $24.99 From Amazon Plus stack savings with these targeted AMEX 30%-40% off, AMEX $5-$20 off, Citi $15 off, or Discover 20% off Amazon promotions! Voice Control: Add voice control to any outlet. Enjoy the hands-free convenience of controlling any home electronic appliances with your voice via Alexa or Google Assistant. Control From […]
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New Java-Based Ransomware Targets Linux and Windows Systems

"A newly uncovered form of ransomware is going after Windows and Linux systems," reports ZDNet, "in what appears to be a targeted campaign." Named Tycoon after references in the code, this ransomware has been active since December 2019 and looks to be the work of cyber criminals who are highly selective in their targeting. The malware also uses an uncommon deployment technique that helps stay hidden on compromised networks. The main targets of Tycoon are organisations in the education and softwa...
Tags: Tech, Kpmg, Zdnet

How SpaceX Uses Linux, Chromium, C++ and Open Source Libraries

Long-time Slashdot reader mrflash818 ("Linux geek since 1999") shared a ZDNet article pointing out that SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has an onboard operating system that's "a stripped-down Linux running on three ordinary dual-core x86 processors. The flight software itself runs separately on each processor and is written in C/C++." Interestingly, back in 2018 a Slashdot headline asked whether C++ was "a really terrible language," and Elon Musk replied on Twitter with his single-word answer. "Yes." ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Intel, Nasa, Reddit, Falcon, Slashdot, Zdnet, Debian Linux Scientific Linux

Apple Doesn’t Want the Economic Crisis to Keep You From Buying Its Products: Report

The economic crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic has hit countries all over the world, costing millions of jobs and putting a freeze on a lot of non-essential spending, like upgrading your old phone or computer. Apple knows this, and that’s presumably why it’s reportedly planning to launch an installment…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Apple Card, Coronavirus, Covid 19

1962 Roger Ebert Article Unearthed On Distance Learning For Homebound Students

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In 2011, the late film critic Roger Ebert gave tech's movers-and-shakers a PLATO history lesson in his Remaking My Voice TED Talk. "When I heard the amazing talk by Salman Khan on Wednesday, about the Khan Academy website that teaches hundreds of subjects to students all over the world, I had a flashback," explained Ebert. "I was sent over to the computer lab of the University of Illinois to interview the creators of something called 'PLATO.' The initial...
Tags: Tech, Roger Ebert, Khan Academy, University Of Illinois, Plato, Slashdot, Ebert, Salman Khan, Brian Dear

Archaeologists find largest-ever Mayan complex hiding in plain sight

Archaeologists use laser-based aerial surveys to discover the oldest and largest Mayan structure ever found.The 3,000-year-old complex in the Mexican state of Tabasco was likely used as a ceremonial center.Researchers think the site showed a communal society rather than one based on worshipping elites. The southern tip of Mexico is hiding a giant Mayan structure from about 3,000 years ago, shows new research. The nearly mile-long monument may be the oldest and largest ever found from the myste...
Tags: Technology, Mexico, Society, History, Discovery, Architecture, Innovation, Lasers, Archaeology, University Of Arizona, Gulf of Mexico, Maya, Veracruz, Tabasco, BCE, Takeshi Inomata

Apple Planning Interest-Free Apple Card Payment Plans for Macs, AirPods, iPads and More

Apple plans to debut interest-free payment plan options for customers who purchase iPads, AirPods, Macs, and more using Apple Card, allowing them to pay for purchases over several months. According to Bloomberg, Apple will roll out the ‌Apple Card‌ feature in the coming weeks, with customers given up to 12 months to pay for their products before interest is due. The 12 month plan will be available for iPads, Macs, the Apple Pencil, iPad keyboards, and the Pro Display XDR, while six month pay...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Customers, Tim Cook, Bloomberg Apple, Apple Card, HomePod Customers, Apple Planning Interest Free Apple

EA Releases Source Code and 4K Remasters For Two 'Command and Conquer' Games

EA Games has just released The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection on Steam, described by Hot Hardware as two of the '90s-era real-time strategy games that "were incredibly popular in their day and are still popular with retro gamers today..." "Gamers can change between legacy and remastered 4K graphics in real-time when playing solo mode," they note, adding that "deep support for mods via the Steam Workshop is baked in." But UnknownSoldier (Slashdot user #67,820) also writes EA has ...
Tags: Tech, EA, Command, STEAM Workshop, EA Games, 4K Remasters For Two Command

Australia: Anonymous reviewer cannot hide behind international borders - McCullough Robertson

The Federal Court granted leave to serve an originating application for preliminary discovery on Google in California.
Tags: Google, News, Australia, Federal Court, McCullough Robertson

Sexist forum posts hundreds of private images of Australian female journalists and celebrities

Women whose social media pictures were uploaded to the site say they feel ‘violated’ by intrusion on their privacyFemale journalists say they feel “violated” by a sexist forum that has been posting personal images and lewd comments about women in the Australian media industry for more than a decade.Hundreds of high-profile journalists and emerging reporters have had their images uploaded onto the forum, which also posts suggestive images of Australian actresses, female sports stars and models. C...
Tags: Gender, Technology, Internet, Women, Society

Why Did It Take NASA a Decade To Get Back Into Space?

An anonymous reader writes: When talking about the nine year gap since America last flew astronauts with their own spacecraft, it's often said that NASA didn't have a plan in place when they retired the Space Shuttle. But the reality is a lot more complicated than that. NASA was working on a new spacecraft and rocket, and even made a successful test flight two years before the last Shuttle flight, but the program ended up getting canceled when the White House Administration changed. A review co...
Tags: Spacex, White House, America, Tech, Nasa, Mars, Boeing, Sierra Nevada

Stack Overflow Investigates Why Developers Love Rust So Much

This year Stack Overflow's Developer Survey of 65,000 programmers found that Rust was their most-loved programming language -- for the fifth year in a row. To understand why, they interviewed the top contributor to the site's Rust topic. ("The short answer is that Rust solves pain points present in many other languages, providing a solid step forward with a limited number of downsides...") But Stack Overflow also reached out to the Rust core team, including Berlin-based developer Erin Power, ask...
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We’ve Now Become Trump’s America

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Common Samsung Galaxy S8 problems and how to fix them

Samsung Galaxy S8 got issues? We've got fixes and workarounds for some of the most commonly reported problems.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Samsung, Trends, Problems, Other, Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Tier 4

In a massive executive reshuffle, Google's core business just found its new MVP. But it also comes as search and ads face a building antitrust storm (GOOG, GOOGL)

Prabhakar Raghavan has been elevated to lead Google's search business as part of a major company shakeup announced this week. He will also oversee Google ads, Assistant, commerce and payments, as well as Google's Geo business. It makes Raghavan an incredibly important figure in the Google's new org chart, which is being streamlined under Sundar Pichai. In the same week as these changes were announced, so was news that antitrust regulators are closing in on Google's ad and search business. Do y...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Ibm, Justice Department, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Jen, Ben, Prabhakar, Gabriel Weinberg, Raghavan, Google Cloud

Ava DuVernay’s Selma Is Now Free to Stream Online: Watch the Award-Winning Director’s Film About Martin Luther King’s 1965 Voting-Rights March

Ava DuVernay made her award-winning documentary 13th free to stream online. Now comes her film Selma. The 2014 film chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Ava DuVernay writes on Twitter: "Paramount Pictures is offering SELMA for free rental on all US digital platforms for June, starting today. We’ve gotta understand where we’ve been to strategize where we’re going. History helps us cre...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Film, College, US, History, Selma, Current Affairs, Martin Luther King, Ava Duvernay, Paramount Pictures, Martin Luther King Jr, Facebook Twitter, Montgomery Alabama, YouTube Google Play Apple Amazon, US Criminal Justice System Watch Free Films

Startups Weekly: The George Floyd protests come home to the tech industry

The tech industry has generally wished that structural discrimination would go away, while pretending that it already has. But technology can be used by anyone for anything. And so, the world has watched video after video of police brutality against Black people in a real-time stream that plays through the closing days of quarantine, culminating in the death of George Floyd and ongoing protests. As employees have left their remote offices to hit the streets, even executives at the largest tech c...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Youtube, China, Linkedin, Tech, Turkey, United States, Zynga, Huawei, Equity, Alex, Black, Coke, Megan Rose Dickey

A New AI-Powered Eye Exam Reduces Errors By 74%

sciencehabit quotes Science magazine: The classic eye exam may be about to get an upgrade. Researchers have developed an online vision test — fueled by artificial intelligence (AI) — that produces much more accurate diagnoses than the sheet of capital letters we've been staring at since the 19th century. If perfected, the test could also help patients with eye diseases track their vision at home... [W]hen the researchers ran their "Stanford acuity test" (StAT) through 1000 computer simulations m...
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Reddit's CEO Promises More Moderator Involvement in Shaping Corporate Policy

Reddit is vowing more changes after its co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigned and requested they replace him with a black candidate. First Reddit's other co-founder (and current CEO) Steve Huffman, calls it "a request that the board and I will honor." But in a post on Reddit last night, CEO Huffman announced additional steps they'll take, reports Mashable: Huffman said the company will focus on the parts of Reddit that "reflect an unflattering but real resemblance to the world in the hate that bla...
Tags: Tech, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Ellen Pao, Steve Huffman, Huffman, First Reddit

Noam Chomsky Explains the Best Way for Ordinary People to Make Change in the World, Even When It Seems Daunting

The threat of widespread violence and unrest descends upon the country, thanks again to a collection of actors viciously opposed to civil rights, and in many cases, to the very existence of people who are different from them. They have been given aid and comfort by very powerful enablers. Veteran activists swing into action. Young people turn out by the hundreds week after week. But for many ordinary people with jobs, kids, mortgages, etc. the cost of participating in constant protests a...
Tags: Google, College, Current Affairs, Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King Jr, Noam Chomsky, George Washington, Facebook Twitter, Rosa Parks, Best Way, Chomsky, Cesar Chavez, South King, Josh Jones, CHARLOTTESVILLE Va, Montgomery Bus Boycott

10 Tips for Making the Most of Popular Online Marketing Channels and Tech Tools

Marketing a business requires several tools and platforms. From Facebook to blogging, understanding the options available and their features can go a long way. Here are some tips from members of the online small business community to help you make sense of these popular marketing channels. Create an Effective Facebook Content Calendar If you want to make the most of your Facebook marketing strategy, you need to post regularly. But coming up with enough content can be tricky. In this Social Me...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Sales, Sydney, Neil Patel, Andrew Hutchinson, Social Media Today, Tech Tools, Dave Brown, Marketing Tips, John Jantsch, Ivan Widjaya, Mike Allton, Adam Ortman, Shari Slackman, Anmol Kumar

Will The Transition To IPv6 Take 5 to 10 Years?

An anonymous reader quotes The Register: IPv4 is here to stay with us for a good few years yet, reckons the the Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre's (RIPE NCC) public policy manager, eight years after IPv6 was supposed to replace it. Marco Hogewoning, public policy for the Amsterdam, Netherlands-based European regional internet registry, told The Register that despite the best efforts of IPv6 proponents over the last eight years, it might take "five to 10 years" before the world st...
Tags: Tech, Amsterdam Netherlands, NCC, The Register, Marco Hogewoning, Hogewoning

The tech industry has a terrible track record on diversity. Here's how 17 companies that spoke out against racism this week say they plan to improve.

Many technology companies have shared statements of support as protesters across the country advocate for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. But many of these same companies struggle to hire and retain people of color and women from all backgrounds.  Business Insider tracked what enterprise tech companies have said publicly about the ongoing protests, along with their diversity statistics for leadership and their overall workforce, and asked how they plan to promote more diverse a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Okta, US, America, Trends, Cisco, Intel, United States, Alaska, Michael Dell, Silicon Valley, Dell, Salesforce

This Week in Apps: Protests impact app stores, FTC fines app developer, kids’ app trends

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x highe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Twitter, Colin Kaepernick, Trends, Tech, Developers, Reddit, App Stores, Vox

Lenovo Will Pre-load Ubuntu and Red Hat on All Its Workstations

TechRepublic calls it "a tectonic shift in the landscape... a massive company showing serious support for both Ubuntu Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux." Forbes reports: Beginning this month, Lenovo will certify its ThinkStation PCs and ThinkPad P Series laptops for both Ubuntu LTS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Every single model, every single configuration across the entire workstation portfolio. [ZDNet adds that the two Linux distros will also be preloaded.] And it doesn't end there. "Goi...
Tags: Tech, Lenovo, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Zdnet, Ubuntu Linux, Mark Pearson, Rob Herman, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Forbes, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Every, Herman Lenovo

Indian online travel booking firm Yatra terminates merger deal with Ebix

Indian online travel booking company Yatra has terminated a pending merger agreement with Atlanta-based software firm Ebix and filed a litigation seeking “substantial damages” over alleged breach of deal terms. In July last year, Ebix announced its plan to acquire Yatra, giving the Indian firm an enterprise value of $337.8 million, in a move to strengthen its position in India’s hotel and flight ticketing market. Late Friday, Ebix said it had provided a notice to terminate the deal. In ...
Tags: Asia, Lawsuit, India, Tech, Atlanta, Ebix, Yatra, Terrapin, Acquisition Corporation, Network18 Reliance Capital Macquarie Group, Rotation Capital

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