Blink – continuous photos for Windows Phone

I wonder what its battery impact is: Blink – Microsoft Research.

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Tesla car’s run Ethernet inside – and Ubuntu

We should also note that apparently Tesla engineers detected this hacking or exploring and sent a nastygram to the cars owner, “Tesla USA engineers have seen a tentative of hacking on my car.”, “can be related to industrial espionage and advised me to stop investigation, to not void the warranty”.Does Tesla have an network intrusion detection system installed on the cars?  Do they have the right to not allow you to tinker with your own car?

via » Tesla Model S Ethernet Network Explored, Possible Jailbreak in the Future? – DragTimes.com Drag Racing, Fast Cars, Muscle Cars Blog.

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Consumers lose trust in Google, Microsoft, Yahoo due to NSA cooperation

Consumers lose trust in Google, Microsoft and Yahoo over NSA spying:

two out of three [Harris Interactive] survey respondents also felt betrayed because ISPs and other online companies are working secretly with the government to collect and monitor the communications of private citizens. About 60% are less trusting of ISPs and other technology companies than before the revelations.

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One result is that people appear to be scaling back their Internet use. Nearly half of the respondents have become more cautious about what they say, where they go and what they do on the Internet. About 25% are less inclined to use email these days because of the same reason.

via Snowden leaks erode trust in Internet companies, government – Computerworld.

The economic consequences of a loss of trust in US businesses – and a fear of using the Internet – are substantial.

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Robotics working to lower costs of hand-like gripping systems

Rethinking the components used in advanced prototypes such as Atlas to reduce cost and power consumption has become a major focus in robotics research as engineers seek to finally have these machines escape the lab, says Rich Mahoney, SRI’s director of robotics. “We got things that are overdesigned because there’s not been impetus for low cost and good design,” he says.

via Making Affordable Robotic Humanoids and Hands | MIT Technology Review.

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Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues

Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues. The CEO made a donation in 2008 to a state initiative opposed to same-sex marriage.  An online rampage ensued in 2014 threatening to destroy the Mozilla organization unless he quit.

These actions distort the marketplace of ideas and that is not good.

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Cover Oregon consultant says exchange might not be working until end of 2015

Disaster: Cover Oregon consultant says federal health insurance exchange would cost far less than Oracle technology | OregonLive.com.

Recommends Oregon abandon its $204 million failed health exchange and switch to HealthCare.gov. That might bring Oregonian residents online insurance signups by the end of 2014.

Oregon is the only State where residents are unable to purchase insurance policies online.

 

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Next week: National Robotics Week 2014 !!!!

National Robotics Week 2014.

Check out the Events link. There is likely – at least – a FIRST Robotics event near you!

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How product managers can work more effectively with engineers

Product Managers: 5 ways you can make an engineer’s job easier – MindTheProduct.

  • Make data-driven decisions
  • Present problems [to engineering], not solutions
  • Communicate clearly and often
  • Know when to say no
  • Remove roadblocks

 

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Facebook buys $19B to buy firm founded by two engineers it turned down for jobs

STEM Shortage Claims and Facebook’s $19 Billion Acquisition of WhatsApp.

Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19B.

Facebook originally turned down both WhatsApp founders when they had applied to Facebook for jobs! Both were highly experienced at the time…. but as the linked article points out, both were close to 40 years old, “too old” in high tech

Meanwhile, the Facebook CEO insists they cannot find qualified engineers…. which suggests that Facebook’s hiring processes are truly messed up.

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