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+ - Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Every company needs employees who can analyze information effectively, discarding what's unnecessary and digging down into what's actually useful. But employers are getting a little bit worried that U.S. schools aren't teaching students the necessary critical-thinking skills to actually succeed once they hit the open marketplace. The Wall Street Journal talked with several companies about how they judge critical-thinking skills, a few of which ask candidates to submit to written tests to judge their problem-solving abilities. But that sidesteps the larger question: do schools need to shift their focus onto different teaching methods (i.e., downplaying the need for students to memorize lots of information), or is our educational pipeline just fine, thank you very much?"
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+ - Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Eric Betzig recently shared in the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on high-resolution microscopy. Just yesterday, Betzig and a team of researchers published a new microscopy technique (abstract) that "allows them to observe living cellular processes at groundbreaking resolution and speed." According to the article, "Until now, the best microscope for viewing living systems as they moved were confocal microscopes. They beam light down onto a sample of cells. The light penetrates the whole sample and bounces back. ... The light is toxic, and degrades the living system over time. Betzig's new microscope solves this by generating a sheet of light that comes in from the side of the sample, made up of a series of beams that harm the sample less than one solid cone of light. Scientists can now snap a high-res image of the entire section they're illuminating, without exposing the rest of the sample to any light at all.""
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+ - Radical 4-in-1 Piston Engine Promises Hybrid-Like Efficiency->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy output. Namikoshi Electronics of Japan believes its unorthodox 4-in-1 concept engine could provide an alternative powerplant to the automobile industry."
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+ - New Li-ion Anode Achieves 70 Percent Charge in Just Two Minutes->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new, proof-of-concept anode for lithium-ion batteries that can charge to 70 percent of its capacity in only two minutes and has a very long lifespan of ten thousand charge/discharge cycles. The advance could lead to the production of high-rate lithium-ion batteries, with interesting implications for personal electronics and, perhaps, even electric vehicles."
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+ - Steve Wozniak accepts adjunct professorship at UTS->

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An anonymous reader writes "Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak has accepted an adjunct professorship at the University of Technology Sydney. "He beams in on our telepresence device to chat with students, share his latest ideas and entertain with jokes and the occasional prank,” said lab director Professor Mary-Anne Williams. In 2012, Wozniak announced plans to become an Australian citizen — expressing interest in the country's National Broadband Network (NBN) and the concept of government regulated broadband — although that ambition has not yet been fulfilled."
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+ - More Eye Candy Coming to Windows 10

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft is expected to release a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the very near future, according to their own words. The only build so far to be released to the public is 9841 but the next iteration will likely be in the 9860 class of releases. With this new build, Microsoft has polished up the animations that give the OS a more comprehensive feel. When you open a new window, it flies out on to the screen from the icon and when you minimize it, it collapses back in to the icon on the taskbar. It is a slick animation and if you have used OS X, it is similar to the one used to collapse windows back in to the dock."

+ - Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?->

Submitted by Mr D from 63
Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "Some followup to the recent /. article on this topic;

Lockheed Martin’s announcement last week that it had secretly developed a promising design for a compact nuclear fusion reactor has met with excitement but also skepticism over the basic feasibility of its approach.

Ian Hutchinson, a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, says he was only able to comment on what Lockheed has released—some pictures, diagrams, and commentary, which can be found here. “Based on that, as far as I can tell, they aren’t paying attention to the basic physics of magnetic-confinement fusion energy. And so I’m highly skeptical that they have anything interesting to offer,” he says...


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+ - Unix Admins on Debian's systemd adoption: "The Fork is strong with this one"

Submitted by Tsolias
Tsolias (2813011) writes "It appears that systemd is still a hot topic in the Debian community. As seen earlier today, there is a new movement shaping up against the adoption of systemd for the upcoming stable release, Jessie. They claim that "systemd betrays the UNIX philosophy", it makes things more complex, thus breaking the "do one thing and do it well" principle."

+ - Where will Hadoop be in 5 years?->

Submitted by jenwike
jenwike (2888285) writes "Some experts in open source say working in the field is more about common sense than creed. Doug Cutting of Cloudera speaks from working on projects like Hadoop and Lucene. In this interview with, prior to his keynote at the All Things Open conference this week, he dives into open source adoption in the enterprise and where he thinks Hadoop will be in 5 years."
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+ - Driven by care needs, will it be seniors who drive wider acceptance of robots?->

Submitted by Hallie Siegel
Hallie Siegel (2948665) writes "Tony Prescott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the Sheffield Center of Robotics believes that the medical industry could be at the forefront of changing the public perception of robotics. Why? Because this is an industry that already understands how paramount it is, when dealing with the elderly, disabled and ill, to provide a service that is helpful, friendly and nonthreatening."
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+ - In 2001 the tech industry employed 6.5 million, today it's at 6.3 million->

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dcblogs (1096431) writes "In 2001, the tech industry employed 6.5 million people. That year remains the tech industry's employment peak. Tech industry employment reached 6.3 million in the first half of this year, a gain of 118,800 jobs, up 1.9% compared to the first half of 2013. That's below the 3.7% growth rate overall for private-sector employers, according to new data from TechAmerica Foundation."
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+ - The Empire Strikes Back Uncut (Fan Movie)->

Submitted by kdataman
kdataman (1687444) writes "Live Action and Legos, MineCraft and Muppets, Pets and Produce. 480 fan-created 15-second clips have been assembled to remake the entire movie, scene for scene (but not always word for word). The variations swing from professional production values to cardboard cutouts, but they are all creative and many are hilarious. Hard to pick a favorite scene but the guys at MTV selected a few highlights:"
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Comment: gpg (Score 4, Informative) 210

by mrflash818 (#48122413) Attached to: Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

gpg, when you can.

To encrypt, but have the encrypted output be encoded as text (so can be put copy/paste into an email)
gpg --symmetric --cipher-algo AES256 --armor example.txt

(gpg will then ask for a passphrase, make it long, as random as possible, upper and lower case, a punctuation, and a number)

gpg example.txt.gpg

Steve Gibson has a very cool Internet resource for helping people learn about password strength:

Per the haystack page:

Example passphrase = search space size

64characters of hex = 4.13 x 10^99

63characters of hex, plus adding a punctuation symbol = 4.93 x 10^117

62characters of hex, plus adding a punctuation symbol, plus adding an upper case letter = 3.79 x 10^126

(1) Never draw what you can copy. (2) Never copy what you can trace. (3) Never trace what you can cut out and paste down.