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+ - Following Obama's Coding Lesson, Microsoft and Google Met With NSF, White House

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "While scant on detail, White House Visitor Records released Friday show Microsoft and Google execs were slated to attend intimate meetings at the White House with the National Science Foundation and Obama administration officials in the hours after the tech industry-bankrolled 'taught the President to code' last December, perhaps the crowning event in the nonprofit's two-year effort to make the lack of CS education 'an issue like climate change'. According to White House records, NSF Chief France Córdova was scheduled to meet on Dec. 8th with CEO Hadi Partovi, Microsoft Chief Lobbyist Frederick Humphries, and Google Director of Education Maggie Johnson. And on Dec. 9th, Humphries was due back at the White House with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. Smith, who sits on's Board (as does Google's Maggie Johnson), is coincidentally the next door neighbor of CEO Partovi, who in turn is an ex-Microsoft employee and occasional jogging partner of backer Steve Ballmer. While in DC, Nadella reportedly pitched the need for high-tech immigration reform, an issue that's also near-and-dear to Mark Zuckerberg's PAC, which counts many of the same wealthy backers as Microsoft's National Talent Strategy, introduced by Smith not long before and emerged on the scene, calls for "an increase in developing the American STEM pipeline in exchange for these new [H-1B] visas and green cards." The plan apparently struck a chord with the President, who, following his own coding lesson, expressed concern that his daughters hadn't taken to coding the way he’d like. "I think they got started a little bit late," the President said. "Part of what you want to do is introduce this with the ABCs and the colors.""

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments for the short of attention (Score 1) 194

and what did your giant attention span gain you in this situation? oh, you agree with the "opinion" without RTFA and determining that the end result will most likely not be a "garish ecological disaster." Next time, try fact. All the self-esteem building with none of that messy confusion.

+ - Germanwings plane crash was no accident

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Germanwings plane crash takes a scary turn. After a couple of days investigation, it appears that the co-pilot requested control of the aircraft about 20 minutes into the flight. The pilot then left the cockpit, leaving the co-pilot in full control of the plane. Then, the co-pilot manually and "intentionally" set the plane on the descent that drove it into the mountainside in the southern French Alps. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German national, could be heard breathing throughout the plane’s descent and was alive at the point of impact, according to the prosecutor."

Comment: And what would you do with enhanced intelligence? (Score 1) 291

by Atrox Canis (#49328323) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

Once we have AI and it starts playing "Civilization", we will become the next smartest thing on the planet. Expect our betters to treat us about the same as we treat our primate cousins. Some of us will be left to roam in the wild, some will be harvested for lab experiments, some will be put in zoos and the rest will be hunted for our teeth which will be ground up into an aphrodisiac for the robots.

+ - Gunman Was On Run -- Shots Fired Near NSA->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "U.S. Park Police reported hearing gunshots fired near the NSA headquarters on Tuesday. Hours after gunfire ringing, the FBI said a suspect has been arrested for a series of shootings in the Washington-Baltimore area. The agency believes the suspect is responsible for several shootings, including one on the Intercounty Connector in Maryland and one at Fort Meade, Maryland — where the NSA is located. No one was injured, but NSA found damage to a building near the highway that passes by its campus, a federal law enforcement official said. Investigators are looking into the other shootings that have happened in the past couple of weeks to see if there is a connection. Those shootings happened outside a mall, a theater and a Walmart. Someone also shot a landscaping truck."
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Comment: Good thing the NY Times is thinking ahead (Score 2) 538

By getting this out there now, it can be written off as "old news" come election time. Savvy news media types know that the best time to expose the skeletons is months in advance. Savvy politicians know this too so expect more of these types of stories being "leaked" to the sympathetic press teams in the next few months. Meanwhile, the opposition is gnashing their teeth and hoping that they are able to reserve most the things that could discredit Hillary until the very last moment.

Another thought occurs to me as well; it seems that every time something like this happens to a liberal candidate, the majority of comments are along the lines of "oh it doesn't really matter because all politicians do this". As if it's expected. I recall the Earth shattering k-boom that rocked the planet when it was revealed that Sarah Pallin used gmail when she was Governor. The amount of ZOMGICANTBELIEVEITHOWSTUPIDANDILLEGALANDIMMORALANDJUSTPLAINDOWNRIGHTBAD that is. Yes, they all do it. Some of them do it for the purposes of obscuring and avoiding exposure. Some of them do it because they are lazy and/or stupid. I'm not proposing that Hillary needs to be put in the public square and become the target of rotten fruit. Just keep this in mind the next time a Republican is exposed and treat the occasion with the same level of contempt.

Comment: Re:Rate of use (Score 1) 328

by Atrox Canis (#49074205) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

Is alcohol a drug? Yes
Is nicotine a drug? Yes
Is pot a drug? Yes
Is meth a drug? Yes
Is coke a drug? Yes
Is a lollipop a drug? No

I don't need the government to tell me. I believe pot should have the same legal standing and requisite controls as booze. So, I support the notion that legalization of pot should happen. But your analogy doesn't work. Also, you state that you 'believe' it is still legal to beat women in some states. I don't 'believe' that to be true. Regardless, that has little bearing on the subject at hand. Notice, in my response to your comment, I have not attacked your character or in any regard attempted to insult you. Make a counter to my opinion without being insulting and I'll consider it. Note: Not AC

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 2, Informative) 420

by Atrox Canis (#48877667) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Every time you trot out this known falsehood you sound like an idiot. They were political organizations that were required to do more work to prove that they were following the law and not taking advantage of hype in one area or another. The groups targeted were both left and right leaning groups and the leftists groups were the only ones denied anything. Stop lying or being misinformed. I'm so sick of people who can't see that they are being manipulated by political entities against their own self interest acting as the mouthpiece for their overlords. I'm not saying it's an issue that affects one political party more than another, but currently conservatives seem to be the ones more full of stupid. No one should be proud to be ignorant. We have enough real issues to deal with that this kind of childish distraction just gets in the way of getting things most Americans already agree on done.

Small issue with your "known falsehood"... The IRS Inspector General reported that in fact, the IRS DID target conservative groups to a greater extent than non-conservative. This report is what started the whole noise machine in the first place.

+ - AMD Catalyst Is The Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Tests of the AMD Catalyst driver with the latest AAA Linux games/engines have shown what poor shape the proprietary Radeon driver currently is in for Linux gamers. Phoronix, which traditionally benchmarks with open-source OpenGL games and other long-standing tests, recently has taken specially interest in adapting some newer Steam-based titles for automated benchmarking. With last month's Linux release of Metro Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux, NVIDIA's driver did great while AMD Catalyst was miserable. Catalyst 14.12 delivered extremely low performance and some major bottleneck with the Radeon R9 290 and other GPUs running slower than NVIDIA's midrange hardware. In Unreal Engine 4 Linux tests, the NVIDIA driver again was flawless but the same couldn't be said for AMD. Catalyst 14.12 wouldn't even run the Unreal Engine 4 demos on Linux with their latest generation hardware but only with the HD 6000 series. Tests last month also showed AMD's performance to be crippling for NVIDIA vs. AMD Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux benchmarks with the newest drivers."

Comment: Re:nanny state (Score 1) 784

by Atrox Canis (#48829215) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

1. Net neutrality, yes
2. Health care, no
3. Educational Standards, no
4. Minimum Wage, maybe, sometimes
5. Who to hire, no (unless not a legal resident)

See, it's possible to have a nuanced opinion about social, economical and other issues without being an ideological opinion bot. People (read you) that appear to only be able to see in black and white are often wrong a great deal of the time. Those (read me :D) that see each issue both in conjunction with unrelated issues and as stand alone and are able to evaluate and reach conclusion regarding that issue tend to be right more often.

If you respond, I'll be more interested in how you parse my reply in order to understand what I'm saying than I probably will be with your short FU.

+ - There Are Human Remains Orbiting The Earth->

Submitted by sarahnaomi
sarahnaomi (3948215) writes "As New Horizons, the first spacecraft NASA’s sent to Pluto, begins its encounter with the dwarf planet today, it carries with it some special cargo: the cremated body of Clyde Tombaugh. Tombaugh, who died in 1997, discovered Pluto in 1930, so it’s fitting that NASA decided to included his remains on the first mission to the dwarf planet when it launched the probe back in 2006, with the blessing of his family.

Still, this space burial is unusual for NASA—and certainly for the rest of us—but it’s actually not all that unusual for the private space travel industry. In fact, the remains of dozens of men and women have been fired into space over the last 20 years, many of which are still orbiting us today, as I found out chatting with the man who sent them there."

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Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?