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Month December 2022

Ancient Cats Migrated With Humans All Over the World

Slashdot reader guest reader shares some interesting research from the University of Missouri: Nearly 10,000 years ago, humans settling in the Fertile Crescent, the areas of the Middle East surrounding the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, made the first switch from… Continue Reading →

There’s now an open source alternative to ChatGPT, but good luck running it

The first open source equivalent of OpenAI’s ChatGPT has arrived, but good luck running it on your laptop — or at all. This week, Philip Wang, the developer responsible for reverse-engineering closed-sourced AI systems including Meta’s Make-A-Video, released PaLM +… Continue Reading →

First ‘Virovore’ Discovered: an Organism That Eats Viruses

An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: Name a type of organic matter and chances are some type of organism has evolved to eat it. Plants, meat, algae, insects and bacteria are all consumed by different creatures, but… Continue Reading →

New Software Synth, picoSynth, Lets You Get Your Retro On In 8-Bit Style

You can use it to create simple loops and beats. But, by combining the equipment in interesting ways, you can also make more complex setups.… Read More New Software Synth, picoSynth, Lets You Get Your Retro On In 8-Bit Style… Continue Reading →

Handbrake video transcoder adds official AV1 codec support in latest release

Enlarge (credit: Alliance for Open Media) Hardware and software support for the royalty-free AV1 video codec has been steadily building over the last couple years. Hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding is becoming standard in more GPUs, phone SoCs, and other hardware,… Continue Reading →

Is Instacart a forerunner of bad news?

As much as we like to end the year with some good news, what we are hearing from grocery delivery company Instacart is not exactly that. According to The Information, citing “two people familiar with the situation,” Instacart has cut… Continue Reading →

RSS is federation

RSS is a federated network. You don’t need a license to be in the RSS network. No reviewers to decide if your feed violates community standards or is “not secure.” It’s also really fast — the net itself is much… Continue Reading →

How Law Schools Could Solve the Legal Tech Competence Problem Almost Overnight

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the American Bar Association’s adoption of the duty of technology competence for lawyers. Ever since, I have tracked states’ adoption of the duty, which is now up to 40 states. But even after… Continue Reading →

‘Switch Pro’ Reportedly Cancelled As Nintendo Shifts Focus To Next-Gen Console

An anonymous reader shares a report: Rumours of a Nintendo Switch Pro console have been swirling in the video game industry and the gaming community for years. However, it seems that Nintendo is ready to move on from the portable… Continue Reading →

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