Day: January 2, 2021

Lawsuits Filed Against Lyft Alleging Sexual Assaults By Drivers

Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quotes Bay Area ride-hailing giant Lyft is accused in a series of new lawsuits of failing to protect female passengers from rape by drivers. One plaintiff claims she was 15 when her driver raped her and then forced her to take an anti-pregnancy pill. The December legal actions are part…

EFF Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Account of the Fight to Save .ORG

As part of its “Year in Review” series, the EFF shares their dramatic behind-the-scenes details about 2020’s fight over the future of .org domains. It begins when the Internet Society (ISOC) announced plans to sell the Public Interest Registry — which manages the .org top-level domain (TLD) — to private equity firm Ethos Capital. “If…

Build an 8-bit CPU to Know “But How Do It Know?”

Sometime around 2009, [J. Clark Scott] published a book aimed to demystify computers for everyone by walking through construction of an 8-bit CPU from scratch. The book had a catchy, but somewhat confusing title But How Do It Know?. The back story on the title goes something like this: Joe is a very nice fellow,…

Get Jurassic World Evolution for free in this week’s Epic Games giveaway – CNET

Jurassic World Evolution is a free park-building sim game that usually costs $45. …read more Source:: CNet

Farming Equipment is Beaming Back ‘Reams of Data’ To its Manufacturers

Farming equipment like combine harvesters “beam back reams of data to its manufacturer,” reports Forbes: GPS records the combine’s precise path through the field as it moves. Sensors tally the number of crops gathered per acre and the spacing between them. On a sister machine called a planter, algorithms adjust the distribution of seeds based…

The best PS4 games for 2021 – CNET

Check out our favorite PS4 games. …read more Source:: CNet

These are the droid-themed headphones your kids are looking for – CNET

iHome’s Star Wars headphones sport BB-8 on the earcups and are currently 50% off. …read more Source:: CNet

Best iPhone 11 and 11 Pro cases for 2021: Speck, Otterbox and more compared – CNET

Looking for a case for your new iPhone? Take a look at our current top phone case picks. …read more Source:: CNet

Get this clever 2-piece iPhone power bank for $19 – CNET

A pocket-sized 1,000-mAh battery detaches from the larger 5,000-mAh base unit for on-the-go charging. …read more Source:: CNet

Neuroscientists’ New Theory: Dreaming Protects the Braincells For Eyesight

Writing in Time magazine, two neuroscientists share a surprising new theory on exactly how dreaming protects our brains: Neuroscience used to think that different parts of the brain were predetermined to perform specific functions. But more recent discoveries have upended the old paradigm. One part of the brain may initially be assigned a specific task;…