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15 Apr 12:27

Forget Clip-On Trackers and Wristbands: This Smart Shoe Insole Will Track Your Physical Activity

by Alice Truong
Laszlo Tenki

SmartSole. Somebody please put an end to this.

SmartMove's sensor-laden shoe insole can recognize and monitor the intensity of different activities, such as standing, walking, running, cycling, and stair climbing.

Activity monitors have morphed into different forms since the days of old-school pedometers. Fitbit came out with a wearable device that clips onto people's clothes to count their steps. Jawbone went with a wristband packed with sensors to monitor the wearer's activity and sleep quality. Now SmartMove hopes to produce a smart shoe insole that can measure physical activity more accurately than the wearable products that already exist on the market.

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03 Apr 15:00

Dissolving Batteries Serve Their Purpose, Then Melt in Body

by delana
[ Filed under Science & in the Medical Marvels category ]

biodegradable dissolving battery

Human medical implants keep people alive, but keeping those devices working depends on some kind of power source. Understandably, keeping the power source outside of the body presents logistical problems. Keeping the battery inside the device means that painful procedures are required to remove or replace it. John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created a battery that is biodegradable and dissolves in the body on its own. The batteries are obviously meant for temporary use since they break down after a time in the patient’s body. They could be used to wirelessly monitor vital signs in a patient following a surgery.

dissolving battery

 

The materials used – biodegradable metal foils and polyanhydride packages – are safe to the human body in small amounts. At the time of publication, these batteries are about one square centimeter and provide 2.4 milliamps of energy for one day. The researchers hope that, with time, the size will be reduced by 3/4ths and the power output greatly increased. The batteries could be useful in other applications as well, such as dropping thousands of tiny chemical sensors into an oil slick to help measure environmental impact. After the little robots do their job, they would simply dissolve harmlessly.


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08 Apr 21:00

Face-Obscuring Cap Makes You Almost Invisible to Cameras

by delana
Laszlo Tenki

i had the same idea. got to get one.

[ Filed under Home & Personal & in the Gadgets category ]

justice cap

Like it or not, cameras are everywhere – and not just security cameras. Individuals taking pictures of themselves and their friends can inadvertently catch you in their snapshots, indoors or out. If you’re particularly paranoid about your image being in the hands of someone you don’t know, the Justice Cap can help you stay hidden…kind of.

face obscuring baseball cap

The baseball cap features a small strip of high-powered LEDs on the brim. When on, they create a face-obscuring glare for any camera that might be trained in your direction. It works best in low lighting conditions since daylight or natural light will obviously balance out the LEDs and illuminate your face evenly.

(Spoiler alert/NSFW-ish warning: the video above contains a lot of upturned middle fingers.) Of course, the brim of the cap itself will partially obscure your face even in bright sunlight. If you are adamant about keeping your face off of cameras for whatever reason, the Justice Cap will keep you anonymous “from dusk ’til dawn.”


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14 Apr 13:30

Dry In 30 Seconds: Body Dryer Eliminates Need to Towel Off

by Hazel Chua

Body Dryer

So this gadget right here that looks almost like a weighing scale (oh wait, it actually also happens to be one!) could get rid of towels once and for all. Aptly called the Body Dryer, it promises to dry you off in half a minute or less, which is way faster than you could ever dry yourself off with a towel.

The Body Dryer has been in development for over two years, creator Tyler Overk explains. He adds: “We realized that there’s so many germs, so much bacteria that we’re reusing and putting back onto our bodies after we’ve cleaned ourselves from the shower or even coming out of the pool. We came up with eliminating towels.”

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But how does it work? Basically, the Body Dryer blows “super ionized air” at “strategic angles” to push all of that water away from the person’s body, drying them in the process.

The Body Dryer is currently up for funding on Indiegogo, where it has already raised thrice its target goal. Pledge at least $150 to get one of your very own.

[ Indiegogo Page ] VIA [ Dvice ]

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14 Apr 14:51

New Banksy Art Explores the Role of Technology in Our Lives

by Rollin Bishop

Banksy Mobile Lovers

One new confirmed piece by graffiti artist Banksy, as well as one new suspected piece, in the United Kingdom has been revealed. The confirmed piece — currently featured on Banksy’s website — is a stencil of two lovers embracing with mobile phones behind each other’s backs. The specific location of this piece is currently unknown.

The second piece, which is suspected to be but not confirmed as a Banksy piece, features three men in coats with sunglasses and old reel-to-reel spy gear outside a phone booth. The suspected Banksy is located in Cheltenham, a borough of Gloucestershire, England.

Banksy Mobile Lovers

Possible Banksy

Possible Banksy

Possible Banksy

images via StreetArtNews (2), Banksy

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26 Mar 19:46

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06 Apr 08:55

After spending 20 minutes on the same aisle with my girlfriend. . .

21 Oct 21:12

Couple Performs a Magic Show With a Big Adorable Reveal

by Rusty Blazenhoff

Magic Show

With his wife, Anthony of the blog Daddy’s Little Prop performed “The Magic Show,” a fun photo series that shows the couple dressed like a magician and his assistant. As the series progresses, you find out that the “magician” has magically made the “assistant” pregnant. Of course, the big adorable reveal is shown in the final image in the series, their baby girl. Ta-da! Here’s a look at some outtakes from “The Magic Show.”

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31 Mar 16:30

Stupid Teens Reportedly Smoking Coffee for the Caffeine High

by Jay Hathaway

Stupid Teens Reportedly Smoking Coffee for the Caffeine High

Rolling coffee up into "caffeine sticks" and smoking it is a hot new trend, and it's turning America's teens into "bean-heads," according to one specious local news report.

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08 Apr 15:01

Filmmaker Father Pieces Together Clips of His Baby Making Cute Noises and Makes It Sounds Like He Is Beatboxing

by Justin Page

Documentary filmmaker and father Sean Phillips recorded clips of his baby boy Jonah making cute noises and pieced them all together to make it sound as if he was beatboxing like a pro.

Babies are cute. Babies that beatbox are just plain AWESOME. Meet the talented Jonah!

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10 Apr 12:00

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sql.js:

sql.js is a port of SQLite to JavaScript, by compiling the SQLite C code with Emscripten.

10 Apr 15:37

Man Who Introduced 'Heartbleed' Flaw Denies He Did It Deliberately

The German software developer who introduced a security flaw into an encryption protocol used by millions of website globally says he did not insert it deliberately as some have suggested.
11 Apr 04:18

25: Munnar Tea Gardens, Kerala, India...

by deepika shrestha ross
Lush rolling hills of the Munnar Tea Estates in Kerala, India

Kerala is sometimes referred to as “Gods own Country”. Once we left the congested roadways around Kochi and started climbing up to lush green rolling hills of the Munnar Hill Station’s tea estates, we could see why.


Situated at the confluence of three rivers: the Madhurapuzha, Nallanthanni and Kundaly, Munnar is about a six-hour drive from Kochi. More than half of our drive was on winding mountain roads best suited for a single lane of traffic rather an two. Curiously, our bus had not only a driver, but also a “spotter,” who helped the driver gauge clearances am provide a second pair of eyes on the road. The horn was used liberally.



We leave the city of Kochi behind as we head into the Munnar Hills.

We passed the Kerala "Backwaters" on our way. Vacationers can rent houseboats
 and spend time relaxing in this natural and peaceful setting.

One of the two waterfalls we encountered on the way.
We were to have lunch in Munnar. The small city wasn’t quite what I expected. The term “Hill Station” evoked images of a bygone era, of genteel English garden estates, rather than the haphazardly overbuilt, dusty and grungy commercial area we drove through. There were billboards everywhere. One billboard, which we had seen frequently on the drive and also here, mysteriously demanded, “Call Aishwarya xxx-xxxx.” And I wondered – why?

Once we got off the bus, we started walking uphill. Our surroundings transitioned slowly until we came to an imposing gate (including a gatekeeper). The gate opened into a resort hotel, set within manicured grounds. This was more like what I expected. Beyond the beautifully tended gardens, we could see the distinct landscape of tea on the surrounding hillside. Everyone was thoroughly captivated. My only quibble with lunch was that they didn’t serve masala chai. However, they did have ice cream, which for Gary and the forty or more students, was a fitting reward for our hours in the bus.

One of the resort's gardeners.

Lake created by a dam that was built by the British during their occupation of India.

After lunch we piled back on the bus and drove for another hour or more. The scenery was just beautiful. I could feel the collective anticipation spreading among us. We couldn’t wait to get off the bus and start hiking!

The patterns and textures created by the paths navigating the gently rolling hills and the
individual tea bushes, was just breathtaking.

In the back of my mind, however, I had one nagging concern. How hard would it be for me to hike for two hours carrying my pack, taking photographs, AND manage to keep up with a bunch of 18 – 21 year olds? I breathed a sigh of relief when our guide told us that the bus would let us off and then proceed to a parking area that would be about a fifteen minute walk from our camp, so we could leave our packs on the bus if we preferred. I preferred! But interestingly, most of the students, including Gary, decided to carry their packs. I have no idea why.


We tumbled off the bus. It was just so beautiful – blue skies, puffy white clouds, clean mountain air. Even without my pack, I was often at the end of the procession. It’s amazing how far behind you can get when you stop for even a minute or two to take photographs every five minutes. Gary kept me company now and then, and fortunately, we had an additional guide at the rear, keeping track of all the photographer stragglers.


Off we go!

A single family home and vegetable garden carved out of the tea bush landscape.
We made it into camp as the sun was setting. The tents were all up, the crew was busy preparing dinner, and an area was reserved for a campfire with fifty folding chairs set in a circle around it.  One student – an eagle scout, no doubt – took it upon himself to scrounge for firewood and soon had a fire going. As we lost the sun, the temperature began to drop rapidly. The crew put out tea and snacks, and we sat around the fire and talked.



Our tents...
That night it got really cold. The zipper of my sleeping bag was broken. Our sleep was fitful. The camp toilets were, well, camp toilets.  We were roughing it! But the crew was earnest and wonderful. The multi-course dinner they prepared took a great deal of effort (and time…we didn’t get to eat until 8:30pm…but then an Indian dinner for almost fifty people is not like having a barbeque…) and was absolutely delicious.


We woke to a brilliant sunrise, and what promised to be a beautiful day. We had a full day of hiking ahead of us, and a picnic lunch.

What a brilliant morning!










We learned a little about tea bushes – that they could survive for a hundred years – and that the leaves were plucked almost every day by hand, or clipped with modified shears that pushed the leaves into an attached bag. The type of tea grown here is Nilgiri, an aromatic black tea.

Most of the “pluckers” were women – a cheerful bunch who responded easily to our greetings and smiled for our cameras, Though they didn’t make that much money by western standards, their employment benefits included free healthcare for the entire family and free education through high school for their children.

Women plucking the tea leaves in the mid morning.



Detail of the tea plant. Only one variety of tea, Nilgiiri (blue leaf), an aromatic black tea, is grown here.

One of the tea leaf clippers.

Around lunchtime the tea pluckers bring their harvest down from the hills to be weighed.

Then they bag it up again to load on the truck.

A village near our lunch spot.

A Shiva Temple perched on the hillside amid the tea bushes.
As often as we'd see a Hindu temple, we'd see a church or Christian shrine.

The village where our bus was waiting to take us back to camp.






As usual the hike downhill was more taxing than the climb uphill. Though the terrain was changing. We left the hillsides with tea behind and rolled into a village, creating a bit of diversion for the local children.

Children in the village are happy to pose together for a shot.

One last photo!
After a short ride in the air conditioned bus, we got back to camp, tired but content. Some of our group had the energy to strike out on their own for some additional hiking before dinner. The rest of us settled in for the evening. As the crew began preparations for dinner, our guide told us that we could get a lesson in making the Kerala Parathas that would accompany our meal.

Unlike the parathas I was used to (roll out, layer with ghee, fold over into triangular shapes), these were rolled and then twirled - a bit like a pizza, but not up in the air - and slapped on to the table over and over, until they achieved the correct thinness. then they were spread with ghee, cut in half, and rolled by hand to look like a cinnamon roll and left to sit. After half an hour or so, they were flattened - by hand and then with a rolling pin - and cooked on a grill. Finally, after four of them had been grilled, they were stacked up and "smushed" together so it separated into layers. They were truly delicious, as was the entire dinner.

The next morning we said our goodbyes and thank you's to the crew, then settled into our bus to enjoy the spectacular scenery of "God's own Country" one last time.
07 Apr 11:35

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy

by Christopher Jobson

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Niscemi, Italy

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Niscemi, Italy

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Niscemi, Italy

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Niscemi, Italy

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Bologna, Italy

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Bologna, Italy

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Rome, Italy

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Messina, Italy

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Messina, Italy

New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy street art murals
Messina, Italy

Over the last year artist Blu has dropped a number of killer murals in several Italian cities, most recently in Niscemi (top) where he created a three-story piece depicting a military figure playing a weaponized xylophone. Despite the extreme visual density present in Blu’s latest works, it’s impossible to miss his perspective on contemporary society from his skewering of religion and consumerism to his distaste for war and injustice. The last images shown here are parts of a massive mural painted last August in Messina, Italy—you really need to see the piece in its entirety to grasp it fully.

If you want to learn more about the context behind all of these pieces, StreetArtNews has you covered.

10 Apr 21:06

This robot printer runs around the page laying down ink

by Jon Fingas
Most pocket-sized printers are really shrunken versions of what you'd see on your desk. Rather boring, don't you think? Zuta Labs' upcoming Pocket Printer robot may liven things up a little. Instead of using an old-fashioned paper feed, it runs over...
25 Mar 19:27

A Spot-On Parody of Every Brand Video Ever

by EDW Lynch

“This Is a Generic Brand Video” features virtually every cliché found in your average promotional brand video, from “guy with lab coat” to “time-lapse of city a night.” The spot-on parody was created by stock footage company Dissolve from their own library of footage. It is based on the humor article “This Is a Generic Brand Video” by Kendra Eash.

Lest you think we’re a faceless entity,
Look at all these attractive people.
Here’s some of them talking and laughing
And close-ups of hands passing canned goods to each other
In a setting that evokes community service.

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03 Apr 18:00

Saturn's Moon Enceladus Is Now A Top Candidate For Life

by Francie Diep

cutaway illustration showing Enceladus' interior
Ocean Inside
This illustration shows what astronomers think the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus looks like. There's a big rocky core, an icy exterior, and a large liquid sea in the south, between the core and the exterior. The illustration also shows jets of water vapor discovered on Enceladus's southern surface in 2005.
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

Buried under miles of ice, astronomers have detected a liquid water sea on one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. The sea is about the size of Lake Superior and it touches Enceladus' silicate core… which means it could have minerals dissolved in it that are necessary for life. "It makes, in fact, the interior of Enceladus a very attractive potential place to look for life," Jonathan Lunine, a Cornell University astronomer who worked on the study determining Enceladus has an ocean, said during a teleconference for reporters.

This extraterrestrial sea could also be the source of water for those funny jets Enceladus has geysering out of its south pole, but scientists don't yet have data linking the two phenomena.

This new announcement comes from a team of Italian and U.S. scientists, who analyzed gravity data from the Cassini spacecraft. Cassini has been flying around Saturn for almost ten years now, passing close to the surfaces of Saturn's moons and taking sexy photos of Saturn itself.

Scientists had previously suspected Enceladus may have an underground ocean. This latest study calculated the density of material in different parts of Enceladus after three gravity-measuring flybys. Those measurements revealed there's something underneath Enceladus' ice in the south that's denser than the ice. Liquid water is the most likely explanation, says David Stevenson, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology who also worked on the study.

image showing Enceladus
Enceladus
In this image, you can see the fissures on Enceladus' southern region from which its jets of water vapor emerge.
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

"When you interpret data like this, gravity, of course, doesn't tell you what kind of material [is there]," he says. However, because scientists know the most common materials in the outer solar system are rock and ice, they're assuming the density of material on Enceladus must be explained by rock and water in different forms, Stevenson explains. Later, the study's lead author, Luciana Iess of the Sapienza University of Rome, says the team is "very comfortable" with its results.

This little moon has more up its sleeve than anyone suspected.

Scientists weren't always this excited about Enceladus, which is just one of Saturn's more than 50 known moons. It's small, with a diameter about one-seventh that of Earth's moon's. So at first, scientists thought it was likely inactive. Small objects like Enceladus cool quickly after they form, so they don't have warm, active cores. They also don't have enough gravity to hold an atmosphere. But in 2005, Cassini spotted plumes of ice erupting from Enceladus' southern surface, revealing this little moon has more up its sleeve than anyone suspected.

The secret to little Enceladus' activity is the strong tidal force it feels from Saturn's gravitational pull. Its parent planet pulls Enceladus' ice out of shape, creating friction and heat and melting ice into water. The liquid water then acts as a lubricant, encouraging more ice blocks to rub against each other and create more water. It's even possible that the moon's ice plumes come only from water created by flexing ice, not from the newly discovered under-ice sea. So far, scientists have no way of checking whether there's any interior plumbing connecting the sea to the plumes.

Cassini's immediate next plans are to make repeated flybys of the Saturnian moons Titan and Dione, which may also have underground oceans.

You can read about Enceladus' underground sea in Iess, Stevenson, Lunine and their colleagues' paper in the journal Science.








04 Apr 23:20

Stem Cell Researchers Just Figured Out How to Create New Embryos

by Adam Clark Estes

Stem Cell Researchers Just Figured Out How to Create New Embryos

A team of researchers from the University of Virginia just made scientific history: They figured out how to turn stem cells into full blown fish embryos. In other words, scientists can now control embryonic development, a key to being able to grow organs and even entire organism from stem cells.

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04 Apr 22:41

An Internal Document Reveals How Terrified Apple Is Of Android (AAPL)

by Kyle Russell

Phil Schiller iPad Mini

An internal Apple document Samsung used as evidence during its ongoing patent trial shows that some people at Apple fear that sales of the iPhone could fall as the competition releases better hardware and services.

Re/code's Ina Fried reports that Samsung presented the document during its cross-examination of Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller.

The document, which was put together by an Apple sales team and was not intended to be seen by the general public, reveals that people inside Apple do worry about the possibility of the iPhone declining despite the public reassurances Apple executives give when questioned about the iPhone's market share.

Here's what we learned from the portions of the document shown to the jury during today's trial:

  • Internally, Apple acknowledges that competitors' hardware and Google's Android ecosystem are starting to catch up to the iPhone: “Competitors have drastically improved their hardware and in some cases their ecosystems," the document notes.
  • Most of the growth in smartphone sales is coming from big-screen devices or cheap devices, while the segment in which the iPhone resides — "small," pricey phones — is in decline. That would certainly explain the rumors that Apple is going to start producing a big-screen iPhone as early as next month.
  • While Apple is known for its distinct marketing, they're being vastly outspent in advertising by competitors like Samsung. The document says that Android device-makers are “spending ‘obscene’ amounts of money on advertising and/or carrier channel to gain traction.” Carrier channel refers to the incentives some device-makers give to carriers for pushing their devices onto customers.
  • Apple became so dissatisfied with its ads in early 2013 that it considered replacing Media Arts Lab, the ad agency it has used since 1997. That's not a huge surprise — last summer, Bloomberg reported that Media Art Labs execs were frustrated by the lack of focus in their meetings with Schiller, who runs marketing at Apple and has led the meetings since Steve Jobs' death in 2011.

Schiller responded to questions about the document by saying that he didn't agree with much of what it said and that it does not represent Apple policy.

SEE ALSO: Steve Jobs hinted at a 'magic wand' for the Apple TV in an email

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27 Mar 15:55

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter launch WebScaleSQL, a custom version of MySQL for massive databases

by Emil Protalinski
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Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter today announced WebScaleSQL, a collaborative project bringing the engineers from these companies together to solve challenges working with massive databases. As its name suggests, WebScaleSQL... Keep reading →
28 Mar 18:36

a digital SLR camera used minutes earlier to take pictures had...



a digital SLR camera used minutes earlier to take pictures had become jammed between the armrest of the captain’s chair and the “side-stick” - a control used to adjust the height of the jet. As the seat moved, the camera pushed against the stick and resulted in a “sustained, fully-forward pitch-down command”, investigators found.
30 Mar 13:25

Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

by samzenpus
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists studying the human remains of plague victims found during excavations for London's new Crossrail train line have concluded that humans spread the Black Death rather than rats, a fact that could rewrite history books. University of Keele scientists, working together with Crossrail's lead archaeologist Jay Carver and osteologists from the Museum of London, analyzed the bones and teeth of 25 skeletons dug up by Crossrail. They found DNA of Yersinia pestis, which is responsible for the Black Death, on the teeth of some of the victims."

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21 Mar 16:32

Spanish ‘Star Wars’ Church Procession Features Dancing Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and a Millennium Falcon

by Justin Page

The “Jedi Church Procession of the Knights of the New Hope” generated quite a crowd during their Star Wars-themed Holy Week celebrations (video #2) in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain. The procession featured dancing Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and a Millennium Falcon.

videos via Ocana Jose Ortega, Golozeta Taylor

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14 Mar 04:30

Tickle Generates Fake Phone Calls to Get You Out of Awkward Situations

by Hazel Chua

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What do you do when you find yourself in an awkward situation? Some people overcompensate by talking a mile a minute, while others fiddle with their phones or even fake making a call, just so they can excuse themselves. If you’ve ever tried going the latter route, then you know just how hard it can be sometimes to keep a straight face while having a fake conversation with no one.

Cue Tickle, a service that generates fake phone calls so you won’t have to pretend anymore. Developed by Alex Cornell and Phil Mills, the app “calls” you when you find yourself in a sticky situation or when you want to leave a potentially awkward or embarrassing scenario. All you have to do is move the phone in a jerky or “awkward manner” (check out the video after the break to see what the developers mean by this) and the app will get to work.

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Tickle is currently on private beta for iOS. If you’re interested, you can sign up for the waiting on their website.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

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17 Mar 04:00

Manuals

The most ridiculous offender of all is the sudoers man page, which for 15 years has started with a 'quick guide' to EBNF, a system for defining the grammar of a language. 'Don't despair', it says, 'the definitions below are annotated.'
16 Mar 18:32

When the master race still had it's flaws

13 Mar 21:10

Researchers warn against the rise of “big data hubris”

by John Timmer
Laszlo Tenki

But that's because those damn viruses are illiterate.

A 2013 debate on the value of big data.

Over the past few decades, researchers in a variety of fields have had to come to grips with analyzing massive data sets. These can be generated intentionally, through things like astronomy surveys and genome sequencing, or they can be generated incidentally—through things like cell phone records or game logs.

The developments of algorithms that successfully pull information from these masses of data has led some of the more enthusiastic proponents of big data to argue that it will completely change the way science is done (one even argued that big data made the scientific method obsolete). In today's issue of Science, however, a group of scientists throw a bit of cold water on the big-data hype, in part by noting that one of the publicly prominent examples of massive data analysis, Google Flu Trends, isn't actually very good.

Not so trendy

Their analysis builds on an earlier report from Nature News that highlights a few clear failures of Google Flu Trends. The service is meant to give real-time information on seasonal flu outbreaks by tracking a series of search terms that tend to be used by people who are currently suffering from the flu. This should provide a bit of lead time over the methods used in the US and abroad, which aggregate monitoring data from a large number of healthcare facilities. Those are considered the definitive measurements, but the testing and data aggregation take time, while Flu Trends can be updated in near real time.

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14 Mar 07:28

PayPal's new policies are more crowdfunding friendly

by Mariella Moon
Last year, PayPal promised to overhaul its policies after getting flak for freezing huge amounts of crowdfunding funds, and today it's announced those changes. By the looks of it, PayPal has been working closely with crowdfunding websites to verify...
14 Mar 08:26

Nokia's Refocus camera app is now available to all Lumia owners on WP8

by Sharif Sakr
Laszlo Tenki

Exciting technology. But who would want a Nokia, esp with Windows to get that?

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Nokia's "shoot now, focus later" photography app, Refocus, required PureView hardware to run, because until now it's only been available on PureView-branded phones. As it turns out though, the app has just been...