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Submission + - Using data analytics in education could create a new class of have and have-nots (citeworld.com) 1

mattydread23 writes: Every student learns differently. Some educators are starting to use data analytics to figure out how to tailor teaching techniques to individual students, rather than using the "one size fits all" approach. But Alec Ross, a senior advisor on innovation at the U.S. State Department, worries this would create a new class of haves and have-nots. Speaking at the Schools for Tomorrow conference last week, Ross said, "A lot of what I see is the ability to productize and commercialize very intensive assessments of individual limits. So what I imagine is parents getting their kids essentially a $30,000 educational checkup where they extract enormous amounts of data about the kinds of learners their children are, the kinds of education deficits they have."

Submission + - 5 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Business (firstbloger.com)

havishowen writes: Cloud computing is all the rage, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for every business. While the cloud has been dominated by larger businesses, corporations, and enterprise companies that require secure data storage and constant access, small businesses and startups have many of the same needs to a smaller degree, making the scalable cloud an affordable option.

Submission + - About 20% Of New Titles On Steam Support Linux (phoronix.com)

Dega704 writes: There is some interesting news over at Phoronix regarding the state of Linux support among game developers.

"Phoronix reader Casper Gielen wrote in with some interesting information that may have been overlooked by other Phoronix readers. Casper wrote, "While browsing the 100 newest releases on Steam I noticed that 20 supported Linux. That's quite a lot. Of the 18 games under "coming soon" 6 support Linux. That's even better, which suggests that it's not just a lucky day but a real trend. Only 13 of the best selling games support Linux, but even that is a rather nice number."

So right now 20% of the new releases support Linux, 33% of the current "coming soon" titles support Linux, and 13% of the "best selling" games advertise Linux support. Those wanting to check out the games for yourself can visit store.steampowered.com and click on the various tabs.

These numbers are only likely to rise given Valve continuing to push more game developers to support Linux, SteamOS and Steam Machines will drive game developers and gamers to the Linux-based operating system, and Valve continues to work on new initiatives to help developers in moving their games to Linux — e.g. continued Source Engine optimizations, LLDB improvements, joint work on a new Linux debugger for game developers, etc.

Submission + - Nuclear Fusion Energy Research Inches Closer To Elusive Break-Even Point (huffingtonpost.com)

mdsolar writes: "Fusion energy has proven an elusive goal — a running joke is that humanity is 20 years away from a practical power plant, and has been for 60 years.

That could be changing, said John Edwards, associate director for inertial confinement fusion and high-energy-density science of the National Ignition Facility.

In a recent piece published in the journal Physics of Plasmas, Edwards said NIF scientists are getting closer to reactions that produce more energy than they need to get going, and added that the obstacles to realizing nuclear fusion involve engineering problems rather than basic physics."

Submission + - World Solar Challenge starts one day from now (worldsolarchallenge.org)

SustainableJeroen writes: On Sunday morning (Australian time), October 6th, 40 solar-powered vehicles from 24 countries will depart from Darwin and make their way south along the 3000km Stuart Highway towards Adelaide in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. About half of the vehicles compete in the Challenger class, the class which features what many people will recognise as typical solar racing cars: flat, UFO-like vehicles, built exclusively for efficiency and speed. For the first time, however, much more practical vehicles will race each other in the new Cruiser class. These vehicles will seat two, three of four people and be road legal.

In both 2009 and 2011, Michigan University Solar Car Team finished third, Nuon Solar Team finished second and Tokai University finished first. The fastest vehicles will be expected to reach Adelaide on Thursday or Friday, depending on the weather.

Submission + - Why groundwater use may not explain half of sea-level rise (arstechnica.com)

Sir Realist writes: A recent Slashdot scoop pointed us at a scientific study that claimed that 42% of global sea-level rises could be due to groundwater use. It was a good story. But as is often the way with science, there are folks who interpret the data differently. Scott Johnson at ars technica has a good writeup which includes two recent studies that came to remarkably different conclusions from mostly the same data, and an explanation of the assumptions the authors were making that led to those differences. Essentially, there is some reason to think that the groundwater estimates used in the first study were too high, but thats still under debate, so its worth reading the whole argument. Scientific review in action!

Submission + - 5 Powerful App Features to Get Things Done Naturally (lightarrow.com)

Adi Mishra writes: "We propose a system that takes an organic view of productivity to more truly reflect how we get things done in life. This system takes into account all the real-life elements of getting things done — things beyond notes and lists of tasks. For example, with something as complex as planning an event (like a birthday party or wedding), going on a family vacation, or embarking on a large household project (major landscaping improvements), tasks and notes with simple reminders only take you so far. Many more elements are involved, such as services utilized, managing the providers for those services, shopping, bookmarks, sharing with and managing event co-hosts, travel companions, or project team-mates, in addition to a comprehensive calendar view of everything with proper reminders. LifeTopix does 5 things to make it all come together more naturally."
Verizon

Submission + - Sorry, T-Mobile: Your shared data plans are just as lame as Verizon's (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: There are some valid reasons to criticize Verizon’s new “Share Everything” plans — the main one being that they don’t offer as much value as Verizon’s old unlimited data plan — but T-Mobile doesn’t have many of them. That didn’t stop the carrier from promoting an old blog post on its Twitter feed earlier this week that outlined the value of T-Mobile’s family plans compared with the shared plans of “some of their competitors.” While the post never mentioned Verizon by name, the fact that T-Mobile promoted this piece on the same day Verizon announced its shared plans makes it pretty clear that T-Mobile still thinks its points and conclusions are still valid. But does T-Mobile really offer “simple, unlimited data plans” that differ significantly from Verizon? Not quite...

Submission + - US senators concerned with surveillance bill 'loophole' (wsj.com)

zer0point writes: The law lets U.S. agencies monitor the communications of foreigners outside the U.S. But two senators are questioning whether a loophole allows the storage and search of messages from Americans that are picked up inadvertently while foreigners are being monitored. The intelligence community has repeatedly said it takes steps to minimize the data collected on Americans.

Submission + - Could This Be The Future Of Darpas Drone Fleet... (dailymail.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Many animal lovers find it hard to part with their pets when they die.
So when cat Orville, named after the famous aviator Orville Wright, was run over by a car, his artist owner decided to turn him into a permanent piece of artwork as the ultimate tribute by transforming him into a flying helicopter.
Dutch artist Bart Jansen first stuffed Orville before teaming up with radio control helicopter flyer Arjen Beltman to build a specially-designed flying mechanism to attach to the cat.

For a closer look at this Marvel of tech, you just have to watch the YouTube video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMQHHObgnSg&feature=related

Submission + - Very Bad News for Fukushima (cringely.com) 6

Frosty Piss writes: According to technology journalist Mark Stephens (also known as I, Cringely), 'there is a 90 percent chance of a large earthquake in the minimum three years required to remove just the most unstable part of the fuel load at Fukushima Daiichi. The probability of a large earthquake in the 10+ years required to completely defuel the plant is virtually 100 percent. If a big earthquake happens before that fuel is gone there will be global environmental catastrophe with many deaths.'
China

Submission + - Oops! Chinese Censors accidentally block Shanghai Index (bloomberg.com)

Vulcan195 writes: "Now this is amusing in so many ways ...
Today (June 4 1989 ... i.e. 6/4/89) is the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Naturally, the Chinese Censors were working overtime to block anything that made remote or oblique references to that event.

Well, sometime during the day the Shanghai Composite Index dropped by 64.89 points ... triggering the wrath of the censors!

You can guess what happened next ... Searches for “Shanghai Composite” were blocked!"

Submission + - Could data scientist be your next job? (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: In the past several months, large enterprises, staffing firms and universities have observed increasing interest in a new class of data professional — the data scientist. A curious blend of business, analytics and computer skills, this hot new title is on the march in diverse verticals such as energy, e-commerce, healthcare and financial services. And if experts are correct, this is just the beginning. "Companies are becoming so data- and application-centric. They need individuals who can come to the table to model and mine in big data environments," says Laura Kelley, Houston vice president at IT consulting and staffing firm Modis. What sets data scientists apart from other data workers, including data analysts, is their ability to create logic behind the data that leads to business decisions. These hefty responsibilities lead to a commanding salary — $110,000 to $140,000 across the country, Kelley has found.
Programming

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What is the future of standing/walking workstations?

secretrobotron writes: As a developer who spends most of each day at the same desk in the same chair, I'm concerned about ergonomics and what I can do to keep my body from wasting away while I program. Some IT professionals have the relative luxury of being able to walk around on a headset, solving problems, installing equipment, etc.. My utopia (albeit a pretty low-bar) is a world in which technology exists to allow me to walk about as I program.

My question is, what's available? Are people working on mobile-programming in this way? Are there hybrid standing workstations which allow me to take advantage of pacing-enabled programming?
Businesses

Submission + - How HTML5 Can Turbo-Charge Your Freelance Business (tutorialspalace.com)

An anonymous reader writes: No doubt you’ve heard about HTML5, Canvas, CSS3, accessibility and graceful degredation a lot lately.What is all the fuss about and why are these things so special? HTML5, in particular, is the evolution of website markup marked for readiness in 2009 and set to be finished this year or next. It has come to mean more than just a simple set of tags, combining several technologies that work in parity in order to achieve newer, faster, better results.

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