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Amazon Proposes Dedicated Airspace For Drones

Slashdot - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 6:24pm
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has published two new position papers which lay out its vision for future drone regulation. Under Amazon's plan, altitudes under 200ft would be reserved for basic hobbyist drones and those used for things like videography and inspection. Altitudes between 200ft and 400ft would be designated for "well-equipped vehicles" capable of operating autonomously out of line of sight. They would need sophisticated GPS tracking, a stable data uplink, communications capabilities with other drones, and sensors to avoid collisions. This, of course, is where Amazon would want to operate its drone delivery fleet. From 400ft to 500ft would be a no-fly zone buffer between the drone airspace and integrated airspace. Amazon's plan also makes room for "predefined low-risk areas," where hobbyists and other low-tech drones can fly higher than the 200ft ceiling. "Additionally, it is Amazon's view that air traffic management operations should follow a 'managed by exception' approach. This means operators are always aware of what the fleet is doing, yet they only intervene in significant off-nominal cases."

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Poor Pilot Training Blamed For Virgin Galactic Crash

Slashdot - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:42pm
astroengine writes: SpaceShipTwo co-pilot Michael Alsbury was not properly trained to realize the consequences of unlocking the vehicle's hinged tail section too soon, a mistake that led to his death and the destruction of the ship during a test flight in California last year. Responsibility for the accident falls to SpaceShipTwo manufacturer Scaled Composites, a Mojave, Calif., company owned by Northrop Grumman Corp, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined at a webcast hearing on Tuesday (PDF). Poor oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees commercial spaceflights in the United States, was also a factor in the accident, the NTSB said.

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Internet Attacks Lion Killer With Poisoned Yelp Reviews

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:40pm

People are flooding the Yelp and Facebook pages for Palmer's dental practice with negative reviews and comments referring to the lion's death.

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Twitter added just 2M MAUs in Q2, excluding "SMS Fast Followers" (Kurt Wagner/Re/code)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:25pm

Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter added just 2M MAUs in Q2, excluding “SMS Fast Followers”  —  Twitter Asks for More Time to Fix Things — And Freaks Out Wall Street  —  Twitter added just two million new core users last quarter, and while it also beat Wall Street revenue estimates, investors still aren't buying the Twitter story.

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The Onion’s New Vice Parody Kidney Punches You With News

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:15pm

The satirical news service is launching a disruptive docu-vertical of its own, and it's called Edge.

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Twitter's director of product management Todd Jackson departs for Dropbox, while head of growth Christian Oestlien moves to YouTube (Fletcher Babb/VentureBeat)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:00pm

Fletcher Babb / VentureBeat:
Twitter's director of product management Todd Jackson departs for Dropbox, while head of growth Christian Oestlien moves to YouTube  —  Twitter's heads of Growth, Product are gone  —  Just a few minutes into Twitter's quarterly earnings report, we've already seen two major departures.

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Scientists Identify Possible New Substance With Highest Melting Point

Slashdot - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:00pm
JoshuaZ writes: Researchers from Brown University have tentatively identified an alloy of hafnium, nitrogen and carbon as having an expected melting point of about 7,460 degrees Fahrenheit (4120 Celsius). This exceeds that of the previous record-breaker, tantalum hafnium carbide, which melts at 7,128 F (3942 C). Its record stood for almost a century. At this point, the new alloy is still hypothetical, based on simulations, so the new record has not yet been confirmed by experiment. The study was published in Physical Review B (abstract), and a lay-summary is available at the Washington Post. If the simulations turn out to be correct, the new alloy may be useful in parts like jet engines, and the door will be opened to using similar simulations to search for substances with even higher melting points or with other exotic properties.

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Yelp Drops 14% After Reporting A Profit Miss In Q2 On Stronger-Than-Expected Revenue Of $133.9M (Sarah Buhr/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:50pm

Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Yelp Drops 14% After Reporting A Profit Miss In Q2 On Stronger-Than-Expected Revenue Of $133.9M  —  Following the bell, Yelp reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $133.9 million, and a per-share loss of $0.02.  The street had expected Yelp to generate a cent …

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Here’s How Much Your City’s Crappy Roads Are Costing You


Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:32pm

A report this year found a $740 billion backlog in needed improvements to roads, highways, and bridges.

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New Key & Peele Sketch Will Make You Preemptively Miss This Show

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:30pm

Trust that the comedy duo will serve up a lot more LOLs before their run is done.

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Veteran IT Journalist Worries That Online Privacy May Not Exist (Video)

Slashdot - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:17pm
Tom Henderson is a long-time observer of the IT scene, complete with scowl and grey goatee. And cynicism. Tom is a world-class cynic, no doubt about it. Why? Cover enterprise IT security and other computing topics long enough for big-time industry publications like ITWorld and its IDG brethren, and you too may start to think that no matter what you do, your systems will always have (virtual) welcome mats in front of them, inviting crackers to come in and have a high old time with your data. Note: Alert readers have probably noticed that we talked with Tom about cloud security back in March. Another good interview, worth seeing (or reading).

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This Is What Happens When You Send a 4K Camera Into Space

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:15pm

The ISS got a RED Epic Dragon in January that can shoot 6K and 3D at up to 300 frames per second. Add some water and a fizzy tablet and this is what you get.

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The Most Important Movie of 2015 Is a VR Cartoon About a Hedgehog

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:45pm

Oculus Story Studio's new project is more than a cute animated short--it's a test case for narrative techniques that could change the way we watch movies.

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Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint Memory, 1000x Speed and Endurance Over Flash

Slashdot - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:37pm
MojoKid writes: Today at a press conference in San Francisco, Intel and Micron unveiled 3D XPoint (Cross Point) memory technology, a non-volatile memory architecture they claim could change the landscape of consumer electronics and computer architectures for years to come. Intel and Micron say 3D XPoint memory is 1000 times faster than NAND, boasts 1000x the endurance of NAND, and offers 8-10 times the density of conventional memory. 3D XPoint isn't electron based, it's material based. The companies aren't diving into specifics yet surrounding the materials used in 3D XPoint, but the physics are fundamentally different than what we're used to. It's 3D stackable and its cross point connect structure allows for dense packing and individual access at the cell level from the top or bottom of a memory array. Better still, Intel alluded to 3D XPoint not being as cost-prohibitive as you might expect. Intel's Rob Crooke explained, "You could put the cost somewhere between NAND and DRAM." Products with the new memory are expected to arrive in 2016 and the joint venture is in production with wafers now.

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This Simpsons-Wire Mashup is the Opening Sequence of Our Dreams

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:27pm

Springfielders doing their thing to the strains of "Way Down in the Hole"? Sign us up.

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The Next Big Drug-Fueled Christmas Classic Trailer: The Night Before

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:10pm

So by most indications, the new Vacation movie will only serve to crush your childhood if you grew up loving the Griswold clan. That’s a shame. But since we probably won’t be able to count on a new Christmas classic from Rusty and family, how about trying this one on for size? The trailer cutely […]

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Twitter To Broadcast Earnings Call on Periscope

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:00pm

Twitter will be live streaming its earnings call on Periscope. Well, because, of course.

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DHI Group Inc. Announces Plans to Sell Slashdot Media

Slashdot - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:55pm
An anonymous reader writes: DHI Group Inc. (formerly known as Dice Holdings Inc.) announced plans to sell Slashdot Media (slashdot.org & sourceforge.net) in their Q2 financial report. This is being reported by multiple sources. Editor's note: Yep, looks like we're being sold again. We'll keep you folks updated, but for now I don't have any more information than is contained in the press release. Business as usual until we find a buyer (and hopefully after). The company prepared a statement for our blog as well — feel free to discuss the news here, there, or in both places.

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Intel’s New Memory Chips Are Faster, Store Way More Data

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:50pm

Intel and Micron announced 3D XPoint, a new class of non-volatile memory chips that could radically improve the performance of smartphones, desktops, laptops, and other computing devices.

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Catastrophic Floods Are Going to Hit the US More Often

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:46pm

A new study shows that combined flooding events---a tag team of storm surge and onshore precipitation---are on the rise.

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