A Brief History of Patenting the Wheel: What Goes Around Comes Around

v3rgEz writes Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel Prize, has put together a fascinating history of people patenting the wheel, including one inventor that did it to prove how ridiculous Australia's patent system was and another that put wheels on a wheel so it could wheel while it wheels.

A Brief History of Patenting the Wheel: What Goes Around Comes Around

v3rgEz writes Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel Prize, has put together a fascinating history of people patenting the wheel, including one inventor that did it to prove how ridiculous Australia's patent system was and another that put wheels on a wheel so it could wheel while it wheels.

Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval To Warrantless DNA Collection

An anonymous reader writes On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a case involving the conviction of a man based solely on the analysis of his "inadvertently shed" DNA.

What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft spent billions purchasing Mojang, the studio behind the game Minecraft, and while it's unlikely to start work on a sequel anytime soon, rather than continue development of the game, it's worth considering what a Minecraft 2 will look like. After all,

Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

An anonymous reader writes 14 years after the Anna Kournikova virus took advantage of users' ignorance about file-name extensions in order to wreak worldwide havoc,

Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12

Phopojijo writes The Khronos Group has announced the Vulkan API for compute and graphics. Its goal is to compete against DirectX 12. It has some interesting features,

Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement

Sparrowvsrevolution writes A new Wired magazine story goes inside the North Korean rebel movement seeking to overthrow Kim Jong-un by smuggling USB drives into the country packed with foreign television and movies. As the story describes, one group has stashed USB drives in Chinese cargo trucks.

NVIDIA Fixes Old Compiz Bug

jones_supa writes NVIDIA has fixed a long-standing issue in the Ubuntu Unity desktop by patching Compiz. When opening the window of a new application, it would go black or become transparent on NVIDIA hardware. There have been bug reports dating back to Ubuntu 12.10 times.

Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email At State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules

HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, according to State Department officials.

The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

An anonymous reader writes "Video game designers and astronomers have been working different ends of the same problem: how to chart a galaxy full of stars. Astronomers start with observation, finding new and better ways to look into the sky and record what they can see.

A Brief History of Patenting the Wheel: What Goes Around Comes Around

v3rgEz writes Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel Prize, has put together a fascinating history of people patenting the wheel, including one inventor that did it to prove how ridiculous Australia's patent system was and another that put wheels on a wheel so it could wheel while it wheels.

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Dubai is building "the world's first climate-controlled city" — it's a 4.3 mile pedestrian mall that will be covered with a retractable dome to provide its shoppers with air conditioning in the summer heat. The Mall of the World, as it's called,

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NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA this week said it is exploring setting up one of its iconic Centennial Challenge competitions for companies to build a robotic Mars landing spacecraft. NASA said it would expect to have about $250,

微软推送Windows Intune更新 新增支持WP8.1

WindowsIntune 是一款基于云计算的全新桌面管理工具,它主要针对中小型企业用户,可以通过网络前端为 Windows PC 提供管理和安全服务。威智网消息,微软今天推送了 Windows Intune 服务更新,新版本新增了对 Windows Phone 8.

全面分析 Spring 的编程式事务管理及声明式事务管理 - aliger

本文拷贝于http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cn/education/opensource/os-cn-spring-trans/作者:张 建平开始之前关于本教程本教程将深入讲解 Spring 简单而强大的事务管理功能,包括编程式事务和声明式事务。通过对本教程的学习...

微软要收购的 Minecraft 有何过人之处?

(题图:Minecraft 母公司 Mojang 位于斯德哥尔摩的办公室)Minecraft 流行已经有很多年,相信我也不需要跟你解释这款游戏是怎么玩的了。倒是微软希望收购这家公司的消息,显示了科技巨头对游戏行业的重视。

韩国检方起诉Uber打车创始人“非法经营”

据韩国纽西斯通讯社12月24日报道,私人打车软件Uber以及为Uber提供车辆的韩国租车企业MK Korean在韩国掀起了“非法经营”的争议。

Video: Windows 10 Build 10159 showcasing new login screen and wallpapers

Windows 10 Build 10159 is now out for Windows Insiders and includes 300 new fixes as well as two new noteworthy changes. Build 10159 is rocking an awesome,

教育营销3层:跟用户玩,抓住需求和合理引导

身处在公司的运营或者叫营销部,有一种特别的体验是:我们在思考营销和运营活动的时候往往处于一种强制消费和迫切性消 ...

Lambda表达式和表达式树 - IT小兵蛋

lambda表达式是C#3.0中引入的比匿名方法更加简洁的一种语法,可用于创建委托或表达式树类型的匿名函数。Lambda表达式本身可划分为两种类型:语句Lambda和表达式Lambda。表达式Lambda:

General Assembly Raises $70 Million, Closing In On 25,000 Alumni Worldwide

Today, educational startup General Assembly announced a series D round of funding of $70M.Here’s what CEO Jake Schwartz had to say about the news, including the addition of a new board member:Today we are announcing a new round of funding for General Assembly,

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