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+ - Dramatic Shifts in Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies to US, Mexico->

Submitted by hackingbear
hackingbear (988354) writes "According to the new Boston Consulting Group Global Manufacturing Cost-Competitiveness Index, the often perceived as low-cost manufacturing nations — such as China, Brazil, Russia, and the Czech Republic — are no longer much cheaper than the U.S. In some cases, they are estimated to be even more expensive. Chinese manufacturing wages have nearly quintupled since 2004, while Mexican wages have risen by less than 50 percent in U.S. dollar terms, contrary to our long-standing misconception that their labors were being slaved. In the same period, the U.S. wage is essentially flat, whereas Mexican wages have risen only 67%. Not all countries are taking full advantage of their low-cost advantages, however. The report found that global competiveness in manufacturing is undermined in nations such as India and Indonesia by several factors, including logistics, the overall ease of doing business, and inflexible labor markets."
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+ - For the FBI, a Click is Probable Cause

Submitted by onproton
onproton (3434437) writes "Earlier this month, Wired reported on a program entitled "Operation Torpedo," in which the FBI requested a warrant to use a hacking technique known as a "drive-by download" to catch Tor users who accessed a child pornography website. The warrant, the first of its kind to be publicly approved, allowed the FBI to indiscriminately install a virus onto any computer that visited the site in question regardless of identity, circumstance, or intent of the visitor — effectively rendering the click of a mouse sufficient probable cause. This program, and others like it, have raised the concerns of privacy advocates who remark that, "attacks on speech often begin at the unsavory margins where few will raise the alarm.""

Comment: Re:American car companies... (Score 1) 413

neat fact. all the current ford designs

The problems I had were manufacturing related,not design related. You close the rear door from the inside and the plastic modeling would come off in your hand (happened to [at least] two different Fords bought at the same time).

Maybe I'll trust them in 10 to 15 years when I buy my next vehicle if they outsource manufacturing away from Detroit.

+ - Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Art experts look for influences between great masters by studying the artist’s use of space, texture, form, shape, colour and so on. They may also consider the subject matter, brushstrokes, meaning, historical context and myriad other factors. So it's easy to imagine that today's primitive machine vision techniques have little to add. Not so. Using a new technique for classifying objects in images, a team of computer scientists and art experts have compared more than 1700 paintings from over 60 artists dating from the early 15th century to the late 20 the century. They've developed an algorithm that has used these classifications to find many well known influences between artists, such as the well known influence of Pablo Picasso and George Braque on the Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, the influence of the French romantic Delacroix on the French impressionist Bazille, the Norwegian painter Munch’s influence on the German painter Beckmann and Degas’ influence on Caillebotte. But the algorithm also discovered connections that art historians have never noticed (judge the comparisons for yourself). In particular, the algorithm points out that Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barber Shop painted in 1950 is remarkably similar to Frederic Bazille’s Studio 9 Rue de la Condamine painted 80 years before."

Comment: Re:Some people are too stupid (Score 3, Interesting) 131

by Dragon Bait (#47691911) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

It is a good thing that intelligence is not determined by genetics.

Citation needed --- and not to a stupid failed experiment that drew the wrong conclusion.

Yes. I know. It's politically incorrect to think that intelligence does have a genetic component. My anecdotal examples certainly leads my belief that there is a causal relationship.

And no. I'm not saying that genetics is everything; nor am I saying that all children of two intelligent people are intelligent. Anyone who has even the simplest understanding of genetics knows that not all children of brown haired parents have brown hair. But only someone who has baked their brain in a politically correct stew would think there is no genetic component.

Comment: Re:American car companies... (Score 3, Insightful) 413

...feel Microsoft's pain.

After you push a substandard product for so long, nobody will buy your stuff even when it is improved to the point of being superior to the competition. The stink just will not wash off.

Completely agree. The stink will take [at least] a generation to wash off. In the 90's I owned a Honda and the company cars were Fords. The Honda never gave us any trouble; the Fords had constant issues directly related to poor manufacturing control (side panels that would pop-off when the door was closed---on a two day old car).

I no long work for the company that provided Fords. Since then I've bought 3 Hondas (all made in Kentucky), 1 Nissan, 1 Toyota (used), and 1 BMW (used; built in North Carolina). While I read the stats that say the American Big Three have their act together, I'm not about to bet $30K or more that they do.

Comment: Re:American car companies... (Score 2) 413

The sys-admin should know that if the company is running an old OWA version but have deployed new browser versions, then he need to set his users browsers to compatibility mode and they will have no problems.

What?!? You actually expect sys-admins to test before deployment?!? This is a Microsoft shop we're talking about.

+ - Two years of data on what military equipment the Pentagon gave to local police->

Submitted by v3rgEz
v3rgEz (125380) writes "Wondering how the St. Louis County Police ended up armed with surplus military gear, and what other departments have? A FOIA request at MuckRock has turned up every item given to local law enforcement under the Pentagon's 1022 program, the mechanism by which local law enforcement can apply for surplus or used military gear."
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Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 2) 6

you don't need a militarized police to take care of rioters, you just need police.

You know that. I know that. Most of slashdot knows that. Grandma watching the nightly news thinks its a good thing that the police have those nice big toys to put down the riots. The rioters destroyed any good will that the community could have garnered to effect real change.

Comment: Idiots (Score 1) 6

It is unfortunate that the summary was written with a self-serving biased slant designed more for click bait than spreading the truth.

I lived in Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots. I remember distinctly after the verdict was read, everyone -- white, black, brown, red, yellow, and green -- condemned the verdict and the outcome. For a moment, people of all colors turned and stared at those in blue and looked at them with suspicion. It didn't last long. The riots hit and people look at the rioting, the looting, the senseless beating of innocent people that were just going about their daily lives -- and people turned the people in blue and decided "I think you were wrong, but protect me from that."

And now it's happened again. A senseless killing of an unarmed teenager -- you label his race if it matters to you; his race doesn't matter to me. Once again, people -- of all colors -- looked a the police with condemnation in their eyes, ready to take those responsible, not just the officer who pulled the trigger, but whoever was responsible for his training and putting a gun in his hand in the first place, and take those responsible to court and hopefully to prison.

But again, the idiots snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They start throwing rocks down on innocent motorists. And people look at the police and say "I think you were wrong, but protect me from that."

I despise with a passion the fact that we've militarized our police force. But the idiots rioting are justifying why having a militarized police force is a good thing. Not to me perhaps, but to enough voters.

+ - Response to Protests in Ferguson Raises Concerns About Police Militarization-> 6

Submitted by onproton
onproton (3434437) writes "The Intercept Reports: "The harrowing events of the last week in Ferguson, Missouri – the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Mike Brown, and the blatantly excessive and thuggish response to ensuing community protests from a police force that resembles an occupying army – have shocked the U.S. media class and millions of Americans. If anything positive can come from the Ferguson travesties, it is that the completely out-of-control orgy of domestic police militarization receives long-overdue attention and reining in.""
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+ - Boy charged with "Sedition" for placing a "Like" on "I Love Israel" FB page->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Stupidious Maximus strikes again !

A 17-year old Form Five student in Malaysia has been arrested and charged under the Sedition Act for placing a "Like" in the "I Love Israel" Facebook page

The Form Five student is a non-Muslim minority and his case illustrates the racial arrogance and religious bigotry which are being practice in Malaysia — in which the majority race (who are Muslims) oppressing the minorities for whatever reason they can find"

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