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+ - Einstein's Camera: How one renegade photographer is hacking the concept of time.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hungarian photographer Adam Magyar doesn't work like most artists. He takes the world's most sophisticated photographic equipment, then hacks it with software he writes himself—all in order to twist our perception of time inside out. In this latest story from the digital publisher MATTER, Joshua Hammer discovers how Magyar's unique combination of technology and art challenges the way we understand the world.

The images are stunningly beautiful--and don't forget to watch the videos 2/3 of the way through!"

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+ - Hyundai envisions Google Glass being used WITH cars, not IN cars->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Earlier this week, Hyundai became the first carmaker to announce integration with Google Glass. But the company that's providing the underlying technology, Covisint, was careful to emphasize that it's not thinking about drivers using Glass in the car — that would be unsafe. So what exactly are they envisioning? Well, imagine remotely starting your car from your hotel room, looking up nearby gas stations and breakfast places as you walk to the car, then transferring them to the GPS system with the command "OK Glass, send directions." Also, you could get diagnostic info about the car as you work on it, without having to look at a screen. Interesting food for thought..."
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+ - Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "Dear Slashdotters: We have developed a graphics algorithm that got an electronics manufacturer interested in turning it into hardware. Here comes the problematic bit... The electronics manufacturer asked us to describe how complex the algorithm is. More specifically, we were asked "How many (logic) gates would be needed to turn your software algorithm into hardware?" This threw us a bit, since none of us have done electronics design before. So here is the question: Is there are a software or other tool that can analyze an algorithm written in C/C++ and estimate how many gates would be needed to turn it into hardware? Or, perhaps, there is a more manual method of converting code lines to gates? Maybe an operation like "Add" would require 3 gates while an operation like "Divide" would need 6 gates? Something like this anyway... To state the question one more time: How do we get from a software algorithm that is N lines long and executes X number of total operations overall, to a rough estimate of how many gates this algorithm would use when translated into electronic hardware?"

Comment: Re:Nothing to see here (Score 1) 418

Yea. And your Blue Ray collection can burn in a house fire or get stolen. People don't want to screw with discs. You're living in the past. Talking about wills and inheritance. Just give them the account and password. We're talking aobut movies and tv shows, not family heirlooms. Chances are you won't even remember you owned the thing when Amazon just one day decides to stop making gazillions of dollars streaming entertainment or just goes bankrupt one day because VHS tapes and retail stores miraculously stage a comeback!

Comment: Nothing to see here (Score 1) 418

Amazon wouldn't sell digital downloads where the company that owns the rights can just revoke access at any whim. Both Disney and Amazon know that doesn't make sense. People who bought it still have access to it. That's the whole point of a digital purchase. Denying access to it was an accident and apparently has been fixed. And for people saying they want to stick with discs, have fun living in the past.

+ - SPAM: Free Phone Calls with Gmail Account

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Instead of paying for landline minutes from your cell phone to attend conference calls, utilize your Gmail account to make Free phone calls. In the video bellow, I will walk you through how to make phone calls using your Gmail account. Enjoy!"
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+ - Q: How does hacking cost companies billions of dollars?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Frequently in news articles I hear about how "hackers" are costing single companies X million dollars or more. These claims are becoming more frequent with the government's building aggression against anyone with "dangerous" computer abilities. But my question is, how does it cost companies so much money? Specifically the government. (Okay, technically not a company, but how does having someone reveal their secret information cost them anything?) Every article I've read in my search for a answer either completely glosses over that information or simply says it goes to improving security. But the numbers seem way out of proportion."
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+ - Huffington: Trolls uglier than ever, so we're cutting off anonymous commentsg->

Submitted by v3rgEz
v3rgEz (125380) writes "The days of anonymous commenting on The Huffington Post are numbered. Founder Arianna Huffington said in a question-and-answer session with reporters in Boston Wednesday that the online news site plans to require users to comment on stories under their real names, beginning next month."
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+ - Can a Japanese AI Get Into University?->

Submitted by the_newsbeagle
the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "Japanese researchers are trying to develop an artificial intelligence program that can pass the standardized test required of all college-bound high school students. Interestingly, the AI is showing good progress in the history portion of the exam, because it's fairly adept at looking up answers in a vast textual database. But the so-called Todai Robot is having trouble with math, "because the questions are presented as word problems, which the Todai Robot must translate into equations that it can solve," as well as with physics, which "presumes that the robot understands the rules of the universe." If the AI does succeed in mastering the general university exam, researchers will next tackle the notoriously difficult University of Tokyo entrance exam, which will require the bot to write essays."
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+ - Twitter-Based Study Figures Out Saddest Spots in New York City->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "A new research paper from the New England Complex Systems Institute, titled “Sentiment in New York City” (PDF), attempts to pull off something that would have been impossible—or at least mind-bogglingly difficult and time-consuming—before the invention of online social networks: figure out the block-by-block happiness level of the biggest metropolis in the United States. In order to generate their “sentiment map” of New York City, the researchers analyzed data from 603,954 Tweets (collected via Twitter’s API) organized by census block. “This method, combined with geotagging provided by users, enables us to gauge public sentiment on extremely fine-grained spatial and temporal scales,” read the paper’s abstract. The study took emoticons and word choice into account when deciding whether particular Tweets were positive or negative in sentiment. According to that flood of geotagged Tweets, people are happiest near New York City’s public parks, and unhappiest near transportation hubs. Happiness increased closer to Times Square, the declined around Penn Station, the Port Authority, and the entrance to the Midtown Tunnel. People were in a better mood at night and on weekends, and more negative about the world between the hours of 9 A.M. and 12 P.M. None of this is surprising: who wouldn’t be happy amidst the greenery of a public park, or borderline-suicidal while stuck in traffic or waiting for a late train? The correlation between happiness and Times Square is almost certainly due to that neighborhood’s massive influx of tourists, all of them Tweeting about their vacation. But as with previous public-sentiment studies, using Twitter as a primary data source also introduces some methodology issues: for example, a flood of happy Tweets from tourists could disguise a more subdued and longstanding misery among a neighborhood’s residents, many of whom probably aren’t tweeting every thirty seconds about a Broadway show or the quality of Guy Fieri’s food."
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+ - Rebuilding the internet->

Submitted by just_another_sean
just_another_sean (919159) writes "Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car Palo Alto garage.
In a nutshell these guys are trying to use Linux to give the masses a cheap and reliable way to build server farms similar to Google or Amazon. It's an open source project called Core OS. Is "rebuilding the internet" on a single, standard server platform a good idea or is such an homogeneous environment an undesirable security problem waiting to be let loose?"

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