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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:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2978239/windows/microsoft-slips-user-tracking-tools-into-windows-7-8-amidst-windows-10-privacy-storm.html
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Talk about crossing lines.  Asshats.
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Clear solar panels

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"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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Falcon 9 Rocket Landing Attempt #3 Sunday, June 28 - 10:21AM ET

After seven successful missions to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are set to liftoff from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at 10:21am ET.

After boosting Dragon toward orbit, the expended Falcon 9 will guide itself back down to Earth, conducting a third attempt to land on a barge in the ocean. The first two attempts came pretty damn close, and the third time might be the charm. No matter what happens, it will be worth watching.

If successful, the Falcon 9 barge landing could make reusing booster rockets practical, greatly reducing the cost of putting payloads in space.

You can watch the live webcast on SpaceX's web site at the link below:
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft..
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They're slowly dialing it in.  You can see the attempts improved from 1 to 2.  I'm betting 3 will fail as well, but it will fail "better", then they can try again.  They had a h*ll of a lot of rockets fail back at the turn of the century before we even got them to work as advertised.  Two failures is a blip in the history books.
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Biggest Trucks in the World Get Automated

The 400-ton heavy haulers that service Alberta tar sand sites will be among the first industrial trucks to be automated. Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest oil company, confirmed this week it has entered into an agreement with Komatsu Ltd. to purchase new heavy haulers for its mining operations north of Fort McMurray. All the new trucks will be “autonomous-ready,” meaning they are capable of operating without a driver, said Suncor spokesperson, Sneh Seetal.

Not coincidentally, drivers for these monsters make about $200,000/yr...
The move to self-driving trucks comes as oilsands companies look for ways to cut costs and boost productivity. At Suncor alone, such a move could eliminate 800 jobs
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+John Scott YEAH!!!!! STAR WARS. I do worry about the people loosing these jobs. Its hard enough to deal with out sourcing and migrant workforces undermining our existing work force. These companies are going to save lots of money and increase revenue but that's never going to translate to more affordable fuel/goods for the masses. If every sector of business did this we would be enslaved by computers before I get a chance to retire.
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Your Internet legacy...

Matthew Sobol was well prepared for his demise, but not all of us have the time or the resources to leave behind an active presence on the Net. Thus far, posthumous hosting services haven't had much longevity -- which raises the question: is it even possible to plan a web site that will persist a hundred years after you're gone? Here's a primer on the pitfalls of establishing your digital tombstone...    
Want to host your WordPress site for a hundred years? It's an impossibly difficult undertaking. Let's explore the gaps technologists have left themselves in planning our digital legacy. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Medium; Tags: WordPress, Hosting
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I got as far as the first line as was laughing at the idea of a WordPress site staying online after my death.  Without me here to keep the plugins, templates, and overall system updated, the thing would be hacked off the face of the planet by scriptkiddies before I was even in the ground.

Ok... done laughing and heading back to finish reading that post.  :-)
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The foo.bar 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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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. https://play.google.com/music/m/Bmb5vpvntcg53vklakq26o6d74e?t=ki_it_-_Mitsuda_Yasunori
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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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'BattleBots' Returns

One of my favorite shows from last decade is back -- but I must say, that's no Razorback.  :-)
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Bite force had one of the strongest plows. He bum rushed him right from the beginning, forcing tombstone to restart his blade multiple times. I am sure that is a very taxing procedure, especially to the batteries.
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The next privacy battle will take place over your mind...

If you think privacy is dead, at least you're still secure in your private thoughts. However, even that bright line is about to be crossed. A host of patents are prepping the ground to monetize brainwave-reading technology -- everything from controlling video games with your mind to determining consumer mental states.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/06/tech-brain-patents-idUSL1N0XV1GR20150506

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I think its more like Interpreting dreams at this stage.. more inference than deduction and subject to be flat out wrong. Imaging parallel parking while your car decides which parking slot you've chosen.. and you haven't even made up your mind yet!
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NY Times bestselling author.  Writes high-tech / sci-fi thrillers:  Daemon, Freedom™, Kill Decision, and Influx.
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