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Submission + - SPAM: Swedish Association for Sexuality Education urges NASA to send a condom to space

hypnosec writes: The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) has urged NASA to send out a condom to space to highlight the importance of contraceptives and make it a global political agenda. The RFSU considers condom as one of the greatest inventions of the human race. Considering how a condom not only keeps both men and women safe from sexually transmitted diseases, but also unwanted pregnancies, it deserves a place in space alongside all the other inventions that have been sent to space by NASA and other space agencies.
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Submission + - Melinda Gates' New Mission: Fix Gender Inequality in CS

theodp writes: In Melinda Gates Has a New Mission: Women in Tech, Backchannel's Jessi Hempel reports that MelindaG is returning to her roots to tackle gender inequality in computer science. "I care about computer science," says Gates. "When I was in school in the 1980s, women got about 37 percent of computer science degrees and law degrees then. Law went up to 47 percent now. In medicine, we were at 28 percent in 1984. That’s gone up to 48 percent. Computer science went from 37 percent to 18 percent." Somewhat ironically, Gates abandoned her own CS career and now runs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with the world's richest man, thanks to wealth derived from now-16.9% female techie Microsoft. So what does Gates think gave rise to CS gender inequality? "We know when in history [women became less interested in computer science]," Gates told Backchannel. "When I was growing up, all the games-the palm games, the Atari games, the computer games-they were all gender neutral, right? Then we went through this gamification that became very male. We don’t know for sure, but it looks like the correlation is that when the gaming industry became very male, all of a sudden you had women in computer science [drop off]." While she didn't mention it, another thing that changed since the time Melinda French was a young girl is that personal computers no longer ship with a beginner's programming language pre-installed — Gates told Fortune it was an Apple II she inherited off her dad as a teenager that got her interested in computer science (interestingly, Gates later told the NY Times she refused to allow her own daughters to use Apple products despite their pleas). So, while it's convenient to blame gender-specific games (YouTube, Steve Jobs at Macworld 1998) and paint "guys in hoodies" as the villain, there are likely other important factors that help explain why Gates' daughters "are half as likely to major in computer science as I was 30 years ago."

Comment Re:Software? Really? (Score 1) 90

I find this decision difficult to understand. I was forced to get a BlackBerry for work, ended up with a Z30. The hardware seems decent, but the absolute worst thing has always been the software.

I've heard that the corporate side for controlling, monitoring, and updating remote handsets is very good - and this is who they mostly sell it to.

Submission + - Microsoft Minecraft Education Edition: No Parents Allowed

theodp writes: Last December, children around the world were given a Microsoft Minecraft-branded Hour of Code. Less than a year later, CNET reports that Minecraft Education Edition is coming November 1st to a school near you. But if you're a parent, you'll just have to take Microsoft's word for it that "there is no limit to what students can learn" with the software, since you won't be allowed to purchase it and see for yourself. From the Microsoft Minecraft: Education Edition FAQ: "[Q] Can I purchase Minecraft: Education Edition if I am a parent or individual consumer? [A] If an individual is not affiliated with an academic institution, they will not be able to purchase Minecraft: Education Edition."

Submission + - Dark matter detection to go ultra sensitive with LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) (topexaminer.com)

hypnosec writes: The US Department of Energy has given a green light to the world’s most sensitive dark matter detector ever built — LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ). The dark matter detector, has received an approval for the scope, cost and schedule. LZ is named for the merger of two dark matter detection experiments: the Large Underground Xenon experiment (LUX) and the UK-based ZonEd Proportional scintillation in Liquid Noble gases experiment (ZEPLIN). LUX, a smaller liquid xenon-based underground experiment at SURF will be dismantled to make way for the new project.

Submission + - Microsoft Teams with Bank of America on Blockchain

wiredmikey writes: Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch said they are working together to make financial transactions more efficient with blockchain technology — the foundation of bitcoin digital currency.

Blockchains are considered tamper-proof registers in which entries are time-stamped and linked to previous "blocks" in a data chain. As expected, the technology that drives the shadowy bitcoin cryptocurrency is drawing interest from the established banking industry, which sees a potential to revolutionize the sector.

The companies said they will build and test frameworks for blockchain-powered exchanges between businesses and their customers and banks. Microsoft plans to use its Azure cloud service platform to enable blockchain transactions between a major corporate treasury and a financial institution.

Comment Translation (Score 1) 97

This certainly has consequences for B2G OS. For the community to continue working on B2G OS they will have to maintain a code base that includes a full version of Gecko, so will need to fork Gecko and proceed with development on their own, separate branch.

Translation: We found it is useless so we've thrown it over the fence.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 308

IFPI, RIAA, and BPI have sued users who have the audacity to recall verses and lyrics from songs they heard on Youtube and the radio.

RIAA spokesperson commented, "Each time one of these social deviants hums, sings, or otherwise repeats our intellectual property to their peers represents an enormous loss of revenue to our members. We intend to aggressively pursue legal action whenever possible to recoup all potential losses. It's clear the recent declining revenue in our industry is directly caused by these unauthorized reproductions of our copyrighted material"

They backed down this time but I'm sure they'll keep trying

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