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Creative Commons To Pass One Billion Licensed Works In 2015

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-11-29 01:31
Jason Hibbets writes Sharing is winning. In 2015, Creative Commons is expected to pass one billion licensed works under the commons. Millions of creators around the world use CC licenses to give others permission to use their work in ways that they wouldn't otherwise be allowed to. Those millions of users are the proof that Creative Commons works. But measuring the size of the commons has always been a challenge. Until now...

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Buy a Samsung 840 EVO SSD, Get Far Cry 4 for Free

Lifehacker.com - Sat, 2014-11-29 00:41

Several retailers are offering the excellent Samsung 840 EVO SSD for $190 and $350 for 500GB and 1TB respectively, but Newegg is tossing in a free download of Far Cry 4 with either one to sweeten the deal. Just add either one to your cart, and the game download coupon will appear automatically at checkout.

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This Ultra-Fast External Drive is Down to an All-Time Low Price

Lifehacker.com - Sat, 2014-11-29 00:20

The WD My Passport Ultra is one of the most popular hard drives on Amazon (4.5 stars on nearly 5,000 reviews), a Wirecutter runner-up selection, and only $80 right now for 2TB on eBay. For a point of comparison, Amazon has never offered it for less than $99. Plus since it's eBay, you probably won't have to pay sales tax.

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Prep for Cyber Monday with This Discounted eBay Gift Card

Lifehacker.com - Sat, 2014-11-29 00:04

Ebay has had some of the best deals of Black Friday, and we expect that trend to continue through to Cyber Monday, so prepare for the madness with a $50 eBay gift card for only $45. It's delivered via email, so you'll definitely have it ready to use when the deals start picking up again. No brainer. [eBay]

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New Analysis Pushes Back Possible Origin For Antikythera Mechanism

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-28 22:24
We've mentioned several times over the years the Antikythera Mechanism, the astounding early analog computer recovered from a Greek shipwreck in shape good enough to allow modern recreations. The device has been attributed to different Greek mathemeticians and thinkers, such as Archimedes, Hipparchus, and Posidonius, but as reader puddingebola writes, "Current research suggests its origin may be much earlier, and its working based on Babylonian arithmetical methods rather than Greek Trigonometry, which did not exist at the time. Puddingebola excerpts from the NYT article: Writing this month in the journal Archive for History of Exact Sciences, Dr. Carman and Dr. Evans took a different tack. Starting with the ways the device's eclipse patterns fit Babylonian eclipse records, the two scientists used a process of elimination to reach a conclusion that the "epoch date," or starting point, of the Antikythera Mechanism's calendar was 50 years to a century earlier than had been generally believed.

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Categories: Technology

Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-28 19:18
KentuckyFC writes Single pixel cameras are currently turning photography on its head. They work by recording lots of exposures of a scene through a randomising media such as frosted glass. Although seemingly random, these exposures are correlated because the light all comes from the same scene. So its possible to number crunch the image data looking for this correlation and then use it to reassemble the original image. Physicists have been using this technique, called ghost imaging, for several years to make high resolution images, 3D photos and even 3D movies. Now one group has replaced the randomising medium with breast tissue from a chicken. They've then used the single pixel technique to take clear pictures of an object hidden inside the breast tissue. The potential for medical imaging is clear. Curiously, this technique has a long history dating back to the 19th century when Victorian doctors would look for testicular cancer by holding a candle behind the scrotum and looking for suspicious shadows. The new technique should be more comfortable.

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Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane In Under 10 Minutes

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-11-28 19:00

If you're looking for something fun to make, or you're involved in some sort of competition, here the instructions for the world's best and furthest flying paper airplane. All it takes is one sheet.

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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-28 18:15
RegularDave writes: I'm a recent grad from a master's program in a potentially worthless social science field, and I've considered getting into iOS development. Several of my friends who were in similar situations after grad school have done so and are making a healthy living getting contract work. Although they had CS and Physics degrees going into iOS, neither had worked in objective C and both essentially went through a crash courses (either self-taught or through intensive classes) in order to get their first gigs. I have two questions. First, am I an idiot for thinking I can teach myself either objective C or Swift on my own without any academic CS background (I've tinkered in HTML, CSS, and C classes online with some success)? Second, if I'm not an idiot for attempting to learn either language, which should I concentrate on?

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Ring Menu Adds a Shortcut To Your Most Used Stuff Anywhere

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-11-28 18:00

Mac: The Mac OS X Dock is great, but if you're looking for something a little different, Ring Menu pulls up all your favorite apps, documents, and more anywhere you want it.

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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-28 17:17
mrspoonsi sends this Reuters report: France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for private passenger transport and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday. Next year, the government will launch a car identification system that will rank vehicles by the amount of pollution they emit, Valls said in a speech. This will make it possible for local authorities to limit city access for the dirtiest cars. "In France, we have long favoured the diesel engine. This was a mistake, and we will progressively undo that, intelligently and pragmatically," Valls said. About 80 percent of French motorists drive diesel-powered cars. Valls said taxation would have to orient citizens towards more ecological choices, notably the 2015 state budget measures to reduce the tax advantage of diesel fuel versus gas.

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Schedule a Toy Purge Before the Holidays and Birthdays

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-11-28 17:00

Brace yourselves, parents. It's that wonderful time of the year when even more toys invade our homes at once. Now's probably the best time to declutter the existing stash of stuffed animals and plastic toys to make room for the new.

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Last Call: The Best Remaining Black Friday Deals

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-11-28 17:00

Did Black Friday catch you off guard by starting on Sunday? Were you doing something silly on Thanksgiving like enjoying dinner with your families? The middle-of-the-night limited quantity deals are gone, but there's a ton of great stuff left. We're rounding the best of it up for you right here.

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Save $50 on the New Nexus 9, Plus a Free $50 Google Play Credit

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-11-28 16:31

Today only, Amazon is knocking $50 off the brand new HTC Nexus 9 tablet, and throwing in a $50 Google Play credit to boot. It's a good (if not spectacular) tablet , but a great deal at effectively $100 off. The promotion applies to the 16GB and 32GB models, in both white and black. [Amazon]

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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-28 16:15
Lasrick writes: Chris Neuzil is a senior scientist with the National Research Program of the U.S. Geological Survey. He thinks the qualities of shale make it the perfect rock in which to safely and permanently house high-level nuclear waste. Given the recent discovery that water is much more of an issue than originally thought for the tough rock at Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Utah, the unique qualities of shale, along with its ubiquitous presence in the U.S., could make shale rock a better choice for the 70,000 metric tons of commercial spent fuel currently sitting above ground at nuclear power facilities throughout the country. France, Switzerland, and Belgium are all considering repositories in shale, but it hasn't been studied much in the U.S. "Shale is the only rock type likely to house high-level nuclear waste in other countries that has never been seriously considered by the U.S. high-level waste program. The uncertain future of Yucca Mountain places plans for spent nuclear fuel in the United States at a crossroads. It is an opportunity to include shale in a truly comprehensive examination of disposal options."

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Categories: Technology

Stop Trash Talking Others to Improve Your Own Work

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-11-28 16:00

Finding the flaws in others comes as naturally as breathing to some people (myself included, admittedly). However, trash talk and gossip don't just strain relationships, they make it harder to improve your own work.

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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-28 15:18
jaromil writes: The so called "Veteran Unix Admin" collective has announced that the fork of Debian will proceed as a result of the recent systemd controversy. The reasons put forward are not just technical; included is a letter of endorsement by Debian Developer Roger Leigh mentioning that "people rely on Debian for their jobs and businesses, their research and their hobbies. It's not a playground for such radical experimentation." The fork is called "Devuan," pronounced "DevOne." The official website has more information.

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Unshort.me Expands Short Links So You See Where You're Clicking

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-11-28 15:00

Web/Chrome: Misdirection via URL shortener may not be as common as it once was, but you still find people posting Goo.gl, fb.me, or bit.ly links in comment threads and on social networks claiming it's one thing when it's really another—or worse, malware. Unshort.me gives you a tool to see where you're really going before you click.

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Intel Core M Notebooks Arrive, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tested

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-28 14:20
MojoKid writes: Intel's 14nm Core M Broadwell architecture was announced a few months ago but to date, 2-in-1 hybrid devices and laptops have only trickled out to the market. Lenovo recently took the wraps off their Yoga 3 Pro 13-inch ultralight notebook and it's one of the few devices on the market right now that offers a glimpse of what Intel's Core M processor is capable of in performance and battery life testing. The 4.5 Watt TDP Core M 5Y70 actually keeps pace with 15-Watt previous generation Core i5 mobile chips in testing, but with significantly better battery life. It also enables very thin and light designs like the 2.6 pound Yoga 3 Pro, which is an interesting machine. Its watchband hinge allows it to contort into various positions for tablet, tent, stand and standard modes. The hinge is a "you love it or hate it" kind of thing, but does come with a 3200x1800 IPS display.

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Sitting at Work for Hours on End Can Stress You Out

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-11-28 14:00

A lot of us spend large chunks of our day sitting. Although it might seem relaxing, sitting for such long periods damages our bodies . A recent study has discovered a correlation between sitting at work and psychological distress.

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Give the Gift of Battery Life with this Discounted Anker

Lifehacker.com - Fri, 2014-11-28 13:50

Update: The E4 is sold out at $24, but the Lipstick Charger deal is still valid.

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