Eben Upton Remembers The Years Before the First Raspberry Pi

Tech Republic re-visits the story of the earliest attempts to build the Raspberry Pi, and the dramatic launch of a quest “to rekindle the curiosity about computing in a generation immersed in technology but indifferent to how it worked.” [T]he dominant computers — games consoles and later tablets and smartphones — no longer offered an invitation to create, but rather to consume. Eben Upton recalls a bonfire party in 2007…

January 5, 2019
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Linux For Cars: Tesla Isn’t The Only Automaker Running Linux Under the Hood

ZDNet reports that by 2020, “many, if not most, new cars will be running with Linux.” While some companies, like Tesla, run their own homebrew Linux distros, most rely on Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). AGL is a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for connected cars with over 140 members… Its membership includes Audi, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Mercedes, Suzuki, and the world’s biggest automobile company: Toyota. Why? “Automakers…

January 5, 2019
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Ask Slashdot: Is LinkedIn Still Relevant?

LinkedIn had 590 million members — though back in 2016 Microsoft conceded that less than 25% of the service’s members were active. Yet CNBC recently shared estimates that 95% of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find candidates, and touted a new tool called “LinkedIn Hashtags” which lets companies highlight policies like “#dogfriendly” or “#freelunch”. But is LinkedIn really helpful for job-seekers? An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: I’m on unemployment and…

January 5, 2019
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Salesforce’s Marc Benioff on elevating Keith Block to co-CEO, company’s deal with US Customs and Border Protection, comparing Facebook to cigarettes, more (Ari Levy/CNBC)

January 5, 2019

Ari Levy / CNBC: Salesforce’s Marc Benioff on elevating Keith Block to co-CEO, company’s deal with US Customs and Border Protection, comparing Facebook to cigarettes, more  —  – After a summer vacation, Benioff made the surprising decision to elevate Keith Block to co-CEO, enabling a “divide and conquer strategy” … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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NASA’s Photos of Ultima Thule Suggest Long-Ago Moons

“Scientists from NASA’s New Horizons mission released the first detailed images of the most distant object ever explored,” reports the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (which is operating the spacecraft). “Its remarkable appearance, unlike anything we’ve seen before, illuminates the processes that built the planets four and a half billion years ago.” Tablizer (Slashdot reader #95,088) shares their report: “The new images — taken from as close as 17,000 miles…

January 5, 2019
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NVIDIA Slapped With Class Action Lawsuit Tied To Cryptocurrency Implosion

Long-time Slashdot reader foxalopex writes: It looks like Nvidia is going to be hit with a class action for investors who lost big when their stock price crashed more than 50% due to an overstock of GPU cards that were produced for the crypto-currency craze back in 2018. The suit claims investors were told Nvidia had control of the situation until it crashed worse than even Nvidia had anticipated. “The…

January 5, 2019
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What Happened When Automation Came To General Motors?

General Motors was once the world’s most profitable company — for two decades — and by 1970 its revenue was $22.8 billion (or $152 billion in today’s dollars). But five weeks ago GM announced that it was finally ending small-car production and closing its Lordstown Assembly plant in Youngstown, Ohio. So what went wrong? Quartz argues that GM’s decline “began with its quest to turn people into machines,” as “the…

January 5, 2019
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