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How to let grief work for you | Julia Samuel

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

The death of a loved one creates an inner wound that can’t be ignored. Healing it requires work

Grief is profoundly misunderstood. We seem happy to talk about sex or our sense of failure, or to expose our deepest vulnerabilities. But on death and loss we are silent. Which is why Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge were so courageous in talking openly about the mental health taboo their grief...

Debian Developer Imprisoned In Russia Over Alleged Role In Riots

Today at 06:29 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes:
“Dmitry Bogatov, Debian developer and Tor node admin, is still being held in a Moscow jail,” tweeted the EFF Saturday. IT Wire reports that the 25-year-old math teacher was arrested earlier this month “on suspicion of organizing riots,” and is expected to be held in custody until June 8. “The panel investigating the protests claims Bogatov posted several incitory...

Wired Founding Editor Now Challenges ‘The Myth of A Superhuman AI’

Today at 03:24 AM, via Slashdot

Wired’s founding executive editor Kevin Kelly wrote a 5,000-word takedown on “the myth of a superhuman AI,” challenging dire warnings from Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk about the potential extinction of humanity at the hands of a superintelligent constructs. Slashdot reader mirandakatz calls it an “impeccably argued debunking of this pervasive myth.” Kelly writes:
Buried in this...

Ask Slashdot: Could We Build A Global Wireless Mesh Network?

Today at 01:19 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader wants to start a grassroots effort to build a self-organizing global radio mesh network where every device can communicate with every other device — and without any central authority.
There is nothing in the rules of mathematics or laws of physics that prevents such a system. But how would you break the problem up so it could be crowdfunded and sourced? How would you build...

Developer Shares A Recoverable Container Format That’s File System Agnostic

Today at 00:40 AM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader MarcoPon writes: I created a thing: SeqBox. It’s an archive/container format (and corresponding suite of tools) with some interesting and unique features. Basically an SBX file is composed of a series of sector-sized blocks with a small header with a recognizable signature, integrity check, info about the file they belong to, and a sequence number. The results of this...

NASA Launches Super Balloon To Detect Cosmic Particles From Near Space

Today at 00:09 AM, via Slashdot

“After seven unsuccessful attempts NASA has launched a stadium-sized balloon in Wanaka,” reports the New Zealand Herald, adding that the super-pressure balloon will collect data from “near space” over the next 100 days. Reuters reports: The balloon, designed by NASA to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles from beyond the galaxy as they penetrate the earth’s atmosphere, is expected to...

Microsoft’s Surface Revenue Drops By $285M (26%)

Yesterday at 23:04 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld:
Revenue generated by Microsoft’s Surface hardware during the March quarter was down 26% from the same period the year before, the company said yesterday as it briefed Wall Street. For the quarter, Surface produced $831 million, some $285 million less than the March quarter of 2016, for the largest year-over-year dollar decline ever… The revenue decline...

Russian-Controlled Telecom Hijacks Traffic For Mastercard, Visa, And 22 Other Services

Yesterday at 21:59 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes the security editor at Ars Technica:
On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies were briefly routed through a Russian government-controlled telecom under unexplained circumstances that renew lingering questions about the trust and reliability of some of the most sensitive...

Some Of The Pentagon’s Critical Infrastructure Still Runs Windows 95 And 98

Yesterday at 20:55 PM, via Slashdot

SmartAboutThings writes:
The Pentagon is set to complete its Windows 10 transition by the end of this year, but nearly 75% of its control system devices still run Windows XP or other older versions, including Windows 95 and 98. A Pentagon official now wants the bug bounty program of the top U.S. defense agency expanded to scan for vulnerabilities in its critical infrastructure.
DefenseOne...

Startups Struggle For Survival As Investors Turn ‘Picky’

Yesterday at 19:49 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes The Wall Street Journal:
Eighteen months ago, Beepi Inc. was rapidly expanding its online used-car business to 16 U.S. cities where people could buy cut-rate vehicles adorned with giant shiny bows. Beepi doesn’t exist anymore. After burning through more than $120 million in capital, the startup failed to raise more cash and shut down in February. Its roughly 270...

Last-ditch attempt to save the endangered vaquita porpoise

Yesterday at 19:16 PM, via The Guardian

$4m mission in Gulf of California aims to rescue world’s most endangered sea mammal – with help from US navy dolphins

Scientists are finalising plans to make a last-ditch attempt to save the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise. They believe there are now fewer than 30 of these distinctive cetaceans left in the Gulf of California.

Only by catching the remaining creatures...

Encrypted WhatsApp Message Recovered From Westminster Terrorist’s Phone

Yesterday at 18:44 PM, via Slashdot

Bruce66423 brings word that a terrorist’s WhatsApp message has been decrypted “using techniques that ‘cannot be disclosed for security reasons’, though ‘sources said they now have the technical expertise to repeat the process in future.'” The Economic Times reports:
U.K. security services have managed to decode the last message sent out by Khalid Masood before he rammed his high-speed car into...

Wikipedia Is Being Blocked In Turkey

Yesterday at 17:46 PM, via Slashdot

Nine hours ago, Ilgaz wrote:
The Turkey Blocks monitoring network has verified restrictions affecting the Wikipedia online encyclopedia in Turkey. A block affecting all language editions of the website [was] detected at 8:00AM local time Saturday 29 April. The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country.

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Access to Wikipedia has...

Computer Pioneer Harry Huskey Dies At Age 101

Yesterday at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

Big Hairy Ian quotes the BBC:
Engineer Harry Huskey, who helped build many of the first ever computers, has died aged 101. Dr. Huskey was a key member of the team that built the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) which first ran in February 1946. ENIAC is widely considered to be one of the first electronic, general purpose, programmable computers. Dr. Huskey also helped...

Italian Police Say Amazon Has Evaded $142 Million of Taxes

Yesterday at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Milan tax police have told Amazon they believe the world’s largest online retailer has evaded around 130 million euros ($142 million) of taxes in Italy, a source close to the matter said on Friday. The allegedly unpaid taxes refer to the period between 2011 and 2015, when Amazon made revenues of around 2.5 billion euros in Italy, the source...

Zuma signs FICA amendment bill into law

Yesterday at 13:42 PM, via MyBroadband

President Jacob Zuma has signed the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA) bill into law, the presidency said in a statement on Saturday morning.

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