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dryriver writes: Everybody who was into computers in the 1980s and 1990s remembers Commodore producing amazingly innovative, capable and popular multimedia and gaming computers one moment, and disappearing off the face of the earth the next, leaving only PCs and Macs standing.Much has been written about what went wrong with Commodore over the years, but always by outsiders looking in -- journalists, tech writers, not people who were on the inside.In a 34 minute long Youtube interview that surfaced on October 9th, former Commodore UK Managing Director David John Pleasance and Trevor Dickinson of A-EON Technology talk very frankly about how Commodore really failed, and just how crazy bad and preventable the business and tech decisions that killed Commodore were, from firing all Amiga engineers for no discernible reason, to hiring 40 IBM engineers who didn't understand multimedia computing, to not licensing the then-valuable Commodore Business Machines (CBM) brand to PC makers to generate an extra revenue stream, to one new manager suddenly deciding to manufacture in the Philippines -- a place where the man had a lady mistress apparently.The interview is a truly eye-opening preview of an upcoming book David John Pleasance is writing called Commodore: The Inside Story .The book will, for the first time, chronicle the fall of Commodore from the insider perspective of an actual Commodore Managing Director.
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Feminists have vandalized a plaque commemorating the two men who discovered the structure of DNA, Francis Crick and James Watson.The sign, which is outside The Eagle pub in Cambridge, England, commemorates the double helix discovery Watson and Crick made in 1953.The sign has "+Franklin" scrawled on it, a reference to chemist Rosalind Franklin's work, which was also instrumental to the discovery.Franklin died of ovarian cancer in 1958, five years after the discovery was made public.Franklin's name was spotted by Cambridge University linguist Andrew Caines, who took a picture of it.“I was just walking past and I noticed the graffiti and took a photo," he said in an interview with the Cambridge News.
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Backstage Capital, the venture firm focused on funding underrepresented minorities, recently acquired The Door for an undisclosed amount in cash and equity.The acquisition makes quite some sense given The Door’s similar focus on helping underrepresented founders get funding.The platform specifically connects those founders to investors.As part of the acquisition, The Door Founder Yves Louis-Jacques will join Backstage Capital as a venture partner.In his role, he will also be in charge of The Door’s product development and initiatives with limited partners.“I am intrigued by the idea of using technology to answer two of the most frequently asked questions I’ve heard while building Backstage Capital,” Backstage Capital Founder and Managing Partner Arlan Hamilton told TechCrunch.
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In 1979 the followers of J. R. "Bob" Dobbs founded a satirical religion called the Church of the Subgenius.(Slackware Linux reportedly drew its name from the "pursuit of Slack", a comfort-seeking tenet of the 38-year-old parody religion.)Combining UFOs and conspiracy theories with some social critiques (and a few H.P.Lovecraft characters), the strange group is now re-emerging online with an official Facebook page -- and a slick new video channel.In "Adventures in the Forbidden Sciences," former church CEO K'taden Legume announces that in January of 2016, "the Subgenius Foundation received an overdue bill for a storage locker in the Pacific Northwest registered under the name J. R. Dobbs.Behind the steel door was a freight elevator leading deep underground to what was long considered to be a myth: The church's long-abandoned forbidden science laboratories.
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As self-driving cars circle around grassy knolls and past parked cars at the closed-course facility, passenger doors suddenly fly open to test whether vehicles will safely steer out of the way.Jaywalking zombielike mannequins scoot out in front of moving automobiles to teach the cars to stop for pedestrians before it's too late.Self-driving cars use a series of sensors, lasers and cameras to "see" their surroundings and detect traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists and other obstacles.Automakers from Toyota to Ford to Volvo all have projects underway, as do Silicon Valley giants including Google, Apple and Tesla.It brought a small fleet of self-driving cars to passengers in Pittsburgh in September 2016.The company has since driven more than 1 million autonomous miles and is testing about 200 cars in Pennsylvania, Arizona and California.
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A few weeks back, UploadVR caught wind that Microsoft’s iconic Halo franchise would be coming to its new line of Windows 10 virtual reality headsets, which are made by partners such as Asus and Dell, though we didn’t know in what form.Halo Recruit is coming to all Windows VR headsets at launch on October 17.It will be a free, albeit brief experience designed to introduce players to the possibilities of Halo in VR.It’s developed by 343 Industries, the team behind Halo 4 and Halo 5, and it will offer you a glimpse of your favorite characters in VR.Halo Recruit will also be at retail demo stations in the coming weeks.We asked Microsoft whether this was the entirety of its Halo plans and received the following statement in response:
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: About three quarters of all honey worldwide is contaminated with pesticides known to harm bees, according to a new study.Though the pesticide levels were below the limit deemed safe for human consumption, there was still enough insecticide in there to harm pollinators.The finding suggests that, as one of the study authors said, "there's almost no safe place for a bee to exist."Scientists analyzed 198 honey samples from all continents, except Antarctica, for five types of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are known to harm bees.They found at least one of the five compounds in most samples, with the highest contamination in North America, Asia, and Europe.The results are published today in the journal Science.
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By using gestures, users can match their movements to the robot's to complete various tasks."A system like this could eventually help humans supervise robots from a distance," says CSAIL postdoctoral associate Jeffrey Lipton, who was lead author on a related paper about the system."By teleoperating robots from home, blue-collar workers would be able to tele-commute and benefit from the IT revolution just as white-collars workers do now."They presented the paper this week at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) in Vancouver.With these systems, a delayed signal could lead to nausea and headaches, and the user's viewpoint is limited to one perspective.The CSAIL team's system is halfway between these two methods.
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Ex-CEO says company stayed silent about hack to stop crims piling on with more attacksEquifax was just as much of a trash-fire as it looked: the company saw the Apache Struts 2 vulnerability warning, failed to patch its systems, and held back a public announcement for weeks for fear of “copycat” attacks.Those Infosec for Absolute Dummies tips were made official by ex-CEO Richard Smith, by way of evidence published by a US House committee ahead of his in-person appearance Tuesday.Smith's written statement [PDF] to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce says the company received the US CERT's advisory for CVE-2017-5638 on March 8, and IT was told to patch it in accordance with the company's policy of patching within 48 hours of notifications.That didn't happen: “We now know that the vulnerable version of Apache Struts within Equifax was not identified or patched”."On March 15," Smith's testimony continues, "Equifax’s information security department also ran scans that should have identified any systems that were vulnerable to the Apache Struts issue identified by U.S. CERT.
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With Chalk, launched today, users can draw on the screen, adding a detail to real-world conversation previously unseen on competitors like Skype and FaceTimeChalk’s primary purpose is to solve problems over a video call.With many of us providing tech support to our parents, Chalk allows us to give a live explanation complete with augmented reality details drawn on to their actual environments.So, “turn this knob” or “use this button” is no longer a description, but a video tutorial of sorts.With Chalk, you can draw on the screen to give instructions.Your Chalk Marks stick where you put them with augmented reality technology from Vuforia and ARKit.
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Retro Games and Koch Media have jumped on the nostalgia bandwagon and announced the impending launch of what they call TheC64 Mini, a 'reimagining' of the best-selling home computer of the 1980s.Launched in 1982 by Jack Tramiel's Commodore Business Machines, formerly a typewriter company, the Commodore 64 was an upgrade replacement to the company's previous VIC-20.Popular with gamers thanks to its hardware sprint handling, 16 colour support, and impressive SID-chip four-channel on-board synthesiser at a time when rival systems like the ZX Spectrum were producing bleeps and bloops, the Commodore 64 is generally recognised as the world's best-selling model of home computer - meaning there are plenty of former owners out there interested in a recreation.Following Nintendo's success with the NES Mini and SNES Mini, Retro Games and Koch Media have announced they are producing a mini-console of their own: TheC64 Mini, henceforth to be written as 'the C64 Mini,' launching in early 2018.Around half the size of the original machine, the C64 Mini includes 64 built-in games, switchable image filters which aim to reproduce the free-aliasing effect of old cathode-ray tube (CRT) displays on modern pixel-perfect liquid crystal displays (LCDs) via an HDMI connection, and a bundled Competition Pro-inspired USB joystick for control.The good news ends there, however.
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Sometimes, though, things go wrong.On Saturday, for example, passengers on Air France flight 066 from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to Los Angeles looked out of the window and saw something disturbing.4 engine -- that's the one on the outside of the right wing -- had endured an explosion.One passenger, Miguel Amador, speculated this had been caused by a bird strike.But the front cowling and the fan disc had completely come off.The A380 has four engines.
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Let's say you identify a new market, one that you think is going to be very receptive to your product.The cost of advertising to this market may be prohibitive: The best publications are frightfully expensive, and your ads couldn't appear for six months, anyway.With a modest campaign to a known target audience, you can acquire a mailing list, develop mailing materials (including direct-mail letter, flier, reply card), launch a mailing and start to receive results in just a few months.Once you mail off the requested material, you then follow up with additional material or a phone call/fax/e-mail to use your skills at transforming the lead into a prospect.Look to develop new senior customers by some thoughtful mailing-list shopping:What magazines do the elderly read and can you get mailing labels for subscribers in your market area?
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To attract the attention of drivers going by at a fast clip on a busy highway, you should have very simple signage.That means boiling it down to a simple message of no more than about five words (if you have a large enough space), and a single visual.If you can make that message contain an intriguing benefit, rather than just a name, so much the better.Avoid fancy fonts or letters in all capitals.Both are very hard to read and actually slow the reader down.Not the kind of thing you want when you only have 2-3 seconds in which to grab their attention.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Astronomers have made a new detection of gravitational waves and for the first time have been able to trace the shape of ripples sent through spacetime when black holes collide.The announcement, made at a meeting of the G7 science ministers in Turin, marks the fourth cataclysmic black-hole merger that astronomers have spotted using Ligo, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.The latest detection is the first to have also been picked up by the Virgo detector, located near Pisa, Italy, providing a new layer of detail on the three dimensional pattern of warping that occurs during some of the most violent and energetic events in the universe.A tiny wobble in the signal, picked up by Ligo's twin instruments and the Virgo detector on 14 August, could be traced back to the final moments of the merger of two black holes about 1.8 billion years ago.The black holes, with masses about 31 and 25 times the mass of the sun, combined to produce a newly spinning black hole with about 53 times the mass of the sun.The remaining three solar masses were converted into pure energy that spilled out as deformations that spread outwards across spacetime like ripples across a pond.
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The amount of times I hear that a company only uses social media because they think they ought to has diminished over the years, but there are still some out there who don’t get that digital is here to stay, and therefore fail to embed it deeply in their future plans.Defining “long term” within any customer life cycle is tricky and depends on the company and the product or service you’re trying to sell, but with any integrated marketing strategy is needs to start with the brand.You need to know your mission, understand who your competitors are and create experiences that are discoverable, memorable and shareable.When you have the brand right and everyone in your company is breathing into it, you can use social media as a way to keep authentic engagement going as part of an integrated approach focusing on these three questions:Social-media engagement is real time, so are you set up to respond quickly to any call outs or questions?Do you have a response protocol set up to deal with frequently asked questions and what happens if a crisis ensues?
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Chinese scalpers are feeling the squeeze.Seven years ago, a generation of them struck it rich by reselling the iPhone 4 for as much as RMB 10,000 (around $1,500 for a phone that launched for up to $699) to Apple fanatics and curious consumers.One day after iPhone 8 hit the shelves in China last week, scalpers were offering the 4.7-inch gold model for RMB 500 ($75) cheaper than the shelf price.“It’s the first time this has happened, that the [scalper] price slipped below the launch price within one day,” a scalper from Beijing’s tech hub Zhongguancun told local media (in Chinese).In stark contrast to the swarm of buyers and scalpers outside Apple Stores in the past, the queuing railings set aside for iPhone 8 launch across China are far from being filled.The tepid reception of the new model has sent Apple’s stock down the worst weekly performance during the week of a major product launch since the first iPhone release in 2007.
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Twitter has responded to complaints about US president Donald Trump threatening the government of North Korea via its service by saying that it won't remove the tweets because they are "newsworthy" (TechCrunch).Trump tweeted: "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N.Despite Twitter's rules against using its service to make threats of violence, the company has suddenly come up with a "newsworthiness" criterion for leaving threatening tweets in place.You usually need a master password to access the Keychain, but Wardel's exploit – which works on the brand new High Sierra release of macOS as well as older versions of the operating system – circumvents this, displaying only a commonplace unsigned app warning on installation, and no warning at all when run.He reported the bug to Apple earlier this month but says that "but unfortunately the patch didn't make it into High Sierra," and suggests that Apple ought to introduce a bug bounty programme for its desktop operating system.Apple has commented, saying only that: "MacOS is designed to be secure by default, and Gatekeeper warns users against installing unsigned apps, like the one shown in this proof of concept, and prevents them from launching the app without explicit approval.
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Just what are we going to do without our weekly dose of violence, foul language, incest and dragons?Game of Thrones may be the greatest thing on TV, but it didn't just materialise out of thin air, you know.It's based on the hugely popular A Song of Fire and Ice books by G.R.R.Cretins like me are probably better steering clear of them, as they are known to be quite hard to follow, but if you're into reading words and love Game of Thrones then you should maybe give them a go.The final book in the series isn't done yet, so you won't risk spoiling the end of the show, and there's bound to be many surprises in store what with the condensed nature of the TV series.If you'd rather not watch Game of Thrones again, there are other TV series you could watch that might fill the void.
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The 3D vision sensor designed for industrial use — the TriSpector1000 from SICK.This standalone solution, with its intelligent inspection tools, is suitable for a diverse array of applications relating to the quality control of consumer goods and packaging.The image-processing sensor is deigned to have an exceptionally high resolution for the detection of the most subtle features, easy configuration and operation and the ability to output directly usable measured values in millimetres for all inspection dimensions.With the configurable TriSpector1000, integrators and end users can carry out a wide variety of inspection activities quickly and easily, including: height and completeness monitoring; volume, thickness and dimension measurement; integrity checks of containers; and counting and positioning objects.These high-resolution measurement results are converted directly into millimetre values by the vision sensor without the need for another PC and output in real time over the Gigabit Ethernet interface.The vision sensor features a rugged, anodised aluminium housing resistant to a variety of media, offers the choice between IP 65 or IP 67 enclosure rating, and is available with a front screen made of either glass or break-proof PMMA plastic.
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