Bill Nye’s LightSail spacecraft is back in touch with Earth after rebooting itself

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After a tense few days, Bill Nye’s sunbeam-powered spacecraft LightSail is back in touch with Earth. About a week after its launch on May 20th, LightSail lost the ability to send data to the crew because of a software glitch. Efforts to reboot the spacecraft remotely failed, so the engineers hoped LightSail would perform a “natural reboot,” which would occur if the spacecraft collided with stray charged particles.

In a statement released yesterday through his company Planetary Group, Nye said that’s exactly what happened:

Our LightSail called home! It’s alive! Our LightSail spacecraft has rebooted itself, just as our engineers predicted. Everyone is delighted. We were ready for three more weeks of anxiety. In this meantime, the team…

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London Is Redefining Tech Startups Through Adventurous Capital

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london-rainmaker-loft London hit an important milestone this month, but you may have missed the news as it emerged with a characteristically British lack of fuss. For the first time, the city’s technology startups attracted in excess of half a billion dollars of VC funding in a single quarter – $646.98 million for the period January to March 2015. Read More

Why Threat Modeling is Important for Software Quality

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Quality assurance professionals have a lot to contend with when it comes to protecting their applications. This is especially true since the attack surface increases every day, and defects become more complicated to defend against. For this reason, many organizations are pursuing threat modeling to reduce the number of risks a project may experience – but what does this mean in terms of QA…

Why Slack is So Important for Innovation

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 There’s a strange dichotomy in place in many of our organizations.  It seems that most appear openly supportive of innovation and all of the fruits that it brings, yet many are also striving to get as much productivity out of employees as possible.

In such an environment, the kind of slack time that is often required to come up with ideas, and more importantly to develop those…

Class Design Strategies: Analysis vs. Synthesis

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 The conventional wisdom on class design is to model real-world things. This is the Domain-Driven Design Approach. It’s what we used to teach as Rumbaugh’s OMT (prior to the Three Amigos creating UML.)

The idea is simple: Look at the real world objects. Describe them.
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These miniature scenes add a dose of whimsy to office life

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Derrick Lin works in advertising, and sometimes the boredom and monotony of office life provides him with just the right kind of creative spark. Lin spends his spare time building small moments (literally small) that add a dose much-needed whimsy to the daily struggles of a not-so-glamorous 9 to 5.

There’s a subtle sweetness to these scenes. Lin told Bored Panda he’s inspired by seeing the “positive light” in almost every situation. Whether it’s trying to hail a cab or washing permanent marker off a white board, frustrating situations just look better in miniature form. You can see more of Lin’s work here.

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Push For Greater State Surveillance Powers Could Have Chilling Effect On U.K. Tech Sector

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Westminster The U.K. government is lining up a new piece of legislation to expand the state’s digital data capture powers. The incoming bill, the Investigatory Powers Bill, was announced in the Queen’s speech this week. It has not yet been published in draft form so specific details of what is being planned remains unclear, but in recent times the Conservative party has been banging the drum… Read More

Millennials Are Destroying Banks, And It’s The Banks’ Fault

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3537904106_b38647c9b0_o Millennials are rejecting home ownership across the land. Millennials aren’t buying crap anymore, destroying businesses that, well, sell crap. Millennials are changing the workplace to be, I kid you not, more friendly to “millennial values.” Millennials this, millennials that, and those are just some of the stories published this week on this critical, hot-button issue.… Read More

Google will hold a summit on ubiquitous computing with developers this fall

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Google might be fresh off of its massive I/O developers conference, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any other events on the horizon. The company has announced that it will be holding a Ubiquitous Computing Summit this fall in San Francisco.

That name is a bit vague, but the summit will center around the idea of making it simpler to use software across multiple different devices and form factors. The idea is that something should tie together the user experience between using a phone, a tablet, a TV, a smartwatch, or a car’s infotainment system. And on the developer end of things, it also means that the same software should run across different platforms without writing entirely new code. According to SlashGear, a Google developer…

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Berlin And Tel Aviv Should Work Better Together

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tel aviv skyline “Germany is the fourth-largest GDP in the world and only an hour timezone away from Israel, and yet most Israeli entrepreneurs strive to collaborate with San Francisco, with 10 hours difference, and 20 hours flight. This is silly,” Eden Shochat recently said to me during a coffee in Herzliya, the “Palo Alto of Israeli Silicon Valley.” Read More

Watch the Solar Impulse 2 takeoff live from Nanjing, China

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Pilot André Borschberg is about to fly solo from Nanjing, China to Hawaii in a cramped, cold, solar-powered plane, the Solar Impulse 2. Solar Impulse is currently streaming today’s takeoff, which has been delayed several times due to inclement weather, live. Takeoff is planned for 6PM UTC, or 2PM ET.

The flight should take a five full days. It’s the longest leg of the plane’s 12-segment around-the-world journey, during which Borschberg has shared piloting duties with Bertrand Piccard. We recently spoke to Borschberg about the challenges he’ll face during the flight, like sleeping in 20-minute bursts at deep-freeze temperatures.

If it’s successful, the 120-hour flight will break the record for duration of a solo aircraft flight, which…

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YC Grad Yhat Scores $1.5M In Second Seed Round

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zeros and ones on a blue background. When Yhat, the company that has developed solutions to help organize data scientist teams, graduated from the Y Combinator, winter 2015 class, the founders had a goal to raise a million dollars to keep growing the company when they returned to New York. They may have aimed too low.  The team actually was able to raise $1.5 million in their oversubscribed round, thanks to the interest in… Read More

The story of Richard Prince and his $100,000 Instagram art

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Recently, the popular visual artist Richard Prince has been stirring up feelings of agitation and confusion with an art show composed entirely of blown-up photos taken from his Instagram feed. The photos, mostly of young women in seductive or vulnerable poses, come from several accounts: the pin-up community Suicide Girls, sex writer Karley Sciortino, musician Sky Ferreira. The installation, New Portraits, was up in New York’s formidable Gagosian gallery in 2014, but resurfaced in the public consciousness once the photos started selling for as much as $100,000 at this month’s Frieze Art Fair New York.

But what Prince is doing isn’t new. He’s a hugely successful artist who has built his entire career on appropriation. He began his…

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Apple says sporadic Apple Watch heart rate readings are a feature, not a bug

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When the Apple Watch first came out, it recorded your heart rate every ten minutes, as advertised. After an update last week, however, users noticed that the readings became more sporadic. Now, Apple is responding to complaints by saying that missed readings are by design, not a bug in the watch’s software.

An updated heart rate information page on Apple’s website, first spotted by 9to5Mac, says that the device “attempts to measure your heart rate every 10 minutes, but won’t record it when you’re in motion or your arm is moving.” The page was updated today, and it previously made no mention that certain movements would prevent a passive heart rate reading. (A separate feature, in the Workout app, records your heart rate during runs or…

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The Weekender: Sundar Pichai, Oculus Rift, and an artificial language

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Hello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. This week, we talked to Google’s SVP Sundar Pichai, we caught a wild new Oculus Rift demo, and we learned about the forgotten language Esperanto. 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.

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