GeekSpeak for 2018-05-14

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Forty years of spam email

It is 40 years since the first spam e-mail was sent

Google sells the future, powered by your personal data

Google CEO Sundar Pichai stood on stage at the company’s yearly developer conference on Tuesday and rolled out some of its most advanced technology: an assistant that can schedule appointments for you over the phone, customized suggestions in Google Maps, and even a new feature that can help finish your sentences as you type an email.

Gmail's 'Self Destruct' Feature Will Probably Be Used to Illegally Destroy Government Records

While this may sound great for personal use, activists fear that government organizations will use the feature to delete public records to hide them from reporters and others interested in government transparency. Normally, government emails are available to journalists, researchers, and citizens using Freedom of Information Act requests (and its state-level analogues.)

One Of LLVM's Top Contributors Quits Development Over CoC, Outreach Program

He says the reason for abandoning LLVM development after 12 years is due to changes in the community. In particular, the “social injustice” brought on the organization’s new LLVM Code of Conduct and its decision to participate in this year’s Outreachy program to encourage women and other minority groups to get involved with free software development.

Stack Overflow Isn't Very Welcoming. It's Time for That to Change.

We <3 and believe in Stack Overflow. But sometimes, loving something means caring enough to admit that it has a problem.

Body-cam giant snaps up its biggest rival to create near-monopoly

Axon, the company formerly known as Taser, has acquired its largest rival, VieVu—setting up a near-monopoly in the market for body-worn cameras.

California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes

The California Energy Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020.

Installation costs so much that it’s better to use expensive solar panels

As the price of solar panels has plunged, a strange thing has happened. The panels have gone from being a large fraction of installation costs to a relatively minor component. That means all the other things—permits, labor, supporting hardware, and so on—make up the bulk of the cost of putting panels on your roof. While these costs are going down as well, they’re not falling at nearly the same rate as the panels themselves.

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