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+ - The flight of gifted engineers from NASA

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Rather than work in NASA, the best young engineers today are increasingly heading to get jobs at private companies like SpaceX and XCOR.

It is a long article, worth reading in its entirety, but this quote will give the essence:

As a NASA engineering co-op student at Johnson Space Center, Hoffman trained in various divisions of the federal space agency to sign on eventually as a civil servant. She graduated from college this year after receiving a generous offer from NASA, doubly prestigious considering the substantial reductions in force hitting Johnson Space Center in recent months. She did have every intention of joining that force — had actually accepted the offer, in fact — when she received an invitation to visit a friend at his new job with rising commercial launch company SpaceX.

Hoffman took him up on the offer, flying out to Los Angeles in the spring for a private tour. Driving up to the SpaceX headquarters, she was struck by how unassuming it was, how small compared to NASA, how plain on the outside and rather like a warehouse.

As she walked through the complex, she was also surprised to find open work areas where NASA would have had endless hallways, offices and desks. Hoffman described SpaceX as resembling a giant workshop, a hive of activity in which employees stood working on nitty-gritty mechanical and electrical engineering. Everything in the shop was bound for space or was related to space. No one sat around talking to friends in the morning, “another level from what you see at NASA,” she said. “They’re very purpose-driven. It looked like every project was getting the attention it deserved.”

Seeing SpaceX in production forced Hoffman to acknowledge NASA might not be the best fit for her. The tour reminded her of the many mentors who had gone into the commercial sector of the space industry in search of better pay and more say in the direction their employers take. She thought back to the attrition she saw firsthand at Johnson Space Center and how understaffed divisions struggled to maintain operations.

At NASA young engineers find that they spend a lot of time with bureaucracy, the pace is slow, their projects often get canceled or delayed, and the creative job satisfaction is poor. At private companies like SpaceX, things are getting built now. With that choice, no wonder the decision to go private is increasingly easy."

+ - Lucid Dreams may be better in solving problems->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "According to a study of University of Lincoln, UK, lucid dreamers have better problem-solving abilities

In the first empirical study on the subject, "Lucid Dreamers”, those who actually know they are dreaming while the dreams play out, exhibit better problem-solving abilities in their day-to-day lives

"It is believed that for dreamers to become lucid while asleep, they must see past the overwhelming reality of their dream state, and recognise that they are dreaming," said Patrick Bourke, senior lecturer at the Lincoln School of Psychology. "The same cognitive ability was found to be demonstrated while awake by a person's ability to think in a different way when it comes to solving problems"

For the study, the researchers observed the cognitive ability in 68 participants, aged between 18 and 25 years, who had experienced different levels of lucid dreaming, ranging from never to several times a month. The participants were asked to solve 30 problems intended to test their insight.The researchers said that each problem comprised of three words and a solution word. Each of the three words could be combined with the solution word to form a new compound word. For example, with the words 'sand', 'mile' and 'age', the linking word would be 'stone'

They found that frequent lucid dreamers solved 25 per cent more of the insight problems than non-lucid dreamers"

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+ - Boy charged with "Sedition" for placing a "Like" on "I Love Israel" FB page->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Stupidious Maximus strikes again !

A 17-year old Form Five student in Malaysia has been arrested and charged under the Sedition Act for placing a "Like" in the "I Love Israel" Facebook page

The Form Five student is a non-Muslim minority and his case illustrates the racial arrogance and religious bigotry which are being practice in Malaysia — in which the majority race (who are Muslims) oppressing the minorities for whatever reason they can find"

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+ - Is California Going To Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla?

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "We all know Tesla is working on its Gigafactory, and it has yet to announce officially where it will be. But the automaker did announce a shortlist of possible locations, and California wasn't on it. The state has quickly been trying to lure Tesla to get back into contention. Now the state may waive environmental rules which would normally make construction of such a large manufacturing facility more difficult. Apparently, Governor Jerry Brown's office is currently negotiating an incentive package for Tesla that would waive certain parts of the nearly half-century-old California Environmental Quality Act. Not only that, but state officials are reportedly considering letting Tesla begin construction and perform damage mitigation later, along with limiting lawsuits that could slow down the project. Let's not forget some massive tax breaks to the tune of $500 million. Is California stepping out of bounds here? Is it about to be in hot water, or does this all sit just fine with everybody?"

+ - Retired NASA Astronaut on the Jobs Robots Will Eliminate, Create and Transform->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "We've all witnessed robotics and other technologies eliminate scores of jobs in mostly unskilled professions over the past three decades: bank tellers, assembly line workers, cashiers, travel agents, and toll-takers, to name just a few. Now, with the fields of robotics, AI, and machine learning advancing so rapidly, those technologies are likely to begin eliminating and transforming the jobs of a variety of highly skilled and trained professionals in as few as five years, according to retired NASA astronaut—and one-time Survivor contestant—Dan Barry. Professionals likely to see robots and other technologies vaporize their jobs in the next decade include retail pharmacists, legal assistants, and anyone who's job fundamentally focuses on gathering and analyzing data. Barry, the founder of two robotics companies, is not all doom and gloom, however. He envisions a world where robots and AI not only relieve people of dangerous and boring jobs, but also ultimately lead to the creation of more creative and engaging work."
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+ - The Fiercest Rivalry in Tech: Uber vs. Lyft->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "WSJ looks at the cantankerous rivalry between two popular ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft, and the dirty tactics each employs to weaken its opponent. Lyft, for example, alleges that representives from Uber frequently order short rides from Lyft just to slow down Lyft's service and to try to poach its drivers. WSJ points out that the rivalry is more than just a made-for-TV competition: "It's a battle for a key role in the future of urban transportation.""
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+ - How Elon Musk Approaches IT at Tesla->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "In short, they build it themselves. When Tesla Motors needed to improve the back-end software that runs its business, CEO Elon Musk decided not to upgrade the company's SAP system. Instead, he told his CIO, Jay Vijayan, to have the IT organization build a new back-end system, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company's team of 25 software engineers developed the new system in about four months, and it provided the company with speed and agility at a time when it was experiencing costly delivery delays on its all-electric Model S."
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+ - Joe Montana: A Most Unlikely Investor in Open Source->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "Legendary San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, who won four superbowl rings, is hoping to score in another Bay Area pastime--technology investing, according to Bloomberg. Montana has invested in open source enterprise software maker CoreOS, after meeting founder Alex Polvi at a Y Combinator showcase in August. Celebrities, whether those affiliated with sports or entertainment, are increasingly getting into the Silicon Valley startup scene as investors. Others include Ashton Kutcher (now that he played Steve Jobs, he knows everything about technology), Will Ferrell (who knew?) and Leonardi DiCaprio (if he can afford to buy an island...)."
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+ - Google Alters Search Algorithm to Handle Complex Queries->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "Yesterday, Google unveiled one of the biggest ever changes to its search engine, as part of a shift away from matching keywords on Web pages to understanding the meaning of search queries, according to The New York Times. Google revealed few details about how the new search algorithm, called Hummingbird, works or what it changed. The company did say that it made the change a month ago, though consumers may not have noticed a significant difference to search results during that time. Google execs said the company made the changes because Google users are asking increasingly long and complex questions and are searching Google more often on mobile phones with voice search."
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+ - Pissed-off Martha Stewart out to exterminate patent troll Lodsys->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "Gigaom's Jeff John Roberts reports that Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO) has filed a lawsuit against Lodsys, a shell company that gained infamy two years ago by launching a wave of legal threats (http://paidcontent.org/2011/10/13/419-app-developer-gives-in-to-lodsys-in-david-and-goliath-patent-fight/) against small app makers, demanding they pay for using basic internet technology like in-app purchases or feedback surveys.

In the complaint filed this week in federal court in Wisconsin, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia asked a judge to declare that four magazine iPad apps are not infringing Lodsys’ patents, and that the patents are invalid because the so-called inventions are not new. The complaint explained how Lodsys invited the company to “take advantage of our program” by buying licenses at $5,000 apiece. It also calls the Wisconsin court’s attention to Lodsys’ involvement in more than 150 Texas lawsuits. In choosing to sue Lodsys and hopefully crush its patents, Martha Stewart is choosing a far more expensive option than simply paying Lodsys to go away."

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+ - "Malware renaissance" sparked by the rise of web services and HTML5->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "F-secure's Christine Bejerasco told press at a conference in Helsinki that web services like Facebook and Dropbox had created more opportunities for malware: "The internet is becoming very dynamic. More than ten years ago it was mainly meant for consuming content. Malware during those times was pretty simple: they'd attack the website, load [malware] onto it so people would get infected. The problem during those times was that hosting was quite expensive, so there weren't a lot of malicious websites. Those days are gone," she said

"The renaissance period came when blogging became normal, this really gained momentum when websites like Facebook and Dropbox arrived. it also helped when HTML5 came and made it so anyone could post anything, anytime they wanted.""

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+ - The New Meaning of "Open Source Talent"->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "“Open source talent” has long referred to individuals who work with open source software. Today, the term is starting to be used to describe online communities like Kaggle, Elance, and TopCoder that are open globally to anyone who wants to participate in them, and to organizations seeking their talent, skills, and capabilities. Has the term "open source" been co-opted?"
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+ - U.S. Borders Are Back Doors for Device Searches->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "Newly released documents reveal how the government uses border crossings to seize and examine travelers’ electronic devices instead of obtaining a search warrant to take them, according to The New York Times' Susan Stellin. The documents reveal what had been a mostly secretive process that allows the government to create a travel alert for a person (regardless of whether they're a suspect in an investigation), then detain that individual at a border crossing and confiscate or copy any electronic devices that person is carrying. The documents come courtesy of David House, a fund-raiser for the legal defense of Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Pfc. Bradley Manning."
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+ - Newest YouTube user to fight a takedown is copyright guru Lawrence Lessig->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "Lawrence Lessig has teamed with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to sue Liberation Music, which recently demanded that YouTube take down a lecture Lessig had posted that features clips from the song "Lisztomania" by the French band Phoenix (on Liberation Music's label). Liberation claimed copyright infringement as the reason it demanded the takedown, but in his countersuit, Lessig is claiming Liberation's "overly aggressive takedown violates the DMCA and that it should be made to pay damages," according to Ars Technica."
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+ - A New Spate of Deaths in the Wireless Industry->

Submitted by onehitwonder
onehitwonder (1118559) writes "The race to build out advanced cellphone networks in the U.S. has contributed to a spike in deaths among tower workers, making this one of the industry’s deadliest years and drawing fresh scrutiny from federal regulators, according to The Wall Street Journal. At least 10 workers have died in falls from communication towers so far this year, and three more were seriously injured. The accidents, nine of which were related to cellphone network work, come during one of the biggest building booms in years, as Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. ramp up major network upgrades in an attempt to catch up with Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc."
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