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+ - Martin Jetpack Closer to Takeoff in First Responder Applications->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Last year's redesign of the long-awaited Martin Jetpack was accompanied by plans to begin commercial sales in 2014, starting with emergency response services and individual sales to follow thereafter. The release date for the first responder Jetpack has since been revised to 2016, a prediction bolstered by the fresh announcement of a partnership between Martin Aircraft Company and US company Avwatch to develop air-based, first responder solutions for the US Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense."
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+ - EFF and Mozilla create free, automatic Certificate Authority->

Submitted by chefmonkey
chefmonkey (140671) writes "A group of big-name companies including the EFF and Mozilla have banded together to form "Let's Encrypt", a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making HTTPS configuration free, automatic, and easy. According to its website, all it takes is two commands to be up and running for initial configuration — and certificate renewal is completely automated. It's not going live until next summer, but this could be a real game-changer for encryption on the web once it's up and running."
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+ - Self-Filling Water Bottle Invention Can Turn Air Humidity into Drinking Water->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "An Austrian industrial design student has invented a water bottle that fills itself during cycling journeys by converting humidity in the air into safe drinking water.

The Fontus system was developed by Kristof Retezár, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna who is a Dyson Awards finalist.

Designed to be attached to a bicycle frame, Fontus consists of a condenser unit powered by a solar panel that is attached to a bottle.

When the bike is in motion, moist air is blown into a channel in the condenser unit where it cools and condenses.

The water droplets then roll into the water bottle, and at present the prototype is able to produce a drop of water a minute in air that features approximately 50% humidity at temperatures of at least 20C (68F)."

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+ - Jolla Crowdfunds its First Tablet

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Jolla is another rising star in the tech world, having recently expanded its smartphone sales into more countries across the world, with India included. Jolla’s Sailfish OS is considered by many as a direct successor to Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo and the N9 mobile phone, but only its software is based on the open-sourced components of MeeGo. And now it seems that the company is ready to start the production of their very first tablet .

The Jolla Tablet features a 7.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1563. The device is powered by a 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core Intel processor, comes with a 32GB of storage, has 2GB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. Judging by its size, we can see that this is another take on the iPad Mini and even on the ‘sister’ company Nokia. While there aren’t too many Sailfish-specific apps available, just like the phone, Jolla’s tablet will be compatible with Android apps."

+ - StoryWall - Interactive Children's Toy - AR Wallpaper->

Submitted by Gidi2Go
Gidi2Go (3918297) writes "We all know it is possible to transform static images (e.g., playing cards or magazine pictures) into interactive experiences using Augmented Reality software. In this way, we can make games where these static pictures represent game backgrounds, game pieces or the game controller itself.

Wallpaper prints in a children’s bedroom are natural candidates for these games: the project StoryWall by Studio Bleep offers children a new way of playing, experimenting and creating their own stories full of interaction and fun. It is a combination of wall decoration (wall stickers, wallpaper and posters) and a mobile app for smartphones and tablets. Every single design (e.g., a cow) can interact and respond to other designs (e.g. an apple tree) on the wall, allowing children to create their own game and story (watch what happens when you pick an apple and feed it to the cow!). By clicking on items on the smartphone, saving them in the inventory and combining them with other interactive elements on the wall, a whole new world opens up, waiting to be explored.

Technically, it is a combination of existing software plugins used in a novel way. The innovative factor can also be seen in the use of the smartphone accelerometer in combination with camera orientation to automatically detect whether a picture is a wallpaper print or an image on a horizontal surface, like a postcard. https://www.kickstarter.com/pr..."

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Comment: Cue legal action from a UK cinema chain (Score 3, Insightful) 130

by Grench (#48385197) Attached to: Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

There's a cinema chain here in the UK called "Vue"; they have over 80 cinemas as far south as Plymouth to as far north as Inverness. And those are just the ones with Vue branding - they own cinema chains across Europe under different trading names. I wonder if they're thinking of rebranding them all Vue right about now... They have the right to, and hell, I might be tempted to, if I was in their position.

I can't see them permitting an online streaming movie product (in the UK, at least) under that name, without at least getting some revenue from Sony for the name, or without being beaten down by Sony lawyers in a bitter dispute. Possibly pan-European, if they did suddenly decide "all of our cinemas are going to be called Vue now".

Also, echoing what others have said - forget trying to compete with Netflix (or whatever Amazon's LoveFilm service is called these days) unless your product can:

1) work in a web browser on any platform, like Netflix
2) have a wider selection of media than Netflix
3) offer this choice for less money than Netflix

It's just pissing money into the wind if they don't make a product that meets all three of the above goals. Sony knows how to make a lot of money from home entertainment, but they know how to lose a lot too.

Comment: Re:Android on my pi? (Score 1) 42

Broadcom have open-sourced the chip used on the Pi now (as I recall, this is including the source for the Videocore GPU); I think that was always the RPi Foundation's intention, but it's only recently made it through the legal processes.

Folk are working on Android for the Pi - it is coming. Personally, I hope this distro gets ported to the Pi, because having a full Debian instance, with the ability to run Android apps within a window (much like Wine does for Windows applications within Linux), gives users the best of both worlds.

+ - New slashdot beta setting records for suckage 1

Submitted by Ellis D. Tripp
Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA FUCK BETA

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+ - Slashdot Beta Woes 16

Submitted by s.petry
s.petry (762400) writes "What is a Slashdot and why the Beta might destroy it?

Slashdot has been around, well, a very long time. Longer than any of it's competators, but not as long as IIRC. Slashdot was a very much one of the first true social media web sites.

On Slashdot, you could create a handle or ID. Something personal, but not too personal, unless you wanted it to be. But it was not required either. We know each other by our handles, we have watched each other grow as people. We may have even taken pot shots at each other in threads. Unless of course you are anonymous, but often we can guess who that really is.

One of Slashdot's first motto's was "News for Nerds" that Matters. I have no idea when that was removed. I have not always scoured the boards here daily, life can get too busy for that. That excuses my ignorance in a way. I guess someone thought it politically incorrect, but most of us "Nerds" enjoyed it. We are proud of who we are, and what we know. Often we use that pride and knowledge to make someone else look bad. That is how we get our digs in, and we enjoy that part of us too. We don't punch people, we belittle them. It's who we are!

What made Slashdot unique were a few things. What you will note here is "who" has been responsible for the success of Slashdot. Hint, it has never been a just the company taking care of the servers and software.

— First, the user base submitted stories that "they" thought mattered. It was not a corporate feed. Sure, stories were submitted about companies. The latest break through from AMD and Intel, various stories regarding the graphic card wars, my compiler is better than your compiler, and yes your scripting language stinks! Microsoft IIS has brought us all a few laughs and lots of flame wars to boot. Still, we not only read about the products but get to my second point.

— User comments. This is the primary why we have been coming here for as long as we have, many of us for decades. We provide alternative opinions or back what was given in the article. This aspect not only makes the "News" interesting, but often leads to other news and information sharing. It's not always positive, but this is the nature of allowing commentary. It also brings out the third point.

— Moderation. Moderation has been done by the community for a very long time. It took lots of trial and error to get a working system. As with any public system it's imperfect, but it's been successful. People can choose to view poorly modded comments, but don't have to. As with posting anonymous versus with our own handle it's an option that allows us to personalize the way we see and read what's on the site. And as a reward for submitting something worth reading, you might get a mod point of your own to use as a reward for someone else.

Why we dislike Beta and what is being pushed, and why this will result in the end of an era if it becomes forced on the community.

1. Bulky graphics. We get that Dice and Slashdot need revenue. I have Karma good enough to disable advertisements, but have never kept this setting on. I realize that Slashdot/Dice make money with this. That said, the ads sit away from my news and out of the way. I can get there if I want it (but nobody has ever gotten a penny from me clicking an ad... nobody!), but it's not forced into my face or news feed.

2. Low text area. I like having enough on my screen to keep me busy without constant scrolling. Slashdot currently has the correct ratio of text to screen. This ratio has never been complained about, yet Beta reduces the usable text area by at least 1/2 and no option for changing the behavior. I hate reading Slashdot on mobile devices because I can't stand scrolling constantly.

3. JavaScript. We all know the risks of JS, and many of us disable it. We also have an option of reading in Lync or non-standard browsers that many of us toy with for both personal and professional reasons. This flexibility is gone in Beta, and we are forced to allow JS to run. If you don't know the risks of allowing JS to run, you probably don't read much on Slashdot. Those that allow JS do so accepting the risk (which is admittedly low on a well known site).

4. Ordering/Sorting/Referencing. Each entry currently gets tagged with a unique thread ID. This allows linking to the exact post in a thread, not just the top of the thread. In Beta this is gone. It could be that the site decided to simply hide the post ID or it was removed. Either way, going to specific posts is something that is used very commonly by the community.

5. Eye candy. Most of us are not here for "eye candy" and many have allergic reactions to eye candy. Slashdot has a good mix currently. It's not as simple as the site starting with a r-e-d-i-t, which is good. That site has a reputation that keeps many of us away, and their format matches my attitude of them (s-i-m-p-l-e-t-o-n). At the same time, it's not like watching some other "news" sites with so much scrolling crap I can't read an article without getting a headache. The wasted space in beta for big bulky borders, sure smells like eye candy. Nothing buzzes or scrolls yet, but we can sense what's coming in a patch later.

The thing is, the community cares about Slashdot. We come here because we care. We submit stories because of that, we vote because of that, we moderate because of that, and we comment because of that. At the same time we realize that without the community Slashdot loses most of its value. We respect that we don't host the servers, backup the databases, or patch the servers. Slashdot/Dice provide the services needed for Slashdot.

It's a give give relationship, and we each get something in return. Slashdot gets tons of Search hits and lots of web traffic. We get a place to learn, teach, and occasionally vent.

Look, if you want to change default color scheme or make pre-made palettes for us to choose from, we would probably be okay with that. If you want to take away our ability to block ads by Karma, or move the ads to the left side of my browser window, I would be okay with those things too.

If you want to make drastic changes to how the site works, this is a different story all together. The reason so many are against Beta is that it breaks some of the fundamental parts of what makes Slashdot work.

User input until recently has not been acknowledged. The acknowledgment we have received is not from the people that are making the decision to push Beta live. We told people Beta was broken, what it lacked, and we were rather surprised to get a warning that Beta would be live despite what we told people. People are already making plans to leave, which means that Slashdot could fade away very soon.

Whether this was the goal for Dice or not remains to be seen. If it is, it's been nice knowing you but I won't be back. A partnership only works when there is mutual respect between the parties. A word of caution, us Nerds have good memories and lots of knowledge. The loss of Slashdot impacts all of Dice holdings, not just Slashdot. I boycott everything a company holds, not just the product group that did me wrong.

If that was not the goal of Dice, you should quickly begin communicating with the user base. What are the plans are to fix what Beta has broken? Why is Beta being pushed live with things broken? A "Sorry we have not been communicating!", and perhaps even a "Thank you" to the user base for helping make Slashdot a success for so many years."

+ - Ask Slashdot: What's there to like about the BETA?-> 7

Submitted by Narnie
Narnie (1349029) writes "I come to /. not for the nearly interesting pseudo-tech articles, but for the lively, self-moderated discussion. Today I'm bit surprised to see every discussion summarized to fuckbeta. Popping up all over the place there's discussions about beta and even alternatives being revived and created. As I tend not to RTFA, I haven't sampled the beta myself. So, I ask you guys, what's there to like about the BETA and what's there to loath?"
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+ - slashdot drives away people with beta 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For many months now, people have been quietly redirected to slashdot's beta site (beta.slashdot.org). Any negative feedback of the beta is ignored and/or disavowed. The majority of viewers do not like the beta — resulting in major loss of viewership.

Will slashdot alienate existing users of the site and keep pushing the beta OR will it keep the users and boot the beta?"

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