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Comment Re:I'm with the economists who disagree ... (Score 1) 544

Wanna tell that to the nice lady who used to buy your tickets 20 yrs ago. It may not be robots. Just plain automation in some form will render workforce meaningless. Just your statement can be turned into an automation requirement.

automation replacing any workplace roles where humans act like "artificial robots", performing repetitive manual tasks that don't require any real thought

so we build robots that can think of alternatives in a specific domain. think Watson + automation process.


Submission + - Google project maps U.S. geothermal energy potenti (

infodragon writes: Excluding inaccessible zones such as national parks and protected lands, the United States has enough geothermal energy, accessible using current methods, to generate 9,000 times as much power as our current coal output.

Submission + - IBM shows tech industry how to make a CEO transiti (

bdking writes: Coming so soon after the clown-show spectacles of HP and Yahoo dumping their CEOs in a belated panic, IBM's announcement Tuesday that chief executive Sam Palmisano will retire and be replaced by a highly regarded executive he has been grooming for the job seems refreshingly normal.

Submission + - PARC unveils first printed, flexible CMOS circuit (

MrSeb writes: "Researchers at PARC and Thinfilm Electronics have finally managed to print — as in, using a printer that is similar to the one attached to your computer — a computer circuit consisting of transistor-transistor logic and memory. Dubbed Thinfilm Addressable Memory, the new device marries Thinfilm’s printed memory technology and PARC’s printed transistors to create an honest-to-Moore CMOS circuit. How? Using organic, ferroelectric polymer ink. The exact process isn’t detailed, but the printed circuit basically looks like a horizontal, rolled-out-flat integrated circuit. In other words, instead of stacking multiple layers of semiconductor to make a transistor, they are laid out next to each other, with different inks forming the various features required to make a memory cell or transistor. It’s no where near as space-efficient, and the number and size of components is obviously limited to the resolution of the printer but by Thor, it actually works, they're very cheap to produce (a few cents), and they're physically very flexible."

Submission + - Obama Issues Executive Orders to Forgive Student L (

cjcurrie writes: "(My first submission and I accidentally posted anonymously. Resubmitted here so you can get a copy of the full email if you want it.)

IIRC, the Obama Administration took all online petitions with over 25,000 signatures and promised an official response. Today, at 6:31 Central, they issued an email to all voters with a link to this reply:

"Today, the Obama Administration announced [...] a series of executive actions to put Americans back to work and strengthen the economy because we can’t wait for Congressional Republicans to act.


"The new “Pay As You Earn” proposal will allow about 1.6 million students the ability to cap their loan payments at 10 percent [...] and forgive the balance of their debt after 20 years of payments."

After describing mortgage consolidation tweaks, the Office of the Press Secretary also announces (in the email, but not in the letter):

"In addition to capping student loan repayments, the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act helped increase the maximum Pell Grant to $5,500 and saved taxpayers billions by cutting out banks as middlemen. Because of this reform, there will be over 800,000 additional Pell Grants awarded over the next 10 years and the value of Pell Grants will be able to keep up with additional college costs."

Pell Grants are not loans, but money given to students to help pay for a bachelor's degree.

This executive order will take place starting January 2012."

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Submission + - Harness electromagnetic wave for energy ( 2

zorazora writes: A team of researchers at Georgia Tech has found a way to harness electromagnetic wave for energy.
"Tentzeris and his team of researchers, including IEEE members Rushi Vyas and Vasileios Lakafosis, have created a self-powered sensor that relies on an ultrawideband antenna to capture energy from the 100 megahertz and greater frequencies generated by all those systems. The scavenged energy is converted from AC to DC, and then stored in a capacitor that gradually fills until the sensor is fully charged. The team has used the antenna to power a number of sensors, including sensors that detect heat and humidity, as well as biosensors that monitor physiological changes in humans. And Tentzeris says that as the technology advances, it has the potential to charge other devices."


Submission + - New Linux Kernel Tree For Consumer Electronics Ann (

sfcrazy writes: At the LinuxCon 2011, The Linux Foundation announced it is hosting a new project created by its Consumer Electronics (CE) workgroup.

The new project, the Long Term Support Initiative (LTSI), provides for both an annual release of a Linux kernel suitable for supporting the lifespan of consumer electronics products and regular updates of those releases for two years.

Submission + - SPAM: Salman Khan

An anonymous reader writes: Salman Khan is the one of the greatest actor of Bollywood film industry. Salman Khan born on 27-December-1965. The birth name of Salman Khan is 'Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan'.Some nick names of Salman Khan are Sallu, Official Badshah Of Bollywood. Salman Khan is 5'8" (1.73 m) tall. Salman Khan is the son of great film writer Salim Khan.
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Submission + - Verizon Inches Closer To Restoring 4G Service (

RedEaredSlider writes: With over a day since Verizon's LTE network went down, Verizon says it is now getting closer to restoring the service.

"We have determined cause of 4G LTE issue & are working with major vendors to restore connections. Details as they come," the company announced on Twitter.

On Thursday morning some Verizon subscribers have reported that their service has returned. Verizon says it plans to restore service on a market-by-market basis.

Submission + - SPAM: Saif hides his new look

An anonymous reader writes: Saif Ali Khan ignored cameras and even posing for pictures awaiting his exit to Morocco this week to keep away from his Agent Vinod new appearance. On the other hand, Aamir Khanmaintained that Saif Ali Khan should come to attend the party at his residence last weekend, by this means blow the whistle on Saifu’s secret look.
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