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Submission + - Robotic grocery delivery in high-rise apartment buildings (

moglito writes: Autonomous in-door delivery robots coupled with automated fridges in the basement of high-rise apartment buildings could create a "never-empty" fridge for residents. Coupled with AI algorithms for learning what residents like to consume, and algorithms for automatically restocking those items via a network of suppliers or logistics companies, this "bot-mart" could make grocery shopping a — boring and time consuming — thing of the past. Cheap, self-driving car services may make the need for a garage obsolete. Will robots similarly reduce the need for a kitchen next? In high-density, urban areas where the cost of living is skyrocketing, this would certainly be a welcome relief from the constant lack of space.

Comment or there are simply twice as many job boards? (Score 2) 142

It may just as well be that the number of competing job boards doubles ever year and the postings distribute equally. Reminds me of TV channels: they kept increasing until eventually no one cared anymore and cut cable all together and became more selective again about what they subscribe to (netflix, hulu, hbo, etc.). With this constant increase in job boards, they may all become collective irrelevant eventually and maybe people are indeed no longer posting jobs on them. So maybe both of these effects are at play? a job-boards bubble?

Submission + - Feedly/Evernote DDos'd

dainichi writes: Yesterday, Feedly and Evernote services were down for most of the day as their ops struggled to deal with a DDOS extortion attempt.
Today, it seems like they're back for round two.

Submission + - Uber, lyft, sidecar banned from San Francisco Airport (

An anonymous reader writes: California regulators are threatening to revoke permits for on-demand ride companies UberX, Lyft, Sidecar, Summon and Wingz unless they stop giving rides to and from airports within two weeks.

The move could lead to the state shutting down the companies' operations.

Flouting the airport rules also flouts regulations that the CPUC set up for the new generation of ride companies to operate in California. In a clear rebuttal to an argument often made by the ride companies, Peevey wrote: "These safety requirements should not hinder your creativity nor should they impede your innovation."

Submission + - 'Pop-Up' Bus Service Learns Riders' Rhythms, Creates Routes Accordingly (

moglito writes: 'This new-old method of transport has comfortable seats and Wi-Fi. But its real innovation is in its routing. It is a “pop up” bus service, with routes dictated by millions of bits of data that show where people are and where they need to go. The private service uses chartered buses and is run by a start-up technology company called Bridj.' 'Bridj collects millions of bits of data about people’s commutes from Google Earth, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn, the census, municipal records and other sources. “We crunch these millions and millions of data points through a number of algorithms that are existing, or that we’re refining, to tell us where people are living and working,” Mr. George said. “And through our special sauce, we’re able to determine how a city moves.”'

Submission + - Virginia State Government Favors Cartels, Cracks Down on Uber, Lyft (

An anonymous reader writes: Talk about regulatory capture! As radio station WTOP reports "The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says that ride services Lyft and Uber are violating state law and must stop operating immediately. The DMV sent cease and desist orders to both companies Thursday." Who benefits most? It's not the people who are voting with their dollars and feet — seems more like the current stable of taxi drivers and others blessed by the state of Virginia. Good thing there's no call for or benefit from greater per-car occupancy, or experimentation more generally with with disruptive disintermediation. Given enough bribe money down the road, I'm sure a deal can be struck, though.

Submission + - Robotics research lab Willow Garage shutting down? (

moglito writes: Willow Garage is/was acknowledge by many to be one of the best places for robotics research these days. Besides developing the PR2 it made itself a name for creating the open-source Robot Operating System ROS. But know it seems to be shutting down:
'Scott Hassan, founder of both Willow Garage and Suitable Technologies, said, "I am excited to bring together the teams of Willow Garage and Suitable Technologies to provide the most advanced remote presence technology to people around the world."

Willow Garage will continue to support customers of its PR2 personal robotics platform and sell its remaining stock of PR2 systems. Interest in PR2 systems or support should continue to be directed to Willow Garage through its portal at'

Comment Proposed Goal: Become the Opera of desktops (Score 1) 535

Opera has been spearheading a lot of innovations in browsers. Likewise, one can notice that Apple's OSX Lion may have taken some inspiration from Gnome-Shell. Most notably the idea of a flexible number of workspaces. Of course, no one knows whether this is really where they got inspired, but hey, at least some of us saw it first in Gnome and then in OSX. So I think being the spearhead of innovation in desktop environments and leading the way in innovation, would be a great new goal (or mission) for GNOME. It is well set up for that too, because it doesn't have nearly as much at risk as Apple or Windows have. This is a typical benefit of being small: more agility. Also, I'd like to point out that GNOME has, in my view, achieved more than what they said out to do. A *working* free desktop environment? Gee, this is more than just working! I personally prefer it over the OSX Lion desktop environment I use at work -- and Windows currently isn't really a player. GNOME has worked hard to make it to the top: now go and lead the way, at least for a while!

Submission + - Google Maps Introduces 8-Bit Quest Maps (

AbsoluteXyro writes: Today users of Google Maps will notice a new mapping option — "Quest" — alongside the usual "Map" and "Satellite" views. Quest view renders the planet in a retro 8-bit fantasy video game style, including renders of famous landmarks such as the White House and the Eiffel Tower. Even Pegman gets in on the game, now taking on the appearance of a sword wielding 8-bit adventurer, allowing you to witness Street View through 8-bit eyes. Basically, imagine a fully functioning Google Maps on an NES.

Submission + - John McCarthy — Father of AI and Lisp &mdash (

moglito writes: When IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer won its famous chess rematch with then world champion Garry Kasparov in May 1997, the victory was hailed far and wide as a triumph of artificial intelligence. But John McCarthy — the man who coined the term and pioneered the field of AI research — didn’t see it that way.

As far back as the mid-60s, chess was called the “Drosophila of artificial intelligence” — a reference to the fruit flies biologists used to uncover the secrets of genetics — and McCarthy believed his successors in AI research had taken the analogy too far.

“Computer chess has developed much as genetics might have if the geneticists had concentrated their efforts starting in 1910 on breeding racing Drosophila,” McCarthy wrote following Deep Blue’s win. “We would have some science, but mainly we would have very fast fruit flies.”


Submission + - John McCarthy, AI pioneer, LISP inventor, dead at (

An anonymous reader writes: from Hammer-- He coined the term, Artificial Intelligence, created LISP and founded the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. About LISP and Mccarthy, from Paul Graham "He showed how, given a handful of simple operators and a notation for functions, you can build a whole programming language. He called this language Lisp, for "List Processing," because one of his key ideas was to use a simple data structure called a list for both code and data."

Submission + - The Real Job Threat (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: The NYT reports on a book by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew P. McAfee (MIT director-level staffers), Race Against the Machine, stating that the true threat to jobs is not Indian or Chinese outsourcing — it's the machine! Imagine the Terminator flipping burgers, cleaning your house, approving your loan, handling your IT questions, and doing your job faster, better, longer, and cheaper. Now that is apocalypse with a twist — The Job Terminator.

Submission + - John McCarty - Father of AI and LISP - dies at 84 (

Tx-0 writes: John McCarthy died on Monday at the age of 84, according to Stanford University, where he served on the faculty for almost four decades. In organizing the Dartmouth Summer Research Conference on Artificial Intelligence in 1956, McCarthy not only added a term to the popular lexicon, he founded an entirely new area of research alongside fellow pioneers Marvin Minsky, Nathaniel Rochester, and Claude Shannon. In the years to come, he would go on invent LISP — one of the world’s most influential programming languages — and he played a major role in the development of time-sharing systems.

Submission + - John McCarthy has died (

cstacy writes: John McCarthy, who coined the term "Artificial Intelligence" and helped found the field, invented LISP, garbage collection, time-sharing, and made other seminal contributions to computing, has died at age 84.

Comment Science should be open anyways (Score 3, Informative) 209

If everyone would just publish their papers on their web sites, as most computer scientists do (e.g., using, then this wouldn't be necessary. Of course, journals need to secure their funding, but I believe that with the web and the new open (peer) reviewing approaches, we don't really need journals all that badly anymore. Also, in computer science, e.g., it seems that there are now conferences that have higher standards of acceptance than the top journals in the respective fields. That is not to suggest to remove the concept of longer, more thoroughly reviewed articles though. They are important too, but could be reviewed and published in different ways (web). Print is so 19th century :-)

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