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+ - Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization?->

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance writes: What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a 0.3 percent chance of being automated. That's because it's ranked high in cleverness, negotiation, and helping others. The job most likely to be done by a robot? Telemarketers. No surprise; it's already happening.

The researchers admit that these estimates are rough and likely to be wrong. But consider this a snapshot of what some smart people think the future might look like. If it says your job will likely be replaced by a machine, you've been warned.

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+ - Windows 10 RTM in 6 weeks->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates writes: Arstechnica has the scoop on a new build with less flat icons and a confirmation of a mid July release date. While Microsoft is in a hurry to fix the damage by the Windows 8 versions of its operating system the question next is if it is ready for prime time? On Neowin a list of problems are already mentioned by MS and its users with this latest release including wifi and sound not working without a reboot and users complaining about tiles and apps not working in the new start menu. Also the new Microsoft browser EDGE/aka Spartan will be shipping without plugin support at RTM which could damage its reputation as an IE killer as one of the disadvantages of IE compared to Firefox or Chrome was the lack of real browser extensions. Also this new build takes away color from the titlebars similiar to Office 2013 which bothers some users as well. What is not known is if Microsoft plans to have OEMs sell new computers with Windows 10 in the middle of July? Or will this mean OEM's will get the official version for testing and deployment in the middle of July too while Microsoft fixes the bugs for the next 1 — 3 months before it comes standard on all new pcs?
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+ - Scientists Study Crime in Progress in a VR Simulated Environment

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Claire Nee writes in the NYT that for psychologists, it’s best to observe actual behavior, in real time, and afterward interview research participants. Yet for obvious ethical and safety reasons, it’s almost never possible to observe a crime as it happens. Now psychologists have devised a simulated environment that can be navigated using a mouse or a game controller. and had willing, experienced ex-burglars to commit a mock burglary in it. Ex-burglars approached the task in a dramatically different way from a comparison group of postgraduate students, of a similar age as our experienced ex-burglars. Burglars entered and exited the house at the rear, while students, unaware of the cover that the side and rear of the house afforded, entered at the exposed front. Burglars spent significantly more time in areas of the house with high-value items and navigated it much more systematically than the students did. They also showed greater discernment, by stealing fewer but more valuable items. Most important, all participants burgled the real and the simulated houses almost identically (PDF). We concluded that using simulations can be a robust way to study crime, and in studying it this way, we will not be limited to just burglary. "A better understanding of criminal behavior will help us reduce opportunities for crime in our neighborhoods," concludes Nee. "By knowing what the burglar is looking for — what signals wealth, occupancy, ease of access and security in properties — we can make adjustments in awareness and protection."

Comment: Re:Quothe the raven, "Forevermore". (Score 4, Insightful) 204

Seriously ? Once again we have an article that is pushing ignorance as wisdom. The truth is we can't say all that much with great certainty about the deep future or the deep past for that matter. We are still limited by our rather incomplete understanding. This situation is no different than Kelvin insisting the earth was between 20 and a 100 million years old based on his deep knowledge of thermodynamics but incomplete knowledge of physics.

+ - Rosetta team proposes landing on comet to finish mission

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Rather than simply turn off the spacecraft when its funding runs out at the end of 2015, Rosetta's science team have proposed that the mission get a nine month extension, during which they will slowly spiral into the comet and gently land.

Their proposal is similar to what American scientists did with their NEAR spacecraft, which hadn't been designed to land on an asteroid but was successfully eased onto the surface of Eros, where it operated for a very short time.

+ - Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by government subsidies->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: ntrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space.

And he's built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies.

Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support, according to data compiled by The Times. The figure underscores a common theme running through his emerging empire: a public-private financing model underpinning long-shot start-ups.

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+ - _STARCODER: the first mmo game teaching kids how to code -> 3

Submitted by jdnyc___
jdnyc___ writes: Coding is one of the most valuable job skills a student can learn. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to develop: too often, computer programming is taught in a highly theoretical and (frankly) boring manner. Educators like us are always trying to create innovative new approaches to the topic.

That’s why we created _STARCODER: the first massively multiplayer online game that teaches kids to code.

When students log in to the game, they immediately see their friends' space ships moving around in the digital world and the cool ways that they have been customized with their own code.

We have had some of our students start to play competitively with each other online using _STARCODER and they really loved the experience.

Students craft creative JavaScript codes on the fly to increase the power of their space ships and get advantages over the other team.

We are in the process of setting up leagues in major cities which will start next school year.

_STARCODER is currently in beta and we are asking for your support to:

1. Upgrade to a more powerful server to enhance the students' game play experience

2. Complete a tablet version of the game which is more appealing to elementary students

The campaign is over 53% funded with 17 days left to go.

Would you help support the project to make the competitive coding leagues a huge success next year?

Even $1 helps us out by pushing us up in the campaign-metric algorithms and helping other parents and schools around the world find us!

It would be a huge help if you could share the kickstarter link with your facebook network or like our facebook page.

It would be an honor if you could join us as we put this plan into action!

Sincere thanks,


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