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Katie Mack: ‘I didn’t anticipate being in a pop song when I went off to study physics’

Today at 16:00 PM, via The Guardian

The cosmologist, author and Twitter sensation on ‘heat death’, getting heckled by Stephen Hawking – and being name-checked on a No 1 album

Katie Mack achieves two improbable feats with her new book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking). First, she writes about the end of the universe with a jauntiness that makes it not actually that depressing. And second, she takes concepts in...

Countering Google, Microsoft Promises Its Own Open Source Service Mesh for the CNCF

Today at 15:34 PM, via Slashdot

“As controversy rages over the governance of Google’s Istio service mesh, Microsoft has seen an opportunity to offer a simple and truly open alternative,” reports InfoWorld:Microsoft has announced that it will release its own open source service mesh — called Open Service Mesh (OSM) — and transfer it to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as soon as possible. This sets the...

Will We Someday Write Code Just By Describing It?

Today at 12:34 PM, via Slashdot

Using millions of programs in online repositories, Intel, Georgia Tech, and MIT researchers created a tool called MISIM (Machine Inferred code Similarity) with a database of code scored by the similarity of its outcomes to suggest alternatives (and corrections) to programmers. The hope is “to aid developers with nitty-gritty choices like ‘what is the most efficient way to use this API’ or ‘how...

The Workforce Is About to Change Dramatically

Today at 09:34 AM, via Slashdot

“For the first time ever, the world’s largest companies are telling hundreds of thousands of workers to stay away from the office for a full year, or longer,” notes the Atlantic. “If, in five years, these edicts have no lingering effects on office culture, that would be awfully strange…”Ambitious engineers, media makers, marketers, PR people, and others may be more inclined to strike out on...

We can’t ease lockdown any more, expert warns as testing calls grow

Today at 08:47 AM, via The Guardian

Contact tracing must improve to prevent resurgence, say care chief and top scientist

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One of the government’s most influential scientific advisers is warning that the loosening of lockdown may have already gone too far and that an urgent increase in coronavirus testing and faster contact tracing is essential to prepare for a...

Only half of Britons would definitely have Covid-19 vaccination

Today at 08:01 AM, via The Guardian

Survey sparks concern over misconceptions about vaccines and scepticism about science

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Only half the population of Britain definitely would accept being vaccinated against Covid-19. That is the shock conclusion of a group of scientists and pollsters who have found that only 53% of a test group of citizens said they would be certain or...

Twitter interested in TikTok merger

Today at 07:33 AM, via MyBroadband

Twitter Inc. has held early talks about a potential combination with TikTok, the Chinese-owned video-sharing app that the Trump administration has declared a national-security threat, Dow Jones reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Gauteng COVID-19 corruption crackdown

Today at 07:22 AM, via MyBroadband

The Gauteng provincial health department has suspended its supply chain chief director following an investigation into corruption in the awarding of personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts, reports the Sunday Times.

Stella’s war

Today at 07:14 AM, via MyBroadband

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is allegedly at war over the payment of the R350 COVID-19 relief grants and the appointment of a new SAPO CEO – Report.

Ask Slashdot: How Should College Students Approach This Academic Year?

Today at 06:34 AM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader goombah99 wonders how college students should approach this next academic year. First, should defer their next academic year? Even universities opening their dorms are still limiting their dining facilities to take-out box lunches and offering most of their classes online. (Though some give students a choice of online or in-person classes). Yet despite the new rules,...

China Is Now Blocking All Encrypted HTTPS Traffic That Uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI

Today at 03:34 AM, via Slashdot

China’s Great Firewall “is now blocking HTTPS connections set up via the new TLS 1.3 encryption protocol and which use ESNI (Encrypted Server Name Indication),” reports ZDNet:The block has been in place for more than a week, according to a joint report authored by three organizations tracking Chinese censorship — iYouPort, the University of Maryland, and the Great Firewall Report. ZDNet also...

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