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Submission + - Modular Robot Wins 2016 Hackaday Prize (slashdot.org)

Okian Warrior writes: [[Note: This is a duplicate of a previous submission. It might be of more interest to the tech crowd than political news.]]

The Dtto Explorer Modular Robot won the 2016 Hackaday Prize. As the grand prize winner, the project wins $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe Design Lab.

Dtto is modular robot built with 3D printed parts, servo motors, magnets, and readily available electronics. Each module consists of two boxes, rounded on one side, connected by a bar. The modules can join with each other in many different orientations using the attraction of the magnets. Sections can separate themselves using servo motors.

Check out the project video for a quick look at the robots in action.

This year’s Hackaday Prize saw over 1,000 entires which asked people to Build Something that Matters in five challenge themes: Assistive Technologies, Automation, Citizen Scientist, Anything Goes, and Design Your Concept.

In addition to these winners, 100 of the original entrants have won $1,000 each in various contest categories over the last 6 months.

Submission + - Donald Trump Child Rape Victim's Story Was Completely Fabricated (inquisitr.com) 9

Okian Warrior writes: The Donald Trump child rape victim’s story, as revealed early this morning by Daily Mail, is a work of complete fiction.

Katie Johnson herself spoke with journalists about why she lied and made herself into the Donald Trump child rape victim. “We would have a rapist in the White House. I would feel horrified every single day if I stay in this country,” she said, making it apparent that, although the GOP-running presidential hopeful never sexually assaulted her, she still believes he’s a rapist.

Katie maintains that she was sexually abused on more than one occasion by Jeffrey Epstein during mid-1994. A separate informant told Daily Mail that her story “had been believable and compelling right up until the last minute,” when it was found out “Donald Trump’s name had been inserted into this, [and] he was not involved whatsoever.”

Submission + - Muslim Student Charged for Trump Hate Crime Hoax (breitbart.com)

Okian Warrior writes: A Muslim student who reported her hijab was pulled from her head and was robbed by Trump supporters will now face charges for the false claims.

The 18-year-old college student told police that white men shouting racial slurs at her drove up in a truck and struck her multiple times in the back, while also stealing her hijab and wallet.

Following the accusation, Lafayette police said there were no witnesses or surveillance footage to back up the story.

“During the course of the investigation, the female complainant admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and wallet by two white males,” Lafayette police said in a statement. “This incident is no longer under investigation by the Lafayette Police Department.”

Now, the Muslim student is being charged with filing a fake police report, as a Lafayette police spokesman confirmed.

Submission + - Trump Protest Disrupted by Troll Changing the Facebook Invite (breitbart.com)

Okian Warrior writes: A “Houston Against Trump” protest is getting trolled by a hacker that keeps changing the time of the event.

The event is being organized on a Facebook page branded by the same name. The event organizers keep re-urging, the time for the event is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. One organizer said the event was once changed to 1 a.m.

Quite a few watching the cyber trolling are getting some laughs out of it. Organizers are trying to coordinate an event for Sunday, November 20, but now there is talk of taking the Facebook event down.

Submission + - Obama Administration Gives up on Trans-Pacific Partnership (breitbart.com)

Okian Warrior writes: Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s presidential election has prompted President Barack Obama to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday.

According to the Journal, the White House had hoped to push the deal forward in the lame-duck session of Congress, assuming Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had won the election. Her loss has already changed the political landscape:

Submission + - What happens to Obama's @POTUS Twitter account when he's no longer POTUS? (time.com)

Okian Warrior writes: The White House actually released a digital transition plan last month to lay out what will happen. When Trump is inaugurated, the @POTUS Twitter account will be handed over to him with its nearly 12 million followers, but without any tweets on its timeline. All of Obama’s tweets will be preserved in the National Archives and Records Administration. Additionally, all his @POTUS tweets will be transferred to a new handle, @POTUS44.

Obama was the first president to use Twitter. He also has his @BarackObama account, which is run by his political operation and will remain in his control. Presumably Trump will also still have the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account he used so effectively during his campaign.

Submission + - Samsung raided in political corruption probe (bbc.com)

Okian Warrior writes: South Korean prosecutors have raided the offices of Samsung Electronics as part of a probe into the political scandal around President Park Geun-hye. The prosecutors are investigating allegations that Samsung gave money to the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of the president.

In this latest twist of the scandal that's been rocking South Korea for weeks, prosecutors are investigating allegations that Samsung might have provided €2.8m euros ($3.1m, £2.5m) to a company co-owned by Ms Choi and her daughter, to bankroll the daughter's equestrian training in Germany.

Ms Choi is accused of using their friendship to interfere in politics and solicit business donations.

Submission + - Modular Robot Wins 2016 Hackaday Prize (hackaday.com)

Okian Warrior writes: The Dtto Explorer Modular Robot won the 2016 Hackaday Prize this weekend. As the grand prize winner, the project wins $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe Design Lab.

Dtto is modular robot built with 3D printed parts, servo motors, magnets, and readily available electronics. Each module consists of two boxes, rounded on one side, connected by a bar. The modules can join with each other in many different orientations using the attraction of the magnets. Sections can separate themselves using servo motors.

Check out the project video for a quick look at the robots in action.

This year’s Hackaday Prize saw over 1,000 entires which asked people to Build Something that Matters in five challenge themes: Assistive Technologies, Automation, Citizen Scientist, Anything Goes, and Design Your Concept.

In addition to these winners, 100 of the original entrants have won $1,000 each in various contest categories over the last 6 months.

Submission + - No, you can't text your vote (washingtonpost.com)

Okian Warrior writes: Lifting imagery directly from Hillary Clinton’s campaign materials, ads circulated on twitter encourage supporters of Hillary Clinton to “vote early” and “vote from home” by texting their candidate’s name to a five-digit number.

“Save time. Avoid the line,” one reads.

“Vote early. Text ‘Hillary’ to 59925,” says another.

There is no such thing as voting by text message. Period. If you want to cast a ballot, you can vote at your polling station or vote absentee. That’s it.

But ads circulated on Twitter recently would have you believe otherwise.

Submission + - Israeli scientists see breakthrough in AIDS cure (timesofisrael.com)

Okian Warrior writes: HIV and AIDS patients may find new hope in a drug developed at Hebrew University in Jerusalem which is currently being tested at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.

The drug was inserted into test tubes containing the blood of ten AIDS patients currently being treated at the hospital, and was found to decrease the HIV virus count in the blood samples by as much as 97 percent in just eight days.

Submission + - 28,882 Emails From Hillary Clinton's Private Server available online (archive.org)

Okian Warrior writes: [Note: This information is 10 hours old as I type. If Slashdot wants to post this, perhaps with an appropriate warning, they could potentially scoop all of the the MSM and Breitbart/Drudge for this news item.]

The twitter group PunishmentPosse appears to have released 28882 E-mails from Clinton's private server, available from Archive.org as either a torrent or direct link.

The files appear to be 28882 PDF files, each of which appears to be state department E-mails to Hillary from 2012 to 2016. Some E-mail addresses have been redacted, and occasionally an entire page has been blanked out. Everything seems legitimate at first glance and to my untrained eye.

Note that this is not a wikileaks drop, and the data might not be authentic.

KimDotcom has previously hinted that Clinton's E-mails might be released on Hillary's birthday (October 26th). He has not claimed responsibility, but has recently made a few cryptic tweets today.

(Kim Dotcom may have an axe to grind, because Hillary Clinton signed his US extradition order)

Submission + - Dilbert creator Scott Adams enters the fray (salon.com)

Okian Warrior writes: Many tech people enjoy Dilbert, and Scott Adams' notes and blog entries have given us a new and different perspective on the election. In a recent blog entry bemoaning DNC bullying, Scott has endorsed Donald Trump and intends to do something about the bullying.

"Team Clinton has succeeded in perpetuating one of the greatest evils I have seen in my lifetime. Her side has branded Trump supporters (40%+ of voters) as Nazis, sexists, homophobes, racists, and a few other fighting words. Their argument is built on confirmation bias and persuasion. But facts don’t matter because facts never matter in politics. What matters is that Clinton’s framing of Trump provides moral cover for any bullying behavior online or in person. No one can be a bad person for opposing Hitler, right?"

He invites everyone to watch and follow while he baits, trolls and otherwise uses his methods of persuasion on the opposition in an attempt to influence the election.

His first shot over the bow came today: "No terrorist attack before Election Day “means ISIS prefers Clinton”.

Professional trolling, by a *real* professional troll? This should be interesting, informative, and entertaining.

I hope everyone has stocked up on popcorn!

Submission + - Iceland's Pirate Party poised to win Saturday election (rt.com)

Okian Warrior writes: Iceland’s national election is likely to bring unprecedented results, with a new poll suggesting the Pirate Party will win. Led by a poet and former WikiLeaks activist, it’s running on an anti-corruption campaign against the financial and political elite.

An opinion poll conducted by the Social Science Research Institute of the University of Iceland and commissioned by Morgunblaðið newspaper found that one in five voters intends to cast their ballot for the Pirate Party on Saturday.

That figure puts the party in first place with 22.6 percent of the votes – 1.5 percent ahead of the center-right Independence Party, which is currently in power. Those numbers would give each of the two parties 15 MPs in the 63-seat parliament.

Submission + - Strange signals from star survey may be evidence of intelligent life (iop.org)

Okian Warrior writes: A recent paper reporting on strange artifacts in the spectra of 234 stars is raising eyebrows in the Astronomical community.

A Fourier transform analysis of 2.5 million spectra in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey was carried out to detect periodic spectral modulations. Signals having the same period were found in only 234 stars overwhelmingly in the F2 to K1 spectral range. The signals cannot be caused by instrumental or data analysis effects because [various reasons...]

Finally, we consider the possibility, predicted in a previous published paper, that the signals are caused by light pulses generated by ETI to makes us aware of their existence. We find that the detected signals have exactly the shape of an ETI signal predicted in the previous publication and are therefore in agreement with this hypothesis. The fact that they are only found in a very small fraction of stars within a narrow spectral range centered near the spectral type of the Sun is also in agreement with the ETI hypothesis. However, at this stage, this hypothesis needs to be confirmed with further work.


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