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Submission + - Is 'anti-illegal immigration' just code for anti-Hispanic? (commdiginews.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: One of the chief issues on the mid-term election is immigration. The dems and Obama administration call for an open door, let them all be citizens policy which will over stress USA's financial infrastructure and contrary to our Constitution. From the writer: Illegal immigration is a subject where middle ground is difficult to find, let alone stand on. How do you compromise with those who support amnesty for millions of illegals? That position is radical from the start. It does not ignore moderation; it’s an assault on the very concept.

As with other extremist crusades, important facts go unmentioned for the sake of perpetuating a narrative. Many of those facts relate to Hispanic life.

“Amnesty and the resultant increase in immigration would be highly injurious to America’s Hispanic community,” Dr. Steinlight explains. “Most are working poor with a high percentage of families on two major welfare programs. They’re clinging to the bottom rungs of the socio-economic ladder in the loosest labor market since the Great Depression. A tsunami in immigration would greatly intensify competition for scarce jobs, increase unemployment, drive down wages, and make upward mobility even harder for second and third-generation Hispanics whose socio-economic advancement has stagnated. For reasons previously cited, it would also slow assimilation.”

Submission + - Humans Can Pick up on Sex Pheromones (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Scientists have long debated whether humans pick up on pheromones—scents that influence behavior--the way other animals do. A new study provides strong evidence that we do. When asked to sniff male or female odors, volunteers were more likely to rate the walk of an ambiguous person as being more masculine or feminine, respectively. The findings suggest that pheromones may alter our behavior, just like they do for other animals.

Submission + - What is 'computational thinking'? Your future job may depend on it (robohub.org)

Hallie Siegel writes: Behavioural economist Colin Lewis explains why skills such as the ability to recognize patterns, to filter out unnecessary information, or to break down a task into minute details so that we can clearly explain a process to another person or to a computer, will be critical to the next generation of workers.

Submission + - Secret Service Will Post All Aaron Swartz Files On Website, First Batch Up Now (firedoglake.com)

An anonymous reader writes: I just finished speaking to an official at the Secret Service’s FOIA office who told me that all of the Aaron Swartz files that are to be released will be posted to the Secret Services’ FOIA Library. The entire FOIA process has been frustrating and annoying, but thanks to a lawsuit by Kevin Poulsen over at Wired, not fruitless. Without that lawsuit it’s likely the Secret Service would have denied all requests, or as they did to me, kept people in limbo for the foreseeable future.

The first batch of files the Secret Service released is 104 pages out of what will apparently be over 14,000 pages. Please download them and distribute them widely in case of re-classification.

Submission + - Intel Plans Overclocking Capability On SSDs For Gamers, Others (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: Anticipating it will make a "big splash", Intel is planning to release an product late this year or very early next that will allow users to "overclock" solid-state drives. The overclocking capability is expected to allow users to tweak the percentage of an SSD's capacity that's used for data compression. At its Intel Developers Forum next month in San Francisco, Intel has scheduled an information session on overclocking SSDs. The IDF session is aimed at system manufacturers and developers as well as do-it-yourself enthusiasts, such as gamers. "We've debated how people would use it. I think the cool factor is somewhat high on this, but we don't see it changing the macro-level environment. But, as far as being a trendsetter, it has potential," said Intel spokesman Alan Frost. Michael Yang, a principal analyst with IHS Research, said the product Intel plans to release could be the next evolution of SandForce controller, "user definable and [with the] ability to allocate specified size on the SSD. Interesting, but we will have to see how much performance and capacity [it has] over existing solutions," Yang said in an email reply to Computerworld.
Security

Submission + - Einstein on Security Procedures and Processes (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: An interesting column by Oliver Rochford on how in addition to being a renowned theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein was also quite a wizard at writing security procedures and processes, without even really knowing it.

In the column, using several quotes and examples from Einstein's work, Rochford argues how a Security Guru should be more than just a technician, and that his/her education must reach far beyond I.T. It is easy to forget that there is a reason for the procedures, policies and approaches that we use and advocate beyond having some in place.

The article highlights a selection of Einstein's wisdoms that may worthwhile when considering security. After all, who better to secure the Manhattan Project than a genius, right?

Education

Submission + - Best way to salvage out-of-copyright or out-of-print textbooks? 1

linjaaho writes: "I have found that there are many high-quality science textbooks that are out-of-copyright because 70 years has passed from the death of the original author. For 99 % in cases, 70+ years is too old to be used in teaching. But there are also many Finnish and English textbooks that are 10-20 years old but out-of-print, and could be published free online by just asking the permission from the original author. But I have a technical problem: how to digitize a book containing lots of math formulae, and where to publish it online? I know Project Gutenberg, but they only support books with text and photos."
Science

Submission + - Physicists Discover Evolutionary Laws of Language 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Christopher Shea writes in the WSJ that physicists studying Google's massive collection of scanned books claim to have identified universal laws governing the birth, life course and death of words marking an advance in a new field dubbed "Culturomics": the application of data-crunching to subjects typically considered part of the humanities. Published in Science, their paper gives the best-yet estimate of the true number of words in English—a million, far more than any dictionary has recorded (the 2002 Webster's Third New International Dictionary has 348,000) with more than half of the language considered "dark matter" that has evaded standard dictionaries (PDF). The paper tracked word usage through time (each year, for instance, 1% of the world's English-speaking population switches from "sneaked" to "snuck") and found that English continues to grow at a rate of 8,500 new words a year. However the growth rate is slowing, partly because the language is already so rich, the "marginal utility" of new words is declining. Another discovery is that the death rates for words is rising, largely as a matter of homogenization as regional words disappear and spell-checking programs and vigilant copy editors choke off the chaotic variety of words much more quickly, in effect speeding up the natural selection of words. The authors also identified a universal "tipping point" in the life cycle of new words: Roughly 30 to 50 years after their birth, words either enter the long-term lexicon or tumble off a cliff into disuse and go "23 skidoo" as children either accept or reject their parents' coinages."
Patents

Submission + - What's the Rationale for Intellectual Property? 1

ewsnow writes: I'm looking for good, reliable reference material on the current and past rationale for intellectual property laws, particularly in the United States and about patents (followed by copyright). However, I wouldn't discount explanations anyone is willing to offer on the subject. Also, info for other countries is valuable to me as a comparison. My biggest interest is in how this rationale has evolved over time, especially since the US constitution was written. I've found some decent references out there but want to get a Slashdot perspective.
AT&T

Submission + - Seven States Pile On To Block AT&T/T-Mobile De (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: New York, California, and five other U.S. states have joined a lawsuit initiated by the Department of Justice that would block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile. 'The revised filing comes ahead of a court hearing next week, when the two sides are scheduled to discuss the prospects of a settlement. AT&T has said that it will contest the Justice Department’s lawsuit, while also seeking a potential settlement.' CNet notes that 'States don't have the power to block the deal, but they can influence the federal regulators and make it more onerous if AT&T attempts to negotiate for concessions to close the deal. They can also slow down the process with their own lawsuits.'
Privacy

Submission + - GPS Tracking of State Worker Raises Privacy Issues (timesunion.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to the article, "New York State officials tracked Cunningham's whereabouts by secretly attaching a GPS device to his BMW. ... The electronic tailing went beyond what would normally be termed Cunningham's work hours, since the device was on for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They even tracked him on a multi-day family vacation. ... Cunningham's battle with the agency... began years ago with his contention that he was punished for blowing the whistle on pressure placed on employees to attend a prayer breakfast sponsored by then-Gov. George Pataki." The NYCLU is pursuing a lawsuit against the state regarding the tracking.

Submission + - DDR Controlled Giant Tetris (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A few MIT students got together and made a Tetris clone controllable by DDR mats. Then they made a 6' tall 400-LED matrix to display it on. The code for all of this is also open sourced on Github [https://github.com/rcoh/Burton-Conner-Tetris-Battle].
Virtualization

Submission + - Linus thinks virtualization is "evil" (networkworld.com) 1

crdotson writes: "Linus said in an interview that he thinks virtualization is "evil" because he prefers to deal with the real hardware. Hardware virtualization allows for better barriers between systems by running multiple OSes on the same hardware, but OS-level virtualization allows similar barriers without a hypervisor between the kernel and the hardware. Should we expect more focus on OS-level virtualization such as Linux-VServer, OpenVZ, and LXC?"
Cloud

Submission + - Canonical Chooses Sides in the Cloud (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "In a blog post earlier this week, Canonical announced that it would be offering the Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service tool in Ubuntu 11.10. What's interesting about the announcment, says blogger Brian Proffitt, 'is that Canonical chose to go with Cloud Foundry, an Apache-licensed fully open source project that was launched by VMware, rather than Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS offering. OpenShift, which uses technology from Makara, a company Red Hat bought late last year, is not fully open source yet, so that may have something to do with it. Cloud Foundry, while open and community driven, is also a way to position VMware against Red Hat's cloud offerings.'"

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