Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
I believe the use case for the smart thermostats is to save energy. You can set a profile so that it lets your house get hotter/cooler while you're at work and, and balance around the 'peak-hours' for people who are charged more for energy at certain times.
AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise
AT&T : "I'm going to shoot you"
Us : "Can you please just shoot me in the foot?"
AT&T : "OK"
Us : "Yay! Compromise!"
DARPA Wants To Kill the Password
This is correct. Take a look at what these guys are doing with biometrics:
They aren't sending your biometric data all over the internet. They verify your identity on device and then send a token around.
IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip
It's really hard to say how many of artificial neurons we would need to make a human-like intelligence, but it's certainly going to be less than the number of neurons in a human head. Computers already do a heck of a lot of tasks better than a human. Heck, using traditional computing methods with just a couple of these chips for image recognition and the like would already make a beast of a machine.
40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties
If the 40% are confirmed false positives, then what are they still doing on the list?
Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)
Woah now, lets not get carried away. The Internet of Things is still a very cool concept, it's just gone a bit off the rails.
For an object to be on the internet, it doesn't need an internet connection.
Example: I'm looking at a pen right now. I'd love to be able to dive into this pen and see it's specifications, who made it, maybe even the history of pens of this design. But I don't need the pen to connect to the internet for that, I just need either an RFID(or similar) tag or a slick recognition algorithim. Then I can just point my phone or wearable or whatever at the pen and get all the information that I want.
So yes, lets put the connected toasters back in the closet, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
The Problems With Drug Testing
do we want to rely on results that are likely skewed because the test subjects were also taking heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine?
There are tests for that.
Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara
This is going to be a pain when I'm trying to convince the bosses that we should add a feature to an Android app.
For example, right now it's easy to say we should add a feature that uses a camera, every phone has a camera.
But if I want to add a feature that has, for example, a fingerprint reader attachment, only X% of users are going to have this attachment. It makes it a harder sell.
Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
I know your being sarcastic, but maybe making enemies is part of the plan. The net result of attacks on Israel has been an over-all increase in territory for Israel. Seems like making enemies has been working out pretty well for them so far.
Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?
A quick search on Ebay shows used tablet screens going for around 20-30 bucks.
World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use
You really don't need to make this concept compulsory. A lot of the people you see out on the street are there because of over-crowding in homeless shelters.
Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body
Wouldn't this be rather dangerous to use outside of the lab? I would think that if a person tried to pull their hand off the generator while it's on, the arc would burn them quite badly.
A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory
Yes, please, you go first.
Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears
Well, Bigfoot does seem pretty unlikely at this point, but what about Yeti? Some form of undocumented mountain ape that lives in the Himalayas seems totally plausible to me. It's not like people are going through leisurely jaunts up the Himalayas with their camera phones.
$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now
My rule of thumb is, if it were a real source of free energy, I would be hearing about it on the news, not Kickstarter.
It's just like with Viagra back in the day. For a thousand years people were advertising dick pills. But when a legit one was invented, it was all anybody on TV talked about for a year.
Otherlab Working on a 'Fundamental Jump' in Technology for Exoskeletons (Video)
They addressed this in the video. Their approach is to greatly decrease the weight of the exoskeleton. That reduces power requirements. They show an elbow pad that's so light that the presenter can easily hold it in one hand (although I'm assuming the battery isn't attached).
Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator
I hate to disagree with Wharton (look up his work, the man is a champion) but the Android emulator has already been fixed with HAXM. It's been released into the SDK Manager and only requires copying a file to turn on. Once it's on, the emulator runs at totally acceptable speeds, and provides a much richer environment than a simulator would.
Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software
This is also a great way to get their application featured in college courses.
And if people learn how to do 3d animation in RenderMan first, they are going to more inclined to use it on future projects.
Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?
I've never made the transition myself, but I've seen others do it. You need a new profession that works closely with your current one, so you can be "The guy who knows how to talk to the techies". There are quite a few roles that can act as the buffer between management/customers and IT. It depends on where you currently work, but I've seen people do this with both Project Management and Business Analysis. If your boss is open to the idea of you filling one of these roles on a few projects, you can get the experience you need while still performing your current job.
Study: Stop Being So Cynical, You Could Give Yourself Dementia
Specifically, they were measuring cynicism using the Cook-Medley scale, which defines cynical distrust as "A generally negative view of humankind, depicting others as unworthy, deceitful, and selfish"
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