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3 Brilliant UI Details in Carousel, Dropbox’s New Photo App

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:15am
Gentry Underwood, designer of Mailbox, explains the thinking behind Dropbox's move into photos.






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Could a Hotel Bring Back Los Angeles’ Theater Row?

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:59am
In the heart of downtown Los Angeles, hiding in plain sight, some of the city’s most unique architectural treasures are gathering dust. The Roxie, the Tower, the Million Dollar, the Palace: these and dozens of other historic theaters have fallen far since their 1920s and ‘30s heydays, as money and glamor fled to the city’s […]






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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

Slashdot - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:58am
An anonymous reader writes "Despite a critical backup computer failing on the ISS Friday, an unmanned SpaceX rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral at 4:58 p.m. Monday with more than 2 tons of supplies for the space station. From the article: 'The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided to proceed with its resupply mission, despite technical problems with its computer in the International Space Station (ISS), as it needed to deliver necessary supplies.'"

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Lucas Nussbaum Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

Slashdot - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:32am
An anonymous reader writes "For the last 6 weeks the Debian developers have had an election to determine the new Debian Project Leader. The election is now over and Lucas Nussbaum was re-elected. As always in Debian, the result of the voting was found using the Condorcet method."

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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Slashdot - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:15am
dcblogs (1096431) writes "A study of New York City's tech workforce found that 44% of jobs in the city's 'tech ecosystem,' or 128,000 jobs, 'are accessible' to people without a Bachelor's degree. This eco-system includes both tech specific jobs and those jobs supported by tech. For instance, a technology specific job that doesn't require a Bachelor's degree might be a computer user support specialist, earning $28.80 an hour, according to this study. Tech industry jobs that do not require a four-year degree and may only need on-the-job training include customer services representatives, at $18.50 an hour, telecom line installer, $37.60 an hour, and sales representatives, $33.60 an hour. The study did not look at 'who is actually sitting in those jobs and whether people are under-employed,' said Kate Wittels, a director at HR&A Advisors, a real-estate and economic-development consulting firm, and report author.. Many people in the 'accessible' non-degree jobs may indeed have degrees. For instance. About 75% of the 25 employees who work at New York Computer Help in Manhattan have a Bachelor's degree. Of those with Bachelor's degrees, about half have IT-related degrees."

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Scale-Free Mathematics in Matzah?

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:13am
Tonight is Passover. And the most well-known food of the holiday is matzah, the cracker-like flatbread. Within this food we can find some complexity science goodness. At one part of the Seder meal, we break one piece of matzah into half. Now, for anyone who has actually tried this, one recognizes the great difficulty in […]






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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Slashdot - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:32am
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Imagine the following scenario. The end of civilization has occurred, zombies have taken over the Earth and all access to modern technology has ended. The few survivors suddenly need to know the value of pi and, being a mathematician, they turn to you. What do you do? According to a couple of Canadian mathematicians, the answer is to repeatedly fire a Mossberg 500 pump action shotgun at a square aluminum target about 20 meters away. Then imagine that the square is inscribed with an arc drawn between opposite corners that maps out a quarter circle. If the sides of the square are equal to 1, then the area of the quarter circle is pi/4. Next, count the number of pellet holes that fall inside the area of the quarter circle as well as the total number of holes. The ratio between these is an estimate of the ratio between the area of the quarter circle and the area of a square, or in other words pi/4. So multiplying this number by 4 will give you an estimate of pi. That's a process known as a Monte Carlo approximation and it is complicated by factors such as the distribution of the pellets not being random. But the mathematicians show how to handle these too. The result? According to this method, pi is 3.13, which is just 0.33 per cent off the true value. Handy if you find yourself in a post-apocalyptic world."

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Akamai Reissues All SSL Certificates After Admitting Heartbleed Patch Was Faulty

Slashdot - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:48am
SpacemanukBEJY.53u (3309653) writes "It took security researcher Willem Pinckaers all of 15 minutes to spot a flaw in code created by Akamai that the company thought shielded most of its users from one of the pernicious aspects of the Heartbleed flaw in OpenSSL. More than a decade ago, Akamai modified parts of OpenSSL it felt were weak related to key storage. Akamai CTO Andy Ellis wrote last week that the modification protected most customers from having their private SSL stolen despite the Heartbleed bug. But on Sunday Ellis wrote Akamai was wrong after Pinckaers found several flaws in the code. Akamai is now reissuing all SSL certificates and keys to its customers."

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How Do We Know the Earth Orbits the Sun?

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:39am
There was a recent news item about Star Trek’s Kate Mulgrew in a geocentric movie. The geocentric model states that the Sun and the planets move around the Earth instead of the heliocentric model with the Sun in the center. That’s just silly, right? Obviously the Earth orbits the Sun. Sure, the textbooks all say […]






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Our Favorite New Features in Windows Phone 8.1

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:08am
With each version of Windows Phone, Microsoft's mobile OS gets better. The 8.1 update is no exception.






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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Slashdot - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:04am
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Jenny McCarthy is claiming she has been misunderstood and is not anti-vaccine. In an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times, McCarthy tries to ignore everything she's been saying about vaccines for years and wipe the record clean. 'People have the misconception that we want to eliminate vaccines,' McCarthy told Time magazine science editor Jeffrey Kluger in 2009. 'Please understand that we are not an anti-vaccine group. We are demanding safe vaccines. We want to reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins.' But Kluger points out that McCarthy left the last line out of that quotation: 'If you ask a parent of an autistic child if they want the measles or the autism, we will stand in line for the f--king measles.' That missing line rather changes the tone of her position considerably, writes Phil Plait and is a difficult stance to square with someone who is not anti-vaccine. As Kluger points out, her entire premise is false; since vaccines don't cause autism, no one has to make the choice between measles (and other preventable, dangerous diseases) and autism. Something else McCarthy omitted from her interview with Kluger: 'I do believe sadly it's going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe,' said McCarthy. 'If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it's their f*cking fault that the diseases are coming back. They're making a product that's sh*t. If you give us a safe vaccine, we'll use it. It shouldn't be polio versus autism.' Kluger finishes with this: 'Jenny, as outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough continue to appear in the U.S.—most the result of parents refusing to vaccinate their children because of the scare stories passed around by anti-vaxxers like you—it's just too late to play cute with the things you've said.' For many years McCarthy has gone on and on and on and on and on and on about vaccines and autism. 'She can claim all she wants that she's not anti-vax,' concludes Plait, 'but her own words show her to be wrong.'"

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How to Help Rebuild the Iconic GoldenEye in Half-Life 2

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:35am
The Half-Life 2 game engine brings the first great console shooter into the 21st century.






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The 10 Most Massively Popular Smartphones You’ve Never Heard Of

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:35am
Look beyond the U.S. and you'll find a panoply of unfamiliar smartphones being turned out by gigantic corporations you've never heard of, and often incorporating features you've never dreamed of. These are the smartphones of the world. Meet them now for the first time.






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Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:35am
When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA's prying eyes. It's called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows exactly who created it.






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Spot-On Business Cards for 16 of Hollywood’s Greatest Characters

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:35am
What if your favorite movie characters had to rebrand themselves to find work? They'd need business cards just like these.






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A Hideous-Beautiful Electric Motorcycle Inspired by Drug Use

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:35am
We’ve seen a lot of strange motorcycles over the years, but this crazy electric motorcycle from Johammer J1 is by far the strangest yet.






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Photographer Dives Into the Strange, Subversive World of Bitcoin

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:35am
A photo project about bitcoin is a terrible idea, because there’s so little to see. But Megan Miller makes it work.






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Game of Thrones Gives Us the Best Wedding Gift Imaginable

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:35am
Well, that was a doozy of an episode. Here's everything you need to know about what happened, how it compares to the books, and what it means in the long run.






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Stick It to the Cable Man

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:35am
This stick is no stooge. It has the brains of a puck, and most of the brawn. But because it's a stick, it's cheaper and simpler, and therefore a great option for people new to the whole puck-and-stick game.






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A Viral Marketing Gag That Uses 3-D Printers and Rubber Chickens

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:35am
Behind the scenes of a campaign that generated 80 million social impressions.






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