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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

machineghost (622031) writes | about an hour ago

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machineghost (622031) writes "It's one thing to make predictions about the future of tech; that happens all the time on Slashdot. But it's quite a different thing to put money on the line to back up those predictions, which is exactly what this British bookie has done. Think you know whether Google Glass will beat the iPhone, or whether we'll be ready to go to Mars and back by 2020? Now's your chance to capitalize on those predictions!"

Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan to Disrupt Universities

waderoush (1271548) writes | about an hour ago

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waderoush (1271548) writes "In April 2012, former Snapfish CEO Ben Nelson provoked both praise and skepticism by announcing that he’d raised $25 million from venture firm Benchmark to start the Minerva Project, a new kind of university where students will live together but all class seminars will take place over a Google Hangouts-style video conferencing system. Two years later, there are answers – or the beginnings of answers – to many of the questions observers have raised about the project, on everything from the way the seminars will be organized to how much tuition the San Francisco-based university will charge and how it's gaining accreditation. And in an interview published today, Nelson share more details about how Minerva plans to use technology to improve teaching quality. ‘If a student wants football and Greek life and not doing any work for class, they have every single Ivy League university to choose from,’ Nelson says. ‘That is not what we provide. Similarly, there are faculty who want to do research and get in front of a lecture hall and regurgitate the same lecture they’ve been giving for 20 years. We have a different model,’ based on extensive faculty review of video recordings of the seminars, to make sure students are picking up key concepts. Last month Minerva admitted 45 students to its founding class, and in September it expects to welcome 19 of them to its Nob Hill residence hall."
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Windows Defender update crashes Windows ..

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has fixed a snafu with Windows Defender that took down thousands of business PCs and servers running Windows XP and Server 2003 .. The only solution to getting affected machines back up was to uninstall the updated signatures ..."
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SpaceX rocket blasts off for space station - USA TODAY

feedfeeder (1749978) writes | 1 hour ago

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Washington Post

SpaceX rocket blasts off for space station
USA TODAY
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A SpaceX cargo capsule is on its way to an Easter Sunday rendezvous with the International Space Station after a Friday afternoon blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SpaceX's 208-foot Falcon 9 roared from its pad at 3:25...
SpaceX Blasts Off and Tries a Rocket RecoveryNBCNews.com
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying crucial cargo to ISSCNET
SpaceX rocket lifts off for space station cargo runReuters
PCWorld-Register-Washington Post
all 198 news articles

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New Cody Wilson interview: Happiness is a 3D Printed Gun

Anonymous Coward writes | 3 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Cody Wilson details his conflict with the State Department over 3-D printable guns in this new interview with ReasonTV.

In this video, he discusses:

How 3-D printing will render gun control laws obsolete and unenforceable.
Why Dark Wallet, his new crypto-currency, is much more subversive than Bitcoin.
His legal defense, headed by Alan Gura (attorney in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago).
His forthcoming book about anarchy and the future."

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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy on You For Cash

Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes | 3 hours ago

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Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Forbes offers up a comforting little story about how Nest and FitBit are planning on turning user data in a multi-billion-dollar business. "Smart-thermostat maker Nest Labs (which is being acquired by Google for $3.2 billion) has quietly built a side business managing the energy consumption of a slice of its customers on behalf of electric companies," reads the article. "In wearables, health tracker Fitbit is selling companies the tracking bracelets and analytics services to better manage their health care budgets, and its rival Jawbone may be preparing to do the same." As many a wit has said over the years: If you're not paying, you're the product. But if Forbes is right, wearable-electronics companies may have discovered a sweeter deal: paying customers on one side, and companies paying for those customers' data on the other. Will most consumers actually care, though?"
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DARPA developing the ultimate auto-pilot software

coondoggie (973519) writes | 3 hours ago

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coondoggie (973519) writes "Call it the ultimate auto-pilot — an automated system that can help take care of all phases of aircraft flight-even perhaps helping pilots overcome system failures in-flight. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will in May detail a new program called Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) that would build upon what the agency called the considerable advances that have been made in aircraft automation systems over the past 50 years, as well as the advances made in remotely piloted aircraft automation, to help reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance and improve aircraft safety."
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Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm in Iowa

1sockchuck (826398) writes | 3 hours ago

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1sockchuck (826398) writes "Microsoft will invest $1.1 billion to build a massive new server farm in Iowa, not far from an existing data center in West Des Moines. The 1.2 million square foot campus will be one of the biggest in the history of the data center industry. It further enhances Iowa's status as the data center capital of the Midwest,, with Google and Facebook also operating huge server farms in the state."
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VA Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Global Warming FOIA Case

RoccamOccam (953524) writes | 5 hours ago

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RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Unpublished data and records collected by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled, rejecting a request for former U-Va. professor Michael Mann's (of Hockey Stick fame) unpublished data.

Lawyers for U-Va. turned over about 1,000 documents , but withheld another 12,000 papers and e-mails, saying that work 'of a propriety nature' was exempt under the state’s FOIA law.

About the ruling, David Schnare, attorney for the plaintiff, said '[the Court] accepted U-Va.’s unsubstantiated fears that release of the e-mails would significantly chill intellectual debate and on that basis allowed U-Va. to continue to operate under a veil of secrecy that the citizens may not penetrate.'"

Drones On Demand

mikejuk (1801200) writes | 5 hours ago

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mikejuk (1801200) writes "Now this really is an interesting iOS app. Gofor is a new company that is promoting the idea of drones on demand. All you have to do is use the app to request a drone and it shows you were they are and how long before one reaches your location.
You want to take the ultimate selfie? Scout ahead to see if the road is clear or just find a parking space? No problem just task a drone to do the job. For the photo you simply flash your phone camera at it and it pinpoints your location for an aerial selfie. If it is scouting ahead then it shows you what awaits you via a video link. See the promo video to see how it might work.
Flight of fancy? Possibly but the company claims to be operational in five US cities."

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One week of OpenSSL cleanup

CrAlt (3208) writes | 7 hours ago

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CrAlt (3208) writes "After the news of heartbleed broke early last week, the OpenBSD team dove in and started axing it up into shape. Leading this effort are Ted Unangst (tedu@) and Miod Vallat (miod@), who are head-to-head on a pure commit count basis with both having around 50 commits in this part of the tree in the week since Ted's first commit in this area. They are followed closely by Joel Sing (jsing@) who is systematically going through every nook and cranny and applying some basic KNF. Next in line are Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) and Bob Beck (beck@) who've been both doing a lot of cleanup, ripping out weird layers of abstraction for standard system or library calls.

Then Jonathan Grey (jsg@) and Reyk Flöter (reyk@) come next, followed by a group of late starters. Also, an honorable mention for Christian Weisgerber (naddy@), who has been fixing issues in ports related to this work.

All combined, there've been over 250 commits cleaning up OpenSSL. In one week. Some of these are simple or small changes, while other commits carry more weight. Of course, occasionally mistakes get made but these are also quickly fixed again, but the general direction is clear: move the tree forward towards a better, more readable, less buggy crypto library.

Check them out at http://anoncvs.estpak.ee/cgi-b..."

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Pew surveys Americans on likely scientific advances 50 years from now

alphadogg (971356) writes | 8 hours ago

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology. http://www.pewinternet.org/fil... Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then."
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MediaGoblin and FSF successfully raise funds for federation, privacy features

paroneayea (642895) writes | 8 hours ago

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paroneayea (642895) writes "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

MIT Grad Students Declare War On The Power Brick

jfruh (300774) writes | 9 hours ago

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jfruh (300774) writes "In the world of petty tech annoyances, laptop power bricks are among the most annoying: they either take the form of something big and heavy that gets tangled up underfoot, or a huge plug that blocks other outlets. A group of MIT grad students think they've found a better way, a slimmer, lighter alternative that includes a USB port as well that so you can charge your laptop and phone at the same time. They're crowdfunding the project on Kickstarter."
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