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Submission + - From Earth to orbit using a single-stage rocket and aerospike engine (

Eloking writes: New Mexico-based ARCA Space Corporation has announced that it is developing the world's first Single Stage to Orbit (SSTO) launch vehicle that can deliver both a small payload and itself into low Earth orbit, at a cost of about US$1 million per launch. Dubbed the Haas 2CA after the 16th century rocket pioneer Conrad Haas, the new booster uses a linear aerospike engine instead of conventional bell-shaped rocket engines to do away with multiple stages.

Submission + - Google X works an older guy until he's hospitalized and then they lay him off (

Julie188 writes: When Google shows up to buy your startup and trade out your relatively worthless startup stock for Google stock, and offers you a high paying job, too, it seems like a dream come true. But for a group of ex-military guys at a startup called Project Titan, it was more like a nightmare, according to this detailed article from Business Insider. After Google buys their company, it shuts it down, gets them to move across the country to California and then sets them up working long hours outdoors in 100-degree heat. One older guy, in his mid-50s, was even hospitalized, and when he returned to work, he was essentially pushed out. Some people claimed it was bias against older workers and veterans.

Submission + - Would you microchip yourself for your employer? Are you ready to be a cyborg? ( 1

jasonbrown writes: At the Swedish startup hub Epicenter, it has become routine to be have a microchip implanted in the fleshy part of your thumb. The tiny device is injected with a syringe and another cyborg is created. It replaces other devices such as keys and credit cards. Doors open magically and coffee is purchased with the wave of a hand. Many people would never put a tracking device in their body for a job. Would you?

Submission + - GitHub Repository Owners Targeted By Data-Stealing Malware (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Palo Alto Networks this week said that in mid-January, an unknown number of developers were targeted with emails purporting to be job offers. The attachments instead carried malicious .doc files containing an embedded macro. The macro executed a PowerShell command that would grab malware from a command and control site and execute it... [Senior threat researcher Brandon] Levene said it's unknown how widespread the January campaign was or why developers were targeted, but given the vast number of projects hosted on the platform, it would likely be an attractive target for either criminals and nation-state attackers.

Submission + - Writers Guild of America is moving closer to a strike, but does anyone care? (

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: A decade ago, Hollywood writers brought the entertainment industry to a standstill when they walked off the job for three months in a dispute over pay for movies and TV shows distributed online.After the collapse of talks with the major studios, the Writers Guild of America is seeking a strike authorization vote from members. While the union has until May 1 to reach an agreement, tensions are as high as they've been in years, say people close to the negotiations not authorized to comment. But with all the alternative content available, does anyone care? Most of their threats have fallen upon deaf ears, partly due to the easy access to hundreds of millions of hours of already-existing content. Would the writer's strike have any serious impact on your life?

Submission + - Super SEALs: Elite Units Pursue Brain-Stimulating Technologies (

schwit1 writes: At a conference near Washington, D.C., in February, the commander of all Navy special operations units made an unusual request to industry: Develop and demonstrate technologies that offer "cognitive enhancement" capabilities to boost his elite forces' mental and physical performance.

"We plan on using that in mission enhancement," Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski said. "The performance piece is really critical to the life of our operators."

Szymanski expanded on his remarks in a brief interview later, saying he has his eye on a number of technologies, including pharmaceutical aids. But the results of one breakthrough involving the direct application of electrical stimulation to the brain have particularly caught his eye.

"In experiments, people who were watching these screens ... their ability to concentrate would fall off in about 20 minutes," Szymanski said. "But they did studies whereby a little bit of electrical stimulation was applied, and they were able to maintain the same peak performance for 20 hours."

Comment Re:Hefty Fees... (Score 1) 164

You beat me to it! Taxation is one work-around. I wonder, though ... McCulloch v. Maryland (the power to tax is the power to destroy) may not specifically apply, but I wonder if a similar approach in a state-municipal battle might not yield similar results. Taxation to level the playing field is one thing, taxation to circumvent state law might be something else.

Comment Finally! (Score 1) 115

Finally; now, at last, Volkswagen will be thrown in jail like it deserves. In an orange, VW shaped jumpsuit, I assume. Oh, and the fines; that will surely punish those ... um, mutual funds, maybe? Finally, justice, just like we all hoped. Now let's all take a deep breath (or, [cough], maybe not just yet).

Comment It's (not) brain surgery ... (Score 1) 354

Y'know what really pisses me off? The requirement that I gotta pass a bunch of tests like the 'man' says in order to pursue my career as a $%$@$ brain surgeon. And don't start me on the insurance costs... #$$@# the man! What am I supposed to do about my livelihood, which has been lost owing to these restrictive laws and regulations?? You're taking away my way of making a living!!
Just to clarify: fuck Uber.

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