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Comment What are locals saying? (Score 5, Interesting) 161

I read through the comments local people are saying:
  • * Lay-off / Buy Out older workers to hire lower pay college graduates
  • * Hiring H1B Workers
  • * Redundant technology with smaller similar companies merging into larger companies - Social Networks, photo, video. and texting applications and websites
  • * Off-shoring jobs

Comment Is it really that big of deal? (Score 1) 46

It just sounds like it lets you make a 'Web App Manifest'. So you package a directory on an SSL enabled web server as an application. Everything else seems like web good design.

By definition with this being a 'Progressive' web app you have to have workarounds incase the targeted platform doesn't support X feature. So.. are things like Service Workers, that might not work, really a big deal?

Comment Third-party fact checkers scares the... (Score 5, Informative) 194

Third-party fact checkers scares the hell out of me. Snopes, FactCheck.org, Politifact, ABC News, and AP can be argued not to be impartial and to have a political agenda. If that can be proven out then only one voice will truly be heard on Facebook.
  • Snopes ran by Kim Lacapria who self describes herself as 'openly left-leaning and a liberal.'
  • FactCheck.org and Politifact - Trump quoted an article about the number of deaths via the poorly ran Vetrans Adminstration. Trump was reported as giving false facts. When the original CNN article came out the article was reported as completely true.

I can point out similar instances with the other sources. I'm not totally against using these sources but I want a balance from the other sources on the other side of the political aisle.

Comment DVDs are still more popular then BluRay (Score 1) 157

Most of the posters here look at this article from a first world perspective. Think about other countries where CRT TV's are commonly still in use. Why get a BluRay player?

Back in the first world: Which would you have your darling little child destroy: a $30 DVD player with a $10 DVD or a $90+ BluRay player and ROKU device with a $35 disc? Plus with upscaling technologies DVD's don't look bad on modern TV's, Assuming you're looking for entertainment and not hi res.

Sony has been going the 'internationalization' route which means make the movies are inoffensive to no one and uninteresting to everyone. Can you say Alvin and The Smurfs? Finally Sony has been putting out a lot of just stinkers lately:

The 5th Wave (16% RT)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (43% RT)
The Brothers Grimsby (37% RT)
Money Monster (57% RT)
The Angry Birds (43% RT)
Ghostbusters (73% RT but lost money in the box office)
Inferno (19%)

Comment What I want in Twitter (Score 1) 47

After the Trump's Twitter-fest dies down in a few weeks Twitter will start losing numbers again. I think Twitter's new feature is too little too late. The features I would like to see is: * RSS Feeds - Bring them back * Longer messages * Render multiple links in an article * Give an option in my timeline for 'people I've liked recently' or the 'whole stream' * Filters on my timeline by subject or word, including exclusions * Let me tag people I'm subscribed to like 'news', 'tech' 'health', 'family', ect.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi Foundation and Google Working Together for AI development

randomErr writes: Google has announced its partnership with Raspberry Pi to develop a range of smart tools that will made available in 2017. The company plans to bring its artificial intelligence, machine learning and all its other developer tools to the small computer. In a blog post, Raspberry Pi said: “The tech titan has exciting plans for the maker community Google’s range of AI and machine learning technology could enable makers to build even more powerful projects.” With the help of Raspberry Pi makers, suggestions of ideas will be given to Google for development direction through the creation of a survey.

Submission + - Google starts live testing of Android Instant Apps (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: A key obstacle that mobile users encounter is clicking a link only to be greeted by the offer to install an app. The relatively slow process of visiting Google Play to download and install an app means that many people simply don't bother — and this is something that Instant Apps should help with.

The Instant Apps feature was announced last year at Google I/O, and there was much excitement at the prospect of 'streaming' apps on demand. Now Google has started live tests of Instant Apps for Android so you can try out the feature with the likes of BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope and Viki.

Instant Apps works by breaking down apps into small chunks so they can be downloaded and run on-the-fly — only those components that are needed have to be downloaded, meaning that with a reasonable connection speed the process should be all but seamless

Submission + - Tech firm Creates Trump Monitor for Stock Markets

randomErr writes: London-based fintech firm Trading.co.uk is launching an app that will generate trading alerts for shares based on Donald Trump social media comments. Watching the U.S. President-elect's personal Twitter feed has become a regular pastime for the fund managers and traders. Trump knocked several billion off the value of pharmaceutical stocks a week ago by saying they were "getting away with murder" with their prices. Comments earlier this week on China moved the dollar and a pair of December tweets sent the share prices of Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) and Boeing (BA.N) spiraling lower.

Submission + - NASA Mission Asteroid for Metals Worth Ten Thousand Quadrillion Dollars

randomErr writes: NASA wants to uncover the mystery behind the asteroid “16 Psyche.” that may contain a priceless treasure trove of minerals. “We’ve been to all the different planets, we’ve been to other asteroids. But we’ve never visited a body that has been made of entirely metal,” said Carol Polanskey, project scientist for the Psyche mission. Now NASA, led by researchers at Arizona State University, plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit 16 Psyche – an asteroid roughly the size of Massachusetts, made of iron and other precious metals. The mission’s leader estimates that the iron alone on today’s market would be worth $10,000 quadrillion.

Submission + - Robotic Sleeve Mimics Muscles to Keep a Heart Beating

randomErr writes: 5.7 million adults in the United States have heart failure each year with about 41 million worldwide. Currently treatment involves surgically implanting a mechanical pump, called a ventricular assist device (VAD), into the heart.The VAD helps maintains the heart's function. But patients with VADs are at high risk for getting blood clots and having a stroke. Researchers at Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital have created a soft robotic sleeve that doesn't have to be implanted. The robotic sleeve slips around the outside of the heart, squeezing it in sync with their natural rhythm..

Submission + - SPAM: New Automotive Software Released: Find the Flaws Before Hackers Do

santiago torres writes: Today researchers at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute unveiled a software security framework called Uptane, designed specifically to ensure security of over-the-air delivery of software updates to automobiles. Uptane is notable because 1) It is intended to remain secure even if a hacker or insider steals a number of keys or compromises some of the servers, 2) the automotive industry is taking this seriously, with dozens of suppliers and OEMs participating, and 3) the design is open with the researchers providing implementation, deployment scenarios, and other documentation. "Allowing the public to scrutinize Uptane’s security will ultimately improve and validate the design," said NYU Tandon Professor Justin Cappos, who leads the project. The researchers are openly inviting security reviews / questions from the public. You can see a demonstration of the technology at Reuters' Facebook page here. Given that the security community will have input into Uptane so that issues can be fixed before the system is deployed, will this make you feel safer about riding around in a 2 ton car controlled by 100 million lines of code?
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Submission + - Eating Disorders Are Getting The Silicon Valley Treatment

randomErr writes: More than 30 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder, yet most insurance denies treatment. How tech is working to fix that. At just 15 years old, Saffran and her cofounder Liana Rosenman formed a nonprofit called Project Heal to raise funds to help others with eating disorders access the care they need. Saffran, who is now 24, says their organization raises about $1 million per year from private donors, with a recent influx of support coming from high-profile investors like Arianna Huffington and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. That might seem like a drop in the bucket by Silicon Valley standards, but Project Heal is one of the largest eating disorder nonprofits in the country.

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