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Interviews: L5 Society Cofounder Keith Henson Answers Your Questions

Slashdot - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:45pm
Last week you had the chance to ask electrical engineer and L5 society co-founder Keith Henson about space colonization, his solar power satellite project, and his run-ins with Scientology. Below you'll find his answers to your questions.

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Virginia Shooting Exposes the Dark Side of Instant Sharing

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:31pm

You didn't want to watch. But you didn't have a choice.

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Meet YouTube Gaming, Twitch's Archenemy

Slashdot - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:02pm
An anonymous reader writes: As expected Google has launched its answer to Twitch, YouTube Gaming available on the web, Android and iOS. Techcrunch reports: "We played with the Android app before the launch, and here's how it works. When you open the app, you are presented with a search bar at the top, a few featured channels at the top and then a feed of the most popular channels. The current featured channels don't focus on esports like most Twitch channels. Right now, you can find a 12-hour stream of NBA 2K15, and official stream of Metal Gear Solid V, a speed run of Until Dawn and an Eve Online live show."

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NASA’s Failed Orion Parachute Test Was a Success

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:30pm

NASA didn't deploy two of the parachutes---on purpose.

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Most People Use Their Phones During Social Events, Despite Thinking It Harms Conversation

Slashdot - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:19pm
Mark Wilson points out that the Pew Research Center has released a new report on mobile etiquette in the age of smartphones. 90% of U.S. adults now have cellphones and carry them around frequently. Pew's survey looked into how this is changing social norms with regard to shifting attention away from physical-world interactions. Most people think it's fine to use a cellphone while walking the streets or waiting in line, but 62% think it's not OK at a restaurant, an 88% disapprove of using one at a family dinner. Disapproval of using a cellphone in a meeting, movie theater, or church is almost universal. 89% of people say they used their cellphone during their most recent social activity, whether it was texting, checking the web, or snapping a picture. Despite this, 82% say cellphone use generally hurts the conversation. 79% of adults say they occasionally encounter loud or annoying cellphone behavior from others in public, and more than half say they often overhear intimate details of other people's lives because of it.

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WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: UnReal

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:10pm

This Lifetime series goes behind the scenes of reality TV, and we willingly follow.

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Facebook Launches M, Its Bold Answer to Siri and Cortana

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:00pm

Facebook’s new virtual assistant, M, can make restaurant reservations, buy a birthday present for your spouse, or book a weekend getaway.

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Facebook’s Human-Powered Assistant May Just Supercharge AI

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:00pm

Facebook's new virtual assistant, M, is driven mostly by humans. But it may still be a step forward for AI.

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Countries Gaming Carbon Offsets May Have Dramatically Increased Emissions

Slashdot - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:35pm
schwit1 writes: Abuse of the carbon offset system may have caused emissions to increase by as much as 600 million tons. That's the finding of a new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute, which investigated carbon credits used to offset greenhouse gas emissions under a UN scheme. As one of the co-authors of the report put it, issuing these credits "was like printing money." From the article: "In some projects, chemicals known to warm the climate were created and then destroyed to claim cash. As a result of political horse trading at UN negotiations on climate change, countries like Russia and the Ukraine were allowed to create carbon credits from activities like curbing coal waste fires, or restricting gas emissions from petroleum production. Under the UN scheme, called Joint Implementation, they then were able to sell those credits to the European Union's carbon market. Companies bought the offsets rather than making their own more expensive, emissions cuts. But [the studey] says the vast majority of Russian and Ukrainian credits were in fact, "hot air" — no actual emissions were reduced.

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Agora, the Dark Web’s Biggest Drug Market, Is Going Offline

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:45am

The administrators of the massive drug bazaar say they need time to defend themselves from a new attack on Tor.

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Mix Ikea and Warby Parker and You Get … On-Demand Furniture

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:00am

Campaign is one of a few startups who want to do for furniture what Warby Parker did for eyeglasses.

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This Robot Tutor Will Make Personalizing Education Easy

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 9:00am

The last big barrier to personalized instruction is teacher time. Knewton wants to help.

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Here Is Your WIRED Star Wars Challenge for Day 115

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 9:00am

Best served with a Tatooine Sunset, on the rocks.

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Self-Publishing Is Good for You … and Authors and the Book Industry

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:00am

The real beneficiary of the DIY book boom is the publishing industry itself.

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Thundercat Is Modern Music’s Secret Weapon

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:00am

Want to know what's happening in popular culture? Pay attention to these people.

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