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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

Lucas123 Yet this doesn't explain (89 comments)

Why the Irish still can't cook to save their lives.

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Lucas123 So much for a free market (256 comments)

These outdated statues were originally designed to protect little dealerships from the threat of big auto opening their own dealerships if one of their indirect dealers refused to carry their lemons. So dealers under pressure from Detroit were forced to sell the crappy next to the good cars.

Today, prohibiting direct sales protects only the dealerships and harms the consumer. There’s no reason to prohibit a consumer from buying directly from the manufacturer.

about 2 months ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Lucas123 So now he has no nose? (161 comments)

How does he smell?

Terrible.

(Forgive me. The first image that came to mind when I read this story was the movie "Sleeper", when they were trying to clone the assassinated leader using his nose.)

about 2 months ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Lucas123 Perhaps I'm naive... (478 comments)

It seems to me the best way (every time) to alleviate fear is by spreading truth. The CDC should set itself the task of disseminating as much information about Ebola and how it's spread as possible.

about 3 months ago
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Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars

Lucas123 I'm thinking (86 comments)

This is the same autonomous driving city that was reported on by all the news outlets this past spring. Is there something new here?

about 3 months ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Lucas123 I just want to say one word to you (308 comments)

Just one word. 3D food printing.

OK. Three words.

about 3 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

Lucas123 That's not what she's saying (356 comments)

She's not saying the things are not "very very dense" rather just that they never collapse further than the state that gravity can overcome the speed of light. I believe she's saying a black hole's mass would be "evenly" (or not) spread out over the volume encompassed by the event horizon, rather than in a singularity.

about 3 months ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Lucas123 Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (478 comments)

So the quote is "The U.S. will always be at war now, until the government is bankrupt." -- Dwight Eisenhower. I've never once seen that. When did he use that in a speech?

about 3 months ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Lucas123 Then it happens less in science than in general (460 comments)

The study the level of sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments... was 26% of women and 6% of men reported experiencing sexual assault. According to a study by the CDC, 51.9 percent of surveyed women and 66.4 percent of surveyed men said they were physically assaulted as a child by an adult caretaker and/or as an adult by any type of attacker. More than half (54 percent) of the female rape victims identified by the survey were younger than age 18 when they experienced their first attempted or completed rape. Violence against women is primarily intimate partner violence: 64.0 percent of the women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. In comparison, only 16.2 percent of the men who reported being raped and/or physically assaulted since age 18 were victimized by such a perpetrator. Study: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles...

about 3 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Lucas123 Familiar story line (326 comments)

The Stardate is 5423.4. The Federation starship Enterprise arrives at the planet Gideon to begin diplomatic relations and invite the inhabitants to join the Federation. Gideon is reported to be a virtual paradise where the people live incredibly long lives in a nearly germ-free environment, but they refuse to allow anyone but Captain James Kirk from the Enterprise, to beam down. Upon beaming down, however, Kirk learns that the population has exploded to the point where the planet can barely contain the populace. Gideon's leaders plan is to infect the people with a human virus in an attempt to "control" the overpopulation problem caused by the people's long lifespans in a germ-free environment. So, as I see it, the problem is easily solved. Find a alien with a virus for which we have no cure.

about 3 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Lucas123 Of course they do (981 comments)

When people learn critical thinking skills, they tend to automatically dismiss ignorant, hate-centered dogmas.

about 3 months ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Lucas123 Does any one see it? (269 comments)

The irony. The smart people couldn't figure out what makes someone smart... perhaps because they were using the wrong parameters.

about 4 months ago
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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

Lucas123 Re:Seriously? (62 comments)

How very open-minded of you. You see someone questioning the conditions of a "scientific experiment" and immediately attempt to reduce them to a social stereotype. I'm sure you're a marvelous scientist in your own mind.

about 3 months ago
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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

Lucas123 Seriously? (62 comments)

You put an amphibious fish on land and it develops its fin muscles for walking and you keep one in water and their muscles develop for swimming... and this was the big discovery?

about 3 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

Lucas123 Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

Over the past four decades, we've seen squat in the form of treatment for diabetes other than improving the delivery of insulin delivery for diabetics, which has been around since the 1920s. Honestly, it almost seems as if the insulin market is just too lucrative to allow a real cure for Type 1 diabetes. We march on continuing to watch little children struggle with this disease through adulthood and often succumb to an early death because of it. C'mon scientific community. Get your collective heads our of your arses and curse this.

about 6 months ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

Lucas123 Actually, a gun is a useful machine (490 comments)

As the company Solid Concepts discovered, 3D printing metal guns demonstrates the ability to create fined machine parts that are also durable.

about 7 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

Lucas123 Honestly? (323 comments)

This is the best idea the lead engineer on the NASA JPL's Curiosity rover mission could come up with? Find worm holes or send 3D printers to other planets. Ugh.

about 7 months ago
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Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

Lucas123 Prototype? (166 comments)

You don't sell prototypes to the public. That's called a production model.

about 7 months ago

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Iowa's Mobile Driver's License App Should Raise Big Privacy Concerns

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to roll out a mobile app next year that will allow drivers to use their smartphones as an official driver's icense to show police and airport security. Privacy experts, however, say it's a bad idea to create an app that allows a police officer to gain possession of your smartphone for an indefinite amount of time. Additionally, mobile apps have been known to collect information about users and sometimes share that information without the users knowledge. Alan Butler, senior counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, also pointed out that if a call or text message came into the smart phone while a police officer was in possession of it that could also violate privacy. There are also practical issues, such as a what to do if your phone dies."
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Snowden Leaks Prompt Internet Users Worldwide to Protect Their Data

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A new International survey of Internet users from 24 countries has found that more than 39% of them have taken steps to protect their data since Edward Snowden leaked the NSA's spying practices. The survey, conducted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), found that 43% of Internet users now avoid certain websites and applications and 39% change their passwords regularly. Security expert Bruce Schneier chastised the media for trying to downplay the numbers by saying "only" 39%" have taken action and "only 60%" have heard of Snowden. The news articles, "are completely misunderstanding the data," Schneier said, pointing out that by combining data on Internet penetration with data from the international survey, it works out to 706 million people who are now taking steps to protect their online data. Additionally, two-thirds (64%) of users indicated they are more concerned today about online privacy than they were a year ago. Another notable finding: 83% of users believe that affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right."
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3D Printer Owner's Network Puts Together Buyer's Guide

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Thousands of 3D printer owners who are part of a distributed online network were tapped for a buyer's guide, rating dozens of machines from tiny startups to big name manufacturers. Surprisingly, the big name 3D printer makers were no where to be found in the top picks. More obscure companies, like Makergear, a 12-person start-up in Ohio, or Zortrax, a polish company that began as a Kickstarter project, took top spots in the reviews. The buyer's guide, put together by 3D Hubs, contains five different categories: Enthusiast Printers, Plug-n-Play Printers, Kit/DIY Printers, Budget Printers and Resin Printers. In all, 18 models made it to the top of the user communities' list, and only printers with more than 10 reviews were included in the buyer's guide. 3D Hubs also added a secondary "Printer Index" that includes 58 3D Printers that didn't make it to the top of their categories. Printers with more than five reviews are displayed in the index."
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about three weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Over the next 10 years, adoption of distributed power in the form of renewables such as solar power has the potential to reduce revenues to grid utilities by as much as $48 billion in the U.S. and by $75 billion in Europe, according to a new study. The study, by Accenture, revealed that utility executives are more nervous about the impact of distributed — or locally generated renewable power — than ever before. with 61% of those surveyed this year indicating they expect significant or moderate revenue reductions compared to only 43% last year. The cost of rooftop solar-powered electricity will be on par with prices for common coal or oil-powered generation in two years, and the technology to produce it will only get cheaper, according to a recent report from Deutsche Bank. New technologies, such as more efficient solar cells, are also threatening to increase efficiencies and drive adoption."
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First Of Its Kind Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about three weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "In what could herald in an era of data from wearables being used in civil and criminal litigation cases, a Canadian attorney is using data collected a Fitbit activity tracking wrist band to prove his client is not scamming an insurance company. The defendant's attorney normalized the data using an analytics platform that compares activity data with other wearables, offering a way to benchmark his client's health against a larger group of wearable owners. Legal and privacy experts say it's only a matter of time before wearable data will be used in criminal cases, as well, and the vendors will have little choice but to hand it over. "I do think that's coming down the pike. It's just a matter of time," said Neda Shakoori, an eDiscovery expert with the law firm of McManis Faulkner. Health privacy laws, such as HIPAA, don’t cover wearables and those companies can be subpoenaed — just as Google and Microsoft have been for years."
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The Orion Spacecraft Runs On 12-Year-Old Computer Tech

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about three weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "While NASA's Orion spacecraft, which blasted off on a successful test flight today, may be preparing for a first-of-its-kind mission to carry astronauts to Mars and other deep-space missions, the technology inside of it is no where near leading edge. In fact, its computers and its processors are 12 years old — making them ancient in tech years. The spacecraft, according to one NASA engineer, is built to be rugged and reliable in the face of G forces, massive amounts of radiation and the other rigors of space."Compared to the [Intel] Core i5 in your laptop, it's much slower — much less powerful. It's probably not any faster than your smartphone," Matt Lemke, NASA's deputy manager for Orion's avionics, power and software team, told Computerworld. Lemke said the spacecraft was built to be rugged and reliable — not necessarily smart. That's why there are two flight computers. Orion's main computer was built by Honeywell as a flight computer originally for Boeing's 787 jet airliner."
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Printable circuits offer on-demand durable electronics on paper

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about three weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A team of researchers have produced a silver nanowire ink and printing process that enables flexible circuits to be laid out on paper. The paper-based electronics can be folded and unfolded up to 15 times or rolled up thousands of times and still function, according to the researchers from the Univ. of Tenn. Currently, the team from the school's Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, are focusing on medical applications for the circuits, which can be printed on demand and are disposable and biodegradable. Applications include bio-sensors and "electronic skin" for robotic medical attendants that would allow patients to interface by touch. The scientists are also working on multi-jet printers capable of extruding more than one metal, such as silver and copper."
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Consortium roadmap shows 100TB hard drives possible by 2025

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "An industry consortium made up by leading hard disk drive manufacturers shows they expect the areal density of platters to reach 10 terabits per square inch by 2025, which is more than 10 times what it is today. At that density, hard disk drives could conceivably hold up to 100TB of data. Key to achieving greater bit density is Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) and Bit Patterned Media Recording (BPMR). While both HAMR and BPMR will increase density, the combination of both technologies in 2021 will drive it to the 10Tbpsi level, according to the Advanced Storage Technology Consortium (ASTC)."
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Rooftop solar to reach price parity in the U.S. by 2016

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The cost of rooftop solar-powered electricity will be on par with prices of coal-powered energy and other conventional sources in all 50 U.S. states in just two years, a leap from today where PV energy has price parity in only 10 states, according to Deutsche Bank's leading solar industry analyst. The sharp decline in solar energy costs is the result of increased economies of scale leading to cheaper photovoltaic panels, new leasing models and declining installation costs, Deutsche Bank's Vishal Shah stated in a recent report. The cost of solar-generated electricity in the top 10 states for capacity ranges from 11-15 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh), compared to the retail electricity price of 11-37 c/kWh. Amit Ronen, a former Congressional staffer behind legislation that created an investment tax credit for solar installations, said one of the only impediments to decreasing solar electricity prices are fees proposed by utilities on customers who install solar and take advantage of net metering, or the ability to sell excess power back to utilities."
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats that Correlate to Drive Failures

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Backblaze, which has taken to publishing data on hard drive failure rates in its data center, has just released data from a new study of nearly 40,000 spindles revealing what it said are the top 5 SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) values that correlate most closely with impending drive failures. The study also revealed that many SMART values that one would innately consider related to drive failures, actually don't relate it it at all. Gleb Budman, CEO of Backblaze, said the problem is that the industry has created vendor specific values, so that a stat related to one drive and manufacturer may not relate to another. "SMART 1 might seem correlated to drive failure rates, but actually it's more of an indication that different drive vendors are using it themselves for different things," Budman said. "Seagate wants to track something, but only they know what that is. Western Digital uses SMART for something else — neither will tell you what it is.""
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HP Does Not Plan On Making a Desktop 3D Printer

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 1 month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "After announcing its first industrial 3D printing machine last week, HP this week expounded on its plans for the technology saying it sees it as a method for making production parts in limited runs and one-off parts. What it doesn't ever see happening is a desktop model of the printer for the consumer market. During a live webcast this yesterday, Steve Nigro, senior vice president of HP's Inkjet and Graphics Solutions Businesses, said the new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer will likely be built in varying sizes to address any number of production applications needed by manufacturers and service providers. Some of those new models will likely be in collaboration with partners who want to build machines for specific industries. But, the printer will play in the $100,000 to $1 million 3D printer market, not machines for home use. The printer, he said, will be ten times faster and 50% cheaper than industrial 3D printers on the market today. The machine combines the attributes of binder jet printing, where a liquid fusing agent is selectively deposited to join the powder materials, and sintering technology, where layer upon layer of powder material is melted and fused together with heat."
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Some Researchers Agree With Musk That A.I. Could Be Dangerous

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Researchers from some of the top U.S. universities said Elon Must wasn't so far off the mark when he said last week that artificial intelligence poses a threat to humans. "If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it's probably that... With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon." Musk said at an M.I.T. symposium . Musk's comments came after he tweeted in early August that AI is "potentially more dangerous than nukes." Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, Musk has "a valid concern and it's really an interesting one. It's a remote, far future danger but sometime we're going to have to think about it." AI researchers disagree on when the technology will be available, some saying 20 years, others believe 50 or, even 100 years away. Stuart Russell, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the UC Berkeley, compared AI research to that of nuclear fusion. "The first thing you think of is containment. You need to get energy out without creating a hydrogen bomb. The same would be true for AI. If we don't know how to control AI it would be like making a hydrogen bomb.""
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HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "HP today announced an 3D industrial printer that it said will be half the cost of current additive manufacturing systems while also 10 times faster, enabling production parts to be built. The company also announced Sprout, a new immersive computing platform that combines a 23-in touch screen monitor and horizontal capacitive touch mat with a scanner, depth sensor, hi-res camera, and projector in a single desktop device. HP's Multi Jet Fusion printer will be offered to beta customers early next year and is expected to be generally available in 2016. The machine uses a print bar with 30,000 nozzles spraying 350 million drops a second of thermoplastic or other materials onto a print platform. The Multi Jet Fusion printer uses fused deposition modeling, an additive manufacturing technology first invented in 1990. the printer works by first laying down a layer of powder material across a build area. Then a fusing agent is selectively applied with the page-wide print bar. Then the same print bar applies a detailing agent at the parts edge to give high definition. The material is then exposed to an energy source that fuses it."
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XYZPrinting Releases All-In-One 3D Printer with Internal Laser Scanner

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "XYZPrinting today released the first 3D printer with embedded scanner that has the ability to replicate objects between 2-in and 6-in in size and print objects of up to 7.8-in square from .stl files. The printer's retailing for $799. A review of the new da Vinci 1.0 AiO all-in-one 3D printer revealed the 3D scanning capability, which is supposed to have a .05mm resolution, captures overall size and some finer features of an object but it falls short when it comes to precise details; thin protrusions and through-object holes are often missed in a scan. The mechanics — the printing head, two laser scanning/camera pods and turntable, and the motorized print table — are fully enclosed in a sleek-looking blue and white cubical case with a large transparent, hinged-front door. The front of the printer has a simple push button keypad for traversing a menu on a 2.6-in LCD black-and-white display. The printer is about 18-in. x 20-in. x 22-in. in size and weighs 60.6 lbs. While this is a desktop printer, it takes up a sizeable amount of room on your desk. It can print with either ABS or PLA thermopolymer."
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Haier Plans to Embed Area Wireless Chargers in Home Appliances

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Haier, arguably the world's largest maker of home appliances, has signed a development agreement with Energous, a maker of the WattUp wireless charging router. Haier plans incorporate the technology in appliances allowing enabled mobile devices and wearables to take a charge at up 15 feet away. The white goods maker is expected to come out with the enabled appliances in the next 14 months or so. The WattUp router uses radio frequency (RF) transmissions to send up to 4 watts of power in a 15-ft. radius. Within 5 feet of a WattUp wireless router, a mobile device can be charged at the same rate as if it were plugged into a wall socket, but as the distance increase the charging capability dissipates. For example, aa a range of 5-to-10 feet, charging capability drops to 2 watts per device and at 10-to-15 feet, the router puts out 1 watt per device (4 watts total). Pleasanton, Calif.-based Energous raised nearly $25 million when it went public earlier this year. Its chief marketing officer said the company has joint development agreements in the works with battery makers, smartphone sleeve and wearable device manufacturers. Haier hasn't disclosed what products it plans to enable with wireless charging."
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners for Selfie Figurines

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

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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Samsung admits to software bug on 840 EVO SSDs

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Samsung has issued a firmware fix for a bug on its popular 840 EVO triple-level cell SSD. The bug apparently slows read performance tremendously for any data more than a month old that has not been moved around on the NAND. The 840 EVO is one of the companies most affordable SSDs, as it retails for under 50 cents a gig. Samsung said in a statement that the read problems occurred on its 2.5-in 840 EVO SSDs and 840 EVO mSATA drives because of an error in the flash management software algorithm. Some users on technical blog sites, such as Overclock.net, say the problem extends beyond the EVO line. They also questioned whether the firmware upgrade was a true fix or just covers up the bug by simply moving data around the SSD."
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Ethernet is coming to cars

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Automobile industry support for Ethernet as an interconnect specification for all electronics in the car and for the car to connect to the Internet outside the car is growing quickly. Additionally, one of the largest suppliers of silicon to the industry — Freescale — today announced its first automotive-grade Ethernet modules. The 100Mbps modules will offer up to four separate video ports and can connect together instrument clusters, infotainment systems and telematics all on the same ring topology. Driving Ethernet adoption in vehicles are trends such as such as federally mandated backup cameras, lane-departure warning systems, traffic light recognition and collision avoidance sensors, and in-vehicle WiFi as well as streaming video on embedded displays. While Freescale's not the first to offer an automotive-grade Ethernet chipset, it is the largest supplier to date. By 2020, many cars will have 50 to 60 Ethernet ports and even entry-level vehicles will have 10, according to a study by research firm Frost & Sullivan. (Premium vehicles will likely have more than 100 Ethernet nodes by then.)"
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Researchers Scrambling to Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "U.S. robotics researchers from around the country are collaborating on a project to build autonomous vehicles that could deliver food and medicine, and telepresence robots that could safely decontaminate equipment and help bury the victims of Ebola. Organizers of Safety Robotics for Ebola Workers are planning a workshop on Nov. 7. that will be co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Texas A&M, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. "We are trying to identify the technologies that can help human workers minimize their contact with Ebola. Whatever technology we deploy, there will be a human in the loop. We are not trying to replace human caregivers. We are trying to minimize contact," said Taskin Padir, an assistant professor of robotics engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute."
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Tesla teardown reveals driver-facing electronics built by iPhone 6 suppliers

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "There's a lot to like about the Tesla Model S. It's an EV that can go from from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and can travel 265 miles on a single charge. But, a tear down of the vehicle by IHS Technology has also revealed that Elon Musk avoided third-party design and build routes used traditionally by auto makers and spared no expense on the instrument cluster and infotainment (head unit) system, which is powered by two 3, 1.4Ghz, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra processors. IHS called the Tesla's head unit the most sophisticated it's ever seen, with 1,000 more components than any it has previously analyzed. A bill of materials (BOM) for the virtual instrument cluster and the premium media control unit is also roughly twice the cost of the highest-end infotainment unit examined by IHS. Andrew Rassweiler, senior director for materials and cost benchmarking at IHS, said the use of large displays in the cabin, the touch-screen-based controls, and the mobile microchips make "the Tesla experience more like a media tablet or high-end smartphone than a traditional automobile.""
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