Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Submission Summary: 0 pending, 23 declined, 10 accepted (33 total, 30.30% accepted)

+ - Robotics is better for kids than sports!-> 2

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: This comes as no surprise to the slashdot readership, but motivational speaker and author Paul Smith lists ten reasons why you should have your kids do robotics rather than organized sports as an after-school activity. The reasons range from the very practical (what are the chances of becoming a pro sports player?) to... sportsmanship (the losers congratulating the winners). Won't someone please think of the children?
Link to Original Source

+ - Evidence of ET? Regular pettern observed in Fast Radio Bursts->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: Fast Radio Bursts are a rarely observed phenomenon in radio astronomy consisting of, well, very short bursts of radio signals. Astronomers have measured the dispersion of recorded bursts and determined that the dispersion measures occur in integer multiples. No known physical cause of this is known. Have we stumbled upon the activities of ET?
Link to Original Source

+ - Rebuilding the PDP-8...with a Raspberry Pi->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: Hacker Oscarv wanted a PDP-8 mini computer. But a buying a real PDP-8 was horribly expensive and out of the question. So Oscarv did the next best thing: use a Raspberry Pi as the computing engine and interface it to a replica PDP-8 front panel, complete with boatloads of fully functional switches and LEDs.
Link to Original Source

+ - A posthumous tribute to Maxis, Creator of Video Games with no Characters->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: RIP, Maxis, the video game company that developed and/or published several big hits such as SimCity, The Sims, and Spore. Maxis had been acquired by EA in 1997, who finally dissolved the division this March Note: The closure already made the Slashdot front page). In this time of controversy over the diversity and representation of characters in video games, The Atlantic has an article dedicated to how Maxis thrived developing games which had no characters.
Link to Original Source

+ - Mars One does not renew contracts for Robotic Missions->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: Mars One is, of course, the highly speculative, low credibility project to land humans on Mars after a one-way trip. In 2013 they had announced that two contracts had been awarded to the aerospace industry to develop a Mars orbiter and a Mars lander to carry a science experiment payload to the surface. Both contracts have been completed, but so far, Mars One has no immediate plans to renew the contracts and pursue further development of the crafts.
Link to Original Source

+ - Mario Lives! Mario becomes self aware and plays the game himself.->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: Many Slashdotters are familiar with the Infinite Mario game (developed by none other than Markus Persson aka Notch of Minecraft fame) and the game's close relative Infinite Adaptive Mario. Now, researchers at the University of Tübingen, Germany, have developed an AI Mario, capable of playing the infinite game unaided by human hands. The AI Mario learns about his virtual world, has emotional states and includes speech synthesis to communicate with human observers.
Link to Original Source

+ - All in good clean fun! United Launch Alliance CEO pokes at SpaceX via Twitter->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: The new CEO of the United Launch Alliance, Tory Bruno shows his funny side as he pokes fun at his main competitor in the space launch business, SpaceX. So much so, that he got a mention, along with some of his twitter barbs, in Adweek, a publication not generally known for reporting on the aerospace industry.
Link to Original Source

+ - Obama's Immigration Reform and the Technical Workforce-> 1

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: President Obama's announcement of an executive order to reform immigration was a big news item, but little was said about the order's impact on the technical workforce. “Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us?"
While there were no immediate changes to the H-1B visa system, there are changes to the Optional Practical Training and the National Interest Waiver programs that would make it easier for foreign workers to legally work in the U.S.

Link to Original Source

+ - A rock star needs a agent...->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: ... so maybe a rock star programmer needs one too. As described in this article, the 10X talent agency , which got started in the music business, isnot your typical head hunter/recruiter agency. "The company’s name comes from the idea, well established in the tech world, that the very best programmers are superstars, capable of achieving ten times the productivity of their merely competent colleagues."
Link to Original Source

+ - Intelsat is 50 years old->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: Now a private company, The International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium, aka Intelsat, is 50 years old this year. Created as an international organization with as many as 80 countries signing on, its mission was to bring “nations, and ultimately the world, together through communication and video” using new cutting edge space technology. The organization “bought people around the world to one organization with a common goal in an almost utopian concept”. “It looked like the United Nations”, said one member.

Satellite technology was in its infancy and the people at Intelsat had to make it all work. “We were doing something new; there was almost no precedent You were able to get bright people with a bag of tools but no experience”.

In our present day, accustomed as we are to instant news and communications worldwide, we forget the astonishment of people seeing things unfold in real time half a world away. The phrase “live via satellite” preceded broadcasts such as the 1969 moon landings and the 1978 World Cup. Intelsat even linked the White House and the Kremlin by the infamous hot line.

Link to Original Source

+ - NASA seeks private telecommunications provider for Mars missions.->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: NASA is seeking information on private businesses to provide telecommunications services to/from Mars. Seems that MAVEN (the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution space probe) is going to be the last spacecraft orbiting Mars for a while and when its gone, there will be no one left to relay communications between Earth and surface probes and rovers. Hence the need and opportunity for the private sector to step in and offer this service.
Link to Original Source

+ - NASA seeks private telecommunications provider - to communicate with Mars->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: NASA is seeking information on private businesses to provide telecommunications services to/from Mars. Seems that MAVEN (the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution space probe) is going to be the last spacecraft orbiting Mars for a while and when its gone, there will be no one left to relay communications between Earth and surface probes and rovers. Hence the need and opportunity for the private sector to step in and offer this service.

Now's your chance to contact your favorite VC to invest in this new adventure in the private space industry!

Link to Original Source

+ - Crowdsourcing a Time Capsule to send to Mars->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: In what is claimed to be (and probably is) the largest crowdsourced project ever, a group of students, advisors, and industry sponsors are planning to send a "time capsule" to Mars by charging 99 cents for each person that wants to upload a file, be it a photo, text, or what have you, to their website. They need to raise $25 million to pull this off (that's a lot of files!). The uploaded files will be loaded onto a small form factor satellite which will be launched to land on Mars and (hopefully) be found by explorers sometime in the future.
Link to Original Source

+ - New "Acandescent" Light Bulbs to Challenge LEDs and CFLs->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: An outfit in Massachusetts is poise to offer — no, make that "is offering" — consumer light bulbs based on induction technology, challenging the market share of LED and CFL light bulbs. Induction lighting, long used in industrial applications, was invented by none other than Nikola Tesla, and said Massachusetts company has miniaturized the technology enough to fit an implementation in a standard light bulb size.
Link to Original Source

+ - Back to the moon - in four years->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain writes: Gene Rush, a former division chief at NASA Johnson, is running a five-part series on how the US can return to the Moon in four years. And not just land there, but actually build a base on the Moon.

How is this feasible? Hint: A public/private partnership between NASA and and a private space travel company.

Link to Original Source

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".

Working...