The Sri Lankan government and civil society groups say that Facebook has failed for years to monitor and remove accounts inciting ethnic violence in Sri Lanka (BuzzFeed)

April 7, 2018

BuzzFeed: The Sri Lankan government and civil society groups say that Facebook has failed for years to monitor and remove accounts inciting ethnic violence in Sri Lanka  —  Extremists in Sri Lanka used Facebook to organize deadly violence against Muslims.  Facebook is accused of not doing enough to prevent it. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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New Theory Suggests Dinosaurs Were Already Dying When Asteroid Hit

The new “biotic revenge hypothesis” suggests that dinosaurs were killed off by toxic plants. (And an inability to recognize the taste of a toxic plant.) the gmr summarizes a new paper reported at Phys.org: The dinosaur population had been drastically decreasing before the asteroid impact, [and] the appearance of the first flowering plants — angiosperms — in the fossil record coincides with the gradual disappearance of the dinosaurs… The scientists…

April 7, 2018
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Anticipating the Dangers of Space Radiation

aarondubrow writes: Astronauts and future space tourists face risks from radiation, which can cause illness and injure organs. Researchers from Texas A&M, NASA, and the University of Texas Medical Branch used supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to investigate the radiation exposure related to the Manned Orbiting Laboratory mission, planned for the 1960s and 1970s [but never actually flown], during which a dangerous solar storm occurred. They also explored…

April 7, 2018
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California Police Ticket A Self-Driving Car

Long-time Slashdot reader Ichijo writes: A self-driving car was slapped with a ticket after police said it got too close to a pedestrian on a San Francisco street. The self-driving car owned by San Francisco-based Cruise was pulled over for not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Cruise says its data shows the person was far away enough from the vehicle and the car did nothing wrong…. According to…

April 7, 2018
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Supply Chain Accountability

April 7, 2018

Back in 2015 there was some serious consideration of why Toyota were so often used by terrorist groups the US considered their enemy. Here’s some manufacturers-gonna’-manufacture rationalization: All of this is to show that any sort of dark alliance between Toyota and the Islamic State is completely specious. The Toyota happens to be the vehicle with the greatest utility; the color of the pickup truck is driven by Asian tastes…

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Scientists Modify A 3D Printer To Print All-Liquid Structures

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have successfully printed three-dimensional structures composed entirely of liquids. A special nanoparticle-derived coating can lock water in place for several months in a solution of silicone oil. omaha393 writes: Using a modified 3D printer, the team demonstrated they can reliably print liquid tubes sheathed in surfactants with precision that allows spiral and branching shapes with diameters ranging from micrometers to millimetres. The technique offers…

April 7, 2018
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Claim without proof of damage is of no value

Q: I was wondering if you could help me. My company is a transportation brokerage. We recently hauled a load for a customer of ours that was rejected because the driver showed up to deliver with a broken seal. My customer, the shipper, wants to be paid for the load,… Source: http://www.joc.com

April 7, 2018
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Microsoft Open Source Tool Lets You ‘Bring Your Own Linux’ To Windows

Long-time Slashdot reader Billly Gates writes: Debian is now available in the Windows app store. It joins Ubuntu, Suse Leap, SuSe enterprise, and Kali Linux for those who cannot or do not want to bother with a virtual machine or a full install of the OS. However, it included stable 9.3. 9.4 is available from the repository if you run apt-get update and apt-get upgrade. “Fedora is not yet available,…

April 7, 2018
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Programmer Unveils OpenGL Bindings for Bash

Slashdot reader silverdirk writes: Compiled languages have long provided access to the OpenGL API, and even most scripting languages have had OpenGL bindings for a decade or more. But, one significant language missing from the list is our old friend/nemesis Bash. But worry no longer! Now you can create your dazzling 3D visuals right from the comfort of your command line! “You’ll need a system with both Bash and OpenGL…

April 7, 2018
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