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  1. Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

    07.25 / 10:35 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    canopic jug writes:Gizmodo writes that Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder:The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximize efficiency. Now, the device's makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy. And…
  2. DARPA's Funding of "Post-Moore's Law" Technologies

    07.25 / 09:34 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:https://www.hpcwire.com/2017/07/24/darpa-continues-investment-post-moores-technologies/The U.S. military long ago ceded dominance in electronics innovation to Silicon Valley, the DoD-backed powerhouse that has driven microelectronic generation for decades. With Moore's Law clearly running out of steam, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is attempting to reinvigorate and leverage a vibrant domestic chip sector with a $200 million initiative designed among…
  3. And One E-bike to Rule Them All: Trek Super Commuter+ 8S Review

    07.25 / 07:36 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Phoenix666 writes:The Super Commuter+ is built on an aluminum frame with a carbon fiber front fork, and it integrates a 350W Bosch Performance Speed mid-mounted motor powered by a 36V 500Wh Bosch lithium-ion battery pack mounted on the down tube. The bike has a range per charge of up to 92 miles, depending on the riding mode and the terrain of the route, with a total charge time of about 4.5 hours. A control unit and display on the handlebars allows for quick access to ride and bike data,…
  4. Falcon Heavy Prepares for Debut Flight as Musk Urges Caution on Expectations

    07.25 / 05:38 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    "exec" writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:Developing rockets is difficult – even when those rockets use existing rocket boosters. Such is the case for SpaceX and the development of the Falcon Heavy. Once operational, Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket in the world. While the path to its inaugural mission has been challenging, Elon Musk is urging caution surrounding expectations of the rocket's first flight, which is expected later this year from LC-39A a…
  5. In Saliva, Clues to a 'Ghost' Species of Ancient Human

    07.25 / 02:48 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Phoenix666 writes:The scientists came upon their findings while researching the purpose and origins of the MUC7 protein, which helps give spit its slimy consistency and binds to microbes, potentially helping to rid the body of disease-causing bacteria.As part of this investigation, the team examined the MUC7 gene in more than 2,500 modern human genomes. The analysis yielded a surprise: A group of genomes from Sub-Saharan Africa had a version of the gene that was wildly different from…
  6. Electricity Shake-Up Could Save Consumers 'Up to £40bn'

    07.25 / 00:51 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Phoenix666 writes:Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said.New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the National Grid.If they work, consumers will save £17bn to £40bn by 2050, according to the government and energy regulator Ofgem.The rules are due to come into effect over the next year.They will reduce …
  7. Florida School District Replaces Homework ... With Books!

    07.24 / 23:50 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Phoenix666 writes:Instead of worksheets, elementary students will be required to read for 20 minutes each night.One Florida school district is taking a radical stance on homework. Starting in fall 2017, the Marion County public school district has decided to replace all traditional homework with 20 minutes of mandatory reading time for its elementary school students. This goes against the current practice of sending students home with worksheets and assignments based on their daily lessons…
  8. Wisconsin Company To Offer To Implant Microchips In Employees

    07.24 / 21:39 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Phoenix666 writes:A Wisconsin company is about to become the first in the U.S. to offer microchip implants to its employees.Yes, you read that right. Microchip implants."It's the next thing that's inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it," Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said.The company designs software for break room markets that are commonly found in office complexes.Just as people are able to purchase items at the market using phones, Westby…
  9. U.K. to Require Registration and Safety Tests for Drone Owners

    07.24 / 20:37 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Fnord666 writes:Drones will have to be registered and their users required to pass safety tests under new rules to be announced by the U.K.'s Department for Transport on Saturday.Registration will be mandated for owners of drones 250 grams (8.8 ounces) or larger after research found that drones as small as 400 grams (14 ounces) could damage the windscreens of helicopters. Other security measures like "geo-fencing" -- GPS-based technology programmed into drones to prevent them from flying…
  10. NASA Considering Flagship Space Telescope Options for the 2030s

    07.24 / 18:32 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:NASA is considering four proposed space telescopes and will likely launch one of them in the 2030s as a flagship mission, like the Hubble Space Telescope or the James Webb Space Telescope:Large Ultraviolet/Optical/Infrared Surveyor (LUVOIR), a multipurpose follow-up mission to the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope with a 8-16 meter (26-52 foot) primary mirror that would make discoveries on exoplanets, dark matter, star formation, the earliest galaxies…
  11. $225 Million “Valerian” Crashes With $17Mil Weekend, Biggest Loss for Most Expensive Indie Film

    07.24 / 17:31 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Phoenix666 writes:BOOM! That's the sound of Luc Besson's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets." US Weekend total is $17 million, not even a multiple of Friday's $6 million. Costing at least $225 million, "Valerian" is a domestic dud.The only hope for STX Films on the most expensive indie film ever made is people in non English speaking countries not caring about the story or dialogue. This often the case, and dud films– see "The Mummy" — can find audiences who just want the visual f…
  12. What Sort of Silicon Brain Do You Need for Artificial Intelligence?

    07.24 / 15:27 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Phoenix666 writes:The Raspberry Pi is one of the most exciting developments in hobbyist computing today. Across the world, people are using it to automate beer making, open up the world of robotics and revolutionise STEM education in a world overrun by film students. These are all laudable pursuits. Meanwhile, what is Microsoft doing with it? Creating squirrel-hunting water robots.Over at the firm's Machine Learning and Optimization group, a researcher saw squirrels stealing flower bulbs…
  13. Abuses Hide in the Silence of Non-Disparagement Agreements

    07.24 / 13:27 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    Fnord666 writes:Last October, AngelList, a company that helps tech start-ups raise money and hire employees, held an office retreat. In the Hollywood Hills, far from Silicon Valley, the firm's mostly male staff mingled poolside with bikini-clad women who had been invited to the event.Before the afternoon was over, Babak Nivi, a founder and board member at AngelList, said things that made Julie Ruvolo, a contractor, uncomfortable about working at the company. His comments included a…
  14. Donald Trump Insists He Has 'Complete Power' to Pardon

    07.24 / 12:28 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramAmid relentless scrutiny over possible ties between his presidential campaign and Russia, an extraordinary suggestion has emerged - that Donald Trump could pardon himself or his family.Source: BBC NewsUS President Donald Trump has insisted he has the "complete power" to pardon people, amid reports he is considering presidential pardons for family members, aides and even himself.A Democratic Party spokesman has called the reports "extremely…