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General election 2019: Reddit says UK-US trade talks document leak 'linked to Russia'

BBC Technology News - December 7, 2019 - 2:24pm
Jeremy Corbyn claimed the papers proved "the NHS is for sale" when he highlighted them at a press conference.

The PC was supposed to die a decade ago. Instead, this happened

ZDnet Blogs - December 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
Back on January 27, 2010, a very Big Thinker declared the PC dead. A decade later, the PC is very much alive, although a time traveler from 2010 might not recognize it. Here's how this endangered species evolved and survived.
Categories: Opinion

Floor pavements in Pompeii illustrate surveying technology

Ars Technica - December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm

Enlarge (credit: L. FERRO, G MAGLI, M. OSANNA)

Decorative pavements in the floor of a recently unearthed Roman house in Pompeii offer a glimpse into the life and work of an ancient land surveyor. The pavements depict a stylized drawing of an ancient surveyor’s tool called a groma, along with a diagram of a surveying technique and the plan of a construction project in Pompeii. So far, they’re the only original Roman illustrations of the tools and techniques the Romans used to help build an empire and its infrastructure.

The land surveyor’s house

Only a few metal fragments of a Roman groma exist today (also recovered from Pompeii), and archaeologists have found only a few images carved into surveyors’ tombstones. Otherwise, we know the tool only from descriptions in medieval versions of ancient Roman surveying manuals.

The newly unearthed pavements at Pompeii suggest that those medieval copies were pretty close to the original ancient texts. An image on the floor of the entrance hall is nearly identical to illustrations in medieval copies of Roman texts, attributed to Roman surveyor Hygius and famed architect Vitruvius.

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'How smart home tech helps me live independently'

BBC Technology News - December 7, 2019 - 2:06am
Specially designed tech is allowing Adam, who has Down's syndrome, to live without in-home carers.

NHS e-health systems 'risk patient safety'

BBC Technology News - December 7, 2019 - 1:26am
The use 21 separate electronic record systems in NHS hospitals across England 'could lead to errors'.

General election 2019: Labour pledges to electrify England's bus fleet

BBC Technology News - December 7, 2019 - 1:15am
It wants to electrify England's buses by 2030, but the Tories say Labour would "scrap vital new roads".

Sweden's Ericsson to pay over $1bn to settle US corruption probe

BBC Technology News - December 7, 2019 - 1:12am
The telecoms giant has agreed to pay to resolve bribery allegations, the US justice department says.

Comic for December 06, 2019

Dilbert - December 7, 2019 - 12:59am
Categories: Geek

Elon Musk wins defamation case over 'pedo guy' tweet about caver

BBC Technology News - December 7, 2019 - 12:55am
Tesla's founder did not defame a UK caver who helped in the Thai cave rescue, a US jury finds.

Jury sides with Elon Musk in “pedo guy” defamation case

Ars Technica - December 7, 2019 - 12:29am

Enlarge / Elon Musk leaves a Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. (credit: Apu Gomes/Getty Images)

A Los Angeles federal jury has found Elon Musk not liable for defamation in a lawsuit brought by British caver Vernon Unsworth. Musk dubbed Unsworth a "pedo guy" in a tweet last year but argued in court that he meant this as a generic insult—not as an accusation that Unsworth was a pedophile.

"My faith in humanity is restored," Musk reportedly said on his way out of court.

Musk and Unsworth have been trading insults since last July, when Unsworth mocked a miniature submarine SpaceX engineers created to help rescue a dozen boys trapped in a cave in Thailand (it didn't arrive in time to be useful). In an interview with CNN, Unsworth said that Musk should "stick his submarine where it hurts."

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A Two-Hour Fan-Made Audio Drama About BioShock

Slashdot - December 6, 2019 - 11:45pm
Categories: Geek, Opinion

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