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Trolls Are Still Actively Trying to Influence Brexit and US Elections

Yesterday at 09:34 AM, via Slashdot

TechCrunch reports:
A major new campaign of disinformation around Brexit, designed to stir up U.K. ‘Leave’ voters, and distributed via Facebook, may have reached over 10 million people in the U.K., according to new research. The source of the campaign is so far unknown, and will be embarrassing to Facebook, which only this week claimed it was clamping down on “dark” political advertising on its...

Frances Arnold: ‘To expect a Nobel prize is rather silly’

Yesterday at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

The joint winner of this year’s Nobel prize in chemistry talks about her pioneering work on enzymes and the realities of sexism in the sciences

This month, Frances Arnold, professor of chemical engineering at Caltech in California, was awarded the 2018 Nobel prize in chemistry, shared with two others. She’s the fifth female chemistry laureate since the prizes first began in 1901, and the only...

Five scientific predictions by Professor Stephen Hawking

Yesterday at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

From catastrophic climate change to alien invasion, the theoretical physicist’s thoughts about what might lie ahead were often far from optimistic

In his recently published posthumous collection of articles and essays, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking forecast that genetic editing techniques will give rise to a breed of “superhumans” – “a race of self-designing beings...

“Stop paying e-tolls now”

Yesterday at 07:22 AM, via MyBroadband

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse has called on people and businesses to stop paying e-tolls, which will force the government to cancel the scheme.

Sars IT head – There is no excuse

Yesterday at 06:15 AM, via MyBroadband

Sars chief officer for digital and IT, Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane, has apologised for her conduct.

Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight With Bits of Halley’s Comet

Yesterday at 05:34 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Space.com:
If you’re a meteor enthusiast, the year 2018 has been very kind to you. This past summer, the annual Perseid meteor shower reached its peak the day after a new moon, ensuring that no moonlight would hinder those spotting celestial streakers. And looking ahead to December, the Geminid meteor shower, the most prolific of all of the annual displays, will reach...

Climate Modeller Wins $10,000 Wager Against Solar Physicists, Fails To Collect

Yesterday at 03:39 AM, via Slashdot

Layzej writes: Back in 2005, solar physicists Galina Mashnich and Vladimir Bashkirtsev made a $10,000 bet that global temperatures, driven primarily by changes in the Sun’s activity, would fall over the next decade. The bet would compare the then record hot years between 1998 to 2003 with that between between 2012 and 2017. With temperatures falling from their peak during the 1998 super...

Slashdot Asks: Should ‘Crunch’ Overtime Be Optional?

Yesterday at 01:44 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:
Rockstar Games co-founder and VP Dan Hauser unleashed a storm of controversy when he casually stated in an interview with Vulture that “We were working 100-hour weeks” putting the finishing touches on Red Dead Redemption 2. Reaction was swift with many condemning the ubiquitous practice of crunch time in the video game industry in general and Rockstar’s...

Popular Mechanics Defends Elon Musk — While He Tweets About Fortnite

Yesterday at 00:44 AM, via Slashdot

The November issue of Popular Mechanics includes a message from its editors that Elon Musk is “under attack,” arguing that while some criticisms have merit, “much of it is myopic and small-brained, from sideline observers gleefully salivating at the opportunity to take him down a peg.”
But what have these stock analysts and pontificators done for humanity? Elon Musk is an engineer at heart, a...

As PHP Group Patches High-Risk Bugs, 62% of Sites Still Use PHP 5

Saturday at 23:48 PM, via Slashdot

America’s Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center is operated in collaboration with its Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications — and they’ve got some bad news.
MS-ISAC released an advisory warning government agencies, businesses, and home users of multiple high-risk security issues in PHP that can allow attackers to execute arbitrary code....

Bloodhound’s 1,000 MPH Car Project Needs Money

Saturday at 22:42 PM, via Slashdot

AmiMoJo quotes the Guardian: Plans to build a British jet-powered car to speed at more than 1,000mph through the desert have hit quicksand, after the company behind the Bloodhound project entered administration. The dream of an ultra-fast car to break the land speed record led to the creation of Bloodhound Programme Ltd in 2007, with the idea of also engaging schools and students in...

Researchers Secretly Deployed A Bot That Submitted Bug-Fixing Pull Requests

Saturday at 21:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Martin Monperrus, a professor of software at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology:

Repairnator is a bot. It constantly monitors software bugs discovered during continuous integration of open-source software and tries to fix them automatically. If it succeeds to synthesize a valid patch, Repairnator proposes the patch to the human developers, disguised under a...

NASA Has Explored Manned Missions To Venus

Saturday at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

NASA recently developed a program for manned missions to explore Venus — even though the planet’s surface is 860 degrees, which NASA explains is “hot enough to melt lead.” Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro shares this week’s article from Newsweek:
As surprising as it may seem, the upper atmosphere of Venus is the most Earth-like location in the solar system. Between altitudes of 30 miles and 40...

Watch What Happens When A Drone Slams Into An Airplane Wing

Saturday at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed writes:
Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute [Impact Physics Lab] have shown in a video what can happen when a high-mass, consumer-level drone strikes the wing of an aircraft. They provide visual evidence of the damage a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 videography quadcopter would have upon the wing of a Mooney M20, a small, private...

Witches, goblins and the quest to solve the mystery of dark matter

Saturday at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

This Halloween, scientists across the globe will celebrate the mysterious material they believe holds the universe together

Lovers of the dark and the unseen will soon have a new cause to celebrate. They will be able to honour, on Halloween, the hunt for dark matter, the mysterious, invisible material that is thought to permeate space and hold galaxies together.

Across Britain, the US and...

Sentimental Humans Launch A Movement to Save (Human) Driving

Saturday at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

Car enthusiast McKeel Hagerty — also the CEO America’s largest insurer of classic cars — recently told a Detroit newspaper about his “Save Driving” campaign to preserve human driving for future generations.
Hagerty said he wants people-driven cars to share the roads, not surrender them, with robot cars. “Driving and the car culture are meaningful for a lot of people,” Hagerty said, who still...

GitHub Launches ‘Actions’ — Code That Can Be Run (and Maybe Monetized)

Saturday at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:
For the longest time, GitHub was all about storing source code and sharing it either with the rest of the world or your colleagues. Today, the company, which is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, is taking a step in a different but related direction by launching GitHub Actions. Actions allow developers to not just host code on the platform but...

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