top Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA
A headline that would be both accurate and informative would be "Scientist Discover That Exercise Causes Change to Epigenetic Tags".
top In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional
I can't believe I'm about to defend the development of a fad product, but here goes:
Sometimes there are benefits to a fad that we don't really see as developers. In my industry we call them "press release features". They may feel useless or even degrading to be developing, but they can have actual monetary value.
For example a bank in the US just made a big splash by announcing that they will "support iBeacons". How will they be supporting iBeacons? I have no idea. I'm not sure that even they know. It's not important. What's important is that they got a lot of media attention, and give themselves a veneer of progressiveness.
top Brain Stimulation For Entertainment?
That's a bit scary. You could literally program the masses with this tech. Somebody on screen drinks a Pepsi and the viewer gets a pleasant sensation. Or somebody drinks a Coke and the view feels slightly nauseated.
top Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality
What if they believe that Wikipedia has some huge bias and are spreading propaganda
Seeming how Wikipedia has already been accused of bias in the past, I see this as a very relevant example.
top Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions
Think of it less as a way to avoid ads, more of a way for your favourite sites to stay in business.
top Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards
Article doesn't list a price, but it seems to me like it would be a heck of a lot cheaper to just install a bunch of HD cameras and microphones around the campus. You could still run the fancy behaviour analysis software on the feed, but you wouldn't need the big lidar driven robot.
top Crowdsourcing Project Predicts Progression of ALS
To me the most interesting part of the article is the creation of the PRO-ACT database. It's an incredible chunk of data, and I hope it inspires similar projects.
about a month and a half ago
top For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love
There is a very good reason that people in high passion jobs have shit compensation. They're easily replaceable.
top It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...
We could use an "All of the above" option on this poll. What a list of great books!
Apparently people tend to ban things that are awesome.
top 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.
top 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!"
top 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.
top 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.
top 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?
top 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.
top 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.
top 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.
top 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.
top Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?
A quick search on Ebay shows used tablet screens going for around 20-30 bucks.
top 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.
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