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+ - Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "When Steve Ballmer announced he was stepping down from Microsoft’s board of directors, he cited a fall schedule that would 'be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season.' It turns out Ballmer will teach an MBA class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in the fall, and a class at USC’s Marshall School of Business in the spring. Helen Chang, assistant director of communications at Stanford’s Business School, told Business Insider that Ballmer will be working with faculty member Susan Athey for a strategic management course called 'TRAMGT588: Leading organizations.' As for the spring semester, Ballmer will head to Los Angeles — closer to where his Clippers will be playing — and teach a course at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. We reached out to the Marshall School, which declined to offer more details about Ballmer’s class."
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+ - China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China."
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+ - How Argonne National Lab Will Make Tesla Cars Cheaper

Submitted by ashshy
ashshy (40594) writes "Argonne National Lab is leading the charge on next-generation battery research. In an interview with The Motley Fool, Argonne spokesman Jeff Chamberlain explains how new lithium ion chemistries will drive down the cost of electric cars over the next few years. Tesla Motors picked a terrific time to get into battery manufacturing."

Comment: Re:They need to match more than price (Score 1) 209

by sinij (#47706243) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices
You are under mistaken impression that there is some intrinsic property of your operating system that protect you and your data. This is not the case. What makes Linux safer are better defaults, less market share, and higher technical competency of an average user.

Still, I will take your bet. Here is Linux distro I want you to run: http://www.securitydistro.com/...

Comment: Re:Why speed only a little? (Score 1) 461

by sinij (#47706075) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit
Limitations of a normal driving are mostly due to driver's inability to control the vehicle (e.g. predict exact point when skid occurs). Introduction of computer-assisted safety features like ABS, traction control all increased overall safety on the roads and arguably should allow for overall speed increase. These safety systems all function by overriding driver's input in some limited way when it is predicted or observed to lead to undesirable outcome. With autonomous cars you do not have driver's input, so optimal value for all circumstances could be computed. With this is place, it would be car's mechanical limitations and not limitations of driver's ability that will be a limiting factor.

For example, it is not outside of realm of possibility to have your car driven by autopilot at its natural top speed on a highway. We as society, for a good reason do not trust human operators with the same. For automated drivers such cautious approach is no longer valid.

Comment: Why speed only a little? (Score 5, Interesting) 461

by sinij (#47705523) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit
It is within Google's capability to dynamically map every speed trap and even moving police cars.

With this in place, and with computer reflexes why not speed like a maniac? I for one would buy Google car tomorrow if it could get me to work at 120mph shaving time off my commute.

Comment: Re:They need to match more than price (Score 2) 209

by sinij (#47705449) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Not all users are created equal. I've been running Win7 on my desktop for years, without an anti-virus, and never got anything.
 
Java/Flash are crap security wise, and many Win users run full admin and trained to click 'Allow' to everything completely negating OS protections. Do the same on Linux, and you will be in as much trouble.

+ - Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

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An anonymous reader writes "CAPTCHA services that require users to recognize and type in static distorted characters may be a method of the past, according to studies published by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Researchers focused on a broad form of gamelike CAPTCHAs, called dynamic cognitive game, or DCG, CAPTCHAs, which challenge the user to perform a gamelike cognitive task interacting with a series of dynamic images. For example, in a “ship parking” DCG challenge, the user is required to identify the boat from a set of moving objects and drag-and-drop it to the available “dock” location. The puzzle is easy for the human user to solve, but may be difficult for a computer program to figure out. Also, its gamelike nature may make the process more engaging for the user compared to conventional text-based CAPTCHAs."

+ - Rightscorp's new plan: Pay our copyright fees, or we take your browser->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Online copyright cop charging $20 per song explains 2014 strategy to investors.

Internet copyright enforcer Rightscorp has told investors some revelatory details about its strategy in its second-quarter earnings call, as reported by TorrentFreak.

Rightscorp was founded to be a kind of RIAA-lite, getting online pirates to pay record companies and other rights-holders without the need to resort to high-stakes litigation. Instead, it creates e-mail notices demanding $20 per song from users it deems "repeat infringers" and insists that ISPs forward those notices.

The company is growing fast, but is still way, way in the red. Last year it earned $324,000 in revenue, while spending more than $2.1 million to run its operations. This year it's earning more revenue: $440,414 in the first six months of the year. However, operating costs during the same period have already hit $1.8 million.

Rightscorp's two marquee clients are BMG and Warner Music. Together, those two clients account for around one-third of Rightscorp's income.

The company is now working with more than 140 Internet service providers, although they provide differing levels of cooperation. Rightscorp's pitch to these ISPs is that since it has ironclad evidence of which users are "repeat infringers," they're obligated under copyright law to forward the notices; otherwise the ISPs become liable to a high-stakes copyright suit."

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