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Submission + - 60 people killed and many more injured in terrorist attack in Nice, France (bbc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A truck slowly drove towards a crowd, accelerated and then hit people on the famous Promenade des Anglais shortly after celebratory fireworks had ended. July 14th is a national holiday in remembrance of the attack on the Bastille which started the French Revolution. The truck reportedly drove more than a mile before the driver was shot and the truck stopped.

Submission + - Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History (cnn.com) 17

An anonymous reader writes: From CNN:

"Fifty people were killed inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 53 more people were injured, Mina said. Police have shot and killed the gunman, he told reporters.

The shooter is not from the Orlando area, Mina said. He has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials tell CNN.
Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can't say definitely," said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Orlando bureau."

Submission + - Netherlands Moves To Only Allow EV Sales By 2025 (insideevs.com)

AmiMoJo writes: The Netherlands isn’t kidding around when it comes to an emission free future. In a majority vote, the lower house of Dutch parliament supported a motion to no longer allow new sales of petrol or diesel cars from 2025. If followed through on, in 2025 only sustainable, zero-emission cars will be available to be purchased.

Submission + - Alpha Go Takes the Match 3-0 (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Google's AlphaGo has won the Deep Mind Challenge, by winning the third match in a row of five against the 18-time world champion Lee Se-dol. AlphaGo is now the number three Go player in the world and this is an event that will be remembered for a long time. Most AI experts thought that it would take decades to achieve but now we know that we have been on the right track since the 1980s or earlier. AlphaGo makes use of nothing dramatically new — it learned to play Go using a deep neural network and reinforcement learning, both developments on classical AI techniques.
We know now that we don't need any big new breakthroughs to get to true AI.
The results of the final two games are going to be interesting but as far as AI is concerned the match really is all over.

Comment Re:Bigger than you think (Score 1) 188

WhatsApp's claim to fame originally was its ability to run on virtually anything, including the J2ME phones popular in the US and Europe in the mid-2000s.

I'm not so sure about that. ICQ had a J2ME client before Whatsapp. The unique feature it had at the time was how easy it was to set up - it used the phone number and IMEI to authenticate, no user name or password to remember, and the contacts in the phone book automatically become Whatsapp contacts.

Comment Re:Java killer (Score 2) 96

I'd argue that both C# and VB.net are "copies" of Borland Delphi, not of Java - not surprising, considering .NET was created by the people who made Delphi (C# inevitably looks like Java, being C-based). This is very obvious particularly in VB.net, which borrows quite a few keywords from Delphi.

Comment This is news? Wow. (Score 1) 147

Language exchange is one of the most obvious uses of videoconference over the Internet; it's been done ever since broadband (basically anything faster than dial-up) Internet access was widely available, with plenty of sites devoted to that purpose.

Is it news because it's about elderly Americans and young Brazilians? This is more like an unabashed slashvertisement.

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