writes "Lawmakers are still positioning themselves for a debt ceiling fight in a few months, but one Republican congressman wants to snuff out a particular idea immediately: the U.S. Treasury minting $1 trillion platinum coins to avert a debt ceiling showdown.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has introduced a bill to specifically ban President Barack Obama from minting the coins.
The trillion-dollar coin has been previously discussed on Slashdot:
http://news.slashdot.org/story/11/07/30/1351209/seigniorage-hack-could-resolve-debt-limit-crisis"Link to Original Source
writes "Elevators once had attendants. When elevator operators were replaced by buttons, did shoppers start using stairs in protest? They didn't, but going to the human cashier at a Safeway or Giant feels like an act of resistance. Automated, self-checkout kiosks are gaining usage. Replacing one cashier with four automated systems has its appeal. But will self-service kiosk technology be as disruptive as offshore outsourcing? It would be useful to know how many jobs were actually lost to offshoring, but there is no comprehensive data “on the number of production and services workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the movement of work outside U.S. borders,” said the Congressional Research Service in a recently updated report about offshoring and its impact on jobs. There may be a similar problem in calculating the impact of self-service kiosks on retail employment."Link to Original Source
writes "Today LEGO announces the new mohawk (NASA's turf) sporting MINDSTORMS EV3 platform, press release:
http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/news-room/2013/january/new-smarter-stronger-lego-mindstorms-ev3/ (we all like the source)
And with details on its features and innards a story (dutch) at http://tweakers.net/nieuws/86473/lego-kondigt-nieuwe-mindstorms-robotkit-aan.html which in short comes down to:
"Its intelligent brick sports an ARM9-soc running Linux on 64MB RAM and 16MB storage memory, and supports SD cards. There are also four ports, which allow four other 'Bricks' can be connected. The intelligent brick can be reached by WiFi, USB and Bluetooth, and supports control via Android and iOS devices. It comes with 3 servo's, two touch sensors and an IR sensor to track other robots at upto six meters. It also includes 17 build plans, shown in 3D using Adobe Inventor Publisher.""Link to Original Source