Coders Used Ham Radio To Send Bitcoin From Canada To San Francisco

“In what appears to be a first-of-its-kind transaction, two developers working in separate countries have successfully sent a bitcoin lightning payment over radio waves,” writes CoinBase. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The completed payment effectively moved real bitcoin from Toronto, Canada, to San Francisco, California… But sending bitcoin over radio isn’t just fun. Some researchers argue it actually has a necessary use case… The idea is that, while the…

March 10, 2019
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‘Captain Marvel’ Smashes Box Office Record, Laughs Off Review-Bombing Trolls

“With a $302 million international gross, Captain Marvel has earned $455 million overall to date, the largest ever global opening for a March release and the sixth highest of all-time,” reports the Wrap. The superhero movie raked in $153 million just in America, reports Collider, “Suggesting that a sad, extremely vocal minority of idiots on the internet don’t actually matter in the slightest.” They’re referring to another Rotten Tomateos review-counting…

March 10, 2019
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Genetically Engineered Seafood Coming To a Restaurant Near You

“The first genetically-modified animal for human consumption could be arriving in grocery stores across the United States as early as next year.” Long-time Slashdot reader tomhath tipped us off to Indiana Public Media’s report on AquaBounty Technologies: AquaBounty will produce a GMO salmon that CEO Ron Stotish says will grow faster than freshwater-raised fish. “It does so because we’ve given it the ability, using the same biological process that regulates…

March 10, 2019
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How Foursquare, which tracks the location of millions via their smartphones and has 100K+ clients including Snapchat and Uber, makes sure its data isn’t misused (Chris Ip/Engadget)

March 10, 2019

Chris Ip / Engadget: How Foursquare, which tracks the location of millions via their smartphones and has 100K+ clients including Snapchat and Uber, makes sure its data isn’t misused  —  It seems counter-intuitive that, in the thick of a backlash against Big Tech’s data privacy abuses, Dennis Crowley … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Are People Who Take Frequent Breaks More Productive?

Dr. Travis Bradberry has a PhD in industrial-organizational psychology, and argues that “The eight-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work.” A study recently conducted by the Draugiem Group used a computer application to track employees’ work habits. Specifically, the application measured how much time people spent on various tasks and compared this to their productivity levels. In the process of measuring people’s activity, they stumbled upon a…

March 10, 2019
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Microsoft To Start Selling Windows 7 Add-On Support April 1st

AmiMoJo quotes Computerworld: Microsoft plans to start selling its Windows 7 add-on support beginning April 1. Labeled “Extended Security Updates” (ESU), the post-retirement support will give enterprise customers more time to purge their environments of Windows 7. From Windows 7’s Jan. 14, 2020 end of support, ESU will provide security fixes for uncovered or reported vulnerabilities in the OS. Patches will be issued only for bugs rated “Critical” or “Important”…

March 10, 2019
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Silicon Valley Library Tests Book-Returning Robot Created By Google

What if a robot came to your house to retrieve library books? An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup: Residents in downtown Mountain View have gotten their first peek at the future with the debut of BookBot, the library’s newest non-human helper. A creation of Google’s Area 120 — an experimental division of the technology juggernaut — the bot is the company’s first personal delivery robot to hit the…

March 10, 2019
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Could Blockchain-Based Fractions of Digitized Stocks Revolutionize Markets?

An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat: Despite being championed as a decentralized form of money that puts individuals firmly in control of their own wealth, cryptocurrencies mostly remain the preserve of the super-rich and the super-nerdy. 1,000 Bitcoin wallets currently hold 35.18% of all Bitcoins, for example, and only a select few computer scientists understand the inner workings and machinations of blockchains… Such inconvenient truths undermine the oft-repeated claim that blockchains…

March 10, 2019
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