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Submission + - Marissa Mayer to make $184m from Yahoo's sale to Verizon (

Big Hairy Ian writes: Yahoo's chief executive, Marissa Meyer, will be paid $184m when the sale of her company to Verizon completes this year.
The huge sum — a combination of various payments — is detailed in a 429-page document lodged with the US Securities and Investment Commission (SEC).
The money includes the value of shares already owned, outstanding share options, a "golden parachute" payment, cash payments and medical benefits.
Yahoo investors are being asked to vote on the deal this June.

Submission + - Computer pioneer Harry Huskey dies aged 101 (

Big Hairy Ian writes: Engineer Harry Huskey, who helped build many of the first ever computers, has died aged 101.
Dr Huskey was a key member of the team that built the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (Eniac) which first ran in February 1946.
Eniac is widely considered to be one of the first electronic, general purpose, programmable computers.
Dr Huskey also helped complete work on the Ace — the Automatic Computing Engine — designed by Alan Turing.

Submission + - Mimicking nature turns sewage into biocrude oil in minutes ( 1

Big Hairy Ian writes: Biofuels are often touted as an alternative to fossil fuels, but many depend on raw materials that would quickly become scarce if production were scaled up. As an alternative to these alternatives, the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has found a way to potentially produce 30 million barrels of biocrude oil per year from the 34 billion gal (128 billion liters) of raw sewage that Americans create every day.

Submission + - Retro computer project directors row (

Big Hairy Ian writes: The founders of a crowd-funded project to make a retro computer games console, backed by Spectrum inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, have distanced themselves from the company they used to run.
Retro Computers has received £417,375 ($542,000) from an Indiegogo campaign.
But former directors Paul Andrews and Chris Smith said they had been unable to answer backers' concerns and were now "publicly distancing" themselves.
The company accused Mr Andrews and Mr Smith of developing a rival product.

Submission + - Weapons-drone student fights expulsion (

Big Hairy Ian writes: A teenager who posted videos of drones firing a gun and a flamethrower is suing his university after he was expelled, the AP news agency reports.
Austin Haughwout claims he was kicked out of Central Connecticut state university over the footage.
The institution says he was expelled over threats to shoot people there. Mr Haughwout argued he was only joking.
Last month, Mr Haughwout and his father were ordered to give information about the drones videos to the authorities.

Submission + - "Genetic instruction manual" may unlock human limb regeneration (

Big Hairy Ian writes: Humans can regrow hair, nails, skin and some tissue after its cut or damaged, but we can only look on in envy as the humble axolotl fully regenerates its arms, legs, tail and even sections of its spinal cord. Scientists at MDI Biological Laboratory are studying the genetics of axolotls and other animals in order to learn more about the possibility of giving humans similar limb regeneration capabilities.

Submission + - Hyperloop One plans to take supersonic tube transport underwater (

Big Hairy Ian writes: Back in May Hyperloop One revealed a number of applications for the transportation technology that it's developing. Now board member and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation, Peter Diamandis, has confirmed in an interview with Business Insider that the company is interested in producing an underwater version of the system that could be used to move cargo to floating ports 10 miles offshore.

Hyperloop One transportation technology is designed to move passenger and cargo capsules through evacuated steel tubes at supersonic speeds. The applications floated when the first public demonstration of the technology took place earlier this year included plans to connect Scandinavian cities, an underground tunnel between London and Manchester, and running the Hyperloop tubes underwater as a way to reduce routing costs and revolutionize cargo handling.

Submission + - Business ideas sought to launch ISS marketplace (

Big Hairy Ian writes: Since launching in 1998, the International Space Station has played host to countless government-backed experiments aimed at furthering our understanding of the micro-gravity environment. But NASA has been signalling intentions to welcome more commercial partners aboard for a little while, and is now canvassing the private sector for ideas to increase business activity on the orbiting laboratory.

The International Space Station (ISS) has served as an hugely valuable tool when it comes to learning about the effects of micro-gravity on humans. This was most recently demonstrated by hosting astronaut Scott Kelly through his record-breaking yearlong stay in orbit, a mission researchers are continuing to pick apart for evidence of changes in human physiology.

But lately NASA has made a public effort to ween the ISS off the teat of government-funded research and court commercial partners who may benefit from directing funds into micro-gravity research, or by offering services to its inhabitants like SpaceX's Dragon resupply missions.

Shooting politicians into the sun sounds like the ideal option to me

Submission + - Google tests ads that load faster and use less power (

Big Hairy Ian writes: Google says it has found a way to make adverts load faster on web pages viewed on smartphones and tablets.
The company said the ads would also be less taxing on the handsets' processors, meaning their batteries should last longer.
The technique is based on work it has already done to make news publishers' articles load more quickly.
But it is still in development, and one expert said Google still had questions to answer.
The California-based company's online advertising revenue totalled $67.4bn (£51.2bn) last year.
That figure included banners and animations placed via the Google Display Network — which would be affected by this project — as well as other types of ads, such as search result links and YouTube pre-roll clips, which would not.

Submission + - Roborectum (

Big Hairy Ian writes: Prostate exams aren't exactly an enjoyable experience, but if you ever need one, you'll want the doctor to know what they're doing. Unfortunately, the procedure is difficult for med students to learn, thanks to the internal nature of the examination and a lack of willing test subjects. Scientists at Imperial College London wanted to solve that problem by developing a robotic rectum that recreates the feel of the real thing and even provides haptic feedback.

Submission + - Apple's Siri calls ambulance for baby (

Big Hairy Ian writes: A woman from Cairns, Australia, used Siri to call an ambulance for her one-year-old daughter when she stopped breathing.
Stacey Gleeson grabbed her iPhone and ran to the child's room to help her but dropped it as she turned on the light.
She shouted at the handset to activate Siri and told it to get the emergency services on speakerphone as she began CPR.
Ms Gleeson told the BBC she feels it may have saved her daughter's life.

Submission + - US Congress 'bans members' Yahoo Mail' (

Big Hairy Ian writes: A series of ransomware attacks on the House of Representatives has led US Congress to ban members from using Yahoo Mail, according to a leaked email.
Both Yahoo Mail and Gmail are named in the 30 April email, published on Thursday by Gizmodo, saying the attacks had increased "in the past 48 hours".
Yahoo Mail will be blocked "until further notice" it adds.
Ransomware encrypts victims' files and demands a ransom be paid for unlocking.
Meanwhile, an unnamed House of Representatives employee has told Reuters devices connected to the internet via its wi-fi or ethernet cables have been barred from accessing, the domain where Google hosts custom-built apps.
"We began blocking on 3 May 3 in response to indicators that was potentially still hosting a remote access Trojan named BLT that has been there since June 2015," the news agency was told.

Submission + - 20000 leagues under cyber space (

Big Hairy Ian writes: Although many people may think that cloud computing exists purely in cyberspace, it does in fact have a physical home – data centers located around the world, each one full of linked servers. These data centers use a lot of power, they create a lot of heat, and it helps if they're close to populated areas. While we've already seen some creative approaches to meeting these needs, Microsoft recently announced that it's tried something else yet it anchored an unmanned data center to the bottom of the sea.

Submission + - Universities suffer cyber-attack (

Big Hairy Ian writes: University students across the UK have been unable to submit work, after the academic computer network known as Janet came under cyber-attack.
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks began on Monday and are continuing, according to the network's operator, Jisc.
The attacks "have resulted in reduced connectivity and disruption", says a statement on Jisc's facebook page.
Engineers are working to restore normal service, it adds.

Submission + - Wikipedia launches edit-checking artificial intelligence (

Big Hairy Ian writes:

Wikipedia has launched a tool designed to automatically highlight low-quality edits to articles. The Objective Revision Evaluation Service software has been trained by Wikipedia editors to recognise the quality of an edit based on the language and context of the change. There are about half a million changes to Wikipedia articles every day. Editors and ordinary users will now be able to quickly check how likely it is a proposed alteration is "damaging". "This allows editors to triage them from the torrent of new edits and review them with increased scrutiny," the Wikimedia Foundation said in a blog.

But will they get rid of the territorial moderators who delete anything that doesn't match their world view?

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