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+ - Paul Graham: Hackers Embody American-Ness->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham once argued that hackers embody "American-ness" more closely than any group, writing that "unruliness" is the essence of both hacking and the American character. Opposing a 2004 crackdown on civil liberties and copyright, he pointed out that in the end " Civil liberties make countries rich," and that hackers "see increasingly aggressive measures to protect 'intellectual property' as a threat to the intellectual freedom they need to do their job." In the online essay (later published in the O'Reilly book Hackers and Painters) Graham remembered how even Richard Feynman was breaking into safes with classified documents while working on the Manhattan Project. And he adds, "When you read what the founding fathers had to say for themselves, they sound more like hackers.""
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+ - Cloud Computing Means Better Applications->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Cloud computing is transforming the way we communicate, argues Forbes magazine, predicting "Storage will find itself more and more removed from the device as thin clients and ubiquitous Internet access give us endless accessibility to our information from anywhere..." But they also predict that applications will become more robust, since the cloud offers much easier ways to update and distribute software. The first widely popular cloud apps were primitive public/private services like Prodigy, AOL, and Hotmail. (One telecom billing solution company even celebrated their 15th year of providing cloud-based services.) But Forbes attributes the breakout popularity of the cloud to Amazon's AWS service and Apple's iCloud."
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+ - Arizona Minister Conned by a Photoshopped Fake->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "An Arizona minister mistook a photoshopped parody of a 1965 suntan lotion ad for a real ad promoting birth control — then used it as the basis for a controversial sermon about how "the birth control movement" is destroying the US. The ad featured wholesome Disney star Annette Funicello — who, ironically, was actually pregnant (and married) when she appeared in the original ad. On the one-year anniversary of her death, the minister's mistake resulted in an erroneous summation of his sermon appearing whenever you searched Google News for Annette Funicello — along with the headline "Childless women on birth control have destroyed the U.S.""
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+ - Amazon Is Paying Its Employees to Quit->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Amazon's started a "Pay to Quit" program where full-time employees are offered up to $5,000 to leave the company (to ensure the remaining workforce is truly motivated). Jeff Bezos revealed the perk in a letter to shareholders, while also announcing that Amazon is welcoming tourists into its fulfillment centers in 6 different U.S. states. But one Seattle blog describes the move as "obviously an attempt to counter all the bad press that Amazon's warehouses have gotten over the past year," linking to an undercover BBC investigation and stories about Amazon's arrival in a former coal-mining town. And this week Gawker began soliciting new horror stories from Amazon employees. ("You literally must re-interview for your position...constantly. It comes up at least every three months...")"
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+ - Amazon's Opening Its Warehouses to Tourists-> 1

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destinyland (578448) writes ""See what happens after you click buy," teases a new web page at Amazon, announcing that tourists are now welcome in their fulfillment centers across the United States. In six different states, Amazon's opening their doors on the first and third Tuesday of the month (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), as part of what one technology site calls "a strong push by Amazon to win the hearts of America’s consumers". Amazon reminds visitors that they hired more than 20,000 full-time employees last year, though this article notes that they're also "conquering the supply chains" for consumer products and displacing stores in your local community — "Not just retail stores, but also grocery stores, and even pet food stores, movie theaters, and of course, bookstores.""
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+ - IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When Microsoft terminated official support for Windows XP on April 8th, most organizations had taken the six years of warnings to heart and migrated to another solution. But not the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Only 52,000 of their 110,000 Windows-powered computers have been upgraded to Windows 7. They'll now be forced to pay Microsoft for Custom Support. How much? Using Microsoft's standard rate of $200 per PC, it'll be $11.6 million for one year. That leaves $18.4 million of their $30 million budget to finish the upgrades themselves, which works out to $317 per computer."
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+ - How Tech Sites Celebrated April Fools Day-> 1

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Google announced an update for the Android and iPhone version of Google maps that lets you travel the world collecting Pokemon. Twitter announced a new wearable that lets you tweet just by bobbing your head. And Amazon created a web page with ridiculous products like bacon-shaped bandages — all of which are actually real. "As always, the tech world is embracing April Fools' Day 2014 in full force," writes the L.A. Times, "with countless gags from Google, Sony and many others in the space.""
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+ - New Mozilla CEO Defends Controversial Campaign Contributions->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Brendan Eich responded to controversy over his past political contributions as a new online campaign called for him to step down as the new CEO of Mozilla Corporation. At least five different Mozilla employees called for Eich's resignation on Twitter over his $1,000 donation to California's controversial "Proposition 8" measure in 2008. (The measure banned same-sex marriages, and was later ruled unconstitutional — and Eich had also donated thousands more to political candidates who supported the measure.) "I love @mozilla but I'm disappointed," tweeted Chris McAvoy, project lead on Mozilla's Open Badges project, joining a chorus of voices posting "I'm an employee of @mozilla and I'm asking @brendaneich to step down as CEO." Eich addressed the controversy in a blog post, expressing "sorrow at having caused pain," and asking for time to prove his full commitment to inclusiveness at Mozilla."
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+ - Amazon might announce a gaming controller alongside its media streamer->

Submitted by Nate the greatest
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "The latest rumors are saying that Amazon is going to launch a media streamer on Wednesday, but I don't think that's the whole story. Digging through the FCC website has revealed that Amazon has a 4" square Roku-like box (with a remote) on the way, not the dongle that TechCrunch reported. What's more, that gaming controller which first showed up in Brazil has also shown up on the FCC website. That is a good sign that it too might also make an appearance on Wednesday. Amazon has been rumored to be working on a gaming console, and now it would appear that the one device is going to serve both purposes."
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+ - That BBC "100 Books" List is a Giant Hoax->

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destinyland (578448) writes "“The BBC believes you only read 6 of these books” reads the headline on countless Facebook posts, forum comments, and web pages. But it's a hoax, conflating a 2007 list from Britain's Guardian newspaper (which had simply asked their readers to name which books "they can't live without.") The readers selected The Lord of the Rings trilogy and books from the Harry Potter series — but one reporter notes that the entertaining list is skewed heavily toward British authors. Six of the 100 books were written by Charles Dickens and four by Jane Austen — while not a single book on the list was written by Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, or William Faulkner."
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+ - Amazon's Book "Bucket List" Includes Tolkein, Dune, 1984->

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destinyland (578448) writes "Eight science fiction classics, including Dune and The Lord of the Rings, earned a spot on a list of "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime" as chosen by the book editors at Amazon. "Over many months, the team passionately debated and defended the books we wanted on this list,” explains their editorial director, noting that the "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams was a near miss. Other books included were "A Wrinkle in Time" and "The Hunger Games", as well as at least six free public domain classic books. But one reporter notes that the list also includes both children's classics like "Where the Wild Things Are" and "House at Pooh Corner", as well as Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". ("We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold...")"
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+ - Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Dana Goldstein writes in The Atlantic that while one of the central tenets of raising kids in America is that parents should be actively involved in their children’s education: meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, and helping with homework that few parents stop to ask whether they’re worth the effort. Case in point: In the largest-ever study of how parental involvement affects academic achievement researchers combed through nearly three decades’ worth of longitudinal surveys of American parents and tracked 63 different measures of parental participation in kids’ academic lives, from helping them with homework, to talking with them about college plans, to volunteering at their schools. What they found surprised them. Most measurable forms of parental involvement seem to yield few academic dividends for kids, or even to backfire—regardless of a parent’s race, class, or level of education. Once kids enter middle school, parental help with homework can actually bring test scores down, an effect Robinson says could be caused by the fact that many parents may have forgotten, or never truly understood, the material their children learn in school. "As kids get older—we’re talking about K-12 education—parents’ abilities to help with homework are declining," says Keith Robinson. "Even though they may be active in helping, they may either not remember the material their kids are studying now, or in some cases never learned it themselves, but they’re still offering advice. And that means poor quality homework." The study did find a handful of parental behaviors that made a difference in their children's education such as reading aloud to young kids (PDF) (fewer than half of whom are read to daily) and talking with teenagers about college plans. "The most consistent, positive parental involvement activity is talking to your kids about their post-high school plans, and this one stood out because it was, pretty much for every racial, ethnic and socio-economic group, positively related to a number of academic outcomes—such as attendance and marks," concludes Robinson. "What this might be hinting at is the psychological component that comes from kids internalizing your message: school is important. ""

+ - "Death is Wrong", Argues Futuristic New Children's Book->

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destinyland (578448) writes "Hoping to inspire life-extending medical research, science fiction author Gennady Stolyarov has launched a campaign to give away 1,000 free copies of his transhumanist picture book for children, "Death is Wrong". "My greatest fear about the future is not of technology running out of control or posing existential risks to humankind," he explains online. "Rather, my greatest fear is that, in the year 2045, I will be...wondering, 'What happened to that Singularity we were promised by now...?'" Along with recent scientific discoveries, the book tells its young readers about long-lived plants and animals "that point the way toward lengthening lifespans in humans," in an attempt to avoid a future where children "would pay no more attention to technological progress and life-extension possibilities than their predecessors did.""
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