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Open source code could have detected VW's cheat much earlier...­

Lack of transparency is one reason it took six years for the world to discover that Volkswagen had tricked emissions inspectors. If the software were openly available for examination, then the cheating might have been discovered earlier. With no outsiders permitted to look at a cars’ software, VW was tempted to cheat. They might not have even considered doing so if tuners and hobbyists had access.

'Black box' laws that make it illegal to tinker or reverse engineer products are going to thwart an entire generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers -- and prevent progress in the bargain (not to mention harming our environment). There's a balance that needs to be struck between proprietary and public interests. In this case the cheat caused pollution 40-50 times the legal limit. How should we change copyright laws to both encourage investment in new systems but also to allow transparency and boot-strapped innovation?
If the cars’ software were ‘open source,’ consumers could have done their own testing, says Diana Furchtgott-Roth.
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Replace "Volkswagen" with "all manufacturers". ;-)
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TWELVE TOMORROWS (2016) - New Release

+MIT Technology Review has long been one of my favorite tech and science magazines, so I was honored when Bruce Sterling asked me to contribute to their fourth annual Science Fiction Anthology (2016), Twelve Tomorrows.

Described as "science fiction inspired by today's new technologies", this year's collection includes my short story,  All the Childhood You Can Afford , alongside visionary sci-fi tales from a host of talented authors -- plus a gallery of classic sci-fi artwork by the late Virgil Finlay.

To grab your copy, visit:

Editor: Bruce Sterling
Artwork: Virgil Finlay (1914-1971)
Short Stories by: Paola Antonelli, Ned Beauman, Ilona Gaynor, Nick Harkaway, John Kessel, Annalee Newitz, Pepe Rojo, Bruce Sterling, Charles Stross, Daniel Suarez, Jo-Lindsay Walton
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I am not sure how you will have time to read this +Daniel Suarez while working on your new book. Now, back to work, stop distracting yourself. :) /Joking
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Microsoft to slip user-tracking tools into Windows 7, 8

Worried about Windows 10's deep-reaching user tracking? Some of it's coming to Windows 7 and 8, too:
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FWIW, I've gotten PlayOnLinux working with Steam and some of our Windows Steam games. Not all of them, so YMMV, but some.
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A drone surveys the Tianjin blast site

It's one thing to see a photo or distant video, but examined close up, the devastation is truly shocking.
At least 50 people have died and hundreds were injured when a warehouse for hazardous chemicals caught fire and exploded.
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Oh it is for sure a world wide issue... But when it blows up in the US it can lead to change... This Sadly probably will not.. Because change is costly in many ways.. 
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Fantastic Video Game Soundtracks...

Increasingly, when I look for inspiring music to write to, I find myself developing playlists from the lush soundtracks of games like 'Dragon Age: Inquisition" or 'COD: Modern Warfare.' In recent years the game industry has embraced a new generation of music composers who specialize in games. And those composers have lots of running room in a title that might take forty or more hours to complete.

What's your favorite video game soundtrack?
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Here's a great place to start also. Video game composer, Yasunori Mitsuda, did a soundtrack for a book.
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The Internet of NO Things

+Roope Mokka's talk at 'Almedalen Week' is quite interesting. He makes the point that all ubiquitous technologies eventually cease to be perceived as technology at all. They instead fade into the background, becoming simply what is-- something we don't even think about. But they also circumscribe our future perceptions and actions, becoming the proverbial 'box' it is often difficult to think outside of.

With the digital and physical worlds blending as never before -- each directly affecting the other (Uber, AirBnb, Amazon, etc, etc.), Mokka suggests we make conscious decisions about where we're heading as a society, lest we create constraints that future generations might not even notice are there.
Welcome to a journey into the future. I’ll ask you to enter into a thought experiment. We’ll venture ten to fifteen years into the future and try and make sense of it. I’m here to discuss the internet of NO things. It is the point where the internet becomes part of our environment and therefore ceases to be. Yes, we think that it is likely that – as soon as in 10 years’ time – smartphones and the internet will have disappeared. My name is Roope M...
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Wow. This is quite a read. Thanks, Daniel. 
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Automation really is going after all the jobs...

HT: Reddit user: cleansweep
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My sign toting days are numbered. Better update that resume PRONTO.
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"Autonomous vehicles break the 'marketness' that makes Uber a market of drivers and riders. Supply will massively outstrip demand as vehicles become available 24/7 at dramatically lower marginal cost."

"If we substitute 'more drivers' with 'more autonomous vehicles' and 'lower prices' with 'way lower prices,' it appears that the 'market' breaks. You could argue that an aggressive company could accomplish the same task now by simply paying drivers a flat hourly fee, even if there's no demand -- but it doesn't make any sense to do that because drivers are intrinsically temporary."
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+Mark Huss Either that, or you will have no need of an autonomous car of your own when there's an abundance of dirt cheap autonomous taxis.

However, forget cars. I want a Spot from Boston Dynamics with a saddle on it. "Hi-yo Silver! Away!"
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Only 39% of the energy the U.S. generates reaches users.

There's a big difference between U.S. fuel inputs (e.g. coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, solar, wind, etc.) and end-use energy consumption (e.g. residential, industrial, transportation). This wastage occurs because no process for generating and distributing energy is 100% efficient. But you probably would have guessed that more than 39% of energy made it to end-users.

This loss through inefficiency is known as 'rejected energy' -- and it's a ripe target for innovation. Improving this percentage (even a little) would yield significant cost and environmental benefits. Remember: the energy is being produced -- it's just dissipating before we can use it..

Originally published in August, 2013, the article below references a 2012 chart that was just recently updated by +Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory here:

As you can see, the ratio of rejected to consumable energy hasn't budged in recent years (and actually increased in the last two years).
An updated analysis published last month by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory suggests that the USA is just 39% energy efficient. Put ...
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"As an energy spot-market trader looking for quick profit, Donny Bravo looked into +Daniel Suarez  posting back in 2015 regarding wasting of generated energy in the United States, little indication that Donny Bravo would end up deep in the Colorado Cheyenne mountains seven years later carrying 30 pounds of gold in his backpack..."
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The exercises...

Google's little-known recruiting bot fascinates me. It activates when a user's Google search pattern indicates they might be a talented software engineer.

However, the automated recruiting strategy brought to mind a certain other bot waiting for new recruits in the ruins of a Montecassino abbey. :-)
If Google sees that you're searching for specific programming terms, they'll ask you to apply for a job. It's wild. Here's how it works.
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The woman in the red dress ,I knew she was the hiring manager.
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Clear solar panels

H/T to +Rezwan Razani 
"It's a whole new way of thinking about solar energy," says startup CEO about using transparent solar cells on buildings and electronics.
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+P. Bundy Source for the energy claims?
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The Coming California Water Boom

California might be in the middle of its worst drought in 1,200 years, but it's also uniquely suited to take advantage of recent advances in small-scale, solar desalination technology. If there's one thing California has plenty of, it's sun, and a recent project funded through state Proposition 50 has proven the viability of zero-discharge desalination and water reuse via concentrated solar stills.

Unlike conventional desalination, which uses high-pressure reverse osmosis to separate water from solids, concentrated solar stills focus the sun's energy with parabolic mirrors to accelerate evaporation inside an enclosure -- distilling fresh water and leaving solids behind.

A recent experiment was conducted on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, demonstrating that solar energy could make desalination affordable, sustainable, and scalable. Researchers built and continuously operated a solar desalination plant, reclaiming over 93% of the subsurface drainage water, while minimizing or eliminating brine discharge (the salt removed as a solid “co-product").

With concentrated solar stills, an acre of land in California can generate 60­-80 acre feet of water per year; this is up to forty times the per acre water consumption of an average California crop (~2 AF/yr). This means that an acre of solar desalination can satisfy the water needs of forty acres of irrigated farmland. That means only two percent of the land needs to be dedicated to water production. With access to an abundant source of saltwater, an area encompassing two square miles would provide 100 million gallons per day; sufficient fresh water for a city the size of Las Vegas (600,000 people).

The result could mirror what has happened in energy generation; rather than relying on large-scale, centralized plants, smaller “distributed” desalination projects across the state could free up hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of water through reuse, reducing overall demand on the water grid. Irrigated farmland is the single largest use of water in California, and adopting concentrated solar stills could drastically increase water reuse -- and go a long way to making agriculture in California sustainable.
It will not happen overnight, but California is on the verge of a hydro-­revolution; the beginning of a radical transformation that will dramatically increase the amount of available water. It has already happened in other parts of the world. From where we stand today, this transformation sounds quite unlikely. There are those in California who …
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Good post, Dan, and good responses. The technology has been around for many decades. Back when I was a kid, my older cousin, in the Navy, gave me an inflatable plastic still that was part of a survival kit for pilots. It distilled sea water using sun power. Looked like an early space capsule, inverted funnel shape, two foot diameter footprint. Now if the farmers will just choose less water intensive crops, that might help. No cotton. No rice. Cut back on the nut groves.
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NY Times bestselling author.  Writes high-tech / sci-fi thrillers:  Daemon, Freedom™, Kill Decision, and Influx.
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