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Businesses

Why MakerBot Didn't Kickstart A 3D Printing Revolution (backchannel.com) 236

Bre PettisâS once said MakerBot gave you a superpower -- "You can make anything you need." But four years later, mirandakatz writes that though MakerBot promised to revolutionize society, "That never happened." At Backchannel, Andrew Zaleski has the definitive, investigative account of why the 3D printing revolution hasn't yet come to pass, culled from interviews with industry observers, current MakerBot leadership, and a dozen former MakerBot employees. As he tells it, "In the span of a few years, MakerBot had to pull off two very different coups. It had to introduce millions of people to the wonders of 3D printing, and then convince them to shell out more than $1,000 for a machine. It also had to develop the technology fast enough to keep its customers happy. Those two tasks were too much for the fledgling company."
United States

Ransomware Compromises San Francisco's Mass Transit System (cbslocal.com) 140

Buses and light rail cars make San Francisco's "Muni" fleet the seventh largest mass transit system in America. But yesterday its arrival-time screens just displayed the message "You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted" -- and all the rides were free, according to a local CBS report shared by RAYinNYC: Inside sources say the system has been hacked for days. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has officially confirmed the hack, but says it has not affected any service... The hack affects employees, as well. According to sources, SFMTA workers are not sure if they will get paid this week. Cyber attackers also hit Muni's email systems.
Though the article claims "The transit agency has no idea who is behind it, or what the hackers are demanding in return," Business Insider reports "The attack seems to be an example of ransomware, where a computer system is taken over and the users are locked out until a certain amount of money is sent to the attacker." In addition, they're reporting the attack "reportedly included an email address where Muni officials could ask for the key to unlock its systems."

One San Francisco local told CBS, "I think it is terrifying. I really do I think if they can start doing this here, we're not safe anywhere."
Network

Apple Abandons Development of Wireless Routers, To Focus On Products That Return More Profit (bloomberg.com) 238

Apple has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers in a move that further sharpens the company's focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue, Bloomberg reports. From the article:Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV. Apple hasn't refreshed its routers since 2013 following years of frequent updates to match new standards from the wireless industry. The decision to disband the team indicates the company isn't currently pushing forward with new versions of its routers. Routers are access points that connect laptops, iPhones and other devices to the web without a cable. Apple currently sells three wireless routers, the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time capsule. The Time capsule doubles as a backup storage hard drive for Mac computers.

Comment Re:Should have been DOTA2 (Score 1) 75

Yes you have a lot of units in SC2, but often they're controlled as a group. You can micro, but it's mostly about the strength of the combined force, not individual units.

An AI would have to be able to play a whole team, i.e control and coordinate five units from a pool of over one hundred unique heroes, some of which can summon and control separate units in turn (e.g Lone Druid) and have abilities that interact in various non-obvious ways (and where it would be interesting to see new combinations and counters evolve).

After all, the AI learns by playing itself or watching games, so it's not about playing a /single/ unit. It's about playing a side.

Comment Re:Should have been DOTA2 (Score 1) 75

The only way you get to "play safe" and "have perfect lane equilibrium" is if your opponents aren't doing anything. This is no different from any other game.

Farming is a much larger problem space in DOTA2 than in SC2, where there are already optimal or near-optimal strategies to number of workers, etc. The first few minutes of a SC2 game is just the same old boring mechanical opening shit. IMO YMMV.

Comment Should have been DOTA2 (Score 1) 75

My initial reaction when I saw this news was that it was a boring choice. It's a step up from Galaga, so maybe it makes sense as a stepping stone, but as a game something like DOTA2 would be much more interesting.

DOTA2, unlike SC2, heavily depends on both cooperation AND competition between players as an integral part of the standard game. It's got all all the same fog-of-war issues (i.e imperfect knowledge). There's for all intents and purposes one map, so you can focus on the strategy of the game without the changing topology of the map interferring. There's also a huge library of replays to learn from, with more coming online every minute.

It'd be interesting to know if DOTA2 was considered and rejected for some reason. Maybe it's as easy as Valve not being open to providing the hooks they need, but that doesn't sound like Valve.

I guess the positives for SC2 is that it's simpler, and they won't have to contend with too many changes/new units since it's at the end of its life.

Government

FBI Probes Newly Discovered Hillary Clinton Emails and Reopens Investigation (telegraph.co.uk) 822

The FBI said Friday it is reviewing newly discovered emails related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to determine whether she properly handled classified emails. The reopening of the investigation comes after the FBI recently "learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the Clinton investigation," FBI director James Comey said. Comey added, however, that "FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant." It is also unclear "how long it will take us to complete this additional work." FBI's announcement today is "certain" to become an issue in the final two weeks of the presidential campaign, however. Donald Trump is naturally pleased hearing the news, at New Hampshire, Trump said the new probe offered the FBI the chance to correct a "grave miscarriage of justice." He added, "We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office." Supporters responded with chants of "Lock her up!" Trump added that the email investigation is "bigger than Watergate."
Democrats

WikiLeaks Posts 2,000 More Emails From John Podesta (cnn.com) 377

WikiLeaks has released an additional 2,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta -- the second leak in four days. The first leak contained thousands of emails from Podesta, including apparent excerpts from Ms Clinton's paid, closed-door speeches to Wall Street executives after leaving her position as Secretary of State. CNN reports: The emails appear to be mostly from 2015, covering a litany of policy and strategy discussions between Clinton staffers on how to handle issues of the day and the press, including the release of the book "Clinton Cash" alleging nefarious activity by the Clinton Foundation. Another email has long-time Clinton aide Doug Band referring to Chelsea Clinton as a "spoiled brat." Doug Band emailed Podesta and longtime Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills about a damning story about his consulting company, Teneo, by lashing out at Chelsea Clinton. "I don't deserve this from her and deserve a tad more respect or at least a direct dialogue for me to explain these things," Band wrote. "She is acting like a spoiled brat kid who has nothing else to do but create issues to justify what she's doing because she, as she has said, hasn't found her way and has a lack of focus in her life." The emails also revealed that Clinton wanted to respond more forcefully to "Clinton Cash," the 2015 book that looked to connect Clinton Foundation actions and decisions made by Hillary Clinton's State Department. According to an email from another close aide, Huma Abedin, Clinton wanted to tape a straight-to-camera video responding to the allegations. Clinton campaign responded to the release by slamming the Trump campaign for "cheering on a release today engineered by Vladimir Putin," after Trump adviser Jason Miller tweeted a link to the document page with the phrase "And here...we...go."

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 1042

Just because there's a rate of improvement now doesn't mean it won't taper off and eventually flatten in the future.

Just like the Tower of Babel: They wanted to reach the heavens, and for the first few hundred feet or so, they made excellent progress, but they just couldn't continue at the same pace

Communications

Outage Knocks Out All Major Phone Providers On the East Coast (dailydot.com) 121

Every major phone carrier experience outages on United States' east coast this morning at around 11am local time. The outage lasted for about 45 minutes. DownDetector, which monitors outages of services, confirmed AT&T, Verizon, Charter Spectrum, Comcast, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, US Cellular, and Vonage among others were affected. From a DailyDot report: T-Mobile CEO John Legare tweeted about the incident, pointing to issues with Level 3, a major internet backbone. Other tech firms quickly pointed to a Level 3 outage as well. No specific information has been released on potential causes of the outage or consequences that may result from it.

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