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+ - Are Hover Cars About To Be A Thing?

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Remember back in the day when we all thought we'd be driving flying cars in the future? Well that clearly didn't happen, though it still might in the future. But somewhere inside Toyota there's a team of engineers who think hover cars might be a thing, and apparently there's a project underway at one of Toyota's "most advanced' research and development areas. We aren't talking Jetson's flying car, more like a car that merely hovers "a little bit away" from the road. Probably a few inches with the aim to reduce road friction. With no wings or ridiculous speed, this is probably no simple process. No one really knows how long Toyota has been working on the idea, or how far along it is. Basically, don't expect flying Priuses any time soon..."

+ - Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Tenure laws one of the most controversial aspects of education reform, and now the tide seems to be turning against them. A California judge has handed down a ruling that such laws are unconstitutional, depriving students of an education by sometimes secure positions for bad teachers. The judge said, "Substantial evidence presented makes it clear to this court that the challenged statutes disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students. The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it shocks the conscience." The plaintiff's case was that "California’s current laws make it impossible to get rid of the system’s numerous low-performing and incompetent teachers; that seniority rules requiring the newest teachers to be laid off first were harmful; and that granting tenure to teachers after only two years on the job was farcical, offering far too little time for a fair assessment of their skills." This is a precedent-setting case, and there will likely be many similar cases around the country as tenure is challenged with this new ammunition."
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+ - Theater chain bans Google Glass->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "A cinema chain announced Tuesday that it is now barring patrons from wearing Google Glass at its movie houses across the US in a bid to clamp down on piracy.

Alamo Drafthouse, which runs theaters in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Virginia, and soon in California, is among the first US chains to ban Google's computerized eyewear.

"Google Glass is officially banned from @drafthouse auditoriums once lights dim for trailers," the chain's chief executive, Tim League, tweeted. The decision comes as Google has made the eyewear readily available to the general public, and it follows a slew of incidents in which wearers of Google Glass have had brushes with the law."

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+ - 3D Printed Bionic Exoskeleton to Aid in 2014 World Cup Kickoffs

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Thanks to 3D printing and mind-control technology, a paralyzed teen will be able to deliver the first kick at the men’s soccer World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

The teenager will wear a custom-built 3D printed helmet and a high-tech exoskeleton. There will be electrodes placed on his or her scalp or within the brain that transmit signals to a small computer worn like a backpack.

When the teen thinks about walking, the computer will turn those wireless commands into movement, allowing him or her to deliver the first kick at the World Cup opening ceremony."

+ - Thought crime is terror in U.S.->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The Justice Department is resurrecting a program designed to thwart domestic threats to the United States, and Attorney General Eric Holder says those threats include individuals the government deems anti-government or racially prejudiced.

The Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee was created in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing but was scrapped soon after the 2001 terrorist attacks as intelligence and law enforcement officials shifted their focus to threats from outside the country. The committee will be comprised of figures from the FBI, the National Security Division of the Justice Department and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

In his statement announcing the return of the committee, Holder said he remains concerned about the specter of attacks prompted by Islamic extremists, but he said this committee will be tasked with identifying other threats.

“We must also concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice,” Holder said. According to reporting from Reuters, the ACLU is pushing back against the DOJ plan, fearing “it could be a sweeping mandate to monitor and collect controversial speech.”"

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Comment: Cost and Practice (Score 1) 311

This notion appears cost-prohibitive and I don't believe they mention cost studies in their video presentation. In addition, we don't seem to be maintaining the road infrastructure we have, which is based on a much simpler technology. In practice, this new solar road infrastructure would appear to require considerably more than we are unable to devote now.
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+ - Ryzom releases native Linux client-> 1

Submitted by biking42
biking42 (1437037) writes "The MMORPG Ryzom, in addition to Open Sourcing the core server code last spring, has released a native Linux client. No more messing with Wine and settling with no sound or 3fps. You can also download the client source and compile it yourself. A dev Wiki and Forums can be found at: http://dev.ryzom.com/ for both the client AND core server source code.

In addition, for new game accounts they just went F2P. No store or micropayment items yet — just some restrictions on the free accounts. Read about it at the main site: http://www.ryzom.com/"

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Comment: Re:The Book. (Score 1) 684

by NotWallaceStevens (#31138800) Attached to: It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?
The Book's carrying capacity limitations are more than compensated by the longevity of its media, however. Years after your e-book reader is in your junk box or landfill along with the other hottest technology you bought this year, the books I keep and shelve will still be books rather than e-waste. For throwaway one-time reads that's OK by me. For writing with more staying power, though, that's a damned shame,

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.

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