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+ - Gates returns to Windows 7 after being unable to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade 3

Submitted by Artem Tashkinov
Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "According to rumors Bill Gate's first day at his office in Redmond turned out to be a complete disaster mixed with ostensibly curse words no one had expected from him. He tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade but the updater failed continuously asking to reboot the PC. Microsoft's new C.E.O. Satya Nadella who came to help resolve the situation couldn't sort it out. In the end Gates said he would be returning to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future."

+ - Bill Gates Spends First Day Back at MS Failing To Install Windows 8.Reverts to 7-> 1

Submitted by JeffClune
JeffClune (1874682) writes "Bill Gates’s first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start yesterday as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade.

The installation hit a snag early on, sources said, when Mr. Gates repeatedly received an error message informing him that his PC ran into a problem that it could not handle and needed to restart.

After failing to install the upgrade by lunchtime, Mr. Gates summoned the new Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella, who attempted to help him with the installation, but with no success.

While the two men worked behind closed doors, one source described the situation as “tense.”

“Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth,” the source said.

A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates’s first day in his new job had been “a learning experience” and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7."

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+ - First Bitcoin ATM arrives in San Diego->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The first ever Bitcoin ATM has arrived in San Diego. 10News reports that BitcoinATM CEO Evan Rose, a San Diegan, said, "Basically allowing people to buy Bitcoins with cash, cash Bitcoins out right on the spot.""
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+ - Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Army Database, Compromise Safety Of Thousands Of D-> 1

Submitted by coolnumbr12
coolnumbr12 (2889243) writes "Chinese hackers have infiltrated a sensitive U.S. Army database that contains information about the vulnerabilities of thousands of dams located throughout the United States. TheU.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ National Inventory of Dams (NID) has raised concerns that information gathered in the hack attack could help China carry out a cyberattack on the national electrical power grid."
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+ - Robotic insect: World's smallest flying robot takes off->

Submitted by garymortimer
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Scientists in the US have created a robot the size of a fly that is able to perform the agile manoeuvres of the ubiquitous insects.

This “robo-fly”, built from carbon fibre, weighs a fraction of a gram and has super-fast electronic “muscles” to power its wings.

Its Harvard University developers say tiny robots like theirs may eventually be used in rescue operations."

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+ - Apple ID Phishing Scam Compromises 100+ Websites->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "More than 100 different websites had been compromised, but not hacked, to display bogus Apple ID login pages designed to trick Apple users into relinquishing their personal information. All of the compromised sites are hosted by a single IP address registered to an ISP in the Houston area; the majority of these affected sites have not been cleaned, and they continue to present fake, albeit convincing, Apple ID login pages."
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+ - Bizarre, Squishy Robots Evolve to Run: "Doom Us All" -> 1

Submitted by semios
semios (146723) writes ""A team of researchers has done something remarkable: they've demonstrated simulated evolution in a visible, simple way. Also, they've doomed us all." writes DVICE in response to a viral video of soft robots that have evolved to run. BuzzFeed calls it "the simplest demonstration of evolution you'll ever see." NBC News notes that "simulating creatures has been a staple of biological science for years, but this video shows advances in the field that are both interesting and a little creepy. These virtual 'soft robots' evolved bizarre but somehow natural-looking gaits over thousands of generations." Discover Magazine says "they look ridiculous, and may seem counterintuitive, but these squishy robots get the job done." Evolution was able to design robots with multiple materials akin to muscle, bone and soft tissue. DVICE concludes "So these robots are capable of evolution and could theoretically be printed in a lab, out of structures that could be identical in makeup to those of their human creators. The Cylons are coming, folks. Cute, galloping Cylons. It's just a matter of time. So say we all.""
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Your Rights Online

+ - Police unsure which twin to charge in sexual assaults

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An anonymous reader writes "In a real life Prisoner's Dilemma taking place in the French city of Marseille, twin brothers have been arrested for a string of sexual assaults. While say they are sure that one of them committed the crimes (corroborated by a standard DNA test), police were told that it would cost upwards of €1m euros (£850,000, $1.3m USD) to distinguish between them using DNA evidence."
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+ - How does modularity evolve?-> 1

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JimmyQS
JimmyQS writes "As programmers know, modularity is critical to making reusable, adaptable software. However, modularity is not instinctive for beginners and must be learned via painful training. Biology faces a similar problem: modularity is useful to make species more adaptable, but how did it evolve in the first place? Surprisingly, computational simulations of 25,000 generations of evolution reveal that modularity does not evolve because it makes organisms more adaptable. Instead, modularity evolves as a by-product for selection to reduce the "wiring costs" of a network. The discovery greatly advances research into evolving artificially intelligent robots, a field where the inability to evolve modular designs has long been thought to be a key roadblock to evolving truly complex, intelligent neural networks.

The paper was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. You can also watch modularity evolve in this video."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Is my Mac infected?

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JeffClune
JeffClune writes "In the last 4-5 months my MacBook Pro (OS X) has become very sluggish, and slows to a crawl while doing some tasks that it used to do fast. My friends complain of the same. I started noticing this slowdown around the same time that reports of widespread Mac malware made the news. How can I know if I am infected? Programs like top/htop do not show any abnormal CPU activity or memory hogs, leaving me to wonder if the malware is hiding itself. Is there a free, trustworthy, effective antivirus/anti-malware program for OS X? Alternately, does OS X get slower over time via bloat? How can I get my Mac's mojo back?!?"

+ - Crowdsourced evolution of 3D printable objects->

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JimmyQS
JimmyQS writes "The Cornell Creative Machines Lab, which brought us chatbots debating God and unicorns, has developed Endlessforms.com, a site using evolutionary algorithms and crowdsourcing to design objects that can be 3D printed in materials such as silver, steel or silicone. MIT's Technology Review says "The rules EndlessForms uses to generate objects and their variants resemble those of developmental biology—the study of how DNA instructions unfold to create an entire living organism. The technology is 'very impressive,' says Neri Oxman, director of the MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter research group. She believes the user-friendliness of the evolutionary approach could help drive the broader adoption of 3-D printing technologies, similar to how easy-to-use image editors fueled the growth of digital photography and graphic manipulation. Oxman [notes] that this could ultimately have an impact on design similar to the impact that blogs and social media have had on journalism, opening the field to the general public." The New Scientist has a quick video tour and describes how the same technology can evolve complex, artificially intelligent brains and bodies for robots that can eventually be 3D printed."
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Comment: Re:Err... what's the news? (Score 1) 206

by JeffClune (#33196598) Attached to: Artificial Life Forms Evolve Basic Memory, Strategy
Hello. What makes the HyperNEAT approach a breakthrough is its use of a generative encoding based on concepts from developmental biology. Please see my comment one ply deeper in this thread for more information. I encourage you to check out the HyperNEAT publications in order to see why this is very powerful and new technology. Best, Jeff Clune, Postdoctoral Scientist, Michigan State University

Comment: Re:What's the news? (Score 1) 206

by JeffClune (#33196324) Attached to: Artificial Life Forms Evolve Basic Memory, Strategy
Hello- I posted this in reply to another comment, but it is relevant to this thread as well. The HyperNEAT technology is actually cutting-edge, and represents a major innovation versus previous neuroevolution techniques. One major thing that differentiates it from previous evolution of ANNs is that HyperNEAT is based on concepts from developmental biology. Specifically, it evolves compositions of geometric coordinate frames that are abstractions of the diffusing chemical gradients of developing embryos. These concepts enable the evolution of regular patterns in neural wiring that have not been seen before in neuroevolution (see, for example, the pictures of evolved brains in my dissertation, which is available at my website: www.msu.edu/~jclune). The ability to generate regular wiring patterns enables evolution to search in a small search space of short genomes, yet produce functioning brains with millions or more connections. Of course, this article was written for the popular press, so they did not have the ability to get to this level of detail. For those of you that already know a lot about evolutionary computations and neural nets, I encourage you to read the publications about HyperNEAT, either at my website or at those of other researchers using the technology (e.g., the University of Central Florida). I think you'll then be impressed by the breakthroughs in HyperNEAT. You are correct that evolutionary computation itself has been around for a while. But the science described in this article is pushing that technology further. Best, Jeff Clune Postdoctoral Scientist Michigan State University

Comment: Re:Err... what's the news? (Score 1) 206

by JeffClune (#33196236) Attached to: Artificial Life Forms Evolve Basic Memory, Strategy
Hello- The HyperNEAT technology is actually cutting-edge, and represents a major innovation versus previous neuroevolution techniques. One major thing that differentiates it from previous evolution of ANNs is that HyperNEAT is based on concepts from developmental biology. Specifically, it evolves compositions of geometric coordinate frames that are abstractions of the diffusing chemical gradients of developing embryos. These concepts enable the evolution of regular patterns in neural wiring that have not been seen before in neuroevolution (see, for example, the pictures of evolved brains in my dissertation, which is available at my website: www.msu.edu/~jclune). The ability to generate regular wiring patterns enables evolution to search in a small search space of short genomes, yet produce functioning brains with millions or more connections. Of course, this article was written for the popular press, so they did not have the ability to get to this level of detail. For those of you that already know a lot about evolutionary computations and neural nets, I encourage you to read the publications about HyperNEAT, either at my website or at those of other researchers using the technology (e.g., the University of Central Florida). I think you'll then be impressed by the breakthroughs in HyperNEAT. You are correct that evolutionary computation itself has been around for a while. But the science described in this article is pushing that technology further. Best, Jeff Clune Postdoctoral Scientist Michigan State University

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