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Submission + - EPA withholds Colorado disaster documents demanded by Congress 2

schwit1 writes: The EPA, when ordered by Congress to release documents describing that agency's planning prior to the toxic waste disaster it caused in Colorado, has failed to meet the deadline set by Congress for turning over those documents.

"It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee's reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill," said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). "These documents are essential to the Committee's ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on Sept. 9. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA."

Smith — who frequently spars with the EPA — is chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. EPA director Gina McCarthy has been asked to appear and answer questions about the agency's role in creating a 3-million-gallon toxic spill into Colorado's Animas River on Aug. 5. Critics say McCarthy and the EPA have been unresponsive, secretive and unsympathetic toward millions of people who live in three states bordering the river.

The word "coverup" comes to mind, though how could anyone believe that the Obama administration (the most transparent in history!) would do such a thing baffles the mind.

Submission + - The Case for Teaching Ignorance writes: In the mid-1980s, a University of Arizona surgery professor, Marlys H. Witte, proposed teaching a class entitled “Introduction to Medical and Other Ignorance" because far too often, she believed, teachers fail to emphasize how much about a given topic is unknown. "Textbooks spend 8 to 10 pages on pancreatic cancer,” said Witte, “without ever telling the student that we just don’t know very much about it.” Now Jamie Holmes writes in the NYT that many scientific facts simply aren’t solid and immutable, but are instead destined to be vigorously challenged and revised by successive generations. According to Homes, presenting ignorance as less extensive than it is, knowledge as more solid and more stable, and discovery as neater also leads students to misunderstand the interplay between answers and questions.

IIn 2006, a Columbia University neuroscientist, Stuart J. Firestein, began teaching a course on scientific ignorance after realizing, to his horror, that many of his students might have believed that we understand nearly everything about the brain. "This crucial element in science was being left out for the students," says Firestein."The undone part of science that gets us into the lab early and keeps us there late, the thing that “turns your crank,” the very driving force of science, the exhilaration of the unknown, all this is missing from our classrooms. In short, we are failing to teach the ignorance, the most critical part of the whole operation." The time has come to “view ignorance as ‘regular’ rather than deviant,” argue sociologists Matthias Gross and Linsey McGoey. Our students will be more curious — and more intelligently so — if, in addition to facts, they were equipped with theories of ignorance as well as theories of knowledge.

Submission + - mozilla CEO threatens anonymous mozilla employee for anti-SJW comment->

An anonymous reader writes: The Verge reports an impending witchhunt for criticizing a departed diversity-focused employee. The CEO explains he will fire the employee (if found) for "hate speech": "I'm talking about when you start saying 'someone's kind doesn't belong here, and we'll all be happy when they're gone.'", referring to the anonymous commenter, whose kind doesn't belong there, and the CEO will be happy when he/she is gone.
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Submission + - Who Makes The Decision To Go Cloud and Who Should?

Esther Schindler writes: It’s a predictable argument in any IT shop: Should the techies — with their hands on their keyboards — be the people who decide which technology or deployment is right for the company? Or should CIOs and senior management — with their strategic perspective — be the ones to make the call? Ellis Luk got input from plenty of people about management vs. techies making cloud/on-premise decisions... with, of course, a lot of varying in opinion.

Submission + - Updates Make Windows 7 and 8 Spy On You Like Windows 10-> 1

schwit1 writes: Windows 10 has been launched and already installed on more than 50 million computers worldwide. It is now a known fact that Windows 10 user data is being sent back to Microsoft servers back in Redmond, Washington. Well, now new updates that are being deployed to all Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 machines will turn their computers into a big piece of spyware, just like their predecessor, Windows 10.
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Submission + - Rutgers to Students: No Such Thing as Free Speech, We Are Watching You->

schwit1 writes: Rutgers University students, you are being watched.

That appears to be the message a web page would like the campus community to absorb. The web page is maintained by the Bias Prevention & Education Committee, which chillingly warns students that there is "no such thing as free speech," and to "think before you speak."

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Submission + - New device with speedy treatment of Stroke results in improved outcomes->

jan_jes writes: In the treatment of stroke patients, time really is brain. A few minutes can mean the difference between patients living independently or suffering debilitating disabilities. Now, researchers have shown that speedy treatment with a new-generation stent clot retrieval device results in greatly improved outcomes, and that even a five-minute delay negatively affects patients. The one-year study found that when blood flow was restored to the brain within four hours of the start of a stroke, 80 percent of patients had a very good outcome — meaning that they survived and were able to live independently three months later.
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Submission + - Amazon To Stop Accepting Flash Ads->

An anonymous reader writes: Starting on September 1, Amazon will no longer support Flash across its advertising platform. The online retailer sites changes to browser support and a desire for customers to have a better experience as their reasons for blocking it. Google has been quite active recently in efforts to kill Flash; the Chrome beta channel has begun automatically pausing Flash, Google has converted ads from Flash to HTML5, and YouTube uses HTML5 by default now as well. Safari and Firefox also place limits on Flash content. Is Flash finally on its way out?
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Submission + - The Job Search Process Is Broken From Start To Finish-> 2

jer2eydevil88 writes: Imagine you are in line for a popular ride at a theme park. Right before your eyes, the passengers on the roller coaster fly off when the roller coaster goes upside down.

The operator screams out, “NEXT IN LINE!”

You have two options:

Say, “NOPE, not getting on that thing.”
Say, “Let’s give it a go. I’m sure the track will be fixed in the next 25 seconds. #YOLO.”
The obviously correct answer is #1. “NOPE” your way out of that ride and theme park.

For inexplicable reasons, job searchers around the world choose #2. They choose to get on a roller coaster that they know is broken. They know that as soon as they sit down in front of the computer to look for a new job they are in for a ride. A ride where they will likely be thrown off, or be stuck several times on different parts of the ride.

The job search process is broken. Really, really broken.

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Submission + - Crowdsourceing an engineering solution to a problem on a nuclear fusion project->

schwit1 writes: In April, General Fusion issued a crowdsourcing challenge to come up with a written proposal for a "robust seal technology" capable of withstanding extreme temperatures and repetitive hammering for the purpose of isolating "the molten lead from the vacuum" inside their fusion reactor.

And after examining the 60 credible proposals submitted from 17 different countries, the General Fusion team has selected the winning entry proposed by Kirby Meacham, a Cleveland mechanical engineer who trained at MIT.

The challenge for the "Method for Sealing Anvil Under Repetitive Impacts Against Molten Metal" was issued via the Massachusetts based Innocentive crowdsource platform, with over 335,000 registered "solvers" in almost 200 countries, all poring over similarly complicated technical problems submitted by innovators seeking the wisdom of the crowd to overcome a particular technical hurdle.

The winner of General Fusion's anvil seal challenge claims his $20,000 prize in exchange for transferring exclusive Intellectual Property rights to the solution.

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Submission + - Facebook co-founder Moskovitz: Tech companies risk destroying employees' lives->

schwit1 writes: "It is with deep sadness that I observe the current culture of intensity in the tech industry," Moskovitz wrote in a essay Thursday titled "'Work Hard, Live Well." Its sub-headline: "Amazon isn't the only company burning out their employees with unsustainable expectations. Let's break the cycle."
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Submission + - Fast Internet Affects Home Prices writes: What people want in a home can vary a lot, and values can depend heavily on broader market forces. But real estate professionals say there are certain features that can be a deciding factor—like an extra bathroom or pool. And broadband is starting to figure into that same calculus as Ryan Knutson writes at the WSJ that the availability of fast Internet service is starting to affect home prices. A nationwide study released by researchers at the University of Colorado and Carnegie Mellon University finds fiber-optic connections, the fastest type of high speed Internet available, can add $5,437 to the price of a $175,000 home—about as much as a fireplace, or half the value of a bathroom.

The impact is most acute in rural areas, where Internet speeds tend to drop dramatically. In Western Massachusetts, local officials are trying to solve the problem by building their own high speed networks. To accomplish that they’re borrowing a tactic developed a century ago when the region was struggling to gain access to electricity. More than 40 towns have formed a cooperative of Municipal Lighting Plants, a type of public utility first invented to build electricity infrastructure, and are raising funds to build out fiber connections. “Some might call us a coalition of the desperate,” says Monica Webb, chairwoman of the cooperative, called WiredWest. “We’re already feeling the negative impacts of not having adequate broadband.”

Submission + - Linus Torvalds Isn't Looking 10 years Ahead for Linux and That's OK->

darthcamaro writes: At the Linuxcon conference in Seattle today, Linus Torvalds responded to questions about Linux security and about the next 10 years of Linux. For security, Torvalds isn't too worried as he sees it just being about dealing with bugs. When it comes to having a roadmap he's not worried either as he just leaves that to others.

"I'm a very plodding, pedestrian person and look only about six months ahead," Torvalds said. "I look at the current release and the next one, as I don't think planning 10 years ahead is sane."

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