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Comment: Re:I remember... (Score 1) 151 151

Actually I meant "plug-in" in the all-encompassing generic sense that includes extensions, NPAPI plugins, and even in-built code modules for third parties (e.g. Pocket) that I assume at least some people must want and use. I suspect that most people who would prefer to switch but remain with Firefox are probably doing so because of some specific Firefox Extensions that are not as well developed for their alternative browser of choice - if they exist at all.

+ - JavaScript ES7 Function Bind Syntax->

sasha_design writes: I write this post with hesitation but excitement. I have enjoyed playing around with the new ECMAScript function bind syntax as proposed here. This is a very early proposal for addition in ES2016 (ES7, whatever) and could drastically change or even be scrapped. Therefore, I recognize that this post may become obsolete.
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+ - 2,200 year-old town uses Twitter to run the entire city-> 1 1

dkatana writes: Jun's administration is using Twitter to reduce bureaucracy, serve its citizens, and run a more efficient administration.

Former Twitter's CEO Dick Costelo visited the town of Jun [pronounced "hoon"] in Granada last April to see first hand how the city administration could run all basic services using the platform.

According to mayor José Antonio Rodríguez Salas (@JoseantonioJun) all city's paperwork is done on Twitter.

All public employees have a Twitter account, including the town’s police officer (@PoliciaJun), the town electrician, and the street sweeper (@BarredoraJun). Mayor Rodríguez Salas, who has been in the town’s government since 1991 and became mayor in 2005, personally answers his account, which has over 350,000 followers, more than the mayors of Madrid, New York and Barcelona.

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Comment: Re:I remember... (Score 1) 151 151

Don't forget what new bloatware monstrosity they've added and how many hoops you'll need to jump through to switch it off. Were it not for the excellent work of the plug-in community that is helping keeping people tied to Firefox I think they'd be firmly be in the "Other browsers" part of the market by now, but even that's not going to last for ever as Chrome's plugin options are catching up fast and more people are discovering forks like Waterfox and Palemoon. If Mozilla wants to add in this stuff of the off chance that enough people might actually use it, then fine, but can we please have it implemented as optional and easily disabled modules - ideally with the ability to not even install them?

+ - Biological Age Can Deviate Widely From Chronological Age

jones_supa writes: A study of people has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age. The report, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracked traits such as weight, kidney function, gum health and brain function. The research group followed 954 people from the same town in New Zealand who were all born in 1972 or 1973. The scientists looked at 18 different ageing-related traits when the group turned 26, 32 and 38 years old. Most people's biological age was within a few years of their chronological age. Some people had almost stopped ageing during the period of the study, while others were gaining nearly three years of biological age for every year that passed. Some of the 38-year-olds were ageing so badly that their biological age was on the cusp of retirement. It is unclear how the pace of biological ageing changes through life with these measures.

+ - Mozilla's Plans For Firefox: More Partnerships, Better Add-ons, Faster Updates

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla is reexamining and revamping the way it builds, communicates, and decides features for its browser. In short, big changes are coming to Firefox. Dave Camp, Firefox's director of engineering, sent out two lengthy emails, just three minutes apart: Three Pillars and Revisiting how we build Firefox. Both offer a lot more detail into what Mozilla is hoping to achieve.

+ - SPAM: School Shootings Are Contagious â" Who Is to Blame?

frailichlaw writes: Researchers from the Arizona State University have published the results of their research within which they analyzed the effect of previous Mass killings and school shootings and whether or not these fit within a contagion model.

The full publication can be accessed via:Â[spam URL stripped]

In short the results of the research conducted provide the following important findings, please note that a mass killing is defined as an event of four or more deaths:

We find significant evidence that mass killings involving firearms are incented by similar events in the immediate past.

  • Mass Killings: Incites an average of 0.30 new incidents (30%)
  • School Shootings: Incites an average of 0.22 new incidents (22%)
  • Contagion Period: Increase in probability 13 days

The average occurrences of these tragic events are pretty alarming, to say the least. The researchersÂprovide the following:

On average, mass killings involving firearms occur approximately every two weeks in the US, while school shootings occur on average monthly.

Firearm Ownership Associated to Incidences

And then of course the ever ongoing debate on gun ownership would have to be mentioned here .

[US] state prevalence of firearm ownership is significantly associated with the state incidence of mass killings with firearms, school shootings, and mass shootings.

Media Link

In so far as the media playing a role within the possibility of spreading the contagion when it comes to mass shootings or school shootings the researchers state that the answer may never be known. This is attributed to the fact that the perpetrators commit suicide after their actions and the contributing factors can never truly be explored. Behind the Bloodshed

Behind the BloodshedÂis a published study provided by USAToday. And again the figures are startling:

  • Since 2006: 200+ mass killings in the USAÂ[172 cases 2006-2011 FBI]
  • In 2015 there are 13 events of this nature already up until June 17th with the Charleston, SC church killing by Dylann Storm Roof
    • Within the 2015 data to date: 11 events were conducted by shooting, 1 by blunt force and 1 by stabbing.
  • Data published by the FBI is only 57% accurate due to erroneous reports as well as excluded cases.
  • About 57% of the victims knew their killers even if they were not the main target.
  • 77% of mass killings involve a gun
  • Nearly one-third of victims were under age 18.
  • Many mass killers do not face prosecution suicide, killed by police, or mental illness.

As can be seen from the above, this is a real problem and the statistics really speak volumes! The FBI data

Although the accuracy of the mass killing data provided is limited, as described above, additional data from the FBI website, and specifically the study entitled Active Shooter Events from 2000 to 2012 the location of attacks highlights the potential danger to school going children. 29% of attacks were at a school as the primary location. Image Source

Profiling does not seem to be a viable option here due to Single shooters conducted all attacks between 2000 to 2012 that the authors identified. Shooters did not fit a specific profile.Âas provided in the Active Shooter Event Study quoted above.

Additional (and relevant) data snippets from this study, specific to shooting equipment:

  • 60 percent of the attacks the most powerful weapon used was a pistol.
  • 8 percent it was a shotgun
  • the most powerful weapon used was a rifle in about 25 percent of the cases.
  • Multiple weapons in about one-third of the attacks.
  • 3 percent of the casesÂÂimprovised explosive devices (IEDs) to the attack site
  • Attacker(s) wore body armor in 5 percent.
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+ - Eric Holder Says Justice Department Could Strike Deal With Edward Snowden->

cold fjord writes: Yahoo reports, "Former Attorney General Eric Holder said today that a “possibility exists” for the Justice Department to cut a deal with ... Edward Snowden that would allow him to return to the United States ... Holder said “we are in a different place as a result of the Snowden disclosures” and that “his actions spurred a necessary debate” that prompted President Obama and Congress to change policies ... “I certainly think there could be a basis for a resolution that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with. I think the possibility exists.” ... Melanie Newman, chief spokeswoman for Attorney General Loretta Lynch ... immediately shot down the idea ... “This is an ongoing case so I am not going to get into specific details but I can say our position regarding bringing Edward Snowden back to the United States to face charges has not changed,” ... Robert Litt, the chief counsel to Director of National Intelligence ... recently privately floated the idea that the government might be open to a plea bargain in which Snowden returns to the United States, pleads guilty to one felony count and receives a prison sentence of three to five years in exchange for full cooperation with the government. ... Litt has made clear to Snowden’s representatives that “nothing is going to happen unless he comes in and moves off this idea, ‘I’m entitled to a medal.’” ... Snowden’s lawyer, said any felony plea by Snowden that results in prison time would be unacceptable to his client. ... any suggestion of leniency toward Snowden would likely run into strong political opposition in Congress as well as fierce resistance from hard-liners in the intelligence community who remain outraged over his wholesale disclosure of highly classified government documents. "
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+ - Extreme Reduction Gearing Device Offers an Amazing Gear Ratio of 11 Million to 1->

ErnieKey writes: The 3D printed extreme reduction gearing device, created by long-time puzzle maker M. Oskar van Deventer, may leave you puzzled for its obvious applications, but the coaxial cranking mechanism offers potential in a variety of real-world applications with multi-colored gears that move in opposite directions at a ratio of 11,373,076 : 1. This 3D printed reduction gearing device is compact and multi-colored, and looks deceivingly simple at first glance. Developed through a complex algorithm, it could possibly offer potential as parts for machines like 3D printers, aerospace and automotive components, as well as perhaps robotics and a variety of motors.
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+ - More supermassive black holes than we thought!->

LeadSongDog writes: The Royal Astronomical Society advises that, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has confirmet the long suspected: many SMBHs are obscured by a surrounding cloud. Observing nine known black holes at X-ray energies not previously visible, they found that five of the nine were emitting much more energetic X-rays than had been known. They so conclude that the SMBHs are much more common than had been known.
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+ - "We screwed up," says Reddit CEO in formal apology

An anonymous reader writes: After moderators locked up some of Reddit's most popular pages in protest against the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, and an online petition asking the company to fire CEO Ellen Pao reached more than 175,000 signatures over the weekend, Pao has issued an apology. The statement reads in part: "We screwed up. Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years. We haven’t communicated well, and we have surprised moderators and the community with big changes. We have apologized and made promises to you, the moderators and the community, over many years, but time and again, we haven’t delivered on them. When you’ve had feedback or requests, we haven’t always been responsive. The mods and the community have lost trust in me and in us, the administrators of reddit. Today, we acknowledge this long history of mistakes. We are grateful for all you do for reddit, and the buck stops with me."

+ - Pluto probe back to normal, cause of snafu found->

Tablizer writes: "Update:...NASA’s New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto. The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter "safe mode" on July 4 has concluded that no hardware or software fault occurred on the spacecraft. The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby. No similar operations are planned for the remainder of the Pluto encounter.
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+ - Chinese Zoo Animals Monitored for Earthquake Prediction

An anonymous reader writes: Seismologists in Nanjing have set up seven observation centers at zoos and animal parks in the region to see if animals can predict when an earthquake may strike. At least three kinds of animals in the earthquake stations should corroborate each other when bizarre behavior occurs, said Zhao Bing, head of Nanjing earthquake monitoring. Discovery reports: "According to one English-language Chinese news outlet, 'At Banqiao ecological park the behavior of around 200 pigs, 2,000 chickens, and fish in a 15-hectare pond are closely monitored to detect signals of an earthquake. Breeders here create daily reports regarding animal behavior for Nanjing’s seismological departments.' The news report noted that the park relies 'mainly on employees closely watching the animals' for seismological significance."

+ - Greek Minister Finance Minister Resigns under Eurogroup Pressure->

rioki writes: Yanis Varoufakis writes: "Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today."
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+ - Brazilians Launch "Squeaky-Clean" Facebook Competitor, 100k Join First Month->

An anonymous reader writes: The Telegraph reports, "It all started three years ago when Mr Barros and three other devout Christian colleagues working at the mayor's office in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, near Brazil's financial capital Sao Paulo, decided there was a market for a squeaky-clean version of Facebook. ... With help from the Ferraz de Vasconcelos mayor's own pocket, they set up a business with about $16,000 in start-up money and Facegloria was born. Anyone can sign up to, but if they do, they better mind how they behave. Swearing is banned ... as is any violent or erotic content ... "We want to be morally and technically better than Facebook. ... Behind the scenes, more than 20 volunteers patrol online to weed out bad language and to decide whether or not to allow potentially risqué selfies and bikini shots. ... But the morality police don't have a hard job. "Our public doesn't publish these kinds of photos," said one of the volunteers ... Mr Barros expects Facegloria to become online Brazil's go-to site. "In two years we hope to get to 10 million users in Brazil. In a month we have had 100,000 and in two we are expecting a big increase thanks to a mobile phone app," he said. Acir dos Santos, the mayor of Ferraz de Vasconcelos, says there's no limit. "Our network is global. We have bought the Faceglory domaine in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere," he said. "
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