Im seeing stars but thanks to Elon Musk, not for much longer | Stewart Lee

SpaceXs 40,000 satellites will soon be ruining our view of the universe not to mention aliens view of us My best New Years Eve was 15 years ago. A mis-calibrated dose of prescription painkillers in a bed and breakfast near Wootton Courtenay meant I slept through the whole thing. I slept through the fear. I slept through the dread. I slept through the recriminations and regrets. And I slept through Jools Holland insisting on playing inappropriate boogie-woogie piano with who will it be this year? Peter Brtzmann, Napalm Death, Youssou NDour, Mark and Roxanne from LadBaby, or the future festive ghost of his own grinning self. This New Years Eve I lay on my back in the garden, long after …

The science stories that shaped 2019

From the first image of a black hole to a detailed survey of sea ice in the Arctic, scientists pick the breakthrough moments that defined the year The world awoke to the need to combat global heating Was 2019 the year people finally started to listen to climate scientists on global heating? The previous year, the 1.5Greta Thunberg kickstarted a global movement of school strikers, demanding that governments listen to the science and act as if the house is on fire. Although some countries have ramped up their own emissions cuts targets the UK now officially aims for net zero emissions by 2050 public concern and frustration has kept growing. More and more members of the public have taken extreme …

HackerRank acquires Mimir, an online platform for computer science courses

HackerRank, a popular platform for practicing and hosting online coding interviews, today announced that it has acquired Mimir, a cloud-based service that provides tools for teaching computer science courses. Mimir, which is HackerRank’s first acquisition, is currently in use by a number of universities, including UCLA, Purdue, Oregon State and Michigan State, as well as by corporations like Google. HackerRank says it will continue to support Mimir’s classroom product as a standalone product for the time being. By Q2 2020, the two companies expect to have an initial release of a combined product offering. “HackerRank will work closely with professors, students and customers to help student developers learn, improve and assess their skills from coursework to career,” Vivek Ravisankar, the …

Read Sacha Baron Cohen’s scathing attack on Facebook in full: ‘greatest propaganda machine in history’

In a speech, the actor argued that Facebook would have run ads by Hitler. Here are his remarks in full In a speech last night at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen prepared remarks: Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say racism, hate and bigotry Im not referring to the names of Stephen Millers Labradoodles. Now, I realize that some of you may be thinking, what the hell is a comedian doing speaking at a conference like this! I certainly am. Ive spent most of the past two decades in character. In fact, this is the first time that I …