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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

An anonymous reader writes The better question may be whether it will ever be ready for the road at all? The car has fewer capabilities than most people seem to be aware of. The notion that it will be widely available any time soon is a stretch. From the article: “Noting that the Google car might not be able to handle an unmapped traffic light might sound like a cynical game of ‘gotcha.’ But MIT roboticist John Leonard says it goes to the heart of why the Google car project is so daunting. ‘While the probability of a single driver encountering a newly installed traffic light is very low, the probability of at least one driver encountering one on a given day is very high,’ Leonard says. The list of these ‘rare’ events is practically endless, said Leonard, who does not expect a full self-driving car in his lifetime (he’s 49).”

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Chicago And Big Data

shutterstock_216526753 (1) As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for… Read More

Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

Tim Armstrong Aol-1-2 Tim Armstrong may have shown other CEOs how to speak with respect and admiration about women in the workplace during his comments onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. In the past few weeks and months, conversations have run the gamut from companies such as Google and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children to Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep… Read More

Three hurt in Blue Hill crash

BLUE HILL, Maine — A two-car head-on collision Tuesday on Mines Road resulted in three people being hospitalized, including a Sedgwick man who was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a Bangor hospital, Maine State Police said on Wednesday. Charles Read, 69, was a passenger in a 1996 Saturn being driven …

Three hurt in Blue Hill crash

BLUE HILL, Maine — A two-car head-on collision Tuesday on Mines Road resulted in three people being hospitalized, including a Sedgwick man who was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a Bangor hospital, Maine State Police said on Wednesday. Charles Read, 69, was a passenger in a 1996 Saturn being driven …

Report shows hundreds involved in academic fraud at University of North Carolina

Hundreds of athletes at the University of North Carolina enrolled in classes they didn’t have to attend and received artificially inflated grades in far-reaching academic fraud over an 18-year period, according to results of an independent investigation. The report commissioned by the university was released Wednesday by Kenneth Wainstein, who …

Report shows hundreds involved in academic fraud at University of North Carolina

Hundreds of athletes at the University of North Carolina enrolled in classes they didn’t have to attend and received artificially inflated grades in far-reaching academic fraud over an 18-year period, according to results of an independent investigation. The report commissioned by the university was released Wednesday by Kenneth Wainstein, who …

Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

An anonymous reader writes As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla’s next step will be, Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president of business development, said it was unclear if the company would file a lawsuit. “We do take at their word the representations from the governor that he supports a robust debate in the upcoming session,” O’Connell said. “We’ve entered an era where you can buy products and services with much greater value than a car by going online.”

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Searsmont man sentenced to a year for assault on woman rescued by neighbor who ‘felt like a mama bear’

BELFAST, Maine — A young man whose attack on his girlfriend last spring was thwarted by a neighbor has been sentenced to serve a year in prison. The neighbor told the BDN she “felt like a mama bear” when she helped the victim escape. Devin Aldus, 19, of Searsmont was …

Searsmont man sentenced to a year for assault on woman rescued by neighbor who ‘felt like a mama bear’

BELFAST, Maine — A young man whose attack on his girlfriend last spring was thwarted by a neighbor has been sentenced to serve a year in prison. The neighbor told the BDN she “felt like a mama bear” when she helped the victim escape. Devin Aldus, 19, of Searsmont was …