A year late, the US Librarian of Congress on Friday published an updated list of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's prohibition on circumventing digital access controls.These exemptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA describe the circumstances under which – until the rules get revisited in two years time – individuals can access, copy, and manipulate copyrighted digital content without fear of infringement claims.But "the Copyright Office and the Librarian of Congress unlawfully and pointlessly delayed the 2015 exemptions ," Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF staff attorney Kit Walsh said in a blog post on Thursday.Jailbreaking phones and tablets to enable interoperability or remove unwanted software.Efforts to bypass 3D printer materials controls.Efforts by patients to access data in personal medical devices.
Tall buildings often have tuned mass dampers hidden inside their structures to stabilize them against the wind.Those tuned mass dampers are huge and heavy and help limit a building s movement by swaying in the opposite direction of the building.That is, if the wind is making a skyscraper sway to the right, the damper will sway to the left to dissipate the kinetic energy, and reduce the, um, swaying.What s interesting is that the Burj Khalifa, the world s tallest building, doesn t have that.Real Engineering explains how the Burj Khalifa instead relies on super clever aerodynamics to limit its movement.The building, which was based on the Hymenocallis flower, prevents vortices from forming by stacking the building up in a spiraling pattern.
Made of modified E. coliIt could soon be possible to make a light source out of bacteria.So says a group of students from Newcastle University in the UK who are attempting to combine electronic engineering and synthetic biology to create electro-biological circuits.The students have turned genetically modified, glowing E.coli into something analogous to a light bulb.The bulb is meant to switch on when the bacteria experience heat stress from a miniature microbial fuel cell – a device that acts as a battery by harnessing electrical energy from the action of microbes.The project will debut in Boston this week at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition iGEM , an annual global competition that ends in a synthetic biology science fair called the Giant Jamboree.
George Hotz became well-known for being the first to come up with an iPhone jailbreak and Sony Playstation hacking and reverse-engineering the PlayStation 3.But following its legal battle with Sony, he s turned his attention to much bigger endeavors, building his own aftermarket device to give any relatively modern car advanced autopilot features.The device, dubbed Comma One, was set to retail at $999 and included front radar sensors and a camera.The project appears to have come to an abrupt ending, however, after receiving a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for more details.Hotz made the announcement today on his company s Twitter account, saying he would much rather spend my life building amazing tech than dealing with regulators and lawyers, and that Comma.ai would be turning its attention to other products and markets.The NHTSA letter s letter did not outright asked Hotz to stop his Comma One project.
There's a "you're doing it wrong" meme that's showing some strong staying power these days: you don't need to warm up your car when it's cold — in fact, if you do, you could harm your engine.The engineering behind this revision of what many folks have been told their whole lives is solid, and you can watch this Business Insider video to get the lowdown.Modern cars don't use carburetors to blend the fuel-air mixture.
While most eyes were glued to Apple s press event on Thursday revealing new MacBook Pros, Mozilla s Head of Platform Engineering David Bryant made a reveal of his own: Firefox is receiving a new browsing engine called Quantum.Quantum is built from the ground up to support the latest hardware and technologies, such as HTML5.We are striving for performance gains from Quantum that will be so noticeable that your entire web experience will feel different, Bryant writes.More specifically, the new Quantum engine will be fine-tuned for processors with more than one core.Quantum will supposedly take advantage of all this high-performance hardware.Plus, a good chunk of the load can be dumped off onto the graphics card as well, given it is capable of computing outside the graphics realm.
A shape-shifting table that can convert from dinner table to coffee table in just one second may sound like it is more about function than form — but French design company Boulon Blanc wants to inject a bit of style into what would otherwise simply be a space-saving apparatus.The result is its Table Archimède, now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.This is a table for anyone with limited space who loves beautiful objects — or just anyone who wants a table unlike any other, designer Benoît Caille told Digital Trends.What s great about it is that it really feels like two different tables.While adjustable tables have been around for years, Caille set out to reinvent them, based on the engineering and aeronautical expertise of himself and fellow designer Karim Fargeau.Where other tables would make no big deal of their transforming element, Table Archimède makes it into an eye-catching feature: a mechanical flourish that looks so good and effortless you will want to show it off to friends whenever possible.
There's no denying that Tesla has one of the most loyal brand followings out there.Tesla as a car company doesn't always run smoothly, as historic delivery delays have shown: the Model X SUV arrived three years late.But then you have to take into account the 373,000 reservations for the Model 3 mass-market vehicle — 115,000 of which were put down before anyone saw the actual car in March.Whether CEO Elon Musk can generate that kind of passion and demand for his vision of Tesla Energy — a new business unit that Tesla added last year — is yet to be seen.An event on Friday will play a huge role in determining that.Tesla will unveil a solar roof at Universal Studios in Los Angeles at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m.ET, alongside the new version of Tesla's at-home battery, the Powerwall 2.0.We'll be following along, so check back for all the exciting news.A 'difficult engineering challenge'Musk has said the roof will be "a fundamental part of achieving differentiated product strategy."SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive said during the company's second-quarter earnings call that there are about five million new roofs installed every year just in the US, and that the new product will be focused on the roof market.But there are a lot of questions that need to be addressed during tonight's event about the solar roof.For one, it's hard to imagine how a one-size-fits-all roof would work.How will Tesla ensure proper longevity, and will anyone be able to fix it if something goes wrong?Of course, it will be interesting to hear what Musk has to say about price, and how it compares to solar installation today.Some of the details have already been dealt with.
Richard Kim, Faraday Future global design director, left, poses for a photo with Ding Lei, co-founder, global vice chairman, managing director, SEE Pland, Letv, second left, and Nick Sampson, VP of R and Engineering at FFZERO1 pre-CES reveal event in Las Vegas on Monday, January 4, 2016.Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ AP Images for Faraday Future Back in January at CES, we got our first introduction to Faraday Future.It's an electric vehicle manufacturer that aims to take on Tesla as well as the rest of the auto industry with a family of long-range EVs built on a common platform.The LA-based startup—backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting—met with a slightly underwhelming response at CES when the company showed us a concept EV hypercar, but now we've had our first glimpse of its first consumer product, seen being tested on track.As is usual in the case of pre-production vehicles, the EV is heavily disguised, so we can't infer too much about the styling, but the company told Ars we can expect to see more leading up to an official reveal at CES in January 2017.
We'll have to wait until 2017, however, to reap the engine's benefits.Mozilla s Firefox chief promised massive leaps in the web browser s performance via Project Quantum, an entirely new web engine that will power Firefox beginning in 2017.Quantum, according to David Bryant, the head of platform engineering at Mozilla, will take full advantage of modern PC and mobile hardware, exploiting parallelism to run processes across multiple cores and the GPU.Quantum will be the code at the core of the browser, responsible for its overall performance.We are striving for performance gains from Quantum that will be so noticeable that your entire web experience will feel different, Bryant wrote in a blog post.Pages will load faster, and scrolling will be silky smooth.
Mass Our atmosphere contains approximately 3,100 cubic miles of water — enough to cover the entire planet in one inch of water.Company CEO Cody Friesen, a material scientist and engineering professor at Arizona State University, says the device essentially uses sunlight to produce electricity and heat, and which allows a set of proprietary
This summer, 81,000 homes in Pittsburgh received a worrisome letter about their water.The levels in Pittsburgh are comparable to those reported in Flint, he said in an interview with local TV station WPXI.And after a series of poor financial decisions in the 2000s, PWSA was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.Veolia consults or manages water, waste, and energy systems in 530 cities in North America, with recent contracts in New York City, New Orleans, and Washington, DC.Under the leadership of Jim Good, a Veolia executive serving as interim director, PWSA began making sweeping changes—and they seemed to be working: Within a year, call waiting times for concerned customers dropped by 50 percent.At a staff barbecue in 2012, I told them that we were there to work with the employees as their partners, he later told the Post-Gazette.
With its object-oriented audio engineering and its up-or-down-firing speakers, Atmos is changing the way home theaters are set up and, more importantly, how sound is distributed in the room.The experiment was challenging to say the least, taking hours of research and planning, setting up a system and finally finding something to watch with it.You can consider the results of the experiment a field guide into next-level home entertainment.For the one-day experiment, I went with an Onkyo TX-NR747 receiver and its SKS-HT594 5.1.2 home theater in a box, which is five speaker units with surround sound and a subwoofer.The SKS-HT594 has front left and front right speakers that do double duty as both left and right channels as well as the additional two height channels needed for Dolby Atmos, which was great for my small San Francisco apartment.This means I didn't need to completely rewire my entire living room and saved myself a bunch of time.
For months, it s been rumored that Apple was angling to make some big changes to its MacBook Pro, removing the function keys from the keyboard and replacing them with an OLED Touch Bar.Little more than a minute into his address, he started detailing one of its most dominant features — its keyboard.Not only was the size of the new MacBook determined by the width of its keyboard, but Apple s engineering staff had gone back to basics to perfect the feeling of each keystroke.The Butterfly mechanism — which is present in the new MacBook Pro, albeit in an updated second-generation form — possesses several major benefits over its predecessor.It allows the keyboard to be 40 percent thinner, it s built with a single assembly, and it switches out the Scissor s silicone dome switch for a stainless-steel construction.Some reviewers grew to love the new mechanism, while others were left cold.
That s in part thanks to research being carried out at the University of Minnesota — where scientists have created a new soap molecule that promises to be far more environmentally friendly than existing products made by the giant cleaning products industry.Our research team has invented a new soap molecule that is made from renewable resources and works in a broad range of conditions, Paul Dauenhauer, associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science, told Digital Trends.These renewable resources include natural products such as soybeans, coconut, and corn, compared with existing soaps that are made from fossil fuels.Such soaps are regularly mixed with harmful chemicals in order to produce shampoos, hand soaps, and detergents.The class of molecules that soaps fit into is called surfactants, which is a multibillion dollar industry, Dauenhauer continued.By comparison, the soap molecule developed by the University of Minnesota works better than the alternative That s particularly evident in cold or hard water conditions, where regular soaps struggle.
Daniel Blomquist of Creandum, who has invested in Finnish GERMANY Networks.In a similar way as the Swedish Greta NTL to the Finnish company GERMANY Networks to solve today's problems with a slow internet, or in some cases, a onåbart such, by building out a different kind of communications networks.GERMANY has a patent on a communication system that relies on shortwave radio, making it possible to transmit data over thousands of kilometers.By combining the very latest in cognitive software engineering for the radio with a completely reinvented HF-radio systems, can GERMANY provide IP-based communications over traditional radio waves, according to the company's website.By offering a peer-to-peer networks can also all the participants help to build capacity.Now GERMANY Networks NTL brought in 10 million dollars, equivalent to 85 million.
NEW YORK — The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL Rocket Lab plays a direct and extensive role in advancing rocket propulsion technology — but you'd never see its sticker on the finished engines.Rather, the lab does fundamental research into solid, liquid and in-space propulsion, and tests out the futuristic technology on the small and extremely large scale at the Edwards Air Force Base in California before passing the results on to aerospace companies.Space.com talked with Rocket Lab Director Shawn Phillips recently aboard the floating Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, to get the scoop on what Rocket Lab engineers do, how to replace Russia's widely used RD-180 rocket engine and what's in store for the future of rocket propulsion.Amazing Rocket Launch Photos Gallery Space.com: What does the AFRL Rocket Lab do?Shawn Phillips: A lot of people would hear about NASA, the engineering marvels they do.
When I started racing with my cousin at his local kart track, I never imagined that, one day, I would win Le Mans, says German-born Müller.The car I got to race was a really special machine.Ganassi s 2016 model takes some styling cues from the 1966 model, but make no mistake – the new GT sits at the loftiest heights of race car engineering.Developed alongside Ford by US motorsport giant and IndyCar and NASCAR hero Chip Ganassi, the new GT sits on a bespoke lightweight carbon-fibre chassis the same as the production model GT and deploys a state-of-the-art aerodynamic package.Then there s the suspension.It has torsion bars instead of springs, so at first it s really freaky to drive, says Müller.
About nine years, opens the whole of the enlarged part [edit north of Stockholm.Jenny Bergh master of science in civil engineering and is working since seven years in the Swedish transport administration, the last five as projekteringsledare and project manager for the expansion of the railroad on the section Tomteboda–Kallhäll.the Commuter trains to go on the middle tracks and long-distance trains and the second train takes the utmost.the railway line to be built is two miles long and in addition to new tracks built three new commuter rail stations in Kallhäll, Barkarby and Sundbyberg.When the expansion of the part [edit is complete it will be able to go twelve commuter trains per hour instead of the current six to eight.– There will be many investigations, because we affect many other interests.
Master of Science in Applied Accounting & Finance, offered at Hong Kong Baptist University.A British professional services company that trains graduates in information technology to work as consultants for major companies is expanding its presence in Hong Kong and Asia as it seeks to fill a global skills gap and increase the number of women in the sector.London-based FDM group gives graduates and women returning to work 16 weeks of IT training ranging from cyber security to application support, an area of importance to its banking clients, which include HSBC, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse in Hong Kong.FDM in Hong Kong has recruited 97 trainees this year, with almost 70 per cent coming from local universities, and 28 per cent of recruits are female.In 2014, women made up 33 per cent of Hong Kong s first-year undergraduate intake for science, technology and engineering and maths STEM degrees, down from 34 per cent in 2013, Education Bureau statistics show.The city saw 811 people graduate from full-time computer science and information technology undergraduate courses for the 2014/2015 academic year, up from 798 on the previous year.