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Robotics

Video More From Tim O'Reilly about the 'WTF?!' Economy (Videos) 61

More From Tim O'Reilly about the 'WTF?!' Economy (Video) On August 12 we ran two videos of Tim O'Reilly talking with Slashdot's Tim Lord about changes in how we work, what jobs we do, and who profits from advances in labor-saving technology. Tim (O'Reilly, that is) had written an article titled, The WTF Economy, which contained this paragraph:

"What do on-demand services, AI, and the $15 minimum wage movement have in common? They are telling us, loud and clear, that we’re in for massive changes in work, business, and the economy."

We're seeing a shift from cabs to Uber, but what about the big shift when human drivers get replaced by artificial intelligence? Ditto airplane pilots, burger flippers, and some physicians. WTF? Exactly. Once again we have a main video and a second one available only in Flash (sorry about that), along with a text transcript that covers both videos. Good thought-provoking material, even if you think you're so special that no machine could possibly replace you.
Communications

New Rules From the FCC Open Up New Access To Wi-Fi 64

CarlottaHapsburg writes: White space — unused channels in the VHF and UHF spectrum — is already part of daily life, from old telephones to going online at your coffee shop or plugging in baby monitors. The time has come to 'permit unlicensed fixed and personal/portable white space devices and unlicensed wireless microphones to use channels in the 600 MHz and television broadcast bands,' according to the FCC. One of the ramifications is that Wi-Fi could now blanket urban areas, as well as bringing it to rural areas and machine-to-machine technology. Rice University has tested a super Wi-Fi network linked by next-generation TV or smart remotes. Carriers are sure to be unhappy about this, but consumers will have the benefit of a newly open web.
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Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites 148

alphadogg writes: A pair of Georgia Tech computer science students have created a Random Startup Website Generator that spits out a different jargon-laden startup website every time you click on the URL. Mike Bradley and Tiffany Zhang's project "serves as a parody of startups that have websites full of vague praise and little information about their actual business, often because they have little to show in that regard."

Submission + - Google's Angular 2 Being Built With Microsoft's TypeScript->

itwbennett writes: Big news for fans of static typing! Google and Microsoft have partnered to both enhance TypeScript and rebuild Angular in the TypeScript language. TypeScript, Microsoft's attempt at improving on JavaScript development, has been out there for a while without a notable use case. Likewise, Dart, Google's attempt at a language which accomplishes many of the same goals, hasn't seen a lot of traction outside of Google. With Google creating the next version of its popular framework Angular 2 using TypeScript, some weight is being thrown behind a single effort. Of course, Angular has its fair share of haters, and a complete re-write in version 2 that breaks compatibility with previous versions isn't going to help matters.
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Open Source

Microsoft Open Sources CoreCLR, the .NET Execution Engine 253

An anonymous reader writes: As part of Microsoft's continuing project to open source the .NET framework, the company has announced that CoreCLR, the execution engine for .NET Core, is now available on GitHub. CoreCLR handles things like garbage collection, compilation to machine code, and IL byte code loading. The .NET team said, "We have released the complete and up-to-date CoreCLR implementation, which includes RyuJIT, the .NET GC, native interop and many other .NET runtime components. ... We will be adding Linux and Mac implementations of platform-specific components over the next few months. We already have some Linux-specific code in .NET Core, but we're really just getting started on our ports. We wanted to open up the code first, so that we could all enjoy the cross-platform journey from the outset."

Comment Re:External Wacom digitizer (Score 1) 101

Really? You can draw on your laptop with a digitizer? What kind of laptop is it?

Dell Inspiron mini 1012 running Xubuntu, with a Wacom Bamboo Pen digitizer plugged into a USB port.

So what's the actual workflow then when people in your office leave their desks to go to a meeting? Undock the Dell and close it, unplug the Bamboo from the dock and carry them and the stylus to the meeting, open the Dell and plug in the Bamboo? Or undock the Dell with the Bamboo plugged into its USB port and carry them both to the meeting while tethered... either one sounds awkward. I'll keep my Surface, thanks, which as an added bonus comes with a handy place to carry my stylus. Or maybe you're talking about a different use case than this subthread is. I'm undocking at least 4 or 5 times a day, typically.

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Comment Re:who cares? (Score 5, Interesting) 101

I'm having trouble understanding what the point of this product is. What useful niche does it fill?

In a fully managed enterprise environment, using OneNote to take handwritten notes in meetings - including creating quick To-Dos to send to Outlook, using handwriting to mark up Excel, Word, or PowerPoint files stored on a collaboration server so everyone's changes are synchronized, then go back to your desk and dock it so you have a full keyboard, mouse, external monitors (I have two), auto-switch from corporate WiFi to corporate LAN without losing mapped drives. In the enterprise space its competition is likely a Lenovo Helix model, not a Miix. For home users, it's probably overkill, unless maybe you do a lot of docking-and-undocking at home, but that's likely a niche market.

But if your company, like mine, allows a certain degree of personal use of the corporate device and allows you to take it home evenings and weekends, it's a lot lighter to carry and more fun to use than a traditional laptop. It's my laptop at work and my tablet at home (and yes, I know how to encrypt and back up my personal data in case my job suddenly disappears, and I still have a home PC as a second unit). It's the most satisfying and seamless personal computing experience I've ever had, and I've been in the business since the 1980's. This feels like the computer I've been waiting for all my life.

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Comment Re:35mm film (Score 1) 635

A couple of years ago I picked up a Pentax 67 with the personal commitment to put a few rolls of 120 through it every year. You can get great lenses for stupidly cheap prices if you keep an eye on that auction site. Provia for landscape/nature work - there's nothing like a big, brilliant transparency.

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Comment This is going to happen in 2038 anyway (Score 1) 187

This will happen in Jan. 2038 anyway, for many devices, because of the Year 2038 Problem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem. Anything keeping time using a signed, 32 bit integer that uses the Unix epoch of 1970-01-01 will be affected. I hope someone fixes that problem for pacemakers by the 2030's, just in case I need one.

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Comment Pilot (Score 1) 452

This is just a pilot project. Before we start rolling it out for real, we'll make sure to create the training and system documentation, the capacity plan, the backup and recovery plan, the business continuity plan, the refresh cycle plan, the communication plan, and we'll shoot an email to the Help Desk.

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