Incredible video shows how Space X plans to land largest rocket in the world

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You know what’s cooler than a gigantic rocket? A gigantic rocket that can land itself. Elon Musk’s Space X released a new video this week demonstrating just what it plans to do with its upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket, which is set to launch for the first time later this year.

In essence, the rocket is three of the company’s current Falcon 9 rockets strapped together. The result is a rocket that can carry over 115,000 pounds (53,000 kg) — the equivalent of a fully-loaded Boeing 737 passenger jet — to low-earth orbit. When it flies later this year, the Falcon Heavy will be the world’s most powerful rocket. Only the Saturn V rocket, which was retired in 1973 after sending Apollo missions to the moon, was more powerful.

Powerful enough to…

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Hockey And Big Data

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hockey-data Hockey is a naturally aggressive sport, and the casual fan has learned to associate it with violence, the kind that makes the daily sports highlight segment on the news. But like other sports, there are subtle nuances to the game that are lost in between the bare-knuckle brawls and bone-jarring hits. Hockey is the ultimate team sport in the regard that players are more than willing to… Read More

The Verge Playlist: Future Jock Jams

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At some point on Sunday, if you’re watching the Super Bowl, you’ll hear a familiar sound. Not the sound of a referee making a bad call, or the sound of an abandoned hot dog falling to the floor, or the sound of half-drunk fans growling at other half-drunk fans. No, I’m talking about the sound of jock jams; the only sound capable of satisfying an entire stadium of aggressively competitive people with a lot of money. There’s “Tootsie Roll,” “Pump Up The Jam,” “It Takes Two.” Even if you haven’t listened to those songs in years, I bet you can hear them in your head right now if you try.

Inspired by the mid-90s compilation tapes of the same name, I’ve put together a playlist of “Future Jock Jams.” Not songs that will be jock jams in the…

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How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

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connectedcar Not long ago, after you bought a new vehicle, the manufacturer had very little contact with you for years until it was time to sell you another car. The Internet of Things is changing all that. The IoT-enabled “connected car” turns the vehicle itself into a hub for an entire ecosystem of connected services that offer consumers a wealth of benefits including enhanced safety and… Read More

Gorillaz announces its return with new artwork on Instagram

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Everyone’s favorite cartoon band is getting back together. Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett excited fans on Thursday when he posted new artwork of band members Murdoc and Noodle on Instagram. Hewlett later confirmed that the band was getting back together with a simple reply to one of the Instagram posts: “Yes, Gorillaz returns.”

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There has yet to be an official announcement, but it’s expected that the band — together with Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn — will release a new album sometime this year. Its fifth album, The Fall, came out in 2011. Following that release, the band went on hiatus, though disagreements between Albarn and Hewlett are…

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The Ongoing Quest For The ‘Brain’ Chip

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DARPA_SyNAPSE_16_Chip_Board To others they are another in a long list of interesting but unpractical ideas not too dissimilar to the ubiquitous flying car. They’re called neuromorphic chips and the truth about them lies somewhere in the middle.  The main force driving interest in neural network technology is an inconvenient truth: the architecture that drove the information age, created by famed physicist… Read More

Ohio postpones 2015 executions as it seeks lethal injection drugs

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The state of Ohio has postponed all of its scheduled its seven 2015 executions as it works to find adequate supplies of the right drugs to put prisoners to death. Executions scheduled for 2016 are currently unaffected. The move comes after a decision earlier this month to abandon the two-drug cocktail it tested for the first time last year in a problematic execution that took 25 minutes of struggling, gasping, and snorting to kill a prisoner.

In a statement, Tim Young, the state’s public defender, told the Associated Press that there was no need to follow through with executions “until we have answers to the numerous legal and medical questions posed by lethal injection.”

Supreme Court to weigh in this summer

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The Weekender: on Kegels, Comcast, and Super Bowl Sunday

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Hello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. The week’s big news sent to Sundance and into space on NASA’s nickel — and we’ll certainly be catching you up on anything you might’ve missed — but we’ll also be setting you up for a stellar weekend back on this terrestrial plane. So sit back and take a journey with us. We promise you can film the whole thing on an iPhone 5S.

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Along With Departures Of Dropcam Founder And Engineering Head, Nest Sees Bigger Reorg [Memos]

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nest-voice Nest, the connected home company acquired by Google last year, made the news yesterday with the departure of two of its key executives: founding VP of technology Yoky Matsuoka and the Greg Duffy, who had come to Nest as the CEO of acquired company Dropcam. In the wake of that, we’ve been passed (anonymously) two different memos from Nest co-founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers,… Read More

Accuracy Versus Precision

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In a recent elevator conversation with the team, we stumbled on a side conversation about the difference between accuracy and precision. I’ve always used them defined this way:
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In a recent elevator conversation with the team, we stumbled on a side conversation about the difference between accuracy and precision. It turns out my…

The New Agile: Size Matters

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Coming up on the 15th year of agile, do we understand business better?

Remember that agile started in development teams? As the time passes, we feel that what the agile manifesto can be applied also at the product level, and maybe even at the portfolio level. There’s definitely a demand for scaling the process from the business side.

Let’s take a couple of examples on how we moved on….

Microbenchmarking with JMH: Measure, Don’t Guess!

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I’m sure you’ve all heard that assigning a variable to null helps the Garbage Collector, or not declaring a method final improves in lining…. But what you also know is that JVMs have evolved drastically and what was true yesterday may not be true today. So, how do we know that our code performs? Well, we don’t, because we are not supposed to guess what the JVM does… we just measure!

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