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Submission + - 3M's first LED bulb uses TV tech to appeal to lighting Luddites (extremetech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: One of the most exciting aspects of the advent of LED lighting has been the chance for companies to take unique approaches to how they want to solve the challenges presented by the shift in technology. Now 3M, a company not generally associated with light bulbs, has entered the LED market with its own novel design. The company developed an LED bulb that was able to take advantage of its experience in edge-lit TVs and LED backlighting. Rather than using a more conventional design, the Advanced Light — the company’s first home bulb — uses lightguides in order to distribute the light generated inside. This comes with some interesting advantages, most importantly a design that looks a lot like a conventional incandescent bulb and one that casts a similar light pattern.
NASA

Submission + - The Glare of Other Suns (skeptic.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Exoplanetary science has reached a fever pitch with indications from Kepler of other Earth-like planetary bodies in the universe. But Kepler's technology, though hardy, is already old. Kepler relies on observations of diminished starlight during planetary crossings. No light is detected from the planet itself. Over the last decade astronomers have been looking to direct observation to capture photons directly from planets. The challenge is obvious: how do you mask its sun? But the solutions are far from straightforward. This story follows a team of direct observers as they search the skies using the Hale telescope outfitted with machinery to image faint planets from hundreds of light years away.

Submission + - How to spot a crap tech job (theregister.co.uk)

absolovon writes: All jobs are crap but some are worse than others, The Register has got a developer turned headhunter to come clean on how to dodge some of the bullets.
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Submission + - Too old to program anymore? Nonsense!

Esther Schindler writes: "Why is it that young developers imagine that older programmers can't program in a modern environment? Too many of us of a "certain age" are facing an IT work environment that is hostile to older workers.

Lately, Steven Vaughan-Nichols has been been noticing that the old meme about how grandpa can't understand iPhones, Linux, or the cloud is showing up more often even as it's becoming increasingly irrelevant. The truth is: Many older developers are every bit as good as young programmers, and he cites plenty of example of still-relevant geeks to prove it. And he writes, "Sadly, while that should have put an end to the idea that long hours are a fact of IT life, this remnant of our factory-line past lingers both in high tech and in other industries. But what really matters is who's productive and who's not.""

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 866

I bet, per capita, the number of idiots in your country is the same as in the US. I believe it's a universal constant. The stories about parents forcing their children to take science and math classes and how the kids don't like it is hardly news worthy as the small number of stories of religious idiots taking their kids out of classes that teach evolution.

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MIT Creates Class About Soap Operas Screenshot-sm 57

An anonymous reader writes "Wikipedia apparently wasn't enough. There had to be a course on the much needed subject of soap operas at MIT. Here's the Course Description: "The television landscape has changed drastically in the past few years; nowhere is this more prevalent than in the American daytime serial drama, one of the oldest forms of television content. This class examines the history of these "soap operas" and their audiences by focusing on the production, consumption, and media texts of soaps. The class will include discussions of what makes soap operas a unique form, the history of the genre, current experimentation with transmedia storytelling, the online fan community, and comparisons between daytime dramas and primetime serials from 24 to Friday Night Lights, through a study of Procter & Gamble's As the World Turns."" All I really need to know I learned from my evil twin, who fathered my unborn child, who has a extremely rare disease that only one of my many CIA contacts, who is also sleeping with my wife, can cure.

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