With Chandrayaan-2 Launch, India’s ISRO Shoots For the Moon on a Shoe-String Budget

India took a giant leap in its space program on Monday after its space agency launched a spacecraft that is scheduled to touch down on the Moon in September. From a report: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which is India’s equivalent of NASA, confirmed the successful launch of the spacecraft as the nation inches closer to become only the fourth country — after the United States, China, and the…

July 22, 2019
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It’s So Hot in Nebraska, You Can Bake Biscuits in Your Car

An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post: The National Weather Service in Omaha, Nebraska, baked biscuits in a car Friday amid a major heat wave in the Northeast and Midwest… Within 45 minutes, the dough had begun to rise, the NWS said. After an hour, the pan had reached 175 degrees, and the tops of the biscuits were at 153 degrees. “This is a good time to remind everyone…

July 22, 2019
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Extreme U.S. Weather Brings Power Outages

“Ninety-four million people in parts of 23 states remain under excessive heat warnings and heat advisories on Sunday as one last day of scorching temperatures hits the Midwest and East Coast,” reports ABC News. “Sunday is the last day of oppressive heat, with many places in the Upper Midwest already feeling cooler Sunday morning after heat indices of 115 to 120 on Friday and Saturday… New York City and Boston…

July 22, 2019
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Is Object-Oriented Programming a Trillion Dollar Disaster?

Senior full-stack engineer Ilya Suzdalnitski recently published a lively 6,000-word essay calling object-oriented programming “a trillion dollar disaster.” Precious time and brainpower are being spent thinking about “abstractions” and “design patterns” instead of solving real-world problems… Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) has been created with one goal in mind — to manage the complexity of procedural codebases. In other words, it was supposed to improve code organization. There’s no objective and open…

July 22, 2019
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NASA’s Lunar Space Station Might Be a Boondoggle

“NASA’s orbiting Lunar Gateway is either essential for a moon landing or a boondoggle in the making,” writes IEEE Spectrum. the_newsbeagle writes: NASA is under pressure to put humans back on the moon by 2024… NASA’s plan for meeting that ambitious target relies on building a space station in lunar orbit, called the Gateway. NASA says it will use its (over budget and behind schedule) SLS rocket and Orion crew…

July 22, 2019
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6.6 Million Lose CBS Channels After ‘Business Dispute’ With AT&T

“Media giants are embroiled in yet another fight over TV rates, and viewers are once again paying the price,” writes Engadget. CBS’ channels in 17 markets (including New York, San Francisco and Atlanta) have gone dark on AT&T services like DirecTV Now and U-verse after the two companies failed to reach an agreement on a new carriage contract before the old one expired at 2AM ET on July 19th. As…

July 22, 2019
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When Online Teachers See Child Abuse

Rick Zeman (Slashdot reader #15,628) shares “a thought-provoking article on when online English teachers see child abuse at the other end of their cameras.” Of the 24 online teachers interviewed, about two thirds told “harrowing” stories, EdSurge reports, and within the teachers’ Facebook groups new reports “surface nearly every week.” The teachers post in these private Facebook groups because they aren’t sure how to process, much less report, what they…

July 22, 2019
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Google Settles Age Descrimination Lawsuit

Long-time Slashdot reader sfcat quotes Forbes: Almost a decade ago, courts sounded a clear warning bell that Google’s culture was tainted by illegal and pervasive age discrimination. Inexplicably, Google didn’t listen. And so the Los Angeles Times recently reported that Google has agreed to pay $11 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging Google engaged in a systemic practice of discriminating on the basis of age in hiring. Some 227…

July 22, 2019
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Comic-Con Trailers Include ‘Star Trek: Picard’ and HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Series

“At Comic-Con, Sir Patrick Stewart took to the Hall H stage Saturday afternoon to discuss his new series, Star Trek: Picard,” reports CBS News: The series will focus on what caused famed captain and admiral Jean-Luc Picard to leave Starfleet, and his life since…. Patrick Stewart — who is also an executive producer — answered questions about the show. “We never know, do we, when our best moment will be….

July 21, 2019
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Atlassian’s Changes Annual Performance Reviews To Stop Rewarding ‘Brilliant Jerks’

Australia-based Atlassian”has implemented a new performance review strategy designed to give their workers a better evaluation of how they’re performing,” reports Business Insider, adding that Atlassian’s global head of talent said the company wants to measure contributions to a larger team effort. “We want people to get rewarded for what they delivered.” In 2018 it soft-launched a strategy where most of its performance review process will have nothing to do…

July 21, 2019
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