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+ - Why Apple Is Not Suing Xiaomi - Yet->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Apple is still a relative new-comer to the Chinese market. In this market Xiaomi is now the biggest player, while Apple's isn't even in the top five smartphone vendors. Add to that uncertainty about enforcing patents in China, as well as a lack of detail about Xiaomi's own patents,and it is easy to see why Apple may not be willing to rock the boat — though that could all change if/when Xiaomi expands beyond China"
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+ - Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private ->

Submitted by NBSCALIDBA
NBSCALIDBA (3529341) writes "Eeva Haaramo (Norse Code), reports on Helsinki's Ambition plan to transform city transportation. From buses to bikes to Kutsuplus mini-transport vans, Findland's bold experiment in public/private enterprise offer an über-change in the way cities should look at the whole concept of getting around in a city."
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+ - Recycled Car Batteries Transformed into Low-Cost Solar Panels

Submitted by rofkool
rofkool (3603105) writes "MIT researcher have developed a method of transforming old lead-acid car batteries into long-lasting, low-cost solar panels.

It is estimated that a single battery could be used to produce enough solar cells to power up to 30 homes.

The discovery addresses two key problems: Firstly the problem of disposing of lead-acid batteries in an environmentally-responsible way, and secondly the difficulty of producing raw lead ore for use in solar cells.

Angela Belcher, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT and co-author of the study, said: "Once the battery technology evolves, over 200 million lead-acid batteries will potentially be retired in the United States, and that could cause a lot of environmental issues.""

Comment: Re:Motive? (Score 1) 355

by SpzToid (#47693451) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Should Not Feed Trolls(!), but yet again I can not help myself. What about former playmate, former co-anchor Jenny McCarthy, last seen on the (Oprah Winfrey replacement) daytime television show primarily aimed towards women called The View? Considering her anti-vaccination rhetoric, she was lucky to even be given her prominent seat at the table to begin with. Yet there she was, (until she wasn't).

+ - Project Aims to Build a Fully Open SoC and Dev Board->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "A non-profit company is developing an open source 64-bit system-on-chip that will enable fully open hardware, 'from the CPU core to the development board.' The 'lowRISC' SoC is the brainchild of a team of hardware and software hackers from the University of Cambridge, with the stated goal of implementing a 'fully open computing eco-system, including the instruction set architecture (ISA), processor silicon, and development boards.' The lowRISC's design is based on a new 64-bit RISC-V ISA, developed at UC Berkeley. The RISC-V core design has now advanced enough for the lowRISC project to begin designing an SoC around it. Prototype silicon of a 'RISC-V Rocket' core itself has already been benchmarked at UC Berkeley, with results results (on GitHub) suggesting that in comparison to a 32-bit ARM Cortex-A5 core, the RISC-V core is faster, smaller, and uses less power. And on top of that it's open source. Oh, and there's a nifty JavaScript-based RISC-V simulator that runs in your browser."
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+ - I was turned down for a job at a tech startup because I'm male->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Diversity in tech is a hot topic right now. I support bringing underrepresented women and minorities into STEM fields and promoting equality in education. I want my daughter to feel as comfortable with tech as I do. I never expected the politics of equality that believe in to result in me ending up being discriminated against. But it has now. Here’s how it happened."
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Comment: Re:Blame HR ...(what about the Recruiters/Agents?) (Score 1) 274

by SpzToid (#47656023) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

How do the Recruiters/Agents submit their chosen candidate applications to HR? What value are Agents adding in the process to earn on average 1/3 of the fees paid by the client, for the contracted I.T. worker? Isn't it perhaps worth the effort to avoid recruiters at all costs and try to reach HR directly, using their broken application form process no matter how bad it is, because that directly broken process is preferable to involving Recruiters?

p.s. Aren't the bulk of jobs advertised on Dice from these Agents/Recruiters, in which case has Dice ruined itself chasing the low-hanging fruit?

+ - Why are online job applications so difficult?

Submitted by GreyViking
GreyViking (3606993) writes "Over the past few years, I've witnessed a variety of my intelligent but largely non-technical nearest-and-dearest struggling to complete online job applications. The majority of these online forms are multiple screens long, and because they're invariably HTTPS, they'll time out after a finite time which isn't always made known to the user. Some sites actively disable back/forward buttons but many don't, and text that's sometime taken a lot of effort to compile, cut and paste can be lost. And did I mention text input boxes that are too small? Sometimes it seems that the biggest obstacle to getting a job can be being able to conquer the online application, and really, there has to be a better way: but what is it?"

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