Microsoft Is Said to Have Agreed to Acquire Coding Site GitHub

Bloomberg reports: Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire GitHub Inc., the code repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter. GitHub preferred selling the company to going public and chose Microsoft partially because it was impressed by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private…

June 3, 2018
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How Microbes Survive Clean Rooms and Contaminate Spacecraft

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Rakesh Mogul, a Cal Poly Pomona professor of biological chemistry, was the lead author of an article in the journal Astrobiology that offers the first biochemical evidence explaining the reason the contamination persists. To figure out how the spacecraft microbiome survives in the cleanroom facilities, the research team analyzed several Acinetobacter strains that were originally isolated from the Mars Odyssey and Phoenix…

June 3, 2018
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German court throws out ICANN’s lawsuit against EPAG, a Tucows-owned registrar that stopped collecting WHOIS data because of GDPR (Glyn Moody/Techdirt)

June 3, 2018

Glyn Moody / Techdirt: German court throws out ICANN’s lawsuit against EPAG, a Tucows-owned registrar that stopped collecting WHOIS data because of GDPR  —  from the who-is-whois-for?  dept  —  The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has only just started to be enforced, but it is already creating … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Microsoft Sticks With Controversial ‘GVFS’ Name Despite Backlash

New submitter DuroSoft writes: It has been over a year since Microsoft unveiled its open source GVFS (Git Virtual File System) project, designed to make terabyte-scale repositories, like it’s own 270GB Windows source code, manageable using Git. The problem is that the GNOME project already has a virtual file system by the name of GVfs that has been in use for years, with hundreds of threads on Stack Overflow, etc….

June 3, 2018
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Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a psychopathic algorithm named Norman, as part of an experiment to see what training artificial intelligence on data from “the dark corners of the net” would do to its world view. Unlike most “normal” algorithms by AI, Norman does not have an optimistic view of the world. BBC reports: The software was shown images of people dying in gruesome…

June 3, 2018
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German court rules that country’s intelligence service BND can spy on the traffic flowing through Frankfurt’s De-Cix, world’s largest internet exchange point (David Meyer/ZDNet)

June 3, 2018

David Meyer / ZDNet: German court rules that country’s intelligence service BND can spy on the traffic flowing through Frankfurt’s De-Cix, world’s largest internet exchange point  —  Vital internet hub, De-Cix in Frankfurt, has lost its fight against German intelligence services’ mass surveillance. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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New York’s Last Remaining Independent Bookshops

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Guardian, written by Hermione Hoby: Michael Seidenberg, pictured kingly in his throne of a wicker chair, feet spread, pipe in mouth, is one of around 50 New York indie booksellers featured in a series of portraits by Philippe Ungar and Franck Bohbot, a pair of bibliophilic Frenchmen who met and befriended each other in Brooklyn. The two, writer and…

June 3, 2018
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