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BA plane lands in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf by mistake

The mistake only became apparent when the "welcome to Edinburgh" announcement was made.

BBC News 25 Mar 2019 12:34:38

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'Time's up, Theresa'? May battles to keep control of Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May battled on Monday to keep control of Britain's exit from the European Union as some in her party called on her to quit and parliament plotted to wrest Brexit away from the government.

Reuters 25 Mar 2019 12:33:39

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UK PM May could put her Brexit deal to a vote in parliament on Tuesday - ITV reporter

British Prime Minister Theresa May could put her twice-defeated Brexit divorce deal to a vote in parliament on Tuesday, ITV's political correspondent said, though he later said no final decision had yet been taken on the timing.

Reuters 25 Mar 2019 12:33:39

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Telegram adds ‘delete everywhere’ nuclear option — killing chat history

Telegram has added a feature that lets a user delete messages in one-to-one and/or group private chats, after the fact, and not only from their own inbox. The new ‘nuclear option’ delete feature allows a user to selectively delete their own messages and/or messages sent by any/all others in the chat. They don’t even have […]

TechCrunch 25 Mar 2019 12:31:03

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Mueller report: Trump triumphant after being cleared of collusion

The US president is exonerated of collusion with Russia but not of obstructing justice.

BBC News 25 Mar 2019 12:27:24

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Kezia Dugdale's homophobia claim about blogger's tweet 'absurd'

Blogger Stuart Campbell takes the former Scottish Labour leader to court after she publicly called his tweets "homophobic".

BBC News 25 Mar 2019 12:05:15

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Majestic Wine to close stores and rebrand as Naked

The wine retailer is planning to rename itself Naked Wines and focus on its online business.

BBC News 25 Mar 2019 12:01:44

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Prince Charles and Camilla make history in Cuba

The couple are the first members of the royal family to visit the country in an official capacity.

BBC News 25 Mar 2019 11:53:10

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Ex-Scotland captain taken to hospital after attack

Former Scotland captain Gary McAllister has been treated in hospital after he was punched in the face during a night out in Leeds.

Sky News 25 Mar 2019 11:46:00

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Improved Estimates of the Distance To the Large Magellanic Cloud

Long-time Slashdot reader colinwb writes: A team of researchers has published a letter in Nature (2019) estimating the distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud" to a precision of one per cent; Arxiv (2019). The Arxiv abstract: In the era of precision cosmology, it is essential to empirically determine the Hubble constant with an accuracy of one per cent or better. At present, the uncertainty on this constant is dominated by the uncertainty in the calibration of the Cepheid period — luminosity relationship (also known as Leavitt Law). The Large Magellanic Cloud has traditionally served as the best galaxy with which to calibrate Cepheid period-luminosity relations, and as a result has become the best anchor point for the cosmic distance scale. Eclipsing binary systems composed of late-type stars offer the most precise and accurate way to measure the distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud. Currently the limit of the precision attainable with this technique is about two per cent, and is set by the precision of the existing calibrations of the surface brightness — colour relation. Here we report the calibration of the surface brightness-colour relation with a precision of 0.8 per cent. We use this calibration to determine the geometrical distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud that is precise to 1 per cent based on 20 eclipsing binary systems. The final distane is 49.59 +/- 0.09 (statistical) +/- 0.54 (systematic) kiloparsecs. In 2013 a team of researchers (including several of the current researchers) published a letter in Nature (2013) which estimated the distance with a precision of two per cent; Arxiv (2013). Another team of researchers has also posted their recent research on Arxiv (2019) in which they provide a 1% foundation for the determination of the Hubble Constant. All the links are to abstracts; the full letters to Nature are paywalled, but the Arxiv abstracts have links to PDFs which seem to be complete and accessible. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SlashDot 25 Mar 2019 11:34:00

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Brexit: Cabinet meets amid pressure on May

It comes after a weekend of speculation about the PM's leadership and claims of a plot to oust her.

BBC News 25 Mar 2019 11:22:51

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Brexit supporter who egged Corbyn pleads guilty to assault

A Brexit supporter who egged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn while shouting "respect the vote" has pleaded guilty to assault.

Sky News 25 Mar 2019 11:09:00

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Scott Walker, influential rock enigma, dies aged 76

The US singer, one of the most enigmatic figures in rock history, was hugely influential.

BBC News 25 Mar 2019 11:05:54

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Churchill's cigar and top hat found at rubbish tip

A top hat and cigar once owned by Sir Winston Churchill have been discovered at a rubbish tip.

Sky News 25 Mar 2019 10:47:00

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UK could see 18C this week as odds slashed for hottest spring ever

Britain will see warmer temperatures this week, with highs of up to 18C (64F) predicted in some areas of England.

Sky News 25 Mar 2019 10:30:00

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1.5 million jobs are at 'high risk' of automation

More than 1.5 million people in England are in jobs where there is a "high risk" of automation, according to the Office for National Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Sky News 25 Mar 2019 10:18:00

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Gjirafa raises a $6.7M Series B from Rockaway Capital to digitise the Balkans

There’s nothing like a niche language to create a sort of lock-in for a startup, and that’s exactly what’s happened with e case of Gjirafa. Focusing exclusively on Albanian-speaking countries, co-founder and CEO Mergim Cahani started out developing an Albanian language search engine and then literally digitizing the country’s information, from bus timetables to a […]

TechCrunch 25 Mar 2019 09:49:19

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Omers Ventures outs €300M European fund — Q&A with Managing Partner Harry Briggs

Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers, is officially launching a new €300 million fund aimed at European technology startups. Headed up by Harry Briggs, who was previously at BGF Ventures, Omers Europe will back companies at Series A to B stage. The new fund will typically invest between €5m-€10m per […]

TechCrunch 25 Mar 2019 09:44:44

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Protester eats raw pig's head outside vegan festival

A protester who was filmed eating a raw pig's head outside a vegan festival has said veganism is "human cruelty".

Sky News 25 Mar 2019 09:38:00

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Revealed: Seven people treated by NHS in a year after crocodile attacks

At least seven people attacked by crocodiles or alligators were treated in hospitals in England in a year, NHS figures show.

Sky News 25 Mar 2019 08:57:00

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First-of-Its-Kind US Nuclear Waste Dump Marks 20 Years

"In a remote stretch of New Mexico desert, the U.S. government put in motion an experiment aimed at proving to the world that radioactive waste could be safely disposed of deep underground..." reports the Associated Press: Twenty years and more than 12,380 shipments later, tons of Cold War-era waste from decades of bomb-making and nuclear research across the U.S. have been stashed in the salt caverns that make up the underground facility. Each week, several shipments of special boxes and barrels packed with lab coats, rubber gloves, tools and debris contaminated with plutonium and other radioactive elements are trucked to the site. But the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has not been without issues. A 2014 radiation leak forced an expensive, nearly three-year closure, delayed the federal government's cleanup program and prompted policy changes at national laboratories and defense-related sites across the U.S. More recently, the U.S. Department of Energy said it would investigate reports that workers may have been exposed last year to hazardous chemicals. Still, supporters consider the repository a success, saying it provides a viable option for dealing with a multibillion-dollar mess that stretches from a decommissioned nuclear weapons production site in Washington state to one of the nation's top nuclear research labs, in Idaho, and locations as far east as South Carolina. If it weren't for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, many containers of plutonium-contaminated waste would be outside, exposed to the weather and susceptible to natural disasters, said J.R. Stroble, head of business operations at the Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office, which oversees the contractor that operates the repository. "The whole purpose of WIPP is to isolate this long-lived radioactive, hazardous waste from the accessible environment, from people and the things people need in order to live life on Earth," he told The Associated Press. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SlashDot 25 Mar 2019 07:34:00

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Jack Shepherd: Speedboat killer 'may return to the UK in days'

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd is unlikely to fight extradition and could return to the UK as early as this week, according to his lawyer.

Sky News 25 Mar 2019 07:28:00

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'The biggest EU story since the fall of the Berlin wall'

Two foreign correspondents in Brussels give us the European view on covering Brexit.

BBC News 25 Mar 2019 07:26:22

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How to watch the live stream for today’s Apple keynote

Apple is holding a keynote today on its campus in Cupertino, and the company is expected to talk about new services. Don’t expect any new device, today’s event should be all about content. At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 5 PM in London, 6 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch […]

TechCrunch 25 Mar 2019 07:01:38

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Instagram 25 Mar 2019 06:56:54

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Alibaba acquires Israeli VR startup Infinity Augmented Reality

Infinity Augmented Reality, an Israeli virtual reality startup, has been acquired by Alibaba, the companies announced this weekend. The deal’s terms were not disclosed. Alibaba and InfinityAR have had a strategic partnership since 2016, when Alibaba Group led InfinityAR’s Series C. Since then, the two have collaborated on augmented reality, computer vision and artificial intelligence […]

TechCrunch 25 Mar 2019 04:36:51

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Which Programming Language Has The Most Security Vulnerabilties?

A new report from the open source security company WhiteSource asks the question, "Is one programming language more secure than the rest?" An anonymous reader quotes TechRepublic: To answer this question, the report compiled information from WhiteSource's database, which aggregates information on open source vulnerabilities from sources including the National Vulnerability Database, security advisories, GitHub issue trackers, and popular open source projects issue trackers. Researchers focused in on open source security vulnerabilities in the seven most widely-used languages of the past 10 years to learn which are most secure, and which vulnerability types are most common in each... The most common vulnerabilities across most of these languages are Cross-SiteScripting (XSS); Input Validation; Permissions, Privileges, and Access Control; and Information Leak / Disclosure, according to the report. Across the seven most widely-used programming languages, here's how the vulnerabilties were distributed: C (47%) PHP (17%) Java (11%) JavaScript (10%) Python (5%) C++ (5%) Ruby (4%) But the results are full of disclaimers -- for example, that C tops the list because it's the oldest language with "the highest volume of written code" and "is also one of the languages behind major infrastructure like Open SSL and the Linux kernel." The report also notes a "substantial rise" across all languages for known open source security vulnerabilities over the last two years, attributing this to more awareness about vulnerable components -- thanks to more research, automated security tools, and "the growing investment in bug bounty programs" -- as well as the increasing popularity of open source software. And it also reports a drop in the percentage of critical vulnerabilities for most languages -- except JavaScript and PHP. The report then concludes that "the Winner Of Most Secure Programming Language one and everyone...! It is not about the language itself that makes it any more or less secure, but how you use it. If you are mitigating your vulnerabilities throughout the software development lifecycle with the proper management approach, then you are far more likely to stay secure." Coincidentally, WhiteSource sells software which monitors open source components throughout the software development lifecycle to provide alerts about security (and licensing) issues. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SlashDot 25 Mar 2019 03:39:00

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Can We Build Ethics Into Automated Decision-Making?

"Machines will need to make ethical decisions, and we will be responsible for those decisions," argues Mike Loukides, O'Reilly Media's vice president of content strategy: We are surrounded by systems that make ethical decisions: systems approving loans, trading stocks, forwarding news articles, recommending jail sentences, and much more. They act for us or against us, but almost always without our consent or even our knowledge. In recent articles, I've suggested the ethics of artificial intelligence itself needs to be automated. But my suggestion ignores the reality that ethics has already been automated... The sheer number of decisions that need to be made means that we can't expect humans to make those decisions. Every time data moves from one site to another, from one context to another, from one intent to another, there is an action that requires some kind of ethical decision... Ethical problems arise when a company's interest in profit comes before the interests of the users. We see this all the time: in recommendations designed to maximize ad revenue via "engagement"; in recommendations that steer customers to Amazon's own products, rather than other products on their platform. The customer's interest must always come before the company's. That applies to recommendations in a news feed or on a shopping site, but also how the customer's data is used and where it's shipped. Facebook believes deeply that "bringing the world closer together" is a social good but, as Mary Gray said on Twitter, when we say that something is a "social good," we need to ask: "good for whom?" Good for advertisers? Stockholders? Or for the people who are being brought together? The answers aren't all the same, and depend deeply on who's connected and how.... It's time to start building the systems that will truly assist us to manage our data. The article argues that spam filters provide a surprisingly good set of first design principles. They work in the background without interfering with users, but always allow users to revoke their decisions, and proactively seek out user input in ambiguous or unclear situations. But in the real world beyond our inboxes, "machines are already making ethical decisions, and often doing so badly. Spam detection is the exception, not the rule." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SlashDot 25 Mar 2019 01:34:00

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Instagram 24 Mar 2019 21:49:45

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Peek into an empty Steve Jobs Theater before tomorrow’s big Apple event

What are you up to this afternoon? If your answer is anything “watching the livestream of an empty Steve Jobs Theater,” honestly, I’m not sure how you call yourself an Apple fan. A day before the company’s event in Cupertino, Apple’s streaming video of what looks to be an empty theater, bathed in darkness, with […]

TechCrunch 24 Mar 2019 20:10:09

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Meet the Texas startup that wants to decarbonize the chemical industry

Solugen, a startup that has set itself up with no less lofty a goal than the decarbonization of a massive chunk of the petrochemical industry, may be the first legitimate multi-million dollar company to start out in a meth lab. When company co-founders Gaurab Chakrabarti and Sean Hunt began hunting for a lab to test […]

TechCrunch 24 Mar 2019 19:30:18

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Apple could charge $9.99 per month each for HBO, Showtime and Starz

The Wall Street Journal has published a report on Apple’s media push. The company is about to unveil a new video streaming service and an Apple News subscription on Monday. According to The WSJ, you’ll be able to subscribe to multiple content packages to increase the video library in a new app called Apple TV […]

TechCrunch 24 Mar 2019 18:34:02

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Instagram 24 Mar 2019 16:17:38

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Instagram 24 Mar 2019 11:45:41

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Instagram 24 Mar 2019 05:23:21

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