Submission + - Cringely on Big Data and AI

squideatingdough writes: Once again, Robert X. Cringely provides an insightful (and somewhat scary) vision of the future: He describes how today's Artificial Intelligence is so very different from the vision of those IT folks working in the field back in the 80's. And then he goes on to posit how algorithms are improving at a rate that exceeds Moore's Law for hardware. A very interesting read.

Submission + - Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding to "Glassholes" 1

theodp writes: As Google Glass goes on sale to the general public, GeekWire reports that Bill Gates has already snagged one patent for 'detecting and responding to an intruding camera' and has another in the works. The invention proposes to equip computer and device displays with technology for detecting and responding to any cameras in the vicinity by editing or blurring the content on the screen, or alerting the user to the presence of the camera. Gates and Nathan Myhrvold are among the 16 co-inventors of the so-called Unauthorized Viewer Detection System and Method, which the patent application notes is useful "while a user is taking public transportation, where intruding cameras are likely to be present." So, is Bill's patent muse none other than NYC subway rider Sergey Brin?

Submission + - Bullied Student Records Bullies, Gets Hit With Felony Charges For Violation (

An anonymous reader writes: Here comes another story highlighting the danger of schools "outsourcing" their disciplinary problems to law enforcement. As we've stated before, this does nothing more than turn routine misconduct into criminal behavior, which is a great way to derail a student's future.

A Pennsylvania teen, who claimed to have been bullied constantly (and ignored by school administration), made an audio recording of his tormentors using a school-supplied iPad. He brought this to the school's attention, which duly responded by calling the cops to have him arrested for violating Pennsylvania's wiretapping law. (h/t to Techdirt reader btr1701)

Maybe the future holds better outcomes, but for right now, everyone involved had a chance to stop this from reaching this illogical conclusion, but no one — from the administrators to their legal team to local law enforcement to the presiding judge — was interested in reining this in. In the end, it looks as though an innate desire to punish someone was satisfied every step of the way.

Submission + - IRS: give us machine-readable tax formulas

johndoe42 writes: Now that tax day is almost over, it's time to ask the IRS to make it less painful. All of the commercial tax software is awful, overpriced, and incompatible with everything else. Some people have tried to do better: OpenTaxSolver and a rather large Excel spreadsheet are tedious manual translations of the IRS's forms. I'm sure that many programmers would try to make much friendlier tax software if they didn't have to deal with translating all of the IRS instructions. Let's petition the IRS to publish computerized formulas so that this can happen.

Submission + - Please Put OpenSSL Out of Its Misery (

CowboyRobot writes: Writing for the ACM, Poul-Henning Kamp claims that "OpenSSL must die, for it will never get any better." The reasons being that OpenSSL has become a dumping ground of un-organized contributions. "We need a well-designed API, as simple as possible to make it hard for people to use it incorrectly. And we need multiple independent quality implementations of that API, so that if one turns out to be crap, people can switch to a better one in a matter of hours."

Submission + - Is TQP liable for Heartbleed damages?

An anonymous reader writes: TQP has asserted its SSL related patents very effectively, having never lost a case, and having won millions in licensing settlements. Even the might of Newegg's Lee Cheng lost to the tune of $2.3million. But, since heartbleed, it's been shown that web encryption is faulty. And since TQP owns SSL on the web, and given how TQP has devoted zero efforts to support its licensees from TQP's defective technology, shouldn't TQP be liable for damages?

Submission + - What good print media is out there that hasn't already died?

guises writes: A recent story discussing the cover of Byte Magazine reminded me of just how much we've lost with the death of print media. The Internet isn't what took down Byte, but a lot of other really excellent publications have fallen by the wayside as a result of the shift away from the printed page. We're not quite there yet though, there seem to still be some holdouts, so I'm asking Slashdot: what magazines (or zines, or your newsletter) are still hanging around that are worth subscribing too while I still have the chance?

Submission + - Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked at Age 24 (

An anonymous reader writes: StarCraft II is popular among competitive gamers for having the depth necessary to reward differences in skill. A new study has found that your ability keep up with the game's frantic pace starts to decline at age 24. This is relevant to more than just StarCraft II players: 'While many high-performance athletes start to show age-related declines at a young age, those are often attributed to physical as opposed to brain aging. ... While previous lab tests have shown faster reaction times for simple individual tasks, it was never clear how much relevance those had to complex, real-world tasks such as driving. Thompson noted that Starcraft is complex and quite similar to real-life tasks such as managing 911 calls at an emergency dispatch centre, so the findings may be directly relevant. However, game performance was much easier to analyze than many real-life situations because the game generates detailed logs of every move. In a way, Thompson said, the study is a good demonstration of what kinds of insights can be gleaned from the "cool data sets" generated by our digital lives.'

Submission + - Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation (

An anonymous reader writes: Google has a huge research budget and an apparent willingness to take on huge projects. They've gotten themselves into autonomous cars, fiber optic internet, robotics, and Wi-Fi balloons. But that raises a question: if they're willing to commit to projects as difficult and risk as those, what projects have they explored but rejected? Several of the scientists working at Google's 'innovation lab' have spilled the beans: '[Mag-lev] systems have a stabilizing structure that keeps trains in place as they hover and move forward in only one direction. That couldn't quite translate into an open floor plan of magnets that keep a hoverboard steadily aloft and free to move in any direction. One problem, as Piponi explains, is that magnets tend to keep shifting polarities, so your hoverboard would constantly flip over as you floated around moving from a state of repulsion to attraction with the magnets. Any skateboarder could tell you what that means: Your hoverboard would suck. ... If scaling problems are what brought hoverboards down to earth, material-science issues crashed the space elevator. The team knew the cable would have to be exceptionally strong-- "at least a hundred times stronger than the strongest steel that we have," by Piponi's calculations. He found one material that could do this: carbon nanotubes. But no one has manufactured a perfectly formed carbon nanotube strand longer than a meter. And so elevators "were put in a deep freeze," as Heinrich says, and the team decided to keep tabs on any advances in the carbon nanotube field.'

Submission + - San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained (

An anonymous reader writes: We've heard a few brief accounts recently of the housing situation in San Francisco, and how it's leading to protests, gentrification, and bad blood between long-time residents and the newer tech crowd. It's a complicated issue, and none of the reports so far have really done it justice. Now, TechCrunch has posted a ludicrously long article explaining exactly what's going on, from regulations forbidding Google to move people into Mountain View instead, to the political battle to get more housing built, to the compromises that have already been made. It's a long read, but well-researched and interesting. It concludes: 'The crisis we’re seeing is the result of decades of choices, and while the tech industry is a sexy, attention-grabbing target, it cannot shoulder blame for this alone. Unless a new direction emerges, this will keep getting worse until the next economic crash, and then it will re-surface again eight years later. Or it will keep spilling over into Oakland, which is a whole other Pandora’s box of gentrification issues. The high housing costs aren't healthy for the city, nor are they healthy for the industry. Both thrive on a constant flow of ideas and people.'

Submission + - Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview available (free) (

An anonymous reader writes: Arstechnica has the scoop on Microsoft's new OS release which includes Cortana.

It is a major platform update even if it is just a .1 release. Updates include the debut of Cortana, the same kernel as Windows 8.1 and xboxONE, a notebook reminder app, inner circle friend management, IE 11, default Nokia's camera app, lock screen and background customizations, much improved email client with calendar support, more Windows 8.1 api inclusion for more portability, and a notification center. Arstechnica rated it more of a Windows Phone 9 release than a .1 release.

Cortana also learns your habits of yourself and your inner circle to improve upon things like restaurant recommendations, and frequent places you travel too, to become more accurate as she gets to know you and uses bing for her AI as well.

Submission + - FBI to have 52 million photos in its NGI face recognition database by next year (

Advocatus Diaboli writes: One of our biggest concerns about NGI has been the fact that it will include non-criminal as well as criminal face images. We now know that FBI projects that by 2015, the database will include 4.3 million images taken for non-criminal purposes. Currently, if you apply for any type of job that requires fingerprinting or a background check, your prints are sent to and stored by the FBI in its civil print database. However, the FBI has never before collected a photograph along with those prints. This is changing with NGI. Now an employer could require you to provide a “mug shot” photo along with your fingerprints. If that’s the case, then the FBI will store both your face print and your fingerprints along with your biographic data.

Submission + - Ubisoft hands out Nexus 7 tablets at Watch Dogs event (

An anonymous reader writes: With Watch Dogs launching across current-gen and next-gen consoles, as well as PC next month, Ubisoft is ramping up the promotion. That includes holding press events to show off the game to journalists, many of whom will end up reviewing Watch Dogs.

One such event was held last week in Paris, and it has been revealed by attendees that Ubisoft decided to give everyone who turned up a Nexus 7 tablet. Why? That hasn’t been explained officially yet, but you can see how this can be viewed negatively. After all, these are the individuals who will give Watch Dogs a review score, which many gamers rely on to help them make a purchasing decision.

Submission + - How Apple's CarPlay could save the car stereo industry (

Velcroman1 writes: Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are giddy with excitement because Apple’s CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Alpine is making car stereo head units for between $500 – $700 that will run the iOS-like system Apple unveiled last month, and Macrumors added Clarion to the list of CarPlay supporters. Even Pioneer is getting into the game with support said to be coming to existing car stereo models in its NEX line ($700 – $1400) via firmware update, according to Twice. Given Apple’s wildly supportive fan base, its likely that a lot of aftermarket CarPlay units are about to fly off stereo shop shelves. Indeed, CarPlay coming to aftermarket stereo units could bring back what Apple indirectly stole from the industry going back as far as 2006.

Submission + - Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants to "Fix" the Second Amendment ( 1

CanHasDIY writes: In his yet-to-be-released book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for 35 years, believes he has the key to stopping the seeming recent spate of mass killings — amend the Constitution to exclude private citizens from armament ownership. Specifically, he recommends adding 5 words to the 2nd Amendment, so that it would read as follows:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”

What I find interesting is how Stevens maintains that the Amendment only protects armament ownership for those actively serving in a state or federal military unit, in spite of the fact that the Amendment specifically names "the People" as a benefactor (just like the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth) and of course, ignoring the traditional definition of the term militia. I'm personally curious as to what his other 5 suggested changes are, but I guess we'll have towait until the end of April to find out.

Submission + - Microsoft Brings Office Online to Chrome OS

SmartAboutThings writes: While we are still waiting for the official Windows 8.1 touch-enabled apps to get launched on the Windows Store, Microsoft went and decided that it’s time to finally bring the Office online apps to the Chrome Web Store, instead. Thus, Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store and also improving all of them with new features, along with several bug fixes and performance improvements.

Submission + - Land Rover Just Solved First-World Problems With Lasers And Cameras

cartechboy writes: Today's cars feature cooled cupholders, touchscreens, and even high-speed Internet. But those were yesterday's problems. Land Rover just solved tomorrow's problems with its Discovery Vision Concept with lasers for eyes and the ability to be driven via smartphone. Those lasers are actually the headlights and they give it nearly a thousand more feet of range than conventional headlights. There's also two cameras that read the road and conditions ahead which allows the laser headlights to dim themselves to avoid glare for oncoming traffic. These lasers can also generate an infrared-derived scan of the terrain on the ground and obstacles ahead. This data can be used for everything from projecting the hidden parts of the driving surface on the lower part of the windshield to an augmented-reality view. Now combine all this with smartphone connectivity and you can pilot the vehicle from the comfort of your couch. People, this the future. Are you ready?

Submission + - So much for Scroogled: Microsoft makes it easier for Chromebooks to use Office (

mattydread23 writes: Yesterday, barely mentioned and buried at the very end of an announcement about some new features coming to Office Online, Microsoft said that most Office Online apps are now available in the Chrome App Launcher. It's another example of how Microsoft under Satya Nadella is willing to embrace platforms other than Windows. It also belies Microsoft's Scroogled ads that portrayed Chromebooks as unsuitable for "real" work.

Submission + - Not Everyone Needs Probiotics, Suggests Study of Hunter-Gatherer Guts (

sciencehabit writes: After taking an antibiotic or catching an intestinal bug, many of us belt down probiotic drinks to restore the “natural balance” of organisms in our intestines. Probiotics are one of the fastest growing products in the food industry, now added to yogurts, drinks, and baby food. Yet, not everyone needs them to stay healthy. A new study of the gut bacteria of hunter-gatherers in Africa has found that they completely lack a bacterium that is a key ingredient in most probiotic foods and considered healthy. What’s more, the Hadza don’t suffer from colon cancer, colitis, Crohn’s, or other diseases of the colon that are found in humans eating modern diets in Western nations.

Submission + - Google considering tiny cameras for contact lenses, patent application shows (

mpicpp writes: While it’s only a patent application at this stage, Google’s idea of a contact lens with a tiny camera embedded will no doubt have a bead of sweat forming on the brow of many a privacy campaigner as they contemplate a world where secret snappers and discreet filmmakers roam the streets unhindered.

As you would expect, the Mountain View company sees the gadget as a force for good; technology that could one day prove beneficial to many members of society.

Google’s application, filed last month with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, explains that its futuristic device could, for example, flag hazardous objects in the path of a wearer and even extend his peripheral vision.

Submission + - PowerVR "Wizard" GPU Is First Mobile Gaming GPU With Hardware Ray Tracing (

An anonymous reader writes: Imagination Technologies, the people who make the PowerVR line of mobile GPUs, have unveiled a new mobile gaming GPU ("Wizard") that does realtime ray tracing in hardware, at gaming frame rates. It has long been predicted that 3D games would eventually begin to employ true ray tracing to create computationally expensive visual effects like realistic reflections, refractions, shadows and lighting in realtime games. The PowerVR "Wizard" GPU is the first mobile GPU that can do just that in hardware. It remains to be seen how many commercial game engines, game development studios and mobile games will decide to make use of this new interesting new hardware capability. The question whether rival GPU manufacturers like Nvidia or AMD will also jump on the ray tracing bandwagon and put hardware ray tracing units in their future GPUs is also open at this point. If the hardware ray tracing trend catches on, however, and the hardware needed for it becomes mainstream, and more powerful in time, it could make for interesting virtual experiences like "true photoreal VR" when used in conjunction with a VR headset like the Oculus Rift for example.

Submission + - Does Heartbleed Disprove 'Open Source is Safer'? (

jammag writes: "Almost as devastating is the blow Heartbleed has dealt to the image of free and open source software (FOSS). In the self-mythology of FOSS, bugs like Heartbleed aren't supposed to happen when the source code is freely available and being worked with daily. As Eric Raymond famously said, 'given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow'...Tired of FOSS's continual claims of superior security, some Windows and OS X users welcome the idea that Heartbleed has punctured FOSS pretensions. But is that what has happened?"

Submission + - If We're So Bad At Tech Predictions, Why Do We Believe Them?

An anonymous reader writes: Just following on the heels of the "bad predictions" story of a 1981 computer magazine, I wonder why the predictions about space must never be questioned or mocked?

The space future predicted in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s is equally as laughable in retrospect. Yet many people have invested so much emotional weight to these predictions that they can't let them go. Is that because the enticing imagery was shown to us as kids and not put into context?

The various excuses are something like government interference even though government is the only agency that managed to start anything in space so far. The other great denial is that somehow, millionaires would have explored space on their own if it wasn't for that meddling government. The fact that space is empty isn't much of a barrier apparently. And mere millions are enough. (lol ya right)

None of the over-optimistic space predictions make any sense. We used to predict casting special alloys in free-fall to allow strange mixes you can't make on the surface. Yet 3D printing now allows to create just that, but right here. Perfect ball bearings cast in orbital factories! We don't need perfect ball bearings! "Good enough" ball bearings made right here seem to work just fine in the latest and greatest jet engines.

Orbiting space habitats to escape the dying Earth! Oh the Gothic doom and gloom and romance! Yet if we had the technology to sustain a completely isolated biosphere, we'd damn well have the technology to fix the one we already have right here! Right? Because technology always gets better, remember?

Why does advancing technology somehow make technological predictions laughable, except the space predictions that are immune to this skepticism? What's the world-view behind the overly optimistic 1960s space predictions? And why is it so bad to dream about a realistic future for everyone right here on Earth?

Submission + - World's First Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of 4 Woodland Hectares (

Taffykay writes: The world's first urban algae canopy controls the flow of energy, water and CO2 based on weather patterns, visitor's movements, and other environmental variables. Once completed in time for the 2015 Milan Expo, this groundbreaking bio-digital project from ecoLogic Studio will produce the oxygen equivalent of four hectares of woodland, along with nearly 330 pounds of biomass per day.

Submission + - OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Iarwain Ben-adar writes: The OpenBSD has started a cleanup of their in-tree OpenSSL library. Improvements include removing "exploit mitigation countermeasures", fixing bugs, removal of questionable entropy additions, and many more. If you support the effort of these guys who are responsible for the venerable OpenSSH library, consider a donation to the OpenBSD Foundation. Maybe someday we'll see a "portable" version of this new OpenSSL fork. Or not.

Submission + - The lack of US cybersecurity across the electric grid (

Lasrick writes: Meghan McGuinness of the Bipartisan Policy Center writes about the Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, a collaborative effort between the center’s Energy and Homeland Security Projects. She points out that over half the attacks on US critical infrastructure sectors last year were on the energy sector. Cyber attacks could come from a variety of sources, and 'a large-scale cyber attack or combined cyber and physical attack could lead to enormous costs, potentially triggering sustained power outages over large portions of the electric grid and prolonged disruptions in communications, food and water supplies, and health care delivery.' ECGI is recommending the creation of a new, industry-supported model that would create incentives for the continual improvement and adaptation needed to respond effectively to rapidly evolving cyber threats. The vulnerability of the grid has been much discussed this last week; McGuinness's recommendations are a good place to start.

Submission + - Intuit, maker of Turbotax, lobbies against simplied tax filings ( 1

McGruber writes: Return-free filing might allow tens of millions of Americans to file their taxes for free and in minutes. Or that, under proposals authored by several federal lawmakers, it would be voluntary, using information the government already receives from banks and employers and that taxpayers could adjust. Or that the concept has been endorsed by Presidents Obama and Reagan and is already a reality in some parts of Europe.

Sounds great, except to Intuit, maker of Turbotax: last year, Intuit spent more than $2.6 million on lobbying, some of it to lobby on four bills related to the issue, federal lobbying records show.

Submission + - Evaluating When to Kill a Project: What Criteria Do You Use?

Esther Schindler writes: It happens to all of us. Sometimes, the right way to fix a project is to cancel it. Making the decision to do so, though, has to be more than a gut response. Whatever the reason – at some point, you have to decide whether to keep plugging along, or to pull the plug.

It's easy to come up with a blasé statement like “I evaluate whether my original project statement will ever be achievable. If I determine that the project cannot meet my goals and objectives, we stop it.” But that assumes you know how to make that determination. Here's some advice on how to calibrate the issues to consider in the “Go/No-Go” decision process, whether the project is something of your own devising (anything from a personal coding project to a novel), or a corporate death march.

For example, "Are you dependent upon resources that are outside your control? If so, can you get them under control?"

And Hugo-award-winning CJ Cherryh points out, it might be that the inspiration isn't there at the moment, but you can set it aside to consider later. She adds, “Never destroy it – for fear it will achieve holy sanctity of ‘might-have-been’ in your memory. Being able to look at it and say, ‘Nope, there was no hope for this one’ is healthy.”

What criteria would you add?

Submission + - System Administrator vs Change Advisory Board 1

thundergeek writes: I am the sole sysadmin for nearly 50 servers (win/linux) across several contracts. Now a Change Advisory Board (CAB) is wanting to manage every patch that will be installed on the OS and approve/disapprove for testing on the development network. Once tested and verified, all changes will then need to be approved for production.

Windows servers aren't always the best for informing admin exactly what is being "patched" on the OS, and the frequency of updates will make my efficiency take a nose dive. Now I'll have to track each KB, RHSA, directives and any other 3rd party updates, submit a lengthy report outlining each patch being applied, and then sit back and wait for approval.

What should I use/do to track what I will be installing? Is there already a product out there that will make my life a little less stressful on the admin side? Does anyone else have to go toe-to-toe with a CAB? How do you handle your patch approval process?

Submission + - Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket (

jfruh writes: Back in Februrary, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open.

Submission + - Snowden Used the Operating System Designed for Internet Anonymity

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: When Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. Now Klint Finley reports that Snowden also used The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes. Tails is a kind of computer-in-a-box using a version of the Linux operating system optimized for anonymity that you install on a DVD or USB drive, boot your computer from and you’re pretty close to anonymous on the internet. "Snowden, Greenwald and their collaborator, documentary film maker Laura Poitras, used it because, by design, Tails doesn’t store any data locally," writes Finley. "This makes it virtually immune to malicious software, and prevents someone from performing effective forensics on the computer after the fact. That protects both the journalists, and often more importantly, their sources." The developers of Tails are, appropriately, anonymous. They’re protecting their identities, in part, to help protect the code from government interference. “The NSA has been pressuring free software projects and developers in various ways,” the group says. But since we don’t know who wrote Tails, how do we now it isn’t some government plot designed to snare activists or criminals? A couple of ways, actually. One of the Snowden leaks show the NSA complaining about Tails in a Power Point Slide; if it’s bad for the NSA, it’s safe to say it’s good for privacy. And all of the Tails code is open source, so it can be inspected by anyone worried about foul play. "With Tails", say the distro developers, "we provide a tongue and a pen protected by state-of-the-art cryptography to guarantee basic human rights and allow journalists worldwide to work and communicate freely and without fear of reprisal."

Submission + - The Security Of The Most Popular Programming Languages

An anonymous reader writes: Deciding which programming language to use is often based on considerations such as what the development team is most familiar with, what will generate code the fastest, or simply what will get the job done. How secure the language might be is simply an afterthought, which is usually too late. A new WhiteHat Security report approaches application security not from the standpoint of what risks exist on sites and applications once they have been pushed into production, but rather by examining how the languages themselves perform in the field. In doing so, we hope to elevate security considerations and deepen those conversations earlier in the decision process, which will ultimately lead to more secure websites and applications.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What do with Intellectual Property when team members disband? (

cleanUp writes: I attended startup weekend at a nearby city to where I live, and after two grueling days, I managed to have my idea finish within the top 3. During those two days of constantly working, I began to realize that the idea of working with some of my teammates may not be in the best interest of my idea. While they are great people, I don't think they are neither as fully invested, nor as passionate.

The lead programmer and I (founder) want to continue the project. There are 4 other teammates. 2 of those teammates did not contribute to the source code, but rather did the business side. The other 2 contributed to the code, but were beginners in the programming language.

For the other team members that will be soon be removed from the company, what ownership do they have over the company, if the company becomes profitable? We do not plan to take anything over from startup weekend, but rather start from scratch.

Submission + - Bio-engineered Vaginas Grown From Patients' Own Cells (

Zothecula writes: Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a genetic condition in which girls are born either without a vagina, or with one that's underdeveloped. While there are ways of addressing the situation, they're not without their drawbacks. Now, however, four young women have shown great success with implanted vaginal organs that were grown from their own cells.

Submission + - Wearable Thermoelectric Generator Could Extend Your Smartwatch's Battery Life (

Zothecula writes: Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a lightweight, flexible and high-efficiency thermoelectric generator that can harness your body heat to generate a small amount of electricity. The device could be used to extend the battery life of low-power wearable devices.

Submission + - South Korean Man Let Baby Son Starve to Death Due to Internet Gaming Addiction (

concertina226 writes: South Korean police have arrested a 22-year-old unemployed man in the North Gyeongsang Province for allegedly leaving his 28-month son at home to starve to death while he played online computer games at an internet café for several days.

According to South Korean newspaper Yong Hup News, the man, who has been identified only by his family name Jeong, confessed to leaving his child unattended for 10 days in late February in the city of Daegu, South Korea's fourth largest city.

He came home in early March to find the dead body and according to police, hid the body out on the veranda of his apartment complex for a month before wrapping it up in a blanket and plastic bag and leaving the body in a flower garden a mile away from his home.

Submission + - How can Amazon afford to keep cutting AWS prices? (

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon Web Services has cut its prices on 40-plus consecutive occasions, at times leading the charge, at other times countering similar moves by Microsoft and Google. This article at CRN includes some interesting behind-the-scenes trivia about how Amazon keeps costs down, including some interesting speculation — for example, that perhaps the reason Amazon's Glacier storage is so cheap is that maybe it might be based at least partly on tape, not disk (Amazon would not comment). The article also explains that the company will only pay for its employees to fly Economy, and that includes its senior executives. If they feel the need to upgrade to Business or First Class, they must do so from their own pocket. And instead of buying hardware from an OEM vendor, AWS sources its own components – everything from processors to disk drives to memory and network cards — and uses contract manufacturing to put together its machines.

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