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fructose (948996) writes "It seems that the Nest Protect has a flaw in it's software that, under the right circumstances, could disable the alarm and not notify the owners of a fire. To remedy this flaw, they are disabling the Nest Wave feature through automatic updates. Owners who don't have their Nest Protects connected to their WiFi net or don't have a Nest account are suggested to either update the device manually or return it to Nest for a full refund. While they work out the problem, all sales are being halted to prevent unsafe units from being sold. There have been no reported incidents resulting from this flaw, but they aren't taking any chances. Considering the potential danger involved, I'd say this is a pretty safe move." Link to Original Source top
Tesla can no longer sell card in NJ starting April 1st
fructose (948996) writes "It looks like the automobile dealerships convinced the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to approve a new rule requiring auto retailers to have a franchise agreement with an auto manufacturer in order to sell cars in New Jersey. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Tesla only got wind of a special meeting to determine new rules withing 72 hours of the scheduled time. Tesla now needs to get a law change to be able to sell cars directly to consumers there. Chalk up another win for old fashioned business models being threatened by new ideas." top
fructose writes "Sally Ride, America's first woman in space died today at age 61. She succumbed to pancreatic cancer according to her office in San Diego. Here's to wishing her a safe trip on her final journey." Link to Original Source top
"used its infrared sensors to find a target missile launched from San Nicolas Island, Calif...issued engagement and target location instructions to the beam control/fire control system...fired its two solid-state illuminator lasers to track the target and...fired a surrogate high-energy laser at the target, simulating a missile intercept."
The sensors on board the missile confirmed the 'hit.' The next steps will be to test the high power laser at full power in flight and do a complete system test later this year. Looks like the Real Genius fans out there are finally living the dream." top
fructose writes "According to Space Daily, "A team of astronomers has discovered a group of rare galaxies called the "Green Peas" with the help of citizen scientists working through an online project called Galaxy Zoo. The finding could lend unique insights into how galaxies form stars in the early universe."
Of the 1 million galaxies in Galaxy Zoo's image bank, only about 250 are in the new "Green Pea" type. Galaxy Zoo is claiming this as a success of the "citizen scientist" effort that they spearheaded." Link to Original Source top
fructose writes "In high school and college, I was taught never to plagiarize. Now that I'm out in the real world, I've found that plagiarism is pretty much the way of life for many things. Need to write a new procedure? Plagiarize an old one! Need to write a report? Use this old one as a guide. Do we every include a 'references' or a 'contributions' page? Never. And let's be honest, when coding it's much easier to plagiarize old code (especially your own) when you are re-implementing something from a previous work. So I ask, how much do you plagiarize? And what is REAL plagiarism, and what is academic plagiarism?" top
fructose writes "By using old technology to save money, SkySails has managed to use 20% less fuel on a two month trial cruise by using their test sail. Acording to the atricle, "that's 2.5 tons of fuel, or $1,000 a day, in operating costs." SkySails claims that fuel costs can be reduced by 10-35% annually. If this technology was put to use, that could work out to a significant savings to any shipping fleet." top
fructose writes "Weired has a blog about a company that is now selling bulletproof backpacks. The company's product page states "Since 1999 over 328 incidents have occurred, leaving 229 dead and 422 injured in school violence alone." But the Wired article points out that there were "838 deaths caused by falling out of bed in 2003 alone." Do kids really need bulletproof protection when they are more at risk of dying from falling out of bed? You can look at the National Safety Council has the odds of dying for 2003 online." Link to Original Source