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3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

westlake Snark Bait. (64 comments)

Please do tell us about how the "official" prosthetic costing $40,000 are totally not a ripoff even though they can be replaced by $45 printed prostetics because each one is hand carved by highly skilled gnomes from their own bones and tied together with unicorn hair and anything else will kill the wearer in the first 5 minutes

I can't.

Because I don't have the money or resources to clinically evaluate a $45 prosthetic hand.

This I do know:

The poor have been milked for generations by frauds and fools marketing medical miracles at dime store prices. When the geek sees a buzz word like "3-D Printing" in a headline, his capacity for critical thinking goes south.

To test his computer models of neural control, Valero-Cuevas is using a very faithful physical system: cadaver hands. Hand surgeons help him connect the hands' tendons to strings driven by electric motors.

The activity of the motors is controlled by the neuron software, as if the motors were muscles themselves. This way the simulated neurons are confronted with the same problem the nervous system faces: controlling the hand as a marionette driven by complex muscles and tendons.

The goal is for the software and hardware to work in concert to control the cadaver hand the same way a healthy person can move his or her hand --- complete with stretch reflexes, muscle tone and compliance.

''We are studying the very fundamental mechanisms of how muscles have tone and how you modify that to get function, and how their disruptions lead to the pathological characteristics of hypertonia, spasticity and dystonia, which are very common in cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury,'' Valero Cuevas said. ''But we don't really know where they come from, and we're trying to understand that.''

The complexity in just one little finger

Each finger tendon is controlled by between six and 10 muscles, and in turn, each simulated muscle is controlled by a population of 256 independent neurons.

''The irony is not lost on us that we're combining one of the oldest scientific disciplines, hand anatomy, with some of the newest elements of ultra-fast parallel computing,'' Valero-Cuevas said. ''We're using this to answer central questions about evolution, health and disease, and how all these systems work.''

One application of this work is the design of better prosthetic hands, where there is still a major engineering challenge to make artificial hands that can be effective manipulators of objects. The most advanced current prosthetics are effective grippers, but the ultimate goal is truly dexterous manipulators.

''We see it as an impasse,'' Valero-Cuevas said. ''Over a century of trying to develop something that's better than the split hook prosthesis. We now have modern robotic hands and prosthetic hands that are amazing grippers, but they're not dexterous manipulators. They're great at holding things, but is it the Luke Skywalker hand that would be able to pick something up, reorient and operate it? Think of all the operations that are needed to use your smartphone with one hand.''

Perfecting a fully functioning prosthetic hand

yesterday
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

westlake Re:That will include badmouthing politicans (474 comments)

Of course. It is just like in 1984: Language gets controlled to that people may not voice their thoughts anymore.

The geek doesn't think. He rants.

When he does think, he is perfectly capable of twisting words and ideas into whatever new and unimagined form suits him best.

The geek who claims to speak for Orwell should try reading him sometime.

yesterday
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

westlake The law comes to Deadwood. (474 comments)

I have a feeling that there are some people who would take a polite "You're wrong and I disagree with you for the following reasons . . ." as trolling.

This isn't about trolling.

This is about abusive, manipulative, disruptive and often threatening behavior that would not be tolerated off-line in the name of free speech --- because it is the enemy of free speech.

Free speech cannot survive in an atmosphere of fear.

Free speech cannot survive when speakers are shouted down, bullied and hounded off stage.

Free speech cannot survive the mob.

yesterday
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

westlake Re:Things once thought impossible... (342 comments)

All of these "Feats" of human ingenuity were once thought to be impossible by the physics standards of the day.

These "feats" you describe were engineering problems, not physics problems.

The "Boy Mechanic" of 1880 could build a rubber-band powered model plane. Samuel Pierpont Langley built elegant steam powered miniatures, no less appealing and no more practical.

Power was never a problem in aviation. The problem was the need for dynamic control of an aircraft moving in three dimensions. The Wrights taught themselves to fly by building and refining man-sized gliders. In parallel with their work on lift and propulsion.

3 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

westlake Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (186 comments)

Frozen - original (and ok, by now its probably clear I have kids)

I don't think you have to apologize for liking Wreak-It Ralph or Frozen. WIR's comic demolition of the state-of-the-art first-person shooter was alone worth the price of entry.

To Ralph, playing straight man: "One more, one more. Why did the hero flush the toilet..."

4 days ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

westlake Re:Has it been working so far? (387 comments)

At the end of the day, he created and manages the largest open source project ever. More than 20 years on, it is still going strong.

But Linus won't be around forever ---

and immature and abusive behavior that persists well beyond the adolescence of a man or a project, a system or a method, toubles me. I do not want to see such behavior institutionalized in FOSS and carried on into the next generation.

4 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

westlake Re:I don't get it... (186 comments)

I read sci-fi(Niven, Asimov, Bradbury, etc) and fantasy(Tolkien, Lovecraft, Howard, etc). I don't get this thing with comics.

Hitchcock began storyboarding his films around 1935.

The adventure comic strip, which was coming into its own about the same time, became increasingly cinematic in its story-telling.

The film and the comic are both essentially visual media. There isn't much time or space for dialog and none for long-winded exposition. That doesn't make dialog unimportant in a film or comic --- it just means that every word has to count.

The comics weren't always about superheroes --- and the superhero comic wasn't always a soap opera. Disney hit all the right notes with "Guardians of the Galaxy," it should be interesting to see what it makes of "Big Hero Six."

4 days ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

westlake Some things can't be papered over. (264 comments)

With both the recent openssl and bash bugs, in addition to fixing the bug, careful investigation was done by the respective communities and additional problems were/are being addressed.

Excuse me for saying that I find all these platitudes less than reassuring.

The name itself is an acronym, a pun, and a description. As an acronym, it stands for Bourne-again shell, referring to its objective as a free replacement for the Bourne shell. As a pun, it expressed that objective in a phrase that sounds similar to born again, a term for spiritual rebirth. The name is also descriptive of what it did, bashing together the features of sh, csh, and ksh.

Stallman and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) considered a free shell that could run existing sh scripts so strategic to a completely free system built from BSD and GNU code that this was one of the few projects they funded themselves, with Fox undertaking the work as an employee of FSF. Fox released Bash as a beta, version .99, on June 7, 1989 and remained the primary maintainer until sometime between mid-1992 and mid-1994, when he was laid off from FSF.

A security hole in Bash dubbed Shellshock, dating from version 1.03, was discovered in early September 2014.

Bash (Unix Shell)

Analysis of the source code history of Bash shows the vulnerabilities had existed since version 1.03 of Bash released in September 1989.

Shellshock (software bug)

A 25 year old bug with the potential to do enormous damage.

In the UNIX shell in almost universal use by *NIX professionals, and a spate-no-expense project conceived and funded by the FSF.

about a week ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

westlake The American Language (323 comments)

The US changed the language after breaking off from Britain changing 's' to 'z' in many spellings for example

Noah Webster published his speller in 1783. His grammar in 1784, and his dictionary in 1826.

His most important improvement, he claimed, was to rescue "our native tongue" from "the clamour of pedantry" that surrounded English grammar and pronunciation. He complained that the English language had been corrupted by the British aristocracy, which set its own standard for proper spelling and pronunciation. Webster rejected the notion that the study of Greek and Latin must precede the study of English grammar. The appropriate standard for the American language, argued Webster, was "the same republican principles as American civil and ecclesiastical constitutions". This meant that the people-at-large must control the language; popular sovereignty in government must be accompanied by popular usage in language.

Noah Webster

This is an essentially modern approach to language and usage.

You see it in H.L. Mencken, you see it in The American Heritage Dictionary.

One of the most provocative essays in Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now: (Library of America #251) offers a much needed reminder that Shakespeare first attracted readers and audiences in the states because the language was familiar and accessible.

Very close to what you would have heard on the street.

''American audiences will hear an accent and style surprisingly like their own in its informality and strong r-colored vowels,'' Meier said. ''The original pronunciation performance strongly contrasts with the notions of precise and polished delivery created by John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier and their colleagues from the 20th century British theater.''

Meier said audiences will hear word play and rhymes that ''haven't worked for several hundred years (love/prove, eyes/qualities, etc.) magically restored, as Bottom, Puck and company wind the language clock back to 1595.''

''The audience will hear rough and surprisingly vernacular diction, they will hear echoes of Irish, New England and Cockney that survive to this day as 'dialect fossils.' And they will be delighted by how very understandable the language is, despite the intervening centuries.''

First US performance of Shakespeare in the original pronunciation

about a week ago
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Smart Battery Tells You When It's About To Explode

westlake Re:Sounds like a good idea (97 comments)

Alerting the user to change the damaged battery makes sense. Now we need to convince the manufacturers to design devices which would make this possible.

--- and then persuade users to buy them.

Despite any penalty in style, weight, bulk, battery life, waterproofing and so on.

Will the customer need to buy an unfamiliar industrial screwdriver or some other special tool? You will meet resistance if the battery is any harder to replace than the AAA cells that power his LED flashlight.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

westlake Re:Not a narcisisst (140 comments)

Because Edison was a Jobs-like narcissist who used people to elevate his status and promote himself. Tesla was too busy working in the lab to revel in fame and build a populist legacy.

The short list:

1877. The phonograph.

Edison and Bell both began in at a time even almost no one believed that reproducing the human voice across vast distances of time and space would ever be possible.

Distributing Music Over Telephone Lines [1909]

The Carbon Microphone. [1877-78]

No more need to shout into the phone. First Long Distance calls. New York to Chicago, 1892.

Then an inventor named Michael I. Pupin invented (and patented) the loading coil, a device made of electromagnets that could strengthen an electronic signal; with enough loading coils wired into a circuit, and wired properly, the signal could reach 1,500 miles---from New York to Denver---before degrading so far as to be unfathomable.

Calling a country far, far away

The Incandescent Light Bulb (1879)

The Edison lamp could be wired in parallel, making it easy to service and drawing down relatively little power. It was reasonanly long lived. affordable, bright, without being blinding ---- of the twenty or so previous examples the geek has likely read about, all would fail on one or more counts.

Edison was both a system builder and an entrepreneur.

Residential lighting demanded a whole new way of thinking about electricity. On-site generation wasn't likely to be practical. You needed switches safe enough for a child to use. Wiring standards.

Things like fuses. cords, plugs and sockets ---

all designed for users who had never in their lives seen a fire ignited by a man-made electrical spark or over-heated wire, never experienced anything more dangerous than a mild static shock.

That makes you both the advocate and the educator. You use every resource the 19th Century has to offer to demonstrate what you have to offer and how to use it safely. You banish the candle and put up Christmas tree lights. You illuminate theaters, department stores, fairs and expositions.

Not enough electricians around to wire every home?

You recruit and train them yourself.

about a week ago
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Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

westlake Money Has Never Been The Problem. (151 comments)

Can you imagine if we put the war on drugs budget against fusion power instead?

The climax of GE and Disney's "Carousel of Progress" at the 1964 New York's World's Fair was the first public demonstration of a fusion reaction. General Electric

The device was a Î-pinch from General Electric. This was similar to the Scylla machine developed earlier at Los Alamos. (1958)

In the mid-1970s, Project PACER, carried out at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) explored the possibility of a fusion power system that would involve exploding small hydrogen bombs (fusion bombs) inside an underground cavity. As an energy source, the system is the only fusion power system that could be demonstrated to work using existing technology.

However it would also require a large, continuous supply of nuclear bombs, making the economics of such a system rather questionable.

While fusion power is still in early stages of development, substantial sums have been and continue to be invested in research. In the EU almost 10 billion euro was spent on fusion research up to the end of the 1990s, and the new ITER reactor alone is budgeted at 10 billion euro.

It is estimated that up to the point of possible implementation of electricity generation by nuclear fusion, R&D will need further promotion totaling around 60--80 billion euro over a period of 50 years or so (of which 20--30 billion euro within the EU) based on a report from 2002. Nuclear fusion research receives 750 million euro (excluding ITER funding) from the European Union, compared with 810 million euro for sustainable energy research, putting research into fusion power well ahead of that of any single rivaling technology. Indeed, the size of the investments and time frame of the expected results mean that fusion research is almost exclusively publicly funded, while research in other forms of energy can be done by the private sector.

Fusion power

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

westlake Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (577 comments)

Hopefully at some point in time the FBI will realize that their mission shouldn't be to protect corporate rights, but to protect rights for the individual citizens.

by which the geek means the citizen who can afford a computer, broadband Internet.

pirating music, games, videos and other digital services and software is and always has been a middle class entitlement.

individual rights mean damn little when you are "constitutionally" unable to work together to achieve your goals and protect your interests.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

westlake Re:Awesome (283 comments)

You don't need to make 100k/year to afford a Tesla. The stock P85 is around ~1300/month which is only about 1/3rd of what is the median income in the US.

Good money management does not mean figuring out a way squeak by while squandering your family income on something you don't actually need.

The median household income in the U.S. is $53,000 a year.

The per capita income in the U.S., $28,500 a year. State & County QuickFacts

Ford and GM built their markets from the bottom up and not the top down. The market for the sports car or luxury sedan tends to crash and burn when the economy heads south --- taking the small independent manufacturer with them. You can have style and tech and still lose in this game.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

westlake Re:To be fair though (337 comments)

The only reason they exist is so that game companies can manage licenses. They're not meant to be for your benefit. They're consumption machines, designed to tie you into a corporate "ecosystem". If I was 13, I would love one.

If you are a parent you will love them even more.

Consoles have always been about social and family-oriented gaming in the home.

That is why you find them installed with the 60" HDTV in your family room or as one component of a far more ambitious home theater system.

It is also why they have evolved into media centers supporting DVD and Blu-ray play, streaming media services like Netflix and Pandora, download video and music sales. the Jetsons futuristic Skype big screen video phone and so on.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

westlake Re:Where is this interview itself? (337 comments)

I found two other articles that suggest that the 900p resolution and 30fps targets came from other factors...gamespot... says that 30fps is "more cinematic" and 60fps "looked really wierd."

I've been watching live sports and other events televised at 60 fps for about a decade now, and it all feels perfectly natural. I don't understand this obsession with preserving the "cinematic" experience of 1920 in a video game designed for release in 2015.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

westlake Re:Cell (337 comments)

We didn't see a lot of devices using cell and because of that, a lot of cell super-computer clusters were even made using actual PS3s

Sony sold and priced Cell based systems for commercial use.

The PS3 could be purchased in wholesale lots --- taken out of consumer distribution channels where the true cost of the hardware would be recouped by future video game sales --- at a substantial net loss to Sony.

Exit the "Other OS."

about two weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Bringing Batman Experience To Gear VR and Oculus Rift

westlake Re:Batcave of the 90's show? (20 comments)

There was a Batman TV show in the 90's?

"Batman: The Animated Series" introduced the now iconic character, Harley Quinn.

Kevin Conroy has had the longest run of any actor to play Batman, 1992 to the present. In 85 episodes of Batman: TAS alone.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

westlake Re:Just a guess . . . (346 comments)

We're 20x the size of them, have a completely different political setup and most people won't think to compare one arbitrary country to another?

Sweden is a unitary state, population 9.7 million, divided into twenty-one counties. Each county further divides into a number of municipalities or kommuner, with a total of 290 municipalities in 2004.

Sweden

The U.S. is a federal union of fifty states, population 316 million, with roughly 3,100 counties, parishes or the equivalent, 39,000 local governments and 50,000 or so special districts, for schools, water, sewage disposal, and so on. [based on census reports from scattered sources]

Local governing bodies in the U.S, are wholly the creation of state governments --- and can only can only do what their state permits them to do --- only a bare handful, for example, are permitted to tax income. City Income Taxes - U.S. Cities That Levy Income Taxes

"Municipal Internet" can look a lot like an upper middle class entitlement.

Which means that your proposal may not be economically or politically viable unless it is inclusive --- bringing affordable broadband Internet deep into the inner city and far out into the suburbs and perhaps beyond.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

westlake The plural of anecdote is not data. (249 comments)

I crowdsourced some questions about contextual advertising and contextual content on Google+. It was an unscientific survey, of course. But several strong consensuses formed that perfectly matched my own observations.

How un-surprising.

The geek preens himself for his rigorous logic and mathematical literacy ---

but will swallow an utterly worthless blog spam post like this without a second thought,

about two weeks ago

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Kidnapped by an Uber Driver in DC

westlake westlake writes  |  about 3 months ago

westlake (615356) writes "The Tweet says it all:

Was just kidnapped by an @uber driver in DC, held against my will, and involved in a high speed chase across state lines with police

#Crazy

— Ryan W Simonetti

According to Simonetti, his Uber driver panicked and made a run for it when being tailed by a taxi inspector .

''It was like an episode of ‘Cops,'' Simonetti said. ''We’ve all seen the ‘Cops’ episode. This only ends two ways. Either the car crashes or the guy jumps out and runs. And he had plenty of opportunities to slow down and jump out and run, and he wasn’t doing that.''

“It was insane,” Simonetti said. ''I physically tried to force his leg to hit the brake. I ripped off his pant leg. I said, ‘Here's two options. You take this exit, or I’m going to knock the side of your head in. If we crash, we crash, but you’re gonna kill us anyway.''

The driver in question has been ''deactivated'' by Uber.

Man visiting D.C. says Uber driver took him on wild ride"

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Ethanol runs out of gas.

westlake westlake writes  |  about a year ago

westlake (615356) writes "By pulling back on an effort to guarantee ethanol an ever-growing share of the nation’s gasoline supply, the Obama administration could be putting the bio-fuels industry into the deep freeze.
Corn-based biofuel has for years been untouchable politically — until now. Reasons for the change are many: The boom in domestic oil drilling. Demand for gasoline has slumped. And criticism of the environmental impacts of corn ethanol has taken hold nationally."

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Google Patents Pay-Per-Gaze Add Technology

westlake westlake writes  |  about a year ago

westlake (615356) writes "The "focus" to no one's surprise is on Google Glass. For a look at the patent click here: Gaze tracking system

In particular, it outlines a method for billing advertisers based on the number of times users look at an advert – either online or offline, via a billboard, magazine or newspaper. While gaze tracking may sound a little creepy, it is merely an extension of the pay-per-click model commonly used to charge for online advertising, which measures how many users have engaged with a particular advert.

How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass

Creepy, I can live with. Maybe. But a revenue stream based on how long you can keep your eyes focused on adds viewed through Google Glass is simply and plainly irresponsible."

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The Big Story In PC Gaming That Slashdot Ignores.

westlake westlake writes  |  about a year ago

westlake (615356) writes "The Humble Origin Bundle has raised $6.8 million for charity. It has nine days and nineteen hours to break $10 million in sales.
The story has received broad coverage elsewhere. It's an impressive showing, but not a word, not a whisper of it has reached the front pages of Slashdot.
It is EA and it is Origin and Steam. It is Windows. It is AAA mass market titles like Dead Space, Battlefield 3 and The Sims. Eight games. 200 GB of prime download content. Yours for a $5 gift to the American Red Cross and others.
The Humble Bundle has been — and continues to be — a showcase for Indie gaming and the Linus port. But promotions on this scale could permanently alter the landscape."
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The Humble Origin Bundle: Geek vs Gamer.

westlake westlake writes  |  about a year ago

westlake (615356) writes "In its first day and with four hours and thirteen days to go The Humble Origin Bundle has seen 760,000 sales and raised $3.6 million for charities like the American Red Cross, with all proceeds going to your charities of choice.

The games are mainstream AAA list titles:

Dead Island 1&3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2, Mirror's Edge, Medal of Honor, Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 Starter Pack. Distribution is through Origin and Steam. Steam keys are available for most, but not all games. The Sims 3 is available for the Mac. It's quite possible that one or two games could be added later.

It's been a tortuous day for the geek — gamer. It's EA and it is Origin. The promotion has totally eclipsed this week's hard-core, multi-platform, DRM free, indie Introversion Humble Bundle (Defcon, Uplink, Darwinia) which sold a respectable 55,000 units, with a return of $320 thousand."
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Suspect in Boston Marathon Dead In Shppt-Out With Police

westlake westlake writes  |  about a year and a half ago

westlake (615356) writes "The breaking story from Reuters:

HOW THE NIGHT BEGAN

About five hours after the FBI released the pictures of the bombing suspects, a police officer was shot and killed on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Middlesex County District Attorney said in a statement.

A short time later, police received reports of a carjacking by two men who kept their victim inside the car for about half an hour.

Police pursued that car to Watertown, where explosives were thrown from the car at police and gunfire was exchanged.

''During the exchange of the gunfire, we believe that one of the suspects was struck and ultimately taken into custody. A second suspect was able to flee from that car and there is an active search going on at this point in time,'' Colonel Timothy Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, told a news conference. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/19/us-usa-mit-gunshots-idUSBRE93I04520130419" a>One suspect in Boston bombing dead, manhunt underway for second suspect

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Contract Dispute Grounds Steve Jobs' iYacht "Venus"

westlake westlake writes  |  about 2 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "The BBC notes that the designer of Steve Jobs' 105 million euro mega-yacht "Venus" has had the boat impounded in Amsterdam over the non-payment of 3 million euros of his 9 million euro fee.
It's the familiar story of story of a handshake deal that was never fully spelled out in a written contract and may reflect as well a willful blindness on all sides to Jobs visibly failing health."

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In The World of Big Stuff, the U.S. Still Rules

westlake westlake writes  |  about 2 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "From Peoria and the WSJ a look at the giant trucks manufactured by Komatsu and Caterpillar.

" In certain areas — notably aircraft, industrial engines, excavators and railway and mining equipment — the U.S. exports far more than it imports. These industries produce relatively small numbers of very expensive goods, requiring specialized technology and labor. Their competitive advantage rests partly on expertise built by U.S. companies in making durable, high-tech weaponry and other equipment for the military — frequently applicable to other products."

It may surprise the geek to learn that Komatsu doesn't employee a single industrial robot. The quality of workmanship simply isn't there where it is needed,In World of Big Stuff, the U.S. Still Rules "

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The all-TIME List of 100 Best In PC and Console Gaming

westlake westlake writes  |  about 2 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "It's the season for lists and Time's Matt Peckham looks back on forty years PC and console gaming. There are some odd choices and missing pieces, of course. You can't hope to please everyone. Grim Fandango, for example, must stand for all the Lucas Arts games. The geek will find the inclusion of Net Hack cheering and a nod to the Indie gaming community.

For those who are finding the net a little slow this long holiday weekend, here is a dirrect link to the full list and Index page: All-TIME 100 greatest video games. [Index]"

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Images from the banned Apple/Foxconn game

westlake westlake writes  |  about 2 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "Benjamin Poynter "In a Permanent Save State" imagines the afterlife of seven Foxconn workers who committed suicide, based on Buddhist traditions. It was pulled from the Apple App Store after narely an hour this weekend, but beautiful and haunting images and video from the game survive and have been posted to the web. In A Permanent Save State Fills You With Wonder And Sadness, Images from the banned Apple/Foxconn game"
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Apple Retreats On EPEAT Environmental Standards

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

westlake writes "Apple's Senior VP for Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield, has posted a brief announcement of Apple's return to the EPEAT "green hardware" program:

We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.

It’s important to know that our commitment to protecting the environment has never changed, and today it is as strong as ever. Apple makes the most environmentally responsible products in our industry. In fact, our engineering teams have worked incredibly hard over the years to make our products even more environmentally friendly, and much of our progress has come in areas not yet measured by EPEAT.

For more information on this breaking story: Apple moves products back on EPEAT environmental standard"
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Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Program

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

westlake writes "From CNETreports that Apple is turning its back on the EPA supported EPEAT hardware certification program.

One of the problems EPEAT sees are barriers to recycling. Batteries and screens glued into place. That sort of thing.

There is a price for Apple in this.

CIO Journal notes that the U.S. government requires that 95 percent of its electronics bear the EPEAT seal of approval; large companies such as Ford and Kaiser Permanente require their CIOs to buy from EPEAT-certified firms; and many of the largest universities in the U.S. prefer to buy EPEAT-friendly gear."

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Encyclopedia Britannica Goes "Out of Print" After 244 Years of Production

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

westlake writes "The Guardian is reporting that the 2010 edition of the Brittanica will be the last in print, The DVD edition and on-line subscription service will continue. The Brittanica's great strengh historically was in its signed contributions from men like Freud and Einstein. It was the quality of the writing as much as the content that made browsing these massive and often unweildy sets such a pleasure."
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USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

westlake writes "The AP is reporting that world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise is being retired after fifty years of active service — the longest of any warship in US naval history. The big ship had become notoriously difficult to keep in repair. The only ship in its age and class, breakdowns became frequent and replacement parts often had to be custom made. Despite its place in naval history and popular culture, Enterprise will meet its end at the scrap yard and not be preserved as a museum. Famed USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage"
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The elephant in the room

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "Microsoft posts a record first quarter and Slashdot studiously ignores it. No matter that news like this rates some comment on OS News, Ars Technica, and so on. Microsoft thanks Windows 7, Office 2010, Xbox for record first quarter But the bigger story here, I think, is the "death of Linux" as a consumer brand name — to borrow a theme from an earlier post — and perhaps something even more disturbing. Wherever the future of Android and Chrome may lie, they belong to Google and AdSense. The sale of the user, rather than the sale or service of a product. In no country or region of the world and in no market segment do the stats for the traditional "community oriented" Linux distribution look at all healthy. StatCounter Global Stats"
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The Dark Tower Coming To Theaters Near You

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "Nothing quite like this has ever been tried before. But Reuter's, The L.A. Times and many others are reporting that Ron Howard will produce Stephen King's The Dark Tower, for Universal as a theatrical trilogy with the in-between stories told through two seasons of an NBC television series. No news as yet on casting — suggestions anyone?"
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Tweet 911

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "A survey by the American Red Cross reveals that 3 out of 4 social media users expect help to arrive within one hour of their tweet or post to Facebook. More than 1 in 4 expect help to arrive in less than fifteen minutes.
Which is alarmingly naive.
In flat contraction to this, about half are unconvinced that the first responders are listening in at all.74% of Social Media Users Expect Cries for Help to Be Answered Within an Hour"

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The Hotness of Windows 7

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "The success of Windows 7 can be seen in the second-quarter numbers. Profits up 60% from December 08. Operating profitability in the Windows and Windows Live Division 78% in the quarter. Operating profitability for the whole company: 44%. It's been a big story in the trade and financial press, but studiously ignored on Slashdot. The Hotness of Windows 7"
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