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Submission + - How Atari's Nolan Bushnell pioneered the tech incubator in the 1980s (fastcompany.com)

harrymcc writes: After Nolan Bushnell founded Atari and Chuck E. Cheese in the 1970s, he had so many ideas for new tech products that he started a tech incubator called Catalyst to spin them off into startups. Catalyst's companies were involved in robotics, online shopping, navigation, electronic game distribution, and other areas that eventually became big businesses--but they did it with 1980s technology. Over at Fast Company, Benj Edwards tells this remarkable, forgotten story.

Submission + - AMD Ryzen Processor Family Details Emerge With 8, 6 And 4-Core Chips (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Yet another AMD Ryzen leak is making the rounds, one that details an extensive lineup of 17 processors. It's a continuation of a previous leak supposedly outing AMD's top-to-bottom retail launch lineup, only now with individual part numbers and TDP ratings for every SKU. The leaked chart lists all 17 Ryzen SKUs, a dozen of which sport 65 TDP ratings with the remaining five listed having a 95W TDP. Eight of the Ryzen chips are quad-core parts, four are six-core CPUs, and five are eight-core processors. AMD will allegedly bundle an updated Wraith cooler codenamed HS81 with its Black Edition Ryzen processors that have a 95W TDP. They include the Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and Ryzen 5 1600X. Also, new information on one of AMD's top-end chips, the Ryzen 7 1700X, has surfaced as well, claiming a $389 price tag and performance on par with Intel's Core i7-6900K Broadwell-E 8-core chip that retails for over $1K.

Comment Re:Am I supposed to hate this or not? (Score 1) 291

Lies. Cross-breeding can result in poisonous plants [boingboing.net], and the random nature of it makes it harder to control than GMO.

That's a pretty strange statement, considering a lot of lab-conducted GMO research is way less "high tech" than most people think. Often, it just involves taking a sample and blasting it with some form of radiation, or some chemical bath, to cause it to mutate. That's about at random as it comes. And even intentional attempts to splice specific genes involves a lot of trial and error. Once you have something you think is good, though, you just breed like with like.

TL;DR neither method of producing new species is particularly scarier than the other.

Submission + - NASA has a shadow IT problem (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: It’s not often enterprises get direct evidence of a shadow IT operation but a recent audit of NASA’s IT realm came up with 28 unsanctioned cloud services operating in its environment.

Submission + - Western Digital Announces World's First 512Gb 3D NAND Flash Chip (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Western Digital has announced its latest innovation in the solid state storage market with the pilot production of the world's first 512 Gigabit, three-bits-per-cell, 64-layer 3D NAND (BiCS 3D) chip — that sure is a mouthful. This pilot run is being ushered in with its technology partner, Toshiba, at the pair's massive Yokkaichi, Japan fabrication facility. By using vertical stacking of 64 layers, Western Digital is able to achieve a much larger storage density for its NAND in a smaller footprint. Stacking also reduces production costs and is more reliable than planar NAND solutions. According to Western Digital, it will begin mass production of its new 512Gb NAND during the second half of 2017. It was also reported late last month that Western Digital is very interested in purchasing a 20 percent stake in Toshiba's NAND flash business.

Submission + - How to catch a 400lb drone traveling at full speed (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: DARPA said that SideArm developer Aurora Flight Sciences has successfully tested a full-scale system that repeatedly captured a 400-pound Lockheed Martin Fury unmanned aircraft accelerated to flight speed via an external catapult. A Fury can hit over 130MPH.

Submission + - Musk Is Boring: Tesla CEO Offers First Glimpse Of LA Tunneling Machine (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Elon Musk is boring, like literally. Late last night Musk posted a picture of a large boring machine with the cutting head unattached with the caption "Minecraft." Last week workers were spotted excavating a test trench 30 feet wide, 50 feet long, and 15 feet deep in front of SpaceX's Los Angeles headquarters. The excavation's current location corresponds with Musk's wish of developing a seven mile tunnel between the 105 freeway and the entrance of SpaceX's headquarters. The passionate Tesla CEO initially pitched the idea this past December on Twitter after lamenting the state of LA's infamous traffic. He believes that tunnels will greatly help the city's congestion. Musk noted that a 2D road network obviously doesn't work anymore, "so you have to go 3D either up or down. And I think probably down."

Comment Re:Math (Score 1) 229

I was a fuck-up in high school. I took geometry three times. Later in life I picked it back up again, went through Algebra 2, trigonometry, and on to calculus, but I dropped out there because it all had become too time-consuming.

Ironically, I've never had any cause to use anything past geometry. Turns out geometry is pretty damn useful in real life ... proportions, the Pythagorean theorem, the concept of three points determining a plane, circular geometry with pi, all very useful for designing and building real-world stuff. And understanding geometric proofs gives you a good foundation in the logical thought processes that will help you with stuff like computer programming.

Submission + - IRS warns on"dangerous" W-2 phishing scam (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: “This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time. It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns. We need everyone’s help to turn the tide against this scheme,’’

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