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LambdaMOO, MUDs, and ‘When the Internet Was Young’

Saturday at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader travers_r shares “a peek into the early days of internet culture and multiplayer gaming.” (Apparently this MOO has been running continuously for 28 years.) “From the looks of it, squatters run it now…”

LambdaMOO was different from the earliest MUDs, which were Tolkienesque fantasies — hack-and-slash games for Dungeons & Dragons types with computer access, mostly college...

Bing Now Provides Exact Snippets of Code for Developers’ Queries

Saturday at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Bing has launched a new intelligent search feature which provides the exact piece of code a developer is looking for,” writes Search Engine Journal. An anonymous reader quotes their report:
The code snippet will appear right on the search results page itself, which means users will not have to skim through long threads and articles to find the one thing they’re looking for. Bing calls this new...

State Senator Wants A Law Forcing Bots To Admit They’re Not Human

Saturday at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes:
Several commentators are calling for a law that requires bots to admit they are not human. There is a bill in California that would do just that. A new paper argues that these laws may look Constitutional but actually raise First Amendment issues.
The New York Times reports:
Bots are easy to make and widely employed, and social media companies are under no legal...

Hello Games Received Death Threats Over ‘No Man’s Sky’

Saturday at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

The Guardian revisits the disastrous 2016 launch of the massive open-universe videogame No Man’s Sky, in a new interview with company director Sean Murray:
“I’ve never liked talking to the press. I didn’t enjoy it when I had to do it, and when I did it, I was naive and overly excited about my game. There are a lot of things around launch that I regret, or that I would do differently.” He is...

Is Python the Future of Programming?

Saturday at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

The Economist argues that Guido Van Rossum resembled the reluctant Messiah in Monty Python’s Life of Brian. An anonymous reader quotes their report:
“I certainly didn’t set out to create a language that was intended for mass consumption,” he explains. But in the past 12 months Google users in America have searched for Python more often than for Kim Kardashian, a reality-TV star. The rate of...

Equador Will Be Handing Assange Over To UK Authorities ‘In Coming Weeks Or Days’: RT

Saturday at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

Ecuador is planning to hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to UK authorities in the “coming weeks or even days,” RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said, citing her own sources. Simonyan reported the news in a recent tweet, which was reposted by WikiLeaks. Slashdot reader Okian Warrior first shared the news. Daily Express reports: Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan is said to be...

Ecuador Will Be Handing Assange Over To UK Authorities ‘In Coming Weeks Or Days’: RT

Saturday at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

Ecuador is planning to hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to UK authorities in the “coming weeks or even days,” RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said, citing her own sources. Simonyan reported the news in a recent tweet, which was reposted by WikiLeaks. Slashdot reader Okian Warrior first shared the news. Daily Express reports: Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan is said to be...

How to install Linux on your PC

Saturday at 13:00 PM, via MyBroadband

If you are building a new system or upgrading an existing PC, installing Linux may not be an option you considered.

Don’t fear the rise of designer babies, gene editing is about curing disease | Kenan Malik

Saturday at 12:00 PM, via The Guardian

If we had given in to such hysteria over IVF, Louise Brown would never have been born

‘Designer babies on horizon”, ran the headlines. Last week, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an independent body advising on policy, published a report on genome editing and human reproduction.

New scientific techniques, such as CRISPR-Cas9 – molecular “scissors” that allow scientists to snip the...

Nanoengineer Finds New Way To Recycle Lithium-Ion Batteries

Saturday at 12:00 PM, via Slashdot

Zheng Chen, a 31-year-old nanoengineer at UC San Diego, says he has developed a way to recycle used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries and restore them to a like-new condition. The cathodes in some lithium-ion batteries are made of metal oxides that contain cobalt, a metal found in finite supplies and concentrated in one of the world’s more precarious countries. Los Angeles Times reports...

Star Trek: Discovery’s Season 2 Trailer Teases Spock, Christopher Pike, and Tig Notaro

Saturday at 09:00 AM, via Slashdot

CBS has released a “Season Two Premiere” for Star Trek Discovery, offering the first look at the upcoming season of the show on CBS All Access. The first season launched late last year and finished up in February after a brief hiatus. The Verge reports of what to expect from the upcoming season, which is expected to premiere sometime in early 2019: [It] appears to begin with Captain Christopher...

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