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Google "Evicted" the Berlin Wall From Property It Bought 59

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-off-my-lawn dept.
theodp writes Sunday marks the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, which Google commemorates in today's Doodle. "Seeking inspiration for this doodle," notes the Google Doodle Team, "we took a short bike ride from our Mountain View, California headquarters to our local public library to study an actual piece of the Berlin Wall" (the Berlin Wall segments are featured in the Doodle). Interestingly, the post doesn't mention Google's connection to how the two sections of the Berlin Wall wound up at the library. After Google bought the Bayside Business Plaza in 2012, where the 12-foot-tall remnants had been kept for decades by German-born businessman Frank Golzen before his death, it reportedly gave the Golzen family until summer 2013 to get the Berlin Wall off its lawn. "Although the donating family has until next summer to remove the installation from the current location," reads a 2012 City of Mountain View Staff Report, "their preference (and the preference of the new owner of the property) is to remove it sooner." A recommendation to relocate the seven ton concrete slabs to remote Charleston Park, adjacent to the Googleplex, was nixed by the City Council, who voted instead to move the Berlin Wall sections to its current home in front of a downtown public library.

New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long 161

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-not-the-size-of-the-collider-it's-the-speed-of-the-particles dept.
Jason Koebler writes The CERN particle collider is 17 miles long. China just announced a supercollider that is supposed to be roughly 49 miles long. The United States' new particle collider is just under 12 inches long. What the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's new collider lacks in size, it makes up for by using plasma to accelerate particles more than 500 times faster than traditional methods. In a recent test published in Nature, Michael Litos and his team were able to accelerate bunches of electrons to near the speed of light within the tiny chamber."

Comment: Re:Litigious Forbearance (Score 1) 320

by linear a (#48241861) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
Inevitably sometimes it WILL be the manufacturer's fault. Paying for those liabilities has to be built into the system somehow. Nobody will want to build them until they don't have to face possible billion-dollar judgments against them. Also inevitable that some bad designs will get out that will be obvious in retrospect.

Comment: What needs to happen (Score 1) 320

by linear a (#48241811) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
Not a complete list but I believe these all must exist before broad general acceptance. 1 Autonomous driving becomes better than human driving, including "edge cases" (e.g., junk falling from a truck, ball rolling out in front of car, etc). 2 Some way to deal with the inevitable liabilities. Cars will still kill people. Maybe something built into all car insurance and/or into the price of cars to fund liability payments. 3 Some way to deal with all the insane people in non-automated cars.

Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour 286

Posted by samzenpus
from the was-that-wrong? dept.
An anonymous reader sends in news about a company that was fined for flying in "about eight employees" from India to work 120-hour weeks for $1.21 per hour. Electronics for Imaging paid several employees from India as little as $1.21 an hour to help install computer systems at the company's Fremont headquarters, federal labor officials said Wednesday. "We are not going to tolerate this kind of behavior from employers," said Susana Blanco, district director of the U.S. Labor Department's wage and hour division in San Francisco.... An anonymous tip prompted the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate the case, which resulted in more than $40,000 in back wages paid to the eight employees and a fine of $3,500 for Electronics for Imaging.

Comment: Re:ndt (Score 2) 294

by linear a (#48106103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?
That's why you test multiple sources and see what the plateau of performance tends to be. You get various low values but will get a sort of upper limit where some values cluster. Except for, when i tested this, the widely known speed test sites I used were 2-4 times faster than anything else. This was a really obvious effect a year ago when I had satellite internet.

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