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  • Man arrested for ‘assaulting’ a robot, which called the police itself

    04/26/2017 4:24:41 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 25 replies
    News Corp Australia Network ^ | April 26, 2017 | Staff writer
    POLICE have charged a man who drunkenly attacked a robotic patrol droid in a car park in the United States, after the device called them for help. The incident occurred in the car park of technology maker Knightscope’s headquarters in Mountain View, California on April 19, authorities said. Jason Sylvain, 41, was intoxicated when he came across the K5 droid, which was conducting patrols around the building as part of product testing.Despite the robot weighing in at a whopping 135 kilograms, he managed to tip it over. It detected the danger and automatically alerted authorities to an intruder on the...
  • Bridgestone's Airless Tires Will Soon Let Cyclists Abandon Their Bike Pumps

    04/24/2017 9:17:24 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 23 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 4/20/2017 | Andrew Liszewski
    First revealed way back in 2011, Bridgestone’s airless tires use a series of rigid plastic resin spokes to help a wheel keep its shape as it rolls, instead of an inflatable inner tube that can puncture and leak. Military vehicles and ATVs have been some of the first vehicles to adopt the unorthodox design, but Bridgestone will soon be making a version of its airless tires for use on bicycles.
  • Activision Announces 'Call Of Duty: World War II'

    04/21/2017 2:22:16 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 21, 2017 | Erik Kain
    Activision officially unveiled the next Call of Duty game this morning. Call of Duty: World War II is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the makers of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. That was a good game, and I'm excited to see what Sledgehammer can do with a World War II setting. Prior to Advanced Warfare, the developer had been working on a Vietnam-era game which was ultimately scrapped when Activision promoted the studio to one of its three regular Call of Duty developers. We know nothing about the game at this point beyond the setting and name. A livestream is...
  • 95% engineers in India unfit for software development jobs, claims report

    04/20/2017 6:32:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 89 replies
    PTI ^ | 4/20/17
    Talent shortage is acute in the IT and data science ecosystem in India with a survey claiming that 95% of engineers in the country are not fit to take up software development jobs. According to a study by employability assessment company Aspiring Minds, only 4.77% candidates can write the correct logic for a programme -- a minimum requirement for any programming job. Over 36,000 engineering students form IT related branches of over 500 colleges took Automata -- a Machine Learning based assessment of software development skills - and over 2/3 could not even write code that compiles. The study further...
  • SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

    04/20/2017 4:41:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | 4/20/17 | Iain Thomson
    A chap in Chicago is suing headphone maker Bose after discovering how much personal information its app was phoning home to base – this slurped data includes songs listened to, for how long, and when.The class-action lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the US district court of Illinois by a one Kyle Zak, claims the Bose Connect application, available for iOS and Android, breaks federal wiretap laws, local wiretapping statute and fraud laws, and carries out "intrusion on seclusion," which is also a crime in the state.Court documents [PDF] state Zak bought himself a pair of $350 (£275) Bose QuietComfort 15 wireless...
  • The original StarCraft and its beloved Brood War expansion are now free

    04/19/2017 11:23:51 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 12 replies
    PC World ^ | April 19, 2017 | Hayden Dingman
    A few weeks ago Blizzard announced the upcoming summertime release of StarCraft: Remastered, giving a facelift to the classic RTS and its beloved Brood War expansion. Alongside that announcement came other interesting news though: The original (not remastered) versions of both StarCraft and Brood War would be made free sometime in April, alongside a new 1.18 patch. That time has come. Blizzard dropped the 1.18 patch late on Tuesday, adding in a borderless windowed mode, tweaking some back-end code, correcting some long-standing bugs, improving compatibility with Windows 10, and more. But more importantly, whether you never purchased the game or...
  • As Trump Stifles Immigration, Expect Tech to Turn to Apprenticeships

    04/16/2017 8:40:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Inc. Magazine ^ | April 11, 2017 | Salvador Rodriguez
    A year ago, Shawn Farrow worked full time as a mover, hauling boxes for wealthy tech engineers in Seattle. These days, Farrow isn't just lugging furniture for tech workers. He's a tech worker himself. Farrow is an apprentice engineer, writing code from the comfort of his desk at Avvo, a Seattle tech firm. He is a fresh breed of tech worker coming into the industry through a new type of training program that is designed to identify talented individuals from non-traditional backgrounds. "It's more rewarding for me coming to an office and using my brain rather than my physical abilities,"...
  • Welcome to the Exponential Age The New Industrial Revolution

    04/15/2017 7:53:10 AM PDT · by Enchante · 45 replies
    Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties. This disruption will create large growth opportunities as well as dangerous pitfalls. Be prepared for both.... ... ...It is a fast moving world and getting faster. There will be both opportunities and pitfalls along the way. The next generation of business leadership needs to be able to navigate these progressive changes and...
  • Russian Humanoid Robot 'Fedor' Learns to Shoot Using Both Arms

    04/14/2017 7:47:22 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 25 replies
    Sputnik International ^ | April 14, 2017
    Humanoid robot F.E.D.O.R., set to fly into space in 2021, is now capable of shooting using both of his arms, according to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.“The robot of the F.E.D.O.R. platform showed skills of firing using both . Currently the work on fine motor skills and decision algorithms is underway,” Rogozin wrote on his Twitter.​According to Rogozin, training to shoot is a way of teaching the robot to instantaneously prioritize targets and make decisions.“We are not creating a terminator but artificial intelligence which will have a great practical importance in various fields,” he added.
  • Educational attainment increases among rural Americans

    04/14/2017 4:28:12 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Some advocates of rural America have suggested that improved technology and telecommuting will allow more highly educated Americans to live and work in rural areas. Marre says the report doesn't have data on the extent, if any, to which that's happening. Marre says he doesn't have published material on regional differences in educational attainment. But he provides Census Bureau information for the Midwest — a 12-state area that includes North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota — that shows: • Rural Midwest residents are, on balance, better educated than rural residents nationwide. For example, 88.7 percent of rural Midwest residents have...
  • This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air [ Can MOFs pull in Co2? ]

    04/13/2017 1:42:49 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 74 replies ^ | April 13,2017 | Robert Service
    You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people. To find an all-purpose solution, researchers led by Omar Yaghi, a chemist at the...
  • That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

    04/10/2017 9:56:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 10, 2017 | By VINDU GOEL
    . . .New findings published Monday by researchers at New York University and Michigan State University suggest that smartphones can easily be fooled by fake fingerprints digitally composed of many common features found in human prints. In computer simulations, the researchers from the universities were able to develop a set of artificial “MasterPrints” that could match real prints similar to those used by phones as much as 65 percent of the time. The researchers did not test their approach with real phones, and other security experts said the match rate would be significantly lower in real-life conditions. Still, the findings...
  • Blizzard is remaking 'StarCraft' with better graphics — and it's making the original version free

    04/06/2017 10:30:35 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 26, 2017 | Kif Leswing
    People still play the original StarCraft, a real-time strategy game that first came out in 1998. Now, the intergalactic war game is getting a major face-lift, the game's developer, Blizzard, announced Sunday."StarCraft: Remastered" will preserve the gameplay of the original 1998 title, but the new title will update its aging graphics and audio and will ensure better compatibility with modern computers, the company said. "Gameplay and balance have been precisely preserved," Blizzard said in a statement. Preserving the gameplay is important for this remake because the original StarCraft is still played as an e-sport, especially in South Korea.

    03/29/2017 12:38:55 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 67 replies
    The Verge ^ | March 29, 2017 | Dieter Bohn
    The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the nicest phone I’ve ever held. It’s a beautiful combination of glass, metal, and an absolutely massive screen in a body that’s much smaller than you might expect. And that might not be enough to make it stand out anymore. There are two versions of the S8: the standard Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch screen and the larger S8 Plus with a 6.2-inch screen. Both are available for preorder on March 30th and will be shipping in the US on April 21st. Pricing, as always with Samsung, is up to the carriers — but you...
  • WIN: Computer programmers may no longer be eligible for H-1B visas

    04/03/2017 2:09:26 PM PDT · by johnk · 51 replies
    axios ^ | 4/3/2017 | Kim Hart
    "...What it means: This aligns with the administration's focus on reserving the temporary visas for very high-skilled (and higher-paid) professionals while encouraging low- and mid-level jobs to go to American workers instead. The new guidance affects applications for the lottery for 2018 fiscal year that opened Monday..."
  • Conservatives Do Believe in Social Justice. Here’s What Our Vision Looks Like.

    04/01/2017 12:07:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 17, 2017 | Ryan T. Anderson
    Last month, America lost a great defender of freedom, Michael Novak.Novak was committed to rightly ordered liberty and cared deeply about the principles and practices that produce it. His enormous body of work emphasized the cultural prerequisites for political and economic freedom, as he stressed that economic conservativism and social conservatism are indivisible.In the words of Heritage Foundation founder Ed Feulner, “Michael forced those of us trained in the dismal science of economics to explain that we should be more than ‘free to choose’—rather we should be free to make good free choices.”Last year, I was the recipient of the...
  • Samsung Galaxy S8's Facial Unlocking Feature Can Be Fooled With A Photo

    03/31/2017 7:54:48 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 44 replies
    Hacker News ^ | March 31, 2017
    It is unclear, at this moment, as to how precise the photo used in the demonstration should be compared to the real face? Or at what distance the phone was held from the camera? Or what angle they chose during the registration of the recognition? But what's clear is the fact that a gap remains in the security system of the Samsung's new facial recognition feature. Moreover, there are reports that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 would include a facial recognition feature for mobile payments in the coming months.
  • Arrival of new HHS healthcare tech boss could augur big changes at ONC

    03/30/2017 1:11:59 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 14 replies
    Searchhealthit ^ | 3-30-2017 | Shaun Sutner
    President Trump’s appointment of former GOP congressman John Fleming, M.D., to newly created health technology post could portend ONC downsizing and MACRA changes. The new HHS healthcare technology top official's plans are still unknown, but signs point to possible changes to ONC that could weaken the agency's regulatory authority. The new HHS healthcare technology chief -- a longtime associate of HHS secretary, fellow physician and former GOP congressman Tom Price -- nonetheless also mentioned that ONC "may be reorganizing." Few in the capitol, other than his fans, want to comment publicly about what Fleming's ascension to the top HHS healthcare...
  • Republicans are poised to roll back landmark FCC privacy rules. Here’s what you need to know.

    03/28/2017 11:24:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/28/17 | Brian Fung
    House Republicans are expected to vote Tuesday to repeal a set of historic privacy protections for Web users, in a sharp pivot away from the Internet policies of the Obama administration. President Trump is expected to sign the measure if it passes. Tuesday's vote is likely to lend momentum to a broader rollback of Obama-era policies, particularly in the technology sector. And it empowers Internet providers to enter the $83 billion market for online advertising, where the ability to collect, store, share and sell consumers' behavioral information is directly linked to companies' bottom line. Proponents of the repeal argue the...
  • This device from Israel can literally pull clean drinking water out of thin air

    03/28/2017 9:05:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dana Varinsky
    When kids learn about the planet’s water cycle, they’re taught a simple concept: our atmosphere is filled with water vapor that has evaporated from the bodies of liquid water we see around us. When the vapor’s temperature gets low enough, it gets turned back into water. The presence of that vapor becomes especially apparent in the summer, when droplets collect on glasses of ice water and air conditioning units drip onto unsuspecting passersby. An Israeli company called Water-Gen does not think of that condensation as a byproduct; instead, it has built machines specifically designed to create and harvest as much...