Technology

When Experimenting with Productivity Tips, Try Just One at a Time

Lifehacker.com - 1 hour 16 min ago

There are so many great productivity strategies out there, sometimes it's tempting to try many of them at once. But for more effective results, try one tip at a time.

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Researchers Create World's First 3D-Printed Jet Engines

Slashdot - 1 hour 26 min ago
Zothecula writes: Working with colleagues from Deakin University and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), researchers from Australia's Monash University have created the world's first 3D-printed jet engine. While they were at it, they created the world's second one, too. One of them is currently on display at the International Air Show in Avalon, Australia, while the other can be seen at the headquarters of French aerospace company Microturbo, in Toulouse.

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Create Multiple Streams of Income In Case You Lose Your Job

Lifehacker.com - 1 hour 46 min ago

No matter how secure you feel your job and industry are, there is always a chance things could go south. Take the time now to create multiple sources of income in case your main one is cut off in the future.

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Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

Slashdot - 2 hours 7 min ago
An anonymous reader sends news that Harrison Ford is now confirmed to be returning as Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner. Ridley Scott is now officially an executive producer for the film as well, and Denis Villeneuve will direct. It's set to begin production in the summer of 2016.

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Top Off Your Batteries With These Discounted Anker Chargers

Lifehacker.com - 2 hours 16 min ago

Anker makes some of the highest-rated gadget charging gear on the market, their products are among the most popular we've ever posted , and today, they're having a nice little sale on Amazon. The four included items are listed below; just be sure to note the promo codes.

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​The Best Way to Keep Your Cheese Fresh (Without Pricey Cheese Papers)

Lifehacker.com - 2 hours 16 min ago

When you splurge on a cheese that's $20 per pound, you're going to want to keep it fresh for as long as you possibly can. But that doesn't mean you have to spend another $9 for a box of cheese papers. In fact, you can preserve cheese well with products you probably already have at home.

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The Importance of Self-Compassion and Curiosity to Getting Fit

Lifehacker.com - 2 hours 46 min ago

We often predicate weight loss success with things such as motivation, determination, and self-control. While these factors undoubtedly play a role, lesser known characteristics like curiosity and self-compassion are equally as important. I explain the key characteristics behind weight loss success in this TED talk.

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Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China

Slashdot - 2 hours 59 min ago
randomErr writes: Microsoft is closing two factories in China by the end of March. About 9,000 people worked in these factories, and those jobs were cut a while back as part of the company's major restructuring after its Nokia purchase. Much of the equipment located in these factories from Beijing and the southeastern city of Dongguan is being shipped to Vietnam.

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Invert the 80/20 Rule to Identify the Causes of Your Biggest Problems

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 16 min ago

We've all heard of the 80/20 rule (or Pareto Principle ) that says 80% of your success will come from 20% of your effort. The inverse, however, is often true as well: 80% of your problems will come from 20% of your circumstances.

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Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

Slashdot - 3 hours 41 min ago
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Michelle Star writes at C/net that Surgeon Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, believes he has developed a technique to remove the head from a non-functioning body and transplant it onto the healthy body. According to Canavero's paper published in Surgical Neurology International, first, both the transplant head and the donor body need to be cooled in order to slow cell death. Then, the neck of both would be cut and the major blood vessels linked with tubes. Finally, the spinal cords would be severed, with as clean a cut as possible. Joining the spinal cords, with the tightly packed nerves inside, is key. The plan involves flushing the area with polyethylene glycol, followed by several hours of injections of the same, a chemical that encourages the fat in cell membranes to mesh. The blood vessels, muscles and skin would then be sutured and the patient would be induced into a coma for several weeks to keep them from moving around; meanwhile, electrodes would stimulate the spine with electricity in an attempt to strengthen the new nerve connections. Head transplants has been tried before. In 1970, Robert White led a team at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, US, that tried to transplant the head of one monkey on to the body of another. The surgeons stopped short of a full spinal cord transfer, so the monkey could not move its body. Despite Canavero's enthusiasm, many surgeons and neuroscientists believe massive technical hurdles push full body transplants into the distant future. The starkest problem is that no one knows how to reconnect spinal nerves and make them work again. "This is such an overwhelming project, the possibility of it happening is very unlikely," says Harry Goldsmith."

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What Necessary Adult Skills Were You Never Taught Growing Up?

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 46 min ago

When you're young, you spend most of your time getting an education to help prepare you for being an adult. And yet, some things slip through the cracks. What weren't you taught that you think you should have?

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AutoWear Brings Tasker's Customized Voice Commands to Android Wear

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 16 min ago

Android: With Tasker, you can create a custom Google Now command for just about anything. Android Wear allows you to trigger regular Google Now commands from your wrist, and now Auto Wear allows you to do the same with those custom voice commands.

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Five Common Mistakes People Make When Telling Jokes

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 46 min ago

Nobody is perfect when it comes to humor. Some people just manage to recognize a bad joke early on and shut up, or kill their clumsier jokes gracefully. Here are some common mistakes you might make when it comes to being funny, and how you can identify them and avoid them.

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Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

Slashdot - 6 hours 15 min ago
itwbennett writes Sharp is launching a pair of landline phones designed to counter a growing form of fraud in Japan that preys upon the elderly. The 'ore ore' ('it's me, it's me') fraudsters pretend to be grandchildren in an emergency and convince their victims to send money, generally via ATM. Sharp's new phones are designed to alert seniors to the dangers of unknown callers. When potential victims receive that are not registered in the internal memory of Sharp's new phones, their LED bars glow red and the phones go into anti-scam mode. An automated message then tells the caller that the call is being recorded and asks for the caller to state his or her name before the call is answered.

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Teamsters Seek To Unionize More Tech Shuttle Bus Drivers In Silicon Valley

Slashdot - 8 hours 38 min ago
An anonymous reader writes with news about the effort to unionize shuttle drivers in Silicon Valley. "Shuttle bus drivers for five prominent tech companies will decide whether to unionize on Friday in a vote that has the potential to dramatically expand organized labor's territory in Silicon Valley and embolden others in the tech industry's burgeoning class of service workers to demand better working conditions. Drivers who ferry Yahoo, Apple, Genentech, eBay and Zynga workers -- all employed by contractor Compass Transportation -- will decide whether to join the Teamsters union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. Union leaders say they want to bring the drivers into the fold so they can negotiate better pay and benefits -- as well as relief from a split shift that has the drivers working morning and evening shifts with no pay in between. A contract the Teamsters struck over the weekend for Facebook's shuttle bus drivers, who work for Loop Transportation, offers a glimpse of what may be possible: paid sick and vacation time, full health care coverage and wages of up to $27.50 an hour."

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Teamsters Seek To Unionize More Tech Shuttle Bus Drivers In Silicon Valley

Slashdot - 8 hours 38 min ago
An anonymous reader writes with news about the effort to unionize shuttle drivers in Silicon Valley. "Shuttle bus drivers for five prominent tech companies will decide whether to unionize on Friday in a vote that has the potential to dramatically expand organized labor's territory in Silicon Valley and embolden others in the tech industry's burgeoning class of service workers to demand better working conditions. Drivers who ferry Yahoo, Apple, Genentech, eBay and Zynga workers -- all employed by contractor Compass Transportation -- will decide whether to join the Teamsters union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. Union leaders say they want to bring the drivers into the fold so they can negotiate better pay and benefits -- as well as relief from a split shift that has the drivers working morning and evening shifts with no pay in between. A contract the Teamsters struck over the weekend for Facebook's shuttle bus drivers, who work for Loop Transportation, offers a glimpse of what may be possible: paid sick and vacation time, full health care coverage and wages of up to $27.50 an hour."

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Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-02-27 00:22
snydeq writes Strong legislation that will weaken the ability of the trolls to shake down innovators is likely to pass Congress, but more should be done, writes InfoWorld's Bill Snyder. "The Innovation Act isn't an ideal fix for the program patent system. But provisions in the proposed law, like one that will make trolls pay legal costs if their claims are rejected, will remove a good deal of the risk that smaller companies face when they decide to resist a spurious lawsuit," Snyder writes. That said, "You'd have to be wildly optimistic to think that software patents will be abolished. Although the EFF's proposals call for the idea to be studied, [EFF attorney Daniel] Nazer doesn't expect it to happen; he instead advocates several reforms not contained in the Innovation Act."

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Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-02-26 21:57
Mark Wilson writes A few months ago Twitter was criticized for teaming up with suicide prevention charity Samaritans to automatically monitor for key words and phrases that could indicate that someone was struggling to cope with life. Despite the privacy concerns that surrounded Samaritans Radar, Facebook has decided that it is going to launch a similar program in a bid to prevent suicides. Working with mental health organizations including Forefront, Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and Save.org, Facebook aims to provide greater help and support for anyone considering suicide or self-harm.

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The White Winter Home Screen

Lifehacker.com - Thu, 2015-02-26 20:00

You may not be able to tell in some places, but we're right in the middle of winter. If you need a reminder beyond your window, this peacefully white home screen will make you feel winter's chill.

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