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Space Is Not a Void

Yesterday at 20:20 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares an article: When President Kennedy announced the Apollo Program, he famously argued that we should go to the moon because it is hard. Solving the technical challenges of space travel is a kind of civilizational achievement on its own, like resolving an interplanetary Rubik’s Cube. The argument worked, perhaps all too well. As soon as we landed on the moon, humanity’s...

Is ‘Oumuamua an alien spacecraft? First scans show no signs of technology

Yesterday at 20:14 PM, via The Guardian

Mysterious object detected hurtling through our solar system swept for radio signals, but scientists have found no evidence it is anything other than rock

The first scans for alien technology aboard a mysterious object that is barreling through the solar system have found no evidence it is the work of an intelligent civilisation.

The cigar-shaped object was spotted hurtling through the solar...

Internet Traffic To Major Tech Firms Mysteriously Rerouted To Russia

Yesterday at 19:46 PM, via Slashdot

wiredmikey writes: Internet traffic to some of the world’s largest tech firms was briefly rerouted to Russia earlier this week in what appeared to be a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) attack. Internet monitoring service BGPmon noticed that 80 IP prefixes for organizations such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, NTT Communications, Twitch and Riot Games had been announced by a Russian...

Wine Glasses Are Seven Times Larger Than They Used To Be

Yesterday at 18:40 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares a report: Our Georgian and Victorian ancestors may have enjoyed a Christmas tipple but — judging by the size of the glasses they used — they probably drank less wine than we do today. Scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that the capacity of wine glasses has ballooned nearly seven-fold over the past 300 years, rising most sharply in the last two...

Google and Facebook ‘Must Pay For News’ From Which They Make Billions

Yesterday at 18:03 PM, via Slashdot

Internet giants such as Google and Facebook must pay copyright charges for using news content on their platforms, nine European press agencies said. These giant platforms, news agencies said, make vast profits from news content on their platforms. The call comes at a time when the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news...

Tech Tip: Drawing on the Desktop

Yesterday at 17:27 PM, via New York Times

If you don’t have a tablet or touch-screen device for your artwork, you can use an add-on pen and tablet to sketch on your computer.

Almost 100 Million People a Year ‘Forced To Choose Between Food and Healthcare’

Yesterday at 17:20 PM, via Slashdot

Almost 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of debts accrued through healthcare expenses. From a report: A report, published by the World Health Organization and the World Bank this week, found the poorest and most vulnerable people are routinely forced to choose between healthcare and other necessities for their household, including food and education,...

HP Enterprise SA appoints MD

Yesterday at 16:48 PM, via ITWeb

Kena Setshogoe, MD for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has appointed Ke…

Microsoft Unveils Improved AI-powered Search Features for Bing

Yesterday at 16:40 PM, via Slashdot

Microsoft unveiled a handful of new intelligent search features for Bing at an event held in San Francisco this week. From a report: Powered by AI, the search updates are meant to provide more thorough answers and allow for more conversational or general search queries. First, when answering a question, Bing will now validate its answers by sourcing a number of websites, not just one. And in...

Defining risk appetite essential for project success

Yesterday at 16:29 PM, via ITWeb

That’s according to John Manfreda (, a US-based expert in project and programme governance, risk and compliance and a lead…

FCC’s Own Chief Technology Officer Warned About Net Neutrality Repeal

Yesterday at 16:00 PM, via Slashdot

Margaret Harding McGill, reporting for Politico: The Federal Communications Commission’s own chief technology officer expressed concern Wednesday about Republican Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal the net neutrality rules, saying it could lead to practices that are “not in the public interest.” In an internal email to all of the FCC commissioner offices, CTO Eric Burger, who was appointed by...

Concerns over low uptake of winter flu jab in England

Yesterday at 15:32 PM, via The Guardian

Barely two in five people in at-risk groups have been vaccinated as NHS hospitals buckle under strain caused by cold snap

Fewer than half those eligible for a free winter flu jab have had one, despite high-profile warnings that this winter could bring the biggest flu outbreak in years, NHS figures reveal.

The low uptake, which will alarm NHS bosses, come as many hospitals showed clear signs of...

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