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+ - Inside An Amazon Warehouse-> 1

Submitted by
redletterdave writes "In each one of's 80 fulfillment centers around the globe, Amazon relies on barcodes and human hands rather than robots or automation to find and ship the proper items in a quick and efficient manner. Without robots, Amazon utilizes a system known as "chaotic storage," where products are essentially shelved at random but are tagged with barcodes to be scanned at every step of the ordering, selection and shipping process. The real advantage to chaotic storage is that it's significantly more flexible than conventional storage systems. If there are big changes in a product range, the company doesn't need to plan for more space, because the products or their sales volumes don't need to be known or planned in advance if they're simply being stored at random. Free space is also better utilized in a chaotic storage system, and it's also a major time saver to not organize products as they come in. This system is the true key to's success in online retail."
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Comment: Re:Sounds reasonable to me (Score 1) 331

It's a flipped switch, essentially, on the back end. The in house techs do it if you want to turn it on. I'm 95% sure it's just a check mark if you turn it on when ordering. It might have to go out to the caller id people as well, but that is likewise automated. *

*did verizon tech support

Comment: Not Worth It (Score 1) 339

by Rtarara (#40353127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Instead of a Laptop, a Tiny Computer and Projector?
I can't see how it would be worth it. You'd have to carry a mouse and a keyboard, as well as the tiny PC and projector. That's a lot of things to have to take. Additionally, it would be underpowered and you'd have to find a place to project whenever you wanted to use it. Just get a small macbook air or similar windows ultrabook (netbooks are okay, but I've never liked on i've used). Even a kindle fire or iPad would get you online. Heck - you can even browse on a smartphone in a pinch. It'd go with a simpler solution and save yourself the headache.

+ - What is a patent troll?->

Submitted by schliz
schliz (994115) writes "Australian tech publication iTnews is defining ”patent trolls" as those who claim rights to an invention without commercializing it, and notes that government research organization CSIRO could come under that definition.

The CSIRO in April reached a $220 million settlement over three US telcos’ usage of WLAN that it invented in the early 1990s. Critics have argued that the CSIRO had failed to contribute to the world’s first wifi 802.11 standard, failed to commercialize the wifi chip through its spin-off, Radiata, and chose to wage its campaign in the Eastern District courts of Texas, a location favored by more notorious patent trolls."

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Comment: Requirements (Score 5, Funny) 886

by Rtarara (#40157883) Attached to: IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US
Seeking qualified IT person. Requirements:

10 years C++
5-7 years Java
5-7 years HTML and CSS
2-3 years SQL
2-3 years Ruby
1 year JQuery
1 year COBOL
Familiarity with VHDL
Must be a Team Player
Must be willing to work 60 hours per week
Must know ballroom dancing
Must speak sloth

Salary 40,000 per year

I have no idea why they are having difficulties....

The Internet

+ - Religious sites riskier than porn sites->

Submitted by drkim
drkim (1559875) writes "Article: "According to a report released... by security software firm Symantec, religious and ideological websites are riskier to visit than adult and pornographic websites. ...analysis found that religious sites had more than triple the average number of threats per infected site than pornographic sites...""
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+ - Billionaires and polymaths to unveil a plan to mine asteroids.->

Submitted by dumuzi
dumuzi (1497471) writes "A team including Larry Page, Ram Shriram and Eric Schmidt (Google), James Cameron (Director), Charles Simonyi (Microsoft executive and astronaut), Ross Perot Jr. (son of Ross Perot), Chris Lewicki (NASA Mars mission manager), and Peter Diamandis (X-Prize) from a new company called Planatary Resources are expected to announce plans on April 24th to mine asteroids. A study by NASA released April 2nd claims a robotic mission could capture a 500 ton asteroid and bring it to orbit the moon for $2.6 billion. The additional cost to mine the asteroid and return the ores to Earth would make profit unlikely even if the asteriod was 20% gold. But with many raw materials on Earth expected to run out in 50-60 years perhaps now is the right time to invest in this project."
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The Military

+ - US Journalists Targeted by Pentagon Propaganda Contractors->

Submitted by Jeremiah Cornelius
Jeremiah Cornelius (137) writes "While conducting investigative reporting on civilian contractors in the Pentagon's "InfoOps" Internet propaganda operations, two reporters found themselves the subject of a highly targeted, professional media manipulation effort. Reporter Tom Vanden Brook and Editor Ray Locker found that Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names. Some postings merely copied Vanden Brook's and Locker's previous reporting. Others accused them of being sponsored by the Taliban. "I find it creepy and cowardly that somebody would hide behind my name and presumably make up other names in an attempt to undermine my credibility," Vanden Brook said. If these websites were created using federal funds, it could violate federal law prohibiting the production of propaganda for domestic consumption."
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+ - Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking->

Submitted by infomodity
infomodity (1368149) writes "What started as a Stanford project (Stanford Clean Slate) to design an Internet with decades of hindsight as a guide is now being put into practice by Google using OpenFlow. SDN, or Software Defined Networking, is a way of decoupling data and control planes, allowing an open software community to thrive in what is historically a proprietary, ASIC based networking space. With routing and switching control planes becoming open, what will the networks of tomorrow look like?"
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+ - The Physical Travelling Salesman Challenge 1

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "You probably know that the travelling salesman problem is one of the classics of computer science theory. Now we have a new challenge — the Physical Travelling Salesman Problem and anyone can join in. All you have to do is visit each city once using an optimal route. The new element is that you now have to drive between the cities using a "car" that has inertia and friction — see the video. You can submit an AI bot to solve the problem or drive the course yourself. Try it out at: PTSP"

Comment: Python (Score 1) 525

I would say go with Python. I read a lot of research literature on the subject and it really is a GREAT first language. Pygame ( ), is a great resource for creating games in python which a wonderful way to learn. There are free ebooks on that site. The Finch robot from CMU is very cool also - AND it works with python. It can move around the house and do things, which is great for keeping a kid interested.

+ - Torrentfreak Cracks Down On Piracy

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 (2439278) writes "For years, torrentfreak has been publishing all their articles under a creative commons attribution license (copy freely but include a link back to the source). This month however; they began using a creative commons non-commercial attribution license. This means, that people can no longer "pirate" torrentfreak articles, for profit (without permission). Things that may be considered commercial usage include: paywalls, printed distributions, sites with ads, flattr buttons, and more. However, even those who wish to make money off of torrentfreak articles are free to do so with permission. Site owner and editor-in-chief, Ernesto says, " Don't worry about it, 99.9 percent of all sites are welcome to use our articles, even commercial sites. I decided to change the license to prevent 'news' competitors from copying our top pieces minutes after we post it. [that happened] last week with our exclusive Dotcom interview. The attribution link was minimal... ""

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990