Day: February 16, 2019

Bruce Perens Calls For Open Source, Security, and Data Rights In IBM Ad

Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond — and he’s also Slashdot reader #3872. Bruce Perens writes: Here’s the IBM ad used to open their Think 2019 conference, featuring Buzz Aldrin, Arianna Huffington, Janelle Monae, Miaym Bialik, and astonishingly: me. Interesting of IBM to have an ad including Open Source, security, and…

The best President’s Day sales and deals – CNET

Hail to the cheap! Score great deals on fitness gear, laptops, meal delivery and more. …read more Source:: CNet

What Can We Learn From The Retraction of the Mediterranean Diet Study?

Remember that landmark 2013 study that found that people on a Mediterranean diet had a 30% lower chance of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease than people on low-fat diets? An anonymous reader quotes Vox: Last June, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine pulled the original paper from the record, issuing a…

Biodegradable Implants Supercharge Nerve Regeneration

Controlled electrical stimulation of nerves can do amazing things. It has been shown to encourage healing and growth in damaged cells of the peripheral nervous system which means regaining motor control and sensation in a shorter period with better results. This type of treatment is referred to as an electroceutical, and the etymology is easy…

Misleading Results From Widely-Used Machine-Learning Data Analysis Techniques

Long-time Slashdot reader kbahey writes: The increased reliance on machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyze data, is producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong, according to the BBC. Dr. Genevera Allen from Rice University in Houston said that the increased use of such systems was contributing to a “crisis in…

Toy Fair 2019: Power Rangers Lightning Collection adds Lord Zedd and more – CNET

Exclusive: The Mighty Morphin villain is among several Power Rangers icons coming to Hasbro’s Lightning Collection. …read more Source:: CNet

US needs an internet data privacy law, GAO tells Congress – CNET

Chief auditor cites Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal as an example of why a privacy law is necessary. …read more Source:: CNet

Report That Tesla Autopilot Cuts Crashes By 40% Called ‘Bogus’

Remember when America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported Tesla’s Autopilot reduced crashes by 40%? Two years later the small research and consulting firm Quality Control Systems (QCS) finally obtained the underlying data — and found flaws in the methodology “serious enough to completely discredit the 40 percent figure,” reports Ars Technica, “which Tesla has…

5G Moto Mod gets FCC certification – CNET

Attachment that will make the Moto Z3 the first phone upgradable to 5G speeds. …read more Source:: CNet

Intel Starts Publishing Open-Source Linux Driver Code For Discrete GPUs

fstack writes: Intel is still a year out from releasing their first discrete graphics processors, but the company has begun publishing their open-source Linux GPU driver code. This week they began by publishing patches on top of their existing Intel Linux driver for supporting device local memory for dedicated video memory as part of their…