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Posts from August, 2015

Ford GT racer sounds wicked during testing at Sebring

Aug 31

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The Ford GT sounds amazing in this clip of the future racer rumbling around Sebring during development.

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Ford GT racer sounds wicked during testing at Sebring originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Clarkson to make $15M per year with Amazon

Aug 31

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The former hosts of Top Gear are in for a huge raise, as reports are circulating that all three stars and producer Andy Wilman will earn over $10M a year.

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Clarkson to make $15M per year with Amazon originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Traxxas RC car is so fast it can drive on water

Aug 31

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Traxxas shows how its Slash 4×4 RC car can drive across water and do jumps, thanks to paddle tires and high-speed gearing. And some foam for flotation, just in case.

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Traxxas RC car is so fast it can drive on water originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Audi A3 gets Virtual Cockpit next year

Aug 31

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Audi will bring its digital, reconfigurable virtual cockpit to upmarket trims of the A3 sedan next year.

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Audi A3 gets Virtual Cockpit next year originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda revamping dealers with ‘Retail Evolution’

Aug 31

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Mazda introduces its new dealership design language called Retail Evolution, focusing on a more upscale feel and open-plan spaces.

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Mazda revamping dealers with ‘Retail Evolution’ originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Arro app lets NYC taxis compete with Uber [w/video]

Aug 31

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The new smartphone app Arro allows traditional cab drivers in the Big Apple to challenge Uber. The service lets users hail a taxi and pay for it from their phone without ever having surge pricing.

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Arro app lets NYC taxis compete with Uber [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Brain Cancer Claims Horror Maestro Wes Craven At 76

Aug 31

New submitter JamesA writes: Wes Craven, the famed writer-director of horror films known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

Though he’s far less known as a novelist than for his various horror film jobs (writer, director, producer, actor …), Craven also wrote a few books; I can’t vouch for “Coming of Rage,” but “Fountain Society” is pretty solid speculative fiction. Wikipedia notes that Craven also “designed the Halloween 2008 logo for Google, and was the second celebrity personality to take over the YouTube homepage on Halloween.”


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F-35 To Face Off Against A-10 In CAS Test

Aug 31

An anonymous reader writes: Lara Seligman from Defense News reports that the capabilities of the Joint Strike Fighter are to be evaluated for close-air support (CAS) missions. She writes, “To gauge the joint strike fighter’s ability to perform in a close-air support role, the Pentagon’s top weapons tester has declared the sleek new fighter jet must face off against the lumbering A-10. The Pentagon’s Office of Operational Test and Evaluation plans to pit the full-up F-35 against the legacy A-10 Warthog and potentially other fighter jets to evaluate the next-generation aircraft’s ability to protect soldiers on the ground.”


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CenturyLink Takes $3B In Subsidies For Building Out Rural Broadband

Aug 31

New submitter club77er writes with a link to a DSL Reports article outlining some hefty subsidies (about $3 billion, all told) that CenturyLink has signed up to receive, in exchange for expanding its coverage to areas considered underserved: According to the CenturyLink announcement, the telco will take $500 million a year for six years from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Connect America Fund (CAF). In exchange, it will expand broadband to approximately 1.2 million rural households and businesses in 33 states. While the FCC now defines broadband as 25 Mbps down, these subsidies require that the deployed services be able to provide speeds of at least 10 Mbps down.


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NSF Makes It Rain: $722K Award To Evaluate Microsoft-Backed TEALS

Aug 31

theodp writes: Microsoft has $92 billion in cash parked offshore, so it’s kind of surprising to see a $722K National Science Foundation award is going towards validating the efficacy of Microsoft TEALS, the pet program of CEO Satya Nadella that sends volunteer software engineers with no teaching experience into high schools to teach kids and their teachers computer science. Among its Program Changes for 2015, TEALS said it “explicitly commits to provide a core set of curriculum materials that are complete, organized, and adaptable,” which should help improve the outcome of the Developing Computer Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge through On-the-Job
Learning NSF study schools are being asked to participate in. Meanwhile, CSTUY, a volunteer organization led by experienced CS teachers (including Slashdot user zamansky), finds itself turning to Kickstarter for $25K to fund Saturday Hacking Sessions. So, as Microsoft-backed Code.org — which has also attracted NSF award money to validate its CS program — is fond of saying: What’s wrong with this picture?

(To be fair to TEALS: it may have Microsoft backing, but it’s not strictly a Microsoft effort, and also started out as a pure volunteer effort, as founder Kevin Wang explained earlier this year.)


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