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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing
Posted by: itwbennett
The use of forced labor is so prevalent in the Malaysian electronics manufacturing industry that there is hardly a major brand name that isn't touched by the illegal practice, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and undertaken by Verité, a nonprofit organization focused on labor issues. The two-year study surveyed more than 500 migrant workers at around 200 companies in Malaysia's IT manufacturing sector and found one in three were working under conditions of forced labor.

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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise
Posted by: the_newsbeagle
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The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission
Posted by: New
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Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming
Posted by: Lucas123
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Developing the First Law of Robotics
Posted by: wabrandsma
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered
Posted by: An
The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot's legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In general, the faster the desired speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. ... Kim says that by adapting a force-based approach, the cheetah-bot is able to handle rougher terrain, such as bounding across a grassy field.

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SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)
Posted by: Edison
an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible.

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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs
Posted by: dcblogs
In Boyers, Pa., a recently opened 2,000-sq.-ft. data center has been purpose-built to protect against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), either generated by a solar storm or a nuclear event. The company that built the facility isn't disclosing exactly how the data center was constructed or what materials were used. But broadly, it did say that the structure has an inner skin and an outer skin that use a combination of thicknesses and metals to provide EMP protection. Betting against an EMP event is a gamble. In 1859, the so-called Carrington solar storm lit the night skies and disrupted the only telegraph communications. William Murtagh, program coordinator at U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center, said there is ongoing concern that the earth may see an solar storm that could impact electronics on the ground.

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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles
Posted by: jyosim
Oculus Rift isn't just for gaming. Brendan Iribe, CEO of the VR company, says the immersive tech will be

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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery
Posted by: mdsolar
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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors
Posted by: DeviceGuru
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading
Posted by: An
During speech, the mouth forms between 10 and 14 different shapes, known as visemes. By contrast, speech contains around 50 individual sounds known as phonemes. So a single viseme can represent several different phonemes. And therein lies the problem. A sequence of visemes cannot usually be associated with a unique word or sequence of words. Instead, a sequence of visemes can have several different solutions.

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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8
Posted by: MojoKid
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card
Posted by: Lucas123
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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water
Posted by: New
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla
Posted by: The
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?
Posted by: Lucas123
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The State of ZFS On Linux
Posted by: An
ZFS provides strong guarantees for the integrity of [data] from the moment that fsync() returns on a file, an operation on a synchronous file handle is returned or dirty writeback occurs (by default every 5 seconds). These guarantees are enabled by ZFS' disk format, which places all data into a Merkle tree that stores 256-bit checksums and is changed atomically via a two-stage transaction commit.. ... Sharing a common code base with other Open ZFS platforms has given ZFS on Linux the opportunity to rapidly implement features available on other Open ZFS platforms. At present, Illumos is the reference platform in the Open ZFS community and despite its ZFS driver having hundreds of features, ZoL is only behind on about 18 of them.

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First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled
Posted by: MojoKid
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars
Posted by: An
Last year, according to the American Public Transportation Association, buses hauled 5.36 billion passengers. While usage has fallen in recent years, thanks in part to the growth of light rail and subway systems, buses still account for more rides each year than heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail combined—and for about half of all public transit trips.

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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives
Posted by: Lucas123
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Intel Releases SD-Card-Sized PC, Unveils Next 14nm Chip
Posted by: szczys
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents
Posted by: Whatever
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores
Posted by: MojoKid
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?
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