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Comment: Follow the money (Score 1) 365

by ThatsNotPudding (#49379807) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
I think the real agenda is to turn scientific and engineering careers (and their usually* higher than average level of pay) into far more common cookie-cutter, factory-worker style 'technicians'. The goal: techs being paid far-far less than the BS crowd, and the real world pay falling as more and more H1-B folks are brought in to suppress wages even further.

The absolute destruction of unions (yes, they were never perfect, but...) and the 'Walmarting' of tech jobs all done to bring about Gilded Age 2.0.



* - I do hold out desperate, in-denial hope that the only ones that answer engineering salary surveys are boastful liars in the highest cost of living areas of the US.

+ - Oops: World Leaders' Personal Data Mistakenly Released by Autofill Error->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "With a single key stroke, the personal information of President Obama and 30 other world leaders was mistakenly released by an official with Australia's immigration office.

Passport numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information of the heads of state attending a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, were inadvertently emailed to one of the organizers of January's Asian Cup football tournament, according to The Guardian. The U.K. newspaper obtained the information as a result of an Australia Freedom of Information request.

Aside from President Obama, leaders whose data were released include Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The sender forgot to check the auto-fill function in the email "To" field in Microsoft Outlook before hitting send, the BBC reports."

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+ - Hacking collective targets Indiana state government site in response to bill->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A hacker collective calling themselves YourVikingdom intermittently took down Indiana’s state website, www.in.gov, in response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing a controversial “religious freedom” bill, that many say legalizes discrimination against gays. The group said, “Since Indiana’s Gov decided to sign the religious bill allowing to discriminate it’s time for #OPIndiana to start,” and linked to an article on Perez Hilton’s website about the bill.

It's likely that this group is related to Vikingdom2015, which has gone on a rampage hacking state government websites across the country. Their Twitter handle lists the location as Russia but later tweeted that they are not based in Russia."

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+ - Systemd Devs Fork Linux Kernel-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Now it appears as though the systemd developers have found a solution to kernel compatibility problems and a way to extend their philosophy of placing all key operating system components in one repository. According to Ivan Gotyaovich, one of the developers working on systemd, the project intends to maintain its own fork of the Linux kernel. "There are problems, problems in collaboration, problems with compatibility across versions. Forking the kernel gives us control over these issues, gives us control over almost all key parts of the stack.""
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Comment: TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 59

by ThatsNotPudding (#49355703) Attached to: Facebook Successfully Tests Laser Internet Drones

This is going to be great for people in rural areas, developing countries, and others who otherwise would remain hostages to the poor reliability and high latency of radio and satellite internet.

Zuckbook will never give us great unwashed unfettered Internet access, but only a one way trip into the bidding paddock for advertisers to assess us - the product - a monetary value.

And to think FB will not be vending everyone out to all the state security organs of the world for 30 Ag is utter cluelessness.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw

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