Homebrew 2.0 is Here With Official Support For Linux and Windows

Homebrew, a popular package manager for macOS, has released version 2.0 with official support for Linux and Windows 10 (with Windows Subsystem Linux). Cross-platform setup scripts just got a whole lot easier. Other highlights: Homebrew does not run on OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) and below. For 10.4 – 10.6 support, see Tigerbrew. This has allowed us to remove large amounts of legacy code. Homebrew does not migrate old, pre-1.0.0…

February 3, 2019
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Rich Kids Are Cheating in School With Apple Watches

An anonymous reader shares a report: There is, however, one demographic that has embraced the Apple Watch with open arms: tech-savvy, upper middle-class teens and tweens. The watch is a convenient workaround for classroom cell-phone bans; it can be used for everything from texting to cheating on tests. […] Julia Rubin, a former middle-school teacher at a private school in New York City, said that when the Apple Watch first…

February 3, 2019
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FCC Struggles To Convince Judge That Broadband Isn’t ‘Telecommunications’

A Federal Communications Commission lawyer faced a skeptical panel of judges on Friday as the FCC defended its repeal of net neutrality rules and deregulation of the broadband industry. From a report: FCC General Counsel Thomas Johnson struggled to explain why broadband shouldn’t be considered a telecommunications service, and struggled to explain the FCC’s failure to protect public safety agencies from Internet providers blocking or slowing down content. Oral arguments…

February 3, 2019
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Is It Time To Ditch Google Analytics?

“In the last year, a swell of privacy-focused website analytics platforms have started to provide an alternative to Google’s tracking behemoth,” reports Fast Company. An anonymous reader shares their article about startups providing “privacy-centric analytics, claiming not to collect any personal data and only display simple metrics like page views, referral websites, and screen sizes in clean, pared-down interfaces.” While Simple Analytics and Fathom are both recent additions to the…

February 3, 2019
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Elon Musk Wants Teslas to Automatically Call a Tow Truck When Something Breaks

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: In September of last year, Elon Musk promised to make fixing service times a priority. On an earnings call, he outlined two ways they’re working on it: more spare parts at service centers, and giving Tesla cars the ability to automatically get the process started by calling a tow truck as soon as it detects an issue. Said Elon on the call: The next thing…

February 3, 2019
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As machine learning algorithms get as good as humans at text, image, and speech recognition, Google’s CAPTCHA are getting too hard for humans to solve (Josh Dzieza/The Verge)

February 3, 2019

Josh Dzieza / The Verge: As machine learning algorithms get as good as humans at text, image, and speech recognition, Google’s CAPTCHA are getting too hard for humans to solve  —  At some point last year, Google’s constant requests to prove I’m human began to feel increasingly aggressive. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Online Videos Shame Two Sleeping Tesla Drivers

Electrek reports: A Tesla Model S driver in Southern California was caught on camera seemingly asleep at the wheel while driving on Autopilot… Kevin Paschal from Southern California shared the video on Facebook and said about the incident: “Highlight of my day. Dude is passed out on the freeway in his Tesla and still driving better than 90% of SoCal, lol… Dude was perfectly centered in his lane the whole…

February 3, 2019
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Can DeepMind’s AI Really Beat Human Starcraft II Champions?

Google acquired DeepMind for $500 million in 2014, and its AI programs later beat the world’s best player in Go, as well as the top AI chess programs. But when its AlphaStar system beat two top Starcraft II players — was it cheating? Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes BoingBoing: It claimed the AI was limited to what human players can physically do, putting its achievement in the realm of strategic…

February 3, 2019
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