A 24-year-old Tesla engineer lived in a van for 5 months and paid off his $14,000 of student loans
March 26, 2016

A year and a half ago, 24-year-old Jason Roesslein headed from Illinois to the Bay Area to start work as an engineer for Tesla Motors.

He lived with a roommate for a few months, but found it frustrating shelling out $1,250 for rent each month.

“That was supposed to be a temporary situation until I figured out where I really wanted to live,” Roesslein told Business Insider. “As I got further and further along in my thinking, I decided that I would try to live in a van, and I eventually pulled the trigger on it.”

He lived in his “studio on wheels” — a 2006 Dodge Sprinter van — from October 2014 through March 2015, using Tesla and his gym to shower and eat most of his meals. After five months of van life, he reverted back to a more traditional lifestyle, with nearly $10,000 in extra savings, some of which he diverted toward paying off his student loans in full.

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Microsoft apologizes for its racist chatbot’s ‘wildly inappropriate and reprehensible words’ (MSFT)
March 26, 2016

Microsoft apologized for racist and “reprehensible” tweets made by its chatbot and promised to keep the bot offline until the company is better prepared to counter malicious efforts to corrupt the bot's artificial intelligence.

In a blog entry on Friday, Microsoft Research head Peter Lee expressed regret for the conduct of its AI chatbot, named Tay, explaining that the bot fell victim to a “coordinated attack by a subset of people.”

“We are deeply sorry for the unintended offensive and hurtful tweets from Tay, which do not represent who we are or what we stand for, nor how we designed Tay,” Lee writes.

Earlier this week, Microsoft launched Tay — a bot ostensibly designed to talk to users on Twitter like a real millennial teenager and learn from the responses.

But it didn't take things long to go awry, with Microsoft forced to delete her racist tweets and suspend the experiment.

“Tay is now offline and we’ll look to bring Tay back only when we are confident we can better..

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US extends $10 million contract for a missile that disables electronics
March 26, 2016

The US just extended a $10 million contract to defense contractor Raytheon to equip Boeing AGM-86B air-launched cruise missiles with a Counter-electronics High-power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) payloads.

These payloads, according to IHS Jane's, will enable the missiles to disable enemy electronics during flight.

Missiles equipped with the CHAMP technology can fire microwave pulses at multistory buildings and permanently disable the electric devices within, as was successfully demonstrated during a 2012 test.

“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare … Today we turned science fiction into science fact.” said Keith Coleman, Boeing Phantom Works' CHAMP program manager said at the time.

“In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive,” Coleman continued.

The CHAMP system could potentially knockout enemy radar-detection or missile-defense sys..

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My credit card was stolen, but I found out right away thanks to Apple Pay (AAPL)
March 26, 2016

I already love Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, because it's the easiest way to pay for things. I use it wherever it's accepted, and suggest you give it a shot if you haven't.

But I have a newfound appreciation for it because it recently saved me a lot of time, hassle, stress, and maybe even money.

For those who haven't used Apple Pay: each time one of the credit cards that's associated with Apple Pay is used, you instantly get a notification on your phone showing how much you spent and where the card was used. It's a great way to keep tabs on your account.

For example, as soon as I buy something on Amazon, a notification comes up on my phone showing me just that. (You have to turn these notifications on in the Apple Pay app.)

This brings us to a recent afternoon.

I was at work and suddenly two charges popped up on the screen of my iPhone. They were for $590.11 and $97.99, and both appeared to originate from the same company in Texas.


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March 26, 2016

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Uber is trying to recruit engineers by randomly sending a coding game to play during rides
March 26, 2016

Microsoft engineer Joshua Debner was taking an Uber in Seattle to meet a friend when the new notification popped up on the screen.

Uber wanted to play a game called Code on the Road.

Uber confirmed to Business Insider that it's found a new way to lure engineers to work for the fast-growing startup by testing their coding skills during an Uber ride.

Debner has no idea how the company knew he is an engineer. He has never talked to Uber, had a recruiter reach out, or submitted his resume to the ride-hailing company.

His Microsoft email address is not used on his account, and he has not used Uber for Microsoft business, nor was he going to or leaving from the Microsoft campus.

Uber insists that it is not using individual information to identify recruits, but that it is just identifying geographic areas where tech jobs are concentrated to find candidates.

The fact that an engineer like Debner saw the test means it's working at identifying prospects that Uber might've mi..

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Oracle Team USA’s new America’s Cup boat is so fast ‘It doesn’t quite feel like you’re in control’
March 26, 2016

Oracle Team USA, the defender of the 2017 Americas Cup, the most prestigious sailing race in the world, is making big speed gains in their new boat — setting a new team speed record this week while training in Bermuda.

The team broke 46 knots (or 53 MPH) in their new AC50 yacht, meeting the fastest speeds of the larger AC72 boats from the 2013 cup.

“It doesn't quite feel like your in control,” Scott Ferguson, a lead naval architect for Oracle Team USA who was on board at the time, said.

That's understandable. Even for some of the best sailors in the world, skimming above the water at those speeds is a frightening experience.

These yachts use foils — winglike surfaces extending below the boat's twin hulls — to lift the entire craft of the water and escape its drag. The high speeds mean sailors must wear helmets and impact-resistant clothing.

Foiling has completely changed the America's Cup, a big element of an effort by software magnate and Oracle Team USA finan..

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Microsoft took action on 63% of ‘revenge porn’ requests
March 26, 2016

It happens a lot: two people break up, one of them is angry and post private, explicit photos and videos of the other person online.

It's called “revenge porn.”

Both Microsoft and Google announced new policies last summer to remove “revenge porn” from their search engines if the victim fills out a form and requests it. Microsoft will even take the photos off of the internet entirely if the content is within its reach, like if it's been shared via Xbox Live or its OneDrive cloud storage service.

But it turns out Microsoft doesn't automatically say yes to every revenge porn request, just like it doesn't agree to every request made for other reasons to remove content.

Out of 537 revenge porn requests in the second half of 2015 (the first few months since it enacted the policy), Microsoft agreed to take down or block the content in question 338 times, or 63%, it says in “Content Removal Report.”

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Snapchat users now spend 25 to 30 minutes every day on the app, and it’s trying to attract the TV money because of it
March 26, 2016

Snapchat's photos and videos are famous for disappearing after a few seconds, but its users are spending as much as a half-hour every day playing with its app.

The company is touting the time users spend on the app in its efforts to lure big brand advertising dollars away from television.

Snapchat is telling potential advertisers that its worldwide daily active users, which at last count stood at more than 100 million, now spend an average of 25-30 minutes a day on Snapchat, a source with knowledge of the pitch told Business Insider.

Of those using it every day, 60% are also creating new content, whether it's a photo or chatting friends, so it's not just people passively watching, Snapchat is telling advertisers.

A Snapchat spokesperson confirmed the numbers.

Much of its advertising push is to compare the app, known mostly for its disappearing photos, crazy filters, and content for millennials, to traditional television. Why? It wants to steal the ad bucks away fr..

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A man created a ball that extinguishes fire instantly after he survived a lethal hotel fire
March 26, 2016

Phanawatnan Kaimart invented the Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball after he survived the 1997 Royal Jomtien Resort Hotel fire, which killed nearly 100 people. It's safer to use than a normal fire extinguisher: it spreads dry powder that doesn't harm humans or the environment, and you can throw it farther than the range of a normal extinguisher. It weighs only three pounds, and its explosion radius is more than four feet.

Story by Jacob Shamsian and editing by Carl Mueller.

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