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Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon

Slashdot Updates - 1 hour 16 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A light bulb made from graphene — said by its UK developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon — is to go on sale later this year. The dimmable LED bulb with a graphene-coated filament was designed at Manchester University, where the material was discovered in 2004. It is said to cut energy use by 10% and last longer owing to its conductivity. It is expected to be priced lower than current LED bulbs, which cost about £15 (~$22) each.

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Measuring How Much "Standby Mode" Electricity For Game Consoles Will Cost You

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 19 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Modern game consoles have a "standby" mode, which you can use if you want the console to instantly turn on while not drawing full power the whole time it's idle. But manufacturers are vague about how much power it takes to keep the consoles in this standby state. After a recent press release claiming $250 million worth of electricity was used to power Xbox Ones in standby mode in the past year, Ars Technica decided to run some tests to figure out exactly how much power is being drawn. Their conclusions: the PS4 draws about 10 Watts, $10-11 in extra electricity charges annually. The Xbox One draws 12.9W, costing users $13-$14 in extra electricity charges annually. The Wii U draws 13.3W, costing users $14-$15 in extra electricity charges annually. These aren't trivial amounts, but they're a lot less than simply leaving the console running and shutting off the TV when you aren't using it: "Leaving your PS4 sitting on the menu like this all year would waste over $142 in electricity costs."

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Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

Slashdot Updates - 5 hours 23 min ago
HughPickens.com writes with news that Russian officials are talking about working with NASA to build a new space station as a replacement for the ISS after its operations end in 2024. Igor Komarov, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, was unambiguous in his support for such a partnership. He added, "It will be an open project. It will feature not only the current members of the ISS." NASA, while careful not to discourage future cooperation, was not so enthusiastic. They said, "We are pleased Roscomos wants to continue full use of the International Space Station through 2024 -- a priority of ours -- and expressed interest in continuing international cooperation for human space exploration beyond that. The United States is planning to lead a human mission to Mars in the 2030s, and we have advanced that effort farther than at any point in NASA's history. We welcome international support for this ambitious undertaking." They reiterated that there are no formal agreements in place as of yet. These comments come as three crew members arrive at the ISS, two of whom will be up there for an entire year.

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Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 28 min ago
rtoz writes: A group of scientists in California have successfully created eye drops that temporarily enable night vision. They use mixture of insulin and a chemical known as Chlorin e6 (Ce6) to enable the user to view objects clearly in darkness up to 50 meters away. Ce6 is found in some deep-sea fish and often used to treat night blindness. The solution starts to work within an hour of being applied to the user's eyes, and lasts for several hours afterward. The test subject's eyesight returned to normal the next day. The organization Science for the Masses has released a paper detailing the experiment on their website.

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Europe Agrees On Regulatory Drone Framework

Slashdot Updates - 7 hours 30 min ago
Hallie Siegel writes: Not a week goes by where some aspect of drone regulation fails to make the news. But for any regulated industry where technology is advancing faster than new rules can be agreed upon, it will undoubtedly cause a few headaches. This week closes with a very positive announcement from European stakeholders on the future of drones. During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad agreement on the main principles to guide a regulatory framework to allow drone operations throughout Europe from 2016 onward.

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Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 34 min ago
Lirodon writes: Future Shop, a Canadian electronics chain that was bought by Best Buy in 2001, but continued to operate in parallel with the newly-opened Canadian locations of the U.S. retailer, is no more. Today, the company abruptly announced the closure of the Future Shop chain, and the permanent closure of 66 of its remaining 131 locations. The remaining 65 Future Shop locations (specifically, those that weren't within driving, or even walking distance of a Best Buy to begin with) will be converted to Best Buy stores over the next few days. This is just the latest step in Best Buy's efforts to downsize its Canadian operations and focus on online retail. The new, downsized chain will consist of 136 Best Buy stores (and 56 of the small Best Buy Mobile stores) in Canada. Still, it's sad to see such an iconic brand killed off like this.

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Planet or not, Ceres rocks

New Scientist - Breaking news - 9 hours 19 min ago
All eyes are on the space drama unfolding in the asteroid belt. It matters not a jot whether Ceres is a planet or a dwarf







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Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

Slashdot Updates - 9 hours 39 min ago
ColdWetDog writes: You've always wanted one, of course. Zombies, the occasional alien infestation. The neighbor's smelly roses. You just need to be prepared for things. You can get freeze dried food, AR15's, enough ammo to start a small police action (at least here in the U.S. -- YMMV), but it has been difficult to get a modern, portable flamethrower until now. CNET has a brief explanation on the XM42, which doubled its Indiegogo funding target in just a few days.

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Another Patent Pool Forms For HEVC

Slashdot Updates - 10 hours 43 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A new patent pool, dubbed HEVC Advance, has formed for the HEVC video codec. This pool offers separate licensing from the existing MPEG LA HEVC patent pool. In an article for CNET, Stephen Shankland writes, "HEVC Advance promises a 'transparent' licensing process, but so far it isn't sharing details except to say it's got 500 patents it describes as essential for using HEVC, that it plans to unveil its license in the third quarter, and that expected licensors include General Electric, Technicolor, Dolby, Philips and Mitsubishi Electric. The group's statement suggested that some patent holders weren't satisfied with the money they'd make through MPEG LA's license. One of HEVC Advance's goals is 'delivering a balanced business model that supports HEVC commercialization.' ... HEVC Advance and MPEG LA aren't detailing what led to two patent pools, an outcome that undermines MPEG LA's attempt to offer a convenient 'one-stop shop' for companies needing a license." Perhaps this will lead to increased adoption of royalty-free video codecs such as VP9. Monty Montgomery of Xiph has some further commentary.

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Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

Slashdot Updates - 11 hours 46 min ago
jones_supa writes: Ikea's line of flatpack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week. The lightweight Better Shelter was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and beta tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for three years — far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which typically last about six months. The product is an important tool in the prolonged refugee crisis that has unfolded across the Middle East. The war in Syria has spurred nearly 4 million people to leave their homes. The UNHCR has agreed to buy 10,000 of the shelters, and will begin providing them to refugee families this summer.

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Startups Increasingly Targeted With Hacks

Slashdot Updates - 12 hours 48 min ago
ubrgeek writes: Slack, makers of the popular communications software, announced yesterday that they'd suffered a server breach. This follows shortly after a similar compromise of Twitch.tv, and is indicative of a growing problem facing start-up tech companies. As the NY Times reports, "Breaches are becoming a kind of rite of passage for fledgling tech companies. If they gain enough momentum with users, chances are they will also become a target for hackers looking to steal, and monetize, the vast personal information they store on users, like email addresses and passwords."

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Why food is rarely the simple pleasure it once was

New Scientist - Breaking news - 13 hours 19 min ago
An exhibition at London's Science Museum and a philosophising book explore our desire for food, while another new book exposes the food industry's dark secrets







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Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison

Slashdot Updates - 13 hours 49 min ago
Bruce66423 writes: A fraudster used a mobile phone while inside a UK prison to email the prison a notice for him to be released. The prison staff then released him. The domain was registered in the name of the police officer investigating him, and its address was the court building. The inmate was in prison for fraud — he was originally convicted after calling several banks and getting them to send him upwards of £1.8 million.

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European Commission Will Increase Use of Open Source Software

Slashdot Updates - 14 hours 53 min ago
jrepin writes: The European Commission has updated its strategy for internal use of Open Source Software. The Commission, which is already using open source for many of its key ICT services and software solutions, will further increase the role of this type of software internally. The renewed strategy puts a special emphasis on procurement, contribution to open source software projects, and providing more of the software developed within the Commission as open source.

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IBM and OpenPower Could Mean a Fight With Intel For Chinese Server Market

Slashdot Updates - 15 hours 55 min ago
itwbennett writes With AMD's fade out from the server market and the rapid decline of RISC systems, Intel has stood atop the server market all by itself. But now IBM, through its OpenPOWER Foundation, could give Intel and its server OEMs a real fight in China, which is a massive server market. As the investor group Motley Fool notes, OpenPOWER is a threat to Intel in the Chinese server market because the government has been actively pushing homegrown solutions over foreign technology, and many of the Foundation members, like Tyan, are from China.

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Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

Slashdot Updates - 17 hours 25 min ago
schwit1 writes Because it has concluded that they make it impossible to have a fair competition for contracts, the Air Force has decided to phase out taxpayer subsidies to the United Launch Alliance (ULA). The specific amounts of these subsidies have been effectively buried by the Air Force in many different contracts, so we the taxpayers really don't know how much the are. Nonetheless, this decision, combined with the military report released yesterday that criticized the Air Force's over-bearing and restrictive certification process with SpaceX indicates that the political pressure is now pushing them hard to open up bidding to multiple companies, which in turn will help lower cost and save the taxpayer money.

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UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE

Slashdot Updates - 19 hours 57 min ago
Anne Thwacks writes The British Government web site for applying for for a licence to be a security guard requires a plugin providing Internet Explorer emulation on Firefox to login and apply for a licence. It won't work with Firefox without the add-on, but it also wont work with Internet Explorer! (I tried Win XP and Win7 Professional). The error message says "You have more than one browser window open on the same internet connection," (I didn't) and "to avoid this problem, close your browser and reopen it." I did. No change. I tried three different computers, with three different OSes. Still no change. I contacted their tech support and they said "Yes ... a lot of users complain about this. We have known about it since September, and are working on a fix! Meanwhile, we have instructions on how to use the "Fire IE" plugin to get round the problem." Eventually, I got this to work on Win7pro. (The plugin will not work on Linux). The instructions require a very old version of the plugin, and a bit of trial and error is needed to get it to work with the current one. How can a government department concerned with security not get this sort of thing right?"

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Backend Engineer: GlassLab, Inc.

Gamasutra - Jobs - 22 hours 19 min ago
  GlassLab seeks an experienced, organized, and communicative team player to join the team as a Backend Engineer. The Backend Engineer is responsible for writing high quality, reliable code for the next-generation learning game platform supporting multiple games on multiple client delivery systems, and creating new applications and systems for the cutting edge of digital educational technology. The Backend Engineer is expected to work in close collaboration with the Lab’s technical team, Learning and Assessment Scientists, and business owners around technical requirements and questions. Excellent communication skills and the ability to create concise documents are critical. The ideal candidate will be an action-oriented individual comfortable in an iterative, multi-project, prototype-heavy environment with experience building stable, scalable systems that accommodate large audiences and heavy data traffic. GlassLab’s products span across multiple platforms, so familiarity in developing in multiple environments and adaptability are a plus. The Backend Engineer is expected to perform the following tasks: Create and maintain server-side services for a stack offering user management, product management, data management, and reporting; Create, modify, and maintain work-flow, including data wrangling tools; Develop a scalable framework for our data and assessment needs to fit within our existing infrastructure; Monitor security and performance logs; and Work collaboratively with both backend and frontend engineers to deliver technology solutions. Position type: Regular, full-time, exempt. Position compensation: Commensurate with experience and non-profit industry standards Position location: Redwood City, CA Number of positions available: 1 Position Requirements A strong candidate will have the following required prior experience, skills and dispositions: Has been an integral part of several teams bringing client-server products to market; Has been involved in architectural development of large-scale backend technologies; Expertise with server technologies, especially node.js; Expertise with database technologies, especially couchbase and SQL; Expertise with REST APIs; At least five (5) years industry experience; Knowledge of existing javascript libraries and frameworks that can assist in development of backend technologies; A quick learner and experience working across the full stack; Knowledge of data flows, data architecture, ETL, and processing unstructured data; Curiosity and capacity to innovate beyond existing technology applications, integrating disciplines, such as learning and assessment; Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and interpersonal; Excellent time estimation and prioritization skills; and Ability to delegate, plan own work and task work out to others. The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred prior experience skills and dispositions: Comfortable with working in a Test Driven Development Environment; Knowledge of AWS, Git, and Grunt; Knowledge and experience in frontend technologies, such as angular.js; Knowledge of payment solutions, such as stripe.js, a plus; Open source project contributions a plus; Experience working with Big Data; Hands on experience with Hadoop, MapReduce, Pig, Sqoop, and/or Hive a plus; Knowledge of modern data mining techniques a plus; Experience working with distributed interdisciplinary teams; Experience working on educational products for or in educational environments with children; and Prior experience working with game development or learning and assessment teams. How to apply To apply, please send an email with the subject “Backend Engineer” and attaching a cover letter and CV to jobs@glasslabgames.org. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond personally to every applicant. GlassLab, Inc. carefully reviews each application within one month of application receipt. If you do not hear from us within this time, we encourage you to apply again for another position in the future, and thank you for your interest in GlassLab. GlassLab, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, race, religion or any other protected class.
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Front End Engineer: GlassLab, Inc.

Gamasutra - Jobs - 22 hours 19 min ago
  GlassLab seeks an experienced, organized, and communicative team player to join the team as a Front End Engineer. The Front End Engineer is responsible for writing high quality, reliable code for the next-generation learning game web application supporting multiple games on multiple client delivery systems, and creating new applications and systems for the cutting edge of digital educational technology. The Front End Engineer is expected to work in close collaboration with the Lab’s technical team, Learning and Assessment Scientists, and business owners around technical requirements and questions. Excellent communication skills and the ability to create concise documents are critical. The ideal candidate will be an action-oriented individual comfortable in an iterative, multi-project, prototype-heavy environment with experience building stable, scalable systems that accommodate large audiences and heavy data traffic. GlassLab’s products span across multiple platforms, so familiarity in developing in multiple environments and adaptability are a plus. The Front End Engineer is expected to perform the following tasks: Create and maintain a web front end for a services stack offering user management, product management, data management, and reporting; Create websites as needed with product launches; and Work collaboratively with both backend and frontend engineers to deliver technology solutions. Position type: Regular, full-time, exempt. Position compensation: Commensurate with experience and non-profit industry standards Position location: Redwood City, CA Number of positions available: 1 Position Requirements A strong candidate will have the following required prior experience, skills and dispositions: Has been an integral part of team that brought client-server products to market; Expertise in web application development (javascript, angular.js, backbone, HTML, CSS, and JSON); Built reports and dashboards using one of the common libraries like d3.js or Highcharts; Built at least one application with a RESTful API; At least five (5) years industry experience; Knowledge of existing javascript libraries and frameworks that can assist in development of front end technologies; A quick learner and experience working across the full stack; Well-versed with current standards of software engineering practices; Experience with Test-Driven Development; Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and interpersonal; Excellent time estimation and prioritization skills; and Ability to delegate, plan own work and task work out to others. The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred prior experience skills and dispositions: Experience building complex web applications using modern programming languages and tech stacks; Knowledge of Git and Grunt; A quick learner and be willing to work with UX designers in rapid iteration; At home with at least one CMS technology; Knowledge of payment solutions, such as stripe.js, a plus; Open source project contributions a plus; Experience working with distributed interdisciplinary teams; Experience working on educational products for or in educational environments with children; and Prior experience working with game development or learning and assessment teams. How to apply To apply, please send an email with the subject “Front End Engineer” and attaching a cover letter and CV to jobs@glasslabgames.org. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond personally to every applicant. GlassLab, Inc. carefully reviews each application within one month of application receipt. If you do not hear from us within this time, we encourage you to apply again for another position in the future, and thank you for your interest in GlassLab. GlassLab, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, race, religion or any other protected class.
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