Monthly Archives: April 2015

Obama Announces e-Book Scheme For Low-Income Communities

An anonymous reader writes: The White House has today launched an initiative encouraging top book publishers to supply $250 million worth of free e-books to low-income students. Partnering with local governments and schools nationwide, President Obama hopes that the e-book

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FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For “Stupid” Ideas About Encryption

blottsie writes: At a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the FBI endured outright hostility as both technical experts and members of Congress from both parties roundly criticized the law enforcement agency’s desire to place so-called back doors into encryption

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Second Ever Super-rare Pocket Shark Discovered

The Grim Reefer writes: Scientists working off the coast of the US have found something pretty incredible — the second pocket shark ever discovered, some 36 years after the first one was spotted off the coast of Peru. The team,

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Messenger’s Mercury Trip Ends With a Bang, and Silence

mpicpp writes with an expected followup: Nasa’s Messenger mission to Mercury has reached its explosive conclusion, after 10 years in space and four in orbit. Now fully out of fuel, the spacecraft smashed into a region near Mercury’s north pole,

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Microsoft Integrates Autodesk’s 3D Printing Platform Spark Into Windows 10

An anonymous reader writes: At Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference today, Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft vice president of developer and platform evangelism, announced new 3D printing features in Windows 10. More specifically, Autodesk Spark is being integrated into Microsoft’s latest and

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Can Riots Be Predicted By Social Media?

sciencehabit writes: The broken glass and burned wreckage are still being cleared in the wake of the riots that convulsed Baltimore’s streets on 27 April. The final trigger of the unrest was the funeral of a 25-year-old African-American man who

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Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle

Nerval’s Lobster writes: You’ve heard of the Peter Principle, which suggests that all employees manage to rise to the level of their incompetence. (That is to say, everybody is promoted until their skills and strengths no longer align with their

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US Senate Targets Patent Trolls

New submitter jeffkoch writes: Last year, the United States Senate failed to pass bipartisan legislation to combat patent trolls when it was killed by then-Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Congressional-insider newspaper Roll Call reports today that, “Knowing Reid would

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Paul Hudak, Co-creator of Haskell, Has Died

Esther Schindler writes: Yale is reporting that Paul Hudak, professor of computer science and master of Saybrook College, died last night after a long battle with leukemia. He was known as one of the principle designers of Haskell, which you

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Apple, IBM To Bring iPads To 5 Million Elderly Japanese

itwbennett writes: An initiative between Apple, IBM and Japan Post Holdings could put iPads in the hands of up to 5 million members of Japan’s elderly population. The iPads, which will run custom apps from IBM, will supplement Japan Post’s

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