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Nick Denton Predicts ‘The Good Internet’ Will Rise Again

Gawker founder Nick Denton argued today that the future will be rooted in sites like Reddit which involve their reader community — even if there’s only a handful of subtopics each user is interested in. “There’s a vitality to it and there’s a model for what [media] could be,” he told an audience at the South by Southwest festival. But when it comes to other social media sites, “Facebook makes…

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Notepad++ Update Fixes ‘CIA Hacking’ Issue

Free software Notepad++ (released under the GNU General Public License) received a new update this week which was announced under the headline “Fix CIA Hacking Notepad++ Issue”. The CIA documents in WikiLeaks’ ‘Vault 7′ included a “Notepad++ DLL Hijack” document which affected the popular Windows editor for text and source code. “It’s not a vulnerability/security issue in Notepad++, but for remedying this issue, from this release (v7.3.3) forward, notepad++.exe checks…

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Australian Farmers Switch To Diesel Power As Electricity Prices Soar

“As power prices rise, some farmers have been forced to turn off the pumps,” reports the Australian Broadcast Corporation. Long-time Slashdot reader connect4 shared their report from the coast of Queensland, where the price of pumping water to sugarcane fields has doubled. Local irrigators council representative, Dale Hollis, says right now, irrigators have two options. “They have to switch off the pumps and go back to dryland [cropping], and that…

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Volkwagen Finally Pleads Guilty On ‘Dieselgate’ Charges

Friday Volkswagen admitted in court that they’d committed fraud in their diesel emissions tests, also pleading guilty to falsifying statements and obstruction of justice. An anonymous reader quotes CNET: It marks the first time VW admitted guilt in any court in the world, according to a VW spokesman speaking to Reuters. The judge overseeing the case in the U.S. District Court in Detroit accepted the plea and will issue a…

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Hyperloop One Reveals Test Track Progress

Hyperloop One has released the first photographs of its “proof of concept” test track near Las Vegas, Nevada, and there’s now also a couple short videos online. Slashdot reader angry tapir quotes Computerworld: The company revealed its progress on Tuesday at the Middle East Rail conference in Dubai, sharing pictures and footage of its Nevada development site dubbed “DevLoop.” Taking Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept of a levitating pod in a…

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How Seven Movie Studios Forced A Pirated Movie Site Offline

A major pirated movie site went offline last month after seven Hollywood studios won a preliminary court injunction. An anonymous reader quotes the Hollywood Reporter: The MPAA-member studios sued the operators of PubFilm/PidTV in February, asking the court for a temporary restraining order to shut down what it described as a ring of six interconnected large-scale piracy sites. The suit was initially sealed, but was made public on Friday. Warner…

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Proof Daylight Saving Time Is Dumb, Dangerous, and Costly

From a report on Bloomberg: The case for daylight saving time has been shaky for a while. The biannual time change was originally implemented to save energy. Yet dozens of studies around the world have found that changing the clocks has either minuscule or non-existent effects on energy use. […] The latest research suggests the time change can be harmful to our health and cost us money. The suffering of…

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Backlash Builds Against Bill Gates’ Call For A Robot Tax

Bill Gates argued governments should tax companies that use replace humans with robots, which “provoked enough negative feedback to fry a motherboard,” according to CBS News. Here’s how they summarized some of the reactions: “Why pick on robots?” former Treasury Secretary Summers asked in a Washington Post opinion piece, which called Gates “profoundly misguided.” The economist argued that progress, however messy and disruptive sometimes, ultimately benefits society overall.Mike Shedlock, a…

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