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Comment: They have a point (Score 3, Insightful) 294

by distilate (#46777495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board
As a software developer I have multiple times had a development box screwed over by an IT department pushing unneeded drivers and patches that cause problems. I say prove they are good or needed before you waste other peoples time. If you just want to push any random patch that comes along then you should be forced to resolve all issues without the traditional reinstall the machine.

+ - SPAM: Keystone foes study how to be arrested if oil pipeline gets OK

Submitted by Mitoungrtez
Mitoungrtez (3619573) writes "WASHINGTON — Donny Williams didn’t spend his weekend in Washington walking around the Tidal Basin taking in the cherry blossoms. He was training people how to get arrested.

Williams, a 36-year-old environmental activist from Baltimore, taught a class in the nation’s capital on civil disobedience, part of a last-ditch campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline, which critics view as a threat to the climate.

The sessions were held over the past two weekends in eight cities, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. While critics say they remain hopeful that President Barack Obama will reject Keystone, the tutorials anticipate that a State Department-led review will find the project to be in the nation’s interest to build."

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+ - How do you revoke and re-issue a biometric credential?->

Submitted by technicalnotebook
technicalnotebook (1812518) writes "An interesting thought to come out of all the media surrounding Heartbleed over the last week. What would happen if the main mechanism of authentication used today was biometric authentication... this is not something that could simply be revoked and re-issued if your credentials were compromised.

So I thought I would pose this to the brains trust that is Slashdot, what *could* we do if something similar to Heartbleed happened following the more mainstream adoption of biometric authentication (assuming that in certain cases the credentials were stored server-side rather than locally for verification).

Interesting puzzle to ponder (and I would love to hear Slashdotter's thoughts)."

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+ - First custom Rom for Samsung Galaxy S5 is out for users!->

Submitted by hateman20
hateman20 (2602117) writes "Just after few days of release of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the one of senior member of XDA has brought a first custom Rom for Galaxy S5. The Rom is one of very popular one, Omega Rom. Built to give high performance and loaded with tons of new application, features and many advance utilities to improve the usability and customize the phone in own way. Visit the source link to read more and install this Rom."
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+ - Rome 'Was Founded 200 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought'->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Archaeologists excavating Lapis Niger, an ancient shrine in the Roman Forum, have found a wall that predates Rome's official founding year of 753BC by up to two hundred years.

According to Italian newspaper Il Messagero, the wall was made from blocks of volcanic tuff, the product of volcanic eruptions, and was designed to channel water from the small river Spino, a tributary of The Tiber.

Near the remains of the wall, the archaeologists also found fragments of ceramic pottery and the remains of food in the form of grains.

"The examination of the ceramic material was crucial, allowing us today to fix the wall chronologically between the 9th century and the beginning of the 8th century," said Patricia Fortini, an archaeologist working for Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale, a state-funded organisation in charge of all historical, archaeological and artistic monuments found in Rome."

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+ - Japan surpasses Kyoto Protocol emission target 1

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Japan's environment minister says the country has surpassed the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that it pledged under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Japan had lowered emissions by a 5-year average of 8.4 percent in the 2012 financial year compared to 1990 levels, more than the 6-percent goal the country pledged under the Kyoto Protocol. The 2012 figures are significant as they include the first full year after the March 11th Tohoku earthquake disaster, during which no nuclear power was available."

+ - Study Finds U.S. is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance', 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.'"

+ - Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots in Japan

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Bloomberg reports that humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process. “We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to sharpen our manual skills and further develop them,” says Mitsuru Kawai, a half century-long company veteran tapped by President Akio Toyoda to promote craftsmanship at Toyota’s plants. “When I was a novice, experienced masters used to be called gods (Kami-sama in Japanese), and they could make anything.”

According to Kawai, learning how to make car parts from scratch gives younger workers insights they otherwise wouldn’t get from picking parts from bins and conveyor belts, or pressing buttons on machines. At about 100 manual-intensive workspaces introduced over the last three years across Toyota’s factories in Japan, these lessons can then be applied to reprogram machines to cut down on waste and improve processes. In an area Kawai directly supervises at the forging division of Toyota’s Honsha plant, workers twist, turn and hammer metal into crankshafts instead of using the typically automated process. Experiences there have led to innovations in reducing levels of scrap and shortening the production line and Kawai also credits manual labor for helping workers improve production of axle beams and cut the costs of making chassis parts. “We cannot simply depend on the machines that only repeat the same task over and over again,” says Kawai. “To be the master of the machine, you have to have the knowledge and the skills to teach the machine.”"

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