How Education Will Be Smarter, Less Intrusive, And Able To Respond To How You Feel

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 8:00pm
 Impatience characterizes the technology sector’s approach to education. Disruption is taking place in all other sectors of society — so, why not education? I know too well, whether at Pearson or in the classroom, the challenges and frustration of developing and using digital tools that improve outcomes for students. But I’m optimistic. We are on the verge of a tide of… Read More

Swarm Robotics Breakthrough Brings Pheromone Communication To AI

Slashdot - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 7:12pm
An anonymous reader writes: Computer scientists at the University of Lincoln have invented a reliable, low-cost system which replicates in robots the pheromone-based communication behind insect swarms. Using off-the-shelf equipment including an LCD screen and a USB camera, the team has proposed what they call COS-phi, or Communication System via Pheromone. The artificial pheromone trails are traced visually onto the screen. As soon as a bot picks up on the path, it is forced to follow the leader.

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Apple's next iPhone reportedly ditches the headphone jack

Engadget - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 7:11pm
Apple's quest for ever-thinner, ever-smarter devices may produce another casualty: your iPhone's headphone jack. A rumor at MacOtakara claims that the next iPhone might drop the 3.5mm port and use the Lightning port for audio instead. The move would...

Creator of Relay On BITNET, Predecessor of IRC, Dies

Slashdot - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:23pm
tmjva writes: Jeff Kell passed away on November 25 as reported here in the 3000newswire. He was inventor of BITNET Relay, a predecessor of Internet Relay Chat using the REXX programming language. In 1987 he wrote the following preserved article about RELAY and here is his obituary.. May this early inventor rest in peace.

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NASA Prepares To Launch an Orion and 3 Cubesats To Deep Space: 3 Years To Go

Slashdot - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:11pm
MarkWhittington writes: As NASA has noted, the space agency and its contractors are working diligently on the first launch of the heavy-lift Space Launch System. The launch, officially called EM-1, or Exploration Mission 1, will loft an unpiloted version of the Orion spacecraft around the moon. also noted that a number of secondary payloads, known as CubeSats, will be along for the ride as well. NASA considered EM-1, scheduled for 2018, a crucial step in its Journey to Mars which will, it is hoped, reach its ultimate destination sometime in the 2030s.

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Legal Streaming: Build Your Audience Without Getting GG’ed

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:00pm
 Tens of thousands of broadcasters, game developers, and fans converged on San Francisco’s Moscone Center during TwitchCon 2015 — Twitch’s inaugural celebration for the videogame streaming community. Since its launch in 2007, Twitch has grown into the world’s most popular streaming platform for video game and electronic sports Internet streaming, ranking fourth overall… Read More

The NSA's mass US phone surveillance ends tonight

Engadget - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 5:15pm
The National Security Agency's long-running mass phone surveillance program is coming to an end. As promised, the USA Freedom Act will forbid the NSA from indiscriminately collecting Americans' call metadata at midnight on November 29th. Agents wi...

Bill Gates To Headline Paris Climate Talks

Slashdot - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 5:14pm
theodp writes: The NY Times and others report that Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of the two-week long Paris Climate Change Conference. The climate summit, which will be attended by President Obama and 100+ world leaders, is intended to forge a global accord to cut planet-warming emissions. The pending announcement was first reported by ClimateWire. A spokesman for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation did not respond to a request for comment. Let's hope it goes better than BillG school reform!

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Here’s What Cards Against Humanity Is Doing With The $71,145 They Made On Black Friday

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 4:16pm
 While a lot of the US was out and about shopping for themselves or others for the holidays, Cards Against Humanity ran their own Black Friday campaign, asking for $5 and in return the buyer would get nothing. Nada. Zip. And the buyers (all 11,248 of them) LIKED it. Today, the team shared that they’d made a grand total of $71,145 in one day and let us in on what they would be buying… Read More

What USB Has Replaced (And What it Hasn't)

Slashdot - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 4:16pm
An anonymous reader writes with a story at Ars Technica about the evolution thus far of USB as an enabling technology: Like all technology, USB has evolved over time. Despite being a 'Universal' Serial Bus, in its 18-or-so years on the market it has spawned multiple versions with different connection speeds and many, many types of cables. A casual search around the shelves by my desk shows that I've got at least 12 varieties, and that's not even counting serial and PS/2 adapters. What have you replaced with USB?

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Ben Heck's controller mods tutorial

Engadget - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 3:30pm
For a while now Ben and Felix have been making and selling single handed accessibility controllers. In this episode Ben will tear down the XBox One gamepad and show you how to do mods of your own, from the pin-outs to the connections for the directio...

How Bad of a World Are We Really Living In Right Now?

Slashdot - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 3:14pm
New submitter Y.A.A.P. writes: Slate has a surprisingly relevant article of the state of the world today. A reasonable number of graphs and statistical comparisons show that our world is more peaceful than it has been for a long time. The article tells us that, despite what most news outlets (and political candidates) tell us, The World Is Not Falling Apart. Well, not from violence, at least.

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UberChopper Brings Desperately Needed Excess To Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 3:02pm
 Today, as you nurse your wounds from Black Friday stampedes outside your local mall, or sit in traffic as you make your lengthy travel back home from the holidays, here’s a reminder that life doesn’t have to be so hard. Forget UberBLACK. This weekend, the who’s who of absurdly wealthy people chilling in Dubai who aren’t skiing indoors or BASE jumping off of the… Read More

Dell-EMC Deal Facing Issues On Multiple Fronts

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 2:18pm
 When the news broke in early October that Dell was planning on buying EMC for a whopping $67 billion, more than a few jaws dropped (including mine), but in the weeks since, reports have surfaced about multiple problems from tax issues to VMware’s plunging stock price and the post-deal creation of Virtustream. It’s too soon to say the deal is in jeopardy, but there are enough… Read More

DecryptorMax/CryptInfinite Ransomware Decrypted, No Need To Pay Ransom

Slashdot - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 2:13pm
An anonymous reader writes: Emsisoft has launched a new tool capable of decrypting files compromised by the DecryptorMax (CryptInfinite) ransomware. The tool is quite easy to use, and will generate a decryption key. For best results users should compare an encrypted and decrypted file, but the tool can also get the decryption key by comparing an encrypted PNG with a random PNG downloaded off the Internet.

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Key Person Insurance Is VCs’ Assurance

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 2:00pm
 Founders soliciting venture funds quickly get comfortable revealing details about their operations, vision and finances. They may also need to be willing to step on a scale and get a blood draw. Investors try to ensure that the startups they’re funding are healthy, and, strange as it might seem, they like to know that critical founders are in good shape, too. Read More

12 Gifts To Inspire The Next Generation Of Coders

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 2:00pm
 Are you buying a gift for a budding coder or hardware hacker? Kids today are truly spoilt on this front, with a very wide range of specialized kit that offers to teach tech smarts in a fun and engaging way. This gift guide pulls together some of the best children’s gifts in this category right now. Read More

The Coin universal card is ready for 2012

Engadget - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 2:00pm
If your wallet is bursting at the seams with credit, gift and loyalty plastic, the Coin universal card is supposed to lighten the load. Just add all your information to the app, sync it with Coin and get ready to buy all the things with a swipe or an...

Solving The Persistent Security Threats For The Internet Of Things

TechCrunch - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 1:30pm
 The security problem — and, just as important, the security risks that consumers perceive in internet-connected devices — represents a real threat to the hundreds of millions of dollars companies are pouring into connected devices of all stripes. Read More

Ask Slashdot: Buy Or Build a High End Gaming PC?

Slashdot - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 1:15pm
An anonymous reader writes: Looking at some Black Friday ads, I'm seeing some good deals on Alienware and other gaming rigs that would be cheaper than building them from scratch. If you built or were to build a high end gaming rig, what would you suggest? Or would you just get a prebuilt system and customize it to your needs? I'm not looking for cheap, I want best quality and performance, but not overkill that would rival supercomputers and at the same time break my bank account. It would be a Windows system to keep my family happy, but possibly dual boot with Linux to keep me happy. It will be located in the livingroom hooked up to a regular monitor and the big screen TV, replacing a budget PC that's in there now.

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