Alan Samples

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The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Islamic State's Projection of Territory Under Its Control by 2020<p>June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year. After conquering an area covering over 80,000 square miles and including a population of approximately 10 million people, IS has …

Middle East

Oil companies played hardball in bid to defeat climate outsiders

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Petty legal filings. Diversionary ballot measures. Counting abstentions as no votes. These are just some of the tactics U.S. oil companies used this spring to quash efforts by investors to win the right to nominate climate experts for board seats.<p>A Chevron gas station sign is …

Energy

Greece debt crisis: Banks to remain shut all week

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1176000/1176804_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534529879_968d2419c8738790a63a0605ad7f1e56<p><b>Greek banks are closed and will stay shut for the week, after the country's debt crisis took a dramatic turn.</b><p>But cash machines are due to reopen in …

Europe

China's finance minister says he's confident that its new bank can start functioning before year end

Lou was speaking at a ceremony in Beijing at which delegates from 57 countries will sign articles of agreement on the founding of the China-backed AIIB.<p>(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing; Writing by John Ruwitch; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

China

Tech Gifts For Geeky Guys This Holiday Season

I have been told that buying gifts for me is difficult. I’m obviously passionate about my PCs and technology in general, but I already have access to virtually all of the latest gadgets and PC hardware out there. Friends and family often come to my place to check out the latest gear, before heading …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Cluster spacecraft detects elusive space wind

A new study provides the first conclusive proof of the existence of a space wind first proposed theoretically over 20 years ago.<p>By analyzing data …

Magnetism

Laser Nanosensor Can Detect Bacteria In Minutes

This tiny device could eventually measure tumor cells, too.<p>A new matchbox-sized nanosensor can scan for the presence of bacteria and tell if an antibiotic is effective within a few minutes, rather than the days or weeks that conventional testing methods require.<p>Researchers at EPFL, the Swiss …

Commercial Quantum Computer Actually Works, According To New Testing

Spooky stuff is really happening in the world's first commercially available quantum processor.<p>Since the Canadian company D-Wave began selling so-called quantum processors, experts have debated whether they're truly quantum. Now, according to an analysis by academic physicists they really do show …

Skip Silicon Valley: Why Smart Startups Start In Europe

Despite having studied at Stanford University, worked for start-ups in Silicon Valley like Linkexchange and Tellme networks, spent four years at eBay in California in product management, and been an investor at Accel Partners, a venture capital firm with roots in Silicon Valley, I made the …

The 10 Best Android Apps of the Month: June 2013 (video)

There are thousands of apps that release every month, and we’re here to sift through all of that and show you some of the best ones that released this month! If you’re in a rush, jump straight to the video, otherwise, stick with us as we take a closer look at these apps!<p>Despicable Me<p>First up on our …

You Have No Control Over Security on the Feudal Internet

Facebook regularly abuses the privacy of its users. Google has stopped supporting its popular RSS feeder. Apple prohibits all iPhone apps that are political or sexual. Microsoft might be cooperating with some governments to spy on Skype calls, but we don’t know which ones. Both Twitter and LinkedIn …

China Foreign Debt Approaches $1 Trillion

The amount of debt China owes foreign lenders — to those who are inclined to believe what the government says — is approaching the $1 trillion market. It will be there, if it is not already, before the end of the year.<p>As of March, it hit $764 billion, up from $736 billion in February, the State …

What It Takes To Be A Great Technical Leader

They often don't manage people, but instead coach them to do their best work.<p>Every company is different, but there are some common threads among the best tech leads that I've worked with. Hat tips to Brian Stoler, Nathan Hunt, Evan Gilbert, and Rich Burdon for leading by example.<p>In this article, I …

Software Development

Why Tesla Is Beating GM, Nissan and Ford

The last 12 months Tesla Motors stock has been on a tear. From $25 it has more than quadrupled to over $100. And most analysts still recommend owning the stock, even though the company has never made a net profit.<p><b>Tesla is #1 in electric automobiles</b><p>There is no doubt that each of the major car …

Ignore the Markets (and the Fed), the Economy Is Doing Fine

You could be forgiven for missing the latest installment of market panic over the past ten days. It came and went like a summer thunderstorm -- passing over the global financial landscape quickly and violently. But unlike meteorological events that inflict actual harm, the sharp gyrations of …

DOW FALLS 114 POINTS, AND HALF OF THE YEAR IS OVER: Here's What You Need To Know

First, the scoreboard:<p>Dow: 14,909.8, -114.8, -0.7%<br>• S&P 500: 1,606.2, -6.9, -0.4%<br>• NASDAQ: 3,403.2, +1.3, +0.0%<p>And now, the top stories:<p>BI Intelligence, a new subscription research service from Business Insider, provides in-depth insight, data, and analysis of the mobile industry.<p>Access all reports, …

S&P 500

Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

Consider this now familiar view from the field:<p><i>“I’ve run a virtual team for the past 18 months in the development and launch of [a website.] I am located in Toronto, Canada. The website was designed in Zagreb, Croatia. The software was developed in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Zagreb, Croatia; Delhi,</i> …

Packed star system may have three habitable super-Earths

But conditions depend on atmosphere and reflection coefficient.<p>The number of potentially habitable planets continues to grow. This week, a team of …

New Bank of America whistle-blower emerges: More customer abuse secrets

Bank of America whistle-blower details latest scheme to abuse homeowners, evade settlement rules and pocket cash<p>David Dayen<p>June 28, 2013 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Last week, I detailed bombshell revelations from Bank of America whistle-blowers, in which former employees of the bank detailed systematic fraud and …

Violent clashes in Egypt amid warnings of civil war

Egypt’s rival political factions stood on the brink of all-out conflict on Friday as supporters and opponents of President Mohammad Morsi staged rival demonstrations and an influential religious body warned that the country risked civil war.<p>Amid rising tensions in the run-up to Mr Morsi first …

Clef launches offering a viable replacement to passwords

Everyday it becomes more apparent: our online information is not as safe as we'd like it to be. There have been numerous reports of hackings, …

CyanogenMod adds encrypted messaging to help beat the NSA

In light of the recent surveillance scandals that have hit the USA and to some extent the UK, the key developers for the CyanogenMod project have been adding some new privacy features to the alternative Android firmware. First, the Run in Incognito Mode, which limits as apps access to your personal …

Privacy

6 Features We Want To See In The Next Mac OS

We’ve all seen what’s coming in OS X and iOS 7. Here’s what we’d like to see as those two platforms evolve into one.<p>Apple has shown their cards, for now. And even in light of all the hysteria around Jony Ive’s first new products and iOS 7’s unicorn icons, not much is different in Apple’s upcoming …

Feel Like a Spider in This New Steel Wire Web

His largest and most ambitious work to date, <i>In Orbit</i> by Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno is the closest one may ever come to feeling like a spider. Working with a team of architects, engineers and biologists over a three year period, Saraceno is finally ready to debut this monumental mesh …

Spiders

All the president's hitmen: tracking Washington's secret army

<i>Additional reporting by Jesse Hicks and Janus Kopfstein</i><p>In the 1960s there was a saying: "Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came?" We'll probably never know the answer to that particular American koan, but a recent book and documentary film sets out to answer a more important question: "What if …

Taiwan’s Swallows Nest Produces Zero Carbon Emissions

Taking inspiration from a geometric mbius strip, architect Vincent Callebaut has designed an impressive new building for Taiwan's Taichung gateway park. The Swallows Nest's form starts out with a triangle that is then rotated around an elipse. Reaching a height of eight-stories, the building will …

Carbon Emissions