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Submission + - Piles Of Enterprise Datacenter Infrastructure Are About to Become Useless (acm.org)

conner_bw writes: For the entire careers of most practicing computer scientists, a fundamental observation has consistently held true: CPUs are significantly more performant and more expensive than I/O devices. The fact that CPUs can process data at extremely high rates, while simultaneously servicing multiple I/O devices, has had a sweeping impact on the design of both hardware and software for systems of all sizes, for pretty much as long as we've been building them. This assumption, however, is in the process of being completely invalidated.

Submission + - Vibrating bike grips deliver 'handy' directions (cnet.com)

conner_bw writes: The idea is simple, put SmrtGrips on your handlebars, launch the accompanying app to set up the notifications you want and enter your destination in your favorite mapping app. Then, put your phone away and the grips will guide you to the selected address. The right one vibrates when you need to turn right, the left one when you need to go left. The vibrations build in intensity as you near your turn.

Submission + - Food Wants To Be Free (pressbooks.com)

conner_bw writes: In the future wide spread use of food synthesizers turn meals into intellectual property and people share recipes online illegally to eat. I'm writing a book titled Master Chef Replicator Wars, the first chapter is done, and I want you to pay me before I write the rest of it. Should I use Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Thanks AskSlashdot!

Submission + - Did you ever want to hate things? (ih8.it)

conner_bw writes: Sometimes, people and things on the Web are incredibly aggravating. Did you ever wish you had an app to say what you hate? Now you do. IH8.it is the federated social Web's premier service for hating things. iH8 is open source and recognizes the Open Graph Protocol, so you can hate movies on IMBD or timothy on Slashdot. Stop contributing and start hating!
Privacy

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock? 4

conner_bw writes: Is there an acceptable compromise to behaviour targeting? On the one hand, I don't want to be profiled by unscrupulous advertisers. On the other hand, I feel that the advertiser is the middleman between the things I care about (content) and the dollars that support those things. My compromise is to take a page out of BF Skinner's book Walden Two and view the situation as a sort of absurd behaviourist experiment. Basically, I adblock everything but whitelist the sites I support. Is this too much? Not enough? What should the individual do protect themselves, if anything at all?
Privacy

Submission + - Behavioural Advertising: To Block Or Not To Block? (trotch.com)

conner_bw writes: Dear Slashdot: Is there an acceptable comprimise to online tracking? On the one hand, I don't want to be profiled by unscrupulous advertisers. On the other hand, I feel that the advertiser is the middleman between the things I care about (content) and the dollars that support these things. My compromise is to take a page out of BF Skinner's book Walden Two and view the situation as a sort of absurd behaviourist experiment. Basically, I adblock everything but whitelist the sites I support. Is this too much? Not enough? With regulatory boards failing to protect the consumer, what should the individual do protect themselves, if at all?
Science

Submission + - Discovery Channel Crashes a Boeing 727 for Science Documentary (zap2it.com)

conner_bw writes: "A Boeing 727 passenger jet has been deliberately crash-landed. The pilot ejected just minutes before the collision. The plane was packed with scientific experiments, including crash test dummies. Dozens of cameras recorded the crash from inside the aircraft, on the ground, in chase planes and even on the ejecting pilot's helmet. All of this was done for a feature length documentary to be shown on the Discovery Channel later this year."
Hardware

Submission + - IBM researchers make 12-atom magnetic memory bit (bbc.co.uk)

conner_bw writes: "Researchers have successfully stored a single data bit in only 12 atoms. Currently it takes about a million atoms to store a bit on a modern hard-disk, the researchers from IBM say. They believe this is the world's smallest magnetic memory bit. Moore's law is on the way out the door."

Submission + - I Believe That Hands Are Our Future (worrydream.com)

conner_bw writes: A new rant from a attempts to convince interface designers to to look beyond the current mobile and tablet trends. To me it hints that until something better comes along a mouse and a QWERTY keyboard, both tactile interface devices, have their place. "Are we really going to accept an Interface Of The Future that is less expressive than a sandwich?" Mmm, sandwich.
Linux

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Linux Laptops? 5

conner_bw writes: I'm an OSX user looking to switch to a Linux laptop. I like the Unix/BSD aspect of OSX. Simple things like when I close the lid the laptop goes to sleep, the sound card works out of the box, long battery life, minimum cooling fan noise, and a comprehensive but relatively straightforward backup system and "AppleCare" package are important to me. What all-inclusive model of laptop and distro would you recommend?
Twitter

Submission + - Twitter to meet with UK government about riots (venturebeat.com) 1

conner_bw writes: "Twitter has confirmed that it will meet with the UK Home Secretary on Thursday, after being called in for discussions over the role it played in the recent UK riots. Twitter will send a representative to the meeting scheduled for August 25. Both Facebook and RIM will also send representatives to the meeting in regards to their effects on the riots."
Apple

Submission + - Open Source Text Editor $4.99 In The Mac App Store

conner_bw writes: Smultron is a great OS X text editor. Anyone who's used this editor over the years will tell you it was aborted then forked. Left for dead on SourceForge, it has now reappeared in the Mac App Store for $4.99. No changelog, no sourcecode, no new information for old users. Does anyone have the scoop? Is this just a new version number / cash grab, or what? Is this the future of open source on OS X?
Hardware

Submission + - MIT Media Lab Researcher Prints Playable Flute (createdigitalmusic.com)

conner_bw writes: "What if making an acoustic instrument was a matter of hitting “print”? MIT Media Lab researcher Amit Zoran did just that. He created a flute using the Objet Geometries Connex500 3D printer. The instrument is playable and the results are surprisingly good for a first attempt. As an aside, rumour has it that Amit has a bumper sticker that reads: My other printer prints food."

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