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+ - What's the business model for commercializing cyborgs?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Backyard Brains, a startup founded by two neuroscientists from the University of Michigan, is making a name for itself by selling a plethora of fun, do-it-yourself science projects for budding makers, including what it calls the world’s first commercially available cyborg. Yet, intriguing technology only goes so far in business---try telling a room full of venture capitalists why they should back a company creating an army of cyborgs. Now, after subsisting mostly on grants and modest sales revenues for the past five years, the startup has moved into a new phase, where it's forming partnerships with education and retail organizations—and capturing more of the world’s attention with its democratizing, DIY approach to teaching the basic principles of neuroscience.
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+ - Anonymous accused of running a botnet using thousands of hacked home routers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Taking advantage of lazy security, new research says Anonymous hacktivists (among other groups) hijacked thousands of routers using remote access and default login credentials. “For perpetrators, this is like shooting fish in a barrel, which makes each of the scans that much more effective,” the report explains. “Using this botnet also enables perpetrators to execute distributed scans, improving their chances against commonplace blacklisting, rate-limiting and reputation-based defense mechanisms.”
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+ - New Spacesuit Tech Simulates Gravity on a Personal Scale->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: One thing that space definitely lacks is "down." Zero gravity isn't just disorienting, it also affects astronauts' health. Massachusetts-based Draper Laboratory's NASA-funded Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit) uses a new spacesuit technology to create a sort of artificial gravity that provides astronauts with a sense of up and down while helping relieve some of the detrimental effects of weightlessness.
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+ - Building robots with Python using Robot Operating System (ROS) and ROSPy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Programming is fun. Robots are fun. Programming robots is awesome! This episode Michael speaks with Dirk Thomas from the ROS (Robot Operating System) project. You will learn how to use ROS and ROSPy to program robots.

We discuss how to use ROS from some of the largest and most complex robots built (including one on the International Space Station!) all the way down to basic robots controlled via micro-controllers such as arduinos.

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+ - DRM Torpedos Keurig Stock 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Green Mountain (Keurig) stock dropped by 10% this morning after a brutal earnings report. The reason? CNN Money reports that DRM has weakened sales of their Keurig 2.0. CEO Brian Kelley admits, "Quite honestly, we were wrong."

+ - No Justice for Victims of Identity Theft->

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chicksdaddy writes: The Christian Science Monitor's Passcode features a harrowing account of one individual's experience of identity theft.( CSM reporter Sara Sorcher recounts the story of "Jonathan Franklin" (not his real name) a New Jersey business executive who woke up to find thieves had stolen his identity and racked up $30,000 in a shopping spree at luxury stores including Versace and the Apple Store. The thieves even went so far as to use personal info stolen from Franklin to have the phone company redirect calls to his home number, which meant that calls from the credit card company about the unusual spending went unanswered.

Despite the heinousness of the crime and the financial cost, Sorcher notes that credit card companies and merchants both look on this kind of theft as a "victimless crime" and are more interested in getting reimbursed for their losses than trying to pursue the thieves. Police departments, also, are unable to investigate these crimes, lacking both the technical expertise and resources to do so. Franklin notes that he wasn't even required to file a police report to get reimbursed for the crime.
“As long as their loss is covered they move on to [handling] tomorrow’s fraud,” Franklin observes. And that makes it harder for victims like Franklin to move on, “In some way, I’m seeking some sense of justice,” Franklin said. “But it’s likely not going to happen.”

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+ - Tesla to unveil its $35,000 Model 3 in March 2016->

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An anonymous reader writes: During Tesla’s earnings conference call on Wednesday, Elon Musk finally disclosed when Tesla plans to reveal what the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 will look like. What’s more, Musk at long last gave us a launch window (read: year) that, we can only hope, won’t be subject to change in the months ahead.

According to Musk, Tesla will take wraps off the Model 3 sometime in March of 2016. Given how sleek the Model S and the upcoming Model X are, there’s going to be a lot of pressure to deliver a stunning design with the Model 3 which, it’s worth noting, will be about 20% smaller than the sizable Model S.

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+ - Oculus Rift Launching In Q1 2016->

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An anonymous reader writes: Oculus has announced that their Rift virtual reality headset will be coming out sometime in the first quarter of 2016. They've also posted a couple images of the final consumer headset design. The device was Kickstarted in August, 2012. Consumer-level release dates have slowly slipped further and further out since then, though they've shipped two different development kits. Ars points out that a 2015 launch date will bring the Oculus Rift to market after the Valve/HTC headset, and possibly after Sony's Project Morpheus.
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+ - Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

Submitted by drinkypoo
drinkypoo writes: We've been discussing the import of automation of over-the-road trucking here on Slashdot in fairly passionate terms whenever self-driving vehicles enter the conversation. Jalopnik reports that The Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” will be the first autonomous commercial truck to drive on American roads. The truck will be demonstrated today.

+ - Hostage Saves Herself Via Pizza Hut App->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: A Florida woman had been arguing most of the day with her boyfriend, who carried "a large knife". When she attempted to leave the residence to pick up the children from school, the boyfriend grabbed her and took her cell phone. He then accompanied her to pick up the children. Upon returning home, the boyfriend held the rest of the family as hostages. She eventually convinced him to let her use the cell phone to order a pizza which is when she sent the message to Pizza Hut. Being clever, she exploited the comment feature of the app to alert the authorities that she was in trouble. Officers were dispatched both to the Pizza Hut location and to the woman's home, where she and her children were quickly released, unharmed, and the kidnapper was arrested.
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Comment: I call bullshit (Score 1) 407

by DarkKaplah (#49355889) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
Same comment I just posted to the Dice article. As someone with a degree in Electrical Engineering I find this article somewhat lacking in the needed information to draw any form of conclusion. Millennials are being accused of being behind others in problem solving skills, but no mention as to what specific area they are behind in. Problem solving is a fairly broad area. Usually it’s used as a placeholder for something else. My experience with both foreign and domestic tech workers has been they are on fairly equal footing. The difference is in how much it costs to train them up to your needs. All colleges teach your basic skillset (Higher mathmatics, circuitry, DSPs, Dynamics, Statics, Physics, etc) when it comes to a STEM degree. When these people leave school and hit the workforce the fact they require training in a particular methodology (Six Sigma, Agile, etc) is now being viewed as a lack of skills. These skills used to be taught to new hires during the first few months of employment in entry level positions. Now companies are expecting new hires to already have this knowledge that is unique to their company alone creating a perfect catch 22 scenario. Foreign tech workers have these skills because said companies train them in much the same way they used to train domestic workers. It just costs them less. Why do you think these same companies push so hard for more H1B visas?

Comment: Depends on what you mean by STEM (Score 3, Interesting) 280

by DarkKaplah (#48612085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?
Unfortunately STEM is quite broad. I'm an Electrical Engineer by degree who has worked in software development and testing his whole career. In that time I've seen people from various backgrounds get into dev work. Fresh out of college I worked with a systems integrator who specialized in AMX and Crestron development who had a liberal arts degree. I know a few MCSE's who were high school teachers who now work with Microsoft Sharepoint. None of these people went back to school for more formal (expensive) education. Most either fell into it or did this sort of thing on the side as a hobby, and the hobby took over. My suggestion is look at what you can already do and start pursuing that. If you repair computers for friends and family start looking for entry level tech work. If you write code and can produce some sample applications (or even better publish some useful apps for IOS or Android) then use that as a stepping stone to apply for code work. I do not recommend you head back to school or join the military for this purpose. There are better resources at hand. If you're looking to code is an excellent resource. If you're looking for more STEM education coursera and kahn academy are excellent resources to brush up with. I would recommend certs to prove your worth. Find jobs you are interested in and see if they require certain certifications. Get certifications that are affordable and in your wheelhouse, but don't go after a $2000 certification that only a few places want you to have. In most cases your skill should get you in the door, and a company should be willing to get you certified at their expense to sell your services.

Comment: Windows Media Center / Myth TV? (Score 2) 219

by DarkKaplah (#46630749) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?
I did some research into this when I was first transitioning to a LCD HDTV. At the time there wasn't quite enough to make the transition worth it. Now between Hulu, Netflix, FTA antenna tv, and a few other streaming sources I'm looking at this again to fill the gaps. DVB-S is supported by WMC and would offer you a descent way to combine Antenna and FTA Satellite services. Take a look into this if you find the DVR included with your kit lacking. I am not sure if you could set this up with MythTV and XBMC. You can add a motorized mount to this kit if you find you need it. If you are doing a roof mount you may want to order it now. The extra cost now may be worth not having to scale your home twice. If you're doing a deck mount then no worries! ;)

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