C Is Now the Most Popular Programming Language, Claims TIOBE

Charlotte Web writes: Since 2001 the TIOBE Index has been ranking top results for the search query +”<language> programming” on the top 25 search engines. “This month, C moved up past Java and entered the number one position,” reports JAXenter. “There’s a new number one. (Or, should we say an old number one?)” “Java and C were already very close …

Do Working-From-Home Developers Risk Burning Out?

“Software developers, like everyone else, have had to transition to a work-from-home world,” writes InfoWorld. For the users of GitHub, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant changes in work cadence and collaboration, along with an increased risk of burnout, a GitHub study of usage patterns on the Microsoft-owned code sharing site has found.” In an “Octoverse spotlight” analysis published May 6, …

Largest Study To Date Finds Hydroxychloroquine Doesn’t Help Coronavirus Patients

A new hydroxychloroquine study — “the largest to date” — was published Thursday in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. It concluded that Covid-19 patients taking the drug “do not fare better than those not receiving the drug,” reports Time: Dr. Neil Schluger, chief of the division of pulmonary, allergy and critical care medicine at Columbia, and his team …

‘Video Vigilante’ Arrested After Filming a Hospital’s Emergency Ramp

The Boston Herald writes that a “video vigilante faces numerous charges after being arrested outside Massachusetts General Hospital where police say he was recording the emergency ramp at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.” schwit1 shares their report: John L. McCullough, 41, was charged with trespassing, disturbing the peace and threats to do bodily harm after police say he refused …

Caddis Fly Larvae Are Now Building Shelters Out of Microplastics

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Crawling along the world’s river bottoms, the larvae of the caddis fly suffer a perpetual housing crisis. To protect themselves from predators, they gather up sand grains and other sediment and paste them all together with silk, forming a cone that holds their worm-like bodies. As they mature and elongate, they …

In-Person DEF CON 28 Event Is Canceled

Annual Las Vegas hacker gathering DEF CON has officially called off its physical conference for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Register reports: In what was pretty much a foregone conclusion, the organizing team today said the in-person event would not be held in 2020. It had been slated to take place in August. This comes after the …

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs scraps its ambitious Toronto project

Enlarge / Sidewalk Labs concept for the scuppered lakefront development in Toronto. (credit: Sidewalk Labs) When Google sibling Sidewalk Labs announced in 2017 a $50 million investment into a project to redevelop a portion of Toronto’s waterfront, it seemed almost too good to be true. Someday soon, Sidewalk Labs promised, Torontonians would live and work in a 12-acre former industrial …

SpaceX’s Starship SN4 Prototype Fires Rocket Engine For First Time

SpaceX’s newest Starship prototype has fired its engine for the first time, potentially paving the way for a test flight in the very near future. Space.com reports: The SN4, the latest test version of SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle, aced a “static fire” Tuesday night (May 5), lighting up its single Raptor engine briefly while remaining on the ground at the …

America Authorizes Its First Covid-19 Diagnostic Tests Using At-Home Collection of Saliva

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an emergency use authorization for the first at-home Covid-19 test that uses saliva samples, the agency said in a news release. Rutgers University’s RUCDR Infinite Biologics lab received an amended emergency authorization late Thursday. With the test, people can collect their own saliva at home and …

Google Unifies All of Its Messaging and Communication Apps Into a Single Team

Google’s move to put Javier Soltero, VP and GM of G Suite, in charge of Messages, Duo, and the phone app on Android, puts all of Google’s major communication products under one umbrella: Soltero’s team. Dieter Bohn reports via The Verge: Soltero tells me that there are no immediate plans to change or integrate any of Google’s apps, so don’t …