Court documents: FBI paid eight sources at Geek Squad when they found evidence of child pornography on computers sent in for repair (Tom Jackman/Washington Post)


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Court documents: FBI paid eight sources at Geek Squad when they found evidence of child pornography on computers sent in for repair  —  At a giant Best Buy repair shop in Brooks, Ky., Geek Squad technicians work on computers owned by people across the country, delving into them to retrieve lost data.


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Powered bike wheel creates indoor/outdoor e-bike

The Falco eDrive system lets you race interactively while exercising and recharging the battery

A year-round cycling solution for those that like to live in the saddle, the all-new Falco eDrive is an electric bike drive that doubles as an indoor trainer. This indoor/outdoor cycling system drops a powered wheel onto your bicycle for up to 100 miles (161 km) of e-boosted range, then docks in the included stand and lets you regenerate battery power while rolling through virtual courses. There’s no excuse not to get pedaling.

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An Asteroid Passed By Earth At About Half the Distance Between Our Planet and Moon

On Monday at 7:47 A.M. EST, an asteroid thought to be between 36 and 111 feet wide passed roughly 120,000 miles from Earth — and astronomers didn’t spot it until Saturday. Smithsonian reports: According to astronomer Eric Edelman at the Slooh Observatory, 2017 AG13 is an Aten asteroid, or a space rock with an orbital distance from the sun similar to that of Earth. AG13 also has a particularly elliptical orbit, which means that as it circles the sun it also crosses through the orbits of both Venus and Earth. Lucky for us, 2017 AG13 wasn’t a planet killer; according to Wall, the asteroid was in the size range of the space rock that exploded in Earth’s atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February, 2013. According to Deborah Byrd at EarthSky, that meteor exploded 12 miles in the atmosphere, releasing 30 times the energy of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb. Not only did it break windows in six cities, it also sent 1,500 people to the hospital. That meteor also came out of the blue, and researchers are still trying to figure out its orbit and track down its origins. While 2017 AG13 would have caused minor damage if it hit Earth, the close call highlights the dangers of asteroids.

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Author of Swift Language Chris Lattner is Leaving Apple; We're Interviewing Him (Ask a Question!)

Software developer Chris Lattner, who is the main author of LLVM as well as Apple’s Swift programming language, is leaving Apple, he said today. From a post: When we made Swift open source and launched Swift.org we put a lot of effort into defining a strong community structure. This structure has enabled Apple and the amazingly vibrant Swift community to work together to evolve Swift into a powerful, mature language powering software used by hundreds of millions of people. I’m happy to announce that Ted Kremenek will be taking over for me as “Project Lead” for the Swift project, managing the administrative and leadership responsibility for Swift.org. This recognizes the incredible effort he has already been putting into the project, and reflects a decision I’ve made to leave Apple later this month to pursue an opportunity in another space. We’re delighted to share that we are interviewing Lattner, who says he’s a “long-time reader/fan of Slashdot.” Please leave your question in the comments section. Lattner says he’ll talk about “open source (llvm/clang/swift/etc) or personal topics,” but has requested that we do not ask him about Apple, which is understandable. Update: Lattner is joining Tesla.

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Nature inspires 30% more efficient Hybrids

Combining evolutionary algorithms with connected vehicle technology has the potential to significantly improve the fuel economy ...

According to EV-volumes.com, over 500,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold globally in the first 8 months of 2016, around 40 percent of which were hybrids (PHEVs). Taking inspiration from nature, engineers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have found a way to cut the fuel consumption of many of these PHEVs by over 30 percent, just by changing the way the split between combustion engine and battery power is handled.

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Wall Street clearinghouse DTCC to use Bitcoin-inspired distributed ledger tech to facilitate transactions beginning early next year, led by IBM (Nathaniel Popper/New York Times)


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Wall Street clearinghouse DTCC to use Bitcoin-inspired distributed ledger tech to facilitate transactions beginning early next year, led by IBM  —  After months of talk and hype, the world’s biggest banks have taken the first steps toward moving a significant piece of financial infrastructure onto …


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