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  • What Happens if a Company Doesn’t Pay You for Work? (The Unpaid Consultant’s Dilemma)

    03/21/2017 8:31:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | March 20, 2017 | SCOTT HERHOLD
    “I actually thought we would get paid,’’ said Dinesh Khurana. “But this has lasted so long. To be very frank, I’ve lost hope.’’When Dinesh Khurana came to California from India as a tech worker in 1995, he assumed the American system of employment had a basic underpinning of fairness. It went this way: You did the work. You were paid for the job. Sure, there might be an occasional hiccup. But generally the check arrived. America was the land of the free, not a corruption-ridden place. Even when he became a consultant — and had to fend for himself rather...
  • This laptop-bricking USB stick just got even more dangerous (video at source site)

    03/18/2017 6:54:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 16, 2017 -- 19:42 GMT (12:42 PDT) | By Zack Whittaker
    When plugged in, this weaponized USB stick can destroy laptops, kiosks, ATMs, cars, and more. (Image: USBKill) Remember that USB stick that would destroy almost anything in its path, from laptops, photo booths, kiosks, to even cars? Now there's a new version, and it's even more dangerous than before. In case you missed it the first time around, a Hong Kong-based company built a weaponized pocket-sized USB stick, which when plugged into a device, will rapidly charge its capacitors from the USB power supply and then discharge, frying the affected device's circuits. Dubbed the USB Kill stick, it fries almost...
  • It’s the 1940s again: IBM’s Scott Crowder on the infancy of quantum computers

    03/13/2017 2:02:51 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 55 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Brad Jones
    IBM Q isn’t vaporware. It’s a project years-in-the-making that could help quantum computation reach its massive potential. The future of quantum computers may arrive sooner than you think. When news arrived of IBM’s move to offer the first commercially available universal quantum computer last week, it was characterized as a “handoff” from IBM Research to IBM Systems. According to the company’s CTO and vice president of quantum computing, technical strategy, and systems, Scott Crowder, that’s not entirely the case. “It’s not quite a ‘handoff,’ it’s really a partnership,” explained Crowder. “This is definitely a transition point from it being pure...
  • Stephen Hawking: 'We need a World Government or Technology will destroy us'

    03/09/2017 7:35:51 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 73 replies
    TDS ^ | 3/9/17 | TDS
    Physicist Stephen Hawking, who some have suggested is a conspiracy in and of himself, is now claiming we need “some form of world government” to protect us from the escalation of technology and artificial intelligence. “Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,” he told The Times. “It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason.” … “The real risk with...
  • IBM somehow crammed data into a single atom

    03/09/2017 7:21:20 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 37 replies
    CNET ^ | March 8, 2017 | Stephen Shankland
    ​In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data on a single atom. A hard drive today takes about 100,000 atoms to store a single bit of data -- a 1 or 0. The IBM Research results announced Wednesday show how much more densely it might someday be possible to cram information. How much more densely? Today, you can fit your personal music library into a storage device the size of a penny. With IBM's technique, you could fit Apple's entire music catalog of 26 million...
  • Have We Reached Peak Entrepreneurship?

    03/07/2017 3:00:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | March 7, 2017 | Julio M. Ottino & Mark P. Mills
    In today’s hyper-partisan era, one goal crosses the political divide: the need for more entrepreneurs. Encomia are everywhere: Politicians praise them, Hollywood lionizes them, venture capitalists chase them, universities foster them. Entrepreneurs, from Henry Ford to Elon Musk, are embedded in American lore. In an earlier era they were popularized in Horatio Alger rags-to-riches terms; today it’s the garage-to-tech-titan stories that have legendary status for Millennials. Could it be, however, that we’ve hit peak preoccupation with entrepreneurship? Although entrepreneurial magic is often discussed in “tech” terms, the reality is most startups involve such things as restaurants and lawn services or...
  • Thiel’s Chief of Staff Tapped as White House Deputy CTO

    03/04/2017 8:00:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 3/3 | Kate Conger
    Peter Thiel has been at Donald Trump’s side since the Republican National Convention, guiding the then-candidate on technology policy and brokering a meeting between him and top tech executives. Now Thiel has secured a place for one of his top aides in Trump’s White House — Michael Kratsios, formerly chief of staff at Thiel Capital, will step into the role of deputy chief technology officer. The appointment, first reported by Politico Pro and confirmed by TechCrunch, seems like a natural progression of Kratsios’ work alongside Thiel on the transition team. Prior to his work at Thiel Capital, Kratsios was the...
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Introduces New Technology for Fast-Charging, Noncombustible Batteries

    03/02/2017 9:47:41 PM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 104 replies
    UT News ^ | Feb. 28, 2017 | University of Texas
    A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage. Goodenough’s latest breakthrough, completed with Cockrell School senior research fellow Maria Helena Braga, is a low-cost all-solid-state battery that is noncombustible and has a long cycle life (battery life) with a high volumetric energy density and fast rates of charge and discharge. The engineers describe...
  • How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower

    02/27/2017 10:51:00 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/26/2017 | Janet Levy
    How did a country smaller than El Salvador with a population of eight million and few natural resources become a military superpower within a few decades? In The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower (St. Martin's Press, 2017), authors Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot explain this remarkable phenomenon. Calling on their experience as Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veterans and seasoned national security analysts, they present an intriguing and engrossing account of Israel's defense capabilities development. From a country lacking bullets and aircraft, Israel transformed itself into one of the most effective militaries in the world and the...
  • Engineers Develop Origami-Inspired Bulletproof Shield To Protect Police Officers

    02/19/2017 8:38:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 18 February 2017, 6:24 am EST | Alyssa Navarro
    he new bulletproof shield developed by Howell and his colleagues can be folded compactly when not in use. It is also much easier to deploy and transport. When expanded, which only takes five seconds, the bulletproof shield can offer cover for police officers and shield them from bullets such as the 9 mm, .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum. This new shield is also lightweight, weighing only 55 pounds. It was built with 12 layers of Kevlar and a common creasing origami-like pattern, which makes it foldable into a more manageable size. During tests, the bulletproof shield prototype proved to be...
  • Having an issue Cisco Networking Academy packet tracer... please help.

    02/19/2017 5:52:50 PM PST · by everlast · 15 replies
    I am taking a computer course and we are learning networking using the Cisco packet tracer labs. If anyone is familiar with this program, I would love to talk to you. No matter what I do it will not allow me to complete any of the sections that use the command prompt. I have updated Java, allowed the program full permissions on my computer, uninstalled and reinstalled the program several times on different machines - I just don't know what to do. Any suggestions?
  • China Just Made VPNs Illegal

    02/11/2017 8:20:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Engadget ^ | 1/23 | Jessica Conditt
    The Great Firewall just got more impenetrable.Chinese authorities block access to big-name websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and numerous others, and to thwart these restrictions, many residents on the mainland use virtual private networks. Starting this week, that could be a crime. Use of VPNs and special cable connections in China must now be approved by the government, essentially making these services illegal in the country. China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the new rules on Sunday, as reported by the South China Morning Post. Calling it a "clean-up" of the country's internet connections, the Ministry said...
  • Apple iPhones will be manufactured in Bengaluru: Here are the details

    02/02/2017 10:48:15 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, February 3, 2017 | TechDesk
    Apple iPhones will be 'Made in India', and Bengaluru is where this will be taking place, according to the government It is now official: Apple is taking the 'Make in India' route with its iPhones, and Bengaluru is where this will be taking place. The government of Karnataka issued a press release "welcoming the move'. Apple's proposal is to commence initial manufacturing operations in Karnataka. The press statement reads, "Apple's representatives led by Ms. Priya Balasubramaniam, VP iPhone operations, Mr. Ali Khanafer (Head, Government Affairs), Mr.Dheeraj Chugh (Director, iphone operations) and Mr. Priyesh Povanna (Country Counsel) met with Ministers and...
  • Army researchers work with Marine mechanics on 3-D printing hydraulics

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- For Marine Corps aviators, hydraulics are critical part of performing all the heavy lifting required during aircraft operations. Marine Cpl. Habtamu Sharew and Lance Cpl. Juan Herreragonzalez know that better than anyone. The two are hydraulic mechanics from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. They work specifically on the hydraulics systems. Not long ago, they entered their idea for streamlining hydraulic line maintenance into the 2016 Marine Corps Logistic Innovation Challenge. Out of more than 300 entries, theirs was chosen as one of 18 to move to the next step. That brought...
  • Report:Trump administrations next executive order target silicon valley recruiting practices

    01/30/2017 10:03:47 PM PST · by RainMan · 40 replies
    http://www.geekwire.com/2017/report-trump-administrations-next-executive-order-target-silicon-valley
    Sorry, posting from my phone.
  • Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer

    01/29/2017 12:45:19 PM PST · by oblomov · 56 replies
    The Grauniad ^ | 26 Jan 2017 | Tim Cross
    n 1971, Intel, then an obscure firm in what would only later come to be known as Silicon Valley, released a chip called the 4004. It was the world’s first commercially available microprocessor, which meant it sported all the electronic circuits necessary for advanced number-crunching in a single, tiny package. It was a marvel of its time, built from 2,300 tiny transistors, each around 10,000 nanometres (or billionths of a metre) across – about the size of a red blood cell. A transistor is an electronic switch that, by flipping between “on” and “off”, provides a physical representation of the...
  • From Rust to Robots: How the Midwest Could Become a Hub for Advanced Transportation

    01/27/2017 7:40:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | January 26, 2017 | Pete Bigelow
    A new collection of transportation agencies and universities is taking one small step toward transforming the Rust Belt into a place associated with the future instead of the past. Eleven agencies and institutions located in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have formed the Smart Belt Coalition, which will spur joint efforts on the testing and deployment of autonomous and connected cars. The collaboration comes on the heels of a legislative overhaul of Michigan regulations last month, which have been relaxed to spur the testing of self-driving technology on the state’s public roads. Ohio and Pennsylvania do not have laws on the...
  • Progressives Have A Secret Tech Weapon In The Fight Against Trump

    01/26/2017 6:29:44 AM PST · by beejaa · 52 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 1/25/17 | Emily Peck, Ryan Grim
    ItÂ’s the leftÂ’s secret weapon in the continuing resistance. While Facebook is getting a lot of the credit for making last weekendÂ’s WomenÂ’s March happen, a somewhat obscure tech platform called the Action Network was critical to organizersÂ’ efforts. And in the wake of that worldwide protest, the platform is already helping to push the movement forward. A nonprofit created by progressives who hoped to build a political movement with staying power, the Action Network offers tools for sending emails, organizing marches and events, fundraising, creating petitions, conducting surveys and connecting with other organizers. Activists who use the tools can...
  • Blue Origin incorporates 3D printed housing, turbine, nozzles, rotors into BE-4 rocket engine

    01/22/2017 8:33:54 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 6 replies
    3Ders.org ^ | Jan 20, 2017 | Benedict
    Blue Origin, the aerospace company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is using 3D printing to build the BE-4, a next-generation rocket engine fueled by liquefied natural gas. The engine will power Blue Origin’s New Glenn orbital rocket and potentially a United Launch Alliance rocket too. Christmas is an understandably busy time for Amazon, the online megastore and one-stop destination for media, electronics, and last-minute gifts that are guaranteed to arrive by December 24. But now that the festive season is over, founder Jeff Bezos can busy himself with other matters, such as his Washington-based aerospace manufacturing company, Blue Origin....
  • Drone SWARM: Non-Combat application?

    Ref: Drone SWARM technology https://www.google.com/amp/compositesmanufacturingmagazine.com/2017/01/department-of-defense-successfully-tests-composite-drones/amp/
  • Wall Street Journal (behind paywall): China’s Global Semiconductor Raid

    01/16/2017 9:22:51 PM PST · by RightGeek · 36 replies
    Semiconductors are essential to everything from home appliances to cars, satellites and fighter aircraft. The U.S. has led the industry since its start in the 1950s, with firms like Intel, Qualcomm and Apple today accounting for nearly 50% of global sales, worth about $165 billion a year, and employing some 359,000 Americans. Semiconductors are the fourth-most valuable U.S. export behind airplanes, petroleum products and cars. China hopes to change this through state subsidies and predatory trade practices. The White House report, drafted by industry and policy experts, warns that “Chinese policies are distorting markets in ways that undermine innovation, subtract...
  • Trump’s Tech Pal Peter Thiel Backs #Calexit

    01/12/2017 7:32:08 AM PST · by Cheerio · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Jan 2017 | Tim Donnelly
    #CalExit just received a big boost from an unlikely source: Peter Thiel, billionaire tech buddy of President-elect Trump. In a “Confirm or Deny” interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, the 49 year-old Thiel confirmed that he believed California should secede. Maureen Dowd: California should secede. Peter Thiel: Confirm. I’d be fine with that. I think it would be good for California, good for the rest of the country. It would help Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign. Apparently Thiel’s comment that “…it would help Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign” was made rather tongue-in-cheek. But it does raise an interesting question. With...
  • An Author's look into the future: Economic models are changing. We must deal with it.

    01/10/2017 7:31:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Into the future By Udo Gollub at Messe Berlin, Germany I just went to the Singularity University summit. Here are the key points I gathered. Rise and Fall: In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they were bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras...
  • How voice technology is transforming computing

    01/09/2017 12:10:59 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    ANY sufficiently advanced technology, noted Arthur C. Clarke, a British science-fiction writer, is indistinguishable from magic. The fast-emerging technology of voice computing proves his point. Using it is just like casting a spell: say a few words into the air, and a nearby device can grant your wish. The Amazon Echo, a voice-driven cylindrical computer that sits on a table top and answers to the name Alexa, can call up music tracks and radio stations, tell jokes, answer trivia questions and control smart appliances; even before Christmas it was already resident in about 4% of American households. Voice assistants are...
  • News anchor sets off Alexa devices around San Diego ordering unwanted dollhouses

    01/08/2017 3:36:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 51 replies
    XETV ^ | 1/7/16 | Carlos Correa
    Shh! you may want to turn down your television set because Alexa the internet-connected home assistant device may be listening. The Amazon Echo system which does everything from getting your weather report to ordering more laundry detergent can also do some things you don’t want it to. When it comes to answering those tough questions or getting that extra help around the house, Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo is just a voice-command away. Meyali Sanchez helps sell the system at Best Buy and even uses it at home. “She is kind of like my little right hand....
  • Anti-surveillance clothing blocks security cameras’ facial-recognition software

    01/06/2017 11:06:39 AM PST · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    New anti-surveillance clothing has been developed, allowing wearers to prevent security cameras which use facial recognition technology from recognizing them. The clothing uses complex colored patterns of digitalized faces, and parts of faces, to overload and trick facial recognition software. New anti-surveillance clothing has been developed, allowing wearers to prevent security cameras which use facial recognition technology from recognizing them. The clothing uses complex colored patterns of digitalized faces, and parts of faces, to overload and trick facial recognition software. The patterned design of the clothing overwhelm and confuse facial recognition systems by presenting them with too many faces to...
  • Movie theaters, studios react to potential “Theater Mode” in upcoming iOS update

    01/06/2017 1:54:39 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 22 replies
    Polygon ^ | January 5th, 2017 | Julia Alexander
    To say that film Twitter, as it has become to be known, lost its collective mind when a rumor began circulating that the newest iOS update would have a “Theater Mode,” is an understatement. The rumor started with a tweet from Sonny Dickson, a contributor to Forbes who has broken Apple news in the past. Dickson said that in iOS update 10.3, a “Theater Mode” would be added that could be accessed from clicking on a “popcorn-shaped Control Center icon.” Dickson didn’t allude to what the mode would do, but in 2012, Apple patented technology that would “disable noise and/or...
  • LG reveals 'wallpaper' TV just 2.6mm thin and so light it can be hung on the wall with MAGNETS

    01/04/2017 4:49:14 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 4,2017 | By CHEYENNE MACDONALD
    LG has unveiled an array of devices to make smart homes even smarter - including a radical ultrathin TV than can be hung on the wall with magnets. The ultrathin LG Signature OLED W television is just just 2.57mm thin in the 65-inch model, and mounts seamlessly to the wall to create the experience of ‘looking through a window into another world.’ The company is set to market the device, which as yet has no price or release date, as a 'wallpaper' TV. To avoid cables, it has a single cable that runs to a sound bar, which has all...
  • What Apple got right but Amazon is getting wrong

    01/04/2017 12:27:07 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 4, 2017 | By Bruce Abramson
    The matter implicating Amazon's Echo is prosaic, by comparison. While investigating a homicide committed in a private home in Bentonville, Arkansas, the police noticed that the homeowner—and prime suspect—was something of an electronics junkie. Among his devices was an Amazon Echo, an "always listening" device that, when triggered, records ambient sound and stores the recording on Amazon's cloud. The police thought that selected recordings might help fill some gaps in their investigation. Amazon refused to hand them over. The information available about the Bentonville case suggests two distinct problems. The police request may be overbroad, in which case Amazon is...
  • That Amazon Echo You Got for Xmas? Here’s Why the Cops May Want to Listen in on Your Recordings

    01/04/2017 7:53:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | January 3, 2016 | Emily Zanotti
    Devices like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home were big sellers over the holidays, with people all over the country turning their houses over to digital assistants. But while a virtual butler seems like a great idea, consumers are slowly coming to grips with the implications of the “smart home.” Devices that can answer questions are also taking notes. And while that may help digital assistants like Alexa become better and faster, it also helps law enforcement listen in on private conversations.
  • Hiding your tracks from Trump: Online privacy worries heat up

    12/29/2016 9:37:36 AM PST · by MilesVeritatis · 29 replies
    CNet ^ | 12/26/2016 | Laura Hautala
    Subtitle: In the face of a new administration, activists and regular people alike embrace tools for keeping their browsing habits and communications private. There's something about a Donald Trump administration in charge of the US National Security Agency that has folks taking government surveillance very seriously. Encrypted email provider ProtonMail and encrypted chat service Signal saw a spike in new users after the election. What's more, privacy advocates say they're hearing from more people who are interested in covering up their tracks online. Eva Galperin, a global policy analyst at the privacy-oriented Electronic Frontier Foundation, said she's received more requests...
  • Latinos in tech prepare for resistance as Trump takes office

    12/28/2016 6:21:54 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 27, 2016 | Marissa Lang
    They heard him when he called them criminals, thugs, rapists. They saw the taco-bowl tweet on Cinco de Mayo and listened as he sought to discredit a federal judge of Mexican heritage. And now, with less than a month to go before Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Latino tech workers are waiting to see what he’ll do next.
  • DONALD TRUMP IS RIGHT: SILICON VALLEY NEEDS TO INVEST IN AMERICA (Another Fake News Hit Job)

    12/27/2016 7:45:45 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 12/27/2016 | KEVIN MANEY
    When Donald Trump met with technology leaders in December to tell them he wanted them to create jobs in the U.S., their heads probably tilted to the side, as if you tried to explain physics to your dog and she just watched your lips moving and wondered when, among all those unfamiliar sounds, she was going to hear the word treat. Tech leaders aren’t in the business of creating jobs. They’re in business to help us do more with less. They like innovation and disruption and software eating the world. But people—eh, not so much. In his own Chance-the-gardener way,...
  • Trump Administration Impact on Venture Capital Investments in Startups

    12/19/2016 7:37:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Lexology ^ | December 13, 2016 | Asaf Hahami
    No matter what you thought of the U.S. election results, the new incoming Administration will impact the venture capital (VC) and private equity investment marketplace in the U.S. for many players – from founders of U.S. companies and founders of international startups looking to enter the U.S. marketplace to the funds themselves. How might a Trump Administration’s priorities impact venture capital and private equity investments in startups? The short answer, of course, is no one really knows. However, given the election results, the changes will likely be profound. At the transition team level, the transition officials have brought in Peter...
  • Study reveals who is most likely to have sex with a ROBOT - and it's exactly who you'd expect

    12/19/2016 2:45:26 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 131 replies
    The sex robot industry is thriving, with some academics predicting that humans will be having more sex with robots that with each other by 2050. But while many people find the idea of sex with a mechanical object abhorrent, academics are keen to find out who is most willing to embrace (literally) this new technology. Speaking at the Love and Sex with Robots conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, Jessica M. Szczuka from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany took on the preconceptions of lonely men shacking up with cyber-lovers.
  • New Rule Could Require Cars to Communicate

    12/19/2016 5:33:58 AM PST · by fruser1 · 34 replies
    The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, enabling new crash-avoidance applications that, once fully deployed, could help prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles “talk” to each other. In February 2014, Secretary Foxx announced the DOT would accelerate its work to enable V2V, directing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to begin work on the rulemaking. NHTSA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in August 2014. The advancement of the V2V rulemaking complements the DOT’s work on automated vehicles. The proposed rule would require automakers...
  • Multi-material 3D printer squirts out homemade electronic circuits

    12/14/2016 7:57:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    New Atlas ^ | December 13, 2016 | Michael Irving
    As 3D printers shrink in size and price and make their way into more homes, they're starting to bring more of the higher-end functions, like the ability to print objects with multiple materials, down to the consumer level. German startup Next Dynamics has now unveiled the NexD1, a multi-color, multi-material 3D printer for the home that can use a conductive resin to create custom electronic circuit boards. Everything from paper sculptures to candies can be printed from devices small enough to fit on the counter at home, but the NexD1 (which the team pronounces like "next-one") does things a little...
  • Amazon’s Bezos says meeting with Trump, tech leaders was ‘very productive’

    12/14/2016 7:38:01 PM PST · by bryan999 · 55 replies
    Jeff Bezos said a gathering of tech titans Wednesday with President-elect Donald J. Trump had been “very productive,” and that the Amazon.com CEO emphasized to the incoming administration that innovation was key in creating new jobs. Bezos, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Apple’s Tim Cook and other high-flying tech executives attended a meeting at Trump Tower in New York with the president elect and his transition team. It was an encounter with a man who, as a candidate, rubbed many in the technology industry the wrong way with restrictive views on immigration and other social issues. Trump didn’t seem very happy with...
  • Elon Musk, Travis Kalanick join Trump's economic advisory team

    12/14/2016 2:31:57 PM PST · by KingofZion · 27 replies
    San Francisco Business Journal ^ | December 14, 2016 | Cromwell Schubarth
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were named Wednesday to President-elect Donald Trump's newly formed economic advisory board. The announcement was made separately from a meeting of tech leaders with Trump that Musk was attending. Kalanick is out of the country. They join IBM CEO Ginni Rometty as the only tech representatives so far named to Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum. The group will reportedly "be called upon to meet with the president frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the president implements his plan to bring back jobs and Make America Great Again." Benjamin...
  • Source: Twitter cut out of Trump tech meeting over failed emoji deal

    12/14/2016 1:57:41 PM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    politico ^ | 12/14/16 | Nancy Scola
    Twitter was told it was "bounced" from Wednesday's meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump in retribution for refusing during the campaign to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary, according to a source close to the situation. Twitter is one of the few major U.S. tech companies not represented at Wednesday afternoon's Trump Tower meeting attended by, among others, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Tesla's Elon Musk — an omission all the more striking because of Trump's heavy dependence on the Twitter platform. With some 17.3 million followers of his account, the...
  • Three-year-olds can be identified as criminals of the future

    12/13/2016 5:47:05 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 61 replies
    The Times UK ^ | 13 Dec 16 | Tom Whipple
    People who will commit most crime can be predicted by looking at deprivation and brain health in childrenA fifth of the population is responsible for four fifths of crime, two fifths of obesity, three quarters of fatherless families and for claiming two thirds of benefits. What’s more, scientists say, you can identify this troublesome group at the age of three. A 45-minute test rating children on IQ and self-control, combined with information about deprivation and maltreatment, allowed researchers to predict “with considerable accuracy” which would go on to be the greatest burden on the state. The 38-year study may be...
  • Jill Stein: People Walk Around With Floppy Disks to Hack Voter Machines

    12/08/2016 5:07:56 AM PST · by kevcol · 232 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 7, 2016 | Chandler Gill
    Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Wednesday that people walk around with floppy disks in order to hack and reprogram voter machines. Stein–who is attempting to launch election recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to contest Donald Trump’s victory–first explained the indicators that people looked for when a machine is suspected of being tampered with or having an error. “So the indicators that they look for if they want to see a machine error or a foul play or tampering, you look for a couple of indicators,” she said. “So one is close...
  • How the tech industry helped elect Donald Trump

    12/07/2016 1:09:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CIO ^ | December 7, 2016 | Preston Gralla, Contributing Editor, Computerworld
    To some extent, blue-collar workers gave back to Silicon Valley a bit of the disruption it has long given them Nearly the entire tech industry, with the exception of PayPal founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, publicly lined up against Donald Trump and for Hillary Clinton in the recent presidential election. But words are one thing and actions another. And actions taken by the tech industry in the last decades helped seal Trump’s surprise victory. Trump won, in large part, thanks to support by blue-collar voters without college degrees in the Rust Belt, particularly in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan....
  • How Tech Can Help Save Democracy

    12/06/2016 5:19:28 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    medium.com ^ | 11/29/16 | Ben Rattray
    Americans feel government doesn’t serve them, their voice isn’t heard. Most solutions focus on the next political battle. While short-term battles are important, we need long-term solutions more profound than better policies, politicians or parties; we need a better political system. Technology has been blamed for our current political environment; for social and economic disruption that led to disaffection, for spreading fake news. Well-designed technology offers the best chance of creating the political system needed: more participatory, responsive, informed democracy. It just hasn’t been built yet. Silicon Valley invested billions designing technology to improve industries; commerce, communications, travel, transportation. Less...
  • McDonald's To Install Ordering Kiosks Instead Of Paying People $15/Hour(WHAT?!)

    12/01/2016 7:19:43 AM PST · by rktman · 130 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 11/29/2016 | Christine Rousselle
    A former McDonald's CEO is laying the blame on the "Fight for $15" movement as for why the company is embracing automation in its restaurants. McDonald's will install self-serve kiosks in its restaurants around the country to replace human cashiers. Let’s start with automation. In 2013, when the Fight for $15 was still in its growth stage, I and others warned that union demands for a much higher minimum wage would force businesses with small profit margins to replace full-service employees with costly investments in self-service alternatives. At the time, labor groups accused business owners of crying wolf. It turns...
  • Tech reaches out to Donald Trump

    11/30/2016 9:20:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Silicon Beat ^ | November 30, 2016 | Levi Sumagaysay
    The tech industry has banded together in an attempt to reach out to Donald Trump, the president-elect it tried to defeat. Seventeen trade groups sent a letter to Trump Tuesday, asking him to consider principles the industry says will help growth and innovation. The groups pushed for government investment in tech infrastructure, tax reform and modernizing rules and laws, plus made recommendations for agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission and more. They also felt the need to toot their own horn a little. “We are a powerful engine for economic growth and competitive strength, driving over...
  • TECH BLACKOUT: Huge solar storm which could WIPE OUT modern technology expected by 2020

    11/29/2016 1:16:44 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 145 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 11/29/16 | Sean Martin
    THERE is a one in eight chance that the Earth will be hit by a huge solar storm by 2020 which could potentially leave the world without Internet, phone service and many more services that modern-day humans rely on. Researchers have warned that there is roughly a 12 per cent chance that a solar storm could smash into Earth by the end of the decade.(emphasis mine) The powerful event would likely be as huge as the Carrington Event, which occurred on 1859. The solar storm which hit 150 years ago was so powerful that its southern auroras could be seen...
  • LIVING ROBOT with 'HUMAN BRAIN' close to creation as super AI computer around the corner

    11/26/2016 10:07:07 AM PST · by DFG · 35 replies
    Express UK ^ | 11/26/2016 | Joey Millar
    Engineers at the University of Massachusetts are developing microprocessors which mimic biological synapses - the nerve cells which pass messages across the human body. The science fiction-style project is being undertaken by Joshua Yang and Qiangfei Xia, professors of electrical and computer engineering at the US college. Their work focuses heavily on memristors - a computer component which could change science forever, switching the focus from electronics to ionics.
  • Walgreen's $140 Million Lawsuit Shows Theranos Is Way Worse Than We Thought

    11/23/2016 11:10:50 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    Thrill List ^ | 11/23/2016, 2:58 PM | By Christina Stiehl
    <p>Theranos, the biotech company started by a 19-year-old Stanford dropout, has another hurdle to cross in its whole "we're totally a legit blood-testing company" campaign. This time, it turns out that tens of thousands of blood tests were voided, making them totally invalid. Whoops!</p>
  • MIT’s new nylon muscles could lead to actual Westworld hosts

    11/23/2016 8:10:12 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | Darrell Etherington
    MIT has a new nylon-based artificial muscle-like filament created by researchers that could eventually provide the basis for robots with bulging biceps. The filaments themselves look eerily similar to the ones extruded by the 3D printers used in the opening sequence of HBO’s Westworld, which is why Gizmodo and others are seeing parallels between potential applications of the tech and Westworld‘s lifelike hosts. MIT’s new solution isn’t the first artificial muscle technology developed, but it is simple and low cost, unlike existing offerings. The researchers developing the tech found that specific types of nylon fiber can reproduce some of the...