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Immediate Road Sign Display

irsdmanager (3888211) writes | about half an hour ago

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irsdmanager (3888211) writes "Increasing Safety on the Roads with Immediate Road Sign Display: the Project Runs Crowdfunding Stage

October 20, 2014 – A new ambitious project, Immediate Road Sign Display (IRSD), aimed at increasing safety on the roads runs its engines and will reach crowdfunding on October 20, 2014.

The device identifies road signs or pedestrians crossing the road and immediately projects respective information on the car’s windscreen. This allows the driver to pay necessary attention to a sign or to any other object on the road and take all necessary measures.

With the help of Indiegogo, this innovative project calls on everyone who cares about the problem of the growing number of road accidents. The project offers to make a donation and contribute to the future of global safety. Contributors will be awarded with project-related presents and devices.

According to ASIRT (Association for safe international road travel), every 30 seconds someone is killed and 19 others are injured on roadways worldwide. The Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 made by WHO (World Health Organisation) highlights that although total number of road traffic deaths each year has not increased, it remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year. The report adds that 31% of road traffic deaths worldwide accounts for car occupants.

“Immediate Road Sign Display is our attempt to improve global level of safety on the roads. Cars are useful and at the same time very dangerous vehicles. That is why we find it crucial to drive innovation and introduce new technologies to guarantee safety around the globe. The IRSD team finds that road safety should be a global concern and responsibility”, says Anton Kononov, initiator of the IRSD project.

Crowdfunding for IRSD project on Indiegogo aiming to collect $50,000 starts on October 20 and will last 45 days.

About the project!"

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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners for Selfie Figurines

Lucas123 (935744) writes | yesterday

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Lucas123 (935744) writes "Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the UK. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine."
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CryptoWall Ransomware Infecting Visitors to Major Websites like Yahoo, AOL and M

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes | 2 hours ago

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DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Up to three million visitors to some of the web's more popular websites — like Yahoo, AOL and Match.com — are being put at risk of being infected with the pernicious ransomware known as CryptoWall through malicious advertisements, with the criminal gang behind the campaign thought to be raking in $25,000-a-day"
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test A Wide Range Of App Ideas

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday

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An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft today launched a new sectionon its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now. The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One. Microsoft Garage is still going to be everything it has been so far, but Microsoft has simply decided it’s time for the public to get involved too: You can now test the wild projects the company’s employees dream up."

How the Big Bang's alternatives died

StartsWithABang (3485481) writes | 5 hours ago

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StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "It’s such a part of our cosmic and scientific history, that it’s difficult to remember that it’s only been for the past 50 years that the Big Bang has been the leading theory-and-model that describes our Universe. Ever since the 1920s, when Edwin Hubble discovered the apparent expansion of our Universe, we’ve recognized that it’s a much bigger place than simply what’s in the Milky Way. But the Big Bang was hardly the only game in town. Yet the discovery of not only the Cosmic Microwave Background, but the detailed measurement of its temperature and spectrum, was able to rule out every single alternative as a non-viable model."

Fiber-to-the-Home Creates New Digital Divide

dkatana (2761029) writes | yesterday

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dkatana (2761029) writes "Having some type of fiber or high-speed cable connectivity is normal for many of us, but in most developing countries of the world and many areas of Europe, the US, and other developed countries, access to "super-fast" broadband networks is still a dream.

Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber."

Glaciers in the Karakoram mountains do not melt - reason found

Chipmunk100 (3619141) writes | 7 hours ago

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Chipmunk100 (3619141) writes "In a phenomenon known as the "Karakoram anomaly," glaciers in the Karakoram mountains, a range within the Himalayas, have remained stable and even increased in mass while many glaciers nearby — and worldwide — have receded during the past 150 years, particularly in recent decades. Researchers report in the journal Nature Geoscience that the ice is sustained by a unique and localized seasonal pattern that keeps the mountain range relatively cold and dry during the summer."
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Oldest human genome reveals when our ancestors had sex with Neandertals

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | yesterday

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "DNA recovered from a femur bone in Siberia belongs to a man who lived 45,000 years ago, according to a new study. His DNA was so well preserved that scientists were able to sequence his entire genome, making his the oldest complete modern human genome on record. Like present-day Europeans and Asians, the man has about 2% Neandertal DNA. But his Neandertal genes are clumped together in long strings, as opposed to chopped up into fragments, indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material. The man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neandertals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude. That’s a much smaller window than the previous best estimate of 37,000 to 86,000 years ago."
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Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System

astroengine (1577233) writes | yesterday

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astroengine (1577233) writes "Scientists have found two families of comets in the developing Beta Pictoris star system, located about 64 million light-years from Earth, including one group that appears to be remnants of a smashed-up protoplanet. The discovery bolsters our theoretical understanding of the violent processes that led to the formation of Earth and the other terrestrial planets in the solar system. “If you look back at the solar system when it was only 22 million years old, you might have seen phenomena that’s a like more like what’s happening in Beta Pic,” astrophysicist Aki Roberge, with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., told Discovery News."
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Send your name into orbit and beyond with NASA's Orion

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes | 8 hours ago

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DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "NASA are inviting everyone (even Slashdotters) to put their name which will be on a microchip onboard the maiden flight of the Orion capsule. The flight is scheduled to launch on December 4th 2014 on top of a Delta IV Heavy Rocket. When you fill in your name, you also get a facsimile boarding card with your name and a unique code to save and keep.

If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4.5 hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion’s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

But the journey for your name doesn’t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. With each flight, selected individuals will accrue more miles as members of a global space-faring society.

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Michigan latest state to ban direct Tesla sales

Anonymous Coward writes | 10 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla's next step will be, Diarmuid O'Connell, vice president of business development, said it was unclear if the company would file a lawsuit. "We do take at their word the representations from the governor that he supports a robust debate in the upcoming session," O'Connell said. "We've entered an era where you can buy products and services with much greater value than a car by going online.""

BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

Anonymous Coward writes | 12 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Now that its file synchronization tool has received a few updates, BitTorrent is going on the offensive against cloud-based storage services by showing off just how fast BitTorrent Sync can be. More specifically, the company conducted a test that shows Sync destroys Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, and Dropbox. The company transferred a 1.36 GB MP4 video clip between two Apple MacBook Pros using two Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, the Time.gov site as a real-time clock, and the Internet connection at its headquarters (1 Gbps up/down). The timer started when the file transfer was initiated and then stopped once the file was fully synced and downloaded onto the receiving machine. Sync performed 8x faster than Google Drive, 11x faster than OneDrive, and 16x faster than Dropbox."

IBM's chip business sale to UAE investor firm to get U.S. security review

dcblogs (1096431) writes | 10 hours ago

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dcblogs (1096431) writes "IBM is an officially sanctioned trusted supplier to the U.S. Defense Dept., and the transfer of its semiconductor manufacturing to GlobalFoundries, a U.S.-based firm owned by investors in Abu Dhabi, will get U.S. scrutiny. Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Adams, who authored a report last year for an industry group about U.S. supply chain vulnerabilities and national security, said regulators will have to look closely. "I don't want cast aspersions unnecessarily on Abu Dubai — but they're not Canada," said Adams "I think that the news that we may be selling part of our supply chain for semiconductors to a foreign investor is actually bad news.""
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Deutsch Telecom Upgrades T-Mobile 2G Encryption in U.S.

Anonymous Coward writes | 13 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "T-Mobile, a major wireless carrier in the US and subsidiary of german Deutsch Telecom, is hardening the encryption on its 2G cellular network in the US, reports the Washington Post. According to Cisco, 2G cellular calls still account for 13% of calls in the US and 68% of wireless calls worldwide. T-Mobile's upgrades will bring the encryption of older and inexpensive 2G GSM phone signals in the US up to par with that of more expensive 3G and 4G handsets. Parent company Deutsche Telecom had announced a similar upgrade of its German 2G network after last year's revelations of NSA surveillance."
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iOS 8.1 finally starts to fix iMessage

Molly McHugh (3774987) writes | 11 hours ago

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Molly McHugh (3774987) writes "With this week's launch of iOS 8.1, iPhones and Macs will not only be able to talk to one another more smoothly (as opposed to say, not at all), but they'll be able to talk to Android smartphones and tablets easier too. Macs now support the SMS messaging standard and not just Apple's proprietary iMessages, which is a win all around. And that's on top of the other handy iOS 8/OS X Yosemite software perks in a suite of features called Continuity, which Apple debuted on Monday."
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FTDI is intentionally bricking devices using competitors' chips.

janoc (699997) writes | yesterday

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janoc (699997) writes "It seems that FTDI has started an outright war on cloners of their popular USB bridge chips. At first the clones stopped working with the official drivers and now they are being intentionally bricked, rendering the device useless. The problem? These chips are incredibly popular and used in many consumer products. Are you sure yours doesn't contain a counterfeit one before you plug it in? What are you going to do if your device gets trashed?

The article is on Hackaday: http://hackaday.com/2014/10/22..."

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"Calibration" error changes Illinois touchscreen votes

BobandMax (95054) writes | yesterday

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BobandMax (95054) writes "In a truly shocking occurrence, a Cook County, Illinois touchscreen voting device changed votes from Republican to Democrat. Voting officials removed the machine and determined that a calibration error was at fault. The voter who brought the problem to their attention, Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan, was later "allowed" to vote for Republicans. Some things never change, regardless technology."
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