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#arduino   #fork   #copyright   #opensource  or closed?
 
Arduino split and legal battle - OH NO!

This isn't good. A split in the Arduino ecosystem could end up hurting both camps and the users as well. 

On the other hand, there is a real opportunity for companies like Microchip and TI to step in and correct the mistake they made in letting Arduino (and therefore Atmel) get so far ahead of them in this market.
I bet Parallax is quietly smirking too.
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#takerbot  (aka #makerbot ) already filed for patents on this >:(
 
3D printers aren't yet as high resolution as they will be some day. So why not add a subtractive manufacturing component to this additive manufacturing process? 

This company just did. (Video)
Why does 3D printing get all the love? Probably because it evokes visions of Star Trek’s famous replicator. Back here in the humble 21st century,
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Damn, someone beat me to this :(
 
By studying the network of links between Indian recipes, computer scientists have discovered that the presence of certain spices makes a meal much less likely to contain ingredients with flavors in common.
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The #crackdown  on machines begins.  I hope they don't bow to pressure from the #copyright  lobby and start refusing to ship computers/laptops/wifi/routers and the such... #facepalm  
 
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with UPS’s statement on its refusal to ship digital milling machines used to create firearms. The new generation of “maker” tools like 3-D printers and milling machines promises to let anyone make virtually anything—from prosthetic limbs to firearms—in the privacy and convenience of his or her own home.…
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Yeah. Ship someone a Dremel tool and they can made a serial-less gun as well... difference is that the Dremel would be illegal.
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This 1950's law is being used to reclassify (in a very racially profiling way) a simple utility pocket knife be the same as a WWII foot-long military weapon.

#stopandfrisk   #fail   #constitutionallegalrights   #racialprofiling   #policestate
The knives were legal through the early 1950s and might have stayed that way, if not for a national backlash against their close cousin, the now-infamous switch
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Additive manufacturing has been around for over 30 years, but recent innovations have presented new breakthrough applications as well as lower prices for the t
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If you're familiar with aerogel, you know that it's one of the lowest-density materials on Earth. But even if you're versed in this supermaterial's physical properties, you've probably never thought about what aerogel sounds like. This video answers that question.
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#netneutrality  for everyone!!!!
 
Holy crap. While the fat lady hasn't quite sung just yet (there will be lawsuits for sure), it looks like the good guys will win a hugely important round on Net Neutrality: tomorrow's FCC vote is expected to impose Title II regulation on ISPs, including a ban on paid prioritization ("fast lanes," by which I mean "slow lanes").

The devil is in the details; we'll see what the proposed regulations actually say. And, again, this will surely face multiple court challenges. But this is still a giant step in the right direction, one that preserves and respects citizens' freedom.

I am, simply, astonished. Happy, just astonished; I wanted this, but didn't really expect it. I might have been overly cynical -- how pleasant to be wrong!

Via +Slashdot​.
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+Mikko Finell true, but I have learned to always bet on the Internet ;)
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New Form of Quantum Friction Observed - Physicists at Yale University have observed a new form of quantum friction that could open new avenues in the fields of nonlinear quantum optics and quantum information, where systems with multi-dimensional steady state manifolds can be used as error corrected logical qubits. #physics #quantumphysics #yaleuniversity #science

Link: http://scitechdaily.com/new-form-quantum-friction-observed/
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As a result of this approach DQN -- which trained on each game for two weeks -- achieved more than 75 percent of the human score on more than half the games, and achieved better results than AIs using just reinforcement learning. It was even able to come up with loopholes in the games that the team did not know about. A supercomputer was not used to process the computations, but that would make progress even faster the team suggests.

"It is worth noting that the games in which DQN excels are extremely varied in their nature, from side-scrolling shooters (River Raid) to boxing games (Boxing) and three-dimensional car-racing games (Enduro)," the team writes in the Nature paper. This is of paramount importance because DeepMind is of the belief that its AI is on the road to creating a general AI that can be applied to any decision-making situation. Any information could be used as the input, to help with these general applications -- the team just chose to only provide pixel and score feedback in this instance.

Before being acquired by Google, the company was hopeful its technology could one day be applied to climate science or disease modelling. But for now the team will be moving from Atari games to games of the 90s -- including 3D and racing games "where the challenge is much greater". The long-term goal is to then apply what is learned to Google's own products, including Search, Translate, and presumably its driverless car tech.
Google-backed startup DeepMind Technologies has built an artificial intelligence agent that can learn to successfully play 49 classic Atari games by itself, with minimal input
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I'm a entrepreneurial businessman with many years of experience in Fortune 500 companies as well as several C-level executive and advisory positions at web startups. My primary focus is on Software Architecture and Electrical Engineering. I have invented and hold several patents (internationally) and am well versed in Patent & Copyright law. 

As a polymath and member of American Mensa my working knowledge within the STEM universe is extensive with specific spikes of high expertise. So go ahead and ask me about Carbonic Anhydrase ;) I've managed to have meaningful conversations with specialists in semiconductor physics, cellular biology, medicine/pharma, finance, gunsmithing and many other domains.

I currently do research at Harvard Medical School in Bioinformatics, Bibliometrics, Social Network Analysis (of the worldwide medical research community), and the Semantic Web.

For fun I research random STEM topics, invent stuff, write my own patents, do photography and, of course, provide consulting and mentoring services.
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American Mensa (Performance IQ in top 0.13% percentile) - Holder of 5 patents with several pending internationally
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    If you aren't learning something new every day then you aren't living... Anything computers and electronics. Enough biomedical knowledge to understand most PubMed articles with the help of Wikipedia. Set and graph theory. A dash of classical and quantum physics theory (quantum computing). Some mechanical engineering (I own a metal lathe, 3-axis mill, and a 3D printer). Law, especially patent and copyright. Psychology. Marketing. Some economic theories. Some chemistry. Blah, blah, blah....
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