"Travelers don’t just want access to Uber at airports, they have come to expect it."

Some airports now allowing pick-ups by Uber and Lyft

#Travel

Thu, May 28th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Called by some an unfair advantage, Uber and Lyft are now being allowed to pick-up passengers from airports, a realm that once belonged solely to licensed taxi operators.

In San Francisco, where Mr. McGinnis lives, “it would be unusual to take a cab to the airport these days,” he said.

In March, Uber and Wingz broke into the crowded Southern California market by striking deals with John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. Los Angeles International will join in when limitations are lifted this summer, Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged, though some City Council members have voiced objections over what they see as an uneven playing field.

At La Guardia and Kennedy International Airport in New York, drivers for UberX, Uber’s lower-cost service, can pick up passengers if they are licensed by the Taxi & Limousine Commission. It is the only market where all drivers are required to obtain…

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The Right Font Can Make What You Read Credible

How typography can impact judgement

#Literature

Thu, May 28th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On the Eye on Design website, a look at an experiment by writer and director Errol Morris, who — albeit perhaps unscientifically — determined how "typefaces can have an emotional and psychological impact on us."

[...] To appreciators of typography (and Kanye West) this probably sounds like a pretty obvious statement. Of course typography has an impact on our judgement; we’re just not always conscious of its effects. And why shouldn’t it? Typography is but one of countless environmental factors that influence our perception of truth or falsity. Morris, for his part, recently said during an interview: “It’s absurd to think that we would be nudged by one typeface over another, into believing something to be true. Something disturbing about it, I’d go so far to say.”

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Turning a Rotary Phone into a Mobile One

#Telephone

Wed, May 27th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit you can't launch your favourite apps from it, this tutorial by Stavros Korokithakis shows you how to take an old school rotary phone and make it work on a GSM network.

As you may remember from part one, I am a very angry person. Especially when talking on the phone, I get easily pissed off, and nowadays there’s no good way to express my frustration. I miss the olden days, where you had a nice physical handset you could slam into the phone to relieve your tension, but mobile phones just don’t provide the same pleasure. Undeterred, I set out to create a rotary phone that was also a mobile phone.

Thus, the iRotary was born

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Javascript Gameboy Advance Emulator

#Games

Wed, May 27th, 2015 09:51 by capnasty NEWS

I can't find much detail about this GitHub project other than the fact that you can load all your favourite Gameboy Advance games and play them.

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SpaceX's Vintage Mars Travel Posters

#Art

Tue, May 26th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Motherboard brings to attention a series of retro looking Mars travel posters created by SpaceX and available in the public domain.

SpaceX has released some vintage-style posters that are undoubtedly breaking hearts everywhere that we can’t hop on a spaceship to Mars for a vacation.

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Computer Algorithm Raps Better than a Human Rapper

#Music

Tue, May 26th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Technology Review showcases DeepBeat, a computer algorithm that is able to outperform human rappers by 21% in "terms of length and frequency of the rhymes".

The highly structured nature of rap makes it particularly amenable to computer analysis. And that raises an interesting question: if computers can analyze rap lyrics, can they also generate them?

Today, we get an affirmative answer thanks to the work of Eric Malmi at the University of Aalto in Finland and few pals. These guys have trained a machine-learning algorithm to recognize the salient features of a few lines of rap and then choose another line that rhymes in the same way on the same topic. The result is an algorithm that produces rap lyrics that rival human-generated ones for their complexity of rhyme.

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Singing Happy Birthday in Public is a Copyright Infringement

Unhappy Birthday to You

#Copyright

Mon, May 25th, 2015 23:05 by capnasty NEWS

If you witness anyone singing Happy Birthday in public, it is your civic duty to immediately notify the copyright holders so that the felons shamelessly pirating copyright material can be fined or charged the appropriate licensing fees.

According to United States copyright law in United States Code, Title 17 § 106, authors of works such as musical compositions have the exclusive right "to perform the copyrighted work publicly." In United States Code, Title 17 § 101, the law defines publicly performing a work as "to perform or display it at a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered."

Additionally, United States Code Title 17, § 110(4) states that singing the song among a group of people "without any…

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"Getting Netflix’s seal of approval is not a simple affair."

Netflix helps create the perfect television

#Television

Mon, May 25th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the idea that a smartphone is technically always on and ready, a small tap away from launching the Netflix app, televisions from different manufacturers are being judged the same way. Not that many pass, but it seems that we're almost there, the era of the perfect television set.

To illustrate how quickly things have progressed, Gunderson — who is joined by his colleague David Holland, a director of business development at Netflix — stage a competition between last year’s crop of smart TVs to this year’s, some of which have been designated with the new standard. In each case, the newer set handily beats the old one on things like turning on, locking onto a Wi-Fi signal, keeping users from digging to find the Netflix app, and eventually starting up a show. In one particular matchup between Sony’s old Bravia TV set and its newer one running Google’s…

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Mud Hero Urban 2015

#Photography

Sun, May 24th, 2015 11:00 by Leonard Ramos ARTICLE

Canada’s premier mud/obstacle event series is going decidedly urban this spring with a race at Toronto’s Ontario Place.

Held on May 22nd to 23rd, thousands will have the opportunity to participate in Canada’s only true urban obstacle event “Mud Hero Urban” right in the heart of the city! Over six kilometers participants will climb, crawl, jump, slip and slide their way to the muddy finish line.

Unlike some events Mud Hero is not punishing – offering participants the option to tackle easy or difficult variations of some obstacles. “It really is a race for everyone,” said Adam Rupple, co-founder. “Our participants are not elite athletes. They are people who want to challenge themselves a bit, get muddy and have a great time with their friends. It’s all about the accomplishment.”

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Handmade Full-Size Coin-Op Arcade Cabinet

Pixel Kabinett 42

#Games

Sat, May 23rd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Pixel Kabinett 42, a very retro looking arcade system, is the brain child of Swedish designer and craftman Love Hultén. Only 50 are being made.

A unique handmade full-size coin-op arcade cabinet for two players, inspired by old industrial cabinets, vintage mixing consoles and early space travels. The retro futuristic body stands on four unique rocket nozzle like feet. These can be removed or replaced. The cabinet is decorated by a glowing planetarium on the front and an engraved saturn speaker grill. The folding top keep dust away when not in use.

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Robots Master Motor Skills by Trial and Error

#Robots

Fri, May 22nd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

By mimicking the process in which humans learn, researchers at UC Berkeley have developed algorithms that allow robots to master their motor skills by trial and error. The idea is that when the robot is faced with a new task, it won't need to be programmed, but will instead figure it out on its own.

“What we’re reporting on here is a new approach to empowering a robot to learn,” said Professor Pieter Abbeel of UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. “The key is that when a robot is faced with something new, we won’t have to reprogram it. The exact same software, which encodes how the robot can learn, was used to allow the robot to learn all the different tasks we gave it.”

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"Steve Jobs was an asshole and he was one of the most successful businessmen on the planet."

Being a jerk pays off

#Workplace

Thu, May 21st, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Atlantic, while it is nice to be nice, when it comes to being successful it's actually better to be a jerk.

At the University of Amsterdam, researchers have found that semi-obnoxious behavior not only can make a person seem more powerful, but can make them more powerful, period. The same goes for overconfidence. Act like you’re the smartest person in the room, a series of striking studies demonstrates, and you’ll up your chances of running the show. People will even pay to be treated shabbily: snobbish, condescending salespeople at luxury retailers extract more money from shoppers than their more agreeable counterparts do. And “agreeableness,” other research shows, is a trait that tends to make you poorer. “We believe we want people who are modest, authentic, and all the things we rate positively” to be our leaders, says Jeffrey Pfeffer, a business professor at Stanford. “But we…

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Signs of the Near Future

#Future

Wed, May 20th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Signs of the Hear Future website envisions what a not-too-distant future may look like based solely on signage.

We better get used to them...

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Build a Coffee Maker out of Old Lightbulbs

#HowTo

Wed, May 20th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Rulof the Maker showcases how to turn a couple of lightbulbs and a few other odds and ends into a fully functional coffee maker.

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Flat-Packed Wooden Go-Kart Kit

PlyFly Go-Kart

#Driving

Tue, May 19th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Currently seeking your financial support over at Kickstarter, the PlyFly Go-Kart is a flat-packed wooden kit for a 2.5 and 4 HP go-kart. Comes with everything you need, including the gas engine.

The Flatworks, LLC. designs and produces wooden kits that are as fun to build as they are to use. Based in Newport, Rhode Island our first kit, the PlyFly GoKart, launched on Kickstarter, ending March 31st. Don’t worry though, you haven’t missed your chance to get a PlyFly or one of our other kits. We are currently building out our own online store, but until that is ready, you can pre-order below!

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"Police across the country regularly use social media data to keep tabs on citizens."

The problem in using social media to fight crime

#Crime

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although police use social media to monitor the activities of gang members, The Atlantic notes that policing through it "fails to capture the complexity of human relationships," with innocent people getting stuck in a dragnet of assumed guilt based solely on association.

Despite what techno-evangelists might wish, not all social relationships can be described using computational logic. The problem is structural and epistemological. Like all computer programs, databases are ultimately based on binary logic. If you want shades of meaning, you have to explicitly build that capability into your system. And building nuance is far harder than it seems.

On Facebook, there are only two options for a post: either you click the like button, or you don’t click the like button. There’s no field for someone like Jelani Henry to indicate “I clicked the like button on this post so I wouldn’t get harassed on my way to…

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"Emotional-processing software has gotten so good that ad companies are looking into 'mood-targeted' advertising."

Just how smart machines are getting

#Future

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

New York Times' Zeynep Tufekci explains just how smart machines have become, which now can determine human emotions or if a person is lying. These achievements are thanks in part to the plethora of "human-generated data, which can now be easily harvested from our digitized world." Perhaps more disturbing is what advertising companies are planning on doing with this technology.

Today, machines can process regular spoken language and not only recognize human faces, but also read their expressions. They can classify personality types, and have started being able to carry out conversations with appropriate emotional tenor.

Machines are getting better than humans at figuring out who to hire, who’s in a mood to pay a little more for that sweater, and who needs a coupon to nudge them toward a sale. In applications around the world, software is being used to predict whether people are lying, how they feel…

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The Universal Record

Using vibrations to play any audio through a turntable

#Music

Sun, Apr 19th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Described as a device similar to an aux-cable cassette adapter, the Universal Record is a Bluetooth audio receiver by Jesse England that, through its acoustic transducer, allows any audio to be played via turntable.

With this project, I ask: In the record listening experience, how important is the still environment and kinetic spectacle? With modern tangible media supplanted by cross-platform, network-based storage and playback, is contemporary record and turntable ownership a novelty, or an effort towards meditative stability?

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Beautiful, Free-to-Use, High-Quality Space Photography

peek.space

#Photography

Wed, Apr 22nd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Curated by Patrick Goethe, the Peek Space website offers beautiful, high-quality, free-to-use space photography all under one roof.

Peek.space exists because these beautiful free images of space were scattered in an unaccessible sea of quantity and flash-slide shows. I've gone through thousands of images and picked out the best ones, so you don't have to!

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Apple Wants Your DNA

Using the iPhone for genetic studies

#Health

Fri, May 8th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Technology Review, Apple is working together with researchers to provide apps that would allow iPhone owners to get their DNA tested, permitting further expansion of the Internet of DNA.

In two initial studies planned, Apple isn’t going to directly collect or test DNA itself. That will be done by academic partners. The data would be maintained by scientists in a computing cloud, but certain findings could appear directly on consumers’ iPhones as well. Eventually, it’s even possible consumers might swipe to share “my genes” as easily as they do their location.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. But one person with knowledge of the plans said the company’s eventual aim is to “enable the individual to show and share” DNA information with different recipients, including organizers of scientific studies. This person, like others with knowledge of the research, spoke on condition of anonymity because of…

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Solar-Powered Artificial Photosynthesis

Artificial process can convert carbon dioxide into useful chemicals

#Science

Tue, Apr 21st, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the University of California have devised a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions prior to being released into the atmosphere and convert them into biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and even liquid fuels.

“In natural photosynthesis, leaves harvest solar energy and carbon dioxide is reduced and combined with water for the synthesis of molecular products that form biomass,” says Chris Chang, an expert in catalysts for carbon-neutral energy conversions. “In our system, nanowires harvest solar energy and deliver electrons to bacteria, where carbon dioxide is reduced and combined with water for the synthesis of a variety of targeted, value-added chemical products.”

By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, the new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the environment: solar-powered green chemistry using sequestered carbon dioxide.

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$9 Computer

Fully functional PC on a miniature chip

#Computers

Tue, May 12th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Currently seeking your financial support on Kickstarter, C.H.I.P. is a fully functional computer on a chip. Comes with a 1 Ghz processor, 512 GB of RAM and 4 GB of storage space and is wireless ready. Just hook it up and go.

C.H.I.P. does computer things. Work in LibreOffice and save your documents to C.H.I.P.’s onboard storage. Surf the web and check your email over wifi. Play games with a bluetooth controller. With dozens of applications and tools preinstalled, C.H.I.P. is ready to do computer things the moment you power it on.

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"A group of Chinese scientists just reported that they modified the genome of human embryos."

This was never done before

#Science

Thu, Apr 23rd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although not everyone is fond of a new genome editing technique, Nature News reports that Chinese scientists were able to modify the genome of human embryos, "something that has never been done in the history of the world."

Specifically, the team tried to modify a gene in a non-viable embryo that would have been responsible for a deadly blood disorder. But they noted in the study that they encountered serious challenges, suggesting there are still significant hurdles before clinical use becomes a reality.

CRISPR, the technology that makes all this possible, can find bad sections of DNA and cut them and even replace them with DNA that doesn't code for deadly diseases, but it can also make unwanted substitutions. Its level of accuracy is still very low.

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"This is good. This is science."

The EmDrive and Cannae Drive Explained and Compared

#Space

Sat, May 2nd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Reddit's Futurology area, JordanLeDoux explains what the EmDrive and Cannae Drive are, how they differ, and the controversy they are causing in the science community — a great read.

Following the positive results last year and early this year, Eagleworks have been able to dedicate more and better hardware to the experiment. They plan to conduct the experiment with more controls at higher power this year, and when they are able to achieve results higher than 100 micronewtons for either device, they plan on having the test replicated at the Glenn Research Center, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

If the experiment for either or both devices is replicated at higher power, and again at the other labs, it is likely that the physics community will work very hard to try and invalidate the experiments as there is little explanation for the results.…

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Ultra-Portable, Waterproof, Self-Flying Camera Drone

Lily

#Products

Wed, May 13th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Lily camera drone allows you to focus on the activity you want filming without the need of controlling it. Just unpack it, launch it, and let it do its thing.

Lily is the world's first throw-and-shoot camera. It lets anyone create cinematic footage previously reserved for professional filmmakers. Lily is waterproof, ultra-portable, and shoots stunning HD pictures and videos.

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What Being Arrested in New York is Like

#Life

Sun, May 3rd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Medium, Nora Levinson explains what happens when you attend a protest in New York City and you're randomly selected to be arrested. Make sure someone else has a copy of your keys.

8 — Charges: Everyone was pretty much there for the same reason (pulled randomly from the protest), but the charges were very different. We started to figure out that the two options were either that you received a desk appearance ticket for a “violation” and released, or that you will be charged with a crime, processed (fingerprinted and have a mugshot taken), and sent to Central Booking. Obviously I don’t know what happened in each person’s actual arrest, but I do know that the criminal charges overwhelmingly fell to people of color and those with more masculine gender presentations. If you are sent to Central Booking, not only did that mean you were facing criminal…

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Holodeck One Point Oh

World's First Virtual Reality Theme Park

#Games

Sun, May 10th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

nofx brings to attention The Void, which labels itself as the world's first virtual reality theme park. The digital environment you see through your headset matches the physical one you're in, so objects can be touched, walls can be felt, permitting a credible interaction. The vest and gloves provide haptic feedback.

The immersive VR startup is fairly new—meaning there's little information thus far—but partnerships with Evermore, Optimal Design, and Unity 3D, as well as positive reviews from voices like Amir Aziz Ghahary at M.A. Interactive Arts and VR guru Chris Madsen are good signs that it checks out—which is saying something, because the experience THE VOID offers is ambitious, according to their website: "Our technology allows us to create the illusion that the player is exploring miles of terrain or incredibly tall structures without ever leaving our game pod. The…

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Portable Operating System that Preserves Privacy and Anonymity

Tails

#Privacy

Sat, May 9th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

If you have something to hide, you might want to use Tails. Loadable from a DVD, SD or USB stick, Tails is a full fledged operating system designed to preserve your privacy and anonymity.

* use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship;
* all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;
* leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly;
* use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.

From The Hacker News website:

Tails operating system came to light when the global surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden said that he had used it in order to remain Anonymous and keep his communications hidden from the law enforcement authorities.

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"In many cities, the era of the suburban commuter, along with the era of the car, is drawing to a close."

The heavily populated cities of the future will not depend on cars

#Future

Wed, Apr 29th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While some argue that the megacities of the future will not save the earth, major cities have started a growing trend towards becoming more densely populated and pedestrian friendly. Already the Millenials scorn the car, opting instead to bike, use public transportation or one of the many "car-on-demand" services now available.

Generation Y, the so-called millennials now in their 20s and early 30s who have come of age in the digital era, seem less wedded to possessions than their baby boomer predecessors. Surveys show that the one object that is prized is the smartphone, and the future of transport is likely to be based not on individually owned cars but on “mobility as a service” – a phrase supposedly coined by another Finn, Sampo Hietanen, chief executive of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Finland. Consumers will, so the theory goes, use their smartphones to check ultra-detailed travel news,…

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Amazon Serious About Drone Delivery

#Future

Sat, May 9th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although Amazon is facing many regulatory hurdles, the patents that the company has submitted show that it is very seriously pursuing the idea of using drones for product delivery.

Amazon is leading the effort to convince the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to approve widespread commercial use of drones.

According to the plans, Amazon's drones will be able to update their routes in real-time. A mock-up delivery screen suggests that people will be able to choose from a variety of delivery options - from "bring it to me" to nominating their home, place of work or even "my boat" as places for packages to be dropped.

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