Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Slashdot - 2 hours 27 min ago
Lirodon writes: Future Shop, a Canadian electronics chain that was bought by Best Buy in 2001, but continued to operate in parallel with the newly-opened Canadian locations of the U.S. retailer, is no more. Today, the company abruptly announced the closure of the Future Shop chain, and the permanent closure of 66 of its remaining 131 locations. The remaining 65 Future Shop locations (specifically, those that weren't within driving, or even walking distance of a Best Buy to begin with) will be converted to Best Buy stores over the next few days. This is just the latest step in Best Buy's efforts to downsize its Canadian operations and focus on online retail. The new, downsized chain will consist of 136 Best Buy stores (and 56 of the small Best Buy Mobile stores) in Canada. Still, it's sad to see such an iconic brand killed off like this.

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Best Space Photos of the Week — March 29, 2015

Space.com - 3 hours 28 min ago
From the first (contraband) corned beef sandwich in space to astronomy's oldest known 'Nova,' don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 29, 2015.
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Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

Slashdot - 3 hours 32 min ago
ColdWetDog writes: You've always wanted one, of course. Zombies, the occasional alien infestation. The neighbor's smelly roses. You just need to be prepared for things. You can get freeze dried food, AR15's, enough ammo to start a small police action (at least here in the U.S. -- YMMV), but it has been difficult to get a modern, portable flamethrower until now. CNET has a brief explanation on the XM42, which doubled its Indiegogo funding target in just a few days.

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Another Patent Pool Forms For HEVC

Slashdot - 4 hours 36 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A new patent pool, dubbed HEVC Advance, has formed for the HEVC video codec. This pool offers separate licensing from the existing MPEG LA HEVC patent pool. In an article for CNET, Stephen Shankland writes, "HEVC Advance promises a 'transparent' licensing process, but so far it isn't sharing details except to say it's got 500 patents it describes as essential for using HEVC, that it plans to unveil its license in the third quarter, and that expected licensors include General Electric, Technicolor, Dolby, Philips and Mitsubishi Electric. The group's statement suggested that some patent holders weren't satisfied with the money they'd make through MPEG LA's license. One of HEVC Advance's goals is 'delivering a balanced business model that supports HEVC commercialization.' ... HEVC Advance and MPEG LA aren't detailing what led to two patent pools, an outcome that undermines MPEG LA's attempt to offer a convenient 'one-stop shop' for companies needing a license." Perhaps this will lead to increased adoption of royalty-free video codecs such as VP9. Monty Montgomery of Xiph has some further commentary.

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Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

Slashdot - 5 hours 39 min ago
jones_supa writes: Ikea's line of flatpack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week. The lightweight Better Shelter was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and beta tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for three years — far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which typically last about six months. The product is an important tool in the prolonged refugee crisis that has unfolded across the Middle East. The war in Syria has spurred nearly 4 million people to leave their homes. The UNHCR has agreed to buy 10,000 of the shelters, and will begin providing them to refugee families this summer.

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Startups Increasingly Targeted With Hacks

Slashdot - 6 hours 41 min ago
ubrgeek writes: Slack, makers of the popular communications software, announced yesterday that they'd suffered a server breach. This follows shortly after a similar compromise of Twitch.tv, and is indicative of a growing problem facing start-up tech companies. As the NY Times reports, "Breaches are becoming a kind of rite of passage for fledgling tech companies. If they gain enough momentum with users, chances are they will also become a target for hackers looking to steal, and monetize, the vast personal information they store on users, like email addresses and passwords."

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Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison

Slashdot - 7 hours 42 min ago
Bruce66423 writes: A fraudster used a mobile phone while inside a UK prison to email the prison a notice for him to be released. The prison staff then released him. The domain was registered in the name of the police officer investigating him, and its address was the court building. The inmate was in prison for fraud — he was originally convicted after calling several banks and getting them to send him upwards of £1.8 million.

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Shoulder and Elbow Injury Possibility in Youth Players

Science Daily - 7 hours 47 min ago
Pitching speed, player’s height, and pitching for multiple teams may correlate with a history of shoulder and elbow injuries, according to new research.
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Young athletes at greater risk for re-injury after ACL surgery

Science Daily - 7 hours 47 min ago
One in three young athletes who undergo ACL surgery experiences re-injury, according to new research. The study examined the long term success of surgery for patients aged 18 years and younger.
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New way to evaluate meniscus tear outcomes

Science Daily - 7 hours 47 min ago
An individual’s meniscus (cushion in the knee) is one of the most important ligaments in the leg providing stability, load bearing and preservation of the knee joint. It is also one of the most easily injured areas and difficult to fully heal. Researchers utilized MRI data to determine the potential for biologic healing following a meniscus tear.
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Pain injections for hip arthroscopy patients may not predict surgical outcomes

Science Daily - 7 hours 47 min ago
How best to treat and recover from complicated hip injuries is a growing field in orthopaedic medicine. While diagnostic hip injections are commonly performed for patients with labral tear to confirm the pain etiology, new research suggests that pain relief from this diagnostic injection may not predict better outcomes following arthroscopic hip surgery.
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No need to delay rotator cuff surgery, study shows

Science Daily - 7 hours 47 min ago
Delaying rotator cuff surgery on patients with shoulder stiffness may not be necessary, according to new research.
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For Type V AC Joint Injuries, Early Surgery May Not Be the Best Approach

Science Daily - 7 hours 47 min ago
Early surgery may not be the best treatment option for patients with Type V AC joint injuries, according to new research. Medical researchers showed military personnel returned to duty faster when surgery was not performed.
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Immunotherapy delays recurrence for stage III and IV ovarian cancers

Science Daily - 7 hours 47 min ago
Personalized medicine is getting closer to reality for women with late-stage ovarian cancer. An experimental immunotherapy is in the works that can target an individual woman’s tumor and extend the time period between initial treatment and the cancer’s return.
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Women with ovarian cancer gain extra months with addition of drug to standard chemotherapy

Science Daily - 7 hours 47 min ago
Overall survival for women who received standard chemotherapy treatment plus bevacizumab was a median five months longer than for women who received the standard chemotherapy treatment alone.
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European Commission Will Increase Use of Open Source Software

Slashdot - 8 hours 46 min ago
jrepin writes: The European Commission has updated its strategy for internal use of Open Source Software. The Commission, which is already using open source for many of its key ICT services and software solutions, will further increase the role of this type of software internally. The renewed strategy puts a special emphasis on procurement, contribution to open source software projects, and providing more of the software developed within the Commission as open source.

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IBM and OpenPower Could Mean a Fight With Intel For Chinese Server Market

Slashdot - 9 hours 48 min ago
itwbennett writes With AMD's fade out from the server market and the rapid decline of RISC systems, Intel has stood atop the server market all by itself. But now IBM, through its OpenPOWER Foundation, could give Intel and its server OEMs a real fight in China, which is a massive server market. As the investor group Motley Fool notes, OpenPOWER is a threat to Intel in the Chinese server market because the government has been actively pushing homegrown solutions over foreign technology, and many of the Foundation members, like Tyan, are from China.

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Fantasy Novels Inspired These Soldiers to Pick Up the Pen

Wired News - 11 hours 11 min ago

In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, two fantasy author/military vets discuss their contributions to the Operation Arcana anthology.

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While You Were Offline: Some One Direction Punk Just Ruined the Whole World

Wired News - 11 hours 11 min ago

If the Internet taught us anything this week it's that it pays to think about domain registrations in advance. Also, people get really sad about pop stars.

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Preview the Military Fantasy Story ‘Rules of Enchantment’

Wired News - 11 hours 16 min ago

Read "Rules of Enchantment" from the military fantasy anthology Operation Arcana here.

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