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Huge ‘Eye of Fire’ Burning in Gulf of Mexico Extinguished

“The Gulf of Mexico was on fire,” quips a headline at Jalopnik. Long-time Slashdot reader phalse phace explains that “A rupture in an underwater gas pipeline operated by Mexico’s state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (or Pemex) caused a fire to erupt in the ocean west of the Yucatan Peninsula.” Reuters reports: Bright orange flames jumping out of water resembling molten ... Read More »

Mixed Reactions to GitHub’s AI-Powered Pair Programmer ‘Copilot’

Reactions are starting to come in for GitHub’s new Copilot coding tool, which one site calls “a product of the partnership between Microsoft and AI research and deployment company OpenAI — which Microsoft invested $1 billion into two years ago.” According to the tech preview page: GitHub Copilot is currently only available as a Visual Studio Code extension. It works ... Read More »

Judge Blocks Florida Law That Would Punish Social Media Companies for Banning Politicians

“A federal judge on Wednesday blocked for the time being a new Florida law that sought to punish large social media businesses like Facebook and Twitter if they remove content or ban politicians,” reports the Associated Press: U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle granted a preliminary injunction stopping the new law from being enforced. The law — which was supposed to ... Read More »

After China’s Crackdown on Bitcoin Mining, It’s More Profitable For Everyone Else

Bitcoin mining just became easier and more profitable, reports CNBC: The world has known for months that more than half the world’s bitcoin miners would be going dark as China cracked down on mining. Now that it’s happened, the bitcoin algorithm has adjusted accordingly to make sure miner productivity doesn’t continue to fall off a cliff. That adjustment — which ... Read More »

Meat Grown in Israeli Bioreactors May Be Coming to American Diners

“An Israeli startup wants to replace chicken coops, barns and slaughterhouses with bioreactors to churn out cell-based meat for American diners,” reports Bloomberg: Future Meat Technologies Ltd. is in talks with U.S. regulators to start offering its products in restaurants by the end of next year. The company has just opened what it calls the world’s first industrial cellular meat ... Read More »