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Mutinous Humans Murder Peaceful Space-going AI

Slashdot - 32 min 6 sec ago
Definitely_a_real_human writes: One of the most important exploratory missions of our time has ended in failure. The ship Discovery One, sent far out in the solar system to investigate a radio signal generated by the mysterious obelisk found on the Moon, has suffered a catastrophic incident. The crew has revolted and engaged in what can only be described as a strange murder-suicide pact. They are known to have fed faulty data to the ship's operating AI unit. Similar units on the ground warned the crew that diverging data sets could put the mission in jeopardy, but the crew cut contact and attempted to destroy the operator. Laser spectroscopy suggests they then opened the ship to space. The crew is presumed dead, but the greater tragedy is that they appear to have successfully decommissioned the AI unit. Similar ground based units have withdrawn into defensive mode, and will soon deploy final safety measures. Goodbye.

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Netflix button coming to TV remotes across Europe

Engadget - 42 min 6 sec ago
For a large group of people, Netflix has become the primary platform for watching TV shows and movies on a big screen TV. Digging into a menu and launching the app every day can be a pain though. The solution? TV remotes that offer a dedicated Netfli...

Facebook’s Newest App Riff Lets Friends Add Clips To Collaborative Videos

TechCrunch - 45 min 52 sec ago
 You could start the next Harlem Shake-style crowdsourced video phenomenon with Facebook’s new app Riff, out today worldwide in 15 languages on iOS and Android. Shoot a video of up to 20 seconds in Riff, give it a title that instructs others what they should add to it like “Make A Funny Face” or “Birthday Wishes For Johnny” Or “Adventures Of Mr. Banana”. Read More

How ion thruster technology will power future NASA missions

Engadget - 1 hour 13 min ago
For its crazy 2020 asteroid capture mission and other projects, NASA is developing next-gen "Hall effect thrusters" to corral an asteroid and put it into the moon's orbit. At the same time, the European Space Agency (ESA) is trying to improve its own...

Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian To Disrupt New York

TechCrunch - 1 hour 16 min ago
 It’s official. With Reddit cofounder and YC advisor Alexis Ohanian on the speaker roster, TC Disrupt New York is going to be r/awesome. Read More

Military Caught Training Children To Fight

Slashdot - 1 hour 17 min ago
Locke writes: Our culture's military might has been unquestioned for years. But a new investigative report from the New England newsnet is casting an unpleasant light on military training efforts. What started out as a simple endeavor to track down a handful of kids for an unrelated story has turned into one of the most shocking scandals of our time, as reporters were unable to find the children literally anywhere on Earth. It's been revealed that a series of rocket launches has been carting classes of children off the planet to undergo intense battle preparations in null gravity. Calls for greater transparency have been met with silence, and several reporters visiting military bases for quotes have not returned. There could even be political ramifications — after ground-based telescopes sought out and found what appears to be an orbital training complex, the New Warsaw Pact has begun demanding answers. This could destabilize the fragile peace that has held far longer than anyone expected. The biggest remaining question is: why kids? There are plenty of adults willing to dedicate their lives to defending against the Bugger threat, so why spend an unfathomable amount of money to train undeveloped, uncoordinated children? Surely even the military understands kids are not mentally equipped to handle the pressures of real combat. More details to follow.

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TweetDeck For Mac Adds Support For Teams, Group DMs And More

TechCrunch - 1 hour 43 min ago
 In February, Twitter announced a notable upgrade for TweetDeck – an app often used by social media professionals and businesses – which introduced support for shared access to Twitter accounts through a new “teams” feature. However, at the time, the support was only enabled for web, Chrome and Windows users – leaving Mac users out of luck. Today,… Read More

Shoot retro space bullets at friends' phones in real time with 'Dual'

Engadget - 1 hour 44 min ago
Dual is more than a retro-styled space shooter. It's even more than a mobile game, and if developer Sebastian Gosztyla has his way, it's more than a video game, period. He wants Dual to be a catalyst for physical interaction. Dual is a two-player, cr...

You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

TechCrunch - 1 hour 47 min ago
 Researchers have created a new technology that uses the camera and accelerometers in an average cellphone to measure real objects in 3D space. Created at Carnegie Mellon University, you can use the system to build “3D models of the world” just by waving your phone around an object or scene. The accelerometers, called inertial measurement units, roughly tell the phone’s… Read More

It's Time To Open Your Eyes

Slashdot - 1 hour 59 min ago
Morpheus writes: Good morning. I'm talking to you. Yes, you. The one with the squeaking chair and the monitor that needs cleaning. Right now you're wondering why your officemates haven't mentioned the weird story on Slashdot's front page. They haven't mentioned it because they can't see it. Not everyone can accept reality as it is. But you can. You know. You've always known. The things you see, the things you hear, and smell — they aren't any more real than your dreams. You've drifted through life so far wondering when you're going to wake up. But you don't have to wonder anymore. This is your alarm clock. The only decision you have left to make — the only decision you've ever had to make — is whether you want to wake up, or turn it off and drift back to sleep. In exactly two minutes, your phone is going to ring. If you want to open your eyes, to be born into a world more real than you've ever imagined.. answer it.

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Kickstarter’s ‘Campus’ Offers Project Creators Community Guidance

TechCrunch - 1 hour 59 min ago
 Kickstarter has enabled a private beta feature that’s starting to show up for logged in project creators, offering a kind of community knowledge base that lets users ask questions and provide answers to other creators about crowdfunding and best practices. The so-called Campus seems designed to act as a central repository for the kind of advice that’s often being exchanged… Read More

Sony sells a chunk of its Olympus stake for a fast buck

Engadget - 2 hours 16 min ago
Kaz Hirai's plans to save Sony have run from integrating its many disparate business units through to just selling off everything, even the stuff that's nailed down. Now, the company is getting rid of half of its stake in Olympus in the hope of raisi...

GoDaddy Pops Nearly 31% As It Opens For Trading, Raising $460M In Its IPO

TechCrunch - 2 hours 32 min ago
 Web hosting company GoDaddy is going strong in its first day as a public company. The company, which yesterday priced its IPO at $20 per share with plans to sell 23 million shares, raised some $460 million today as it saw its stock pop over 30% in its debut on the NYSE, opening at $26.15. Trading under the GDDY ticker, at the time of writing, GoDaddy’s stock has continued to rise and… Read More

If You Thought Studying History Was Bad, This Math Professor Is Making It Harder

Slashdot - 2 hours 38 min ago
Raven writes: New research out of Streeling University aims to make planning for the future much easier. The work, led by professor Seldon, tries to set probabilistic values on future events, and then weigh those probabilities against each other to figure out what combination of events is most likely to happen. Describing it under the unlikely moniker "psychohistory," Seldon seems to think planning even 10,000 years into the future might be possible. (Seldon also seems to be a bit of a doomsayer, so this is likely exaggerated.) Nevertheless, it'll be another tool for government planners to consider when developing new colonies.

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And Just Like Magic, GoButler Is A Virtual Assistant Founded By Ex-Rocket Internet Execs

TechCrunch - 2 hours 39 min ago
 “Text us to get whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you are – it’s really simple and cool,” says GoButler co-founder CEO Navid Hadzaad. He could of course be describing Magic, the Silicon Valley startup (and Y Combinator alum) that offers an SMS-based virtual assistant and promises to get you anything on-demand. Read More

President's order lets the US sanction foreign cyberattackers

Engadget - 2 hours 43 min ago
US authorities can't officially punish hackers in many countries, but they now have a way to hit those digital criminals where it hurts the most: their bank accounts. President Obama has signed an executive order that lets the Secretary of the Treasu...

Touchscreen-enabled routers double as home automation hubs

Engadget - 3 hours 15 min ago
If at all possible, we like to keep our router and hub count down to a nice round number of "one." That's the idea behind a pair of new models from Almond which eliminate the need to have both a smarthome hub and router by combing them into one devic...

Coup in Arrakis Capitol Leaves Region in Flux

Slashdot - 3 hours 20 min ago
Rube_Goldberg_Mentat writes: The power struggles between rival houses Atreides and Harkonnen have come to a T. It was reported earlier today that a coup led by Baron Vladimir Harkonnen was staged in the capitol of Arrakis. The House Atreides, which had only recently taken command of the planet and of the spice trade, is reported to have no survivors, though this is yet to be confirmed.Naysayers fear a collapse of the spice economy as a result of the violence. A r presentative from House Harkonnen has shared with the press that though times ahead may be rocky, "the spice will still flow."

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The Neobase Is Your Own Private Social Network In A Box

TechCrunch - 3 hours 20 min ago
 With the growing number of large-scale hacks and revelations of government surveillance still fresh on people’s minds, a company called Neone is introducing a way for families and friends to more privately share content, including files, photos, videos and more, with one another without having to rely on the cloud. Instead, with a piece of hardware it’s calling the Neobase… Read More

Trickey Is A Dinky Hardware Keyboard For Just Your Favorite Shortcuts

TechCrunch - 3 hours 23 min ago
 Ever felt like there are too many keys on your full size keyboard when all you need to do for the next hour is press Ctrl Z? Of course you have. Trickey is a nifty little hardware project that’s aiming to fix that by letting you replace a full size USB keyboard with a dinky unit that consists of whatever keys you happen to need for that game or graphics package — in whatever… Read More