Monthly Archives: May 2015

How Elon Musk’s Growing Empire is Fueled By Government Subsidies

theodp writes: By the Los Angeles Times’ reckoning, Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and SpaceX together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support. The figure compiled by The Times, explains reporter Jerry Hirsch, comprises a variety of

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Rosetta Team Proposes Landing On Comet To Finish Mission

schwit1 writes: Rather than simply turn off the spacecraft when its funding runs out at the end of 2015, Rosetta’s science team have proposed that the mission get a nine month extension, during which they will slowly spiral into the

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There Is a Finite Limit On How Long Intelligence Can Exist In Our Universe

StartsWithABang writes: The heat death of the Universe is the idea that increasing entropy will eventually cause the Universe to arrive at a uniformly, maximally disordered state. Every piece of evidence we have points towards our unfortunate, inevitable trending towards

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Ground Crew Back In Touch With LightSail Solar Spacecraft

Yesterday, we noted that the Planetary Society’s solar-sail powered craft had lost radio contact with its controllers here on Earth; Engadget reports that the group has issued an update, and the news is good. From the Society’s release: “The solar

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Steve Albini: The Music Industry Is a Parasite — and Copyright Is Dead

journovampire sends word of another thought-provoking rant from Steve Albini (mentioned here last a few years back for his peaon to the beauty of analog tape for recording): The veteran producer addressed an audience in Barcelona on Saturday: “The old

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Google Calendar Ends SMS Notifications

LuserOnFire writes: Google has sent out an email this morning that says in part: “Starting on June 27th, 2015, SMS notifications from Google Calendar will no longer be sent. SMS notifications launched before smartphones were available. Now, in a world

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Orange County Public Schools To Monitor Students On Social Media

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Orange County, Florida, is undertaking a sweeping effort to snoop on the social media communications of the county’s public school students and staff, for the nebulous task of “[ensuring] safe school operations,” and say they

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Artist Uses 3D Printing To Preserve Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS

tedlistens writes: “From the burning of the Library of Alexandria to the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan by the Taliban, to the Nazi’s battle to burn as much “degenerate art” as they could find, mobs and soldiers

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Ask Slashdot: What Interesting Things Can I Power With an External USB Battery?

New submitter expert464 writes: I just purchased an external usb battery for the main purpose of charging smartphones. I’ve also thought of using it to power a usb lamp and charge a bluetooth speaker. What other things am I missing

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Can You Commit Copyright Infringement By Using Your Own Work?

Mrs. Grundy writes: Notorious appropriation artist Richard Prince has been in the news again with his show consisting of screen shots of other people’s Instagram photos printed as large inkjets on canvas. These prints have reportedly sold for $90,000. In

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