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Submission + - Elon Musk on why he doesn't like flying cars: 'That is not an anxiety-reducing' (yahoo.com)

boley1 writes: Elon Musk on why he doesn't like flying cars: 'That is not an anxiety-reducing situation'.

According to Musk, the main challenges with flying cars are that they'll be noisy and generate lots of wind because of the downward force required to keep them in the air. Plus, there's an anxiety factor.

"Let's just say if something is flying over your head...that is not an anxiety-reducing situation," he said. "You don’t think to yourself 'Well, I feel better about today. You’re thinking'Is it going to come off and guillotine me as it comes flying past?'

Submission + - Apple Is In Talks To Launch Its Own Venmo (recode.net)

An anonymous reader writes: The company has recently held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing its own Venmo competitor, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. The service would allow iPhone owners to send money digitally to other iPhone owners, these people said. One source familiar with the plans told Recode they expect the company to announce the new service later this year. Another cautioned that an announcement and launch date may not yet be set. The new Apple product would compete with offerings from big U.S. banks as well as PayPal, its millennial-popular subsidiary Venmo, as well as Square Cash in the increasingly competitive world of digital money-transfers. Apple has also recently held discussions with Visa about creating its own pre-paid cards that would run on the Visa debit network and which would be tied to the new peer-to-peer service, sources told Recode. People would be able to use the Apple cards to spend money sent to them through the new service, without having to wait for it to clear to their bank account.

Submission + - Norwegian slow TV with raindeer migratin live for an entire week.

gaijin_ writes: The Norwegian broadcasting company (NRK) has a new slow TV program running. They are following a group of Sàmi raindeer herders moving with their herd the 230km migration from winter to summer pastrures. All of this is sendt live 24 hours a day from one of the most remote places in Europe. The Guardian has an article in english. The show is running on broadcast TV in Norway and is available for streaming all over the world.

Submission + - 68% of the Energy of the Universe is a Figment of Scientists Imagination (newatlas.com)

boley1 writes: A new study has questioned whether dark energy exists at all, citing computer simulations that found that by accounting for the changing structure of the cosmos, the gap in the theory, which dark energy was proposed to fill, vanishes. ... "If the research stands up to scrutiny, it could change the direction of the study of physics away from chasing the ghost of dark energy."

Submission + - Creator of Pac-Man Dies at Age 91 (wsj.com)

An anonymous reader writes: WSJ, CNET, Fox News, NYT and others are reporting that Masaya Nakamura, the “Father of Pac-Man”, has died at the age of 91.

Nakamura founded Namco, part of Bandai Namco, in 1955. It started out as just two mechanical horse rides on a department store rooftop but went on to pioneer game arcades and amusement parks.

"The game was nonviolent but just challenging enough to hook players into steering the Pac-Man for hours through its mazes on the hunt for ghostly tidbits."

Comment This is a real problem - seen it repeatedly. (Score 1) 361

Someday, we may all be used to silent cars, but currently a person's brain processes a silent car as turned off and no danger. I had my first electric car in the mid '70's - one my dad and I built. After several incidents of pedestrians stepping in front of the car - just as I was about to start accelerating, we added a small buzzer to act as "engine noise" whenever the car was armed and dangerous. It was a simple fix and it worked. There may be other solutions, but this one does not require reprogramming people.

Submission + - SPAM: The government vs the people of Louisiana

schwit1 writes: During the recent flooding in Louisiana, it was repeatedly the government vs ordinary citizens as people scrambled to deal with the disaster.

The government was repeatedly in the way and working to prevent people from helping themselves. In fact, it often seemed more interested in collecting fees and paperwork than allowing people to be rescued or homes to be rebuilt.

Submission + - Passenger Carrying Drone to be Tested in Nevada (reviewjournal.com)

boley1 writes: Story

EHang Inc. of China is working with Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to set up a flight range. The EHANG184 is claimed to be the worlds first autonomous aerial vehicle for carrying passengers. EHang has raised about $52 million in venture capital.

Submission + - Quaker Oats threatens to sue actual Quakers for trademark infringement (networkworld.com)

Miche67 writes: A lawyer for Quaker Oats was too quick to threaten a lawsuit against actual Quakers.

"Quaker Oats objects to the business name 'Quaker Oats Christmas Tree Farm' and demanded the Quakers immediately stop all use of the 'Quaker Oats name' because it says using the trademark is misleading."

The problem is that isn't the name of the farm. The Quaker's response is brilliant.

Submission + - SPAM: Updated Skimer Malware Infects ATMs Worldwide

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Kaspersky have discovered an improved version of Backdoor.Win32.Skimer infecting ATM machines worldwide. The new Skimer allows criminal access to card data, including PIN numbers, as well as to the actual cash located in the machine. The malicious installers use the packer Thermida to disguise the Skimer malware which is then installed on the ATM. If the ATM file system is FAT32, the malware drops the file netmgr.dll in the folder C:\Windows\System32. If the ATM has an NTFS file system, netmgr.dll is placed in the executable file of the NTFS data stream, which makes detection and analysis of the malware more difficult.

Submission + - A critic of H-1B visas offshores 200 IT jobs (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: Tribune Publishing Co., a major newspaper chain, is laying off as many as 200 IT employees as it shifts work overseas. The firm, which owns the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant and many other media properties, told IT employees in early April that it's moving work to India-based Tata Consultancy Services. The LA Times has been critical of the use of H-1B visas in offshore outsourcing, in particular the decision by Southern California Edison. The utility hired India-based vendors, including Tata and then cut some 500 IT jobs. "Information technology workers at Southern California Edison have found themselves in the unhappy position of training their own replacements, thanks to a plan by the utility to outsource their jobs to two India-based staffing companies," the Times wrote in an editorial last year; the editorial focused on the use of H-1B visa workers in offshore outsourcing. IT workers at the Tribune are now training their replacements

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