Doctor Who Won't Return Until 2020 Slashdotby EditorDavid on scifi at January 1, 1970, 1:00 am (cached at December 15, 2018, 7:05 pm)

AmiMoJo quotes the BBC: The next series of Doctor Who won't start until 2020, it's been confirmed. Series 11 ended on Sunday night, but after the festive special on New Year's Day, Jodie Whittaker won't be seen in the Tardis again next year. Showrunner Chris Chibnall said work on the new series had already begun... The first episode of the series, the first to feature a female Doctor, drew a record audience. It saw the highest launch viewing figures for the sci-fi stalwart in a decade, with 10.9 million people tuning in. The series has been considered a ratings success, with viewing figures above those of the last two series when Peter Capaldi starred in the title role.

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Argentina economic crisis affects book industry AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at December 15, 2018, 7:00 pm)

The biggest problem is that people are buying fewer books, which means they are reading less.
Trump: Interior Secretary Zinke to step down at end of year AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at December 15, 2018, 7:00 pm)

Ryan Zinke's exit will be the latest in a long-list of high profile departures from the Trump administration.
[no title] Scripting News(cached at December 15, 2018, 6:33 pm)

I was looking through an old backup disk and came across a few audio clips from movies I had recorded. I thought maybe it'd be fun to make them podcasts. So here's the first, Neo meets the Oracle in The Matrix. My favorite line is when the Oracle says "I can see why she likes you," and what follows. Sorry the volume is a bit low.
Screen Time Changes Structure of Kids' Brains, NIH Study Shows Slashdotby EditorDavid on cellphones at January 1, 1970, 1:00 am (cached at December 15, 2018, 6:05 pm)

schwit1 shared this article from Bloomberg: Brain scans of adolescents who are heavy users of smartphones, tablets and video games look different from those of less active screen users, preliminary results from an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health show, according to a report on Sunday by "60 Minutes." That's the finding of the first batch of scans of 4,500 nine- to 10-year-olds. Scientists will follow those children and thousands more for a decade to see how childhood experiences, including the use of digital devices, affect their brains, emotional development and mental health. In the first round of testing, the scans of children who reported daily screen usage of more than seven hours showed premature thinning of the brain cortex, the outermost layer that processes information from the physical world.... Early results from the $300 million study, called Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD), have determined that children who spend more than two hours of daily screen time score lower on thinking and language tests. A major data release is scheduled for early 2019. The study's director cautions that "It won't be until we follow them over time that we will see if there are outcomes that are associated with the differences that we're seeing in this single snapshot." The study will ultimately follow over 11,000 nine- to 10-year-olds for a decade.

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South Sudan refugees sceptical of new peace deal AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at December 15, 2018, 6:00 pm)

Refugees from South Sudan's civil war want to return home, but say that they have seen peace deals fall apart before.
Civilians, including children, 'killed in Afghan forces strike' AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at December 15, 2018, 6:00 pm)

Officials say the strike against a Taliban commander was part of a series of operations targeting the group's leaders.
[no title] Scripting News(cached at December 15, 2018, 5:33 pm)

Okay I'm going to reveal a little about the new feature. You can get a glimpse of the output by watching #scriptingnews on Twitter. And an upfront caveat, I don't know the final configuration of this feature. I'm just trying ideas out right now. You may see features here that are never released.
OpenJDK Bug Report Complains Source Code 'Has Too Many Swear Words' Slashdotby EditorDavid on java at January 1, 1970, 1:00 am (cached at December 15, 2018, 5:05 pm)

Thursday a bug report complained that the source code for OpenJDK, the free and open-source implementation of Java, "has too many swear words." An anonymous reader writes: "There are many instances of swear words inside OpenJDK jdk/jdk source, scattered all over the place," reads the bug report. "As OpenJDK is used in a professional context, it seems inappropriate to leave these 12 instances in there, so here's a changeset to remove them." IBM software developer (and OpenJDK team member and contributor) Adam Farley responded that "after discussion with the community, three determinations were reached": "Damn" and "Crap" are not swear words. Three of the four f-bombs are located in jszip.js, which should be corrected upstream (will follow up). The f-bomb in BitArray.java, as well as the rude typo in SoftChannel.java, *are* swear words and should be removed to resolve this work item. He promised a new webrev would be uploaded to reflect these determinations, and the bug has been marked as "resolved."

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Ethnic violence in southern Ethiopia kills and wounds dozens AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at December 15, 2018, 5:00 pm)

Outbreaks of violence in southern Ethiopia between the Oromos and other ethnic groups have escalated since April.
[no title] Scripting News(cached at December 15, 2018, 4:03 pm)

A new feature is in the works for Scripting News readers. I'm already using it, smoothing off rough edges, thinking about how I want to present it. As far as I know it's a feature that has not been part of a blog yet.
[no title] Scripting News(cached at December 15, 2018, 4:03 pm)

Podcasts do keep getting better.
Brexit: May rebuffed by EU leaders in Brussels AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at December 15, 2018, 4:00 pm)

The EU is showing no sign of moving from its current position, offering only clarification on the Brexit deal, not renegotiation.
'A real mess': Brixton residents decry Britain's Brexit chaos AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at December 15, 2018, 4:00 pm)

In Brixton, a pro-EU stronghold in south London, voters speak of dismay as the UK stumbles towards exiting the EU.
Katowice: UN climate talks stand-off continues BBC News | Science/Nature | UK Edition(cached at December 15, 2018, 3:30 pm)

Climate talks are in an extra day as negotiators try to agree the next steps for the Paris agreement.