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+ - Sketch Factor is successfully tested by D.C. news crew->

Submitted by colin_faber
colin_faber (1083673) writes "A D.C. news crew robbed of thousands of dollars of cameras, laptops and other equipment was set to report on a so-called racist locality app called “Sketch Factor.” Using consolidated crime stats and firsthand reports, the app lists areas within U.S. neighborhoods that are at high risk for crime. The app evidently proved itself true, at least in this instance. The news crew found exactly what they were reporting on – firsthand proof of crime."
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Comment: Why is this news? (Score 1) 145

As someone who helped build this machine, I'm surprised that this is even news worthy. What did people think happened when older machines were replaced with newer technology? It's not like the older machine is tossed in the recycling bin. They're always sold off, sometimes parted out to scrappers (who resell the parts through various channels) as well as complete systems which go to smaller HPC facilities. This has been happening since the first days of mainframe systems. The only cases where this is the exception is when you look at highly secure sites (usually government) which tend to run the machines through shredders "just to be sure" they're not leaking sensitive information.

+ - 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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Comment: Market entry (Score 1) 182

by colin_faber (#46990491) Attached to: Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax
Such abuses of government are common place amongst the top dogs in any industry. This guy, is undoubtedly seeking government assistance is making it harder for smaller operators to enter the market. By raising taxes he effectively makes it harder for anyone but the biggest companies in the market to succeed. It's despicable and is one problem with our form of capitalism, where government is used as a tool to keep others out of the market.

Comment: Re:I honestly believe (Score 1) 107

by colin_faber (#46740475) Attached to: The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information
Comcast is NOT a private sector entity as most would consider. They're a government sponsored monopoly. They receive massive tax breaks, and direct funding from the government to build out infrastructure (tax dollars spent on laying pipe). It's utterly absurd to think that they have anything in common with a truly private entity. You want to know why comcast is allowed to grow so large, completely and solely control local markets for both TV and Internet delivery? Because the government allows it.

Comment: Get rid of the TSA! (Score 4, Interesting) 275

Seriously, this entire organization encompasses everything wrong with the Federal government. Massive privacy overreach, complete incompetence, and a literal NIGHTMARE BUREAUCRACY! This is one of the worst aspects of the Bush legacy, and "The One" has not done anything to curtail its power:

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson