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Comment What if you're just tech savvy (Score 1, Interesting) 201

My kid got a laptop from her grand dad. They shorted her on 8 gigs of ram. I wasn't paying attention and neither was she. She uses it for school so it's not like it matters, but if I got that back it would go. I've returned tons of stuff like that over the years. Stuff that was functional but not what the manufacturer says it was.

I also use a Phillips Air Floss. Works great, but the motors die like clockwork ever 12-14 months. I bought the extended warranty and return it to the store. If you don't want me to keep returning them fix the bloody problem with the motors. It's not like I enjoy traipsing to Best Buy ever year when the damn thing breaks.

And don't get me started on cell phones. Use slightly cheaper ram and their performance goes to crap. Not a problem if you buy $700+ flagships. But I buy $250 mid range phones. I go through two or three before I find one that isn't crap and do that about every 2-3 years (mostly because radios improve and I want the better reception/new bands).

If you're savvy there are plenty of legit reasons to return lots of stuff. Companies will make barely functional crap if you let them. Returns are the one thing that lets us punish them. And again, I'm not scamming anyone. In fact, I'm pretty damn pissed companies are wasting my time with their God Damned corner cutting.

Comment Re:Variable resolution (Score 1) 77

As proven by all the research done in VR since Occulus : the main drawback would be rendering speed/feedback loop.
Will this eyesight tracking work fast enough so the image rendering doesn't lag too much behind the eye motion ?

Already solved... nearly two years ago. It hasn't been used yet because no mainstream headset has installed the eye tracking sensors needed. I'm sure patents or cost are a factor. But the tech works, and the higher resolution we get the more important foveated rendering will be. So it's only a matter of time.

Comment No, Trek Transporters are Analog (Score 1) 246

If that were true, everytime someone on Star Trek stepped through a transporter they would be dead too.

Jesus Christ, Trek people go to agonizing lengths to drive home the point that transporters are analog to avoid this issue precisely, but most people still get it wrong.

I'd think that /. would be the kind of place where those using Star Trek as evidence would have at least read one of the tech manuals.

Anyway, the whole point of the annular confinement beam and the phrase "Energize" is that Trek uses a matter-to-energy conversion system that actually moves atoms from point A to point B - it does not copy-and-delete and Geordi even says that even their computers do not have the capacity to duplicate all of the quantum states in the replicators. Roddenberry was very concerned about his plot device implying the absence of a soul.

By contrast, check out the episode of Outer Limits with the gal who goes to the sentient dinosaur planet from the Earth Moon station, to get a sense of the implications of a digital process. Spoiler alert: grim.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: “Women at Microsoft are sexualized by their male managers,” lawsuit alleges - Ars Technica (google.com)


Ars Technica

“Women at Microsoft are sexualized by their male managers,” lawsuit alleges
Ars Technica
According to a newly unsealed court filing, women at Microsoft who work in technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints pertaining to gender discrimination or sexual harassment from 2010 through 2016. The new document was first reported Monday evening ...
Microsoft Upheld Less Than 1 Percent of Gender Discrimination Complaints by Female Employees, Court Documents ...Gizmodo
Microsoft received 238 discrimination and harrassment complaints since 2010The Verge
Microsoft faces 238 complaints of gender discriminationEngadget
GeekWire-Fox News-Breitbart News-International Business Times
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Comment Re:HTML? (Score 1) 111

So you're not talking about this survey then, right? Because that they never called HTML a programming language. They used the term "web tech" when referring to HTML, and even titled the list "Programming, Scripting, And Markup Languages" to be clear, and they STILL get called out for calling HTML a programming language, AND the comment gets modded up. Everyone is aware of what HTML is, but yet they felt the need to add the (un)necessary specifics just because of comments like this, and they STILL get accused of not understanding basic info they probably have know for 20 years. I guess with some things, you just can't win.

Comment I think the bigger thing folks are missing (Score 3, Interesting) 201

is that this is the big data folks keep talking about. I'll leave figuring out how this can (will?) be abused as an exercise for the reader, but regardless this puts more power in the hands of retailers and contributes to tipping the balance between consumer/retailer. Airlines do the same thing with rapid price changes, and yes there's a bit of an arms race on right now, but I don't expect plucky consumers to come out ahead. There was already a lopsided power imbalance before all the mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyout fueled bankruptcies.

TL;DR. We need to consider the effects of large sets of cheaply available consumer data being easily traded among the few retailers that are left.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 246

The star trek transporter works by measuring a target's impression on spacetime at a subatomic level, and then creating a 4-dimensional hologram of that impression at the destination point. The inverse of that hologram is then applied to the source point, cancelling out the probability of the target being at the source location, while the probability of it being at the destination rises to certainty.

The tone of Slashdot seems to have changed a lot lately. It's disheartening, but posts like these remind me that everything is still right in the tech world.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Female Microsoft Employees Filed Hundreds Of Discrimination, Harassment Complaints From 2010 To 2016 - International Business Times (google.com)


International Business Times

Female Microsoft Employees Filed Hundreds Of Discrimination, Harassment Complaints From 2010 To 2016
International Business Times
New court documents showed that female Microsoft employees filed hundreds of sexual harassment or gender discrimination complaints over a recent six-year period. Between 2010 and 2016, women at the tech giant filed 238 complaints for poor treatment on ...
Women at Microsoft Filed Hundreds of Harassment Complaints: LawsuitDaily Beast
Microsoft women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaintsReuters
Revealed: Women at Microsoft filed 238 complaints alleging gender discrimination and sexual harassment between ...Daily Mail

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Comment Re: The horror (Score 1) 137

Then you've got a Microsoft tech remoting i to your machine via the update ticket, or a Microsoft tech calling you up and asking you to install TeamViewer so he can remote in... *hint* *hint*

By not having the device phone home to fix, without a special support agreement anyway, it avoids customers getting used to unsolicited support calls, and thus hopefully fewer individuals scammed.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Report: Microsoft Has Received 'Hundreds' of Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaints Since 2010 - Breitbart News (google.com)


Breitbart News

Report: Microsoft Has Received 'Hundreds' of Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaints Since 2010
Breitbart News
Microsoft has received “hundreds” of gender discrimination and sexual harassment complaints since 2010, according to a report. According to Reuters, court filings show that 238 discrimination and sexual harassment complaints were filed between 2010 and ...
Female Microsoft Employees Filed Hundreds Of Discrimination, Harassment Complaints From 2010 To 2016International Business Times
New Details Revealed In Gender Discrimination Case Against MicrosoftRefinery29
Women at Microsoft Filed Hundreds of Harassment Complaints: LawsuitDaily Beast
Ars Technica-Business Insider-Reuters-Daily Mail
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Comment Re:And why would anybody in the future care? (Score 1) 246

If you run out of funding in 30 years, you've already been paid so toss the brains out. Just like you should have 30 years ago. I'm not only worried about them making the transition to uploading minds, I'm wondering if they can even do what they're promising now. Embalming a body so that there's NO decay after hundreds of years is a pretty big claim. Didn't RTFA to learn about "high-tech embalming," but it must be something special.

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Female Microsoft employees filed hundreds of harassment and discrimination complaints, lawsuit says
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238 women who worked in U.S.-based technical jobs for Microsoft are suing the company for systematically denying pay raises or promotions to women. Court documents made public Monday showed female employees at Microsoft filed 238 harassment and ...
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Microsoft

'Women At Microsoft Are Sexualized By Their Male Managers,' Lawsuit Alleges (arstechnica.com) 181

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: According to a newly unsealed court filing, women at Microsoft who work in technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints pertaining to gender discrimination or sexual harassment from 2010 through 2016. The new document was first reported Monday evening by Reuters. The figures were revealed as part of a proposed class-action lawsuit originally filed in 2015 (Moussouris v. Microsoft). The female plaintiffs argue that the company's internal rating system discriminates against women and disfavors professional advancement for women.

As part of the class certification process and civil discovery, Microsoft handed over years of records to the plaintiffs' lawyers. In the Monday-released filing, which was originally submitted to the court in October 2017, Moussouris' lawyer, Michael Subit, wrote that "Microsoft's Culture is Rife with Sexual Harassment" before continuing: "Company records indicate that women at Microsoft are sexualized by their male managers and coworkers, leading to a substantial number of incidents of alleged sexual harassment, and even several incidents of sexual assault, that often go unpunished." Specifically, Subit continued, Microsoft's internal unit (known as "ERIT") received 108 complaints of sexual harassment filed by female US-based technical employees, 119 complaints of gender discrimination, eight complaints of retaliation, and three complaints of pregnancy discrimination. Out of all of the claimed instances of gender discrimination, Microsoft's internal investigation only found that one such complaint was "founded."

Programming

Developers Love Trendy New Languages, But Earn More With Functional Programming: Stack Overflow's Annual Survey (arstechnica.com) 111

Stack Overflow has released the results of its annual survey of 100,000 developers, revealing the most-popular, top-earning, and preferred programming languages. ArsTechnica: JavaScript remains the most widely used programming language among professional developers, making that six years at the top for the lingua franca of Web development. Other Web tech including HTML (#2 in the ranking), CSS (#3), and PHP (#9). Business-oriented languages were also in wide use, with SQL at #4, Java at #5, and C# at #8. Shell scripting made a surprising showing at #6 (having not shown up at all in past years, which suggests that the questions have changed year-to-year), Python appeared at #7, and systems programming stalwart C++ rounded out the top 10.

These aren't, however, the languages that developers necessarily want to use. Only three languages from the most-used top ten were in the most-loved list; Python (#3), JavaScript (#7), and C# (#8). For the third year running, that list was topped by Rust, the new systems programming language developed by Mozilla. Second on the list was Kotlin, which wasn't even in the top 20 last year. This new interest is likely due to Google's decision last year to bless the language as an official development language for Android. TypeScript, Microsoft's better JavaScript than JavaScript comes in at fourth, with Google's Go language coming in at fifth. Smalltalk, last year's second-most loved, is nowhere to be seen this time around. These languages may be well-liked, but it looks as if the big money is elsewhere. Globally, F# and OCaml are the top average earners, and in the US, Erlang, Scala, and OCaml are the ones to aim for. Visual Basic 6, Cobol, and CoffeeScript were the top three most-dreaded, which is news that will surprise nobody who is still maintaining Visual Basic 6 applications thousands of years after they were originally written.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Microsoft expands Spectre, Meltdown patches to include Windows 7/8.1, more Intel chips - PCWorld (google.com)


PCWorld

Microsoft expands Spectre, Meltdown patches to include Windows 7/8.1, more Intel chips
PCWorld
Microsoft now supports a broader range of operating systems and Intel processors in its fight against Spectre and Meltdown. Email a friend. To. Use commas to separate multiple email addresses. From. Privacy Policy. Thank you. Your message has been sent ...
Windows 10 'Redstone 4' test build adds some Windows Defender security tweaksZDNet
Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 16299.309, 15063.966 - here's what's newNeowin
Turn Automatic Update off, temporarily, in anticipation of another round of pernicious patchesComputerworld
Windows Central-ValueWalk-Krebs on Security-Top Tech News
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Submission + - SPAM: Home Hydroelectric Power Generation

nunchuckster writes: Though the output generated from a home hydroelectric system is less than that of an average solar PV panel, it's real value could be the diversification of energy sources. This would be especially valuable in locations that go without sun for extended periods. According to Vortical Tech's press release:

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Researchers Point to an AMD Backdoor—And Face Their Own Backlash - WIRED (google.com)


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Researchers Point to an AMD Backdoor—And Face Their Own Backlash
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When the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities were revealed in millions of processors earlier this year, those deep-seated vulnerabilities rattled practically the entire computer industry. Now a group of Israeli researchers is outlining a new set of ...
AMD's Ryzen, Epyc security co-processor and chipset have major flaws, researchers claimPCWorld
AMD allegedly has its own Spectre-like security flawsCNET
AMD Investigating Report Detailing Critical Chip VulnerabilitiesGizmodo
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Submission + - 'Women At Microsoft Are Sexualized By Their Male Managers,' Lawsuit Alleges (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to a newly unsealed court filing, women at Microsoft who work in technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints pertaining to gender discrimination or sexual harassment from 2010 through 2016. The new document was first reported Monday evening by Reuters. The figures were revealed as part of a proposed class-action lawsuit originally filed in 2015 (Moussouris v. Microsoft). The female plaintiffs argue that the company’s internal rating system discriminates against women and disfavors professional advancement for women.

As part of the class certification process and civil discovery, Microsoft handed over years of records to the plaintiffs’ lawyers. In the Monday-released filing, which was originally submitted to the court in October 2017, Moussouris’ lawyer, Michael Subit, wrote that “Microsoft’s Culture is Rife with Sexual Harassment" before continuing: "Company records indicate that women at Microsoft are sexualized by their male managers and coworkers, leading to a substantial number of incidents of alleged sexual harassment, and even several incidents of sexual assault, that often go unpunished." Specifically, Subit continued, Microsoft’s internal unit (known as “ERIT”) received 108 complaints of sexual harassment filed by female US-based technical employees, 119 complaints of gender discrimination, eight complaints of retaliation, and three complaints of pregnancy discrimination. Out of all of the claimed instances of gender discrimination, Microsoft’s internal investigation only found that one such complaint was “founded.”

Feed Google News Sci Tech: This 'enigmatic' feathered dinosaur didn't fly like modern birds - CNN (google.com)


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This 'enigmatic' feathered dinosaur didn't fly like modern birds
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Researchers have been studying Archaeopteryx fossils for 150 years, but new X-ray data reveal that the bird-like dinosaur may have been an "active flyer." Hide Caption. 1 of 24. This wall with paintings is in the La Pasiega Cave in Spain. The ladder ...
This feathery dinosaur probably flew, but not like any bird you knowWashington Post
New Evidence Suggests Archaeopteryx Could Fly—We Just Don't Know HowGizmodo
Archaeopteryx flew like a pheasant, say scientistsBBC News
Seeker-Phys.Org-Fox News-USA TODAY
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Here's When You Can Expect Apple to Make Its Next Big Announcements for iPhone, iPad, and Mac - Fortune (google.com)


Fortune

Here's When You Can Expect Apple to Make Its Next Big Announcements for iPhone, iPad, and Mac
Fortune
Apple has announced some important details for its next big event, where the tech giant is expected to make some important announcements concerning iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The 2018 iteration of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (typically ...
Google Assistant updated with support for iPad's bigger screenAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Report: New iPad Pro models to be unveiled at WWDC, but no new iPhones until Q3BGR
Google Assistant arrives on iPadTechCrunch
Bloomberg-CNET-Mac Rumors-SlashGear
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: AMD's Ryzen, Epyc security co-processor and chipset have major flaws, researchers claim - PCWorld (google.com)


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AMD's Ryzen, Epyc security co-processor and chipset have major flaws, researchers claim
PCWorld
It's unknown whether the potential attacks on AMD's Ryzen, with names like Ryzenfall, Masterkey, and Fallout, will prove to be significant. Email a friend. To. Use commas to separate multiple email addresses. From. Privacy Policy. Thank you. Your ...
AMD processors hit with new Meltdown/Spectre-style vulnerabilityDigital Trends
Security firm discloses range of Ryzen, Epyc, and AMD chipset vulnerabilitiesThe Tech Report
AMD Processors And Chipsets Reportedly Riddled With New Ryzenfall, Chimera And Fallout Security Flaws (Updated)Hot Hardware
PC Gamer-Tom's Hardware-HEXUS-iTnews
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Comment Re:It's a circle-jerk echo chamber (Score 3, Insightful) 405

./ seems to do well allowing downvotes. There's certainly bias on certain subjects, but in general you find high quality comments on both sides.

I think technology (the moderation system) plays a role, but as tech people I think we tend to overemphasize technology and understate the role of editors in establishing a site's culture. The /. editors simply don't post the sorts of stories and summaries that attract trolls and extremists, as a result the people who mod tend to be more reasoned and open to opposing ideas.

Sites who post controversial stories to drive page views are going to have lower quality comments because that's the people they attract and the tone they set.

Sites who allow users to post stories are going to end up with sections that are cesspools.

I don't think you can fix reddit with the right moderation system, whenever users control the content there's always going to be problematic content.

Comment Re:Easy One (Score 1) 349

That's a nice symbol to represent humanity, but it's not a depiction of humanity.

It's nice that you pick on a fairly high-tech material - concrete - representing the application of geology (the aggregate, the shale, the lime), chemistry (the cement), heat (to make the lime, then to react the components together), engineering (to grind the components together and mix them well). It's a good metaphor, but I don't think it's a good depiction of the human species.

Businesses

A Startup is Pitching a Mind-Uploading Service That is '100 Percent Fatal' (technologyreview.com) 246

The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp. There's never been anything quite like Nectome, though. From a report: Next week, at YC's "demo days," Nectome's cofounder, Robert McIntyre, is going to describe his technology for exquisitely preserving brains in microscopic detail using a high-tech embalming process. Then the MIT graduate will make his business pitch. As it says on his website: "What if we told you we could back up your mind?" So yeah. Nectome is a preserve-your-brain-and-upload-it company. Its chemical solution can keep a body intact for hundreds of years, maybe thousands, as a statue of frozen glass. The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation. That way, someone a lot like you, though not exactly you, will smell the flowers again in a data server somewhere.

This story has a grisly twist, though. For Nectome's procedure to work, it's essential that the brain be fresh. The company says its plan is to connect people with terminal illnesses to a heart-lung machine in order to pump its mix of scientific embalming chemicals into the big carotid arteries in their necks while they are still alive (though anesthetized). The company has consulted with lawyers familiar with California's two-year-old End of Life Option Act, which permits doctor-assisted suicide for terminal patients, and believes its service will be legal. The product is "100 percent fatal," says McIntyre. "That is why we are uniquely situated among the Y Combinator companies."

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Waymo showed a video at SXSW that chronicled recent adventures in its fully driverless vehicle. The Google/Alphabet spinoff has been using Chrysler Pacifica minivans to ferry riders around Phoenix. The company plans to start a ride-hailing service using the tech. At SXSW in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, Waymo showed a short video of its fully Continue reading Waymo just shared a video showing its driverless cars in action — and it should make the competition nervous (GOOG) http://community.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Autonomous Flying Taxi Backed By Google Co-Founder Unveiled - Android Headlines (google.com)


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Autonomous Flying Taxi Backed By Google Co-Founder Unveiled
Android Headlines
Google Co-Founder Larry Page invested heavily in a very secretive company called Kitty Hawk, run by Google X's former executive Sebastian Thrun, and now the self-piloting flying taxis that the company has been working on are ready to be revealed to the ...
Electric, self-flying, vertical takeoff taxis are coming to New ZealandArs Technica
Larry Page's Flying Taxis, Now Exiting Stealth ModeNew York Times
Say Hello to Cora, the New Flying Taxi From a Secretive Startup Funded by Google's Larry PageFortune
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Microsoft Upheld Less Than 1 Percent of Gender Discrimination Complaints by Female Employees, Court Documents ... - Gizmodo (google.com)


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Microsoft Upheld Less Than 1 Percent of Gender Discrimination Complaints by Female Employees, Court Documents ...
Gizmodo
A pedestrian walks a sign on Microsoft Headquarters campus July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. Photo: Stephen Brashear (Getty). Over a six-year period, Microsoft upheld only one of the 118 gender discrimination complaints it received from female ...
Microsoft received 238 discrimination and harrassment complaints since 2010The Verge
New Details Revealed In Gender Discrimination Case Against MicrosoftRefinery29
Microsoft faces 238 complaints of gender discriminationEngadget
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: MoviePass CEO double backs on location tracking comments - WRAL Tech Wire (google.com)


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MoviePass CEO double backs on location tracking comments
WRAL Tech Wire
MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe on Monday walked back comments he made two weeks ago regarding the company's use location data. During the Entertainment Finance Forum in Los Angeles on March 2, Lowe said MoviePass uses the app's location permissions to “watch ...

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Elon Musk's Age of Exploration - National Review (google.com)


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Elon Musk's Age of Exploration
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SpaceX founder Elon Musk speaks at a SpaceX Hyperloop Pod event in Hawthorne, Calif., August 27, 2017. (Mike Blake/Reuters) Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary ...
SpaceX BFR Mars rocket tests may start in first half of 2019SlashGear
Elon Musk: We Must Colonize Mars for Humanity to Survive the 'Dark Ages'EcoWatch
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: MoviePass CEO backpedals on location tracking and talks strategy to break even by 2019 - TechCrunch (google.com)


TechCrunch

MoviePass CEO backpedals on location tracking and talks strategy to break even by 2019
TechCrunch
In a rare moment of contrition, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe admitted misleading both consumers and advertising execs with statements last week that the company tracks the location of users before and after they go to the movies. “We don't do the things I ...
MoviePass CEO now says app never tracked user locationAppleInsider (press release) (blog)
MoviePass CEO Addresses Privacy Concerns, Says App Has Never Monitored Users' LocationsVariety
MoviePass CEO double backs on location tracking commentsWRAL Tech Wire

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: 'Flying taxi' backed by Google co-founder prepares to take flight - USA TODAY (google.com)


USA TODAY

'Flying taxi' backed by Google co-founder prepares to take flight
USA TODAY
The flying car startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page has unveiled an air taxi, collaborating with the New Zealand government to get it off the ground. The California-based company Kitty Hawk said they won't set a timeframe for when citizens ...
Say Hello to Cora, the New Flying Taxi From a Secretive Startup Funded by Google's Larry PageFortune
Kitty Hawk will bring autonomous flying taxis to New ZealandCNET
Self-flying air taxi lifts off in New ZealandBBC News
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: The Geomagnetic Storm On March 18 To Miss Earth - ValueWalk (google.com)


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The Geomagnetic Storm On March 18 To Miss Earth
ValueWalk
After several media outlets wrote about a massive geomagnetic storm that could hit Earth on March 18, it spread across the internet like wildfire. These storms could turn out to be extremely dangerous because they can disrupt telecommunications ...
Don't Fret Over Sunday's Magnetic StormGeek
Earth Will Not Be Hit By A 'Massive Geomagnetic Storm' On March 18 Despite Sensationalist ReportsTech Times
Geomagnetic storm caused by 'cracks' in the planet's magnetic field set to hit Earth tomorrowNEWS.com.au
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Google cofounder's flying taxi takes to the skies in New Zealand - WENY News - WENY-TV (google.com)


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Google cofounder's flying taxi takes to the skies in New Zealand - WENY News
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Kitty Hawk, the Silicon Valley startup backed by Page, said it is building and testing "all-electric vertical take-off and landing products" in New Zealand. By Sherisse Pham. HONG KONG (CNNMoney) -- Google cofounder Larry Page's flying taxi project is ...
'Flying taxi' backed by Google co-founder prepares to take flightUSA TODAY
Say Hello to Cora, the New Flying Taxi From a Secretive Startup Funded by Google's Larry PageFortune
Kitty Hawk will bring autonomous flying taxis to New ZealandCNET
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Comment Apple Control (Score 2) 110

I think this story should serve for non-technical buyers to provide greater awareness of the amount of CONTROL that Apple wields upon their ecosystem. Many users are completely unaware that Apple effectively sets what you can, and often CANNOT, buy to interface with your iDevice. And consumers should know... because when they can't get that accessory they want, or they blame a vendor when a device uses a USB micro-B port/cable instead of Lightning, often their ire is misplaced at the vendors when 90% of the time it is Apple that has denied them the solution they desire. And considering how many vendors "take it on the chin" and never publicly inform the buyers of this, I can only assume there is a non-disparagement clause in the MFi license as well. From the amount of abuse that some vendors take and still remain silent, Apple might be the biggest "abuser" in the relationship. Certainly Apple took advantage with their passthrough Lightning port-to-Lightning plug used in the "bandaid" iPhone battery cases; they even used the fact that their case had it as a competitive finger in the eye to their partners... all without mentioning that they themselves prohibited the vendors from using such a port/plug combination. Mophie has remained silent, still can't use the part. Oddly, tech "journalists" reported the "marketing", knocking MFi partners in reviews for not having the port rather than reporting to buyers about Apple's shenanigans. I've not read a single review yet where this control over ports/options has been exposed.

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Don't Fret Over Sunday's Magnetic Storm
Geek
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) refuted reports that a substantial storm will disrupt telecommunication systems over the weekend. “This story is not plausible in any way, shape, or form,” Bob Rutledge, head of NOAA's Space ...
Just What the Hell Is a Geomagnetic Storm, Exactly?Complex
Earth Will Not Be Hit By A 'Massive Geomagnetic Storm' On March 18 Despite Sensationalist ReportsTech Times
No, a Massive Geomagnetic Storm Will Not Hit Earth on March 18Newsweek
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Nintendo's 'Super Smash Bros.' has given me more joy than any other video game - Mashable (google.com)


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Nintendo's 'Super Smash Bros.' has given me more joy than any other video game
Mashable
When Nintendo announced a new Super Smash Bros. game for the Switch last week it made me realize just how much this franchise has meant to me. From the Atari 2600 my dad bought me when I was three to the three consoles currently connected in my ...
Super Smash Bros. on Switch: 5 Crossover Characters We WantGame Rant
Nintendo Switch Firmware Update 5.0.0 Available Now: What's NewValueWalk
Switch update makes it easy to add Facebook and Twitter friendsEngadget
IGN-Hot Hardware-Tech Times-Ubergizmo
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Comment Apple is the minor player in this game (Score 1) 195

While Apple is the big name attention getter in all this the real drivers for this are the farmers. They NEED the Right to Repair since they're locked into support contracts for their equipment. They can't replace any part without a service tech showing up and telling the thing that it's OK to keep working.

Full time farmers tend to be skilled enough to do most repairs to their own equipment and having their combine stand inactive for a day or three until the tech can/will show up is a real problem. Especially since that tech doesn't have to do anything besides that software blip.

If dragging Apple into court so they can show how little sense it makes to have vendor lockout on purchased equipment makes the law go forward I'm all for it. Heck I'm all for it because they're being jerks. But keep your eye on the ball - the farmers who actually produce something necessary to live.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Women Filed 118 Gender Discrimination Claims to Microsoft. Microsoft Deemed 1 As 'Founded.' - Fortune (google.com)


Fortune

Women Filed 118 Gender Discrimination Claims to Microsoft. Microsoft Deemed 1 As 'Founded.'
Fortune
According to court filings made public Monday and reported by Reuters, women working in U.S.-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints of gender discrimination or sexual harassment to the tech giant between 2010 and 2016. Of the 118 claims of ...
Microsoft women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints: court documentsReuters

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