LG and Sprint haven’t been shy about their plans to launch a 5G smartphone in 2019. Now, though, you might be looking at the device in question. Well-known scoop provider Evan Blass has obtained an image of the V50 ThinQ, a Sprint-bound flagship with…
Source: Engadget – LG’s first 5G phone will likely be the V50 ThinQ for Sprint
Hundreds have fallen ill in a Salmonella outbreak tied to raw turkey, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting more than 60 new cases in 24 states since its last report in December.
Source: Gizmodo – 63 New Illnesses Reported in Ongoing Turkey Salmonella Outbreak That’s Sickened Hundreds
Nine private spaceflight companies are bidding on contracts to deliver robotic NASA payloads to the moon — and Thursday NASA said they’d like them to start flying “this calendar year.”
Discover magazine reports NASA envisions this “as the first step toward returning to the moon, this time for good.”
The first tasks will be to practice launching and landing on the moon, as well as answering questions about its surface… They will test habitation for future crewed missions. They’ll prove that they can collect materials from the lunar surface and return them to space or Earth. And they’ll establish communication networks between robots on the moon’s surface, way stations in lunar orbit, and mission control on Earth.
But NASA also wants to deploy demo technology that can mine the moon’s resources “to pave the way for human settlement,” Space.com reports:
The main lunar resource to be exploited, at least initially, is water. The lunar surface has lots of this stuff, locked up as ice on the permanently shadowed floors of polar craters. This water will aid lunar settlement and further exploration, and not just by slaking astronauts’ thirst, NASA officials say. Water can also be split into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen, the chief components of rocket fuel.
The Commercial Lunar Payload Services program is just part of NASA’s broad moon-exploration plan, which prioritizes an open architecture that encourages cooperation with many commercial and international partners. (Indeed, NASA wants to be the commercial landers’ first, but not only, customer.) One of the most critical pieces of this plan is a small space station, called the Gateway, which NASA aims to start building in lunar orbit in 2022. Gateway will be a hub for many kinds of lunar exploration, including sorties to the surface by landers both crewed and uncrewed.
If everything goes according to plan, NASA astronauts will take their first such sortie in 2028 — 56 years after Apollo 17 crewmembers left the last boot prints on the lunar surface
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Source: Slashdot – NASA’s Plans To Build A Human Settlement on The Moon
Ask any parent of a school-aged child and they’ll probably tell you nurturing toys are big now. Those are the ones where petting and feeding it are not optional activities, thanks to a series of sensors embedded under the plaything’s surface. It’s li…
Source: Engadget – Owleez is the mutant offspring of a cuddly pet and a helicopter
The Guardian reports: Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who played Adolf Hitler in the film Downfall, has died in Zurich at the age of 77, his agent announced. The actor became internationally renowned for his 2004 portrayal of the German dictator’s final days inside his Berlin bunker. In a Guardian review of Downfall Rob Mackie described Ganz as “the most convincing screen Hitler yet: an old, bent, sick dictator with the shaking hands of someone with Parkinson’s, alternating between rage and despair in his last days in the bunker….” It is widely believed to be the cinematic footage most often shared online, as well as the cause of one of the world’s most productive internet memes.
They’re referring to “One climactic scene featuring a Ganz tour de force” that was “relentlessly parodied in widespread ‘Hitler Finds Out…’ videos, featuring anachronistic subtitles depicting his rage and fury over topical, mundane, or banal events and trivial gossip,” explains long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed:
The spread of the meme was aided inestimably by the Streisand Effect caused when the production company, Constantin Films began sending DMCA takedown notices to YouTube. Eventually the company relented as the parodies constituted strong fair use cases.
When the director of the film was asked about the parodies, he admitted that “I think I’ve seen about 145 of them! Of course, I have to put the sound down when I watch. Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and I’m laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn’t get a better compliment as a director.”
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Source: Slashdot – Star of Film ‘Downfall’ and Widespread ‘Hitler Finds Out…’ Meme, Dead At 77
The previously mentioned work on improving ETC2 support for older generations of Intel graphics has now been mainlined for Mesa 19.1…
Source: Phoronix – Improved ETC2 Texture Compression Lands For Older Haswell/Ivybridge GPUs On Linux
Samsung has given up on Blu-ray—at least in the U.S., where it has given up on producing new models of Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray players, CNET reported on Friday.
Source: Gizmodo – Samsung Gives Up on Blu-Ray, Will Not Release Any New Players in the US
Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight between a giant Rancor, Bobba Fett and an AT-ST? Then you might enjoy Star Wars: Demolition, a game released on PlayStation and Dreamcast in November 2000.
Source: Kotaku – Star Wars: Demolition Was Twisted Metal With Rancors And Wookiees
Paul from Red Gaming Tech claims AMD is launching its next-generation Ryzen 3000 “Matisse” processors and the X570 platform on July 7. Navi may also land on this date, although his source is less certain about the GPU, echoing recent reports of TSMC unable to meet 7nm demand. Intel will counter with Comet Lake parts, but Paul suggests it will be an uphill battle for sure, as AMD has the core count advantage.
I do wonder (as a bit of speculation) if AMD will opt to hold back the 16 core processors initially, both because of yields and also to sandbag and then counter Comet Lake with a 16 core Matisse part. So essentially 12 core Ryzen 3000 will fight the 8 core I9-9900K, with the 10 core Comet Lake having the displeasuring of facing the might of a 16-core Zen 2 Matisse. This is just a possible scenario though, and nothing my source has said, but would be about the worst case for customers (I don’t think AMD will choose to do this though).
Source: [H]ardOCP – Rumor: AMD Ryzen 3000 “Matisse” Launching July 7
Marvel’s Black Widow movie is still in development, now with a new writer working on the script.
Source: io9 – Report: Writer Ned Benson Has Been Brought in to Rewrite the Black Widow Movie
Apple has acquired PullString, the startup behind the voice technology powering the interactive “Hello Barbie” doll Mattel released in 2015. PullString, previously known as ToyTalk, was founded back in 2011 by former Pixar employees. Its AI platform…
Source: Engadget – Apple buys the voice tech startup behind Hello Barbie
“New Hampshire lawmakers got an early taste last week of the arguments that manufacturing, technology and telecommunications lobbyists will use to try to hobble and defeat right to repair legislation in 16 states this year,” writes long-time Slashdot reader chicksdaddy.
The Security Ledger reports:
Curious children could find themselves dismembered by run-away washing machines. A phalanx of illegally modified lawn tractors and leaf blowers will belch pollution in defiance of the EPA, darkening the sky… At least, that’s the scene painted by representatives from some of the U.S.’s biggest industry groups. At a hearing before the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs February 5, they painted a dire picture of the consequences of passing a proposed Digital Fair Repair Act, HB 462, saying the proposed legislation would stifle commerce, leave New Hampshire consumers vulnerable to cyber crime and even physical harm at the hands of clueless owners and inexperienced or unethical repair professionals.
“There is a lot at stake when it comes to Right to Repair, and you could feel those stakes in the room,” wrote Nathan Proctor, the head of the right to repair campaign at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), in an email statement. “Legislators have their work cut out for them sifting through all the frantic opposition and their deceptive, and at times bizarre, arguments,” he wrote.
HB 462 would require original equipment manufacturers that do business in New Hampshire to make the same documentation, parts and tools available to device owners and independent repair professionals as they make available to their licensed or “authorized” repair professionals. Similarly, documentation, tools, and parts needed to reset product (software) locks or digital right management functions following maintenance and repair would also need to be made available to owners and independent repair professionals on “fair and reasonable terms.”
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Source: Slashdot – Lobbyists Demonize ‘Right To Repair’ Legislation
Spin Master’s AirHogs brand is, like it says in the name, primarily a toy aircraft line today. Remote-controlled planes, helicopters and, of course, drones. But occasionally it will hit the ground with some cool land vehicles like race cars, tanks or…
Source: Engadget – Air Hogs’ new racer is the Spider-Man of remote-controlled cars
Will Star Citizen support ray tracing? The answer is an unsurprising “no.” Cloud Imperium developer Ben Parry suggests implementing the technology would be a “massive headache and time sink,” as it would break the game in its current form and call for substantial redesign of existing elements. Another problem is visual parity: the team wants the game to look similar even on different configurations, so they would have to develop alternatives to ray-tracing effects for those on lower-ended cards. Most backers agree the team should merely focus on completing the game.
Parry admitted that he’d love to use real-time ray tracing in order to enhance the game’s shadows. Parry also admitted that real-time ray tracing is currently â€“ and for the foreseeable future â€“ the only technique via which game developers can offer correct reflections in their games, however that’s also something that will need additional workload. “The “headache” part is writing all the management code that will be needed, eg. to calculate lighting/shadowing on objects that aren’t on screen.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Star Citizen Developer Calls Real-Time Ray Tracing “A Massive Headache”
Another blow for physical media: Samsung has announced it won’t be bringing any new 1080p or 4K Blu-ray players to the US market. The reason is supposedly related to technical oversights and/or market share vs. competitors, but streaming could very well be a factor. “The latest disc sales stats for the US show 4K Blu-rays accounting for just 5.3% of sales, while DVD – yes, DVD – still claims 57.9%.”
Samsung launched its last 4K players in 2017 and didn’t add any new models to its lineup in 2018. A high-end 4K player for 2019 along the lines of its UBD-M9500 was in the works, a Forbes report says, but has now been scrapped. One of the reasons for pulling out could be that the existing 4K players’ format support has lagged behind the rest of the industry. For example, instead of supporting Dolby Vision, Samsung created its own version of HDR10, called HDR10+, which was designed for use in streaming and physical media.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Samsung Quits Blu-ray Player Market
Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond — and he’s also Slashdot reader #3872.
Bruce Perens writes: Here’s the IBM ad used to open their Think 2019 conference, featuring Buzz Aldrin, Arianna Huffington, Janelle Monae, Miaym Bialik, and astonishingly: me. Interesting of IBM to have an ad including Open Source, security, and data rights as human rights!
Web version with subtitles. Version used to open the Think conference, on Youtube.. “I would like to make open source software the standard…” Perens says in the video, adding “Let’s champion data rights as human rights,” and asking “How do we bake security into everything we do?” But it’s a montage of different speakers who each begin their comments by saying “Dear Tech,” offering open letters with their hopes for the entire industry.
“Let’s use blockchain to help reduce poverty.”
“Let’s use IoT to help victims of natural disasters.”
“I feel like you have the potential to do so much more.”
“Are you working for all of us, or just a few of us?”
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Source: Slashdot – Bruce Perens Calls For Open Source, Security, and Data Rights In IBM Ad
Facebook’s crackdown on Russia-linked accounts has usually taken down outlets with a relatively small presence, but its latest move is more substantial. The social network has suspended three Pages from Maffick Media, a viral video outlet that has r…
Source: Engadget – Facebook suspends Pages from Russia-linked viral video company
Every office has that one person that constantly has a story to tell or an irrelevant question to ask, making it so no one else in the office can actually get anything done.
Source: LifeHacker – Prevent the Office Chatterbox From Distracting You By Assigning Him Tasks
A measles outbreak in Washington state has prompted outcry over exemptions that allow residents to opt out of vaccinations for personal or philosophical reasons.
Source: Gizmodo – Washington Lawmakers Advance Bill to Ban Vaccine Exemptions for Personal Reasons Amid Measles Outbreak
Remember that landmark 2013 study that found that people on a Mediterranean diet had a 30% lower chance of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease than people on low-fat diets? An anonymous reader quotes Vox:
Last June, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine pulled the original paper from the record, issuing a rare retraction. It also republished a new version [of the PREDIMED study] based on a reanalysis of the data that accounted for the missteps… But after spending several days talking with some of the brightest minds in nutrition research and epidemiology, I now feel the PREDIMED retraction is actually cause for hope — maybe even a new beginning for the field.
Yes, studies with big flaws pass peer review and make it into high-impact journals, but the record can eventually be corrected because of skeptical researchers questioning things. It’s science working as it should, and the PREDIMED takedown is a wonderful example of that. This process should bring us a step closer to what really matters: informing people who want to know how to eat for a healthy life.
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Source: Slashdot – What Can We Learn From The Retraction of the Mediterranean Diet Study?