Month: September 2023

The US Is Among the Most Expensive Countries For Mobile Data Plans, Israel the Cheapest

Slashdot reader jjslash writes: The average cost of a gigabyte of mobile data in the U.S. is $6, while the most expensive data plan in the country offers a gig for $83.33. That makes the U.S. one of the most expensive countries in the world for mobile ……

Aston Villa vs. Brighton Livestream: How to Watch Premier League Soccer From Anywhere – CNET

Both sides are looking to bounce back from midweek Carabao Cup defeats….

Microsoft To Excel Users: Be Careful With That Python

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp spotted a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) this week with the Microsoft engineering team that created Python in Excel, a new feature that makes it possible to natively combine Python and Excel analytics in Excel workbooks. ……

A 1970s Mask ROM Microcontroller Spills Its Secrets

A purple PCB with a Raspberry Pi Pico and an MK3870 mask ROM microcontroller

If you buy any kind of electronic gadget today, chances are it’s powered by a microcontroller with a program stored in its internal flash ROM. That program’s code is often …read more

Mosquitoes Are a Growing Public Health Threat, Reversing Years of Progress

The New York Times reports that a “squadron of young scientists and an army of volunteers” are “waging an all-out war on a creature that threatens the health of more people than any other on earth: the mosquito.”
They are testing new insecticides and i……

GNU Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Wednesday the Free Software Foundation celebrated “the 40th anniversary of the GNU operating system and the launch of the free software movement,” with an announcement calling it “a turning point in the history of computing.

“Forty years later, GNU a……

Heat Pumps Twice As Efficient As Fossil Fuel Systems In Cold Weather

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shared this report from the Guardian:
Heat pumps are more than twice as efficient as fossil fuel heating systems in cold temperatures, research shows. Even at temperatures approaching -30C, heat pumps outperform oil an……

Simple Add-On Makes Cheap Plasma Cutter Suitable for CNC Use

Plasma cutters are ridiculously cheap these days, just cruise by the usual online sources or your local Harbor Freight if you’ve got any doubt about that. But “cheap” and “good” …read more

Republican Presidential Candidates Criticize TikTok as ‘Dangerous’, ‘Controlled by Communist China’

Wednesday seven U.S. Republican candidates for President held their second debate before the 2024 primary — during which TikTok led to some surprisingly heated attacks against entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy:

Moderator: Mr. Ramaswamy, TikTok is b……

A Fix Is Here: Apple Resolves iPhone 15 Pro Overheating Issues in Latest iOS 17 Update – CNET

Apple confirmed that the iPhone 15 Pro overheating is due to an iOS 17 bug, not a design flaw….