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+ - UK Conservative Party Proposes Police Vetting Of "Extremist" Posts->

Submitted by Jahta
Jahta (1141213) writes "Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives. They will also be barred from speaking at public events if they represent a threat to “the functioning of democracy”, under the new Extremist Disruption Orders.

There are also plans to allow judges to ban people from broadcasting or protesting in certain places, as well as associating with specific people. The plans — to be brought in if the Conservatives win the election in May — are part of a wide-ranging set of rules to strengthen the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy."

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Comment: Re:Depending on local ordinances... (Score 1) 255

by UnknownSoldier (#48024925) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

> because the local ordinances required them to have a grid tie system since one of the city ordinances required all houses to have electrical, gas and plumbing services to them, regardless of if they had an alternative and closed loop system to provide the same services locally.

That is total B.S.

Person: We can lighten the load on the system by unhooking from the electrical grid.
Government: You are not allowed to.
Person: ???

Gee, buggy-whip legislative impeding progress, like usual.

+ - Bringing Back Quality Science Kits->

Submitted by Harris-Educational
Harris-Educational (578170) writes "Big Box Stores and others have "science kits" but in many cases they are cheap, throw-away, with poor (if any) instructions. Most are not made in the USA. Parents will spend $50+ on a video game but what about spending $50+ on a quality and inspiring educational experience (and sharing that experience with their children). Some kids today are lucky and are able to play with micro-controllers, PC's on a chip, and 3D printers but how many of them know the basics and can troubleshoot a circuit when something goes wrong? Do they really understand their technological building blocks?

Harris Educational (a small "Maker Business") is working to change all that for the better by launching 'Reinventing Science' kits that hearken back to the great science kits of the 50's and 60's like those made by A.C. Gilbert, REMCO, and others. One example is "Reinventing Edison: Build your own Light Bulb" in which experimenters work with a vacuum chamber and build a working incandescent light bulb like Edison and Swan did. These kits won "Best in Class" and an "Editor's Choice" awards at World Maker Faire in New York last week and will be on display again on October 4th and 5th at Maker Faire Atlanta. In addition to Harris Educational's Kickstarter (also working to raise money to launch an educational maker space in Burlington NC) Harris Educational is also a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made awards Is our society ready to invest again in quality hands-on STEM education like it did during the Space Race?"

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Comment: Re:Porn needs Javascript (Score 2) 80

by UnknownSoldier (#48023929) Attached to: Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

I first though that can't be right but wow, you're right! Looks like the only way now in versions 23+ is through: about:config


Mozilla: keeps making Firefox obsolete -- because you don't know what the fuck you are doing anymore with UI !

Talk about the Mozilla team not having a CLUE by allowing this misinformation ...

> also Note that turning off Javascript has little benefit (it isn't very insecure and cant really take control of the system),

Comment: Re:This was the point (Score 2) 41

by UnknownSoldier (#48023905) Attached to: Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

Yup, Microsoft is trying so desperately to stay relevant in a post-PC / tablet world.

Apple currently gives away its OS. With Microsoft fleecing customers for $100 per OEM copy of Windows isn't winning over the hearts of the geeks over. Maybe if they weren't so greedy and lowered the price down to $20 that would do more to "buy" goodwill then the total damage the past 20 years has caused.

+ - Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Incremental improvements have slowly but surely pushing solar power toward mainstream viability for a few decades now. It's getting to the point where the established utilities are worried about the financial hit they're likely to take — and they're working to prevent it. "These solar households are now buying less and less electricity, but the utilities still have to manage the costs of connecting them to the grid. Indeed, a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory argues that this trend could put utilities in dire financial straits. If rooftop solar were to grab 10 percent of the market over the next decade, utility earnings could decline as much as 41 percent." The utilities are throwing their weight behind political groups seeking to end subsidies for solar and make "net metering" policies go away. Studies suggest that if solar adoption continues growing at its current rate, incumbents will be forced to raise their rates, which will only persuade more people to switch to solar (PDF)."
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Comment: Exponential curve is exponential curve ... (Score 2) 133

by UnknownSoldier (#48022965) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

So decreasing returns isn't obvious that someone needs to study it??

There is an exponential skill on time spent, and the return -- the skill acquired.

If "success" only required mastery the world would be full of experts. One also needs to be in the right time, at the right place, with the right "product."

Comment: Re:How about protecting the public (Score 2) 286


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+ - School system goes "all in" on open source

Submitted by Czech37
Czech37 (918252) writes "Open source is playing an ever-expanding role in education at all levels. One school board that’s embraced open source is the Penn Manor School District in Pennsylvania. The District has rolled out the largest open source student laptop program in the state, with 3,500 Linux-powered computers distributed to students. But Penn Manor’s commitment to open source goes deeper than just handing out laptops. The schools themselves are now run on open source, and in this interview with, district IT manager Charlie Reisinger discusses why the schools' open source efforts have been so successful."

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling