‘Reactive’ Development Turns 2.0

September 20th, 2014 09:33 admin View Comments
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

September 20th, 2014 09:23 admin View Comments
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Inside the Wolfram Language

September 20th, 2014 09:20 admin View Comments

Video of Stephen Wolfram showing off the Wolfram Language and sharing his perspective on the design of the language at Strange Loop conference.

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Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

September 20th, 2014 09:17 admin View Comments

Biotech

MTorrice (2611475) writes Bioengineers can harness DNA’s remarkable ability to self-assemble to build two- and three-dimensional nanostructures through DNA origami. Until now, researchers using this approach have been limited to building structures that are tens of square nanometers in size. Now a team reports the largest individual DNA origami structures to date, which reach sizes of hundreds of square nanometers. What’s more, they have developed a less expensive way to synthesize the DNA strands needed, overcoming a tremendous obstacle to scaling up the technology.

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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

September 20th, 2014 09:15 admin View Comments

Democrats

An anonymous reader writes with this report from The Verge linking to and excerpting from a newly released report created for a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, including portions of eight “damning emails” that offer an unflattering look at the rollout of the Obamacare website. The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning. Titled, “Behind the Curtain of the HealthCare.gov Rollout,” the report fingers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the development of the site, and its parent Department of Health and Human Services. “Officials at CMS and HHS refused to admit to the public that the website was not on track to launch without significant functionality problems and substantial security risks,” the report says. “There is also evidence that the Administration, to this day, is continuing its efforts to shield ongoing problems with the website from public view.” Writes the submitter: “The evidence includes emails that show Obamacare officials more interested in keeping their problems from leaking to the press than working to fix them. This is both both a coverup and incompetence.”

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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Obamacare Website Rollo

September 20th, 2014 09:15 admin View Comments

Democrats

An anonymous reader writes with this report from The Verge linking to and excerpting from a newly released report created for a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, including portions of eight “damning emails” that offer an unflattering look at the rollout of the Obamacare website. The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning. Titled, “Behind the Curtain of the HealthCare.gov Rollout,” the report fingers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the development of the site, and its parent Department of Health and Human Services. “Officials at CMS and HHS refused to admit to the public that the website was not on track to launch without significant functionality problems and substantial security risks,” the report says. “There is also evidence that the Administration, to this day, is continuing its efforts to shield ongoing problems with the website from public view.” Writes the submitter: “The evidence includes emails that show Obamacare officials more interested in keeping their problems from leaking to the press than working to fix them. This is both both a coverup and incompetence.”

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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

September 20th, 2014 09:18 admin View Comments

Transportation

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes with news of interest to anyone with reason to ride mass transit in the U.S., specifically on the D.C. Metro system: After a crash some five years ago, automatic operation was abandoned. Now however replacement of ‘faulty’ modules means that moving the whole system on to automatic operation can happen. One quote is depressing: “And because trains regularly lurch to a halt a few feet short of where they should be at platforms, Metrorail riders have grown accustomed to hearing an announcement while they’re waiting to board: ‘Stand clear. Train moving forward.’” That never happens on the London underground with human operators? What’s wrong with American drivers?

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New “Crescent Bay” VR Headset Revealed and Demo’d At Oculus Connect

September 20th, 2014 09:20 admin View Comments
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Is Google’s Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

September 20th, 2014 09:19 admin View Comments

Education

theodp (442580) writes “Google’s “flash-funding” of teachers’ projects via DonorsChoose continues to draw kudos from grateful mayors of the nation’s largest cities. The latest comes from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (fresh from a Google-paid stay at the Google Zeitgeist resort), who joined Google officials at Taylor Allderdice HS, where Google announced it was ‘flash funding’ all Pittsburgh area teachers’ crowd-funding campaigns on DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose reports that Google spent $64,657 to fund projects for 10,924 Pittsburgh kids. While the not-quite-$6-a-student is nice, it does pale by comparison to the $56,742 Google is ponying up to send one L.A. teacher’s 34 students to London and Paris and the $35,858 it’s spending to take another L.A. teacher’s 52 kids to NYC, Gettysburg, and DC. So, is Google’s non-tax based public school funding — which includes gender-based funding as well as “begfunding” — cause for celebration?”

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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

September 20th, 2014 09:22 admin View Comments

Education

SmarterThanMe (1679358) writes Teacher here, you can call me Mr. SmarterThanMe. I have a fancy smartboard installed in my room. Smartboards allow me to show students a whole range of other stuff other than just whatever I’m writing. I can prepare instructions and activities before the lesson and just move through the boards. I can pull up some students’ work and display it through the projector. I can bring up some stimulus for use in a writing task. So much better than blackboards. Except the software that comes bundled with this particular brand of smartboard is ridiculously clunky. Without naming this particular piece of software, and highlighting its shortfalls, has anyone got any suggestions on alternatives (open source or otherwise)? The main features that I’d like are:

  • Handwriting recognition
  • The ability to make and use templates
  • Grids or guides or *something* to be able to teach measurement

I have gold star stickers for any good suggestions.

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