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Submission + - Young grads in India aim to land a robot on the moon. (thehindu.com)

GillBates0 writes: Team Indus (http://www.teamindus.in/) is one of the 16 remaining from the 29 that had entered the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize (GLXP: http://lunar.xprize.org/) competition. It plans to use ISRO’s (http://www.isro.gov.in/) workhorse — the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) to send the spacecraft to the moon. Among it's rivals are – Israeli non-profit organisation SpaceIL and US-based start-up Moon Express. An official designated as ‘Skywalker’, said that such space missions used to be limited to extremely elite people and PhDs in the past. That stereotype is now breaking. “I was just a college student a couple of years ago and now I am working on an actual space mission, how cool is that,” said Karan Vaish, 23, who is helping the team to design the lunar rover. Eighty per cent of the team is reported to be less than five years out of college (http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/young-grads-aim-to-land-a-robot-on-the-moon/article9043063.ece?w=alauto).

Submission + - Tennis balls banned from RNC 'event zone' at Cleveland but not Guns

GillBates0 writes: Tennis balls bounced from Cleveland 'event zone', but not guns. Here's a handy graphic of other banned versus allowed items. Ohio is an open-carry state, so local officials said they cannot prevent licensed gun owners from carrying their weapons around the external security perimeter. Dan Williams, a spokesman for Jackson, told CNN about open carry guns: "Bottom line, we're going to follow the law. It's state law. There's no state law on tennis balls."

Submission + - Indian capital to allow odd numbered vehicles on roads on alternate days (thehindu.com)

GillBates0 writes: In a desperate bid to halve the teeming vehicular population of the National Capital , the government on Friday decided that vehicles with odd and even number plates would be allowed on alternate days only from January 1, 2016. Emergency and public vehicles along with carpools will be exempt from the restrictions. The emergency meeting where the decision was taken after a Delhi High Court observation that living in Delhi was akin to living in a gas chamber.

Submission + - Verizon Privacy Policy Changes (slashdot.org) 1

GillBates0 writes: "Dear Valued Customer,
  Your privacy is an important priority at Verizon. We want to let you know that Verizon will soon participate in a program that will improve the ability of advertisers to reach our Verizon Online customers based on your physical address. The goal is to provide online ads that may be more relevant to you.

This program uses your address to determine whether you reside in a local area an advertiser is trying to reach. However, Verizon won’t share your address with advertisers as part of this process. Advertisers won’t know it’s you specifically or where you actually live. If you do not want us to allow advertisers to send you ads based on your geographic area you can let us know by selecting here.

What does this mean for you?

Certain ads you’ll see while browsing the Internet may be directed to you and other Verizon Online customers in your area, so these ads may be of more interest to you. For example, a pizza chain may want to deliver their ad to give a special offer to people living in a particular area. Using this program, national brands and local businesses can tailor their offers, coupons, and incentives to your local area.

Protection of Your Personal Information

Verizon protects your personal information as described in our privacy policy. You can learn about Verizon’s ad practices or let us know that you do not want to participate by selecting here. If you don’t want to participate, you will need your User ID and Password to access the opt-out page. Please note that declining to participate won’t impact the number of ads you see, just their potential relevance to you.

For answers to your frequently asked questions, select here.



Submission + - Stopping Terror with Social Networks/Technology (slashdot.org)

GillBates0 writes: "In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai and Norway, we saw how people used technology to collaborate and help each other online (e.g. for rides, blood donations, etc). I am toying with the idea of creating a website where people can report suspicious objects by clicking a picture. Once uploaded to the website and geolocated (via an App), the location could be flagged on a Google Map, so others can avoid it. If enough people report the object, the website could automatically dial local authorities (perhaps each city should have one). It's kinda "surveillance for the people, by the people", especially in areas where government surveillance isn't adequate. It would harness the power of technology and the masses to improve public vigilance, warn other people in the area, in real time. There are privacy implications, and there's probably a huge scope for misuse, but it would save lives. What do people think?"

Submission + - Mind controls body in extreme experiments (harvard.edu)

GillBates0 writes: "I chanced upon this interesting study by Harvard Professor Dr. Herbert Benson, a prominent cardiologist, founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of several publications and books. Benson and his team studied monks living in the Himalayan Mountains in Sikkim, India, who could, by practicing a form of meditation, raise the temperatures of their fingers and toes by as much as 17 degrees. The researchers were astonished to find that these monks could lower their metabolism by 64 percent. "It was an astounding, breathtaking [no pun intended] result," Benson exclaims. To put that decrease in perspective, metabolism, or oxygen consumption, drops only 10-15 percent in sleep and about 17 percent during simple meditation. Benson believes that such a capability could be useful for space travel. Travelers might use meditation to ease stress and oxygen consumption on long flights to other planets. In his research, Dr. Benson concludes that mind and body are one system, in which meditation can play a significant role in reducing stress responses."

Submission + - India: 'Massive' uranium find in India (bbc.co.uk)

GillBates0 writes: "BBC reports that India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh may have one of the largest reserves of uranium in the world. India is planning to set up about 30 reactors over as many years and get a quarter of its electricity from nuclear energy by 2050."

Submission + - Online collaboration helps Mumbai attack victims (cnn.com)

GillBates0 writes: "CNN has a nice story about how online collaboration swiftly helped form a centrally organized online disaster effort during Wednesday's Mumbai attacks. India accounts for almost one fifth of the world's cell phone subscribers. At a time when chaos reigned, and voice calls were jammed, a loose collaboration of techies, laymen, and good samaritans quickly collaborated online via social media, Wikipedia, Google docs and other online resoureces to coordinate blood donors, assistance, rides, and other services to help the victims of the attack."

Submission + - $22 Billion+ in Gold, Jewels found in India Temple (npr.org)

GillBates0 writes: ""In Southern India a story that sounds like the plot line of a Hollywood adventure is unfolding. A panel appointed by the country's Supreme Court, found a treasure treasure estimated to be worth US $22 billion (and counting) in the underground vaults of a Hindu temple in Trivandrum, India. The AP reports that inside the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, investigators were counting the staggering hoard of gold coins and statues of gods and goddesses studded with diamonds and other precious stones. CNN IBN adds that among the treasures (still being weighed and inventoried) are gold specters, idols, rare gems, sacks full of diamonds, and crowns of erstwhile kings.""

Submission + - Google's Bangalore Streetview project stalled (in.com)

GillBates0 writes: "The Bangalore Police has objected to the collection of data by Google's cars, which were criss-crossing Bangalore city taking high definition images to give users 360 degree views of streets. Talking about the security concerns in an earlier interview with CNN-IBN, Google India Product Head Vinay Goel said, "We are only driving on public roads and taking publicly available imagery so what we are not doing is going into a specific installation and taking private pictures and obviously we are working with the authorities so if there are certain locations they don't want us to be there we won't go there, we are happy working with the authorities here.""

Submission + - Shaky start to the morning (wikipedia.org)

GillBates0 writes: "We woke up this morning to the loudest whooming thunderclap ever (Boston suburb). Anyone else hear it?

Unless there's an alternate explanation, we think lightning may have struck our home/arrester, but there's no visible damage.

How can one tell? How does it sound when lightning strikes your or a neighboring home's lightning arrester? Any electrical engineering Slashdotters or experienced lightning catchers around?"


Submission + - Unseen Power of Michael Jackson (cnn.com)

GillBates0 writes: "Forgotten Michael Jackson photos could power the world, inventor says. A Los Angeles inventor who photographed Michael Jackson 33 years ago hopes those images will now help launch an electric motor he claims could solve the world's energy problems."

Submission + - That's all folks! (thats_all_folks.gif)

GillBates0 writes: "That's all folks, this is it!

Please feel free to enjoy any humorous, and/or clever and/or childish April Fool's anecdotes around my office, my ex-office, my family, the continents, and the dubloo-dubloo-dubloo.dot.www.com's out there, this fine and snowy New England April 1st morning. Rest assured, I'm celebrating with you in spirit wherever you are.

I'm in the middle of a sleepless and hectic release week and as such unable to indulge in, participate in or share any lolhappyfunrofl pranks with all of you, my friends, family and colleagues, current and past.

Let this be an April Fool's Day to commemorate all of the past fun April Fool's days we've shared together.

If you've ever been enjoyed a memorable April fool's please feel free to share the lulz with your near and dear ones over a cold beer and/or adult recreational beverage of your choice.

Or go watch a movie, refresh thats_all_folks.gif or something.

Just leave me alone."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Attempted P!=NP proof, need feedback (google.com) 1

GillBates0 writes: Fellow Slashdotters — here's my attempted (and possibly lame) proof for P!=NP. Since I'm not in the academic circle anymore, I don't know where else to turn to have fellow geeks review it and provide feedback. So — at the risk of spending the entire weekend sorting through brickbats, flames and egg in my face I ask — https://sites.google.com/site/pnproof/ — where did I mess up? What am I missing? Thanks for your time.

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