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Morning Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:03am
Add-on Compatibility for Firefox 29. Thanks Ant.

Morning Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:03am
Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support. Thanks Ant via Slashdot. NVIDIA GeForce 337.50 Beta Driver Comparison. Using Samba to Share Your Linux Folders with Another PC or Virtual...

Morning Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:03am
Thanks Ant. Private crypto keys are accessible to Heartbleed hackers, new data shows. First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors. Thanks Slashdot. Adobe Security Bulletin: Adobe Reader...

Morning Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:03am
Thanks Acleacius. School Officials Bully Student into Deleting Recording of Bullying, Threaten him with Felony Wiretapping. FBI Abruptly Walks Out On Senate Briefing After Being Asked How 'Insider...

Game Reviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:03am
Diamond Wireless Range Extender WR300NSI on The Elder Scrolls Online on PC Gamer and Skewed 'n Reviewed. Moebius on Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Might & Magic X on RPGWatch. Papers,...

Hardware Reviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:03am
AMD Athlon 5350 APU and AM1 Platform on Legit Reviews. Asustor AS-204TE on techPowerUp. be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler on Cooler Master Nepton 140XL CPU Cooler on Hardware...

Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:29am
judgecorp (778838) writes "Three weeks after Russia asserted that Crimea is part of its territory, the social networks have a problem: how to categories their users from the region? Facebook and the largest Russian social network, Vkontakte, still say Crimeans are located in Ukraine, while other Russian social networks say they are Russians. Meanwhile, on Wikipedia, an edit war has resulted in Crimea being part of Russia, but shaded a different colour to signify the territory is disputed. Search engine Yandex is trying to cover both angles: its maps service gives a different answer, depending on which location you send your query from."

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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:51am
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Bloomberg reports that humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process. "We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to sharpen our manual skills and further develop them," says Mitsuru Kawai, a half century-long company veteran tapped by President Akio Toyoda to promote craftsmanship at Toyota's plants. "When I was a novice, experienced masters used to be called gods (Kami-sama in Japanese), and they could make anything." According to Kawai, learning how to make car parts from scratch gives younger workers insights they otherwise wouldn't get from picking parts from bins and conveyor belts, or pressing buttons on machines. At about 100 manual-intensive workspaces introduced over the last three years across Toyota's factories in Japan, these lessons can then be applied to reprogram machines to cut down on waste and improve processes. In an area Kawai directly supervises at the forging division of Toyota's Honsha plant, workers twist, turn and hammer metal into crankshafts instead of using the typically automated process. Experiences there have led to innovations in reducing levels of scrap and shortening the production line and Kawai also credits manual labor for helping workers improve production of axle beams and cut the costs of making chassis parts. "We cannot simply depend on the machines that only repeat the same task over and over again," says Kawai. "To be the master of the machine, you have to have the knowledge and the skills to teach the machine.""

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Guardian</em> and WaPo</em> Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:05am
Late Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize board announced (PDF) the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners. The public service prize was awarded to the Guardian and the Washington Post. The Washington Post was given the award for its role in revealing widespread surveillance by the NSA, "...marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security," and the Guardian for sparking "...a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy." Snowden released a statement praising the Pulitzer board: "Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognizes was work of vital public importance. This decision reminds us that what no individual conscience can change, a free press can. "

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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:03am
harrymcc (1641347) writes "If you remember the golden age of BYTE magazine, you remember Robert Tinney's wonderful cover paintings. BYTE's April 1981 cover featured an amazing Tinney image of a smartwatch with a tiny text-oriented interface, QWERTY keyboard, and floppy drive. It's hilarious — but 33 years later, it's also a smart visual explanation of why the future of technology so often bears so little resemblance to anyone's predictions. I wrote about this over at 'Back then, a pundit who started talking about gigabytes of storage or high-resolution color screens or instant access to computers around the world or built-in cameras and music players would have been accused of indulging in science fiction.'"

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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:07pm
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The U.S. biomedical science system 'is on an unsustainable path' and needs major reform, four prominent researchers say. Researchers should 'confront the dangers at hand,' the authors write, and 'rethink' how academic research is funded, staffed, and organized. Among other issues, the team suggests that the system may be producing too many new researchers and forcing them to compete for a stagnating pool of funding."

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