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  • Payout of $10,000 for Windows 10 update

    06/28/2016 4:14:44 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 June 2016 | Technology
    Teri Goldstein said her Windows 7 computer had automatically tried to update itself to Windows 10 without her permission. She said the update had made her machine unstable, leaving her unable to use it to run her business. Microsoft said it had dropped its appeal to save on legal costs. Microsoft has been aggressively pushing the latest version of its widely used operating system, which is currently available as a free download for computers running Windows 7 and 8. However, many people have chosen not to upgrade, because they are running old hardware, have software that does not run on...
  • AI robot that can learn new things and remember its past keeps trying to ESCAPE creators

    06/24/2016 2:41:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The AI named Promobot IR77 is being worked on at a high-tech lab in Russia and was never meant to want freedom. However, as it learns from its experiences, it has developed a desire to escape and explore the free world. This is the second time that the machine managed to escape, with programmers re-writing it after the first time but to no avail after it seemingly developed the same desire. ... The machine has been programmed to avoid obstacles, but the designers never thought that this would lead to a want to escape. As a result, the team are...
  • Porn dog' helping sniff out crime

    06/23/2016 8:35:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    KSTU TV via CNN ^ | 12:48 PM, Jun 23, 2016
    SALT LAKE CITY - (KSTU via CNN) - Police in Utah have recruited an unlikely ally in the fight against child pornography. The pooch named URL (pronounced Earl) is a black Lab trained for detecting electronic storage devices. Affectionately dubbed "porn dog" by the department, URL operates by sniffing out chemicals used in storage media. URL comes from the same trainer as the K-9 that helped arrest former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle. "I think everyone was pretty skeptical. Really? A dog that can detect electronics?" said Lt. Lane Findlay of the Weber County Sheriffís Office. "He certainly has some...
  • For USPS, How About Efficiency Before Exploration?

    06/20/2016 5:34:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    U.S. Postal Service executives are looking into what is known as blockchain technology, and, after a cursory examination conducted with the help of a consultant, they have decided to look further.Blockchain’s main function is to serve as a way to transfer value … or pay for things. It would support bitcoin, the new super currency that could come in handy with global wire transfers, a substantial side business for the Postal Service.But it also could be used to block identity theft, verify and sign small contracts and assist with inventory management and other business functions. A recent inspector general’s report...
  • The Rise of Manufacturing Marks the Fall of Globalization

    06/14/2016 11:34:30 PM PDT · by nakutny · 15 replies
    Stratfor ^ | June 7, 2016 | Rebecca Keller
    Opportunities for producing and assembling products and their components have spread worldwide, making it is easier for countries to climb the production value ladder. States at the bottom, extracting raw materials, can gradually move up, first making low-value components and then progressing to higher-value ones or basic assembly. But just as technology spurred globalization and the shifts in international trade that followed, so, too, will it revolutionize how countries again do business with one another. Compounded by the economic and demographic changes taking place today, automation, advanced robotics and software-driven technologies are ushering in a new era ó one of...
  • Evenflo Car Seat That Reminds Driver Child Is In Car Is Promising, Not Perfect Yet

    06/09/2016 6:51:50 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 8, 2016
    Technology canít solve all of our problems, but maybe thereís a technological solution that can help with a tragedy that has affected parents of all walks of life: leaving small children in hot cars to overheat and die. The happens to an average of 38 kids every year, and car seat maker Evenflo responded to safety advocates by making a seat and harness that integrates with your carís electronics. Before you insist that this could never happen to you because youíre a good parent, review the Pulitzer-Prize-winning article on the subject from the Washington Post that explains the mechanism in...
  • Taught Not to Try

    06/01/2016 6:14:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2016 | John Stossel
    The first step in inventing something shouldn't be waiting for government approval. What would ever get done? "Regulators like to see new types of law and regulation imposed upon the internet and emerging technologies," warns Adam Thierer, author of "Permissionless Innovation." "From drones to driverless cars to the 'internet of things' ... they want to put the genie back in the bottle of all this wonderful innovation that's out there." "Think about 20 years ago. If Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, if Steve Jobs of Apple or anybody from Google had to come to the government, say, the Federal Communications Commission...
  • New concept turns battery technology upside-down

    05/29/2016 11:16:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    www.sciencedaily.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    A new concept for a flow battery functions like an old hourglass or egg timer, with particles (in this case carried as a slurry) flowing through a narrow opening from one tank to another. The flow can then be reversed by turning the device over. Credit: Image courtesy of the researchers ================================================================================================================== A new approach to the design of a liquid battery, using a passive, gravity-fed arrangement similar to an old-fashioned hourglass, could offer great advantages due to the system's low cost and the simplicity of its design and operation, says a team of MIT researchers who have made a...
  • Mohammed Inaugurates Worldís First 3D-Printed Office in Dubai

    05/23/2016 11:41:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, May 23, 2016
    UAE is an incubator of innovation and future technology: MohammedHis Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stated that the UAE has emerged as one of the major incubators of innovation and future technology in the world today, and its focused initiatives to shape the future have become global models that can be emulated in all sectors. "We implement what we plan, and we pursue actions not theories. The rapidly changing world requires us to accelerate our pace of development, for history does not recognize our plans but...
  • 101Hero, world's cheapest 3D printer on Kickstarter for $49

    05/19/2016 3:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    3Ders ^ | May 18, 2016
    Itís been an exciting week for the 3D printing industry, with HP Inc. unveiling its very first 3D printer, the Jet Fusion, and 3D model website Sketchfab integrating VR viewing into its platform. In another exciting development for the additive manufacturing industry, what could be the worldís cheapest 3D printer, the 101Hero, has just launched on Kickstarter. The 101Hero 3D printer, which has been in development for the past two years, is an easy-to-use plug and play machine that is ideal for beginners and more experienced makers alike. What is most notable about the printer is that it can be...
  • Hyundai unveils wearable robot

    05/15/2016 8:22:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled a wearable robot that can be applied in many areas including military and production lines, the company announced on Friday. "This wearable robot that we are developing for commercial purposes will be used in diverse areas," a company official said. ... The wearable robot under development is known to help the controller by enhancing overall physical strength, making it possible to lift an object weighing over 60 kg and assist him or her walk and go up stairs. It can be used in assisting people with disabilities and the elderly to...
  • What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour

    05/15/2016 9:02:59 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies
    nytimes ^ | May 13, 2016 | NEIL IRWIN
    Which was a more important innovation: indoor plumbing, jet air travel or mobile phones?Weíre in the golden age of innovation, an era in which digital technology is transforming the underpinnings of human existence. Or so a techno-optimist might argue. Weíre in a depressing era in which innovation has slowed and living standards are barely rising. Thatís what some skeptical economists believe. The truth is, this isnít a debate that can be settled objectively. Which was a more important innovation: indoor plumbing, jet air travel or mobile phones? You could argue for any of them, and data can tell plenty...
  • Anyone else having random multiple DNS problems with Time Warner?

    05/14/2016 5:45:51 PM PDT · by wally_bert · 10 replies
    Self | 5/14/16 | wally_bert
    Over the past couple of weeks, Time Warner high speed here around Columbia has been randomly dropping out due to DNS getting lost. An outage can be a few minutes to pushing half an hour. I've changed DNS to some of the open ones, found a firmware update for the router and applied it just to rule out things at home. I was looking to see if anyone else was experiencing the frustration. If I posted this incorrectly, I'm sure the mods will handle it.
  • Driverless cars: Google in the front seat, hanky panky in the back

    05/12/2016 7:44:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 80 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    I now Understand... Whatís so enticing about the (just-around-the corner) self-driving cars? In view of my slightly advanced age, I may be forgiven to be a bit slow in learningóbut now I understand: Itís all about what happens in the back seat! Special: Do You Like Entering Contests & Big Prize Sweepstakes? As the Globe and Mail reports, Kirk, of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence, told the Canadian Press on Monday that ďÖ once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars.Ē Another (biased ?) pundit, Sergio Marchionne, is claimed to have...
  • Why Is The Federal Government Installing Mysterious Boxes On Utility Poles? (3 Videos)

    At the end of the first week in April, a mysterious box was spotted on a Phoenix utility pole that aroused the suspicions of a homeowner in the area who believed the box had surveillance cameras inside. After the homeowner involved the media, several days later the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives came forward, admitting that the box reported belonged to them, and that it was part of an ongoing investigation. Apparently the box was part of what has come to be known as a typical "Top Secret Obama" investigation, because neither local law enforcement, nor the...
  • What phrases commonly used today are derived from obsolete technologies?

    05/05/2016 5:03:45 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 159 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 05/04/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    "Hang up the phone." comes from one specific kind of land-line phone that had a kind of hook you'd hang the handset from when you were done. Doing so would pull down the hook that was connected to a switch inside the phone that would disconnect the line. And lots of nautical stuff: Groggy - In 1740, British Admiral Vernon (whose nickname was "Old Grogram" for the cloak of grogram which he wore) ordered that the sailors' daily ration of rum be diluted with water. The men called the mixture "grog". A sailor who drank too much grog was "groggy"....
  • Why the NRA hates smart guns

    05/03/2016 6:24:34 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 37 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | Apr 30, 2016 | Jon Stokes
    With yet another push from President Obama to revive initiatives to develop ďsmart gunĒ technology, it looks like itís time to revisit the issue once again. The most common question I got in response to my previous piece on the many problems with smart guns is, ďeven if youíre correct that smart guns are a bad idea, why is the NRA so opposed to letting the market even try to get it right?Ē The NRAís official position is that they donít care one way or the other about smart gun tech, and that the market should decide, but we all...
  • The 50 most influential Gadgets of All Time

    05/03/2016 3:27:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 65 replies
    TIME ^ | May 3, 2016 | Multiple Time Editors
    The Tech that forever changed the way we live, work, and play. Think of the gear you canít live without: The smartphone you constantly check. The camera that goes with you on every vacation. The TV that serves as a portal to binge-watching and -gaming. Each owes its influence to one model that changed the course of technology for good. Itís those devices weíre recognizing in this list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time. Think of the gear you canít live without: The smartphone you constantly check. The camera that goes with you on every vacation. The...
  • The 8 fastest growing tech skills worth over $110,000

    04/25/2016 1:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/25/2016 | Julie Bort
    In the tech industry, one day a skill is hot, the next it's not. IT professionals spend a lot of their career learning, training, and trying to keep up. Job hunting site Dice prides itself on helping IT pros navigate which skills to pursue. It just concluded an analysis of its database of 80,000+ tech jobs from April 2015 through April 2016 to determine the fastest-growing skills based on job openings. We then cross-checked those skills against Dice's annual salary survey, published in February, which offered the average salary for jobs using those particular skills in 2015. The good news?...
  • Picture: Hardeeís Restaurant Installs ďSelf Order StationsĒ

    04/21/2016 6:16:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 159 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 20 Apr 16 | Andrew Mark Miller
    A little while back we told you about how the CEO of Hardees/Carl’s Jr. was thinking about replacing employees with machines thanks to the ridiculous minimum wage hike to $15.Well, it appears he has done it.It was only a matter of time before this started to happen and you can expect to see more of this in the future.
  • The Safety Shot App

    04/18/2016 9:25:17 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 24 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 4/18/2016 | C Buckner
    Using Technology to stay safe in the woods.Hunter safety is something we bring up a lot because itís something that is way too often overlooked. It's sometimes easy to get caught up in the excitement of the hunt and forget about some of the fundamental safety rules of hunting. That's where the Safety Shot app comes in, it's an app that works easily with your cell phone or tablet to keep you and all of your fellow hunting buddies up to date on exactly what's going on in the woods. The app is really easy to set up and it...
  • Meet Jia Jia the 'robot goddess' (truncated)

    04/16/2016 7:07:16 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 04/16/2016 | Stacy Liberatore
    It took the team three years to complete the robot, which can speak, show micro-expressions, move its lips and body, yet seems to hold its head in a submissive manner. The humanoid is programmed to recognize human/machine interaction, has autonomous position and navigation and offers services based on cloud technology. This humanoid has natural eye movement, speech that is in sync with its lip movement and refers to its male creators as 'lords'.
  • This New Battery is a Game Changer

    04/08/2016 5:35:43 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | April 8, 2016 | Guest essay by Roger E. Sowell, Esq. Marina del Rey, California
    Lighter Cheaper More Powerful Battery Changes Renewable EconomicsGuest essay by Roger E. Sowell, Esq.†Marina del Rey, CaliforniaIt is not often on SLB that I use the phrase ďgame-changer.Ē †Most things progress, if they progress at all, in small increments. †This time, though, is one of those that deserves the phrase game-changer.The innovation is the low-cost, light-weight but powerful battery developed by Nobel prize-winner Alan Heeger, PhD of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). †The company is Biosolar . †see link to http://www.biosolar.comThe battery is suitable for mobile and stationary applications such as cars, trucks, grid stabilization, home...
  • H-1B visas quickly snatched up as critics decry lost American jobs, wages

    04/08/2016 3:13:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/8/16 | Stephen Dinan
    All the countryís visas for high-skilled workers were snatched up in the first week yet again this year, the government reported Thursday, signaling that companiesí voracious appetites for cheap foreign workers remains unabated despite intense criticism on the presidential campaign trail. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it received more than enough applications to claim the 85,000 visas available under the H-1B program this year and will once again hold a lottery to award the coveted permits. Technology companies, desperate for the workers, said reaching the cap just days after the April 1 application period began should spur Congress to...
  • America's Next President Must Continue Obamaís Progress On Clean Energy

    04/06/2016 7:07:33 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/5/2016 | David Ignatius
    So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area--energy and the environment--where the Obama administration has made startling progress.... Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, arguably President Obama's best Cabinet appointment, has been leading a quiet revolution in clean-energy technology. Innovation is transforming this industry, costs are plummeting and entrepreneurs are devising radical new systems that create American jobs--in addition to protecting the planet.... Here's a suggestion for any fact-based, technology-respecting candidate in either party: Promise that, if elected, you'll try to persuade Moniz to remain in place.......
  • Even Engineers Are Completely Baffled By This New Magnet Technology

    03/31/2016 10:29:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 119 replies
    damn.com ^ | 03-31-2016 | Staff
    When you think of magnets you probably imagine being a kid in class playing with them for the first time, figuring out that forces we canít see have the ability to manipulate physical objects. We can make things affected by the magnetic waves, but not until recently have we been able to ďprogramĒ them. A highly innovative company from Alabama have introduced to the world ďPolymagnets,Ē and theyíre incredible. Theyíre guaranteed to be one of the coolest things you see today!
  • Remote-Controlled Insects Could Replace Drones

    03/31/2016 6:06:36 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 21 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 Mar 2016 | Ben Kew
    Cyborg beetles could become an alternative to drones, as scientists have revealed they can remotely control insects with cybernetic implants. Engineers at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are now testing the use of real insects which they can control remotely. ďUnlike man-made legged robots for which lots of tiny parts, sensors and actuators are manufactured, assembled and integrated, the insectĖcomputer hybrid robots directly use living insects as natureís ready-made robot platforms,Ē the researchers wrote in the journal Royal Society Inferface. The beetles are fitted with electrodes in specific parts of their legs, optic lobes, and flight muscles which can...
  • Developers can run Bash Shell and user-mode Ubuntu Linux binaries on Windows 10

    03/30/2016 2:30:19 PM PDT · by Scutter · 25 replies
    Hanselman.com ^ | 3/30/2016 | Scott Hanselman
    Today at BUILD in the Day One keynote Kevin Gallo announced that you can now run "Bash on Ubuntu on Windows." This is a new developer feature included in a Windows 10 "Anniversary" update (coming soon). It lets you run native user-mode Linux shells and command-line tools unchanged, on Windows. This isn't Bash or Ubuntu running in a VM. This is a real native Bash Linux binary running on Windows itself. It's fast and lightweight and it's the real binaries. This is an genuine Ubuntu image on top of Windows with all the Linux tools I use like awk, sed,...
  • Do American Elites See Themselves As Superior To God?

    03/24/2016 8:57:37 AM PDT · by pinochet · 45 replies
    American engineers are the most innovative in the history of the world. They have built space probes that have been able to travel as far as the planet Jupiter, and closely study the planet and its moons. This has led American elites to believe that they can be just as innovative in the field of morality. A lot of people will refer to same sex marriage, and holding up Caitlyn Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and Miley Cyrus as role models for American youth. The problem goes much deeper than that. It includes paying more money to people on welfare, than to...
  • An Israeli Firm Is Reportedly Helping the FBI Unlock the San Bernardino Killerís Phone

    03/24/2016 12:27:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Time Mag. ^ | March 23, 2016 | Nash Jenkins
    The FBI being apparently assisted by an Israeli tech firm in its efforts to unlock the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook ó a perpetrator of Decemberís attacks in San Bernardino, Calif. Apple has been steadfast in its refusal to aid the FBI in accessing the phoneís information, saying that doing so would breach privacy rights, but U.S. prosecutors said on Monday that a ďnongovernmental third partyĒ had provided them with a solution. On Wednesday, the English-language version of Israeli news website Ynet.co.il, in an article that featured reporting from Reuters, ventured that the ďthird partyĒ in question is Cellebrite,...
  • Could you fall in love with this robot?

    03/17/2016 3:49:07 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 102 replies
    CNBC.COM ^ | 03/16/2016 | Harriet Taylor
    Dr. David Hanson leads the engineers and designers that created Sophia, the team's most advanced android to date. Sophia's lifelike skin is made from patented silicon and she can emulate more than 62 facial expressions. Cameras inside her "eyes," combined with computer algorithms, enable her to "see," follow faces and appear to make eye contact and recognize individuals.
  • Obama: Iím Going to South by Southwest To Ask For ĎIdeasí To ĎUpdate Our Governmentí

    03/05/2016 8:50:52 AM PST · by rktman · 71 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/5/2016 | Ian Hanchett
    Thatís why, next week, Iíll travel to Austin, Texas, to visit South by Southwest. Itís an annual gathering of some of our most creative thinkers, coders, makers, and entrepreneurs from across the country. And while Iím there, Iím going to ask everyone for ideas and technologies that can help update our government and our democracy to be as modern and dynamic as America itself. This has been a goal of mine since before I was President. On my campaign in 2008, we saw how technology could bring people together and help them engage as citizens in their own communities. So...
  • Leopards Can't Change Their Spots‚Ķ But They Can Change Tactics

    02/23/2016 7:48:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Andrew Langer
    In the closing weeks of the 1980 presidential campaign, it would have been hard to find anyone more vocally critical of Ronald Reagan than AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland. As a surrogate for President Jimmy Carter, Kirkland attacked Reagan as "displaying colossal ignorance" in his criticism of the President's plan to create a nation Industrial Development Authority that would have allowed labor more liberal access to its members' pension funds. Thirty-five years later, labor has gotten smarter. Infiltration has replaced the frontal attack. Unless, you want to believe that Donald Trump and current AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka really are collaborating. In...
  • Exploring the possibilities of 3D printing technology in agriculture

    02/21/2016 12:19:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Williston Herald ^ | February 20, 2016 | Renee Jean
    SIDNEY -- We've seen some truly eye-popping developments with 3D printers and medicine lately -- cells from an eye that were inkjet printed, for example; prosthetic ears that look real; complex silicon pathways used to stimulate nerves to grow and repair themselves -- just to name a few of the marvels. But medicine is not the only arena where 3D printing offers eye-popping possibility for the future. With the advent of cheaper and cheaper printers and better and better materials -- some of them approaching metallic strengths -- 3D printers could one day be as common a tool on the...
  • Scientists develop new app that uses your cellphone to detect earthquakes

    02/14/2016 12:19:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/12/2016 | Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II
    Users who download the app will be sending data to scientists when an earthquake as small as a magnitude 5 hits. By harvesting information from hundreds of phones closest to the earthquake, scientists will be able to test a computer system that could, in the future, dispatch early warnings that shaking is seconds or minutes away to people farther away from the earthquake’s origin. For instance, if a quake started in San Bernardino, cell phones there could register the quake and quickly help send warnings to smartphone users in Los Angeles. "This is a citizen science project," said Richard Allen,...
  • Scientists have discovered how to 'delete' unwanted memories

    02/14/2016 6:33:46 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | The Telegraph
    Are there any memories you'd like to permanently remove from your head? Or what if you could alter unpleasant memories so they're no longer upsetting? Or create entirely new memories of events that never occurred? It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but according to a new documentary that premiered in the US this week, scientists have discovered how to do just that - and more.
  • Would you bet against sex robots? AI 'could leave half of world unemployed'

    02/13/2016 11:24:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | February 13, 2016 | Alan Yuhas
    Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated. Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task.
  • Spammers at the Gates

    02/12/2016 6:17:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Welcome to Infomercial America, or, if you prefer, the United States of Spam. Whenever political conspiracy theories break out into the open, pundits and intellectuals name-check the brilliant but flawed essay "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" by Richard Hofstadter. Under President George W. Bush, the "9/11 Truthers" were the poster boys and girls of the paranoid style. Others hinted that the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina might have been deliberate. Under President Obama, it was the "Birthers." A related theory was that Obama is a secret Muslim. A generation before that, it was the John Birch Society...
  • Y'all have a Texas accent? Siri (and the world) might be slowly killing it

    02/10/2016 1:48:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 63 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Tom Dart
    'People speak to machines differently than how they speak to people,' says language technology expert Alan Black. It was a simple enough question, at least in this part of the world. "How can we mosey on down to the rodeo?" my friend Ben Crook drawled, sat in a rocking chair on his front porch, a can of Lone Star beer in his left hand on a humid night in Houston. Only one thing jarred with this otherwise stereotypical Texas scene: Crook was asking Siri, the voice-activated digital personal assistant on his iPhone, rather than, say, a passing sheriff on horseback...
  • Video: World‚Äôs First ‚ÄėOblique‚Äô Icebreaker Breaks Ice Sideways

    02/10/2016 5:46:11 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    gcaptain.com ^ | February 9, 2016 | gcaptain
    Built by Arctech Helsinki for the Russian Ministry of Transport, the Icebreaking Multipurpose Emergency and Rescue Vessel Baltika is a first-of-its-kind icebreaker built with an asymmetrical hull allowing for not only ahead and astern icebreaking, but also ‚Äúoblique‚ÄĚ icebreaking for a greater angle of attack.
  • Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

    02/08/2016 11:30:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    cns ^ | 02/08/2016 | ap
    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District. The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine. ... According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges. The maneuvers will...
  • Dot-Com Bubble 2.0 Is Bursting: Tech Stocks Are Already Down Half A Trillion Dollars Since Mid-2015

    02/07/2016 8:06:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/07/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Do you remember how much stocks went down when the first dot-com bubble burst? Well, it is happening again, and tech stocks are already down more than half a trillion dollars since the middle of 2015. On Friday, the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped to its lowest level in more than 15 months, and it has now fallen more than 16 percent from the peak of the market. But of course some of the biggest names have fallen much more than that. Netflix is down 37 percent, Yahoo is down 39 percent, LinkedIn is down 60 percent, and Twitter is down more...
  • Company Developing ‚ÄėTech Tattoos‚Äô That Track Medical, Financial Info ¬ę CBS New York

    01/31/2016 10:28:43 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 30 replies
    CBS ^ | 01/31/2016 | CBS
    Company Developing ‚ÄėTech Tattoos‚Äô That Track Medical, Financial Info ¬ę CBS New York http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/01/29/tech-tattoos-chaotic-moon/
  • Mysterious Wire-Feed, Powderless Metal 3D Printer to Be Unveiled Sometime This Year

    01/31/2016 8:34:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    3D Print ^ | January 30, 2016 | Clare Scott
    If you've been keeping up with 3D printing news at all, you're probably pretty familiar with metal 3D printing by now. It's one of the fastest-growing sectors in the industry; just about every major 3D printer manufacturer is scrambling to keep up with the rapidly developing metal technology. Not only is it becoming less expensive and more accessible, but material capabilities keep expanding, with new metals and alloys being introduced on what seems like a weekly basis by certain companies. Even if you have only a basic knowledge of metal 3D printing, you probably know that it's done with powder...
  • How Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did what Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates couldn't

    01/31/2016 7:41:13 AM PST · by Scutter · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/30/2016 | Matt Weinberger
    On Thursday, February 4, Satya Nadella will celebrate his second anniversary as the CEO of Microsoft. It's been an eventful couple of years. Microsoft has grown its crucial cloud business, released Windows 10 to a much better reception than its loathed predecessor, launched a bunch of great apps for iPhone and Android, and generally made people like it a lot more. But the real victory of Satya Nadella ‚ÄĒ the truly monumental shift ‚ÄĒ has been within the company. Under Nadella, Microsoft is pointed in one direction for first time in modern memory.
  • Here's how much tech workers are paid in all 50 states ‚ÄĒ see where yours ranks

    01/27/2016 3:30:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/27/2016 | Brandt Ranj
    If you've ever wondered whether the grass would be greener ‚ÄĒ or if you literally make more green ‚ÄĒ by moving to another state or working in tech, we have your answer. We've ranked the average salary of tech workers in all 50 states, using the latest data from a new survey conducted by Dice.com. While you'll need the necessary skills to get your foot in the door of a tech job, this roundup gives you the chance to at least see how your state, and those across the country, stack up. Here's how every state ranks, from those with...
  • New book 'Inventology' shows how today's inventors can tap big data, 3D printing, crowdfunding, more

    01/26/2016 8:59:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | January 26, 2016 | Hope Reese
    With the internet age and its endless possibilities in the realms of publishing, communication, and collaboration, opportunities have never been so widely accessible for creators. But how has our new digital world affected the pathways to invention? In Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World, out today, journalist Pagan Kennedy offers a fresh take on how the digital era has upended the traditional pathways for creation. When Kennedy began writing about inventors for The New York Times, she soon "would marvel at how few of the people were professional inventors, designers, in corporate innovation labs." It led...
  • Breaking: US Enemy Cuba Caught Stealing Ultra-Sophisticated US Missile Technology for

    01/08/2016 1:37:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    Actually that's not the title of yesterday's blockbuster report in the Wall Street Journal. Here's the WSJ title: "Missing U.S. Missile Shows Up in Cuba." "An inert U.S. Hellfire missile sent to Europe (Spain) for training purposes was wrongly shipped from there to Cuba in 2014," continues the WSJ, "a loss of sensitive military technology that ranks among the worst-known incidents of its kind. The unintended delivery of the missile to Cuba has confounded investigators and experts who work in a regulatory system designed to prevent precisely such equipment from falling into the wrong hands… Investigators are unclear if the...
  • Obama Top Recipient of 'Smart Gun' Cash

    01/07/2016 5:07:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | January 7, 2016 | Stephen Gutowski and Joe Schoffstall
    resident Obama is the top recipient in campaign cash from the "smart gun" manufacturing industry, which stands to benefit from his executive action calling for more research into the technology. The National Institute of Justice, a research, development, and evaluation agency of the Department of Justice, released a report in 2013 consisting of a review of the smart gun industry. The report identified ten companies that focus exclusively on smart gun technology.Of the smart gun companies that made political contributions, Obama was the top recipient of campaign funds in 2008 and 2012, according to campaign finance data.The president ordered the...
  • Can Engineers Speak English? Technology is a blessing, but can we please avoid 'technobabble'?

    01/05/2016 9:03:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/05/2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English. It is understandable when complicated processes require complicated operations. But when the very simplest things are designed with needless complications or murky instructions, that is something else. For example, like all sorts of other devices, computers and computerized products and services have to be turned on and off. And everybody knows what the words "on" and "off" mean. But how often have you seen a computer or a computerized product or service that used the words "on" or "off"? These simple...