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"
Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration
"Oh, and they probably won't use sentinels to track down the dangerous unvaccinated folks."
*sigh* If only....
Data Center With a Brain: Google Using Machine Learning In Server Farms
I'm very curious as to why they are using a neural network for this. I'm no machine learning expert, but I was under the impression that neural networks were somewhat outdated. And yet it seems like Google is spending rather a lot of time with them lately.
Google Rumored To Be Making 3D-Scanning Tablets
The Home View idea could be nice for the real estate industry.
Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights
Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches
An 18+ certificate almost implies a promise of immaturity at this point. 18+ games always have the sort of ridiculous violence and awkward nudity that primarily appeal to 18- gamers.
Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture
The article is vague, but it sounds like they've reduced the radioactivity by growing it without potassium. Unfortunately, potassium is a very important nutrient, and most people are not meeting their recommended daily intake of it.
New Tech Super PACs Could Tap Into Google Riches
At least it's rich nerdy assholes instead of the usual oil barons. That's progress... sort of.
Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?
Here in Toronto we have a road called the Gardiner Expressway. It's literally falling apart. We can't afford to fix it. We also can't afford to dismantle it. So it's becoming a more and more serious safety issue over the years.
The point of my story is, just laying asphalt is too expensive, and these people want to upgrade to fancy cyber-roads?!
Autodesk Unveils 3d Printer As It Aims To Become Industry's Android
The original comment is an example of the new style of Slashdot karma whoring. Just say something nasty, no matter how baseless, and boom, +5 Insightful.
Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed
This isn't applicable to your phone being remotely hacked. Only a trusted authority has access to the encryption keys necessary to read your SE. Their are functioning mobile wallets all over the world, and this sort of attack has never happened. The only major security threat that this opens you up to are what the industry call "ass tappers". I think you can guess what that means.
As for purchasing anonymously, you can't do that with your credit card either. Yet credit cards remain pretty popular.
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