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  • Is it a phone? The hilarious reactions of baffled children presented with a Sony Walkman..

    04/15/2014 9:47:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 115 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    Children's perplexed reactions to a Sony Walkman have been caught on camera, with the majority frustrated at operating clunky buttons over a touch screen. Los Angeles-based filmmakers Benny and Rafi Fine asked volunteers aged six to 13 to guess what the bulky device was, with suggestions including a 'walkie-talkie' or 'boombox'. 'What is this?' one nine-year-old girl quizzed as she investigated the Eighties-era cassette player, while another exclaimed 'I'm not going to give up, I'm a survivor,' as she determinedly tried to figure out how it worked.
  • Politics Test Silicon Valley's Russian Ties

    04/14/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 | Martha Mendoza
    Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin. "It's safe to say a lot of investors here are taking a step back to see how the situation will unfold," said Alexandra Johnson, who manages a $100 million venture fund called DFJ VTP Aurora, a Menlo Park, Calif., branch of Russian bank VTB.
  • Stain-Resistant White Jeans? Welcome to the Future.

    04/08/2014 5:57:19 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 23 replies
    Yahoo Shine ^ | April 7,2014 | Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion
    A pair of white jeans is a spring must-have, but it's certainly not the most practical piece of clothing you can own. One small misstep— sitting on a dirty chair, spilling just a couple drops of coffee — and your crisp pants have a huge stain that may not only ruin your day, but could ruin those jeans forever. White jeans are gorgeous, but only when they look flawless. Now, one premium denim brand has a solution to the dirty-jeans dilemma: a specially formulated, stain-resistant coating guaranteed to repel potentially damaging liquids like coffee, soda, and yes, even red wine.
  • Alternate to FireFox ~ Startpage

    04/04/2014 9:21:02 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 21 replies
    04/04/2014 | Howard Morrison
    https://startpage.com/eng/top-ten-ways-startpage.html
  • The Tech Industry’s Immigration Lies: Is there really a shortage of high-skill American workers?

    04/03/2014 9:15:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/03/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    One of the primary narratives associated with comprehensive immigration reform has nothing to do with the millions of low-skill workers that would be granted an opportunity to compete against Americans for jobs. As a letter sent to the president and Congressional leaders signed by more than 100 chief executives of major tech companies and trade associations indicates, there is a shortage of highly-skilled American labor that drives reform as well. Yet as The Atlantic’s Michael S. Teitelbaum reveals, that narrative is a lie.“A compelling body of research is now available, from many leading academic researchers and from respected research organizations...
  • Texas Overtakes California, Leads Nation In Tech Exports

    03/29/2014 10:46:21 AM PDT · by Spktyr · 60 replies
    Surpassing California for the first time, Texas is leading the nation in technology-related exports, according to a new report. State companies that make computers, semiconductors and communications equipment, among other products, exported more than $45 billion in products in 2012, according to the TechAmerica Foundation, a tech industry lobbying firm. That was driven by Texas’ 7 percent growth — about $3 billion — in tech exports from 2011. Tech exports supported nearly 1.5 million jobs nationwide and about 331,000 jobs in Texas, according to the report. California, meanwhile, declined 2.8 percent, to $44.8 billion in technology exports. Technology exports accounted...
  • Brendan Eich, Mozilla's Alpha Nerd, Takes Over as CEO (Q&A)

    03/25/2014 12:06:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    CNET ^ | March 24, 2014 | Stephen Shankland
    The inventor of JavaScript and the Firefox developer's chief technology officer now is running the show. Top agenda items: Firefox OS and Mozilla services.Brendan Eich, the programmer who invented JavaScript in a 10-day burst of activity at Netscape in 1995, now is the chief executive of Mozilla, the nonprofit organization that develops the Firefox browser and Firefox OS mobile operating system. Eich worked on the Netscape Navigator browser and -- after Microsoft won the first browser wars of the 1990s -- on Mozilla's effort to make something useful of the Netscape open-source code base. Although Mozilla succeeded in restoring competition...
  • The Brutal Ageism of the Tech Industry

    03/24/2014 6:30:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    TNR ^ | 03/24/2014 | NOAM SCHEIBER
    "I have more botox in me than any ten people,” Dr. Seth Matarasso told me in an exam room this February. He is a reality-show producer’s idea of a cosmetic surgeon—his demeanor brash, his bone structure preposterous. Over the course of our hour-long conversation, he would periodically fire questions at me, apropos of nothing, in the manner of my young daughter. “What gym do you go to?” “What’s your back look like?” “Who did your nose?” In lieu of bidding me goodbye, he called out, “Love me, mean it,” as he walked away. Twenty years ago, when Matarasso first opened...
  • Technology is not Wisdom

    03/20/2014 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Americans now have more computer power in their smart phones than did the Pentagon in all its computer banks just 30 years ago. We board a sophisticated jet and assume that the flight is no more dangerous than crossing the street. The downside of this complete reliance on computer gadgetry is a fundamental ignorance of what technology is. Smart machines are simply the pumps that deliver the water of knowledge -- not knowledge itself. What does it matter that millions of American students can communicate across thousands of miles instantly with their iPads and iPhones if a poorly educated generation...
  • A Day Made of Glass

    03/19/2014 6:15:04 PM PDT · by rjsimmon · 22 replies
    THE FUTURE OF GLASS - "AMAZING"! If you wonder why HP, Dell and other leading computer manufacturers believe the end of the computer as we know it is near, here’s why. It's not the iPad that has them concerned about the future. It is developments like the ones Corning is working on that are game-changers:
  • Seattle Restricts Uber and Transportation Innovation

    03/19/2014 2:42:46 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislative Exchange Council ^ | 3-19-14 | John Stephenson
    In a major setback for innovation in the urban transportation market, the Seattle City Council voted Monday to cap the number of cars that ride-on-demand services like Uber and Lyft may have on the road at any one time. The mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, has said he will sign it. Under a new ordinance, which is the first of its kind in the United States, companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar will be limited to having 150 cars each on the road at a time. This means that ride-on-demand services will collectively have no more than 450 cars on...
  • Ukraine president gives Crimea leaders three hours to release navy chief

    03/19/2014 10:30:08 AM PDT · by don-o · 148 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | March 19, 2014
    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's acting president on Wednesday said Crimea's separatist leaders had three hours to release the detained head of the ex-Soviet state's navy or face "an adequate response". Acting president Oleksandr Turchynov said in a statement that "unless Admiral (Sergiy) Gayduk and all the other hostages -- both military and civilian ones -- are released, the authorities will carry out an adequate response... of a technical and technological nature."
  • Can your technology withstand the pace and level of regulatory strain?

    03/18/2014 3:14:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Reuters ^ | 18 March 2014 | (The Knowledge Effect)
    Periods of industry-redefining regulatory change are hardly new. What is unprecedented is the volume and relentless pace of regulation. Organizations have to ensure they can implement the system code changes and update operating processes to comply with the welter of new legislation, regulatory initiatives and rule amendments. And they have less time in which to react to those changes. To further complicate matters, the regulations are coming from multiple sources, with no consideration of whether the objectives are complementary or conflicting, and what the cumulative impact will be. Two primary objectives are driving the extensive regulatory agenda: a desire for...
  • US transfer of Internet control years in the making, fueled by foreign pressure

    03/18/2014 1:36:18 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-18-14 | Judson Berger
    The decision was announced nonchalantly, in trademark Washington fashion on a Friday afternoon: The U.S. government will cede its last bit of control over the Internet. The government has maintained that influence through contracts with the organization that administers the Internet, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. But a Commerce Department agency announced Friday that it would relinquish control over ICANN, presumably when its contract expires in September 2015. The office said it wants the group to next convene "global stakeholders" to come up with a transition plan -- a transition...
  • Technological advances have given us the ability to make some family portraits extra special

    03/12/2014 3:27:11 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-12-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I can't even place the very first moment I heard of it, but I was in my very early teens when the internet started "happening."By the time I was 20 we didn't know what we'd do without it, and that was before social media like Facebook was even created.I say that because I really try to imagine in my mind living in the world without any of it, which is only possible because the first third of my life was that way. In some ways it seems nice to me, like life would be less...noisy.And then I see something like...
  • The 12 Jobs Most At Risk Of Being Replaced By Robots

    03/12/2014 1:57:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/12/2014 | Hayley Peterson
    Mobile robots and "smart" computers are threatening to replace up to half the U.S. workforce within the next decade or two, according to a Bloomberg report. The report cites an Oxford University study that identified more than 700 occupations at risk of computer automation. Here are the jobs that are most at risk, based on the study.
  • Texas technology exports exceed California’s numbers

    03/07/2014 1:26:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Daily Toreador ^ | 03/07/2014 | By Kaitlin Bain
    Texas technology exporters have surpassed the number of exports by California of technology equipment including semiconductors, telecommunications devices and computers. According to the Tech America Foundation Tech Trade in the state 2014 report, Texas has surpassed California in technology exports and technology jobs. Kenny Marchant, Dallas/Fort Worth congressional representative, spoke at a press conference about the topic and his excitement for the reports, according to a U.S. press release. “America’s high-tech sector is an innovation powerhouse and one of the fasting-growing elements of global trade,” he said. “High-tech exports play a crucial role in creating new jobs, growing the most...
  • Wireless Tax Burden Harms US Economy

    03/04/2014 3:07:59 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2-28-14 | Alec Rued
    Since the Federal Communications Commission approved mobile devices for public consumption in 1983, the use of wireless phones has increased by 25 to 35 percent per year. Today, mobile technology is dispersed across more than 90 percent of the U.S. population and the number of cell phones in America exceeds the number of individuals. Americans increasingly rely on this now ubiquitous technology. In fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that a shocking fifty percent of homes rely exclusively on wireless service. Less surprisingly, over 80 percent of participants in the TIME mobile survey believed they could not go a...
  • Thermal Imaging Gets More Common But The Courts Haven't Caught Up

    02/27/2014 3:54:22 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Feb 2014 | Katie Barlow
    Thermal imaging devices have been available for sale online, relatively cheaply, for at least a couple of years. But now, an iPhone attachment will let you carry a thermal imaging camera in your pocket. FLIR Systems, a specialized camera company, plans to release its thermal camera and app for iPhone for less than $350 this spring. These devices — which show you the image of what you are looking at but with colors highlighting heat levels from objects — are getting easy to own and use. And that means consumers could use them to spot a water leak in the...
  • Codgers Freaking Out

    02/26/2014 4:15:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | John Stossel
    America's most popular cable news host is upset. "Marijuana use, video games and texting (are) creating major social problems," says Bill O'Reilly. "This is an epidemic that will lead to a weaker nation!" Give me a break. Crotchety old geezers always complain about "the kids." The Boston Globe frets about "Idle Trophy Kids." The New York Post asks if millennials are "The Worst Generation?" Older folks (my age) complain that young people spend so much time texting each other that they can't communicate. And because they spend hours playing violent video games, violence is up. Bunk. It's true that...
  • Obama OKs nuke deal with Vietnam (sale of nuclear fuel and technology only)

    02/24/2014 4:09:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/24/14 | Julian Pecquet
    President Obama signed off Monday on a controversial civilian nuclear deal with Vietnam. The cooperation agreement with the communist nation allows the U.S. to sell nuclear fuel and technology to its former foe. It aims to help guarantee Vietnams' energy independence as China asserts a more prominent role in the region. “I have determined that the performance of the Agreement will promote, and will not constitute an unreasonable risk to, the common defense and security,” Obama wrote in a memo for the secretaries of State and Energy. The deal aims to get Vietnam to import the fuel it needs for...
  • NO shortage of high-tech workers, not enough jobs: Amnesty: Not Just for Low-Skilled Workers?

    02/24/2014 6:07:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Amnesty is being driven, among others, by big businesses claiming they cannot hire enough high-tech professionals. These are (or posture as) major donors to members of Congress. So these businesses are twisting arms on Capitol Hill. The compromise is that Democrats get amnesty for illegal aliens if business gets more high-tech foreign workers. However, in fact, there is no shortage of high-tech professionals in the USA. Businesses do not need immigration reform. On August 30, 2013, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers published a review of this question in its journal Spectrum, titled "The STEM Crisis Is a Myth."...
  • Failure to Launch (1/3 of millennials lives w/parents)

    02/13/2014 10:19:24 AM PST · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Independent Women's Forum ^ | 12 February 2014 | Patrice J. Lee
    President likes to refer to us as grown children and is quick to boast that because of his ObamaCare plan we can stay on our parents’ health insurance plans until we’re 26. But this is a generation that remembers typing papers on word processors and tearing the edges off dot matrix paper. We weren’t the first on the information super highway but once we got a license, we took over the road. Facebook has tracked every day of our lives since college and Twitter turned us into citizen reporters. We also have degrees – some of us multiple degrees- but...
  • How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction

    02/13/2014 5:47:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/13/2014 | Farhad Manjoo
    Don’t mock the beleaguered Nook owner. That could have been you. Five years ago, when the nation’s largest chain of bookstores released an e-reader that it promised would best Amazon’s Kindle, could you blame the poor souls who bought in to Barnes & Noble’s vision of the future? In 2011, Consumer Reports proclaimed the Nook the best e-reader in the land, saying it surpassed the Kindle in just about every way. Well, that sounds pretty definitive, doesn’t it? No wonder your aunt bought you one for Christmas. Things haven’t played out well since. After failing to douse Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes...
  • Giant glass orb could replace the solar panel

    02/10/2014 2:04:46 PM PST · by grundle · 89 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | February 6, 2014
    The solar energy industry is still in the process of exploring how to make photovoltaic panels more efficient and less intrusive, and researchers at Stanford have already pushed forward with peel-and-stick solar panels. However, for high power usage the devices must be large and in direct contact with the sun at all times, meaning they need to track its position in the sky using sensors and equipment that are expensive and susceptible to bad weather. Currently seeking funding through Indiegogo, Rawlemon is an alternative in the shape of an oddly beautiful eyeball-shaped lens, that uses refraction to concentrate sunlight with...
  • Tech insiders bemoan state of TV industry as Intel exits

    01/21/2014 4:14:42 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 34 replies
    Some tech industry heavyweights took to Twitter on Monday to vent their frustration with the user-unfriendly state of television in the broadband Internet age. The conversation pointed out the conflicts between the freedom to chose that users crave and the content gatekeepers who are reluctant to change from business as usual. BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield documented the Twitter conversation in a blog post Tuesday. It started when Jason Hirschhorn, CEO of Redef, complained about the cost of cable and what he received in return. "It's amazing to me that I pay a cable company $250/month and I can't view all...
  • Silent Technical Privilege: In Technology, My Looks Got Me Everywhere

    01/16/2014 6:31:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Slate ^ | 01/16/2014 | Phillip Guo
    I started programming when I was 5, first with Logo and then BASIC. The picture above is me, age 9 (with horrible posture). By the time this photo was taken, I had already written several BASIC games that I distributed as shareware on our local BBS. I was fast growing bored, so my parents (both software engineers) gave me the original dragon compiler textbook from their grad school days. That's when I started learning C and writing my own simple interpreters and compilers. My early interpreters were for BASIC, but by the time I entered high school I had...
  • Israel's Defense Ministry won't identify arms clients

    01/15/2014 6:28:39 PM PST · by steel_resolve · 2 replies
    SpaceWar ^ | Jan 14, 2014 | staff writers
    Israel's Defense Ministry, long suspected of supplying arms to dictatorial regimes and illegal organizations, has refused to divulge the full list of its weapons customers despite what the one analyst calls "serious failures that have recently been revealed in its export control department." ...snip... The controversy was heightened by the surprise resignation in December of Meir Shalit, head of the ministry's Defense Export Control Agency, after a joint U.S.-Israel investigation found that a highly sensitive Israeli-produced electronic system licensed for sale to a French firm had been transferred to China
  • Don’t Try This at Home: Swedish Hunter Opens Beer With a Shotgun

    01/15/2014 10:37:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 1/15
    A Swedish hunter has provided new insight into how to open a bottle of beer – by shooting its cap off with a shotgun. Carlsberg-loving Anders Rodenberg uploaded a video to YouTube showing him perform the dangerous stunt. ‘Real men drink beer,’ he says in the clip, before holding the bottle of Carlsberg at arms-length and firing the shotgun, blowing off the lid. Video: Man uses a shotgun to open his bottle of beer If Carlsberg made hunters: Anders Rodenberg uses shotgun to open his beer (Picture: YouTube/Anders Rodenberg) He then holds the undamaged glass bottle to the camera adding,...
  • Playing God: Superhumanity

    01/08/2014 10:04:41 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 6 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 1/8/14 | Maria Wiering
    Todd Blatt is betting that Google Glass will benefit from a few accessories when it is released to the public next year. The first is a camera cap. Already, the 30-year-old 3-D designer has had people shield their face from him while he was wearing his pair of phonesyncing glasses, a sign they don’t trust that he’s not recording them. Blatt, a Baltimorean who also lives in New York, used the crowd-funder Kickstarter to finance GlassKap, a plastic device that fits over the camera lens, and other Google Glass accessories. He scored a pair of the glasses as part of...
  • 10 Biggest Technology Disappointments Of 2013

    01/06/2014 10:41:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Information Week ^ | 01/06/2014 | Shane O'Neill
    1. HealthCare.gov HealthCare.gov has been about as disappointing as it gets. The online exchange for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) had a litany of problems on day one (Oct. 1): extreme slowness, broken pull-down menus, and information on applications being deleted. The site's performance improved throughout November and December, but only slightly. In the coming months, HealthCare.gov will improve, but such a flawed rollout at a time of unprecedented technology innovation is a stain on President Obama's second term and a letdown we won't soon forget. 2. Dropbox outages and security issues The easy-to-use cloud...
  • Beware the Tech Bubble—But Stay Calm

    12/30/2013 5:34:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/30/2013 | Farhad Manjoo
    I spend a lot of time worrying about the next tech bubble. It's my job to worry, of course, and this year, worrying became a full-time occupation. Ever since Facebook's stock price rebounded this year to the level of its initial public offering, tech startups have seen an incredible run-up in valuations.
  • If You Think Being Ruled by Obama Is Bad, Try Being Ruled by the Chinese

    12/28/2013 9:54:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 28, 2013 | Hamilton
    Camille Paglia, the liberal-conservative lesbian who adores men, observed recently that nations must never neglect their basic strengths and survival skills. As she put it, “The earth is littered with the ruins of empires that believed they were eternal.” Perhaps she was thinking of the United States; this is, after all, a time when the gap between our towering international presumption is being undermined by our crumbling domestic reality. The same Paglia-esque thoughts of political mortality came into Hamilton’s mind when he read the news about the near collision, on December 5, of a US Navy ship and a Chinese...
  • Bones repaired with stroke of a pen

    12/27/2013 5:17:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 28, 2013 | Murad Ahmed
    SURGEONS may soon be able to "draw" new bone, skin and muscle on to patients after scientists created a pen-like device that can apply human cells directly to car-crash victims and others with serious injuries. Australian scientists have made a "BioPen", which allows doctors to apply stem cells and growth factors on to damaged and diseased bones. The machine works in a similar way to a 3D printer, building up the materials required to heal a bone. Experts have said it could improve bone reconstruction surgery. The device was created at the University of Wollongong and St Vincent's Hospital in...
  • Computer system could help deaf Catholics make confessions

    12/23/2013 5:34:11 AM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    cna ^ | December 20, 2013
    Confession. Credit: catholicrelics.co.uk.. Phoenix, Ariz., Dec 20, 2013 / 02:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Phoenix, Ariz., priest has invented a computer system intended to help Catholics who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired to make their confessions. Father Romuald P. Zantua, the system’s inventor, told CBCP News that his invention will help increase the practice of confessions, especially for deaf people who have limited access to priests who know sign language. The website for the system, called St. Damien’s Confession Box, says it is primarily aimed at the deaf and those with speech impediments who may not be able to communicate...
  • SQUIRREL! NYT and WashPost focus on Obamacare Website Tech Procurement

    12/23/2013 2:37:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Vanity | December 23, 2013
    LONG front page stories in the New York Times and in the Washington Post are doing their best "Squirrel!" -- a MSM/White House push to divert focus away from the LAW of Obamacare (aka ACA). Because of the exploding number of Americans angry about what has happened to their rights and their healthcare (a disaster still unfolding with no end in sight) they're working overtime to divert our anger from the destructive law that Democrats and Obama pushed through on a party line vote. The NYT and the WaPo want us angry about government procurement and the selection of Tech...
  • Move Silicon Valley to Cleveland

    12/19/2013 9:21:14 PM PST · by Lexinom · 24 replies
    Slate ^ | Matthew Yglesias
    San Francisco is a great American city. And Google is a great American company. But the two are having some trouble getting along. Last week, anti-eviction protestors surrounded one of Google’s private shuttle buses, which transport employees from their urban homes to the company’s suburban campus, and staged a phony incident in which an alleged Googler unleashed his contempt for the city’s lower orders. Then, just in time for the backlash to the anti-Google backlash, prominent local startup CEO Greg Gopman delivered the real deal in the form of a Facebook rant decrying the San Francisco poor as, in essence,...
  • 9 Tech Trends That Will Make Someone Billions Of Dollars Next Year

    12/15/2013 10:27:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 3, 2013 | Julie Bort
    2014 is right around the corner. Most of us can look into our crystal balls and see that a handful of tech trends which became big in 2013 will probably get bigger next year: cloud computing, big data, the rise of tablets, the Internet of Things. But market research firm IDC has gone one better by predicting how these trends will unfold next year — and generate billions of dollars. People and companies will spend $2.1 trillion on technology. Worldwide IT spending will grow 5% next year to $2.1 trillion, IDC says. People and companies will buy smartphones and tablets,...
  • CHINA SUCCESSFULLY SOFT-LANDS PROBE ON THE MOON

    12/14/2013 6:21:37 AM PST · by mandaladon · 47 replies
    AP ^ | 14 Dec 2013 | AP
    BEIJING (AP) -- China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually have a Chinese astronaut set foot on the moon. The unmanned Chang'e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth's nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.
  • Global Study Finds Majority Believe Traditional Hospitals Will Be Obsolete In The Near Future

    12/09/2013 6:33:56 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 21 replies
    Surprising Findings: - Traditional hospitals, according to 57% of people, will be obsolete in the future - Majority of people (84%) would be willing to share their personal health information to advance and lower costs in the health care system - More than 70% of people are receptive to using toilet sensors, prescription bottle sensors and swallowed health monitors - 72% of those surveyed would be willing to see a doctor via video conference for non-urgent appointments - 66% of people say they would prefer a care regimen that is designed specifically for them based on their genetic profile or...
  • Technology failures grow all too common in government projects

    12/02/2013 12:58:19 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2013 | Joseph Tanfani
    "..........Experts point out that troubled information technology projects aren't unusual in private companies either. But the government's problems, involving taxpayer money, are pervasive and add up to billions in waste. Washington will spend more than $76 billion this year on information technology. A federal report in January found that 700 projects, accounting for $12.5 billion, were in trouble. "Clearly the federal IT system is broken," said Michael Krigsman, an industry analyst who is often hired to analyze project failures. The problems seen with HealthCare.gov are not unique, he said. "There are whole strings of failed IT projects where everybody points...
  • US seeks to fine websites if disabled are unable to use

    11/27/2013 3:44:27 AM PST · by AstralisLux · 53 replies
    Spero News ^ | 11/27/13 | Spero News
    The US Justice Department is intervening in a private lawsuit against H&R Block for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. H&R Block is a large provider of American tax services and informational services for tax payers.
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 release date, news and rumours: all eyes on the S5

    11/26/2013 2:41:37 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    Samsung's next generation flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, is the most hotly-anticipated mobile launch since the Nexus 5. Its release (rumoured to be in January 2014) also means that - for what we think is the first time ever - the world's top mobile phones will all have a 5 in the title. We for one welcome the age of the Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S. Before we get ahead of ourselves, we've rounded-up all the rumours about the device's specs, price and features - including a possible eye scanner and a CRAZILY high-res screen. Plus...
  • Chemistry set Kickstarter looks to recapture the wonder of days gone by

    11/23/2013 8:47:19 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 100 replies
    Geek.com ^ | Nov 14, 2013 | Graham Templeton
    The phrase “chemistry set” is embedded in the collective unconscious, but try to actually call one to mind. What does a chemistry set look like? What does it include? What can you do with it? If you’re anything close to being a millennial, you probably have only vague answers to these questions. If you’re a little older, however, you probably remember one of the classic sets that is responsible for our powerful (if nonspecific) connection to the concept of a chemistry set. Chief among these, in many people’s eyes, is the Gilbert Chemistry Set, which inspired untold numbers of young...
  • The CoveredCA.com Con and Other State Exchange Black Holes

    11/22/2013 5:35:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    "It's not my dog. He didn't bite you. Besides, you kicked him first." Thus the trial lawyer's complete defense. And President Obama's too when it comes to the epic fail of Obamacare: "He didn't know it was so badly constructed." "It's working better now." "And besides, the state exchanges are running so smoothly that they prove the concept is a good one. Too bad those Republican governors blocked other state exchanges" This last bit of malarky seems to have been swallowed whole by a media eager to spin for the floundering, fading, 37% approval-rating president. One example: The reliably left-wing...
  • Are We In Another Tech Bubble?

    11/17/2013 6:26:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    TIME ^ | 11/17/2013 | Raba Foroohar
    There’s a reason why a lot of the world’s top investors, like Warren Buffett, don’t invest in technology—it moves too fast. And it’s too hard to track whether the hot stock or idea of today will be worth anything in five years. Buffett famously references the auto industry when he talks about his aversion to technology stocks. There were hundreds of car companies in the U.S. during the early part of the 20th century, but only a handful survived and made investors any money over the long haul. The big question is, are we in a bubble right now? First,...
  • Dragon Day Movie: Have You Guys Seen This?

    11/15/2013 9:39:41 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 25 replies
    Dragon Day -- Movie Trailer ^ | October 2013 | Movie Trailer
    Someone may have posted something on this already...Scary concept and has a little too close to real feel... http://www.dragondaymovie.com/?video=video-8-3
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    11/14/2013 12:59:04 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 8 replies
    Red State ^ | 11-14-13 | John Stephenson
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    11/12/2013 7:27:09 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/11/13 | IBD Staff
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