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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

Lucas123 Re:Bill Nye is creepy and weird (220 comments)

In fact, his only actual degree is a Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering.

about a month ago
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Origins of Blarney Stone Revealed

Lucas123 It always amazed me (47 comments)

People are willing to allow a complete stranger to hold them while they slide over the side of a 90-foot wall in order to share in the bacteria and viruses of thousands of others on the oft change they'll be given the ability deceive people without offending them.

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

Lucas123 Re: I'm still incensed (152 comments)

Actually, I'd prefer the CIA keep tabs on Feinstein.

about a month ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

Lucas123 100 years later (269 comments)

Einstein's theories continue to astound.

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

Lucas123 I'm still incensed (152 comments)

Spying on citizens is one thing, but to think the CIA was spying on Dianne Feinstien and her Senate Select Committee on Intelligence really crosses the line.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Lucas123 The Russian Embassador (878 comments)

There were those of us who fought against this. But in the end, we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. And at the same time, our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our Doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we'd been spending on defense in a single year. But the deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a Doomsday gap.

about a month ago
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Ford replacing Microsoft Windows with Blackberry's QNX in new vehicles

Lucas123 Ford hasn't announced anything (1 comments)

I hate these misleading submissions.

about 2 months ago
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How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

Lucas123 Google Glass or not (124 comments)

"The device featured photos, video, email, and other data that, in the wrong hands, could seriously upend her life." She's carrying data around on a mobile device that could seriously upend her life? I don't even store that kind of data on my home laptop in the clear. It never ceases to amaze me that people store sensitive information unencrypted on small mobile device. One word: TrueCrypt.

about 2 months ago
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Unofficial front page discussion of why /. BETA is bad

Lucas123 Why not a different discussion (2 comments)

Instead of a bitch session, how about how a discussion about how the new site can be improved.

about 2 months ago
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3D Printing of Human Tissue to Spark Ethics Debate

Lucas123 Re:And this is bad how? (2 comments)

Currently, you can download .stl (stereolithography) files from various sites that contain the computer-aided designs for many retail products. For example, you'll find on one popular site called "thingiverse" and download Lego designs and print them out. Then, you could go sell them to people. Also, there are many varieties of 3D scanning technology that allows you to literally scan an object into your computer, convert that into an .stl file, and then go print it. So, basically, 3D printers allow you to build your own manufacturing facility, albeit 3D printing is exceedingly slow compared to mold injection manufacturing. Hope that helps.

about 3 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Lucas123 Re:Apparent Horizons, but no Event Horizons (458 comments)

I don't see anywhere in the Science article making the argument that there black holes do not exist. Only that Event Horizons do not exist. So, why the claim that black holes to no exist? Why not just say they don't exist in the context we once thought?

about 3 months ago
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US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone

Lucas123 Re:Isn't that cute (150 comments)

This is the politician who is not only the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who supported both the Afghan and Iraq wars, but also voted for the extension of the PATRIOT ACT and the FISA provisions. She was also a co-sponsor of PIPA (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act), which, like SOPA, allows the Attorney General to take action against any site it judges as “facilitating copyright infringement” by forcing all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to the site. And she heads up the International Narcotics Control Caucus, which has oversight of U.S. counter narcotics policy and activities. So much wrong there, it's hard to wrap your mind around it.

about 3 months ago
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Telescope Designer and Astronomer John Dobson, 1915-2014

Lucas123 Opened astronomy to the masses (57 comments)

I bought my first Dobsonian telescope when I was a kid. Last year, my wife bought me a beautiful 6-in reflector. I'll never forget the first time I saw Saturn's rings. There's nothing like seeing them "for real" right there in the sky above you. Thank you, John Dobson for opening up the sky!

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Lucas123 Re:Isn't it kind of obvious? (937 comments)

Typo: "the lawyers weren't going after drivers" when gas pedals were getting stuck.

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Lucas123 Isn't it kind of obvious? (937 comments)

A vehicle malfunction that causes an auto accident won't be attributed to the driver. When Toyota's gas pedals were getting stuck and causing deaths, the lawyers were going after drivers. There's no difference with autonomous vehicles. If the technology is found to be at fault, it will be the part manufacturer and the auto maker who will be dragged into civil court.

about 3 months ago
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Judge: NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional

Lucas123 Now just hold on there (345 comments)

So you're telling me a secret program authorized by a secret court to ubiquitously collect private information about U.S. citizens was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans’ constitutional rights?

The hell you say.

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

Lucas123 Re:Already Banned (414 comments)

"Those with criminal intent would not likely be deterred by the minor modification" or the entire undetectable bill itself. FTFY

about 4 months ago
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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

Lucas123 Re:Offensive (1251 comments)

Well, here they are:

FIRST COMMANDMENT I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

SECOND COMMANDMENT Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth

THIRD COMMANDMENT Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

FOURTH COMMANDMENT Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

FIFTH COMMANDMENT Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

SIXTH COMMANDMENT Thou shalt not kill.

SEVENTH COMMANDMENT Thou shalt not commit adultery.

EIGHTH COMMANDMENT Thou shalt not steal.

NINTH COMMANDMENT Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

TENTH COMMANDMENT Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.

about 4 months ago
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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

Lucas123 Re:Offensive (1251 comments)

Which one of the 10 commandments is offensive to you?

about 4 months ago

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Can Web-based Protests Force Change, or Will There Be A Backlash?

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a week ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Several high profile protests have circulated across the Web in the past few weeks, garnering social and news media attention — and even forcing the resignation of one high-level executive. There are two components driving the trend in Internet protests: They tend to be effective against Web services and online networks allow people to mobilize quickly, according to Daniel Castro, a senior IT policy analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. According to a study released last month by Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication, active Web useres are likely to do far more for a cause than simply "like" it on a Website. And, because a few clicks can cancel a service, their actions carry weight. But there may be a coming backlash as people can grow tired of online activism; and corporations may also take a more proactive stance in response to them."
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What's needed for the 60TB hard drive

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a week ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Within the next 6 years, Seagate expects to produce a 60TB hard disk drive using HAMR technology. But WD and Seagate are currently on separate paths toward expanding capacity. Seagate with Singled Magnetic Recording (SMR) and WD with helium-filled drives. Computerworld has published a series of slides explaining what has been used up until this point and what will be needed to reach the 60TB end goal."
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MediaFire Offers 1TB of Storage for $2.50

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "MediaFire today went live with its cloud storage service, offering 1TB of capacity for $2.50 for people who initially sign up for the service. The price will go to $5, eventually. MediaFire's Desktop storage and file sharing service is also offering 50GB of free capacity upfront. MediaFire's service has virtually no limits on file sizes for uploads. Users can upload files up to 20GB in size, "when using native 64-bit browsers such as Firefox." MediaFire Desktop, a free application for OS X and Windows, allows users to upload, store and share content in the cloud, directly from their desktop and mobile devices. The service synchronizes data to a customer's OS X and Windows computers that are also connected via its application. The company is also working on iOS and Android apps."
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Seagate releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Seagate has released what it said is the industry's fastest hard drive and it has up to 6TB capacity, matching one released by WD last year. WD's 6TB Ultrastar He6 was hermetically sealed with helium inside, something the company said was critical to reducing friction for additional platters, while also increasing power savings and reliability. Seagate, however, said it doesn't yet need to rely on Helium to achieve the 50% increase in capacity over it's last 4TB drive. The company used the same perpendicular magnetic recording technology that it has on previous models, but it was able to increase areal density from 831 bits per square inch to 1,000. The new drive also comes in 2TB, 4TB and 5TB capacities and with either 12Gbps SAS or 6Gbps SATA connectivity. The six-platter, enterprise-class drive is rated to sustain about 550TB of writes per year — 10X that of a typical desk top drive."
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Hynix Reveals 128GB DDR4 Memory Module

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "SK Hynix today announced it has manufactured a 128GB DDR4 memory module and plans to begin mass producing it early next year. The new module, which the company plans to begin sampling in 64GB and 128GB capacities, can process up to 17GB of data per second, according to Hynix. The memory is based on 8Gbit DDR4 chips manufactured with 20nm process lithography. The new module runs at 2,133Mbps with 64-bit I/O. It also runs at ultra low-voltage of 1.2V, compared to 1.35V of existing DDR3 memory modules."
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A presentation released today by Intel revealed images of the USB 3.1 Type-C cable and connectors, which is symmetrical and will no longer require a user to correctly orient the plug. Initially, the USB 3.1 Type-C specification will support up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. The Type-C connectors resemble those of Apple's Thunderbolt cabling in that they are much smaller than today's USB SuperSpeed connectors. The receptacle opening is 8.3mm x 2.5mm.The first iteration will have a 5 volt power transfer rate, but it is expected to deliver up to 100 watts for higher power applications in the future."
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BMW i8 Hybrid To Be The First Production Car With Laser Headlights

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "While Audi plans to use laser beam headlights this June in its R18 E-Tron Quattro racecar in the Le Mans 24 Hours, BMW is saying it will be the first carmaker to bring the technology into production with its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. The car is due out this fall. The headlights are brighter and project up to three times the distance of today's LED lamps — up to 1,800 feet or about a third of a mile. The lights do not cause eye damage because of the way the headlamps refract the laser light. The laser technology also allows the headlamp units to be smaller and lighter. BMW's laser diodes are 10 times smaller than conventional LED diodes."
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Solar Energy Is Now Same Price As Conventional Power In Germany, Italy, Spain

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about three weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A new study by International consulting firm Eclareon found that the cost of solar- and conventional-powered electricity has the same per kilowatt hour (kWh) price tag in Germany, Italy and Spain. The report covered 19 cities in 10 countries (Australia, Brazil, U.S., Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the U.K.). In Latin America, while the cost of renewable energy has gone down, high installation prices still prevent PV technology from being competitive against grid electricity. Meanwhile, in the U.S., there has been a 50% reduction in the cost of renewable energy over the past five years, according to an August 2013 report from global financial adviser and asset manager firm Lazard Freres & Co. In areas of the U.S., the dropping costs of solar, wind and hydroelectric power has spurred utilities to sign contracts to use renewable energy rather than conventional fuels like gas in power plants, according to Cory Honeyman, a solar power analyst with GTM research."
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How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 years

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Imagine that in 1952, an IBM RAMAC 350 disk drive would have been able to hold only one .MP3 song. Today, a 4TB 3.5-in desktop drive (soon to be 5TB) can hold 760,000 songs. As much data as the digital age creates (2.16 Zettabytes and growing), data storage technology has always found a way to keep up. It is the fastest growing semiconductor technology there is. Consider a microSD card that in 2005 could store 128MB of capacity. Last month, SanDisk launched a 128GB microSD card — 1,000 times the storage in under a decade. While planar NAND flash is running up against a capacity wall, technology such as 3D NAND and Resistive Random Access Memory (RRAM) hold the promise of quadrupling of solid state capacity. Here are some photos of what was and what is in data storage."
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AT&T, Audi announce in-car 4G LTE plans that start at $99 for six months

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Audi is set to became the first car company to offer native, in-vehicle broadband in its 2015 A3 models through AT&T and it has just listed pricing for the service. Audi and AT&T will offer two data plan options: a 5GB, 6-month plan for $99 and a 30GB, 30-month plan for $499. Audi and GM first announced the upcoming availability of in-car 4G LTE during the CES show this year. GM plans to roll out 4G LTE in vehicles later this year and will eventually have more than 30 models supporting it. Audi said it plans to expand 4G LTE capability across its entire lineup as new or refreshed models come to market."
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MirrorLink vs. Apple's CarPlay

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Apple's introduction of its iPhone automotive integration platform, CarPlay, yesterday signaled its entry into in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems — a market that up until now has consisted mainly of proprietary platforms with extremely limited mobile app capabilities. But open software efforts by the Linux Foundation and standards such as the Car Connectivity Consortium's MirrorLink and Google's recently launched Open Automotive Alliance are hoping to open up IVIs to any number of smartphones and related apps. ""The Apple [CarPlay] is just one standard. Right now MirrorLink is not compatible with iPhone..., but it can be," said Mark Boyadjis, manager of Infotainment & HMI systems at IHS Automotive. Alan Ewing, president of the Car Connectivity Consortium said we he first looked at Apple's CarPlay, he thought: "That's what we've been doing for two years. "It really validated the approach we'd already taken. But, we think the best mousetrap should win.""
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Your Next Car's Electronics Will LIkely Be Connected by Ethernet

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "As the sophistication of automotive electronics advances, from autonomous driving capabilities to three-dimensional cameras, the industry is in need of greater bandwidth to connect devices to a car's head unit. Enter Ethernet. Industry standards groups are working to make 100Mbps and 1Gbps Ethernet de facto standards within the industry. Currently, there are as many as nine proprietary auto networking specifications, including LIN, CAN/CAN-FD, MOST and FlexRay. FlexRay, for example, has a 10Mbps transmission rate. Making Ethernet the standard in the automotive industry could also open avenues for new apps. For example, imagine a driver getting turn-by-turn navigation while a front-seat passenger streams music from the Internet, and each back-seat passenger watches streaming videos on separate displays."
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Terrafugia Steers In Direction of Autonomous Flying Cars

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Terrafugia, a company that has been working on flying car prototypes for years, said it is now leaning toward an autonomous vehicle for safety reasons. Carl Dietrich, co-founder, CEO and CTO at Terrafugia, said at MIT last weekend that the company wants to build something that is statistically safer than driving a car. "It needs to be faster than driving a car. It needs to be simpler to operate than a plane. It needs to be more convenient than driving a car today. It needs to be sustainable in the long run," he said. The company's flyable car is designed with foldable wings and falls into the light sport aircraft category. It's expected to take off and land at small, local airports and to drive on virtually any road. Dietrich said the next-generation flying car is a four-seat, plug-in hybrid that doesn't require the operator to be a full-fledged pilot. A spokeswoman said today that the company is probably two years away from production."
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SanDisk Ships 128GB microSD card

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "In a little less than a decade, the microSD card has gone from 512MB of capacity to 128GB today. SanDisk just announced they're now shipping a 128GB microSD card that can store 24-hours of HD video or 75,000 photographs. The SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Card has a top transfer speed of 30MB/s and a price ranging from $29 for an 8GB card to $199 for the 128GB model. The card is compatible with Android smartphones and tablets."
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Things You May Not Have Known 3D Printers Can Make

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Here are 10 intriguing items in development or currently being made with 3D printers, including printed circuits boards from an Australian company whose machine lays down conductive inks (made of silver nano particles) onto wearable items, such as fabrics, as well as acrylic boards, plastics, MDF, FR4 and other fiberglass substrates. At Intellectual Ventures Laboratory in Bellevue, Wash., researchers are creating ink cartridges filled with freeze dried, pulverized food that could someday be used in third world nations where, by adding water, it could be printed and cooked by a laser at the extruder's nozzle. And, then there's the "Chemputer", a 3D printer that can produce pharmaceuticals, meaning ultimately, you may someday be able to print your own medicine."
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Music Industry Is Keeping Streaming Services Unprofitable

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Music streaming services, forced to give from 60% to 70% of their revenue to the record industry, will never be profitable in their current state, a new report shows. Unless the services can monetize their user base by entering new product and service categories, or they can sell themselves to a larger company that can sustain them, they're doomed to fail. One method that subscription services might be able to use to achieve profitability is to up sell mobile deals or bundles to subscribers. For example, a select package of mobile services would be sold through the music service provider, the report from Generator Research suggested. "Services like iTunes Match and Google and Amazon are already heading in this direction," the report states. Another possibility would be for a larger company to purchase the music service or for the service to begin offering sanitized user behavioral data to advertisers, who could then better target a customer base."
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Scientists Achieve Nuclear Fusion with Massive Laser

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Researchers that the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have achieved a major milestone on their journey toward creating a viable nuclear fusion reactor; the researchers were able to produce significant amounts of fusion using a petawatt power laser on a tiny plasma fuel cell. The deuterium-tritium fusion fuel cell contained only a tiny amount of plasma (about a milligram), and while it did not ignite, it did produce more energy than it absorbed. The laser, known as the National Ignition Facility (NIF) uses 192 beams 300 yards long. All those beams are focused on the fuel cell, which is about the diameter of a No. 2 pencil. When and if it does ignite, the fuel would begin to burn in a self-sustaining reaction to such a degree that it will produce a megajoule of energy. Because the NIF was built at the same scale as the fusion performance needed for a power plant, the leap to it generating enough power to begin feeding a power grid is not very great. Mike Dunne, director for Laser Fusion Energy at Lawrence Livermore Labs, believes once nuclear fusion energy is achieved, there will be an overriding push to capitalize on the success of it."
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Suicide Bomb Instructor Blows Up His Class, Killing 22

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A suicide bomb instructor with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, killed 22 of his students and wounded 15 others while demonstrating the proper use of a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said. The militant who was conducting the training was not identified by name, but he was described by an Iraqi Army officer as a prolific recruiter who was “able to kill the bad guys for once.”"
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Iron Mountain's Buenos Aires archive burns to ground

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A fire swept through a document archive facility in Buenos Aires operated by Iron Mountain, killing 9 first responders and wounding 7 others. The blaze also destroyed the corporate records housed in the facility. The cause of the blaze, which leveled the warehouse, is still under investigation. The firefighters were killed or injured when a wall collapsed on them. Iron Mountain's own employees were unharmed in the blaze. The fire marks the fifth time an Iron Mountain facility has been damaged or destroyed by fire over the past 17 years. Iron Mountain's facilities are equipped with extensive fire warning and suppression systems. Its largest archive facility in Butler County, Pa., an defunct 145-acre limestone mine, even has its own fire department, complete with full-sized fire trucks. The company is working with local authorities to determine the cause of the Buenos Aires fire and why its fire suppression systems failed to contain it."
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UCLA Architectural Program Teaches Robotic Home Design

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "UCLA has created a graduate-level program that teaches architects how to design intelligent robotic buildings that are able to change their configuration to adapt to their owners' needs. The design are not limited to homes, of course, and could be used in office buildings or hotels. For example, a hotel could switch out a small bathroom in a guest room for a larger one that comes to the room along the outside façade of the building. Factories could also be transformed on based on changing needs. Students in the program are working to come up with a more dynamic building, possibly one that has moving platforms or walls that could adapt the building for manufacturing different sized aircraft or products."
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