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+ - Technology and Ever-Falling Attention Spans->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has an article about technology's effect on concentration in the workplace. They note research finding that the average information worker's attention span has dropped significantly in only a few years. "Back in 2004 we followed American information workers around with stopwatches and timed every action. They switched their attention every three minutes on average. In 2012, we found that the time spent on one computer screen before switching to another computer screen was one minute 15 seconds. By the summer of 2014 it was an average of 59.5 seconds." Many groups are now researching ways to keep people in states of focus and concentration. An app ecosystem is popping up to support that as well, from activity timing techniques to background noise that minimizes distractions. Recent studies are even showing that walking slowly on a treadmill while you work can have positive effects on focus and productivity. What tricks do you use to keep yourself on task?
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+ - Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress-> 3

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord writes: Fox News reports, "A U.S. senator on Friday pressed the National Security Agency on whether its controversial spying practices extend to monitoring members of Congress. “Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked in a letter to NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander released from the senator’s office. Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” defines spying as monitoring the phone calls, emails and internet traffic of elected officials."
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+ - AOL Sells Winamp And Shoutcast Music Services To Online Radio Aggregator Radiono->

VISBOT NETWORK writes: Some more detail on the fate of Winamp and Shoutcast, the legacy digital music services that owner AOL originally planned to shut down but then halted pending a sale. The properties are instead being acquired by Radionomy — an international aggregator of online radio stations headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
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+ - The Future of Neural Networks & MLaaS: Dave Sullivan Interview ->

Submitted by hrb1979
hrb1979 writes: Thought I'd share this interview with Dave Sullivan, founder of Ersatz and machine learning aficionado. His story (he is a history major, for whom machine learning became first a hobby then an obsession), insights on how the machine learning space is evolving, and perspectives on how different industries can benefit are both interesting and inspiring. A recent article shed a little light on what he is working on, though this interview provides much more color on the future of neural networks and MLaaS.
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Comment: See Tom's Hardware for a second positive review. (Score 1) 373

by thebiss (#44516379) Attached to: Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND

TomsHardware performed a thorough review of a Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Hard Drives. I recommend reading it.

Their conclusion:

"Really, the only time Seagate's Momentus XT slowed down drastically compared to an SSD was when we installed the operating system and applications. Once everything was fully loaded, however, performance rapidly improved as the drive's software algorithms pulled the most frequently-access data into flash, bestowing very SSD-like qualities to it. At that point, it was frankly hard to tell the difference during most common tasks. "

The radar plot at the end shows the mix of compromises, and the performance suggests it's worth a look if you're otherwise buying large capacity.

Comment: Fixed scope, fixed schedule, and fixed budget? (Score 1) 349

by thebiss (#43824851) Attached to: World's Biggest 'Agile' Software Project Close To Failure

So, it has to expand upon the existing system, and must deliver new function, and must be delivered on time, and on cost? That's an iron triangle and therefore must be waterfall, and with a ton of contingency.

Fire the project executive that picked Agile for that one....

Comment: Could be the demographic, not the company. (Score 1) 1121

by thebiss (#43419109) Attached to: USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

It might just be that if you label things atheist, USPS employees are less likely to care about it, as is their management. I wonder what would happen if they shipped "Jewish" shoes in Palestine, or "Palestinian" shoes in Isreal?

I suspect the moral of the story is if you run against the social grain, insure your shipments.


+ - Purdue Students Give NASA Lander Boost->

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tekgoblin writes: "This one strikes right at home:

We just learned of NASA's end-of-decade plans to rocket astronauts into deep space for exploratory missions to Mars and beyond. Now, we're getting a peek at the Purdue University-designed lander tech that'll plant our space fleet's feet firmly on terra incognita. What originally started as a senior research project for grad students Thomas Feldman and Andrew Rettenmaier, has now blossomed into a joint research endeavor for the federal space agency's Project Morpheus — a think tank for trips to heretofore unexplored celestial bodies. The in-development propulsion tech, now undergoing testing at the university's Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, is required to "meet stringent design and performance" standards, but most importantly, needs to lift the fuel-depleted lander post-descent. You'd think scientific work of this magnitude would come with a hefty paycheck, but the student team behind it all's just doing it for the hands-on knowledge. Sure beats your summer internship at that magazine, huh?"

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+ - Judge rules Java class names not copyright-> 1

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes: "A federal judge threw out a small part of Oracle's Java lawsuit against Google on Thursday but allowed the bulk of the case to proceed. The judge rejected the bulk of Google's arguments but did agree to throw out one of Oracle's claims in the case. US District Judge William Alsup agreed with Google that the company had not violated Oracle's copyright by using Java method, class, API and package names that Oracle said were copyright-protected."
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I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov