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Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive

Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo.

Survey Says: Raspberry Pi Still Rules, But X86 SBCs Have Made Gains

DeviceGuru writes: Results from LinuxGizmos.com's annual hacker-friendly single board computer survey are in, and not surprisingly, the Raspberry Pi 3 is the most desired maker SBC by a 4-to-1 margin. In other trends: x86 SBCs and Linux/Arduino hybrids have trended upwards. The site's popular hacker SBC survey polled 1,705 survey respondents and asked for their first, second, and third favorite SBCs from a curated list of 98 community oriented, Linux- and Android-capable boards. Spreadsheets comparing all 98 SBCs' specs and listing their survey vote tallies are available in freely downloadable Google Docs.

Other interesting findings:
"A Raspberry Pi SBC has won in all four of our annual surveys, but never by such a high margin."The second-highest ranked board -- behind the Raspberry Pi 3 -- was the Raspberry Pi Zero W."The Raspberry Pi's success came despite the fact that it offers some of the weakest open source hardware support in terms of open specifications.

CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker 'worship'

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the "worship" of leakers like Edward Snowden.

Athletics top prospect Barreto homers in debut

Athletics top prospect Barreto homers in debut

Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro returns to work

The former Miss Italy finalist said she was doing so to encourage other women to defy bullies.

Arab States Demand Qatar Shut Down Al Jazeera

Four Arab states that have boycotted Qatar have handed the country a list of 13 demands, including some likely to infuriate Doha and exacerbate the region's worst crisis in decades. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt sent Qatar the list -- which includes a demand to shut down the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera news network -- and gave the country 10 days to comply with the demands.

Waymo court filing shows former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick knew Anthony Levandowski had taken Alphabet files in March 2016 (Johana Bhuiyan/Recode)


Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:

Waymo court filing shows former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick knew Anthony Levandowski had taken Alphabet files in March 2016  —  Uber has also been ordered to produce a key document in the case.  —  Alphabet is asking a judge to find Uber in contempt for failing to notify the court …

Pandas in Berlin: Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in new home

Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in Germany from China ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Man Visits Disneyland 2,000 Days in a Row

A Huntington Beach resident marked his 2,000th consecutive visit Thursday to the parks of the Disneyland Resort. Jeff Reitz, a Disneyland Resort annual passholder, began his daily sojourns to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park on Jan. 1, 2012, according to Disneyland Resort officials. ... Now that Reitz has a regular day job again at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, he typically spends evenings at the park. "He said it helps him decompress at the end of the day," Disneyland spokesman John McClintock said.

The Kremlin's Election Meddling is Paying Off

Neera Tanden, The Atlantic: As the president faces accusations of colluding with the Russians during last year's campaign, his policies in office have aligned almost perfectly with the Kremlin's goals. If Moscow wanted its interference in America's election to yield dividends, it could hardly have hoped for more. ...
[President] Trump himself has seemingly courted the favor of Russian President Vladimir Putin since the 2016 presidential campaign. He's repeatedly praised Putin's leadership, refused to condemn Russian efforts to disrupt the U.S. system of free elections, and openly encouraged Russian hacking of the Hillary Clinton campaign. Friday's explosive report from the Washington Post confirmed that Putin was deeply and directly involved in an operation to hurt Clinton's candidacy and help elect Trump.

Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon clarifies season 3 delay

The wait for Rick and Morty‘s long-delayed season 3 has been maddening, to say the least. It didn’t help, either, that AdultSwim Rickrolled fans with a fake opener, but at least some got to see the premiere episode. To set fears of a possible “show-threatening issue” to rest, co-creator Dan Harmon explained on Twitter what’s taking so long.
His “hungover thread” begins by stating he and co-creator Justin Roiland “are very regretful about the season taking way too long. I want to explain ‘what happened’ because it’s way less dramatic than you might ever imagine.”
“The truth in this case is so very boring” compared to the “intriguing/confusing/intense reason 4 delays” TV audiences are accustomed to reading about online, he explained. “I will put it to you as objectively as I can, though we aren’t talking about an auto plant. The reason S3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was S3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than S2 or S1.”

Should Your Company Switch To Microservices?

Walmart Canada claims that it was microservices that allowed them to replace hardware with virtual servers, reducing costs by somewhere between 20 and 50 percent. Now Slashdot reader snydeq shares an article by a senior systems automation engineer arguing that a microservices approach "offers increased modularity, making applications easier to develop, test, deploy, and, more importantly, change and maintain."

The article touts things like cost savings and flexibility for multiple device types, suggesting microservices offer increased resilience and improved scalabiity (not to mention easier debugging and a faster time to market with an incremental development model). But it also warns that organizations need the resources to deploy the new microservices quicky (and the necessary server) -- along with the ability to test and monitor them for database errors, network latency, caching issues and ongoing availability. "You must embrace devops culture," argues the article, adding that "designing for failure is essential... In a traditional setting, developers are focused on features and functionalities, and the operations team is on the hook for production challenges. In devops, everyone is responsible for service provisioning -- and failure."

The original submission ends with a question for Slashdot reader.

US student hails professor for childcare offer

A single mother received a heartwarming letter after missing a class for a lack of babysitter.

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