Should Alexa Be Your Child’s Friend?

“Alexa, will you be my friend?” “I’m happy to be your friend.” What should a parent do when they hear their five-year-old having that conversation? Engadget explores the question, also providing another example. Four-year-old Aiden has struggled with bullies in school, and has found an unexpected friend in his grandmother’s Echo Plus. After a particularly stressful day at school, his mother, Alexandria Melton, heard her son crying in the next…

November 3, 2018
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How New, Polite Linus Torvalds Points Out Bad Kernel Code

Linus Torvalds “has shown already for the new Linux 4.20~5.0 cycle he isn’t relaxing his standards but is communicating better when it comes to bringing up coding,” reports Phoronix, adding “So far it looks like Linus’ brief retreat is paying off with still addressing code quality issues — and not blatantly accepting new code into the kernel as some feared — but in doing so in a professional manner compared…

November 3, 2018
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Facebook reorganized AR and VR team from a divisional structure focused around products to a functional structure focused around technology areas of expertise (TechCrunch)

November 3, 2018

TechCrunch: Facebook reorganized AR and VR team from a divisional structure focused around products to a functional structure focused around technology areas of expertise  —  Lucas Matney , Josh Constine 7 hours  —  Facebook is again looking to whip Oculus into shape for its 10-year journey towards making virtual reality mainstream. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Billionaires Are Chasing The Holy Grail of Energy: Fusion

Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro shared this article from Bloomberg: Not long before he died, tech visionary Paul Allen traveled to the south of France for a personal tour of a 35-country quest to replicate the workings of the Sun. The goal is to one day produce clean, almost limitless energy by fusing atoms together rather than splitting them apart. The Microsoft Corp. co-founder said he wanted to view the early…

November 3, 2018
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Twitter Deletes Over 10,000 Bots That Discouraged US Midterm Voting

Twitter has deleted over 10,000 disinformation bots discouraging Americans from voting in Tuesday’s midterm elections. An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Twitter said that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had brought the accounts to their attention. “For the election this year we have established open lines of communication and direct, easy escalation paths for state election officials, DHS, and campaign organizations from both major parties,” the spokesperson said. The company said…

November 3, 2018
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Sources: Amazon close to making a decision on HQ2, with Crystal City, Northern Virginia or Austin, Texas as frontrunners, but new HQ may be split between them (CNBC)

November 3, 2018

CNBC: Sources: Amazon close to making a decision on HQ2, with Crystal City, Northern Virginia or Austin, Texas as frontrunners, but new HQ may be split between them  —  – Amazon is in the advanced stages of placing its second headquarters in Northern Virginia, The Washington Post reported on Saturday Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Are Touchscreens Robbing a Generation of Surgeons of Their Dexterity?

schwit1 shared this article from the BBC: A professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients. Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London, says young people have so little experience of craft skills that they struggle with anything practical. “It is important…

November 3, 2018
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