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+ - Bernie Sanders, H-1B skeptic

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes: Will the Vermont senator raise the visibility of the visa issue with his presidential run?

The H-1B visa issue rarely surfaces during presidential races, and that's what makes the entrance by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) into the 2016 presidential race so interesting. ... ...Sanders is very skeptical of the H-1B program, and has lambasted tech firms for hiring visa workers at the same time they're cutting staff. He's especially critical of the visa's use in offshore outsourcing.

Comment: Well, this wouldn't be so bad if only.. (Score -1, Offtopic) 67

... if only
* His assumptions were backed by solid, peer-reviewed research,
and
* Research into the bias or lack of bias in all-male research groups were done and we had solid evidence regarding the whether all-male groups had a bias requiring rejection of all papers on this topic by all-male research teams, and if so, that such papers were rejected.

Of course, neither one is the case. But if they were ....

+ - Patent Issued Covering Phone Notifications of Delivery Time and Invoice Quantity->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes: The staggering ingenuity of the US Patent system has again been showcased by the EFF's analysis of recent patents. This week's patent and follow up patent cover the futuristic innovative idea that when you order something, you can update your order and add additional amounts to your order while it's being processed. But wait, it gets even more innovative! You may one day be able to even to notify when you would like it delivered — ON YOUR PHONE. I know, you're busy wiping all that brain matter off your screen as your head seems to have exploded. Well, it turns out that inventor and patent holder Scott Horstemeyer (aka Eclipse IP, LLC of Delray Beach, FL) found no shortage of targets to go after with his new patents. It appears Tiger Fitness (and every other online retailer) was sending notices to customers about shipments. Did I mention Professional waste-of-space Horstemeyer is a lawyer too? But not just a regular lawyer, a "SUPER lawyer" from the same firm that patented social networking in 2007, sued Uber for using location finding technologies in 2013 and sued Overstock.com as well as a small time shoe seller for using shipping notifications in 2014.
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Comment: Reminds me of free books in WWII (Score 1) 126

by davidwr (#49594237) Attached to: Obama Announces e-Book Scheme For Low-Income Communities

From Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II: And, in the process, they created a nation of readers:

In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, America's book publishers took an audacious gamble. They decided to sell the armed forces cheap paperbacks, shipped to units scattered around the globe. Instead of printing only the books soldiers and sailors actually wanted to read, though, publishers decided to send them the best they had to offer. Over the next four years, publishers gave away 122,951,031 copies of their most valuable titles.

[follow title-link for the rest of the article]

Comment: Be careful with alleged "reproductions" (Score 1) 172

If you are unethical and try to reproduce a given experiment 100 times and it reproduces 10 times, you can publish a paper saying "I reproduced this experiment 10 times successfully" and destroy the evidence of the other 90 trials. Find 2 or 3 "independent" shills to do the same type of fake "reproduction" over the course of a few months and people will just assume that the experiment is valid and stop trying to disprove it.

It works in reverse too:

If you are unethical and try to reproduce a given experiment 100 times and it reproduces 90 times, you can publish a paper saying "I tried and failed to reproduce this experiment 10 times" and destroy the evidence of the other 90 trials. Have a few "independent" shills repeat the sham "failure to reproduce" a few times and the original experiment will be discredited, probably along with the original research team and its institution.

Comment: This is good for green in more ways than one (Score 3, Interesting) 502

by davidwr (#49593901) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

If I'm a "wind/solar" or other non-24x7-generating company and I know what fraction of my customers have a several-hour-backup power supply, I can offer them lower rates in exchange for "turning them off" or even "buying electricity back from their batteries" in times of peak demand. This will let me offer services to more customers than I normally could handle.

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Journal: How to make "mobile-friendly" web pages 2

Journal by mcgrew

I finally got the full texts of Nobots and Mars, Ho! to display well on a phone. My thanks to Google for showing me how, even if the way they present the information is more like trial and error, but it's actually easy once you jump through all their hoops. I'll make it easy.

Comment: Reason for two different OSes (Score 1) 262

by davidwr (#49578253) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Imagine what would happen if the most recent, well-tested update had a bug such that it would crash at a specific time.

By having different OSes and different applications serving up the same data, the odds of such a bug on both the main and backup devices happening simultaneously are greatly reduced.

I say "greatly reduced" instead of "eliminated" because different OSes may still use the same buggy source code (there's BSD- or similar-licensed code in many OSes and applications).

Comment: Re:No excuse for this (Score 1) 55

by davidwr (#49572361) Attached to: Researchers Mount Cyberattacks Against Surgery Robot

Grandparent:

Something about if they have physical access means you won't have any security anyway

Parent:

What does that have to do with anything? If someone on-site is compromised,

Actually, the grandparent has a point: Someone with physical access to the robot prior to the surgery could replace or reprogram the robot. Someone with physical access to a machine "inside" the hospital's network (or for that matter, the network of the hospital where the human driving the robot is at) might be able to remotely-control the robot in ways that someone "outside" the network wouldn't be able to do if there was a site-to-site secure VPN but no machine-to-machine secure communications channel. Like physical access to the robot itself, the physical access to the "on-LAN" equipment doesn't even have to be during the operation.

Comment: Re:I know what will happen... (Score 2) 55

by davidwr (#49571321) Attached to: Researchers Mount Cyberattacks Against Surgery Robot

Which is worse for a patient with a condition that is typically not fatal and for which on-site surgery has a known risk of fatality:

* Sorry, you'll have to wait for a doctor who may never come
* We'll give you remote surgery but there's a chance someone will hack the system in a way that could kill you, plus there is still the normal risk you will never wake up from the anesthesia

Comment: No excuse for this (Score 3, Interesting) 55

by davidwr (#49571277) Attached to: Researchers Mount Cyberattacks Against Surgery Robot

You can't completely prevent your communication going down due to malice, accident, or acts of nature. When those fail you have to have a backup plan such as going into a failsafe mode.

BUT You can and must detect interference and either correct for it or treat it like a total communications failure. There is no excuse for being fooled into taking instructions from an unauthorized party (well, unless the instruction is "you think I'm hacking your communications but I'm really doing a side-channel attack to trick you into doing what you normally do when you lose communications, now obey me and do what you normally do when your communications are hosed, thank you.").

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