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Submission + - SPAM: Boston Dynamics Handle: A 2-Wheeled, "Nightmare-Inducing" Robot

An anonymous reader writes: Boston Dynamics debuted a new two-wheeled robot called Handle that can jump over obstacles, self-balance and eventually move objects around. A video leaked on YouTube shows Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert debuting Handle at a presentation.

Raibert says Handle is an exercise in building a humanoid that has less degrees of freedom and is less expensive, but one that still has significant capability.

One of the issues with commercializing a robot like Boston Dynamics next-gen Atlas robot, for example, is legged robots aren’t as efficient and are quite costly. Handle ditches the articulated feet for wheels and self-balances itself at all times.

Raibert says Handle has knowledge of how to throw its weight around and will be a “nightmare-inducing” robot.

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Submission + - Quimitchin: The First Mac Malware of 2017 Arrives

wiredmikey writes: Security researchers have a uncovered a Mac OS based espionage malware they have named "Quimitchin". The malware is what they consider to be "the first Mac malware of 2017" which appears to be a classic espionage tool. While it has some old code and appears to have existed undetected for some time, it works.

It was discovered when an IT admin noticed unusual traffic coming from a particular Mac, and has been seen infecting Macs at biomedical facilities.

Submission + - It's not you, Slashdot, it's me. 5

BuckB writes: When I was a young man, I read Slashdot in order to amaze my friends with useful facts. It was even my homepage for awhile. Sure, there was time when I cheated and went to cnet or wired. With Slashdot, I could count on high quality debate on controversial topics, even though I knew in my heart that most of the readers were Apple fans, while I am a closeted Microsofterian. Now the stories are mainly non-tech — no, that's the real reason — the stories are now mainly fake or click-bait or alarmist, and the discussions are completely uninformed, insulting, to the point of being indistinguishable from an MSNBC forum.

I'll still remember you fondly. And I'll check back now and then. You'll do fine without me, find more people who enjoy insulting contributions and upvoting rumors and gossip. But maybe, just maybe, you'll think back to when you were a leader and attracted the kinds of people like me.

Comment my comment (Score 1) 1

It sounds as though you think a proficiency test is something that is to be treated like an exam at school or university. The proficiency test does not test what you know, but rather whether you are capable of researching problems and picking up on new (or old) technology without assistance from others. It is testing your ability to work unsupervised. A proficiency test will also test your ability to understand the work of others - as you would be invariably working with the work of others.

I have a test for the javascript developers. It is a piece of old code that was in a project. Their task is to determine what the code is doing and to suggest improvements. From their answers I can determine if they will be capable of working with existing code, understanding bad code, provide meaningful improvements (that don't break anything).

Comment Could be (Score 1) 1

It could be that the bias switch was accidentally turned off during that time period. What with many companies that supplied the electronic voting systems also being contributors to the Clinton Foundation (some of them big contributors), I'm surprised that HCR wasn't already measuring the windows in the White House for the new drapes.

Comment Re:Ummlady? Not helping. (Score 1) 9

Best thing to do is not bother with the antagonisers that blindly follow the gutter trash that spews from the main stream media as it is fed horse shit from the powers that be (or hopefully no longer be).

Look at the violence after Trump's victory, look at who is causing it. Is the the Trump supporters? No. Yet all through out the election, those on the side of Clinton claimed the violence was from Trump's supporters.

Look at the stock market. It almost crashed when it appears as though Clinton may have had the numbers, but after Trump's victory the markets bounced back beyond what was lost. So, who was the market for? Main stream media claimed that the markets were for Clinton.

Reality and people's perception of reality are two different things.

Comment The bigger issue (Score 1) 1

The issue isn't that the media failed to just provide the facts without filling it full of personal opinions - perhaps they are no longer capable of finding the facts, but rather it is that they were so biased towards (or against) Trump and his supports. Every day there were stories portraying Trump and his supporters as crazy fanatical, yet there was never very much on the two occurrences (now three) that Clinton was being investigated by the FBI (something that could be considered news worthy). No, what was important was some comment that Trump had made years ago (that and his hair).

The news reported the Trump supporters were the fanatics, yet look at what is happening now in the US; Are the Trump supporters rioting and destroying the cities? No, it is those that opposed Trump (perhaps supported Clinton), fuelled by months of anti Trump bullshit fed to them through the media.

The media in America is now seen as nothing more than a tool for their masters. Fortunately they know that people have woken up to then and they are trying to save some integrity. Unfortunately they have shown what they really are - the genie is out of the bottle so to speak - and people know.

Submission + - Press begins to apologize for mistreating Trump's supporters ( 1

mi writes: Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confused medical problems with demonic possession. Journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste. We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth, a system of beliefs divined from an advanced understanding of justice.

Maybe, there is still hope for the Fourth Estate...

Submission + - Clinton Foundation works with Big Pharma to keep the price of US AIDS drugs high (

Okian Warrior writes: A newly released Podesta E-mail explains how the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works to keep the price of AIDS medicines high in the US.

CHAI contracted with Big Pharma companies for AIDS drugs to be distributed in developing countries. In return, the group agreed to resist efforts to bring similarly lower cost and generic drugs to the US.

The email is a reaction to "comments President Clinton made on lowering domestic AIDS drugs prices at the World AIDS day event":

We have always told the drug companies that we would not pressure them and create a slippery slope where prices they negotiate with us for poor countries would inevitably lead to similar prices in rich countries.

[...] If we do try to do something in this area, we suggest that we approach the innovator companies that can currently sell products in the US with the idea of making donations to help clear the ADAP lists. For a variety of reasons, the companies will likely favor a donation approach rather than one that erodes prices across the board.

[...] I would guess that they would also likely favor a solution that involved their drugs rather than an approach that allowed generic drugs from India to flood the US market at low prices or one that set a precedent of waiving patent laws on drugs. ... We can go to war with the US drug companies if President Clinton would like to do so, but we would not suggest it.

Submission + - SPAM: Soros-linked corporation supplies voting machines to 16 States

mi writes: Remember, how suspicious (and wrong!) it was for Diebold, whose management openly supported Bush, to be supplying voting machines? We even discussed it here over the years...

Well, a Soros-linked company from the UK is supplying 16 States with voting hardware this year. Will there be a comparable amount of suspicion?

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Submission + - KDE Turns 20, Happy Birthday!

prisoninmate writes: Can you believe it's been 20 years since the KDE (Kool Desktop Environment) was announced on the 14th of October, 1996, by project founder Matthias Ettrich? Well, it has, and today we'd like to say a happy 20th birthday to KDE!

"On October 14, KDE celebrates its 20th birthday. The project that started as a desktop environment for Unix systems, today is a community that incubates ideas and projects which go far beyond desktop technologies. Your support is very important for our community to remain active and strong." reads the timeline page prepared by the KDE project for this event.

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