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Submission + - The Inside Story of MakerBot and the 3D Printing Revolution That Wasn't (

mirandakatz writes: MakerBot promised to revolutionize society, letting us 3D print anything we needed right from home. That never happened. At Backchannel, Andrew Zaleski has the definitive, investigative account of why the 3D printing revolution hasn't yet come to pass, culled from interviews with industry observers, current MakerBot leadership, and a dozen former MakerBot employees. As he tells it, "In the span of a few years, MakerBot had to pull off two very different coups. It had to introduce millions of people to the wonders of 3D printing, and then convince them to shell out more than $1,000 for a machine. It also had to develop the technology fast enough to keep its customers happy. Those two tasks were too much for the fledgling company."

Submission + - SPAM: Amazon's Trucker Net

xtsigs writes: Back in the day, we had what we called the "Sneaker Net" in which we would transport data from one machine to another on disks, tapes, or drives. Now, Amazon is using big rig trucks with 14 foot containers (which they dub snowmobiles) to move up to 100 petabytes per trip from Amazon's customers to Amazon's cloud. "Ten Snowmobiles would reduce the time it takes to move an exabyte from on-premises storage to Amazon’s cloud to a little less than six months, from about 26 years using a high-speed internet connection, by the company’s calculations." (Wall Street Journal)

Submission + - And This, Friends, Is How Russia Built a Sovereign Internet (

pacopico writes: Only a handful of countries have their very own Internet with their own e-mail systems, search engines and social networks. Russia has such an Internet, and it's wonderfully weird, creepy and innovative. Bloomberg Businessweek sent a reporter to Moscow and Siberia to produce a documentary on the rise of the Russian Internet and the current state of the country's technology industry. The show turns up some odd technology like FindFace, which lets anyone snap a picture of a stranger and then find them instantly on social networks, and Group-IB, which is the leading hunter of Russian-speaking hackers. There's also a visit to Akademgorodok, which is sort of like a Russian version of Silicon Valley only in Siberia. Given that Russia's technical influence is in the news, this documentary is timely if nothing else.

Submission + - Backdoor encryption sneaks into UK law (

Coisiche writes: Seems that all the US companies that said any encryption backdoors would undermine global competitiveness, when such a thing was recently mooted there, can now find out if they were correct or not by watching the UK. Meanwhile various TLA agencies will be wondering if it could be as easily slipped into law in their jurisdiction.

Submission + - The Problem is Agendas In The Mainstream Media, Not 'Fake News" (

An anonymous reader writes: The 2016 election win by Donald Trump has resulted in many theories about how Trump won, and how the media missed his support. A prominent theory making the rounds in the media is that 'fake news' from fringe news sites, blogs, foreign government propaganda units, and other sources, is what helped push Trump over the top to win. Cathy Young, writing in The Hill, states that isn't the real problem. The real main problem is when the mainstream media reports the news filtered through an agenda, distorting some facts, ignoring others, and highlighting what supports their agenda. A recent example is the reporting that suggests Trump plans to create a "Muslim registry," implying that all Muslims in the US would have to register with the US government. But that isn't Trump's plan at all:

Trump may revive a program that was in place from 2001 to 2011; according to The Washington Post, that system “required people from countries deemed ‘higher risk’ to undergo interrogations and fingerprinting upon arrival” and, in some cases, “to follow a parole-like system by periodically checking in with local authorities.” Most of the countries identified as high-risk were majority-Muslim, and civil rights groups charged that the program targeted Muslims. But to call such a program a “Muslim registry” creates an essentially false impression — which is what many people were undoubtedly left with if they did not read the story carefully, or only saw the buzz about it in the social media.

Submission + - The Long, Wonderful History of Russian Transhumanists (

pacopico writes: For about 200 years, Russian philosophers and scientists have contemplated and pursued immortality. They even developed a movement called cosmism. Bloomberg Businessweek has produced a documentary taking a look at the history of cosmism and the current state of Russia's transhumanist movement. The story focuses on Danila Medvedev, a charismatic transhumanist and the head of Russia's largest cryonics company called KrioRus. There are vats full of bodies and heads, people getting chips implanted in their hands and much talk about the end of food, sex and love. Heart warming stuff.

Submission + - SPAM: Cards of Humanity Digs a Holiday Hole

DogDude writes: The makers of Cards Against Humanity does an annual holiday stunt, and this year, they dug a Holiday Hole. People sent them money, and in return, they dug a hole. That's it.
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Comment Re:I wonder who would have won under each scenario (Score 1) 474

Given different routes to the White House, you would see very different campaigns. For example, if electors were selected by Congressional District, and the two Statewide electors were selected by Statewide popular vote, it would be a VERY different picture. . .

Submission + - SPAM: Scott & Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice not shrinking for 100 ye

schwit1 writes: Antarctic sea ice had barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, scientists have discovered, after poring over the logbooks of great polar explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton.

Experts were concerned that ice at the South Pole had declined significantly since the 1950s, which they feared was driven by man-made climate change.

But new analysis suggests that conditions are now virtually identical to when the Terra Nova and Endurance sailed to the continent in the early 1900s, indicating that declines are part of a natural cycle and not the result of global warming.

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Comment Experiment failed. . .. (Score 5, Interesting) 143

One of the ideas tried out in the Zumwalt-class is a high level of automation. As a result, the crew is ~140. Other US Destroyer classes (Spruance, Arleigh Burke) have crews of roughly 340.

The first article mentions seawater intrusion: I suspect that if there were more crew, this would have been detected before it caused the propulsion system to become an 'engineering casualty'.

Pro Tip: you man combat ships based on combat requirements, meaning sufficient hands for damage control and major emergency repairs. The Zumwalt-class manning apparently does not take that into account. . .

Comment Re:Problem ... (Score 1) 386

Actually, I suspect she's counting on workable nanotech and cell repair machines. Of course, that assumes that the gestalt that is the human consciousness is (1) written to brain tissue, and (2) sufficiently distinctive that it can be recovered.

If, on the other hand, the human mind is the equivalent of a bootable runtime, the best that's recoverable is a human, but the memories and personality would be gone. And until the tech is available, it's a crapshoot. On the other hand, she was dead already. . .

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