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Full-Size Remote Control Cars 91

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-mr-bond-i-expect-you-to-die dept.
cylonlover writes "Thanks to efforts of groups such as Google, Oxford University, BMW and Continental, we're getting closer and closer to the advent of autonomous cars – vehicles that drive themselves, with the human 'driver' pretty much just along as a passenger. Researchers at Germany's Technische Universität München, however, are looking at taking things a step further. They're developing remote-control cars that could travel along city streets with no one in them at all, their operator located somewhere far away."

+ - Cockroaches Evolving to Avoid Roach Motels->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Only a few years after roach motels were introduced in the 1980s, they lost their allure for an increasing number of German cockroaches. Researchers soon realized that some roaches had developed an aversion to glucose—the sugary bait disguising the poison—and that the insects were passing that trait on to their young. Now, scientists have figured out how this behavior evolved."
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+ - Microsoft to launch Kinect for Windows sensor in 2014 ->

Submitted by awaissoft
awaissoft (2930871) writes "Microsoft will finally deliver a Kinect sensor for Windows sometime next year.

The company announced Thursday that the Kinect for Windows sensor will use the same set of technologies key to the new Kinect sensor for the Xbox One, both of which will allow people to issue commands using voice and gestures.

The sensor will include a high-definition color camera and a noise-isolating multi-microphone array. Also part of the system will be a technology called Time-of-Flight, which measures how long it takes for photons to bounce off a person or object. Combined, these features promise greater accuracy and precision in detecting your movements and voice commands.

Like its Xbox One counterpart, the Kinect for Windows sensor will be able to pinpoint more parts of the body, opening up more accurate skeletal tracking. The sensor will also use a greater field of view to handle a variety of room sizes. A new infrared feature will help the sensor “see” better, especially in darker conditions.

The launch of the Kinect for Windows sensor and the corresponding software development kit means that developers will be able to create apps that take advantage of the features.

“We’re continuing our commitment to equipping businesses and organizations with the latest natural technology from Microsoft so that they, in turn, can develop and deploy innovative touch-free applications for their businesses and customers,” Microsoft said in a blog post Thursday. “A new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) are core to that commitment...."

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+ - Debian's oldest developer, Ray Dassen, has died of unknown causes.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Debian Project today is mourning the loss of legendary Linux developer Ray Dassen. Ray Dassen served the Linux community and Debian at large for nearly all of Debian’s life, having joined the project in the very beginning working hand-in-hand while the project’s founder, Ian Murdock."
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+ - OWASP accepted as a Google Summer of Code Mentor Organization

Submitted by Fabio Cerullo
Fabio Cerullo (2898973) writes "OWASP has been selected as an official Google Summer of Code (“GSoC”) mentoring organization in 2013!
Open source software is changing the world and creating the future. Want to help shaping it? We’re looking for students to join us in making 2013 the best Summer of Code yet!

OWASP is an open community dedicated to enabling organizations to conceive, develop, acquire, operate, and maintain applications that can be trusted.

All students currently enrolled in an accredited institution are welcome to participate in the Google Summer of Code 2013 program, hopefully along with the OWASP Foundation.

Below you could find all the instructions on how to participate.

https://www.owasp.org/index.php/GSoC

Any questions, just let me know.

Thanks and regards,

Fabio Cerullo"

+ - Google's BigQuery vs. Hadoop: A Matchup->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Ready to “Analyze terabytes of data with just a click of a button”? That’s the claim Google makes with its BigQuery platform. But is BigQuery really an analytics superstar? It was unveiled in Beta back in 2010, but recently gained some improvements such as the ability to do large joins. In the following piece, Jeff Cogswell compares BigQuery to ome other analytics and OLAP tools, and hopefully that’ll give some additional context to anyone who’s thinking of using BigQuery or a similar platform for data. His conclusion? In the end, BigQuery is just another database. It can handle massive amounts of data, but so can Hadoop. It’s not free, but neither is Hadoop once you factor in the cost of the hardware, support, and the paychecks of the people running it. The public version of BigQuery probably isn’t even used by Google, which likely has something bigger and better that we’ll see in five years or so."
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+ - Xen to Become Linux Foundation Collaborative Project->

Submitted by jrepin
jrepin (667425) writes "The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. The Xen Project is an open source virtualization platform licensed under the GPLv2 with a similar governance structure to the Linux kernel. Designed from the start for cloud computing, the project has more than a decade of development and is being used by more than 10 million users. As the project experiences contributions from an increasingly diverse group of companies, it is looking to The Linux Foundation to be a neutral forum for providing guidance and facilitating a collaborative network."
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NASA

+ - NASA Asteroid Capture Mission to Be Proposed in 2014 Budget->

Submitted by
MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington writes "Included in President Obama's 2014 budget request will be a $100 million line item for NASA for a mission to capture and bring an asteroid to a high orbit around the moon where it will be explored by asteroinauts. Whether the $2.6 billion mission is a replacement or a supplement to the president's planned human mission to an asteroid is unclear. The proposal was first developed by the Keck Institite in April, 2012 and has achieved new impetus due to the meteor incident over Russia and new fears of killer asteroids."
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Bitcoin

Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value 583

Posted by samzenpus
from the fake-money dept.
Velcroman1 writes "More than $1 billion worth of bitcoins now circulate on the web – an amount that exceeds the value of the entire currency stock of small countries like Liberia, Bhutan, and 18 other countries. Bitcoin is in high demand right now — each bitcoin currently sells for more than $90 U.S. — which bitcoin insiders say is because of world events that have shaken confidence in government-issued currencies. 'Because of what's going on in Cyprus and Europe, people are trying to pull their money out of banks there,' said Tony Gallippi, the CEO BitPay.com, which enables businesses to easily accept bitcoins as payment. 'So they buy gold, they put it under the mattress, or they buy bitcoin,' Gallippi said."
China

+ - Sprint, SoftBank to U.S. Congress: "We won't use Chinese equipment for our netwo->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""Sprint and Japanese-owned SoftBank are currently undergoing regulatory approval for the merger of the two telecom giants. However, amidst growing concerns in Washington over Chinese hacking of US information systems, the House intelligence committee has raised concerns over the use of network equipment manufactured by China based companies Huawei and ZTE. Currently Sprint’s Wi-Max network, operated by Clearwire, uses Huawei equipment which the House believes could pose a potential security threat if continued to be used for network expansion or operation. However, it appears that both Sprint and SoftBank are taking these concerns seriously, as according to a report by The Verge, both companies have vowed to not use any Chinese equipment in their network infrastructure. Furthermore, Sprint has gone on further to promise to replace existing Huawei equipment in an effort to show good faith to the regulatory bodies." ( zu)"
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Science

Biological Computer Created at Stanford 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the meat-machine dept.
sciencehabit writes "For the first time, synthetic biologists have created a genetic device that mimics one of the widgets on which all of modern electronics is based, the three-terminal transistor. Like standard electronic transistors, the new biological transistor is expected to work in many different biological circuit designs. This should make it easier for scientists to program cells to do everything from monitor pollutants and the progression of disease to turning on the output of medicines and biofuels."
Data Storage

ZFS Hits an Important Milestone, Version 0.6.1 Released 99

Posted by samzenpus
from the brand-new dept.
sfcrazy writes "ZFS on Linux has reached what Brian Behlendorf calls an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release. Version 0.6.1 not only brings the usual bug fixes but also introduces a new property called 'snapdev.' Brian explains, 'The snapdev property was introduced to control the visibility of zvol snapshot devices and may be set to either visible or hidden. When set to hidden, which is the default, zvol snapshot devices will not be created under /dev/. To gain access to these devices the property must be set to visible. This behavior is analogous to the existing snapdir property.'"
Databases

Security Fix Leads To PostgreSQL Lock Down 100

Posted by samzenpus
from the shut-it-down dept.
hypnosec writes "The developers of the PostgreSQL have announced that they are locking down access to the PostgreSQL repositories to only committers while a fix for a "sufficiently bad" security issue applied. The lock down is temporary and will be lifted once the next release is available. The core committee has announced that they 'apologize in advance for any disruption' adding that 'It seems necessary in this instance, however.'"
Math

+ - It's in the algorithm: Extremely tight races in Major League Baseball 2013->

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Perhaps not surprisingly parity is coming to Major League Baseball this season if you believe the mathematical analysis of a researcher at New Jersey's science and technology university, NJIT. NJIT Associate Professor and Associate Dean Bruce Bukiet used what he called "mathematical analysis" to compute the number of regular season games each Major League Baseball team should win. In a nutshell, Bukiet 's model computes the probability of a team with given hitters, bench, starting pitcher, lineup, relievers and home field advantage winning a game against another team."
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