Pros of pooled testing After about a month with no newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, Wuhan reported six new cases during the week of May 14, The New York Times reported. Soon after, the city government announced its plans for a swift and widespread diagnostic testing drive, aimed at snuffing out a potential second wave of infection. While some experts questioned the need to test the majority of Wuhan's 11 million residents, when a smaller sample might suffice, the extensive testing drive still demonstrates the utility of pooled testing, according to the Times. … [Read more...] about Wuhan tested millions of people for COVID-19 in just days. Could US cities do the same?
Because Facebook's entire code base is compiled down to a single binary executable, the company's deployment process is quite different from what you'd normally expect in a PHP environment. Rossi told me that the binary, which represents the entire Facebook application, is approximately 1.5GB in size. When Facebook updates its code and generates a new build, the new binary has to be pushed to all of the company's servers. … [Read more...] about Exclusive: a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook release engineering
The TX5 will have six seats, a panoramic glass roof (yay!), space for a forward-facing wheelchair, and the passenger doors will once again be rear-hinged. For the driver, there's more leg room. Perhaps most importantly, each TX5 will broadcast a Wi-Fi hotspot for Internet access, and there'll be power points so that you can recharge your devices. The TX5 also looks slightly different from the TX4, though its silhouette is still fairly black cabesque. … [Read more...] about London’s next-gen TX5 black cab will be a plug-in hybrid
More impressive is the breadth and depth of supported leagues and sports. You have the option of exploring NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, Formula 1, Premier League and La Liga, which is a pretty good spread. There's also an interesting Best of the Web section, that, as the name implies, displays some of the best sports-related sites from across the Web. It functions a lot like the sources section in News, and includes everything from memorabilia sites to fantasy sports analysis—though, again, you can't read any of them from within the app; you're forced to go through Internet Explorer instead. … [Read more...] about Hands-on: News, Sports, and Travel go Metro in Windows 8 Release Preview
The unknown authors of Flame shut down the sprawling command-and-control (C&C) infrastructure immediately after last Monday's disclosure that the highly sophisticated malware had remained undetected for at least two years on computers belonging to government-run organizations, private companies, and others. The 80 separate domain names were registered using a huge roster of fake identities, and some of the addresses were secured more than four years ago. … [Read more...] about Iran-targeting Flame malware used huge network to steal blueprints