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Google Fiber is officially making it's way to Portland - Empire State Tribune

feedfeeder (1749978) writes | about a month and a half ago

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Empire State Tribune

Google Fiber is officially making it's way to Portland
Empire State Tribune
This week, the Portland City Council approved a franchise agreement with Google to bring the Google Fiber service to Portland. Apparently, Google will be offering the Google Fiber internet service to Portland residents for a one time fee of $300. After that...
Portland Inches One Step Closer to Google FiberPC Magazine
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Portland opens its doors to Google Fiber, which could be an eyesore for residentsDigital Trends
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Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents

itwbennett (1594911) writes | about a month and a half ago

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a victory for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is suing to make the DOJ release information about surveillance on U.S. citizens, a California judge on Friday ordered the Department of Justice to produce 66 pages of documents for her review. The judge said the agency failed to justify keeping the documents secret and she will decide whether the documents, including one opinion and four orders by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), were improperly withheld from the public."
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Google fiber service coming to Portland - Daily Digest

feedfeeder (1749978) writes | about a month and a half ago

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Daily Digest

Google fiber service coming to Portland
Daily Digest
Officials in Portland, Ore., have signed off on a franchise agreement to bring Google fiber service to the city, bringing it one step closer to roll-out. By Slav Kandyba, Daily Digest News Sunday, June 15, 2014. Google fiber service coming to Portland.
Google Fiber Coming Soon to PortlandHeadlines & Global News
Portland Inches One Step Closer to Google FiberPC Magazine
Portland opens its doors to Google Fiber, which could be an eyesore for residentsDigital Trends
Pulse 2.0-Daily Gadgetry-Delhi Daily News
all 34 news articles

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Amazon's 3D smartphone is a gimmick

Steve Patterson (2850575) writes | about a month and a half ago

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Steve Patterson (2850575) writes "It’s rumored that Amazon will launch its own 3D smartphone on June 18 Amazon will launch its own 3D smartphone on June 18. While it may be compelling, a sexy 3D feature won’t catapult Amazon into the lead of the cut-throat smartphone category. If this were true, the EVO 3D, introduced two years ago by HTC and the W960, introduced by Samsung four years ago, would have been top sellers rather than niche products. However, a smartphone that renders 3D images does present an internet retailing opportunity for Amazon. It would be useful to Amazon in selling tangible consumer merchandise, just like Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet was designed to improve Amazon’s merchandizing of ebooks and video streaming products."
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Can Google connect the unconnected 2/3 to the Internet?

lpress (707742) writes | about a month and a half ago

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lpress (707742) writes "Google, along with Facebook, is a founding partner of Internet.org, which seeks "affordable internet access for the two thirds of the world not yet connected." Google is trying to pull it off — they have projects or companies working on Internet connectivity using high-altitude platforms and low and medium-earth orbit satellites. These extra-terrestrial approaches to connectivity have been tried before, without success, but Google is revisiting them using modern launch technology (public and private), antennas, solar power, radios and other electronics, as well as tuning of TCP/IP protocols to account for increased latency. For example, they just acquired Skybox Imaging, which has a low-earth orbit satellite for high resolution video imaging. In the short run, Skybox is about data, video and images, but the long range goal may be connectivity in developing nations and rural areas — substituting routers for telescopes. Skybox plans to operate a constellation of low-earth orbit satellites and that sounds a lot like Teledesic's attempt at providing connectivity in the mid 1990s, using the technology of 2014."

Yahoo Mail Down for Some Users - Nothing been done for 4 days now.

Anonymous Coward writes | about a month and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo Mail Service has been down since Wednesday for some users. It logs in fine with no password error and I am able to access other Yahoo Services except for Yahoo Mail. My other yahoo mail accounts work fine it is only one. Yahoo has not done anything yet since they posted the announcement on facebook and twitter 4 days ago.
http://www.isitdownrightnow.co...
www.facebook.com/YahooMail
www.twitter.com/yahoomail"

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Russian RD-180 embargo could be shot in the arm for American rocket engine firm

MarkWhittington (1084047) writes | about a month and a half ago

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MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "According to a Saturday story in the Los Angeles Times, the recent revival of tensions between the United States and Russia, not seen since the end of the Cold War, may provide a shot in the arm for the American rocket engine industry. Due in part in retaliation for economic sanctions that were enacted in response to Russian aggression in the Ukraine, Russia announced that it would no longer sell its own RD-180 rocket engines for American military launches. This has had American aerospace experts scrambling to find a replacement.

The stakes for weaning American rockets off of dependency on Russian engines could not be starker, according to Space News. If the United States actually loses the RD-180, the Atlas V would be temporarily grounded, as many as 31 missions could be delayed, costing the United States as much as $5 billion. However SpaceX, whose Falcon family of launch vehicles has a made in the USA rocket engine, could benefit tremendously if the U.S. military switches its business from ULA while it refurbishes its own launch vehicles with new American made engines."

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Ask Slashdot: What's the best rapid development language to learn today?

Anonymous Coward writes | about a month and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Many years ago, I was a coder—but I went through my computer science major when they were being taught in Lisp and C. These days I work in other areas, but often need to code up quick data processing solutions or interstitial applications. Doing this in C now feels archaic and overly difficult and text-based. Most of the time I now end up doing things in either Unix shell scripting (bash and grep/sed/awk/bc/etc.) or PHP. But these are showing significant age as well.

I'm no longer the young hotshot that I once was—I don't think that I could pick up an entire language in a couple of hours with just a cursory reference work—yet I see lots of languages out there now that are much more popular and claim to offer various and sundry benefits.

I'm not looking to start a new career as a programmer—I already have a career—but I'd like to update my applied coding skills to take advantage of the best that software development now has to offer.

Ideally, I'd like to learn a language that has web relevance, mobile relevance, GUI desktop applications relevance, and also that can be integrated into command-line workflows for data processing—a language that is interpreted rather than compiled, or at least that enables rapid, quick-and-dirty development, since I'm not developing codebases for clients or for the general software marketplace, but rather as one-off tools to solve a wide variety of problems, from processing large CSV dumps from databases in various ways to creating mobile applications to support field workers in one-off projects (i.e. not long-term applications that will be used for operations indefinitely, but quick solutions to a particular one-time field data collection need).

I'm tired of doing these things in bash or as web apps using PHP and responsive CSS, because I know they can be done better using more current best-of-breed technologies. Unfortunately, I'm also severely strapped for time—I'm not officially a coder or anything near it; I just need to code to get my real stuff done and can't afford to spend much time researching/studying multiple alternatives. I need the time that I invest in this learning to count.

Others have recommended Python, Lua, Javascript+Node, and Ruby, but I thought I'd ask the Slashdot crowd: If you had to recommend just one language for rapid tool development (not for the development of software products as such—a language/platform to produce means, not ends) with the best balance of convenience, performance, and platform coverage (Windows, Mac, Unix, Web, Mobile, etc.) what would you recommend, and why?"

Cambridge Says There's No Connection Between Heart Disease and Fat

Diggester (2492316) writes | about a month and a half ago

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Diggester (2492316) writes "Cambridge has finally finished a series of eighty studies involving half a million people and the conclusion they've reached is that saturated fats have little or no connection to heart disease. The study also says that "good" fats (vegetable fats mostly) do not lower the risk of a heart attack either. This new study is turning heads and confusing the hell out of diet enthusiasts who have constantly been obsessed over reducing their fat intake (admittedly just to stay wafer thin). Hasn't fat ALWAYS been the reason for heart failure? Well, apparently not."
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The Nightmare on Connected Home Street

theodp (442580) writes | about a month and a half ago

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theodp (442580) writes "With the battle for the connected home underway, Wired's Mat Honan offered his humorous and scary Friday the 13th take on what life in the connected home of the future might be like. "I wake up at four to some old-timey dubstep spewing from my pillows," Honan begins. "The lights are flashing. My alarm clock is blasting Skrillex or Deadmau5 or something, I don’t know. I never listened to dubstep, and in fact the entire genre is on my banned list. You see, my house has a virus again. Technically it’s malware. But there’s no patch yet, and pretty much everyone’s got it. Homes up and down the block are lit up, even at this early hour. Thankfully this one is fairly benign. It sets off the alarm with music I blacklisted decades ago on Pandora. It takes a picture of me as I get out of the shower every morning and uploads it to Facebook. No big deal." Having been the victim of an epic hacking, Honan can't be faulted for worrying."

British Army turns to Oculus Rift to take the sting out of battlefield trauma

Dimetrodon (2714071) writes | about a month and a half ago

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Dimetrodon (2714071) writes "British consultancy Plextek has just announced the world's first immersive medical training system for the military using the Oculus Rift. The virtual reality technology will be used to simulate pre-hospital care on the battlefield, requiring trainees to "negotiate and prioritise" clinical needs while under virtual fire."
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Eskimo Diet Lacks Support for Better Cardiovascular Health

jones_supa (887896) writes | about a month and a half ago

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jones_supa (887896) writes "Monthly Prescribing Reference reports that the "Eskimo diet" hypothesis, suggested as a factor in the alleged low incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) in Greenland Eskimos, seems not to be supported in the literature, according to a metastudy published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Researchers found that only one study directly assessed the prevalence of CAD or CAD risk factors, and that study showed that CAD morbidity was similar among Inuit and American and European populations. In most studies, the prevalence of CAD was similar for Greenland Eskimos and Canadian and Alaskan Inuit and for non-Eskimo populations. The original studies from the 1970s that formed the basis of the supposed cardioprotective effect of the Eskimo diet did not examine the prevalence of CAD. 'The totality of reviewed evidence leads us to the conclusion that Eskimos have a similar prevalence of CAD as non-Eskimo populations,' the authors write. 'To date, more than 5,000 papers have been published studying the alleged beneficial properties of omega-3 fatty acids not to mention the billion dollar industry producing and selling fish oil capsules based on a hypothesis that was questionable from the beginning.'"

MIT Researchers want to replace Wearables with Wireless

Anonymous Coward writes | about a month and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "MIT researchers develop technology that can can monitor people's breathing and heart rate through walls. "Their latest report demonstrates that they can now detect gestures as subtle as the rise and fall of a person’s chest. From that, they can determine a person's heart rate with 99 percent accuracy. The research could be used for health-tracking apps, baby monitors, and for the military and law enforcement." The report describes how they extended their through-wall technology to up to five users and how they track vital signs."
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