Fernando Corbató has died
1 day ago by kyle | 8 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • Corbató is recognized as helping to create the first computer password. - en.wikipedia.org
  • “Corby was one of the most important researchers for making computing available to many people for many purposes,” says long-time colleague Tom Van Vleck. - www.csail.mit.edu
  • “Other people had proposed the idea of time-sharing before,” says Jerry Saltzer, who worked on CTSS with Corbató after starting out as his teaching assistant. - www.csail.mit.edu
  • “It’s no overstatement to say that Corby’s work on time-sharing fundamentally transformed computers as we know them today,” says CSAIL director Daniela Rus. - www.csail.mit.edu
  • The following year MIT invited several hundred programmers to campus to try out the system, spurring a flurry of further research on time-sharing. - www.csail.mit.edu
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IBM snags AT&T as client in new cloud deal worth ‘billions’
1 day ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • The partnership marks IBM's first publicly announced deal since it closed its $34 billion acquisition of open-source software firm Red Hat last week. - www.cnbc.com
  • IBM has signed a major cloud deal with AT&T worth “billions” of dollars. - www.cnbc.com
  • The company announced Tuesday that it signed a multiyear agreement with AT&T enabling the carrier to host its business applications on the IBM Cloud. - www.cnbc.com
  • The partnership marks IBM’s first publicly announced deal since it closed its $34 billion acquisition of open-source software firm Red Hat last week. - www.cnbc.com

KeyCorp shares fall after the bank uncovers $90 million fraud by payrolls processor
1 day ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • Shares of KeyCorp fell Tuesday after the regional bank disclosed fraudulent activity that could cost the company up to $90 million. - www.cnbc.com
  • Cleveland-based KeyCorp said in an 8-K filing the fraud involves a "business customer" and was discovered "on or about" July 9. - www.cnbc.com
  • The customer in question is Interlogic Outsourcing, a payrolls processing company based in Elkhart, Indiana - www.cnbc.com
  • On July 9, KeyBank filed a lawsuit against Interlogic claiming the payments processor “fraudulently initiated wire transfers.” - www.cnbc.com
  • “The Company is working with the appropriate law enforcement authorities in connection with this matter,” KeyCorp said in the filing. - www.cnbc.com

McDonald’s adds DoorDash as new delivery partner, ending exclusivity with UberEats
1 day ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • McDonald’s is adding DoorDash as a delivery partner. - www.cnbc.com
  • Since 2017, the fast food giant has used UberEats as its exclusive delivery provider. - www.cnbc.com
  • Shares of Uber dropped less than 1% in afternoon trading Tuesday. - www.cnbc.com

Ikea is closing its only US factory and moving production to Europe
1 day ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • In justifying its decision, Ikea pointed to raw material prices, which it said are higher in the United States than Europe. - www.cnn.com
  • Ikea is shutting down its only furniture factory in the United States. - www.cnn.com
  • The Swedish company will end production this December at its plant in Danville, Virginia. - www.cnn.com
  • The Danville facility, which opened in 2008, employs 300 workers. - www.cnn.com

Colorado abuse hotline emails went unchecked for 4 years
1 day, 15 hours ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • A Colorado state email account that was created to report suspected child abuse and neglect went unchecked for over four years. - apnews.com
  • The state set up a child abuse and neglect telephone hotline in 2015, and created an email account to support it but later changed the email address. - apnews.com
  • When the account was discovered in May, there were 321 emails in the inbox. Of those, 104 “expressed concerns of child abuse or neglect,” Castillo-Cohen said. - apnews.com
  • Officials determined five cases needed immediate attention, and they are now being addressed. - apnews.com

New Jersey cop who overdosed on heroin in patrol car while on duty loses job
1 day, 15 hours ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | -1 votes

  • Matthew D. Ellery, 29, admitted in court Friday that he drove under the influence and was in possession of heroin, authorities said. - www.nbcnews.com
  • Ellery pleaded guilty in superior court Friday to possession of heroin and driving while intoxicated. - www.nbcnews.com
  • Ellery is scheduled to be sentenced in Superior Court in Somerville on Aug 23, 2019. - www.nbcnews.com

Alan Turing will be the new face of the Bank of England's £50 note
1 day, 15 hours ago by kyle | 9 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £50 note. - www.bbc.com
  • The £50 note will be the last of the Bank of England collection to switch from paper to polymer when it enters circulation by the end of 2021. - www.bbc.com
  • "Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today," said Bank of England governor Mark Carney. - www.bbc.com
  • The Bank said his legacy continued to have an impact on science and society today. - www.bbc.com
  • The new £50 Turing note will enter circulation by the end of 2021, Mr Carney announced at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. - www.bbc.com
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U.S. suicide rates are the highest they've been since World War II
1 day, 15 hours ago by kyle | 7 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • The opioid epidemic may harm entire communities’ mental health, Miron says. - time.com
  • His second theory is that social media may be contributing to rising suicide rates, particularly for young people. - time.com
  • U.S. suicide rates are at their highest since World War II, according to federal data - time.com
  • The opioid crisis, widespread social media use and high rates of stress may be contributing factors. - time.com
  • In 2017, 14 out of every 100,000 Americans died by suicide - time.com
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The number of cases of children entering the foster care system due to parental drug use has more than doubled since 2000
1 day, 16 hours ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • Following more than a decade of mostly decline, U.S. foster care cases started increasing again in 2012, according to the AFCARS data. - www.npr.org
  • Between 2012 and 2017, the number of children entering foster care increased by 8% overall, according to the JAMA Pediatrics study. - www.npr.org

Walking and cycling to work makes commuters happier and more productive
1 day, 16 hours ago by kyle | 8 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • The distance they travel and how they get there – car, public transport, cycling or walking – can influence their well-being and performance at work. - theconversation.com
  • Our study, involving 1,121 full-time workers who commute daily to work, made several important findings: - theconversation.com
  • Those who commute short distances, walk or cycle to work, are more likely to be happy commuters, which makes them more productive. - theconversation.com
  • Long commutes not only cause physical and mental strains on workers, but may also affect their work participation, engagement and productivity. - theconversation.com
  • We found that workers with a long-distance commute have more absent days, as the graph below shows. - theconversation.com
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Social media, but not video games, linked to depression in teens, according to Montreal study
1 day, 16 hours ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • The teenagers self-reported the number of hours per week that they consumed social media (such as Facebook and Instagram), video games and television. - www.cbc.ca
  • Conrod and her team found an increase in depressive symptoms when the adolescents were consuming social media and television. - www.cbc.ca
  • The most surprising finding for Boers was that time spent playing video games was not contributing to depressive symptoms. - www.cbc.ca

Sexual images are just as arousing for women as they are for men
1 day, 16 hours ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • Women’s brains react to pornography just as much as men’s, challenging the widespread belief that men get more turned on by visual stimuli. - www.newscientist.com
  • The finding comes from a review of 61 brain scanning studies that showed men and women pornographic pictures or films as they lay in a brain scanner. - www.newscientist.com
  • This difference was seemingly confirmed with the advent of brain-scanning studies, with some finding that men’s brains are more responsive to pornography. - www.newscientist.com

AI trained on old scientific papers makes discoveries humans missed
1 day, 16 hours ago by kyle | 5 facts | 1 comments | 0 votes

  • Using just the language in millions of old scientific papers, a machine learning algorithm was able to make completely new scientific discoveries. - www.vice.com
  • “It can read any paper on material science, so can make connections that no scientists could,” researcher Anubhav Jain said. - www.vice.com
  • The algorithm used was word2vec - www.vice.com
  • Using words found in scientific abstracts, the algorithm was able to understand concepts such as the periodic table and the chemical structure of molecules. - www.vice.com
  • To train the algorithm, the researchers assessed the language in 3.3 million abstracts related to material science, ending up with a vocabulary of about 500,000 - www.vice.com

Amazon workers launch protests on Prime Day
1 day, 18 hours ago by kyle | 6 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Thousands of workers in Amazon sites around the world are staging protests about pay and conditions as the online retailer begins its annual sale. - www.bbc.com
  • Mick Rix, GMB national officer, said: "Amazon workers want Jeff Bezos to know they are people not robots. - www.bbc.com
  • Unions say that 2,000 workers are on strike in Germany, while in the US, workers in a Minnesota centre reportedly plan a six-hour stoppage. - www.bbc.com
  • William Stolz, a picker at a warehouse in the Shakopee warehouse in Minnesota, told the BBC that workers wanted "safe, reliable jobs" from Amazon. - www.bbc.com
  • "The speeds that we have to work are very physically and mentally exhausting, in some cases leading to injuries," William Stolz said. - www.bbc.com
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Epic Games supports Blender Foundation with $1.2 million grant
1 day, 18 hours ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Epic Games, as part of the company’s $100 million Epic MegaGrants program, is awarding the Blender Foundation $1.2 million in cash. - www.blender.org
  • The Epic MegaGrant will be delivered incrementally over the next three years and will contribute to Blender’s Professionalizing Blender Development Initiative. - www.blender.org
  • “Having Epic Games on board is a major milestone for Blender,” said Blender Foundation founder and chairman Ton Roosendaal. - www.blender.org
  • “Open tools, libraries and platforms are critical to the future of the digital content ecosystem,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. - www.blender.org

Microsoft is shutting down its internet board and card games
1 day, 20 hours ago by kyle | 6 facts | 1 comments | 1 votes

  • Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows 7 will end on January 22, 2020. - answers.microsoft.com
  • Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows XP and ME will end on July 31, 2019. - answers.microsoft.com
  • Microsoft is shutting down several Internet Games for people using Windows 7 and earlier, including Backgammon, Checkers, Hearts, Reversi, Spades and MSN Go. - www.engadget.com
  • The first ones to lose access will be Windows XP and Windows ME users. - www.engadget.com
  • The servers will start shutting down on July 31st, 2019. - www.engadget.com
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India to send rover to the moon
2 days, 20 hours ago by kyle | 8 facts | 0 comments | 15 votes

  • The $142 million Chandrayaan-2 is a successor to India's first moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, which launched into lunar orbit in 2008. - www.space.com
  • India is launching a mission to send an orbiter, lander and rover to the lunar south pole. - www.space.com
  • Chandrayaan-2 and its sister craft will spend 27 days in lunar orbit before releasing the Vikram lander and its Pragyan rover. - www.space.com
  • India has called off the July 14th, 2019 launch attempt of the Chandrayaan-2 moon mission due to a "technical snag." - www.space.com
  • Chandrayaan-2 would make India only the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon. - www.space.com
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Craigslist annual revenue is $1 billion
3 days ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 7 votes

  • The 50-person company is owned entirely by its founder, Craig Newmark, and CEO Jim Buckmaster. - www.cnbc.com
  • AIM estimates Craigslist brought in $1.034 billion in 2018. - www.cnbc.com

Google working on new social network called Showlace
3 days, 6 hours ago by kyle | 4 facts | 3 comments | 4 votes

  • Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120, is working on a new social networking app called Shoelace which is aimed at organizing local events and activities. - www.theverge.com
  • Android Police notes that Shoelace bears a striking similarity to Schemer, another experimental event organizing app from Google that launched in 2011. - www.androidpolice.com
  • The app finds events and meetups near you. - shoelace.nyc
  • Shoelace currently supports both Android devices (v.8.0 or newer) and iOS (v11.0) or newer. You also must have an active Google account to sign in. - shoelace.nyc