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+ - 3D-Printed Car takes it's first test drive

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An anonymous reader writes "This week, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Arizona-based automobile manufacturer Local Motors stole the show. Over the six day span of the IMTS, the company managed to 3D print, and assemble an entire automobile, called the ‘Strati’, live in front of spectators. Although the Strati is not the first ever car to be 3D printed, the advancements made by Local Motor with help from Cincinnati Inc, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have produced a vehicle in days rather than months."

Comment: Re:Waaa? (Score 1) 698

by Z00L00K (#47900713) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

I agree - both do science, and they cooperate well on the science part, it's their ideals that differs and brings their petty bickering around - they don't agree upon if taking a humanitarian perspective of saving a life is the best way. Save one life - but what about the countless others?

"The needs of the many outweighs the needs of the one" - but that might not always be true, what if the one is the person with the key to the future?

Comment: Don't forget Scotty. (Score 1) 698

by Z00L00K (#47900701) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Quite interesting. They are the main characters, but don't count out Scotty.

When you have all four personalities then you also have something that can be found in some successful companies.
Kirk - the leader, emotional and active.
Spock - the cool logic mediator.
Bones - the humanistic perspective.
Scotty - the fixer geek.

Comment: Indications of a corrupt system. (Score 1) 117

It feels like this is just one indication that the patent system is corrupt. How can you prevent that a patent isn't going through an application process without a flaw?

One way to weed out bad workers is to have a cross-examination of the patents. If there's a great deviation between the review results from the two reviewers (or three if you want to make it even safer) then it's an indication that one of the reviewers may not be doing his/her job. Of course - it's not a single patent that you can detect this on but a number of patents. So sometimes statistics is your friend - but it requires that the ones that review the statistics aren't corrupted.

+ - MOM or Mangalyaan has now done 95% of its journey without a hitch->

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rinka (870438) writes "There's been progress since: http://science.slashdot.org/st...

The Indian Mars mission is on target has completed 95% of it's journey and will reach its destination before the month end. Indian scientists have successfully restarted the Mars orbiter. Meanwhile there are reasons to believe that NASA and ISRO, both space agencies that have sent Mars rovers, have decided to coordinate their mars missions: http://nvonews.com/india-mars-..."

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+ - School to fingerprint students to 'monitor their diets'-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "STOURBRIDGE, England – A school is implementing a biometric system to better track what students are eating each day.

The Express & Star reports students at Redhill School in Stourbridge, England will be fingerprinted in an attempt to reduce lunch lines and “monitor pupils’ diets.” The system requires pupils to press a finger against a machine which converts the print into biometric data. This can then be used to identify individual pupils accounts.

Headteacher Stephen Dunster wrote to parents, “We are aiming to have a cashless system throughout the school. The catering system is better for parents because they don’t have to provide children with lunch money every morning. From our perspective it is far more efficient as it reduces waiting times. We will also be able to monitor what children are buying to make sure they are eating a healthy diet.”"

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+ - Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen 19 km below Earthâ(TM)s surface->

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An anonymous reader writes "Living in a strange environment is just a typical day for Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen.
Hansen is taking part in the 19th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO), a seven-day underwater mission that is helping NASA, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) learn about what it might be like to live and work on an asteroid or another planet."

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+ - Italy: High Court shoots down Windows tax->

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jrepin (667425) writes "Italy's High Court has struck a blow to the practice of forcing non-free software on buyers of PCs and laptops. The judges sharply criticised the practice of selling PCs only together with a non-free operating system as "a commercial policy of forced distribution". The court slammed this practice as "monopolistic in tendency". It also highlighted that the practice of bundling means that end users are forced into using additional non-free applications due to compatibility and interoperability issues, whether they wanted these programs or not."
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+ - UK Ham Radio Reg Plans to Drop 15min Callsign Interval And Allow Encryption->

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product_bucket (3503967) writes "A consultation [ofcom.org.uk] published by the UK Radio Regulator Ofcom seeks views on its plan to remove the mandatory 15 minute callsign identifier interval for amateur radio licensees. The regulator also intends to permit the use of encryption by a single volunteer emergency communications organisation.
  The consultation is open until 20th October, and views are sought by interested parties."

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+ - Microsoft killing off Windows Phone brand name in favor of just Windows

Submitted by DroidJason1
DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "Microsoft is killing off the "Windows Phone" name in favor of Windows. The company also plans to drop the "Nokia" name from handsets in favor of just "Lumia." These details were revealed in a leaked memo. We've already begun seeing these changes in recent advertisements from Microsoft and it makes perfect sense seeing as how Microsoft is shifting towards one operating system to rule them all."

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