Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: It seems like it’s inadvisable to sit in a movie theatre during a pandemic. Thousands of theatres still tried showing movies this weekend — but the number of open theatres is dropping, perhaps because… Continue reading Hundreds More Movie Theatres Close As Attendance Plummets
A partner at an early-stage investment firm argues that “in the 2000s everyone was learning HTML and making a website. In the 2010s everyone was learning to develop mobile apps. In the 2020s all the developers are going to build Vision AI.”
Long-time Slashdot reader t0qer has a question: why haven’t we gone to an open source, Public Key Infrastructure-based voting system? “I’m fairly well versed in PKI technology, and quoting this site, it would take traditional computers 300 trillion yea… Continue reading Ask Slashdot: Why Haven’t We Implemented Public Key Infrastructure Voting?
This week Purism began shipping its mass-produced Librem 5 phone to customers, according to announcement from the company:
The Librem 5 is a one-of-a-kind general-purpose computer in a phone form-factor that Purism has designed and built from scratch … Continue reading Mass-Produced, Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Begins Shipping to Customers
There’s “an overwhelming body of evidence” for scientists’ belief that the coronavirus originated in an animal before making the leap to humans, reports the New York Times. (Alternate URL here.) They add that U.S. intelligence agencies also “have not f… Continue reading How Powerful Forces Collaborated to Peddle Misinformation about the Origins of the Coronavirus
CNET reports on Twitter’s rocky rollout of “fleets” which disappear after 24 hours:
In a blog post, Twitter said global tests of the feature indicated the tool helped people feel more comfortable joining public conversations on the service. “Those new… Continue reading Twitter’s Launch of Fleets: Lag, Some Crashes, Bugs, Skepticism and Cat Pics
Ars Technica glimpsed a possible future at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: a solar simulator “that can shine with the intensity of 20 Suns…”
“They think it could be the key to interstellar exploration.”
“It’s really easy fo… Continue reading The Audacious Plan to Launch a Solar-Powered Rocket Into Interstellar Space
Long-time Slashdot reader 00_NOP is a software engineer (with a PhD in real-time computing) re-visits a historic research paper on the financial trade-offs between disk space (then costing about $20,000 per kilobyte) and (volatile) memory (costing abou… Continue reading Memory vs. Disk vs. CPU: How 35 Years Has Changed the Trade-Offs
To discard the theory of dark matter, “you’ll need to replace it with something even more bizarre: a force of gravity that, at some distances, pulls massive objects together and, at other distances, pushes them apart.” That’s how Science magazine descr… Continue reading To Explain Away Dark Matter, Gravity Would Have To Be Really Weird
“Bitcoin is now trading near $18,000, up almost 100% in six months,” notes Bloomberg columnist Lionel Laurent, “and it’s flirting with an all-time high reached in 2017 (which, given it was followed by an ugly crash, faithful Bitcoiners would rather for… Continue reading Is Bitcoin’s Growth Driven By Speculative Investors?