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Silicon Valley Continues To Explore Universal Basic Incomes

A Silicon Valley Congressman “is pushing for a plan that has been described as a first step toward universal basic income…a long-shot $1 trillion expansion to the earned income tax credit that is already available to low-income families.” An anonymous reader quotes the Mecury News: Stanford University also has created a Basic Income Lab to study the idea, and the ... Read More »

Researchers Found Perfect Contraceptives In Traditional Chinese Medicine

hackingbear writes: Researchers at U.C. Berkeley found a birth control that was hormone-free, 100 percent natural, resulted in no side effects, didn’t harm either eggs nor sperm, could be used in the long-term or short-term, and — perhaps the best part of all — could be used either before or after conception, from ancient Chinese folk medicine… “Because these two ... Read More »

Is Amazon’s AWS Hiring ‘Demolishing The Cult Of Youth’?

Tech analyst James Governor argues that Amazon’s cloud business is “demolishing the cult of youth.” It just announced it is hiring James Gosling, one of the original inventors of Java… Meanwhile James Hamilton continues to completely kick ass in compute, network, and data center design for AWS… He’s in his 50s. Tim Bray, one of the inventors of XML, joined ... Read More »

New Details On Sergey Brin’s Plan For The World’s Largest Aircraft

An anonymous reader shares The Guardian’s report on plans for a new aircraft that’s two-and-a-half times the size of a 747. Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a hi-tech airship in Silicon Valley destined to be the largest aircraft in the world, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the project. “It’s going to be massive on a grand scale,” ... Read More »

Even For Businesses, Chrome Is The Top Browser

An anonymous reader shares Computerworld’s interview with David Michael Smith of Gartner. “Most enterprises still have a ‘standard’ browser, and most of the time, that’s something from Microsoft. These days it’s IE11. But we’ve found that people actually use Chrome more than IE… It’s the most-used browser in enterprise,” he said… IE retains a sizable share — Smith called it ... Read More »