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Marina Pinto Borges (22), sobreviveu à queda de 50 metros da Ponte Rio-Niterói na última segunda-feira, após ainda capotar sete vezes na pista. Após o acidente, constatou-se que o airbag duplo e os cintos com pré-tensionadores foram fundamentais para que a motorista não perdesse a vida.
Depois da série de capotagens, o Renault Sandero de Marina caiu de uma altura de 50 metros, antes do vão central de aço com 72 metros. O acionamento do airbag e a retenção dos cintos fez com que a condutora permanecesse consciente durante a queda.
Ela conseguiu sair do carro sozinha, antes que o mesmo afundasse e, nadando, foi resgatada pela equipe de práticos de segurança. Marina teve apenas ferimentos leves. Segundo seu relato, um veículo freou bruscamente e ela tentou desviar, mas perdeu o controle e bateu na mureta de proteção, iniciando uma sequência de capotagens antes de cair.
[Fonte: Veja/Imagem ilustrativa]
Agradecimentos ao Thiago Limongi pela dica.
A noticia Airbag e cinto foram decisivos para sobrevivência de motorista após queda da Ponte Rio-Niterói foi publicada no site Notícias Automotivas - Carros.
"The new Roku Streaming Stick gives consumers more choice for streaming entertainment to the TV than any other device," said Jim Funk, senior vice president of product management at Roku. "Consumers want a ton of entertainment, an easy way to search for movies and TV shows, and options to control the experience with a remote or mobile device. This new Roku Streaming Stick brings all that and more – and in a tiny form factor."The Roku Streaming Stick connects to the Internet via 802.11n Wi-Fi and plugs into the USB port present on most modern flat-screen TVs for power. It is available for pre-order for $50 from Roku's website or on Amazon.com. It will begin shipping in April.
Arlequina é fura-olho!
Animação – Cours Toujours
If you’re having a banana crisis and need to know the trick, here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBJV56WUDng
"Interesting article, but... one half of my brain is saying wouldn't the LE's want criminals to think these phones are secure? And, once the general public views encryption as a criminal tool, the politicians would be free to pass laws restricting communications encryption so then only the outlaws (and selected others) would use it... kind-of-like gun silencers.
Or, maybe I've been "Snowed-in" over the long winter and have become cynical."
Despite the grim forecast, Tyler Cowen argues that western societies won’t collapse under the weight of future industrial change, but will eventually adjust to a new phase of ubiquitous automation—the period Brynjolfsson calls the ‘Second Machine Age’. However, he warns that evolution will take considerable time to play out.
‘If you look at the Industrial Revolution that starts in England say around 1780 and for a long time a lot of jobs do go away, wage gains are very slow, there’s a lot of volatility, it’s not really until the 1840s that real wages in England are going up significantly,’ he says. ‘So I think this time around it will actually be a lot like the last time. We will have a transition period of many decades. That will be tough for many people. In the very long run it will be splendid, but along the way it’s not always going to feel splendid. I think that is the historical pattern for a lot of these changes.’
There is more here, from Australian Radio National.
UPDATE: O SUV será vendido com motorização flex 1.6 E.torQ. A Chrysler confirmou oficialmente que o Jeep Renegade será o primeiro carro fabricado pela Fiat em Goiana, litoral de Pernambuco. É primeira vez que a FCA confirma um produto para a planta nordestina e também revela a produção do SUV compacto em 2016 na China.
No entanto, a produção para os EUA e Europa começa na fábrica de Melfi, Itália. Com previsão de ser vendido em 100 países, o utilitário esportivo foi desenhado nos EUA, onde chega no primeiro trimestre de 2015. Na Europa, as vendas iniciam-se no final de 2014. No caso brasileiro, o Jeep Renegade chegará no segundo semestre de 2015.
Com visual robusto e influenciado pelo estilo Tek-Tonic, o Jeep Renegade vai oferecer melhor capacidade off-road que seus rivais compactos através de um moderno sistema de tração 4×4 chamado Active Drive, que pode ter até cinco modos de operação, bem como desligamento automático do diferencial traseiro e da caixa de transferência.
A Jeep fala em cinco motores a gasolina (1.6 E.torQ, 1.4 MultiAir2, 1.4 MultiAir Turbo, 1.4 MultiAir2 Turbo e 2.4 Tigershark), dois a diesel (1.6 e 2.0 Multijet) e quatro câmbios (manual de 5 ou 6 marchas, TCT e automático), totalizando 16 combinações. No caso brasileiro, o Jeep Renegade virá com tecnologia Flex e o propulsor utilizado será o 1.6 E.torQ de até 132 cv com Start&Stop, câmbio manual de cinco marchas e tração FWD. No entanto, algumas das outras opções devem ser oferecidas.
Além da motorização, o Jeep Renegade se destaca pelo inédito teto solar e pela personalização do interior. Preço? Provavelmente entre R$ 90.000 e R$ 100.000, enquanto o irmão da Fiat – que também será fabricado em Goiana/PE – custaria entre R$ 55.000 e R$ 75.000.
A noticia Jeep Renegade será o primeiro pernambucano da Fiat e terá motor 1.6 Flex com Start&Stop foi publicada no site Notícias Automotivas - Carros.
From Hollis Robbins:
As a matter of economics, why not consider the option of hiring a single professor to teach a first-year curriculum to a small number of students? At the level of the individual student, it may make sense to some families. Rather than spend $50,000 for a year of college at a selective private institution, one could hire a single Ivy League-trained individual with a doctorate and qualifications in multiple fields for, say, two-thirds the price (far more than an adjunct professor would make for teaching five courses at an average of $2,700 per course).
The idea becomes more attractive with multiple students. A half-dozen families (or the students themselves) could pool resources to hire a single professor, who would provide all six students with a tailored first-year liberal-arts education (leaving aside laboratory science) at a cost much lower than six private-college tuitions, and at the level of a real salary for a good sole-proprietor professor.
A low-cost, high-value first-year education would allow students to transfer into a traditional degree-granting institution at a second- or third-year level, saving a year or more of tuition. Home-colleged students would have a year of personal attention to writing skills, research skills, oral-presentation skills, and the relationship of disciplines in the liberal arts. The attention to oral and written skills may be particularly valuable to non-English-speaking students looking to succeed at an American college or university.
Accreditation is key, but if the problem has been solved at the secondary-school level for home schooling, why not in higher education?
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A good system of property rights establishes clear borders. Clear borders reduce disputes, encourage investment and promote efficient trade. Software patents, however, often fail to define clear borders. I am one of the amici in a amici curiae brief to the Supreme Court (regarding Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank) on software patents that makes this point:
Such abstract claims as “displaying data in
frames,” “recommending media based on past choices,” “reproducing information in material objects at a
point of sale,” or, as in the present case, using “a third
party . . . to eliminate ‘counterparty’ or ‘settlement’
risk,” simply cannot be reliably construed to define a
reasonable area of covered technology. See Wang, 197
F.3d at 1379; Interactive Gift, 256 F.3d at 1323; Pinpoint, 369 F. Supp. 2d at 995; cf. CLS Bank Int’l v.
Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd., 717 F.3d 1269, 1274 (Fed. Cir.
A general counsel at a technology startup
would be hard-pressed to describe any concrete
bounds or permissible follow-on innovations to her
fellow engineers in the face of such claims. Any
software that resulted in a similar functional result
could be construed as infringing, and any investment
in the commercialization of those technologies could
inevitably carry liabilities, risks, and costs whose
magnitudes are impossible to predict in advance.
Thus, the property system that ostensibly exists to
assure investors that long-term rents are secure does
the very opposite, casting a pall of uncertainty over
the viability of any commercial product that happens
to be adjacent to a lurking abstract claim.
Eli Dourado and I note that the Federal Circuit seems to have quite willfully disregarded the intent of the Supreme Court regarding patents on abstract ideas and I think this case may provide further pushback from the SC.
Here’s a list of the top ten tech toys from the 2014 Toy Fair, which was held in NYC in mid-February. Highlights include a shout out to our friends at littleBits, as well as MOSS, a company that makes robotics kits for kids ages 8 and up, via USA Today:
Where can you find a talking bear that responds to your questions, a golf-ball-sized robot that follows the lines you draw and a watch that not only tells time but takes videos? At the 111th American International Toy Fair in New York City, which ran from February 16-19, 2014.
After scouring the football fields full of toy booths, here are my picks for 10 exciting tech toys coming to shelves later this year.
littleBits (Ages 8-up, kits range from $99 to $199:
Kids become inventors with these magnetized snap-together electronic blocks (little bits). The blocks – each a tiny circuit — are color-coded so that kids know that blue blocks are power units, pink represents controls (such as dimmers, motion triggers or slides), while green blocks are outputs (such as sounds, LED lights, etc.). Using their own imagination, kids can create cars that run, whirling dervishes, mini boom boxes, robots and more
MOSS (Ages 8-up, kits range from $149.95 to $399.95)
Building robots becomes as simple as connecting square blocks that are color-coded to perform different functions. There is no writing of code or wiring, just snapping together the blocks with steel spheres to build things that spin, crawl and move. These sets make the complicated process of designing a robot a snap..
littleBits: Prototyping is easier than you think with littleBits! No soldering, no programming and no wiring needed. Just snap together these magnetic circuit boards and get ready for some creative fun with modular electronics. Each piece has a different function from light and sound to motors and pulses. These kits come with instruction sheets and project ideas to get you started. Visit the littleBits community for more project ideas and don’t forget to post your “dream bit” to their site!
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A 30-year-old man from London has been convicted for installing spying software on the computers of three women in order to watch them remotely.
Andrew Meldrum was this week found guilty of three counts of unauthorized access to computer material and two counts of voyeurism. He will be sentenced on Monday, April 14.
One of the victims, aged 21, contacted police in November 2012 after she found software on her computer that allowed for her webcam to be accessed remotely. She suspected it had been placed there by Meldrum since he had recently helped her with some computer trouble.
The random guy peeing in the middle of the crowd hasn’t changed though. That was never cool. Comments/discussion.