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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Slashdot - 1 hour 44 sec ago
cartechboy writes: Remember 18 months ago when Tesla promised it was going to launch battery-swap stations? Well, it's finally happening, sort of. It seems Tesla's about to announce a battery-swap pilot program that will launch next week. The swap site will be located across the street from a Tesla Supercharger site in Harris Ranch, California — 184 miles south of San Francisco and about 200 miles north of Los Angeles. The pilot program will involve an unspecified number of Model S electric-car owners, who will be invited to take part in the test. For now, the battery-swap service will be offered by appointment only, at a cost of roughly a tank of gas in a premium sedan. Tesla's using words to describe this pilot program like "exploratory work" and "intended to test technology and assess demand" for a swapping service. While originally pitched that the battery swap would take less time than it would to take to refill the gas tank of a comparable luxury sedan, the company says now that "for this specific iteration" the swap process will take "approximately 3 minutes" — though it adds Tesla has "the ability to improve that time with future iterations." Is this test going to show that battery swapping is or isn't a realistic initiative?

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Build a Spy Camera Inside a Coffee Cup

Lifehacker.com - 1 hour 9 min ago

Need to take some secret spy photos? Make shows off a simple way to build a spy camera inside a coffee cup using an Arduino.

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Evernote just released a new premium feature called Context, in which it shows relevant information

Lifehacker.com - 1 hour 34 min ago

Evernote just released a new premium feature called Context, in which it shows relevant information from your notes and the web as you write or research in Evernote for Windows and Android. Read more here.

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Learn to Fold a Pocket Square with this Chart

Lifehacker.com - 1 hour 39 min ago

Pocket squares seem straightforward: you stuff it into a pocket then head off to your fancy gathering, right? Turns out it's slightly more complicated, but thankfully The Art of Manliness shows off a variety of folding methods for a pocket square.

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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

Slashdot - 1 hour 43 min ago
Rambo Tribble writes: Scientists from the University of Leeds have proposed that brighter ships' wakes, created by reducing their component bubbles' sizes, could moderately increase the reflectivity of our oceans, which would have a cooling effect on the climate. The technology is touted as being available and simple, but there could be side effects, like wetter conditions in some regions. Still, compared to many speculative geoengineering projects, "The one advantage about this technology — of trying to generate these tiny 'micro-bubbles' — is that the technology does already exist," according to Leeds' Prof Piers Forster.

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Win the Game of Dreidel by Starting First (Or Change the Rules)

Lifehacker.com - 2 hours 9 min ago

The traditional game of dreidel played during Hanukkah focuses on a spinning top and a bit of gambling. It's a game of chance, but the player who spins first often ends up with the largest pot. Changing the rules evens the odds for everyone.

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LinuxFest Northwest 2015 Will be Held April 25 and 26 (Video)

Slashdot - 2 hours 25 min ago
Their website says, 'Come for the code, stay for the people! We have awesome attendees and electrifying parties. Check out the robotics club, the automated home brewing system running on Linux, or the game room for extra conference fun.' This is an all-volunteer conference, and for a change the volunteers who run it are getting things together far in advance instead of having sessions that don't get scheduled until a few days before the conference, which has happened more than once with LFNW. So if you have an idea for a session, this is the time to start thinking about it. Sponsors are also welcome -- and since LFNW sponsorships regularly sell out, it's not to soon to start thinking about becoming a sponsor -- and if you are part of a non-profit group or FOSS project, LFNW offers free exhibit space because this is a conference that exists for the community, not to make money for a corporate owner. But don't delay. As you can imagine, those free exhibit spots tend to fill up early. (Alternate Video Link)

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Most Popular Vacuum: Dyson DC65

Lifehacker.com - 2 hours 54 min ago

Vacuuming is, objectively, the best chore . The Dyson DC65 sucked up almost 30% of the thousands of votes you cast , earning it the honor of Best Vacuum.

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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Slashdot - 3 hours 8 min ago
phantomfive writes: Bruce Schneier has an opinion piece discussing the Sony attack. He says, "Your reaction to the massive hacking of such a prominent company will depend on whether you're fluent in information-technology security. If you're not, you're probably wondering how in the world this could happen. If you are, you're aware that this could happen to any company." He continues, "The worst invasion of privacy from the Sony hack didn’t happen to the executives or the stars; it happened to the blameless random employees who were just using their company’s email system. Because of that, they’ve had their most personal conversations—gossip, medical conditions, love lives—exposed. The press may not have divulged this information, but their friends and relatives peeked at it. Hundreds of personal tragedies must be unfolding right now. This could be any of us." Related: the FBI has officially concluded that the North Korean government is behind the attack.

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Track Your Time with a Colorful Chronodex to Get More Done

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 9 min ago

The Chronodex is a graphical way of visualizing and keeping tabs on your time every day. For very visual people, this might be the perfect system for adding more accountability to your activities and motivate you to use your time better.

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Make Meringues in Three Minutes, No Whisking Required

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 39 min ago

Meringues are delightful, airy little desserts, but if you don't have the time or motivation to whip the egg whites until they're the right consistency, just use the microwave.

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Machine Learning Reveals Genetic Controls

Slashdot - 3 hours 49 min ago
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from Quanta Magazine: Most genetic research to date has focused on just 1 percent of the genome — the areas that code for proteins. But new research, published today in Science, provides an initial map for the sections of the genome that orchestrate this protein-building process. "It's one thing to have the book — the big question is how you read the book," said Brendan Frey, a computational biologist at the University of Toronto who led the new research (abstract). For example, researchers can use the model to predict what will happen to a protein when there’s a mistake in part of the regulatory code. Mutations in splicing instructions have already been linked to diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy, a leading cause of infant death, and some forms of colorectal cancer. In the new study, researchers used the trained model to analyze genetic data from people afflicted with some of those diseases. The scientists identified some known mutations linked to these maladies, verifying that the model works. They picked out some new candidate mutations as well, most notably for autism. One of the benefits of the model, Frey said, is that it wasn’t trained using disease data, so it should work on any disease or trait of interest. The researchers plan to make the system publicly available, which means that scientists will be able to apply it to many more diseases.

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​The Best Fitness Tracker for Every Need

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 4 min ago

Like many of you, I work in front of a computer. They're powerful devices, but they also suck your will to live and trick you into never, ever getting up and going outside. Reasons like that are why fitness trackers were invented.

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Read Price Matching Policies Closely for Extra Bonuses (or Caveats)

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 9 min ago

Price-matching is awesome, but many stores' price-matching policies have tiny details that could make a world of difference if you're trying to snag a bargain. Make sure to read the fine print to make sure you'll walk away with the discount you're shopping for.

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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Slashdot - 4 hours 31 min ago
Jason Koebler writes: If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won't look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It's likely they won't be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial. In her paper "Alien Minds," written for a forthcoming NASA publication, Schneider describes why alien life forms are likely to be synthetic, and how such creatures might think.

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Find Work You Love by Identifying Your Unique Angle

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 39 min ago

There are things you love to do, and there are things people pay you to do. In the perfect world those are the same thing, but realistically you need to find a balance between how you make your money while having time for your less lucrative hobbies. Let's look at how to pinpoint that balance.

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All-Clad Discounts, Cheap Luggage, N64 USB Controller, More Deals

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 54 min ago

These All-Clad deals are awesome, and we're glad they're sticking around another day (for now).

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Kick Bad Habits With Short-Term Sprints

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 9 min ago

Whether it's caffeine or a killer sweet tooth, bad habits are tough to ditch . Short-term "sprints" over time can make kicking those bad habits more feasible and a lot less daunting.

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All the Evidence the Government Will Present In the Silk Road Trial Is Online

Slashdot - 5 hours 14 min ago
apexcp writes: In less than a month, one of the biggest trials of 2015 will begin in New York City. The full list of government evidence and defense objections found its way online recently, shedding light on both the prosecutor's courtroom strategy and the defense team's attempted rebuttals. Also important is what's not presented as evidence. There's not a single piece of forensic documentation about how the FBI originally found Silk Road servers, an act the defense as called "blatantly criminal."

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Repair Damaged Brick With a Chisel and Mortar Mix

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 39 min ago

Brick and mortar is a solid building material, but it won't last forever. Here are the basics for "tuckpointing", the process of repairing and rebuilding a brick wall.

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