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The New 2019 MacBook Air Features a Slower SSD Than 2018 Model

Today at 21:25 PM, via Slashdot

The new 2019 MacBook Air with a True Tone display, upgraded keyboard and a price cut has been out for a week already, but we’re finding out more about. The latest bit of information from Consomac confirms an unfortunate drawback: the SSD is slower than the previous 2018 model. From a report: The French site conducted some tests on the new 2019 MacBook Air using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and it...

Women as likely to be turned on by sexual images as men – study

Today at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

Neural analysis finds the brains of both sexes respond the same way to pornography

The belief that men are more likely to get turned on by sexual images than women may be something of a fantasy, according to a study suggesting brains respond to such images the same way regardless of biological sex.

The idea that, when it comes to sex, men are more “visual creatures” than women has often...

Gartner, IDC Agree that PC Sales Are Up — But They Don’t Agree What a PC Is

Today at 20:45 PM, via Slashdot

We’ve been hearing for quite some time that the traditional PC is dying, but it’s not quite dead yet. Business analyst firms Gartner and IDC tackle the numbers differently, but both agree that sales of traditional PCs were up — in some regions, way up — in Q2 2019. From a report: While both firms reported market growth in year-on-year PC sales, their actual figures differed. IDC reported a 4.7%...

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Launches In March With 50-ish Games

Today at 20:06 PM, via Slashdot

You’ll be able to complete the trifecta of tiny 16-bit throwback systems on March 19, 2020, when Konami releases the TurboGrafx-16 Mini. From a report: It’ll include Dracula X, Bonk’s Revenge, Gradius and many more games, including many Japanese exclusives. Konami said last week that it will sell the device exclusively through Amazon, with preorders opening up on Monday, July 15 during the...

World hunger on the rise as 820m at risk, UN report finds

Today at 19:28 PM, via The Guardian

Eliminating hunger by 2030 is an immense challenge, say heads of UN agencies

More than 820 million people worldwide are still going hungry, according to a UN report that says reaching the target of zero hunger by 2030 is “an immense challenge”.

The number of people with not enough to eat has risen for the third year in a row as the population increases, after a decade when real progress was...

Facebook-Driven Area 51 Storming May Be Countered With Force, Says US Air Force

Today at 19:25 PM, via Slashdot

Fun and games on Facebook may have serious consequences for the foolish. That was the message delivered by the US Air Force, who have responded to a Facebook’s group’s efforts to have 450,000 people storm a top secret military base. From a report: Conspiracy theorists have always believed that Area 51 in Nevada holds information about extra-terrestrial activities on our planet, possibly...

Computer Pioneer and Codebreaker Alan Turing To Appear On UK Money

Today at 18:45 PM, via Slashdot

sandbagger writes: Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England’s 50 pound note. He is celebrated for his code-cracking work that proved vital to the Allies in World War Two. The 50 pound note will be the last of the Bank of England collection to switch from paper to polymer when it enters circulation by the end of 2021. The note was once...

Facebook’s $5 Billion FTC Fine is an Embarrassing Joke

Today at 18:07 PM, via Slashdot

Facebook’s stock went up after news of a record-breaking $5 billion FTC fine for various privacy violations broke last week. From a report: That, as The New York Times’ Mike Isaac points out, is the real story here: the United States government spent months coming up with a punishment for Facebook’s long list of privacy-related bad behavior, and the best it could do was so weak that Facebook’s...

Did you solve it? Cheese cube nibbles

Today at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

The solutions to today’s problems – with cheesy pics!

Earlier today I set you the following four puzzles:

1. You have a cube of cheese that measures 3 x 3 x 3 inches, and you want to slice it into 27 smaller 1 x 1 x 1 inch cubes, as shown below. If you have a straight knife, what’s the minimum number of slices you need to do it? You are allowed to rearrange the pieces after each slice.

Europe Relies on American GPS as Its Own Galileo System Suffers Massive Outage

Today at 17:38 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares a report: Europe’s Galileo satellite network — used by satnavs, financial institutions and more — is in the throes of a huge outage. The system has been down since Friday meaning that travelers (and others) in Europe have instead had to fall back on the American Global Positioning System (GPS) — or even Russia or Chinese systems. Galileo has been struck by what is...

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