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hackaday.com
This is a great story - how to convince your surgeon that there is another way to operate by creating a 3D printed version of the skull.
Posted: January 19, 2015 @ 15:17
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www.smh.com.au
Ostensibly to perform copyright infringement tasks but like very other filter on the planet it will be misused by the government (and probably other bodies). The farcical path is that the government won't admit it is a filter - even though that's exactly what it has to be in order to block sites considered to be in violation of copyright law.
Posted: December 14, 2014 @ 00:01
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www.salon.com
But maybe it hasn't got the business model quite right yet. I don't think it will be the end game for the taxi companies quite yet but they definitely need to step up their game - and Uber needs to take care of its drivers and customers better.
Posted: December 5, 2014 @ 06:04
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vimeo.com
With a great voiceover by the late Carl Sagan - a vision of a possible future. Well worth four minutes of your time.
Posted: November 30, 2014 @ 17:22
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qz.com
...isn't too bad at all. But it isn't 100% yet. A sign of things to come. Maybe some real machine intelligence on the horizon?
Posted: November 24, 2014 @ 14:53
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www.windpowerengineering.com
A novel way of storing electricity - essential for renewable energies (such as solar or wind) so that any generated surplus can be used later (like overnight or when the wind drops).
Posted: November 22, 2014 @ 18:49
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qz.com
You grow lettuce! No pesticides; no washing - just clean food. Well done, Toshiba.
Posted: November 22, 2014 @ 17:36
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shorttermmemoryloss.com
The lesson I take from this story is that data collected will always be used for purposes beyond which it is intended. In this case, police took footage from London cameras on the understanding it would only ever be used in case of national emergency. Now they retain it indefinitely and use it to solve normal crimes. But it can be used to track individuals regardless of criminal intent.
Posted: November 10, 2014 @ 08:26
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motherboard.vice.com
You hear that, Australia? Copper just isn't going to cut it. All the cool kids are going gigabit because they can see where bandwidth and Internet usage is going.
Posted: October 21, 2014 @ 13:52
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www.abc.net.au
Well done to the students and staff at UNSW.
Posted: October 15, 2014 @ 17:50
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tech.slashdot.org
Cold fusion is one of the "clean energy" dreams. This article talks about one device that defies explanation that may actually work. But the researchers say it shouldn't - even though they can't fault it. Curious.
Posted: October 13, 2014 @ 14:58
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build.slashdot.org
Very cool stuff from an Intel engineer - using old analogue meters to display all sorts of digital information.
Posted: October 12, 2014 @ 18:22
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singularityhub.com
Earth is a single point of failure - regardless of whether humans destroy it (through poisoning the world or through human-induced climate change - whatever) or if there is some external force (like a large rock traveling at high speed through space).
Posted: October 6, 2014 @ 09:50
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www.theregister.co.uk
One of the challenges with big data is the increasing chance that your privacy will be lost with it. Here is one example.
Posted: October 2, 2014 @ 12:09
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www.theregister.co.uk
Metadata is where it is at - and the government is attempting to get as much of it as possible.
Posted: September 30, 2014 @ 14:19
Modified: September 30, 2014 @ 14:26
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blogs.hbr.org
This is very interesting - seeing how some business models are just ticking along but others are undergoing (or about to go through) significant periods of change.
Posted: September 22, 2014 @ 09:42
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www.computerworld.com
The IoT (Internet of Things) is coming and your car will be just one of them (maybe many because there are lots of onboard computers). Where will that data go? Who will own it? Will the policy be able to give you a speeding ticket without actually seeing you do it?
Posted: September 19, 2014 @ 17:16
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www.bbc.com
This is cool - showing the utility of self-driving vehicles in restricted environments.
Posted: September 16, 2014 @ 13:21
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firstlook.org
I wonder how much we (can't) trust the Australian government.
Posted: September 15, 2014 @ 15:32
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www.achatespower.com
Interesting concept - more power and better fuel efficiency with less moving parts.
Posted: September 8, 2014 @ 09:04
Modified: September 8, 2014 @ 09:05
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