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Osborne statement seeks to calm fears - Chancellor George Osborne is due to issue a statement in a bid to calm financial markets amid turmoil sparked by the UK's vote to leave the EU.

Pound falls further in Asian trading on Monday - The pound falls sharply against the dollar in Asian trading on Monday, adding to Friday's record one-day loss.

EU referendum: Jeremy Corbyn vows to fight for leadership and reshape cabinet - Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will stand as a candidate in any new leadership election and reshape his shadow cabinet following a string of resignations.

Johnson pledges EU co-operation after referendum result - Boris Johnson says the UK will continue to "intensify" its co-operation with the EU following the UK's vote to leave.

Brexit: France and Germany 'in agreement' over UK's EU exit - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande say they are in "full agreement" on how to handle the fallout from the UK's decision to quit the EU.

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Broadcom plans quarter-BEEELION expansion in Malaysia - Embiggening its operations in Penang Broadcom is going to tip US$250 million into Malaysia, announcing plans to expand its operation in Penang.…

Lenovo Solution Center portal patched to shutter hacker god mode hole - Hack hole turns pleb users to admin queens, kills AV to boot Lenovo has patched a dangerous hole in its rebuilt Solution Center that could allow attackers to gain god mode access on hacked machines and to kill running processes including anti-virus.…

Countdown to Jupiter: Juno just seven days from orbit - Rendezvous draws nigh Juno is on the seven-day countdown to entering Jovian orbit, and it's going to be a wild ride.…

Medicos could be world's best security bypassers, study finds - Hospitals plastered with password sticky notes Medicos are so adept at mitigating security controls that their bypassing exploits have become official policy, a university-backed study has revealed.…

DARPA's 'flying wing' drone inches closer to lift-off - Your TERN, Northrop Grumman Apparently, DARPA likes what it sees in its TERN project. Earlier this month, it gave contractor Northrop Grumman just under US$18 million to build the second of its Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node aircraft.…

New Scientist - News

The alien world that’s being vaporised by a death ray - A Mercury-sized exoplanet is being blown apart like a dandelion – and magnetic hotspots on its star could make things worse

Electric fields could help us wage war on destructive feral pigs - Feral pigs are out of control across the globe, but the discovery that swine have a magnetic sense suggests messing with their internal compass could help

China wants to share its new space station with the world - China is launching a rival to the International Space Station, and it's partnering with the UN to let other countries have a go

I tried out being a space trucker in a Dream Chaser mini-shuttle - The Sierra Nevada Corporation is building a space plane to haul cargo and trash from the ISS, so Lisa Grossman took its simulator for a spin

Nano-camera lens reveals the hidden mirror world of molecules - Left- or right-handedness can be the difference between a medicine or poison. A camera lens made with nanotechnology may shed light on such mirror image molecules

Hacker News

How We Analyzed and Visualized Hamilton’s Rhyming Lyrics - Comments

A personal tour of MAD magazine, in the crucible of a young life - Comments

Spry: a programming language inspired by Smalltalk/Rebol and written in Nim - Comments

Inside the World of Large-Scale Food Heists - Comments

Jupiter Awaits Arrival of Juno - Comments


Wisconsin's Prison-Sentencing Algorithm Challenged in Court - "Do you want a computer to help decide a convict's fate?" asks Engadget, telling the story of a Wisconsin convict who "claims that the justice system relied too heavily on its COMPAS algorithm to determine the likelihood of repeat offenses and sentenced him to six years in prison." Sentencing algorithms have apparently been in use for 10 years. His attorneys claim that the code is "full of holes," including secret criteria and generic decisions that aren't as individually tailored as they have to be. For instance, they'll skew predictions based on your gender or age -- how does that reflect the actual offender...? [T]he court challenge could force Wisconsin and other states to think about the weight they give to algorithms. While they do hold the promise of both preventing repeat offenses and avoiding excessive sentences for low-threat criminals, the American Civil Liberties Union is worried that they can amplify biases or make mistakes based on imperfect law enforcement data. The biggest issue seems to be a lack of transparency, which makes it impossible to determine whether convicts actually are receiving fair sentences. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Drivers Prefer Autonomous Cars That Don't Kill Them - "A new study shows that most people prefer that self-driving cars be programmed to save the most people in the event of an accident, even if it kills the driver," reports Information Week. "Unless they are the drivers." Slashdot reader MojoKid quotes an article from Hot Hardware about the new study, which was published by Science magazine. So if there is just one passenger aboard a car, and the lives of 10 pedestrians are at stake, the survey participants were perfectly fine with a self-driving car "killing" its passenger to save many more lives in return. But on the flip side, these same participants said that if they were shopping for a car to purchase or were a passenger, they would prefer to be within a vehicle that would protect their lives by any means necessary. Participants also balked at the notion of the government stepping in to regulate the "morality brain" of self-driving cars. The article warns about a future where "a harsh AI reality may whittle the worth of our very existence down to simple, unemotional percentages in a computer's brain." MIT's Media Lab is now letting users judge for themselves, in a free online game called "Moral Machine" simulating the difficult decisions that might someday have to be made by an autonomous self-driving car. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Religious Hacker Defaces 111 Escort Sites - An anonymous reader shares this article from Softpedia: A religiously-motivated Moroccan hacker has defaced 111 different web sites promoting escort services since last summer as part of an ongoing protest against the industry. "In January, the hacker defaced 79 escort websites," writes Softpedia. "His actions didn't go unnoticed, and on some online forums where escorts and webmasters of these websites met, his name was brought up in discussions and used to drive each other in implementing better Web security. While some webmasters did their job, some didn't. During the past days, the hacker has been busy defacing a new set of escort websites... Most of these websites bare ElSurveillance's defacement message even today... Most of the websites are from the UK." His newest round of attacks replace the sites with a pro-Palestine message and a quote from the quran, though in January Softpedia reported the attacker was also stealing data from some of the sites about their users' accounts. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google and Facebook May Be Suppressing 'Extremist' Speech With Copyright Scanners - An anonymous reader quotes this article from The Verge: The systems that automatically enforce copyright laws on the internet may be expanding to block unfavorable speech. Reuters reports that Facebook, Google, and other companies are exploring automated removal of extremist content, and could be repurposing copyright takedown methods to identify and suppress it. It's unclear where the lines have been drawn, but the systems are likely targeted at radical messages on social networks from enemies of European powers and the United States. Leaders in the US and Europe have increasingly decried radical extremism on the internet and have attempted to enlist internet companies in a fight to suppress it. Many of those companies have been receptive to the idea and already have procedures to block violent and hateful content. Neither Facebook and Google would confirm automation of these efforts to Reuters, which relied on two anonymous sources who are "familiar with the process"... The secret identification and automated blocking of extremist speech would raise new, serious questions about the cooperation of private corporations with censorious governmental interests. Reuters calls it "a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States." They also report that the move follows pressure from an anti-extremism group "founded by, among others, Frances Townsend, who advised former president George W. Bush on homeland security, and Mark Wallace, who was deputy campaign manager for the Bush 2004 re-election campaign." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Is The Future Of Television Watching on Fast-Forward? - The average American watches three hours of TV each day, and researchers have found that most people already prefer listening to accelerated speech. "After watching accelerated video on my computer for a few months, live television began to seem excruciatingly slow..." writes the Washington Post's Jeff Guo. "Movie theaters feel suffocating. I need to be able to fast-forward and rewind and accelerate and slow down, to be able to parcel my attention where it's needed..." Slashdot reader distills some interesting points from Guo's article: You can play DVDs and iTunes purchases at whatever tempo you like, and a Google engineer has written a popular Chrome extension that accelerates most other Web videos, including on Netflix, Vimeo and Amazon Prime. Over 100,000 people have downloaded that plug-in, and the reviews are ecstatic. "Oh my God! I regret all the wasted time I've lived before finding this gem!!" one user wrote. According to Guo speeding up video is more than an efficiency hack. "I quickly discovered that acceleration makes viewing more pleasurable. "Modern Family" played at twice the speed is far funnier -- the jokes come faster and they seem to hit harder. I get less frustrated at shows that want to waste my time with filler plots or gratuitous violence. The faster pace makes it easier to appreciate the flow of the plot and the structure of the scenes." Guo writes that "I've come to believe this is the future of how we will appreciate television and movies. We will interrogate videos in new ways using our powers of time manipulation... we will all be watching on our own terms." Will this eventually become much more common? How many Slashdot readers are already watching speeded-up videos? Read more of this story at Slashdot.