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Let Slip the Robot Dogs of War

Today at 11:00 AM, via Wired

The United States and China appear locked in a race to weaponize four-legged robots for military applications.

Shein and Temu tax crackdown in South Africa

Today at 10:58 AM, via MyBroadband

SARS is set to raise taxes on clothing imports to create a fairer playing field for local businesses, that are up against Chinese eCommerce giants.

FAA Investigating How Counterfeit Titanium Got Into Boeing and Airbus Jets

Today at 10:10 AM, via Slashdot

“Titanium that was distributed with fake documentation has been found in commercial Boeing and Airbus jets,” reports CNN. America’s Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating whether those components pose a safety hazard to the public,” along with the manufacturers of the aircraft and supplier Spirit AeroSystems. “A parts supplier found small holes in the material from corrosion,” the...

Is There Life on This Saturn Moon? Scientists Plan a Mission to Find Out

Today at 06:59 AM, via Slashdot

It’s one of Saturn’s 146 moons — just 310 miles in diameter (or 498 kilometers). Yet the European Space Agency plans to send a robot on a one-billion mile trip to visit it. Why? Because astronomers have discovered Enceladus “possesses geysers that regularly erupt from its surface and spray water into space,” reports the Guardian:Even more astonishing, these plumes contain complex organic...

Is C++ More Popular Than C?

Today at 04:24 AM, via Slashdot

Last month TIOBE announced its estimate that the four most popular programming languages were: 1. Python2. C3. C++4. Java But this month C++ “overtook” C for the first time, TIOBE announced, becoming (according to the same methodology) the #2 most popular programming language, with C dropping to #3. ” C++ has never been that high in the TIOBE index,” says TIOBE Software CEO Paul Jansen in the...

Security Lessons from the Change Healthcare Ransomware Catastrophe

Today at 00:34 AM, via Slashdot

The $22 million paid by Change Healthcare’s parent company to unlock its systems “may have emboldened bad actors to further target the vulnerable industry,” writes Axios:There were 44 attacks against the health care sector in April, the most that [cybersecurity firm] Recorded Future has seen in the four years it’s been collecting data. It was also the second-largest month-over-month jump, after...

Researchers Find No Amount of Alcohol is Healthy For You

Yesterday at 23:34 PM, via Slashdot

The New York Times magazine remembers that once upon a time, in the early 1990s, “some prominent researchers were promoting, and the media helped popularize, the idea that moderate drinking…was linked to greater longevity. “The cause of that association was not clear, but red wine, researchers theorized, might have anti-inflammatory properties that extended life and protected cardiovascular...

OpenAI CEO Says Company Could Become a For-Profit Corporation Like xAI, Anthropic

Yesterday at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

Wednesday The Information reported that OpenAI had doubled its annualized revenue — a measure of the previous month’s revenue multiplied by 12 — in the last six months. It’s now $3.4 billion (which is up from around $1 billion last summer, notes Engadget). And now an anonymous reader shares a new report from The Information:OpenAI CEO Sam Altman recently told some shareholders that the...

Have Scientists Found ‘Potential Evidence’ of Dyson Spheres?

Yesterday at 21:34 PM, via Slashdot

Have scientists discovered infrared radiation, evidence of waste heat generated by the energy-harvesting star-surrounding spheres first proposed by British American physicist Freeman Dyson? CNN reports:[A] new study that looked at 5 million stars in the Milky Way galaxy suggests that seven candidates could potentially be hosting Dyson spheres — a finding that’s attracting scrutiny and...

Rust’s Foundation Announces a New ‘Safety-Critical Rust Consortium’

Yesterday at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

This week the Rust Foundation jointly announced “the Safety-Critical Rust Consortium” with industry partners including Arm, AdaCore, Lynx Software Technologies, and Toyota’s mobility tech subsidiary Woven. Its goal is supporting “responsible use” of Rust “in safety-critical software — systems whose failure can impact human life or cause severe environmental or property harm.” “This is...

Solar Modules Deployed In France In 1992 Still Provide 79.5% of Original Output

Yesterday at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

French photovoltaics group Hespul tested solar panels installed in 1992, reports PV Magazine:The testing showed that the modules still produce on average 79.5% of their initial power after 31 years of operation. In a previous testing carried out 11 years ago, the panels were found to produce 91.7% of their initial power. “This result exceeds the performance promised by the manufacturers who...

Linux vs Windows 11 Copilot+ PCs? TUXEDO Unveils Snapdragon X Elite ARM Notebook

Yesterday at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader BrianFagioli shares his report from BetaNews:The PC community is abuzz with Qualcomm’s recent announcement of its Snapdragon X Elite SoC, a powerhouse chipset that promises to revolutionize the performance and energy efficiency of laptops and tablets. While Windows 11 Copilot+ PCs are set to feature this advanced processor, Linux enthusiasts have reasons to celebrate as well....

Prof Arturo Casadevall: ‘It is hubris to think a fungal pandemic can’t happen to us’

Yesterday at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

Could a fungus trigger a Last of Us-style apocalypse? The author of What If Fungi Win? says despite dangers, the organisms are of great use to science

Arturo Casadevall is a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has spent four decades investigating how fungi can both improve and devastate life as we know it. His new book,...

An AI-Generated Candidate Wants to Run For Mayor in Wyoming

Yesterday at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shared this report from Futurism:An AI chatbot named VIC, or Virtually Integrated Citizen, is trying to make it onto the ballot in this year’s mayoral election for Wyoming’s capital city of Cheyenne. But as reported by Wired, Wyoming’s secretary of state is battling against VIC’s legitimacy as a candidate — and now, an investigation is underway. According to Wired, VIC,...

How’s this for a bombshell – the US must make AI its next Manhattan Project | John Naughton

Yesterday at 17:00 PM, via The Guardian

A new essay on the rise of superintelligent machines pivots from being a warning to humanity to a rallying cry for an industrial complex to bolster American military defence

Ten years ago, the Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom published Superintelligence, a book exploring how superintelligent machines could be created and what the implications of such technology might be. One was that such a...

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