Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

New laws in Maryland and Montana are the first in the nation to restrict law enforcement’s use of genetic genealogy, the DNA matching technique that in 2018 identified the Golden State Killer, in an effort to ensure the genetic privacy of the accused and their relatives. From a report: Beginning on Oct. 1, investigators working on Maryland cases will need …

NSA Spied on European Politicians Through Danish Telecommunications Hub

Denmark’s foreign secret service allowed the US National Security Agency to tap into a crucial internet and telecommunications hub in Denmark and spy on the communications of European politicians, a joint investigation by some of Europe’s biggest news agencies revealed on Sunday. From a report: The covert spying operation, called Operation Dunhammer, took place between 2012 and 2014, based on …

‘Amazon Prime Is an Economy-Distorting Lie’

Matt Stoller, looking at this month’s antitrust suit against Amazon filed by D.C. attorney general Karl Racine: To understand why, we have to start with the idea of free shipping. Free shipping is the God of online retail, so powerful that France actually banned the practice to protect its retail outlets. Free shipping is also the backbone of Prime. Amazon …

California’s Controversial Math Overhaul Focuses on Equity

A plan to reimagine math instruction for 6 million California students has become ensnared in equity and fairness issues — with critics saying proposed guidelines will hold back gifted students and supporters saying it will, over time, give all kindergartners through 12th-graders a better chance to excel. From a report: The proposed new guidelines aim to accelerate achievement while making …

Nestle Document Says Majority of Its Food Portfolio is Unhealthy

The world’s largest food company, Nestle, has acknowledged that more than 60% of its mainstream food and drinks products do not meet a “recognised definition of health” and that “some of our categories and products will never be ‘healthy’ no matter how much we renovate.” FT: A presentation circulated among top executives this year, seen by the Financial Times, says …

Amazon Calls For Funding K-12 CS, Eyes $250M Seed Money From Congress

theodp writes: The U.S. isn’t producing nearly enough students trained in computer science to meet the future demands of the American workforce,” lamented Amazon in a Friday press release, adding that it is “urging Congress and legislatures across the U.S. to support — and fund — computer science education in public schools.” Well, the ‘urging’ seems to be working. On …

Quic Gives the Internet’s Data Transmission Foundation a Needed Speedup

One of the internet’s foundations just got an upgrade. From a report: Quic, a protocol for transmitting data between computers, improves speed and security on the internet and can replace Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP, a standard that dates back to Ye Olde Internet of 1974. Last week, the Internet Engineering Task Force, which sets many standards for the global …

China Allows Couples To Have Three Children

China has announced that it will allow couples to have up to three children, after census data showed a steep decline in birth rates. From a report: China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child limit which has failed to lead to a sustained upsurge in births. The cost of raising children in cities has …

World’s Faster AI Supercomputer Built from 6,159 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs

Slashdot reader 4wdloop shared this report from NVIDIA’s blog, joking that maybe this is where all NVIDIA’s chips are going: It will help piece together a 3D map of the universe, probe subatomic interactions for green energy sources and much more. Perlmutter, officially dedicated Thursday at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), is a supercomputer that will deliver …

YouTube Channel Remembers and Preserves Ads From US Military’s TV Service

The American Forces Network is a U.S. government TV and radio broadcast service provided by the military for overseas personnel. But there’s an interesting quirk. As an official Department of Defense product, it’s not allowed to run ads or even mention commercial products, according to Stars and Stripes. “Instead, it lets commanders put out messages about force protection, weather, current …