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Submission + - Charge Rage: Electric Cars Are Making People Meaner in California

HughPickens.com writes: Matt Richtel reports at the NY Times that the push to make the state greener with electric cars is have an unintended side effect: It is making some people meaner. The bad moods stem from the challenges drivers face finding recharging spots for their battery-powered cars. Unlike gas stations, charging stations are not yet in great supply, and that has led to sharp-elbowed competition. According to Richtel electric-vehicle owners are unplugging one another’s cars, trading insults, and creating black markets and side deals to trade spots in corporate parking lots. The too-few-outlets problem is a familiar one in crowded cafes and airports, where people want to charge their phones or laptops. But the need can be more acute with cars — will their owners have enough juice to make it home? — and manners often go out the window. "Cars are getting unplugged while they are actively charging, and that's a problem," says Peter Graf. "Employees are calling and messaging each other, saying, 'I see you're fully charged, can you please move your car?'"

The problem is that installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with soaring demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace. German software company SAP installed 16 electric vehicle charging ports in 2010 at its Palo Alto campus for the handful of employees who owned electric vehicles. Now there are far more electric cars than chargers. Sixty-one of the roughly 1,800 employees on the campus now drive a plug-in vehicle, overwhelming the 16 available chargers. And as demand for chargers exceeds supply, a host of thorny etiquette issues have arisen, along with some rare but notorious incidents of "charge rage." Companies are finding that they need one charging port for every two of their employees' electric vehicles. "If you don't maintain a 2-to-1 ratio, you are dead," said ChargePoint CEO Pat Romano. "Having two chargers and 20 electric cars is worse than having no chargers and 20 electric cars. If you are going to do this, you have to be willing to continue to scale it."

Submission + - Genetically Modified Micro Pigs For Sale (abc.net.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Tyne McConnon from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that "[a] Chinese research company is planning to sell its 'micro pig' as a pet after it successfully edited the DNA of the animal to stunt its growth. Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) created the pig, which grows to weigh between 14 and 20 kilograms, by changing the DNA responsible for its growth. The company originally genetically modified the Bama pig breed for research but announced at a Bio Tech Leader summit in China recently their plans to sell it."

Submission + - Twitter to Begin Layoffs (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Just a few days ago, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to the company and took over the role of CEO. Now, the NY Times reports that the company will be facing layoffs as he cuts the company's costs. Twitter somehow manages to employ over 4,100 people across 35+ offices, so many investors are thrilled with the news. "Twitter’s spending has been rising. In the last quarter for which Twitter reported financial results, costs and expenses totaled $633 million, up 37 percent from a year earlier. The layoffs will most likely affect multiple areas of the company, including the engineering and media teams, according to the people with knowledge of the plans." The company is also dropping plans to build a 100,000 square-foot expansion to its headquarters.

Submission + - BBC optimising UHD video streaming over IP

johnslater writes: A friend at the BBC has written a short description of his project to deliver UHD video over IP networks. The application bypasses the OS network stack, and constructs network packets directly in a buffer shared with the network hardware, achieving a ten-fold throughput improvement. He writes: "Using this technique, we can send or receive uncompressed UHD 2160p50 video (more than 8 Gbps) using a single CPU core, leaving all the rest of the server's cores free for video processing." This is part of a broader BBC project to develop an end-to-end IP-based studio system.

Submission + - Linux Foundation: Security Threatens 'Golden Age' Of Open Source

Mickeycaskill writes: The executive director Linux Foundation has outlined its plans to improve open source security, which could otherwise threaten a 'golden age' which has created billion dollar companiesand seen Microsoft and Apple among others embrace open technologies.

The organisation launched the Core infrastructure Initiative (CII), a body backed by 20 major IT firms, last year and is investing millions of dollars in grants, tools and other support for open source projects that have until now been underfunded.

This was never move obvious than following the discovery of the Heartbleed Open SSL bug last year.

“Almost the entirety of the internet is entirely reliant on open source software,” he said. “We’ve reached a golden age of open source. Virtually every technology and product and service is created using open source.

“Heartbleed literally broke the security of the Internet. Over a long period of time, whether we knew it or not, became dependent on open source for the security and Integrity of the internet.”

“We want to find the projects on the Internet that are broken and fix them. We have raised a multi-million fund to provide grants to projects to help them out."

“We’re not talking about some new technology product or service, we’re talking about your privacy, your security. We believe creating a more secure, more robust Internet is good for all of us.”

Comment Stop the non-sense. (Score 2) 218

What they really need is scientific and strategic thinking on how to take their life ahead, manage the village life, their farms more modern and productive, etc. in a smart way, etc. Simply throwing computers and computer education around without first giving them the fundamentals does not help at all. It just adds to the problem.

That said there are many ideas:

Write or install software where they can create friendly quiz for each other on various topics.
Teach them how to draw graphs and interpret them.
How to use maps.
If there is internet in a far away school, let the children interact with each other over Video Chat once in a month with proper agenda on discussing something important.
Really, there is no limit to how they can use computers to make their life more interesting and better , all limited by imagination.

Comment Re:Needs to be Linux? (Score 1) 212

> "...Doggie would help. ...

And yes, they bark really loud.

Alvie

Not at all an expert in this field, but I think your post leads to a good idea. And the following is a braindump of my ideas.
If you are really bent on doing custom Linux based stuff, use your power of customization.
Instead of a standard siren sound, add fake Dog barks, Police sirens, etc. and place speakers strategically for best realistic effect.
Make sure the recording(and playback) is in stereo and is long enough that it convinces the miscreants it is a real dog/siren.

Add triggers to fake police car flashing lights in strategic places.
Also add a trigger to call *your* cellphone.
Depending on the type of neighborhood, also add fake gunshot sounds?

Think psychology and plan first. Plan technology next.
Add timers and fake the lights, fake television sound/ vacuum sound in the house if you are away to make them feel someone is still at home.

Add fake cameras in visible areas complete with fake wiring and red "active" LED. Keep the real cameras hidden. If you are a total DIY type, trigger the door and windows to automatically close and lock back after 40 seconds. I know it is silly, but the scare it gives them will be worth it? Psychology expert advice needed on that.

Add weight sensors below your matting. This could trigger the cameras immediately and send you the photo over whatsapp/hangout/custom app, etc.

Minimum 2 of everything:

2 different controllers cum DVRs located in 2 different places in the house, connected to 2 different cloud services. through 2 different ISP of which 1 is wired the other wireless 3g/4g Internet connection. Both must have battery backup.

Comment America is not the world. (Score 1) 45

Dear American Slashdot (and other) reporters,

When you talk about stuff specifically related to America, please do mention that it is American. There are slashdot readers from rest of the world too.
For example: This summary talked about "The Navy" . Nowhere in the summary is it mentioned as "The *US* Navy". I had to go RTFA before I realized that! I have come across this "frog in the well" syndromes in many other summaries problem before too. It makes Americans look bad

Thanks and regards,
Sincerely,
kamathln

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