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James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater.

Arlene Holmes said her son's campus psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts when she called that June of 2012 and revealed he was quitting therapy and dropping out of school.

"He was not a violent person. At least not until the event," Holmes' father, Robert Holmes, said earlier Wednesday in the sentencing phase of James Holmes' trial. "The event" is a phrase Robert Holmes used several times to refer to his son's attack on the audience inside a darkened Colorado movie theater on July 20, 2012.

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Oracle is looking to expand the market for its Sparc-based servers with a new, low-cost processor dubbed Sonoma that its engineers will discuss publically for the first time later this month.

The company isn’t saying yet when the chip will be available, but if it delivers as advertised it could become a new rival for Intel’s Xeon chips and make Oracle’s servers more competitive with those from Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Sonoma will allow Oracle to introduce Sparc-based servers at significantly lower price points than it offers today, allowing companies to use them for smaller, less critical applications, said John Fowler, head of Oracle’s systems division, in an interview Wednesday.

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If you've ever wondered why Uber will show you a horde of available cars but still quote you an oddly long wait time for a ride, you now have an explanation: some of those cars don't exist. Motherboard has learned through a study that the app's map activity doesn't correlate that well with reality, even in those areas where you simply can't get a lift. Why? That depends on who you ask. A spokesperson insists that the number and location of cars is "generally accurate," but the company's help staff disagree. One claims that it's a glitch stemming from map zooming, while another says that the cars are purely there for a "visual effect" that indicates the presence of cars looking for fares.

Those drivers get a more accurate view, but even they don't get as much help as they'd like. While it'll say whether or not they're in surge pricing areas, it doesn't tell them how many other drivers know about the surge and how long it's likely to last. They could easily end up hovering around a busy area without realizing that the surge is over, or finding out that there are already hordes of Uber cars headed into the region.

The company does have reasons to be cautious about giving you accurate data. Theoretically, Lyft or another rival could use these maps to find weak points in Uber's coverage. However, the concern is that neither passengers nor drivers have proper insight into how Uber actually works -- the only ones that do aren't on the street at all.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly's Instagram Kicks the Crap Out of Yours

The chances that any of us will travel to space are about one in a billion. That’s why astronaut Scott Kelly has been spending his lucky year in orbit helping the rest of us Earthlings imagine what that might be like.

Every day for the last 124, Scott Kelly has posted pictures of the mind-blowing view out his bedroom window to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. His #YearInSpace campaign has garnered Kelly hundreds of thousand of social media followers already — and he’s still got another 2/3 of a year to go. If you’re not following Kelly yet, perhaps this little collection of his recent work will convince you to do yourself a favor. Seriously, people: Nobody’s selfies, cat videos or amateur food photography holds a candle to the scenery 240 miles up.

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The tiny screen on a smartwatch can be maddeningly difficult to read even for someone with 20/20 vision, so for anyone with visual impairments, models like the popular Apple Watch or LG Watch Urbane definitely aren’t an option. Enter Dot, a smartwatch created by a South Korean startup that finally gives the visually impaired a way to access digital information.

With the ability to relay text messages, set alarms, and read location directions, it has pretty standard feature set. What’s different about the Dot, though, is how it communicates such notifications to the user: using Braille. Four sets of six dots raise and lower at speeds of up to 100 times per second in order to produce four Braille characters at a time. If that’s too quick, the watch can also slow all the way down to one Braille character per second. It’s supposed to be good for 10 hours of usage per charge, but Kim said average users would only have to charge the smartwatch every five days.

Combined with a vibration motor inside, the Dot can alert users of incoming notifications, which are sent to the watch through Bluetooth from a phone. According to Dot co-founder and CEO Eric Ju Yoon Kim, the Dot was created in order to offer a more intimate wearable for the visually impaired.

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The Martian Dual-Monitor Desktop

Orbmiser put together this dual monitor desktop in Windows using a great-looking wallpaper taken by MSL Curiosity, some smart use of virtual desktops, and a few desktop widgets.

Since the last time we looked at a great dual monitor desktop you guys liked it, we figured we’d highlight another one. Orbmiser’s desktop is pretty simple—it’s Windows 7, running a few discontinued Yahoo widgets that still, somehow, manage to work on his desktop. Here’s what he uses, and what you’ll need if you want to get the same effect on your system:

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Beaming Spock action figureMr. Spock is halfway to Vulcan by now.Entertainment Earth

Back in high school I had to come up with a way to create a "Star Trek" transporter effect on film for a school project. I settled on a tall cylindrical glass full of water and glitter with a Captain Kirk action figure standing behind it.

I swirled the water with a chopstick and we filmed the transportation with vocal sound effects. It sure would have been easier if I'd had Beaming Spock and Beaming Kirk ReAction figures.

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Apple has plans to build a dedicated visitor's center at its upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., that will offer views of the main "spaceship" building at the heart of the development and retail opportunities, planning documents show.

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Rendering of Apple's Campus 2 visitor's center. | Source: Apple

Spotted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, plans for Apple's Campus 2 visitor's center describe a free-standing glass-walled structure done up to match the so-called "spaceship" main building.

The two-story center will boast a 2,386-square-foot cafe and 10,114-square-foot store topped by a carbon fiber roof and observation deck situated 23 feet above ground level. Other amenities include stairs, elevators and 684 underground parking spaces. Apple tentatively pegs visitor center hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

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Google is working on many things, and that includes balloons that fly high in the sky to bring internet infrastructure to locations that can’t be wired for it easily.

Today, Sri Lanka announced that it’s the first country to ever get universal internet access from Google’s Project Loon. Thanks to a partnership with Google, the country promises “affordable high-speed internet” for all of its residents.

Google Loon was announced in 2013, with only incremental and anecdotal information hitting the presses up until now. This is without a doubt a landmark moment for Loon, and clearly for Sri Lanka.

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Star Wars Trivia outer space

It’s quite the year to be a Star Wars fan! In celebration of Star Wars: the Force Awakens owning this month at San Diego Comic-Con, Geek.com is going to bring you a Star Wars trivia question for the entire month of July. No, not your easily Google-able Star Wars trivia either. We’ve assembled 31 questions from the new Disney canon and the old Legends continuity that recognize astromech droids are too colorful for their own good.

Check out each day’s question, and answer it in the comments section. On August 1, we’ll post all the answers along with shoutout to each question’s first correct commenter. You can find the previous questions at the “Star Wars Trivia” tag.

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You might assume that, when it comes to a standard whiteboard, there isn’t much room for disruption. But you’d be mistaken.

The folks behind MC Squares have developed a new kind of whiteboard that lets you snap small portions of it on and off of the wall-mounted rack so that kids in a classroom or older kids adults in a business meeting can collaborate without ever leaving the comfort of their seat.

Moreover, MC Squares come with an accompanying app that lets you line up the content of the whiteboard (cutting out all the extra wall space from the background of the photo). Beyond that, the app can also take a picture of 20 various MC Squares and split them up into 20 separate pictures, so you can see what’s happening square by square.

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Earlier this week, we wrote about fairly damning new evidence that almost certainly shows that the song "Happy Birthday" is in the public domain, and not, as Warner Music's Warner/Chappell claims, still covered by a copyright that it holds (and ruthlessly enforces). The evidence was in the form of a 1922 songbook that published the music and lyrics to Happy Birthday, noting that it was via "special permission through courtesy of the Clayton F Summy Co." The Summy company is who registered the copyright in 1935, and which Warner eventually bought. Warner has long argued that there was no pre-1935 publication. As the lawyers for the plaintiffs ("Good Morning To You Productions" -- who are making a documentary film about the song) pointed out, the publishing of the song and lyrics in 1922 without a copyright notice pretty clearly establishes the song is in the public domain. Even if there were a copyright on the original songbook, it would have expired.

It seemed pretty damning, but Warner/Chappell has quickly responded by basically trying to muddy the waters with a "well, who really knows what 'special permission' really meant" line, along with lots of other FUD about how Summy wouldn't have even owned the copyright at that point in the first place. Basically, Warner is just going to claim that none of this matters for as long as it possibly can. Watch the tap dancing:

Plaintiffs instead assert that it was Summy that authorized the 1922 and 1927 publications. Plaintiffs base this on the one-line statement that The Cable Company included in The Everyday Song Book. But that statement does not say what the “Special permission” was for—was it for Good Morning to All only? Was it for that work in combination with the Happy Birthday lyrics? The statement also does not say when such permission purportedly was provided or any other facts about that would show authorization divesting the Hill Sisters’ copyright.
Let's see just how much we can confuse everyone by twisting this into knots. The longer we keep up the illusion, the longer people have to pay... so it's worth it...
Plaintiffs’ evidence does not show the consent of the copyright owner. Plaintiffs argue that, because The Cable Company’s 1922 publication contained the statement, “Special permission through courtesy of The Clayton F. Summy Co.,” the 1922 publication must have had the necessary authorization from the copyright owner to divest the common law copyright.

In 1922, however, the Clayton F. Summy Co. (“Summy”) did not own the copyright to Happy Birthday to You! Summy likewise did not own the copyright to Good Morning to All. In 1922, the copyrighted work Song Stories for the Kindergarten, which contained Good Morning to All, was in its renewal copyright term.... Jessica Hill, who had inherited part of Mildred Hill’s interest in the renewal copyright term of Song Stories for the Kindergarten, timely filed a registration for the renewal term on September 3, 1921.... There is no evidence that the Hill Sisters (Jessica or Patty) granted anyone the right to publish the Happy Birthday to You! lyrics until 1935. The evidence instead shows that Summy sought and obtained a license to publish the Happy Birthday to You! lyrics from Jessica Hill in 1935.... Summy would not have had to secure a license from Jessica Hill if it already had the rights to Happy Birthday to You! or if the work had fallen into the public domain.

This seems like a lot of complexity for the sake of complexity -- just to come up with some sort of argument for why a clearly public domain work might not be in the public domain. Now we wait for the judge's ruling on all of this...
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Reddit's executives are still walking a thin, shaky tightrope as they update the site's content policy. Today, CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman posted a small update on Reddit's new moderator tools and rules for policing the site's worst communities — which could spell one of the biggest shifts in the site's history. He stayed to chat about what the changes would mean.

And the inevitable question came up: "How do you feel about hosting what may soon be the biggest white supremacist forum on the internet?"

Horrible, actually, but I don't think you can win an argument by simply silencing the opposition.

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Chip technology from Intel and Micron combines the best qualities of DRAM and solid state memory. It may lead to big changes in mobile and data center operations.
10 Ways Windows 10 Will Advance The Internet Of Things

10 Ways Windows 10 Will Advance The Internet Of Things

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Micron and Intel have produced memory chips based on a new three-dimensional cross-point technology that will improve the density of memory for close-to-the-CPU processing, such as in-memory database operation. It improves on the speed of the typical solid state device.

Brian Shirley, Micron's VP of memory technology and solutions, said in an interview that NAND -- or non-volatile solid state drives -- have achieved great memory densities, but the data on them must be accessed in blocks, a slower process than being available over a random-access bus.

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Windows 10 is happening, and you may or may not be running it by this evening, depending on whatever magical factors are used by Microsoft to determine availability. Upgraders will experience what our own Peter Bright calls a not-quite-perfect Start Menu and (at least eventually) some hot DirectX 12 gaming action, but something else is missing from the launch.

See, in years past, as a new version of Windows charged toward release, Microsoft always released a little something extra—a promotional video.

This is not a Microsoft-exclusive idea. Every company releases marketing-driven promotional videos, and they range from ludicrously overblown ballads to hilariously insulting and condescending how-to videos. But Microsoft’s promo efforts stand out even in this sea of crap.

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Similitudes incroyables entre le flaperon d'un #B777 et le débris retrouvé ce matin à #LaReunion#MH370 ? pic.twitter.com/GDkzRLwi2h

— Xavier Tytelman (@PeurAvion) July 29, 2015

A chunk of airplane wing that may match the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing more than a year ago was found on the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. Xavier Tytelman, a French former military pilot, was contacted today by a man on the island who found the piece, according to The Telegraph, and says it looks like it could be from the long disappeared Boeing 777, in part because it appears to have spent at least a year in the ocean.

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This article takes a closer look at the emerging crowdfunding platform Sprked, which aims to follow the Patreon support model, but exclusively for video game modders. The service is currently in its early stages, but by crafting a system of appreciation and support that acknowledges the loyalty of the modding community, Sprked has the potential to promote and foster the creativity that is so integral to modding, instead of hampering it with the murky baggage of a mandatory economy. Valve's attempt to let modders make some money for their efforts backfired within the community — there are four demons the paid mods plan must slay to actually work.

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Making use of the latest touchscreen applications in Microsoft's Windows 10, Walt Mossberg, co-executive editor, Re/code, gives his take on the new OS on Monday July 27, 2015 in Potomac, Maryland.

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Making use of the latest touchscreen applications in Microsoft’s Windows 10, Walt Mossberg, co-executive editor, Re/code, gives his take on the new OS on Monday July 27, 2015 in Potomac, Maryland.

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MICROSOFT IS HAVING A FUN DAY TODAY, celebrating the launch of Windows 10, an operating system that might lure users away from Windows XP, an OS that even Microsoft is sick of.

But that doesn't mean that everyone is whooping. Some, mostly security, people are saying: 'Hold on there. Won't someone consider the security implications?'

The Daily Express has published a list of things to be worried about, including, but not limited to, the sharing of passwords through the medium of Facebook (see below).

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Windows 10 brings a lot of good stuff to the table, but it also takes away some key functionality that Windows 7 users might miss. In Windows 10, you have to say goodbye to Windows Media Center and with it, the ability to play DVDs natively. Microsoft said in May it would have a native solution for DVD playback to make up for those who lost it.

Originally this app was supposed to show up later in the year, but Microsoft’s solution is already available. In my tests, however, the app doesn’t work perfectly. Luckily, there are other options.

Windows DVD Player

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Windows DVD Player in Windows 10.

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