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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms 77

Posted by timothy
from the long-long-ago dept.
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson update their story on the NUMEC affair to take into account the recent release of hundreds of classified documents that shed additional light on the story. In the 1960s, the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) was found to be missing about a 100 pounds of bomb-grade uranium. Based on available evidence, Gilinsky and Mattson are convinced that the material ended up in Israel nuclear bombs. The newly release documents add more to the story, and Gilinsky and Mattson are calling on President Obama to declassify the remainder of the file."

Comment: People will come round ... (Score 1) 150

People are wary because they don't see tangible incentive right now. Their attitude will change when they do.

First when they understand they can prevent their children from getting genes that e.g. code for nasty hereditary disease like cystic fibrosis.

Then more people will get on board if they believe they can get genes that reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, caries, code for better eyesight, a stronger immune system etc.

After that I think we'll see offers for genes that code for needing less sleep, of even a cheery and sunny disposition.

And as to what people "want": that's irrelevant. To paraphrase Steve Jobs: don't ask people what they want ... they're clueless about that ... someone with good taste will have to design something ... and people will recognise it as something they wanted all along and buy it.

Comment: Got something to hide, Anonymous Coward? (Score 1) 296

by golodh (#46793485) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email
@Anonymous Coward

An revealing comment from someone who even posts anonymously on Slashdot.

First off, you might know that there was a big flap over the NSA hoovering people's personal communications (content plus metadata), and people generally weren't quite satisfied by the argument that if they had nothing to hide they had no reason to object against having their lives laid bare.

And here *you* are, posting anonymously, suggesting that if an academic has nothing to "hide", his entire email exchange is fair game for people abusing the courts to turn what should be a scientific debate into a politically motivated witch-hunt. Something you top off by turning the issue on its head and suggesting bad faith on part of someone unwilling to turn over his entire email database.

Actions of this kind are known as "fishing expeditions' and uniformly considered unreasonable and objectionable as they are aimed only at discovering something (anything really no matter how unrelated to the issue under debate), that conspiracy-theorists might be able to use to villify the defending party.

For your information, proper scientific debates are held on basis of examination of evidence and reasoning, for which scientific publications together with the underlying data are a necessary and sufficient basis. The way this works is: if someone can't (or won't) produce the underlying data, his articles and conclusions suffer a reduction in credibility and hence lose weight in the debate. Besides which, other data sources than his are brought to bear with which to test his conclusions. And both mechanisms have been in action in this case.

Examination of email correspondence is not relevant for scientific debate, and is the exclusive domain of witch-hunts and lynch mobs.

Rethorical questions such as yours (especially when posted anonymously) are used by conspiracy theorists and people who wish to use the instruments of harassment to intimidate scientists that voice politically inconvenient conclusions.

Comment: Re:This Republican scam to destroy education... (Score 1) 79

by dasunt (#46792679) Attached to: Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Umm, have you looked at who runs the schools that are failing to teach minorities to read? In particular you might want to take a close look at the party affiliation of those running the school boards, and the rest of the political machinery of the local government in those place. Further, you might want to look at the history of the political party in question. Then you should ask yourself, if they still held to the political philosophy and beliefs they held in 1860, what would they do differently to better accomplish goals in line with that political philosophy?

Without looking, it seems that, at least in inner urban areas, it would lean Democratic. Which makes it seem like failing to teach minorities to read would be in line with their belief in 1860.

On the other hand, such districts can be poorer. While the suburban schools are wealthier. My state used to have heavy state funding of schools, to even out disparities), but that started to be cut. According to a quick google search, the year it came under heavy attack involved a state congress that leaned Republican.

So depending on your political affiliation, you can blame whatever party you choose!

Comment: Gaaaahhhh ... (Score 1) 54

by cascadingstylesheet (#46792513) Attached to: The Internet of Things and Humans

.... make it stop!

Computers are things. It's always been an "Internet of Things".

"Internet of Things" is as stupid as if we suddenly started saying "highway of cars". It's both true and free of meaning at the same time ... which I suppose is a weird sort of achievement.

And no, calling it HoC wouldn't make "highway of cars" any more hip. Just stupider.

Comment: Re:software doesn't have bugs (Score 1) 232

by Jeremi (#46792483) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

But IF there are effectively infinitely many vulns that can be found for less than the black market value, then fixing one does not decrease the probability that the attacker will find another one.

Right, and IF my grandmother had testicles, she'd be my grandfather.

If there is a way for a finite amount of code to contain an infinite number of bugs, I don't see it. (Netscape Navigator excepted of course ;^))

Comment: Re:freedom of speech (Score 2) 127

by cascadingstylesheet (#46792367) Attached to: Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Freedom of speech means that no government entity can go after you for the content of your communications, whether broadcast or otherwise.

Unless of course it has something to do with politics ("campaign finance reform").

Because obviously the founders wanted to protect nude dancing, not that nasty political speech.

Comment: Not H1-Bs, offshore workers. (Score 5, Informative) 190

by HaeMaker (#46791593) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers
If you are "offshoring" you are literally having the work performed off-shore. If they fear their jobs are getting replaced by H1-Bs, then they are "outsourcing". It would be illegal for them to fire everyone then hire H1-Bs, and even if the off-shore companies place people that all happen to be H1-B, lawsuits will follow. How can the consulting company say they couldn't find competent employees when they know a bunch that got laid-off?

California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers 190

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-california-falls-into-the-ocean-would-that-count-as-offshoring dept.
dcblogs writes: "Southern California Edison is preparing to offshore IT jobs, the second major U.S. utility in the last year to do so. It will be cutting its staff, but it hasn't said by how much. The utility is using at least two offshore outsourcing firms, according to government records. SCE's management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers. Following a workplace shooting in SCE's IT offices in 2011, the utility conducted an independent audit of its organizational and management culture. One observation in this report, which was completed a year later, was that 'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.'"

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -- Charles Duell, Director of U.S. Patent Office, 1899