A Lawsuit Over Costco Golf Balls Shows Why We Can’t Have Nice Things For Cheap

Ephrat Livni, writing for Quartz: Unless you’re a golfer, you probably don’t think about golf balls. But a new US lawsuit about these little-dimpled spheres has an economics lesson for all shoppers, showing why consumers have cause for concern when companies use court for sport. Costco, the wholesale membership club, rocked the golf world in […]

‘Brainstorming Doesn’t Work’

People aren’t necessarily more creative in groups than alone, or vice versa, according to numerous studies. An anonymous reader shares an article: In fact, creativity needs both conditions; our performance peaks when we alternate — first working alone, then coming together to share our ideas, then going off by ourselves again to mull over what […]

Dutch Scientist Proposes Circular Runways For Airport Efficiency

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: While airport terminal architecture has a solid history of style and innovation, rarely is a proposal put forth to utterly redesign the runway. But that’s precisely the aim of Henk Hesselink, a Dutch scientist working with the Netherlands Aerospace Center. Dubbed the “endless runway,” Hesselink’s brainchild […]

GameStop To Close At Least 150 Stores Due To Poor Q4 Sales

GameStop announced last week that it will be closing more than 150 of its stores globally due to “weak sales of certain AAA titles and aggressive console promotions by other retailers.” The chain also mentioned it “anticipates that it will close between two percent to three percent of its global store footprint” in 2017. Nintendo […]

NASA Spends 72 Cents of Every SLS Dollar On Overhead Costs, Says Report

A new report published by the nonpartisan think tank Center for a New American Security shows us where a lot of NASA’s money is being spent. The space agency has reportedly spent $19 billion on rockets — first on Ares I and V, and now on the Space Launch System rocket — and $13.9 billion […]

Climate Change Is Altering Global Air Currents

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: One of the scientists who demonstrated conclusively that global warming was an unnatural event with the famous “hockey stick” graph is now warning that giant jetstreams which circle the planet are being altered by climate change. Jetstreams are influenced by the difference in temperatures between the […]

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World’s Worst Traffic

“Computer scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a new intelligent routing algorithm that attempts to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams — those sudden snarls caused by greedy merges and other isolated disruptions — throughout a roadway network,” reports Motherboard. “It’s both computationally distributed and fast, requirements for any real-world traffic […]

Ask Slashdot: What’s the Best Working Environment For a Developer?

New submitter Dorgendubal writes: I work for a company with more than a thousand developers and I’m participating in activities aimed at improving the work experience of developers. Our developers receive an ultrabook that is rather powerful but not really adapted for development (no admin rights, small storage capacity, restrictive security rules, etc.). They also […]

Facial Recognition Database Used By FBI Is Out of Control, House Committee Hears

The House oversight committee claims the FBI’s facial recognition database is out of control, noting that “no federal law controls this technology” and “no court decision limits it.” At last week’s House oversight committee hearing, politicians and privacy campaigners presented several “damning facts” about the databases. “About 80% of photos in the FBI’s network are […]