Debian May Need To Re-Evaluate Its Interest In ‘Init System Diversity’

“Debian Project Leader Sam Hartman has shared his August 2019 notes where he outlines the frustrations and issues that have come up as a result of init system diversity with some developers still aiming to viably support systemd alternatives within Debian,” reports Phoronix: Stemming from elogind being blocked from transitioning to testing and the lack of clarity into that, Hartman was pulled in to try to help mediate the matter…

September 22, 2019
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‘Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates’ Premieres on Netflix

hcs_$reboot shared this report about Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, a new three-part documentary that debuted Friday on Netflix from Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim: The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist is asked what his worst fear is. It’s not family tragedy or personal pain. “I don’t want my brain to stop working,” he responds… A portrait emerges of a visionary who gnaws on his eyeglasses’ arms, downs Cokes…

September 22, 2019
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Ask Slashdot: How Will 2019 Look To People 20 Years From Now?

Here’s an interesting thought exercise from Slashdot reader dryriver : What is likely to be so different about living in 2039 that it makes our current present in 2019 feel badly dated in many ways? And can we learn lessons about what we are not doing particularly well today in 2019 — in the technology field for example — by imagining ourselves looking back at a long bygone 2019 from…

September 22, 2019
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GNU’s Former Kernel Maintainer Shares ‘A Reflection on the Departure of Richard Stallman’

Thomas Bushnell, BSG, founded GNU’s official kernel project, GNU Hurd, and maintained it from 1990 through 2003. This week on Medium he posted “a reflection on the departure of RMS.” There has been some bad reporting, and that’s a problem. While I have not waded through the entire email thread Selam G. has posted, my reaction was that RMS did not defend Epstein, and did not say that the victim…

September 22, 2019
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Home Depot and Lowe’s Accused of Scanning Millions of Customers Faces

JustAnotherOldGuy tipped us off to this story. The Daily Mail reports: Home Depot and Lowe’s are secretly using facial recognition technology to track customer movement in their stores, violating privacy laws in Illinois, plaintiffs in two class action lawsuits say. The plaintiffs, who are Illinois residents, allege the two big box retailers are using the technology without properly notifying customers or seeking their consent, as required by state law… The…

September 22, 2019
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Was Cuba’s Mysterious Sonic Weapon Just Mosquito Gas?

Remember concerns about possible “sonic attacks” in Cuba? Long-time Slashdot reader kbahey shares an update: In the wake of the health problems experienced over the past three years by US and Canadian staff in Havana, Cuba embassies, Global Affairs Canada commissioned a clinical study by a team of multidisciplinary researchers. Now, the working hypothesis is that the cause could instead be neurotoxic agents used in pesticide fumigation. The BBC has…

September 22, 2019
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Ubisoft To Send Cease & Desist Requests To DDoS Services Attacking ‘Rainbox Six Siege’ Players

An anonymous reader writes: Ubisoft plans to send cease & desist legal letters to operators of DDoS-for-hire services, also known as DDoS booters or DDoS stressors. The company said it plans on making this step as part of a global action plan to curb DDoS attacks aimed at Rainbox Six Siege multiplayer servers. The French video game company has been under a wave of DDoS attacks ever since last week…

September 22, 2019
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Ex-Google Engineer Says That Robot Weapons May Cause Accidental Mass Killings

“A former Google engineer who worked on the company’s infamous military drone project has sounded a warning against the building of killer robots,” reports Business Insider. Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger quotes their report: Laura Nolan had been working at Google four years when she was recruited to its collaboration with the US Department of Defense, known as Project Maven, in 2017, according to the Guardian. Project Maven was focused on…

September 22, 2019
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In Hong Kong, Protesters and Police Are Now Doxxing Each Other

As protests continue to rock Hong Kong, social media sites are now being used to share names, photos, phone numbers, ages and occupationa of individuals “on both sides of the protest line,” reports the Guardian: Supporters of the Hong Kong government have sought to identify masked protesters at demonstrations, while protesters themselves also appear to have taken part, sharing private information about police officers and their families across Telegram… Hong…

September 21, 2019
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Does America’s First Commercial Offshore Wind Farm Portend a Clean Energy Revolution?

In the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Slashdot reader Dan Drollette describes visiting one of North America’s biggest experiments in renewable energy, off the coast of Rhode Island. As the only commercial offshore wind farm in North America, Block Island is “setting the stage for what could be a rapid explosion in the number of commercial offshore windmills on the entire East Coast of the United States, assuming they leap…

September 21, 2019
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