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+ - China Starts Outsourcing from ... the U.S.->

Submitted by hackingbear
hackingbear (988354) writes "Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County, Alabama, desperately needs jobs. And the jobs are coming from China. Henan's Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group opened a plant here last month, employing 300 locals. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year, according to the Rhodium Group research firm. Collectively, they employ more than 70,000 Americans, up from virtually none a decade ago. Powerful forces — narrowing wage gaps (Chinese wages have been doubling every few years), tumbling U.S. energy prices, the rising Yuan — up 30% over the decade — are pulling Chinese companies across the Pacific. Perhaps very soon, Chinese workers will start protesting their jobs being outsourced to the cheap labors in the U.S."
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+ - A Laser Message from Space->

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Anyone who remembers dialup internet can sympathize with the plight of NASA mission controllers. Waiting for images to arrive from deep space, slowly downloading line by line, can be a little like the World Wide Web of the 1990s. Patience is required.

A laser on the International Space Station (ISS) could change all that. On June 5th, 2014, the ISS passed over the Table Mountain Observatory in Wrightwood, California, and beamed an HD video to researchers waiting below. Unlike normal data transmissions, which are encoded in radio waves, this one came to Earth on a beam of light.

"It was incredible to see this magnificent beam of light arriving from our tiny payload on the space station," says Matt Abrahamson, who manages the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory."

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+ - Employees who stay more than 2 years paid 50% less->

Submitted by fleebait
fleebait (1432569) writes "According to Forbes:

The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more."

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+ - NOAA implicated in global temperature data fabrication->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Christopher Booker writes in The Telegraph

Uncovered by Steven Goddard, and published in his blog Real Science. Mr. Goddard demonstrates how shamelessly manipulated one of the world’s most influential climate records has been, the graph of US surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Goddard shows how, in recent years, NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been “adjusting” its record by replacing real temperatures with data “fabricated” by computer models. The effect of this has been to downgrade earlier temperatures and to exaggerate those from recent decades, to give the impression that the Earth has been warming up much more than is justified by the actual data.

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+ - McMillen: Net Neutrality is not about cost of bandwidth

Submitted by ygslash
ygslash (893445) writes "Robert McMillen of Wired claims that we have gotten Net Neutrality all wrong. While we are all busy arguing about whether there should be regulations preventing large content providers from getting preferential bandwidth, McMillen says that not only have the large content providers already had preferential bandwidth for ten years, but that by now this has become an inherent part of the structure of the Internet and in practice cannot be changed. Instead, he says, the Net Neutrality discussion should be about ensuring a free and open competitive market for bandwidth, so that anyone who wants bandwidth can purchase it at a fair price."

+ - What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "“Fast lane is how the internet is built today,” says Craig Labovitz, who, as the CEO of DeepField Networks, an outfit whose sole mission is to track how companies build internet infrastructure, probably knows more about the design of the modern internet than anyone else. And many other internet experts agree with him. “The net neutrality debate has got many facets to it, and most of the points of the debate are artificial, distracting, and based on an incorrect mental model on how the internet works,” says Dave Taht, a developer of open-source networking software."
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+ - Fresh evidence supports Higgs boson discovery

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An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at CERN have discovered the first evidence for the direct decay of the Higgs boson into fermions, a strong indication that the particle found two years ago is the Higgs boson. From the article: "Assistant professor of physics at MIT and leader of the international effort, Markus Klute, said that his team was trying to establish if the particle that was discovered in 2012 was really consistent with the Higgs boson that was found in the Standard Model, and not one of many Higgs bosons, or an a particle that looks like it but has a different origin.”Their researchers also found that the bosons also decay to fermions (fermions include all quarks and leptons) in a way that is consistent with the Standard Model Higgs. 'We have now established the main characteristics of this new particle, in its coupling to fermions and to bosons, and its spin-parity structure; all of these things are consistent with the Standard Model,' Klute says.""

+ - Secret trade agreement covering 68% of world services published by WikiLeaks->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The text of a 19-page, international trade agreement being drafted in secret was published by WikiLeaks on Thursday as the transparency group’s editor commemorated his two-year anniversary confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Fifty countries around the globe have already signed on to the Trade in Service Agreement, or TISA, including the United States, Australia and the European Union. Despite vast international ties, however, details about the deal have been negotiated behind closed-doors and largely ignored by the press.

In a statement published by the group alongside the leaked draft this week, WikiLeaks said “proponents of TISA aim to further deregulate global financial services markets,” and have participated in “a significant anti-transparency manoeuvre” by working secretly on a deal that covers more than 68 percent of world trade in services, according to the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research."

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Comment: Depends (Score 1) 642

Depends on the facts stated in the article. If you're trying to talk people out of science and fact (like gravity) then the movie is wrong. But if it says it's all about the frame of reference, and which one you prefer, then it's not wrong to say the sun moves around us. It's just that most people pick Sol because it makes more sense. Picking the center of the galaxy would make even more sense (in which case we would still be revolving around the sun) but I digress...

Comment: I too had concerns (Score 1) 195

by backwardsposter (#46704403) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America
I cancelled my cable because of the overpricing and the disregard for customers. How come when we don't pay we lose service, but when we lose service they don't provide a refund? Anyway I don't miss the harassment of cable at all. My only concerns now are they find some way to take away Netflix and over the air broadcasting. Because they have shown us that when you can't compete by being better, compete by being worse.

Comment: Conflation (Score 1) 1746

by backwardsposter (#46660195) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
Everyone has seen what this topic has done to people. Flame wars, calling people reprehensible when they are obviously not bad human beings. Everyone hating someone else for their views and life choices. I honestly think most people have a religious problem mixing with a societal one. Once again, 'Marriage' should be a religious ceremony, and Unions should be legal rights. And legally everyone is held to the same standard. We've backed ourselves into this corner by saying that people should be married (see tax law, hospital rules) so we can't just get rid of it. But since laws can change a lot easier than the church, why don't we just change the wording? You don't force people to change their views, you don't force religion to change, and then you can honestly see who the people are who really do just want to deny freedom of choice to human beings.

Comment: One way trip (Score 1) 402

Isn't a one way trip just something you don't plan to come back from? Is it unethical to build planes that help people take a one way trip to France? Kidding aside, what's the difference when letting a grown adult decide where to spend the next decade of their life? We all die some day, and if the technology is there to support you, who cares where you want to do it?

Comment: Re:Source code: (Score 1) 514

Fry: "I heard one time you single-handedly defeated a horde of rampaging somethings in the something something system" Brannigan: "Killbots? A trifle. It was simply a matter of outsmarting them." Fry: "Wow, I never would've thought of that." Brannigan: "You see, killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their limit and shut down."

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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