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Red lettuce and dinosaur germs head to space station

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:03pm
SpaceX has launched its third cargo mission to the ISS, carrying gear that includes robot legs, a collapsible garden and a microbes from a dino fossil






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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:22pm
Nerval's Lobster writes: "Forbes offers up a comforting little story about how Nest and FitBit are planning on turning user data in a multi-billion-dollar business. 'Smart-thermostat maker Nest Labs (which is being acquired by Google for $3.2 billion) has quietly built a side business managing the energy consumption of a slice of its customers on behalf of electric companies,' reads the article. 'In wearables, health tracker Fitbit is selling companies the tracking bracelets and analytics services to better manage their health care budgets, and its rival Jawbone may be preparing to do the same.' As many a wit has said over the years: If you're not paying, you're the product. But if Forbes is right, wearable-electronics companies may have discovered a sweeter deal: paying customers on one side, and companies paying for those customers' data on the other. Will most consumers actually care, though?"

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Kickstarter gets challenging: Cult County, and the potential for failure

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:53pm

Despite spending a lot of effort on the campaign prior to launch, this post from Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham -- as well as its comments -- illustrate the challenges of funding games on Kickstarter. ...

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:35pm
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:35pm
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:35pm
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:35pm
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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Blog: How DevOps can impact the experience of free-to-play games

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:03pm

"There are a host of technical issues that can -- and will -- undermine the player experience, even in the best-designed games." ...

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MediaGoblin and FSF Successfully Raise Funds For Federation, Privacy Features

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:50am
paroneayea writes: "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

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MediaGoblin and FSF Successfully Raise Funds For Federation, Privacy Features

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:50am
paroneayea writes: "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

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MediaGoblin and FSF Successfully Raise Funds For Federation, Privacy Features

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:50am
paroneayea writes: "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

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MediaGoblin and FSF Successfully Raise Funds For Federation, Privacy Features

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:50am
paroneayea writes: "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

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'Battlefield 1942' for Free Through Origin This Month

Game Politics - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:48am

Origin's 'On the House Program' is offering Battlefield 1942 for free this month. The game is free to download and keep, no string attached - except that you have to install and use EA's digital distribution platform. Last month EA gave away Dead Space for free.

EA plans on continuing to release full games, expansions, and more at no cost for the foreseeable future.

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The long, tricky road to release for musical exploration game Fract OSC

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:36am

Around four years in the making, psychedelic music exploration adventure Fract OSC is finally getting a well-deserved release. ...

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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:58am
RoccamOccam sends news that the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that Michael Mann, a climate scientist notable for his work on the "hockey stick" graph, does not have to turn over the entirety of his papers and emails under Freedom of Information laws. Roughly 1,000 documents were turned over in response to the request, but another 12,000 remain, which lawyers for the University of Virginia say are "of a proprietary nature," and thus entitled to an exemption. The VA Supreme Court ruled (PDF), "the higher education research exemption's desired effect is to avoid competitive harm not limited to financial matters," and said the application of "proprietary" was correct in this case. Mann said he hopes the ruling "can serve as a precedent in other states confronting this same assault on public universities and their faculty."

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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:58am
RoccamOccam sends news that the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that Michael Mann, a climate scientist notable for his work on the "hockey stick" graph, does not have to turn over the entirety of his papers and emails under Freedom of Information laws. Roughly 1,000 documents were turned over in response to the request, but another 12,000 remain, which lawyers for the University of Virginia say are "of a proprietary nature," and thus entitled to an exemption. The VA Supreme Court ruled (PDF), "the higher education research exemption's desired effect is to avoid competitive harm not limited to financial matters," and said the application of "proprietary" was correct in this case. Mann said he hopes the ruling "can serve as a precedent in other states confronting this same assault on public universities and their faculty."

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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:58am
RoccamOccam sends news that the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that Michael Mann, a climate scientist notable for his work on the "hockey stick" graph, does not have to turn over the entirety of his papers and emails under Freedom of Information laws. Roughly 1,000 documents were turned over in response to the request, but another 12,000 remain, which lawyers for the University of Virginia say are "of a proprietary nature," and thus entitled to an exemption. The VA Supreme Court ruled (PDF), "the higher education research exemption's desired effect is to avoid competitive harm not limited to financial matters," and said the application of "proprietary" was correct in this case. Mann said he hopes the ruling "can serve as a precedent in other states confronting this same assault on public universities and their faculty."

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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:58am
RoccamOccam sends news that the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that Michael Mann, a climate scientist notable for his work on the "hockey stick" graph, does not have to turn over the entirety of his papers and emails under Freedom of Information laws. Roughly 1,000 documents were turned over in response to the request, but another 12,000 remain, which lawyers for the University of Virginia say are "of a proprietary nature," and thus entitled to an exemption. The VA Supreme Court ruled (PDF), "the higher education research exemption's desired effect is to avoid competitive harm not limited to financial matters," and said the application of "proprietary" was correct in this case. Mann said he hopes the ruling "can serve as a precedent in other states confronting this same assault on public universities and their faculty."

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Nintendo sued for patent infringement over Wii U display tech

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:28am

Secure Axcess has filed a lawsuit against Nintendo and various retailers in a Texas court over sales of the company's Wii U console, alleging it infringes on a 2003 patent. ...

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If Steam is too crowded, can we create an algorithm for discovering hidden gems?

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:09am

"My twitter friends are constantly giving visibility for 'hidden gems' and I think we should keep doing that. At the same time, I think we can supplement those efforts with some mathematical tools." ...

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