Day: May 17, 2020

Gartner Predicts $300 Billion Less IT Spending, More Spending on Cloud Services and Automation

An anonymous reader quotes Forbes: In a new report, research firm Gartner says it thinks global tech spending will drop 8% in 2020 based on what it is hearing from tech suppliers and other sources. It’s forecasting that $3.46 trillion will be spent on IT products and services this year by businesses and consumers, down…


Need a pulse oximeter? These models are in stock starting at $24 – CNET

Don’t pay jacked-up prices to measure your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. …read more Source:: CNet


Microsoft President: We Were ‘On the Wrong Side of History’ About Open Source

In 2001, Slashdot covered Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s description of Linux as “a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.” This week during a chat with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Microsoft’s current president Brad Smith admitted that “Microsoft was on the wrong side of history when…


Look Ma, No Support For My Floating Holes!

Do you find supports to be annoying, when you use a 3D printer? A lot of time breaking away surplus pieces of plastic and then cleaning up the resulting ragged edges on your prints is certainly an unwelcome chore. But printing in free space is beyond the capabilities of even the most expensive printer, so…


Covid-19 Could Normalize Surveillance – or Provide a Moment for Reasserting Rights

“Will we look back at 2020 as the moment privacy finally evaporated?” asks CNN’s international security editor: Privacy International called Covid-19’s impact on privacy “unprecedented.” “9/11 ushered covert and overt surveillance regimes, many of which were unlawful,” said Edin Omanovic, the campaign group’s advocacy director. The surveillance industry “understands that this is an opportunity comparable…


Is Support Now Growing for a Universal Basic Income?

Economist Tyler Cowen and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov (now the chairman of the nonprofit Renew Democracy Initiative) co-authored an opinion piece this week in Bloomberg arguing that “a pandemic is providing a tragic preview of some of the conditions UBI was conceived to address.” Though they worry about the cost of such a…


Andrew Yang’s Nonprofit Helps Fund Five-Year, $500-a-Month Basic Income Experiment

Working with the city of Hudson, New York and a local career center, Andrew Yang’s nonprofit, Humanity Forward will be giving 20 people a basic income of $500 a month for five years, in a collaboration called HudsonUP. Business Insider reports: A spokesperson for HudsonUP said the 20 residents will be selected later in 2020,…


World Health Leaders Stress Need For Sharing of Vaccines

Long-time Slashdot reader tomtermite shares a report from The Guardian: Ministers and officials from every nation will meet via video link on Monday for the annual world health assembly, which is expected to be dominated by efforts to stop rich countries monopolising drugs and future vaccines against Covid-19… The leaders of Italy, France, Germany and…


60’s Natural Gas Pipeline Computer Retires to Play Games

Computer gaming has come a very long way since the 1960s. While computers of that era may not run Doom or anything even close to it, many of us had our first exposure to computers playing Hunt the Wumpus, Adventure, or Star Trek over a clackety old TeleType machine. If you missed those days, or…


Elon Musk’s ‘Boring Company’ Finishes Digging Second Tunnel in Las Vegas

“Not all of Elon Musk’s projects have been thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic,” writes Bloomberg. Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quotes Popular Mechanics: After a year’s worth of digging, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has completed the second tunnel for its underground people-mover system at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s keeping in step with an…