SpaceX is saving a ton of money by re-using Falcon 9 rockets
SpaceX is deep into the development of reusable rockets to slash launch costs for future missions, so one has to wonder how much its historic SES-10 mission saved. At the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell has revealed that the company spent "substantially less than half" the cost of a new first stage for the Falcon 9 reflight. While she didn't mention specific figures, that means huge savings, since the rocket's first stage accounts for around 75 to 80 of its total cost.
Shotwell said the private space corporation managed to save money even though it did a lot of work examining and refurbishing the flight-proven booster. SpaceX expects those cost savings to grow, since they won't do as much work on future recovered rockets as they did for the SES-10 launch.
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The Pentagon operates the oldest computer program still in use – from 1958
In 1958, the DoD’s first contracting software was launched, using an early computer language called COBOL. As of 2017, that software still manages Pentagon contracts.
According to Technology Review, the program known as MOCAS, Mechanization of Contract Administration Services, began its life on punchcards. Eventually it was updated to green screened, terminal-style computers.
Though a new-looking graphic interface often replaces the antiquated green text prompts, the insides are still very much the same. A series of new additions and plug-and-play storage devices hides an eight-gigabyte RAM system that manages $1.3 trillion in Pentagon contracting.
The reason the system was never replaced is due to the fact that its replacement would have to immediately take over the entire system as a whole to ensure that no contract — and none of the money — is lost in the transition.
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Scientists Publish First Catalog Of All Proteins In Human Body
Every gene in our body has is meant to create proteins. The creation of the proteins is often instructed by the DNA, which makes their presence all the more intriguing. This is precisely why scientists are publishing the human proteome, a compilation of all the proteins in a human body.
The publication will be a result of the works of two teams of scientists. One of these teams studied samples from 17 organs of nine people, trying to discern different types of proteins. 72 scientists from all over the globe participated in this effort, resulting in the cataloging of proteins made by 17,294 genes, including 2535 such genes which were previously unknown or little known in the world of medical science.
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Next step toward driverless cars: Tesla updates Autopilot
Speed caps are being raised for the autopilot function in newer Tesla cars, from 55 mph to 80 mph, in the form of new software that the company has started streaming into its vehicles.
The software update, called Autopilot 8.1, lets the cars pretty much drive themselves on highways up to the posted speed limit, or a maximum of 80.
The cars will stay in their lanes, turn around curves without driver intervention, and will pass vehicles automatically with a flick of the turn signal.
Human drivers are warned to pay attention, and the system will send warnings if hands aren’t placed on the steering wheel periodically, and the car will slow down and stop if the human fails to comply.
Tesla cars have had Autopilot for years but new models began being fitted with an expanded set of sensor hardware last October. The 55 mph Autopilot speed cap was placed on those cars, which Autopilot 8.1 lifts with its updates that started rolling out on Wednesday.
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In pictures: building the world's largest container ship by @WiredUK
Okpo, a port in South Korea, is home to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, a company constructing the world's largest model of ship -- 12 at a time. "The place is mind-blowing," says photographer Alastair Phillip Wiper, who visited the shipyard for Wired on the eve of the departure of the ninth Triple-E class container vessel, the Matz Maersk. "This is just a small part of what they're doing. They have 46,000 people building around 100 vessels -- and everywhere you look there's some surreal part of a ship that's just about recognisable as something that should be underwater."
Twenty Triple-E class container ships have been commissioned by Danish shipping company Maersk Lines for delivery by 2015. The vessels will serve ports along the northern-Europe-to-Asia route, many of which have had to expand to cope with the ships' size. "You don't feel like you're inside a boat, it's more like a cathedral,"
Wiper says. "Imagine this space being full of consumer goods, and think about how many there are on just one ship. Then think about how many are sailing round the world everyday. It's like trying to think about infinity."
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The Global CCD Image Sensors Industry report delivers en executive-level blueprint of the CCD Image Sensors market that will help clients to build strategies to expand their market operations. The report on the Global CCD Image Sensors market is an in-depth study that covers all the aspects of the industry. Extensive primary and secondary research has been used to carefully prepare this report. In addition to this, the report features insights from industry experts. Correlation, regression, and time-series models are included in the report so that it may provide insightful analysis of the key industry trends.
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A Brief History of Blockchain by Vinay Gupta
@leashless for @HarvardBiz
Many of the technologies we now take for granted were quiet revolutions in their time. Just think about how much smartphones have changed the way we live and work. It used to be that when people were out of the office, they were gone, because a telephone was tied to a place, not to a person. Now we have global nomads building new businesses straight from their phones. And to think: Smartphones have been around for merely a decade.
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China praises facial recognition as a means to improve smart city services
For the last two years, it seems that fintech has been the ones trying to monopolize facial recognition to mainly increase security in payments. China adopted the concept and chose to adapt it to public services.
Alipay’s 2015 partnership with Face++, a tech company who focus on facial recognition technology, is a only the tip of the iceberg of China’s craze for this technology. Indeed, since even the cheapest smartphone is able to download and use a facial recognition system, the face screening system they created is now currently used by 150 million Alipay’s account owners.To limit fraud, retrieve a password or authorise high-risk transactions, the system will ask of its user to blink for the camera and they will then proceed with the action needed.
But what’s more interesting is that this technology is currently preempted by public services in China. Combined with the identity card system, Chinese government has indeed spent 10 years to develop a centralized and unified identity library, along with a fingerprint library, in order to provide identity verification services to financial institution and other public originations.
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BlueCart Acquires Sous, Leading Hospitality Tech Innovation
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BlueCart, Inc., a leading, cloud-based ordering and customer management platform for restaurants and their suppliers, announced today that it has acquired mobile-first restaurant administration platform Sous for an undisclosed amount. Sous users will be given access to the BlueCart app and its expansive network of industry buyers and suppliers effective immediately.
"BlueCart is rapidly innovating to build what we at Sous believe will be an essential part of the restaurant stack," notes Sous Founder and CEO Don J. Kahn. "We're very excited to be working together on this shared vision."
Both Don J. and BlueCart CEO Konstantin Zvereff recognize that the real value in this partnership lies in giving more clients access to greater innovation. Sous users are concentrated mainly in New York City – an area where BlueCart has already seen some of its fastest growth over the last two years – and the expansion of market share there, coupled with BlueCart's network effect growth model, gives the company a significant advantage in connecting restaurants and suppliers throughout the region with mobile-first technology.
Zvereff states, "Sous offered a great opportunity to add to BlueCart's market share in the New York area. As we continue to see wholesale procurement accelerating on mobile platforms, we saw an opportunity to acquire a mobile-first platform and further accentuate BlueCart's market leadership."
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Voice input are becoming more oft-used modes of interactiont. @businessinsider
Over the past year, new capabilities in voice assistants and smartphone cameras have moved into the forefront, as more powerful devices and more sophisticated software have enabled voice- and camera-based experiences that are more seamless and intuitive than text-based digital interaction. Here are the related insights that Meeker touched on in the report:
The voice-based word accuracy rate from Google reached 95% in 2017. The 95% accuracy rate represents the threshold for human accuracy and the point at which consumer uptake of voice assistants should rally. The ability for voice assistants to accurately identify voice input is only one part of the battle, with contextual understanding being the next major threshold that artificial intelligence needs to cross to drive more usage of digital voice assistants. BI Intelligence takes a deep dive into the voice assistant market in its Voice Assistant Landscape Report.
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Best Practices on Migrating from a Data Warehouse to a Big Data Platform. BY Michael Farnbach
Offloading cold or unused data and ETL workloads from a data warehouse to Hadoop/big data platforms is a very common starting point for enterprises beginning their big data journey. Platforms like Hadoop provide an economical way to store data and do bulk processing of large data sets; hence, it’s not surprising that cost is the primary driver for this initial use case.
What do these projects look like when they are actually implemented? In this post, we’ll take a look at the different factors to think about, we’ll provide a methodology for implementing data warehouse offloads, and demonstrate how things translate in a Hadoop/big data world. In the traditional data warehouse world, people are very used to sequencing tasks and workflows. Data has to be extracted from source systems, transformed, and then loaded into the target, i.e., data warehouses.
In the traditional data warehousing world, structure and schemas are essential, which lead to clearly defined transformations. In the Hadoop and big data world, data doesn’t need to be stored as a structured format. New tools work without schema, or apply schema on read, or are optimized for columnar, key value pair and document databases as such. There is no real extract and loading—it’s all about the transformations that occur after the data lands in the cluster. When offloading from a data warehouse, both data and transformations are being moved. Data lifecycle is an important topic with three main areas to consider: data ingest, data integrations, and data delivery.