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Microsoft Invests $1 Billion in OpenAI To Develop AI Technologies on Azure

Microsoft today announced that it would invest $1 billion in OpenAI, the San Francisco-based AI research firm cofounded by CTO Greg Brockman, chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Elon Musk, and others,

Samsung-Backed Researchers Develop a Ternary Semiconductor

"Future semiconductors may perform logic with 0, 1, or 2 instead of the current binary system of 0 and 1," reports ZDNet:A South Korean research team has successfully realised an energy-efficient

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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,

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,

Atlassian 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

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

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

Can We Use Special Sails To Bring Old Satellites Back Down To Earth?

There's already nearly 5,000 satellites orbiting earth, "and many of them are non-functioning space debris now, clogging up orbital paths for newer satellites," reports Universe Today. Yet over the

'Fortnite' Creator Epic Games Supports Blender Foundation With $1.2 Million

Long-time Slashdot reader dnix writes: Apparently having a lot of people playing Fortnite is good for the open source community too. Epic Games' MegaGrants program just awarded the Blender Foundation

GitLab Survey Finds Positive Results For Both DevOps and Working Remotely

GitLab's CEO and co-founder says there was one big takeaway from their recent "2019 Global Developer Report: DevSecOps": that early adopters of a strong Devops model experience greater security.

Go Abandons try() Function Proposal, Citing 'Overwhelming' Community Response

Google's Go programming language will not add a try() function in its next major version, "despite this being a major part of what was proposed," reports the Register:Error handling in Go is currently

Microsoft Demos Hologram 'Holoportation'

Microsoft "continues to plug away at making holoportation possible," reports ZDNet:In a new demonstration, officials showed off a scenario where a life-sized holographic representation of a person

Earth Just Had Its Hottest June On Record

Layzej shared this article from the Washington Post: Boosted by a historic heat wave in Europe and unusually warm conditions across the Arctic and Eurasia, the average temperature of the planet soared

Unprecedented Heat Wave Near North Pole

Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed quotes the CBC:Weather watchers are focused on the world's most northerly community, which is in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave. "It's really quite