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puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "A team of MIT engineers has developed a technique for creating integrated chip-mounted arrays of light detectors with single-photon sensitivity. Moreover, these sensors can be mounted on regular old silicon computer chips using regular old manufacturing processes, opening yet another door in the long hallway toward practical quantum computing."" Link to Original Source top
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Samsung has launched its first smartphone running the company's own Tizen operating system, in a move away from Google's Android. The 4-inch Samsung Z1 is now available to buy in India for 5,700 rupees (£60), and has been "designed to meet the entertainment-focused needs of Indian consumers" via a faster boot time and faster web page loading times, the company said. "" Link to Original Source top
Researchers seek the origins of an early Analog Computer
puddingebola (2036796) writes "The Antikythera Mechanism is described as an early analog computer, used to predict the time of eclipses, and for astrological and astronomic instruction. Speculation about its origin has ranged from attributing it to different Greek Mathemeticians and thinkers, such as Archimedes, Hipparchus, and Posidonius, Current research suggests its origin may be much earlier, and its working based on Babylonian arithmetical methods rather than Greek Trigonometry, which did not exist at the time. From the article, "Writing this month in the journal Archive for History of Exact Sciences, Dr. Carman and Dr. Evans took a different tack. Starting with the ways the device’s eclipse patterns fit Babylonian eclipse records, the two scientists used a process of elimination to reach a conclusion that the “epoch date,” or starting point, of the Antikythera Mechanism’s calendar was 50 years to a century earlier than had been generally believed."" Link to Original Source top
puddingebola (2036796) writes "Not sure I should bother posting this, it's redundant. Reuters reports that Russian hackers attacked NATO and European Union computers with infected email attachments to exploit a vulnerability in Windows. From the article, "ISight said it did not know what data had been found by the hackers, though it suspected they were seeking information on the Ukraine crisis, as well as diplomatic, energy and telecom issues, based on the targets and the contents of phishing emails used to infect computers with tainted files."" Link to Original Source top
State of Iowa tells Tesla to cancel its Scheduled Test Drives
puddingebola (2036796) writes "Conflict between state governments and Tesla continue. From the article, "Iowa joined a growing list of states tussling with Tesla Motors' business model when it told the company to cut short three days of test drives earlier this month in West Des Moines. The Iowa Department of Transportation said the test drives were illegal for two reasons: Tesla isn't licensed as an auto dealer in Iowa and state law prohibits carmakers from selling directly to the public." While the article touches on the legal restrictions on selling cars in Iowa, it seems that Tesla was only providing test drives." Link to Original Source top
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "The number of young people in Fukushima Prefecture who have been diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer, a disease often caused by radiation exposure, now totals 104, according to prefectural officials. Of these 104, including 68 women, the number of definitive cases is 57, and one has been diagnosed with a benign tumor. The size of the tumors varies from 5 to 41 millimeters and averages 14 mm."" Link to Original Source top
Stanford team creates stable Lithium Anode using Honeycomb Film
puddingebola (2036796) writes "A team at Stanford has created a stable Lithium anode battery using a carbon honeycomb film. The film is described as a nanosphere layer that allows for the expansion of Lithium during use, and is suitable as a barrier between anode and cathode. Use of a lithium anode improves the coulombic efficiency and could result in longer range batteries for cars." Link to Original Source top
puddingebola (2036796) writes "Businessweek has an account of the 2010 hacking of the NASDAQ exchange. From the article, "Intelligence and law enforcement agencies, under pressure to decipher a complex hack, struggled to provide an even moderately clear picture to policymakers. After months of work, there were still basic disagreements in different parts of government over who was behind the incident and why. “We’ve seen a nation-state gain access to at least one of our stock exchanges, I’ll put it that way, and it’s not crystal clear what their final objective is,” says House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, who agreed to talk about the incident only in general terms because the details remain classified. “The bad news of that equation is, I’m not sure you will really know until that final trigger is pulled. And you never want to get to that.”"" Link to Original Source top
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Mozilla programmers have begun a project to adapt the Web for virtual-reality interfaces such as the Oculus Rift, starting with test versions of its own Firefox browser. "We are adding native support for VR devices to early experimental builds of Firefox, so that Web developers can start experimenting with adding VR interactivity to their websites and content," said Vladimir Vukicevic, Mozilla engineering director in charge of gaming and special projects, in a blog post Thursday. "This is only the first of many steps that we'll be taking over the coming weeks and months.""" Link to Original Source top
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) announced today that its highly-anticipated fuel-cell vehicle will be introduced to the market next year. The company has been working on developing the technology for over 20 years, and has made several test runs previously." Cost of the vehicle will be $69,000 and it will be available in March 2015 in Japan. Toyota will target regions with infrastructure for hydrogen refueling, as well as spend money to build additional infrastructure." Link to Original Source top
Company kicked off Amazon for Threatening to sue Reviewer
puddingebola (2036796) writes "After Mediabridge threatened to sue a reviewer who posted a negative review of one of their routers, Amazon has revoked their selling privileges. From the article, "After discovering the negative review — which quickly rose to become the "most helpful" negative feedback — Mediabridge threatened to sue the customer, claiming he was waging an "illegal campaign to damage, discredit, defame and libel Mediabridge."" Unfortunately for Mediabridge, the response from Reddit has won the company a considerable backlash. They are now the beneficiary of many more negative reviews." Link to Original Source top
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Alex Stamos, Yahoo!'s recently appointed CISO (chief information security officer), said the internet giant has finished encrypting traffic between its data centres. Stamos also outlined a roadmap for future improvements, including plans to encrypt Yahoo Messenger within months, in a blog post. We implemented the latest in security best-practices, including supporting TLS 1.2, Perfect Forward Secrecy and a 2048-bit RSA key for many of our global properties such as Homepage, Mail and Digital Magazines. We are currently working to bring all Yahoo sites up to this standard," Stamos explains, adding that as a process that requires continuous improvement, the project to improve security at Yahoo! will never be completed..."I'm gonna need to find another company to make fun of now that Yahoo! is taking encryption seriously," said Matthew Green. a cryptographer and research professor at Johns Hopkins University. "Any suggestions?"" Are these security improvements significant?" Link to Original Source top
Canonical's Troubles with the Free Software Community
puddingebola (2036796) writes "Bruce Byfield looks back at the soured relationships between Canonical and the free software community. Partly analysis, partly a review of past conflicts, the writer touches on Mir and Wayland, and what he sees as Canonical's attempts to take over projects. From the article, "However, despite these other concerns, probably the most important single reason for the reservations about Ubuntu is its frequent attempts to assume the leadership of free software — a position that no one has ever filled, and that no one particularly wants to see filled. In its first few years, Ubuntu's influence was mostly by example. However, by 2008, Shuttleworth was promoting the idea that major projects should coordinate their release schedules. That idea was received without enthusiasm. However, it is worth noting that some of those who opposed it, like Aaron Seigo, have re-emerged as critics of Mir — another indication that personal differences are as important as the issues under discussion."" Link to Original Source top
Jack A Kinzler savior of the Skylab mission, dies at 94
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From his New York Times Obituary, "Had Jack A. Kinzler not built model planes as a boy, had he not visited the post office as a youth and had he not, as a grown man, purchased four fishing rods at $12.95 apiece, Skylab — the United States’ $2.5 billion space station — would very likely have been forfeit." An excellent obit from the NYT, recounting the story of how Kinzler saved the Skylab mission with a telescoping parasol to patch a damaged heat shield. An inventive thinker and tinkerer, Mr. Kinzler was also responsible for the flags and plaques placed during the Apollo mission. Worth reading." Link to Original Source top
puddingebola (2036796) writes "Target ignored indications from it's threat-detection tools that malware had infected it's network. From the article, "Unusually for a retailer, Target was even running its own security operations center in Minneapolis, according to a report published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. Among its security defenses, following a months-long testing period and May 2013 implementation, was software from attack-detection firm FireEye, which caught the initial November 30 infection of Target's payment system by malware. All told, up to five "malware.binary" alarms reportedly sounded, each graded at the top of FireEye's criticality scale, and which were seen by Target's information security teams first in Bangalore, and then Minneapolis." Unfortunately, it appears Target's security team failed to act on the threat indicators." Link to Original Source top
Mozilla & Epic Games bing Unreal Engine 4 to the Web
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Mozilla is announcing today that it has partnered up once again with Epic Games, the makers of the most-used middleware in gaming. The two companies are bringing the Unreal Engine 4 framework to the web just in time for the Game Developers Conference next week in San Francisco."" Link to Original Source top
Nokia turns to Android to regain share in Emerging Markets
puddingebola (2036796) writes "Nokia is preparing to release it's first Android phone, as the lost market share in emerging markets from the death of Symbian has never been recovered. Windows Phone could never be adapted to the entry level devices that have driven growth in these markets, necessitating the move. From the article, "Nokia was once the king of cellphones in emerging markets. But it has lost ground because it was slow to respond to Android's popularity in many countries. In India, where Nokia's Symbian-powered phones held a big share of cellphone sales just a few years ago, Android was installed on 93% of new smartphones shipped there last year, according to estimates from research firm IDC."" Link to Original Source top
VMware and Google partner to bring Horizon View Desktop to Chromebooks
puddingebola (2036796) writes "With companies looking to transition away from Windows XP, VMware and Google are partnering to deliver the virtual desktop of Horizon view to thin client, Chrome OS Chromebooks. From the article, " Google is hoping that companies opt for the Chromebook/Horizon combo as a way to replace aging Windows XP devices but still keep running the legacy desktops and apps they need. That's the scenario painted by Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Chrome OS, when I spoke to him earlier today. "What we've found," he told me, "is that a lot of companies are adopting Chromebooks for cloud deployments because they're easy to manage and very secure. But those companies still have some legacy applications left over, and they want to figure out how to get these legacy apps to their users. We make it very easy to transition from where they are right now to move to a cloud world without having to make too many changes.""" Link to Original Source top
puddingebola (2036796) writes "Rumors on the internet say that Microsoft is set to appoint Satya Nadella as CEO. From the article, "After a prolonged search, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) appears set to appoint Satya Nadella, EVP of its Cloud & Enterprise Group as its next CEO to replace Steve Ballmer. In addition, reports indicate that founder and current chairman Bill Gates will cede the chairman role to independent director John Thompson but will remain as a board member. As of last night, neither of these reports have been confirmed by Microsoft." Described as the safe internal pick, will Nadella alter the Gates/Ballmer strategy?" Link to Original Source
Haven't posted anything to my important journal in a while. Sorry, forgot about it. I probably haven't posted in a while because i forgot to brush my teeth and the bacteria invaded my brain and made me do crazy things. It's always that tooth decay bacteria.
Came home and ate some seaweed. Really bittle. Made me wonder about what kind of techonology these Koreans are using to create these food substances. All the same, I was able to chew it up. Don't know how it's going to feel on exit though.
I have been watching Google, Apple, and Microsoft have their techonolgy war. Who will win? Who cares. John Lennon says there are no problems, only solutions. When will the monkey people of planet 3 decide that there must be some better way to behave on planet 3?
I discovered the whole wheat cereal I eat for breakfast every morning doesn't have all my daily intake of vitamins...What to do? Then I discovered the solution: vitamin pills. Vitamin pill technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. Inside the vitamin there are special chemicals that turn my urine different colors. This is the most entertainment I have had in a very, very long time.
Ate a delicious banana. I know my comments on Slashdot are poignant and insightful, yet someone keeps modding them down with the "offtopic" insult. It's like I'm being hunted, being persued. It must be someone who is out to destroy me. I must be careful. They must be out to get me.
Had a good nights sleep last night. Heard the toe truck dragging somebody's car away at about 4 am, but I went to bed so early it didn't matter waking up so early. A technology called an alarm clock awoke me later. It is amazing, it converted radio waves into sound. I sprang out of bed a short hour and a half after hearing these wonderous sounds.
I saw dem Dallas Cowboys on the TV last night, and they scored 24 points to the New York Giants 17 points. This conferred victory upon their franchise. It was delightful. This doesn't have very much to do with technology or science though. Except maybe, that I think the Cowboys use iPads to analyze plays.
Today I went to Starbucks and ate a blueberry muffin and had a coffee. I had just used this fluoride rinse shit on my teeth, and I didn't wait the recommended 30 minutes after using it, so when I ate the muffin it probably coated my teeth in sugar and cavities are forming at the base of my teeth and I'll need a root canal.