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  • Amish.biz The Amish are online, onscreen, and multiplying fast

    11/28/2015 7:08:09 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 8 replies
    © Aeon Media Pty ^ | 20 November, 2015 | Kevin Williams
    The Amish are online, onscreen, and multiplying fast. In their battle with modernity, it’s tough to say who’s winning I’ve probably visited more Amish settlements than anyone. Who would venture out to the most remote corners of Montana, Maine and South Texas if they didn’t happen to be a student of Amish culture? Perhaps a peddler of pots and pans; many Amish cooks, I have noticed, gradually gave up their cast iron for stainless steel in the past 50 years... In my 25 years exploring Amish communities, I’ve witnessed changes that would be unnoticeable to the average outsider... To the...
  • China Could Become Global Leader In Nuclear Tech

    11/19/2015 11:54:37 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 19-11-2015 | Chinese
    China continues to rack up successes in exporting its nuclear power technologies as it seeks to become a leader on the global stage. Chinese President Xi Jingping wrapped up a state visit to the United Kingdom at the end of October, in which he inked a deal with the UK to help build nuclear reactors in England. The deal will see the China General Nuclear Power Corporation acquire a 33.5 percent stake in the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. The power plant could be the most expensive reactor ever built and although it will be constructed years behind schedule, it...
  • Will 2016 Be The Year Of Wireless Energy?

    11/19/2015 9:06:06 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 30 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 19-11-2015 | Maccie
    Wireless power has been a dream of mankind’s for decades, but the technology finally appears to be gaining some traction. Theoretically, numerous studies have shown that wireless power is possible through a variety of aerial transmission modalities. Yet the problem with wireless power has been getting the technology to work at a reasonable range. So far, commercial use of wireless power has been limited, but progress is being made. For instance, Samsung now has a commercially available wireless charger for its cell phones. With the charger, consumers do not need to plug their phone into the wall for it to...
  • FCC Lays Ground for Crony Capitalism

    11/18/2015 10:47:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2015 | Mytheos Holt
    During the fourth Republican debate, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina correctly noted that "big government has created a big business called politics. And there are lots of people invested in the status quo of that big business called politics." What Fiorina did not say was that, particularly in the tech sphere, the big business of politics loves to attempt hostile takeovers, often in the guise of trying to stop genuinely predatory behavior. Ironically, the biggest beneficiaries of such takeovers are usually the predators themselves. No better example of such disingenuous action exists than the current proposed FCC enforcement action...
  • New glass almost as tough as steel [Transparent Aluminum!]

    11/04/2015 1:21:58 PM PST · by Red Badger · 103 replies
    phys.org ^ | 11/04/2015 | Staff
    Transmittance spectrum of the 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 glass in the UV/vis region. The inset picture shows the glass sample used for the transmittance experiment. Credit: (c) 2015 Scientific Reports (2015). DOI: 10.1038/srep15233 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with The University of Tokyo and Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute has created a type of glass that is stronger than many metals. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe how they overcame one of the major hurdles in creating glass imbued with extra amounts of an oxide of aluminum, by using what they call aerodynamic levitation. Glass that does...

    10/27/2015 8:07:37 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 27 2015 | Milo Yiannopolous
    With the exception of Mrs. Clinton and her email scandal, few presidential candidates of either party have been moved during their campaigns to discuss technology at length.That changes today, as Donald Trump gives an exclusive interview to Breitbart Techabout hacking, cyber-warfare and artificial intelligence. BREITBART TECH: Whats your position on the NSA? Has it overreached in recent years, or is it an essential line of defense in the fight against terrorism? TRUMP: The National Security Agency (NSA) is charged with collecting electronic intelligence from a host of sources around the world and from those who live in America who might...
  • A New Material Promises NSA-Proof Wallpaper

    10/23/2015 7:05:19 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 31 replies
    Defense One ^ | 10/23/2015 | Patrick Tucker
    Your next tinfoil hat will wont be made of tinfoil. A small company called Conductive Composites out of Utah has developed a flexible material thin and tough enough for wallpaper or woven fabric that can keep electronic emissions in and electromagnetic pulses out.
  • Russias Winning the Electronic War (Russian tech jams comm and drone NATO signals)

    10/22/2015 9:53:43 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 48 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | October 21, 2015 | Paul McLeary
    It comes at different times, and in different forms. But as they have charted the war in southeast Ukraine over the past year, drones flown by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe have run into the same problem: Russian troops on the ground are jamming them into virtual blindness. Its just one part of a sophisticated Russian electronic warfare (EW) effort in Ukraine that has proved a sobering experience for the U.S. Army. Faced with how the newly modernized Russian army is operating in Ukraine and Syria using equipment like the Krasukha-4, which jams radar and aircraft...
  • Teen stoner says he hacked CIA directors AOL account

    10/19/2015 10:23:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10-18-15 | Philip Messing, Jamie Schram and Bruce Golding
    Hillary Rodham Clintons email scandal didnt stop the head of the CIA from using his own personal AOL account to stash work-related documents, according to a stoner high school student who claims to have hacked into them. CIA Director John Brennans private account held sensitive files including his 47-page application for top-secret security clearance until he recently learned that it had been infiltrated, the hacker told The Post. Other emails stored in Brennans non-government account contained the Social Security numbers and personal information of more than a dozen top American intelligence officials, as well as a government letter...
  • 15 jobs that are quickly disappearing

    10/15/2015 9:12:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 14, 2015 19 hours ago | Rcahel Gillett
    Thanks in part to advances like email, Facebook, and Twitter, mail carriers will be all but obsolete in the not-so-distant future. By 2022, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28% decline in postal-service jobs, totaling around 139,100 fewer positions. Mail carriers aren't the only ones whose jobs are disappearing. Technology and market shifts have affected a wide range of fields. Based on the BLS's occupational outlook data, here are 15 American jobs that are on their way out. 1. Printing worker According to the BLS, printing workers inspect random samples during print runs to identify problems and make...
  • Technology Can Bring Money To Inner Cities

    10/13/2015 11:15:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    As technology changes, so does the job market. Two centuries ago, most low skilled workers would have found work as farmhands, while a century ago they would have been employed in a factory. Today they are most likely to work in the service industry, whether in retail, food service, janitorial services or as personal care aides in a nursing home or hospital. As I have written before, these jobs are often important stepping stones to better ones, even if they do not offer a direct path to advancement. Low skilled jobs still teach workers how to follow instructions and become...
  • Test Facility Begins Capturing Carbon from Air: Demonstration of industrial scale carbon capture

    10/11/2015 6:49:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Technology Review ^ | 10/11/2015 | By Richard Martin
    On Friday a group of government officials, environmentalists, and local bigwigs gathered in the coastal town of Squamish, British Columbia, about an hour north of Vancouver, to mark the onset of what could one day be a new industry: creating carbon-neutral transportation fuel made from carbon dioxide captured from air. The company that built the plant, Carbon Engineering, was founded by a Canadian scientist named David Keith. A Harvard professor of applied physics, Keith has made headlines before for his outspoken advocacy for more research into geoengineering (specifically, seeding the lower stratosphere with sulfuric acid to reflect sunlight and cool...
  • ITS OVER: The 'unicorn' era comes to a screeching halt in Silicon Valley

    10/09/2015 7:46:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/09/2015 | Maya Kosoff
    The number of private tech companies valued at $1 billion or more has surged so much this year that on average 1.3 so-called unicorn companies have been created every week in 2015, according to data from CB Insights. But now it looks like winter is coming to Silicon Valley. Fortune's Dan Primack went to San Francisco this week and met with a number of people involved with unicorn companies with ballooning valuations. He says the mentality of people in Silicon Valley is starting to change, and people are getting scared. "As in the past, they are nearly unanimous in sentiment,"...
  • New $20 Million XPRIZE Aims to Tackle CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels

    10/01/2015 10:05:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Business Wire ^ | September 29, 2015 | Eric Desatnik and Jackie Wei
    Global Competition Challenges Innovators to Develop Breakthrough Technologies to Convert CO2 into Valuable Products.AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At Fortunes Brainstorm E conference today, XPRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis announces the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a competition to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. With registration opening today, teams are challenged to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. Co-sponsored by NRG and COSIA, the 4- year competition will include two tracks, with the new technologies tested at either a coal power plant or a natural gas facility. We are...
  • Communicators Phasers Replicators Cloaking Device Impulse Drive and the Borg

    10/03/2015 5:56:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Technology also offers the prospect of transforming our societies and cultures in ways we need to examine unless we intend to fly into the future blind In many ways I have always been a dystopian believing that the inevitable rise of a future technology enhanced totalitarian state will regiment and control a society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible. I was influenced by early and repeated readings of such works as 1984, The Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, and the Iron Heel. I was also influenced by the History of the Twentieth Century and the steady...
  • Obama Administration Unilaterally Rewrites Immigration Law - Again

    09/21/2015 9:00:26 PM PDT · by bushwon · 52 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 21, 2015 | Ian Smith
    Administration lawyers reinterpret the law to greatly increase visas for technology firms. Last week Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley hit back against Obamas Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the agency pushed through, during a previously aimed at bringing over highly sought-after intracompany transferees from American firmsnon-immigrant worker visas) the Obama administration, at the behest of Big Tech lobbyists, has told its agency lawyers to think up a clever alternative. In a strongly worded letter to Obamas immigration authorities, Grassley, a 35-year Senate veteran, closely outlines the legal and practical faults of the new policy and demands answers from...
  • Students' flow to US rises by 32%

    09/09/2015 9:17:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, September 5, 2015 | S. Rajagopalan
    Washington - There has been an astounding 32 per cent increase this year in the number of students flocking to American universities for higher studies. It is the biggest increase from any single country for the year, although in overall terms, China still tops the table in a big way. Figures just released by the US Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) indicate that 149,987 Indian students are currently enrolled in American universities of a total of 1.05 million. Chinese students number 301,532. When it comes to the highly-coveted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) stream, it is Indian students...
  • The Robots of Labor Day

    09/06/2015 4:50:07 PM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 28 replies
    The Atlas Society ^ | September 2, 2015 | Edward Hudgins
    [Luddites and people with Marxist premises are wrong again.] The Robots of Labor DayEdward Hudgins Fear of robots has been rising: not just fear of the sci-fi killer kind but also fear that robots will take our jobs. But this Labor Day we should celebrate the fact that robots free us from the need to perform certain tasks, make our labor more valuable, and could usher in new age of prosperity and human flourishing. Robots are machinesRobots are special types of machines. Theyre programmed electro-mechanical devices that perform various physical functions, ideally better than humans. They range from the types...
  • Thermal Camera Review: These Heat Seekers Reveal an Unseen World

    09/02/2015 8:54:15 AM PDT · by Dr. Prepper · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 1, 2015 | Jon Keegan
    Heat-vision cameras have been used widely in many industries for decades: Soldiers find targets through heat-vision rifle sights, police mount them on helicopters to search for people on the ground and contractors use the sensors to look for cold air seeping into homes. Now you can buy a simple smartphone attachment to reveal the widely varying temperatures of the people and things around you. Maybe youre not up for hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger, like the heat-seeing alien hunter in the classic 1987 film Predator. There are many practical home uses for the latest thermal camera accessories from Flir and Seek, too:...
  • Tech Jobs and Female Privilege: Women Are Under-represented in the Tech Field

    08/27/2015 6:59:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2015 | Noel S. Williams
    Women, who outnumber men in college and are more likely to graduate, are underrepresented in computer science fields.  That’s female privilege, unless we condescendingly presume they are making the wrong choices in college.  Overall, women received 18 percent of Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate degrees in 2013, yet were 26% of the computing workforce in 2014 (PDF). Women make up 30% of the workforce at tech giant Apple; at Intel, they represent about 24%; 22% of leaderships positions at Google are held by women.  Compared to their rates of participation in STEM majors in college, women also receive disproportionately...
  • Need Help with Opera Spell Checking

    08/26/2015 5:39:35 PM PDT · by Bigg Red · 20 replies
    My lame abilities ^ | 26 August 2015 | self
    When I compose a comment here or on Facebook, the spelling check function underlines every single word in red. Problem began about 1 week ago and occurs only when I am using Opera. I went to the Opera settings, but I could not find a way to correct this. Sorry, I am not tech savvy, and I would appreciate advice from someone who is.
  • You know the stock market is in trouble when Apple's Tim Cook is emailing Jim Cramer

    08/24/2015 6:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    The Verge ^ | 08/24/2015 | By Ben Popper
    Stock markets around the world have beenposting big losses for the last few days. The route was especially rough this morning, with the DOW Jones at one point falling 1,000 points in less than an hour. At the heart of the current slide is an issue which could impact many tech companies:economic weakness in China. Two weeks ago China's government made an aggressive move todevalue its currency. This followed several weeks of tumult in the Chinese stock market, during which the government had also interceded with force. Taken together, investors saw a Chinese market where growth was flagging. That...
  • High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into skyscraper shoes

    08/24/2015 4:12:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/24/15 | Darren Pauli
    Mildly nsfw A Chinese hardware hacker has built a penetration testing toolkit built into high-heeled shoes. The WiFi-popping platforms were forged in a 3D printer and contain spacing so that hacking hardware can be hidden to bypass strict security checks in place at datacentres and the like and later retrieved.The hacker and pen-tester, who goes by the handle "SexyCyborg", showcases the heels she dubs Wu Ying shoes, named after the famed "shadowless kick" that Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung used to distract opponents.The hacker showcased the shoes in a post (somewhat NFSW) showing how a router, backup battery, and...
  • Full yet Lonely A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video

    08/22/2015 9:18:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Full yet Lonely – A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video Msgr. Charles Pope • August 21, 2015 • One of the great “evils” of our time is satiation. I put the word “evil” inside quotation marks to emphasize that no particular good thing that God has made is, in itself, evil. But on account of our own inordinate drives, we accumulate and indulge beyond reason. And in becoming satiated, we leave little room for God or other people.The more materially affluent we get, the more spiritually poor we seem to become. The higher our standard...
  • 'Diamonds from the sky' approach turns CO2 into valuable products

    08/20/2015 2:53:15 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 17 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/19/2015 | American Chemical Society
    American Chemical Society Summary: Finding a technology to shift carbon dioxide, the most abundant anthropogenic greenhouse gas, from a climate change problem to a valuable commodity has long been a dream. Now, a team of chemists says they have developed a technology to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nanofibers for industrial and consumer products.
  • Upstarts Raid Giants for Talent in Silicon Valley: The Expensive Tech Recruitment Battle

    08/19/2015 5:03:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/19/2015 | Mike Isaac
    For the last year, Googles work force has increasingly been under attack from a herd of unicorns. The unicorns, a class of hot start-ups valued at $1 billion or more, are all aggressively pursuing the best and brightest minds in Silicon Valley with promises of talked-about workplaces and eye-popping payouts. Amid a general scramble for talent, Google, the Internet search company, has undergone specific raids from unicorns for engineers who specialize in crucial technologies like mapping. In particular, Uber the largest unicorn, with a valuation of more than $50 billion has plundered Googles mapping unit over the last...
  • The Imperative of Technological Progress: Why Stagnation Will Necessarily Lead to Disaster & how...

    08/18/2015 11:37:37 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 1 replies
    Wave Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2015 | G. Stolyarov II
    [Another pro-technology piece. Of course, we need free markets so entrepreneurs can do great things!] The Imperative of Technological Progress: Why Stagnation Will Necessarily Lead to Disaster and How Techno-Optimism Can Overcome ItHe who moves not forward, goes backward. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe If the approximate technological and economic status quo persists, massive societal disintegration looms on the horizon. A Greece-style crisis of national-government expenditures may occur as some have predicted, but would only be a symptom of a greater problem. The fundamental driver of crisis since at least September 11, 2001, and more acutely since the Great Recession...
  • Watch Google's terrifying humanoid robot running through a forest as firm pledges it will soon [tr]

    08/17/2015 1:38:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    It may have fared badly in the recent robo-olympics, causing hilarity with a series on unexpected falls, but Google has revealed its humanoid robot has been set free in the woods to learn how to run through terrain. The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb. In the video, it is shown struggling to stay upright - but managing to traverse a forest path without falling.
  • How the Philippines Became Tech Startups New Source for Talent

    08/16/2015 5:59:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ^ | 08/14/2015 | Oliver Segovia
    Fifteen years ago, Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines was a former military base still dotted with barracks built in World War II. Thanks to an aggressive privatization and conversion program, Bonifacio Global City as the base is known today is a modern, bustling financial district lined with blocks of skyscrapers, shopping malls, and luxury condos. The Southeast Asia citys rapid growth echoes the story of the so-called unicorns technology start-ups that rapidly grew to a billion-dollar valuation and beyond. So far, 2015 has produced 30 unicorns. But as start-ups mature, the grow-at-all-cost narrative will be replaced by...
  • Android security on the ropes with one-two punch from researchers (Link only due to copyright)

    08/13/2015 9:27:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Ars Technica LINK ONLY | by Dan Goodin
    Faulty Stagefright patch and newly reported sandbox bypass leave users exposed. Link only due to copyright infringement issues from Ars Technica. Read more at the link. READ THE ARTICLE AT ARS TECHNICA: Android security on the ropes with one-two punch from researchers
  • Waiting for Androids inevitable security Armageddon (Link Only due to copyright issues)

    08/11/2015 9:33:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Ars Technica LINK ONLY | August 10, 2015
    Supported Android 5.1 Devices that might be updated to patch security issues and All Others that will not be updated. LINK TO THE ARTICLE: Editorial: Android's update strategy doesn't scale, and that's recipe for disaster. Read the article at the link above. . . cannot be posted on FreeRepublic due to copyright issues.
  • HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

    08/11/2015 8:59:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | August 10, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Android biometric banks more Fort Nope than Fort Knox. Four FireEye researchers have found a way to steal fingerprints from Android phones packing biometric sensors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One Max.The team found a forehead-slapping flaw in HTC One Max in which fingerprints are stored as an image file (dbgraw.bmp) in a open "world readable" folder. "Any unprivileged processes or apps can steal users fingerprints by reading this file," the team says, adding that the images can be made into clear prints by adding some padding.It is one of four vulnerability scenarios in which biometric...
  • Sundar Pichai: Google's new boss from humble roots

    08/10/2015 11:14:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/11/2015 | Dave Lee
    With Google creating its own parent company, Alphabet, there's a bit of moving about in the Google boardroom. Larry Page is now chief executive of Alphabet. Sergey Brin is its president. And moving up to be in charge of Google is 43-year-old Sundar Pichai. Great news for Pichai, and good news too for India - his appointment makes him the latest Indian to earn a massively high-profile job in the US technology industry. Microsoft's Satya Nadella is the other notable example. Pichai's life story is remarkable, and his rise to the top of Google is a glowing endorsement of India's...
  • Sailor faces charges after photos of Navy attack sub found on cellphone

    08/05/2015 4:25:46 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 37 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | n/a
    A Navy sailor assigned to a nuclear-powered submarine has been accused of using his cellphone to snap revealing photos of the subs top-secret inner spaces. Prosecutors say Machinist Mate 1st Class Kristian Saucier took the photos aboard the attack submarine Alexandria, the Navy Times reported Saturday. He has been charged with unauthorized retention of defense information and destroying his laptop and a camera to thwart an FBI probe.
  • Scientists Confirm 'Impossible' EM Drive Propulsion

    07/27/2015 4:32:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hacked Magazine ^ | July 27, 2015 | Giulio Prisco
    Later today, July 27, German scientists will present new experimental results on the controversial, "impossible" EM Drive, at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando. The presentation is titled "Direct Thrust Measurements of an EmDrive and Evaluation of Possible Side-Effects." Presenter Martin Tajmar is a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, interested in space propulsion systems and breakthrough propulsion physics. A Revolutionary Development for Space Travel The EM Drive (Electro Magnetic Drive) uses electromagnetic microwave cavities to directly convert electrical energy to thrust without the need to expel...
  • The Apple inventions that never surfaced: in pictures (Link Only)

    07/23/2015 10:54:31 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July 23, 2015
    Ten Apple patents that may or may not see the light of day. For example this patent for a virtual reality headset capable of linking to an exterior device such as an iPhone or Mac filed in 2008. . .
  • Four Facts for Human Achievement Day

    07/20/2015 1:10:29 PM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 3 replies
    The Atlas Society ^ | July 20, 2015 | Edward Hudgins
    [OK, I dont like government running these programs, but how about this idea?] Four Facts for Human Achievement Day By Edward Hudgins July 20 is the anniversary of one of humanitys greatest accomplishments, the first lunar landing. We should not only give a shout out to the thousands of people who made it possible for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk the surface of another world. We should each celebrate this date as Human Achievement Day, to acknowledge all achievements, especially our own. Here are four facts on which you should reflect. Fact one: Achievements are what human life...
  • Google accidentally reveals data on 'right to be forgotten,' private information requests

    07/15/2015 1:33:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    CNN ibnlive.com ^ | July 15, 2015
    ....Google has accidentally revealed crucial data on information requests it receives from people, which includes those of a private and personal nature. The Guardian discovered the data hidden in the source code on Googles own transparency report that reveals the scale and nature of the data requests it receives. The revealed data shows that 95 per cent of Googles privacy requests are from the general public who want to protect personal and private information.....
  • How MINECRAFT is teaching robots to do the laundry

    07/13/2015 10:28:23 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/13/2015 | Victoria Woollaston
    As humans, we make intuitive choices every day about how to empty the bin, sort laundry or the best way to get to work. But robots have a far more difficult time choosing from a never-ending list of possible actions. To make robots respond in a more human-like way to tasks, researchers have developed an algorithm and are teaching machines to use it through an unlikely source - playing Minecraft. The algorithm was developed by computer scientists at Brown University. It is designed to help robots better plan their actions in complex environments and use these skills in the real...
  • Amazon Echo (Loving A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) or Household Imperial Probe Droid?)

    06/23/2015 8:40:53 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Amazon ^ | 06/23/15
    "The Echo may be the closest thing well have to a Star Trek computer at home." CNET "Echo could hear my voice even when music was playing loudly" USA Today "With Amazon Echo, it was love at first sight." Re/code What is Amazon Echo? Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the roomeven while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service,...
  • Engineers find a simple yet clever way to boost chip speeds

    06/18/2015 12:01:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-17-2015 | Provided by Stanford University
    A typical computer chip includes millions of transistors connected with an extensive network of copper wires. Although chip wires are unimaginably short and thin compared to household wires both have one thing in common: in each case the copper is wrapped within a protective sheath. For years a material called tantalum nitride has formed protective layer in chip wires. Now Stanford-led experiments demonstrate that a different sheathing material, graphene, can help electrons scoot through tiny copper wires in chips more quickly. Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a strong yet thin lattice. Stanford electrical engineer H.-S....
  • Tech employees are fleeing Silicon Valley with their riches and making other cities more expensive

    06/16/2015 10:45:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/16/2015 | Madeline Stone
    A recent study by real-estate brokerage Redfin showed that more people are looking to move out of the Bay Area than ever before. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said that tech workers and their high salaries could be responsible for making Silicon Valley unaffordable. A new Redfin study demonstrates a correlation between rising home prices and hiring by big tech companies.They found that, as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have ramped up their hiring in various cities in the past year, the cost of homes in those cities has also gone up. "For every 1% increase in technology workers, theres a...
  • Western Firms Caught Off Guard as Chinese Shoppers Flock to Web

    06/16/2015 12:30:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 14, 2015 5:30 a.m. | Laurie Burkitt, Peter Evans
    After enjoying nearly three decades of steady growth in its China business, Unilever PLC last year watched sales fall off a cliff. The maker of Dove soap, Lux shampoo and Comfort fabric softener warned in October of a 20% drop in its third-quarter China sales. The next quarter, the company announced another 20% fall. Unilever blamed a slowing Chinese economy and a pullback by shoppers. But a close look at retailing trends in China suggests Unilever was also feeling the pain of the migration of hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers to online shopping. Unilever wasnt the only Western company...
  • Exclusive: Bildeberg deploys hi-tech jamming to shut down communications.

    06/12/2015 8:17:18 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 35 replies
    Christian Patriots ^ | 6-11-15 | Daniel Crane
    The secretive Bilderberg Group has deployed a hi-tech jamming system to shut down communications around the site of the elitist confabs luxury hotel in order to strangle media coverage of the event.
  • America's Next Economic Boom Could Be Lying Underground

    06/11/2015 7:39:13 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 33 replies
    NPR (don't barf, this is pretty good!) ^ | June 11, 2015 | Chris Arnold
    There's a serious problem in the American economy right now: Big corporations are doing well, but real household income for average Americans has been falling over the past decade down 9 percent, according to census data. "That's not good for America," says Harvard economist Michael Porter. "That's not good for America's standard of living. That's not good for our vitality as a nation." That's why Porter's excited about the deep reserves of natural gas and oil that have been made accessible by hydraulic fracturing technology, or fracking a boon he examines in detail in a new report. "It...
  • Is There a STEM Worker Shortage? (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

    06/10/2015 5:51:33 PM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | May 2014 | Karen Zeigler, Steven A. Camarota
    Steven A. Camarota is the Director of Research and Karen Zeigler is a demographer at the Center for Immigration Studies. While employers argue that there are not enough workers with technical skills, most prior research has found little evidence that such workers are in short supply. This report uses the latest Census Bureau data available to examine the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Consistent with other research, the findings show that the country has more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels...
  • Virginia Opens Its Roads To Self Driving Cars

    06/06/2015 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 3, 2015 | Mary Beth Griggs
    Self-driving cars are taking to the streets in California this summer, but the Golden State isn't the only one opening its roads to autonomous cars.Virginia just announced that 70 miles of highway in the Commonwealth would be open to self-driving cars, like the cars in Google's fleet. Any autonomous vehicle wanting to travel those routes, called the Virginia Automated Corridors, will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which helped the state government plan the project.As the Richmond Times-Dispatchreports the plan is for companies to test how their cars react in real-world situations on highways packed with human drivers....
  • The Liberal Arts Are Dead; Long Live STEM

    06/02/2015 10:27:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6/2/15 | Thielman
    In recent months, Christopher Scalia in the Wall Street Journal and Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post have defended studying the liberal arts in college, primarily to confront advocates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Zakarias article previewed his new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education. From my perspective as a former engineer, two caveats arise regarding their pleas: first, liberal education that involves critical thinking disappeared decades ago, to be replaced by hyper-sensitive grievance mongering; second, the quantitative reasoning STEM occupations develops also facilitates the understanding of trade-offs people need to make rational decisions among myriad conflicting...
  • Hammer Fired vs. Striker Fired

    05/26/2015 7:50:24 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 21 replies
    Firearms History, Technology & Development ^ | Monday, May 25, 2015 | The Editor
    In the world of modern firearms which use centerfire cartridges, there are two major types of mechanisms used to trigger the cartridge primer. One uses a hammer and another uses a striker. Therefore, mechanisms that use a hammer are called hammer-fired and the ones that use a striker are called striker fired. As you can guess, each mechanism has its own group of supporters. In today's post, we will study what this all means. In a hammer fired mechanism, the hammer is a heavy piece that is allowed to rotate about a pivot point. When the hammer is cocked, it...
  • Google Tone Shares Links To Computers Within Earshot Using Beeps And Boops

    05/23/2015 9:46:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 05/22/15 | Jason Cipriani
    A new Chrome extension, called Google Tone, released this week makes it possible to share a URL with another computer in the room using a series of beeps and boops. The concept is dead simple yet instantly instills a sense of disbelief. A computer making seemingly random sounds can transmit the URL for the tab I have open in Chrome across the room? Get out. Full of skepticism, I decided to put it to the test. I installed the Chrome extension on a MacBook Air and a HP laptop running Windows 10. And you know what? It works! Click on...