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Submission + - Raspberry Pi founder wants self-driving robots for Robot Wars return (

DW100 writes: The founder of Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton, says he wants to see self-driving robots, possibly powered by the mini Raspberry Pi, to be used in the new series of Robots Wars coming to the BBC this year. "I'd like to see driverless Robot Wars. Robots that use the addition of compute to be really fierce," he told The Inquirer. "Yeah, autonomous Robot Wars would be great."

Submission + - Udacity guarantees you can get a job (

braindrainbahrain writes: Udacity, one of the first MOOC schools, is now offering a guarantee with their Nanodegree Plus program, in which they claim they can get you hired within 6 months or they will refund all your tuition. There is fine print of course. Only four of the nanodegree programs have this guarantee and it applies only in the US.

Submission + - No more "meaningful use" of IT for doctors (

nbauman writes: The administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told an investors' conference that they will be backing off the unpopular requirement that doctors show "meaningful use" of their new computer systems.

Andy Slavitt, acting administrator, admitted that “physician burden and frustration levels are real. Programs that are designed to improve often distract. Done poorly, measures are divorced from how physicians practice and add to the cynicism that the people who build these programs just don’t get it.”

Dr. James L. Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association, agreed that EHRs were having a negative impact on physicians’ practices. Many physicians are spending at least 2 hours each workday using their EHR and may click up to 4,000 times per 8-hour shift, he said.

Instead, CMS will reward health care providers for patient outcomes through the merit-based incentive pay systems created by last year’s Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation.

CMS is calling on the private sector to create apps and analytic tools that will keep data secure while fostering true and widespread interoperability.

Comment Re:If you say your Christian, you are Christian... (Score 3, Funny) 229

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said, "Stop! Don't do it!" "Why shouldn't I?" he said. I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!" He said, "Like what?" I said, "Well, are you religious or atheist?" He said, "Religious." I said, "Me too! Are your Christian or Buddhist?" He said, "Christian." I said, "Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?" He said, "Protestant." I said, Me too! Are your Episcopalian or Baptist? He said, "Baptist!" I said, "Wow! Me too! Are your Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord? He said, Baptist Church of God!" I said, "Me too! Are your Original Baptist Church of God or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?" He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God!" I said, "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?" He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915!" I said, "Die, heretic scum!" and pushed him off.

Comment Re:Winston Chuchill (Score 1) 200

I did a little search about Churchill. Seems the anecdotal story about Churchill and Mecanno is out there but I surmise it all began with this story included in one of his biographies, "The Last Lion:: Winston Churchill" by Martin Gilbert. The story is about how he helped his young nephews to assemble a Mecanno bridge, which ended up being 15 feet long once he was finished.

Submission + - Currency exchange website accused of Cyber Terrorism by Venezuelan Government (

braindrainbahrain writes: A US based website that has covers the unofficial exchange rate between the US dollar and the Bolivar, the Venezuelan currency, has been accused of cyber terrorism in a civil complaint. Venezuela, suffering from ever increasing inflation, maintains very tight controls on currency exchange and in the suit is accusing the website operators of racketeering and conspiracy. In an earlier speech, Venezuelan President Nicola Maduro stated he would ask the President of the United States to hunt down the operators of the DT Site and extradite them to Venezuela to be tried as criminals.

Comment TACAMO (Score 1) 350

Decades ago, I worked in the TACAMO aircraft, the older KC-130 version. TACAMO was a US Navy aircraft charged with maintaining communications with nuclear submarines in the event of nuclear war. The aircraft had a small "sunroof" and it's sole purpose was to allow the navigator to see the sun and stars so he could use the sextant that was part of the issued equipment. The idea was that there would be no radio navigation aids left when their mission was over and they had to return to ... well anywhere they could land since the survival of any airbase was not guaranteed.

Submission + - IoT In The Warehouse - How Amazon's Robots Move Everything Around

dkatana writes: Amazon's drones have a long way to become reality, but the real magic of the Internet of Things (IoT) is already happening at Amazon's vast fulfillment warehouses in the US.

Amazon runs a fleet of thousands of small robots moving storage pods around so orders can be fulfilled in record time. They are so efficient that they can move an entire warehouse and have ready to operate again during the weekend.

All together the small robots have traveled over 93 million miles — almost the distance from Earth to the Sun.

Comment Re:The problem with neural networks (Score 1) 45

According to this article neural networks do make mistakes, sometimes very big mistakes, like the ANN that confused a school bus with a football jersey. The root cause is not easy to determine, and hence the fix is not easy. 'Twould appear that the reasons neural networks fail is a hot topic in neural network research.

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