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Comment: Re:Unintended Consequences (Score 2) 71

by dpilot (#49143143) Attached to: Xeroxed Gene May Have Paved the Way For Large Human Brain

At what point does it become unethical to consider and treat these as lab animals. How much brain complexity is enough? This probably isn't it, and our A.I. isn't good enough yet. But some year we're going to cross the line, and I'm sure that as a society we're going to be completely unaware and in denial when we do.

+ - Star Wars-style 'bionic hand' fitted to first patients ->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs.

The three men are the first to undergo what doctors refer to as "bionic reconstruction," which includes a voluntary amputation, the transplantation of nerves and muscles and learning to use faint signals from them to command the hand.

Previously, people with bionic hands have primarily controlled them with manual settings."

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+ - You Might (Still) Be Surprised By What Your Phone Keeps Track Of->

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner (1037894) writes "It should come as a surprise to no one that the amount of data scraped from our digital lives each and every day is immense. But could there still be room to be wowed — or even a little concerned? At reddit, user FallenMyst claimed that everything we've ever spoken to our phones, either via Siri, Cortana, or what-have-you, has been recorded — and in some cases, we can go back and listen to it. Techgage went on to investigate, and found proof of that claim. Further, it was also discovered that Google could be tracking a lot more data than you were even aware of, such as where you were a couple of years ago. Fortunately, this tracking can be turned off, but there's something to be said about the fact that it's on by default, and is so incredibly subtle."
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+ - Canadian & Singapore Researchers Claim Lithium-ion Battery Breakthrough->

Submitted by K7DAN
K7DAN (1055900) writes "Channel News Asia reports that A*STAR's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore and Quebec's IREQ have doubled the capacity of Lithium-ion batteries using a novel technique that involves synthesizing silicate-based nanoboxes as compared to conventional phosphate-based cathodes."
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+ - What happens when Betelgeuse explodes? 1

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "One of the great, catastrophic truths of the Universe is that everything has an expiration date. And this includes every single point of light in the entire sky. The most massive stars will die in a spectacular supernova explosion when their final stage of core fuel runs out. At only an estimated 600 light years distant, Betelgeuse is one (along with Antares) of the closest red supergiants to us, and it’s estimated to have only perhaps 100,000 years until it reaches the end of its life. Here's the story on what we can expect to see (and feel) on Earth when Betelgeuse explodes!"

Comment: Re:That's unpossible. (Score 1) 212

by TrekkieGod (#49106435) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

Let me know when you figure out how to burn something without producing heat.

The amount of heat matters. Internal combustion engines are ~40% efficient at absolute best. Electric motors are ~98% efficient.

They're both producing waste heat, but one is producing *a lot* less per mile driven.


AT&T Patents System To "Fast-Lane" File-Sharing Traffic 112

Posted by samzenpus
from the greased-lightning dept.
An anonymous reader writes Telecom giant AT&T has been awarded a patent for speeding up BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer traffic, and reducing the impact that these transactions have on the speed of its network. Unauthorized file-sharing generates thousands of petabytes of downloads every month, sparking considerable concern among the ISP community due to its detrimental effect on network speeds. AT&T and its Intellectual Property team has targeted the issue in a positive manner, and has appealed for the new patent to create a 'fast lane' for BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic. As well as developing systems around the caching of local files, the ISP has proposed analyzing BitTorrent traffic to connect high-impact clients to peers who use fewer resources.

Comment: Re:Clearly AdBlock (Score 1) 353

by Lorens (#49082785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

I've run without AdBlock since forever, because hey the guys running the content get money that way, and sometimes the ads are useful, sometimes I click, and sometimes I've even bought... but just this week I encountered an ad by Essilor that just wouldn't shut up, with the useless AdChoices button but without the X to get rid of it. I closed the page, installed Adblock, went back to finish the page. Three days later I am definitely not missing all those ads!

+ - Elon Musk to write a book about Earth sustainability and Mars colonization->

Submitted by MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "Elon Musk has taken on quite a number of projects with a goal of changing the world while making lots of money doing so. He proposes to revolutionize space travel through his commercial launch company, SpaceX. His more earthly endeavors have included electric cars (though with competition from Apple), home solar power, a transportation system called the Hyperloop, a space based Internet and, most recently, a battery that can power a house. Now, according to a story in Business Insider, Musk will open his mind on his views on “sustainability” was well as Mars colonization in book form."
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