Facebook Now Faces a Massive Backlash. But Will Anything Change?

Slate argues that Facebook "is a normal sleazy company now," saying the company "obscured its problems and fought dirty against its critics" -- but that now its failings are being publicly aired. And Reason provides yet another example: The Times also reveals that Facebook chose to support FOSTA (and its Senate counterpart, SESTA) -- legislation… Read More »

Posted on 19 November 2018 | 2:34 am

GitHub's Four Most Popular Programming Languages Remain: JavaScript, Java, Python, and PHP

A recent TechCrunch article claimed to have identified the best indicator of programming language popularity: GitHub's annual "State of the Octoverse" reports. So Austin-based technology reporter Mike Melanson explored the new verdict in GitHub's 2018 report: It felt to me like the overarching theme of the numbers was one of quiet stasis for the… Read More »

Posted on 18 November 2018 | 11:34 pm

'Windows Isn't a Service, It's an Operating System'

Iwastheone shares an article by former PC World columnist Chris Hoffman. "No PC users asked Microsoft for Windows as a service," Hoffman complains. "It was all Microsoft's idea." "Software as a service" is trendy. But these types of services are generally hosted on a remote platform, like Amazon Web Services or even Microsoft Azure. Web… Read More »

Posted on 18 November 2018 | 8:34 pm

How I Got Locked Out of the Chip Implanted In My Hand

If I had a single piece of advice for anyone thinking about getting an NFC chip implant it would be to do it sober.... [A]t the urging of everyone at the implant station, the first thing I did with my implant was secure it with a four-digit pin. I hadn't decided what sort of data I wanted to put on… Read More »

Posted on 18 November 2018 | 7:34 pm

More Companies Plan To Implant Microchips Into Their Employees' Hands

"British companies are planning to microchip some of their staff in order to boost security and stop them accessing sensitive areas," reports the Telegraph. "Biohax, a Swedish company that provides human chip implants, told the Telegraph it was in talks with a number of UK legal and financial firms to implant staff with the devices." An anonymous… Read More »

Posted on 18 November 2018 | 6:34 pm

Is Quantum Computing Impossible?

Slashdot reader nickwinlund77, pointing to this new article from IEEE Spectrum arguing it's "not in our foreseeable future": Having spent decades conducting research in quantum and condensed-matter physics, I've developed my very pessimistic view. It's based on an… Read More »

Posted on 18 November 2018 | 5:11 pm