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Comment: Road side service (Score 1) 67

by ilotgov (#47743833) Attached to: Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit
This must be the Flat Tyre Service (http://cria.co.in/crweb/flat-tyre-service/) honouring the rumoured subscription of cash-strapped NASA.
Considering the damage (http://www.space.com/26472-mars-rover-curiosity-wheel-damage.html) there was no way Cross Roads (http://cria.co.in/crweb/) could wiggle out of it's responsibility.

+ - Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Java core has stagnated, Java EE is dead, and Spring is over, but the JVM marches on. C'mon Oracle, where are the big ideas? asks Andrew C. Oliver. 'I don't think Oracle knows how to create markets. It knows how to destroy them and create a product out of them, but it somehow failed to do that with Java. I think Java will have a long, long tail, but the days are numbered for it being anything more than a runtime and a language with a huge install base. I don't see Oracle stepping up to the plate to offer the kind of leadership that is needed. It just isn't who Oracle is. Instead, Oracle will sue some more people, do some more shortsighted and self-defeating things, then quietly fade into runtime maintainer before IBM, Red Hat, et al. pick up the slack independently. That's started to happen anyhow.'"

+ - What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numing IT Job Should Be Automated?->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Not everyone in tech has a job like Homer Simpson, who's been replaced at various times by a brick tied to a lever and a chicken named Queenie. But many IT workers have come up against mind-numbing, repetitive tasks that probably could be automated. So: what to do about it? Well, the answer depends on how much power you have in an organization and how much your bosses respect your opinion."
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+ - AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs->

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Lucas123 (935744) writes "An AMD website in China has leaked information about the upcoming release of a line of SSDs aimed at gamers and professionals that will offer top sequential read/write speeds of 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively. AMD confirmed the upcoming news, but no pricing was available yet. The SSDs will come in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities and will use Toshiba's 19-nanometer flash lithography technology. According to IHS, AMD is likely entering the gaming SSD market because desktop SSD shipments are expected to experience a 39% CAGR between now and 2018."
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+ - UK Police Won't Admit They're Tracking People's Phone Calls->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "You've maybe heard a bit about Stingray. Over the past couple of years, it has emerged that police forces in the US have been using the powerful surveillance tool, which tricks phones into connecting to a dragnet, to track mobile devices, and intercept calls and text messages.

Meanwhile, the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) continue to remain tight lipped about their use of the technology, leaving citizens in the dark on what privacy protections, if any, are in place for those who may get swept up by the broad surveillance techniques."

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+ - Microsoft to drop support for older versions of Internet Explorer ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. For example, customers using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support."
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Google News Sci Tech: Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly - PCWorld->

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The Recorder

Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly
PCWorld
A bill requiring that all smartphones sold in California contain a “kill-switch” that allows users to disable them if stolen was approved by the California Assembly on Thursday morning. The bill had previously been approved by the state's senate although it will...
Smartphone 'kill switch' bill clears California AssemblyLos Angeles Times
California Assembly OKs smartphone 'kill switch' billSan Jose Mercury News
Bill to Require 'Kill Switches' on Cell Phones Passes Through AssemblyKFBK
The San Luis Obispo Tribune-SFGate (blog)
all 22 news articles

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Google News Sci Tech: Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami - Wall Street Journal->

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Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami
Wall Street Journal
Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have built a robot that can self-assemble and move without human intervention. WSJ's Robert Lee Hotz reports. Photo: Seth Kroll/Wyss Institute. Inspired by origami, the...
Scientists make cheap, fast self-assembling robotsWashington Post
Origami robot folds itself up, scuttles awayBoston Globe
Watch! Origami-inspired robot assembles itself in 4 minutesLos Angeles Times
NBCNews.com-Reuters-Mashable
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+ - Origami-inspired robot folds itself—and walks away->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Using origami-inspired computing, researchers have built a crawling robot that assembles itself in 4 minutes. The team made a five-layer composite out of paper, a flexible circuit board, and shape-memory polymers that contract when heated to 100C. Heat generated locally by the embedded circuits triggers hinges in the composite to fold, while mechanical features in the composite determine how far and in what direction each hinge bends. The precise folding pattern is generated by origami design software and programmed into the robot’s microcontroller. Once the machine is assembled, a motor interacts with linkage structures in its legs to drive it crawling and turning without human intervention. The researchers hope this early prototype will eventually lead to cheap, quick, and customized robot manufacture. One possibility: mass deploying the flat robots into collapsed buildings to navigate small spaces in search-and-rescue missions."
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Schneier: The US Intelligence Community has a Third Leaker->

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Ever since The Intercept published this story about the US government's Terrorist Screening Database, the press has been writing about a "second leaker": The Intercept article focuses on the growth in U.S. government databases of known or suspected terrorist names during the Obama administration. The article cites documents prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center dated August 2013, which is after...
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Comment: Re:How to kill a website in a single bad design (Score 1) 69

by ilotgov (#45009151) Attached to: You're Invited: Take a Look At Slashdot's New Beta
I totally agree to this.
What on earth got into you dear slashdot? Do you like to be just another run-of-the-mill site like so many other gizmo-tabloid sites.
I like and read slashdot every morning because it is highly concentrated information on one page. The new design dilutes the information with interleaving pictures on the front page.
If you like to change anything and keep your web developers busy look at http://www.cnx-software.com/ as a good example.

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