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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Estimate the Cost of an Algorithm Turned Into an ASIC?

Today at 01:39 AM, via Slashdot

“Another coder and I are exploring the possibility of having a video-processing algorithm written in C turned into an ASIC (“Application Specific Integrated Circuit”) hardware chip that could go inside various consumer electronics devices,” writes Slashdot reader dryriver.

The problem? There seems to be very little good information on how much a 20Kb, or 50Kb or indeed a 150Kb algorithm written...

UK Cybersecurity Agency Urges Devs To Drop Python 2

Today at 00:45 AM, via Slashdot

Python’s End-of-Life date is 129 days away, warns the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). “There will be no more bug fixes, or security updates, from Python’s core developers.”

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:

The UK’s cyber-security agency warned developers Thursday to consider moving Python 2.x codebases to the newer 3.x branch due to the looming end-of-life of Python 2, scheduled for...

First Alleged Crime In Space?

Yesterday at 23:34 PM, via Slashdot

bobstreo tipped us off to an interesting story. The BBC reports that NASA “is reported to be investigating a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station, in what may be the first allegation of a crime committed in space.”

Anne McClain acknowledges accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the New York Times...

Brazil Tries Deploying Its Military To Fight Fires in the Amazon

Yesterday at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

“As an ecological disaster in the Amazon escalated into a global political crisis, Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, took the rare step on Friday of mobilising the armed forces to help contain blazes of a scale not seen in nearly a decade,” reports the New York Times:

The sudden reversal, after days of dismissing growing concern over hundreds of fires raging across the Amazon, came as...

ITER: ‘Where the Sun Will Be Re-Born on Earth’

Yesterday at 21:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader rinka shares an article about “the place where the Sun will be re-born on Earth”:

The world’s best scientists are trying to create a ‘miniature Sun’ on Earth to tap its fusion energy, costing over €20 billion… [G]lobally ITER is the most expensive science project on Earth ever to be undertaken in the 21st century. The total weight of the ITER reactor will be about...

2019 Hugo Award Winners Include a Fan Fiction Site and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

Yesterday at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

DevNull127 writes: The 77th World Science Fiction Convention announced the winners of the 2019 Hugo Awards at a ceremony Sunday night.

Here’s some of the highlights. At least two of these stories can be read (for free) online:

BEST NOVELETTE: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho. The entire text is availabe online in the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, where it was...

Facebook Awards $100,000 Prize For New Code Isolation Technique

Yesterday at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

ZDNet reports:

Facebook has awarded a $100,000 prize to a team of academics from Germany for developing a new code isolation technique that can be used to safeguard sensitive data while it’s being processed inside a computer. The award is named the Internet Defense Prize, and is a $100,000 cash reward that Facebook has been giving out yearly since 2014 to the most innovative research presented...

India’s Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft Enters the Moon’s Orbit

Yesterday at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader William Robinson writes: An unmanned spacecraft, Chandrayaan 2, India launched last month has begun orbiting the moon before it lands on the far side to search for water. The spacecraft is in orbit of 114 km x 18072 km and will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 100 km x 30 km from the moon’s surface. “The lander will then...

Douglas Adams was right – knowledge without understanding is meaningless | John Naughton

Yesterday at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

Using supercomputers to explain life, the universe and everything takes us into territory previously only laughed at

Fans of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy treasure the bit where a group of hyper-dimensional beings demand that a supercomputer tells them the secret to life, the universe and everything. The machine, which has been constructed specifically for this purpose, takes...

Three Smart Ovens Turned On Overnight, Then Preheated To 400 Degrees

Yesterday at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

AmiMoJo quote the Verge:

At least three smart June Ovens have turned on in the middle of the night and heated up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The ovens’ owners aren’t sure why this happened, and June tells The Verge that user error is at fault…

The June Oven debuted in 2015 as a $1,495 countertop oven that uses a camera and computer vision to identify food that’s been placed inside....

Why Are ‘Supply Chain Attacks’ on Open Source Libraries Getting Worse?

Yesterday at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

“A rash of supply chain attacks hitting open source software over the past year shows few signs of abating, following the discovery this week of two separate backdoors slipped into a dozen libraries downloaded by hundreds of thousands of server administrators,” reports Ars Technica:

The compromises of Webmin and the RubyGems libraries are only the latest supply chain attacks to hit open source...

Athletes are damaging their teeth with energy drinks, study finds

Yesterday at 16:30 PM, via The Guardian

Many sportspeople have good oral health but are at greater risk of decay and acid erosion

British Olympic and professional athletes regular use of sports drinks, energy bars and gels could be damaging their teeth, according to a study.

Researchers from University College London surveyed 352 female and male athletes across 11 sports, including cycling, swimming, rugby, football, rowing, hockey,...

The science of addiction: a personal struggle to kick cocaine gives a neuroscientist unique insights

Yesterday at 16:00 PM, via The Guardian

Having survived a decade of drink and drugs as a young woman, Professor Judith Grisel focused all her determination on writing a book about addiction

When Professor Judith Grisel sat down to write her book Never Enough (a guide to the neuroscience of addiction that has been her life’s work), she didn’t expect to share so much of her own story. Nevertheless the resulting chapters are a...

Mutant sheep are being bred in lab to fight lethal child brain disease

Yesterday at 15:00 PM, via The Guardian

Roslin Institute scientists create a flock to mimic human gene that causes Batten disorder

Scientists have created a flock of sheep that carry the gene for a lethal inherited brain disorder in humans. The condition, Batten disease, usually starts in childhood and is invariably fatal, often within a few years of diagnosis.

The project, which is designed to test treatments for the disease, is...

Quantum Radar Has Been Demonstrated For the First Time

Yesterday at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Shabir Barzanjeh at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and a few colleagues have used entangled microwaves to create the world’s first quantum radar. Their device, which can detect objects at a distance using only a few photons, raises the prospect of stealthy radar systems that emit little detectable electromagnetic...

A cyber attack could be worse than a nuclear bomb

Yesterday at 13:45 PM, via MyBroadband

People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but I think they’re missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging.

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