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+ - 5,000 votes not counted in Kansas county->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "More than a week after the Nov. 4 election, the county clerk in Saline County (Kansas) found that more than 5,000 votes on electronic voting machines had not been counted. That's roughly one-third of the votes cast. Counting those 5,207 votes didn't change any outcomes, but it's scary that there aren't better safeguards in place..."
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+ - White House wants you to help write an opengov playbook for agencies

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "White House crowdsources open-government playbook

The Obama administration is "walking the walk" on government transparency by asking the public to help write a guide for agencies on ways to engage the public.

"This resource reflects the commitment of the government and civic partners to measurably improve participation programs, and is designed using the same inclusive principles that it champions," wrote Corinna Zarek, White House senior adviser for open government, and Justin Herman, SocialGov lead for the General Services Administration, in a blog post announcing the Public Participation Playbook.


+ - Researchers Find The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist->

Submitted by Beeftopia
Beeftopia (1846720) writes "From the article: "For a real-life example of an actual worker shortage, Salzman points to the case of petroleum engineers, where the supply of workers has failed to keep up with the growth in oil exploration. The result, says Salzman, was just what economists would have predicted: Employers started offering more money, more people started becoming petroleum engineers, and the shortage was solved. In contrast, Salzman concluded in a paper released last year by the liberal Economic Policy Institute, real IT wages are about the same as they were in 1999. Further, he and his co-authors found, only half of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) college graduates each year get hired into STEM jobs. “We don’t dispute the fact at all that Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT) would like to have more, cheaper workers,” says Salzman’s co-author Daniel Kuehn, now a research associate at the Urban Institute. “But that doesn’t constitute a shortage.”"
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+ - The Man Who Made Tetris

Submitted by rossgneumann
rossgneumann (3901661) writes "Life gets pretty chill after creating 'Tetris' and escaping the KGB. A quick web search for "Alexey Pajitnov" brings up pages of articles and interviews that fixate only on his seminal creation—a work that remains, far and away, the best selling video game of all time. But clearly, there's more to the man than just Tetris. Meeting Pajitnov himself led me to wonder about, well, everything else. What was the Tetris-less life of Alexey Pajitnov?"

+ - Murdoch's hold on News Corp threatened

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Mystery of missing News Corp votes

A Saudi prince, a disappearing share bloc and an upset voting result has produced the first serious threat to the Murdoch family’s future control of News Corporation and 21st Century Fox. ... So what happened to the missing shares in the proposal to abolish the two classes? .

The 87.6 million shares voted against the proposal was 4.3 million shares short of the Murdoch/Alwaleed total. The result was a terrifyingly close margin for a family that has not faced a serious threat to its control in 60 years. .

Two theories have emerged in the confusing aftermath of the annual meeting to explain the missing shares..

First, that it was a stuff up. Prince Alwaleed’s executives ticked the Approve box on every proposal and didn’t realise they needed to oppose the share classes resolution. Implausibly, this means News Corp executives who knew the proxy numbers didn’t pick up the phone to call their firmest supporter to ask what was going on. The result was a shambles..

Alternatively, Prince Alwaleed split his vote, with a majority supporting the Murdochs, with whom he could still say he had kept faith in, but a significant stake opposing them..

Whatever the reason, there is no mistaking the message from shareholders.

Excluding the Murdoch and Alwaleed stock, less than 24 per cent of shareholders voted for Rupert Murdoch to remain on the News board, part of an across-the-board vote against directors by institutions.


+ - Australian Greens Launch #StopDataRetention Meme Contest

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "#StopDataRetention meme competition: over to you

Back in October we launched a competition to get #StopDataRetention memes in front of as much of the Australian internet as possible, with the slightly awkward offer of dinner at Parliament House as an additional incentive to get creative..

Instead of one concept going viral and making for an easy winner, something more interesting happened: hundreds of people got busy and sent this crazy assortment of memes and ideas out into the wilds of the internets, raising hell right when we needed it most. We've shortlisted the sharpest and most-shared ones: now we need you to choose the winner.

Whichever of these fine images gets the most shares/retweets/upvotes by 9am AEDT Wednesday morning November 26 will win — and yes, in the process, a bunch of this work will get in front of hundreds of thousands more eyeballs.


+ - Calibration issues with voting machines in Virginia

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Voting irregularities in Virginia Beach, Newport News

The extent of the "calibration issues" is unclear. Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes said 32 of Virginia Beach's 820 AccuVote TSX machines were pulled from service by 3:30 p.m. Another four were discontinued in Newport News, where most votes were recorded on paper ballots. ... Gov. Terry McAuliffe said at a party for Sen. Mark Warner in Arlington that the voting machines need to be examined. ... "I've always had a concern as it relates to these machines," he said. "I've talked about it for years and years. We gotta make sure that our votes, when they're cast, are accurately counted.


+ - Europe considers sharing passenger information with authorities by default->

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An anonymous reader writes "The EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal which was defeated in April of last year has returned to consideration in the European parliament today. The law would require that airlines provide extensive personal details of anyone flying into or out of Europe. The information would include name, address, phone numbers, credit card information and travel itinerary.

Director of Europol Rob Wainwright says that PNR is within the bounds of 'reasonable measures' in the struggle against terrorism, and that possible threats against Europe have increased in the more than 12 months since the law was last rejected.

Dutch MEP Sophie In’t Veld is arguing that the Data Protection Directive should be put into place before any such systematised disclosure be ratified. "They want unlimited powers," she said. "they don’t want to be bound by rules or data protection authorities and that’s the reality.""

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+ - Google, Facebook, et al on the sideline of fight for net neutrality 2

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "In Net Neutrality Push, Internet Giants on the Sidelines

Silicon Valley’s giant companies have been quiet lately on the question of whether the government should protect an open Internet, which they’ve previously argued is vital to innovation. Don’t count on them staking out a stronger position even though President Obama has stepped into the fray, and Washington looks to be gearing up for an epic battle over the rules that govern the Internet. ...

... In another era, the White House’s position might have elicited squeals of joy from the technology giants, which have long maintained that the future of innovation online depends on such strict net neutrality rules. But Google, which was once the industry’s most ardent supporter of net neutrality, and Facebook, which could mobilize millions of supporters through its service, both declined to comment on Mr. Obama’s position. Instead, they joined a supportive statement put out by the Internet Association, a trade group that represents a coalition of technology companies, including Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Twitter and PayPal.

It seems to me that the FCC has authority to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers. I don't understand why Obama is proposing legislation."

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