Tech Time Warp of the Week: A Look Back at Larry Ellison’s Most Outrageous Moments as a CEO

Wired News - 1 hour 1 min ago

Oracle founder and all-around Silicon Valley legend Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO of the world’s most frighteningly powerful database company after 37 years at the helm. And though this is largely ceremonial—he will no doubt continue to run Oracle for the rest of his life and from beyond the grave—it provides a good […]

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Dropbox and Google Want To Make Open Source Security Tools Easy To Use

Slashdot - 2 hours 5 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Dropbox, Google, and the Open Technology Fund have announced a new organization focused on making open source security tools easier to use. Called Simply Secure, the initiative brings together security researchers with experts in user interaction and design to boost adoption rates for consumer-facing security solutions. The companies point out that various security options already do exist, and are technically effective. Features like two-factor authentication remain useless, however, because users don't adopt them due to inconvenience or technical difficulty.

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Winners (Amazing Photos)

Space.com - 2 hours 34 min ago
The Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night Magazine announced the winners of this year's astrophotography contest.
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SteadyServ Helps Keep the Draft Beer Flowing (Video)

Slashdot - 2 hours 46 min ago
"With iKeg's Technology We Guarantee You Will Never Run Out of Beer," boasts the SteadyServ website. As you listen to interviewee Mike Flockenhaus, though, you'll realize almost immediately that SteadyServ isn't making equipment for home use, but for bars and taverns that serve draft beer. Here's another good line from their site: "With the new iKeg® system, we aim to ensure that you get your beer, in the right place, at the right time. We also want to simplify the lives of all the hard-working people in the beer industry. After all, wanting and having your beer are not the same thing." Even better, it looks like they're hiring. Wouldn't it be wonderful to help keep America from running out of draft beer? (Alternate Video Link)

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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Slashdot - 3 hours 29 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Next year will be the start of my 10th year as a software developer. For the last nice years I've worked for a variety of companies, large and small, on projects of varying sizes. During my career, I have noticed that many of the older software developers are burnt out. They would rather do their 9-5, get paid, and go home. They have little, if any, passion left, and I constantly wonder how they became this way. This contradicts my way of thinking; I consider myself to have some level of passion for what I do, and I enjoy going home knowing I made some kind of difference. Needless to say, I think I am starting to see the effects of complacency. In my current job, I have a development manager who is difficult to deal with on a technical level. He possesses little technical knowledge of basic JavaEE concepts, nor has kept up on any programming in the last 10 years. There is a push from the upper echelon of the business to develop a new, more scalable system, but they don't realize that my manager is the bottleneck. Our team is constantly trying to get him to agree on software industry standards/best practices, but he doesn't get it and often times won't budge. I'm starting to feel the effects of becoming complacent. What is your advice?

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SpaceX Dragon to Launch NASA Cargo Early Saturday: Watch It Live

Space.com - 3 hours 49 min ago
A privately built SpaceX Dragon capsule is counting down to launch a big haul of cargo into space for NASA early Saturday (Sept. 20), and you can watch the liftoff live online. Here's how.
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

Slashdot - 4 hours 10 min ago
Zothecula writes: Intel has been working on a 3D scanner small enough to fit in the bezel of even the thinnest tablets. The company aims to have the technology in tablets from 2015, with CEO Brian Krzanich telling the crowd at MakerCon in New York on Thursday that he hopes to put the technology in phones as well.

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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

Slashdot - 4 hours 10 min ago
Zothecula writes: Intel has been working on a 3D scanner small enough to fit in the bezel of even the thinnest tablets. The company aims to have the technology in tablets from 2015, with CEO Brian Krzanich telling the crowd at MakerCon in New York on Thursday that he hopes to put the technology in phones as well.

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Game|Life Podcast: Destiny, Hyrule Warriors, Smash Bros, Minecraft

Wired News - 4 hours 15 min ago

WIRED's game guys discuss Destiny, Hyrule Warriors, the Super Smash Bros. demo, and a bit about Microsoft buying Minecraft.

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New Resident Evil Tries to Finally Bring Back the Horror

Wired News - 4 hours 36 min ago

Resident Evil games used to be scary.

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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Slashdot - 4 hours 52 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Netflix appeared before the Canadian broadcast regulator today, resulting in a remarkably heated exchange, with threats of new regulation. The discussion was very hostile — the CRTC repeatedly ordered Netflix to provide subscriber information and other confidential data. As tempers frayed, the Canadian regulator expressed disappointment over the responses from a company that it said "takes hundreds of millions of dollars out of Canada." The CRTC implicitly threatened to regulate the company by taking away its ability to rely on the new media exception if it did not cooperate with its orders.

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Alibaba Is Already Bigger Than Facebook, Amazon, and IBM

Wired News - 5 hours 6 min ago

Unlike any of this country's biggest tech companies, Alibaba has mastered the Chinese economy. And it's more likely to achieve the same results elsewhere in the world before U.S. companies do the same in China.

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This Burly, $65K Motorcycle Is Inspired by a Fighter Plane

Wired News - 5 hours 40 min ago

The Hellcat Speedster is the latest in Confederate's Hellcat series, which it's been building since the early 2000s.

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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Slashdot - 5 hours 48 min ago
New submitter GlowingCat writes: Russian President Vladimir Putin and several high-ranking officials will discuss the security of the Russian segment of the Internet at the meeting of the Russian Security Council next week. According to various reports, the officials will make a number of decisions about regulating the use of the Internet in Russia. This includes the ability to cut off the Russian Internet, known as Runet, from the outside world, in case of emergency.

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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Slashdot - 5 hours 48 min ago
New submitter GlowingCat writes: Russian President Vladimir Putin and several high-ranking officials will discuss the security of the Russian segment of the Internet at the meeting of the Russian Security Council next week. According to various reports, the officials will make a number of decisions about regulating the use of the Internet in Russia. This includes the ability to cut off the Russian Internet, known as Runet, from the outside world, in case of emergency.

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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Slashdot - 5 hours 48 min ago
New submitter GlowingCat writes: Russian President Vladimir Putin and several high-ranking officials will discuss the security of the Russian segment of the Internet at the meeting of the Russian Security Council next week. According to various reports, the officials will make a number of decisions about regulating the use of the Internet in Russia. This includes the ability to cut off the Russian Internet, known as Runet, from the outside world, in case of emergency.

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Launching Levi’s Stadium: A Day in Digital Content

Wired News - 6 hours 25 sec ago

Documenting the launch of a new stadium is a once in a lifetime experience, let alone a stadium in the heart of Silicon Valley. On Sunday Scott Kegley, Senior Manager of Digital and Social Media for the San Francisco 49ers, and his team pulled out all the stops, leveraging a host of innovative digital technologies […]

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My Stanford Design Thinking Bootcamp Takeaway: Innovation Can Be Repeatable

Wired News - 6 hours 26 sec ago

Is innovation a mystical event that occurs in a flash of unexplainable brilliance, or is it a process? More so, is it teachable and repeatable process? This was a question at the core of my exciting journey last week. I just did something I haven’t done previously in more than 15 years. I took four, […]

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Should You Buy a New iPhone?

Wired News - 6 hours 24 min ago

There is a new iPhone! There are two new iPhones, in fact. But should you buy one? It honestly isn't for everyone. Let's break it down based on just who you are.

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Zero-G 3D Printer Set for Launch: What Will Be Made In Space First?

Space.com - 6 hours 27 min ago
The first-ever item to be 3D printed in space is being kept a well-guarded secret. The first 3D printer designed to operate in zero-g is set to launch to the space station to learn if 3D printing is viable in orbit. But what will it print first?
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