Bezos…Boom!
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Amazon overtakes Walmart in market value after unexpected profit – FT.com Amazon overtook Walmart as the largest US retailer by market capitalisation on Thursday, after posting an unexpected quarterly profit and revenues that easily beat Wall Street expectations. The online … Continue reading

Ignoring the Obvious
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Why American teenagers are having much less sex – The Washington Post The share of teen girls who reported they’ve had sex at least once dropped from 51 percent in 1988 to 44 percent in 2013, they found. Abstinence was more pronounced … Continue reading

Inevitable
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Watch this totally illegal drone fire a handgun “We currently have rules in the books that deal with releasing anything from an aircraft, period,” said FAA drone regulator Jim Williams back in 2013. “Those rules are in place, and that … Continue reading

Well, It Is the 21st Century
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For writers, Google has utterly redefined the means and methods of doing research. Like (0) … Continue reading

Timing Is Everything
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The Billion Dollar Food Delivery Wars | TechCrunch I was right about Webvan.  Unfortunately, I was 15 years early, which ended up costing me a huge chunk of my retirement savings. Like (1) … Continue reading

An Earth-Shattering Kaboom?
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Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions – Business Insider It’s a twist on the old Project Orion notion:  Project Orion (nuclear propulsion) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Interesting, though. Like (0) … Continue reading

That Google “Not All the Streets” View….
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The curious case of Google Street View’s missing streets | Computerworld There could be many reasons for the gaps, as Google has discussed in the past. In some cases, construction work may have prevented its mapping car from passing through. … Continue reading

Faster, Please
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Cancer drug 49 times more potent than Cisplatin — ScienceDaily The new drug works by forcing cancer cells to use their mitochondria, the ‘power house’ of a cell, to generate the energy necessary to function. Whilst healthy cells use mitochondria … Continue reading

Police State Waving Hands, Stamping Jackboots In Frustrated Rage
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Manhattan DA: iPhone Crypto Locked Out Cops 74 Times | WIRED The debate over encryption and backdoors for law enforcement has long had a surplus of opinions and a deficit of data. On Wednesday, however, New York district attorney Cyrus … Continue reading

Everything Is Going As I Predicted
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Samsung Galaxy S6 Is Getting Crushed By iPhone And Samsung’s Own Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung Electronics can’t catch a break. Its profits are falling, competition is increasing and it can’t sell what was once its flagship mobile phone: the Galaxy … Continue reading

Bring. It. On.
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Giant Japanese robot will fistfight America’s MegaBot Get set for a live-action version of Transformers, as the company behind giant Japanese robot Kuratas has accepted a duel challenge from upstart US challenger MegaBot. However, it’ll only fight on one condition: … Continue reading

Necessity
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Internet access “not a necessity or human right,” says FCC Republican | Ars Technica It may not be quite yet, but it most certainly will become so within ten or fifteen years.  Especially if I’m keeping half my brain backed … Continue reading

Samsung Secretly Disables Windows Update, Destroys Security Protections
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Samsung is actively disabling Windows Update on at least some computers | VentureBeat | Security | by Emil Protalinski Let’s put this another way: various forms of malware disable Windows Update any chance they get. This is a serious problem … Continue reading

PQE – Protection Against Quantum Encryption Crackers?
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Post-Quantum Encryption No Longer A Laughing Matter | TechCrunch While U.K.-based PQ Solutions is technically a startup the team has actually been plugging away on their post-quantum encryption and data access software for some six years. The underlying encryption algorithms they’re using date back even … Continue reading

Frankly, I’m Amazed The Navy Isn’t Still on CP/M
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The US Navy’s warfare systems command just paid millions to stay on Windows XP | PCWorld The U.S. Navy is paying Microsoft millions of dollars to keep up to 100,000 computers afloat because it has yet to transition away from … Continue reading

Revolutionary Technology! (Not…)
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If you review tech, I guess waxing rhapsodic over the latest meh is a job requirement: Review: The Lenovo LaVie Z is crazy-light and surprisingly fast | PCWorld Ounces count in caviar, precious metals and the laptop that’s carving a … Continue reading

Hoverbikes Coming Soon?
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The US military is developing Star Wars-style hoverbikes   The goal is to replace some of the work a helicopter does with the hoverbikes, a vehicle that provides increased safety and costs significantly less. “With adducted rotors you immediately not … Continue reading

House Without Windows
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There are likely only two pre-release builds of Windows 10 remaining | Windows 10 content from SuperSite for Windows In his blog post and on Twitter Aul indicated that the next build of Windows 10 will be ready soon. While … Continue reading

Okay, This Is Weird
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1 in 3 data center servers is a zombie | Computerworld A new study says that 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, or are using energy but delivering no useful information. What’s remarkable is that that … Continue reading

Do We Really Need Another Phone Charger?
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Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun Contemplates Shipping Smartphones Without Chargers Xiaomi Corp. CEO Lei Jun is considering the viability of shipping smartphones without their chargers, to “protect the environment,” Xiaomi Today reported Wednesday. Lei has asked followers of his page on the … Continue reading

From President Butt-Face On Down
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Butt Identification, and Other Awkward Biometrics In case you don’t leave any poop behind as identification, a team of engineers in Japan is working on a device that can recognize your butt. Gosh.  Think of all the politicians – starting … Continue reading

Play It Again, Sam (And Again, And Again, And Again…)
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Toshiba’s Windows 10 laptops all have a built-in Cortana key Toshiba just unveiled its back-to-school laptop lineup, and while mainstream notebooks are normally a bit of a snooze, there’s at least one detail that makes these worth a second look. … Continue reading

Pay Them And and They Will Come?
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EU faces IT staff shortfall of 825,000, redoubles training | Computerworld The European Union faces a huge shortfall of qualified IT staff in Europe by 2020, prompting EU countries to redouble efforts to offer technology training. There are not enough … Continue reading

Who Knows What Microsoft Is Doing Now?
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Why did Microsoft just combine its Windows and Devices businesses? | ZDNet Some think the move is a precursor to Microsoft getting rid of some, and maybe ultimately, all, of its first-party devices, which include Surface, HoloLens, Lumia, Surface Hub, … Continue reading

The Fading Dream of Internet Freedom
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Shock European court decision: Websites are liable for users’ comments | Ars Technica In a surprise decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and … Continue reading

Heh. Indeed.
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Maybe We Should Just Stop Worrying About Delivery Drones UPDATE:  For some reason, this made me think of SteveF…. Like (0) … Continue reading

Lace
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Scientists Just Invented the Neural Lace In the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks, futuristic post-humans install devices on their brains called a “neural lace.” A mesh that grows with your brain, it’s essentially a wireless brain-computer interface. But it’s … Continue reading

Remember When Computers Were Supposed to Make Things Cheaper? Well, They Ended Up Empowering Government Bureaucrats, Instead
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An ’80s-era Amiga controls the heating for an entire school district Think the Windows XP workstation you use at the office is ancient? It doesn’t hold a candle next to what the Grand Rapids Public School district is using to … Continue reading

No, I Doubt Windows 10 Will Be Ready For Release by July 29
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Here’s my current state of play: I’m running Windows 10 Insider Edition (a fancy term for beta versions of the OS) on two machines – a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and a Microsoft Surface 3.  These are the two latest … Continue reading

Does the Internet Really Route Around Censorship?
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Canadian Court: Yes, We Can Order Google To Block Websites Globally | Techdirt Finally, the court addresses another concern raised by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, noting that banning access to a website worldwide has serious free speech consequences. Once … Continue reading

I’m Sorry, But This Apple Announcement Is Still Hilarious
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iOS 9 Changes Mean the iPad Pro Almost Certainly Coming This Fall The most notable change is the addition of side-by-side multitasking, so that two apps can be shown on the screen simultaneously, allowing someone to easily refer to both. … Continue reading

Apple Parties Like It’s 1999!
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After iOS 9 is out, the iPad Air 2 will make a lot more sense | Ars Technica iOS 9 changes that. That hardware is exactly what allows two iPad apps to run simultaneously side-by-side without sacrificing performance (at least, … Continue reading

Intel Picks the Suicide Option
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Intel to invest $125 million in startups run by women, minorities | Computerworld To encourage diversity in IT, Intel Capital has established a $125 million investment program targeted at startups run by women and under-represented minorities. The investment program complements … Continue reading

Unbelievably Dangerous? Nope. A Cool Bong Lighter? Sure.
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Homebuilt laser shotgun is every bit as dangerous as it sounds If you thought building your own laser weapon at home was hot stuff, you haven’t seen anything yet. Do-it-yourself fan Styropyro has built a laser “shotgun” whose eight 5W … Continue reading

The Cyborg That Could Shoot Straight
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Tech used for stroke victims now helping soldiers shoot straight | Ars Technica Researchers at the US Army Research Lab are testing a carbon-fiber exoskeleton arm originally developed to assist in the rehabilitation of stroke victims as a way to … Continue reading

Geeks on Parade
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South Korean team surges past rivals to win DARPA bot battle | Computerworld Pure quill geekitude.  And kicked the stuffing out of our geeks. Here’s the SouK version of Robbie the Robot, which won the DARPA competiton: Like (0) … Continue reading

Getting Bigger and Smaller At the Same Time
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Microdia crams 512GB into a microSD card, out in July – CNET TAIPEI — Just a few stands away from SanDisk here at Computex is Microdia, and while it doesn’t quite have the same brand recognition as the memory card … Continue reading

USB-C: Winning, But That Doesn’t Mean the New Apple MacBook Is
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USB-C has already won | The Verge As it likes to do, Apple recently released a product before the world was ready. The new 12-inch MacBook has but a single port — unless you count the headphone jack — and … Continue reading

Apple Sauce
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New model, two-year-old processor: the 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro reviewed | Ars Technica When the company held off refreshing the 15-inch model alongside the 13-inch Pro and both MacBook Airs earlier this year, we assumed it was waiting for … Continue reading

SourceForge Now Poisoned Source
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SourceForge locked in projects of fleeing users, cashed in on malvertising [Updated] | Ars Technica The takeover of the SourceForge account for the Windows version of the open-source GIMP image editing tool reported by Ars last week is hardly the … Continue reading