Is Denver The Next High-Tech Center?

An anonymous reader write: “The spread of the tech industry outside Silicon Valley has helped make Denver the fastest-growing large city in the U.S.,” reports the New Yorker, saying it’s now growing faster than Austin and Seattle, becoming one of America’s 20 most populous cities. Cost-conscious investors and tech executives now are opening offices in […]

Ray Kurzeil’s Google Team Is Building Intelligent Chatbots

An anonymous reader quotes an article from The Verge. Inventor Ray Kurzweil made his name as a pioneer in technology that helped machines understand human language, both written and spoken. In a video from a recent Singularity conference Kurzweil says he and his team at Google are building a chatbot, and that it will be […]

Ruby on Rails Creator Supports After-Work Email Bans

An anonymous reader writes: David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails, is applauding talk of an after-work e-mail ban, writing that “the ever-expanding expectations for when someone is available have gotten out of hand… Work emails are ticking in at all sorts of odd hours and plenty of businesses are dysfunctional enough to […]

Upcoming OS/2 Release Will Be Called ArcaOS 5.0

At the annual convention of OS/2 users, Arca Noae announced their new OS/2-OEM distribution will be released in the fourth quarter of 2016, and the project, codenamed “Blue Lion”, will officially be called ArcaOS 5.0. “The significance of the version number relates to IBM OS/2 4.52 — the last maintenance release of the platform released […]

That North Korean Facebook Clone Has Already Been Hacked

Remember yesterday’s story about an off-the-shelf Facebook clone in North Korea? Within a few hours that site was hacked by an 18-year-old college student in Scotland. An anonymous reader writes: Using the default credentials, Andrew McKean posted “Uh, I didn’t create this site just found the login” in the site’s box for Sponsored links. “McKean […]

Apple CEO Tim Cook: I’d Require All Children To Start Coding In 4th Grade

This week Apple CEO Tim Cook argued at Startup Fest Europe that coding should be a ‘second language’ taught to all children. theodp shares two quotes from a YouTube video. “We fundamentally believe that coding is a language and that just like other languages are required in school, coding should be required in school,” Cook […]

Op-ed: Oracle Attorney Says Google’s Court Victory Might Kill the GPL

Annette Hurst, an attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe who represented Oracle in the recent Oracle v. Google trial, has written an opinion piece for Ars Technica in which he urges developers and creators to not celebrate Google’s win in the hard-fought copyright case as the decision — if remains intact — is poised to […]

Is Facebook Sabotaging A Face-Recognition Law?

“You know something’s up when politicians bring up a bill out of nowhere, and then try to ram it through over Memorial Day weekend,” writes Fortune. “That’s what’s happening in Illinois, where state lawmakers — allegedly at the behest of Facebook and Google — are poised to gut a law that limits the use of […]

Ask Slashdot: What Books Should An Aspiring Coder Read?

Earlier this month Bill Gates released his summer reading list, which included Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson and mathematician Jordan Ellenberg’s book How Not to be Wrong. Now an anonymous Slashdot reader asks for your book recommendations. I’ve been trying to learn more about coding, but I need a break sometimes from technical documentation and O’Reilly […]

NetBSD 7.0.1 Released

New submitter fisted writes: The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.0.1, the first security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 7.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons… For more details, please see the release notes at netbsd.org/releases. Complete source and binaries for NetBSD are available […]