Colin Smith (2679) writes "Dean Kamen, (inventor of the Segway) has combined a Stirling engine with a battery electric vehicle based on the Ford Think to provide a fully decoupled electric hybrid car which can run on any fuel which can provide enough heat to run the Stirling generator.
Ford Think: Top speed: 55mph 0-30: 6.5 seconds Range: 60 miles on battery
Colin Smith (2679) writes "IT workers have had to face outsourcing and offshoring of skills and employment for most of the past decade. Indians are just as good and (currently) still very much cheaper than western employees.
The next stage of offshoring is beginning. The IT infrastructure is already in place to allow the offshoring of other knowledge based disciplines, beginning with some of the most expensive sectors in terms of fees; Lawyers.
Beyond lawyers, there is no reason that other knowledge based business functions cannot also be offshored. There is no reason that the highly educated and intelligent Indian management sector couldn't make substantial inroads into the size and cost of middle and upper management in multinational western corporations." top
Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.
Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.
Presumably most Slashdot readers are already in the process of evolving into Morlocks." top
Film director Francis Ford Coppola has appealed for the return of his computer backup device following a robbery at his house in Argentina on Wednesday.
He told Argentine broadcaster Todo Noticias he had lost 15 years' worth of data, including writing and photographs of his family.
Here's a question though. If cars can drive themselves, why would I bother to own one? Why not just call one when required, like a taxi. The primary cost of a taxi ride is the driver's wage, without that a taxi ride would be cheaper than a bus or train ride. Ironically this may sound the death knell for the taxi, rail, bus and large scale car industries world wide.
Colin Smith (2679) writes "The chief executive of the UK National Archives has declared that proprietary file formats are a "ticking timebomb". I has been clear to IT professionals for decades years that reading old formats gets more and more difficult with every passing year.
However, in a bizarre move, the National Archives are partnering with Microsoft, the primary proponent of proprietary formats to try to solve the problem.
Colin Smith (2679) writes "A Swiss fellow named Yves Rossy has invented a jetpack. It is made of 3m carbon fibre wings and powered by four small gas turbine jet engines typically used by the radio controlled model fraternity. Crucially, the pilot can ascend and fly level at up to 200kph as well as descend. Control of the jetpack is achieved through small body movements much like a bird.
India has hit the limit of IT skills in it's job market, which means even higher wage inflation in the sector. Currently about 1/7th of the pay of a US software engineer, those Indian engineers willing to change positions can expect to see a significant increase in pay over the next few years as demand far outstrips the job market's ability to supply developers." top
Colin Smith (2679) writes "The UK's information commissioner says there are now 4.2 million CCTV cameras operating in the UK, the average person is caught 300 times per day on the cameras. That's now one camera for every 14 people. In addition to the cameras, the use of mobile phone location, keystroke logging at work, commercial transaction monitoring are all turning the UK into a surveillance society.
Colin Smith writes "With the reducing cost of bandwidth and the ubiquity of connectivity it makes more and more sense to avoid support costs and complications for small businesses by migrating key applications to centralised data centres.