Why Good2Go, an App for Sexual Consent, Is a Horrible Idea

There’s a new Android and iOS app called Good2Go that aims to tackle the hot-button issue of informed consent for sex. Created by Lee Anne Allman’s company, Santon Technologies, the app’s mission is to prevent or reduce “sexual assault,”miscommunication,” or “regretted activities.” The creators say it does this by leading you through a series of steps that gauge whether the person you want to sleep with is in the right state of mind, and over 18.  It’s a laudable goal, but overlooks a few key facts about digital consent that may hurt the cause rather than help it. http://ift.tt/eA8V8J

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Moon Seismometers From Apollo Are Still Helping Solve Physics Mysteries

Moon Seismometers From Apollo Are Still Helping Solve Physics Mysteries

When Apollo astronauts landed on the moon, they left flags and footprints, yes, but also dozens of scientific instruments. Among them was a network of seismometers originally meant to study moonquakes. Forty years later, data from these seismometers are still helping physicists understand how to detect elusive gravitational waves—a challenge even with our fancy modern technology.

What are gravitational waves and why do we care about finding them in the first place? Well, it goes back to a guy you may have heard of called Albert Einstein. Einstein’s theory of general relativity says that gravity is caused by warps in the space-time continuum, and the warping also creates vibrations we call gravitational waves. These gravitational waves are tiny amounts of energy rippling through the universe.

Primordial gravitational waves that originated from the Big Bang may or may not have been detected earlier this year, but gravitational waves can also come from things like black holes merging or two stars orbiting around each other. There’s evidence for these waves, but we’ve never directly detected gravitational waves of any sort.

But there are indirect ways, and that’s where the moon comes in. As gravitational waves ripple through a celestial object, its energy causes the object to vibrate. The Earth is rife with seismometers that could theoretically detect this vibration, but the Earth’s crust is constantly moving, drowning out the gravitational wave signal. The moon is seismically quieter. And conveniently, between 1969 and 1972, four Apollo missions left a network of seismometers that operated until 1977.

A couple of physicists had the bright idea to sift through this decades-old data. (Their paper was uploaded to the preprint repository ArXiv, and the Physics ArXiv Blog has a wonderful write-up about it.) The seismometers couldn’t actually detect any gravitational waves, but this lack of data was scientifically illuminating. We know the sensitivity of the moon seismometers; that they couldn’t pick up gravitational waves means the activity of the waves must be below a certain threshold—a threshold that turns out to be 1000 times lower than previously limits for waves of a certain frequency.

To detect gravitational waves directly, we still need to build modern detectors—on Earth or in space. But it’s a pleasant surprise that data from Apollo missions long ago can still tell us something about a 21st century cosmological mystery. [Physics ArXiv Blog, ArXiv]

Top image: Alan Bean of Apollo 12 deploying instruments on the moon. NASA

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A Brief History of the Windows Start Menu

A Brief History of the Windows Start Menu

Microsoft debuted Windows 10 today and it has a solid Start Menu. Good job, Windows! But before getting Windows 10 on point, the Start Menu went through more than one reinvention. Some went better than others.


Windows 95

A Brief History of the Windows Start Menu

This is where it all started. Looking at this I can pretty much hear the "OOOOEEHHHAAAU UUHHHGGGHHEEUURHHH" AOL dial-up noise. Windows 95 couldn’t be more 90s if it was a pog.

The Start Menu didn’t exist before Windows 95. Prior to that, people just used Program Manager like schmucks.

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So the bar was set pretty low with 95. And at the time, that was fine! The original Start Menu made it far easier to pull up programs, and it represented Microsoft’s forward thinking. Getting to Minesweeper was a snap and life was simple.

Microsoft treated the basic Windows 95 Start Menu with the "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it" attitude for a while. It went largely unchanged on Windows NT 4.x, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, and Windows 2000.


Windows XP

A Brief History of the Windows Start Menu

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By the time Windows XP debuted, the Start Menu was in need of a makeover, in looks if nothing else. Microsoft substantially revamped it, providing two columns and more customization options. One huge improvement: Quick access to documents, pictures, and other personal files.


Windows Vista

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For Vista, Microsoft made mostly small adjustments to the two-column template introduced by Windows XP. The Start Menu in vista wasn’t bad, but it didn’t offer much of anything new. The biggest change during this period was that the Start Menu now expanded depending on what you clicked without obscuring the original options.


Windows 7

A Brief History of the Windows Start Menu

While Windows 7 successfully fixed some of the problems plaguing Windows Vista. it didn’t do much for the Start Menu, which hardly changed.

One of the only big differences was that you were no longer able to convert back to the classic Start Menu on Windows 7, so that sucked.

At this point, Microsoft was deep in the Ballmer Years, but the CEO’s flamboyance didn’t influence the stale Start Menu design.


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Windows 8

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When Windows 8 came along with its grand dreams of unifying tablets and desktops, the Start Menu got its most radical (and controversial) adjustment; it went fullscreen.

The Start Menu became the "Start Screen," and used live tiles instead of familiar little bars. It’s not like these tiles didn’t work on the desktop, but they were so different from the Start Menu people were used to that it caused everything sort of mass hysteria. The recent programs list was relegated to search and power settings got shunted to the infamous Charms bar Settings. It was kind of a mess.


Windows 10

A Brief History of the Windows Start Menu

And now here we are. Back to a proper Start Menu and lovin’ it. Windows 10’s Start Menu combines the basic efficiency that made everyone lose their shit for the Windows 95 Start Menu, but it also incorporates the live tiles in a way that makes sense without being offensive. You can go fullscreen if you want to, but it’s not required. It’s the best of both worlds, and what we wanted all along.

Welcome back buddy. You never went anywhere, but we missed you all the same.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Bose SIE2i headphones $100, Samsung wireless laser printer $100, iPad Air 32GB $490, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Headphones: Bose SIE2i Sport in-ears (multiple colors) $100 (orig. $150), Harman Bluetooth over-ears (refurb) $99 (orig. $250), more Daily Deals: Samsung Mono Laser Printer: $100, Creative Bluetooth speaker: $30, more Apple 32GB WiFi iPads: Air […] http://ift.tt/eA8V8J

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More to expect at our free Engadget Expand event in NYC!

If you’re keeping score, we’ve announced a bunch of great speakers heading to this year’s Engadget Expand (such as RJD2 and the head of DARPA, Arati Prabhakar). Of course there’s plenty more where that came from and we’re excited to announce what else you’ll see at the Javits Center on November 7-8 in New York City!

Today we’re adding 5 speakers to our already awesome slate of technology leaders coming to Engadget Expand:

You can flip through the gallery above to see who we’ve already announced and there’s much more to come soon. But Expand isn’t just about speakers, it’s about letting you get hands-on with the future of technology and for that, we’ve got a few awesome exhibitors to announce.

OnePlus

Our friends at OnePlus will let Expand attendees go hands-on with the elusive OnePlus One smartphone. The company’s mission is to never settle and deliver a premium-looking smartphone with top of the line specs. The flagship One starts at $299, unlocked and free of contract.

Suitable Technologies

Suitable Technologies has a lot planned for Expand, not least of which is letting attendees move around and experience the show floor from the comfort of, say, their Santa Monica beach bungalow. The company’s Beam device makes the typical conference call experience much less lame.

GizmoSphere

We met GizmoSphere and its Gizmo development board at Engadget Live in Boston this summer. The company is bringing its experience down to Expand, where you can battle your friend for victory in the ultimate, "immersive" deathmatch. No, no, there won’t be blood, but still — this isn’t your typical game, either.

There’s much more to announce soon, but in the meantime — grab your free tickets right here. Also, our ‘In The City‘ sweepstakes runs through 11:59PM ET on October 7th, the winner of which will score themselves and a guest a free trip to Expand on our dime!

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Thoughts on Design – Paul Rand’s iconic design manifesto back in print

Decades ago, when I was a budding graphic designer, I found a copy of iconic designer Paul Rand’s then out-of-print Thoughts on Design at the annual State Department book sale in DC (a mecca for bookworms).

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 versus iPhone 6 camera shootout!

Increasingly the camera on a smartphone figures into a buying purchase. The iPhone 6 is the new kid on the block but here in the Android space we’ve got plenty of competition. Our pals at iMore have put two of the big Android devices of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 up against Apple’s latest and greatest.



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Watch a 7-Ton Steamroller Make a Letterpress Print on the Street

Watch a 7-Ton Steamroller Make a Letterpress Print on the Street

There are lots of ways to put ink on paper, so why not use a goddamn steamroller over pavement to make a massive letterpress print? At San Francisco’s Roadworks Festival, an old-timey industrial construction beast from 1924 that’s since been spiffed and shined made literal street art. And it was awesome.

Watch a 7-Ton Steamroller Make a Letterpress Print on the Street

The 11th annual event took place on Sunday in Potrero Hill right outside the SF Center for the Book, which is home to a whole host of incredible machinery used to print, poster, plate, set, and bind in all kinds of different workshops. Every year, a set of artists create an original, hand-carved, heavy-gauge linoleum square that measures a whopping three feet on every end for this run of ultra-limited edition prints.

Watch a 7-Ton Steamroller Make a Letterpress Print on the Street

Watch a 7-Ton Steamroller Make a Letterpress Print on the Street

These are inked up and laid out on Rhode Island Street, covered in paper and a few layers of thick mats, then smooshed under the weight of the seven-ton, toot-tootin’ Buffalo Springfield—the name of the manufacturer that inspired the band, FWIW—which is brought down from the Roots of Motive Power collection in Willits, California.

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The whole thing was pretty fantastic to watch, and a nice ode to the combo of old tech and people-powered craft coming together to make something completely unique and entirely special. (I took the vid: Yes it’s vertical, and yes I’m sorry about that.)

Watch a 7-Ton Steamroller Make a Letterpress Print on the Street

The level of detail that comes out is just wow. Here’s another cool finished work from Eric Rewitzer at 3 Fish Studios.

Watch a 7-Ton Steamroller Make a Letterpress Print on the Street

Here’s to more big shows of big art in SF and beyond. [Roadworks; San Francisco Center for the Book]

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Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

itwbennett writes: Four alleged members of an international computer hacking ring face charges in the U.S. of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. Army and several tech companies and stealing several software packages, including programs used to train Army helicopter pilots, as well as software and data related to the Xbox One gaming console, the Xbox Live online gaming service and popular games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Gears of War 3.

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Google’s DoubleClick ad network abused once again in malvertising attacks

Unfortunately, another incident where DoubleClick is part of the advertising chain has happened again.

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