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+ - AeroVelo Aims to Build World's Fastest Bike->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Following its Sikorsky Prize-winning Atlas helicopter, Canada's AeroVelo now aims to set a new human-powered speed record during September's World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada, with a high speed bicycle named Eta. The current record stands at 83.1 mph (133.8 km/h), and was set at the event last year by a Dutch team of students with the VeloX3 bike."
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Comment: Re:Question (Score 1) 780

by rpopescu (#42285143) Attached to: Schmidt On Why Tax Avoidance is Good, Robot Workers, and Google Fiber
Man On Pink Corner:
> How many people reading this intentionally pay more tax than they are strictly required to?

Strict requirements in society are the lowest common denominator, the thin line that separates a normal person from a sociopath.
They are not what one should aim for, but merely the required minimum for the notion of society to exist.
Progress is not achieved by doing as little as possible, by staying a shade away from illegality, by hiding unethical behaviour behind the imperfection of the law.
Imagine that every mom & pop shop out there did what Google does (and the far too many other corporations guilty of this).
This is a sad farce, and they're fucking everyone - not just the people they "avoid" paying those taxes to, but also every other business that hasn't got the means or the will to engage in the same tax avoidance scheme.

Comment: Re:The Brain is Plastic (Score 1) 317

by rpopescu (#41878353) Attached to: Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty
>>    Is that why so many over 50 demand handholding for the most basic tasks?  I'm talkin REAL BASIC stuff here.  Tasks they somehow manage to do themselves anyway if no handholding is available?
>>    And here I was thinking it was just their massive entitlement mentality.

Pray tell, what part of the programming world does your experience apply to? Thanks.

Comment: Re:This article says nothing (Score 1) 243

by rpopescu (#40357729) Attached to: How Steve Jobs Changed Google Plus
Hardly an insightful comment at all - sounds more like winy and mean. Pay close attention to the timeline: the advice from Steve Jobs, at the time it came, was foresight. Comments like the above are hindsight at best, merely stating what the situation currently is. Well, guess again, since this is about the time before the situation was _created_.
Graphics

Photographers, You're Being Replaced By Software 282

Posted by timothy
from the join-the-club dept.
Mrs. Grundy writes "CGI software, even open-source software like Blender, continues to improve in quality, speed and ease-of-use. Photographer Mark Meyer wonders how long it will be before large segments of the photography industry are replaced by software and become the latest casualty to fall to outsourcing. Some imagery once the domain of photographers has already moved to CGI. Is any segment of the photography market safe? Will we soon accept digital renderings in places where we used to expect photographs?"
The Almighty Buck

Are Rich People Less Moral? 1040

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-begging-the-question-at-all dept.
sciencehabit writes "New research suggests that the upper classes are more likely to behave dishonorably than those lower on the economic spectrum. The rich are more likely to cheat, steal, and even disobey traffic laws than those with less money and power (abstract). Curiously, in one experiment, Prius drivers also behaved badly, regardless of their wealth."
Music

Steve Jobs Awarded Posthumous Grammy 176

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the unreleased-jobs-dubstep-record-out-next-week dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Recognizing Steve Jobs's immense contribution to music, he was the recipient of the Grammy Trustees Award at the Grammy's this past Sunday. The award is handed out annually to 'individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording.'" Eddy Cue, head of iTunes, accepted the Grammy in place of Jobs.
EU

EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years 536

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-another-twenty-years? dept.
MrSteveSD writes "The copyright on sound recordings by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and other famous bands was due to expire in the next few years. However, the EU Council has now scuttled any such hopes. The copyright term has been extended from 50 to 70 years with aging rockers expressing their delight."
Google

James Gosling Leaves Google 192

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-stopping-by dept.
scottbomb writes "Well, that didn't take long: 'After only a few months at Google, Java founder James Gosling has left the search engine giant to go to a small startup company specializing in ocean-based robotics.' In a brief blog post about his new company, Gosling says, 'They have a growing fleet of autonomous vehicles that roves the ocean collecting data from a variety of onboard sensors and uploading it to the cloud. The robots have a pile of satellite uplink/GSM/WiMax communication gear and redundant GPS units. They have a bunch of deployments. For example, one is a set of robots patrolling the ocean around the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico monitoring water chemistry. These craft harvest energy from the waves for propulsion and can stay at sea for a very long time. The longest that one craft has been out is 2.5(ish) years. They can cross oceans.... Slowly. They only move at 1-2 knots, which is a great speed for data collection.'"

Comment: Re:One day we will be done with java... (Score 1) 338

by rpopescu (#37202748) Attached to: Java 7: What's In It For Developers
Yeah, and C++ had it since before Gosling decided C++ wasn't good enough for him.
Ever since its inception, Java has steadily acquired lame, non-generic, basically hacks of implementations for features in C++ which it strived so hard to shun. Mainly due to Gosling being not smart enough to really understand C++ in the first place. Honestly, read some interviews with him, he's just guts and bile about it, no logical arguments whatsoever, typical I-don't-get-it-therefore-it's-wrong, holier than thou attitude.
The tasteless, confused hamburger that Java is today is the result of its small minded creator and the barriers built in since the beginning. Doug Lea's work turned the crapfest Java was into a workable platform for serious applications, but that's about it.

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