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Submission + - Y2K of Time Zones in Windows 10 (mozilla.org)

ememisya writes: Currently the latest version of major browsers (Chrome 47, Edge 20, Firefox 43) are broken on Windows 10 when it comes to dealing with time, more specifically the JavaScript Date object. The Date object, as most JS developers may be familiar with, deals with all things time related on browsers. This is all well, unless for example you were born on March 10 1980 at midnight EST in the US. If you are that unlucky fellow, this means that whenever you are submitting your birth date on a website on Windows 7, 8, or 10, using one of the major browsers mentioned, you will in fact be telling that website that your birth date is March 9th.

The reason for this is the historical shifts of the daylight savings time in the US. For example, in 1980 the daylight savings time for EST US started on April 27th, the last Sunday of April. However as time went on, laws such as Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1986, and more recently Energy Policy Act of 2005, have shifted when the daylight savings time starts and ends.

What's happening on Windows 10 with these modern browsers is that the current daylight savings time policy in 2016 (starting at the second Sunday of March) gets applied historically to all dates in the past, meaning on March 10 1980 at midnight EST, the clocks still showed 12:00AM, but what Firefox, and Chrome does on Windows is to go, "Daylight savings time starts at the second Sunday of March right? Right. Surely it did back then as well." and gives you the Date instance of March 9 1980 at 11:00PM instead.

The Edge browser? First Sunday of April 1980 (the 6th) because why not?

Are you a Pisces or an Aries born in the 80s, in the Unites States of America? Avoid this issue by using a common Linux distribution as the mentioned browsers Chrome and Firefox are working correctly on Linux distributions.

This bug was originally brought to my attention by Catherine Winfrey.

Feed Engadget: GM quietly buys failed Uber rival Sidecar (engadget.com)

They wont say it out loud, but car makers are secretly terrified about what Uber will do to their business. Thats why GM is buying up the remains of one of its rivals, Sidecar, in a deal worth somewhere close to $30 million. Bloomberg is reporting...

Submission + - Detailed Seafloor Gravity Map Brings the Earth's Surface Into Sharp Focus (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Not so long ago the ocean floor was as unknown as the far side of the Moon. Now, an international team of scientists is using satellite data to chart the deep ocean by measuring the Earth's gravitational field. The result is a new, highly-detailed map that covers the three-quarters of the Earth's surface that lies underwater. The map is already providing new insights into global geology.

Submission + - Oxford Scientists Create The Most Expensive Material On Earth (sijutech.com)

Sepa Blackforesta writes: Forget diamond, gold and plutonium, because scientists at Oxford University have created a material with a price tag that dwarfs all of the finest substances money can buy, and they recently sold off their first sample of the material to the tune of £100 million a gram, around $US32,000 for 200 micrograms, the world’s most expensive material ever.

Submission + - Kite power—latest in green technology? (thebulletin.org) 1

Dan Drollette writes: The solution to producing energy without contributing to global warming may be to go fly a kite. Literally. Researchers in Switzerland and Italy — high-altitude places where the winds are strong, steady and predictable — have been working on ways to generate electricity from kites that fly hundreds or thousands of meters high. The scientists already have a prototype cranking out 27 megawatts; they expect to have a 100-megawatt plant big enough to power 86,000 households. And they say that they can produce electricity for less that 4 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is better than fossil fuel. Plus, the kites look really cool (as does the "“Darrieus rotor vertical axis wind turbine” at the base of the St Bernard Pass, on the Swiss side, which I've seen in operation in person). Be sure to click on the links.

Submission + - AMD Unveils 64-Bit ARM-Based Opteron A1100 System On Chip With Integrated 10GbE (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: AMD is adding a new family of Opterons to its enterprise processor line-up today called the Opteron A1100 series. Unlike AMD's previous enterprise offerings, however, these new additions are packing ARM-based processor cores, not the X86 cores AMD has been producing for years. The Opteron A1100 series is designed for a variety of use cases and applications, including networking, storage, dense and power-efficient web serving, and 64-bit ARM software development. The new family was formerly codenamed "Seattle" and it represents the first 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57-based platform from AMD. AMD Opteron A1100 Series chips will pack up to eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores with up to 4MB of shared Level 2 and 8MB of shared Level 3 cache. They offer two 64-bit DDR3/DDR4 memory channels supporting speeds up to 1866 MHz with ECC and capacities up to 128GB, dual integrated 10Gb Ethernet network connections, 8-lanes of PCI-Express Gen 3 connectivity, and 14 SATA III ports. AMD is shipping to a number of software and hardware partners now with development systems already available.

Submission + - Black Hat SEO Campaign Powered By SQL Injection

itwbennett writes: A new threat advisory from Akamai warns of a Black Hat SEO campaign that's leveraging SQL Injection as a means to generate links to a website dedicated to stories about cheating. At one point, Akamai says, the campaign included more than 3,800 websites and 348 unique IP addresses. CSO Online's Steve Ragan points out that 'technically, the campaign is more mass defacement than straight-up SEO scam, because the primary focus was SQL Injection.' And, while the Akamai report doesn't list the website behind the campaign, Ragan did some digging and found that storyofcheating[dot]com is the site that got the most traffic from the campaign.

Comment Re:Technology can NOT eliminate work. (Score 1) 389

For the most part I agree with you in concept but the spiral does go downward as not all jobs are equal. There has to be an economic incentive to automate a job, and that usually means "expensive." The jobs that can not be automated are generally those jobs where the prevailing wage is lower than the cost of the automation. I am speaking in generalities here not trying to find examples of jobs only "humans" can do.

Comment Re: Here we go again (Score 4, Insightful) 496

It isn't that Amazon decided to pay women less one day, it just doesn't work that way. Here's the scenario:
Amazon attempts to pay each employee as little as possible on a per-employee basis. The job description only defines what the upper range of the pay will be but NOT the lower end. Experience, demand shifts in the labor market, education, internal connections at the company, and a bazillion other influences exist to determine pay. I'd suggest that there is a wide pay gap between men doing the same job too, and that we are getting a heavily curated view of what's happening. By illustrating the problem the way the article does it is like shooting a piece of paper and drawing the target around it and then claiming LOOK AT THE PROBLEM. It isn't a problem that has a solution in a market where salary can be negotiated.

Comment Error (Score 1) 698

Unfortunately, with school crisis situations, it's about mitigating loss.

The police largely prevent crime only by accidentally being in the right place at the right time or by use of inside information. Otherwise all police work is about filing reports and mitigating loss. The fact that it's an incident at a school isn't relevant.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 310

You have no idea what you're talking about. Unless you can site specific studies or first person experience in a majority of school districts then you can stfu. No... being a student or occasional visitor to a school does not qualify you to have any opinion about gcommon teacher attributes any more than being a patient qualifies you to write prescriptions.

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